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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333948/epigenomic-annotation-of-noncoding-mutations-identifies-mutated-pathways-in-primary-liver-cancer
#1
Rebecca F Lowdon, Ting Wang
Evidence that noncoding mutation can result in cancer driver events is mounting. However, it is more difficult to assign molecular biological consequences to noncoding mutations than to coding mutations, and a typical cancer genome contains many more noncoding mutations than protein-coding mutations. Accordingly, parsing functional noncoding mutation signal from noise remains an important challenge. Here we use an empirical approach to identify putatively functional noncoding somatic single nucleotide variants (SNVs) from liver cancer genomes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332503/a-chemical-probe-toolbox-for-dissecting-the-cancer-epigenome
#2
Jake Shortt, Christopher J Ott, Ricky W Johnstone, James E Bradner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329686/demethylated-hsatii-dna-and-hsatii-rna-foci-sequester-prc1-and-mecp2-into-cancer-specific-nuclear-bodies
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Lisa L Hall, Meg Byron, Dawn M Carone, Troy W Whitfield, Gayle P Pouliot, Andrew Fischer, Peter Jones, Jeanne B Lawrence
This study reveals that high-copy satellite II (HSATII) sequences in the human genome can bind and impact distribution of chromatin regulatory proteins and that this goes awry in cancer. In many cancers, master regulatory proteins form two types of cancer-specific nuclear bodies, caused by locus-specific deregulation of HSATII. DNA demethylation at the 1q12 mega-satellite, common in cancer, causes PRC1 aggregation into prominent Cancer-Associated Polycomb (CAP) bodies. These loci remain silent, whereas HSATII loci with reduced PRC1 become derepressed, reflecting imbalanced distribution of UbH2A on these and other PcG-regulated loci...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329684/cis-regulatory-circuits-regulating-nek6-kinase-overexpression-in-transformed-b-cells-are-super-enhancer-independent
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Yue Huang, Olivia I Koues, Jiang-Yang Zhao, Regina Liu, Sarah C Pyfrom, Jacqueline E Payton, Eugene M Oltz
Alterations in distal regulatory elements that control gene expression underlie many diseases, including cancer. Epigenomic analyses of normal and diseased cells have produced correlative predictions for connections between dysregulated enhancers and target genes involved in pathogenesis. However, with few exceptions, these predicted cis-regulatory circuits remain untested. Here, we dissect cis-regulatory circuits that lead to overexpression of NEK6, a mitosis-associated kinase, in human B cell lymphoma. We find that only a minor subset of predicted enhancers is required for NEK6 expression...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320776/epigenomic-promoter-alterations-amplify-gene-isoform-and-immunogenic-diversity-in-gastric-adenocarcinoma
#5
Aditi Qamra, Manjie Xing, Nisha Padmanabhan, Jeffrey Jun Ting Kwok, Shenli Zhang, Xu Chang, Yan Shan Leong, Ai Ping Lee Lim, Qianqao Tang, WenFong Ooi, Joyce Suling Lin, Tannistha Nandi, Xiaosai Yao, Xuewen Ong, Minghui Lee, Su Ting Tay, Angie Tan Lay Keng, Erna Gondo Santoso, Cedric Chuan Young Ng, Alvin Ng, Apinya Jusakul, Duane Smoot, Hassan Ashktorab, Sun Young Rha, Khay Guan Yeoh, Wei Peng Yong, Pierce K H Chow, Weng Hoong Chan, Hock Soo Ong, Khee Chee Soo, Kyoung-Mee Kim, Wai Keong Wong, Steven G Rozen, Bin Tean Teh, Dennis Kappei, Jeeyun Lee, John Connolly, Patrick Tan
Promoter elements play important roles in isoform and cell-type specific expression. We surveyed the epigenomic promoter landscape of gastric adenocarcinoma (GC), analyzing 110 chromatin profiles (H3K4me3, H3K4me1, H3K27ac) of primary GCs, GC lines, and non-malignant gastric tissues. We identified ~2000 promoter alterations (somatic promoters), many deregulated in various epithelial malignancies and mapping frequently to alternative promoters within the same gene, generating potential pro-oncogenic isoforms (RASA3)...
March 20, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315368/the-emerging-role-of-pi3k-akt-mediated-epigenetic-regulation-in-cancer
#6
REVIEW
Jennifer M Spangle, Thomas M Roberts, Jean J Zhao
The PI3-kinase/AKT pathway integrates signals from external cellular stimuli to regulate essential cellular functions, and is frequently aberrantly activated in human cancers. Recent research demonstrates that tight regulation of the epigenome is critical in preserving and restricting transcriptional activation, which can impact cellular growth and proliferation. In this review we examine mechanisms by which the PI3K/AKT pathway regulates the epigenome to promote oncogenesis, and highlight how connections between PI3K/AKT and the epigenome may impact the future therapeutic treatment of cancers featuring a hyperactivated PI3K/AKT pathway...
March 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302822/the-cancer-epigenome-concepts-challenges-and-therapeutic-opportunities
#7
REVIEW
Mark A Dawson
Cancer biology is profoundly influenced by changes in the epigenome. Because the dynamic plasticity of the epigenome lends itself well to therapeutic manipulation, the past few years have witnessed an unprecedented investment in the development, characterization, and translation of targeted epigenetic therapies. In this review, I provide a broad context for recent developments that offer a greater understanding of how epigenetic regulators facilitate the initiation, maintenance, and evolution of cancer. I discuss newly developed epigenetic therapies and the cellular and molecular mechanisms that may govern sensitivity and resistance to these agents...
March 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302680/genomic-and-epigenomic-heterogeneity-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#8
De-Chen Lin, Anand Mayakonda, Huy Q Dinh, Pinbo Huang, Lehang Lin, Xiaoping Liu, Ling-Wen Ding, Jie Wang, Benjamin Berman, Erwei Song, Dong Yin, H Phillip Koeffler
Understanding the intratumoral heterogeneity of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is instructive for developing personalized therapy and identifying molecular biomarkers. Here we applied whole-exome sequencing to 69 samples from 11 patients to resolve the genetic architecture of subclonal diversification. Spatial genomic diversity was found in all 11 HCC cases, with 29% of driver mutations being heterogeneous, including TERT, ARID1A, NOTCH2, and STAG2. Similar with other cancer types, TP53 mutations were always shared between all tumor regions i...
February 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292958/molecular-mechanisms-and-therapeutic-targets-in-pediatric-brain-tumors
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REVIEW
Kun-Wei Liu, Kristian W Pajtler, Barbara C Worst, Stefan M Pfister, Robert J Wechsler-Reya
Brain tumors are among the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in children. Although surgery, aggressive radiation, and chemotherapy have improved outcomes, many patients still die of their disease. Moreover, those who survive often suffer devastating long-term side effects from the therapies. A greater understanding of the molecular underpinnings of these diseases will drive the development of new therapeutic approaches. Advances in genomics and epigenomics have provided unprecedented insight into the molecular diversity of these diseases and, in several cases, have revealed key genes and signaling pathways that drive tumor growth...
March 14, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292439/integrated-molecular-characterization-of-uterine-carcinosarcoma
#10
Andrew D Cherniack, Hui Shen, Vonn Walter, Chip Stewart, Bradley A Murray, Reanne Bowlby, Xin Hu, Shiyun Ling, Robert A Soslow, Russell R Broaddus, Rosemary E Zuna, Gordon Robertson, Peter W Laird, Raju Kucherlapati, Gordon B Mills, John N Weinstein, Jiashan Zhang, Rehan Akbani, Douglas A Levine
We performed genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic characterizations of uterine carcinosarcomas (UCSs). Cohort samples had extensive copy-number alterations and highly recurrent somatic mutations. Frequent mutations were found in TP53, PTEN, PIK3CA, PPP2R1A, FBXW7, and KRAS, similar to endometrioid and serous uterine carcinomas. Transcriptome sequencing identified a strong epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) gene signature in a subset of cases that was attributable to epigenetic alterations at microRNA promoters...
March 13, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288101/opposing-macrophage-polarization-programs-show-extensive-epigenomic-and-transcriptional-cross-talk
#11
Viviana Piccolo, Alessia Curina, Marco Genua, Serena Ghisletti, Marta Simonatto, Arianna Sabò, Bruno Amati, Renato Ostuni, Gioacchino Natoli
Stimulation of macrophages with interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and interleukin 4 (IL-4) triggers distinct and opposing activation programs. During mixed infections or cancer, macrophages are often exposed to both cytokines, but how these two programs influence each other remains unclear. We found that IFN-γ and IL-4 mutually inhibited the epigenomic and transcriptional changes induced by each cytokine alone. Computational and functional analyses revealed the genomic bases for gene-specific cross-repression. For instance, while binding motifs for the transcription factors STAT1 and IRF1 were associated with robust and IL-4-resistant responses to IFN-γ, their coexistence with binding sites for auxiliary transcription factors such as AP-1 generated vulnerability to IL-4-mediated inhibition...
March 13, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275218/epigenomic-regulation-of-androgen-receptor-signaling-potential-role-in-prostate-cancer-therapy
#12
REVIEW
Vito Cucchiara, Joy C Yang, Vincenzo Mirone, Allen C Gao, Michael G Rosenfeld, Christopher P Evans
Androgen receptor (AR) signaling remains the major oncogenic pathway in prostate cancer (PCa). Androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) is the principle treatment for locally advanced and metastatic disease. However, a significant number of patients acquire treatment resistance leading to castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Epigenetics, the study of heritable and reversible changes in gene expression without alterations in DNA sequences, is a crucial regulatory step in AR signaling. We and others, recently described the technological advance Chem-seq, a method to identify the interaction between a drug and the genome...
January 16, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270869/epigenome-wide-discovery-and-evaluation-of-leukocyte-dna-methylation-markers-for-the-detection-of-colorectal-cancer-in-a-screening-setting
#13
Jonathan Alexander Heiss, Hermann Brenner
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer worldwide. If detected at an early stage, prognosis is good. Despite increasing evidence for the benefits of implemented screening programs, such as screening colonoscopy, compliance is rather low. Hence there is demand for non-invasive tests for the early detection of CRC with high acceptance in population-wide screening. The objective of this study was to identify and evaluate leukocyte DNA methylation patterns as a potential biomarker for early detection of CRC...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270529/inherited-tp53-mutations-and-the-li-fraumeni-syndrome
#14
Tanya Guha, David Malkin
Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS) is a complex hereditary cancer predisposition disorder associated with early-onset cancers in diverse tissues of origin. Germline TP53 mutations are identified in 75% of patients with classic LFS. The lifetime likelihood of a TP53 mutation carrier developing cancer approaches 75% in males and almost 100% in females. Several genetic modifiers have been implicated to account for the phenotypic variability within and across LFS families; however, efforts to develop predictive algorithms of age of onset and type of cancers in individual patients have not yet found clinical use...
March 7, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265786/precision-medicine-driven-by-cancer-systems-biology
#15
Fabian V Filipp
Molecular insights from genome and systems biology are influencing how cancer is diagnosed and treated. We critically evaluate big data challenges in precision medicine. The melanoma research community has identified distinct subtypes involving chronic sun-induced damage and the mitogen-activated protein kinase driver pathway. In addition, despite low mutation burden, non-genomic mitogen-activated protein kinase melanoma drivers are found in membrane receptors, metabolism, or epigenetic signaling with the ability to bypass central mitogen-activated protein kinase molecules and activating a similar program of mitogenic effectors...
March 7, 2017: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249716/conserved-effect-of-aging-on-dna-methylation-and-association-with-ezh2-polycomb-protein-in-mice-and-humans
#16
Khyobeni Mozhui, Ashutosh K Pandey
In humans, DNA methylation at specific CpG sites can be used to estimate the 'epigenetic clock', a biomarker of aging and health. The mechanisms that regulate the aging epigenome and level of conservation are not entirely clear. We performed affinity-based enrichment with methyl-CpG binding domain protein followed by high-throughput sequencing (MBD-seq) to assay DNA methylation in mouse samples. Consistent with previous reports, aging is associated with increase in methylation at CpG islands that likely overlap regulatory regions of genes that have been implicated in cancers (e...
February 27, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240774/early-detection-of-pancreatic-cancer-where-are-we-now-and-where-are-we-going
#17
REVIEW
Bin Zhou, Jian-Wei Xu, Yu-Gang Cheng, Jing-Yue Gao, San-Yuan Hu, Lei Wang, Han-Xiang Zhan
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is one of the most lethal malignancies. Recent studies indicate that patients with incidentally diagnosed PC have better prognosis than those with symptoms and that there is a sufficient window for early detection. However, effective early diagnosis remains difficult and depends mainly on imaging modalities and the development of screening methodologies with highly sensitive and specific biomarkers. This review summarizes recent advances in effective screening for early diagnosis of PC using imaging modalities and novel molecular biomarkers discovered from various "omics" studies including genomics, epigenomics, non-coding RNA, metabonomics, liquid biopsy (CTC, ctDNA and exosomes) and microbiomes, and their use in body fluids (feces, urine, and saliva)...
February 27, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239551/genome-wide-chromatin-accessibility-dna-methylation-and-gene-expression-analysis-of-histone-deacetylase-inhibition-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#18
Matias A Bustos, Matthew P Salomon, Nellie Nelson, Sandy C Hsu, Maggie L DiNome, Dave S B Hoon, Diego M Marzese
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), especially the subset with a basal phenotype, represents the most aggressive subtype of breast cancer. Unlike other solid tumors, TNBCs harbor a low number of driver mutations. Conversely, we and others have demonstrated a significant impact of epigenetic alterations, including DNA methylation and histone post-translational modifications, affecting TNBCs. Due to the promising results in pre-clinical studies, histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) are currently being tested in several clinical trials for breast cancer and other solid tumors...
June 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228643/a-chemical-probe-toolbox-for-dissecting-the-cancer-epigenome
#19
REVIEW
Jake Shortt, Christopher J Ott, Ricky W Johnstone, James E Bradner
Cancer cell hallmarks are underpinned by transcriptional programmes operating in the context of a dynamic and complicit epigenomic environment. Somatic alterations of chromatin modifiers are among the most prevalent cancer perturbations. There is a pressing need for targeted chemical probes to dissect these complex, interconnected gene regulatory circuits. Validated chemical probes empower mechanistic research while providing the pharmacological proof of concept that is required to translate drug-like derivatives into therapy for cancer patients...
February 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220395/single-cell-sequencing-a-distinct-new-field
#20
REVIEW
Jian Wang, Yuanlin Song
Single cell sequencing (SCS) has become a new approach to study biological heterogeneity. The advancement in technologies for single cell isolation, amplification of genome/transcriptome and next-generation sequencing enables SCS to reveal the inherent properties of a single cell from the large scale of the genome, transcriptome or epigenome at high resolution. Recently, SCS has been widely applied in various clinical and research fields, such as cancer biology and oncology, immunology, microbiology, neurobiology and prenatal diagnosis...
December 2017: Clinical and Translational Medicine
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