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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167281/polytene-chromosome-structure-and-somatic-genome-instability
#1
Allan C Spradling
Polytene chromosomes have for 80 years provided the highest resolution view of interphase genome structure in an animal cell nucleus. These chromosomes represent the normal genomic state of nearly all Drosophila larval and many adult cells, and a better understanding of their striking banded structure has been sought for decades. A more recently appreciated characteristic of Drosophila polytene cells is somatic genome instability caused by unfinished replication (UR). Repair of stalled forks generates enough deletions in polytene salivary gland cells to alter 10%-90% of the DNA strands within more than 100 UR regions comprising 20% of the euchromatic genome...
November 22, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985404/small-rna-profiling-in-chlamydomonas-insights-into-chloroplast-rna-metabolism
#2
Marina Cavaiuolo, Richard Kuras, Francis-André Wollman, Yves Choquet, Olivier Vallon
In Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, regulation of chloroplast gene expression is mainly post-transcriptional. It requires nucleus-encoded trans-acting protein factors for maturation/stabilization (M factors) or translation (T factors) of specific target mRNAs. We used long- and small-RNA sequencing to generate a detailed map of the transcriptome. Clusters of sRNAs marked the 5' end of all mature mRNAs. Their absence in M-factor mutants reflects the protection of transcript 5' end by the cognate factor. Enzymatic removal of 5'-triphosphates allowed identifying those cosRNA that mark a transcription start site...
October 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972141/dissecting-the-molecular-assembly-of-the-toxoplasma-gondii-myoa-motility-complex
#3
Cameron J Powell, Meredith L Jenkins, Michelle L Parker, Raghavendran Ramaswamy, Anne Kelsen, David M Warshaw, Gary E Ward, John E Burke, Martin J Boulanger
Apicomplexan parasites such as Toxoplasma gondii rely on a unique form of locomotion known as gliding motility. Generating the mechanical forces to support motility are divergent class XIV myosins (MyoA) coordinated by accessory proteins known as light chains. While the importance of the MyoA-light chain complex is well established, the detailed mechanisms governing its assembly and regulation are relatively unknown. To establish a molecular blueprint of this dynamic complex, we first mapped the adjacent binding sites of light chains MLC1 and ELC1 on the MyoA neck (residues 775-818) using a combination of hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDX-MS) and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC)...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833168/effector-mediated-discovery-of-a-novel-resistance-gene-against-bremia-lactucae-in-a-nonhost-lettuce-species
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Anne K J Giesbers, Alexandra J E Pelgrom, Richard G F Visser, Rients E Niks, Guido Van den Ackerveken, Marieke J W Jeuken
Candidate effectors from lettuce downy mildew (Bremia lactucae) enable high-throughput germplasm screening for the presence of resistance (R) genes. The nonhost species Lactuca saligna comprises a source of B. lactucae R genes that has hardly been exploited in lettuce breeding. Its cross-compatibility with the host species L. sativa enables the study of inheritance of nonhost resistance (NHR). We performed transient expression of candidate RXLR effector genes from B. lactucae in a diverse Lactuca germplasm set...
November 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827308/properties-of-a-family-56-carbohydrate-binding-module-and-its-role-in-the-recognition-and-hydrolysis-of-%C3%AE-1-3-glucan
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Andrew Hettle, Alexander Fillo, Kento Abe, Patricia Massel, Benjamin Pluvinage, David N Langelaan, Steven P Smith, Alisdair B Boraston
BH0236 from Bacillus halodurans is a multimodular β-1,3-glucanase comprising an N-terminal family 81 glycoside hydrolase catalytic module, an internal family 6 carbohydrate-binding module (CBM) that binds the nonreducing end of β-1,3-glucan chains, and an uncharacterized C-terminal module classified into CBM family 56. Here, we determined that this latter CBM, BhCBM56, bound the soluble β-1,3-glucan laminarin with a dissociation constant (Kd ) of ∼26 μm and displayed higher affinity for insoluble β-1,3-glucans with Kd values of ∼2-10 μm but lacked affinity for β-1,3-glucooligosaccharides...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821810/extracting-intercellular-signaling-network-of-cancer-tissues-using-ligand-receptor-expression-patterns-from-whole-tumor-and-single-cell-transcriptomes
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Joseph X Zhou, Roberto Taramelli, Edoardo Pedrini, Theo Knijnenburg, Sui Huang
Many behaviors of cancer, such as progression, metastasis and drug resistance etc., cannot be fully understood by genetic mutations or intracellular signaling alone. Instead, they are emergent properties of the cell community which forms a tumor. Studies of tumor heterogeneity reveal that many cancer behaviors critically depend on intercellular communication between cancer cells themselves and between cancer-stromal cells by secreted signaling molecules (ligands) and their cognate receptors. We analyzed public cancer transcriptome database for changes in cell-cell interactions as the characteristic of malignancy...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820292/p53-binding-sites-in-normal-and-cancer-cells-are-characterized-by-distinct-chromatin-context
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Feifei Bao, Peter R LoVerso, Jeffrey N Fisk, Victor B Zhurkin, Feng Cui
The tumor suppressor protein p53 interacts with DNA in a sequence-dependent manner. Thousands of p53 binding sites have been mapped genome-wide in normal and cancer cells. However, the way p53 selectively binds its cognate sites in different types of cells is not fully understood. Here, we performed a comprehensive analysis of 25 published p53 cistromes and identified 3,551 and 6,039 'high-confidence' binding sites in normal and cancer cells, respectively. Our analysis revealed two distinct epigenetic features underlying p53-DNA interactions in vivo...
August 18, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808054/mst4-kinase-phosphorylates-acap4-protein-to-orchestrate-apical-membrane-remodeling-during-gastric-acid-secretion
#8
Xiao Yuan, Phil Y Yao, Jiying Jiang, Yin Zhang, Zeqi Su, Wendy Yao, Xueying Wang, Ping Gui, McKay Mullen, Calmour Henry, Tarsha Ward, Wenwen Wang, Larry Brako, Ruijun Tian, Xuannv Zhao, Fengsong Wang, Xinwang Cao, Dongmei Wang, Xing Liu, Xia Ding, Xuebiao Yao
Digestion in the stomach depends on acidification of the lumen. Histamine-elicited acid secretion is triggered by activation of the PKA cascade, which ultimately results in the insertion of gastric H,K-ATPases into the apical plasma membranes of parietal cells. Our recent study revealed the functional role of PKA-MST4-ezrin signaling axis in histamine-elicited acid secretion. However, it remains uncharacterized how the PKA-MST4-ezrin signaling axis operates the insertion of H,K-ATPases into the apical plasma membranes of gastric parietal cells...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716922/local-destabilization-rigid-body-and-fuzzy-docking-facilitate-the-phosphorylation-of-the-transcription-factor-ets-1-by-the-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-erk2
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Andrea Piserchio, Mangalika Warthaka, Tamer S Kaoud, Kari Callaway, Kevin N Dalby, Ranajeet Ghose
Mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase substrates are believed to require consensus docking motifs (D-site, F-site) to engage and facilitate efficient site-specific phosphorylation at specific serine/threonine-proline sequences by their cognate kinases. In contrast to other MAP kinase substrates, the transcription factor Ets-1 has no canonical docking motifs, yet it is efficiently phosphorylated by the MAP kinase ERK2 at a consensus threonine site (T38). Using NMR methodology, we demonstrate that this phosphorylation is enabled by a unique bipartite mode of ERK2 engagement by Ets-1 and involves two suboptimal noncanonical docking interactions instead of a single canonical docking motif...
August 1, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656904/mapping-quorum-sensing-onto-neural-networks-to-understand-collective-decision-making-in-heterogeneous-microbial-communities
#10
Tahir I Yusufaly, James Q Boedicker
Microbial communities frequently communicate via quorum sensing (QS), where cells produce, secrete, and respond to a threshold level of an autoinducer (AI) molecule, thereby modulating gene expression. However, the biology of QS remains incompletely understood in heterogeneous communities, where variant bacterial strains possess distinct QS systems that produce chemically unique AIs. AI molecules bind to 'cognate' receptors, but also to 'non-cognate' receptors found in other strains, resulting in inter-strain crosstalk...
July 19, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611094/agonist-specific-protein-interactomes-of-glucocorticoid-and-androgen-receptor-as-revealed-by-proximity-mapping
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Joanna K Lempiäinen, Einari A Niskanen, Kaisa-Mari Vuoti, Riikka E Lampinen, Helka Göös, Markku Varjosalo, Jorma J Palvimo
Glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and androgen receptor (AR) are steroid-inducible transcription factors (TFs). The GR and the AR are central regulators of various metabolic, homeostatic and differentiation processes and hence important therapeutic targets, especially in inflammation and prostate cancer, respectively. Hormone binding to these steroid receptors (SRs) leads to DNA binding and activation or repression of their target genes with the aid of interacting proteins, coregulators. However, protein interactomes of these important drug targets have remained poorly defined...
August 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607033/perception-of-root-active-cle-peptides-requires-coryne-function-in-the-phloem-vasculature
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Ora Hazak, Benjamin Brandt, Pietro Cattaneo, Julia Santiago, Antia Rodriguez-Villalon, Michael Hothorn, Christian S Hardtke
Arabidopsis root development is orchestrated by signaling pathways that consist of different CLAVATA3/EMBRYO SURROUNDING REGION (CLE) peptide ligands and their cognate CLAVATA (CLV) and BARELY ANY MERISTEM (BAM) receptors. How and where different CLE peptides trigger specific morphological or physiological changes in the root is poorly understood. Here, we report that the receptor-like protein CLAVATA 2 (CLV2) and the pseudokinase CORYNE (CRN) are necessary to fully sense root-active CLE peptides. We uncover BAM3 as the CLE45 receptor in the root and biochemically map its peptide binding surface...
August 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600003/novel-insights-into-the-expression-pattern-of-anaphylatoxin-receptors-in-mice-and-men
#13
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Yves Laumonnier, Christian M Karsten, Jörg Köhl
The anaphylatoxins (AT) C3a and C5a play important roles as mediators of inflammation. Further, they regulate and control multiple innate and adaptive immune responses through binding and activation of their cognate G protein-coupled receptors, i.e. C3a receptor (C3aR), C5a receptor 1 (C5aR1) and C5a receptor 2 (C5aR2), although the latter lacks important sequence motifs for G protein-coupling. Based on their pleiotropic functions, they contribute not only to tissue homeostasis but drive, perpetuate and resolve immune responses in many inflammatory diseases including infections, malignancies, autoimmune as well as allergic diseases...
September 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481982/mcpas-tcr-a-manually-curated-catalogue-of-pathology-associated-t-cell-receptor-sequences
#14
Nili Tickotsky, Tal Sagiv, Jaime Prilusky, Eric Shifrut, Nir Friedman
Motivation: While growing numbers of T cell receptor (TCR) repertoires are being mapped by high-throughput sequencing, existing methods do not allow for computationally connecting a given TCR sequence to its target antigen, or relating it to a specific pathology. As an alternative, a manually-curated database can relate TCR sequences with their cognate antigens and associated pathologies based on published experimental data. Results: We present McPAS-TCR, a manually curated database of TCR sequences associated with various pathologies and antigens based on published literature...
September 15, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422494/genetically-encoded-2-aryl-5-carboxytetrazoles-for-site-selective-protein-photo-cross-linking
#15
Yulin Tian, Marco Paolo Jacinto, Yu Zeng, Zhipeng Yu, Jun Qu, Wenshe R Liu, Qing Lin
The genetically encoded photo-cross-linkers promise to offer a temporally controlled tool to map transient and dynamic protein-protein interaction complexes in living cells. Here we report the synthesis of a panel of 2-aryl-5-carboxytetrazole-lysine analogs (ACTKs) and their site-specific incorporation into proteins via amber codon suppression in Escherichia coli and mammalian cells. Among five ACTKs investigated, N-methylpyrroletetrazole-lysine (mPyTK) was found to give robust and site-selective photo-cross-linking reactivity in E...
May 3, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417191/mapping-of-estradiol-binding-sites-through-receptor-micro-autoradiography-in-the-endometrial-stroma-of-early-pregnant-mice
#16
Telma M T Zorn, Rodolfo R Favaro, Mauricio Soto-Suazo, Walter E Stumpf
Estradiol triggers key biological responses in the endometrium, which rely on the presence and levels of its cognate receptors on target cells. Employing the receptor micro-autoradiography (RMAR) technique, we aimed to provide a temporal and spatial map of the functional binding sites for estradiol in the mouse endometrial stroma during early pregnancy. Uterine samples from days 1.5 to 7.5 of pregnancy were collected 1 h after tritiated- (3H-) estradiol administration and prepared for RMAR analysis. Autoradiographic incorporation of 3H-thymidine (after 1-h pulse) was evaluated over the same gestational interval...
September 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344190/an-artificial-intelligence-approach-fit-for-trna-gene-studies-in-the-era-of-big-sequence-data
#17
Yuki Iwasaki, Takashi Abe, Kennosuke Wada, Yoshiko Wada, Toshimichi Ikemura
Unsupervised data mining capable of extracting a wide range of knowledge from big data without prior knowledge or particular models is a timely application in the era of big sequence data accumulation in genome research. By handling oligonucleotide compositions as high-dimensional data, we have previously modified the conventional self-organizing map (SOM) for genome informatics and established BLSOM, which can analyze more than ten million sequences simultaneously. Here, we develop BLSOM specialized for tRNA genes (tDNAs) that can cluster (self-organize) more than one million microbial tDNAs according to their cognate amino acid solely depending on tetra- and pentanucleotide compositions...
September 12, 2017: Genes & Genetic Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336542/seten-a-tool-for-systematic-identification-and-comparison-of-processes-phenotypes-and-diseases-associated-with-rna-binding-proteins-from-condition-specific-clip-seq-profiles
#18
Gungor Budak, Rajneesh Srivastava, Sarath Chandra Janga
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) control the regulation of gene expression in eukaryotic genomes at post-transcriptional level by binding to their cognate RNAs. Although several variants of CLIP (crosslinking and immunoprecipitation) protocols are currently available to study the global protein-RNA interaction landscape at single-nucleotide resolution in a cell, currently there are very few tools that can facilitate understanding and dissecting the functional associations of RBPs from the resulting binding maps...
June 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318499/loss-of-function-mutations-in-lgi4-a-secreted-ligand-involved-in-schwann-cell-myelination-are-responsible-for-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita
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Shifeng Xue, Jérôme Maluenda, Florent Marguet, Mohammad Shboul, Loïc Quevarec, Carine Bonnard, Alvin Yu Jin Ng, Sumanty Tohari, Thong Teck Tan, Mung Kei Kong, Kristin G Monaghan, Megan T Cho, Carly E Siskind, Jacinda B Sampson, Carolina Tesi Rocha, Fawaz Alkazaleh, Marie Gonzales, Luc Rigonnot, Sandra Whalen, Marta Gut, Ivo Gut, Martine Bucourt, Byrappa Venkatesh, Annie Laquerrière, Bruno Reversade, Judith Melki
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is a developmental condition characterized by multiple joint contractures resulting from reduced or absent fetal movements. Through genetic mapping of disease loci and whole-exome sequencing in four unrelated multiplex families presenting with severe AMC, we identified biallelic loss-of-function mutations in LGI4 (leucine-rich glioma-inactivated 4). LGI4 is a ligand secreted by Schwann cells that regulates peripheral nerve myelination via its cognate receptor ADAM22 expressed by neurons...
April 6, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105698/characterization-and-in-vivo-regulon-determination-of-an-ecf-sigma-factor-and-its-cognate-anti-sigma-factor-in-nostoc-punctiforme
#20
Nicole Bell, Jamie J Lee, Michael L Summers
Based on primary sequence comparisons and genomic context, Npun_F4153 (SigG)/Npun_F4154 (SapG) of the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme were hypothesized to encode an ECF sigma factor/anti-sigma factor pair. Transcription of sigG increased in heterocysts and akinetes, and after EDTA treatment. Interaction between SigG and the predicted cytoplasmic domain of SapG was observed in vitro. A SigG-GFP translational fusion protein localized to the periphery of vegetative cells in vivo, but lost this association following heat stress...
April 2017: Molecular Microbiology
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