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Histone demethylation

Muthu K Shanmugam, Frank Arfuso, Surendar Arumugam, Arunachalam Chinnathambi, Bian Jinsong, Sudha Warrier, Ling Zhi Wang, Alan Prem Kumar, Kwang Seok Ahn, Gautam Sethi, Manikandan Lakshmanan
Oncogenesis is a multistep process mediated by a variety of factors including epigenetic modifications. Global epigenetic post-translational modifications have been detected in almost all cancers types. Epigenetic changes appear briefly and do not involve permanent changes to the primary DNA sequence. These epigenetic modifications occur in key oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, and transcription factors, leading to cancer initiation and progression. The most commonly observed epigenetic changes include DNA methylation, histone lysine methylation and demethylation, histone lysine acetylation and deacetylation...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Miguel Fontecha-Barriuso, Diego Martin-Sanchez, Olga Ruiz-Andres, Jonay Poveda, Maria Dolores Sanchez-Niño, Lara Valiño-Rivas, Marta Ruiz-Ortega, Alberto Ortiz, Ana Belén Sanz
Epigenetics refers to heritable changes in gene expression patterns not caused by an altered nucleotide sequence, and includes non-coding RNAs and covalent modifications of DNA and histones. This review focuses on functional evidence for the involvement of DNA and histone epigenetic modifications in the pathogenesis of kidney disease and the potential therapeutic implications. There is evidence of activation of epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in acute kidney injury (AKI), chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the AKI-to-CKD transition of diverse aetiologies, including ischaemia-reperfusion injury, nephrotoxicity, ureteral obstruction, diabetes, glomerulonephritis and polycystic kidney disease...
March 9, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Shunsuke Kuroki, Yuji Nakai, Ryo Maeda, Naoki Okashita, Mika Akiyoshi, Yutaro Yamaguchi, Satsuki Kitano, Hitoshi Miyachi, Ryuichiro Nakato, Kenji Ichiyanagi, Katsuhiko Shirahige, Hiroshi Kimura, Yoichi Shinkai, Makoto Tachibana
Histone H3 lysine 9 (H3K9) methylation is unevenly distributed in mammalian chromosomes. However, the molecular mechanism controlling the uneven distribution and its biological significance remain to be elucidated. Here, we show that JMJD1A and JMJD1B preferentially target H3K9 demethylation of gene-dense regions of chromosomes, thereby establishing an H3K9 hypomethylation state in euchromatin. JMJD1A/JMJD1B-deficient embryos died soon after implantation accompanying epiblast cell death. Furthermore, combined loss of JMJD1A and JMJD1B caused perturbed expression of metabolic genes and rapid cell death in embryonic stem cells (ESCs)...
February 27, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Linbo Gao, David Cheng, Jie Yang, Renyi Wu, Wenji Li, Ah-Ng Kong
Increasing evidence suggests that epigenetic aberrations contribute to the development and progression of cancers such as lung cancer. The promoter region of miR-9-3 was recently found to be hypermethylated in lung cancer, resulting in down-regulation of miR-9-3 and poor patient prognosis. Sulforaphane (SFN), a natural compound that is obtained from cruciferous vegetables, has potent anticancer activities. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effect of SFN on restoring the miR-9-3 level in lung cancer A549 cells through epigenetic regulation...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Ling Wang, Zongliang Jiang, Delun Huang, Jingyue Duan, Chang Huang, Shannon Sullivan, Kaneha Vali, Yexuan Yin, Ming Zhang, Jill Wegrzyn, Xiuchun Cindy Tian, Young Tang
BACKGROUND: The generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) has underdefined mechanisms. In addition, leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) activated Janus kinase/signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (JAK/STAT3) pathway is the master regulator for naïve-state pluripotency achievement and maintenance. However, the regulatory process to attain naïve pluripotent iPSCs is not well understood. RESULTS: We performed transcriptome analysis to dissect the genomic expression during mouse iPSC induction, with or without blocking the JAK/STAT3 activity...
March 6, 2018: BMC Genomics
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
Boya Zhang, Xianzhen Chen, Qiang Zhou, Yinjing Song, Siyuan Sun, Hao Cheng
OBJECTIVE: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted agent in the world. HPV6b is a low-risk type of HPVs that causes benign verrucous hyperplastic lesions of the skin and anal genital mucosa. Previous research has indicated that HPV genotype 6 is sometimes associated with high-grade lesions and anal cancer. The pathogenesis of low-risk HPV infection and its relationship to high-risk HPV is not clear at present. The E7 protein, which is encoded by HPV early -expressing genes, plays an important role in HPV infection...
March 1, 2018: Gene
Maria Dafne Cardamone, Bogdan Tanasa, Carly T Cederquist, Jiawen Huang, Kiana Mahdaviani, Wenbo Li, Michael G Rosenfeld, Marc Liesa, Valentina Perissi
As most of the mitochondrial proteome is encoded in the nucleus, mitochondrial functions critically depend on nuclear gene expression and bidirectional mito-nuclear communication. However, mitochondria-to-nucleus communication pathways in mammals are incompletely understood. Here, we identify G-Protein Pathway Suppressor 2 (GPS2) as a mediator of mitochondrial retrograde signaling and a transcriptional activator of nuclear-encoded mitochondrial genes. GPS2-regulated translocation from mitochondria to nucleus is essential for the transcriptional activation of a nuclear stress response to mitochondrial depolarization and for supporting basal mitochondrial biogenesis in differentiating adipocytes and brown adipose tissue (BAT) from mice...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Cell
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
Barbara H Rath, Isabella Waung, Kevin Camphausen, Philip J Tofilon
The processes mediating the repair of DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) are critical determinants of radiosensitivity and provide a source of potential targets for tumor radiosensitization. Among the events required for efficient DSB repair are a variety of post-translational histone modifications including methylation. Because trimethylation of histone H3 on lysine 27 (H3K27me3) has been associated with chromatin condensation, which can influence DSB repair, we determined the effects of radiation on H3K27me3 levels in tumor and normal cell lines...
February 26, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
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
Mohammad Bozlur Rahman, Karl Schellander, Núria Llamas Luceño, Ann Van Soom
Currently, the world is facing the negative impact of global warming on all living beings. Adverse effects of global warming are also becoming obvious in dairy cattle breeding. In dairy bulls, low fertility has frequently been reported during summer season especially in tropical or subtropical conditions. Typically, spermatozoa at post-meiotic stages of development are more susceptible to heat stress. During this period extensive incorporation of histone modifications and hyperacetylation turns the chromatin into an unstable conformation...
February 12, 2018: Theriogenology
Dan Ye, Kun-Liang Guan, Yue Xiong
Isocitrate dehydrogenases (IDH1/2) are frequently mutated in multiple types of human cancer, resulting in neomorphic enzymes that convert α-ketoglutarate (α-KG) to 2-hydroxyglutarate (2-HG). The current view on the mechanism of IDH mutation holds that 2-HG acts as an antagonist of α-KG to competitively inhibit the activity of α-KG-dependent dioxygenases, including those involved in histone and DNA demethylation. Recent studies have implicated 2-HG in activities beyond epigenetic modification. Multiple enzymes have been discovered that lack mutations but that can nevertheless produce 2-HG promiscuously under hypoxic or acidic conditions...
February 2018: Trends in Cancer
Ratnam S Seelan, Partha Mukhopadhyay, M Michele Pisano, Robert M Greene
5-Aza-2'-deoxycytidine (AzaD), also known as Decitabine, is a deoxycytidine analog that is typically used to activate methylated and silenced genes by promoter demethylation. However, a survey of the scientific literature indicates that promoter demethylation may not be the only (or, indeed, the major) mechanism by which AzaD affects gene expression. Regulation of gene expression by AzaD can occur in several ways, including some that are independent of DNA demethylation. Results from several studies indicate that the effect of AzaD on gene expression is highly context-dependent and can differ for the same gene under different environmental settings...
February 18, 2018: Drug Metabolism Reviews
Xin Liu, Yizhi Wang, Yuanpeng Gao, Jianmin Su, Jingcheng Zhang, Xupeng Xing, Chuan Zhou, Kezhen Yao, Quanli An, Yong Zhang
Aberrant epigenetic reprogramming often results in developmental defects in somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) embryos during embryonic genome activation (EGA). Bovine eight-cell SCNT embryos exhibit global hypermethylation of histone H3 lysine 9 tri- and di-methylation (H3K9me3/2), but the intrinsic reason for this remains elusive. Here, we provide evidence that two H3K9 demethylase genes, lysine-specific demethylase 4D ( KDM4D ) and 4E ( KDM4E ), are related to active H3K9me3/2 demethylation in in vitro fertilized (IVF) embryos and are deficiently expressed in cloned embryos at the time of EGA...
February 16, 2018: Development
Rebecca L Hancock, Martine I Abboud, Tristan J Smart, Emily Flashman, Akane Kawamura, Christopher J Schofield, Richard Hopkinson
The JmjC histone demethylases (KDMs) play important roles in modulating histone methylation states and have the potential to be regulated by oxygen availability. Lys-241 of the KDM4 subfamily is proposed to be important in oxygen binding by KDM4A. We report evidence that, although K241 is unlikely to be directly involved in oxygen binding, it has an important role in coupling 2-oxoglutarate cosubstrate oxidation with lysine demethylase activity. The results suggest that compounds promoting uncoupling of substrate oxidation are of interest as JmjC-KDM inhibitors...
February 14, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
Mohi Ahmed, Andrea Streit
During development, multipotent progenitor cells must maintain their identity while retaining the competence to respond to new signalling cues that drive cell fate decisions. This depends on both DNA-bound transcription factors and surrounding histone modifications. Here we identify the histone demethylase Lsd1 as a crucial component of the molecular machinery that preserves progenitor identity in the developing ear prior to lineage commitment. While Lsd1 is mainly associated with repressive complexes, we show that in ear precursors it is required to maintain active transcription of otic genes...
February 5, 2018: Development
Zhenshu Xu, Donglian Xiong, Jushun Zhang, Jingyan Zhang, Xiuli Chen, Zhizhe Chen, Rong Zhan
The majority of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) are not cured by traditional chemotherapy. One possible explanation for this is that the microenvironment protects CLL cells from both spontaneous- and cytotoxic-mediated apoptosis. The present study was designed to investigate the mechanisms accounting for these effects, since this information is crucial to understanding CLL physiopathology and identifying potential treatment targets. The CLL cell line L1210 and primary CLL cells were cultured under different conditions: With serum, cyclophosphamide (CTX), or with monolayers and conditioned medium (CM) from the stromal cell line HESS-5...
February 2018: Oncology Letters
Shina Liu, Fei Liu, Weina Huang, Lina Gu, Lingjiao Meng, Yingchao Ju, Yunyan Wu, Juan Li, Lihua Liu, Meixiang Sang
Recently, we have reported that the product of Melanoma Antigens Genes (MAGE) family member MAGE-A11 is an independent poor prognostic marker for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). However, the reason how MAGE-A11 is activated in ESCC progression still remains unclear. In the current study, we demonstrated that DNA methylation and the subsequent histone posttranslational modifications play crucial roles in the regulation of MAGE-A11 in ESCC progression. We found that the methylation rate of TFCP2/ZEB1 binding site on MAGE-A11 promoter in ESCC tissues and cells is higher than the normal esophageal epithelial tissues and cells...
January 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Qi-Fan Zheng, Bin Xu, Hui-Min Wang, Li-Hong Ding, Jin-Yang Liu, Ling-Yu Zhu, Huan Qiu, Li Zhang, Guang-Yi Ni, Jing Ye, Shu-Bin Gao, Guang-Hui Jin
The expression of insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2), a classical imprinting gene, didn't completely correlate with its imprinting profiles in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The mechanistic importance of promoter activity in regulation of IGF2 has not been fully clarified. Here we show that histone 3 lysine 4 trimethylation (H3K4me3) modified by menin-MLL complex of IGF2 promoter contributes to promoter activity of IGF2. The strong binding of menin and abundant H3K4me3 at the DNA demethylated P3/4 promoters were observed in Hep3B cells with the robust expression of IGF2...
January 31, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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