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Xiao-Fen Ruan, Yong-Jun Li, Cheng-Wei Ju, Yan Shen, Wei Lei, Can Chen, Yang Li, Hong Yu, Yu-Tao Liu, Il-Man Kim, Xiao-Long Wang, Neal L Weintraub, Yao-Liang Tang
Suxiao Jiuxin Pill (SJP) is a traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of acute coronary syndrome in China, which contains two principal components, tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) and borneol (BOR). Thus far, however, the molecular mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of SJP on the cardiac microenvironment are unknown. Cardiac mesenchymal stem cells (C-MSCs) communicate with cardiomyocytes (CMs) through the release of microvesicles (exosomes) to restore cardiac homeostasis and elicit repair, in part through epigenetic regulatory mechanisms...
March 15, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Marta Fontcuberta-PiSunyer, Sara Cervantes, Eulàlia Miquel, Sergio Mora-Castilla, Louise C Laurent, Angel Raya, Ramon Gomis, Rosa Gasa
Posttranscriptional modifications of histones constitute an epigenetic mechanism that is closely linked to both gene silencing and activation events. Trimethylation of Histone3 at lysine 27 (H3K27me3) is a repressive mark that associates with developmental gene regulation during differentiation programs. In the developing pancreas, expression of the transcription factor Neurogenin3 in multipotent progenitors initiates endocrine differentiation that culminates in the generation of all pancreatic islet cell lineages, including insulin-producing beta cells...
March 9, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Eduardo Hariton, Pietro Bortoletto, Randi H Goldman, Leslie V Farland, Elizabeth S Ginsburg, Antonio R Gargiulo
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to evaluate opinions and attitudes of the general public regarding uterine transplantation (UTx) in the United States (U.S.). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study (Canadian Task Force Classification II-2) SETTING: Web-based survey. PATIENTS(S): Nationally representative sample of adult U.S. residents by age and gender. INTERVENTION(S): Web-based questionnaire administered in November 2016. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Respondents who supported UTx were compared with those who were opposed using log binomial regression to calculate relative risk ratios and 95% confidence intervals RESULT(S): Of the 1,444 respondents recruited, 1,337 (93%) completed the survey...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
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
Wendy Rosales, Fernando Lizcano
The development of cardiovascular pathologies is partly attributed to epigenetic causes, including histone methylation, which appears to be an important marker in hearts that develop cardiac hypertrophy. Previous studies showed that the histone demethylase JMJD2A can regulate the hypertrophic process in murine cardiomyocytes. However, the influence of JMJD2A on cardiac hypertrophy in a human cardiomyocyte model is still poorly understood. In the present study, cardiomyocytes derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) were used...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Liting Zheng, Longyong Xu, Qing Xu, Lu Yu, Danfeng Zhao, Pu Chen, Wei Wang, Yiqin Wang, Gang Han, Charlie Degui Chen
Recurrent somatic loss-of-function mutations in histone demethylases are frequently detected in cancer. However, whether loss of a histone demethylase can cause cancer has not been determined. Here, we report that knockout of the histone demethylase Utx in mice causes a chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML)-like disease with splenomegaly, monocytosis, and extramedullary hematopoiesis. Mutational analysis of patient data indicated that UTX mutations occur simultaneously with TP53 mutations in myeloid malignancies, and combined inactivation of Utx and Trp53 accelerated the development of CMML in a cell-autonomous manner...
February 2, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Ralf Wiedemuth, Sebastian Thieme, Katrin Navratiel, Benjamin Dorschner, Sebastian Brenner
The X-linked histone demethylase UTX has a pivotal role in cellular and developmental processes including embryogenesis, hematopoiesis and cancer. UTX removes di- and trimethyl groups on histone H3 lysine 27, thereby regulating gene expression. But there is growing evidence that UTX displays biological functions independent of its histone demethylase activity. To elucidate these novel functions, it is of great interest to define subcellular localization of UTX. Here we show for the first time that native UTX is primarily localized in the cytoplasm whereas ectopic GFP and Flag-tagged UTX display nuclear and cytoplasmic localization...
February 5, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Shau-Hsuan Li, Hung-I Lu, Wan-Ting Huang, Wan-Yu Tien, Ya-Chun Lan, Wei-Che Lin, Hsin-Ting Tsai, Chang-Han Chen
The dysregulation of the ubiquitously transcribed TPR gene on the X chromosome (UTX) has been reported to be involved in the oncogenesis of several types of cancers. However, the expression and significance of UTX in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remains largely undetermined. Immunohistochemistry was performed in 106 ESCC patients, and correlated with clinicopathological features and survival. The functional role of UTX in ESCC cells was determined by UTX-mediated siRNA. Univariate analyses showed that high UTX expression was associated with superior overall survival (OS, p = 0...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Wan Song, Nóra Zsindely, Anikó Faragó, J Lawrence Marsh, László Bodai
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January 16, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Adam Cribbs, Edward S Hookway, Graham Wells, Morten Lindow, Susanna Obad, Henrik Oerum, Rab K Prinjha, Nick Athanasou, Aneka Sowman, Martin Philpott, Henry Penn, Kalle Soderstrom, Marc Feldmann, Udo Oppermann
Natural killer (NK) cells are innate lymphocytes, important in immune surveillance and elimination of stressed, transformed, or virus-infected cells. They critically shape the inflammatory cytokine environment to orchestrate interactions of cells of the innate and adaptive immune systems. Some studies have reported that NK cell activation and cytokine secretion are controlled epigenetically, but have yielded only limited insight into the mechanisms. Using chemical screening with small-molecule inhibitors of chromatin methylation and acetylation, further validated by knockdown approaches, we here identified Jumonji-type histone H3K27 demethylases as key regulators of cytokine production in human NK cell subsets...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Francesca Romana Lepri, Dario Cocciadiferro, Bartolomeo Augello, Paolo Alfieri, Valentina Pes, Alessandra Vancini, Cristina Caciolo, Gabriella Maria Squeo, Natascia Malerba, Iolanda Adipietro, Antonio Novelli, Stefano Sotgiu, Renzo Gherardi, Maria Cristina Digilio, Bruno Dallapiccola, Giuseppe Merla
Kabuki syndrome (KS) is a rare disorder characterized by multiple congenital anomalies and variable intellectual disability caused by mutations in KMT2D/MLL2 and KDM6A/UTX, two interacting chromatin modifier responsible respectively for 56-75% and 5-8% of the cases. To date, three KS patients with mosaic KMT2D deletions in blood lymphocytes have been described. We report on three additional subjects displaying KMT2D gene mosaics including one in which a single nucleotide change results in a new frameshift mutation (p...
December 28, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Wan Song, Nóra Zsindely, Anikó Faragó, J Lawrence Marsh, László Bodai
Huntington's Disease (HD) is a dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disease caused by alterations in the huntingtin gene (htt). Transcriptional dysregulation is an early event in HD progression. Protein acetylation and methylation particularly on histones regulates chromatin structure thereby preventing or facilitating transcription. Although protein acetylation has been found to affect HD symptoms, little is known about the potential role of protein methylation in HD pathology. In recent years, a series of proteins have been described that are responsible for methylating and demethylating histones as well as other proteins...
December 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
Nobuhiko Suganuma, Ayako Hayashi, Iori Kisu, Kouji Banno, Hisako Hara, Makoto Mihara
Background: In recent years, uterus transplantation (UTx) has been applied as the treatment for patients with uterine factor infertility worldwide. Thus, the clinical application of UTx in Japan should be considered through both the history of UTx technology development in the world and future prospects. Methods: Recent information on UTx was collected via a literature survey and the Internet. Results: Basic research using various animals has been done mainly since 2000...
October 2017: Reproductive Medicine and Biology
Ömer Copur, Jürg Müller
The trimethylation of histone H3 at lysine 27 (H3K27me3) by Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2) is essential for repression of Polycomb target genes. The role of enzymatic demethylation of H3K27me3 by the KDM6-family demethylases Utx, Uty and JmjD3 is however less clear. Studies in both mice and worms led to the proposal that KDM6 proteins but not their H3K27me3 demethylase activity is critical for normal development. Here, we investigated the requirement of the demethylase activity of the single KDM6 family member Utx in Drosophila We generated Drosophila expressing full-length but catalytic inactive Utx protein and found that these mutants show the same phenotypes like animals lacking Utx protein...
December 15, 2017: Genetics
Syamantak Majumder, Karina Thieme, Sri N Batchu, Tamadher A Alghamdi, Bridgit B Bowskill, M Golam Kabir, Youan Liu, Suzanne L Advani, Kathryn E White, Laurette Geldenhuys, Karthik K Tennankore, Penelope Poyah, Ferhan S Siddiqi, Andrew Advani
Histone protein modifications control fate determination during normal development and dedifferentiation during disease. Here, we set out to determine the extent to which dynamic changes to histones affect the differentiated phenotype of ordinarily quiescent adult glomerular podocytes. To do this, we examined the consequences of shifting the balance of the repressive histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation (H3K27me3) mark in podocytes. Adriamycin nephrotoxicity and subtotal nephrectomy (SNx) studies indicated that deletion of the histone methylating enzyme EZH2 from podocytes decreased H3K27me3 levels and sensitized mice to glomerular disease...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Katerina Rejlova, Alena Musilova, Karolina Skvarova Kramarzova, Marketa Zaliova, Karel Fiser, Meritxell Alberich-Jorda, Jan Trka, Julia Starkova
Homeobox (HOX) genes are frequently dysregulated in leukemia. Previous studies have shown that aberrant HOX gene expression accompanies leukemogenesis and affects disease progression and leukemia patient survival. Patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) bearing PML-RARα fusion gene have distinct HOX gene signature in comparison to other subtypes of AML patients, although the mechanism of transcription regulation is not completely understood. We previously found an association between the mRNA levels of HOX genes and those of the histone demethylases JMJD3 and UTX in PML-RARα- positive leukemia patients...
2018: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Maud Borensztein, Ikuhiro Okamoto, Laurène Syx, Guillaume Guilbaud, Christel Picard, Katia Ancelin, Rafael Galupa, Patricia Diabangouaya, Nicolas Servant, Emmanuel Barillot, Azim Surani, Mitinori Saitou, Chong-Jian Chen, Konstantinos Anastassiadis, Edith Heard
X-chromosome inactivation is established during early development. In mice, transcriptional repression of the paternal X-chromosome (Xp) and enrichment in epigenetic marks such as H3K27me3 is achieved by the early blastocyst stage. X-chromosome inactivation is then reversed in the inner cell mass. The mechanisms underlying Xp reactivation remain enigmatic. Using in vivo single-cell approaches (allele-specific RNAseq, nascent RNA-fluorescent in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence), we show here that different genes are reactivated at different stages, with more slowly reactivated genes tending to be enriched in H3meK27...
November 3, 2017: Nature Communications
Peter Peneder, Barbara Wallner, Claus Vogl
Therian X and Y sex chromosomes arose from a pair of autosomes. Y chromosomes consist of a pseudoautosomal region that crosses over with the X chromosome and a male-specific Y-chromosomal region that does not. The X chromosome can be structured into "evolutionary strata". Divergence of X-chromosomal genes from their gametologs is similar within a stratum, but differs among strata, likely caused by a different onset of suppression of crossing over between gametologs. After stratum formation, exchange of information between gametologs has long been believed absent; however, recent studies have shown limited exchange, likely through gene conversion...
October 2017: Ecology and Evolution
Karl B Shpargel, Joshua Starmer, Chaochen Wang, Kai Ge, Terry Magnuson
Kabuki syndrome, a congenital craniofacial disorder, manifests from mutations in an X-linked histone H3 lysine 27 demethylase (UTX/KDM6A) or a H3 lysine 4 methylase (KMT2D). However, the cellular and molecular etiology of histone-modifying enzymes in craniofacial disorders is unknown. We now establish Kabuki syndrome as a neurocristopathy, whereby the majority of clinical features are modeled in mice carrying neural crest (NC) deletion of UTX, including craniofacial dysmorphism, cardiac defects, and postnatal growth retardation...
October 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Christina Bergmann, Amelie Brandt, Benita Merlevede, Ludwig Hallenberger, Clara Dees, Thomas Wohlfahrt, Sebastian Pötter, Yun Zhang, Chih-Wei Chen, Tatiana Mallano, Ruifang Liang, Rosebeth Kagwiria, Alexander Kreuter, Ioanna Pantelaki, Aline Bozec, David Abraham, Ralf Rieker, Andreas Ramming, Oliver Distler, Georg Schett, Jörg H W Distler
OBJECTIVES: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) fibroblasts remain activated even in the absence of exogenous stimuli. Epigenetic alterations are thought to play a role for this endogenous activation. Trimethylation of histone H3 on lysine 27 (H3K27me3) is regulated by Jumonji domain-containing protein 3 (JMJD3) and ubiquitously transcribed tetratricopeptide repeat on chromosome X (UTX) in a therapeutically targetable manner. The aim of this study was to explore H3K27me3 demethylases as potential targets for the treatment of fibrosis...
October 25, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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