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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087716/the-piggybac-transposon-derived-genes-tpb1-and-tpb6-mediate-essential-transposon-like-excision-during-the-developmental-rearrangement-of-key-genes-in-tetrahymena-thermophila
#1
Chao-Yin Cheng, Janet M Young, Chih-Yi Gabriela Lin, Ju-Lan Chao, Harmit S Malik, Meng-Chao Yao
Ciliated protozoans perform extreme forms of programmed somatic DNA rearrangement during development. The model ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila removes 34% of its germline micronuclear genome from somatic macronuclei by excising thousands of internal eliminated sequences (IESs), a process that shares features with transposon excision. Indeed, piggyBac transposon-derived genes are necessary for genome-wide IES excision in both Tetrahymena (TPB2 [Tetrahymena piggyBac-like 2] and LIA5) and Paramecium tetraurelia (PiggyMac)...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081509/in-silico-prediction-of-toxicity-of-phenols-to-tetrahymena-pyriformis-by-using-genetic-algorithm-and-decision-tree-based-modeling-approach
#2
Fatemeh Abbasitabar, Vahid Zare-Shahabadi
Risk assessment of chemicals is an important issue in environmental protection; however, there is a huge lack of experimental data for a large number of end-points. The experimental determination of toxicity of chemicals involves high costs and time-consuming process. In silico tools such as quantitative structure-toxicity relationship (QSTR) models, which are constructed on the basis of computational molecular descriptors, can predict missing data for toxic end-points for existing or even not yet synthesized chemicals...
January 2, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069381/establishment-of-a-mutation-system-in-tetrahymena-outer-arm-dynein-and-p-loop-functions-of-the-alpha-heavy-chain-dyh3p
#3
Masaki Edamatsu
Axonemal dyneins are large AAA+ type motor proteins that exhibit unique motor properties during ciliary beating. This study established a mutation system for Tetrahymena outer arm dynein and characterized four nucleotide-binding loops (P-loops; P1-P4) in the alpha heavy chain (Dyh3p). Macronuclear transformation of the mutant DYH3 genes in DYH3-knockout (KO-DYH3) cells enabled P-loop mutations that abolish the ability of nucleotide binding to be stably maintained in the polyploid genome. This mutation system revealed that the P3 and P4 mutant dyneins rescued lethality in macronuclear KO-DYH3 cells and exhibited normal ciliary localization...
January 6, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053272/trans-generational-function-of-tetrahymena-piwi-protein-twi8p-at-distinctive-non-coding-rna-loci
#4
Brian M Farley, Kathleen Collins
Trans-generational transmission of genome-regulatory epigenetic information can determine phenotypes in the progeny of sexual reproduction. Sequence specificity of trans-generational regulation derives from small RNAs assembled into Piwi-protein complexes. Known targets of trans-generational regulation are primarily transposons and transposon-derived sequences. Here, we extend the scope of Piwi-mediated trans-generational regulation to include unique non-coding RNA loci. Ciliates such as Tetrahymena have a phenotypically silent germline micronucleus and an expressed somatic macronucleus, which is differentiated anew from a germline genome copy in sexual reproduction...
January 4, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927907/in-memoriam-david-l-nanney-1925-2016-tetrahymena-genetics-founder-and-epigenetics-champion
#5
Eduardo Orias, Joseph Frankel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917301/separation-of-bacteria-protozoa-and-carbon-nanotubes-by-density-gradient-centrifugation
#6
Monika Mortimer, Elijah J Petersen, Bruce A Buchholz, Patricia A Holden
Sustainable production and use of carbon nanotube (CNT)-enabled materials require efficient assessment of CNT environmental hazards, including the potential for CNT bioaccumulation and biomagnification in environmental receptors. Microbes, as abundant organisms responsible for nutrient cycling in soil and water, are important ecological receptors for studying the effects of CNTs. Quantification of CNT association with microbial cells requires efficient separation of CNT-associated cells from individually dispersed CNTs and CNT agglomerates...
2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909245/heterochromatin-aggregation-during-dna-elimination-in-tetrahymena-is-facilitated-by-a-prion-like-protein
#7
Kensuke Kataoka, Kazufumi Mochizuki
Regulated aggregations of prion and prion-like proteins play physiological roles in various biological processes. However, their structural roles in the nucleus are poorly understood. Here, we show that the prion-like protein Jub6p is involved in the regulation of chromatin structure in the ciliated protozoan Tetrahymena thermophila Jub6p forms SDS-resistant aggregates when it is ectopically expressed in vegetative cells and binds to RNA in vitro. Jub6p is a heterochromatin component and is important for the formation of heterochromatin bodies during the process of programmed DNA elimination...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905833/non-conventional-expression-systems-for-the-production-of-vaccine-proteins-and-immunotherapeutic-molecules
#8
Isabelle Legastelois, Sophie Buffin, Isabelle Peubez, Charlotte Mignon, Régis Sodoyer, Bettina Werle
The increasing demand for recombinant vaccine antigens or immunotherapeutic molecules calls into question the universality of current protein expression systems. Vaccine production can require relatively low amounts of expressed materials, but represents an extremely diverse category consisting of different target antigens with marked structural differences. In contrast, monoclonal antibodies, by definition share key molecular characteristics and require a production system capable of very large outputs, which drives the quest for highly efficient and cost-effective systems...
December 1, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904881/sfr1-a-tetrahymena-thermophila-sfi1-repeat-protein-modulates-the-production-of-cortical-row-basal-bodies
#9
Westley Heydeck, Alexander J Stemm-Wolf, Janin Knop, Christina C Poh, Mark Winey
Basal bodies are essential microtubule-based structures that template, anchor, and orient cilia at the cell surface. Cilia act primarily in the generation of directional fluid flow and sensory reception, both of which are utilized for a broad spectrum of cellular processes. Although basal bodies contribute to vital cell functions, the molecular contributors of their assembly and maintenance are poorly understood. Previous studies of the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila revealed important roles for two centrin family members in basal body assembly, separation of new basal bodies, and stability...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899638/structure-and-folding-of-the-tetrahymena-telomerase-rna-pseudoknot
#10
Darian D Cash, Juli Feigon
Telomerase maintains telomere length at the ends of linear chromosomes using an integral telomerase RNA (TER) and telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT). An essential part of TER is the template/pseudoknot domain (t/PK) which includes the template, for adding telomeric repeats, template boundary element (TBE), and pseudoknot, enclosed in a circle by stem 1. The Tetrahymena telomerase holoenzyme catalytic core (p65-TER-TERT) was recently modeled in our 9 Å resolution cryo-electron microscopy map by fitting protein and TER domains, including a solution NMR structure of the Tetrahymena pseudoknot...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895115/shared-subunits-of-tetrahymena-telomerase-holoenzyme-and-replication-protein-a-have-different-functions-in-different-cellular-complexes
#11
Heather E Upton, Henry Chan, Juli Feigon, Kathleen Collins
In most eukaryotes, telomere maintenance relies on telomeric repeat synthesis by a reverse transcriptase named telomerase. To synthesize telomeric repeats, the catalytic subunit telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) uses the RNA subunit (TER) as a template. In the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila, the telomerase holoenzyme consists of TER, TERT, and eight additional proteins, including the telomeric repeat single-stranded DNA-binding protein Teb1 and its heterotrimer partners Teb2 and Teb3. Teb1 is paralogous to the large subunit of the general single-stranded DNA binding heterotrimer replication protein A (RPA)...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892853/structure-of-the-germline-genome-of-tetrahymena-thermophila-and-relationship-to-the-massively-rearranged-somatic-genome
#12
Eileen P Hamilton, Aurélie Kapusta, Piroska E Huvos, Shelby L Bidwell, Nikhat Zafar, Haibao Tang, Michalis Hadjithomas, Vivek Krishnakumar, Jonathan H Badger, Elisabet V Caler, Carsten Russ, Qiandong Zeng, Lin Fan, Joshua Z Levin, Terrance Shea, Sarah K Young, Ryan Hegarty, Riza Daza, Sharvari Gujja, Jennifer R Wortman, Bruce W Birren, Chad Nusbaum, Jainy Thomas, Clayton M Carey, Ellen J Pritham, Cédric Feschotte, Tomoko Noto, Kazufumi Mochizuki, Romeo Papazyan, Sean D Taverna, Paul H Dear, Donna M Cassidy-Hanley, Jie Xiong, Wei Miao, Eduardo Orias, Robert S Coyne
The germline genome of the binucleated ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila undergoes programmed chromosome breakage and massive DNA elimination to generate the somatic genome. Here, we present a complete sequence assembly of the germline genome and analyze multiple features of its structure and its relationship to the somatic genome, shedding light on the mechanisms of genome rearrangement as well as the evolutionary history of this remarkable germline/soma differentiation. Our results strengthen the notion that a complex, dynamic, and ongoing interplay between mobile DNA elements and the host genome have shaped Tetrahymena chromosome structure, locally and globally...
November 28, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892792/e2fl1-is-a-meiosis-specific-transcription-factor-in-the-protist-tetrahymena-thermophila
#13
Jing Zhang, Miao Tian, Guan-Xiong Yan, Anura Shodhan, Wei Miao
Members of the E2F family of transcription factors have been reported to regulate the expression of genes involved in cell cycle control, DNA replication, and DNA repair in multicellular eukaryotes. Here, E2FL1, a meiosis-specific E2F transcription factor gene, was identified in the model ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila. Loss of this gene resulted in meiotic arrest prior to anaphase I. The cytological experiments revealed that the meiotic homologous pairing was not affected in the absence of E2FL1, but the paired homologous chromosomes did not separate and assumed a peculiar tandem arrangement...
November 28, 2016: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869660/use-of-a-fluorescent-aptamer-rna-as-an-exonic-sequence-to-analyze-self-splicing-ability-of-agroup-i-intron-from-structured-rnas
#14
Airi Furukawa, Takahiro Tanaka, Hiroyuki Furuta, Shigeyoshi Matsumura, Yoshiya Ikawa
Group I self-splicing intron constitutes an important class of functional RNA molecules that can promote chemical transformation. Although the fundamental mechanism of the auto-excision from its precursor RNA has been established, convenient assay systems for its splicing activity are still useful for a further understanding of its detailed mechanism and of its application. Because some host RNA sequences, to which group I introns inserted form stable three-dimensional (3D) structures, the effects of the 3D structures of exonic elements on the splicing efficiency of group I introns are important but not a fully investigated issue...
November 17, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866614/in-vivo-synthesis-of-nano-selenium-by-tetrahymena-thermophila-sb210
#15
Yin-Hua Cui, Ling-Li Li, Nan-Qing Zhou, Jing-Hua Liu, Qing Huang, Hui-Juan Wang, Jie Tian, Han-Qing Yu
Nano-selenium has a great potential to be used in chemical, biological, medical and environmental fields. Biological methods for nano-selenium synthesis have attracted wide interests, because they can be operated at ambient temperature and pressure without complicated equipments. In this work, a protozoa, Tetrahymena thermophila (T. thermophila) SB210, was used to in vivo synthesize nano-selenium. The biosynthesized nano-selenium was characterized using transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy...
December 2016: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825025/modification-of-polychlorinated-phenols-and-evaluation-of-their-toxicity-biodegradation-and-bioconcentration-using-three-dimensional-quantitative-structure-activity-relationship-models
#16
Lidan Tong, Lixin Guo, Xiaojun Lv, Yu Li
Three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D-QSAR) models were established by comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) and comparative molecular similarity indices analysis (CoMSIA). Experimental toxicity data in Poecilia reticulata (pLC50) and physico-chemical properties for 12 polychlorinated phenols were used as dependent and as independent variables, respectively. Among the 12 polychlorinated phenols, nine were randomly selected and used as a training set to construct the 3D-QSAR models through the SYBYL-X software to predict the pLC50 values of the remaining 8 polychlorinated phenols congeners, and the other three polychlorinated phenols were used as a test set to evaluate the 3D-QSAR models (the training set and test set were arranged randomly, shuffled 60 times)...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806059/programmed-minichromosome-elimination-as-a-mechanism-for-somatic-genome-reduction-in-tetrahymena-thermophila
#17
Chih-Yi Gabriela Lin, I-Ting Lin, Meng-Chao Yao
The maintenance of chromosome integrity is crucial for genetic stability. However, programmed chromosome fragmentations are known to occur in many organisms, and in the ciliate Tetrahymena the five germline chromosomes are fragmented into hundreds of minichromosomes during somatic nuclear differentiation. Here, we showed that there are different fates of these minichromosomes after chromosome breakage. Among the 326 somatic minichromosomes identified using genomic data, 50 are selectively eliminated from the mature somatic genome...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793833/drh1-a-p68-related-rna-helicase-gene-is-required-for-chromosome-breakage-in-tetrahymena
#18
Stephen L McDaniel, Erica Zweifel, Peter K W Harris, Meng-Chao Yao, Eric S Cole, Douglas L Chalker
The p68 DEAD box helicases comprise a widely conserved protein family involved in a large range of biological processes including transcription, splicing and translation. The genome of the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophile encodes two p68-like helicases, Drh1p and Lia2p. We show that DRH1 is essential for growth and completion of development. In growing cells, Drh1p is excluded from the nucleus and accumulates near cortical basal bodies. In contrast, during sexual reproduction, this protein localizes to meiotic micronuclei, initially in punctate foci in regions where centromeres and telomeres are known to reside and later in post-zygotic differentiating somatic macronuclei...
December 15, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766953/impaired-telomere-maintenance-in-alazami-syndrome-patients-with-larp7-deficiency
#19
Brody Holohan, Wanil Kim, Tsung-Po Lai, Hirotoshi Hoshiyama, Ning Zhang, Anas M Alazami, Woodring E Wright, M Stephen Meyn, Fowzan S Alkuraya, Jerry W Shay
BACKGROUND: Loss of function in genes required for telomere maintenance result in disorders known as telomeropathies, which are characterized by a pattern of symptoms including generalized and specific lymphocytopenias as well as very short telomere length and disease anticipation. METHODS: Because human LARP7 is the most likely ortholog of the Tetrahymena p65 protein, which is required for telomerase activity in that organism, we investigated the effects of LARP7 silencing in human cells as well as in two distinct families with Alazami syndrome (loss of function of LARP7)...
October 17, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761696/histone-methyltransferase-txr1-is-required-for-both-h3-and-h3-3-lysine-27-methylation-in-the-well-known-ciliated-protist-tetrahymena-thermophila
#20
Xiaolu Zhao, Yuanyuan Wang, Yurui Wang, Yifan Liu, Shan Gao
DNA replication elongation is tightly controlled by histone-modifying enzymes. Our previous studies showed that the histone methytransferase TXR1 (Tetrahymena Trithorax related protein 1) specifically catalyzes H3K27 monomethylation and affects DNA replication elongation in Tetrahymena thermophila. In this study, we investigated whether TXR1 has a substrate preference to the canonical H3 over the replacement variant H3.3. We demonstrated by histone mutagenesis that K27Q mutation in H3.3 further aggravated the replication stress phenotype of K27Q mutation in canonical H3, supporting H3...
October 17, 2016: Science China. Life Sciences
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