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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4905, 2020 09 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32999288

RESUMO

Transcription factor (TF) IIIC is a conserved eukaryotic six-subunit protein complex with dual function. It serves as a general TF for most RNA polymerase (Pol) III genes by recruiting TFIIIB, but it is also involved in chromatin organization and regulation of Pol II genes through interaction with CTCF and condensin II. Here, we report the structure of the S. cerevisiae TFIIIC subcomplex τA, which contains the most conserved subunits of TFIIIC and is responsible for recruitment of TFIIIB and transcription start site (TSS) selection at Pol III genes. We show that τA binding to its promoter is auto-inhibited by a disordered acidic tail of subunit τ95. We further provide a negative-stain reconstruction of τA bound to the TFIIIB subunits Brf1 and TBP. This shows that a ruler element in τA achieves positioning of TFIIIB upstream of the TSS, and suggests remodeling of the complex during assembly of TFIIIB by TFIIIC.


Assuntos
Regulação Fúngica da Expressão Gênica , RNA Polimerase III/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/ultraestrutura , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Fatores de Transcrição TFIII/ultraestrutura , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , DNA Fúngico/genética , DNA Fúngico/metabolismo , Genes Fúngicos/genética , Insetos , Domínios Proteicos , Multimerização Proteica , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes/isolamento & purificação , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes/ultraestrutura , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/isolamento & purificação , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Fator de Transcrição TFIIIB/genética , Fator de Transcrição TFIIIB/isolamento & purificação , Fator de Transcrição TFIIIB/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição TFIII/genética , Fatores de Transcrição TFIII/isolamento & purificação , Fatores de Transcrição TFIII/metabolismo , Sítio de Iniciação de Transcrição , Iniciação da Transcrição Genética
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Int J Mol Sci ; 21(19)2020 Sep 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32998303

RESUMO

Some years inspire more hindsight reflection and future-gazing than others. This is even more so in 2020 with its evocation of perfect vision and the landmark ring to it. However, no futurist can reliably predict what the world will look like the next time that a year's first two digits will match the second two digits-a numerical pattern that only occurs once in a century. As we leap into a new decade, amid uncertainties triggered by unforeseen global events-such as the outbreak of a worldwide pandemic, the accompanying economic hardship, and intensifying geopolitical tensions-it is important to note the blistering pace of 21st century technological developments indicate that while hindsight might be 20/20, foresight is 50/50. The history of science shows us that imaginative ideas, research excellence, and collaborative innovation can, for example, significantly contribute to the economic, cultural, social, and environmental recovery of a post-COVID-19 world. This article reflects on a history of yeast research to indicate the potential that arises from advances in science, and how this can contribute to the ongoing recovery and development of human society. Future breakthroughs in synthetic genomics are likely to unlock new avenues of impactful discoveries and solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges.


Assuntos
Surtos de Doenças/prevenção & controle , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Genoma Fúngico , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Biologia Sintética/métodos , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/classificação
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Mol Cell ; 80(1): 127-139.e6, 2020 10 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33007253

RESUMO

Human spliceosomes contain numerous proteins absent in yeast, whose functions remain largely unknown. Here we report a 3D cryo-EM structure of the human spliceosomal C complex at 3.4 Å core resolution and 4.5-5.7 Å at its periphery, and aided by protein crosslinking we determine its molecular architecture. Our structure provides additional insights into the spliceosome's architecture between the catalytic steps of splicing, and how proteins aid formation of the spliceosome's catalytically active RNP (ribonucleoprotein) conformation. It reveals the spatial organization of the metazoan-specific proteins PPWD1, WDR70, FRG1, and CIR1 in human C complexes, indicating they stabilize functionally important protein domains and RNA structures rearranged/repositioned during the Bact to C transition. Structural comparisons with human Bact, C∗, and P complexes reveal an intricate cascade of RNP rearrangements during splicing catalysis, with intermediate RNP conformations not found in yeast, and additionally elucidate the structural basis for the sequential recruitment of metazoan-specific spliceosomal proteins.


Assuntos
Fatores de Processamento de RNA/química , Fatores de Processamento de RNA/metabolismo , Spliceossomos/metabolismo , Animais , Catálise , Células HeLa , Humanos , Íntrons/genética , Modelos Moleculares , Complexos Multiproteicos/metabolismo , Complexos Multiproteicos/ultraestrutura , Ligação Proteica , Estabilidade Proteica , RNA/química , RNA/metabolismo , Ribonucleoproteínas/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Especificidade da Espécie , Fatores de Tempo
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PLoS Comput Biol ; 16(9): e1008185, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32925942

RESUMO

Cells adjust their metabolism in response to mutations, but how this reprogramming depends on the genetic context is not well known. Specifically, the absence of individual enzymes can affect reprogramming, and thus the impact of mutations in cell growth. Here, we examine this issue with an in silico model of Saccharomyces cerevisiae's metabolism. By quantifying the variability in the growth rate of 10000 different mutant metabolisms that accumulated changes in their reaction fluxes, in the presence, or absence, of a specific enzyme, we distinguish a subset of modifier genes serving as buffers or potentiators of variability. We notice that the most potent modifiers refer to the glycolysis pathway and that, more broadly, they show strong pleiotropy and epistasis. Moreover, the evidence that this subset depends on the specific growing condition strengthens its systemic underpinning, a feature only observed before in a toy model of a gene-regulatory network. Some of these enzymes also modulate the effect that biochemical noise and environmental fluctuations produce in growth. Thus, the reorganization of metabolism induced by mutations has not only direct physiological implications but also transforms the influence that other mutations have on growth. This is a general result with implications in the development of cancer therapies based on metabolic inhibitors.


Assuntos
Redes Reguladoras de Genes/genética , Redes e Vias Metabólicas , Mutação , Redes e Vias Metabólicas/genética , Redes e Vias Metabólicas/fisiologia , Mutação/genética , Mutação/fisiologia , Fenótipo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Biologia de Sistemas
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Nature ; 585(7826): 614-619, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32879484

RESUMO

Tropane alkaloids from nightshade plants are neurotransmitter inhibitors that are used for treating neuromuscular disorders and are classified as essential medicines by the World Health Organization1,2. Challenges in global supplies have resulted in frequent shortages of these drugs3,4. Further vulnerabilities in supply chains have been revealed by events such as the Australian wildfires5 and the COVID-19 pandemic6. Rapidly deployable production strategies that are robust to environmental and socioeconomic upheaval7,8 are needed. Here we engineered baker's yeast to produce the medicinal alkaloids hyoscyamine and scopolamine, starting from simple sugars and amino acids. We combined functional genomics to identify a missing pathway enzyme, protein engineering to enable the functional expression of an acyltransferase via trafficking to the vacuole, heterologous transporters to facilitate intracellular routing, and strain optimization to improve titres. Our integrated system positions more than twenty proteins adapted from yeast, bacteria, plants and animals across six sub-cellular locations to recapitulate the spatial organization of tropane alkaloid biosynthesis in plants. Microbial biosynthesis platforms can facilitate the discovery of tropane alkaloid derivatives as new therapeutic agents for neurological disease and, once scaled, enable robust and agile supply of these essential medicines.


Assuntos
Alcaloides/biossíntese , Alcaloides/provisão & distribução , Hiosciamina/biossíntese , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Escopolamina/metabolismo , Aciltransferases/genética , Aciltransferases/metabolismo , Animais , Atropa belladonna/enzimologia , Derivados da Atropina/metabolismo , Transporte Biológico , Datura/enzimologia , Glucosídeos/biossíntese , Glucosídeos/metabolismo , Hiosciamina/provisão & distribução , Lactatos/metabolismo , Ligases/genética , Ligases/metabolismo , Modelos Moleculares , Doenças do Sistema Nervoso/tratamento farmacológico , Oxirredutases/genética , Oxirredutases/metabolismo , Engenharia de Proteínas , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Escopolamina/provisão & distribução , Vacúolos/metabolismo
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Mol Genet Genomics ; 295(6): 1489-1500, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32948893

RESUMO

Glucose, fructose and mannose are the preferred carbon/energy sources for the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Absence of preferred energy sources activates glucose derepression, which is regulated by the kinase Snf1. Snf1 phosphorylates the transcriptional repressor Mig1, which results in its exit from the nucleus and subsequent derepression of genes. In contrast, Snf1 is inactive when preferred carbon sources are available, which leads to dephosphorylation of Mig1 and its translocation to the nucleus where Mig1 acts as a transcription repressor. Here we revisit the role of the three hexose kinases, Hxk1, Hxk2 and Glk1, in glucose de/repression. We demonstrate that all three sugar kinases initially affect Mig1 nuclear localization upon addition of glucose, fructose and mannose. This initial import of Mig1 into the nucleus was temporary; for continuous nucleocytoplasmic shuttling of Mig1, Hxk2 is required in the presence of glucose and mannose and in the presence of fructose Hxk2 or Hxk1 is required. Our data suggest that Mig1 import following exposure to preferred energy sources is controlled via two different pathways, where (1) the initial import is regulated by signals derived from metabolism and (2) continuous shuttling is regulated by the Hxk2 and Hxk1 proteins. Mig1 nucleocytoplasmic shuttling appears to be important for the maintenance of the repressed state in which Hxk1/2 seems to play an essential role.


Assuntos
Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Frutose/metabolismo , Glucose/metabolismo , Hexoquinase/metabolismo , Manose/metabolismo , Proteínas Repressoras/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Transporte Ativo do Núcleo Celular , Regulação Fúngica da Expressão Gênica , Hexoquinase/genética , Fosforilação , Transporte Proteico , Proteínas Repressoras/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4880, 2020 09 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32978375

RESUMO

Through advanced mechanistic modeling and the generation of large high-quality datasets, machine learning is becoming an integral part of understanding and engineering living systems. Here we show that mechanistic and machine learning models can be combined to enable accurate genotype-to-phenotype predictions. We use a genome-scale model to pinpoint engineering targets, efficient library construction of metabolic pathway designs, and high-throughput biosensor-enabled screening for training diverse machine learning algorithms. From a single data-generation cycle, this enables successful forward engineering of complex aromatic amino acid metabolism in yeast, with the best machine learning-guided design recommendations improving tryptophan titer and productivity by up to 74 and 43%, respectively, compared to the best designs used for algorithm training. Thus, this study highlights the power of combining mechanistic and machine learning models to effectively direct metabolic engineering efforts.


Assuntos
Aprendizado de Máquina , Engenharia Metabólica/métodos , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Triptofano/metabolismo , Algoritmos , Aminoácidos/metabolismo , Fenômenos Bioquímicos , Técnicas Biossensoriais , Genótipo , Redes e Vias Metabólicas , Modelos Biológicos , Fenótipo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/crescimento & desenvolvimento
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4879, 2020 09 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32978379

RESUMO

Synthetic biology allows us to bioengineer cells to synthesize novel valuable molecules such as renewable biofuels or anticancer drugs. However, traditional synthetic biology approaches involve ad-hoc engineering practices, which lead to long development times. Here, we present the Automated Recommendation Tool (ART), a tool that leverages machine learning and probabilistic modeling techniques to guide synthetic biology in a systematic fashion, without the need for a full mechanistic understanding of the biological system. Using sampling-based optimization, ART provides a set of recommended strains to be built in the next engineering cycle, alongside probabilistic predictions of their production levels. We demonstrate the capabilities of ART on simulated data sets, as well as experimental data from real metabolic engineering projects producing renewable biofuels, hoppy flavored beer without hops, fatty acids, and tryptophan. Finally, we discuss the limitations of this approach, and the practical consequences of the underlying assumptions failing.


Assuntos
Aprendizado de Máquina , Engenharia Metabólica/métodos , Biologia Sintética/métodos , Teorema de Bayes , Cerveja , Biocombustíveis , Dodecanol/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Ácidos Graxos/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4866, 2020 09 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32978391

RESUMO

Mitochondria house evolutionarily conserved pathways of carbon and nitrogen metabolism that drive cellular energy production. Mitochondrial bioenergetics is regulated by calcium uptake through the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU), a multi-protein complex whose assembly in the inner mitochondrial membrane is facilitated by the scaffold factor MCUR1. Intriguingly, many fungi that lack MCU contain MCUR1 homologs, suggesting alternate functions. Herein, we characterize Saccharomyces cerevisiae homologs Put6 and Put7 of MCUR1 as regulators of mitochondrial proline metabolism. Put6 and Put7 are tethered to the inner mitochondrial membrane in a large hetero-oligomeric complex, whose abundance is regulated by proline. Loss of this complex perturbs mitochondrial proline homeostasis and cellular redox balance. Yeast cells lacking either Put6 or Put7 exhibit a pronounced defect in proline utilization, which can be corrected by the heterologous expression of human MCUR1. Our work uncovers an unexpected role of MCUR1 homologs in mitochondrial proline metabolism.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Proteínas Mitocondriais/metabolismo , Prolina/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Canais de Cálcio , Regulação Fúngica da Expressão Gênica , Genes Fúngicos/genética , Homeostase , Humanos , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Redes e Vias Metabólicas/genética , Membranas Mitocondriais/metabolismo , Proteínas Mitocondriais/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Transcriptoma
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Mol Cell ; 80(1): 72-86.e7, 2020 10 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32910895

RESUMO

Membrane protein biogenesis faces the challenge of chaperoning hydrophobic transmembrane helices for faithful membrane insertion. The guided entry of tail-anchored proteins (GET) pathway targets and inserts tail-anchored (TA) proteins into the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane with an insertase (yeast Get1/Get2 or mammalian WRB/CAML) that captures the TA from a cytoplasmic chaperone (Get3 or TRC40, respectively). Here, we present cryo-electron microscopy reconstructions, native mass spectrometry, and structure-based mutagenesis of human WRB/CAML/TRC40 and yeast Get1/Get2/Get3 complexes. Get3 binding to the membrane insertase supports heterotetramer formation, and phosphatidylinositol binding at the heterotetramer interface stabilizes the insertase for efficient TA insertion in vivo. We identify a Get2/CAML cytoplasmic helix that forms a "gating" interaction with Get3/TRC40 important for TA insertion. Structural homology with YidC and the ER membrane protein complex (EMC) implicates an evolutionarily conserved insertion mechanism for divergent substrates utilizing a hydrophilic groove. Thus, we provide a detailed structural and mechanistic framework to understand TA membrane insertion.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Membrana/biossíntese , Proteínas de Membrana/química , Complexos Multiproteicos/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular , Sequência Conservada , Evolução Molecular , Humanos , Proteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Modelos Moleculares , Fosfatidilinositóis/metabolismo , Ligação Proteica , Multimerização Proteica , Estabilidade Proteica , Estrutura Secundária de Proteína , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo
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Mol Cell ; 80(1): 114-126.e8, 2020 10 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32916094

RESUMO

DNA replication is carried out by a multi-protein machine called the replisome. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the replisome is composed of over 30 different proteins arranged into multiple subassemblies, each performing distinct activities. Synchrony of these activities is required for efficient replication and preservation of genomic integrity. How this is achieved is particularly puzzling at the lagging strand, where current models of the replisome architecture propose turnover of the canonical lagging strand polymerase, Pol δ, at every cycle of Okazaki fragment synthesis. Here, we established single-molecule fluorescence microscopy protocols to study the binding kinetics of individual replisome subunits in live S. cerevisiae. Our results show long residence times for most subunits at the active replisome, supporting a model where all subassemblies bind tightly and work in a coordinated manner for extended periods, including Pol δ, redefining the architecture of the active eukaryotic replisome.


Assuntos
Replicação do DNA , DNA Polimerase Dirigida por DNA/metabolismo , Células Eucarióticas/metabolismo , Complexos Multienzimáticos/metabolismo , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Cinética , Modelos Biológicos , Proteínas Nucleares/metabolismo , Subunidades Proteicas/metabolismo , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Imagem Individual de Molécula , Fatores de Tempo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4414, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32887877

RESUMO

CD4+ helper T cells contribute important functions to the immune response during pathogen infection and tumor formation by recognizing antigenic peptides presented by class II major histocompatibility complexes (MHC-II). While many computational algorithms for predicting peptide binding to MHC-II proteins have been reported, their performance varies greatly. Here we present a yeast-display-based platform that allows the identification of over an order of magnitude more unique MHC-II binders than comparable approaches. These peptides contain previously identified motifs, but also reveal new motifs that are validated by in vitro binding assays. Training of prediction algorithms with yeast-display library data improves the prediction of peptide-binding affinity and the identification of pathogen-associated and tumor-associated peptides. In summary, our yeast-display-based platform yields high-quality MHC-II-binding peptide datasets that can be used to improve the accuracy of MHC-II binding prediction algorithms, and potentially enhance our understanding of CD4+ T cell recognition.


Assuntos
Epitopos de Linfócito T/genética , Oligopeptídeos , Sítios de Ligação , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Técnicas de Visualização da Superfície Celular , Bases de Dados de Proteínas , Epitopos de Linfócito T/química , Epitopos de Linfócito T/metabolismo , Genes MHC da Classe II , Antígenos de Histocompatibilidade Classe II/metabolismo , Humanos , Oligopeptídeos/química , Oligopeptídeos/genética , Oligopeptídeos/metabolismo , Ligação Proteica/genética , Receptores de Antígenos de Linfócitos T , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo
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Nature ; 585(7826): 614-619, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-744380

RESUMO

Tropane alkaloids from nightshade plants are neurotransmitter inhibitors that are used for treating neuromuscular disorders and are classified as essential medicines by the World Health Organization1,2. Challenges in global supplies have resulted in frequent shortages of these drugs3,4. Further vulnerabilities in supply chains have been revealed by events such as the Australian wildfires5 and the COVID-19 pandemic6. Rapidly deployable production strategies that are robust to environmental and socioeconomic upheaval7,8 are needed. Here we engineered baker's yeast to produce the medicinal alkaloids hyoscyamine and scopolamine, starting from simple sugars and amino acids. We combined functional genomics to identify a missing pathway enzyme, protein engineering to enable the functional expression of an acyltransferase via trafficking to the vacuole, heterologous transporters to facilitate intracellular routing, and strain optimization to improve titres. Our integrated system positions more than twenty proteins adapted from yeast, bacteria, plants and animals across six sub-cellular locations to recapitulate the spatial organization of tropane alkaloid biosynthesis in plants. Microbial biosynthesis platforms can facilitate the discovery of tropane alkaloid derivatives as new therapeutic agents for neurological disease and, once scaled, enable robust and agile supply of these essential medicines.


Assuntos
Alcaloides/biossíntese , Alcaloides/provisão & distribução , Hiosciamina/biossíntese , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Escopolamina/metabolismo , Aciltransferases/genética , Aciltransferases/metabolismo , Animais , Atropa belladonna/enzimologia , Derivados da Atropina/metabolismo , Transporte Biológico , Datura/enzimologia , Glucosídeos/biossíntese , Glucosídeos/metabolismo , Hiosciamina/provisão & distribução , Lactatos/metabolismo , Ligases/genética , Ligases/metabolismo , Modelos Moleculares , Doenças do Sistema Nervoso/tratamento farmacológico , Oxirredutases/genética , Oxirredutases/metabolismo , Engenharia de Proteínas , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Escopolamina/provisão & distribução , Vacúolos/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4576, 2020 09 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32917905

RESUMO

Endosome maturation depends on membrane contact sites (MCSs) formed between endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and endolysosomes (LyLEs). The mechanism underlying lipid supply for this process and its pathophysiological relevance remains unclear, however. Here, we identify PDZD8-the mammalian ortholog of a yeast ERMES subunit-as a protein that interacts with protrudin, which is located at ER-LyLE MCSs. Protrudin and PDZD8 promote the formation of ER-LyLE MCSs, and PDZD8 shows the ability to extract various lipids from the ER. Overexpression of both protrudin and PDZD8 in HeLa cells, as well as their depletion in mouse primary neurons, impairs endosomal homeostasis by inducing the formation of abnormal large vacuoles reminiscent of those apparent in spastin- or REEP1-deficient neurons. The protrudin-PDZD8 system is also essential for the establishment of neuronal polarity. Our results suggest that protrudin and PDZD8 cooperatively promote endosome maturation by mediating ER-LyLE tethering and lipid extraction at MCSs, thereby maintaining neuronal polarity and integrity.


Assuntos
Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/metabolismo , Endossomos/fisiologia , Metabolismo dos Lipídeos , Neurônios/metabolismo , Proteínas de Transporte Vesicular/metabolismo , Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/genética , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Retículo Endoplasmático/metabolismo , Feminino , Células HEK293 , Células HeLa , Humanos , Lipídeos , Lipossomos/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Endogâmicos ICR , Camundongos Knockout , Mitocôndrias , Domínios Proteicos , Proteômica , Proteínas Recombinantes , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Proteínas de Transporte Vesicular/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4625, 2020 09 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32934225

RESUMO

A hallmark of neurodegeneration is defective protein quality control. The E3 ligase Listerin (LTN1/Ltn1) acts in a specialized protein quality control pathway-Ribosome-associated Quality Control (RQC)-by mediating proteolytic targeting of incomplete polypeptides produced by ribosome stalling, and Ltn1 mutation leads to neurodegeneration in mice. Whether neurodegeneration results from defective RQC and whether defective RQC contributes to human disease have remained unknown. Here we show that three independently-generated mouse models with mutations in a different component of the RQC complex, NEMF/Rqc2, develop progressive motor neuron degeneration. Equivalent mutations in yeast Rqc2 selectively interfere with its ability to modify aberrant translation products with C-terminal tails which assist with RQC-mediated protein degradation, suggesting a pathomechanism. Finally, we identify NEMF mutations expected to interfere with function in patients from seven families presenting juvenile neuromuscular disease. These uncover NEMF's role in translational homeostasis in the nervous system and implicate RQC dysfunction in causing neurodegeneration.


Assuntos
Doenças Neuromusculares/metabolismo , Ribossomos/metabolismo , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Mutação , Doenças Neuromusculares/genética , Doenças Neuromusculares/patologia , Proteólise , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/química , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/metabolismo , Ribossomos/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/química , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Alinhamento de Sequência
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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.


Assuntos
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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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 202: 110904, 2020 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32800239

RESUMO

Cation diffusion facilitators (CDFs) play central roles in metal homeostasis and tolerance in plants, but the specific functions of Camellia sinensis CDF-encoding genes and the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. Previously, transcriptome sequencing results in our lab indicated that the expression of CsMTP8.2 in tea plant shoots was down-regulated exposed to excessive amount of Mn2+ conditions. To elucidate the possible mechanisms involved, we systematically identified 13 C. sinensis CsMTP genes from three subfamilies and characterized their phylogeny, structures, and the features of the encoded proteins. The transcription of CsMTP genes was differentially regulated in C. sinensis shoots and roots in responses to high concentrations of Mn, Zn, Fe, and Al. Differences in the cis-acting regulatory elements in the CsMTP8.1 and CsMTP8.2 promoters suggested the expression of these two genes may be differentially regulated. Transient expression analysis indicated that CsMTP8.2 was localized to the plasma membrane in tobacco and onion epidermal cells. Moreover, when heterologously expressed in yeast, CsMTP8.2 conferred tolerance to Ni and Mn but not to Zn. Additionally, heterologous expression of CsMTP8.2 in Arabidopsis thaliana revealed that CsMTP8.2 positively regulated the response to manganese toxicity by decreasing the accumulation of Mn in plants. However, there was no difference in the accumulation of other metals, including Cu, Fe, and Zn. These results suggest that CsMTP8.2 is a Mn-specific transporter that contributes to the efflux of excess Mn2+ from plant cells.


Assuntos
Camellia sinensis/genética , Manganês/toxicidade , Poluentes do Solo/toxicidade , Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Manganês/metabolismo , Filogenia , Células Vegetais/metabolismo , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Raízes de Plantas/metabolismo , Brotos de Planta/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Chá
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 202: 110917, 2020 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32800252

RESUMO

Cadmium (Cd) is an extremely toxic environmental pollutant with high mobility in soils, which can contaminate groundwater, increasing its risk of entering the food chain. Yeast biosorption can be a low-cost and effective method for removing Cd from contaminated aqueous solutions. We transformed wild-type Saccharomyces cerevisiae (WT) with two versions of a Populus trichocarpa gene (PtMT2b) coding for a metallothionein: one with the original sequence (PtMT2b 'C') and the other with a mutated sequence, with an amino acid substitution (C3Y, named here: PtMT2b 'Y'). WT and both transformed yeasts were grown under Cd stress, in agar (0; 10; 20; 50 µM Cd) and liquid medium (0; 10; 20 µM Cd). Yeast growth was assessed visually and by spectrometry OD600. Cd removal from contaminated media and intracellular accumulation were also quantified. PtMT2b 'Y' was also inserted into mutant strains: fet3fet4, zrt1zrt2 and smf1, and grown under Fe-, Zn- and Mn-deficient media, respectively. Yeast strains had similar growth under 0 µM, but differed under 20 µM Cd, the order of tolerance was: WT < PtMT2b 'C' < PtMT2b 'Y', the latter presenting 37% higher growth than the strain with PtMT2b 'C'. It also extracted ~80% of the Cd in solution, and had higher intracellular Cd than WT. Mutant yeasts carrying PtMT2b 'Y' had slightly higher growth in Mn- and Fe-deficient media than their non-transgenic counterparts, suggesting the transgenic protein may chelate these metals. S. cerevisiae carrying the altered poplar gene offers potential for bioremediation of Cd from wastewaters or other contaminated liquids.


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Biodegradação Ambiental , Cádmio/metabolismo , Metalotioneína/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Populus/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Poluentes do Solo/metabolismo , Cádmio/toxicidade , Metalotioneína/metabolismo , Metais Pesados/análise , Populus/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Solo
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PLoS Genet ; 16(8): e1008966, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32776922

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The vacuole of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae plays an important role in nutrient storage. Arginine, in particular, accumulates in the vacuole of nitrogen-replete cells and is mobilized to the cytosol under nitrogen starvation. The arginine import and export systems involved remain poorly characterized, however. Furthermore, how their activity is coordinated by nitrogen remains unknown. Here we characterize Vsb1 as a novel vacuolar membrane protein of the APC (amino acid-polyamine-organocation) transporter superfamily which, in nitrogen-replete cells, is essential to active uptake and storage of arginine into the vacuole. A shift to nitrogen starvation causes apparent inhibition of Vsb1-dependent activity and mobilization of stored vacuolar arginine to the cytosol. We further show that this arginine export involves Ypq2, a vacuolar protein homologous to the human lysosomal cationic amino acid exporter PQLC2 and whose activity is detected only in nitrogen-starved cells. Our study unravels the main arginine import and export systems of the yeast vacuole and suggests that they are inversely regulated by nitrogen.


Assuntos
Arginina/metabolismo , Nitrogênio/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Aminoácidos/genética , Transporte Biológico/genética , Humanos , Membranas Intracelulares/metabolismo , Lisossomos/genética , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/genética , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Vacúolos/genética , Vacúolos/metabolismo
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BMC Bioinformatics ; 21(1): 355, 2020 Aug 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32787776

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BACKGROUND: The accurate annotation of protein functions is of great significance in elucidating the phenomena of life, treating disease and developing new medicines. Various methods have been developed to facilitate the prediction of these functions by combining protein interaction networks (PINs) with multi-omics data. However, it is still challenging to make full use of multiple biological to improve the performance of functions annotation. RESULTS: We presented NPF (Network Propagation for Functions prediction), an integrative protein function predicting framework assisted by network propagation and functional module detection, for discovering interacting partners with similar functions to target proteins. NPF leverages knowledge of the protein interaction network architecture and multi-omics data, such as domain annotation and protein complex information, to augment protein-protein functional similarity in a propagation manner. We have verified the great potential of NPF for accurately inferring protein functions. According to the comprehensive evaluation of NPF, it delivered a better performance than other competing methods in terms of leave-one-out cross-validation and ten-fold cross validation. CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrated that network propagation, together with multi-omics data, can both discover more partners with similar function, and is unconstricted by the "small-world" feature of protein interaction networks. We conclude that the performance of function prediction depends greatly on whether we can extract and exploit proper functional information of similarity from protein correlations.


Assuntos
Algoritmos , Biologia Computacional/métodos , Mapas de Interação de Proteínas , Análise por Conglomerados , Ontologia Genética , Ligação Proteica , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo
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