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Hirokazu Muraoka, Kazuhiro Hasegawa, Shu Wakino
OBJECTIVE: Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (Nampt) cooperates with a longevity gene, Sirt1, to exert the potentiation of stress resistance. We have reported that the high expression level of Nampt in PTs contributes to the sufficient supply of NMN to glomeruli. We also showed that downregulation of Nampt and NMN in PT in DN leads to glomerular damages (Nature Medicine 2013). However, the regulation mechanisms of Nampt expression remain unknown. DESIGN AND METHOD: We investigated how Nampt expression is consistently retained at high levels in PTs under normal conditions and how Nampt levels are decreased in DN...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Nathan De Vries, Priscilla Prestes, Indrajeet Rana, Stephen B Harrap, Fadi J Charchar
OBJECTIVE: The 'legacy effect' of hypertension treatment is where short term treatment with blood pressure (BP) lowering drugs such as angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi) is followed by a persistent reduction in BP, reduced cardiovascular complications and increased lifespan. However, the involvement of epigenetics mechanisms remains unclear. DNA methylation is the binding of a methyl group to DNA which inhibits gene transcription. The aim of this study is to investigate DNA methylation changes after short term treatment with ACEi...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Renjing Liu, Kun-Yong Kim, Yong-Wook Jung, In-Hyun Park
DNA methylation is an important epigenetic mark that regulates gene expression. Dnmt1 plays an important role in maintaining DNA methylation patterns on daughter DNA strands. Studies have shed light into the functional role of Dnmt1 regulation in the hematopoietic and epidermal systems. Here we show that Dnmt1 is required for myogenesis. Loss of Dnmt1 results in reduced expression of myogenic genes and defects in myogenic differentiation. We have utilized a conditional knockout mouse approach to examine the functional consequences of Dnmt1 depletion specifically in the developing muscle...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
E Balada, L Felip, J Ordi-Ros, M Vilardell-Tarrés
We evaluated the transcriptional expression of DUSP23 in CD4+ T cells from 30 SLE patients and 30 healthy controls. DUSP23 mRNA levels were considerably higher in the patients group: 1,490 ± 1,713 versus 294,1 ± 204,2. None association was found between DUSP23 mRNA expression and the presence of typical serological and clinical parameters associated to SLE. Meaningful statistical values were obtained in the patients group between the levels of DUSP23 and ITGAL, PRF1, and CD40L. Similarly, transcript levels of different DNA methylation-related enzymes (DNMT1, DNMT3A, DNMT3B, MBD2, and MBD4) were also positively correlated to the expression of DUSP23...
October 13, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Miyeon Cho, Seok Won Jung, Soomin Lee, Kuwon Son, Gyu Hwan Park, Jong-Wha Jung, Yu Su Shin, Taegun Seo, Hyosun Cho, Hyojeung Kang
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is a Gammaherpesvirus that causes acute infection and establishes life-long latency. KSHV causes several human cancers, including Kaposi's sarcoma, an acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Genipin, an aglycone derived from geniposide found in Gardenia jasminoides, is known to be an excellent natural cross-linker, strong apoptosis inducer, and antiviral agent. Although evidence suggests antiviral activity of genipin in several in vitro viral infection systems, no inhibitory effect of genipin on KSHV infection has been reported...
2016: PloS One
Hui Zhang, Huilei Dong, Guoqing Yang, Hongfei Chen, Chenxin Cai
Effective detection of DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) activity is significant for cancer research. Herein, we developed a sensitive electroanalytical method to detect human DNA (cytosine-5)-methyltransferase1 (DNMT1) from crude lysates of cancer cells. In this assay, capture DNA having a preferred DNMT1 methylation site was immobilized on a gold electrode, then hybridized with gold nanoparticle (Au NP)-DNA complexes. The modified electrodes were equilibrated with the lysate, and then incubated with methylation-sensitive restriction enzyme...
October 12, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Vishakha Sharma, Sachchida Nand Pandey, Hunain Khawaja, Kristy J Brown, Yetrib Hathout, Yi-Wen Chen
OBJECTIVE: The goal of the study is to identity proteins, which interact with the promoter region of double homeobox protein 4 (DUX4) gene known to be causative for the autosomal dominant disorder Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD). METHODS: We performed a DNA pull down assay coupled with mass spectrometry analysis to identify proteins that interact with a DUX4 promoter probe in Rhabdomyosarcomca (RD) cells. We selected the top ranked protein poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP1) from our mass spectrometry data for further ChIP-qPCR validation using patients' myoblasts...
August 2016: Journal of Genetic Syndrome & Gene Therapy
Sheng Zeng, Yuyu Yang, Xian Cheng, Bisheng Zhou, Ping Li, Yuhao Zhao, Xiaocen Kong, Yong Xu
Differentiation of B lymphocytes into isotope-specific plasma cells represents a hallmark event in adaptive immunity. During B cell maturation, expression of the class II transactivator (CIITA) gene is down-regulated although the underlying epigenetic mechanism is not completely defined. Here we report that hypermethylated in cancer 1 (HIC1) was up-regulated in differentiating B lymphocytes paralleling CIITA repression. Over-expression of HIC1 directly repressed endogenous CIITA transcription in B cells. Reporter assay and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay confirmed that HIC1 bound to the proximal CIITA type III promoter (-545/-113); mutation of a conserved HIC1 site within this region abrogated CIITA trans-repression...
October 6, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yanhui Liu, Zhenghao Sun, Dandan Xu, Junda Liu, Xiaofeng Li, Xiaoqin Wu, Yilong Zhang, Qianqian Wang, Cheng Huang, Xiaoming Meng, Jun Li
Hesperidin (HDN), a flavanone glycoside derived from the citrus cultivation, has a multitude of pharmacological properties, which include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypolipidaemic and anti-carcinogenic actions, but the underlying mechanisms by which treatment of HDN attenuates Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) remain elusive. Here we engaged to determine whether Hesperidin derivative-11(HDND-11), a HDN derivative with enhanced water-solubility and bioavailability, is effective on treating arthritis in rats. In this study, results of 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetra-zolium bromide (MTT) assay and Flow cytometry indicated that administration of HDND-11 inhibited proliferation of fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS)...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Jianqi Yang, Lance T Platt, Biswanath Maity, Katelin E Ahlers, Zili Luo, Zhibo Lin, Bandana Chakravarti, Stella-Rita Ibeawuchi, Ryan W Askeland, Jolanta Bondaruk, Bogdan A Czerniak, Rory A Fisher
Urinary bladder cancer (UBC) is largely caused by exposure to toxic chemicals including those in cigarette smoke (i.e. BBN). An activating SNP in RGS6 is associated with a pronounced reduction in UBC risk, especially among smokers. However, the mechanism underlying this reduction remains unknown. Here we demonstrate that RGS6 is robustly expressed in human urothelium, where urothelial cell carcinoma originates, and is downregulated in human UBC. Utilizing RGS6-/- mice we interrogated a possible role for RGS6 as a tumor suppressor using the BBN-induced bladder carcinogenesis model that closely recapitulates human disease...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
H L Sun, L N Meng, X Zhao, J R Jiang, Q Y Liu, D S Shi, F H Lu
Buffalo are characteristic livestock of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China, but their low reproductive capacity necessitates the use of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). We investigated the effects of RG108 on DNA methylation in buffalo adult fibroblasts, and on subsequent SCNT embryo development. RG108 treatment (0, 5, 10, 20, and 100 mM) had no effect on cell morphology, viability, or karyotype (2n = 48), and cell growth followed a typical "S" curve. Immunohistochemistry showed that relative DNA methylation gradually decreased as RG108 concentration increased, and was significantly lower in the 20 and 100 mM groups compared to the 0, 5, and 10 mM treatments (0...
September 2, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Xiaowu Zhong, Yuanhong Peng, Chengjiao Yao, Yufeng Qing, Qibin Yang, Xiaolan Guo, Wenguang Xie, Mingcai Zhao, Xiaoming Cai, Jing-Guo Zhou
Gouty arthritis is the most common type of inflammatory and immune disease, and the prevalence and incidence of gout increases annually. Genetic variations in the DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) gene have not, to the best of our knowledge, been reported to influence gene expression and to participate in the pathogenesis of gout. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the DNMT1, DNMT3A and DNMT3B polymorphisms contribute to gout susceptibility. These polymorphisms were screened for in 336 gout patients and 306 healthy control subjects (from a South China population) for association with gout...
October 2016: Biomedical Reports
Zhiying Huang, Qiuju Huang, Liyan Ji, Ying Wang, Xiaoxiao Qi, Liang Liu, Zhongqiu Liu, Linlin Lu
Epigenetic modifications include DNA methylation, histone modification, and other patterns. These processes are associated with carcinogenesis and cancer progression. Thus, epigenetic modification-related enzymes, such as DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs), histone methyltransferases (HMTs), histone demethylases (HDMTs), histone acetyltransferases (HATs), and histone deacetylases (HDACs), as well as some related proteins, including methyl-CpG binding proteins (MBPs) and DNMT1-associated protein (DMAP 1), are considered as potential targets for cancer prevention and therapy...
September 30, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Anning Yang, Huiping Zhang, Yue Sun, Yanhua Wang, Xiaoming Yang, Xiaoling Yang, Hui Zhang, Wei Guo, Guangrong Zhu, Jue Tian, Yuexia Jia, Yideng Jiang
Inflammation and dysregulated lipid metabolism are involved in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia, and fatty acid binding protein 4 (FABP4) is known to regulate both inflammation and lipid metabolism. In the present study, we elucidated the role of FABP4 using in vitro and in vivo models of preclampsia. We found increased expression of FABP4 in the placenta of preeclamptic rats, which was further confirmed in HTR-8 cells, an extravillous trophoblast cell line, treated with L-NAME. Overexpression of FABP4 in HTR-8 cells resulted in upregulated expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and TNF-α, and increased lipid accumulation, suggesting that FABP4 plays a role in preeclampsia...
October 2016: Placenta
Anjit Sandhu, Sushil K Mohapatra, Himanshu Agrawal, Manoj K Singh, Prabhat Palta, Suresh K Singla, Manmohan S Chauhan, Radhey S Manik
Buffalo embryos were produced by hand-made cloning using skin fibroblasts from male and female buffaloes (n = 4 each) as donor cells for examining the effect of sex. Although the rate of blastocyst formation (43.8% ± 1.31% vs. 42.2% ± 1.22%) was similar, the total cell number (333 ± 10.4 vs. 270 ± 10.9) was higher (p < 0.05) whereas the apoptotic index (6.39 ± 0.25 vs. 8.52 ± 0.38) was lower (p < 0.05) for male than for female blastocysts. In the blastocysts, the global level of H3K18ac was found to be in the following order: male>female>IVF (in vitro fertilization) blastocysts (p < 0...
October 2016: Cellular Reprogramming
Yi-Wen Huang, Fei Gu, Alan Dombkowski, Li-Shu Wang, Gary D Stoner
Aberrant methylation of DNA is a common event in the development of cancers, including squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the human esophagus. In the present study, we determined: (a) whether aberrant DNA methylation also occurs in the development of N-nitrosomethylbenzylamine (NMBA)-induced tumorigenesis in the rat esophagus, a model of human esophageal SCC; and (b) if so, whether dietary black raspberries (BRBs) are capable of preventing this aberrant DNA methylation. A diet containing 5% BRBs inhibited the development of NMBA-induced tumors in the rat esophagus...
November 2016: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Dimitris N Papageorgiou, Elena Karkoulia, Alexandra Amaral-Psarris, Pavel Burda, Katarzyna Kolodziej, Jeroen Demmers, Jörg Bungert, Tomas Stopka, John Strouboulis
DNMT1 is the maintenance DNA methyltransferase shown to be essential for embryonic development and cellular growth and differentiation in many somatic tissues in mammals. Increasing evidence has also suggested a role for DNMT1 in repressing gene expression through interactions with specific transcription factors. Previously, we identified DNMT1 as an interacting partner of the TR2/TR4 nuclear receptor heterodimer in erythroid cells, implicated in the developmental silencing of fetal β-type globin genes in the adult stage of human erythropoiesis...
September 28, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Qin Zhang, Lin Liu, Wenjun Lin, Shasha Yin, Aiping Duan, Zhihong Liu, Wangsen Cao
Rhein is an anthraquinone compound isolated from the medicinal plant rhubarb and mainly used in the clinical treatment of diabetic nephropathy. Rhein exhibits various renoprotective functions, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully determined. However, its renoprotective properties recapitulate the role of Klotho, a renal-specific antiaging protein critical for maintaining kidney homeostasis. Here we explored the connections between rhein renoprotection and Klotho in a mouse model of adenine-induced chronic kidney disease...
September 27, 2016: Kidney International
Fatma Uysal, Gokhan Akkoyunlu, Saffet Ozturk
DNA methylation is one of the epigenetic marks and plays critically important functions during spermatogenesis in mammals. DNA methylation is catalysed by DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) enzymes, which are responsible for the addition of a methyl group to the fifth carbon atom of the cytosine residues within cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) and non-CpG dinucleotide sites. Structurally and functionally five different DNMT enzymes have been identified in mammals, including DNMT1, DNMT2, DNMT3A, DNMT3B and DNMT3L...
September 12, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Kaishan Ye, Shuanke Wang, Jing Wang, Hua Han, Bing Ma, Yong Yang
ARHI is an imprinted tumor suppressor gene and its methylation suppresses ARHI transcription levels to cause the development and progression of malignant tumors. Zebularine exerts demethylation function for tumor suppressor genes. Our study aims to investigate the effect and mechanism of action of zebularine on the epigenetic modification of the ARHI gene, and whether this effect may modulate the viability and apoptosis of human osteosarcoma cells. We found that zebularine inhibited the viability and promoted apoptosis in osteosarcoma cells...
September 29, 2016: Cancer Science
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