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Lingli Liang, Jian-Yuan Zhao, Xiyao Gu, Shaogen Wu, Kai Mo, Ming Xiong, Brianna Marie Lutz, Alex Bekker, Yuan-Xiang Tao
Neuropathic pain, a distressing and debilitating disorder, is still poorly managed in clinic. Opioids, like morphine, remain the mainstay of prescribed medications in the treatment of this disorder, but their analgesic effects are highly unsatisfactory in part due to nerve injury-induced reduction of opioid receptors in the first-order sensory neurons of dorsal root ganglia. G9a is a repressor of gene expression. We found that nerve injury-induced increases in G9a and its catalyzed repressive marker H3K9m2 are responsible for epigenetic silencing of Oprm1, Oprk1, and Oprd1 genes in the injured dorsal root ganglia...
2016: Molecular Pain
Regan-Heng Zhang, Robert N Judson, David Y Liu, Jürgen Kast, Fabio M V Rossi
BACKGROUND: Euchromatic histone-lysine N-methyltransferase 2 (G9a/Ehmt2) is the main enzyme responsible for the apposition of H3K9 di-methylation on histones. Due to its dual role as an epigenetic regulator and in the regulation of non-histone proteins through direct methylation, G9a has been implicated in a number of biological processes relevant to cell fate control. Recent reports employing in vitro cell lines indicate that Ehmt2 methylates MyoD to repress its transcriptional activity and therefore its ability to induce differentiation of activated myogenic cells...
May 27, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
Lingli Liang, Xiyao Gu, Jian-Yuan Zhao, Shaogen Wu, Xuerong Miao, Jifang Xiao, Kai Mo, Jun Zhang, Brianna Marie Lutz, Alex Bekker, Yuan-Xiang Tao
Nerve injury-induced downregulation of voltage-gated potassium channel subunit Kcna2 in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) is critical for DRG neuronal excitability and neuropathic pain genesis. However, how nerve injury causes this downregulation is still elusive. Euchromatic histone-lysine N-methyltransferase 2, also known as G9a, methylates histone H3 on lysine residue 9 to predominantly produce a dynamic histone dimethylation, resulting in condensed chromatin and gene transcriptional repression. We showed here that blocking nerve injury-induced increase in G9a rescued Kcna2 mRNA and protein expression in the axotomized DRG and attenuated the development of nerve injury-induced pain hypersensitivity...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ai-Shun Guo, Yi-Qun Huang, Xu-Dong Ma, Rui-Sheng Lin
The present study aimed to investigate the differential expression and clinical significance of histone methyltransferase G9a, histone H3K9me2 and histone H3K9me1 in human brain glioma and adjacent tissue samples. It also aimed to observe the effect and mechanism of BIX‑01294, as an inhibitor of methyltransferase G9a, on the proliferation, apoptosis, methylation of H3K9 and H3K27, and the acetylation in U251 glioma cells in vitro. The differential expression of methyltransferase G9a, histone H3K9me2 and histone H3K9me1 in in human brain glioma and adjacent tissues were analyzed by immunohistochemistry, a growth curve of U251 cells following treatment with BIX‑01294 was determined using the MTT assay...
November 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Wei-Lin Chen, Zhi-Hui Wang, Tao-Tao Feng, Dong-Dong Li, Chu-Hui Wang, Xiao-Li Xu, Xiao-Jin Zhang, Qi-Dong You, Xiao-Ke Guo
Protein lysine methyltransferase G9a is widely considered as an appealing antineoplastic target. Herein we present an integrated workflow combining shape-based virtual screening and structure-based molecular modification for the identification of novel G9a inhibitors. The shape-based similarity screening through ROCS overlay on the basis of the structure of UNC0638 was performed to identify CPUY074001 contained a 6H-anthra[1,9-cd]isoxazol-6-one scaffold as a hit. Analysis of the binding mode of CPUY074001 with G9a and 3D-QSAR results, two series compounds were designed and synthesized...
September 30, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Kaishan Ye, Shuanke Wang, Jing Wang, Hua Han, Bing Ma, Yong Yang
ARHI is an imprinted tumor suppressor gene and its methylation suppresses ARHI transcription levels to cause the development and progression of malignant tumors. Zebularine exerts demethylation function for tumor suppressor genes. Our study aims to investigate the effect and mechanism of action of zebularine on the epigenetic modification of the ARHI gene, and whether this effect may modulate the viability and apoptosis of human osteosarcoma cells. We found that zebularine inhibited the viability and promoted apoptosis in osteosarcoma cells...
September 29, 2016: Cancer Science
Jin Rong Ow, Monica Palanichamy Kala, Vinay Kumar Rao, Min Hee Choi, Narendra Bharathy, Reshma Taneja
In this study, we demonstrate that the lysine methyltransferase G9a inhibits sarcomere organization through regulation of the MEF2C-HDAC5 regulatory axis. Sarcomeres are essential for muscle contractile function. Presently, skeletal muscle disease and dysfunction at the sarcomere level has been associated with mutations of sarcomere proteins. This study provides evidence that G9a represses expression of several sarcomere genes and its over-expression disrupts sarcomere integrity of skeletal muscle cells. G9a inhibits MEF2C transcriptional activity that is essential for expression of sarcomere genes...
September 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Chun-Min Shan, Jiyong Wang, Ke Xu, Huijie Chen, Jia-Xing Yue, Stuart Andrews, James J Moresco, John R Yates, Peter L Nagy, Liang Tong, Songtao Jia
Histone lysine-to-methionine (K-to-M) mutations are associated with multiple cancers, and they function in a dominant fashion to block the methylation of corresponding lysines on wild type histones. However, their mechanisms of function are controversial. Here we show that in fission yeast, introducing the K9M mutation into one of the three histone H3 genes dominantly blocks H3K9 methylation on wild type H3 across the genome. In addition, H3K9M enhances the interaction of histone H3 tail with the H3K9 methyltransferase Clr4 in a SAM (S-adenosyl-methionine)-dependent manner, and Clr4 is trapped at nucleation sites to prevent its spreading and the formation of large heterochromatin domains...
September 20, 2016: ELife
Ana Fiszbein, Alberto R Kornblihtt
Alternative splicing, as well as chromatin structure, greatly contributes to specific transcriptional programs that promote neuronal differentiation. The activity of G9a, the enzyme responsible for mono- and di-methylation of lysine 9 on histone H3 (H3K9me1 and H3K9me2) in mammalian euchromatin, has been widely implicated in the differentiation of a variety of cell types and tissues. In a recent work from our group (Fiszbein et al., 2016) we have shown that alternative splicing of G9a regulates its nuclear localization and, therefore, the efficiency of H3K9 methylation, which promotes neuronal differentiation...
2016: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
Barbara Mair, Tomasz Konopka, Claudia Kerzendorfer, Katia Sleiman, Sejla Salic, Violeta Serra, Markus K Muellner, Vasiliki Theodorou, Sebastian M B Nijman
Patterns of somatic mutations in cancer genes provide information about their functional role in tumourigenesis, and thus indicate their potential for therapeutic exploitation. Yet, the classical distinction between oncogene and tumour suppressor may not always apply. For instance, TP53 has been simultaneously associated with tumour suppressing and promoting activities. Here, we uncover a similar phenomenon for GATA3, a frequently mutated, yet poorly understood, breast cancer gene. We identify two functional classes of frameshift mutations that are associated with distinct expression profiles in tumours, differential disease-free patient survival and gain- and loss-of-function activities in a cell line model...
September 2016: PLoS Genetics
Jean-Marc Gregoire, Laurence Fleury, Clara Salazar-Cardozo, Frédéric Alby, Véronique Masson, Paola Barbara Arimondo, Frédéric Ausseil
BACKGROUND: In breast cancer, the epithelial to mesenchyme transition (EMT) is associated to tumour dissemination, drug resistance and high relapse risks. It is partly controlled by epigenetic modifications such as histone acetylation and methylation. The identification of genes involved in these reversible modifications represents an interesting therapeutic strategy to fight metastatic disease by inducing mesenchymal cell differentiation to an epithelial phenotype. METHODS: We designed a siRNA library based on chromatin modification-related to functional domains and screened it in the mesenchymal breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231...
2016: BMC Cancer
Fei Gao, Ningjie Ma, Hong Zhou, Qing Wang, Hao Zhang, Pu Wang, Haoli Hou, Huan Wen, Lijia Li
As an engineered nanomaterial, zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) are used frequently in biological applications and can make contact with human skin. Here, we systematically investigated the effects of ZnO NPs on non-tumorigenic human epidermal keratinocytes, which were used as a test model for this in vitro study, at the epigenetic and molecular levels. Our results showed that ZnO NPs induced cell cycle arrest at the G2/M checkpoint before the viability of human epidermal keratinocytes was reduced, which was associated with the chromatin changes at the epigenetic level, including increased methylation of histone H3K9 and decreased acetylation of histone H4K5 accompanied by chromatin condensation at 24 hours...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Nan Wang, Xiaofeng Shen, Senzhu Bao, Shan-Wu Feng, Wei Wang, Yusheng Liu, Yiquan Wang, Xian Wang, Xirong Guo, Rong Shen, Haibo Wu, Liming Lei, Shiqin Xu, Fuzhou Wang
The neural balance between facilitation and inhibition determines the final tendency of central sensitization. Nerve injury-induced hypersensitivity was considered as the results from the enhanced ascending facilitation and the diminished descending inhibition. The role of dopaminergic transmission in the descending inhibition has been well documented, but its underlying molecular mechanisms are unclear. Previous studies demonstrated that the lysine dimethyltransferase G9a/G9a-like protein (Glp) complex plays a critical role in cocaine-induced central plasticity, and given cocaine's role in the nerve system is relied on its function on dopamine system, we herein proposed that the reduced inhibition of dopaminergic transmission was from the downregulation of tyrosine hydroxylase expression by G9a/Glp complex through methylating its gene Th After approval by the Animal Care and Use Committee, C57BL/6 mice were used for pain behavior using von Frey after spared nerve injury, and Th CpG islands methylation was measured using bisulfite sequencing at different nerve areas...
2016: Molecular Pain
Uttara Soumyanarayanan, Brian W Dymock
Methyltransferase enzymes are promising epigenetic oncotargets. Recent efforts toward the development of inhibitors of two methyltransferases, EZH2 and G9a, as potential anticancer therapies are reviewed with a focus on the structure-activity relationships of compounds published from 2012. Benzamide-substituted 2-pyridones are still by far the most popular selective EZH2 inhibitor class but alternative classes are now being reported. There are now three EZH2 inhibitors in clinical development with the first responses in lymphoma patients with tazemetostat...
September 2016: Future Medicinal Chemistry
Jonathan B Olsen, Loksum Wong, Steven Deimling, Amanda Miles, Hongbo Guo, Yue Li, Zhaolei Zhang, Jack F Greenblatt, Andrew Emili, Vincent Tropepe
Proliferating progenitor cells undergo changes in competence to give rise to post-mitotic progeny of specialized function. These cell-fate transitions typically involve dynamic regulation of gene expression by histone methyltransferase (HMT) complexes. However, the composition, roles, and regulation of these assemblies in regulating cell-fate decisions in vivo are poorly understood. Using unbiased affinity purification and mass spectrometry, we identified the uncharacterized C2H2-like zinc finger protein ZNF644 as a G9a/GLP-interacting protein and co-regulator of histone methylation...
September 13, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
Mei-Ren Pan, Ming-Chuan Hsu, Chi-Wen Luo, Li-Tzong Chen, Yan-Shen Shan, Wen-Chun Hung
Gemcitabine (GEM) resistance is a critical issue for pancreatic cancer treatment. The involvement of epigenetic modification in GEM resistance is still unclear. We established a GEM-resistant subline PANC-1-R from the parental PANC-1 pancreatic cancer cells and found the elevation of various chromatin-modifying enzymes including G9a in GEM-resistant cells. Ectopic expression of G9a in PANC-1 cells increased GEM resistance while inactivation of G9a in PANC-1-R cells reduced it. Challenge of PANC-1 cells with GEM increased the expression of stemness markers including CD133, nestin and Lgr5 and promoted sphere forming activity suggesting chemotherapy enriched cancer cells with stem-like properties...
August 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Shih-Ting Cha, Ching-Ting Tan, Cheng-Chi Chang, Chia-Yu Chu, Wei-Jiunn Lee, Been-Zen Lin, Ming-Tsan Lin, Min-Liang Kuo
Epigenetic reprogramming has been associated with the functional plasticity of cancer-initiating cells (CICs); however, the regulatory pathway has yet to be elucidated. A siRNA screen targeting known epigenetic genes revealed that G9a profoundly impairs the chemo-resistance, self-renewal and metastasis of CICs obtained from patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). Patients with elevated G9a were shown to face a high risk of relapse and poor survival rates. From a mechanistic perspective, G9a binds with and stabilizes RelB, thereby recruiting DNA methyltransferase 3 on the Let-7b promoter and repressing its expression...
September 2016: Nature Cell Biology
Yanfang Huang, Xiaohong Jiang, Miao Yu, Rongfu Huang, Jianfeng Yao, Ming Li, Fangfang Zheng, Xiaoyu Yang
Somatic cell nuclear transfer is frequently associated with abnormal epigenetic modifications that may lead to the developmental failure of cloned embryos. BIX-01294 (a diazepine-quinazoline-amine derivative) is a specific inhibitor of the histone methyltransferase G9a. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of BIX-01294 on development, dimethylation of histone H3 at lysine 9 (H3K9), DNA methylation and the expression of imprinted genes in cloned mouse preimplantation embryos. There were no significant differences in blastocyst rates of cloned embryos treated with or without 0...
August 1, 2016: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Shuang Liu, Yong-Guang Tao
Cancer metabolism and epigenetic alteration are two critical mechanisms for tumorigenesis and cancer progression; however, the dynamic interplay between them remains poorly understood. As reported in the article entitled "Chromatin remodeling factor LSH drives cancer progression by suppressing the activity of fumarate hydratase," which was recently published in Cancer Research, our group examined the physiological role of lymphocyte-specific helicase (LSH) in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) by focusing on cancer progression and the tricarboxylic acid cycle...
July 30, 2016: Chinese Journal of Cancer
M Rada, E Vasileva, L Lezina, D Marouco, A V Antonov, S Macip, G Melino, N A Barlev
p53 is a critical tumor suppressor in humans. It functions mostly as a transcriptional factor and its activity is regulated by numerous post-translational modifications. Among different covalent modifications found on p53 the most controversial one is lysine methylation. We found that human G9a (hG9a) unlike its mouse orthologue (mG9a) potently stimulated p53 transcriptional activity. Both ectopic and endogenous hG9a augmented p53-dependent transcription of pro-apoptotic genes, including Bax and Puma, resulting in enhanced apoptosis and reduced colony formation...
July 25, 2016: Oncogene
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