Project description:RNA interference (RNAi) is an evolutionarily conserved mechanism for sequence-specific gene silencing. Previously, the BmN4-SID1 cell expressing Caenorhabditis ele gans SID-1 was established, in which soaking RNAi could induce effective gene silencing. To establish its utility, 6 cell cycle progression related cDNAs, CDK1, MYC, MYB, RNRS, CDT1, and GEMININ, were isolated from the silkworm, Bombyx mori L. (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae), and their expressions were further silenced by soaking RNAi in the BmN4-SID1 cells. The cell cycle progression analysis using flow cytometer demonstrated that the small amount of double stranded RNA was enough to arrest cell cycle progression at the specific cell phases. These data suggest that RNAi in the BmN4-SID1 cells can be used as a powerful tool for loss-of-function analysis of B. mori genes.
Project description:BACKGROUND:The process of identifying all coding regions in a genome is crucial for any study at the level of molecular biology, ranging from single-gene cloning to genome-wide measurements using RNA-seq or mass spectrometry. While satisfactory annotation has been made feasible for well-studied model organisms through great efforts of big consortia, for most systems this kind of data is either absent or not adequately precise. RESULTS:Combining in-depth transcriptome sequencing and high resolution mass spectrometry, we here use proteotranscriptomics to improve gene annotation of protein-coding genes in the Bombyx mori cell line BmN4 which is an increasingly used tool for the analysis of piRNA biogenesis and function. Using this approach we provide the exact coding sequence and evidence for more than 6200 genes on the protein level. Furthermore using spatial proteomics, we establish the subcellular localization of thousands of these proteins. We show that our approach outperforms current Bombyx mori annotation attempts in terms of accuracy and coverage. CONCLUSIONS:We show that proteotranscriptomics is an efficient, cost-effective and accurate approach to improve previous annotations or generate new gene models. As this technique is based on de-novo transcriptome assembly, it provides the possibility to study any species also in the absence of genome sequence information for which proteogenomics would be impossible.
Project description:Piwi proteins and their bound Piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) are predominantly expressed in the germline and play crucial roles in germline development by silencing transposons and other targets. Bombyx mori BmN4 cells are culturable germ cells that equip the piRNA pathway. Because of the scarcity of piRNA-expressing culturable cells, BmN4 cells are being utilized for the analyses of piRNA biogenesis. We here report that the piRNA biogenesis in BmN4 cells is regulated by cell density. As cell density increased, the abundance of Piwi proteins and piRNA biogenesis factors was commonly upregulated, resulting in an increased number of perinuclear nuage-like granules where Piwi proteins localize. Along with these phenomena, the abundance of mature piRNAs also globally increased, whereas levels of long piRNA precursor and transposons decreased, suggesting that increasing cell density promotes piRNA biogenesis pathway and that the resultant accumulation of mature piRNAs is functionally significant for transposon silencing. Our study reveals a previously uncharacterized link between cell density and piRNA biogenesis, designates cell density as a critical variable in piRNA studies using BmN4 cell system, and suggests the alteration of cell density as a useful tool to monitor piRNA biogenesis and function.
Project description:We cloned cDNA for the Bombyx mori DJ-1 protein (BmDJ-1) from the brains of larvae. BmDJ-1 is composed of 190 amino acids and encoded by 672 nucleotides. Northern blot analysis showed that BmDJ-1 is transcribed as a 756-bp mRNA and has one isoform. Reverse transcriptase (RT)-PCR experiments revealed that the BmDJ-1 was present in the brain, fatbody, Malpighian tubule, ovary and testis but present in only low amounts in the silkgland and hemocyte of day 4 fifth instar larvae. Immunological analysis demonstrated the presence of BmDJ-1 in the brain, midgut, fatbody, Malpighian tubule, testis and ovary from the larvae to the adult. We found that BmDJ-1 has a unique expression pattern through the fifth instar larval to adult developmental stage. We assessed the anti-oxidative function of BmDJ-1 using rotenone (ROT) in day 3 fifth instar larvae. Administration of ROT to day 3 fifth instar larvae, together with exogenous (BmNPV-BmDJ-1 infection for 4 days in advance) BmDJ-1, produced significantly lower 24-h mortality in BmDJ-1 groups than in the control. 2D-PAGE revealed an isoelectric point (pI) shift to an acidic form for BmDJ-1 in BmN4 cells upon ROT stimulus. Among the factors examined for their effects on expression level of BmDJ-1 in the hemolymph, nitric oxide (NO) concentration was identified based on dramatic developmental stage-dependent changes. Administration of isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN), which is an NO donor, to BmN4 cells produced increased expression of BmDJ-1 compared to the control. These results suggest that BmDJ-1 might control oxidative stress in the cell due to NO and serves as a development modulation factor in B. mori.