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Miguel A Brieño-Enríquez, Stefannie L Moak, Melissa Toledo, Joshua J Filter, Stephen Gray, José L Barbero, Paula E Cohen, J Kim Holloway
Mammalian NIMA-like kinase-1 (NEK1) is a dual-specificity kinase highly expressed in mouse germ cells during prophase I of meiosis. Loss of NEK1 induces retention of cohesin on chromosomes at meiotic prophase I. Timely deposition and removal of cohesin is essential for accurate chromosome segregation. Two processes regulate cohesin removal: a non-proteolytic mechanism involving WAPL, sororin, and PDS5B and direct cleavage by separase. Here, we demonstrate a role for NEK1 in the regulation of WAPL loading during meiotic prophase I, via an interaction between NEK1 and PDS5B...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Magali De Koninck, Ana Losada
Cohesin is a large ring-shaped protein complex, conserved from yeast to human, which participates in most DNA transactions that take place in the nucleus. It mediates sister chromatid cohesion, which is essential for chromosome segregation and homologous recombination (HR)-mediated DNA repair. Together with architectural proteins and transcriptional regulators, such as CTCF and Mediator, respectively, it contributes to genome organization at different scales and thereby affects transcription, DNA replication, and locus rearrangement...
October 14, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Jean-François Millau, Patrick Wijchers, Luc Gaudreau
A regulatory program involving hundreds of genes is coordinated by p53 to prevent carcinogenesis in response to stress. Given the importance of chromatin loops in gene regulation, we investigated whether DNA interactions participate in the p53 stress response. To shed light on this issue, we measured the binding dynamics of cohesin in response to stress. We reveal that cohesin is remodeled at specific loci during the stress response and that its binding within genes negatively correlates with transcription...
2016: PloS One
Michèle Fournier, Gaëlle Bourriquen, Fabien C Lamaze, Maxime C Côté, Éric Fournier, Charles Joly-Beauparlant, Vicky Caron, Stéphane Gobeil, Arnaud Droit, Steve Bilodeau
Controlling the transcriptional program is essential to maintain the identity and the biological functions of a cell. The Mediator and Cohesin complexes have been established as central cofactors controlling the transcriptional program in normal cells. However, the distribution, recruitment and importance of these complexes in cancer cells have not been fully investigated. Here we show that FOXA and master transcription factors are part of the core transcriptional regulatory circuitry of cancer cells and are essential to recruit M ediator and Cohesin...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Andrés M Vera, Mariano Carrión-Vázquez
Single-molecule force spectroscopy based on atomic force microscopy (AFM-SMFS) has allowed the measurement of the intermolecular forces involved in protein-protein interactions at the molecular level. While intramolecular interactions are routinely identified directly by the use of polyprotein fingerprinting, there is a lack of a general method to directly identify single-molecule intermolecular unbinding events. Here, we have developed an internally controlled strategy to measure protein-protein interactions by AFM-SMFS that allows the direct identification of dissociation force peaks while ensuring single-molecule conditions...
October 13, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Grasiella Angelina Andriani, Vinnycius Pereira Almeida, Francesca Faggioli, Maurizio Mauro, Wanxia Li Tsai, Laura Santambrogio, Alexander Maslov, Massimo Gadina, Judith Campisi, Jan Vijg, Cristina Montagna
Age-related accumulation of ploidy changes is associated with decreased expression of genes controlling chromosome segregation and cohesin functions. To determine the consequences of whole chromosome instability (W-CIN) we down-regulated the spindle assembly checkpoint component BUB1 and the mitotic cohesin SMC1A, and used four-color-interphase-FISH coupled with BrdU incorporation and analyses of senescence features to reveal the fate of W-CIN cells. We observed significant correlations between levels of not-diploid cells and senescence-associated features (SAFs)...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lizi Bensoussan, Sarah Moraïs, Bareket Dassa, Nir Friedman, Bernard Henrissat, Vincent Lombard, Edward A Bayer, Itzhak Mizrahi
The cellulosome is an extracellular multi-enzyme complex that is considered one of the most efficient plant cell wall-degrading strategies devised by nature. Its unique modular architecture, achieved by high affinity and specific interaction between protein modules (cohesins and dockerins) enables formation of various enzyme combinations. Extensive research has been dedicated to the mechanistic nature of the cellulosome complex. Nevertheless, little is known regarding its distribution and abundance among microbes in natural plant fiber-rich environments...
October 6, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
Caitlin A Kowalsky, Timothy A Whitehead
The comprehensive sequence determinants of cohesin to binding affinity towards type I dockerin from Clostridium thermocellum and Clostridium cellulolyticum was evaluated using deep mutational scanning coupled to yeast surface display. We measured the relative binding affinity to dockerin for 2,970 and 2,778 single point mutants of C.thermocellum and C. cellulolyticum, respectively, representing over 96% of all possible single point mutants. The interface ΔΔG for each variant was reconstructed from sequencing counts and compared with three independent experimental methods...
October 3, 2016: Proteins
Roland G Huber, Irina Kulemzina, Keven Ang, Alap P Chavda, Sasikala Suranthran, Jun-Thing Teh, Dimitar Kenanov, Gaowen Liu, Giulia Rancati, Radoslaw Szmyd, Philipp Kaldis, Peter J Bond, Dmitri Ivanov
The cohesin ring, which is composed of the Smc1, Smc3, and Scc1 subunits, topologically embraces two sister chromatids from S phase until anaphase to ensure their precise segregation to the daughter cells. The opening of the ring is required for its loading on the chromosomes and unloading by the action of Wpl1 protein. Both loading and unloading are dependent on ATP hydrolysis by the Smc1 and Smc3 "head" domains, which engage to form two composite ATPase sites. Based on the available structures, we modeled the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Smc1/Smc3 head heterodimer and discovered that the Smc1/Smc3 interfaces at the two ATPase sites differ in the extent of protein contacts and stability after ATP hydrolysis...
September 27, 2016: Structure
Ill-Min Chung, Sarada Ketharnathan, Seung-Hyun Kim, Muthu Thiruvengadam, Mari Kavitha Rani, Govindasamy Rajakumar
Proximity ligation assays such as circularized chromosome conformation capture and high-throughput chromosome capture assays have shed light on the structural organization of the interphase genome. Functional topologically associating domains (TADs) that constitute the building blocks of genomic organization are disrupted and reconstructed during the cell cycle. Epigenetic memory, as well as the sequence of chromosomes, regulate TAD reconstitution. Sub-TAD domains that are invariant across cell types have been identified, and contacts between these domains, rather than looping, are speculated to drive chromatin folding...
2016: Genes
Mei Rong, Atsushi Matsuda, Yasushi Hiraoka, Jibak Lee
Cohesins containing a meiosis-specific α-kleisin subunit, RAD21L or REC8, play roles in diverse aspects of meiotic chromosome dynamics including formation of axial elements (AEs), assembly of the synaptonemal complex (SC), recombination of homologous chromosomes, and cohesion of sister chromatids. However, the exact functions of individual α-kleisins remain to be elucidated. Here, we examined the localization of RAD21L and REC8 within the SC by super-resolution microscopy, 3D-SIM. We found that both RAD21L and REC8 were localized at the connection sites between lateral elements (LEs) and transverse filaments (TFs) of pachynema with RAD21L locating interior to REC8 sites...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
Amanda Swain, Ziva Misulovin, Michelle Pherson, Maria Gause, Kathie Mihindukulasuriya, Ryan A Rickels, Ali Shilatifard, Dale Dorsett
The cohesin protein complex mediates sister chromatid cohesion and participates in transcriptional control of genes that regulate growth and development. Substantial reduction of cohesin activity alters transcription of many genes without disrupting chromosome segregation. Drosophila Nipped-B protein loads cohesin onto chromosomes, and together Nipped-B and cohesin occupy essentially all active transcriptional enhancers and a large fraction of active genes. It is unknown why some active genes bind high levels of cohesin and some do not...
September 2016: PLoS Genetics
Maxwell R Mumbach, Adam J Rubin, Ryan A Flynn, Chao Dai, Paul A Khavari, William J Greenleaf, Howard Y Chang
Genome conformation is central to gene control but challenging to interrogate. Here we present HiChIP, a protein-centric chromatin conformation method. HiChIP improves the yield of conformation-informative reads by over 10-fold and lowers the input requirement over 100-fold relative to that of ChIA-PET. HiChIP of cohesin reveals multiscale genome architecture with greater signal-to-background ratios than those of in situ Hi-C.
September 19, 2016: Nature Methods
Rabia Faridi, Atteeq U Rehman, Robert J Morell, Penelope L Friedman, Leigh Demain, Sana Zahra, Asma Ali Khan, Dalia Tohlob, Muhammad Zaman Assir, Glenda Beaman, Shaheen N Khan, William G Newman, Sheikh Riazuddin, Thomas B Friedman
Perrault syndrome (PS) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) in females and sensorineural hearing loss in males and females. In many PS subjects, causative variants have not been found in the five reported PS genes. The objective of this study was to identify the genetic cause of PS in an extended consanguineous family with six deaf individuals. Whole exome sequencing (WES) was completed on four affected members of a large family, and variants and co-segregation was confirmed by Sanger sequencing...
September 15, 2016: Clinical Genetics
Klev Diamanti, Husen M Umer, Marcin Kruczyk, Michał J Dąbrowski, Marco Cavalli, Claes Wadelius, Jan Komorowski
Gene transcription is regulated mainly by transcription factors (TFs). ENCODE and Roadmap Epigenomics provide global binding profiles of TFs, which can be used to identify regulatory regions. To this end we implemented a method to systematically construct cell-type and species-specific maps of regulatory regions and TF-TF interactions. We illustrated the approach by developing maps for five human cell-lines and two other species. We detected ∼144k putative regulatory regions among the human cell-lines, with the majority of them being ∼300 bp...
September 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Irina Kulemzina, Keven Ang, Xiaodan Zhao, Jun-Thing Teh, Vikash Verma, Sasikala Suranthran, Alap P Chavda, Roland G Huber, Birgit Eisenhaber, Frank Eisenhaber, Jie Yan, Dmitri Ivanov
Cohesin is a ring-shaped protein complex that is capable of embracing DNA. Most of the ring circumference is comprised of the anti-parallel intramolecular coiled coils of the Smc1 and Smc3 proteins, which connect globular head and hinge domains. Smc coiled coil arms contain multiple acetylated and ubiquitylated lysines. To investigate the role of these modifications, we substituted lysines for arginines to mimic the unmodified state and uncovered genetic interaction between the Smc arms. Using scanning force microscopy, we show that wild-type Smc arms associate with each other when the complex is not on DNA...
September 15, 2016: Molecular Cell
Yue He, Daoyu Yan, Dianpeng Zheng, Zhiming Hu, Hongwei Li, Jinlong Li
Paclitaxel (PTX) is an antimitotic drug that possesses potent anticancer activity, but its therapeutic potential in the clinic has been hindered by drug resistance. Here, we report a mechanism by which cancer cells can exit from the PTX-induced mitotic arrest, i.e. mitotic slippage, and avoid subsequent death resulting in drug resistance. In cells experiencing mitotic slippage, Cdc6 protein level was significantly upregulated, Cdk1 activity was inhibited, and Cohesin/Rad21 was cleaved as a result. Cdc6 depletion by RNAi or Norcantharidin inhibited PTX-induced Cdc6 up-regulation, maintained Cdk1 activity, and repressed Cohesin/Rad21 cleavage...
2016: PloS One
Junfang Zhang, Bingshe Han, Xiaoxia Li, Juraj Bies, Penglei Jiang, Richard P Koller, Linda Wolff
The c-Myb transcription factor is a major regulator that controls differentiation and proliferation of hematopoietic progenitor cells, which is frequently deregulated in hematological diseases, such as lymphoma and leukemia. Understanding of the mechanisms regulating the transcription of c-myb gene is challenging as it lacks a typical promoter and multiple factors are involved. Our previous studies identified some distal regulatory elements in the upstream regions of c-myb gene in murine myeloid progenitor M1 cells, but the detailed mechanisms still remain unclear...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Justine Bouilly, Isabelle Beau, Sara Barraud, Valérie Bernard, Kemal Azibi, Jérôme Fagart, Anne Fèvre, Anne Laure Todeschini, Reiner A Veitia, Chérif Beldjord, Brigitte Delemer, Catherine Dodé, Jacques Young, Nadine Binart
CONTEXT: Idiopathic primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) is a major cause of amenorrhea and infertility. POI affects 1% of women before age 40, and several genetic causes have been reported. To date, POI has been considered a monogenic disorder. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify novel gene variations and to investigate if individuals with POI harbor mutation in multiple loci. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred well-phenotyped POI patients were systematically screened for variants in 19 known POI loci (and potential candidate genes) using next-generation sequencing...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Julia C Obenauer, François G Kavelaars, Mathijs A Sanders, Remco M Hoogenboezem, Andrica C H de Vries, Paulina M H van Strien, Valerie de Haas, Franco Locatelli, Henrik Hasle, Peter J M Valk, Ivo P Touw, Marry M van den Heuvel-Eibrink
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September 1, 2016: Haematologica
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