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Maria Böhm, Marco Wachtel, Joana G Marques, Natalie Streiff, Dominik Laubscher, Paolo Nanni, Kamel Mamchaoui, Raffaella Santoro, Beat W Schäfer
A vast number of cancer genes are transcription factors that drive tumorigenesis as oncogenic fusion proteins. Although the direct targeting of transcription factors remains challenging, therapies aimed at oncogenic fusion proteins are attractive as potential treatments for cancer. There is particular interest in targeting the oncogenic PAX3-FOXO1 fusion transcription factor, which induces alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (aRMS), an aggressive cancer of skeletal muscle cells for which patient outcomes remain dismal...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Karin Weiss, Paulien A Terhal, Lior Cohen, Michael Bruccoleri, Melita Irving, Ariel F Martinez, Jill A Rosenfeld, Keren Machol, Yaping Yang, Pengfei Liu, Magdalena Walkiewicz, Joke Beuten, Natalia Gomez-Ospina, Katrina Haude, Chin-To Fong, Gregory M Enns, Jonathan A Bernstein, Judith Fan, Garrett Gotway, Mohammad Ghorbani, Koen van Gassen, Glen R Monroe, Gijs van Haaften, Lina Basel-Vanagaite, Xiang-Jiao Yang, Philippe M Campeau, Maximilian Muenke
Chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein 4 (CHD4) is an ATP-dependent chromatin remodeler involved in epigenetic regulation of gene transcription, DNA repair, and cell cycle progression. Also known as Mi2β, CHD4 is an integral subunit of a well-characterized histone deacetylase complex. Here we report five individuals with de novo missense substitutions in CHD4 identified through whole-exome sequencing and web-based gene matching. These individuals have overlapping phenotypes including developmental delay, intellectual disability, hearing loss, macrocephaly, distinct facial dysmorphisms, palatal abnormalities, ventriculomegaly, and hypogonadism as well as additional findings such as bone fusions...
October 6, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Constanza Vásquez-Doorman, Christian P Petersen
Regeneration involves precise control of cell fate to produce an appropriate complement of tissues formed within a blastema. Several chromatin-modifying complexes have been identified as required for regeneration in planarians, but it is unclear whether this class of molecules uniformly promotes the production of differentiated cells. We identify a function for p66, encoding a DNA-binding protein component of the NuRD (nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase) complex, as well as the chromodomain helicase chd4, in suppressing production of photoreceptor neurons (PRNs) in planarians...
June 2016: Regeneration
Kouki Nio, Taro Yamashita, Shuichi Kaneko
The novel therapeutic strategy is required to prolong the survival in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients. In our current study, we found that chromodomain-helicase-DNA-binding protein 4 (CHD4) plays a crucial role in chemoresistance and the maintenance of stemness in liver cancer stem cells (CSCs) and its targeting therapy suppresses the HCC growth. CHD4 is therefore a novel therapeutic target in liver CSCs.
July 27, 2016: Chinese Clinical Oncology
Alejandro Sifrim, Marc-Phillip Hitz, Anna Wilsdon, Jeroen Breckpot, Saeed H Al Turki, Bernard Thienpont, Jeremy McRae, Tomas W Fitzgerald, Tarjinder Singh, Ganesh Jawahar Swaminathan, Elena Prigmore, Diana Rajan, Hashim Abdul-Khaliq, Siddharth Banka, Ulrike M M Bauer, Jamie Bentham, Felix Berger, Shoumo Bhattacharya, Frances Bu'Lock, Natalie Canham, Irina-Gabriela Colgiu, Catherine Cosgrove, Helen Cox, Ingo Daehnert, Allan Daly, John Danesh, Alan Fryer, Marc Gewillig, Emma Hobson, Kirstin Hoff, Tessa Homfray, Anne-Karin Kahlert, Ami Ketley, Hans-Heiner Kramer, Katherine Lachlan, Anne Katrin Lampe, Jacoba J Louw, Ashok Kumar Manickara, Dorin Manase, Karen P McCarthy, Kay Metcalfe, Carmel Moore, Ruth Newbury-Ecob, Seham Osman Omer, Willem H Ouwehand, Soo-Mi Park, Michael J Parker, Thomas Pickardt, Martin O Pollard, Leema Robert, David J Roberts, Jennifer Sambrook, Kerry Setchfield, Brigitte Stiller, Chris Thornborough, Okan Toka, Hugh Watkins, Denise Williams, Michael Wright, Seema Mital, Piers E F Daubeney, Bernard Keavney, Judith Goodship, Riyadh Mahdi Abu-Sulaiman, Sabine Klaassen, Caroline F Wright, Helen V Firth, Jeffrey C Barrett, Koenraad Devriendt, David R FitzPatrick, J David Brook, Matthew E Hurles
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) have a neonatal incidence of 0.8-1% (refs. 1,2). Despite abundant examples of monogenic CHD in humans and mice, CHD has a low absolute sibling recurrence risk (∼2.7%), suggesting a considerable role for de novo mutations (DNMs) and/or incomplete penetrance. De novo protein-truncating variants (PTVs) have been shown to be enriched among the 10% of 'syndromic' patients with extra-cardiac manifestations. We exome sequenced 1,891 probands, including both syndromic CHD (S-CHD, n = 610) and nonsyndromic CHD (NS-CHD, n = 1,281)...
September 2016: Nature Genetics
Arnab Ray Chaudhuri, Elsa Callen, Xia Ding, Ewa Gogola, Alexandra A Duarte, Ji-Eun Lee, Nancy Wong, Vanessa Lafarga, Jennifer A Calvo, Nicholas J Panzarino, Sam John, Amanda Day, Anna Vidal Crespo, Binghui Shen, Linda M Starnes, Julian R de Ruiter, Jeremy A Daniel, Panagiotis A Konstantinopoulos, David Cortez, Sharon B Cantor, Oscar Fernandez-Capetillo, Kai Ge, Jos Jonkers, Sven Rottenberg, Shyam K Sharan, André Nussenzweig
Cells deficient in the Brca1 and Brca2 genes have reduced capacity to repair DNA double-strand breaks by homologous recombination and consequently are hypersensitive to DNA-damaging agents, including cisplatin and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. Here we show that loss of the MLL3/4 complex protein, PTIP, protects Brca1/2-deficient cells from DNA damage and rescues the lethality of Brca2-deficient embryonic stem cells. However, PTIP deficiency does not restore homologous recombination activity at double-strand breaks...
July 21, 2016: Nature
Yue Yang, Tomoko Yamada, Kelly K Hill, Martin Hemberg, Naveen C Reddy, Ha Y Cho, Arden N Guthrie, Anna Oldenborg, Shane A Heiney, Shogo Ohmae, Javier F Medina, Timothy E Holy, Azad Bonni
Activity-dependent transcription influences neuronal connectivity, but the roles and mechanisms of inactivation of activity-dependent genes have remained poorly understood. Genome-wide analyses in the mouse cerebellum revealed that the nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase (NuRD) complex deposits the histone variant H2A.z at promoters of activity-dependent genes, thereby triggering their inactivation. Purification of translating messenger RNAs from synchronously developing granule neurons (Sync-TRAP) showed that conditional knockout of the core NuRD subunit Chd4 impairs inactivation of activity-dependent genes when neurons undergo dendrite pruning...
July 15, 2016: Science
Rosa Morra, Tomas Fessl, Yuchong Wang, Erika J Mancini, Roman Tuma
Chromatin-remodeling ATPases modulate histones-DNA interactions within nucleosomes and regulate transcription. At the heart of remodeling, ATPase is a helicase-like motor flanked by a variety of conserved targeting domains. CHD4 is the core subunit of the nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase complex NuRD and harbors tandem plant homeo finger (tPHD) and chromo (tCHD) domains. We describe a multifaceted approach to link the domain structure with function, using quantitative assays for DNA and histone binding, ATPase activity, shape reconstruction from solution scattering data, and single molecule translocation assays...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Zhongliang Zhao, Marcel A Dammert, Sven Hoppe, Holger Bierhoff, Ingrid Grummt
Attenuation of ribosome biogenesis in suboptimal growth environments is crucial for cellular homeostasis and genetic integrity. Here, we show that shutdown of rRNA synthesis in response to elevated temperature is brought about by mechanisms that target both the RNA polymerase I (Pol I) transcription machinery and the epigenetic signature of the rDNA promoter. Upon heat shock, the basal transcription factor TIF-IA is inactivated by inhibition of CK2-dependent phosphorylations at Ser170/172. Attenuation of pre-rRNA synthesis in response to heat stress is accompanied by upregulation of PAPAS, a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) that is transcribed in antisense orientation to pre-rRNA...
September 30, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Jason K K Low, Sarah R Webb, Ana P G Silva, Hinnerk Saathoff, Daniel P Ryan, Mario Torrado, Mattias Brofelth, Benjamin L Parker, Nicholas E Shepherd, Joel P Mackay
Chromatin remodeling enzymes act to dynamically regulate gene accessibility. In many cases, these enzymes function as large multicomponent complexes that in general comprise a central ATP-dependent Snf2 family helicase that is decorated with a variable number of regulatory subunits. The nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase (NuRD) complex, which is essential for normal development in higher organisms, is one such macromolecular machine. The NuRD complex comprises ∼10 subunits, including the histone deacetylases 1 and 2 (HDAC1 and HDAC2), and is defined by the presence of a CHD family remodeling enzyme, most commonly CHD4 (chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein 4)...
July 22, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ajeet P Singh, Julie F Foley, Mark Rubino, Michael C Boyle, Arpit Tandon, Ruchir Shah, Trevor K Archer
SWI/SNF (switching/sucrose nonfermenting)-dependent chromatin remodeling establishes coordinated gene expression programs during development, yet important functional details remain to be elucidated. We show that the Brg1 (Brahma-related gene 1; Smarca4) ATPase is globally expressed at high levels during postimplantation development and its conditional ablation, beginning at gastrulation, results in increased apoptosis, growth retardation, and, ultimately, embryonic death. Global gene expression analysis revealed that genes upregulated in Rosa26CreERT2; Brg1(flox/flox) embryos (here referred to as Brg1(d/d) embryos to describe embryos with deletion of the Brg1(flox/flox) alleles) negatively regulate cell cycle progression and cell growth...
August 1, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Pablo Gómez-Del Arco, Eusebio Perdiguero, Paula Sofia Yunes-Leites, Rebeca Acín-Pérez, Miriam Zeini, Antonio Garcia-Gomez, Krishnamoorthy Sreenivasan, Miguel Jiménez-Alcázar, Jessica Segalés, Dolores López-Maderuelo, Beatriz Ornés, Luis Jesús Jiménez-Borreguero, Gaetano D'Amato, David Enshell-Seijffers, Bruce Morgan, Katia Georgopoulos, Abul B M M K Islam, Thomas Braun, José Luis de la Pompa, Johnny Kim, José A Enriquez, Esteban Ballestar, Pura Muñoz-Cánoves, Juan Miguel Redondo
Heart muscle maintains blood circulation, while skeletal muscle powers skeletal movement. Despite having similar myofibrilar sarcomeric structures, these striated muscles differentially express specific sarcomere components to meet their distinct contractile requirements. The mechanism responsible is still unclear. We show here that preservation of the identity of the two striated muscle types depends on epigenetic repression of the alternate lineage gene program by the chromatin remodeling complex Chd4/NuRD...
May 10, 2016: Cell Metabolism
Patrick L Crosswhite, Joanna J Podsiadlowska, Carol D Curtis, Siqi Gao, Lijun Xia, R Sathish Srinivasan, Courtney T Griffin
The chromatin-remodeling enzyme CHD4 maintains vascular integrity at mid-gestation; however, it is unknown whether this enzyme contributes to later blood vessel or lymphatic vessel development. Here, we addressed this issue in mice harboring a deletion of Chd4 specifically in cells that express lymphatic vessel endothelial hyaluronan receptor 1 (LYVE1), which include lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) and liver sinusoidal endothelial cells. Chd4 mutant embryos died before birth and exhibited severe edema, blood-filled lymphatics, and liver hemorrhage...
June 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
W Zhang, A Aubert, J M Gomez de Segura, M Karuppasamy, S Basu, A S Murthy, A Diamante, T A Drury, J Balmer, J Cramard, A A Watson, D Lando, S F Lee, M Palayret, S L Kloet, A H Smits, M J Deery, M Vermeulen, B Hendrich, D Klenerman, C Schaffitzel, I Berger, E D Laue
The nucleosome remodeling deacetylase (NuRD) complex is a highly conserved regulator of chromatin structure and transcription. Structural studies have shed light on this and other chromatin modifying machines, but much less is known about how they assemble and whether stable and functional sub-modules exist that retain enzymatic activity. Purification of the endogenous Drosophila NuRD complex shows that it consists of a stable core of subunits, while others, in particular the chromatin remodeler CHD4, associate transiently...
July 17, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Hiroyuki Hosokawa, Tomoaki Tanaka, Yusuke Endo, Miki Kato, Kenta Shinoda, Akane Suzuki, Shinichiro Motohashi, Masaki Matsumoto, Keiichi I Nakayama, Toshinori Nakayama
Th2 cells produce Th2 cytokines such as IL-4, IL-5 and IL-13, but repress Th1 cytokine IFNγ. Recent studies have revealed various distinct memory-type Th2 cell subsets, one of which produces a substantial amount of IFNγ in addition to Th2 cytokines, however it remains unclear precisely how these Th2 cells produce IFNγ. We herein show that phosphorylation of Gata3 at Ser308, Thr315 and Ser316 induces dissociation of a histone deacetylase Hdac2 from the Gata3/Chd4 repressive complex in Th2 cells. We also identify Akt1 as a Gata3-phosphorylating kinase, and the activation of Akt1 induces derepression of Tbx21 and Ifng expression in Th2 cells...
2016: Nature Communications
Zhongliang Zhao, Marcel Andre Dammert, Ingrid Grummt, Holger Bierhoff
The activity of rRNA genes (rDNA) is regulated by pathways that target the transcription machinery or alter the epigenetic state of rDNA. Previous work has established that downregulation of rRNA synthesis in quiescent cells is accompanied by upregulation of PAPAS, a long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) that recruits the histone methyltransferase Suv4-20h2 to rDNA, thus triggering trimethylation of H4K20 (H4K20me3) and chromatin compaction. Here, we show that upregulation of PAPAS in response to hypoosmotic stress does not increase H4K20me3 because of Nedd4-dependent ubiquitinylation and proteasomal degradation of Suv4-20h2...
March 1, 2016: Cell Reports
Fan Wang, Jeremy T-H Chang, Chester Jingshiu Kao, R Stephanie Huang
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death for gynecologic cancers, ranking fifth overall for cancer-related death among women. The identification of biomarkers and the elucidation of molecular mechanisms for improving treatment options have received extensive efforts in ovarian cancer research. miRNAs have high potential to act as both ovarian cancer biomarkers and as critical regulators of ovarian tumor behavior. We comprehensively analyzed global mRNA, miRNA expression, and survival data for ovarian cancer from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) to pinpoint miRNAs that play critical roles in ovarian cancer survival through their effect on mRNA expression...
May 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Yazhou Sun, Yeran Yang, Hongyan Shen, Min Huang, Zhifeng Wang, Yang Liu, Hui Zhang, Tie-Shan Tang, Caixia Guo
Many DNA repair proteins can be recruited to DNA damage sites upon genotoxic stress. In order to search potential DNA repair proteins involved in cellular response to mitomycin C treatment, we utilized a quantitative proteome to uncover proteins that manifest differentially enrichment in the chromatin fraction after DNA damage. 397 proteins were identified, among which many factors were shown to be involved in chromatin modification and DNA repair by GO analysis. Specifically, methyl-CpG-binding domain protein 2 (MBD2) is revealed to be recruited to DNA damage sites after laser microirradiation, which was mediated through MBD domain and MBD2 C-terminus...
February 26, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Maud de Dieuleveult, Kuangyu Yen, Isabelle Hmitou, Arnaud Depaux, Fayçal Boussouar, Daria Bou Dargham, Sylvie Jounier, Hélène Humbertclaude, Florence Ribierre, Céline Baulard, Nina P Farrell, Bongsoo Park, Céline Keime, Lucie Carrière, Soizick Berlivet, Marta Gut, Ivo Gut, Michel Werner, Jean-François Deleuze, Robert Olaso, Jean-Christophe Aude, Sophie Chantalat, B Franklin Pugh, Matthieu Gérard
ATP-dependent chromatin remodellers allow access to DNA for transcription factors and the general transcription machinery, but whether mammalian chromatin remodellers target specific nucleosomes to regulate transcription is unclear. Here we present genome-wide remodeller-nucleosome interaction profiles for the chromatin remodellers Chd1, Chd2, Chd4, Chd6, Chd8, Chd9, Brg1 and Ep400 in mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells. These remodellers bind one or both full nucleosomes that flank micrococcal nuclease (MNase)-defined nucleosome-free promoter regions (NFRs), where they separate divergent transcription...
February 4, 2016: Nature
Santanu Adhikary, Sulagna Sanyal, Moitri Basu, Isha Sengupta, Sabyasachi Sen, Dushyant Kumar Srivastava, Siddhartha Roy, Chandrima Das
ZMYND8 (zinc finger MYND (Myeloid, Nervy and DEAF-1)-type containing 8), a newly identified component of the transcriptional coregulator network, was found to interact with the Nucleosome Remodeling and Deacetylase (NuRD) complex. Previous reports have shown that ZMYND8 is instrumental in recruiting the NuRD complex to damaged chromatin for repressing transcription and promoting double strand break repair by homologous recombination. However, the mode of transcription regulation by ZMYND8 has remained elusive...
February 5, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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