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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008834, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32956422

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Despite the widespread use of anti-retroviral therapy, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) still persists in an infected cell reservoir that harbors transcriptionally silent yet replication-competent proviruses. While significant progress has been made in understanding how the HIV reservoir is established, transcription repression mechanisms that are enforced on the integrated viral promoter have not been fully revealed. In this study, we performed a whole-genome CRISPR knockout screen in HIV infected T cells to identify host genes that potentially promote HIV latency. Of several top candidates, the KRAB-containing zinc finger protein, ZNF304, was identified as the top hit. ZNF304 silences HIV gene transcription through associating with TRIM28 and recruiting to the viral promoter heterochromatin-inducing methyltransferases, including the polycomb repression complex (PRC) and SETB1. Depletion of ZNF304 expression reduced levels of H3K9me3, H3K27me3 and H2AK119ub repressive histone marks on the HIV promoter as well as SETB1 and TRIM28, ultimately enhancing HIV gene transcription. Significantly, ZNF304 also promoted HIV latency, as its depletion delayed the entry of HIV infected cells into latency. In primary CD4+ cells, ectopic expression of ZNF304 silenced viral transcription. We conclude that by associating with TRIM28 and recruiting host transcriptional repressive complexes, SETB1 and PRC, to the HIV promoter, ZNF304 silences HIV gene transcription and promotes viral latency.


Assuntos
Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Regulação Viral da Expressão Gênica , Inativação Gênica , HIV-1/fisiologia , Proteínas Repressoras , Fatores de Transcrição , Transcrição Genética , Latência Viral , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/virologia , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Humanos , Células Jurkat , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Proteínas Repressoras/genética , Proteínas Repressoras/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Proteína 28 com Motivo Tripartido/genética , Proteína 28 com Motivo Tripartido/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4782, 2020 09 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32963223

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Polycomb and Trithorax group proteins maintain stable epigenetic memory of gene expression states for some genes, but many targets show highly dynamic regulation. Here we combine experiment and theory to examine the mechanistic basis of these different modes of regulation. We present a mathematical model comprising a Polycomb/Trithorax response element (PRE/TRE) coupled to a promoter and including Drosophila developmental timing. The model accurately recapitulates published studies of PRE/TRE mediated epigenetic memory of both silencing and activation. With minimal parameter changes, the same model can also recapitulate experimental data for a different PRE/TRE that allows dynamic regulation of its target gene. The model predicts that both cell cycle length and PRE/TRE identity are critical for determining whether the system gives stable memory or dynamic regulation. Our work provides a simple unifying framework for a rich repertoire of PRE/TRE functions, and thus provides insights into  genome-wide Polycomb/Trithorax regulation.


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Proteínas Cromossômicas não Histona/genética , Proteínas de Drosophila/genética , Drosophila melanogaster/genética , Epigenômica , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento/genética , Modelos Teóricos , Complexo Repressor Polycomb 1/genética , Animais , Divisão Celular , Proteínas Cromossômicas não Histona/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , Proteínas de Drosophila/metabolismo , Drosophila melanogaster/fisiologia , Epigênese Genética , Feminino , Inativação Gênica , Complexo Repressor Polycomb 1/metabolismo , Proteínas do Grupo Polycomb/metabolismo , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Elementos de Resposta
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4709, 2020 09 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32948765

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Glioblastoma cancer-stem like cells (GSCs) display marked resistance to ionizing radiation (IR), a standard of care for glioblastoma patients. Mechanisms underpinning radio-resistance of GSCs remain largely unknown. Chromatin state and the accessibility of DNA lesions to DNA repair machineries are crucial for the maintenance of genomic stability. Understanding the functional impact of chromatin remodeling on DNA repair in GSCs may lay the foundation for advancing the efficacy of radio-sensitizing therapies. Here, we present the results of a high-content siRNA microscopy screen, revealing the transcriptional elongation factor SPT6 to be critical for the genomic stability and self-renewal of GSCs. Mechanistically, SPT6 transcriptionally up-regulates BRCA1 and thereby drives an error-free DNA repair in GSCs. SPT6 loss impairs the self-renewal, genomic stability and tumor initiating capacity of GSCs. Collectively, our results provide mechanistic insights into how SPT6 regulates DNA repair and identify SPT6 as a putative therapeutic target in glioblastoma.


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Reparo do DNA , Instabilidade Genômica , Glioblastoma/genética , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Animais , Apoptose , Proteína BRCA1 , Neoplasias Encefálicas/genética , Pontos de Checagem do Ciclo Celular , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Inativação Gênica , Glioblastoma/patologia , Células HEK293 , Xenoenxertos , Humanos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , RNA Interferente Pequeno/genética , Tolerância a Radiação , Radiação Ionizante , Transcriptoma
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4484, 2020 09 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32901027

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Chronic stress is a key risk factor for mood disorders like depression, but the stress-induced changes in brain circuit function and gene expression underlying depression symptoms are not completely understood, hindering development of novel treatments. Because of its projections to brain regions regulating reward and anxiety, the ventral hippocampus is uniquely poised to translate the experience of stress into altered brain function and pathological mood, though the cellular and molecular mechanisms of this process are not fully understood. Here, we use a novel method of circuit-specific gene editing to show that the transcription factor ΔFosB drives projection-specific activity of ventral hippocampus glutamatergic neurons causing behaviorally diverse responses to stress. We establish molecular, cellular, and circuit-level mechanisms for depression- and anxiety-like behavior in response to stress and use circuit-specific gene expression profiling to uncover novel downstream targets as potential sites of therapeutic intervention in depression.


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Aprendizagem da Esquiva/fisiologia , Hipocampo/fisiologia , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-fos/fisiologia , Animais , Ansiedade/metabolismo , Comportamento Animal/fisiologia , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Inativação Gênica , Hipocampo/anatomia & histologia , Hipocampo/citologia , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Neurônios/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-fos/deficiência , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-fos/genética , Comportamento Social , Estresse Psicológico
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 204: 111063, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32791358

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The lipocalins genes have been assigned for involving in the responses of organisms to various stress factors. The function of lipocalins under PCB18 stress was addressed by pathway complementation in the Oryza sativa L. OsTIL-silenced mutant. The growth of wild type (WT) and OsTIL-silenced mutant (MT) callus were suppressed by PCB18, and MT varieties were inhibited more seriously than WT varieties. Meanwhile, only WT varieties showed "Hormesis" effect. Compared with WT (3 day > 90.0%, 6 day ≤45.5%), MT varieties kept high removing efficiency by HPLC analysis. Varied gene transcription after OsTIL silencing was demonstrated between two varieties, especially obvious under PCB stress. Silenced OsTIL induced more protective gene transcriptions by qPCR analysis, OsVDE at 3 day, OsCHL, OsZEP1, OsZEP2 and OsUN at 6 day and OsZEP2 at 9 day. PCB18 stress further irritated these genes transcription in MT varieties. The defense stagy in WT varieties was that the transcriptions of lipocalins were inhibited to reduce PCB18 accumulation and toxicity. OsTIL could effectively limit PCB18 accumulation and toxicity. After TIL lacking, OsCHL, OsZEP1, OsZEP2 and OsUN in mutant were strongly evoked to against PCB stress. Remarkably, OsUN and OsZEP2 gene expressions were responded to PCB18 stress in both two varieties.


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Poluentes Ambientais/toxicidade , Lipocalinas/genética , Oryza/efeitos dos fármacos , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Bifenilos Policlorados/toxicidade , Ativação Transcricional/efeitos dos fármacos , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Inativação Gênica , Genes de Plantas , Oryza/genética , Oryza/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Estresse Oxidativo/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237176, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32745128

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Some monocotyledonous plants, including liliaceous, amaryllidaceous and iridaceous ones, produce flowers with petaloid tepals in whorls 1 and 2 organs. For explaining the molecular mechanism of two-layered petaloid tepal development, the modified ABC model has been proposed, in which B class genes are expressed in whorl 1 organs as well as in whorls 2 and 3 organs. We have previously obtained results strongly support the modified ABC model by chimeric repressor gene-silencing technology (CRES-T)-mediated suppression of B function in the liliaceous plant Tricyrtis sp. In the present study, we introduced a CRES-T construct derived from the B class gene of Tricyrtis sp. (TrihDEFa-SRDX) into Lilium sp. in order to examine the effect of suppressing B function on the floral organ identity. Flowers of transgenic plants did not open fully and had pale pink-colored tepals with decreased numbers of papillae on the adaxial side in whorls 1 and 2 compared with those of non-transgenic plants. No apparent morphological alterations were observed in whorls 3 and 4 organs. Both the amount of total anthocyanins and the expression levels of endogenous flavonoid biosynthesis-related genes (LhMYB12, LhbHLH2, LhCHS, LhF3H, LhF3'H, LhDFR and LhANS) decreased in whorls 1 and 2 organs of transgenic plants compared with non-transgenic plants. In addition, the expression levels of endogenous B class genes (LFDEF, LFGLOA and LFGLOB) decreased in transgenic plants and the level was negatively correlated with the degree of morphological alteration. Thus suppression of B function may reduce the identity of petaloid tepals in whorls 1 and 2 of transgenic Lilium sp.


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Flores/genética , Inativação Gênica , Lilium/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Flores/anatomia & histologia , Flores/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo
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PLoS Biol ; 18(8): e3000756, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32745139

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Recognition of self and nonself is important for outcrossing organisms, and different mating types establish the barrier against self-mating. In the unicellular ciliate T. thermophila, mating type determination requires complex DNA rearrangements at a single mat locus during conjugation to produce a type-specific gene pair (MTA and MTB) for 1 of 7 possible mating types. Surprisingly, we found that decreased expression of the DNA breakage-repair protein Ku80 at late stages of conjugation generated persistent selfing phenotype in the progeny. DNA analysis revealed multiple mating-type gene pairs as well as a variety of mis-paired, unusually arranged mating-type genes in these selfers that resemble some proposed rearrangement intermediates. They are found also in normal cells during conjugation and are lost after 10 fissions but are retained in Ku mutants. Silencing of TKU80 or TKU70-2 immediately after conjugation also generated selfing phenotype, revealing a hidden DNA rearrangement process beyond conjugation. Mating reactions between the mutant and normal cells suggest a 2-component system for self-nonself-recognition through MTA and MTB genes.


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DNA de Protozoário/genética , Rearranjo Gênico , Autoantígeno Ku/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Tetrahymena thermophila/genética , Conjugação Genética , Cruzamentos Genéticos , DNA de Protozoário/metabolismo , Expressão Gênica , Inativação Gênica , Autoantígeno Ku/metabolismo , Fenótipo , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Reprodução , Tetrahymena thermophila/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0236781, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32776961

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It has been reported that Bach1-deficient mice show reduced tissue injuries in diverse disease models due to increased expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)that possesses an antioxidant function. In contrast, we found that Bach1 deficiency in mice exacerbated skeletal muscle injury induced by cardiotoxin. Inhibition of Bach1 expression in C2C12 myoblast cells using RNA interference resulted in reduced proliferation, myotube formation, and myogenin expression compared with control cells. While the expression of HO-1 was increased by Bach1 silencing in C2C12 cells, the reduced myotube formation was not rescued by HO-1 inhibition. Up-regulations of Smad2, Smad3 and FoxO1, known inhibitors of muscle cell differentiation, were observed in Bach1-deficient mice and Bach1-silenced C2C12 cells. Therefore, Bach1 may promote regeneration of muscle by increasing proliferation and differentiation of myoblasts.


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Fatores de Transcrição de Zíper de Leucina Básica/metabolismo , Diferenciação Celular , Músculo Esquelético/fisiologia , Mioblastos/citologia , Regeneração , Proteínas Smad/metabolismo , Animais , Fatores de Transcrição de Zíper de Leucina Básica/deficiência , Fatores de Transcrição de Zíper de Leucina Básica/genética , Linhagem Celular , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Inativação Gênica , Camundongos , Músculo Esquelético/citologia , Transcriptoma/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237015, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32760098

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Graves' orbitopathy (GO) is characterised in early stages by orbital fibroblast inflammation, which can be aggravated by oxidative stress and often leads to fibrosis. Protein tyrosine protein 1B (PTP1B) is a regulator of inflammation and a therapeutic target in diabetes. We investigated the role of PTP1B in the GO mechanism using orbital fibroblasts from GO and healthy non-GO subjects. After 24 hours of transfection with PTPN1 siRNA, the fibroblasts were exposed to interleukin (IL)-1ß, cigarette smoke extract (CSE), H2O2, and transforming growth factor (TGF)-ß stimulations. Inflammatory cytokines and fibrosis-related proteins were analysed using western blotting and/or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Reactive oxygen species (ROS) release was detected using an oxidant-sensitive fluorescent probe. IL-1ß, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, bovine thyroid stimulating hormone (bTSH), high-affinity human stimulatory monoclonal antibody of TSH receptor (M22), and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) significantly increased PTP1B protein production in GO and non-GO fibroblasts. PTPN1 silencing significantly blocked IL-1ß-induced inflammatory cytokine production, CSE- and H2O2-induced ROS synthesis, and TGF-ß-induced expression of collagen Iα, α-smooth muscle actin (SMA), and fibronectin in GO fibroblasts. Silencing PTPN1 also decreased phosphorylation levels of Akt, p38, and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-stress response proteins in GO cells. PTP1B may be a potential therapeutic target of anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-fibrotic treatment of GO.


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Oftalmopatia de Graves/enzimologia , Oftalmopatia de Graves/terapia , Proteína Tirosina Fosfatase não Receptora Tipo 1/antagonistas & inibidores , Adulto , Animais , Apoptose , Bovinos , Sobrevivência Celular , Citocinas/biossíntese , Estresse do Retículo Endoplasmático , Feminino , Fibroblastos/efeitos dos fármacos , Fibroblastos/metabolismo , Fibroblastos/patologia , Inativação Gênica , Oftalmopatia de Graves/patologia , Humanos , Técnicas In Vitro , Mediadores da Inflamação/metabolismo , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estresse Oxidativo , Córtex Pré-Frontal/efeitos dos fármacos , Córtex Pré-Frontal/metabolismo , Córtex Pré-Frontal/patologia , Proteína Tirosina Fosfatase não Receptora Tipo 1/genética , Proteína Tirosina Fosfatase não Receptora Tipo 1/metabolismo , RNA Interferente Pequeno/genética , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais
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Viruses ; 12(9)2020 08 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32842491

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RNA interference (RNAi) provides the means for alternative antiviral therapy. Delivery of RNAi in the form of short interfering RNA (siRNA), short hairpin RNA (shRNA) and micro-RNA (miRNA) have demonstrated efficacy in gene silencing for therapeutic applications against viral diseases. Bioinformatics has played an important role in the design of efficient RNAi sequences targeting various pathogenic viruses. However, stability and delivery of RNAi molecules have presented serious obstacles for reaching therapeutic efficacy. For this reason, RNA modifications and formulation of nanoparticles have proven useful for non-viral delivery of RNAi molecules. On the other hand, utilization of viral vectors and particularly self-replicating RNA virus vectors can be considered as an attractive alternative. In this review, examples of antiviral therapy applying RNAi-based approaches in various animal models will be described. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, a special emphasis will be dedicated to targeting Coronavirus Disease-19 (COVID-19).


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Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Interferência de RNA , Animais , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Biologia Computacional , Inativação Gênica , Humanos , Hospedeiro Imunocomprometido , Pandemias
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Nature ; 584(7820): 279-285, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32760005

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In pathophysiology, reactive oxygen species oxidize biomolecules that contribute to disease phenotypes1. One such modification, 8-oxoguanine2 (o8G), is abundant in RNA3 but its epitranscriptional role has not been investigated for microRNAs (miRNAs). Here we specifically sequence oxidized miRNAs in a rat model of the redox-associated condition cardiac hypertrophy4. We find that position-specific o8G modifications are generated in seed regions (positions 2-8) of selective miRNAs, and function to regulate other mRNAs through o8G•A base pairing. o8G is induced predominantly at position 7 of miR-1 (7o8G-miR-1) by treatment with an adrenergic agonist. Introducing 7o8G-miR-1 or 7U-miR-1 (in which G at position 7 is substituted with U) alone is sufficient to cause cardiac hypertrophy in mice, and the mRNA targets of o8G-miR-1 function in affected phenotypes; the specific inhibition of 7o8G-miR-1 in mouse cardiomyocytes was found to attenuate cardiac hypertrophy. o8G-miR-1 is also implicated in patients with cardiomyopathy. Our findings show that the position-specific oxidation of miRNAs could serve as an epitranscriptional mechanism to coordinate pathophysiological redox-mediated gene expression.


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Cardiomegalia/genética , Cardiomegalia/patologia , Inativação Gênica , MicroRNAs/química , MicroRNAs/metabolismo , Animais , Pareamento de Bases , Linhagem Celular , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Guanina/análogos & derivados , Guanina/análise , Guanina/química , Guanina/metabolismo , Humanos , Camundongos , MicroRNAs/genética , Miócitos Cardíacos/metabolismo , Miócitos Cardíacos/patologia , Oxirredução , Ratos , Transcrição Genética/genética , Transcriptoma/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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PLoS Genet ; 16(8): e1008962, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32750047

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Haspin, a highly conserved kinase in eukaryotes, has been shown to be responsible for phosphorylation of histone H3 at threonine 3 (H3T3ph) during mitosis, in mammals and yeast. Here we report that haspin is the kinase that phosphorylates H3T3 in Drosophila melanogaster and it is involved in sister chromatid cohesion during mitosis. Our data reveal that haspin also phosphorylates H3T3 in interphase. H3T3ph localizes in broad silenced domains at heterochromatin and lamin-enriched euchromatic regions. Loss of haspin compromises insulator activity in enhancer-blocking assays and triggers a decrease in nuclear size that is accompanied by changes in nuclear envelope morphology. We show that haspin is a suppressor of position-effect variegation involved in heterochromatin organization. Our results also demonstrate that haspin is necessary for pairing-sensitive silencing and it is required for robust Polycomb-dependent homeotic gene silencing. Haspin associates with the cohesin complex in interphase, mediates Pds5 binding to chromatin and cooperates with Pds5-cohesin to modify Polycomb-dependent homeotic transformations. Therefore, this study uncovers an unanticipated role for haspin kinase in genome organization of interphase cells and demonstrates that haspin is required for homeotic gene regulation.


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Cromatina/genética , Proteínas de Drosophila/genética , Mitose/genética , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/genética , Animais , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/genética , Centrômero/genética , Proteínas Cromossômicas não Histona/genética , Segregação de Cromossomos/genética , Drosophila melanogaster/genética , Inativação Gênica , Heterocromatina/genética , Histonas/genética , Interfase/genética , Fosforilação , Proteínas do Grupo Polycomb/genética , Troca de Cromátide Irmã/genética , Treonina/genética
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Nature ; 585(7824): 261-267, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32848246

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Sustained, drug-free control of HIV-1 replication is naturally achieved in less than 0.5% of infected individuals (here termed 'elite controllers'), despite the presence of a replication-competent viral reservoir1. Inducing such an ability to spontaneously maintain undetectable plasma viraemia is a major objective of HIV-1 cure research, but the characteristics of proviral reservoirs in elite controllers remain to be determined. Here, using next-generation sequencing of near-full-length single HIV-1 genomes and corresponding chromosomal integration sites, we show that the proviral reservoirs of elite controllers frequently consist of oligoclonal to near-monoclonal clusters of intact proviral sequences. In contrast to individuals treated with long-term antiretroviral therapy, intact proviral sequences from elite controllers were integrated at highly distinct sites in the human genome and were preferentially located in centromeric satellite DNA or in Krüppel-associated box domain-containing zinc finger genes on chromosome 19, both of which are associated with heterochromatin features. Moreover, the integration sites of intact proviral sequences from elite controllers showed an increased distance to transcriptional start sites and accessible chromatin of the host genome and were enriched in repressive chromatin marks. These data suggest that a distinct configuration of the proviral reservoir represents a structural correlate of natural viral control, and that the quality, rather than the quantity, of viral reservoirs can be an important distinguishing feature for a functional cure of HIV-1 infection. Moreover, in one elite controller, we were unable to detect intact proviral sequences despite analysing more than 1.5 billion peripheral blood mononuclear cells, which raises the possibility that a sterilizing cure of HIV-1 infection, which has previously been observed only following allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation2,3, may be feasible in rare instances.


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Inativação Gênica , Infecções por HIV/genética , Infecções por HIV/virologia , HIV-1/genética , Heterocromatina/genética , Provírus/genética , Integração Viral/genética , Latência Viral/genética , Adulto , Idoso , Centrômero/genética , Cromossomos Humanos Par 19/genética , DNA Satélite/genética , Feminino , Genoma Viral/genética , Infecções por HIV/sangue , HIV-1/isolamento & purificação , Heterocromatina/metabolismo , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Provírus/isolamento & purificação , Proteínas Repressoras/genética , Sítio de Iniciação de Transcrição
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4242, 2020 08 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32843637

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Membraneless organelles are sites for RNA biology including small non-coding RNA (ncRNA) mediated gene silencing. How small ncRNAs utilise phase separated environments for their function is unclear. We investigated how the PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) pathway engages with the membraneless organelle P granule in Caenorhabditis elegans. Proteomic analysis of the PIWI protein PRG-1 reveals an interaction with the constitutive P granule protein DEPS-1. DEPS-1 is not required for piRNA biogenesis but piRNA-dependent silencing: deps-1 mutants fail to produce the secondary endo-siRNAs required for the silencing of piRNA targets. We identify a motif on DEPS-1 which mediates a direct interaction with PRG-1. DEPS-1 and PRG-1 form intertwining clusters to build elongated condensates in vivo which are dependent on the Piwi-interacting motif of DEPS-1. Additionally, we identify EDG-1 as an interactor of DEPS-1 and PRG-1. Our study reveals how specific protein-protein interactions drive the spatial organisation and piRNA-dependent silencing within membraneless organelles.


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Proteínas Argonauta/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Inativação Gênica , RNA Interferente Pequeno/metabolismo , Animais , Proteínas Argonauta/genética , Sítios de Ligação , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/química , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Grânulos Citoplasmáticos/metabolismo , Células Germinativas/metabolismo , Mutação , Ligação Proteica , Proteômica , Interferência de RNA , RNA de Cadeia Dupla/metabolismo , RNA Interferente Pequeno/genética
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Science ; 369(6501): 325-329, 2020 Jul 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32675375

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Chromatin instability and mitochondrial decline are conserved processes that contribute to cellular aging. Although both processes have been explored individually in the context of their distinct signaling pathways, the mechanism that determines which process dominates during aging of individual cells is unknown. We show that interactions between the chromatin silencing and mitochondrial pathways lead to an epigenetic landscape of yeast replicative aging with multiple equilibrium states that represent different types of terminal states of aging. The structure of the landscape drives single-cell differentiation toward one of these states during aging, whereby the fate is determined quite early and is insensitive to intracellular noise. Guided by a quantitative model of the aging landscape, we genetically engineered a long-lived equilibrium state characterized by an extended life span.


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Senescência Celular , Mitocôndrias/fisiologia , Saccharomyces cerevisiae , Cromatina/fisiologia , Montagem e Desmontagem da Cromatina , DNA Fúngico , Inativação Gênica
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Life Sci ; 258: 118095, 2020 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32679142

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AIMS: This study focused on investigating the potential role of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) lysyl oxidase like 1 antisense RNA 1 (LOXL1-AS1) in the progression of osteoarthritis (OA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: qRT-PCR assay was applied to detect gene expression, while western blot was performed to measure levels of apoptosis-related proteins. CCK-8, colony formation and TUNEL assays were conducted to explore the functional role of LOXL1-AS1 in OA. ChIP assay was utilized to assess the affinity between JunD proto-oncogene, AP-1 transcription factor subunit (JUND) and LOXL1-AS1 promoter. Mechanism experiments were implemented to investigate the underlying molecular mechanism of LOXL1-AS1. KEY FINDINGS: LOXL1-AS1 was up-regulated in OA cartilage tissues. Silencing LOXL1-AS1 hampered proliferation and inflammation, yet promoting apoptosis in chondrocytes. LOXL1-AS1 was transcriptionally activated by JUND1. LOXL1-AS1 sequestered miR-423-5p and abolished miR-423-5p-mediated repression on lysine demethylase 5C (KDM5C), thus promoted the development of OA. SIGNIFICANCE: LncRNA LOXL1-AS1 is transcriptionally activated by JUND and facilitates the proliferation and inflammation of chondrocytes via elevating miR-423-5p-mediated KDM5C in OA, which may provide potential therapeutic target for OA.


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Histona Desmetilases/metabolismo , MicroRNAs/metabolismo , Osteoartrite/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-jun/metabolismo , RNA Longo não Codificante/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais , Transcrição Genética , Apoptose/genética , Sequência de Bases , Proliferação de Células/genética , Condrócitos/metabolismo , Condrócitos/patologia , Progressão da Doença , Inativação Gênica , Histona Desmetilases/genética , Humanos , Inflamação/genética , Inflamação/patologia , MicroRNAs/genética , Osteoartrite/patologia , RNA Longo não Codificante/genética
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Gene ; 760: 144965, 2020 Nov 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32687948

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OBJECTIVE: Immunologic contact urticaria (ICU) is an immediate response of wheal caused by various contactants in vulnerable individuals, with undefined pathogenesis. METHODS: In the present study, we aim to explore the effects of intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) gene silencing by RNA inference (RNAi) on vascular endothelial cells (VECs) adhesion molecule expression and cell-cell adhesion in ICU mice. Sixty BALB/c mice were selected, among which 48 mice were used for establishment of ICU models. VECs from normal and ICU mice were grouped into different groups. Expressions of ICAM-1, eosinophilic cationic protein (ECP), total immunologlobulin E (tIgE), L-selectin (CD62L), integrin, alpha L (CD11a) in tissues and cells were evaluate by RT-qPCR and western blotting. Cell proliferation was evaluated by MTT assay and EdU staining and cell adhesive function by cell-cell adhesion assay. RESULTS: Compared with normal mice, ICU mice had increased expressions of ICAM-1, ECP, tIgE, CD62L, and CD11a.ICAM-1 gene silencing decreased expressions of ECP, tIgE, CD62L, and CD11a, enhanced cell proliferation, and more activity in cell adhesion. CONCLUSION: These findings indicate that RNAi-mediated gene silencing of ICAM-1 may decrease VECs adhesion expression and reduce cell-cell adhesion in mice with ICU.


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Células Endoteliais/metabolismo , Molécula 1 de Adesão Intercelular/metabolismo , Urticária/genética , Animais , Adesão Celular/fisiologia , Células Cultivadas , Células Endoteliais/patologia , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/patologia , Feminino , Inativação Gênica , Molécula 1 de Adesão Intercelular/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Interferência de RNA , Urticária/metabolismo , Urticária/patologia
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(33): 20100-20108, 2020 08 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32727902

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Mutation of HELLS (Helicase, Lymphoid-Specific)/Lsh in human DNA causes a severe immunodeficiency syndrome, but the nature of the defect remains unknown. We assessed here the role of Lsh in hematopoiesis using conditional Lsh knockout mice with expression of Mx1 or Vav Cre-recombinase. Bone marrow transplantation studies revealed that Lsh depletion in hematopoietic stem cells severely reduced B cell numbers and impaired B cell development in a hematopoietic cell-autonomous manner. Lsh-deficient mice without bone marrow transplantation exhibited lower Ig levels in vivo compared to controls despite normal peripheral B cell numbers. Purified B lymphocytes proliferated normally but produced less immunoglobulins in response to in vitro stimulation, indicating a reduced capacity to undergo class switch recombination (CSR). Analysis of germline transcripts, examination of double-stranded breaks using biotin-labeling DNA break assay, and End-seq analysis indicated that the initiation of the recombination process was unscathed. In contrast, digestion-circularization PCR analysis and high-throughput sequencing analyses of CSR junctions and a chromosomal break repair assay indicated an impaired ability of the canonical end-joining pathway in Lsh-deficient B cells. Our data suggest a hematopoietic cell-intrinsic role of Lsh in B cell development and in CSR providing a potential target for immunodeficiency therapy.


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Linfócitos B/fisiologia , DNA Helicases/metabolismo , Imunoglobulinas/metabolismo , Animais , Linhagem Celular , DNA Helicases/genética , Inativação Gênica , Humanos , Imunoglobulinas/genética , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Mutação
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