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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155071/structural-rearrangements-of-the-rna-polymerase-iii-machinery-during-trna-transcription-initiation
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Ewan Phillip Ramsay, Alessandro Vannini
RNA polymerase III catalyses the synthesis of tRNAs in eukaryotic organisms. Through combined biochemical and structural characterisation, multiple auxiliary factors have been identified alongside RNA Polymerase III as critical in both facilitating and regulating transcription. Together, this machinery forms dynamic multi-protein complexes at tRNA genes which are required for polymerase recruitment, DNA opening and initiation and elongation of the tRNA transcripts. Central to the function of these complexes is their ability to undergo multiple conformational changes and rearrangements that regulate each step...
November 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152582/the-genomic-landscape-of-the-fungus-specific-swi-snf-complex-subunit-snf6-in-candida-albicans
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Faiza Tebbji, Yaolin Chen, Adnane Sellam, Malcolm Whiteway
SWI/SNF is an ATP-dependent chromatin-remodeling complex that is required for the regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes. While most of the fungal SWI/SNF components are evolutionarily conserved with those of the metazoan SWI/SNF, subunits such as Snf6 are specific to certain fungi and thus represent potential antifungal targets. We have characterized the role of the Snf6 protein in Candida albicans. Our data showed that although there was low conservation of its protein sequence with other fungal orthologs, Snf6 was copurified with bona fide SWI/SNF complex subunits...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152581/the-candida-albicans-tor-activating-gtpases-gtr1-and-rhb1-coregulate-starvation-responses-and-biofilm-formation
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Peter R Flanagan, Ning-Ning Liu, Darren J Fitzpatrick, Karsten Hokamp, Julia R Köhler, Gary P Moran
Target of rapamycin complex 1 (TORC1) is an essential regulator of metabolism in eukaryotic cells and in the fungal pathogen Candida albicans regulates morphogenesis and nitrogen acquisition. Gtr1 encodes a highly conserved GTPase that in Saccharomyces cerevisiae regulates nitrogen sensing and TORC1 activation. Here, we characterize the role of C. albicans GTR1 in TORC1 activation and compare it with the previously characterized GTPase Rhb1. A homozygous gtr1/gtr1 mutant exhibited impaired TORC1-mediated phosphorylation of ribosomal protein S6 and increased susceptibility to rapamycin...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149404/the-translational-controlled-tumour-protein-tctp-biological-functions-and-regulation
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Ulrich-Axel Bommer
The Translational Controlled Tumour Protein TCTP (gene symbol TPT1, also called P21, P23, Q23, fortilin or histamine-releasing factor, HRF) is a highly conserved protein present in essentially all eukaryotic organisms and involved in many fundamental cell biological and disease processes. It was first discovered about 35 years ago, and it took an extended period of time for its multiple functions to be revealed, and even today we do not yet fully understand all the details. Having witnessed most of this history, in this chapter, I give a brief overview and review the current knowledge on the structure, biological functions, disease involvements and cellular regulation of this protein...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149328/mir858-mediated-regulation-of-flavonoid-specific-myb-transcription-factor-genes-controls-resistance-to-pathogen-infection-in-arabidopsis
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Rosany Camargo-Ramírez, Beatriz Val-Torregrosa, Blanca San Segundo
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of short endogenous non-coding small RNAs that direct post-transcriptional gene silencing in eukaryotes. In plants, the expression of a large number of miRNAs has been shown to be regulated during pathogen infection. However, the functional role of the majority of these pathogen-regulated miRNAs has not been elucidated. In this work, we investigated the role of Arabidopsis miR858 in the defense response of Arabidopsis plants to infection by fungal pathogens with necrotrophic (Plectosphaerella cucumerina) or hemibiotrophic (Fusarium oxysporum and Colletotrichum higginsianum) lifestyles...
November 15, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147648/molecular-crosstalking-among-noncoding-rnas-a-new-network-layer-of-genome-regulation-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Marco Ragusa, Cristina Barbagallo, Duilia Brex, Angela Caponnetto, Matilde Cirnigliaro, Rosalia Battaglia, Davide Barbagallo, Cinzia Di Pietro, Michele Purrello
Over the past few years, noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) have been extensively studied because of the significant biological roles that they play in regulation of cellular mechanisms. ncRNAs are associated to higher eukaryotes complexity; accordingly, their dysfunction results in pathological phenotypes, including cancer. To date, most research efforts have been mainly focused on how ncRNAs could modulate the expression of protein-coding genes in pathological phenotypes. However, recent evidence has shown the existence of an unexpected interplay among ncRNAs that strongly influences cancer development and progression...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145430/de-novo-sequencing-and-analysis-of-the-transcriptome-during-the-browning-of-fresh-cut-luffa-cylindrica-fusi-3-fruits
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Haisheng Zhu, Jianting Liu, Qingfang Wen, Mindong Chen, Bin Wang, Qianrong Zhang, Zhuzheng Xue
Fresh-cut luffa (Luffa cylindrica) fruits commonly undergo browning. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms regulating this process. We used the RNA-seq technique to analyze the transcriptomic changes occurring during the browning of fresh-cut fruits from luffa cultivar 'Fusi-3'. Over 90 million high-quality reads were assembled into 58,073 Unigenes, and 60.86% of these were annotated based on sequences in four public databases. We detected 35,282 Unigenes with significant hits to sequences in the NCBInr database, and 24,427 Unigenes encoded proteins with sequences that were similar to those of known proteins in the Swiss-Prot database...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144820/pheochromocytoma-a-genetic-and-diagnostic-update
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Leilani B Mercado-Asis, Katherine I Wolf, Ivana Jochmanova, David Taïeb
OBJECTIVE: Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGLs) are neuroendocrine tumors derived from adrenal or extra-adrenal locations, respectively. Upon suspicion of PPGL, specific metabolomic, molecular, biochemical, imaging, and histopathological studies are performed to prove, localize, treat, and monitor disease progression. Recently, improved diagnostic tools allow physicians to accurately diagnose PPGL, even in patients presenting with small (less than 1 cm) or biochemically silent tumors, which previously delayed proper detection and treatment...
November 16, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142472/prostaglandin-e1-protects-hepatocytes-against-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-induced-apoptosis-via-protein-kinase-a-dependent-induction-of-glucose-regulated-protein-78-expression
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Fang-Wan Yang, Yu Fu, Ying Li, Yi-Huai He, Mao-Yuan Mu, Qi-Chuan Liu, Jun Long, Shi-De Lin
AIM: To investigate the protective effect of prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) against endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-induced hepatocyte apoptosis, and to explore its underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Thapsigargin (TG) was used to induce ER stress in the human hepatic cell line L02 and hepatocarcinoma-derived cell line HepG2. To evaluate the effects of PGE1 on TG-induced apoptosis, PGE1 was used an hour prior to TG treatment. Activation of unfolded protein response signaling pathways were detected by western blotting and quantitative real-time RT-PCR...
October 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138229/genomic-structural-variations-lead-to-dysregulation-of-important-coding-and-non-coding-rna-species-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Jan Haas, Stefan Mester, Alan Lai, Karen S Frese, Farbod Sedaghat-Hamedani, Elham Kayvanpour, Tobias Rausch, Rouven Nietsch, Jes-Niels Boeckel, Avisha Carstensen, Mirko Völkers, Carsten Dietrich, Dietmar Pils, Ali Amr, Daniel B Holzer, Diana Martins Bordalo, Daniel Oehler, Tanja Weis, Derliz Mereles, Sebastian Buss, Eva Riechert, Emil Wirsz, Maximilian Wuerstle, Jan O Korbel, Andreas Keller, Hugo A Katus, Andreas E Posch, Benjamin Meder
The transcriptome needs to be tightly regulated by mechanisms that include transcription factors, enhancers, and repressors as well as non-coding RNAs. Besides this dynamic regulation, a large part of phenotypic variability of eukaryotes is expressed through changes in gene transcription caused by genetic variation. In this study, we evaluate genome-wide structural genomic variants (SVs) and their association with gene expression in the human heart. We detected 3,898 individual SVs affecting all classes of gene transcripts (e...
November 14, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134273/o-cdc7-kinase-where-art-thou
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Robert A Sclafani, Jay R Hesselberth
Although Cdc7 protein kinase is important for regulating DNA replication in all eukaryotes and is a target for cancer therapy, it has never been localized in cells. Recently, a novel molecular genomic method used by our laboratory to localize Cdc7 to regions of chromosomes. Originally, mutations in the CDC7 gene were found in the classic cdc mutant collection of Hartwell et al. (Genetics 74:267-286, 1973). The CDC7 gene was found to encode a protein kinase called DDK that has been studied for many years, establishing its precise role in the initiation of DNA replication at origins...
November 13, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133150/structure-and-function-of-per-arnt-sim-domains-and-their-possible-role-in-the-life-cycle-biology-of-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Maura Rojas-Pirela, Daniel J Rigden, Paul A Michels, Ana J Cáceres, Juan Luis Concepción, Wilfredo Quiñones
Per-ARNT-Sim (PAS) domains of proteins play important roles as modules for signalling and cellular regulation processes in widely diverse organisms such as Archaea, Bacteria, protists, plants, yeasts, insects and vertebrates. These domains are present in many proteins where they are used as sensors of stimuli and modules for protein interactions. Characteristically, they can bind a broad spectrum of molecules. Such binding causes the domain to trigger a specific cellular response or to make the protein containing the domain susceptible to responding to additional physical or chemical signals...
November 10, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130187/the-secret-life-of-rna-lessons-from-emerging-methodologies
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Caroline Medioni, Florence Besse
The last past decade has witnessed a revolution in our appreciation of transcriptome complexity and regulation. This remarkable expansion in our knowledge largely originates from the advent of high-throughput methodologies, and the consecutive discovery that up to 90% of eukaryotic genomes are transcribed, thus generating an unanticipated large range of noncoding RNAs (Hangauer et al., 15(4):112, 2014). Besides leading to the identification of new noncoding RNA species, transcriptome-wide studies have uncovered novel layers of posttranscriptional regulatory mechanisms controlling RNA processing, maturation or translation, and each contributing to the precise and dynamic regulation of gene expression...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129375/light-controls-protein-localization-through-phytochrome-mediated-alternative-promoter-selection
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Tomokazu Ushijima, Kousuke Hanada, Eiji Gotoh, Wataru Yamori, Yutaka Kodama, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Miyako Kusano, Atsushi Fukushima, Mutsutomo Tokizawa, Yoshiharu Y Yamamoto, Yasuomi Tada, Yutaka Suzuki, Tomonao Matsushita
Alternative promoter usage is a proteome-expanding mechanism that allows multiple pre-mRNAs to be transcribed from a single gene. The impact of this mechanism on the proteome and whether it is positively exploited in normal organismal responses remain unclear. We found that the plant photoreceptor phytochrome induces genome-wide changes in alternative promoter selection in Arabidopsis thaliana. Through this mechanism, protein isoforms with different N termini are produced that display light-dependent differences in localization...
November 7, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128880/the-immunophilin-repertoire-of-plasmodiophora-brassicae-and-functional-analysis-of-pbcyp3-cyclophilin
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Khushwant Singh, Georgios Tzelepis, Miloslav Zouhar, Pavel Ryšánek, Christina Dixelius
Plasmodiophora brassicae is a soil-borne pathogen that belongs to Rhizaria, an almost unexplored eukaryotic organism group. This pathogen requires a living host for growth and multiplication, which makes molecular analysis further complicated. To broaden our understanding of a plasmodiophorid such as P. brassicae, we here chose to study immunophilins, a group of proteins known to have various cellular functions, including involvement in plant defense and pathogen virulence. Searches in the P. brassicae genome resulted in 20 putative immunophilins comprising of 11 cyclophilins (CYPs), 7 FK506-binding proteins (FKBPs) and 2 parvulin-like proteins...
November 11, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128709/integrating-experiment-theory-and-simulation-to-determine-the-structure-and-dynamics-of-mammalian-chromosomes
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REVIEW
G Tiana, L Giorgetti
Eukaryotic chromosomes are complex polymers, which largely exceed in size most biomolecules that are usually modelled in computational studies and whose molecular interactions are to a large extent unknown. Since the folding of the chromatin fiber in the cell nucleus is tightly linked to biological function and gene expression in particular, characterizing the conformational and dynamical properties of chromosomes has become crucial in order to better understand how genes are regulated. In parallel with the development of experimental techniques allowing to measure physical contacts within chromosomes inside the cell nucleus, a large variety of physical models to study the structure and mechanisms of chromosome folding have recently emerged...
November 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127074/sensing-and-responding-to-energetic-stress-evolution-of-the-ampk-network
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Paul M Craig, Christopher D Moyes, Christophe M R LeMoine
AMP-activated protein kinase is an enzyme that mediates communication between cellular energy status and diverse effector proteins, particularly those that play roles in determining the metabolic phenotype. By phosphorylating metabolic enzymes, transcriptional regulators and proteins involved in cellular structure, it can modify energy metabolism in both the short term and long term. Its basic features are highly conserved, with homologues in all eukaryotes. Gene and/or genome duplications endowed early vertebrates with paralogs of AMPK subunits, though the nature of their subfunctionalization remains uncertain, even in mammals...
November 7, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124426/molecular-chaperones-involved-in-mitochondrial-iron-sulfur-protein-biogenesis
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REVIEW
Rafal Dutkiewicz, Malgorzata Nowak
Iron-sulfur (FeS) clusters are prosthetic groups critical for the function of many proteins in all domains of life. FeS proteins function in processes ranging from oxidative phosphorylation and cofactor biosyntheses to DNA/RNA metabolism and regulation of gene expression. In eukaryotic cells, mitochondria play a central role in the process of FeS biogenesis and support maturation of FeS proteins localized within mitochondria and in other cellular compartments. In humans, defects in mitochondrial FeS cluster biogenesis lead to numerous pathologies, which are often fatal...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121981/intrinsic-dna-curvature-in-trypanosomes
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Pablo Smircich, Najib M El-Sayed, Beatriz Garat
BACKGROUND: Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma brucei are protozoan parasites causing Chagas disease and African sleeping sickness, displaying unique features of cellular and molecular biology. Remarkably, no canonical signals for RNA polymerase II promoters, which drive protein coding genes transcription, have been identified so far. The secondary structure of DNA has long been recognized as a signal in biological processes and more recently, its involvement in transcription initiation in Leishmania was proposed...
November 9, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119708/eif5a2-contributes-to-the-maintenance-of-cd133-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-via-the-c-myc-microrna-29b-axis
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Hai-Yan Bai, Yi-Ji Liao, Mu-Yan Cai, Ning-Fang Ma, Qi Zhang, Jie-Wei Chen, Jia-Xing Zhang, Feng-Wei Wang, Chen-Yuan Wang, Wen-Hui Chen, Xiao-Han Jin, Rui-Hua Xu, Xin-Yuan Guan, Dan Xie
Cancer stem cells (CSCs)/cancer-initiating cells (CICs) are suggested responsible for driving cancer resistance to conventional therapies and for cancer recurrence and/or metastasis. CD133 is served as a key biomarker to identify and characterize this subpopulation of cells in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Our previous study indicated that overexpression of eukaryotic initiation factor 5A2 (EIF5A2) promotes HCC cell metastasis and angiogenesis. In the present study, we demonstrated that EIF5A2 might play a crucial role in CSCs regulation and investigated its potential molecular mechanisms...
November 9, 2017: Stem Cells
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