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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340465/dumbbell-dna-templated-cunps-as-a-nano-fluorescent-probe-for-detection-of-enzymes-involved-in-ligase-mediated-dna-repair
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Taiping Qing, Xiaoxiao He, Dinggeng He, Xiaosheng Ye, Jingfang Shangguan, Jinquan Liu, Baoyin Yuan, Kemin Wang
DNA repair processes are responsible for maintaining genome stability. Ligase and polynucleotide kinase (PNK) have important roles in ligase-mediated DNA repair. The development of analytical methods to monitor these enzymes involved in DNA repair pathways is of great interest in biochemistry and biotechnology. In this work, we reported a new strategy for label-free monitoring PNK and ligase activity by using dumbbell-shaped DNA templated copper nanoparticles (CuNPs). In the presence of PNK and ligase, the dumbbell-shaped DNA probe (DP) was locked and could resist the digestion of exonucleases and then served as an efficient template for synthesizing fluorescent CuNPs...
March 21, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338970/woody-plant-ecosystems-under-climate-change-and-air-pollution-response-consistencies-across-zonobiomes
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R Matyssek, A R Kozovits, G Wieser, J King, H Rennenberg
Forests store the largest terrestrial pools of carbon (C), helping to stabilize the global climate system, yet are threatened by climate change (CC) and associated air pollution (AP, highlighting ozone (O3) and nitrogen oxides (NOx)). We adopt the perspective that CC-AP drivers and physiological impacts are universal, resulting in consistent stress responses of forest ecosystems across zonobiomes. Evidence supporting this viewpoint is presented from the literature on ecosystem gross/net primary productivity and water cycling...
March 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337983/self-inflicted-dna-double-strand-breaks-sustain-tumorigenicity-and-stemness-of-cancer-cells
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Xinjian Liu, Fang Li, Qian Huang, Zhengxiang Zhang, Ling Zhou, Yu Deng, Min Zhou, Donald E Fleenor, He Wang, Michael B Kastan, Chuan-Yuan Li
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are traditionally associated with cancer through their abilities to cause chromosomal instabilities or gene mutations. Here we report a new class of self-inflicted DNA DSBs that can drive tumor growth irrespective of their effects on genomic stability. We discover a mechanism through which cancer cells cause DSBs in their own genome spontaneously independent of reactive oxygen species or replication stress. In this mechanism, low-level cytochrome c leakage from the mitochondria leads to sublethal activation of apoptotic caspases and nucleases, which causes DNA DSBs...
March 24, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336776/apoptosis-inhibitor-5-is-an-endogenous-inhibitor-of-caspase-2
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Gergely Imre, Jean Berthelet, Jan Heering, Sebastian Kehrloesser, Inga Maria Melzer, Byung Il Lee, Bernd Thiede, Volker Dötsch, Krishnaraj Rajalingam
Caspases are key enzymes responsible for mediating apoptotic cell death. Across species, caspase-2 is the most conserved caspase and stands out due to unique features. Apart from cell death, caspase-2 also regulates autophagy, genomic stability and ageing. Caspase-2 requires dimerization for its activation which is primarily accomplished by recruitment to high molecular weight protein complexes in cells. Here, we demonstrate that apoptosis inhibitor 5 (API5/AAC11) is an endogenous and direct inhibitor of caspase-2...
March 23, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335739/identification-of-long-non-coding-transcripts-with-feature-selection-a-comparative-study
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Giovanna M M Ventola, Teresa M R Noviello, Salvatore D'Aniello, Antonietta Spagnuolo, Michele Ceccarelli, Luigi Cerulo
BACKGROUND: The unveiling of long non-coding RNAs as important gene regulators in many biological contexts has increased the demand for efficient and robust computational methods to identify novel long non-coding RNAs from transcripts assembled with high throughput RNA-seq data. Several classes of sequence-based features have been proposed to distinguish between coding and non-coding transcripts. Among them, open reading frame, conservation scores, nucleotide arrangements, and RNA secondary structure have been used with success in literature to recognize intergenic long non-coding RNAs, a particular subclass of non-coding RNAs...
March 23, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335016/trna-derived-small-rnas-target-transposable-element-transcripts
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German Martinez, Sarah G Choudury, R Keith Slotkin
tRNA-derived RNA fragments (tRFs) are 18-26 nucleotide small RNAs that are not random degradation products, but are rather specifically cleaved from mature tRNA transcripts. Abundant in stressed or viral-infected cells, the function and potential targets of tRFs are not known. We identified that in the unstressed wild-type male gamete containing pollen of flowering plants, and analogous reproductive structure in non-flowering plant species, tRFs accumulate to high levels. In the reference plant Arabidopsis thaliana, tRFs are processed by Dicer-like 1 and incorporated into Argonaute1 (AGO1), akin to a microRNA...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334873/alternative-dna-structure-formation-in-the-mutagenic-human-c-myc-promoter
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Imee Marie A Del Mundo, Maha Zewail-Foote, Sean M Kerwin, Karen M Vasquez
Mutation 'hotspot' regions in the genome are susceptible to genetic instability, implicating them in diseases. These hotspots are not random and often co-localize with DNA sequences potentially capable of adopting alternative DNA structures (non-B DNA, e.g. H-DNA and G4-DNA), which have been identified as endogenous sources of genomic instability. There are regions that contain overlapping sequences that may form more than one non-B DNA structure. The extent to which one structure impacts the formation/stability of another, within the sequence, is not fully understood...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334768/repair-of-uv-induced-dna-lesions-in-natural-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-telomeres-is-moderated-by-sir2-and-sir3-and-inhibited-by-yku-sir4-interaction
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Laetitia Guintini, Maxime Tremblay, Martin Toussaint, Annie D'Amours, Ralf E Wellinger, Raymund J Wellinger, Antonio Conconi
Ultraviolet light (UV) causes DNA damage that is removed by nucleotide excision repair (NER). UV-induced DNA lesions must be recognized and repaired in nucleosomal DNA, higher order structures of chromatin and within different nuclear sub-compartments. Telomeric DNA is made of short tandem repeats located at the ends of chromosomes and their maintenance is critical to prevent genome instability. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae the chromatin structure of natural telomeres is distinctive and contingent to telomeric DNA sequences...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334743/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-translation-initiation-mechanisms-for-genes-lacking-the-shine-dalgarno-sequence-in-prokaryotes
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So Nakagawa, Yoshihito Niimura, Takashi Gojobori
In prokaryotes, translation initiation is believed to occur through an interaction between the 3΄ tail of a 16S rRNA and a corresponding Shine-Dalgarno (SD) sequence in the 5΄ untranslated region (UTR) of an mRNA. However, some genes lack SD sequences (non-SD genes), and the fraction of non-SD genes in a genome varies depending on the prokaryotic species. To elucidate non-SD translation initiation mechanisms in prokaryotes from an evolutionary perspective, we statistically examined the nucleotide frequencies around the initiation codons in non-SD genes from 260 prokaryotes (235 bacteria and 25 archaea)...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334174/dna-damage-response-in-hematopoietic-stem-cells-an-evolutionary-trade-off-between-blood-regeneration-and-leukemia-suppression
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Shahar Biechonski, Muhammad Yassin, Michael Milyavsky
Self-renewing and multipotent hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) maintain lifelong hematopoiesis. Their enormous regenerative potential coupled with lifetime persistence in the body, in contrast with the Progenitors, demand tight control of HSCs genome stability. Indeed, failure to accurately repair DNA damage in HSCs is associated with bone marrow failure and accelerated leukemogenesis. Recent observations exposed remarkable differences in several DNA-damage response (DDR) aspects between HSCs and Progenitors, especially in their DNA-repair capacities and susceptibility to apoptosis...
March 15, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333573/new-approaches-for-characterization-of-the-genetic-stability-of-vaccine-cell-lines
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Siemon Ng, Lucy Gisonni-Lex, Ali Azizi
The genetic stability of cell lines is a critical analytical attribute required to demonstrate the quality of cells over time. During cell passage, mutations can arise in the genomic DNA, potentially leading to changes in the final vaccine product. The identity and integrity of master cell banks, extended cell banks, complementing cell lines or recombinant cell lines expressing transgenes has to be tested throughout the production process by the vaccine manufacturer. Over the past few years, the traditional methods for evaluation of genetic stability have been replaced with molecular approaches including quantitative PCR, digital PCR and high throughput sequencing...
February 23, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333343/centromere-destiny-in-dicentric-chromosomes-new-insights-from-the-evolution-of-human-chromosome-2-ancestral-centromeric-region
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Giorgia Chiatante, Giuliana Giannuzzi, Francesco Maria Calabrese, Evan E Eichler, Mario Ventura
Dicentric chromosomes are products of genomic rearrangements that place two centromeres on the same chromosome. Due to the presence of two primary constrictions, they are inherently unstable and overcome their instability by epigenetically inactivating and/or deleting one of the two centromeres, thus resulting in functionally monocentric chromosomes that segregate normally during cell division. Our understanding to date of dicentric chromosome formation, behavior and fate has been largely inferred from observational studies in plants and humans as well as artificially produced de novo dicentrics in yeast and in human cells...
March 15, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333132/enzyme-iia-ntr-regulates-salmonella-invasion-via-1-2-propanediol-and-propionate-catabolism
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Woongjae Yoo, Dajeong Kim, Hyunjin Yoon, Sangryeol Ryu
Many Proteobacteria possess a nitrogen-metabolic phosphotransferase system (PTS(Ntr)) consisting of EI(Ntr), NPr, and EIIA(Ntr) (encoded by ptsP, ptsO, and ptsN, respectively). The PTS(Ntr) plays diverse regulatory roles, but the substrate phosphorylated by EIIA(Ntr) and its primary functions have not yet been identified. To comprehensively understand the roles of PTS(Ntr) in Salmonella Typhimurium, we compared the whole transcriptomes of wild-type and a ΔptsN mutant. Genome-wide RNA sequencing revealed that 3...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331543/experimental-recreation-of-the-evolution-of-lignin-degrading-enzymes-from-the-jurassic-to-date
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Iván Ayuso-Fernández, Angel T Martínez, Francisco J Ruiz-Dueñas
BACKGROUND: Floudas et al. (Science 336: 1715) established that lignin-degrading fungi appeared at the end of Carboniferous period associated with the production of the first ligninolytic peroxidases. Here, the subsequent evolution of these enzymes in Polyporales, where most wood-rotting fungi are included, is experimentally recreated using genomic information. RESULTS: With this purpose, we analyzed the evolutionary pathway leading to the most efficient lignin-degrading peroxidases characterizing Polyporales species...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330874/high-resolution-3d-nmr-structure-of-the-kras-proto-oncogene-promoter-reveals-key-features-of-a-g-quadruplex-involved-in-transcriptional-regulation
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Abdelaziz Kerkour, Julien Marquevielle, Stefaniia Ivashchenko, Liliya A Yatsunyk, Jean-Louis Mergny, Gilmar F Salgado
Non-canonical base pairing within guanine-rich DNA and RNA sequences can produce G-quartets, whose stacking leads to the formation of a G-quadruplex (G4). G4s can coexist with canonical duplex DNA in the human genome and have been suggested to suppress gene transcription, and much attention has therefore focused on studying G4s in promotor regions of disease-related genes. For example, the human KRAS proto-oncogene contains a nuclease-hypersensitive element (1) located upstream of the major transcription start site...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329681/sirt6-promotes-dna-end-joining-in-ipscs-derived-from-old-mice
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Wen Chen, Nana Liu, Hongxia Zhang, Haiping Zhang, Jing Qiao, Wenwen Jia, Songcheng Zhu, Zhiyong Mao, Jiuhong Kang
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have great potential for treating age-related diseases, but the genome integrity of iPSCs is critically important. Here, we demonstrate that non-homologous end joining (NHEJ), rather than homologous recombination (HR), is less efficient in iPSCs from old mice than young mice. We further find that Sirt6 is downregulated in iPSCs from old mice. Sirt6 directly binds to Ku80 and facilitates the Ku80/DNA-PKcs interaction, thus promoting DNA-PKcs phosphorylation at residue S2056, leading to efficient NHEJ...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327556/control-of-structure-specific-endonucleases-to-maintain-genome-stability
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REVIEW
Pierre-Marie Dehé, Pierre Henri L Gaillard
Structure-specific endonucleases (SSEs) have key roles in DNA replication, recombination and repair, and emerging roles in transcription. These enzymes have specificity for DNA secondary structure rather than for sequence, and therefore their activity must be precisely controlled to ensure genome stability. In this Review, we discuss how SSEs are controlled as part of genome maintenance pathways in eukaryotes, with an emphasis on the elaborate mechanisms that regulate the members of the major SSE families - including the xeroderma pigmentosum group F-complementing protein (XPF) and MMS and UV-sensitive protein 81 (MUS81)-dependent nucleases, and the flap endonuclease 1 (FEN1), XPG and XPG-like endonuclease 1 (GEN1) enzymes - during processes such as DNA adduct repair, Holliday junction processing and replication stress...
March 22, 2017: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327522/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-shewanella-phage-host-system-from-the-gut-of-the-tunicate-ciona-intestinalis
#18
Brittany Leigh, Charlotte Karrer, John P Cannon, Mya Breitbart, Larry J Dishaw
Outnumbering all other biological entities on earth, bacteriophages (phages) play critical roles in structuring microbial communities through bacterial infection and subsequent lysis, as well as through horizontal gene transfer. While numerous studies have examined the effects of phages on free-living bacterial cells, much less is known regarding the role of phage infection in host-associated biofilms, which help to stabilize adherent microbial communities. Here we report the cultivation and characterization of a novel strain of Shewanella fidelis from the gut of the marine tunicate Ciona intestinalis, inducible prophages from the S...
March 22, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327113/low-cell-number-single-tube-amplification-sta-of-total-rna-revealed-transcriptome-changes-from-pluripotency-to-endothelium
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Yi-Hsuan Lee, Ya-Wen Hsueh, Yao-Hung Peng, Kung-Chao Chang, Kuen-Jer Tsai, H Sunny Sun, Ih-Jen Su, Po-Min Chiang
BACKGROUND: In addition to messenger RNA (mRNA), noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) are essential components in cellular machineries for translation and splicing. Besides their housekeeping functions, ncRNAs are involved in cell type-specific regulation of translation, mRNA stability, genome structure, and accessibility. To have a comprehensive understanding of the identities and functions of different cell types, a method to comprehensively quantify both mRNA and ncRNA in a sensitive manner is highly desirable...
March 21, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325772/tet3-mediated-dna-oxidation-promotes-atr-dependent-dna-damage-response
#20
Dewei Jiang, Shu Wei, Fei Chen, Ying Zhang, Jiali Li
An efficient, accurate, and timely DNA damage response (DDR) is crucial for the maintenance of genome integrity. Here, we report that ten-eleven translocation dioxygenase (TET) 3-mediated conversion of 5-methylcytosine (5mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) in response to ATR-dependent DDR regulates DNA repair. ATR-dependent DDR leads to dynamic changes in 5hmC levels and TET3 enzymatic activity. We show that TET3 is an ATR kinase target that oxidizes DNA during ATR-dependent DNA damage repair. Modulation of TET3 expression and activity affects DNA damage signaling and DNA repair and consequently cell death...
March 21, 2017: EMBO Reports
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