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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149603/structural-basis-of-mitochondrial-transcription-initiation
#1
Hauke S Hillen, Yaroslav I Morozov, Azadeh Sarfallah, Dmitry Temiakov, Patrick Cramer
Transcription in human mitochondria is driven by a single-subunit, factor-dependent RNA polymerase (mtRNAP). Despite its critical role in both expression and replication of the mitochondrial genome, transcription initiation by mtRNAP remains poorly understood. Here, we report crystal structures of human mitochondrial transcription initiation complexes assembled on both light and heavy strand promoters. The structures reveal how transcription factors TFAM and TFB2M assist mtRNAP to achieve promoter-dependent initiation...
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149223/two-genetic-codes-repetitive-syntax-for-active-non-coding-rnas-non-repetitive-syntax-for-the-dna-archives
#2
Guenther Witzany
Current knowledge of the RNA world indicates 2 different genetic codes being present throughout the living world. In contrast to non-coding RNAs that are built of repetitive nucleotide syntax, the sequences that serve as templates for proteins share-as main characteristics-a non-repetitive syntax. Whereas non-coding RNAs build groups that serve as regulatory tools in nearly all genetic processes, the coding sections represent the evolutionarily successful function of the genetic information storage medium. This indicates that the differences in their syntax structure are coherent with the differences of the functions they represent...
2017: Communicative & Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149090/computational-methods-for-modeling-aptamers-and-designing-riboswitches
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REVIEW
Sha Gong, Yanli Wang, Zhen Wang, Wenbing Zhang
Riboswitches, which are located within certain noncoding RNA region perform functions as genetic "switches", regulating when and where genes are expressed in response to certain ligands. Understanding the numerous functions of riboswitches requires computation models to predict structures and structural changes of the aptamer domains. Although aptamers often form a complex structure, computational approaches, such as RNAComposer and Rosetta, have already been applied to model the tertiary (three-dimensional (3D)) structure for several aptamers...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149077/rna-virus-evolution-via-a-quasispecies-based-model-reveals-a-drug-target-with-a-high-barrier-to-resistance
#4
Richard J Bingham, Eric C Dykeman, Reidun Twarock
The rapid occurrence of therapy-resistant mutant strains provides a challenge for anti-viral therapy. An ideal drug target would be a highly conserved molecular feature in the viral life cycle, such as the packaging signals in the genomes of RNA viruses that encode an instruction manual for their efficient assembly. The ubiquity of this assembly code in RNA viruses, including major human pathogens, suggests that it confers selective advantages. However, their impact on viral evolution cannot be assessed in current models of viral infection that lack molecular details of virus assembly...
November 17, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148824/biobanking-of-fresh-frozen-cancer-tissue-rna-is-stable-independent-of-tissue-type-with-less-than-1-hour-of-cold-ischemia
#5
Sang Yong Song, Jonghyun Jun, Miyeon Park, Seo Kyu Park, Wonju Choi, Kyunghee Park, Kee-Taek Jang, Myoyong Lee
BACKGROUND: The effects of preanalytical variables in tissue processing and storage periods on RNA quality of tissues have been well documented in each type of cancer. However, few studies have been performed on a comparative assessment of the impacts across different cancer tissues, even though it is well known that RNase activity is highly variable in various tissue types and RNase-rich tissues have been found to yield low-quality RNA. METHODS: We investigated the impacts of cold ischemia times and long-term storage on RNA integrity in various types of cancer tissue, which had been fresh-frozen and collected at the Samsung Medical Center Biobank...
November 17, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147648/molecular-crosstalking-among-noncoding-rnas-a-new-network-layer-of-genome-regulation-in-cancer
#6
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/29146908/lrpprc-mediated-folding-of-the-mitochondrial-transcriptome
#7
Stefan J Siira, Henrik Spåhr, Anne-Marie J Shearwood, Benedetta Ruzzenente, Nils-Göran Larsson, Oliver Rackham, Aleksandra Filipovska
The expression of the compact mammalian mitochondrial genome requires transcription, RNA processing, translation and RNA decay, much like the more complex chromosomal systems, and here we use it as a model system to understand the fundamental aspects of gene expression. Here we combine RNase footprinting with PAR-CLIP at unprecedented depth to reveal the importance of RNA-protein interactions in dictating RNA folding within the mitochondrial transcriptome. We show that LRPPRC, in complex with its protein partner SLIRP, binds throughout the mitochondrial transcriptome, with a preference for mRNAs, and its loss affects the entire secondary structure and stability of the transcriptome...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146813/structural-basis-of-bacterial-transcription-activation
#8
Bin Liu, Chuan Hong, Rick K Huang, Zhiheng Yu, Thomas A Steitz
In bacteria, the activation of gene transcription at many promoters is simple and only involves a single activator. The cyclic adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate receptor protein (CAP), a classic activator, is able to activate transcription independently through two different mechanisms. Understanding the class I mechanism requires an intact transcription activation complex (TAC) structure at a high resolution. Here we report a high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy structure of an intact Escherichia coli class I TAC containing a CAP dimer, a σ(70)-RNA polymerase (RNAP) holoenzyme, a complete class I CAP-dependent promoter DNA, and a de novo synthesized RNA oligonucleotide...
November 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145975/in-cancer-a-to-i-rna-editing-can-be-the-driver-the-passenger-or-the-mechanic
#9
Nabeel S Ganem, Noa Ben-Asher, Ayelet T Lamm
In recent years, A-to-I RNA modifications performed by the Adenosine Deaminase Acting on RNA (ADAR) protein family were found to be expressed at altered levels in multiple human malignancies. A-to-I RNA editing changes adenosine to inosine on double stranded RNA, thereby changing transcript sequence and structure. Although A-to-I RNA editing have the potential to change essential mRNA transcripts, affecting their corresponding protein structures, most of the human editing sites identified to date reside in non-coding repetitive transcripts such as Alu elements...
May 2017: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145712/cartilage-microrna-dysregulation-during-the-onset-and-progression-of-mouse-osteoarthritis-is-independent-of-aggrecanolysis-and-overlaps-with-candidates-from-end-stage-human-disease
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Louise H W Kung, Varshini Ravi, Lynn Rowley, Constanza Angelucci, Amanda J Fosang, Katrina M Bell, Christopher B Little, John F Bateman
OBJECTIVE: To identify candidate microRNAs that potentially regulate the initiation and progression of osteoarthritis. METHODS: Osteoarthritis was induced in 10-12 week old male wild-type C57BL6 mice and in mice resistant to aggrecanase cleavage (Acan p.374ALGS→374NVYS) by destabilization of the medial meniscus (DMM). Osteoarthritis pathology was scored histologically. RNA from cartilage and subchondral bone were harvested in parallel by laser micro-dissection at 1 and 6 weeks post-surgery...
November 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145633/the-initiation-propagation-and-dynamics-of-crispr-spycas9-r-loop-complex
#11
Yan Zeng, Yang Cui, Yong Zhang, Yanruo Zhang, Meng Liang, Hui Chen, Jie Lan, Guangtao Song, Jizhong Lou
CRISPR-Cas9 system has been widely used for efficient genome editing. Although the structures of Cas9 protein in complex with single-guided RNA (sgRNA) and target DNA have been resolved, the molecular details about the formation of Cas9 endonuclease R-loop structure remain elusive. Here we examine the DNA cleavage activities of Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 (SpyCas9) and its mutants using various target sequences and study the conformational dynamics of R-loop structure during target binding using single-molecule fluorescence energy transfer (smFRET) technique...
November 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145496/insights-into-soybean-transcriptome-reconfiguration-under-hypoxic-stress-functional-regulatory-structural-and-compositional-characterization
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Thiago J Nakayama, Fabiana A Rodrigues, Norman Neumaier, Juliana Marcolino-Gomes, Hugo B C Molinari, Thaís R Santiago, Eduardo F Formighieri, Marcos F Basso, José R B Farias, Beatriz M Emygdio, Ana C B de Oliveira, Ângela D Campos, Aluízio Borém, Frank G Harmon, Liliane M Mertz-Henning, Alexandre L Nepomuceno
Soybean (Glycine max) is one of the major crops worldwide and flooding stress affects the production and expansion of cultivated areas. Oxygen is essential for mitochondrial aerobic respiration to supply the energy demand of plant cells. Because oxygen diffusion in water is 10,000 times lower than in air, partial (hypoxic) or total (anoxic) oxygen deficiency is important component of flooding. Even when oxygen is externally available, oxygen deficiency frequently occurs in bulky, dense or metabolically active tissues such as phloem, meristems, seeds, and fruits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145159/potential-link-between-m-6-a-modification-and-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#13
REVIEW
Lian-Ju Li, Yin-Guang Fan, Rui-Xue Leng, Hai-Feng Pan, Dong-Qing Ye
The field of m(6)A modification and epitranscriptomics has recently attracted much attention. More methods allowing for precise m(6)A site profiling and location are developed and crucial players of m(6)A modification machinery are increasingly identified. Although some challenges remain, m(6)A modification is found to modulate almost all aspects of RNA metabolism, such as splicing, stability, structure, translation, and export. Thus, m(6)A modification adds a new layer of post-transcriptional gene expression regulation, and it is implicated in T cell response to HIV infection, type I interferon production, and T cell differentiation and homeostasis...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144760/multi-spectroscopic-and-theoretical-exploration-on-the-comparative-binding-aspects-of-the-bio-flavonoid-fisetin-with-triple-and-double-helical-forms-of-rna
#14
Sutanwi Bhuiya, Lucy Haque, Rapti Goswami, Suman Das
The interactions of RNA triplex (U.A*U) and duplex (A.U) with the naturally occurring flavonoid fisetin (FTN) have been examined at pH 7.0 using various spectroscopic, viscometric and theoretical studies. Experimental observations showed that the ligand binds with both double and triple helical forms of RNA, although the binding affinity is greater for the triplex structure (5.94106 M-1) compared to the duplex counterpart (1.0105 M-1). Thermal melting experiments revealed that the Hoogsteen base paired third strand of triplex was stabilized to a greater extent (~14 C) compared to the Watson-Crick base paired second strand (~4 C) in presence of FTN...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144729/an-optical-nanoantenna-for-single-molecule-based-detection-of-zika-virus-nucleic-acids-without-molecular-multiplication
#15
Sarah Elisabeth Ochmann, Carolin Vietz, Kateryna Trofymchuk, Guillermo P Acuna, Birka Lalkens, Philip Tinnefeld
Due to the limited signal-to-background ratio, molecular diagnostics requires molecular amplification of the target molecules or molecular signal amplification after target recognition. For direct molecular detection, we demonstrate a purely physical fluorescence enhancement process which can elevate the fluorescence signal of single fluorescent dyes by several orders of magnitude. To this end, DNA origami-based optical antennas with a height of around 125 nm are used, which utilize metallic nanoparticles to create a hotspot where fluorescence signals are enhanced by plasmonic effects...
November 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144446/structure-and-assembly-of-the-ebola-virus-nucleocapsid
#16
William Wan, Larissa Kolesnikova, Mairi Clarke, Alexander Koehler, Takeshi Noda, Stephan Becker, John A G Briggs
Ebola and Marburg viruses are filoviruses: filamentous, enveloped viruses that cause haemorrhagic fever. Filoviruses are within the order Mononegavirales, which also includes rabies virus, measles virus, and respiratory syncytial virus. Mononegaviruses have non-segmented, single-stranded negative-sense RNA genomes that are encapsidated by nucleoprotein and other viral proteins to form a helical nucleocapsid. The nucleocapsid acts as a scaffold for virus assembly and as a template for genome transcription and replication...
November 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144405/genomic-analysis-of-the-asmt-gene-family-in-solanum-lycopersicum
#17
Weicheng Liu, Dake Zhao, Chunfang Zheng, Chen Chen, Xin Peng, Yuan Cheng, Hongjian Wan
Acetylserotonin methyltransferase (ASMT) is the last enzyme of melatonin biosynthesis and may play a rate-limiting role in the melatonin production of plants. In this study, systematic analysis of the ASMT gene family in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum Mill) has been presented by the integration of the structural features, phylogenetic relationships, exon/intron configuration, and expression profile during growth and development, as well as biotic stresses. The results revealed that the tomato genome encoded a minimum of 14 members, containing three probable encoded pseudogenes...
November 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143818/visualization-of-chemical-modifications-in-the-human-80s-ribosome-structure
#18
S Kundhavai Natchiar, Alexander G Myasnikov, Hanna Kratzat, Isabelle Hazemann, Bruno P Klaholz
Chemical modifications of human ribosomal RNA (rRNA) are introduced during biogenesis and have been implicated in the dysregulation of protein synthesis, as is found in cancer and other diseases. However, their role in this phenomenon is unknown. Here we visualize more than 130 individual rRNA modifications in the three-dimensional structure of the human ribosome, explaining their structural and functional roles. In addition to a small number of universally conserved sites, we identify many eukaryote- or human-specific modifications and unique sites that form an extended shell in comparison to bacterial ribosomes, and which stabilize the RNA...
November 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143606/metabolic-pathways-and-genes-identified-by-rna-seq-analysis-of-barley-near-isogenic-lines-differing-by-allelic-state-of-the-black-lemma-and-pericarp-blp-gene
#19
Anastasiya Y Glagoleva, Nikolay A Shmakov, Olesya Y Shoeva, Gennady V Vasiliev, Natalia V Shatskaya, Andreas Börner, Dmitry A Afonnikov, Elena K Khlestkina
BACKGROUND: Some plant species have 'melanin-like' black seed pigmentation. However, the chemical and genetic nature of this 'melanin-like' black pigment have not yet been fully explored due to its complex structure and ability to withstand almost all solvents. Nevertheless, identification of genetic networks participating in trait formation is key to understanding metabolic processes involved in the expression of 'melanin-like' black seed pigmentation. The aim of the current study was to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in barley near-isogenic lines (NILs) differing by allelic state of the Blp (black lemma and pericarp) locus...
November 14, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143558/perturbation-of-rna-polymerase-i-transcription-machinery-by-ablation-of-heatr1-triggers-the-rpl5-rpl11-mdm2-p53-ribosome-biogenesis-stress-checkpoint-pathway-in-human-cells
#20
Zsofia Turi, Marketa Senkyrikova, Martin Mistrik, Jiri Bartek, Pavel Moudry
Ribosome biogenesis is an energy consuming process which takes place mainly in the nucleolus. By producing ribosomes to fuel protein synthesis, it is tightly connected with cell growth and cell cycle control. Perturbation of ribosome biogenesis leads to the activation of p53 tumor suppressor protein promoting processes like cell cycle arrest, apoptosis or senescence. This ribosome biogenesis stress pathway activates p53 through sequestration of MDM2 by a subset of ribosomal proteins (RPs), thereby stabilizing p53...
November 16, 2017: Cell Cycle
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