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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088184/anti-hepatitis-b-virus-hbv-response-of-imiquimod-based-toll-like-receptor-7-ligand-in-hbv-positive-human-hepatocelluar-carcinoma-cell-line
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Dipanwita Das, Isha Sengupta, Neelakshi Sarkar, Ananya Pal, Debraj Saha, Manikankana Bandopadhyay, Chandrima Das, Jimmy Narayan, Shivaram Prasad Singh, Sekhar Chakrabarti, Runu Chakravarty
BACKGROUND: Toll like receptors (TLRs) play an important role in innate immunity and various studies suggest that TLRs play a crucial role in pathogenesis of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The present study aims in looking into the status of crucial host and viral gene expression on inciting TLR7. METHODS: The transcription of TLR7 pathway signaling molecules and HBV DNA viral load were quantified by Real Time-PCR after stimulation of TLR7 with its imiquimod based ligand, R837...
January 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079009/emerging-roles-of-calreticulin-in-cancer-implications-for-therapy
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Kavya Venkateswaran, Amit Verma, Anant Narayan Bhatt, Anju Shrivastava, Kailash Manda, Hanumantharao G Raj, Ashok Prasad, Christophe Len, Virinder S Parmar, Bilikere Dwarakanath
Calreticulin (CRT), initially identified as a ubiquitous calcium-binding protein in the endoplasmic reticulum, has emerged as a multifunctional protein with roles in calcium homeostasis, molecular chaperoning and cell adhesion. Emerging evidence suggests its involvement in tumorigenesis facilitating proliferation, migration, and adhesion. CRT translocated to the cell surface (ecto-CRT) serves as a phagocytic signal for immunogenic cell death (ICD) mediated through dendritic cells (DCs) and cytotoxic T-cell activation thereby making tumors susceptible to immunotherapy-based anti-cancer strategies...
January 11, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078999/hdacs-and-hdac-inhibitors-in-urothelial-carcinoma-perspectives-for-an-antineoplastic-treatment
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Maria Pinkerneil, Michèle J Hoffmann, Wolfgang A Schulz, Günter Niegisch
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) influence diverse cellular processes and may contribute to tumor development and progression by multiple mechanisms. Class I HDACs are often overexpressed in cancers contributing to a genome-wide epigenetic state permitting increased proliferation, and diminished apoptosis and cell differentiation. Class IIA and IIB isoenzymes may likewise contribute to tumorigenesis as components of specific intranuclear repressor complexes or regulators of posttranslational protein modifications...
January 11, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077316/chromatin-dynamics-regulate-mesenchymal-stem-cell-lineage-specification-and-differentiation-to-osteogenesis
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Hai Wu, Jonathan A R Gordon, Troy W Whitfield, Phillip W L Tai, Andre J van Wijnen, Janet L Stein, Gary S Stein, Jane B Lian
Multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are critical for regeneration of multiple tissues. Epigenetic mechanisms are fundamental regulators of lineage specification and cell fate, and as such, we addressed the question of which epigenetic modifications characterize the transition of nascent MSCs to a tissue specific MSC-derived phenotype. By profiling the temporal changes of seven histone marks correlated to gene expression during proliferation, early commitment, matrix deposition, and mineralization stages, we identified distinct epigenetic mechanisms that regulate transcriptional programs necessary for tissue-specific phenotype development...
January 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076955/post-translational-modifications-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-canonical-and-variant-histones
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Gisele F A Picchi, Vanessa Zulkievicz, Marco Aurelio Krieger, Nilson T Zanchin, Samuel Goldenberg, Lyris M F de Godoy
Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, still affects millions of people around the world. No vaccines neither treatment for chronic Chagas disease are available, and chemotherapy for the acute phase is hindered by limited efficacy and severe side effects. The processes by which the parasite acquires infectivity and survives in different hosts involve tight regulation of gene expression, mainly post-transcriptionally. Nevertheless, chromatin structure/organization of trypanosomatids is similar to other eukaryotes, including histone variants and post-translational modifications...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076774/chromatographic-efficiency-and-selectivity-in-top-down-proteomics-of-histones
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Yiyang Zhou, Ximo Zhang, Luca Fornelli, Philip D Compton, Neil Kelleher, Mary J Wirth
Histones are involved in epigenetic control of a wide variety of cellular processes through their multiple post-translational modifications. Their strongly cationic nature makes them challenging to separate with reversed-phase liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (RPLC-MS), where trifluoroacetic acid is avoided due to adduct formation. Columns with higher resolution are needed. In this work, RPLC-MS is performed on a histone sample using difluoroacetic acid and a 20-min gradient. Columns with C18 surfaces are compared for two different types of particle morphologies: 1) fully porous particles of 5μm in diameter, 2) superficially porous particles of 3μm in diameter with a shell of 0...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075351/circulating-nucleosomes-and-nucleosome-modifications-as-biomarkers-in-cancer
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Peter McAnena, James A L Brown, Michael J Kerin
Traditionally the stratification of many cancers involves combining tumour and clinicopathological features (e.g., patient age; tumour size, grade, receptor status and location) to inform treatment options and predict recurrence risk and survival. However, current biomarkers often require invasive excision of the tumour for profiling, do not allow monitoring of the response to treatment and stratify patients into broad heterogeneous groups leading to inconsistent treatment responses. Here we explore and describe the benefits of using circulating biomarkers (nucleosomes and/or modifications to nucleosomes) as a non-invasive method for detecting cancer and monitoring response to treatment...
January 8, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073943/kdm4b-jmjd2b-is-a-p53-target-gene-that-modulates-the-amplitude-of-p53-response-after-dna-damage
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Laura Castellini, Eui Jung Moon, Olga V Razorenova, Adam J Krieg, Rie von Eyben, Amato J Giaccia
The p53 tumor suppressor protein plays a critical role in orchestrating the genomic response to various stress signals by acting as a master transcriptional regulator. Differential gene activity is controlled by transcription factors but also dependent on the underlying chromatin structure, especially on covalent histone modifications. After screening different histone lysine methyltransferases and demethylases, we identified JMJD2B/KDM4B as a p53-inducible gene in response to DNA damage. p53 directly regulates JMJD2B gene expression by binding to a canonical p53-consensus motif in the JMJD2B promoter...
January 9, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073008/cenp-a-modifications-on-ser68-and-lys124-are-dispensable-for-establishment-maintenance-and-long-term-function-of-human-centromeres
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Daniele Fachinetti, Glennis A Logsdon, Amira Abdullah, Evan B Selzer, Don W Cleveland, Ben E Black
CENP-A is a histone H3 variant key to epigenetic specification of mammalian centromeres. Using transient overexpression of CENP-A mutants, two recent reports in Developmental Cell proposed essential centromere functions for post-translational modifications of human CENP-A. Phosphorylation at Ser68 was proposed to have an essential role in CENP-A deposition at centromeres. Blockage of ubiquitination at Lys124 was proposed to abrogate localization of CENP-A to the centromere. Following gene inactivation and replacement in human cells, we demonstrate that CENP-A mutants that cannot be phosphorylated at Ser68 or ubiquitinated at Lys124 assemble efficiently at centromeres during G1, mediate early events in centromere establishment at an ectopic chromosomal locus, and maintain centromere function indefinitely...
January 9, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072566/guard-the-guardian-a-crl4-ligase-stands-watch-over-histone-production
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Fabienne Lampert, Mia M L Brodersen, Matthias Peter
Histones are evolutionarily conserved proteins that together with DNA constitute eukaryotic chromatin in a defined stoichiometry. Core histones are dynamic scaffolding proteins that undergo a myriad of post-translational modifications, which selectively engage chromosome condensation, replication, transcription and DNA damage repair. Cullin4-RING ubiquitin E3 ligases are known to hold pivotal roles in a wide spectrum of chromatin biology ranging from chromatin remodeling and transcriptional repression, to sensing of cytotoxic DNA lesions...
January 10, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069692/genes-involved-in-development-and-differentiation-are-commonly-methylated-in-cancers-derived-from-multiple-organs-a-single-institutional-methylome-analysis-using-1007-tissue-specimens
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Kentaro Ohara, Eri Arai, Yoriko Takahashi, Nanako Ito, Ayako Shibuya, Koji Tsuta, Ryoji Kushima, Hitoshi Tsuda, Hidenori Ojima, Hiroyuki Fujimoto, Shun-Ichi Watanabe, Hitoshi Katai, Takayuki Kinoshita, Tatsuhiro Shibata, Takashi Kohno, Yae Kanai
The aim of this study was to clarify the significance of DNA methylation alterations shared by cancers derived from multiple organs. We analyzed single-institutional methylome data by single-CpG-resolution Infinium assay for 1,007 samples of non-cancerous tissue (N) and corresponding cancerous tissue (T) obtained from lung, stomach, kidney, breast and liver. Principal component analysis revealed that N samples of each organ showed distinct DNA methylation profiles, DNA methylation profiles of N samples of each organ being inherited by the corresponding T samples and DNA methylation profiles of T samples being more similar to those of N samples in the same organ than those of T samples in other organs...
January 9, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069403/functional-variant-in-the-promoter-region-of-il-27-alters-gene-transcription-and-confers-a-risk-for-ulcerative-colitis-in-northern-chinese-han
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Wei Yu, Kun Zhang, Zhongyi Wang, Jiayu Zhang, Tong Chen, Lifang Jin
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of unknown etiology and a polygenic disease. IL-27 encodes p28, a subunit of IL-12 family cytokines, and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of UC. The aims of the present study were to evaluate the genetic association of a variant of the IL-27 gene with UC and to further characterize the functional variant in the IL-27 gene that influences the risk for UC. Our data demonstrated that the genetic variant rs153109 in the 5' upstream region of IL-27 is significantly associated with UC in Chinese Han individuals...
January 6, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069135/epigenetic-control-of-gene-expression-in-maize
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J Huang, J S Lynn, L Schulte, S Vendramin, K McGinnis
Epigenetic gene regulation is important for proper development and gene expression in eukaryotes. Maize has a large and complex genome that includes abundant repetitive sequences which are frequently silenced by epigenetic mechanisms, making it an ideal organism to study epigenetic gene regulation. Epigenetic modifications are chromosome-bound, heritable changes to the genome that do not affect the DNA sequence, and can include DNA methylation, histone modification, and RNA processing. Our appreciation and understanding of epigenetic regulation has grown with the field since its inception ∼65 years ago...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067760/dna-methylation-targeting-the-dnmt-hmt-crosstalk-challenge
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REVIEW
Omar Castillo-Aguilera, Patrick Depreux, Ludovic Halby, Paola B Arimondo, Laurence Goossens
Chromatin can adopt a decondensed state linked to gene transcription (euchromatin) and a condensed state linked to transcriptional repression (heterochromatin). These states are controlled by epigenetic modulators that are active on either the DNA or the histones and are tightly associated to each other. Methylation of both DNA and histones is involved in either the activation or silencing of genes and their crosstalk. Since DNA/histone methylation patterns are altered in cancers, molecules that target these modifications are interesting therapeutic tools...
January 5, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065669/the-role-of-chromatin-structure-in-gene-regulation-of-the-human-malaria-parasite
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REVIEW
Gayani Batugedara, Xueqing M Lu, Evelien M Bunnik, Karine G Le Roch
The human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, depends on a coordinated regulation of gene expression for development and propagation within the human host. Recent developments suggest that gene regulation in the parasite is largely controlled by epigenetic mechanisms. Here, we discuss recent advancements contributing to our understanding of the mechanisms controlling gene regulation in the parasite, including nucleosome landscape, histone modifications, and nuclear architecture. In addition, various processes involved in regulation of parasite-specific genes and gene families are examined...
January 5, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064387/the-role-of-histone-modifications-and-telomere-alterations-in-the-pathogenesis-of-diffuse-gliomas-in-adults-and-children
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REVIEW
Julieann Lee, D A Solomon, Tarik Tihan
Genetic profiling is an increasingly useful tool for sub-classification of gliomas in adults and children. Specific gene mutations, structural rearrangements, DNA methylation patterns, and gene expression profiles are now recognized to define molecular subgroups of gliomas that arise in distinct anatomic locations and patient age groups, and also provide a better prediction of clinical outcomes for glioma patients compared to histologic assessment alone. Understanding the role of these distinctive genetic alterations in gliomagenesis is also important for the development of potential targeted therapeutic interventions...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064188/upset-the-drosophila-homologue-of-set3-is-required-for-viability-and-the-proper-balance-of-active-and-repressive-chromatin-marks
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Kyle A McElroy, Youngsook Lucy Jung, Barry M Zee, Charlotte I Wang, Peter J Park, Mitzi I Kuroda
Chromatin plays a critical role in faithful implementation of gene expression programs. Different post-translational modifications of histone proteins reflect the underlying state of gene activity, and many chromatin proteins write, erase, bind, or are repelled by these histone marks. One such protein is UpSET, the Drosophila homolog of yeast Set3 and mammalian KMT2E (MLL5). Here we show that UpSET is necessary for the proper balance between active and repressed states. Using CRISPR/Cas-9 editing, we generated S2 cells which are mutant for upset We found that loss of UpSET is tolerated in S2 cells, but that heterochromatin is misregulated, as evidenced by a strong decrease in H3K9me2 levels assessed by bulk histone post-translational modification quantification...
January 6, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064165/nutritional-control-of-chronological-aging-and-heterochromatin-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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David F McCleary, Jasper Rine
Calorie restriction extends lifespan in organisms as diverse as yeast and mammals through incompletely understood mechanism(s). The role of NAD(+)-dependent deacetylases, known as Sirtuins, in this process, particularly in the yeast S. cerevisiae is controversial. We measured chronological lifespan of wild-type and sir2Δ strains over a higher glucose range than typically used for studying yeast calorie restriction. sir2Δ extended lifespan in high-glucose complete minimal medium, and had little effect in low glucose medium, revealing a partial role for Sir2 in the calorie restriction response under these conditions...
January 6, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064082/novel-flavonol-analogues-as-potential-inhibitors-of-jmjd3-histone-demethylase-a-study-based-on-molecular-modelling
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Sanchari Basu Mallik, Aravinda Pai, Rekha R Shenoy, B S Jayashree
Epigenetic modulation of gene expression has drawn enormous attention among researchers globally in the present scenario. Since their discovery, Jmj-C histone demethylases were identified as useful markers in understanding the role of epigenetics in inflammatory conditions and in cancer as well. This has created arousal of interest in search of suitable candidates. Potential inhibitors from various other scaffolds such as hydroxyquinolines, hydroxamic acids and triazolopyridines have already been identified and reported...
December 13, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063982/proteomic-analysis-of-lysine-succinylation-of-the-human-pathogen-histoplasma-capsulatum
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Longxiang Xie, Juan Li, Wanyan Deng, Zhaoxiao Yu, Wenjie Fang, Min Chen, Wanqing Liao, Jianping Xie, Weihua Pan
: Histoplasma capsulatum, the causative agent of histoplasmosis (also called "Darling's disease"), can affect both immunocompetent and immunocompromised hosts. Post-translational protein modification by lysine succinylation (Ksuc) is a frequent occurrence in eukaryote and prokaryote. Recently, the roles of succinylation and its regulatory enzymes in regulating metabolic pathway in bacteria, mammalian and fungus were highlighted. Here, we report the first global profiling of lysine succinylation, with 463 modification sites in 202 proteins from H...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
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