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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640691/the-nesprin-cytoskeleton-interface-probed-directly-on-single-nuclei-is-a-mechanically-rich-system
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Daniel A Balikov, Sonia K Brady, Ung Hyun Ko, Jennifer H Shin, Jose M de Pereda, Arnoud Sonnenberg, Hak-Joon Sung, Matthew J Lang
The cytoskeleton provides structure and plays an important role in cellular function such as migration, resisting compression forces, and transport. The cytoskeleton also reacts to physical cues such as fluid shear stress or extracellular matrix remodeling by reorganizing filament associations, most commonly focal adhesions and cell-cell cadherin junctions. These mechanical stimuli can result in genome-level changes, and the physical connection of the cytoskeleton to the nucleus provides an optimal conduit for signal transduction by interfacing with nuclear envelope proteins, called nesprins, within the LINC (linker of the nucleus to the cytoskeleton) complex...
June 22, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640612/crispr-cas9-based-genome-editing-for-disease-modeling-and-therapy-challenges-and-opportunities-for-nonviral-delivery
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Hong-Xia Wang, Mingqiang Li, Ciaran M Lee, Syandan Chakraborty, Hae-Won Kim, Gang Bao, Kam W Leong
Genome editing offers promising solutions to genetic disorders by editing DNA sequences or modulating gene expression. The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/associated protein 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) technology can be used to edit single or multiple genes in a wide variety of cell types and organisms in vitro and in vivo. Herein, we review the rapidly developing CRISPR/Cas9-based technologies for disease modeling and gene correction and recent progress toward Cas9/guide RNA (gRNA) delivery based on viral and nonviral vectors...
June 22, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636604/liquid-droplet-formation-by-hp1%C3%AE-suggests-a-role-for-phase-separation-in-heterochromatin
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Adam G Larson, Daniel Elnatan, Madeline M Keenen, Michael J Trnka, Jonathan B Johnston, Alma L Burlingame, David A Agard, Sy Redding, Geeta J Narlikar
Gene silencing by heterochromatin is proposed to occur in part as a result of the ability of heterochromatin protein 1 (HP1) proteins to spread across large regions of the genome, compact the underlying chromatin and recruit diverse ligands. Here we identify a new property of the human HP1α protein: the ability to form phase-separated droplets. While unmodified HP1α is soluble, either phosphorylation of its N-terminal extension or DNA binding promotes the formation of phase-separated droplets. Phosphorylation-driven phase separation can be promoted or reversed by specific HP1α ligands...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636592/quantifiable-predictive-features-define-epitope-specific-t-cell-receptor-repertoires
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Pradyot Dash, Andrew J Fiore-Gartland, Tomer Hertz, George C Wang, Shalini Sharma, Aisha Souquette, Jeremy Chase Crawford, E Bridie Clemens, Thi H O Nguyen, Katherine Kedzierska, Nicole L La Gruta, Philip Bradley, Paul G Thomas
T cells are defined by a heterodimeric surface receptor, the T cell receptor (TCR), that mediates recognition of pathogen-associated epitopes through interactions with peptide and major histocompatibility complexes (pMHCs). TCRs are generated by genomic rearrangement of the germline TCR locus, a process termed V(D)J recombination, that has the potential to generate marked diversity of TCRs (estimated to range from 10(15) (ref. 1) to as high as 10(61) (ref. 2) possible receptors). Despite this potential diversity, TCRs from T cells that recognize the same pMHC epitope often share conserved sequence features, suggesting that it may be possible to predictively model epitope specificity...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635624/effects-of-type-1-diabetes-risk-alleles-on-immune-cell-gene-expression
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REVIEW
Ramesh Ram, Grant Morahan
Genetic studies have identified 61 variants associated with the risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). The functions of most of the non-HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) genetic variants remain unknown. We found that only 16 of these risk variants could potentially be linked to a protein-coding change. Therefore, we investigated whether these variants affected susceptibility by regulating changes in gene expression. To do so, we examined whole transcriptome profiles of 600 samples from the Type 1 Diabetes Genetics Consortium (T1DGC)...
June 21, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634269/human-development-heredity-and-evolution
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REVIEW
Ryuichi Nishinakamura, Minoru Takasato
From March 27-29 2017, the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology held a symposium entitled 'Towards Understanding Human Development, Heredity, and Evolution' in Kobe, Japan. Recent advances in technologies including stem cell culture, live imaging, single-cell approaches, next-generation sequencing and genome editing have led to an expansion in our knowledge of human development. Organized by Yoshiya Kawaguchi, Mitinori Saitou, Mototsugu Eiraku, Tomoya Kitajima, Fumio Matsuzaki, Takashi Tsuji and Edith Heard, the symposium covered a broad range of topics including human germline development, epigenetics, organogenesis and evolution...
June 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633670/preclinical-anti-myeloma-activity-of-edo-s101-a-new-bendamustine-derived-molecule-with-added-hdaci-activity-through-potent-dna-damage-induction-and-impairment-of-dna-repair
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Ana-Alicia López-Iglesias, Ana B Herrero, Marta Chesi, Laura San-Segundo, Lorena González-Méndez, Susana Hernández-García, Irena Misiewicz-Krzeminska, Dalia Quwaider, Montserrat Martín-Sánchez, Daniel Primo, Teresa Paíno, P Leif Bergsagel, Thomas Mehrling, Marcos González-Díaz, Jesús F San-Miguel, María-Victoria Mateos, Norma C Gutiérrez, Mercedes Garayoa, Enrique M Ocio
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances in the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM), the prognosis of most patients remains poor, and resistance to traditional and new drugs frequently occurs. EDO-S101 is a novel therapeutic agent conceived as the fusion of a histone deacetylase inhibitor radical to bendamustine, with the aim of potentiating its alkylating activity. METHODS: The efficacy of EDO-S101 was evaluated in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo, alone, and in combination with standard anti-myeloma agents...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633296/similar-ratios-of-introns-to-intergenic-sequence-across-animal-genomes
#8
Warren R Francis, Gert Wörheide
One central goal of genome biology is to understand how the usage of the genome differs between organisms. Our knowledge of genome composition, needed for downstream inferences, is critically dependent on gene annotations, yet problems associated with gene annotation and assembly errors are usually ignored in comparative genomics. Here we analyze the genomes of 68 species across 12 animal phyla and some single-cell eukaryotes for general trends in genome composition and transcription, taking into account problems of gene annotation...
June 13, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631420/expression-of-pten-long-mediated-by-crispr-cas9-can-repress-u87-cell-proliferation
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Na Fang, Tingxuan Gu, Yahui Wang, Shuzhen Wang, Fengling Wang, Yang An, Wenqiang Wei, Weijuan Zhang, Xiangqian Guo, Adil J Nazarali, Shaoping Ji
PTEN is a tumour suppressor that is frequently mutated in a variety of cancers. Hence, PTEN has significant potential as a therapeutic molecule. PTEN-long is an alternative translation variant, with an additional 173 amino acids added to the N-terminal of the canonical PTEN when CUG of the mRNA is utilized as the start codon. PTEN-long is secreted into serum and can re-enter cells throughout the body. One of the major barriers for gene therapy is to efficiently and specifically deliver DNA or RNA material to target cells...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630288/intact-pirna-pathway-prevents-l1-mobilization-in-male-meiosis
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Simon J Newkirk, Suman Lee, Fiorella C Grandi, Valeriya Gaysinskaya, James M Rosser, Nicole Vanden Berg, Cathryn A Hogarth, Maria C N Marchetto, Alysson R Muotri, Michael D Griswold, Ping Ye, Alex Bortvin, Fred H Gage, Jef D Boeke, Wenfeng An
The PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) pathway is essential for retrotransposon silencing. In piRNA-deficient mice, L1-overexpressing male germ cells exhibit excessive DNA damage and meiotic defects. It remains unknown whether L1 expression simply highlights piRNA deficiency or actually drives the germ-cell demise. Specifically, the sheer abundance of genomic L1 copies prevents reliable quantification of new insertions. Here, we developed a codon-optimized L1 transgene that is controlled by an endogenous mouse L1 promoter...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630177/integrated-genome-and-transcriptome-sequencing-identifies-a-noncoding-mutation-in-the-genome-replication-factor-donson-as-the-cause-of-microcephaly-micromelia-syndrome
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Gilad D Evrony, Dwight R Cordero, Jun Shen, Jennifer N Partlow, Timothy W Yu, Rachel E Rodin, R Sean Hill, Michael E Coulter, Anh-Thu N Lam, Divya Jayaraman, Dianne Gerrelli, Diana G Diaz, Chloe Santos, Victoria Morrison, Antonella Galli, Ulrich Tschulena, Stefan Wiemann, M Jocelyne Martel, Betty Spooner, Steven C Ryu, Princess C Elhosary, Jillian M Richardson, Danielle Tierney, Christopher A Robinson, Rajni Chibbar, Dana Diudea, Rebecca Folkerth, Sheldon Wiebe, A James Barkovich, Ganeshwaran H Mochida, James Irvine, Edmond G Lemire, Patricia Blakley, Christopher A Walsh
While next-generation sequencing has accelerated the discovery of human disease genes, progress has been largely limited to the "low hanging fruit" of mutations with obvious exonic coding or canonical splice site impact. In contrast, the lack of high-throughput, unbiased approaches for functional assessment of most noncoding variants has bottlenecked gene discovery. We report the integration of transcriptome sequencing (RNA-seq), which surveys all mRNAs to reveal functional impacts of variants at the transcription level, into the gene discovery framework for a unique human disease, microcephaly-micromelia syndrome (MMS)...
June 19, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629711/single-step-construction-of-a-picornavirus-replicon-rna-with-precise-ends
#12
Qing Xiong, Yuya Wang, Bingyu Xie, Xinyi Pei, Yihong Peng
A versatile single-step method is described for constructing a picornavirus replicon RNA with precise ends to facilitate improved understanding of viral genome function and mimic native virus replication in host cells as far as possible. The key innovation in this new approach is the use of a bridge primer to both introduce a ribozyme sequence for cis-cleavage of RNA to generate precise 5' ends of EV71 RNA and also mediate overlapping assembly of two fragments. Using an EV71 replicon as a test case, precise ends for the viral replicon were shown to be important for efficient virus replication...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628219/application-of-swath-proteomics-to-mouse-biology
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Yibo Wu, Evan G Williams, Ruedi Aebersold
The quantitative measurement of the proteome has been shown to yield new insights into physiology and cell biology that cannot be determined from the genome and transcriptome because the quantitative relationship between transcriptome and proteome is complex. MS-based proteomics techniques, such as SWATH-MS, have recently advanced to the point at which they may be reliably applied by biologists who are not specialists in mass spectrometry. Here we provide standard protocols for preparation of tissue samples for input into the SWATH-MS analytical pipeline...
June 19, 2017: Current Protocols in Mouse Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628097/cpf1-proteins-excise-crispr-rnas-from-mrna-transcripts-in-mammalian-cells
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Guocai Zhong, Haimin Wang, Yujun Li, Mai H Tran, Michael Farzan
Cpf1 is a CRISPR effector protein that has greater specificity than Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 (SpCas9) in genome-editing applications. Here we show that Lachnospiraceae bacterium (Lb) and Acidaminococus sp. (As) Cpf1 orthologs have RNase activities that can excise multiple CRISPR RNAs (crRNAs) from a single RNA polymerase II-driven RNA transcript expressed in mammalian cells. This property simplifies modification of multiple genomic targets and can be used to increase the efficiency of Cpf1-mediated editing...
June 19, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628034/clonal-expansion-of-genome-intact-hiv-1-in-functionally-polarized-th1-cd4-t-cells
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Guinevere Q Lee, Nina Orlova-Fink, Kevin Einkauf, Fatema Z Chowdhury, Xiaoming Sun, Sean Harrington, Hsiao-Hsuan Kuo, Stephane Hua, Hsiao-Rong Chen, Zhengyu Ouyang, Kavidha Reddy, Krista Dong, Thumbi Ndung'u, Bruce D Walker, Eric S Rosenberg, Xu G Yu, Mathias Lichterfeld
HIV-1 causes a chronic, incurable disease due to its persistence in CD4+ T cells that contain replication-competent provirus, but exhibit little or no active viral gene expression and effectively resist combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). These latently infected T cells represent an extremely small proportion of all circulating CD4+ T cells but possess a remarkable long-term stability and typically persist throughout life, for reasons that are not fully understood. Here we performed massive single-genome, near-full-length next-generation sequencing of HIV-1 DNA derived from unfractionated peripheral blood mononuclear cells, ex vivo-isolated CD4+ T cells, and subsets of functionally polarized memory CD4+ T cells...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626778/single-cell-based-vector-tracing-in-patients-with-ada-scid-treated-with-stem-cell-gene-therapy
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Yuka Igarashi, Toru Uchiyama, Tomoko Minegishi, Sirirat Takahashi, Nobuyuki Watanabe, Toshinao Kawai, Masafumi Yamada, Tadashi Ariga, Masafumi Onodera
Clinical improvement in stem cell gene therapy (SCGT) for primary immunodeficiencies depends on the engraftment levels of genetically corrected cells, and tracing the transgene in each hematopoietic lineage is therefore extremely important in evaluating the efficacy of SCGT. We established a single cell-based droplet digital PCR (sc-ddPCR) method consisting of the encapsulation of a single cell into each droplet, followed by emulsion PCR with primers and probes specific for the transgene. A fluorescent signal in a droplet indicates the presence of a single cell carrying the target gene in its genome, and this system can clearly determine the ratio of transgene-positive cells in the entire population at the genomic level...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626007/establishment-of-photosynthesis-is-controlled-by-two-distinct-regulatory-phases
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Carole Dubreuil, Xu Jin, Juan de Dios Barajas-López, Timothy Hewitt Hewitt, Sandra Tanz, Thomas Dobrenel, Wolfgang Schröder, Johannes Hanson, Edouard Pesquet, Andreas Grönlund, Ian D Small, Asa Strand
Chloroplasts develop from undifferentiated proplastids present in meristematic tissue. Chloroplast biogenesis is thus closely connected to leaf development, which restricts our ability to study the process of chloroplast biogenesis per se. As a consequence we know relatively little about the regulatory mechanisms behind the establishment of the photosynthetic reactions and how the activities of the two genomes involved are coordinated during chloroplast development. We developed a single-cell-based experimental system from Arabidopsis with high temporal resolution allowing for investigations of the transition from proplastids to functional chloroplasts...
June 16, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625155/applications-of-optical-dna-mapping-in-microbiology
#18
Diana Bogas, Lena Nyberg, Rui Pacheco, Nuno F Azevedo, Jason P Beech, Margarita Gomila, Jorge Lalucat, Célia M Manaia, Olga C Nunes, Jonas O Tegenfeldt, Fredrik Westerlund
Optical mapping (OM) has been used in microbiology for the past 20 years, initially as a technique to facilitate DNA sequence-based studies; however, with decreases in DNA sequencing costs and increases in sequence output from automated sequencing platforms, OM has grown into an important auxiliary tool for genome assembly and comparison. Currently, there are a number of new and exciting applications for OM in the field of microbiology, including investigation of disease outbreaks, identification of specific genes of clinical and/or epidemiological relevance, and the possibility of single-cell analysis when combined with cell-sorting approaches...
June 1, 2017: BioTechniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624614/gene-transfer-agent-promotes-evolvability-within-the-fittest-subpopulation-of-a-bacterial-pathogen
#19
Maxime Québatte, Matthias Christen, Alexander Harms, Jonas Körner, Beat Christen, Christoph Dehio
The Bartonella gene transfer agent (BaGTA) is an archetypical example for domestication of a phage-derived element to permit high-frequency genetic exchange in bacterial populations. Here we used multiplexed transposon sequencing (TnSeq) and single-cell reporters to globally define the core components and transfer dynamics of BaGTA. Our systems-level analysis has identified inner- and outer-circle components of the BaGTA system, including 55 regulatory components, as well as an additional 74 and 107 components mediating donor transfer and recipient uptake functions...
June 14, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624577/identification-of-an-immune-specific-class-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-based-on-molecular-features
#20
Daniela Sia, Yang Jiao, Iris Martinez-Quetglas, Olga Kuchuk, Carlos Villacorta-Martin, Manuel Castro de Moura, Juan Putra, Genis Camprecios, Laia Bassaganyas, Nicholas Akers, Bojan Losic, Samuel Waxman, Swan N Thung, Vincenzo Mazzaferro, Manel Esteller, Scott L Friedman, Myron Schwartz, Augusto Villanueva, Josep M Llovet
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Agents that induce an immune response against tumors by altering T-cell regulation have increased survival times of patients with advanced-stage tumors, such as melanoma or lung cancer. We aimed to characterize molecular features of immune cells that infiltrate hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) to determine whether these types of agents might be effective against liver tumors. METHODS: We analyzed HCC samples from 956 patients. We separated gene expression profiles from tumor, stromal, and immune cells using a non-negative matrix factorization algorithm...
June 14, 2017: Gastroenterology
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