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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531892/emery-dreifuss-muscular-dystrophy-associated-mutant-forms-of-lamin-a-recruit-the-stress-responsive-protein-ankrd2-into-the-nucleus-affecting-the-cellular-response-to-oxidative-stress
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Silvia Angori, Cristina Capanni, Georgine Faulkner, Camilla Bean, Giuseppe Boriani, Giovanna Lattanzi, Vittoria Cenni
BACKGROUND: Ankrd2 is a stress responsive protein mainly expressed in muscle cells. Upon the application of oxidative stress, Ankrd2 translocates into the nucleus where it regulates the activity of genes involved in cellular response to stress. Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy 2 (EDMD2) is a muscular disorder caused by mutations of the gene encoding lamin A, LMNA. As well as many phenotypic abnormalities, EDMD2 muscle cells also feature a permanent basal stress state, the underlying molecular mechanisms of which are currently unclear...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531371/wing-1-of-protein-hop2-is-as-important-as-helix-3-in-dna-binding-by-md-simulation
#2
Hem Moktan, Donghua H Zhou
The repair of programmed DNA double-strand breaks through recombination is required for proper association and disjunction of the meiotic homologous chromosomes. Meiosis specific protein HOP2 plays essential roles in recombination by promoting recombinase activities. The N-terminal domain of HOP2 interacts with DNA through helix 3 (H3) and wing 1 (W1). Mutations in wing 1 (Y65A/K67A/Q68A) slightly weakened the binding but mutations in helices 2 and 3 (Q30A/K44A/K49A) nearly abolished the binding. To better understand such differential effects at atomic level, molecular dynamics simulations were employed...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531337/correlation-of-immune-phenotype-with-idh-mutation-in-diffuse-glioma
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Anna Sophie Berghoff, Barbara Kiesel, Georg Widhalm, Dorothee Wilhelm, Orsolya Rajky, Sebastian Kurscheid, Philip Kresl, Adelheid Wöhrer, Christine Marosi, Monika E Hegi, Matthias Preusser
Background: Tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) are targets of immune checkpoint inhibitors. Methods: Forty-three World Health Organization (WHO) grade II/III gliomas (39 IDH-mutant [mut], 4 IDH-wildtype [wt]) and 14 IDH-mut glioblastomas (GBM) were analyzed for TIL (CD3+; PD1+) infiltration and PD-L1 expression. Results were compared with the data of a previously published series of 117 IDH-wt glioblastomas. PD-L1 gene expression levels were evaluated in 677 diffuse gliomas grades II-IV from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database...
May 20, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531329/alternative-stable-conformation-capable-of-protein-misinteraction-links-trna-synthetase-to-peripheral-neuropathy
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David Blocquel, Sheng Li, Na Wei, Herwin Daub, Mathew Sajish, Maria-Luise Erfurth, Grace Kooi, Jiadong Zhou, Ge Bai, Paul Schimmel, Albena Jordanova, Xiang-Lei Yang
While having multiple aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases implicated in Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease suggests a common mechanism, a defect in enzymatic activity is not shared among the CMT-causing mutants. Protein misfolding is a common hypothesis underlying the development of many neurological diseases. Its process usually involves an initial reduction in protein stability and then the subsequent oligomerization and aggregation. Here, we study the structural effect of three CMT-causing mutations in tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase (TyrRS or YARS)...
May 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531315/the-interaction-between-cytosine-methylation-and-processes-of-dna-replication-and-repair-shape-the-mutational-landscape-of-cancer-genomes
#5
Rebecca C Poulos, Jake Olivier, Jason W H Wong
Methylated cytosines (5mCs) are frequently mutated in the genome. However, no studies have yet comprehensively analysed mutation-methylation associations across cancer types. Here we analyse 916 cancer genomes, together with tissue type-specific methylation and replication timing data. We describe a strong mutation-methylation association across colorectal cancer subtypes, most interestingly in samples with microsatellite instability (MSI) or Polymerase epsilon (POLE) exonuclease domain mutations. By analysing genomic regions with differential mismatch repair (MMR) efficiency, we suggest a possible role for MMR in the correction of 5mC deamination events, potentially accounting for the high rate of 5mC mutation accumulation in MSI tumours...
May 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531304/replication-studies-of-carboxymethylated-dna-lesions-in-human-cells
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Jun Wu, Pengcheng Wang, Lin Li, Nicole L Williams, Debin Ji, Walter J Zahurancik, Changjun You, Jianshuang Wang, Zucai Suo, Yinsheng Wang
Metabolic activation of some N-nitroso compounds (NOCs), an important class of DNA damaging agents, can induce the carboxymethylation of nucleobases in DNA. Very little was previously known about how the carboxymethylated DNA lesions perturb DNA replication in human cells. Here, we investigated the effects of five carboxymethylated DNA lesions, i.e. O6-CMdG, N6-CMdA, N4-CMdC, N3-CMdT and O4-CMdT on the efficiency and fidelity of DNA replication in HEK293T human embryonic kidney cells. We found that, while neither N6-CMdA nor N4-CMdC blocked DNA replication or induced mutations, N3-CMdT, O4-CMdT and O6-CMdG moderately blocked DNA replication and induced substantial frequencies of T→A (81%), T→C (68%) and G→A (6...
May 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531253/gender-related-prognostic-value-and-genomic-pattern-of-intra-tumor-heterogeneity-ith-in-colorectal-cancer
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Jieyun Zhang, Shican Yan, Xiyu Liu, Lu Gan, Zhenhua Wu, Yiwei Gong, Mingzhu Huang, Xiaowei Zhang, Weijian Guo
Intra-tumor heterogeneity (ITH) is crucial in tumorigenesis and resistance to target therapy. Here, we used mutant-allele tumor heterogeneity (MATH) to measure ITH based on next-generation sequencing data and high MATH was proven as an independent risk prognostic factor in male CRC patients in both a training set of 284 colorectal cancer (CRC) patients with from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and a validating set of 187 CRC patients from International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC). Further, the genomic pattern according to MATH demonstrated that mutation rates of TP53, IRF5 and KRAS were independently associated with MATH, and the latter two were only significant in male patients...
May 20, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531234/directed-evolution-to-improve-the-catalytic-efficiency-of-urate-oxidase-from-bacillus-subtilis
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Wenjie Li, Shouteng Xu, Biao Zhang, Yelin Zhu, Yan Hua, Xin Kong, Lianhong Sun, Jiong Hong
Urate oxidase is a key enzyme in purine metabolism and catalyzes the oxidation of uric acid to allantoin. It is used to treat hyperuricemia and gout, and also in a diagnostic kit. In this study, error-prone polymerase chain reaction and staggered extension process was used to generate a mutant urate oxidase with improved enzyme activity from Bacillus subtilis. After several rounds of mutagenesis and screening, two mutants 6E9 and 8E279 were obtained which exhibited 2.99 and 3.43 times higher catalytic efficiency, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531216/impact-of-mutations-in-toll-like-receptor-pathway-genes-on-esophageal-carcinogenesis
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Daffolyn Rachael Fels Elliott, Juliane Perner, Xiaodun Li, Martyn F Symmons, Brett Verstak, Matthew Eldridge, Lawrence Bower, Maria O'Donovan, Nick J Gay, Rebecca C Fitzgerald
Esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) develops in an inflammatory microenvironment with reduced microbial diversity, but mechanisms for these influences remain poorly characterized. We hypothesized that mutations targeting the Toll-like receptor (TLR) pathway could disrupt innate immune signaling and promote a microenvironment that favors tumorigenesis. Through interrogating whole genome sequencing data from 171 EAC patients, we showed that non-synonymous mutations collectively affect the TLR pathway in 25/171 (14...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531214/suspected-lynch-syndrome-associated-msh6-variants-a-functional-assay-to-determine-their-pathogenicity
#10
Hellen Houlleberghs, Anne Goverde, Jarnick Lusseveld, Marleen Dekker, Marco J Bruno, Fred H Menko, Arjen R Mensenkamp, Manon C W Spaander, Anja Wagner, Robert M W Hofstra, Hein Te Riele
Lynch syndrome (LS) is a hereditary cancer predisposition caused by inactivating mutations in DNA mismatch repair (MMR) genes. Mutations in the MSH6 DNA MMR gene account for approximately 18% of LS cases. Many LS-associated sequence variants are nonsense and frameshift mutations that clearly abrogate MMR activity. However, missense mutations whose functional implications are unclear are also frequently seen in suspected-LS patients. To conclusively diagnose LS and enroll patients in appropriate surveillance programs to reduce morbidity as well as mortality, the functional consequences of these variants of uncertain clinical significance (VUS) must be defined...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531208/phylogenetic-analysis-of-emergent-streptococcus-pneumoniae-serotype-22f-causing-invasive-pneumococcal-disease-using-whole-genome-sequencing
#11
Walter H B Demczuk, Irene Martin, Linda Hoang, Paul Van Caeseele, Brigitte Lefebvre, Greg Horsman, David Haldane, Jonathan Gubbay, Sam Ratnam, Gregory German, Jennifer Daley Bernier, Lori Strudwick, Allison McGeer, George G Zhanel, Gary Van Domselaar, Morag Graham, Michael R Mulvey
Since implementation of the 13-valent polyvalent conjugate vaccine (PCV13) in Canada during 2010, the proportion of PCV13 serotypes causing invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) has declined from 55% (n = 1492) in 2010 to 31% (n = 764) in 2014. A concurrent increase of non-PCV13 serotypes has occurred and 22F has become the most prevalent serotype in Canada increasing from 7% (n = 183) to 11% (n = 283). Core single nucleotide variant phylogenetic analysis was performed on 137 Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 22F isolates collected across Canada from 2005-2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531201/evolutionary-forces-affecting-synonymous-variations-in-plant-genomes
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Yves Clément, Gautier Sarah, Yan Holtz, Felix Homa, Stéphanie Pointet, Sandy Contreras, Benoit Nabholz, François Sabot, Laure Sauné, Morgane Ardisson, Roberto Bacilieri, Guillaume Besnard, Angélique Berger, Céline Cardi, Fabien De Bellis, Olivier Fouet, Cyril Jourda, Bouchaib Khadari, Claire Lanaud, Thierry Leroy, David Pot, Christopher Sauvage, Nora Scarcelli, James Tregear, Yves Vigouroux, Nabila Yahiaoui, Manuel Ruiz, Sylvain Santoni, Jean-Pierre Labouisse, Jean-Louis Pham, Jacques David, Sylvain Glémin
Base composition is highly variable among and within plant genomes, especially at third codon positions, ranging from GC-poor and homogeneous species to GC-rich and highly heterogeneous ones (particularly Monocots). Consequently, synonymous codon usage is biased in most species, even when base composition is relatively homogeneous. The causes of these variations are still under debate, with three main forces being possibly involved: mutational bias, selection and GC-biased gene conversion (gBGC). So far, both selection and gBGC have been detected in some species but how their relative strength varies among and within species remains unclear...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531196/co-inheritance-of-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency-mutations-and-hemoglobin-e-in-a-kachin-population-in-a-malaria-endemic-region-of-southeast-asia
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Zeshuai Deng, Fang Yang, Yao Bai, Lijun He, Qing Li, Yanrui Wu, Lan Luo, Hong Li, Limei Ma, Zhaoqing Yang, Yongshu He, Liwang Cui
Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency and hemoglobin E (HbE, β26 Glu-Lys) are two common red cell disorders in Southeast Asia. G6PD deficiency produces hemolytic anemia, which can be triggered by certain drugs or infections. HbE is asymptomatic or is manifested as microcytic, minimally hemolytic anemia. The association between G6PD deficiency and HbE is little understood. This study aimed to investigate G6PD deficiency and HbE in a Kachin ethnic group in the China-Myanmar border area. G6PD enzyme activity was measured using a quantitative G6PD assay, G6PD variants genotyped by the SNaPshot assay, and an HbE gene mutation identified by an amplification refractory mutation system and subsequently confirmed by using a reverse dot blot hybridization assay from 100 unrelated individuals in the study area...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531185/thermal-stability-and-kinetic-constants-for-129-variants-of-a-family-1-glycoside-hydrolase-reveal-that-enzyme-activity-and-stability-can-be-separately-designed
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Dylan Alexander Carlin, Siena Hapig-Ward, Bill Wayne Chan, Natalie Damrau, Mary Riley, Ryan W Caster, Bowen Bethards, Justin B Siegel
Accurate modeling of enzyme activity and stability is an important goal of the protein engineering community. However, studies seeking to evaluate current progress are limited by small data sets of quantitative kinetic constants and thermal stability measurements. Here, we report quantitative measurements of soluble protein expression in E. coli, thermal stability, and Michaelis-Menten constants (kcat, KM, and kcat/KM) for 129 designed mutants of a glycoside hydrolase. Statistical analyses reveal that functional Tm is independent of kcat, KM, and kcat/KM in this system, illustrating that an individual mutation can modulate these functional parameters independently...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531108/regulation-of-metabolic-activity-by-p53
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Jessica Flöter, Irem Kaymak, Almut Schulze
Metabolic reprogramming in cancer cells is controlled by the activation of multiple oncogenic signalling pathways in order to promote macromolecule biosynthesis during rapid proliferation. Cancer cells also need to adapt their metabolism to survive and multiply under the metabolically compromised conditions provided by the tumour microenvironment. The tumour suppressor p53 interacts with the metabolic network at multiple nodes, mostly to reduce anabolic metabolism and promote preservation of cellular energy under conditions of nutrient restriction...
May 20, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530791/farnesyltransferase-mediated-delivery-of-a-covalent-inhibitor-overcomes-alternative-prenylation-to-mislocalize-k-ras
#16
Christopher J Novotny, Gregory L Hamilton, Frank McCormick, Kevan Shokat
Mutationally activated Ras is one of the most common oncogenic drivers found across all malignancies, and its selective inhibition has long been a goal in both pharma and academia. One of the oldest and most validated methods to inhibit overactive Ras signaling is by interfering with its post-translational processing and subsequent cellular localization. Previous attempts to target Ras processing led to the development of farnesyltransferase inhibitors, which can inhibit H-Ras localization but not K-Ras due to its ability to bypass farnesyltransterase inhibition though alternative prenylation by geranylgeranyltransferase...
May 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530713/bach2-immunodeficiency-illustrates-an-association-between-super-enhancers-and-haploinsufficiency
#17
Behdad Afzali, Juha Grönholm, Jana Vandrovcova, Charlotte O'Brien, Hong-Wei Sun, Ine Vanderleyden, Fred P Davis, Ahmad Khoder, Yu Zhang, Ahmed N Hegazy, Alejandro V Villarino, Ira W Palmer, Joshua Kaufman, Norman R Watts, Majid Kazemian, Olena Kamenyeva, Julia Keith, Anwar Sayed, Dalia Kasperaviciute, Michael Mueller, Jason D Hughes, Ivan J Fuss, Mohammed F Sadiyah, Kim Montgomery-Recht, Joshua McElwee, Nicholas P Restifo, Warren Strober, Michelle A Linterman, Paul T Wingfield, Holm H Uhlig, Rahul Roychoudhuri, Timothy J Aitman, Peter Kelleher, Michael J Lenardo, John J O'Shea, Nichola Cooper, Arian D J Laurence
The transcriptional programs that guide lymphocyte differentiation depend on the precise expression and timing of transcription factors (TFs). The TF BACH2 is essential for T and B lymphocytes and is associated with an archetypal super-enhancer (SE). Single-nucleotide variants in the BACH2 locus are associated with several autoimmune diseases, but BACH2 mutations that cause Mendelian monogenic primary immunodeficiency have not previously been identified. Here we describe a syndrome of BACH2-related immunodeficiency and autoimmunity (BRIDA) that results from BACH2 haploinsufficiency...
May 22, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530678/the-complex-genetics-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
#18
Xiaoqin Liu, Hisato Yagi, Shazina Saeed, Abha S Bais, George C Gabriel, Zhaohan Chen, Kevin A Peterson, You Li, Molly C Schwartz, William T Reynolds, Manush Saydmohammed, Brian Gibbs, Yijen Wu, William Devine, Bishwanath Chatterjee, Nikolai T Klena, Dennis Kostka, Karen L de Mesy Bentley, Madhavi K Ganapathiraju, Phillip Dexheimer, Linda Leatherbury, Omar Khalifa, Anchit Bhagat, Maliha Zahid, William Pu, Simon Watkins, Paul Grossfeld, Stephen A Murray, George A Porter, Michael Tsang, Lisa J Martin, D Woodrow Benson, Bruce J Aronow, Cecilia W Lo
Congenital heart disease (CHD) affects up to 1% of live births. Although a genetic etiology is indicated by an increased recurrence risk, sporadic occurrence suggests that CHD genetics is complex. Here, we show that hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a severe CHD, is multigenic and genetically heterogeneous. Using mouse forward genetics, we report what is, to our knowledge, the first isolation of HLHS mutant mice and identification of genes causing HLHS. Mutations from seven HLHS mouse lines showed multigenic enrichment in ten human chromosome regions linked to HLHS...
May 22, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530676/mutations-in-dzip1l-which-encodes-a-ciliary-transition-zone-protein-cause-autosomal-recessive-polycystic-kidney-disease
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Hao Lu, Maria C Rondón Galeano, Elisabeth Ott, Geraldine Kaeslin, P Jaya Kausalya, Carina Kramer, Nadina Ortiz-Brüchle, Nadescha Hilger, Vicki Metzis, Milan Hiersche, Shang Yew Tay, Robert Tunningley, Shubha Vij, Andrew D Courtney, Belinda Whittle, Elke Wühl, Udo Vester, Björn Hartleben, Steffen Neuber, Valeska Frank, Melissa H Little, Daniel Epting, Peter Papathanasiou, Andrew C Perkins, Graham D Wright, Walter Hunziker, Heon Yung Gee, Edgar A Otto, Klaus Zerres, Friedhelm Hildebrandt, Sudipto Roy, Carol Wicking, Carsten Bergmann
Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD), usually considered to be a genetically homogeneous disease caused by mutations in PKHD1, has been associated with ciliary dysfunction. Here, we describe mutations in DZIP1L, which encodes DAZ interacting protein 1-like, in patients with ARPKD. We further validated these findings through loss-of-function studies in mice and zebrafish. DZIP1L localizes to centrioles and to the distal ends of basal bodies, and interacts with septin2, a protein implicated in maintenance of the periciliary diffusion barrier at the ciliary transition zone...
May 22, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530660/endoglin-prevents-vascular-malformation-by-regulating-flow-induced-cell-migration-and-specification-through-vegfr2-signalling
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Yi Jin, Lars Muhl, Mikhail Burmakin, Yixin Wang, Anne-Claire Duchez, Christer Betsholtz, Helen M Arthur, Lars Jakobsson
Loss-of-function (LOF) mutations in the endothelial cell (EC)-enriched gene endoglin (ENG) cause the human disease hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia-1, characterized by vascular malformations promoted by vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA). How ENG deficiency alters EC behaviour to trigger these anomalies is not understood. Mosaic ENG deletion in the postnatal mouse rendered Eng LOF ECs insensitive to flow-mediated venous to arterial migration. Eng LOF ECs retained within arterioles acquired venous characteristics and secondary ENG-independent proliferation resulting in arteriovenous malformation (AVM)...
May 22, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
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