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Synergistic Assembly Of Human Pre-Spliceosomes Across Introns And Exons, Joerg E. Braun, Larry J. Friedman, Jeff Gelles, Melissa J. Moore Jun 2018

Synergistic Assembly Of Human Pre-Spliceosomes Across Introns And Exons, Joerg E. Braun, Larry J. Friedman, Jeff Gelles, Melissa J. Moore

RNA Therapeutics Institute Publications

Most human genes contain multiple introns, necessitating mechanisms to effectively define exons and ensure their proper connection by spliceosomes. Human spliceosome assembly involves both cross-intron and cross-exon interactions, but how these work together is unclear. We examined in human nuclear extracts dynamic interactions of single pre-mRNA molecules with individual fluorescently tagged spliceosomal subcomplexes to investigate how cross-intron and cross-exon processes jointly promote pre-spliceosome assembly. U1 subcomplex bound to the 5' splice site of an intron acts jointly with U1 bound to the 5' splice site of the next intron to dramatically increase the rate and efficiency by which U2 subcomplex ...


All-In-One Adeno-Associated Virus Delivery And Genome Editing By Neisseria Meningitidis Cas9 In Vivo, Raed Ibraheim, Chun-Qing Song, Aamir Mir, Nadia Amrani, Wen Xue, Erik J. Sontheimer May 2018

All-In-One Adeno-Associated Virus Delivery And Genome Editing By Neisseria Meningitidis Cas9 In Vivo, Raed Ibraheim, Chun-Qing Song, Aamir Mir, Nadia Amrani, Wen Xue, Erik J. Sontheimer

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) and CRISPR-associated proteins (Cas) have recently opened a new avenue for gene therapy. Cas9 nuclease guided by a single-guide RNA (sgRNA) has been extensively used for genome editing. Currently, three Cas9 orthologs have been adapted forin vivo genome engineering applications: SpyCas9, SauCas9 and CjeCas9. However, additional in vivo editing platforms are needed, in part to enable a greater range of sequences to be accessed via viral vectors, especially those in which Cas9 and sgRNA are combined into a single vector genome. Here, we present an additional in vivo editing platform using Neisseria ...


Small Rnas Gained During Epididymal Transit Of Sperm Are Essential For Embryonic Development In Mice, Colin C. Conine, Fengyun Sun, Lina Song, Jaime A. Rivera-Perez, Oliver J. Rando Apr 2018

Small Rnas Gained During Epididymal Transit Of Sperm Are Essential For Embryonic Development In Mice, Colin C. Conine, Fengyun Sun, Lina Song, Jaime A. Rivera-Perez, Oliver J. Rando

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

The small RNA payload of mammalian sperm undergoes dramatic remodeling during development, as several waves of microRNAs and tRNA fragments are shipped to sperm during post-testicular maturation in the epididymis. Here, we take advantage of this developmental process to probe the function of the sperm RNA payload in preimplantation development. We generated zygotes via intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) using sperm obtained from the proximal (caput) vs. distal (cauda) epididymis, then characterized development of the resulting embryos. Embryos generated using caput sperm significantly overexpress multiple regulatory factors throughout preimplantation development, and subsequently implant inefficiently and fail soon after implantation. Remarkably, microinjection ...


Intron-Containing Rna From The Hiv-1 Provirus Activates Type I Interferon And Inflammatory Cytokines, Sean M. Mccauley, Kyusik Kim, Anetta Nowosielska, Ann Dauphin, Leonid Yurkovetskiy, William E. Diehl, Jeremy Luban Apr 2018

Intron-Containing Rna From The Hiv-1 Provirus Activates Type I Interferon And Inflammatory Cytokines, Sean M. Mccauley, Kyusik Kim, Anetta Nowosielska, Ann Dauphin, Leonid Yurkovetskiy, William E. Diehl, Jeremy Luban

Program in Molecular Medicine Publications and Presentations

HIV-1-infected people who take drugs that suppress viremia to undetectable levels are protected from developing AIDS. Nonetheless, these individuals have chronic inflammation associated with heightened risk of cardiovascular pathology. HIV-1 establishes proviruses in long-lived CD4+ memory T cells, and perhaps other cell types, that preclude elimination of the virus even after years of continuous antiviral therapy. Though the majority of proviruses that persist during antiviral therapy are defective for production of infectious virions, many are expressed, raising the possibility that the HIV-1 provirus or its transcripts contribute to ongoing inflammation. Here we found that the HIV-1 provirus activated innate immune ...


Optimizing Rna Library Preparation To Redefine The Translational Status Of 80s Monosomes: A Dissertation, Erin E. Heyer Oct 2015

Optimizing Rna Library Preparation To Redefine The Translational Status Of 80s Monosomes: A Dissertation, Erin E. Heyer

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Deep sequencing of strand-specific cDNA libraries is now a ubiquitous tool for identifying and quantifying RNAs in diverse sample types. The accuracy of conclusions drawn from these analyses depends on precise and quantitative conversion of the RNA sample into a DNA library suitable for sequencing. Here, we describe an optimized method of preparing strand-specific RNA deep sequencing libraries from small RNAs and variably sized RNA fragments obtained from ribonucleoprotein particle footprinting experiments or fragmentation of long RNAs. Because all enzymatic reactions were optimized and driven to apparent completion, sequence diversity and species abundance in the input sample are well preserved ...


A Feedback Loop Couples Musashi-1 Activity To Omega-9 Fatty Acid Biosynthesis: A Dissertation, Carina C. Clingman Sep 2014

A Feedback Loop Couples Musashi-1 Activity To Omega-9 Fatty Acid Biosynthesis: A Dissertation, Carina C. Clingman

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

All living creatures change their gene expression program in response to nutrient availability and metabolic demands. Nutrients and metabolites can directly control transcription and activate second-­‐messenger systems. In bacteria, metabolites also affect post-­‐transcriptional regulatory mechanisms, but there are only a few isolated examples of this regulation in eukaryotes. Here, I present evidence that RNA-­‐binding by the stem cell translation regulator Musashi-­‐1 (MSI1) is allosterically inhibited by 18-­‐22 carbon ω-­‐9 monounsaturated fatty acids. The fatty acid binds to the N-­‐terminal RNA Recognition Motif (RRM) and induces a conformational change that prevents RNA association. Musashi ...


Identification Of Molecular Determinants That Shift Co- And Post-Translational N-Glycosylation Kinetics In Type I Transmembrane Peptides: A Dissertation, Heidi L. H. Malaby Apr 2014

Identification Of Molecular Determinants That Shift Co- And Post-Translational N-Glycosylation Kinetics In Type I Transmembrane Peptides: A Dissertation, Heidi L. H. Malaby

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Asparagine (N)-linked glycosylation occurs on 90% of membrane and secretory proteins and drives folding and trafficking along the secretory pathway. The N-glycan can be attached to an N-X-T/S-Y (X,Y ≠ P) consensus site by one of two oligosaccharyltransferase (OST) STT3 enzymatic isoforms either during protein translation (co-translational) or after protein translation has completed (post-translational). While co-translational N-glycosylation is both rapid and efficient, post-translational N-glycosylation occurs on a much slower time scale and, due to competition with protein degradation and forward trafficking, could be detrimental to the success of a peptide heavily reliant on post-translational N-glycosylation. In evidence, mutations ...


Characterization Of New Factors In The 18s Nonfunctional Ribosomal Rna Decay Pathway In S. Cerevisiae: A Dissertation, Christopher N. Merrikh Mar 2012

Characterization Of New Factors In The 18s Nonfunctional Ribosomal Rna Decay Pathway In S. Cerevisiae: A Dissertation, Christopher N. Merrikh

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

The molecular biology revolution of the 1960s has given rise to an enormous body of literature describing, in great detail, the inner workings of the cell. Over the course of the past 50 years, and countless hours at the bench, biologists have used the implications of basic research to produce vaccines, antibiotics, and other therapies that have improved both the quality and duration of our lives. Despite these incredible advances, basic questions remain unanswered. In even the simplest model organism, hundreds of essential genes have never been studied. Moreover, the central dogma of molecular biology—DNA to RNA to Protein ...


A Brain-Derived Mecp2 Complex Supports A Role For Mecp2 In Rna Processing, Steven W. Long, Jenny Y. Y. Ooi, Peter M. Yau, Peter L. Jones Oct 2011

A Brain-Derived Mecp2 Complex Supports A Role For Mecp2 In Rna Processing, Steven W. Long, Jenny Y. Y. Ooi, Peter M. Yau, Peter L. Jones

Peter Jones Lab Publications

Mutations in MECP2 (methyl-CpG-binding protein 2) are linked to the severe postnatal neurodevelopmental disorder RTT (Rett syndrome). MeCP2 was originally characterized as a transcriptional repressor that preferentially bound methylated DNA; however, recent results indicate MeCP2 is a multifunctional protein. MeCP2 binding is now associated with certain expressed genes and involved in nuclear organization as well, indicating that its gene regulatory function is context-dependent. In addition, MeCP2 is proposed to regulate mRNA splicing and a mouse model for RTT shows aberrant mRNA splicing. To further understand MeCP2 and potential roles in RTT pathogenesis, we have employed a biochemical approach to identify ...


Roles Of Cellular Rna-Dependent Rna Polymerases In Endogenous Small Rna Pathways In Caenorhabditis Elegans: A Dissertation, Jessica J. Vasale Jun 2010

Roles Of Cellular Rna-Dependent Rna Polymerases In Endogenous Small Rna Pathways In Caenorhabditis Elegans: A Dissertation, Jessica J. Vasale

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

The RNA interference (RNAi) pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans is a two-step, small RNA-mediated silencing pathway. Unlike in other organisms, Dicer processing of double-stranded RNA into small interfering (si) RNAs is not sufficient in worms to induce gene silencing. The activity of cellular RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRP) is necessary to synthesize a secondary pool of siRNAs, which interact with a unique class of Argonaute proteins to form the functional effector complexes that mediate silencing. The aims of this thesis were to: 1) characterize the role of RdRP family members in endogenous small RNA biogenesis; 2) identify the Argonaute proteins that interact ...