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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302792/propagation-of-polycomb-repressed-chromatin-requires-sequence-specific-recruitment-to-dna
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Friederike Laprell, Katja Finkl, Jürg Müller
Epigenetic inheritance models posit that during Polycomb repression, Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2) propagates histone H3K27 tri-methylation (H3K27me3) independently of DNA sequence. We show that insertion of Polycomb Response Element (PRE) DNA into the Drosophila genome creates extended domains of H3K27me3-modified nucleosomes in the flanking chromatin and causes repression of a linked reporter gene. After excision of PRE DNA, H3K27me3 nucleosomes become diluted with each round of DNA replication and reporter gene repression is lost, whereas in replication-stalled cells, H3K27me3 levels stay high and repression persists...
March 16, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296634/constitutive-scaffolding-of-multiple-wnt-enhanceosome-components-by-legless-bcl9
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Laurens M van Tienen, Juliusz Mieszczanek, Marc Fiedler, Trevor J Rutherford, Mariann Bienz
Wnt/β-catenin signaling elicits context-dependent transcription switches that determine normal development and oncogenesis. These are mediated by the Wnt enhanceosome, a multiprotein complex binding to the Pygo chromatin reader and acting through TCF/LEF-responsive enhancers. Pygo renders this complex Wnt-responsive, by capturing β-catenin via the Legless/BCL9 adaptor. We used CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering of Drosophila legless (lgs) and human BCL9 and B9L to show that the C-terminus downstream of their adaptor elements is crucial for Wnt responses...
March 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282436/regions-of-very-low-h3k27me3-partition-the-drosophila-genome-into-topological-domains
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Sherif El-Sharnouby, Bettina Fischer, Jose Paolo Magbanua, Benjamin Umans, Rosalyn Flower, Siew Woh Choo, Steven Russell, Robert White
It is now well established that eukaryote genomes have a common architectural organization into topologically associated domains (TADs) and evidence is accumulating that this organization plays an important role in gene regulation. However, the mechanisms that partition the genome into TADs and the nature of domain boundaries are still poorly understood. We have investigated boundary regions in the Drosophila genome and find that they can be identified as domains of very low H3K27me3. The genome-wide H3K27me3 profile partitions into two states; very low H3K27me3 identifies Depleted (D) domains that contain housekeeping genes and their regulators such as the histone acetyltransferase-containing NSL complex, whereas domains containing moderate-to-high levels of H3K27me3 (Enriched or E domains) are associated with regulated genes, irrespective of whether they are active or inactive...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247044/role-of-chromatin-modifications-in-drosophila-germline-stem-cell-differentiation
#4
Pooja Flora, Alicia McCarthy, Maitreyi Upadhyay, Prashanth Rangan
During Drosophila oogenesis, germline stem cells (GSCs) self-renew and differentiate to give rise to a mature egg. Self-renewal and differentiation of GSCs are regulated by both intrinsic mechanisms such as regulation of gene expression in the germ line and extrinsic signaling pathways from the surrounding somatic niche. Epigenetic mechanisms, including histone-modifying proteins, nucleosome remodeling complexes, and histone variants, play a critical role in regulating intrinsic gene expression and extrinsic signaling cues from the somatic niche...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245789/mechanisms-of-groucho-mediated-repression-revealed-by-genome-wide-analysis-of-groucho-binding-and-activity
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Michael Chambers, Wiam Turki-Judeh, Min Woo Kim, Kenny Chen, Sean D Gallaher, Albert J Courey
BACKGROUND: The transcriptional corepressor Groucho (Gro) is required for the function of many developmentally regulated DNA binding repressors, thus helping to define the gene expression profile of each cell during development. The ability of Gro to repress transcription at a distance together with its ability to oligomerize and bind to histones has led to the suggestion that Gro may spread along chromatin. However, much is unknown about the mechanism of Gro-mediated repression and about the dynamics of Gro targeting...
February 28, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211869/non-apoptotic-cell-death-in-animal-development
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REVIEW
Lena M Kutscher, Shai Shaham
Programmed cell death (PCD) is an important process in the development of multicellular organisms. Apoptosis, a form of PCD characterized morphologically by chromatin condensation, membrane blebbing, and cytoplasm compaction, and molecularly by the activation of caspase proteases, has been extensively investigated. Studies in Caenorhabditis elegans, Drosophila, mice, and the developing chick have revealed, however, that developmental PCD also occurs through other mechanisms, morphologically and molecularly distinct from apoptosis...
February 17, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209301/iswi-atp-dependent-remodeling-of-nucleoplasmic-%C3%AF-speckles-in-the-brain-of-drosophila-melanogaster
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Luca Lo Piccolo, Andrea Attardi, Rosa Bonaccorso, Lorenzo Li Greci, Giorgio Giurato, Antonia Maria Rita Ingrassia, Maria Cristina Onorati
Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoproteins (hnRNPs) belong to the RNA-binding proteins family. They are involved in processing heterogeneous nuclear RNAs (hnRNAs) into mature mRNAs. These proteins participate in every step of mRNA cycle, such as mRNA export, localization, translation, stability and alternative splicing. At least 14 major hnRNPs, which have structural and functional homologues in mammals, are expressed in Drosophila melanogaster. Until now, six of these hnRNPs are known to be nucleus-localized and associated with the long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) heat shock responsive ω (hsrω) in the omega speckle compartments (ω-speckles)...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207793/the-drosophila-speciation-factor-hmr-localizes-to-genomic-insulator-sites
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Thomas Andreas Gerland, Bo Sun, Pawel Smialowski, Andrea Lukacs, Andreas Walter Thomae, Axel Imhof
Hybrid incompatibility between Drosophila melanogaster and D. simulans is caused by a lethal interaction of the proteins encoded by the Hmr and Lhr genes. In D. melanogaster the loss of HMR results in mitotic defects, an increase in transcription of transposable elements and a deregulation of heterochromatic genes. To better understand the molecular mechanisms that mediate HMR's function, we measured genome-wide localization of HMR in D. melanogaster tissue culture cells by chromatin immunoprecipitation. Interestingly, we find HMR localizing to genomic insulator sites that can be classified into two groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196807/correction-microtubule-induced-nuclear-envelope-fluctuations-control-chromatin-dynamics-in-drosophila-embryos
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Bernhard Hampoelz, Yannick Azou-Gros, Roxane Fabre, Olga Markova, Pierre-Henri Puech, Thomas Lecuit
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196804/nipped-a-regulates-intestinal-stem-cell-proliferation-in-drosophila
#10
Helen Marie Tauc, Alpaslan Tasdogan, Patrick Meyer, Petra Pandur
Adult stem cells uphold a delicate balance between quiescent and active states, a deregulation of which can lead to age-associated diseases such as cancer. In Drosophila, intestinal stem cell (ISC) proliferation is tightly regulated and mis-regulation is detrimental to intestinal homeostasis. Various factors are known to govern ISC behavior; however, transcriptional changes in ISCs during aging are still unclear. RNA sequencing of young and old ISCs newly identified Nipped-A, a subunit of histone acetyltransferase complexes, as a regulator of ISC proliferation that is upregulated in old ISCs...
February 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196077/enhancer-of-polycomb-coordinates-multiple-signaling-pathways-to-promote-both-cyst-and-germline-stem-cell-differentiation-in-the-drosophila-adult-testis
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Lijuan Feng, Zhen Shi, Xin Chen
Stem cells reside in a particular microenvironment known as a niche. The interaction between extrinsic cues originating from the niche and intrinsic factors in stem cells determines their identity and activity. Maintenance of stem cell identity and stem cell self-renewal are known to be controlled by chromatin factors. Herein, we use the Drosophila adult testis which has two adult stem cell lineages, the germline stem cell (GSC) lineage and the cyst stem cell (CySC) lineage, to study how chromatin factors regulate stem cell differentiation...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179136/expression-purification-and-characterization-of-the-human-mta2-rbbp7-complex
#12
Christoffer Brasen, Jerzy Dorosz, Anders Wiuf, Thomas Boesen, Osman Mirza, Michael Gajhede
The repressive Nucleosome Remodeling and histone Deacetylation (NuRD) complex remodels the chromatin structure by coupling ATP-dependent remodeling activity with histone deacetylase function and plays important roles in regulating gene transcription, DNA damage repair and chromatin assembly. The complex is composed of six subunits: Metastasis Associated proteins MTA1/2/3 initially recruit histone chaperones RBBP4/7 followed by the histone deacetylases HDAC1/2 forming a core complex. Further association of the CpG-binding protein MBD2/3, p66α/β and the ATP-dependent helicase CDH3/4 constitutes the NuRD complex...
February 4, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143872/musashi-rna-binding-proteins-as-cancer-drivers-and-novel-therapeutic-targets
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Alexander E Kudinov, John Karanicolas, Erica A Golemis, Yanis Boumber
Aberrant gene expression that drives human cancer can arise from epigenetic dysregulation. While much attention has focused on altered activity of transcription factors and chromatin-modulating proteins, proteins that act post-transcriptionally can potently affect expression of oncogenic signaling proteins. The RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) Musashi-1 (MSI1) and Musashi-2 (MSI2) are emerging as regulators of multiple critical biological processes relevant to cancer initiation, progression, and drug resistance...
January 31, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116058/effects-of-temperature-on-transcriptome-and-cuticular-hydrocarbon-expression-in-ecologically-differentiated-populations-of-desert-drosophila
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William J Etges, Cássia C de Oliveira, Subhash Rajpurohit, Allen G Gibbs
We assessed the effects of temperature differences on gene expression using whole-transcriptome microarrays and cuticular hydrocarbon variation in populations of cactophilic Drosophila mojavensis. Four populations from Baja California and mainland Mexico and Arizona were each reared on two different host cacti, reared to sexual maturity on laboratory media, and adults were exposed for 12 hr to 15, 25, or 35°C. Temperature differences influenced the expression of 3,294 genes, while population differences and host plants affected >2,400 each in adult flies...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115720/drosophila-larvae-synthesize-the-putative-oncometabolite-l-2-hydroxyglutarate-during-normal-developmental-growth
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Hongde Li, Geetanjali Chawla, Alexander J Hurlburt, Maria C Sterrett, Olga Zaslaver, James Cox, Jonathan A Karty, Adam P Rosebrock, Amy A Caudy, Jason M Tennessen
L-2-hydroxyglutarate (L-2HG) has emerged as a putative oncometabolite that is capable of inhibiting enzymes involved in metabolism, chromatin modification, and cell differentiation. However, despite the ability of L-2HG to interfere with a broad range of cellular processes, this molecule is often characterized as a metabolic waste product. Here, we demonstrate that Drosophila larvae use the metabolic conditions established by aerobic glycolysis to both synthesize and accumulate high concentrations of L-2HG during normal developmental growth...
February 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108836/smad-dependent-signaling-plays-a-detrimental-role-in-a-fly-model-of-smarcb1-deficiency-and-the-biology-of-atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumors
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Astrid Jeibmann, Jacqueline Schulz, Kristin Eikmeier, Pascal D Johann, Katharina Thiel, Isabel Tegeder, Oliver Ambrée, Michael C Frühwald, Stefan M Pfister, Marcel Kool, Werner Paulus, Martin Hasselblatt
Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors (ATRT) are highly malignant brain tumors arising in young children. The majority of ATRT is characterized by inactivation of the chromatin remodeling complex member SMARCB1 (INI1/hSNF5). Little is known, however, on downstream pathways involved in the detrimental effects of SMARCB1 deficiency which might also represent targets for treatment. Using Drosophila melanogaster and the Gal4-UAS system, modifier screens were performed in order to identify the role of SMAD dependent signaling in the lethal phenotype associated with knockdown of snr1, the fly homolog of SMARCB1...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092459/toward-high-throughput-and-multiplexed-imaging-of-genome-organization
#17
Eric F Joyce
Dr. Eric Joyce from the Department of Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania was awarded The President's Innovation award at the annual Society of Biomolecular Imaging and Informatics meeting held in Boston, September 2016. Chromosome interactions are a fundamental aspect of nuclear organization that can activate and silence genes or even direct chromosome rearrangements. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying how chromosomal segments find each other and form stable interactions within cells remain unknown...
January 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087276/drosophila-argonaute2-turnover-is-regulated-by-the-ubiquitin-proteasome-pathway
#18
Madoka Chinen, Elissa P Lei
Argonaute (AGO) proteins play a central role in the RNA interference (RNAi) pathway, which is a cytoplasmic mechanism important for post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. In Drosophila, AGO2 also functions in the nucleus to regulate chromatin insulator activity and transcription. Although there are a number of studies focused on AGO2 function, the regulation of AGO2 turnover is not well understood. We found that mutation of T1149 or R1158 in the conserved PIWI domain causes AGO2 protein instability, but only T1149 affects RNAi activity...
February 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077616/different-modes-of-enhancer-specific-regulation-by-runt-and-even-skipped-during-drosophila-segmentation
#19
Saiyu Hang, J Peter Gergen
The initial metameric expression of the Drosophila sloppy paired 1 (slp1) gene is controlled by two distinct cis-regulatory DNA elements that interact in a nonadditive manner to integrate inputs from transcription factors encoded by the pair-rule segmentation genes. We performed chromatin immunoprecipitation on reporter genes containing these elements in different embryonic genotypes to investigate the mechanism of their regulation. The distal early stripe element (DESE) mediates both activation and repression by Runt...
March 1, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076810/dna-occupancy-of-polymerizing-transcription-factors-a-chemical-model-of-the-ets-family-factor-yan
#20
C Matthew Hope, Ilaria Rebay, John Reinitz
Transcription factors use both protein-DNA and protein-protein interactions to assemble appropriate complexes to regulate gene expression. Although most transcription factors operate as monomers or dimers, a few, including the E26 transformation-specific family repressors Drosophila melanogaster Yan and its human homolog TEL/ETV6, can polymerize. Although polymerization is required for both the normal and oncogenic function of Yan and TEL/ETV6, the mechanisms by which it influences the recruitment, organization, and stability of transcriptional complexes remain poorly understood...
January 10, 2017: Biophysical Journal
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