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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223506/intragenic-cpg-islands-play-important-roles-in-bivalent-chromatin-assembly-of-developmental-genes
#1
Sun-Min Lee, Jungwoo Lee, Kyung-Min Noh, Won-Young Choi, Sejin Jeon, Goo Taeg Oh, Jeongsil Kim-Ha, Yoonhee Jin, Seung-Woo Cho, Young-Joon Kim
CpG, 5'-C-phosphate-G-3', islands (CGIs) have long been known for their association with enhancers, silencers, and promoters, and for their epigenetic signatures. They are maintained in embryonic stem cells (ESCs) in a poised but inactive state via the formation of bivalent chromatin containing both active and repressive marks. CGIs also occur within coding sequences, where their functional role has remained obscure. Intragenic CGIs (iCGIs) are largely absent from housekeeping genes, but they are found in all genes associated with organ development and cell lineage control...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220305/homeobox-wnt-and-fibroblast-growth-factor-signaling-is-augmented-during-alveogenesis-in-mice-lacking-superoxide-dismutase-3-extracellular
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Tania A Thimraj, Rahel L Birru, Ankita Mitra, Holger Schulz, George D Leikauf, Koustav Ganguly
Superoxide dismutase 3, extracellular (SOD3) polymorphisms have been implicated in reduced pulmonary function development and altered risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We previously reported that gene-targeted Sod3-/- mice have impaired lung function and human SOD3 variants are associated with reduced pulmonary function in children. Reduced lung SOD3 levels were reported in mice with lower lung function with the greatest difference occurring during alveogenesis phase [postnatal (P) days 14-28]...
February 20, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215941/intron-specific-patterns-of-divergence-of-lin-11-regulatory-function-in-the-c-elegans-nervous-system
#3
Siavash Amon, Bhagwati P Gupta
The diversity of neurons in the nervous system is specified by many genes, including those that encode transcription factors (TFs) and play crucial roles in coordinating gene transcription. To understand how the spatiotemporal expression of TF genes is regulated to generate neuronal diversity, we used one member of the LIM-Hox family, lin-11, as a model that is necessary for the differentiation of amphid neurons in the nematode C. elegans and a related species C. briggsae. We characterized transcriptional regulation of lin-11 and uncovered regulatory roles of two of the largest introns, intron 3 and intron 7...
February 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188343/mll5-kmt2e-structure-function-and-clinical-relevance
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REVIEW
Xiaoming Zhang, Wisna Novera, Yan Zhang, Lih-Wen Deng
The mixed lineage leukemia (MLL) family of genes, also known as the lysine N-methyltransferase 2 (KMT2) family, are homologous to the evolutionarily conserved trithorax group that plays critical roles in the regulation of homeotic gene (HOX) expression and embryonic development. MLL5, assigned as KMT2E on the basis of its SET domain homology, was initially categorized under MLL (KMT2) family together with other six SET methyltransferase domain proteins (KMT2A-2D and 2F-2G). However, emerging evidence suggests that MLL5 is distinct from the other MLL (KMT2) family members, and the protein it encodes appears to lack intrinsic histone methyltransferase (HMT) activity towards histone substrates...
February 10, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188179/new-insights-into-the-role-of-jmjd3-and-utx-in-axial-skeletal-formation-in-mice
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Chie Naruse, Shinwa Shibata, Masaru Tamura, Takayuki Kawaguchi, Kanae Abe, Kazushi Sugihara, Tomoaki Kato, Takumi Nishiuchi, Shigeharu Wakana, Masahito Ikawa, Masahide Asano
Jmjd3 and Utx are demethylases specific for lysine 27 of histone H3. Previous reports indicate that Jmjd3 is essential for differentiation of various cell types, such as macrophages and epidermal cells in mice, whereas Utx is involved in cancer and developmental diseases in humans and mice as well as Hox regulation in zebrafish and nematodes. Here, we report that Jmjd3, but not Utx, is involved in axial skeletal formation in mice. A Jmjd3 mutant embryo (Jmjd3(Δ18/Δ18)), but not a catalytically inactive Utx truncation mutant (Utx(-/y)), showed anterior homeotic transformation...
February 10, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177890/long-noncoding-rna-hotair-promotes-metastasis-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-by-up-regulating-histone-h3k27-demethylase-jmjd3
#6
Ming Xia, Lv Yao, Qiaoxia Zhang, Feng Wang, Hongbin Mei, Xiaoqiang Guo, Weiren Huang
Long Noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a kind of non-protein coding transcripts longer than 200 nucleotides, and play important roles in diverse biological processes, such as embryonic development and apoptosis. Homeobox (HOX) transcript antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) is a negative prognostic factor in a variety of human cancers, such as breast, liver and lung cancers. HOTAIR can promote cancer cell metastasis by reprogramming chromatin organization. In the present study, HOTAIR expression was elevated in tissues of renal cell carcinoma compared to adjacent normal tissues, and positively correlated with metastasis (P<0...
February 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121309/ultrabithorax-and-abdominal-a-specify-the-abdominal-appendage-in-a-dosage-dependent-manner-in-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#7
X L Tong, M Y Fu, P Chen, L Chen, Z H Xiang, C Lu, F Y Dai
In insects, there is a considerable diversity in leg distribution on the body, including number, segmental arrangement, morphological identity and consequent function, but the genetic basis for these differences is not well understood. Here by positional cloning, we showed that a ~355 kb region, including Bombyx mori Ultrabithorax (BmUbx) and abdominal-A (Bmabd-A), was responsible for the silkworm mutant Kh-extra-crescents-like (E(Kh)-l) that displayed additional thoracic limb-like legs on the first abdominal segment (A1) and occasionally on the second abdominal segment (A2)...
January 25, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093668/molecular-characterization-of-hoxc8-gene-and-methylation-status-analysis-of-its-exon-1-associated-with-the-length-of-cashmere-fiber-in-liaoning-cashmere-goat
#8
Wen L Bai, Jiao J Wang, Rong H Yin, Yun L Dang, Ze Y Wang, Yu B Zhu, Yu Y Cong, Liang Deng, Dan Guo, Shi Q Wang, Shu H Yang, Hui L Xue
Homeobox protein Hox-C8 (HOXC8) is a member of Hox family. It is expressed in the dermal papilla of the skin and is thought to be associated with the hair inductive capacity of dermal papilla cells. In the present study, we isolated and characterized a full-length open reading frame of HOXC8 cDNA from the skin tissue of Liaoning cashmere goat, as well as, established a phylogenetic relationship of goat HOXC8 with that of other species. Also, we investigated the effect of methylation status of HOXC8 exon 1 at anagen secondary hair follicle on the cashmere fiber traits in Liaoning cashmere goat...
January 16, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087711/ctcf-mediated-topological-boundaries-during-development-foster-appropriate-gene-regulation
#9
Varun Narendra, Milica Bulajić, Job Dekker, Esteban O Mazzoni, Danny Reinberg
The genome is organized into repeating topologically associated domains (TADs), each of which is spatially isolated from its neighbor by poorly understood boundary elements thought to be conserved across cell types. Here, we show that deletion of CTCF (CCCTC-binding factor)-binding sites at TAD and sub-TAD topological boundaries that form within the HoxA and HoxC clusters during differentiation not only disturbs local chromatin domain organization and regulatory interactions but also results in homeotic transformations typical of Hox gene misregulation...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068897/neotenic-phenomenon-in-gene-expression-in-the-skin-of-foxn1-deficient-nude-mice-a-projection-for-regenerative-skin-wound-healing
#10
Anna Kur-Piotrowska, Marta Kopcewicz, Leslie P Kozak, Pawel Sachadyn, Anna Grabowska, Barbara Gawronska-Kozak
BACKGROUND: Mouse fetuses up to 16 day of embryonic development and nude (Foxn1- deficient) mice are examples of animals that undergo regenerative (scar-free) skin healing. The expression of transcription factor Foxn1 in the epidermis of mouse fetuses begins at embryonic day 16.5 which coincides with the transition point from scar-free to scar-forming skin wound healing. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that Foxn1 expression in the skin is an essential condition to establish the adult skin phenotype and that Foxn1 inactivity in nude mice keeps skin in the immature stage resembling the phenomena of neoteny...
January 9, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067428/hotair-role-in-melanoma-progression-and-its-identification-in-the-blood-of-patients-with-advanced-disease
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Monica Cantile, Giosuè Scognamiglio, Laura Marra, Gabriella Aquino, Chiara Botti, Maria Rosaria Falcone, Maria Gabriella Malzone, Giuseppina Liguori, Maurizio Di Bonito, Renato Franco, Paolo Antonio Ascierto, Gerardo Botti
OBJECTIVES: The molecular mechanisms responsible for the metastatic progression of melanoma have not been fully defined yet. We have recently shown that an important role in this process is certainly played by HOX genes, whose regulation is under control of particular non-coding RNAs, some of which are present within the HOX locus. HOTAIR is the most studied among them, whose aberrant expression is associated with the metastatic progression of many malignancies. The aim of this study was to verify the role played by HOTAIR in metastatic progression of melanoma and to evaluate the circulating levels of HOTAIR in the blood of patients with metastatic melanoma...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065741/essential-roles-for-cdx-in-murine-primitive-hematopoiesis
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Travis Brooke-Bisschop, Joanne G A Savory, Tanya Foley, Randy Ringuette, David Lohnes
The Cdx transcription factors play essential roles in primitive hematopoiesis in the zebrafish where they exert their effects, in part, through regulation of hox genes. Defects in hematopoiesis have also been reported in Cdx mutant murine embryonic stem cell models, however, to date no mouse model reflecting the zebrafish Cdx mutant hematopoietic phenotype has been described. This is likely due, in part, to functional redundancy among Cdx members and the early lethality of Cdx2 null mutants. To circumvent these limitations, we used Cre-mediated conditional deletion to assess the impact of concomitant loss of Cdx1 and Cdx2 on murine primitive hematopoiesis...
February 15, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041967/cdx-is-crucial-for-the-timing-mechanism-driving-colinear-hox-activation-and-defines-a-trunk-segment-in-the-hox-cluster-topology
#13
Roel Neijts, Shilu Amin, Carina van Rooijen, Jacqueline Deschamps
Cdx and Hox transcription factors are important regulators of axial patterning and are required for tissue generation along the vertebrate body axis. Cdx genes have been demonstrated to act upstream of Hox genes in midgestation embryos. Here, we investigate the role of Cdx transcription factors in the gradual colinear activation of the Hox clusters. We found that Hox temporally colinear expression is severely affected in epiblast stem cells derived from Cdx null embryos. We demonstrate that after initiation of 3' Hox gene transcription, Cdx activity is crucial for H3K27ac deposition and for accessibility of cis-regulatory elements around the central - or 'trunk' - Hox genes...
February 15, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026082/hox-genes-in-the-adult-skeleton-novel-functions-beyond-embryonic-development
#14
REVIEW
Danielle R Rux, Deneen M Wellik
Hox genes encode evolutionarily conserved transcription factors that control skeletal patterning in the developing embryo. They are expressed in regionally restricted domains and function to regulate the morphology of specific vertebral and long bone elements. Recent work has provided evidence that Hox genes continue to be regionally expressed in adult tissues. Fibroblasts cultured from adult tissues show broadly maintained Hox gene expression patterns. In the adult skeleton, Hox genes are expressed in progenitor-enriched populations of mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs), and genetic loss-of-function analyses have provided evidence that Hox genes function during the fracture healing process...
December 27, 2016: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997818/hox-service-warranty-extends-to-adult-bone-repair
#15
Andrew J Saurin, Marie-Claire Delfini, Yacine Graba
Hox genes are key developmental regulators. In this issue of Developmental Cell, Rux et al. (2016) uncover an adult role for Hox11 genes in regionalized bone repair. This function relies on Hox activity in bone marrow multipotent mesenchymal stem progenitor cells, which promotes skeletal cell differentiation.
December 19, 2016: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993155/the-genome-of-the-gulf-pipefish-enables-understanding-of-evolutionary-innovations
#16
C M Small, S Bassham, J Catchen, A Amores, A M Fuiten, R S Brown, A G Jones, W A Cresko
BACKGROUND: Evolutionary origins of derived morphologies ultimately stem from changes in protein structure, gene regulation, and gene content. A well-assembled, annotated reference genome is a central resource for pursuing these molecular phenomena underlying phenotypic evolution. We explored the genome of the Gulf pipefish (Syngnathus scovelli), which belongs to family Syngnathidae (pipefishes, seahorses, and seadragons). These fishes have dramatically derived bodies and a remarkable novelty among vertebrates, the male brood pouch...
December 20, 2016: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986639/identification-of-the-binding-domains-and-key-amino-acids-for-the-interaction-of-the-transcription-factors-bmpoum2-and-bmabd-a-in-bombyx-mori
#17
Yong He, Huimin Deng, Qihao Hu, Zidan Zhu, Lin Liu, Sichun Zheng, Qisheng Song, Qili Feng
The transcription factor BmPOUM2 interacted with another transcription factor BmAbd-A to regulate the expression of the wing cuticle protein gene BmWCP4 in Bombyx mori. In this study, the binding domains and amino acids for the interaction between BmPOUM2 and BmAbd-A were reported. Two isoforms of BmPOUM2 were identified. The short isoform (BmPOUM2-S) lacks a 114-amino acid sequence containing a POU-homeodomain and a nuclear localization signal peptide (NLS), as compared to the full-length isoform (BmPOUM2)...
February 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979710/hotair-facilitates-hepatic-stellate-cells-activation-and-fibrogenesis-in-the-liver
#18
Er-Bao Bian, Yuan-Yuan Wang, Yang Yang, Bao-Ming Wu, Tao Xu, Xiao-Ming Meng, Cheng Huang, Lei Zhang, Xiong-Wen Lv, Zhi-Gang Xiong, Jun Li
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are increasingly recognized as major players in regulating various biological processes. LncRNA HOX transcript antisense RNA (Hotair) has been extensively studied in cancer. However, the role of Hotair in liver fibrosis remains unknown. Here we observed that Hotair expression was significantly increased in CCl4-induced mouse liver fibrosis models, human fibrotic livers and activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) by TGF-β1 stimulation. Enforced expression of Hotair in LX-2 cells promoted cell proliferation and activation while inhibition of its expression had an opposite effect...
December 13, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977683/hotair-is-dispensible-for-mouse-development
#19
Ana Rita Amândio, Anamaria Necsulea, Elisabeth Joye, Bénédicte Mascrez, Denis Duboule
Despite the crucial importance of Hox genes functions during animal development, the mechanisms that control their transcription in time and space are not yet fully understood. In this context, it was proposed that Hotair, a lncRNA transcribed from within the HoxC cluster regulates Hoxd gene expression in trans, through the targeting of Polycomb and consecutive transcriptional repression. This activity was recently supported by the skeletal phenotype of mice lacking Hotair function. However, other loss of function alleles at this locus did not elicit the same effects...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974206/distal-limb-patterning-requires-modulation-of-cis-regulatory-activities-by-hox13
#20
Rushikesh Sheth, Iros Barozzi, David Langlais, Marco Osterwalder, Stephen Nemec, Hanqian L Carlson, H Scott Stadler, Axel Visel, Jacques Drouin, Marie Kmita
The combinatorial expression of Hox genes along the body axes is a major determinant of cell fate and plays a pivotal role in generating the animal body plan. Loss of HOXA13 and HOXD13 transcription factors (HOX13) leads to digit agenesis in mice, but how HOX13 proteins regulate transcriptional outcomes and confer identity to the distal-most limb cells has remained elusive. Here, we report on the genome-wide profiling of HOXA13 and HOXD13 in vivo binding and changes of the transcriptome and chromatin state in the transition from the early to the late-distal limb developmental program, as well as in Hoxa13(-/-); Hoxd13(-/-) limbs...
December 13, 2016: Cell Reports
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