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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667173/a-time-for-promiscuity-in-a-eukaryotic-recombinase
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REVIEW
Maria Spies
The exchange of DNA strands between broken and intact molecules lies at the heart of fundamental cellular processes ranging from repairing DNA damage by homologous recombination to generation of genetic diversity during sexual reproduction. New work by Lee and colleagues utilizes the DNA curtain method, an elegant single-molecule technique, to demonstrate common and idiosyncratic features in the DNA strand exchange mechanisms of three RecA-family recombinases, bacterial RecA, and eukaryotic Rad51 and Dmc1 proteins...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553302/transcriptome-analysis-of-floral-buds-deciphered-an-irregular-course-of-meiosis-in-polyploid-brassica-rapa
#2
Janeen Braynen, Yan Yang, Fang Wei, Gangqiang Cao, Gongyao Shi, Baoming Tian, Xiaowei Zhang, Hao Jia, Xiaochun Wei, Zhenzhen Wei
Polyploidy is a fundamental process in plant evolution. Understanding the polyploidy-associated effects on plant reproduction is essential for polyploid breeding program. In the present study, our cytological analysis firstly demonstrated that an overall course of meiosis was apparently distorted in the synthetic polyploid Brassica rapa in comparison with its diploid progenitor. To elucidate genetic basis of this irregular meiosis at a molecular level, the comparative RNA-seq analysis was further used to investigate differential genetic regulation of developing floral buds identified at meiosis between autotetraploid and diploid B...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501701/radb-acts-in-homologous-recombination-in-the-archaeon-haloferax-volcanii-consistent-with-a-role-as-recombination-mediator
#3
Kayleigh Wardell, Sam Haldenby, Nathan Jones, Susan Liddell, Greg H P Ngo, Thorsten Allers
Homologous recombination plays a central role in the repair of double-strand DNA breaks, the restart of stalled replication forks and the generation of genetic diversity. Regulation of recombination is essential since defects can lead to genome instability and chromosomal rearrangements. Strand exchange is a key step of recombination - it is catalysed by RecA in bacteria, Rad51/Dmc1 in eukaryotes and RadA in archaea. RadB, a paralogue of RadA, is present in many archaeal species. RadB has previously been proposed to function as a recombination mediator, assisting in RadA-mediated strand exchange...
July 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488736/inhibition-of-mtor-pathway-decreases-the-expression-of-pre-meiotic-and-meiotic-markers-throughout-postnatal-development-and-in-adult-testes-in-mice
#4
P Sahin, N E Gungor-Ordueri, C Celik-Ozenci
Rapamycin (mTOR inhibitor) has been reported to have negative effect on human male gonadal function. Previously, we showed that mTOR signalling molecules are expressed during early spermatogenesis in mice. The objective of this study was to investigate the role of mTOR signalling in meiosis both during the first wave of spermatogenesis and also during adult spermatogenesis. Day 5 post-partum mice were administered rapamycin and retinoic acid (RA; a Stra8 activator), and expression of p-p70S6K and Stra8 proteins was evaluated...
May 10, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476890/sequence-imperfections-and-base-triplet-recognition-by-the-rad51-reca-family-of-recombinases
#5
Ja Yil Lee, Justin B Steinfeld, Zhi Qi, YoungHo Kwon, Patrick Sung, Eric C Greene
Homologous recombination plays key roles in double-strand break repair, rescue, and repair of stalled replication forks and meiosis. The broadly conserved Rad51/RecA family of recombinases catalyzes the DNA strand invasion reaction that takes place during homologous recombination. We have established single-stranded (ss)DNA curtain assays for measuring individual base triplet steps during the early stages of strand invasion. Here, we examined how base triplet stepping by RecA, Rad51, and Dmc1 is affected by DNA sequence imperfections, such as single and multiple mismatches, abasic sites, and single nucleotide insertions...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435519/gt198-psmc3ip-germline-variants-in-early-onset-breast-cancer-patients-from-hereditary-breast-and-ovarian-cancer-families
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Stephanie Schubert, Tim Ripperger, Melanie Rood, Anthony Petkidis, Winfried Hofmann, Hildegard Frye-Boukhriss, Marcel Tauscher, Bernd Auber, Ursula Hille-Betz, Thomas Illig, Brigitte Schlegelberger, Doris Steinemann
GT198, located 470 kb downstream of BRCA1, encodes for the nuclear PSMC3-interacting protein, which functions as co-activator of steroid hormone-mediated gene expression, and is involved in RAD51 and DMC1-mediated homologous recombination during DNA repair of double-strand breaks. Recently, germline variants in GT198 have been identified in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) patients, mainly in cases with early-onset. We screened a cohort of 166 BRCA1/2 mutation-negative HBOC patients, of which 56 developed early-onset breast cancer before the age of 36 years, for GT198 variants...
January 2017: Genes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423184/the-differentiated-and-conserved-roles-of-swi5-sfr1-in-homologous-recombination
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REVIEW
Bilge Argunhan, Yasuto Murayama, Hiroshi Iwasaki
Homologous recombination (HR) is the process whereby two DNA molecules that share high sequence similarity are able to recombine to generate hybrid DNA molecules. Throughout evolution, the ability of HR to identify highly similar DNA sequences has been adopted for numerous biological phenomena including DNA repair, meiosis, telomere maintenance, ribosomal DNA amplification and immunological diversity. Although Rad51 and Dmc1 are the key proteins that promote HR in mitotic and meiotic cells, respectively, accessory proteins that allow Rad51 and Dmc1 to effectively fulfil their functions have been identified in all examined model systems...
April 19, 2017: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319194/genome-wide-analysis-of-brain-and-gonad-transcripts-reveals-changes-of-key-sex-reversal-related-genes-expression-and-signaling-pathways-in-three-stages-of-monopterus-albus
#8
Wei Chi, Yu Gao, Qing Hu, Wei Guo, Dapeng Li
BACKGROUND: The natural sex reversal severely affects the sex ratio and thus decreases the productivity of the rice field eel (Monopterus albus). How to understand and manipulate this process is one of the major issues for the rice field eel stocking. So far the genomics and transcriptomics data available for this species are still scarce. Here we provide a comprehensive study of transcriptomes of brain and gonad tissue in three sex stages (female, intersex and male) from the rice field eel to investigate changes in transcriptional level during the sex reversal process...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297563/spermatogenesis-associated-22-is-required-for-dna-repair-and-synapsis-of-homologous-chromosomes-in-mouse-germ-cells
#9
E Hays, N Majchrzak, V Daniel, Z Ferguson, S Brown, K Hathorne, S La Salle
Analysis of the N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU)-induced repro42 mutation previously identified spermatogenesis associated 22 (Spata22) as a gene required for meiotic progression and fertility in both male and female mice, but its specific contribution to the process was unclear. Here, we report on a novel, null allele of Spata22 (Spata22(Gt) ) and confirm its requirement for germ cell development. Similar to repro42 mutant mice, histological and mating analyses indicate that gametogenesis is profoundly affected in Spata22(Gt/Gt) males and females, resulting in infertility...
March 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249986/coordination-of-double-strand-break-repair-and-meiotic-progression-in-yeast-by-a-mek1-ndt80-negative-feedback-loop
#10
Evelyn Prugar, Cameron Burnett, Xiangyu Chen, Nancy M Hollingsworth
During meiosis, homologous chromosomes are physically connected by crossovers and sister chromatid cohesion. Interhomolog crossovers are generated by the highly regulated repair of programmed double strand breaks (DSBs). The meiosis-specific kinase Mek1 is critical for this regulation. Mek1 downregulates the mitotic recombinase Rad51, indirectly promoting interhomolog strand invasion by the meiosis-specific recombinase Dmc1. Mek1 also promotes the formation of crossovers that are distributed throughout the genome by interference and is the effector kinase for a meiosis-specific checkpoint that delays entry into Meiosis I until DSBs have been repaired...
May 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213303/diethylstilbestrol-flutamide-and-their-combination-impaired-the-spermatogenesis-of-male-adult-zebrafish-through-disrupting-hpg-axis-meiosis-and-apoptosis
#11
Pan Yin, Ying-Wen Li, Qi-Liang Chen, Zhi-Hao Liu
Both diethylstilbestrol (DES, an environmental estrogen) and flutamide (FLU, an anti-androgen) are found to impair spermatogenesis by disrupting hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis and altering androgen levels through different mechanisms/modes of action in fish with poorly understood underlying mechanisms. Furthermore, it is not known whether and how a combined exposure of DES and FLU has a stronger effect than the compounds alone. In this study, male zebrafish adults were exposed to DES, FLU and their combination (DES+FLU) for 30days, and their effects on histological structure and sperm count in testis, androgen level in plasma, as well as the mRNA levels of genes involved in HPG axis, meiotic regulation and apoptosis were analyzed...
April 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178517/meiotic-knockdown-and-complementation-reveals-essential-role-of-rad51-in-mouse-spermatogenesis
#12
Jieqiong Dai, Oleg Voloshin, Svetlana Potapova, R Daniel Camerini-Otero
Meiotic homologous recombination (HR) is important for proper chromosomal segregation during gametogenesis and facilitates evolutionary adaptation via genomic reshuffling. In most eukaryotes, HR is mediated by two recombinases, the ubiquitous RAD51 and the meiosis-specific DMC1. The role of RAD51 in mammalian meiosis is unclear and study of its function is limited due to embryonic lethality of RAD51 knockouts. Here, we developed an in vivo meiotic knockdown and protein complementation system to study RAD51 during mouse spermatogenesis...
February 7, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986806/repair-of-meiotic-dna-breaks-and-homolog-pairing-in-mouse-meiosis-requires-a-minichromosome-maintenance-mcm-paralog
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Adrian J McNairn, Vera D Rinaldi, John C Schimenti
The mammalian Mcm-domain containing 2 (Mcmdc2) gene encodes a protein of unknown function that is homologous to the minichromosome maintenance family of DNA replication licensing and helicase factors. Drosophila melanogaster contains two separate genes, the Mei-MCMs, which appear to have arisen from a single ancestral Mcmdc2 gene. The Mei-MCMs are involved in promoting meiotic crossovers by blocking the anticrossover activity of BLM helicase, a function presumably performed by MSH4 and MSH5 in metazoans. Here, we report that MCMDC2-deficient mice of both sexes are viable but sterile...
February 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974736/hed1-promotes-meiotic-crossover-formation-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Yoon-Ju Kong, Jeong-Hwan Joo, Keun Pil Kim, Soogil Hong
Homologous recombination occurs between homologous chromosomes and is significantly involved in programmed double-strand break (DSB) repair. Activation of two recombinases, Rad51 and Dmc1, is essential for an interhomolog bias during meiosis. Rad51 participates in both mitotic and meiotic recombination, and its strand exchange activity is regulated by an inhibitory factor during meiosis. Thus, activities of Rad51 and Dmc1 are coordinated to promote homolog bias. It has been reported that Hed1, a meiosis-specific protein in budding yeast, regulates Rad51-dependent recombination activity...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883312/time-course-analysis-of-gene-expression-during-the-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-hypoxic-response
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Nasrine Bendjilali, Samuel MacLeon, Gurmannat Kalra, Stephen D Willis, A K M Nawshad Hossian, Erica Avery, Olivia Wojtowicz, Mark J Hickman
Many cells experience hypoxia, or low oxygen, and respond by dramatically altering gene expression. In the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, genes that respond are required for many oxygen-dependent cellular processes, such as respiration, biosynthesis, and redox regulation. To more fully characterize the global response to hypoxia, we exposed yeast to hypoxic conditions, extracted RNA at different times, and performed RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) analysis. Time-course statistical analysis revealed hundreds of genes that changed expression by up to 550-fold...
January 5, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27820601/scai-promotes-dna-double-strand-break-repair-in-distinct-chromosomal-contexts
#16
Rebecca Kring Hansen, Andreas Mund, Sara Lund Poulsen, Maria Sandoval, Karolin Klement, Katerina Tsouroula, Maxim A X Tollenaere, Markus Räschle, Rebeca Soria, Stefan Offermanns, Thomas Worzfeld, Robert Grosse, Dominique T Brandt, Björn Rozell, Matthias Mann, Francesca Cole, Evi Soutoglou, Aaron A Goodarzi, Jeremy A Daniel, Niels Mailand, Simon Bekker-Jensen
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are highly cytotoxic DNA lesions, whose accurate repair by non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) or homologous recombination (HR) is crucial for genome integrity and is strongly influenced by the local chromatin environment. Here, we identify SCAI (suppressor of cancer cell invasion) as a 53BP1-interacting chromatin-associated protein that promotes the functionality of several DSB repair pathways in mammalian cells. SCAI undergoes prominent enrichment at DSB sites through dual mechanisms involving 53BP1-dependent recruitment to DSB-surrounding chromatin and 53BP1-independent accumulation at resected DSBs...
December 2016: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760146/alignment-of-homologous-chromosomes-and-effective-repair-of-programmed-dna-double-strand-breaks-during-mouse-meiosis-require-the-minichromosome-maintenance-domain-containing-2-mcmdc2-protein
#17
Friederike Finsterbusch, Ramya Ravindranathan, Ihsan Dereli, Marcello Stanzione, Daniel Tränkner, Attila Tóth
Orderly chromosome segregation during the first meiotic division requires meiotic recombination to form crossovers between homologous chromosomes (homologues). Members of the minichromosome maintenance (MCM) helicase family have been implicated in meiotic recombination. In addition, they have roles in initiation of DNA replication, DNA mismatch repair and mitotic DNA double-strand break repair. Here, we addressed the function of MCMDC2, an atypical yet conserved MCM protein, whose function in vertebrates has not been reported...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743378/rad51-regulates-chk1-stability-via-autophagy-to-promote-cell-growth-in-esophageal-squamous-carcinoma-cells
#18
Xinyi Zhu, Qiuhui Pan, Nan Huang, Jianchun Wu, Ni Zhen, Fenyong Sun, Zhi Li, Qingyuan Yang
The serine/threonine protein kinase CHK1 has been reported to bind to the recombinase RAD51 and facilitates its assembly in DNA damage sites via phosphorylation. However, the role of RAD51 in regulating the expression of CHK1 has never been explored. Here, we show that RAD51 is highly upregulated in esophageal squamous tumor tissues and its DMC1 domain significantly promotes cell growth of esophageal cancer (EC) cells through CHK1. To gain the mechanistic insights, firstly, in the presence of 3-methyladenine (3MA), an autophagy inhibitor, we found that the reduction of CHK1 and the inhibition of cell growth in RAD51-deficient EC109 cells were strikingly restored...
October 14, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27739607/multiple-roles-of-foxj3-in-spermatogenesis-a-lesson-from-foxj3-conditional-knockout-mouse-models
#19
Lili Ni, Hongchang Xie, Li Tan
The transcription factor FOXJ3 (Forkhead box J3) is highly expressed in spermatogonia and meiotic spermatocytes within mouse testes. Here, we addressed how FOXJ3 might participate in spermatogenesis using two conditional knockout mouse models in which Foxj3 was deleted from either spermatogonia or meiotic spermatocytes. Both models exhibited complete male sterility, but distinct etiologies: Deleting FOXJ3 from spermatogonia using Foxj3(flox/flox) , Mvh-Cre mice caused Sertoli-cell-only syndrome in males. Foxj3-deficient spermatogonia were lost as early as postnatal Day 4, partially due to the accumulation of DNA double-stranded breaks...
December 2016: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27678521/prevention-of-dna-rereplication-through-a-meiotic-recombination-checkpoint-response
#20
Nicole A Najor, Layne Weatherford, George S Brush
In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, unnatural stabilization of the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor Sic1 during meiosis can trigger extra rounds of DNA replication. When programmed DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are generated but not repaired due to absence of DMC1, a pathway involving the checkpoint gene RAD17 prevents this DNA rereplication. Further genetic analysis has now revealed that prevention of DNA rereplication also requires MEC1, which encodes a protein kinase that serves as a central checkpoint regulator in several pathways including the meiotic recombination checkpoint response...
December 7, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
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