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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161564/cell-biology-when-your-own-chromosomes-act-like-foreign-dna
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Alexander Spektor, Neil T Umbreit, David Pellman
Two recent papers report the activation of a pro-inflammatory response by cytoplasmic DNA from aberrant nuclear structures called micronuclei. The findings have implications for tumor immunity, immunotherapy biomarker discovery, and possibly the many-sided effects of senescence-associated secretory phenotype.
November 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160297/structural-and-functional-analyses-of-the-mammalian-tin2-tpp1-trf2-telomeric-complex
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Chunyi Hu, Rekha Rai, Chenhui Huang, Cayla Broton, Juanjuan Long, Ying Xu, Jing Xue, Ming Lei, Sandy Chang, Yong Chen
Telomeres are nucleoprotein complexes that play essential roles in protecting chromosome ends. Mammalian telomeres consist of repetitive DNA sequences bound by the shelterin complex. In this complex, the POT1-TPP1 heterodimer binds to single-stranded telomeric DNAs, while TRF1 and TRF2-RAP1 interact with double-stranded telomeric DNAs. TIN2, the linchpin of this complex, simultaneously interacts with TRF1, TRF2, and TPP1 to mediate the stable assembly of the shelterin complex. However, the molecular mechanism by which TIN2 interacts with these proteins to orchestrate telomere protection remains poorly understood...
November 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160296/structure-of-the-fission-yeast-s-pombe-telomeric-tpz1-poz1-rap1-complex
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Jing Xue, Hongwen Chen, Jian Wu, Miho Takeuchi, Haruna Inoue, Yanmei Liu, Hong Sun, Yong Chen, Junko Kanoh, Ming Lei
Telomeric shelterin complex caps chromosome ends and plays a crucial role in telomere maintenance and protection. In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, shelterin is composed of telomeric single- and double-stranded DNA-binding protein subcomplexes Pot1-Tpz1 and Taz1-Rap1, which are bridged by their interacting protein Poz1. However, the structure of Poz1 and how Poz1 functions as an interaction hub in the shelterin complex remain unclear. Here we report the crystal structure of Poz1 in complex with Poz1-binding motifs of Tpz1 and Rap1...
November 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158628/identification-and-expression-profiling-analysis-of-tcp-family-genes-involved-in-growth-and-development-in-maize
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Wenbo Chai, Pengfei Jiang, Guoyu Huang, Haiyang Jiang, Xiaoyu Li
The TCP family is a group of plant-specific transcription factors. TCP genes encode proteins harboring bHLH structure, which is implicated in DNA binding and protein-protein interactions and known as the TCP domain. TCP genes play important roles in plant development and have been evolutionarily and functionally elaborated in various plants, however, no overall phylogenetic analysis or expression profiling of TCP genes in Zea mays has been reported. In the present study, a systematic analysis of molecular evolution and functional prediction of TCP family genes in maize (Z...
October 2017: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158440/cohesin-facilitates-zygotic-genome-activation-in-zebrafish
#5
Michael Meier, Jenny Grant, Amy Dowdle, Amarni Thomas, Jennifer Gerton, Philippe Collas, Justin M O'Sullivan, Julia A Horsfield
At zygotic genome activation (ZGA), changes in chromatin structure are associated with new transcription immediately following the maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT). The nuclear architectural proteins, cohesin and CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF), contribute to chromatin structure and gene regulation. We show here that normal cohesin function is important for ZGA in zebrafish. Depletion of cohesin subunit Rad21 delays ZGA without affecting cell cycle progression. In contrast, CTCF depletion has little effect on ZGA whereas complete abrogation is lethal...
November 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156220/the-epilepsy-phenotype-in-adult-patients-with-intellectual-disability-and-pathogenic-copy-number-variants
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Giuseppe d'Orsi, Tommaso Martino, Orazio Palumbo, Maria Grazia Pascarella, Pietro Palumbo, Maria Teresa Di Claudio, Carlo Avolio, Massimo Carella
PURPOSE: To characterize the electroclinical features of epilepsy associated with intellectual disability and pathogenic copy number variations (CNVs) METHODS: we prospectively investigated 61 adult patients with epilepsy and intellectual disability or other neurodevelopmental disorders. We performed high resolution SNP-Array analysis in order to detect clinical relevant chromosomal microdeletions and microduplications. An ordinal logistic regression model was fitted with 34 demographic, clinical and EEG-related variables in order to identify the epilepsy phenotype of patients with pathogenic CNVs...
November 14, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155818/snail1-mediated-downregulation-of-foxa-proteins-facilitates-the-inactivation-of-transcriptional-enhancer-elements-at-key-epithelial-genes-in-colorectal-cancer-cells
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Sabine Jägle, Hauke Busch, Vivien Freihen, Sven Beyes, Monika Schrempp, Melanie Boerries, Andreas Hecht
Phenotypic conversion of tumor cells through epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) requires massive gene expression changes. How these are brought about is not clear. Here we examined the impact of the EMT master regulator SNAIL1 on the FOXA family of transcription factors which are distinguished by their particular competence to induce chromatin reorganization for the activation of transcriptional enhancer elements. We show that the expression of SNAIL1 and FOXA genes is anticorrelated in transcriptomes of colorectal tumors and cell lines...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154412/the-impact-of-mating-systems-and-dispersal-on-fine-scale-genetic-structure-at-maternally-paternally-and-biparentally-inherited-markers
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Robyn E Shaw, Sam C Banks, Rod Peakall
For decades, studies have focused on how dispersal and mating systems influence genetic structure across populations or social-groups. However, we still lack a thorough understanding of how these processes and their interaction, shape spatial genetic patterns over a finer-scale (tens - hundreds of metres). Using uniparentally inherited markers may help answer these questions, yet their potential has not been fully explored. Here, we use individual-level simulations to investigate the effects of dispersal and mating system on fine-scale genetic structure at autosomal, mitochondrial and Y chromosome markers...
November 20, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153400/deciphering-pathogenicity-of-fusarium-oxysporum-from-a-phylogenomics-perspective
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Yong Zhang, Li-Jun Ma
Fusarium oxysporum is a large species complex of both plant and human pathogens that attack a diverse array of species in a host-specific manner. Comparative genomic studies have revealed that the host-specific pathogenicity of the F. oxysporum species complex (FOSC) was determined by distinct sets of supernumerary (SP) chromosomes. In contrast to common vertical transfer, where genetic materials are transmitted via cell division, SP chromosomes can be transmitted horizontally between phylogenetic lineages, explaining the polyphyletic nature of the host-specific pathogenicity of the FOSC...
2017: Advances in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153323/microtubule-tip-tracking-by-the-spindle-and-kinetochore-protein-ska1-requires-diverse-tubulin-interacting-surfaces
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Julie K Monda, Ian P Whitney, Ekaterina V Tarasovetc, Elizabeth Wilson-Kubalek, Ronald A Milligan, Ekaterina L Grishchuk, Iain M Cheeseman
The macromolecular kinetochore functions to generate interactions between chromosomal DNA and spindle microtubules [1]. To facilitate chromosome movement and segregation, kinetochores must maintain associations with both growing and shrinking microtubule ends. It is critical to define the proteins and their properties that allow kinetochores to associate with dynamic microtubules. The kinetochore-localized human Ska1 complex binds to microtubules and tracks with depolymerizing microtubule ends [2]. We now demonstrate that the Ska1 complex also autonomously tracks with growing microtubule ends in vitro, a key property that would allow this complex to act at kinetochores to mediate persistent associations with dynamic microtubules...
November 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153092/is-intrachromosomal-amplification-of-chromosome-21-iamp21-always-intrachromosomal
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Karen D Tsuchiya, Billy Davis, Rebecca A Gardner
Recurrent chromosomal abnormalities in childhood B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) provide prognostic information that is useful in determining treatment stratification. iAMP21 is a more recently recognized cytogenetic entity of B-ALL that was originally described as multiple copies of the RUNX1 gene on a structurally abnormal chromosome 21. Subsequent studies elucidated a common region of highest-level amplification that includes RUNX1. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is the most common method used to identify iAMP21, which is defined as the presence of five or more total copies of RUNX1, with three or more extra RUNX1 signals on a single abnormal chromosome 21...
December 2017: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152604/crosstalk-of-lkb1-and-pten-regulated-signals-in-liver-morphogenesis-and-tumor-development
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Chengyou Jia, Vivian Medina, Chenchang Liu, Lina He, Daohai Qian, Tu Taojian, Curtis T Okamoto, Bangyan L Stiles
Liver kinase B 1 (LKB1 or STK11) and PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homologue deleted on chromosome 10) are two tumor suppressors that regulate the mTOR signaling pathway. Deletion studies show that loss of either Lkb1 (Lkb(+/-) ) or Pten (Pten(loxP/loxP); Alb-Cre(+) ) leads to liver injury and development of hepatocarcinoma. In this study, we investigated the crosstalk of LKB1 and PTEN loss during tumorigenesis and liver development. We show here that haplo-insufficiency of Lkb1 in the liver leads to advanced tumor development in the Pten null mice (Pten(loxP/loxP); Lkb(loxP/+); Alb-Cre(+) )...
April 2017: Hepatol Commun
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151891/the-exon-junction-complex-factor-y14-is-dynamic-in-the-nucleus-of-the-beetle-tribolium-castaneum-during-late-oogenesis
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Artem M Kiselev, Irina S Stepanova, Leonid S Adonin, Florina M Batalova, Vladimir N Parfenov, Dmitry S Bogolyubov, Olga I Podgornaya
Background: The oocyte chromosomes of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, are gathered into a knot, forming a karyosphere at the diplotene stage of meiotic prophase. Chromatin rearrangement, which is a characteristic feature of oocyte maturation, is well documented. The T. castaneum karyosphere is surrounded by a complex extrachromosomal structure termed the karyosphere capsule. The capsule contains the vast majority of oocyte RNA. We have previously shown using a BrUTP assay that oocyte chromosomes in T...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151316/frequencies-and-distributions-of-sex-chromosome-abnormalities-in-females-with-the-turner-phenotype-a-long-term-retrospective-study-in-the-southern-region-of-turkey
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Nilgün Tanrıverdi, Osman Demirhan, Dilara Süleymanova, Ayfer Pazarbaşı
Background/aim: The genetic background of Turner syndrome (TS) is highly variable. The correlation between genotype and phenotype is not yet well understood. The aim of this study was to describe the frequencies and distributions of Turner karyotypes and to discuss the phenotype/genotype relation in a very large group of individuals with TS. Materials and methods: The karyotype results of 248 female participants were evaluated retrospectively.Results: Of 248 females with the Turner phenotype, 14.5% had normal karyotypes and 85...
November 13, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150717/genetic-diversity-and-phylogenetic-study-of-the-chinese-gelao-ethnic-minority-via-23-y-str-loci
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Pengyu Chen, Yanyan Han, Guanglin He, Haibo Luo, Tianzhen Gao, Feng Song, Dengfu Wan, Jian Yu, Yiping Hou
Haplotype diversity for 23 Y chromosomal short tandem repeat (Y-STR) loci included in the PowerPlex(®) Y23 System was analyzed in the Chinese Gelao minority group of 234 unrelated males living in Daozhen Gelao-Miao Autonomous County in Guizhou Province, southwest China. A total of 216 different haplotypes were detected, of which 199 haplotypes were unique. The overall haplotype diversity (HD) and discrimination capacity (DC) were 0.9996 and 0.9231, respectively. The gene diversity (GD) ranged from 0.4159 (DYS438) to 0...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150608/rapid-neo-sex-chromosome-evolution-and-incipient-speciation-in-a-major-forest-pest
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Ryan R Bracewell, Barbara J Bentz, Brian T Sullivan, Jeffrey M Good
Genome evolution is predicted to be rapid following the establishment of new (neo) sex chromosomes, but it is not known if neo-sex chromosome evolution plays an important role in speciation. Here we combine extensive crossing experiments with population and functional genomic data to examine neo-XY chromosome evolution and incipient speciation in the mountain pine beetle. We find a broad continuum of intrinsic incompatibilities in hybrid males that increase in strength with geographic distance between reproductively isolated populations...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150594/mating-design-and-genetic-structure-of-a-multi-parent-advanced-generation-inter-cross-magic-population-of-sorghum-sorghum-bicolor-l-moench
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Patrick O Ongom, Gebisa Ejeta
MAGIC populations are powerful next generation mapping resources. We describe here the mating design and structure of the first MAGIC population in sorghum and test its utility for mapping. The population was developed by intercrossing 19 diverse founder lines, through a series of paired crosses with a genetic male sterile source, followed by 10 generations of random mating. At the final stage of random mating, one thousand random fertile plants in the population were identified and subjected to six generations of selfing to produce 1000 immortal MAGIC inbred lines...
November 17, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149597/structural-basis-for-shelterin-bridge-assembly
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Jin-Kwang Kim, Jinqiang Liu, Xichan Hu, Clinton Yu, Kyle Roskamp, Banumathi Sankaran, Lan Huang, Elizabeth A Komives, Feng Qiao
Telomere elongation through telomerase enables chromosome survival during cellular proliferation. The conserved multifunctional shelterin complex associates with telomeres to coordinate multiple telomere activities, including telomere elongation by telomerase. Similar to the human shelterin, fission yeast shelterin is composed of telomeric sequence-specific double- and single-stranded DNA-binding proteins, Taz1 and Pot1, respectively, bridged by Rap1, Poz1, and Tpz1. Here, we report the crystal structure of the fission yeast Tpz1(475-508)-Poz1-Rap1(467-496) complex that provides the structural basis for shelterin bridge assembly...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149412/the-translationally-controlled-tumor-protein-and-the-cellular-response-to-ionizing-radiation-induced-dna-damage
#19
Jie Zhang, Grace Shim, Sonia M de Toledo, Edouard I Azzam
The absorption of ionizing radiation by living cells can directly disrupt atomic structures, producing chemical and biological changes. It can also act indirectly through radiolysis of water, thereby generating reactive chemical species that may damage nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids. Together, the direct and indirect effects of radiation initiate a series of biochemical and molecular signaling events that may repair the damage or culminate in permanent physiological changes or cell death. In efforts to gain insight into the mechanisms underlying these effects, we observed a prominent upregulation of the Translationally Controlled Tumor Protein (TCTP) in low dose/low dose rate (137)Cs γ-irradiated cells that was associated with adaptive responses that reduced chromosomal damage to a level lower than what occurs spontaneously...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149264/sim3c-simulation-of-hi-c-and-meta3c-proximity-ligation-sequencing-technologies
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Matthew Z DeMaere, Aaron E Darling
Background: Chromosome conformation capture (3C) and Hi-C DNA sequencing methods have rapidly advanced our understanding of the spatial organization of genomes and metagenomes. Many variants of these protocols have been developed, each with their own strengths. Currently there is no systematic means for simulating sequence data from this family of sequencing protocols, potentially hindering the advancement of algorithms to exploit this new datatype. Findings: We describe a computational simulator that, given simple parameters and reference genome sequences, will simulate Hi-C sequencing on those sequences...
November 15, 2017: GigaScience
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