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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636938/the-ldb1-complex-co-opts-ctcf-for-erythroid-lineage-specific-long-range-enhancer-interactions
#1
Jongjoo Lee, Ivan Krivega, Ryan K Dale, Ann Dean
Lineage-specific transcription factors are critical for long-range enhancer interactions, but direct or indirect contributions of architectural proteins such as CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) to enhancer function remain less clear. The LDB1 complex mediates enhancer-gene interactions at the β-globin locus through LDB1 self-interaction. We find that an LDB1-bound enhancer upstream of carbonic anhydrase 2 (Car2) activates its expression by interacting directly with CTCF at the gene promoter. Both LDB1 and CTCF are required for enhancer-Car2 looping, and the domain of LDB1 contacted by CTCF is necessary to rescue Car2 transcription in LDB1-deficient cells...
June 20, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630356/developmental-downregulation-of-lis1-expression-limits-axonal-extension-and-allows-axon-pruning
#2
Kanako Kumamoto, Tokuichi Iguchi, Ryuichi Ishida, Takuya Uemura, Makoto Sato, Shinji Hirotsune
The robust axonal growth and regenerative capacities of young neurons decrease substantially with age. This developmental downregulation of axonal growth may facilitate axonal pruning and neural circuit formation but limits functional recovery following nerve damage. While external factors influencing axonal growth have been extensively investigated, relatively little is known about the intrinsic molecular changes underlying the age-dependent reduction in regeneration capacity. We report that developmental downregulation of LIS1 is responsible for the decreased axonal extension capacity of mature dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons...
June 19, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629478/genetic-epigenetic-interactions-in-cis-a-major-focus-in-the-post-gwas-era
#3
REVIEW
Catherine Do, Alyssa Shearer, Masako Suzuki, Mary Beth Terry, Joel Gelernter, John M Greally, Benjamin Tycko
Studies on genetic-epigenetic interactions, including the mapping of methylation quantitative trait loci (mQTLs) and haplotype-dependent allele-specific DNA methylation (hap-ASM), have become a major focus in the post-genome-wide-association-study (GWAS) era. Such maps can nominate regulatory sequence variants that underlie GWAS signals for common diseases, ranging from neuropsychiatric disorders to cancers. Conversely, mQTLs need to be filtered out when searching for non-genetic effects in epigenome-wide association studies (EWAS)...
June 19, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619046/identification-of-a-novel-ctcf-mutation-responsible-for-syndromic-intellectual-disability-a-case-report
#4
Fatma Bastaki, Pratibha Nair, Madiha Mohamed, Ethar Mustafa Malik, Mustafa Helmi, Mahmoud Taleb Al-Ali, Abdul Rezzak Hamzeh
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant mental retardation 21 (MRD21) is a very rare condition, characterized by short stature, microcephaly, mild facial dysmorphisms and intellectual disability that ranged from mild to severe. MRD21 is caused by mutations in CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) and this was established through only four unrelated cases, two of which had frameshift mutations. CTCF is a master transcriptional regulator that controls chromatin structure and may serve as insulator and transcriptional activator and repressor...
June 15, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604675/identification-of-the-elementary-structural-units-of-the-dna-damage-response
#5
Francesco Natale, Alexander Rapp, Wei Yu, Andreas Maiser, Hartmann Harz, Annina Scholl, Stephan Grulich, Tobias Anton, David Hörl, Wei Chen, Marco Durante, Gisela Taucher-Scholz, Heinrich Leonhardt, M Cristina Cardoso
Histone H2AX phosphorylation is an early signalling event triggered by DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). To elucidate the elementary units of phospho-H2AX-labelled chromatin, we integrate super-resolution microscopy of phospho-H2AX during DNA repair in human cells with genome-wide sequencing analyses. Here we identify phospho-H2AX chromatin domains in the nanometre range with median length of ∼75 kb. Correlation analysis with over 60 genomic features shows a time-dependent euchromatin-to-heterochromatin repair trend...
June 12, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594324/mecp2-regulates-tet1-catalyzed-demethylation-ctcf-binding-and-learning-dependent-alternative-splicing-of-the-bdnf-gene-in-turtle
#6
Zhaoqing Zheng, Ganesh Ambigapathy, Joyce Keifer
MECP2 mutations underlying Rett syndrome cause widespread misregulation of gene expression. Functions for MeCP2 other than transcriptional are not well understood. In an ex vivo brain preparation from the pond turtle Trachemys scripta elegans, an intraexonic splicing event in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene generates a truncated mRNA transcript in naïve brain that is suppressed upon classical conditioning. MeCP2 and its partners, splicing factor Y-box binding protein 1 (YB-1) and methylcytosine dioxygenase 1 (Tet1), bind to BDNF chromatin in naïve but dissociate during conditioning; the dissociation correlating with decreased DNA methylation...
June 8, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591566/regulation-of-clustered-protocadherin-genes-in-individual-neurons
#7
REVIEW
Teruyoshi Hirayama, Takeshi Yagi
Individual neurons are basic functional units in the complex system of the brain. One aspect of neuronal individuality is generated by stochastic and combinatorial expression of diverse clustered protocadherins (Pcdhs), encoded by the Pcdha, Pcdhb, and Pcdhg gene clusters, that are critical for several aspects of neural circuit formation. Each clustered Pcdh gene has its own promoter containing conserved sequences and is transcribed by a promoter choice mechanism involving interaction between the promoter and enhancers...
June 4, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587163/a-tox21-approach-to-altered-epigenetic-landscapes-assessing-epigenetic-toxicity-pathways-leading-to-altered-gene-expression-and-oncogenic-transformation-in-vitro
#8
REVIEW
Craig L Parfett, Daniel Desaulniers
An emerging vision for toxicity testing in the 21st century foresees in vitro assays assuming the leading role in testing for chemical hazards, including testing for carcinogenicity. Toxicity will be determined by monitoring key steps in functionally validated molecular pathways, using tests designed to reveal chemically-induced perturbations that lead to adverse phenotypic endpoints in cultured human cells. Risk assessments would subsequently be derived from the causal in vitro endpoints and concentration vs...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560323/ctcf-facilitates-dna-double-strand-break-repair-by-enhancing-homologous-recombination-repair
#9
Khalid Hilmi, Maïka Jangal, Maud Marques, Tiejun Zhao, Amine Saad, Chenxi Zhang, Vincent M Luo, Alasdair Syme, Carlis Rejon, Zhenbao Yu, Asiev Krum, Marc R Fabian, Stéphane Richard, Moulay Alaoui-Jamali, Alexander Orthwein, Luke McCaffrey, Michael Witcher
The repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) is mediated via two major pathways, nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ) and homologous recombination (HR) repair. DSB repair is vital for cell survival, genome stability, and tumor suppression. In contrast to NHEJ, HR relies on extensive homology and templated DNA synthesis to restore the sequence surrounding the break site. We report a new role for the multifunctional protein CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) in facilitating HR-mediated DSB repair. CTCF is recruited to DSB through its zinc finger domain independently of poly(ADP-ribose) polymers, known as PARylation, catalyzed by poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP-1)...
May 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549169/regulatory-dynamics-of-11p13-suggest-a-role-for-ehf-in-modifying-cf-lung-disease-severity
#10
Lindsay R Stolzenburg, Rui Yang, Jenny L Kerschner, Sara Fossum, Matthew Xu, Andrew Hoffmann, Kay-Marie Lamar, Sujana Ghosh, Sarah Wachtel, Shih-Hsing Leir, Ann Harris
Mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene cause cystic fibrosis (CF), but are not good predictors of lung phenotype. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) previously identified additional genomic sites associated with CF lung disease severity. One of these, at chromosome 11p13, is an intergenic region between Ets homologous factor (EHF) and Apaf-1 interacting protein (APIP). Our goal was to determine the functional significance of this region, which being intergenic is probably regulatory...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542178/uncovering-direct-and-indirect-molecular-determinants-of-chromatin-loops-using-a-computational-integrative-approach
#11
Raphaël Mourad, Lang Li, Olivier Cuvier
Chromosomal organization in 3D plays a central role in regulating cell-type specific transcriptional and DNA replication timing programs. Yet it remains unclear to what extent the resulting long-range contacts depend on specific molecular drivers. Here we propose a model that comprehensively assesses the influence on contacts of DNA-binding proteins, cis-regulatory elements and DNA consensus motifs. Using real data, we validate a large number of predictions for long-range contacts involving known architectural proteins and DNA motifs...
May 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536180/yy1-and-ctcf-orchestrate-a-3d-chromatin-looping-switch-during-early-neural-lineage-commitment
#12
Jonathan A Beagan, Michael T Duong, Katelyn R Titus, Linda Zhou, Zhendong Cao, Jingjing Ma, Caroline V Lachanski, Daniel R Gillis, Jennifer E Phillips-Cremins
CTCF is an architectural protein with a critical role in connecting higher-order chromatin folding in pluripotent stem cells. Recent reports have suggested that CTCF binding is more dynamic during development than previously appreciated. Here, we set out to understand the extent to which shifts in genome-wide CTCF occupancy contribute to the 3D reconfiguration of fine-scale chromatin folding during early neural lineage commitment. Unexpectedly, we observe a sharp decrease in CTCF occupancy during the transition from naïve/primed pluripotency to multipotent primary neural progenitor cells (NPCs)...
May 23, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533409/inducible-ctcf-insulator-delays-the-igh-3-regulatory-region-mediated-activation-of-germline-promoters-and-alters-class-switching
#13
Fatima-Zohra Braikia, Chloé Oudinet, Dania Haddad, Zeliha Oruc, Domenico Orlando, Audrey Dauba, Marc Le Bert, Ahmed Amine Khamlichi
Class switch recombination (CSR) plays an important role in adaptive immune response by enabling mature B cells to switch from IgM expression to the expression of downstream isotypes. CSR is preceded by inducible germline (GL) transcription of the constant genes and is controlled by the 3' regulatory region (3'RR) in a stimulus-dependent manner. Why the 3'RR-mediated up-regulation of GL transcription is delayed to the mature B-cell stage is presently unknown. Here we show that mice devoid of an inducible CTCF binding element, located in the α constant gene, display a marked isotype-specific increase of GL transcription in developing and resting splenic B cells and altered CSR in activated B cells...
June 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529057/structural-basis-for-the-versatile-and-methylation-dependent-binding-of-ctcf-to-dna
#14
Hideharu Hashimoto, Dongxue Wang, John R Horton, Xing Zhang, Victor G Corces, Xiaodong Cheng
The multidomain CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF), containing a tandem array of 11 zinc fingers (ZFs), modulates the three-dimensional organization of chromatin. We crystallized the human CTCF DNA-binding domain in complex with a known CTCF-binding site. While ZF2 does not make sequence-specific contacts, each finger of ZF3-7 contacts three bases of the 15-bp consensus sequence. Each conserved nucleotide makes base-specific hydrogen bonds with a particular residue. Most of the variable base pairs within the core sequence also engage in interactions with the protein...
June 1, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525758/targeted-degradation-of-ctcf-decouples-local-insulation-of-chromosome-domains-from-genomic-compartmentalization
#15
Elphège P Nora, Anton Goloborodko, Anne-Laure Valton, Johan H Gibcus, Alec Uebersohn, Nezar Abdennur, Job Dekker, Leonid A Mirny, Benoit G Bruneau
The molecular mechanisms underlying folding of mammalian chromosomes remain poorly understood. The transcription factor CTCF is a candidate regulator of chromosomal structure. Using the auxin-inducible degron system in mouse embryonic stem cells, we show that CTCF is absolutely and dose-dependently required for looping between CTCF target sites and insulation of topologically associating domains (TADs). Restoring CTCF reinstates proper architecture on altered chromosomes, indicating a powerful instructive function for CTCF in chromatin folding...
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525739/genome-organization-cohesin-on-the-move
#16
Judita Richterova, Barbora Huraiova, Juraj Gregan
Folding of mammalian genomes into spatial domains is thought to depend on cohesin and CTCF proteins. Busslinger et al. (2017) reveal that transcription moves cohesin along DNA to CTCF-binding sites, providing insights into how cohesin and CTCF mediate chromosomal interactions by formation of chromatin loops.
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513628/an-integrated-model-for-detecting-significant-chromatin-interactions-from-high-resolution-hi-c-data
#17
Mark Carty, Lee Zamparo, Merve Sahin, Alvaro González, Raphael Pelossof, Olivier Elemento, Christina S Leslie
Here we present HiC-DC, a principled method to estimate the statistical significance (P values) of chromatin interactions from Hi-C experiments. HiC-DC uses hurdle negative binomial regression account for systematic sources of variation in Hi-C read counts-for example, distance-dependent random polymer ligation and GC content and mappability bias-and model zero inflation and overdispersion. Applied to high-resolution Hi-C data in a lymphoblastoid cell line, HiC-DC detects significant interactions at the sub-topologically associating domain level, identifying potential structural and regulatory interactions supported by CTCF binding sites, DNase accessibility, and/or active histone marks...
May 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506242/an-imprinted-non-coding-genomic-cluster-at-14q32-defines-clinically-relevant-molecular-subtypes-in-osteosarcoma-across-multiple-independent-datasets
#18
Katherine E Hill, Andrew D Kelly, Marieke L Kuijjer, William Barry, Ahmed Rattani, Cassandra C Garbutt, Haydn Kissick, Katherine Janeway, Antonio Perez-Atayde, Jeffrey Goldsmith, Mark C Gebhardt, Mohamed S Arredouani, Greg Cote, Francis Hornicek, Edwin Choy, Zhenfeng Duan, John Quackenbush, Benjamin Haibe-Kains, Dimitrios Spentzos
BACKGROUND: A microRNA (miRNA) collection on the imprinted 14q32 MEG3 region has been associated with outcome in osteosarcoma. We assessed the clinical utility of this miRNA set and their association with methylation status. METHODS: We integrated coding and non-coding RNA data from three independent annotated clinical osteosarcoma cohorts (n = 65, n = 27, and n = 25) and miRNA and methylation data from one in vitro (19 cell lines) and one clinical (NCI Therapeutically Applicable Research to Generate Effective Treatments (TARGET) osteosarcoma dataset, n = 80) dataset...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504305/intranuclear-and-higher-order-chromatin-organization-of-the-major-histone-gene-cluster-in-breast-cancer
#19
Andrew J Fritz, Prachi N Ghule, Joseph R Boyd, Coralee E Tye, Natalie A Page, Deli Hong, David J Shirley, Adam S Weinheimer, Ahmet R Barutcu, Diana L Gerrard, Seth Frietze, Andre J van Wijnen, Sayyed K Zaidi, Anthony N Imbalzano, Jane B Lian, Janet L Stein, Gary S Stein
Alterations in nuclear morphology are common in cancer progression. However, the degree to which gross morphological abnormalities translate into compromised higher-order chromatin organization is poorly understood. To explore the functional links between gene expression and chromatin structure in breast cancer, we performed RNA-seq gene expression analysis on the basal breast cancer progression model based on human MCF10A cells. Positional gene enrichment identified the major histone gene cluster at chromosome 6p22 as one of the most significantly upregulated (and not amplified) clusters of genes from the normal-like MCF10A to premalignant MCF10AT1 and metastatic MCF10CA1a cells...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490592/epstein-barr-virus-rta-mediated-accumulation-of-dna-methylation-interferes-with-ctcf-binding-in-both-host-and-viral-genomes
#20
Yen-Ju Chen, Yu-Lian Chen, Yao Chang, Chung-Chun Wu, Ying-Chieh Ko, Sai Wah Tsao, Jen-Yang Chen, Su-Fang Lin
Rta, an Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) immediate-early protein, reactivates viral lytic replication that is closely associated with tumorigenesis. In previous studies, we demonstrated that in epithelial cells Rta efficiently induced cellular senescence, which is an irreversible G1 arrest likely to provide a favorable environment for productive replications of EBV and Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV). To restrict progression of the cell cycle, Rta simultaneously upregulates CDK inhibitors and downregulates MYC, CCND1 and JUN, among others...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Virology
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