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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322871/recurrent-emergence-of-structural-variants-of-ltr-retrotransposon-csrn1-evolving-novel-expression-strategy-and-their-selective-expansion-in-a-carcinogenic-liver-fluke-clonorchis-sinensis
#1
Seon-Hee Kim, Yoon Kong, Young-An Bae
Autonomous retrotransposons, in which replication and transcription are coupled, encode the essential gag and pol genes as a fusion or separate overlapping form(s) that are expressed in single transcripts regulated by a common upstream promoter. The element-specific expression strategies have driven development of relevant translational recoding mechanisms including ribosomal frameshifting to satisfy the protein stoichiometry critical for the assembly of infectious virus-like particles. Retrotransposons with different recoding strategies exhibit a mosaic distribution pattern across the diverse families of reverse transcribing elements, even though their respective distributions are substantially skewed towards certain family groups...
March 16, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314936/distribution-of-divo-in-coffea-genomes-a-poorly-described-family-of-angiosperm-ltr-retrotransposons
#2
Mathilde Dupeyron, Rogerio Fernandes de Souza, Perla Hamon, Alexandre de Kochko, Dominique Crouzillat, Emmanuel Couturon, Douglas Silva Domingues, Romain Guyot
Coffea arabica (the Arabica coffee) is an allotetraploid species originating from a recent hybridization between two diploid species: C. canephora and C. eugenioides. Transposable elements can drive structural and functional variation during the process of hybridization and allopolyploid formation in plants. To learn more about the evolution of the C. arabica genome, we characterized and studied a new Copia LTR-Retrotransposon (LTR-RT) family in diploid and allotetraploid Coffea genomes called Divo. It is a complete and relatively compact LTR-RT element (~5 kb), carrying typical Gag and Pol Copia type domains...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301478/retrotransposon-activation-contributes-to-neurodegeneration-in-a-drosophila-tdp-43-model-of-als
#3
Lisa Krug, Nabanita Chatterjee, Rebeca Borges-Monroy, Stephen Hearn, Wen-Wei Liao, Kathleen Morrill, Lisa Prazak, Nikolay Rozhkov, Delphine Theodorou, Molly Hammell, Josh Dubnau
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) are two incurable neurodegenerative disorders that exist on a symptomological spectrum and share both genetic underpinnings and pathophysiological hallmarks. Functional abnormality of TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43), an aggregation-prone RNA and DNA binding protein, is observed in the vast majority of both familial and sporadic ALS cases and in ~40% of FTLD cases, but the cascade of events leading to cell death are not understood...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298429/speciation-network-in-laurasiatheria-retrophylogenomic-signals
#4
Liliya Doronina, Gennady Churakov, Andrej Kuritzin, Jingjing Shi, Robert Baertsch, Hiram Clawson, Juergen Schmitz
Rapid species radiation due to adaptive changes or occupation of new ecospaces challenges our understanding of ancestral speciation and the relationships of modern species. At the molecular level, rapid radiation with successive speciations over short time periods - too short to fix polymorphic alleles - is described as incomplete lineage sorting. Incomplete lineage sorting leads to random fixation of genetic markers and hence random signals of relationships in phylogenetic reconstructions. The situation is further complicated when you consider that the genome is a mosaic of ancestral and modern incompletely sorted sequence blocks that leads to reconstructed affiliations to one or the other relatives depending on the fixation of their shared ancestral polymorphic alleles...
March 15, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294975/reverse-transcription-in-the-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-long-terminal-repeat-retrotransposon-ty3
#5
REVIEW
Jason W Rausch, Jennifer T Miller, Stuart F J Le Grice
Converting the single-stranded retroviral RNA into integration-competent double-stranded DNA is achieved through a multi-step process mediated by the virus-coded reverse transcriptase (RT). With the exception that it is restricted to an intracellular life cycle, replication of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae long terminal repeat (LTR)-retrotransposon Ty3 genome is guided by equivalent events that, while generally similar, show many unique and subtle differences relative to the retroviral counterparts. Until only recently, our knowledge of RT structure and function was guided by a vast body of literature on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) enzyme...
March 15, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293305/convergence-of-retrotransposons-in-oomycetes-and-plants
#6
Kirill Ustyantsev, Alexandr Blinov, Georgy Smyshlyaev
BACKGROUND: Retrotransposons comprise a ubiquitous and abundant class of eukaryotic transposable elements. All members of this class rely on reverse transcriptase activity to produce a DNA copy of the element from the RNA template. However, other activities of the retrotransposon-encoded polyprotein may differ between diverse retrotransposons. The polyprotein domains corresponding to each of these activities may have their own evolutionary history independent from that of the reverse transcriptase, thus underlying the modular view on the evolution of retrotransposons...
2017: Mobile DNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277948/karyotypic-evolution-and-chromosomal-organization-of-repetitive-dna-sequences-in-species-of-panaque-panaqolus-and-scobinancistrus-siluriformes-and-loricariidae-from-the-amazon-basin
#7
Thayana Ayres-Alves, Adauto Lima Cardoso, Cleusa Yoshiko Nagamachi, Leandro Melo de Sousa, Julio Cesar Pieczarka, Renata Coelho Rodrigues Noronha
Loricariidae family comprises the greatest variability of Neotropical catfish species, with more than 800 valid species. This family shows significant chromosomal diversity. Mapping of repetitive DNA sequences can be very useful in exploring such diversity, especially among groups that appear to share a preserved karyotypic macrostructure. We describe the karyotypes of Panaque armbrusteri and Panaqolus sp., as assessed using classical cytogenetic methods. Moreover, we offer a map of their repetitive sequences, including 18S and 5S ribosomal DNAs, the Rex1 and Rex3 retrotransposons, and the Tc1-mariner transposon in P...
March 9, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275241/characterization-of-contiguous-gene-deletions-in-col4a6-and-col4a5-in-alport-syndrome-diffuse-leiomyomatosis
#8
Kandai Nozu, Shogo Minamikawa, Shiro Yamada, Masafumi Oka, Motoko Yanagita, Naoya Morisada, Shuichiro Fujinaga, China Nagano, Yoshimitsu Gotoh, Eihiko Takahashi, Takahiro Morishita, Tomohiko Yamamura, Takeshi Ninchoji, Hiroshi Kaito, Ichiro Morioka, Koichi Nakanishi, Igor Vorechovsky, Kazumoto Iijima
Alport syndrome-diffuse leiomyomatosis (AS-DL, OMIM: 308940) is a rare variant of the X-linked Alport syndrome that shows overgrowth of visceral smooth muscles in the gastrointestinal, respiratory and female reproductive tracts in addition to renal symptoms. AS-DL results from deletions that encompass the 5' ends of the COL4A5 and COL4A6 genes, but deletion breakpoints between COL4A5 and COL4A6 have been determined in only four cases. Here, we characterize deletion breakpoints in five AS-DL patients and show a contiguous COL4A6/COL4A5 deletion in each case...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268185/early-detection-of-circulating-dna-of-schistosoma-japonicum-in-sentinel-mice-models
#9
Jing Xu, Zhong Liang Duan, Zhi Xun Guan, Yan Yan Wang, Cai Lin, Ting Ting Zhang, Hui Qin Zhang, Ximei Qian, Chao Ming Xia
Currently in China, the schistosomiasis control program has shifted its focus from transmission control to the elimination of the disease. Effective forecast and surveillance systems of schistiosomiasis are of great importance for issuing timely and early warnings on risk of infection, and therefore implementing preventive measures to avoid infection. There is great demand in more sensitive and specific methods to improve the surveillance system for early detection of S. japonicum infection in sentinel mice...
March 4, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257158/dna-methylation-of-retrotransposons-dna-transposons-and-genes-in-sugar-beet-beta-vulgaris-l
#10
Falk Zakrzewski, Martin Schmidt, Mieke Van Lijsebettens, Thomas Schmidt
The methylation of cytosines shapes the epigenetic landscape of plant genomes, coordinates transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, represses activity of transposable elements (TEs), affects gene expression, and, hence, can influence the phenotype. Sugar beet (Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris), an important crop that accounts for 30% of the worldwide sugar needs, has a relatively small genome size (758 Mbp) consisting of approximately 485 Mbp repetitive DNA (64%) in particular, satellite DNA, retrotransposons, and DNA transposons...
March 3, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256530/translational-repression-by-a-miniature-inverted-repeat-transposable-element-in-the-3-untranslated-region
#11
Jianqiang Shen, Juhong Liu, Kabin Xie, Feng Xing, Fang Xiong, Jinghua Xiao, Xianghua Li, Lizhong Xiong
Transposable elements constitute a substantial portion of eukaryotic genomes and contribute to genomic variation, function, and evolution. Miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements (MITEs), as DNA transposons, are widely distributed in plant and animal genomes. Previous studies have suggested that retrotransposons act as translational regulators; however, it remains unknown how host mRNAs are influenced by DNA transposons. Here we report a translational repression mechanism mediated by a stowaway-like MITE (sMITE) embedded in the 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) of Ghd2, a member of the CCT (CONSTANS [CO], CO-LIKE and TIMING OF CAB1) gene family in rice...
March 3, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256033/extracellular-vesicles-as-trans-genomic-agents-emerging-roles-in-disease-and-evolution
#12
REVIEW
Yumi Kawamura, Yusuke Yamamoto, Taka-Aki Sato, Takahiro Ochiya
The composition of genetic material in extracellular vesicles (EVs) has sparked interest particularly in the potential for horizontal gene transfer by EVs. While the RNA content of EVs has been studied extensively, few reports have examined the DNA content of EVs. It is still unclear how DNA is packaged inside EVs, and whether they are functional in recipient cells. In this review paper we describe the biological significance of genetic material in EVs and their possible impacts in recipient cells, with focus on DNA from cancer cell-derived EVs and the potential roles they may play in the cancer microenvironment...
March 3, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254886/tex19-paralogs-are-new-members-of-the-pirna-pathway-controlling-retrotransposon-suppression
#13
Yara Tarabay, Mayada Achour, Marius Teletin, Tao Ye, Aurélie Teissandier, Manuel Mark, Déborah Bourc'his, Stéphane Viville
Tex19 genes are mammalian specific and duplicated in Tex19.1 and Tex19.2 in some species, such as the mouse and rat. It has been demonstrated that mutant Tex19.1 males display a variable degree of infertility whereas they all upregulate MMERVK10C transposons in their germ line. In order to study the function of both paralogs in the mouse, we generated and studied double knockout (Tex19DKO) mutant mice. Adult Tex19DKO males exhibited a fully penetrant phenotype, similar to the most severe phenotype observed in single Tex19...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252053/gene-deletion-in-barley-mediated-by-ltr-retrotransposon-bare
#14
Yi Shang, Fei Yang, Alan H Schulman, Jinghuan Zhu, Yong Jia, Junmei Wang, Xiao-Qi Zhang, Qiaojun Jia, Wei Hua, Jianming Yang, Chengdao Li
A poly-row branched spike (prbs) barley mutant was obtained from soaking a two-rowed barley inflorescence in a solution of maize genomic DNA. Positional cloning and sequencing demonstrated that the prbs mutant resulted from a 28 kb deletion including the inflorescence architecture gene HvRA2. Sequence annotation revealed that the HvRA2 gene is flanked by two LTR (long terminal repeat) retrotransposons (BARE) sharing 89% sequence identity. A recombination between the integrase (IN) gene regions of the two BARE copies resulted in the formation of an intact BARE and loss of HvRA2...
March 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244250/resolving-fine-grained-dynamics-of-retrotransposons-comparative-analysis-of-inferential-methods-and-genomic-resources
#15
Rimjhim Roy Choudhury, Jean-Marc Neuhaus, Christian Parisod
Transposable elements support genome diversification, but comparison of their proliferation and genomic distribution within and among species is necessary to characterize their role in evolution. Such inferences are challenging because of potential bias with incomplete sampling of repetitive genome regions. Here, using the assembled genome as well as genome skimming datasets in Arabis alpina, we assessed the limits of current approaches inferring the biology of transposable elements. Long terminal repeat-retrotransposons (LTR-RTs) identified in the assembled genome were classified into monophyletic lineages (here called tribes), including families of similar copies in Arabis along with elements from related Brassicaceae...
February 28, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242298/the-alu-neurodegeneration-hypothesis-a-primate-specific-mechanism-for-neuronal-transcription-noise-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and%C3%A2-manifestation-of-neurodegenerative-disease
#16
Peter A Larsen, Michael W Lutz, Kelsie E Hunnicutt, Mirta Mihovilovic, Ann M Saunders, Anne D Yoder, Allen D Roses
It is hypothesized that retrotransposons have played a fundamental role in primate evolution and that enhanced neurologic retrotransposon activity in humans may underlie the origin of higher cognitive function. As a potential consequence of this enhanced activity, it is likely that neurons are susceptible to deleterious retrotransposon pathways that can disrupt mitochondrial function. An example is observed in the TOMM40 gene, encoding a β-barrel protein critical for mitochondrial preprotein transport. Primate-specific Alu retrotransposons have repeatedly inserted into TOMM40 introns, and at least one variant associated with late-onset Alzheimer's disease originated from an Alu insertion event...
February 24, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241843/erratum-to-retrozymes-are-a-unique-family-of-non-autonomous-retrotransposons-with-hammerhead-ribozymes-that-propagate-in-plants-through-circular-rnas
#17
Amelia Cervera, Denisse Urbina, Marcos de la Peña
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 27, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240206/-dna-sequences-from-mobile-genetic-elements-a-hidden-half-of-the-human-genome
#18
Julie Medina, Hervé Perron
Current data estimate that mobile genetic elements represent more than one-half of the human genome. The literature is constantly updating data following the evolution of sequencing techniques and of algorithms for genome analyses. This review aims to provide an overview of the topic showing the complexity given by the various designations and classifications found in scientific papers. A particular focus is made on retrotransposons, including Endogenous RetroViruses (ERV), to introduce a second article focusing on their activation and their involvement in physiological functions and/or pathological mechanisms associated with diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)...
February 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228545/ablation-of-rnai-and-retrotransposons-accompany-acquisition-and-evolution-of-transposases-to-heterochromatin-protein-cenpb
#19
Udita Upadhyay, Suchita Srivastava, Indu Khatri, Jagpreet Singh Nanda, Srikrishna Subramanian, Amit Arora, Jagmohan Singh
Inactivation of retrotransposons is accompanied by the emergence of CENPB (centromere binding protein-B) in Schizosaccharomyces as well as in metazoans. The RNAi-induced Transcriptional Silencing (RITS) Complex, comprising Chp1 (chromodomain protein-1), Tas3 (protein with unknown function) and Ago1 (Argonaute), plays an important role in RNAi-mediated heterochromatinization. We find that while the Ago1 subunit of the RITS complex is highly conserved, Tas3 is lost and Chp1 is truncated in S. cryophilus and S...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222680/field-evaluation-of-a-recombinase-polymerase-amplification-assay-for-the-diagnosis-of-schistosoma-japonicum-infection-in-hunan-province-of-china
#20
Weiwei Xing, Xinling Yu, Jingtao Feng, Kui Sun, Wenliang Fu, Yuanyuan Wang, Minji Zou, Wenrong Xia, Zhihong Luo, Hongbin He, Yuesheng Li, Donggang Xu
BACKGROUND: Current diagnostic methods for Schistosoma japonicum infection are insensitive for low-density infections. Therefore, a new diagnostic assay based on recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) technology was established and assessed for field applification. METHODS: The S.japonicum RPA assay was developed to target highly repetitive retrotransposon SjR2 gene of S japonicum, and its sensitivity and specificity were assessed by serial dilution of S. japonicum genomic DNA and other related worm genomic DNA respectively...
February 21, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
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