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Rna helicase

Nian Xiang, Miao He, Musarat Ishaq, Yu Gao, Feifei Song, Liang Guo, Li Ma, Guihong Sun, Dan Liu, Deyin Guo, Yu Chen
RNA helicase family members exhibit diverse cellular functions, including in transcription, pre-mRNA processing, RNA decay, ribosome biogenesis, RNA export and translation. The RNA helicase DEAD-box family member DDX3 has been characterized as a tumour-associated factor and a transcriptional co-activator/regulator. Here, we demonstrate that DDX3 interacts with the nuclear factor (NF)-κB subunit p65 and suppresses NF-κB (p65/p50)-mediated transcriptional activity. The downregulation of DDX3 by RNA interference induces the upregulation of NF-κB (p65/p50)-mediated transcription...
2016: PloS One
Prasad Kottayil Padmanabhan, Ouafa Zghidi-Abouzid, Mukesh Samant, Carole Dumas, Bruno Guedes Aguiar, Jerome Estaquier, Barbara Papadopoulou
DDX3 is a highly conserved member of ATP-dependent DEAD-box RNA helicases with multiple functions in RNA metabolism and cellular signaling. Here, we describe a novel function for DDX3 in regulating the mitochondrial stress response in the parasitic protozoan Leishmania. We show that genetic inactivation of DDX3 leads to the accumulation of mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) associated with a defect in hydrogen peroxide detoxification. Upon stress, ROS production is greatly enhanced, causing mitochondrial membrane potential loss, mitochondrial fragmentation, and cell death...
October 13, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Anika Bartholomäus, Daniel Wibberg, Anika Winkler, Alfred Pühler, Andreas Schlüter, Mark Varrelmann
The complete genome of a novel mycovirus, named Rhizoctonia solani flexivirus 1 (RsFV-1), which infects an avirulent strain of Rhizoctonia solani AG 2-2 IV, was sequenced and analyzed. Its RNA genome consists of 10,621 nucleotides, excluding the poly-A tail, and encodes a single protein of 3477 amino acids. The identification of conserved motifs of methyltransferase, helicase and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase revealed its relatedness to members of the alphavirus-like superfamily of positive-strand RNA viruses...
October 12, 2016: Archives of Virology
Vera P Pisareva, Andrey V Pisarev
Eukaryotic translation initiation is a complex process involving many components. eIF3 is a scaffold for multiple initiation factors and plays multiple roles in initiation, and DHX29 helicase enhances the formation of the 48S initiation complex on structured mRNAs. Because DHX29 is not a processive helicase, the mechanism underlying its activity is unclear. Here, we show that DHX29 establishes many points of contact with eIF3. In particular, the unique N terminus of DHX29 associates with the RNA recognition motif of eIF3b and the C terminus of the eIF3a subunits of eIF3, and the disruption of either contact impairs DHX29 activity...
October 12, 2016: RNA
Chance M Nowak, Seth Lawson, Megan Zerez, Leonidas Bleris
The Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats system allows a single guide RNA (sgRNA) to direct a protein with combined helicase and nuclease activity to the DNA. Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 (SpCas9), a CRISPR-associated protein, has revolutionized our ability to probe and edit the human genome in vitro and in vivo Arguably, the true modularity of the Cas9 platform is conferred through the ease of sgRNA programmability as well as the degree of modifications the sgRNA can tolerate without compromising its association with SpCas9 and function...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Fangmin Hao, Ziliang Zhou, Mingde Wu, Guoqing Li
The complete sequence of a novel endornavirus (Botrytis cinerea endornavirus 1, BcEV1) from the phytopathogenic fungus Botrytis cinerea strain HBtom-372 was determined. The BcEV1 coding strand is 11,557 nucleotides long, possessing an open reading frame (ORF) that codes for a polyprotein of 3,787 amino acid residues and lacks a site-specific nick. The polyprotein contains viral methyltransferase (MTR) domain, a cysteine-rich region (CRR), two putative viral helicase (DEXDc-like and Hel-1) domains, and an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase_2 (RdRp_2) domain...
October 8, 2016: Archives of Virology
José Vargas-Asencio, Klaudia Wojciechowska, Maia Baskerville, Annika L Gomez, Keith L Perry, Jeremy R Thompson
In analyzing grapevine clones infected with grapevine red blotch associated virus, we identified a small number of isometric particles of approximately 30nm in diameter from an enriched fraction of leaf extract. A dominant protein of 25kDa was isolated from this fraction using SDS-PAGE and was identified by mass spectrometry as belonging to grapevine asteroid mosaic associated virus (GAMaV). Using a combination of three methods RNA-Seq, sRNA-Seq, and Sanger sequencing of RT- and RACE-PCR products, we obtained a full-length genome sequence consisting of 6719 nucleotides without the poly(A) tail...
October 5, 2016: Virus Research
Santhosh Kumar Sariki, Pushpendra Kumar Sahu, Upendarrao Golla, Vikash Singh, Gajendra Kumar Azad, Raghuvir S Tomar
Mutations in the Senataxin gene, SETX are known to cause the neurodegenerative disorders, ataxia with oculomotor apraxia type 2 (AOA2) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 4 (ALS4). However, the mechanism underlying disease pathogenesis is still unclear. The Senataxin N-terminal protein-interaction and C-terminal RNA/DNA helicase domains are conserved in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae homolog, Sen1p. Using genome-wide expression analysis, we first show alterations in key cellular pathways such as; redox, unfolded protein response and TOR in the yeastsen1ΔN mutant (N terminal truncation)...
October 8, 2016: FEBS Journal
E J Snijder, E Decroly, J Ziebuhr
Coronaviruses are animal and human pathogens that can cause lethal zoonotic infections like SARS and MERS. They have polycistronic plus-stranded RNA genomes and belong to the order Nidovirales, a diverse group of viruses for which common ancestry was inferred from the common principles underlying their genome organization and expression, and from the conservation of an array of core replicase domains, including key RNA-synthesizing enzymes. Coronavirus genomes (~26-32 kilobases) are the largest RNA genomes known to date and their expansion was likely enabled by acquiring enzyme functions that counter the commonly high error frequency of viral RNA polymerases...
2016: Advances in Virus Research
Nora Cascante-Estepa, Katrin Gunka, Jörg Stülke
In bacteria, the control of mRNA stability is crucial to allow rapid adaptation to changing conditions. In most bacteria, RNA degradation is catalyzed by the RNA degradosome, a protein complex composed of endo- and exoribonucleases, RNA helicases, and accessory proteins. In the Gram-positive model organism Bacillus subtilis, the existence of a RNA degradosome assembled around the membrane-bound endoribonuclease RNase Y has been proposed. Here, we have studied the intracellular localization of the protein that have been implicated in the potential B...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
H Yu, T X Liu, D Wang
The complete genomic RNA of the Chinese sacbrood virus (CSBV) strain, which infects the honeybees in the Loess plateau, was sequenced and analyzed. The CSBV-SX strain contains 8705 nucleotides, which includes a single large open reading frame (99-8681 nucleotides) encoding 2860 amino acids. A novel efficient identification method was used to investigate the samples infected by CSBV. The putative amino acid sequence alignment analysis showed that, except for some normal well characterized domains such as RNA helicase, RNA protease, and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase domains, a calicivirus coat protein domain was identified at amino acids 493-564...
September 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Xia Li, Tetsuro Ohmori, Kaoru Irie, Yuichi Kimura, Yasuyuki Suda, Tomoaki Mizuno, Kenji Irie
Ccr4, a component of the Ccr4-Not cytoplasmic deadenylase complex, is known to be required for the cell wall integrity (CWI) pathway in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. However, it is not fully understood how Ccr4 and other components of the Ccr4-Not complex regulate the CWI pathway. Previously, we showed that Ccr4 functions in the CWI pathway together with Khd1 RNA binding protein. Ccr4 and Khd1 modulate a signal from Rho1 small GTPase in the CWI pathway by regulating the expression of ROM2 mRNA and LRG1 mRNA, encoding a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) and a GTPase-activating protein (GAP) for Rho1, respectively...
September 2016: MSphere
Pierre De Wit, Sam Dupont, Peter Thor
Ocean acidification is expected to have dramatic impacts on oceanic ecosystems, yet surprisingly few studies currently examine long-term adaptive and plastic responses of marine invertebrates to pCO 2 stress. Here, we exposed populations of the common copepod Pseudocalanus acuspes to three pCO 2 regimes (400, 900, and 1550 μatm) for two generations, after which we conducted a reciprocal transplant experiment. A de novo transcriptome was assembled, annotated, and gene expression data revealed that genes involved in RNA transcription were strongly down-regulated in populations with long-term exposure to a high pCO 2 environment, even after transplantation back to control levels...
October 2016: Evolutionary Applications
Chengli Zhang, Manchao Kuang, Meng Li, Lin Feng, Kaitai Zhang, Shujun Cheng
Structural maintenance of chromosome 4 (SMC4) is a core subunit of condensin complexes that mainly contributes to chromosome condensation and segregation. Our previous study demonstrated that the gene expression profile during lung development is of great values for the study of lung cancer. In this study, we identified SMC4 through co-expression network analysis and clique percolation clustering using genes that constant changes during four stages of lung development. Gene ontology and KEGG pathway enrichment analysis demonstrated that SMC4 is closely related to cell cycle, cell adhesion, and RNA processing in lung development and carcinogenesis...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Dong Zi Zhu, Xue Fang Zhao, Chang Zhen Liu, Fang Fang Ma, Fang Wang, Xin-Qi Gao, Xian Sheng Zhang
ROOT INITIATION DEFECTIVE 1 (RID1) is an Arabidopsis DEAH/RHA RNA helicase. It functions in hypocotyl de-differentiation, de novo meristem formation, and cell specification of the mature female gametophyte (FG). However, it is unclear how RID1 regulates FG development. In this study, we observed that mutations to RID1 disrupted the developmental synchrony and retarded the progression of FG development. RID1 exhibited RNA helicase activity, with a preference for unwinding double-stranded RNA in the 3' to 5' direction...
October 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
Hao Tan, Lu Zhang, Qiang Zhao, Ronghao Chen, Chang Liu, Yuding Weng, Qianqian Peng, Fang Bai, Zhihui Cheng, Shouguang Jin, Weihui Wu, Yongxin Jin
DExD/H box RNA helicases play essential roles in various biological processes in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. By screening Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains with mutations in various DExD/H box helicase genes, we identified that deaD was required for bacterial cytotoxicity and virulence in a mouse acute pneumonia model. Compared to a wild-type strain and its complementation strain, the deaD mutant induced less production of proinflammatory cytokines, neutrophil infiltration and lung damage during infection. We further found that the RNA helicase activity of DeaD was required for the expression of type III secretion system (T3SS) genes...
October 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Jin'e Fang, Huan Li, Dexin Kong, Shengbo Cao, Guiqing Peng, Rui Zhou, Huanchun Chen, Yunfeng Song
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a flavivirus that threatens more than half of the world's population. Vaccination can prevent the disease, but no specific antiviral drug is yet available for clinical therapy, and the death rate caused by JEV can reach as high as 60%. The C-terminus of non-structural protein 3 (NS3) of flavivirus encodes helicase and has been identified as a potential drug target. In this study, high throughput molecular docking was employed to identify candidate JEV NS3 helicase inhibitors in a commercial library containing 250,000 compounds...
September 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
Fabian Mück, Silvia Bracharz, Rolf Marschalek
AF4/AFF1 and AF5/AFF4 are both backbones for the assembly of "super elongation complexes" (SECs) that exert 2 distinct functions after the recruitment of P-TEFb from the 7SK snRNP: (1) initiation and elongation of RNA polymerase II gene transcription, and (2) modification of transcribed gene regions by distinct histone methylation patterns. In this study we aimed to investigate one of the initial steps, namely how P-TEFb is transferred from 7SK snRNPs to the SECs. In particular, we were interested in the role of DDX6 that we have recently identified as part of the AF4 complex...
2016: American Journal of Blood Research
Huanru Wang, Liang Chang, Xiaohui Wang, Airong Su, Chunhong Feng, Yuxuan Fu, Deyan Chen, Nan Zheng, Zhiwei Wu
As a cytoplasmic parasite, RNA virus develops sophisticated mechanisms to counter host defense and utilize host proteins to facilitate its replication. Here we found Moloney leukemia virus 10 (MOV10), a highly conserved cellular protein belonging to SF1 helicase family, played critical roles in EV71 infection. Silencing cellular MOV10 could restrict EV71 replication, while over-expressing MOV10 resulted in increased viral replication at low dosage and repressed viral replication at high dosage. Further investigation showed that MOV10 exhibited dual functions in EV71 regulation, its C-terminus positively regulated viral replication by binding to EV71 cloverleaf-like structure and the internal ribosome entry site while the N-terminus showed a potential antiviral activity when individually overexpressed...
October 21, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Amisha Mittal, Simran Tandon, Surender Kumar Singla, Chanderdeep Tandon
Kidney stone formation during hyperoxaluric condition is inherently dependent on the interaction between renal epithelial cells and calcium oxalate (CaOx) crystals. Although modern medicine has progressed in terms of removal of these stones, recurrence and persistent side effects restricts their use. Strategies involving plant based agents which could be used as adjunct therapy is an area which needs to be explored. Plant proteins having antilithiatic activity is a hitherto unexplored area and therefore, we conducted a detailed identification and characterization of antilithiatic proteins from Terminalia arjuna (T...
2016: PloS One
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