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Transcriptional elongation

Abhijit S Deshmukh, Pallabi Mitra, Ashok Kolagani, Rajkumar Gurupwar
Cyclin-dependent kinases are an essential part of eukaryotic transcriptional machinery. In Apicomplexan parasites, the role and relevance of the kinases in the multistep process of transcription seeks more attention given the absence of full repertoire of canonical Cdks and cognate cyclin partners. In this study, we functionally characterize T. gondii Cdk-related kinase 9 (TgCrk9) showing maximal homology to eukaryotic Cdk9. An uncanonical cyclin, TgCyclin L, colocalizes with TgCrk9 in the parasite nucleus and co-immunoprecipitate, could activate the kinase in-vitro...
February 18, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Qiang Guo, Bin Huang, Jingdong Cheng, Manuel Seefelder, Tatjana Engler, Günter Pfeifer, Patrick Oeckl, Markus Otto, Franziska Moser, Melanie Maurer, Alexander Pautsch, Wolfgang Baumeister, Rubén Fernández-Busnadiego, Stefan Kochanek
Huntingtin (HTT) is a large (348 kDa) protein that is essential for embryonic development and is involved in diverse cellular activities such as vesicular transport, endocytosis, autophagy and the regulation of transcription. Although an integrative understanding of the biological functions of HTT is lacking, the large number of identified HTT interactors suggests that it serves as a protein-protein interaction hub. Furthermore, Huntington's disease is caused by a mutation in the HTT gene, resulting in a pathogenic expansion of a polyglutamine repeat at the amino terminus of HTT...
February 21, 2018: Nature
Bo Zhao, Jun-Feng Cao, Guan-Jing Hu, Zhi-Wen Chen, Lu-Yao Wang, Xiao-Xia Shangguan, Ling-Jian Wang, Ying-Bo Mao, Tian-Zhen Zhang, Jonathan F Wendel, Xiao-Ya Chen
Cotton cultivars have evolved to produce extensive, long, seed-born fibers important for the textile industry, but we know little about the molecular mechanism underlying spinnable fiber formation. Here, we report how PACLOBUTRAZOL RESISTANCE 1 (PRE1) in cotton, which encodes a basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor, is a target gene of spinnable fiber evolution. Differential expression of homoeologous genes in polyploids is thought to be important to plant adaptation and novel phenotypes. PRE1 expression is specific to cotton fiber cells, upregulated during their rapid elongation stage and A-homoeologous biased in allotetraploid cultivars...
February 21, 2018: New Phytologist
Fang Huang, Wei Shao, Koh Fujinaga, B Matija Peterlin
Autoimmune regulator (AIRE) and nu-clear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) are transcription factors (TFs) that direct the expression of individual genes and gene clusters. Bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) is an epigenetic regulator that recognizes and binds to acetylated histones. BRD4 also has been reported to promote interactions between the positive elongation factor b (P-TEFb) and AIRE or P-TEFb and NF-κB subunit p65. Here, we report that AIRE and p65 bind to P-TEFb independently of BRD4. JQ1, a compound that disrupts interactions between BRD4 and acetylated proteins, does not decrease transcriptional activities of AIRE or p65...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Yunshu Wang, Zongli Hu, Jianling Zhang, XiaoHui Yu, Jun-E Guo, Honglian Liang, Changguang Liao, Guoping Chen
Mediator complex, a conserved multi-protein, is necessary for controlling RNA polymerase II (Pol II) transcription in eukaryotes. Given little is known about them in tomato, a tomato Mediator subunit 18 gene was isolated and named SlMED18. To further explore the function of SlMED18, the transgenic tomato plants targeting SlMED18 by RNAi-mediated gene silencing were generated. The SlMED18-RNAi lines exhibited multiple developmental defects, including smaller size and slower growth rate of plant and significantly smaller compound leaves...
February 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Haolin Liu, Chao Wang, Schuyler Lee, Fangkun Ning, Yang Wang, Qianqian Zhang, Zhongzhou Chen, Jianye Zang, Jay Nix, Shaodong Dai, Philippa Marrack, James Hagman, John Kappler, Gongyi Zhang
We have reported that JMJD5 and JMJD7 (JMJD5/7) are responsible for the clipping of arginine methylated histone tails to generate "tailless nucleosomes", which could release the pausing RNA polymerase II (Pol II) into productive transcription elongation. JMJD5/7 function as endopeptidases that cleave histone tails specifically adjacent to methylated arginine residues and continue to degrade N-terminal residues of histones via their aminopeptidase activity. Here, we report structural and biochemical studies on JMJD5/7 to understand the basis of substrate recognition and catalysis mechanism by this JmjC subfamily...
February 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mari Inohana, Ayumi Eguchi, Misato Nakamura, Rei Nagahara, Yosuke Watanabe, Toshinori Yoshida, Makoto Shibutani
We describe a case of choroid plexus carcinoma arising in the cerebrum of a 7-week-old male Sprague-Dawley rat. The tumor mass occupied the right lateral ventricle of the cerebrum. Histological analyses revealed that the epithelial tumor cells had proliferated in tubular, cribriform, papillary and solid growth patterns in the vicinity of the choroid plexus, with slight invasion into the cerebrum parenchyma. We divided the tumor cells into cuboidal, elongated and intermediate cells. Immunohistochemical studies showed that these tumor cells expressed relatively high levels of cytokeratin AE1/AE3, vimentin and glial fibrillary acidic proteins, and low levels of nestin, oligodendrocyte transcription factor and doublecortin proteins...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Yasmine Neirijnck, Antoine Reginensi, Kirsten Y Renkema, Filippo Massa, Vladimir M Kozlov, Haroun Dhib, Ernie Mhf Bongers, Wout F Feitz, Albertien M van Eerde, Veronique Lefebvre, Nine Vam Knoers, Mansoureh Tabatabaei, Herbert Schulz, Helen McNeill, Franz Schaefer, Michael Wegner, Elisabeth Sock, Andreas Schedl
Congenital abnormalities of the kidney and the urinary tract (CAKUT) belong to the most common birth defects in human, but the molecular basis for the majority of CAKUT patients remains unknown. Here we show that the transcription factor SOX11 is a crucial regulator of kidney development. SOX11 is expressed in both mesenchymal and epithelial components of the early kidney anlagen. Deletion of Sox11 in mice causes an extension of the domain expressing Gdnf within rostral regions of the nephrogenic cord and results in duplex kidney formation...
February 16, 2018: Kidney International
Wanquan Liu, Meifang Tan, Chunyan Zhang, Zhuofei Xu, Lu Li, Rui Zhou
Spermidine (Spd), spermine (Spm), and putrescine (Put), which are the most widely distributed cellular polyamines, are essential for normal growth and multiplication of both eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. In this study, we identified the only putative polyamine transport system PotABCD in Streptococcus suis, a worldwide zoonotic Gram-positive pathogen causing lethal infections in humans and pigs. It was discovered that S. suis could uptake polyamines preferably Spd and Spm. By constructing a potA deleted mutant, we confirmed that PotABCD was responsible for polyamine uptake, and PotD bound to the protein of polyamines...
March 2018: Microbiological Research
Tomoko Niwa, Takamasa Suzuki, Yumiko Takebayashi, Rie Ishiguro, Tetsuya Higashiyama, Hitoshi Sakakibara, Sumie Ishiguro
Plants coordinate the timing of flower opening with pollen and gynoecium maturation to achieve successful pollination. However, little is known about how the coordination is executed. We found that flower bud development was paused immediately before flower opening in a jasmonic acid (JA)-insensitive tomato mutant, jai1-1. Phytohormone measurement and RNA analysis in flower buds revealed that newly synthesised JA peaked at two days before flower opening and the expression of a transcription factor gene SlMYB21 delayed in jai1-1...
February 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Julia Weiss, Marta I Terry, Marina Martos-Fuentes, Lisa Letourneux, Victoria Ruiz-Hernández, Juan A Fernández, Marcos Egea-Cortines
BACKGROUND: Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) is an important source of protein supply for animal and human nutrition. The major storage globulins VICILIN and LEGUMIN (LEG) are synthesized from several genes including LEGA, LEGB, LEGJ and CVC (CONVICILIN). The current hypothesis is that the plant circadian core clock genes are conserved in a wide array of species and that primary metabolism is to a large extent controlled by the plant circadian clock. Our aim was to investigate a possible link between gene expression of storage proteins and the circadian clock...
February 14, 2018: BMC Plant Biology
Kosei Yamauchi, Tohru Mitsunaga
In a previous study, we found that both synthetic 3-O-methylquercetin (3MQ) and 3,4',7-O-trimethylquercetin (34'7TMQ) increased extracellular melanin content. 34'7TMQ increased the activity of melanogenic enzymes by stimulating the p38 pathway and the expression of microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF). In contrast, 3MQ increased the activity of melanogenic enzymes without the involvement of MITF, which suggests that 3MQ inhibits the degradation of melanogenic enzymes. In the present study, we investigated the effects of 3MQ and 34'7TMQ on melanogenesis in normal human melanocytes and using a commercial three-dimensional (3D) skin model system...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Natural Medicines
Yong Hoon Kim, Sajid A Marhon, Yuxiang Zhang, David J Steger, Kyoung-Jae Won, Mitchell A Lazar
Mammalian physiology exhibits 24-hour cyclicity due to circadian rhythms of gene expression controlled by transcription factors (TF) that comprise molecular clocks. Core clock TFs bind to the genome at enhancer sequences to regulate circadian gene expression, but not all binding sites are equally functional. Here we demonstrate that circadian gene expression in mouse liver is controlled by rhythmic chromatin interactions between enhancers and promoters. Rev-erbα, a core repressive TF of the clock, opposes functional loop formation between Rev-erbα-regulated enhancers and circadian target gene promoters by recruitment of the NCoR-HDAC3 corepressor complex, histone deacetylation, and eviction of the elongation factor BRD4 and the looping factor MED1...
February 8, 2018: Science
Ming-Yi Li, Jin-Quan Liu, Dong-Ping Chen, Zhou-Yu Li, Bin Qi, Wen-Jing Yin, Lu He
Overexpression of p68 has been reported in various types of cancer. However, little study has been conducted on the expression and role of p68 in cervical cancer. Therefore, the present study focuses on the role of p68 in cervical cancer cells, which may elucidate its potential mechanism of cervical cancer progression and shed light on the precision medical treatment of cervical cancer. Firstly, the expression of p68 was analyzed using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis...
February 2018: Oncology Letters
Randy S Schrecengost, Cecelia L Green, Yan Zhuang, Staci N Keller, Ryan A Smith, Lynn W Maines, Charles D Smith
Glycogen synthase kinase-3s (GSK3α and GSK3β) are constitutively active protein kinases that target over 100 substrates, incorporate into numerous protein complexes, and regulate vital cellular functions such as proliferation, apoptosis and inflammation. Cyclin-dependent kinase 9 (CDK9) regulates RNA production as a component of positive transcription elongation factor b and promotes expression of oncogenic and inflammatory genes. Simultaneous inhibition of these signaling nodes is a promising approach for drug discovery, although previous compounds exhibit limited selectivity and clinical efficacy...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Joao G N Moraes, Susanta K Behura, Thomas W Geary, Peter J Hansen, Holly L Neibergs, Thomas E Spencer
A major unresolved issue is how the uterus influences infertility and subfertility in cattle. Serial embryo transfer was previously used to classify heifers as high-fertile (HF), subfertile (SF), or infertile (IF). To assess pregnancy loss, two in vivo-produced embryos were transferred into HF, SF, and IF heifers on day 7, and pregnancy outcome was assessed on day 17. Pregnancy rate was substantially higher in HF (71%) and SF (90%) than IF (20%) heifers. Elongating conceptuses were about twofold longer in HF than SF heifers...
February 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Joshua D Eaton, Lee Davidson, David L V Bauer, Toyoaki Natsume, Masato T Kanemaki, Steven West
Termination is a ubiquitous phase in every transcription cycle but is incompletely understood and a subject of debate. We used gene editing as a new approach to address its mechanism through engineered conditional depletion of the 5' → 3' exonuclease Xrn2 or the polyadenylation signal (PAS) endonuclease CPSF73 (cleavage and polyadenylation specificity factor 73). The ability to rapidly control Xrn2 reveals a clear and general role for it in cotranscriptional degradation of 3' flanking region RNA and transcriptional termination...
February 8, 2018: Genes & Development
Yang Song, Yinhong Tang, Jinlin Song, Mingxing Lei, Panpan Liang, Tiwei Fu, Xudong Su, Pengfei Zhou, Li Yang, Enyi Huang
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether mechanical stretch can enhance the bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9)-induced osteogenic differentiation in MSCs. METHODS: Recombinant adenoviruses were used to overexpress the BMP9 in C3H10T1/2 MSCs. Cells were seeded onto six-well BioFlex collagen I-coated plates and subjected to cyclic mechanical stretch [6% elongation at 60 cycles/minute (1 Hz)] in a Flexercell FX-4000 strain unit for up to 12 hours...
February 10, 2018: International Orthopaedics
Arwa Farhat, Eiad Ali-Deeb, Amin Sulaiman, Majd Aljamali
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Development of appropriate translational in vivo models is a prerequisite for personalized management of leukemic patients. Indeed, several immunodeficient mice models were developed for leukemias with main limitations due to their high cost, demanding management, and elongated assessment intervals. In this report, we aimed at evaluating the engraftment of CD34+ cells, isolated from an acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patient, in naturally immunodeficient chick embryo model...
February 7, 2018: Journal of the Egyptian National Cancer Institute
Huai-Chin Chiang, Xiaowen Zhang, Xiayan Zhao, Chi Zhang, Jerry Chen, Paula Garza, Sabrina Smith, Thomas Ludwig, Richard J Baer, Rong Li, Yanfen Hu
Germ-line mutations in breast cancer susceptibility gene, BRCA1, result in familial predisposition to breast and ovarian cancers. The BRCA1 protein has multiple functional domains that interact with a variety of proteins in multiple cellular processes. Understanding the biological consequences of BRCA1 interactions with its binding partners is important for elucidating its tissue-specific tumor suppression function. The Cofactor of BRCA1 (COBRA1) is a BRCA1-binding protein that, as a component of negative elongation factor (NELF), regulates RNA polymerase II pausing during transcription elongation...
February 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
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