Read by QxMD icon Read


Herui Wang, Chi Zhang, Xiaowen Wang, Yaru Lian, Bin Guo, Miao Han, Xiaoe Zhang, Xiaoting Zhu, Sixian Xu, Zengli Guo, Yunli Bi, Qian Shen, Xiang Wang, Jiaojiao Liu, Yuan Zhuang, Ting Ni, Hong Xu, Xiaohui Wu
Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) are among the most common developmental defects in humans. Despite of several known CAKUT-related loci ( HNF1B , PAX2 , EYA1 , etc.), the genetic etiology of CAKUT remains to be elucidated for most patients. In this study, we report that disruption of the Holliday Junction resolvase gene Gen1 leads to renal agenesis, duplex kidney, hydronephrosis, and vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) in mice. GEN1 interacts with SIX1 and enhances the transcriptional activity of SIX1/EYA1, a key regulatory complex of the GDNF morphogen...
2018: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Rajvee Shah Punatar, Stephen C West
Holliday junctions provide a covalent link between recombining DNA molecules and need to be removed prior to chromosome segregation at mitosis. Defects in their resolution lead to mitotic catastrophe, characterized by the formation of DNA breaks and chromosome aberrations. Enzymes that resolve recombination intermediates have been identified in all forms of life, from bacteriophage, to bacteria, yeast, and humans. In higher eukaryotes, Holliday junctions are resolved by GEN1, a nuclease that is mechanistically similar to the prototypic resolvase Escherichia coli RuvC, and by the SMX trinuclease complex...
2018: Methods in Enzymology
Yijin Liu, Alasdair Freeman, Anne-Cécile Déclais, Anton Gartner, David M J Lilley
Four-way Holliday junctions in DNA are the central intermediates of genetic recombination and must be processed into regular duplex species. One mechanism for achieving this is called resolution, brought about by structure-selective nucleases. GEN1 is an important junction-resolving enzyme in eukaryotic cells, a member of the FEN1/EXO1 superfamily of nucleases. While human GEN1 is difficult to work with because of aggregation, orthologs from thermophilic fungi have been identified using bioinformatics and have proved to have excellent properties...
2018: Methods in Enzymology
Ying Wai Chan, Stephen C West
Successful chromosome segregation depends on the timely removal of DNA recombination and replication intermediates that interlink sister chromatids. These intermediates are acted upon by structure-selective endonucleases that promote incisions close to the junction point. GEN1, a member of the Rad2/XPG endonuclease family, was identified on the basis of its ability to cleave Holliday junction recombination intermediates. Resolution occurs by a nick and counter-nick mechanism in strands that are symmetrically related across the junction point, leading to the formation of ligatable nicked duplex products...
2018: Methods in Enzymology
Milorad Kojic, Mira Milisavljevic, William K Holloman
Cells maintain a small arsenal of resolving functions to process and eliminate complex DNA intermediates that result as a consequence of homologous recombination and distressed replication. Ordinarily the homologous recombination system serves as a high-fidelity mechanism to restore the integrity of a damaged genome, but in the absence of the appropriate resolving function it can turn DNA intermediates resulting from replication stress into pathological forms that are toxic to cells. Here we have investigated how the nucleases Mus81 and Gen1 and the helicase Blm contribute to survival after DNA damage or replication stress in Ustilago maydis cells with crippled yet homologous recombination-proficient forms of Brh2, the BRCA2 ortholog and primary Rad51 mediator...
February 2, 2018: DNA Repair
Stephen C West, Ying Wai Chan
The efficient processing of homologous recombination (HR) intermediates, which often contain four-way structures known as Holliday junctions (HJs), is required for proper chromosome segregation at mitosis. Eukaryotic cells possess three distinct pathways of resolution: (i) HJ dissolution mediated by BLM-topoisomerase IIIα-RMI1-RMI2 (BTR) complex, and HJ resolution catalyzed by either (ii) SLX1-SLX4-MUS81-EME1-XPF-ERCC1 (SMX complex) or (iii) GEN1. The BTR pathway acts at all times throughout the cell cycle, whereas the actions of SMX and GEN1 are restrained in S phase and become elevated late in the cell cycle to ensure the resolution of persistent recombination intermediates before mitotic division...
January 18, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
David S Khoury, Deborah Cromer, Trish Elliott, Megan S F Soon, Bryce S Thomas, Kylie R James, Shannon E Best, Rosemary A Aogo, Jessica A Engel, Kate H Gartlan, Jasmin Akter, Ismail Sebina, Ashraful Haque, Miles P Davenport
The artemisinins are the first-line therapy for severe and uncomplicated malaria, since they cause rapid declines in parasitemia after treatment. Despite this, in vivo mechanisms underlying this rapid decline remain poorly characterised. The overall decline in parasitemia is the net effect of drug inhibition of parasites and host clearance, which competes against any ongoing parasite proliferation. Separating these mechanisms in vivo was not possible through measurements of total parasitemia alone. Therefore, we employed an adoptive transfer approach in which C57BL/6J mice were transfused with Plasmodium berghei ANKA strain-infected, fluorescent red blood cells, and subsequently drug-treated...
December 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
Yu Guo, Lixian Shen, Xu Yao, Yang Liu, Yunmei Liu, Hongfei Chen, Ke Min, Xing Zheng
In this paper, the interaction of genistein (GEN) and its four derivatives (GEN1-4) with bovine serum albumin (BSA) were investigated by ultraviolet-visible absorption spectra, fluorescence, synchronous fluorescence, three-dimensional fluorescence spectroscopy, circular dichroism and molecular docking techniques. The experimental results showed that the intrinsic fluorescence of BSA was quenched by genisteins and was due to the formation of a genisteins-BSA complex. The quenching constant, binding constants, binding sites, intermolecular distances and thermodynamic properties were calculated at 298 K, 306 K and 310 K...
December 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
Jabari Calliste, Gongting Wu, Philip E Laganis, Derrek Spronk, Houman Jafari, Kyle Olson, Bo Gao, Yueh Z Lee, Otto Zhou, Jianping Lu
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to characterize a new generation stationary digital breast tomosynthesis system with higher tube flux and increased angular span over a first generation system. METHODS: The linear CNT x-ray source was designed, built, and evaluated to determine its performance parameters. The second generation system was then constructed using the CNT x-ray source and a Hologic gantry. Upon construction, test objects and phantoms were used to characterize system resolution as measured by the modulation transfer function (MTF), and artifact spread function (ASF)...
June 1, 2017: Medical Physics
Stephanie P Bellendir, Danielle J Rognstad, Lydia P Morris, Grzegorz Zapotoczny, William G Walton, Matthew R Redinbo, Dale A Ramsden, Jeff Sekelsky, Dorothy A Erie
Human GEN1 and yeast Yen1 are endonucleases with the ability to cleave Holliday junctions (HJs), which are proposed intermediates in recombination. In vivo, GEN1 and Yen1 function secondarily to Mus81, which has weak activity on intact HJs. We show that the genetic relationship is reversed in Drosophila, with Gen mutants having more severe defects than mus81 mutants. In vitro, DmGen, like HsGEN1, efficiently cleaves HJs, 5΄ flaps, splayed arms, and replication fork structures. We find that the cleavage rates for 5΄ flaps are significantly higher than those for HJs for both DmGen and HsGEN1, even in vast excess of enzyme over substrate...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Benoît Falquet, Ulrich Rass
DNA replication is mediated by a multi-protein complex known as the replisome. With the hexameric MCM (minichromosome maintenance) replicative helicase at its core, the replisome splits the parental DNA strands, forming replication forks (RFs), where it catalyses coupled leading and lagging strand DNA synthesis. While replication is a highly effective process, intrinsic and oncogene-induced replication stress impedes the progression of replisomes along chromosomes. As a consequence, RFs stall, arrest, and collapse, jeopardizing genome stability...
January 2, 2017: Microbial Cell
Aleida Song, Stuart Astbury, Abha Hoedl, Brent Nielsen, Michael E Symonds, Rhonda C Bell
The need to refine rodent models of human-related disease is now being recognized, in particular the rearing environment that can profoundly modulate metabolic regulation. Most studies on pregnancy and fetal development purchase and transport young females into the research facility, which after a short period of acclimation are investigated (Gen0). We demonstrate that female offspring (Gen1) show an exaggerated hyperinsulinemic response to pregnancy when fed a standard diet and with high fructose intake, which continues throughout pregnancy...
March 25, 2017: Nutrients
Pierre-Marie Dehé, Pierre-Henri L Gaillard
Structure-specific endonucleases (SSEs) have key roles in DNA replication, recombination and repair, and emerging roles in transcription. These enzymes have specificity for DNA secondary structure rather than for sequence, and therefore their activity must be precisely controlled to ensure genome stability. In this Review, we discuss how SSEs are controlled as part of genome maintenance pathways in eukaryotes, with an emphasis on the elaborate mechanisms that regulate the members of the major SSE families - including the xeroderma pigmentosum group F-complementing protein (XPF) and MMS and UV-sensitive protein 81 (MUS81)-dependent nucleases, and the flap endonuclease 1 (FEN1), XPG and XPG-like endonuclease 1 (GEN1) enzymes - during processes such as DNA adduct repair, Holliday junction processing and replication stress...
May 2017: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
Eva Malacaria, Annapaola Franchitto, Pietro Pichierri
SLX4 is a versatile protein serving as docking for multiple structure-specific endonucleases during DNA repair, however, little is known about its function at demised replication forks. Using RNAi or FA-P cells complemented with SLX4 mutants that abrogate interaction with MUS81 or SLX1, we show that SLX4 cooperates with MUS81 to introduce DSBs after replication stress but also counteracts pathological targeting of demised forks by GEN1. Such unexpected function of SLX4 is unrelated to interaction with endonucleases, but concerns the physical presence of the protein...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jun Xia, Li-Tzu Chen, Qian Mei, Chien-Hui Ma, Jennifer A Halliday, Hsin-Yu Lin, David Magnan, John P Pribis, Devon M Fitzgerald, Holly M Hamilton, Megan Richters, Ralf B Nehring, Xi Shen, Lei Li, David Bates, P J Hastings, Christophe Herman, Makkuni Jayaram, Susan M Rosenberg
DNA repair by homologous recombination (HR) underpins cell survival and fuels genome instability, cancer, and evolution. However, the main kinds and sources of DNA damage repaired by HR in somatic cells and the roles of important HR proteins remain elusive. We present engineered proteins that trap, map, and quantify Holliday junctions (HJs), a central DNA intermediate in HR, based on catalytically deficient mutant RuvC protein of Escherichia coli. We use RuvCDefGFP (RDG) to map genomic footprints of HR at defined DNA breaks in E...
November 2016: Science Advances
Rajvee Shah Punatar, Maria Jose Martin, Haley D M Wyatt, Ying Wai Chan, Stephen C West
Genetic recombination provides an important mechanism for the repair of DNA double-strand breaks. Homologous pairing and strand exchange lead to the formation of DNA intermediates, in which sister chromatids or homologous chromosomes are covalently linked by four-way Holliday junctions (HJs). Depending on the type of recombination reaction that takes place, intermediates may have single or double HJs, and their resolution is essential for proper chromosome segregation. In mitotic cells, double HJs are primarily dissolved by the BLM helicase-TopoisomeraseIIIα-RMI1-RMI2 (BTR) complex, whereas single HJs (and double HJs that have escaped the attention of BTR) are resolved by structure-selective endonucleases known as HJ resolvases...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Chong Wang, James D Higgins, Yi He, Pingli Lu, Dabing Zhang, Wanqi Liang
Yen1/GEN1 are canonical Holliday junction resolvases that belong to the RAD2/XPG family. In eukaryotes, such as budding yeast, mice, worms, and humans, Yen1/GEN1 work together with Mus81-Mms4/MUS81-EME1 and Slx1-Slx4/SLX1-SLX4 in DNA repair by homologous recombination to maintain genome stability. In plants, the biological function of Yen1/GEN1 remains largely unclear. In this study, we characterized the loss of function mutants of OsGEN1 and OsSEND1, a pair of paralogs of Yen1/GEN1 in rice (Oryza sativa). We first investigated the role of OsGEN1 during meiosis and found a reduction in chiasma frequency by ∼6% in osgen1 mutants, compared to the wild type, suggesting a possible involvement of OsGEN1 in the formation of crossovers...
February 2017: Plant Physiology
David M J Lilley
Holliday junction-resolving enzymes are nucleases that are highly specific for the structure of the junction, to which they bind in dimeric form. Two symmetrically disposed cleavages are made. These are not simultaneous, but the second cleavage is accelerated relative to the first, so ensuring that bilateral cleavage occurs during the lifetime of the DNA-protein complex. In eukaryotic cells there are two known junction-resolving activities. GEN1 is similar to enzymes from lower organisms. A crystallographic structure of a fungal GEN1 bound to the product of resolution has been determined...
April 2017: FEBS Letters
Xiaowen Wang, Herui Wang, Bin Guo, Ya Zhang, Yinv Gong, Chi Zhang, Hong Xu, Xiaohui Wu
Resolution of the Holliday junction (HJ) is essential for homologous recombination and DNA repair. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, HJ resolvase Yen1 and the Mus81-Mms4 complex are redundant in DNA damage repair. In cultured mammalian cells, such redundancy also exists between Yen1 ortholog GEN1 and the Mus81-Mms1 ortholog MUS81-EME1. In this report, we further tested if GEN1 and EME1 redundantly affect HJ-related physiological processes in mice. We found that combined homozygous mutations of Gen1 and Eme1 led to synthetic lethality during early embryonic stages...
October 2016: DNA and Cell Biology
Yunlu Wu, Ying Qian, Guozhong Zhou, Juan Lv, Qiuyue Yan, Xuejun Dong
Chemotherapy is a notable method for the treatment of breast cancer. Numerous genes associated with the sensitivity of cancer to chemotherapy have been found. In recent years, evidence has suggested that a particular structure termed Holliday junction (HJ) plays a crucial role in cancer chemosensitivity. Targeting HJ resolvases, such as structure-specific endonuclease subunit SLX4 (Slx4) and MUS81 structure-specific endonuclease subunit (Mus81), significantly increases the chemosensitivity of tumor cells. Flap endonuclease GEN homolog 1 (GEN1) is a HJ resolvase that belongs to the Rad2/xeroderma pigmentosum complementation group G nuclease family...
June 2016: Oncology Letters
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"