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Tissue specific gene network

Fırat Kurt, Ertugrul Filiz
Iron (Fe) is an essential element for plant life. Its deficiency impedes growth and development and excessive iron can cause the toxic effect via the Fenton reaction. Thus, plants have developed various mechanisms to acquire, distribute and utilize Fe for the maintenance of their iron homeostasis at cellular and systemic levels. A basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor family plays essential roles in many regulatory and development processes in plants. In this study, we aimed to understand the roles of bHLH38, bHLH39, bHLH100 and bHLH101 genes for Fe homeostasis in Arabidopsis, tomato, rice, soybean and maize species by using bioinformatics approaches...
March 15, 2018: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
Julie E Maguire, Aakarsha Pandey, Yushi Wu, Anna Di Gregorio
Ascidian embryos have been employed as model systems for studies of developmental biology for well over a century, owing to their desirable blend of experimental advantages, which include their rapid development, traceable cell lineage, and evolutionarily conserved morphogenetic movements. Two decades ago, the development of a streamlined electroporation method drastically reduced the time and cost of transgenic experiments, and, along with the elucidation of the complete genomic sequences of several ascidian species, propelled these simple chordates to the forefront of the model organisms available for studies of regulation of gene expression...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Libing Shen, Qili Shi, Wenyuan Wang
The role of genetic components in cancer development is an area of interest for cancer biologists in general. Intriguingly, some genes have both oncogenic and tumor-suppressor functions. In this study, we systematically identified these genes through database search and text mining. We find that most of them are transcription factors or kinases and exhibit dual biological functions, e.g., that they both positively and negatively regulate transcription in cells. Some cancer types such as leukemia are over-represented by them, whereas some common cancer types such as lung cancer are under-represented by them...
March 13, 2018: Oncogenesis
Darren A Cusanovich, James P Reddington, David A Garfield, Riza M Daza, Delasa Aghamirzaie, Raquel Marco-Ferreres, Hannah A Pliner, Lena Christiansen, Xiaojie Qiu, Frank J Steemers, Cole Trapnell, Jay Shendure, Eileen E M Furlong
Understanding how gene regulatory networks control the progressive restriction of cell fates is a long-standing challenge. Recent advances in measuring gene expression in single cells are providing new insights into lineage commitment. However, the regulatory events underlying these changes remain unclear. Here we investigate the dynamics of chromatin regulatory landscapes during embryogenesis at single-cell resolution. Using single-cell combinatorial indexing assay for transposase accessible chromatin with sequencing (sci-ATAC-seq), we profiled chromatin accessibility in over 20,000 single nuclei from fixed Drosophila melanogaster embryos spanning three landmark embryonic stages: 2-4 h after egg laying (predominantly stage 5 blastoderm nuclei), when each embryo comprises around 6,000 multipotent cells; 6-8 h after egg laying (predominantly stage 10-11), to capture a midpoint in embryonic development when major lineages in the mesoderm and ectoderm are specified; and 10-12 h after egg laying (predominantly stage 13), when each of the embryo's more than 20,000 cells are undergoing terminal differentiation...
March 14, 2018: Nature
Godwin Sokpor, Eman Abbas, Joachim Rosenbusch, Jochen F Staiger, Tran Tuoc
The postnatal mammalian olfactory epithelium (OE) represents a major aspect of the peripheral olfactory system. It is a pseudostratified tissue that originates from the olfactory placode and is composed of diverse cells, some of which are specialized receptor neurons capable of transducing odorant stimuli to afford the perception of smell (olfaction). The OE is known to offer a tractable miniature model for studying the systematic generation of neurons and glia that typify neural tissue development. During OE development, stem/progenitor cells that will become olfactory sensory neurons and/or non-neuronal cell types display fine spatiotemporal expression of neuronal and non-neuronal genes that ensures their proper proliferation, differentiation, survival, and regeneration...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Mather A Khan, Norma A Castro-Guerrero, Samuel A McInturf, Nga T Nguyen, Ashley N Dame, Jiaojiao Wang, Rebecca K Bindbeutel, Trupti Joshi, Silvia S Jurisson, Dmitri A Nusinow, David G Mendoza-Cozatl
The OLIGOPEPTIDE TRANSPORTER 3 (OPT3) has recently been identified as a component of the systemic network mediating iron (Fe) deficiency responses in Arabidopsis. Reduced expression of OPT3 induces an over accumulation of Fe in roots and leaves, due in part by an elevated expression of the IRON-REGULATED TRANSPORTER 1 (IRT1). Here we show however, that opt3 leaves display a transcriptional program consistent with an Fe overload, suggesting that Fe excess is properly sensed in opt3 leaves and that the OPT3-mediated shoot-to-root signaling is critical to prevent a systemic Fe overload...
March 8, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
Martin Becker, Paolo Devanna, Simon E Fisher, Sonja C Vernes
Mutations of the FOXP2 gene cause a severe speech and language disorder, providing a molecular window into the neurobiology of language. Individuals with FOXP2 mutations have structural and functional alterations affecting brain circuits that overlap with sites of FOXP2 expression, including regions of the cortex, striatum, and cerebellum. FOXP2 displays complex patterns of expression in the brain, as well as in non-neuronal tissues, suggesting that sophisticated regulatory mechanisms control its spatio-temporal expression...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Anita Tripathi, Kavita Goswami, Manish Tiwari, Sunil K Mukherjee, Neeti Sanan-Mishra
Increasing incidence of viral infections in crop plants adversely affects their growth and yield. Tomato ( Solanum lycopersicum ) is considered to be a favorite host for viruses with over 50 species of begomoviruses naturally infecting this crop. Tomato leaf curl virus (ToLCV) is among the most widespread and devastating begomoviruses affecting tomato production. microRNAs (miRs) have been established as key regulators of gene expression and plant development. The miR pathways are disturbed during infection by viruses...
March 2018: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
Pedro Santos E Sousa, Séverine Ciré, Thomas Conlan, Laura Jardine, Claire Tkacz, Ivana R Ferrer, Cara Lomas, Sophie Ward, Heather West, Simone Dertschnig, Sven Blobner, Terry K Means, Stephen Henderson, Daniel H Kaplan, Matthew Collin, Vincent Plagnol, Clare L Bennett, Ronjon Chakraverty
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a life-threatening complication of allogeneic stem cell transplantation induced by the influx of donor-derived effector T cells (TE) into peripheral tissues. Current treatment strategies rely on targeting systemic T cells; however, the precise location and nature of instructions that program TE to become pathogenic and trigger injury are unknown. We therefore used weighted gene coexpression network analysis to construct an unbiased spatial map of TE differentiation during the evolution of GVHD and identified wide variation in effector programs in mice and humans according to location...
March 8, 2018: JCI Insight
Mickael Orgeur, Marvin Martens, Georgeta Leonte, Sonya Nassari, Marie-Ange Bonnin, Stefan T Börno, Bernd Timmermann, Jochen Hecht, Delphine Duprez, Sigmar Stricker
Connective tissues support organs and play crucial roles in development, homeostasis and fibrosis, yet our understanding of their formation is still limited. To gain insight into the molecular mechanisms of connective tissue specification, we selected five zinc finger transcription factors - OSR1, OSR2, EGR1, KLF2 and KLF4 - based on their expression patterns and/or known involvement in connective tissue subtype differentiation. RNA-seq and ChIP-seq profiling revealed a set of common genes regulated by all five transcription factors, which we propose as connective tissue core expression set...
March 6, 2018: Development
Andreas Lamkowski, Matthias Kreitlow, Jörg Radunz, Martin Willenbockel, Frank Sabath, Winfried Schuhn, Marcus Stiemer, Lars Ole Fichte, Michael Dudzinski, Sebastian Böhmelt, Reinhard Ullmann, Matthäus Majewski, Valeria Franchini, Stefan Ede, Alexis Rump, Matthias Port, Michael Abend
Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) are a basic requirement of modern wireless communication technology. Statutory thresholds of RF-EMF are established to limit relevant additional heat supply in human tissue. Nevertheless, to date, questions concerning nonthermal biological effects have yet to be fully addressed. New versions of microarrays (8 × 60K v2) provide a higher resolution of whole genome gene expression to display adaptive processes in cells after irradiation. In this ex vivo/ in vitro study, we irradiated peripheral blood cells from five donors with a continuous wave of 900 MHz RF-EMF for 0, 30, 60 and 90 min...
March 6, 2018: Radiation Research
Jiyoun Yeo, Diego A Morales, Tian Chen, Erin L Crawford, Xiaolu Zhang, Thomas M Blomquist, Albert M Levin, Pierre P Massion, Douglas A Arenberg, David E Midthun, Peter J Mazzone, Steven D Nathan, Ronald J Wainz, Patrick Nana-Sinkam, Paige F S Willey, Taylor J Arend, Karanbir Padda, Shuhao Qiu, Alexei Federov, Dawn-Alita R Hernandez, Jeffrey R Hammersley, Youngsook Yoon, Fadi Safi, Sadik A Khuder, James C Willey
BACKGROUND: There is a need for more powerful methods to identify low-effect SNPs that contribute to hereditary COPD pathogenesis. We hypothesized that SNPs contributing to COPD risk through cis-regulatory effects are enriched in genes comprised by bronchial epithelial cell (BEC) expression patterns associated with COPD. METHODS: To test this hypothesis, normal BEC specimens were obtained by bronchoscopy from 60 subjects: 30 subjects with COPD defined by spirometry (FEV1/FVC < 0...
March 5, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Jalal K Siddiqui, Elizabeth Baskin, Mingrui Liu, Carmen Z Cantemir-Stone, Bofei Zhang, Russell Bonneville, Joseph P McElroy, Kevin R Coombes, Ewy A Mathé
BACKGROUND: Integration of transcriptomic and metabolomic data improves functional interpretation of disease-related metabolomic phenotypes, and facilitates discovery of putative metabolite biomarkers and gene targets. For this reason, these data are increasingly collected in large (> 100 participants) cohorts, thereby driving a need for the development of user-friendly and open-source methods/tools for their integration. Of note, clinical/translational studies typically provide snapshot (e...
March 5, 2018: BMC Bioinformatics
Lu-Lu Fu, Ying Xu, Dan-Dan Li, Xiao-Wei Dai, Xin Xu, Jing-Shun Zhang, Hao Ming, Xue-Ying Zhang, Guo-Qing Zhang, Ya-Lan Ma, Lian-Wen Zheng
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders in reproductive-aged women. However, the exact pathophysiology of PCOS remains largely unclear. We performed deep sequencing to investigate the mRNA and long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) expression profiles in the ovarian tissues of letrozole-induced PCOS rat model and control rats. A total of 2147 mRNAs and 158 lncRNAs were differentially expressed between the PCOS models and control. Gene ontology analysis indicated that differentially expressed mRNAs were associated with biological adhesion, reproduction, and metabolic process...
March 2, 2018: Gene
Estelle Lecluze, Bernard Jégou, Antoine D Rolland, Frédéric Chalmel
The testis plays a central role in the male reproductive system - secreting several hormones including male steroids and producing male gametes. A complex and coordinated molecular program is required for the proper differentiation of testicular cell types and maintenance of their functions in adulthood. The testicular transcriptome displays the highest levels of complexity and specificity across all tissues in a wide range of species. Many studies have used high-throughput sequencing technologies to define the molecular dynamics and regulatory networks in the testis as well as to identify novel genes or gene isoforms expressed in this organ...
March 1, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Xiao Huang, Pascale Anderle, Lu Hostettler, Marc U Baumann, Daniel V Surbek, Edgar C Ontsouka, Christiane Albrecht
BACKGROUND: Gestational disorders such as intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and pre-eclampsia (PE) are main causes of poor perinatal outcomes worldwide. Both diseases are related with impaired materno-fetal nutrient transfer, but the crucial transport mechanisms underlying IUGR and PE are not fully elucidated. In this study, we aimed to identify membrane transporters highly associated with transplacental nutrient deficiencies in IUGR/PE. RESULTS: In silico analyses on the identification of differentially expressed nutrient transporters were conducted using seven eligible microarray datasets (from Gene Expression Omnibus), encompassing control and IUGR/PE placental samples...
March 2, 2018: BMC Genomics
J Kenneth Baillie, Andrew Bretherick, Christopher S Haley, Sara Clohisey, Alan Gray, Lucile P A Neyton, Jeffrey Barrett, Eli A Stahl, Albert Tenesa, Robin Andersson, J Ben Brown, Geoffrey J Faulkner, Marina Lizio, Ulf Schaefer, Carsten Daub, Masayoshi Itoh, Naoto Kondo, Timo Lassmann, Jun Kawai, Damian Mole, Vladimir B Bajic, Peter Heutink, Michael Rehli, Hideya Kawaji, Albin Sandelin, Harukazu Suzuki, Jack Satsangi, Christine A Wells, Nir Hacohen, Thomas C Freeman, Yoshihide Hayashizaki, Piero Carninci, Alistair R R Forrest, David A Hume
Genetic variants underlying complex traits, including disease susceptibility, are enriched within the transcriptional regulatory elements, promoters and enhancers. There is emerging evidence that regulatory elements associated with particular traits or diseases share similar patterns of transcriptional activity. Accordingly, shared transcriptional activity (coexpression) may help prioritise loci associated with a given trait, and help to identify underlying biological processes. Using cap analysis of gene expression (CAGE) profiles of promoter- and enhancer-derived RNAs across 1824 human samples, we have analysed coexpression of RNAs originating from trait-associated regulatory regions using a novel quantitative method (network density analysis; NDA)...
March 1, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
Oshrat Hershkovitz-Rokah, Polina Geva, Mali Salmon-Divon, Ofer Shpilberg, Stella Liberman-Aronov
MicroRNAs (miRs) are short non-coding regulatory RNAs that control gene expression at the post-transcriptional level and play an important role in cancer development and progression, acting either as oncogenes or as tumor suppressors. Identification of aberrantly expressed miRs in patients with hematological malignancies as compared to healthy individuals has suggested that these molecules may serve as novel clinical diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers. We conducted a systematic literature review of articles published between 2007 and 2017 and re-analyzed experimentally-validated human miR expression signatures in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and follicular lymphoma (FL) from various biological sources (tumor tissue, peripheral blood, bone marrow and cell lines)...
January 30, 2018: Oncotarget
Arleta K Skrzynska, Elisabetta Maiorano, Marco Bastaroli, Fatemeh Naderi, Jesús M Míguez, Gonzalo Martínez-Rodríguez, Juan M Mancera, Juan A Martos-Sitcha
The hypothalamus-pituitary-interrenal (HPI) and hypothalamus-sympathetic-chromaffin cell (HSC) axes are involved in the regulation of the stress response in teleost. In this regard, the activation of a complex network of endocrine players is needed, including corticotrophin-releasing hormone (Crh), Crh binding protein (Crhbp), proopiomelanocortin (Pomc), thyrotropin-releasing hormone (Trh), arginine vasotocin (Avt), and isotocin (It) to finally produce pleiotropic functions. We aimed to investigate, using the gilthead sea bream ( Sparus aurata ) as a biological model, the transcriptomic response of different endocrine factors ( crh, crhbp, pomc s, trh ), neuropeptides ( avt and it ), and their specific receptors ( avtrv1a, avtrv2 , and itr ) in four important target tissues (hypothalamus, pituitary, kidney and liver), after an acute stress situation...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Laura Palanker Musselman, Jill L Fink, Ezekiel J Maier, Jared A Gatto, Michael R Brent, Thomas J Baranski
Insulin resistance is associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and type 2 diabetes. These complications are exacerbated by a high-calorie diet, which we used to model type 2 diabetes in Drosophila melanogaster Our studies focused on the fat body, an adipose- and liver-like tissue that stores fat and maintains circulating glucose. A gene regulatory network was constructed to predict potential regulators of insulin signaling in this tissue. Genomic characterization of fat bodies suggested a central role for the transcription factor Seven-up (Svp)...
February 27, 2018: Genetics
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