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Doralina do Amaral Rabello, Vivian D'Afonseca da Silva Ferreira, Maria Gabriela Berzoti-Coelho, Sandra Mara Burin, Cíntia Leticia Magro, Maira da Costa Cacemiro, Belinda Pinto Simões, Felipe Saldanha-Araujo, Fabíola Attié de Castro, Fabio Pittella-Silva
Background: Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a clonal myeloproliferative neoplasm whose pathogenesis is linked to the Philadelphia chromosome presence that generates the BCR - ABL 1 fusion oncogene. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) such as imatinib mesylate (IM) dramatically improved the treatment efficiency and survival of CML patients by targeting BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase. The disease shows three distinct clinical-laboratory stages: chronic phase, accelerated phase and blast crisis...
2018: Cancer Cell International
Yasuto Araki, Yoshimi Aizaki, Kojiro Sato, Hiromi Oda, Riki Kurokawa, Toshihide Mimura
OBJECTIVES: Aberrant histone lysine methylation (HKM) has been reported in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) synovial fibroblasts (SFs). As histone lysine methyltransferases (HKMTs) and demethylases (HKDMs) regulate HKM, these enzymes are believed to be dysregulated in RASFs. The aim of this study is to clarify whether gene expressions of HKMTs and HKDMs are altered in RASFs. METHODS: SFs were isolated from synovial tissues obtained from RA or osteoarthritis (OA) patients during total knee joint replacement...
January 31, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Alexander P Glaser, Damiano Fantini, Yiduo Wang, Yanni Yu, Kalen J Rimar, Joseph R Podojil, Stephen D Miller, Joshua J Meeks
APOBEC enzymes are responsible for a mutation signature (TCW>T/G) implicated in a wide variety of tumors. We explore the APOBEC mutational signature in bladder cancer and the relationship with specific mutations, molecular subtype, gene expression, and survival using sequencing data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (n = 395), Beijing Genomics Institute (n = 99), and Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia. Tumors were split into "APOBEC-high" and "APOBEC-low" based on APOBEC enrichment. Patients with APOBEC-high tumors have better overall survival compared to those with APOBEC-low tumors (38...
January 12, 2018: Oncotarget
Sunetra Roy, Karl-Heinz Tomaszowski, Jessica W Luzwick, Soyoung Park, Jun Li, Maureen Murphy, Katharina Schlacher
Classically, p53 tumor suppressor acts in transcription, apoptosis, and cell cycle arrest. Yet, replication-mediated genomic instability is integral to oncogenesis, and p53 mutations promote tumor progression and drug-resistance. By delineating human and murine separation-of-function p53 alleles, we find that p53 null and gain-of-function (GOF) mutations exhibit defects in restart of stalled or damaged DNA replication forks driving genomic instability genetically separable from transcription activation. By assaying protein-DNA fork interactions in single cells, we unveil a p53-MLL3-enabled recruitment of MRE11 DNA replication restart nuclease...
January 15, 2018: ELife
Jian Yan, Shi-An A Chen, Andrea Local, Tristin Liu, Yunjiang Qiu, Kristel M Dorighi, Sebastian Preissl, Chloe M Rivera, Chaochen Wang, Zhen Ye, Kai Ge, Ming Hu, Joanna Wysocka, Bing Ren
Long-range chromatin interactions between enhancers and promoters are essential for transcription of many developmentally controlled genes in mammals and other metazoans. Currently, the exact mechanisms that connect distal enhancers to their specific target promoters remain to be fully elucidated. Here, we show that the enhancer-specific histone H3 lysine 4 monomethylation (H3K4me1) and the histone methyltransferases MLL3 and MLL4 (MLL3/4) play an active role in this process. We demonstrate that in differentiating mouse embryonic stem cells, MLL3/4-dependent deposition of H3K4me1 at enhancers correlates with increased levels of chromatin interactions, whereas loss of this histone modification leads to reduced levels of chromatin interactions and defects in gene activation during differentiation...
January 9, 2018: Cell Research
Jung Ran Choi, Sang-Baek Koh, Seong Yong Park, Hye Run Kim, Hyojin Lee, Dae Ryong Kang
Background: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide, for which smoking is considered as the primary risk factor. The present study was conducted to determine whether genetic alterations induced by radon exposure are associated with the susceptible risk of lung cancer in never smokers. Methods: To accurately identify mutations within individual tumors, next generation sequencing was conduct for 19 pairs of lung cancer tissue. The associations of germline and somatic variations with radon exposure were visualized using OncoPrint and heatmap graphs...
December 2017: Journal of Cancer Prevention
Carlos A Toro, Hollis Wright, Carlos F Aylwin, Sergio R Ojeda, Alejandro Lomniczi
Polycomb group (PcG) proteins control the timing of puberty by repressing the Kiss1 gene in hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC) neurons. Here we identify two members of the Trithorax group (TrxG) of modifiers, mixed-lineage leukemia 1 (MLL1), and 3 (MLL3), as central components of an activating epigenetic machinery that dynamically counteracts PcG repression. Preceding puberty, MLL1 changes the chromatin configuration at the promoters of Kiss1 and Tac3, two genes required for puberty to occur, from repressive to permissive...
January 4, 2018: Nature Communications
J-X Zhao, H-X Zhang, B Li, Q-X Fan, S-Z Xue, M Zhang, C-Q Ke
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac cachexia is a form of serious illness that results with terminal stage of heart failure. It is associated with unreasonable weight loss and muscle loss with poor prognosis. Cardiac stem cells play a major role in repairing, damaged cardiac tissue and they are regulated by different mechanisms. In the present study, we investigated the role of MLL3 in regulating cardiac stem cells following cardiac cachexia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To effectively study the cardiac cachexia, we established a Dahl rat model that produces symptoms similar to cachexia...
November 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Ryan Rickels, Hans-Martin Herz, Christie C Sze, Kaixiang Cao, Marc A Morgan, Clayton K Collings, Maria Gause, Yoh-Hei Takahashi, Lu Wang, Emily J Rendleman, Stacy A Marshall, Annika Krueger, Elizabeth T Bartom, Andrea Piunti, Edwin R Smith, Nebiyu A Abshiru, Neil L Kelleher, Dale Dorsett, Ali Shilatifard
Histone H3 lysine 4 monomethylation (H3K4me1) is an evolutionarily conserved feature of enhancer chromatin catalyzed by the COMPASS-like methyltransferase family, which includes Trr in Drosophila melanogaster and MLL3 (encoded by KMT2C) and MLL4 (encoded by KMT2D) in mammals. Here we demonstrate that Drosophila embryos expressing catalytically deficient Trr eclose and develop to productive adulthood. Parallel experiments with a trr allele that augments enzyme product specificity show that conversion of H3K4me1 at enhancers to H3K4me2 and H3K4me3 is also compatible with life and results in minimal changes in gene expression...
November 2017: Nature Genetics
Stefano Cavalieri, Anastasios Stathis, Alessandra Fabbri, Angelica Sonzogni, Federica Perrone, Elena Tamborini, Giuseppe Pelosi, Filippo de Braud, Marco Platania
INTRODUCTION: NUT midline carcinoma (NMC) is a rare and aggressive epithelial cancer arising from median organs. It is driven by chromosomal translocation t(15;19) involving the rearrangement of NUT (nuclear protein in testis) and BRD4 (bromodomain 4) genes leading to fusion oncoprotein BRD4-NUT. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the case of a woman who was previously treated with induction chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy and adjuvant trastuzumab for HER-2 positive invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast...
November 15, 2017: Tumori
M Anjanappa, Y Hao, E R Simpson, P Bhat-Nakshatri, J B Nelson, S A Tersey, R G Mirmira, A A Cohen-Gadol, M R Saadatzadeh, L Li, F Fang, K P Nephew, K D Miller, Y Liu, H Nakshatri
Tumor complexity and intratumor heterogeneity contribute to subclonal diversity. Despite advances in next-generation sequencing (NGS) and bioinformatics, detecting rare mutations in primary tumors and metastases contributing to subclonal diversity is a challenge for precision genomics. Here, in order to identify rare mutations, we adapted a recently described epithelial reprograming assay for short-term propagation of epithelial cells from primary and metastatic tumors. Using this approach, we expanded minor clones and obtained epithelial cell-specific DNA/RNA for quantitative NGS analysis...
September 11, 2017: Oncogene
Ryusuke Murakami, Noriomi Matsumura, J B Brown, Koichiro Higasa, Takanobu Tsutsumi, Mayumi Kamada, Hisham Abou-Taleb, Yuko Hosoe, Sachiko Kitamura, Ken Yamaguchi, Kaoru Abiko, Junzo Hamanishi, Tsukasa Baba, Masafumi Koshiyama, Yasushi Okuno, Ryo Yamada, Fumihiko Matsuda, Ikuo Konishi, Masaki Mandai
Previous studies have reported genome-wide mutation profile analyses in ovarian clear cell carcinomas (OCCCs). This study aims to identify specific novel molecular alterations by combined analyses of somatic mutation and copy number variation. We performed whole exome sequencing of 39 OCCC samples with 16 matching blood tissue samples. Four hundred twenty-six genes had recurrent somatic mutations. Among the 39 samples, ARID1A (62%) and PIK3CA (51%) were frequently mutated, as were genes such as KRAS (10%), PPP2R1A (10%), and PTEN (5%), that have been reported in previous OCCC studies...
October 2017: American Journal of Pathology
Ryan D Chow, Christopher D Guzman, Guangchuan Wang, Florian Schmidt, Mark W Youngblood, Lupeng Ye, Youssef Errami, Matthew B Dong, Michael A Martinez, Sensen Zhang, Paul Renauer, Kaya Bilguvar, Murat Gunel, Phillip A Sharp, Feng Zhang, Randall J Platt, Sidi Chen
A causative understanding of genetic factors that regulate glioblastoma pathogenesis is of central importance. Here we developed an adeno-associated virus-mediated, autochthonous genetic CRISPR screen in glioblastoma. Stereotaxic delivery of a virus library targeting genes commonly mutated in human cancers into the brains of conditional-Cas9 mice resulted in tumors that recapitulate human glioblastoma. Capture sequencing revealed diverse mutational profiles across tumors. The mutation frequencies in mice correlated with those in two independent patient cohorts...
October 2017: Nature Neuroscience
Ding-Sheng Jiang, Xin Yi, Rui Li, Yun-Shu Su, Jing Wang, Min-Lai Chen, Li-Gang Liu, Min Hu, Cai Cheng, Ping Zheng, Xue-Hai Zhu, Xiang Wei
Histone modifications play a critical role in the pathological processes of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). While the role and expression pattern of histone methyltransferases (HMTs), especially mixed lineage leukemia (MLL) families on DCM are unclear. To this end, twelve normal and fifteen DCM heart samples were included in the present study. A murine cardiac remodelling model was induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC). Real-time PCR was performed to detect the expression levels of MLL families in the mouse and human left ventricles...
August 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine
Benjamin H Durham, Bartlomiej Getta, Sascha Dietrich, Justin Taylor, Helen Won, James M Bogenberger, Sasinya Scott, Eunhee Kim, Young Rock Chung, Stephen S Chung, Jennifer Hüllein, Tatjana Walther, Lu Wang, Sydney X Lu, Christopher C Oakes, Raoul Tibes, Torsten Haferlach, Barry S Taylor, Martin S Tallman, Michael F Berger, Jae H Park, Thorsten Zenz, Omar Abdel-Wahab
Classical hairy cell leukemia (cHCL) is characterized by a near 100% frequency of the BRAFV600E mutation, whereas ∼30% of variant HCLs (vHCLs) have MAP2K1 mutations. However, recurrent genetic alterations cooperating with BRAFV600E or MAP2K1 mutations in HCL, as well as those in MAP2K1 wild-type vHCL, are not well defined. We therefore performed deep targeted mutational and copy number analysis of cHCL (n = 53) and vHCL (n = 8). The most common genetic alteration in cHCL apart from BRAFV600E was heterozygous loss of chromosome 7q, the minimally deleted region of which targeted wild-type BRAF, subdividing cHCL into those hemizygous versus heterozygous for the BRAFV600E mutation...
October 5, 2017: Blood
Olca Basturk, Michael F Berger, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Volkan Adsay, Gokce Askan, Umesh K Bhanot, Ahmet Zehir, Fatima Carneiro, Seung-Mo Hong, Giuseppe Zamboni, Esra Dikoglu, Vaidehi Jobanputra, Kazimierz O Wrzeszczynski, Serdar Balci, Peter Allen, Naoki Ikari, Shoko Takeuchi, Hiroyuki Akagawa, Atsushi Kanno, Tooru Shimosegawa, Takanori Morikawa, Fuyuhiko Motoi, Michiaki Unno, Ryota Higuchi, Masakazu Yamamoto, Kyoko Shimizu, Toru Furukawa, David S Klimstra
Intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasm is a relatively recently described member of the pancreatic intraductal neoplasm family. The more common member of this family, intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm, often carries genetic alterations typical of pancreatic infiltrating ductal adenocarcinoma (KRAS, TP53, and CDKN2A) but additionally has mutations in GNAS and RNF43 genes. However, the genetic characteristics of intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasm have not been well characterized. Twenty-two intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasms were analyzed by either targeted next-generation sequencing, which enabled the identification of sequence mutations, copy number alterations, and selected structural rearrangements involving all targeted (≥300) genes, or whole-exome sequencing...
December 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Sanjiban Chakrabarty, Vinay Koshy Varghese, Pranoy Sahu, Pradyumna Jayaram, Bhadravathi M Shivakumar, Cannanore Ganesh Pai, Kapaettu Satyamoorthy
BACKGROUND: Long-standing ulcerative colitis (UC) leading to colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most serious and life-threatening consequences acknowledged globally. Ulcerative colitis-associated colorectal carcinogenesis showed distinct molecular alterations when compared with sporadic colorectal carcinoma. METHODS: Targeted sequencing of 409 genes in tissue samples of 18 long-standing UC subjects at high risk of colorectal carcinoma (UCHR) was performed to identify somatic driver mutations, which may be involved in the molecular changes during the transformation of non-dysplastic mucosa to high-grade dysplasia...
June 27, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
Kristel M Dorighi, Tomek Swigut, Telmo Henriques, Natarajan V Bhanu, Benjamin S Scruggs, Nataliya Nady, Christopher D Still, Benjamin A Garcia, Karen Adelman, Joanna Wysocka
Monomethylation of histone H3 at lysine 4 (H3K4me1) and acetylation of histone H3 at lysine 27 (H3K27ac) are correlated with transcriptionally engaged enhancer elements, but the functional impact of these modifications on enhancer activity is not well understood. Here we used CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing to separate catalytic activity-dependent and independent functions of Mll3 (Kmt2c) and Mll4 (Kmt2d, Mll2), the major enhancer H3K4 monomethyltransferases. Loss of H3K4me1 from enhancers in Mll3/4 catalytically deficient cells causes partial reduction of H3K27ac, but has surprisingly minor effects on transcription from either enhancers or promoters...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cell
David M DiBardino, David W Rawson, Anjali Saqi, Jonas J Heymann, Carlos A Pagan, William A Bulman
BACKGROUND: Next-generation sequencing (NGS) with a multi-gene panel is now available for patients with lung adenocarcinoma, but the performance characteristics and clinical utility of this testing are not well-described. We present the results of an extended 467 gene panel in a series of advanced, highly selected nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients using a range of specimens, including predominantly small biopsy and cytology specimens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 22 NSCLC biopsies sent for NGS using an extended gene panel from January 2014 to July 2015...
2017: CytoJournal
Binbin Lai, Ji-Eun Lee, Younghoon Jang, Lifeng Wang, Weiqun Peng, Kai Ge
Histone H3K4me1/2 methyltransferases MLL3/MLL4 and H3K27 acetyltransferases CBP/p300 are major enhancer epigenomic writers. To understand how these epigenomic writers orchestrate enhancer landscapes in cell differentiation, we have profiled genomic binding of MLL4, CBP, lineage-determining transcription factors (EBF2, C/EBPβ, C/EBPα, PPARγ), coactivator MED1, RNA polymerase II, as well as epigenome (H3K4me1/2/3, H3K9me2, H3K27me3, H3K36me3, H3K27ac), transcriptome and chromatin opening during adipogenesis of immortalized preadipocytes derived from mouse brown adipose tissue (BAT)...
June 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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