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Alternative splicing

Sophie Mißbach, Denis Aleksic, Lisa Blaschke, Timm Hassemer, Kyung Jin Lee, Martin Mansfeld, Jana Hänske, Johannes Handler, Robert Kammerer
BACKGROUND: The CEA gene family is one of the most rapidly evolving gene families in the human genome. The founder gene of the family is thought to be an ancestor of the inhibitory immune checkpoint molecule CEACAM1. Comprehensive analyses of mammalian genomes showed that the CEA gene family is subject to tremendous gene family expansion and contraction events in different mammalian species. While in some species (e.g. rabbits) less than three CEACAM1 related genes exist, were in others (certain microbat species) up to 100 CEACAM1 paralogs identified...
March 15, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Ana Hernández, Paula Arbildi, Cecilia Sóñora, Natalia Del Río, Juan Martin Marques
Tissue transglutaminase is a ubiquitous and multifunctional protein that contribute to several processes such as apoptosis/survival, efferocytosis, inflammation and tissue repairing under physiological and pathological conditions. Several activities can be associated with well established functional domains; in addition, four RNA alternative splice variants have been described, characterized by sequence divergences and residues deletion at the C-terminal domains Tissue transglutaminase is recognized as the central player in the physiopathology of celiac disease mainly through calcium dependent enzymatic activities...
March 15, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
Verity A Jackson, Dimphna H Meijer, Maria Carrasquero, Laura S van Bezouwen, Edward D Lowe, Colin Kleanthous, Bert J C Janssen, Elena Seiradake
Teneurins are ancient cell-cell adhesion receptors that are vital for brain development and synapse organisation. They originated in early metazoan evolution through a horizontal gene transfer event when a bacterial YD-repeat toxin fused to a eukaryotic receptor. We present X-ray crystallography and cryo-EM structures of two Teneurins, revealing a ~200 kDa extracellular super-fold in which eight sub-domains form an intricate structure centred on a spiralling YD-repeat shell. An alternatively spliced loop, which is implicated in homophilic Teneurin interaction and specificity, is exposed and thus poised for interaction...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Hong Zhang, Lin He, Lei Cai
RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) can not only be used to identify the expression of common or rare transcripts but also in the identification of other abnormal events, such as alternative splicing, novel transcripts, and fusion genes. In principle, RNA-seq can be carried out by almost all of the next-generation sequencing (NGS) platforms, but the libraries of different platforms are not exactly the same; each platform has its own kit to meet the special requirements of the instrument design.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Hyoung Kyu Kim, Michael Huy Cuong Pham, Kyung Soo Ko, Byoung Doo Rhee, Jin Han
Alternative splicing (AS) of protein-coding messenger RNAs is an essential regulatory mechanism in eukaryotic gene expression that controls the proper function of proteins. It is also implicated in the physiological regulation of mitochondria and various ion channels. Considering that mis-splicing can result in various human diseases by modifying or abrogating important physiological protein functions, a fine-tuned balance of AS is essential for human health. Accumulated data highlight the importance of alternatively spliced isoforms in various diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders, cancer, immune and infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic conditions...
March 13, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Yuchen Yang, Wuxia Guo, Xu Shen, Jianfang Li, Shuhuan Yang, Sufang Chen, Ziwen He, Renchao Zhou, Suhua Shi
Alternative splicing (AS), which produces multiple mRNA transcripts from a single gene, plays crucial roles in plant growth, development and environmental stress responses. Functional significances of conserved AS events among congeneric species have not been well characterized. In this study, we performed transcriptome sequencing to characterize AS events in four common species of Sonneratia, a mangrove genus excellently adaptive to intertidal zones. 7,248 to 12,623 AS events were identified in approximately 25% to 35% expressed genes in the roots of the four species...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mohamed Ali Maroui, Ghizlane Maarifi, Francis P McManus, Frederic Lamoliatte, Pierre Thibault, Mounira K Chelbi-Alix
We report that interferon (IFN) a treatment at short and long periods increases the global cellular SUMOylation and requires the presence of the SUMO E3 ligase promyelocytic leukemia protein (PML), the organizer of PML nuclear bodies (NBs). Several PML isoforms (PMLI-PMLVII) derived from a single PML gene by alternative splicing, share the same N-terminal region but differ in their C-terminal sequences. Introducing each of the human PML isoform in PML-negative cells revealed that enhanced SUMOylation in response to IFN is orchestrated by PMLIII and PMLIV...
March 13, 2018: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Sean Porazinski, Michael Ladomery
Alternative splicing is a well-studied gene regulatory mechanism that produces biological diversity by allowing the production of multiple protein isoforms from a single gene. An involvement of alternative splicing in the key biological signalling Hippo pathway is emerging and offers new therapeutic avenues. This review discusses examples of alternative splicing in the Hippo pathway, how deregulation of these processes may contribute to disease and whether these processes offer new potential therapeutic targets...
March 13, 2018: Genes
Allan B James, Cristiane P G Calixto, Nikoleta A Tzioutziou, Wenbin Guo, Runxuan Zhang, Craig G Simpson, Wenying Jiang, Gillian A Nimmo, John W S Brown, Hugh G Nimmo
One of the ways in which plants can respond to temperature is via alternative splicing (AS). Previous work showed that temperature changes affected the splicing of several circadian clock gene transcripts. Here we investigated the role of RNA-binding splicing factors (SFs) in temperature-sensitive alternative splicing (AS) of the clock gene LATE ELONGATED HYPOCOTYL (LHY). We characterised, in wild type plants, temperature-associated isoform switching and expression patterns for SF transcripts from a high-resolution temperature and time series RNA-seq experiment...
March 13, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
Alessia Catania, Anna Ardissone, Daniela Verrigni, Andrea Legati, Aurelio Reyes, Eleonora Lamantea, Daria Diodato, Davide Tonduti, Valentina Imperatore, Anna Maria Pinto, Isabella Moroni, Enrico Bertini, Alan Robinson, Rosalba Carrozzo, Massimo Zeviani, Daniele Ghezzi
Biallelic mutations in NDUFAF6 have been identified as responsible for cases of autosomal recessive Leigh syndrome associated with mitochondrial complex I deficiency. Here we report two siblings and two unrelated subjects with Leigh syndrome, in which we found the same compound heterozygous missense (c.532G>C:p.A178P) and deep intronic (c.420+784C>T) variants in NDUFAF6. We demonstrated that the identified intronic variant creates an alternative splice site, leading to the production of an aberrant transcript...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
Yves Mugabo, Mina Sadeghi, Nancy N Fang, Thibault Mayor, Gareth E Lim
Adipogenesis involves a complex signaling network requiring strict temporal and spatial organization of effector molecules. Molecular scaffolds, such as 14-3-3 proteins, facilitate such organization, and we have previously identified 14-3-3ζ as an essential scaffold in adipocyte differentiation. The interactome of 14-3-3ζ is large and diverse, and it is possible that novel adipogenic factors may be present within it, but this possibility has not yet been tested. Herein, we generated mouse embryonic fibroblasts from mice overexpressing a TAP-epitope-tagged 14-3-3ζ molecule...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Camille Ribeyre, Federico Carlini, Céline René, François Jordier, Christophe Picard, Jacques Chiaroni, Laurent Abi-Rached, Philippe Gouret, Grégory Marin, Nicolas Molinari, Pascal Chanez, Julien Paganini, Delphine Gras, Julie Di Cristofaro
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-G, a HLA class Ib molecule, interacts with receptors on lymphocytes such as T cells, B cells, and natural killer cells to influence immune responses. Unlike classical HLA molecules, HLA-G expression is not found on all somatic cells, but restricted to tissue sites, including human bronchial epithelium cells (HBEC). Individual variation in HLA-G expression is linked to its genetic polymorphism and has been associated with many pathological situations such as asthma, which is characterized by epithelium abnormalities and inflammatory cell activation...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Marta Consuegra-Fernández, Feng Lin, David A Fox, Francisco Lozano
CD6 is a cell surface glycoprotein expressed by most T cells and a subset of B cells that has incompletely-defined roles in regulation of lymphocyte development, selection, activation and differentiation. The two main known mammalian CD6 ligands, CD166/ALCAM and the very recently reported CD318, are widely expressed by both immune cells and a wide range of other cell types, including various epithelial and mesenchymal cell types, as well as many neoplasms. Moreover, CD6 is also a receptor for several pathogen- and damage-associated molecular patterns...
March 8, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
M Boyer, M Sowa, I Di Meo, S Eftekharian, M R Steenari, V Tiranti, J E Abdenur
Ethylmalonic encephalopathy (EE) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease caused by mutations in the ETHE1 gene critical for hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) detoxification. Patients present in infancy with hypotonia, developmental delay, diarrhea, orthostatic acrocyanosis and petechiae. Biochemical findings include elevated C4, C5 acylcarnitines and lactic and ethylmalonic acid (EMA) in body fluids. Current treatment modalities include metronidazole and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) to lower the production and promote detoxification of toxic H2 S...
February 14, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Christina Zarouchlioti, Beatriz Sanchez-Pintado, Nathaniel J Hafford Tear, Pontus Klein, Petra Liskova, Kalyan Dulla, Ma'ayan Semo, Anthony A Vugler, Kirithika Muthusamy, Lubica Dudakova, Hannah J Levis, Pavlina Skalicka, Pirro Hysi, Michael E Cheetham, Stephen J Tuft, Peter Adamson, Alison J Hardcastle, Alice E Davidson
Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) is a common disease for which corneal transplantation is the only treatment option in advanced stages, and alternative treatment strategies are urgently required. Expansion (≥50 copies) of a non-coding trinucleotide repeat in TCF4 confers >76-fold risk for FECD in our large cohort of affected individuals. An FECD subject-derived corneal endothelial cell (CEC) model was developed to probe disease mechanism and investigate therapeutic approaches. The CEC model demonstrated that the repeat expansion leads to nuclear RNA foci, with the sequestration of splicing factor proteins (MBNL1 and MBNL2) to the foci and altered mRNA processing...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
Ke Chen, Yuxuan Wang, Jie Sun
The Alu-element plays important roles in mediating alternative splicing, RNA editing and translation regulation. However, the distribution and function of the Alu-element are never analysed at the transcriptome level. This study presents a statistical analysis of the Alu-element on human transcriptome. We found that mRNAs and lncRNAs share the same sequence form for the Alu-element. The Alu-element covers 5.8% of the coding transcripts and 17.1% of the coding genes for mRNAs, and covers 9.3% of the transcripts and 13...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Clara Benoit-Pilven, Camille Marchet, Emilie Chautard, Leandro Lima, Marie-Pierre Lambert, Gustavo Sacomoto, Amandine Rey, Audric Cologne, Sophie Terrone, Louis Dulaurier, Jean-Baptiste Claude, Cyril F Bourgeois, Didier Auboeuf, Vincent Lacroix
Genome-wide analyses estimate that more than 90% of multi exonic human genes produce at least two transcripts through alternative splicing (AS). Various bioinformatics methods are available to analyze AS from RNAseq data. Most methods start by mapping the reads to an annotated reference genome, but some start by a de novo assembly of the reads. In this paper, we present a systematic comparison of a mapping-first approach (FARLINE) and an assembly-first approach (KISSPLICE). We applied these methods to two independent RNAseq datasets and found that the predictions of the two pipelines overlapped (70% of exon skipping events were common), but with noticeable differences...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
E M Peter-Ross
The pathobiological causes, the shared cellular and molecular pathways in catatonia and in catatonic presentation in neuropsychiatric disorders are yet to be determined. The hypotheses in this paper have been deduced from the latest scientific research findings and clinical observations of patients with genetic disorders, behavioral phenotypes and other family members suffering mental disorders. The first hypothesis postulates that catatonia and the heterogeneity of catatonic signs and symptoms involve nucleolar dysfunction arising from abnormalities of the brain-specific, non-coding micro-RNA, SNORD115 genes (either duplications or deletions) which result in pathobiological dysfunction of various combinations in the downstream pathways (possibly along with other genes in these shared pathways)...
April 2018: Medical Hypotheses
Yonatan Perez, Shay Menascu, Idan Cohen, Rotem Kadir, Omer Basha, Zamir Shorer, Hila Romi, Gal Meiri, Tatiana Rabinski, Rivka Ofir, Esti Yeger-Lotem, Ohad S Birk
RSRC1, whose polymorphism is associated with altered brain function in schizophrenia, is a member of the serine and arginine rich-related protein family. Through homozygosity mapping and whole exome sequencing we show that RSRC1 mutation causes an autosomal recessive syndrome of intellectual disability, aberrant behaviour, hypotonia and mild facial dysmorphism with normal brain MRI. Further, we show that RSRC1 is ubiquitously expressed, and that the RSRC1 mutation triggers nonsense-mediated mRNA decay of the RSRC1 transcript in patients' fibroblasts...
March 7, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Katarzyna J Błochowiak, Jerzy Sokalski, Magdalena B Bodnar, Dorota Trzybulska, Andrzej K Marszałek, Henryk Witmanowski
BACKGROUND: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is an angiogenic factor and could be involved in the pathogenesis of salivary gland tumors. VEGF exerts its biological function by binding to its receptors, VEGFR1 and VEGFR2. An alternative splice variant of VEGF (VEGFxxxb) is an anti-angiogenic factor. Binding VEGF165b with VEGFR2 results in an impaired angiogenic response. The imbalance of VEGFxxx and VEGFxxxb isoforms can underpin pathological angiogenesis. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare the expression of VEGF165b, VEGFR1, VEGFR2, and CD34 in benign and malignant parotid gland tumors and to explore the possible correlations between their expression and clinicopathological features of tumors...
January 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
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