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Delphine Albrecht, Johanna Ceschin, Jim Dompierre, Florian Gueniot, Benoît Pinson, Bertrand Daignan-Fornier
Identifying synthetic lethal interactions has emerged as a promising new therapeutic approach aimed at targeting cancer cells directly. Here, we used the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a simple eukaryotic model to screen for mutations resulting in a synthetic lethality with 5-Amino-4-Imidazole CarboxAmide Ribonucleoside (AICAR) treatment. Indeed, AICAR has been reported to inhibit the proliferation of multiple cancer cell lines. Here, we found that loss of several histone-modifying enzymes, including Bre1 (histone H2B ubiquitination) and Set1 (histone H3 lysine 4 methylation), greatly enhanced AICAR inhibition on growth via combined-effects of both the drug and the mutations on G1 cyclins...
October 5, 2016: Genetics
M Choi, H Kadara, J Zhang, E P Cuentas, J R Canales, S G Gaffney, Z Zhao, C Behrens, J Fujimoto, C Chow, K Kim, N Kalhor, C Moran, D Rimm, S Swisher, D L Gibbons, J Heymach, E Kaftan, J P Townsend, T J Lynch, J Schlessinger, J Jack Lee, R P Lifton, R S Herbst, I I Wistuba
BACKGROUND: Lung squamous cell carcinoma (LUSC) accounts for 20-30% of non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs). There are limited treatment strategies for LUSC in part due to our inadequate understanding of the molecular underpinnings of the disease. We performed whole-exome sequencing (WES) and comprehensive immune profiling of a unique set of clinically annotated early-stage LUSCs to increase our understanding of the pathobiology of this malignancy. METHODS: Matched pairs of surgically resected stage I-III LUSCs and normal lung tissues (n=108) were analyzed by WES...
September 29, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Jian Sun, Yilin Zhao, Rebecca McGreal, Yamit Cohen-Tayar, Shira Rockowitz, Carola Wilczek, Ruth Ashery-Padan, David Shechter, Deyou Zheng, Ales Cvekl
BACKGROUND: Pax6 is a key regulator of the entire cascade of ocular lens formation through specific binding to promoters and enhancers of batteries of target genes. The promoters and enhancers communicate with each other through DNA looping mediated by multiple protein-DNA and protein-protein interactions and are marked by specific combinations of histone posttranslational modifications (PTMs). Enhancers are distinguished from bulk chromatin by specific modifications of core histone H3, including H3K4me1 and H3K27ac, while promoters show increased H3K4me3 PTM...
2016: Epigenetics & Chromatin
Jun Lu, Guiling Mo, Yaojun Ling, Lijuan Ji
Kabuki syndrome (KS) is a rare genetic syndrome characterized by multiple congenital anomalies and varying degrees of mental retardation. Patients with KS often present with facial, skeletal, visceral and dermatoglyphic abnormalities, cardiac anomalies and immunological defects. Mutation of the lysine methyltransferase 2D (KMT2D) gene (formerly known as MLL2) is the primary cause of KS. The present study reported the case of a 4‑year‑old Chinese girl who presented with atypical KS, including atypical facial features, unclear speech and suspected mental retardation...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Ashleigh Long, Elena S Sinkovskaya, Andrew C Edmondson, Elaine Zackai, Samantha A Schrier Vergano
Kabuki syndrome (MIM 147920) is a well-described, multiple congenital anomaly syndrome characterized by growth and developmental delay, cardiac, renal, and vertebral anomalies, as well as persistent fetal finger pads and distinct facial features. Facies are characterized by long palpebral fissures with eversion of lateral third of the lower eyelid, resembling the "Kabuki make-up" theatre genre after which the syndrome is named. Kabuki syndrome is estimated to affect 1/32,000 births, with 55-80% of patients showing nonsense or frameshift mutations in the KMT2D (MLL2) gene, which encodes a histone transferase located on chromosome 12q...
August 29, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Nilda L Alicea-Velázquez, Stephen A Shinsky, Daniel M Loh, Jeong-Heon Lee, David G Skalnik, Michael S Cosgrove
MLL1 belongs to the SET1 family of histone H3 lysine 4 (H3K4) methyltransferases, comprised of MLL1-4 and SETd1A/B. MLL1 translocations are present in acute leukemias and mutations in several family members are associated with cancer and developmental disorders. MLL1 associates with a sub-complex containing WDR5, RbBP5, ASH2L, and DPY-30 (WRAD), forming the MLL1 core complex required for H3K4 mono- and dimethylation and transcriptional activation. Core complex assembly requires interaction of WDR5 with the MLL1 WDR5 interaction (Win) motif, which is conserved across the SET1 family...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Makhdum Ahmed, Leo Zhang, Krystle Nomie, Laura Lam, Michael Wang
Mutations and epigenetic alterations are key events in transforming normal cells to cancer cells. Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the B-cell, is an aggressive malignancy with poor prognosis especially for those patients who are resistant to the frontline drugs. There is a great need to describe the molecular basis and mechanism of drug resistance in MCL to develop new strategies for treatment. We reviewed frequent somatic mutations and mutations involving the B-cell pathways in MCL and discussed clinical trials that attempted to disrupt these gene pathways and/or epigenetic events...
July 19, 2016: Oncotarget
A Bouska, W Zhang, Q Gong, J Iqbal, A Scuto, J Vose, M Ludvigsen, K Fu, D D Weisenburger, T C Greiner, R D Gascoyne, A Rosenwald, G Ott, E Campo, L M Rimsza, J Delabie, E S Jaffe, R M Braziel, J M Connors, C-I Wu, L M Staudt, F D'Amore, T W McKeithan, W C Chan
Follicular lymphoma (FL) is typically an indolent disease, but 30-40% of FL cases transform into an aggressive lymphoma (tFL) with a poor prognosis. To identify the genetic changes that drive this transformation, we sequenced the exomes of 12 cases with paired FL and tFL biopsies and identified 45 recurrently mutated genes in the FL-tFL data set and 39 in the tFL cases. We selected 496 genes of potential importance in transformation and sequenced them in 23 additional tFL cases. Integration of the mutation data with copy-number abnormality (CNA) data provided complementary information...
July 8, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Zhao Yang, Chong Li, Hongjie Liu, Xiaolong Zhang, Zhiming Cai, Liqin Xu, Jian Luo, Yi Huang, Luyun He, Chunxiao Liu, Song Wu
: Cancer stem cells are considered responsible for many important aspects of tumors such as their self-renewal, tumor-initiating, drug-resistance and metastasis. However, the genetic basis and origination of human bladder cancer stem cells (BCSCs) remains unknown. Here, we conducted single-cell sequencing on 59 cells including BCSCs, bladder cancer non-stem cells (BCNSCs), bladder epithelial stem cells (BESCs) and bladder epithelial non-stem cells (BENSCs) from three bladder cancer (BC) specimens...
July 4, 2016: European Urology
Valeria Spina, Hossein Khiabanian, Monica Messina, Sara Monti, Luciano Cascione, Alessio Bruscaggin, Elisa Spaccarotella, Antony B Holmes, Luca Arcaini, Marco Lucioni, Fabrizio Tabbò, Sakellarios Zairis, Fary Diop, Michaela Cerri, Sabina Chiaretti, Roberto Marasca, Maurilio Ponzoni, Silvia Deaglio, Antonio Ramponi, Enrico Tiacci, Laura Pasqualucci, Marco Paulli, Brunangelo Falini, Giorgio Inghirami, Francesco Bertoni, Robin Foà, Raul Rabadan, Gianluca Gaidano, Davide Rossi
Nodal marginal zone lymphoma (NMZL) is a rare, indolent B-cell tumor that is distinguished from splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL) by the different pattern of dissemination. NMZL still lacks distinct markers and remains orphan of specific cancer gene lesions. By combining whole-exome sequencing, targeted sequencing of tumor-related genes, whole-transcriptome sequencing, and high-resolution single nucleotide polymorphism array analysis, we aimed at disclosing the pathways that are molecularly deregulated in NMZL and we compare the molecular profile of NMZL with that of SMZL...
September 8, 2016: Blood
Hirofumi Rokutan, Fumie Hosoda, Natsuko Hama, Hiromi Nakamura, Yasushi Totoki, Eisaku Furukawa, Erika Arakawa, Shoko Ohashi, Tomoko Urushidate, Hironori Satoh, Hiroko Shimizu, Keiko Igarashi, Shinichi Yachida, Hitoshi Katai, Hirokazu Taniguchi, Masashi Fukayama, Tatsuhiro Shibata
Mucinous gastric carcinoma (MGC) is a unique subtype of gastric cancer with a poor survival outcome. Comprehensive molecular profiles and putative therapeutic targets of MGC remain undetermined. We subjected 16 tumour-normal tissue pairs to whole-exome sequencing (WES) and an expanded set of 52 tumour-normal tissue pairs to subsequent targeted sequencing. The latter focused on 114 genes identified by WES. Twenty-two histologically differentiated MGCs (D-MGCs) and 46 undifferentiated MGCs (U-MGCs) were analysed...
October 2016: Journal of Pathology
Karthik A Ganapathi, Vaidehi Jobanputra, Fabio Iwamoto, Preti Jain, Jinli Chen, Luciano Cascione, Odelia Nahum, Brynn Levy, Yi Xie, Pallavi Khattar, Daniela Hoehn, Francesco Bertoni, Vundavalli V Murty, Stefania Pittaluga, Elaine S Jaffe, Bachir Alobeid, Mahesh M Mansukhani, Govind Bhagat
The dura is a rare site of involvement by marginal zone lymphoma (MZL) and the biology of dural MZL is not well understood. We performed genome-wide DNA copy number and targeted mutational analysis of 14 dural MZL to determine the genetic landscape of this entity. Monoallelic and biallelic inactivation of TNFAIP3 by mutation (n=5) or loss (n=1) was observed in 6/9 (67%) dural MZL exhibiting plasmacytic differentiation, including 3 IgG4+ cases. In contrast, activating NOTCH2 mutations were detected in 4/5 (80%) dural MZL displaying variable monocytoid morphology...
May 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Chenglin Wu, Noel Fcc de Miranda, Longyun Chen, Agata M Wasik, Larry Mansouri, Wojciech Jurczak, Krystyna Galazka, Monika Dlugosz-Danecka, Maciej Machaczka, Huilai Zhang, Roujun Peng, Ryan D Morin, Richard Rosenquist, Birgitta Sander, Qiang Pan-Hammarström
The genetic mechanisms underlying disease progression, relapse and therapy resistance in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) remain largely unknown. Whole-exome sequencing was performed in 27 MCL samples from 13 patients, representing the largest analyzed series of consecutive biopsies obtained at diagnosis and/or relapse for this type of lymphoma. Eighteen genes were found to be recurrently mutated in these samples, including known (ATM, MEF2B and MLL2) and novel mutation targets (S1PR1 and CARD11). CARD11, a scaffold protein required for B-cell receptor (BCR)-induced NF-κB activation, was subsequently screened in an additional 173 MCL samples and mutations were observed in 5...
May 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Jan A Burger, Dan A Landau, Amaro Taylor-Weiner, Ivana Bozic, Huidan Zhang, Kristopher Sarosiek, Lili Wang, Chip Stewart, Jean Fan, Julia Hoellenriegel, Mariela Sivina, Adrian M Dubuc, Cameron Fraser, Yulong Han, Shuqiang Li, Kenneth J Livak, Lihua Zou, Youzhong Wan, Sergej Konoplev, Carrie Sougnez, Jennifer R Brown, Lynne V Abruzzo, Scott L Carter, Michael J Keating, Matthew S Davids, William G Wierda, Kristian Cibulskis, Thorsten Zenz, Lillian Werner, Paola Dal Cin, Peter Kharchencko, Donna Neuberg, Hagop Kantarjian, Eric Lander, Stacey Gabriel, Susan O'Brien, Anthony Letai, David A Weitz, Martin A Nowak, Gad Getz, Catherine J Wu
Resistance to the Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor ibrutinib has been attributed solely to mutations in BTK and related pathway molecules. Using whole-exome and deep-targeted sequencing, we dissect evolution of ibrutinib resistance in serial samples from five chronic lymphocytic leukaemia patients. In two patients, we detect BTK-C481S mutation or multiple PLCG2 mutations. The other three patients exhibit an expansion of clones harbouring del(8p) with additional driver mutations (EP300, MLL2 and EIF2A), with one patient developing trans-differentiation into CD19-negative histiocytic sarcoma...
2016: Nature Communications
Joan Frigola, Ane Iturbide, Nuria Lopez-Bigas, Sandra Peiro, Abel Gonzalez-Perez
Chromatin regulatory factors (CRFs), are known to be involved in tumorigenesis in several cancer types. Nevertheless, the molecular mechanisms through which driver alterations of CRFs cause tumorigenesis remain unknown. Here, we developed a CRFs Oncomodules Discovery approach, which mines several sources of cancer genomics and perturbaomics data. The approach prioritizes sets of genes significantly miss-regulated in primary tumors (oncomodules) bearing mutations of driver CRFs. We applied the approach to eleven TCGA tumor cohorts and uncovered oncomodules potentially associated to mutations of five driver CRFs in three cancer types...
May 24, 2016: Oncotarget
Amar M Singh, Dustin W Perry, Valeriya V Adjan Steffey, Kenneth Miller, Daniel W Allison
Pluripotent stem cells exhibit cell cycle-regulated heterogeneity for trimethylation of histone-3 on lysine-4 (H3K4me3) on developmental gene promoters containing bivalent epigenetic domains. The heterogeneity of H3K4me3 can be attributed to Cyclin-dependent kinase-2 (CDK2) phosphorylation and activation of the histone methyltransferase, MLL2 (KMT2B), during late-G1. The deposition of H3K4me3 on developmental promoters in late-G1 establishes a permissive chromatin architecture that enables signaling cues to promote differentiation from the G1 phase...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Ming-Hui Zhao, Shuang Liang, Nam-Hyung Kim, Xiang-Shun Cui
Several germ cell-specific transcription factors essential for ovarian formation and folliculogenesis have been identified and studied. However, their function during early embryo development has been poorly explored. In this study, we investigated the role of mixed-lineage leukemia protein 2 (MLL2) in the development of porcine preimplantation embryos. To explore the function of MLL2 in porcine embryo development, expression and localization of MLL2 were assessed by qRT-PCR and immunofluorescence assays. Results showed that expression of MLL2 was significantly reduced after the four-cell stage...
June 2016: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Yanwen Jiang, Pilar M Dominguez, Ari M Melnick
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Perturbation of the epigenome is emerging as a central driving force in the pathogenesis of diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCL) and follicular lymphoma. The purpose of this review is to explain how alteration of different layers of the epigenome contributes to the biology and clinical features of these tumors. RECENT FINDINGS: Key new findings implicate DNA methylation heterogeneity as a core feature of DLBCL. Epigenetic diversity is linked to unfavorable clinical outcomes, clonal selection at relapse, and is driven at least in part because of the actions of activation-induced cytosine deaminase, which is a unique feature of B-cell lymphomas...
July 2016: Current Opinion in Hematology
Chaymaa Marouf, Stella Göhler, Miguel Inacio Da Silva Filho, Omar Hajji, Kari Hemminki, Sellama Nadifi, Asta Försti
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer (BC) is the most prevalent cancer in women and a major public health problem in Morocco. Several Moroccan studies have focused on studying this disease, but more are needed, especially at the genetic and molecular levels. Therefore, we investigated the potential association of several functional germline variants in the genes commonly mutated in sporadic breast cancer. METHODS: In this case-control study, we examined 36 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 13 genes (APOBEC3A, APOBEC3B, ARID1B, ATR, MAP3K1, MLL2, MLL3, NCOR1, RUNX1, SF3B1, SMAD4, TBX3, TTN), which were located in the core promoter, 5'-and 3'UTR or which were nonsynonymous SNPs to assess their potential association with inherited predisposition to breast cancer development...
2016: BMC Cancer
Cefan Zhou, Yi Zhang, Jun Dai, Mengzhou Zhou, Miao Liu, Yefu Wang, Xing-Zhen Chen, Jingfeng Tang
Pygo2 has been discovered as an important Wnt signaling component contributing to the activation of Wnt-target gene transcription. In the present study, we discovered that Pygo2 mRNA and protein levels were up-regulated in the majority of (152/209) human brain glioma tissues and five glioma cell lines, and significantly correlated with the age, the WHO tumor classification and poor patient survival. The histone methyltransferase complex components (WDR5, Ash2, and menin, but not CXCC1 or NCOA6) were down-regulated at the promoter loci of Wnt target genes after Pygo2 knockdown, and this was accompanied by the down-regulation of Wnt/β-catenin pathway activity...
2016: Scientific Reports
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