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Francesca Megiorni, Simona Camero, Simona Ceccarelli, Heather P McDowell, Olga Mannarino, Francesco Marampon, Barry Pizer, Rajeev Shukla, Antonio Pizzuti, Cinzia Marchese, Anna Clerico, Carlo Dominici
Aberrant DNA methylation has been frequently observed in many human cancers, including rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children. To date, the expression and function of the de novo DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) 3B in RMS have not yet been investigated. Our study show for the first time a significant up-regulation of DNMT3B levels in 14 RMS tumour samples and 4 RMS cell lines in comparison to normal skeletal muscle. Transfection of RD and TE671 cells, two in vitro models of embryonal RMS (ERMS), with a synthetic DNMT3B siRNA decreased cell proliferation by arresting cell cycle at G1 phase, as demonstrated by the reduced expression of Cyclin B1, Cyclin D1 and Cyclin E2, and by the concomitant up-regulation of the checkpoint regulators p21 and p27...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Hai-Qiang Dai, Bang-An Wang, Lu Yang, Jia-Jia Chen, Guo-Chun Zhu, Mei-Ling Sun, Hao Ge, Rui Wang, Deborah L Chapman, Fuchou Tang, Xin Sun, Guo-Liang Xu
Mammalian genomes undergo epigenetic modifications, including cytosine methylation by DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs). Oxidation of 5-methylcytosine by the Ten-eleven translocation (TET) family of dioxygenases can lead to demethylation. Although cytosine methylation has key roles in several processes such as genomic imprinting and X-chromosome inactivation, the functional significance of cytosine methylation and demethylation in mouse embryogenesis remains to be fully determined. Here we show that inactivation of all three Tet genes in mice leads to gastrulation phenotypes, including primitive streak patterning defects in association with impaired maturation of axial mesoderm and failed specification of paraxial mesoderm, mimicking phenotypes in embryos with gain-of-function Nodal signalling...
October 19, 2016: Nature
Huiping Zhang, Joel Gelernter
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Risk for alcohol use disorders (AUDs) is influenced by gene-environment interactions. Environmental factors can affect gene expression through epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation. This review outlines the findings regarding the association of DNA methylation and AUDs. METHODS: We searched PubMed (by April 2016) and identified 29 studies that examined the association of DNA methylation and AUDs. We also evaluated the methods used in these studies...
October 19, 2016: American Journal on Addictions
Y Dong, M Zhou, X J Ba, J W Si, W T Li, Y Wang, D Li, T Li
OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinicopathological significance of the DNA methyltransferase 3B (DNMT3B) overexpression in endometrial carcinomas and to evaluate its correlation with hormone receptor status. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was performed to assess the expression of DNMT3B and hormone receptors in 104 endometrial carcinomas. RESULTS: DNMT3B overexpression occurred frequently in endometrioid carcinoma (EC, 54.8%) more than in nonendometrioid carcinoma (NEC, 30...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Si-Han Huang, Hua-Rong Zhou, Cong-Jie Chen, Li-Hong Tian, Jian-Zhen Shen
HOX antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR), a long non-coding RNA, plays an important role in the development of many types of cancers. Its function in acute leukemia (AL), however, has not been examined. The present study investigated the role of HOTAIR and its downstream genes in AL, and determined whether it could act as a molecular marker for prediction of leukemia development and prognosis. Real-time quantitative PCR was used to examine the expression of each gene in the HOTAIR signaling pathway in AL patients...
October 4, 2016: Oncology Reports
E Balada, L Felip, J Ordi-Ros, M Vilardell-Tarrés
We evaluated the transcriptional expression of DUSP23 in CD4+ T cells from 30 SLE patients and 30 healthy controls. DUSP23 mRNA levels were considerably higher in the patients group: 1,490 ± 1,713 versus 294,1 ± 204,2. None association was found between DUSP23 mRNA expression and the presence of typical serological and clinical parameters associated to SLE. Meaningful statistical values were obtained in the patients group between the levels of DUSP23 and ITGAL, PRF1, and CD40L. Similarly, transcript levels of different DNA methylation-related enzymes (DNMT1, DNMT3A, DNMT3B, MBD2, and MBD4) were also positively correlated to the expression of DUSP23...
October 13, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Erez Rechavi, Atar Lev, Eran Eyal, Ortal Barel, Nitzan Kol, Sarit Farage Barhom, Ben Pode-Shakked, Yair Anikster, Raz Somech, Amos J Simon
PURPOSE: Immunodeficiency, centromeric instability, and facial anomalies (ICF) syndrome is an extremely rare autosomal recessive disease. The immune phenotype is characterized by hypogammaglobulinemia in the presence of B cells. T cell lymphopenia also develops in some patients. We sought to further investigate the immune defect in an ICF patient with a novel missense mutation in DNMT3B and a severe phenotype. METHODS: Patient lymphocytes were examined for subset counts, immunoglobulin levels, T and B cell de novo production (via excision circles) and receptor repertoire diversity...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
Wang Yan, Zhao-Ying Chen, Jia-Qi Chen, Hui-Min Chen
BACKGROUND: Neural stem cells (NSCs) are pluripotent and self-renewing cells which could differentiate into diverse types of neural cells, such as dopaminergic (DA) neurons, the loss of which is the typical characteristic of Parkinson's disease (PD). This study aimed to examine the molecular mechanisms of BMP2-mediating NSCs differentiation into DA neurons. METHODS: Different concentrations of BMP2 were used to induce the differentiation of NSCs into DA neurons, which were characterized by the number and the neurite lengths of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)+ and dopamine transporter (DAT)+ neurons by immunocytochemistry...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Sheng Zeng, Yuyu Yang, Xian Cheng, Bisheng Zhou, Ping Li, Yuhao Zhao, Xiaocen Kong, Yong Xu
Differentiation of B lymphocytes into isotope-specific plasma cells represents a hallmark event in adaptive immunity. During B cell maturation, expression of the class II transactivator (CIITA) gene is down-regulated although the underlying epigenetic mechanism is not completely defined. Here we report that hypermethylated in cancer 1 (HIC1) was up-regulated in differentiating B lymphocytes paralleling CIITA repression. Over-expression of HIC1 directly repressed endogenous CIITA transcription in B cells. Reporter assay and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay confirmed that HIC1 bound to the proximal CIITA type III promoter (-545/-113); mutation of a conserved HIC1 site within this region abrogated CIITA trans-repression...
October 6, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Ying Wang, George L Sen
In this issue of Cell Stem Cell, Rinaldi et al. (2016) find an unexpected role for the de novo DNA methyltransferases Dnmt3a and Dnmt3b in the regulation of enhancers. Their findings provide new insight into how regulation of enhancer activity through DNA methylation can have dramatic consequences on epidermal stem cell fate decisions.
October 6, 2016: Cell Stem Cell
Samira Asgari, Paul J McLaren, Jane Peake, Melanie Wong, Richard Wong, Istvan Bartha, Joshua R Francis, Katia Abarca, Kyra A Gelderman, Philipp Agyeman, Christoph Aebi, Christoph Berger, Jacques Fellay, Luregn J Schlapbach
One out of three pediatric sepsis deaths in high income countries occur in previously healthy children. Primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) have been postulated to underlie fulminant sepsis, but this concept remains to be confirmed in clinical practice. Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is a common bacterium mostly associated with health care-related infections in immunocompromised individuals. However, in rare cases, it can cause sepsis in previously healthy children. We used exome sequencing and bioinformatic analysis to systematically search for genetic factors underpinning severe P...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Suryanarayan Biswal, Debashree Das, Kalpana Barhwal, Ashish Kumar, Tapas Chandra Nag, Mahendra Kumar Thakur, Sunil Kumar Hota, Bhuvnesh Kumar
Exposure to global hypoxia and ischemia has been reported to cause neurodegeneration in the hippocampus with CA3 neurons. This neuronal damage is progressive during the initial phase of exposure but maintains a plateau on prolonged exposure. The present study on Sprague Dawley rats aimed at understanding the underlying molecular and epigenetic mechanisms that lead to hypoxic adaptation of CA3 neurons on prolonged exposure to a global hypoxia. Our results show stagnancy in neurodegeneration in CA3 region beyond 14 days of chronic exposure to hypobaria simulating an altitude of 25,000 ft...
October 3, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Xiaowu Zhong, Yuanhong Peng, Chengjiao Yao, Yufeng Qing, Qibin Yang, Xiaolan Guo, Wenguang Xie, Mingcai Zhao, Xiaoming Cai, Jing-Guo Zhou
Gouty arthritis is the most common type of inflammatory and immune disease, and the prevalence and incidence of gout increases annually. Genetic variations in the DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) gene have not, to the best of our knowledge, been reported to influence gene expression and to participate in the pathogenesis of gout. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the DNMT1, DNMT3A and DNMT3B polymorphisms contribute to gout susceptibility. These polymorphisms were screened for in 336 gout patients and 306 healthy control subjects (from a South China population) for association with gout...
October 2016: Biomedical Reports
Yi-Wen Huang, Fei Gu, Alan Dombkowski, Li-Shu Wang, Gary D Stoner
Aberrant methylation of DNA is a common event in the development of cancers, including squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the human esophagus. In the present study, we determined: (a) whether aberrant DNA methylation also occurs in the development of N-nitrosomethylbenzylamine (NMBA)-induced tumorigenesis in the rat esophagus, a model of human esophageal SCC; and (b) if so, whether dietary black raspberries (BRBs) are capable of preventing this aberrant DNA methylation. A diet containing 5% BRBs inhibited the development of NMBA-induced tumors in the rat esophagus...
November 2016: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Fatma Uysal, Gokhan Akkoyunlu, Saffet Ozturk
DNA methylation is one of the epigenetic marks and plays critically important functions during spermatogenesis in mammals. DNA methylation is catalysed by DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) enzymes, which are responsible for the addition of a methyl group to the fifth carbon atom of the cytosine residues within cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) and non-CpG dinucleotide sites. Structurally and functionally five different DNMT enzymes have been identified in mammals, including DNMT1, DNMT2, DNMT3A, DNMT3B and DNMT3L...
September 12, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Ali Afgar, Pezhman Fard-Esfahani, Amirhosein Mehrtash, Kayhan Azadmanesh, Farnaz Khodarahmi, Mahdis Ghadir, Ladan Teimoori-Toolabi
It is observed that upregulation of DNMT3B enzyme in some cancers, including colon cancer, could lead to silencing of tumor suppressor genes. MiR-339 and miR-766 have been predicted to target 3'UTR of DNMT3B gene. Luciferase reporter assay validated that individual and co-transfection of miR-766 and miR-339 into the HEK293T cell reduced luciferase activity to 26%± 0.41%, 43% ± 0.42 and 64% ± 0.52%, respectively, compared to the control (P<0.05). Furthermore, transduction of miR-339 and miR-766 expressing viruses into colon cancer cell lines (SW480 and HCT116) decreased DNMT3B expression (1...
September 26, 2016: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Chao Huang, Hong Liu, Xiu-Li Gong, Liyun Wu, Bin Wen
Tissue microenvironment functions as a pivotal mediator in colorectal carcinogenesis, and its alteration can cause some important cellular responses including epigenetic events. The present study examined histologically altered tissue structure, DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) and their corresponding expression of target microRNAs (miRNA). Tissues resected by surgery were from primary colorectal carcinoma. These samples were from three locations: and were ≥10, 5 and ≤2 cm away from the proximal lesion of colon cancer, and marked as no...
September 19, 2016: Oncology Reports
A M O'Doherty, L C O'Shea, O Sandra, P Lonergan, T Fair, N Forde
The endometrium plays a key role in providing an optimal environment for attachment of the preimplantation embryo during the early stages of pregnancy. Investigations over the past 2 decades have demonstrated that vital epigenetic processes occur in the embryo during the preimplantation stages of development. However, few studies have investigated the potential role of imprinted genes and their associated modulators, the DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs), in the bovine endometrium during the pre- and peri-implantation period...
September 21, 2016: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Yu Xia, Jun Yang, Guobin Wang, Chengrong Li, Qiu Li
This study was conducted in order to explore age-related changes in the production of Th1 and Th2 cytokines and determine the corresponding status of DNA methylation. The plasma IL-4 and IFN-γ levels and expression of Th-related cytokines and transcription factors in CD4+ splenocytes were observed in mice at different weeks of age. The DNA methylation levels of IL-4 and IFN-γ promoters and the related regulatory regions in CD4+ splenocytes of mice at different weeks of age were analyzed. The DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) levels in CD4+ splenocytes of mice were analyzed...
September 20, 2016: Inflammation
Kelly McDaniel, Fanyin Meng, Nan Wu, Keisaku Sato, Julie Venter, Francesca Bernuzzi, Pietro Invernizzi, Tianhao Zhou, Konstantina Kyritsi, Ying Wan, Qiaobing Huang, Paolo Onori, Heather Francis, Eugenio Gaudio, Shannon Glaser, Gianfranco Alpini
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Biliary-committed progenitor cells (small cholangiocytes, SMCCs) from small bile ducts are more resistant to hepatobiliary injury than large mouse cholangiocytes (LGCCs) from large bile ducts. The definitive endoderm marker, FoxA2 is the key transcriptional factor that regulates cell differentiation and tissue regeneration. Our aim was to characterize the translational role of FoxA2 during cholestatic liver injury. METHODS: mRNA expression in SMCCs and LGCCs was assessed by PCR array analysis...
September 17, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
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