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Po-Chen Chu, Peng-Chan Lin, Hsing-Yu Wu, Kuen-Tyng Lin, Christina Wu, Tanios Bekaii-Saab, Yih-Jyh Lin, Chung-Ta Lee, Jeng-Chang Lee, Ching-Shih Chen
Although the role of insulin-like growth factor-I receptor (IGF-IR) in promoting colorectal liver metastasis is known, the mechanism by which IGF-IR is upregulated in colorectal cancer (CRC) is not defined. In this study, we obtained evidence that mutant KRAS transcriptionally activates IGF-IR gene expression through Y-box-binding protein (YB)-1 upregulation via a novel MEK-Sp1-DNMT1-miR-137 pathway in CRC cells. The mechanistic link between the tumor suppressive miR-137 and the translational regulation of YB-1 is intriguing because epigenetic silencing of miR-137 represents an early event in colorectal carcinogenesis due to promoter hypermethylation...
March 21, 2018: Oncogene
Kerryn M Taylor, Roxanne Wheeler, Nimisha Singh, Dalene Vosloo, David W Ray, Paula Sommer
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a highly aggressive, predominantly cigarette smoke-induced tumour with poor prognosis. The glucocorticoid receptor (GR), a SCLC tumour suppressor gene, is typically reduced in SCLC. We now show that SCLC cells express high levels of DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) which accumulates at the GR promoter. DNMT1 expression is further increased by exposure to the tobacco carcinogen NNK. In the untransformed human lung fibroblast cell line, MRC-5, short term NNK treatment decreases GRα mRNA and protein expression due to accumulation of DNMT1 at the GR promoter...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yuanyuan Zhou, Xia Zheng, Jiaojiao Lu, Wei Chen, Xu Li, Le Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The Warburg effect is one of the main energy metabolism features supporting cancer cell growth. 20(S)-Rg3 exerts anti-tumor effect on ovarian cancer partly by inhibiting the Warburg effect. microRNAs are important regulators of the Warburg effect. However, the microRNA regulatory network mediating the anti-Warburg effect of 20(S)-Rg3 was largely unknown. METHODS: microRNA deep sequencing was performed to identify the 20(S)-Rg3-influenced microRNAs in SKOV3 ovarian cancer cells...
March 16, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Bing Li, Jie Zhao, Jian-Xiong Ma, Guo-Min Li, Yang Zhang, Guo-Sheng Xing, Jun Liu, Xin-Long Ma
Disuse osteoporosis (DOP) is a common complication of the lack of mechanical loading. The precise mechanism underlying DOP remains unknown, although epigenetic modifications may be a major cause. Recently, cumulative research has revealed that DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) proteins can catalyze the conversion of cytosine to 5-methylcytosine (5mC), altering the epigenetic state of DNA. Here, we report that DNMT1 expression and lncRNA-H19 methylation are upregulated in the femoral tissues of DOP rats, accompanied with inhibited Erk signaling pathway...
March 16, 2018: Bone
Beatrice Bergström, Hans Carlsten, Anna-Karin Hultgård Ekwall
BACKGROUND: A key feature of joints in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the formation of hyperplastic destructive pannus tissue, which is orchestrated by activated fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS). We have demonstrated that the RA risk gene and tumor suppressor Limb bud and heart development (LBH) regulates cell cycle progression in FLS. Methotrexate (MTX) is the first-line treatment for RA, but its mechanisms of action remain incompletely understood. Here, we studied the effects of MTX on mitogen-induced FLS proliferation and expression of cell cycle regulators in vitro...
March 20, 2018: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Rong Deng, Na Shen, Yang Yang, Hongliang Yu, Shuping Xu, Ying-Wei Yang, Shujun Liu, Kamel Meguellati, Fei Yan
Leukemia remains a fatal disease for most patients and novel therapeutic strategies are urgently needed. Aberrant DNA methylation is an epigenetic modification that is important in the initiation and progression of leukemia. Here, we demonstrated NCL/miR-221/NFκB/DNMT1 axis as a new molecular pathway promoting aggressive acute myeloid leukemia (AML) leukemogenesis and successfully designed and prepared a nuclear localization signal (NLS) peptide-targeted gold nanoparticles with co-loaded anti-221 and AS1411 (NPsN-AS1411/a221), which can specifically target NCL/miR-221/NFκB/DNMT1 signaling pathway in AML...
March 14, 2018: Biomaterials
Daniel Pensold, Geraldine Zimmer
The correct establishment of inhibitory circuits is crucial for cortical functionality and defects during the development of γ-aminobutyric acid-expressing cortical interneurons contribute to the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders. A critical developmental step is the migration of cortical interneurons from their site of origin within the subpallium to the cerebral cortex, orchestrated by intrinsic and extrinsic signals. In addition to genetic networks, epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation by DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) are suggested to drive stage-specific gene expression underlying developmental processes...
2018: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
Laura Masala, Federica Ariu, Luisa Bogliolo, Emanuela Bellu, Sergio Ledda, Daniela Bebbere
Oocytes from prepubertal animals have a reduced ability to undergo embryo development and produce viable offspring. The present work used an ovine model consisting of oocytes derived from adult and prepubertal donors to assess the molecular status of oocytes and preimplantation embryos with different developmental competence. The lower potential of oocytes of young donors was confirmed in terms of in vitro developmental capabilities and kinetics. A panel of genes including maternal effect (DPPA3, GDF9, NMP2, ZAR1) and housekeeping genes (ACTB, RPL19, SDHA, YWHAZ, ATP1A1), genes involved in DNA methylation (DNMT1, DNMT3A, DNMT3B), genomic imprinting (IGF2R), pluripotency (NANOG, POU5F1) and cell cycle regulation (CCNB1, CDK1, MELK) was relatively quantified...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Huaijie Shi, Xiaojing Chen, Hao Jiang, Xujie Wang, Hao Yu, Pijiang Sun, Xin Sui
Gastric cancer (GC) is the fourth most common malignant tumor globally. The highest incidence of GC is found in Eastern Asia, particularly in China. It is therefore imperative to further elucidate the molecular pathogenesis of GC in order to identify new biomarkers and targets for effective therapy. In the present study, we determined whether miR-148a was aberrantly downregulated in gastric cancer tissues and significantly correlated with aggressive clinicopathological characteristics in the MGC-803, HGC-27 and GES-1 cell lines using reverse transcription-quantitative PCR and western blot analysis...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Saori Kataoka, Toshio Norikura, Shin Sato
Maternal malnutrition is known to increase the risk of obesity in offspring. We investigated whether green tea extract (GTE) intake during lactation affects obesity-related fibrosis and inflammation in the kidney of high-fat-diet-fed adult offspring of protein-restricted-diet-fed dams during pregnancy and lactation. Pregnant Wistar rats received diets containing 20% (normal-protein, NP) or 8% (low-protein, LP) casein, and they received 0%-, 0.12%- or 0.24%-GTE-containing LP diets (LP/LP, LP/LGT and LP/HGT, respectively) during lactation...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Di Ye, Li Zhang, Weidong Fan, Xianquan Zhang, Erbo Dong
Synthetic antidepressants in current use for the complex etiopathogeneses of depression have slow response and remission as well as various unpleasant side effects. As a result, it is imperative to develop new antidepressants with more effectiveness and less severe side effects. Recent studies demonstrated that genipin, the aglycon of geniposide, extracted from Gardenia jasminoides Ellis has antidepressive effects. However, knowledge regarding the molecular mechanisms of its antidepressant effects remains limited...
March 9, 2018: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Anna Kovalchuk, Yaroslav Ilnytskyy, Rafal Woycicki, Rocio Rodriguez-Juarez, Gerlinde A S Metz, Olga Kovalchuk
Recent advances in cancer treatments have led to significant increases in cure rates. Most cancer patients are treated with various cytotoxic chemotherapy regimens. These treatment modalities are mutagenic and genotoxic and cause a wide array of late-occurring health problems, and even exert a deleterious influence on future offspring. The adverse effects from exposed parents on offspring are referred to as transgenerational effects, and currently little is known about chemotherapy-induced transgenerational effects...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Alexander Beck, Franziska Trippel, Alexandra Wagner, Saskia Joppien, Max Felle, Christian Vokuhl, Thomas Schwarzmayr, Tim M Strom, Dietrich von Schweinitz, Gernot Längst, Roland Kappler
Background: Hepatoblastoma (HB) is the most common liver tumor of childhood and occurs predominantly within the first 3 years of life. In accordance to its early manifestation, HB has been described to display an extremely low mutation rate. As substitute, epigenetic modifiers seem to play an exceptional role in its tumorigenesis, which holds promise to develop targeted therapies and establish biomarkers for patient risk stratification. Results: We examined the role of a newly described protein complex consisting of three epigenetic regulators, namely E3 ubiquitin-like containing PHD and RING finger domain 1 (UHRF1), ubiquitin-specific-processing protease 7 (USP7), and DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1), in HB...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
Robert M Vaughan, Bradley M Dickson, Evan M Cornett, Joseph S Harrison, Brian Kuhlman, Scott B Rothbart
UHRF1 is a histone- and DNA-binding E3 ubiquitin ligase that functions with DNMT1 to maintain mammalian DNA methylation. UHRF1 facilitates DNMT1 recruitment to replicating chromatin through a coordinated mechanism involving histone and DNA recognition and histone ubiquitination. UHRF2 shares structural homology with UHRF1, but surprisingly lacks functional redundancy to facilitate DNA methylation maintenance. Molecular mechanisms uncoupling UHRF2 from DNA methylation maintenance are poorly defined. Through comprehensive and comparative biochemical analysis of recombinant human UHRF1 and UHRF2 reader and writer activities, we reveal conserved modes of histone PTM recognition but divergent DNA binding properties...
February 28, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Annamaria Milillo, Clelia Molinario, Stefano Costanzi, Gisella Vischini, Francesca La Carpia, Francesco La Greca, Donato Rigante, Giovanni Gambaro, Fiorella Gurrieri, Eugenio Sangiorgi
Studies on IgA nephropathy (IgAN) have identified, through GWAS, linkage analysis, and pathway scanning, molecular defects in familial and sporadic IgAN patients. In our previous study, we identified a novel variant in the SPRY2 gene that segregates with the disease in one large family. The functional characterization of this variant led us to discover that the MAPK/ERK pathway was defective not only in this family, but also in two sporadic IgAN patients wild type for SPRY2. In the present study, we have deepened the molecular analysis of the MAPK/ERK pathway and extended our evaluation to a larger cohort of sporadic patients and to one additional family...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nephrology
Sweta Srivas, Mahendra K Thakur
Epigenetic modifications through methylation of DNA and acetylation of histones modulate neuronal gene expression and regulate long-term memory. Earlier we demonstrated that scopolamine-induced decrease in memory consolidation is correlated with enhanced expression of hippocampal DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) and histone deacetylase 2 (HDAC2) in mice. DNMT1 and HDAC2 act together by recruiting a co-repressor complex and deacetylating the chromatin. The catalytic activity of HDACs is mainly dependent on its incorporation into multiprotein co-repressor complexes, among which SIN3A-HDAC2 co-repressor is widely studied to regulate synaptic plasticity...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
Somak Roy, William A LaFramboise, Ta-Chiang Liu, Dengfeng Cao, Alyssa Luvison, Caitlyn Miller, Maureen A Lyons, Roderick J O'Sullivan, Amer H Zureikat, Melissa E Hogg, Allan Tsung, Kenneth K Lee, Nathan Bahary, Randall E Brand, Jennifer S Chennat, Kenneth E Fasanella, Kevin McGrath, Marina N Nikiforova, Georgios I Papachristou, Adam Slivka, Herbert J Zeh, Aatur D Singhi
Despite prognostic grading and staging systems, it is a challenge to predict outcomes for patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PanNETs). Sequencing studies of PanNETs have identified alterations in death domain-associated protein (DAXX) and ATRX chromatin remodeler (ATRX). In tumors, mutations in DAXX or ATRX and corresponding loss of protein expression correlate with shorter times of disease-free survival and disease-specific survival of patients. However, DAXX or ATRX proteins were lost in only 50% of distant metastases analyzed...
February 24, 2018: Gastroenterology
Shuang Liang, Zheng-Wen Nie, Jing Guo, Ying-Jie Niu, Kyung-Tae Shin, Sun A Ock, Xiang-Shun Cui
MicroRNA (miR)-29b plays a crucial role during somatic cell reprogramming. The aim of the current study was to explore the effects of miR-29b on the developmental competence of bovine somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) embryos, as well as the underlying mechanisms of action. The expression level of miR-29b was lower in bovine SCNT embryos at the pronuclear, 8-cell, and blastocyst stages compared with in vitro fertilized embryos. In addition, miR-29b regulates the expression of DNA methyltransferases (Dnmt3a/3b and Dnmt1) in bovine SCNT embryos...
February 2018: Microscopy and Microanalysis
Olya Yarychkivska, Omid Tavana, Wei Gu, Timothy H Bestor
BACKGROUND: It has been reported that USP7 (ubiquitin-specific protease 7) prevents ubiquitylation and degradation of DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) by direct binding of USP7 to the glycine-lysine (GK) repeats that join the N-terminal regulatory domain of DNMT1 to the C-terminal methyltransferase domain. The USP7-DNMT1 interaction was reported to be mediated by acetylation of lysine residues within the (GK) repeats. RESULTS: We found that DNMT1 is present at normal levels in mouse and human cells that contain undetectable levels of USP7...
February 27, 2018: Epigenetics & Chromatin
Marissa Sobolewski, Garima Varma, Beth Adams, David W Anderson, Jay S Schneider, Deborah A Cory-Slechta
Developmental exposure to lead (Pb) and prenatal stress (PS) both impair cognition, which could derive from their joint targeting of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the brain mesocorticolimbic (MESO) system, including frontal cortex (FC) and hippocampus (HIPP). Glucocorticoids modulate both FC and HIPP function and associated mediation of cognitive and other behavioral functions. The present study sought to determine whether developmental Pb±PS exposures altered glucocorticoid-related epigenetic profiles in brain MESO regions in offspring of female mice exposed to 0 or 100 ppm Pb acetate drinking water from 2 mos prior to breeding until weaning, with half further exposed to prenatal restraint stress from gestational day 11-18...
February 21, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
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