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Epigenetics & Chromatin

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428825/comprehensive-evaluation-of-genome-wide-5-hydroxymethylcytosine-profiling-approaches-in-human-dna
#1
Ksenia Skvortsova, Elena Zotenko, Phuc-Loi Luu, Cathryn M Gould, Shalima S Nair, Susan J Clark, Clare Stirzaker
BACKGROUND: The discovery that 5-methylcytosine (5mC) can be oxidized to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) by the ten-eleven translocation (TET) proteins has prompted wide interest in the potential role of 5hmC in reshaping the mammalian DNA methylation landscape. The gold-standard bisulphite conversion technologies to study DNA methylation do not distinguish between 5mC and 5hmC. However, new approaches to mapping 5hmC genome-wide have advanced rapidly, although it is unclear how the different methods compare in accurately calling 5hmC...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413451/differential-dna-methylation-at-conserved-non-genic-elements-and-evidence-for-transgenerational-inheritance-following-developmental-exposure-to-mono-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-and-5-azacytidine-in-zebrafish
#2
Jorke H Kamstra, Liana Bastos Sales, Peter Aleström, Juliette Legler
BACKGROUND: Exposure to environmental stressors during development may lead to latent and transgenerational adverse health effects. To understand the role of DNA methylation in these effects, we used zebrafish as a vertebrate model to investigate heritable changes in DNA methylation following chemical-induced stress during early development. We exposed zebrafish embryos to non-embryotoxic concentrations of the biologically active phthalate metabolite mono(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (MEHP, 30 µM) and the DNA methyltransferase 1 inhibitor 5-azacytidine (5AC, 10 µM)...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413450/fetal-testis-organ-culture-reproduces-the-dynamics-of-epigenetic-reprogramming-in-rat-gonocytes
#3
Arlette Rwigemera, Fabien Joao, Geraldine Delbes
BACKGROUND: Epigenetic reprogramming is a critical step in male germ cell development that occurs during perinatal life. It is characterized by the remodeling of different epigenetic marks such as DNA methylation (5mC) and methylation of histone H3. It has been suggested that endocrine disruptors can affect the male germline epigenome by altering epigenetic reprogramming, but the mechanisms involved are still unknown. We have previously used an organ culture system that maintains the development of the different fetal testis cell types, to evaluate the effects of various endocrine disruptors on gametogenesis and steroidogenesis in the rat...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413449/links-between-dna-methylation-and-nucleosome-occupancy-in-the-human-genome
#4
Clayton K Collings, John N Anderson
BACKGROUND: DNA methylation is an epigenetic modification that is enriched in heterochromatin but depleted at active promoters and enhancers. However, the debate on whether or not DNA methylation is a reliable indicator of high nucleosome occupancy has not been settled. For example, the methylation levels of DNA flanking CTCF sites are higher in linker DNA than in nucleosomal DNA, while other studies have shown that the nucleosome core is the preferred site of methylation. In this study, we make progress toward understanding these conflicting phenomena by implementing a bioinformatics approach that combines MNase-seq and NOMe-seq data and by comprehensively profiling DNA methylation and nucleosome occupancy throughout the human genome...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396698/internal-modifications-in-the-cenp-a-nucleosome-modulate-centromeric-dynamics
#5
Minh Bui, Mary Pitman, Arthur Nuccio, Serene Roque, Paul Gregory Donlin-Asp, Aleksandra Nita-Lazar, Garegin A Papoian, Yamini Dalal
BACKGROUND: Posttranslational modifications of core histones are correlated with changes in transcriptional status, chromatin fiber folding, and nucleosome dynamics. However, within the centromere-specific histone H3 variant CENP-A, few modifications have been reported, and their functions remain largely unexplored. In this multidisciplinary report, we utilize in silico computational and in vivo approaches to dissect lysine 124 of human CENP-A, which was previously reported to be acetylated in advance of replication...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344658/flightless-i-governs-cell-fate-by-recruiting-the-sumo-isopeptidase-senp3-to-distinct-hox-genes
#6
Arnab Nayak, Anja Reck, Christian Morsczeck, Stefan Müller
BACKGROUND: Despite recent studies on the role of ubiquitin-related SUMO modifier in cell fate decisions, our understanding on precise molecular mechanisms of these processes is limited. Previously, we established that the SUMO isopeptidase SENP3 regulates chromatin assembly of the MLL1/2 histone methyltransferase complex at distinct HOX genes, including the osteogenic master regulator DLX3. A comprehensive mechanism that regulates SENP3 transcriptional function was not understood. RESULTS: Here, we identified flightless-I homolog (FLII), a member of the gelsolin family of actin-remodeling proteins, as a novel regulator of SENP3...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344657/well-positioned-nucleosomes-punctuate-polycistronic-pol-ii-transcription-units-and-flank-silent-vsg-gene-arrays-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#7
Johannes Petrus Maree, Megan Lindsay Povelones, David Johannes Clark, Gloria Rudenko, Hugh-George Patterton
BACKGROUND: The compaction of DNA in chromatin in eukaryotes allowed the expansion of genome size and coincided with significant evolutionary diversification. However, chromatin generally represses DNA function, and mechanisms coevolved to regulate chromatin structure and its impact on DNA. This included the selection of specific nucleosome positions to modulate accessibility to the DNA molecule. Trypanosoma brucei, a member of the Excavates supergroup, falls in an ancient evolutionary branch of eukaryotes and provides valuable insight into the organization of chromatin in early genomes...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331549/dynamics-of-5-methylcytosine-and-5-hydroxymethylcytosine-during-pronuclear-development-in-equine-zygotes-produced-by-icsi
#8
Sonia Heras, Katrien Smits, Catharina De Schauwer, Ann Van Soom
BACKGROUND: Global epigenetic reprogramming is considered to be essential during embryo development to establish totipotency. In the classic model first described in the mouse, the genome-wide DNA demethylation is asymmetric between the paternal and the maternal genome. The paternal genome undergoes ten-eleven translocation (TET)-mediated active DNA demethylation, which is completed before the end of the first cell cycle. Since TET enzymes oxidize 5-methylcytosine to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, the latter is postulated to be an intermediate stage toward DNA demethylation...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293301/histone-peptide-microarray-screen-of-chromo-and-tudor-domains-defines-new-histone-lysine-methylation-interactions
#9
Erin K Shanle, Stephen A Shinsky, Joseph B Bridgers, Narkhyun Bae, Cari Sagum, Krzysztof Krajewski, Scott B Rothbart, Mark T Bedford, Brian D Strahl
BACKGROUND: Histone posttranslational modifications (PTMs) function to regulate chromatin structure and function in part through the recruitment of effector proteins that harbor specialized "reader" domains. Despite efforts to elucidate reader domain-PTM interactions, the influence of neighboring PTMs and the target specificity of many reader domains is still unclear. The aim of this study was to use a high-throughput histone peptide microarray platform to interrogate 83 known and putative histone reader domains from the chromo and Tudor domain families to identify their interactions and characterize the influence of neighboring PTMs on these interactions...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293300/silencing-markers-are-retained-on-pericentric-heterochromatin-during-murine-primordial-germ-cell-development
#10
Aristea Magaraki, Godfried van der Heijden, Esther Sleddens-Linkels, Leonidas Magarakis, Wiggert A van Cappellen, Antoine H F M Peters, Joost Gribnau, Willy M Baarends, Maureen Eijpe
BACKGROUND: In the nuclei of most mammalian cells, pericentric heterochromatin is characterized by DNA methylation, histone modifications such as H3K9me3 and H4K20me3, and specific binding proteins like heterochromatin-binding protein 1 isoforms (HP1 isoforms). Maintenance of this specialized chromatin structure is of great importance for genome integrity and for the controlled repression of the repetitive elements within the pericentric DNA sequence. Here we have studied histone modifications at pericentric heterochromatin during primordial germ cell (PGC) development using different fixation conditions and fluorescent immunohistochemical and immunocytochemical protocols...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293299/identification-of-epigenetic-signature-associated-with-alpha-thalassemia-mental-retardation-x-linked-syndrome
#11
Laila C Schenkel, Kristin D Kernohan, Arran McBride, Ditta Reina, Amanda Hodge, Peter J Ainsworth, David I Rodenhiser, Guillaume Pare, Nathalie G Bérubé, Cindy Skinner, Kym M Boycott, Charles Schwartz, Bekim Sadikovic
BACKGROUND: Alpha thalassemia/mental retardation X-linked syndrome (ATR-X) is caused by a mutation at the chromatin regulator gene ATRX. The mechanisms involved in the ATR-X pathology are not completely understood, but may involve epigenetic modifications. ATRX has been linked to the regulation of histone H3 and DNA methylation, while mutations in the ATRX gene may lead to the downstream epigenetic and transcriptional effects. Elucidating the underlying epigenetic mechanisms altered in ATR-X will provide a better understanding about the pathobiology of this disease, as well as provide novel diagnostic biomarkers...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265301/assessing-histone-demethylase-inhibitors-in-cells-lessons-learned
#12
Stephanie B Hatch, Clarence Yapp, Raquel C Montenegro, Pavel Savitsky, Vicki Gamble, Anthony Tumber, Gian Filippo Ruda, Vassilios Bavetsias, Oleg Fedorov, Butrus Atrash, Florence Raynaud, Rachel Lanigan, LeAnne Carmichael, Kathy Tomlin, Rosemary Burke, Susan M Westaway, Jack A Brown, Rab K Prinjha, Elisabeth D Martinez, Udo Oppermann, Christopher J Schofield, Chas Bountra, Akane Kawamura, Julian Blagg, Paul E Brennan, Olivia Rossanese, Susanne Müller
BACKGROUND: Histone lysine demethylases (KDMs) are of interest as drug targets due to their regulatory roles in chromatin organization and their tight associations with diseases including cancer and mental disorders. The first KDM inhibitors for KDM1 have entered clinical trials, and efforts are ongoing to develop potent, selective and cell-active 'probe' molecules for this target class. Robust cellular assays to assess the specific engagement of KDM inhibitors in cells as well as their cellular selectivity are a prerequisite for the development of high-quality inhibitors...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250819/smyd5-regulates-h4k20me3-marked-heterochromatin-to-safeguard-es-cell-self-renewal-and-prevent-spurious-differentiation
#13
Benjamin L Kidder, Gangqing Hu, Kairong Cui, Keji Zhao
BACKGROUND: Epigenetic regulation of chromatin states is thought to control the self-renewal and differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells. However, the roles of repressive histone modifications such as trimethylated histone 4 lysine 20 (H4K20me3) in pluripotency and development are largely unknown. RESULTS: Here, we show that the histone lysine methyltransferase SMYD5 mediates H4K20me3 at heterochromatin regions. Depletion of SMYD5 leads to compromised self-renewal, including dysregulated expression of OCT4 targets, and perturbed differentiation...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239420/prc2-is-required-for-extensive-reorganization-of-h3k27me3-during-epigenetic-reprogramming-in-mouse-fetal-germ-cells
#14
Lexie Prokopuk, Jessica M Stringer, Kirsten Hogg, Kirstin D Elgass, Patrick S Western
BACKGROUND: Defining how epigenetic information is established in the germline during fetal development is key to understanding how epigenetic information is inherited and impacts on evolution and human health and disease. RESULTS: Here, we show that Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 is transiently localized in the nucleus of mouse fetal germ cells, while DNA methylation is removed from the germline. This coincides with significant enrichment of trimethylated lysine 27 on histone 3 near the nuclear lamina that is dependent on activity of the essential PRC2 catalytic proteins, Enhancer of Zeste 1 and/or 2...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228846/decoupling-the-downstream-effects-of-germline-nuclear-rnai-reveals-that-h3k9me3-is-dispensable-for-heritable-rnai-and-the-maintenance-of-endogenous-sirna-mediated-transcriptional-silencing-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#15
Natallia Kalinava, Julie Zhouli Ni, Kimberly Peterman, Esteban Chen, Sam Guoping Gu
BACKGROUND: Germline nuclear RNAi in C. elegans is a transgenerational gene-silencing pathway that leads to H3K9 trimethylation (H3K9me3) and transcriptional silencing at the target genes. H3K9me3 induced by either exogenous double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) or endogenous siRNA (endo-siRNA) is highly specific to the target loci and transgenerationally heritable. Despite these features, the role of H3K9me3 in siRNA-mediated transcriptional silencing and inheritance of the silencing state at native target genes is unclear...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228845/histone-and-dna-methylation-control-by-h3-serine-10-threonine-11-phosphorylation-in-the-mouse-zygote
#16
Jie Lan, Konstantin Lepikhov, Pascal Giehr, Joern Walter
BACKGROUND: In the mammalian zygote, epigenetic reprogramming is a tightly controlled process of coordinated alterations of histone and DNA modifications. The parental genomes of the zygote show distinct patterns of histone H3 variants and distinct patterns of DNA and histone modifications. The molecular mechanisms linking histone variant-specific modifications and DNA methylation reprogramming during the first cell cycle remain to be clarified. RESULTS: Here, we show that the degree and distribution of H3K9me2 and of DNA modifications (5mC/5hmC) are influenced by the phosphorylation status of H3S10 and H3T11...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149327/in-utero-exposure-to-maternal-smoking-is-associated-with-dna-methylation-alterations-and-reduced-neuronal-content-in-the-developing-fetal-brain
#17
Zac Chatterton, Brigham J Hartley, Man-Ho Seok, Natalia Mendelev, Sean Chen, Maria Milekic, Gorazd Rosoklija, Aleksandar Stankov, Iskra Trencevsja-Ivanovska, Kristen Brennand, Yongchao Ge, Andrew J Dwork, Fatemeh Haghighi
BACKGROUND: Intrauterine exposure to maternal smoking is linked to impaired executive function and behavioral problems in the offspring. Maternal smoking is associated with reduced fetal brain growth and smaller volume of cortical gray matter in childhood, indicating that prenatal exposure to tobacco may impact cortical development and manifest as behavioral problems. Cellular development is mediated by changes in epigenetic modifications such as DNA methylation, which can be affected by exposure to tobacco...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149326/genome-wide-methylation-data-mirror-ancestry-information
#18
Elior Rahmani, Liat Shenhav, Regev Schweiger, Paul Yousefi, Karen Huen, Brenda Eskenazi, Celeste Eng, Scott Huntsman, Donglei Hu, Joshua Galanter, Sam S Oh, Melanie Waldenberger, Konstantin Strauch, Harald Grallert, Thomas Meitinger, Christian Gieger, Nina Holland, Esteban G Burchard, Noah Zaitlen, Eran Halperin
BACKGROUND: Genetic data are known to harbor information about human demographics, and genotyping data are commonly used for capturing ancestry information by leveraging genome-wide differences between populations. In contrast, it is not clear to what extent population structure is captured by whole-genome DNA methylation data. RESULTS: We demonstrate, using three large-cohort 450K methylation array data sets, that ancestry information signal is mirrored in genome-wide DNA methylation data and that it can be further isolated more effectively by leveraging the correlation structure of CpGs with cis-located SNPs...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115992/sex-specific-chromatin-landscapes-in-an-ultra-compact-chordate-genome
#19
Pavla Navratilova, Gemma Barbara Danks, Abby Long, Stephen Butcher, John Robert Manak, Eric M Thompson
BACKGROUND: In multicellular organisms, epigenome dynamics are associated with transitions in the cell cycle, development, germline specification, gametogenesis and inheritance. Evolutionarily, regulatory space has increased in complex metazoans to accommodate these functions. In tunicates, the sister lineage to vertebrates, we examine epigenome adaptations to strong secondary genome compaction, sex chromosome evolution and cell cycle modes. RESULTS: Across the 70 MB Oikopleura dioica genome, we profiled 19 histone modifications, and RNA polymerase II, CTCF and p300 occupancies, to define chromatin states within two homogeneous tissues with distinct cell cycle modes: ovarian endocycling nurse nuclei and mitotically proliferating germ nuclei in testes...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096900/ms_histonedb-a-manually-curated-resource-for-proteomic-analysis-of-human-and-mouse-histones
#20
Sara El Kennani, Annie Adrait, Alexey K Shaytan, Saadi Khochbin, Christophe Bruley, Anna R Panchenko, David Landsman, Delphine Pflieger, Jérôme Govin
BACKGROUND: Histones and histone variants are essential components of the nuclear chromatin. While mass spectrometry has opened a large window to their characterization and functional studies, their identification from proteomic data remains challenging. Indeed, the current interpretation of mass spectrometry data relies on public databases which are either not exhaustive (Swiss-Prot) or contain many redundant entries (UniProtKB or NCBI). Currently, no protein database is ideally suited for the analysis of histones and the complex array of mammalian histone variants...
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