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Zayneb Chaâbene, Agnieszka Rorat, Imen Rekik Hakim, Fabien Bernard, Grubb C Douglas, Amine Elleuch, Franck Vandenbulcke, Hafedh Mejdoub
Phytochelatin synthase and metallothionein gene expressions were monitored via qPCR in order to investigate the molecular mechanisms involved in Cd and Cr detoxification in date palm (Phoenix dactylifera). A specific reference gene validation procedure using BestKeeper, NormFinder and geNorm programs allowed selection of the three most stable reference genes in a context of Cd or Cr contamination among six reference gene candidates, namely elongation factor α1, actin, aldehyde dehydrogenase, SAND family, tubulin 6 and TaTa box binding protein...
December 28, 2017: Chemosphere
Jorge Gutiérrez-Flores, Estrella Ramos, Carlos I Mendoza, Enrique Hernández-Lemus
DNA is one of the most important biomolecules since it contains all the genetic information about an organism. The tridimensional structure of DNA is a determinant factor that influences the physiological and biochemical mechanisms by which this molecule carries out its biological functions. It is believed that hydrogen bonds and π-π stacking are the most relevant non-covalent interactions regarding DNA stability. Due to its importance, several theoretical works have been made to describe these interactions, however, most of them often consider only the presence of two nitrogenous bases, having a limited overview of the participation of these in B-DNA stabilization...
December 12, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
Yiwen Zhang, Weiwei Liu, Yingshi Chen, Jun Liu, Kang Wu, Lishi Su, Wanying Zhang, Yawen Jiang, Xu Zhang, Yijun Zhang, Chao Liu, Liang Tao, Bingfeng Liu, Hui Zhang
The CD4+CD25+FOXP3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) mediate immunological self-tolerance and suppress various immune responses. FOXP3 is a key transcriptional factor for the generation and development of Tregs. Its expression is regulated by various cytokines including TGF-β, IL-2, and IL-10. It is important to further identify the regulatory factors for Tregs. Given that many microRNAs (miRNAs) could specifically interact with the core promoter region and specifically enhance the transcription of many target genes, we searched for any possible miRNA(s) targeting the core promoter region of the FOXP3 gene...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Eiryo Kawakami, Naruhiko Adachi, Toshiya Senda, Masami Horikoshi
While both archaeal and eukaryotic transcription initiation systems utilize TBP (TATA box-binding protein) and TFIIB (transcription factor IIB), eukaryotic systems include larger numbers of initiation factors. It remains uncertain how eukaryotic transcription initiation systems have evolved. Here, we investigate the evolutionary development of TBP and TFIIB, each of which has an intramolecular direct repeat, using two evolutionary indicators. Inter-repeat sequence dissimilarity (dDR, distance between direct repeats) indicates that the asymmetry of two repeats in TBP and TFIIB has gradually increased during evolution...
December 26, 2017: Cell Reports
Yadollah Zahed Pasha, Mousa Ahmadpor Kacho, Haleh Akhavan Niaki, Mehdi Tarighati, Ehsan Alaee
Introduction: Jaundice is a common condition during the neonatal period. Prolonged jaundice occurs in a large number of breastfed infants, considering the impact of genetic factors on the incidence of jaundice. Aim: To determine the association between prolonged jaundice and TATA box dinucleotide repeats in Gilbert's Syndrome (GS). Materials and Methods: In this case-control study, the case group consisted of 51 neonates with jaundice, aged more than two weeks with indirect bilirubin level higher than 10 mg/dl...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Yanyan Wang, Xinli Wei, Jenpan Huang, Jiangchun Wei
The multiprotein-bridging factor 1 (MBF1) gene family is well known in archaea, non-lichenized fungi, plants, and animals, and contains stress tolerance-related genes. Here, we identified four unique mbf1 genes in the lichenized fungi Endocarpon spp. A phylogenetic analysis based on protein sequences showed the translated MBF1 proteins of the newly isolated mbf1 genes formed a monophyletic clade different from other lichen-forming fungi and Ascomycota groups in general, which may reflect the evolution of the biological functions of MBF1s...
November 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
Kiyoshi Watanabe, Tetsuro Kokubo
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, core promoters of class II genes contain a TATA element, either a TATA box (TATA[A/T]A[A/T][A/G]) or TATA-like element (1 or 2 bp mismatched version of the TATA box). The TATA element directs the assembly of the preinitiation complex (PIC) to ensure accurate transcriptional initiation. It has been proposed the PIC is assembled by two distinct pathways in which TBP is delivered by TFIID or SAGA, leading to the widely accepted model that these complexes mediate transcription mainly from TATA-like element- or TATA box-containing promoters, respectively...
2017: PloS One
Ray Bahado-Singh, Liona C Poon, Ali Yilmaz, Argyro Syngelaki, Onur Turkoglu, Praveen Kumar, Joseph Kirma, Matthew Allos, Veronica Accurti, Jiansheng Li, Peng Zhao, Stewart F Graham, David R Cool, Kypros Nicolaides
Term preeclampsia (tPE), ≥37 weeks, is the most common form of PE and the most difficult to predict. Little is known about its pathogenesis. This study aims to elucidate the pathogenesis and assess early prediction of tPE using serial integrated metabolomic and proteomic systems biology approaches. Serial first- (11-14 weeks) and third-trimester (30-34 weeks) serum samples were analyzed using targeted metabolomic ((1)H NMR and DI-LC-MS/MS) and proteomic (MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS) platforms. We analyzed 35 tPE cases and 63 controls...
November 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
Xin Zhang, Danping Huang, Xiwei Jia, Zhihua Zou, Yilei Wang, Ziping Zhang
In this study, the 5'-flanking region of molt-inhibiting hormone (MIH) gene was cloned by Tail-PCR. It is 2024 bp starting from the translation initiation site, and 1818 bp starting from the predicted transcription start site. Forecast analysis results by the bioinformatics software showed that the transcription start site is located at 207 bp upstream of the start codon ATG, and TATA box is located at 240 bp upstream of the start codon ATG. Potential transcription factor binding sites include Sp1, NF-1, Oct-1, Sox-2, RAP1, and so on...
November 20, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Thiago J Nakayama, Fabiana A Rodrigues, Norman Neumaier, Juliana Marcolino-Gomes, Hugo B C Molinari, Thaís R Santiago, Eduardo F Formighieri, Marcos F Basso, José R B Farias, Beatriz M Emygdio, Ana C B de Oliveira, Ângela D Campos, Aluízio Borém, Frank G Harmon, Liliane M Mertz-Henning, Alexandre L Nepomuceno
Soybean (Glycine max) is one of the major crops worldwide and flooding stress affects the production and expansion of cultivated areas. Oxygen is essential for mitochondrial aerobic respiration to supply the energy demand of plant cells. Because oxygen diffusion in water is 10,000 times lower than in air, partial (hypoxic) or total (anoxic) oxygen deficiency is important component of flooding. Even when oxygen is externally available, oxygen deficiency frequently occurs in bulky, dense or metabolically active tissues such as phloem, meristems, seeds, and fruits...
2017: PloS One
Rui M C Portela, Thomas Vogl, Katharina Ebner, Rui Oliveira, Anton Glieder
Unravelling the core promoter sequence-function relationship is fundamental for engineering transcription initiation and thereby a feasible 'tuning knob' for fine-tuning expression in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering applications. Here a systematic replacement studies of the core promoter and 5' untranslated region (5'UTR) of the exceptionally strong and tightly methanol regulated Komagataella phaffii (syn. Pichia pastoris) alcohol oxidase 1 (AOX1) promoter at unprecedented resolution was performed...
November 10, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
Ana M Sanchez, Stewart Shuman, Beate Schwer
Expression of fission yeast glycerophosphate transporter Tgp1 is repressed in phosphate-rich medium and induced during phosphate starvation. Repression is enforced by transcription of the nc-tgp1 locus upstream of tgp1 to produce a long noncoding (lnc) RNA. Here we identify two essential elements of the nc-tgp1 promoter: a TATA box (-30)TATATATA(-23) and a HomolD box (-64)CAGTCACA(-57), mutations of which inactivate the nc-tgp1 promoter and de-repress the downstream tgp1 promoter under phosphate-replete conditions...
November 9, 2017: RNA
Christian Kirschneck, Sarah Batschkus, Peter Proff, Josef Köstler, Gerrit Spanier, Agnes Schröder
Meaningful, reliable and valid mRNA expression analyses by real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) can only be achieved, if suitable reference genes are chosen for normalization and if appropriate RT-qPCR quality standards are met. Human periodontal ligament (hPDL) fibroblasts play a major mediating role in orthodontic tooth movement and periodontitis. Despite corresponding in-vitro gene expression studies being a focus of interest for many years, no information is available for hPDL fibroblasts on suitable reference genes, which are generally used in RT-qPCR experiments to normalize variability between samples...
November 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
Kapil Gupta, Aleksandra A Watson, Tiago Baptista, Elisabeth Scheer, Anna L Chambers, Christine Koehler, Juan Zou, Ima Obong-Ebong, Eaazhisai Kandiah, Arturo Temblador, Adam Round, Eric Forest, Petr Man, Christoph Bieniossek, Ernest D Laue, Edward A Lemke, Juri Rappsilber, Carol V Robinson, Didier Devys, Làszlò Tora, Imre Berger
General transcription factor TFIID is a key component of RNA polymerase II transcription initiation. Human TFIID is a megadalton-sized complex comprising TATA-binding protein (TBP) and 13 TBP-associated factors (TAFs). TBP binds to core promoter DNA, recognizing the TATA-box. We identified a ternary complex formed by TBP and the histone fold (HF) domain-containing TFIID subunits TAF11 and TAF13. We demonstrate that TAF11/TAF13 competes for TBP binding with TATA-box DNA, and also with the N-terminal domain of TAF1 previously implicated in TATA-box mimicry...
November 7, 2017: ELife
Andre J Faure, Jörn M Schmiedel, Ben Lehner
Isogenic cells in a common environment show substantial cell-to-cell variation in gene expression, often referred to as "expression noise." Here, we use multiple single-cell RNA-sequencing datasets to identify features associated with high or low expression noise in mouse embryonic stem cells. These include the core promoter architecture of a gene, with CpG island promoters and a TATA box associated with low and high noise, respectively. High noise is also associated with "conflicting" chromatin states-the absence of transcription-associated histone modifications or the presence of repressive ones in active genes...
November 22, 2017: Cell Systems
Samiullah Khan, Juliet Roberts, Shu-Biao Wu
Ten reference genes were investigated for normalisation of candidate target gene expression data in the shell gland and spleen of laying hens challenged with two strains of infectious bronchitis virus (IBV). Data were analysed with geNorm, NormFinder and BestKeeper, and a comprehensive ranking (geomean) was calculated. In the combined data set of IBV challenged shell gland samples, the comprehensive ranking showed TATA-box binding protein (TBP) and tyrosine 3-monooxygenase/tryptophan 5-monooxygenase activation protein zeta (YWHAZ) as the two most stable, and succinate dehydrogenase complex flavoprotein subunit A (SDHA) and albumin (ALB) as the two least stable reference genes...
October 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
Christian Schrenk, Verena Fetz, Cecilia Vallet, Christina Heiselmayer, Elisabeth Schröder, Astrid Hensel, Angelina Hahlbrock, Désirée Wünsch, Dorothee Goesswein, Carolin Bier, Negusse Habtemichael, Günter Schneider, Roland H Stauber, Shirley K Knauer
Transcription factor TFIIA is controlled by complex regulatory networks including proteolysis by the protease Taspase 1, though the full impact of cleavage remains elusive. Here, we demonstrate that in contrast to the general assumption, de novo produced TFIIA is rapidly confined to the cytoplasm via an evolutionary conserved nuclear export signal (NES, amino acids 21VINDVRDIFL30), interacting with the nuclear export receptor Exportin-1/chromosomal region maintenance 1 (Crm1). Chemical export inhibition or genetic inactivation of the NES not only promotes TFIIA's nuclear localization but also affects its transcriptional activity...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
Michael J Gaudry, Kevin L Campbell
Uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1) permits non-shivering thermogenesis (NST) when highly expressed in brown adipose tissue (BAT) mitochondria. Exclusive to placental mammals, BAT has commonly been regarded to be advantageous for thermoregulation in hibernators, small-bodied species, and the neonates of larger species. While numerous regulatory control motifs associated with UCP1 transcription have been proposed for murid rodents, it remains unclear whether these are conserved across the eutherian mammal phylogeny and hence essential for UCP1 expression...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
Da-Wei Wei, Xue-Yao Ma, Song- Zhang, Jie-Yun Hong, Lin-Sheng Gui, Chu-Gang Mei, Hong-Fang Guo, Li- Wang, Yue- Ning, Lin-Sen Zan
The SIX1 gene belongs to the family of six homeodomain transcription factors (TFs), that regulates the extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) pathway and mediate skeletal muscle growth and regeneration. Previous studies have demonstrated that SIX1 is positively correlated with body measurement traits (BMTs). However, the transcriptional regulation of SIX1 remains unclear. In the present study, we determined that bovine SIX1 was highly expressed in the longissimus thoracis. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in bovine SIX1 regulation, 2-kb of the 5' regulatory region were obtained...
October 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
Carla Vermeulen Carvalho Grade, Carolina Stefano Mantovani, Marina Alves Fontoura, Faisal Yusuf, Beate Brand-Saberi, Lúcia Elvira Alvares
Myostatin (MSTN) is a strong inhibitor of skeletal muscle growth in human and other vertebrates. Its transcription is controlled by a proximal promoter/enhancer (Mstn P/E) containing a TATA box besides CREB, NF-Y, MEIS1 and FXR transcription factor binding sites (TFBSs), which are conserved throughout evolution. The aim of this work was to investigate the role of these TFBSs on Mstn P/E activity and evaluate the potential of their putative ligands as Mstn trans regulators. Mstn P/E mutant constructs were used to establish the role of conserved TFBSs using dual-luciferase assays...
October 2017: Molecular Biology Reports
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