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Clinical Epigenetics

Angel R de Lera, A Ganesan
The modern drug discovery process has largely focused its attention in the so-called magic bullets, single chemical entities that exhibit high selectivity and potency for a particular target. This approach was based on the assumption that the deregulation of a protein was causally linked to a disease state, and the pharmacological intervention through inhibition of the deregulated target was able to restore normal cell function. However, the use of cocktails or multicomponent drugs to address several targets simultaneously is also popular to treat multifactorial diseases such as cancer and neurological disorders...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Jiajin Yang, Heng Ge, Caroline J Poulton, Susan L Hogan, Yichun Hu, Britta E Jones, Candace D Henderson, Elizabeth A McInnis, William F Pendergraft, J Charles Jennette, Ronald J Falk, Dominic J Ciavatta
BACKGROUND: Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by destructive vascular inflammation. Two prominent ANCA autoantigens are myeloperoxidase (MPO) and proteinase 3 (PR3), and transcription of MPO and PRTN3, the genes encoding the autoantigens, is associated with disease activity. We investigated whether patients with AAV have alterations in histone modifications, particularly those associated with transcriptional activation, at MPO and PRTN3...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Emily Eva Holmes, Diane Goltz, Verena Sailer, Maria Jung, Sebastian Meller, Barbara Uhl, Jörn Dietrich, Magda Röhler, Jörg Ellinger, Glen Kristiansen, Dimo Dietrich
BACKGROUND: Molecular biomarkers that might help to distinguish between more aggressive and clinically insignificant prostate cancers (PCa) are still urgently needed. Aberrant DNA methylation as a common molecular alteration in PCa seems to be a promising source for such biomarkers. In this study, PITX3 DNA methylation (mPITX3) and its potential role as a prognostic biomarker were investigated. Furthermore, mPITX3 was analyzed in combination with the established PCa methylation biomarker PITX2 (mPITX2)...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Mi Kyeong Lee, Yoonki Hong, Sun-Young Kim, Stephanie J London, Woo Jin Kim
BACKGROUND: Exposure to cigarette smoking can increase the risk of cancers and cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. However, the underlying mechanisms of how smoking contributes to disease risks are not completely understood. Epigenome-wide association studies (EWASs), mostly in non-Asian populations, have been conducted to identify smoking-associated methylation alterations at individual probes. There are few data on regional methylation changes in relation to smoking. Few data link differential methylation in blood to differential gene expression in lung tissue...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Ciro Milite, Alessandra Feoli, Monica Viviano, Donatella Rescigno, Agostino Cianciulli, Amodio Luca Balzano, Antonello Mai, Sabrina Castellano, Gianluca Sbardella
SETD8/SET8/Pr-SET7/KMT5A is the only known lysine methyltransferase (KMT) that monomethylates lysine 20 of histone H4 (H4K20) in vivo. Lysine residues of non-histone proteins including proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and p53 are also monomethylated. As a consequence, the methyltransferase activity of the enzyme is implicated in many essential cellular processes including DNA replication, DNA damage response, transcription modulation, and cell cycle regulation. This review aims to provide an overview of the roles of SETD8 in physiological and pathological pathways and to discuss the progress made to date in inhibiting the activity of SETD8 by small molecules, with an emphasis on their discovery, selectivity over other methyltransferases and cellular activity...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Ram Vinay Pandey, Walter Pulverer, Rainer Kallmeyer, Gabriel Beikircher, Stephan Pabinger, Albert Kriegner, Andreas Weinhäusel
BACKGROUND: Bisulfite (BS) conversion-based and methylation-sensitive restriction enzyme (MSRE)-based PCR methods have been the most commonly used techniques for locus-specific DNA methylation analysis. However, both methods have advantages and limitations. Thus, an integrated approach would be extremely useful to quantify the DNA methylation status successfully with great sensitivity and specificity. Designing specific and optimized primers for target regions is the most critical and challenging step in obtaining the adequate DNA methylation results using PCR-based methods...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Alexander Semaan, Anne van Ellen, Sebastian Meller, Dominik Bergheim, Vittorio Branchi, Philipp Lingohr, Diane Goltz, Jörg C Kalff, Glen Kristiansen, Hanno Matthaei, Dimitrios Pantelis, Dimo Dietrich
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) appear to arise from precursor lesions in a well-characterized adenoma-carcinoma sequence. Significant efforts have been invested to develop biomarkers that identify early adenocarcinomas and adenomas with high-grade dysplasia, since these are believed to harbor a particularly high risk for malignant transition and thus require resection. Promoter methylation of SEPT9 and SHOX2 has been suggested as a biomarker for various solid malignant tumors. Hence, the present study aimed to test their biomarker potential in CRC and precursor lesions...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Jennifer R Bermick, Nathalie J Lambrecht, Aaron D denDekker, Steven L Kunkel, Nicholas W Lukacs, Cory M Hogaboam, Matthew A Schaller
BACKGROUND: Neonates have dampened expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines and difficulty clearing pathogens. This makes them uniquely susceptible to infections, but the factors regulating neonatal-specific immune responses are poorly understood. Epigenetics, including histone modifications, can activate or silence gene transcription by modulating chromatin structure and stability without affecting the DNA sequence itself and are potentially modifiable. Histone modifications are known to regulate immune cell differentiation and function in adults but have not been well studied in neonates...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Jane Shen-Gunther, Chiou-Miin Wang, Graham M Poage, Chun-Lin Lin, Luis Perez, Nancy A Banks, Tim Hui-Ming Huang
BACKGROUND: The Pap smear has remained the foundation for cervical cancer screening for over 70 years. With advancements in molecular diagnostics, primary high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) screening has recently become an accepted stand-alone or co-test with conventional cytology. However, both diagnostic tests have distinct limitations. The aim of this study was to determine the association between HPV genotypes and cellular epigenetic modifications in three grades of cervical cytology for screening biomarker discovery...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Inês Graça, Eva Pereira-Silva, Rui Henrique, Graham Packham, Simon J Crabb, Carmen Jerónimo
Prostate cancer is one of the most common non-cutaneous malignancies among men worldwide. Epigenetic aberrations, including changes in DNA methylation patterns and/or histone modifications, are key drivers of prostate carcinogenesis. These epigenetic defects might be due to deregulated function and/or expression of the epigenetic machinery, affecting the expression of several important genes. Remarkably, epigenetic modifications are reversible and numerous compounds that target the epigenetic enzymes and regulatory proteins were reported to be effective in cancer growth control...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Milan S Geybels, Jonathan L Wright, Marina Bibikova, Brandy Klotzle, Jian-Bing Fan, Shanshan Zhao, Ziding Feng, Elaine A Ostrander, Daniel W Lin, Peter S Nelson, Janet L Stanford
BACKGROUND: Identifying the subset of patients with clinically localized prostate cancer (PCa) at the highest risk of recurrence remains challenging, and better prognostic markers are needed. Gleason score is the best predictor of PCa aggressiveness and prognosis. In the present study, we generated an epigenetic signature based on high versus low Gleason score tumors and evaluated its ability to predict recurrence after radical prostatectomy. METHODS: Genome-wide DNA methylation data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA; no...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Lasse Sommer Kristensen, Jakob Werner Hansen, Søren Sommer Kristensen, Dorte Tholstrup, Laurine Bente Schram Harsløf, Ole Birger Pedersen, Peter De Nully Brown, Kirsten Grønbæk
BACKGROUND: The prognostic value of aberrant DNA methylation of cell-free circulating DNA in plasma has not previously been evaluated in diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The aim of this study was to investigate if aberrant promoter DNA methylation can be detected in plasma from DLBCL patients and to evaluate this as a prognostic marker. Furthermore, we wanted to follow possible changes in methylation levels during treatment. Seventy-four patients were enrolled in the study, of which 59 received rituximab and CHOP-like chemotherapy...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Anne-Cathrine F Viuff, Lars Henning Pedersen, Kasper Kyng, Nicklas Heine Staunstrup, Anders Børglum, Tine Brink Henriksen
INTRODUCTION: Epigenetic mechanisms are important for the regulation of gene expression and differentiation in the fetus and the newborn child. Symptoms of maternal depression and antidepressant use affects up to 20 % of pregnant women, and may lead to epigenetic changes with life-long impact on child health. The aim of this review is to investigate whether there is an association between exposure to maternal antidepressants during pregnancy and epigenetic changes in the newborn. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Systematic literature searches were performed in MEDLINE and EMBASE combining MeSH terms covering epigenetic changes, use of antidepressant medication, pregnancy and newborns...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Magdalena Spólnicka, Renata Zbieć Piekarska, Emilia Jaskuła, Grzegorz W Basak, Renata Jacewicz, Agnieszka Pięta, Żanetta Makowska, Maciej Jedrzejczyk, Agnieszka Wierzbowska, Agnieszka Pluta, Tadeusz Robak, Jarosław Berent, Wojciech Branicki, Wiesław Jędrzejczak, Andrzej Lange, Rafał Płoski
BACKGROUND: Our recent study demonstrated that DNA methylation status in a set of CpGs located in ELOVL2, C1orf132, TRIM59, KLF14, and FHL2 can accurately predict calendar age in blood. In the present work, we used these markers to evaluate the effect of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) on the age-related methylation signature of human blood. METHODS: DNA methylation in 32 CpGs was investigated in 16 donor-recipient pairs using pyrosequencing...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Fleur A D Leenen, Claude P Muller, Jonathan D Turner
DNA methylation, through 5-methyl- and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5mC and 5hmC), is considered to be one of the principal interfaces between the genome and our environment, and it helps explain phenotypic variations in human populations. Initial reports of large differences in methylation level in genomic regulatory regions, coupled with clear gene expression data in both imprinted genes and malignant diseases, provided easily dissected molecular mechanisms for switching genes on or off. However, a more subtle process is becoming evident, where small (<10 %) changes to intermediate methylation levels are associated with complex disease phenotypes...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Kristin D Kernohan, Laila Cigana Schenkel, Lijia Huang, Amanda Smith, Guillaume Pare, Peter Ainsworth, Kym M Boycott, Jodi Warman-Chardon, Bekim Sadikovic
BACKGROUND: DNA methylation is an essential epigenetic mark, controlled by DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) proteins, which regulates chromatin structure and gene expression throughout the genome. In this study, we describe a family with adult-onset autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia with deafness and narcolepsy (ADCA-DN) caused by mutations in the maintenance methyltransferase DNMT1 and assess the DNA methylation profile of these individuals. RESULTS: We report a family with six individuals affected with ADCA-DN; specifically, patients first developed hearing loss and ataxia, followed by narcolepsy, and cognitive decline...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Robert Murray, Jennifer Bryant, Phil Titcombe, Sheila J Barton, Hazel Inskip, Nicholas C Harvey, Cyrus Cooper, Karen Lillycrop, Mark Hanson, Keith M Godfrey
AIMS: Antisense non-coding RNA in the INK4 locus (ANRIL) fixed genetic variants have consistently been linked with coronary heart disease (CHD) risk. We investigated relationships between perinatal ANRIL promoter DNA methylation and CHD risk markers in children aged 9 years. Genetic variants in the non-coding RNA ANRIL identify it as an important CHD risk locus. Increasing evidence suggests that the early life environment may act through epigenetic processes to influence later CHD risk markers such as increased arterial pulse wave velocity (PWV, a measure of arterial stiffness) blood pressure or heart rate...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Ailsa Maria Main, Linn Gillberg, Anna Louisa Jacobsen, Emma Nilsson, Anette Prior Gjesing, Torben Hansen, Oluf Pedersen, Rasmus Ribel-Madsen, Allan Vaag
BACKGROUND: Associations between BMI and DNA methylation of hypoxia-inducible factor 3-alpha (HIF3A) in both blood cells and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) have been reported. In this study, we investigated associations between BMI and HIF3A DNA methylation in the blood and SAT from the same individuals, and whether HIF3A gene expression in SAT and skeletal muscle biopsies showed associations with BMI and insulin resistance. Furthermore, we aimed to investigate gender specificity and heritability of these traits...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Shafqat Ali Khan, Ramchandra Amnekar, Bharat Khade, Savio George Barreto, Mukta Ramadwar, Shailesh V Shrikhande, Sanjay Gupta
BACKGROUND: Alterations in histone modifications are now well known to result in epigenetic heterogeneity in tumor tissues; however, their prognostic value and association with resection margins still remain poorly understood and controversial. Further, histopathologically negative resection margins in several cancers have been associated with better prognosis of the disease. However, in gastric cancer, despite a high rate of R0 resection, a considerably high incidence of loco-regional recurrence is observed...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Katherine A Sanders, Miles C Benton, Rod A Lea, Vicki E Maltby, Susan Agland, Nathan Griffin, Rodney J Scott, Lotti Tajouri, Jeannette Lechner-Scott
BACKGROUND: Immunoactivation is less evident in secondary progressive MS (SPMS) compared to relapsing-remitting disease. MicroRNA (miRNA) expression is integral to the regulation of gene expression; determining their impact on immune-related cell functions, especially CD4+ T cells, during disease progression will advance our understanding of MS pathophysiology. This study aimed to compare miRNA profiles of CD4+ T cells from SPMS patients to healthy controls (HC) using whole miRNA transcriptome next-generation sequencing (NGS)...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
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