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Cytosine methylation

Ornella Affinito, Giovanni Scala, Domenico Palumbo, Ermanno Florio, Antonella Monticelli, Gennaro Miele, Vittorio Enrico Avvedimento, Alessandro Usiello, Lorenzo Chiariotti, Sergio Cocozza
DNA methylation is often analyzed by reporting the average methylation degree of each cytosine. In this study, we used a single molecule methylation analysis in order to look at the methylation conformation of individual molecules. Using D-aspartate oxidase as a model gene, we performed an in-depth methylation analysis through the developmental stages of three different mouse tissues (brain, lung, and gut), where this gene undergoes opposite methylation destiny. This approach allowed us to track both methylation and demethylation processes at high resolution...
October 17, 2016: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Xin Li, Yun Liu, Tal Salz, Kasper D Hansen, Andrew P Feinberg
DNA methylation at the 5-postion of cytosine (5mC) is an epigenetic modification that regulates gene expression and cellular plasticity in development and disease. The ten-eleven translocation (TET) gene family oxidizes 5mC to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), providing an active mechanism for DNA demethylation, and may also provide its own regulatory function. Here we applied oxidative bisulfite sequencing to generate whole-genome DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation maps at single-base resolution in paired human liver and lung normal and cancer...
October 13, 2016: Genome Research
Jennifer Dorts, Elodie Falisse, Emilie Schoofs, Enora Flamion, Patrick Kestemont, Frédéric Silvestre
DNA methylation, a well-studied epigenetic mark, is important for gene regulation in adulthood and for development. Using genetic and epigenetic approaches, the present study aimed at evaluating the effects of heat stress and copper exposure during zebrafish early embryogenesis when patterns of DNA methylation are being established, a process called reprogramming. Embryos were exposed to 325 μg Cu/L from fertilization (<1 h post fertilization - hpf) to 4 hpf at either 26.5 °C or 34 °C, followed by incubation in clean water at 26...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hui Zhang, Huilei Dong, Guoqing Yang, Hongfei Chen, Chenxin Cai
Effective detection of DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) activity is significant for cancer research. Herein, we developed a sensitive electroanalytical method to detect human DNA (cytosine-5)-methyltransferase1 (DNMT1) from crude lysates of cancer cells. In this assay, capture DNA having a preferred DNMT1 methylation site was immobilized on a gold electrode, then hybridized with gold nanoparticle (Au NP)-DNA complexes. The modified electrodes were equilibrated with the lysate, and then incubated with methylation-sensitive restriction enzyme...
October 12, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Yang Zhou, Lingyang Xu, Derek M Bickhart, El Hamidi Abdel Hay, Steven G Schroeder, Erin E Connor, Leeson J Alexander, Tad S Sonstegard, Curtis P Van Tassell, Hong Chen, George E Liu
BACKGROUND: As a major epigenetic component, DNA methylation plays important functions in individual development and various diseases. DNA methylation has been well studied in human and model organisms, but only limited data exist in economically important animals like cattle. RESULTS: Using reduced representation bisulphite sequencing (RRBS), we obtained single-base-resolution maps of bovine DNA methylation from ten somatic tissues. In total, we evaluated 1,868,049 cytosines in CG-enriched regions...
October 6, 2016: BMC Genomics
Veronika Holubeková, Andrea Mendelová, Marián Grendár, Sandra Meršaková, Ivana Kapustová, Karin Jašek, Andrea Vaňochová, Jan Danko, Zora Lasabová
Cervical cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer mortality in females worldwide. Infection with high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) is essential but insufficient to cause cervical cancer, and the clearance of HPV infection is mediated by the immune system. The deficit of molecules responsible for adhesion may play a role in the development of cervical cancer. E-cadherin is encoded by the cadherin 1 (CDH1) gene, and is involved in cell adhesion by forming adherens junctions. The aim of present study was to investigate the methylation pattern of the CDH1 promoter and to identify the association between CDH1 promoter hypermethylation, CDH1 gene expression and HPV infection in cervical specimens obtained from 93 patients with low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (SILs), high-grade SILs or squamous cell carcinomas, and from 47 patients with normal cervical cytology (HPV-negative)...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Zhisen Shen, Xiaoying Chen, Qun Li, Huadan Ye, Jinyun Li, Chongchang Zhou, Shiwei Duan
DNA methylation is a major regulatory mechanism of gene expression. The aim of the present study was to test the association of transforming growth factor β2 (TGFB2) and B cell lymphoma 2-like 11 (BCL2L11) gene methylation with the risk of laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC). Using bisulfite pyrosequencing technology, DNA methylation levels of TGFB2 promoter and BCL2L11 gene-body CpG cytosines were measured in 90 LSCC tissues and 90 adjacent normal tissues. Analysis of variance and paired sample t-test were used to determine the association of gene methylation and the risk of LSCC...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Francis Blokzijl, Joep de Ligt, Myrthe Jager, Valentina Sasselli, Sophie Roerink, Nobuo Sasaki, Meritxell Huch, Sander Boymans, Ewart Kuijk, Pjotr Prins, Isaac J Nijman, Inigo Martincorena, Michal Mokry, Caroline L Wiegerinck, Sabine Middendorp, Toshiro Sato, Gerald Schwank, Edward E S Nieuwenhuis, Monique M A Verstegen, Luc J W van der Laan, Jeroen de Jonge, Jan N M IJzermans, Robert G Vries, Marc van de Wetering, Michael R Stratton, Hans Clevers, Edwin Cuppen, Ruben van Boxtel
The gradual accumulation of genetic mutations in human adult stem cells (ASCs) during life is associated with various age-related diseases, including cancer. Extreme variation in cancer risk across tissues was recently proposed to depend on the lifetime number of ASC divisions, owing to unavoidable random mutations that arise during DNA replication. However, the rates and patterns of mutations in normal ASCs remain unknown. Here we determine genome-wide mutation patterns in ASCs of the small intestine, colon and liver of human donors with ages ranging from 3 to 87 years by sequencing clonal organoid cultures derived from primary multipotent cells...
October 3, 2016: Nature
Hisato Kobayashi, Tasuku Koike, Akihiko Sakashita, Keisuke Tanaka, Soichiro Kumamoto, Tomohiro Kono
Whole-genome shotgun bisulfite sequencing (WG-SBS) is currently the most powerful tool available for understanding genomewide cytosine methylation with single-base resolution; however, the high sequencing cost limits its widespread application, particularly for mammalian genomes. We mapped high- to low-coverage SBS short reads of mouse and human female developing germ cells to consensus sequences of repetitive elements that were multiplied in the respective host genome. This mapping strategy effectively identified active and evolutionarily young retrotransposon subfamilies and centromeric satellite repeats that were resistant to DNA demethylation during the investigated progressive stages of germ cell development...
October 3, 2016: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Hong Zhou, Yapei Wang, Qiongying Lv, Juan Zhang, Qing Wang, Fei Gao, Haoli Hou, Hao Zhang, Wei Zhang, Lijia Li
The ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene encodes rRNA for protein synthesis. Aberrant expression of the rRNA gene has been generally observed in tumor cells and levels of its promoter methylation as an epigenetic regulator affect rRNA gene transcription. The possible relationship between expression and promoter methylation of rDNA has not been examined in human clinical cervical cancer. Here we investigate rRNA gene expression by quantitative real time PCR, and promoter methylation levels by HpaII/MspI digestion and sodium bisulfite sequencing in the development of human cervical cancer...
2016: PloS One
Cristina Camprubí, Albert Salas-Huetos, Riccardo Aiese-Cigliano, Anna Godo, Maria-Carme Pons, Giancarlo Castellano, Mark Grossmann, Walter Sanseverino, José I Martin-Subero, Nicolás Garrido, Joan Blanco
The influence of aberrant sperm DNA methylation on the reproductive capacity of couples has been postulated as a cause of infertility. This study compared the DNA methylation of spermatozoa of 19 fertile donors and 42 infertile patients using the Illumina 450K array. Clustering analysis of methylation data arranged fertile and infertile patients into two groups. Bivariate clustering analysis identified a differential distribution of samples according to the characteristics of seminogram and age, suggesting a possible link between these parameters and specific methylation profiles...
September 15, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
M Hamza, S Halayem, R Mrad, S Bourgou, F Charfi, A Belhadj
BACKGROUND: The etiology of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is complex and multifactorial, and the roles of genetic and environmental factors in its emergence have been well documented. Current research tends to indicate that these two factors act in a synergistic manner. The processes underlying this interaction are still poorly known, but epigenetic modifications could be the mediator in the gene/environment interface. The epigenetic mechanisms have been implicated in susceptibility to stress and also in the pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders including depression and schizophrenia...
September 27, 2016: L'Encéphale
David H Taylor, Chelsea M McLean, Warren L Wu, Alex B Wang, Paul D Soloway
BACKGROUND: In mammals, tight regulation of cytosine methylation is required for embryonic development and cellular differentiation. The trans-acting DNA methyltransferases that catalyze this modification have been identified and characterized; however, these proteins lack sequence specificity, leaving the mechanism of targeting unknown. A cis-acting regulator within the Rasgrf1 imprinting control region (ICR) is necessary for establishment and maintenance of local imprinted methylation...
2016: Epigenetics & Chromatin
Fatma Uysal, Gokhan Akkoyunlu, Saffet Ozturk
DNA methylation is one of the epigenetic marks and plays critically important functions during spermatogenesis in mammals. DNA methylation is catalysed by DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) enzymes, which are responsible for the addition of a methyl group to the fifth carbon atom of the cytosine residues within cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) and non-CpG dinucleotide sites. Structurally and functionally five different DNMT enzymes have been identified in mammals, including DNMT1, DNMT2, DNMT3A, DNMT3B and DNMT3L...
September 12, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Staci L Haney, Garland M Upchurch, Jana Opavska, David Klinkebiel, Adams Kusi Appiah, Lynette M Smith, Tayla B Heavican, Javeed Iqbal, Shantaram Joshi, Rene Opavsky
Cytosine methylation of DNA is an epigenetic modification involved in the repression of genes that affect biological processes including hematopoiesis. It is catalyzed by DNA methyltransferases, one of which -DNMT3A- is frequently mutated in human hematologic malignancies. We have previously reported that Dnmt3a inactivation in hematopoietic stem cells results in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and CD8-positive peripheral T cell lymphomas (PTCL) in EμSRα-tTA;Teto-Cre;Dnmt3a(fl/fl); Rosa26LOXP(EGFP/EGFP) (Dnmt3a(Δ/Δ)) mice...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mei Shi, Hongli Sun, Ye Xu, Zhenhua Wang, Hongyu Cui, Chengmin Wang, Wei Liu, Ganghui An, Jian Hu
This study was aimed to investigate the relationship between the methylation status of serotonin transporter (5-HTT) and major depressive disorder (MDD) in Chinese Han population. A total of 96 patients with MDD and 55 healthy volunteers were recruited, and the methylation index (MtI) at six positions in the cytosine-phosphate-guanosine island of 5-HTT gene was measured for each subject using bisulfite pyrosequencing. MtIs at positions 5 and 6 were higher in patients with MDD than those in controls. According to the multivariable logistic regression analysis, MtIs at positions 4 and 5 were significantly associated with MDD...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Claudia Huber, Janina von Watzdorf, Andreas Marx
DNA methylation of cytosine in eukaryotic cells is a common epigenetic modification, which plays an important role in gene expression and thus affects various cellular processes like development and carcinogenesis. The occurrence of 5-methyl-2'-deoxycytosine (5mC) as well as the distribution pattern of this epigenetic marker were shown to be crucial for gene regulation and can serve as important biomarkers for diagnostics. DNA polymerases distinguish little, if any, between incorporation opposite C and 5mC, which is not surprising since the site of methylation is not involved in Watson-Crick recognition...
September 19, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Anna D Dimitrova, Oleg Georgiev, Kiril Mishev, Stefan Tzvetkov, Evgueni D Ananiev, Luchezar Karagyozov
Extensive cytosine methylation is characteristic of plant rDNA. Evidence exists, however, that the active rRNA genes are less methylated. In this work we report on the mapping of unmethylated CCGG sites in Hordeum vulgare rDNA repeats by digestion with methylation sensitive restriction enzyme HpaII and indirect end-labeling of the generated fragments. For mapping we used genomic DNA from barley deletion line with a single NOR on chromosome 5H. This NOR is more active in order to compensate for the missing NOR 6H...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
Fang Liang, Lili Hao, Jinyue Wang, Shuo Shi, Jingfa Xiao, Rujiao Li
Cytosine methylation is one of the most important RNA epigenetic modifications. With the development of experimental technology, scientists attach more importance to RNA cytosine methylation and find bisulfite sequencing is an effective experimental method for RNA cytosine methylation study. However, there are only a few tools can directly deal with RNA bisulfite sequencing data efficiently. Herein, we developed a specialized tool BS-RNA, which can analyze cytosine methylation of RNA based on bisulfite sequencing data and support both paired-end and single-end sequencing reads from directional bisulfite libraries...
September 9, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Peter F Davies, Elisabetta Manduchi, Christian J Stoeckert, Yi-Zhou Jiang
Hemodynamics creates a constantly changing physical and chemical environment to which the arterial endothelium is exquisitely sensitive. Biomechanical stresses are intrinsic to blood flow characteristics and blood pressure and therefore are important considerations in hypertension. Near branching anatomical sites in arteries, blood flow separates from the main flow to undergo complex multi-directional characteristics for a part of each cardiac cycle (collectively referred to as disturbed flow). Atherosclerosis and aneurysmal pathology develop preferentially at disturbed flow locations, particularly when an additional cardiovascular risk factor such as hypercholesterolemia or high blood pressure are present...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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