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Delphine Duteil, Milica Tosic, Franziska Lausecker, Hatice Z Nenseth, Judith M Müller, Sylvia Urban, Dominica Willmann, Kerstin Petroll, Nadia Messaddeq, Laura Arrigoni, Thomas Manke, Jan-Wilhelm Kornfeld, Jens C Brüning, Vyacheslav Zagoriy, Michael Meret, Jörn Dengjel, Toufike Kanouni, Roland Schüle
Previous work indicated that lysine-specific demethylase 1 (Lsd1) can positively regulate the oxidative and thermogenic capacities of white and beige adipocytes. Here we investigate the role of Lsd1 in brown adipose tissue (BAT) and find that BAT-selective Lsd1 ablation induces a shift from oxidative to glycolytic metabolism. This shift is associated with downregulation of BAT-specific and upregulation of white adipose tissue (WAT)-selective gene expression. This results in the accumulation of di- and triacylglycerides and culminates in a profound whitening of BAT in aged Lsd1-deficient mice...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Si-Han Huang, Hua-Rong Zhou, Cong-Jie Chen, Li-Hong Tian, Jian-Zhen Shen
HOX antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR), a long non-coding RNA, plays an important role in the development of many types of cancers. Its function in acute leukemia (AL), however, has not been examined. The present study investigated the role of HOTAIR and its downstream genes in AL, and determined whether it could act as a molecular marker for prediction of leukemia development and prognosis. Real-time quantitative PCR was used to examine the expression of each gene in the HOTAIR signaling pathway in AL patients...
October 4, 2016: Oncology Reports
Nicolás Herranz, Natàlia Dave, Alba Millanes-Romero, Laura Pascual, Lluis Morey, Víctor M Díaz, Víctor Lórenz-Fonfría, Ricardo Gutierrez-Gallego, Celia Jerónimo, Ane Iturbide, Luciano Di Croce, Antonio García de Herreros, Sandra Peiró
Methylation of histone H3 lysine 4 is linked to active transcription and can be removed by LSD1 or the JmjC domain-containing proteins by amino-oxidation or hydroxylation, respectively. Here we describe that its deamination can be catalyzed by lysyl oxidase-like 2 protein (LOXL2), presenting an unconventional chemical mechanism for H3K4 modification. Infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry analyses demonstrated that recombinant LOXL2 specifically deaminates trimethylated H3K4. Moreover, by regulating H3K4me3 deamination, LOXL2 activity is linked with the transcriptional control of the CDH1 gene...
October 13, 2016: FEBS Journal
Yoichi Munehira, Ze Yang, Or Gozani
Histone methylation dynamics play a critical role in cellular programming during development. For example, specific lysine methyltransferases (KMTs) and demethylases (KDMs) have been implicated in the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into various cell lineages. However, a systematic functional analysis for an entire family of KMT or KDM enzymes has not been performed. Here we test the function of all the known and candidate KDMs in myoblast and osteoblast differentiation using the C2C12 cell differentiation model system...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
A Silvina Nacht, Miguel Beato, Guillermo P Vicent
How genes are repressed by steroid hormones remains a matter of debate and several indirect mechanisms have been proposed. We found that the ligand-activated progesterone receptor (PR) recruits to the promoter of down-regulated genes a repressor complex composed of HP1γ, the lysine demethylase LSD1, histone deacetylases, coREST, the RNA SRA and the ATPase BRG1. BRG1 is needed for chromatin remodeling and facilitates the deposition of linker histone variant H1.2, which compacts chromatin and hinders RNA polymerase loading and transcription...
October 4, 2016: Transcription
Zhaoting Yang, Yan Cui, Weidong Ni, Seokhyung Kim, Yanhua Xuan
PURPOSE: The hedgehog (Hh) pathway is involved in cancer stem cell (CSC) maintenance in various tumors. Glioma-associated oncogene homolog 1 (Gli1) is a key mediator of the Hh pathway; however, its expression and clinical significance in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) have not been reported. In this study, we aimed to reveal clinical significance of Gli1 expression in ESCC and further investigate the potential of Gli1 as a CSC regulator of ESCC by comparing its expression with expressions of other stemness genes in ESCC...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Aikaterini Nanou, Chrisavgi Toumpeki, Matthieu D Lavigne, Vassiliki Lazou, Jeroen Demmers, Triantafillos Paparountas, Dimitris Thanos, Eleni Katsantoni
STAT5 interacts with other factors to control transcription, and the mechanism of regulation is of interest as constitutive active STAT5 has been reported in malignancies. Here, LSD1 and HDAC3 were identified as novel STAT5a interacting partners in pro-B cells. Characterization of STAT5a, LSD1 and HDAC3 target genes by ChIP-seq and RNA-seq revealed gene subsets regulated by independent or combined action of the factors and LSD1/HDAC3 to play dual role in their activation or repression. Genes bound by STAT5a alone or in combination with weakly associated LSD1 or HDAC3 were enriched for the canonical STAT5a GAS motif, and such binding induced activation or repression...
September 19, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Ming Sun, Fengqi Nie, Yunfei Wang, Zhihong Zhang, Jiakai Hou, Dandan He, Min Xie, Wei De, Zhaoxia Wang, Jun Wang
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA) have been implicated in human cancer but their mechanisms of action are mainly undocumented. In this study, we investigated lncRNA alterations that contribute to gastric cancer (GC) through an analysis of TCGA RNA sequencing data and other publicly available microarray data. Here we report the GC-associated lncRNA HOXA11-AS as a key regulator of GC development and progression. Patients with high HOXA11-AS expression had a shorter survival and poorer prognosis. In vitro and in vivo assays of HOXA11-AS alterations revealed a complex integrated phenotype affecting cell growth, migration, invasion and apoptosis...
September 20, 2016: Cancer Research
Nina M Patrick, Chanel A Griggs, Ali L Icenogle, Maryam M Gilpatrick, Vineela Kadiyala, Rosa Jaime-Frias, Catharine L Smith
Small molecule inhibitors of lysine deacetylases (KDACs) are approved for clinical use in treatment of several diseases. Nuclear receptors, such as the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) use lysine acetyltransferases (KATs or HATs) and KDACs to regulate transcription through acetylation and deacetylation of protein targets such as histones. Previously we have shown that KDAC1 activity facilitates GR-activated transcription at about half of all cellular target genes. In the current study we examine the role of Class I KDACs in glucocorticoid-mediated repression of gene expression...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Yifan Lian, Juan Wang, Jing Feng, Jie Ding, Zhonghua Ma, Juan Li, Peng Peng, Wei De, Keming Wang
Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) modulates gene expression, while lncRNA dysregulation is associated with human cancer. Furthermore, while recent studies have shown that lncRNA IRAIN plays an important role in other malignancies, the role of IRAIN in pancreatic cancer (PC) progression remains unclear. In this study, we found that upregulation of lncRNA IRAIN was significantly correlated with tumor size, TNM stage, and lymph node metastasis in a cohort of 37 PC patients. In vitro experiments showed that knockdown of IRAIN by small interfering RNA (siRNA) significantly induced cell apoptosis and inhibited cell proliferation in both BxPC-3 and PANC-1 cells...
September 19, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Yan Chen, Jeesun Kim, Ruipeng Zhang, Xiaoqin Yang, Yong Zhang, Jianwu Fang, Zhui Chen, Lin Teng, Xiaowei Chen, Hui Ge, Peter Atadja, En Li, Taiping Chen, Wei Qi
Adipose tissue plays important roles in animals. White fat stores energy in lipids, while brown fat is responsible for nonshivering thermogenesis through UCP1-mediated energy dissipation. Although epigenetic mechanisms modulate differentiation in multiple lineages, the epigenetic regulation of brown adipocyte differentiation is poorly understood. By screening a collection of epigenetic compounds, we found that Lysine-Specific Demethylase 1 (LSD1) inhibitors repress brown adipocyte differentiation. RNAi-mediated Lsd1 knockdown causes a similar effect, which can be rescued by expression of wild-type but not catalytic-inactive LSD1...
September 9, 2016: Cell Chemical Biology
Lei Yi, Yan Cui, Qingfu Xu, Yugang Jiang
The substrates and mechanisms of ubiquitin specific peptidase 7 (USP7) in glioma remain unclear. Lysine‑specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) may undergo proteasomal degradation; however, a reciprocal mechanism that stabilizes LSD1 in glioma has not been dertermined. Here co-immunoprecipitation and GST pull-down assays revealed that LSD1 is associated with USP7 in vivo and in vitro. USP7 inhibited LSD1 ubiquitination and stabilized LSD1 in A172 and T98G cells. MTT, EdU proliferation, flow cytometry and Transwell assays indicated that LSD1 played a critical role in the proliferation and invasion of glioblastoma (GBM) cells...
September 16, 2016: Oncology Reports
Valentina Speranzini, Dante Rotili, Giuseppe Ciossani, Simona Pilotto, Biagina Marrocco, Mariantonietta Forgione, Alessia Lucidi, Federico Forneris, Parinaz Mehdipour, Sameer Velankar, Antonello Mai, Andrea Mattevi
Because of its involvement in the progression of several malignant tumors, the histone lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) has become a prominent drug target in modern medicinal chemistry research. We report on the discovery of two classes of noncovalent inhibitors displaying unique structural features. The antibiotics polymyxins bind at the entrance of the substrate cleft, where their highly charged cyclic moiety interacts with a cluster of positively charged amino acids. The same site is occupied by quinazoline-based compounds, which were found to inhibit the enzyme through a most peculiar mode because they form a pile of five to seven molecules that obstruct access to the active center...
September 2016: Science Advances
Ana Fiszbein, Alberto R Kornblihtt
Alternative splicing, as well as chromatin structure, greatly contributes to specific transcriptional programs that promote neuronal differentiation. The activity of G9a, the enzyme responsible for mono- and di-methylation of lysine 9 on histone H3 (H3K9me1 and H3K9me2) in mammalian euchromatin, has been widely implicated in the differentiation of a variety of cell types and tissues. In a recent work from our group (Fiszbein et al., 2016) we have shown that alternative splicing of G9a regulates its nuclear localization and, therefore, the efficiency of H3K9 methylation, which promotes neuronal differentiation...
2016: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
Jean Z Lin, Stephen R Farmer
In this issue of Genes & Development, Zeng and colleagues (pp. 1822-1836) identify lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) as a pivotal regulator of whole-body energy expenditure by controlling the oxidative and thermogenic activity of brown adipose tissue (BAT). They show that LSD1 interacts with PRDM16 to repress select white adipose tissue (WAT) genes but also represses hydroxysteroid 11-β-dehydrogenase 1 (HSD11B1) independently of PRDM16 to prevent production of glucocorticoids that impair BAT functions. Their study provides important insight into epigenetic mechanisms regulating the function of BAT...
August 15, 2016: Genes & Development
Yingchun Cui, Nian Liu, Fuzhe Ma, Weixia Sun, Hao Wu, Zhonggao Xu, Hang Yuan
The aim of the present study was to examine the impacts and mechanisms of 12‑lipoxygenase (12‑LO) and its metabolites on the acetylation and methylation of histone‑3‑lysine (H3K) in the p21 gene. Rat mesangial cells (MCs) were selected for use in the present study. A chromatin immunoprecipitation assay, reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis and a luciferase assay were used to detect transcriptional activities, the acetylation (Ac) of H3K (H3KAc), p21 promoter methylation (Me) and the transcription regions induced by 12 (S)‑hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (HETE)...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Jingxin Feng, Guiying Xu, Jiwei Liu, Na Zhang, Lili Li, Jiafei Ji, Jianchao Zhang, Lian Zhang, Guannan Wang, Xiuli Wang, Jiang Tan, Baiqu Huang, Jun Lu, Yu Zhang
PURPOSE: LSD1 is overexpressed in various cancers including breast cancer, but its functional roles in tumourigenesis are not fully understood. This study aims at revealing the role of LSD1 in breast cancer development. In addition, it has been reported that phosphorylation of the Serine 112 residue of LSD1 by PKCα is crucial for its function in gene regulation. We also explored whether this phosphorylation affects LSD1's role in breast cancer development. METHODS: This study includes LSD1 IHC data generated with tissue microarrays of 163 cases of breast cancer samples and 72 normal tissues...
October 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Xing Zeng, Mark P Jedrychowski, Yi Chen, Sara Serag, Gareth G Lavery, Steve P Gygi, Bruce M Spiegelman
Brown adipocytes display phenotypic plasticity, as they can switch between the active states of fatty acid oxidation and energy dissipation versus a more dormant state. Cold exposure or β-adrenergic stimulation favors the active thermogenic state, whereas sympathetic denervation or glucocorticoid administration promotes more lipid accumulation. Our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying these switches is incomplete. Here we found that LSD1 (lysine-specific demethylase 1), a histone demethylase, regulates brown adipocyte metabolism in two ways...
August 15, 2016: Genes & Development
Shin Miyamura, Misaho Araki, Yosuke Ota, Yukihiro Itoh, Shusuke Yasuda, Mitsuharu Masuda, Tomoyuki Taniguchi, Yoshihiro Sowa, Toshiyuki Sakai, Takayoshi Suzuki, Kenichiro Itami, Junichiro Yamaguchi
We describe the structure-activity relationship of various arylcyclopropylamines (ACPAs), which are potent LSD1 inhibitors. More than 45 ACPAs were synthesized rapidly by an unconventional method that we have recently developed, consisting of a C-H borylation and cross-coupling sequence starting from cyclopropylamine. We also generated NCD38 derivatives, which are known as LSD1 selective inhibitors, and discovered a more effective inhibitor compared to the original NCD38.
September 28, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Haiyang Guo, Musaddeque Ahmed, Fan Zhang, Cindy Q Yao, SiDe Li, Yi Liang, Junjie Hua, Fraser Soares, Yifei Sun, Jens Langstein, Yuchen Li, Christine Poon, Swneke D Bailey, Kinjal Desai, Teng Fei, Qiyuan Li, Dorota H Sendorek, Michael Fraser, John R Prensner, Trevor J Pugh, Mark Pomerantz, Robert G Bristow, Mathieu Lupien, Felix Y Feng, Paul C Boutros, Matthew L Freedman, Martin J Walsh, Housheng Hansen He
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) represent an attractive class of candidates to mediate cancer risk. Through integrative analysis of the lncRNA transcriptome with genomic data and SNP data from prostate cancer genome-wide association studies (GWAS), we identified 45 candidate lncRNAs associated with risk to prostate cancer. We further evaluated the mechanism underlying the top hit, PCAT1, and found that a risk-associated variant at rs7463708 increases binding of ONECUT2, a novel androgen receptor (AR)-interacting transcription factor, at a distal enhancer that loops to the PCAT1 promoter, resulting in upregulation of PCAT1 upon prolonged androgen treatment...
October 2016: Nature Genetics
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