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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176777/phylointeractomics-reconstructs-functional-evolution-of-protein-binding
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Dennis Kappei, Marion Scheibe, Maciej Paszkowski-Rogacz, Alina Bluhm, Toni Ingolf Gossmann, Sabrina Dietz, Mario Dejung, Holger Herlyn, Frank Buchholz, Matthias Mann, Falk Butter
Molecular phylogenomics investigates evolutionary relationships based on genomic data. However, despite genomic sequence conservation, changes in protein interactions can occur relatively rapidly and may cause strong functional diversification. To investigate such functional evolution, we here combine phylogenomics with interaction proteomics. We develop this concept by investigating the molecular evolution of the shelterin complex, which protects telomeres, across 16 vertebrate species from zebrafish to humans covering 450 million years of evolution...
February 8, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166612/acute-exercise-activates-p38-mapk-and-increases-the-expression-of-telomere-protective-genes-in-cardiac-muscle
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Andrew T Ludlow, Laila Gratidao, Lindsay W Ludlow, Espen E Spangenburg, Stephen M Roth
Age is the greatest risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Telomere length is shorter in the hearts of aged mice compared to young mice, and short telomere length has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. One year of voluntary wheel running exercise attenuates the age-associated loss of telomere length and results in altered gene expression of telomere length maintaining and genome stabilizing proteins in heart tissue of mice. Understanding the early adaptive response of the heart to an endurance exercise bout is paramount to understanding the impact of endurance exercise on heart tissue and cells...
February 6, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146113/solving-the-telomere-replication-problem
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Laetitia Maestroni, Samah Matmati, Stéphane Coulon
Telomeres are complex nucleoprotein structures that protect the extremities of linear chromosomes. Telomere replication is a major challenge because many obstacles to the progression of the replication fork are concentrated at the ends of the chromosomes. This is known as the telomere replication problem. In this article, different and new aspects of telomere replication, that can threaten the integrity of telomeres, will be reviewed. In particular, we will focus on the functions of shelterin and the replisome for the preservation of telomere integrity...
January 31, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111257/fragile-sites-dysfunctional-telomere-and-chromosome-fusions-what-is-5s-rdna-role
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Alain Victor Barros, Michele Andressa Vier Wolski, Viviane Nogaroto, Mara Cristina Almeida, Orlando Moreira-Filho, Marcelo Ricardo Vicari
Repetitive DNA regions are known as fragile chromosomal sites which present a high flexibility and low stability. Our focus was characterize fragile sites in 5S rDNA regions. The Ancistrus sp. species shows a diploid number of 50 and an indicative Robertsonian fusion at chromosomal pair 1. Two sequences of 5S rDNA were identified: 5S.1 rDNA and 5S.2 rDNA. The first sequence gathers the necessary structures to gene expression and shows a functional secondary structure prediction. Otherwise, the 5S.2 rDNA sequence does not contain the upstream sequences that are required to expression, furthermore its structure prediction reveals a nonfunctional ribosomal RNA...
January 19, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096402/establishment-of-expression-state-boundaries-by-rif1-and-taz1-in-fission-yeast
#5
Tea Toteva, Bethany Mason, Yutaka Kanoh, Peter Brøgger, Daniel Green, Janne Verhein-Hansen, Hisao Masai, Geneviève Thon
The Shelterin component Rif1 has emerged as a global regulator of the replication-timing program in all eukaryotes examined to date, possibly by modulating the 3D-organization of the genome. In fission yeast a second Shelterin component, Taz1, might share similar functions. Here, we identified unexpected properties for Rif1 and Taz1 by conducting high-throughput genetic screens designed to identify cis- and trans-acting factors capable of creating heterochromatin-euchromatin boundaries in fission yeast. The preponderance of cis-acting elements identified in the screens originated from genomic loci bound by Taz1 and associated with origins of replication whose firing is repressed by Taz1 and Rif1...
January 31, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052260/telomere-recognition-and-assembly-mechanism-of-mammalian-shelterin
#6
Fabian Erdel, Katja Kratz, Smaranda Willcox, Jack D Griffith, Eric C Greene, Titia de Lange
Shelterin is a six-subunit protein complex that plays crucial roles in telomere length regulation, protection, and maintenance. Although several shelterin subunits have been studied in vitro, the biochemical properties of the fully assembled shelterin complex are not well defined. Here, we characterize shelterin using ensemble biochemical methods, electron microscopy, and single-molecule imaging to determine how shelterin recognizes and assembles onto telomeric repeats. We show that shelterin complexes can exist in solution and primarily locate telomeric DNA through a three-dimensional diffusive search...
January 3, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940556/the-drosophila-telomere-capping-protein-verrocchio-binds-single-stranded-dna-and-protects-telomeres-from-dna-damage-response
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Alessandro Cicconi, Emanuela Micheli, Fiammetta Vernì, Alison Jackson, Ana Citlali Gradilla, Francesca Cipressa, Domenico Raimondo, Giuseppe Bosso, James G Wakefield, Laura Ciapponi, Giovanni Cenci, Maurizio Gatti, Stefano Cacchione, Grazia Daniela Raffa
Drosophila telomeres are sequence-independent structures maintained by transposition to chromosome ends of three specialized retroelements rather than by telomerase activity. Fly telomeres are protected by the terminin complex that includes the HOAP, HipHop, Moi and Ver proteins. These are fast evolving, non-conserved proteins that localize and function exclusively at telomeres, protecting them from fusion events. We have previously suggested that terminin is the functional analogue of shelterin, the multi-protein complex that protects human telomeres...
December 9, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873269/the-use-of-3d-telomere-fish-for-the-characterization-of-the-nuclear-architecture-in-ebv-positive-hodgkin-s-lymphoma
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Hans Knecht, Sabine Mai
The 3D nuclear architecture is closely related to cellular functions and chromosomes are organized in distinct territories. Quantitative 3D telomere FISH analysis (3D Q-FISH) and 3D super-resolution imaging (3D-SIM) at a resolution up to 80 nm as well as the recently developed combined quantitative 3D TRF2-telomere immune FISH technique (3D TRF2/Telo-Q-FISH) have substantially contributed to elucidate molecular pathogenic mechanisms of hematological diseases. Here we report the methods we applied to uncover major molecular steps involved in the pathogenesis of EBV-associated Hodgkin's lymphoma...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869160/pot1-ob-fold-mutations-unleash-telomere-instability-to-initiate-tumorigenesis
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P Gu, Y Wang, K K Bisht, L Wu, L Kukova, E M Smith, Y Xiao, S M Bailey, M Lei, J Nandakumar, S Chang
Chromosomal aberrations are a hallmark of human cancers, with complex cytogenetic rearrangements leading to genetic changes permissive for cancer initiation and progression. Protection of Telomere 1 (POT1) is an essential component of the shelterin complex and functions to maintain chromosome stability by repressing the activation of aberrant DNA damage and repair responses at telomeres. Sporadic and familial mutations in the oligosaccharide-oligonucleotide (OB) folds of POT1 have been identified in many human cancers, but the mechanism underlying how hPOT1 mutations initiate tumorigenesis has remained unclear...
November 21, 2016: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835648/mtv-an-ssdna-protecting-complex-essential-for-transposon-based-telomere-maintenance-in-drosophila
#10
Yi Zhang, Liang Zhang, Xiaona Tang, Shilpa R Bhardwaj, Jingyun Ji, Yikang S Rong
Multiple complexes protect telomeres. In telomerase-maintained organisms, Shelterin related complexes occupy the duplex region while the CST and Tpp1-Pot1 complexes bind the single stranded overhang of telomeres. Drosophila uses a transposon-based mechanism for end protection. We showed that the HOAP-HipHop complex occupies the duplex region. Whether an ssDNA-binding complex exists is not known. Here we discover a novel protein, Tea, that is specifically enriched at telomeres to prevent telomere fusion. We also identify a complex consisting of Tea and two known capping proteins, Ver and Moi...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814571/telomere-protein-complexes-and-their-role-in-lymphoid-malignancies
#11
Julieta Panero, Patricia Dos Santos, Irma Slavutsky
Telomeres are highly regulated and dynamic complexes that protect the genomic DNA and prevent the end of linear chromosomes from being misrecognized as a broken DNA. Due to the end replication problem, telomeres of somatic cells shorten with each cell division, inducing cell senescence. Telomerase is a reverse transcriptase capable of compensating telomere attrition by adding telomere repeats to the ends of chromosomes. Human telomeres are associated with the shelterin complex which consists of six telomere-associated proteins that specifically bind to telomeric DNA...
January 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806302/telomere-internal-double-strand-breaks-are-repaired-by-homologous-recombination-and-parp1-lig3-dependent-end-joining
#12
Ylli Doksani, Titia de Lange
Shelterin protects chromosome ends from the DNA damage response. Although the mechanism of telomere protection has been studied extensively, the fate of double-strand breaks (DSBs) inside telomeres is not known. Here, we report that telomere-internal FokI-induced DSBs activate ATM kinase-dependent signaling in S-phase but are well tolerated and repaired efficiently. Homologous recombination contributes to repair, leading to increased telomere length heterogeneity typical of the alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) pathway...
November 1, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785368/ercc1-and-telomere-status-in-breast-tumours-treated-with-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-and-their-association-with-patient-prognosis
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Mathilde Gay-Bellile, Pierre Romero, Anne Cayre, Lauren Véronèse, Maud Privat, Shalini Singh, Patricia Combes, Fabrice Kwiatkowski, Catherine Abrial, Yves-Jean Bignon, Philippe Vago, Frédérique Penault-Llorca, Andreï Tchirkov
Dysfunctional telomeres and DNA damage repair (DDR) play important roles in cancer progression. Studies have reported correlations between these factors and tumour aggressiveness and clinical outcome in breast cancer. We studied the characteristics of telomeres and expression of ERCC1, a protein involved in a number of DNA repair pathways and in telomere homeostasis, to assess their prognostic value, alone or in combination, in 90 residual breast tumours after treatment with neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NCT). ERCC1 status was investigated at different molecular levels (protein and gene expression and gene copy-number variations) by immunohistochemistry, qRT-PCR and quantitative multiplex fluorescent-PCR (QMF-PCR)...
October 2016: Journal of Pathology. Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761787/telomeres-and-telomerase-in-the-clinical-management-of-colorectal-cancer
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C Piñol-Felis, T Fernández-Marcelo, J Viñas-Salas, C Valls-Bautista
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer worldwide. Our aim is to describe the state of the art about the role of telomeres and telomerase in the clinical management of CRC and its potential utility as prognostic and diagnostic biomarkers and targets of new treatments. Telomere length could be a new diagnostic marker as an anomalous behavior is observed in peripheral blood cells when CRC patients and healthy people are compared. Moreover, telomeres and telomerase may be used as diagnostic markers considering that universal changes appear along the CRC process...
October 19, 2016: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27699234/telomere-dysfunction-in-alveolar-epithelial-cells-causes-lung-remodeling-and-fibrosis
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Ram P Naikawadi, Supparerk Disayabutr, Benat Mallavia, Matthew L Donne, Gary Green, Janet L La, Jason R Rock, Mark R Looney, Paul J Wolters
Telomeres are short in type II alveolar epithelial cells (AECs) of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Whether dysfunctional telomeres contribute directly to development of lung fibrosis remains unknown. The objective of this study was to investigate whether telomere dysfunction in type II AECs, mediated by deletion of the telomere shelterin protein TRF1, leads to pulmonary fibrosis in mice (SPC-Cre TRF1(fl/fl) mice). Deletion of TRF1 in type II AECs for 2 weeks increased γH2AX DNA damage foci, but not histopathologic changes in the lung...
September 8, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27644416/haematological-cancer-shelterin-complex-mutated-in-familial-cll
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Peter Sidaway
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 20, 2016: Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27612935/telomere-length-defines-the-cardiomyocyte-differentiation-potency-of-mouse-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Tania Aguado, Francisco J Gutiérrez, Esther Aix, Ralph P Schneider, Giovanna Giovinnazo, María A Blasco, Ignacio Flores
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) can be differentiated in vitro and in vivo to all cardiovascular lineages and are therefore a promising cell source for cardiac regenerative therapy. However, iPSC lines do not all differentiate into cardiomyocytes (CMs) with the same efficiency. Here, we show that telomerase-competent iPSCs with relatively long telomeres and high expression of the shelterin-complex protein TRF1 (iPSC(highT) ) differentiate sooner and more efficiently into CMs than those with relatively short telomeres and low TRF1 expression (iPSC(lowT) )...
September 10, 2016: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27608724/transcription-of-telomeric-dna-leads-to-high-levels-of-homologous-recombination-and-t-loops
#18
Anirban Kar, Smaranda Willcox, Jack D Griffith
The formation of DNA loops at chromosome ends (t-loops) and the transcription of telomeres producing G-rich RNA (TERRA) represent two central features of telomeres. To explore a possible link between them we employed artificial human telomeres containing long arrays of TTAGGG repeats flanked by the T7 or T3 promoters. Transcription of these DNAs generates a high frequency of t-loops within individual molecules and homologous recombination events between different DNAs at their telomeric sequences. T-loop formation does not require a single strand overhang, arguing that both terminal strands insert into the preceding duplex...
November 2, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27586969/a-genetic-interaction-between-rap1-and-telomerase-reveals-an-unanticipated-role-for-rap1-in-telomere-maintenance
#19
Paula Martínez, Gonzalo Gómez-López, David G Pisano, Juana M Flores, Maria A Blasco
RAP1 is one of the components of shelterin, the capping complex at chromosome ends or telomeres, although its role in telomere length maintenance and protection has remained elusive. RAP1 also binds subtelomeric repeats and along chromosome arms, where it regulates gene expression and has been shown to function in metabolism control. Telomerase is the enzyme that elongates telomeres, and its deficiency causes a premature aging in humans and mice. We describe an unanticipated genetic interaction between RAP1 and telomerase...
September 1, 2016: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27566293/influence-of-exposure-to-pesticides-on-telomere-length-in-tobacco-farmers-a-biology-system-approach
#20
Vivian Francília Silva Kahl, Juliana da Silva, Fernanda Rabaioli da Silva
Various pesticides in the form of mixtures must be used to keep tobacco crops pest-free. Recent studies have shown a link between occupational exposure to pesticides in tobacco crops and increased damage to the DNA, mononuclei, nuclear buds and binucleated cells in buccal cells as well as micronuclei in lymphocytes. Furthermore, pesticides used specifically for tobacco crops shorten telomere length (TL) significantly. However, the molecular mechanism of pesticide action on telomere length is not fully understood...
September 2016: Mutation Research
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