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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4940, 2020 10 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33009411

RESUMO

The HUSH complex represses retroviruses, transposons and genes to maintain the integrity of vertebrate genomes. HUSH regulates deposition of the epigenetic mark H3K9me3, but how its three core subunits - TASOR, MPP8 and Periphilin - contribute to assembly and targeting of the complex remains unknown. Here, we define the biochemical basis of HUSH assembly and find that its modular architecture resembles the yeast RNA-induced transcriptional silencing complex. TASOR, the central HUSH subunit, associates with RNA processing components. TASOR is required for H3K9me3 deposition over LINE-1 repeats and repetitive exons in transcribed genes. In the context of previous studies, this suggests that an RNA intermediate is important for HUSH activity. We dissect the TASOR and MPP8 domains necessary for transgene repression. Structure-function analyses reveal TASOR bears a catalytically-inactive PARP domain necessary for targeted H3K9me3 deposition. We conclude that TASOR is a multifunctional pseudo-PARP that directs HUSH assembly and epigenetic regulation of repetitive genomic targets.


Assuntos
Elementos de DNA Transponíveis/genética , Epigênese Genética , Complexos Multiproteicos/metabolismo , Proteínas Nucleares/metabolismo , Poli(ADP-Ribose) Polimerases/metabolismo , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Antígenos de Neoplasias/metabolismo , Sítios de Ligação , Éxons/genética , Genoma , Células HEK293 , Células HeLa , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Lisina/metabolismo , Espectroscopia de Ressonância Magnética , Metilação , NAD/metabolismo , Proteínas Nucleares/química , Fosfoproteínas/metabolismo , Ligação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos , RNA/metabolismo , Processamento Pós-Transcricional do RNA , Transcrição Genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4673, 2020 09 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32938917

RESUMO

RAS-MAPK signaling mediates processes critical to normal development including cell proliferation, survival, and differentiation. Germline mutation of RAS-MAPK genes lead to the Noonan-spectrum of syndromes. Here, we present a patient affected by a 6p-interstitial microdeletion with unknown underlying molecular etiology. Examination of 6p-interstitial microdeletion cases reveals shared clinical features consistent with Noonan-spectrum disorders including short stature, facial dysmorphia and cardiovascular abnormalities. We find the RAS-responsive element binding protein-1 (RREB1) is the common deleted gene in multiple 6p-interstitial microdeletion cases. Rreb1 hemizygous mice display orbital hypertelorism and cardiac hypertrophy phenocopying the human syndrome. Rreb1 haploinsufficiency leads to sensitization of MAPK signaling. Rreb1 recruits Sin3a and Kdm1a to control H3K4 methylation at MAPK pathway gene promoters. Haploinsufficiency of SIN3A and mutations in KDM1A cause syndromes similar to RREB1 haploinsufficiency suggesting genetic perturbation of the RREB1-SIN3A-KDM1A complex represents a new category of RASopathy-like syndromes arising through epigenetic reprogramming of MAPK pathway genes.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Haploinsuficiência , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/genética , Síndrome de Noonan/etiologia , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Proteínas ras/metabolismo , Anormalidades Múltiplas/genética , Animais , Deleção Cromossômica , Cromossomos Humanos Par 6 , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , Epigênese Genética , Feminino , Fatores de Crescimento de Fibroblastos/genética , Fatores de Crescimento de Fibroblastos/metabolismo , Histona Desmetilases/genética , Histona Desmetilases/metabolismo , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Masculino , Metilação , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Complexo Correpressor Histona Desacetilase e Sin3/genética , Complexo Correpressor Histona Desacetilase e Sin3/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Proteínas ras/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4486, 2020 09 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32900989

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Centromeres are epigenetically determined nuclear domains strictly required for chromosome segregation and genome stability. However, the mechanisms regulating centromere and kinetochore chromatin modifications are not known. Here, we demonstrate that LSH is enriched at meiotic kinetochores and its targeted deletion induces centromere instability and abnormal chromosome segregation. Superresolution chromatin analysis resolves LSH at the inner centromere and kinetochores during oocyte meiosis. LSH knockout pachytene oocytes exhibit reduced HDAC2 and DNMT-1. Notably, mutant oocytes show a striking increase in histone H3 phosphorylation at threonine 3 (H3T3ph) and accumulation of major satellite transcripts in both prophase-I and metaphase-I chromosomes. Moreover, knockout oocytes exhibit centromere fusions, ectopic kinetochore formation and abnormal exchange of chromatin fibers between paired bivalents and asynapsed chromosomes. Our results indicate that loss of LSH affects the levels and chromosomal localization of H3T3ph and provide evidence that, by maintaining transcriptionally repressive heterochromatin, LSH may be essential to prevent deleterious meiotic recombination events at repetitive centromeric sequences.


Assuntos
DNA Helicases/metabolismo , Meiose/fisiologia , Oócitos/citologia , Oócitos/metabolismo , Animais , Centrômero/genética , Centrômero/metabolismo , DNA Helicases/deficiência , DNA Helicases/genética , Feminino , Histonas/metabolismo , Cinetocoros/metabolismo , Masculino , Meiose/genética , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Fosforilação , Transcrição Genética
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Nature ; 585(7824): 277-282, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32879489

RESUMO

Abnormal epigenetic patterns correlate with effector T cell malfunction in tumours1-4, but the cause of this link is unknown. Here we show that tumour cells disrupt methionine metabolism in CD8+ T cells, thereby lowering intracellular levels of methionine and the methyl donor S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) and resulting in loss of dimethylation at lysine 79 of histone H3 (H3K79me2). Loss of H3K79me2 led to low expression of STAT5 and impaired T cell immunity. Mechanistically, tumour cells avidly consumed methionine and outcompeted T cells for methionine by expressing high levels of the methionine transporter SLC43A2. Genetic and biochemical inhibition of tumour SLC43A2 restored H3K79me2 in T cells, thereby boosting spontaneous and checkpoint-induced tumour immunity. Moreover, methionine supplementation improved the expression of H3K79me2 and STAT5 in T cells, and this was accompanied by increased T cell immunity in tumour-bearing mice and patients with colon cancer. Clinically, tumour SLC43A2 correlated negatively with T cell histone methylation and functional gene signatures. Our results identify a mechanistic connection between methionine metabolism, histone patterns, and T cell immunity in the tumour microenvironment. Thus, cancer methionine consumption is an immune evasion mechanism, and targeting cancer methionine signalling may provide an immunotherapeutic approach.


Assuntos
Sistema L de Transporte de Aminoácidos/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/metabolismo , Histonas/metabolismo , Metionina/metabolismo , Metilação , Neoplasias/metabolismo , Sistema L de Transporte de Aminoácidos/deficiência , Animais , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/citologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Epigênese Genética , Feminino , Histonas/química , Humanos , Camundongos , Neoplasias/genética , Neoplasias/imunologia , Neoplasias/patologia , Receptores de Antígenos de Linfócitos T/metabolismo , Fator de Transcrição STAT5/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4544, 2020 09 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32917861

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Stratification of enhancers by signal strength in ChIP-seq assays has resulted in the establishment of super-enhancers as a widespread and useful tool for identifying cell type-specific, highly expressed genes and associated pathways. We examine a distinct method of stratification that focuses on peak breadth, termed hyperacetylated chromatin domains (HCDs), which classifies broad regions exhibiting histone modifications associated with gene activation. We find that this analysis serves to identify genes that are both more highly expressed and more closely aligned to cell identity than super-enhancer analysis does using multiple data sets. Moreover, genetic manipulations of selected gene loci suggest that some enhancers located within HCDs work at least in part via a distinct mechanism involving the modulation of histone modifications across domains and that this activity can be imported into a heterologous gene locus. In addition, such genetic dissection reveals that the super-enhancer concept can obscure important functions of constituent elements.


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Cromatina/metabolismo , Elementos Facilitadores Genéticos/genética , Loci Gênicos/genética , Ativação Transcricional , Acetilação , Animais , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Imunoprecipitação da Cromatina , Sequenciamento de Cromatina por Imunoprecipitação , Conjuntos de Dados como Assunto , Embrião de Mamíferos , Eritroblastos , Feminino , Feto , Código das Histonas/genética , Histonas/genética , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Camundongos , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética , RNA-Seq
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4873, 2020 09 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32978376

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a phenotypically and genetically heterogeneous neurodevelopmental disorder. Despite this heterogeneity, previous studies have shown patterns of molecular convergence in post-mortem brain tissue from autistic subjects. Here, we integrate genome-wide measures of mRNA expression, miRNA expression, DNA methylation, and histone acetylation from ASD and control brains to identify a convergent molecular subtype of ASD with shared dysregulation across both the epigenome and transcriptome. Focusing on this convergent subtype, we substantially expand the repertoire of differentially expressed genes in ASD and identify a component of upregulated immune processes that are associated with hypomethylation. We utilize eQTL and chromosome conformation datasets to link differentially acetylated regions with their cognate genes and identify an enrichment of ASD genetic risk variants in hyperacetylated noncoding regulatory regions linked to neuronal genes. These findings help elucidate how diverse genetic risk factors converge onto specific molecular processes in ASD.


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Transtorno do Espectro Autista/genética , Epigenômica/métodos , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Transcriptoma , Encéfalo/metabolismo , Metilação de DNA , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Redes Reguladoras de Genes , Genômica , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , MicroRNAs
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4747, 2020 09 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32958761

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Chromosome structure at the multi-nucleosomal level has remained ambiguous in spite of its central role in epigenetic regulation and genome dynamics. Recent investigations of chromatin architecture portray diverse modes of interaction within and between nucleosome chains, but how this is realized at the atomic level is unclear. Here we present near-atomic resolution crystal structures of nucleosome fibres that assemble from cohesive-ended dinucleosomes with and without linker histone. As opposed to adopting folded helical '30 nm' structures, the fibres instead assume open zigzag conformations that are interdigitated with one another. Zigzag conformations obviate extreme bending of the linker DNA, while linker DNA size (nucleosome repeat length) dictates fibre configuration and thus fibre-fibre packing, which is supported by variable linker histone binding. This suggests that nucleosome chains have a predisposition to interdigitate with specific characteristics under condensing conditions, which rationalizes observations of local chromosome architecture and the general heterogeneity of chromatin structure.


Assuntos
Nucleossomos/química , Nucleossomos/metabolismo , Sequência de Bases , Cromatina/química , Cromatina/metabolismo , Cristalografia por Raios X , DNA/química , DNA/metabolismo , Histonas/química , Histonas/genética , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Modelos Moleculares , Conformação Molecular , Ligação Proteica
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Nature ; 586(7827): 151-155, 2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32968275

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CpG methylation by de novo DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) 3A and 3B is essential for mammalian development and differentiation and is frequently dysregulated in cancer1. These two DNMTs preferentially bind to nucleosomes, yet cannot methylate the DNA wrapped around the nucleosome core2, and they favour the methylation of linker DNA at positioned nucleosomes3,4. Here we present the cryo-electron microscopy structure of a ternary complex of catalytically competent DNMT3A2, the catalytically inactive accessory subunit DNMT3B3 and a nucleosome core particle flanked by linker DNA. The catalytic-like domain of the accessory DNMT3B3 binds to the acidic patch of the nucleosome core, which orients the binding of DNMT3A2 to the linker DNA. The steric constraints of this arrangement suggest that nucleosomal DNA must be moved relative to the nucleosome core for de novo methylation to occur.


Assuntos
Microscopia Crioeletrônica , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferases/química , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferases/metabolismo , Nucleossomos/metabolismo , Animais , Biocatálise , Montagem e Desmontagem da Cromatina , DNA/química , DNA/metabolismo , Metilação de DNA , Histonas/química , Histonas/genética , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Modelos Moleculares , Nucleossomos/química , Ligação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos , Xenopus/genética
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Mol Cell ; 79(3): 371-375, 2020 08 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32763226

RESUMO

Whereas the core nucleosome is thought to serve as a packaging device for the coiling and contraction in length of genomic DNA, we suggest that it serves primarily in the regulation of transcription. A nucleosome on a promoter prevents the initiation of transcription. The association of nucleosomes with most genomic DNA prevents initiation from cryptic promoters. The nucleosome thus serves not only as a general gene repressor, but also as a repressor of all transcription (genic, intragenic, and intergenic). The core nucleosome performs a fundamental regulatory role, apart from the histone "tails," which modulate gene activity.


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Proteínas Cromossômicas não Histona/genética , Nucleossomos/metabolismo , RNA Polimerase II/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Transcrição Genética , Animais , Sítios de Ligação , Montagem e Desmontagem da Cromatina , Proteínas Cromossômicas não Histona/metabolismo , Evolução Molecular , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Histonas/genética , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Nucleossomos/ultraestrutura , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , RNA Polimerase II/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3888, 2020 08 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32753666

RESUMO

First proposed as antimicrobial agents, histones were later recognized for their role in condensing chromosomes. Histone antimicrobial activity has been reported in innate immune responses. However, how histones kill bacteria has remained elusive. The co-localization of histones with antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in immune cells suggests that histones may be part of a larger antimicrobial mechanism in vivo. Here we report that histone H2A enters E. coli and S. aureus through membrane pores formed by the AMPs LL-37 and magainin-2. H2A enhances AMP-induced pores, depolarizes the bacterial membrane potential, and impairs membrane recovery. Inside the cytoplasm, H2A reorganizes bacterial chromosomal DNA and inhibits global transcription. Whereas bacteria recover from the pore-forming effects of LL-37, the concomitant effects of H2A and LL-37 are irrecoverable. Their combination constitutes a positive feedback loop that exponentially amplifies their antimicrobial activities, causing antimicrobial synergy. More generally, treatment with H2A and the pore-forming antibiotic polymyxin B completely eradicates bacterial growth.


Assuntos
Anti-Infecciosos/farmacologia , Bactérias/efeitos dos fármacos , Bactérias/genética , Estruturas Cromossômicas/efeitos dos fármacos , Histonas/metabolismo , Prótons , Animais , Estruturas Cromossômicas/metabolismo , Cromossomos Bacterianos/metabolismo , DNA Bacteriano/metabolismo , Sinergismo Farmacológico , Escherichia coli/efeitos dos fármacos , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Imunidade Inata , Mamíferos , Polimixina B/farmacologia , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Staphylococcus aureus/efeitos dos fármacos , Staphylococcus aureus/metabolismo
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(33): 19661-19663, 2020 08 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32747537

RESUMO

The structural unit of eukaryotic chromatin is a nucleosome, comprising two histone H2A-H2B heterodimers and one histone (H3-H4)2 tetramer, wrapped around by ∼146 bp of DNA. The N-terminal flexible histone tails stick out from the histone core and have extensive posttranslational modifications, causing epigenetic changes of chromatin. Although crystal and cryogenic electron microscopy structures of nucleosomes are available, the flexible tail structures remain elusive. Using NMR, we have examined the dynamics of histone H3 tails in nucleosomes containing unmodified and tetra-acetylated H4 tails. In unmodified nucleosome, the H3 tail adopts a dynamic equilibrium structure between DNA-contact and reduced-contact states. In acetylated H4 nucleosome, however, the H3 tail equilibrium shifts to a mainly DNA-contact state with a minor reduced-contact state. The acetylated H4 tail is dynamically released from its own DNA-contact state to a reduced-contact state, while the H3 tail DNA-contact state becomes major. Notably, H3 K14 in the acetylated H4 nucleosome is much more accessible to acetyltransferase Gcn5 relative to unmodified nucleosome, possibly due to the formation of a favorable H3 tail conformation for Gcn5. In summary, each histone tail adopts a characteristic dynamic state but regulates one other, probably creating a histone tail network even on a nucleosome.


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Histonas/química , Histonas/metabolismo , Nucleossomos/metabolismo , Acetilação , Motivos de Aminoácidos , DNA/genética , DNA/metabolismo , Histonas/genética , Humanos , Conformação de Ácido Nucleico , Nucleossomos/genética
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J Chromatogr A ; 1627: 461378, 2020 Sep 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32823092

RESUMO

Downstream processing (DSP) of large bionanoparticles is still a challenge. The present study aims to systematically compare some of the most commonly used DSP strategies for capture and purification of enveloped viruses and virus-like particles (eVLPs) by using the same staring material and analytical tools. As a model, Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) gag VLPs produced in CHO cells were used. Four different DSP strategies were tested. An anion-exchange monolith and a membrane adsorber, for direct capture and purification of eVLPs, and a polymer-grafted anion-exchange resin and a heparin-affinity resin for eVLP purification after a first flow-through step to remove small impurities. All tested strategies were suitable for capture and purification of eVLPs. The performance of the different strategies was evaluated regarding its binding capacity, ability to separate different particle populations and product purity. The highest binding capacity regarding total particles was obtained using the anion exchange membrane adsorber (5.3 × 1012 part/mL membrane), however this method did not allow the separation of different particle populations. Despite having a lower binding capacity (1.5 × 1011 part/mL column) and requiring a pre-processing step with flow-through chromatography, Heparin-affinity chromatography showed the best performance regarding separation of different particle populations, allowing not only the separation of HIV-1 gag VLPs from host cell derived bionanoparticles but also from chromatin. This work additionally shows the importance of thorough sample characterization combining several biochemical and biophysical methods in eVLP DSP.


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Convecção , HIV-1/isolamento & purificação , Adsorção , Animais , Ânions , Células CHO , Cromatina/metabolismo , Cromatografia de Afinidade , Cricetinae , Cricetulus , HIV-1/ultraestrutura , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Microesferas , Nanopartículas/química , Nanopartículas/ultraestrutura , Polímeros/química , Porosidade , Vírion/isolamento & purificação , Vírion/ultraestrutura
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4136, 2020 08 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32811816

RESUMO

During cellular reprogramming, the pioneer transcription factor GATA3 binds chromatin, and in a context-dependent manner directs local chromatin remodeling and enhancer formation. Here, we use high-resolution nucleosome mapping in human cells to explore the impact of the position of GATA motifs on the surface of nucleosomes on productive enhancer formation, finding productivity correlates with binding sites located near the nucleosomal dyad axis. Biochemical experiments with model nucleosomes demonstrate sufficiently stable transcription factor-nucleosome interaction to empower cryo-electron microscopy structure determination of the complex at 3.15 Å resolution. The GATA3 zinc fingers efficiently bind their target 5'-GAT-3' sequences in the nucleosome when they are located in solvent accessible, consecutive major grooves without significant changes in nucleosome structure. Analysis of genomic loci bound by GATA3 during reprogramming suggests a correlation of recognition motif sequence and spacing that may distinguish productivity of new enhancer formation.


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Montagem e Desmontagem da Cromatina/genética , Fator de Transcrição GATA3/química , Nucleossomos/química , Nucleossomos/genética , Motivos de Aminoácidos/genética , Sítios de Ligação , Sequenciamento de Cromatina por Imunoprecipitação , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Elementos Facilitadores Genéticos , Fator de Transcrição GATA3/genética , Fator de Transcrição GATA3/metabolismo , Fator de Transcrição GATA3/ultraestrutura , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Nucleossomos/metabolismo , Nucleossomos/ultraestrutura , Ligação Proteica , Dedos de Zinco/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4154, 2020 08 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32814778

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The DNA damage response (DDR) coordinates DNA metabolism with nuclear and non-nuclear processes. The DDR kinase Rad53CHK1/CHK2 controls histone degradation to assist DNA repair. However, Rad53 deficiency causes histone-dependent growth defects in the absence of DNA damage, pointing out unknown physiological functions of the Rad53-histone axis. Here we show that histone dosage control by Rad53 ensures metabolic homeostasis. Under physiological conditions, Rad53 regulates histone levels through inhibitory phosphorylation of the transcription factor Spt21NPAT on Ser276. Rad53-Spt21 mutants display severe glucose dependence, caused by excess histones through two separable mechanisms: dampening of acetyl-coenzyme A-dependent carbon metabolism through histone hyper-acetylation, and Sirtuin-mediated silencing of starvation-induced subtelomeric domains. We further demonstrate that repression of subtelomere silencing by physiological Tel1ATM and Rpd3HDAC activities coveys tolerance to glucose restriction. Our findings identify DDR mutations, histone imbalances and aberrant subtelomeric chromatin as interconnected causes of glucose dependence, implying that DDR kinases coordinate metabolism and epigenetic changes.


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Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/metabolismo , Quinase do Ponto de Checagem 2/metabolismo , Glucose/metabolismo , Histonas/metabolismo , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intracelular/metabolismo , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Acetilação , Proteínas Mutadas de Ataxia Telangiectasia/genética , Proteínas Mutadas de Ataxia Telangiectasia/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/genética , Quinase do Ponto de Checagem 2/genética , Dano ao DNA , Reparo do DNA , Inativação Gênica , Histona Desacetilases/genética , Histona Desacetilases/metabolismo , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intracelular/genética , Mutação , Fosforilação , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Serina/genética , Serina/metabolismo , Telômero/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética
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EBioMedicine ; 59: 102969, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32853989

RESUMO

Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) is associated with severe inflammation in mainly the lung, and kidney. Reports suggest a beneficial effect of the use of heparin/low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) on mortality in COVID-19. In part, this beneficial effect could be explained by the anticoagulant properties of heparin/LMWH. Here, we summarise potential beneficial, non-anticoagulant mechanisms underlying treatment of COVID-19 patients with heparin/LMWH, which include: (i) Inhibition of heparanase activity, responsible for endothelial leakage; (ii) Neutralisation of chemokines, and cytokines; (iii) Interference with leukocyte trafficking; (iv) Reducing viral cellular entry, and (v) Neutralisation of extracellular cytotoxic histones. Considering the multiple inflammatory and pathogenic mechanisms targeted by heparin/LMWH, it is warranted to conduct clinical studies that evaluate therapeutic doses of heparin/LMWH in COVID-19 patients. In addition, identification of specific heparin-derived sequences that are functional in targeting non-anticoagulant mechanisms may have even higher therapeutic potential for COVID-19 patients, and patients suffering from other inflammatory diseases.


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Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Heparina/uso terapêutico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Anti-Inflamatórios/metabolismo , Anti-Inflamatórios/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Glucuronidase/antagonistas & inibidores , Glucuronidase/metabolismo , Heparina/metabolismo , Heparina/farmacologia , Heparina de Baixo Peso Molecular/metabolismo , Heparina de Baixo Peso Molecular/farmacologia , Heparina de Baixo Peso Molecular/uso terapêutico , Histonas/sangue , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Internalização do Vírus/efeitos dos fármacos
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PLoS Biol ; 18(7): e3000782, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32692742

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Tight regulation of gene transcription and mRNA splicing is essential for plant growth and development. Here we demonstrate that a plant-specific protein, EMBRYO DEFECTIVE 1579 (EMB1579), controls multiple growth and developmental processes in Arabidopsis. We demonstrate that EMB1579 forms liquid-like condensates both in vitro and in vivo, and the formation of normal-sized EMB1579 condensates is crucial for its cellular functions. We found that some chromosomal and RNA-related proteins interact with EMB1579 compartments, and loss of function of EMB1579 affects global gene transcription and mRNA splicing. Using floral transition as a physiological process, we demonstrate that EMB1579 is involved in FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC)-mediated repression of flowering. Interestingly, we found that EMB1579 physically interacts with a homologue of Drosophila nucleosome remodeling factor 55-kDa (p55) called MULTIPLE SUPPRESSOR OF IRA 4 (MSI4), which has been implicated in repressing the expression of FLC by forming a complex with DNA Damage Binding Protein 1 (DDB1) and Cullin 4 (CUL4). This complex, named CUL4-DDB1MSI4, physically associates with a CURLY LEAF (CLF)-containing Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (CLF-PRC2). We further demonstrate that EMB1579 interacts with CUL4 and DDB1, and EMB1579 condensates can recruit and condense MSI4 and DDB1. Furthermore, emb1579 phenocopies msi4 in terms of the level of H3K27 trimethylation on FLC. This allows us to propose that EMB1579 condensates recruit and condense CUL4-DDB1MSI4 complex, which facilitates the interaction of CUL4-DDB1MSI4 with CLF-PRC2 and promotes the role of CLF-PRC2 in establishing and/or maintaining the level of H3K27 trimethylation on FLC. Thus, we report a new mechanism for regulating plant gene transcription, mRNA splicing, and growth and development.


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Proteínas de Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Arabidopsis/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Arabidopsis/genética , Proteínas de Ligação ao Cálcio/metabolismo , Desenvolvimento Vegetal/genética , Processamento de RNA/genética , Transcrição Genética , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/genética , Proteínas de Ligação ao Cálcio/genética , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Flores/fisiologia , Histonas/metabolismo , Mutação com Perda de Função , Lisina/metabolismo , Metilação , Proteínas Nucleares/metabolismo , Fenótipo , Raízes de Plantas/citologia , Ligação Proteica , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Sequências Repetitivas de Aminoácidos
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BMC Bioinformatics ; 21(1): 317, 2020 Jul 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32689977

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: The binding sites of transcription factors (TFs) and the localisation of histone modifications in the human genome can be quantified by the chromatin immunoprecipitation assay coupled with next-generation sequencing (ChIP-seq). The resulting chromatin feature data has been successfully adopted for genome-wide enhancer identification by several unsupervised and supervised machine learning methods. However, the current methods predict different numbers and different sets of enhancers for the same cell type and do not utilise the pattern of the ChIP-seq coverage profiles efficiently. RESULTS: In this work, we propose a PRobabilistic Enhancer PRedictIoN Tool (PREPRINT) that assumes characteristic coverage patterns of chromatin features at enhancers and employs a statistical model to account for their variability. PREPRINT defines probabilistic distance measures to quantify the similarity of the genomic query regions and the characteristic coverage patterns. The probabilistic scores of the enhancer and non-enhancer samples are utilised to train a kernel-based classifier. The performance of the method is demonstrated on ENCODE data for two cell lines. The predicted enhancers are computationally validated based on the transcriptional regulatory protein binding sites and compared to the predictions obtained by state-of-the-art methods. CONCLUSION: PREPRINT performs favorably to the state-of-the-art methods, especially when requiring the methods to predict a larger set of enhancers. PREPRINT generalises successfully to data from cell type not utilised for training, and often the PREPRINT performs better than the previous methods. The PREPRINT enhancers are less sensitive to the choice of prediction threshold. PREPRINT identifies biologically validated enhancers not predicted by the competing methods. The enhancers predicted by PREPRINT can aid the genome interpretation in functional genomics and clinical studies.


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Cromatina/genética , Elementos Facilitadores Genéticos , Genoma Humano , Genômica/métodos , Histonas/genética , Modelos Estatísticos , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Cromatina/química , Cromatina/metabolismo , Código das Histonas , Histonas/química , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Processamento de Proteína Pós-Traducional
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Science ; 369(6499): 59-64, 2020 07 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32631887

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Eukaryotic histone H3-H4 tetramers contain a putative copper (Cu2+) binding site at the H3-H3' dimerization interface with unknown function. The coincident emergence of eukaryotes with global oxygenation, which challenged cellular copper utilization, raised the possibility that histones may function in cellular copper homeostasis. We report that the recombinant Xenopus laevis H3-H4 tetramer is an oxidoreductase enzyme that binds Cu2+ and catalyzes its reduction to Cu1+ in vitro. Loss- and gain-of-function mutations of the putative active site residues correspondingly altered copper binding and the enzymatic activity, as well as intracellular Cu1+ abundance and copper-dependent mitochondrial respiration and Sod1 function in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae The histone H3-H4 tetramer, therefore, has a role other than chromatin compaction or epigenetic regulation and generates biousable Cu1+ ions in eukaryotes.


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Cobre/metabolismo , Histonas/química , Oxirredutases/química , Multimerização Proteica , Animais , Biocatálise , Domínio Catalítico/genética , Mutação com Ganho de Função , Histonas/genética , Histonas/metabolismo , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Proteínas Nucleares/metabolismo , Oxirredutases/genética , Oxirredutases/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes/química , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/enzimologia , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/química , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Superóxido Dismutase-1/química , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Xenopus laevis
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Plant Mol Biol ; 104(1-2): 67-79, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32621165

RESUMO

Acetylation and deacetylation of histones are important for regulating a series of biological processes in plants. Histone deacetylases (HDACs) control the histone deacetylation that plays an important role in plant response to abiotic stress. In our study, we show the evidence that GhHDT4D (a member of the HD2 subfamily of HDACs) is involved in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) response to drought stress. Overexpression of GhHDT4D in Arabidopsis increased plant tolerance to drought, whereas silencing GhHDT4D in cotton resulted in plant sensitivity to drought. Simultaneously, the H3K9 acetylation level was altered in the GhHDT4D silenced cotton, compared with the controls. Further study revealed that GhHDT4D suppressed the transcription of GhWRKY33, which plays a negative role in cotton defense to drought, by reducing its H3K9 acetylation level. The expressions of the stress-related genes, such as GhDREB2A, GhDREB2C, GhSOS2, GhRD20-1, GhRD20-2 and GhRD29A, were significantly decreased in the GhHDT4D silenced cotton, but increased in the GhWRKY33 silenced cotton. Given these data together, our findings suggested that GhHDT4D may enhance drought tolerance by suppressing the expression of GhWRKY33, thereby activating the downstream drought response genes in cotton.


Assuntos
Secas , Gossypium/metabolismo , Histona Desacetilases/metabolismo , Estresse Fisiológico/fisiologia , Acetilação , Arabidopsis/genética , Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/genética , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Inativação Gênica , Gossypium/genética , Histona Desacetilases/genética , Histonas/genética , Histonas/metabolismo , Filogenia , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Estresse Fisiológico/genética , Transcriptoma
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