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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530678/the-complex-genetics-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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Xiaoqin Liu, Hisato Yagi, Shazina Saeed, Abha S Bais, George C Gabriel, Zhaohan Chen, Kevin A Peterson, You Li, Molly C Schwartz, William T Reynolds, Manush Saydmohammed, Brian Gibbs, Yijen Wu, William Devine, Bishwanath Chatterjee, Nikolai T Klena, Dennis Kostka, Karen L de Mesy Bentley, Madhavi K Ganapathiraju, Phillip Dexheimer, Linda Leatherbury, Omar Khalifa, Anchit Bhagat, Maliha Zahid, William Pu, Simon Watkins, Paul Grossfeld, Stephen A Murray, George A Porter, Michael Tsang, Lisa J Martin, D Woodrow Benson, Bruce J Aronow, Cecilia W Lo
Congenital heart disease (CHD) affects up to 1% of live births. Although a genetic etiology is indicated by an increased recurrence risk, sporadic occurrence suggests that CHD genetics is complex. Here, we show that hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a severe CHD, is multigenic and genetically heterogeneous. Using mouse forward genetics, we report what is, to our knowledge, the first isolation of HLHS mutant mice and identification of genes causing HLHS. Mutations from seven HLHS mouse lines showed multigenic enrichment in ten human chromosome regions linked to HLHS...
May 22, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515787/a-computational-approach-for-the-functional-classification-of-the-epigenome
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Francesco Gandolfi, Anna Tramontano
BACKGROUND: In the last decade, advanced functional genomics approaches and deep sequencing have allowed large-scale mapping of histone modifications and other epigenetic marks, highlighting functional relationships between chromatin organization and genome function. Here, we propose a novel approach to explore functional interactions between different epigenetic modifications and extract combinatorial profiles that can be used to annotate the chromatin in a finite number of functional classes...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513710/are-highly-morphed-peptide-frameworks-lurking-silently-in-microbial-genomes-valuable-as-next-generation-antibiotic-scaffolds
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Christopher T Walsh
Antibiotics are a therapeutic class that, once deployed, select for resistant bacterial pathogens and so shorten their useful life cycles. As a consequence new versions of antibiotics are constantly needed. Among the antibiotic natural products, morphed peptide scaffolds, converting conformationally mobile, short-lived linear peptides into compact, rigidified small molecule frameworks, act on a wide range of bacterial targets. Advances in bacterial genome mining, biosynthetic gene cluster prediction and expression, and mass spectroscopic structure analysis suggests many more peptides, modified both in side chains and peptide backbones, await discovery...
May 17, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511883/a-prostate-cancer-nimbosus-genomic-instability-and-schlap1-dysregulation-underpin-aggression-of-intraductal-and-cribriform-subpathologies
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Melvin L K Chua, Winnie Lo, Melania Pintilie, Jure Murgic, Emilie Lalonde, Vinayak Bhandari, Osman Mahamud, Anuradha Gopalan, Charlotte F Kweldam, Geert J L H van Leenders, Esther I Verhoef, Agnes Marije Hoogland, Julie Livingstone, Alejandro Berlin, Alan Dal Pra, Alice Meng, Junyan Zhang, Michèle Orain, Valérie Picard, Hélène Hovington, Alain Bergeron, Louis Lacombe, Yves Fradet, Bernard Têtu, Victor E Reuter, Neil Fleshner, Michael Fraser, Paul C Boutros, Theodorus H van der Kwast, Robert G Bristow
BACKGROUND: Intraductal carcinoma (IDC) and cribriform architecture (CA) represent unfavorable subpathologies in localized prostate cancer. We recently showed that IDC shares a clonal ancestry with the adjacent glandular adenocarcinoma. OBJECTIVE: We investigated for the co-occurrence of "aggression" factors, genomic instability and hypoxia, and performed gene expression profiling of these tumors. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: A total of 1325 men were treated for localized prostate cancer from four academic institutions (University Health Network, CHU de Québec-Université Laval, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center [MSKCC], and Erasmus Medical Center)...
May 13, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508547/functional-phosphatome-requirement-for-protein-homeostasis-networked-mitochondria-and-sarcomere-structure-in-c-%C3%A2-elegans-muscle
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Susann Lehmann, Joseph J Bass, Thomas F Barratt, Mohammed Z Ali, Nathaniel J Szewczyk
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle is central to locomotion and metabolic homeostasis. The laboratory worm Caenorhabditis elegans has been developed into a genomic model for assessing the genes and signals that regulate muscle development and protein degradation. Past work has identified a receptor tyrosine kinase signalling network that combinatorially controls autophagy, nerve signal to muscle to oppose proteasome-based degradation, and extracellular matrix-based signals that control calpain and caspase activation...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499350/transcription-factor-associated-combinatorial-epigenetic-pattern-reveals-higher-transcriptional-activity-of-tcf7l2-regulated-intragenic-enhancers
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Qi Liu, Russell Bonneville, Tianbao Li, Victor X Jin
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have suggested that combinations of multiple epigenetic modifications are essential for controlling gene expression. Despite numerous computational approaches have been developed to decipher the combinatorial epigenetic patterns or "epigenetic code", none of them has explicitly addressed the relationship between a specific transcription factor (TF) and the patterns. METHODS: Here, we developed a novel computational method, T-cep, for annotating chromatin states associated with a specific TF...
May 12, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499008/rippminer-a-bioinformatics-resource-for-deciphering-chemical-structures-of-ripps-based-on-prediction-of-cleavage-and-cross-links
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Priyesh Agrawal, Shradha Khater, Money Gupta, Neetu Sain, Debasisa Mohanty
Ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified peptides (RiPPs) constitute a rapidly growing class of natural products with diverse structures and bioactivities. We have developed RiPPMiner, a novel bioinformatics resource for deciphering chemical structures of RiPPs by genome mining. RiPPMiner derives its predictive power from machine learning based classifiers, trained using a well curated database of more than 500 experimentally characterized RiPPs. RiPPMiner uses Support Vector Machine to distinguish RiPP precursors from other small proteins and classify the precursors into 12 sub-classes of RiPPs...
May 12, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498099/synthekines-are-surrogate-cytokine-and-growth-factor-agonists-that-compel-signaling-through-non-natural-receptor-dimers
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Ignacio Moraga, Jamie B Spangler, Juan L Mendoza, Milica Gakovic, Tom S Wehrman, Peter Krutzik, K Christopher Garcia
Cytokine and growth-factor ligands typically signal through homo- or hetero-dimeric cell surface receptors via Janus Kinase (JAK/TYK), or Receptor Tyrosine Kinase (RTK)-mediated trans-phosphorylation. However, the number of receptor dimer pairings occurring in nature is limited to those driven by natural ligands encoded within our genome. We have engineered synthethic cytokines (synthekines) that drive formation of cytokine receptor dimer pairings that are not formed by endogenous cytokines and that are not found in nature, and which activate distinct signaling programs...
May 12, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495970/high-throughput-biochemical-profiling-reveals-sequence-determinants-of-dcas9-off-target-binding-and-unbinding
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Evan A Boyle, Johan O L Andreasson, Lauren M Chircus, Samuel H Sternberg, Michelle J Wu, Chantal K Guegler, Jennifer A Doudna, William J Greenleaf
The bacterial adaptive immune system CRISPR-Cas9 has been appropriated as a versatile tool for editing genomes, controlling gene expression, and visualizing genetic loci. To analyze Cas9's ability to bind DNA rapidly and specifically, we generated multiple libraries of potential binding partners for measuring the kinetics of nuclease-dead Cas9 (dCas9) interactions. Using a massively parallel method to quantify protein-DNA interactions on a high-throughput sequencing flow cell, we comprehensively assess the effects of combinatorial mismatches between guide RNA (gRNA) and target nucleotides, both in the seed and in more distal nucleotides, plus disruption of the protospacer adjacent motif (PAM)...
May 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486671/elucidation-of-mycobacterium-abscessus-aminoglycoside-and-capreomycin-resistance-by-targeted-deletion-of-three-putative-resistance-genes
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Anna Rominski, Petra Selchow, Katja Becker, Juliane K Brülle, Michael Dal Molin, Peter Sander
Objectives: Mycobacterium abscessus is innately resistant to a variety of drugs thereby limiting therapeutic options. Bacterial resistance to aminoglycosides (AGs) is conferred mainly by AG-modifying enzymes, which often have overlapping activities. Several putative AG-modifying enzymes are encoded in the genome of M. abscessus . The aim of this study was to investigate the molecular basis underlying AG resistance in M. abscessus . Methods: M. abscessus deletion mutants deficient in one of three genes potentially involved in AG resistance, aac(2 ' ) , eis1 and eis2 , were generated by targeted gene inactivation, as were combinatorial double and triple deletion mutants...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481278/combining-low-temperature-fluorescence-dna-hybridization-immunostaining-and-super-resolution-localization-microscopy-for-nano-structure-analysis-of-alu-elements-and-their-influence-on-chromatin-structure
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Matthias Krufczik, Aaron Sievers, Annkathrin Hausmann, Jin-Ho Lee, Georg Hildenbrand, Wladimir Schaufler, Michael Hausmann
Immunostaining and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) are well established methods for specific labelling of chromatin in the cell nucleus. COMBO-FISH (combinatorial oligonucleotide fluorescence in situ hybridization) is a FISH method using computer designed oligonucleotide probes specifically co-localizing at given target sites. In combination with super resolution microscopy which achieves spatial resolution far beyond the Abbe Limit, it allows new insights into the nano-scaled structure and organization of the chromatin of the nucleus...
May 7, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473875/genome-wide-dna-methylation-analysis-reveals-loci-that-distinguish-different-types-of-adipose-tissue-in-obese-individuals
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Donia Macartney-Coxson, Miles C Benton, Ray Blick, Richard S Stubbs, Ronald D Hagan, Michael A Langston
BACKGROUND: Epigenetic mechanisms provide an interface between environmental factors and the genome and are known to play a role in complex diseases such as obesity. These mechanisms, including DNA methylation, influence the regulation of development, differentiation and the establishment of cellular identity. Here we employ two approaches to identify differential methylation between two white adipose tissue depots in obese individuals before and after gastric bypass and significant weight loss...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460067/prism-3-expanded-prediction-of-natural-product-chemical-structures-from-microbial-genomes
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Michael A Skinnider, Nishanth J Merwin, Chad W Johnston, Nathan A Magarvey
Microbial natural products represent a rich resource of pharmaceutically and industrially important compounds. Genome sequencing has revealed that the majority of natural products remain undiscovered, and computational methods to connect biosynthetic gene clusters to their corresponding natural products therefore have the potential to revitalize natural product discovery. Previously, we described PRediction Informatics for Secondary Metabolomes (PRISM), a combinatorial approach to chemical structure prediction for genetically encoded nonribosomal peptides and type I and II polyketides...
April 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446153/acceleration-and-suppression-of-resistance-development-by-antibiotic-combinations
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Shingo Suzuki, Takaaki Horinouchi, Chikara Furusawa
BACKGROUND: The emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance in bacteria is becoming a global public health problem. Combination therapy, i.e., the simultaneous use of multiple antibiotics, is used for long-term treatment to suppress the emergence of resistant strains. However, the effect of the combinatorial use of multiple drugs on the development of resistance remains elusive, especially in a quantitative assessment. RESULTS: To understand the evolutionary dynamics under combination therapy, we performed laboratory evolution of Escherichia coli under simultaneous addition of two-drug combinations...
April 26, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444142/regulatory-states-in-the-developmental-control-of-gene-expression
#15
Isabelle S Peter
A growing body of evidence shows that gene expression in multicellular organisms is controlled by the combinatorial function of multiple transcription factors. This indicates that not the individual transcription factors or signaling molecules, but the combination of expressed regulatory molecules, the regulatory state, should be viewed as the functional unit in gene regulation. Here, I discuss the concept of the regulatory state and its proposed role in the genome-wide control of gene expression. Recent analyses of regulatory gene expression in sea urchin embryos have been instrumental for solving the genomic control of cell fate specification in this system...
April 24, 2017: Briefings in Functional Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439033/genome-wide-identification-of-resd-nsrr-and-fur-binding-in-bacillus-subtilis-during-anaerobic-fermentative-growth-by-in-vivo-footprinting
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Onuma Chumsakul, Divya P Anantsri, Tai Quirke, Taku Oshima, Kensuke Nakamura, Shu Ishikawa, Michiko M Nakano
Upon oxygen limitation, the Bacillus subtilis ResE sensor kinase and its cognate ResD response regulator play primary roles in transcriptional activation of genes functioning in anaerobic respiration. The nitric oxide (NO)-sensitive NsrR repressor controls transcription to support nitrate respiration. In addition, the ferric uptake repressor (Fur) can modulate transcription under anaerobic conditions. However, whether these controls are direct or indirect has been investigated only in a gene-specific manner...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435014/maximum-likelihood-estimates-of-pairwise-rearrangement-distances
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Stuart Serdoz, Attila Egri-Nagy, Jeremy Sumner, Barbara R Holland, Peter D Jarvis, Mark M Tanaka, Andrew R Francis
Accurate estimation of evolutionary distances between taxa is important for many phylogenetic reconstruction methods. Distances can be estimated using a range of different evolutionary models, from single nucleotide polymorphisms to large-scale genome rearrangements. Corresponding corrections for genome rearrangement distances fall into 3 categories: Empirical computational studies, Bayesian/MCMC approaches, and combinatorial approaches. Here, we introduce a maximum likelihood estimator for the inversion distance between a pair of genomes, using a group-theoretic approach to modelling inversions introduced recently...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431213/genome-mining-unearths-a-hybrid-nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-like-pteridine-synthase-biosynthetic-gene-cluster
#18
Hyun Bong Park, Corey E Perez, Karl W Barber, Jesse Rinehart, Jason M Crawford
Nonribosomal peptides represent a large class of metabolites with pharmaceutical relevance. Pteridines, such as pterins, folates, and flavins, are heterocyclic metabolites that often serve as redox-active cofactors. The biosynthetic machineries for construction of these distinct classes of small molecules operate independently in the cell. Here, we discovered an unprecedented nonribosomal peptide synthetase-like-pteridine synthase hybrid biosynthetic gene cluster in Photorhabdus luminescens using genome synteny analysis...
March 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411843/the-molecular-revolution-in-cutaneous-biology-emerging-landscape-in-genomic-dermatology-new-mechanistic-ideas-gene-editing-and-therapeutic-breakthroughs
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Matthias Titeux, Araksya Izmiryan, Alain Hovnanian
Stunning technological advances in genomics have led to spectacular breakthroughs in the understanding of the underlying defects, biological pathways and therapeutic targets of skin diseases leading to new therapeutic interventions. Next-generation sequencing has revolutionized the identification of disease-causing genes and has a profound impact in deciphering gene and protein signatures in rare and frequent skin diseases. Gene addition strategies have shown efficacy in junctional EB and in recessive dystrophic EB (RDEB)...
May 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395144/landscape-of-histone-modifications-in-a-sponge-reveals-the-origin-of-animal-cis-regulatory-complexity
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Federico Gaiti, Katia Jindrich, Selene L Fernandez-Valverde, Kathrein E Roper, Bernard M Degnan, Miloš Tanurdžić
Combinatorial patterns of histone modifications regulate developmental and cell type-specific gene expression and underpin animal complexity, but it is unclear when this regulatory system evolved. By analysing histone modifications in a morphologically-simple, early branching animal, the sponge Amphimedonqueenslandica, we show that the regulatory landscape used by complex bilaterians was already in place at the dawn of animal multicellularity. This includes distal enhancers, repressive chromatin and transcriptional units marked by H3K4me3 that vary with levels of developmental regulation...
April 11, 2017: ELife
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