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Stefan J Barfeld, Alfonso Urbanucci, Harri M Itkonen, Ladan Fazli, Jessica L Hicks, Bernd Thiede, Paul S Rennie, Srinivasan Yegnasubramanian, Angelo M DeMarzo, Ian G Mills
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common non-cutaneous cancer in men. The androgen receptor (AR), a ligand-activated transcription factor, constitutes the main drug target for advanced cases of the disease. However, a variety of other transcription factors and signaling networks have been shown to be altered in patients and to influence AR activity. Amongst these, the oncogenic transcription factor c-Myc has been studied extensively in multiple malignancies and elevated protein levels of c-Myc are commonly observed in PCa...
April 5, 2017: EBioMedicine
Wendy N Nembhard, Xinyu Tang, Zhuopei Hu, Stewart MacLeod, Zachary Stowe, Daniel Webber
Objective To evaluate whether the association between maternal periconceptional use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and increased risk of congenital heart defects in offspring is modified by maternal or infant genetic variants in folate, homocysteine, or transsulfuration pathways.Design Population based study. DNA from mothers, fathers, and infants was genotyped with an Illumina GoldenGate custom single nucleotide polymorphism panel. A hybrid design based on a log linear model was used to calculate relative risks and Bayesian false discovery probabilities (BFDP) to identify polymorphisms associated with congenital heart defects modified by SSRI use...
March 6, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Chung-Hsien Li, Chia-Hung Yen, Yen-Fu Chen, Kuo-Jui Lee, Cheng-Chieh Fang, Xian Zhang, Chih-Chung Lai, Shiu-Feng Huang, Hui-Kuan Lin, Yi-Ming Arthur Chen
The pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) involves many molecular pathways. Glycine N-methyltransferase (GNMT) is downregulated in almost all HCC and its gene knockout mice developed HCC with high penetrance. We identified PREX2, a novel PTEN inhibitor, as a GNMT-interacting protein. Such interaction enhanced degradation of PREX2 through an E3 ligase HectH9-mediated proteasomal ubiquitination pathway. Depletion of GNMT or HectH9 resulted in AKT activation in a PREX2 dependent manner and enhanced cell proliferation...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Mahdi Naderi, Saeed Keyvanshokooh, Amir Parviz Salati, Alireza Ghaedi
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of dietary vitamin E (vit E) and selenium nanoparticles (nanoSe) on liver proteome profile of rainbow trout under high density condition. To correlate the proteome modifications with physiological aspects, growth, serum metabolites (cortisol, glucose, lactate, ALT, AST, and ALP), and liver antioxidant-related parameters (SOD, GPx, CAT, and MDA) were also examined. A total of 1275 fish (average weight of 42.6±2.3g) were stocked into 12 tanks at a density of 80kgm(-3)...
February 4, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
H C Wu, C H Yen, Y M Chen, Y H Chang, H S Chang
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December 2016: Planta Medica
Z Heger, T Eckschlager, M Stiborová, V Adam
BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer (PC) constitutes a heterogeneous group of diseases with high prevalence rates that are still increasing, particularly in western countries. Since 1980, prostate specific antigen (PSA) and other diagnostic approaches have been used for PC screening; however, some of these approaches are often deemed painful and cause invasive damage of tissue. Therefore, molecular approaches to PC diagnosis are attracting increasing attention, potentially providing patients with less stressful situations and providing better diagnoses and even prognostic information...
2016: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
Yi-Jen Liao, Tzong-Shyuan Lee, Yuh-Ching Twu, Shih-Ming Hsu, Ching-Ping Yang, Chung-Kwe Wang, Yu-Chih Liang, Yi-Ming Arthur Chen
BACKGROUND: Glycine N-methyltransferase (GNMT) is abundantly expressed in the normal liver but is down-regulated in liver cancer tissues. GNMT knockout (Gnmt-/-) mice can spontaneously develop chronic hepatitis, fatty liver, and liver cancer. We previously demonstrated that hepatic GNMT is decreased in high-fat-diet-induced type 2 diabetes mellitus, but its contribution to metabolic syndrome is unclear. Here we show that GNMT modulates key aspects of metabolic syndrome in mice. METHODS: Eleven-week-old Gnmt-/- and wild-type (WT) mice with a C57BL/6 genetic background were used in this study...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Science
Yimin Jia, Mingfa Ling, Luchu Zhang, Shuxia Jiang, Yusheng Sha, Ruqian Zhao
Excess 2-hydroxy-(4-methylthio)butanoic acid (HMB) supplementation induces hyperhomocysteinemia, which contributes to hepatic cholesterol accumulation. However, it is unclear whether and how high levels of HMB break hepatic cholesterol homeostasis in nursery piglets. In this study, HMB oversupplementation suppressed food intake and decreased body weight in nursery piglets. Hyperhomocysteinemia and higher hepatic cholesterol accumulation were observed in HMB groups. Accordingly, HMB significantly increased the protein content of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase (HMGCR) and glycine N-methyltransferase (GNMT) but decreased that of acyl-coenzyme A:cholesterol acyltransferase-1 (ACAT1)...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Haiyang Guo, Musaddeque Ahmed, Fan Zhang, Cindy Q Yao, SiDe Li, Yi Liang, Junjie Hua, Fraser Soares, Yifei Sun, Jens Langstein, Yuchen Li, Christine Poon, Swneke D Bailey, Kinjal Desai, Teng Fei, Qiyuan Li, Dorota H Sendorek, Michael Fraser, John R Prensner, Trevor J Pugh, Mark Pomerantz, Robert G Bristow, Mathieu Lupien, Felix Y Feng, Paul C Boutros, Matthew L Freedman, Martin J Walsh, Housheng Hansen He
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) represent an attractive class of candidates to mediate cancer risk. Through integrative analysis of the lncRNA transcriptome with genomic data and SNP data from prostate cancer genome-wide association studies (GWAS), we identified 45 candidate lncRNAs associated with risk to prostate cancer. We further evaluated the mechanism underlying the top hit, PCAT1, and found that a risk-associated variant at rs7463708 increases binding of ONECUT2, a novel androgen receptor (AR)-interacting transcription factor, at a distal enhancer that loops to the PCAT1 promoter, resulting in upregulation of PCAT1 upon prolonged androgen treatment...
October 2016: Nature Genetics
Jianyu Zhang, Judith P Klinman
Although an enormous and still growing number of biologically diverse methyltransferases have been reported and identified, a comprehensive understanding of the enzymatic methyl transfer mechanism is still lacking. Glycine N-methyltransferase (GNMT), a member of the family that acts on small metabolites as the substrate, catalyzes methyl transfer from S-adenosyl-l-methionine (AdoMet) to glycine to form S-adenosyl-l-homocysteine and sarcosine. We report primary carbon ((12)C/(14)C) and secondary ((1)H3/(3)H3) kinetic isotope effects at the transferred methyl group, together with (1)H3/(3)H3 binding isotope effects for wild-type GNMT and a series of Tyr21 mutants...
July 27, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Darshana Mirgal, Kanjaksha Ghosh, Jagadish Mahanta, Prafulla Dutta, Shrimati Shetty
BACKGROUND: Recent studies in experimental mice have shown that mild deficiency of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) enzyme confers protection against malaria, thus providing an important basis for the hypothesis that MTHFR polymorphism, i.e. C677T, might have been subjected to selection pressure against malaria. The present study was undertaken in a malaria endemic region in North East India to assess whether a similar selection advantage exists for other genes in folate metabolism pathway...
May 2016: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Rajni Kant, Chia-Hung Yen, Chung-Kuang Lu, Ying-Chi Lin, Jih-Heng Li, Yi-Ming Arthur Chen
Glycine N-methyltransferase (GNMT) expression is vastly downregulated in hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC). High rates of GNMT knockout mice developed HCC, while overexpression of GNMT prevented aflatoxin-induced carcinogenicity and inhibited liver cancer cell proliferation. Therefore, in this study, we aimed for the identification of a GNMT inducer for HCC therapy. We established a GNMT promoter-driven luciferase reporter assay as a drug screening platform. Screening of 324 pure compounds and 480 crude extracts from Chinese medicinal herbs resulted in the identification of Paeonia lactiflora Pall (PL) extract and the active component 1,2,3,4,6-penta-O-galloyl-β-d-glucopyranoside (PGG) as a GNMT inducer...
May 4, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Yan Liu, Yingying Zhang, Shiyu Tao, Yongjing Guan, Ting Zhang, Zaizhao Wang
Altered DNA methylation is pervasively associated with changes in gene expression and signal transduction after exposure to a wide range of endocrine disrupting chemicals. As a weak estrogenic chemical, bisphenol A (BPA) has been extensively studied for reproductive toxicity. In order to explore the effects of BPA on epigenetic modification in gonads of zebrafish Danio rerio, we measured the global DNA methylation together with the gene expression of DNA methyltransferase (dnmts), glycine N-methyltransferase (gnmt), and ten-eleven translocation (tets) in gonads of D...
August 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Zbynek Heger, Jaromir Gumulec, Natalia Cernei, Hana Polanska, Martina Raudenska, Michal Masarik, Tomas Eckschlager, Marie Stiborova, Vojtech Adam, Rene Kizek
BACKGROUND: Sarcosine (N-methylglycine) was previously delineated as a substantial oncometabolite of prostate cancer (PCa) and its metabolism seems to be significantly involved in PCa development and behavior. METHODS: We focused on investigation whether the exposure of prostate cells (PNT1A, 22Rv1, and PC-3) to sarcosine-related amino acids (glycine, dimethylglycine, and sarcosine) affects their aggressiveness (cell mobility and division rates, using real-time cell based assay)...
May 2016: Prostate
Rafael Deminice, Paola Sanches Cella, Camila S Padilha, Fernando H Borges, Lilian Eslaine Costa Mendes da Silva, Patrícia L Campos-Ferraz, Alceu Afonso Jordao, Jason Lorne Robinson, Robert F Bertolo, Rubens Cecchini, Flávia Alessandra Guarnier
The purpose of this study was to investigate (1) the impact of tumor growth on homocysteine (Hcy) metabolism, liver oxidative stress and cancer cachexia and, (2) the potential benefits of creatine supplementation in Walker-256 tumor-bearing rats. Three experiments were conducted. First, rats were killed on days 5 (D5), 10 (D10) and 14 (D14) after tumor implantation. In experiment 2, rats were randomly assigned to three groups designated as control (C), tumor-bearing (T) and tumor-bearing supplemented with creatine (TCr)...
August 2016: Amino Acids
Longfei Jia, Juan Li, Bin He, Yimin Jia, Yingjie Niu, Chenfei Wang, Ruqian Zhao
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is associated with hyperhomocysteinemia and polycystic ovaries (PCO) usually produce oocytes of poor quality. However, the intracellular mechanism linking hyperhomocysteinemia and oocyte quality remains elusive. In this study, the quality of the oocytes isolated from healthy and polycystic gilt ovaries was evaluated in vitro in association with one-carbon metabolism, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) methylation, and mitochondrial function. PCO oocytes demonstrated impaired polar body extrusion, and significantly decreased cleavage and blastocyst rates...
January 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yi-Cheng Wang, Ming-Tsung Wu, Yan-Jun Lin, Feng-Yao Tang, Hsin-An Ko, En-Pei Chiang
Folate-mediated one-carbon metabolism is an important therapeutic target of human diseases. We extensively investigated how gene-nutrient interactions may modulate human cancer risk in 2 major folate metabolic genes, MTHFR and GNMT. The biochemical impacts of MTHFR and GNMT on methyl group supply, global DNA methylation, nucleotide biosynthesis, DNA damage, and partitioning of the folate dependent 1-carbon group were carefully studied. The distinct model systems used included: EB virus-transformed lymphoblasts expressing human MTHFR polymorphic genotypes; liver-derived GNMT-null cell-lines with and without GNMT overexpression; and HepG2 cells with stabilized inhibition of MTHFR using shRNA, GNMT wildtype, heterozygotous (GNMT(het)) and knockout (GNMT(nul)) mice...
2015: Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
Yimin Jia, Haogang Song, Guichao Gao, Demin Cai, Xiaojing Yang, Ruqian Zhao
Betaine has been widely used in animal and human nutrition to promote muscle growth and performance, yet it remains unknown whether maternal betaine supplementation during gestation affects the metabolic characteristics of neonatal skeletal muscles. In the present study, feeding sows with betaine-supplemented diets throughout gestation significantly upregulated the expression of mtDNA-encoded OXPHOS genes (p < 0.05), including COX1, COX2, and ND5, in the muscle of newborn piglets, which was associated with enhanced mitochondrial COX enzyme activity (p < 0...
November 25, 2015: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Michael C Reed, Mary V Gamble, Megan N Hall, H Frederik Nijhout
BACKGROUND: Methyltransferase (MT) reactions, in which methyl groups are attached to substrates, are fundamental to many aspects of cell biology and human physiology. The universal methyl donor for these reactions is S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) and this presents the cell with an important regulatory problem. If the flux along one pathway is changed then the SAM concentration will change affecting all the other MT pathways, so it is difficult for the cell to regulate the pathways independently...
October 14, 2015: BMC Systems Biology
Lan Yi, Linwei Li, Jie Yin, Nan Hu, Guangyue Li, Dexin Ding
Differentially expressed proteins in liver tissues of C57BL/6J mice receiving low-dose (137)Cs radiation were examined by proteomics analysis. Compared with the control group, 80 proteins were differentially expressed in the irradiated group. Among the 40 randomly selected proteins used for peptide mass fingerprinting analysis and bioinformatics, 24 were meaningful. These proteins were related to antioxidant defense, amino acid metabolism, detoxification, anti-tumor development, amino acid transport, anti-peroxidation, and composition of respiratory chain...
February 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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