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Mi-Sun Kwon, Jaewon Min, Hee-Yeon Jeon, Kwangwoo Hwang, Chuna Kim, Junho Lee, Je-Gun Joung, Woong-Yang Park, Hyunsook Lee
BRCA2 is a multifunctional tumor suppressor involved in homologous recombination (HR), mitotic checkpoint regulation, and telomere homeostasis. Absence of Brca2 in mice results in progressive shortening of telomeres and senescence, yet cells are prone to neoplastic transformation with elongated telomeres, suggesting that BRCA2 has positive and negative effects on telomere length regulation along the path to tumorigenesis. Using Caenorhabditis elegans as a model, we show here that depletion of BRC-2, an ortholog of BRCA2, paradoxically delays senescence in telomerase-deficient mutant worms...
October 2016: FEBS Open Bio
Nicolas Jaé, Stefanie Dimmeler
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 14, 2016: Circulation Research
Konstantina Katsarou, Eleni Mavrothalassiti, Wannes Dermauw, Thomas Van Leeuwen, Kriton Kalantidis
Viroids are self replicating non-coding RNAs capable of infecting a wide range of plant hosts. They do not encode any proteins, thus the mechanism by which they escape plant defenses remains unclear. RNAi silencing is a major defense mechanism against virus infections, with the four DCL proteins being principal components of the pathway. We have used Nicotiana benthamiana as a model to study Potato spindle tuber viroid infection. This viroid is a member of the Pospiviroidae family and replicates in the nucleus via an asymmetric rolling circle mechanism...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Marta Irla, Tonje M B Heggeset, Ingemar Nærdal, Lidia Paul, Tone Haugen, Simone B Le, Trygve Brautaset, Volker F Wendisch
Bacillus methanolicus is a thermophilic methylotroph able to overproduce amino acids from methanol, a substrate not used for human or animal nutrition. Based on our previous RNA-seq analysis a mannitol inducible promoter and a putative mannitol activator gene mtlR were identified. The mannitol inducible promoter was applied for controlled gene expression using fluorescent reporter proteins and a flow cytometry analysis, and improved by changing the -35 promoter region and by co-expression of the mtlR regulator gene...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Elena L Grigorenko, Sergey A Kornilov, Oksana Yu Naumova
The last decade has been marked by an increased interest in relating epigenetic mechanisms to complex human behaviors, although this interest has not been balanced, accentuating various types of affective and primarily ignoring cognitive functioning. Recent animal model data support the view that epigenetic processes play a role in learning and memory consolidation and help transmit acquired memories even across generations. In this review, we provide an overview of various types of epigenetic mechanisms in the brain (DNA methylation, histone modification, and noncoding RNA action) and discuss their impact proximally on gene transcription, protein synthesis, and synaptic plasticity and distally on learning, memory, and other cognitive functions...
October 3, 2016: Development and Psychopathology
Matthew Norris, Chun Kit Kwok, Jitender Cheema, Matthew Hartley, Richard J Morris, Sharon Aviran, Yiliang Ding
: Most RNA molecules form internal base pairs, leading to a folded secondary structure. Some of these structures have been demonstrated to be functionally significant. High-throughput RNA structure chemical probing methods generate millions of sequencing reads to provide structural constraints for RNA secondary structure prediction. At present, processed data from these experiments are difficult to access without computational expertise. Here we present FoldAtlas, a web interface for accessing raw and processed structural data across thousands of transcripts...
September 22, 2016: Bioinformatics
C Zurla, J Jung, E L Blanchard, P J Santangelo
RNA binding proteins (RBP) and small RNAs regulate the editing, localization, stabilization, translation, and degradation of ribonucleic acids (RNAs) through their interactions with specific cis-acting elements within target RNAs. Here, we describe a novel method to detect protein-mRNA interactions, which combines FLAG-peptide modified, multiply-labeled tetravalent RNA imaging probes (FMTRIPs) with proximity ligation (PLA), and rolling circle amplification (RCA). This assay detects native RNA in a sequence specific and single RNA sensitive manner, and PLA allows for the quantification and localization of protein-mRNA interactions with single-interaction sensitivity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
K Naimuddin, M Akram, A K Agnihotri
A disease of lentil with symptoms of distortion, mottling and chlorosis in the leaves, shortening of internodes and excessive branching was noticed in lentil at Kanpur, India, during 2012-2014. Results of polymerase chain reaction and reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction employed to detect suspected RNA and DNA viruses indicated involvement of a geminivirus, which was further characterized by sequencing of full genome amplified by rolling circle amplification. Analysis of full length DNA-A revealed 96...
2016: Acta Virologica
Megan E Filbin, Jeffrey S Kieft
Communication between the 5' and 3' ends of a eukaryotic messenger RNA (mRNA) or viral genomic RNA is a ubiquitous and important strategy used to regulate gene expression. Although the canonical interaction between initiation factor proteins at the 5' end of an mRNA and proteins bound to the polyadenylate tail at the 3' end is well known, in fact there are many other strategies used in diverse ways. These strategies can involve "non-canonical" proteins, RNA structures, and direct RNA-RNA base-pairing between distal elements to achieve 5'-to-3' communication...
2016: F1000Research
Boris Novakovic, Christine E Napier, Regan Vryer, Eva Dimitriadis, Ursula Manuelpillai, Andrew Sharkey, Jeffrey M Craig, Roger R Reddel, Richard Saffery
STUDY QUESTION: What factors regulate elongated telomere length in the human placenta? SUMMARY ANSWER: Hypomethylation of TERRA promoters in the human placenta is associated with high expression TERRA genes, however, no clear mechanistic link between these phenomena and elongated telomere length in the human placenta was found. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Human placenta tissue and trophoblasts show longer telomere lengths compared to gestational age-matched somatic cells...
September 7, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Grace Ee-Lu Siaw, I-Fen Liu, Po-Yen Lin, Michael D Been, Tao-Shih Hsieh
Topoisomerase 3β (Top3β) can associate with the mediator protein Tudor domain-containing protein 3 (TDRD3) to participate in two gene expression processes of transcription and translation. Despite the apparent importance of TDRD3 in binding with Top3β and directing it to cellular compartments critical for gene expression, the biochemical mechanism of how TDRD3 can affect the functions of Top3β is not known. We report here sensitive biochemical assays for the activities of Top3β on DNA and RNA substrates in resolving topological entanglements and for the analysis of TDRD3 functions...
September 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jeremy E Wilusz
Pre-mRNAs from thousands of eukaryotic genes can be non-canonically spliced to generate circular RNAs, some of which accumulate to higher levels than their associated linear mRNA. Recent work has revealed widespread mechanisms that dictate whether the spliceosome generates a linear or circular RNA. For most genes, circular RNA biogenesis via backsplicing is far less efficient than canonical splicing, but circular RNAs can accumulate due to their long half-lives. Backsplicing is often initiated when complementary sequences from different introns base pair and bring the intervening splice sites close together...
August 29, 2016: RNA Biology
Véronique Avettand-Fènoël, Laurent Hocqueloux, Jade Ghosn, Antoine Cheret, Pierre Frange, Adeline Melard, Jean-Paul Viard, Christine Rouzioux
HIV-1 DNA persists in infected cells despite combined antiretroviral therapy (cART), forming viral reservoirs. Recent trials of strategies targeting latent HIV reservoirs have rekindled hopes of curing HIV infection, and reliable markers are thus needed to evaluate viral reservoirs. Total HIV DNA quantification is simple, standardized, sensitive, and reproducible. Total HIV DNA load influences the course of the infection and is therefore clinically relevant. In particular, it is predictive of progression to AIDS and death, independently of HIV RNA load and the CD4 cell count...
October 2016: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
Rui Wang, Lei Wang, Haiyan Zhao, Wei Jiang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are vital for many biological processes and have been regarded as cancer biomarkers. Specific and sensitive detection of miRNAs is essential for cancer diagnosis and therapy. Herein, a split recognition mode combined with cascade signal amplification strategy is developed for highly specific and sensitive detection of miRNA. The split recognition mode possesses two specific recognition processes, which are based on toehold-mediated strand displacement reaction (TSDR) and direct hybridization reaction...
December 15, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Lian-Ju Li, Qing Huang, Hai-Feng Pan, Dong-Qing Ye
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a large class of noncoding RNAs that form covalently closed RNA circles. The discovery of circRNAs discloses a new layer of gene regulation occurred post-transcriptionally. Identification of endogenous circRNAs benefits from the advance in high-throughput RNA sequencing and remains challenging. Many studies probing into the mechanisms of circRNAs formation occurred cotranscriptionally or posttranscriptionally emerge and conclude that canonical splicing mechanism, sequence properties, and certain regulatory factors are at play in the process...
August 15, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Rémi Fromentin, Wendy Bakeman, Mariam B Lawani, Gabriela Khoury, Wendy Hartogensis, Sandrina DaFonseca, Marisela Killian, Lorrie Epling, Rebecca Hoh, Elizabeth Sinclair, Frederick M Hecht, Peter Bacchetti, Steven G Deeks, Sharon R Lewin, Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, Nicolas Chomont
HIV persists in a small pool of latently infected cells despite antiretroviral therapy (ART). Identifying cellular markers expressed at the surface of these cells may lead to novel therapeutic strategies to reduce the size of the HIV reservoir. We hypothesized that CD4+ T cells expressing immune checkpoint molecules would be enriched in HIV-infected cells in individuals receiving suppressive ART. Expression levels of 7 immune checkpoint molecules (PD-1, CTLA-4, LAG-3, TIGIT, TIM-3, CD160 and 2B4) as well as 4 markers of HIV persistence (integrated and total HIV DNA, 2-LTR circles and cell-associated unspliced HIV RNA) were measured in PBMCs from 48 virally suppressed individuals...
July 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Tomohiko Kazama, Kinya Toriyama
Nuclear genome substitutions between subspecies can lead to cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) through incompatibility between nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. Boro-Taichung (BT)-type CMS rice was obtained by substituting the nuclear genome of Oryza sativa subsp. indica cultivar Chinsurah Boro II with that of Oryza sativa subsp. japonica cultivar Taichung 65. In BT-type CMS rice, the mitochondrial gene orf79 is associated with male sterility. A complete sequence of the Boro-type mitochondrial genome responsible for BT-type CMS has not been determined to date...
2016: PloS One
Hiroto Fujita, Yuka Kataoka, Seiji Tobita, Masayasu Kuwahara, Naoki Sugimoto
We have developed a novel RNA detection method, termed signal amplification by ternary initiation complexes (SATIC), in which an analyte sample is simply mixed with the relevant reagents and allowed to stand for a short time under isothermal conditions (37 °C). The advantage of the technique is that there is no requirement for (i) heat annealing, (ii) thermal cycling during the reaction, (iii) a reverse transcription step, or (iv) enzymatic or mechanical fragmentation of the target RNA. SATIC involves the formation of a ternary initiation complex between the target RNA, a circular DNA template, and a DNA primer, followed by rolling circle amplification (RCA) to generate multiple copies of G-quadruplex (G4) on a long DNA strand like beads on a string...
July 19, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Amelia Cervera, Denisse Urbina, Marcos de la Peña
BACKGROUND: Catalytic RNAs, or ribozymes, are regarded as fossils of a prebiotic RNA world that have remained in the genomes of modern organisms. The simplest ribozymes are the small self-cleaving RNAs, like the hammerhead ribozyme, which have been historically considered biological oddities restricted to some RNA pathogens. Recent data, however, indicate that small self-cleaving ribozymes are widespread in genomes, although their functions are still unknown. RESULTS: We reveal that hammerhead ribozyme sequences in plant genomes form part of a new family of small non-autonomous retrotransposons with hammerhead ribozymes, referred to as retrozymes...
2016: Genome Biology
Meng Liu, Qiang Zhang, Zhongping Li, Jimmy Gu, John D Brennan, Yingfu Li
Many rationally engineered DNA nanostructures use mechanically interlocked topologies to connect individual DNA components, and their physical connectivity is achieved through the formation of a strong linking duplex. The existence of such a structural element also poses a significant topological constraint on functions of component rings. Herein, we hypothesize and confirm that DNA catenanes with a strong linking duplex prevent component rings from acting as the template for rolling circle amplification (RCA)...
2016: Nature Communications
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