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The Bromodomains Of The Mammalian Swi/Snf (Mswi/Snf) Atpases Brahma (Brm) And Brahma Related Gene 1 (Brg1) Promote Chromatin Interaction And Are Critical For Skeletal Muscle Differentiation, Anthony N. Imbalzano, Hanna Witwicka, Tapan Sharma Sep 2020

The Bromodomains Of The Mammalian Swi/Snf (Mswi/Snf) Atpases Brahma (Brm) And Brahma Related Gene 1 (Brg1) Promote Chromatin Interaction And Are Critical For Skeletal Muscle Differentiation, Anthony N. Imbalzano, Hanna Witwicka, Tapan Sharma

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Skeletal muscle differentiation induces changes in the epigenome of myoblasts as they proceed towards a myogenic phenotype. mSWI/SNF chromatin remodeling enzymes coordinate with lineage-determining transcription factors and are key regulators of differentiation. Three mSWI/SNF proteins, the mutually exclusive ATPases, BRG1 and BRM, and the BAF180 protein (Polybromo1, PBRM1) contain bromodomains belonging to the same structural subfamily. Bromodomains bind to acetylated lysines on histone N-terminal tails and on other proteins. Pharmacological inhibition of mSWI/SNF bromodomain function using the selective inhibitor PFI-3 reduced differentiation, decreased expression of myogenic genes, and increased the expression of cell cycle-related genes and the ...


Genome-Wide Mapping Of Human Dna Replication By Optical Replication Mapping Supports A Stochastic Model Of Eukaryotic Replication Timing, Weitao Wang, Kyle Klein, Karel Proesmans, Northwestern University, Claire Marchal, Xiaopeng Zhu, Tyler M. Borrman, Alex Hastie, Zhiping Weng, Simon Fraser University, Paris Sciences Et Lettres University, Florida State University, Nicholas R. Rhind Aug 2020

Genome-Wide Mapping Of Human Dna Replication By Optical Replication Mapping Supports A Stochastic Model Of Eukaryotic Replication Timing, Weitao Wang, Kyle Klein, Karel Proesmans, Northwestern University, Claire Marchal, Xiaopeng Zhu, Tyler M. Borrman, Alex Hastie, Zhiping Weng, Simon Fraser University, Paris Sciences Et Lettres University, Florida State University, Nicholas R. Rhind

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

DNA replication is regulated by the location and timing of replication initiation. Therefore, much effort has been invested in identifying and analyzing the sites of human replication initiation. However, the heterogeneous nature of eukaryotic replication kinetics and the low efficiency of individual initiation site utilization in metazoans has made mapping the location and timing of replication initiation in human cells difficult. A potential solution to the problem of human replication mapping is single-molecule analysis. However, current approaches do not provide the throughput required for genome-wide experiments. To address this challenge, we have developed Optical Replication Mapping (ORM), a high-throughput single-molecule ...


Sampling Performance Of Multiple Independent Molecular Dynamics Simulations Of An Rna Aptamer, Shuting Yan, Jason M. Peck, Muslum Ilgu, Marit Nilsen-Hamilton, Monica H. Lamm Aug 2020

Sampling Performance Of Multiple Independent Molecular Dynamics Simulations Of An Rna Aptamer, Shuting Yan, Jason M. Peck, Muslum Ilgu, Marit Nilsen-Hamilton, Monica H. Lamm

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

Using multiple independent simulations instead of one long simulation has been shown to improve the sampling performance attained with the molecular dynamics (MD) simulation method. However, it is generally not known how long each independent simulation should be, how many independent simulations should be used, or to what extent either of these factors affects the overall sampling performance achieved for a given system. The goal of the present study was to assess the sampling performance of multiple independent MD simulations, where each independent simulation begins from a different initial molecular conformation. For this purpose, we used an RNA aptamer that ...


Uprmt Scales Mitochondrial Network Expansion With Protein Synthesis Via Mitochondrial Import, Tomer Shpilka, Yunguang Du, Qiyuan Yang, Andrew Melber, Nandhitha Uma Naresh, Joshua Lavelle, Pengpeng Liu, Hilla Weidberg, Rui Li, Jun Yu, Lihua Julie Zhu, Lara Strittmatter, Cole M. Haynes Aug 2020

Uprmt Scales Mitochondrial Network Expansion With Protein Synthesis Via Mitochondrial Import, Tomer Shpilka, Yunguang Du, Qiyuan Yang, Andrew Melber, Nandhitha Uma Naresh, Joshua Lavelle, Pengpeng Liu, Hilla Weidberg, Rui Li, Jun Yu, Lihua Julie Zhu, Lara Strittmatter, Cole M. Haynes

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

As organisms develop, individual cells generate mitochondria to fulfill physiologic requirements. However, it remains unknown how mitochondrial network expansion is scaled to cell growth and impacted by environmental cues. The mitochondrial unfolded protein response (UPRmt) is a signaling pathway mediated by the transcription factor ATFS-1 which harbors a mitochondrial targeting sequence (MTS)1. Here, we demonstrate that ATFS-1 mediates an adaptable mitochondrial expansion program that is active throughout normal development. Developmental mitochondrial network expansion required the relatively inefficient MTS2 in ATFS-1, which allowed the transcription factor to be responsive to parameters that impact protein import capacity of the ...


The Rna Phosphatase Pir-1 Regulates Endogenous Small Rna Pathways In C. Elegans, Daniel A. Chaves, Hui Dai, Lichao Li, James J. Moresco, Myung Eun Oh, Darryl Conte Jr., John R. Yates Iii, Craig C. Mello, Weifeng Gu Aug 2020

The Rna Phosphatase Pir-1 Regulates Endogenous Small Rna Pathways In C. Elegans, Daniel A. Chaves, Hui Dai, Lichao Li, James J. Moresco, Myung Eun Oh, Darryl Conte Jr., John R. Yates Iii, Craig C. Mello, Weifeng Gu

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Eukaryotic cells regulate 5' triphosphorylated (ppp-) RNAs to promote cellular functions and prevent recognition by antiviral RNA sensors. For example, RNA capping enzymes possess triphosphatase domains that remove the γ phosphates of ppp-RNAs during RNA capping. Members of the closely related PIR1 family of RNA polyphosphatases remove both the β and γ phosphates from ppp-RNAs. Here we show that C. elegans PIR-1 dephosphorylates ppp-RNAs made by cellular RdRPs and is required for the maturation of 26G-RNAs, Dicer-dependent small RNAs that regulate thousands of genes during spermatogenesis and embryogenesis. PIR-1 also regulates the CSR-1 22G-RNA pathway and has critical functions in ...


The Dhodh Inhibitor Ptc299 Arrests Sars-Cov-2 Replication And Suppresses Induction Of Inflammatory Cytokines, Jeremy Luban, Caterina Strambio De Castilla, Yetao Wang, Allan Jacobson, Stuart Peltz Aug 2020

The Dhodh Inhibitor Ptc299 Arrests Sars-Cov-2 Replication And Suppresses Induction Of Inflammatory Cytokines, Jeremy Luban, Caterina Strambio De Castilla, Yetao Wang, Allan Jacobson, Stuart Peltz

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created an urgent need for therapeutics that inhibit the SARS-CoV-2 virus and suppress the fulminant inflammation characteristic of advanced illness. Here, we describe the anti-COVID-19 potential of PTC299, an orally available compound that is a potent inhibitor of dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH), the rate-limiting enzyme of the de novo pyrimidine biosynthesis pathway. In tissue culture, PTC299 manifests robust, dose-dependent, and DHODH-dependent inhibition of SARS CoV-2 replication (EC50 range, 2.0 to 31.6 nM) with a selectivity index >3,800. PTC299 also blocked replication of other RNA viruses, including Ebola virus. Consistent with known ...


Atomistic Mechanism Of Force Generation, Translocation, And Coordination In A Viral Genome Packaging Motor, Joshua Pajak, Erik Dill, Mark A. White, Brian A. Kelch, Paul Jardine, Gaurav Arya, Marc C. Morais Aug 2020

Atomistic Mechanism Of Force Generation, Translocation, And Coordination In A Viral Genome Packaging Motor, Joshua Pajak, Erik Dill, Mark A. White, Brian A. Kelch, Paul Jardine, Gaurav Arya, Marc C. Morais

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Double-stranded DNA viruses package their genomes into pre-assembled protein capsids using virally-encoded ATPase ring motors. While several structures of isolated monomers (subunits) from these motors have been determined, they provide little insight into how subunits within a functional ring coordinate their activities to efficiently generate force and translocate DNA. Here we describe the first atomic-resolution structure of a functional ring form of a viral DNA packaging motor and characterize its atomic-level dynamics via long timescale molecular dynamics simulations. Crystal structures of the pentameric ATPase ring from bacteriophage asccφ28 show that each subunit consists of a canonical N-terminal ASCE ATPase domain ...


Melting Dsdna Donor Molecules Potentiates Precision Genome Editing In C. Elegans, Krishna S. Ghanta, Craig C. Mello Aug 2020

Melting Dsdna Donor Molecules Potentiates Precision Genome Editing In C. Elegans, Krishna S. Ghanta, Craig C. Mello

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

CRISPR genome editing has revolutionized genetics in many organisms. In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans one injection into each of the two gonad arms of an adult hermaphrodite exposes hundreds of meiotic germ cells to editing mixtures, permitting the recovery of multiple indels or small precision edits from each successfully injected animal. Unfortunately, particularly for long insertions, editing efficiencies can vary widely, necessitating multiple injections, and often requiring co-selection strategies. Here we show that melting double stranded DNA (dsDNA) donor molecules prior to injection increases the frequency of precise homology-directed repair (HDR) by several fold for longer edits. We describe troubleshooting ...


Basement Membrane Damage By Ros- And Jnk-Mediated Mmp2 Activation Drives Macrophage Recruitment To Overgrown Tissue, Neha Diwanji, Andreas Bergmann Jul 2020

Basement Membrane Damage By Ros- And Jnk-Mediated Mmp2 Activation Drives Macrophage Recruitment To Overgrown Tissue, Neha Diwanji, Andreas Bergmann

Open Access Articles

Macrophages are a major immune cell type infiltrating tumors and promoting tumor growth and metastasis. To elucidate the mechanism of macrophage recruitment, we utilize an overgrowth tumor model ("undead" model) in larval Drosophila imaginal discs that are attached by numerous macrophages. Here we report that changes to the microenvironment of the overgrown tissue are important for recruiting macrophages. First, we describe a correlation between generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and damage of the basement membrane (BM) in all neoplastic, but not hyperplastic, models examined. ROS and the stress kinase JNK mediate the accumulation of matrix metalloproteinase 2 (Mmp2), damaging ...


Simultaneous Epigenetic Perturbation And Genome Imaging Reveal Distinct Roles Of H3k9me3 In Chromatin Architecture And Transcription, Ying Feng, Yao Wang, Xiangnan Wang, Xiaohui He, Chen Yang, Ardalan Naseri, Thoru Pederson, Jing Zheng, Shaojie Zhang, Xiao Xiao, Wei Xie, Hanhui Ma Jul 2020

Simultaneous Epigenetic Perturbation And Genome Imaging Reveal Distinct Roles Of H3k9me3 In Chromatin Architecture And Transcription, Ying Feng, Yao Wang, Xiangnan Wang, Xiaohui He, Chen Yang, Ardalan Naseri, Thoru Pederson, Jing Zheng, Shaojie Zhang, Xiao Xiao, Wei Xie, Hanhui Ma

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Despite the long-observed correlation between H3K9me3, chromatin architecture and transcriptional repression, how H3K9me3 regulates genome higher-order organization and transcriptional activity in living cells remains unclear. Here we develop EpiGo (Epigenetic perturbation induced Genome organization)-KRAB to introduce H3K9me3 at hundreds of loci spanning megabases on human chromosome 19 and simultaneously track genome organization. EpiGo-KRAB is sufficient to induce de novo heterochromatin-like domain formation, which requires SETDB1, a methyltransferase of H3K9me3. Unexpectedly, EpiGo-KRAB induced heterochromatin-like domain does not result in widespread gene repression except a small set of genes with concurrent loss of H3K4me3 and H3K27ac. Ectopic H3K9me3 appears to spread ...


Jnk-Mediated Disruption Of Bile Acid Homeostasis Promotes Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Elisa Manieri, Tamera Barrett, Julie Cavanagh-Kyros, Roger J. Davis, Alfonso Mora, Guadalupe Sabio Jul 2020

Jnk-Mediated Disruption Of Bile Acid Homeostasis Promotes Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Elisa Manieri, Tamera Barrett, Julie Cavanagh-Kyros, Roger J. Davis, Alfonso Mora, Guadalupe Sabio

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Metabolic stress causes activation of the cJun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) signal transduction pathway. It is established that one consequence of JNK activation is the development of insulin resistance and hepatic steatosis through inhibition of the transcription factor PPARalpha. Indeed, JNK1/2 deficiency in hepatocytes protects against the development of steatosis, suggesting that JNK inhibition represents a possible treatment for this disease. However, the long-term consequences of JNK inhibition have not been evaluated. Here we demonstrate that hepatic JNK controls bile acid production. We found that hepatic JNK deficiency alters cholesterol metabolism and bile acid synthesis, conjugation, and transport, resulting in ...


Hem1 Deficiency Disrupts Mtorc2 And F-Actin Control In Inherited Immunodysregulatory Disease, Sarah A. Cook, William A. Comrie, Morgan Similuk, Andrew J. Oler, Aiman J. Faruqi, Sheng Yang, D. Eric Anderson, Susan Price, Margery Smelkinson, Baoyu Chen, V. Koneti Rao, Michael J. Lenardo, Et Al. Jul 2020

Hem1 Deficiency Disrupts Mtorc2 And F-Actin Control In Inherited Immunodysregulatory Disease, Sarah A. Cook, William A. Comrie, Morgan Similuk, Andrew J. Oler, Aiman J. Faruqi, Sheng Yang, D. Eric Anderson, Susan Price, Margery Smelkinson, Baoyu Chen, V. Koneti Rao, Michael J. Lenardo, Et Al.

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology Publications

Immunodeficiency often coincides with hyperactive immune disorders such as autoimmunity, lymphoproliferation, or atopy, but this coincidence is rarely understood on a molecular level. We describe five patients from four families with immunodeficiency coupled with atopy, lymphoproliferation, and cytokine overproduction harboring mutations in NCKAP1L, which encodes the hematopoietic-specific HEM1 protein. These mutations cause the loss of the HEM1 protein and the WAVE regulatory complex (WRC) or disrupt binding to the WRC regulator, Arf1, thereby impairing actin polymerization, synapse formation, and immune cell migration. Diminished cortical actin networks caused by WRC loss led to uncontrolled cytokine release and immune hyperresponsiveness. HEM1 loss ...


Secretion Of Proteins And Antibody Fragments From Transiently Transfected Endothelial Progenitor Cells, Loree Heller, Reynald Thinard, Melanie Chevalier, Sezgi Arpag, Yu Jing, Ruth Greferath, Richard Heller, Claude Nicolau Jul 2020

Secretion Of Proteins And Antibody Fragments From Transiently Transfected Endothelial Progenitor Cells, Loree Heller, Reynald Thinard, Melanie Chevalier, Sezgi Arpag, Yu Jing, Ruth Greferath, Richard Heller, Claude Nicolau

Bioelectrics Publications

In neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, neuroinflammation can lead to blood-brain barrier (BBB) breakdown. After intravenous or intra-arterial injection into mice, endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) home to the damaged BBB to promote neurovascular repair. Autologous EPCs transfected to express specific therapeutic proteins offer an innovative therapeutic option. Here, we demonstrate that EPC transfection by electroporation with plasmids encoding the reporter protein GFP or an anti-beta-amyloid antibody fragment (Fab) leads to secretion of each protein. We also demonstrate the secreted anti-beta-amyloid Fab protein functions in beta-amyloid aggregate solubilization.


Clinicopathologic Features Of Endometrial Cancer With Mismatch Repair Deficiency, Sushmita Gordhandas, Ryan M. Kahn, Charlotte Gamble, Nizam Talukdar, Brandon Maddy, Becky Baltich Nelson, Gulce Askin, Paul J. Christos, Kevin Holcomb, Thomas A. Caputo, Eloise Chapman-Davis, Melissa K. Frey Jun 2020

Clinicopathologic Features Of Endometrial Cancer With Mismatch Repair Deficiency, Sushmita Gordhandas, Ryan M. Kahn, Charlotte Gamble, Nizam Talukdar, Brandon Maddy, Becky Baltich Nelson, Gulce Askin, Paul J. Christos, Kevin Holcomb, Thomas A. Caputo, Eloise Chapman-Davis, Melissa K. Frey

Open Access Articles

The inclusion of DNA mismatch repair (MMR) evaluation as a standard of care for endometrial cancer management will result in a growing population of patients with MMR deficiency and negative germline Lynch syndrome testing (MMR-deficient). In this systematic review and study, the clinicopathologic features of endometrial cancer in patients with MMR-intact, MLH1 methylation positive, MMR-deficient or Lynch syndrome are evaluated. A systematic search of online databases between 1990 and 2018 identified studies of endometrial cancer patients with tumour testing (MMR protein immunohistochemistry or microsatellite instability) and germline assessment for Lynch syndrome. Extracted data included tumour testing, germline genetic testing, age ...


Transgenic Goats Producing An Improved Version Of Cetuximab In Milk, Götz Laible, Sally Cole, Brigid Brophy, Paul Maclean, Li How Chen, Dan P. Pollock, Lisa A. Cavacini, Nathalie Fournier, Christophe De Romeuf, Nicholas C. Masiello, William G. Gavin, David N. Wells, Harry M. Meade Jun 2020

Transgenic Goats Producing An Improved Version Of Cetuximab In Milk, Götz Laible, Sally Cole, Brigid Brophy, Paul Maclean, Li How Chen, Dan P. Pollock, Lisa A. Cavacini, Nathalie Fournier, Christophe De Romeuf, Nicholas C. Masiello, William G. Gavin, David N. Wells, Harry M. Meade

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) represent one of the most important classes of pharmaceutical proteins to treat human diseases. Most are produced in cultured mammalian cells which is expensive, limiting their availability. Goats, striking a good balance between a relatively short generation time and copious milk yield, present an alternative platform for the cost-effective, flexible, large-scale production of therapeutic mAbs. Here, we focused on cetuximab, a mAb against epidermal growth factor receptor, that is commercially produced under the brand name Erbitux and approved for anti-cancer treatments. We generated several transgenic goat lines that produce cetuximab in their milk. Two lines were ...


Profiling The Circulating Mrna Transcriptome In Human Liver Disease, Aejaz Sayeed, Brielle E Dalvano, David E Kaplan, Usha Viswanathan, John Kulp, Alhaji H Janneh, Lu-Yu Hwang, Adam Ertel, Cataldo Doria, Timothy Block Jun 2020

Profiling The Circulating Mrna Transcriptome In Human Liver Disease, Aejaz Sayeed, Brielle E Dalvano, David E Kaplan, Usha Viswanathan, John Kulp, Alhaji H Janneh, Lu-Yu Hwang, Adam Ertel, Cataldo Doria, Timothy Block

Department of Cancer Biology Faculty Papers

The human circulation contains cell-free DNA and non-coding microRNA (miRNA). Less is known about the presence of messenger RNA (mRNA). This report profiles the human circulating mRNA transcriptome in people with liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) to determine whether mRNA analytes can be used as biomarkers of liver disease. Using RNAseq and RT-qPCR, we investigate circulating mRNA in plasma from HCC and LC patients and demonstrate detection of transcripts representing more than 19,000 different protein coding genes. Remarkably, the circulating mRNA expression levels were similar from person to person over the 21 individuals whose samples were analyzed ...


Deciphering Complex Mechanisms Of Resistance And Loss Of Potency Through Coupled Molecular Dynamics And Machine Learning, Florian Leidner, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Celia A. Schiffer Jun 2020

Deciphering Complex Mechanisms Of Resistance And Loss Of Potency Through Coupled Molecular Dynamics And Machine Learning, Florian Leidner, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Celia A. Schiffer

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Drug resistance threatens many critical therapeutics through mutations in the drug target. The molecular mechanisms by which combinations of mutations, especially involving those distal from the active site, alter drug binding to confer resistance are poorly understood and thus difficult to counteract. A strategy coupling parallel molecular dynamics simulations and machine learning to identify conserved mechanisms underlying resistance was developed. A series of 28 HIV-1 protease variants with up to 24 varied substitutions were used as a rigorous model of this strategy. Many of the mutations were distal from the active site and the potency to darunavir varied from low ...


Ribosome Engineering Reveals The Importance Of 5s Rrna Autonomy For Ribosome Assembly, Shijie Huang, Nikolay A. Aleksashin, Anna B. Loveland, Dorota Klepacki, Kaspar Reier, Amira Kefi, Teresa Szal, Jaanus Remme, Luc Jaeger, Nora Vazquez-Laslop, Andrei A. Korostelev, Alexander S. Mankin Jun 2020

Ribosome Engineering Reveals The Importance Of 5s Rrna Autonomy For Ribosome Assembly, Shijie Huang, Nikolay A. Aleksashin, Anna B. Loveland, Dorota Klepacki, Kaspar Reier, Amira Kefi, Teresa Szal, Jaanus Remme, Luc Jaeger, Nora Vazquez-Laslop, Andrei A. Korostelev, Alexander S. Mankin

Open Access Articles

5S rRNA is an indispensable component of cytoplasmic ribosomes in all species. The functions of 5S rRNA and the reasons for its evolutionary preservation as an independent molecule remain unclear. Here we used ribosome engineering to investigate whether 5S rRNA autonomy is critical for ribosome function and cell survival. By linking circularly permutated 5S rRNA with 23S rRNA we generated a bacterial strain devoid of free 5S rRNA. Viability of the engineered cells demonstrates that autonomous 5S rRNA is dispensable for cell growth under standard conditions and is unlikely to have essential functions outside the ribosome. The fully assembled ribosomes ...


Hybrid Thermophilic/Mesophilic Enzymes Reveal A Role For Conformational Disorder In Regulation Of Bacterial Enzyme I, Rochelle R. Dotas, Trang T. Nguyen, Charles E. Stewart Jr., Rodolfo Ghirlando, Davit A. Potoyan, Vincenzo Venditti Jun 2020

Hybrid Thermophilic/Mesophilic Enzymes Reveal A Role For Conformational Disorder In Regulation Of Bacterial Enzyme I, Rochelle R. Dotas, Trang T. Nguyen, Charles E. Stewart Jr., Rodolfo Ghirlando, Davit A. Potoyan, Vincenzo Venditti

Chemistry Publications

Conformational disorder is emerging as an important feature of biopolymers, regulating a vast array of cellular functions, including signaling, phase separation, and enzyme catalysis. Here we combine NMR, crystallography, computer simulations, protein engineering, and functional assays to investigate the role played by conformational heterogeneity in determining the activity of the C-terminal domain of bacterial Enzyme I (EIC). In particular, we design chimeric proteins by hybridizing EIC from thermophilic and mesophilic organisms, and we characterize the resulting constructs for structure, dynamics, and biological function. We show that EIC exists as a mixture of active and inactive conformations and that functional regulation ...


Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells Infiltration In Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Tumor And Mage-A4 And Ny-Eso-1 Expression, Zhenbo Hou, Xiao Liang, Xinmei Wang, Ziqiang Zhou, Guilan Shi Jun 2020

Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells Infiltration In Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Tumor And Mage-A4 And Ny-Eso-1 Expression, Zhenbo Hou, Xiao Liang, Xinmei Wang, Ziqiang Zhou, Guilan Shi

Bioelectrics Publications

Cancer/testis antigens melanoma‑associated antigen 4 (MAGE‑A4) and New York esophageal squamous cell carcinoma‑1 (NY‑ESO‑1) are of clinical interest as biomarkers and present valuable targets for immunotherapy; however, they are poor prognostic markers in non‑small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In addition, myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are recognized as a key element in tumor escape and progression. The aim of the present study was to investigate the diagnostic and prognostic value of MAGE‑A4 and NY‑ESO‑1, and their association with MDSCs in NSCLC samples. The expression levels of MAGE‑A4 and NY ...


Dynamics Of The 4d Genome During In Vivo Lineage Specification And Differentiation, A. Marieke Oudelaar, Daniel Hidalgo, Merav Socolovsky, Douglas R. Higgs, Jim R. Hughes Jun 2020

Dynamics Of The 4d Genome During In Vivo Lineage Specification And Differentiation, A. Marieke Oudelaar, Daniel Hidalgo, Merav Socolovsky, Douglas R. Higgs, Jim R. Hughes

Open Access Articles

Mammalian gene expression patterns are controlled by regulatory elements, which interact within topologically associating domains (TADs). The relationship between activation of regulatory elements, formation of structural chromatin interactions and gene expression during development is unclear. Here, we present Tiled-C, a low-input chromosome conformation capture (3C) technique. We use this approach to study chromatin architecture at high spatial and temporal resolution through in vivo mouse erythroid differentiation. Integrated analysis of chromatin accessibility and single-cell expression data shows that regulatory elements gradually become accessible within pre-existing TADs during early differentiation. This is followed by structural re-organization within the TAD and formation of ...


Analysis And Exploration Of Novel Antibiotic-Producing Streptomyces Spp. In Spokane County, Washington, Kyle S. Kramer, Jenifer B. Walke Ph.D May 2020

Analysis And Exploration Of Novel Antibiotic-Producing Streptomyces Spp. In Spokane County, Washington, Kyle S. Kramer, Jenifer B. Walke Ph.D

2020 Symposium Posters

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a US citizen is infected by an antibiotic-resistant pathogen every 11 seconds, and every 15 minutes, a patient dies as a result of these infections. Due to the increasing incidence of antibiotic-resistant pathogenic microbes, the study and exploration of novel antibiotics from novel environments are imperative as infectious diseases are the second leading cause of death in the United States. The purpose of this research is to investigate and analyze antibiotic-producing soil microbes in Spokane County, WA, with hopes of discovering novel antibiotic-producing microbes, specifically Streptomyces species, and explore some of ...


From Tank To Treatment: Modeling Melanoma In Zebrafish, William Tyler Frantz, Craig J. Ceol May 2020

From Tank To Treatment: Modeling Melanoma In Zebrafish, William Tyler Frantz, Craig J. Ceol

Open Access Articles

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and one of few cancers with a growing incidence. A thorough understanding of its pathogenesis is fundamental to developing new strategies to combat mortality and morbidity. Zebrafish-due in large part to their tractable genetics, conserved pathways, and optical properties-have emerged as an excellent system to model melanoma. Zebrafish have been used to study melanoma from a single tumor initiating cell, through metastasis, remission, and finally into relapse. In this review, we examine seminal zebrafish studies that have advanced our understanding of melanoma.


Mutagenesis Of The Btea Gene Encoding A Bordetella Virulence Protein, Xiaolei Mao May 2020

Mutagenesis Of The Btea Gene Encoding A Bordetella Virulence Protein, Xiaolei Mao

2020 Symposium Posters

Bordetella Type III Secretion System Effector A (BteA) is a virulence protein found in members of the genus Bordetella which include important pathogens of humans and other mammals. Bordetella pertussis is a causative agent of the whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease that is especially dangerous, and sometimes deadly, for infants. The BteA protein appears to be an important factor in the ability of these pathogens to cause disease, as it leads to rapid killing of a wide range of mammalian cells. The aim of this project is to determine which regions of the DNA are important for mediating ...


Biological Physics Student Edition 2020: Chapter 1, Philip C. Nelson May 2020

Biological Physics Student Edition 2020: Chapter 1, Philip C. Nelson

Department of Physics Papers

Chapter 1: What the Ancients Knew


Mrna Stem-Loops Can Pause The Ribosome By Hindering A-Site Trna Binding, Chen Bao, Sarah Loerch, Clarence Ling, Andrei A. Korostelev, Nikolaus Grigorieff, Dmitri N. Ermolenko May 2020

Mrna Stem-Loops Can Pause The Ribosome By Hindering A-Site Trna Binding, Chen Bao, Sarah Loerch, Clarence Ling, Andrei A. Korostelev, Nikolaus Grigorieff, Dmitri N. Ermolenko

Open Access Articles

Although the elongating ribosome is an efficient helicase, certain mRNA stem-loop structures are known to impede ribosome movement along mRNA and stimulate programmed ribosome frameshifting via mechanisms that are not well understood. Using biochemical and single-molecule Forster resonance energy transfer (smFRET) experiments, we studied how frameshift-inducing stem-loops from E. coli dnaX mRNA and the gag-pol transcript of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) perturb translation elongation. We find that upon encountering the ribosome, the stem-loops strongly inhibit A-site tRNA binding and ribosome intersubunit rotation that accompanies translation elongation. Electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) reveals that the HIV stem-loop docks into the A site of ...


Fmrp Links Optimal Codons To Mrna Stability In Neurons, Huan Shu, Elisa Donnard, Botao Liu, Ruijia Wang, Joel D. Richter May 2020

Fmrp Links Optimal Codons To Mrna Stability In Neurons, Huan Shu, Elisa Donnard, Botao Liu, Ruijia Wang, Joel D. Richter

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is caused by inactivation of the FMR1 gene and loss of encoded FMRP, an RNA binding protein that represses translation of some of its target transcripts. Here we use ribosome profiling and RNA-seq to investigate the dysregulation of translation in the mouse brain cortex. We find that most changes in ribosome occupancy on hundreds of mRNAs are largely driven by dysregulation in transcript abundance. Many downregulated mRNAs, which are mostly responsible for neuronal and synaptic functions, are highly enriched for FMRP binding targets. RNA metabolic labeling demonstrates that in FMRP-deficient cortical neurons, mRNA downregulation is caused ...


Neuroligin3 Splice Isoforms Shape Inhibitory Synaptic Function In The Mouse Hippocampus, Motokazu Uchigashima, Ming Leung, Takuya Watanabe, Amy Cheung, Timmy Le, Sabine Pallat, Alexandre Luis Marques Dinis, Masahiko Watanabe, Yuka Imamura Kawasawa, Kensuke Futai May 2020

Neuroligin3 Splice Isoforms Shape Inhibitory Synaptic Function In The Mouse Hippocampus, Motokazu Uchigashima, Ming Leung, Takuya Watanabe, Amy Cheung, Timmy Le, Sabine Pallat, Alexandre Luis Marques Dinis, Masahiko Watanabe, Yuka Imamura Kawasawa, Kensuke Futai

Open Access Articles

Synapse formation is a dynamic process essential for the development and maturation of the neuronal circuitry in the brain. At the synaptic cleft, transsynaptic protein-protein interactions are major biological determinants of proper synapse efficacy. The balance of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission (E-I balance) stabilizes synaptic activity, and dysregulation of the E-I balance has been implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the E-I balance remain to be elucidated. Here, using single-cell transcriptomics, immunohistochemistry and electrophysiology approaches to murine CA1 pyramidal neurons obtained from organotypic hippocampal slice cultures, we investigate Neuroligin (Nlgn) genes that ...


Single Cell Rna Profiling Reveals Adipocyte To Macrophage Signaling Sufficient To Enhance Thermogenesis, Felipe Henriques, Alexander H. Bedard, Adilson L. Guilherme, Mark Kelly, Lawrence M. Lifshitz, Karl D. Bellve, Leslie Rowland, Batuhan Yenilmez, Shreya Kumar, Yetao Wang, Jeremy Luban, Michael P. Czech May 2020

Single Cell Rna Profiling Reveals Adipocyte To Macrophage Signaling Sufficient To Enhance Thermogenesis, Felipe Henriques, Alexander H. Bedard, Adilson L. Guilherme, Mark Kelly, Lawrence M. Lifshitz, Karl D. Bellve, Leslie Rowland, Batuhan Yenilmez, Shreya Kumar, Yetao Wang, Jeremy Luban, Michael P. Czech

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

The “browning” of inguinal white adipose tissue (iWAT) through increased abundance of thermogenic beige/brite adipocytes is induced by cold exposure and many other perturbations in association with beneficial systemic metabolic effects. Adipose browning is reported to require activation of sympathetic nerve fibers (SNF), aided by alternately activated macrophages within iWAT. Here we demonstrate the first example of a non-cell autonomous pathway for iWAT browning that is fully independent of SNF activity. Thus, the strong induction of thermogenic adipocytes prompted by deletion of adipocyte fatty acid synthase (iAdFASNKO mice) was unaffected by denervation or the deletion of SNF modulator Neuregulin-4 ...


Control Of Adipocyte Thermogenesis And Lipogenesis Through Beta3-Adrenergic And Thyroid Hormone Signal Integration, Adilson L. Guilherme, Batuhan Yenilmez, Alexander H. Bedard, Felipe Henriques, Dianxin Liu, Alexandra Lee, Lauren Goldstein, Mark Kelly, Sarah M. Nicoloro, Min Chen, Lee Weinstein, Sheila Collins, Michael P. Czech May 2020

Control Of Adipocyte Thermogenesis And Lipogenesis Through Beta3-Adrenergic And Thyroid Hormone Signal Integration, Adilson L. Guilherme, Batuhan Yenilmez, Alexander H. Bedard, Felipe Henriques, Dianxin Liu, Alexandra Lee, Lauren Goldstein, Mark Kelly, Sarah M. Nicoloro, Min Chen, Lee Weinstein, Sheila Collins, Michael P. Czech

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Here, we show that beta adrenergic signaling coordinately upregulates de novo lipogenesis (DNL) and thermogenesis in subcutaneous white adipose tissue (sWAT), and both effects are blocked in mice lacking the cAMP-generating G protein-coupled receptor Gs (Adipo-GsalphaKO) in adipocytes. However, UCP1 expression but not DNL activation requires rapamycin-sensitive mTORC1. Furthermore, beta3-adrenergic agonist CL316243 readily upregulates thermogenic but not lipogenic genes in cultured adipocytes, indicating that additional regulators must operate on DNL in sWAT in vivo. We identify one such factor as thyroid hormone T3, which is elevated locally by adrenergic signaling. T3 administration to wild-type mice enhances both thermogenesis and DNL ...