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Tie Li, Christopher D Cox, Byram Ozer, Nhung T Nguyen, Huytram N Nguyen, Thomas J Lai, Sichen Li, Fei Liu, Harley I Kornblum, Linda M Liau, Phioanh Leia Nghiemphu, Timothy F Cloughesy, Albert Lai
Mutant isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) 1/2 converts α-ketoglutarate (α-KG) to D-2 hydroxyglutarate (D-2-HG), a putative oncometabolite that can inhibit α-KG dependent enzymes, including ten-eleven translocation methylcytosine dioxygenase (TET) DNA demethylases. We recently established that miRNAs are components of the IDH1 mutant-associated glioma CpG island methylator phenotype (G-CIMP), and specifically identified MIR148A as a tumor-suppressive miRNA within G-CIMP. However, the precise mechanism by which mutant IDH induces hypermethylation of MIR148A and other G-CIMP promoters remains to be elucidated...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Fadzilah Adibah Abd Majid, Nur Syukriah Ab Rahman, Effendy Abd Wahid, Ain Nabihah Zainudin, Siti Nurazwa Zainol, Hassan Fahmi Ismail, Tet Soon Wong, K Vijaya Bhargava, Nirbhay Kumar Tiwari, Sanjeev Giri
Drug interaction of SynacinnTM polyherbal with known diabetic drugs is unknown. SynacinnTM contains standardized extracts of five herbal against gallic acid, curcumin, rosmarinic acid, catechin and andrographolide. SynacinnTM and its five standard markers were analysed for its possible interaction with CYP450 enzymes assay. This study was conducted using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectroscopy (LC-MS/MS) using probe substrates using human liver microsomes against CYP1A2, CYP2B6, CYP2C8, CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, CYP3A4(Midazolam) and CYP3A4 (Testosteron)...
March 13, 2018: Drug Metabolism Letters
Muhammad Shahid, Nicole Gull, Austin Yeon, Eunho Cho, Jooeun Bae, Hyun Seok Yoon, Sungyong You, Hana Yoon, Minjung Kim, Benjamin P Berman, Jayoung Kim
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic urinary tract disease that is characterized by unpleasant sensations, such as persistent pelvic pain, in the absence of infection or other identifiable causes. We previously performed comprehensive metabolomics profiling of urine samples from IC patients using nuclear magnetic resonance and gas-chromatography/mass spectrometry and found that urinary α-oxoglutarate (α-OG), was significantly elevated. α-OG, a tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle intermediate, reportedly functions to suppress the proliferation of immortalized normal human bladder epithelial cells...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ruichuan Yin, Jiezhen Mo, Jiayin Dai, Hailin Wang
Nickel is found widely in the environment. It is an essential microelement but also toxic. However, nickel displays only weak genotoxicity and mutagenicity. Exploration of the epigenetic toxicity of nickel is extremely interesting. Iron(ii)- and 2-oxoglutarate-dependent Tet dioxygenases are a class of epigenetic enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of DNA 5-methylcytosine (5mC). Thus, they are critical for DNA demethylation and, importantly, are involved with nuclear reprogramming, embryonic development, and regulation of gene expression...
March 14, 2018: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
Chuyan Long, Yan Yu, Bota Cui, Sabreen Abdul Rahman Jagessar, Jie Zhang, Guozhong Ji, Guangming Huang, Faming Zhang
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility, safety, and value of a quick technique for transendoscopic enteral tubing (TET) through mid-gut. METHODS: A prospective interventional study was performed in a single center. A TET tube was inserted into mid-gut through the nasal orifice and fixed on the pylorus wall by one tiny titanium endoscopic clip under anesthesia. The feasibility, safety, success rate, and satisfaction with TET placement were evaluated for enteral nutrition or fecal microbiota transplantation...
March 13, 2018: BMC Gastroenterology
Sumiyo Morita, Takuro Horii, Izuho Hatada
DNA methylation, one of the most studied epigenetic modifications, regulates many biological processes. Dysregulation of DNA methylation is implicated in the etiology of several diseases, such as cancer and imprinting diseases. Accordingly, technologies designed to manipulate DNA methylation at specific loci are very important, and many epigenome editing technologies have been developed, based on zinc finger proteins, TALEs, and CRISPR/dCas9 targeting. We describe a protocol to induce and assess DNA demethylation on a target gene...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Sandrine Baron, Laetitia Le Devendec, Fabrice Touzain, Eric Jouy, Pierrick Lucas, Claire de Boisséson, Emeline Larvor, Isabelle Kempf
Resistance to extended-spectrum cephalosporins (ESCs) is mostly borne by conjugative plasmids. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the characteristics and diversity of ESC resistance plasmids in Escherichia coli from different free-range broiler flocks in France, and their persistence in flocks during rearing. Two hatcheries were selected. Faecal samples from 11 flocks were collected from before their arrival on the broiler production farm up to their slaughter at the end of the rearing period. A selection of 25 E...
March 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Sani Ousmane, Bouli A Diallo, Rasmata Ouedraogo
Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 1 is the first cause of pneumococcal meningitis Niger. To determine the underlying mechanism of resistance to tetracycline in serotype 1 Streptococcus pneumoniae , a collection of 37 isolates recovered from meningitis patients over the period of 2002 to 2009 in Niger were analyzed for drug susceptibility, and whole genome sequencing (WGS) was performed for molecular analyses. MIC level was determined for 31/37 (83.8%) isolates and allowed detection of full resistance (MIC = 8 µg) in 24/31 (77...
March 6, 2018: Antibiotics
Simon Boecker, Stefan Grätz, Dennis Kerwat, Lutz Adam, David Schirmer, Lennart Richter, Tabea Schütze, Daniel Petras, Roderich D Süssmuth, Vera Meyer
Background: Fungal cyclodepsipeptides (CDPs) are non-ribosomally synthesized peptides produced by a variety of filamentous fungi and are of interest to the pharmaceutical industry due to their anticancer, antimicrobial and anthelmintic bioactivities. However, both chemical synthesis and isolation of CDPs from their natural producers are limited due to high costs and comparatively low yields. These challenges might be overcome by heterologous expression of the respective CDP-synthesizing genes in a suitable fungal host...
2018: Fungal Biology and Biotechnology
Diego B Nobrega, Sohail Naushad, S Ali Naqvi, Larissa A Z Condas, Vineet Saini, John P Kastelic, Christopher Luby, Jeroen De Buck, Herman W Barkema
Emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance is a major concern for the dairy industry worldwide. Objectives were to determine: (1) phenotypic and genotypic prevalence of drug-specific resistance for 25 species of non-aureus staphylococci, and (2) associations between presence of resistance determinants and antimicrobial resistance. Broth micro-dilution was used to determine resistance profiles for 1,702 isolates from 89 dairy herds. Additionally, 405 isolates were sequenced to screen for resistance determinants...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Ailing Sui, Yisheng Zhong, Anna M Demetriades, Qing Lu, Yujuan Cai, Yushuo Gao, Yanji Zhu, Xi Shen, Bing Xie
PURPOSE: To assess the effect of inhibiting integrin α5β1 by ATN-161 on vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-induced neovascularization (NV) and leakage causing retinal detachment in adult Tet/opsin/VEGF transgenic mice, and characterize the underlying mechanism of its function. METHOD: Retinas from adult Tet/opsin/VEGF transgenic mice and human retinal endothelial cells (HRECs) exposed to VEGF (treated with ATN-161 or PBS) were used to carry out immunofluorescence, RT-PCR and western blot to examine expression levels of integrin α5β1 and the NACHT, LRR, and PYD domains-containing protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome...
March 3, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Lexiang Ji, William T Jordan, Xiuling Shi, Lulu Hu, Chuan He, Robert J Schmitz
DNA methylation in the promoters of plant genes sometimes leads to transcriptional repression, and the loss of DNA methylation in methyltransferase mutants results in altered gene expression and severe developmental defects. However, many cases of naturally occurring DNA methylation variations have been reported, whereby altered expression of differentially methylated genes is responsible for agronomically important traits. The ability to manipulate plant methylomes to generate epigenetically distinct individuals could be invaluable for breeding and research purposes...
March 1, 2018: Nature Communications
Yoshiyuki Seki
PR-domain containing protein 14 (PRDM14) is a site-specific DNA-binding protein and is required for establishment of pluripotency in embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and primordial germ cells (PGCs) in mice. DNA methylation status is regulated by the balance between de novo methylation and passive/active demethylation, and global DNA hypomethylation is closely associated with cellular pluripotency and totipotency. PRDM14 ensures hypomethylation in mouse ESCs and PGCs through two distinct layers, transcriptional repression of the DNA methyltransferases Dnmt3a/b/l and active demethylation by recruitment of TET proteins...
2018: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Diana Guallar, Xianju Bi, Jose Angel Pardavila, Xin Huang, Carmen Saenz, Xianle Shi, Hongwei Zhou, Francesco Faiola, Junjun Ding, Phensinee Haruehanroengra, Fan Yang, Dan Li, Carlos Sanchez-Priego, Arven Saunders, Feng Pan, Victor Julian Valdes, Kevin Kelley, Miguel G Blanco, Lingyi Chen, Huayan Wang, Jia Sheng, Mingjiang Xu, Miguel Fidalgo, Xiaohua Shen, Jianlong Wang
Ten-eleven translocation (TET) proteins play key roles in the regulation of DNA-methylation status by oxidizing 5-methylcytosine (5mC) to generate 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), which can both serve as a stable epigenetic mark and participate in active demethylation. Unlike the other members of the TET family, TET2 does not contain a DNA-binding domain, and it remains unclear how it is recruited to chromatin. Here we show that TET2 is recruited by the RNA-binding protein Paraspeckle component 1 (PSPC1) through transcriptionally active loci, including endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) whose long terminal repeats (LTRs) have been co-opted by mammalian genomes as stage- and tissue-specific transcriptional regulatory modules...
February 26, 2018: Nature Genetics
Andrea Coluccio, Gabriela Ecco, Julien Duc, Sandra Offner, Priscilla Turelli, Didier Trono
BACKGROUND: The KZFP/KAP1 (KRAB zinc finger proteins/KRAB-associated protein 1) system plays a central role in repressing transposable elements (TEs) and maintaining parent-of-origin DNA methylation at imprinting control regions (ICRs) during the wave of genome-wide reprogramming that precedes implantation. In naïve murine embryonic stem cells (mESCs), the genome is maintained highly hypomethylated by a combination of TET-mediated active demethylation and lack of de novo methylation, yet KAP1 is tethered by sequence-specific KZFPs to ICRs and TEs where it recruits histone and DNA methyltransferases to impose heterochromatin formation and DNA methylation...
February 26, 2018: Epigenetics & Chromatin
K Specht, W Hartmann
Sarcomas of the Ewing family of tumors are aggressive neoplasms occurring in bone and soft tissue of mostly children and young adults. Classical Ewing sarcomas are pathognomonically characterized by fusions between a gene of the RNA-binding TET family (EWSR1 or FUS) with a gene of the ETS-transcription family (FLI1, ERG, ETV1, ETV4 or FEV). Less frequent cases designated as Ewing-like sarcomas show different genetic rearrangements between EWSR1 and non-ETS genes (NFATC2, POU5F1, SMARCA5, PATZ, ZSG, SP3). Moreover, new molecular alterations biologically unrelated to Ewing sarcomas have recently been described in the category of undifferentiated round cell sarcomas including CIC-DUX4 fusions or BCOR alterations, each carrying unique gene expression signatures...
February 26, 2018: Der Pathologe
T Gambichler, I Rüddel, S Hessam, F G Bechara, E Stockfleth, L Schmitz
BACKGROUND: Koebnerized non-melanoma skin cancer following skin trauma represents a rare and obscure event. OBJECTIVES: To study molecularpathological parameters in koebnerized squamous cell carcinomas (K-SCCs) occurring after complete tumour removal. METHODS: We assessed two patients with multiple sclerosis who were on treatment with dimethylfumarate (DMF) preceded by long-term azathioprine therapy. Both patients rapidly developed several K-SCCs following histopathologically proven complete excision of cutaneous SCCs...
February 25, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Chunyan Li, Cheng Jiang, Zhiyang Wu, Binglin Cheng, Xuejiao An, Hailan Wang, Yueling Sun, Mingyan Huang, Xi Chen, Jinming Wang
The rapid development and increase of antibiotic resistance are global phenomena resulting from the extensive use of antibiotics in human clinics and animal feeding operations. Antibiotics can promote the occurrence of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), which can be transferred horizontally to humans and animals through water and the food chain. In this study, the presence and abundance of ARGs in livestock waste was monitored by quantitative PCR. A diverse set of bacteria and tetracycline resistance genes encoding ribosomal protection proteins (RPPs) from three livestock farms and a river were analyzed through denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE)...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
Tomoki Tateishi, Tatsuo Kojima, Shuichi Hiraoka
The self-assembly of a Pd4 18 coordination tetrahedron (Tet) from a ditopic ligand, 1, and palladium(II) ions, [PdPy*4 ]2+ (Py* = 3-chloropyridine), was investigated by a1 H NMR-based quantitative approach (quantitative analysis of self-assembly process, QASAP), which allows one to monitor the average composition of the intermediates not observed by NMR spectroscopy. The self-assembly of Tet takes place mainly through three pathways and about half of the Tet structures were produced through the reaction of a kinetically produced Pd3 L6 double-walled triangle (DWT) and 200-nm-sized large intermediates (IntL )...
February 22, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Birgit Wolters, Samuel J A Jacquiod, Søren J Sørensen, Arum Widyasari-Mehta, Tina B Bech, Robert Kreuzig, Kornelia Smalla
Organic soil fertilizers, such as livestock manure and biogas digestate, frequently contain bacteria carrying resistance genes (RGs) to antimicrobial substances and mobile genetic elements (MGEs). The effects of different fertilizers (inorganic, manure, digestate) on RG and MGE abundance and microbial community composition were investigated in a field plot experiment. The relative abundances of RGs [sul1, sul2, tet(A), tet(M), tet(Q), tet(W), qacEΔ1/qacE] and MGEs [intI1, intI2, IncP-1, IncP-1ε and LowGC plasmids] in total community (TC)-DNA from organic fertilizers, bulk soil and maize rhizosphere were quantified by qPCR before/after fertilization and prior to maize harvest...
February 16, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
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