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  • A. M. Acuña, C. Lemaire, R. van Grondelle, B. Robert, et I. H. M. van Stokkum, « Energy transfer and trapping in Synechococcus WH 7803 », Photosynthesis Research, 2017.
    Résumé : Excitation energy transfer (EET) and trapping in Synechococcus WH 7803 whole cells and isolated photosystem I (PSI) complexes have been studied by time-resolved emission spectroscopy at room temperature (RT) and at 77 K. With the help of global and target analysis, the pathways of EET and the charge separation dynamics have been identified. Energy absorbed in the phycobilisome (PB) rods by the abundant phycoerythrin (PE) is funneled to phycocyanin (PC645) and from there to the core that contains allophycocyanin (APC660 and APC680). Intra-PB EET rates have been estimated to range from 11 to 68/ns. It was estimated that at RT, the terminal emitter of the phycobilisome, APC680, transfers its energy at a rate of 90/ns to PSI and at a rate of 50/ns to PSII. At 77 K, the redshifted Chl a states in the PSI core were heterogeneous, with maximum emission at 697 and 707 nm. In 72% of the PSI complexes, the bulk Chl a in equilibrium with F697 decayed with a main trapping lifetime of 39 ps.
    Mots-clés : B3S, Excitation energy transfer, Global analysis, LBMS, Light harvesting, LPSM, Target analysis.

  • A. Agorio, J. Giraudat, M. W. Bianchi, J. Marion, C. Espagne, L. Castaings, F. Lelièvre, C. Curie, S. Thomine, et S. Merlot, « Phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate–binding protein AtPH1 controls the localization of the metal transporter NRAMP1 in Arabidopsis », Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, p. 201702975, avr. 2017.
    Mots-clés : BIOCELL, DYNBSJ, late endosome, metal transport, MINION, NRAMP, phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate, vacuole.

  • S. Ait-El-Mkadem, M. Dayem-Quere, M. Gusic, A. Chaussenot, S. Bannwarth, B. François, E. C. Genin, K. Fragaki, C. L. M. Volker-Touw, C. Vasnier, V. Serre, K. L. I. van Gassen, F. Lespinasse, S. Richter, G. Eisenhofer, C. Rouzier, F. Mochel, A. De Saint-Martin, M. - T. Abi Warde, M. G. M. de Sain-van der Velde, J. J. M. Jans, J. Amiel, Z. Avsec, C. Mertes, T. B. Haack, T. Strom, T. Meitinger, P. E. Bonnen, R. W. Taylor, J. Gagneur, P. M. van Hasselt, A. Rötig, A. Delahodde, H. Prokisch, S. A. Fuchs, et V. Paquis-Flucklinger, « Mutations in MDH2, Encoding a Krebs Cycle Enzyme, Cause Early-Onset Severe Encephalopathy », American Journal of Human Genetics, vol. 100, nᵒ 1, p. 151-159, 2017.

  • S. Al Dahouk, S. Köhler, A. Occhialini, M. P. Jiménez de Bagüés, J. A. Hammerl, T. Eisenberg, G. Vergnaud, A. Cloeckaert, M. S. Zygmunt, A. M. Whatmore, F. Melzer, K. P. Drees, J. T. Foster, A. R. Wattam, et H. C. Scholz, « Brucella spp. of amphibians comprise genomically diverse motile strains competent for replication in macrophages and survival in mammalian hosts », Scientific Reports, vol. 7, p. 44420, 2017.
    Résumé : Twenty-one small Gram-negative motile coccobacilli were isolated from 15 systemically diseased African bullfrogs (Pyxicephalus edulis), and were initially identified as Ochrobactrum anthropi by standard microbiological identification systems. Phylogenetic reconstructions using combined molecular analyses and comparative whole genome analysis of the most diverse of the bullfrog strains verified affiliation with the genus Brucella and placed the isolates in a cluster containing B. inopinata and the other non-classical Brucella species but also revealed significant genetic differences within the group. Four representative but molecularly and phenotypically diverse strains were used for in vitro and in vivo infection experiments. All readily multiplied in macrophage-like murine J774-cells, and their overall intramacrophagic growth rate was comparable to that of B. inopinata BO1 and slightly higher than that of B. microti CCM 4915. In the BALB/c murine model of infection these strains replicated in both spleen and liver, but were less efficient than B. suis 1330. Some strains survived in the mammalian host for up to 12 weeks. The heterogeneity of these novel strains hampers a single species description but their phenotypic and genetic features suggest that they represent an evolutionary link between a soil-associated ancestor and the mammalian host-adapted pathogenic Brucella species.
    Mots-clés : LGBMB, MICROBIO.

  • A. K. Alame-Emane, C. Pierre-Audigier, O. C. Aboumegone-Biyogo, A. Nzoghe-Mveang, V. Cadet-Daniel, C. Sola, J. F. Djoba-Siawaya, B. Gicquel, et H. E. Takiff, « The use of GeneXpert remnants for drug resistance profiling and molecular epidemiology of tuberculosis in Libreville, Gabon », Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 2017.
    Résumé : Multidrug (MDR) and extensively drug resistant (XDR) Mycobacterium tuberculosis are major problems in global health. The GeneXpertMTB/RIF (Xpert) rapidly detects resistance to rifampicin (RIF-R), but detection of the additional resistance that defines MDR and XDR-TB, and for molecular epidemiology, specimen cultures and biosafe infrastructure are generally required. We sought to determine whether the remnants of sputa prepared for Xpert could be used directly to find mutations associated with drug resistance and for molecular epidemiology, and thus provide a precise characterization of MDR-TB cases in countries lacking BSL3 facilities for M. tuberculosis cultures. After sputa were processed and run on the Xpert instrument, the leftovers of the samples prepared for Xpert were used for PCR amplification and sequencing or line probe assay to detect mutations associated with resistance to additional drugs, and for molecular epidemiology with spoligotyping and selective MIRU-VNTR. Of 130 sputum samples from Gabon tested with Xpert, 124 yielded interpretable results, of which 21 were determined to be RIF-R (17%). Amplification and sequencing or line probe assay of the Xpert remnants confirmed 18/21 as MDR: 11/116 (9.5%) new and 7/8 (87%) previously treated TB patients. Spoligotyping and MIRU with hypervariable loci identified an MDR Beijing strain present in five samples. We conclude that the remnants of samples processed for Xpert in PCR reactions can be used to find mutations associated with the resistance to the additional drugs that define MDR and XDR-TB, and to study molecular epidemiology without the need for culturing or biosafe infrastructure.
    Mots-clés : IGEPE, MICROBIO.

  • M. Amjadi, T. Hallaj, H. Asadollahi, Z. Song, M. de Frutos, et N. Hildebrandt, « Facile synthesis of carbon quantum dot/silver nanocomposite and its application for colorimetric detection of methimazole », Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 244, p. 425-432, 2017.

  • A. F. Amorim, D. Pinto, L. Kuras, et L. Fernandes, « Absence of Gim proteins, but not GimC complex, alter stress-induced transcription », Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta, 2017.
    Résumé : Saccharomyces cerevisiae GimC (mammalian Prefoldin) is a hexameric (Gim1-6) cytoplasmic complex involved in the folding pathway of actin/tubulin. In contrast to a shared role in GimC complex, we show that absence of individual Gim proteins results in distinct stress responses. No concomitant alteration in F-actin integrity was observed. Transcription of stress responsive genes is altered in gim2Δ, gim3Δ and gim6Δ mutants: TRX2 gene is induced in these mutants but with a profile diverging from type cells, whereas CTT1 and HSP26 fail to be induced. Remaining gimΔ mutants display stress transcript abundance comparable to wild type cells. No alteration in the nuclear localization of the transcriptional activators for TRX2 (Yap1) and CTT1/HSP26 (Msn2) was observed in gim2Δ. In accordance with TRX2 induction, RNA polymerase II occupancy at TRX2 discriminates the wild type from gim2Δ and gim6Δ. In contrast, RNA polymerase II occupancy at CTT1 is similar in wild type and gim2Δ, but higher in gim6Δ. The absence of active RNA polymerase II at CTT1 in gim2Δ, but not in wild type and gim1Δ, explains the respective CTT1 transcript outputs. Altogether our results put forward the need of Gim2, Gim3 and Gim6 in oxidative and osmotic stress activated transcription; others Gim proteins are dispensable. Consequently, the participation of Gim proteins in activated-transcription is independent from the GimC complex.
    Mots-clés : DBG, Gim proteins, PEPS, stress, Transcription regulation.

  • O. Arnaiz, E. Van Dijk, M. Bétermier, M. Lhuillier-Akakpo, A. de Vanssay, S. Duharcourt, E. Sallet, J. Gouzy, et L. Sperling, « Improved methods and resources for paramecium genomics: transcription units, gene annotation and gene expression », BMC genomics, vol. 18, nᵒ 1, p. 483, 2017.
    Résumé : BACKGROUND: The 15 sibling species of the Paramecium aurelia cryptic species complex emerged after a whole genome duplication that occurred tens of millions of years ago. Given extensive knowledge of the genetics and epigenetics of Paramecium acquired over the last century, this species complex offers a uniquely powerful system to investigate the consequences of whole genome duplication in a unicellular eukaryote as well as the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that drive speciation. High quality Paramecium gene models are important for research using this system. The major aim of the work reported here was to build an improved gene annotation pipeline for the Paramecium lineage. RESULTS: We generated oriented RNA-Seq transcriptome data across the sexual process of autogamy for the model species Paramecium tetraurelia. We determined, for the first time in a ciliate, candidate P. tetraurelia transcription start sites using an adapted Cap-Seq protocol. We developed TrUC, multi-threaded Perl software that in conjunction with TopHat mapping of RNA-Seq data to a reference genome, predicts transcription units for the annotation pipeline. We used EuGene software to combine annotation evidence. The high quality gene structural annotations obtained for P. tetraurelia were used as evidence to improve published annotations for 3 other Paramecium species. The RNA-Seq data were also used for differential gene expression analysis, providing a gene expression atlas that is more sensitive than the previously established microarray resource. CONCLUSIONS: We have developed a gene annotation pipeline tailored for the compact genomes and tiny introns of Paramecium species. A novel component of this pipeline, TrUC, predicts transcription units using Cap-Seq and oriented RNA-Seq data. TrUC could prove useful beyond Paramecium, especially in the case of high gene density. Accurate predictions of 3' and 5' UTR will be particularly valuable for studies of gene expression (e.g. nucleosome positioning, identification of cis regulatory motifs). The P. tetraurelia improved transcriptome resource, gene annotations for P. tetraurelia, P. biaurelia, P. sexaurelia and P. caudatum, and Paramecium-trained EuGene configuration are available through ParameciumDB ( ). TrUC software is freely distributed under a GNU GPL v3 licence ( ).
    Mots-clés : ANGE, Autogamy, Cap-Seq, Ciliate, DBG, Differential gene expression, Gene annotation, MICMAC, RNA-Seq, TSS.

  • A. Arnal, C. Jacqueline, B. Ujvari, L. Leger, C. Moreno, D. Faugere, A. Tasiemski, C. Boidin-Wichlacz, D. Misse, F. Renaud, J. Montagne, A. Casali, B. Roche, F. Mery, et F. Thomas, « Cancer brings forward oviposition in the fly Drosophila melanogaster », Ecology and Evolution, vol. 7, nᵒ 1, p. 272-276, 2017.
    Résumé : Hosts often accelerate their reproductive effort in response to a parasitic infection, especially when their chances of future reproduction decrease with time from the onset of the infection. Because malignancies usually reduce survival, and hence potentially the fitness, it is expected that hosts with early cancer could have evolved to adjust their life-history traits to maximize their immediate reproductive effort. Despite the potential importance of these plastic responses, little attention has been devoted to explore how cancers influence animal reproduction. Here, we use an experimental setup, a colony of genetically modified flies Drosophila melanogaster which develop colorectal cancer in the anterior gut, to show the role of cancer in altering life-history traits. Specifically, we tested whether females adapt their reproductive strategy in response to harboring cancer. We found that flies with cancer reached the peak period of oviposition significantly earlier (i.e., 2 days) than healthy ones, while no difference in the length and extent of the fecundity peak was observed between the two groups of flies. Such compensatory responses to overcome the fitness-limiting effect of cancer could explain the persistence of inherited cancer-causing mutant alleles in the wild.
    Mots-clés : BIOCELL, cancer, fecundity, life‐history strategy, METABO, reproduction.

  • A. Aubusson-Fleury, G. Balavoine, M. Lemullois, K. Bouhouche, J. Beisson, et F. Koll, « Centrin diversity and basal body patterning across evolution: new insights from Paramecium », Biology Open, 2017.
    Résumé : First discovered in unicellular eukaryotes, centrins play crucial roles in basal body duplication and anchoring mechanisms. While the evolutionary status of the founding members of the family, Centrin2/Vfl2 and Centrin3/cdc31 has long been investigated, the evolutionary origin of other members of the family has received less attention. Using a phylogeny of ciliate centrins, we identify two other centrin families, the ciliary centrins and the centrins present in the contractile filaments (ICL centrins). In this paper, we carry on the functional analysis of still not well known centrins, the ICL1e subfamily identified in Paramecium, and show their requirement for correct basal body anchoring through interactions with Centrin2 and Centrin3. Using Paramecium as well as an Eukaryote-wide sampling of centrins from completely sequenced genomes, we revisited the evolutionary story of centrins. Their phylogeny shows that the centrins associated with the ciliate contractile filaments are widespread in eukaryotic lineages and could be as ancient as Centrin2 and Centrin3.
    Mots-clés : basal body anchoring, basal body assembly, BIOCELL, BIOCIL, centrin evolution, Ciliary centrins, ciliated epithelia polarity.

  • H. Azouaoui, C. Montigny, T. Dieudonné, P. Champeil, A. Jacquot, J. L. Vázquez-Ibar, P. Le Maréchal, J. Ulstrup, M. - R. Ash, J. A. Lyons, P. Nissen, et G. Lenoir, « A High and Phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate (PI4P)-dependent ATPase Activity for the Drs2p/Cdc50p Flippase after Removal of its N- and C-terminal Extensions », Journal of Biological Chemistry, p. jbc.M116.751487, mars 2017.
    Mots-clés : autophosphorylation, B3S, Cdc50 protein, Flippase, inhibition mechanism, limited proteolysis, lipid-protein interaction, LPSM, phosphatidylserine, phosphoinositide.

  • A. Bahloul, E. Pepermans, B. Raynal, N. Wolff, F. Cordier, P. England, S. Nouaille, B. Baron, A. El-Amraoui, J. - P. Hardelin, D. Durand, et C. Petit, « Conformational switch of harmonin, a submembrane scaffold protein of the hair cell mechanoelectrical transduction machinery », FEBS letters, 2017.
    Résumé : Mutations in the gene encoding harmonin, a multi-PDZ domain-containing submembrane protein, cause Usher syndrome type 1 (congenital deafness and balance disorder, as well as early-onset sight loss). The structure of the protein and biological activities of its three different classes of splice isoforms (a, b, and c) remain poorly understood. Combining biochemical and biophysical analyses, we show that harmonin-a1 can switch between open and closed conformations through intramolecular binding of its C-terminal PDZ-binding motif to its N-terminal supramodule NTD-PDZ1 and a flexible PDZ2-PDZ3 linker. This conformational switch presumably extends to most harmonin isoforms, and is expected to have an impact on the interaction with some binding partners, as shown here for cadherin-related 23, another component of the hair cell mechanoelectrical transduction machinery. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Mots-clés : B3S, conformation switch, FAAM, PDZ domain, Usher syndrome.

  • E. Baquero, A. A. Albertini, H. Raux, A. Abou‐Hamdan, E. Boeri‐Erba, M. Ouldali, L. Buonocore, J. K. Rose, J. Lepault, S. Bressanelli, et Y. Gaudin, « Structural intermediates in the fusion‐associated transition of vesiculovirus glycoprotein », The EMBO Journal, vol. 36, nᵒ 5, p. 679-692, mars 2017.
    Mots-clés : B3S, conformational change, glycoprotein, IMAPP, intermediate structures, membrane fusion, RHABDO, Vesiculovirus, VIRO, VIROEM.

  • S. Barral, Y. Morozumi, H. Tanaka, E. Montellier, J. Govin, M. de Dieuleveult, G. Charbonnier, Y. Couté, D. Puthier, T. Buchou, F. Boussouar, T. Urahama, F. Fenaille, S. Curtet, P. Héry, N. Fernandez-Nunez, H. Shiota, M. Gérard, S. Rousseaux, H. Kurumizaka, et S. Khochbin, « Histone Variant H2A.L.2 Guides Transition Protein-Dependent Protamine Assembly in Male Germ Cells », Molecular Cell, vol. 66, nᵒ 1, p. 89-101.e8, 2017.

  • Q. Barrière, I. Guefrachi, D. Gully, F. Lamouche, O. Pierre, J. Fardoux, C. Chaintreuil, B. Alunni, T. Timchenko, E. Giraud, et P. Mergaert, « Integrated roles of BclA and DD-carboxypeptidase 1 in Bradyrhizobium differentiation within NCR-producing and NCR-lacking root nodules », Scientific Reports, vol. 7, nᵒ 1, p. 9063, 2017.
    Résumé : Legumes harbor in their symbiotic nodule organs nitrogen fixing rhizobium bacteria called bacteroids. Some legumes produce Nodule-specific Cysteine-Rich (NCR) peptides in the nodule cells to control the intracellular bacterial population. NCR peptides have antimicrobial activity and drive bacteroids toward terminal differentiation. Other legumes do not produce NCR peptides and their bacteroids are not differentiated. Bradyrhizobia, infecting NCR-producing Aeschynomene plants, require the peptide uptake transporter BclA to cope with the NCR peptides as well as a specific peptidoglycan-modifying DD-carboxypeptidase, DD-CPase1. We show that Bradyrhizobium diazoefficiens strain USDA110 forms undifferentiated bacteroids in NCR-lacking soybean nodules. Unexpectedly, in Aeschynomene afraspera nodules the nitrogen fixing USDA110 bacteroids are hardly differentiated despite the fact that this host produces NCR peptides, suggesting that USDA110 is insensitive to the host peptide effectors and that nitrogen fixation can be uncoupled from differentiation. In agreement with the absence of bacteroid differentiation, USDA110 does not require its bclA gene for nitrogen fixing symbiosis with these two host plants. Furthermore, we show that the BclA and DD-CPase1 act independently in the NCR-induced morphological differentiation of bacteroids. Our results suggest that BclA is required to protect the rhizobia against the NCR stress but not to induce the terminal differentiation pathway.
    Mots-clés : MICROBIO, PBI.

  • L. Becker, S. Bellow, V. Carré, G. Latouche, A. Poutaraud, D. Merdinoglu, S. C. Brown, Z. G. Cerovic, et P. Chaimbault, « Correlative Analysis of Fluorescent Phytoalexins by Mass Spectrometry Imaging and Fluorescence Microscopy in Grapevine Leaves », Analytical Chemistry, 2017.
    Résumé : Plant response to their environment stresses is a complex mechanism involving secondary metabolites. Stilbene phytoalexins, namely resveratrol, pterostilbene, piceids and viniferins play a key role in grapevine (Vitis vinifera) leaf defense. Despite their well-established qualities, conventional analyses such as HPLC-DAD or LC-MS lose valuable information on metabolite localization during the extraction process. To overcome this issue, a correlative analysis combining mass spectroscopy imaging (MSI) and fluorescence imaging was developed to localize in situ stilbenes on the same stressed grapevine leaves. High-resolution images of the stilbene fluorescence provided by macroscopy were supplemented by specific distributions and structural information concerning resveratrol, pterostilbene, and piceids obtained by MSI. The two imaging techniques led to consistent and complementary data on the stilbene spatial distribution for the two stresses addressed: UV-C irradiation and infection by Plasmopara viticola. Results emphasize that grapevine leaves react differently depending on the stress. A rather uniform synthesis of stilbenes is induced after UV-C irradiation, whereas a more localized synthesis of stilbenes in stomata guard cells and cell walls is induced by P. viticola infection. Finally, this combined imaging approach could be extended to map phytoalexins of various plant tissues with resolution approaching the cellular level.
    Mots-clés : IMAGIF, PF, PHOT.

  • H. Bengueddach, M. Lemullois, A. Aubusson-Fleury, et F. Koll, « Basal body positioning and anchoring in the multiciliated cell Paramecium tetraurelia: roles of OFD1 and VFL3 », Cilia, vol. 6, nᵒ 1, 2017.

  • L. Benkaidali, F. André, G. Moroy, B. Tangour, F. Maurel, et M. Petitjean, « The Cytochrome P450 3A4 Has Three Major Conformations: New Clues to Drug Recognition by this Promiscuous Enzyme », Molecular Informatics, 2017.
    Résumé : We computed the channels of the 3A4 isoform of the cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP) on the basis of 24 crystal structures extracted from the Protein Data Bank (PDB). We identified three major conformations (denoted C, O1 and O2) using an enhanced version of the CCCPP software that we developed for the present work, while only two conformations (C and O(2) ) are considered in the literature. We established the flowchart of definition of these three conformations in function of the structural and physicochemical parameters of the ligand. The channels are characterized with qualitative and quantitative parameters, and not only with their surrounding secondary structures as it is usually done in the literature.
    Mots-clés : active site access channels, B3S, conformations, CYP 3A4 ligands, cytochromes P450, drug-drug interactions, LSOD.

  • S. Berlivet, I. Hmitou, H. Picaud, et M. Gérard, « Efficient Depletion of Essential Gene Products for Loss-of-Function Studies in Embryonic Stem Cells », Methods in Molecular Biology (Clifton, N.J.), vol. 1622, p. 91-100, 2017.
    Résumé : The development of the CRISPR/Cas9 technology has provided powerful methods to target genetic alterations. However, investigating the function of genes essential for cell survival remains problematic, because genetic ablation of these genes results in cell death. As a consequence, cells recombined at the targeted gene and fully depleted of the gene product cannot be obtained. RNA interference is well suited for the study of essential genes, but this approach often results in a partial depletion of the targeted gene product, which can lead to misinterpretations. We previously developed the pHYPER shRNA vector, a high efficiency RNA interference vector, which is based on a 2.5-kb mouse genomic fragment encompassing the H1 gene. We provide here a pHYPER-based protocol optimized to study the function of essential gene products in mouse embryonic stem cells.
    Mots-clés : DBG, Electroporation, Embryonic stem cell, Essential genes, pHYPER, Puromycin selection, REMOD, RNA Interference, shRNA.

  • A. Bersweiler, B. D'Autréaux, H. Mazon, A. Kriznik, G. Belli, A. Delaunay-Moisan, M. B. Toledano, et S. Rahuel-Clermont, « A scaffold protein that chaperones a cysteine-sulfenic acid in H2O2 signaling », Nature Chemical Biology, 2017.
    Résumé : In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Yap1 regulates an H2O2-inducible transcriptional response that controls cellular H2O2 homeostasis. H2O2 activates Yap1 by oxidation through the intermediary of the thiol peroxidase Orp1. Upon reacting with H2O2, Orp1 catalytic cysteine oxidizes to a sulfenic acid, which then engages into either an intermolecular disulfide with Yap1, leading to Yap1 activation, or an intramolecular disulfide that commits the enzyme into its peroxidatic cycle. How the first of these two competing reactions, which is kinetically unfavorable, occurs was previously unknown. We show that the Yap1-binding protein Ybp1 brings together Orp1 and Yap1 into a ternary complex that selectively activates condensation of the Orp1 sulfenylated cysteine with one of the six Yap1 cysteines while inhibiting Orp1 intramolecular disulfide formation. We propose that Ybp1 operates as a scaffold protein and as a sulfenic acid chaperone to provide specificity in the transfer of oxidizing equivalents by a reactive sulfenic acid species.
    Mots-clés : BIOCELL, SOC.

  • L. Bidou, O. Bugaud, V. Belakhov, T. Baasov, et O. Namy, « Characterization of new-generation aminoglycoside promoting premature termination codon readthrough in cancer cells », RNA biology, p. 1-11, 2017.
    Résumé : Nonsense mutations, generating premature termination codons (PTCs), account for 10% to 30% of the mutations in tumor suppressor genes. Nonsense translational suppression, induced by small molecules including gentamicin and G418, has been suggested as a potential therapy to counteract the deleterious effects of nonsense mutations in several genetic diseases and cancers. We describe here that NB124, a synthetic aminoglycoside derivative recently developed especially for PTC suppression, strongly induces apoptosis in human tumor cells by promoting high level of PTC readthrough. Using a reporter system, we showed that NB124 suppressed several of the PTCs encountered in tumor suppressor genes, such as the p53 and APC genes. We also showed that NB124 counteracted p53 mRNA degradation by nonsense-mediated decay (NMD). Both PTC suppression and mRNA stabilization contributed to the production of a full-length p53 protein capable of activating p53-dependent genes, thereby specifically promoting high levels of apoptosis. This new-generation aminoglycoside thus outperforms the only clinically available readthrough inducer (gentamicin). These results have important implications for the development of personalised treatments of PTC-dependent diseases and for the development of new drugs modifying translation fidelity.
    Mots-clés : Aminoglycoside, Apoptosis, cancer, DBG, GST, p53, stop codon readthrough.

  • W. V. Bienvenut, J. - P. Scarpelli, J. Dumestier, T. Meinnel, et C. Giglione, « EnCOUNTer: a parsing tool to uncover the mature N-terminus of organelle-targeted proteins in complex samples », BMC Bioinformatics, vol. 18, nᵒ 1, 2017.
    Mots-clés : DBG, DIR, PROMTI, SICS.

  • K. Bodvard, K. Peeters, F. Roger, N. Romanov, A. Igbaria, N. Welkenhuysen, G. Palais, W. Reiter, M. B. Toledano, M. Käll, et M. Molin, « Light-sensing via hydrogen peroxide and a peroxiredoxin », Nature Communications, vol. 8, p. 14791, mars 2017.

  • A. Boet, G. Jourdain, S. Demontoux, S. Hascoet, P. Tissieres, C. Rucker-Martin, et D. De Luca, « Basic Hemodynamic Monitoring Using Ultrasound or Electrical Cardiometry During Transportation of Neonates and Infants », Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: A Journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, 2017.
    Résumé : OBJECTIVES: Electrical cardiometry and heart ultrasound might allow hemodynamic evaluation during transportation of critically ill patients. Our aims were 1) to test feasibility of stroke volume monitoring using electrical cardiometry or ultrasound during transportation and 2) to investigate if transportation impacts on electrical cardiometry and ultrasound reliability. DESIGN: Prospective, pragmatic, feasibility cohort study. SETTING: Mobile ICUs specialized for neonatal and pediatric transportation. PATIENTS: Thirty hemodynamically stable neonates and infants. INTERVENTIONS: Patients enrolled underwent paired stroke volume measurements (180 before/after and 180 during the transfer) by electrical cardiometry (SVEC) and ultrasound (SVUS). MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: No problems or malfunctioning occurred neither with electrical cardiometry nor with ultrasound. Ultrasound lasted on average 90 (10) seconds, while 45 (15) seconds were needed to instigate electrical cardiometry monitoring. Coefficient of variation was higher for SVUS (before/after: 0.57; during: 0.66) than for SVEC (before/after: 0.38; during: 0.36). Correlations between SVEC and SVUS before/after and during the transfer were r equal to 0.57 and r equal to 0.8, respectively (p always < 0.001). Bland-Altman analysis showed that stroke volume tends to be higher if measured by electrical cardiometry. SVEC measured before (5.5 [2.4] mL), during (5.4 [2.4] mL), and after the transfer (5.4 [2.3] mL) are similar (p = 0.955); same applies for SVUS before (2.6 [1.5] mL), during (2.4 [2] mL), and after (2.9 [2] mL) the transfer (p = 0.268). CONCLUSIONS: Basic hemodynamic monitoring is feasible during pediatric and neonatal transportation both with electrical cardiometry and ultrasound. These two techniques show comparable reliability, although stroke volume was higher if measured by electrical cardiometry. The transportation itself does not affect the reliability of stroke volume measurements.
    Mots-clés : ESHR, MICROBIO.

  • M. Bosco, A. Massarweh, S. Iatmanen-Harbi, A. Bouhss, I. Chantret, P. Busca, S. E. H. Moore, et C. Gravier-Pelletier, « Synthesis and biological evaluation of chemical tools for the study of Dolichol Linked Oligosaccharide Diphosphatase (DLODP) », European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, vol. 125, p. 952-964, 2017.
    Résumé : Citronellyl- and solanesyl-based dolichol linked oligosaccharide (DLO) analogs were synthesized and tested along with undecaprenyl compounds for their ability to inhibit the release of [(3)H]OSP from [(3)H]DLO by mammalian liver DLO diphosphatase activity. Solanesyl (C45) and undecaprenyl (C55) compounds were 50-500 fold more potent than their citronellyl (C10)-based counterparts, indicating that the alkyl chain length is important for activity. The relative potency of the compounds within the citronellyl series was different to that of the solanesyl series with citronellyl diphosphate being 2 and 3 fold more potent than citronellyl-PP-GlcNAc2 and citronellyl-PP-GlcNAc, respectively; whereas solanesyl-PP-GlcNAc and solanesyl-PP-GlcNAc2 were 4 and 8 fold more potent, respectively, than solanesyl diphosphate. Undecaprenyl-PP-GlcNAc and bacterial Lipid II were 8 fold more potent than undecaprenyl diphosphate at inhibiting the DLODP assay. Therefore, at least for the more hydrophobic compounds, diphosphodiesters are more potent inhibitors of the DLODP assay than diphosphomonoesters. These results suggest that DLO rather than dolichyl diphosphate might be a preferred substrate for the DLODP activity.
    Mots-clés : Animals, Biological evaluation, CDG, Diphosphatase, Disubstituted diphosphates, Dolichol, Dolichol Phosphates, ENVBAC, Glycochemistry, Humans, liver, MICROBIO, Monoterpenes, Oligosaccharides, Phosphoric Diester Hydrolases, Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases, Phosphosugars, Polyisoprenyl Phosphate Sugars, Polyisoprenyl Phosphates, Substrate Specificity.

  • C. Bou-Nader, D. Cornu, V. Guerineau, T. Fogeron, M. Fontecave, et D. Hamdane, « Enzyme Activation with a Synthetic Catalytic Co-enzyme Intermediate: Nucleotide Methylation by Flavoenzymes », Angewandte Chemie (International Ed. in English), 2017.
    Résumé : To facilitate production of functional enzymes and to study their mechanisms, especially in the complex cases of coenzyme-dependent systems, activation of an inactive apoenzyme preparation with a catalytically competent coenzyme intermediate is an attractive strategy. This is illustrated with the simple chemical synthesis of a flavin-methylene iminium compound previously proposed as a key intermediate in the catalytic cycle of several important flavoenzymes involved in nucleic acid metabolism. Reconstitution of both flavin-dependent RNA methyltransferase and thymidylate synthase apoproteins with this synthetic compound led to active enzymes for the C5-uracil methylation within their respective transfer RNA and dUMP substrate. This strategy is expected to be of general application in enzymology.
    Mots-clés : artificial enzymes, flavoenzyme mechanism, Methylation, Nucleotides, PF, reaction intermediates, SICAPS.

  • C. Bou-Nader, L. Pecqueur, D. Cornu, M. Lombard, M. Dezi, M. Nicaise, C. Velours, M. Fontecave, et D. Hamdane, « Power of protein/tRNA functional assembly against aberrant aggregation », Physical chemistry chemical physics: PCCP, 2017.
    Résumé : Understanding the mechanisms of protein oligomerization and aggregation is a major concern for biotechnology and medical purposes. However, significant challenges remain in determining the mechanism of formation of these superstructures and the environmental factors that can precisely modulate them. Notably the role that a functional ligand plays in the process of protein aggregation is largely unexplored. We herein address these issues with an original flavin-dependent RNA methyltransferase (TrmFO) used as a protein model since this protein employs a complex set of cofactors and ligands for catalysis. Here, we show that TrmFO carries an unstable protein structure that can partially mis-unfold leading to either formation of irregular and nonfunctional soluble oligomers endowed with hyper-thermal stability or large amorphous aggregates in the presence of salts. Mutagenesis confirmed that this peculiarity is an intrinsic property of a polypeptide and it is independent of the flavin coenzyme. Structural characterization and kinetic studies identified several regions of the protein that enjoy conformational changes and more particularly pinpointed the N-terminal subdomain as being a key element in the mechanisms of oligomerization and aggregation. Only stabilization of this region via tRNA suppresses these aberrant protein states. Although protein chaperones emerged as major actors against aggregation, our study emphasizes that other powerful mechanisms exist such as the stabilizing effect of functional assemblies that provide an additional layer of protection against the instability of the proteome.
    Mots-clés : PF, PIM, SICAPS.

  • V. Bouchez, S. AlBitar-Nehmé, A. Novikov, N. Guiso, et M. Caroff, « Bordetella holmesii: Lipid A Structures and Corresponding Genomic Sequences Comparison in Three Clinical Isolates and the Reference Strain ATCC 51541 », International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol. 18, nᵒ 5, 2017.
    Résumé : Bordetella holmesii can cause invasive infections but can also be isolated from the respiratory tract of patients with whooping-cough like symptoms. For the first time, we describe the lipid A structure of B. holmesii reference strain ATCC 51541 (alias NCTC12912 or CIP104394) and those of three French B. holmesii clinical isolates originating from blood (Bho1) or from respiratory samples (FR4020 and FR4101). They were investigated using chemical analyses, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). The analyses revealed a common bisphosphorylated β-(1→6)-linked d-glucosamine disaccharide with hydroxytetradecanoic acid in amide linkages. Similar to B. avium, B. hinzii and B. trematum lipids A, the hydroxytetradecanoic acid at the C-2' position are carrying in secondary linkage a 2-hydroxytetradecanoic acid residue resulting of post-traductional biosynthesis modifications. The three clinical isolates displayed characteristic structural traits compared to the ATCC 51541 reference strain: the lipid A phosphate groups are more or less modified with glucosamine in the isolates and reference strain, but the presence of 10:0(3-OH) is only observed in the isolates. This trait was only described in B. pertussis and B. parapertussis strains, as well as in B. petrii isolates by the past. The genetic bases for most of the key structural elements of lipid A were analyzed and supported the structural data.
    Mots-clés : Bordetella holmesii, Bordetellae, CAROFF, DIR, Endotoxin, genomic, Lipid A, Mass Spectrometry, structure.

  • M. Boudard, D. Barth, J. Bernauer, A. Denise, et J. Cohen, « GARN2: coarse-grained prediction of 3D structure of large RNA molecules by regret minimization », Bioinformatics (Oxford, England), 2017.
    Résumé : Motivation: Predicting the 3D structure of RNA molecules is a key feature towards predicting their functions. Methods which work at atomic or nucleotide level are not suitable for large molecules. In these cases, coarse-grained prediction methods aim to predict a shape which could be refined later by using more precise methods on smaller parts of the molecule. Results: We developed a complete method for sampling 3D RNA structure at a coarse-grained model, taking a secondary structure as input. One of the novelties of our method is that a second step extracts two best possible structures close to the native, from a set of possible structures. Although our method benefits from the first version of GARN, some of the main features on GARN2 are very different. GARN2 is much faster than the previous version and than the well-known methods of the state-of-art. Our experiments show that GARN2 can also provide better structures than the other state-of-the-art methods. Availability and implementations: GARN2 is written in Java. It is freely distributed and available at: . Contacts: , Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.
    Mots-clés : BIM, DBG.

  • C. Bouthier de la Tour, M. Mathieu, L. Meyer, P. Dupaigne, F. Passot, P. Servant, S. Sommer, E. Le Cam, et F. Confalonieri, « In vivo and in vitro characterization of DdrC, a DNA damage response protein in Deinococcus radiodurans bacterium », PloS One, vol. 12, nᵒ 5, p. e0177751, 2017.
    Résumé : The bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans possesses a set of Deinococcus-specific genes highly induced after DNA damage. Among them, ddrC (dr0003) was recently re-annotated, found to be in the inverse orientation and called A2G07_00380. Here, we report the first in vivo and in vitro characterization of the corrected DdrC protein to better understand its function in irradiated cells. In vivo, the ΔddrC null mutant is sensitive to high doses of UV radiation and the ddrC deletion significantly increases UV-sensitivity of ΔuvrA or ΔuvsE mutant strains. We show that the expression of the DdrC protein is induced after γ-irradiation and is under the control of the regulators, DdrO and IrrE. DdrC is rapidly recruited into the nucleoid of the irradiated cells. In vitro, we show that DdrC is able to bind single- and double-stranded DNA with a preference for the single-stranded DNA but without sequence or shape specificity and protects DNA from various nuclease attacks. DdrC also condenses DNA and promotes circularization of linear DNA. Finally, we show that the purified protein exhibits a DNA strand annealing activity. Altogether, our results suggest that DdrC is a new DNA binding protein with pleiotropic activities. It might maintain the damaged DNA fragments end to end, thus limiting their dispersion and extensive degradation after exposure to ionizing radiation. DdrC might also be an accessory protein that participates in a single strand annealing pathway whose importance in DNA repair becomes apparent when DNA is heavily damaged.
    Mots-clés : DBG, RBA.

  • D. A. Braun, J. Rao, G. Mollet, D. Schapiro, M. - C. Daugeron, W. Tan, O. Gribouval, O. Boyer, P. Revy, T. Jobst-Schwan, J. M. Schmidt, J. A. Lawson, D. Schanze, S. Ashraf, J. F. P. Ullmann, C. A. Hoogstraten, N. Boddaert, B. Collinet, G. Martin, D. Liger, S. Lovric, M. Furlano, I. C. Guerrera, O. Sanchez-Ferras, J. F. Hu, A. - C. Boschat, S. Sanquer, B. Menten, S. Vergult, N. De Rocker, M. Airik, T. Hermle, S. Shril, E. Widmeier, H. Y. Gee, W. - I. Choi, C. E. Sadowski, W. L. Pabst, J. K. Warejko, A. Daga, T. Basta, V. Matejas, K. Scharmann, S. D. Kienast, B. Behnam, B. Beeson, A. Begtrup, M. Bruce, G. - S. Ch'ng, S. - P. Lin, J. - H. Chang, C. - H. Chen, M. T. Cho, P. M. Gaffney, P. E. Gipson, C. - H. Hsu, J. A. Kari, Y. - Y. Ke, C. Kiraly-Borri, W. - M. Lai, E. Lemyre, R. O. Littlejohn, A. Masri, M. Moghtaderi, K. Nakamura, F. Ozaltin, M. Praet, C. Prasad, A. Prytula, E. R. Roeder, P. Rump, R. E. Schnur, T. Shiihara, M. D. Sinha, N. A. Soliman, K. Soulami, D. A. Sweetser, W. - H. Tsai, J. - D. Tsai, R. Topaloglu, U. Vester, D. H. Viskochil, N. Vatanavicharn, J. L. Waxler, K. J. Wierenga, M. T. F. Wolf, S. - N. Wong, S. A. Leidel, G. Truglio, P. C. Dedon, A. Poduri, S. Mane, R. P. Lifton, M. Bouchard, P. Kannu, D. Chitayat, D. Magen, B. Callewaert, H. van Tilbeurgh, M. Zenker, C. Antignac, et F. Hildebrandt, « Mutations in KEOPS-complex genes cause nephrotic syndrome with primary microcephaly », Nature Genetics, 2017.
    Résumé : Galloway-Mowat syndrome (GAMOS) is an autosomal-recessive disease characterized by the combination of early-onset nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) and microcephaly with brain anomalies. Here we identified recessive mutations in OSGEP, TP53RK, TPRKB, and LAGE3, genes encoding the four subunits of the KEOPS complex, in 37 individuals from 32 families with GAMOS. CRISPR-Cas9 knockout in zebrafish and mice recapitulated the human phenotype of primary microcephaly and resulted in early lethality. Knockdown of OSGEP, TP53RK, or TPRKB inhibited cell proliferation, which human mutations did not rescue. Furthermore, knockdown of these genes impaired protein translation, caused endoplasmic reticulum stress, activated DNA-damage-response signaling, and ultimately induced apoptosis. Knockdown of OSGEP or TP53RK induced defects in the actin cytoskeleton and decreased the migration rate of human podocytes, an established intermediate phenotype of SRNS. We thus identified four new monogenic causes of GAMOS, describe a link between KEOPS function and human disease, and delineate potential pathogenic mechanisms.
    Mots-clés : ARCHEE, B3S, FAAM, MICROBIO.

  • A. Breton, A. Novikov, R. Martin, P. Tissieres, et M. Caroff, « Structural and biological characteristics of different forms of V. filiformis lipid A: use of MS to highlight structural discrepancies », Journal of Lipid Research, vol. 58, nᵒ 3, p. 543-552, 2017.
    Résumé : Vitreoscilla filiformis is a Gram-negative bacterium isolated from spa waters and described for its beneficial effects on the skin. We characterized the detailed structure of its lipopolysaccharide (LPS) lipid A moiety, an active component of the bacterium that contributes to the observed skin activation properties. Two different batches differing in postculture cell recovery were tested. Chemical analyses and mass spectra, obtained before and after mild-alkali treatments, revealed that these lipids A share the common bisphosphorylated β-(1→6)-linked d-glucosamine disaccharide with hydroxydecanoic acid in an amide linkage. Short-chain FAs, hydroxydecanoic and dodecanoic acid, were found in a 2:1 ratio. The two lipid A structures differed by the relative amount of the hexa-acyl molecular species and phosphoethanolamine substitution of the phosphate groups. The two V. filiformis LPS batches induced variable interleukin-6 and TNF-α secretion by stimulated myelomonocytic THP-1 cells, without any difference in reactive oxygen species production or activation of caspase 3/7. Other different well-known highly purified LPS samples were characterized structurally and used as standards. The structural data obtained in this work explain the low inflammatory response observed for V. filiformis LPS and the previously demonstrated beneficial effects on the skin.
    Mots-clés : cytokines, ESHR, lipid biochemistry, lipopolysaccharide, Mass Spectrometry, MICROBIO, skin, Toll-like receptor, V. filiformis.

  • P. Brézellec, M. - A. Petit, S. Pasek, I. Vallet-Gely, C. Possoz, et J. - L. Ferat, « Domestication of Lambda Phage Genes into a Putative Third Type of Replicative Helicase Matchmaker », Genome Biology and Evolution, vol. 9, nᵒ 6, p. 1561-1566, 2017.
    Résumé : At the onset of the initiation of chromosome replication, bacterial replicative helicases are recruited and loaded on the DnaA-oriC nucleoprotein platform, assisted by proteins like DnaC/DnaI or DciA. Two orders of bacteria appear, however, to lack either of these factors, raising the question of the essentiality of these factors in bacteria. Through a phylogenomic approach, we identified a pair of genes that could have substituted for dciA. The two domesticated genes are specific of the dnaC/dnaI- and dciA-lacking organisms and apparently domesticated from lambdoid phage genes. They derive from λO and λP and were renamed dopC and dopE, respectively. DopE is expected to bring the replicative helicase to the bacterial origin of replication, while DopC might assist DopE in this function. The confirmation of the implication of DopCE in the handling of the replicative helicase at the onset of replication in these organisms would generalize to all bacteria and therefore to all living organisms the need for specific factors dedicated to this function.
    Mots-clés : DBG, dciA, dnaC, EMC2, lambda phage, OCB, replication initiation, replicative helicase, viral gene domestication.

  • S. C. Brown, M. Bourge, N. Maunoury, M. Wong, M. W. Bianchi, S. Lepers-Andrzejewski, P. Besse, S. Siljak-Yakovlev, M. Dron, et B. Satiat-Jeunemaître, « DNA remodelling by Strict Partial Endoreplication in orchids, an original process in the plant kingdom », Genome Biology and Evolution, 2017.
    Résumé : DNA remodelling during endoreplication appears to be a strong developmental characteristic in orchids. In this study, we analysed DNA content and nuclei in 41 species of orchids to further map the genome evolution in this plant family. We demonstrate that the DNA remodelling observed in 36 out of 41 orchids studied corresponds to strict partial endoreplication. Such process is developmentally regulated in each wild species studied. Cytometry data analyses allowed us to propose a model where nuclear states 2C, 4E, 8E, etc. form a series comprising a fixed proportion, the euploid genome 2C, plus 2 to 32 additional copies of a complementary part of the genome. The fixed proportion ranged from 89% of the genome in Vanilla mexicana down to 19% in V. pompona, the lowest value for all 148 orchids reported. Insterspecific hybridisation did not suppress this phenomenon. Interestingly, this process was not observed in mass-produced epiphytes. Nucleolar volumes grow with the number of endocopies present, coherent with high transcription activity in endoreplicated nuclei. Our analyses suggest species-specific chromatin rearrangement. Towards understanding endoreplication, V. planifolia constitutes a tractable system for isolating the genomic sequences that confer an advantage via endoreplication from those that apparently suffice at diploid level.
    Mots-clés : BIOCELL, CYTO, cytogenetics, cytometry, DYNBSJ, endoreplication, genome imbalance, Genome Size, IMAGIF, PF, PHOT, Vanilla.

  • O. Bugaud, N. Barbier, H. Chommy, N. Fiszman, A. Le Gall, D. Dullin, M. Saguy, N. Westbrook, K. Perronet, et O. Namy, « Kinetics of CrPV and HCV IRES-mediated eukaryotic translation using single molecule fluorescence microscopy », RNA (New York, N.Y.), 2017.
    Résumé : Protein synthesis is a complex multi-step process involving many factors that need to interact in a coordinated manner to properly translate the messenger RNA. As translating ribosomes cannot be synchronized over many elongation cycles, single molecule studies have been introduced to bring a deeper understanding of prokaryotic translation dynamics. Extending this approach to eukaryotic translation is very appealing, but initiation and specific labelling of the ribosomes are much more complicated. Here we use a non-canonical translation initiation based on internal ribosome entry sites (IRES) and we monitor the passage of individual, unmodified mammalian ribosomes at specific fluorescent milestones along mRNA. We explore initiation by two types of IRES, the intergenic IRES of Cricket Paralysis virus (CrPV) and the hepatitis C (HCV) IRES, and show that they both strongly limit the rate of the first elongation steps compared to the following ones suggesting that those first elongation cycles do not correspond to a canonical elongation. This new system opens the possibility to study both IRES-mediated initiation and elongation kinetics of eukaryotic translation and will undoubtedly be a valuable tool to investigate the role of translation machinery modifications in human diseases.
    Mots-clés : DBG, Eukaryotic translation, GST, IRES, RNA, Single molecule.

  • S. Bury-Moné et B. Sclavi, « Stochasticity of gene expression as a motor of epigenetics in bacteria: from individual to collective behavior », Research in Microbiology, 2017.
    Résumé : Measuring gene expression at the single cell and single molecule level has recently made possible the quantitative measurement of stochasticity of gene expression. This enables identification of the probable sources and roles of noise. Stochastic gene expression can result in bacterial population heterogeneity, offering specific advantages for fitness and survival in various environments. This trait is therefore selected during the evolution of the species, and is consequently regulated by specific genetic network architecture. Examples exist in stress-response mechanisms, as well as in infection and pathogenicity strategies, pointing to advantages for multicellularity of bacterial populations.
    Mots-clés : ACTINO, Behavior, Bi-stability, Epigenetics, gene expression, MICROBIO, Multicellularity, regulatory networks, Stochasticity.

  • C. Caillet-Saguy, A. Toto, R. Guerois, P. Maisonneuve, E. di Silvio, K. Sawyer, S. Gianni, et N. Wolff, « Regulation of the Human Phosphatase PTPN4 by the inter-domain linker connecting the PDZ and the phosphatase domains », Scientific Reports, vol. 7, nᵒ 1, p. 7875, 2017.
    Résumé : Human protein tyrosine phosphatase non-receptor type 4 (PTPN4) has been shown to prevent cell death. The active form of human PTPN4 consists of two globular domains, a PDZ (PSD-95/Dlg/ZO-1) domain and a phosphatase domain, tethered by a flexible linker. Targeting its PDZ domain abrogates this protection and triggers apoptosis. We previously demonstrated that the PDZ domain inhibits the phosphatase activity of PTPN4 and that the mere binding of a PDZ ligand is sufficient to release the catalytic inhibition. We demonstrate here that the linker connecting the PDZ domain and the phosphatase domain is involved in the regulation of the phosphatase activity in both PDZ-related inhibition and PDZ ligand-related activation events. We combined bioinformatics and kinetic studies to decipher the role of the linker in the PTPN4 activity. By comparing orthologous sequences, we identified a conserved patch of hydrophobic residues in the linker. We showed that mutations in this patch affect the regulation of the PTPN4 bidomain indicating that the PDZ-PDZ ligand regulation of PTPN4 is a linker-mediated mechanism. However, the mutations do not alter the binding of the PDZ ligand. This study strengthens the notion that inter-domain linker can be of functional importance in enzyme regulation of large multi-domain proteins.
    Mots-clés : AMIG, B3S.

  • S. Calderari, M. Ria, C. Gérard, T. C. Nogueira, O. Villate, S. C. Collins, H. Neil, N. Gervasi, C. Hue, N. Suarez-Zamorano, C. Prado, M. Cnop, M. - T. Bihoreau, P. J. Kaisaki, J. - B. Cazier, C. Julier, M. Lathrop, M. Werner, D. L. Eizirik, et D. Gauguier, « Molecular genetics of the transcription factor GLIS3 identifies its dual function in beta cells and neurons », Genomics, 2017.
    Résumé : The GLIS family zinc finger 3 isoform (GLIS3) is a risk gene for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, glaucoma and Alzheimer's disease endophenotype. We identified GLIS3 binding sites in insulin secreting cells (INS1) (FDR q<0.05; enrichment range 1.40-9.11 fold) sharing the motif wrGTTCCCArTAGs, which were enriched in genes involved in neuronal function and autophagy and in risk genes for metabolic and neuro-behavioural diseases. We confirmed experimentally Glis3-mediated regulation of the expression of genes involved in autophagy and neuron function in INS1 and neuronal PC12 cells. Naturally-occurring coding polymorphisms in Glis3 in the Goto-Kakizaki rat model of type 2 diabetes were associated with increased insulin production in vitro and in vivo, suggestive alteration of autophagy in PC12 and INS1 and abnormal neurogenesis in hippocampus neurons. Our results support biological pleiotropy of GLIS3 in pathologies affecting β-cells and neurons and underline the existence of trans‑nosology pathways in diabetes and its co-morbidities.
    Mots-clés : Alzheimer's disease, ChIP sequencing, DBG, Diabetes mellitus, Goto-Kakizaki rat, GTR, Quantitative trait locus, Single nucleotide polymorphism.

  • S. E. Cannella, V. Y. Ntsogo Enguéné, M. Davi, C. Malosse, A. C. Sotomayor Pérez, J. Chamot-Rooke, P. Vachette, D. Durand, D. Ladant, et A. Chenal, « Stability, structural and functional properties of a monomeric, calcium–loaded adenylate cyclase toxin, CyaA, from Bordetella pertussis », Scientific Reports, vol. 7, p. 42065, févr. 2017.

  • L. Cao, S. Cantos-Fernandes, et B. Gigant, « The structural switch of nucleotide-free kinesin », Scientific Reports, vol. 7, p. 42558, févr. 2017.

  • P. Cardol et A. Krieger-Liszkay, « From light capture to metabolic needs, oxygenic photosynthesis is an ever-expanding field of study in plants, algae and cyanobacteria », Physiologia Plantarum, 2017.
    Résumé : Understanding of the molecular mechanisms of photosynthetic electron and proton transports and their regulation in plants and algae in response to changes in environmental conditions is an important issue for fundamental research on photosynthesis, and may extend even to practical applications by identifying important sites for improvement of photosynthesis. The significance and often centrality of regulatory mechanisms of photosynthetic electron transport is well established for processes in plant acclimation. In recent years, significant advancements have been achieved in understanding of regulatory processes such as dissipation of excess energy in the antenna systems, state transitions, cyclic electron flow, oxygen reduction by flavodiiron enzymes and many others.
    Mots-clés : B3S, MROP.

  • M. - F. Carlier et S. Shekhar, « Global treadmilling coordinates actin turnover and controls the size of actin networks », Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, mars 2017.

  • C. Cassier-Chauvat, V. Dive, et F. Chauvat, « Cyanobacteria: photosynthetic factories combining biodiversity, radiation resistance, and genetics to facilitate drug discovery », Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, vol. 101, nᵒ 4, p. 1359-1364, 2017.
    Résumé : Cyanobacteria are ancient, abundant, and widely diverse photosynthetic prokaryotes, which are viewed as promising cell factories for the ecologically responsible production of chemicals. Natural cyanobacteria synthesize a vast array of biologically active (secondary) metabolites with great potential for human health, while a few genetic models can be engineered for the (low level) production of biofuels. Recently, genome sequencing and mining has revealed that natural cyanobacteria have the capacity to produce many more secondary metabolites than have been characterized. The corresponding panoply of enzymes (polyketide synthases and non-ribosomal peptide synthases) of interest for synthetic biology can still be increased through gene manipulations with the tools available for the few genetically manipulable strains. In this review, we propose to exploit the metabolic diversity and radiation resistance of cyanobacteria, and when required the genetics of model strains, for the production and radioactive ((14)C) labeling of bioactive products, in order to facilitate the screening for new drugs.
    Mots-clés : B2CYA, Biodiversity, Cyanobacteria, MICROBIO, Peptide Synthases, photosynthesis, Radioactive labeling, Secondary metabolites, Toxins.

  • V. Chaptal, F. Delolme, A. Kilburg, S. Magnard, C. Montigny, M. Picard, C. Prier, L. Monticelli, O. Bornert, M. Agez, S. Ravaud, C. Orelle, R. Wagner, A. Jawhari, I. Broutin, E. Pebay-Peyroula, J. - M. Jault, H. R. Kaback, M. le Maire, et P. Falson, « Quantification of Detergents Complexed with Membrane Proteins », Scientific Reports, vol. 7, p. 41751, févr. 2017.

  • J. - P. Charbonnier, E. M. van Rikxoort, A. A. A. Setio, C. M. Schaefer-Prokop, B. van Ginneken, et F. Ciompi, « Improving airway segmentation in computed tomography using leak detection with convolutional networks », Medical Image Analysis, vol. 36, p. 52-60, 2017.

  • S. Chardonnet, T. Bessiron, C. I. Ramos, R. Dammak, M. - A. Richard, C. Boursier, C. Cadillac, F. M. Coquelle, S. Bossi, F. Ango, P. Le Maréchal, P. Decottignies, C. Berrier, H. McLean, et H. Daniel, « Native metabotropic glutamate receptor 4 depresses synaptic transmission through an unusual Gαq transduction pathway », Neuropharmacology, 2017.
    Résumé : In cerebellar cortex, mGlu4 receptors located on parallel fibers play an essential role in normal motor function, but the molecular mechanisms involved are not yet completely understood. Using a strategy combining biochemical and electrophysiological approaches in the rodent cerebellum, we demonstrate that presynaptic mGlu4 receptors control synaptic transmission through an atypical activation of Gαq proteins. First, the Gαq subunit, PLC and PKC signaling proteins present in cerebellar extracts are retained on affinity chromatography columns grafted with different sequences of the cytoplasmic domain of mGlu4 receptor. The i2 loop and the C terminal domain were used as baits, two domains that are known to play a pivotal role in coupling selectivity and efficacy. Second, in situ proximity ligation assays show that native mGlu4 receptors and Gαq subunits are in close physical proximity in cerebellar cortical slices. Finally, electrophysiological experiments demonstrate that the molecular mechanisms underlying mGlu4 receptor-mediated inhibition of transmitter release at cerebellar Parallel Fiber (PF) - Molecular Layer Interneuron (MLI) synapses involves the Gαq-PLC signaling pathway. Taken together, our results provide compelling evidence that, in the rodent cerebellar cortex, mGlu4 receptors act by coupling to the Gαq protein and PLC effector system to reduce glutamate synaptic transmission.
    Mots-clés : BIOCELL, Cerebellar cortex, DYNBSJ, G protein, Molecular layer interneurons, Presynaptic metabotropic glutamate receptor 4, Signaling pathway, Synaptic transmission.

  • Y. Chen, V. Scarcelli, et R. Legouis, « Approaches for Studying Autophagy in Caenorhabditis elegans », Cells, vol. 6, nᵒ 3, 2017.
    Résumé : Macroautophagy (hereafter referred to as autophagy) is an intracellular degradative process, well conserved among eukaryotes. By engulfing cytoplasmic constituents into the autophagosome for degradation, this process is involved in the maintenance of cellular homeostasis. Autophagy induction triggers the formation of a cup-shaped double membrane structure, the phagophore, which progressively elongates and encloses materials to be removed. This double membrane vesicle, which is called an autophagosome, fuses with lysosome and forms the autolysosome. The inner membrane of the autophagosome, along with engulfed compounds, are degraded by lysosomal enzymes, which enables the recycling of carbohydrates, amino acids, nucleotides, and lipids. In response to various factors, autophagy can be induced for non-selective degradation of bulk cytoplasm. Autophagy is also able to selectively target cargoes and organelles such as mitochondria or peroxisome, functioning as a quality control system. The modification of autophagy flux is involved in developmental processes such as resistance to stress conditions, aging, cell death, and multiple pathologies. So, the use of animal models is essential for understanding these processes in the context of different cell types throughout the entire lifespan. For almost 15 years, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has emerged as a powerful model to analyze autophagy in physiological or pathological contexts. This review presents a rapid overview of physiological processes involving autophagy in Caenorhabditis elegans, the different assays used to monitor autophagy, their drawbacks, and specific tools for the analyses of selective autophagy.
    Mots-clés : aggrephagy, BIOCELL, C. elegans, Electron Microscopy, Genetics, in vivo imaging, LGG-1, LGG-2, mitophagy, OTOFAG.

  • A. Chevrel, A. Mesneau, D. Sanchez, L. Celma, S. Quevillon-Cheruel, A. Cavagnino, S. Nessler, I. Li de la Sierra-Gallay, H. van Tilbeurgh, P. Minard, M. Valerio-Lepiniec, et A. Urvoas, « Alpha Repeat proteins (αRep) as expression and crystallization helpers », Journal of Structural Biology, 2017.
    Résumé : We have previously described a highly diverse library of artificial repeat proteins based on thermostable HEAT-like repeats, named αRep. αReps binding specifically to proteins difficult to crystallize have been selected and in several examples, they made possible the crystallization of these proteins. To further simplify the production and crystallization experiments we have explored the production of chimeric protein corresponding to covalent association between the targets and their specific binders strengthened by a linker. Although chimeric proteins with expression partners are classically used to enhance expression these fusions cannot usually be used for crystallization. With specific expression partners like a cognate αRep this is no longer true, and chimeric proteins can be expressed purified and crystallized. αRep selection by phage display suppose that at least a small amount of the target protein should be produced to be used as a bait for selection and this might, in some cases, be difficult. We have therefore transferred the αRep library in a new construction adapted to selection by protein complementation assay (PCA). This new procedure allows to select specific binders by direct interaction with the target in the cytoplasm of the bacteria and consequently does not require preliminary purification of target protein. αRep binders selected by PCA or by phage display can be used to enhance expression, stability, solubility and crystallogenesis of proteins that are otherwise difficult to express, purify and/or crystallize.
    Mots-clés : artificial repeat proteins, B3S, Crystallization helper, FAAM, Fusion protein, MIP, Protein complementation assay, Protein library.

  • T. M. Chong, J. - W. Chen, W. - S. See-Too, C. - Y. Yu, G. - Y. Ang, Y. L. Lim, W. - F. Yin, C. Grandclément, D. Faure, Y. Dessaux, et K. - G. Chan, « Phenotypic and genomic survey on organic acid utilization profile of Pseudomonas mendocina strain S5.2, a vineyard soil isolate », AMB Express, vol. 7, nᵒ 1, p. 138, 2017.
    Résumé : Root exudates are chemical compounds that are released from living plant roots and provide significant energy, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus sources for microbes inhabiting the rhizosphere. The exudates shape the microflora associated with the plant, as well as influences the plant health and productivity. Therefore, a better understanding of the trophic link that is established between the plant and the associated bacteria is necessary. In this study, a comprehensive survey on the utilization of grapevine and rootstock related organic acids were conducted on a vineyard soil isolate which is Pseudomonas mendocina strain S5.2. Phenotype microarray analysis has demonstrated that this strain can utilize several organic acids including lactic acid, succinic acid, malic acid, citric acid and fumaric acid as sole growth substrates. Complete genome analysis using single molecule real-time technology revealed that the genome consists of a 5,120,146 bp circular chromosome and a 252,328 bp megaplasmid. A series of genetic determinants associated with the carbon utilization signature of the strain were subsequently identified in the chromosome. Of note, the coexistence of genes encoding several iron-sulfur cluster independent isoenzymes in the genome indicated the importance of these enzymes in the events of iron deficiency. Synteny and comparative analysis have also unraveled the unique features of D-lactate dehydrogenase of strain S5.2 in the study. Collective information of this work has provided insights on the metabolic role of this strain in vineyard soil rhizosphere.
    Mots-clés : Carbon utilization enzymes, Grapevine exudates, MICROBIO, Organic acids, PBI, Pseudomonas mendocina, Single molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing, Vineyard soil.

  • R. Chouari, M. Leonard, M. Bouali, S. Guermazi, N. Rahli, I. Zrafi, L. Morin, et A. Sghir, « Eukaryotic molecular diversity at different steps of the wastewater treatment plant process reveals more phylogenetic novel lineages », World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology, vol. 33, nᵒ 3, p. 44, 2017.
    Résumé : Wastewater microbiota represents important actors of organic depollution. Nowadays, some species used as bioindicators of the effluent quality are still identified by microscopy. In the present study, we investigated eukaryotic diversity at the different steps of the treatment process of a wastewater treatment plant (aerobic, anaerobic, clarifier basins and anaerobic digester) using the 18S rRNA gene sequencing approach. Of the 1519 analysed sequences, we identified 160 operational taxonomic units. Interestingly, 56.9% of the phylotypes were assigned to novel phylogenetic molecular species since they show <97% sequence identity with their nearest affiliated representative within public databases. Peritrichia ciliates were the most predominant group, with Epistylis as the most common genus. Although anaerobic, the digester appears to harbor many unclassified phylotypes of protozoa species. Novel lineages such as LKM11 and LKM118 were widely represented in the digester. Diversity values given by Shannon indexes show that the clarifier is the most diversified. This work will help designing molecular tools that are fast, reliable, and reproducible for monitoring wastewater depollution and studying phylogenetic relationships among the wonderful world of protists within this anthropogenic ecosystem.
    Mots-clés : 18S rRNA gene, Activated sludge, Ciliates, Cryptomycota, LGBMB, LKM118, MICROBIO, Wastewater microbiota.

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