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Epigenetic and aging

Maureen O'Sullivan
Since its foundation by remarkably talented and insightful individuals, prominently including Pepper Dehner, pediatric soft tissue tumor pathology has developed at an immense rate. The morphologic classification of tumoral entities has extensively been corroborated, but has also evolved with refinement or realignment of these classifications, through accruing molecular data, with many derivative ancillary diagnostic assays now already well-established. Tumors of unclear histogenesis, classically morphologically undifferentiated, are prominent amongst pediatric sarcomas, however, the classes of undifferentiated round- or spindle-cell-tumors-not-otherwise-specified are being dismantled gradually with the identification of their molecular underpinnings...
September 5, 2016: Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
Yolande F M Ramos, Ingrid Meulenbelt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide an update of recent advances in the established role of different layers of epigenetic control mechanism that are used by joint cells to ensure tissue homeostasis and cope with changing microenvironment (e.g. ageing or disease). RECENT FINDINGS: New studies have further strengthened the evidence that joint tissue cells highly dependent on epigenetic control mechanisms, such as methylation at CpG-sites, noncoding RNAs and histone modifications to assure phenotypic plasticity and respective tissue homeostasis...
October 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Ivana V Yang, Brent S Pedersen, Andrew H Liu, George T O'Connor, Dinesh Pillai, Meyer Kattan, Rana Tawil Misiak, Rebecca Gruchalla, Stanley J Szefler, Gurjit K Khurana Hershey, Carolyn Kercsmar, Adam Richards, Allen D Stevens, Christena A Kolakowski, Melanie Makhija, Christine A Sorkness, Rebecca Z Krouse, Cynthia Visness, Elizabeth J Davidson, Corinne E Hennessy, Richard J Martin, Alkis Togias, William W Busse, David A Schwartz
BACKGROUND: Given the strong environmental influence on both epigenetic marks and allergic asthma in children, the epigenetic alterations in respiratory epithelia might provide insight into allergic asthma. OBJECTIVE: We sought to identify DNA methylation and gene expression changes associated with childhood allergic persistent asthma. METHODS: We compared genomic DNA methylation patterns and gene expression in African American children with persistent atopic asthma (n = 36) versus healthy control subjects (n = 36)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Cheryl Li, Olivia Casanueva
Abundant evidence shows that the genome is not as static as once thought and that gene expression can be reversibly modulated by the environment. In some cases, these changes can be transmitted to the next generation even if the environment has reverted. Such transgenerational epigenetic inheritance requires that information be stored in the germline in response to exogenous stressors. One of the most elusive questions in the field of epigenetic inheritance is the identity of such inherited factor(s). Answering this question would allow us to understand how the environment can shape human populations for multiple generations and may help to explain the rapid rise in obesity and neurodegenerative diseases in modern society...
October 15, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
Keith M Godfrey, Rebecca M Reynolds, Susan L Prescott, Moffat Nyirenda, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Johan G Eriksson, Birit F P Broekman
In addition to immediate implications for pregnancy complications, increasing evidence implicates maternal obesity as a major determinant of offspring health during childhood and later adult life. Observational studies provide evidence for effects of maternal obesity on her offspring's risks of obesity, coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and asthma. Maternal obesity could also lead to poorer cognitive performance and increased risk of neurodevelopmental disorders, including cerebral palsy. Preliminary evidence suggests potential implications for immune and infectious-disease-related outcomes...
October 10, 2016: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Francisca Caimari, Márta Korbonits
Recently, a number of novel genetic alterations have been identified that predispose individuals to pituitary adenomas. Clinically relevant pituitary adenomas are relatively common, present in 0.1% of the general population. They are mostly benign monoclonal neoplasms that arise from any of the five hormone-secreting cell types of the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland, and cause disease due to hormonal alterations and local space-occupying effects. The pathomechanism of pituitary adenomas includes alterations in cell-cycle regulation and growth factor signaling, which are mostly due to epigenetic changes; somatic and especially germline mutations occur more rarely...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Chiara Cencioni, Sandra Atlante, Matteo Savoia, Fabio Martelli, Antonella Farsetti, Maurizio C Capogrossi, Andreas M Zeiher, Carlo Gaetano, Francesco Spallotta
Organ-specific mesenchymal cells naturally reside in the stroma, where they are exposed to some environmental variables affecting their biology and functions. Risk factors such as diabetes or aging influence their adaptive response. In these cases, permanent epigenetic modifications may be introduced in the cells with important consequences on their local homeostatic activity and therapeutic potential. Numerous results suggest that mesenchymal cells, virtually present in every organ, may contribute to tissue regeneration mostly by paracrine mechanisms...
October 11, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Yves J R Menezo, Erica Silvestris, Brian Dale, Kay Elder
The negative effect of oxidative stress on the human reproductive process is no longer a matter for debate. Oxidative stress affects female and male gametes and the developmental capacity of embryos. Its effect can continue through late stages of pregnancy. Metabolic disorders and psychiatric problems can also be caued by DNA methylation and epigenetic errors. Age has a negative effect on oxidative stress and DNA methylation, and recent observations suggest that older men are at risk of transmitting epigenetic disorders to their offspring...
September 27, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Susanne A Bengesser, Eva Z Reininghaus, Nina Lackner, Armin Birner, Frederike T Fellendorf, Martina Platzer, Nora Kainzbauer, Bernhard Tropper, Christa Hörmanseder, Robert Queissner, Hans-Peter Kapfhammer, Sandra J Wallner-Liebmann, Robert Fuchs, Erwin Petek, Christian Windpassinger, Mario Schnalzenberger, Bernd Reininghaus, Bernd Evert, Andreas Waha
OBJECTIVES: The clock gene ARNTL is associated with the transcription activation of monoamine oxidase A according to previous literature. Thus, we hypothesised that methylation of ARNTL may differ between bipolar disorder (BD) and controls. METHODS: The methylation status of one CpG island covering the first exon of ARNTL (PS2) and one site in the 5' region of ARNTL (cg05733463) were analysed in patients with BD (n = 151) versus controls (n = 66). Methylation analysis was performed by bisulphite-conversion of DNA from fasting blood with the EpiTect Bisulfite Kit, PCR and pyrosequencing...
October 14, 2016: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
F Cau, E Pisu, C Gerosa, G Senes, F Ronchi, C Botta, E Di Felice, F Uda, V Marinelli, G Faa, V Fanos, C Moretti, D Fanni
The surfactant complex, thanks to its multiple actions including decrease of surface- tension and antimicrobial activity, plays a fundamental role in newborn survival, lowering the risk of respiratory distress syndrome. The aim of this work was to determine if the synthesis of two surfactant proteins (SP), SPA and pro-SPB, shows some inter-individual variability during lung development in the intrauterine life. Immunoreactivity for SPA and pro-SPB was investigated in the lungs of  40 subjects, including 15 fetuses, ranging from 14 to 22 weeks of gestation, and 25 neonates, from 24 to 41 weeks...
September 26, 2016: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
Zahia Hamidouche, Karen Rother, Jens Przybilla, Axel Krinner, Denis Clay, Lydia Hopp, Claire Fabian, Alexandra Stolzing, Hans Binder, Pierre Charbord, Joerg Galle
The molecular mechanisms by which heterogeneity, a major characteristic of stem cells, is achieved are yet unclear. We here study the expression of the membrane stem cell antigen-1 (Sca-1) in mouse bone marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSC) clones. We show that subpopulations with varying Sca-1 expression profiles regenerate the Sca-1 profile of the mother population within a few days. However, after extensive replication in vitro the expression profiles shift to lower values and the regeneration time increases...
October 13, 2016: Stem Cells
Hang He, Ya-Li Nie, Jiang-Feng Li, Xiang-Guang Meng, Wei-Hong Yang, Yu-Long Chen, Shu-Jie Wang, Xiaochao Ma, Quan-Cheng Kan, Li-Rong Zhang
CYP3A4 and CYP3A7 are generally served as the major adult and fetal liver forms, respectively, and exhibited a developmental switch during liver maturation. The objective of this study was to explore the potential mechanisms associated with the developmental switch of CYP3A4 and CYP3A7 in the Chinese Han population. We analyzed CYP3A4/7, nuclear receptors, and epigenetic modifications in human liver samples. We found that the expression levels of CYP3A4 mRNA in adults were significantly higher than the levels in fetus...
September 9, 2016: Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Ramon Bossardi Ramos, Vitor Fabris, Sheila Bunecker Lecke, Maria Augusta Maturana, Poli Mara Spritzer
BACKGROUND: Genetic studies to date have not provided satisfactory evidence regarding risk polymorphisms for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Conversely, epigenetic mechanisms, including DNA methylation, seem to influence the risk of CVD and related conditions. Because postmenopausal women experience an increase in CVD, we set out to determine whether global DNA methylation was associated with cardiovascular risk in this population. METHODS: In this cross sectional study carried out in a university hospital, 90 postmenopausal women without prior CVD diagnosis (55...
October 10, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Maximilian Stahl, Nathan Kohrman, Steven D Gore, Tae Kon Kim, Amer M Zeidan, Thomas Prebet
For several decades, we have known that epigenetic regulation is disrupted in cancer. Recently, an increasing body of data suggests epigenetics might be an intersection of current cancer research trends: next generation sequencing, immunology, metabolomics, and cell aging. The new emphasis on epigenetics is also related to the increasing production of drugs capable of interfering with epigenetic mechanisms and able to trigger clinical responses in even advanced phase patients. In this review, we will use myeloid malignancies as proof of concept examples of how epigenetic mechanisms can trigger or promote oncogenesis...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Lei Cao-Lei, Kelsey N Dancause, Guillaume Elgbeili, David P Laplante, Moshe Szyf, Suzanne King
We determined the extent to which DNA methylation mediates the effects of maternal cognitive appraisal of a natural disaster during pregnancy on offspring growth at age 13. Negative maternal cognitive appraisal predicted both lower BMI and central adiposity via DNA methylation of diabetes-related genes, suggesting a protective role of epigenetics.
October 5, 2016: Early Human Development
Louisiana Carolina Ferreira de Meireles, Karine Bertoldi, Laura Reck Cechinel, Bruna Luisa Schallenberger, Vanessa Kappel da Silva, Nadja Schröder, Ionara Rodrigues Siqueira
Physical exercise and the aging process have been shown to induce opposite effects on epigenetic marks, such as histone acetylation. The impact of exercise on hippocampal histone acetylation on specific lysine residues, especially during the aging process, is rarely studied. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of treadmill exercise (20min/day during 2 weeks) on H3K9, H4K5 and H4K12 acetylation levels in hippocampi of young adult and aged rats. Male Wistar rats aged 3 or 20-21 months were assigned to sedentary and exercise groups...
October 4, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Anna K Knight, Jeffrey M Craig, Christiane Theda, Marie Bækvad-Hansen, Jonas Bybjerg-Grauholm, Christine S Hansen, Mads V Hollegaard, David M Hougaard, Preben B Mortensen, Shantel M Weinsheimer, Thomas M Werge, Patricia A Brennan, Joseph F Cubells, D Jeffrey Newport, Zachary N Stowe, Jeanie L Y Cheong, Philippa Dalach, Lex W Doyle, Yuk J Loke, Andrea A Baccarelli, Allan C Just, Robert O Wright, Mara M Téllez-Rojo, Katherine Svensson, Letizia Trevisi, Elizabeth M Kennedy, Elisabeth B Binder, Stella Iurato, Darina Czamara, Katri Räikkönen, Jari M T Lahti, Anu-Katriina Pesonen, Eero Kajantie, Pia M Villa, Hannele Laivuori, Esa Hämäläinen, Hea Jin Park, Lynn B Bailey, Sasha E Parets, Varun Kilaru, Ramkumar Menon, Steve Horvath, Nicole R Bush, Kaja Z LeWinn, Frances A Tylavsky, Karen N Conneely, Alicia K Smith
BACKGROUND: Gestational age is often used as a proxy for developmental maturity by clinicians and researchers alike. DNA methylation has previously been shown to be associated with age and has been used to accurately estimate chronological age in children and adults. In the current study, we examine whether DNA methylation in cord blood can be used to estimate gestational age at birth. RESULTS: We find that gestational age can be accurately estimated from DNA methylation of neonatal cord blood and blood spot samples...
October 7, 2016: Genome Biology
Zhen Yang, Andrew Wong, Diana Kuh, Dirk S Paul, Vardhman K Rakyan, R David Leslie, Shijie C Zheng, Martin Widschwendter, Stephan Beck, Andrew E Teschendorff
BACKGROUND: Variation in cancer risk among somatic tissues has been attributed to variations in the underlying rate of stem cell division. For a given tissue type, variable cancer risk between individuals is thought to be influenced by extrinsic factors which modulate this rate of stem cell division. To date, no molecular mitotic clock has been developed to approximate the number of stem cell divisions in a tissue of an individual and which is correlated with cancer risk. RESULTS: Here, we integrate mathematical modeling with prior biological knowledge to construct a DNA methylation-based age-correlative model which approximates a mitotic clock in both normal and cancer tissue...
October 3, 2016: Genome Biology
Vincent Huin, Vincent Deramecourt, Dominique Caparros-Lefebvre, Claude-Alain Maurage, Charles Duyckaerts, Eniko Kovari, Florence Pasquier, Valérie Buée-Scherrer, Julien Labreuche, Hélène Behal, Luc Buée, Claire-Marie Dhaenens, Bernard Sablonnière
BACKGROUND: Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a rare neurodegenerative disease causing parkinsonian symptoms. Altered DNA methylation of the microtubule-associated protein tau gene correlates with the expression changes in Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease brains. However, few studies examine the sequences beyond the constitutive promoter. OBJECTIVES: Because activating different microtubule-associated protein tau gene control regions via methylation might regulate the differential tau expression constituting the specific signatures of individual tauopathies, we compared methylation of a candidate promoter, intron 0...
October 6, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Zujaja-Tul-Noor Hamid Mehmood, Dimitrios Papandreou
Vitamin D related research continues to expand and theorise regarding its involvement in obesity, as both hypovitaminosis D and obesity strike in pandemic proportions. Vitamin D plays an important role in immune system through Vitamin D Receptors (VDR), which are transcription factors located abundantly in the body. Due to this characteristic, it is potentially linked to obesity, which is a state of inflammation involving the release of cytokines from adipose tissue, and exerting stress on other organs in a state of positive energy balance...
September 15, 2016: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
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