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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187685/geometric-patterns-for-neighboring-bases-near-the-stacked-state-in-nucleic-acid-strands
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Ada Anna Sedova, Nilesh K Banavali
Structural variation in base stacking has been analyzed frequently in isolated double helical contexts for nucleic acids, but not as often in non-helical geometries or in complex biomolecular environments. In this study, conformations of two neighboring bases near their stacked state in any environment are comprehensively characterized for single-strand dinucleotide (SSD) nucleic acid crystal structure conformations. An ensemble clustering method is used to identify a reduced set of representative stacking geometries based on pairwise distances between select atoms in consecutive bases, with multiple separable conformational clusters obtained for categories divided by nucleic acid type (DNA/RNA), SSD sequence, stacking face orientation, and presence or absence of a protein environment...
February 10, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169375/the-rb1-tumour-suppressor-gene-modifies-telomeric-chromatin-architecture-by-regulating-terra-expression
#2
I Gonzalez-Vasconcellos, R Schneider, N Anastasov, S Alonso-Rodriguez, B Sanli-Bonazzi, J L Fernández, M J Atkinson
The tumour suppressor gene (Rb1) is necessary for the maintenance of telomere integrity in osteoblastic cells. We now show that the compaction of telomeric chromatin and the appropriate histone modifications of telomeric DNA are both dependent upon Rb1-mediated transcription of the telomere-derived long non-coding RNA TERRA. Expression of TERRA was reduced in Rb1 haploinsufficient cells, and further decreased by shRNA-mediated reduction of residual Rb1 expression. Restoration of Rb1 levels through lentiviral transduction was sufficient to reestablish both transcription of TERRA and condensation of telomeric chromatin...
February 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166722/integration-of-vdr-genome-wide-binding-and-gwas-genetic-variation-data-reveals-co-occurrence-of-vdr-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-binding-that-is-linked-to-immune-phenotypes
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Prashant K Singh, Patrick R van den Berg, Mark D Long, Angie Vreugdenhil, Laurie Grieshober, Heather M Ochs-Balcom, Jianmin Wang, Sylvie Delcambre, Sami Heikkinen, Carsten Carlberg, Moray J Campbell, Lara E Sucheston-Campbell
BACKGROUND: The nuclear hormone receptor superfamily acts as a genomic sensor of diverse signals. Their actions are often intertwined with other transcription factors. Nuclear hormone receptors are targets for many therapeutic drugs, and include the vitamin D receptor (VDR). VDR signaling is pleotropic, being implicated in calcaemic function, antibacterial actions, growth control, immunomodulation and anti-cancer actions. Specifically, we hypothesized that the biologically significant relationships between the VDR transcriptome and phenotype-associated biology could be discovered by integrating the known VDR transcription factor binding sites and all published trait- and disease-associated SNPs...
February 6, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164088/effective-implementation-of-novel-met-pharmacodynamic-assays-in-translational-studies
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REVIEW
Apurva K Srivastava, Tony Navas, William G Herrick, Melinda G Hollingshead, Donald P Bottaro, James H Doroshow, Ralph E Parchment
MET tyrosine kinase (TK) dysregulation is significantly implicated in many types of cancer. Despite over 20 years of drug development to target MET in cancers, a pure anti-MET therapeutic has not yet received market approval. The failure of two recently concluded phase III trials point to a major weakness in biomarker strategies to identify patients who will benefit most from MET therapies. The capability to interrogate oncogenic mutations in MET via circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) provides an important advancement in identification and stratification of patients for MET therapy...
January 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163277/cloning-localization-and-focus-formation-at-dna-damage-sites-of-canine-ku70
#5
Manabu Koike, Yasutomo Yutoku, Aki Koike
Understanding the molecular mechanisms of DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair machinery, specifically non-homologous DNA-end joining (NHEJ), is crucial for developing next-generation radiotherapies and common chemotherapeutics for human and animal cancers. The localization, protein-protein interactions and post-translational modifications of core NHEJ factors, might play vital roles for regulation of NHEJ activity. The human Ku heterodimer (Ku70/Ku80) is a core NHEJ factor in the NHEJ pathway and is involved in sensing of DSBs...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161934/identification-of-diverse-adenosine-to-inosine-rna-editing-subtypes-in-colorectal-cancer
#6
Si-Hyun Lee, Hwang-Phill Kim, Jun-Kyu Kang, Sang-Hyun Song, Sae-Won Han, Tae-You Kim
Purpose: RNA editing generates protein diversity by altering RNA sequences in coding regions without changing the overall DNA sequence. Adenosine-to-Inosine (A-to-I) RNA editing events have recently been reported in some types of cancer, but they are rare in human colorectal cancer. Therefore, this study was conducted to identify diverse RNA editing in colorectal cancer. Materials and Methods: We compared transcriptome data of 39 colorectal cancer (CRC) samples and paired adjacent tissues from The Cancer Genome Atlas database to identify RNA editing patterns in CRC, focusing on canonical A-to-I RNA edits in coding sequence regions...
January 25, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134821/non-canonical-replication-initiation-you-re-fired
#7
REVIEW
Bazilė Ravoitytė, Ralf Erik Wellinger
The division of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells produces two cells that inherit a perfect copy of the genetic material originally derived from the mother cell. The initiation of canonical DNA replication must be coordinated to the cell cycle to ensure the accuracy of genome duplication. Controlled replication initiation depends on a complex interplay of cis-acting DNA sequences, the so-called origins of replication (ori), with trans-acting factors involved in the onset of DNA synthesis. The interplay of cis-acting elements and trans-acting factors ensures that cells initiate replication at sequence-specific sites only once, and in a timely order, to avoid chromosomal endoreplication...
January 27, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132842/dna-double-strand-break-resection-occurs-during-non-homologous-end-joining-in-g1-but-is-distinct-from-resection-during-homologous-recombination
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Ronja Biehs, Monika Steinlage, Olivia Barton, Szilvia Juhász, Julia Künzel, Julian Spies, Atsushi Shibata, Penny A Jeggo, Markus Löbrich
Canonical non-homologous end joining (c-NHEJ) repairs DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) in G1 cells with biphasic kinetics. We show that DSBs repaired with slow kinetics, including those localizing to heterochromatic regions or harboring additional lesions at the DSB site, undergo resection prior to repair by c-NHEJ and not alt-NHEJ. Resection-dependent c-NHEJ represents an inducible process during which Plk3 phosphorylates CtIP, mediating its interaction with Brca1 and promoting the initiation of resection. Mre11 exonuclease, EXD2, and Exo1 execute resection, and Artemis endonuclease functions to complete the process...
January 25, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105934/charm-discovery-of-combinatorial-chromatin-modification-patterns-in-hepatitis-b-virus-x-transformed-mouse-liver-cancer-using-association-rule-mining
#9
Sung Hee Park, Sun-Min Lee, Young-Joon Kim, Sangsoo Kim
BACKGROUND: Various chromatin modifications, identified in large-scale epigenomic analyses, are associated with distinct phenotypes of different cells and disease phases. To improve our understanding of these variations, many computational methods have been developed to discover novel sites and cell-specific chromatin modifications. Despite the availability of existing methods, there is still room for further improvement when they are applied to resolve the histone code hypothesis. Hence, we aim to investigate the development of a computational method to provide new insights into de novo combinatorial pattern discovery of chromatin modifications to characterize epigenetic variations in distinct phenotypes of different cells...
December 13, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102461/rnahelix-computational-modeling-of-nucleic-acid-structures-with-watson-crick-and-non-canonical-base-pairs
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Dhananjay Bhattacharyya, Sukanya Halder, Sankar Basu, Debasish Mukherjee, Prasun Kumar, Manju Bansal
Comprehensive analyses of structural features of non-canonical base pairs within a nucleic acid double helix are limited by the availability of a small number of three dimensional structures. Therefore, a procedure for model building of double helices containing any given nucleotide sequence and base pairing information, either canonical or non-canonical, is seriously needed. Here we describe a program RNAHelix, which is an updated version of our widely used software, NUCGEN. The program can regenerate duplexes using the dinucleotide step and base pair orientation parameters for a given double helical DNA or RNA sequence with defined Watson-Crick or non-Watson-Crick base pairs...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102346/human-p53-interacts-with-the-elongating-rnapii-complex-and-is-required-for-the-release-of-actinomycin-d-induced-transcription-blockage
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Barbara N Borsos, Ildikó Huliák, Hajnalka Majoros, Zsuzsanna Ujfaludi, Ákos Gyenis, Peter Pukler, Imre M Boros, Tibor Pankotai
The p53 tumour suppressor regulates the transcription initiation of selected genes by binding to specific DNA sequences at their promoters. Here we report a novel role of p53 in transcription elongation in human cells. Our data demonstrate that upon transcription elongation blockage, p53 is associated with genes that have not been reported as its direct targets. p53 could be co-immunoprecipitated with active forms of DNA-directed RNA polymerase II subunit 1 (RPB1), highlighting its association with the elongating RNA polymerase II...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093192/spectrum-of-mutations-in-leiomyosarcomas-identified-by-clinical-targeted-next-generation-sequencing
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Paul J Lee, Naomi S Yoo, Ian S Hagemann, John D Pfeifer, Catherine E Cottrell, Haley J Abel, Eric J Duncavage
Recurrent genomic mutations in uterine and non-uterine leiomyosarcomas have not been well established. Using a next generation sequencing (NGS) panel of common cancer-associated genes, 25 leiomyosarcomas arising from multiple sites were examined to explore genetic alterations, including single nucleotide variants (SNV), small insertions/deletions (indels), and copy number alterations (CNA). Sequencing showed 86 non-synonymous, coding region somatic variants within 151 gene targets in 21 cases, with a mean of 4...
January 14, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077297/exosomes-key-mediators-of-metastasis-and-pre-metastatic-niche-formation
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REVIEW
Richard J Lobb, Luize G Lima, Andreas Möller
While tumour cells are classically known to communicate via direct cell-to-cell contact and the secretion of soluble protein-based factors such as cytokines and growth factors, alternative novel mechanisms that promote tumour progression have recently emerged. Now, new critical components of the secretome thought to be involved in tumour progression are exosomes, small vesicles of endocytic origin that carry a variety of bioactive molecules, including proteins, lipids, RNA, as well as DNA molecules. Cancer cell-derived exosomes have been shown to participate in crucial steps of metastatic spread of a primary tumour, ranging from oncogenic reprogramming of malignant cells to formation of pre-metastatic niches...
January 8, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072566/guard-the-guardian-a-crl4-ligase-stands-watch-over-histone-production
#14
Fabienne Lampert, Mia M L Brodersen, Matthias Peter
Histones are evolutionarily conserved proteins that together with DNA constitute eukaryotic chromatin in a defined stoichiometry. Core histones are dynamic scaffolding proteins that undergo a myriad of post-translational modifications, which selectively engage chromosome condensation, replication, transcription and DNA damage repair. Cullin4-RING ubiquitin E3 ligases are known to hold pivotal roles in a wide spectrum of chromatin biology ranging from chromatin remodeling and transcriptional repression, to sensing of cytotoxic DNA lesions...
January 10, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067787/effects-of-replication-and-transcription-on-dna-structure-related-genetic-instability
#15
REVIEW
Guliang Wang, Karen M Vasquez
Many repetitive sequences in the human genome can adopt conformations that differ from the canonical B-DNA double helix (i.e., non-B DNA), and can impact important biological processes such as DNA replication, transcription, recombination, telomere maintenance, viral integration, transposome activation, DNA damage and repair. Thus, non-B DNA-forming sequences have been implicated in genetic instability and disease development. In this article, we discuss the interactions of non-B DNA with the replication and/or transcription machinery, particularly in disease states (e...
January 5, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056815/comparative-genomics-of-host-adaptive-traits-in-xanthomonas-translucens-pv-graminis
#16
Lena Hersemann, Daniel Wibberg, Jochen Blom, Alexander Goesmann, Franco Widmer, Frank-Jörg Vorhölter, Roland Kölliker
BACKGROUND: Xanthomonas translucens pathovars differ in their individual host ranges among Poaceae. As the causal agent of bacterial wilt in Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.), X. translucens pv. graminis (Xtg) is one of the most important bacterial pathogens in temperate grassland regions. The genomes of six Xtg strains from Switzerland, Norway, and New Zealand were sequenced in order to gain insight into conserved genomic traits from organisms covering a wide geographical range...
January 5, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045181/mercury-ii-mediated-base-pairs-in-dna-unexpected-behavior-in-metal-ion-binding-and-duplex-stability-induced-by-2-deoxyuridine-5-substituents
#17
Xiurong Guo, Sachin A Ingale, Haozhe Yang, Yang He, Frank Seela
The stability of the mercury ion mediated dU-Hg(II)-dU pair depends on substituents introduced at the 5-position of the pyrimidine moiety. To this end, a series of oligonucleotides were synthesized with dU modification in central position. Common and new phosphoramidites were utilized. Hybridization experiments provided 12-mer duplexes with non-canonical "dU-dU" pairs. In most cases Hg(2+) stabilizes duplexes by metal ion mediated base pair formation identified by higher duplex melting. Among the three types of dU derivatives incorporated in duplex DNA those with small aliphatic side chains have only a minor impact on the stability of the mercury-mediated base pair, while those with a triple bond in the side chain show hysteresis during duplex heating and cooling cycle implying triple bond interaction with mercury ions...
January 3, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035693/identification-of-a-u-zn-cu-responsive-global-regulatory-two-component-system-in-caulobacter-crescentus
#18
Dan M Park, K Wesley Overton, Megan J Liou, Yongqin Jiao
Despite the well-known toxicity of uranium (U) to bacteria, little is known about how cells sense and respond to U. The recent finding of a U-specific stress response in Caulobacter crescentus has provided a foundation for studying the mechanisms of U- perception in bacteria. To gain insight into this process, we used a forward genetic screen to identify the regulatory components governing expression of the urcA promoter (PurcA ) that is strongly induced by U. This approach unearthed a previously uncharacterized two-component system, named UzcRS, which is responsible for U-dependent activation of PurcA ...
December 30, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025497/mechanisms-governing-ddk-regulation-of-the-initiation-of-dna-replication
#19
REVIEW
Larasati, Bernard P Duncker
The budding yeast Dbf4-dependent kinase (DDK) complex-comprised of cell division cycle (Cdc7) kinase and its regulatory subunit dumbbell former 4 (Dbf4)-is required to trigger the initiation of DNA replication through the phosphorylation of multiple minichromosome maintenance complex subunits 2-7 (Mcm2-7). DDK is also a target of the radiation sensitive 53 (Rad53) checkpoint kinase in response to replication stress. Numerous investigations have determined mechanistic details, including the regions of Mcm2, Mcm4, and Mcm6 phosphorylated by DDK, and a number of DDK docking sites...
December 22, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007578/nmr-based-model-of-human-telomeric-repeat-g-quadruplex-in-complex-with-2-4-6-triarylpyridine-family-ligand
#20
Abdelaziz Kerkour, Jean-Louis Mergny, Gilmar F Salgado
G-quadruplexes (G4) are one of the several different forms of non-canonical DNA structures that can occur in our genome. Their existence is thought to be implicated in important biological functions such as positive and negative transcription regulation or telomeric extension. The human telomeric sequence G4 formed by repetitive nucleotide sequences (T2AG3) at each chromosome end is an important example of intramolecular G4. Knowing the atomic details for different families of ligands targeting G-quadruplex structures hypothetically found in the telomeric repeat it is an important step for rational drug design...
December 19, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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