Protein Structure, Tertiary

Publication Title: 
Plant Physiology

Root-knot nematode (RKN) Meloidogyne species are major polyphagous pests of most crops worldwide, and cultivars with durable resistance are urgently needed because of nematicide bans. The Ma gene from the Myrobalan plum (Prunus cerasifera) confers complete-spectrum, heat-stable, and high-level resistance to RKN, which is remarkable in comparison with the Mi-1 gene from tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), the sole RKN resistance gene cloned. We report here the positional cloning and the functional validation of the Ma locus present at the heterozygous state in the P.2175 accession.

Author(s): 
Claverie, Michel
Dirlewanger, Elisabeth
Bosselut, Nathalie
Van Ghelder, Cyril
Voisin, Roger
Kleinhentz, Marc
Lafargue, Bernard
Abad, Pierre
Rosso, Marie-Noëlle
Chalhoub, Boulos
Esmenjaud, Daniel
Publication Title: 
Molecular Biology of the Cell

Short, repetitive, G-rich telomeric sequences are synthesized by telomerase, a ribonucleoprotein consisting of telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) and an integrally associated RNA. Human TERT (hTERT) can repetitively reverse transcribe its RNA template, acting processively to add multiple telomeric repeats onto the same substrate. We investigated whether certain threshold levels of telomerase activity and processivity are required to maintain telomere function and immortalize human cells with limited lifespan.

Author(s): 
D'Souza, Yasmin
Chu, Tsz Wai
Autexier, Chantal
Publication Title: 
Molecular Biology and Evolution

Insertions or deletions (indels) of amino acids residues have been recognized as an important source of genetic and structural divergence between paralogous Bcl-2 family members. However, these signature sequences have not so far been extensively investigated amongst orthologous Bcl-2 family proteins. Bcl2l10 is an antiapoptotic member of the Bcl-2 family that has evolved rapidly throughout the vertebrate lineage and which shows conserved abundant expression in eggs and oocytes.

Author(s): 
Guillemin, Yannis
Cornut-Thibaut, AurÈlie
Gillet, Germain
Penin, FranÁois
Aouacheria, Abdel
Publication Title: 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Forkhead box class O 3a (FOXO3a) is a transcription factor and tumor suppressor linked to longevity that determines cell fate through activating transcription of cell differentiation, survival, and apoptotic genes. Recruitment of the coactivator CBP/p300 is a crucial step in transcription, and we revealed that in addition to conserved region 3 (CR3) of FOXO3a, the C-terminal segment of CR2 (CR2C) binds CBP/p300 and contributes to transcriptional activity.

Author(s): 
Wang, Feng
Marshall, Christopher B.
Yamamoto, Kazuo
Li, Guang-Yao
Gasmi-Seabrook, GeneviËve M. C.
Okada, Hitoshi
Mak, Tak W.
Ikura, Mitsuhiko
Publication Title: 
Molecular and Cellular Biology

The AU-rich elements (AREs) encoded within many mRNA 3' untranslated regions (3'UTRs) are targets for factors that control transcript longevity and translational efficiency. Hsp70, best known as a protein chaperone with well-defined peptide-refolding properties, is known to interact with ARE-like RNA substrates in vitro. Here, we show that cofactor-free preparations of Hsp70 form direct, high-affinity complexes with ARE substrates based on specific recognition of U-rich sequences by both the ATP- and peptide-binding domains.

Author(s): 
Kishor, Aparna
Tandukar, Bishal
Ly, Yann V.
Toth, Eric A.
Suarez, Yvelisse
Brewer, Gary
Wilson, Gerald M.
Publication Title: 
Aging Cell

A naturally occurring p53 isoform that lacks 39 residues at the N-terminus (denoted ?Np53), when expressed with wild-type p53 (WTp53), forms mixed ?Np53:WTp53 tetramers and causes accelerated aging in mice. Cellular alterations specific to ?Np53:WTp53 have been difficult to assess because ?Np53 and WTp53 coexpression results in tetramer heterogeneity, including formation of contaminating WTp53 tetramers. Based on the p53 tetramer structure, we expressed ?Np53 and WTp53 as a single transcript that maintained tetramer architecture, ensuring a 2:2 ?Np53:WTp53 stoichiometry.

Author(s): 
Lin, Shih-Chieh
Karoly, Edward D.
Taatjes, Dylan J.
Publication Title: 
Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta

Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are proteins of great interest not only because of their extreme toxicity but also paradoxically for their therapeutic applications. All the known serotypes (A-G) have varying degrees of longevity and potency inside the neuronal cell. Differential chemical modifications such as phosphorylation and ubiquitination have been suggested as possible mechanisms for their longevity, but the molecular basis of the longevity remains unclear.

Author(s): 
Kumar, Raj
Kukreja, Roshan V.
Cai, Shuowei
Singh, Bal R.
Publication Title: 
Molecular and Cellular Biology

Telomerase is a cellular reverse transcriptase that uses part of its integral RNA (called TER) as the template to synthesize telomeric DNA repeats. Vertebrate TERs are thought to share a conserved, highly structured core domain that includes the templating sequence and a pseudoknot, but not all features of the predicted core structure have been verified directly or shown to affect telomerase enzymatic activity. Here, we report a systematic mutational analysis of the core domain (residues 1 to 210) of human telomerase RNA (hTER).

Author(s): 
Ly, Hinh
Blackburn, Elizabeth H.
Parslow, Tristram G.
Publication Title: 
Epigenetics

Epigenetic proteins have recently emerged as novel anticancer targets. Among these, bromodomain and extra terminal domain (BET) proteins recognize lysine-acetylated histones, thereby regulating gene expression. Newly described small molecules that inhibit BET proteins BRD2, BRD3, and BRD4 reduce proliferation of NUT (nuclear protein in testis)-midline carcinoma, multiple myeloma, and leukemia cells in vitro and in vivo. These findings prompted us to determine whether BET proteins may be therapeutic targets in the most common primary adult brain tumor, glioblastoma (GBM).

Author(s): 
Pastori, Chiara
Daniel, Mark
Penas, Clara
Volmar, Claude-Henry
Johnstone, Andrea L.
Brothers, Shaun P.
Graham, Regina M.
Allen, Bryce
Sarkaria, Jann N.
Komotar, Ricardo J.
Wahlestedt, Claes
Ayad, Nagi G.
Publication Title: 
EMBO molecular medicine

Loss of function of the FMR1 gene leads to fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common form of intellectual disability. The loss of FMR1 function is usually caused by epigenetic silencing of the FMR1 promoter leading to expansion and subsequent methylation of a CGG repeat in the 5' untranslated region. Very few coding sequence variations have been experimentally characterized and shown to be causal to the disease. Here, we describe a novel FMR1 mutation and reveal an unexpected nuclear export function for the C-terminus of FMRP.

Author(s): 
Okray, Zeynep
de Esch, Celine E. F.
Van Esch, Hilde
Devriendt, Koen
Claeys, Annelies
Yan, Jiekun
Verbeeck, Jelle
Froyen, Guy
Willemsen, Rob
de Vrij, Femke M. S.
Hassan, Bassem A.

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