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June Ho Shin, Mikel D Haggadone, John B Sunwoo
The Distal-less (Dlx) homeobox transcription factors (TFs) play a prominent role in regulating multiple facets of vertebrate biology. Though widely studied as mediators of tissue development, recent work has uncovered a role for this TF family in modulating the vertebrate hematopoietic compartment. Pertinent to our study, murine Dlx1-3 are expressed in an innate lymphocyte population known as natural killer (NK) cells, and they are implicated to assume a functional role in the NK cell maturation pathway. However, Dlx target genes are poorly understood...
September 2016: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
Danielle Ahn, Hernán Peñaloza, Zheng Wang, Matthew Wickersham, Dane Parker, Purvi Patel, Antonius Koller, Emily I Chen, Susan M Bueno, Anne-Catrin Uhlemann, Alice Prince
Adaptive changes in the genome of a locally predominant clinical isolate of the multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae ST258 (KP35) were identified and help to explain the selection of this strain as a successful pulmonary pathogen. The acquisition of 4 new ortholog groups, including an arginine transporter, enabled KP35 to outcompete related ST258 strains lacking these genes. KP35 infection elicited a monocytic response, dominated by Ly6C(hi) monocytic myeloid-derived suppressor cells that lacked phagocytic capabilities, expressed IL-10, arginase, and antiinflammatory surface markers...
October 20, 2016: JCI Insight
Hannah H Lee, Brenda F Leake, Richard B Kim, Richard H Ho
The organic anion-transporting polypeptides represent an important family of drug uptake transporters that mediate the cellular uptake of a broad range of substrates including numerous drugs. Doxorubicin is a highly efficacious and well-established anthracycline chemotherapeutic agent commonly used in the treatment of a wide range of cancers. While doxorubicin is a known substrate for efflux transporters such as P-glycoprotein (P-gp; MDR1, ABCB1), significantly less is known regarding its interactions with drug uptake transporters...
October 24, 2016: Molecular Pharmacology
Milo B Fasken, Jillian S Losh, Sara W Leung, Sergine Brutus, Brittany Avin, Jillian C Vaught, Jennifer Potter-Birriel, Taylor Craig, Graeme L Conn, Katherine Mills-Lujan, Anita H Corbett, Ambro van Hoof
Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia type 1b (PCH1b) is an autosomal recessive disorder that causes cerebellar hypoplasia and spinal motor neuron degeneration leading to mortality in early childhood. PCH1b is caused by mutations in the RNA exosome subunit gene, EXOSC3 The RNA exosome is an evolutionarily conserved complex, consisting of nine different core subunits and one or two 3'-5' exoribonuclease subunits, that mediates several RNA degradation and processing steps. The goal of this study is to assess the functional consequences of the amino acid substitutions that have been identified in EXOSC3 in PCH1b patients...
October 24, 2016: Genetics
Castrese Morrone, Riccardo Miggiano, Mario Serpe, Alberto Massarotti, Anna Valenti, Giovanni Del Monaco, Mosè Rossi, Franca Rossi, Menico Rizzi, Giuseppe Perugino, Maria Ciaramella
BACKGROUND: Alkylated DNA-protein alkyltransferases (AGTs) are conserved proteins that repair alkylation damage in DNA by using a single-step mechanism leading to irreversible alkylation of the catalytic cysteine in the active site. Trans-alkylation induces inactivation and destabilization of the protein, both in vitro and in vivo, likely triggering conformational changes. A complete picture of structural rearrangements occurring during the reaction cycle is missing, despite considerable interest raised by the peculiarity of AGT reaction, and the contribution of a functional AGT in limiting the efficacy of chemotherapy with alkylating drugs...
October 21, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Apurva Narechania, Richard Baker, Rob DeSalle, Barun Mathema, Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis, Barry Kreiswirth, Paul J Planet
BACKGROUND: Collective animal behavior, such as the flocking of birds or the shoaling of fish, has inspired a class of algorithms designed to optimize distance-based clusters in various applications, including document analysis and DNA microarrays. In a flocking model, individual agents respond only to their immediate environment and move according to a few simple rules. After several iterations the agents self-organize, and clusters emerge without the need for partitional seeds. In addition to its unsupervised nature, flocking offers several computational advantages, including the potential to reduce the number of required comparisons...
October 24, 2016: GigaScience
Money Gupta, Rashi Chauhan, Yamuna Prasad, Gulshan Wadhwa, Chakresh Kumar Jain
The lack of complete treatments and appearance of multiple drug-resistance strains of Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) are causing an increased risk of lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Bcc infection is a big risk to human health and demands an urgent need to identify new therapeutics against these bacteria. Network biology has emerged as one of the prospective hope in identifying novel drug targets and hits. We have applied protein-protein interaction methodology to identify new drug-target candidates (orthologs) in Burkhloderia cepacia GG4, which is an important strain for studying the quorum-sensing phenomena...
October 8, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Sasha Kay, Daniel Skowronski, Brendan G Hunt
DNA methylation is accomplished in animals by two classes of enzymes known as DNA methyltransferases, DNMT3 and DNMT1, which perform de novo methylation and maintenance methylation, respectively. Several studies of hymenopteran eusocial insects suggest that DNA methylation is capable of influencing developmental plasticity. However, fundamental questions remain about the patterning of DNA methylation during the course of insect development. In this study, we performed quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) on transcripts from the single-copy orthologs of DNMT1 and DNMT3 in the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta...
October 24, 2016: Insect Science
Julieta Bonacina, Nadia Suárez, Ricardo Hormigo, Silvina Fadda, Marcus Lechner, Lucila Saavedra
The study of enterococcal genomes has grown considerably in recent years. While special attention is paid to comparative genomic analysis among clinical relevant isolates, in this study we performed an exhaustive comparative analysis of enterococcal genomes of food origin and/or with potential to be used as probiotics. Beyond common genetic features, we especially aimed to identify those that are specific to enterococcal strains isolated from a certain food-related source as well as features present in a species-specific manner...
October 23, 2016: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
En-Ming He, Cheng-Wen Chen, Yong Guo, Mei-Hua Hsu, Liang Zhang, Hsiu-Ling Chen, Guo-Ping Zhao, Cheng-Hsun Chiu, Yan Zhou
Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) causes serious infections in humans and other species. A total of 25 complete GBS genomes, including the first sequenced serotype VI genome (GBS-M002), were compared in this study. The power law model suggested that the pan-genome of GBS is open, with approximately 1300 genes in the core genome of GBS, accounting for approximately 60% of the average genome content. GBS-M002 has 73 specific genes and is one of the five strains containing >60 specific genes. Based on COG (Cluster of Orthologous Groups of proteins) functional classification, 24% of the genes related to defense mechanisms are specific among the strains...
October 20, 2016: Gene
Sen Gao, Shikai Liu, Jun Yao, Ning Li, Zihao Yuan, Tao Zhou, Qi Li, Zhanjiang Liu
BACKGROUND: Channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) live in turbid waters with limited visibility to chase prey within a certain distance. This can be compensated through detecting specific water-soluble substances by the olfactory receptors (ORs) and trace amine associated receptors (TAARs) expressed on the olfactory epithelium. METHODS: We identified the OR and TAAR repertoires in channel catfish, and characterized the genomic organizations of these two gene families by data mining available genomic resources...
October 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Setsu Nakae, Atsushi Hijikata, Toshiyuki Tsuji, Kouki Yonezawa, Ken-Ichi Kouyama, Kouta Mayanagi, Sonoko Ishino, Yoshizumi Ishino, Tsuyoshi Shirai
Archaeal NucS nuclease was thought to degrade the single-stranded region of branched DNA, which contains flapped and splayed DNA. However, recent findings indicated that EndoMS, the orthologous enzyme of NucS, specifically cleaves double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) containing mismatched bases. In this study, we determined the structure of the EndoMS-DNA complex. The complex structure of the EndoMS dimer with dsDNA unexpectedly revealed that the mismatched bases were flipped out into binding sites, and the overall architecture most resembled that of restriction enzymes...
October 17, 2016: Structure
Nel Otting, Marit K H van der Wiel, Nanine de Groot, Annemiek J M de Vos-Rouweler, Natasja G de Groot, Gaby G M Doxiadis, Roger W Wiseman, David H O'Connor, Ronald E Bontrop
The human major histocompatibility complex (MHC) region encodes three types of class II molecules designated HLA-DR, -DQ, and -DP. Both the HLA-DQ and -DP gene region comprise a duplicated tandem of A and B genes, whereas in macaques, only one set of genes is present per region. A substantial sequencing project on the DQ and DP genes in various macaque populations resulted in the detection of previously 304 unreported full-length alleles. Phylogenetic studies showed that humans and macaques share trans-species lineages for the DQA1 and DQB1 genes, whereas the DPA1 and DPB1 lineages in macaques appear to be species-specific...
October 22, 2016: Immunogenetics
Minyeop Nahm, Sunyoung Park, Jihye Lee, Seungbok Lee
Fasciclin II (FasII), the Drosophila ortholog of neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM), plays a critical role in synaptic stabilization and plasticity. Although this molecule undergoes constitutive cycling at the synaptic membrane, how its membrane trafficking is regulated to ensure proper synaptic development remains poorly understood. In a genetic screen, we recovered a mutation in Drosophila mical-like that displays an increase in bouton numbers and a decrease in FasII levels at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ)...
October 21, 2016: Molecules and Cells
Anastasia K Atabekova, Anna V Pankratenko, Svetlana S Makarova, Ekaterina A Lazareva, Robert A Owens, Andrey G Solovyev, Sergey Y Morozov
Human B-cell receptor-associated protein BAP31 (HsBAP31) is the endoplasmic reticulum-resident protein involved in protein sorting and transport as well as pro-apoptotic signaling. Plant orthologs of HsBAP31 termed 'plant BAP-like proteins' (PBL proteins) have thus far remained unstudied. Recently, the PBL protein from Nicotiana tabacum (NtPBL) was identified as an interactor of Nt-4/1, a plant protein known to interact with plant virus movement proteins and affect the long-distance transport of potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd) via the phloem...
October 19, 2016: Biochimie
Sangmi Oh, Ichiro Kawasaki, Jae-Hyung Park, Yhong-Hee Shim
Cell division cycle 25 (cdc25) is an evolutionarily conserved phosphatase that promotes cell cycle progression. Among the four cdc25 orthologs in Caenorhabditis elegans, we found that cdc-25.4 mutant males failed to produce outcrossed progeny. This was not caused by defects in sperm development, but by defects in male mating behavior. The cdc-25.4 mutant males showed various defects during male mating, including contact response, backing, turning, and vulva location. Aberrant turning behavior was the most prominent defect in the cdc-25...
October 21, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Chaoyun Hao, Zhiqiang Xia, Rui Fan, Lehe Tan, Lisong Hu, Baoduo Wu, Huasong Wu
BACKGROUND: Piper nigrum L., or "black pepper", is an economically important spice crop in tropical regions. Black pepper production is markedly affected by foot rot disease caused by Phytophthora capsici, and genetic improvement of black pepper is essential for combating foot rot diseases. However, little is known about the mechanism of anti- P. capsici in black pepper. The molecular mechanisms underlying foot rot susceptibility were studied by comparing transcriptome analysis between resistant (Piper flaviflorum) and susceptible (Piper nigrum cv...
October 21, 2016: BMC Genomics
Evgeny Z Kvon, Olga K Kamneva, Uirá S Melo, Iros Barozzi, Marco Osterwalder, Brandon J Mannion, Virginie Tissières, Catherine S Pickle, Ingrid Plajzer-Frick, Elizabeth A Lee, Momoe Kato, Tyler H Garvin, Jennifer A Akiyama, Veena Afzal, Javier Lopez-Rios, Edward M Rubin, Diane E Dickel, Len A Pennacchio, Axel Visel
The evolution of body shape is thought to be tightly coupled to changes in regulatory sequences, but specific molecular events associated with major morphological transitions in vertebrates have remained elusive. We identified snake-specific sequence changes within an otherwise highly conserved long-range limb enhancer of Sonic hedgehog (Shh). Transgenic mouse reporter assays revealed that the in vivo activity pattern of the enhancer is conserved across a wide range of vertebrates, including fish, but not in snakes...
October 20, 2016: Cell
Brody Holohan, Wanil Kim, Tsung-Po Lai, Hirotoshi Hoshiyama, Ning Zhang, Anas M Alazami, Woodring E Wright, M Stephen Meyn, Fowzan S Alkuraya, Jerry W Shay
BACKGROUND: Loss of function in genes required for telomere maintenance result in disorders known as telomeropathies, which are characterized by a pattern of symptoms including generalized and specific lymphocytopenias as well as very short telomere length and disease anticipation. METHODS: Because human LARP7 is the most likely ortholog of the Tetrahymena p65 protein, which is required for telomerase activity in that organism, we investigated the effects of LARP7 silencing in human cells as well as in two distinct families with Alazami syndrome (loss of function of LARP7)...
October 17, 2016: BMC Genomics
Hyundoo Jeong, Xiaoning Qian, Byung-Jun Yoon
BACKGROUND: Comparative analysis of protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks provides an effective means of detecting conserved functional network modules across different species. Such modules typically consist of orthologous proteins with conserved interactions, which can be exploited to computationally predict the modules through network comparison. RESULTS: In this work, we propose a novel probabilistic framework for comparing PPI networks and effectively predicting the correspondence between proteins, represented as network nodes, that belong to conserved functional modules across the given PPI networks...
October 6, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
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