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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737770/tissue-specific-ctcf-cohesin-mediated-chromatin-architecture-delimits-enhancer-interactions-and-function-in-vivo
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Lars L P Hanssen, Mira T Kassouf, A Marieke Oudelaar, Daniel Biggs, Chris Preece, Damien J Downes, Matthew Gosden, Jacqueline A Sharpe, Jacqueline A Sloane-Stanley, Jim R Hughes, Benjamin Davies, Douglas R Higgs
The genome is organized via CTCF-cohesin-binding sites, which partition chromosomes into 1-5 megabase (Mb) topologically associated domains (TADs), and further into smaller sub-domains (sub-TADs). Here we examined in vivo an ∼80 kb sub-TAD, containing the mouse α-globin gene cluster, lying within a ∼1 Mb TAD. We find that the sub-TAD is flanked by predominantly convergent CTCF-cohesin sites that are ubiquitously bound by CTCF but only interact during erythropoiesis, defining a self-interacting erythroid compartment...
July 24, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735753/genome-organization-drives-chromosome-fragility
#2
Andres Canela, Yaakov Maman, Seolkyoung Jung, Nancy Wong, Elsa Callen, Amanda Day, Kyong-Rim Kieffer-Kwon, Aleksandra Pekowska, Hongliang Zhang, Suhas S P Rao, Su-Chen Huang, Peter J Mckinnon, Peter D Aplan, Yves Pommier, Erez Lieberman Aiden, Rafael Casellas, André Nussenzweig
In this study, we show that evolutionarily conserved chromosome loop anchors bound by CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) and cohesin are vulnerable to DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) mediated by topoisomerase 2B (TOP2B). Polymorphisms in the genome that redistribute CTCF/cohesin occupancy rewire DNA cleavage sites to novel loop anchors. While transcription- and replication-coupled genomic rearrangements have been well documented, we demonstrate that DSBs formed at loop anchors are largely transcription-, replication-, and cell-type-independent...
July 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722347/foxo3-longevity-interactome-on-chromosome-6
#3
Timothy A Donlon, Brian J Morris, Randi Chen, Kamal H Masaki, Richard C Allsopp, D Craig Willcox, Ayako Elliott, Bradley J Willcox
FOXO3 has been implicated in longevity in multiple populations. By DNA sequencing in long-lived individuals, we identified all single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in FOXO3 and showed 41 were associated with longevity. Thirteen of these had predicted alterations in transcription factor binding sites. Those SNPs appeared to be in physical contact, via RNA polymerase II binding chromatin looping, with sites in the FOXO3 promoter, and likely function together as a cis-regulatory unit. The SNPs exhibited a high degree of LD in the Asian population, in which they define a specific longevity haplotype that is relatively common...
July 19, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715449/a-unique-enhancer-boundary-complex-on-the-mouse-ribosomal-rna-genes-persists-after-loss-of-rrn3-or-ubf-and-the-inactivation-of-rna-polymerase-i-transcription
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Chelsea Herdman, Jean-Clement Mars, Victor Y Stefanovsky, Michel G Tremblay, Marianne Sabourin-Felix, Helen Lindsay, Mark D Robinson, Tom Moss
Transcription of the several hundred of mouse and human Ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes accounts for the majority of RNA synthesis in the cell nucleus and is the determinant of cytoplasmic ribosome abundance, a key factor in regulating gene expression. The rRNA genes, referred to globally as the rDNA, are clustered as direct repeats at the Nucleolar Organiser Regions, NORs, of several chromosomes, and in many cells the active repeats are transcribed at near saturation levels. The rDNA is also a hotspot of recombination and chromosome breakage, and hence understanding its control has broad importance...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714988/snp-mediated-disruption-of-ctcf-binding-at-the-ifitm3-promoter-is-associated-with-risk-of-severe-influenza-in-humans
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E Kaitlynn Allen, Adrienne G Randolph, Tushar Bhangale, Pranay Dogra, Maikke Ohlson, Christine M Oshansky, Anthony E Zamora, John P Shannon, David Finkelstein, Amy Dressen, John DeVincenzo, Miguela Caniza, Ben Youngblood, Carrie M Rosenberger, Paul G Thomas
Previous studies have reported associations of IFITM3 SNP rs12252 with severe influenza, but evidence of association and the mechanism by which risk is conferred remain controversial. We prioritized SNPs in IFITM3 on the basis of putative biological function and identified rs34481144 in the 5' UTR. We found evidence of a new association of rs34481144 with severe influenza in three influenza-infected cohorts characterized by different levels of influenza illness severity. We determined a role for rs34481144 as an expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) for IFITM3, with the risk allele associated with lower mRNA expression...
July 17, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714474/facultative-ctcf-sites-moderate-mammary-super-enhancer-activity-and-regulate-juxtaposed-gene-in-non-mammary-cells
#6
M Willi, K H Yoo, F Reinisch, T M Kuhns, H K Lee, C Wang, L Hennighausen
Precise spatiotemporal gene regulation is paramount for the establishment and maintenance of cell-specific programmes. Although there is evidence that chromatin neighbourhoods, formed by the zinc-finger protein CTCF, can sequester enhancers and their target genes, there is limited in vivo evidence for CTCF demarcating super-enhancers and preventing cross talk between distinct regulatory elements. Here, we address these questions in the Wap locus with its mammary-specific super-enhancer separated by CTCF sites from widely expressed genes...
July 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700586/systematic-identification-and-characterization-of-regulatory-elements-derived-from-human-endogenous-retroviruses
#7
Jumpei Ito, Ryota Sugimoto, Hirofumi Nakaoka, Shiro Yamada, Tetsuaki Kimura, Takahide Hayano, Ituro Inoue
Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) and other long terminal repeat (LTR)-type retrotransposons (HERV/LTRs) have regulatory elements that possibly influence the transcription of host genes. We systematically identified and characterized these regulatory elements based on publicly available datasets of ChIP-Seq of 97 transcription factors (TFs) provided by ENCODE and Roadmap Epigenomics projects. We determined transcription factor-binding sites (TFBSs) using the ChIP-Seq datasets and identified TFBSs observed on HERV/LTR sequences (HERV-TFBSs)...
July 12, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698407/ccctc-binding-factor-inhibits-breast-cancer-cell-proliferation-and-metastasis-via-inactivation-of-the-nuclear-factor-kappab-pathway
#8
Jie Wu, Peng-Chang Li, Jun-Yi Pang, Guo-You Liu, Xue-Min Xie, Jia-Yao Li, Yi-Cong Yin, Jian-Hua Han, Xiu-Zhi Guo, Ling Qiu
CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) is an important epigenetic regulator implicated in multiple cellular processes, including growth, proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Although CTCF deletion or mutation has been associated with human breast cancer, the role of CTCF in breast cancer is questionable. We investigated the biological functions of CTCF in breast cancer and the underlying mechanism. The results showed that CTCF expression in human breast cancer cells and tissues was significantly lower than that in normal breast cells and tissues...
July 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694486/ctcf-binding-landscape-in-jawless-fish-with-reference-to-hox-cluster-evolution
#9
Mitsutaka Kadota, Yuichiro Hara, Kaori Tanaka, Wataru Takagi, Chiharu Tanegashima, Osamu Nishimura, Shigehiro Kuraku
The nuclear protein CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) contributes as an insulator to chromatin organization in animal genomes. Currently, our knowledge of its binding property is confined mainly to mammals. In this study, we identified CTCF homologs in extant jawless fishes and performed ChIP-seq for the CTCF protein in the Arctic lamprey. Our phylogenetic analysis suggests that the lamprey lineage experienced gene duplication that gave rise to its unique paralog, designated CTCF2, which is independent from the previously recognized duplication between CTCF and CTCFL...
July 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693600/normal-breast-tissue-dna-methylation-differences-at-regulatory-elements-are-associated-with-the-cancer-risk-factor-age
#10
Kevin C Johnson, E Andres Houseman, Jessica E King, Brock C Christensen
BACKGROUND: The underlying biological mechanisms through which epidemiologically defined breast cancer risk factors contribute to disease risk remain poorly understood. Identification of the molecular changes associated with cancer risk factors in normal tissues may aid in determining the earliest events of carcinogenesis and informing cancer prevention strategies. METHODS: Here we investigated the impact cancer risk factors have on the normal breast epigenome by analyzing DNA methylation genome-wide (Infinium 450 K array) in cancer-free women from the Susan G...
July 10, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693562/activation-of-the-alpha-globin-gene-expression-correlates-with-dramatic-upregulation-of-nearby-non-globin-genes-and-changes-in-local-and-large-scale-chromatin-spatial-structure
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Sergey V Ulianov, Aleksandra A Galitsyna, Ilya M Flyamer, Arkadiy K Golov, Ekaterina E Khrameeva, Maxim V Imakaev, Nezar A Abdennur, Mikhail S Gelfand, Alexey A Gavrilov, Sergey V Razin
BACKGROUND: In homeotherms, the alpha-globin gene clusters are located within permanently open genome regions enriched in housekeeping genes. Terminal erythroid differentiation results in dramatic upregulation of alpha-globin genes making their expression comparable to the rRNA transcriptional output. Little is known about the influence of the erythroid-specific alpha-globin gene transcription outburst on adjacent, widely expressed genes and large-scale chromatin organization. Here, we have analyzed the total transcription output, the overall chromatin contact profile, and CTCF binding within the 2...
July 11, 2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677680/ctcf-orchestrates-the-germinal-centre-transcriptional-program-and-prevents-premature-plasma-cell-differentiation
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Arantxa Pérez-García, Ester Marina-Zárate, Ángel F Álvarez-Prado, Jose M Ligos, Niels Galjart, Almudena R Ramiro
In germinal centres (GC) mature B cells undergo intense proliferation and immunoglobulin gene modification before they differentiate into memory B cells or long-lived plasma cells (PC). GC B-cell-to-PC transition involves a major transcriptional switch that promotes a halt in cell proliferation and the production of secreted immunoglobulins. Here we show that the CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) is required for the GC reaction in vivo, whereas in vitro the requirement for CTCF is not universal and instead depends on the pathways used for B-cell activation...
July 5, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674270/fate-of-methylated-unmethylated-h19-imprinting-control-region-after-paternal-and-maternal-pronuclear-injection
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Asami Oji, Tomojiro Amano, Yasuaki Maeta, Naohiro Hori, Kiyotaka Hatsuzawa, Kenzo Sato, Tomoko Nakanishi
The paternal-allele-specific methylation of the Igf2/H19 imprinting control region (ICR) is established during gametogenesis and maintained throughout development. To elucidate the requirement of the germline passage in the maintenance of the imprinting methylation, we established a system introducing a methylated or unmethylated ICR-containing DNA fragment (ICR-F) into the paternal or maternal genome by microinjecting into the paternal or maternal pronucleus of fertilized eggs, and traced the methylation pattern in the ICR-F...
June 30, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671688/the-genomic-landscape-of-pediatric-and-young-adult-t-lineage-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Yu Liu, John Easton, Ying Shao, Jamie Maciaszek, Zhaoming Wang, Mark R Wilkinson, Kelly McCastlain, Michael Edmonson, Stanley B Pounds, Lei Shi, Xin Zhou, Xiaotu Ma, Edgar Sioson, Yongjin Li, Michael Rusch, Pankaj Gupta, Deqing Pei, Cheng Cheng, Malcolm A Smith, Jaime Guidry Auvil, Daniela S Gerhard, Mary V Relling, Naomi J Winick, Andrew J Carroll, Nyla A Heerema, Elizabeth Raetz, Meenakshi Devidas, Cheryl L Willman, Richard C Harvey, William L Carroll, Kimberly P Dunsmore, Stuart S Winter, Brent L Wood, Brian P Sorrentino, James R Downing, Mignon L Loh, Stephen P Hunger, Jinghui Zhang, Charles G Mullighan
Genetic alterations that activate NOTCH1 signaling and T cell transcription factors, coupled with inactivation of the INK4/ARF tumor suppressors, are hallmarks of T-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL), but detailed genome-wide sequencing of large T-ALL cohorts has not been carried out. Using integrated genomic analysis of 264 T-ALL cases, we identified 106 putative driver genes, half of which had not previously been described in childhood T-ALL (for example, CCND3, CTCF, MYB, SMARCA4, ZFP36L2 and MYCN)...
July 3, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671686/the-methyltransferase-setdb1-regulates-a-large-neuron-specific-topological-chromatin-domain
#15
Yan Jiang, Yong-Hwee Eddie Loh, Prashanth Rajarajan, Teruyoshi Hirayama, Will Liao, Bibi S Kassim, Behnam Javidfar, Brigham J Hartley, Lisa Kleofas, Royce B Park, Benoit Labonte, Seok-Man Ho, Sandhya Chandrasekaran, Catherine Do, Brianna R Ramirez, Cyril J Peter, Julia T C W, Brian M Safaie, Hirofumi Morishita, Panos Roussos, Eric J Nestler, Anne Schaefer, Benjamin Tycko, Kristen J Brennand, Takeshi Yagi, Li Shen, Schahram Akbarian
We report locus-specific disintegration of megabase-scale chromosomal conformations in brain after neuronal ablation of Setdb1 (also known as Kmt1e; encodes a histone H3 lysine 9 methyltransferase), including a large topologically associated 1.2-Mb domain conserved in humans and mice that encompasses >70 genes at the clustered protocadherin locus (hereafter referred to as cPcdh). The cPcdh topologically associated domain (TAD(cPcdh)) in neurons from mutant mice showed abnormal accumulation of the transcriptional regulator and three-dimensional (3D) genome organizer CTCF at cryptic binding sites, in conjunction with DNA cytosine hypomethylation, histone hyperacetylation and upregulated expression...
July 3, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653622/simultaneous-measurement-of-chromatin-accessibility-dna-methylation-and-nucleosome-phasing-in-single-cells
#16
Sebastian Pott
Gaining insights into the regulatory mechanisms that underlie the transcriptional variation observed between individual cells necessitates the development of methods that measure chromatin organization in single cells. Here I adapted Nucleosome Occupancy and Methylome-sequencing (NOMe-seq) to measure chromatin accessibility and endogenous DNA methylation in single cells (scNOMe-seq). scNOMe-seq recovered characteristic accessibility and DNA methylation patterns at DNase hypersensitive sites (DHSs). An advantage of scNOMe-seq is that sequencing reads are sampled independently of the accessibility measurement...
June 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648147/functional-roles-of-ctcf-in-breast-cancer
#17
Sumin Oh, Chaeun Oh, Kyung Hyun Yoo
CTCF, Zn-finger protein, has been identified as multifunctional transcription factor to regulate gene expression through recruitment of other co-activators and binding to promoter regions of target genes. Furthermore, it has been proposed as an insulator protein that contributes to the establishment of functional three-dimensional chromatin structures. It could disrupt transcription through block the connection between enhancer and promoter. Previous studies revealed that various diseases including breast cancer were developed from aberrant expression of CTCF itself or their target genes...
June 26, 2017: BMB Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645561/boris-up-regulates-oct4-via-histone-methylation-to-promote-cancer-stem-cell-like-properties-in-human-liver-cancer-cells
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Qiuying Liu, Kefei Chen, Zhongjian Liu, Yuan Huang, Rongce Zhao, Ling Wei, Xiaoqin Yu, Jingyang He, Jun Liu, Jianguo Qi, Yang Qin, Bo Li
Accumulating evidence has revealed the importance of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in chemoresistance and recurrence. BORIS, a testes-specific CTCF paralog, has been shown to be associated with stemness traits of embryonic cancer cells and epithelial CSCs. We previously reported that BORIS is correlated with the expression of the CSC marker CD90 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). These results encourage us to wonder whether BORIS exerts functions on CSC-like traits of human liver cancer cells. Here, we report that BORIS was enriched in HCC tissues...
June 20, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636938/the-ldb1-complex-co-opts-ctcf-for-erythroid-lineage-specific-long-range-enhancer-interactions
#19
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
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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...
July 15, 2017: Biology Open
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