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Hox regulation

Bilal N Sheikh, Donald Metcalf, Anne K Voss, Tim Thomas
Chromatin plays a central role in maintaining hematopoietic stem cells and during their stepwise differentiation. While a large number of histone modifications and chromatin modifying enzymes have been identified, how these act in concert to produce specific phenotypic outcomes remains to be established. MOZ (KAT6A) is a lysine acetyltransferase and enhances transcription at target gene loci. In contrast, the polycomb group protein BMI1 (PCGF4) is part of the transcriptionally repressive PRC1 complex. Despite their opposing effects on transcription, MOZ and BMI1 regulate biological systems in a similar manner...
October 20, 2016: Experimental Hematology
Steffen Jørgensen, Mehmet Coskun, Keld Mikkelsen Homburg, Ole B V Pedersen, Jesper T Troelsen
The mammalian Caudal-related homeobox transcription factor 2 (CDX2) plays a key role in the homeobox regulatory network and is essential in regulating the expression of several homeobox (HOX) genes during embryonic development, particularly in the gut. Genome-wide CDX2 chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis and expression data from Caco2 cells also suggests a role for CDX2 in the regulation of HOXB4 gene expression in the intestinal epithelium. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate whether HOXB4 gene expression is regulated by CDX2 in the intestinal epithelium...
2016: PloS One
Ting Ma, Rui-Ping Wang, Xi Zou
BACKGROUND: As a member of non-coding RNAs family, long non-coding RNAs' functions in cancer needs to be further investigated. It has been indicated that the functions of Hox transcript antisense intergenic RNA (lncRNA: HOTAIR) include reprogramming chromatin organization and promoting tumor metastasis such as breast and colorectal tumor. The aim of this study is to investigate the functions of Hox in gastric cancer. METHODS: In the present study, the expression level of HOTAIR was determined by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), 20 gastric cancer tissues and 20 normal tissues was included...
September 30, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Bernard Fongang, Fanping Kong, Surendra Negi, Werner Braun, Andrzej Kudlicki
The homeobox encodes a DNA-binding domain found in transcription factors regulating key developmental processes. The most notable examples of homeobox containing genes are the Hox genes, arranged on chromosomes in the same order as their expression domains along the body axis. The mechanisms responsible for the synchronous regulation of Hox genes and the molecular function of their colinearity remain unknown. Here we report the discovery of a conserved structural signature of the 180-base pair DNA fragment comprising the homeobox...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Nathalie Feiner
Transposable elements (TEs) are DNA sequences that can insert elsewhere in the genome and modify genome structure and gene regulation. The role of TEs in evolution is contentious. One hypothesis posits that TE activity generates genomic incompatibilities that can cause reproductive isolation between incipient species. This predicts that TEs will accumulate during speciation events. Here, I tested the prediction that extant lineages with a relatively high rate of speciation have a high number of TEs in their genomes...
October 12, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
Ralf Janssen
This paper summarizes our current knowledge on the expression and assumed function of Drosophila and (other) arthropod segmentation gene orthologs in Onychophora, a closely related outgroup to Arthropoda. This includes orthologs of the so-called Drosophila segmentation gene cascade including the Hox genes, as well as other genetic factors and pathways involved in non-drosophilid arthropods. Open questions about and around the topic are addressed, such as the definition of segments in onychophorans, the unclear regulation of conserved expression patterns downstream of non-conserved factors, and the potential role of mesodermal patterning in onychophoran segmentation...
October 7, 2016: Arthropod Structure & Development
Milana A Kulakova, Nadezhda I Bakalenko, Elena L Novikova
Hox genes are the key regulators of axial regionalization of bilaterian animals. However, their main function is fulfilled differently in the development of animals from different evolutionary branches. Early patterning of the developing embryos by Hox gene expression in the representatives of protostomes (arthropods, mollusks) starts in the ectodermal cells. On the contrary, the instructive role of the mesoderm in the axial patterning was demonstrated for vertebrates. This makes it difficult to understand if during the axial regionalization of ancestral bilaterians Hox genes first expressed in the developing mesoderm or the ectoderm...
October 3, 2016: Development Genes and Evolution
Nailiang Zhai, Yongfu Xia, Rui Yin, Jinping Liu, Fuquan Gao
Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death worldwide, and the 5-year survival rate is still low despite advances in diagnosis and therapeutics. A long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) HOX antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) has been revealed to play important roles in NSCLC carcinogenesis but the detailed mechanisms are still unclear. In the current study, we aimed to investigate the regulation between the lncRNA HOTAIR and p53 in the NSCLC patient samples and cell lines. Our results showed that HOTAIR expression was significantly higher in the cancer tissues than that in the adjacent normal tissue, and was negatively correlated with p53 functionality rather than expression...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
Yanfei Zhang, Naoshi Fukui, Mitsunori Yahata, Yozo Katsuragawa, Toshiyuki Tashiro, Shiro Ikegawa, Ming Ta Michael Lee
Subchondral bone plays a key role in the development of osteoarthritis, however, epigenetics of subchondral bone has not been extensively studied. In this study, we examined the genome-wide DNA methylation profiles of subchondral bone from three regions on tibial plateau representing disease progression using HumanMethylation450 BeadChip to identify progression associated DNA methylation alterations. Significant differential methylated probes (DMPs) and differential methylated genes (DMGs) were identified in the intermediate and late stages and during the transition from intermediate to late stage of OA in the subchondral bone...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Weiwei Fan, Shuang Chang, Xiumei Shan, Dejun Gao, Steven Qian Zhang, Jin Zhang, Nan Jiang, Duan Ma, Zuohua Mao
Toxoplasma rhoptry protein 16 (ROP16) is crucial in the host-pathogen interaction by acting as a virulent factor during invasion. To improve understanding of the molecular function underlying the effect of ROP16 on host cells, the present study analyzed the transcriptional profile of genes in the ROP16‑transfected SH‑SY5Y human neuroblastoma cell line. The transcriptional profile of the SH‑SY5Y human neuroblastoma cell line overexpressing ROP16 were determined by microarray analysis in order to determine the host neural cell response to the virulent factor...
September 21, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Hui Zheng, Bo Huang, Bingjie Zhang, Yunlong Xiang, Zhenhai Du, Qianhua Xu, Yuanyuan Li, Qiujun Wang, Jing Ma, Xu Peng, Feng Xu, Wei Xie
Polycomb group proteins and the related histone modification H3K27me3 can maintain the silencing of key developmental regulators and provide cellular memory. However, how such an epigenetic state is reprogrammed and inherited between generations is poorly understood. Using an ultra-sensitive approach, STAR ChIP-seq, we investigated H3K27me3 across 14 developmental stages along mouse gametogenesis and early development. Interestingly, highly pervasive H3K27me3 is found in regions depleted of transcription and DNA methylation in oocytes...
September 15, 2016: Molecular Cell
Zhibo Ma, Mo Li, Sharmila Roy, Kevin J Liu, Matthew L Romine, Derrick C Lane, Sapna K Patel, Haini N Cai
The three-dimensional (3D) organization of the eukaryotic genome is critical for its proper function. Evidence suggests that extensive chromatin loops form the building blocks of the genomic architecture, separating genes and gene clusters into distinct functional domains. These loops are anchored in part by a special type of DNA elements called chromatin boundary elements (CBEs). CBEs were originally found to insulate neighboring genes by blocking influences of transcriptional enhancers or the spread of silent chromatin...
August 26, 2016: World Journal of Biological Chemistry
Hailin Pan, Hao Yu, Vydianathan Ravi, Cai Li, Alison P Lee, Michelle M Lian, Boon-Hui Tay, Sydney Brenner, Jian Wang, Huanming Yang, Guojie Zhang, Byrappa Venkatesh
BACKGROUND: The ocean sunfish (Mola mola), which can grow up to a length of 2.7 m and weigh 2.3 tons, is the world's largest bony fish. It has an extremely fast growth rate and its endoskeleton is mainly composed of cartilage. Another unique feature of the sunfish is its lack of a caudal fin, which is replaced by a broad and stiff lobe that results in the characteristic truncated appearance of the fish. RESULTS: To gain insights into the genomic basis of these phenotypic traits, we sequenced the sunfish genome and performed a comparative analysis with other teleost genomes...
2016: GigaScience
Daria Shlyueva, Antonio C A Meireles-Filho, Michaela Pagani, Alexander Stark
Hox homeodomain transcription factors are key regulators of animal development. They specify the identity of segments along the anterior-posterior body axis in metazoans by controlling the expression of diverse downstream targets, including transcription factors and signaling pathway components. The Drosophila melanogaster Hox factor Ultrabithorax (Ubx) directs the development of thoracic and abdominal segments and appendages, and loss of Ubx function can lead for example to the transformation of third thoracic segment appendages (e...
2016: PloS One
Hongjie Li, Yanyan Qi, Heinrich Jasper
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract of metazoans is lined by a series of regionally distinct epithelia. To maintain structure and function of the GI tract, regionally diversified differentiation of somatic stem cell (SC) lineages is critical. The adult Drosophila midgut provides an accessible model to study SC regulation and specification in a regionally defined manner. SCs of the posterior midgut (PM) have been studied extensively, but the control of SCs in the middle midgut (MM) is less well understood. The MM contains a stomach-like copper cell region (CCR) that is regenerated by gastric stem cells (GSSCs) and contains acid-secreting copper cells (CCs)...
August 25, 2016: Developmental Biology
Eun Ji Oh, Soo Hee Kim, Woo Ick Yang, Young Hyeh Ko, Sun Och Yoon
BACKGROUND: A long non-coding RNA hox transcript antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) is involved in epigenetic regulation through chromatin remodeling by recruiting polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) proteins (EZH2, SUZ12, and EED) that induce histone H3 trimethylation at lysine 27 (H3K27me3). Deregulation of c-MYC and interaction between c-MYC and EZH2 are well known in lymphomagenesis; however, little is known about the expression status of HOTAIR in diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCLs)...
September 2016: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
Hui Zhu, Zheng Lv, Changming An, Meng Shi, Wenting Pan, Liqing Zhou, Wenjun Yang, Ming Yang
The role of long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) HOX transcript antisense RNA (HOTAIR) and its functional single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is still largely unclear. Therefore, we investigated the involvement of lncRNA HOTAIR and its three haplotype-tagging SNPs (htSNPs) in PTC. There was higher expression of HOTAIR in PTC tissues compared to normal tissues. A series of gain-loss assays demonstrated that HOTAIR acts as a PTC oncogene via promoting tumorigenic properties of PTC cells...
2016: Scientific Reports
Michael W M Kühn, Evelyn Song, Zhaohui Feng, Amit Sinha, Chun-Wei Chen, Aniruddha J Deshpande, Monica Cusan, Noushin Farnoud, Annalisa Mupo, Carolyn Grove, Richard Koche, James E Bradner, Elisa de Stanchina, George S Vassiliou, Takayuki Hoshii, Scott A Armstrong
: Homeobox (HOX) proteins and the receptor tyrosine kinase FLT3 are frequently highly expressed and mutated in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Aberrant HOX expression is found in nearly all AMLs that harbor a mutation in the Nucleophosmin (NPM1) gene, and FLT3 is concomitantly mutated in approximately 60% of these cases. Little is known about how mutant NPM1 (NPM1(mut)) cells maintain aberrant gene expression. Here, we demonstrate that the histone modifiers MLL1 and DOT1L control HOX and FLT3 expression and differentiation in NPM1(mut) AML...
October 2016: Cancer Discovery
M Ryan Corces, Jason D Buenrostro, Beijing Wu, Peyton G Greenside, Steven M Chan, Julie L Koenig, Michael P Snyder, Jonathan K Pritchard, Anshul Kundaje, William J Greenleaf, Ravindra Majeti, Howard Y Chang
We define the chromatin accessibility and transcriptional landscapes in 13 human primary blood cell types that span the hematopoietic hierarchy. Exploiting the finding that the enhancer landscape better reflects cell identity than mRNA levels, we enable 'enhancer cytometry' for enumeration of pure cell types from complex populations. We identify regulators governing hematopoietic differentiation and further show the lineage ontogeny of genetic elements linked to diverse human diseases. In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), chromatin accessibility uncovers unique regulatory evolution in cancer cells with a progressively increasing mutation burden...
October 2016: Nature Genetics
Zhongbao Zhang, Jiajing Cheng, Yi Wu, Jin Qiu, Yi Sun, Xiaowen Tong
Increasing evidence suggests that the long non-coding RNA, HOX transcript antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) is widely involved in the progression and metastasis of cancer. However, the specific role of HOTAIR in ovarian carcinogenesis remains to be fully elucidated. In the present study, the levels of HOTAIR were detected in 30 paired cancer and noncancer tissues using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis. The effect of HOTAIR on the ovarian cancer cells was examined by overexpression or small interfering RNA interference experiments...
September 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
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