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Li A.,Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Liu D.,Sichuan Agricultural University | Wu J.,Novogene Bioinformatics Institute | Zhao X.,Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences | And 11 more authors.
Plant Cell | Year: 2014

Nascent allohexaploid wheat may represent the initial genetic state of common wheat (Triticum aestivum), which arose as a hybrid between Triticum turgidum (AABB) and Aegilops tauschii (DD) and by chromosome doubling and outcompeted its parents in growth vigor and adaptability. To better understand the molecular basis for this success, we performed mRNA and small RNA transcriptome analyses in nascent allohexaploid wheat and its following generations, their progenitors, and the natural allohexaploid cultivar Chinese Spring, with the assistance of recently published A and D genome sequences. We found that nonadditively expressed protein-coding genes were rare but relevant to growth vigor. Moreover, a high proportion of protein-coding genes exhibited parental expression level dominance, with genes for which the total homoeolog expression level in the progeny was similar to that in T. turgidum potentially participating in development and those with similar expression to that in Ae. tauschii involved in adaptation. In addition, a high proportion of microRNAs showed nonadditive expression upon polyploidization, potentially leading to differential expression of important target genes. Furthermore, increased small interfering RNA density was observed for transposable element-associated D homoeologs in the allohexaploid progeny, which may account for biased repression of D homoeologs. Together, our data provide insights into small RNA-mediated dynamic homoeolog regulation mechanisms that may contribute to heterosis in nascent hexaploid wheat. © 2014 American Society of Plant Biologists. All rights reserved.


Zhou Y.,Peking University | Zhou Y.,Novogene Bioinformatics Institute | Zhou Y.,Cedars Sinai Medical Center | Zhao C.,Peking University | And 11 more authors.
Molecular Cancer Therapeutics | Year: 2014

Aberrantly activated c-MET signaling occurs in several cancers, promoting the development of c-MET inhibitors. In this study, we found that eight of eight thyroid cancer cell lines (including six anaplastic thyroid cell lines) have prominent expression of c-MET protein. Fifty percent of the thyroid cancer cell lines (four of eight) were growth inhibited by two small molecule c-MET inhibitors (tivantinib and crizotinib) associated with apoptosis and G 2-M cell-cycle arrest. However, crizotinib did not inhibit 50% proliferation of thyroid cancer cells (SW1736 and TL3) at a concentration at which the drug completely inhibited ligand-stimulated c-MET phosphorylation. However, tivantinib was less potent than crizotinib at inhibiting c-MET phosphorylation, but was more potent than crizotinib at decreasing cell growth. Suppressing c-MET protein expression and phosphorylation using siRNA targeting c-MET did not induce cell-cycle arrest and apoptosis. Taken together, tivantinib and crizotinib have off-target(s) activity, contributing to their antitumor activity. In vivo study showed that crizotinib markedly inhibited the growth of thyroid cancer cells (SW1736) in immunodeficient mice. In summary, c-MET inhibitors (tivantinib and crizotinib) suppress the growth of aggressive thyroid cancer cells, and this potential therapeutic benefit results from their non-MET-targeting effects. © 2013 American Association for Cancer Research.


Li J.,Shantou University | Zhou Y.,Novogene Bioinformatics Institute | Zhou Y.,Peking University | Gu J.,Shantou University | Gu J.,Peking University
Histochemistry and Cell Biology | Year: 2014

Multiple staining of more than one gene/antigen on a single tissue section is an indispensable tool in cell and tissue research. However, most of the available multiple staining techniques have limitations, and there has been no technique to simultaneously visualize and distinguish tissue antigens, nucleotide sequences and other chemical compounds on the same slide. Here, we present a practical and economic multiple stain technique, with which multiple cellular components including mRNA (with in situ hybridization), antigen epitope (with immunohistochemistry) and chemical molecules (with histochemistry) can be stained on a single tissue section to study their relationship. In addition, this technique also offers the possibility to evaluate morphology with an H&E staining on the same sections. We used the placenta, pancreas, breast ductal carcinoma, colon adenocarcinoma, cerebellum, tonsil and heart tissue sections to evaluate the applicability of this new technique. The sensitivity and specificity of the technique have been tested, and an optimal protocol is recommended. Its applications in surgical pathology and research are discussed. This technique offers a novel tool to evaluate the relationship among multiple components at the same or adjacent locations to meet the needs of pathology diagnosis and research. © 2014 Springer-Verlag.


PubMed | Novogene Bioinformatics Institute, Southwest University and Sichuan Agricultural University
Type: | Journal: PeerJ | Year: 2016

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play critical roles in many important biological processes, such as growth and development in mammals. Various studies of porcine muscle development have mainly focused on identifying miRNAs that are important for fetal and adult muscle development; however, little is known about the role of miRNAs in middle-aged muscle development. Here, we present a comprehensive investigation of miRNA transcriptomes across five porcine muscle development stages, including one prenatal and four postnatal stages. We identified 404 known porcine miRNAs, 118 novel miRNAs, and 101 miRNAs that are conserved in other mammals. A set of universally abundant miRNAs was found across the distinct muscle development stages. This set of miRNAs may play important housekeeping roles that are involved in myogenesis. A short time-series expression miner analysis indicated significant variations in miRNA expression across distinct muscle development stages. We also found enhanced differentiation- and morphogenesis-related miRNA levels in the embryonic stage; conversely, apoptosis-related miRNA levels increased relatively later in muscle development. These results provide integral insight into miRNA function throughout pig muscle development stages. Our findings will promote further development of the pig as a model organism for human age-related muscle disease research.


PubMed | Tsinghua University, Novogene Bioinformatics Institute and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Molecular biology and evolution | Year: 2016

Studying the genetic signatures of climate-driven selection can produce insights into local adaptation and the potential impacts of climate change on populations. The honey bee (Apis mellifera) is an interesting species to study local adaptation because it originated in tropical/subtropical climatic regions and subsequently spread into temperate regions. However, little is known about the genetic basis of its adaptation to temperate climates. Here, we resequenced the whole genomes of ten individual bees from a newly discovered population in temperate China and downloaded resequenced data from 35 individuals from other populations. We found that the new population is an undescribed subspecies in the M-lineage of A. mellifera (Apis mellifera sinisxinyuan). Analyses of population history show that long-term global temperature has strongly influenced the demographic history of A. m. sinisxinyuan and its divergence from other subspecies. Further analyses comparing temperate and tropical populations identified several candidate genes related to fat body and the Hippo signaling pathway that are potentially involved in adaptation to temperate climates. Our results provide insights into the demographic history of the newly discovered A. m. sinisxinyuan, as well as the genetic basis of adaptation of A. mellifera to temperate climates at the genomic level. These findings will facilitate the selective breeding of A. mellifera to improve the survival of overwintering colonies.


Cao S.,China Agricultural University | Han J.,China Agricultural University | Wu J.,Novogene Bioinformatics Institute | Li Q.,China Agricultural University | And 8 more authors.
BMC Genomics | Year: 2014

Background: Because few studies exist to describe the unique molecular network regulation behind pig pre-implantation embryonic development (PED), genetic engineering in the pig embryo is limited. Also, this lack of research has hindered derivation and application of porcine embryonic stem cells and porcine induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).Results: We identified and analyzed the genome wide transcriptomes of pig in vivo-derived and somatic cell nuclear transferred (SCNT) as well as mouse in vivo-derived pre-implantation embryos at different stages using mRNA deep sequencing. Comparison of the pig embryonic transcriptomes with those of mouse and human pre-implantation embryos revealed unique gene expression patterns during pig PED. Pig zygotic genome activation was confirmed to occur at the 4-cell stage via genome-wide gene expression analysis. This activation was delayed to the 8-cell stage in SCNT embryos. Specific gene expression analysis of the putative inner cell mass (ICM) and the trophectoderm (TE) revealed that pig and mouse pre-implantation embryos share regulatory networks during the first lineage segregation and primitive endoderm differentiation, but not during ectoderm commitment. Also, fatty acid metabolism appears to be a unique characteristic of pig pre-implantation embryonic development. In addition, the global gene expression patterns in the pig SCNT embryos were different from those in in vivo-derived pig embryos.Conclusions: Our results provide a resource for pluripotent stem cell engineering and for understanding pig development. © 2014 Cao et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Zhang N.,China Agricultural University | Zhang H.-J.,China Agricultural University | Zhao B.,China Agricultural University | Sun Q.-Q.,China Agricultural University | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Pineal Research | Year: 2014

Cucumber is a model cucurbitaceous plant with a known genome sequence which is important for studying molecular mechanisms of root development. In this study, RNA sequencing was employed to explore the mechanism of melatonin-induced lateral root formation in cucumber under salt stress. Three groups of seeds were examined, that is, seeds primed without melatonin (CK), seeds primed in a solution containing 10 or 500 μmol/L melatonin (M10 and M500, respectively). These seeds were then germinated in NaCl solution. The RNA-seq analysis generated 16,866,670 sequence reads aligned with 17,920 genes, which provided abundant data for the analysis of lateral root formation. A total of 17,552, 17,450, and 17,393 genes were identified from roots of the three treatments (CK, M10 and M500, respectively). The expression of 121 genes was significantly up-regulated, and 196 genes were significantly down-regulated in M500 which showed an obvious increase on the number of lateral roots. These genes were significantly enriched in 57 KEGG pathways and 16 GO terms (M500 versus CK). Based on their expression pattern, peroxidase-related genes were selected as the candidates to be involved in the melatonin response. Several transcription factor families might play important roles in lateral root formation processes. A number of genes related to cell wall formation, carbohydrate metabolic processes, oxidation/reduction processes, and catalytic activity also showed different expression patterns as a result of melatonin treatments. This RNA-sequencing study will enable the scientific community to better define the molecular processes that affect lateral root formation in response to melatonin treatment. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


PubMed | Tsinghua University, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Novogene Bioinformatics Institute and Huazhong Agricultural University
Type: | Journal: Nucleic acids research | Year: 2016

Applications that use Bacterial Artificial Chromosome (BAC) libraries often require paired-end sequences and knowledge of the physical location of each clone in plates. To facilitate obtaining this information in high-throughput, we generated pBACode vectors: a pool of BAC cloning vectors, each with a pair of random barcodes flanking its cloning site. In a pBACode BAC library, the BAC ends and their linked barcodes can be sequenced in bulk. Barcode pairs are determined by sequencing the empty pBACode vectors, which allows BAC ends to be paired according to their barcodes. For physical clone mapping, the barcodes are used as unique markers for their linked genomic sequence. After multi-dimensional pooling of BAC clones, the barcodes are sequenced and deconvoluted to locate each clone. We generated a pBACode library of 94,464 clones for the flounder Paralichthys olivaceus and obtained paired-end sequence from 95.4% of the clones. Incorporating BAC paired-ends into the genome preassembly improved its continuity by over 10-fold. Furthermore, we were able to use the barcodes to map the physical locations of each clone in just 50 pools, with up to 11 808 clones per pool. Our physical clone mapping located 90.2% of BAC clones, enabling targeted characterization of chromosomal rearrangements.


PubMed | Tsinghua University, Chinese PLA General Hospital and Novogene Bioinformatics Institute
Type: Journal Article | Journal: International journal of oncology | Year: 2016

Dramatic improvements in the understanding of oncogenes have spurred the development of molecular target therapies, which created an exigent need for comprehensive and rapid clinical genotyping. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) assay with increased performance and decreased cost is becoming more widely used in clinical diagnosis. However, the optimization and validation of NGS assay remain a challenge, especially for the detection of somatic variants at low mutant allele fraction (MAF). In the present study, we developed and validated the Novogene Comprehensive Panel (NCP) based on targeted capture for NGS analysis. Due to the high correlation between SNV/INDEL detection performance and target coverage, here we focused on these two types of variants for our deep sequencing strategy. To validate the capability of NCP in single-nucleotide variant (SNV) and small insert and deletion (INDEL) detection, we implemented a practical validation strategy with pooled cell lines, deep sequencing of pooled samples (>2000X average unique coverage across target region) achieving >99% sensitivity and high specificity (positive predictive value, PPV >99%) for all types of variations with expected MAF >5%. Furthermore, given the high sensitivity and that false positive may exist in this assay, we confirmed its accuracy of variants with MAF<5% using 35 formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor specimens by Quantstudio 3D Digital PCR (dPCR; Life Technologies) and obtained a high consistency (32 of 35 mutations detected by NGS were verified). We also used the amplification refractory mutation system (ARMS) to verify the variants with a MAF in a broad range of 2-63% detected in 33 FFPE samples and reached a 100% PPV for this assay. As a potential clinical diagnosis tool, NCP can robustly and comprehensively analyze clinical-related genes with high sensitivity and low cost.


PubMed | Xinjiang Academy of Animal Science, Shandong Academy of Sciences, Kashgar University, University of Eastern Finland and 8 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Molecular biology and evolution | Year: 2016

Global climate change has a significant effect on extreme environments and a profound influence on species survival. However, little is known of the genome-wide pattern of livestock adaptations to extreme environments over a short time frame following domestication. Sheep (Ovis aries) have become well adapted to a diverse range of agroecological zones, including certain extreme environments (e.g., plateaus and deserts), during their post-domestication (approximately 8-9 kya) migration and differentiation. Here, we generated whole-genome sequences from 77 native sheep, with an average effective sequencing depth of 5for 75 samples and 42for 2 samples. Comparative genomic analyses among sheep in contrasting environments, that is, plateau (>4,000m above sea level) versus lowland (<100m), high-altitude region (>1500m) versus low-altitude region (<1300m), desert (<10mm average annual precipitation) versus highly humid region (>600mm), and arid zone (<400mm) versus humid zone (>400mm), detected a novel set of candidate genes as well as pathways and GO categories that are putatively associated with hypoxia responses at high altitudes and water reabsorption in arid environments. In addition, candidate genes and GO terms functionally related to energy metabolism and body size variations were identified. This study offers novel insights into rapid genomic adaptations to extreme environments in sheep and other animals, and provides a valuable resource for future research on livestock breeding in response to climate change.

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