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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107649/rpa-interacts-with-hira-and-regulates-h3-3-deposition-at-gene-regulatory-elements-in-mammalian-cells
#1
Honglian Zhang, Haiyun Gan, Zhiquan Wang, Jeong-Heon Lee, Hui Zhou, Tamas Ordog, Marc S Wold, Mats Ljungman, Zhiguo Zhang
The histone chaperone HIRA is involved in depositing histone variant H3.3 into distinct genic regions, including promoters, enhancers, and gene bodies. However, how HIRA deposits H3.3 to these regions remains elusive. Through a short hairpin RNA (shRNA) screening, we identified single-stranded DNA binding protein replication protein A (RPA) as a regulator of the deposition of newly synthesized H3.3 into chromatin. We show that RPA physically interacts with HIRA to form RPA-HIRA-H3.3 complexes, and it co-localizes with HIRA and H3...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099840/testis-specific-histone-variant-h3t-gene-is-essential-for-entry-into-spermatogenesis
#2
Jun Ueda, Akihito Harada, Takashi Urahama, Shinichi Machida, Kazumitsu Maehara, Masashi Hada, Yoshinori Makino, Jumpei Nogami, Naoki Horikoshi, Akihisa Osakabe, Hiroyuki Taguchi, Hiroki Tanaka, Hiroaki Tachiwana, Tatsuma Yao, Minami Yamada, Takashi Iwamoto, Ayako Isotani, Masahito Ikawa, Taro Tachibana, Yuki Okada, Hiroshi Kimura, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Hitoshi Kurumizaka, Kazuo Yamagata
Cellular differentiation is associated with dynamic chromatin remodeling in establishing a cell-type-specific epigenomic landscape. Here, we find that mouse testis-specific and replication-dependent histone H3 variant H3t is essential for very early stages of spermatogenesis. H3t gene deficiency leads to azoospermia because of the loss of haploid germ cells. When differentiating spermatogonia emerge in normal spermatogenesis, H3t appears and replaces the canonical H3 proteins. Structural and biochemical analyses reveal that H3t-containing nucleosomes are more flexible than the canonical nucleosomes...
January 17, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096900/ms_histonedb-a-manually-curated-resource-for-proteomic-analysis-of-human-and-mouse-histones
#3
Sara El Kennani, Annie Adrait, Alexey K Shaytan, Saadi Khochbin, Christophe Bruley, Anna R Panchenko, David Landsman, Delphine Pflieger, Jérôme Govin
BACKGROUND: Histones and histone variants are essential components of the nuclear chromatin. While mass spectrometry has opened a large window to their characterization and functional studies, their identification from proteomic data remains challenging. Indeed, the current interpretation of mass spectrometry data relies on public databases which are either not exhaustive (Swiss-Prot) or contain many redundant entries (UniProtKB or NCBI). Currently, no protein database is ideally suited for the analysis of histones and the complex array of mammalian histone variants...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095495/dna-methylation-analysis-of-brd1-promoter-regions-and-the-schizophrenia-rs138880-risk-allele
#4
Mads Dyrvig, Per Qvist, Jacek Lichota, Knud Larsen, Mette Nyegaard, Anders D Børglum, Jane H Christensen
The bromodomain containing 1 gene, BRD1 is essential for embryogenesis and CNS development. It encodes a protein that participates in histone modifying complexes and thereby regulates the expression of a large number of genes. Genetic variants in the BRD1 locus show association with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and risk alleles in the promoter region correlate with reduced BRD1 expression. Insights into the transcriptional regulation of BRD1 and the pathogenic mechanisms associated with BRD1 risk variants, however, remain sparse...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094382/the-supercoiling-state-of-dna-determines-the-handedness-of-both-h3-and-cenp-a-nucleosomes
#5
R Vlijm, S H Kim, P L De Zwart, Y Dalal, C Dekker
Nucleosomes form the unit structure of the genome in eukaryotes, thereby constituting a fundamental tenet of chromatin biology. In canonical nucleosomes, DNA wraps around the histone octamer in a left-handed toroidal ramp. Here, in single-molecule magnetic tweezers studies of chaperone-assisted nucleosome assembly, we show that the handedness of the DNA wrapping around the nucleosome core is intrinsically ambidextrous, and depends on the pre-assembly supercoiling state of the DNA, i.e., it is not uniquely determined by the octameric histone core...
January 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091569/epigenetic-regulation-of-plasmodium-falciparum-clonally-variant-gene-expression-during-development-in-anopheles-gambiae
#6
Elena Gómez-Díaz, Rakiswendé S Yerbanga, Thierry Lefèvre, Anna Cohuet, M Jordan Rowley, Jean Bosco Ouedraogo, Victor G Corces
P. falciparum phenotypic plasticity is linked to the variant expression of clonal multigene families such as the var genes. We have examined changes in transcription and histone modifications that occur during sporogonic development of P. falciparum in the mosquito host. All var genes are silenced or transcribed at low levels in blood stages (gametocyte/ring) of the parasite in the human host. After infection of mosquitoes, a single var gene is selected for expression in the oocyst, and transcription of this gene increases dramatically in the sporozoite...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089111/the-molecular-landscape-of-colitis-associated-carcinogenesis
#7
Deborah Saraggi, Matteo Fassan, Claudia Mescoli, Marco Scarpa, Nicola Valeri, Andrea Michielan, Renata D'Incá, Massimo Rugge
In spite of the well-established histopathological phenotyping of IBD-associated preneoplastic and neoplastic lesions, their molecular landscape remains to be fully elucidated. Several studies have pinpointed the initiating role of longstanding/relapsing inflammatory insult on the intestinal mucosa, with the activation of different pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-6, IL-10, IFN-γ), chemokines and metabolites of arachidonic acid resulting in the activation of key transcription factors such as NF-κB. Longstanding inflammation may also modify the intestinal microbiota, prompting the overgrowth of genotoxic microorganisms, which may act as further cancer promoters...
December 21, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087289/clinical-utility-and-functional-analysis-of-variants-in-atrial-fibrillation-associated-locus-4q25
#8
Yusuke Ebana, Kouichi Ozaki, Lian Liu, Hitoshi Hachiya, Kenzo Hirao, Mitsuaki Isobe, Michiaki Kubo, Toshihiro Tanaka, Tetsushi Furukawa
BACKGROUND: Chromosome 4q25 has been repeatedly identified as atrial fibrillation (AF)-sensitive locus in multiple genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and is considered to hold some clues to AF pathogenesis. We aimed to investigate the clinical utilities in Japanese and to unveil the function of the 4q25 locus in affecting transcription of adjacent genes. METHODS: We conducted AF GWAS in Japanese population (1382 AF cases and 1478 controls) and the replication panel (1666 AF cases and 1229 controls) with detailed clinical information which showed the acceleration of AF onset...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076955/post-translational-modifications-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-canonical-and-variant-histones
#9
Gisele F A Picchi, Vanessa Zulkievicz, Marco Aurelio Krieger, Nilson T Zanchin, Samuel Goldenberg, Lyris M F de Godoy
Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, still affects millions of people around the world. No vaccines neither treatment for chronic Chagas disease are available, and chemotherapy for the acute phase is hindered by limited efficacy and severe side effects. The processes by which the parasite acquires infectivity and survives in different hosts involve tight regulation of gene expression, mainly post-transcriptionally. Nevertheless, chromatin structure/organization of trypanosomatids is similar to other eukaryotes, including histone variants and post-translational modifications...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073008/cenp-a-modifications-on-ser68-and-lys124-are-dispensable-for-establishment-maintenance-and-long-term-function-of-human-centromeres
#10
Daniele Fachinetti, Glennis A Logsdon, Amira Abdullah, Evan B Selzer, Don W Cleveland, Ben E Black
CENP-A is a histone H3 variant key to epigenetic specification of mammalian centromeres. Using transient overexpression of CENP-A mutants, two recent reports in Developmental Cell proposed essential centromere functions for post-translational modifications of human CENP-A. Phosphorylation at Ser68 was proposed to have an essential role in CENP-A deposition at centromeres. Blockage of ubiquitination at Lys124 was proposed to abrogate localization of CENP-A to the centromere. Following gene inactivation and replacement in human cells, we demonstrate that CENP-A mutants that cannot be phosphorylated at Ser68 or ubiquitinated at Lys124 assemble efficiently at centromeres during G1, mediate early events in centromere establishment at an ectopic chromosomal locus, and maintain centromere function indefinitely...
January 9, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069403/functional-variant-in-the-promoter-region-of-il-27-alters-gene-transcription-and-confers-a-risk-for-ulcerative-colitis-in-northern-chinese-han
#11
Wei Yu, Kun Zhang, Zhongyi Wang, Jiayu Zhang, Tong Chen, Lifang Jin
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of unknown etiology and a polygenic disease. IL-27 encodes p28, a subunit of IL-12 family cytokines, and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of UC. The aims of the present study were to evaluate the genetic association of a variant of the IL-27 gene with UC and to further characterize the functional variant in the IL-27 gene that influences the risk for UC. Our data demonstrated that the genetic variant rs153109 in the 5' upstream region of IL-27 is significantly associated with UC in Chinese Han individuals...
January 6, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068345/transcriptional-and-post-transcriptional-mechanisms-limit-heading-date-1-hd1-function-to-adapt-rice-to-high-latitudes
#12
Daniela Goretti, Damiano Martignago, Martina Landini, Vittoria Brambilla, Jorge Gómez-Ariza, Nerina Gnesutta, Francesca Galbiati, Silvio Collani, Hiroki Takagi, Ryohei Terauchi, Roberto Mantovani, Fabio Fornara
Rice flowering is controlled by changes in the photoperiod that promote the transition to the reproductive phase as days become shorter. Natural genetic variation for flowering time has been largely documented and has been instrumental to define the genetics of the photoperiodic pathway, as well as providing valuable material for artificial selection of varieties better adapted to local environments. We mined genetic variation in a collection of rice varieties highly adapted to European regions and isolated distinct variants of the long day repressor HEADING DATE 1 (Hd1) that perturb its expression or protein function...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064387/the-role-of-histone-modifications-and-telomere-alterations-in-the-pathogenesis-of-diffuse-gliomas-in-adults-and-children
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Julieann Lee, D A Solomon, Tarik Tihan
Genetic profiling is an increasingly useful tool for sub-classification of gliomas in adults and children. Specific gene mutations, structural rearrangements, DNA methylation patterns, and gene expression profiles are now recognized to define molecular subgroups of gliomas that arise in distinct anatomic locations and patient age groups, and also provide a better prediction of clinical outcomes for glioma patients compared to histologic assessment alone. Understanding the role of these distinctive genetic alterations in gliomagenesis is also important for the development of potential targeted therapeutic interventions...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062559/atrx-and-daxx-mechanisms-and-mutations
#14
Michael A Dyer, Zulekha A Qadeer, David Valle-Garcia, Emily Bernstein
Recent genome sequencing efforts in a variety of cancers have revealed mutations and/or structural alterations in ATRX and DAXX, which together encode a complex that deposits histone variant H3.3 into repetitive heterochromatin. These regions include retrotransposons, pericentric heterochromatin, and telomeres, the latter of which show deregulation in ATRX/DAXX-mutant tumors. Interestingly, ATRX and DAXX mutations are often found in pediatric tumors, suggesting a particular developmental context in which these mutations drive disease...
January 6, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060337/using-rna-sequencing-to-detect-novel-splice-variants-related-to-drug-resistance-in-in-vitro-cancer-models
#15
Rocco Sciarrillo, Anna Wojtuszkiewicz, Irsan E Kooi, Valentina E Gómez, Ugo Boggi, Gerrit Jansen, Gert-Jan Kaspers, Jacqueline Cloos, Elisa Giovannetti
Drug resistance remains a major problem in the treatment of cancer for both hematological malignancies and solid tumors. Intrinsic or acquired resistance can be caused by a range of mechanisms, including increased drug elimination, decreased drug uptake, drug inactivation and alterations of drug targets. Recent data showed that other than by well-known genetic (mutation, amplification) and epigenetic (DNA hypermethylation, histone post-translational modification) modifications, drug resistance mechanisms might also be regulated by splicing aberrations...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059702/cdk-regulated-dimerization-of-m18bp1-on-a-mis18-hexamer-is-necessary-for-cenp-a-loading
#16
Dongqing Pan, Kerstin Klare, Arsen Petrovic, Annika Take, Kai Walstein, Priyanka Singh, Arnaud Rondelet, Alexander W Bird, Andrea Musacchio
Centromeres are unique chromosomal loci that promote the assembly of kinetochores, macromolecular complexes that bind spindle microtubules during mitosis. In most organisms, centromeres lack defined genetic features. Rather, they are specified epigenetically by a centromere-specific histone H3 variant, CENP-A. The Mis18 complex, comprising the Mis18α:Mis18β subcomplex and M18BP1, is crucial for CENP-A homeostasis. It recruits the CENP-A-specific chaperone HJURP to centromeres and primes it for CENP-A loading...
January 6, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057753/a-novel-kleefstra-syndrome-associated-variant-that-affects-the-conserved-tplx-motif-within-the-ankyrin-repeat-of-ehmt1-leads-to-abnormal-protein-folding
#17
Patrick R Blackburn, Alexander Tischer, Michael T Zimmermann, Jennifer L Kemppainen, Sujatha Sastry, Amy E Knight Johnson, Margot A Cousin, Nicole J Boczek, Gavin Oliver, Vinod K Misra, Ralitza H Gavrilova, Gwen A Lomberk, Matthew Auton, Raul A Urrutia, Eric W Klee
Kleefstra syndrome (KS) (MIM# 610253), also known as 9q34 deletion syndrome, is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by haploinsufficiency of euchromatic histone methyltransferase-1 (EHMT1). The clinical phenotype of KS includes moderate to severe intellectual disability with absent speech, hypotonia, brachycephaly, congenital heart defects, and dysmorphic facial features with hypertelorism, synophrys, macroglossia, protruding tongue, and prognathism. Only a few cases of de novo missense mutations in EHMT1 giving rise to KS have been described...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056037/accurate-promoter-and-enhancer-identification-in-127-encode-and-roadmap-epigenomics-cell-types-and-tissues-by-genostan
#18
Benedikt Zacher, Margaux Michel, Björn Schwalb, Patrick Cramer, Achim Tresch, Julien Gagneur
Accurate maps of promoters and enhancers are required for understanding transcriptional regulation. Promoters and enhancers are usually mapped by integration of chromatin assays charting histone modifications, DNA accessibility, and transcription factor binding. However, current algorithms are limited by unrealistic data distribution assumptions. Here we propose GenoSTAN (Genomic STate ANnotation), a hidden Markov model overcoming these limitations. We map promoters and enhancers for 127 cell types and tissues from the ENCODE and Roadmap Epigenomics projects, today's largest compendium of chromatin assays...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032848/the-chd1-chromatin-remodeler-shifts-hexasomes-unidirectionally
#19
Robert F Levendosky, Anton Sabantsev, Sebastian Deindl, Gregory D Bowman
Despite their canonical two-fold symmetry, nucleosomes in biological contexts are often asymmetric: functionalized with post-translational modifications (PTMs), substituted with histone variants, and even lacking H2A/H2B dimers. Here we show that the Widom 601 nucleosome positioning sequence can produce hexasomes in a specific orientation on DNA, providing a useful tool for interrogating chromatin enzymes and allowing for the generation of nucleosomes with precisely defined asymmetry. Using this methodology, we demonstrate that the Chd1 chromatin remodeler from Saccharomyces cerevisiae requires H2A/H2B on the entry side for sliding, and thus, unlike the back-and-forth sliding observed for nucleosomes, Chd1 shifts hexasomes unidirectionally...
December 29, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028228/large-scale-heterochromatin-remodeling-linked-to-overreplication-associated-dna-damage
#20
Wei Feng, Christopher J Hale, Ryan S Over, Shawn J Cokus, Steven E Jacobsen, Scott D Michaels
Previously, we have shown that loss of the histone 3 lysine 27 (H3K27) monomethyltransferases ARABIDOPSIS TRITHORAX-RELATED 5 (ATXR5) and ATXR6 (ATXR6) results in the overreplication of heterochromatin. Here we show that the overreplication results in DNA damage and extensive chromocenter remodeling into unique structures we have named "overreplication-associated centers" (RACs). RACs have a highly ordered structure with an outer layer of condensed heterochromatin, an inner layer enriched in the histone variant H2AX, and a low-density core containing foci of phosphorylated H2AX (a marker of double-strand breaks) and the DNA-repair enzyme RAD51...
January 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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