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Carla Lloret-Fernández, Miren Maicas, Carlos Mora-Martínez, Alejandro Artacho, Angela Jimeno-Martín, Laura Chirivella, Peter Weinberg, Nuria Flames
Cell differentiation is controlled by individual transcription factors (TFs) that together activate a selection of enhancers in specific cell types. How these combinations of TFs identify and activate their target sequences remains poorly understood. Here, we identify the cis -regulatory transcriptional code that controls the differentiation of serotonergic HSN neurons in C. elegans . Activation of the HSN transcriptome is directly orchestrated by a collective of six TFs. Binding site clusters for this TF collective form a regulatory signature that is sufficient for de novo identification of HSN neuron functional enhancers...
March 19, 2018: ELife
Dario Spigolon, D Travis Gallagher, Adrian Velazquez-Campoy, Donatella Bulone, Jatin Narang, Pier Luigi San Biagio, Francesco Cappello, Alberto J L Macario, Everly Conway de Macario, Frank T Robb
The human chaperonin complex is a ~ 1 MDa nanomachine composed of two octameric rings formed from eight similar but non-identical subunits called CCT. Here, we are elucidating the mechanism of a heritable CCT5 subunit mutation that causes profound neuropathy in humans. In previous work, we introduced an equivalent mutation in an archaeal chaperonin that assembles into two octameric rings like in humans but in which all subunits are identical. We reported that the hexadecamer formed by the mutant subunit is unstable with impaired chaperoning functions...
December 2017: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
Harrison C Brown, Philip M Zakas, Stephan N George, Ernest T Parker, H Trent Spencer, Christopher B Doering
Potency is a key optimization parameter for hemophilia A gene therapy product candidates. Optimization strategies include promoter engineering to increase transcription, codon optimization of mRNA to improve translation, and amino-acid substitution to promote secretion. Herein, we describe both rational and empirical design approaches to the development of a minimally sized, highly potent AAV-fVIII vector that incorporates three unique elements: a liver-directed 146-nt transcription regulatory module, a target-cell-specific codon optimization algorithm, and a high-expression bioengineered fVIII variant...
June 15, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
Marta Zamarbide, Adam W Oaks, Heather L Pond, Julia S Adelman, M Chiara Manzini
Hundreds of genes are mutated in non-syndromic intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with each gene often involved in only a handful of cases. Such heterogeneity can be daunting, but rare recessive loss of function (LOF) mutations can be a good starting point to provide insight into the mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disease. Biallelic LOF mutations in the signaling scaffold CC2D1A cause a rare form of autosomal recessive ID, sometimes associated with ASD and seizures. In parallel, we recently reported that Cc2d1a -deficient mice present with cognitive and social deficits, hyperactivity and anxiety...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Pin Yu, Qing-Ting Bu, Yi-Li Tang, Xu-Ming Mao, Yong-Quan Li
AdpA, an AraC/XylS family protein, had been proved as a key regulator for secondary metabolism and morphological differentiation in Streptomyces griseus . Here, we identify AdpAch , an ortholog of AdpA, as a "higher level" pleiotropic regulator of natamycin biosynthesis with bidirectional regulatory ability in Streptomyces chattanoogensis L10. DNase I footprinting revealed six AdpAch -binding sites in the scnRI - scnRII intergenic region. Further analysis using the xylE reporter gene fused to the scnRI - scnRII intergenic region of mutated binding sites demonstrated that the expression of scnRI and scnRII was under the control of AdpAch ...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Winston X Yan, Shaorong Chong, Huaibin Zhang, Kira S Makarova, Eugene V Koonin, David R Cheng, David A Scott
Bacterial class 2 CRISPR-Cas systems utilize a single RNA-guided protein effector to mitigate viral infection. We aggregated genomic data from multiple sources and constructed an expanded database of predicted class 2 CRISPR-Cas systems. A search for novel RNA-targeting systems identified subtype VI-D, encoding dual HEPN domain-containing Cas13d effectors and putative WYL-domain-containing accessory proteins (WYL1 and WYL-b1 through WYL-b5). The median size of Cas13d proteins is 190 to 300 aa smaller than that of Cas13a-Cas13c...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Cell
Ye Jianwen, Hu Dingkai, Che Xuemei, Jiang Xiaoran, Li Teng, Chen Jinchun, Zhang Haoqian, Chen Guo-Qiang
Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate) [P(3HB-co-4HB)] is one of the most promising biomaterials expected to be used in a wide range of scenarios. However, its large-scale production is still hindered by the high cost. Here we report the engineering of Halomonas bluephagenesis as a low-cost platform for non-sterile and continuous fermentative production of P(3HB-co-4HB) from glucose. Two interrelated 4-hydroxybutyrate (4HB) biosynthesis pathways were constructed to guarantee 4HB monomer supply for P(3HB-co-4HB) synthesis by working in concert with 3-hydroxybutyrate (3HB) pathway...
March 15, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
Silvana Konermann, Peter Lotfy, Nicholas J Brideau, Jennifer Oki, Maxim N Shokhirev, Patrick D Hsu
Class 2 CRISPR-Cas systems endow microbes with diverse mechanisms for adaptive immunity. Here, we analyzed prokaryotic genome and metagenome sequences to identify an uncharacterized family of RNA-guided, RNA-targeting CRISPR systems that we classify as type VI-D. Biochemical characterization and protein engineering of seven distinct orthologs generated a ribonuclease effector derived from Ruminococcus flavefaciens XPD3002 (CasRx) with robust activity in human cells. CasRx-mediated knockdown exhibits high efficiency and specificity relative to RNA interference across diverse endogenous transcripts...
March 8, 2018: Cell
Simon David Brown, Olga Dorota Jarosinska, Alexander Lorenz
Hop1 is a component of the meiosis-specific chromosome axis and belongs to the evolutionarily conserved family of HORMA domain proteins. Hop1 and its orthologs in higher eukaryotes are a major factor in promoting double-strand DNA break formation and inter-homolog recombination. In budding yeast and mammals, they are also involved in a meiotic checkpoint kinase cascade monitoring the completion of double-strand DNA break repair. We used the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, which lacks a canonical synaptonemal complex to test whether Hop1 has a role beyond supporting the generation of double-strand DNA breaks and facilitating inter-homolog recombination events...
March 17, 2018: Current Genetics
Kavita Kadian, Sonam Vijay, Yash Gupta, Ritu Rawal, Jagbir Singh, Anup Anvikar, Veena Pande, Arun Sharma
Malaria parasites utilize Methylerythritol phosphate (MEP) pathway for synthesis of isoprenoid precursors which are essential for maturation and survival of parasites during erythrocytic and gametocytic stages. The absence of MEP pathway in the human host establishes MEP pathway enzymes as a repertoire of essential drug targets. The fourth enzyme, 4-diphosphocytidyl-2C-methyl-d-erythritol kinase (IspE) has been proved essential in pathogenic bacteria, however; it has not yet been studied in any Plasmodium species...
March 14, 2018: Parasitology International
Ali Movahedi, Jiaxin Zhang, Weibo Sun, Kourosh Mohammadi, Amir Almasi Zadeh Yaghuti, Hui Wei, Xiaolong Wu, Tongming Yin, Qiang Zhuge
Epigenetic modification by DNA methylation is necessary for all cellular processes, including genetic expression events, DNA repair, genomic imprinting and regulation of tissue development. It occurs almost exclusively at the C5 position of symmetric CpG and asymmetric CpHpG and CpHpH sites in genomic DNA. The RNA-directed DNA methylation (RDM1) gene is crucial for heterochromatin and DNA methylation. We overexpressed PtRDM1 gene from Populus trichocarpa to amplify transcripts of orthologous RDM1 in 'Nanlin895' (P...
March 10, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Sa Geng, Ayano Miyagi, James G Umen
Volvocine algae comprise a unique comparative model for investigating the evolution of distinct male and female sexes (oogamy) from an isogamous ancestral state with mating types. The mating-type or sex-determining gene MID encodes a putative RWP-RK family transcription factor, and orthologs of MID are present throughout the volvocine algal lineage in either the MT- or male mating locus of dioecious species. It was previously found that ectopic expression of isogamous Chlamydomonas reinhardtii MID ( CrMID ) in a C...
March 16, 2018: Development
Mark R H Hurst, Amy Beattie, Sandra A Jones, Aurelie Laugraud, Chikako van Koten, Lincoln Harper
A highly virulent Serratia proteamaculans strain, AGR96X, exhibiting specific pathogenicity against larvae of the New Zealand grass grub ( Costelytra giveni ; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and the New Zealand manuka beetle ( Pyronota festiva and P. setosa ; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), was isolated from a diseased grass grub larva. A 12-day median lethal dose of 4.89 ± 0.92 × 103 cells per grass grub larva was defined for AGR96X, and death occurred within 5--12 days following ingestion of a high bacterial dose...
March 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Hui Yang, Yun Zhu, Xing Chen, Xiaoxia Li, Sheng Ye, Rongguang Zhang
SEFIR domain-containing proteins are crucial for mammalian adaptive immunity. As a unique intracellular signaling domain, the SEFIR-SEFIR interactions mediate physical protein-protein interactions in the immune signaling network, especially the IL-17- and IL-25-mediated pathways. However, due to the lack of structural information, the detailed molecular mechanism for SEFIR-SEFIR assembly remains unclear. In the present study, we solved the crystal structures of a prokaryotic SEFIR domain from Bacillus cereus F65185 (BcSEFIR), which SEFIR domain located at the N terminusof protein...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Structural Biology
Jeffrey Zielich, Elena Tzima, Eva Ayla Schröder, Faten Jemel, Barbara Conradt, Eric J Lambie
P5B ATPases are present in the genomes of diverse unicellular and multicellular eukaryotes, indicating that they have an ancient origin, and that they are important for cellular fitness. Inactivation of ATP13A2, one of the four human P5B ATPases, leads to early-onset Parkinson's disease (Kufor-Rakeb Syndrome). The presence of an invariant PPALP motif within the putative substrate interaction pocket of transmembrane segment M4 suggests that all P5B ATPases might have similar transport specificity; however, the identity of the transport substrate(s) remains unknown...
2018: PloS One
Nicolas Daffern, Zhonglei Chen, Yongbo Zhang, Leslie Pick, Ishwar Radhakrishnan
The ligand-binding domains (LBD) of the NR5A subfamily of nuclear receptors activate transcription via ligand-dependent and ligand-independent mechanisms. The Drosophila Ftz-F1 receptor (NR5A3) belongs to the latter category and its ligand-independence is attributed to a short helical segment (6) within the protein that resides in the canonical ligand-binding pocket (LBP) in the crystalline state. Here, we show that the 6 helix is dynamic in solution when Ftz-F1 is bound to the LxxLL motif of its cofactor Ftz, undergoing motions on the fast (picosecond-nanosecond) as well as slow (microsecond-millisecond) timescales...
March 16, 2018: Biochemistry
Ke Xie, Suowei Wu, Ziwen Li, Yan Zhou, Danfeng Zhang, Zhenying Dong, Xueli An, Taotao Zhu, Simiao Zhang, Shuangshuang Liu, Jinping Li, Xiangyuan Wan
Map-based cloning of maize ms33 gene showed that ZmMs33 encodes a sn-2 glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase, the ortholog of rice OsGPAT3, and it is essential for male fertility in maize. Genetic male sterility has been widely studied for its biological significance and commercial value in hybrid seed production. Although many male-sterile mutants have been identified in maize (Zea mays L.), it is likely that most genes that cause male sterility are unknown. Here, we report a recessive genetic male-sterile mutant, male sterility33 (ms33), which displays small, pale yellow anthers, and complete male sterility...
March 15, 2018: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
Alma Botas, Rosario Pérez-Redondo, Antonio Rodríguez-García, Rubén Álvarez-Álvarez, Paula Yagüe, Angel Manteca, Paloma Liras
ArgR is a well-characterized transcriptional repressor controlling the expression of arginine and pyrimidine biosynthetic genes in bacteria. In this work, the biological role of Streptomyces coelicolor ArgR was analyzed by comparing the transcriptomes of S. coelicolor Δ argR and its parental strain, S. coelicolor M145, at five different times over a 66-h period. The effect of S. coelicolor ArgR was more widespread than that of the orthologous protein of Escherichia coli , affecting the expression of 1544 genes along the microarray time series...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Jinyu Wang, Haitao Zhang, Mohammed Al Shibar, Belinda Willard, Alo Ray, Kurt W Runge
Telomeres, the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes, consist of repetitive DNA sequences and their bound proteins that protect the end from the DNA damage response. Short telomeres with fewer repeats are preferentially elongated by telomerase. Tel1, the yeast homolog of human ATM kinase, is preferentially recruited to short telomeres and Tel1 kinase activity is required for telomere elongation. Rif1, a telomere-binding protein, negatively regulates telomere length by forming a complex with two other telomere binding proteins, Rap1 and Rif2, to block telomerase recruitment...
March 7, 2018: DNA Repair
Qing Cai, Sen-Miao Tong, Wei Shao, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
Histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and deacetylases (HDACs) maintain dynamics of lysine acetylation/deacetylation on histones and non-histone substrates involved in gene regulation and cellular events. Hos2 is a class I HDAC that deacetylates unique histone H4-K16 site in yeasts. Here, we report that orthologous Hos2 deacetylates H4-K16 and is also involved in the acetylation of histone H3-K56 and the phosphorylation of histone H2A-S129 and cyclin-dependent kinase 1 CDK1-Y15 in Beauveria bassiana, a filamentous fungal insect pathogen...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Microbiology
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