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EDITORIAL
Yong He, Bin Gao
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April 24, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437704/conserved-rna-polymerase-ii-initiation-complex-structure
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REVIEW
Merle Hantsche, Patrick Cramer
Recent cryo-electron microscopic studies have arrived at atomic models of the core transcription initiation complex comprising RNA polymerase (Pol) II and the basal transcription factors TBP, TFIIA, TFIIB, TFIIE, and TFIIF. A detailed comparison of two independently derived yeast and human core initiation complex structures reveals that they are virtually identical, demonstrating the conservation of the basic transcription machinery amongst eukaryotes. The additional factors TFIID, TFIIH, and Mediator have been located on the periphery of the core initiation complex, providing the topology of the entire initiation assembly, which comprises approximately 70 polypeptides with a molecular weight of ∼4 Megadalton...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437703/antiviral-treatment-strategies-based-on-gene-silencing-and-genome-editing
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REVIEW
Roger Badia, Ester Ballana, José A Esté, Eva Riveira-Muñoz
The ability of some viruses to establish latently infected chronic reservoirs that escape to immune control becomes a major roadblock that impedes the cure of these infections. Therefore, new alternatives are needed to pursuit the eradication of viral persistent infections. Gene silencing technologies are in constant evolution and provide an outstanding sequence specificity that allows targeting any coding sequence of interest. Here we provide an overview of the development of gene silencing technologies ranging from initially RNA interference to the recently developed CRISPR/Cas9 and their potential as new antiviral strategies focusing on the eradication of HIV...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437675/whole-blood-sequencing-reveals-circulating-microrna-associations-with-high-risk-traits-in-non-st-segment-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Alice Wang, Lydia Coulter Kwee, Elizabeth Grass, Megan L Neely, Simon G Gregory, Keith A A Fox, Paul W Armstrong, Harvey D White, E Magnus Ohman, Matthew T Roe, Svati H Shah, Mark Y Chan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Although circulating microRNA (miRNAs) have emerged as biomarkers predicting mortality in acute coronary syndrome (ACS), more data are needed to understand these mechanisms. Mapping miRNAs to high-risk traits may identify miRNAs involved in pathways conferring risk for poor outcome in ACS. We aim to investigate the relationship between circulating miRNAs and high-risk traits in non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). METHODS: Whole-genome miRNA sequencing was performed on RNA extracted from whole blood of 199 patients with NSTE-ACS...
March 30, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437636/chimeric-flock-house-virus-protein-a-with-endoplasmic-reticulum-targeting-domain-enhances-viral-replication-and-virus-like-particle-trans-encapsidation-in-plants
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Yiyang Zhou, Christopher M Kearney
Flock House virus (FHV) RNA can be trans-encapsidated, entirely in planta, by tobacco mosaic virus coat protein to form virus-like particles (VLPs). Vaccination with these VLPs leads to strong antigen expression in mice and immune-activation. We hypothesize that creating an additional cellular site for replication and/or trans-encapsidation might significantly improve the final output of trans-encapsidated product. FHV protein A was engineered to target the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) via a heterologous tobacco etch virus ER-targeting domain, and was expressed in cis or in trans relative to the replicating FHV RNA1...
April 21, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437617/electrostatic-origin-of-red-solvatochromic-shift-of-dfhbdi-in-rna-spinach
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Samik Bose, Suman Chakrabarty, Debashree Ghosh
Interactions with environment tune the spectral properties of biological chromophores, e.g. fluorescent proteins. Understanding of the relative contribution of the various types of non-covalent interactions in the spectral shifts can provide rational design principles towards developing new fluorescent probes. In this work, we investigate the origin of the red-shift in the absorption spectra of difluoro hydroxybenzylidene dimethyl imidazolinone (DFHBDI) chromophore in RNA Spinach as compared to the aqueous solution...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437608/crispr-cas9-mediated-dna-unwinding-detected-using-site-directed-spin-labeling
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Narin S Tangprasertchai, Rosa Di Felice, Xiaojun Zhang, Ian M Slaymaker, Carolina Vazquez Reyes, Wei Jiang, Remo Rohs, Peter Z Qin
The RNA-guided CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease has revolutionized genome engineering, yet its mechanism for DNA target selection is not fully understood. A crucial step in Cas9 target recognition involves unwinding of the DNA duplex to form a three-stranded R-loop structure. Work reported here demonstrates direct detection of Cas9-mediated DNA unwinding by a combination of site-directed spin labeling and Molecular Dynamics simulations. The results support a model in which the unwound non-target strand is stabilized by a positively-charged patch located between the two nuclease domains of Cas9, and reveal uneven increases in flexibility along the unwound non-target strand upon scissions of the DNA backbone...
April 24, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437552/bcr-abl1-transcript-types-showed-distinct-laboratory-characteristics-in-patients-with-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
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A P Vasconcelos, I F Azevedo, F C B C Melo, W B Neves, A C A C Azevedo, R A M Melo
In chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) two main types of messenger RNA (e14a2 and e13a2) can be produced by BCR-ABL1 gene rearrangement. Due to conflicting results, the clinical value of these transcripts remains controversial. The aim of this study was to identify associations of e14a2 and e13a2 transcripts with laboratory variables and also the response to treatment. This study included 203 adult patients with CML treated with Imatinib as first-line drug in a reference hematology center in Northeast Brazil. Clinical and laboratory data were obtained after informed consent...
April 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437540/characterization-of-gene-expression-phenotype-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-monocytes
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Weihua Zhao, David R Beers, Kristopher G Hooten, Douglas H Sieglaff, Aijun Zhang, Shanker Kalyana-Sundaram, Christopher M Traini, Wendy S Halsey, Ashley M Hughes, Ganesh M Sathe, George P Livi, Guo-Huang Fan, Stanley H Appel
Importance: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a common adult-onset neurodegenerative disease characterized by selective loss of upper and lower motor neurons. Patients with ALS have persistent peripheral and central inflammatory responses including abnormally functioning T cells and activated microglia. However, much less is known about the inflammatory gene profile of circulating innate immune monocytes in these patients. Objective: To characterize the transcriptomics of peripheral monocytes in patients with ALS...
April 24, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437473/molecular-simulations-and-markov-state-modeling-reveal-the-structural-diversity-and-dynamics-of-a-theophylline-binding-rna-aptamer-in-its-unbound-state
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Becka M Warfield, Peter C Anderson
RNA aptamers are oligonucleotides that bind with high specificity and affinity to target ligands. In the absence of bound ligand, secondary structures of RNA aptamers are generally stable, but single-stranded and loop regions, including ligand binding sites, lack defined structures and exist as ensembles of conformations. For example, the well-characterized theophylline-binding aptamer forms a highly stable binding site when bound to theophylline, but the binding site is unstable and disordered when theophylline is absent...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437463/relationship-of-the-crebc-two-component-regulatory-system-and-inner-membrane-protein-cred-with-swimming-motility-in-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia
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Hsin-Hui Huang, Wei-Ching Chen, Cheng-Wen Lin, Yi-Tsung Lin, Hsiao-Chen Ning, Yi-Chih Chang, Tsuey-Ching Yang
The CreBC two-component system (TCS) is a conserved regulatory system found in Escherichia coli, Aeromonas spp., Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. In this study, we determined how CreBC TCS regulates secreted protease activities and swimming motility using creB, creC, and creBC in-frame deletion mutants (KJΔCreB, KJΔCreC, and KJΔBC) of S. maltophilia KJ. Compared to wild-type KJ, KJΔCreB had a comparable secreted protease activity; however, the secreted protease activities were obviously reduced in KJΔCreC and KJΔBC, suggesting that CreC works together with another unidentified response regulator (not CreB) to regulate secreted protease activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437448/expression-profiling-of-chrysanthemum-crassum-under-salinity-stress-and-the-initiation-of-morphological-changes
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Zhiyong Guan, Yitong Feng, Aiping Song, Xiaomeng Shi, Yachao Mao, Sumei Chen, Jiafu Jiang, Lian Ding, Fadi Chen
Chrysanthemum crassum is a decaploid species of Chrysanthemum with high stress tolerance that allows survival under salinity stress while maintaining a relatively ideal growth rate. We previously recorded morphological changes after salt treatment, such as the expansion of leaf cells. To explore the underlying salinity tolerance mechanisms, we used an Illumina platform and obtained three sequencing libraries from samples collected after 0 h, 12 h and 24 h of salt treatment. Following de novo assembly, 154,944 transcripts were generated, and 97,833 (63...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437444/transcriptional-bursting-in-drosophila-development-stochastic-dynamics-of-eve-stripe-2-expression
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David M Holloway, Alexander V Spirov
Anterior-posterior (AP) body segmentation of the fruit fly (Drosophila) is first seen in the 7-stripe spatial expression patterns of the pair-rule genes, which regulate downstream genes determining specific segment identities. Regulation of pair-rule expression has been extensively studied for the even-skipped (eve) gene. Recent live imaging, of a reporter for the 2nd eve stripe, has demonstrated the stochastic nature of this process, with 'bursts' in the number of RNA transcripts being made over time. We developed a stochastic model of the spatial and temporal expression of eve stripe 2 (binding by transcriptional activators (Bicoid and Hunchback proteins) and repressors (Giant and Krüppel proteins), transcriptional initiation and termination; with all rate parameters constrained by features of the experimental data) in order to analyze the noisy experimental time series and test hypotheses for how eve transcription is regulated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437437/use-of-short-interfering-rna-delivered-by-cationic-liposomes-to-enable-efficient-down-regulation-of-ptpn22-gene-in-human-t-lymphocytes
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Valentina Perri, Marsha Pellegrino, Francesca Ceccacci, Anita Scipioni, Stefania Petrini, Elena Gianchecchi, Anna Lo Russo, Serena De Santis, Giovanna Mancini, Alessandra Fierabracci
Type 1 diabetes and thyroid disease are T cell-dependent autoimmune endocrinopathies. The standard substitutive administration of the deficient hormones does not halt the autoimmune process; therefore, development of immunotherapies aiming to preserve the residual hormonal cells, is of crucial importance. PTPN22 C1858T mutation encoding for the R620W lymphoid tyrosine phosphatase variant, plays a potential pathophysiological role in autoimmunity. The PTPN22 encoded protein Lyp is a negative regulator of T cell antigen receptor signaling; R620W variant, leading to a gain of function with paradoxical reduced T cell activation, may represent a valid therapeutic target...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437166/virus-like-particles-of-mrna-with-artificial-minimal-coat-proteins-particle-formation-stability-and-transfection-efficiency
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Shehrazade Jekhmane, Rob de Haas, Omar Paulino da Silva Filho, Alexander H van Asbeck, Marco Emanuele Favretto, Armando Hernandez Garcia, Roland Brock, Renko de Vries
RNA has enormous potential as a therapeutic, yet, the successful application depends on efficient delivery strategies. In this study, we demonstrate that a designed artificial viral coat protein, which self-assembles with DNA to form rod-shaped virus-like particles (VLPs), also encapsulates and protects mRNA encoding enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) and luciferase, and yields cellular expression of these proteins. The artificial viral coat protein consists of an oligolysine (K12) for binding to the oligonucleotide, a silk protein-like midblock S10 = (GAGAGAGQ)10 that self-assembles into stiff rods, and a long hydrophilic random coil block C that shields the nucleic acid cargo from its environment...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437139/protection-against-common-bean-rust-conferred-by-a-gene-silencing-method
#16
Bret Cooper, Kimberly B Campbell
Rust disease of the dry bean plant, Phaseolus vulgaris, is caused by the fungus Uromyces appendiculatus. The fungus acquires its nutrients and energy from bean leaves using a specialized cell structure, the haustorium, through which it secretes effector proteins that contribute to pathogenicity by defeating the plant immune system. Candidate effectors have been identified by DNA sequencing and motif analysis, and some candidates have been observed in infected leaves by mass spectrometry. To assess their roles in pathogenicity, we have inserted small fragments of genes for five candidates into bean pod mottle virus...
April 24, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437108/design-of-a-toolbox-of-rna-thermometers
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Shaunak Sen, Divyansh Apurva, Rohit Satija, Dan Siegal, Richard M Murray
Biomolecular temperature sensors can be used for efficient control of large-volume bioreactors, for spatiotemporal imaging and control of gene expression, and to engineer robustness to temperature in biomolecular circuit design. While RNA-based sensors, called 'thermometers', have been investigated in both natural and synthetic contexts, an important challenge is to design diverse responses to temperature, differing in sensitivities and thresholds. We address this issue by constructing a library of RNA thermometers, based on thermodynamic computations, and experimentally measuring their activities in cell-free biomolecular 'breadboards'...
April 24, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437065/a-macrocyclic-peptide-ligand-binds-the-oncogenic-microrna-21-precursor-and-suppresses-dicer-processing
#18
Matthew D Shortridge, Matthew J Walker, Tom Pavelitz, Yu Chen, Gabriele Varani
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) help orchestrate cellular growth and survival through post-transcriptional mechanisms. The dysregulation of miRNA biogenesis can lead to cellular growth defects, chemotherapeutic resistance and plays a direct role in the development of many chronic diseases. Among these RNAs, miR-21 is consistently overexpressed in most human cancers leading to the down regulation of key tumor suppressing and pro-apoptotic factors; suggesting that inhibition of miR-21 biogenesis could reverse these negative effects...
April 24, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436990/tcrp1-promotes-nih-3t3-cell-transformation-by-over-activating-pdk1-and-akt1
#19
C Wang, H Liu, Q Qiu, Z Zhang, Y Gu, Z He
Tongue cancer resistance-related protein 1 (TCRP1) gene was first cloned from the multidrug resistance tongue cancer cell (Tca8113/pingyangmycin) in our lab. Our precious studies demonstrated that TCRP1 was involving in chemotherapy and radiotherapy resistance of tongue cancer cells, lung cancer cells and ovarian cancer cells. In this study, we showed that TCRP1 overexpression promotes cell transformation and tumorigenesis through hyperphosphorylation of the oncogenic kinase 3-phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase-1 (PDK1) and AKT1, whereas inhibition of PDK1 by OSU-03012 or PDK1 small interfering RNA reversed TCRP1-mediated cell transformation...
April 24, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436985/functional-screen-of-msi2-interactors-identifies-an-essential-role-for-syncrip-in-myeloid-leukemia-stem-cells
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Ly P Vu, Camila Prieto, Elianna M Amin, Sagar Chhangawala, Andrei Krivtsov, M Nieves Calvo-Vidal, Timothy Chou, Arthur Chow, Gerard Minuesa, Sun Mi Park, Trevor S Barlowe, James Taggart, Patrick Tivnan, Raquel P Deering, Lisa P Chu, Jeong-Ah Kwon, Cem Meydan, Javier Perales-Paton, Arora Arshi, Mithat Gönen, Christopher Famulare, Minal Patel, Elisabeth Paietta, Martin S Tallman, Yuheng Lu, Jacob Glass, Francine E Garret-Bakelman, Ari Melnick, Ross Levine, Fatima Al-Shahrour, Marcus Järås, Nir Hacohen, Alexia Hwang, Ralph Garippa, Christopher J Lengner, Scott A Armstrong, Leandro Cerchietti, Glenn S Cowley, David Root, John Doench, Christina Leslie, Benjamin L Ebert, Michael G Kharas
The identity of the RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) that govern cancer stem cells remains poorly characterized. The MSI2 RBP is a central regulator of translation of cancer stem cell programs. Through proteomic analysis of the MSI2-interacting RBP network and functional shRNA screening, we identified 24 genes required for in vivo leukemia. Syncrip was the most differentially required gene between normal and myeloid leukemia cells. SYNCRIP depletion increased apoptosis and differentiation while delaying leukemogenesis...
April 24, 2017: Nature Genetics
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