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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420548/expression-of-long-non-coding-rnas-in-autoimmunity-and-linkage-to-enhancer-function-and-autoimmune-disease-risk-genetic-variants
#1
T M Aune, P S Crooke, A E Patrick, J T Tossberg, N J Olsen, C F Spurlock
Genome-wide association studies have identified numerous genetic variants conferring autoimmune disease risk. Most of these genetic variants lie outside protein-coding genes hampering mechanistic explorations. Numerous mRNAs are also differentially expressed in autoimmune disease but their regulation is also unclear. The majority of the human genome is transcribed yet its biologic significance is incompletely understood. We performed whole genome RNA-sequencing [RNA-seq] to categorize expression of mRNAs, known and novel long non-coding RNAs [lncRNAs] in leukocytes from subjects with autoimmune disease and identified annotated and novel lncRNAs differentially expressed across multiple disorders...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416141/multiplexed-engineering-and-analysis-of-combinatorial-enhancer-activity-in-single-cells
#2
Shiqi Xie, Jialei Duan, Boxun Li, Pei Zhou, Gary C Hon
The study of enhancers has been hampered by the scarcity of methods to systematically quantify their endogenous activity. We develop Mosaic-seq to systematically perturb enhancers and measure their endogenous activities at single-cell resolution. Mosaic-seq uses a CRISPR barcoding system to jointly measure a cell's transcriptome and its sgRNA modulators, thus quantifying the effects of dCas9-KRAB-mediated enhancer repression in single cells. Applying Mosaic-seq to 71 constituent enhancers from 15 super-enhancers, our analysis of 51,448 sgRNA-induced transcriptomes finds that only a small number of constituents are major effectors of target gene expression...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410882/epo-reprograms-the-epigenome-of-erythroid-cells
#3
Andrea A Perreault, Mary Lauren Benton, Mark J Koury, Stephen J Brandt, Bryan J Venters
The hormone erythropoietin (Epo) is required for erythropoiesis, yet its molecular mechanism of action remains poorly understood, particularly in regards to chromatin dynamics. To investigate how Epo modulates the erythroid epigenome, we performed epigenetic profiling using an ex vivo murine cell system that undergoes synchronous erythroid maturation in response to Epo stimulation. Our findings define the repertoire of Epo-modulated enhancers, illuminating a new facet of Epo signaling. First, a large number of enhancers rapidly responded to Epo stimulation, revealing a cis-regulatory network of Epo-responsive enhancers...
April 11, 2017: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407596/super-enhanced-particle-nucleation-in-styrene-emulsion-polymerization-in-the-presence-of-sodium-styrene-sulfonate
#4
Lorena Farias-Cepeda, Jorge Herrera-Ordonez, Angel R Hernandez-Martinez, Miriam Estevez, Lucero Rosales-Marines
The styrene (St) emulsion polymerization using Aerosol MA80 as surfactant and in the presence of sodium styrene sulfonate (NaSS) was studied. The effect of NaSS content was assessed using MA80 concentrations below and at the critical micellar concentration. It was found that at the higher NaSS and MA80 contents, the number of particles (N) reaches a maximum of the order of 10(17)particles/cm(3) water, a huge value that has never been reported. In this work an explanation for this super-enhanced particle nucleation phenomenon is proposed...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398509/mll3-mll4-are-required-for-cbp-p300-binding-on-enhancers-and-super-enhancer-formation-in-brown-adipogenesis
#5
Binbin Lai, Ji-Eun Lee, Younghoon Jang, Lifeng Wang, Weiqun Peng, Kai Ge
Histone H3K4me1/2 methyltransferases MLL3/MLL4 and H3K27 acetyltransferases CBP/p300 are major enhancer epigenomic writers. To understand how these epigenomic writers orchestrate enhancer landscapes in cell differentiation, we have profiled genomic binding of MLL4, CBP, lineage-determining transcription factors (EBF2, C/EBPβ, C/EBPα, PPARγ), coactivator MED1, RNA polymerase II, as well as epigenome (H3K4me1/2/3, H3K9me2, H3K27me3, H3K36me3, H3K27ac), transcriptome and chromatin opening during adipogenesis of immortalized preadipocytes derived from mouse brown adipose tissue (BAT)...
April 8, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387224/multi-scale-chromatin-state-annotation-using-a-hierarchical-hidden-markov-model
#6
Eugenio Marco, Wouter Meuleman, Jialiang Huang, Kimberly Glass, Luca Pinello, Jianrong Wang, Manolis Kellis, Guo-Cheng Yuan
Chromatin-state analysis is widely applied in the studies of development and diseases. However, existing methods operate at a single length scale, and therefore cannot distinguish large domains from isolated elements of the same type. To overcome this limitation, we present a hierarchical hidden Markov model, diHMM, to systematically annotate chromatin states at multiple length scales. We apply diHMM to analyse a public ChIP-seq data set. diHMM not only accurately captures nucleosome-level information, but identifies domain-level states that vary in nucleosome-level state composition, spatial distribution and functionality...
April 7, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378740/a-cd47-associated-super-enhancer-links-pro-inflammatory-signalling-to-cd47-upregulation-in-breast-cancer
#7
Paola A Betancur, Brian J Abraham, Ying Y Yiu, Stephen B Willingham, Farnaz Khameneh, Mark Zarnegar, Angera H Kuo, Kelly McKenna, Yoko Kojima, Nicholas J Leeper, Po Ho, Phung Gip, Tomek Swigut, Richard I Sherwood, Michael F Clarke, George Somlo, Richard A Young, Irving L Weissman
CD47 is a cell surface molecule that inhibits phagocytosis of cells that express it by binding to its receptor, SIRPα, on macrophages and other immune cells. CD47 is expressed at different levels by neoplastic and normal cells. Here, to reveal mechanisms by which different neoplastic cells generate this dominant 'don't eat me' signal, we analyse the CD47 regulatory genomic landscape. We identify two distinct super-enhancers (SEs) associated with CD47 in certain cancer cell types. We show that a set of active constituent enhancers, located within the two CD47 SEs, regulate CD47 expression in different cancer cell types and that disruption of CD47 SEs reduces CD47 gene expression...
April 5, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373363/re-engineering-the-pancreas-tumor-microenvironment-a-regenerative-program-hacked
#8
EDITORIAL
Gerard I Evan, Nasun Hah, Trevor D Littlewood, Nicole M Sodir, Tania Campos, Michael Downes, Ronald M Evans
The "hallmarks" of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) include proliferative, invasive, and metastatic tumor cells and an associated dense desmoplasia comprised of fibroblasts, pancreatic stellate cells, extracellular matrix, and immune cells. The oncogenically activated pancreatic epithelium and its associated stroma are obligatorily interdependent, with the resulting inflammatory and immunosuppressive microenvironment contributing greatly to the evolution and maintenance of PDAC. The peculiar pancreas-specific tumor phenotype is a consequence of oncogenes hacking the resident pancreas regenerative program, a tissue-specific repair mechanism regulated by discrete super enhancer networks...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369649/functional-anatomy-of-the-immunoglobulin-heavy-chain-3%C3%AE-super-enhancer-needs-not-only-core-enhancer-elements-but-also-their-unique-dna-context
#9
Sandrine Le Noir, François Boyer, Sandrine Lecardeur, Mylène Brousse, Zeliha Oruc, Jeanne Cook-Moreau, Yves Denizot, Michel Cogné
Cis-regulatory elements feature clustered sites for transcription factors, defining core enhancers and have inter-species homology. The mouse IgH 3΄ regulatory region (3'RR), a major B-cell super-enhancer, consists of four of such core enhancers, scattered throughout more than 25 kb of packaging 'junk DNA', the sequence of which is not conserved but follows a unique palindromic architecture which is conserved in all mammalian species. The 3'RR promotes long-range interactions and potential IgH loops with upstream promoters, controlling class switch recombination (CSR) and somatic hypermutation (SHM)...
March 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369050/antagonism-of-b-cell-enhancer-networks-by-stat5-drives-leukemia-and-poor-patient-survival
#10
Casey D S Katerndahl, Lynn M Heltemes-Harris, Mark J L Willette, Christine M Henzler, Seth Frietze, Rendong Yang, Hilde Schjerven, Kevin A T Silverstein, Laura B Ramsey, Gregory Hubbard, Andrew D Wells, Roland P Kuiper, Blanca Scheijen, Frank N van Leeuwen, Markus Müschen, Steven M Kornblau, Michael A Farrar
The transcription factor STAT5 has a critical role in B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL). How STAT5 mediates this effect is unclear. Here we found that activation of STAT5 worked together with defects in signaling components of the precursor to the B cell antigen receptor (pre-BCR), including defects in BLNK, BTK, PKCβ, NF-κB1 and IKAROS, to initiate B-ALL. STAT5 antagonized the transcription factors NF-κB and IKAROS by opposing regulation of shared target genes. Super-enhancers showed enrichment for STAT5 binding and were associated with an opposing network of transcription factors, including PAX5, EBF1, PU...
April 3, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359301/bromodomain-protein-4-discriminates-tissue-specific-super-enhancers-containing-disease-specific-susceptibility-loci-in-prostate-and-breast-cancer
#11
Verena Zuber, Francesco Bettella, Aree Witoelar, Ole A Andreassen, Ian G Mills, Alfonso Urbanucci
BACKGROUND: Epigenetic information can be used to identify clinically relevant genomic variants single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of functional importance in cancer development. Super-enhancers are cell-specific DNA elements, acting to determine tissue or cell identity and driving tumor progression. Although previous approaches have been tried to explain risk associated with SNPs in regulatory DNA elements, so far epigenetic readers such as bromodomain containing protein 4 (BRD4) and super-enhancers have not been used to annotate SNPs...
March 31, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359147/functional-enhancers-as-master-regulators-of-tissue-specific-gene-regulation-and-cancer-development
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REVIEW
Je Yeong Ko, Sumin Oh, Kyung Hyun Yoo
Tissue-specific transcription is critical for normal development, and abnormalities causing undesirable gene expression may lead to diseases such as cancer. Such highly organized transcription is controlled by enhancers with specific DNA sequences recognized by transcription factors. Enhancers are associated with chromatin modifications that are distinct epigenetic features in a tissue-specific manner. Recently, super-enhancers comprising enhancer clusters co-occupied by lineage-specific factors have been identified in diverse cell types such as adipocytes, hair follicle stem cells, and mammary epithelial cells...
March 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358928/regulation-of-white-and-brown-adipocyte-differentiation-by-rhogap-dlc1
#13
Choon Kiat Sim, Sun-Yee Kim, Reinhard Brunmeir, Qiongyi Zhang, Hongyu Li, Dharmini Dharmasegaran, Carol Leong, Ying Yan Lim, Weiping Han, Feng Xu
Adipose tissues constitute an important component of metabolism, the dysfunction of which can cause obesity and type II diabetes. Here we show that differentiation of white and brown adipocytes requires Deleted in Liver Cancer 1 (DLC1), a Rho GTPase Activating Protein (RhoGAP) previously studied for its function in liver cancer. We identified Dlc1 as a super-enhancer associated gene in both white and brown adipocytes through analyzing the genome-wide binding profiles of PPARγ, the master regulator of adipogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351896/enhancers-and-chromatin-structures-regulatory-hubs-in-gene-expression-and-diseases
#14
Zhenhua Hu, Wee Wei Tee
Gene expression requires successful communication between enhancer and promoter regions, whose activities are regulated by a variety of factors and associated with distinct chromatin structures; in addition, functionally related genes and their regulatory repertoire tend to be arranged in the same sub-chromosomal regulatory domains. In this review, we discuss the importance of enhancers, especially clusters of enhancers (such as super-enhancers), as key regulatory hubs to integrate environmental cues and encode spatiotemporal instructions for genome expression, which are critical for a variety of biological processes governing mammalian development...
March 28, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351383/diverse-interventions-that-extend-mouse-lifespan-suppress-shared-age-associated-epigenetic-changes-at-critical-gene-regulatory-regions
#15
John J Cole, Neil A Robertson, Mohammed Iqbal Rather, John P Thomson, Tony McBryan, Duncan Sproul, Tina Wang, Claire Brock, William Clark, Trey Ideker, Richard R Meehan, Richard A Miller, Holly M Brown-Borg, Peter D Adams
BACKGROUND: Age-associated epigenetic changes are implicated in aging. Notably, age-associated DNA methylation changes comprise a so-called aging "clock", a robust biomarker of aging. However, while genetic, dietary and drug interventions can extend lifespan, their impact on the epigenome is uncharacterised. To fill this knowledge gap, we defined age-associated DNA methylation changes at the whole-genome, single-nucleotide level in mouse liver and tested the impact of longevity-promoting interventions, specifically the Ames dwarf Prop1 (df/df) mutation, calorie restriction and rapamycin...
March 28, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348365/e%C3%AE-and-3-rr-igh-enhancers-show-hierarchic-unilateral-dependence-in-mature-b-cells
#16
A Saintamand, C Vincent-Fabert, M Marquet, N Ghazzaui, V Magnone, E Pinaud, M Cogné, Y Denizot
Enhancer and super-enhancers are master regulators of cell fate. While they act at long-distances on adjacent genes, it is unclear whether they also act on one another. The immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgH) locus is unique in carrying two super-enhancers at both ends of the constant gene cluster: the 5'Eμ super-enhancer promotes VDJ recombination during the earliest steps of B-cell ontogeny while the 3' regulatory region (3'RR) is essential for late differentiation. Since they carry functional synergies in mature B-cells and physically interact during IgH locus DNA looping, we investigated if they were independent engines of locus remodelling or if their function was more intimately intermingled, their optimal activation then requiring physical contact with each other...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340338/a-phase-separation-model-for-transcriptional-control
#17
REVIEW
Denes Hnisz, Krishna Shrinivas, Richard A Young, Arup K Chakraborty, Phillip A Sharp
Phase-separated multi-molecular assemblies provide a general regulatory mechanism to compartmentalize biochemical reactions within cells. We propose that a phase separation model explains established and recently described features of transcriptional control. These features include the formation of super-enhancers, the sensitivity of super-enhancers to perturbation, the transcriptional bursting patterns of enhancers, and the ability of an enhancer to produce simultaneous activation at multiple genes. This model provides a conceptual framework to further explore principles of gene control in mammals...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335007/a-class-of-circadian-long-non-coding-rnas-mark-enhancers-modulating-long-range-circadian-gene-regulation
#18
Zenghua Fan, Meng Zhao, Parth D Joshi, Ping Li, Yan Zhang, Weimin Guo, Yichi Xu, Haifang Wang, Zhihu Zhao, Jun Yan
Circadian rhythm exerts its influence on animal physiology and behavior by regulating gene expression at various levels. Here we systematically explored circadian long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in mouse liver and examined their circadian regulation. We found that a significant proportion of circadian lncRNAs are expressed at enhancer regions, mostly bound by two key circadian transcription factors, BMAL1 and REV-ERBα. These circadian lncRNAs showed similar circadian phases with their nearby genes. The extent of their nuclear localization is higher than protein coding genes but less than enhancer RNAs...
March 8, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334928/functional-assessment-of-ctcf-sites-at-cytokine-sensing-mammary-enhancers-using-crispr-cas9-gene-editing-in-mice
#19
Hye Kyung Lee, Michaela Willi, Chaochen Wang, Chul Min Yang, Harold E Smith, Chengyu Liu, Lothar Hennighausen
The zinc finger protein CTCF has been invoked in establishing boundaries between genes, thereby controlling spatial and temporal enhancer activities. However, there is limited genetic evidence to support the concept that these boundaries restrict the search space of enhancers. We have addressed this question in the casein locus containing five mammary and two non-mammary genes under the control of at least seven putative enhancers. We have identified two CTCF binding sites flanking the locus and two associated with a super-enhancer...
March 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329684/cis-regulatory-circuits-regulating-nek6-kinase-overexpression-in-transformed-b-cells-are-super-enhancer-independent
#20
Yue Huang, Olivia I Koues, Jiang-Yang Zhao, Regina Liu, Sarah C Pyfrom, Jacqueline E Payton, Eugene M Oltz
Alterations in distal regulatory elements that control gene expression underlie many diseases, including cancer. Epigenomic analyses of normal and diseased cells have produced correlative predictions for connections between dysregulated enhancers and target genes involved in pathogenesis. However, with few exceptions, these predicted cis-regulatory circuits remain untested. Here, we dissect cis-regulatory circuits that lead to overexpression of NEK6, a mitosis-associated kinase, in human B cell lymphoma. We find that only a minor subset of predicted enhancers is required for NEK6 expression...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
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