Questions tagged [gene-regulation]

The processes by which gene products (largely RNA and proteins) are increased or decreased.

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How does miRNA change as biomarker after disease remission?

I am going to start a research about miRNA and I found it is not only used a biomarker as genetic susbitbilty, but also a response marker. This idea is so unintutive for me that what me to ask: How ...
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Question about alternative polyadenylation

I know that alternative polyadenylation creates different transcript isoforms. My question is whether alternative polyadenylation ever results in differences in the terminal/last exon? The only case I ...
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Can gene-gene interactions result in gene expression?

I am building a project on Inferring Gene Regulatory Networks using ARACNE and PCA-CMI algorithms, and the input to these algorithms is taken from the DREAM3 challenge. The format of the input data ...
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Why are tumor suppressor genes recessive?

In my Intro. to Biochemistry course, we have been studying cancer. The professor has pointed out that tumor suppressor genes are "recessive" while proto-oncogenes are "dominant". Since only one ...
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what happens when you put enhancer and caat box in prokaryotes

what happens when you put enhancer and caat box in prokaryotes
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Finding targets of transcription factors

I'm trying to find an easy way to get a list of putative targets of a particular transcription factor (for example, STAT1). I'm interested in targets determined using both experimental and ...
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response elements in transcription regulation

I'm studying eukaryotic gene regulation and I want to know whether there are some instances where transcription factors don't need to bind to response elements to initiate transcription. RNA ...
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What is the difference between a response element and a enhancer?

I have been confused as to the difference between a response element and an enhancer. Wikipedia has the definition of response element as the following: Response elements are short sequences of ...
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What are some online databases that I can search to find the pathways for sythesis of Lignin, Cellulose, GAX?

I am trying to obtain the pathway information for synthesis of Lignin,GAX and Cellulose in Sorghum. I am quite new to biology and genetics (EE background). I would appreciate it if y'all can provide ...
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Can the same target gene be regulated differently by the same transcription factor under different conditions?

I'm very new in biology and doing more computational analysis. I'm confused with the type of interactions between Transcription Factors (TF) and target genes. Is it possible that the same ...
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What is the difference between “dysregulation” and “deregulation” of miRNA?

I've started to study the role of miRNA in cancer. Wikipedia says: Just as miRNA is involved in the normal functioning of eukaryotic cells, so has dysregulation of miRNA been associated with ...
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How is the breakdown of lactose regulated at the gene level?

How is the breakdown of lactose regulated at the gene level? This is my answer: Without lactose in the cell, the repressor protein binds to the operator and prevents the read through of RNA ...
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Consensus sequence for selection of initiation codon in eukaryotes

In bacteria the AUG (or other) codon at which translation of mRNA is initiated is preceded at a precise distance by a sequence known as the Shine and Dalgarno sequence, to which the 30S subunit ...
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Length of upstream and downstream of tss important for gene regulation o

I want to find SNPs in the upstream and downstream regions of transcription start sites of some 42 genes implicated in a disease (on which I am working). Are there any suggestions on what length ...
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Books on machine learning applications in Biology

I have recently engaged with a collaboration, which requires me to construct, then train an unsupervised artificial neural network (ANN). However, I have only a very coarse understanding of what ...
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Finding Regulatory Elements: How Have People Been Doing This?

First up, I am NOT asking about how to search for and match regulatory elements using a database. I'm asking about how people found what to search for and match in a genome, how they built those ...
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On enhancers, strands, and zygosity

I came across a passage on enhancers that sounds out-of-whack to me: ...an enhancer sits on just one of DNA's two strands (usually the same strand as the protein-coding DNA gene itself). This is ...
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How do messenger RNAs regulate each other's expression levels?

I know that researchers learn gene regulatory networks from microarray experiments that measure the mRNA expression levels. However, I do not understand how mRNAs regulate each other's levels. Do they ...
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Can a miRNA be upregulated and downregulated in the same disease

I am computational guy and hence apologies if the question is silly. Can the same miRNA show upregulation and downregulation in the same disease? (Not in the same experiment, though). For e.g. can ...
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Can the brain influence gene expression?

A neuroscientist told me (according to my hazy memory) that the brain/nervous system can have an epigenetic function, ie directly regulate gene expression. I'm not a biologist, but she talked me ...
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How are constitutive enzymes regulated?

I found that inducible enzymes can be regulated by many ways, but I cannot find how constitutive enzymes are regulated...
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Are the subordinate genes of a repressed operon really “turned off”?

Operons are often described using all or nothing language. A repressor binding to the operator is usually presented as "turning off" the regulated genes. Case in point, Scitable at Nature.com says: ...
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How much time do the different mechanisms of gene regulation need to take effect?

I am thinking of the major regulatory mechanisms, like general transcription factors, activators, repressors, and RNA interference. If non-active regulator genes using each of the different ...
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Does a gene that regulates itself necessarily be a transcription factor?

I am not a biologist, so please pardon the overly noob question. Some genes are transcription factors (TF) and regulate other genes. My question is: if a gene is NOT a TF gene, can it regulate itself? ...
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Transcription of Genes: Are Specific Transcription Factors + Enhancers Necessary?

I learned about transcription in my AP Biology class and we discussed how transcription occurs, but I was wondering whether transcription always requires the enhancers, activators (specific ...
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Can genes be expressed sequentially?

As I understand it, any gene on an exposed/unpacked region of a chromosome is continuously being expressed. Regulatory genes may increase or decrease the amount of protein synthesised due to its ...
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Ways to identify that proteins are regulating different genes experimentally

As part of my study I have been given this hypothesis: HIF 1a and HIF 2a regulate different genes in multiple myeloma What ways do we have to identify that these proteins are regulating different ...
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120-year-old gene regulation problem independently solved by a computer. How?

My Background: I'm a mathematics graduate student with a physics background. I have a very little biology knowledge and a little knowledge of machine learning and statistics. Topic: I recently ...
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Why is the gene regulation in eukaryotic cells needs multiple level of control than in prokaryotic cells?

That "eukaryotic cells are more complex" and "compartmentalized" are used to justify the need of more level of control of gene expression. I get the basic idea but can't convince myself why complexity ...
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Is RNA polymerase affected by proteins bound to the coding sequence of a gene?

I am designing a synthetic gene construct to express genes in E. coli driven by either Ptet or PLacO. The construct would look like: -Ptet-(Gene1)-PLacO-(Gene2)- I want to express each gene using ...
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Regulation of V. cholerae virulence factors

So I know that several different environmental signals, such as pH, bile, and temperature, regulate virulence gene expression in V. cholerae. Specifically, they control expression of the genes ...
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Do nucleosomes ever completely unwrap during transcription?

In eukaryotic transcription will the nucleosomes ever completely unwind the DNA and the histone complex disassemble? If an operon is more 160 base pairs it seems it must.
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Do DNA repressors exist?

I know about enhancers and the mechanism that lead them to increase the gene expression of their targets but I was wondering if similarly DNA repressors exist. I know about protein repressors but I am ...
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“Enhancers” of enhancers?

I am looking for examples (if any) of genomic regions which regulates the activity of enhancers, either augmenting or reducing it. Essentially some kind of enhancers (or repressors) of enhancers to ...
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enhancers in cell-type-specific signatures

I was reading an article in nature : Epigenomics: Roadmap for regulation and was confused by the definition or/and interpretation of enhancers. Enhancers are activated through interactions with ...
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What is it about the housekeeping genes that makes them almost immune to gene regulation?

When it comes to eukaryotes, including ourselves, we have all different kinds of specialized cells and tissues that are so different, yet originally all came from the same single cell. And apparently ...
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What is the mechanism by which lamins regulate gene expression?

The heterochromatin is generally localized at the nuclear periphery (also near nuclear lamina), whereas active genes are preferentially found in the nuclear interior. Children with Hutchinson-...
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How to validate the regulatory interactions inferred from gene expression data?

My algorithm learns regulatory interaction between genes using Bayesian Network approach from gene expression data. After the algorithm has converged to a network of interacting genes, how to validate ...
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Why are most transcription factors enhancing the expression rather than repressing?

One can classify the effects of Transcription Factors (TF) on gene expression into two types: it either enhance or repress the gene expression. I have always been told that most of transcription ...
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Number of transcription factor genes in the human genome

What is the number of the transcription factor genes present in the human genome? Does this value differ compared to Mus musculus, Drosophila melanogaster, Arabidopsis thaliana, C. elegans and S. ...
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Hill's function for translational regulation

Transcriptional regulation is generally modeled as a Hill's function (similar to Michaelis-Menten Kinetics): $$\frac{dm_X}{dt}=\alpha _{m_X}.\frac{R}{K+R} -\beta _{m_X}.m_X$$ Where $m_X$ is the mRNA ...
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High frequency human genetic oscillators?

The most well studied genetic oscillators in human genomes are involved in regulating the circadian clock (which operates on an approximately 24-hour cycle) and cell cycle activity (with single cycles ...
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What are some atypical examples of positive transcriptional cooperativity?

Cooperativity in gene expression is an important feature of many regulatory networks. Described using the Hill function, the most common example is a transcription factor (TF) that when bound to its ...
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Heterochromatin production limitations

Currently playing with some ideas for a project and needed some guidance. I am wondering, both in Drosophila melanogaster and in general, is the amount of heterochromatin a cell/nucleus can produce ...
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Regulation of Cra protein level in E coli

Catabolite Activator/Repressor, Cra protein (formerly known as Fructure Repressor FruR) plays a significant role in central carbon metabolism of E coli. Its activity is inhibited by fructose-1,6-...
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Gene perturbation, what is it used for, explain to computer scientists? [closed]

I am trying to build a gene regulation network, and I need some basic knowledge of it. So, in gene research, we perturb genes. Such as knock down them? Can people tell 2 or 3 experiment methods to ...
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How can CI repressor both activate and repress $P_{RM}$ promoter found in $\lambda$ phage?

I'm reading a paper where the authors constructed a toggle switch that uses bidirectional $P_R/P_{RM}$ promoter found in the $\lambda$ phage. There are 3 binding sites - $O_{R1}$, $O_{R2}$, $O_{R3}$ - ...
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How can I re-format my DNA motifs' position weight matrices?

I am working with a set of DNA motifs that are predicted as potential regulatory motifs (e.g. transcription factor binding sites). The motifs belong to several species, and I wanted to cluster these ...
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Promoter in the lac operon

Here is the question: Suppose an experimenter becomes proficient with a technique that allows her to move DNA sequences within a prokaryotic genome. If she moves the promoter for the lac operon to ...
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Do “transcription factor binding site” and “operator” mean the same thing?

Can the terms "transcription factor binding site" and "operator" be used interchangeably in all contexts when referring to a DNA sequence, e.g. regardless of a cell type, whether or not the binding ...