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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914199/filamin-a-synaptic-organizer-in-drosophila-determines-glutamate-receptor-composition-and-membrane-growth
#1
GaYoung Lee, Thomas L Schwarz
Filamin is a scaffolding protein that functions in many cells as an actin-crosslinker. FLN90, an isoform of the Drosophila ortholog Filamin/cheerio that lacks the actin-binding domain, is here shown to govern the growth of postsynaptic membrane folds and the composition of glutamate receptor clusters at the larval neuromuscular junction. Genetic and biochemical analyses revealed that FLN90 is present surrounding synaptic boutons. FLN90 is required in the muscle for localization of the kinase dPak and, downstream of dPak, for localization of the GTPase Ral and the exocyst complex to this region...
December 3, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913309/sequence-determinants-of-the-caenhorhabditis-elegansdopamine-transporter-dictating-in-vivoaxonal-export-and-synaptic-localization
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Sarah B Robinson, J Andrew Hardaway, Shannon L Hardie, Jane Wright, Ryan M Glynn, Daniel P Bermingham, Qiao Han, Sarah M Sturgeon, Phyllis Freeman, Randy D Blakely
The monoamine neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) acts across phylogeny to modulate both simple and complex behaviors. The presynaptic DA transporter (DAT) is a major determinant of DA signaling capacity in ensuring efficient extracellular DA clearance. In humans, DAT is also a major target for prescribed and abused psychostimulants. Multiple structural determinants of DAT function and regulation have been defined, though largely these findings have arisen from heterologous expression or ex vivo cell culture studies...
November 29, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913140/comparative-analysis-of-tcdd-induced-ahr-mediated-gene-expression-in-human-mouse-and-rat-primary-b-cells
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Natalia Kovalova, Rance Nault, Robert Crawford, Timothy R Zacharewski, Norbert E Kaminski
2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) is a persistent environmental pollutant that activates the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) resulting in altered gene expression. In vivo, in vitro, and ex vivo studies have demonstrated that B cells are directly impaired by TCDD, and are a sensitive target as evidenced by suppression of antibody responses. The window of sensitivity to TCDD-induced suppression of IgM secretion among mouse, rat and human B cells is similar. Specifically, TCDD must be present within the initial 12h post B cell stimulation, indicating that TCDD disrupts early signaling network(s) necessary for B lymphocyte activation and differentiation...
November 29, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911835/two-crystal-structures-reveal-design-for-repurposing-the-c-ala-domain-of-human-alars
#4
Litao Sun, Youngzee Song, David Blocquel, Xiang-Lei Yang, Paul Schimmel
The 20 aminoacyl tRNA synthetases (aaRSs) couple each amino acid to their cognate tRNAs. During evolution, 19 aaRSs expanded by acquiring novel noncatalytic appended domains, which are absent from bacteria and many lower eukaryotes but confer extracellular and nuclear functions in higher organisms. AlaRS is the single exception, with an appended C-terminal domain (C-Ala) that is conserved from prokaryotes to humans but with a wide sequence divergence. In human cells, C-Ala is also a splice variant of AlaRS...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909797/wd40-repeat-protein-mocrec-is-essential-for-carbon-repression-and-is-involved-in-conidiation-growth-and-pathogenicity-of-magnaporthe-oryzae
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Khalid Abdelkarim Omer Matar, Xiaofeng Chen, Dongjie Chen, Wilfred Mabeche Anjago, Justice Norvienyeku, Yahong Lin, Meilian Chen, Zonghua Wang, Daniel J Ebbole, Guo-Dong Lu
Carbon catabolite repression (CCR) is a common regulatory mechanism used by microorganisms to prioritize use of a preferred carbon source (usually glucose). The CreC WD40-repeat protein is a major component of the CCR pathway in Aspergillus nidulans. To clarify the function of the CreC ortholog from Magnaporthe oryzae in regulating gene expression important for pathogenesis, MoCreC was identified and genetically characterized. The vegetative growth rate of the MoCreC deletion mutant on various carbon sources was reduced...
December 1, 2016: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903914/proteomic-analysis-of-the-human-keops-complex-identifies-c14orf142-as-a-core-subunit-homologous-to-yeast-gon7
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Leo C K Wan, Pierre Maisonneuve, Rachel K Szilard, Jean-Philippe Lambert, Timothy F Ng, Noah Manczyk, Hao Huang, Rob Laister, Amy A Caudy, Anne-Claude Gingras, Daniel Durocher, Frank Sicheri
The KEOPS/EKC complex is a tRNA modification complex involved in the biosynthesis of N(6)-threonylcarbamoyladenosine (t(6)A), a universally conserved tRNA modification found on ANN-codon recognizing tRNAs. In archaea and eukaryotes, KEOPS is composed of OSGEP/Kae1, PRPK/Bud32, TPRKB/Cgi121 and LAGE3/Pcc1. In fungi, KEOPS contains an additional subunit, Gon7, whose orthologs outside of fungi, if existent, remain unidentified. In addition to displaying defective t(6)A biosynthesis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains harboring KEOPS mutations are compromised for telomere homeostasis, growth and transcriptional co-activation...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903906/eupathdb-the-eukaryotic-pathogen-genomics-database-resource
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Cristina Aurrecoechea, Ana Barreto, Evelina Y Basenko, John Brestelli, Brian P Brunk, Shon Cade, Kathryn Crouch, Ryan Doherty, Dave Falke, Steve Fischer, Bindu Gajria, Omar S Harb, Mark Heiges, Christiane Hertz-Fowler, Sufen Hu, John Iodice, Jessica C Kissinger, Cris Lawrence, Wei Li, Deborah F Pinney, Jane A Pulman, David S Roos, Achchuthan Shanmugasundram, Fatima Silva-Franco, Sascha Steinbiss, Christian J Stoeckert, Drew Spruill, Haiming Wang, Susanne Warrenfeltz, Jie Zheng
The Eukaryotic Pathogen Genomics Database Resource (EuPathDB, http://eupathdb.org) is a collection of databases covering 170+ eukaryotic pathogens (protists & fungi), along with relevant free-living and non-pathogenic species, and select pathogen hosts. To facilitate the discovery of meaningful biological relationships, the databases couple preconfigured searches with visualization and analysis tools for comprehensive data mining via intuitive graphical interfaces and APIs. All data are analyzed with the same workflows, including creation of gene orthology profiles, so data are easily compared across data sets, data types and organisms...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902701/heads-shoulders-elbows-knees-and-toes-modular-gdf5-enhancers-control-different-joints-in-the-vertebrate-skeleton
#8
Hao Chen, Terence D Capellini, Michael Schoor, Doug P Mortlock, A Hari Reddi, David M Kingsley
Synovial joints are crucial for support and locomotion in vertebrates, and are the frequent site of serious skeletal defects and degenerative diseases in humans. Growth and differentiation factor 5 (Gdf5) is one of the earliest markers of joint formation, is required for normal joint development in both mice and humans, and has been genetically linked to risk of common osteoarthritis in Eurasian populations. Here, we systematically survey the mouse Gdf5 gene for regulatory elements controlling expression in synovial joints...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902439/evidence-that-pneumococcal-walk-is-regulated-by-stkp-through-protein-protein-interaction
#9
Gro Anita Stamsås, Daniel Straume, Zhian Salehian, Leiv Sigve Håvarstein
WalRK is the only two-component regulatory system essential for viability in Streptococcus pneumoniae. Despite its importance, the biological role of this system is not well understood. However, previous studies have shown that it has a crucial role in controlling pneumococcal cell division. Considerable efforts have been made to understand how the WalRK system is regulated, but no signal(s) sensed by the WalK histidine kinase has been identified so far. Here, we provide evidence that the serine/threonine protein kinase StkP modulates the activity of WalK through direct protein-protein interaction, suggesting that this interaction is one of the signals sensed by WalK...
November 29, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900493/mining-the-cicer-arietinum-genome-for-the-mildew-locus-o-mlo-gene-family-and-comparative-evolutionary-analysis-of-the-mlo-genes-from-medicago-truncatula-and-some-other-plant-species
#10
Reena Deshmukh, V K Singh, Brahma Deo Singh
The mildew locus O (Mlo) gene family is ubiquitous in land plants. Some members of this gene family are involved in negative regulation of powdery mildew resistance, while others are involved in several other biological functions. Mlo proteins have characteristic seven transmembrane domains and a calmodulin-binding domain at their C-termini, and are associated with plasma membrane. The Mlo gene family has been studied in several economically important cereals, but little information is available on this gene family in the important legumes, Medicago truncatula Gaertn...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899662/kegg-new-perspectives-on-genomes-pathways-diseases-and-drugs
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Minoru Kanehisa, Miho Furumichi, Mao Tanabe, Yoko Sato, Kanae Morishima
KEGG (http://www.kegg.jp/ or http://www.genome.jp/kegg/) is an encyclopedia of genes and genomes. Assigning functional meanings to genes and genomes both at the molecular and higher levels is the primary objective of the KEGG database project. Molecular-level functions are stored in the KO (KEGG Orthology) database, where each KO is defined as a functional ortholog of genes and proteins. Higher-level functions are represented by networks of molecular interactions, reactions and relations in the forms of KEGG pathway maps, BRITE hierarchies and KEGG modules...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899580/orthodb-v9-1-cataloging-evolutionary-and-functional-annotations-for-animal-fungal-plant-archaeal-bacterial-and-viral-orthologs
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Evgeny M Zdobnov, Fredrik Tegenfeldt, Dmitry Kuznetsov, Robert M Waterhouse, Felipe A Simão, Panagiotis Ioannidis, Mathieu Seppey, Alexis Loetscher, Evgenia V Kriventseva
OrthoDB is a comprehensive catalog of orthologs, genes inherited by extant species from a single gene in their last common ancestor. In 2016 OrthoDB reached its 9th release, growing to over 22 million genes from over 5000 species, now adding plants, archaea and viruses. In this update we focused on usability of this fast-growing wealth of data: updating the user and programmatic interfaces to browse and query the data, and further enhancing the already extensive integration of available gene functional annotations...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899510/identification-and-in-silico-modeling-of-enhancers-reveals-new-features-of-the-cardiac-differentiation-network
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Denis Seyres, Yad Ghavi-Helm, Guillaume Junion, Ouarda Taghli-Lamallem, Céline Guichard, Laurence Röder, Charles Girardot, Eileen E M Furlong, Laurent Perrin
Developmental patterning and tissue formation are regulated through complex gene regulatory networks (GRNs) driven through the action of transcription factors (TFs) converging on enhancer elements. Here, as a point of entry to dissect the poorly defined GRN underlying cardiomyocyte differentiation, we apply an integrated approach to identify active enhancers and TFs involved in Drosophila heart development. The Drosophila heart consists of 104 cardiomyocytes, representing less than 0.5% of all cells in the embryo...
December 1, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898758/evolutionary-profiling-of-group-ii-pyridoxal-phosphate-dependent-decarboxylases-suggests-expansion-and-functional-diversification-of-histidine-decarboxylases-in-tomato
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Rahul Kumar, Gitanjali Jiwani, Amit Pareek, Thula SravanKumar, Ashima Khurana, Arun K Sharma
Pyridoxal phosphate (PLP)-dependent enzymes are one of the most important enzymes involved in plant N metabolism. Here, we explored the evolution of group II PLP-dependent decarboxylases (PLP_deC), including aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase, glutamate decarboxylase, and histidine decarboxylase in the plant lineage. Gene identification analysis revealed a higher number of genes encoding PLP_deC in higher plants than in lower plants. Expression profiling of PLP_deC orthologs and syntelogs in (L.) Heynh., pepper ( L...
March 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897175/accelerated-pseudogenization-on-the-neo-x-chromosome-in-drosophila-miranda
#15
Masafumi Nozawa, Kanako Onizuka, Mai Fujimi, Kazuho Ikeo, Takashi Gojobori
Y chromosomes often degenerate via the accumulation of pseudogenes and transposable elements. By contrast, little is known about X-chromosome degeneration. Here we compare the pseudogenization process between genes on the neo-sex chromosomes in Drosophila miranda and their autosomal orthologues in closely related species. The pseudogenization rate on the neo-X is much lower than the rate on the neo-Y, but appears to be higher than the rate on the orthologous autosome in D. pseudoobscura. Genes under less functional constraint and/or genes with male-biased expression tend to become pseudogenes on the neo-X, indicating the accumulation of slightly deleterious mutations and the feminization of the neo-X...
November 29, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896958/when-should-we-not-transfer-functional-annotation-between-sequence-paralogs
#16
Mengfei Cao, Lenore J Cowen
Current automated computational methods to assign functional labels to unstudied genes often involve transferring annotation from orthologous or paralogous genes, however such genes can evolve divergent functions, making such transfer inappropriate. We consider the problem of determining when it is correct to make such an assignment between paralogs. We construct a benchmark dataset of two types of similar paralogous pairs of genes in the well-studied model organism S. cerevisiae: one set of pairs where single deletion mutants have very similar phenotypes (implying similar functions), and another set of pairs where single deletion mutants have very divergent phenotypes (implying different functions)...
2016: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896735/inferring-functional-relationships-from-conservation-of-gene-order
#17
Gabriel Moreno-Hagelsieb
Predicting functional associations using the Gene Neighbor Method depends on the simple idea that if genes are conserved next to each other in evolutionarily distant prokaryotes they might belong to a polycistronic transcription unit. The procedure presented in this chapter starts with the organization of the genes within genomes into pairs of adjacent genes. Then, the pairs of adjacent genes in a genome of interest are mapped to their corresponding orthologs in other, informative, genomes. The final step is to verify if the mapped orthologs are also pairs of adjacent genes in the informative genomes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893794/single-amino-acid-repeats-in-the-proteome-world-structural-functional-and-evolutionary-insights
#18
Amitha Sampath Kumar, Divya Tej Sowpati, Rakesh K Mishra
Microsatellites or simple sequence repeats (SSR) are abundant, highly diverse stretches of short DNA repeats present in all genomes. Tandem mono/tri/hexanucleotide repeats in the coding regions contribute to single amino acids repeats (SAARs) in the proteome. While SSRs in the coding region always result in amino acid repeats, a majority of SAARs arise due to a combination of various codons representing the same amino acid and not as a consequence of SSR events. Certain amino acids are abundant in repeat regions indicating a positive selection pressure behind the accumulation of SAARs...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892923/origin-and-function-of-stomata-in-the-moss-physcomitrella-patens
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Caspar C Chater, Robert S Caine, Marta Tomek, Simon Wallace, Yasuko Kamisugi, Andrew C Cuming, Daniel Lang, Cora A MacAlister, Stuart Casson, Dominique C Bergmann, Eva L Decker, Wolfgang Frank, Julie E Gray, Andrew Fleming, Ralf Reski, David J Beerling
Stomata are microscopic valves on plant surfaces that originated over 400 million years (Myr) ago and facilitated the greening of Earth's continents by permitting efficient shoot-atmosphere gas exchange and plant hydration(1). However, the core genetic machinery regulating stomatal development in non-vascular land plants is poorly understood(2-4) and their function has remained a matter of debate for a century(5). Here, we show that genes encoding the two basic helix-loop-helix proteins PpSMF1 (SPEECH, MUTE and FAMA-like) and PpSCREAM1 (SCRM1) in the moss Physcomitrella patens are orthologous to transcriptional regulators of stomatal development in the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana and essential for stomata formation in moss...
November 28, 2016: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892490/identification-and-expression-analysis-of-an-olfactory-receptor-gene-family-in-green-plant-bug-apolygus-lucorum-meyer-d%C3%A3-r
#20
Xing-Kui An, Liang Sun, Hang-Wei Liu, Dan-Feng Liu, Yu-Xiao Ding, Le-Mei Li, Yong-Jun Zhang, Yu-Yuan Guo
Olfactory receptors are believed to play a central role in insects host-seeking, mating, and ovipositing. On the basis of male and female antennal transcriptome of adult Apolygus lucorum, a total of 110 candidate A. lucorum odorant receptors (AlucOR) were identified in this study including five previously annotated AlucORs. All the sequences were validated by cloning and sequencing. Tissue expression profiles analysis by RT-PCR indicated most AlucORs were antennal highly expressed genes. The qPCR measurements further revealed 40 AlucORs were significantly higher in the antennae...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
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