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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322650/molecular-characterization-of-the-%C3%AE-amyloid-4-10-epitope-of-plaque-specific-a%C3%AE-antibodies-by-affinity-mass-spectrometry-using-alanine-site-mutation
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Raluca Ștefănescu, Loredana Lupu, Marilena Manea, Roxana E Iacob, Michael Przybylski
Alzheimer disease is a neurodegenerative disease affecting an increasing number of patients worldwide. Current therapeutic strategies are directed to molecules capable to block the aggregation of the β-amyloid(1-42) (Aβ) peptide and its shorter naturally occurring peptide fragments into toxic oligomers and amyloid fibrils. Aβ-specific antibodies have been recently developed as powerful antiaggregation tools. The identification and functional characterization of the epitope structures of Aβ antibodies contributes to the elucidation of their mechanism of action in the human organism...
January 2018: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29308121/histone-lysine-methyltransferase-structure-activity-relationships-that-allow-for-segregation-of-g9a-inhibition-and-anti-plasmodium-activity
#2
Sandeep Sundriyal, Patty B Chen, Alexandra S Lubin, Gregor A Lueg, Fengling Li, Andrew J P White, Nicholas A Malmquist, Masoud Vedadi, Artur Scherf, Matthew J Fuchter
Plasmodium falciparum HKMTs (PfHKMTs) play a key role in controlling Plasmodium gene expression and represent exciting new anti-malarial epigenetic targets. Using an inhibitor series derived from the diaminoquinazoline HKMT inhibitory chemotype, we have previously identified compounds with highly promising antimalarial activity, including irreversible asexual cycle blood stage-independent cytotoxic activity at nM concentrations, oral efficacy in in vivo models of disease, and the unprecedented ability to reactivate dormant liver stage parasites (hypnozoites)...
May 1, 2017: MedChemComm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285183/targeting-microrna-uhrf1-pathways-as-a-novel-strategy-for-cancer-therapy
#3
Hani Choudhry, Mazin A Zamzami, Ziad Omran, Wei Wu, Marc Mousli, Christian Bronner, Mahmoud Alhosin
Ubiquitin-like containing plant homeodomain and RING finger domains 1 (UHRF1) is an anti-apoptotic protein involved in the silencing of several tumor suppressor genes (TSGs) through epigenetic modifications including DNA methylation and histone post-translational alterations, and also epigenetic-independent mechanisms. UHRF1 overexpression is observed in a number of solid tumors and hematological malignancies, and is considered a primary mechanism in inhibiting apoptosis. UHRF1 exerts its inhibitory activity on TSGs by binding to functional domains and therefore influences several epigenetic actors including DNA methyltransferase, histone deacetylase 1, histone acetyltransferase Tat-interacting protein 60 and histone methyltransferases G9a and Suv39H1...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281720/reversible-dual-inhibitor-against-g9a-and-dnmt1-improves-human-ipsc-derivation-enhancing-met-and-facilitating-transcription-factor-engagement-to-the-genome
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Juan Roberto Rodriguez-Madoz, Edurne San Jose-Eneriz, Obdulia Rabal, Natalia Zapata-Linares, Estibaliz Miranda, Saray Rodriguez, Angelo Porciuncula, Amaia Vilas-Zornoza, Leire Garate, Victor Segura, Elizabeth Guruceaga, Xabier Agirre, Julen Oyarzabal, Felipe Prosper
The combination of defined factors with small molecules targeting epigenetic factors is a strategy that has been shown to enhance optimal derivation of iPSCs and could be used for disease modelling, high throughput screenings and/or regenerative medicine applications. In this study, we showed that a new first-in-class reversible dual G9a/DNMT1 inhibitor compound (CM272) improves the efficiency of human cell reprogramming and iPSC generation from primary cells of healthy donors and patient samples, using both integrative and non-integrative methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259012/fih-is-an-oxygen-sensor-in-ovarian-cancer-for-g9a-glp-driven-epigenetic-regulation-of-metastasis-related-genes
#5
Jengmin Kang, Seung-Hyun Shin, Haejin Yoon, June Huh, Hyun-Woo Shin, Yang-Sook Chun, Jong-Wan Park
The prolyl hydroxlyases PHD1-3 and the asparaginly hydroxlyase FIH are oxygen sensors for HIF-driven transcription of hypoxia-induced genes, but whether these sensors affect oxygen-dependent epigenetic regulation more broadly is not known. Here we show that FIH exerts an additional role as an oxygen sensor in epigenetic control by the histone lysine methyltransferases G9a and GLP. FIH hydroxylated and inhibited G9a and GLP under normoxia. When the FIH reaction was limited under hypoxia, G9a and GLP were activated and repressed metastasis suppressor genes, thereby triggering cancer cell migration and peritoneal dissemination of ovarian cancer xenografts...
December 19, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217682/overexpression-of-the-histone-dimethyltransferase-g9a-in-nucleus-accumbens-shell-increases-cocaine-self-administration-stress-induced-reinstatement-and-anxiety
#6
Ethan M Anderson, Erin B Larson, Daniel Guzman, Anne Marie Wissman, Rachael L Neve, Eric J Nestler, David W Self
Repeated exposure to cocaine induces lasting epigenetic changes in neurons that promote the development and persistence of addiction. One epigenetic alteration involves reductions in levels of the histone dimethyltransferase, G9a, in nucleus accumbens (NAc) after chronic cocaine administration. This reduction in G9a may enhance cocaine reward since overexpressing G9a in the NAc decreases cocaine-conditioned place preference. Thus, we hypothesized that HSV-mediated G9a overexpression in the NAc shell (NAcSh) would attenuate cocaine self-administration and cocaine-seeking behavior...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207160/unc0638-a-g9a-inhibitor-suppresses-epithelial%C3%A2-mesenchymal-transition%C3%A2-mediated-cellular-migration-and-invasion-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#7
Xiang-Rong Liu, Li-Hua Zhou, Jian-Xin Hu, Li-Min Liu, Hui-Ping Wan, Xi-Quan Zhang
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is associated with an aggressive clinical history, high risk of recurrence and metastasis, and shorter patient survival due to lack of targeted therapy. In the present study, UNC0638, a chemical G9a inhibitor, was identified to suppress TNBC cell invasion and migration in vitro at a non‑cytotoxic concentration. In addition, UNC0638 reduced the size and number of the tumorsphere and decreased anchor‑independent colony formation in the two TNBC cell lines. Evaluation of the underlying mechanism revealed that the suppressive effect of UNC0638 is associated with modulation of epithelial‑mesenchymal transition through enhancing E‑cadherin promoter activities and restoring its expression...
November 29, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192276/protein-lysine-methyltransferases-g9a-and-glp1-promote-responses-to-dna-damage
#8
Vasudeva Ginjala, Lizahira Rodriguez-Colon, Bratati Ganguly, Prawallika Gangidi, Paul Gallina, Husam Al-Hraishawi, Atul Kulkarni, Jeremy Tang, Jinesh Gheeya, Srilatha Simhadri, Ming Yao, Bing Xia, Shridar Ganesan
Upon induction of DNA breaks, ATM activation leads to a cascade of local chromatin modifications that promote efficient recruitment of DNA repair proteins. Errors in this DNA repair pathway lead to genomic instability and cancer predisposition. Here, we show that the protein lysine methyltransferase G9a (also known as EHMT2) and GLP1 (also known as EHMT1) are critical components of the DNA repair pathway. G9a and GLP1 rapidly localizes to DNA breaks, with GLP1 localization being dependent on G9a. ATM phosphorylation of G9a on serine 569 is required for its recruitment to DNA breaks...
November 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155979/epigenetic-editing-of-the-dlg4-psd95-gene-improves-cognition-in-aged-and-alzheimer-s-disease-mice
#9
Fernando J Bustos, Estibaliz Ampuero, Nur Jury, Rodrigo Aguilar, Fahimeh Falahi, Jorge Toledo, Juan Ahumada, Jaclyn Lata, Paula Cubillos, Berta Henríquez, Miguel V Guerra, Jimmy Stehberg, Rachael L Neve, Nibaldo C Inestrosa, Ursula Wyneken, Marco Fuenzalida, Steffen Härtel, Miguel Sena-Esteves, Lorena Varela-Nallar, Marianne G Rots, Martin Montecino, Brigitte van Zundert
The Dlg4 gene encodes for post-synaptic density protein 95 (PSD95), a major synaptic protein that clusters glutamate receptors and is critical for plasticity. PSD95 levels are diminished in ageing and neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease. The epigenetic mechanisms that (dys)regulate transcription of Dlg4/PSD95, or other plasticity genes, are largely unknown, limiting the development of targeted epigenome therapy. We analysed the Dlg4/PSD95 epigenetic landscape in hippocampal tissue and designed a Dlg4/PSD95 gene-targeting strategy: a Dlg4/PSD95 zinc finger DNA-binding domain was engineered and fused to effector domains to either repress (G9a, Suvdel76, SKD) or activate (VP64) transcription, generating artificial transcription factors or epigenetic editors (methylating H3K9)...
November 16, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145444/inhibition-of-the-h3k9-methyltransferase-g9a-attenuates-oncogenicity-and-activates-the-hypoxia-signaling-pathway
#10
Jolene Caifeng Ho, Lissa Nurrul Abdullah, Qing You Pang, Sudhakar Jha, Edward Kai-Hua Chow, Henry Yang, Hiroyuki Kato, Lorenz Poellinger, Jun Ueda, Kian Leong Lee
Epigenetic mechanisms play important roles in the regulation of tumorigenesis, and hypoxia-induced epigenetic changes may be critical for the adaptation of cancer cells to the hypoxic microenvironment of solid tumors. Previously, we showed that loss-of-function of the hypoxia-regulated H3K9 methyltransferase G9A attenuates tumor growth. However, the mechanisms by which blockade of G9A leads to a tumor suppressive effect remain poorly understood. We show that G9A is highly expressed in breast cancer and is associated with poor patient prognosis, where it may function as a potent oncogenic driver...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133140/the-histone-methyltransferase-g9a-a-new-therapeutic-target-in-biliary-tract-cancer
#11
Christian Mayr, Katharina Helm, Martin Jakab, Markus Ritter, Rajeev Shrestha, Ramesh Makaju, Andrej Wagner, Martin Pichler, Marlena Beyreis, Stefan Staettner, Tarkan Jaeger, Eckhard Klieser, Tobias Kiesslich, Daniel Neureiter
The histone methyltransferase G9a (EHMT2) is a key enzyme for dimethylation of lysine 9 at histone 3 (H3K9me2), a suppressive epigenetic mark. G9a is over-expressed in tumour cells and contributes to cancer aggressiveness. Biliary tract cancer (BTC) is a rare cancer with dismal prognosis due to a lack of effective therapies. Currently, there are no data on the role of G9a in BTC carcinogenesis. We analysed G9a expression in n=68 BTC patient specimens and correlated the data with clinico-pathological and survival data...
November 10, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116191/histone-methyltransferase-g9a-is-a-key-regulator-of-the-starvation-induced-behaviors-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Kouhei Shimaji, Ryo Tanaka, Toru Maeda, Mamiko Ozaki, Hideki Yoshida, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Tetsuya Sato, Mikita Suyama, Masamitsu Yamaguchi
Organisms have developed behavioral strategies to defend themselves from starvation stress. Despite of their importance in nature, the underlying mechanisms have been poorly understood. Here, we show that Drosophila G9a (dG9a), one of the histone H3 Lys 9-specific histone methyltransferases, functions as a key regulator for the starvation-induced behaviors. RNA-sequencing analyses utilizing dG9a null mutant flies revealed that the expression of some genes relating to gustatory perception are regulated by dG9a under starvation conditions...
November 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115470/dimethylation-of-histone-3-lysine-9-is-sensitive-to-the-epileptic-activity-and-affects-the-transcriptional-regulation-of-the-potassium-channel-kcnj10-gene-in-epileptic-rats
#13
Shao-Ping Zhang, Man Zhang, Hong Tao, Yan Luo, Tao He, Chun-Hui Wang, Xiao-Cheng Li, Ling Chen, Lin-Na Zhang, Tao Sun, Qi-Kuan Hu
Potassium channels can be affected by epileptic seizures and serve a crucial role in the pathophysiology of epilepsy. Dimethylation of histone 3 lysine 9 (H3K9me2) and its enzyme euchromatic histone‑lysine N‑methyltransferase 2 (G9a) are the major epigenetic modulators and are associated with gene silencing. Insight into whether H3K9me2 and G9a can respond to epileptic seizures and regulate expression of genes encoding potassium channels is the main purpose of the present study. A total of 16 subtypes of potassium channel genes in pilocarpine‑modelled epileptic rats were screened by reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction, and it was determined that the expression ATP‑sensitive inward rectifier potassium channel 10 (Kcnj10) increased in hippocampus and insular cortex, while the expression of most of the other subtypes decreased...
November 3, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113759/pharmacological-and-transcriptional-inhibition-of-the-g9a-histone-methyltransferase-suppresses-proliferation-and-modulates-redox-homeostasis-in-human-microvascular-endothelial-cells
#14
Martyna Wojtala, Ewa Macierzyńska-Piotrowska, Dorota Rybaczek, Luciano Pirola, Aneta Balcerczyk
Epigenetic mechanisms, including histone post-translational modifications, are central regulators of cell cycle control. The euchromatic G9a histone methyltransferase (G9a HMT) is a key enzyme catalyzing histone H3 methylation on lysines 9 and 27, and its dysregulation has been linked to uncontrolled proliferation of tumor cells. Here, we have investigated the effect of G9a HMT silencing on cell proliferation of microvascular endothelial cells, a process necessary to sustain tumor growth through the formation of the vascular capillary network...
November 4, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101051/histone-methyltransferase-g9a-modulates-hepatic-insulin-signaling-via-regulating-hmga1
#15
Weili Xue, Jin Huang, Hong Chen, Yu Zhang, Xiuqin Zhu, Jianshuang Li, Wenquan Zhang, Yangmian Yuan, Yan Wang, Ling Zheng, Kun Huang
Hepatic insulin sensitivity is critical for glucose homeostasis, and insulin resistance is a fundamental syndrome found in various metabolic disorders, including obesity and type 2 diabetes. Despite considerable studies on the mechanisms of hepatic insulin resistance, the link between epigenetic regulation and the development of insulin resistance remains elusive. Here, we reported that G9a/EHMT2, a histone methyltransferase, was markedly decreased in the liver of db/db mice and high-fat diet (HFD)-fed mice...
October 31, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100324/modulation-of-the-fanconi-anemia-pathway-via-chemically-induced-changes-in-chromatin-structure
#16
David A Vierra, Jada L Garzon, Meghan A Rego, Morganne M Adroved, Maurizio Mauro, Niall G Howlett
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a rare disease characterized by congenital defects, bone marrow failure, and atypically early-onset cancers. The FA proteins function cooperatively to repair DNA interstrand crosslinks. A major step in the activation of the pathway is the monoubiquitination of the FANCD2 and FANCI proteins, and their recruitment to chromatin-associated nuclear foci. The regulation and function of FANCD2 and FANCI, however, is poorly understood. In addition, how chromatin state impacts pathway activation is also unknown...
September 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078350/epigenetic-mechanisms-modulate-differences-in-drosophila-foraging-behavior
#17
Ina Anreiter, Jamie M Kramer, Marla B Sokolowski
Little is known about how genetic variation and epigenetic marks interact to shape differences in behavior. The foraging (for) gene regulates behavioral differences between the rover and sitter Drosophila melanogaster strains, but the molecular mechanisms through which it does so have remained elusive. We show that the epigenetic regulator G9a interacts with for to regulate strain-specific adult foraging behavior through allele-specific histone methylation of a for promoter (pr4). Rovers have higher pr4 H3K9me dimethylation, lower pr4 RNA expression, and higher foraging scores than sitters...
October 16, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075615/pharmacologic-targeting-of-chromatin-modulators-as-therapeutics-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#18
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Rui Lu, Gang Greg Wang
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a common hematological cancer of myeloid lineage cells, generally exhibits poor prognosis in the clinic and demands new treatment options. Recently, direct sequencing of samples from human AMLs and pre-leukemic diseases has unveiled their mutational landscapes and significantly advanced the molecular understanding of AML pathogenesis. The newly identified recurrent mutations frequently "hit" genes encoding epigenetic modulators, a wide range of chromatin-modifying enzymes and regulatory factors involved in gene expression regulation, supporting aberration of chromatin structure and epigenetic modification as a main oncogenic mechanism and cancer-initiating event...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069077/functional-convergence-of-histone-methyltransferases-ehmt1-and-kmt2c-involved-in-intellectual-disability-and-autism-spectrum-disorder
#19
Tom S Koemans, Tjitske Kleefstra, Melissa C Chubak, Max H Stone, Margot R F Reijnders, Sonja de Munnik, Marjolein H Willemsen, Michaela Fenckova, Connie T R M Stumpel, Levinus A Bok, Margarita Sifuentes Saenz, Kyna A Byerly, Linda B Baughn, Alexander P A Stegmann, Rolph Pfundt, Huiqing Zhou, Hans van Bokhoven, Annette Schenck, Jamie M Kramer
Kleefstra syndrome, caused by haploinsufficiency of euchromatin histone methyltransferase 1 (EHMT1), is characterized by intellectual disability (ID), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), characteristic facial dysmorphisms, and other variable clinical features. In addition to EHMT1 mutations, de novo variants were reported in four additional genes (MBD5, SMARCB1, NR1I3, and KMT2C), in single individuals with clinical characteristics overlapping Kleefstra syndrome. Here, we present a novel cohort of five patients with de novo loss of function mutations affecting the histone methyltransferase KMT2C...
October 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053336/interplay-between-ezh2-and-g9a-regulates-cxcl10-gene-repression-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
#20
William R Coward, Oliver J Brand, Alice Pasini, Gisli Jenkins, Alan J Knox, Linhua Pang
Selective repression of the antifibrotic gene CXCL10 contributes to tissue remodelling in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). We have previously reported that histone deacetylation and histone H3 lysine 9 (H3K9) methylation are involved in CXCL10 repression. This study explored the role of H3K27 methylation and the interplay between the two histone lysine methyltransferases, Enhancer of Zest Homolog 2 (EZH2) and G9a, in CXCL10 repression in IPF. By applying chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), Re-ChIP and proximity ligation assays, we demonstrated that, like G9a-mediated H3K9 methylation, EZH2-mediated H3K27me3 was significantly enriched at the CXCL10 promoter in fibroblasts from IPF lungs (F-IPF) compared with fibroblasts from non-fibrotic lungs (F-NL) and that EZH2 and G9a physically interacted with each other...
October 20, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
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