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Airi Ohsaki, Yuki Miyano, Rei Tanaka, Sei-Ichi Tanuma, Shuji Kojima, Mitsutoshi Tsukimoto
Skin inflammation is caused by excessive production of cytokines and chemokines in response to an external stimulus, such as radiation, but the mechanisms involved are not completely understood. Here, we report a novel mechanism of γ-irradiation-induced IL-6 production mediated by P2Y11 receptors in epidermal cells. After irradiation of HaCaT cells derived from human epidermal keratinocytes with 5 Gy of γ-rays (137 Cs : 0.78 Gy/min), IL-6 production was unchanged at 24 h after γ-irradiation, but was increased at 48 h...
March 16, 2018: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Puneet, Hasan Raza Kazmi, Soni Kumari, Satendra Tiwari, A Khanna, Gopeshwar Narayan
Gastric cancer is one of the most common malignancy worldwide. The various genetic and epigenetic events have been found to be associated with its carcinogenesis. The epigenetic is a heritable and transient/reversible change in the gene expression that is not accompanied by modification in the DNA sequence. This event is characterized by the alteration in the promoter CpG island of the gene or histone modification. These events are associated with silencing of critical tumor suppressor gene and activation of oncogenes leading to carcinogenesis...
March 19, 2018: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Wenguang Liu, Manwu Wu, Hechun Du, Xiaoliang Shi, Tao Zhang, Jie Li
Silent information regulator 6 (SIRT6) is broadly considered as a tumor suppressor due to its function in the suppression of oncogene expression. However, the role of SIRT6 in colorectal cancer stem cells (CSCs) remains uncharacterized. In the present study, it was demonstrated that SIRT6 expression was reduced in colorectal CSCs. Overexpression of SIRT6 in colorectal CSCs did not induce cell apoptosis. However, SIRT6 significantly inhibited cell proliferation, colony formation and induced G0/G1 phase arrest in colorectal CSCs...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Yong-Eun Kim, Chungoo Park, Kyoon Eon Kim, Kee K Kim
Alternative splicing is an essential process in eukaryotes, as it increases the complexity of gene expression by generating multiple proteins from a single pre-mRNA. However, information on the regulatory mechanisms for alternative splicing is lacking, because splicing occurs over a short period via the transient interactions of proteins within functional complexes of the spliceosome. Here, we investigated in detail the molecular mechanisms connecting alternative splicing with epigenetic mechanisms. We identified interactions between histone proteins and splicing factors such as Rbfox2, Rbfox3, and splicing factor proline and glutamine rich protein (SFPQ) by in vivo crosslinking and immunoprecipitation...
March 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Jesse J McClure, Xiaoyang Li, C James Chou
Since the identification and cloning of human histone deacetylases (HDACs) and the rapid approval of vorinostat (Zolinza®) for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, the field of HDAC biology has met many initial successes. However, many challenges remain due to the complexity involved in the lysine posttranslational modifications, epigenetic transcription regulation, and nonepigenetic cellular signaling cascades. In this chapter, we will: review the discovery of the first HDAC inhibitor and present discussion regarding the future of next-generation HDAC inhibitors, give an overview of different classes of HDACs and their differences in lysine deacylation activity, discuss different classes of HDAC inhibitors and their HDAC isozyme preferences, and review HDAC inhibitors' preclinical studies, their clinical trials, their pharmacokinetic challenges, and future direction...
2018: Advances in Cancer Research
W H Jia, H Mao, W R Chen, X T Yue, X X Wei, D P Li, K L Xu, Y H Huang
Objective: To explore effects of histone deacetylase inhibitor Belinostat on the immunologic function of dendritic cells (DC) and its possible mechanism. Methods: Cultured mouse bone marrow-derived DC from C57BL/6 mouse in vitro . The experiments were divided into 0, 50, 100 nmol/L Belinostat + immature DC (imDC) group, and 0, 50, 100 nmol/L Belinostat mature DC (mDC). The changes of the ultrastructure of DC were observed by transmission electron microscope (TEM). Immunophenotype and CCR7 expression rate were detected by FCM, and the migration rate was observed by chemotaxis assay...
January 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Anne E Wyman, Sergei P Atamas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Premature activation of aging-associated molecular mechanisms is emerging as an important contributor to many diseases, including scleroderma. Among central regulators of the aging process are a group of histone deacetylases called sirtuins (SIRTs). Recent findings implicate these molecules as pathophysiological players in scleroderma skin and lung fibrosis. The goal of this article is to review recent studies on the involvement of SIRTs in scleroderma from the perspective of aging-related molecular mechanisms...
March 17, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
David G Ashbrook, Benjamin Hing, Lindsay T Michalovicz, Kimberly A Kelly, Julie V Miller, Wilfred C de Vega, Diane B Miller, Gordon Broderick, James P O'Callaghan, Patrick O McGowan
BACKGROUND: Gulf War illness (GWI) is an archetypal, medically unexplained, chronic condition characterised by persistent sickness behaviour and neuroimmune and neuroinflammatory components. An estimated 25-32% of the over 900,000 veterans of the 1991 Gulf War fulfil the requirements of a GWI diagnosis. It has been hypothesised that the high physical and psychological stress of combat may have increased vulnerability to irreversible acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors leading to a priming of the neuroimmune system...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Obdulia Rabal, Juan A Sánchez-Arias, Mar Cuadrado-Tejedor, Irene de Miguel, Marta Pérez-González, Carolina García-Barroso, Ana Ugarte, Ander Estella-Hermoso de Mendoza, Elena Sáez, Maria Espelosin, Susana Ursua, Tan Haizhong, Wu Wei, Xu Musheng, Ana Garcia-Osta, Julen Oyarzabal
We have identified chemical probes that act as dual phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) and histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6)-selective inhibitors (>1 log unit difference versus class I HDACs) to decipher the contribution of HDAC isoforms to the positive impact of dual-acting PDE5 and HDAC inhibitors on mouse models of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and fine-tune this systems therapeutics approach. Structure- and knowledge-based approaches led to the design of first-in-class molecules with the desired target compound profile: dual PDE5 and HDAC6-selective inhibitors...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ali Movahedi, Jiaxin Zhang, Weibo Sun, Kourosh Mohammadi, Amir Almasi Zadeh Yaghuti, Hui Wei, Xiaolong Wu, Tongming Yin, Qiang Zhuge
Epigenetic modification by DNA methylation is necessary for all cellular processes, including genetic expression events, DNA repair, genomic imprinting and regulation of tissue development. It occurs almost exclusively at the C5 position of symmetric CpG and asymmetric CpHpG and CpHpH sites in genomic DNA. The RNA-directed DNA methylation (RDM1) gene is crucial for heterochromatin and DNA methylation. We overexpressed PtRDM1 gene from Populus trichocarpa to amplify transcripts of orthologous RDM1 in 'Nanlin895' (P...
March 10, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Hanwen Tian, Junming Miao, Fumei Zhang, Feng Xiong, Feimei Zhu, Jinyu Li, Xiaoying Wang, Shanzhe Chen, Junli Chen, Ning Huang, Yi Wang
The urinary tract is vulnerable to frequent challenges from environmental microflora. Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) makes a major contribution to urinary tract infection (UTI). Previous studies have characterized positive roles of non-histone nuclear protein HMGN2 in lung epithelial innate immune response. In the study presented here, we found HMGN2 expression was up-regulated in UPEC J96-infected urothelium. Surprisingly, over-expression of HMGN2 promoted disruption of BECs 5637 cells' intercellular junctions by down-regulating tight junction (TJs) components' expression and physical structure under J96 infection...
March 17, 2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Shintaro Yamada, Kazuto Kugou, Da-Qiao Ding, Yurika Fujita, Yasushi Hiraoka, Hiroshi Murakami, Kunihiro Ohta, Takatomi Yamada
Meiotic recombination ensures faithful chromosome segregation and confers genetic diversity to gametes, and thus, is a key DNA-templated reaction not only for sexual reproduction, but also evolution. This recombination is initiated by programmed DNA double strand breaks (DSBs), which are mainly formed at recombination hotspots. As meiotic DSB formation requires multiple proteins, it is regulated by chromatin structure. In particular, DSB occurs in a higher-order chromatin architecture termed "axis-loop", in which many loops protrude from proteinaceous axis...
March 16, 2018: Current Genetics
Zhen Zhang, Hongwei Sun, Yu Chen, Tianqi Cao, Zhou Songyang, Junjiu Huang, Yan Huang
About 70% of zebrafish (Danio rerio) genes are orthologues of the human's, which are of great interests, but still largely unknown for their functions. Recently, a report on human histone PARylation factor 1 (HPF1/C4orf27) showed that it is involved in DNA damage response along with poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP1). However, its function in living organism remains unclear. Given that zebrafish has showed its values in modeling human diseases and physiology, we characterized a zebrafish homolog of human HPF1 by sequence alignment...
March 17, 2018: Development Genes and Evolution
Gamze Bildik, Nazli Akin, Filiz Senbabaoglu, Yashar Esmalian, Gizem Nur Sahin, Defne Urman, Sercin Karahuseyinoglu, Umit Ince, Erhan Palaoglu, Cagatay Taskiran, Macit Arvas, Yilmaz Guzel, Kayhan Yakin, Ozgur Oktem
Granulosa cell tumor of the ovary (GCT) is a very rare tumor, accounting for only 2% of all ovarian tumors. It originates from sex cords in the ovary and can be divided into adult (95%) and juvenile (5%) types based on histologic findings. To date, no clear etiologic process has been identified other than a missense point mutation in the FOXL2 gene. Our previous works showed that c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway plays critical role in cell cycle progression and mitosis of normal and immortalized granulosa cells and follicle growth in rodent ovaries...
March 16, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Amelia Weber Hall, Anna M Battenhouse, Haridha Shivram, Adam R Morris, Matthew C Cowperthwaite, Max Shpak, Vishwanath R Iyer
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) can be clustered by gene expression into four main subtypes associated with prognosis and survival, but enhancers and other gene regulatory elements have not yet been identified in primary tumors. Here, we profiled six histone modifications and CTCF binding as well as gene expression in primary gliomas, and identified chromatin states that define distinct regulatory elements across the tumor genome. Enhancers in mesenchymal and classical tumor subtypes drove gene expression associated with cell migration and invasion, while enhancers in proneural tumors controlled genes associated with a less aggressive phenotype in GBM...
March 16, 2018: Cancer Research
Antoine Molaro, Janet M Young, Harmit S Malik
Eukaryotic genomes must accomplish both compact packaging for genome stability and inheritance, as well as accessibility for gene expression. They do so using post-translational modifications of four ancient canonical histone proteins (H2A, H2B, H3, and H4) and by deploying histone variants with specialized chromatin functions. Some histone variants are conserved across all eukaryotes, whereas others are lineage-specific. Here, we performed detailed phylogenomic analyses of "short H2A histone" variants found in mammalian genomes...
March 16, 2018: Genome Research
Gabriele G Schiattarella, Rosalinda Madonna, Sophie Van Linthout, Thomas Thum, Rainer Schulz, Peter Ferdinandy, Cinzia Perrino
Vascular adaptations to either physiological or pathophysiological conditions commonly require gene expression modifications in the most represented cellular elements of the vessel wall, i.e. endothelial and smooth muscle cells. In addition to transcription factors, a number of mechanisms contribute to the regulation of gene expression in these cells including noncoding RNAs, histone and DNA modifications, collectively indicated as epigenetic modifications. Here, we summarize the state of art regarding the role of epigenetic changes in major vascular diseases, and discuss the potential diagnostic and therapeutic applications of epigenetic modulation in this context...
March 13, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
Moumita Datta, Ori Staszewski, Elena Raschi, Maximilian Frosch, Nora Hagemeyer, Tuan Leng Tay, Thomas Blank, Mario Kreutzfeldt, Doron Merkler, Stephanie Ziegler-Waldkirch, Patrick Matthias, Melanie Meyer-Luehmann, Marco Prinz
Microglia as tissue macrophages contribute to the defense and maintenance of central nervous system (CNS) homeostasis. Little is known about the epigenetic signals controlling microglia function in vivo. We employed constitutive and inducible mutagenesis in microglia to delete two class I histone deacetylases, Hdac1 and Hdac2. Prenatal ablation of Hdac1 and Hdac2 impaired microglial development. Mechanistically, the promoters of pro-apoptotic and cell cycle genes were hyperacetylated in absence of Hdac1 and Hdac2, leading to increased apoptosis and reduced survival...
March 7, 2018: Immunity
Andrew T Fenley, Ramu Anandakrishnan, Yared H Kidane, Alexey V Onufriev
BACKGROUND: Controlled modulation of nucleosomal DNA accessibility via post-translational modifications (PTM) is a critical component to many cellular functions. Charge-altering PTMs in the globular histone core-including acetylation, phosphorylation, crotonylation, propionylation, butyrylation, formylation, and citrullination-can alter the strong electrostatic interactions between the oppositely charged nucleosomal DNA and the histone proteins and thus modulate accessibility of the nucleosomal DNA, affecting processes that depend on access to the genetic information, such as transcription...
March 16, 2018: Epigenetics & Chromatin
Zachary J Reitman, Frank Winkler, Andrew E H Elia
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common primary malignant tumor of the central nervous system. The current standard of care for GBM is maximal resection followed by postoperative radiation with concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide. Despite this multimodality treatment, the median survival for GBM remains marginally better than 1 year. In the past decade, genome-wide analyses have uncovered new molecular features of GBM that have refined its classification and provided new insights into the molecular basis for GBM pathogenesis...
February 2018: Seminars in Neurology
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