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María Abáigar, Cristina Robledo, Rocío Benito, Fernando Ramos, María Díez-Campelo, Lourdes Hermosín, Javier Sánchez-Del-Real, Jose M Alonso, Rebeca Cuello, Marta Megido, Juan N Rodríguez, Guillermo Martín-Núñez, Carlos Aguilar, Manuel Vargas, Ana A Martín, Juan L García, Alexander Kohlmann, M Consuelo Del Cañizo, Jesús M Hernández-Rivas
To explore novel genetic abnormalities occurring in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) through an integrative study combining array-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) and next-generation sequencing (NGS) in a series of MDS and MDS/myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) patients. 301 patients diagnosed with MDS (n = 240) or MDS/MPN (n = 61) were studied at the time of diagnosis. A genome-wide analysis of DNA copy number abnormalities was performed. In addition, a mutational analysis of DNMT3A, TET2, RUNX1, TP53 and BCOR genes was performed by NGS in selected cases...
2016: PloS One
Mrinal M Patnaik, Daniela Barraco, Terra L Lasho, Christy M Finke, Curtis A Hanson, Rhett P Ketterling, Naseema Gangat, Ayalew Tefferi
DNMT3A mutations are seen in ∼5% of patients with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) and thus far, have had an indeterminate prognostic impact on survival. We carried out this study to assess the prognostic impact of DNMT3A mutations on a larger informative cohort of CMML patients (n=261). DNMT3A mutations were seen in 6% (n=16); 56% (n=9) male, with a median age of 64 years. Eighty-one % of DNMT3A mutations were missense, with the Arg882 mutational hot spot accounting for 63% of all changes. Five (31%) patients had an abnormal karyotype whereas concurrent gene mutations (SF3B1/SRSF2/U2AF1-56%, TET2-50%, and ASXL1-25%) were seen in all patients...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Timothy Alexander Hore, Ferdinand von Meyenn, Mirunalini Ravichandran, Martin Bachman, Gabriella Ficz, David Oxley, Fátima Santos, Shankar Balasubramanian, Tomasz P Jurkowski, Wolf Reik
Epigenetic memory, in particular DNA methylation, is established during development in differentiating cells and must be erased to create naïve (induced) pluripotent stem cells. The ten-eleven translocation (TET) enzymes can catalyze the oxidation of 5-methylcytosine (5mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) and further oxidized derivatives, thereby actively removing this memory. Nevertheless, the mechanism by which the TET enzymes are regulated, and the extent to which they can be manipulated, are poorly understood...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Hideaki Nakajima
Epigenetic marks, such as histone modifications or DNA methylation, regulate tissue specific gene expression by affecting the structures and accessibility of chromatin or DNA. Epigenetics, the molecular mechanisms regulating the epigenome, would therefore be critically involved in development and cell differentiation versus proliferation. Histone modifications include methylation, acetylation, phosphorylation and ubiquitination of specific lysine, arginine or serine residues on histone tails, and each modification has its own specific effect on gene expressions...
2016: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Jakob Werner Hansen, Maj Karoline Westman, Lene Dissing Sjö, Lenonie Saft, Lasse Sommer Kristensen, Andreas Due Ørskov, Marianne Treppendahl, Mette Klarskov Andersen, Kirsten Grønbaek
Cytopenia is common in the elderly population and etiology may be difficult to assess. Here, we investigated the occurrence of mutations in patients with idiopathic cytopenia of undetermined significance and the usefulness in improving diagnostics. We included 60 patients with persistent cytopenia > 6 months without definite diagnosis of hematological neoplasm after routine assessment. Bone marrow material underwent a blinded morphology review and DNA was sequenced with a targeted 20 gene panel representing the most commonly mutated genes in myelodysplastic syndrome...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Hesbon Z Amenya, Chiharu Tohyama, Seiichiroh Ohsako
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (Ahr) is a highly conserved nuclear receptor that plays an important role in the manifestation of toxicity induced by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. As a xenobiotic sensor, Ahr is involved in chemical biotransformation through activation of drug metabolizing enzymes. The activated Ahr cooperates with coactivator complexes to induce epigenetic modifications at target genes. Thus, it is conceivable that 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), a potent Ahr ligand, may elicit robust epigenetic changes in vivo at the Ahr target gene cytochrome P450 1a1 (Cyp1a1)...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Markus Ball, Alan F List, Eric Padron
Exome sequencing studies in Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia (CMML) illustrate a mutational landscape characterized by few somatic mutations involving a subset of recurrent gene mutations in ASXL1, SRSF2, and TET2, each approaching 40% in incidence. This has led to the clinical implementation of next generation sequencing panels that effectively identify clonal monocytosis and complement clinical prognostic scoring systems in most patients. However, most murine models based on single gene mutations fail to recapitulate the CMML phenotype and many gene mutations are loss-of-function making the identification of traditional therapeutic vulnerabilities challenging...
October 5, 2016: Blood
N Hasegawa, M Oshima, G Sashida, H Matsui, S Koide, A Saraya, C Wang, T Muto, K Takane, A Kaneda, K Shimoda, C Nakaseko, K Yokote, A Iwama
Somatic inactivating mutations in epigenetic regulators are frequently found in combination in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). However, the mechanisms by which combinatory mutations in epigenetic regulators promote the development of MDS remain unknown. Here we performed epigenomic profiling of hematopoietic progenitors in MDS mice hypomorphic for Tet2 following the loss of the polycomb-group gene Ezh2 (Tet2(KD/KD)Ezh2(Δ/Δ)). Aberrant DNA methylation propagated in a sequential manner from a Tet2-insufficient state to advanced MDS with deletion of Ezh2...
October 3, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Celalettin Ustun, Michel Arock, Hanneke C Kluin-Nelemans, Andreas Reiter, Wolfgang R Sperr, Tracy George, Hans-Peter Horny, Karin Hartmann, Karl Sotlar, Gandhi Damaj, Olivier Hermine, Srdan Verstovsek, Dean D Metcalfe, Jason Gotlib, Cem Akin, Peter Valent
Systemic mastocytosis is a heterogeneous disease characterized by the accumulation of neoplastic mast cells in the bone marrow and other organ organs/tissues. Mutations in KIT, most frequently KIT D816V, are detected in over 80% of all systemic mastocytosis patients. While most systemic mastocytosis patients suffer from an indolent disease variant, some present with more aggressive variants, collectively called "advanced systemic mastocytosis", which include aggressive systemic mastocytosis, systemic mastocytosis with an associated hematologic, clonal non mast cell-lineage disease, and mast cell leukemia...
October 2016: Haematologica
J Salvaing, N Peynot, M N Bedhane, S Veniel, E Pellier, C Boulesteix, N Beaujean, N Daniel, V Duranthon
STUDY QUESTION: In comparison to in vivo development, how do different conditions of in vitro culture ('one step' versus 'sequential medium') impact DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation in preimplantation embryos? SUMMARY ANSWER: Using rabbit as a model, we show that DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation are both affected by in vitro culture of preimplantation embryos and the effect observed depends on the culture medium used. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Correct regulation of DNA methylation is essential for embryonic development and DNA hydroxymethylation appears more and more to be a key player...
September 22, 2016: Human Reproduction
M M Patnaik, M F Zahid, T L Lasho, C Finke, R L Ketterling, N Gangat, K D Robertson, C A Hanson, A Tefferi
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2016: Blood Cancer Journal
Gholamreza Bahari, Mohammad Hashemi, Majid Naderi, Mohsen Taheri
The ten-eleven-translocation-2 (TET2) gene is a novel tumor suppressor gene involved in several hematological malignancies of myeloid and lymphoid origin. Besides loss-of-function mutations and deletions, hypermethylation of the CpG island at the TET2 promoter has been found in human cancers. The TET2 encoded protein regulates DNA methylation. The present study aimed to examine DNA promoter methylation of TET2 in 100 childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cases and 120 healthy children in southeast Iran...
2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
Yue Ma, Hualin Fu, Chunlei Zhang, Shangli Cheng, Jie Gao, Zhen Wang, Weilin Jin, João Conde, Daxiang Cui
Epigenetic modifications sit 'on top of' the genome and influence DNA transcription, which can force a significant impact on cellular behavior and phenotype and, consequently human development and disease. Conventional methods for evaluating epigenetic modifications have inherent limitations and, hence, new methods based on nanoscale devices are needed. Here, we found that antioxidant (glutathione) chiral gold nanoclusters induce a decrease of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), which is an important epigenetic marker that associates with gene transcription regulation...
2016: Scientific Reports
Esther A Obeng, Ryan J Chappell, Michael Seiler, Michelle C Chen, Dean R Campagna, Paul J Schmidt, Rebekka K Schneider, Allegra M Lord, Lili Wang, Rutendo G Gambe, Marie E McConkey, Abdullah M Ali, Azra Raza, Lihua Yu, Silvia Buonamici, Peter G Smith, Ann Mullally, Catherine J Wu, Mark D Fleming, Benjamin L Ebert
More than 80% of patients with the refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts subtype of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) have mutations in Splicing Factor 3B, Subunit 1 (SF3B1). We generated a conditional knockin mouse model of the most common SF3B1 mutation, Sf3b1(K700E). Sf3b1(K700E) mice develop macrocytic anemia due to a terminal erythroid maturation defect, erythroid dysplasia, and long-term hematopoietic stem cell (LT-HSC) expansion. Sf3b1(K700E) myeloid progenitors and SF3B1-mutant MDS patient samples demonstrate aberrant 3' splice-site selection associated with increased nonsense-mediated decay...
September 12, 2016: Cancer Cell
Yan Jiang, Jiahong Chen, Cong Yue, Hang Zhang, Tao Chen
Trichloroethylene (TCE), a common environmental contaminant, causes hepatocellular carcinoma in mice but not in rats. To understand the mechanisms of the species-specific hepatocarcinogenecity of TCE, we examined the methylation status of DNA in the liver of rats exposed to TCE at 0 or 1000 mg/kg b.w. for 5 days using MeDIP-chip, bisulfite sequencing, COBRA, and LC-MS/MS. The related mRNA expression levels were measured by qPCR. Although no global DNA methylation change was detected, 806 genes were hypermethylated and 186 genes were hypomethylated...
October 17, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Hanae Sato, Justin C Wheat, Ulrich Steidl, Keisuke Ito
In recent years, advances in next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology have provided the opportunity to detect putative genetic drivers of disease, particularly cancers, with very high sensitivity. This knowledge has substantially improved our understanding of tumor pathogenesis. In hematological malignancies such as acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes, pioneering work combining multi-parameter flow cytometry and targeted resequencing in leukemia have clearly shown that different classes of mutations appear to be acquired in particular sequences along the hematopoietic differentiation hierarchy...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
Tiziana Pierini, Danika Di Giacomo, Valentina Pierini, Paolo Gorello, Gianluca Barba, Anair Graciela Lema Fernandez, Fabrizia Pellanera, Tamara Iannotti, Franca Falzetti, Roberta La Starza, Cristina Mecucci
BACKGROUND: Although Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (Ph-MPN) are usually not aggressive, the type and the number of molecular lesions impact greatly on leukemic transformation. Indeed, the molecular background underlying progression is still largely unexplored even though ASXL1, IDH1/2, SRSF2, and TP53 mutations, together with adverse karyotypic changes, place the patient at high risk of leukemic transformation. CASE PRESENTATION: Our patient, a 64-year old man with a diagnosis of JAK2 (V617F) primary myelofibrosis (PMF) had an unusually rapid leukemic transformation...
2016: Molecular Cytogenetics
Minmin Liu, Hitoshi Ohtani, Wanding Zhou, Andreas Due Ørskov, Jessica Charlet, Yang W Zhang, Hui Shen, Stephen B Baylin, Gangning Liang, Kirsten Grønbæk, Peter A Jones
Vitamin C deficiency is found in patients with cancer and might complicate various therapy paradigms. Here we show how this deficiency may influence the use of DNA methyltransferase inhibitors (DNMTis) for treatment of hematological neoplasias. In vitro, when vitamin C is added at physiological levels to low doses of the DNMTi 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-aza-CdR), there is a synergistic inhibition of cancer-cell proliferation and increased apoptosis. These effects are associated with enhanced immune signals including increased expression of bidirectionally transcribed endogenous retrovirus (ERV) transcripts, increased cytosolic dsRNA, and activation of an IFN-inducing cellular response...
September 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Andrew L Young, Grant A Challen, Brenda M Birmann, Todd E Druley
Clonal haematopoiesis is thought to be a rare condition that increases in frequency with age and predisposes individuals to haematological malignancy. Recent studies, utilizing next-generation sequencing (NGS), observed haematopoietic clones in 10% of 70-year olds and rarely in younger individuals. However, these studies could only detect common haematopoietic clones->0.02 variant allele fraction (VAF)-due to the error rate of NGS. To identify and characterize clonal mutations below this threshold, here we develop methods for targeted error-corrected sequencing, which enable the accurate detection of clonal mutations as rare as 0...
2016: Nature Communications
Bani Bandana Ganguly, N N Kadam
The plethora of knowledge gained on myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a heterogeneous pre-malignant disorder of hematopoietic stem cells, through sequencing of several pathway genes has unveiled molecular pathogenesis and its progression to AML. Evolution of phenotypic classification and risk-stratification based on peripheral cytopenias and blast count has moved to five-tier risk-groups solely concerning chromosomal aberrations. Increased frequency of complex abnormalities, which is associated with genetic instability, defines the subgroup of worst prognosis in MDS...
July 2016: Mutation Research. Reviews in Mutation Research
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