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See detailMMP13 mutations are the cause of recessive metaphyseal dysplasia, Spahr type
Le Béchec, Antony UL; Bonafe, Luisa; Liang, Jinlong et al

in American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A (2014), 164(5), 1175-1179

Metaphyseal dysplasia, Spahr type (MDST; OMIM 250400) was described in 1961 based on the observation of four children in one family who had rickets-like metaphyseal changes but normal blood chemistry and ... [more ▼]

Metaphyseal dysplasia, Spahr type (MDST; OMIM 250400) was described in 1961 based on the observation of four children in one family who had rickets-like metaphyseal changes but normal blood chemistry and moderate short stature. Its molecular basis and nosologic status remained unknown. We followed up on those individuals and diagnosed the disorder in an additional member of the family. We used exome sequencing to ascertain the underlying mutation and explored its consequences on three-dimensional models of the affected protein. The MDST phenotype is associated with moderate short stature and knee pain in adults, while extra-skeletal complications are not observed. The sequencing showed that MDST segregated with a c.619T>G single nucleotide transversion in MMP13. The predicted non-conservative amino acid substitution, p. Trp207Gly, disrupts a crucial hydrogen bond in the calcium-binding region of the catalytic domain of the matrix metalloproteinase, MMP13. The MDST phenotype is associated with recessive MMP13 mutations, confirming the importance of this metalloproteinase in the metaphyseal growth plate. Dominant MMP13 mutations have been associated with metaphyseal anadysplasia (OMIM 602111), while a single child homozygous for a MMP13 mutation had been previously diagnosed as "recessive metaphyseal anadysplasia," that we conclude is the same nosologic entity as MDST. Molecular confirmation of MDST allows distinction of it from dominant conditions (e.g., metaphyseal dysplasia, Schmid type; OMIM # 156500) and from more severe multi-system conditions (such as cartilage-hair hypoplasia; OMIM # 250250) and to give precise recurrence risks and prognosis. [less ▲]

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See detailConstruction and verification of the transcriptional regulatory response network of Streptococcus mutans upon treatment with the biofilm inhibitor carolacton
Sudhakar, Padhmanand; Reck, Michael; Wang, Wei et al

in BMC Genomics (2014), 15

Carolacton is a newly identified secondary metabolite causing altered cell morphology and death of Streptococcus mutans biofilm cells. To unravel key regulators mediating these effects, the ... [more ▼]

Carolacton is a newly identified secondary metabolite causing altered cell morphology and death of Streptococcus mutans biofilm cells. To unravel key regulators mediating these effects, the transcriptional regulatory response network of S. mutans biofilms upon carolacton treatment was constructed and analyzed. A systems biological approach integrating timeresolved transcriptomic data, reverse engineering, transcription factor binding sites, and experimental validation was carried out. The co-expression response network constructed from transcriptomic data using the reverse engineering algorithm called the Trend Correlation method consisted of 8284 gene-pairs. The regulatory response network inferred by superimposing transcription factor binding site information into the co-expression network comprised 329 putative transcriptional regulatory interactions and could be classified into 27 sub-networks each co-regulated by a transcription factor. These sub-networks were significantly enriched with genes sharing common functions. The regulatory response network displayed global hierarchy and network motifs as observed in model organisms. The sub-networks modulated by the pyrimidine biosynthesis regulator PyrR, the glutamine synthetase repressor GlnR, the cysteine metabolism regulator CysR, global regulators CcpA and CodY and the two component system response regulators VicR and MbrC among others could putatively be related to the physiological effect of carolacton. The predicted interactions from the regulatory network between MbrC, known to be involved in cell envelope stress response, and the murMN-SMU_718c genes encoding peptidoglycan biosynthetic enzymes were experimentally confirmed using Electro Mobility Shift Assays. Furthermore, gene deletion mutants of five predicted key regulators from the response networks were constructed and their sensitivities towards carolacton were investigated. Deletion of cysR, the node having the highest connectivity among the regulators chosen from the regulatory network, resulted in a mutant which was insensitive to carolacton thus demonstrating not only the essentiality of cysR for the response of S. mutans biofilms to carolacton but also the relevance of the predicted network. The network approach used in this study revealed important regulators and interactions as part of the response mechanisms of S. mutans biofilm cells to carolacton. It also opens a door for further studies into novel drug targets against streptococci. [less ▲]

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See detailEssential O-responsive genes of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and their network revealed by integrating dynamic data from inverted conditions.
He, Feng UL; Wang, Wei; Zheng, Ping et al

in Integrative Biology (2014), 6(2), 215-223

Identification of the gene network through which Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 (PA) adapts to altered oxygen-availability environments is essential for a better understanding of stress responses and ... [more ▼]

Identification of the gene network through which Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 (PA) adapts to altered oxygen-availability environments is essential for a better understanding of stress responses and pathogenicity of PA. We performed high-time-resolution (HTR) transcriptome analyses of PA in a continuous cultivation system during the transition from high oxygen tension to low oxygen tension (HLOT) and the reversed transition from low to high oxygen tension (LHOT). From those genes responsive to both transient conditions, we identified 85 essential oxygen-availability responsive genes (EORGs), including the expected ones (arcDABC) encoding enzymes for arginine fermentation. We then constructed the regulatory network for the EORGs of PA by integrating information from binding motif searching, literature and HTR data. Notably, our results show that only the sub-networks controlled by the well-known oxygen-responsive transcription factors show a very high consistency between the inferred network and literature knowledge, e.g. 87.5% and 83.3% of the obtained sub-network controlled by the anaerobic regulator (ANR) and a quorum sensing regulator RhIR, respectively. These results not only reveal stringent EORGs of PA and their transcription regulatory network, but also highlight that achieving a high accuracy of the inferred regulatory network might be feasible only for the apparently affected regulators under the given conditions but not for all the expressed regulators on a genome scale. [less ▲]

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