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Zhenzhen Chen, Yanfeng Gao, Lintong Yao, Yating Liu, Lan Huang, Zhongyi Yan, Wenshan Zhao, Pingping Zhu, Haibo Weng
Liver tumor-initiating cells (TICs), the drivers for liver tumorigenesis, accounts for liver tumor initiation, metastasis, drug resistance and relapse. Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway emerges as a critical modulator in liver TIC self-renewal. However, the molecular mechanism of Wnt/β-catenin initiation in liver tumorigenesis and liver TICs is still elusive. Here, we examined the expression pattern of 10 Wnt receptors (FZD1-FZD10), and found only FZD6 is overexpressed along with liver tumorigenesis. What's more, a divergent lncRNA of FZD6, termed lncFZD6, is also highly expressed in liver cancer and liver TICs...
March 14, 2018: Oncogene
Alejandro Saettone, Jyoti Garg, Jean-Philippe Lambert, Syed Nabeel-Shah, Marcelo Ponce, Alyson Burtch, Cristina Thuppu Mudalige, Anne-Claude Gingras, Ronald E Pearlman, Jeffrey Fillingham
BACKGROUND: The chromatin remodelers of the SWI/SNF family are critical transcriptional regulators. Recognition of lysine acetylation through a bromodomain (BRD) component is key to SWI/SNF function; in most eukaryotes, this function is attributed to SNF2/Brg1. RESULTS: Using affinity purification coupled to mass spectrometry (AP-MS) we identified members of a SWI/SNF complex (SWI/SNFTt ) in Tetrahymena thermophila. SWI/SNFTt is composed of 11 proteins, Snf5Tt , Swi1Tt , Swi3Tt , Snf12Tt , Brg1Tt , two proteins with potential chromatin-interacting domains and four proteins without orthologs to SWI/SNF proteins in yeast or mammals...
March 9, 2018: Epigenetics & Chromatin
José E Velázquez Vega, Daniel J Brat
Recent advances in molecular pathology have reshaped the practice of brain tumor diagnostics. The classification of gliomas has been restructured with the discovery of isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) 1/2 mutations in the vast majority of lower grade infiltrating gliomas and secondary glioblastomas (GBM), with IDH-mutant astrocytomas further characterized by TP53 and ATRX mutations. Whole-arm 1p/19q codeletion in conjunction with IDH mutations now define oligodendrogliomas, which are also enriched for CIC, FUBP1, PI3K, NOTCH1, and TERT-p mutations...
March 8, 2018: Advances in Anatomic Pathology
Christian L Lino Cardenas, Chase W Kessinger, Yisha Cheng, Carolyn MacDonald, Thomas MacGillivray, Brian Ghoshhajra, Luai Huleihel, Saifar Nuri, Ashish S Yeri, Farouc A Jaffer, Naftali Kaminski, Patrick Ellinor, Neal L Weintraub, Rajeev Malhotra, Eric M Isselbacher, Mark E Lindsay
Thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) has been associated with mutations affecting members of the TGF-β signaling pathway, or components and regulators of the vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) actomyosin cytoskeleton. Although both clinical groups present similar phenotypes, the existence of potential common mechanisms of pathogenesis remain obscure. Here we show that mutations affecting TGF-β signaling and VSMC cytoskeleton both lead to the formation of a ternary complex comprising the histone deacetylase HDAC9, the chromatin-remodeling enzyme BRG1, and the long noncoding RNA MALAT1...
March 8, 2018: Nature Communications
Chang Su, Jing Yu, Qiangqiang Sun, Qian Liu, Yang Lu
Candida albicans can switch between yeast and hyphae growth forms, which is critical for its pathogenesis. Diluting from saturated cells into fresh medium at 37°C is routinely used to induce hyphae, which depends on the cAMP-PKA pathway-activated transcriptional down-regulation of NRG1 and degradation of Nrg1 protein triggered by inoculation. It is reported that N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc), serum or neutral pH could stimulate filamentation in log phase cells, whereas how C. albicans develops hyphae without inoculation remains unknown...
February 27, 2018: Molecular Microbiology
Lulu Liu, Xiaoling Wan, Peipei Zhou, Xiaoyuan Zhou, Wei Zhang, Xinhui Hui, Xiujie Yuan, Xiaodan Ding, Ruihong Zhu, Guangxun Meng, Hui Xiao, Feng Ma, He Huang, Xianmin Song, Bin Zhou, Sidong Xiong, Yan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-dependent chromatin remodeling SWI/SNF-like BAF and PBAF complexes have been implicated in the regulation of stem cell function and cancers. Several subunits of BAF or PBAF, including BRG1, BAF53a, BAF45a, BAF180, and BAF250a, are known to be involved in hematopoiesis. Baf200, a subunit of PBAF complex, plays a pivotal role in heart morphogenesis and coronary artery angiogenesis. However, little is known on the importance of Baf200 in normal and malignant hematopoiesis...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Mark W Majesky
The vascular system forms as a branching network of endothelial cells that acquire identity as arterial, venous, hemogenic, or lymphatic. Endothelial specification depends on gene targets transcribed by Ets domain-containing factors, including Ets variant gene 2 (Etv2), together with the activity of chromatin-remodeling complexes containing Brahma-related gene-1 (Brg1). Once specified and assembled into vessels, mechanisms regulating lumen diameter and axial growth ensure that the structure of the branching vascular network matches the need for perfusion of target tissues...
March 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Pruthvi Gowda, Shruti Patrick, Ankita Singh, Touseef Sheikh, Ellora Sen
Gain-of-function mutation in isocitrate dehydrogenase1 (IDH1) affects immune-surveillance in gliomas. As elevated CD47 is associated with immune evasion in cancers, its status in gliomas harboring IDH1-MT was investigated. Decreased CD47 expression in IDH1-R132H overexpressing cells was accompanied by diminished nuclear β-catenin, PKM2 and TCF4 levels as compared to IDH1-WT. Inhibition of β-catenin in IDH1-WT abrogated CD47 expression, β-catenin-TCF4 interaction and transactivational activity of β-catenin/TCF4...
February 20, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Yanru Li, Yongli Zhao, Mingkun Cheng, Yingjie Qiao, Yongtao Wang, Wancheng Xiong, Wei Yue
Accumulating evidence has reported that microRNA-144-3p (miR-144-3p) is highly related to oxidative stress and apoptosis. However, little is known regarding its role in cerebral ischemia/reperfusion-induced neuronal injury. Herein, our results showed that miR-144-3p expression was significantly downregulated in neurons following oxygen-glucose deprivation and reoxygenation (OGD/R) treatment. Overexpression of miR-144-3p markedly reduced cell viability, promoted cell apoptosis, and increased oxidative stress in neurons with OGD/R treatment, whereas downregulation of miR-144-3p protected neurons against OGD/R-induced injury...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
Georgia Vasileiou, Silvia Vergarajauregui, Sabine Endele, Bernt Popp, Christian Büttner, Arif B Ekici, Marion Gerard, Nuria C Bramswig, Beate Albrecht, Jill Clayton-Smith, Jenny Morton, Susan Tomkins, Karen Low, Astrid Weber, Maren Wenzel, Janine Altmüller, Yun Li, Bernd Wollnik, George Hoganson, Maria-Renée Plona, Megan T Cho, Christian T Thiel, Hermann-Josef Lüdecke, Tim M Strom, Eduardo Calpena, Andrew O M Wilkie, Dagmar Wieczorek, Felix B Engel, André Reis
Variants affecting the function of different subunits of the BAF chromatin-remodelling complex lead to various neurodevelopmental syndromes, including Coffin-Siris syndrome. Furthermore, variants in proteins containing PHD fingers, motifs recognizing specific histone tail modifications, have been associated with several neurological and developmental-delay disorders. Here, we report eight heterozygous de novo variants (one frameshift, two splice site, and five missense) in the gene encoding the BAF complex subunit double plant homeodomain finger 2 (DPF2)...
February 5, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
Haijie Li, Jingqin Lan, Caishun Han, Kaixuan Guo, Guihua Wang, Junbo Hu, Jianping Gong, Xuelai Luo, Zhixin Cao
Liver fibrosis, an important health concern associated to chronic liver injury that provides a permissive environment for cancer development, is characterized by the persistent deposition of extracellular matrix components mainly derived from activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Brg1, the core subunit of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex, has been proved to associated with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis which may progress to cirrhosis. Herein, we determined whether Brg1 regulates liver fibrosis and examined its mechanism by focusing on HSCs activation...
February 7, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Jose A Guerrero-Martínez, Jose C Reyes
The gene encoding the ATPase of the chromatin remodeling SWI/SNF complexes SMARCA4 (BRG1) is often mutated or silenced in tumors, suggesting a role as tumor suppressor. Nonetheless, recent reports show requirement of SMARCA4 for tumor cells growth. Here, we performed a computational meta-analysis using gene expression, prognosis, and clinicopathological data to clarify the role of SMARCA4 and the alternative SWI/SNF ATPase SMARCA2 (BRM) in cancer. We show that while the SMARCA4 gene is mostly overexpressed in tumors, SMARCA2 is almost invariably downexpressed in tumors...
February 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ophelie Arnaud, François Le Loarer, Franck Tirode
To activate or repress specific genes, chromatin is constantly modified by chromatin-remodeling complexes. Among these complexes, the SWItch/Sucrose Non-Fermenting (SWI/SNF) complex, also referred to as BRG1-Associated Factor (BAF) complex, moves the nucleosome along chromatin using energy provided by ATP hydrolysis. In mammalian organisms, the SWI/SNF complex is composed of 10-15 subunits, depending on cell type, and a defect in one of these subunits can have dramatic consequences. In this review we will focus on the alterations identified in the SWI/SNF (BAF) complex subunits that lead to cancerous pathologies...
January 24, 2018: Cancer Letters
Aktan Alpsoy, Emily C Dykhuizen
The mammalian SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex is a heterogeneous collection of related protein complexes required for gene regulation and genome integrity. It contains a central ATPase (BRM or BRG1) and various combinations of 10-14 accessory subunits (BAFs for BRM/BRG1 Associated Factors). Two distinct complexes differing in size, BAF and the slightly larger Polybromo-BAF (PBAF), share many of the same core subunits but are differentiated primarily by having either AT-rich interaction domain 1A/B (ARID1A/B in BAF) or ARID2 (in PBAF)...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Yixia Zhao, Fengqi Cao, Xiaohua Yu, Chuyan Chen, Jiao Meng, Ran Zhong, Yong Zhang, Dahai Zhu
Myogenic differentiation of skeletal muscle stem cells, also known satellite cells, is tightly orchestrated by extrinsic and intrinsic regulators. Basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF2) is well documented to be implicated in satellite cell self-renewal and differentiation by repressing MyoD. We recently identified a MyoD-regulated and skeletal muscle-specifically expressed long non-coding RNA Linc-RAM which enhances myogenic differentiation by facilitating MyoD/Baf60c/Brg1 complex assembly. Herein, we investigated the transcriptional regulation and intracellular signaling pathway in mediating Linc-RAM gene expression during muscle cell differentiation...
January 24, 2018: RNA Biology
Zhiao Chen, Xinyuan Lu, Deshui Jia, Ying Jing, Di Chen, Qifeng Wang, Fangyu Zhao, Jinjun Li, Ming Yao, Wenming Cong, Xianghuo He
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common form of liver cancer and is typically diagnosed at advanced stages. Identification and characterisation of genes within amplified and deleted chromosomal loci can provide new insights into the pathogenesis of cancer and lead to new approaches for diagnosis and therapy. In our previous study, we found a recurrent region of copy number amplification at 19p13.2 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In the present study, we performed integrated copy number analysis and expression profiling at this locus and a putative cancer gene, SMARCA4/BRG1, was uncovered in this region...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Andrew S Koh, Erik L Miller, Jason D Buenrostro, David M Moskowitz, Jing Wang, William J Greenleaf, Howard Y Chang, Gerald R Crabtree
Aire mediates the expression of tissue-specific antigens in thymic epithelial cells to promote tolerance against self-reactive T lymphocytes. However, the mechanism that allows expression of tissue-specific genes at levels that prevent harm is unknown. Here we show that Brg1 generates accessibility at tissue-specific loci to impose central tolerance. We found that Aire has an intrinsic repressive function that restricts chromatin accessibility and opposes Brg1 across the genome. Aire exerted this repressive influence within minutes after recruitment to chromatin and restrained the amplitude of active transcription...
January 15, 2018: Nature Immunology
H Courtney Hodges, Benjamin Z Stanton, Katerina Cermakova, Chiung-Ying Chang, Erik L Miller, Jacob G Kirkland, Wai Lim Ku, Vaclav Veverka, Keji Zhao, Gerald R Crabtree
Mutation of SMARCA4 (BRG1), the ATPase of BAF (mSWI/SNF) and PBAF complexes, contributes to a range of malignancies and neurologic disorders. Unfortunately, the effects of SMARCA4 missense mutations have remained uncertain. Here we show that SMARCA4 cancer missense mutations target conserved ATPase surfaces and disrupt the mechanochemical cycle of remodeling. We find that heterozygous expression of mutants alters the open chromatin landscape at thousands of sites across the genome. Loss of DNA accessibility does not directly overlap with Polycomb accumulation, but is enriched in 'A compartments' at active enhancers, which lose H3K27ac but not H3K4me1...
January 2018: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Kenichi Kohashi, Hidetaka Yamamoto, Yuichi Yamada, Izumi Kinoshita, Tomoaki Taguchi, Yukihide Iwamoto, Yoshinao Oda
The SWI/SNF chromatin-remodeling complex, which is composed of evolutionarily conserved core subunits such as SMARCB1/INI1 (INI1), SMARCA4/BRG1 (BRG1), SMARCC1/BAF155 (BAF155), and SMARCC2/BAF170 (BAF170), can be viewed as the prototype of an epigenetic regulator of gene expression that is involved in tumor suppression. Epithelioid sarcoma, which classified as a tumor of uncertain differentiation, shows an almost complete loss of INI1. However, some cases of epithelioid sarcoma have preserved INI1, and the clinicopathologic features of these cases are uncertain...
March 2018: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Gema Ruiz-García, M Amparo Torroba-Carón, Belén Ferri-Ñíguez, Miriam Lencina-Guardiola, Francisco García-Molina, Enrique Martínez-Barba
Small cell carcinoma of ovary-hypercalcemic type is an undifferentiated carcinoma. We describe two cases in women aged 32 and 29. Both presented with large masses and complete surgical extirpation was impossible. Histologically, the images were similar, with diffuse cell proliferation, accompanied by the presence of follicle-like spaces. In both cases it was necessary to make a differential diagnosis with entities such as adult or juvenile granulosa cell tumour, small cell carcinoma of pulmonary type, dysgerminoma and even peripheral neuroectodermal tumour...
January 2018: Revista Española de Patología
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