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Modeling Edar expression reveals the hidden dynamics of tooth signaling center patterning

Author(s) : Sadier A, Twarogowska M, Steklíková k, Hayden L, Lambert A, Schneider P, Laudet V, Hovorakova M, Calvez V, Pantalacci S,
Journal : PLOS Biology

Developmental and comparative transcriptomic identification of iridophore contribution to white barring in clownfish.

Author(s) : Salis P, Lorin T, Lewis V, Rey C, Marcionetti A, Escande M, Roux N, Besseau L, Salamin N, Semon M, Parichy D, Volff J, Laudet V,
Journal : Pigment Cell Melanoma Res
Actinopterygian fishes harbor at least eight distinct pigment cell types, leading to a fascinating diversity of colors. Among this diversity, the cellular origin of the white color appears to be linked to several pigment cell types such as iridophores or leucophores. We used the clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris, which has a color pattern consisting of white bars over a darker body, to characterize thepigment cells that underlie the white hue. We observe by electron microscopy that cells in white bars are similar to iridophores. In addition, the transcriptomic signature of clownfish white bars exhibits similarities with that of zebrafish iridophores. We further show by pharmacological treatments that these cells are necessary for the white color. Among the top differentially expressed genes in white skin, we identified several genes (fhl2a, fhl2b, saiyan, gpnmb, and apoD1a) and show that three of them are expressed in iridophores. Finally, we show by CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenesis that these genes are critical for iridophore developmentin zebrafish. Our analyses provide clues to the genomic underpinning of color diversity and allow identification of new iridophore genes in fish.

Single cell RNA-seq identifies the origins of heterogeneity in efficient cell transdifferentiation and reprogramming

Author(s) : Francesconi M, Di Stefano B, Berenguer C, de Andrés-Aguayo L, Plana-Carmona M, Mendez-Lago M, Guillaumet-Adkins A, Rodriguez-Esteban G, Gut M, Gut I, Heyn H, Lehner B, Graf T,
Journal : eLife

HTLV-1 Tax plugs and freezes UPF1 helicase leading to nonsense-mediated mRNA decay inhibition.

Author(s) : Fiorini F, Robin J, Kanaan J, Borowiak M, Croquette V, Le Hir H, Jalinot P, Mocquet V,
Journal : Nat Commun
Up-Frameshift Suppressor 1 Homolog (UPF1) is a key factor for nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD), a cellular process that can actively degrade mRNAs. Here, we study NMD inhibition during infection by human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-1) and characterise the influence of the retroviral Tax factor on UPF1 activity. Tax interacts with the central helicase core domain of UPF1 and might plug the RNA channel of UPF1, reducing its affinity for nucleic acids. Furthermore, using a single-molecule approach, we show that the sequential interaction of Tax with a RNA-bound UPF1 freezes UPF1: this latter is less sensitive to the presence of ATP and shows translocation defects, highlighting the importance of this feature for NMD. These mechanistic insights reveal how HTLV-1 hijacks the central component of NMD to ensure expression of its own genome.

Evolution of mitotic spindle behavior during the first asymmetric embryonic division of nematodes.

Author(s) : Valfort A, Launay C, Semon M, Delattre M,
Journal : PLoS Biol
Asymmetric cell division is essential to generate cellular diversity. In many animal cells, the cleavage plane lies perpendicular to the mitotic spindle, and it is the spindle positioning that dictates the size of the daughter cells. Although some properties of spindle positioning are conserved between distantly related model species and different cell types, little is known of the evolutionary robustness of the mechanisms underlying this event. We recorded thefirst embryonic division of 42 species of nematodes closely related to Caenorhabditis elegans, which is an excellent model system to study the biophysical properties of asymmetric spindle positioning. Our recordings, corresponding to 128 strains from 27 Caenorhabditis and 15 non-Caenorhabditis species (accessible at, constitute a powerful collection of subcellular phenotypes to study the evolution of various cellular processes across species. In the present work, we analyzed our collection to the study of asymmetric spindle positioning. Although all the strains underwent an asymmetric first cell division, they exhibited large intra-and inter-species variations in the degree of cell asymmetry and in several parameters controlling spindle movement, including spindle oscillation, elongation, and displacement. Notably, these parameters changed frequently during evolution with no apparent directionality in the species phylogeny, with the exception of spindle transverse oscillations, which were an evolutionary innovation at the base of the Caenorhabditis genus. These changes were also unrelated to evolutionary variations in embryo size. Importantly, spindle elongation, displacement, and oscillation each evolved independently. This finding contrasts starkly with expectations based on C. elegans studies and reveals previously unrecognized evolutionary changes in spindle mechanics. Collectively, these data demonstrate that, while the essential process of asymmetric cell division has been conserved over the course of nematode evolution, the underlying spindle movement parameters can combine in various ways. Like other developmental processes, asymmetric cell division is subject tosystem drift.

Accurate detection of convergent amino-acid evolution with PCOC.

Author(s) : Rey C, Gueguen L, Semon M, Boussau B,
Journal : Mol Biol Evol
In the history of life, some phenotypes have been acquired several times independently, through convergent evolution. Recently, lots of genome-scale studies have been devoted to identify nucleotides or amino acids that changed ina convergent manner when the convergent phenotypes evolved. These efforts have had mixed results, probably because of differences in the detection methods, andbecause of conceptual differences about the definition of a convergent substitution. Some methods contend that substitutions are convergent only if they occur on all branches where the phenotype changed towards the exact same state at a given nucleotide or amino acid position. Others are much looser in their requirements and define a convergent substitution as one that leads the site at which they occur to prefer a phylogeny in which species with the convergent phenotype group together. Here we suggest to look for convergent shifts in aminoacid preferences instead of convergent substitutions to the exact same amino acid. We define as convergent shifts substitutions that occur on all branches where the phenotype changed and such that they correspond to a change in the type of amino acid preferred at this position. We implement the corresponding model into a method named PCOC. We show on simulations that PCOC better recovers convergent shifts than existing methods in terms of sensitivity and specificity.We test it on a plant protein alignment where convergent evolution has been studied in detail and find that our method recovers several previously identified convergent substitutions and proposes credible new candidates.

CAARS: comparative assembly and annotation of RNA-Seq data.

Author(s) : Rey C, Veber P, Boussau B, Semon M,
Journal : Bioinformatics
Motivation: RNA sequencing is a widely used approach to obtain transcript sequences in non-model organisms, notably for performing comparative analyses. However, current bioinformatic pipelines do not take full advantage of pre-existing reference data in related species for improving RNA-seq assembly, annotation, and gene family reconstruction. Results: We built an automated pipeline named CAARS to combine novel data from RNA-Seq experiments with existing multi-species gene family alignments. RNA-Seq reads are assembled into transcripts by both de novo and assisted assemblies. Then, CAARS incorporates transcripts into gene families, builds gene alignments and trees, and uses phylogenetic information to classify the genes as orthologs and paralogs of existing genes. We used CAARS to assemble and annotate RNA-Seq data in rodents and fishes using distantly related genomes as reference, a difficult case for this kind of analysis. We showed CAARS assemblies are more complete and accuratethan those assembled by a standard pipeline consisting of de novo assembly coupled with annotation by sequence similarity on a guide species. In addition to annotated transcripts, CAARS provides gene family alignments and trees, annotated with orthology relationships, directly usable for downstream comparative analyses. Availability and implementation: CAARS is implemented in Python and Ocaml and is freely available at Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

The Ectodysplasin receptor EDAR acts as a tumor suppressor in melanoma by conditionally inducing cell death.

Author(s) : Vial J, Royet A, Cassier P, Tortereau A, Dinvaut S, Maillet D, Gratadou-Hupon L, Creveaux M, Sadier A, Tondeur G, Leon S, Depaepe L, Pantalacci S, de la Fouchardiere A, Micheau O, Dalle S, Laudet V, Mehlen P, Castets M,
Journal : Cell Death Differ
Ectodysplasin receptor EDAR is seen as a typical Tumor Necrosis Factor receptor (TNFR) family member known to interact with its ligand Eda-A1, and signaling mainly through the nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) and c-jun N-terminal kinases pathways. Mutations in genes that encode proteins involved in EDAR transduction cascade cause anhidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. Here, we report an unexpected pro-apoptotic activity of EDAR when unbound to its ligand Eda-A1, which is independent of NF-kappaB pathway. Contrarily to other death receptors, EDAR doesrecruit caspase-8 to trigger apoptosis but solely upon ligand withdrawal, thereby behaving as the so-called dependence receptors. We propose that pro-apoptotic activity of unbound EDAR confers it a tumor suppressive activity. Along this line, we identified loss-of-pro-apoptotic function mutations in EDAR gene in human melanoma. Moreover, we show that the invalidation of EDAR in mice promotesmelanoma progression in a B-Raf mutant background. Together, these data support the view that EDAR constrains melanoma progression by acting as a dependence receptor.

Condensin controls cellular RNA levels through the accurate segregation of chromosomes instead of directly regulating transcription.

Author(s) : Hocquet C, Robellet X, Modolo L, Sun X, Burny C, Cuylen-Haering S, Toselli E, Clauder-Munster S, Steinmetz L, Haering C, Marguerat S, Bernard P,
Journal : Elife
Condensins are genome organisers that shape chromosomes and promote their accurate transmission. Several studies have also implicated condensins in gene expression, although any mechanisms have remained enigmatic. Here, we report on the role of condensin in gene expression in fission and budding yeasts. In contrast to previous studies, we provide compelling evidence that condensin plays no direct role in the maintenance of the transcriptome, neither during interphase nor during mitosis. We further show that the changes in gene expression in post-mitotic fission yeast cells that result from condensin inactivation are largely a consequence of chromosome missegregation during anaphase, which notably depletes the RNA-exosome from daughter cells. Crucially, preventing karyotype abnormalities in daughter cells restores a normal transcriptome despite condensin inactivation. Thus, chromosome instability, rather than a direct role of condensin in the transcription process, changes gene expression. This knowledge challenges the concept of gene regulation by canonical condensin complexes.