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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545228/aberrant-dna-methylation-as-a-biomarker-and-a-therapeutic-target-of-cholangiocarcinoma
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REVIEW
Toshiaki Nakaoka, Yoshimasa Saito, Hidetsugu Saito
Cholangiocarcinoma is an epithelial malignancy arising in the region between the intrahepatic bile ducts and the ampulla of Vater at the distal end of the common bile duct. The effect of current chemotherapy regimens against cholangiocarcinoma is limited, and the prognosis of patients with cholangiocarcinoma is poor. Aberrant DNA methylation and histone modification induce silencing of tumor suppressor genes and chromosomal instability during carcinogenesis. Studies have shown that the tumor suppressor genes and microRNAs (miRNAs) including MLH1, p14, p16, death-associated protein kinase (DAPK), miR-370 and miR-376c are frequently methylated in cholangiocarcinoma...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543886/human-hairless-protein-roles-in-skin-hair-and-emerging-connections-to-brain-and-other-cancers
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Anas Maatough, G Kerr Whitfield, Lemlem Brook, David Hsieh, Patricia Palade, Jui-Cheng Hsieh
The mammalian hairless protein (HR) is a 130 kDa nuclear transcription factor that is essential for proper skin and hair follicle function. Previous studies have focused on the role of HR in skin maintenance and hair cycling. However, hairless gene (HR) is also expressed in brain and other tissues, where its role remains poorly understood. HR has been reported to contain functional domains that potentially serve in DNA binding, histone demethylation, nuclear translocation signal, and protein-protein interactions...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542722/a-homozygous-potentially-pathogenic-variant-in-the-paxbp1-gene-in-a-large-family-with-global-developmental-delay-and-myopathic-hypotonia
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Essa Alharby, Alia M Albalawi, Abdul Nasir, Sabri A Alhijji, Amer Mahmood, Khushnooda Ramzan, Firoz Abdusamad, Abdulkarim Aljohani, Osama Abdelsalam, Amr Eldardear, Sulman Basit
PAX binding protein 1 (PAXBP1) is an adaptor protein linking the transcription factor PAX3 and PAX7 to the histone methylation machinery. PAXBP1 is a nuclear protein and its high expression is known in brain cerebellar hemisphere and cerebellum. Moreover, it is also found in abundance in muscle precursor cells that are involved in myogenesis and skeletal muscles formation. Whole genome SNP genotyping and exome sequencing in a family with distinct syndrome of global developmental delay and hypotonia mapped the disease locus to the chromosome 21q22...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542641/platelet-proteome-reveals-novel-pathways-of-platelet-activation-and-platelet-mediated-immunoregulation-in-dengue
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Monique Ramos de Oliveira Trugilho, Eugenio Damaceno Hottz, Giselle Villa Flor Brunoro, André Teixeira-Ferreira, Paulo Costa Carvalho, Gustavo Adolfo Salazar, Guy A Zimmerman, Fernando A Bozza, Patrícia T Bozza, Jonas Perales
Dengue is the most prevalent human arbovirus disease worldwide. Dengue virus (DENV) infection causes syndromes varying from self-limiting febrile illness to severe dengue. Although dengue pathophysiology is not completely understood, it is widely accepted that increased inflammation plays important roles in dengue pathogenesis. Platelets are blood cells classically known as effectors of hemostasis which have been increasingly recognized to have major immune and inflammatory activities. Nevertheless, the phenotype and effector functions of platelets in dengue pathogenesis are not completely understood...
May 19, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542635/frap-analysis-of-chromatin-looseness-in-mouse-zygotes-that-allows-full-term-development
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Masatoshi Ooga, Teruhiko Wakayama
Chromatin looseness, which can be analyzed by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) using eGFP-tagged core histone proteins, is an important index of the differentiation potential of blastomere cells and embryonic stem cells. Whether chromatin looseness is a reliable index of the developmental potential of embryos during ontogenesis is not known. As a necessary first step toward answering this question, we investigated whether FRAP-analyzed embryos are capable of normal preimplantation and full-term development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542535/a-trichostatin-a-expression-signature-identified-by-tempo-seq-targeted-whole-transcriptome-profiling
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Joanne M Yeakley, Peter J Shepard, Diana E Goyena, Harper C VanSteenhouse, Joel D McComb, Bruce E Seligmann
The use of gene expression signatures to classify compounds, identify efficacy or toxicity, and differentiate close analogs relies on the sensitivity of the method to identify modulated genes. We used a novel ligation-based targeted whole transcriptome expression profiling assay, TempO-Seq®, to determine whether previously unreported compound-responsive genes could be identified and incorporated into a broad but specific compound signature. TempO-Seq exhibits 99.6% specificity, single cell sensitivity, and excellent correlation with fold differences measured by RNA-Seq (R2 = 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542439/host-mediated-inflammatory-influence-on-glioblastoma-multiforme-recurrence-following-high-dose-ionizing-radiation
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J Tyson McDonald, Xuefeng Gao, Cole Steber, Jawon Lee Breed, Caitlin Pollock, Lili Ma, Lynn Hlatky
Despite optimal clinical treatment, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) inevitably recurs. Standard treatment of GBM, exposes patients to radiation which kills tumor cells, but also modulates the molecular fingerprint of any surviving tumor cells and the cross-talk between those cells and the host. Considerable investigation of short-term (hours to days) post-irradiation tumor cell response has been undertaken, yet long-term responses (weeks to months) which are potentially even more informative of recurrence, have been largely overlooked...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542388/targeted-dna-methylation-in-pericentromeres-with-genome-editing-based-artificial-dna-methyltransferase
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Taiga Yamazaki, Yu Hatano, Tetsuya Handa, Sakiko Kato, Kensuke Hoida, Rui Yamamura, Takashi Fukuyama, Takayuki Uematsu, Noritada Kobayashi, Hiroshi Kimura, Kazuo Yamagata
To study the impact of epigenetic changes on biological functions, the ability to manipulate the epigenetic status of certain genomic regions artificially could be an indispensable technology. "Epigenome editing" techniques have gradually emerged that apply TALE or CRISPR/Cas9 technologies with various effector domains isolated from epigenetic code writers or erasers such as DNA methyltransferase, 5-methylcytosine oxidase, and histone modification enzymes. Here we demonstrate that a TALE recognizing a major satellite, consisting of a repeated sequence in pericentromeres, could be fused with the bacterial CpG methyltransferase, SssI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542306/gene-signature-associated-with-benign-neurofibroma-transformation-to-malignant-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumors
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Marta Martínez, Carlos O S Sorzano, Alberto Pascual-Montano, Jose M Carazo
Benign neurofibromas, the main phenotypic manifestations of the rare neurological disorder neurofibromatosis type 1, degenerate to malignant tumors associated to poor prognosis in about 10% of patients. Despite efforts in the field of (epi)genomics, the lack of prognostic biomarkers with which to predict disease evolution frustrates the adoption of appropriate early therapeutic measures. To identify potential biomarkers of malignant neurofibroma transformation, we integrated four human experimental studies and one for mouse, using a gene score-based meta-analysis method, from which we obtained a score-ranked signature of 579 genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542253/repurposing-the-anti-epileptic-drug-sodium-valproate-as-an-adjuvant-treatment-for-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-glioma
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Clare L Killick-Cole, William G B Singleton, Alison S Bienemann, Daniel J Asby, Marcella J Wyatt, Lisa J Boulter, Neil U Barua, Steven S Gill
Targeting epigenetic changes in diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) may provide a novel treatment option for patients. This report demonstrates that sodium valproate, a histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi), can increase the cytotoxicity of carboplatin in an additive and synergistic manner in DIPG cells in vitro. Sodium valproate causes a dose-dependent decrease in DIPG cell viability in three independent ex vivo cell lines. Furthermore, sodium valproate caused an increase in acetylation of histone H3. Changes in cell viability were consistent with an induction of apoptosis in DIPG cells in vitro, determined by flow cytometric analysis of Annexin V staining and assessment of apoptotic markers by western blotting...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542237/a-new-genus-of-leafhopper-subtribe-paraboloponina-hemiptera-cicadellidae-with-molecular-phylogeny-of-related-genera
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Naresh M Meshram, Pathour R Shashank, Twinkle Sinha
A new leafhopper genus Chandra and species Chandra dehradunensis gen. nov., sp. nov. are described, illustrated from India and placed in the subtribe Paraboloponina (Cidadellidae: Deltocephalinae: Drabescini). This genus is closely associated with the genus Parabolopona Webb but differs in shape of the head, placement of antennae, male genitalia and molecular analysis using Histone H3 and COI genes confirmed the difference. The taxonomic and phylogenetic position of Chandra is discussed using morphological characters and preliminary molecular evidence of the new genus and related genus Parabolopona...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542146/the-role-of-extracellular-histone-in-organ-injury
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REVIEW
Eleanor Silk, Hailin Zhao, Hao Weng, Daqing Ma
Histones are intra-nuclear cationic proteins that are present in all eukaryotic cells and are highly conserved across species. Within the nucleus, they provide structural stability to chromatin and regulate gene expression. Histone may be released into the extracellular space in three forms: freely, as a DNA-bound nucleosome or as part of neutrophil extracellular traps, and all three can be detected in serum after significant cellular death such as sepsis, trauma, ischaemia/reperfusion injury and autoimmune disease...
May 25, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541490/glanet-genomic-loci-annotation-and-enrichment-tool
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Burçak Otlu, Can Firtina, Sündüz Keles, Oznur Tastan
Motivation: Genomic studies identify genomic loci representing genetic variations, transcription factor (TF) occupancy, or histone modification through next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. Interpreting these loci requires evaluating them with known genomic and epigenomic annotations. Results: We present GLANET as a comprehensive annotation and enrichment analysis tool which implements a sampling-based enrichment test that accounts for GC content and/or mappability biases, jointly or separately...
May 24, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541373/the-histone-acetylation-mediated-by-gcn5-regulates-the-hoxc11-gene-expression-in-mefs
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Ji Hoon Oh, Ji-Yeon Lee, Kyoung-Ah Kong, Jie Min Kim, Myoung Hee Kim
Hox genes are responsible for encoding transcription factors that are essential for anterior-posterior body patterning at early stages of embryogenesis. However, detailed mechanisms of Hox genes are yet to be defined. Protein kinase B alpha (Akt1) was previously identified as a possible upstream regulator of Hox genes. Furthermore, the Hoxc11 gene has been upregulated in Akt1 null (Akt1-/-) mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs), while repressed in wild-type MEFs. In this study, we propose to investigate the role of Gcn5, a histone acetyltransferase, in the regulation of Hoxc11 expression in MEFs...
May 24, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540297/modulation-of-progesterone-receptor-isoform-expression-in-pregnant-human-myometrium
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Marina Ilicic, Tamas Zakar, Jonathan W Paul
Background. Regulation of myometrial progesterone receptor (PR) expression is an unresolved issue central to understanding the mechanism of functional progesterone withdrawal and initiation of labor in women. Objectives. To determine whether pregnant human myometrium undergoes culture-induced changes in PR isoform expression ex situ and, further, to determine if conditions approaching the in vivo environment stabilise PR isoform expression in culture. Methods. Term nonlaboring human myometrial tissues were cultured under specific conditions: serum supplementation, steroids, stretch, cAMP, PMA, PGF2α , NF-κB inhibitors, or TSA...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539972/site-specific-regulation-of-histone-h1-phosphorylation-in-pluripotent-cell-differentiation
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Ruiqi Liao, Craig A Mizzen
BACKGROUND: Structural variation among histone H1 variants confers distinct modes of chromatin binding that are important for differential regulation of chromatin condensation, gene expression and other processes. Changes in the expression and genomic distributions of H1 variants during cell differentiation appear to contribute to phenotypic differences between cell types, but few details are known about the roles of individual H1 variants and the significance of their disparate capacities for phosphorylation...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539954/differential-histone-acetylation-in-sub-regions-of-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-underlies-fear-consolidation-and-extinction
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Vandana Ranjan, Sanjay Singh, Sarfraj Ahmad Siddiqui, Sukanya Tripathi, Mohd Yahiya Khan, Anand Prakash
OBJECTIVE: The hallmark of anxiety disorders is excessive fear. Previous studies have suggested that selective neural projections from Basal nucleus of stria terminalis (BNST) to amygdala and vice-versa precisely control the fear learning process. However the exact mechanism how the BNST controls fear consolidation and its extinction is largely unknown. In the present study we observed the changes in the BNST sub-regions following fear conditioning and its extinction. METHODS: The change in the number of positive neurons was determined by immunohistochemistry for Acetyl H3 (Histone 3), Acetyl H4 (Histone 4), cAMP response element binding Protein (CBP) and c-fos in three sub-regions of the BNST namely the anterio-lateral BNST (STLP) and anterio-medial BNST (STMA), and lateral-ventral BNST (STLV) of rats subjected to auditory fear conditioning and extinction...
May 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539837/ezh2-acts-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-kras-driven-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Yanxiao Wang, Ning Hou, Xuan Cheng, Jishuai Zhang, Xiaohong Tan, Chong Zhang, Yuling Tang, Yan Teng, Xiao Yang
Previous studies have suggested that enhancer zeste homolog 2 (Ezh2), a histone methyltransferase subunit of polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2), acts as an oncogene in lung adenocarcinoma (ADC) development. However, we found that in human lung ADC samples, deletion and mutations of EZH2 were also frequently present, with 14% of patients harboring loss-of-function EZH2 alterations. To explore the effect of Ezh2 loss on lung tumor formation, lung epithelial Ezh2 gene was deleted in Kras-driven lung ADC mouse model...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539829/multifaceted-regulation-of-gene-expression-by-the-apoptosis-and-splicing-associated-protein-complex-and-its-components
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Bhagyashree Deka, Kusum Kumari Singh
The differential deposition of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) on pre-mRNA mediates the processes of gene expression. One of the complexes containing RBPs that play a crucial part in RNA metabolism is the apoptosis-and splicing-associated protein (ASAP) complex. In this review, we present a summary of the structure of ASAP complex and its localization. Also, we discuss the findings by different groups on various functions of the subunits of the ASAP complex in RNA metabolism. The subunits of the ASAP complex are RNPS1, Acinus and SAP18...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539635/regulation-of-chloroplast-and-nucleomorph-replication-by-the-cell-cycle-in-the-cryptophyte-guillardia-theta
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Ryo Onuma, Neha Mishra, Shin-Ya Miyagishima
The chloroplasts of cryptophytes arose through a secondary endosymbiotic event in which a red algal endosymbiont was integrated into a previously nonphotosynthetic eukaryote. The cryptophytes retain a remnant of the endosymbiont nucleus (nucleomorph) that is replicated once in the cell cycle along with the chloroplast. To understand how the chloroplast, nucleomorph and host cell divide in a coordinated manner, we examined the expression of genes/proteins that are related to nucleomorph replication and chloroplast division as well as the timing of nuclear and nucleomorph DNA synthesis in the cryptophyte Guillardia theta...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
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