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  • Baumann, Martina, et al. (författare)
  • Artificially designed promoters : understanding the role of spatial features and canonical binding sites in transcription
  • 2012
  • Ingår i: Bioengineered Bugs. - 1949-1018 .- 1949-1026. ; 3:2, s. 120-123
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • The promoter is a key element in gene transcription and regulation. We previously reported that artificial sequences rich in the dinucleotide CpG are sufficient to drive expression in vitro in mammalian cell lines, without requiring canonical binding sites for transcription factor proteins. Here, we report that introducing a promoter organization that alternates in CpGs and regions rich in A and T further increases expression strength, as well as how insertion of specific binding sites makes such sequences respond to induced levels of the transcription factor NFκB. Our findings further contribute to the mechanistic understanding of promoters, as well as how these sequences might be shaped by evolutionary pressure in living organisms.
  • Elewa, Ahmed, et al. (författare)
  • Reading and editing the Pleurodeles waltl genome reveals novel features of tetrapod regeneration
  • 2017
  • Ingår i: ; 8
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Salamanders exhibit an extraordinary ability among vertebrates to regenerate complex body parts. However, scarce genomic resources have limited our understanding of regeneration in adult salamanders. Here, we present the ~20 Gb genome and transcriptome of the Iberian ribbed newt Pleurodeles waltl, a tractable species suitable for laboratory research. We find that embryonic stem cell-specific miRNAs mir-93b and mir-427/430/302, as well as Harbinger DNA transposons carrying the Myb-like proto-oncogene have expanded dramatically in the Pleurodeleswaltl genome and are co-expressed during limb regeneration. Moreover, we find that a family of salamander methyltransferases is expressed specifically in adult appendages. Using CRISPR/Cas9 technology to perturb transcription factors, we demonstrate that, unlike the axolotl, Pax3 is present and necessary for development and that contrary to mammals, muscle regeneration is normal without functional Pax7 gene. Our data provide a foundation for comparative genomic studies that generate models for the uneven distribution of regenerative capacities among vertebrates.
  • Grabherr, Manfred G., et al. (författare)
  • Exploiting Nucleotide Composition to Engineer Promoters
  • 2011
  • Ingår i: PLoS One. - 1932-6203. ; 6:5, s. e20136-
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • The choice of promoter is a critical step in optimizing the efficiency and stability of recombinant protein production in mammalian cell lines. Artificial promoters that provide stable expression across cell lines and can be designed to the desired strength constitute an alternative to the use of viral promoters. Here, we show how the nucleotide characteristics of highly active human promoters can be modelled via the genome-wide frequency distribution of short motifs: by overlapping motifs that occur infrequently in the genome, we constructed contiguous sequence that is rich in GC and CpGs, both features of known promoters, but lacking homology to real promoters. We show that snippets from this sequence, at 100 base pairs or longer, drive gene expression in vitro in a number of mammalian cells, and are thus candidates for use in protein production. We further show that expression is driven by the general transcription factors TFIIB and TFIID, both being ubiquitously present across cell types, which results in less tissue-and species-specific regulation compared to the viral promoter SV40. We lastly found that the strength of a promoter can be tuned up and down by modulating the counts of GC and CpGs in localized regions. These results constitute a "proof-of-concept" for custom-designing promoters that are suitable for biotechnological and medical applications.
  • Poelstra, Jelmer W., et al. (författare)
  • The genomic landscape underlying phenotypic integrity in the face of gene flow in crows
  • 2014
  • Ingår i: Science. - 0036-8075 .- 1095-9203. ; 344:6190, s. 1410-1414
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • The importance, extent, and mode of interspecific gene flow for the evolution of species has long been debated. Characterization of genomic differentiation in a classic example of hybridization between all-black carrion crows and gray-coated hooded crows identified genome-wide introgression extending far beyond the morphological hybrid zone. Gene expression divergence was concentrated in pigmentation genes expressed in gray versus black feather follicles. Only a small number of narrow genomic islands exhibited resistance to gene flow. One prominent genomic region (<2 megabases) harbored 81 of all 82 fixed differences (of 8.4 million single-nucleotide polymorphisms in total) linking genes involved in pigmentation and in visual perception-a genomic signal reflecting color-mediated prezygotic isolation. Thus, localized genomic selection can cause marked heterogeneity in introgression landscapes while maintaining phenotypic divergence.
  • Yang, Yu, et al. (författare)
  • RiBoSOM : Rapid Bacterial Genome Identification Using Self-Organizing Map implemented on the Synchoros SiLago Platform
  • 2018
  • Ingår i: 2018 International Conference on Embedded Computer Systems. - : Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). - 9781450364942 ; , s. 105-114
  • Konferensbidrag (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Artificial Neural Networks have been applied to many traditional machine learning applications in image and speech processing. More recently, ANNs have caught attention of the bioinformatics community for their ability to not only speed up by not having to assemble genomes but also work with imperfect data set with duplications. ANNs for bioinformatics also have the added attraction of better scaling for massive parallelism compared to traditional bioinformatics algorithms. In this paper, we have adapted Self-organizing Maps for rapid identification of bacterial genomes called BioSOM. BioSOM has been implemented on a design of two coarse grain reconfigurable fabrics customized for dense linear algebra and streaming scratchpad memory respectively. These fabrics are implemented in a novel synchoros VLSI design style that enables composition by abutment. The synchoricity empowers rapid and accurate synthesis from Matlab models to create near ASIC like efficient solution. This platform, called SiLago (Silicon Lego) is benchmarked against a GPU implementation. The SiLago mentation of BioSOMs in four different dimensions, 128, 256, 512 and 1024 Neurons, were trained for two E Coli strains of bacteria with 40K training vectors. The results of SiLago implementation were benchmarked against a GPU GTX 1070 implementation in the CUDA framework. The comparison reveals 4 to 140x speed up and 4 to 5 orders of improvement in energy-delay product compared to implementation on GPU. This extreme efficiency comes with the added benefit of automated generation of GDSII level design from Matlab by using the Synchoros VLSI design style.
  • Ahmed Osman, Omneya, et al. (författare)
  • Interactions of Freshwater Cyanobacteria with Bacterial Antagonists
  • 2017
  • Ingår i: ; 83:7
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Cyanobacterial and algal mass development, or blooms, have severe effects on freshwater and marine systems around the world. Many of these phototrophs produce a variety of potent toxins, contribute to oxygen depletion, and affect water quality in several ways. Coexisting antagonists, such as cyanolytic bacteria, hold the potential to suppress, or even terminate, such blooms, yet the nature of this interaction is not well studied. We isolated 31 cyanolytic bacteria affiliated with the genera Pseudomonas, Stenotrophomonas, Acinetobacter, and Delftia from three eutrophic freshwater lakes in Sweden and selected four phylogenetically diverse bacterial strains with strong-to-moderate lytic activity. To characterize their functional responses to the presence of cyanobacteria, we performed RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) experiments on coculture incubations, with an initial predator-prey ratio of 1: 1. Genes involved in central cellular pathways, stress-related heat or cold shock proteins, and antitoxin genes were highly expressed in both heterotrophs and cyanobacteria. Heterotrophs in coculture expressed genes involved in cell motility, signal transduction, and putative lytic activity. L, D-Transpeptidase was the only significantly upregulated lytic gene in Stenotrophomonas rhizophila EK20. Heterotrophs also shifted their central metabolism from the tricarboxylic acid cycle to the glyoxylate shunt. Concurrently, cyanobacteria clearly show contrasting antagonistic interactions with the four tested heterotrophic strains, which is also reflected in the physical attachment to their cells. In conclusion, antagonistic interactions with cyanobacteria were initiated within 24 h, and expression profiles suggest varied responses for the different cyanobacteria and studied cyanolytes. IMPORTANCE Here, we present how gene expression profiles can be used to reveal interactions between bloom-forming freshwater cyanobacteria and antagonistic heterotrophic bacteria. Species-specific responses in both heterotrophs and cyanobacteria were identified. The study contributes to a better understanding of the interspecies cellular interactions underpinning the persistence and collapse of cyanobacterial blooms.
  • Al-Jaff, Mohammed, et al. (författare)
  • microTaboo : a general and practical solution to the k-disjoint problem
  • 2017
  • Ingår i: ; 18
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Background: A common challenge in bioinformatics is to identify short sub-sequences that are unique in a set of genomes or reference sequences, which can efficiently be achieved by k-mer (k consecutive nucleotides) counting. However, there are several areas that would benefit from a more stringent definition of "unique", requiring that these sub-sequences of length W differ by more than k mismatches (i.e. a Hamming distance greater than k) from any other sub-sequence, which we term the k-disjoint problem. Examples include finding sequences unique to a pathogen for probe-based infection diagnostics; reducing off-target hits for re-sequencing or genome editing; detecting sequence (e.g. phage or viral) insertions; and multiple substitution mutations. Since both sensitivity and specificity are critical, an exhaustive, yet efficient solution is desirable.Results: We present microTaboo, a method that allows for efficient and extensive sequence mining of unique (k-disjoint) sequences of up to 100 nucleotides in length. On a number of simulated and real data sets ranging from microbe-to mammalian-size genomes, we show that microTaboo is able to efficiently find all sub-sequences of a specified length W that do not occur within a threshold of k mismatches in any other sub-sequence. We exemplify that microTaboo has many practical applications, including point substitution detection, sequence insertion detection, padlock probe target search, and candidate CRISPR target mining.Conclusions: microTaboo implements a solution to the k-disjoint problem in an alignment-and assembly free manner. microTaboo is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, running Java 7 and higher, under the GNU GPLv3 license, at:https://MohammedAlJaff.github.io/microTaboo
  • Alfoeldi, Jessica, et al. (författare)
  • The genome of the green anole lizard and a comparative analysis with birds and mammals
  • 2011
  • Ingår i: Nature. - 0028-0836 .- 1476-4687. ; 477:7366, s. 587-591
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • The evolution of the amniotic egg was one of the great evolutionary innovations in the history of life, freeing vertebrates from an obligatory connection to water and thus permitting the conquest of terrestrial environments(1). Among amniotes, genome sequences are available for mammals and birds(2-4), but not for non-avian reptiles. Here we report the genome sequence of the North American green anole lizard, Anolis carolinensis. We find that A. carolinensis microchromosomes are highly syntenic with chicken microchromosomes, yet do not exhibit the high GC and low repeat content that are characteristic of avian microchromosomes(2). Also, A. carolinensis mobile elements are very young and diverse-more so than in any other sequenced amniote genome. The GC content of this lizard genome is also unusual in its homogeneity, unlike the regionally variable GC content found in mammals and birds(5). We describe and assign sequence to the previously unknown A. carolinensis X chromosome. Comparative gene analysis shows that amniote egg proteins have evolved significantly more rapidly than other proteins. An anole phylogeny resolves basal branches to illuminate the history of their repeated adaptive radiations.
  • Berghoff, Bork A., et al. (författare)
  • RNA-sequence data normalization through in silico prediction of reference genes : the bacterial response to DNA damage as case study
  • 2017
  • Ingår i: ; 10
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Background: Measuring how gene expression changes in the course of an experiment assesses how an organism responds on a molecular level. Sequencing of RNA molecules, and their subsequent quantification, aims to assess global gene expression changes on the RNA level (transcriptome). While advances in high-throughput RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) technologies allow for inexpensive data generation, accurate post-processing and normalization across samples is required to eliminate any systematic noise introduced by the biochemical and/or technical processes. Existing methods thus either normalize on selected known reference genes that are invariant in expression across the experiment, assume that the majority of genes are invariant, or that the effects of up-and down-regulated genes cancel each other out during the normalization.Results: Here, we present a novel method, moose(2), which predicts invariant genes in silico through a dynamic programming (DP) scheme and applies a quadratic normalization based on this subset. The method allows for specifying a set of known or experimentally validated invariant genes, which guides the DP. We experimentally verified the predictions of this method in the bacterium Escherichia coli, and show how moose(2) is able to (i) estimate the expression value distances between RNA-seq samples, (ii) reduce the variation of expression values across all samples, and (iii) to subsequently reveal new functional groups of genes during the late stages of DNA damage. We further applied the method to three eukaryotic data sets, on which its performance compares favourably to other methods. The software is implemented in C++ and is publicly available from http://grabherr.github.io/moose2/.Conclusions: The proposed RNA-seq normalization method, moose(2), is a valuable alternative to existing methods, with two major advantages: (i) in silico prediction of invariant genes provides a list of potential reference genes for downstream analyses, and (ii) non-linear artefacts in RNA-seq data are handled adequately to minimize variations between replicates.
  • Bornelöv, Susanne, 1984-, et al. (författare)
  • Comparative omics and feeding manipulations in chicken indicate a shift of the endocrine role of visceral fat towards reproduction
  • 2018
  • Ingår i: BMC Genomics. - : BioMed Central. - 1471-2164 .- 1471-2164. ; 19
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Background: The mammalian adipose tissue plays a central role in energy-balance control, whereas the avian visceral fat hardly expresses leptin, the key adipokine in mammals. Therefore, to assess the endocrine role of adipose tissue in birds, we compared the transcriptome and proteome between two metabolically different types of chickens, broilers and layers, bred towards efficient meat and egg production, respectively.Results: Broilers and layer hens, grown up to sexual maturation under free-feeding conditions, differed 4.0-fold in weight and 1.6-fold in ovarian-follicle counts, yet the relative accumulation of visceral fat was comparable. RNA-seq and mass-spectrometry (MS) analyses of visceral fat revealed differentially expressed genes between broilers and layers, 1106 at the mRNA level (FDR ≤ 0.05), and 203 at the protein level (P ≤ 0.05). In broilers, Ingenuity Pathway Analysis revealed activation of the PTEN-pathway, and in layers increased response to external signals. The expression pattern of genes encoding fat-secreted proteins in broilers and layers was characterized in the RNA-seq and MS data, as well as by qPCR on visceral fat under free feeding and 24 h-feed deprivation. This characterization was expanded using available RNA-seq data of tissues from red junglefowl, and of visceral fat from broilers of different types. These comparisons revealed expression of new adipokines and secreted proteins (LCAT, LECT2, SERPINE2, SFTP1, ZP1, ZP3, APOV1, VTG1 and VTG2) at the mRNA and/or protein levels, with dynamic gene expression patterns in the selected chicken lines (except for ZP1; FDR/P ≤ 0.05) and feed deprivation (NAMPT, SFTPA1 and ZP3) (P ≤ 0.05). In contrast, some of the most prominent adipokines in mammals, leptin, TNF, IFNG, and IL6 were expressed at a low level (FPKM/RPKM< 1) and did not show differential mRNA expression neither between broiler and layer lines nor between fed vs. feed-deprived chickens.Conclusions: Our study revealed that RNA and protein expression in visceral fat changes with selective breeding, suggesting endocrine roles of visceral fat in the selected phenotypes. In comparison to gene expression in visceral fat of mammals, our findings points to a more direct cross talk of the chicken visceral fat with the reproductive system and lower involvement in the regulation of appetite, inflammation and insulin resistance.
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