Project description:Over 20% of Earth’s terrestrial surface is underlain by permafrost that represents one of the largest terrestrial carbon pools, with an estimated ~1700 Pg of carbon (C) contained in the upper 3 m of permafrost. Models estimate that C release from thawing permafrost might represent the largest new transfer of C from the biosphere to the atmosphere as the climate warms. Here we investigated microbial community phylogeny, genetic functional potential gene expression, and protein production patterns along a natural thaw gradient, including permafrost, the seasonally thawed active layer and nearby thawed thermokarst bog, using a combination of molecular “omics” approaches: metagenomics (MG), metatranscriptomics (MT) and metaproteomics (MP). Highlights from these analyses reveal energy yielding microbial processes and potential strategies for microbial survival in permafrost soils, and linkages between biogeochemical process rates and –omics measurements. The results provide new knowledge about microbial life and activity potential in permafrost, the potential importance of iron reduction as a survival strategy under frozen conditions in mineral soils, and the importance of methanogenesis following thaw. The multi-omics strategy demonstrated here enables better mechanistic understanding of the ecological strategies utilized by soil microbial communities in response to climate change. Associated metagenomics data available at the EBI Metagenomics portal under the accession number <a href="https://www.ebi.ac.uk/metagenomics/projects/SRP052575">SRP052575</a>.
Project description:Background. Chronic fatiguing illness remains a poorly understood syndrome of unknown pathogenesis. We attempted to identify biomarkers for chronic fatiguing illness using microarrays to query the transcriptome in peripheral blood leukocytes. Methods. Cases were 44 individuals who were clinically evaluated and found to meet standard international criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome or idiopathic chronic fatigue, and controls were their monozygotic co-twins who were clinically evaluated and never had even one month of impairing fatigue. Biological sampling conditions were standardized and RNA stabilizing media were used. These methodological features provide rigorous control for bias resulting from case-control mismatched ancestry and experimental error. Individual gene expression profiles were assessed using Affymetrix Human Genome U133 Plus 2.0 arrays. Findings. There were no significant differences in gene expression for any transcript. Conclusions. Contrary to our expectations, we were unable to identify a biomarker for chronic fatiguing illness in the transcriptome of peripheral blood leukocytes suggesting that positive findings in prior studies may have resulted from experimental bias. Cases were 44 individuals who were clinically evaluated and found to meet standard international criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome or idiopathic chronic fatigue, and controls were their monozygotic co-twins who were clinically evaluated and never had even one month of impairing fatigue.
Project description:Understanding human regulatory T cells (Tregs) heterogeneity may identify markers of disease pathogenesis and facilitate the development of optimized cellular therapeutics. To better elucidate human Treg subsets, we conducted direct transcriptional profiling of CD4+FOXP3+Helios+ thymic-derived Treg (tTreg) and CD4+FOXP3+Helios- peripherally-induced Treg (pTreg), followed by comparison to CD4+FOXP3-Helios- T conventional (Tconv) cells. This analysis revealed that the coinhibitory receptor T-cell immunoglobulin and immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif domain (TIGIT) was highly expressed on tTreg. In this study CD4 T cells were stained for the Treg-associated transcription factors FOXP3 and Helios, and subsequently FACS sorted to yield three populations: tTreg (CD4+FOXP3+Helios+), pTreg (CD4+FOXP3+Helios–) and the reference population Tconv (CD4+FOXP3–Helios–). A direct transcriptional profile was obtained from the recovered RNA from the populations defined as tTreg, pTreg, and Tconv.
Project description:Using DNA microarray as a global approach to understanding the molecular basis of autism, we examined gene expression profiling in peripheral blood from 21 young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and healthy mothers having children with ASD, between whom there was no blood relationship. Several genes which were significantly changed in the ASD group comparing with their age- and gender-matched healthy subjects were mainly involved in cell morphology, cellular assembly and organization, and nerve system development and function. In addition, mothers having children with ASD possessed a unique gene expression signature shown as significant alterations of protein synthesis despite of their nonautistic diagnostic status. Moreover, an ASD-associated gene expression signature was commonly observed in both individuals with ASD and healthy mothers having children with ASD. Total RNA was prepared from venous blood which was taken from each subject. Gene expression profiling of venous blood from subjects with ASD (21), the healthy women who had children with ASD (21) and their age- and gender-matched healthy subjects (42) were obtained using a whole human genome oligonucleotide microarray (Agilent 44K Human whole genome array G4112F, GPL6480) to measure gene expression in these samples according to the manufacture’s protocol. The one GSM sample of microarray analysis was made by individual subject. Differentially expressed genes were determined across all rationed expression values for age- and gender-matched pairs (ASD vs. control, asdMO vs. ctrlMO) using Genespling analysis.
Project description:Next generation sequencing of 28 thymic epithelial tumors (TETs) revealed a high frequency of GTF2I missense mutation (chr7:74146970T/A) in A thymomas, a relatively indolent subtype. The GTF2I mutation was confirmed in 82% of A and 74% of AB thymomas in a series of 274 TETs but was rare in aggressive subtypes, where recurrent mutations of known cancer genes were identified. Therefore, GTF2I mutation correlated with a better survival. GTF2I Beta and Delta isoforms were expressed in TETs and both mutant isoforms were able to stimulate cell proliferation in vitro. Thymic carcinomas presented a higher number of mutations than thymomas (average 43.5 and 18.4, respectively). Recurrent mutations of known cancer genes, including TP53, CYLD, CDKN2A, BAP1 and PBRM1 were identified in thymic carcinomas. These findings will complement the diagnostic work up of these rare tumors, and also help the development of a molecular classification, and assessment of prognosis and treatment strategies. Tumor samples of 286 patients were collected from 4 different institutions: National Cancer Institute (Bethesda MD), Pisa University Hospital (Pisa, Italy), Padua University Hospital (Padua, Italy) and IRCCS Istituto Clinico Humanitas (Rozzano, Italy).
Project description:We developed a novel approach, m6A-seq, for high-resolution mapping of the transcriptome-wide m6A landscape, based on antibody-mediated capture followed by massively parallel sequencing. Identification of m6A modified sequences in HepG2 cells.
Project description:In the cell nucleus, each chromosome is confined to a chromosome territory. This spatial organization of chromosomes plays a crucial role in gene regulation and genome stability. Recently an additional level of organization has been discovered at the chromosome scale: the spatial segregation into open and closed chromatin to form two genome-wide compartments. Although considerable progress has been made in our knowledge of chromatin organization, a fundamental issue remains the understanding of its dynamic, especially in cancer. To address this issue, we performed genome-wide mapping of intra- and interchromosomal interactions (Hi-C) over the time after estrogen (E2) stimulation of breast cancer cells. To biologically interpret these interactions, we integrated with estrogen receptor alpha (ER alpha) binding events, gene expression and multiple epigenetic marks. We show that E2 induces a global reorganization of genome. More specifically, gene-rich chromosomes as well as areas of open and highly transcribed chromatins are moved spatially closer, thus enabling genes to share transcriptional machinery and regulatory elements. At a lower scale, differentially interacting loci are enriched for cancer proliferation and E2 related genes. We also observe that these differentially interacting loci are correlated with higher ER alpha binding events and gene expression. 5 time points: before E2 (0h) and after E2 (0.5h, 1h, 4h and 24h). For each time point, there are two lanes per sample and two biological replicate samples. Please note that a processed data file corresponds to the merging of 2 replicates, and that there are 2 lanes per replicates (4 files in total per processed data file). Information about data merging is provided in the title of the sample. For instance : 0h_replicate_1_lane 1 0h_replicate_1_lane 2 0h_replicate_2_lane_1 0h_replicate_2_lane_2 are merged to generate the processed data hic_0h-all-1M.IC.csv.gz. Several bin sizes are provided for the same processed data: hic_0h-all-1M.IC.csv.gz hic_0h-all-2M.IC.csv.gz hic_0h-all-4M.IC.csv.gz hic_0h-all-500k.IC.csv.gz are the same processed data, but with different bin sizes.
Project description:We identify the RNA targets of TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) from cortical neurons by RNA immunoprecipitation followed by deep sequencing (RIP-seq). We identify 4352 highly enriched RNA targets of TDP-43. We determined that the canonical TDP-43 binding site (TG)n was 55.1-fold enriched in our TDP-43 library. Moreover, our analysis shows there is often an adenine in the middle of the motif, (TG)nTA(TG)m. TDP-43 RNA targets are particularly enriched for Gene Ontology terms related to RNA metabolism, neuronal development, and synaptic function. Examination of TDP-43 RNA targets in rat cortical neurons by RIP-seq. Chantelle F. Sephton isolated the TDP-43:RNA complexes and generated the cDNA library for deep sequencing. Email: email@example.com Phone: 214-648-4119 Fax: 214-648-1801 ULR: http://www8.utsouthwestern.edu/utsw/cda/dept120915/files/151135.html Organization name: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Department: Neuroscience Lab: Gang Yu lab Street: 6000 Harry Hines Blvd. City: Dallas State: Texas ZIP: 75390 Country: USA