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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
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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
#2
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
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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...
January 5, 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
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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...
December 29, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026082/hox-genes-in-the-adult-skeleton-novel-functions-beyond-embryonic-development
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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
#8
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
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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
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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)...
December 14, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979710/hotair-facilitates-hepatic-stellate-cells-activation-and-fibrogenesis-in-the-liver
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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
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957850/comparative-toxicogenomic-responses-to-the-flame-retardant-mitp-in-developing-zebrafish
#14
Derik E Haggard, Siba R Das, Robert L Tanguay
Monosubstituted isopropylated triaryl phosphate (mITP) is a major component of Firemaster 550, an additive flame retardant mixture commonly used in polyurethane foams. Developmental toxicity studies in zebrafish established mITP as the most toxic component of FM 550, which causes pericardial edema and heart looping failure. Mechanistic studies showed that mITP is an aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) ligand; however, the cardiotoxic effects of mITP were independent of the AhR. We performed comparative whole genome transcriptomics in wild-type and ahr2(hu3335) zebrafish, which lack functional ahr2, to identify transcriptional signatures causally involved in the mechanism of mITP-induced cardiotoxicity...
December 13, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941336/a-feed-forward-regulatory-loop-between-hur-and-the-long-noncoding-rna-hotair-promotes-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-progression-and-metastasis
#15
Cheng-Zhi Xu, Chenyan Jiang, Qingwei Wu, Liu Liu, Xiaojun Yan, Runjie Shi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The lncRNA Homeobox (HOX) transcript antisense RNA (HOTAIR) is overexpressed in numerous cancers. HuR is also overexpressed during tumourigenesis and is abnormally present within the cytoplasm, where it binds to AU-rich elements in the 3'UTRs of target mRNA and post-transcriptionally regulates the expression of its target genes. However, whether HOTAIR is regulated and the mechanisms by which it affects head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) are not well understood...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940207/chromosome-folding-and-its-regulation-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Xue Qing David Wang, Josée Dostie
There are many ways in which cells may not adequately behave or respond to their environment, and the molecular mechanisms leading to these defects are as diverse as they are many. In this review, we report on how spatial chromatin organization contributes to the proper expression of genes, relating how CTCF-one of its main architects-contributes to gene regulation. We also touch on the emerging role of long noncoding RNAs in shaping chromatin organization and activity. The HOX gene clusters have been used as paradigm in the study of various biological pathways, and the overview we provide gives emphasis to what research on these loci has revealed about chromatin architecture and its regulation in the control of gene expression...
December 8, 2016: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919074/epigenetic-stress-responses-induce-muscle-stem-cell-ageing-by-hoxa9-developmental-signals
#17
Simon Schwörer, Friedrich Becker, Christian Feller, Ali H Baig, Ute Köber, Henriette Henze, Johann M Kraus, Beibei Xin, André Lechel, Daniel B Lipka, Christy S Varghese, Manuel Schmidt, Remo Rohs, Ruedi Aebersold, Kay L Medina, Hans A Kestler, Francesco Neri, Julia von Maltzahn, Stefan Tümpel, K Lenhard Rudolph
The functionality of stem cells declines during ageing, and this decline contributes to ageing-associated impairments in tissue regeneration and function. Alterations in developmental pathways have been associated with declines in stem-cell function during ageing, but the nature of this process remains poorly understood. Hox genes are key regulators of stem cells and tissue patterning during embryogenesis with an unknown role in ageing. Here we show that the epigenetic stress response in muscle stem cells (also known as satellite cells) differs between aged and young mice...
December 15, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919068/capturing-pairwise-and-multi-way-chromosomal-conformations-using-chromosomal-walks
#18
Pedro Olivares-Chauvet, Zohar Mukamel, Aviezer Lifshitz, Omer Schwartzman, Noa Oded Elkayam, Yaniv Lubling, Gintaras Deikus, Robert P Sebra, Amos Tanay
Chromosomes are folded into highly compacted structures to accommodate physical constraints within nuclei and to regulate access to genomic information. Recently, global mapping of pairwise contacts showed that loops anchoring topological domains (TADs) are highly conserved between cell types and species. Whether pairwise loops synergize to form higher-order structures is still unclear. Here we develop a conformation capture assay to study higher-order organization using chromosomal walks (C-walks) that link multiple genomic loci together into proximity chains in human and mouse cells...
December 8, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918560/genome-wide-chemical-mapping-of-o-glcnacylated-proteins-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#19
Ta-Wei Liu, Mike Myschyshyn, Donald A Sinclair, Samy Cecioni, Kevin Beja, Barry M Honda, Ryan D Morin, David J Vocadlo
N-Acetylglucosamine β-O-linked to nucleocytoplasmic proteins (O-GlcNAc) is implicated in the regulation of gene expression in organisms, from humans to Drosophila melanogaster. Within Drosophila, O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) is one of the Polycomb group proteins (PcGs) that act through Polycomb group response elements (PREs) to silence homeotic (HOX) and other PcG target genes. Using Drosophila, we identify new O-GlcNAcylated PcG proteins and develop an antibody-free metabolic feeding approach to chemoselectively map genomic loci enriched in O-GlcNAc using next-generation sequencing...
December 5, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913640/the-drosophila-hox-gene-ultrabithorax-acts-both-in-muscles-and-motoneurons-to-orchestrate-formation-of-specific-neuromuscular-connections
#20
Christian Hessinger, Gerhard M Technau, Ana Rogulja-Ortmann
Hox genes are known to specify motoneuron pools in the developing vertebrate spinal cord and to control motoneuronal targeting in several species. However, the mechanisms controlling axial diversification of muscle innervation patterns are still largely unknown. We present data showing that the Drosophila Hox gene Ultrabithorax (Ubx) acts in the late embryo to establish target specificity of ventrally projecting RP motoneurons. In abdominal segments A2 to A7, RP motoneurons innervate the ventro-lateral muscles VL1-4, with VL1 and VL2 being innervated in a Wnt4-dependent manner...
December 2, 2016: Development
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