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"Genomic integration"

Yi Zhao, Marcus J C Long, Yiran Wang, Sheng Zhang, Yimon Aye
Posttranslational modifications (PTMs) are the lingua franca of cellular communication. Most PTMs are enzyme-orchestrated. However, the reemergence of electrophilic drugs has ushered mining of unconventional/non-enzyme-catalyzed electrophile-signaling pathways. Despite the latest impetus toward harnessing kinetically and functionally privileged cysteines for electrophilic drug design, identifying these sensors remains challenging. Herein, we designed "G-REX"-a technique that allows controlled release of reactive electrophiles in vivo...
February 28, 2018: ACS Central Science
Rossana Mineri, Jacopo Mariotti, Barbara Sarina, Lucio Morabito, Roberto Crocchiolo, Stefania Bramanti, Tiziana Sarno, Federica Tordato, Carmelo Carlo-Stella, Armando Santoro, Luca Castagna
The monitoring of Human Herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) after allogeneic stem cell transplantation has proven to be useful in preventing life-threatening complications; however, the pathogenic role of HHV-6 after autologous transplantation is not well-characterized, although viral reactivation might be responsible for significant complications even after this type of transplant. Here we report, for the first time to our knowledge, the case of a patient with chromosomally integrated HHV-6 (ciHHV-6), presenting with high titers of HHV-6 DNA copies after autologous transplantation, mimicking HHV-6 reactivation...
2018: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Alex Bronstein, Shay Bramson, Keren Shemesh, Batia Liefshitz, Martin Kupiec
Proper DNA damage repair is one of the most vital and fundamental functions of every cell. Several different repair mechanisms exist to deal with various types of DNA damage, in various stages of the cell cycle and under different conditions. Homologous recombination is one of the most important repair mechanisms in all organisms. Srs2, a regulator of homologous recombination, is a DNA helicase involved in DNA repair, cell cycle progression and genome integrity. Srs2 can remove Rad51 from ssDNA, and is thought to inhibit unscheduled recombination...
March 12, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Carolin Kroll, Philipp Rathert
The advent of precise genomic targeting systems has revolutionized epigenome editing through fusion of epigenetic effector proteins with engineered DNA-binding proteins. However, the delivery of plasmid DNA to express these fusion proteins via conventional transient transfection has certain consequences which need to be considered during the experimental design. Transient transfection achieves peak gene expression between 24 and 96 h post-transfection after which the foreign gene is lost through cell division and degradation...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Carlos H Trasviña-Arenas, Noe Baruch-Torres, Francisco J Cordoba-Andrade, Víctor M Ayala-García, Paola L García-Medel, Corina Díaz-Quezada, Antolín Peralta-Castro, José Juan Ordaz-Ortiz, Luis G Brieba
Plant mitochondrial and chloroplast genomes encode essential proteins for oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis. For proper cellular function, plant organelles must ensure genome integrity. Although plant organelles repair damaged DNA using the multi-enzyme Base Excision Repair (BER) pathway, the details of this pathway in plant organelles are largely unknown. The initial enzymatic steps in BER produce a 5'-deoxyribose phosphate (5'-dRP) moiety that must be removed to allow DNA ligation and in plant organelles, the enzymes responsible for the removal of a 5'-dRP group are unknown...
February 27, 2018: DNA Repair
Changshin Kim, Jinmo Yang, Su-Hyun Jeong, Hayoung Kim, Geun-Hee Park, Hwa Beom Shin, MyungJa Ro, Kyoung-Yeon Kim, YoungJoon Park, Keun Pil Kim, KyuBum Kwack
DNA repair mechanisms maintain genomic integrity upon exposure to various types of DNA damage, which cause either single- or double-strand breaks in the DNA. Here, we propose a strategy for the functional study of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the human DNA repair genes XPD/ERCC2, RAD18, and KU70/XRCC6 and the checkpoint activation gene ATR that are essentially involved in the cell cycle and DNA damage repair. We analyzed the mutational effects of the DNA repair genes under DNA-damaging conditions, including ultraviolet irradiation and treatment with genotoxic reagents, using a Saccharomyces cerevisiae system to overcome the limitations of the human cell-based assay...
2018: PloS One
Shahid Chaudhary, Gorantla Venkata Raghuram, Indraneel Mittra
Recent research shows that extra-nuclear cell-free chromatin (cfCh) released from dying cells can freely enter into healthy cells and integrate into their genomes. Genomic integration of cfCh leads to dsDNA breaks and activation of inflammatory cytokines both of which occur concurrently with similar kinetics and that induction of inflammation can be abrogated by preventing DNA breaks with the use of cfCh inactivating agents. The proposal is put forward that inflammatory cytokines are a new family of DDR proteins that are activated following dsDNA breaks inflicted by genomic integration of cfCh...
February 22, 2018: Mutation Research
Hironori Funabiki, Christopher Jenness, Christian Zierhut
The majority of eukaryotic chromosomal DNA exists in the form of nucleosomes, where ∼147 bp DNA wraps around histone hetero-octamers, composed of histone H3, H4, H2A, and H2B. Despite their obvious importance in DNA compaction and accessibility, studying their specific roles, such as regulation of mitotic progression, in a physiological environment is associated with critical caveats because of their major contributions in transcriptional control. Through establishing a method to deplete endogenous histones H3 and H4 from frog egg extracts and complementing their functions using recombinant nucleosome arrays, we are now able to analyze their roles in mitotic progression without affecting overall transcriptomic profiles...
March 7, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
Savrina Manhas, Lina Ma, Vivien Measday
Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) orchestrate cargo between the cytoplasm and nucleus and regulate chromatin organization. NPC proteins, or nucleoporins (Nups), are required for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) gene expression and genomic integration of viral DNA. We utilize the Ty1 retrotransposon of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) to study retroviral integration because retrotransposons are the progenitors of retroviruses and have conserved integrase (IN) enzymes. Ty1-IN targets Ty1 elements into the genome upstream of RNA polymerase (Pol) III transcribed genes such as transfer RNA (tRNA) genes...
March 5, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Guilhem Janbon
In Cryptococcus neoformans, nearly all genes are interrupted by small introns. In recent years, genome annotation and genetic analysis have illuminated the major roles these introns play in the biology of this pathogenic yeast. Introns are necessary for gene expression and alternative splicing can regulate gene expression in response to environmental cues. In addition, recent studies have revealed that C. neoformans introns help to prevent transposon dissemination and protect genome integrity. These characteristics of cryptococcal introns are probably not unique to Cryptococcus, and this yeast likely can be considered as a model for intron-related studies in fungi...
2018: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
B Mikolaskova, M Jurcik, I Cipakova, M Kretova, M Chovanec, L Cipak
Endogenous and exogenous factors can severely affect the integrity of genetic information by inducing DNA damage and impairing genome stability. The protection of genome integrity is ensured by the so-called "DNA damage response" (DDR), a set of evolutionary-conserved events that, triggered upon DNA damage detection, arrests the cell cycle, and attempts DNA repair. Here, we review the role of the DDR proteins as post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression, in addition to their roles in DNA damage recognition, signaling, and repair...
March 1, 2018: Current Genetics
Frederick O Foote, Herbert Benson, Ann Berger, Brian Berman, James DeLeo, Patricia A Deuster, David J Lary, Marni N Silverman, Esther M Sternberg
In response to the challenge of military traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder, the US military developed a wide range of holistic care modalities at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, from 2001 to 2017, guided by civilian expert consultation via the Epidaurus Project. These projects spanned a range from healing buildings to wellness initiatives and healing through nature, spirituality, and the arts. The next challenge was to develop whole-body metrics to guide the use of these therapies in clinical care...
2018: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
Eigil Kjeldsen, Christine J F Nielsen, Amit Roy, Cinzia Tesauro, Ann-Katrine Jakobsen, Magnus Stougaard, Birgitta R Knudsen
Acquisition of resistance to topoisomerase I (TOP1)-targeting camptothecin (CPT) derivatives is a major clinical problem. Little is known about the underlying chromosomal and genomic mechanisms. We characterized the CPT-K5 cell line expressing mutant CPT-resistant TOP1 and its parental T-cell derived acute lymphoblastic leukemia CPT-sensitive RPMI-8402 cell line by karyotyping and molecular genetic methods, including subtractive oligo-based array comparative genomic hybridization (soaCGH) analysis. Karyotyping revealed that CPT-K5 cells had acquired additional structural aberrations and a reduced modal chromosomal number compared to RPMI-8402...
March 2018: Cancer Genomics & Proteomics
Toshia R Myers, Pier Giorgio Amendola, Yvonne C Lussi, Anna Elisabetta Salcini
Post-translational modifications of histones, constitutive components of chromatin, regulate chromatin compaction and control all DNA-based cellular processes. C. elegans JMJD-1.2, a member of the KDM7 family, is a demethylase active towards several lysine residues on Histone 3 (H3), but its contribution in regulating histone methylation in germ cells has not been fully investigated. Here, we show that jmjd-1.2 is expressed abundantly in the germline where it controls the level of histone 3 lysine 9, lysine 23 and lysine 27 di-methylation (H3K9/K23/K27me2) both in mitotic and meiotic cells...
February 28, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kazumichi M Nishida, Kazuhiro Sakakibara, Yuka W Iwasaki, Hiromi Yamada, Ryo Murakami, Yukiko Murota, Takeshi Kawamura, Tatsuhiko Kodama, Haruhiko Siomi, Mikiko C Siomi
PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) are small regulatory RNAs that bind to PIWI proteins to control transposons and maintain genome integrity in animal germ lines. piRNA 3' end formation in the silkworm Bombyx mori has been shown to be mediated by the 3'-to-5' exonuclease Trimmer (Trim; known as PNLDC1 in mammals), and piRNA intermediates are bound with PIWI anchored onto mitochondrial Tudor domain protein Papi. However, it remains unclear whether the Zucchini (Zuc) endonuclease and Nibbler (Nbr) 3'-to-5' exonuclease, both of which have pivotal roles in piRNA biogenesis in Drosophila, are required for piRNA processing in other species...
February 28, 2018: Nature
Sabine A G Cuijpers, Alfred C O Vertegaal
Cell division is tightly regulated to disentangle copied chromosomes in an orderly manner and prevent loss of genome integrity. During mitosis, transcriptional activity is limited and post-translational modifications (PTMs) are responsible for functional protein regulation. Essential mitotic regulators, including polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) and cyclin-dependent kinases (CDK), as well as the anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C), are members of the enzymatic machinery responsible for protein modification...
February 24, 2018: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
Zhi-Jian Han, Yan-Hu Feng, Bao-Hong Gu, Yu-Min Li, Hao Chen
SUMOylation is a reversible post-translational modification which has emerged as a crucial molecular regulatory mechanism, involved in the regulation of DNA damage repair, immune responses, carcinogenesis, cell cycle progression and apoptosis. Four SUMO isoforms have been identified, which are SUMO1, SUMO2/3 and SUMO4. The small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) pathway is conserved in all eukaryotes and plays pivotal roles in the regulation of gene expression, cellular signaling and the maintenance of genomic integrity...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
D Castro, C L Mieiro, J P Coelho, S Guilherme, A Marques, M A Santos, A C Duarte, E Pereira, M Pacheco
The decline of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla L., 1758) population throughout Europe has been partially attributed to pollution. As glass eel estuarine migration may represent a considerable threat, the impact of mercury (Hg) contamination at this stage was evaluated through an in situ experiment (7days). Total Hg (tHg) bioaccumulation was evaluated concomitantly with erythrocytic nuclear morphology alterations: erythrocytic nuclear abnormalities assay (ENA), frequency of immature erythrocytes (IE) and the erythrocytic maturity index (EMI)...
February 2018: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Michael T Guarnieri, Mary Ann Franden, Christopher W Johnson, Gregg T Beckham
The sugar dehydration products, furfural and 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF), are commonly formed during high-temperature processing of lignocellulose, most often in thermochemical pretreatment, liquefaction, or pyrolysis. Typically, these two aldehydes are considered major inhibitors in microbial conversion processes. Many microbes can convert these compounds to their less toxic, dead-end alcohol counterparts, furfuryl alcohol and 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfuryl alcohol. Recently, the genes responsible for aerobic catabolism of furfural and HMF were discovered in Cupriavidus basilensis HMF14 to enable complete conversion of these compounds to the TCA cycle intermediate, 2-oxo-glutarate...
June 2017: Metabolic Engineering Communications
Daobing Wu, Dan Li, Zhiyong Liu, Xiaowen Liu, Shihua Zhou, Hongyan Duan
Spermatogenesis-associated gene 12 ( SPATA12 ) functions as an inhibitor in spermatogenesis and tumorigenesis. Our previous study demonstrated that SPATA12 may be induced in tumor cells by ultraviolet (UV) C-mediated DNA damage, suggesting its importance in maintaining genomic integrity. In order to understand whether and how SPATA12 responds to oxidative damage, the present study established a cellular model of oxidative stress by detecting the effect of H2 O2 on cell viability and intracellular superoxide dismutase activity, and the levels of glutathione and malondialdehyde (MDA)...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
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