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Xiao Luo, Kaicheng Li, Y L Jia, Qingze Zeng, Yeerfan Jiaerken, Tiantian Qiu, Peiyu Huang, Xiaojun Xu, Zhujing Shen, Xiaojun Guan, Jiong Zhou, Chao Wang, J J Xu, Minming Zhang
The APOE ε4 allele is associated with impaired intrinsic functional connectivity in neural networks, especially in the default mode network (DMN). However, effective connectivity (EC) reflects the direct causal effects of one brain region to another, which has rarely been investigated. Recently, Granger causality analysis (GCA) proved suitable for the study of directionality in neuronal interactions. Using GCA, we examined the differences in the EC between the anterior medial prefrontal cortex/posterior cingulate cortex (aMPFC/PCC) and the whole brain in 17 ε4 carrying and 32 non-carrying cognitively intact elderly individuals...
March 17, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Haiyan Qin, Guang Zhang, Lianbo Zhang
Polycomb group genes (PcG) encode chromatin modification proteins that are involved in the epigenetic regulation of cell differentiation, proliferation and the aging processes. The key subunit of the PcG complex, enhancer of zeste 2 polycomb repressive complex 2 subunit (EZH2), has a central role in a variety of mechanisms, such as the formation of chromatin structure, gene expression regulation and DNA damage. In the present study, ultraviolet A (UVA) was used to radiate human dermal fibroblasts in order to construct a photo-aged cell model...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Rupesh K Chikara, Erik C Chang, Yi-Chen Lu, Dar-Shong Lin, Chin-Teng Lin, Li-Wei Ko
A reward or punishment can modulate motivation and emotions, which in turn affect cognitive processing. The present simultaneous functional magnetic resonance imaging-electroencephalography study examines neural mechanisms of response inhibition under the influence of a monetary reward or punishment by implementing a modified stop-signal task in a virtual battlefield scenario. The participants were instructed to play as snipers who open fire at a terrorist target but withhold shooting in the presence of a hostage...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Xi Gu, Xuemin Wang, Dazhuang Su, Xiaohong Su, Lifang Lin, Shuji Li, Qiaoqi Wu, Shuhu Liu, Peidong Zhang, Xinhong Zhu, Xiaodan Jiang
Polycomb group (PcG) proteins regulate the epigenetic status of transcription regulatory states during development. Progression from pluripotency to differentiation requires the sequential activation and repression of different PcG target genes, however, the relationship between early patterning signals, PcG expression, and the development of the central nervous system is still unclear. Using various models of neuronal differentiation, we provide evidence that CBX2 is a negative regulator of neuronal differentiation...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Yikai Huang, Wukui Zhao, Congcong Wang, Yaru Zhu, Mengjie Liu, Huan Tong, Yin Xia, Qing Jiang, Jinzhong Qin
Though genetic data suggest that Polycomb group proteins (PcGs) are central chromatin modifiers and repressors that have been implicated in control of embryonic stem cell (ESC) pluripotency, the precise mechanism of PcG complex recruitment remains elusive, especially in mammals. We now report that the first and second MBT repeats of L3mbtl2 are important structural and functional features that are necessary and sufficient for L3mbtl2-mediated recruitment of PRC1.6 complex to target promoters. Interestingly, this region of L3mbtl2 harbors the evolutionarily conserved Pho-binding pocket also present in Drosophila Sfmbt, and mutation of the critical residues within this pocket completely abolishes its interaction with target promoters...
March 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Jinjin Zhu, Alison Ordway, Lena Weber, Kasun Buddika, Justin P Kumar
How different cells and tissues commit and determine their fates has been a central question in developmental biology since the seminal embryological experiments conducted by Wilhelm Roux and Hans Driesch in sea urchins and frogs. Here, we demonstrate that Polycomb group (PcG) proteins maintain Drosophila eye specification by suppressing the activation of alternative fate choices. The loss of PcG in the developing eye results in a cellular reprogramming event in which the eye is redirected to a wing fate. This fate transformation occurs with either the individual loss of Pc or the simultaneous reduction of PhoRC and Pax6...
March 12, 2018: Development
Behzad Yaghmaeian Salmani, Ignacio Monedero Cobeta, Jonathan Rakar, Susanne Bauer, Jesús Rodriguez Curt, Annika Starkenberg, Stefan Thor
A conserved feature of the central nervous system (CNS) is the prominent expansion of anterior regions (brain) when compared to posterior (nerve cord). The cellular and regulatory processes driving anterior CNS expansion are not well understood in any bilaterian species. Here, we address this expansion in Drosophila and mouse. We find that when compared to the nerve cord the brain, in both Drosophila and mouse, displays extended progenitor proliferation, more elaborate daughter cell proliferation and more rapid cell cycle speed...
March 12, 2018: Development
Joseph E Gergely, Armond E Dorsey, Goberdhan P Dimri, Manjari Dimri
Polycomb group (PcG) protein BMI1 is an important regulator of oncogenic phenotype and is often overexpressed in several human malignancies including breast cancer. Aberrant expression of BMI1 is associated with metastasis and poor prognosis in cancer patients. At present, therapy reagents that can efficiently inhibit the expression of BMI1 are not very well known. Here, we report that Timosaponin A-III (TA-III), a steroidal saponin obtained from the rhizomes of an herb, Anemarrhena asphodeloides, strongly inhibits expression of BMI1 in breast cancer cells...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Federica Marasca, Beatrice Bodega, Valerio Orlando
Cells and tissues are continuously exposed to a changing microenvironment, hence the necessity of a flexible modulation of gene expression that in complex organism have been achieved through specialized chromatin mechanisms. Chromatin-based cell memory enables cells to maintain their identity by fixing lineage specific transcriptional programs, ensuring their faithful transmission through cell division; in particular PcG-based memory system evolved to maintain the silenced state of developmental and cell cycle genes...
March 9, 2018: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Reza Abbasi-Kesbi, Atefeh Valipour, Khadije Imani
This Letter proposes a wireless acoustic sensor for monitoring heartbeat and respiration rate based on phonocardiogram (PCG). The developed sensor comprises a processor, a transceiver which operates at industrial, scientific and medical band and the frequency of 2.54 GHz as well as two capacitor microphones which one for recording the heartbeat and another one for respiration rate. To evaluate the precision of the presented sensor in estimating heartbeat and respiration rate, the sensor is tested on the different volunteers and the obtained results are compared with a gold standard as a reference...
February 2018: Healthcare Technology Letters
Thaís Emanuelle Bakaus, Yançanã Luizy Gruber, Alessandra Reis, Osnara Maria Mongruel Gomes, Giovana Mongruel Gomes
The aim of this study was to compare in vitro the bond strength (BS) between fiberglass posts and flared root canals reinforced with different materials. The roots of 48 premolars were endodontically treated. After one week, the root canals were prepared to simulate an oversized root canal, except for the positive control group (PCG), which was cemented with a prefabricated fiber post (PFP) compatible with the root canal size, simulating an ideal adaptation. The other samples (n=8/group) were used to test alternative restorative techniques for filling root canals: negative control group (NCG [PFP with a smaller diameter than of the root canal]), composite resin group - CRG, bulkfill group - BFG, self-adhesive cement group - SAG, and glass ionomer group - GIG...
March 1, 2018: Brazilian Oral Research
Jia Wang, Xingui Wu, Chao Wei, Xin Huang, Qian Ma, Xiaona Huang, Francesco Faiola, Diana Guallar, Miguel Fidalgo, Tingyuan Huang, Di Peng, Li Chen, Haopeng Yu, Xingyu Li, Junyi Sun, Xinyi Liu, Xiaoxia Cai, Xiao Chen, Ling Wang, Jian Ren, Jianlong Wang, Junjun Ding
Yin Yang 1 (YY1) regulates early embryogenesis and adult tissue formation. However, the role of YY1 in stem cell regulation remains unclear. YY1 has a Polycomb group (PcG) protein-dependent role in mammalian cells. The PcG-independent functions of YY1 are also reported, although their underlying mechanism is still undefined. This paper reports the role of YY1 and BAF complex in the OCT4-mediated pluripotency network in mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs). The interaction between YY1 and BAF complex promotes mESC proliferation and pluripotency...
February 26, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Antonella Di Costanzo, Nunzio Del Gaudio, Lidio Conte, Carmela Dell'Aversana, Michiel Vermeulen, Hugues de Thé, Antimo Migliaccio, Angela Nebbioso, Lucia Altucci
Polycomb group (PcG) proteins regulate transcription, playing a key role in stemness and differentiation. Deregulation of PcG members is known to be involved in cancer pathogenesis. Emerging evidence suggests that CBX2, a member of the PcG protein family, is overexpressed in several human tumors, correlating with lower overall survival. Unraveling the mechanisms regulating CBX2 expression may thus provide a promising new target for anticancer strategies. Here we show that the HDAC inhibitor SAHA regulates CBX2 stability via a SUMO-triggered ubiquitin-mediated pathway in leukemia...
February 22, 2018: Oncogene
Bruce H Howard, Tazuko H Hirai, Valya R Russanova
Substantial evidence has accumulated linking epigenome change to alterations in stem cell function during postnatal development and aging. Yet much remains to be learned about causal relationships, and large gaps remain in our understanding of epigenome-transcriptome interactions. Here we investigate structural features of large histone H3K27me3-enriched regions in human stem cell-like monocytes and their dendritic cell derivatives, where the H3K27me3 modification is considered to demarcate Polycomb (PcG) domains...
2018: PloS One
Run-Shan Duan, Gang-Bin Tang, Hong-Zhen Du, Yi-Wen Hu, Pei-Pei Liu, Ya-Jie Xu, Yu-Qiang Zeng, Shuang-Feng Zhang, Rui-Ying Wang, Zhao-Qian Teng, Chang-Mei Liu
Neurons in the central nervous system (CNS) lose their intrinsic ability and fail to regenerate, but the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Polycomb group (PcG) proteins, which include PRC1 and PRC2 complexes function as gene repressors and are involved in many biological processes. Here we report that PRC1 components (polycomb chromobox (CBX) 2, 7, and 8) are novel regulators of axon growth and regeneration. Especially, knockdown of CBX7 in either embryonic cortical neurons or adult dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons enhances their axon growth ability...
February 19, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Sheraz Khan, Mazhar Iqbal, Muhammad Tariq, Shahid M Baig, Wasim Abbas
HIV-1 latency allows the virus to persist until reactivation, in a transcriptionally silent form in its cellular reservoirs despite the presence of effective cART. Such viral persistence represents a major barrier to HIV eradication since treatment interruption leads to rebound plasma viremia. Polycomb group (PcG) proteins have recently got a considerable attention in regulating HIV-1 post-integration latency as they are involved in the repression of proviral gene expression through the methylation of histones...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
Xiangdong Lv, Hao Chen, Shuo Zhang, Zhao Zhang, Chenyu Pan, Yuanxin Xia, Jialin Fan, Wenqing Wu, Yi Lu, Lei Zhang, Hailong Wu, Yun Zhao
The Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway plays important roles in both embryonic development and adult tissue homeostasis. Such biological functions are mediated by the transcription factor Cubitus interruptus (Ci). Yet the transcriptional regulation of the effector Ci itself is poorly investigated. Through an RNAi-based genetic screen, we identified that female sterile (1) homeotic (Fsh), a transcription co-activator, directly activates Ci transcription. Biochemistry assays demonstrated physical interactions among Fsh,Sex combs extra (Sce) and Polycomb (Pc)...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
J Lesley Brown, Ming-An Sun, Judith A Kassis
Polycomb group (PcG) proteins maintain the silenced state of key developmental genes in animals, but how these proteins are recruited to specific regions of the genome is still poorly understood. In Drosophila , PcG proteins are recruited to Polycomb response elements (PREs) that include combinations of sites for sequence specific DNA binding "PcG recruiters," including Pho, Cg, and Spps. To understand their roles in PcG recruitment, we compared Pho-, Cg-, and Spps-binding sites against H3K27me3 and key PcG proteins by ChIP-seq in wild-type and mutant third instar larvae...
February 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Fan Xu, Tony Kuo, Yenny Rosli, Mao-Sen Liu, Limin Wu, Long-Fang Oliver Chen, Jennifer C Fletcher, Zinmay Renee Sung, Li Pu
Polycomb Group (PcG) and trithorax Group (trxG) proteins have been shown to act antagonistically to epigenetically regulate gene expression in eukaryotes. The trxG proteins counteract PcG-mediated floral repression in Arabidopsis, but their roles in other developmental processes are poorly understood. We investigated the interactions between the trxG genes, ARABIDOPSIS HOMOLOG OF TRITHORAX1 (ATX1) and ULTRAPETALA1 (ULT1), and the PcG gene EMBRYONIC FLOWER 1 (EMF1) during early development. Unexpectedly, we found that mutations in the trxG genes failed to rescue the early flowering phenotype of emf1 mutants...
February 8, 2018: Molecular Plant
Zhanping Lu, Courtney C Hong, Guangyao Kong, Anna L F V Assumpção, Irene M Ong, Emery H Bresnick, Jing Zhang, Xuan Pan
Yin yang 1 (YY1) is a ubiquitous transcription factor and mammalian polycomb group protein (PcG) with important functions to regulate embryonic development, lineage differentiation, and cell proliferation. YY1 mediates stable PcG-dependent transcriptional repression via recruitment of PcG proteins that catalyze histone modifications. Many questions remain unanswered regarding how cell- and tissue-specificity is achieved by PcG proteins. Here, we demonstrate that a conditional knockout of Yy1 in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) decreases long-term repopulating activity and ectopic YY1 expression expands HSCs...
February 6, 2018: Cell Reports
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