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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346812/identification-of-a-novel-benzimidazole-pyrazolone-scaffold-that-inhibits-kdm4-lysine-demethylases-and-reduces-proliferation-of-prostate-cancer-cells
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David M Carter, Edgar Specker, Jessica Przygodda, Martin Neuenschwander, Jens Peter von Kries, Udo Heinemann, Marc Nazaré, Ulrich Gohlke
Human lysine demethylase (KDM) enzymes (KDM1-7) constitute an emerging class of therapeutic targets, with activities that support growth and development of metastatic disease. By interacting with and co-activating the androgen receptor, the KDM4 subfamily (KDM4A-E) promotes aggressive phenotypes of prostate cancer (PCa). Knockdown of KDM4 expression or inhibition of KDM4 enzyme activity reduces the proliferation of PCa cell lines and highlights inhibition of lysine demethylation as a possible therapeutic method for PCa treatment...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339196/discovery-of-a-small-molecule-degrader-of-bromodomain-and-extra-terminal-bet-proteins-with-picomolar-cellular-potencies-and-capable-of-achieving-tumor-regression
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Bing Zhou, Jiantao Hu, Fuming Xu, Zhuo Chen, Longchuan Bai, Ester Fernandez-Salas, Mei Lin, Liu Liu, Chao-Yie Yang, Yujun Zhao, Donna McEachern, Sally Przybranowski, Bo Wen, Duxin Sun, Shaomeng Wang
The bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) family proteins, consisting of BRD2, BRD3, BRD4, and testis-specific BRDT members, are epigenetic "readers" and play a key role in the regulation of gene transcription. BET proteins are considered to be attractive therapeutic targets for cancer and other human diseases. Recently, heterobifunctional small-molecule BET degraders have been designed based upon the proteolysis targeting chimera (PROTAC) concept to induce BET protein degradation. Herein, we present our design, synthesis, and evaluation of a new class of PROTAC BET degraders...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338387/comparison-of-the-effects-of-curcumin-and-rg108-on-ngf-induced-pc-12%C3%A2-adh-cell-differentiation-and-neurite-outgrowth
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Miriş Dikmen
DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) are promising epigenetic targets for the development of novel drugs, especially for neurodegenerative disorders. In recent years, there has been increased interest in small molecules that can cross the blood-brain barrier for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Therefore, comparing the neuronal differentiative effects of a natural compound curcumin and a synthetic small molecule RG108 was the aim of this study. The effects of curcumin and RG108 on neuronal differentiation and neurite outgrowth were investigated in the PC-12 Adh cell line...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328977/jmjd3-aids-in-reprogramming-of-bone-marrow-progenitor-cells-to-hepatic-phenotype-through-epigenetic-activation-of-hepatic-transcription-factors
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Veena Kochat, Zaffar Equbal, Prakash Baligar, Vikash Kumar, Madhulika Srivastava, Asok Mukhopadhyay
The strictly regulated unidirectional differentiation program in some somatic stem/progenitor cells has been found to be modified in the ectopic site (tissue) undergoing regeneration. In these cases, the lineage barrier is crossed by either heterotypic cell fusion or direct differentiation. Though studies have shown the role of coordinated genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in cellular development and differentiation, how the lineage fate of adult bone marrow progenitor cells (BMPCs) is reprogrammed during liver regeneration and whether this lineage switch is stably maintained are not clearly understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323055/a-6-alkylsalicylate-histone-acetyltransferase-inhibitor-inhibits-histone-acetylation-and-pro-inflammatory-gene-expression-in-murine-precision-cut-lung-slices
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Thea van den Bosch, Niek G J Leus, Hannah Wapenaar, Alexander Boichenko, Jos Hermans, Rainer Bischoff, Hidde J Haisma, Frank J Dekker
Lysine acetylations are post-translational modifications of cellular proteins, that are crucial in the regulation of many cellular processes. Lysine acetylations on histone proteins are part of the epigenetic code regulating gene transcription and are installed by histone acetyltransferases. Observations that inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, are characterized by increased histone acetyltransferase activity indicate that development of small molecule inhibitors for these enzymes might be a valuable approach towards new therapies for these diseases...
March 16, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320962/genetic-disruption-of-oncogenic-kras-sensitizes-lung-cancer-cells-to-fas-receptor-mediated-apoptosis
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Haiwei Mou, Jill Moore, Sunil K Malonia, Yingxiang Li, Deniz M Ozata, Soren Hough, Chun-Qing Song, Jordan L Smith, Andrew Fischer, Zhiping Weng, Michael R Green, Wen Xue
Genetic lesions that activate KRAS account for ∼30% of the 1.6 million annual cases of lung cancer. Despite clinical need, KRAS is still undruggable using traditional small-molecule drugs/inhibitors. When oncogenic Kras is suppressed by RNA interference, tumors initially regress but eventually recur and proliferate despite suppression of Kras Here, we show that tumor cells can survive knockout of oncogenic Kras, indicating the existence of Kras-independent survival pathways. Thus, even if clinical KRAS inhibitors were available, resistance would remain an obstacle to treatment...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286564/targeting-histone-methylation-for-colorectal-cancer
#7
REVIEW
Tao Huang, Chengyuan Lin, Linda L D Zhong, Ling Zhao, Ge Zhang, Aiping Lu, Jiang Wu, Zhaoxiang Bian
As a leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, colorectal cancer (CRC) results from accumulation of both genetic and epigenetic alterations. Disruption of epigenetic regulation in CRC, particularly aberrant histone methylation mediated by histone methyltransferases (HMTs) and demethylases (HDMs), have drawn increasing interest in recent years. In this paper, we aim to review the roles of histone methylation and associated enzymes in the pathogenesis of CRC, and the development of small-molecule modulators to regulate histone methylation for treating CRC...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277979/structural-insight-into-inhibitors-of-flavin-adenine-dinucleotide-dependent-lysine-demethylases
#8
Hideaki Niwa, Takashi Umehara
Until 2004, many researchers believed that protein methylation in eukaryotic cells was an irreversible reaction. However, the discovery of lysine-specific demethylase 1 in 2004 drastically changed this view and the concept of chromatin regulation. Since then, the enzymes responsible for lysine demethylation and their cellular substrates, biological significance, and selective regulation have become major research topics in epigenetics and chromatin biology. Many cell-permeable inhibitors for lysine demethylases have been developed, including both target-specific and nonspecific inhibitors...
February 10, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277835/selective-targeting-of-epigenetic-reader-domains
#9
Holger Greschik, Roland Schüle, Thomas Günther
Epigenetic regulators including writers, erasers, and readers of chromatin marks have been implicated in numerous diseases and are therefore subject of intense academic and pharmaceutical research. While several small-molecule inhibitors targeting writers or erasers are approved drugs or which are being evaluated in clinical trials, the targeting of epigenetic readers has lagged. Proof-of-principle that epigenetic readers are also relevant drug targets was provided by landmark discoveries of selective inhibitors targeting the BET family of acetyl-lysine readers...
March 6, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270438/menin-and-prmt5-suppress-glp1-receptor-transcript-and-pka-mediated-phosphorylation-of-foxo1-and-creb
#10
Abdul Bari Muhammad, Bowen Xing, Chengyang Liu, Ali Naji, Xiaosong Ma, Rebecca A Simmons, Xianxin Hua
Menin is a scaffold protein that interacts with several epigenetic mediators to regulate gene transcription, and suppresses pancreatic beta cell proliferation. Tamoxifen inducible deletion of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) gene, which encodes the protein menin, increases beta cell mass in multiple murine models of diabetes and ameliorates diabetes. Glucagon-like-peptide-1 (GLP1) is another key physiological modulator of beta cell mass and glucose homeostasis. However, it is not clearly understood whether menin crosstalks with GLP1 signaling...
March 7, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267640/the-nrf2-are-signaling-pathway-an-update-on-its-regulation-and-possible-role-in-cancer-prevention-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Violetta Krajka-Kuźniak, Jarosław Paluszczak, Wanda Baer-Dubowska
Nrf2 acts as a sensor of oxidative or electrophilic stress and prevents genome instability. The activation of Nrf2 signaling induces ARE-dependent expression of detoxifying and antioxidant defense proteins. Nrf2-ARE signaling has become an attractive target for cancer chemoprevention. On the other hand, constitutive over-activation of Nrf2 in cancer cells has been implicated in cancer progression as well as in resistance to cancer chemotherapeutics. Two basic Nrf2 activation pathways were described. The canonical pathway is the primary mechanism of Nrf2 activation and is based on dissociation of Nrf2 from its inactive complex with the repressor protein Keap1 and the subsequent translocation of Nrf2 into the nucleus...
December 23, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265070/bet-n-terminal-bromodomain-inhibition-selectively-blocks-th17-cell-differentiation-and-ameliorates-colitis-in-mice
#12
Kalung Cheung, Geming Lu, Rajal Sharma, Adam Vincek, Ruihua Zhang, Alexander N Plotnikov, Fan Zhang, Qiang Zhang, Ying Ju, Yuan Hu, Li Zhao, Xinye Han, Jamel Meslamani, Feihong Xu, Anbalagan Jaganathan, Tong Shen, Hongfa Zhu, Elena Rusinova, Lei Zeng, Jiachi Zhou, Jianjun Yang, Liang Peng, Michael Ohlmeyer, Martin J Walsh, David Y Zhang, Huabao Xiong, Ming-Ming Zhou
T-helper 17 (Th17) cells have important functions in adaptor immunity and have also been implicated in inflammatory disorders. The bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) family proteins regulate gene transcription during lineage-specific differentiation of naïve CD4(+) T cells to produce mature T-helper cells. Inhibition of acetyl-lysine binding of the BET proteins by pan-BET bromodomain (BrD) inhibitors, such as JQ1, broadly affects differentiation of Th17, Th1, and Th2 cells that have distinct immune functions, thus limiting their therapeutic potential...
March 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245408/-role-of-histone-methylation-in-myeloid-malignancies-review
#13
Yu-Nan Li, Meng-Yao Sheng, Feng-Chun Yang, Yuan Zhou
Histone methylation is one of the important epigenetic regulatory mechanisms, and plays a significant role in a variety of physiological and pathological processes. Many recent studies have shown that abnormalities of histone methylation are closely related with the initiation and progression of myeloid malignancies. The reversibility of histone methylation provides a broad prospect for the discovery and application of specific small molecule drugs. This review summarizes the recent progresses in this area and mainly focuses on the correlation of histone methylation with myeloid malignancies...
February 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240169/epigenetic-modulation-using-small-molecules-targeting-histone-acetyltransferases-in-disease
#14
André Richters, Angela N Koehler
Histone acetyltransferases (HATs) are epigenetic drivers that catalyze the acetyl transfer from acetyl-CoA to lysines of both histone and non-histone substrates and thereby induce transcription either by chromatin remodeling or direct transcription factor activation. Histone deacetylases (HDACs) conduct the reverse reaction to counter HAT activity. Physiological processes such as cell cycle progression or apoptosis require a thoroughly balanced equilibrium of the interplay between acetylation and deacetylation processes to maintain or, if required, alter the global acetylome status...
February 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223461/identification-of-a-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pao1-dna-methyltransferase-its-targets-and-physiological-roles
#15
Sebastian Doberenz, Denitsa Eckweiler, Olga Reichert, Vanessa Jensen, Boyke Bunk, Cathrin Spröer, Adrian Kordes, Emanuela Frangipani, Khai Luong, Jonas Korlach, Stephan Heeb, Jörg Overmann, Volkhard Kaever, Susanne Häussler
DNA methylation is widespread among prokaryotes, and most DNA methylation reactions are catalyzed by adenine DNA methyltransferases, which are part of restriction-modification (R-M) systems. R-M systems are known for their role in the defense against foreign DNA; however, DNA methyltransferases also play functional roles in gene regulation. In this study, we used single-molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing to uncover the genome-wide DNA methylation pattern in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215221/targeting-chromatin-remodeling-in-inflammation-and-fibrosis
#16
J Yang, B Tian, A R Brasier
Mucosal surfaces of the human body are lined by a contiguous epithelial cell surface that forms a barrier to aerosolized pathogens. Specialized pattern recognition receptors detect the presence of viral pathogens and initiate protective host responses by triggering activation of the nuclear factor κB (NFκB)/RelA transcription factor and formation of a complex with the positive transcription elongation factor (P-TEFb)/cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK)9 and Bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) epigenetic reader...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215142/small-molecule-modulation-of-hdac6-activity-the-propitious-therapeutic-strategy-to-vanquish-neurodegenerative-disorders
#17
Shabir Ahmad Ganai
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are epigenetic enzymes creating the transcriptionally inactive state of chromatin by erasing acetyl moiety from histone and non-histone substrates. HDAC6 modulates several biological pathways in dividing cells as well as in post-mitotic neurons, and has been implicated in the pathophysiology of neurodegeneration. The distinct cellular functions and survival in these cells are reliant on HDAC6-mediated processes including intracellular trafficking, chaperone-mediated stress responses, anti-oxidation and protein degradation...
February 8, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187790/retinoic-acid-and-tgf-%C3%AE-signalling-cooperate-to-overcome-mycn-induced-retinoid-resistance
#18
David J Duffy, Aleksandar Krstic, Melinda Halasz, Thomas Schwarzl, Anja Konietzny, Kristiina Iljin, Desmond G Higgins, Walter Kolch
BACKGROUND: Retinoid therapy is widely employed in clinical oncology to differentiate malignant cells into their more benign counterparts. However, certain high-risk cohorts, such as patients with MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma, are innately resistant to retinoid therapy. Therefore, we employed a precision medicine approach to globally profile the retinoid signalling response and to determine how an excess of cellular MYCN antagonises these signalling events to prevent differentiation and confer resistance...
February 10, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184298/recent-advances-in-understanding-assessing-toxicity-to-the-epigenome
#19
REVIEW
Kevin Sweder
The ability of non-genotoxic agents to induce cancer has been documented and clearly requires a reassessment of testing for environmental and human safety. Drug safety testing has historically relied on test batteries designed to detect DNA damage leading to mutation and cancer. The standard genetic toxicology testing battery has been a reliable tool set to identify small molecules/chemicals as hazards that could lead to genetic changes in organisms and induction of cancer. While pharmaceutical companies and regulatory agencies have extensively used the standard battery, it is not suitable for compounds that may induce epigenetic changes...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182006/coordinate-activities-of-brd4-and-cdk9-in-the-transcriptional-elongation-complex-are-required-for-tgf%C3%AE-induced-nox4-expression-and-myofibroblast-transdifferentiation
#20
Talha Ijaz, Mohammad Jamaluddin, Yingxin Zhao, Yueqing Zhang, Jayson Jay, Celeste C Finnerty, David N Herndon, Ronald G Tilton, Allan R Brasier
Transdifferentiation of quiescent dermal fibroblasts to secretory myofibroblasts has a central role in wound healing and pathological scar formation. This myofibroblast transdifferentiation process involves TGFβ-induced de novo synthesis of alpha smooth muscle cell actin (αSMA)+ fibers that enhance contractility as well as increased expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, including collagen and fibronectin. These processes are mediated upstream by the reactive oxygen species (ROS)-producing enzyme Nox4, whose induction by TGFβ is incompletely understood...
February 9, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
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