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Resistance From Afar: Distal Mutation V36m Allosterically Modulates The Active Site To Accentuate Drug Resistance In Hcv Ns3/4a Protease, Aysegul Ozen, Kuan-Hung Lin, Keith P. Romano, Davide Tavella, Alicia Newton, Christos J. Petropoulos, Wei Huang, Cihan Aydin, Celia A. Schiffer Dec 2018

Resistance From Afar: Distal Mutation V36m Allosterically Modulates The Active Site To Accentuate Drug Resistance In Hcv Ns3/4a Protease, Aysegul Ozen, Kuan-Hung Lin, Keith P. Romano, Davide Tavella, Alicia Newton, Christos J. Petropoulos, Wei Huang, Cihan Aydin, Celia A. Schiffer

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Hepatitis C virus rapidly evolves, conferring resistance to direct acting antivirals. While resistance via active site mutations in the viral NS3/4A protease has been well characterized, the mechanism for resistance of non-active site mutations is unclear. R155K and V36M often co-evolve and while R155K alters the electrostatic network at the binding site, V36M is more than 13 Angstrom away. In this study the mechanism by which V36M confers resistance, in the context of R155K, is elucidated with drug susceptibility assays, crystal structures, and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for three protease inhibitors: telaprevir, boceprevir and danoprevir. The R155K and R155K ...


Identification Of A Novel Invasion-Promoting Region In Insulin Receptor Substrate 2, Jose Mercado-Matos, Jenny Janusis, Sha Zhu, Samuel S. Chen, Leslie M. Shaw Jun 2018

Identification Of A Novel Invasion-Promoting Region In Insulin Receptor Substrate 2, Jose Mercado-Matos, Jenny Janusis, Sha Zhu, Samuel S. Chen, Leslie M. Shaw

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Although the insulin receptor substrate (IRS) proteins IRS1 and IRS2 share considerable homology and activate common signaling pathways, their contributions to breast cancer are distinct. IRS1 has been implicated in the proliferation and survival of breast tumor cells. In contrast, IRS2 facilitates glycolysis, invasion, and metastasis. To determine the mechanistic basis for IRS2-dependent functions, we investigated unique structural features of IRS2 that are required for invasion. Our studies revealed that the ability of IRS2 to promote invasion is dependent upon upstream insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R)/insulin receptor (IR) activation and the recruitment and activation of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K ...


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

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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 ...


Nmecas9 Is An Intrinsically High-Fidelity Genome Editing Platform, Nadia Amrani, Xin D. Gao, Pengpeng Liu, Alireza Edraki, Aamir Mir, Raed Ibraheim, Ankit Gupta, Kanae E. Sasaki, Tong Wu, Thomas G. Fazzio, Lihua Julie Zhu, Scot A. Wolfe, Erik J. Sontheimer May 2018

Nmecas9 Is An Intrinsically High-Fidelity Genome Editing Platform, Nadia Amrani, Xin D. Gao, Pengpeng Liu, Alireza Edraki, Aamir Mir, Raed Ibraheim, Ankit Gupta, Kanae E. Sasaki, Tong Wu, Thomas G. Fazzio, Lihua Julie Zhu, Scot A. Wolfe, Erik J. Sontheimer

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Background: The development of CRISPR genome editing has transformed biomedical research. Most applications reported thus far rely upon the Cas9 protein from Streptococcus pyogenes SF370 (SpyCas9). With many RNA guides, wild-type SpyCas9 can induce significant levels of unintended mutations at near-cognate sites, necessitating substantial efforts toward the development of strategies to minimize off-target activity. Although the genome-editing potential of thousands of other Cas9 orthologs remains largely untapped, it is not known how many will require similarly extensive engineering to achieve single-site accuracy within large (e.g. mammalian) genomes. In addition to its off-targeting propensity, SpyCas9 is encoded by a relatively ...


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

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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 ...


A Single Mechanism Of Biogenesis, Initiated And Directed By Piwi Proteins, Explains Pirna Production In Most Animals, Phillip D. Zamore, Ildar Gainetdinov, Cansu Colpan, Katharine Cecchini Apr 2018

A Single Mechanism Of Biogenesis, Initiated And Directed By Piwi Proteins, Explains Pirna Production In Most Animals, Phillip D. Zamore, Ildar Gainetdinov, Cansu Colpan, Katharine Cecchini

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In animals, piRNAs guide PIWI-proteins to silence transposons and regulate gene expression. The mechanisms for making piRNAs have been proposed to differ among cell types, tissues, and animals. Our data instead suggest a single model that explains piRNA production in most animals. piRNAs initiate piRNA production by guiding PIWI proteins to slice precursor transcripts. Next, PIWI proteins direct the stepwise fragmentation of the sliced precursor transcripts, yielding tail-to-head strings of phased pre-piRNAs. Our analyses detect evidence for this piRNA biogenesis strategy across an evolutionarily broad range of animals including humans. Thus, PIWI proteins initiate and sustain piRNA biogenesis by the ...


Jip1-Mediated Jnk Activation Negatively Regulates Synaptic Plasticity And Spatial Memory, Caroline Morel, Tessi Sherrin, Norman J. Kennedy, Kelly H. Forest, Seda Barutcu, Michael Robles, Ezekiel Carpenter-Hyland, Naghum Alfulaij, Claire L. Standen, Robert A. Nichols, Morris Benveniste, Roger J. Davis, Cedomir Todorovic Apr 2018

Jip1-Mediated Jnk Activation Negatively Regulates Synaptic Plasticity And Spatial Memory, Caroline Morel, Tessi Sherrin, Norman J. Kennedy, Kelly H. Forest, Seda Barutcu, Michael Robles, Ezekiel Carpenter-Hyland, Naghum Alfulaij, Claire L. Standen, Robert A. Nichols, Morris Benveniste, Roger J. Davis, Cedomir Todorovic

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The c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signal transduction pathway is implicated in learning and memory. Here, we examined the role of JNK activation mediated by the JIP1 scaffold protein. We compared male wild-type mice with a mouse model harboring a point mutation in the Jip1 gene that selectively blocks JIP1-mediated JNK activation. These male mutant mice exhibited increased NMDA receptor currents, increased NMDA receptor-mediated gene expression, and a lower threshold for induction of hippocampal long-term potentiation. The JIP1 mutant mice also displayed improved hippocampus-dependent spatial memory and enhanced associative fear conditioning. These results were confirmed using a second JIP1 mutant mouse ...


An Automated Bayesian Pipeline For Rapid Analysis Of Single-Molecule Binding Data, Carlas Smith, Karina Jouravleva, Maximiliaan Huisman, Samson M. Jolly, Phillip D. Zamore, David Grünwald Apr 2018

An Automated Bayesian Pipeline For Rapid Analysis Of Single-Molecule Binding Data, Carlas Smith, Karina Jouravleva, Maximiliaan Huisman, Samson M. Jolly, Phillip D. Zamore, David Grünwald

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Single-molecule binding assays enable the study of how molecular machines assemble and function. Current algorithms can identify and locate individual molecules, but require tedious manual validation of each spot. Moreover, no solution for high-throughput analysis of single-molecule binding data exists. Here, we describe an automated pipeline to analyze single-molecule data over a wide range of experimental conditions. We benchmarked the pipeline by measuring the binding properties of the well-studied, DNA-guided DNA endonuclease, TtAgo, an Argonaute protein from the Eubacterium Thermus thermophilus. We also used the pipeline to extend our understanding of TtAgo by measuring the protein's binding kinetics at ...


Primate Immunodeficiency Virus Vpx And Vpr Counteract Transcriptional Repression Of Proviruses By The Hush Complex, Leonid Yurkovetskiy, Mehmet Hakan Guney, Kyusik Kim, Shih Lin Goh, Sean M. Mccauley, Ann Dauphin, William E. Diehl, Jeremy Luban Apr 2018

Primate Immunodeficiency Virus Vpx And Vpr Counteract Transcriptional Repression Of Proviruses By The Hush Complex, Leonid Yurkovetskiy, Mehmet Hakan Guney, Kyusik Kim, Shih Lin Goh, Sean M. Mccauley, Ann Dauphin, William E. Diehl, Jeremy Luban

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Drugs that inhibit HIV-1 replication and prevent progression to AIDS do not eliminate HIV-1 proviruses from the chromosomes of long-lived CD4+ memory T cells. To escape eradication by these antiviral drugs, or by the host immune system, HIV-1 exploits poorly defined host factors that silence provirus transcription. These same factors, though, must be overcome by all retroviruses, including HIV-1 and other primate immunodeficiency viruses, in order to activate provirus transcription and produce new virus. Here we show that Vpx and Vpr, proteins from a wide range of primate immunodeficiency viruses, activate provirus transcription in human CD4+ T cells. Provirus activation ...


Multiple Molecular Mechanisms Rescue Mtdna Disease In C. Elegans, Suraiya Haroon, Annie Li, Jaye L. Weinert, Clark Fritsch, Nolan G. Ericson, Jasmine Alexander-Floyd, Bart P. Braeckman, Cole M. Haynes, Jason H. Bielas, Tali Gidalevitz, Marc Vermulst Mar 2018

Multiple Molecular Mechanisms Rescue Mtdna Disease In C. Elegans, Suraiya Haroon, Annie Li, Jaye L. Weinert, Clark Fritsch, Nolan G. Ericson, Jasmine Alexander-Floyd, Bart P. Braeckman, Cole M. Haynes, Jason H. Bielas, Tali Gidalevitz, Marc Vermulst

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Genetic instability of the mitochondrial genome (mtDNA) plays an important role in human aging and disease. Thus far, it has proven difficult to develop successful treatment strategies for diseases that are caused by mtDNA instability. To address this issue, we developed a model of mtDNA disease in the nematode C. elegans, an animal model that can rapidly be screened for genes and biological pathways that reduce mitochondrial pathology. These worms recapitulate all the major hallmarks of mtDNA disease in humans, including increased mtDNA instability, loss of respiration, reduced neuromuscular function, and a shortened lifespan. We found that these phenotypes could ...


Higher-Order Organization Principles Of Pre-Translational Mrnps, Mihir Metkar, Hakan Ozadam, Bryan R. Lajoie, Maxim Imakaev, Leonid A. Mirny, Job Dekker, Melissa J. Moore Mar 2018

Higher-Order Organization Principles Of Pre-Translational Mrnps, Mihir Metkar, Hakan Ozadam, Bryan R. Lajoie, Maxim Imakaev, Leonid A. Mirny, Job Dekker, Melissa J. Moore

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Compared to noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) such as rRNAs and ribozymes, for which high resolution structures abound, little is known about the tertiary structures of mRNAs. In eukaryotic cells, newly made mRNAs are packaged with proteins in highly compacted mRNPs, but the manner of this mRNA compaction is unknown. Here we developed and implemented RIPPLiT (RNA ImmunoPrecipitation and Proximity Ligation in Tandem), a transcriptome-wide method for probing the 3D conformations of RNAs stably-associated with defined proteins, in this case exon junction complex (EJC) core factors. EJCs multimerize with other mRNP components to form megadalton sized complexes that protect large swaths of ...


Distinct Adipocyte Progenitor Cells Are Associated With Regional Phenotypes Of Perivascular Aortic Fat In Mice, Khanh-Van T. Tran, Timothy P. Fitzgibbons, So Yun Min, Tiffany Desouza, Silvia Corvera Mar 2018

Distinct Adipocyte Progenitor Cells Are Associated With Regional Phenotypes Of Perivascular Aortic Fat In Mice, Khanh-Van T. Tran, Timothy P. Fitzgibbons, So Yun Min, Tiffany Desouza, Silvia Corvera

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OBJECTIVE: Perivascular adipose tissue depots around the aorta are regionally distinct and have specific functional properties. Thoracic aorta perivascular adipose tissue (tPVAT) expresses higher levels of thermogenic genes and lower levels of inflammatory genes than abdominal aorta perivascular adipose tissue (aPVAT). It is not known whether this distinction is due to the in-vivo functional environment or to cell-autonomous traits that persist outside the in-vivo setting. In this study, we asked whether the progenitor cells in tPVAT and aPVAT have cell-autonomous traits that lead to formation of regionally distinct PVAT.

METHODS: We performed microarray analysis of thoracic and abdominal peri-aortic adipose ...


Herpes Icp8 Protein Stimulates Homologous Recombination In Human Cells, Melvys Valledor, Richard S. Myers, Paul C. Schiller Feb 2018

Herpes Icp8 Protein Stimulates Homologous Recombination In Human Cells, Melvys Valledor, Richard S. Myers, Paul C. Schiller

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Recombineering has transformed functional genomic analysis. Genome modification by recombineering using the phage lambda Red SynExo homologous recombination proteins Beta in Escherichia coli has approached 100% efficiency. While highly efficient in E. coli, recombineering using the Red SynExo in other organisms declines in efficiency roughly correlating with phylogenetic distance from E. coli. SynExo recombinases are common to double-stranded DNA viruses infecting a variety of organisms, including humans. Human Herpes virus Type 1 (HHV1) encodes a SynExo comprised of ICP8 synaptase and UL12 exonuclease. In a previous study, the Herpes SynExo was reconstituted in vitro and shown to catalyze a model ...


Upr(Mt) Regulation And Output: A Stress Response Mediated By Mitochondrial-Nuclear Communication, Andrew Melber, Cole M. Haynes Feb 2018

Upr(Mt) Regulation And Output: A Stress Response Mediated By Mitochondrial-Nuclear Communication, Andrew Melber, Cole M. Haynes

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The mitochondrial network is not only required for the production of energy, essential cofactors and amino acids, but also serves as a signaling hub for innate immune and apoptotic pathways. Multiple mechanisms have evolved to identify and combat mitochondrial dysfunction to maintain the health of the organism. One such pathway is the mitochondrial unfolded protein response (UPR(mt)), which is regulated by the mitochondrial import efficiency of the transcription factor ATFS-1 in C. elegans and potentially orthologous transcription factors in mammals (ATF4, ATF5, CHOP). Upon mitochondrial dysfunction, import of ATFS-1 into mitochondria is reduced, allowing it to be trafficked to ...


Regulation Of Atm And Atr By Smarcal1 And Brg1, Ramesh Sethy, Radhakrishnan Rakesh, Ketki Patne, Vijendra Arya, Tapan Sharma, Dominic T. Haokip, Reshma Kumari, Rohini Muthuswami Feb 2018

Regulation Of Atm And Atr By Smarcal1 And Brg1, Ramesh Sethy, Radhakrishnan Rakesh, Ketki Patne, Vijendra Arya, Tapan Sharma, Dominic T. Haokip, Reshma Kumari, Rohini Muthuswami

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The G2/M checkpoint is activated on DNA damage by the ATM and ATR kinases that are regulated by post-translational modifications. In this paper, the transcriptional co-regulation of ATM and ATR by SMARCAL1 and BRG1, both members of the ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling protein family, is described. SMARCAL1 and BRG1 co-localize on the promoters of ATM and ATR; downregulation of SMARCAL1/BRG1 results in transcriptional repression of ATM/ATR and therefore, overriding of the G2/M checkpoint leading to mitotic abnormalities. On doxorubicin-induced DNA damage, SMARCAL1 and BRG1 are upregulated and in turn, upregulate the expression of ATM/ATR. Phosphorylation of ...


The Trim-Nhl Protein Nhl-2 Is A Novel Co-Factor Of The Csr-1 And Hrde-1 22g-Rna Pathways, Peter R. Boag, Gregory M. Davis, Shikui Tu, Rhys N. Colson, Joshua W. T. Anderson, Menachem J. Gunzburg, Michelle A. Francisco, Debashish Ray, Tuhin Maity, Monica Z. Wu, Quaid D. Morris, Timothy R. Hughes, Jacqueline A. Wilce, University Of Toronto, Zhiping Weng Feb 2018

The Trim-Nhl Protein Nhl-2 Is A Novel Co-Factor Of The Csr-1 And Hrde-1 22g-Rna Pathways, Peter R. Boag, Gregory M. Davis, Shikui Tu, Rhys N. Colson, Joshua W. T. Anderson, Menachem J. Gunzburg, Michelle A. Francisco, Debashish Ray, Tuhin Maity, Monica Z. Wu, Quaid D. Morris, Timothy R. Hughes, Jacqueline A. Wilce, University Of Toronto, Zhiping Weng

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Proper regulation of germline gene expression is essential for fertility and maintaining species integrity. In the C. elegans germline, a diverse repertoire of regulatory pathways promote the expression of endogenous germline genes and limit the expression of deleterious transcripts to maintain genome homeostasis. Here we show that the conserved TRIM-NHL protein, NHL-2, plays an essential role in the C. elegans germline, modulating germline chromatin and meiotic chromosome organization. We uncover a role for NHL-2 as a co-factor in both positively (CSR-1) and negatively (HRDE-1) acting germline 22G-small RNA pathways and the somatic nuclear RNAi pathway. Furthermore, we demonstrate that NHL-2 ...


C-Berst: Defining Subnuclear Proteomic Landscapes At Genomic Elements With Dcas9-Apex2, Xin D. Gao, Li-Chun Tu, Aamir Mir, Tomas Rodriguez, Yue-He Ding, John D. Leszyk, Job Dekker, Scott A. Shaffer, Lihua Julie Zhu, Scot A. Wolfe, Erik J. Sontheimer Jan 2018

C-Berst: Defining Subnuclear Proteomic Landscapes At Genomic Elements With Dcas9-Apex2, Xin D. Gao, Li-Chun Tu, Aamir Mir, Tomas Rodriguez, Yue-He Ding, John D. Leszyk, Job Dekker, Scott A. Shaffer, Lihua Julie Zhu, Scot A. Wolfe, Erik J. Sontheimer

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Mapping proteomic composition at distinct genomic loci and subnuclear landmarks in living cells has been a long-standing challenge. Here we report that dCas9-APEX2 Biotinylation at genomic Elements by Restricted Spatial Tagging (C-BERST) allows the rapid, unbiased mapping of proteomes near defined genomic loci, as demonstrated for telomeres and centromeres. By combining the spatially restricted enzymatic tagging enabled by APEX2 with programmable DNA targeting by dCas9, C-BERST has successfully identified nearly 50% of known telomere-associated factors and many known centromere-associated factors. We also identified and validated SLX4IP and RPA3 as telomeric factors, confirming C-BERST ...


Elimination Of Pcr Duplicates In Rna-Seq And Small Rna-Seq Using Unique Molecular Identifiers, Yu Fu, Pei-Hsuan Wu, Timothy J. Beane, Phillip D. Zamore, Zhiping Weng Jan 2018

Elimination Of Pcr Duplicates In Rna-Seq And Small Rna-Seq Using Unique Molecular Identifiers, Yu Fu, Pei-Hsuan Wu, Timothy J. Beane, Phillip D. Zamore, Zhiping Weng

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RNA-seq and small RNA-seq are powerful, quantitative tools to study gene regulation and function. Common high-throughput sequencing methods rely on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to expand the starting material, but not every molecule amplifies equally, causing some to be overrepresented. Unique molecular identifiers (UMIs) can be used to distinguish undesirable PCR duplicates derived from a single molecule and identical but biologically meaningful reads from different molecules. We have incorporated UMIs into RNA-seq and small RNA-seq protocols and developed tools to analyze the resulting data. Our UMIs contain stretches of random nucleotides whose lengths sufficiently capture diverse molecule species in both ...


Pervasive Contingency And Entrenchment In A Billion Years Of Hsp90 Evolution, Tyler N. Starr, Julia Flynn, Parul Mishra, Daniel N. Bolon, Joseph W. Thornton Jan 2018

Pervasive Contingency And Entrenchment In A Billion Years Of Hsp90 Evolution, Tyler N. Starr, Julia Flynn, Parul Mishra, Daniel N. Bolon, Joseph W. Thornton

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Interactions among mutations within a protein have the potential to make molecular evolution contingent and irreversible, but the extent to which epistasis actually shaped historical evolutionary trajectories is unclear. We addressed this question by identifying all amino acid substitutions that occurred during the billion-year evolutionary history of the heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) ATPase domain beginning from a deep eukaryotic ancestor to modern Saccharomyces cerevisiae and then precisely measuring their fitness effects when introduced into both extant and reconstructed ancestral Hsp90 proteins. We find a pervasive influence of epistasis: of 98 derived states that evolved during history, most were deleterious ...


Serine-Dependent Sphingolipid Synthesis Is A Metabolic Liability Of Aneuploid Cells, Sunyoung Hwang, H. Tobias Gustafsson, Ciara O'Sullivan, Gianna Bisceglia, Xinhe Huang, Christian Klose, Andrej Schevchenko, Robert C. Dickson, Paola Cavaliere, Noah Dephoure, Eduardo M. Torres Dec 2017

Serine-Dependent Sphingolipid Synthesis Is A Metabolic Liability Of Aneuploid Cells, Sunyoung Hwang, H. Tobias Gustafsson, Ciara O'Sullivan, Gianna Bisceglia, Xinhe Huang, Christian Klose, Andrej Schevchenko, Robert C. Dickson, Paola Cavaliere, Noah Dephoure, Eduardo M. Torres

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Aneuploidy disrupts cellular homeostasis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the physiological responses and adaptation to aneuploidy are not well understood. Deciphering these mechanisms is important because aneuploidy is associated with diseases, including intellectual disability and cancer. Although tumors and mammalian aneuploid cells, including several cancer cell lines, show altered levels of sphingolipids, the role of sphingolipids in aneuploidy remains unknown. Here, we show that ceramides and long-chain bases, sphingolipid molecules that slow proliferation and promote survival, are increased by aneuploidy. Sphingolipid levels are tightly linked to serine synthesis, and inhibiting either serine or sphingolipid synthesis can specifically impair the fitness ...


Loss Of The Cone-Enriched Caspase-7 Does Not Affect Secondary Cone Death In Retinitis Pigmentosa, Aditya Venkatesh, Shun-Yun Cheng, Claudio Punzo Dec 2017

Loss Of The Cone-Enriched Caspase-7 Does Not Affect Secondary Cone Death In Retinitis Pigmentosa, Aditya Venkatesh, Shun-Yun Cheng, Claudio Punzo

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Purpose: The apoptotic mechanisms responsible for secondary cone death in retinitis pigmentosa (RP) remain largely unknown. The cone-enriched apoptotic protease caspase-7 (Casp7) is thought to be triggered by endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and plays a pivotal role in mice deficient in the cone cyclic nucleotide-gated channels, a deficiency that causes achromatopsia in humans and in mice with autosomal dominant rhodopsin mutations, in particular the T17M mutation. Thus, we tested in two mouse models of RP whether the cone-enriched Casp7 plays a role during secondary cone death.

Methods: Casp7 knockout mice were crossed to two different RP mouse models with significantly ...


Hepatic Dysfunction Caused By Consumption Of A High-Fat Diet, Anthony R. Soltis, Norman J. Kennedy, Xiaofeng Xin, Feng Zhou, Scott B. Ficarro, Yoon Sing Yap, Bryan J. Matthews, Douglas A. Lauffenburger, Forest M. White, Jarrod A. Marto, Roger J. Davis, Ernest Fraenkel Dec 2017

Hepatic Dysfunction Caused By Consumption Of A High-Fat Diet, Anthony R. Soltis, Norman J. Kennedy, Xiaofeng Xin, Feng Zhou, Scott B. Ficarro, Yoon Sing Yap, Bryan J. Matthews, Douglas A. Lauffenburger, Forest M. White, Jarrod A. Marto, Roger J. Davis, Ernest Fraenkel

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Obesity is a major human health crisis that promotes insulin resistance and, ultimately, type 2 diabetes. The molecular mechanisms that mediate this response occur across many highly complex biological regulatory levels that are incompletely understood. Here, we present a comprehensive molecular systems biology study of hepatic responses to high-fat feeding in mice. We interrogated diet-induced epigenomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic alterations using high-throughput omic methods and used a network modeling approach to integrate these diverse molecular signals. Our model indicated that disruption of hepatic architecture and enhanced hepatocyte apoptosis are among the numerous biological processes that contribute to early liver ...


Fluorescence Polarization Control For On-Off Switching Of Single Molecules At Cryogenic Temperatures, Christiaan Hulleman, Maximiliaan Huisman, Robert Moerland, David Grünwald, Sjoerd Stallinga, Bernd Rieger Oct 2017

Fluorescence Polarization Control For On-Off Switching Of Single Molecules At Cryogenic Temperatures, Christiaan Hulleman, Maximiliaan Huisman, Robert Moerland, David Grünwald, Sjoerd Stallinga, Bernd Rieger

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Light microscopy allowing sub-diffraction limited resolution has been among the fastest developing techniques at the interface of biology, chemistry and physics. Intriguingly no theoretical limit exists on how far the underlying measurement uncertainty can be lowered. In particular data fusion of large amounts of images can reduce the measurement error to match the resolution of structural methods like cryo-electron microscopy. Fluorescence, although reliant on a reporter molecule and therefore not the first choice to obtain ultra resolution structures, brings highly specific labeling of molecules in a large assemble to the table and inherently allows the detection of multiple colors, which ...


A Synthetic Biology Approach To Probing Nucleosome Symmetry, Yuichi Ichikawa, Yuanyuan Chen, Vineeta Bajaj, Caitlin M. Connolly, Hsin-Jung Chou, Upasna Sharma, Hsiuyi V. Chen, Daniel N. Bolon, Oliver J. Rando, Paul D. Kaufman Sep 2017

A Synthetic Biology Approach To Probing Nucleosome Symmetry, Yuichi Ichikawa, Yuanyuan Chen, Vineeta Bajaj, Caitlin M. Connolly, Hsin-Jung Chou, Upasna Sharma, Hsiuyi V. Chen, Daniel N. Bolon, Oliver J. Rando, Paul D. Kaufman

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The repeating subunit of chromatin, the nucleosome, includes two copies of each of the four core histones, and several recent studies have reported that asymmetrically modified nucleosomes occur at regulatory elements in vivo. To probe the mechanisms by which histone modifications are read out, we designed an obligate pair of H3 heterodimers, termed H3X and H3Y, which we validated genetically and biochemically. Comparing the effects of asymmetric histone tail point mutants with those of symmetric double mutants revealed that a single methylated H3K36 per nucleosome was sufficient to silence cryptic transcription in vivo. We also demonstrate the utility of this ...


Fundamental Limits On Dynamic Inference From Single Cell Snapshots, Caleb Weinreb, Samuel Wolock, Betsabeh K. Tusi, Merav Socolovsky, Allon M. Klein Aug 2017

Fundamental Limits On Dynamic Inference From Single Cell Snapshots, Caleb Weinreb, Samuel Wolock, Betsabeh K. Tusi, Merav Socolovsky, Allon M. Klein

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Single cell expression profiling reveals the molecular states of individual cells with unprecedented detail. However, because these methods destroy cells in the process of analysis, they cannot measure how gene expression changes over time. But some information on dynamics is present in the data: the continuum of molecular states in the population can reflect the trajectory of a typical cell. Many methods for extracting single cell dynamics from population data have been proposed. However, all such attempts face a common limitation: for any measured distribution of cell states, there are multiple dynamics that could give rise to it, and by ...


Heterogeneity And Intrinsic Variation In Spatial Genome Organization, Elizabeth Finn, Gianluca Pegoraro, Hugo B. Brandao, Anne-Laure Valton, Marlies E. Oomen, Job Dekker, Leonid Mirny, Tom Misteli Aug 2017

Heterogeneity And Intrinsic Variation In Spatial Genome Organization, Elizabeth Finn, Gianluca Pegoraro, Hugo B. Brandao, Anne-Laure Valton, Marlies E. Oomen, Job Dekker, Leonid Mirny, Tom Misteli

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The genome is hierarchically organized in 3D space and its architecture is altered in differentiation, development and disease. Some of the general principles that determine global 3D genome organization have been established. However, the extent and nature of cell-to-cell and cell-intrinsic variability in genome architecture are poorly characterized. Here, we systematically probe the heterogeneity in genome organization in human fibroblasts by combining high-resolution Hi-C datasets and high-throughput genome imaging. Optical mapping of several hundred genome interaction pairs at the single cell level demonstrates low steady-state frequencies of colocalization in the population and independent behavior of individual alleles in single nuclei ...


Ki-67 Contributes To Normal Cell Cycle Progression And Inactive X Heterochromatin In P21 Checkpoint-Proficient Human Cells, Xiaoming Sun, Aizhan Bizhanova, Timothy D. Matheson, Jun Yu, Lihua Julie Zhu, Paul D. Kaufman May 2017

Ki-67 Contributes To Normal Cell Cycle Progression And Inactive X Heterochromatin In P21 Checkpoint-Proficient Human Cells, Xiaoming Sun, Aizhan Bizhanova, Timothy D. Matheson, Jun Yu, Lihua Julie Zhu, Paul D. Kaufman

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Ki-67 protein is widely used as a tumor proliferation marker. However, whether Ki-67 affects cell cycle progression has been controversial. Here, we demonstrate that depletion of Ki-67 in human hTERT-RPE1, WI-38, IMR90, hTERT-BJ cell lines and primary fibroblast cells slowed entry into S phase and coordinately downregulated genes related to DNA replication. Some gene expression changes were partially relieved in Ki-67-depleted hTERT-RPE1 cells by co-depletion of the Rb checkpoint protein, but more thorough suppression of the transcriptional and cell cycle defects was observed upon depletion of cell cycle inhibitor p21. Notably, induction of p21 upon depletion of Ki-67 was a ...


Crystal Structure Of Apobec3a Bound To Single-Stranded Dna Reveals Structural Basis For Cytidine Deamination And Specificity, Takahide Kouno, Tania V. Silvas, Brendan J. Hilbert, Shivender Shandilya, Markus-Frederik Bohn, Brian A. Kelch, William E. Royer, Mohan Somasundaran, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Hiroshi Matsuo, Celia A. Schiffer Apr 2017

Crystal Structure Of Apobec3a Bound To Single-Stranded Dna Reveals Structural Basis For Cytidine Deamination And Specificity, Takahide Kouno, Tania V. Silvas, Brendan J. Hilbert, Shivender Shandilya, Markus-Frederik Bohn, Brian A. Kelch, William E. Royer, Mohan Somasundaran, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Hiroshi Matsuo, Celia A. Schiffer

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Nucleic acid editing enzymes are essential components of the immune system that lethally mutate viral pathogens and somatically mutate immunoglobulins, and contribute to the diversification and lethality of cancers. Among these enzymes are the seven human APOBEC3 deoxycytidine deaminases, each with unique target sequence specificity and subcellular localization. While the enzymology and biological consequences have been extensively studied, the mechanism by which APOBEC3s recognize and edit DNA remains elusive. Here we present the crystal structure of a complex of a cytidine deaminase with ssDNA bound in the active site at 2.2 A. This structure not only visualizes the active ...


The 4d Nucleome Project, Job Dekker, Andrew S. Belmont, Mitchell Guttman, Victor O. Leshyk, John T. Lis, Stavros Lomvardas, Leonid A. Mirny, Clodagh C. O'Shea, Peter J. Park, Bing Ren, Joan C. Ritland Politz, Jay Shendure, Sheng Zong Jan 2017

The 4d Nucleome Project, Job Dekker, Andrew S. Belmont, Mitchell Guttman, Victor O. Leshyk, John T. Lis, Stavros Lomvardas, Leonid A. Mirny, Clodagh C. O'Shea, Peter J. Park, Bing Ren, Joan C. Ritland Politz, Jay Shendure, Sheng Zong

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

The spatial organization of the genome and its dynamics contribute to gene expression and cellular function in normal development as well as in disease. Although we are increasingly well equipped to determine a genome's sequence and linear chromatin composition, studying the three-dimensional organization of the genome with high spatial and temporal resolution remains challenging. The 4D Nucleome Network aims to develop and apply approaches to map the structure and dynamics of the human and mouse genomes in space and time with the long term goal of gaining deeper mechanistic understanding of how the nucleus is organized. The project will ...


Targeted Degradation Of Ctcf Decouples Local Insulation Of Chromosome Domains From Higher-Order Genomic Compartmentalization, Elphege P. Nora, Anton Goloborodko, Anne-Laure Valton, Johan H. Gibcus, Alec Uebersohn, Nezar Abdennur, Job Dekker, Leonid A. Mirny, Benoit Bruneau Jan 2017

Targeted Degradation Of Ctcf Decouples Local Insulation Of Chromosome Domains From Higher-Order Genomic Compartmentalization, Elphege P. Nora, Anton Goloborodko, Anne-Laure Valton, Johan H. Gibcus, Alec Uebersohn, Nezar Abdennur, Job Dekker, Leonid A. Mirny, Benoit Bruneau

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

The molecular mechanisms underlying folding of mammalian chromosomes remain poorly understood. The transcription factor CTCF is a candidate regulator of chromosomal structure. Using the auxin-inducible degron system in mouse embryonic stem cells, we show that CTCF is absolutely and dose-dependently required for looping between CTCF target sites and segmental organization into topologically associating domains (TADs). Restoring CTCF reinstates proper architecture on altered chromosomes, indicating a powerful instructive function for CTCF in chromatin folding, and CTCF remains essential for TAD organization in non-dividing cells. Surprisingly, active and inactive genome compartments remain properly segregated upon CTCF depletion, revealing that compartmentalization of mammalian ...