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Zhao Lin, Michael J McClure, Junjun Zhao, Allison N Ramey, Niels Asmussen, Sharon L Hyzy, Zvi Schwartz, Barbara D Boyan
Chondrocytes at different maturation states in the growth plate produce matrix vesicles (MVs), membrane organelles found in the extracellular matrix, with a wide range of contents, such as matrix processing enzymes and receptors for hormones. We have shown that MVs harvested from growth zone (GC) chondrocyte cultures contain abundant small RNAs, including miRNAs. Here, we determined whether RNA also exists in MVs produced by less mature resting zone (RC) chondrocytes and, if so, whether it differs from the RNA in MVs produced by GC cells...
February 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kelly A Curtis, Daphne Morrison, Donna L Rudolph, Anupama Shankar, Laura S P Bloomfield, William M Switzer, S Michele Owen
Isothermal nucleic acid amplification techniques, such as reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP), exhibit characteristics that are suitable for the development of a rapid, low-cost NAT that can be used at the POC. For demonstration of utility for global use, studies are needed to validate the performance of RT-LAMP for the detection of divergent subtypes. In this study, we designed and evaluated multiplexed HIV-1 integrase RT-LAMP primers to detect subtypes within group M, along with an RNase P positive internal processing and amplification control...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Virological Methods
Ji-Seon Kang, Yune-Sahng Hwang, Lark Kyun Kim, Sujung Lee, Wook-Bin Lee, Jeongsil Kim-Ha, Young-Joon Kim
Oligoadenylate synthetase (OAS) protein family is the major interferon (IFN)-stimulated genes responsible for the activation of RNase L pathway upon viral infection. OAS-like (OASL) is also required for inhibition of viral growth in human cells, but the loss of one of its mouse homolog, OASL1, causes a severe defect in termination of type I interferon production. To further investigate the antiviral activity of OASL1, we examined its subcellular localization and regulatory roles in IFN production in the early and late stages of viral infection...
February 21, 2018: Molecules and Cells
Gregoire Masliah, Christophe Maris, Sebastian Lb König, Maxim Yulikov, Florian Aeschimann, Anna L Malinowska, Julie Mabille, Jan Weiler, Andrea Holla, Juerg Hunziker, Nicole Meisner-Kober, Benjamin Schuler, Gunnar Jeschke, Frederic H-T Allain
The accurate cleavage of pre-micro(mi)RNAs by Dicer and mi/siRNA guide strand selection are important steps in forming the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC). The role of Dicer binding partner TRBP in these processes remains poorly understood. Here, we solved the solution structure of the two N-terminal dsRNA binding domains (dsRBDs) of TRBP in complex with a functionally asymmetric siRNA using NMR, EPR, and single-molecule spectroscopy. We find that siRNA recognition by the dsRBDs is not sequence-specific but rather depends on the RNA shape...
February 15, 2018: EMBO Journal
Keli L Hippen, Michael Loschi, Jemma Nicholls, Kelli P A MacDonald, Bruce R Blazar
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are key mediators of the immune system. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a family of ~22 nucleotide non-coding RNAs that are processed from longer precursors by the RNases Drosha and Dicer. miRNA regulates protein expression posttranscriptionally through mRNA destabilization or translational silencing. A critical role for miRNA in Treg function was initially discovered when both Dicer and Drosha knockout (KO) mice were found to develop a fatal autoimmune disease phenotypically similar to Foxp3 KO mice...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Wen Shen, Cheryl L De Hoyos, Hong Sun, Timothy A Vickers, Xue-Hai Liang, Stanley T Crooke
We reported previously that a 2' fluoro-modified (2' F) phosphorothioate (PS) antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) with 5-10-5 gapmer configuration interacted with proteins from Drosophila behavior/human splicing (DBHS) family with higher affinity than PS-ASOs modified with 2'-O-(2-methoxyethyl) (2' MOE) or 2',4'-constrained 2'-O-ethyl (cEt) did. Rapid degradation of these proteins and cytotoxicity were observed in cells treated with 2' F PS-ASO. Here, we report that 2' F gapmer PS-ASOs of different sequences caused reduction in levels of DBHS proteins and hepatotoxicity in mice...
January 30, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Lanfang Wang, Mahrou Sadri, David Giraud, Janos Zempleni
Background: Evidence suggests that dietary microRNAs (miRs) are bioavailable and regulate gene expression across species boundaries. Concerns were raised that the detection of dietary miRs in plasma might have been due to sample contamination or lack of assay specificity. Objectives: The objectives of this study were to assess potential confounders of plasma miR analysis and to detect miRs from bovine milk in human plasma. Methods: Potential confounders of plasma miR analysis (circadian rhythm, sample collection and storage, calibration, and erythrocyte hemolysis) were assessed by quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (PCR) by using blood from healthy adults (7 men, 6 women; aged 23-57 y)...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Andrej Rusin, Colin Seymour, Carmel Mothersill
PURPOSE: To investigate biochemical pathways known to be involved in radiation response and in CFIDS to determine if there might be common underlying mechanisms leading to symptoms experienced by those accidentally or deliberately exposed to radiation and those suffering from CFIDS. If such a link were established, to suggest testable hypotheses to investigate the mechanisms with the aim of identifying new therapeutic targets. CONCLUSIONS: Evidence for involvement of the alpha-synuclein, cytochrome c oxidiase, αB-crystallin, RNase L, and lactate dehydrogenase/STAT1 pathways is strong and suggests a common underlying mechanism involving mitochondrial dysfunction mediated by ROS and disruption of ATP production...
January 3, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Biology
Nadine M Shaban, Ke Shi, Kate V Lauer, Michael A Carpenter, Christopher M Richards, Daniel Salamango, Jiayi Wang, Michael W Lopresti, Surajit Banerjee, Rena Levin-Klein, William L Brown, Hideki Aihara, Reuben S Harris
Human APOBEC3H and homologous single-stranded DNA cytosine deaminases are unique to mammals. These DNA-editing enzymes function in innate immunity by restricting the replication of viruses and transposons. APOBEC3H also contributes to cancer mutagenesis. Here, we address the fundamental nature of RNA in regulating human APOBEC3H activities. APOBEC3H co-purifies with RNA as an inactive protein, and RNase A treatment enables strong DNA deaminase activity. RNA-binding-defective mutants demonstrate clear separation of function by becoming DNA hypermutators...
January 4, 2018: Molecular Cell
Jessica L Lawler, Purba Mukherjee, Donald M Coen
The catalytic subunit (Pol) of herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) DNA polymerase has been extensively studied both as a model for other family B DNA polymerases and for its differences from these enzymes as an antiviral target. Among the activities of HSV-1 Pol is an intrinsic RNase H activity that cleaves RNA from RNA-DNA hybrids. There has long been a controversy regarding whether this activity is due to the 3'-to-5' exonuclease of Pol or whether it is a separate activity, possibly acting on 5' RNA termini. To investigate this issue, we compared wild-type HSV-1 Pol and a 3'-to-5' exonuclease-deficient mutant, D368A Pol, for DNA polymerase activity, 3'-to-5' exonuclease activity, and RNase H activity in vitro Additionally, we assessed the RNase H activity using differentially end-labeled templates with 5' or 3' RNA termini...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Virology
E Muller, S Ravel, C Agret, F Abrokwah, H Dzahini-Obiatey, I Galyuon, K Kouakou, E C Jeyaseelan, J Allainguillaume, A Wetten
Cacao swollen shoot virus is a member of the family Caulimoviridae, genus Badnavirus and is naturally transmitted to Theobroma cacao (L.) by several mealybug species. CSSV populations in West African countries are highly variable and genetically structured into several different groups based on the diversity in the first part of ORF3 which encodes the movement protein. To unravel the extent of isolate diversity and address the problems of low titer and mixed viral sequences in samples, we used Illumina MiSeq and HiSeq technology...
January 15, 2018: Virus Research
Alejandra Bernardini, José L Martínez
Gene expression is determined by critical processes such as RNA synthesis and degradation. Ribonucleases participate in the coordinated and differential decay of messenger RNAs. We describe a suitable method of normalization and calculation of mRNAs half-life values quantified by RNA-Seq. We determined the mRNA half-lives of more than 2000 genes in Stenotrophomonas maltophilia D457 and in an isogenic RNase G deficient mutant. Median half-lives were 2,74 and 3 min in the wild-type and the rng-deficient strain, respectively...
November 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
Samantha R Oakes, David Gallego-Ortega, Prudence M Stanford, Simon Junankar, Wendy Wing Yee Au, Zoya Kikhtyak, Anita von Korff, Claudio M Sergio, Andrew M K Law, Lesley E Castillo, Stephanie L Allerdice, Adelaide I J Young, Catherine Piggin, Belinda Whittle, Edward Bertram, Matthew J Naylor, Daniel L Roden, Jesse Donovan, Alexei Korennykh, Christopher C Goodnow, Moira K O'Bryan, Christopher J Ormandy
We identified a non-synonymous mutation in Oas2 (I405N), a sensor of viral double-stranded RNA, from an ENU-mutagenesis screen designed to discover new genes involved in mammary development. The mutation caused post-partum failure of lactation in healthy mice with otherwise normally developed mammary glands, characterized by greatly reduced milk protein synthesis coupled with epithelial cell death, inhibition of proliferation and a robust interferon response. Expression of mutant but not wild type Oas2 in cultured HC-11 or T47D mammary cells recapitulated the phenotypic and transcriptional effects observed in the mouse...
November 2017: PLoS Genetics
Sinaye Ngcapu, Kristof Theys, Pieter Libin, Vincent C Marconi, Henry Sunpath, Thumbi Ndung'u, Michelle L Gordon
The South African national treatment programme includes nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) in both first and second line highly active antiretroviral therapy regimens. Mutations in the RNase H domain have been associated with resistance to NRTIs but primarily in HIV-1 subtype B studies. Here, we investigated the prevalence and association of RNase H mutations with NRTI resistance in sequences from HIV-1 subtype C infected individuals. RNase H sequences from 112 NRTI treated but virologically failing individuals and 28 antiretroviral therapy (ART)-naive individuals were generated and analysed...
November 8, 2017: Viruses
Juan Vicente Muñoz-Sanz, Elena Zuriaga, María L Badenes, Carlos Romero
S-RNase based gametophytic self-incompatibility (SI) is a widespread prezygotic reproductive barrier in flowering plants. In the Solanaceae, Plantaginaceae and Rosaceae gametophytic SI is controlled by the pistil-specific S-RNases and the pollen S-locus F-box proteins but non-S-specific factors, namely modifiers, are also required. In apricot, Prunus armeniaca (Rosaceae), we previously mapped two pollen-part mutations that confer self-compatibility in cultivars Canino and Katy at the distal end of chromosome 3 (M-locus) unlinked to the S-locus...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
Qinfeng Huang, Junjie Shao, Yuying Liang, Hinh Ly
Arenaviruses, such as Lassa virus (LASV) and Pichindé virus (PICV), are enveloped viruses with a bi-segmented ambisense RNA genome. The large (L) genomic segment encodes the Z matrix protein and the L RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, whereas the small (S) genomic segment encodes the nucleoprotein (NP) and the glycoprotein (GPC). The NP encapsidates viral genome, is required for viral transcription and replication, and acts as a type I interferon (IFN) antagonist. This article describes assays to demonstrate that NP contains 3'-5' exoribonuclease (RNase) activity to degrade modeled RNA of the pathogen-associated molecular pattern type and suppresses the IFNβ promoter-driven luciferase reporter gene...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Wen Shen, Hong Sun, Cheryl L De Hoyos, Jeffrey K Bailey, Xue-Hai Liang, Stanley T Crooke
An R-loop is a DNA:RNA hybrid formed during transcription when a DNA duplex is invaded by a nascent RNA transcript. R-loops accumulate in nucleoli during RNA polymerase I (RNAP I) transcription. Here, we report that mammalian RNase H1 enriches in nucleoli and co-localizes with R-loops in cultured human cells. Co-migration of RNase H1 and R-loops from nucleoli to perinucleolar ring structures was observed upon inhibition of RNAP I transcription. Treatment with camptothecin which transiently stabilized nucleolar R-loops recruited RNase H1 to the nucleoli...
October 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Claire M Grison, George M Burslem, Jennifer A Miles, Ludwig K A Pilsl, David J Yeo, Zeynab Imani, Stuart L Warriner, Michael E Webb, Andrew J Wilson
The development of constrained peptides for inhibition of protein-protein interactions is an emerging strategy in chemical biology and drug discovery. This manuscript introduces a versatile, rapid and reversible approach to constrain peptides in a bioactive helical conformation using BID and RNase S peptides as models. Dibromomaleimide is used to constrain BID and RNase S peptide sequence variants bearing cysteine (Cys) or homocysteine (hCys) amino acids spaced at i and i + 4 positions by double substitution...
July 1, 2017: Chemical Science
Monica C Pillon, Robin E Stanley
Here we highlight the Grc3/Las1 complex, an essential RNA processing machine that is well conserved across eukaryotes and required for processing the pre-ribosomal RNA (pre-rRNA). Las1 is an endoribonuclease that cleaves the pre-rRNA while Grc3 is a polynucleotide kinase that phosphorylates the Las1-cleaved RNA product. Recently we showed that Grc3 and Las1 assemble into a higher-order complex composed of a dimer of Grc3/Las1 heterodimers that is required for nuclease and kinase activity. Unexpectedly, we found that the Grc3/Las1 complex draws numerous parallels with two other eukaryotic nucleases, Ire1 and RNase L...
September 19, 2017: Current Genetics
Jodie L Abrahams, Matthew P Campbell, Nicolle H Packer
Porous graphitised carbon-liquid chromatography (PGC-LC) has been proven to be a powerful technique for the analysis and characterisation of complex mixtures of isomeric and isobaric glycan structures. Here we evaluate the elution behaviour of N-glycans on PGC-LC and thereby provide the potential of using chromatographic separation properties, together with mass spectrometry (MS) fragmentation, to determine glycan structure assignments more easily. We used previously reported N-glycan structures released from the purified glycoproteins Immunoglobulin G (IgG), Immunoglobulin A (IgA), lactoferrin, α1-acid glycoprotein, Ribonuclease B (RNase B), fetuin and ovalbumin to profile their behaviour on capillary PGC-LC-MS...
September 13, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
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