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L E Wilson, S Harlid, Z Xu, D P Sandler, J A Taylor
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The relationship between obesity and chronic disease risk is well-established; the underlying biological mechanisms driving this risk increase may include obesity-related epigenetic modifications. To explore this hypothesis, we conducted a genome-wide analysis of DNA methylation and body mass index (BMI) using data from a subset of women in the Sister Study. SUBJECTS/METHODS: The Sister Study is a cohort of 50 884 U.S. women who had a sister with breast cancer but were free of breast cancer themselves at enrollment...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Mariko Kikuchi, Hiroshi Katoh, Mina Waraya, Yoko Tanaka, Satoru Ishii, Toshimichi Tanaka, Nobuyuki Nishizawa, Keigo Yokoi, Naoko Minatani, Akira Ema, Yoshimasa Kosaka, Hirokazu Tanino, Keishi Yamashita, Masahiko Watanabe
Epigenetic silencing of HOPX has been shown frequent and specific in human cancers. HOPX is thought as a tumor suppressor gene and its promoter methylation is the main mechanism of down-regulation. In non-hereditary breast cancer, since roles of epigenetic modifications are more critical than in other cancers, the aim of this study is to seek into the roles and clinical relevance of epigenetic silencing of HOPX. Down-regulation of HOPX was observed in all human breast cancer cell lines tested. The promoter methylation was found in six of seven cell lines, and demethylating agents restored HOPX expression...
October 15, 2016: Cancer Letters
Jing-Ran Ma, Dan-Hua Wang
Breastfeeding is well-known for its benefits of preventing communicable and non-communicable diseases. Human breastmilk consists not only of nutrients, but also of bioactive substances. What's more, the epigenetic effects of human breast milk may also play an important role. Alterations in the epigenetic regulation of genes may lead to profound changes in phenotype. Clarifying the role of human breast milk on genetic expression can potentially benefit the infant's health and his later life. This review article makes a brief summary of the epigenetic mechanism of breast milk, and its epigenetic effects on neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis, infectious diseases, metabolism syndrome, cognitive function and anaphylactic diseases...
October 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Juan Xu, ZiShan Wang, Shengli Li, Juan Chen, Jinwen Zhang, Chunjie Jiang, Zheng Zhao, Jing Li, Yongsheng Li, Xia Li
Although systematic genomic studies have identified a broad spectrum of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) that are involved in breast cancer, our understanding of the epigenetic dysregulation of those ncRNAs remains limited. Here, we systematically analysed the epigenetic alterations of microRNAs (miRNAs) and long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in two breast cancer subtypes (luminal and basal). Widespread epigenetic alterations of miRNAs and lncRNAs were observed in both cancer subtypes. In contrast to protein-coding genes, the majority of epigenetically dysregulated ncRNAs were shared between subtypes, but a subset of transcriptomic and corresponding epigenetic changes occurred in a subtype-specific manner...
October 14, 2016: Briefings in Bioinformatics
E Vandendriessche, G Van De Putte, R Van Den Broecke, Etm De Jonge
AIM: Intra and inter tumour heterogeneity is a known feature in cancer because tumour cells undergo changes at genetic and epigenetic level as they spread from their primary tumour site. Adjuvant treatment protocols in breast cancer are currently based on the biological characteristics of the primary tumour, which in most cases has been removed surgically. Considering tumour heterogeneity in metastases we examined the present status of knowledge regarding measurable differences in tumour profiling between the primary breast tumour and its synchronous axillary lymph node metastases (ALNM) and if so whether adjuvant therapy directed towards the tumour characteristics of the ALNM instead of those of the primary tumour is more effective...
December 28, 2015: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
Stephanie Romanus, Patrick Neven, Adelheid Soubry
The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) theory focuses on the consequences of periconceptional and in utero exposures. A wide range of environmental conditions during early development are now being investigated as a driving force for epigenetic disruptions that enhance disease risk in later life, including cardiovascular, metabolic, endocrine, and mental disorders and even breast cancer. Most studies involve mother-child dyads, with less focus on environmental influences through the father...
October 12, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Valentina Damiano, Giulia Brisotto, Silvia Borgna, Alessandra di Gennaro, Michela Armellin, Tiziana Perin, Michela Guardascione, Roberta Maestro, Manuela Santarosa
Loss of expression of miR-200 family members has been implicated in cellular plasticity, a phenomenon that accounts for epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and stem-like features of many carcinomas and is considered a major cause of tumor aggressiveness and drug resistance. Nevertheless, the mechanisms of miR-200 downregulation in breast cancer are still largely unknown. Here we show that miR-200c expression inversely correlates with miR-200c/miR-141 locus methylation in triple-negative breast tumors (TNBC)...
September 22, 2016: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
Zhongwei Li, Pingfu Hou, Dongmei Fan, Meichen Dong, Musong Ma, Hongyuan Li, Ruosi Yao, Yuxin Li, Guannan Wang, Pengyu Geng, Adhanom Mihretab, Dongxu Liu, Yu Zhang, Baiqu Huang, Jun Lu
EZH2 (the Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2), as a key epigenetic regulator and EMT inducer, participates in a variety of cancer metastasis. EZH2 stability is regulated by several types of post-translational modifications (PTMs).The long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA) have been implicated to have critical roles in multiple carcinogenesis through a wide range of mechanisms, including modulating the stability of proteins. To date, whether the stability of EZH2 protein is regulated by lncRNAs remains unexplored. Here we report the discovery of ANCR modulating the stability of EZH2, and hence in the invasion and metastasis of breast cancer cells...
October 7, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Cristina L Cotarelo, Arno Schad, Charles James Kirkpatrick, Jonathan P Sleeman, Erik Springer, Marcus Schmidt, Sonja Thaler
Oncogene-induced senescence is thought to act as a barrier to tumorigenesis by arresting cells at risk of malignant transformation. Nevertheless, numerous findings suggest that senescent cells may conversely promote tumor progression through the development of the senescence-associated secretome they produce. It is likely that the composition and the physiological consequences mediated by the senescence secretome are dependent on the oncogenes that trigger the senescence program. Breast cancer represents a heterogenous disease that can be divided into breast cancer subtypes due to different subsets of genetic and epigenetic abnormalities...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Tingxiu Xiang, Yichao Fan, Chunhong Li, Lili Li, Ying Ying, Junhao Mu, Weiyan Peng, Yixiao Feng, Michael Oberst, Kathleen Kelly, Guosheng Ren, Qian Tao
Wnt signaling plays an important role in breast carcinogenesis. DAPPER2 (DACT2) functions as an inhibitor of canonical Wnt signaling and plays distinct roles in different cell contexts, with its role in breast tumorigenesis unclear. We investigated DACT2 expression in breast cancer cell lines and primary tumors, as well as its functions and molecular mechanisms. Results showed that DACT2 expression was silenced in 9/9 of cell lines. Promoter CpG methylation of DACT2 was detected in 89% (8/9) of cell lines, as well as in 73% (107/147) of primary tumors, but only in 20% (1/5) of surgical margin tissues and in none of normal breast tissues...
September 29, 2016: Oncotarget
Jong-Joo Lee, Mikyoung Kim, Hyoung-Pyo Kim
Special AT-rich sequence binding protein 1 (SATB1) is a nuclear matrix-associated DNA-binding protein that functions as a chromatin organizer. SATB1 is highly expressed in aggressive breast cancer cells and promotes growth and metastasis by reprograming gene expression. Through genome-wide cross-examination of gene expression and histone methylation, we identified SATB1 target genes for which expression is associated with altered epigenetic marks. Among the identified genes, long noncoding RNA urothelial carcinoma-associated 1 (UCA1) was upregulated by SATB1 depletion...
September 29, 2016: BMB Reports
Xin Xu, Yong-Gang Lv, Chang-You Yan, Jun Yi, Rui Ling
Epigenetic gene inactivation by microRNAs (miRNAs) plays a key role in malignant transformation, prevention of apoptosis, drug resistance and metastasis. It has been shown that miR-125a is down-regulated in HER2-amplified and HER2-overexpressing breast cancers (BCa), and this miRNA is believed to serve as an important tumor suppressor. miR-125a has two mature forms: hsa-miR-125a-3p and hsa-miR-125a-5p. However, the functional details of these miRNAs in BCa, particularly during pathogenesis of drug resistance, remain largely unexplored...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Fan Zhang, Chunyan Ren, Hengqiang Zhao, Lei Yang, Fei Su, Ming-Ming Zhou, Junwei Han, Eric A Sobie, Martin J Walsh
Triple negative breast cancers (TNBCs) are highly heterogeneous and aggressive without targeted treatment. Here, we aim to systematically dissect TNBCs from a prognosis point of view by building a subnetwork atlas for TNBC prognosis through integrating multi-dimensional cancer genomics data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project and the interactome data from three different interaction networks. The subnetworks are represented as the protein-protein interaction modules perturbed by multiple genetic and epigenetic interacting mechanisms contributing to patient survival...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Gordon Greville, Amanda McCann, Pauline M Rudd, Radka Saldova
Glycosylation is one of the most fundamental posttranslational modifications in cellular biology and has been shown to be epigenetically regulated. Understanding this process is important as the clinical use of epigenetic therapies such as DNA methyltransferase inhibitors are undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of ovarian and breast cancer. Previous work has demonstrated that altered glycosylation patterns are associated with aggressive disease in women presenting with breast and ovarian cancer. Moreover, the tumor microenvironment of hypoxia results in globally altered DNA methylation and is associated with aggressive cancer phenotypes and chemo-resistance, a feature integral to many cancers...
September 30, 2016: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Dante Cicchetti, Susan Hetzel, Fred A Rogosch, Elizabeth D Handley, Sheree L Toth
A genome-wide methylation study was conducted among a sample of 114 infants (M age = 13.2 months, SD = 1.08) of low-income urban women with (n = 73) and without (n = 41) major depressive disorder. The Illumina HumanMethylation450 BeadChip array with a GenomeStudio Methylation Module and Illumina Custom model were used to conduct differential methylation analyses. Using the 5.0 × 10-7 p value, 2,119 loci were found to be significantly different between infants of depressed and nondepressed mothers. Infants of depressed mothers had greater methylation at low methylation sites (0%-29%) compared to infants of nondepressed mothers...
September 30, 2016: Development and Psychopathology
Wan-Ling Ho, Wen-Ming Hsu, Min-Chuan Huang, Kenji Kadomatsu, Akira Nakagawara
Glycosylation is the most complex post-translational modification of proteins. Altered glycans on the tumor- and host-cell surface and in the tumor microenvironment have been identified to mediate critical events in cancer pathogenesis and progression. Tumor-associated glycan changes comprise increased branching of N-glycans, higher density of O-glycans, generation of truncated versions of normal counterparts, and generation of unusual forms of terminal structures arising from sialylation and fucosylation. The functional role of tumor-associated glycans (Tn, sTn, T, and sLe(a/x)) is dependent on the interaction with lectins...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Birgit M Dietz, Atieh Hajirahimkhan, Tareisha L Dunlap, Judy L Bolton
Botanical dietary supplements are increasingly popular for women's health, particularly for older women. The specific botanicals women take vary as a function of age. Younger women will use botanicals for urinary tract infections, especially Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry), where there is evidence for efficacy. Botanical dietary supplements for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are less commonly used, and rigorous clinical trials have not been done. Some examples include Vitex agnus-castus (chasteberry), Angelica sinensis (dong quai), Viburnum opulus/prunifolium (cramp bark and black haw), and Zingiber officinale (ginger)...
October 2016: Pharmacological Reviews
Guillaume Andrieu, Anna H Tran, Katherine J Strissel, Gerald V Denis
The Bromodomain and ExtraTerminal (BET) proteins are epigenetic 'readers' of acetylated histones in chromatin and have been identified as promising therapeutic targets in diverse cancers. However, it remains unclear how individual family members participate in cancer progression, and small molecule inhibitors such as JQ1 can target functionally independent BET proteins. Here we report a signaling pathway involving BRD4 and the ligand/receptor pair Jagged1/Notch1 that sustains triple-negative breast cancer migration and invasion...
September 20, 2016: Cancer Research
Jennifer M Sahni, Sylvia S Gayle, Kristen L Weber-Bonk, Leslie Cuellar Vite, Jennifer L Yori, Bryan Webb, Erika K Ramos, Darcie D Seachrist, Melissa D Landis, Jenny C Chang, James E Bradner, Ruth A Keri
Bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) proteins are epigenetic "readers" that recognize acetylated histones and mark areas of the genome for transcription. BRD4, a BET family member protein, has been implicated in a number of types of cancer, and BET protein inhibitors (BETi) are efficacious in many preclinical cancer models. However, the drivers of response to BETi vary depending on tumor type, and little is known regarding the target genes conveying BETi activity in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Here, we show that BETi repress growth of multiple in vitro and in vivo models of TNBC by inducing two terminal responses: apoptosis and senescence...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
D Sarrouilhe, C Dejean
The etiology of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is believed to be multifactorial and to involve genetic and environmental components. Environmental chemical exposures are increasingly understood to be important in causing neurotoxicity in fetuses and newborns. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States suggest a substantial increase in ASD prevalence, only partly explicable by factors such as diagnostic substitution. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an ubiquitous xenoestrogen widely employed in a variety of consumer products including plastic and metal food and beverage containers, dental sealants and fillings, medical equipment and thermal receipts...
September 9, 2016: L'Encéphale
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