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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096526/telomeres-in-cancer-tumour-suppression-and-genome-instability
#1
John Maciejowski, Titia de Lange
The shortening of human telomeres has two opposing effects during cancer development. On the one hand, telomere shortening can exert a tumour-suppressive effect through the proliferation arrest induced by activating the kinases ATM and ATR at unprotected chromosome ends. On the other hand, loss of telomere protection can lead to telomere crisis, which is a state of extensive genome instability that can promote cancer progression. Recent data, reviewed here, provide new evidence for the telomere tumour suppressor pathway and has revealed that telomere crisis can induce numerous cancer-relevant changes, including chromothripsis, kataegis and tetraploidization...
January 18, 2017: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096444/single-molecule-fret-rosetta-reveals-rna-structural-rearrangements-during-human-telomerase-catalysis
#2
Joseph W Parks, Kalli Kappel, Rhiju Das, Michael D Stone
Maintenance of telomeres by telomerase permits continuous proliferation of rapidly dividing cells, including the majority of human cancers. Despite its direct biomedical significance, the architecture of the human telomerase complex remains unknown. Generating homogeneous telomerase samples has presented a significant barrier to developing improved structural models. Here we pair single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (smFRET) measurements with Rosetta modeling to map the conformations of the essential telomerase RNA core domain within the active ribonucleoprotein...
February 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095086/retinal-findings-and-a-novel-tinf2-mutation-in-revesz-syndrome-clinical-and-molecular-correlations-with-pediatric-retinal-vasculopathies
#3
Mrinali P Gupta, Katherine E Talcott, David Y Kim, Suneet Agarwal, Shizuo Mukai
BACKGROUND: Revesz syndrome is a telomere disorder in the dyskeratosis congenita (DKC) spectrum characterized by exudative retinopathy, bone marrow failure, neuroradiographic abnormalities, and integumentary findings. MATERIALS/METHODS: We report the ophthalmologic findings, documented by examinations under anesthesia with clinical photography and fluorescein angiography, as well as the systemic manifestations and genetic and molecular testing, in identical twins with Revesz syndrome, and compare and contrast these features to those of other pediatric retinal vasculopathies...
January 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094324/early-life-adversity-accelerates-cellular-ageing-and-affects-adult-inflammation-experimental-evidence-from-the-european-starling
#4
Daniel Nettle, Clare Andrews, Sophie Reichert, Tom Bedford, Claire Kolenda, Craig Parker, Carmen Martin-Ruiz, Pat Monaghan, Melissa Bateson
Early-life adversity is associated with accelerated cellular ageing during development and increased inflammation during adulthood. However, human studies can only establish correlation, not causation, and existing experimental animal approaches alter multiple components of early-life adversity simultaneously. We developed a novel hand-rearing paradigm in European starling nestlings (Sturnus vulgaris), in which we separately manipulated nutritional shortfall and begging effort for a period of 10 days. The experimental treatments accelerated erythrocyte telomere attrition and increased DNA damage measured in the juvenile period...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092835/effects-of-the-central-potassium-ions-on-the-g-quadruplex-and-stabilizer-binding
#5
Zhiguo Wang, Jun-Ping Liu
Human telomeres undertake the structure of intra-molecular parallel G-quadruplex in the presence of K(+) in eukaryotic cell. Stabilization of the telomere G-quadruplex represents a potential strategy to prevent telomere lengthening by telomerase in cancer therapy. Current work demonstrates that the binding of central K(+) with the parallel G-quadruplex is a coordinated water directed step-wise process. The K(+) above the top G-tetrad is prone to leak into environment and the 5'-adenine quickly flips over the top G-tetrad, leading to the bottom gate of G-tetrads as the only viable pathway of K(+) binding...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091603/repo-man-pp1-regulates-heterochromatin-formation-in-interphase
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Inês J de Castro, James Budzak, Maria L Di Giacinto, Lorena Ligammari, Ezgi Gokhan, Christos Spanos, Daniela Moralli, Christine Richardson, Jose I de Las Heras, Silvia Salatino, Eric C Schirmer, Katharine S Ullman, Wendy A Bickmore, Catherine Green, Juri Rappsilber, Sarah Lamble, Martin W Goldberg, Veronica Vinciotti, Paola Vagnarelli
Repo-Man is a protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) targeting subunit that regulates mitotic progression and chromatin remodelling. After mitosis, Repo-Man/PP1 remains associated with chromatin but its function in interphase is not known. Here we show that Repo-Man, via Nup153, is enriched on condensed chromatin at the nuclear periphery and at the edge of the nucleopore basket. Repo-Man/PP1 regulates the formation of heterochromatin, dephosphorylates H3S28 and it is necessary and sufficient for heterochromatin protein 1 binding and H3K27me3 recruitment...
January 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088627/the-telomere-binding-protein-trf2-is-required-for-metronomic-therapeutic-effects-of-gemcitabine-and-capecitabine
#7
Wei-Ping Lee, Keng-Hsin Lan, Chung-Pin Li, Yee Chao, Ming-Chih Hou, Han-Chieh Lin, Shou-Dong Lee
Gemcitabine and capecitabine are two effective anticancer agents against solid tumors. The pharmacological mechanisms have been known as incorporation into DNA and thereby inhibition of DNA synthesis. When used as metronomic chemotherapy, they may inhibit angiogenesis and induce immunity. In our previous study, we showed that low-dose gemcitabine caused telomere shortening by stabilizing TRF2 that was required for XPF-dependent telomere loss. In this report, we established a SKOV3.ip1 ascites cell model. Tumor-bearing mice were treated with low-dose gemcitabine (GEM) or capecitabine (CAP)...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088449/the-role-of-sumoylation-in-ageing-and-senescent-decline
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REVIEW
Andrea Princz, Nektarios Tavernarakis
Posttranslational protein modifications are playing crucial roles in essential cellular mechanisms. SUMOylation is a reversible posttranslational modification of specific target proteins by the attachment of a small ubiquitin-like protein. Although the mechanism of conjugation of SUMO to proteins is analogous to ubiquitination, it requires its own, specific set of enzymes. The consequences of SUMOylation are widely variable, depending on the physiological state of the cell and the attached SUMO isoform. Accumulating recent findings have revealed a prominent role of SUMOylation in molecular pathways that govern senescence and ageing...
January 11, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087374/what-stoichiometries-determined-by-mass-spectrometry-reveal-about-the-ligand-binding-mode-to-g-quadruplex-nucleic-acids
#9
Michael J Lecours, Adrien Marchand, Ahdia Anwar, Corinne Guetta, W Scott Hopkins, Valérie Gabelica
G-quadruplexes (G4s) have become important drug targets to regulate gene expression and telomere maintenance. Many studies on G4 ligand binding focus on determining the ligand binding affinities and selectivities. Ligands, however, can also affect the G4 conformation. Here we explain how to use electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) to monitor simultaneously ligand binding and cation binding stoichiometries. The changes in potassium binding stoichiometry upon ligand binding hint at ligand-induced conformational changes involving a modification of the number of G-quartets...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081238/genomic-organization-of-repetitive-dna-in-woodpeckers-aves-piciformes-implications-for-karyotype-and-zw-sex-chromosome-differentiation
#10
Thays Duarte de Oliveira, Rafael Kretschmer, Natasha Avila Bertocchi, Tiago Marafiga Degrandi, Edivaldo Herculano Corrêa de Oliveira, Marcelo de Bello Cioffi, Analía Del Valle Garnero, Ricardo José Gunski
Birds are characterized by a low proportion of repetitive DNA in their genome when compared to other vertebrates. Among birds, species belonging to Piciformes order, such as woodpeckers, show a relatively higher amount of these sequences. The aim of this study was to analyze the distribution of different classes of repetitive DNA-including microsatellites, telomere sequences and 18S rDNA-in the karyotype of three Picidae species (Aves, Piciformes)-Colaptes melanochloros (2n = 84), Colaptes campestris (2n = 84) and Melanerpes candidus (2n = 64)-by means of fluorescence in situ hybridization...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078514/the-molecular-basis-of-the-organization-of-repetitive-dna-containing-constitutive-heterochromatin-in-mammals
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REVIEW
Gohei Nishibuchi, Jérôme Déjardin
Constitutive heterochromatin is composed mainly of repetitive elements and represents the typical inert chromatin structure in eukaryotic cells. Approximately half of the mammalian genome is made of repeat sequences, such as satellite DNA, telomeric DNA, and transposable elements. As essential genes are not present in these regions, most of these repeat sequences were considered as junk DNA in the past. However, it is now clear that these regions are essential for chromosome stability and the silencing of neighboring genes...
January 11, 2017: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078335/dynamics-of-active-rouse-chains
#12
Dino Osmanović, Yitzhak Rabin
We consider how active forces modeled as non-thermal random noise affect the average dynamical properties of a Rouse polymer. As the power spectrum of the noise is not known we keep the analytical treatment as generic as possible and then present results for a few examples of active noise. We discuss the connection between our results and recent experimental studies of dynamics of labeled DNA telomeres in living cells, and propose new chromatin tracking experiments that will allow one to determine the statistical properties of the active forces associated with chromatin remodeling processes...
January 12, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076340/telomere-length-assessment-for-prediction-of-organ-transplantation-outcome-future-or-failure-a-review-of-the-literature
#13
Karolina Kłoda, Leszek Domański, Artur Mierzecki
Telomeres are located at each end of eukaryotic chromosomes. Their functional role is genomic stability maintenance. The protective role of telomeres depends on various factors, including number of nucleotides repeats, telomere-binding proteins, and telomerase activity. Organ transplantation is the preferred replacement therapy in the case of chronic kidney disease and the only possibility of sustaining recipients' life in the case of advanced liver failure. While the prevalence of acute rejection is constantly decreasing, prevention of transplanted organ long-term function loss is still challenging...
January 11, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074901/live-visualization-of-genomic-loci-with-bifc-tale
#14
Huan Hu, Hongmin Zhang, Sheng Wang, Miao Ding, Hui An, Yingping Hou, Xiaojing Yang, Wensheng Wei, Yujie Sun, Chao Tang
Tracking the dynamics of genomic loci is important for understanding the mechanisms of fundamental intracellular processes. However, fluorescent labeling and imaging of such loci in live cells have been challenging. One of the major reasons is the low signal-to-background ratio (SBR) of images mainly caused by the background fluorescence from diffuse full-length fluorescent proteins (FPs) in the living nucleus, hampering the application of live cell genomic labeling methods. Here, combining bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) and transcription activator-like effector (TALE) technologies, we developed a novel method for labeling genomic loci (BiFC-TALE), which largely reduces the background fluorescence level...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072696/cerebroretinal-microangiopathy-with-calcifications-and-cysts-a-case-report
#15
Wenrui Xu, Jiuliang Zhao, Yicheng Zhu, Weihong Zhang
RATIONAL: Cerebroretinal microangiopathy with calcifications and cysts (CRMCC) is believed to be an autosomal recessive genetic disease, with disorders in multisystem organs. Its characteristic neurological disorders manifested on neuroimaging are a triad of leukoencephalopathy, intracranial calcifications, and parenchymal cysts. In this paper, we report a CRMCC patient with multisystem involvement, focusing on the neuroimaging features, to get a better understanding of the rare disease and improve our diagnostic ability...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070333/corticosterone-inflammation-immune-status-and-telomere-length-in-frigatebird-nestlings-facing-a-severe-herpesvirus-infection
#16
Manrico Sebastiano, Marcel Eens, Frederic Angelier, Kévin Pineau, Olivier Chastel, David Costantini
Herpesvirus outbreaks are common in natural animal populations, but little is known about factors that favour the infection and its consequences for the organism. In this study, we examined the pathophysiological consequences of a disease probably attributable to herpesvirus infection for several markers of immune function, corticosterone, telomere length and inflammation. In addition, we assessed whether any markers used in this study might be associated with the occurrence of visible clinical signs of the disease and its impact on short-term survival perspectives...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068329/the-primacy-of-nf1-loss-as-the-driver-of-tumorigenesis-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-associated-plexiform-neurofibromas
#17
A Pemov, H Li, R Patidar, N F Hansen, S Sindiri, S W Hartley, J S Wei, A Elkahloun, S C Chandrasekharappa, J F Boland, S Bass, J C Mullikin, J Khan, B C Widemann, M R Wallace, D R Stewart
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a common tumor-predisposition disorder due to germline mutations in the tumor suppressor gene NF1. A virtually pathognomonic finding of NF1 is the plexiform neurofibroma (PN), a benign, likely congenital tumor that arises from bi-allelic inactivation of NF1. PN can undergo transformation to a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, an aggressive soft-tissue sarcoma. To better understand the non-NF1 genetic contributions to PN pathogenesis, we performed whole-exome sequencing, RNASeq profiling and genome-wide copy-number determination for 23 low-passage Schwann cell cultures established from surgical PN material with matching germline DNA...
January 9, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067869/clinical-and-biological-markers-of-premature-aging-after-autologous-sct-in-childhood-cancer
#18
A Vatanen, M Hou, T Huang, O Söder, T Jahnukainen, M Kurimo, T H Ojala, T Sarkola, M Turanlahti, U M Saarinen-Pihkala, K Jahnukainen
The aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence of frailty and physical health limitations among long-term survivors of high-risk neuroblastoma (HR NBL) and to investigate whether frail health is associated with variables of cardiovascular function, markers of inflammation and telomere length. A national study cohort of 19 (median age 22, range 16-30 years) long-term (>10 years) HR NBL survivors was studied and the findings were compared with 20 age- and sex-matched controls. Frailty was defined as ⩾3 of the following conditions: low muscle mass, low energy expenditure, slow running and weakness...
January 9, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067787/effects-of-replication-and-transcription-on-dna-structure-related-genetic-instability
#19
REVIEW
Guliang Wang, Karen M Vasquez
Many repetitive sequences in the human genome can adopt conformations that differ from the canonical B-DNA double helix (i.e., non-B DNA), and can impact important biological processes such as DNA replication, transcription, recombination, telomere maintenance, viral integration, transposome activation, DNA damage and repair. Thus, non-B DNA-forming sequences have been implicated in genetic instability and disease development. In this article, we discuss the interactions of non-B DNA with the replication and/or transcription machinery, particularly in disease states (e...
January 5, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065761/g-quadruplexes-unfolding-by-rhau-helicase
#20
Nassima Meriem Gueddouda, Oscar Mendoza, Dennis Gomez, Anne Bourdoncle, Jean-Louis Mergny
G-quadruplexes (G4) are RNA and DNA secondary structures formed by the stacking of guanine quartets in guanine rich sequences. Quadruplex-prone motifs may be found in key genomic regions such as telomeres, ribosomal DNA, transcriptional activators and regulators or oncogene promoters. A number of proteins involved in various biological processes are able to interact with G4s. Among them, proteins dedicated to nucleic acids unwinding such as WRN, BLM, FANCJ or PIF1, can unfold G4 structures. Mutations of these helicases are linked to genome instability and to increases in cancer risks...
January 5, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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