- The circadian clock in plants temporally coordinates biological processes throughout the day, synchronizing gene expression with diurnal environmental changes. Circadian oscillator proteins are known to regulate the expression of clock-controlled plant genes by controlling their transcription. Here, using a high-throughput RNA-Seq approach, we examined genome-wide circadian and diurnal control of the Arabidopsis transcriptome, finding that the oscillation patterns of different transcripts of multitranscript genes can exhibit substantial differences and demonstrating that the circadian clock affects posttranscriptional regulation.
- Cisplatin is the most commonly used chemotherapeutic drug for managing solid tumors. However, toxicity and the innate or acquired resistance of cancer cells to the drug limit its usefulness. Cisplatin kills cells by forming cisplatin-DNA adducts, most commonly the Pt-d(GpG) diadduct. We recently showed that, in mice, repair of this adduct 2 h following injection is controlled by two circadian programs. 1) The circadian clock controls transcription of 2000 genes in liver and, via transcription-directed repair, controls repair of the transcribed strand (TS) of these genes in a rhythmic fashion unique to each gene’s phase of transcription.
- The unique nucleolar environment, the repetitive nature of ribosomal DNA (rDNA), and especially the possible involvement of RNA polymerase I (RNAPI) in transcription-coupled repair (TCR) have made the study of repair of rDNA both interesting and challenging. TCR, the transcription-dependent, preferential excision repair of the template strand compared with the nontranscribed (coding) strand has been clearly demonstrated in genes transcribed by RNAPII. Whether TCR occurs in rDNA is unresolved. In the present work, we have applied analytical methods to map repair events in rDNA using data generated by the newly developed XR-seq procedure, which measures excision repair genome-wide with single-nucleotide resolution.
- Nucleotide excision repair in Escherichia coli is stimulated by transcription, specifically in the transcribed strand. Previously, it was shown that this transcription-coupled repair (TCR) is mediated by the Mfd translocase. Recently, it was proposed that in fact the majority of TCR in E. coli is catalyzed by a second pathway (“backtracking-mediated TCR”) that is dependent on the UvrD helicase and the guanosine pentaphosphate (ppGpp) alarmone/stringent response regulator. Recently, we reported that as measured by the excision repair–sequencing (XR-seq), UvrD plays no role in TCR genome-wide.