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  1. Yeast TATA-box transcription factor gene.

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    Schmidt, M C; Kao, C C; Pei, R; Berk, A J

    1989-10-01

    The first step in the transcription of most protein-encoding genes in eukaryotes is the binding of a transcription factor to the TATA-box promoter element. This TATA-box transcription factor was purified from extracts of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae by using reconstitution of in vitro transcription reactions as an assay. The activity copurified with a protein whose sodium dodecyl sulfate/polyacrylamide gel mobility is 25 kDa. The sequence of the amino-terminal 21 residues of this protein was determined by sequential Edman degradation. A yeast genomic library was screened with mixed oligonucleotides encoding six residues of the protein sequence. The yeast TATA-box factor gene was cloned, and DNA sequencing revealed a 720-base-pair open reading frame encoding a 27,016-Da protein. The identity of the clone was confirmed by expressing the gene in Escherichia coli and detecting TATA-box factor DNA binding and transcriptional activities in extracts of the recombinant E. coli. The TATA-box factor gene was mapped to chromosome five of S. cerevisiae. RNA blot hybridization and nuclease S1 analysis indicated that the major TATA-box factor mRNA is 1.3 kilobases, including an unusually long 5' untranslated region of 188 +/- 5 nucleotides. Homology searches showed a region of distant similarity to the calcium-binding structures of calpains, a structure that has a conformation similar to the helix-turn-helix motif of DNA binding proteins.

  2. Mutations on the DNA Binding Surface of TBP Discriminate between Yeast TATA and TATA-Less Gene Transcription

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    Kamenova, Ivanka; Warfield, Linda

    2014-01-01

    Most RNA polymerase (Pol) II promoters lack a TATA element, yet nearly all Pol II transcription requires TATA binding protein (TBP). While the TBP-TATA interaction is critical for transcription at TATA-containing promoters, it has been unclear whether TBP sequence-specific DNA contacts are required for transcription at TATA-less genes. Transcription factor IID (TFIID), the TBP-containing coactivator that functions at most TATA-less genes, recognizes short sequence-specific promoter elements in metazoans, but analogous promoter elements have not been identified in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We generated a set of mutations in the yeast TBP DNA binding surface and found that most support growth of yeast. Both in vivo and in vitro, many of these mutations are specifically defective for transcription of two TATA-containing genes with only minor defects in transcription of two TATA-less, TFIID-dependent genes. TBP binds several TATA-less promoters with apparent high affinity, but our results suggest that this binding is not important for transcription activity. Our results are consistent with the model that sequence-specific TBP-DNA contacts are not important at yeast TATA-less genes and suggest that other general transcription factors or coactivator subunits are responsible for recognition of TATA-less promoters. Our results also explain why yeast TBP derivatives defective for TATA binding appear defective in activated transcription. PMID:24865972

  3. Mutations on the DNA binding surface of TBP discriminate between yeast TATA and TATA-less gene transcription.

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    Kamenova, Ivanka; Warfield, Linda; Hahn, Steven

    2014-08-01

    Most RNA polymerase (Pol) II promoters lack a TATA element, yet nearly all Pol II transcription requires TATA binding protein (TBP). While the TBP-TATA interaction is critical for transcription at TATA-containing promoters, it has been unclear whether TBP sequence-specific DNA contacts are required for transcription at TATA-less genes. Transcription factor IID (TFIID), the TBP-containing coactivator that functions at most TATA-less genes, recognizes short sequence-specific promoter elements in metazoans, but analogous promoter elements have not been identified in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We generated a set of mutations in the yeast TBP DNA binding surface and found that most support growth of yeast. Both in vivo and in vitro, many of these mutations are specifically defective for transcription of two TATA-containing genes with only minor defects in transcription of two TATA-less, TFIID-dependent genes. TBP binds several TATA-less promoters with apparent high affinity, but our results suggest that this binding is not important for transcription activity. Our results are consistent with the model that sequence-specific TBP-DNA contacts are not important at yeast TATA-less genes and suggest that other general transcription factors or coactivator subunits are responsible for recognition of TATA-less promoters. Our results also explain why yeast TBP derivatives defective for TATA binding appear defective in activated transcription. Copyright © 2014, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  4. Nucleosomal TATA-switch: competing orientations of TATA on the nucleosome.

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    Hapala, Jan; Trifonov, Edward N

    2013-09-15

    Transcription is known to be affected by the rotational setting of the transcription response elements within nucleosomes. We studied the rotational positioning of the TATA box, the most universal promoter motif. We applied a bioinformatic high-resolution nucleosome mapping technique to eukaryotic promoters. Our results show that the nucleosome DNA sequence harboring the TATA box encodes alternative rotational positions for the same piece of DNA. This may serve for switching the gene activity on and off. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. How to achieve Tat transport with alien TatA.

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    Hauer, René Steffen; Freudl, Roland; Dittmar, Julia; Jakob, Mario; Klösgen, Ralf Bernd

    2017-08-18

    TatA is an essential and structurally conserved component of all known Twin-arginine transport (Tat) machineries which are able to catalyse membrane transport of fully folded proteins. Here we have investigated if bacterial TatA, or chimeric pea/E. coli TatA derivatives, are capable of replacing thylakoidal TatA in function. While authentic E. coli TatA does not show any transport activity in thylakoid transport experiments, TatA chimeras comprising the transmembrane helix (TMH) of pea TatA are fully active. For minimal catalytic activity it is even sufficient to replace three residues within TMH of E. coli TatA by the corresponding pea residues. Almost any further substitution within TMH gradually raises transport activity in the thylakoid system, while functional characterization of the same set of TatA derivatives in E. coli yields essentially inverse catalytic activities. Closer inspection of the substituted residues suggests that the two transport systems have deviating demands with regard to the hydrophobicity of the transmembrane helix.

  6. 75 FR 21352 - Tata Technologies Incorporated; A Subsidiary of Tata Technologies Limited: Formally Known As...

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  8. NC2 mobilizes TBP on core promoter TATA boxes.

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    Schluesche, Peter; Stelzer, Gertraud; Piaia, Elisa; Lamb, Don C; Meisterernst, Michael

    2007-12-01

    The general transcription factors (GTFs) of eukaryotic RNA polymerase II, in a process facilitated by regulatory and accessory factors, target promoters through synergistic interactions with core elements. The specific binding of the TATA box-binding protein (TBP) to the TATA box has led to the assumption that GTFs recognize promoters directly, producing a preinitiation complex at a defined position. Using biochemical analysis as well as biophysical single-pair Förster resonance energy transfer, we now provide evidence that negative cofactor-2 (NC2) induces dynamic conformational changes in the TBP-DNA complex that allow it to escape and return to TATA-binding mode. This can lead to movement of TBP along the DNA away from TATA.

  9. Transcription reinitiation rate: a special role for the TATA box.

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    Yean, D; Gralla, J

    1997-01-01

    Promoters need to specify both the timing of transcriptional induction and the amount of transcript synthesized. In order to explore each of these effects separately, in vitro assays for the level of active preinitiation complex formation and for the rate of continuous RNA production were done. The effects were found to be influenced differently by different promoter elements. A consensus TATA element had a very strong effect on the rate of continuous RNA production, whereas two types of activators were important primarily in forming active transcription preinitiation complexes. Consensus TATA promoters exhibited high rates of continuous transcription; they assembled active preinitiation transcription complexes slowly but then produced transcripts continuously at an approximately fivefold-higher rate. Initiator-containing TATA-less promoters produced continuous transcripts slowly. Point mutations in the TATA element led to lower levels of transcription by reducing the number of preinitiation complexes and amplifying this reduction by lowering the apparent reinitiation rate. The results allow understanding of the sequence diversity of promoter elements in terms of specifying separate controls over the sensitivity of gene induction and over the strength of the induced promoter. PMID:9199314

  10. Haldia complex in doubt as Tata pulls out

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    Alperowicz, N.

    1993-02-17

    The Tata Tea group (Calcutta) intends to pull out of Haldia Petrochemicals, casting a shadow on India's second major petrochemical project. Late last year Shell withdrew from National Organic Chemical Industries (Nocil; Bombay), throwing Nocil's plans into disarray. Tata - copromoting Halida with the West Bengal government - cites escalating costs as the main reason for its decision. The Haldia project was revised in 1990 to have annual capacities for 300,000 m.t. of ethylene, 100,000 m.t. of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), 160,000 m.t. of linear low-density polyethylene, and 150,000 m.t. of polypropylene (PP). The cost was frozen at Rs30 billion, but the exchange rate shifted and the petrochemical markets suffered a downturn. Lummus Crest has been shortlisted to supply the ethylene plant, with Mitsui for HDPE and Himont for PP.

  11. In vivo "photofootprint" changes at sequences between the yeast GAL1 upstream activating sequence and "TATA" element require activated GAL4 protein but not a functional TATA element.

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    Selleck, S B; Majors, J

    1988-01-01

    Transcription of the yeast GAL1 and GAL10 genes is induced by growth on galactose. Using the technique of photofootprinting in vivo, we previously documented equivalent transcription-dependent footprints within the putative "TATA" elements of both genes. To explore the functional significance of these observations, we created a 3-base-pair substitution mutation within the GAL1 promoter TATA element, which disrupted the ATATAA consensus sequence but left intact the photomodification targets. The mutation reduced galactose-induced RNA levels by a factor of 100. The mutant promoter no longer displayed the characteristic TATA sequence footprint, supporting the hypothesis that transcription activation involves the binding of a TATA box factor. We also observed a collection of transcription-correlated alterations in the modification pattern at sites between the UASG and the GAL1 TATA element, within sequences that are not required for inducible transcription. These patterns, characteristic of the induced wild-type GAL1 gene, were still galactose inducible with the TATA mutant GAl1 promoter, despite the low level of transcription from this promoter. We conclude that the GAL4-dependent protein/DNA structure responsible for the altered pattern within nonessential sequences is therefore not strictly coupled to an active TATA element or to high levels of expression. Nonetheless, the patterns probably reflect a stable protein-dependent structure that accompanies assembly of the transcription initiation complex. Images PMID:3041409

  12. Twin arginine translocation (Tat)-dependent export in the apparent absence of TatABC or TatA complexes using modified Escherichia coli TatA subunits that substitute for TatB.

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    Barrett, Claire M L; Freudl, Roland; Robinson, Colin

    2007-12-14

    The twin arginine translocation pathway exports folded proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane of many bacteria. In Escherichia coli and other Gram-negative bacteria, TatA, TatB, and TatC are all essential for efficient translocation, and current models suggest that separate TatABC and TatA complexes coalesce at the point of translocation. However, other microbes appear only to possess tatA and tatC genes. In Escherichia coli, virtually no translocation is observed when only TatA and TatC are present, but several mutations at the extreme N terminus of TatA were shown to support translocation. Here we show that these apparently bifunctional mutant TatA variants can function as typical TatA components because translocation is observed when they are co-expressed with TatBC, and they assemble into large, heterogeneous complexes that resemble wild type TatA complexes. However, cells expressing TatC plus the mutant TatA variants do not contain complexes that resemble the expected 370-kDa TatABC complex, clearly indicating that the mutant TatA forms cannot assemble efficiently, or stably, into this complex. The simultaneous expression of wild type TatA furthermore blocks translocation activity, suggesting that the mutant TatA forms preferentially bind to other TatA molecules rather than TatC. Surprisingly, we observe translocation in the absence of detectable free TatA, when translational fusions of the mutant TatAs with TatC are expressed. Transport can thus proceed in the simultaneous absence of TatABC and TatA complexes at detectable levels, and we conclude that the active translocon may be formed from dynamic twin arginine translocation complexes, one or more of which may await characterization.

  13. Dynamics of TBP binding to the TATA box

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    Schluesche, Peter; Heiss, Gregor; Meisterernst, Michael; Lamb, Don C.

    2008-02-01

    Gene expression is highly controlled and regulated in living cells. One of the first steps in gene transcription is recognition of the promoter site by the TATA box Binding Protein (TBP). TBP recruits other transcriptions factors and eventually the RNA polymerase II to transcribe the DNA in mRNA. We developed a single pair Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (spFRET) assay to investigate the mechanism of gene regulation. Here, we apply this assay to investigate the initial binding process of TBP to the adenovirus major late (AdML) promoter site. From the spFRET measurements, we were able to identify two conformations of the TBP-DNA complex that correspond to TBP bound in the correct and the opposite orientation. Increased incubation times or the presence of the transcription factor TFIIA improved the alignment of TBP on the promoter site. Binding of TBP to the TATA box shows a rich dynamics with abrupt transitions between multiple FRET states. A frame-wise histogram analysis revealed the presence of at least six discrete states, showing that TBP binding is more complicated than previously thought. Hence, the spFRET assay is very sensitive to the conformation of the TBP-DNA complex and is very promising tool for investigating the pathway of TBP binding in detail.

  14. Functional analysis of TatA and TatB in Streptomyces lividans.

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    De Keersmaeker, Sophie; Van Mellaert, Lieve; Lammertyn, Elke; Vrancken, Kristof; Anné, Jozef; Geukens, Nick

    2005-09-30

    Recently, genes encoding TatA, TatB, and TatC homologues were identified in Streptomyces lividans and the functionality of the twin-arginine translocation (Tat) pathway was demonstrated. Previously, we have shown that TatC is indispensable for Tat-dependent secretion in S. lividans. In the present work, we demonstrate that as TatB, S. lividans TatA is important but not essential for efficient secretion of xylanase C and tyrosinase. The results presented here indicate that in the presence of TatC, still partially functional translocation systems composed of TatAC or TatBC can be formed, suggesting that TatA and TatB have at least partially overlapping activities. However, the dissimilar effect caused by a tatA deletion or a tatB deletion on Tat-dependent secretion together with the fact that TatA cannot fully functionally substitute TatB and vice versa indicates that in S. lividans TatA and TatB are not functionally equivalent. Interestingly, soluble GST-tagged TatA and TatB were able to specifically bind Tat-dependent preproteins. The ability to bind Tat-dependent preproteins together with their cytoplasmic localization in S. lividans strongly suggests that both TatA and TatB, independently or associated, serve to recruit Tat-dependent preproteins to the translocase.

  15. Transcription Factor Binding Site Positioning in Yeast: Proximal Promoter Motifs Characterize TATA-Less Promoters

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    Erb, Ionas; van Nimwegen, Erik

    2011-01-01

    The availability of sequence specificities for a substantial fraction of yeast's transcription factors and comparative genomic algorithms for binding site prediction has made it possible to comprehensively annotate transcription factor binding sites genome-wide. Here we use such a genome-wide annotation for comprehensively studying promoter architecture in yeast, focusing on the distribution of transcription factor binding sites relative to transcription start sites, and the architecture of TATA and TATA-less promoters. For most transcription factors, binding sites are positioned further upstream and vary over a wider range in TATA promoters than in TATA-less promoters. In contrast, a group of ‘proximal promoter motifs’ (GAT1/GLN3/DAL80, FKH1/2, PBF1/2, RPN4, NDT80, and ROX1) occur preferentially in TATA-less promoters and show a strong preference for binding close to the transcription start site in these promoters. We provide evidence that suggests that pre-initiation complexes are recruited at TATA sites in TATA promoters and at the sites of the other proximal promoter motifs in TATA-less promoters. TATA-less promoters can generally be classified by the proximal promoter motif they contain, with different classes of TATA-less promoters showing different patterns of transcription factor binding site positioning and nucleosome coverage. These observations suggest that different modes of regulation of transcription initiation may be operating in the different promoter classes. In addition we show that, across all promoter classes, there is a close match between nucleosome free regions and regions of highest transcription factor binding site density. This close agreement between transcription factor binding site density and nucleosome depletion suggests a direct and general competition between transcription factors and nucleosomes for binding to promoters. PMID:21931670

  16. Transcription factor binding site positioning in yeast: proximal promoter motifs characterize TATA-less promoters.

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    Erb, Ionas; van Nimwegen, Erik

    2011-01-01

    The availability of sequence specificities for a substantial fraction of yeast's transcription factors and comparative genomic algorithms for binding site prediction has made it possible to comprehensively annotate transcription factor binding sites genome-wide. Here we use such a genome-wide annotation for comprehensively studying promoter architecture in yeast, focusing on the distribution of transcription factor binding sites relative to transcription start sites, and the architecture of TATA and TATA-less promoters. For most transcription factors, binding sites are positioned further upstream and vary over a wider range in TATA promoters than in TATA-less promoters. In contrast, a group of 6 'proximal promoter motifs' (GAT1/GLN3/DAL80, FKH1/2, PBF1/2, RPN4, NDT80, and ROX1) occur preferentially in TATA-less promoters and show a strong preference for binding close to the transcription start site in these promoters. We provide evidence that suggests that pre-initiation complexes are recruited at TATA sites in TATA promoters and at the sites of the other proximal promoter motifs in TATA-less promoters. TATA-less promoters can generally be classified by the proximal promoter motif they contain, with different classes of TATA-less promoters showing different patterns of transcription factor binding site positioning and nucleosome coverage. These observations suggest that different modes of regulation of transcription initiation may be operating in the different promoter classes. In addition we show that, across all promoter classes, there is a close match between nucleosome free regions and regions of highest transcription factor binding site density. This close agreement between transcription factor binding site density and nucleosome depletion suggests a direct and general competition between transcription factors and nucleosomes for binding to promoters.

  17. Stereochemistry and Position-Dependent Effects of Carcinogens on TATA/TBP Binding

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    Zhang, Qing; Schlick, Tamar

    2006-01-01

    The TATA-box binding protein (TBP) is required by eukaryotic RNA polymerases to bind to the TATA box, an eight-basepair DNA promoter element, to initiate transcription. Carcinogen adducts that bind to the TATA box can hamper this important process. Benzo[a]pyrene (BP) is a representative chemical carcinogen that can be metabolically converted to highly reactive benzo[a]pyrene diol epoxides (BPDE), which in turn can form chemically stereoisomeric BP-DNA adducts. Depending on the TATA-bound adduct's location and stereochemistry, TATA/TBP binding can be decreased or increased. Our previous study interpreted the location-dependent effect in terms of conformational freedom and major-groove space available to BP. Here we further explore specific structural changes of the TATA/TBP complex to help interpret the stereochemical effect in terms of the flexibility of the TATA bases that frame the intercalated adduct. Thermodynamic analyses using molecular mechanics Poisson-Boltzmann surface area (MM-PBSA) yield large standard deviations, which make the computed binding free energies the same within the error bars and point to current limitations of free energy calculations of large and highly charged systems like DNA/protein complexes. PMID:16387764

  18. Transcriptional and structural impact of TATA-initiation site spacing in mammalian core promoters

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    Ponjavic, Jasmina; Lenhard, Boris; Kai, Chikatoshi; Kawai, Jun; Carninci, Piero; Hayashizaki, Yoshihide; Sandelin, Albin

    2006-01-01

    Background The TATA box, one of the most well studied core promoter elements, is associated with induced, context-specific expression. The lack of precise transcription start site (TSS) locations linked with expression information has impeded genome-wide characterization of the interaction between TATA and the pre-initiation complex. Results Using a comprehensive set of 5.66 × 106 sequenced 5' cDNA ends from diverse tissues mapped to the mouse genome, we found that the TATA-TSS distance is correlated with the tissue specificity of the downstream transcript. To achieve tissue-specific regulation, the TATA box position relative to the TSS is constrained to a narrow window (-32 to -29), where positions -31 and -30 are the optimal positions for achieving high tissue specificity. Slightly larger spacings can be accommodated only when there is no optimally spaced initiation signal; in contrast, the TATA box like motifs found downstream of position -28 are generally nonfunctional. The strength of the TATA binding protein-DNA interaction plays a subordinate role to spacing in terms of tissue specificity. Furthermore, promoters with different TATA-TSS spacings have distinct features in terms of consensus sequence around the initiation site and distribution of alternative TSSs. Unexpectedly, promoters that have two dominant, consecutive TSSs are TATA depleted and have a novel GGG initiation site consensus. Conclusion In this report we present the most comprehensive characterization of TATA-TSS spacing and functionality to date. The coupling of spacing to tissue specificity at the transcriptome level provides important clues as to the function of core promoters and the choice of TSS by the pre-initiation complex. PMID:16916456

  19. A Random Screen Using a Novel Reporter Assay System Reveals a Set of Sequences That Are Preferred as the TATA or TATA-Like Elements in the CYC1 Promoter of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Watanabe, Kiyoshi; Yabe, Makoto; Kasahara, Koji; Kokubo, Tetsuro

    2015-01-01

    In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the core promoters of class II genes contain either TATA or TATA-like elements to direct accurate transcriptional initiation. Genome-wide analyses show that the consensus sequence of the TATA element is TATAWAWR (8 bp), whereas TATA-like elements carry one or two mismatches to this consensus. The fact that several functionally distinct TATA sequences have been identified indicates that these elements may function, at least to some extent, in a gene-specific manner. The purpose of the present study was to identify functional TATA sequences enriched in one particular core promoter and compare them with the TATA or TATA-like elements that serve as the pre-initiation complex (PIC) assembly sites on the yeast genome. For this purpose, we conducted a randomized screen of the TATA element in the CYC1 promoter by using a novel reporter assay system and identified several hundreds of unique sequences that were tentatively classified into nine groups. The results indicated that the 7 bp TATA element (i.e., TATAWAD) and several sets of TATA-like sequences are preferred specifically by this promoter. Furthermore, we find that the most frequently isolated TATA-like sequence, i.e., TATTTAAA, is actually utilized as a functional core promoter element for the endogenous genes, e.g., ADE5,7 and ADE6. Collectively, these results indicate that the sequence requirements for the functional TATA or TATA-like elements in one particular core promoter are not as stringent. However, the variation of these sequences differs significantly from that of the PIC assembly sites on the genome, presumably depending on promoter structures and reflecting the gene-specific function of these sequences. PMID:26046838

  20. A Random Screen Using a Novel Reporter Assay System Reveals a Set of Sequences That Are Preferred as the TATA or TATA-Like Elements in the CYC1 Promoter of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Watanabe, Kiyoshi; Yabe, Makoto; Kasahara, Koji; Kokubo, Tetsuro

    2015-01-01

    In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the core promoters of class II genes contain either TATA or TATA-like elements to direct accurate transcriptional initiation. Genome-wide analyses show that the consensus sequence of the TATA element is TATAWAWR (8 bp), whereas TATA-like elements carry one or two mismatches to this consensus. The fact that several functionally distinct TATA sequences have been identified indicates that these elements may function, at least to some extent, in a gene-specific manner. The purpose of the present study was to identify functional TATA sequences enriched in one particular core promoter and compare them with the TATA or TATA-like elements that serve as the pre-initiation complex (PIC) assembly sites on the yeast genome. For this purpose, we conducted a randomized screen of the TATA element in the CYC1 promoter by using a novel reporter assay system and identified several hundreds of unique sequences that were tentatively classified into nine groups. The results indicated that the 7 bp TATA element (i.e., TATAWAD) and several sets of TATA-like sequences are preferred specifically by this promoter. Furthermore, we find that the most frequently isolated TATA-like sequence, i.e., TATTTAAA, is actually utilized as a functional core promoter element for the endogenous genes, e.g., ADE5,7 and ADE6. Collectively, these results indicate that the sequence requirements for the functional TATA or TATA-like elements in one particular core promoter are not as stringent. However, the variation of these sequences differs significantly from that of the PIC assembly sites on the genome, presumably depending on promoter structures and reflecting the gene-specific function of these sequences.

  1. UV cross-linking identifies four polypeptides that require the TATA box to bind to the Drosophila hsp70 promoter

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    Gilmour, D.S.; Dietz, T.J.; Elgin, S.C. )

    1990-08-01

    A protein fraction that requires the TATA sequence to bind to the hsp70 promoter has been partially purified from nuclear extracts of Drosophila embryos. This TATA factor produces a large DNase I footprint that extends from -44 to +35 on the promoter. A mutation that changes TATA to TATG interferes both with the binding of this complex and with the transcription of the hsp70 promoter in vitro, indicating that this interaction is important for transcriptional activity. Using a highly specific protein-DNA cross-linking assay, we have identified four polypeptides that require the TATA sequence to bind to the hsp70 promoter. Polypeptides of 26 and 42 kilodaltons are in intimate contact with the TATA sequence. Polypeptides of 150 and 60 kilodaltons interact within the region from +24 to +47 in a TATA-dependent manner. Both the extended footprint and the polypeptides identified by UV cross-linking indicate that the Drosophila TATA factor is a multicomponent complex.

  2. TATA-Binding Protein–TATA Interaction Is a Key Determinant of Differential Transcription of Silkworm Constitutive and Silk Gland-Specific tRNAAla Genes

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    Ouyang, Ching; Martinez, M. Juanita; Young, Lisa S.; Sprague, Karen U.

    2000-01-01

    We have investigated the contribution of specific TATA-binding protein (TBP)–TATA interactions to the promoter activity of a constitutively expressed silkworm tRNACAla gene and have also asked whether the lack of similar interactions accounts for the low promoter activity of a silk gland-specific tRNASGAla gene. We compared TBP binding, TFIIIB-promoter complex stability (measured by heparin resistance), and in vitro transcriptional activity in a series of mutant tRNACAla promoters and found that specific TBP-TATA contacts are important for TFIIIB-promoter interaction and for transcriptional activity. Although the wild-type tRNACAla promoter contains two functional TBP binding sequences that overlap, the tRNASGAla promoter lacks any TBP binding site in the corresponding region. This feature appears to account for the inefficiency of the tRNASGAla promoter since provision of either of the wild-type TATA sequences derived from the tRNACAla promoter confers robust transcriptional activity. Transcriptional impairment of the wild-type tRNASGAla gene is not due to reduced incorporation of TBP into transcription complexes since both the tRNACAla and tRNASGAla promoters form transcription complexes that contain the same amount of TBP. Thus, the deleterious consequences of the lack of appropriate TBP-TATA contacts in the tRNASGAla promoter must come from failure to incorporate some other essential transcription factor(s) or to stabilize the complete complex in an active conformation. PMID:10648619

  3. TATA elements direct bi-directional transcription by RNA polymerases II and III.

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    Huang, W; Wong, J M; Bateman, E

    1996-01-01

    Eukaryotic promoter elements specify the direction and efficiency of transcription, as well as the type of RNA polymerase to be used. One such element, the TATA box, is thought to participate in determining the direction of transcription and can function within promoters for RNA polymerase II or III, depending on the sequence context. In this report the ability of four different TATA boxes to support transcription in vitro was determined. It was found that TATA elements are not directional. However, they support transcription by RNA polymerases II and III. An upstream activating sequence was found to stimulate downstream transcription by RNA polymerase II and to inhibit upstream transcription by RNA polymerases II and III. Thus a promoter necessarily consists of a TATA element and upstream sequences in order to specify the direction of transcription and the type of polymerase to be used. PMID:8604352

  4. Upstream box/TATA box order is the major determinant of the direction of transcription.

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    Xu, L C; Thali, M; Schaffner, W

    1991-01-01

    Mammalian gene promoters for transcription by RNA polymerase II are typically organized in the following order: upstream sequence motif(s)/TATA box/initiation site. Here we report studies in which the order, orientation and DNA sequences of these three elements are varied to determine how these affect polarity of transcription. We have constructed promoters with an 'octamer' upstream sequence ATTTGCAT (or its complement ATGCAAAT) in combination with several different TATA boxes and initiation (cap) sites, and tested these promoters in transfection experiments with cultured cells. TATA boxes derived from the adenovirus major late promoter (TATAAAA), immunoglobulin kappa light chain (TTATATA) and heavy chain (TAAATATA) promoter functioned equally well or even better when inverted. Only the beta-globin TATA box (CATAAAA) was poorly active when inverted. In addition, a symmetrical TATA box (TATATATA) derived from a casein gene was very active. Our results suggest that the asymmetry of most TATA boxes (consensus TATAAAA) is not a primary determinant of the polarity of transcription. We also found that the initiation (cap) site, which usually consists of an adenine embedded in a pyrimidine-rich region (PyPyCAPyPyPyPyPy), was permissive towards sequence alterations; even a randomly composed sequence worked well. However, an inverted, hence purine-rich, cap site reduced transcript levels to 1/7th, as did an oligo G sequence. Irrespective of the presence of a cap site, the configuration: 'TATA box/octamer' yielded a strong leftward, rather than rightward transcription. From this, we conclude that the polarity of transcription is primarily determined by the linear order of an upstream sequence relative to a TATA box, rather than by the individual orientations of either of these two elements. Images PMID:1762900

  5. Cellular microRNAs up-regulate transcription via interaction with promoter TATA-box motifs.

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    Zhang, Yijun; Fan, Miaomiao; Zhang, Xue; Huang, Feng; Wu, Kang; Zhang, Junsong; Liu, Jun; Huang, Zhuoqiong; Luo, Haihua; Tao, Liang; Zhang, Hui

    2014-12-01

    The TATA box represents one of the most prevalent core promoters where the pre-initiation complexes (PICs) for gene transcription are assembled. This assembly is crucial for transcription initiation and well regulated. Here we show that some cellular microRNAs (miRNAs) are associated with RNA polymerase II (Pol II) and TATA box-binding protein (TBP) in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). Among them, let-7i sequence specifically binds to the TATA-box motif of interleukin-2 (IL-2) gene and elevates IL-2 mRNA and protein production in CD4(+) T-lymphocytes in vitro and in vivo. Through direct interaction with the TATA-box motif, let-7i facilitates the PIC assembly and transcription initiation of IL-2 promoter. Several other cellular miRNAs, such as mir-138, mir-92a or mir-181d, also enhance the promoter activities via binding to the TATA-box motifs of insulin, calcitonin or c-myc, respectively. In agreement with the finding that an HIV-1-encoded miRNA could enhance viral replication through targeting the viral promoter TATA-box motif, our data demonstrate that the interaction with core transcription machinery is a novel mechanism for miRNAs to regulate gene expression.

  6. Early Contacts between Substrate Proteins and TatA Translocase Component in Twin-arginine Translocation*

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    Fröbel, Julia; Rose, Patrick; Müller, Matthias

    2011-01-01

    Twin-arginine translocation (Tat) is a unique protein transport pathway in bacteria, archaea, and plastids. It mediates the transmembrane transport of fully folded proteins, which harbor a consensus twin-arginine motif in their signal sequences. In Gram-negative bacteria and plant chloroplasts, three membrane proteins, named TatA, TatB, and TatC, are required to enable Tat translocation. Available data suggest that TatA assembles into oligomeric pore-like structures that might function as the protein conduit across the lipid bilayer. Using site-specific photo-cross-linking, we have investigated the molecular environment of TatA under resting and translocating conditions. We find that monomeric TatA is an early interacting partner of functionally targeted Tat substrates. This interaction with TatA likely precedes translocation of Tat substrates and is influenced by the proton-motive force. It strictly depends on the presence of TatB and TatC, the latter of which is shown to make contacts with the transmembrane helix of TatA. PMID:22041896

  7. Early contacts between substrate proteins and TatA translocase component in twin-arginine translocation.

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    Fröbel, Julia; Rose, Patrick; Müller, Matthias

    2011-12-23

    Twin-arginine translocation (Tat) is a unique protein transport pathway in bacteria, archaea, and plastids. It mediates the transmembrane transport of fully folded proteins, which harbor a consensus twin-arginine motif in their signal sequences. In Gram-negative bacteria and plant chloroplasts, three membrane proteins, named TatA, TatB, and TatC, are required to enable Tat translocation. Available data suggest that TatA assembles into oligomeric pore-like structures that might function as the protein conduit across the lipid bilayer. Using site-specific photo-cross-linking, we have investigated the molecular environment of TatA under resting and translocating conditions. We find that monomeric TatA is an early interacting partner of functionally targeted Tat substrates. This interaction with TatA likely precedes translocation of Tat substrates and is influenced by the proton-motive force. It strictly depends on the presence of TatB and TatC, the latter of which is shown to make contacts with the transmembrane helix of TatA.

  8. Role of core promoter structure in assembly of the RNA polymerase II preinitiation complex. A common pathway for formation of preinitiation intermediates at many TATA and TATA-less promoters.

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    Aso, T; Conaway, J W; Conaway, R C

    1994-10-21

    Efforts to understand the impact of core promoter architecture on the mechanism of transcription initiation by RNA polymerase II have been hampered by lack of well defined, reconstituted transcription systems responsive both to efficiently transcribed consensus and near consensus TATA box-containing promoters and to considerably weaker TATA-less promoters. In this report, we investigate the influence of core promoter structure on the mechanism of assembly of the RNA polymerase II preinitiation complex using a highly purified, holoTFIID-dependent transcription system that permits sensitive measurement of transcription initiation from a wide variety of TATA and TATA-less promoters in the absence of transactivators. A direct comparison of the requirements for formation of stable preinitiation intermediates at these promoters led to the discovery that, whereas holoTFIID binds avidly to the consensus TATA- and strong initiator-containing adenovirus major late (AdML) promoter to form the first stable intermediate on the pathway leading to formation of the complete preinitiation complex, it binds poorly not only to TATA-less promoters but also to promoters with consensus or near consensus TATA elements. With the exception of the AdML promoter, formation of stable preinitiation intermediates at each of the promoters tested was found to be strongly dependent on RNA polymerase II, holoTFIID, and TFIIB and was stimulated by TFIIF. Based on these observations, we suggest that RNA polymerase II assembles with many TATA and TATA-less promoters by a common pathway.

  9. Two types of TATA elements for the CYC1 gene of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Li, W Z; Sherman, F

    1991-01-01

    Functional TATA elements in the 5' untranslated region of the CYC1 gene in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae have been defined by transcriptional analysis of site-directed mutations. Five sites previously suggested to contain functional TATA elements were altered individually and in all possible combinations. The results indicated that only two elements are required for transcription at the normal level and the normal start sites. The two functional TATA elements are located at sites -178 and -123, where the A of the ATG start codon is assigned nucleotide position +1. They direct initiation within windows encompassing -70 to -46 and -46 to -28, respectively. Only when both of the upstream TATA sites were rendered nonfunctional were the third and fourth downstream TATA-like sequences activated, as indicated by the presence of low levels of transcription starting at -28. The two upstream functional TATA elements differed in sequence. The sequence of the most 5' one at site 1, denoted beta-type, was ATATATATAT, whereas that of the second one at site 2, denoted alpha-type, was TATATAAAA. The following rearrangements of the beta-type and alpha-type elements at two sites (1 and 2) were examined: site1 beta-site2 alpha; site 1 alpha-site 2 beta; site1 alpha-site2 alpha; and site1 beta-site2 beta. When different types were at different sites (site1 beta-site2 alpha and site1 alpha-site2 beta), both were used equally. In contrast, when the same type was present at both sites (site1 alpha-site2 alpha and site1 beta-site2 beta), only the upstream element was used. We suggest that the two TATA elements are recognized by different factors of the transcription apparatus. Images PMID:1846668

  10. Nucleosomal location of the STE6 TATA box and Mat alpha 2p-mediated repression.

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    Patterton, H G; Simpson, R T

    1994-06-01

    It has been proposed that yeast MATa cell-specific genes are repressed in MAT alpha cells by the Mat alpha 2p repressor-directed placement of a nucleosome in a position that incorporates the TATA box of the MATa-specific gene close to the nucleosomal pseudodyad. In this study, we address this proposal directly with a series of plasmids designed to place the MATa-specific STE6 TATA box at different locations in a nucleosome and in the internucleosomal linker. These plasmids contain different lengths of synthetic random DNA between the Mat alpha 2p operator and the TATA box of the STE6 promoter, which is located upstream of a lacZ reporter gene in a multicopy plasmid. We show that in MAT alpha cells, a nucleosome is retained in an identical translational frame relative to the Mat alpha 2p operator in all the constructs investigated, irrespective of the sequence of the DNA wrapped onto the histone octamer. This result shows that the nucleosomal organization of the STE6 promoter in MAT alpha cells is not conferred by the sequence of the promoter itself. No expression of the lacZ reporter gene was detectable in MAT alpha cells in any of the constructs, even with the TATA box located in a short internucleosomal linker. These data indicate that repression of MATa-specific genes in MAT alpha cells does not require the precise translational placement of the TATA box close to the nucleosomal pseudodyad; the gene remains repressed when the TATA box is located within the investigated 250-bp region in the organized chromatin domain abutting the Mat alpha 2p operator in MAT alpha cells and may remain repressed with the TATA box located anywhere within this organized repression domain.

  11. TATA-Binding protein-TATA interaction is a key determinant of differential transcription of silkworm constitutive and silk gland-specific tRNA(Ala) genes.

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    Ouyang, C; Martinez, M J; Young, L S; Sprague, K U

    2000-02-01

    We have investigated the contribution of specific TATA-binding protein (TBP)-TATA interactions to the promoter activity of a constitutively expressed silkworm tRNA(C)(Ala) gene and have also asked whether the lack of similar interactions accounts for the low promoter activity of a silk gland-specific tRNA(SG)(Ala) gene. We compared TBP binding, TFIIIB-promoter complex stability (measured by heparin resistance), and in vitro transcriptional activity in a series of mutant tRNA(C)(Ala) promoters and found that specific TBP-TATA contacts are important for TFIIIB-promoter interaction and for transcriptional activity. Although the wild-type tRNA(C)(Ala) promoter contains two functional TBP binding sequences that overlap, the tRNA(SG)(Ala) promoter lacks any TBP binding site in the corresponding region. This feature appears to account for the inefficiency of the tRNA(SG)(Ala) promoter since provision of either of the wild-type TATA sequences derived from the tRNA(C)(Ala) promoter confers robust transcriptional activity. Transcriptional impairment of the wild-type tRNA(SG)(Ala) gene is not due to reduced incorporation of TBP into transcription complexes since both the tRNA(C)(Ala) and tRNA(SG)(Ala) promoters form transcription complexes that contain the same amount of TBP. Thus, the deleterious consequences of the lack of appropriate TBP-TATA contacts in the tRNA(SG)(Ala) promoter must come from failure to incorporate some other essential transcription factor(s) or to stabilize the complete complex in an active conformation.

  12. A minimal Tat system from a gram-positive organism: a bifunctional TatA subunit participates in discrete TatAC and TatA complexes.

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    Barnett, James P; Eijlander, Robyn T; Kuipers, Oscar P; Robinson, Colin

    2008-02-01

    The Tat system transports folded proteins across bacterial and thylakoid membranes. In Gram-negative organisms, a TatABC substrate-binding complex and separate TatA complex are believed to coalesce to form an active translocon, with all three subunits essential for translocation. Most Gram-positive organisms lack a tatB gene, indicating major differences in organization and possible differences in mode of action. Here, we have studied Tat complexes encoded by the tatAdCd genes of Bacillus subtilis. Expression of tatAdCd in an Escherichia coli tat null mutant results in efficient export of a large, cofactor-containing E. coli Tat substrate, TorA. We show that the tatAd gene complements E. coli mutants lacking either tatAE or tatB, indicating a bifunctional role for this subunit in B. subtilis. Second, we have identified and characterized two distinct Tat complexes that are novel in key respects: a TatAdCd complex of approximately 230 kDa that is significantly smaller than the analogous E. coli TatABC complex (approximately 370 kDa on BN gels) and a separate TatAd complex. The latter is a discrete entity of approximately 270 kDa as judged by gel filtration chromatography, very different from the highly heterogeneous E. coli TatA complex that ranges in size from approximately 50 kDa to over 600 kDa. TatA heterogeneity has been linked to the varying size of Tat substrates being translocated, but the singular nature of the B. subtilis TatAd complex suggests that discrete TatAC and TatA complexes may form a single form of translocon.

  13. Role of TATA-element in transcription from glucocorticoid receptor-responsive model promoters.

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    Wieland, S; Schatt, M D; Rusconi, S

    1990-01-01

    Transcription activation properties of the rat glucocorticoid receptor (GR) on minimal, TATA-box containing or depleted promoters have been tested. We show that a cluster of Glucocorticoid Responsive Elements (GRE), upon activation by the GR, is sufficient to mediate abundant RNA-polymerase II transcription. We find that in absence of a bona fide TATA-element transcription initiates at a distance of 45-55bp from the activated GRE cluster with a marked preference for sequences homologous to the initiator element (Inr). Analyzing defined, bi-directional transcription units we demonstrate that the apparent reduction of specific transcription in strong, TATA-depleted promoters, is mainly due to loss of short-range promoter polarization. The implications for long-range promoter/enhancer communication mechanisms are also discussed. Images PMID:2402438

  14. Two distinct factors bind to the rabbit uteroglobin TATA-box region and are required for efficient transcription.

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    Klug, J; Knapp, S; Castro, I; Beato, M

    1994-01-01

    The rabbit uteroglobin gene is expressed in a variety of epithelial cell types like the lung Clara cells and the glandular and luminal epithelial cells of the endometrium. Expression in Clara cells is on a high constitutive level, whereas expression in the rabbit endometrium is under tight hormonal control. One important element of the rabbit uteroglobin gene mediating its efficient transcription in two epithelial cell lines from human endometrium (Ishikawa) and lung (NCI-H441) is its noncanonical TATA box (TACA). Here, we show that two factors (TATA core factor [TCF] and TATA palindrome factor [TPF]) different from the TATA-box binding protein bind to the DNA major groove at two adjacent sites within the uteroglobin TATA-box region and that one of them (TCF) is specifically expressed in cell lines derived from uteroglobin-expressing tissues. The binding sites for TCF and TPF, respectively, are both required for efficient transcription in Ishikawa and NCI-H441 cells. Mutation of the TACA box, which we show is a poor TATA box in functional terms, to a canonical TATA motif does not affect TCF and TPF binding. Therefore, we suggest that the function of the unusual cytosine could be to reduce rabbit uteroglobin expression in cells lacking TCF and that the interaction of TATA-box binding protein with the weak TACA site is facilitated in TCF- and TPF-positive cells. Images PMID:8065353

  15. TATA Box Insertion Provides a Selection Mechanism Underpinning Adaptations to Fe Deficiency1[OPEN

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    Zhang, Meiling; Lv, Yuanda; Wang, Yi; Shen, Fei; Han, Zhenyun; Zhang, Xinzhong; Xu, Xuefeng; Han, Zhenhai

    2017-01-01

    Intraspecific genetic variation is essential for the responses and adaption of plants to evolutionary challenges, such as changing environmental conditions. The development of the Earth’s aerobic atmosphere has increased the demand for iron (Fe) in organisms, and Fe deficiency has become a limiting environmental factor for plant growth. Here, we demonstrate that genus Malus adapt to Fe deficiency through modification of the Iron-Regulated Transporter1 (IRT1) promoter. Specifically, an IRT1 mutant allele with a TATA-box insertion in the promoter region upstream of the coding region exhibited increased IRT1 expression. The altered IRT1 promoter is responsible for enhancing Fe uptake. Increasing the number of synthetic repeat TATA-boxes correlates with increased promoter activity. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the insertion of the TATA-box correlates with an increase in transcriptional activation via specific binding of the transcription factor IID (MDP0000939369). Taken together, these results indicate that an allelic insertion of a TATA-box in a gene promoter has allowed apple to adapt to the selective pressure posed by Fe deficiency. More broadly, this study reveals a new mechanism for enhancing gene expression to help plants adapt to different environments, providing new insights into molecular genetic divergence in plants. PMID:27881725

  16. TATA Box Insertion Provides a Selection Mechanism Underpinning Adaptations to Fe Deficiency.

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    Zhang, Meiling; Lv, Yuanda; Wang, Yi; Rose, Jocelyn K C; Shen, Fei; Han, Zhenyun; Zhang, Xinzhong; Xu, Xuefeng; Wu, Ting; Han, Zhenhai

    2017-01-01

    Intraspecific genetic variation is essential for the responses and adaption of plants to evolutionary challenges, such as changing environmental conditions. The development of the Earth's aerobic atmosphere has increased the demand for iron (Fe) in organisms, and Fe deficiency has become a limiting environmental factor for plant growth. Here, we demonstrate that genus Malus adapt to Fe deficiency through modification of the Iron-Regulated Transporter1 (IRT1) promoter. Specifically, an IRT1 mutant allele with a TATA-box insertion in the promoter region upstream of the coding region exhibited increased IRT1 expression. The altered IRT1 promoter is responsible for enhancing Fe uptake. Increasing the number of synthetic repeat TATA-boxes correlates with increased promoter activity. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the insertion of the TATA-box correlates with an increase in transcriptional activation via specific binding of the transcription factor IID (MDP0000939369). Taken together, these results indicate that an allelic insertion of a TATA-box in a gene promoter has allowed apple to adapt to the selective pressure posed by Fe deficiency. More broadly, this study reveals a new mechanism for enhancing gene expression to help plants adapt to different environments, providing new insights into molecular genetic divergence in plants.

  17. TATA-Binding Protein Mutants That Increase Transcription from Enhancerless and Repressed Promoters In Vivo

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    Geisberg, Joseph V.; Struhl, Kevin

    2000-01-01

    Using a genetic screen, we isolated three TATA-binding protein (TBP) mutants that increase transcription from promoters that are repressed by the Cyc8-Tup1 or Sin3-Rpd3 corepressors or that lack an enhancer element, but not from an equivalently weak promoter with a mutated TATA element. Increased transcription is observed when the TBP mutants are expressed at low levels in the presence of wild-type TBP. These TBP mutants are unable to support cell viability, and they are toxic in strains lacking Rpd3 histone deacetylase or when expressed at higher levels. Although these mutants do not detectably bind TATA elements in vitro, genetic and chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments indicate that they act directly at promoters and do not increase transcription by titration of a negative regulatory factor(s). The TBP mutants are mildly defective for associating with promoters responding to moderate or strong activators; in addition, they are severely defective for RNA polymerase (Pol) III but not Pol I transcription. These results suggest that, with respect to Pol II transcription, the TBP mutants specifically increase expression from core promoters. Biochemical analysis indicates that the TBP mutants are unaffected for TFIID complex formation, dimerization, and interactions with either the general negative regulator NC2 or the N-terminal inhibitory domain of TAF130. We speculate that these TBP mutants have an unusual structure that allows them to preferentially access TATA elements in chromatin templates. These TBP mutants define a criterion by which promoters repressed by Cyc8-Tup1 or Sin3-Rpd3 resemble enhancerless, but not TATA-defective, promoters; hence, they support the idea that these corepressors inhibit the function of activator proteins rather than the Pol II machinery. PMID:10669725

  18. Mechanism of synergy between TATA and initiator: synergistic binding of TFIID following a putative TFIIA-induced isomerization

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    Emami, Katayoon H.; Jain, Anjali; Smale, Stephen T.

    1997-01-01

    The TFIID complex interacts with at least three types of core promoter elements within protein-coding genes, including TATA, initiator (Inr), and downstream promoter elements. We have begun to explore the mechanism by which the TFIID–Inr interaction leads to functional synergy between TATA and Inr elements during both basal and activated transcription. In DNase I footprinting assays, GAL4–VP16 recruited TFIID–TFIIA to core promoters containing either a TATA box, an Inr, or both TATA and Inr elements, with synergistic interactions apparent on the TATA–Inr promoter. Appropriate spacing between the two elements was essential for the synergistic binding. Despite the sequence-specific TFIID–Inr interactions, gel shift experiments revealed that TFIID alone possesses similar affinities for the TATA–Inr and TATA promoters. Interestingly, however, recombinant TFIIA strongly and selectively enhanced TFIID binding to the TATA–Inr promoter, with little effect on binding to the TATA promoter. Studies of the natural adenovirus major late promoter confirmed these findings, despite the existence of specific but nonfunctional TFIID interactions downstream of the Inr in that promoter. These results suggest that a TFIIA-induced conformational change is essential for the sequence-specific TFIID–Inr interaction to occur with sufficient affinity to support the functional synergism between TATA and Inr elements. PMID:9367983

  19. TBP-like protein (TLP) interferes with Taspase1-mediated processing of TFIIA and represses TATA box gene expression.

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    Suzuki, Hidefumi; Isogai, Momoko; Maeda, Ryo; Ura, Kiyoe; Tamura, Taka-Aki

    2015-07-27

    TBP-TFIIA interaction is involved in the potentiation of TATA box-driven promoters. TFIIA activates transcription through stabilization of TATA box-bound TBP. The precursor of TFIIA is subjected to Taspase1-directed processing to generate α and β subunits. Although this processing has been assumed to be required for the promoter activation function of TFIIA, little is known about how the processing is regulated. In this study, we found that TBP-like protein (TLP), which has the highest affinity to TFIIA among known proteins, affects Taspase1-driven processing of TFIIA. TLP interfered with TFIIA processing in vivo and in vitro, and direct binding of TLP to TFIIA was essential for inhibition of the processing. We also showed that TATA box promoters are specifically potentiated by processed TFIIA. Processed TFIIA, but not unprocessed TFIIA, associated with the TATA box. In a TLP-knocked-down condition, not only the amounts of TATA box-bound TFIIA but also those of chromatin-bound TBP were significantly increased, resulting in the stimulation of TATA box-mediated gene expression. Consequently, we suggest that TLP works as a negative regulator of the TFIIA processing and represses TFIIA-governed and TATA-dependent gene expression through preventing TFIIA maturation.

  20. Live cell imaging shows reversible assembly of the TatA component of the twin-arginine protein transport system

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    Alcock, Felicity; Baker, Matthew A. B.; Greene, Nicholas P.; Palmer, Tracy; Wallace, Mark I.; Berks, Ben C.

    2013-01-01

    The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) machinery transports folded proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane of bacteria and the thylakoid membrane of chloroplasts. It has been inferred that the Tat translocation site is assembled on demand by substrate-induced association of the protein TatA. We tested this model by imaging YFP-tagged TatA expressed at native levels in living Escherichia coli cells in the presence of low levels of the TatA paralogue TatE. Under these conditions the TatA-YFP fusion supports full physiological Tat transport activity. In agreement with the TatA association model, raising the number of transport-competent substrate proteins within the cell leads to an increase in the number of large TatA complexes present. Formation of these complexes requires both a functional TatBC substrate receptor and the transmembrane proton motive force (PMF). Removing the PMF causes TatA complexes to dissociate, except in strains with impaired Tat transport activity. Based on these observations we propose that TatA assembly reaches a critical point at which oligomerization can be reversed only by substrate transport. In contrast to TatA-YFP, the oligomeric states of TatB-YFP and TatC-YFP fusions are not affected by substrate or the PMF, although TatB-YFP oligomerization does require TatC. PMID:24003141

  1. TatA complexes exhibit a marked change in organisation in response to expression of the TatBC complex.

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    Smith, Sarah M; Yarwood, Andrew; Fleck, Roland A; Robinson, Colin; Smith, Corinne J

    2017-04-19

    The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) system is an integral membrane protein complex that accomplishes the remarkable feat of transporting large, fully folded polypeptides across the inner membrane of bacteria, into the periplasm. In Escherichia coli, Tat comprises three membrane proteins: TatA, TatB and TatC. How these proteins arrange themselves in the inner membrane to permit passage of Tat substrates, whilst maintaining membrane integrity, is still poorly understood. TatA is the most abundant component of this complex and facilitates assembly of the transport mechanism. We have utilised immunogold labelling in combination with array tomography to gain insight into the localisation and distribution of the TatA protein in E. coli cells. We show that TatA exhibits a uniform distribution throughout the inner membrane of E. coli and that altering the expression of TatBC shows a previously uncharacterised distribution of TatA in the inner membrane. Array tomography was used to provide our first insight into this altered distribution of TatA in three-dimensional space, revealing that this protein forms linear clusters in the inner membrane of E. coli upon increased expression of TatBC. This is the first indication that TatA organisation in the inner membrane alters in response to changes in Tat subunit stoichiometry. © 2017 The Author(s).

  2. Widespread Use of TATA Elements in the Core Promoters for RNA Polymerases III, II, and I in Fission Yeast

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    Hamada, Mitsuhiro; Huang, Ying; Lowe, Todd M.; Maraia, Richard J.

    2001-01-01

    In addition to directing transcription initiation, core promoters integrate input from distal regulatory elements. Except for rare exceptions, it has been generally found that eukaryotic tRNA and rRNA genes do not contain TATA promoter elements and instead use protein-protein interactions to bring the TATA-binding protein (TBP), to the core promoter. Genomewide analysis revealed TATA elements in the core promoters of tRNA and 5S rRNA (Pol III), U1 to U5 snRNA (Pol II), and 37S rRNA (Pol I) genes in Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Using tRNA-dependent suppression and other in vivo assays, as well as in vitro transcription, we demonstrated an obligatory requirement for upstream TATA elements for tRNA and 5S rRNA expression in S. pombe. The Pol III initiation factor Brf is found in complexes with TFIIIC and Pol III in S. pombe, while TBP is not, consistent with independent recruitment of TBP by TATA. Template commitment assays are consistent with this and confirm that the mechanisms of transcription complex assembly and initiation by Pol III in S. pombe differ substantially from those in other model organisms. The results were extended to large-rRNA synthesis, as mutation of the TATA element in the Pol I promoter also abolishes rRNA expression in fission yeast. A survey of other organisms' genomes reveals that a substantial number of eukaryotes may use widespread TATAs for transcription. These results indicate the presence of TATA-unified transcription systems in contemporary eukaryotes and provide insight into the residual need for TBP by all three Pols in other eukaryotes despite a lack of TATA elements in their promoters. PMID:11564871

  3. Core promoter-specific gene regulation: TATA box selectivity and Initiator-dependent bi-directionality of serum response factor-activated transcription.

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    Xu, Muyu; Gonzalez-Hurtado, Elsie; Martinez, Ernest

    2016-04-01

    Gene-specific activation by enhancers involves their communication with the basal RNA polymerase II transcription machinery at the core promoter. Core promoters are diverse and may contain a variety of sequence elements such as the TATA box, the Initiator (INR), and the downstream promoter element (DPE) recognized, respectively, by the TATA-binding protein (TBP) and TBP-associated factors of the TFIID complex. Core promoter elements contribute to the gene selectivity of enhancers, and INR/DPE-specific enhancers and activators have been identified. Here, we identify a TATA box-selective activating sequence upstream of the human β-actin (ACTB) gene that mediates serum response factor (SRF)-induced transcription from TATA-dependent but not INR-dependent promoters and requires the TATA-binding/bending activity of TBP, which is otherwise dispensable for transcription from a TATA-less promoter. The SRF-dependent ACTB sequence is stereospecific on TATA promoters but activates in an orientation-independent manner a composite TATA/INR-containing promoter. More generally, we show that SRF-regulated genes of the actin/cytoskeleton/contractile family tend to have a TATA box. These results suggest distinct TATA-dependent and INR-dependent mechanisms of TFIID-mediated transcription in mammalian cells that are compatible with only certain stereospecific combinations of activators, and that a TBP-TATA binding mechanism is important for SRF activation of the actin/cytoskeleton-related gene family.

  4. Variable stoichiometry of the TatA component of the twin-arginine protein transport system observed by in vivo single-molecule imaging

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    Leake, Mark C.; Greene, Nicholas P.; Godun, Rachel M.; Granjon, Thierry; Buchanan, Grant; Chen, Shuyun; Berry, Richard M.; Palmer, Tracy; Berks, Ben C.

    2008-01-01

    The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) system transports folded proteins across the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane and the thylakoid membrane of plant chloroplasts. The essential components of the Tat pathway are the membrane proteins TatA, TatB, and TatC. TatA is thought to form the protein translocating element of the Tat system. Current models for Tat transport make predictions about the oligomeric state of TatA and whether, and how, this state changes during the transport cycle. We determined the oligomeric state of TatA directly at native levels of expression in living cells by photophysical analysis of individual yellow fluorescent protein-labeled TatA complexes. TatA forms complexes exhibiting a broad range of stoichiometries with an average of ≈25 TatA subunits per complex. Fourier analysis of the stoichiometry distribution suggests the complexes are assembled from tetramer units. Modeling the diffusion behavior of the complexes suggests that TatA protomers associate as a ring and not a bundle. Each cell contains ≈15 mobile TatA complexes and a pool of ≈100 TatA molecules in a more disperse state in the membrane. Dissipation of the protonmotive force that drives Tat transport has no affect on TatA complex stoichiometry. TatA complexes do not form in cells lacking TatBC, suggesting that TatBC controls the oligomeric state of TatA. Our data support the TatA polymerization model for the mechanism of Tat transport. PMID:18832162

  5. TATA Binding Protein Discriminates between Different Lesions on DNA, Resulting in a Transcription Decrease

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    Coin, Frédéric; Frit, Philippe; Viollet, Benoit; Salles, Bernard; Egly, Jean-Marc

    1998-01-01

    DNA damage recognition by basal transcription factors follows different mechanisms. Using transcription-competition, nitrocellulose filter binding, and DNase I footprinting assays, we show that, although the general transcription factor TFIIH is able to target any kind of lesion which can be repaired by the nucleotide excision repair pathway, TATA binding protein (TBP)-TFIID is more selective in damage recognition. Only genotoxic agents which are able to induce kinked DNA structures similar to the one for the TATA box in its TBP complex are recognized. Indeed, DNase I footprinting patterns reveal that TBP protects equally 4 nucleotides upstream and 6 nucleotides downstream from the A-T (at position −29 of the noncoding strand) of the adenovirus major late promoter and from the G-G of a cisplatin-induced 1,2-d(GpG) cross-link. Together, our results may partially explain differences in transcription inhibition rates following DNA damage. PMID:9632775

  6. TATA-box DNA binding activity and subunit composition for RNA polymerase III transcription factor IIIB from Xenopus laevis.

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    McBryant, S J; Meier, E; Leresche, A; Sharp, S J; Wolf, V J; Gottesfeld, J M

    1996-01-01

    The RNA polymerase III transcription initiation factor TFIIIB contains the TATA-box-binding protein (TBP) and polymerase III-specific TBP-associated factors (TAFs). Previous studies have shown that DNA oligonucleotides containing the consensus TATA-box sequence inhibit polymerase III transcription, implying that the DNA binding domain of TBP is exposed in TFIIIB. We have investigated the TATA-box DNA binding activity of Xenopus TFIIIB, using transcription inhibition assays and a gel mobility shift assay. Gel shift competition assays with mutant and nonspecific DNAs demonstrate the specificity of the TFIIIB-TATA box DNA complex. The apparent dissociation constant for this protein-DNA interaction is approximately 0.4 nM, similar to the affinity of yeast TBP for the same sequence. TFIIIB transcriptional activity and TATA-box binding activity cofractionate during a series of four ion-exchange chromatographic steps, and reconstituted transcription reactions demonstrate that the TATA-box DNA-protein complex contains TFIIIB TAF activity. Polypeptides with apparent molecular masses of 75 and 92 kDa are associated with TBP in this complex. These polypeptides were renatured after elution from sodium dodecyl sulfate-gels and tested individually and in combination for TFIIIB TAF activity. Recombinant TBP along with protein fractions containing the 75- and 92-kDa polypeptides were sufficient to reconstitute TFIIIB transcriptional activity and DNA binding activity, suggesting that Xenopus TFIIIB is composed of TBP along with these polypeptides. PMID:8756620

  7. Truncation Analysis of TatA and TatB Defines the Minimal Functional Units Required for Protein Translocation

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    Lee, Philip A.; Buchanan, Grant; Stanley, Nicola R.; Berks, Ben C.; Palmer, Tracy

    2002-01-01

    The TatA and TatB proteins are essential components of the twin arginine protein translocation pathway in Escherichia coli. C-terminal truncation analysis of the TatA protein revealed that a plasmid-expressed TatA protein shortened by 40 amino acids is still fully competent to support protein translocation. Similar truncation analysis of TatB indicated that the final 30 residues of TatB are dispensable for function. Further deletion experiments with TatB indicated that removal of even 70 residues from its C terminus still allowed significant transport. These results imply that the transmembrane and amphipathic helical regions of TatA and TatB are critical for their function but that the C-terminal domains are not essential for Tat transport activity. A chimeric protein comprising the N-terminal region of TatA fused to the amphipathic and C-terminal domains of TatB supports a low level of Tat activity in a strain in which the wild-type copy of either tatA or tatB (but not both) is deleted. PMID:12374820

  8. Truncation analysis of TatA and TatB defines the minimal functional units required for protein translocation.

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    Lee, Philip A; Buchanan, Grant; Stanley, Nicola R; Berks, Ben C; Palmer, Tracy

    2002-11-01

    The TatA and TatB proteins are essential components of the twin arginine protein translocation pathway in Escherichia coli. C-terminal truncation analysis of the TatA protein revealed that a plasmid-expressed TatA protein shortened by 40 amino acids is still fully competent to support protein translocation. Similar truncation analysis of TatB indicated that the final 30 residues of TatB are dispensable for function. Further deletion experiments with TatB indicated that removal of even 70 residues from its C terminus still allowed significant transport. These results imply that the transmembrane and amphipathic helical regions of TatA and TatB are critical for their function but that the C-terminal domains are not essential for Tat transport activity. A chimeric protein comprising the N-terminal region of TatA fused to the amphipathic and C-terminal domains of TatB supports a low level of Tat activity in a strain in which the wild-type copy of either tatA or tatB (but not both) is deleted.

  9. Processing by rhomboid protease is required for Providencia stuartii TatA to interact with TatC and to form functional homo-oligomeric complexes

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    Fritsch, Maximilian J; Krehenbrink, Martin; Tarry, Michael J; Berks, Ben C; Palmer, Tracy

    2012-01-01

    The twin arginine transport (Tat) system transports folded proteins across the prokaryotic cytoplasmic membrane and the plant thylakoid membrane. In Escherichia coli three membrane proteins, TatA, TatB and TatC, are essential components of the machinery. TatA from Providencia stuartii is homologous to E. coli TatA but is synthesized as an inactive pre-protein with an N-terminal extension of eight amino acids. Removal of this extension by the rhomboid protease AarA is required to activate P. stuartii TatA. Here we show that P. stuartii TatA can functionally substitute for E. coli TatA provided that the E. coli homologue of AarA, GlpG, is present. The oligomerization state of the P. stuartii TatA pro-protein was compared with that of the proteolytically activated protein and with E. coli TatA. The pro-protein still formed small homo-oligomers but cannot form large TatBC-dependent assemblies. In the absence of TatB, E. coli TatA or the processed form of P. stuartii TatA form a complex with TatC. However, this complex is not observed with the pro-form of P. stuartii TatA. Taken together our results suggest that the P. stuartii TatA pro-protein is inactive because it is unable to interact with TatC and cannot form the large TatA complexes required for transport. PMID:22591141

  10. Processing by rhomboid protease is required for Providencia stuartii TatA to interact with TatC and to form functional homo-oligomeric complexes.

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    Fritsch, Maximilian J; Krehenbrink, Martin; Tarry, Michael J; Berks, Ben C; Palmer, Tracy

    2012-06-01

    The twin arginine transport (Tat) system transports folded proteins across the prokaryotic cytoplasmic membrane and the plant thylakoid membrane. In Escherichia coli three membrane proteins, TatA, TatB and TatC, are essential components of the machinery. TatA from Providencia stuartii is homologous to E. coli TatA but is synthesized as an inactive pre-protein with an N-terminal extension of eight amino acids. Removal of this extension by the rhomboid protease AarA is required to activate P. stuartii TatA. Here we show that P. stuartii TatA can functionally substitute for E. coli TatA provided that the E. coli homologue of AarA, GlpG, is present. The oligomerization state of the P. stuartii TatA pro-protein was compared with that of the proteolytically activated protein and with E. coli TatA. The pro-protein still formed small homo-oligomers but cannot form large TatBC-dependent assemblies. In the absence of TatB, E. coli TatA or the processed form of P. stuartii TatA form a complex with TatC. However, this complex is not observed with the pro-form of P. stuartii TatA. Taken together our results suggest that the P. stuartii TatA pro-protein is inactive because it is unable to interact with TatC and cannot form the large TatA complexes required for transport.

  11. Saturation Mutagenesis of the TATA Box and Upstream Activator Sequence in the Haloarchaeal bop Gene Promoter

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    Baliga, Nitin S.; DasSarma, Shiladitya

    1999-01-01

    Degenerate oligonucleotides were used to randomize 21 bp of the 53-bp minimal bop promoter in three 7-bp segments, including the putative TATA box and the upstream activator sequence (UAS). The mutagenized bop promoter and the wild-type structural gene and transcriptional terminator were inserted into a shuttle plasmid capable of replication in the halophilic archaeon Halobacterium sp. strain S9. Active promoters were isolated by screening transformants of an orange (Pum− bop) Halobacterium mutant for purple (Pum+ bop+) colonies on agar plates and analyzed for bop mRNA and/or bacteriorhodopsin content. Sequence analysis yielded the consensus sequence 5′-tyT(T/a)Ta-3′, corresponding to the promoter TATA box element 30 to 25 bp 5′ of the transcription start site. A putative UAS, 5′-ACCcnactagTTnG-3′, located 52 to 39 bp 5′ of the transcription start site was found to be conserved in active promoters. This study provides direct evidence for the requirement of the TATA box and UAS for bop promoter activity. PMID:10198017

  12. Full trans-activation mediated by the immediate-early protein of equine herpesvirus 1 requires a consensus TATA box, but not its cognate binding sequence.

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    Kim, Seong K; Shakya, Akhalesh K; O'Callaghan, Dennis J

    2016-01-04

    The immediate-early protein (IEP) of equine herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1) has extensive homology to the IEP of alphaherpesviruses and possesses domains essential for trans-activation, including an acidic trans-activation domain (TAD) and binding domains for DNA, TFIIB, and TBP. Our data showed that the IEP directly interacted with transcription factor TFIIA, which is known to stabilize the binding of TBP and TFIID to the TATA box of core promoters. When the TATA box of the EICP0 promoter was mutated to a nonfunctional TATA box, IEP-mediated trans-activation was reduced from 22-fold to 7-fold. The IEP trans-activated the viral promoters in a TATA motif-dependent manner. Our previous data showed that the IEP is able to repress its own promoter when the IEP-binding sequence (IEBS) is located within 26-bp from the TATA box. When the IEBS was located at 100 bp upstream of the TATA box, IEP-mediated trans-activation was very similar to that of the minimal IE(nt -89 to +73) promoter lacking the IEBS. As the distance from the IEBS to the TATA box decreased, IEP-mediated trans-activation progressively decreased, indicating that the IEBS located within 100 bp from the TATA box sequence functions as a distance-dependent repressive element. These results indicated that IEP-mediated full trans-activation requires a consensus TATA box of core promoters, but not its binding to the cognate sequence (IEBS).

  13. Substrate-triggered position switching of TatA and TatB during Tat transport in Escherichia coli.

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    Habersetzer, Johann; Moore, Kristoffer; Cherry, Jon; Buchanan, Grant; Stansfeld, Phillip J; Palmer, Tracy

    2017-08-01

    The twin-arginine protein transport (Tat) machinery mediates the translocation of folded proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane of prokaryotes and the thylakoid membrane of plant chloroplasts. The Escherichia coli Tat system comprises TatC and two additional sequence-related proteins, TatA and TatB. The active translocase is assembled on demand, with substrate-binding at a TatABC receptor complex triggering recruitment and assembly of multiple additional copies of TatA; however, the molecular interactions mediating translocase assembly are poorly understood. A 'polar cluster' site on TatC transmembrane (TM) helix 5 was previously identified as binding to TatB. Here, we use disulfide cross-linking and molecular modelling to identify a new binding site on TatC TM helix 6, adjacent to the polar cluster site. We demonstrate that TatA and TatB each have the capacity to bind at both TatC sites, however in vivo this is regulated according to the activation state of the complex. In the resting-state system, TatB binds the polar cluster site, with TatA occupying the TM helix 6 site. However when the system is activated by overproduction of a substrate, TatA and TatB switch binding sites. We propose that this substrate-triggered positional exchange is a key step in the assembly of an active Tat translocase. © 2017 The Authors.

  14. Substrate-triggered position switching of TatA and TatB during Tat transport in Escherichia coli

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    Habersetzer, Johann; Moore, Kristoffer; Cherry, Jon; Buchanan, Grant; Stansfeld, Phillip J.

    2017-01-01

    The twin-arginine protein transport (Tat) machinery mediates the translocation of folded proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane of prokaryotes and the thylakoid membrane of plant chloroplasts. The Escherichia coli Tat system comprises TatC and two additional sequence-related proteins, TatA and TatB. The active translocase is assembled on demand, with substrate-binding at a TatABC receptor complex triggering recruitment and assembly of multiple additional copies of TatA; however, the molecular interactions mediating translocase assembly are poorly understood. A ‘polar cluster’ site on TatC transmembrane (TM) helix 5 was previously identified as binding to TatB. Here, we use disulfide cross-linking and molecular modelling to identify a new binding site on TatC TM helix 6, adjacent to the polar cluster site. We demonstrate that TatA and TatB each have the capacity to bind at both TatC sites, however in vivo this is regulated according to the activation state of the complex. In the resting-state system, TatB binds the polar cluster site, with TatA occupying the TM helix 6 site. However when the system is activated by overproduction of a substrate, TatA and TatB switch binding sites. We propose that this substrate-triggered positional exchange is a key step in the assembly of an active Tat translocase. PMID:28814647

  15. Solution structure of (d(GGTATACC))/sub 2/: wrinkled D structure of the TATA moiety

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    Zhou, N.; Bianucci, A.M.; Pattabiraman, N.; James, T.L.

    1987-12-01

    Phase-sensitive two-dimensional nuclear Overhauser effect spectra of (dGGTATACC))/sub 2/ in aqueous deuterium oxide solution at four mixing times were quantified to give all nonoverlapping cross-peak intensities. A structural model for (d(GGTATACC))/sub 2/ was built in which the GG- and -CC moieties were in the B-DNA form, while the middle -TATA- moiety was in the wrinkled-D form (BDB model). This model was subjected to energy refinement by molecular mechanics calculations with the program AMBER. Counterions (Na/sup +/) were added to neutralize the charges, and water molecules were placed bridging across the minor groove. A complete relaxation matrix analysis was used to calculate two-dimensional nuclear Overhauser effect spectra of (d(GGTATACC))/sub 2/ from the above models (before and after energy refinement) and from four other (d(GGTATACC))/sub 2/ structural models: regular A, crystalline A, regular B, and energy-minimized B. Among them, the energy-minimized BDB model yielded a set of theoretical spectra that gave the best fit to the experimental spectra. It was also the energetically most stable. Therefore, it is a good representation of the ensemble- and time-averaged structure of the octamer in solution. This model has backbone torsion angles similar to those of B-form DNA in the GG- and -CC moieties and torsion angles similar to those of wrinkled D for DNA in the -TATA- moiety. The base stacking and base pairing are not interrupted at the junctions between the two structural moieties. Its minor groove is narrower than that of B DNA, and the solvent-accessible surface of the minor groove forms a closed hydration tunnel in the middle -TATA- segment.

  16. Molecular Mechanism of Mot1, a TATA-binding Protein (TBP)-DNA Dissociating Enzyme*

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    Viswanathan, Ramya; True, Jason D.; Auble, David T.

    2016-01-01

    The essential Saccharomyces cerevisiae ATPase Mot1 globally regulates transcription by impacting the genomic distribution and activity of the TATA-binding protein (TBP). In vitro, Mot1 forms a ternary complex with TBP and DNA and can use ATP hydrolysis to dissociate the TBP-DNA complex. Prior work suggested an interaction between the ATPase domain and a functionally important segment of DNA flanking the TATA sequence. However, how ATP hydrolysis facilitates removal of TBP from DNA is not well understood, and several models have been proposed. To gain insight into the Mot1 mechanism, we dissected the role of the flanking DNA segment by biochemical analysis of complexes formed using DNAs with short single-stranded gaps. In parallel, we used a DNA tethered cleavage approach to map regions of Mot1 in proximity to the DNA under different conditions. Our results define non-equivalent roles for bases within a broad segment of flanking DNA required for Mot1 action. Moreover, we present biochemical evidence for two distinct conformations of the Mot1 ATPase, the detection of which can be modulated by ATP analogs as well as DNA sequence flanking the TATA sequence. We also show using purified complexes that Mot1 dissociation of a stable, high affinity TBP-DNA interaction is surprisingly inefficient, suggesting how other transcription factors that bind to TBP may compete with Mot1. Taken together, these results suggest that TBP-DNA affinity as well as other aspects of promoter sequence influence Mot1 function in vivo. PMID:27255709

  17. The enrichment of TATA box and the scarcity of depleted proximal nucleosome in the promoters of duplicated yeast genes.

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    Kim, Yuseob; Lee, Jang H; Babbitt, Gregory A

    2010-01-01

    Population genetic theory of gene duplication suggests that the preservation of duplicate copies requires functional divergence upon duplication. Genes that can be readily modified to produce new gene expression patterns may thus be duplicated often. In yeast, genes exhibit dichotomous expression patterns based on their promoter architectures. The expression of genes that contain TATA box or occupied proximal nucleosome (OPN) tends to be variable and respond to external signals. On the other hand, genes without TATA box or with depleted proximal nucleosome (DPN) are expressed constitutively. We find that recent duplicates in the yeast genome are heavily biased to be TATA box containing genes and not to be DPN genes. This suggests that variably expressed genes, due to the functional organization in their promoters, have higher duplicability than constitutively expressed genes.

  18. Cloning and properties of the Caenorhabditis elegans TATA-box-binding protein.

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    Lichtsteiner, S; Tjian, R

    1993-01-01

    The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has become an organism of choice for the study of developmental processes at the genetic level. We have undertaken to develop an in vitro system to study transcription in C. elegans. As a first step we report here the cloning of the cDNA encoding the C. elegans TATA-box-binding protein (CeTBP). We used "touch-down PCR" to generate a specific DNA probe derived from the C-terminal region conserved in all TBP genes cloned to date. Several clones encoding an extended open reading frame were isolated from a phage lambda cDNA library. The complete amino acid sequence of CeTBP deduced from the cDNA reveals a protein of 37 kDa with an extended sequence similarity in the C-terminal region with all other TBP cDNAs sequenced so far. The N-terminal region of CeTBP (amino acids 1-153), however, does not show any homology with TBPs from other organisms. Interestingly, the N-terminal portion of the molecule contains three short direct repeats. Purified recombinant CeTBP binds specifically to the TATA box sequence, interacts with transcription factors TFIIA and TFIIB, and is able to substitute for the TFIID basal activity when assayed by in vitro transcription in both HeLa and C. elegans nuclear extracts. CeTBP is therefore a basal transcription factor. Images Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 PMID:8415761

  19. Interaction of transcription activator GvpE with TATA-box-binding proteins of Halobacterium salinarum.

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    Teufel, Katharina; Pfeifer, Felicitas

    2010-02-01

    GvpE is the transcriptional activator of the gvp gene cluster involved in gas vesicle formation in Haloabacterium salinarum. A 20-nucleotide sequence is required for the GvpE-mediated activation of the two oppositely oriented gvp promoters, P ( A ) and P ( D ). This sequence is located adjacent to the TATA-box and the transcription factor-B-binding site BRE, suggesting an interaction between GvpE and proteins of the transcription initiation apparatus. Here, we analysed the interaction of GvpE with the five different TATA-box-binding proteins, TBP, of Hbt. salinarum PHH1. The His-tagged TbpA through TbpE proteins were produced in Escherichia coli, bound to Ni-NTA matrices and tested for interaction with GvpE by protein-protein affinity chromatography. All Tbp(His) proteins retained the two different GvpE proteins from lysates of Haloferax volcanii transformants expressing the respective gvpE reading frame in pJAS35. Also, both GvpE(His) proteins bound to Ni-NTA matrices retained TbpB, whereas the 20-kDa soluble gas vesicle protein GvpH(His) neither bound TbpB nor GvpE from the respective lysates of Hfx. volcanii. From these results, it appears that GvpE interacts with any TBP of Hbt. salinarum. This interaction might attract TBP and subsequently TFB and RNAP to the promoter and thus enhance transcription of the gvp gene cluster.

  20. Twin-arginine translocation-arresting protein regions contact TatA and TatB.

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    Taubert, Johannes; Brüser, Thomas

    2014-07-01

    Tat systems translocate folded proteins across biological membranes of prokaryotes and plant plastids. TatBC complexes recognize N-terminal Tat signal peptides that contain a sequence motif with two conserved arginines (RR-motif), and transport takes place after a recruitment of TatA. Unfolded Tat substrate domains lower translocation efficiency and too long linkers lead to translocation arrest. To identify the components that interact with transported proteins during their passage through the translocon, we used a Tat substrate that arrests translocation at a long unfolded linker region, and we chose in vivo site-directed photo cross-linking to specifically detect the interactions of this linker region. For comparison, we included the interactions of the signal peptide and of the folded domain at the C-terminus of this construct. The data show that the linker contacts only two, structurally similar Tat components, namely TatA and TatB. These contacts depend on the recognition of the Tat-specific signal peptide. Only when membrane translocation of the globular domain was allowed--i.e., in the absence of the linker--we observed the same TatAB-contacts also to the globular domain. The data thus suggest that mature protein domains are translocated through a TatAB environment.

  1. Escherichia coli TatA and TatB Proteins Have N-out, C-in Topology in Intact Cells*

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    Koch, Sabrina; Fritsch, Maximilian J.; Buchanan, Grant; Palmer, Tracy

    2012-01-01

    The twin arginine protein transport (Tat) system translocates folded proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane of prokaryotes and the thylakoid membrane of chloroplasts. In Escherichia coli, TatA, TatB, and TatC are essential components of the machinery. A complex of TatB and TatC acts as the substrate receptor, whereas TatA is proposed to form the Tat transport channel. TatA and TatB are related proteins that comprise an N-terminal transmembrane helix and an adjacent amphipathic helix. Previous studies addressing the topological organization of TatA have given conflicting results. In this study, we have addressed the topological arrangement of TatA and TatB in intact cells by labeling of engineered cysteine residues with the membrane-impermeable thiol reagent methoxypolyethylene glycol maleimide. Our results show that TatA and TatB share an N-out, C-in topology, with no evidence that the amphipathic helices of either protein are exposed at the periplasmic side of the membrane. We further show that the N-out, C-in topology of TatA is fixed and is not affected by the absence of other Tat components or by the overproduction of a Tat substrate. These data indicate that topological reorganization of TatA is unlikely to accompany Tat-dependent protein transport. PMID:22399293

  2. Escherichia coli TatA and TatB proteins have N-out, C-in topology in intact cells.

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    Koch, Sabrina; Fritsch, Maximilian J; Buchanan, Grant; Palmer, Tracy

    2012-04-27

    The twin arginine protein transport (Tat) system translocates folded proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane of prokaryotes and the thylakoid membrane of chloroplasts. In Escherichia coli, TatA, TatB, and TatC are essential components of the machinery. A complex of TatB and TatC acts as the substrate receptor, whereas TatA is proposed to form the Tat transport channel. TatA and TatB are related proteins that comprise an N-terminal transmembrane helix and an adjacent amphipathic helix. Previous studies addressing the topological organization of TatA have given conflicting results. In this study, we have addressed the topological arrangement of TatA and TatB in intact cells by labeling of engineered cysteine residues with the membrane-impermeable thiol reagent methoxypolyethylene glycol maleimide. Our results show that TatA and TatB share an N-out, C-in topology, with no evidence that the amphipathic helices of either protein are exposed at the periplasmic side of the membrane. We further show that the N-out, C-in topology of TatA is fixed and is not affected by the absence of other Tat components or by the overproduction of a Tat substrate. These data indicate that topological reorganization of TatA is unlikely to accompany Tat-dependent protein transport.

  3. Molecular Cloning of a cDNA Encoding for Taenia solium TATA-Box Binding Protein 1 (TsTBP1) and Study of Its Interactions with the TATA-Box of Actin 5 and Typical 2-Cys Peroxiredoxin Genes.

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    Rodríguez-Lima, Oscar; García-Gutierrez, Ponciano; Jiménez, Lucía; Zarain-Herzberg, Ángel; Lazzarini, Roberto; Landa, Abraham

    2015-01-01

    TATA-box binding protein (TBP) is an essential regulatory transcription factor for the TATA-box and TATA-box-less gene promoters. We report the cloning and characterization of a full-length cDNA that encodes a Taenia solium TATA-box binding protein 1 (TsTBP1). Deduced amino acid composition from its nucleotide sequence revealed that encodes a protein of 238 residues with a predicted molecular weight of 26.7 kDa, and a theoretical pI of 10.6. The NH2-terminal domain shows no conservation when compared with to pig and human TBP1s. However, it shows high conservation in size and amino acid identity with taeniids TBP1s. In contrast, the TsTBP1 COOH-terminal domain is highly conserved among organisms, and contains the amino acids involved in interactions with the TATA-box, as well as with TFIIA and TFIIB. In silico TsTBP1 modeling reveals that the COOH-terminal domain forms the classical saddle structure of the TBP family, with one α-helix at the end, not present in pig and human. Native TsTBP1 was detected in T. solium cysticerci´s nuclear extract by western blot using rabbit antibodies generated against two synthetic peptides located in the NH2 and COOH-terminal domains of TsTBP1. These antibodies, through immunofluorescence technique, identified the TBP1 in the nucleus of cells that form the bladder wall of cysticerci of Taenia crassiceps, an organism close related to T. solium. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays using nuclear extracts from T. solium cysticerci and antibodies against the NH2-terminal domain of TsTBP1 showed the interaction of native TsTBP1 with the TATA-box present in T. solium actin 5 (pAT5) and 2-Cys peroxiredoxin (Ts2-CysPrx) gene promoters; in contrast, when antibodies against the anti-COOH-terminal domain of TsTBP1 were used, they inhibited the binding of TsTBP1 to the TATA-box of the pAT5 promoter gene.

  4. Molecular Cloning of a cDNA Encoding for Taenia solium TATA-Box Binding Protein 1 (TsTBP1) and Study of Its Interactions with the TATA-Box of Actin 5 and Typical 2-Cys Peroxiredoxin Genes

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    Rodríguez-Lima, Oscar; García-Gutierrez, Ponciano; Jiménez, Lucía; Zarain-Herzberg, Ángel; Lazzarini, Roberto; Landa, Abraham

    2015-01-01

    TATA-box binding protein (TBP) is an essential regulatory transcription factor for the TATA-box and TATA-box-less gene promoters. We report the cloning and characterization of a full-length cDNA that encodes a Taenia solium TATA-box binding protein 1 (TsTBP1). Deduced amino acid composition from its nucleotide sequence revealed that encodes a protein of 238 residues with a predicted molecular weight of 26.7 kDa, and a theoretical pI of 10.6. The NH2-terminal domain shows no conservation when compared with to pig and human TBP1s. However, it shows high conservation in size and amino acid identity with taeniids TBP1s. In contrast, the TsTBP1 COOH-terminal domain is highly conserved among organisms, and contains the amino acids involved in interactions with the TATA-box, as well as with TFIIA and TFIIB. In silico TsTBP1 modeling reveals that the COOH-terminal domain forms the classical saddle structure of the TBP family, with one α-helix at the end, not present in pig and human. Native TsTBP1 was detected in T. solium cysticerci´s nuclear extract by western blot using rabbit antibodies generated against two synthetic peptides located in the NH2 and COOH-terminal domains of TsTBP1. These antibodies, through immunofluorescence technique, identified the TBP1 in the nucleus of cells that form the bladder wall of cysticerci of Taenia crassiceps, an organism close related to T. solium. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays using nuclear extracts from T. solium cysticerci and antibodies against the NH2-terminal domain of TsTBP1 showed the interaction of native TsTBP1 with the TATA-box present in T. solium actin 5 (pAT5) and 2-Cys peroxiredoxin (Ts2-CysPrx) gene promoters; in contrast, when antibodies against the anti-COOH-terminal domain of TsTBP1 were used, they inhibited the binding of TsTBP1 to the TATA-box of the pAT5 promoter gene. PMID:26529408

  5. Transcription reinitiation rate: a potential role for TATA box stabilization of the TFIID:TFIIA:DNA complex.

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    Yean, D; Gralla, J D

    1999-02-01

    Potential pathways that could account for observed rapid rates of transcription reinitiation were explored. A nuclear extract system was established in which reinitiation rates were observed to be kinetically facilitated and in which the rate was sensitive to TATA box mutation. Kinetic facilitation of functional complex formation could be mimicked by pre-assembling activator and certain general transcription factors on the promoter and then adding nuclear extract. The minimal activated complex with this characteristic contained general factors TFIID and TFIIA. The ability of the TFIID:TFIIA complex to complete assembly rapidly was reduced by the same TATA box mutation that reduced reinitiation rate. Band shift experiments also showed that this same mutation lowered the stability of the TBP:TFIIA complex on the DNA. The results suggest that TATA-dependent variations in retention of the TFIID:TFIIA complex after release of the polymerase could be a primary determinant of reinitiation rate, allowing diversity in promoter strength to be related to diversity in TATA element sequences.

  6. One-step affinity purification of recombinant TATA binding proteins utilizing a modular protein interaction partner.

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    Shooltz, Dean D; Alberts, Glen L; Triezenberg, Steven J

    2008-06-01

    We describe a rapid and effective procedure for purifying recombinant eukaryotic TATA binding protein (TBP) from Escherichia coli. The method employs an affinity ligand comprising glutathione-S-transferase fused to the carboxyl-terminal activation domain of the transcriptional activator VP16 and an amino-terminal domain (TAND2) of the yeast TBP-associated factor TAF1. TBP can be purified without the need for extrinsic affinity tags, subsequent proteolysis, or downstream clean-up steps. This TBP purification process is rapid (requiring about 4h after bacterial harvest) and does not require sophisticated chromatographic equipment. The resulting material is monodisperse, structured, and functionally active. We demonstrate the efficacy of this method for purifying recombinant full-length or TBP core fragments encoded by yeast, humans and Arabidopsis.

  7. Full trans–activation mediated by the immediate–early protein of equine herpesvirus 1 requires a consensus TATA box, but not its cognate binding sequence

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    Kim, Seong K.; Shakya, Akhalesh K.; O'Callaghan, Dennis J.

    2015-01-01

    The immediate-early protein (IEP) of equine herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1) has extensive homology to the IEP of alphaherpesviruses and possesses domains essential for trans-activation, including an acidic trans-activation domain (TAD) and binding domains for DNA, TFIIB, and TBP. Our data showed that the IEP directly interacted with transcription factor TFIIA, which is known to stabilize the binding of TBP and TFIID to the TATA box of core promoters. When the TATA box of the EICP0 promoter was mutated to a nonfunctional TATA box, IEP-mediated trans-activation was reduced from 22-fold to 7-fold. The IEP trans-activated the viral promoters in a TATA motif-dependent manner. Our previous data showed that the IEP is able to repress its own promoter when the IEP-binding sequence (IEBS) is located within 26-bp from the TATA box. When the IEBS was located at 100 bp upstream of the TATA box, IEP-mediated trans-activation was very similar to that of the minimal IE(nt −89 to +73) promoter lacking the IEBS. As the distance from the IEBS to the TATA box decreased, IEP-mediated trans-activation progressively decreased, indicating that the IEBS located within 100 bp from the TATA box sequence functions as a distance-dependent repressive element. These results indicated that IEP-mediated full trans-activation requires a consensus TATA box of core promoters, but not its binding to the cognate sequence (IEBS). PMID:26541315

  8. Isolation and characterization of bifunctional Escherichia coli TatA mutant proteins that allow efficient tat-dependent protein translocation in the absence of TatB.

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    Blaudeck, Natascha; Kreutzenbeck, Peter; Müller, Matthias; Sprenger, Georg A; Freudl, Roland

    2005-02-04

    In Escherichia coli, the Tat system promotes the membrane translocation of a subset of exported proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane. Four genes (tatA, tatB, tatC, and tatE) have been identified that encode the components of the E. coli Tat translocation apparatus. Whereas TatA and TatE can functionally substitute for each other, the TatB and the TatC proteins have been shown to perform distinct functions. In contrast to Tat systems of the ABC(E) type found in E. coli and many other bacteria, some microorganisms possess a TatAC-type translocase that consists of TatA and TatC only, suggesting that, in these systems, TatB is not required or that one of the remaining components (TatA or TatC) additionally takes over the TatB function. We have addressed the molecular basis for the difference in subunit composition between TatABC(E) and TatAC-type systems by using a genetic approach. A plasmid-encoded E. coli minimal Tat translocase consisting solely of TatA and TatC was shown to mediate a low level translocation of a sensitive Tat-dependent reporter protein. Suppressor mutations in the minimal Tat translocase were isolated that compensate for the absence of TatB and that showed substantial increases in translocation activities. All of the mutations mapped to the extreme amino-terminal domain of TatA. No mutations affecting TatC were identified. These results suggest that in TatAC-type systems, the TatA protein represents a bifunctional component fulfilling both the TatA and TatB functions. Furthermore, our results indicate that the structure of the amino-terminal domain of TatA is decisive for whether or not TatB is required.

  9. It takes two to tango: two TatA paralogues and two redox enzyme-specific chaperones are involved in the localization of twin-arginine translocase substrates in Campylobacter jejuni.

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    Liu, Yang-Wei; Hitchcock, Andrew; Salmon, Robert C; Kelly, David J

    2014-09-01

    The food-borne zoonotic pathogen Campylobacter jejuni has complex electron transport chains required for growth in the host, many of which contain cofactored periplasmic enzymes localized by the twin-arginine translocase (TAT). We report here the identification of two paralogues of the TatA translocase component in C. jejuni strain NCTC 11168, encoded by cj1176c (tatA1) and cj0786 (tatA2). Deletion mutants constructed in either or both of the tatA1 and tatA2 genes displayed distinct growth and enzyme activity phenotypes. For sulphite oxidase (SorAB), the multi-copper oxidase (CueO) and alkaline phosphatase (PhoX), complete dependency on TatA1 for correct periplasmic activity was observed. However, the activities of nitrate reductase (NapA), formate dehydrogenase (FdhA) and trimethylamine N-oxide reductase (TorA) were significantly reduced in the tatA2 mutant. In contrast, the specific rate of fumarate reduction catalysed by the flavoprotein subunit of the methyl menaquinone fumarate reductase (MfrA) was similar in periplasmic fractions of both the tatA1 and the tatA2 mutants and only the deletion of both genes abolished activity. Nevertheless, unprocessed MfrA accumulated in the periplasm of the tatA1 (but not tatA2) mutant, indicating aberrant signal peptide cleavage. Surprisingly, TatA2 lacks two conserved residues (Gln8 and Phe39) known to be essential in Escherichia coli TatA and we suggest it is unable to function correctly in the absence of TatA1. Finally, only two TAT chaperones (FdhM and NapD) are encoded in strain NCTC 11168, which mutant studies confirmed are highly specific for formate dehydrogenase and nitrate reductase assembly, respectively. Thus, other TAT substrates must use general chaperones in their biogenesis.

  10. It takes two to tango: two TatA paralogues and two redox enzyme-specific chaperones are involved in the localization of twin-arginine translocase substrates in Campylobacter jejuni

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    Liu, Yang-Wei; Hitchcock, Andrew; Salmon, Robert C.

    2014-01-01

    The food-borne zoonotic pathogen Campylobacter jejuni has complex electron transport chains required for growth in the host, many of which contain cofactored periplasmic enzymes localized by the twin-arginine translocase (TAT). We report here the identification of two paralogues of the TatA translocase component in C. jejuni strain NCTC 11168, encoded by cj1176c (tatA1) and cj0786 (tatA2). Deletion mutants constructed in either or both of the tatA1 and tatA2 genes displayed distinct growth and enzyme activity phenotypes. For sulphite oxidase (SorAB), the multi-copper oxidase (CueO) and alkaline phosphatase (PhoX), complete dependency on TatA1 for correct periplasmic activity was observed. However, the activities of nitrate reductase (NapA), formate dehydrogenase (FdhA) and trimethylamine N-oxide reductase (TorA) were significantly reduced in the tatA2 mutant. In contrast, the specific rate of fumarate reduction catalysed by the flavoprotein subunit of the methyl menaquinone fumarate reductase (MfrA) was similar in periplasmic fractions of both the tatA1 and the tatA2 mutants and only the deletion of both genes abolished activity. Nevertheless, unprocessed MfrA accumulated in the periplasm of the tatA1 (but not tatA2) mutant, indicating aberrant signal peptide cleavage. Surprisingly, TatA2 lacks two conserved residues (Gln8 and Phe39) known to be essential in Escherichia coli TatA and we suggest it is unable to function correctly in the absence of TatA1. Finally, only two TAT chaperones (FdhM and NapD) are encoded in strain NCTC 11168, which mutant studies confirmed are highly specific for formate dehydrogenase and nitrate reductase assembly, respectively. Thus, other TAT substrates must use general chaperones in their biogenesis. PMID:24961951

  11. The glucocorticoid receptor binds to a sequence overlapping the TATA box of the human osteocalcin promoter: a potential mechanism for negative regulation.

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    Strömstedt, P E; Poellinger, L; Gustafsson, J A; Carlstedt-Duke, J

    1991-01-01

    Expression of the human osteocalcin promoter is negatively regulated by glucocorticoids in vivo. In vitro DNase I and exonuclease III footprinting analysis showed binding of purified glucocorticoid receptor in close proximity to and overlapping with the TATA box of the osteocalcin gene. These results imply competition or interference with binding of the TATA box-binding transcription factor IID as a mechanism of repression of this gene by glucocorticoids. In support of this notion, point mutation analysis of the receptor binding site indicated that flanking nucleotides and not the TATA box motif per se were important for receptor interaction. Moreover, DNA binding competition assays showed specific binding of the receptor only to the TATA box region of the osteocalcin gene and not to the corresponding region of an immunoglobulin heavy-chain promoter. Images PMID:2038339

  12. The Escherichia coli twin-arginine translocase: conserved residues of TatA and TatB family components involved in protein transport.

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    Hicks, Matthew G; de Leeuw, Erik; Porcelli, Ida; Buchanan, Grant; Berks, Ben C; Palmer, Tracy

    2003-03-27

    The Escherichia coli Tat system serves to export folded proteins harbouring an N-terminal twin-arginine signal peptide across the cytoplasmic membrane. In this report we have studied the functions of conserved residues within the structurally related TatA and TatB proteins. Our results demonstrate that there are two regions within each protein of high sequence conservation that are critical for efficient Tat translocase function. The first region is the interdomain hinge between the transmembrane and the amphipathic alpha-helices of TatA and TatB proteins. The second region is within the amphipathic helices of TatA and TatB. In particular an invariant phenylalanine residue within TatA proteins is essential for activity, whereas a string of glutamic acid residues on the same face of the amphipathic helix of TatB is important for function.

  13. Evidence for interactions between domains of TatA and TatB from mutagenesis of the TatABC subunits of the twin-arginine translocase.

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    Barrett, Claire M L; Robinson, Colin

    2005-05-01

    The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) system transports folded proteins across the bacterial plasma membrane. Three subunits, TatA, B and C, are known to be involved but their modes of action are poorly understood, as are the inter-subunit interactions occurring within Tat complexes. We have generated mutations in the single transmembrane (TM) spans of TatA and TatB, with the aim of generating structural distortions. We show that substitution in TatB of three residues by glycine, or a single residue by proline, has no detectable effect on translocation, whereas the presence of three glycines in the TatA TM span completely blocks Tat translocation activity. The results show that the integrity of the TatA TM span is vital for Tat activity, whereas that of TatB can accommodate large-scale distortions. Near-complete restoration of activity in TatA mutants is achieved by the simultaneous presence of a V12P mutation in the TatB TM span, strongly implying a direct functional interaction between the TatA/B TM spans. We also analyzed the predicted amphipathic regions in TatA and TatB and again find evidence of direct interaction; benign mutations in either subunit completely blocked translocation of two Tat substrates when present in combination. Finally, we have re-examined the effects of previously analyzed TatABC mutations under conditions of high translocation activity. Among numerous TatA or TatB mutations tested, TatA F39A alone blocked translocation, and only substitutions of P48 and F94 in TatC blocked translocation activity.

  14. A stromal pool of TatA promotes Tat-dependent protein transport across the thylakoid membrane.

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    Frielingsdorf, Stefan; Jakob, Mario; Klösgen, Ralf Bernd

    2008-12-05

    In chloroplasts and bacteria, the Tat (twin-arginine translocation) system is engaged in transporting folded passenger proteins across the thylakoid and cytoplasmic membranes, respectively. To date, three membrane proteins (TatA, TatB, and TatC) have been identified to be essential for Tat-dependent protein translocation in the plant system, whereas soluble factors seem not to be required. In contrast, in the bacterial system, several cytosolic chaperones were described to be involved in Tat transport processes. Therefore, we have examined whether stromal or peripherally associated membrane proteins also play a role in Tat transport across the thylakoid membrane. Analyzing both authentic precursors as well as the chimeric 16/23 protein, which allows us to study each step of the translocation process individually, we demonstrate that a soluble form of TatA is present in the chloroplast stroma, which significantly improves the efficiency of Tat-dependent protein transport. Furthermore, this soluble TatA is able to reconstitute the Tat transport properties of thylakoid membranes that are transport-incompetent due to extraction with solutions of chaotropic salts.

  15. On the consequences of placing amino groups at the TBP-DNA interface. Does TATA really matter?

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    Millán-Pacheco, César; Capistrán, Víctor M; Pastor, Nina

    2009-01-01

    The TATA-box binding protein (TBP) belongs to a family of structural proteins involved in transcription in eukaryotic cells. TBP binds in the minor groove of DNA and recognizes specifically the consensus sequence: 5' TATAWAWR 3' (W = A or T). Recent reports show that the TATA-box is only present in 10% of all human polymerase II promoters. Therefore, TBP must bind frequently to low affinity DNA sequences, possibly with help of other transcription factors. In order to understand the intramolecular and intermolecular interactions that lead to the consensus sequence preferred by TBP, we use high resolution crystallographic structures of cognate TBP-DNA complexes as templates onto which 16 dinucleotide repeating sequence DNA oligomers were built. The binding free energy of each complex was calculated using the Molecular Mechanics/Poisson-Boltzmann Solvent Accessible (MM-PBSA) approximation. Parsing of the free energy components allowed us to identify the most important contributions to sequence selectivity: DNA deformation and the interaction energy between TBP residues and DNA bases, as expected. Surprisingly, poor interaction energies lead to larger deformation costs, suggesting strategies to improve affinity and selectivity. Local analysis of the TBP-DNA interface allowed us to build interaction and deformation energy tables that were used, without the need to fit their relative weights, to predict successfully both the consensus sequence for TBP, and relative binding affinities for a collection of TATA box variants.

  16. A human TATA binding protein-related protein with altered DNA binding specificity inhibits transcription from multiple promoters and activators.

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    Moore, P A; Ozer, J; Salunek, M; Jan, G; Zerby, D; Campbell, S; Lieberman, P M

    1999-11-01

    The TATA binding protein (TBP) plays a central role in eukaryotic and archael transcription initiation. We describe the isolation of a novel 23-kDa human protein that displays 41% identity to TBP and is expressed in most human tissue. Recombinant TBP-related protein (TRP) displayed barely detectable binding to consensus TATA box sequences but bound with slightly higher affinities to nonconsensus TATA sequences. TRP did not substitute for TBP in transcription reactions in vitro. However, addition of TRP potently inhibited basal and activated transcription from multiple promoters in vitro and in vivo. General transcription factors TFIIA and TFIIB bound glutathione S-transferase-TRP in solution but failed to stimulate TRP binding to DNA. Preincubation of TRP with TFIIA inhibited TBP-TFIIA-DNA complex formation and addition of TFIIA overcame TRP-mediated transcription repression. TRP transcriptional repression activity was specifically reduced by mutations in TRP that disrupt the TFIIA binding surface but not by mutations that disrupt the TFIIB or DNA binding surface of TRP. These results suggest that TFIIA is a primary target of TRP transcription inhibition and that TRP may modulate transcription by a novel mechanism involving the partial mimicry of TBP functions.

  17. Tat subunit stoichiometry in Arabidopsis thaliana challenges the proposed function of TatA as the translocation pore.

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    Jakob, Mario; Kaiser, Susanne; Gutensohn, Michael; Hanner, Peter; Klösgen, Ralf Bernd

    2009-02-01

    The twin arginine translocation (Tat) machinery which is capable of transporting folded proteins across lipid bilayers operates in the thylakoid membrane of plant chloroplasts as well as in the cytoplasmic membrane of bacteria. It is composed of three integral membrane proteins (TatA, TatB, and TatC) which form heteromeric complexes of high molecular weight that accomplish binding and transport of substrates carrying Tat pathway-specific signal peptides. Western analyses using affinity purified antibodies showed in both, juvenile and adult tissue from Arabidopsis thaliana, an approximately equimolar ratio of the TatB and TatC components, whereas TatA was detectable only in minor amounts. Upon Blue Native-PAGE, TatB and TatC were found in four heteromeric TatB/C complexes possessing molecular weights of approximately 310, 370, 560 and 620 kDa, respectively, while TatA was detected only in a molecular weight range below 200 kDa. The implications of these findings on the currently existing models explaining the mechanism of Tat transport are discussed.

  18. Differential stability of TATA box binding proteins from archaea with different optimal growth temperatures

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    Kopitz, Annette; Soppa, Jörg; Krejtschi, Carsten; Hauser, Karin

    2009-09-01

    The TATA box binding protein (TBP) is involved in promoter recognition, the first step of transcription initiation. TBP is universally conserved and essential in archaea and eukaryotes. In archaea, TBPs have to be stable and to function in species that cover an extremely wide range of optimal growth temperatures (OGTs), from below 0 °C to more than 100 °C. Thus, the archaeal TBP family is ideally suited to study the evolutionary adaptation of proteins to an extremely wide range of temperatures. We characterized the thermostability of one mesophilic and one thermophilic TBP by infrared spectroscopy. Transition temperatures ( Tms) of thermal unfolding have been determined using TBPs from Methanosarcina mazei (OGT 37 °C) and from Methanothermobacter thermautotrophicus (OGT 65 °C). Furthermore, the influence of protein and salt concentration on thermostability has been characterized. Together with previous studies, our results reveal that the Tms of archaeal TBPs are closely correlated with the OGTs of the respective species. Noteworthy, this is also true for the TBP from M. mazei representing the first characterized TBP from a mesophilic archaeon. In contrast, the only characterized eukaryotic TBP of the mesophilic plant Arabidopsis thaliana has a Tm more than 40 °C above the OGT.

  19. Tolerance to acetic acid is improved by mutations of the TATA-binding protein gene.

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    An, Jieun; Kwon, Hyeji; Kim, Eunjung; Lee, Young Mi; Ko, Hyeok Jin; Park, Hongjae; Choi, In-Geol; Kim, Sooah; Kim, Kyoung Heon; Kim, Wankee; Choi, Wonja

    2015-03-01

    Screening a library of overexpressing mutant alleles of the TATA-binding gene SPT15 yielded two Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains (MRRC 3252 and 3253) with enhanced tolerance to acetic acid. They were also tolerant to propionic acid and hydrogen peroxide. Transcriptome profile analysis identified 58 upregulated genes and 106 downregulated genes in MRRC 3252. Stress- and protein synthesis-related transcription factors were predominantly enriched in the upregulated and downregulated genes respectively. Eight deletion mutants for some of the highly downregulated genes were acetic acid-tolerant. The level of intracellular reactive oxygen species was considerably lessened in MRRC 3252 and 3253 upon exposure to acetic acid. Metabolome profile analysis revealed that intracellular concentrations of 5 and 102 metabolites were increased and decreased, respectively, in MRRC 3252, featuring a large increase of urea and a significant decrease of amino acids. The dur1/2Δmutant, in which the urea degradation gene DUR1/2 is deleted, displayed enhanced tolerance to acetic acid. Enhanced tolerance to acetic acid was also observed on the medium containing a low concentration of amino acids. Taken together, this study identified two SPT15 alleles, nine gene deletions and low concentration of amino acids in the medium that confer enhanced tolerance to acetic acid. © 2014 Society for Applied Microbiology and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  20. Setting up a Tissue Bank in India: The Tata Memorial Hospital Experience.

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    Gajiwala, A L

    2003-01-01

    In India, the procurement of tissues for transplantation is governed by the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994. However, although this law exists, it is primarily applied to organ transplantation and rules and regulations that are specific to tissue banking have yet to be developed.The Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) Tissue Bank was started in 1988 as part of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) programme to promote the use of ionising radiation for the sterilisation of biological tissues. It represents the Government of India within this project and was the first such facility in the country. It is registered with the Health Services Maharashtra State and provides lyophilised amnion, dura mater, skin and bone that have been terminally sterilised with exposure to 25 kGy of gamma radiation from a Cobalt 60 source. These are obtained either from cadavers or live donors.To date the TMH Tissue Bank has provided 6328 allografts for use as biological dressings or in various reconstructive procedures.The TMH Tissue Bank has helped initiate a Tissue Bank at the Defence Laboratory (DL), Jodhpur. At present these are the only two Banks in the country using radiation for terminal sterilisation of banked tissues.The availability of safe, clinically useful and cost effective grafts have resulted in changes in surgical treatment with a concomitant increase in demand for grafts and an interest in developing more tissue banks. The availability of donor tissue however, continues to be a major limitation.

  1. Operation of Cryogenic Facility in e-way at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India.

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    Srinivasan, K. V.

    2012-12-01

    In an attempt towards the development of modern, model and paperless cryogenic facility, the Low Temperature Facility of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, at Mumbai, India; carried out many automation works using programmable logic controller (PLC) and other modern electronic tools, with the objective of bringing the entire plant operation to your palm whenever and wherever you are. Efficiency in the plant operation by keeping a watch on the plant healthiness, advance indication about the possible plant problem by means of pre-warning alarms, so that the remedial action can be taken well prior to the actual failure affects the plant operation, reduction in plant down time were achieved by the automation works. Large size in our cryogen production, controlling the complicated helium liquefier, meeting the uninterrupted supply of cryogen to the users on “any time availability basis,” safety in handling cryogens and high pressure gas, effective usage of limited skilled manpower etc., all these requirements call for the definite need of modern electronic gears and gadgets. This paper will describe in details about the automation works carried out at our cryogenic facility at TIFR.

  2. A Subunit of Yeast TFIIIC Participates in the Recruitment of TATA-Binding Protein

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    Deprez, Eric; Arrebola, Rosalía; Conesa, Christine; Sentenac, André

    1999-01-01

    TFIIIC plays a key role in nucleating the assembly of the initiation factor TFIIIB on class III genes. We have characterized an essential gene, TFC8, encoding the 60-kDa polypeptide, τ60, present in affinity-purified TFIIIC. Hemagglutinin-tagged variants of τ60 were found to be part of TFIIIC-tDNA complexes and to reside at least in part in the downstream DNA-binding domain τB. Unexpectedly, the thermosensitive phenotype of N-terminally tagged τ60 was suppressed by overexpression of τ95, which belongs to the τA domain, and by two TFIIIB components, TATA-binding protein (TBP) and B"/TFIIIB90 (but not by TFIIIB70). Mutant TFIIIC was deficient in the activation of certain tRNA genes in vitro, and the transcription defect was selectively alleviated by increasing TBP concentration. Coimmunoprecipitation experiments support a direct interaction between TBP and τ60. It is suggested that τ60 links τA and τB domains and participates in TFIIIB assembly via its interaction with TBP. PMID:10567530

  3. Some immunogenic acid biochemical properties of tumor-associated transplantation antigens (TATA) obtained in soluble form or solubilized from two methylcholanthrene-induced sarcomas, Meth A and CI-4.

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    Rogers, M J; Law, L W

    1981-06-15

    The subcellular distribution of the tumor-associated transplantation antigens (TATAs) of two highly immunogenic methylcholanthrene-induced sarcomas, Meth A and CI-4, were compared. Most of the TATA of CI-4 was found in the soluble fraction (cytosol) of the cell while the TATA from Meth A was variably distributed between the membrane and cytosol. The soluble fraction TATAs from both tumors were very immunogenic and their strong immunity could not be influenced by administering antigen in a variety of protocols that altered the immune response in other systems. The soluble fraction and membrane-associated TATAs from both tumors could be specifically bound to liposomes in reconstitution experiments and the antigenicity of all of the TATAs was significantly enhanced when they were incorporated into these artificial membranes.

  4. Direct observation of preferential processing of clustered abasic DNA damages with APE1 in TATA box and CpG island by reaction kinetics and fluorescence dynamics.

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    Singh, Vandana; Kumari, Bhavini; Maity, Banibrata; Seth, Debabrata; Das, Prolay

    2014-01-01

    Sequences like the core element of TATA box and CpG island are frequently encountered in the genome and related to transcription. The fate of repair of clustered abasic sites in such sequences of genomic importance is largely unknown. This prompted us to investigate the sequence dependence of cleavage efficiency of APE1 enzyme at abasic sites within the core sequences of TATA box and CpG island using fluorescence dynamics and reaction kinetics. Simultaneous molecular dynamics study through steady state and time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy using unique ethidium bromide dye release assay confirmed an elevated amount of abasic site cleavage of the TATA box sequence as compared to the core CpG island. Reaction kinetics showed that catalytic efficiency of APE1 for abasic site cleavage of core CpG island sequence was ∼4 times lower as compared to that of the TATA box. Higher value of Km was obtained from the core CpG island sequence than the TATA box sequence. This suggests a greater binding effect of APE1 enzyme on TATA sequence that signifies a prominent role of the sequence context of the DNA substrate. Evidently, a faster response from APE1 was obtained for clustered abasic damage repair of TATA box core sequences than CpG island consensus sequences. The neighboring bases of the abasic sites in the complementary DNA strand were found to have significant contribution in addition to the flanking bases in modulating APE1 activity. The repair refractivity of the bistranded clustered abasic sites arise from the slow processing of the second abasic site, consequently resulting in decreased overall production of potentially lethal double strand breaks.

  5. Rhomboid protease AarA mediates quorum-sensing in Providencia stuartii by activating TatA of the twin-arginine translocase.

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    Stevenson, Lindsay G; Strisovsky, Kvido; Clemmer, Katy M; Bhatt, Shantanu; Freeman, Matthew; Rather, Philip N

    2007-01-16

    The Providencia stuartii AarA protein is a member of the rhomboid family of intramembrane serine proteases and is required for the production of an unknown quorum-sensing molecule. In a screen to identify rhomboid-encoding genes from Proteus mirabilis, tatA was identified as a multicopy suppressor and restored extracellular signal production as well as complementing all other phenotypes of a Prov. stuartii aarA mutant. TatA is a component of the twin-arginine translocase (Tat) protein secretion pathway and likely forms a secretion pore. By contrast, the native tatA gene of Prov. stuartii in multicopy did not suppress an aarA mutation. We find that TatA in Prov. stuartii has a short N-terminal extension that was atypical of TatA proteins from most other bacteria. This extension was proteolytically removed by AarA both in vivo and in vitro. A Prov. stuartii TatA protein missing the first 7 aa restored the ability to rescue the aarA-dependent phenotypes. To verify that loss of the Tat system was responsible for the various phenotypes exhibited by an aarA mutant, a tatC-null allele was constructed. The tatC mutant exhibited the same phenotypes as an aarA mutant and was epistatic to aarA. These data provide a molecular explanation for the requirement of AarA in quorum-sensing and uncover a function for the Tat protein export system in the production of secreted signaling molecules. Finally, TatA represents a validated natural substrate for a prokaryotic rhomboid protease.

  6. The core TatABC complex of the twin-arginine translocase in Escherichia coli: TatC drives assembly whereas TatA is essential for stability.

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    Mangels, Dorothea; Mathers, Joanne; Bolhuis, Albert; Robinson, Colin

    2005-01-14

    Current models for the action of the twin-arginine translocation (Tat) system propose that substrates bind initially to the TatBC subunits, after which a separate TatA complex is recruited to form an active translocon. Here, we have studied the roles of individual subunits in the assembly and stability of the core TatBC-containing substrate-binding complex. Previous studies have shown that TatB and TatC are active when fused together; we show here that deletion of the entire TatB transmembrane span from this Tat(BC) fusion inactivates the Tat system but does not affect assembly of the core complex. In this mutated complex, TatA is present but more loosely bound, indicating a role for TatB in the correct binding of TatA. In the absence of TatA, the truncated TatBC fusion protein still assembles into a complex of the correct magnitude, demonstrating that the transmembrane spans of TatC are the only determinants within the membrane bilayer that specify assembly of this complex. Further studies on both the Tat(BC) construct and the wild-type TatBC subunits show that the TatBC complex is unstable in the absence of TatA, and we show that TatA stabilises the TatB subunit specifically within this complex. The results demonstrate a dual role and location for TatA: in the functioning/maintenance of the core complex, and as a separate homo-oligomeric complex.

  7. Mutations of the TATA-binding protein confer enhanced tolerance to hyperosmotic stress in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Kim, Na-Rae; Yang, Jungwoo; Kwon, Hyeji; An, Jieun; Choi, Wonja; Kim, Wankee

    2013-09-01

    Previously, it was shown that overexpression of either of two SPT15 mutant alleles, SPT15-M2 and SPT15-M3, which encode mutant TATA-binding proteins, confer enhanced ethanol tolerance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In this study, we demonstrated that strains overexpressing SPT15-M2 or SPT15-M3 were tolerant to hyperosmotic stress caused by high concentrations of glucose, salt, and sorbitol. The enhanced tolerance to high glucose concentrations in particular improved ethanol production from very high gravity (VHG) ethanol fermentations. The strains displayed constitutive and sustained activation of Hog1, a central kinase in the high osmolarity glycerol (HOG) signal transduction pathway of S. cerevisiae. However, the cell growth defect known to be caused by constitutive and sustained activation of Hog1 was not observed. We also found that reactive oxygen species (ROS) were accumulated to a less extent upon exposure to high glucose concentration in our osmotolerant strains. We identified six new genes (GPH1, HSP12, AIM17, SSA4, USV1, and IGD1), the individual deletion of which renders cells sensitive to 50 % glucose. In spite of the presence of multiple copies of stress response element in their promoters, it was apparent that those genes were not controlled at the transcriptional level by the HOG pathway under the high glucose conditions. Combined with previously published results, overexpression of SPT15-M2 or SPT15-M3 clearly provides a basis for improved tolerance to ethanol and osmotic stress, which enables construction of strains of any genetic background that need enhanced tolerance to high concentrations of ethanol and glucose, promoting the feasibility for VHG ethanol fermentation.

  8. Interaction of Protein Inhibitor of Activated STAT (PIAS) Proteins with the TATA-binding Protein, TBP*

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    Prigge, Justin R.; Schmidt, Edward E.

    2007-01-01

    Transcription activators often recruit promoter-targeted assembly of a pre-initiation complex; many repressors antagonize recruitment. These activities can involve direct interactions with proteins in the pre-initiation complex. We used an optimized yeast two-hybrid system to screen mouse pregnancy-associated libraries for proteins that interact with TATA-binding protein (TBP). Screens revealed an interaction between TBP and a single member of the zinc finger family of transcription factors, ZFP523. Two members of the protein inhibitor of activated STAT (PIAS) family, PIAS1 and PIAS3, also interacted with TBP in screens. Endogenous PIAS1 and TBP co-immunoprecipitated from nuclear extracts, suggesting the interaction occurred in vivo. In vitro-translated PIAS1 and TBP coimmunopreciptated, which indicated that other nuclear proteins were not required for the interaction. Deletion analysis mapped the PIAS-interacting domain of TBP to the conserved TBPCORE and the TBP-interacting domain on PIAS1 to a 39-amino acid C-terminal region. Mammals issue seven known PIAS proteins from four pias genes, pias1, pias3, piasx, and piasy, each with different cell type-specific expression patterns; the TBP-interacting domain reported here is the only part of the PIAS C-terminal region shared by all seven PIAS proteins. Direct analyses indicated that PIASx and PIASy also interacted with TBP. Our results suggest that all PIAS proteins might mediate situation-specific regulatory signaling at the TBP interface and that previously unknown levels of complexity could exist in the gene regulatory interplay between TBP, PIAS proteins, ZFP523, and other transcription factors. PMID:16522640

  9. Membrane interactions and self-association of the TatA and TatB components of the twin-arginine translocation pathway.

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    De Leeuw, E; Porcelli, I; Sargent, F; Palmer, T; Berks, B C

    2001-10-05

    The Escherichia coli Tat system mediates Sec-independent export of protein precursors bearing twin-arginine signal peptides. The essential Tat pathway components TatA, TatB and TatC are shown to be integral membrane proteins. Upon removal of the predicted N-terminal transmembrane helix TatA becomes a water-soluble protein. In contrast the homologous TatB protein retains weak peripheral interactions with the cytoplasmic membrane when the analogous helix is deleted. Chemical crosslinking studies indicate that TatA forms at least homotrimers, and TatB minimally homodimers, in the native membrane environment. The presence of such homo-oligomeric interactions is supported by size exclusion chromatography.

  10. Snf2/Swi2-related ATPase Mot1 drives displacement of TATA-binding protein by gripping DNA

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    Sprouse, Rebekka O; Brenowitz, Michael; Auble, David T

    2006-01-01

    Mot1 is a conserved Snf2/Swi2-related transcriptional regulator that uses ATP hydrolysis to displace TATA-binding protein (TBP) from DNA. Several models of the enzymatic mechanism have been proposed, including Mot1-catalyzed distortion of TBP structure, competition between Mot1 and DNA for the TBP DNA-binding surface, and ATP-driven translocation of Mot1 along DNA. Here, DNase I footprinting studies provide strong support for a ‘DNA-based' mechanism of Mot1, which we propose involves ATP-driven DNA translocation. Mot1 forms an asymmetric complex with the TBP core domain (TBPc)–DNA complex, contacting DNA both upstream and within the major groove of the TATA Box. Contact with upstream DNA is required for Mot1-mediated displacement of TBPc from DNA. Using the SsoRad54–DNA complex as a model, DNA-binding residues in Mot1 were identified that are critical for Mot1–TBPc–DNA complex formation and catalytic activity, thus placing Mot1 mechanistically within the helicase superfamily. We also report a novel ATP-independent TBPc displacement activity for Mot1 and describe conformational heterogeneity in the Mot1 ATPase, which is likely a general feature of other enzymes in this class. PMID:16541100

  11. TAFII170 Interacts with the Concave Surface of TATA-Binding Protein To Inhibit Its DNA Binding Activity

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    Pereira, Lloyd A.; van der Knaap, Jan A.; van den Boom, Vincent; van den Heuvel, Fiona A. J.; Timmers, H. T. Marc

    2001-01-01

    The human RNA polymerase II transcription factor B-TFIID consists of TATA-binding protein (TBP) and the TBP-associated factor (TAF) TAFII170 and can rapidly redistribute over promoter DNA. Here we report the identification of human TBP-binding regions in human TAFII170. We have defined the TBP interaction domain of TAFII170 within three amino-terminal regions: residues 2 to 137, 290 to 381, and 380 to 460. Each region contains a pair of Huntington-elongation-A subunit-Tor repeats and exhibits species-specific interactions with TBP family members. Remarkably, the altered-specificity TBP mutant (TBPAS) containing a triple mutation in the concave surface is defective for binding the TAFII170 amino-terminal region of residues 1 to 504. Furthermore, within this region the TAFII170 residues 290 to 381 can inhibit the interaction between Drosophila TAFII230 (residues 2 to 81) and TBP through competition for the concave surface of TBP. Biochemical analyses of TBP binding to the TATA box indicated that TAFII170 region 290-381 inhibits TBP-DNA complex formation. Importantly, the TBPAS mutant is less sensitive to TAFII170 inhibition. Collectively, our results support a mechanism in which TAFII170 induces high-mobility DNA binding by TBP through reversible interactions with its concave DNA binding surface. PMID:11585931

  12. Yeast TATA Binding Protein Interaction with DNA: Fluorescence Determination of Oligomeric State, Equilibrium Binding, On-Rate, and Dissociation Kinetics†

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    Perez-Howard, Gina M.; Weil, P. Anthony

    2010-01-01

    A combination of steady-state, stopped-flow, and time-resolved fluorescence of intrinsic tryptophan and extrinsically labeled fluorescent DNA is utilized to examine the interaction of yeast TATA binding protein (TBP) with DNA. TBP is composed of two structural domains, the carboxy domain (residues 61–240), which is responsible for DNA binding and initiation of basal level transcription, and an amino terminal domain (residues 1–60), whose function is currently unknown. The steady-state fluorescence emission spectrum of the single tryptophan in the amino terminal domain of TBP undergoes a huge (30–40 nm) red-shift upon interaction with stoichiometric amounts of TATA box containing DNA. From time-resolved tryptophan fluorescence anisotropy studies, we demonstrate that, in the absence of DNA, the protein exists as a multimer in solution and it contains (at least) two primary conformations, one with the amino terminus associated tightly with the protein(s) in a hydrophobic environment and one with the amino terminus decoupled away from the rest of the protein and solvent-exposed. Upon binding DNA, the protein dissociates into a monomeric complex, upon which only the solvent-exposed amino terminus conformation remains. Kinetic and equilibrium binding studies were performed on TATA box containing DNA which was extrinsically labeled with a fluorescent probe Rhodamine-X at the 5′-end. This “fluorescent” DNA allowed for the collection of quantitative spectroscopic binding, kinetic on-rate, and kinetic off-rate data at physiological concentrations. Global analysis of equilibrium binding studies performed from 500 pM to 50 nM DNA reveals a single dissociation constant (Kd) of approximately 5 nM. Global analysis of stopped-flow anisotropy on-rate experiments, with millisecond timing resolution and TBP concentrations ranging from 20 to 600 nM (20 nM DNA), can be perfectly described by a single second-order rate constant of 1.66 × 105 M−1 s−1. These measurements

  13. DNA and Protein Footprinting Analysis of the Modulation of DNA Binding by the N-Terminal Domain of the Saccharomyces cervisiae TATA Binding Protein

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    Gupta,S.; Cheng, H.; Mollah, A.; Jamison, E.; Morris, S.; Chance, M.; Khrapunov, S.; Brenowitz, M.

    2007-01-01

    Recombinant full-length Saccharomyces cerevisiae TATA binding protein (TBP) and its isolated C-terminal conserved core domain (TBPc) were prepared with measured high specific DNA-binding activities. Direct, quantitative comparison of TATA box binding by TBP and TBPc reveals greater affinity by TBPc for either of two high-affinity sequences at several different experimental conditions. TBPc associates more rapidly than TBP to TATA box bearing DNA and dissociates more slowly. The structural origins of the thermodynamic and kinetic effects of the N-terminal domain on DNA binding by TBP were explored in comparative studies of TBPc and TBP by 'protein footprinting' with hydroxyl radical ({center_dot}OH) side chain oxidation. Some residues within TBPc and the C-terminal domain of TBP are comparably protected by DNA, consistent with solvent accessibility changes calculated from core domain crystal structures. In contrast, the reactivity of some residues located on the top surface and the DNA-binding saddle of the C-terminal domain differs between TBP and TBPc in both the presence and absence of bound DNA; these results are not predicted from the crystal structures. A strikingly different pattern of side chain oxidation is observed for TBP when a nonionic detergent is present. Taken together, these results are consistent with the N-terminal domain actively modulating TATA box binding by TBP and nonionic detergent modulating the interdomain interaction.

  14. TATA boxes in gene transcription and poly (A) tails in mRNA stability: New perspective on the effects of berberine

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    Yuan, Zhi-Yi; Lu, Xi; Lei, Fan; Chai, Yu-Shuang; Wang, Yu-Gang; Jiang, Jing-Fei; Feng, Tian-Shi; Wang, Xin-Pei; Yu, Xuan; Yan, Xiao-Jin; Xing, Dong-Ming; Du, Li-Jun

    2015-01-01

    Berberine (BBR) is a natural compound with variable pharmacological effects and a broad panel of target genes. We investigated berberine’s pharmacological activities from the perspective of its nucleotide-binding ability and discovered that BBR directly regulates gene expression by targeting TATA boxes in transcriptional regulatory regions as well as the poly adenine (poly (A)) tail at the mRNA terminus. BBR inhibits gene transcription by binding the TATA boxes in the transcriptional regulatory region, but it promotes higher levels of expression by targeting the poly (A) tails of mRNAs. The present study demonstrates that TATA boxes and poly (A) tails are the first and second primary targets by which BBR regulates gene expression. The final outcome of gene regulation by BBR depends on the structure of the individual gene. This is the first study to reveal that TATA boxes and poly (A) tails are direct targets for BBR in its regulation of gene expression. Our findings provide a novel explanation for the complex activities of a small molecule compound in a biological system and a novel horizon for small molecule-compound pharmacological studies. PMID:26671652

  15. Using FRET to Measure the Angle at Which a Protein Bends DNA: TBP Binding a TATA Box as a Model System

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    Kugel, Jennifer F.

    2008-01-01

    An undergraduate biochemistry laboratory experiment that will teach the technique of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) while analyzing protein-induced DNA bending is described. The experiment uses the protein TATA binding protein (TBP), which is a general transcription factor that recognizes and binds specific DNA sequences known as…

  16. Using FRET to Measure the Angle at Which a Protein Bends DNA: TBP Binding a TATA Box as a Model System

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    Kugel, Jennifer F.

    2008-01-01

    An undergraduate biochemistry laboratory experiment that will teach the technique of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) while analyzing protein-induced DNA bending is described. The experiment uses the protein TATA binding protein (TBP), which is a general transcription factor that recognizes and binds specific DNA sequences known as…

  17. Multiple transcripts of a gene for a leucine-rich repeat receptor kinase from morning glory (Ipomoea nil) originate from different TATA boxes in a tissue-specific manner.

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    Bassett, C L; Nickerson, M L; Farrell, R E; Harrison, M

    2004-07-01

    TATA boxes are the most common regulatory elements found in the promoters of eukaryotic genes because they are associated with basal transcription initiation by RNA polymerase II. Often only a single TATA element is found in a given promoter, and tissue-, stage- and/or stimulus-specific expression occurs because the TATA box is associated with other cis -acting elements that enhance or repress transcription. We used software tools for gene analysis to assist in locating potential TATA box(es) in an AT-rich region of the promoter of a gene, inrpk1, which codes for a leucine-rich receptor protein kinase in morning glory (Ipomoea nil). Through the use of RT-PCR and various combinations of forward primers bracketing most of the promoter region we were able to define the 5'-ends of transcripts in this region. The region was then targeted for analysis by RNA Ligase-Mediated-5' Rapid Amplification of cDNA Ends (RLM-5' RACE) to identify the transcript initiation site(s). Positioning of initiation sites with respect to TATA boxes identified by gene analysis tools allowed us to identify three operational TATA elements which regulate basal transcription from this gene. Two TATA boxes were responsible for all of the inrpk1 transcripts found in leaves and cotyledons, and about 25-30% of the transcripts in roots. A third TATA box was involved only in expression in roots and accounted for the remaining 50-70% of root transcripts. RNAs expressed from this element lack two potentially functional upstream AUG codons, and may be translated more efficiently than transcripts originating from the other TATA boxes.

  18. How to Use SNP_TATA_Comparator to Find a Significant Change in Gene Expression Caused by the Regulatory SNP of This Gene's Promoter via a Change in Affinity of the TATA-Binding Protein for This Promoter.

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    Ponomarenko, Mikhail; Rasskazov, Dmitry; Arkova, Olga; Ponomarenko, Petr; Suslov, Valentin; Savinkova, Ludmila; Kolchanov, Nikolay

    2015-01-01

    The use of biomedical SNP markers of diseases can improve effectiveness of treatment. Genotyping of patients with subsequent searching for SNPs more frequent than in norm is the only commonly accepted method for identification of SNP markers within the framework of translational research. The bioinformatics applications aimed at millions of unannotated SNPs of the "1000 Genomes" can make this search for SNP markers more focused and less expensive. We used our Web service involving Fisher's Z-score for candidate SNP markers to find a significant change in a gene's expression. Here we analyzed the change caused by SNPs in the gene's promoter via a change in affinity of the TATA-binding protein for this promoter. We provide examples and discuss how to use this bioinformatics application in the course of practical analysis of unannotated SNPs from the "1000 Genomes" project. Using known biomedical SNP markers, we identified 17 novel candidate SNP markers nearby: rs549858786 (rheumatoid arthritis); rs72661131 (cardiovascular events in rheumatoid arthritis); rs562962093 (stroke); rs563558831 (cyclophosphamide bioactivation); rs55878706 (malaria resistance, leukopenia), rs572527200 (asthma, systemic sclerosis, and psoriasis), rs371045754 (hemophilia B), rs587745372 (cardiovascular events); rs372329931, rs200209906, rs367732974, and rs549591993 (all four: cancer); rs17231520 and rs569033466 (both: atherosclerosis); rs63750953, rs281864525, and rs34166473 (all three: malaria resistance, thalassemia).

  19. How to Use SNP_TATA_Comparator to Find a Significant Change in Gene Expression Caused by the Regulatory SNP of This Gene's Promoter via a Change in Affinity of the TATA-Binding Protein for This Promoter

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    Rasskazov, Dmitry; Arkova, Olga; Ponomarenko, Petr; Suslov, Valentin; Savinkova, Ludmila; Kolchanov, Nikolay

    2015-01-01

    The use of biomedical SNP markers of diseases can improve effectiveness of treatment. Genotyping of patients with subsequent searching for SNPs more frequent than in norm is the only commonly accepted method for identification of SNP markers within the framework of translational research. The bioinformatics applications aimed at millions of unannotated SNPs of the “1000 Genomes” can make this search for SNP markers more focused and less expensive. We used our Web service involving Fisher's Z-score for candidate SNP markers to find a significant change in a gene's expression. Here we analyzed the change caused by SNPs in the gene's promoter via a change in affinity of the TATA-binding protein for this promoter. We provide examples and discuss how to use this bioinformatics application in the course of practical analysis of unannotated SNPs from the “1000 Genomes” project. Using known biomedical SNP markers, we identified 17 novel candidate SNP markers nearby: rs549858786 (rheumatoid arthritis); rs72661131 (cardiovascular events in rheumatoid arthritis); rs562962093 (stroke); rs563558831 (cyclophosphamide bioactivation); rs55878706 (malaria resistance, leukopenia), rs572527200 (asthma, systemic sclerosis, and psoriasis), rs371045754 (hemophilia B), rs587745372 (cardiovascular events); rs372329931, rs200209906, rs367732974, and rs549591993 (all four: cancer); rs17231520 and rs569033466 (both: atherosclerosis); rs63750953, rs281864525, and rs34166473 (all three: malaria resistance, thalassemia). PMID:26516624

  20. The germ cell-specific transcription factor ALF. Structural properties and stabilization of the TATA-binding protein (TBP)-DNA complex.

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    Upadhyaya, Ashok B; Khan, Mohammed; Mou, Tung-Chung; Junker, Matt; Gray, Donald M; DeJong, Jeff

    2002-09-13

    The assembly and stability of the RNA polymerase II transcription preinitiation complex on a eukaryotic core promoter involves the effects of TFIIA on the interaction between TATA-binding protein (TBP) and DNA. To extend our understanding of these interactions, we characterized properties of ALF, a germ cell-specific TFIIA-like factor. ALF was able to stabilize the binding of TBP to DNA, but it could not stabilize TBP mutants A184E, N189E, E191R, and R205E nor could it facilitate binding of the TBP-like factor TRF2/TLF to a consensus TATA element. However, phosphorylation of ALF with casein kinase II resulted in the partial restoration of complex formation using mutant TBPs. Studies of ALF-TBP complexes formed on the Adenovirus Major Late (AdML) promoter revealed protection of the TATA box and upstream sequences from -38 to -20 (top strand) and -40 to -22 (bottom strand). The half-life and apparent K(D) of this complex was determined to be 650 min and 4.8 +/- 2.7 nm, respectively. The presence of ALF or TFIIA did not significantly alter the ability of TBP to bind TATA elements from several testis-specific genes. Finally, analysis of the distinct, nonhomologous internal regions of ALF and TFIIAalpha/beta using circular dichroism spectroscopy provided the first evidence to suggest that these domains are unordered, a result consistent with other genetic and biochemical properties. Overall, the results show that while the sequence and regulation of the ALF gene are distinct from its somatic cell counterpart TFIIAalpha/beta, the TFIIAgamma-dependent interactions of these factors with TBP are nearly indistinguishable in vitro. Thus, a role for ALF in the assembly and stabilization of initiation complexes in germ cells is likely to be similar or identical to the role of TFIIA in somatic cells.

  1. The maize tha4 gene functions in sec-independent protein transport in chloroplasts and is related to hcf106, tatA, and tatB.

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    Walker, M B; Roy, L M; Coleman, E; Voelker, R; Barkan, A

    1999-10-18

    Proteins are translocated across the chloroplast thylakoid membrane by a variety of mechanisms. Some proteins engage a translocation machinery that is derived from the bacterial Sec export system and require an interaction with a chloroplast-localized SecA homologue. Other proteins engage a machinery that is SecA-independent, but requires a transmembrane pH gradient. Recently, a counterpart to this Delta pH mechanism was discovered in bacteria. Genetic studies revealed that one maize protein involved in this mechanism, HCF106, is related in both structure and function to the bacterial tatA and tatB gene products. We describe here the mutant phenotype and molecular cloning of a second maize gene that functions in the Delta pH mechanism. This gene, thylakoid assembly 4 (tha4), is required specifically for the translocation of proteins that engage the Delta pH pathway. The sequence of the tha4 gene product resembles those of the maize hcf106 gene and the bacterial tatA and tatB genes. Sequence comparisons suggest that tha4 more closely resembles tatA, and hcf106 more closely resembles tatB. These findings support the notion that this sec-independent translocation mechanism has been highly conserved during the evolution of eucaryotic organelles from bacterial endosymbionts.

  2. The Maize tha4 Gene Functions in Sec-Independent Protein Transport in Chloroplasts and Is Related to hcf106, tatA, and tatB

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    Walker, Macie B.; Roy, Laura M.; Coleman, Eric; Voelker, Rodger; Barkan, Alice

    1999-01-01

    Proteins are translocated across the chloroplast thylakoid membrane by a variety of mechanisms. Some proteins engage a translocation machinery that is derived from the bacterial Sec export system and require an interaction with a chloroplast-localized SecA homologue. Other proteins engage a machinery that is SecA-independent, but requires a transmembrane pH gradient. Recently, a counterpart to this Δ pH mechanism was discovered in bacteria. Genetic studies revealed that one maize protein involved in this mechanism, HCF106, is related in both structure and function to the bacterial tatA and tatB gene products. We describe here the mutant phenotype and molecular cloning of a second maize gene that functions in the Δ pH mechanism. This gene, thylakoid assembly 4 (tha4), is required specifically for the translocation of proteins that engage the Δ pH pathway. The sequence of the tha4 gene product resembles those of the maize hcf106 gene and the bacterial tatA and tatB genes. Sequence comparisons suggest that tha4 more closely resembles tatA, and hcf106 more closely resembles tatB. These findings support the notion that this sec-independent translocation mechanism has been highly conserved during the evolution of eucaryotic organelles from bacterial endosymbionts. PMID:10525534

  3. The minimal transactivation domain of the basic motif-leucine zipper transcription factor NRL interacts with TATA-binding protein.

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    Friedman, James S; Khanna, Hemant; Swain, Prabodh K; Denicola, Raphael; Cheng, Hong; Mitton, Kenneth P; Weber, Christian H; Hicks, David; Swaroop, Anand

    2004-11-05

    The basic motif-leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factor NRL controls the expression of rhodopsin and other phototransduction genes and is a key mediator of photoreceptor differentiation. To delineate the molecular mechanisms underlying transcriptional initiation of rod-specific genes, we characterized different regions of the NRL protein using yeast-based autoactivation assays. We identified 35 amino acid residues in the proline- and serine-rich N-terminal region (called minimal transactivation domain, MTD), which, when combined with LexA or Gal4 DNA binding domains, exhibited activation of target promoters. Because this domain is conserved in all proteins of the large Maf family, we hypothesized that NRL-MTD played an important role in assembling the transcription initiation complex. Our studies showed that the NRL protein, including the MTD, interacted with full-length or the C-terminal domain of TATA-binding protein (TBP) in vitro. NRL and TBP could be co-immunoprecipitated from bovine retinal nuclear extract. TBP was also part of c-Maf and MafA (two other large Maf proteins)-containing complex(es) in vivo. Our data suggest that the function of NRL-MTD is to activate transcription by recruiting or stabilizing TBP (and consequently other components of the general transcription complex) at the promoter of target genes, and a similar function may be attributed to other bZIP proteins of the large Maf family.

  4. Specific transcription of an adenoviral gene that possesses no TATA sequence homology in extracts of HeLa cells.

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    Leong, K; Flint, S J

    1984-09-25

    Transcription of the adenovirus type 2 (Ad2) IVa2 gene, which contains no TATA-like sequence in the region immediately upstream of the IVa2 cap sites (Baker, C. C., and Ziff, E. B. (1981) J. Mol. Biol. 149, 189-221), has been examined in extracts of HeLa cells (Manley, J. L., Fire, A., Cano, A., Sharp, P. A., and Gefter, M.L. (1980) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 77, 3855-3859). Run-off transcripts of the predicted length of those initiated at the IVa2 cap sites were synthesized from different Ad2 DNA templates, each of which also contained the major late transcriptional control region. Mapping of the 5' ends of the RNA made from one template by a nuclease protection assay established the fidelity of initiation of IVa2 transcription in vitro. The efficiency of IVa2 expression in whole HeLa extracts was influenced quite dramatically by monovalent and divalent metal ion concentrations and the concentration of extract protein present in the reaction mixture. Under certain conditions, IVa2 run-off transcripts were made almost as efficiently as those from the Ad2 major late transcriptional control region. However, conditions promoting optimal IVa2 transcription in vitro did not favor recognition of the major late transcriptional control region, and vice versa: the synthesis of IVa2 and major late run-off transcripts responded differently to all parameters tested.

  5. The RNA polymerase I transcription factor, upstream binding factor, interacts directly with the TATA box-binding protein.

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    Kwon, H; Green, M R

    1994-12-02

    The accurate transcription of human rRNA genes by RNA polymerase I requires two transcription factors, upstream binding factor (UBF) and promoter selectivity factor (SL1). Human SL1 (hSL1) is a multisubunit complex, one of whose components is TATA box-binding protein (TBP). hSL1 binds to the core region of the rRNA promoter, but does so inefficiently in the absence of human UBF (hUBF). hUBF interacts with the upstream control element of the rRNA promoter and facilitates binding of hSL1. The molecular basis by which hUBF increases binding of hSL1 remains to be elucidated. In this report, we use an immobilized protein binding assay to identify and purify a 95-kDa TBP-binding polypeptide. Microsequence analysis reveals that the 95-kDa TBP-binding protein is hUBF. We show that hUBF is stably associated with TBP and is present in large TBP-containing complexes. Our results indicate that the cooperative binding of hUBF and hSL1 on the rRNA promoter is mediated by direct interaction between hUBF and TBP. We also provide evidence that hUBF associates with TFIID, a TBP-containing RNA polymerase II transcription factor.

  6. Effect of temperature on the structure and hydration layer of TATA-box DNA: A molecular dynamics simulation study.

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    Samanta, Sudipta; Raghunathan, Devanathan; Mukherjee, Sanchita

    2016-05-01

    DNA within the living cells experiences a diverse range of temperature, ranging from freezing condition to hot spring water. How the structure, the mechanical properties of DNA, and the solvation dynamics around DNA changes with the temperature is important to understand the functionality of DNA under those acute temperature conditions. In that notion, we have carried out molecular dynamics simulations of a DNA oligomer, containing TATA-box sequence for three different temperatures (250K, 300K and 350K). We observed that the structure of the DNA, in terms of backbone torsion angles, sugar pucker, base pair parameters, and base pair step parameters, did not show any unusual properties within the studied range of temperatures, but significant structural alteration was noticed between BI and BII forms at higher temperature. As expected, the flexibility of the DNA, in terms of the torsional rigidity and the bending rigidity is highly temperature dependent, confirming that flexibility increases with increase in temperature. Additionally, the groove widths of the studied DNA showed temperature sensitivity, specifically, the major groove width decreases and the minor groove width increases, respectively, with the increase in temperature. We observed that at higher temperature, water around both the major and the minor groove of the DNA is less structured. However, the water dynamics around the minor groove of the DNA is more restricted as compared to the water around the major groove throughout the studied range of temperatures, without any anomalous behavior. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Analysis of core promoter sequences located downstream from the TATA element in the hsp70 promoter from Drosophila melanogaster.

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    Wu, C H; Madabusi, L; Nishioka, H; Emanuel, P; Sypes, M; Arkhipova, I; Gilmour, D S

    2001-03-01

    TFIID recognizes multiple sequence elements in the hsp70 promoter of Drosophila. Here, we investigate the function of sequences downstream from the TATA element. A mutation in the initiator was identified that caused an eightfold reduction in binding of TFIID and a fourfold reduction in transcription in vitro. Another mutation in the +24 to +29 region was somewhat less inhibitory, but a mutation in the +14 to +19 region had essentially no effect. The normal promoter and the mutants in the initiator and the +24 to +29 region were transformed into flies by P element-mediated transformation. The initiator mutation reduced expression an average of twofold in adult flies, whereas the mutation in the +24 to +29 region had essentially no effect. In contrast, a promoter combining the two mutations was expressed an average of sixfold less than the wild type. The results suggest that the initiator and the +24 to +29 region could serve overlapping functions in vivo. Protein-DNA cross-linking was used to identify which subunits of TFIID contact the +24 to +29 region and the initiator. No specific subunits were found to cross-link to the +24 to +29 region. In contrast, the initiator cross-linked exclusively to dTAF230. Remarkably, dTAF230 cross-links approximately 10 times more efficiently to the nontranscribed strand than to the transcribed strand at the initiator.

  8. Doubly Spliced RNA of Hepatitis B Virus Suppresses Viral Transcription via TATA-Binding Protein and Induces Stress Granule Assembly

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    Tsai, Kuen-Nan; Chong, Chin-Liew; Chou, Yu-Chi; Huang, Chien-Chiao; Wang, Yi-Ling; Wang, Shao-Win; Chen, Mong-Liang

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT The risk of liver cancer in patients infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and their clinical response to interferon alpha therapy vary based on the HBV genotype. The mechanisms underlying these differences in HBV pathogenesis remain unclear. In HepG2 cells transfected with a mutant HBVG2335A expression plasmid that does not transcribe the 2.2-kb doubly spliced RNA (2.2DS-RNA) expressed by wild-type HBV genotype A, the level of HBV pregenomic RNA (pgRNA) was higher than that in cells transfected with an HBV genotype A expression plasmid. By using cotransfection with HBV genotype D and 2.2DS-RNA expression plasmids, we found that a reduction of pgRNA was observed in the cells even in the presence of small amounts of the 2.2DS-RNA plasmid. Moreover, ectopic expression of 2.2DS-RNA in the HBV-producing cell line 1.3ES2 reduced the expression of pgRNA. Further analysis showed that exogenously transcribed 2.2DS-RNA inhibited a reconstituted transcription in vitro. In Huh7 cells ectopically expressing 2.2DS-RNA, RNA immunoprecipitation revealed that 2.2DS-RNA interacted with the TATA-binding protein (TBP) and that nucleotides 432 to 832 of 2.2DS-RNA were required for efficient TBP binding. Immunofluorescence experiments showed that 2.2DS-RNA colocalized with cytoplasmic TBP and the stress granule components, G3BP and poly(A)-binding protein 1 (PABP1), in Huh7 cells. In conclusion, our study reveals that 2.2DS-RNA acts as a repressor of HBV transcription through an interaction with TBP that induces stress granule formation. The expression of 2.2DS-RNA may be one of the viral factors involved in viral replication, which may underlie differences in clinical outcomes of liver disease and responses to interferon alpha therapy between patients infected with different HBV genotypes. IMPORTANCE Patients infected with certain genotypes of HBV have a lower risk of hepatocellular carcinoma and exhibit a more favorable response to antiviral therapy than patients

  9. Doubly Spliced RNA of Hepatitis B Virus Suppresses Viral Transcription via TATA-Binding Protein and Induces Stress Granule Assembly.

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    Tsai, Kuen-Nan; Chong, Chin-Liew; Chou, Yu-Chi; Huang, Chien-Chiao; Wang, Yi-Ling; Wang, Shao-Win; Chen, Mong-Liang; Chen, Chun-Hong; Chang, Chungming

    2015-11-01

    The risk of liver cancer in patients infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and their clinical response to interferon alpha therapy vary based on the HBV genotype. The mechanisms underlying these differences in HBV pathogenesis remain unclear. In HepG2 cells transfected with a mutant HBV(G2335A) expression plasmid that does not transcribe the 2.2-kb doubly spliced RNA (2.2DS-RNA) expressed by wild-type HBV genotype A, the level of HBV pregenomic RNA (pgRNA) was higher than that in cells transfected with an HBV genotype A expression plasmid. By using cotransfection with HBV genotype D and 2.2DS-RNA expression plasmids, we found that a reduction of pgRNA was observed in the cells even in the presence of small amounts of the 2.2DS-RNA plasmid. Moreover, ectopic expression of 2.2DS-RNA in the HBV-producing cell line 1.3ES2 reduced the expression of pgRNA. Further analysis showed that exogenously transcribed 2.2DS-RNA inhibited a reconstituted transcription in vitro. In Huh7 cells ectopically expressing 2.2DS-RNA, RNA immunoprecipitation revealed that 2.2DS-RNA interacted with the TATA-binding protein (TBP) and that nucleotides 432 to 832 of 2.2DS-RNA were required for efficient TBP binding. Immunofluorescence experiments showed that 2.2DS-RNA colocalized with cytoplasmic TBP and the stress granule components, G3BP and poly(A)-binding protein 1 (PABP1), in Huh7 cells. In conclusion, our study reveals that 2.2DS-RNA acts as a repressor of HBV transcription through an interaction with TBP that induces stress granule formation. The expression of 2.2DS-RNA may be one of the viral factors involved in viral replication, which may underlie differences in clinical outcomes of liver disease and responses to interferon alpha therapy between patients infected with different HBV genotypes. Patients infected with certain genotypes of HBV have a lower risk of hepatocellular carcinoma and exhibit a more favorable response to antiviral therapy than patients infected with other HBV

  10. Isolation and characterization of the gene coding for Artemia franciscana TATA-binding protein: expression in cryptobiotic and developing embryos.

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    Sastre, L

    1999-06-09

    Genomic and cDNA clones coding for the Artemia franciscana homolog of the TATA box-binding protein (TBP) were isolated. The C-terminal region of the predicted protein displays up to 92% sequence identity with the conserved C-terminal regions of TBPs from other species. The gene is divided in seven exons that expand over a region of 33 kb. The position of the four introns located in the conserved C-terminal region has been compared with those of other species. Two of these introns have been generally conserved during evolution, another is an arthropod specific intron, present in Drosophila melanogaster and A. franciscana, and the other is only conserved between vertebrates and A. franciscana. Primer extension experiments detected several transcription initiation sites. Northern blot analyses showed the presence of four mRNAs of estimated sizes of 6.8, 2.6, 1.6 and 1.1 kb. Except for the low expression of the 6.8 and 2. 6 kb RNAs in encysted embryos, steady-state levels showed little variation during the activation of the encysted embryo and the first steps of embryonic and larval development. The amount of TBP protein expressed in encysted embryos and developing larvae has been analyzed by Western blot. Cryptobiotic embryos contain significant amounts of TBP although the level of expression increased almost twice during the first 20 h of development. The presence of TBP protein in cryptobiotic embryos suggests that TBP does not play, by itself, a critical role in the arrest of transcription characteristic of these resistance forms.

  11. In vitro transcription of a Drosophila U1 small nuclear RNA gene requires TATA box-binding protein and two proximal cis-acting elements with stringent spacing requirements.

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    Zamrod, Z; Tyree, C M; Song, Y; Stumph, W E

    1993-01-01

    Transcription of a Drosophila U1 small nuclear RNA gene was functionally analyzed in cell extracts derived from 0- to 12-h embryos. Two promoter elements essential for efficient initiation of transcription in vitro by RNA polymerase II were identified. The first, termed PSEA, is located between positions -41 and -61 relative to the transcription start site, is crucial for promoter activity, and is the dominant element for specifying the transcription initiation site. PSEA thus appears to be functionally homologous to the proximal sequence element of vertebrate small nuclear RNA genes. The second element, termed PSEB, is located at positions -25 to -32 and is required for an efficient level of transcription initiation because mutation of PSEB, or alteration of the spacing between PSEA and PSEB, severely reduced transcriptional activity relative to that of the wild-type promoter. Although the PSEB sequence does not have any obvious sequence similarity to a TATA box, conversion of PSEB to the canonical TATA sequence dramatically increased the efficiency of the U1 promoter and simultaneously relieved the requirement for the upstream PSEA. Despite these effects, introduction of the TATA sequence into the U1 promoter had no effect on the choice of start site or on the RNA polymerase II specificity of the promoter. Finally, evidence is presented that the TATA box-binding protein is required for transcription from the wild-type U1 promoter as well as from the TATA-containing U1 promoter. Images PMID:8355718

  12. The serotonin 1a receptor gene contains a TATA-less promoter that responds to MAZ and Sp1.

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    Parks, C L; Shenk, T

    1996-02-23

    The structure and function of the 5'-flanking region of the mouse and human serotonin 1a receptor gene have been analyzed by RNA 5' end mapping, DNA-protein interaction, and transient expression assays. A large number of mRNA 5' termini, detected by mapping 5' ends from mouse brain RNA, were found dispersed over a region of about 700 base pairs flanking the receptor coding sequence. Consistent with the apparently heterogeneous pattern of transcription initiation, the flanking DNA sequence lacked typical TATA box elements and was rich in guanine and cytosine. The mouse and human 5'-flanking sequences were 63% homologus and similarly organized. A guanine-cytosine-rich DNA sequence motif related to the sequence 5'-GGGG(C/A)GGGG-3' was repeated within the 5'-flanking region and located at or near several mRNA 5' ends. This DNA sequence motif bound to proteins in a crude HeLa cell nuclear extract. A cDNA encoding a protein that interacts with this sequence was cloned and found to be the MAZ (Pur-1, Zif87) protein. The interaction between MAZ and the receptor gene 5'-flanking region proximal to the protein coding sequence was examined by DNase I footprinting, and four sites of MAZ interaction were identified. Three of the four MAZ binding sites also were shown to interact with transcription factor Sp1. Overproduction of MAZ or Sp1 in transient transfection assays increased expression directed by the human 5'-flanking sequence, although MAZ was substantially more effective. This result suggests that MAZ and Sp1 both participate in regulating expression from the serotonin 1a receptor gene promoter, and it raises the possibility that MAZ may act at a variety of promoters through the guanosine-cytosine-rich sequences generally thought to serve as binding sites for the Sp1 family of transcription factors. Analysis of one of the guanosine-cytosine-rich DNA sequences also revealed that it can serve as a transcription initiator sequence in vitro. This initiator sequence differs

  13. A real-time study of the interaction of TBP with a TATA box-containing duplex identical to an ancestral or minor allele of human gene LEP or TPI.

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    Arkova, Olga; Kuznetsov, Nikita; Fedorova, Olga; Savinkova, Ludmila

    2016-10-25

    It is known that only a single-nucleotide substitution (SNP: a single nucleotide polymorphism) in the sequence of a TATA box can influence the affinity of the interaction of TBP with the TATA box and contribute to the pathogenesis of complex hereditary human diseases and sometimes may be a cause of monogenic diseases (for instance, β-thalassemia). In the present work, we studied the interaction of human TBP with a double-stranded oligodeoxyribonucleotide (ODN) 15 or 26 bp long identical to a TATA box of promoters of a real-life human gene, TPI or LEP, and labeled with fluorophores TAMRA and FAM. To analyze the interaction of TBP with a TATA box of an ancestral or minor allele (SNP in the TATA box) in real time, we used the stopped-flow method with detection of a Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) signal. The nature of the resulting kinetic curves reflecting changes in the FRET signal (and therefore of DNA conformation during the interaction with TBP) pointed to a multistage mechanism of the formation of the TBP complex with the TATA-containing ODN. The results showed that with the increasing concentration and length of the ODN, heterogeneity of conformational changes (taking place during the first second of the interaction with TBP) in DNA also increases. In contrast to the initial nonspecific interaction, the subsequent phases strictly depend on TBP concentration: at the TBP:ODN ratio of 10:1, the velocity of change of the FRET signal increases approximately 100-fold.

  14. Analysis of TFIIA Function In Vivo: Evidence for a Role in TATA-Binding Protein Recruitment and Gene-Specific Activation

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    Liu, Qing; Gabriel, Scott E.; Roinick, Kelli L.; Ward, Robert D.; Arndt, Karen M.

    1999-01-01

    Activation of transcription can occur by the facilitated recruitment of TFIID to promoters by gene-specific activators. To investigate the role of TFIIA in TFIID recruitment in vivo, we exploited a class of yeast TATA-binding protein (TBP) mutants that is activation and DNA binding defective. We found that co-overexpression of TOA1 and TOA2, the genes that encode yeast TFIIA, overcomes the activation defects caused by the TBP mutants. Using a genetic screen, we isolated a new class of TFIIA mutants and identified three regions on TFIIA that are likely to be involved in TBP recruitment or stabilization of the TBP-TATA complex in vivo. Amino acid replacements in only one of these regions enhance TFIIA-TBP-DNA complex formation in vitro, suggesting that the other regions are involved in regulatory interactions. To determine the relative importance of TFIIA in the regulation of different genes, we constructed yeast strains to conditionally deplete TFIIA levels prior to gene activation. While the activation of certain genes, such as INO1, was dramatically impaired by TFIIA depletion, activation of other genes, such as CUP1, was unaffected. These data suggest that TFIIA facilitates DNA binding by TBP in vivo, that TFIIA may be regulated by factors that target distinct regions of the protein, and that promoters vary significantly in the degree to which they require TFIIA for activation. PMID:10567590

  15. Candidate SNP Markers of Chronopathologies Are Predicted by a Significant Change in the Affinity of TATA-Binding Protein for Human Gene Promoters

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    Ponomarenko, Petr; Rasskazov, Dmitry; Suslov, Valentin; Sharypova, Ekaterina; Savinkova, Ludmila; Podkolodnaya, Olga; Podkolodny, Nikolay L.; Tverdokhleb, Natalya N.; Chadaeva, Irina; Kolchanov, Nikolay

    2016-01-01

    Variations in human genome (e.g., single nucleotide polymorphisms, SNPs) may be associated with hereditary diseases, their complications, comorbidities, and drug responses. Using Web service SNP_TATA_Comparator presented in our previous paper, here we analyzed immediate surroundings of known SNP markers of diseases and identified several candidate SNP markers that can significantly change the affinity of TATA-binding protein for human gene promoters, with circadian consequences. For example, rs572527200 may be related to asthma, where symptoms are circadian (worse at night), and rs367732974 may be associated with heart attacks that are characterized by a circadian preference (early morning). By the same method, we analyzed the 90 bp proximal promoter region of each protein-coding transcript of each human gene of the circadian clock core. This analysis yielded 53 candidate SNP markers, such as rs181985043 (susceptibility to acute Q fever in male patients), rs192518038 (higher risk of a heart attack in patients with diabetes), and rs374778785 (emphysema and lung cancer in smokers). If they are properly validated according to clinical standards, these candidate SNP markers may turn out to be useful for physicians (to select optimal treatment for each patient) and for the general population (to choose a lifestyle preventing possible circadian complications of diseases). PMID:27635400

  16. The Escherichia coli twin-arginine translocation apparatus incorporates a distinct form of TatABC complex, spectrum of modular TatA complexes and minor TatAB complex.

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    Oates, Joanne; Barrett, Claire M L; Barnett, James P; Byrne, Katheryne G; Bolhuis, Albert; Robinson, Colin

    2005-02-11

    The Tat system transports folded proteins across bacterial plasma and plant thylakoid membranes. To date, three key Tat subunits have been identified and mechanistic studies indicate the presence of two types of complex: a TatBC-containing substrate-binding unit and a separate TatA complex. Here, we used blue-native gel electrophoresis and affinity purification to study the nature of these complexes in Escherichia coli. Analysis of solubilized membrane shows that the bulk of TatB and essentially all of the TatC is found in a single 370kDa TatABC complex. TatABC was purified to homogeneity using an affinity tag on TatC and this complex runs apparently as an identical band. We conclude that this is the primary core complex, predicted to contain six or seven copies of TatBC together with a similar number of TatA subunits. However, the data indicate the presence of an additional form of Tat complex containing TatA and TatB, but not TatC; we speculate that this may be an assembly or disassembly intermediate of the translocator. The vast majority of TatA is found in separate complexes that migrate in blue-native gels as a striking ladder of bands with sizes ranging from under 100 kDa to over 500 kDa. Further analysis shows that the bands differ by an average of 34 kDa, indicating that TatA complexes are built largely, but possibly not exclusively, from modules of three or four TatA molecules. The range and nature of these complexes are similar in a TatC mutant that is totally inactive, indicating that the ladder of bands does not stem from ongoing translocation activity, and we show that purified TatA can self-assemble in vitro to form similar complexes. This spectrum of TatA complexes may provide the flexibility required to generate a translocon capable of transporting substrates of varying sizes across the plasma membrane in a folded state.

  17. A new class of transcription initiation factors, intermediate between TATA box-binding proteins (TBPs) and TBP-like factors (TLFs), is present in the marine unicellular organism, the dinoflagellate Crypthecodinium cohnii.

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    Guillebault, Delphine; Sasorith, Souphatta; Derelle, Evelyne; Wurtz, Jean-Marie; Lozano, Jean-Claude; Bingham, Scott; Tora, Laszlo; Moreau, Hervé

    2002-10-25

    Dinoflagellates are marine unicellular eukaryotes that exhibit unique features including a very low level of basic proteins bound to the chromatin and the complete absence of histones and nucleosomal structure. A cDNA encoding a protein with a strong homology to the TATA box-binding proteins (TBP) has been isolated from an expressed sequence tag library of the dinoflagellate Crypthecodinium cohnii. The typical TBP repeat signature and the amino acid motives involved in TFIIA and TFIIB interactions were conserved in this new TBP-like protein. However, the four phenylalanines known to interact with the TATA box were substituted with hydrophilic residues (His(77), Arg(94), Tyr(171), Thr(188)) as has been described for TBP-like factors (TLF)/TBP-related proteins (TRP). A phylogenetic analysis showed that cTBP is intermediate between TBP and TLF/TRP protein families, and the structural similarity of cTBP with TLF was confirmed by low affinity binding to a consensus' TATA box in an equivalent manner to that usually observed for TLFs. Six 5'-upstream gene regions of dinoflagellate genes have been analyzed and neither a TATA box nor a consensus-promoting element could be found within these different sequences. Our results showed that cTBP could bind stronger to a TTTT box sequence than to the canonical TATA box, especially at high salt concentration. Same binding results were obtained with a mutated cTBP (mcTBP), in which the four phenylalanines were restored. To our knowledge, this is the first description of a TBP-like protein in a unicellular organism, which also appears as the major form of TBP present in C. cohnii.

  18. Crystal structure of TBP-interacting protein (Tk-TIP26) and implications for its inhibition mechanism of the interaction between TBP and TATA-DNA

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    Yamamoto, Takahiko; Matsuda, Tomoki; Inoue, Tsuyoshi; Matsumura, Hiroyoshi; Morikawa, Masaaki; Kanaya, Shigenori; Kai, Yasushi

    2006-01-01

    TATA-binding protein (TBP)-interacting protein from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Thermococcus kodakaraensis strain KOD1 (Tk-TIP26) is a possible transcription regulatory protein in Thermococcales. Here, we report the crystal structure of Tk-TIP26 determined at 2.3 Å resolution with multiple-wavelength anomalous dispersion (MAD) method. The overall structure of Tk-TIP26 consists of two domains. The N-terminal domain forms an α/β structure, in which three α-helices enclose the central β-sheet. The topology of this domain is similar to that of holliday junction resolvase Hjc from Pyrococcus furiosus. The C-terminal domain comprises three α-helices, six β-strands, and two 310-helices. In the dimer structure of Tk-TIP26, two molecules are related with the crystallographic twofold axis, and these molecules rigidly interact with each other via hydrogen bonds. The complex of Tk-TIP26/Tk-TBP is isolated and analyzed by SDS-PAGE and gel filtration column chromatography, resulting in a stoichiometric ratio of the interaction between Tk-TIP26 and Tk-TBP of 4:2, i.e., two dimer molecules of Tk-TIP26 formed a complex with one dimeric TBP. The electrostatic surfaces of Tk-TIP26 and TBP from Pyrocuccus woesei (PwTBP) allowed us to build a model of the Tk-TIP26/TBP complex, and to propose the inhibition mechanism where two dimer molecules of Tk-TIP26 bind to a dimeric TBP, preventing its binding to TATA-DNA. PMID:16322571

  19. Obesity-related known and candidate SNP markers can significantly change affinity of TATA-binding protein for human gene promoters

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    2015-01-01

    Background Obesity affects quality of life and life expectancy and is associated with cardiovascular disorders, cancer, diabetes, reproductive disorders in women, prostate diseases in men, and congenital anomalies in children. The use of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers of diseases and drug responses (i.e., significant differences of personal genomes of patients from the reference human genome) can help physicians to improve treatment. Clinical research can validate SNP markers via genotyping of patients and demonstration that SNP alleles are significantly more frequent in patients than in healthy people. The search for biomedical SNP markers of interest can be accelerated by computer-based analysis of hundreds of millions of SNPs in the 1000 Genomes project because of selection of the most meaningful candidate SNP markers and elimination of neutral SNPs. Results We cross-validated the output of two computer-based methods: DNA sequence analysis using Web service SNP_TATA_Comparator and keyword search for articles on comorbidities of obesity. Near the sites binding to TATA-binding protein (TBP) in human gene promoters, we found 22 obesity-related candidate SNP markers, including rs10895068 (male breast cancer in obesity); rs35036378 (reduced risk of obesity after ovariectomy); rs201739205 (reduced risk of obesity-related cancers due to weight loss by diet/exercise in obese postmenopausal women); rs183433761 (obesity resistance during a high-fat diet); rs367732974 and rs549591993 (both: cardiovascular complications in obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus); rs200487063 and rs34104384 (both: obesity-caused hypertension); rs35518301, rs72661131, and rs562962093 (all: obesity); and rs397509430, rs33980857, rs34598529, rs33931746, rs33981098, rs34500389, rs63750953, rs281864525, rs35518301, and rs34166473 (all: chronic inflammation in comorbidities of obesity). Using an electrophoretic mobility shift assay under nonequilibrium conditions, we

  20. Obesity-related known and candidate SNP markers can significantly change affinity of TATA-binding protein for human gene promoters.

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    Arkova, Olga V; Ponomarenko, Mikhail P; Rasskazov, Dmitry A; Drachkova, Irina A; Arshinova, Tatjana V; Ponomarenko, Petr M; Savinkova, Ludmila K; Kolchanov, Nikolay A

    2015-01-01

    Obesity affects quality of life and life expectancy and is associated with cardiovascular disorders, cancer, diabetes, reproductive disorders in women, prostate diseases in men, and congenital anomalies in children. The use of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers of diseases and drug responses (i.e., significant differences of personal genomes of patients from the reference human genome) can help physicians to improve treatment. Clinical research can validate SNP markers via genotyping of patients and demonstration that SNP alleles are significantly more frequent in patients than in healthy people. The search for biomedical SNP markers of interest can be accelerated by computer-based analysis of hundreds of millions of SNPs in the 1000 Genomes project because of selection of the most meaningful candidate SNP markers and elimination of neutral SNPs. We cross-validated the output of two computer-based methods: DNA sequence analysis using Web service SNP_TATA_Comparator and keyword search for articles on comorbidities of obesity. Near the sites binding to TATA-binding protein (TBP) in human gene promoters, we found 22 obesity-related candidate SNP markers, including rs10895068 (male breast cancer in obesity); rs35036378 (reduced risk of obesity after ovariectomy); rs201739205 (reduced risk of obesity-related cancers due to weight loss by diet/exercise in obese postmenopausal women); rs183433761 (obesity resistance during a high-fat diet); rs367732974 and rs549591993 (both: cardiovascular complications in obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus); rs200487063 and rs34104384 (both: obesity-caused hypertension); rs35518301, rs72661131, and rs562962093 (all: obesity); and rs397509430, rs33980857, rs34598529, rs33931746, rs33981098, rs34500389, rs63750953, rs281864525, rs35518301, and rs34166473 (all: chronic inflammation in comorbidities of obesity). Using an electrophoretic mobility shift assay under nonequilibrium conditions, we empirically validated the

  1. Methylation status of a single CpG locus 3 bases upstream of TATA-box of receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappaB ligand (RANKL) gene promoter modulates cell- and tissue-specific RANKL expression and osteoclastogenesis.

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    Kitazawa, Riko; Kitazawa, Sohei

    2007-01-01

    Receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappaB ligand (RANKL) expression is tissue specific and limited to certain subsets of T-lymphocytes and stromal/osteoblastic cells. Even among osteoblasts, RANKL is expressed on about 20% of osteoblasts of the normal mouse. To clarify the mechanism of population-specific RANKL expression, we analyzed the effect of CpG methylation on its transcription, mRNA and protein expression as well as on osteoclastogenesis. Subpopulations of ST2 cells were used: P9, which expresses RANKL and supports osteoclastogenesis, and P16, which does not. By sodium bisulfite mapping, the rate of CpG methylation of the -65/+350 region, especially of CpG locus no. 1 three bases upstream of the TATA-box, was higher in P16 than in P9 ST2 cells. ChIP and gel shift assay showed that methylated CpG locus no. 1 was a target of MeCP2 binding that, in turn, blocked the binding of the TATA-box binding protein to the TATA-box. In vitro methylation by SssI of the promoter construct reduced its transcriptional activity at the steady state and its response to 1alpha,25(OH)2 vitamin D3. Conversely, treatment with DNA methylase inhibitor, 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine, significantly restored RANKL expression and osteoclastogenesis in P16 cells. Except for primary cultured osteoblasts, CpG locus no. 1 was frequently methylated in various normal mouse tissues. We propose that the methylation status of the CpG locus three bases upstream of the TATA-box modulates the control of cell- and tissue-specific expression of RANKL gene and osteoclastogenesis. The heterogeneity of stromal/ osteoblastic cells in response to bone-resorbing stimuli may be attributed, in part, to the methylation status of the RANKL gene promoter.

  2. Transcription initiation at the TATA-less spliced leader RNA gene promoter requires at least two DNA-binding proteins and a tripartite architecture that includes an initiator element.

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    Luo, H; Gilinger, G; Mukherjee, D; Bellofatto, V

    1999-11-05

    Eukaryotic transcriptional regulatory signals, defined as core and activator promoter elements, have yet to be identified in the earliest diverging group of eukaryotes, the primitive protozoans, which include the Trypanosomatidae family of parasites. The divergence within this family is highlighted by the apparent absence of the "universal" transcription factor TATA-binding protein. To understand gene expression in these protists, we have investigated spliced leader RNA gene transcription. The RNA product of this gene provides an m(7)G cap and a 39-nucleotide leader sequence to all cellular mRNAs via a trans-splicing reaction. Regulation of spliced leader RNA synthesis is controlled by a tripartite promoter located exclusively upstream from the transcription start site. Proteins PBP-1 and PBP-2 bind to two of the three promoter elements in the trypanosomatid Leptomonas seymouri. They represent the first trypanosome transcription factors with typical double-stranded DNA binding site recognition. These proteins ensure efficient transcription. However, accurate initiation is determined an initiator element with a a loose consensus of CYAC/AYR (+1), which differs from that found in metazoan initiator elements as well as from that identified in one of the earliest diverging protozoans, Trichomonas vaginalis. Trypanosomes may utilize initiator element-protein interactions, and not TATA sequence-TATA-binding protein interactions, to direct proper transcription initiation by RNA polymerase II.

  3. Two-step Mechanism for Modifier of Transcription 1 (Mot1) Enzyme-catalyzed Displacement of TATA-binding Protein (TBP) from DNA*

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    Moyle-Heyrman, Georgette; Viswanathan, Ramya; Widom, Jonathan; Auble, David T.

    2012-01-01

    The TATA box binding protein (TBP) is a central component of the transcription preinitiation complex, and its occupancy at a promoter is correlated with transcription levels. The TBP-promoter DNA complex contains sharply bent DNA and its interaction lifetime is limited by the ATP-dependent TBP displacement activity of the Snf2/Swi2 ATPase Mot1. Several mechanisms for Mot1 action have been proposed, but how it catalyzes TBP removal from DNA is unknown. To better understand the Mot1 mechanism, native gel electrophoresis and FRET were used to determine how Mot1 affects the trajectory of DNA in the TBP-DNA complex. Strikingly, in the absence of ATP, Mot1 acts to unbend DNA, whereas TBP remains closely associated with the DNA in a stable Mot1-TBP-DNA ternary complex. Interestingly, and in contrast to full-length Mot1, the isolated Mot1 ATPase domain binds DNA, and its affinity for DNA is nucleotide-dependent, suggesting parallels between the Mot1 mechanism and DNA translocation-based mechanisms of chromatin remodeling enzymes. Based on these findings, a model is presented for Mot1 that links a DNA conformational change with ATP-induced DNA translocation. PMID:22298788

  4. Analysis of polyglutamine-coding repeats in the TATA-binding protein in different human populations and in patients with schizophrenia an bipolar affective disorder

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    Rubinsztein, D.C.; Leggo, J.; Crow, T.J.

    1996-09-20

    A new class of disease (including Huntington disease, Kennedy disease, and spinocerebellar ataxias types 1 and 3) results from abnormal expansions of CAG trinucleotides in the coding regions of genes. In all of these diseases the CAG repeats are thought to be translated into polyglutamine tracts. There is accumulating evidence arguing for CAG trinucleotide expansions as one of the causative disease mutations in schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder. We and others believe that the TATA-binding protein (TBP) is an important candidate to investigate in these diseases as it contains a highly polymorphic stretch of glutamine codons, which are close to the threshold length where the polyglutamine tracts start to be associated with disease. Thus, we examined the lengths of this polyglutamine repeat in normal unrelated East Anglians, South African Blacks, sub-Saharan Africans mainly from Nigeria, and Asian Indians. We also examined 43 bipolar affective disorder patients and 65 schizophrenic patients. The range of polyglutamine tract-lengths that we found in humans was from 26-42 codons. No patients with bipolar affective disorder and schizophrenia had abnormal expansions at this locus. 22 refs., 1 tab.

  5. TATA box-dependent protein-DNA interactions are detected on heat shock and histone gene promoters in nuclear extracts derived from Drosophila melanogaster embryos

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    Gilmour, D.S.; Dietz, T.J.; Elgin, S.C.R.

    1988-08-01

    The authors monitored protein-DNA interactions that occur on the hsp26, hsp70, histone H3, and histone H4 promoters in nuclear extracts derived from frozen Drosophila melanogaster embryos. All four of these promoters were found to be transcribed in vitro at comparable levels by extracts from both heat-shocked and non-heat-shocked embryos. Factors were detected in both types of extracts that block exonuclease digestion from a downstream site at ca. +35 and -20 base pairs from the start of transcription of all four of these promoters. In addition, factors in extracts from heat-shocked embryos blocked exonuclease digestion at sites flanking the heat shock consensus sequences of hsp26 and hsp70. Competition experiments indicated that common factors cause the +35 and -20 barriers on all four promoters in both extracts. The formation of the barriers at +35 and -20 required a TATA box but did not appear to require specific sequences downstream of +7. The authors suggest that the factors responsible for the +35 and -20 barriers are components whose association with the promoter precedes transcriptional activation.

  6. Functional Organization of the Yeast SAGA Complex: Distinct Components Involved in Structural Integrity, Nucleosome Acetylation, and TATA-Binding Protein Interaction

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    Sterner, David E.; Grant, Patrick A.; Roberts, Shannon M.; Duggan, Laura J.; Belotserkovskaya, Rimma; Pacella, Lisa A.; Winston, Fred; Workman, Jerry L.; Berger, Shelley L.

    1999-01-01

    SAGA, a recently described protein complex in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is important for transcription in vivo and possesses histone acetylation function. Here we report both biochemical and genetic analyses of members of three classes of transcription regulatory factors contained within the SAGA complex. We demonstrate a correlation between the phenotypic severity of SAGA mutants and SAGA structural integrity. Specifically, null mutations in the Gcn5/Ada2/Ada3 or Spt3/Spt8 classes cause moderate phenotypes and subtle structural alterations, while mutations in a third subgroup, Spt7/Spt20, as well as Ada1, disrupt the complex and cause severe phenotypes. Interestingly, double mutants (gcn5Δ spt3Δ and gcn5Δ spt8Δ) causing loss of a member of each of the moderate classes have severe phenotypes, similar to spt7Δ, spt20Δ, or ada1Δ mutants. In addition, we have investigated biochemical functions suggested by the moderate phenotypic classes and find that first, normal nucleosomal acetylation by SAGA requires a specific domain of Gcn5, termed the bromodomain. Deletion of this domain also causes specific transcriptional defects at the HIS3 promoter in vivo. Second, SAGA interacts with TBP, the TATA-binding protein, and this interaction requires Spt8 in vitro. Overall, our data demonstrate that SAGA harbors multiple, distinct transcription-related functions, including direct TBP interaction and nucleosomal histone acetylation. Loss of either of these causes slight impairment in vivo, but loss of both is highly detrimental to growth and transcription. PMID:9858534

  7. Molecular insights into vesicle tethering at the Golgi by the conserved oligomeric Golgi (COG) complex and the golgin TATA element modulatory factor (TMF).

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    Miller, Victoria J; Sharma, Prateek; Kudlyk, Tetyana A; Frost, Laura; Rofe, Adam P; Watson, Irene J; Duden, Rainer; Lowe, Martin; Lupashin, Vladimir V; Ungar, Daniel

    2013-02-08

    Protein sorting between eukaryotic compartments requires vesicular transport, wherein tethering provides the first contact between vesicle and target membranes. Here we map and start to functionally analyze the interaction network of the conserved oligomeric Golgi (COG) complex that mediates retrograde tethering at the Golgi. The interactions of COG subunits with members of transport factor families assign the individual subunits as specific interaction hubs. Functional analysis of selected interactions suggests a mechanistic tethering model. We find that the COG complex interacts with two different Rabs in addition to each end of the golgin "TATA element modulatory factor" (TMF). This allows COG to potentially bridge the distance between the distal end of the golgin and the target membrane thereby promoting tighter docking. Concurrently we show that the central portion of TMF can bind to Golgi membranes that are liberated of their COPI cover. This latter interaction could serve to bring vesicle and target membranes into close apposition prior to fusion. A target selection mechanism, in which a hetero-oligomeric tethering factor organizes Rabs and coiled transport factors to enable protein sorting specificity, could be applicable to vesicle targeting throughout eukaryotic cells.

  8. The conserved core domain of the human TATA binding protein is sufficient to assemble the multisubunit RNA polymerase I-specific transcription factor SL1.

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    Rudloff, U; Eberhard, D; Grummt, I

    1994-01-01

    The human ribosomal RNA polymerase (Pol) I promoter selectivity factor SL1 is a complex consisting of the TATA binding protein (TBP) and three TBP-associated factors (TAFs). We have investigated which elements of TBP are involved in the assembly of Pol I-specific TBP-TAF complexes by comparing SL1 isolated from two human cell lines, one expressing epitope-tagged full-length TBP and another expressing a deletion of nearly the entire N-terminal domain (e delta NTBP). We have immunopurified epitope-tagged full-length TBP- and e delta NTBP-TAF complexes and show that e delta NTBP reconstitutes SL1 activity almost as well as full-length TBP. Moreover, e delta NTBP is shown to be associated with all three Pol I-specific TAFs. Thus, the core of TBP alone is sufficient for the correct assembly of the Pol I-specific TBP-TAF complex, and the variable N-terminal region of human TBP is not required for transcriptional activity. We also demonstrate by an in vitro protein-protein interaction assay that TBP directly interacts with the smallest TAF, TAFI48. Images PMID:8058785

  9. Salt-mediated electrostatics in the association of TATA binding proteins to DNA: a combined molecular mechanics/Poisson-Boltzmann study.

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    Bredenberg, Johan H; Russo, Cristina; Fenley, Marcia O

    2008-06-01

    The TATA-binding protein (TBP) is a key component of the archaea ternary preinitiation transcription assembly. The archaeon TBP, from the halophile/hyperthermophile organism Pyrococcus woesei, is adapted to high concentrations of salt and high-temperature environments. Although most eukaryotic TBPs are mesophilic and adapted to physiological conditions of temperature and salt, they are very similar to their halophilic counterparts in sequence and fold. However, whereas the binding affinity to DNA of halophilic TBPs increases with increasing salt concentration, the opposite is observed for mesophilic TBPs. We investigated these differences in nonspecific salt-dependent DNA-binding behavior of halophilic and mesophilic TBPs by using a combined molecular mechanics/Poisson-Boltzmann approach. Our results are qualitatively in good agreement with experimentally observed salt-dependent DNA-binding for mesophilic and halophilic TBPs, and suggest that the distribution and the total number of charged residues may be the main underlying contributor in the association process. Therefore, the difference in the salt-dependent binding behavior of mesophilic and halophilic TBPs to DNA may be due to the very unique charge and electrostatic potential distribution of these TBPs, which consequently alters the number of repulsive and attractive electrostatic interactions.

  10. The TATA Binding Protein Associated Factor 4b (TAF4b) Mediates FSH Stimulation of the IGFBP-3 Promoter in Cultured Porcine Ovarian Granulosa Cells

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    Ongeri, Elimelda Moige; Verderame, Michael F.; Hammond, James M.

    2007-01-01

    We have established the gene for IGF binding protein 3 (IGFBP-3) as a target for FSH action. FSH effects on this gene require the PKA pathway as well as the PI-3 kinase and MAPK pathways. At the IGFBP-3 promoter, FSH effects depend on a site for TATA box binding protein (TBP) and formation of a high molecular weight transcription complex. To further elucidate FSH effects on the downstream events involving the TBP site, we cloned a pig TAF4b cDNA into a P-Flag expression vector. By co-transfecting granulosa cells with the IGFBP-3 promoter, we found that TAF4b mimics and enhances FSH induction of IGFBP-3 reporter activity. Using RT-PCR we showed that FSH stimulates expression of TAF4b. This would suggest that the role of TAF4b in follicular development is regulated by FSH. TAF4b may thus be the TFIID component that binds to the TBP site on the IGFBP-3 promoter and is essential for FSH induction of IGFBP-3. PMID:17888567

  11. Transcription factor IID in the Archaea: sequences in the Thermococcus celer genome would encode a product closely related to the TATA-binding protein of eukaryotes

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    Marsh, T. L.; Reich, C. I.; Whitelock, R. B.; Olsen, G. J.; Woese, C. R. (Principal Investigator)

    1994-01-01

    The first step in transcription initiation in eukaryotes is mediated by the TATA-binding protein, a subunit of the transcription factor IID complex. We have cloned and sequenced the gene for a presumptive homolog of this eukaryotic protein from Thermococcus celer, a member of the Archaea (formerly archaebacteria). The protein encoded by the archaeal gene is a tandem repeat of a conserved domain, corresponding to the repeated domain in its eukaryotic counterparts. Molecular phylogenetic analyses of the two halves of the repeat are consistent with the duplication occurring before the divergence of the archael and eukaryotic domains. In conjunction with previous observations of similarity in RNA polymerase subunit composition and sequences and the finding of a transcription factor IIB-like sequence in Pyrococcus woesei (a relative of T. celer) it appears that major features of the eukaryotic transcription apparatus were well-established before the origin of eukaryotic cellular organization. The divergence between the two halves of the archael protein is less than that between the halves of the individual eukaryotic sequences, indicating that the average rate of sequence change in the archael protein has been less than in its eukaryotic counterparts. To the extent that this lower rate applies to the genome as a whole, a clearer picture of the early genes (and gene families) that gave rise to present-day genomes is more apt to emerge from the study of sequences from the Archaea than from the corresponding sequences from eukaryotes.

  12. The Ability to Associate with Activation Domains in vitro is not Required for the TATA Box-Binding Protein to Support Activated Transcription in vivo

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    Tansey, William P.; Herr, Winship

    1995-11-01

    The TATA box-binding protein (TBP) interacts in vitro with the activation domains of many viral and cellular transcription factors and has been proposed to be a direct target for transcriptional activators. We have examined the functional relevance of activator-TBP association in vitro to transcriptional activation in vivo. We show that alanine substitution mutations in a single loop of TBP can disrupt its association in vitro with the activation domains of the herpes simplex virus activator VP16 and of the human tumor suppressor protein p53; these mutations do not, however, disrupt the transcriptional response of TBP to either activation domain in vivo. Moreover, we show that a region of VP16 distinct from its activation domain can also tightly associate with TBP in vitro, but fails to activate transcription in vivo. These data suggest that the ability of TBP to interact with activation domains in vitro is not directly relevant to its ability to support activated transcription in vivo.

  13. Transcription factor IID in the Archaea: sequences in the Thermococcus celer genome would encode a product closely related to the TATA-binding protein of eukaryotes

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    Marsh, T. L.; Reich, C. I.; Whitelock, R. B.; Olsen, G. J.; Woese, C. R. (Principal Investigator)

    1994-01-01

    The first step in transcription initiation in eukaryotes is mediated by the TATA-binding protein, a subunit of the transcription factor IID complex. We have cloned and sequenced the gene for a presumptive homolog of this eukaryotic protein from Thermococcus celer, a member of the Archaea (formerly archaebacteria). The protein encoded by the archaeal gene is a tandem repeat of a conserved domain, corresponding to the repeated domain in its eukaryotic counterparts. Molecular phylogenetic analyses of the two halves of the repeat are consistent with the duplication occurring before the divergence of the archael and eukaryotic domains. In conjunction with previous observations of similarity in RNA polymerase subunit composition and sequences and the finding of a transcription factor IIB-like sequence in Pyrococcus woesei (a relative of T. celer) it appears that major features of the eukaryotic transcription apparatus were well-established before the origin of eukaryotic cellular organization. The divergence between the two halves of the archael protein is less than that between the halves of the individual eukaryotic sequences, indicating that the average rate of sequence change in the archael protein has been less than in its eukaryotic counterparts. To the extent that this lower rate applies to the genome as a whole, a clearer picture of the early genes (and gene families) that gave rise to present-day genomes is more apt to emerge from the study of sequences from the Archaea than from the corresponding sequences from eukaryotes.

  14. Human dipeptidyl peptidase IV gene promoter: tissue-specific regulation from a TATA-less GC-rich sequence characteristic of a housekeeping gene promoter.

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    Böhm, S K; Gum, J R; Erickson, R H; Hicks, J W; Kim, Y S

    1995-01-01

    The dipeptidyl peptidase IV gene encodes a plasma-membrane exopeptidase that is highly expressed in small intestine, lung and kidney. In order to better understand the mechanisms responsible for this tissue-specific expression we cloned, sequenced and functionally characterized the 5'-flanking region of the human dipeptidyl peptidase IV gene. The first 500 bases of the 5'-flanking sequence constituted an unmethylated CpG island, contained several Sp1-binding sites and lacked a consensus TATA box, all characteristics of gene promoters lacking tissue-specific expression. RNase-protection analysis using both small intestinal and Caco2 cell RNA indicated that the dipeptidyl peptidase IV transcript was initiated from no fewer than six major and 12 minor start sites. The 5'-flanking sequence also exhibited functional promoter activity in transient transfection experiments. Here, various lengths of the sequence were cloned upstream of a luciferase gene and introduced into cultured cells using lipofectin. A region located between bases -150 and -109 relative to the start of translation was found to be important for high-level promoter activity in both Caco2 and HepG2 cells. Moreover, Caco2 cells and HepG2 cells, which express high levels of dipeptidyl peptidase IV activity, exhibited much higher normalized luciferase activity after transfection than did 3T3, Jurkat or COS-7 cells, which have low enzyme levels. Sodium butyrate was found to increase both enzyme activity and normalized luciferase in HepG2 cells. Thus the dipeptidyl peptidase IV promoter possesses the ability to initiate transcription in a tissue-specific fashion in spite of having the sequence characteristics of a housekeeping gene promoter. Images Figure 3 Figure 5 Figure 6 PMID:7487939

  15. Human TATA-binding protein-related factor-2 (hTRF2) stably associates with hTFIIA in HeLa cells

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    Teichmann, Martin; Wang, Zhengxin; Martinez, Ernest; Tjernberg, Agneta; Zhang, Di; Vollmer, Frank; Chait, Brian T.; Roeder, Robert G.

    1999-01-01

    The TATA-binding protein (TBP)-related factor TRF1, has been described in Drosophila and a related protein, TRF2, has been found in a variety of higher eukaryotes. We report that human (h)TRF2 is encoded by two mRNAs with common protein coding but distinct 5′ nontranslated regions. One mRNA is expressed ubiquitously (hTRF2-mRNA1), whereas the other (hTRF2-mRNA2) shows a restricted expression pattern and is extremely abundant in testis. In addition, we show that hTRF2 forms a stable stoichiometric complex with hTFIIA, but not with TAFs, in HeLa cells stably transfected with flag-tagged hTRF2. Neither recombinant human (rh)TRF2 nor the native flag⋅hTRF2-TFIIA complex is able to replace TBP or TFIID in basal or activated transcription from various RNA polymerase II promoters. Instead, rhTRF2, but not the flag⋅hTRF2–TFIIA complex, moderately inhibits basal or activated transcription in the presence of rhTBP or flag⋅TFIID. This effect is either completely (TBP-mediated transcription) or partially (TFIID-mediated transcription) counteracted by addition of free TFIIA. Neither rhTRF2 nor flag⋅hTRF2–TFIIA has any effect on the repression of TFIID-mediated transcription by negative cofactor-2 (NC2) and neither substitutes for TBP in RNA polymerase III-mediated transcription. PMID:10570139

  16. U-Pb zircon geochronology of the Paleoproterozoic Tagragra de Tata inlier and its Neoproterozoic cover, western Anti-Atlas, Morocco

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    Walsh, G.J.; Aleinikoff, J.N.; Benziane, F.; Yazidi, A.; Armstrong, T.R.

    2002-01-01

    New U-Pb zircon data obtained by sensitive high resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) from the Tagragra de Tata inlier in the western Anti-Atlas, Morocco establish Paleoproterozoic ages for the basement schists, granites, and metadolerites, and a Neoproterozoic age for an ignimbrite of the Ouarzazate Series in the cover sequence. The age of interbedded felsic metatuff in the metasedimentary and metavolcanic sequence of the basement schists is 2072 ?? 8 Ma. This date represents: (1) the first reliable age from the metasedimentary and metavolcanic sequence; (2) the oldest reliable age for the basement of the Anti-Atlas; (3) the first date on the timing of deposition of the sediments on the northern edge of the Paleoproterozoic West African craton; (4) a lower age limit on deformation during the Eburnean orogeny; and (5) the first date obtained from the non-granitic Paleoproterozoic basement of Morocco. Ages of 2046 ?? 7 Ma (Targant granite) and 2041 ?? 6 Ma (Oudad granite) support earlier interpretations of a Paleoproterozoic Eburnean igneous event in the Anti-Atlas. The granites post-date the Eburnean D1 deformation event in the Paleoproterozoic schist sequence, and place a ???2046 Ma limit on short-lived Eburnean deformation in the area. Cross-cutting metadolerite is 2040 ?? 6 Ma; this is the first date from a metadolerite in the western Anti-Atlas. All of the dolerites in the area post-date emplacement of the two granites and the new age constrains the onset of late- or post-Eburnean extension. Ignimbrite of the Ouarzazate Series, immediately above the Paleoproterozoic basement is 565 ?? 7 Ma. This Neoproterozoic age agrees with ages of similar volcanic rocks elsewhere from the Ouarzazate Series. The date also agrees with the ages of associated hypabyssal intrusions, and marks the second and final stage of Pan-African orogenic activity in the western Anti-Atlas. ?? 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Initiation of transcription of the MUC3A human intestinal mucin from a TATA-less promoter and comparison with the MUC3B amino terminus.

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    Gum, James R; Hicks, James W; Crawley, Suzanne C; Dahl, Christine M; Yang, Stacey C; Roberton, Anthony M; Kim, Young S

    2003-12-05

    Human intestinal mucin genes MUC3A and MUC3B are members of a membrane mucin gene family residing at chromosome 7q22. In this paper, we utilized genomic and cDNA cloning to elucidate the sequence of the 5'-region of the MUC3A gene including the gene promoter and the amino terminus coding sequence. Following its 21-residue signal peptide, the amino terminus of the mucin consists of a 233-residue Thr-, Ser-, and Pro-rich nonrepetitive sequence that is contiguous with its hypervariable domain of 375-residue repeats. RNase protection analysis and 5'-GeneRacer PCR indicated that MUC3A gene transcripts initiate from multiple start sites along a region spanning approximately 180 bases. The 5'-flanking region of the gene had promoter activity when fused to a luciferase reporter gene in all of the tested cell lines. This region contained binding sites for several transcription factors, including those implicated in the regulation of intestinal genes, but lacked a cognate TATA box. These features of the gene promoter may enable the gene to be expressed at variable levels in several cell types with different repertoires of transcription factors. We also utilized 5'-GeneRacer PCR to determine the sequence of the 5'-terminus of the MUC3B message. The amino termini of the MUC3A and MUC3B mucins are 91% conserved at the amino acid level. Thus, MUC3A and MUC3B have highly conserved amino and carboxyl termini, suggesting a recent duplication of the entire ancestral gene. It remains to be determined whether other members of the 7q22 membrane mucin gene family have amino-terminal domains similar to MUC3A and MUC3B.

  18. Genetic Selection for Context-Dependent Stochastic Phenotypes: Sp1 and TATA Mutations Increase Phenotypic Noise in HIV-1 Gene Expression

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    Shah, Priya S.; Arkin, Adam P.; Schaffer, David V.

    2013-01-01

    The sequence of a promoter within a genome does not uniquely determine gene expression levels and their variability; rather, promoter sequence can additionally interact with its location in the genome, or genomic context, to shape eukaryotic gene expression. Retroviruses, such as human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV), integrate their genomes into those of their host and thereby provide a biomedically-relevant model system to quantitatively explore the relationship between promoter sequence, genomic context, and noise-driven variability on viral gene expression. Using an in vitro model of the HIV Tat-mediated positive-feedback loop, we previously demonstrated that fluctuations in viral Tat-transactivating protein levels generate integration-site-dependent, stochastically-driven phenotypes, in which infected cells randomly ‘switch’ between high and low expressing states in a manner that may be related to viral latency. Here we extended this model and designed a forward genetic screen to systematically identify genetic elements in the HIV LTR promoter that modulate the fraction of genomic integrations that specify ‘Switching’ phenotypes. Our screen identified mutations in core promoter regions, including Sp1 and TATA transcription factor binding sites, which increased the Switching fraction several fold. By integrating single-cell experiments with computational modeling, we further investigated the mechanism of Switching-fraction enhancement for a selected Sp1 mutation. Our experimental observations demonstrated that the Sp1 mutation both impaired Tat-transactivated expression and also altered basal expression in the absence of Tat. Computational analysis demonstrated that the observed change in basal expression could contribute significantly to the observed increase in viral integrations that specify a Switching phenotype, provided that the selected mutation affected Tat-mediated noise amplification differentially across genomic contexts. Our study thus

  19. Genetic selection for context-dependent stochastic phenotypes: Sp1 and TATA mutations increase phenotypic noise in HIV-1 gene expression.

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    Miller-Jensen, Kathryn; Skupsky, Ron; Shah, Priya S; Arkin, Adam P; Schaffer, David V

    2013-01-01

    The sequence of a promoter within a genome does not uniquely determine gene expression levels and their variability; rather, promoter sequence can additionally interact with its location in the genome, or genomic context, to shape eukaryotic gene expression. Retroviruses, such as human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV), integrate their genomes into those of their host and thereby provide a biomedically-relevant model system to quantitatively explore the relationship between promoter sequence, genomic context, and noise-driven variability on viral gene expression. Using an in vitro model of the HIV Tat-mediated positive-feedback loop, we previously demonstrated that fluctuations in viral Tat-transactivating protein levels generate integration-site-dependent, stochastically-driven phenotypes, in which infected cells randomly 'switch' between high and low expressing states in a manner that may be related to viral latency. Here we extended this model and designed a forward genetic screen to systematically identify genetic elements in the HIV LTR promoter that modulate the fraction of genomic integrations that specify 'Switching' phenotypes. Our screen identified mutations in core promoter regions, including Sp1 and TATA transcription factor binding sites, which increased the Switching fraction several fold. By integrating single-cell experiments with computational modeling, we further investigated the mechanism of Switching-fraction enhancement for a selected Sp1 mutation. Our experimental observations demonstrated that the Sp1 mutation both impaired Tat-transactivated expression and also altered basal expression in the absence of Tat. Computational analysis demonstrated that the observed change in basal expression could contribute significantly to the observed increase in viral integrations that specify a Switching phenotype, provided that the selected mutation affected Tat-mediated noise amplification differentially across genomic contexts. Our study thus demonstrates a

  20. Human ATAC Is a GCN5/PCAF-containing acetylase complex with a novel NC2-like histone fold module that interacts with the TATA-binding protein.

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    Wang, Yuan-Liang; Faiola, Francesco; Xu, Muyu; Pan, Songqin; Martinez, Ernest

    2008-12-05

    Eukaryotic GCN5 acetyltransferases influence diverse biological processes by acetylating histones and non-histone proteins and regulating chromatin and gene-specific transcription as part of multiprotein complexes. In lower eukaryotes and invertebrates, these complexes include the yeast ADA complex that is still incompletely understood; the SAGA (Spt-Ada-Gcn5 acetylase) complexes from yeast to Drosophila that are mostly coactivators; and the ATAC (Ada Two-A containing) complex, only known in Drosophila and still poorly characterized. In contrast, vertebrate organisms, express two paralogous GCN5-like acetyltransferases (GCN5 and PCAF), which have been found so far only in SAGA-type complexes referred to hereafter as the STAGA (SPT3-TAF9-GCN5/PCAF acetylase) complexes. We now report the purification and characterization of vertebrate (human) ATAC-type complexes and identify novel components of STAGA. We show that human ATAC complexes incorporate in addition to GCN5 or PCAF (GCN5/PCAF), other epigenetic coregulators (ADA2-A, ADA3, STAF36, and WDR5), cofactors of chromatin assembly/remodeling and DNA replication machineries (POLE3/CHRAC17 and POLE4), the stress- and TGFbeta-activated protein kinase (TAK1/MAP3K7) and MAP3-kinase regulator (MBIP), additional cofactors of unknown function, and a novel YEATS2-NC2beta histone fold module that interacts with the TATA-binding protein (TBP) and negatively regulates transcription when recruited to a promoter. We further identify the p38 kinase-interacting protein (p38IP/FAM48A) as a novel component of STAGA with distant similarity to yeast Spt20. These results suggest that vertebrate ATAC-type and STAGA-type complexes link specific extracellular signals to modification of chromatin structure and regulation of the basal transcription machinery.

  1. Cloning and characterization of the human beta2-glycoprotein I (beta2-GPI) gene promoter: roles of the atypical TATA box and hepatic nuclear factor-1alpha in regulating beta2-GPI promoter activity.

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    Wang, Hsueh-Hsiao; Chiang, An-Na

    2004-01-01

    Beta2-glycoprotein I (beta2-GPI) is a plasma glycoprotein primarily synthesized in the liver. The interindividual variability of beta2-GPI expression in subjects with various metabolic syndromes and disease states suggests that it may have clinical importance. However, the regulation of beta2-GPI gene expression has not been clarified. To gain more insight into the control of beta2-GPI gene expression, we cloned the 4.1-kb 5'-flanking region and characterized the proximal promoter of the beta2- GPI gene in this study. Cis -acting elements required for beta2-GPI promoter activity were identified with transient transfection assays in the hepatoma cell lines HepG2 and Huh7 and in non-hepatic HeLa cells. Serial deletion analyses of the beta2-GPI 5'-flanking sequence revealed that the region from -197 to +7 had strong promoter activity in hepatoma cells but not in HeLa cells. Truncation and site-directed mutagenesis of putative cis -elements within this region showing an atypical TATA box and a HNF-1 (hepatic nuclear factor-1) element were both essential for the beta2-GPI promoter activity. Subsequent gel mobility shift assays confirmed the interaction of HNF-1alpha with the HNF-1 site residing downstream of the TATA box. Co-transfection of beta2-GPI promoter-luciferase vector with HNF-1alpha expression vector in Huh7 and HNF-1-deficient HeLa cells demonstrated the transactivation effect of HNF-1alpha on beta2-GPI promoter activity. In addition, overexpression of HNF-1alpha enhanced the endogenous beta2-GPI expression. These results suggest that the atypical TATA box and HNF-1 cis-element are critical for beta2-GPI transcription and HNF-1alpha may play an important role in cell-specific regulation of beta2-GPI gene expression. PMID:14984368

  2. Hepatitis B virus X protein induces RNA polymerase III-dependent gene transcription and increases cellular TATA-binding protein by activating the Ras signaling pathway.

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    Wang, H D; Trivedi, A; Johnson, D L

    1997-12-01

    Our previous studies have shown that the hepatitis B virus protein, X, activates all three classes of RNA polymerase III (pol III)-dependent promoters by increasing the cellular level of TATA-binding protein (TBP) (H.-D. Wang et al., Mol. Cell. Biol. 15:6720-6728, 1995), a limiting transcription component (A. Trivedi et al., Mol. Cell. Biol. 16:6909-6916, 1996). We have investigated whether these X-mediated events are dependent on the activation of the Ras/Raf-1 signaling pathway. Transient expression of a dominant-negative mutant Ras gene (Ras-ala15) in a Drosophila S-2 stable cell line expressing X (X-S2), or incubation of the cells with a Ras farnesylation inhibitor, specifically blocked both the X-dependent activation of a cotransfected tRNA gene and the increase in cellular TBP levels. Transient expression of a constitutively activated form of Ras (Ras-val12) in control S2 cells produced both an increase in tRNA gene transcription and an increase in cellular TBP levels. These events are not cell type specific since X-mediated gene induction was also shown to be dependent on Ras activation in a stable rat 1A cell line expressing X. Furthermore, increases in RNA pol III-dependent gene activity and TBP levels could be restored in X-S2 cells expressing Ras-ala15 by coexpressing a constitutively activated form of Raf-1. These events are serum dependent, and when the cells are serum deprived, the X-mediated effects are augmented. Together, these results demonstrate that the X-mediated induction of RNA pol III-dependent genes and increase in TBP are both dependent on the activation of the Ras/Raf-1 signaling cascade. In addition, these studies define two new and important consequences mediated by the activation of the Ras signal transduction pathway: an increase in the central transcription factor, TBP, and the induction of RNA pol III-dependent gene activity.

  3. Candidate SNP Markers of Familial and Sporadic Alzheimer's Diseases Are Predicted by a Significant Change in the Affinity of TATA-Binding Protein for Human Gene Promoters.

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    Ponomarenko, Petr; Chadaeva, Irina; Rasskazov, Dmitry A; Sharypova, Ekaterina; Kashina, Elena V; Drachkova, Irina; Zhechev, Dmitry; Ponomarenko, Mikhail P; Savinkova, Ludmila K; Kolchanov, Nikolay

    2017-01-01

    While year after year, conditions, quality, and duration of human lives have been improving due to the progress in science, technology, education, and medicine, only eight diseases have been increasing in prevalence and shortening human lives because of premature deaths according to the retrospective official review on the state of US health, 1990-2010. These diseases are kidney cancer, chronic kidney diseases, liver cancer, diabetes, drug addiction, poisoning cases, consequences of falls, and Alzheimer's disease (AD) as one of the leading pathologies. There are familial AD of hereditary nature (~4% of cases) and sporadic AD of unclear etiology (remaining ~96% of cases; i.e., non-familial AD). Therefore, sporadic AD is no longer a purely medical problem, but rather a social challenge when someone asks oneself: "What can I do in my own adulthood to reduce the risk of sporadic AD at my old age to save the years of my lifespan from the destruction caused by it?" Here, we combine two computational approaches for regulatory SNPs: Web service SNP_TATA_Comparator for sequence analysis and a PubMed-based keyword search for articles on the biochemical markers of diseases. Our purpose was to try to find answers to the question: "What can be done in adulthood to reduce the risk of sporadic AD in old age to prevent the lifespan reduction caused by it?" As a result, we found 89 candidate SNP markers of familial and sporadic AD (e.g., rs562962093 is associated with sporadic AD in the elderly as a complication of stroke in adulthood, where natural marine diets can reduce risks of both diseases in case of the minor allele of this SNP). In addition, rs768454929, and rs761695685 correlate with sporadic AD as a comorbidity of short stature, where maximizing stature in childhood and adolescence as an integral indicator of health can minimize (or even eliminate) the risk of sporadic AD in the elderly. After validation by clinical protocols, these candidate SNP markers may become

  4. Association of Transcription Factor IIA with TATA Binding Protein Is Required for Transcriptional Activation of a Subset of Promoters and Cell Cycle Progression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Ozer, Josef; Lezina, Larissa E.; Ewing, Joshua; Audi, Salma; Lieberman, Paul M.

    1998-01-01

    The general transcription factor IIA (TFIIA) interacts with the TATA binding protein (TBP) and promoter DNA to mediate transcription activation in vitro. To determine if this interaction is generally required for activation of all class II genes in vivo, we have constructed substitution mutations in yeast TFIIA which compromise its ability to bind TBP. Substitution mutations in the small subunit of TFIIA (Toa2) at residue Y69 or W76 significantly impaired the ability of TFIIA to stimulate TBP-promoter binding in vitro. Gene replacement of wild-type TOA2 with a W76E or Y69A/W76A mutant was lethal in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, while the Y69F/W76F mutant exhibited extremely slow growth at 30°C. Both the Y69A and W76A mutants were conditionally lethal at higher temperatures. Light microscopy indicated that viable toa2 mutant strains accumulate as equal-size dumbbells and multibudded clumps. Transcription of the cell cycle-regulatory genes CLB1, CLB2, CLN1, and CTS1 was significantly reduced in the toa2 mutant strains, while the noncycling genes PMA1 and ENO2 were only modestly affected, suggesting that these toa2 mutant alleles disrupt cell cycle progression. The differential effect of these toa2 mutants on gene transcription was examined for a number of other genes. toa2 mutant strains supported high levels of CUP1, PHO5, TRP3, and GAL1 gene activation, but the constitutive expression of DED1 was significantly reduced. Activator-induced start site expression for HIS3, GAL80, URA1, and URA3 promoters was defective in toa2 mutant strains, suggesting that the TFIIA-TBP complex is important for promoters which require an activator-dependent start site selection from constitutive to regulated expression. We present evidence to indicate that transcription defects in toa2 mutants can be both activator and promoter dependent. These results suggest that the association of TFIIA with TBP regulates activator-induced start site selection and cell cycle progression in S

  5. Candidate SNP Markers of Familial and Sporadic Alzheimer's Diseases Are Predicted by a Significant Change in the Affinity of TATA-Binding Protein for Human Gene Promoters

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    Ponomarenko, Petr; Chadaeva, Irina; Rasskazov, Dmitry A.; Sharypova, Ekaterina; Kashina, Elena V.; Drachkova, Irina; Zhechev, Dmitry; Ponomarenko, Mikhail P.; Savinkova, Ludmila K.; Kolchanov, Nikolay

    2017-01-01

    While year after year, conditions, quality, and duration of human lives have been improving due to the progress in science, technology, education, and medicine, only eight diseases have been increasing in prevalence and shortening human lives because of premature deaths according to the retrospective official review on the state of US health, 1990-2010. These diseases are kidney cancer, chronic kidney diseases, liver cancer, diabetes, drug addiction, poisoning cases, consequences of falls, and Alzheimer's disease (AD) as one of the leading pathologies. There are familial AD of hereditary nature (~4% of cases) and sporadic AD of unclear etiology (remaining ~96% of cases; i.e., non-familial AD). Therefore, sporadic AD is no longer a purely medical problem, but rather a social challenge when someone asks oneself: “What can I do in my own adulthood to reduce the risk of sporadic AD at my old age to save the years of my lifespan from the destruction caused by it?” Here, we combine two computational approaches for regulatory SNPs: Web service SNP_TATA_Comparator for sequence analysis and a PubMed-based keyword search for articles on the biochemical markers of diseases. Our purpose was to try to find answers to the question: “What can be done in adulthood to reduce the risk of sporadic AD in old age to prevent the lifespan reduction caused by it?” As a result, we found 89 candidate SNP markers of familial and sporadic AD (e.g., rs562962093 is associated with sporadic AD in the elderly as a complication of stroke in adulthood, where natural marine diets can reduce risks of both diseases in case of the minor allele of this SNP). In addition, rs768454929, and rs761695685 correlate with sporadic AD as a comorbidity of short stature, where maximizing stature in childhood and adolescence as an integral indicator of health can minimize (or even eliminate) the risk of sporadic AD in the elderly. After validation by clinical protocols, these candidate SNP markers may

  6. Construction of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains with enhanced ethanol tolerance by mutagenesis of the TATA-binding protein gene and identification of novel genes associated with ethanol tolerance.

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    Yang, Jungwoo; Bae, Ju Yun; Lee, Young Mi; Kwon, Hyeji; Moon, Hye-Yun; Kang, Hyun Ah; Yee, Su-Bog; Kim, Wankee; Choi, Wonja

    2011-08-01

    Since elevated ethanol is a major stress during ethanol fermentation, yeast strains tolerant to ethanol are highly desirable for the industrial scale ethanol production. A technology called global transcriptional machinery engineering (gTME), which exploits a mutant library of SPT15 encoding the TATA-binding protein of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Alper et al., 2006; Science 314: 1565-1568), seems to a powerful tool for creating ethanol-tolerant strains. However, the ability of created strains to tolerate high ethanol on rich media remains unproven. In this study, a similar strategy was used to obtain five strains with enhanced ethanol tolerance (ETS1-5) of S. cerevisiae. Comparing global transcriptional profiles of two selected strains ETS2 and ETS3 with that of the control identified 42 genes that were commonly regulated with twofold change. Out of 34 deletion mutants available from a gene knockout library, 18 were ethanol sensitive, suggesting that these genes were closely associated with ethanol tolerance. Eight of them were novel with most being functionally unknown. To establish a basis for future industrial applications, strains iETS2 and iETS3 were created by integrating the SPT15 mutant alleles of ETS2 and ETS3 into the chromosomes, which also exhibited enhanced ethanol tolerance and survival upon ethanol shock on a rich medium. Fermentation with 20% glucose for 24 h in a bioreactor revealed that iETS2 and iETS3 grew better and produced approximately 25% more ethanol than a control strain. The ethanol yield and productivity were also substantially enhanced: 0.31 g/g and 2.6 g/L/h, respectively, for control and 0.39 g/g and 3.2 g/L/h, respectively, for iETS2 and iETS3. Thus, our study demonstrates the utility of gTME in generating strains with enhanced ethanol tolerance that resulted in increase of ethanol production. Strains with enhanced tolerance to other stresses such as heat, fermentation inhibitors, osmotic pressure, and so on, may be further created by

  7. TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)-Like Factor (TLF) Is a Functional Regulator of Transcription: Reciprocal Regulation of the Neurofibromatosis Type 1 and c-fos Genes by TLF/TRF2 and TBP

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    Chong, Jayhong A.; Moran, Magdalene M.; Teichmann, Martin; Kaczmarek, J. Stefan; Roeder, Robert; Clapham, David E.

    2005-01-01

    The lack of direct targets for TATA-binding protein (TBP)-like factors (TLFs) confounds the understanding of their role in gene expression. Here we report that human TLF (also called TBP-related factor 2 [TRF2]) activates a number of different genes, including the neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) gene. The overexpression of TLF increases the amount of NF1 mRNA in cells. In vivo, TLF binds to and upregulates transcription from a fragment of the NF1 promoter. In vitro, purified TLF-TFIIA binds directly to the same NF1 promoter fragment that is required for TLF responsiveness in cells. Furthermore, targeted deletion of TLF in mice reduces NF1 levels. In contrast, TLF inhibits transcription driven by a fragment from the TATA-containing c-fos promoter by sequestering TFIIA. TBP affects the NF1 and c-fos promoters in a manner reciprocal to that of TLF, stimulating the c-fos promoter and inhibiting NF1 transcription. We conclude that TLF is a functional regulator of transcription with targets distinct from those of TBP. PMID:15767669

  8. Identification du comportement mécanique de liaisons soudées hétérogènes Ta/TA6V : méthodologie et premiers résultats

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    Delaplanche, D.; Durut, L.; Munier, E.

    2002-12-01

    Le calcul de dimensionnement des structures exige, entre autre, la connaissance du comportement des liaisons soudées. Jusque là modélisées simplement, ces comportements néanmoins complexes peuvent être aujourd'hui pris en compte dans les codes de calcul grâce aux progrès réalisés notamment en terme de performances informatiques. Pour ce faire, il faut mettre en place une méthode permettant d'identifier le comportement des liaisons. Le travail présenté a constitué à étudier la liaison Ta/TA6V soudée par laser YAG impulsionnel.

  9. TATA box-binding protein (TBP) is a constituent of the polymerase I-specific transcription initiation factor TIF-IB (SL1) bound to the rRNA promoter and shows differential sensitivity to TBP-directed reagents in polymerase I, II, and III transcription factors.

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    Radebaugh, C A; Matthews, J L; Geiss, G K; Liu, F; Wong, J M; Bateman, E; Camier, S; Sentenac, A; Paule, M R

    1994-01-01

    The role of the Acanthamoeba castellanii TATA-binding protein (TBP) in transcription was examined. Specific antibodies against the nonconserved N-terminal domain of TBP were used to verify the presence of TBP in the fundamental transcription initiation factor for RNA polymerase I, TIF-IB, and to demonstrate that TBP is part of the committed initiation complex on the rRNA promoter. The same antibodies inhibit transcription in all three polymerase systems, but they do so differentially. Oligonucleotide competitors were used to evaluate the accessibility of the TATA-binding site in TIF-IB, TFIID, and TFIIIB. The results suggest that insertion of TBP into the polymerase II and III factors is more similar than insertion into the polymerase I factor. Images PMID:8264628

  10. TATA box-binding protein (TBP) is a constituent of the polymerase I-specific transcription initiation factor TIF-IB (SL1) bound to the rRNA promoter and shows differential sensitivity to TBP-directed reagents in polymerase I, II, and III transcription factors.

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    Radebaugh, C A; Matthews, J L; Geiss, G K; Liu, F; Wong, J M; Bateman, E; Camier, S; Sentenac, A; Paule, M R

    1994-01-01

    The role of the Acanthamoeba castellanii TATA-binding protein (TBP) in transcription was examined. Specific antibodies against the nonconserved N-terminal domain of TBP were used to verify the presence of TBP in the fundamental transcription initiation factor for RNA polymerase I, TIF-IB, and to demonstrate that TBP is part of the committed initiation complex on the rRNA promoter. The same antibodies inhibit transcription in all three polymerase systems, but they do so differentially. Oligonucleotide competitors were used to evaluate the accessibility of the TATA-binding site in TIF-IB, TFIID, and TFIIIB. The results suggest that insertion of TBP into the polymerase II and III factors is more similar than insertion into the polymerase I factor.

  11. Guidelines for locoregional therapy in primary breast cancer in developing countries: The results of an expert panel at the 8th Annual Women's Cancer Initiative – Tata Memorial Hospital (WCI-TMH) Conference

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    Munshi, Anusheel; Gupta, Sudeep; Anderson, Benjamin; Yarnold, John; Parmar, Vani; Jalali, Rakesh; Sharma, Suresh Chander; Desai, Sangeeta; Thakur, Meenakshi; Baijal, Gunjan; Sarin, Rajiv; Mittra, Indraneel; Ghosh, Jaya; Badwe, Rajendra

    2012-01-01

    Background: Limited guidelines exist for breast cancer management in developing countries. In this context, the Women's Cancer Initiative - Tata Memorial Hospital (WCI-TMH) organised its 8th Annual Conference to update guidelines in breast cancer. Materials and Methods: Appropriately formulated guideline questions on each topic and subtopic in the surgical, radiation and systemic management of primary breast cancer were developed by the scientific committee and shared with the guest faculty of the Conference. Majority of the questions had multiple choice answers. The opinion of the audience, comprising academic and community oncologists, was electronically cumulated, followed by focussed presentations by eminent national and international experts on each topic. The guidelines were finally developed through an expert panel that voted on each guideline question after all talks had been delivered and audience opinion elicited. Separate panels were constituted for locoregional and systemic therapy in primary breast cancer. Results: Based on the voting results of the expert panel, guidelines for locoregional therapy of breast cancer have been formulated. Voting patterns for each question are reported. Conclusions: The updated guidelines on locoregional management of primary breast cancer in the context of developing countries are presented in this article. These recommendations have been designed to allow centers in the developing world to improve the quality of care for breast cancer patients. PMID:22988354

  12. Crystal structure of a subcomplex of human transcription factor TFIID formed by TATA binding protein-associated factors hTAF4 (hTAF(II)135) and hTAF12 (hTAF(II)20).

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    Werten, Sebastiaan; Mitschler, André; Romier, Christophe; Gangloff, Yann-Gaël; Thuault, Sylvie; Davidson, Irwin; Moras, Dino

    2002-11-22

    The crystal structure is presented of a complex formed by the interacting domains from two subunits of the general transcription factor TFIID, the human TATA binding protein-associated factors hTAF4 (hTAF(II)135) and hTAF12 (hTAF(II)20). In agreement with predictions, hTAF12 forms a histone fold that is very similar to that of histone H2B, yet unexpected differences are observed between the structures of the hTAF12 interaction domain of hTAF4 and histone H2A. Most importantly, the hTAF4 fragment forms only the first two helices of a classical histone fold, which are followed by a 26-residue disordered region. This indicates that either full-length TAF4 contains an unusually long connecting loop between its second and third helix, and this helix is not required for stable interaction with TAF12, or that TAF4 represents a novel class of partial histone fold motifs. Structural models and structure-based sequence alignments support a role for TAF4b and hSTAF42/yADA1 as alternative partners for TAF12 and are consistent with the formation of nucleosome-like histone-fold octamers through interaction of TAF12 with a TAF6-TAF9 tetramer, yet argue against involvement of TAF12-containing histone-fold pairs in DNA binding.

  13. TATA-binding protein-related factor 2 is localized in the cytoplasm of mammalian cells and much of it migrates to the nucleus in response to genotoxic agents.

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    Park, Kyoung-ae; Tanaka, Yuji; Suenaga, Yusuke; Tamura, Taka-aki

    2006-10-31

    TBP (TATA-binding protein)-related factor 2 (TRF2) regulates transcription during a nuber of cellular processes. We previously demonstrated that it is localized in the cytoplasm and is translocated to the nucleus by DNA-damaging agents. However, the cytoplasmic localization of TRF2 is controversial. In this study, we reconfirmed its cytoplasmic localization in various ways and examined its nuclear migration. Stresses such as heat shock, redox agents, heavy metals, and osmotic shock did not affect localization whereas genotoxins such as methyl methanesulfonate (MMS), cisplatin, etoposide, and hydroxyurea caused it to migrate to the nucleus. Adriamycin, mitomycin C and gamma-rays had no obvious effect. We determined optimal conditions for the nuclear migration. The proportions of cells with nuclei enriched for TRF2 were 25-60% and 5-10% for stressed cells and control cells, respectively. Nuclear translocation was observed after 1 h, 4 h and 12 h for cisplatin, etoposide and MMS and hydroxyurea, respectively. The association of TRF2 with the chromatin and promoter region of the proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) gene, a putative target of TRF2, was increased by MMS treatment. Thus TRF2 may be involved in genotoxin-induced transcriptional regulation.

  14. Candidate SNP Markers of Gender-Biased Autoimmune Complications of Monogenic Diseases Are Predicted by a Significant Change in the Affinity of TATA-Binding Protein for Human Gene Promoters

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    Ponomarenko, Mikhail P.; Arkova, Olga; Rasskazov, Dmitry; Ponomarenko, Petr; Savinkova, Ludmila; Kolchanov, Nikolay

    2016-01-01

    Some variations of human genome [for example, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)] are markers of hereditary diseases and drug responses. Analysis of them can help to improve treatment. Computer-based analysis of millions of SNPs in the 1000 Genomes project makes a search for SNP markers more targeted. Here, we combined two computer-based approaches: DNA sequence analysis and keyword search in databases. In the binding sites for TATA-binding protein (TBP) in human gene promoters, we found candidate SNP markers of gender-biased autoimmune diseases, including rs1143627 [cachexia in rheumatoid arthritis (double prevalence among women)]; rs11557611 [demyelinating diseases (thrice more prevalent among young white women than among non-white individuals)]; rs17231520 and rs569033466 [both: atherosclerosis comorbid with related diseases (double prevalence among women)]; rs563763767 [Hughes syndrome-related thrombosis (lethal during pregnancy)]; rs2814778 [autoimmune diseases (excluding multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis) underlying hypergammaglobulinemia in women]; rs72661131 and rs562962093 (both: preterm delivery in pregnant diabetic women); and rs35518301, rs34166473, rs34500389, rs33981098, rs33980857, rs397509430, rs34598529, rs33931746, rs281864525, and rs63750953 (all: autoimmune diseases underlying hypergammaglobulinemia in women). Validation of these predicted candidate SNP markers using the clinical standards may advance personalized medicine. PMID:27092142

  15. Severe and rapidly progressing cognitive phenotype in a SCA17-family with only marginally expanded CAG/CAA repeats in the TATA-box binding protein gene: A case report

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    2012-01-01

    Background The autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) confine a group of rare and heterogeneous disorders, which present with progressive ataxia and numerous other features e.g. peripheral neuropathy, macular degeneration and cognitive impairment, and a subset of these disorders is caused by CAG-repeat expansions in their respective genes. The diagnosing of the SCAs is often difficult due to the phenotypic overlap among several of the subtypes and with other neurodegenerative disorders e.g. Huntington’s disease. Case presentation We report a family in which the proband had rapidly progressing cognitive decline and only subtle cerebellar symptoms from age 42. Sequencing of the TATA-box binding protein gene revealed a modest elongation of the CAG/CAA-repeat of only two repeats above the non-pathogenic threshold of 41, confirming a diagnosis of SCA17. Normally, repeats within this range show reduced penetrance and result in a milder disease course with slower progression and later age of onset. Thus, this case presented with an unusual phenotype. Conclusions The current case highlights the diagnostic challenge of neurodegenerative disorders and the need for a thorough clinical and paraclinical examination of patients presenting with rapid cognitive decline to make a precise diagnosis on which further genetic counseling and initiation of treatment modalities can be based. PMID:22889412

  16. Candidate SNP Markers of Gender-Biased Autoimmune Complications of Monogenic Diseases Are Predicted by a Significant Change in the Affinity of TATA-Binding Protein for Human Gene Promoters.

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    Ponomarenko, Mikhail P; Arkova, Olga; Rasskazov, Dmitry; Ponomarenko, Petr; Savinkova, Ludmila; Kolchanov, Nikolay

    2016-01-01

    Some variations of human genome [for example, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)] are markers of hereditary diseases and drug responses. Analysis of them can help to improve treatment. Computer-based analysis of millions of SNPs in the 1000 Genomes project makes a search for SNP markers more targeted. Here, we combined two computer-based approaches: DNA sequence analysis and keyword search in databases. In the binding sites for TATA-binding protein (TBP) in human gene promoters, we found candidate SNP markers of gender-biased autoimmune diseases, including rs1143627 [cachexia in rheumatoid arthritis (double prevalence among women)]; rs11557611 [demyelinating diseases (thrice more prevalent among young white women than among non-white individuals)]; rs17231520 and rs569033466 [both: atherosclerosis comorbid with related diseases (double prevalence among women)]; rs563763767 [Hughes syndrome-related thrombosis (lethal during pregnancy)]; rs2814778 [autoimmune diseases (excluding multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis) underlying hypergammaglobulinemia in women]; rs72661131 and rs562962093 (both: preterm delivery in pregnant diabetic women); and rs35518301, rs34166473, rs34500389, rs33981098, rs33980857, rs397509430, rs34598529, rs33931746, rs281864525, and rs63750953 (all: autoimmune diseases underlying hypergammaglobulinemia in women). Validation of these predicted candidate SNP markers using the clinical standards may advance personalized medicine.

  17. A point mutation in the putative TATA box, detected in nondiseased individuals and patients with hereditary breast cancer, decreases promoter activity of the 17{beta}-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 gene 2 (EDH17B2) in vitro

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    Peltoketo, H.; Piao, Y.; Isomaa, V.

    1994-09-01

    EDH17B2, the gene encoding 17{beta}-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1, has been suggested as a candidate for the familial breast cancer gene, BRCA1, located on 17q12-q21. We analyzed the promoter region of EDH17B2 in DNA from 20 control individuals and 40 patients with familial breast cancer. Two frequent (designated vI and vIII) and two rare (vII and vIV) nucleotide variations were present in both the breast cancer patients and the controls, except the alteration vII, which was found only in one patient. Although the data do not support the identification of EDH17B2 as the BRCA1 gene, it is of interest that point mutation vIV (A {yields} C) was located in the putative TATA box of the EDH17B2 gene. Reporter gene analysis showed that the mutation vIV decreases EDH17B2 promoter activity by an average of 45% in in vitro assays, suggesting that nucleotide A at position -27 is significant for efficient transcription. 12 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  18. [open quotes]Cryptic[close quotes] repeating triplets of purines and pyrimidines (cRRY(i)) are frequent and polymorphic: Analysis of coding cRRY(i) in the proopiomelanocortin (POMC) and TATA-binding protein (TBP) genes

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    Gostout, B.; Qiang Liu; Sommer, S.S. )

    1993-06-01

    Triplets of the form of purine, purine, pyrimidine (RRY(i)) are enhanced in frequency in the genomes of primates, rodents, and bacteria. Some RRY(i) are [open quotes]cryptic[close quotes] repeats (cRRY(i)) in which no one tandem run of a trinucleotide predominates. A search of human GenBank sequence revealed that the sequences of cRRY(i) are highly nonrandom. Three randomly chosen human cRRY(i) were sequenced in search of polymorphic alleles. Multiple polymorphic alleles were found in cRRY(i) in the coding regions of the genes for proopiomelanocortin (POMC) and TATA-binding protein (TBP). The highly polymorphic TBP cRRY(i) was characterized in detail. Direct sequencing of 157 unrelated human alleles demonstrated the presence of 20 different alleles which resulted in 29--40 consecutive glutamines in the amino-terminal region of TBP. These alleles are differently distributed among the races. PCR was used to screen 1,846 additional alleles in order to characterize more fully the range of variation in the population. Three additional alleles were discovered, but there was no example of a substantial sequence amplification as is seen in the repeat sequences associated with X-linked spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, myotonic dystrophy, or the fragile-X syndrome. The structure of the TBP cRRY(i) is conserved in the five monkey species examined. In the chimpanzee, examination of four individuals revealed that the cRRY(i) was highly polymorphic, but the pattern of polymorphism differed from that in humans. The TBP cRRY(i) displays both similarities with and differences from the previously described RRY(i) in the coding sequence of the androgen receptor. The data suggest how simple tandem repeats could evolve from cryptic repeats. 18 refs., 3 figs., 6 tabs.

  19. Analisis del contenido curricular de los Documentos Normativos del Programa de Ciencias en el area de biologia para la escuela superior del sistema de educacion publica de Puerto Rico: 1993-2012

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    Davila Montanez, Melissa

    Esta investigacion de naturaleza cualitativa se ocupo de realizar un analisis de contenido documental de los Documentos Normativos del Programa de Ciencias en el area de biologia de la escuela superior del sistema de educacion publica de Puerto Rico del periodo 1993-2012. Los documentos analizados fueron: Guia Curricular, 1995; Marco Curricular, 2003; Estandares de Excelencia, 1996, 2000 y Estandares de Contenido y Expectativas de Grado, 2007. Se indago si hubo cambios en significados en los Componentes Estructurales: Naturaleza de la ciencia, Paradigmas para la ensenanza de la ciencia, Funcion del curriculo formal, Mision de la ensenanza de la ciencia; Contenidos, destrezas y competencias, Estrategias de ensenanza y Evaluacion/Assessment del aprendizaje. El analisis sugiere que no hubo cambios sustanciales en los significados de los Componentes Estructurales. Los documentos estudiados muestran mayormente caracteristicas similares, aunque los documentos mas recientes eran mas descriptivos, explicativos y especificos.

  20. Evolutionary analysis of TATA-less proximal promoter function.

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    Crawford, D L; Segal, J A; Barnett, J L

    1999-02-01

    Many molecular studies describe how components of the proximal promoter affect transcriptional processes. However, these studies do not account for the likely effects of distant enhancers or chromatin structure, and thus it is difficult to conclude that the sequence variation in proximal promoters acts to modulate transcription in the natural context of the whole genome. This problem, the biological importance of proximal promoter sequence variation, can be addressed using a combination of molecular and evolutionary analyses. Provided here are molecular and evolutionary analyses of the variation in promoter function and sequence within and between populations of Fundulus heteroclitus for the lactate dehydrogenase-B (Ldh-B) proximal promoter. Approximately one third of the Ldh-B proximal promoter contains interspersed regions that are functionally important: (1) they bind transcription factors in vivo, (2) they effect a change in transcription as assayed by transient transfection into two different fish cell lines, and (3) they bind purified transcription factors in vitro. Evolutionary analyses that compare sequence variation in these functional regions versus the nonfunctional regions indicate that the changes in the Ldh-B proximal promoter sequences are due to directional selection. Thus, the Ldh-B proximal promoter sequence variations that affect transcriptional processes constitute a phenotypic change that is subject to natural selection, suggesting that proximal promoter sequence variation affects transcription in the natural context of the whole genome.

  1. SNP_TATA_Comparator: genomewide landmarks for preventive personalized medicine.

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    Ponomarenko, Mikhail; Rasskazov, Dmitry; Chadaeva, Irina; Sharypova, Ekaterina; Ponomarenko, Petr; Arkova, Olga; Kashina, Elena; Ivanisenko, Nikita; Zhechev, Dmitry; Savinkova, Ludmila; Kolchanov, Nikolay

    2017-06-01

    Year after year, conditions, quality, and duration of human lives have been improving due to the progress of science, technology, education, and medicine, which however has a downside. Owing to improvement in children's nutrition, developmental acceleration occurs that imbalances a child's system. Because of virtual worlds of the Internet, social experience of teenagers expands and clashes with puberty of adolescents. Due to the comfort of cities, urbanization emerges and causes stress to adults because of artificial light, noise, pollution, violations of personal space, and family disruption. At old age, all these factors taken together contribute to loneliness, cancer, diabetes, drug addiction, and sporadic Alzheimer's disease, which shorten the lifespan, as reviewed in the US, 1990-2010. That is why, a person may ask oneself: "What can I do now to keep my health in my old age?" To help them, we provide this comprehensive review on predictive preventive personalized medicine. This branch of molecular medicine uses single nucleotide polymorphisms to prevent diseases on the basis of the difference between the individual and reference human genomes.

  2. Revision curricular a partir de un analisis comparativo de las discrepancias en los curriculos de una escuela de optometria en Puerto Rico con las competencias requeridas para las agencias de revalida y acreditacion 2004

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    Rivera Pacheco, Andres

    El proposito de esta investigacion, un estudio cualitativo de caso, fue comparar y contrastar el curriculo vigente de la Escuela de Optometria de la UIAPR con las competencias y estandares requeridos por las agencias de acreditacion y de revalida. Con este proposito, decidimos realizar una revision y un analisis de documentos: el prontuario de cada uno de los cursos de los curriculos implantados en el 1993 y en el 2001; las competencias y estandares establecidos por las agencias de revalida y de acreditacion; y las estadisticas en las que se analiza el porcentaje de estudiantes que aprueban cada una de las partes de los examenes de revalida entre el 1998 al 2003. Se realizaron entrevistas dirigidas para dar apoyo y complementar la revision y el analisis de estos documentos. Los participantes de las entrevistas fueron tres estudiantes de la clase de optometria del 2004 (ultima clase del curriculo del 1993); tres estudiantes de la clase de optometria del 2005 (primera clase graduanda del curriculo vigente) y tres profesores y/o directores de los Departamentos de Ciencias Basicas, Ciencias Clinicas y Cuidado al Paciente. Esta investigacion se enmarco en el modelo de evaluacion curricular de discrepancia de Malcolm Provus y en el modelo de desarrollo basado en competencias. Uno de los hallazgos mas importantes del estudio es que los cambios que se implantaron al curriculo del 2001 no han logrado que los estudiantes mejoren su ejecucion en los examenes de revalida. Por otro lado, se encontro que el curriculo vigente atiende completamente los estandares de la practica de Optometria, pero no las competencias. Esta informacion fue validada mediante el uso de una tabla de cotejo para el analisis de los cursos y de la informacion obtenida de las entrevistas. El estudio determina y concluye que existen discrepancias entre los prontuarios de los cursos del curriculo y las competencias requeridas por la agencia de revalida. Segundo, que el Departamento de Ciencias Basicas es el

  3. Nutritional status in survivors of childhood cancer: Experience from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.

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    Prasad, M; Arora, B; Chinnaswamy, G; Vora, T; Narula, G; Banavali, S; Kurkure, P

    2015-01-01

    Survivors of childhood cancer are at increased risk for several cardiometabolic complications. Obesity/overweight and metabolic syndrome have been widely reported in Western literature, but data from India are lacking. To perform an objective assessment of nutritional status in a cohort of childhood cancer survivors (CCSs) and to find risk factors for extremes in nutritional status. The study was a retrospective chart review of CCSs who attended the late effects clinic of a referral pediatric oncology center over the period of 1 year. An objective assessment of nutritional status was done, and results were analyzed in two groups: Adult survivors (present age <18 years) and child and adolescent survivors (CASs) (<18 years). The data were then analyzed for possible risk factors. Six hundred and forty-eight survivors were included in the study; of these, 471 were <18 years at follow-up, and 177 were 18 years or older. The prevalence of obesity, overweight, normal, and undernutrition was 2.6%, 10.8%, 62.7%, and 28.8% (CASs) and 0%, 8.5%, 62.7%, and 28.8% (adult survivors), respectively. Factors predictive of overweight/obesity were an initial diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or brain tumor and follow-up duration of >20 years or current age >30 years in adult survivors. The prevalence of obesity/overweight is lower in our cohort when compared to Western literature. It remains to be clarified whether this reflects the underlying undernutrition in our country, or whether our cohort of survivors is indeed distinct from their Western counterparts. Comparison with age/sex-matched normal controls and baseline parameters would yield more meaningful results.

  4. Analisis evolutivo del cumulo abierto NGC2527

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    Lovos, F.; Gonzalez, J. F.; Veramendi, M. E.

    We present a spectroscopic analysis of 13 (V ) stars in the open cluster NGC2527. We carried out a study of radial velocity variability and kinematic membership. We detected three double-lined spectroscopic binaries; two of which are cluster members. One of the binaries is a blue straggler; for which we discuss possible formation scenarios. We conclude that this system would have been formed dynamically through a binary-binary or binary-single encounter; being the blue straggler the result of the merger of the companions of the original binary. FULL TEXT IN SPANISH

  5. Origins of Radio Astronomy at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and the role of J. L. Pawsey

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    Goss, W. M.

    I will discuss the interactions of a number of individuals that played major roles in the formation of radio astronomy in India in the period 1952-1962, particularly Dr. Joseph L. Pawsey. The story began in 1953-1954: Pawsey brought Govind Swarup to Australia as a Colombo Fellow in 1953, where he worked with Christiansen, Mills, Wild and Bolton. Later, Swarup went to Stanford where he completed a PhD with Ron Bracewell working on the new Solar Microwave Spectroheliograph. In the era 1960-1963, with the encouragement of Pawsey, several colleagues in Australia and Bracewell, discussions began among a number of Indian colleagues to form a radio astronomy group in India. The main players were G. Swarup, T.K. Menon, M.R. Kundu and T. Krishnan. Homi J. Bhabha, the Director of TIFR, made the decisive offer to this group to start a radio astronomy project in early 1962. Swarup joined TIFR in early April 1963. Many factors contributed to the successful formation of the new group: international networking among scientists of several generations, rapid decisions by Bhabha and the readiness to take chances in choosing promising, young, energetic scientists. In December 2013, we have celebrated 50 years of ground breaking research by the TIFR radio astronomers as well as the outstanding decade of research with the GMRT- the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope. Govind Swarup has provided the inspiration and leadership for this remarkable achievement.

  6. An interplay between TATA box-binding protein and transcription factors IIE and IIA modulates DNA binding and transcription.

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    Yokomori, K; Verrijzer, C P; Tjian, R

    1998-06-09

    The basal transcription factor IIE (TFIIE) is thought to be one of the last factors to be assembled into a preinitiation complex (PIC) at eukaryotic promoters after RNA polymerase II and TFIIF have been incorporated. It was shown that a primary function of TFIIE is to recruit and cooperate with TFIIH in promoter melting. Here, we show that the large subunit of TFIIE (E56) can directly stimulate TBP binding to the promoter in the absence of other basal factors. The zinc-finger domain of E56, required for transcriptional activity, is critical for this function. In addition, the small subunit of TFIIE (E34) directly contacts DNA and TFIIA and thus providing a second mechanism for TFIIE to help binding of a TBP/IIA complex to the promoter, the first critical step in the PIC assembly. These studies suggest an alternative PIC assembly pathway in which TFIIE affects both TBP and TFIIH functions during initiation of RNA synthesis.

  7. Analisis espacial de las areas protegidas terrestres de Puerto Rico

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    M. Quinones; W.A. Gould; J. Castro-Prieto; S. Martinuzzi

    2013-01-01

    En este mapa de investigacion describimos las areas protegidas terrestres de Puerto Rico basado en elementos naturales y antropogenicos del paisaje. Utilizamos datos geoespaciales para calcular la extension y representatividad de elementos del paisaje dentro de las areas protegidas de Puerto Rico, i.e., cobertura del terreno (Gould et al. 2007), asentamientos urbanos...

  8. The hepatitis B virus X protein increases the cellular level of TATA-binding protein, which mediates transactivation of RNA polymerase III genes

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    Wang, Horng-Dar; Johnson, D.L.; Yuh, Chio-Hwa

    1995-12-01

    This report decribes the mechanism by which the hepatitis B virus X gene product induces RNA polymerase III genes. The RNA pol III transcription system serves as model for understanding the mechanism of X in the transactivation of cellular genes in both Drosophila and rat cell lines. 53 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  9. Riflessioni e Proposte sulle Unita' di Analisi per l'Analisi del Discorso (Didattico) (Reflections and Suggestions Concerning the Units of Analysis for Discourse Analysis).

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    Landolfi, Liliana

    1995-01-01

    After reviewing units of discourse analysis generally used by sociolinguists, this article reports on a study conducted in university English-as-a-Second-Language classes in Los Angeles to show differences between interactions in and outside of class and proposes a broader frame of analysis to include both the turn and the exchange systems. (CFM)

  10. Riflessioni e Proposte sulle Unita' di Analisi per l'Analisi del Discorso (Didattico) (Reflections and Suggestions Concerning the Units of Analysis for Discourse Analysis).

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    Landolfi, Liliana

    1995-01-01

    After reviewing units of discourse analysis generally used by sociolinguists, this article reports on a study conducted in university English-as-a-Second-Language classes in Los Angeles to show differences between interactions in and outside of class and proposes a broader frame of analysis to include both the turn and the exchange systems. (CFM)

  11. Analisis de las distribuciones espectrales de energia de nucleos pre-estelares

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    Saldano, H. P.; Gómez, M. N.

    In this contribution we present the Spectral Energy Distributions (SEDs) modeling of 4 massive stellar objects; in their initial evolutionary stages; obtained from the 1.2 mm catalogue of Beltran_2006 Beltran_2006. The Herschel images at 70 - 500 m; combined with those obtained by WISE; allow us to build the SEDs. We use the code of Whitney_2003a Whitney_2003a to model them. For the youngest objects; instead; we apply a simple modified black body model. We estimate the envelope circumstellar parameters which characterize these massive stars and identify the evolutionary stage of each object according to the sequence proposed by Chambers_2009 Chambers_2009. FULL TEXT IN SPANISH

  12. Ppp Analisys with GPS and Glonass Integration in Periods Under Ionospheric Scintillation Effects

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    Marques, H. A. S.

    2015-12-01

    The GNSS is widely used nowadays either for geodetic positioning or scientific purposes. The GNSS currently includes GPS, GLONASS, Galileo among other emerging systems. The GPS and GLONASS are currently operational with a full satellite constellation. The GPS is still the most used nowadays and both GPS and GLONASS are under a modernization process. The geodetic positioning by using data from multi-constellation can provide better accuracy in positioning and also more reliability. The PPP is benefited once the satellite geometry is crucial in this method, mainly for kinematic scenarios. The satellite geometry can change suddenly for data collected in urban areas or in conditions of strong atmospheric effects such as Ionospheric Scintillation (IS) that causes weakening of signals with cycle slips and even loss of lock. The IS is caused by small irregularities in the ionosphere layer and is characterized by rapid change in amplitude and phase of the signal being stronger in equatorial and high latitudes regions. In this work the PPP is evaluated with GPS and GLONASS data collected by monitoring receivers from Brazilian CIGALA/CALIBRA network under IS conditions. The PPP processing was accomplished by using the GPSPPP software provided by Natural Resources Canadian (NRCAN). The IS effects were analyzed taking account the S4 and PHI60 indices. Considering periods with moderate IS effects, the use of only GPS data in the PPP presented several peaks in the coordinate time series due to cycle slips and loos of lock. In cycle slip conditions the ambiguity parameter are reinitialized by GPSPPP and considering loss of lock few satellites can be available in some epochs affecting the positioning geometry and consequently decreasing accuracy. In such situations, the PPP using GPS and GLONASS data presented improvements in positioning accuracy of the order to 70% in height component when compared with PPP using only GPS data. Analyses of GDOP and ambiguities parameters were also performed.

  13. Analisys of pectoralis major tendon in weightlifting athletes using ultrasonography and elastography

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    Pochini, Alberto de Castro; Ferretti, Mario; Kawakami, Eduardo Felipe Kin Ito; Fernandes, Artur da Rocha Corrêa; Yamada, Andre Fukunishi; de Oliveira, Gabriela Clemente; Cohen, Moisés; Andreoli, Carlos Vicente; Ejnisman, Benno

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Objective To evaluate tendinopathy of the pectoralis major muscle in weightlifting athletes using ultrasound and elastography. Methods This study included 20 patients, 10 with rupture of the pectoralis major muscle and 10 control patients. We evaluated pectoralis major muscle contralateral tendon with ultrasonographic and elastography examinations. The ultrasonographic examinations were performed using a high-resolution B mode ultrasound device. The elastography evaluation was classified into three patterns: (A), if stiff (more than 50% area with blue staining); (B), if intermediate (more than 50% green); and (C), if softened (more than 50% red). Results Patients’ mean age was 33±5.3 years. The presence of tendinous injury measured by ultrasound had a significant different (p=0.0055), because 80% of cases had tendinous injury versus 10% in the Control Group. No significant differences were seen between groups related with change in elastography (p=0.1409). Conclusion Long-term bodybuilders had ultrasound image with more tendinous injury than those in Control Group. There was no statistical significance regarding change in tendon elasticity compared with Control Group. PMID:26761551

  14. Una Metodologia de Analisis de la Interaccion Alumno-Orgendaor en la Investigacion Sobre Informatica Educativa.

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    Estepa, A.; And Others

    1992-01-01

    The recording of the interaction between pupil and computer is one of the data sources frequently used in research on the use of computers in teaching. Describes the analysis methodology of these recordings to determine the use of computers in statistics and its adaptation to other research work on the use of computers in education. (Author/MDH)

  15. Analisis de las Condiciones de Salud del Nino de 0-6 anos en Honduras.

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    Matamoros, Douglas Alberto

    1987-01-01

    Examines the National Pediatric Service and the research program of the Maternity-Infant-Hospital-School in Honduras. Reports that health conditions of young children (birth to six years) in Honduras are appalling and that available funds for health services are inadequate, reflecting the country's economic and social crisis. (NH)

  16. Analisis de Alteraciones EN la Imagen Debidas a Descolimacion de un Telescopio

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    Cobos, F. J.; Galan, M. J.

    1987-05-01

    Podemos considerar, en términos generales, que los espejos de un telescopio tienen una calidad óptica intrínseca, entendiendo por ésta la que se ha obtenido como resultado, fundamentalmente, de la destreza del personal del Taller Optico, que considerará terminadas las superficies ópticas cuando éstas satisfagan los requisitos de diseño y las pruebas de evaluación pertinentes. Debemos esperar que, una vez instalados los espejos en el telescopio, no se altere esta calidad de la óptica por un funcionamiento inadecuado de partes mecánicas del mismo. En los últimos años, en la medida que los problemas de infraestructuratura de nuestros Observatorios se han ido resolviendo, se ha hecho más patente la necesidad de llevar a la instrumentación existente al máximo de su potencial y parte esencial de ésta la conforman los mismos te lescopios. Mejorar la calidad óptica de las imágenes obtenidas con ellos ha hecho que sea prioritario el realizar una investigación más sistemática de sus características. Este trabajo ha tenido como objetivo primordial el usar un programa de diseño óptico, en el caso particular del telescopio UNAM212, con el fin de calcular y obtener gráficamente los diagramas de manchas de imagenes en foco y extrafocales, tanto con la óptica perfectamente alineada como descolimándola (mediante pequenos giros y descentramientos de los espejos). De esta manera, se hizo una evaluación de los efectos que estas alteraciones simuladas producirían en las imágenes focales y extra focales para así poder compararlas con las que realmente se han observado. Asimismo, se ha buscado información bibliográfica, en particular sobre los efectos de giros y descentramientos en las imágenes extrafocales, en lo que se ref iere a la falta de concentricidad de los círculos que forman la "dona" y a la distribución de intensidad luminosa en la misma. De ésta, l futuro un proceso que, haciendo uso de los detectores bidimensionales, nos permita Ilevar a cabo una alineación más rigurosa de la óptica del telescopio y evaluar con precisión Si variaciones en el posicionado del misesperamos desarrollar en emo producen efectos de descolimación.

  17. [Analisis of the budget impact of adalimumab and etanercept in rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthropathies].

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    González Álvarez, A; Gómez Barrera, M; Borrás Blasco, J; Giner Serret, E J

    2013-01-01

    Objetivo: Evaluar el impacto económico derivado de la ampliación de los intervalos de administración de adalimumab (ADA) y etanercept (ETN), en el tratamiento de la artritis reumatoide (AR) y espondiloartropatias (EAP) en nuestro ámbito de trabajo. Material y método: Se desarrolló un modelo de impacto presupuestario (MIP) para estimar la repercusión económica que tendría la ampliación en los intervalos habituales de administración de ADA 40 mg cada dos semanas y ETN 50 mg semanal (escenario A), por ADA 40 mg cada tres semanas y ETN 50 mg cada dos semanas (escenario B) de acuerdo a las guías y recomendaciones que se aplican a estos estudios, especificando la población diana, la perspectiva del estudio, el horizonte temporal y analizando la robustez del estudio a través de un análisis de sensibilidad univariante de tipo umbral. Resultados: Se incluyeron un total de 71 pacientes en el estudio. La aplicación del MIP mostró unos ahorros anuales para ADA y ETN de 19.784??y 38.271 ??respectivamente. El coste neto, es decir, el ahorro que esto supuso en el horizonte temporal considerado (dos años) ascendió a 116.110 ?. El análisis de sensibilidad realizado mostró que el MIP estimado para el periodo de estudio fue muy robusto ya que el resultado neto en diferentes escenarios apenas variaba, manteniéndose negativo en los nuevos escenarios. Conclusiones: La ampliación de los intervalos de administración de ADA y ETN cada tres semanas y dos semanas respectivamente, sería una estrategia que permitiría generar ahorros en el presupuesto hospitalario cercanos a los 116.110 ??en el horizonte temporal considerado, consiguiendo así una optimización del tratamiento con estos fármacos.

  18. Una Metodologia de Analisis de la Interaccion Alumno-Orgendaor en la Investigacion Sobre Informatica Educativa.

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    Estepa, A.; And Others

    1992-01-01

    The recording of the interaction between pupil and computer is one of the data sources frequently used in research on the use of computers in teaching. Describes the analysis methodology of these recordings to determine the use of computers in statistics and its adaptation to other research work on the use of computers in education. (Author/MDH)

  19. [NONINVASIVE DIAGNOSTICS OF THE PHENOTYPE OF GASTRITIS: ANALISIS OF THE FIRST THOUSAND OF CASES].

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    Belkovets, A V; Kurilovich, S A; Reshetnikov, O; Ragino, Yu I; Scherbakova, L V

    2015-01-01

    The analysis of noninvasive diagnostics of a phenotype of gastritis among 1050 people aged from 18 till 80 years which consistently addressed to policlinic is presented in the article. The instrument of diagnostics was a , including a complex of biomarkers - so-called (pepsinogen I, pepsinogen II, gastrin-17 and IgG- antibodies to Helicobacter Pylori). High frequency of different variants of atrophic gastritis (25%) with a gastric cancer risk and conditions with a risk of erosive and ulcer damages of the stomach mucous (26 %) was shown. Clinical and economical expediency of noninvasive screening of a phenotype of gastritis is postulated.

  20. Analisys of interplanetary structures associated with cosmic ray precursory anisotropies and intense geomagnetic storms

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    Savian, J. F.; da Silva, M. R.; Signori, M. R.; Andrioli, V. F.; dal Lago, A.; Eduardo, L.; Vieira, A.; Munakata, K.; Gonzalez, W. D.; Schuch, N. J.

    Throughout the 11 year solar cycle a number of energetic phenomena such as "flares" and coronal mass ejections (CME) give rise at earth to the so-called magnetic storms. These storms are characterized by a decrease in the H component of terrestrial magnetic field, lasting some dozens of hours. They are associated to interplanetary structures whose interplanetary magnetic field component in the Z direction (Bz) is southward, i.e., antiparalell to the earth's magnetic field direction. Thus, the interplanetary magnetic field interconnects with the geomagnetic field causing energy to be transported inwards. Some of these structures are associated with precursory anisotropy observed in ground cosmic ray data (muons). The objective of this work is to use a set of intense geomagnetic storm events (Dst<-100nT), already studied by Munakata et al (2000) in terms of cosmic ray signatures, and identify their interplanetary structures using observations made by ACE, Wind and IMP-8 satellites. We use the following interplanetary data: plasma (solar wind speed , density and temperature of protons), interplanetary magnetic field (B, Bx, By, Bz), observed by IMP-8, WIND and ACE satellites, and Dst index from Kyoto to characterize the storms.

  1. Il transito di Mercurio osservato da Jean Gambart il 5 maggio 1832: analisi ed eliometria

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    Sigismondi, Costantino

    2016-05-01

    Jean Gambart (1800-1836) observed the transit of Mercury in 1832 with a Dollond refractor of 67 mm at 100x under optimal meteo conditions and 1" of seeing. The contact times reported on Astron. Nach. 10, 259 (1832) are used to find the solar diameter -0.13'' lower than its standard value.

  2. Analisys of Helium fluxes and Helium Enhancement in 24th solar cycle with PAMELA Experiment

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    Mergé, Matteo

    2015-04-01

    The properties of solar energetic particles (SEPs) have long been modeled to constrain the proposed scenarios for particle acceleration. The challenge, however, is that the signatures of acceleration gleaned from SEP observations are modified as a consequence of transport within interplanetary space. PAMELA (Payload for Antimatter Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics) is a space-borne experiment launched in a semi-polar orbit on 15 June 2006 and continuously collecting data since then. On-board instrumentation is built around a permanent magnet with a silicon microstrip tracker, providing charge and track deflection information. The unique observations from PAMELA provide an essential link between highest and lowest energy particles. Several events registered during the 24th solar activity cycle showed an increase in the helium particle density, those events are good candidates to study the helium enhancement phenomena (an increase in H to He ratio at low energies) and to address the charge/mass dependence of acceleration mechanisms.

  3. Peripheral desmoplastic ameloblastoma in adolescent age: clinico-pathological and immunohistochemical analisys of a case.

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    Oteri, Giacomo; Lentini, Maria; Pisano, Michele; Cicciù, Marco

    2014-01-01

    The Extraosseous or Peripheral Ameloblastoma (PA) is a rare and benign odontogenic tumour, representing 1% to 5% of all ameloblastomas. It is usually localized in the soft oral tissues, without deep bone involvement. Its biological behaviour is specific, and several authors define PA as a non-infiltrating hamartomatous lesion. Indeed, recurrences rarely occur and progression in malignant tumors appears to be rare. The PA originates from the tooth-forming apparatus and it consists of proliferating odontogenic epithelium, exhibiting the same histological cell types and patterns of the intraosseous counterpart or infiltrating ameloblastoma. The peripheral desmoplastic ameloblastoma (PDA) can be classified as a newly recognized and very rare histological variant. To our knowledge, only a few cases of adult patients affected by PDA have been published. The aim of this paper is to report a case of PDA affecting an adolescent patient. The clinical-pathological and immunohistological features are discussed in order to improve knowledge regarding a correct diagnosis and to differentiate PDA lesions from similar diseases.

  4. Coastal morphodynamic features/patterns analisys through a video-based system and image processing

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    Santos, Fábio; Pais-Barbosa, Joaquim; Teodoro, Ana C.; Gonçalves, Hernâni; Baptista, Paolo; Moreira, António; Veloso-Gomes, Fernando; Taveira-Pinto, Francisco; Gomes-Costa, Paulo; Lopes, Vítor; Neves-Santos, Filipe

    2012-10-01

    The Portuguese coastline, like many other worldwide coastlines, is often submitted to several types of extreme events resulting in erosion, thus, acquisition of high quality field measurements has become a common concern. The nearshore survey systems have been traditionally based on in situ measurements or in the use of satellite or aircraft mounted remote sensing systems. As an alternative, video-monitoring systems proved to be an economic and efficient way to collect useful and continuous data, and to document extreme events. In this context, is under development the project MoZCo (Advanced Methodologies and Techniques Development for Coastal Zone Monitoring), which intends to develop and implement monitoring techniques for the coastal zone based on a low cost video monitoring system. The pilot study area is Ofir beach (north of Portugal), a critical coastal area. In the beginning of this project (2010) a monitoring video station was developed, collecting snapshots and 10 minutes videos every hour. In order to process the data, several video image processing algorithms were implemented in Matlab®, allowing achieve the main video-monitoring system products, such as, the shoreline detection. An algorithm based on image processing techniques was developed, using the HSV color space, the idea is to select a study and a sample area, containing pixels associated with dry and wet regions, over which a thresholding and some morphological operators are applied. After comparing the results with manual digitalization, promising results were achieved despite the method's simplicity, which is in continuous development in order to optimize the results.

  5. Analisis de las Condiciones de Salud del Nino de 0-6 anos en Honduras.

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    Matamoros, Douglas Alberto

    1987-01-01

    Examines the National Pediatric Service and the research program of the Maternity-Infant-Hospital-School in Honduras. Reports that health conditions of young children (birth to six years) in Honduras are appalling and that available funds for health services are inadequate, reflecting the country's economic and social crisis. (NH)

  6. Dental Wings CAD/CAM system precision: an internal and marginal fit sperimental analisys

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    SANNINO, G.; GLORIA, F.; SCHIAVETTI, R.; OTTRIA, L.; BARLATTANI, A.

    2010-01-01

    SUMMARY Statement of problem. The CAD-CAM technology has been developed to design and manufacture prosthetic structures with constant quality characteristics; in fact procedures are codified, manageable and repeatable. Purpose. The purpose of this in vitro study is to evaluate the internal and marginal gap of zirconia casts made with a new CAD-CAM systematic that use Dental Wings laser scanner and Yenamak milling machine. Material and methods. 6 analogs of solid abutments of Straumann implants were used, fixed in plexiglass bases. The samples were scanned by Dental Wings laser; the file obtained by scanning of each probe was sent to the Yenamak D40 milling machine, then the casts were sintered in Protherm furnace. Then 6 samples were cemented with resin luting agent capsules (Relyx Unicem, 3M ESPE). The samples were incorporated in transparent epoxy resin. After resin hardening, the cylinders obtained were cut with a microtomes. These slices thus obtained were then polished with a Polisher sander with alumina dust decreasing grain. Each section was observed and photographed in reflected light with the aid of an optic microscope type, first at low magnification and then at higher magnification. Results. The overall average fitting of copings on the abutments was 32,87 μ. No differences were found in marginal fit on buccal and lingual sides, it was easily predictable because of the standard form of the used stumps. The recorded values for the marginal fit were lower than those of axial walls. The accuracy of adaptation was always achieved within the limits of clinical acceptability. Conclusions. Within the limitations of this study, the system evaluated represents a valuable alternative to conventional prosthetic rehabilitation techniques. PMID:23285364

  7. Identification of Rocks on Planetary Surface Using Husar-9 Rover Camera: Field Work Simulations with Hunveyor-9 Space Probe Model System at Eötvös High School, Tata, Hungary

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    Magyar, I.; Badics, A.; Bakonyi, I.; Csiszár, Á.; Franko, M.; Gyürki, Á.; Héricz, M.; Marschall, B.; Nagyházi, Á.; Varga, T. N.; Végh, Gy.; Varga, T. P.; Bérczi, Sz.

    2009-03-01

    We studied the rock types along the Husar-9 rover’s path and identified them on the basis of their shape, color and surface textures: komatiite, basalt, granite, conglomerate, schist rock, porphyritic granite, suevite breccia, and vesicular basalt.

  8. The function of the octamer-binding site in the DRA promoter

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    Voliva, C.F.; Jabrane-Ferrat, N.; Peterlin, B.M.

    1996-06-01

    The octamer binding site, which is located immediately upstream of the poorly conserved DRA TATA sequence, is important for high levels of expression of this human major histocompatibility class II gene in B cells. In this study, we demonstrate that the substitution of the DRA TATA sequence with the TATA box from the adenovirus Elb promoter removes the requirement for the octamer binding site for high levels of expression from the DRA promoter. Since only the TATA box from the Elb but not the DRA promoters binds the TATA binding protein, we conclude that the octamer binding site helps to recruit TBP to the DRA promoter. 32 refs., 7 figs.

  9. Latin America Report

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    2007-11-02

    Christian Democrat’s Zaldivar on Plebiscite (Mariana Grunefeld; QUE PASA, 8-14 Aug 85) 13 - a - ANALISIS Interviews Andres Zaldivar (Andres...Zaldivar Interview; ANALISIS , 13-20 Aug 85) 16 Declaration Issued at Havana Debt Conference ( ANALISIS , 13-20 Aug 85) 19 Labor Leader Says...LAM-85-075 5 September 1985 CHILE ANALISIS INTERVIEWS ANDRES ZALDIVAR PY180210 Santiago ANALISIS in Spanish 13-20 Aug 85 pp 23, 24 [Interview

  10. Lettura, Scrittura e Analisi dei Grafemi in Prima Elementare (Reading, Writing and Grapheme Analysis in First Grade)

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    Deva, Ferruccio

    1977-01-01

    This article discusses an aspect of the process of learning to read and write which has received little attention, that is, the ability of children to recognize and to distinguish clearly the sounds which correspond to the individual letters within each word. (Text is in Italian.) (CFM)

  11. Analisis parametrico de las variables que influyen en el comportamiento adherente de las armaduras pretesas en el hormigon

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    Arbelaez Jaramillo, Cesar Augusto

    Prestressed concrete technique through the use of prestressed reinforcement is extended in the precast concrete industry. This technique consists on casting a concrete element over a previously prestressed reinforcement, proceeding to release once the concrete has reached a determined strength so the prestressed stress introduced to the reinforcement be transmitted, by bond, to concrete. The bond behaviour of prestressed reinforcement includes two phenomena: prestress transmission from the reinforcement to concrete and anchorage of the reinforcement. This bond behaviour is characterized by mean of two lengths: transmission length and anchorage length. The good design of these lengths is a basic and fundamental aspect in the project of precast prestressed concrete elements to guaranty the appropriate transmission of prestress and to allow the anchorage of the reinforcement along the structural element service life. The influence of the parameters related to the concrete dosage on the transmission and anchorage lengths of prestressing strands have been analyzed. The ECADA test method has been applied. With this method the operations of transmission of prestress and anchorage of the reinforcement are sequentially done. The transmission and anchorage lengths are determined from the force control supported by the reinforcement testing series of specimens with different embedment lengths. The differentiation of the concepts of anchorage length without slips and with slips has been proposed. The relationship of the parameters of dosage with the bond stress and the registered slips during the processes of transmission and anchorage has been studied. Expressions to value the slips distribution of the reinforcement in the transmission zone and in the anchorage zone have been proposed. A study on the determination of the transmission length from the free reinforcement slip end has been done and the viability to experimentally determine the transmission length from the slips sequence in the pull-out end as a function of the embedment length has been verified. The experimental results have been compared with results and predictions from other authors and standards, and an expression to calculate the transmission length have been proposed. Finally, the bond behaviour of self-compacting concretes has been compared with the bond behaviour of traditional concretes.

  12. Occurrence of tuberculosis cases in Crato, Ceará, from 2002 to 2011: a spatial analisys of specific standards.

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    Pinto, Mayrla Lima; da Silva, Talina Carla; Gomes, Lidiane Cristina Félix; Bertolozzi, Maria Rita; Villavicencio, Lourdes Milagros Mendoza; Azevedo, Kleane Maria da Fonseca Araújo; de Figueiredo, Tânia Maria Ribeiro Monteiro

    2015-01-01

    to analyze the spatial distribution of tuberculosis in Crato, Ceará, Brazil, from 2002 to 2011, aiming to check for a point pattern. This is an ecological, temporal trend and hybrid design study, with a quantitative approach. A total of 261 cases of tuberculosis were geo-referenced and 20 (7.1%) were considered as losses due to the lack of address. The profile of patients in 10 years of study was in accordance with the following pattern: men aged between 20 and 59 years, with low schooling, affected by the pulmonary form of tuberculosis and who were cured from the disease. The analysis of the spatial distribution of tuberculosis points out that in the period of study, new cases of the disease were not distributed on a regular basis, indicating a clustered spatial pattern, confirmed by the L-function. The map with the density of new cases estimated by the Kernel method showed that the "hot" areas are more concentrated in the vicinity of the central urban area. The study allowed pointing out areas of higher and lower concentration of tuberculosis, identifying the spatial pattern, but it also recognized that the disease has not reached all of the population groups with the same intensity. Those who were most vulnerable were the ones who lived in regions with higher population densities, precarious living conditions, and with intense flow of people.

  13. Crustal and Upper Mantle S-velocity Structure From Receiver Functions Analisys Around Terra Nova Bay Base, Antartica

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    Piana Agostinetti, N.; Amato, A.; Cattaneo, M.; de Gori, P.; di Bona, M.

    In the framework of the italian PNRA (Progetto Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide), we have started to re-analize teleseismic waveforms recorded, using three-components seismometers (equipped with 5 seconds sensors, Lennartz 3D-5s), during five summer campaings, from 1993 to 2000. Seismic stations were deployed around Terra Nova Bay (TNB) italian base, from the sea to reach the interior of the Transantartic Moun- tains (TAM), the most striking example of nocontractional mountain belt. During the last campaingn (1999-2000) seismic stations were deployed deep into Northern Vic- toria Land to reach Rennik and Lillie Glaciers Area and George V coast region, the northest part of TAM. Our main goals were: to compute, using frequency-domanin deconvolution method by Di Bona [1998], Receiver Functions covering all the area around TNB italian antartic base; to map of Moho-depth and intercrustal S-waves ve- locity discontinuity from 1-D velocity model computed using Sambridge's inversion scheme [Sambridge,1999]; to analize new teleseimic waveforms recorded near TNB base: continuos recording, from 1999 to present, permits more accurate modelling S-velocity crustal structure in this critical area situated at the edge of the ipothetic rift [Stern and ten Brik, 1989; Stump and Fitzgerald, 1992; ten Brik et al., 1997]; to present final results from BACKTAM expedition.

  14. Lettura, Scrittura e Analisi dei Grafemi in Prima Elementare (Reading, Writing and Grapheme Analysis in First Grade)

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    Deva, Ferruccio

    1977-01-01

    This article discusses an aspect of the process of learning to read and write which has received little attention, that is, the ability of children to recognize and to distinguish clearly the sounds which correspond to the individual letters within each word. (Text is in Italian.) (CFM)

  15. The mythic species Issus analis> Brullé, 1833 (Hemiptera, Fulgoroidea, Issidae): still an enigmatic taxon.

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    Gnezdilov, Vladimir M; Bourgoin, Thierry

    2017-01-04

    One Issidae specimen stored in Paris museum historical collections is reported as holotype of Issus analis Brullé, 1833. From the original description, which is confirmed by study of this specimen, the species is moved to the genus Zopherisca Emeljanov, 2001 under a new combination Zopherisca analis (Brullé, 1833), comb. n. Date of description is discussed and modified from 1832 to 1833 accordingly. Unfortunately being a female as type specimen, the species remains quite enigmatic until some molecular analsysis could be undertaken on this old material.

  16. Estudio general de la region del Lago Titicaca evaluando en forma preliminar un sistema de analisis interactivo de imagenes multiespectrales

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    Brockmann, C.E.; Carter, William D.

    1976-01-01

    ERTS-1 digital data in the form of computer compatible tapes provide the geoscientist with an unusual opportunity to test the maximum flexibility of the satellite system using interactive computers, such as the General Electric Image 100 System. Approximately 9 hours of computer and operator time were used to analyze the Lake Titicaca image, 1443-14073, acquired 9 October 1973. The total area of the lake and associate wetlands was calculated and found to be within 3 percent of previous measurements. The area was subdivided by reflectance characteristics employing cluster analysis of all 4 bands and later compared with density values of band 4. Reflectance variations may be attributed to surface roughness, water depth and bottom characteristics, turbidity, and floating matter. Wetland marsh vegetation, vegetation related to ground-water effluents, natural grasses, and farm crops were separated by cluster analysis. Sandstone, limestone, sand dunes, and several volcanic rock types were similarly separated and displayed by assigned colors and extended through the entire scene. Waste dumps of the Matilde Zinc Mine and smaller mine workings were tentatively identified by signature analysis. Histograms of reflectance values and map printouts were automatically obtained as a record of each of the principal themes. These themes were also stored on a work tape for later display and photographic record as well as to serve in training. The Image 100 System is rapid, extremely flexible and very useful to the investigator in identifying subtle features that may not be noticed by conventional image analysis. The entire scene, which covers 34,225 km2, was analyzed at a scale of 1:600,000, and portions at 1:98,000 and 1:25,000, during a 9-hour period at a rental cost of $250 per hour. Costs to the user can be reduced by restricting its uses to specific areas, objectives, and procedures, rather than undertaking a complete analysis of a total scene.

  17. Engaging the BRIC Countries: Diplomacy Outside the Capital

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    2010-05-12

    for example, Tata Motors abandoned plans to build a factory in West Bengal for the economical Nano car after large-scale protests in the rural area...disrupted construction of the plant.21 The Wal-Mart and Tata cases underscore the difficulty for U.S. economic policy when negotiating economic...Mart’s Wholesale Entry," New York Times, August 9, 2007. 21 Eric Bellman and Paul Beckett, "Protests in India Push Tata to Stop Building Car Plant

  18. Raceway control with oxygen, steam and coal for stable blast furnace operation

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    Chatterjee, L.M.

    1996-12-31

    Tata Steel operates seven blast furnaces at its Jamshedpur works. Coal injection was introduced in the three larger furnaces starting in 1991, and coal tar injection was commissioned in the A blast furnace in June, 1996. Presently, a coal injection level of 130 kg/thm has been achieved at G blast furnace, which is the newest and the largest among all blast furnaces at Tata Steel. The paper discusses the operational features of the blast furnaces at Tata Steel, practical limits of fuel injection, the philosophy of the control of raceway conditions, and experience with fuel injection at Tata Steel.

  19. The Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus twin-arginine transport system has roles in predatory and prey-independent growth.

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    Chang, Chien-Yi; Hobley, Laura; Till, Rob; Capeness, Michael; Kanna, Machi; Burtt, William; Jagtap, Pratik; Aizawa, Shin-Ichi; Sockett, R Elizabeth

    2011-11-01

    Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus grows in one of two ways: either (i) predatorily [in a host-dependent (HD) manner], when it invades the periplasm of another Gram-negative bacterium, exporting into the prey co-ordinated waves of soluble enzymes using the prey cell contents for growth; or (ii) in a host-independent (HI) manner, when it grows (slowly) axenically in rich media. Periplasmic invasion potentially exposes B. bacteriovorus to extremes of pH and exposes the need to scavenge electron donors from prey electron transport components by synthesis of metalloenzymes. The twin-arginine transport system (Tat) in other bacteria transports folded metalloenzymes and the B. bacteriovorus genome encodes 21 potential Tat-transported substrates and Tat transporter proteins TatA1, TatA2 and TatBC. GFP tagging of the Tat signal peptide from Bd1802, a high-potential iron-sulfur protein (HiPIP), revealed it to be exported into the prey bacterium during predatory growth. Mutagenesis showed that the B. bacteriovorus tatA2 and tatC gene products are essential for both HI and HD growth, despite the fact that they partially complement (in SDS resistance assays) the corresponding mutations in Escherichia coli where neither TatA nor TatC are essential for life. The essentiality of B. bacteriovorus TatA2 was surprising given that the B. bacteriovorus genome encodes a second tatA homologue, tatA1. Transcription of tatA1 was found to be induced upon entry to the bdelloplast, and insertional inactivation of tatA1 showed that it significantly slowed the rates of both HI and HD growth. B. bacteriovorus is one of a few bacterial species that are reliant on a functional Tat system and where deletion of a single tatA1 gene causes a significant growth defect(s), despite the presence of its tatA2 homologue.

  20. Consensus meeting and update on existing guidelines for management of cervical cancer with special emphasis on the practice in developing countries, including India: The expert panel at the 8th annual women's cancer initiative Tata Memorial Hospital Conference 2010-11

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    Mahantshetty, Umesh; Krishnatry, Rahul; Kumar, Saurabha; Engineer, Reena; Maheshwari, Amita; Kerkar, Rajendra; Gupta, Sudeep; Ghosh, Jaya; Deodhar, Kedar; Thakur, Meenakshi; Shrivastava, Shyam K.

    2012-01-01

    Background: Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers seen in developing countries, especially in India. Recent years have seen many new developments in various modalities used in the management of cervical cancer. Although it is important to remain abreast with these advancements, the availability of resources and challenges in practices across the country cannot be ignored. Materials and Methods: This is a conference update aiming at reviewing all major advancements with their due merit, which can influence the evidence in daily practice of treatment for cervical cancer in the developing nations. Pre-formulated guidelines questions developed by the scientific committee were discussed and voted by national and international faculty as well as delegates in the light of current evidence and available resources in developing countries for practice. Results: The results of these discussions and voting were compiled and are presented as guidelines for practice. Conclusion: These recommendations are aimed to help centers in developing countries to deliver and improve best care with available recourses to cervical cancer patients. PMID:23580822

  1. Books and DVDs Offer Excellent Resources for Childbirth Education Classes

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    Shilling, Teri

    2006-01-01

    In this column, reviewers offer perspectives and comments on the second edition of The Labor Progress Handbook, a book by Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta; What Babies Want, a documentary directed by Debby Takikawa; A Pleasing Birth, a book by Raymond De Vries; and Baby Tata, a DVD production by Baby Tata LLC.

  2. 76 FR 77775 - Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products From India: Amended Final Results of Countervailing...

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    2011-12-14

    ... Limited (Tata), setting the final countervailing rate for the period of review (POR) of January 1, 2008, through December 31, 2008 (2008 POR) to 102.74 percent, and specifying the future countervailing duty cash...) from India covering the 2008 POR, to reflect the CIT's order in Tata. DATES: Effective Date: December...

  3. 78 FR 69041 - Non-Oriented Electrical Steel From the People's Republic of China, Germany, Japan, the Republic...

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    2013-11-18

    ... information and clarification of certain areas of the Petitions.\\2\\ Petitioner filed responses to these... Indian vertically integrated steel producer Tata Steel Limited (Tata) to calculate surrogate financial... calculate the volume-based surrogate value for natural gas.\\41\\ \\40\\ See ``Non-Oriented Electrical Steel...

  4. Mutations in subunits of the Escherichia coli twin-arginine translocase block function via differing effects on translocation activity or tat complex structure.

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    Barrett, Claire M L; Mangels, Dorothea; Robinson, Colin

    2005-03-25

    We have used a combination of blue-native (BN) gel electrophoresis and protein purification to analyze the effects of TatA or TatC mutations on the structures of the primary TatABC and multimeric TatA complexes in Escherichia coli. Expression of wild-type TatABC leads to the production of a single major TatABC complex of 370 kDa and a heterogeneous set of TatA complexes of <100 kDa to approximately 500 kDa. Two TatC mutations that block translocation have different effects on complex structures. P48A causes massive defects in TatABC assembly, including a marked separation of the TatBC subunits and the production of TatB and TatC aggregates. In contrast, TatABC complexes from the inactive TatC F94A mutant are structurally intact, suggesting that this mutation affects translocation activity rather than assembly. Neither TatC mutation affects the separate TatA complexes, showing that assembly of the TatA complexes is independent of TatABC assembly or activity. In contrast, three TatA mutations affect both the TatA and TatABC complexes. F39A assembles into smaller, incorrectly organized TatA complexes and the TatABC complexes contain an incorrect TatB:TatC ratio and unusually large amounts of TatA. A triple mutant in the amphipathic region forms slightly larger TatA complexes that are likewise disorganized, and a mutant containing three glycine substitutions in the transmembrane (TM) span assembles as grossly affected TatA complexes that are much larger than wild-type complexes. These mutants lead to a partial failure of TatB to assemble correctly. The data show that the amphipathic and TM regions play critical roles in TatA complex assembly. All of the TatA mutations lead to partial or substantial defects in TatABC complex formation, demonstrating that the properties of TatA can have a marked influence on the TatABC complex.

  5. Triazatriangulene as binding group for molecular electronics.

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    Wei, Zhongming; Wang, Xintai; Borges, Anders; Santella, Marco; Li, Tao; Sørensen, Jakob Kryger; Vanin, Marco; Hu, Wenping; Liu, Yunqi; Ulstrup, Jens; Solomon, Gemma C; Chi, Qijin; Bjørnholm, Thomas; Nørgaard, Kasper; Laursen, Bo W

    2014-12-16

    The triazatriangulene (TATA) ring system was investigated as a binding group for tunnel junctions of molecular wires on gold surfaces. Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of TATA platforms with three different lengths of phenylene wires were fabricated, and their electrical conductance was recorded by both conducting probe-atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Similar measurements were performed for phenylene SAMs with thiol anchoring groups as references. It was found that, despite the presence of a sp(3) hybridized carbon atom in the conduction path, the TATA platform displays a contact resistance only slightly larger than the thiols. This surprising finding has not been reported before and was analyzed by theoretical computations of the transmission functions of the TATA anchored molecular wires. The relatively low contact resistance of the TATA platform along with its high stability and directionality make this binding group very attractive for molecular electronic measurements and devices.

  6. Mapa Sociolinguistico. Analisis demolinguistico de la Comunidad Autonoma Vasca derivado del padron de 1986 (Sociolinguistic Map. Demolinguistic analysis of the Autonomous Basque Community derived from the 1986 Census).

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    Basque Autonomous Community, Vitoria (Spain). General Secretariat of Linguistic Policy.

    Sociolinguistic data are presented in the form of sophisticated maps and tables in this pioneering study on the status of the Basque language. Based on information collected from the 1986 census, the major demographic characteristics of Basque are examined in order to ascertain the factors and processes that have contributed to its current status.…

  7. Comparison between temperatures pattern from thermal IR time series analisys and deformational pattern from InSAR and GPS data at Campi Flegrei caldera (Naples, Italy)

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    Sansivero, F.; Vilardo, G.; Borgstrom, S.; De Martino, P.; Siniscalchi, V.; Minet, C.; Goel, K.

    2012-04-01

    Long-term thermal infrared volcanological monitoring is carried out at Campi Flegrei caldera (Naples, Italy) by INGV - Osservatorio Vesuviano by acquiring daily infrared images (LWIR) of fumaroles fields since year 2004. The IR monitoring system (TIIMNet -Thermal Infrared Monitoring Network) includes two permanent automatic infrared (IR) stations installed at Solfatara crater and at Pisciarelli area equipped both with a NEC Thermo Tracer TS7302 IR camera with focal plane array (FPA) uncooled microbolometer measuring systems (320x240 pixel). At Solfatara the station is operative since July 2004 and acquires scenes of the SE inner slope of Solfatara where are located the major fumaroles at an average distance of about 300 m from the IR camera. The camera at Pisciarelli is operative since October 2006 and acquires scenes of the outer eastern flank of the Solfatara tuff-cone (average distance of fumaroles is about 130 m), corresponding to an area characterized by heavy water vapor and CO2 emissions. To obtain as much as possible accurate temperature values which can be representative of surface temperatures of fumaroles fields, time series of raw IR scenes has been processed with integrated methodologies. Briefly these methodologies are based on Standard Deviation filtering (as SD represents a quality parameter), background correction of the temperature values and periodicities removal using Matlab tools. The data representation, using an average moving window, show a pattern without evidence of the major seasonal cyclicity, although it still contains minor cyclicity probably due to endogenous factors and, particularly at Pisciarelli, it evidences significant temperature peak values on August 2009 and a gradual increase of temperatures from November 2010 till now. In order to strengthen the significance of data from IR thermal analysis, a comparison with deformational pattern has been carried out using both High-Resolution Spotlight TerraSAR-X data, processed using the Small Baseline Subset algorithm (SBAS) implemented on the DLR's operational InSAR software GENESIS, and data from continuous GPS stations operated by the INGV - Osservatorio Vesuviano. The comparison has shown similar patterns from InSAR and GPS time series and IR temperature time series, suggesting as ground deformations and surface temperatures of fumaroles fields likely represent comparable responses to volcanic processes of the Campi Flegrei area.

  8. Analisys, processing and validation data from eolic stations of SONDA project (National Organization System of Environmental Data) at Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (CPTEC/INPE) .

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    Junior, A. B.; Nogueira, J. M.; Garcia, S. G.; Andrade, E. S.

    2007-05-01

    Asiel Bomfin Jr. LIM/CPTEC/INPE, Cachoeira Paulista, S.P., Brazil; Eliana Soares de Andrade; Jorge Luiz Martins Nogueira and Silvia Garcia de Castro. The Center for Weather Forecast and Climatic Analysis (CPTEC), a division of INPE, the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research. Several of the INPE´s departments and centers, like the CPTEC, have a variety of valuable datasets, many of them freely available and eolic data from SONDA project are also part of them at Meteorological Instrumental Laboratory (LIM). This paper presents the Analiys, processing and validation method applied to the eolic data in a temporal time of ten minutes, to be used in a PC IBM computer. This method is divided in tree separated programs. The first software called "separa.c" has the capability of divide the ingest data set in mensal files, identified by each station group. The second software called "minuto.c" does a syntactical analysis, verifying and correcting eventual lost data with NAN values. The third one called "validacode.c" generates two principal files, one containing the original data and the other with the codes of each variable for each minute analyzed. These codes is based on BSRN (Baseline Surface Radiation Network), but with some differences in their analyzed method. This method followed the Webmet.com, The Meteorological Resource Center. Table 1:Validation Codes Code Meaning 0 Quality check procedure is not avaiable for this level 2 The data is suspect 5 Quality check procedure is avaiable for this level, but not can be done 9 The data is correct Table 2: Validation levels for WIND SPEED: Validation Levels Quality check procedure for suspect data 0 Maximum and Minimum values of 25 m/s and 0 m/s 1 Can not vary more than 0,1 m/s for 03 consecutive hours 2 Can not vary more than 0,5 m/s for 12 consecutive hours 3 - Table 3: Validation levels for WIND DRECTION: Validation Levels Quality check procedure for suspect data 0 Maximum and Minimum values of 360 and 0 degrees 1 Can not vary more than 01 degree for 03 consecutive hours 2 Can not vary more than 10 degrees for 18 consecutive hours 3 - Table 4: Validation levels for TEMPERATURE: Validation Levels Quality check procedure for suspect data 0 Maximum and Minimum values of local data 1 Must vary more than 5 °C with reference to1 hour before 2 Can not vary more than 0, 5°C for 12 consecutive hours 3 - Output code examples according with the validation levels : Table 5: Output code examples Level 0 (Limit) Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 (final output) 0009 0029 0529 0529 0009 0099 0999 ou 0299 0999 ou 0299 0002 0052 0552 0552 6 Bibliographical references Stull, R. B., Introduction to Boundary Layer Meteorology, Dordrecht: Kluwer, 666 p, 1988. Vickers, D.; Mahrt, L. Quality control and flux sampling problems for tower and aircraft data. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, v. 14, n. 3, p. 512-526, June 1997.. 7 Electronical references National Organization System of Environmental Data Site http:www.cptec.inpe.br/~sonda/ The Meteorological Resource Center -Webmet.com Site http:www.webmet.com/

  9. Psicolinguistica, psicologia del linguaggio e "Analisi elettroacustica del linguaggio" di P. Agostino Gemelli (Psycholinguistics, Psychology of Language and P. Agostino Gemelli's "Electric-Acoustical Analysis of Language").

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    Titone, Renzo

    1987-01-01

    Discusses the contribution of the little-known linguist Gemelli who favors a holistic approach to human language emphasizing the human personality as an essential factor in the expression of speech. Gemelli makes clear the breadth of the field of language psychology in contrast with the narrowness of psycholinguistics. (CFM)

  10. [Comparative description and retrospective analisis of modern methods of surgical wounds closure for intraoperative prophylaxis of development of pathologic cutaneous cicatrices].

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    Stavyts'kyĭ, S O; Avetikov, D S; Lokes, K P; Rozkolupa, O O; Boĭko, I V

    2014-05-01

    The experience of application of various methods of closure was presented for the head and neck cutaneous wound surfaces after elective operative interventions. The variant of the postoperative results estimation and optimization of the wounds healing by primary closure was proposed.

  11. Determination and Analysis of the main physical parameters of the asteroid (2717) Tellervo. (Italian Title: Determinazione ed Analisi dei principali parametri fisici dell'asteroide (2717) Tellervo)

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    Tomassini, A.; Scardella, M.; Lacaprara, G.

    2013-02-01

    The "ATA Research Group" has undertaken an observation campaign (started at the end of 2011 with several preliminary sessions) oriented to little-known asteroids main properties determination (synodic period, size, possible taxonomic class). This study has been focused on the asteroid (2717) Tellervo belonging to the Main Belt. This work would be an example and an incentive to other non-professional Association to develop a field where the amateur Astronomers can provide a remarkable role to the knowledge of these more and more interesting Solar System objects.

  12. L'organizzazione di una lezione di traduzione basata sull'approccio dell'analisi testuale (The Organization of a Translation Lesson Based on a Textual Analysis Approach).

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    Horrakh, Livio

    1988-01-01

    Describes a three-phase approach to teaching translation: (1) decoding the "macro" (beyond sentence level) and the "micro" (sentence or phrase level) elements of the passage; (2) coordinating the elements of the original language text with the target language text; and (3) producing the text in the target language. (CFM)

  13. Posizione dell'aggettivo nel nominale: Alcune recenti analisi (The Position of the Adjective in the Noun Phrase: Some Recent Analyses).

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    Francesconi, Consuelo

    1979-01-01

    Discusses recent analyses of the adjective in Italian and stresses the importance of the position of the Italian adjective for second language learners of Italian and for Italians learning foreign languages. (CFM)

  14. L'organizzazione di una lezione di traduzione basata sull'approccio dell'analisi testuale (The Organization of a Translation Lesson Based on a Textual Analysis Approach).

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    Horrakh, Livio

    1988-01-01

    Describes a three-phase approach to teaching translation: (1) decoding the "macro" (beyond sentence level) and the "micro" (sentence or phrase level) elements of the passage; (2) coordinating the elements of the original language text with the target language text; and (3) producing the text in the target language. (CFM)

  15. Posizione dell'aggettivo nel nominale: Alcune recenti analisi (The Position of the Adjective in the Noun Phrase: Some Recent Analyses).

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    Francesconi, Consuelo

    1979-01-01

    Discusses recent analyses of the adjective in Italian and stresses the importance of the position of the Italian adjective for second language learners of Italian and for Italians learning foreign languages. (CFM)

  16. Reducing time delay in the thrombolysis of myocardial infarction: an internal quality improvement project. ARIAM Project Group. Analisis del Retraso en Infarto Agudo de Miocardio.

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    Saturno, P J; Felices, F; Segura, J; Vera, A; Rodriguez, J J

    2000-01-01

    The objectives of this study were to improve thrombolytic therapy in acute myocardial infarction by reducing the "door-to-needle" time in a 285-bed university hospital in Spain. A quality management approach was used involving all the relevant staff. Target standard was set at 35 minutes. Baseline data, intervention effect, and continuous monitoring were analyzed using x control charts. Analysis of baseline data showed a wide out-of-control variation and 72 minutes' average delay. Cause analysis revealed organizational and clinical problems that were subjected to intervention. Postintervention data showed a stable process, with an average of 30 minutes. Continuous monitoring showed further improvement in average time and predictable variation. The template of the current control chart has an average of 26 minutes. Quality management methods, particularly staff involvement in problem analysis and intervention design, and the use of control charts were useful to understand, solve, and continuously monitor an important clinical problem whose existence was evident only after it was measured.

  17. Un programma di calcolo per la valutazione della periodicità secondo l'analisi di Fourier. Dati temporali non equidistribuiti

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    Bianciardi, Giorgio

    2005-12-01

    We present and discuss a software written by us in Visual Basic to allow the search and determination of periodicity by using uneven spaced data (Date-Compensated Discrete Fourier Transform). The technique has been applied to search for the periodicity of the suspected variable star NSV 1444.

  18. Analisi dell'Interazione Verbale Nella Discussione Matematica: Un Approccio Vygotskiano (A Verbal Analysis of Interaction in Mathematics Discussion: The Vygotskiano Approach).

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    Bussi, Maria G. Bartolini; Boni, Mara

    1995-01-01

    Presents a methodology for analyzing verbal interaction in mathematical discussion which is both a product and an instrument of a research project in grades one through eight. Analyzes an example of discussion from a first-grade classroom about point of view. (Author/MKR)

  19. Analisi dell'Interazione Verbale Nella Discussione Matematica: Un Approccio Vygotskiano (A Verbal Analysis of Interaction in Mathematics Discussion: The Vygotskiano Approach).

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    Bussi, Maria G. Bartolini; Boni, Mara

    1995-01-01

    Presents a methodology for analyzing verbal interaction in mathematical discussion which is both a product and an instrument of a research project in grades one through eight. Analyzes an example of discussion from a first-grade classroom about point of view. (Author/MKR)

  20. Psicolinguistica, psicologia del linguaggio e "Analisi elettroacustica del linguaggio" di P. Agostino Gemelli (Psycholinguistics, Psychology of Language and P. Agostino Gemelli's "Electric-Acoustical Analysis of Language").

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    Titone, Renzo

    1987-01-01

    Discusses the contribution of the little-known linguist Gemelli who favors a holistic approach to human language emphasizing the human personality as an essential factor in the expression of speech. Gemelli makes clear the breadth of the field of language psychology in contrast with the narrowness of psycholinguistics. (CFM)

  1. Truncated abrin A chain expressed in Escherichia coli: A promising vaccine candidate

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    Zhang, Tao; Kang, Lin; Gao, Shan; Yang, Hao; Xin, Wenwen; Wang, Junhong; Guo, Maowen; Wang, Jinglin

    2014-01-01

    Abrin toxin (AT) is a highly potent toxin, and is classified as one of the most important biological warfare and bioterrorism agents. There is currently no approved vaccine for AT. Therefore, the development of an effective vaccine is important in the prevention of intoxication by abrin. In this study, five vectors containing different gene of truncated abrin toxin A chain (tATA) fragments were constructed, and two of them (tATA11-126, tATA41-188) were successfully expressed as a soluble form in E.coli strain. Both of the two tATA retained most of their immunogenicity with either low or no toxic effects as determined by both in vitro and in vivo assays. They were used to immunize BALB/c mice three times at an interval of three weeks apart. As a result, the tATA1 can elicite 80% protective efficacy against i.p. challenge of 5 × LD50 of abrin, and the tATA4 provides a better protection, which can elicite 100% protective efficacy against intraperitoneal challenge of 40 × LD50 of abrin. The superior fragment (tATA41-188) should be considered as a promising vaccine candidate for further investigations. PMID:25483485

  2. Twin-arginine-dependent translocation of folded proteins.

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    Fröbel, Julia; Rose, Patrick; Müller, Matthias

    2012-04-19

    Twin-arginine translocation (Tat) denotes a protein transport pathway in bacteria, archaea and plant chloroplasts, which is specific for precursor proteins harbouring a characteristic twin-arginine pair in their signal sequences. Many Tat substrates receive cofactors and fold prior to translocation. For a subset of them, proofreading chaperones coordinate maturation and membrane-targeting. Tat translocases comprise two kinds of membrane proteins, a hexahelical TatC-type protein and one or two members of the single-spanning TatA protein family, called TatA and TatB. TatC- and TatA-type proteins form homo- and hetero-oligomeric complexes. The subunits of TatABC translocases are predominantly recovered from two separate complexes, a TatBC complex that might contain some TatA, and a homomeric TatA complex. TatB and TatC coordinately recognize twin-arginine signal peptides and accommodate them in membrane-embedded binding pockets. Advanced binding of the signal sequence to the Tat translocase requires the proton-motive force (PMF) across the membranes and might involve a first recruitment of TatA. When targeted in this manner, folded twin-arginine precursors induce homo-oligomerization of TatB and TatA. Ultimately, this leads to the formation of a transmembrane protein conduit that possibly consists of a pore-like TatA structure. The translocation step again is dependent on the PMF.

  3. The Tat pathway in Streptomyces lividans: interaction of Tat subunits and their role in translocation.

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    De Keersmaeker, Sophie; Vrancken, Kristof; Van Mellaert, Lieve; Anné, Jozef; Geukens, Nick

    2007-04-01

    The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) pathway transports folded proteins across bacterial cytoplasmic membranes. The Tat system of Streptomyces lividans consists of TatA, TatB and TatC, unlike most Gram-positive bacteria, which only have TatA and TatC subunits. Interestingly, in S. lividans TatA and TatB are localized in both the cytoplasm and the membrane. In the cytoplasm soluble TatA and TatB were found as monomers or as part of a hetero-oligomeric complex. Further analysis showed that specific information for recognition of the precursor by the soluble Tat components is mainly present in the twin-arginine signal peptide. Study of the role of the Tat subunits in complex assembly and stability in the membrane and cytoplasm showed that TatB stabilizes TatC whereas a key role in driving Tat complex assembly is suggested for TatC. Finally, by analysis of the oligomeric properties of TatA in the membrane of S. lividans and study of the affinity of membrane-embedded TatA for Tat/Sec precursors, a role for TatA as a translocator is postulated.

  4. Twin-arginine-dependent translocation of folded proteins

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    Fröbel, Julia; Rose, Patrick; Müller, Matthias

    2012-01-01

    Twin-arginine translocation (Tat) denotes a protein transport pathway in bacteria, archaea and plant chloroplasts, which is specific for precursor proteins harbouring a characteristic twin-arginine pair in their signal sequences. Many Tat substrates receive cofactors and fold prior to translocation. For a subset of them, proofreading chaperones coordinate maturation and membrane-targeting. Tat translocases comprise two kinds of membrane proteins, a hexahelical TatC-type protein and one or two members of the single-spanning TatA protein family, called TatA and TatB. TatC- and TatA-type proteins form homo- and hetero-oligomeric complexes. The subunits of TatABC translocases are predominantly recovered from two separate complexes, a TatBC complex that might contain some TatA, and a homomeric TatA complex. TatB and TatC coordinately recognize twin-arginine signal peptides and accommodate them in membrane-embedded binding pockets. Advanced binding of the signal sequence to the Tat translocase requires the proton-motive force (PMF) across the membranes and might involve a first recruitment of TatA. When targeted in this manner, folded twin-arginine precursors induce homo-oligomerization of TatB and TatA. Ultimately, this leads to the formation of a transmembrane protein conduit that possibly consists of a pore-like TatA structure. The translocation step again is dependent on the PMF. PMID:22411976

  5. TatBC-Independent TatA/Tat Substrate Interactions Contribute to Transport Efficiency

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    Taubert, Johannes; Hou, Bo; Risselada, H. Jelger; Mehner, Denise; Lünsdorf, Heinrich; Grubmüller, Helmut; Brüser, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    The Tat system can transport folded, signal peptide-containing proteins (Tat substrates) across energized membranes of prokaryotes and plant plastids. A twin-arginine motif in the signal peptide of Tat substrates is recognized by TatC-containing complexes, and TatA permits the membrane passage. Often, as in the model Tat systems of Escherichia coli and plant plastids, a third component – TatB – is involved that resembles TatA but has a higher affinity to TatC. It is not known why most TatA dissociates from TatBC complexes in vivo and distributes more evenly in the membrane. Here we show a TatBC-independent substrate-binding to TatA from Escherichia coli, and we provide evidence that this binding enhances Tat transport. First hints came from in vivo cross-linking data, which could be confirmed by affinity co-purification of TatA with the natural Tat substrates HiPIP and NrfC. Two positions on the surface of HiPIP could be identified that are important for the TatA interaction and transport efficiency, indicating physiological relevance of the interaction. Distributed TatA thus may serve to accompany membrane-interacting Tat substrates to the few TatBC spots in the cells. PMID:25774531

  6. Single molecule FRET shows uniformity in TBP-induced DNA bending and heterogeneity in bending kinetics†

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    Blair, Rebecca H.; Goodrich, James A.; Kugel, Jennifer F.

    2012-01-01

    TATA binding protein (TBP) is a key component of the eukaryotic RNA polymerase II (Pol II) transcription machinery that binds to TATA boxes located in the core promoter regions of many genes. Structural and biochemical studies have shown that when TBP binds DNA, it sharply bends the DNA. We used single-molecule FRET (smFRET) to study DNA bending by human TBP on consensus and mutant TATA boxes in the absence and presence of TFIIA. We found that the state of the bent DNA within populations of TBP/DNA complexes is homogeneous; partially bent intermediates were not observed. In contrast to previous ensemble studies, TBP was found to bend a mutant TATA box to the same extent as the consensus TATA box. Moreover, in the presence of TFIIA the extent of DNA bending was not significantly changed, although TFIIA did increase the fraction of DNA molecules bound by TBP. Analysis of the kinetics of DNA bending and unbending revealed that on the consensus TATA box two kinetically distinct populations of TBP/DNA complexes exist, however, the bent state of the DNA is the same in the two populations. Our smFRET studies reveal that human TBP bends DNA in a largely uniform manner under a variety of different conditions, which was unexpected given previous ensemble biochemical studies. Our new observations lead to us to revise the model for the mechanism of DNA binding by TBP and for how DNA bending is affected by TATA sequence and TFIIA. PMID:22934924

  7. Quantification of Multiple Cracks Using MM-wave Antenna Sensor Network

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    2011-10-12

    setup for crack propagation; (a) SuperScribe™ circuit board prototyping system; (b) high speed pneumatic carver. Stepper motor Specimen To...Deshmukh, S. and Huang, H., 2010, “Wireless interrogation of passive antenna sensor”, Measurement Science and Technology, v21, p035201. 6. Tata , U...Special issue, v18, p104026. (Cited: 2) 7. Tata , U., Huang H., Chiao, J.C., and Carter, R., 2009, “Exploiting patch antenna for strain measurement

  8. Surface control of alkyl chain conformations and 2D chiral amplification.

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    Hauptmann, Nadine; Scheil, Katharina; Gopakumar, Thiruvancheril G; Otte, Franziska L; Schütt, Christian; Herges, Rainer; Berndt, Richard

    2013-06-19

    Trioctyl-functionalized triazatriangulenium (trioctyl-TATA) deposited on Au(111) and Ag(111) surfaces by electrospray ionization was investigated using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. The molecule surprisingly adsorbs with gauche rather than anti conformations of the octyl groups. We observed chiral amplification in the islands. Only one of the eight possible configurations of the octyl groups was found in homochiral hexagonal networks. Quantum-chemical calculations confirmed and explained the preference for the gauche conformations of adsorbed trioctyl-TATA.

  9. Core promoter-selective function of HMGA1 and Mediator in Initiator-dependent transcription

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    Xu, Muyu; Sharma, Priyanka; Pan, Songqin; Malik, Sohail; Roeder, Robert G.; Martinez, Ernest

    2011-01-01

    The factors and mechanisms underlying the differential activity and regulation of eukaryotic RNA polymerase II on different types of core promoters have remained elusive. Here we show that the architectural factor HMGA1 and the Mediator coregulator complex cooperate to enhance basal transcription from core promoters containing both a TATA box and an Initiator (INR) element but not from “TATA-only” core promoters. INR-dependent activation by HMGA1 and Mediator requires the TATA-binding protein (TBP)-associated factors (TAFs) within the TFIID complex and counteracts negative regulators of TBP/TATA-dependent transcription such as NC2 and Topoisomerase I. HMGA1 interacts with TFIID and Mediator and is required for the synergy of TATA and INR elements in mammalian cells. Accordingly, natural HMGA1-activated genes in embryonic stem cells tend to have both TATA and INR elements in a synergistic configuration. Our results suggest a core promoter-specific regulation of Mediator and the basal transcription machinery by HMGA1. PMID:22156211

  10. Novel Cofactors and TFIIA Mediate Functional Core Promoter Selectivity by the Human TAFII150-Containing TFIID Complex

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    Martinez, Ernest; Ge, Hui; Tao, Yong; Yuan, Chao-Xing; Palhan, Vikas; Roeder, Robert G.

    1998-01-01

    TATA-binding protein-associated factors (TAFIIs) within TFIID control differential gene transcription through interactions with both activators and core promoter elements. In particular, TAFII150 contributes to initiator-dependent transcription through an unknown mechanism. Here, we address whether TAFIIs within TFIID are sufficient, in conjunction with highly purified general transcription factors (GTFs), for differential core promoter-dependent transcription by RNA polymerase II and whether additional cofactors are required. We identify the human homologue of Drosophila TAFII150 through cognate cDNA cloning and show that it is a tightly associated component of human TFIID. More importantly, we demonstrate that the human TAFII150-containing TFIID complex is not sufficient, in the context of all purified GTFs and RNA polymerase II, to mediate transcription synergism between TATA and initiator elements and initiator-directed transcription from a TAFII-dependent TATA-less promoter. Therefore, TAFII-promoter interactions are not sufficient for the productive core promoter-selective functions of TFIID. Consistent with this finding, we have partially purified novel cofactor activities (TICs) that potentiate the TAFII-mediated synergism between TATA and initiator elements (TIC-1) and TAFII-dependent transcription from TATA-less promoters (TIC-2 and -3). Furthermore, we demonstrate an essential function for TFIIA in TIC- and TAFII-dependent basal transcription from a TATA-less promoter. Our results reveal a parallel between the basal transcription activity of TAFIIs through core promoter elements and TAFII-dependent activator function. PMID:9774672

  11. Novel cofactors and TFIIA mediate functional core promoter selectivity by the human TAFII150-containing TFIID complex.

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    Martinez, E; Ge, H; Tao, Y; Yuan, C X; Palhan, V; Roeder, R G

    1998-11-01

    TATA-binding protein-associated factors (TAFIIs) within TFIID control differential gene transcription through interactions with both activators and core promoter elements. In particular, TAFII150 contributes to initiator-dependent transcription through an unknown mechanism. Here, we address whether TAFIIs within TFIID are sufficient, in conjunction with highly purified general transcription factors (GTFs), for differential core promoter-dependent transcription by RNA polymerase II and whether additional cofactors are required. We identify the human homologue of Drosophila TAFII150 through cognate cDNA cloning and show that it is a tightly associated component of human TFIID. More importantly, we demonstrate that the human TAFII150-containing TFIID complex is not sufficient, in the context of all purified GTFs and RNA polymerase II, to mediate transcription synergism between TATA and initiator elements and initiator-directed transcription from a TAFII-dependent TATA-less promoter. Therefore, TAFII-promoter interactions are not sufficient for the productive core promoter-selective functions of TFIID. Consistent with this finding, we have partially purified novel cofactor activities (TICs) that potentiate the TAFII-mediated synergism between TATA and initiator elements (TIC-1) and TAFII-dependent transcription from TATA-less promoters (TIC-2 and -3). Furthermore, we demonstrate an essential function for TFIIA in TIC- and TAFII-dependent basal transcription from a TATA-less promoter. Our results reveal a parallel between the basal transcription activity of TAFIIs through core promoter elements and TAFII-dependent activator function.

  12. Acquisition Cost/Price Estimating

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    1981-01-01

    SYSTEMS, RECOMMENDING COST COALS FOR THOSE SYSTEMS, AND VALIDATING THOSE ESTIMATES THROUGH INDEPENDENT COSTING METHODS. INSTRUMENTS THROUGH WHICH SYSTEM...REVIEW AND VALIDATION, (3) RESEARCH AND METHODOLOGY AND (4) DATA ANALYSIS. THESE FUNCTIONAL THRUSTS ARE IN TURN FOCUSED TO ESTIMATING AND ANALISIS ...ANALYSIS OF COST ISSUES -- TO PROVIDE CONSISTENCY AND COMPLETENESS OF ESTIMATES PREPARED BY OTHER FUNCTIONAL ACTIVITIES. MANAGERIAL 1. COST ANALISIS HAS

  13. Active Control of Surge in Compressors Which Exhibit Abrupt Stall

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    2001-06-01

    Giusto C. (1998), "Modellizzazione e analisi parametrica di un sistema di controllo passivo del pompaggio" [in Italian], Proc. 530 Congresso Nazionale ATI...Florence, Italy, p. 1179. Giannattasio P. (1999), "Analisi di stabilith di un sistema di compressione industriale con controllo attivo del pompaggio

  14. The Malvinas Conflict: Argentine Practice of the Operational Art

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    1990-05-25

    January 1983), p. 175. 5. Clausewitz, p. IG4. E. Comision de analisis y evaluacion de las responrsa- bilidades politicas y estrategico militares en el...War. ed. arnd trans by Micha:2 Howard and Peter Paret. P;-irnceto:- Prir ce t on, iv..ity Press, 1976. Comnision de Analisis y Evaluacion de las

  15. Core promoter specificities of the Sp1 and VP16 transcriptional activation domains.

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    Emami, K H; Navarre, W W; Smale, S T

    1995-01-01

    The core promoter compositions of mammalian protein-coding genes are highly variable; some contain TATA boxes, some contain initiator (Inr) elements, and others contain both or neither of these basal elements. The underlying reason for this heterogeneity remains a mystery, as recent studies have suggested that TATA-containing and Inr-containing core promoters direct transcription initiation by similar mechanisms and respond similarly to a wide variety of upstream activators. To analyze in greater detail the influence of core promoter structure on transcriptional activation, we compared activation by GAL4-VP16 and Sp1 through synthetic core promoters containing a TATA box, an Inr, or both TATA and Inr. Striking differences were found between the two activators, most notably in the relative strengths of the TATA/Inr and Inr core promoters: the TATA/Inr promoter was much stronger than the Inr promoter when transcription was activated by GAL4-VP16, but the strengths of the two promoters were more comparable when transcription was activated by Sp1. To define the domains of Sp1 responsible for efficient activation through an Inr, several Sp1 deletion mutants were tested as GAL4 fusion proteins. The results reveal that the glutamine-rich activation domains, which previously were found to interact with Drosophila TAF110, preferentially stimulate Inr-containing core promoters. In contrast, efficient activation through TATA appears to require additional domains of Sp1. These results demonstrate that activation domains differ in their abilities to function with specific core promoters, suggesting that the core promoter structure found in a given gene may reflect a preference of the regulators of that gene. Furthermore, the core promoter preference of an activation domain may be related to a specific mechanism of action, which may provide a functional criterion for grouping activation domains into distinct classes. PMID:7565743

  16. Formation of functional Tat translocases from heterologous components

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    Hicks, Matthew G; Guymer, David; Buchanan, Grant; Widdick, David A; Caldelari, Isabelle; Berks, Ben C; Palmer, Tracy

    2006-01-01

    Background The Tat pathway transports folded proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane of bacteria and the thylakoid membrane of plants. In Eschericha coli, Tat transport requires the integral membrane proteins TatA, TatB and TatC. In this study we have tested the ability of tat genes from the eubacterial species Pseudomonas syringae, Streptomyces coelicolor and Aquifex aeolicus, to compensate for the absence of the cognate E. coli tat gene, and thus to form functional Tat translocases with E. coli Tat components. Results All three subunits of the Tat system from the Gram positive organism Streptomyces coelicolor were able to form heterologous translocases with substantive Tat transport activity. However, only the TatA and TatB proteins of Pseudomonas syringae were able to functionally interact with the E. coli Tat system even though the two organisms are closely related. Of the Tat components from the phylogenetically distant hyperthermophillic bacterium Aquifex aeolicus only the TatA proteins showed any detectable level of heterologous functionality. The heterologously expressed TatA proteins of S. coelicolor and A. aeolicus were found exclusively in the membrane fraction. Conclusion Our results show that of the three Tat proteins, TatA is most likely to show cross-species complementation. By contrast, TatB and TatC do not always show cross-complementation, probably because they must recognise heterologous signal peptides. Since heterologously-expressed S. coelicolor TatA protein was functional and found only in the membrane fraction, it suggests that soluble forms of Streptomyces TatA reported by others do not play a role in protein export. PMID:16854235

  17. Formation of functional Tat translocases from heterologous components.

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    Hicks, Matthew G; Guymer, David; Buchanan, Grant; Widdick, David A; Caldelari, Isabelle; Berks, Ben C; Palmer, Tracy

    2006-07-19

    The Tat pathway transports folded proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane of bacteria and the thylakoid membrane of plants. In Eschericha coli, Tat transport requires the integral membrane proteins TatA, TatB and TatC. In this study we have tested the ability of tat genes from the eubacterial species Pseudomonas syringae, Streptomyces coelicolor and Aquifex aeolicus, to compensate for the absence of the cognate E. coli tat gene, and thus to form functional Tat translocases with E. coli Tat components. All three subunits of the Tat system from the Gram positive organism Streptomyces coelicolor were able to form heterologous translocases with substantive Tat transport activity. However, only the TatA and TatB proteins of Pseudomonas syringae were able to functionally interact with the E. coli Tat system even though the two organisms are closely related. Of the Tat components from the phylogenetically distant hyperthermophillic bacterium Aquifex aeolicus only the TatA proteins showed any detectable level of heterologous functionality. The heterologously expressed TatA proteins of S. coelicolor and A. aeolicus were found exclusively in the membrane fraction. Our results show that of the three Tat proteins, TatA is most likely to show cross-species complementation. By contrast, TatB and TatC do not always show cross-complementation, probably because they must recognise heterologous signal peptides. Since heterologously-expressed S. coelicolor TatA protein was functional and found only in the membrane fraction, it suggests that soluble forms of Streptomyces TatA reported by others do not play a role in protein export.

  18. La mejora de la educacion infantil desde el analisis del pensamiento practico de sus educadores. [The Improvement of Early Childhood Education from an Analysis of the Practical Thinking of Early Childhood Educators.

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    Argos, Javier

    2000-01-01

    Discusses proposals for the innovation and development of early childhood education practice, based on findings from case studies on the practical knowledge of four experienced female early childhood educators. Argues that improving early childhood education should be based on its reasons and purposes rather than content or method. (JPB)

  19. Primera Reunion de la Comision Nacional de Analisis y Evaluacion del Sistema Educativo: Informe Final (The First Meeting of the National Committee for Analysis and Evaluation of the Educational System: Final Report).

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    Ministerio de Cultura y Educacion, Buenos Aires (Argentina). Centro National de Documentacion e Informacion Educativa.

    This document contains the legislation creating the National Committee for Analysis and Evaluation of the Educational System and the final report of that committee's first meeting. The report deals with each level from elementary to higher education. For each level it describes and considers curriculum, school buildings, human resources, current…

  20. Presupposti teorici per un progetto di insegnamento della traduzione dalla lingua straniera basato sull'analisi testuale (Theoretical Presuppositions for a Project to Teach Translation from a Foreign Language Based on Textual Analysis).

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    Horrakh, Livio

    1987-01-01

    Discusses an approach to translation based on textual linguistics. The student/translator first looks at the foreign language text as a whole, then analyzes its parts, and finally arrives at a new synthesis (the translation) that is comparable to the original text. (CFM)

  1. Prima Stesura di Tre Test Oggettivi di Lingua Inglese: Analisi delle Risposte e Osservazioni (First Draft of Three Objective Tests of English: An Analysis of the Answers and Observations)

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    Pranzo, Antonio L.

    1977-01-01

    This article discusses the first draft of three objective tests given to students of English as a foreign language in a high school in Rome, Italy. Students' answers on the tests (Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Grammatical Structures) are analyzed. The tests will be rewritten, based on these observations. (Text is in Italian.)…

  2. Note sull'analisi delle preposizioni italiane in un modello semantico generativo (Notes on the Analysis of Italian Prepositions Within a Generative Semantic Model). Acts of the Colloquium of the Swiss Interuniversity Commission for Applied Linguistics. CILA Bulletin, No. 25.

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    Berretta, Monica

    A generative semantic model for a componential analysis of prepositions in Italian sentences is described and critiqued. According to the model, a sentence is analyzed in terms of a "predicate" plus one or more "arguments." The model emphasizes the semantic role of prepositions and regards this role as the basis for a syntactic…

  3. Veicolarita e linguaggio scientifico--analisi del primo "Progetto italiano per studenti universitari somali" (Languages for Special Purposes and Scientific Usage--An Analysis of the First "Italian Project for Somali University Students").

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    Amato, Antonio

    1979-01-01

    The development of an intensive Italian course for science students attending Somalia's National University is described. The historical background for this project, sponsored by the Italian Government and staffed by Italian teachers, is outlined. Course objectives, methods, and organization are illustrated by samples of instructional materials,…

  4. Note sull'analisi delle preposizioni italiane in un modello semantico generativo (Notes on the Analysis of Italian Prepositions Within a Generative Semantic Model). Acts of the Colloquium of the Swiss Interuniversity Commission for Applied Linguistics. CILA Bulletin, No. 25.

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    Berretta, Monica

    A generative semantic model for a componential analysis of prepositions in Italian sentences is described and critiqued. According to the model, a sentence is analyzed in terms of a "predicate" plus one or more "arguments." The model emphasizes the semantic role of prepositions and regards this role as the basis for a syntactic…

  5. Presupposti teorici per un progetto di insegnamento della traduzione dalla lingua straniera basato sull'analisi testuale (Theoretical Presuppositions for a Project to Teach Translation from a Foreign Language Based on Textual Analysis).

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    Horrakh, Livio

    1987-01-01

    Discusses an approach to translation based on textual linguistics. The student/translator first looks at the foreign language text as a whole, then analyzes its parts, and finally arrives at a new synthesis (the translation) that is comparable to the original text. (CFM)

  6. Prima Stesura di Tre Test Oggettivi di Lingua Inglese: Analisi delle Risposte e Osservazioni (First Draft of Three Objective Tests of English: An Analysis of the Answers and Observations)

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    Pranzo, Antonio L.

    1977-01-01

    This article discusses the first draft of three objective tests given to students of English as a foreign language in a high school in Rome, Italy. Students' answers on the tests (Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Grammatical Structures) are analyzed. The tests will be rewritten, based on these observations. (Text is in Italian.)…

  7. La semantica dei colori: Aspetti teorici e analisi dei cromonimi in italiano e neerlandese (Semantics of Colors: Theoretical Aspects and Analysis of Names of Colors in Italian and Dutch).

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    Ross, Delores

    1989-01-01

    Presents a review of the literature dealing with the theory of the naming of colors. A comparison is made between the names of colors in Italian and Dutch, discussing the differences between languages in terms of the influence of the sociocultural context. (61 references) (CFM)

  8. Veicolarita e linguaggio scientifico--analisi del primo "Progetto italiano per studenti universitari somali" (Languages for Special Purposes and Scientific Usage--An Analysis of the First "Italian Project for Somali University Students").

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    Amato, Antonio

    1979-01-01

    The development of an intensive Italian course for science students attending Somalia's National University is described. The historical background for this project, sponsored by the Italian Government and staffed by Italian teachers, is outlined. Course objectives, methods, and organization are illustrated by samples of instructional materials,…

  9. La semantica dei colori: Aspetti teorici e analisi dei cromonimi in italiano e neerlandese (Semantics of Colors: Theoretical Aspects and Analysis of Names of Colors in Italian and Dutch).

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    Ross, Delores

    1989-01-01

    Presents a review of the literature dealing with the theory of the naming of colors. A comparison is made between the names of colors in Italian and Dutch, discussing the differences between languages in terms of the influence of the sociocultural context. (61 references) (CFM)

  10. La mejora de la educacion infantil desde el analisis del pensamiento practico de sus educadores. [The Improvement of Early Childhood Education from an Analysis of the Practical Thinking of Early Childhood Educators.

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    Argos, Javier

    2000-01-01

    Discusses proposals for the innovation and development of early childhood education practice, based on findings from case studies on the practical knowledge of four experienced female early childhood educators. Argues that improving early childhood education should be based on its reasons and purposes rather than content or method. (JPB)

  11. Species-specificity of rRNA gene transcription in plants manifested as a switch in RNA polymerase specificity.

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    Doelling, J H; Pikaard, C S

    1996-01-01

    Rapid evolution of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene promoters often prevents their recognition in a foreign species. Unlike animal systems, we show that foreign plant rRNA gene promoters are recognized in an alien species, but tend to program transcription by a different polymerase. In plants, RNA polymerase I transcripts initiate at a TATATA element (+1 is underlined) important for promoter strength and start-site selection. However, transcripts initiate from +32 following transfection of a tomato promoter into Arabidopsis. The rRNA gene promoter of a more closely related species, Brassica oleracea, programs both +1 and +29 transcription. A point mutation at +2 improving the identity between the Brassica and Arabidopsis promoters increases +1 transcription, indicating a role for the initiator element in species-specificity. Brassica +29 transcripts can be translated to express a luciferase reporter gene, implicating RNA polymerase II. TATA mutations that disrupt TATA-binding protein (TBP) interactions inhibit +29 transcription and luciferase expression. Co-expressed TBP proteins bearing compensatory mutations restore +29 transcription and luciferase activity, suggesting a direct TBP-TATA interaction. Importantly, +1 transcription is unaffected by the TATA mutations, suggesting that in the context of pol I recognition, the TATA-containing initiator element serves a function other than TBP binding. PMID:8972859

  12. Structural basis of preinitiation complex assembly on human pol II promoters.

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    Tsai, F T; Sigler, P B

    2000-01-04

    Transcription initiation requires the assembly of a preinitiation complex (PIC), which is nucleated through binding of the TATA-box binding protein (TBP) to the promoter. Biochemical studies have shown, however, that TBP recognizes the TATA-box in both orientations and, therefore, cannot account for the directionality of PIC assembly. Transcription factor IIB (TFIIB) is essential for transcription initiation from RNA polymerase II promoters. Recent functional studies have identified a specific 7 bp TFIIB recognition element (BRE) immediately upstream of the TATA-box. We present here the 2.65 A resolution crystal structure of a human TFIIBc-TBPc complex bound to an idealized and extended adenovirus major late promoter. This structure now reveals that human TFIIBc binds to the promoter asymmetrically through base-specific contacts in the major groove upstream and in the minor groove downstream of the TATA-box. Binding of TFIIBc is, therefore, synergistic with TBPc requiring the distortion of the TATA-box. Thus, the newly described TFIIBc-DNA interface is likely to be a key determinant for the unidirectional assembly of a functional PIC.

  13. Conditions for Ta(IV)-Ta(IV) bonding in trirutile Li(x)MTa2O6.

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    Gupta, Asha; Singh, Preetam; Celio, Hugo; Mullins, C Buddie; Goodenough, John B

    2015-02-16

    Stabilization of Ta-Ta bonding in an oxide across a shared octahedral-site edge of a Ta2 dimer is not known. Investigation of Li insertion into the trirutile structure of MTa2O6 with M = Mg, Cr, Fe, Co, and Ni indicates that Ta-Ta bonding across the shared octahedral-site edge of the dimer can be stabilized by a reversible electrochemical reduction of Ta(V) to Ta(IV) for M = Cr, Fe, Co, and Ni but not for M = Mg. Chemical reduction of MTa2O6 by n-butyl lithium only reduced NiTa2O6 to any significant extent. With M = Fe, Co, or Ni, electrochemical formation of the Ta-Ta bonds is accompanied by a partial reduction of the Fe(II), Co(II), or Ni(II) to Fe(0), Co(0), or Ni(0). For M = Cr, two Li per formula unit can be inserted reversibly with no displacement of Cr(0). For M = Mg, no Mg(II) are displaced by Li insertion, but a solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer is formed on the oxide with no evidence of Ta-Ta bonding. Stabilization of Ta-Ta bonding across a shared octahedral-site edge in a dimer appears to require significant hybridization of the Ta(V) 5d(0) and M 4s(0) states.

  14. Downstream promoter sequences facilitate the formation of a specific transcription factor IID-promoter complex topology required for efficient transcription from the megalin/low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 2 promoter.

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    Knutson, A; Castaño, E; Oelgeschläger, T; Roeder, R G; Westin, G

    2000-05-12

    Megalin/low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 2 (LRP-2) is an endocytic receptor expressed in highly specialized cell types such as parathyroid cells and epithelia of the kidney. Previous experiments identified a nonconsensus TATA element, with the sequence TAGAAAA, as crucial for accurate and efficient transcription from the LRP-2 promoter. Here we show that, in addition to the TAGA element, promoter sequences downstream of the transcription start site contribute significantly to transcription both in vitro and in transfected cells. Deletion and point mutational analyses reveal that the promoter region located between positions +5 and +11 (sequence TTTTGGC) is of particular importance. Complementation experiments in nuclear extracts lacking transcription factor IID (TFIID) activity show that TATA-binding protein-associated factors of TFIID are essential for the function of LRP-2 downstream promoter sequences. Interestingly, DNase I footprinting studies show that the downstream region between positions +5 and +11 does not significantly affect overall TFIID affinity to the promoter but that it profoundly affects the topology of the TFIID x promoter complex not only downstream of the transcription start site, but in particular in the TATA box region. Our observations suggest a model for a novel downstream sequence function, in which TATA-binding protein-associated factor-promoter interactions downstream of the transcription start site modulate TFIID-DNA interactions in the TATA box region.

  15. Characterization of cis-acting elements required for autorepression of the equine herpesvirus 1 IE gene

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    Kim, Seongman; Dai, Gan; O’Callaghan, Dennis J.; Kim, Seong Kee

    2012-01-01

    The immediate-early protein (IEP), the major regulatory protein encoded by the IE gene of equine herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1), plays a crucial role as both transcription activator and repressor during a productive lytic infection. To investigate the mechanism by which the EHV-1 IEP inhibits its own promoter, IE promoter-luciferase reporter plasmids containing wild-type and mutant IEP-binding site (IEBS) were constructed and used for luciferase reporter assays. The IEP inhibited transcription from its own promoter in the presence of a consensus IEBS (5’-ATCGT-3’) located near the transcription initiation site but did not inhibit when the consensus sequence was deleted. To determine whether the distance between the TATA box and the IEBS affects transcriptional repression, the IEBS was displaced from the original site by the insertion of synthetic DNA sequences. Luciferase reporter assays revealed that the IEP is able to repress its own promoter when the IEBS is located within 26-bp from the TATA box. We also found that the proper orientation and position of the IEBS were required for the repression by the IEP. Interestingly, the level of repression was significantly reduced when a consensus TATA sequence was deleted from the promoter region, indicating that the IEP efficiently inhibits its own promoter in a TATA box-dependent manner. Taken together, these results suggest that the EHV-1 IEP delicately modulates autoregulation of its gene through the consensus IEBS that is near the transcription initiation site and the TATA box. PMID:22265772

  16. TatE as a Regular Constituent of Bacterial Twin-arginine Protein Translocases.

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    Eimer, Ekaterina; Fröbel, Julia; Blümmel, Anne-Sophie; Müller, Matthias

    2015-12-04

    Twin-arginine translocation (Tat) systems mediate the transmembrane translocation of completely folded proteins that possess a conserved twin-arginine (RR) motif in their signal sequences. Many Tat systems consist of three essential membrane components named TatA, TatB, and TatC. It is not understood why some bacteria, in addition, constitutively express a functional paralog of TatA called TatE. Here we show, in live Escherichia coli cells, that, upon expression of a Tat substrate protein, fluorescently labeled TatE-GFP relocates from a rather uniform distribution in the plasma membrane into a number of discrete clusters. Clustering strictly required an intact RR signal peptide and the presence of the TatABC subunits, suggesting that TatE-GFP associates with functional Tat translocases. In support of this notion, site-specific photo cross-linking revealed interactions of TatE with TatA, TatB, and TatC. The same approach also disclosed a pronounced tendency of TatE and TatA to hetero-oligomerize. Under in vitro conditions, we found that TatE replaces TatA inefficiently. Our collective results are consistent with TatE being a regular constituent of the Tat translocase in E. coli. © 2015 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  17. Functional analysis of the twin-arginine translocation pathway in Corynebacterium glutamicum ATCC 13869.

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    Kikuchi, Yoshimi; Date, Masayo; Itaya, Hiroshi; Matsui, Kazuhiko; Wu, Long-Fei

    2006-11-01

    Compared to those of other gram-positive bacteria, the genetic structure of the Corynebacterium glutamicum Tat system is unique in that it contains the tatE gene in addition to tatA, tatB, and tatC. The tatE homologue has been detected only in the genomes of gram-negative enterobacteria. To assess the function of the C. glutamicum Tat pathway, we cloned the tatA, tatB, tatC, and tatE genes from C. glutamicum ATCC 13869 and constructed mutants carrying deletions of each tat gene or of both the tatA and tatE genes. Using green fluorescent protein (GFP) fused with the twin-arginine signal peptide of the Escherichia coli TorA protein, we demonstrated that the minimal functional Tat system required TatA and TatC. TatA and TatE provide overlapping function. Unlike the TatB proteins from gram-negative bacteria, C. glutamicum TatB was dispensable for Tat function, although it was required for maximal efficiency of secretion. The signal peptide sequence of the isomaltodextranase (IMD) of Arthrobacter globiformis contains a twin-arginine motif. We showed that both IMD and GFP fused with the signal peptide of IMD were secreted via the C. glutamicum Tat pathway. These observations indicate that IMD is a bona fide Tat substrate and imply great potential of the C. glutamicum Tat system for industrial production of heterologous folded proteins.

  18. TatE as a Regular Constituent of Bacterial Twin-arginine Protein Translocases*

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    Eimer, Ekaterina; Fröbel, Julia; Blümmel, Anne-Sophie; Müller, Matthias

    2015-01-01

    Twin-arginine translocation (Tat) systems mediate the transmembrane translocation of completely folded proteins that possess a conserved twin-arginine (RR) motif in their signal sequences. Many Tat systems consist of three essential membrane components named TatA, TatB, and TatC. It is not understood why some bacteria, in addition, constitutively express a functional paralog of TatA called TatE. Here we show, in live Escherichia coli cells, that, upon expression of a Tat substrate protein, fluorescently labeled TatE-GFP relocates from a rather uniform distribution in the plasma membrane into a number of discrete clusters. Clustering strictly required an intact RR signal peptide and the presence of the TatABC subunits, suggesting that TatE-GFP associates with functional Tat translocases. In support of this notion, site-specific photo cross-linking revealed interactions of TatE with TatA, TatB, and TatC. The same approach also disclosed a pronounced tendency of TatE and TatA to hetero-oligomerize. Under in vitro conditions, we found that TatE replaces TatA inefficiently. Our collective results are consistent with TatE being a regular constituent of the Tat translocase in E. coli. PMID:26483541

  19. TatB and TatC form a functional and structural unit of the twin-arginine translocase from Escherichia coli.

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    Bolhuis, A; Mathers, J E; Thomas, J D; Barrett, C M; Robinson, C

    2001-06-08

    In Escherichia coli, a subset of periplasmic proteins is exported via the twin-arginine translocation (Tat) pathway. In the present study, we have purified the Tat complex from E. coli, and we show that it contains only TatA, TatB, and TatC. Within the purified complex, TatB and TatC are present in a strict 1:1 ratio, suggesting a functional association. This has been confirmed by expression of a translational fusion between TatB and TatC. This Tat(BC) chimera supports efficient Tat-dependent export, indicating that TatB and TatC act as a unit in both structural and functional terms. The purified Tat complex contains varying levels of TatA, suggesting a gradual loss during isolation and a looser association. The molecular mass of the complex is approximately 600 kDa, demonstrating the presence of multiple copies of TatA, B, and C. Co-immunoprecipitation experiments show that TatC is required for the interaction of TatA with TatB, suggesting that TatA may interact with the complex via binding to TatC.

  20. Sec-independent protein translocation in Escherichia coli. A distinct and pivotal role for the TatB protein.

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    Sargent, F; Stanley, N R; Berks, B C; Palmer, T

    1999-12-17

    In Escherichia coli, transmembrane translocation of proteins can proceed by a number of routes. A subset of periplasmic proteins are exported via the Tat pathway to which proteins are directed by N-terminal "transfer peptides" bearing the consensus (S/T)RRXFLK "twin-arginine" motif. The Tat system involves the integral membrane proteins TatA, TatB, TatC, and TatE. Of these, TatA, TatB, and TatE are homologues of the Hcf106 component of the DeltapH-dependent protein import system of plant thylakoids. Deletion of the tatB gene alone is sufficient to block the export of seven endogenous Tat substrates, including hydrogenase-2. Complementation analysis indicates that while TatA and TatE are functionally interchangeable, the TatB protein is functionally distinct. This conclusion is supported by the observation that Helicobacter pylori tatA will complement an E. coli tatA mutant, but not a tatB mutant. Analysis of Tat component stability in various tat deletion backgrounds shows that TatC is rapidly degraded in the absence of TatB suggesting that TatC complexes, and is stabilized by, TatB.

  1. Functional identification of the promoter for the gene encoding the alpha subunit of calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II.

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    Olson, N J; Massé, T; Suzuki, T; Chen, J; Alam, D; Kelly, P T

    1995-01-01

    To examine the expression of the alpha subunit of calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II, various 5' flanking genomic sequences were inserted into a chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) reporter plasmid and CAT enzyme activities were analyzed in transfected NB2a neuroblastoma cells and mRNA transcription was analyzed by nuclease protection assays. A core promoter was identified which contained an essential TATA element located 162 nt 5' to the transcription start site. Sequences 3' to the transcription start site, as well as 5' to the TATA element, increased levels of CAT activity in transfected cells. The alpha-subunit gene promoter displayed higher CAT activities, relative to a simian virus 40 promoter, in transfected neuronal cell lines than in nonneuronal cell lines. Results also suggested that sequence surrounding the natural alpha-gene transcription initiation site may be important for targeting transcription initiation 162 nt downstream of its TATA element. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 3 PMID:7878035

  2. Recognition of prokaryotic and eukaryotic promoters using convolutional deep learning neural networks.

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    Umarov, Ramzan Kh; Solovyev, Victor V

    2017-01-01

    Accurate computational identification of promoters remains a challenge as these key DNA regulatory regions have variable structures composed of functional motifs that provide gene-specific initiation of transcription. In this paper we utilize Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) to analyze sequence characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic promoters and build their predictive models. We trained a similar CNN architecture on promoters of five distant organisms: human, mouse, plant (Arabidopsis), and two bacteria (Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis). We found that CNN trained on sigma70 subclass of Escherichia coli promoter gives an excellent classification of promoters and non-promoter sequences (Sn = 0.90, Sp = 0.96, CC = 0.84). The Bacillus subtilis promoters identification CNN model achieves Sn = 0.91, Sp = 0.95, and CC = 0.86. For human, mouse and Arabidopsis promoters we employed CNNs for identification of two well-known promoter classes (TATA and non-TATA promoters). CNN models nicely recognize these complex functional regions. For human promoters Sn/Sp/CC accuracy of prediction reached 0.95/0.98/0,90 on TATA and 0.90/0.98/0.89 for non-TATA promoter sequences, respectively. For Arabidopsis we observed Sn/Sp/CC 0.95/0.97/0.91 (TATA) and 0.94/0.94/0.86 (non-TATA) promoters. Thus, the developed CNN models, implemented in CNNProm program, demonstrated the ability of deep learning approach to grasp complex promoter sequence characteristics and achieve significantly higher accuracy compared to the previously developed promoter prediction programs. We also propose random substitution procedure to discover positionally conserved promoter functional elements. As the suggested approach does not require knowledge of any specific promoter features, it can be easily extended to identify promoters and other complex functional regions in sequences of many other and especially newly sequenced genomes. The CNNProm program is available to run at web server http://www.softberry.com.

  3. Recognition of prokaryotic and eukaryotic promoters using convolutional deep learning neural networks

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    Umarov, Ramzan Kh.

    2017-01-01

    Accurate computational identification of promoters remains a challenge as these key DNA regulatory regions have variable structures composed of functional motifs that provide gene-specific initiation of transcription. In this paper we utilize Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) to analyze sequence characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic promoters and build their predictive models. We trained a similar CNN architecture on promoters of five distant organisms: human, mouse, plant (Arabidopsis), and two bacteria (Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis). We found that CNN trained on sigma70 subclass of Escherichia coli promoter gives an excellent classification of promoters and non-promoter sequences (Sn = 0.90, Sp = 0.96, CC = 0.84). The Bacillus subtilis promoters identification CNN model achieves Sn = 0.91, Sp = 0.95, and CC = 0.86. For human, mouse and Arabidopsis promoters we employed CNNs for identification of two well-known promoter classes (TATA and non-TATA promoters). CNN models nicely recognize these complex functional regions. For human promoters Sn/Sp/CC accuracy of prediction reached 0.95/0.98/0,90 on TATA and 0.90/0.98/0.89 for non-TATA promoter sequences, respectively. For Arabidopsis we observed Sn/Sp/CC 0.95/0.97/0.91 (TATA) and 0.94/0.94/0.86 (non-TATA) promoters. Thus, the developed CNN models, implemented in CNNProm program, demonstrated the ability of deep learning approach to grasp complex promoter sequence characteristics and achieve significantly higher accuracy compared to the previously developed promoter prediction programs. We also propose random substitution procedure to discover positionally conserved promoter functional elements. As the suggested approach does not require knowledge of any specific promoter features, it can be easily extended to identify promoters and other complex functional regions in sequences of many other and especially newly sequenced genomes. The CNNProm program is available to run at web server http

  4. Expression of the bifunctional Bacillus subtilis TatAd protein in Escherichia coli reveals distinct TatA/B-family and TatB-specific domains.

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    Barnett, James P; Lawrence, Janna; Mendel, Sharon; Robinson, Colin

    2011-08-01

    In the Tat protein export pathway of Gram-negative bacteria, TatA and TatB are homologous proteins that carry out distinct and essential functions in separate sub-complexes. In contrast, Gram-positive Tat systems usually lack TatB and the TatA protein is bifunctional. We have used a mutagenesis approach to delineate TatA/B-type domains in the bifunctional TatAd protein from Bacillus subtilis. This involved expression of mutated TatAd variants in Escherichia coli and tests to determine whether the variants could function as TatA or TatB by complementing E. coli tatA and/or tatB mutants. We show that mutations in the C-terminal half of the transmembrane span and the subsequent FGP 'hinge' motif are critical for TatAd function with its partner TatCd subunit, and the same determinants are required for complementation of either tatA or tatB mutants in Escherichia coli. This is thus a critical domain in both TatA and TatB proteins. In contrast, substitution of a series of residues at the N-terminus specifically blocks the ability of TatAd to substitute for E. coli TatB. The results point to the presence of a universally conserved domain in the TatA/B-family, together with a separate N-terminal domain that is linked to the TatB-type function in Gram-negative bacteria.

  5. Regulatory elements involved in the bidirectional activity of an immunoglobulin promoter.

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    Doyen, N; Dreyfus, M; Rougeon, F

    1989-01-01

    We show that the promoter from the mouse VH441 heavy-chain immunoglobulin gene, when present on plasmids transiently introduced into myeloma cells, promotes transcription bidirectionally, due to the presence on both strands of TATA-like sequences bracketing the highly conserved decanucleotide element. The two divergent promoters compete for the transcriptional machinery, their relative strength ultimately reflecting the likeness of the two TATA boxes to the consensus sequence. Moreover, their relative activity is also strongly influenced by certain point mutations within the distally located heavy-chain enhancer. The bearing of these results on current concepts of promoter function is discussed. Images PMID:2494644

  6. A genetic analysis of Adhl regulation

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    Freeling, M.

    1992-01-01

    Several separate but related studies are reported on the mechanism of alcohol dehydrogenase (Adh-1) are reported. A study of a deletion mutation in the TATA box region which resulted in an increase from 6--60% of wildtype Adh-1 expression in the revertant has led to a focus on trans-acting protein factors that bind the TATA box. Analysis of another revertant has led to study of cis-acting sequences in Adh-1 expression. Screening efforts aimed at defining different mutants affecting Adh-1 expression are reported.

  7. A genetic analysis of Adhl regulation. Progress report, June 1991--May 1993

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    Freeling, M.

    1992-12-01

    Several separate but related studies are reported on the mechanism of alcohol dehydrogenase (Adh-1) are reported. A study of a deletion mutation in the TATA box region which resulted in an increase from 6--60% of wildtype Adh-1 expression in the revertant has led to a focus on trans-acting protein factors that bind the TATA box. Analysis of another revertant has led to study of cis-acting sequences in Adh-1 expression. Screening efforts aimed at defining different mutants affecting Adh-1 expression are reported.

  8. [Analysis of factors predicting early unplanned readmissions].

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    Di Domenico, Gabriella; Tersigni, Ivan; Federico, Bruno; Leuter, Cinzia

    2016-01-01

    OBIETTIVI: determinare i fattori associati ai ricoveri ripetuti per identificare i pazienti a rischio di riospedalizzazione entro i 30 giorni dalla dimissione. DISEGNO: analisi retrospettiva delle dimissioni nell'anno 2013 attraverso le schede di dimissione ospedaliera (SDO).

  9. [Kidney cancer with venal thrombus-principles of menagement].

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    Skiba, Ryszard; Syryło, Tomasz; Wieczorek, Andrzej; Zieliński, Henryk

    Frequency of renal cell carcinoma with tumor thrombus may reach up to 30% of cases. Epidemiologic data show that tumor thrombus by itself is not negative predictive factor. Meticulous preparation by analisis of high quality imaging, acurate preoperative patient and team preparation enables to make complete thrombus resection. In our analisis we propouse rules of holistic treatment for patients suffering from renal cell carcinoma with tumor thrombus. Applying of these rules results in satisfactory long term results.

  10. Fusion of Inertial Sensors and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexed (OFDM) Signals of Opportunity for Unassisted Navigation

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    2009-03-01

    32 IV. Results and Analisys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 4.1 Effects of the Number of Transmitters and Oversampling 34...the reference is not used in any cross-correlations; only the clock data is used. 33 IV. Results and Analisys This chapter details results from the...notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does

  11. French Nuclear Strategy in an Age of Terrorism

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    2006-12-01

    President Chirac: Reform, Clean Break or Reminder?” Real Instituno Elcano, (January 24, 2006), http://www.realinstitutoelcano.org/ analisis /905.asp...stem from a French strategic culture deeply imbedded in history coupled with a personal obsession of de Gaulle which has had a lasting legacy in...Real Instituno Elcano, January 24, 2006, http://www.realinstitutoelcano.org/ analisis /905.asp (accessed September 11, 2006). Beaufre, André

  12. Conference Proceedings: 7th Annual Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, March 18-22, 1991

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    1991-03-01

    34, Pill). 222. laboratouin di Analisi Nuincrica del Comisi.hio Naziemnale delle f.ecerche, Pavia (1079). [ChK] M. Chueney •nd G. Kristeosson. "Three...of some regularization methods and application to data collected in isolated dog heart experiments," Pub. 222, laboratorio di Analisi Numecrica del...series solution for the EF" ELECTRIC -IEI-.n VECTORi RCS of the sphercl3] is used to derive a correction factor accounting for the frequency response of

  13. Systems Genetics of Chronic Pain

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    2013-09-01

    with TATA - binding protein and the class II promoter DNA (de Planell-Saguer et al. 2009). Like Cdh8, Abt1 has not previously been associated with...brain, spinal cord, and dorsal root ganglion and is known to be involved in spinal cord motor neuron differentiation (MGI, 2013). Abt1’s reported

  14. Army Strong, Superintendent Savvy

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    Mellon, Ericka

    2011-01-01

    Brigadier General Anthony "Tony" Tata of the U.S. Army had one of those "ah-ha" moments in April 2006 when, on the eve of an operation he was heading in Afghanistan, an Al Qaeda rocket shattered a nearby school. The attack killed a teacher and seven students and wounded dozens more. The rocket incident eventually nudged Tata…

  15. Automated Slicing for a Multi-Axis Metal Deposition System (Preprint)

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    2006-09-01

    manufacturing”, Journal of Material Processing Technology, 1999, pp.191-197. [14] Tata, Kamesh; Fadel, Georges ; Bagchi, Amit and Aziz, Nadim, “Efficient...Shenton, M.; Kubler , O., “3D Voronoi Skeletons and Their Usage for the Characterization and Recognition of 3D Organ Shape”, Computer Vision and Image

  16. Automated Slicing for a Multi-Axis Metal Deposition System (Preprint)

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    2006-03-01

    14] Tata, Kamesh; Fadel, Georges ; Bagchi, Amit and Aziz, Nadim, “Efficient slicing for layered manufacturing”, Rapid Prototyping, Vol. 4. No. 4...Shape Modeling International 2003. [22] Naf, M.; Szekely, G.; Kikinis, R.; Shenton, M.; Kubler , O., “3D Voronoi Skeletons and Their Usage for the

  17. Army Strong, Superintendent Savvy

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    Mellon, Ericka

    2011-01-01

    Brigadier General Anthony "Tony" Tata of the U.S. Army had one of those "ah-ha" moments in April 2006 when, on the eve of an operation he was heading in Afghanistan, an Al Qaeda rocket shattered a nearby school. The attack killed a teacher and seven students and wounded dozens more. The rocket incident eventually nudged Tata…

  18. Mutational analysis of BTAF1-TBP interaction: BTAF1 can rescue DNA-binding defective TBP mutants.

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    Klejman, Marcin P; Zhao, Xuemei; van Schaik, Frederik M A; Herr, Winship; Timmers, H Th Marc

    2005-01-01

    The BTAF1 transcription factor interacts with TATA-binding protein (TBP) to form the B-TFIID complex, which is involved in RNA polymerase II transcription. Here, we present an extensive mapping study of TBP residues involved in BTAF1 interaction. This shows that residues in the concave, DNA-binding surface of TBP are important for BTAF1 binding. In addition, BTAF1 interacts with residues in helix 2 on the convex side of TBP as assayed in protein-protein and in DNA-binding assays. BTAF1 drastically changes the TATA-box binding specificity of TBP, as it is able to recruit DNA-binding defective TBP mutants to both TATA-containing and TATA-less DNA. Interestingly, other helix 2 interacting factors, such as TFIIA and NC2, can also stabilize mutant TBP binding to DNA. In contrast, TFIIB which interacts with a distinct surface of TBP does not display this activity. Since many proteins contact helix 2 of TBP, this provides a molecular basis for mutually exclusive TBP interactions and stresses the importance of this structural element for eukaryotic transcription.

  19. Transcription of Nearly All Yeast RNA Polymerase II-Transcribed Genes Is Dependent on Transcription Factor TFIID.

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    Warfield, Linda; Ramachandran, Srinivas; Baptista, Tiago; Devys, Didier; Tora, Laszlo; Hahn, Steven

    2017-09-13

    Previous studies suggested that expression of most yeast mRNAs is dominated by either transcription factor TFIID or SAGA. We re-examined the role of TFIID by rapid depletion of S. cerevisiae TFIID subunits and measurement of changes in nascent transcription. We find that transcription of nearly all mRNAs is strongly dependent on TFIID function. Degron-dependent depletion of Taf1, Taf2, Taf7, Taf11, and Taf13 showed similar transcription decreases for genes in the Taf1-depleted, Taf1-enriched, TATA-containing, and TATA-less gene classes. The magnitude of TFIID dependence varies with growth conditions, although this variation is similar genome-wide. Many studies have suggested differences in gene-regulatory mechanisms between TATA and TATA-less genes, and these differences have been attributed in part to differential dependence on SAGA or TFIID. Our work indicates that TFIID participates in expression of nearly all yeast mRNAs and that differences in regulation between these two gene categories is due to other properties. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. A double helix B-type geometry based on high-resolution proton NMR of single-helical DNA fragments: d(TA)5 x d(TA)5.

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    Mellema, J R; van Kampen, P N; Carlson, C N; Bosshard, H E; Altona, C

    1983-01-01

    A single-helical B-type geometry is presented based on 1H NMR observations on d(TATA) and several other small single-helical DNA fragments. The structure is extended to one complete turn of double-helical DNA and its characteristics are compared with other known B-type structures. PMID:6856480

  1. Porcine Skin ED50 Damage Thresholds for 2,000 nm Laser Irradiation

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    2005-01-01

    1* Daniel C. OTJell, BS,1 Sharon L. Thomsen, MD,1 Benjamin A. Rockwell, PhD,2 and Ashley J. Welch, PhD1 ’Biomedical Engineering Laser Laboratory...The authors thank Dr. Darrell Tata, Dr. Robert J. Thomas, Dr. Sergey Telenkov, Victor Villavicencio , Dan Polhamus, and Jennifer Cassaday for their

  2. Genome-wide mapping of nucleosome positions in Saccharomyces cerevisiae in response to different nitrogen conditions

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    Zhang, Peng; Du, Guocheng; Zou, Huijun; Xie, Guangfa; Chen, Jian; Shi, Zhongping; Zhou, Jingwen

    2016-01-01

    Well-organized chromatin is involved in a number of various transcriptional regulation and gene expression. We used genome-wide mapping of nucleosomes in response to different nitrogen conditions to determine both nucleosome profiles and gene expression events in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Nitrogen conditions influence general nucleosome profiles and the expression of nitrogen catabolite repression (NCR) sensitive genes. The nucleosome occupancy of TATA-containing genes was higher compared to TATA-less genes. TATA-less genes in high or low nucleosome occupancy, showed a significant change in gene coding regions when shifting cells from glutamine to proline as the sole nitrogen resource. Furthermore, a correlation between the expression of nucleosome occupancy induced NCR sensitive genes or TATA containing genes in NCR sensitive genes, and nucleosome prediction were found when cells were cultured in proline or shifting from glutamine to proline as the sole nitrogen source compared to glutamine. These results also showed that variation of nucleosome occupancy accompany with chromatin-dependent transcription factor could influence the expression of a series of genes involved in the specific regulation of nitrogen utilization. PMID:27659668

  3. Drosophila TRF2 is a preferential core promoter regulator

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    Kedmi, Adi; Zehavi, Yonathan; Glick, Yair; Orenstein, Yaron; Ideses, Diana; Wachtel, Chaim; Doniger, Tirza; Waldman Ben-Asher, Hiba; Muster, Nemone; Thompson, James; Anderson, Scott; Avrahami, Dorit; Yates, John R.; Shamir, Ron; Gerber, Doron

    2014-01-01

    Transcription of protein-coding genes is highly dependent on the RNA polymerase II core promoter. Core promoters, generally defined as the regions that direct transcription initiation, consist of functional core promoter motifs (such as the TATA-box, initiator [Inr], and downstream core promoter element [DPE]) that confer specific properties to the core promoter. The known basal transcription factors that support TATA-dependent transcription are insufficient for in vitro transcription of DPE-dependent promoters. In search of a transcription factor that supports DPE-dependent transcription, we used a biochemical complementation approach and identified the Drosophila TBP (TATA-box-binding protein)-related factor 2 (TRF2) as an enriched factor in the fractions that support DPE-dependent transcription. We demonstrate that the short TRF2 isoform preferentially activates DPE-dependent promoters. DNA microarray analysis reveals the enrichment of DPE promoters among short TRF2 up-regulated genes. Using primer extension analysis and reporter assays, we show the importance of the DPE in transcriptional regulation of TRF2 target genes. It was previously shown that, unlike TBP, TRF2 fails to bind DNA containing TATA-boxes. Using microfluidic affinity analysis, we discovered that short TRF2-bound DNA oligos are enriched for Inr and DPE motifs. Taken together, our findings highlight the role of short TRF2 as a preferential core promoter regulator. PMID:25223897

  4. 76 FR 5137 - Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews

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    ....A. INDIA: Carbazole Violet Pigment 23 A-533-838 12/1/09-11/30/10 Meghmani Pigments \\3\\ Certain Hot... Tata Steel Limited THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: Carbazole 12/1/09-11/30/10 Violet Pigment 23 \\4\\ A... qualify for a separate rate, all other exporters of Carbazole Violet Pigment 23 from the People's...

  5. Caudal, a key developmental regulator, is a DPE-specific transcriptional factor.

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    Juven-Gershon, Tamar; Hsu, Jer-Yuan; Kadonaga, James T

    2008-10-15

    The regulation of gene transcription is critical for the proper development and growth of an organism. The transcription of protein-coding genes initiates at the RNA polymerase II core promoter, which is a diverse module that can be controlled by many different elements such as the TATA box and downstream core promoter element (DPE). To understand the basis for core promoter diversity, we explored potential biological functions of the DPE. We found that nearly all of the Drosophila homeotic (Hox) gene promoters, which lack TATA-box elements, contain functionally important DPE motifs that are conserved from Drosophila melanogaster to Drosophila virilis. We then discovered that Caudal, a sequence-specific transcription factor and key regulator of the Hox gene network, activates transcription with a distinct preference for the DPE relative to the TATA box. The specificity of Caudal activation for the DPE is particularly striking when a BRE(u) core promoter motif is associated with the TATA box. These findings show that Caudal is a DPE-specific activator and exemplify how core promoter diversity can be used to establish complex regulatory networks.

  6. Cholinergic Neurotransmission: Function and Dysfunction, International Cholinergic Symposium (8th) Held at Montreal (Quebec) on 26-30 July 1992

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    1992-12-31

    concentrated in the frontoparietal cortex and the hipp pal formation, M2 labelling is most prominent in various thalamic and brainstem nuclei. M3 sites are...strand cDNAs. The ligation products are then amplified using PCR. No TATA box is found upstream these start sites. However, the sequence surrounding

  7. The tert-butylhydroquinone-mediated activation of the human thioredoxin gene reveals a novel promoter structure

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    Osborne, Simone A.; Hawkes, Hye-Jin Kim; Baldwin, Ben L.; Alexander, Kylie A.; Svingen, Terje; Clarke, Frank M.; Tonissen, Kathryn F.

    2006-01-01

    Thioredoxin is a redox-active protein that plays multiple roles in regulating cell growth, cell signalling and apoptosis. Here, we have demonstrated that a complex mechanism involving multiple regulatory elements is involved in the tBHQ [tert-butylhydroquinone or 2,5-di-(t-butyl)-1,4-hydroquinone]-mediated activation of the thioredoxin gene. Luciferase assays, utilizing various wild-type and mutated thioredoxin promoter fragments, revealed roles for the ORE (oxidative stress responsive element), ARE (antioxidant responsive element), three Sp1 (specificity protein 1)-binding sites and the TATA box in the activation of the thioredoxin gene by tBHQ. The ORE required the presence of the ARE to elicit its response, whereas the independent removal of three Sp1-binding sites and the TATA box also decreased activation of the thioredoxin gene, with mutation of the TATA box having the greatest effect. Real-time RT (reverse transcriptase)–PCR analysis also revealed varying roles for two TSSs (transcription start sites) in the activation of the thioredoxin gene by tBHQ. Transcription was initiated from both TSSs; however, different response rates and fold inductions were observed. Together, these results suggest that the thioredoxin gene is controlled by a novel arrangement of two overlapping core promoter regions, one containing a TATA box and the other TATA-less. Altering the intracellular levels of thioredoxin in a breast cancer cell line also influenced the induction of thioredoxin transcription in response to tBHQ. Stable transfections with a redox-inactive thioredoxin mutant produced 3.6 times higher induction levels of thioredoxin transcription compared with control cells, indicating an intrinsic form of control of promoter activity by the thioredoxin system itself. PMID:16712525

  8. Characterization of cis-acting elements required for autorepression of the equine herpesvirus 1 IE gene.

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    Kim, Seongman; Dai, Gan; O'Callaghan, Dennis J; Kim, Seong Kee

    2012-04-01

    The immediate-early protein (IEP), the major regulatory protein encoded by the IE gene of equine herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1), plays a crucial role as both transcription activator and repressor during a productive lytic infection. To investigate the mechanism by which the EHV-1 IEP inhibits its own promoter, IE promoter-luciferase reporter plasmids containing wild-type and mutant IEP-binding site (IEBS) were constructed and used for luciferase reporter assays. The IEP inhibited transcription from its own promoter in the presence of a consensus IEBS (5'-ATCGT-3') located near the transcription initiation site but did not inhibit when the consensus sequence was deleted. To determine whether the distance between the TATA box and the IEBS affects transcriptional repression, the IEBS was displaced from the original site by the insertion of synthetic DNA sequences. Luciferase reporter assays revealed that the IEP is able to repress its own promoter when the IEBS is located within 26-bp from the TATA box. We also found that the proper orientation and position of the IEBS were required for the repression by the IEP. Interestingly, the level of repression was significantly reduced when a consensus TATA sequence was deleted from the promoter region, indicating that the IEP efficiently inhibits its own promoter in a TATA box-dependent manner. Taken together, these results suggest that the EHV-1 IEP delicately modulates autoregulation of its gene through the consensus IEBS that is near the transcription initiation site and the TATA box. Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  9. Un analisis de la influencia de las fricciones de los campos no militares sobre las fricciones del campo militar presentes en la operacion de rescate de rehenes Chavin de Huantar (An Analysis of the Influence that Friction in Non-Military Fields of Action Had Upon Military Friction in the Hostage Rescue Operation Chavin de Huantar)

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    2012-05-16

    esta AO, es decir, la cercanía al gobierno nacional y al mismo Presidente de la Republica , la cobertura directa de los más de ochenta medios de...colombiano Cesar Gaviria, a fin de obtener respaldo a su estrategia y manejo de la crisis. Posteriormente, con su visita a Republica Dominicana con el...de la guerra como unidad de mando fueron escrupulosamente observados desde el nivel de gobierno, con el Presidente de la Republica ejerciendo el

  10. Dunkerque-Falklands: Due eventi storico-politici attraverso l'analisi linguistica dei discorsi di Winston Churchill e Margaret Thatcher (Dunkirk-Falklands: Two Historical-Political Events through the Linguistic Analysis of the Speeches of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher).

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    Arcaini, Giovanna

    1988-01-01

    The political speech is a unique kind of document that reflects the socio-historic climate of its time. Two historical events (Dunkirk and the Falkland Islands Crisis) and a principal protagonist from each are discussed, and the speeches of these two individuals are analyzed in order to find similarities and differences, and to find their basic…

  11. Estudio de reflectancia enfocado a la cartografia litologica de rocas igneas, efectos de distintos tipos de metamorfismo y analisis estructural en materiales precambricos, basado en datos espectrales de laboratorio e imagenes thematic mapper (Macizo Hesperico Central, Prov. de Caceres y Badajoz)

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    Plaza Garcia, Maria Asuncion

    The rampant success of quantum theory is the result of applications of the 'new' quantum mechanics of Schrodinger and Heisenberg (1926-7), the Feynman-Schwinger-Tomonaga Quantum Electro-dynamics (1946-51), the electro-weak theory of Salaam, Weinberg, and Glashow (1967-9), and Quantum Chromodynamics (1973-); in fact, this success of 'the' quantum theory has depended on a continuous stream of brilliant and quite disparate mathematical formulations. In this carefully concealed ferment there lie plenty of unresolved difficulties, simply because in churning out fabulously accurate calculational tools there has been no sensible explanation of all that is going on. It is even argued that such an understanding is nothing to do with physics. A long-standing and famous illustration of this is the paradoxical thought-experiment of Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen (1935). Fundamental to all quantum theories, and also their paradoxes, is the location of sub-microscopic objects; or, rather, that the specification of such a location is fraught with mathematical inconsistency. This project encompasses a detailed, critical survey of the tangled history of Position within quantum theories. The first step is to show that, contrary to appearances, canonical quantum mechanics has only a vague notion of locality. After analysing a number of previous attempts at a 'relativistic quantum mechanics', two lines of thought are considered in detail. The first is the work of Wan and students, which is shown to be no real improvement on the iisu.al 'nonrelativistic' theory. The second is based on an idea of Dirac's - using backwards-in-time light-cones as the hypersurface in space-time. There remain considerable difficulties in the way of producing a consistent scheme here. To keep things nicely stirred up, the author then proposes his own approach - an adaptation of Feynman's QED propagators. This new approach is distinguished from Feynman's since the propagator or Green's function is not obtained by Feynman's rule. The type of equation solved is also different: instead of an initial-value problem, a solution that obeys a time-symmetric causality criterion is found for an inhomogeneous partial differential equation with homogeneous boundary conditions. To make the consideration of locality more precise, some results of Fourier transform theory are presented in a form that is directly applicable. Somewhat away from the main thrust of the thesis, there is also an attempt to explain, the manner in which quantum effects disappear as the number of particles increases in such things as experimental realisations of the EPR and de Broglie thought experiments.

  12. Dunkerque-Falklands: Due eventi storico-politici attraverso l'analisi linguistica dei discorsi di Winston Churchill e Margaret Thatcher (Dunkirk-Falklands: Two Historical-Political Events through the Linguistic Analysis of the Speeches of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher).

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    Arcaini, Giovanna

    1988-01-01

    The political speech is a unique kind of document that reflects the socio-historic climate of its time. Two historical events (Dunkirk and the Falkland Islands Crisis) and a principal protagonist from each are discussed, and the speeches of these two individuals are analyzed in order to find similarities and differences, and to find their basic…

  13. Elaborazione dei dati sperimentali

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    Dapor, M.; Ropele, M.

    L'analisi statistica dei dati sperimentali, la loro elaborazione ed una corretta stima degli errori sono conoscenze necessarie agli studenti di fisica, biologia, chimica, ingegneria e dei corsi di specializzazione tecnico-scientifici in cui a di laboratorio. Chi si occupa di problemi tecnici e di misure, per studio o per lavoro, deve possedere gli strumenti matematici di calcolo e di analisi necessari ad una corretta interpretazione dei dati sperimentali. Il testo fornisce in modo sintetico, chiaro ed esaustivo, tutte le nozioni e le conoscenze utili allo scopo.

  14. Chaotic Behaviour in Quantum Dynamics.

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    1986-12-01

    1.6 Relevance of Classical Analisys to the Problem of Microwave Ionization The other nonconservative system discussed in this report - the H-atom in...a microwave field - had never been sublected to quantum analisys , neither theoretical nor computational, up to the start of our program. Nevertheless...m, . A2) can tie expanded in a double Fourier series in the angle variables Xi, X2: (I,, A, ,klk2 Z= > (ni, n,, n) e i(0 K C) The coefficeuts z ,i can

  15. Finding human promoter groups based on DNA physical properties

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    Zeng, Jia; Cao, Xiao-Qin; Zhao, Hongya; Yan, Hong

    2009-10-01

    DNA rigidity is an important physical property originating from the DNA three-dimensional structure. Although the general DNA rigidity patterns in human promoters have been investigated, their distinct roles in transcription are largely unknown. In this paper, we discover four highly distinct human promoter groups based on similarity of their rigidity profiles. First, we find that all promoter groups conserve relatively rigid DNAs at the canonical TATA box [a consensus TATA(A/T)A(A/T) sequence] position, which are important physical signals in binding transcription factors. Second, we find that the genes activated by each group of promoters share significant biological functions based on their gene ontology annotations. Finally, we find that these human promoter groups correlate with the tissue-specific gene expression.

  16. Isolation, characterization and expression of a gene coding for a 2S albumin from Bertholletia excelsa (Brazil nut).

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    Gander, E S; Holmstroem, K O; De Paiva, G R; De Castro, L A; Carneiro, M; Grossi de Sá, M F

    1991-03-01

    Two genes, BE2S1 and BE2S2, coding for methionine-rich albumins of Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa H.B.K.) have been cloned and their sequence determined. The genes are members of a multigene family and one of them, i.e. BE2S1, codes for one of the dominant 2S isoforms. Its expression is highly regulated during seed development and with respect to tissue specificity. Sequence analysis has shown that the genes contain one intron and that the promoter of BE2S1 shows a canonical TATA motif. The transcription initiation site is located 26 nucleotides downstream from the TATA box. Sequence comparison of the promoter regions of 2S genes from Brassica napus, Arabidopsis thaliana and B. excelsa revealed the presence of TGCA palindromic sequence that appear to be arranged in a 2S-specific manner.

  17. Estrogen-Related Receptor alpha (ERR (alpha))-Coactivator Interactions as Targets for Discovery of New Anti-Breast Cancer Therapeutics

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    2007-03-01

    Lu c. A ct . ( re l. to T AT A- lu c) A. pTATA-Luc pERE(5x)-Luc pERRE (5x)-Luc - - - Figure 3. GRIP1 is a specific coactivator of “activated” ERRα...AGGTCACAGTGACCT-3’) upstream of the firefly luciferase reporter gene. pERRE (5x)-Luc contains five copies of the consensus estrogen-related receptor response...7 7- 42 3 ER R α 1 ER R α 1 7 7- 42 3 pTATA-Luc pERE(5x)-Luc pERRE (5x)-Luc Expression plasmid: Reporter: ER R α 1 ER R α 1 7 7- 42 3- - - B. 12

  18. Identification of previously unrecognized common elements in eukaryotic promoters. A ribosomal RNA gene initiator element for RNA polymerase I.

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    Radebaugh, C A; Gong, X; Bartholomew, B; Paule, M R

    1997-02-07

    A new ribosomal RNA promoter element with a functional role similar to the RNA polymerase II initiator (Inr) was identified. This sequence, which we dub the ribosomal Inr (rInr) is unusually conserved, even in normally divergent RNA polymerase I promoters. It functions in the recruitment of the fundamental, TATA-binding protein (TBP)-containing transcription factor, TIF-IB. All upstream elements of the exceptionally strong Acanthamoeba castellanii ribosomal RNA core promoter, to within 6 base pairs of the transcription initiation site (tis), can be deleted without loss of specific transcription initiation. Thus, the A. castellanii promoter can function in a manner similar to RNA polymerase II TATA-less promoters. Sequence-specific photo-cross-linking localizes a 96-kDa subunit of TIF-IB and the second largest RNA polymerase I subunit (A133) to the rInr sequence. A185 also photo-cross-links when polymerase is stalled at +7.

  19. Finding human promoter groups based on DNA physical properties.

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    Zeng, Jia; Cao, Xiao-Qin; Zhao, Hongya; Yan, Hong

    2009-10-01

    DNA rigidity is an important physical property originating from the DNA three-dimensional structure. Although the general DNA rigidity patterns in human promoters have been investigated, their distinct roles in transcription are largely unknown. In this paper, we discover four highly distinct human promoter groups based on similarity of their rigidity profiles. First, we find that all promoter groups conserve relatively rigid DNAs at the canonical TATA box [a consensus TATA(A/T)A(A/T) sequence] position, which are important physical signals in binding transcription factors. Second, we find that the genes activated by each group of promoters share significant biological functions based on their gene ontology annotations. Finally, we find that these human promoter groups correlate with the tissue-specific gene expression.

  20. RAP30/74: a general initiation factor that binds to RNA polymerase II.

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    Burton, Z F; Killeen, M; Sopta, M; Ortolan, L G; Greenblatt, J

    1988-01-01

    We have previously shown by affinity chromatography that RAP30 and RAP74 are the mammalian proteins that have the highest affinity for RNA polymerase II. Here we show that RAP30 binds to RAP74 and that the RAP30-RAP74 complex (RAP30/74) is required for accurate initiation by RNA polymerase II. RAP30/74 is required for accurate transcription from the following promoters: the adenovirus major late promoter, the long terminal repeat of human immunodeficiency virus, P2 of the human c-myc gene, the mouse beta maj-globin promoter (all of which have TATA boxes), and the mouse dihydrofolate reductase promoter (which lacks a TATA box). RAP30/74 is not required for initiation by RNA polymerase III at the adenovirus virus-associated RNA promoters. Therefore, RAP30/74 is a general initiation factor that binds to RNA polymerase II. Images PMID:3380090

  1. The structural basis for the oriented assembly of a TBP/TFB/promoter complex.

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    Littlefield, O; Korkhin, Y; Sigler, P B

    1999-11-23

    Recently the definition of the metazoan RNA polymerase II and archaeal core promoters has been expanded to include a region immediately upstream of the TATA box called the B recognition element (BRE), so named because eukaryal transcription factor TFIIB and its archaeal orthologue TFB interact with the element in a sequence-specific manner. Here we present the 2.4-A crystal structure of archaeal TBP and the C-terminal core of TFB (TFB(c)) in a complex with an extended TATA-box-containing promoter that provides a detailed picture of the stereospecific interactions between the BRE and a helix-turn-helix motif in the C-terminal cyclin repeat of TFB(c). This interaction is important in determining the level of basal transcription and explicitly defines the direction of transcription.

  2. Transanal minimally invasive surgery for total mesorectal excision (ETM) through transanal approach (TaETM) with robotic and Transanal Endoscopic Operations (TEO) combined access: step by step surgery.

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    Mendes, Carlos Ramon Silveira; Valadão, Marcus; Araújo, Rodrigo; Linhares, Eduardo; Jesus, José Paulo

    2015-01-01

    In the treatment of colorectal cancer, from 1982 Heald proposed standardization of the total mesorectal excision, with a significant reduction in the recurrence rate. But the treatment of lower rectal lesions is still a challenge. To describe the association of robotic low anterior resection- TATA (Transanal Abdominal Transanal Resection), with transanal access using Transanal Endoscopic Operations - TEO in the treatment of lower rectal cancer. The TATA performs robotic abdominal approach and the TEO performs the perineal approach, developing total mesorectal excision (TME) transanally (TaETM). The TaETM technique was applied in a woman with rectal adenocarcinoma 5 cm from the anal verge that had been submitted to chemoradiation. The procedure was performed with satisfatory operative time and favorable oncological outcome (grade 3 mesorectal excision). This is a promising minimally invasive procedure in the armamentarium of rectal cancer treatment, specially in challenging scenarios such as narrow pelvis, obesity and very low rectal tumors.

  3. TatBC, TatB, and TatC form structurally autonomous units within the twin arginine protein transport system of Escherichia coli

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    Orriss, George L.; Tarry, Michael J.; Ize, Bérengère; Sargent, Frank; Lea, Susan M.; Palmer, Tracy; Berks, Ben C.

    2007-01-01

    The Tat (twin arginine translocation) system transports folded proteins across bacterial and thylakoid membranes. The integral membrane proteins TatA, TatB, and TatC are the essential components of the Tat pathway in Escherichia coli. We demonstrate that formation of a stable complex between TatB and TatC does not require TatA or other Tat components. We show that the TatB and TatC proteins are each able to a form stable, defined, homomultimeric complexes. These we suggest correspond to structural subcomplexes within the parental TatBC complex. We infer that TatC forms a core to the TatBC complex on to which TatB assembles. PMID:17686475

  4. TatBC, TatB, and TatC form structurally autonomous units within the twin arginine protein transport system of Escherichia coli.

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    Orriss, George L; Tarry, Michael J; Ize, Bérengère; Sargent, Frank; Lea, Susan M; Palmer, Tracy; Berks, Ben C

    2007-08-21

    The Tat (twin arginine translocation) system transports folded proteins across bacterial and thylakoid membranes. The integral membrane proteins TatA, TatB, and TatC are the essential components of the Tat pathway in Escherichia coli. We demonstrate that formation of a stable complex between TatB and TatC does not require TatA or other Tat components. We show that the TatB and TatC proteins are each able to a form stable, defined, homomultimeric complexes. These we suggest correspond to structural subcomplexes within the parental TatBC complex. We infer that TatC forms a core to the TatBC complex on to which TatB assembles.

  5. The TatBC complex formation suppresses a modular TatB-multimerization in Escherichia coli.

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    Behrendt, Jana; Lindenstrauss, Ute; Brüser, Thomas

    2007-08-21

    Twin-arginine translocation (Tat) systems allow the translocation of folded proteins across biological membranes of most prokaryotes. In proteobacteria, a TatBC complex binds Tat substrates and initiates their translocation after recruitment of the component TatA. TatA and TatB belong to one protein family, but only TatB forms stable complexes with TatC. Here we show that TatB builds up TatA-like modular complexes in the absence of TatC. This TatB ladder ranges from about 100 to over 880 kDa with 105+/-10 kDa increments. TatC alone can form a 250 kDa complex which could be a scaffold that can recruit TatB to form defined TatBC complexes.

  6. Tandemly repeated 147 bp elements cause structural and functional variation in divergent MAL promoters of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Bell, P J; Higgins, V J; Dawes, I W; Bissinger, P H

    1997-09-30

    We have studied four novel MAL promoters isolated from a single strain of bakers' yeast. Within these promoters we have identified up to five tandem 147 bp repeats located between the MAL UAS region and the MALT TATA box. These repeats strongly reduce MALT (maltose permease) gene expression but only weakly reduce MALS (maltase) gene expression. Insertion of the 147 bp elements into the heterologous CYC1 promoter reduced expression when located between the CYC1 UAS and the TATA box, but not when located upstream of the UAS. We propose that these naturally occurring repeats have evolved as a mechanism to lower the level of MALT expression relative of MALS expression, thus avoiding possible toxic effects associated with over-expression from multiple copies of the permease gene.

  7. MEF2 Is an In Vivo Immune-Metabolic Switch

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    Clark, Rebecca I.; Tan, Sharon W.S.; Péan, Claire B.; Roostalu, Urmas; Vivancos, Valérie; Bronda, Kévin; Pilátová, Martina; Fu, Jingqi; Walker, David W.; Berdeaux, Rebecca; Geissmann, Frédéric; Dionne, Marc S.

    2013-01-01

    Summary Infections disturb metabolic homeostasis in many contexts, but the underlying connections are not completely understood. To address this, we use paired genetic and computational screens in Drosophila to identify transcriptional regulators of immunity and pathology and their associated target genes and physiologies. We show that Mef2 is required in the fat body for anabolic function and the immune response. Using genetic and biochemical approaches, we find that MEF2 is phosphorylated at a conserved site in healthy flies and promotes expression of lipogenic and glycogenic enzymes. Upon infection, this phosphorylation is lost, and the activity of MEF2 changes—MEF2 now associates with the TATA binding protein to bind a distinct TATA box sequence and promote antimicrobial peptide expression. The loss of phosphorylated MEF2 contributes to loss of anabolic enzyme expression in Gram-negative bacterial infection. MEF2 is thus a critical transcriptional switch in the adult fat body between metabolism and immunity. PMID:24075010

  8. Sensory Coordination of Insect Flight

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    2009-12-29

    WORK UNIT NUMBER 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) Tata Institute of Fundamental Research,GKVK Campus, Bellary Rd,Bangalore 560 065...the nature of the stabilizing mechanosensory input provided by the antenna to the flight motor . At rest, moths retract their antennae underneath...antennal positioning to the antennal motor system? To visualize the underlying neural connectivity, we performed neuro- anatomical investigations

  9. Bangalore looks to new interdisciplinary science centre

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    Ramachandran, Ramaseshan

    2008-09-01

    A new centre to boost interdisciplinary research in India is being established in Bangalore - India's IT and software capital. The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS) will be led by Spenta Wadia, a theoretical physicist from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, which is setting up the new centre. He expects construction of the ICTS, the first of its kind in India, to start by November 2009.

  10. Downregulation of Breast Cancer Expression by Small Molecule Drugs

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    2005-06-01

    phosphorylate many downstream molecules, which leads to activation of a variety of signal transduction pathways (1, 2, 3, 4). Some of the well-known...flanking TATA sequence was found in less than 4% of the human type II gene promoters, which include the promoters of c-myc, collagen I, a-fetoprotein...keratin I, opsin , etc. The hairpin polyamides under study were synthesized at Genesoft Inc., San Francisco, CA by solid phase synthetic methods (2). The

  11. A Milestone in Cancer Research and Treatment in India

    Cancer.gov

    Tata Memorial Center is celebrating 75 years of leadership service towards cancer control and research in India. In honor of this anniversary, TMC is hosting A Conference of New Ideas in Cancer – Challenging Dogmas on February 26-28th, 2016 as part of its platinum jubilee events. CGH Director, Dr. Ted Trimble, will give a plenary talk: "Thinking Outside the Box in Cancer Research - Perspectives from the US NCI” in the session titled: Future of Cancer Research: US and European perspectives.

  12. Efficient chimeric promoters derived from full-length and sub-genomic transcript promoters of Figwort mosaic virus (FMV).

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    Ranjan, Rajiv; Patro, Sunita; Kumari, Sangeeta; Kumar, Deepak; Dey, Nrisingha; Maiti, Indu B

    2011-03-10

    Addition of multiple repeats of the FS3 upstream activation sequence (FS3-UAS, -270 to -60) intra-molecularly to the TATA containing core-domain of the FS3 (-151 to +31) promoter resulted in 2-3-folds enhanced promoter activity. The chimeric promoter, FS3-UAS-3X with maximum activity, showed 3.31 times stronger activity in root vascular tissue compared to FS3 promoter and could be used efficiently in translational research.

  13. Strong field effects in MOS systems containing compensated donors and traps distributed in energy

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    Laléko, V. A.; Odynets, L. L.; Raikerus, P. A.

    1981-10-01

    The current-field temperature relationships of the Ta-Ta2O5-MnO2 system are studied when the tantalum has positive polarity. It is demonstrated that the conductivity of such systems is determined by the Poole-Frenkel effect (PFE) for partially compensated donors. We compare our results with previous results [9]. A theory of the PFE is developed for a model which includes traps with an exponential energy distribution; acceptors, and deep discrete donors.

  14. Earth Observations taken by the Expedition 35 Crew

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    2013-04-08

    ISS035-E-18006 (8 April 2013) --- One of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station photographed this image of Tata Sabaya Volcano, located in the Altiplano region of Bolivia. The volcano rises to a summit elevation of 5430 meters above sea level. While its current form is that of a “youthful” stratovolcano, the regional geological evidence indicates an older, eventful history, according to scientists. The scientists say that prior to approximately 12,000 years ago (during the late Pleistocene Epoch), a large debris avalanche was formed by collapse of the ancestral Tata Sabaya volcano. Debris from the avalanche swept into the nearby Salar de Coipasa –at that time filled with a lake larger than today – significantly changing its northwestern coastline. Timing of the event is obtained from tufa deposits formed on debris islands during a high stand of the Coipasa lake – illustrating the geological principle of cross-cutting relationships, in that the debris avalanche had to have occurred before the tufa deposits were formed in the lake. The Tata Sabaya stratovolcano is located at image center. Several young lava flows are visible on the northwestern and western flanks of the volcano. Peaks visible to the northeast and southwest appear to be volcanoes as well, but unlike Tata Sabaya there is no record of recent activity from either of them (according to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Global Volcanism Program). As the Altiplano became more arid and the Coipasa Lake shrank, much of the hummocky terrain of the debris avalanche became exposed over an area of more than 300 square kilometers. The hummocky terrain is clearly visible at image right. White salt deposits of the salar surround many of the individual hummocks, making them “islands” once again.

  15. Topography of the euryarchaeal transcription initiation complex.

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    Bartlett, Michael S; Thomm, Michael; Geiduschek, E Peter

    2004-02-13

    Transcription in the Archaea is carried out by RNA polymerases and transcription factors that are highly homologous to their eukaryotic counterparts, but little is known about the structural organization of the archaeal transcription complex. To address this, transcription initiation complexes have been formed with Pyrococcus furiosus transcription factors (TBP and TFB1), RNA polymerase, and a linear DNA fragment containing a strong promoter. The arrangement of proteins from base pair -35 to +20 (relative to the transcriptional start site) has been analyzed by photochemical protein-DNA cross-linking. TBP cross-links to the TATA box and TFB1 cross-links both upstream and downstream of the TATA box, as expected, but the sites of most prominent TFB1 cross-linking are located well downstream of the TATA box, reaching as far as the start site of transcription, suggesting a role for TFB1 in initiation of transcription that extends beyond polymerase recruitment. These cross-links indicate the transcription factor orientation in the initiation complex. The pattern of cross-linking of four RNA polymerase subunits (B, A', A", and H) to the promoter suggests a path for promoter DNA relative to the RNA polymerase surface in this archaeal transcription initiation complex. In addition, an unidentified protein approximately the size of TBP cross-links to the non-transcribed DNA strand near the upstream edge of the transcription bubble. Cross-linking is specific to the polymerase-containing initiation complex and requires the gdh promoter TATA box. The location of this protein suggests that it, like TFB1, could also have a role in transcription initiation following RNA polymerase recruitment.

  16. Investigation of the Role of Stress in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Using Zebrafish as an Experimental Model

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    2012-08-01

    pathogenesis. For instance, while stress has for many years been implicated in symptom precipitation, the role of the normal gut flora (microbiome) has only...expressed as arbitrary mRNA units (AU) relative to control (control =100), after normalization to expression of the TATA- binding protein (TBP...induced enterocolitis in zebrafish depends on the composition of the intestinal microbiota . Gastroenterology 137:1757-67 e1. 8. Fleming, A., Jankowski

  17. Suppressors of Saccharomyces cerevisiae his3 promoter mutations lacking the upstream element.

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    Oettinger, M A; Struhl, K

    1985-01-01

    Transcription of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae his3 gene requires an upstream promoter element and a TATA element. A strain containing his3-delta 13, an allele which deletes the upstream promoter element but contains the TATA box and intact structural gene, fails to express the gene and consequently is unable to grow in medium lacking histidine. In this paper we characterize His+ revertants of his3-delta 13 which are due to unlinked suppressor mutations. Recessive suppressors in three different ope genes allow his3-delta 13 to be expressed at wild-type levels. In all cases, the suppression is due to increased his3 transcription. However, unlike the wild-type his3 gene, whose transcripts are initiated about equally from two different sites (+1 and +12), transcription due to the ope mutations is initiated only from the +12 site, ope-mediated transcription is regulated in a novel manner; it is observed in minimal medium, but not in rich broth. Although ope mutations restore wild-type levels of transcription, his3 chromatin structure, as assayed by micrococcal nuclease sensitivity of the TATA box, resembles that found in the his3-delta 13 parent rather than in the wild-type strain. This provides further evidence that TATA box sensitivity is not correlated with transcriptional activation. ope mutations are pleiotropic in that cells have a crunchy colony morphology and lyse at 37 degrees C in conditions of normal osmolarity. ope mutations are allele specific because they fail to suppress five other his3 promoter mutations. We discuss implications concerning upstream promoter elements and propose some models for ope suppression. Images PMID:3018536

  18. Stochastic Control Theory, Nonlinear Structural Mechanics and Applied Combinatorics

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    1989-05-12

    U. of Groningen, Netherlands Jun 26 - Aug 5 Sell, George University of Minnesota Sirnion, Rodica George Washington University Jan 13 - Jul 31 Singhi...Navin Tata Institute, Bombay May 1 - Jun 25 Smith, Jonathan D.H. Iowa State University Jan 18 - Jun 25 Stanton, Dennis University of Minnesota...Month or More Edelman, Paul University of Minnesota Friedman, Avner IMA Fristedt, Bert University of Minnesota Fdredi, Zoltan MIT Jan 1 - Mar 31

  19. Gene cloning and heterologous expression of pyranose 2-oxidase from the brown-rot fungus, Gloeophyllum trabeum

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    Diane Dietrich; Casey Crooks

    2009-01-01

    A pyranose 2-oxidase gene from the brown-rot basidiomycete Gloeophyllum trabeum was isolated using homology-based degenerate PCR. The gene structure was determined and compared to that of several pyranose 2-oxidases cloned from white-rot fungi. The G. trabeum pyranose 2-oxidase gene consists of 16 coding exons with canonical promoter CAAT and TATA elements in the 5’UTR...

  20. Field Surveys, IOC Valleys. Volumes II-I and II-II. Biological Resources Survey, Dry Lake Valley, Nevada and Pine and Wah Wah Valleys, Utah. Supplement. Spring Survey of the IOC Valleys.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1981-08-01

    K K Tetradymia qlabrata K K K K K K K K Tetradymia spinosa x BORAG INACEAE Cryptantha sp. K Lappula occidentalis x x BRASS ICACEAE Caulanthus pilosus...greenei X X X Chrysothamnus sp. x Machaeranthera canescens X X X Tetradymia glabrata x BORAG INACEAE Lappula occidentalis X BRASS ICACEAE Caulanthus...Arteniisia triden’tata x Chrysothamnus greenei X X Chrysothamnus sp. X X X X Gutierrezia sarothrae X Ma-chaeranthera canescens X x X BORAG INACEAE LapPula

  1. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 ICP4 Promotes Transcription Preinitiation Complex Formation by Enhancing the Binding of TFIID to DNA

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    Grondin, Benoit; DeLuca, Neal

    2000-01-01

    Infected-cell polypeptide 4 (ICP4) of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) activates the expression of many HSV genes during infection. It functions along with the cellular general transcription factors to increase the transcription rates of genes. In this study, an HSV late promoter consisting of only a TATA box and an INR element was immobilized on a magnetic resin and incubated with nuclear extracts or purified TFIID in the presence and absence of ICP4. Analysis of the complexes formed on these promoters revealed that ICP4 increased the formation of transcription preinitiation complexes (PICs) in a TATA box-dependent manner, as determined by the presence of ICP4, TFIID, TFIIB, and polymerase II on the promoter. With both nuclear extract and purified TFIID, it was determined that ICP4 helped TFIID bind to the promoter and the TATA box. These observations differed from those for the activator Gal4-VP16. As previously observed by others, Gal4-VP16 also increased the formation of PICs without helping TFIID bind to the promoter, suggesting that ICP4 and VP16 differ in their mechanism of activation and that ICP4 functions to facilitate PIC formation at an earlier step in the formation of PICs. We also observed that the DNA binding activity of ICP4 was not sufficient to help TFIID bind to the promoter and that the region of ICP4 that was responsible for this activity is located between residues 30 and 274. Taken together these results demonstrate that a specific region of ICP4 helps TFIID bind to the TATA box and that this in turn facilitates the formation of transcription PICs. PMID:11090147

  2. Evolution and diversification of the basal transcription machinery.

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    Duttke, Sascha H C

    2015-03-01

    Transcription initiation was once thought to be regulated primarily by sequence-specific transcription factors with the basal transcription machinery being largely invariant. Gradually it became apparent that the basal transcription machinery greatly diversified during evolution and new studies now demonstrate that diversification of the TATA-binding protein (TBP) family yielded specialized and largely independent transcription systems. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. The yeast his3 promoter contains at least two distinct elements.

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    Struhl, K

    1982-12-01

    Phenotypic analysis of 65 mutations indicates that the yeast his3 promoter is composed of at least two separate regions of DNA. Each is necessary, but neither is sufficient for wild-type levels of his3 expression. Deletion mutations that destroy either promoter element express his3 poorly or not at all. The upstream element is located between 112 and 155 base pairs before the site of transcriptional initiation (nucleotides -112 to -155). A comparison of derivatives strongly suggests that the downstream element maps somewhere between nucleotides -32 and -52 and includes a sequence between nucleotides -45 and -52. This location coincides with sequences conserved before most eukaryotic genes(the TATA box region). By using derivatives in which his3 sequences are replaced by a small fragment of coliphage M13 DNA, three properties of the his3 promoter were established. First, his3 TATA box deletions fail to express his3 because they lack specific sequences and not because they disrupt spacing relationships between other sequences. Second, the TATA box region can be replaced functionally by the one orientation of the M13 DNA fragment that contains a TATA-like sequence. Third, the distance between the two elements (normally 90 base pairs) can be varied between 40 and 160 base pairs without markedly affecting promoter function. These results strongly suggest that yeast RNA polymerase II, unlike its Escherichia coli counterpart, does not bind simultaneously to both promoter elements, and they add further support to the view that the upstream element is not part of a transcriptionally competent binding site. This ability of the his3 upstream promotor element to act at a long and variable distance is similar to properties of viral enhancer sequences and is reminiscent of position effects in yeast.

  4. Inferring natural selection on fine-scale chromatin organization in yeast.

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    Babbitt, G A; Kim, Y

    2008-08-01

    Despite its potential role in the evolution of complex phenotypes, the detection of negative (purifying) and positive selection on noncoding regulatory sequence has been elusive because of the inherent difficulty in predicting the functional consequences of mutations on noncoding sequence. Because the functioning of regulatory sequence depends upon both chromatin configuration and cis-regulatory factor binding, we investigate the idea that the functional conservation of regulatory regions should be associated with the conservation of sequence-dependent bending properties of DNA that determine its affinity for the nucleosome. Recent advances in the computational prediction of sequence-dependent affinity to nucleosomes provide an opportunity to distinguish between neutral and nonneutral evolution of fine-scale chromatin organization. Here, a statistical test is presented for detecting evolutionary conservation and/or adaptive evolution of nucleosome affinity from interspecies comparisons of DNA sequences. Local nucleosome affinities of homologous sequences were calculated using 2 recently published methods. A randomization test was applied to sites of mutation to evaluate the similarity of DNA-nucleosome affinity between several closely related species of Saccharomyces yeast. For most of the genes we analyzed, the conservation of local nucleosome affinity was detected at a few distinct locations in the upstream noncoding region. Our results also demonstrate that different patterns of chromatin evolution have shaped DNA-nucleosome interaction at the core promoters of TATA-containing and TATA-less genes and that elevated purifying selection has maintained low affinity for nucleosome in the core promoters of the latter group. Across the entire yeast genome, DNA-nucleosome interaction was also discovered to be significantly more conserved in TATA-less genes compared with TATA-containing genes.

  5. Measure of the Regularity of Events in Stochastic Point Processes, Application to Neuron Activity Analysis

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    2008-04-01

    vol. 68, pp.211-223, 1996. [4] A. Papoulis , S. U. Pillai, Probability , Random Variables and Stochastic Processes, Fourth edition, Tata McGraw...histogram corresponds to an estimation of the probability density function (PDF) related to the inter-event intervals. Then, it emphasizes the...N k kIEI N IEIm 1 )( 1 . (2) The density histogram )(λd is defined as the probability to have λ events in an interval of length IEIm , where λ

  6. A Tat ménage à trois--The role of Bacillus subtilis TatAc in twin-arginine protein translocation.

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    Goosens, Vivianne J; De-San-Eustaquio-Campillo, Alba; Carballido-López, Rut; van Dijl, Jan Maarten

    2015-10-01

    The twin-arginine translocation system (Tat) is a protein transport system that moves fully folded and cofactor-containing proteins across membranes of bacteria, archaea and thylakoids. The minimal Tat pathway is composed of two subunits, TatA and TatC. In some organisms TatA has been duplicated and evolved to form a third specialized subunit, TatB. The Bacillus subtilis genome encodes two TatC subunits (TatCd and TatCy) and three TatA subunits (TatAd, TatAy and TatAc). These subunits combine to form two parallel minimal pathways, TatAy-TatCy and TatAd-TatCd. The purpose and role of the third TatA component, TatAc, has remained ambiguous. In this study we examined the translocation of two natively expressed TatAy-TatCy-dependent substrates, EfeB and QcrA, in various Tat-deficient genetic backgrounds. More specifically, we examined the ability of different mutated TatAy subunits to complement for the absence of wild-type TatAy. We further detailed a graded growth phenotype associated with the functional translocation of EfeB. We found that in various instances where specific amino acid substitutions were made in TatAy, a definite TatAc-associated growth phenotype occurred in genetic backgrounds lacking TatAc. Altogether, our findings show that TatAy and TatAc interact and that this TatAy-TatAc interaction, although not essential, supports the translocation of the Tat substrate EfeB when TatAy function is compromised. This implies that the third TatA-like protein in B. subtilis could represent an intermediate evolutionary step in TatA-TatB specialization. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. National Centre for Radio Astrophysics

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    Murdin, P.

    2000-11-01

    India's National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), located on the Pune University Campus, is part of the TATA INSTITUTE OF FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH. At Khodad, 80 km from Pune, NCRA has set up the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), the world's largest telescope operating at meter wavelengths. GMRT consists of 30 fully steerable dishes of 45 m diameter, spread over a 25 km area. Another meter...

  8. Growth Suppression and Therapy Sensitization of Breast Cancer

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1999-07-01

    interact to affect DNA repair, apoptosis, and the cellular response to chemotherapy, (2) to study how retinoids affect cisplatin adduct formation in... adduct formation on the RARB promoter, we have shown that a region encompassing the TATA box and RARE become preferentially targeted by cisplatin...primarily intrastrand bifunctional adducts on adjacent guanine-guanine or guanine-adenine dinucleotides, inducing a 450 bend in the helix toward the

  9. Genome-wide structure and organization of eukaryotic pre-initiation complexes

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    Rhee, Ho Sung; Pugh, B. Franklin

    2011-01-01

    SUMMARY The structural and positional organization of transcription pre-initiation complexes (PICs) across eukaryotic genomes is unknown. We employed ChIP-exo to precisely examine ~6,000 PICs in Saccharomyces. PICs, including RNA polymerase II and general factors TFIIA, -B, -D/TBP, -E, -F, -H, and -K were positioned within promoters and excluded from coding regions. Exonuclease patterns agreed with crystallographic models of the PIC, and were sufficiently precise to identify TATA-like elements at so-called TATA-less promoters. These PICs and their transcription start sites were positionally constrained at TFIID-engaged +1 nucleosomes. At TATA box-containing promoters, which are depleted of TFIID, a +1 nucleosome was positioned to be in competition with the PIC, which may afford greater latitude in start site selection. Our genomic localization of mRNA and noncoding RNA PICs reveal that two PICs, in inverted orientation, may occupy the flanking borders of nucleosome-free regions. Their unambiguous detection may help distinguish bona-fide genes from transcriptional noise. PMID:22258509

  10. Structure and function of the human Werner syndrome gene promoter: evidence for transcriptional modulation.

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    Wang, L; Hunt, K E; Martin, G M; Oshima, J

    1998-01-01

    The Werner syndrome (WS) is an autosomal recessive segmental progeroid syndrome caused by mutations in a novel member ( WRN ) of the RecQ family of helicases. Somatic WS cells are hypermutable and have elongated S phases, suggesting possible defects in DNA replication and/or repair. As an initial approach to the investigation of how this locus might be responsive to DNA damage, we determined the structure of the human WRN promoter. The WRN promoter region has two transcription initiation sites and exhibits several features characteristic of so-called constitutive promoters, including the absence of TATA and CAAT boxes. A luciferase reporter assay revealed that the upstream promoter was used 2-10-fold less frequently than the downstream promoter, the variation being a function of cell type. The activity of the WRN promoter was dramatically reduced in cells from WS patients. The reduction of activity was not seen in three other promoters tested, including one TATA-less promoter and one TATA-containing promoter. This is consistent with the presence of a positive regulatory mechanism of WRN expression. PMID:9671808

  11. Design and implementation of ergonomic performance measurement system at a steel plant in India.

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    Ray, Pradip Kumar; Tewari, V K

    2012-01-01

    Management of Tata Steel, the largest steel making company of India in the private sector, felt the need to develop a framework to determine the levels of ergonomic performance at its different workplaces. The objectives of the study are manifold: to identify and characterize the ergonomic variables for a given worksystem with regard to work efficiency, operator safety, and working conditions, to design a comprehensive Ergonomic Performance Indicator (EPI) for quantitative determination of the ergonomic status and maturity of a given worksystem. The study team of IIT Kharagpur consists of three faculty members and the management of Tata Steel formed a team of eleven members for implementation of EPI model. In order to design and develop the EPI model with total participation and understanding of the concerned personnel of Tata Steel, a three-phase action plan for the project was prepared. The project consists of three phases: preparation and data collection, detailed structuring and validation of EPI model. Identification of ergonomic performance factors, development of interaction matrix, design of assessment tool, and testing and validation of assessment tool (EPI) in varied situations are the major steps in these phases. The case study discusses in detail the EPI model and its applications.

  12. Photocross-linking of the RNA polymerase I preinitiation and immediate postinitiation complexes: implications for promoter recruitment.

    PubMed

    Bric, Anka; Radebaugh, Catherine A; Paule, Marvin R

    2004-07-23

    The architecture of eukaryotic rRNA transcription complexes was analyzed, revealing facts significant to the RNA polymerase (pol) I initiation process. Functional initiation and elongation complexes were mapped by site-specific photocross-linking to template DNA. Polymerase I is recruited to the promoter via protein-protein interactions with DNA-bound transcription initiation factor-IB. The latter's TATA-binding protein (TBP) and TAFs photocross-link to the promoter from -78 to +10 relative to the tis (+1). Although TBP does not bind DNA using its TATA-binding saddle, it does photocross-link to a 22-bp sequence that does not resemble a TATA box. Only TAF(I)96 (the mammalian TAF(I) 68, yeast Rrn7p homolog) overlaps significantly with the DNA interaction cleft of pol I based on modeling to the pol II crystal structure. None of the pol I-specific subunits that are localized on the lips of the cleft (A49 and A34.5) or the pol I-specific stalk (A43 and A14) cross-link to DNA. Pol I does not extend significantly upstream of the promoter-proximal border of the factor complex (-11 to -14), and similarly in the promoter proximal elongation complex, the enzyme does not contact DNA upstream of its normal exit from the cleft.

  13. Characterization of the promoter region of the human c-erbB-2 protooncogene.

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    Ishii, S; Imamoto, F; Yamanashi, Y; Toyoshima, K; Yamamoto, T

    1987-01-01

    Three overlapping genomic clones that contain the 5'-terminal portion of the human c-erbB-2 gene (ERBB2) were isolated. The promoter region was identified by nuclease S1 mapping with c-erbB-2 mRNA. Seven transcriptional start sites were identified. DNA sequence analysis showed that the promoter region contains a "TATA box" and a "CAAT box" about 30 and 80 base pairs (bp), respectively, upstream of the most downstream RNA initiation site. Two putative binding sites for transcription factor Sp1 were identified about 50 and 110 bp upstream of the CAAT box, and six GGA repeats were found between the CAAT box and the TATA box. This region had strong promoter activity when placed upstream of the bacterial chloramphenicol acetyltransferase gene and transfected into monkey CV-1 cells. These data indicate that the promoter of the human c-erbB-2 protooncogene is different from that of the protooncogene c-erbB-1 (epidermal growth factor receptor gene), which does not contain either a TATA box or a CAAT box. Comparison of the promoter sequences and activities of the two protooncogenes should be helpful in analysis of the regulatory mechanism of expression of their gene products, which are growth-factor receptors. Images PMID:2885835

  14. PlantProm: a database of plant promoter sequences

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    Shahmuradov, Ilham A.; Gammerman, Alex J.; Hancock, John M.; Bramley, Peter M.; Solovyev, Victor V.

    2003-01-01

    PlantProm DB, a plant promoter database, is an annotated, non-redundant collection of proximal promoter sequences for RNA polymerase II with experimentally determined transcription start site(s), TSS, from various plant species. The first release (2002.01) of PlantProm DB contains 305 entries including 71, 220 and 14 promoters from monocot, dicot and other plants, respectively. It provides DNA sequence of the promoter regions (−200 : +51) with TSS on the fixed position +201, taxonomic/promoter type classification of promoters and Nucleotide Frequency Matrices (NFM) for promoter elements: TATA-box, CCAAT-box and TSS-motif (Inr). Analysis of TSS-motifs revealed that their composition is different in dicots and monocots, as well as for TATA and TATA-less promoters. The database serves as learning set in developing plant promoter prediction programs. One such program (TSSP) based on discriminant analysis has been created by Softberry Inc. and the application of a support ftp: vector machine approach for promoter identification is under development. PlantProm DB is available at http://mendel.cs.rhul.ac.uk/ and http://www.softberry.com/. PMID:12519961

  15. Identification of cis-acting regulatory elements in the promoter region of the rat brain creatine kinase gene.

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    Hobson, G M; Molloy, G R; Benfield, P A

    1990-01-01

    The functional organization of the rat brain creatine kinase (ckb) promoter was analyzed by deletion, linker scanning, and substitution mutagenesis. Mutations were introduced into the ckb promoter of hybrid ckb/neo (neomycin resistance gene) genes, and the mutant genes were expressed transiently in HeLa cells. Expression was assayed by primer extension analysis of neo RNA, which allowed the transcription start sites and the amount of transcription to be determined. Transfections and primer extension reactions were internally controlled by simultaneous analysis of transcription from the adenovirus VA gene located on the same plasmid as the hybrid ckb/neo gene. We demonstrate that 195 bp of the ckb promoter is sufficient for efficient in vivo expression in HeLa cells. A nonconsensus TTAA element at -28 bp appears to provide the TATA box function for the ckb promoter in vivo. Two CCAAT elements, one at -84 bp and the other at -54 bp, and a TATAAA TA element (a consensus TATA box sequence) at -66 bp are required for efficient transcription from the TTAA element. In addition, we present evidence that the consensus beta-globin TATA box responds to the TATAAATA element in the same way as the ckb nonconsensus TTAA element. Images PMID:2247071

  16. The TatC component of the twin‐arginine protein translocase functions as an obligate oligomer

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    Cléon, François; Habersetzer, Johann; Alcock, Felicity; Kneuper, Holger; Stansfeld, Phillip J.; Basit, Hajra; Wallace, Mark I.; Berks, Ben C.

    2015-01-01

    Summary The Tat protein export system translocates folded proteins across the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane and the plant thylakoid membrane. The Tat system in E scherichia coli is composed of TatA, TatB and TatC proteins. TatB and TatC form an oligomeric, multivalent receptor complex that binds Tat substrates, while multiple protomers of TatA assemble at substrate‐bound TatBC receptors to facilitate substrate transport. We have addressed whether oligomerisation of TatC is an absolute requirement for operation of the Tat pathway by screening for dominant negative alleles of tatC that inactivate Tat function in the presence of wild‐type tatC. Single substitutions that confer dominant negative TatC activity were localised to the periplasmic cap region. The variant TatC proteins retained the ability to interact with TatB and with a Tat substrate but were unable to support the in vivo assembly of TatA complexes. Blue‐native PAGE analysis showed that the variant TatC proteins produced smaller TatBC complexes than the wild‐type TatC protein. The substitutions did not alter disulphide crosslinking to neighbouring TatC molecules from positions in the periplasmic cap but abolished a substrate‐induced disulphide crosslink in transmembrane helix 5 of TatC. Our findings show that TatC functions as an obligate oligomer. PMID:26112072

  17. Substrate-dependent assembly of the Tat translocase as observed in live Escherichia coli cells.

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    Rose, Patrick; Fröbel, Julia; Graumann, Peter L; Müller, Matthias

    2013-01-01

    The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) pathway guides fully folded proteins across membranes of bacteria, archaea and plant chloroplasts. In Escherichia coli, Tat-specific transport is executed in a still largely unknown manner by three functionally diverse membrane proteins, termed TatA, TatB, and TatC. In order to follow the intracellular distribution of the TatABC proteins in live E. coli cells, we have individually expressed fluorophore-tagged versions of each Tat protein in addition to a set of chromosomally encoded TatABC proteins. In this way, a Tat translocase could form from the native TatABC proteins and be visualized via the association of a fluorescent Tat variant. A functionally active TatA-green fluorescent protein fusion was found to re-locate from a uniform distribution in the membrane into a few clusters preferentially located at the cell poles. Clustering was absolutely dependent on the co-expression of functional Tat substrates, the proton-motive force, and the cognate TatBC subunits. Likewise, polar cluster formation of a functional TatB-mCherry fusion required TatA and TatC and that of a functional TatC-mCherry fusion a functional Tat substrate. Furthermore we directly demonstrate the co-localization of TatA and TatB in the same fluorescent clusters. Our collective results are consistent with distinct Tat translocation sites dynamically forming in vivo in response to newly synthesized Tat substrates.

  18. Assembling the Tat protein translocase.

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    Alcock, Felicity; Stansfeld, Phillip J; Basit, Hajra; Habersetzer, Johann; Baker, Matthew Ab; Palmer, Tracy; Wallace, Mark I; Berks, Ben C

    2016-12-03

    The twin-arginine protein translocation system (Tat) transports folded proteins across the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane and the thylakoid membranes of plant chloroplasts. The Tat transporter is assembled from multiple copies of the membrane proteins TatA, TatB, and TatC. We combine sequence co-evolution analysis, molecular simulations, and experimentation to define the interactions between the Tat proteins of Escherichia coli at molecular-level resolution. In the TatBC receptor complex the transmembrane helix of each TatB molecule is sandwiched between two TatC molecules, with one of the inter-subunit interfaces incorporating a functionally important cluster of interacting polar residues. Unexpectedly, we find that TatA also associates with TatC at the polar cluster site. Our data provide a structural model for assembly of the active Tat translocase in which substrate binding triggers replacement of TatB by TatA at the polar cluster site. Our work demonstrates the power of co-evolution analysis to predict protein interfaces in multi-subunit complexes.

  19. Assembling the Tat protein translocase

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    Alcock, Felicity; Stansfeld, Phillip J; Basit, Hajra; Habersetzer, Johann; Baker, Matthew AB; Palmer, Tracy; Wallace, Mark I; Berks, Ben C

    2016-01-01

    The twin-arginine protein translocation system (Tat) transports folded proteins across the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane and the thylakoid membranes of plant chloroplasts. The Tat transporter is assembled from multiple copies of the membrane proteins TatA, TatB, and TatC. We combine sequence co-evolution analysis, molecular simulations, and experimentation to define the interactions between the Tat proteins of Escherichia coli at molecular-level resolution. In the TatBC receptor complex the transmembrane helix of each TatB molecule is sandwiched between two TatC molecules, with one of the inter-subunit interfaces incorporating a functionally important cluster of interacting polar residues. Unexpectedly, we find that TatA also associates with TatC at the polar cluster site. Our data provide a structural model for assembly of the active Tat translocase in which substrate binding triggers replacement of TatB by TatA at the polar cluster site. Our work demonstrates the power of co-evolution analysis to predict protein interfaces in multi-subunit complexes. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.20718.001 PMID:27914200

  20. The Tat-dependent protein translocation pathway.

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    Hou, Bo; Brüser, Thomas

    2011-12-01

    The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) pathway is found in bacteria, archaea, and plant chloroplasts, where it is dedicated to the transmembrane transport of fully folded proteins. These proteins contain N-terminal signal peptides with a specific Tat-system binding motif that is recognized by the transport machinery. In contrast to other protein transport systems, the Tat system consists of multiple copies of only two or three usually small (∼8-30 kDa) membrane proteins that oligomerize to two large complexes that transiently interact during translocation. Only one of these complexes includes a polytopic membrane protein, TatC. The other complex consists of TatA. Tat systems of plants, proteobacteria, and several other phyla contain a third component, TatB. TatB is evolutionarily and structurally related to TatA and usually forms tight complexes with TatC. Minimal two-component Tat systems lacking TatB are found in many bacterial and archaeal phyla. They consist of a 'bifunctional' TatA that also covers TatB functionalities, and a TatC. Recent insights into the structure and interactions of the Tat proteins have various important implications.

  1. The TatC component of the twin-arginine protein translocase functions as an obligate oligomer.

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    Cléon, François; Habersetzer, Johann; Alcock, Felicity; Kneuper, Holger; Stansfeld, Phillip J; Basit, Hajra; Wallace, Mark I; Berks, Ben C; Palmer, Tracy

    2015-10-01

    The Tat protein export system translocates folded proteins across the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane and the plant thylakoid membrane. The Tat system in Escherichia coli is composed of TatA, TatB and TatC proteins. TatB and TatC form an oligomeric, multivalent receptor complex that binds Tat substrates, while multiple protomers of TatA assemble at substrate-bound TatBC receptors to facilitate substrate transport. We have addressed whether oligomerisation of TatC is an absolute requirement for operation of the Tat pathway by screening for dominant negative alleles of tatC that inactivate Tat function in the presence of wild-type tatC. Single substitutions that confer dominant negative TatC activity were localised to the periplasmic cap region. The variant TatC proteins retained the ability to interact with TatB and with a Tat substrate but were unable to support the in vivo assembly of TatA complexes. Blue-native PAGE analysis showed that the variant TatC proteins produced smaller TatBC complexes than the wild-type TatC protein. The substitutions did not alter disulphide crosslinking to neighbouring TatC molecules from positions in the periplasmic cap but abolished a substrate-induced disulphide crosslink in transmembrane helix 5 of TatC. Our findings show that TatC functions as an obligate oligomer. © 2015 The Authors. Molecular Microbiology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  2. Interdependent Recruitment of SAGA and Srb Mediator by Transcriptional Activator Gcn4p

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    Qiu, Hongfang; Hu, Cuihua; Zhang, Fan; Hwang, Gwo Jiunn; Swanson, Mark J.; Boonchird, Cheunchit; Hinnebusch, Alan G.

    2005-01-01

    Transcriptional activation by Gcn4p is enhanced by the coactivators SWI/SNF, SAGA, and Srb mediator, which stimulate recruitment of TATA binding protein (TBP) and polymerase II to target promoters. We show that wild-type recruitment of SAGA by Gcn4p is dependent on mediator but independent of SWI/SNF function at three different promoters. Recruitment of mediator is also independent of SWI/SNF but is enhanced by SAGA at a subset of Gcn4p target genes. Recruitment of all three coactivators to ARG1 is independent of the TATA element and preinitiation complex formation, whereas efficient recruitment of the general transcription factors requires the TATA box. We propose an activation pathway involving interdependent recruitment of SAGA and Srb mediator to the upstream activation sequence, enabling SWI/SNF recruitment and the binding of TBP and other general factors to the promoter. We also found that high-level recruitment of Tra1p and other SAGA subunits is independent of the Ada2p/Ada3p/Gcn5p histone acetyltransferase module but requires Spt3p in addition to subunits required for SAGA integrity. Thus, while Tra1p can bind directly to Gcn4p in vitro, it requires other SAGA subunits for efficient recruitment in vivo. PMID:15831453

  3. Mechanism of cyst specific protein 21 mRNA induction during Acanthamoeba differentiation.

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    Chen, Li; Orfeo, Tom; Gilmartin, Greg; Bateman, Erik

    2004-04-01

    The Acanthamoeba cyst specific protein 21 (CSP21) gene is tightly repressed in growing cells and highly induced early during differentiation into a dormant cyst. This increase is mediated by the rate of transcription of the CSP21 gene as determined by nuclear run-on assays. The promoter region of the CSP21 gene was analyzed by transcript start site mapping and in vitro transcription of wild-type or mutant templates, using extracts from growing cells. A sequence located 3' to a modified TATA box completely inhibits transcription and removal of this region permits robust transcription utilizing a start site approximately 35 base pairs downstream of the TATA box. Sequences 5' to the TATA box had no effect on transcription, suggesting that anti-repression is the only mechanism required for CSP21 induction. Fractionation of nuclear extracts yielded a fraction capable of transcription from the CSP21 promoter, and a fraction containing a promoter-specific repressing activity. Anti-repression may thus be a major mechanism regulating differentiation or maintenance of the proliferative cycle in Acanthamoeba.

  4. Comparative analysis of the pig BAC sequence involved in the regulation of myostatin gene.

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    Yu, Zhengquan; Li, Yan; Meng, Qingyong; Yuan, Jing; Zhao, Zhihui; Li, Wei; Hu, Xiaoxiang; Yan, Bingxue; Fan, Baoliang; Yu, Shuyang; Li, Ning

    2005-04-01

    Myostatin (GDF8, MSTN) is a member of the transforming growth factor beta superfamily that is essential for proper regulation of skeletal muscle mass. In order to study its expression and regulatory mechanism deeply, we have presented a comparative analysis of about 170-kb pig BAC sequence containing the myostatin gene among pig, human and mouse. The genomic region is characterized by high interspersed repeats and low G+C content. As for the myostatin gene, a higher sequence similarity is found between human and pig than between these species and the mouse. One striking feature is that the structure of two TATA-boxes in the nearby downstream of CCAAT-box is identified in the promoter. Further analysis reveals that the TATA-box1 is responsible for the transcription in pig and human, but the TATA-box2 acts on the transcription in mouse. The other interesting feature is that two polyadenylation signal sequences (AATAAA) exist in 3'UTR of the pig myostatin gene. Moreover, a large number of potential transcription factor-binding sites are also identified in evolutionary conserved regions (ECRs), which may be associated with the regulation of myostatin. Many putative transcription factors play an important role in the muscle development, and the complex interaction between myostatin and these factors may be required for proper muscle development.

  5. Efficient Conduct of Individual Flights and Air Traffic or Optimum Utilization of Modern Technology for the Overall Benefit of Civil and Military Airspace Users. Conference Proceedings of the Symposium of the Guidance and Control Panel (42nd) Held in Brussels, Belgium on 10-13 June 1986.

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    1986-12-01

    systboo au, s01, - de positions do supervision at d’ intervootion faisant appal aux techniques lee plus modernos do cornS- alcatio 1.. binajacbino. 13F...and Istituto di Analisi dei Sistemi 0 _ ed Informatica - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Viale Manzoni, 30- 00185 Roma - Italy - SUMMARY This paper

  6. Application of the New Propulsion Theory to the Design of Propellers. Comparison with the Lifting Line Theory (Aplicacion de la Nueva Teoria de la Impulsion al Diseno de Propulsores. Comparacion con la Teoria de las Lineas Sustentadoras),

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    1983-11-07

    Results and Improvement Thereon," Ingenieria Naval, May 1978. 11. Perez Gomez, G., "Fundamentos teoricos de los modernos procedimientos de proyecto de...I. Bacquerizo Briones, "Utilidad de la educacion de Poincare para el proyecto y analisis de propulsores con valores finitos de la circulacion en el

  7. Aircraft Trajectories Computation-Prediction-Control (La Trajectoire de l’Avion Calcul-Prediction-Controle). Volume 2

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    1990-05-01

    TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT by Lucio Bianco Director, Progetto Finalizzato Trasporti and Istituto di Analisi dei Sistemi ed Informatica...grande r~gion do contr~le terminate moderno , et en conditions op~rationnelles, les techniques et proc6dures raises au point pour le contrble des vols

  8. Cobertura desarrollada de Puerto Rico

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    William A. Gould; Sebastian Martinuzzi; Olga M. Ramos Gonzalez

    2008-01-01

    Este mapa representa la cobertura desarrollada en Puerto Rico (Martinuzzi et al. 2007). Cobertura desarrollada se define aqui como areas urbanas, construidas y sin vegetacion, que resultan de actividad humana. Tipicamente, estas incluyen estructuras construidas, concreto, asfalto, u otra infraestructura. La cobertura desarrollada se creo mediante el analisis de...

  9. Uso de terreno urbano y rural en Puerto Rico

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    Sebastian Martinuzzi; William A. Gould; Olga M. Ramos Gonzalez; Maya Quinones; Michael E. Jimenez

    2008-01-01

    El Proyecto de Analisis de Gap de Puerto Rico (PRGAP) (Gould et al. 2008) desarrollo tres usos de terrenos para Puerto Rico: Urbano, Suburbano, y Rural (Martinuzzi et al. 2007). Estas regiones tambien pueden ser consideradas como urbano, densamente-poblado rural, y escasamente-poblado rural, o como urbano y area silvestre con una interfase de area silvestre-urbana. La...

  10. USSR Report, International Affairs, The Working Class and the Contemporary World, No. 5, September-October 1986.

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    1987-02-26

    or Dealignment?" Eds. R.J. Dalton et al. Princeton, 1984, p 4. 17. See POLITICA ED ECONOMIA No 5, 1985, p 40. 18. V.l. Lenin, "Complete Works," vol...internacional," NUEVA S0CIEDAD No 55, 1981, p 21. 5. 0. Millas, "Debemos profundizar el analisis de las economias latinoameri- canas," ESTUDIOS No 79, 1981

  11. Agrarian Structure and Labor Migration in Rural Mexico: The Case of Circular Migration of Undocumented Workers to the U.S.

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    1980-07-01

    34 Migraciones en el Desarrollo Capitalista." Migraci6n y Desarrollo 3: AnAlisis Hist6ricos y Aspectos Relacionados a la Estructura Agraria y al Proceso de...Portfolio Theory and Capital Markets. New York: McGraw Hill. Singer, Paul I. 1972 " Migraciones Internas: Consideraciones Te6ricas sobre el Estudio

  12. National Dam Inspection Program. Star Junction Number 1 Dam (NDI Number PA-00198, PennDER Number 26-30) Ohio River Basin, Washington Run, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Phase I Inspection Report,

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    1980-04-01

    end and erosion K of the training dike has occurred. g. Instrumentation : No instrumentation was observed during the inspection. h. Downstream...DATE: 19 MAR 80 RN TDZ: 10.30.40 NATIONAL PROGR FOR TEM INSPEC ION OF NON-FEERAL DM HXDROLOMC AND MRAILIC ANALISIS OF STAR JUNCTION NamR 1 DAm PROBABLE

  13. Strength Analysis of Composite and Metallic Plates Bolted Together by a Single Fastener.

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    1985-08-01

    FUNDING/SPONSORING a80 OFFICE SYMBOL 9 PROCUREMENT INSTRUMENT IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ORGANIZATION (I f Appheebi I See Item 7 AFWAL/FIBRA Contract F33615...obtained. The fastener analisis also computes approximate shear strain values at the inter- facial locations between adjacent plies. Incorporating

  14. Validity of Measures Reflecting Visual Discrimination and Linguistic Constructs for a Sample of Second-Grade Hispanic Children Receiving Reading Instruction in Spanish.

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    Morrison, James A.; Michael, William B.

    1984-01-01

    The concurrent and discriminant validity of La Prueba de Analisis Auditivo, a Spanish auditory perception test, and the validity of the perceptual deficit hypothesis and of hypotheses derived from verbal processing theory were evaluated in a sample of 114 second-grade Hispanic pupils receiving reading instruction in Spanish. (Author/BW)

  15. The Development and Validation of an Auditory Perception Test in Spanish for Hispanic Children Receiving Reading Instruction in Spanish.

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    Morrison, James A.; Michael, William B.

    1982-01-01

    A Spanish auditory perception test, La Prueba de Analisis Auditivo, was developed and administered to 158 Spanish-speaking Latino children, kindergarten through grade 3. Psychometric data for the test are presented, including its relationship to SOBER, a criterion-referenced Spanish reading measure. (Author/BW)

  16. Homogeneity and Entropy

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    Tignanelli, H. L.; Vazquez, R. A.; Mostaccio, C.; Gordillo, S.; Plastino, A.

    1990-11-01

    RESUMEN. Presentamos una metodologia de analisis de la homogeneidad a partir de la Teoria de la Informaci6n, aplicable a muestras de datos observacionales. ABSTRACT:Standard concepts that underlie Information Theory are employed in order design a methodology that enables one to analyze the homogeneity of a given data sample. Key : DATA ANALYSIS

  17. Acoustic Detection, Behavior, and Habitat Use of Deep-Diving Odontocetes

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    2011-09-22

    Tyack and Aguilar), marine biology (Brito) and acoustics and underwater instrumentation (Johnson). The team is supported by experts in bioacoustics...Tenerife, Sept. 2008. Arias, A. Analisis de chasquidos en cetaceos de buceo profundo y aplicacion en deteccion acustica pasiva. Dissertation for

  18. Analysis of Activity Patterns and Performance in Polio Survivors

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    2006-10-01

    subjective estimate of their activity level over the past week using the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE).3 This instrument dealt with...May 2004. Talaty M. Models for Gait Analysis. 5th SIAMOC (Societa Italiana Di Analisi Del Movimento in Clinica) Congress, Loano, Italy November

  19. Sea-State Engineering Analysis System (SEAS). Revision.

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    1986-11-01

    PROCUREMENT INSTRUMENT IOENTIFICATION NUMBER ORGANIZATION I(If apoehile) USAry orpof Enne Sc ADDRESS (City, State. and ZIP Co*.) 10 SOURCE OF FUNDING...TEEEH ,:: ; .B3 S. _ -. ° • , - .. -. S -- . .-_ . ° - SEA"STATE ENGINEERING ANALiSIS SYSTEM PAGE: STATION DICTIONAr,/INDEX FILE LIST 4 REPORT NO. 901

  20. Validity of Measures Reflecting Visual Discrimination and Linguistic Constructs for a Sample of Second-Grade Hispanic Children Receiving Reading Instruction in Spanish.

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    Morrison, James A.; Michael, William B.

    1984-01-01

    The concurrent and discriminant validity of La Prueba de Analisis Auditivo, a Spanish auditory perception test, and the validity of the perceptual deficit hypothesis and of hypotheses derived from verbal processing theory were evaluated in a sample of 114 second-grade Hispanic pupils receiving reading instruction in Spanish. (Author/BW)

  1. The Development and Validation of an Auditory Perception Test in Spanish for Hispanic Children Receiving Reading Instruction in Spanish.

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    Morrison, James A.; Michael, William B.

    1982-01-01

    A Spanish auditory perception test, La Prueba de Analisis Auditivo, was developed and administered to 158 Spanish-speaking Latino children, kindergarten through grade 3. Psychometric data for the test are presented, including its relationship to SOBER, a criterion-referenced Spanish reading measure. (Author/BW)

  2. TREC Microblog 2012 Track: Real-Time Algorithm for Microblog Ranking Systems

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    2012-11-01

    currently valid OMB control number. 1. REPORT DATE NOV 2012 2. REPORT TYPE 3. DATES COVERED 00-00-2012 to 00-00-2012 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE...Mining Text Data. 2012. [5] D. Feltoni. Twittersa: un sistema per l’analisi del sentimento nelle reti sociali. Master’s thesis, Roma Tre University

  3. Fitting Surfaces to Scattered Data

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    1976-01-01

    triangularizations of the same region) . Moreover, as the fig- ure shows, some triangularizations are superior to others in the sense that they exhibit...Internazionale Sulle Applicazione dell Analisi alia Fisica Matematica (Cagliari-Sassari, 1964), 11-21. 59. Coons, S. A., Surface patches and B-spline

  4. Combined LDV (Laser Doppler Velocimetry) and Rayleigh Measurements in a Complex Turbulent Mixing Flow

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    1987-06-01

    towards higher air needed to be corrected. concentrations when the Rayleigh signal is only accepted as a seed particle passes through the Data Analisis ...In order to separate these effects, velocity-concentration covariances which could not 4n analytical method involving Fourier transforms be obtained

  5. Adaptive Methods for Compressible Fluid Dynamics

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    1990-05-01

    Robson. Application of Fourier Analysis to the Visibility of Gratings. Journal of Physiology 197, 1968. [6] R. Duda and P. Hart. Pattern...pressure p* is used as the boundary SIAM Journal of Numerical Analisis 22, 1051-1073 pressure. Figure 7b shows these results and also the (1985). exact

  6. Life Cycle Costing in a Dynamic Environment.

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    1983-01-01

    of the probability density functions of the component random variables (97:67]. 3 Springer (97] uses the Fourier transform or multivariate...Alabama: Cost" AnalIsis Division, Comtroller and Director of Programs* US Army Missile Command, February 1970 (AD-718862). 80. Naylor, Thomas H., Joseph

  7. Quest for Integrity: The Mexican-U.S. Drug Issue in the 1980s

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    1992-01-01

    Garden City, New York, 1974. Sistema Nacional de Encuestas de Salud, Encuesta Nacional de Addiciones, Mexico, 1989. Stuart, Michael, "Narcotics: The...Torres (ed.), Interdependencia: ý Un enfoque util para el analisis de las relaciones Mexico-Estados Unidos? El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico, D.F., 1990a, pp

  8. Hunting Leadership Targets in Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorist Operations: Selected Perspectives and Experience

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    2007-06-01

    Unidad de Analisis de Sociedad, DESCO: Centro de Estudios y Promocion del Desarrollo, 1999. 95 Turbiville: Hunting Leadership Targets 90. Charles...recapitulation of Russian counterterrorist responsibilities in summary entitled “Rossiyskaya sistema bor’ba s terrorizmom” (The Russian system for the struggle

  9. On the Logical Development of Statistical Models.

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    1983-12-01

    Maistrov (1974), pp . 68-69 and also Todhunter (1865)) The next important step occurred with the development of a statistic- extrapolative model for a...1978). " Modelos con parametros variables en el analisis de series temporales" Questiio, 4, 2, 75-87. [25] Seal, H. L. (1967). "The historical

  10. Proceedings of the International Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics (2nd) held at the University of Southampton (England) on 9-13 April 1984. Volume 2,

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    1984-01-01

    Materia. Metodos de doble discretizacion aplicados al analisis dinamico de estructuras. 6. S. IDELSOHN and A. CARDONA 1983 Report GTM-23, INTEC, Santa...transform of response at point I Fj : Furier transform of force at point J UIjk , Vj k : real and imaginary part resp. of the modal 0 displacement of

  11. The Frequency of Occurrence of Air Masses Over Twelve European Cities.

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    1983-01-01

    Atmosphere and a Proposed Model for Frontal Analysis," Tellus, Vol 5 ’’N. S. McDonald, 1975, "Etgenvectur Analisis as an Aid to Air Mass Recognition...Atmospheric Effects for Gro, nd Target Signature Modeling, ECOM-5445, US Army Electronics Lumand, ForT MOIoUth, &’. II 44 ś Gruenzel, Ronald R., Personal

  12. Economic Analysis of Navy Ownership versus Leasing of Vehicles.

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    1977-09-01

    firm, which usually handles vehicle leasing as a side-line with vehicle sales. This source may be favored for considerations of personal recognition...H 36 -1—••- V. ECONOMIC ANALISIS OP THE ALTERNATIVES This thesis has, to this point, provided a discussion of the relative merits of ownership

  13. Molecular Design of Sulfonated Triblock Copolymer Permselective Membranes

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    2008-07-03

    electronegativity of the sulfonate anion by CF bonds (put forward by Dr. Schneider, RDECOM, Natick, personal communication) we also modeled the interaction...molecules that form hydrogen bonds to the sulfonate group [2, 10] is somewhat higher in sPS solution. The geometrical analisys for hydrogen bonding

  14. Light Observation Helicopter Acquisition, a Historical Case Study

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    1974-11-01

    ANALiSIS ............................... 14 APPENDIX I: NEGOTIATION .............................. 22 &PPENDIX II: DOD COtd.JENTS...to avoid conflicts of interest, close personal relation- ships between the Army and Industry representatives resulted in departures from established...procurement procedures and placed the Army in a position of having its’ decisions sus- pect. The pertinent message was: Whether a person who accepts

  15. Proceedings of the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory Workshop on Geomagnetism: April 6-7, 1979.

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    1979-08-20

    has been investigated in association with the possible generation of sub-auroral red arcs (Lanzerotti et al13). 5. Pidsation Data Analisis Techniques...the AFGL seems to be having the most difficulty. Until very recently, few persons outside AFGL had ever seen the data. While it is possible to acquire

  16. A New Standard Recognition Sensor for Cognitive Radio Terminals

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    2009-06-24

    behavior. The use- cases that are foreseen may concern the old persons kept at home under medical surveillance, the service proposal in a public area...0 on each line. To discriminate these two standards, we will use time frequeny analisys in order to detect FH from DS as it is explained in sub

  17. An Identification of Operating and Support Cost Drivers for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence Systems.

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    1985-09-01

    megatonnage, and missile accuracy [29:61]. C 3 I is the "central nervous- sensory system that holds (weapon systems) together and gives them their...this objective. LCC analisis includes th. identifi:ation of cost drivers, which this thesis will Saccomplish specifically for C 3 I system O&S costs. A

  18. Ill-Posed Problems and Regularization Analysis in Early Vision,

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    1984-04-01

    extended to other sensory L modalities and to some motor control problems. For instance, a recently proposed solution to the problem of executing a...Istituto di Analisi Globale, Firenze, 1982. Brady, J.M., Grimson, W.E.L., and Langridge, D.J. "Shape eacoding and subjective contours" First Annual

  19. Biomedical applications in EELA.

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    Cardenas, Miguel; Hernández, Vicente; Mayo, Rafael; Blanquer, Ignacio; Perez-Griffo, Javier; Isea, Raul; Nuñez, Luis; Mora, Henry Ricardo; Fernández, Manuel

    2006-01-01

    The current demand for Grid Infrastructures to bring collabarating groups between Latina America and Europe has created the EELA proyect. This e-infrastructure is used by Biomedical groups in Latina America and Europe for the studies of ocnological analisis, neglected diseases, sequence alignments and computation plygonetics.

  20. OPERATION CASTLE. Radiological Safety. Volume 1

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    1985-09-01

    a considerable extent by the successful application of graphical vectorial solutions to the equations and the assumption of workable empirical...UTIRIK (CONT’D) 5V FOOD flB VfllTg DATAt 11% QkTE CP PROCURPOMT 4-23-» ... DAIE or ACTIVITr ANALISIS Drinking Water-Cistern near

  1. Workshop Proceedings: Toughening Mechanisms in Quasi-Brittle Materials Held on 16-20 July 1990 in Evanston, Illinois

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    1991-05-05

    Rilievi sul Comportamento a Trazione dei Calcestruzzi: Analisi di Risultanze Sperimentali, Studi e Ricerche, Politecnico di Milano, 8 35-62. 30.Ferrara...which is quadratic in stresses (or strains) and contains, in addition, a damage parameter D (scalar, vectorial or tensorial); such a construction

  2. Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics of Rotorcraft (l’ Aerodynamique et l’ aeroacoustique des aeronefs a voilure tournante).

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    1995-08-01

    t) VA(Q,(,F;t) = (14) YA =Y + At-Ol *N-1 E. NT-i where XA -_, denotes the width of S. in vectorial form Sas. t lw ( e(Xw) (Fig 5). Finally the...to be slightly under-predicted tegrali al Contorno per Analisi Aerodinamica (probably, this is due to the same reasons mentioned e Aeroacustica di

  3. Proceedings of the Colloquium of the International Astronomical Union (127th). Reference Systems Held in Virginia Beach, Virginia on October 14-20, 1990

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    1991-09-06

    1989, Astron. Astrophys., 220, 329. Murray, C.A.: 1983, Vectorial Astrometry, A. Hilger Ltd. 16 Annex I Working Group on Reference Systems Sub-Group on...mentioned dependences are practically absent within the magnitudes and spectral classes of SRS catalogue. External analisys , that is the comparison of

  4. CTGC motifs within the HIV core promoter specify Tat-responsive pre-initiation complexes

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    2012-01-01

    Background HIV latency is an obstacle for the eradication of HIV from infected individuals. Stable post-integration latency is controlled principally at the level of transcription. The HIV trans-activating protein, Tat, plays a key function in enhancing HIV transcriptional elongation. The HIV core promoter is specifically required for Tat-mediated trans-activation of HIV transcription. In addition, the HIV core promoter has been shown to be a potential anti-HIV drug target. Despite the pivotal role of the HIV core promoter in the control of HIV gene expression, the molecular mechanisms that couple Tat function specifically to the HIV core promoter remain unknown. Results Using electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSAs), the TATA box and adjacent sequences of HIV essential for Tat trans-activation were shown to form specific complexes with nuclear extracts from peripheral blood mononuclear cells, as well as from HeLa cells. These complexes, termed pre-initiation complexes of HIV (PICH), were distinct in composition and DNA binding specificity from those of prototypical eukaryotic TATA box regions such as Adenovirus major late promoter (AdMLP) or the hsp70 promoter. PICH contained basal transcription factors including TATA-binding protein and TFIIA. A mutational analysis revealed that CTGC motifs flanking the HIV TATA box are required for Tat trans-activation in living cells and correct PICH formation in vitro. The binding of known core promoter binding proteins AP-4 and USF-1 was found to be dispensable for Tat function. TAR RNA prevented stable binding of PICH-2, a complex that contains the general transcription factor TFIIA, to the HIV core promoter. The impact of TAR on PICH-2 specifically required its bulge sequence that is also known to interact with Tat. Conclusion Our data reveal that CTGC DNA motifs flanking the HIV TATA box are required for correct formation of specific pre-initiation complexes in vitro and that these motifs are also required for Tat

  5. Genome-wide identification and characterization of transcription start sites and promoters in the tunicate Ciona intestinalis

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    Yokomori, Rui; Shimai, Kotaro; Nishitsuji, Koki; Suzuki, Yutaka; Kusakabe, Takehiro G.; Nakai, Kenta

    2016-01-01

    The tunicate Ciona intestinalis, an invertebrate chordate, has recently emerged as a powerful model organism for gene regulation analysis. However, few studies have been conducted to identify and characterize its transcription start sites (TSSs) and promoters at the genome-wide level. Here, using TSS-seq, we identified TSSs at the genome-wide scale and characterized promoters in C. intestinalis. Specifically, we identified TSS clusters (TSCs), high-density regions of TSS-seq tags, each of which appears to originate from an identical promoter. TSCs were found not only at known TSSs but also in other regions, suggesting the existence of many unknown transcription units in the genome. We also identified candidate promoters of 79 ribosomal protein (RP) genes, each of which had the major TSS in a polypyrimidine tract and showed a sharp TSS distribution like human RP gene promoters. Ciona RP gene promoters, however, did not appear to have typical TATA boxes, unlike human RP gene promoters. In Ciona non-RP promoters, two pyrimidine-purine dinucleotides, CA and TA, were frequently used as TSSs. Despite the absence of CpG islands, Ciona TATA-less promoters showed low expression specificity like CpG-associated human TATA-less promoters. By using TSS-seq, we also predicted trans-spliced gene TSSs and found that their downstream regions had higher G+T content than those of non-trans-spliced gene TSSs. Furthermore, we identified many putative alternative promoters, some of which were regulated in a tissue-specific manner. Our results provide valuable information about TSSs and promoter characteristics in C. intestinalis and will be helpful in future analysis of transcriptional regulation in chordates. PMID:26668163

  6. Transport and proofreading of proteins by the twin-arginine translocation (Tat) system in bacteria.

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    Robinson, Colin; Matos, Cristina F R O; Beck, Daniel; Ren, Chao; Lawrence, Janna; Vasisht, Nishi; Mendel, Sharon

    2011-03-01

    The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) system operates in plant thylakoid membranes and the plasma membranes of most free-living bacteria. In bacteria, it is responsible for the export of a number of proteins to the periplasm, outer membrane or growth medium, selecting substrates by virtue of cleavable N-terminal signal peptides that contain a key twin-arginine motif together with other determinants. Its most notable attribute is its ability to transport large folded proteins (even oligomeric proteins) across the tightly sealed plasma membrane. In Gram-negative bacteria, TatABC subunits appear to carry out all of the essential translocation functions in the form of two distinct complexes at steady state: a TatABC substrate-binding complex and separate TatA complex. Several studies favour a model in which these complexes transiently coalesce to generate the full translocase. Most Gram-positive organisms possess an even simpler "minimalist" Tat system which lacks a TatB component and contains, instead, a bifunctional TatA component. These Tat systems may involve the operation of a TatAC complex together with a separate TatA complex, although a radically different model for TatAC-type systems has also been proposed. While bacterial Tat systems appear to require the presence of only a few proteins for the actual translocation event, there is increasing evidence for the operation of ancillary components that carry out sophisticated "proofreading" activities. These activities ensure that redox proteins are only exported after full assembly of the cofactor, thereby avoiding the futile export of apo-forms. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Protein translocation across or insertion into membranes. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. p53 stimulates transcription from the human transforming growth factor alpha promoter: a potential growth-stimulatory role for p53.

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    Shin, T H; Paterson, A J; Kudlow, J E

    1995-01-01

    Physical and chemical agents can damage the genome. Part of the protective response to this damage is the increased expression of p53. p53, a transcription factor, controls the expression of genes, leading to cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Another protective mechanism is the proliferative response required to replace the damaged cells. This proliferation is likely to be signaled by growth factors. In this communication, we show that the transforming growth factor alpha (TGF-alpha) gene is a direct target for p53-mediated transcriptional activation. In a stable cell line containing an inducible p53 construct, p53 induction leads to a threefold accumulation of the native TGF-alpha mRNA. IN cotransfection assays using a TGF-alpha promoter reporter construct, we show that expression of wild-type but not mutant p53 increases transcriptional activity of the TGF-alpha promoter by approximately 2.5-fold. In vitro, wild-type p53 binds to a consensus binding site found in the proximal portion of the promoter, and this sequence is necessary for the p53 transcriptional response. Furthermore, this element confers p53 induction to the otherwise nonresponsive adenovirus major late promoter. In addition to these results, we found that the TGF-alpha promoter contains a nonconsensus but functional TATA box-binding protein-binding site approximately 30 bp upstream of the transcription start site. Although p53 can repress transcription from promoters containing a TATA box, the nonconsensus TGF-alpha TATA motif is resistant to this effect. On the basis of these results, we propose that p53 may play a dual role, which includes both the elimination of irreparably genetically damage cells and the proliferative response necessary for their replacement, in the response to physical-chemical damage. PMID:7651386

  8. Molecular cloning, sequencing and functional study of the promoter region of the human alpha2C4-adrenergic receptor gene.

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    Schaak, S; Devedjian, J C; Cayla, C; Sender, Y; Paris, H

    1997-12-01

    Screening of a human foetal brain genomic DNA library allowed us to isolate an EcoRI-EcoRI fragment containing 6 kb of the 5'-flanking region, the open reading frame and 4 kb of the 3'-flanking region of the alpha2C4 gene. Analysis of the sequenced region (4850 bp) revealed that the first 900 bp 5' to the start codon are very rich in GC (84%), contain several Sp1-binding sites and lack a consensus TATA box. The 5'- and 3'-ends of the alpha2C4 transcript were determined by RNase-protection assays carried out with a series of antisense probes. The data obtained with cellular RNA from HepG2 cells demonstrated that transcription is initiated 891 bases upstream of the translation-start site and that the polyadenylation site is located 550 bases downstream of the stop codon. These results are consistent with the existence of a non-conventional TATA box (TTAGAAA) and the presence of a unique polyadenylation signal (AATAAA). They also fit with the size of alpha2C4-RNA found by Northern-blot analysis (2.9 kb). The transcriptional activity of the alpha2C4 promoter region was investigated by transfecting several cell types with chimaeric constructs containing various fragments of the 5'-non-coding region and luciferase as a reporter gene. The activity of the construct containing the entire 5'-non-coding region appeared to depend on the host cell. Removal of the 5'-untranslated region resulted in loss of cell specificity and a concomitant increase in luciferase activity. Transfection of HepG2 and SK-N-MC cells with constructs deleted of additional 5'-flanking fragments permitted the definition of a minimal 200 bp promoter fragment containing the pseudo-TATA box and two putative SP1-binding sites.

  9. In silico identification of putative promoter motifs of White Spot Syndrome Virus

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    Marks, Hendrik; Ren, Xin-Ying; Sandbrink, Hans; van Hulten, Mariëlle CW; Vlak, Just M

    2006-01-01

    Background White Spot Syndrome Virus, a member of the virus family Nimaviridae, is a large dsDNA virus infecting shrimp and other crustacean species. Although limited information is available on the mode of transcription, previous data suggest that WSSV gene expression occurs in a coordinated and cascaded fashion. To search in silico for conserved promoter motifs (i) the abundance of all 4 through 8 nucleotide motifs in the upstream sequences of WSSV genes relative to the complete genome was determined, and (ii) a MEME search was performed in the upstream sequences of either early or late WSSV genes, as assigned by microarray analysis. Both methods were validated by alignments of empirically determined 5' ends of various WSSV mRNAs. Results The collective information shows that the upstream region of early WSSV genes, containing a TATA box and an initiator, is similar to Drosophila RNA polymerase II core promoter sequences, suggesting utilization of the cellular transcription machinery for generating early transcripts. The alignment of the 5' ends of known well-established late genes, including all major structural protein genes, identified a degenerate motif (ATNAC) which could be involved in WSSV late transcription. For these genes, only one contained a functional TATA box. However, almost half of the WSSV late genes, as previously assigned by microarray analysis, did contain a TATA box in their upstream region. Conclusion The data may suggest the presence of two separate classes of late WSSV genes, one exploiting the cellular RNA polymerase II system for mRNA synthesis and the other generating messengers by a new virus-induced transcription mechanism. PMID:16784526

  10. Genome-wide identification and characterization of transcription start sites and promoters in the tunicate Ciona intestinalis.

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    Yokomori, Rui; Shimai, Kotaro; Nishitsuji, Koki; Suzuki, Yutaka; Kusakabe, Takehiro G; Nakai, Kenta

    2016-01-01

    The tunicate Ciona intestinalis, an invertebrate chordate, has recently emerged as a powerful model organism for gene regulation analysis. However, few studies have been conducted to identify and characterize its transcription start sites (TSSs) and promoters at the genome-wide level. Here, using TSS-seq, we identified TSSs at the genome-wide scale and characterized promoters in C. intestinalis. Specifically, we identified TSS clusters (TSCs), high-density regions of TSS-seq tags, each of which appears to originate from an identical promoter. TSCs were found not only at known TSSs but also in other regions, suggesting the existence of many unknown transcription units in the genome. We also identified candidate promoters of 79 ribosomal protein (RP) genes, each of which had the major TSS in a polypyrimidine tract and showed a sharp TSS distribution like human RP gene promoters. Ciona RP gene promoters, however, did not appear to have typical TATA boxes, unlike human RP gene promoters. In Ciona non-RP promoters, two pyrimidine-purine dinucleotides, CA and TA, were frequently used as TSSs. Despite the absence of CpG islands, Ciona TATA-less promoters showed low expression specificity like CpG-associated human TATA-less promoters. By using TSS-seq, we also predicted trans-spliced gene TSSs and found that their downstream regions had higher G+T content than those of non-trans-spliced gene TSSs. Furthermore, we identified many putative alternative promoters, some of which were regulated in a tissue-specific manner. Our results provide valuable information about TSSs and promoter characteristics in C. intestinalis and will be helpful in future analysis of transcriptional regulation in chordates.

  11. Comparative expression and transcript initiation of three peach dehydrin genes.

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    Bassett, Carole Leavel; Wisniewski, Michael E; Artlip, Timothy S; Richart, Greg; Norelli, John L; Farrell, Robert E

    2009-06-01

    Dehydrin genes encode proteins with demonstrated cryoprotective and antifreeze activity, and they respond to a variety of abiotic stress conditions that have dehydration as a common component. Two dehydrins from peach (Prunus persica L. [Batsch.]) have been previously characterized; here, we describe the characterization of a third dehydrin from peach bark, PpDhn3, isolated by its response to low temperature. The expression of all three dehydrin genes was profiled by semi-quantitative reverse transcription PCR, and transcript initiation was mapped for all three genes using the RNA ligase-mediated 5' rapid amplification of cDNA ends technique. PpDhn3 transcripts from bark collected in December or July, as well as transcripts from developing fruit, initiated at a single site. Although most of the PpDhn1 transcripts initiated at a similar position, those from young fruit initiated much further upstream of the consensus TATA box. Bark and fruit transcripts encoding PpDhn2 initiated ca. 30 bases downstream of a consensus TATA box; however, transcripts from ripe fruit initiated further upstream. Ripe fruit transcripts of PpDhn2 contain a 5' leader intron which is predicted to add some 34 amino acids to the N-terminal methionine of the cognate protein when properly processed. Secondary structure prediction of sequences surrounding the TATA box suggests that conformational transitions associated with decreasing temperature contribute to the regulation of expression of the cold-responsive dehydrin genes. Taken together these results reveal new, unexpected levels of gene regulation contributing to the overall expression pattern of peach dehydrins.

  12. Identification of plant promoter constituents by analysis of local distribution of short sequences

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    Yamamoto, Yoshiharu Y; Ichida, Hiroyuki; Matsui, Minami; Obokata, Junichi; Sakurai, Tetsuya; Satou, Masakazu; Seki, Motoaki; Shinozaki, Kazuo; Abe, Tomoko

    2007-01-01

    Background Plant promoter architecture is important for understanding regulation and evolution of the promoters, but our current knowledge about plant promoter structure, especially with respect to the core promoter, is insufficient. Several promoter elements including TATA box, and several types of transcriptional regulatory elements have been found to show local distribution within promoters, and this feature has been successfully utilized for extraction of promoter constituents from human genome. Results LDSS (Local Distribution of Short Sequences) profiles of short sequences along the plant promoter have been analyzed in silico, and hundreds of hexamer and octamer sequences have been identified as having localized distributions within promoters of Arabidopsis thaliana and rice. Based on their localization patterns, the identified sequences could be classified into three groups, pyrimidine patch (Y Patch), TATA box, and REG (Regulatory Element Group). Sequences of the TATA box group are consistent with the ones reported in previous studies. The REG group includes more than 200 sequences, and half of them correspond to known cis-elements. The other REG subgroups, together with about a hundred uncategorized sequences, are suggested to be novel cis-regulatory elements. Comparison of LDSS-positive sequences between Arabidopsis and rice has revealed moderate conservation of elements and common promoter architecture. In addition, a dimer motif named the YR Rule (C/T A/G) has been identified at the transcription start site (-1/+1). This rule also fits both Arabidopsis and rice promoters. Conclusion LDSS was successfully applied to plant genomes and hundreds of putative promoter elements have been extracted as LDSS-positive octamers. Identified promoter architecture of monocot and dicot are well conserved, but there are moderate variations in the utilized sequences. PMID:17346352

  13. Molecular mechanisms underlying the differential expression of maize pyruvate, orthophosphate dikinase genes.

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    Sheen, J

    1991-01-01

    I describe here the organization of maize C4 chloroplast and non-C4 cytosolic pyruvate, orthophosphate dikinase (PPDK) genes and the molecular mechanisms underlying their differential expression. The maize C4 chloroplast PPDK gene (C4ppdkZm1) appears to have been created by the addition of an exon encoding the chloroplast transit peptide at a site upstream of a cytosolic PPDK gene (cyppdkZm1). A splice acceptor sequence located in the first exon of cyppdkZm1 allows the fusion of the transit peptide to the cyppdkZm1 sequences. A second cyPPDK gene (cyppdkZm2) shares extensive homology with cyppdkZm1 in the coding region and in the 5' flanking region up to the TATA box. By a novel protoplast transient expression method, I show that the light-inducible expression of C4ppdkZm1 is controlled by two expression programs mediated through separate upstream regulatory elements that are active in leaf, but inactive in root and stem. Light-mediated C4ppdkZm1 expression in maize is apparently uncoupled from leaf development and partially associated with chloroplast development. For cyppdkZm1 expression, distinct upstream elements and a specific TATA promoter element, located in the first intron of C4ppdkZm1, are required. The low expression of cyppdkZm2 can be attributed to an absence of upstream positive elements and weak activity of the TATA promoter element. PMID:1668653

  14. Transcriptional Regulation of the Gene Encoding an Alcohol Dehydrogenase in the Archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus Involves Multiple Factors and Control Elements

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    Fiorentino, Gabriella; Cannio, Raffaele; Rossi, Mosè; Bartolucci, Simonetta

    2003-01-01

    A transcriptionally active region has been identified in the 5′ flanking region of the alcohol dehydrogenase gene of the crenarchaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus through the evaluation of the activity of putative transcriptional regulators and the role of the region upstream of the gene under specific metabolic circumstances. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays with crude extracts revealed protein complexes that most likely contain TATA box-associated factors. When the TATA element was deleted from the region, binding sites for both DNA binding proteins, such as the small chromatin structure-modeling Sso7d and Sso10b (Alba), and transcription factors, such as the repressor Lrs14, were revealed. To understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the substrate-induced expression of the adh gene, the promoter was analyzed for the presence of cis-acting elements recognized by specific transcription factors upon exposure of the cell to benzaldehyde. Progressive dissection of the identified promoter region restricted the analysis to a minimal responsive element (PAL) located immediately upstream of the transcription factor B-responsive element-TATA element, resembling typical bacterial regulatory sequences. A benzaldehyde-activated transcription factor (Bald) that specifically binds to the PAL cis-acting element was also identified. This protein was purified from heparin-fractionated extracts of benzaldehyde-induced cells and was shown to have a molecular mass of ∼16 kDa. The correlation between S. solfataricus adh gene activation and benzaldehyde-inducible occupation of a specific DNA sequence in its promoter suggests that a molecular signaling mechanism is responsible for the switch of the aromatic aldehyde metabolism as a response to environmental changes. PMID:12813087

  15. Novel nuclear matrix protein HET binds to and influences activity of the HSP27 promoter in human breast cancer cells.

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    Oesterreich, S; Lee, A V; Sullivan, T M; Samuel, S K; Davie, J R; Fuqua, S A

    1997-11-01

    Since the small heat shock protein hsp27 enhances both growth and drug resistance in breast cancer cells, and is a bad prognostic factor in certain subsets of breast cancer patients, we have characterized the transcriptional regulation of hsp27, with the long-term goal of targeting its expression clinically. The majority of the promoter activity resides in the most proximal 200 bp. This region contains an imperfect estrogen response element (ERE) that is separated by a 13-bp spacer that contains a TATA box. Gel-shift analysis revealed the binding of a protein (termed HET for Hsp27-ERE-TATA-binding protein) to this region that was neither the estrogen receptor nor TATA-binding protein. We cloned a complete cDNA (2.9 kb) for HET from an MCF-7 cDNA library. To confirm the identity of the HET clone, we expressed a partial HET clone as a glutathione S-transferase fusion protein, and showed binding to the hsp27 promoter fragment in gel-retardation assays. The HET clone is almost identical to a recently published scaffold attachment factor (SAF-B) cloned from a HeLa cell cDNA library. Scaffold attachment factors are a subset of nuclear matrix proteins (NMP) that interact with matrix attachment regions. Analyzing how HET could act as a regulator of hsp27 transcription and as a SAF/NMP, we studied its subnuclear localization and its effect on hsp27 transcription in human breast cancer cells. We were able to show that HET is localized in the nuclear matrix in various breast cancer cell lines. Furthermore, in transient transfection assays using hsp27 promoter-luciferase reporter constructs, HET overexpression resulted in a dose-dependent decrease of hsp27 promoter activity in several cell lines.

  16. Isolation and characterization of a gene coding for a novel aspartate aminotransferase from Rhizobium meliloti.

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    Alfano, J R; Kahn, M L

    1993-01-01

    Aspartate aminotransferase (AAT) is an important enzyme in aspartate catabolism and biosynthesis and, by converting tricarboxylic acid cycle intermediates to amino acids, AAT is also significant in linking carbon metabolism with nitrogen metabolism. To examine the role of AAT in symbiotic nitrogen fixation further, plasmids encoding three different aminotransferases from Rhizobium meliloti 104A14 were isolated by complementation of an Escherichia coli auxotroph that lacks three aminotransferases. pJA10 contained a gene, aatB, that coded for a previously undescribed AAT, AatB. pJA30 encoded an aromatic aminotransferase, TatA, that had significant AAT activity, and pJA20 encoded a branched-chain aminotransferase designated BatA. Genes for the latter two enzymes, tatA and batA, were previously isolated from R. meliloti. aatB is distinct from but hybridizes to aatA, which codes for AatA, a protein required for symbiotic nitrogen fixation. The DNA sequence of aatB contained an open reading frame that could encode a protein 410 amino acids long and with a monomer molecular mass of 45,100 Da. The amino acid sequence of aatB is unusual, and AatB appears to be a member of a newly described class of AATs. AatB expressed in E. coli has a Km for aspartate of 5.3 mM and a Km for 2-oxoglutarate of 0.87 mM. Its pH optimum is between 8.0 and 8.5. Mutations were constructed in aatB and tatA and transferred to the genome of R. meliloti 104A14. Both mutants were prototrophs and were able to carry out symbiotic nitrogen fixation. Images PMID:8320232

  17. Substrate-Dependent Assembly of the Tat Translocase as Observed in Live Escherichia coli Cells

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    Rose, Patrick; Fröbel, Julia; Graumann, Peter L.; Müller, Matthias

    2013-01-01

    The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) pathway guides fully folded proteins across membranes of bacteria, archaea and plant chloroplasts. In Escherichia coli, Tat-specific transport is executed in a still largely unknown manner by three functionally diverse membrane proteins, termed TatA, TatB, and TatC. In order to follow the intracellular distribution of the TatABC proteins in live E. coli cells, we have individually expressed fluorophore-tagged versions of each Tat protein in addition to a set of chromosomally encoded TatABC proteins. In this way, a Tat translocase could form from the native TatABC proteins and be visualized via the association of a fluorescent Tat variant. A functionally active TatA-green fluorescent protein fusion was found to re-locate from a uniform distribution in the membrane into a few clusters preferentially located at the cell poles. Clustering was absolutely dependent on the co-expression of functional Tat substrates, the proton-motive force, and the cognate TatBC subunits. Likewise, polar cluster formation of a functional TatB-mCherry fusion required TatA and TatC and that of a functional TatC-mCherry fusion a functional Tat substrate. Furthermore we directly demonstrate the co-localization of TatA and TatB in the same fluorescent clusters. Our collective results are consistent with distinct Tat translocation sites dynamically forming in vivo in response to newly synthesized Tat substrates. PMID:23936332

  18. Cloning of the rice seed alpha-globulin-encoding gene: sequence similarity of the 5'-flanking region to those of the genes encoding wheat high-molecular-weight glutenin and barley D hordein.

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    Nakase, M; Hotta, H; Adachi, T; Aoki, N; Nakamura, R; Masumura, T; Tanaka, K; Matsuda, T

    1996-05-08

    A genomic clone encoding the rice endosperm major globulin (alpha-globulin) with an apparent molecular mass of 26 kDa was isolated, and its nucleotide (nt) sequence and transcription start point (tsp) were determined. The tsp was identical to that of the gene encoding the wheat high-molecular-weight (HMW) glutenin subunit. The consensus '-300 element' and an A + T-rich sequence exist upstream from the TATA box in the 5'-flanking region. A nt sequence of about 130 bp in the 5'-flanking region was found to be markedly homologous to those of the genes encoding the wheat HMW glutenin subunit and barley D hordein.

  19. Dirt as medium: the price is right

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    Green, P.

    1984-02-01

    The Hungarian Haldex cyclone process for the recovery of coal from jig plant refuse is being operated in the US. A joint company Island Creek/Tata Coal Recovery Co (IC/T) has been formed between Island Creek Coal Co. and the Hungarian owners of the process. The system has been used in Europe for a number of years. The new company holds the licence to operate the process in the US, Canada, Australia and China. The cyclone circuit uses dirt instead of magnetite as the medium with resultant cost savings.

  20. Role of Litopenaeus vannamei Yin Yang 1 in the Regulation of the White Spot Syndrome Virus Immediate Early Gene ie1.

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    Huang, Ping-Han; Huang, Ting-Yi; Cai, Pei-Si; Chang, Li-Kwan

    2017-03-15

    Yin Yang 1 (YY1) is a multifunctional zinc finger transcription factor that regulates many key cellular processes. In this study, we report the cloning of YY1 from Litopenaeus vannamei shrimp (LvYY1). This study shows that LvYY1 is ubiquitously expressed in shrimp tissues, and knockdown of LvYY1 expression by double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) injection in white spot syndrome virus (WSSV)-infected shrimp reduced both mRNA levels of the WSSV immediate early gene ie1 as well as overall copy numbers of the WSSV genome. The cumulative mortality rate of infected shrimp also declined with LvYY1 dsRNA injection. Using an insect cell model, we observed that LvYY1 activates ie1 expression, and a mutation introduced into the ie1 promoter subsequently repressed this capability. Moreover, reporter assay results suggested that LvYY1 is involved in basal transcriptional regulation via an interaction with L. vannamei TATA-binding protein (LvTBP). Electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA) results further indicated that LvYY1 binds to a YY1-binding site in the region between positions -119 and -126 in the ie1 promoter. Chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis also confirmed that LvYY1 binds to the ie1 promoter in WSSV-infected shrimp. Taken together, these results indicate that WSSV uses host LvYY1 to enhance ie1 expression via a YY1-binding site and the TATA box in the ie1 promoter, thereby facilitating lytic activation and viral replication.IMPORTANCE WSSV has long been a scourge of the shrimp industry and remains a serious global threat. Thus, there is a pressing need to understand how the interactions between WSSV and its host drive infection, lytic development, pathogenesis, and mortality. Our successful cloning of L. vannamei YY1 (LvYY1) led to the elucidation of a critical virus-host interaction between LvYY1 and the WSSV immediate early gene ie1 We observed that LvYY1 regulates ie1 expression via a consensus YY1-binding site and TATA box. LvYY1 was also found to interact with L

  1. Thematic mapper studies of Andean volcanoes

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    Francis, P. W.

    1986-01-01

    The primary objective was to identify all the active volcanoes in the Andean region of Bolivia. Morphological features of the Tata Sabaya volcano, Bolivia, were studied with the thematic mapper. Details include marginal levees on lava and pyroclastic flows, and summit crater structure. Valley glacier moraine deposits, not easily identified on the multispectral band scanner, were also unambiguous, and provide useful marker horizons on large volcanic edifices which were built up in preglacial times but which were active subsequently. With such high resolution imagery, it is not only possible to identify potentially active volcanoes, but also to use standard photogeological interpretation to outline the history of individual volcanoes.

  2. A Conference of New Ideas in Cancer-Challenging Dogmas.

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    Gandhi, Varsha; Jalali, Rakesh

    2017-01-15

    In 2016, Tata Memorial Center in Mumbai, India, reached its platinum jubilee milestone (75 years), which was celebrated with conferences. The first of these was entitled, "A Conference of New Ideas in Cancer - Challenging Dogmas." The aim of the conference was to take an honest appraisal about the state of cancer research today, to debate "currently entrenched versus contrarian viewpoints" and to reflect upon whether the current research and therapeutic strategies are appropriate and whether resources are being optimally utilized in meaningful ways. Below, we describe major highlights of this meeting. Cancer Res; 77(2); 234-7. ©2017 AACR. ©2017 American Association for Cancer Research.

  3. Epstein-Barr Virus Late Gene Transcription Depends on the Assembly of a Virus-Specific Preinitiation Complex

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    Aubry, Valentin; Mure, Fabrice; Mariamé, Bernard; Deschamps, Thibaut; Wyrwicz, Lucjan S.

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT During their productive cycle, herpesviruses exhibit a strictly regulated temporal cascade of gene expression that has three general stages: immediate early (IE), early (E), and late (L). Promoter complexity differs strikingly between IE/E genes and L genes. IE and E promoters contain cis-regulating sequences upstream of a TATA box, whereas L promoters comprise a unique cis element. In the case of the gammaherpesviruses, this element is usually a TATT motif found in the position where the consensus TATA box of eukaryotic promoters is typically found. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) encodes a protein, called BcRF1, which has structural homology with the TATA-binding protein and interacts specifically with the TATT box. However, although necessary for the expression of the L genes, BcRF1 is not sufficient, suggesting that other viral proteins are also required. Here, we present the identification and characterization of a viral protein complex necessary and sufficient for the expression of the late viral genes. This viral complex is composed of five different proteins in addition to BcRF1 and interacts with cellular RNA polymerase II. During the viral productive cycle, this complex, which we call the vPIC (for viral preinitiation complex), works in concert with the viral DNA replication machinery to activate expression of the late viral genes. The EBV vPIC components have homologs in beta- and gammaherpesviruses but not in alphaherpesviruses. Our results not only reveal that beta- and gammaherpesviruses encode their own transcription preinitiation complex responsible for the expression of the late viral genes but also indicate the close evolutionary history of these viruses. IMPORTANCE Control of late gene transcription in DNA viruses is a major unsolved question in virology. In eukaryotes, the first step in transcriptional activation is the formation of a permissive chromatin, which allows assembly of the preinitiation complex (PIC) at the core promoter. Fixation

  4. Epstein-Barr virus late gene transcription depends on the assembly of a virus-specific preinitiation complex.

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    Aubry, Valentin; Mure, Fabrice; Mariamé, Bernard; Deschamps, Thibaut; Wyrwicz, Lucjan S; Manet, Evelyne; Gruffat, Henri

    2014-11-01

    During their productive cycle, herpesviruses exhibit a strictly regulated temporal cascade of gene expression that has three general stages: immediate early (IE), early (E), and late (L). Promoter complexity differs strikingly between IE/E genes and L genes. IE and E promoters contain cis-regulating sequences upstream of a TATA box, whereas L promoters comprise a unique cis element. In the case of the gammaherpesviruses, this element is usually a TATT motif found in the position where the consensus TATA box of eukaryotic promoters is typically found. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) encodes a protein, called BcRF1, which has structural homology with the TATA-binding protein and interacts specifically with the TATT box. However, although necessary for the expression of the L genes, BcRF1 is not sufficient, suggesting that other viral proteins are also required. Here, we present the identification and characterization of a viral protein complex necessary and sufficient for the expression of the late viral genes. This viral complex is composed of five different proteins in addition to BcRF1 and interacts with cellular RNA polymerase II. During the viral productive cycle, this complex, which we call the vPIC (for viral preinitiation complex), works in concert with the viral DNA replication machinery to activate expression of the late viral genes. The EBV vPIC components have homologs in beta- and gammaherpesviruses but not in alphaherpesviruses. Our results not only reveal that beta- and gammaherpesviruses encode their own transcription preinitiation complex responsible for the expression of the late viral genes but also indicate the close evolutionary history of these viruses. Control of late gene transcription in DNA viruses is a major unsolved question in virology. In eukaryotes, the first step in transcriptional activation is the formation of a permissive chromatin, which allows assembly of the preinitiation complex (PIC) at the core promoter. Fixation of the TATA box

  5. Binding sites for the herpes simplex virus immediate-early protein ICP4 impose an increased dependence on viral DNA replication on simple model promoters located in the viral genome.

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    Koop, K E; Duncan, J; Smiley, J R

    1993-01-01

    We examined the ability of binding sites for the herpes simplex virus immediate-early protein ICP4 to alter the regulation of closely linked promoters by placing strong ICP4 binding sites upstream or downstream of simple TATA promoters in the intact viral genome. We found that binding sites strongly reduced the levels of expression at early times postinfection and that this effect was partially overcome after the onset of viral DNA replication. These data confirm that DNA-bound ICP4 can inhibit the activity of a closely linked promoter and raise the possibility that ICP4 binding sites contribute to temporal regulation during infection. Images PMID:8230448

  6. The functional importance of a cap site-proximal region of the human prointerleukin 1 beta gene is defined by viral protein trans-activation.

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    Hunninghake, G W; Monks, B G; Geist, L J; Monick, M M; Monroy, M A; Stinski, M F; Webb, A C; Dayer, J M; Auron, P E; Fenton, M J

    1992-01-01

    Prointerleukin 1 beta (IL-1 beta) is a cytokine that mediates a broad range of biological activities. Genomic sequences that regulate IL-1 beta transcription include both inducible regulatory elements located more than 2,700 bp upstream of the transcriptional start site (cap site) and proximal elements located near the TATA box of this gene. In this study, we focused on the identification and characterization of trans-acting nuclear regulatory proteins that bind to the cap site-proximal region of the human IL-1 beta gene. We identified a protein, termed NFIL-1 beta A (NF beta A), that binds to a highly conserved 12-bp DNA sequence (-49 to -38) located upstream of the TATA box motif in both the human and murine IL-1 beta genes. The IL-1 alpha gene, which lacks a TATA motif, does not possess an NF beta A-binding sequence within the promoter region, suggesting that NF beta A may selectively regulate IL-1 beta expression. Using electrophoretic mobility shift assays, we identified several distinct DNA-protein complexes that are expressed in a cell-type-specific manner. In monocytic cell lines, the relative abundance of these complexes varies rapidly following stimulation of the cells with phorbol esters or lipopolysaccharide. UV cross-linking analysis identified two distinct DNA-binding polypeptides that comprise distinct complexes. The functional role of NF beta A was assessed in transient transfection assays. These data indicate that NF beta A is required for both basal and inducible promoter activity in monocytic cells. Furthermore, the human cytomegalovirus immediate-early 1 gene product requires the presence of NF beta A in order to trans-activate the proximal IL-1 beta promoter in a monocytic cell line. We propose that NF beta A is a factor that mediates either direct or indirect activation by the immediate-early 1 gene product. The proximity of this essential factor to the TATA motif suggests a possible role in transcriptional initiation. Images PMID:1630455

  7. Molecular structure of r/GCG/d/TATACGC/ - A DNA-RNA hybrid helix joined to double helical DNA

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    Wang, A. H.-J.; Fujii, S.; Rich, A.; Van Boom, J. H.; Van Der Marel, G. A.; Van Boeckel, S. A. A.

    1982-01-01

    The molecule r(GCG)d(TATACGC) is self-complementary and forms two DNA-RNA hybrid segments surrounding a central region of double helical DNA; its molecular structure has been solved by X-ray analysis. All three parts of the molecule adopt a conformation which is close to that seen in the 11-fold RNA double helix. The conformation of the ribonucleotides is partly determined by water molecules bridging between the ribose O2' hydroxyl group and cytosine O2. The hybrid-DNA duplex junction contains no structural discontinuities. However, the central DNA TATA sequence has some structural irregularities.

  8. Homi Jehangir Bhabha: remembering a scientist and celebrating his contributions to science, technology, and education in India

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    Vaidya, Sheila

    2010-06-01

    The focus of this paper is on the current developments in science education occurring in the posthumously built Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education in Mumbai and to offer context for various indigenous developments that are shaping science education in India today. In this paper, I describe the story of Homi Bhabha and his rich legacy of India's atomic energy program. Specifically, I focus on the institutions built by Homi Bhabha, including the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and I examine how these institutions have enabled Indian scientists to contribute to the advancement of science knowledge in the world.

  9. Transactivation of progestin- and estrogen-responsive promoters by 19-nor progestins in African Green Monkey Kidney CV1 cells.

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    Pasapera, A M; Gutiérrez-Sagal, R; García-Becerra, R; Ulloa-Aguirre, A; Savouret, J F

    2001-12-01

    New and more potent progestins and antiprogestins suitable for reproductive therapy and contraception are currently the target of intensive research. The design of such drugs has been hampered by the complex technology required for screening these compounds at the molecular level. To solve this problem, we developed an in vitro cell system that allows detection of the progestagenic effects of a given compound using a PRE2-TATA-CAT reporter vector transiently introduced in a cell line stably transfected with the rabbit progesterone receptor (PR). The African Green Monkey Kidney CV1 (AGMK-CV1) cell line was chosen because these cells do not express endogenous steroid receptors; the selected clone stably expressing the rabbit PR has been maintained in our laboratory for more than 2 yr without detectable losses in PR content and progestagenic response. The presence and function of the PR were assessed by immunohistochemical and saturation analyses as well as by monitoring transactivation of the PRE2-TATA-CAT reporter gene. In this cell line, the PR is expressed at a concentration of 0.170 fmol/mg of protein, and the receptor is localized within the cell nucleus in either the presence or absence of the potent synthetic progestin R5020. This PR-expressing cell system allowed study of the in vitro progestational activity of several 19-nor progestins. The antiprogestin RU486 inhibited CAT activity induced by R5020; norethisterone (NET), levonorgestrel (LNG), and gestodene (GSD) induced PRE2-TATA-CAT activity at concentrations similar to those of R5020, whereas NET A-ring-reduced metabolites induced CAT activity at an extent lower than (5alpha-NET) or similar (3beta,5alpha-NET) to that of the precursor compound. The PRE2-TATA-CAT induction by 17beta-estradiol was also analyzed and no crossreactivity was detected. However, when the ERE-VitA2-TK-CAT (estrogen-responsive element-vitellogenin A2-thymidine kinase promoter-CAT) reporter vector and the estradiol receptor alpha or

  10. COSPAR's Programme of Capacity-Building Workshops

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    Willmore, P.

    For some time, COSPAR has been planning a programme of capacity-building workshops to be held in developing countries, and the first of these was held at Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), São José dos Campos, Brazil from 4-13t h December 2001. The next two are will be held at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India and in Beijing, China, respectively, during 2003. The workshops are innovative in character, and their objectives and their concepts will be described, as well as the experience gained from the first workshop in Brazil.

  11. New polymorphisms for the BoLA-DRB3 upstream regulatory region.

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    Ripoli, M V; Villegas-Castagnasso, E E; Peral-Garcia, P; Giovambattista, G

    2005-08-01

    Two new alleles, named BoLA-DRB3-P*06 and BoLA-DRB3-P*07, have been identified for the upstream regulatory region of the BoLA-DRB3 gene. The 228-bp nucleotide sequences of the promoter comprising the W, X, Y, CAAT and TATA regulatory boxes were analysed. The BoLA-DRB3-P*06 exhibits one insertion between the W and X boxes, and one transition between the X and Y boxes. On the other hand, the BoLA-DRB3-P*07 showed one insertion in the X box.

  12. Remembering K. S. Krishnan (1946-2014).

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    Rikhy, Richa; Kumar, Vimlesh; Basole, Amit; Sanyal, Subhabrata

    2015-03-01

    Dr. K. S. Krishnan was on the faculty of the Division of Biological Sciences at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, India, and later emeritus professor at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in Bangalore, India. His research using fruit flies has contributed richly to our understanding of synaptic function and mechanisms of anesthetic action. Dr. Krishnan passed away suddenly of a heart attack on the 24th of May, 2014. Below a few of his students fondly recall how it was to work in his group.

  13. Cell type-specific interactions of transcription factors with a housekeeping promoter in vivo.

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    Stapleton, G; Somma, M P; Lavia, P

    1993-01-01

    Mammalian housekeeping promoters represent a class of regulatory elements different from those of tissues-specific genes, lacking a TATA box and associated with CG-rich DNA. We have compared the organization of the housekeeping Htf9 promoter in different cell types by genomic footprinting. The sites of in vivo occupancy clearly reflected local combinations of tissue-specific and ubiquitous binding factors. The flexibility of the Htf9 promoter in acting as the target of cell-specific combinations of factors may ensure ubiquitous expression of the Htf9-associated genes. Images PMID:8389443

  14. Transient expression of a mouse alpha-fetoprotein minigene: deletion analyses of promoter function.

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    Scott, R W; Tilghman, S M

    1983-01-01

    The constitutive transcription of a mouse alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) minigene was examined during the transient expression of AFP-simian virus 40-pBR322 recombinant DNAs introduced into HeLa cells by Ca3(PO4)2 precipitation. We tested three constructs, each of which contains the AFP minigene and pBR322 DNAs inserted in the late region of simian virus 40 and found that the relative efficiency of AFP gene expression was dependent on the arrangement of the three DNA elements in the vector. The transcripts begin at the authentic AFP cap site and are properly spliced and polyadenylated. To define a sequence domain in the 5' flanking region of the AFP gene required for constitutive expression, sequential 5' deletion mutants of the AFP minigene were constructed and introduced into HeLa cells. All AFP deletion mutants which retained at least the TATA motif located 30 base pairs upstream from the cap site were capable of directing accurate and efficient AFP transcription. However, when the TATA sequence was deleted, no accurately initiated AFP transcripts were detected. These results are identical to those obtained from in vitro transcription of truncated AFP 5' deletion mutant templates assayed in HeLa cell extracts. The rate of AFP transcription in vivo was unaffected by deletion of DNA upstream of the AFP TATA box but was greatly affected by the distance between the simian virus 40 control region and the 5' end of the gene. The absence of any promoter activity upstream of the TATA box in this assay system is in contrast to what has been reported for several other eucaryotic structural genes in a variety of in vivo systems. A sequence comparison between the 5' flanking region of the AFP gene and these genes suggested that the AFP gene lacks those structural elements found to be important for constitutive transcription in vivo. Either the AFP gene lacks upstream promoter function in the 5' flanking DNA contained within the minigene, or the use of a viral vector in a

  15. Discrimination of phytochrome dependent light inducible from non-light inducible plant genes. Prediction of a common light-responsive element (LRE) in phytochrome dependent light inducible plant genes.

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    Grob, U; Stüber, K

    1987-01-01

    We aligned 14 5'-leading sequences of small subunit ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase (rbcS) genes. A strong consensus sequence ("CCTTATCAT") was located directly upstream of the TATA-box. The occurrence of this motif in other light dependent phytochrome regulated plant genes led to the calculation of two consensus matrices. With these two matrices we are able to distinguish almost all known light induced plant genes which are phytochrome regulated from non-light induced plant genes indicating, that all these genes share a common light-responsive element (LRE). The results obtained by computer analysis are discussed with regard to experimental data. PMID:3697087

  16. Nucleotide sequence of a cluster of early and late genes in a conserved segment of the vaccinia virus genome.

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    Plucienniczak, A; Schroeder, E; Zettlmeissl, G; Streeck, R E

    1985-01-01

    The nucleotide sequence of a 7.6 kb vaccinia DNA segment from a genomic region conserved among different orthopox virus has been determined. This segment contains a tight cluster of 12 partly overlapping open reading frames most of which can be correlated with previously identified early and late proteins and mRNAs. Regulatory signals used by vaccinia virus have been studied. Presumptive promoter regions are rich in A, T and carry the consensus sequences TATA and AATAA spaced at 20-24 base pairs. Tandem repeats of a CTATTC consensus sequence are proposed to be involved in the termination of early transcription. PMID:2987815

  17. Molecular structure of r/GCG/d/TATACGC/ - A DNA-RNA hybrid helix joined to double helical DNA

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    Wang, A. H.-J.; Fujii, S.; Rich, A.; Van Boom, J. H.; Van Der Marel, G. A.; Van Boeckel, S. A. A.

    1982-01-01

    The molecule r(GCG)d(TATACGC) is self-complementary and forms two DNA-RNA hybrid segments surrounding a central region of double helical DNA; its molecular structure has been solved by X-ray analysis. All three parts of the molecule adopt a conformation which is close to that seen in the 11-fold RNA double helix. The conformation of the ribonucleotides is partly determined by water molecules bridging between the ribose O2' hydroxyl group and cytosine O2. The hybrid-DNA duplex junction contains no structural discontinuities. However, the central DNA TATA sequence has some structural irregularities.

  18. A TatABC-type Tat translocase is required for unimpaired aerobic growth of Corynebacterium glutamicum ATCC13032.

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    Oertel, Dan; Schmitz, Sabrina; Freudl, Roland

    2015-01-01

    The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) system transports folded proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane of bacteria and the thylakoid membrane of plant chloroplasts. Escherichia coli and other Gram-negative bacteria possess a TatABC-type Tat translocase in which each of the three inner membrane proteins TatA, TatB, and TatC performs a mechanistically distinct function. In contrast, low-GC Gram-positive bacteria, such as Bacillus subtilis, use a TatAC-type minimal Tat translocase in which the TatB function is carried out by a bifunctional TatA. In high-GC Gram-positive Actinobacteria, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Corynebacterium glutamicum, tatA, tatB, and tatC genes can be identified, suggesting that these organisms, just like E. coli, might use TatABC-type Tat translocases as well. However, since contrary to this view a previous study has suggested that C. glutamicum might in fact use a TatAC translocase with TatB only playing a minor role, we reexamined the requirement of TatB for Tat-dependent protein translocation in this microorganism. Under aerobic conditions, the misassembly of the Rieske iron-sulfur protein QcrA was identified as a major reason for the severe growth defect of Tat-defective C. glutamicum mutant strains. Furthermore, our results clearly show that TatB, besides TatA and TatC, is strictly required for unimpaired aerobic growth. In addition, TatB was also found to be essential for the secretion of a heterologous Tat-dependent model protein into the C. glutamicum culture supernatant. Together with our finding that expression of the C. glutamicum TatB in an E. coli ΔtatB mutant strain resulted in the formation of an active Tat translocase, our results clearly indicate that a TatABC translocase is used as the physiologically relevant functional unit for Tat-dependent protein translocation in C. glutamicum and, most likely, also in other TatB-containing Actinobacteria.

  19. Diversity and Evolution of Bacterial Twin Arginine Translocase Protein, TatC, Reveals a Protein Secretion System That Is Evolving to Fit Its Environmental Niche

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    Simone, Domenico; Bay, Denice C.; Leach, Thorin; Turner, Raymond J.

    2013-01-01

    Background The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) protein export system enables the transport of fully folded proteins across a membrane. This system is composed of two integral membrane proteins belonging to TatA and TatC protein families and in some systems a third component, TatB, a homolog of TatA. TatC participates in substrate protein recognition through its interaction with a twin arginine leader peptide sequence. Methodology/Principal Findings The aim of this study was to explore TatC diversity, evolution and sequence conservation in bacteria to identify how TatC is evolving and diversifying in various bacterial phyla. Surveying bacterial genomes revealed that 77% of all species possess one or more tatC loci and half of these classes possessed only tatC and tatA genes. Phylogenetic analysis of diverse TatC homologues showed that they were primarily inherited but identified a small subset of taxonomically unrelated bacteria that exhibited evidence supporting lateral gene transfer within an ecological niche. Examination of bacilli tatCd/tatCy isoform operons identified a number of known and potentially new Tat substrate genes based on their frequent association to tatC loci. Evolutionary analysis of these Bacilli isoforms determined that TatCy was the progenitor of TatCd. A bacterial TatC consensus sequence was determined and highlighted conserved and variable regions within a three dimensional model of the Escherichia coli TatC protein. Comparative analysis between the TatC consensus sequence and Bacilli TatCd/y isoform consensus sequences revealed unique sites that may contribute to isoform substrate specificity or make TatA specific contacts. Synonymous to non-synonymous nucleotide substitution analyses of bacterial tatC homologues determined that tatC sequence variation differs dramatically between various classes and suggests TatC specialization in these species. Conclusions/Significance TatC proteins appear to be diversifying within particular bacterial

  20. A TatABC-Type Tat Translocase Is Required for Unimpaired Aerobic Growth of Corynebacterium glutamicum ATCC13032

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    Oertel, Dan; Schmitz, Sabrina; Freudl, Roland

    2015-01-01

    The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) system transports folded proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane of bacteria and the thylakoid membrane of plant chloroplasts. Escherichia coli and other Gram-negative bacteria possess a TatABC-type Tat translocase in which each of the three inner membrane proteins TatA, TatB, and TatC performs a mechanistically distinct function. In contrast, low-GC Gram-positive bacteria, such as Bacillus subtilis, use a TatAC-type minimal Tat translocase in which the TatB function is carried out by a bifunctional TatA. In high-GC Gram-positive Actinobacteria, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Corynebacterium glutamicum, tatA, tatB, and tatC genes can be identified, suggesting that these organisms, just like E. coli, might use TatABC-type Tat translocases as well. However, since contrary to this view a previous study has suggested that C. glutamicum might in fact use a TatAC translocase with TatB only playing a minor role, we reexamined the requirement of TatB for Tat-dependent protein translocation in this microorganism. Under aerobic conditions, the misassembly of the Rieske iron-sulfur protein QcrA was identified as a major reason for the severe growth defect of Tat-defective C. glutamicum mutant strains. Furthermore, our results clearly show that TatB, besides TatA and TatC, is strictly required for unimpaired aerobic growth. In addition, TatB was also found to be essential for the secretion of a heterologous Tat-dependent model protein into the C. glutamicum culture supernatant. Together with our finding that expression of the C. glutamicum TatB in an E. coli ΔtatB mutant strain resulted in the formation of an active Tat translocase, our results clearly indicate that a TatABC translocase is used as the physiologically relevant functional unit for Tat-dependent protein translocation in C. glutamicum and, most likely, also in other TatB-containing Actinobacteria. PMID:25837592

  1. A genetic analysis of Adh1 regulation. Progress report, June 1991--February 1992

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    Freeling, M.

    1992-03-01

    The overall goal of our research proposal is to understand the meaning of the various cis-acting sites responsible for AdH1 expression in the entire maize plant. Progress is reported in the following areas: Studies on the TATA box and analysis of revertants of the Adh1-3F1124 allele; screening for more different mutants that affect Adh1 expression differentially; studies on cis-acting sequences required for root-specific Adh1 expression; refinement of the use of the particle gun; and functional analysis of a non- glycolytic anaerobic protein.

  2. A genetic analysis of Adh1 regulation

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    Freeling, M.

    1992-01-01

    The overall goal of our research proposal is to understand the meaning of the various cis-acting sites responsible for AdH1 expression in the entire maize plant. Progress is reported in the following areas: Studies on the TATA box and analysis of revertants of the Adh1-3F1124 allele; screening for more different mutants that affect Adh1 expression differentially; studies on cis-acting sequences required for root-specific Adh1 expression; refinement of the use of the particle gun; and functional analysis of a non- glycolytic anaerobic protein.

  3. JPRS Report, Latin America.

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    1987-06-08

    and other foods resulting from livestock production. /9317 CSO: 3298/213 89 GUYANA SOVIET TECHNICAL MISSION TO DISCUSS BAUXITE, GOLD PLANS ...Election 31 BRAZIL Polls Show Decline in PMBD, Sarney Popularity (A. C. Scartezini; CORREIO BRASILIENSE, 22 Mar 87) 32 Military Equipment Plans ...Mar 87) 40 Seguel Discusses Labor, Plans (Rodolfo Seguel Interview; ANALISIS, 17-23 Mar 87) 50 Carlos Montes Analyzes MAPU, Leftist Unity

  4. Abstracts of Papers Submitted in 1975 for Publication,

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    1975-01-01

    Organizado por el Programa de Analisis de Ecosistemas Marinos, de Los Lab- oratorios de Investigacion Ambiental, de la Administracion Nacional Oceanica y...POLITICA DE ADMINISTRACION DE LA ZONE COSTERA DE CHILE The problems arising from the multiple use of the coastal zone, the coastal seas and its resources...LABORATORIOS DE INVESTI- * GACION AMBIENTAL, DE LA ADMINISTRACION NACIONAL OCEANICA Y ATMOSFERICA DEL DEPART- MENTO DE COMERCIO DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS DE

  5. Applicability of Thermal Storage Systems to Air Force Facilities

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    1990-09-01

    4.1 Data Collection ..... ................ 4.1 Climate Regions ...... ................. .. 4.1 Data Collection Instrument ... Analisis of Region 6 Upper Limit Retrofit Scenario 30% Reduction .... ............. 4.52 4.58 Economic Analysis of Region 7 Upper Limit Retrofit Scenario...RAD (Range) 0.45 to 0.55 Data Collection Instrument The letters sent to the Base Civil Engineers contained an attached data form that queried the

  6. Strategic Insights, Volume 5, Issue 2, February 2006. Ecuador: The Continuing Challenge of Democratic Consolidation and Civil-Military Relations

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    2006-02-01

    serious economic “meltdown” in 1999—causing serious social and political disruption. The banking system was intervened by the government, bank...personal power of Leon Febres Cordero, historic leader of the Social Christian Party and President from 1984 to 1988, looms large. He wields tremendous...Ecuador: Stability, Growth, and Social Equity (Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 2002). See especially 19-22. 3. Analisis Semanal, October 14, 2005

  7. Densidad de desarrollo alta y baja en Puerto Rico

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    William A. Gould; Sebastian Martinuzzi; Olga M. Ramos Gonzalez

    2008-01-01

    Este mapa demuestra la distribución de terrenos de alta y baja densidad de desarrollo urbano en Puerto Rico (Martinuzzi et al. 2007). El mapa fue creado mediante el analisis de un mosaico de imagenes de satelite Landsat ETM+ de los años 2000 – 2003. La clasificacion no supervisada ISODATA (“Iterative Self-Organizing Data Analysis Technique”) (ERDAS 2003) fue utilizada...

  8. The Processing and Mechanical Properties of High Temperature/High Performance Composites. Book 4. Constitutive Laws and Design

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    1993-04-01

    direct deierminaimrw ol tho1 Pratesso- stead ’ solutions in shakedown analisi ~s. The direct method ",ar first propo(,ed trr Departrnert o! Merharica, ane... costO + sin(w + y), 2hU 2h3 V (3.30) P M = sin ,-- cos(w + y),K1 12hU2 \\hV Mi.xed Alode Crackinw in Layered .aterials 105 where P and M are linear

  9. National Dam Inspection Program. Lewis Lake Dam (NDI-ID Number PA-00061, DER-ID Number 58-7), Susquehanna River Basin, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Phase I Inspection Report,

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    1980-08-01

    HISTORY None. A-4 NDI NO. PA-00061 VISUAL INSPECTION OBSERVATIONS AND REMARKS INSTRUMENTATION Monumentation None. Observation Wells None. Weirs...6.52 1 1079. ( 16.B9) I 30.56)( 2 5770. ( 163.39)( 3 abo.01 C 158.59)( 4 4538, I 12B,0)O 5 3238. C 91,70)( SUIhARY OF PAM SAFETY ANALISIS PLAN I

  10. PNPN Latchup in Bipolar LSI Devices.

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    1982-01-01

    different isolation - -regions that could not be eliminated. These paths were discussed with Mr. • Paul Brokaw of Analog Devices who was instrumental in... Analisis Actvy ATTN: Code 6611, P. Shapiro ATTN: ATAA-TFC, 0. Miller ATTN: Code 6612, D. Walker * ATTN: Code 6612, R. StatlerUS Army Training and Doctrine... Instruments , Inc ATTN: C. Blasnek ATTN: R. McGrath ATTN: R. Kitter ATTN: D. Manus ATTN: E. Jeffrey, MS 961 Westinghouse Electric Corp ATTN: T. Cheek, MS

  11. National Airspace Review. Implementation Plan. Revised.

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    1985-01-01

    NAR organizational structure consists of: a comprehensive analisis of specific dernands an Executive Steering Committee (EXCOM), currently mnade on...VORTAC TCA Oesign Criteria I Instrument Flight Rules Routes r I * I ____________ _____________ Figure 2-2 Change I 2-4 January 1985 TERMINAL SYSTEM...Minima on Standard Instrument DeparturesS n I d - d i - I Obsta.cle Depiction Criteriaj Terminal Publication Contonts- 1 I I - - -,! (Figure 4-3 Change 1

  12. Improving Information Management at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

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    1987-03-01

    PROCUREMENT INSTRUMENT IDEN’F CATION %(,MBER .)RGAN’ZAT.ON (if apicable) 8c ADDRESS(Cmy State. and ZIP Code) 10 SOURCE OF FUNDING NUMBERS PROGRAM PROJECT IT...600,000 drawings as well as records for modified drawings and documents specifically for Mare Island. e. Engineering Analisis This system is used for...method of maintaining records for accomplishing industrial plant equipment maintenance. j. ICS - Instrument Calibration System ICS is used primarily in

  13. Periodic Solutions of Hamiltonian Systems of Prescribed Period.

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    1983-04-01

    Index theory for compact Lie groups Work Unit Number I - Applied Analysis *Istituto di Matematica Applicata - Universita’ di Bari - Bari, Italy...TIstituto di Analisi Matematica - Universita’ di Bari - Bari, Italy. Sponsored by the United States Army under Contract No. DAAG29-80-C-0041 and by...the following fact. Proposition 3.2. R* is a group of homeomorphisms. Proof. By the definition of 3*, it is sufficient to prove that it is closed

  14. Proceedings of the 1982 Army Science Conference Held at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York on 15-18 June 1982. Volume II. Principal Authors H through N.

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    1982-06-18

    J. Phys. D) 1, 1183 (1968). 8. F.E. Allison, J. Appl. Phys. 36, 2111 (1965). 9. H.A. Monterrubio, thesis " Analisis de los Resultados Experlzmentales...as a - thorough vibration survey of any of the aircraft types. Two sets of instrumentation were carried on board each test flight. The first consisted...acoustical tape recorder and two microphones for 0 V recording aircraft internal noise. All instrumentation was provided by NASA-Langley Research Center

  15. Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Dynamics and Structures of Terrorist Threats in Southeast Asia, Held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    2005-09-01

    most powerful Sea Tiger wing has been instrumental in these surprise attacks which provide operational models for other groups which are drawing...accessed 16 April 2005). 14 Azyumardi Azra, Gerakan Islam Militant di Asia Tenggara, Analisis CSIS, Vol. 33 No 1, 2004, pp.96-99. 15 Fred Halliday...organizations can be instrumental in broadening the scope of national strategies and capabilities among all the nations engaged in the war on

  16. Patterns of Creation and Discovery: An Analysis of Defense Laboratory Patenting and Innovation

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    2013-01-01

    expensive scientific instruments like the Superconducting Super Collider or the Large Hadron Collider (e.g. Office of Technology Assessment (1991)), as...ggplot2: Elegant Graphics for Data Analysis (2nd ed.). Springer. Widavsky, A. B. (1987). Speaking Truth to Power: The Art and Policy Analisis ...major investment in resources requiring determining the sample frame, gathering contact information, developing the survey instrument , and following

  17. Estudio de la interacción entre Tit·n y la magnetósfera de Saturno

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Villarreal D'Angelo, C. S.; Caranti, G. M.

    In this work we present a study of the interaction between Titan and the plasma in Saturn magnetosphere from the data obtained with the magne- tometer on board Cassini during one flyby to the saturnian moon in 2009. The analisys of the data was divided in two parts, one corresponding to the entire trajectory and the other corresponding to a few hours around closest approach. Also, an MHD code was utilized to reproduce the observation. FULL TEXT IN SPANISH

  18. Correlation of Atomic Roughness and Electronic Properties at the Si/ SiO2- Interface

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    1988-06-01

    defect analisis by use of high resolution LEED systems. Search for correlations of defects with electronic properties of 143-devices by measurement of...had to be assumed, then the autocorrelation and iL6 Fourier transform was constructed and compared with a measured profile (see ref. /2/). So by trial...pair correlation, which is the fourier transform of the measured profile. Whereas background and central spike are separated by the pair correlation

  19. An Analysis of the U.S. Navy Enlisted Separation Questionnaire

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    1981-06-01

    FACTOR ANALYSIS OF SUBSETS OF THE DATA ----------- 57 D. DISCRIMINANT ANALYSIS OF ESQ RESPONSE DATA ------- 59 1. Total Sample Discriminant Function ...are sampled by six questions, while pay and associates are each functions of a single question. Each broad category is displayed in a data summary by...three factors rather than nine initi al categories of data classification. C. FACTOR ANALISIS OF SUBSETS OF THE DATA During this phase of the analysis

  20. Beach Wizard: Development of an Operational Nowcast, Short-Term Forecast System for Nearshore Hydrodynamics and Bathymetric Evolution

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    2007-01-01

    within a period of O(10) days. The analisys is based on daily time exposures of the waves breaking over the underlying bathymetry. This is in contrast...provision of law, no person shall be subject to a penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently...CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT Same as Report (SAR) 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 5 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT unclassified b

  1. Surface Sampling-Based Decontamination Studies and Protocol for Determining Sporicidal Efficacy of Gaseous Fumigants on Military-Relevant Surfaces

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    2008-09-01

    notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does...Peroxide Chlorine Dioxide Gas Sporicidal 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION 18. NUMBER 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE OF ABSTRACT OF PAGES PERSON ...1999, 281, 1735-1745. 9. AOAC International Method 966.04; Official Methods of Analisis , 21’t ed.; Chapter 6: AOAC International: Gaithersburg, MD

  2. Dynamic Analysis with Fibre Optic Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring

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    2006-10-01

    Davis Highway, Suite 1204, Arlington VA 22202-4302. Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be...ABSTRACT UU 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 24 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT unclassified b. ABSTRACT unclassified c. THIS PAGE unclassified...Balis Crema, A. Castellani, A. Paolozzi, I. Peroni, “Identificazione Mediante Analisi Sperimentale di un Modello Dinamico di una Pala per Aerogeneratore

  3. Cost Estimation of Naval Ship Acquisition.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1983-12-01

    data sources used and the degree of model refinement. 4. Is there any other person or agency working on the same projects? Has work been done on any...WITH ( 36- 2) 34 DEGREES OF FREEDOM R-S UARED:7 fl-SUIRD =7J:9 PERCENTSQUARED I PERCENT, ADJUSTED FOR D.F. ANALISIS CF VARIANCE DUE TO DF SS NS=SS/DF

  4. Is European Defense a Bridge too Far?

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    2006-03-08

    Suite 1204, Arlington VA 22202-4302. Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to a...SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 24 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT unclassified b. ABSTRACT...Internet; accessed 15 December 2005. 18 Grupo de Estudios Estrategicos GEES, “The Spanish Identity in the European Defence Industry,” Analisis 12, 8

  5. Optimal Rates for Regularization Operators in Learning Theory

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    2006-09-10

    notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to a penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a...16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 18 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT unclassified b...L. Rosasco, and A. Caponnetto. Discretization error analysis for tikhonov regu- larization. to appear in Analisys and Applications, 2005. [9] E. De

  6. Ill Posed Problems: Numerical and Statistical Methods for Mildly, Moderately and Severely Ill Posed Problems with Noisy Data.

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    1980-02-01

    constraints,can be developed based on Laurent and Martinet (1969) ( personal communication, P.J. Laurent). It is intended that this will appear separately. If...Elfving and Herman (1979), Naparstek, personal communication). The first commercial machines discretized the problem at the start and solved the...Numerical aspects of some regularization methods and apolication to data collected in isolated dog heart experiments. Laboratorio di Analisi Numerica

  7. Global Behavior in Large Scale Systems

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    2013-12-05

    Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 1204, Arlington, VA 22202- 4302. Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person ...CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT b. ABSTRACT c. THIS PAGE...Fricker, P. Robert, and D. Tibbi, “ Analisys of loss networks with routing,” The Annals of Applied Probability, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 2007–2026, 2006. 18

  8. Reliability Information Analysis Center 1st Quarter 2007, Technical Area Task (TAT) Report

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-02-05

    Library or [twField/Test 217Plus Ally w/ a.romtu DAAData Experience Data Need t( rdito Trqnd • s aa(Model) develol analisis Mappng & ANLED217Plu...delivery of the MLT AoA was discussed and OSEC agreed that this would be done in person and furthermore agreed that we would gladly prepare a...Placement of device in customer provided enclosure for full concealment. Casual observation by non witting persons to determine detect-ability of

  9. Battle Damage Modeling

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2010-05-01

    provision of law, no person shall be subject to a penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently...ABSTRACT SAR 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 16 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT unclassified b. ABSTRACT unclassified c. THIS PAGE...J.A., Introduction to hydrocodes. 2004, Amsterdam: Elsevier. [5] Dolce, F., Analisi del danno da impatto ad alta velocità su strutture composite in

  10. FUB, IASI-CNR and University of Tor Vergata at TREC 2008 Blog Track

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    2008-11-01

    Giorgio Gambosi3 1 Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Rome, Italy gba@fub.it 2 Istituto di Analisi dei Sistemi ed Informatica ”A. Ruberti”-CNR, Rome, Italy...Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to a penalty for failing to comply with a...Report (SAR) 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 7 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT unclassified b. ABSTRACT unclassified c. THIS PAGE unclassified

  11. Biological Cell Identification by Integrating Micro-Fluidics, Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy and Stochastic Estimation

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    2007-03-01

    Manipulation and Analisis ..�The 21st International Conference on Solid State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems.1 . 1055�1058. IEEE, June 2003. 33...Davis Highway, Suite 1204, Arlington, VA 22202-4302. Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be...BIOENGINEERING, IMPEDANCE (ELECTRICAL), 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON Juan R. Vasquez, Lt Col, USAF (ENG) REPORT

  12. Adaptation for Regularization Operators in Learning Theory

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2006-09-10

    notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to a penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not...TERMS 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 21 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT unclassified b...59–85, February 2005. [7] E. De Vito, L. Rosasco, and A. Caponnetto. Discretization error analysis for tikhonov regu- larization. to appear in Analisys

  13. Women Soldiers in Korea: Troop Viewpoints

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    1977-12-01

    27. Recreation/Education Services6-Satisfaction Score Analisis 121 29. Women-in Co--mba Attitude Sore Anaysis 123 28. then i Comy Atitude ,Scii Anaysis...The technical supplement also contains a series of analyses of score differences. The scores were simple suns of the number of ,times a person agreed or...QUESTIONNAIRE INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE TO: Persons Selected for This Survey 1. You have been selected from among all the soldiers in Eighth U.S

  14. Annotated Bibliography of the Air Force Human Resources Laboratory Technical Reports - 1979.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1981-05-01

    individual and co1llect i ve imlipaict -. 11iii’ afford in~g in formnati concern11’ fl ig the "why as% 14(’I as the ’"what’* of t radeI4- o4ff analisi ...ii I aI Ig i I 441141 14111. I hall i41%% r reding ijitir mlh-t iili. 11)0 page.) 36 PERSONAL AUTHOR INDEX (Reference numbers identify serial numbers

  15. Proceedings of the International Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics (3rd) Held in Southampton, England on 18-22 July 1988. Volume 1

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1988-07-01

    them vectorially [5]. This implies that w(x,t) = W(x)exp[i(0-v)J 󈧠) where W(x) is the amplitude of the response W(x) = j(C*)2 + (cj)2’u1(x) (29...1987 Meccanica (in press). A perturbation’technique in sensitivity analisys of elastic structures. 8. G.C. Hart and J.P.T. Yao 1977 Journal of the

  16. Propagation Aspects of Frequency Sharing, Interference and System Diversity

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    1983-03-01

    FERNANDEZ, M., and J. C. H. WANG, 1981, "Un Analisis de los datos de las mediciones de intensidad de campo de la onda reflejada efectuadas en...path, but also over longer reflection paths, for instance the surface of the earth. The receive signal is than composed by vectorial addition of all...Other field conditions (e.g. circular polarization) can be obtained by vectorial superposition of more feed patterns of this nature. The far-field

  17. Nonlinear Optics: Materials, Fundamentals, and Applications; Topical Meeting Held in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii on August 17-21, 1992. Postdeadline Papers.

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    1992-08-21

    of whether or not the double phase conjugate mirror functions as a photorefractive oscillator is investigated in the context of a full vectorial ... vectorial product, and circular ones do for scalar product of vectors inside; the factor 4 reflects the partial degeneracy amorfryepe armuments of the...arises from the potential use of these phenomena for all-optical switching and processing applications.The analisys is restricted to short distances of

  18. [Cognitive performance and quality of life in multiple sclerosis in Gipuzkoa].

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    Sistiaga, Andone; Castillo-Triviño, Tamara; Aliri, Jone; Gaztañaga, Mirari; Acha, Joana; Arruti, Maialen; Otaegui, David; Olascoaga, Javier

    2014-04-16

    Introduccion. El deterioro cognitivo y la presencia de sintomas depresivos, comunes en los pacientes con esclerosis multiple, inciden en la calidad de vida de los pacientes. Objetivo. Describir la calidad de vida, la afectacion cognitiva y los niveles de depresion, en relacion con otras variables clinicas, en los pacientes con esclerosis multiple de la provincia de Gipuzkoa. Pacientes y metodos. Se evaluo neuropsicologicamente a 114 pacientes. Se incluyeron el MSQoL-54 y el inventario de depresion de Beck para evaluar la calidad de vida y los niveles de depresion. Se emprendieron tres analisis principales: comparacion del rendimiento cognitivo entre subtipos, analisis de correlacion entre variables clinicas, neuropsicologicas y de calidad de vida, y analisis sobre los efectos del genero en el rendimiento cognitivo. Resultados. Se halla en la esclerosis multiple un patron neuropsicologico caracterizado por enlentecimiento en el procesamiento de la informacion y dificultades atencionales. La calidad de vida se relaciona con sintomas depresivos y con el rendimiento cognitivo global pero no con factores clinicos como la tasa de brote o la duracion de la enfermedad. Los datos confirman un peor rendimiento cognitivo en los hombres, sobre todo en la memoria auditiva verbal. Conclusiones. El genero se presenta como un factor modulador en el impacto de la enfermedad sobre el rendimiento cognitivo, que refuerza el interes de estudios que clarifiquen el origen de dichas diferencias. Ademas, la calidad de vida muestra una mayor relacion con la adaptacion a la enfermedad que con sus sintomas.

  19. [Quantitative gait analysis in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease].

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    Villadoniga, M; San Millan, A; Cabanes-Martinez, L; Aviles-Olmos, I; Del Alamo-De Pedro, M; Regidor, I

    2016-08-01

    Objetivo. Describir las alteraciones de la marcha e inestabilidad postural en un grupo de pacientes con enfermedad de Parkinson (EP) avanzada. Pacientes y metodos. Se analizo la marcha de pacientes con EP en estadio avanzado on medicacion. Por medio de un sistema de analisis computarizado del movimiento, se estudiaron las variables cinematicas: cadencia, numero de ciclos con apoyo correcto (ciclos HFPS), numero de ciclos totales, duracion de las fases del ciclo, electromiografia, y goniometria de rodilla y tobillo. La valoracion clinica del equilibrio y la inestabilidad postural se completo con los tests Tinetti y Timed Up and Go. Resultados. El analisis mostro alteraciones en los parametros espaciotemporales con respecto a los rangos de normalidad: disminucion de los ciclos HFPS, aumento del numero total de ciclos y alteracion de la cadencia en muchos pacientes, y conservacion de la cadencia media dentro de los limites de la normalidad, aumento de la duracion de la fase de apoyo, disminucion del apoyo monopodal y alteracion del rango articular de la rodilla y el tobillo. Asimismo, se observo una alteracion en las puntuaciones obtenidas en las escalas clinicas, que mostraban un aumento del factor de riesgo de caidas y dependencia leve. Conclusion. La cuantificacion mediante analisis objetivo de las variables cineticas y cinematicas en los pacientes con EP puede emplearse como herramienta para establecer la influencia de las distintas alternativas terapeuticas en el trastorno de la marcha.

  20. [Governance and health: the rise of the managerialism in public sector reform].

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    Denis, Jean L; Lamothe, Lise; Langley, Ann; Stéphane, Guérard

    2010-01-01

    The article examines various healthcare systems reform projects in Canada and some Canadian provinces and reveals some tendencies in governance renewal. The analisis is based on the hypothesis that reform is an exercise aiming at the renewal of governance conception and practices. In renewing governance, reform leaders hope to use adequate and effective levers to attain announced reform objectives. The article shows that the conceptions and operational modalities of governance have changed over time and that they reveal tensions inherent to the transformation and legitimation process of public healthcare systems. The first section discusses the relationships between reform and change. The second section defines the conception of gouvernance used for the analisis. Based on a content analisis of the various reform reports, the third section reveals the evolution of the conception of governance in healthcare systems in Canada. In order to expose the new tendencies, ideologies and operational principles at the heart of the reform projects are analysed. Five ideologies are identified: the democratic ideology, the "population health" ideology, the business ideology, the managerial ideology and the ideology of equity and humanism. This leads to a discussion on the dominant influence of the managerial ideology in the current reform projects.

  1. Single molecule microscopy reveals mechanistic insight into RNA polymerase II preinitiation complex assembly and transcriptional activity.

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    Horn, Abigail E; Kugel, Jennifer F; Goodrich, James A

    2016-09-06

    Transcription by RNA polymerase II (Pol II) is a complex process that requires general transcription factors and Pol II to assemble on DNA into preinitiation complexes that can begin RNA synthesis upon binding of NTPs (nucleoside triphosphate). The pathways by which preinitiation complexes form, and how this impacts transcriptional activity are not completely clear. To address these issues, we developed a single molecule system using TIRF (total internal reflection fluorescence) microscopy and purified human transcription factors, which allows us to visualize transcriptional activity at individual template molecules. We see that stable interactions between polymerase II (Pol II) and a heteroduplex DNA template do not depend on general transcription factors; however, transcriptional activity is highly dependent upon TATA-binding protein, TFIIB and TFIIF. We also found that subsets of general transcription factors and Pol II can form stable complexes that are precursors for functional transcription complexes upon addition of the remaining factors and DNA. Ultimately we found that Pol II, TATA-binding protein, TFIIB and TFIIF can form a quaternary complex in the absence of promoter DNA, indicating that a stable network of interactions exists between these proteins independent of promoter DNA. Single molecule studies can be used to learn how different modes of preinitiation complex assembly impact transcriptional activity. © The Author(s) 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.

  2. Structure of promoter-bound TFIID and insight into human PIC assembly

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    Louder, Robert K.; He, Yuan; López-Blanco, José Ramón; Fang, Jie; Chacón, Pablo; Nogales, Eva

    2016-01-01

    The general transcription factor IID (TFIID) plays a central role in the initiation of RNA polymerase II-dependent transcription by nucleating pre-initiation complex (PIC) assembly at the core promoter. TFIID comprises the TATA-binding protein (TBP) and 13 TBP-associated factors (TAF1-13), which specifically interact with a variety of core promoter DNA sequences. Here we present the structure of human TFIID in complex with TFIIA and core promoter DNA, determined by single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) at sub-nanometer resolution. All core promoter elements are contacted by subunits of TFIID, with TAF1 and TAF2 mediating major interactions with the downstream promoter. TFIIA bridges the TBP-TATA complex with lobe B of TFIID. We also present the cryo-EM reconstruction of a fully-assembled human TAF-less PIC. Superposition of common elements between the two structures provides novel insights into the general role of TFIID in promoter recognition, PIC assembly, and transcription initiation. PMID:27007846

  3. RNA polymerase II components and Rrn7 form a preinitiation complex on the HomolD box to promote ribosomal protein gene expression in Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

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    Montes, Matías; Moreira-Ramos, Sandra; Rojas, Diego A; Urbina, Fabiola; Käufer, Norbert F; Maldonado, Edio

    2017-02-01

    In Schizosaccharomyces pombe, ribosomal protein gene (RPG) promoters contain a TATA box analog, the HomolD box, which is bound by the Rrn7 protein. Despite the importance of ribosome biogenesis for cell survival, the mechanisms underlying RPG transcription remain unknown. In this study, we found that components of the RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) system, consisting of the initiation or general transcription factors (GTFs) TFIIA, IIB, IIE, TATA-binding protein (TBP) and the RNAPII holoenzyme, interacted directly with Rrn7 in vitro, and were able to form a preinitiation complex (PIC) on the HomolD box. PIC complex formation follows an ordered pathway on these promoters. The GTFs and RNAPII can also be cross-linked to HomolD-containing promoters in vivo. In an in vitro reconstituted transcription system, RNAPII components and Rrn7 were necessary for HomolD-directed transcription. The Mediator complex was required for basal transcription from those promoters in whole cell extract (WCE). The Med17 subunit of Mediator also can be cross-linked to the promoter region of HomolD-containing promoters in vivo, suggesting the presence of the Mediator complex on HomolD box-containing promoters. Together, these data show that components of the RNAPII machinery and Rrn7 participate in the PIC assembly on the HomolD box, thereby directing RPG transcription.

  4. Characterization of the S-RNase promoters from sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.).

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    Ishizaka, Takako; Nakano, Hideaki; Suzuki, Takashi; Kitashiba, Hiroyasu

    2003-04-01

    Genomic DNA fragments containing the S(3)-, S(4)-, and S(6)-RNase genes were isolated from the sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) and sequenced. Comparison of the 5'-flanking sequences of these three S-RNases indicated that a highly conserved region (designated CR) existed just upstream from the putative TATA boxes. We postulate that CR contains cis-regulatory element(s) involved in pistil expression. To examine the activity of the isolated S-RNase promoters of sweet cherry in the pistil, we transiently introduced approximately 650-bp fragments of the S(4)- and S(6)-RNase promoters fused to beta-glucuronidase (GUS) gene into the pistil of the petunia using a particle bombardment technique. Histochemical analysis showed that the 5'-flanking region of each S-RNase was active in the pistil. This suggests that cis-regulatory element(s) for pistil-specific expression may exist(s) within the 650-bp region upstream from the TATA box in the sweet cherry S-RNase promoter.

  5. Selection of Reference Genes for Expression Analysis Using Quantitative Real-Time PCR in the Pea Aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum (Harris) (Hemiptera, Aphidiae)

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    Liu, Yong; Zhou, Xuguo

    2014-01-01

    To facilitate gene expression study and obtain accurate qRT-PCR analysis, normalization relative to stable expressed housekeeping genes is required. In this study, expression profiles of 11 candidate reference genes, including actin (Actin), elongation factor 1 α (EF1A), TATA-box-binding protein (TATA), ribosomal protein L12 (RPL12), β-tubulin (Tubulin), NADH dehydrogenase (NADH), vacuolar-type H+-ATPase (v-ATPase), succinate dehydrogenase B (SDHB), 28S ribosomal RNA (28S), 16S ribosomal RNA (16S), and 18S ribosomal RNA (18S) from the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum, under different developmental stages and temperature conditions, were investigated. A total of four analytical tools, geNorm, Normfinder, BestKeeper, and the ΔCt method, were used to evaluate the suitability of these genes as endogenous controls. According to RefFinder, a web-based software tool which integrates all four above-mentioned algorithms to compare and rank the reference genes, SDHB, 16S, and NADH were the three most stable house-keeping genes under different developmental stages and temperatures. This work is intended to establish a standardized qRT-PCR protocol in pea aphid and serves as a starting point for the genomics and functional genomics research in this emerging insect model. PMID:25423476

  6. Cisplatin- and UV-damaged DNA lure the basal transcription factor TFIID/TBP.

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    Vichi, P; Coin, F; Renaud, J P; Vermeulen, W; Hoeijmakers, J H; Moras, D; Egly, J M

    1997-01-01

    A connection between transcription and DNA repair was demonstrated previously through the characterization of TFIIH. Using filter binding as well as in vitro transcription challenge competition assays, we now show that the promoter recognition factor TATA box-binding protein (TBP)/TFIID binds selectively to and is sequestered by cisplatin- or UV-damaged DNA, either alone or in the context of a larger protein complex including TFIIH. Computer-assisted 3D structural analysis reveals a remarkable similarity between the structure of the TATA box as found in its TBP complex and that of either platinated or UV-damaged oligonucleotides. Thus, cisplatin-treated or UV-irradiated DNA could be used as a competing binding site which may lure TBP/TFIID away from its normal promoter sequence, partially explaining the phenomenon of DNA damage-induced inhibition of RNA synthesis. Consistent with an involvement of damaged DNA-specific binding of TBP in inhibiting transcription, we find that microinjection of additional TBP in living human fibroblasts alleviates the reduction in RNA synthesis after UV irradiation. Future anticancer drugs could be designed with the consideration of lesion recognition by TBP and their ability to reduce transcription. PMID:9405373

  7. TAF4/4b·TAF12 Displays a Unique Mode of DNA Binding and Is Required for Core Promoter Function of a Subset of Genes*

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    Gazit, Kfir; Moshonov, Sandra; Elfakess, Rofa; Sharon, Michal; Mengus, Gabrielle; Davidson, Irwin; Dikstein, Rivka

    2009-01-01

    The major core promoter-binding factor in polymerase II transcription machinery is TFIID, a complex consisting of TBP, the TATA box-binding protein, and 13 to 14 TBP-associated factors (TAFs). Previously we found that the histone H2A-like TAF paralogs TAF4 and TAF4b possess DNA-binding activity. Whether TAF4/TAF4b DNA binding directs TFIID to a specific core promoter element or facilitates TFIID binding to established core promoter elements is not known. Here we analyzed the mode of TAF4b·TAF12 DNA binding and show that this complex binds DNA with high affinity. The DNA length required for optimal binding is ∼70 bp. Although the complex displays a weak sequence preference, the nucleotide composition is less important than the length of the DNA for high affinity binding. Comparative expression profiling of wild-type and a DNA-binding mutant of TAF4 revealed common core promoter features in the down-regulated genes that include a TATA-box and an Initiator. Further examination of the PEL98 gene from this group showed diminished Initiator activity and TFIID occupancy in TAF4 DNA-binding mutant cells. These findings suggest that DNA binding by TAF4/4b-TAF12 facilitates the association of TFIID with the core promoter of a subset of genes. PMID:19635797

  8. The Ewing sarcoma protein (EWS) binds directly to the proximal elements of the macrophage-specific promoter of the CSF-1 receptor (csf1r) gene.

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    Hume, David A; Sasmono, Tedjo; Himes, S Roy; Sharma, Sudarshana M; Bronisz, Agnieszka; Constantin, Myrna; Ostrowski, Michael C; Ross, Ian L

    2008-05-15

    Many macrophage-specific promoters lack classical transcriptional start site elements such as TATA boxes and Sp1 sites. One example is the CSF-1 receptor (CSF-1R, CD115, c-fms), which is used as a model of the transcriptional regulation of macrophage genes. To understand the molecular basis of start site recognition in this gene, we identified cellular proteins binding specifically to the transcriptional start site (TSS) region. The mouse and human csf1r TSS were identified using cap analysis gene expression (CAGE) data. Conserved elements flanking the TSS cluster were analyzed using EMSAs to identify discrete DNA-binding factors in primary bone marrow macrophages as candidate transcriptional regulators. Two complexes were identified that bind in a highly sequence-specific manner to the mouse and human TSS proximal region and also to high-affinity sites recognized by myeloid zinc finger protein 1 (Mzf1). The murine proteins were purified by DNA affinity isolation from the RAW264.7 macrophage cell line and identified by mass spectrometry as EWS and FUS/TLS, closely related DNA and RNA-binding proteins. Chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments in bone marrow macrophages confirmed that EWS, but not FUS/TLS, was present in vivo on the CSF-1R proximal promoter in unstimulated primary macrophages. Transfection assays suggest that EWS does not act as a conventional transcriptional activator or repressor. We hypothesize that EWS contributes to start site recognition in TATA-less mammalian promoters.

  9. Characteristics of a strong promoter from figwort mosaic virus: comparison with the analogous 35S promoter from cauliflower mosaic virus and the regulated mannopine synthase promoter.

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    Sanger, M; Daubert, S; Goodman, R M

    1990-03-01

    A segment of DNA from the genome of figwort mosaic virus (FMV) strain M3 possesses promoter activity when tested in electroporated protoplasts from, and transgenic plants of, Nicotiana tabacum cv. Xanthi nc. The 1.1 kb DNA segment, designated the '34S' promoter, is derived from a position on the FMV genome comparable to the position on the cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) genome containing the 35S promoter. The 34S and 35S promoters show approximately 63% nucleotide homology in the TATA, CCACT, and -18 to +1 domains, but in sequences further upstream the homology drops below 50%. Promoter activities were estimated using beta-glucuronidase and neomycin phosphotransferase II reporter gene systems. The activity of the 34S promoter segment approximates that of the 35S promoter in both protoplast transient expression assays and in stably transformed tobacco plants. Truncation of 5' sequences from the 34S promoter indicates that promoter strength depends upon DNA sequences located several hundred nucleotides upstream from the TATA box. In leaf tissue the 34S promoter is 20-fold more active than the mannopine synthase (MAS) promoter from Agrobacterium tumefaciens T-DNA. The 34S promoter lacks the root-specific and wound-stimulated expression of the MAS promoter, showing relatively uniform root, stem, leaf, and floral activities.

  10. Architecture of the Yeast RNA Polymerase II Open Complex and Regulation of Activity by TFIIF

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    Fishburn, James

    2012-01-01

    To investigate the function and architecture of the open complex state of RNA polymerase II (Pol II), Saccharomyces cerevisiae minimal open complexes were assembled by using a series of heteroduplex HIS4 promoters, TATA binding protein (TBP), TFIIB, and Pol II. The yeast system demonstrates great flexibility in the position of active open complexes, spanning 30 to 80 bp downstream from TATA, consistent with the transcription start site scanning behavior of yeast Pol II. TFIIF unexpectedly modulates the activity of the open complexes, either repressing or stimulating initiation. The response to TFIIF was dependent on the sequence of the template strand within the single-stranded bubble. Mutations in the TFIIB reader and linker region, which were inactive on duplex DNA, were suppressed by the heteroduplex templates, showing that a major function of the TFIIB reader and linker is in the initiation or stabilization of single-stranded DNA. Probing of the architecture of the minimal open complexes with TFIIB-FeBABE [TFIIB–p-bromoacetamidobenzyl–EDTA-iron(III)] derivatives showed that the TFIIB core domain is surprisingly positioned away from Pol II, and the addition of TFIIF repositions the TFIIB core domain to the Pol II wall domain. Together, our results show an unexpected architecture of minimal open complexes and the regulation of activity by TFIIF and the TFIIB core domain. PMID:22025674

  11. Theoretical estimates of exposure timescales of protein binding sites on DNA regulated by nucleosome kinetics

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    Parmar, Jyotsana J.; Das, Dibyendu; Padinhateeri, Ranjith

    2016-01-01

    It is being increasingly realized that nucleosome organization on DNA crucially regulates DNA–protein interactions and the resulting gene expression. While the spatial character of the nucleosome positioning on DNA has been experimentally and theoretically studied extensively, the temporal character is poorly understood. Accounting for ATPase activity and DNA-sequence effects on nucleosome kinetics, we develop a theoretical method to estimate the time of continuous exposure of binding sites of non-histone proteins (e.g. transcription factors and TATA binding proteins) along any genome. Applying the method to Saccharomyces cerevisiae, we show that the exposure timescales are determined by cooperative dynamics of multiple nucleosomes, and their behavior is often different from expectations based on static nucleosome occupancy. Examining exposure times in the promoters of GAL1 and PHO5, we show that our theoretical predictions are consistent with known experiments. We apply our method genome-wide and discover huge gene-to-gene variability of mean exposure times of TATA boxes and patches adjacent to TSS (+1 nucleosome region); the resulting timescale distributions have non-exponential tails. PMID:26553807

  12. Transient genotype-by-environment interactions following environmental shock provide a source of expression variation for essential genes.

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    Eng, Kevin H; Kvitek, Daniel J; Keles, Sündüz; Gasch, Audrey P

    2010-02-01

    Understanding complex genotype-by-environment interactions (GEIs) is crucial for understanding phenotypic variation. An important factor often overlooked in GEI studies is time. We measured the contribution of GEIs to expression variation in four nonlaboratory Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains responding dynamically to a 25 degrees -37 degrees heat shock. GEI was a major force explaining expression variation, affecting 55% of the genes analyzed. Importantly, almost half of these expression patterns showed GEI influence only during the transition between environments, but not in acclimated cells. This class reveals a genotype-by-environment-by-time interaction that affected expression of a large fraction of yeast genes. Strikingly, although transcripts subject to persistent GEI effects were enriched for nonessential genes with upstream TATA elements, those displaying transient GEIs were enriched for essential genes regardless of TATA regulation. Genes subject to persistent GEI influences showed relaxed constraint on acclimated gene expression compared to the average yeast gene, whereas genes restricted to transient GEIs did not. We propose that transient GEI during the transition between environments provides a previously unappreciated source of expression variation, particularly for essential genes.

  13. A global analysis of transcription reveals two modes of Spt4/5 recruitment to archaeal RNA polymerase.

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    Smollett, Katherine; Blombach, Fabian; Reichelt, Robert; Thomm, Michael; Werner, Finn

    2017-03-01

    The archaeal transcription apparatus is closely related to the eukaryotic RNA polymerase (RNAP) II system, while archaeal genomes are more similar to bacteria with densely packed genes organized in operons. This makes understanding transcription in archaea vital, both in terms of molecular mechanisms and evolution. Very little is known about how archaeal cells orchestrate transcription on a systems level. We have characterized the genome-wide occupancy of the Methanocaldococcus jannaschii transcription machinery and its transcriptome. Our data reveal how the TATA and BRE promoter elements facilitate recruitment of the essential initiation factors TATA-binding protein and transcription factor B, respectively, which in turn are responsible for the loading of RNAP into the transcription units. The occupancies of RNAP and Spt4/5 strongly correlate with each other and with RNA levels. Our results show that Spt4/5 is a general elongation factor in archaea as its presence on all genes matches RNAP. Spt4/5 is recruited proximal to the transcription start site on the majority of transcription units, while on a subset of genes, including rRNA and CRISPR loci, Spt4/5 is recruited to the transcription elongation complex during early elongation within 500 base pairs of the transcription start site and akin to its bacterial homologue NusG.

  14. CDC39, an essential nuclear protein that negatively regulates transcription and differentially affects the constitutive and inducible HIS3 promoters.

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    Collart, M A; Struhl, K

    1993-01-01

    The yeast HIS3 promoter region contains two functionally distinct TATA elements, TC and TR, that are responsible respectively for initiation from the +1 and +13 sites. Both TC and TR support basal HIS3 transcription and require the TATA binding protein TFIID, but only TR responds to transcriptional activation by GCN4 and GAL4. By selecting for yeast strains that increase transcription by a GCN4 derivative with a defective activation domain, we have isolated a temperature-sensitive mutation in CDC39, a previously defined gene implicated in cell-cycle control and the pheromone response. This cdc39-2 mutation causes increased basal transcription of many, but not all genes, as well as increased transcriptional activation by GCN4 and GAL4. Surprisingly, basal HIS3 transcription from the +1 initiation site is strongly increased, while initiation from the +13 site is barely affected. Thus, unlike acidic activator proteins that function through TR, CDC39 preferentially affects transcription mediated by TC. CDC39 is an essential gene that encodes a very large nuclear protein (2108 amino acids) containing two glutamine-rich regions. These observations suggest that CDC39 negatively regulates transcription either by affecting the general RNA polymerase II machinery or by altering chromatin structure. Images PMID:8428577

  15. Cyclin E/Cdk2, P/CAF, and E1A regulate the transactivation of the c-myc promoter by FOXM1

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    Wierstra, Inken Alves, Juergen

    2008-03-28

    FOXM1c transactivates the c-myc promoter by binding directly to its TATA-boxes. The present study demonstrates that the transactivation of the c-myc promoter by FOXM1c is enhanced by the key proliferation signal cyclin E/Cdk2, but repressed by P/CAF and the adenoviral oncoprotein E1A. Furthermore, FOXM1c interacts with the coactivator and histone acetyltransferase P/CAF. This study shows that, on the c-myc-P1 TATA-box, FOXM1c does not function simply as normal transcription factor just binding to an unusual site. Moreover, the inhibitory N-terminus of FOXM1c does not inhibit its transrepression domain or its EDA. Others reported that a cyclin/Cdk-binding LXL-motif of the splice variant FoxM1b is required for its interaction with Cdk2, Cdk1, and p27, its phosphorylation by Cdk1 and its activation by Cdc25B. In contrast, we now demonstrate that this LXL-motif is not required for the activation of FOXM1c by cyclin D1/Cdk4, cyclin E/Cdk and cyclin A/Cdk2 or for the repression of FOXM1c by p27.

  16. Constitutive and inducible Saccharomyces cerevisiae promoters: evidence for two distinct molecular mechanisms.

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    Struhl, K

    1986-01-01

    his3 and pet56 are adjacent Saccharomyces cerevisiae genes that are transcribed in opposite directions from initiation sites that are separated by 200 base pairs. Under normal growth conditions, in which his3 and pet56 are transcribed at similar basal levels, a poly(dA-dT) sequence located between the genes serves as the upstream promoter element for both. In contrast, his3 but not pet56 transcription is induced during conditions of amino acid starvation, even though the critical regulatory site is located upstream of both respective TATA regions. Moreover, only one of the two normal his3 initiation sites is subject to induction. From genetic and biochemical evidence, I suggest that the his3-pet56 intergenic region contains constitutive and inducible promoters with different properties. In particular, two classes of TATA elements, constitutive (Tc) and regulatory (Tr), can be distinguished by their ability to respond to upstream regulatory elements, by their effects on the selection of initiation sites, and by their physical structure in nuclear chromatin. Constitutive and inducible his3 transcription is mediated by distinct promoters representing each class, whereas pet56 transcription is mediated by a constitutive promoter. Molecular mechanisms for these different kinds of S. cerevisiae promoters are proposed. Images PMID:3540601

  17. A novel male sterility-fertility restoration system in plants for hybrid seed production.

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    Singh, Surendra Pratap; Singh, Sudhir P; Pandey, Tripti; Singh, Ram Rakshpal; Sawant, Samir V

    2015-06-15

    Hybrid seeds are used for stimulated crop production, as they harness heterosis. The achievement of complete male-sterility in the female-parent and the restored-fertility in F1-hybrids are the major bottlenecks in the commercial hybrid seed production. Here, we report a male sterility-fertility restoration system by engineering the in most nutritive anther wall layer tapetum of female and male parents. In the female parent, high-level, and stringent expression of Arabidopsis autophagy-related gene BECLIN1 was achieved in the tapetum, which altered the tapetal degeneration program, leading to male sterility. This works on our previously demonstrated expression cassette based on functional complementation of TATA-box mutant (TGTA) promoter and TATA-binding protein mutant3 (TBPm3), with modification by conjugating Long Hypocotyle in Far-Red1 fragment (HFR1(NT131)) with TBPm3 (HFR1(NT131)-TBPm3) to exercise regulatory control over it. In the male parent, tapetum-specific Constitutive photo-morphogenesis1 (COP1) was expressed. The F1 obtained by crossing these engineered parents showed decreased BECLIN1 expression, which was further completely abolished when COP1-mutant (COP1(L105A)) was used as a male parent, leading to normal tapetal development and restored fertility. The system works on COP1-HFR1 interaction and COP1-mediated degradation of TBPm3 pool (HFR1(NT131)-TBPm3). The system can be deployed for hybrid seed production in agricultural crops.

  18. Transcription of antifreeze protein genes in Choristoneura fumiferana.

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    Qin, W; Doucet, D; Tyshenko, M G; Walker, V K

    2007-08-01

    Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) are encoded by approximately 17 genes in the spruce budworm, Choristoneura fumiferana. Northern analysis using 6 different cDNA probes showed isoform-specific patterns that varied during development. Transcripts for the majority of isoforms were most abundant in the second instar overwintering stage, but some were also detected in first instar and even in egg stages. In situ hybridization using riboprobes corresponding to two 9 kDa protein isoforms showed differential AFP expression even in second instars; CfAFP10 RNA was detected in all tissues, but CfAFP337 RNA distribution was more limited. Two genomic regions encoding three AFP genes have been isolated. Presumptive regulatory regions conferred transcriptional activity when placed upstream of a luciferase reporter sequence and transfected into a C. fumiferana cell line. The CfAFP2.26 core promoter is an 87 bp sequence containing a TATA box, whereas the CfAFP2.7 core promoter is a 76 bp sequence with both a TATA box and CAAT box, which directed higher reporter activities when tested in vitro. Reporter activity was not enhanced with five different hormones, although lower activities were observed with all intron-containing constructs. AFP message half-life, as assessed using reporter assays, was not appreciably influenced by isoform-specific-3'UTRs. These studies successfully demonstrate the temporal and spatial diversity of AFP expression encoded by this small gene family, and underscore the complexity of their regulation.

  19. Population and family planning in developing countries: the employer's role.

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    Tata, N H

    1974-01-01

    The overall population problem of the world is discussed briefly. The author asserts that rapid population growth has serious social and political implications and imposes serious restraints on economic progress. It is also linked to problems of urbanization. Family planning is a way out. The state alone is not enough to make family planning successful, it must be supported by the different segments of society. Employers have a major social responsibility in this respect. After this general introduction, and the assertion of the basic role of the employer in family planning programs, the author deals with the specific situation in India in terms of 1) its population problem, 2) progress and impact of the Indian family planning program, and 3) the role of employers in the promotion of family planning in India; a detailed section is devoted to the family planning centers of the Tata group of companies (Tata textile units, chemicals, iron and steel, engineering and locomotive, etc.). The author enumerates the measures to promote effective participation by employers, which include 1) an organized framework, 2) assistance to employers, and 3) removal of disincentives. The author concludes by saying that the efforts of employers to limit population growth need to be supplemented by international cooperation and action.

  20. The product of the adenovirus intermediate gene IX is a transcriptional activator.

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    Lutz, P; Rosa-Calatrava, M; Kedinger, C

    1997-01-01

    We have investigated the functional properties of the product of the adenovirus type 5 gene IX. This gene, which is expressed at intermediate times postinfection, encodes a small polypeptide (pIX) of 140 residues that has previously been shown to be incorporated into the viral capsid. Here, we show that pIX, in addition to its structural contribution, exhibits transcriptional properties. In transient transfection experiments, expression of pIX stimulated adenovirus major late promoter activity. The effect was independent of other viral proteins, but the level of promoter activation appeared strongly pIX dose dependent; similar levels of induction were observed with other cellular or viral TATA-containing (but not with TATA-less) promoters. This promoter specificity could be reproduced in a cell-free transcription system by the addition of purified recombinant pIX, further stressing the transcriptional nature of the phenomenon. A preliminary structural analysis of pIX indicated that the integrity of a putative leucine zipper at the carboxy-terminal end of the molecule, as well as elements within the amino-terminal half, was critical for pIX transcriptional activity. The relevance of these findings in adenovirus infection is discussed. PMID:9188576

  1. Functional characterization of the 5' flanking region of human ubiquitin fusion degradation 1 like gene (UFD1L).

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    Amati, Francesca; Conti, Emanuela; Botta, Annalisa; Amicucci, Paola; Dallapiccola, Bruno; Novelli, Giuseppe

    2002-06-01

    UFD1L (Ubiquitin Fusion Degradation 1 Like) gene encodes for a component of a multi-complex involved in the degradation of ubiquitin fusion proteins. The gene maps on chromosome 22q11, in a region commonly deleted in severe congenital disorders such as DiGeorge (DGS) and velo-cardio-facial (VCFS) syndromes. UFD1L is a single copy gene ubiquitously expressed in high levels in the pharyngeal pouches and fourth branchial arch artery during development. To understand the regulation of UFD1L expression we performed a functional analysis of its 5' regulatory region. 5'-RACE and primer extension analyses revealed the presence of different transcription start sites in adult and fetal tissues. UFD1L 5' flanking region contains a TATA-box motif and is also very GC-rich with a CpG island encompassing exon 1. Transcriptional activity of this region was examined by transfection experiments of promoter-GFP reporter gene constructs in a human epithelial cell line. These experiments revealed the importance of the region between -17 and -463 nt which contains the TATA-box. EMSA assay resulted in the detection of five functional consensus sequences respectively for the transcription complex TFIID and for the transcription factors AP-1 (one site), AP-2 (one) and Sp1 (two).

  2. The fat body cell-free system for tissue-specific transcription of plasma protein gene of Bombyx mori.

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    Mine, E; Sakurai, H; Izumi, S; Tomino, S

    1995-01-01

    A nuclear extract was prepared for the larval fat body of the silkworm, Bombyx mori, and a homologous in vitro system was developed for the transcription of major plasma protein gene of B.mori. The gene for SP1, a storage protein of B.mori, and adenovirus 2 major late (AdML) gene were faithfully transcribed under relatively high template concentrations in the nuclear extract prepared from the fat body of female fifth instar larvae. Complete inhibition of gene transcription by a low concentration of alpha-amanitin indicated that the reaction is catalyzed by RNA polymerase II. At low template concentration (0.6 nM) the fat body nuclear extract transcribed the homologous SP1 gene with high efficiency, while AdML gene and larval cuticle protein gene were only barely transcribed in the same extract. The SP1 gene deleted upstream of the TATA box sequence showed little effect on transcription, whereas mutations that destroy TATA sequence totally abolished the gene transcription. These results suggested that the core promoter region of SP1 gene spanning between positions -44 and +16 is essential for the fat body specific transcription in vitro. Images PMID:7651825

  3. The fat body cell-free system for tissue-specific transcription of plasma protein gene of Bombyx mori.

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    Mine, E; Sakurai, H; Izumi, S; Tomino, S

    1995-07-25

    A nuclear extract was prepared for the larval fat body of the silkworm, Bombyx mori, and a homologous in vitro system was developed for the transcription of major plasma protein gene of B.mori. The gene for SP1, a storage protein of B.mori, and adenovirus 2 major late (AdML) gene were faithfully transcribed under relatively high template concentrations in the nuclear extract prepared from the fat body of female fifth instar larvae. Complete inhibition of gene transcription by a low concentration of alpha-amanitin indicated that the reaction is catalyzed by RNA polymerase II. At low template concentration (0.6 nM) the fat body nuclear extract transcribed the homologous SP1 gene with high efficiency, while AdML gene and larval cuticle protein gene were only barely transcribed in the same extract. The SP1 gene deleted upstream of the TATA box sequence showed little effect on transcription, whereas mutations that destroy TATA sequence totally abolished the gene transcription. These results suggested that the core promoter region of SP1 gene spanning between positions -44 and +16 is essential for the fat body specific transcription in vitro.

  4. Structure and chromosomal localization of the human gene of the phosphotyrosyl phosphatase activator (PTPA) of protein phosphatase 2A

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    Van Hoof, C.; Cayla, X.; Merlevede, W.; Goris, J.

    1995-07-20

    The PTPA gene encodes a specific phosphotyrosyl phosphatase activator of the dimeric form of protein phosphatase 2A. PTPA, cloned from human genomic libraries, is encoded by one single-copy gene, composed of 10 exons and 9 introns with a total length of about 60 kb. The transcription start site was determined, and the 5{prime} flanking sequence was analyzed for its potential as a promotor. This region lacks a TATA sequence in the appropriate position relative to the transcription start, is very GC-rich, and contains upstream of the transcription start four Sp1 sites, a feature common to many TATA-less promotors. Based on the homology with DNA binding consensus sequences of transcription factors, we identified in this promotor region several putative DNA binding sites for transcription factors, such as NF-{kappa}B, Myb, Ets-1, Myc, and ATF. Transfection experiments with a construct containing the PTPA promotor region inserted 5{prime} of a luciferase reporter gene revealed that the 5{prime} flanking sequence of the PTPA gene indeed displayed promotor activity that seems to be cell-line dependent. By fluorescence in situ hybridization and G-banding, the PTPA gene was localized to the 9q34 region. The PTPA gene is positioned centromeric of c-abl in a region embracing several genes implicated in oncogenesis. 28 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Cloning and characterization of the histone-fold proteins YBL1 and YCL1.

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    Bolognese, F; Imbriano, C; Caretti, G; Mantovani, R

    2000-10-01

    Histones are among the most conserved proteins in evolution, sharing a histone fold motif. A number of additional histonic proteins exist and are involved in the process of transcriptional regulation. We describe here the identification, cloning and characterization of two small members of the H2A-H2B sub-family (YBL1 and YCL1) related to the NF-YB and NF-YC subunits of the CCAAT-binding activator NF-Y and to the TATA-binding protein (TBP) binding repressor NC2. Unlike the latters, YBL1 and YCL1 have no intrinsic CCAAT or TATA-binding capacity. In nucleosome reconstitution assays, they can form complexes with histones in solution and on DNA and they are part of relatively large complexes, as determined by glycerol gradient experiments. Our data support the idea that YBL1 and YCL1 are divergent with respect to NF-YB and NF-YC for specific functions, but have coevolved the capacity to interact with nucleosomal structures.

  6. A novel transcription initiation factor (TIF), TIF-IE, is required for homogeneous Acanthamoeba castellanii TIF-IB (SL1) to form a committed complex.

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    Radebaugh, C A; Kubaska, W M; Hoffman, L H; Stiffler, K; Paule, M R

    1998-10-16

    The fundamental transcription initiation factor (TIF) for ribosomal RNA expression by eukaryotic RNA polymerase I, TIF-IB, has been purified to near homogeneity from Acanthamoeba castellanii using standard techniques. The purified factor consists of the TATA-binding protein and four TATA-binding protein-associated factors with relative molecular weights of 145,000, 99,000, 96,000, and 91,000. This yields a calculated native molecular weight of 460, 000, which compares well with its mass determined by scanning transmission electron microscopy (493,000) and its sedimentation rate, which is close to RNA polymerase I (515,000). Both impure and nearly homogeneous TIF-IB exhibit an apparent equilibrium dissociation constant of 56 +/- 3 pM. However, although impure TIF-IB can form a promoter-DNA complex resistant to challenge by other promoter-containing DNAs, near homogeneous TIF-IB cannot do so. An additional transcription factor, dubbed TIF-IE, restores the ability of near homogeneous TIF-IB to sequester DNA into a committed complex.

  7. Stabilization of the promoter nucleosomes in nucleosome-free regions by the yeast Cyc8-Tup1 corepressor.

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    Chen, Kaifu; Wilson, Marenda A; Hirsch, Calley; Watson, Anjanette; Liang, Shoudan; Lu, Yue; Li, Wei; Dent, Sharon Y R

    2013-02-01

    The yeast Cyc8 (also known as Ssn6)-Tup1 complex regulates gene expression through a variety of mechanisms, including positioning of nucleosomes over promoters of some target genes to limit accessibility to the transcription machinery. To further define the functions of Cyc8-Tup1 in gene regulation and chromatin remodeling, we performed genome-wide profiling of changes in nucleosome organization and gene expression that occur upon loss of CYC8 or TUP1 and observed extensive nucleosome alterations in both promoters and gene bodies of derepressed genes. Our improved nucleosome profiling and analysis approaches revealed low-occupancy promoter nucleosomes (P nucleosomes) at locations previously defined as nucleosome-free regions. In the absence of CYC8 or TUP1, this P nucleosome is frequently lost, whereas nucleosomes are gained at -1 and +1 positions, accompanying up-regulation of downstream genes. Our analysis of public ChIP-seq data revealed that Cyc8 and Tup1 preferentially bind TATA-containing promoters, which are also enriched in genes derepressed upon loss of CYC8 or TUP1. These results suggest that stabilization of the P nucleosome on TATA-containing promoters may be a central feature of the repressive chromatin architecture created by the Cyc8-Tup1 corepressor, and that releasing the P nucleosome contributes to gene activation.

  8. The telomeric protein Rap1 is conserved in vertebrates and is expressed from a bidirectional promoter positioned between the Rap1 and KARS genes.

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    Tan, Ming; Wei, Chao; Price, Carolyn M

    2003-12-24

    We have identified the chicken homolog of the mammalian telomere protein repression and activation protein 1 (Rap1). Although cRap1 has only 36% sequence identity to hRap1, it contains the same conserved BRCA1 C-terminal (BRCT), Myb and Rap C-terminus (RCT) domains. Two-hybrid analysis and immunolocalization experiments revealed that cRap1 interacts with the telomere-binding protein telomeric repeat binding factor (TRF)2 and localizes to telomeres. Thus, despite considerable sequence divergence, the identity and overall domain structure of telomere-associated proteins is conserved in vertebrates. Analysis of the cRap1 genomic locus revealed that the cRap1 gene lies immediately adjacent to the cKARS (lysyl-tRNA synthetase) gene with the two genes in a head-to-head orientation separated by only 57 nt. This same organization is conserved at the human Rap1-KARS locus. When 5' regions of the cRap1 and cKARS genes were tested for promoter activity, the promoters of both genes were found to lie in or near the intergenic spacer. The two promoters lack TATA boxes but appear to have downstream promoter elements (DPEs). Analysis of human Rap1 and KARS expressed sequence tags (ESTs) indicated that this localization of TATA-less promoters to the intergenic spacer is a conserved feature of the Rap1-KARS locus.

  9. A new RHQT Nb3Al superconducting wire with a Ta/Cu/Ta three-layer filament-barrier structure

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    Takeuchi, Takao; Tsuchiya, Kiyosumi; Nakagawa, Kazuhiko; Nimori, Shigeki; Banno, Nobuya; Iijima, Yasuo; Kikuchi, Akihiro; Nakamoto, Tatsushi

    2012-06-01

    To suppress the low-magnetic-field instability (flux jumps in low magnetic fields) of a rapid-heating, quenching and transformation (RHQT) processed Nb3Al superconductor, we had previously modified the cross-sectional design of an RHQT Nb3Al by adopting a Ta filament-barrier structure. Unlike Nb barriers, Ta barriers are not superconducting in magnetic fields at 4.2 K so that they electromagnetically decouple filaments. However, small flux jumps still occurred at 1.8 K, which is a typical operating temperature for the magnets used in high-energy particle accelerators. Furthermore, poor bonding at the Ta/Ta interface between neighboring Ta-coated jelly-roll (JR) filaments frequently caused precursor wires to break during drawing. To overcome these problems, we fabricated a new RHQT Nb3Al wire with a Ta/Cu/Ta three-layer filament-barrier structure for which an internal stabilization technique (Cu rods encased in Ta are dispersed in the wire cross section) was extended. Removing the Ta/Ta interface in the interfilamentary barrier (JR filament/Ta/Cu/Ta/JR filament) allowed precursor wires to be drawn without breaking. Furthermore, the Cu filament barrier electromagnetically decoupled filaments to suppress flux jumps at 1.8 K. The ductile Cu layer also improved the bending strain tolerance of RHQT Nb3Al.

  10. Drosophila gypsy insulator and yellow enhancers regulate activity of yellow promoter through the same regulatory element.

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    Melnikova, Larisa; Kostuchenko, Margarita; Silicheva, Margarita; Georgiev, Pavel

    2008-04-01

    There is ample evidence that the enhancers of a promoterless yellow locus in one homologous chromosome can activate the yellow promoter in the other chromosome where the enhancers are inactive or deleted, which is indicative of a high specificity of the enhancer-promoter interaction in yellow. In this paper, we have found that the yellow sequence from -100 to -69 is essential for stimulation of the heterologous eve (TATA-containing) and white (TATA-less) promoters by the yellow enhancers from a distance. However, the presence of this sequence is not required when the yellow enhancers are directly fused to the heterologous promoters or are activated by the yeast GAL4 activator. Unexpectedly, the same promoter proximal region defines previously described promoter-specific, long-distance repression of the yellow promoter by the gypsy insulator on the mod(mdg4) ( u1 ) background. These finding suggest that proteins bound to the -100 to -69 sequence are essential for communication between the yellow promoter and upstream regulatory elements.

  11. Transcriptional activation of vesicular monoamine transporter 2 in the pre-B cell line Ea3.123.

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    Watson, F; Deavall, D G; Macro, J A; Kiernan, R; Dimaline, R

    1999-01-01

    Uptake and storage of monoamines in secretory granules is accomplished by vesicular monoamine transporters, and it is likely that vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) is important for histamine transport in vivo. In the present study we have used the pre-B-cell line Ea3.123 to investigate the mechanisms involved in the transcriptional activation of the VMAT2 gene. In Ea3.123 cells, VMAT2 mRNA abundance was increased following mobilization of intracellular calcium, and this increased mRNA expression was paralleled by changes in l-histidine decarboxylase mRNA, suggesting that VMAT2 may be responsible for sequestration of histamine into secretory vesicles in this cell line. We cloned the 5'-flanking region of the VMAT2 gene and determined its transcriptional start site by primer extension of rat VMAT2 mRNA. There was no TATA or TATA-like sequence upstream of this region; instead there were GC-rich elements, Ca2+/cAMP-response-element- and SP1-binding motifs. Approx. 900 bp upstream of the transcriptional start site was a purine-pyrimidine repeat sequence that may form a Z-DNA structure. A series of 5'-deletional VMAT2-promoter segments cloned upstream of a luciferase reporter were capable of driving transcription and indicated the presence of multiple regulatory elements, while stimulation with ionomycin or PMA resulted in an increased level of the transcriptional activity of the 5'-promoter segments studied. PMID:9882615

  12. Monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett films of luminescent 1,3,5-triazine derivatives containing naphthalene or anthracene chromophores

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    Cai, Ya-Qi; Wu, Wei; Wang, Hua; Miyake, Jun; Qian, Dong-Jin

    2011-02-01

    Monolayer behaviors and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of three luminescent aryl triazines, 2,4,6-tri(naphthalen-1-yl)-1,3,5-triazine (TN 1Ta), 2,4,6-tri(naphthalen-2-yl)-1,3,5-triazine (TN 2Ta), and 2,4,6-tri(anthracen-9-yl)-1,3,5-triazine (TATa) have been investigated. Surface pressure-area isotherms indicated that pure aryl triazines were difficult to form stable monolayers, while their mixtures with arachidic acid (AA) could be stabilized at the air-water interface. The mixed LB films of triazine-AA were deposited on substrate surfaces and analyzed by using UV-vis and infrared absorption spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectra, as well as scanning electron microscopy. Morphologies of the LB films and molecular aggregates were closely dependent on the structure of triazines and the surface pressures of deposition. Under UV radiation, TN 1Ta and TN 2Ta emitted at 410-460 nm while TATa emitted at 500-510 nm, with the emission lifetime falling into the range of 0.29 to 10.8 ns. Compared with those in solutions, the emissions of aryl triazines were red shifted in the LB films, especially for the TN 1Ta-AA and TN 2Ta-AA, which was attributed to the closely packed arrangement for the molecules in the LB films.

  13. Molecular and functional characterization of the promoter of ETS2, the human c-ets-2 gene.

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    Mavrothalassitis, G J; Watson, D K; Papas, T S

    1990-01-01

    The 5' end of the human c-ets-2 gene, ETS2, was cloned and characterized. The major transcription initiation start sites were identified, and the pertinent sequences surrounding the ETS2 promoter were determined. The promoter region of ETS2 does not possess typical "TATA" and "CAAT" elements. However, this promoter contains several repeat regions, as well as two consensus AP2 binding sites and three putative Sp1 sites. There is also a palindromic region similar to the serum response element of the c-fos gene, located 1400 base pairs (bp) upstream from the first major transcription initiation site. A G + C-rich sequence (GC element) with dyad symmetry can be seen in the ETS2 promoter, immediately following an unusually long (approximately 250-bp) polypurine-polypyrimidine tract. A series of deletion fragments from the putative promoter region were ligated in front of the bacterial chloramphenicol acetyltransferase gene and tested for activity following transfection into HeLa cells. The 5' boundary of the region needed for maximum promoter activity was found to be 159 bp upstream of the major initiation site. This region of 159 bp contains putative binding sites for transcription factors Sp1 and AP2 (one for each), the GC element, one small forward repeat, one inverted repeat, and half of the polypurine-pyrimidine tract. The promoter of ETS2 (within the polypyrimidine tract) serves to illustrate an alternative structure that may be present in genes with "TATA-less" promoters. Images PMID:2405393

  14. Computational design and application of endogenous promoters for transcriptionally targeted gene therapy for rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Geurts, Jeroen; Joosten, Leo A B; Takahashi, Nozomi; Arntz, Onno J; Glück, Anton; Bennink, Miranda B; van den Berg, Wim B; van de Loo, Fons A J

    2009-11-01

    The promoter regions of genes that are differentially regulated in the synovial membrane during the course of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) represent attractive candidates for application in transcriptionally targeted gene therapy. In this study, we applied an unbiased computational approach to define proximal-promoters from a gene expression profiling study of murine experimental arthritis. Synovium expression profiles from progressing stages of collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) were classified into six distinct groups using k-means clustering. Using an algorithm based on local over-representation and comparative genomics, we identified putatively functional transcription factor-binding sites (TFBS) in TATA-dependent proximal-promoters. Applying a filter based on spacing between TATA box and transcription start site (TSS) combined with the presence of over-represented nuclear factor kappaB (NFkappaB), AP-1, or CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein beta (C/EBPbeta) sites, 382 candidate murine and human promoters were reduced to 66, corresponding to 45 genes. In vitro, 9 out of 10 computationally defined promoter regions conferred cytokine-inducible expression in murine cells and human synovial fibroblasts. Under these conditions, the serum amyloid A3 (Saa3) promoter showed the strongest transcriptional induction and strength. We applied this promoter for driving therapeutically efficacious levels of the interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (Il1rn) in a disease-regulated fashion. These results demonstrate the value of bioinformatics for guiding the selection of endogenous promoters for transcriptionally targeted gene therapy.

  15. Differential sensitivity of transcription factors to mustard-damaged DNA.

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    Chen, X M; Gray, P J; Cullinane, C; Phillips, D R

    1999-03-01

    Nitrogen mustard (bis(2-chloroethyl) methylamine, HN2) inhibited the binding of upstream factors Sp1 and AP2 to their consensus sequences. At concentrations where 50% of the consensus sequence DNA contained at least one lesion, HN2 inhibited formation of the Sp1 complex by 37% (40 microM HN2) and the AP2 complex by 40% (50 microM HN2). The binding of the TATA binding protein (TBP) to the TATA element was also inhibited by HN2, whereas sulphur mustard and the monofunctional sulphur mustard 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulphide (CEES) resulted in a disproportional extent of inhibition with respect to the level of alkylation. The level of alkylation of the TBP oligonucleotide varied significantly at 100 microM drug, with 80, 42 and 15% of HN2, sulphur mustard and CEES, respectively. However, this level of alkylation inhibited formation of the TBP-DNA complex by 70, 70 and 45%, respectively. This differential sensitivity of transcription factors to mustard-induced DNA damage therefore appears to reside dominantly in the stereochemical differences between the specific mustard lesions.

  16. RNA Polymerase III Accurately Initiates Transcription from RNA Polymerase II Promoters in Vitro*

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    Duttke, Sascha H. C.

    2014-01-01

    In eukaryotes, there are three major RNA polymerases (Pol) in the nucleus, which are commonly described as transcribing non-overlapping subsets of genes. Structural studies have highlighted a conserved core shared among all three transcription systems. Initiation of human Pol III from TATA box-containing Pol II promoters under conditions with impaired Pol II transcription activity have been described previously. RNA polymerase III and Pol II were found to co-localize at the promoters of the c-myc gene and the RPPH1 sRNA in vivo. Here, I report that Pol III can, like Pol II, initiate transcription from most tested Pol II core promoters when assayed with crude human nuclear extracts (HSK, SNF, or Dignam). Both polymerases often initiate from the same transcription start site, and depend on a TATA box or AT-rich region but not the downstream promoter element (DPE) or the motif ten element (MTE). Moderate (∼2-fold) changes in the ratio of DNA template to nuclear extract were sufficient to change Pol II-mediated transcription to a mixture of Pol II- and Pol III-, or to a solely Pol III-dependent initiation of transcription from Pol II promoters. Polymerase specificity is thus not fixed but a variable that depends on the properties of the promoter and the transcription conditions. These findings provide functional evidence for a close similarity between the Pol II and Pol III transcription complexes, and additionally explain previous controversies in the literature. PMID:24917680

  17. Cisplatin- and UV-damaged DNA lure the basal transcription factor TFIID/TBP.

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    Vichi, P; Coin, F; Renaud, J P; Vermeulen, W; Hoeijmakers, J H; Moras, D; Egly, J M

    1997-12-15

    A connection between transcription and DNA repair was demonstrated previously through the characterization of TFIIH. Using filter binding as well as in vitro transcription challenge competition assays, we now show that the promoter recognition factor TATA box-binding protein (TBP)/TFIID binds selectively to and is sequestered by cisplatin- or UV-damaged DNA, either alone or in the context of a larger protein complex including TFIIH. Computer-assisted 3D structural analysis reveals a remarkable similarity between the structure of the TATA box as found in its TBP complex and that of either platinated or UV-damaged oligonucleotides. Thus, cisplatin-treated or UV-irradiated DNA could be used as a competing binding site which may lure TBP/TFIID away from its normal promoter sequence, partially explaining the phenomenon of DNA damage-induced inhibition of RNA synthesis. Consistent with an involvement of damaged DNA-specific binding of TBP in inhibiting transcription, we find that microinjection of additional TBP in living human fibroblasts alleviates the reduction in RNA synthesis after UV irradiation. Future anticancer drugs could be designed with the consideration of lesion recognition by TBP and their ability to reduce transcription.

  18. Regulation and autoregulation of the promoter for the latency-associated nuclear antigen of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus.

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    Jeong, Joseph H; Orvis, Joshua; Kim, Jong Wook; McMurtrey, Curtis P; Renne, Rolf; Dittmer, Dirk P

    2004-04-16

    Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) or human herpesvirus 8 has been established as the etiological agent of Kaposi's sarcoma and certain AIDS-associated lymphomas. KSHV establishes latent infection in these tumors, invariably expressing high levels of the viral latency-associated nuclear antigen (LANA) protein. LANA is necessary and sufficient to maintain the KSHV episome. It also modulates viral and cellular transcription and has been implicated directly in oncogenesis because of its ability to bind to the p53 and pRb tumor suppressor proteins. Previously, we identified the LANA promoter (LANAp) and showed that it was positively regulated by LANA itself. Here, we present a detailed mutational analysis and define cis-acting elements and trans-acting factors for the core LANAp. We found that a downstream promoter element, TATA box, and GC box/Sp1 site at -29 are all individually required for activity. This architecture places LANAp into the small and unusual group of eukaryotic promoters that contain both the downstream promoter element and TATA element but lack a defined initiation site. Furthermore, we demonstrate that LANA regulates its own promoter via its C-terminal domain and does bind to a defined site within the core promoter.

  19. In vitro transcription and DNA binding characteristics of chloroplast and etioplast extracts from mustard (Sinapis alba) indicate differential usage of the psbA promoter.

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    Eisermann, A; Tiller, K; Link, G

    1990-01-01

    The psbA gene which is differentially expressed in vivo in chloroplasts and etioplasts has an unusual promoter, containing both prokaryotic-type '-35' and '-10' elements and a sequence motif that resembles the nuclear TATA box. Single base pair substitutions were introduced into the mustard psbA promoter and the mutants were tested in transcription and DNA binding experiments, using extracts from either chloroplasts or etioplasts. Positions within the '-35' region appear to play an essential role in the chloroplast but not in the etioplast system. Altering the first or second position of the 'TATA box'-like region led to decreased psbA in vitro transcription in either plastid extract. These two mutations, however, did not affect binding of extracts to the (linear) psbA promoter fragment in gel retardation assays. Fragments carrying two other plastid promoters effectively competed psbA promoter binding of the etioplast extract, but more weakly that of the chloroplast extract. Lambda exonuclease mapping shows that the 5' border of the binding region is more upstream with the etioplast than with the chloroplast system, whereas the 3' border appears to be the same. Hence, protein(s) of the two plastid types seem to interact differently with the mustard psbA promoter in vitro and perhaps also in vivo. Images Fig. 3. Fig. 4. Fig. 5. Fig. 6. Fig. 7. PMID:2249659

  20. Several different upstream promoter elements can potentiate transactivation by the BPV-1 E2 protein.

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    Ham, J; Dostatni, N; Arnos, F; Yaniv, M

    1991-01-01

    The enhancer and upstream promoter regions of RNA polymerase II transcribed genes modulate the rate of transcription initiation and establish specific patterns of gene expression. Both types of region consist of clusters of DNA binding sites for nuclear proteins. To determine how efficiently the same factor can activate transcription when acting as an enhancer or promoter factor, we have studied transactivation by the BPV-1 E2 protein, a papillomavirus transcriptional regulator. By cotransfecting a BPV-1 E2 expression vector and a series of reporter plasmids containing well-defined chimeric promoters we have found that whilst E2 can strongly stimulate complex promoters such as that of the HSV tk gene, it does not efficiently activate constructions containing only a TATA box and initiation site. We show that insertion of upstream promoter elements, but not of spacer DNA, between E2 binding sites and the TATA box greatly increases E2 activation. This effect was observed with more than one type of upstream promoter element, is not related to the strength of the promoter and is unlikely to result from co-operative DNA binding by E2 and the transcription factors tested. These results would suggest that E2 has the properties of an enhancer rather than promoter factor and that in certain cases promoter and enhancer factors may affect different steps in the process of transcriptional activation. Images PMID:1655407