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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068310/visualizing-the-secondary-and-tertiary-architectural-domains-of-lncrna-repa
#1
Fei Liu, Srinivas Somarowthu, Anna Marie Pyle
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are important for gene expression, but little is known about their structures. RepA is a 1.6-kb mouse lncRNA comprising the same sequence as the 5' region of Xist, including A and F repeats. It has been proposed to facilitate the initiation and spread of X-chromosome inactivation, although its exact role is poorly understood. To gain insight into the molecular mechanism of RepA and Xist, we determined a complete phylogenetically validated secondary-structural map of RepA through SHAPE and DMS chemical probing of a homogeneously folded RNA in vitro...
January 9, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034840/establishment-of-porcine-xist-knockout-model-using-crispr-cas9-system
#2
Li Guoling, Zhong Cuili, Ni Sheng, Liu Dewu, Cai Gengyuan, Li Zicong, Yang Huaqiang, Wu Zhenfang
Somatic cell nuclear transfer technique has great applications in livestock breeding, production of genetically modified animals, rescue of endangered species and treatment of human diseases. However, the currently low efficiency in animals cloning, an average of less than 5%, greatly hindered the rapid development of this technique. Among many factors which affect the efficiency of cloning pigs, X chromosome inactivation is an important one. Moreover, Xist gene is closely related to X chromosome inactivation, suggesting that it may directly or indirectly affects cloning efficiency...
December 20, 2016: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011933/epigenetic-and-transcriptional-regulation-of-irak-m-expression-in-macrophages
#3
Konstantina Lyroni, Andreas Patsalos, Maria G Daskalaki, Christina Doxaki, Birte Soennichsen, Mike Helms, Ioannis Liapis, Vassiliki Zacharioudaki, Sotirios C Kampranis, Christos Tsatsanis
During macrophage activation, expression of IL-1R-associated kinase (IRAK)-M is induced to suppress TLR-mediated responses and is a hallmark of endotoxin tolerance. Endotoxin tolerance requires tight regulation of genes occurring at the transcriptional and epigenetic levels. To identify novel regulators of IRAK-M, we used RAW 264.7 macrophages and performed a targeted RNA interference screen of genes encoding chromatin-modifying enzymes, signaling molecules, and transcription factors involved in macrophage activation...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999113/the-composite-regulatory-basis-of-the-large-x-effect-in-mouse-speciation
#4
Erica L Larson, Sara Keeble, Dan Vanderpool, Matthew D Dean, Jeffrey M Good
The disruption of meiotic sex chromosome inactivation (MSCI) has been proposed to be a major developmental mechanism underlying the rapid evolution of hybrid male sterility. We tested this idea by analyzing cell-specific gene expression across spermatogenesis in two lineages of house mice and their sterile and fertile reciprocal hybrids. We found pervasive disruption of sex chromosome gene expression in sterile hybrids at every stage of spermatogenesis. Failure of MSCI was developmentally preceded by increased silencing of autosomal genes, supporting the hypothesis that divergence at the hybrid incompatibility gene, Prdm9, results in increased rates of autosomal asynapsis which in turn triggers widespread silencing of unsynapsed chromatin...
December 20, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995571/evaluating-the-feasibility-of-dna-methylation-analyses-using-long-term-archived-brain-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-samples
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Stine T Bak, Nicklas H Staunstrup, Anna Starnawska, Tina F Daugaard, Jens R Nyengaard, Mette Nyegaard, Anders Børglum, Ole Mors, Karl-Anton Dorph-Petersen, Anders L Nielsen
We here characterize the usability of archival formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) brain tissue as a resource for genetic and DNA methylation analyses with potential relevance for brain-manifested diseases. We analyzed FFPE samples from The Brain Collection, Aarhus University Hospital Risskov, Denmark (AUBC), constituting 9479 formalin-fixated brains making it one of the largest collections worldwide. DNA extracted from brain FFPE tissue blocks was interrogated for quality and usability in genetic and DNA methylation analyses by different molecular techniques...
December 19, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989770/human-naive-pluripotent-stem-cells-model-x-chromosome-dampening-and-x-inactivation
#6
Anna Sahakyan, Rachel Kim, Constantinos Chronis, Shan Sabri, Giancarlo Bonora, Thorold W Theunissen, Edward Kuoy, Justin Langerman, Amander T Clark, Rudolf Jaenisch, Kathrin Plath
Naive human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) can be derived from primed hESCs or directly from blastocysts, but their X chromosome state has remained unresolved. Here, we show that the inactive X chromosome (Xi) of primed hESCs was reactivated in naive culture conditions. Like cells of the blastocyst, the resulting naive cells contained two active X chromosomes with XIST expression and chromosome-wide transcriptional dampening and initiated XIST-mediated X inactivation upon differentiation. Both establishment of and exit from the naive state (differentiation) happened via an XIST-negative XaXa intermediate...
January 5, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989768/xact-noncoding-rna-competes-with-xist-in-the-control-of-x-chromosome-activity-during-human-early-development
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Céline Vallot, Catherine Patrat, Amanda J Collier, Christophe Huret, Miguel Casanova, Tharvesh M Liyakat Ali, Matteo Tosolini, Nelly Frydman, Edith Heard, Peter J Rugg-Gunn, Claire Rougeulle
Sex chromosome dosage compensation is essential in most metazoans, but the developmental timing and underlying mechanisms vary significantly, even among placental mammals. Here we identify human-specific mechanisms regulating X chromosome activity in early embryonic development. Single-cell RNA sequencing and imaging revealed co-activation and accumulation of the long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) XACT and XIST on active X chromosomes in both early human pre-implantation embryos and naive human embryonic stem cells...
January 5, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989715/human-embryonic-stem-cells-do-not-change-their-x-inactivation-status-during-differentiation
#8
Sanjeet Patel, Giancarlo Bonora, Anna Sahakyan, Rachel Kim, Constantinos Chronis, Justin Langerman, Sorel Fitz-Gibbon, Liudmilla Rubbi, Rhys J P Skelton, Reza Ardehali, Matteo Pellegrini, William E Lowry, Amander T Clark, Kathrin Plath
Applications of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) require faithful chromatin changes during differentiation, but the fate of the X chromosome state in differentiating ESCs is unclear. Female human ESC lines either carry two active X chromosomes (XaXa), an Xa and inactive X chromosome with or without XIST RNA coating (Xi(XIST+)Xa;XiXa), or an Xa and an eroded Xi (XeXa) where the Xi no longer expresses XIST RNA and has partially reactivated. Here, we established XiXa, XeXa, and XaXa ESC lines and followed their X chromosome state during differentiation...
January 3, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974665/the-protein-phosphatase-2a-regulatory-subunit-pr70-is-a-gonosomal-melanoma-tumor-suppressor-gene
#9
Léon C L van Kempen, Margaret Redpath, Mounib Elchebly, Kathleen Oros Klein, Andreas I Papadakis, James S Wilmott, Richard A Scolyer, Per-Henrik Edqvist, Fredrik Pontén, Dirk Schadendorf, Anke F van Rijk, Stefan Michiels, Anne Dumay, Anne Helbling-Leclerc, Philippe Dessen, Jasper Wouters, Marguerite Stass, Celia M T Greenwood, Ghanem E Ghanem, Joost van den Oord, Jean Feunteun, Alan Spatz
Male gender is independently and significantly associated with poor prognosis in melanoma of all clinical stages. The biological underpinnings of this sex difference remain largely unknown, but we hypothesized that gene expression from gonosomes (sex chromosomes) might play an important role. We demonstrate that loss of the inactivated X chromosome in melanomas arising in females is strongly associated with poor distant metastasis-free survival, suggesting a dosage benefit from two X chromosomes. The gonosomal protein phosphatase 2 regulatory subunit B, beta (PPP2R3B) gene is located on the pseudoautosomal region (PAR) of the X chromosome in females and the Y chromosome in males...
December 14, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938704/evaluation-of-ompa-and-pgte-genes-in-determining-pathogenicity-in-salmonella-enterica-serovar-enteritidis
#10
Y Zhou, J Zhou, D Wang, Q Gao, X Mu, S Gao, X Liu
Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Enteritidis (S. Enteritidis) is a major causative agent of gastroenteritis in humans. This important food-borne pathogen also colonises the intestinal tracts of poultry and can spread systemically, especially in chickens. To identify the S. Enteritidis virulence genes involved in infection and colonisation of chickens, chromosomal deletion mutants of the ompA and pgtE genes, which encode essential components of omptins, were constructed. There were no significant differences between the wild-type and ompA and pgtE mutants in a series of in vitro assays, including an intracellular survival assay, survival in specific-pathogen-free (SPF) chicken serum, and in vitro competition assays...
December 2016: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902768/human-lung-tissue-transcriptome-influence-of-sex-and-age
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Matteo Dugo, Chiara E Cotroneo, Emilie Lavoie-Charland, Matteo Incarbone, Luigi Santambrogio, Lorenzo Rosso, Maarten van den Berge, David Nickle, Peter D Paré, Yohan Bossé, Tommaso A Dragani, Francesca Colombo
BACKGROUND: Sex and age strongly influence the pathophysiology of human lungs, but scarce information is available about their effects on pulmonary gene expression. METHODS: We followed a discovery-validation strategy to identify sex- and age-related transcriptional differences in lung. RESULTS: We identified transcriptional profiles significantly associated with sex (215 genes; FDR < 0.05) and age at surgery (217 genes) in non-involved lung tissue resected from 284 lung adenocarcinoma patients...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899806/preleukemia-one-name-many-meanings
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REVIEW
H P Koeffler, G Leong
Definition of preleukemia has evolved. It was first used to describe the myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) with a propensity to progress to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Individuals with germline mutations of either RUNX1, CEBPA, or GATA2 can also be called as preleukemic because they have a markedly increased incidence of evolution into AML. Also, alkylating chemotherapy or radiation can cause MDS/preleukemia, which nearly always progress to AML. More recently, investigators noted that AML patients who achieved complete morphological remission after chemotherapy often have clonal hematopoiesis predominantly marked by either DNMT3A, TET2 or IDH1/2 mutations, which were also present at diagnosis of AML...
January 3, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899143/presymptomatic-diagnosis-of-fabry-s-disease-a-case-report
#13
Rasmus Bo Hasselbalch, Per Lav Madsen, Henning Bundgaard, Juliane Theilade
BACKGROUND: Fabry's disease is a rare X-linked genetic disorder characterized by reduced levels of the α-galactosidase A enzyme. It may present with a cardiac phenotype resembling hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. However, as a specific enzyme replacement therapy is available, it remains an important differential diagnoses in patients presenting with cardiac hypertrophy. In boys, onset has been reported in early childhood with complaints initially comprising neuropathic pain, reduced sweat production, and gastrointestinal symptoms...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896428/xci-escaping-gene-kdm5c-contributes-to-ovarian-development-via-downregulating-mir-320a
#14
Yi-Xi Sun, Yi-Xin Zhang, Dan Zhang, Chen-Ming Xu, Song-Chang Chen, Jun-Yu Zhang, Ye-Chun Ruan, Feng Chen, Run-Ju Zhang, Ye-Qing Qian, Yi-Feng Liu, Lu-Yang Jin, Tian-Tian Yu, Hai-Yan Xu, Yu-Qin Luo, Xin-Mei Liu, Fei Sun, Jian-Zhong Sheng, He-Feng Huang
Mechanisms underlying female gonadal dysgenesis remain unclarified and relatively unstudied. Whether X-chromosome inactivation (XCI)-escaping genes and microRNAs (miRNAs) contribute to this condition is currently unknown. We compared 45,X Turner Syndrome women with 46,XX normal women, and investigated differentially expressed miRNAs in Turner Syndrome through plasma miRNA sequencing. We found that miR-320a was consistently upregulated not only in 45,X plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), but also in 45,X fetal gonadal tissues...
November 28, 2016: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880931/an-xist-related-small-rna-regulates-kras-g-quadruplex-formation-beyond-x-inactivation
#15
Yuli C Chang, Chien-Chih Chiu, Chung-Yee Yuo, Wen-Ling Chan, Ya-Sian Chang, Wen-Hsin Chang, Shou-Mei Wu, Han-Lin Chou, Ta-Chih Liu, Chi-Yu Lu, Wen-Kuang Yang, Jan-Gowth Chang
X-inactive-specific transcript (XIST), a long non-coding RNA, is essential for the initiation of X-chromosome inactivation. However, little is known about other roles of XIST in the physiological process in eukaryotic cells. In this study, the bioinformatics approaches revealed XIST could be processed into a small non-coding RNA XPi2. The XPi2 RNA was confirmed by a northern blot assay; its expression was gender-independent, suggesting the role of XPi2 was beyond X-chromosome inactivation. The pull-down assay combined with LC-MS-MS identified two XPi2-associated proteins, nucleolin and hnRNP A1, connected to the formation of G-quadruplex...
November 17, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870435/a-general-theory-of-sexual-differentiation
#16
REVIEW
Arthur P Arnold
A general theory of mammalian sexual differentiation is proposed. All biological sex differences are the result of the inequality in effects of the sex chromosomes, which are the only factors that differ in XX vs. XY zygotes. This inequality leads to male-specific effects of the Y chromosome, including expression of the testis-determining gene Sry that causes differentiation of testes. Thus, Sry sets up lifelong sex differences in effects of gonadal hormones. Y genes also act outside of the gonads to cause male-specific effects...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870409/cognitive-behavioral-and-neural-consequences-of-sex-chromosome-aneuploidy
#17
REVIEW
Frida Printzlau, Jeanne Wolstencroft, David H Skuse
The X chromosome has played a critical role in the development of sexually selected characteristics for over 300 million years, and during that time it has accumulated a disproportionate number of genes concerned with mental functions. There are relatively specific effects of X-linked genes on social cognition, language, emotional regulation, visuospatial, and numerical skills. Many human X-linked genes outside the X-Y pairing pseudoautosomal regions escape X-inactivation. Dosage differences in the expression of such genes (which constitute at least 15% of the total) are likely to play an important role in male-female neural differentiation, and in cognitive deficits and behavioral characteristics, particularly in the realm of social communication, that are associated with sex chromosome aneuploidies...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869828/tumor-suppressor-genes-that-escape-from-x-inactivation-contribute-to-cancer-sex-bias
#18
Andrew Dunford, David M Weinstock, Virginia Savova, Steven E Schumacher, John P Cleary, Akinori Yoda, Timothy J Sullivan, Julian M Hess, Alexander A Gimelbrant, Rameen Beroukhim, Michael S Lawrence, Gad Getz, Andrew A Lane
There is a striking and unexplained male predominance across many cancer types. A subset of X-chromosome genes can escape X-inactivation, which would protect females from complete functional loss by a single mutation. To identify putative 'escape from X-inactivation tumor-suppressor' (EXITS) genes, we examined somatic alterations from >4,100 cancers across 21 tumor types for sex bias. Six of 783 non-pseudoautosomal region (PAR) X-chromosome genes (ATRX, CNKSR2, DDX3X, KDM5C, KDM6A, and MAGEC3) harbored loss-of-function mutations more frequently in males (based on a false discovery rate < 0...
January 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857184/yy1-binding-association-with-sex-biased-transcription-revealed-through-x-linked-transcript-levels-and-allelic-binding-analyses
#19
Chih-Yu Chen, Wenqiang Shi, Bradley P Balaton, Allison M Matthews, Yifeng Li, David J Arenillas, Anthony Mathelier, Masayoshi Itoh, Hideya Kawaji, Timo Lassmann, Yoshihide Hayashizaki, Piero Carninci, Alistair R R Forrest, Carolyn J Brown, Wyeth W Wasserman
Sex differences in susceptibility and progression have been reported in numerous diseases. Female cells have two copies of the X chromosome with X-chromosome inactivation imparting mono-allelic gene silencing for dosage compensation. However, a subset of genes, named escapees, escape silencing and are transcribed bi-allelically resulting in sexual dimorphism. Here we conducted in silico analyses of the sexes using human datasets to gain perspectives into such regulation. We identified transcription start sites of escapees (escTSSs) based on higher transcription levels in female cells using FANTOM5 CAGE data...
November 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845447/novel-method-to-rescue-a-lethal-phenotype-through-integration-of-target-gene-onto-the-x-chromosome
#20
Kazuya Sakata, Kimi Araki, Hiroyasu Nakano, Takashi Nishina, Sachiko Komazawa-Sakon, Shin Murai, Grace E Lee, Daisuke Hashimoto, Chigure Suzuki, Yasuo Uchiyama, Kenji Notohara, Anna S Gukovskaya, Ilya Gukovsky, Ken-Ichi Yamamura, Hideo Baba, Masaki Ohmuraya
The loss-of-function mutations of serine protease inhibitor, Kazal type 1 (SPINK1) gene are associated with human chronic pancreatitis, but the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. We previously reported that mice lacking Spink3, the murine homologue of human SPINK1, die perinatally due to massive pancreatic acinar cell death, precluding investigation of the effects of SPINK1 deficiency. To circumvent perinatal lethality, we have developed a novel method to integrate human SPINK1 gene on the X chromosome using Cre-loxP technology and thus generated transgenic mice termed "X-SPINK1"...
November 15, 2016: Scientific Reports
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