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Extrachromosomal DNA

Tsai-Wen Wan, Olga E Khokhlova, Yasuhisa Iwao, Wataru Higuchi, Wei-Chun Hung, Ivan V Reva, Olga A Singur, Vladimir V Gostev, Sergey V Sidorenko, Olga V Peryanova, Alla B Salmina, Galina V Reva, Lee-Jene Teng, Tatsuo Yamamoto
ST8/SCCmecIV community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) has been a common threat, with large USA300 epidemics in the United States. The global geographical structure of ST8/SCCmecIV has not yet been fully elucidated. We herein determined the complete circular genome sequence of ST8/SCCmecIVc strain OC8 from Siberian Russia. We found that 36.0% of the genome was inverted relative to USA300. Two IS256, oppositely oriented, at IS256-enriched hot spots were implicated with the one-megabase genomic inversion (MbIN) and vSaβ split...
2016: PloS One
Abigail Pérez-Valdespino, Alfredo Lazarini-Martínez, Alejandro X Rivera-González, Normand García-Hernández, Everardo Curiel-Quesada
Integrons are non-mobile bacterial genetic elements that carry different cassettes conferring antibiotic resistance. Cassettes can excise or integrate by action of an integron-encoded integrase, enabling bacteria to face environmental challenges. In this work, the functionality and dynamics of two integrons carrying the same cassette arrangement (dfrA12-orfF-aadA2), but located on plasmid or chromosome in two different strains were studied. In order to demonstrate the functionality of the Class 1 integrase, circular cassette integration intermediaries were PCR amplified by PCR using extrachromosomal DNA extracted from bacteria grown in the presence or absence of cassette-encoded antibiotics...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Dorota Korsak, Magdalena Szuplewska
A total of 127 Listeria isolates from food and food processing environments, including 75 L. innocua, 49 L. welshimeri, 2 L. seeligeri and 1L. grayi were tested for susceptibility to eight antimicrobials, benzalkonium chloride (BC), cadmium and arsenic. The isolates were also screened for the presence of extrachromosomal genetic elements - plasmids, and their restriction pattern types were determined. All strains were susceptible to ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, erythromycin, gentamicin, rifampicin, trimethoprim and vancomycin...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Kit-San Yuen, Chi-Ping Chan, Kin-Hang Kok, Dong-Yan Jin
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-CRISPR associated protein 9 nuclease (Cas9) system is a powerful genome-editing tool for both chromosomal and extrachromosomal DNA. DNA viruses such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which undergoes episomal replication in human cells, can be effectively edited by CRISPR/Cas9. We have demonstrated targeted editing of the EBV genome by CRISPR/Cas9 in several lines of EBV-infected cells. CRISPR/Cas9-based mutagenesis and genome engineering of EBV provides a new method for genetic analysis, which has some advantages over bacterial artificial chromosome-based recombineering...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Ekaterina Dimitrova Bojilova, Christine Weyn, Marie-Hélène Antoine, Véronique Fontaine
Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) have been shown to render HPV-carrying cells susceptible to intrinsic and extrinsic apoptotic signals. As such, these epigenetic drugs have entered clinical trials in the effort to treat cervical cancer. Here, we studied the effect of common HDACi, with an emphasis on Trichostatin A (TSA), on the transcriptional activity of the HPV-16 Long Control Region (LCR) in order to better understand the impact of these agents in the context of the HPV life cycle and infection. HDACi strongly induced transcription of the firefly luciferase reporter gene under the control of the HPV-16 LCR in a variety of cell lines...
September 26, 2016: Oncotarget
Ernst Jan M Speel
Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are a necessary cause of anogenital squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) and a subgroup of head and neck SCC, i.e., those originating in the oropharynx. The key events in high-risk HPV (HRHPV)-associated neoplastic progression include persistent infection, deregulated expression of virus early genes in basal epithelial cells, local immune suppression and the accumulation of chromosomal alterations. Evidence for these events particularly comes from studies of uterine cervical carcinogenesis; primary premalignant HRHPV-positive lesions of the head and neck mucosa are seldomly detected...
2017: Recent Results in Cancer Research
María A Oliva
Bacterial extrachromosomal DNAs often contribute to virulence in pathogenic organisms or facilitate adaptation to particular environments. The transmission of genetic information from one generation to the next requires sufficient partitioning of DNA molecules to ensure that at least one copy reaches each side of the division plane and is inherited by the daughter cells. Segregation of the bacterial chromosome occurs during or after replication and probably involves a strategy in which several protein complexes participate to modify the folding pattern and distribution first of the origin domain and then of the rest of the chromosome...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Konstantin Severinov, Iaroslav Ispolatov, Ekaterina Semenova
Prokaryotic type I CRISPR-Cas systems respond to the presence of mobile genetic elements such as plasmids and phages in two different ways. CRISPR interference efficiently destroys foreign DNA harboring protospacers fully matching CRISPR RNA spacers. In contrast, even a single mismatch between a spacer and a protospacer can render CRISPR interference ineffective but causes primed adaptation-efficient and specific acquisition of additional spacers from foreign DNA into the CRISPR array of the host. It has been proposed that the interference and primed adaptation pathways are mediated by structurally different complexes formed by the effector Cascade complex on matching and mismatched protospacers...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Yang Hu, Guang Shi, Laichen Zhang, Feng Li, Yuanling Jiang, Shuai Jiang, Wenbin Ma, Yong Zhao, Zhou Songyang, Junjiu Huang
Activation of telomerase or alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) is necessary for tumours to escape from dysfunctional telomere-mediated senescence. Anti-telomerase drugs might be effective in suppressing tumour growth in approximately 85-90% of telomerase-positive cancer cells. However, there are still chances for these cells to bypass drug treatment after switching to the ALT mechanism to maintain their telomere integrity. But the mechanism underlying this switch is unknown. In this study, we used telomerase-positive cancer cells (HTC75) to discover the mechanism of the telomerase-ALT switch by inducing telomere-specific DNA damage, alpha-thalassemia X-linked syndrome protein (ATRX) knockdown and deletion of death associated protein (DAXX)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Franceline Juillard, Min Tan, Shijun Li, Kenneth M Kaye
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) has an etiologic role in Kaposi's sarcoma, primary effusion lymphoma, and multicentric Castleman's disease. These diseases are most common in immunocompromised individuals, especially those with AIDS. Similar to all herpesviruses, KSHV infection is lifelong. KSHV infection in tumor cells is primarily latent, with only a small subset of cells undergoing lytic infection. During latency, the KSHV genome persists as a multiple copy, extrachromosomal episome in the nucleus...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
B-E Myagmarjav, M A Konkol, J Ramsey, S Mukhopadhyay, D B Kearns
: The ancestral Bacillus subtilis strain 3610 contains an 84-kb plasmid called pBS32 that was lost during domestication of commonly used laboratory derivatives. Here we demonstrate that pBS32, normally present at 1 or 2 copies per cell, increases in copy number nearly 100-fold when cells are treated with the DNA-damaging agent mitomycin C. Mitomycin C treatment also caused cell lysis dependent on pBS32-borne prophage genes. ZpdN, a sigma factor homolog encoded by pBS32, was required for the plasmid response to DNA damage, and artificial expression of ZpdN was sufficient to induce pBS32 hyperreplication and cell death...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
Sho-Hei Mitsuda, Noriaki Shimizu
A plasmid bearing both a replication initiation region and a matrix attachment region is spontaneously amplified in transfected mammalian cells and generates plasmid repeats in the extrachromosomal double minutes (DMs) or the chromosomal homogeneously staining region (HSR). Generally, the repeat sequences are subject to repeat-induced gene silencing, the mechanism of which remains to be elucidated. Previous research showed that gene expression from the same plasmid repeat was higher from repeats located at DMs than at the HSR, which may reflect the extrachromosomal environment of the DMs...
2016: PloS One
Heather Root, Andrew Larsen, Martin Komosa, Fakhriya Al'Azri, Ren Li, David P Bazett-Jones, M Stephen Meyn
Fanconi Anemia and Bloom syndrome are genomic instability syndromes caused by mutations in proteins that participate in overlapping DNA repair and replication pathways. Here, we show that the monoubiquitinated form of the Fanconi Anemia protein FANCD2 acts in opposition to the BLM DNA helicase to restrain telomere replication and recombination in human cells that utilize the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT) pathway. ALT relies on exchanges of telomeric DNA to maintain telomeres, a process that we show FANCD2 suppresses...
July 17, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Lisa A Poole, David Cortez
DNA replication is constantly challenged by both endogenous and exogenous sources of replication stress. SMARCAL1, an SNF2 family DNA translocase, functions in the DNA damage response to address these obstacles and promote the completion of replication. Most studies examining the function of SMARCAL1 and related enzymes have relied on the addition of exogenous genotoxic agents, but SMARCAL1 is needed even in the absence of these drugs to maintain genome stability during DNA replication. We recently determined that SMARCAL1 functions to limit DNA damage during replication of difficult-to-replicate telomere sequences...
May 3, 2016: Nucleus
Corrado Spadafora
Mature spermatozoa are permeable to foreign DNA and RNA molecules. Here I propose a model, whereby extrachromosomal genetic information, mostly encoded in the form of RNA in somatic cells, can cross the Weismann barrier and reach epididymal spermatozoa. LINE-1 retrotransposon-derived reverse transcriptase (RT) can play key roles in the process by expanding the RNA-encoded information. Retrotransposon-encoded RT is stored in mature gametes, is highly expressed in early embryos and undifferentiated cells, and becomes downregulated in differentiated cells...
August 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Diana Patzelt, Victoria Michael, Orsola Päuker, Matthias Ebert, Petra Tielen, Dieter Jahn, Jürgen Tomasch, Jörn Petersen, Irene Wagner-Döbler
Rhodobacteraceae harbor a conspicuous wealth of extrachromosomal replicons (ECRs) and therefore the exchange of genetic material via horizontal transfer has been supposed to be a major evolutionary driving force. Many plasmids in this group encode type IV secretion systems (T4SS) that are expected to mediate transfer of proteins and/or DNA into host cells, but no experimental evidence of either has yet been provided. Dinoroseobacter shibae, a species of the Roseobacter group within the Rhodobacteraceae family, contains five ECRs that are crucial for anaerobic growth, survival under starvation and the pathogenicity of this model organism...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Lukasz Dziewit, Monika Radlinska
Aeromonas species are causative agents of a wide spectrum of diseases in animals and humans. Although these bacteria are commonly found in various environments, little is known about their phages. Thus far, only one temperate Aeromonas phage has been characterized. Whole-genome sequencing of an Aeromonas sp. strain ARM81 revealed the presence of two prophage clusters. One of them is integrated into the chromosome and the other was maintained as an extrachromosomal, linear plasmid-like prophage encoding a protelomerase...
August 2016: Journal of General Virology
Alfredo Diaz-Lara, David H Gent, Robert R Martin
During a survey for new viruses affecting hop plants, a circular DNA molecule was identified via rolling circle amplification (RCA) and later characterized. A small region of the 5.7-kb long molecule aligned with a microsatellite region in the Humulus lupulus genome, and no coding sequence was identified. Sequence analysis and literature review suggest that the small DNA molecule is an extranuclear DNA element, specifically, an extrachromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA), and its presence was confirmed by electron microscopy...
2016: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
Wonseok Yoo, Dongbin Lim, Sangsoo Kim
A retron is a bacterial retroelement that encodes an RNA gene and a reverse transcriptase (RT). The former, once transcribed, works as a template primer for reverse transcription by the latter. The resulting DNA is covalently linked to the upstream part of the RNA; this chimera is called multicopy single-stranded DNA (msDNA), which is extrachromosomal DNA found in many bacterial species. Based on the conserved features in the eight known msDNA sequences, we developed a detection method and applied it to scan National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) RefSeq bacterial genome sequences...
March 2016: Genomics & Informatics
Henrik D Møller, Rasmus K Bojsen, Chris Tachibana, Lance Parsons, David Botstein, Birgitte Regenberg
Extrachromosomal circular DNAs (eccDNAs) are common genetic elements in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and are reported in other eukaryotes as well. EccDNAs contribute to genetic variation among somatic cells in multicellular organisms and to evolution of unicellular eukaryotes. Sensitive methods for detecting eccDNA are needed to clarify how these elements affect genome stability and how environmental and biological factors induce their formation in eukaryotic cells. This video presents a sensitive eccDNA-purification method called Circle-Seq...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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