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The Genome-Wide Multi-Layered Architecture Of Chromosome Pairing In Early Drosophila Embryos, Jelena Erceg, Jumana Alhaj Abed, Anton Goloborodko, Bryan R. Lajoie, Geoffrey Fudenberg, Nezar Abdennur, Maxim Imakaev, Ruth B. Mccole, Son C. Nguyen, Wren Saylor, Eric F. Joyce, T. Niroshini Senaratne, Mohammed A. Hannan, Guy Nir, Job Dekker, Leonid A. Mirny, C-Ting Wu Oct 2019

The Genome-Wide Multi-Layered Architecture Of Chromosome Pairing In Early Drosophila Embryos, Jelena Erceg, Jumana Alhaj Abed, Anton Goloborodko, Bryan R. Lajoie, Geoffrey Fudenberg, Nezar Abdennur, Maxim Imakaev, Ruth B. Mccole, Son C. Nguyen, Wren Saylor, Eric F. Joyce, T. Niroshini Senaratne, Mohammed A. Hannan, Guy Nir, Job Dekker, Leonid A. Mirny, C-Ting Wu

Program in Systems Biology Publications and Presentations

Genome organization involves cis and trans chromosomal interactions, both implicated in gene regulation, development, and disease. Here, we focus on trans interactions in Drosophila, where homologous chromosomes are paired in somatic cells from embryogenesis through adulthood. We first address long-standing questions regarding the structure of embryonic homolog pairing and, to this end, develop a haplotype-resolved Hi-C approach to minimize homolog misassignment and thus robustly distinguish trans-homolog from cis contacts. This computational approach, which we call Ohm, reveals pairing to be surprisingly structured genome-wide, with trans-homolog domains, compartments, and interaction peaks, many coinciding with analogous cis features. We also find a ...


Mutations In The Sptlc1 Gene Are A Cause Of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis That May Be Amenable To Serine Supplementation, Janel O. Johnson, Ruth Chia, Robert H. Brown Jr., John E. Landers Sep 2019

Mutations In The Sptlc1 Gene Are A Cause Of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis That May Be Amenable To Serine Supplementation, Janel O. Johnson, Ruth Chia, Robert H. Brown Jr., John E. Landers

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

SPTLC1 encodes a critical subunit of serine palmitoyltransferase, the enzyme catalyzing the first and rate-limiting step in de novo sphingolipid biosynthesis, and mutations in this gene are known to cause hereditary sensory autonomic neuropathy, type 1A. Using exome sequencing, we identified a de novo variant in SPTLC1 resulting in a p.Ala20Ser amino acid change in an individual diagnosed with juvenile-onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and confirmed its pathogenicity by showing elevated plasma levels of neurotoxic deoxymethyl-sphinganine. A second case of juvenile-onset ALS arising again from a p.Ala20Ser mutation was later identified, confirming the association of SPTLC1 with this ...


Signaling To Trp53 And Tap63 From Chk1/Chk2 Is Responsible For Elimination Of Most Oocytes Defective For Either Chromosome Synapsis Or Recombination, Vera D. Rinaldi, Jordana C. Bloom, John C. Schimenti Sep 2019

Signaling To Trp53 And Tap63 From Chk1/Chk2 Is Responsible For Elimination Of Most Oocytes Defective For Either Chromosome Synapsis Or Recombination, Vera D. Rinaldi, Jordana C. Bloom, John C. Schimenti

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Eukaryotic organisms have evolved mechanisms to prevent the accumulation of cells bearing genetic aberrations. This is especially crucial for the germline, because fecundity, and fitness of progeny would be adversely affected by an excessively high mutational incidence. The process of meiosis poses unique problems for mutation avoidance, due to the requirement for SPO11-induced programmed double strand breaks (DSBs) in recombination-driven pairing and segregation of homologous chromosomes. Mouse meiocytes bearing unrepaired meiotic DSBs or unsynapsed chromosomes are eliminated before completing meiotic prophase I. In previous work, we showed that checkpoint kinase 2 (CHK2; CHEK2), a canonical DNA damage response protein, is ...


Gain-Of-Function Mutations In The Unc-2/Cav2alpha Channel Lead To Excitation-Dominant Synaptic Transmission In C. Elegans, Yung-Chi Huang, Jennifer K. Pirri, Diego Rayes, Shangbang Gao, Ben Mulcahy, Jeff Grant, Yasunori Saheki, Michael M. Francis, Mei Zhen, Mark J. Alkema Aug 2019

Gain-Of-Function Mutations In The Unc-2/Cav2alpha Channel Lead To Excitation-Dominant Synaptic Transmission In C. Elegans, Yung-Chi Huang, Jennifer K. Pirri, Diego Rayes, Shangbang Gao, Ben Mulcahy, Jeff Grant, Yasunori Saheki, Michael M. Francis, Mei Zhen, Mark J. Alkema

Neurobiology Publications and Presentations

Mutations in pre-synaptic voltage gated calcium channels can lead to familial hemiplegic migraine type 1 (FHM1). While mammalian studies indicate that the migraine brain is hyperexcitable due to enhanced excitation or reduced inhibition, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying this excitatory/inhibitory (E/I) imbalance are poorly understood. We identified a gain-of-function (gf) mutation in the Caenorhabditis elegans CaV2 channel alpha1 subunit, UNC-2, which leads to increased calcium currents. unc-2(zf35gf) mutants exhibit hyperactivity and seizure-like motor behaviors. Expression of the unc-2 gene with FHM1 substitutions R192Q and S218L leads to hyperactivity similar to that of unc-2(zf35gf) mutants. unc-2 ...


Common Variants In The Glycerol Kinase Gene Reduce Tuberculosis Drug Efficacy, Michelle M. Bellerose, Seung-Hun Baek, Chuan-Chin Huang, Caitlin E. Moss, Eun-Ik Koh, Megan K. Proulx, Clare M. Smith, Richard E. Baker, Jong Seok Lee, Seokyong Eum, Sung Jae Shin, Sang-Nae Cho, Megan Murray, Christopher M. Sassetti Jul 2019

Common Variants In The Glycerol Kinase Gene Reduce Tuberculosis Drug Efficacy, Michelle M. Bellerose, Seung-Hun Baek, Chuan-Chin Huang, Caitlin E. Moss, Eun-Ik Koh, Megan K. Proulx, Clare M. Smith, Richard E. Baker, Jong Seok Lee, Seokyong Eum, Sung Jae Shin, Sang-Nae Cho, Megan Murray, Christopher M. Sassetti

Open Access Articles

Despite the administration of multiple drugs that are highly effective in vitro, tuberculosis (TB) treatment requires prolonged drug administration and is confounded by the emergence of drug-resistant strains. To understand the mechanisms that limit antibiotic efficacy, we performed a comprehensive genetic study to identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis genes that alter the rate of bacterial clearance in drug-treated mice. Several functionally distinct bacterial genes were found to alter bacterial clearance, and prominent among these was the glpK gene that encodes the glycerol-3-kinase enzyme that is necessary for glycerol catabolism. Growth on glycerol generally increased the sensitivity of M. tuberculosis to antibiotics in ...


Adaptive Evolution Targets A Pirna Precursor Transcription Network, Swapnil S. Parhad, Tianxiong Yu, Gen Zhang, Nicholas P. Rice, Zhiping Weng, William E. Theurkauf Jun 2019

Adaptive Evolution Targets A Pirna Precursor Transcription Network, Swapnil S. Parhad, Tianxiong Yu, Gen Zhang, Nicholas P. Rice, Zhiping Weng, William E. Theurkauf

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

In Drosophila, transposon-silencing piRNAs are derived from heterochromatic clusters and a subset of euchromatic transposon insertions, which are transcribed from internal non-canonical initiation sites and flanking canonical promoters. Rhino binds to Deadlock, which recruits TRF2 to promote non-canonical transcription of these loci. Cuff co-localizes with Rhino and Del. The role of Cuff is less well understood, but the cuff gene shows hallmarks of adaptive evolution, which frequently targets functional interactions within host defense systems. We show that Drosophila simulans cuff is a dominant negative allele when expressed in Drosophila melanogaster, where it traps Deadlock, TRF2 and the transcriptional co-repressor CtBP ...


Mutations In The Glycosyltransferase Domain Of Glt8d1 Are Associated With Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Johnathan Cooper-Knock, John E. Landers, Pamela J. Shaw Feb 2019

Mutations In The Glycosyltransferase Domain Of Glt8d1 Are Associated With Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Johnathan Cooper-Knock, John E. Landers, Pamela J. Shaw

Open Access Articles

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a severe neurodegenerative disorder without effective neuroprotective therapy. Known genetic variants impair pathways, including RNA processing, axonal transport, and protein homeostasis. We report ALS-causing mutations within the gene encoding the glycosyltransferase GLT8D1. Exome sequencing in an autosomal-dominant ALS pedigree identified p.R92C mutations in GLT8D1, which co-segregate with disease. Sequencing of local and international cohorts demonstrated significant ALS association in the same exon, including additional rare deleterious mutations in conserved amino acids. Mutations are associated with the substrate binding site, and both R92C and G78W changes impair GLT8D1 enzyme activity. Mutated GLT8D1 exhibits in vitro ...


Hypomorphic Mutations Of Trip11 Cause Odontochondrodysplasia, Anika Wehrle, John A. Follit, Gregory J. Pazour, Andrea Superti-Furga, Martin Lowe, Ekkehart Lausch Feb 2019

Hypomorphic Mutations Of Trip11 Cause Odontochondrodysplasia, Anika Wehrle, John A. Follit, Gregory J. Pazour, Andrea Superti-Furga, Martin Lowe, Ekkehart Lausch

Open Access Articles

Odontochondrodysplasia (ODCD) is an unresolved genetic disorder of skeletal and dental development. Here, we show that ODCD is caused by hypomorphic TRIP11 mutations, and we identify ODCD as the nonlethal counterpart to achondrogenesis 1A (ACG1A), the known null phenotype in humans. TRIP11 encodes Golgi-associated microtubule-binding protein 210 (GMAP-210), an essential tether protein of the Golgi apparatus that physically interacts with intraflagellar transport 20 (IFT20), a component of the ciliary intraflagellar transport complex B. This association and extraskeletal disease manifestations in ODCD point to a cilium-dependent pathogenesis. However, our functional studies in patient-derived primary cells clearly support a Golgi-based disease mechanism ...