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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346733/the-ontogeny-and-population-variability-of-human-hepatic-dihydronicotinamide-riboside-quinone-oxidoreductase-nqo2
#1
Zoe Riches, Yuejian Liu, Jacob M Berman, Gurinder Walia, Abby C Collier
Dihydronicotinamide riboside:quinone oxidoreductase (NQO2) is an enzyme that performs reduction reactions involved in antioxidant defense. We hypothesized that NQO2 hepatic drug clearance would develop in children over time, similar to NQO1. Using human liver cytosol (n = 117), the effects of age, sex, ethnicity, and weight on NQO2 expression and activity were probed. No significant correlations were observed. Biochemical activity of NQO2 was as high at birth as in adults (0.23 ± 0.04 nmol/min/mg protein, mean ± SEM, range 0-1...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346370/de-novo-assembly-annotation-and-characterization-of-root-transcriptomes-of-three-caladium-cultivars-with-a-focus-on-necrotrophic-pathogen-resistance-defense-related-genes
#2
Zhe Cao, Zhanao Deng
Roots are vital to plant survival and crop yield, yet few efforts have been made to characterize the expressed genes in the roots of non-model plants (root transcriptomes). This study was conducted to sequence, assemble, annotate, and characterize the root transcriptomes of three caladium cultivars (Caladium × hortulanum) using RNA-Seq. The caladium cultivars used in this study have different levels of resistance to Pythiummyriotylum, the most damaging necrotrophic pathogen to caladium roots. Forty-six to 61 million clean reads were obtained for each caladium root transcriptome...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346225/long-telomeres-protect-against-age-dependent-cardiac-disease-caused-by-notch1-haploinsufficiency
#3
Christina V Theodoris, Foteini Mourkioti, Yu Huang, Sanjeev S Ranade, Lei Liu, Helen M Blau, Deepak Srivastava
Diseases caused by gene haploinsufficiency in humans commonly lack a phenotype in mice that are heterozygous for the orthologous factor, impeding the study of complex phenotypes and critically limiting the discovery of therapeutics. Laboratory mice have longer telomeres relative to humans, potentially protecting against age-related disease caused by haploinsufficiency. Here, we demonstrate that telomere shortening in NOTCH1-haploinsufficient mice is sufficient to elicit age-dependent cardiovascular disease involving premature calcification of the aortic valve, a phenotype that closely mimics human disease caused by NOTCH1 haploinsufficiency...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346139/oncometabolite-d-2-hydroxyglutarate-enhances-gene-silencing-through-inhibition-of-specific-h3k36-histone-demethylases
#4
Ryan Janke, Anthony Iavarone, Jasper Rine
Certain mutations affecting central metabolism cause accumulation of the oncometabolite D-2-hydroxyglutarate which promotes progression of certain tumors. High levels of D-2-hydroxyglutarate inhibit the TET family of DNA demethylases and Jumonji family of histone demethylases and cause epigenetic changes that lead to altered gene expression. The link between inhibition of DNA demethylation and changes in expression is strong in some cancers, but not in others. To determine whether D-2-hydroxyglutarate can affect gene expression through inhibiting histone demethylases, orthologous mutations to those known to cause accumulation of D-2-hydroxyglutarate in tumors were generated in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which has histone demethylases but not DNA methylases or demethylases...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345647/sexual-epigenetics-gender-specific-methylation-of-a-gene-in-the-sex-determining-region-of-populus-balsamifera
#5
Katharina Bräutigam, Raju Soolanayakanahally, Marc Champigny, Shawn Mansfield, Carl Douglas, Malcolm M Campbell, Quentin Cronk
Methylation has frequently been implicated in gender determination in plants. The recent discovery of the sex determining region (SDR) of balsam poplar, Populus balsamifera, pinpointed 13 genes with differentiated X and Y copies. We tested these genes for differential methylation using whole methylome sequencing of xylem tissue of multiple individuals grown under field conditions in two common gardens. The only SDR gene to show a marked pattern of gender-specific methylation is PbRR9, a member of the two component response regulator (type-A) gene family, involved in cytokinin signalling...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344037/methods-for-decoding-cas9-protospacer-adjacent-motif-pam-sequences-a-brief-overview
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REVIEW
Tautvydas Karvelis, Giedrius Gasiunas, Virginijus Siksnys
Recently the Cas9, an RNA guided DNA endonuclease, emerged as a powerful tool for targeted genome manipulations. Cas9 protein can be reprogrammed to cleave, bind or nick any DNA target by simply changing crRNA sequence, however a short nucleotide sequence, termed PAM, is required to initiate crRNA hybridization to the DNA target. PAM sequence is recognized by Cas9 protein and must be determined experimentally for each Cas9 variant. Exploration of Cas9 orthologs could offer a diversity of PAM sequences and novel biochemical properties that may be beneficial for genome editing applications...
March 23, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343064/a-barley-homolog-of-yeast-atg6-is-involved-in-multiple-abiotic-stress-responses-and-stress-resistance-regulation
#7
Xiaowei Zeng, Zhanghui Zeng, Cuicui Liu, Weiyi Yuan, Ning Hou, Hongwu Bian, Muyuan Zhu, Ning Han
Autophagy is a highly conserved degradation pathway among eukaryote cells, which can recycle damaged or unwanted cell materials upon encountering stress conditions. As a key component of the Class III PI3K kinase complex, ATG6/Beclin-1 is essential for autophagosome formation. In this study, we isolated a putative HvATG6 gene in barley genome. The protein encoded by HvATG6 shares high sequence identity to ATG6 orthologs in rice and wheat, and has a typical autophagy-specific domain containing segments of repeated β-sheet-α-helix...
March 19, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342762/male-accessory-gland-proteins-affect-differentially-female-sexual-receptivity-and-remating-in-closely-related-drosophila-species
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Béatrice Denis, Gaëlle Claisse, Arnaud Le Rouzic, Claude Wicker-Thomas, Gildas Lepennetier, Dominique Joly
In sexual species, mating success depends on the male's capacity to find sexual partners and on female receptivity to mating. Mating is under evolutionary constraints to prevent interspecific mating and to maximize the reproductive success of both sexes. In Drosophila melanogaster, female receptivity to mating is mainly controlled by Sex peptide (SP, i.e. Acp70A) produced by the male accessory glands with other proteins (Acps). The transfer of SP during copulation dramatically reduces female receptivity to mating and prevents remating with other males...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342076/schizosaccharomyces-pombe-rsv1-transcription-factor-and-its-putative-homologues-preserved-their-functional-homology-and-are-evolutionarily-conserved
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Emese Pataki, Matthias Sipiczki, Ida Miklos
Environmental glucose is an important regulator of biological processes, as it can launch different cell processes depending on its concentration. Thus, low glucose concentration can induce entry into quiescence, which ensures long-term viability for the cells or in other cases mycelial growth in the dimorphic species, which, in turn, provides the cells with fresh nutrients. Several genes, such as the genes of cAMP cascade, are involved in glucose sensing and response. Since this signal transduction pathway seemed to be an evolutionarily conserved process, we assumed that its genes were also conserved and preserved their functional homology...
March 24, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341771/small-chromosomal-regions-position-themselves-autonomously-according-to-their-chromatin-class
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Harmen Jan George van de Werken, Josien C de Haan, Yana Feodorova, Dominika Bijos, An Weuts, Koen Theunis, Sjoerd Holwerda, Wouter Meuleman, Ludo Pagie, Katharina Thanisch, Parveen Kumar, Heinrich Leonhardt, Peter Marynen, Bas van Steesel, Thierry Voet, Wouter de Laat, Irina Solovei, Boris Joffe
The spatial arrangement of chromatin is linked to the regulation of nuclear processes. One striking aspect of nuclear organization is the spatial segregation of heterochromatic and euchromatic domains. The mechanisms of this chromatin segregation are still poorly understood. In this work we investigated the link between the primary genomic sequence and chromatin domains. We analyzed the spatial intranuclear arrangement of a human artificial chromosome (HAC) in a xenospecific mouse background in comparison to an orthologous region of native mouse chromosome...
March 24, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341635/sept7b-is-required-for-the-subcellular-organization-of-cardiomyocytes-and-cardiac-function-in-zebrafish
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Surjya Narayan Dash, Suneeta Narumanchi, Jere Paavola, Sanni Perttunen, Hong Wang, Päivi Lakkisto, Ilkka Tikkanen, Sanna Lehtonen
Myofibrils made up of actin and myosin and associated proteins generate the contractile force in muscle and consequently, mutations in these proteins may lead to heart failure. Septins are a conserved family of small GTPases that associate with actin filaments, microtubules and cellular membranes. Despite the importance of septins in cytoskeleton organization, their role in cardiomyocyte organization and function is poorly characterized. Here we show that septin 7 is expressed in both embryonic and adult zebrafish heart, and elucidate the physiological significance of sept7b, the zebrafish ortholog of human septin 7, in the heart in embryonic and larval zebrafish...
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341054/corrigendum-to-the-lipoxygenase-pathway-in-zebrafish-expression-and-characterization-of-zebrafish-alox5-and-comparison-with-its-human-ortholog-biochim-biophys-acta-1861-1-2016-1-11
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Susan Adel, Dagmar Heydeck, Hartmut Kuhn, Christoph Ufer
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February 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340563/genome-evolutionary-dynamics-followed-by-diversifying-selection-explains-the-complexity-of-the-sesamum-indicum-genome
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Jingyin Yu, Linhai Wang, Hui Guo, Boshou Liao, Graham King, Xiurong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Whole genome duplication (WGD) and tandem duplication (TD) provide two critical sources of raw genetic material for genome complexity and evolutionary novelty. Little is known about the complexity of the Sesamum indicum genome after it diverged from a common ancestor with the paleodiploid Vitis vinifera and further experienced WGD and TD events. RESULTS: Here, we analyzed the functional divergence of different classes of inter- and intra-genome gene pairs from ancestral events to uncover multiple-layers of evolutionary dynamics acting during the process of forming the modern S...
March 24, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338816/conserved-patterns-of-sex-chromosome-dosage-compensation-in-the-lepidoptera-wz-zz-insights-from-a-moth-neo-z-chromosome
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Liuqi Gu, James R Walters, Douglas C Knipple
Where previously described, patterns of sex chromosome dosage compensation in the Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) have several unusual characteristics. Other female-heterogametic (ZW/ZZ) species exhibit female Z-linked expression that is reduced compared to autosomal expression and male Z expression. In the Lepidoptera, however, Z expression typically appears balanced between sexes but overall reduced relative to autosomal expression, i.e. Z ≈ ZZ < AA. This pattern is not easily reconciled with theoretical expectations for the evolution of sex chromosome dosage compensation...
March 2, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338804/duplications-and-positive-selection-drive-the-evolution-of-parasitism-associated-gene-families-in-the-nematode-strongyloides-papillosus
#15
Praveen Baskaran, Tegegn G Jaleta, Adrian Streit, Christian Rödelsperger
Gene duplication is one major mechanism playing a role in the evolution of phenotypic complexity and in the generation of novel traits. By comparing parasitic and nonparasitic nematodes, a recent study found that the evolution of parasitism in Strongyloididae is associated with a large expansion in the Astacin and CAP gene families.To gain novel insights into the developmental processes in the sheep parasite Strongyloides papillosus, we sequenced transcriptomes of different developmental stages and sexes. Overall, we found that the majority of genes are developmentally regulated and have one-to-one orthologs in the diverged S...
March 2, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337212/identification-of-norway-spruce-myb-bhlh-wdr-transcription-factor-complex-members-linked-to-regulation-of-the-flavonoid-pathway
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Miguel Nemesio-Gorriz, Peter B Blair, Kerstin Dalman, Almuth Hammerbacher, Jenny Arnerup, Jan Stenlid, Shahid M Mukhtar, Malin Elfstrand
Transcription factors (TFs) forming MYB-bHLH-WDR complexes are known to regulate the biosynthesis of specialized metabolites in angiosperms through an intricate network. These specialized metabolites participate in a wide range of biological processes including plant growth, development, reproduction as well as in plant immunity. Studying the regulation of their biosynthesis is thus essential. While MYB (TFs) have been previously shown to control specialized metabolism (SM) in gymnosperms, the identity of their partners, in particular bHLH or WDR members, has not yet been revealed...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336965/exploring-approaches-for-detecting-protein-functional-similarity-within-an-orthology-based-framework
#17
Christian X Weichenberger, Antonia Palermo, Peter P Pramstaller, Francisco S Domingues
Protein functional similarity based on gene ontology (GO) annotations serves as a powerful tool when comparing proteins on a functional level in applications such as protein-protein interaction prediction, gene prioritization, and disease gene discovery. Functional similarity (FS) is usually quantified by combining the GO hierarchy with an annotation corpus that links genes and gene products to GO terms. One large group of algorithms involves calculation of GO term semantic similarity (SS) between all the terms annotating the two proteins, followed by a second step, described as "mixing strategy", which involves combining the SS values to yield the final FS value...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336404/mapping-region-of-human-restriction-factor-apobec3h-critical-for-interaction-with-hiv-1-vif
#18
Masaaki Nakashima, Shinya Tsuzuki, Hiroaki Awazu, Akiko Hamano, Ayaka Okada, Hirotaka Ode, Masami Maejima, Atsuko Hachiya, Yoshiyuki Yokomaku, Nobuhisa Watanabe, Hirofumi Akari, Yasumasa Iwatani
The APOBEC3 (A3) family of cellular cytidine deaminases comprises seven members (A, B, C, D, F, G, and H) that potently inhibit retroviral replication. Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) Vif is a small pleiotropic protein that specifically inactivates these enzymes, targeting them for ubiquitin-mediated proteasomal degradation. A3 Vif-interaction sites are presumed to fall into three distinct types: A3C/D/F, A3G, and A3H. To date, two types of A3G and A3C/D/F sites have been well characterized, whereas the A3H Vif-binding site remains poorly defined...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336394/ts1cje-down-syndrome-model-mice-exhibit-environmental-stimuli-triggered-locomotor-hyperactivity-and-sociability-concurrent-with-increased-flux-through-central-dopamine-and-serotonin-metabolism
#19
Atsushi Shimohata, Keiichi Ishihara, Satoko Hattori, Hiroyuki Miyamoto, Hiromasa Morishita, Guy Ornthanalai, Matthieu Raveau, Abdul Shukkur Ebrahim, Kenji Amano, Kazuyuki Yamada, Haruhiko Sago, Satoshi Akiba, Nobuko Mataga, Niall P Murphy, Tsuyoshi Miyakawa, Kazuhiro Yamakawa
Ts1Cje mice have a segmental trisomy of chromosome 16 that is orthologous to human chromosome 21 and display Down syndrome-like cognitive impairments. Despite the occurrence of affective and emotional impairments in patients with Down syndrome, these parameters are poorly documented in Down syndrome mouse models, including Ts1Cje mice. Here, we conducted comprehensive behavioral analyses, including anxiety-, sociability-, and depression-related tasks, and biochemical analyses of monoamines and their metabolites in Ts1Cje mice...
March 20, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335716/human-mfap1-is-a-cryptic-ortholog-of-the-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-spp381-splicing-factor
#20
Alexander K C Ulrich, Markus C Wahl
BACKGROUND: Pre-mRNA splicing involves the stepwise assembly of a pre-catalytic spliceosome, followed by its catalytic activation, splicing catalysis and disassembly. Formation of the pre-catalytic spliceosomal B complex involves the incorporation of the U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP and of a group of non-snRNP B-specific proteins. While in Saccharomyces cerevisiae the Prp38 and Snu23 proteins are recruited as components of the tri-snRNP, metazoan orthologs of Prp38 and Snu23 associate independently of the tri-snRNP as members of the B-specific proteins...
March 24, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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