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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538689/reticulate-evolution-of-the-rock-lizards-meiotic-chromosome-dynamics-and-spermatogenesis-in-diploid-and-triploid-males-of-the-genus-darevskia
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Victor Spangenberg, Marine Arakelyan, Eduard Galoyan, Sergey Matveevsky, Ruzanna Petrosyan, Yuri Bogdanov, Felix Danielyan, Oxana Kolomiets
Knowing whether triploid hybrids resulting from natural hybridization of parthenogenetic and bisexual species are fertile is crucial for understanding the mechanisms of reticulate evolution in rock lizards. Here, using males of the bisexual diploid rock lizard species Darevskia raddei nairensis and Darevskia valentini and a triploid hybrid male Darevskia unisexualis × Darevskia valentini, we performed karyotyping and comparative immunocytochemistry of chromosome synapsis and investigated the distribution of RAD51 and MLH1 foci in spread spermatocyte nuclei in meiotic prophase I...
May 24, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538662/maternal-factors-that-induce-epigenetic-changes-contribute-to-neurological-disorders-in-offspring
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Avijit Banik, Deepika Kandilya, Seshadri Ramya, Walter Stünkel, Yap Seng Chong, S Thameem Dheen
It is well established that the regulation of epigenetic factors, including chromatic reorganization, histone modifications, DNA methylation, and miRNA regulation, is critical for the normal development and functioning of the human brain. There are a number of maternal factors influencing epigenetic pathways such as lifestyle, including diet, alcohol consumption, and smoking, as well as age and infections (viral or bacterial). Genetic and metabolic alterations such as obesity, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and thyroidism alter epigenetic mechanisms, thereby contributing to neurodevelopmental disorders (NDs) such as embryonic neural tube defects (NTDs), autism, Down's syndrome, Rett syndrome, and later onset of neuropsychological deficits...
May 24, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545252/cpg-and-non-cpg-methylation-in-epigenetic-gene-regulation-and-brain-function
#3
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Hyun Sik Jang, Woo Jung Shin, Jeong Eon Lee, Jeong Tae Do
DNA methylation is a major epigenetic mark with important roles in genetic regulation. Methylated cytosines are found primarily at CpG dinucleotides, but are also found at non-CpG sites (CpA, CpT, and CpC). The general functions of CpG and non-CpG methylation include gene silencing or activation depending on the methylated regions. CpG and non-CpG methylation are found throughout the whole genome, including repetitive sequences, enhancers, promoters, and gene bodies. Interestingly, however, non-CpG methylation is restricted to specific cell types, such as pluripotent stem cells, oocytes, neurons, and glial cells...
May 23, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534863/the-clinical-course-of-patients-with-preschool-manifestation-of-type-1-diabetes-is-independent-of-the-hla-dr-dq-genotype
#4
Christina Reinauer, Joachim Rosenbauer, Christina Bächle, Christian Herder, Michael Roden, Sian Ellard, Elisa De Franco, Beate Karges, Reinhard W Holl, Jürgen Enczmann, Thomas Meissner
INTRODUCTION: Major histocompatibility complex class II genes are considered major genetic risk factors for autoimmune diabetes. We analysed Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) DR and DQ haplotypes in a cohort with early-onset (age < 5 years), long term type 1 diabetes (T1D) and explored their influence on clinical and laboratory parameters. METHODS: Intermediate resolution HLA-DRB1, DQA1 and DQB1 typing was performed in 233 samples from the German Paediatric Diabetes Biobank and compared with a local control cohort of 19,544 cases...
May 19, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513547/epigenetic-regulation-of-telomere-maintenance-for-therapeutic-interventions-in-gliomas
#5
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Elisabeth Naderlinger, Klaus Holzmann
High-grade astrocytoma of WHO grade 4 termed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a common human brain tumor with poor patient outcome. Astrocytoma demonstrates two known telomere maintenance mechanisms (TMMs) based on telomerase activity (TA) and on alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT). ALT is associated with lower tumor grades and better outcome. In contrast to ALT, regulation of TA in tumors by direct mutation and epigenetic activation of the hTERT promoter is well established. Here, we summarize the genetic background of TMMs in non-malignant cells and in cancer, in addition to clinical and pathological features of gliomas...
May 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505145/dna-methylation-targets-influenced-by-bisphenol-a-and-or-genistein-are-associated-with-survival-outcomes-in-breast-cancer-patients
#6
Rohit R Jadhav, Julia Santucci-Pereira, Yao V Wang, Joseph Liu, Theresa D Nguyen, Jun Wang, Sarah Jenkins, Jose Russo, Tim H-M Huang, Victor X Jin, Coral A Lamartiniere
Early postnatal exposures to Bisphenol A (BPA) and genistein (GEN) have been reported to predispose for and against mammary cancer, respectively, in adult rats. Since the changes in cancer susceptibility occurs in the absence of the original chemical exposure, we have investigated the potential of epigenetics to account for these changes. DNA methylation studies reveal that prepubertal BPA exposure alters signaling pathways that contribute to carcinogenesis. Prepubertal exposure to GEN and BPA + GEN revealed pathways involved in maintenance of cellular function, indicating that the presence of GEN either reduces or counters some of the alterations caused by the carcinogenic properties of BPA...
May 15, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505127/variability-of-dna-methylation-within-schizophrenia-risk-loci-across-subregions-of-human-hippocampus
#7
W Brad Ruzicka, Sivan Subburaju, Francine M Benes
Identification of 108 genomic regions significantly associated with schizophrenia risk by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium was a milestone for the field, and much work is now focused on determining the mechanism of risk associated with each locus. Within these regions, we investigated variability of DNA methylation, a low-level cellular phenotype closely linked to genotype, in two highly similar cellular populations sampled from the human hippocampus, to draw inferences about the elaboration of genotype to phenotype within these loci enriched for schizophrenia risk...
May 15, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505099/mutational-and-kinetic-analysis-of-lesion-recognition-by-escherichia-coli-endonuclease-viii
#8
Olga A Kladova, Alexandra A Kuznetsova, Olga S Fedorova, Nikita A Kuznetsov
Escherichia coli endonuclease VIII (Endo VIII) is a DNA glycosylase with substrate specificity for a wide range of oxidatively damaged pyrimidine bases. Endo VIII catalyzes hydrolysis of the N-glycosidic bond and β, δ-elimination of 3'- and 5'-phosphate groups of an apurinic/apyrimidinic site. Single mutants of Endo VIII L70S, L70W, Y71W, F121W, F230W, and P253W were analyzed here with the aim to elucidate the kinetic mechanism of protein conformational adjustment during damaged-nucleotide recognition and catalytic-complex formation...
May 13, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505093/the-crucial-role-of-dna-methylation-and-mecp2-in-neuronal-function
#9
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Maria Fasolino, Zhaolan Zhou
A neuron is unique in its ability to dynamically modify its transcriptional output in response to synaptic activity while maintaining a core gene expression program that preserves cellular identity throughout a lifetime that is longer than almost every other cell type in the body. A contributing factor to the immense adaptability of a neuron is its unique epigenetic landscape that elicits locus-specific alterations in chromatin architecture, which in turn influences gene expression. One such epigenetic modification that is sensitive to changes in synaptic activity, as well as essential for maintaining cellular identity, is DNA methylation...
May 13, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505071/myc-master-regulator-of-the-cancer-epigenome-and-transcriptome
#10
REVIEW
Candace J Poole, Jan van Riggelen
Overexpression of MYC is a hallmark of many human cancers. The MYC oncogene has long been thought to execute its neoplastic functions by acting as a classic transcription factor, deregulating the expression of a large number of specific target genes. However, MYC's influence on many of these target genes is rather modest and there is little overlap between MYC regulated genes in different cell types, leaving many mechanistic questions unanswered. Recent advances in the field challenge the dogma further, revealing a role for MYC that extends beyond the traditional concept of a sequence-specific transcription factor...
May 13, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498361/rectal-cancer-in-a-patient-with-bartter-syndrome-a-case-report
#11
Shiki Fujino, Norikatsu Miyoshi, Masayuki Ohue, Mikio Mukai, Yoji Kukita, Taishi Hata, Chu Matsuda, Tsunekazu Mizushima, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori
A woman with rectal cancer was scheduled for surgery. However, she also had hypokalemia, hyperreninemia, and hyperaldosteronism in the absence of any known predisposing factors or endocrine tumors. She was given intravenous potassium, and her blood abnormalities stabilized after tumor resection. Genetic analysis revealed mutations in several genes associated with Bartter syndrome (BS) and Gitelman syndrome, including SLC12A1, CLCNKB, CASR, SLC26A3, and SLC12A3. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) plays an important role in BS and worsens electrolyte abnormalities...
May 12, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498318/dna-methylation-dynamics-and-cocaine-in-the-brain-progress-and-prospects
#12
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Kathryn Vaillancourt, Carl Ernst, Deborah Mash, Gustavo Turecki
Cytosine modifications, including DNA methylation, are stable epigenetic marks that may translate environmental change into transcriptional regulation. Research has begun to investigate DNA methylation dynamics in relation to cocaine use disorders. Specifically, DNA methylation machinery, including methyltransferases and binding proteins, are dysregulated in brain reward pathways after chronic cocaine exposure. In addition, numerous methylome-wide and candidate promoter studies have identified differential methylation, at the nucleotide level, in rodent models of cocaine abuse and drug seeking behavior...
May 12, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492482/chromatin-switches-during-neural-cell-differentiation-and-their-dysregulation-by-prenatal-alcohol-exposure
#13
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David P Gavin, Dennis R Grayson, Sajoy P Varghese, Marina Guizzetti
Prenatal alcohol exposure causes persistent neuropsychiatric deficits included under the term fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Cellular identity emerges from a cascade of intrinsic and extrinsic (involving cell-cell interactions and signaling) processes that are partially initiated and maintained through changes in chromatin structure. Prenatal alcohol exposure influences neuronal and astrocyte development, permanently altering brain connectivity. Prenatal alcohol exposure also alters chromatin structure through histone and DNA modifications...
May 11, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489024/the-role-of-the-n-terminal-domains-of-bacterial-initiator-dnaa-in-the-assembly-and-regulation-of-the-bacterial-replication-initiation-complex
#14
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Anna Zawilak-Pawlik, Małgorzata Nowaczyk, Jolanta Zakrzewska-Czerwińska
The primary role of the bacterial protein DnaA is to initiate chromosomal replication. The DnaA protein binds to DNA at the origin of chromosomal replication (oriC) and assembles into a filament that unwinds double-stranded DNA. Through interaction with various other proteins, DnaA also controls the frequency and/or timing of chromosomal replication at the initiation step. Escherichia coli DnaA also recruits DnaB helicase, which is present in unwound single-stranded DNA and in turn recruits other protein machinery for replication...
May 10, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481271/mb0-and-mbi-are-independent-and-distinct-transactivation-domains-in-myc-that-are-essential-for-transformation
#15
Qin Zhang, Kimberly West-Osterfield, Erick Spears, Zhaoliang Li, Alexander Panaccione, Stephen R Hann
MYC is a transcription factor that is essential for cellular proliferation and development. Deregulation or overexpression of MYC occurs in a variety of human cancers. Ectopic expression of MYC causes hyperproliferation and transformation of cells in culture and tumorigenesis in several transgenic mouse models. Deregulation of MYC can also induce apoptosis through activation of p53 and/or ARF tumor suppressors as a safeguard to prevent tumorigenesis. MYC binds to thousands of genomic sites and regulates hundreds of target genes in a context-dependent fashion to mediate these diverse biological roles...
May 6, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481269/combination-of-rna-interference-and-stem-cells-for-treatment-of-central-nervous-system-diseases
#16
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Xue-Qin Hou, Lei Wang, Fu-Gang Wang, Xiao-Min Zhao, Han-Ting Zhang
RNA interference (RNAi), including microRNAs, is an important player in the mediation of differentiation and migration of stem cells via target genes. It is used as a potential strategy for gene therapy for central nervous system (CNS) diseases. Stem cells are considered vectors of RNAi due to their capacity to deliver RNAi to other cells. In this review, we discuss the recent advances in studies of RNAi pathways in controlling neuronal differentiation and migration of stem cells. We also highlight the utilization of a combination of RNAi and stem cells in treatment of CNS diseases...
May 6, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471380/a-genetic-population-isolate-in-the-netherlands-showing-extensive-haplotype-sharing-and-long-regions-of-homozygosity
#17
Metten Somers, Loes M Olde Loohuis, Maartje F Aukes, Bogdan Pasaniuc, Kees C L de Visser, René S Kahn, Iris E Sommer, Roel A Ophoff
Genetic isolated populations have features that may facilitate genetic analyses and can be leveraged to improve power of mapping genes to complex traits. Our aim was to test the extent to which a population with a former history of geographic isolation and religious endogamy, and currently with one of the highest fertility rates in The Netherlands, shows signs of genetic isolation. For this purpose, genome-wide genotype data was collected of 72 unrelated individuals from this population as well as in a sample of 104 random control subjects from The Netherlands...
May 4, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467356/akr1c1-as-a-biomarker-for-differentiating-the-biological-effects-of-combustible-from-non-combustible-tobacco-products
#18
Sangsoon Woo, Hong Gao, David Henderson, Wolfgang Zacharias, Gang Liu, Quynh T Tran, G L Prasad
Smoking has been established as a major risk factor for developing oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), but less attention has been paid to the effects of smokeless tobacco products. Our objective is to identify potential biomarkers to distinguish the biological effects of combustible tobacco products from those of non-combustible ones using oral cell lines. Normal human gingival epithelial cells (HGEC), non-metastatic (101A) and metastatic (101B) OSCC cell lines were exposed to different tobacco product preparations (TPPs) including cigarette smoke total particulate matter (TPM), whole-smoke conditioned media (WS-CM), smokeless tobacco extract in complete artificial saliva (STE), or nicotine (NIC) alone...
May 3, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452935/the-stearoyl-coa-desaturase-1-desat1-in-drosophila-cooperated-with-myc-to-induce-autophagy-and-growth-a-potential-new-link-to-tumor-survival
#19
Chiara Paiardi, Zhasmine Mirzoyan, Sheri Zola, Federica Parisi, Andrea Vingiani, Maria Enrica Pasini, Paola Bellosta
Lipids are an important energy supply in our cells and can be stored or used to produce macromolecules during lipogenesis when cells experience nutrient starvation. Our proteomic analysis reveals that the Drosophila homologue of human Stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1 (Desat1) is an indirect target of Myc in fat cells. Stearoyl-CoA desaturases are key enzymes in the synthesis of monounsaturated fatty acids critical for the formation of complex lipids such as triglycerides and phospholipids. Their function is fundamental for cellular physiology, however in tumors, overexpression of SCD-1 and SCD-5 has been found frequently associated with a poor prognosis...
April 28, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448436/role-of-archaeal-hera-protein-in-the-biology-of-the-bacterium-thermus-thermophilus
#20
Alba Blesa, Nieves G Quintans, Ignacio Baquedano, Carlos P Mata, José R Castón, José Berenguer
Intense gene flux between prokaryotes result in high percentage of archaeal genes in the genome of the thermophilic bacteria Thermus spp. Among these archaeal genes a homolog to the Sulfolobus spp. HerA protein appears in all of the Thermus spp. strains so far sequenced (HepA). The role of HepA in Thermus thermophilus HB27 has been analyzed using deletion mutants, and its structure resolved at low resolution by electron microscopy. Recombinant HepA shows DNA-dependent ATPase activity and its structure revealed a double ring, conically-shaped hexamer with an upper diameter of 150 Å and a bottom module of 95 Å...
April 27, 2017: Genes
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