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Caenorhabditis Elegans Alg-1 Antimorphic Mutations Uncover Functions For Argonaute In Microrna Guide Strand Selection And Passenger Strand Disposal, Anna Y. Zinovyeva, Isana Veksler-Lublinsky, Ajay A. Vashisht, James A. Wohlschlegel, Victor R. Ambros Sep 2015

Caenorhabditis Elegans Alg-1 Antimorphic Mutations Uncover Functions For Argonaute In Microrna Guide Strand Selection And Passenger Strand Disposal, Anna Y. Zinovyeva, Isana Veksler-Lublinsky, Ajay A. Vashisht, James A. Wohlschlegel, Victor R. Ambros

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MicroRNAs are regulators of gene expression whose functions are critical for normal development and physiology. We have previously characterized mutations in a Caenorhabditis elegans microRNA-specific Argonaute ALG-1 (Argonaute-like gene) that are antimorphic [alg-1(anti)]. alg-1(anti) mutants have dramatically stronger microRNA-related phenotypes than animals with a complete loss of ALG-1. ALG-1(anti) miRISC (microRNA induced silencing complex) fails to undergo a functional transition from microRNA processing to target repression. To better understand this transition, we characterized the small RNA and protein populations associated with ALG-1(anti) complexes in vivo. We extensively characterized proteins associated with wild-type and mutant ALG-1 and ...


Highly Selective In Vivo Labeling Of Subcutaneous White Adipocyte Precursors With Prx1-Cre, Joan Sanchez-Gurmaches, Wen-Yu Hsiao, David A. Guertin Apr 2015

Highly Selective In Vivo Labeling Of Subcutaneous White Adipocyte Precursors With Prx1-Cre, Joan Sanchez-Gurmaches, Wen-Yu Hsiao, David A. Guertin

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The origins of individual fat depots are not well understood, and thus, the availability of tools useful for studying depot-specific adipose tissue development and function is limited. Cre drivers that selectively target only brown adipocyte, subcutaneous white adipocyte, or visceral white adipocyte precursors would have significant value because they could be used to selectively study individual depots without impacting the adipocyte precursors or intrinsic metabolic properties of the other depots. Here, we show that the majority of the precursor and mature subcutaneous white adipocytes in adult C57Bl/6 mice are labeled by Prx1-Cre. In sharp contrast, few to no brown ...


The Ino80 Complex Prevents Invasion Of Euchromatin Into Silent Chromatin, Yong Xue, Christopher Van, Suman K. Pradhan, Trent Su, Jason Gehrke, Benjamin G. Kuryan, Tasuku Kitada, Ajay Vashisht, Nancy Tran, James Wohlschlegel, Craig L. Peterson, Siavash K. Kurdistani, Michael F. Carey Feb 2015

The Ino80 Complex Prevents Invasion Of Euchromatin Into Silent Chromatin, Yong Xue, Christopher Van, Suman K. Pradhan, Trent Su, Jason Gehrke, Benjamin G. Kuryan, Tasuku Kitada, Ajay Vashisht, Nancy Tran, James Wohlschlegel, Craig L. Peterson, Siavash K. Kurdistani, Michael F. Carey

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Here we show that the Ino80 chromatin remodeling complex (Ino80C) directly prevents euchromatin from invading transcriptionally silent chromatin within intergenic regions and at the border of euchromatin and heterochromatin. Deletion of Ino80C subunits leads to increased H3K79 methylation and noncoding RNA polymerase II (Pol II) transcription centered at the Ino80C-binding sites. The effect of Ino80C is direct, as it blocks H3K79 methylation by Dot1 in vitro. Heterochromatin stimulates the binding of Ino80C in vitro and in vivo. Our data reveal that Ino80C serves as a general silencing complex that restricts transcription to gene units in euchromatin.


Ciliary Proteins Bbs8 And Ift20 Promote Planar Cell Polarity In The Cochlea, Helen L. May-Simera, Ronald S. Petralia, Mireille Montcouquiol, Ya-Xian Wang, Katherine B. Szarama, Yun Liu, Weichun Lin, Michael R. Deans, Gregory J. Pazour, Matthew W. Kelley Feb 2015

Ciliary Proteins Bbs8 And Ift20 Promote Planar Cell Polarity In The Cochlea, Helen L. May-Simera, Ronald S. Petralia, Mireille Montcouquiol, Ya-Xian Wang, Katherine B. Szarama, Yun Liu, Weichun Lin, Michael R. Deans, Gregory J. Pazour, Matthew W. Kelley

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Primary cilia have been implicated in the generation of planar cell polarity (PCP). However, variations in the severity of polarity defects in different cilia mutants, coupled with recent demonstrations of non-cilia-related actions of some cilia genes, make it difficult to determine the basis of these polarity defects. To address this issue, we evaluated PCP defects in cochlea from a selection of mice with mutations in cilia-related genes. Results indicated notable PCP defects, including mis-oriented hair cell stereociliary bundles, in Bbs8 and Ift20 single mutants that are more severe than in other cilia gene knockouts. In addition, deletion of either Bbs8 ...