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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735898/genome-wide-single-molecule-footprinting-reveals-high-rna-polymerase-ii-turnover-at-paused-promoters
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Arnaud R Krebs, Dilek Imanci, Leslie Hoerner, Dimos Gaidatzis, Lukas Burger, Dirk Schübeler
Transcription initiation entails chromatin opening followed by pre-initiation complex formation and RNA polymerase II recruitment. Subsequent polymerase elongation requires additional signals, resulting in increased residence time downstream of the start site, a phenomenon referred to as pausing. Here, we harnessed single-molecule footprinting to quantify distinct steps of initiation in vivo throughout the Drosophila genome. This identifies the impact of promoter structure on initiation dynamics in relation to nucleosomal occupancy...
July 19, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715438/a-sequence-level-model-of-an-intact-locus-predicts-the-location-and-function-of-nonadditive-enhancers
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Kenneth A Barr, John Reinitz
Metazoan gene expression is controlled through the action of long stretches of noncoding DNA that contain enhancers-shorter sequences responsible for controlling a single aspect of a gene's expression pattern. Models built on thermodynamics have shown how enhancers interpret protein concentration in order to determine specific levels of gene expression, but the emergent regulatory logic of a complete regulatory locus shows qualitative and quantitative differences from isolated enhancers. Such differences may arise from steric competition limiting the quantity of DNA that can simultaneously influence the transcription machinery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712876/drosophila-sce-dring-e3-ligase-inhibits-apoptosis-in-a-dp53-dependent-manner
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Rocío Simón, Carolina J Simoes da Silva, Sol Fereres, Ana Busturia
The Polycomb group (PcG) of proteins control developmental gene silencing and are highly conserved between flies and mammals. PcG proteins function by controlling post-translational modification of histones, such as ubiquitylation, which impacts chromatin compaction and thus gene transcription. Changes in PcG cellular levels have drastic effects on organismal development and are involved in the generation of human pathologies such as cancer. However, the mechanisms controlling their levels of expression and their physiological effects are only partially understood...
July 13, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710118/correction-for-wang-et-al-comparative-analysis-of-chromatin-binding-by-sex-comb-on-midleg-scm-and-other-polycomb-group-repressors-at-a-drosophila-hox-gene
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Liangjun Wang, Neal Jahren, Ellen L Miller, Carrie S Ketel, Daniel R Mallin, Jeffrey A Simon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 1, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701701/systematic-discovery-of-genetic-modulation-by-jumonji-histone-demethylases-in-drosophila
#5
Nevine A Shalaby, Raheel Sayed, Qiao Zhang, Shane Scoggin, Susan Eliazer, Adrian Rothenfluh, Michael Buszczak
Jumonji (JmjC) domain proteins influence gene expression and chromatin organization by way of histone demethylation, which provides a means to regulate the activity of genes across the genome. JmjC proteins have been associated with many human diseases including various cancers, developmental and neurological disorders, however, the shared biology and possible common contribution to organismal development and tissue homeostasis of all JmjC proteins remains unclear. Here, we systematically tested the function of all 13 Drosophila JmjC genes...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700938/golgi-outpost-synthesis-impaired-by-toxic-polyglutamine-proteins-contributes-to-dendritic-pathology-in-neurons
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Chang Geon Chung, Min Jee Kwon, Keun Hye Jeon, Do Young Hyeon, Myeong Hoon Han, Jeong Hyang Park, In Jun Cha, Jae Ho Cho, Kunhyung Kim, Sangchul Rho, Gyu Ree Kim, Hyobin Jeong, Jae Won Lee, TaeSoo Kim, Keetae Kim, Kwang Pyo Kim, Michael D Ehlers, Daehee Hwang, Sung Bae Lee
Dendrite aberration is a common feature of neurodegenerative diseases caused by protein toxicity, but the underlying mechanisms remain largely elusive. Here, we show that nuclear polyglutamine (polyQ) toxicity resulted in defective terminal dendrite elongation accompanied by a loss of Golgi outposts (GOPs) and a decreased supply of plasma membrane (PM) in Drosophila class IV dendritic arborization (da) (C4 da) neurons. mRNA sequencing revealed that genes downregulated by polyQ proteins included many secretory pathway-related genes, including COPII genes regulating GOP synthesis...
July 11, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689657/wnt-dependent-inactivation-of-the-groucho-tle-co-repressor-by-the-hect-e3%C3%A2-ubiquitin-ligase-hyd-ubr5
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Joshua E Flack, Juliusz Mieszczanek, Nikola Novcic, Mariann Bienz
Extracellular signals are transduced to the cell nucleus by effectors that bind to enhancer complexes to operate transcriptional switches. For example, the Wnt enhanceosome is a multiprotein complex associated with Wnt-responsive enhancers through T cell factors (TCF) and kept silent by Groucho/TLE co-repressors. Wnt-activated β-catenin binds to TCF to overcome this repression, but how it achieves this is unknown. Here, we discover that this process depends on the HECT E3 ubiquitin ligase Hyd/UBR5, which is required for Wnt signal responses in Drosophila and human cell lines downstream of activated Armadillo/β-catenin...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687780/nuclear-receptors-connect-progenitor-transcription-factors-to-cell-cycle-control
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Marta Neto, Marina Naval-Sánchez, Delphine Potier, Paulo S Pereira, Dirk Geerts, Stein Aerts, Fernando Casares
The specification and growth of organs is controlled simultaneously by networks of transcription factors. While the connection between these transcription factors with fate determinants is increasingly clear, how they establish the link with the cell cycle is far less understood. Here we investigate this link in the developing Drosophila eye, where two transcription factors, the MEIS1 homologue hth and the Zn-finger tsh, synergize to stimulate the proliferation of naïve eye progenitors. Experiments combining transcriptomics, open-chromatin profiling, motif analysis and functional assays indicate that these progenitor transcription factors exert a global regulation of the proliferation program...
July 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680483/drosophila-cp190-and-dctcf-mediated-enhancer-blocking-is-augmented-by-sumoylation
#9
Theresa Jox, Melanie K Buxa, Dorte Bohla, Ikram Ullah, Igor Mačinković, Alexander Brehm, Marek Bartkuhn, Rainer Renkawitz
BACKGROUND: Chromatin insulators shield promoters and chromatin domains from neighboring enhancers or chromatin regions with opposing activities. Insulator-binding proteins and their cofactors mediate the boundary function. In general, covalent modification of proteins by the small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) is an important mechanism to control the interaction of proteins within complexes. RESULTS: Here we addressed the impact of dSUMO in respect of insulator function, chromatin binding of insulator factors and formation of insulator speckles in Drosophila...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676122/genome-wide-search-for-zelda-like-chromatin-signatures-identifies-gaf-as-a-pioneer-factor-in-early-fly-development
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Arbel Moshe, Tommy Kaplan
BACKGROUND: The protein Zelda was shown to play a key role in early Drosophila development, binding thousands of promoters and enhancers prior to maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT), and marking them for transcriptional activation. Recently, we showed that Zelda acts through specific chromatin patterns of histone modifications to mark developmental enhancers and active promoters. Intriguingly, some Zelda sites still maintain these chromatin patterns in Drosophila embryos lacking maternal Zelda protein...
July 4, 2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676099/drosophila-cp190-and-dctcf-mediated-enhancer-blocking-is-augmented-by-sumoylation
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Theresa Jox, Melanie K Buxa, Dorte Bohla, Ikram Ullah, Igor Mačinković, Alexander Brehm, Marek Bartkuhn, Rainer Renkawitz
BACKGROUND: Chromatin insulators shield promoters and chromatin domains from neighboring enhancers or chromatin regions with opposing activities. Insulator-binding proteins and their cofactors mediate the boundary function. In general, covalent modification of proteins by the small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) is an important mechanism to control the interaction of proteins within complexes. RESULTS: Here we addressed the impact of dSUMO in respect of insulator function, chromatin binding of insulator factors and formation of insulator speckles in Drosophila...
July 4, 2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671979/evolution-and-multiple-roles-of-the-pancrustacea-specific-transcription-factor-zelda-in-insects
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Lupis Ribeiro, Vitória Tobias-Santos, Daniele Santos, Felipe Antunes, Geórgia Feltran, Jackson de Souza Menezes, L Aravind, Thiago M Venancio, Rodrigo Nunes da Fonseca
Gene regulatory networks (GRNs) evolve as a result of the coevolutionary processes acting on transcription factors (TFs) and the cis-regulatory modules they bind. The zinc-finger TF zelda (zld) is essential for the maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) in Drosophila melanogaster, where it directly binds over thousand cis-regulatory modules to regulate chromatin accessibility. D. melanogaster displays a long germ type of embryonic development, where all segments are simultaneously generated along the whole egg...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660197/a-mighty-protein-extractor-of-the-cell-structure-and-function-of-the-p97-cdc48-atpase
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Yihong Ye, Wai Kwan Tang, Ting Zhang, Di Xia
p97/VCP (known as Cdc48 in S. cerevisiae or TER94 in Drosophila) is one of the most abundant cytosolic ATPases. It is highly conserved from archaebacteria to eukaryotes. In conjunction with a large number of cofactors and adaptors, it couples ATP hydrolysis to segregation of polypeptides from immobile cellular structures such as protein assemblies, membranes, ribosome, and chromatin. This often results in proteasomal degradation of extracted polypeptides. Given the diversity of p97 substrates, this "segregase" activity has profound influence on cellular physiology ranging from protein homeostasis to DNA lesion sensing, and mutations in p97 have been linked to several human diseases...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656157/opportunities-lost-and-gained-changes-in-progenitor-competence-during-nervous-system-development
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REVIEW
Dylan R Farnsworth, Chris Q Doe
During development of the central nervous system, a small pool of stem cells and progenitors generate the vast neural diversity required for neural circuit formation and behavior. Neural stem and progenitor cells often generate different progeny in response to the same signaling cue (e.g. Notch or Hedgehog), including no response at all. How does stem cell competence to respond to signaling cues change over time? Recently, epigenetics particularly chromatin remodeling - has emerged as a powerful mechanism to control stem cell competence...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638443/dosage-compensation-and-sex-specific-epigenetic-landscape-of-the-x-chromosome-in-the-pea-aphid
#15
Gautier Richard, Fabrice Legeai, Nathalie Prunier-Leterme, Anthony Bretaudeau, Denis Tagu, Julie Jaquiéry, Gaël Le Trionnaire
BACKGROUND: Heterogametic species display a differential number of sex chromosomes resulting in imbalanced transcription levels for these chromosomes between males and females. To correct this disequilibrium, dosage compensation mechanisms involving gene expression and chromatin accessibility regulations have emerged throughout evolution. In insects, these mechanisms have been extensively characterized only in Drosophila but not in insects of agronomical importance. Aphids are indeed major pests of a wide range of crops...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636597/phase-separation-drives-heterochromatin-domain-formation
#16
Amy R Strom, Alexander V Emelyanov, Mustafa Mir, Dmitry V Fyodorov, Xavier Darzacq, Gary H Karpen
Constitutive heterochromatin is an important component of eukaryotic genomes that has essential roles in nuclear architecture, DNA repair and genome stability, and silencing of transposon and gene expression. Heterochromatin is highly enriched for repetitive sequences, and is defined epigenetically by methylation of histone H3 at lysine 9 and recruitment of its binding partner heterochromatin protein 1 (HP1). A prevalent view of heterochromatic silencing is that these and associated factors lead to chromatin compaction, resulting in steric exclusion of regulatory proteins such as RNA polymerase from the underlying DNA...
July 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619818/antagonistic-regulation-of-the-second-mitotic-wave-by-eyes-absent-sine-oculis-and-combgap-coordinates-proliferation-and-specification-in-the-drosophila-retina
#17
Trevor L Davis, Ilaria Rebay
The transition from proliferation to specification is fundamental to the development of appropriately patterned tissues. In the developing Drosophila eye, Eyes absent (Eya) and Sine oculis (So) orchestrate the progression of progenitor cells from asynchronous cell division to G1 arrest and neuronal specification at the morphogenetic furrow. Here, we uncover a novel role for Eya and So in promoting cell cycle exit in the Second Mitotic Wave (SMW), a synchronized, terminal cell division that occurs several hours after passage of the furrow...
June 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615282/maternal-haploid-a-metalloprotease-enriched-at-the-largest-satellite-repeat-and-essential-for-genome-integrity-in-drosophila-embryos
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Xiaona Tang, Jingguo Cao, Liang Zhang, Yingzi Huang, Qianyi Zhang, Yikang S Rong
The incorporation of the paternal genome into the zygote during fertilization requires chromatin remodeling. The maternal haploid (mh) mutation in Drosophila affects this process and leads to the formation of haploid embryos without the paternal genome. mh encodes the Drosophila homolog of SPRTN, a conserved protease essential for resolving DNA-protein cross-linked products. Here we characterize the role of MH in genome maintenance. It is not understood how MH protects the paternal genome during fertilization particularly in lights of our finding that MH is present in both parental pro-nuclei during zygote formation...
June 14, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592698/a-screening-of-unf-targets-identifies-rnb-a-novel-regulator-of-drosophila-circadian-rhythms
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Anatoly Kozlov, Edouard Jaumouillé, Pedro Machado Almeida, Rafael Koch, Joseph Rodriguez, Katherine C Abruzzi, Emi Nagoshi
Behavioral circadian rhythms are controlled by multi-oscillator networks comprising functionally different subgroups of clock neurons. Studies have demonstrated that molecular clocks in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster are regulated differently in clock neuron subclasses to support their specific functions (Lee et al., 2016; Top et al., 2016). The nuclear receptor unfulfilled (unf) represents a regulatory node that provides the small ventral Lateral Neurons (s-LNvs) unique characteristics as the master pacemaker (Beuchle et al...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588035/control-of-a-novel-spermatocyte-promoting-factor-by-the-male-germline-sex-determination-factor-phf7-of-drosophila-melanogaster
#20
Shu Yuan Yang, Yi-Chieh Chang, Yu Hsin Wan, Cale Whitworth, Ellen M Baxter, Shekerah Primus, Haiwei Pi, Mark Van Doren
A key aspect of germ cell development is to establish germline sexual identity and initiate a sex-specific developmental program to promote spermatogenesis or oogenesis. Previously, we have identified the histone reader Plant Homeodomain Finger 7 (PHF7) as an important regulator of male germline identity. To understand how PHF7 directs sexual differentiation of the male germline, we investigated the downstream targets of PHF7 by combining transcriptome analyses, which reveal genes regulated by Phf7, with genomic profiling of histone H3K4me2, the chromatin mark that is bound by PHF7...
June 6, 2017: Genetics
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