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The Stochastic Silencing Phenotype of Arabidopsis Morc6 Mutants Reveals a Role in Efficient RNA-directed DNA Methylation The Plant Journal : for Cell and Molecular Biology. Sep, 2013 | Pubmed ID: 23675613 The RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM) pathway is of central importance to the initiation and maintenance of transcriptional gene silencing in plants. DNA methylation is directed to target sequences by a mechanism that involves production of small RNAs by RNA polymerase IV and long non-coding RNAs by RNA polymerase V. DNA methylation then leads to recruitment of histone-modifying enzymes, followed by establishment of a silenced chromatin state. Recently MORC6, a member of the microrchidia (MORC) family of adenosine triphosphatases (ATPases), has been shown to be involved in transcriptional gene silencing. However, reports differ regarding whether MORC6 is involved in RdDM itself or acts downstream of DNA methylation to enable formation of higher-order chromatin structure. Here we demonstrate that MORC6 is required for efficient RdDM at some target loci, and, using a GFP reporter system, we found that morc6 mutants show a stochastic silencing phenotype. By using cell sorting to separate silenced and unsilenced cells, we show that release of silencing at this locus is associated with a loss of DNA methylation. Thus our data support a view that MORC6 influences RdDM and that it is not acting downstream of DNA methylation. For some loci, efficient initiation or maintenance of DNA methylation may depend on the ability to form higher-order chromatin structure.
Draft Genome Sequence of Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia SeITE02, a Gammaproteobacterium Isolated from Selenite-Contaminated Mining Soil Genome Announcements. May, 2014 | Pubmed ID: 24812214 Stenotrophomonas maltophilia strain SeITE02 was isolated from the rhizosphere of the selenium-hyperaccumulating legume Astragalus bisculcatus. In this report, we provide the 4.56-Mb draft genome sequence of S. maltophilia SeITE02, a gammaproteobacterium that can withstand high concentrations of selenite and reduce these to elemental selenium.
Pitfalls of Haplotype Phasing from Amplicon-based Long-read Sequencing Scientific Reports. Feb, 2016 | Pubmed ID: 26883533 The long-read sequencers from Pacific Bioscience (PacBio) and Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) offer the opportunity to phase mutations multiple kilobases apart directly from sequencing reads. In this study, we used long-range PCR with ONT and PacBio sequencing to phase two variants 9 kb apart in the RET gene. We also re-analysed data from a recent paper which had apparently successfully used ONT to phase clinically important haplotypes at the CYP2D6 and HLA loci. From these analyses, we demonstrate PCR-chimera formation during PCR amplification and reference alignment bias are pitfalls that need to be considered when attempting to phase variants using amplicon-based long-read sequencing technologies. These methodological pitfalls need to be avoided if the opportunities provided by long-read sequencers are to be fully exploited.