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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515901/experimental-identification-and-computational-characterization-of-a-novel-extracellular-metalloproteinase-produced-by-clostridium-sordellii
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Michael J Aldape, Aoxiang Tao, Dustin D Heeney, Eric R McIndoo, John M French, Dong Xu
Clostridium sordellii is a lethal pathogen for both animals and humans. Severe capillary leakage, toxic shock syndrome, and an extreme leukemoid reaction (LR), are hallmark features of C. sordellii infections and contribute to its high mortality rate. Here we report the discovery of a previously unknown and uncharacterized metalloproteinase of C. sordellii (referred as Mcs1) that cleaves human vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM)-1 in vitro, an adhesion molecule critical to hematopoietic precursor retention and leukocyte diapedesis...
March 2, 2017: RSC Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510289/genome-organization-during-the-cell-cycle-unity-in-division
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REVIEW
Rosela Golloshi, Jacob T Sanders, Rachel Patton McCord
During the cell cycle, the genome must undergo dramatic changes in structure, from a decondensed, yet highly organized interphase structure to a condensed, generic mitotic chromosome and then back again. For faithful cell division, the genome must be replicated and chromosomes and sister chromatids physically segregated from one another. Throughout these processes, there is feedback and tension between the information-storing role and the physical properties of chromosomes. With a combination of recent techniques in fluorescence microscopy, chromosome conformation capture (Hi-C), biophysical experiments, and computational modeling, we can now attribute mechanisms to many long-observed features of chromosome structure changes during cell division...
May 16, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506119/study-of-the-genetic-diversity-of-the-aflatoxin-biosynthesis-cluster-in-aspergillus-section-flavi-using-insertion-deletion-markers-in-peanut-seeds-from-georgia-usa
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Paola C Faustinelli, Edwin R Palencia, Victor S Sobolev, Bruce W Horn, Hank T Sheppard, Marshall C Lamb, Xinye M Wang, Brian E Scheffler, Jaime Martinez Castillo, Renée S Arias
Aflatoxins are among the most powerful carcinogens in nature. The major aflatoxin-producing fungi are Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus. Numerous crops, including peanut, are susceptible to aflatoxin contamination by these fungi. There has been an increased use of RNA interference (RNAi) technology to control phytopathogenic fungi in recent years. In order to develop molecular tools targeting specific genes of these fungi for the control of aflatoxins, it is necessary to obtain their genome sequences. Although high-throughput sequencing is readily available, it is still impractical to sequence the genome of every isolate...
April 12, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500402/identification-and-characterization-of-a-grain-micronutrient-related-osfro2-rice-gene-ortholog-from-micronutrient-rich-little-millet-panicum-sumatrense
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Girish Chandel, Mahima Dubey, Saurabh Gupta, Arun H Patil, A R Rao
Minor millets are considered as nutrient-rich cereals having significant effect in improving human health. In this study, a rice ortholog of Ferric Chelate Reductase (FRO2) gene involved in plant metal uptake has been identified in iron-rich Little millet (LM) using PCR and next generation sequencing-based strategy. FRO2 gene-specific primers designed from rice genome amplified 2.7 Kb fragment in LM genotype RLM-37. Computational genomics analyses of the sequenced amplicon showed high level sequence similarity with rice OsFRO2 gene...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497793/image-guided-genomics-of-phenotypically-heterogeneous-populations-reveals-vascular-signalling-during-symbiotic-collective-cancer-invasion
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J Konen, E Summerbell, B Dwivedi, K Galior, Y Hou, L Rusnak, A Chen, J Saltz, W Zhou, L H Boise, P Vertino, L Cooper, K Salaita, J Kowalski, A I Marcus
Phenotypic heterogeneity is widely observed in cancer cell populations. Here, to probe this heterogeneity, we developed an image-guided genomics technique termed spatiotemporal genomic and cellular analysis (SaGA) that allows for precise selection and amplification of living and rare cells. SaGA was used on collectively invading 3D cancer cell packs to create purified leader and follower cell lines. The leader cell cultures are phenotypically stable and highly invasive in contrast to follower cultures, which show phenotypic plasticity over time and minimally invade in a sheet-like pattern...
May 12, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490289/combating-mutations-in-genetic-disease-and-drug-resistance-understanding-molecular-mechanisms-to-guide-drug-design
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Amanda T S Albanaz, Carlos H M Rodrigues, Douglas E V Pires, David B Ascher
Mutations introduce diversity into genomes, leading to selective changes and driving evolution. These changes have contributed to the emergence of many of the current major health concerns of the 21st century, from the development of genetic diseases and cancers to the rise and spread of drug resistance. The experimental systematic testing of all mutations in a system of interest is impractical and not cost-effective, which has created interest in the development of computational tools to understand the molecular consequences of mutations to aid and guide rational experimentation...
June 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485713/super-resolution-imaging-of-a-2-5-kb-non-repetitive-dna-in-situ-in-the-nuclear-genome-using-molecular-beacon-probes
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Yanxiang Ni, Bo Cao, Tszshan Ma, Gang Niu, Yingdong Huo, Jiandong Huang, Danni Chen, Yi Liu, Bin Yu, Michael Q Zhang, Hanben Niu
High-resolution visualization of short non-repetitive DNA in situ in the nuclear genome is essential for studying looping interactions and chromatin organization in single cells. Recent advances in fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) using Oligopaint probes have enabled super-resolution imaging of genomic domains with a resolution limit of 4.9 kb. To target shorter elements, we developed a simple FISH method that uses molecular beacon (MB) probes to facilitate the probe-target binding, while minimizing non-specific fluorescence...
May 9, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483054/a-novel-class-i-chitinase-from-hippophae-rhamnoides-indications-for-participating-in-ice-cbf-cold-stress-signaling-pathway
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Prakriti Kashyap, Renu Deswal
Plant chitinases are the members of PR (Pathogenesis related) proteins family and protect plants from biotic and abiotic stress. A novel chitinase HrCHI1 (Accession number JQ289153) of 954bp ORF encoding 317 amino acids protein was cloned, expressed and characterized from seabuckthorn, a cold/freeze tolerant shrub. The 3D structure (predicted with I-TASSER server) showed highest homology with Oryza sativa class I chitinase (PDB 2dkvA). Putative promoter region (obtained by genome walking) showed GCC box, E-boxes, the binding site for bHLH proteins and DRE elements, the CBF (C-repeat binding factor) binding site besides TATA and CAAT boxes...
June 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479596/the-x-chromosome-in-space
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REVIEW
Teddy Jégu, Eric Aeby, Jeannie T Lee
Extensive 3D folding is required to package a genome into the tiny nuclear space, and this packaging must be compatible with proper gene expression. Thus, in the well-hierarchized nucleus, chromosomes occupy discrete territories and adopt specific 3D organizational structures that facilitate interactions between regulatory elements for gene expression. The mammalian X chromosome exemplifies this structure-function relationship. Recent studies have shown that, upon X-chromosome inactivation, active and inactive X chromosomes localize to different subnuclear positions and adopt distinct chromosomal architectures that reflect their activity states...
June 2017: Nature Reviews. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475897/the-cohesin-release-factor-wapl-restricts-chromatin-loop-extension
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Judith H I Haarhuis, Robin H van der Weide, Vincent A Blomen, J Omar Yáñez-Cuna, Mario Amendola, Marjon S van Ruiten, Peter H L Krijger, Hans Teunissen, René H Medema, Bas van Steensel, Thijn R Brummelkamp, Elzo de Wit, Benjamin D Rowland
The spatial organization of chromosomes influences many nuclear processes including gene expression. The cohesin complex shapes the 3D genome by looping together CTCF sites along chromosomes. We show here that chromatin loop size can be increased and that the duration with which cohesin embraces DNA determines the degree to which loops are enlarged. Cohesin's DNA release factor WAPL restricts this loop extension and also prevents looping between incorrectly oriented CTCF sites. We reveal that the SCC2/SCC4 complex promotes the extension of chromatin loops and the formation of topologically associated domains (TADs)...
May 4, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471429/capturing-heterogeneity-single-cell-structures-of-the-3d-genome
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Elzo de Wit
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 4, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461134/insight-into-dynamic-genome-imaging-canonical-framework-identification-and-high-throughput-analysis
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Scott Ronquist, Walter Meixner, Indika Rajapakse, John Snyder
The human genome is dynamic in structure, complicating researcher's attempts at fully understanding it. Time series "Fluorescent in situ Hybridization" (FISH) imaging has increased our ability to observe genome structure, but due to cell type and experimental variability this data is often noisy and difficult to analyze. Furthermore, computational analysis techniques are needed for homolog discrimination and canonical framework detection, in the case of time-series images. In this paper we introduce novel ideas for nucleus imaging analysis, present findings extracted using dynamic genome imaging, and propose an objective algorithm for high-throughput, time-series FISH imaging...
April 29, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453644/traitrateprop-a-web-server-for-the-detection-of-trait-dependent-evolutionary-rate-shifts-in-sequence-sites
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Eli Levy Karin, Haim Ashkenazy, Susann Wicke, Tal Pupko, Itay Mayrose
Understanding species adaptation at the molecular level has been a central goal of evolutionary biology and genomics research. This important task becomes increasingly relevant with the constant rise in both genotypic and phenotypic data availabilities. The TraitRateProp web server offers a unique perspective into this task by allowing the detection of associations between sequence evolution rate and whole-organism phenotypes. By analyzing sequences and phenotypes of extant species in the context of their phylogeny, it identifies sequence sites in a gene/protein whose evolutionary rate is associated with shifts in the phenotype...
April 27, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451973/the-profunc-function-prediction-server
#14
Roman A Laskowski
The ProFunc web server is a tool for helping identify the function of a given protein whose 3D coordinates have been experimentally determined or homology modeled. It uses a cocktail of both sequence- and structure-based methods to identify matches to other proteins that may, in turn, suggest the query protein's most likely function. The server was originally developed to aid the worldwide structural genomics effort at the start of the millennium. It accepts a file containing the protein's 3D coordinates in PDB format, and, when processing is complete, sends an email containing a link to the password-protected result pages...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441456/genome-wide-association-study-of-facial-morphology-reveals-novel-associations-with-frem1-and-park2
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Myoung Keun Lee, John R Shaffer, Elizabeth J Leslie, Ekaterina Orlova, Jenna C Carlson, Eleanor Feingold, Mary L Marazita, Seth M Weinberg
Several studies have now shown evidence of association between common genetic variants and quantitative facial traits in humans. The reported associations generally involve simple univariate measures and likely represent only a small fraction of the genetic loci influencing facial morphology. In this study, we applied factor analysis to a set of 276 facial linear distances derived from 3D facial surface images of 2187 unrelated individuals of European ancestry. We retained 23 facial factors, which we then tested for genetic associations using a genome-wide panel of 10,677,593 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439858/circular-chromosome-conformation-capture-in-plants
#16
Stefan Grob
The study of nuclear architecture promises novel insights into genome function and regulation. Hereby, quantitative methods based on chromosome conformation capture (3C) revolutionized the field, as they allow accurate and unbiased characterization of 3D genome organization of genomic regions of interest. The choice of the appropriate 3C derivate is crucial to acquire results suited for a specific research question. Circular 3C (4C) is the method of choice to study the genome-wide 3D architecture of a specific genomic region of interest...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439259/increased-biological-activity-of-aneurinibacillus-migulanus-strains-correlates-with-the-production-of-new-gramicidin-secondary-metabolites
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Faizah N Alenezi, Imen Rekik, Ali Chenari Bouket, Lenka Luptakova, Hedda J Weitz, Mostafa E Rateb, Marcel Jaspars, Stephen Woodward, Lassaad Belbahri
The soil-borne gram-positive bacteria Aneurinibacillus migulanus strain Nagano shows considerable potential as a biocontrol agent against plant diseases. In contrast, A. migulanus NCTC 7096 proved less effective for inhibition of plant pathogens. Nagano strain exerts biocontrol activity against some gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, fungi and oomycetes through the production of gramicidin S (GS). Apart from the antibiotic effects, GS increases the rate of evaporation from the plant surface, reducing periods of surface wetness and thereby indirectly inhibiting spore germination...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436983/stable-polycomb-dependent-transgenerational-inheritance-of-chromatin-states-in-drosophila
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Filippo Ciabrelli, Federico Comoglio, Simon Fellous, Boyan Bonev, Maria Ninova, Quentin Szabo, Anne Xuéreb, Christophe Klopp, Alexei Aravin, Renato Paro, Frédéric Bantignies, Giacomo Cavalli
Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance (TEI) describes the transmission of alternative functional states through multiple generations in the presence of the same genomic DNA sequence. Very little is known about the principles and the molecular mechanisms governing this type of inheritance. Here, by transiently enhancing 3D chromatin interactions, we established stable and isogenic Drosophila epilines that carry alternative epialleles, as defined by differential levels of Polycomb-dependent trimethylation of histone H3 Lys27 (forming H3K27me3)...
April 24, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436944/active-and-poised-promoter-states-drive-folding-of-the-extended-hoxb-locus-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
#19
Mariano Barbieri, Sheila Q Xie, Elena Torlai Triglia, Andrea M Chiariello, Simona Bianco, Inês de Santiago, Miguel R Branco, David Rueda, Mario Nicodemi, Ana Pombo
Gene expression states influence the 3D conformation of the genome through poorly understood mechanisms. Here, we investigate the conformation of the murine HoxB locus, a gene-dense genomic region containing closely spaced genes with distinct activation states in mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells. To predict possible folding scenarios, we performed computer simulations of polymer models informed with different chromatin occupancy features that define promoter activation states or binding sites for the transcription factor CTCF...
April 24, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435001/hi-c-2-0-an-optimized-hi-c-procedure-for-high-resolution-genome-wide-mapping-of-chromosome-conformation
#20
Houda Belaghzal, Job Dekker, Johan H Gibcus
Chromosome conformation capture-based methods such as Hi-C have become mainstream techniques for the study of the 3D organization of genomes. These methods convert chromatin interactions reflecting topological chromatin structures into digital information (counts of pair-wise interactions). Here, we describe an updated protocol for Hi-C (Hi-C 2.0) that integrates recent improvements into a single protocol for efficient and high-resolution capture of chromatin interactions. This protocol combines chromatin digestion and frequently cutting enzymes to obtain kilobase (kb) resolution...
April 18, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
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