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Dna damage and epigenetic

Haiyan Qin, Guang Zhang, Lianbo Zhang
Polycomb group genes (PcG) encode chromatin modification proteins that are involved in the epigenetic regulation of cell differentiation, proliferation and the aging processes. The key subunit of the PcG complex, enhancer of zeste 2 polycomb repressive complex 2 subunit (EZH2), has a central role in a variety of mechanisms, such as the formation of chromatin structure, gene expression regulation and DNA damage. In the present study, ultraviolet A (UVA) was used to radiate human dermal fibroblasts in order to construct a photo-aged cell model...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Gamze Kuser-Abali, Lu Gong, Jiawei Yan, Qingqing Liu, Weiqi Zeng, Amanda Williamson, Chuan Bian Lim, Mary Ellen Molloy, John B Little, Lei Huang, Zhi-Min Yuan
Renewable tissues exhibit heightened sensitivity to DNA damage, which is thought to result from a high level of p53. However, cell proliferation in renewable tissues requires p53 down-regulation, creating an apparent discrepancy between the p53 level and elevated sensitivity to DNA damage. Using a combination of genetic mouse models and pharmacologic inhibitors, we demonstrate that it is p53-regulated MDM2 that functions together with MDMX to regulate DNA damage sensitivity by targeting EZH2 (enhancer of zeste homolog 2) for ubiquitination/degradation...
March 14, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
D Hernandez-Cortes, I Alvarado-Cruz, M J Solís-Heredia, B Quintanilla-Vega
Methyl parathion (Me-Pa) is an oxidizing organophosphate (OP) pesticide that generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) through its biotransformation. Some studies have also suggested that OP pesticides have the capacity to alkylate biomolecules, including DNA. In general, DNA methylation in gene promoters represses transcription. NRF2 is a key transcription factor that regulates the expression of antioxidant, metabolic and detoxifying genes through the antioxidant response element (ARE) situated in promoters of regulated genes...
March 11, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Tadashige Nozaki, Yuka Sasaki, Itsuko Fukuda, Mayu Isumi, Keitaro Nakamoto, Takae Onodera, Mitsuko Masutani
Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase family, member 1 (Parp1) has pleiotropic and disparate functions in multiple cellular signaling pathways through post-translational protein modification. It contributes to the regulation of various cellular processes, including DNA damage repair, cell death, and cell differentiation, genetically or epigenetically. Meanwhile, the functions of Parp1 in intercellular signaling remain to be established. To examine the functions of Parp1 in intercellular signaling, we examined microRNA (miRNA) regulation in exosomes derived from Parp1-deficient (Parp1-/- ) embryonic stem (ES) cells...
March 10, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Alexander N Yatsenko, Paul J Turek
PURPOSE: To examine current evidence of the known effects of advanced paternal age on sperm genetic and epigenetic changes and associated birth defects and diseases in offspring. METHODS: Review of published PubMed literature. RESULTS: Advanced paternal age (> 40 years) is associated with accumulated damage to sperm DNA and mitotic and meiotic quality control mechanisms (mismatch repair) during spermatogenesis. This in turn causes well-delineated abnormalities in sperm chromosomes, both numerical and structural, and increased sperm DNA fragmentation (3%/year of age) and single gene mutations (relative risk, RR 10)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Lisiane Silveira Zavalhia, Aline Weber Medeiros, Andrew Oliveira Silva, Adriana Vial Roehe
The fragile histidine triad (FHIT) gene encloses an active common chromosomal fragile site, FRA3B. This gene is known to be associated with genomic instability, apoptosis and DNA damage. FHIT disturbances have been related to carcinogenesis in different types of human tumor. Despite this, there are some controversies about the exact role of the FHIT gene in relation to tumor biology. Several pieces of evidence support the hypothesis that FHIT acts as a tumor suppressor gene. A loss or decrease in the Fhit protein expression appears to be related to tumor progression, poor prognostic factors and lower survival rates...
March 8, 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Keyun Wang, Mingliang Ye
Protein methylation is receiving increasing attention for its important role in regulating diverse biological processes, including epigenetic regulation of gene transcription, RNA processing, DNA damage repair, and signal transduction. Proteome level analysis of protein methylation requires the enrichment of various forms of methylated peptides. Unfortunately, immunoaffinity purification can only enrich a subset of them due to the lack of pan-specific antibodies. Chromatography-based methods, however, can enrich methylated peptides in a global manner...
February 21, 2018: Current Protocols in Protein Science
Ingrid M E Desar, Emmy D G Fleuren, Winette T A van der Graaf
Synovial sarcoma (SS) is a rare, yet highly malignant, type of soft tissue sarcoma (STS), for which survival has not improved significantly during the past years. In this review, we focus on systemic treatment in adults. Compared to other STS, SS are relatively chemosensitive. Ifosfamide and ifosfamide combinations are active in different lines of treatment. In high-risk extremity and chest wall STS, neoadjuvant doxorubicin and ifosfamide has shown as much activity as high-dose ifosfamide. There are indications that combination chemotherapy with doxorubicin and ifosfamide in this setting improves outcome...
March 7, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
Pritha Bhattacharjee, Tamalika Sanyal, Sandip Bhattacharjee, Pritha Bhattacharjee
INTRODUCTION: Arsenic exposure and its adverse health outcome, including the association with cancer risk are well established from several studies across the globe. The present study aims to analyze the epigenetic regulation of key mismatch repair (MMR) genes in the arsenic-exposed population. METHOD: A case-control study was conducted involving two hundred twenty four (N=224) arsenic exposed [with skin lesion (WSL=110) and without skin lesion (WOSL=114)] and one hundred and two (N=102) unexposed individuals...
February 27, 2018: Environmental Research
Christina Wilms, Ioanna Krikki, Adelheid Hainzl, Sonja Kilo, Marius Alupei, Evgenia Makrantonaki, Maximilian Wagner, Carsten M Kroeger, Titus Josef Brinker, Martina Gatzka
Development and homeostasis of the epidermis are governed by a complex network of sequence-specific transcription factors and epigenetic modifiers cooperatively regulating the subtle balance of progenitor cell self-renewal and terminal differentiation. To investigate the role of histone H2A deubiquitinase 2A-DUB/Mysm1 in the skin, we systematically analyzed expression, developmental functions, and potential interactions of this epigenetic regulator using Mysm1-deficient mice and skin-derived epidermal cells...
February 28, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Stephen Frenk, Jonathan Houseley
Ageing leads to dramatic changes in the physiology of many different tissues resulting in a spectrum of pathology. Nonetheless, many lines of evidence suggest that ageing is driven by highly conserved cell intrinsic processes, and a set of unifying hallmarks of ageing has been defined. Here, we survey reports of age-linked changes in basal gene expression across eukaryotes from yeast to human and identify six gene expression hallmarks of cellular ageing: downregulation of genes encoding mitochondrial proteins; downregulation of the protein synthesis machinery; dysregulation of immune system genes; reduced growth factor signalling; constitutive responses to stress and DNA damage; dysregulation of gene expression and mRNA processing...
February 28, 2018: Biogerontology
Miguel López-Lázaro
All cancer registries constantly show striking differences in cancer incidence by age and among tissues. For example, lung cancer is diagnosed hundreds of times more often at age 70 than at age 20, and lung cancer in nonsmokers occurs thousands of times more frequently than heart cancer in smokers. An analysis of these differences using basic concepts in cell biology indicates that cancer is the end-result of the accumulation of cell divisions in stem cells. In other words, the main determinant of carcinogenesis is the number of cell divisions that the DNA of a stem cell has accumulated in any type of cell from the zygote...
March 2018: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
Tenley C Archer, Soma Sengupta, Scott L Pomeroy
Classically, brain cancers have been graded and diagnosed based on histology and risk stratified by clinical criteria. Recent advances in genomics and epigenomics have ushered in an era of defining cancers based on molecular criteria. These advances have increased our precision of identifying oncogenic driving events and, most importantly, increased our precision at predicting clinical outcome. For the first time in its history, the 2016 revision of the WHO Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System included molecular features as tumor classification criteria...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Agnes L C Ong, Thamil Selvee Ramasamy
Regulatory role of Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), one of the most extensively studied members of its kind in histone deacetylase family in governing multiple cellular fates, is predominantly linked to p53 activity. SIRT1 deacetylates p53 in a NAD+-dependent manner to inhibit transcription activity of p53, in turn modulate pathways that are implicated in regulation of tissue homoeostasis and many disease states. In this review, we discuss the role of SIRT1-p53 pathway and its regulatory axis in the cellular events which are implicated in cellular aging, cancer and reprogramming...
February 21, 2018: Ageing Research Reviews
Marco De Vitis, Francesco Berardinelli, Antonella Sgura
Eukaryotic cells undergo continuous telomere shortening as a consequence of multiple rounds of replications. During tumorigenesis, cells have to acquire telomere DNA maintenance mechanisms (TMMs) in order to counteract telomere shortening, to preserve telomeres from DNA damage repair systems and to avoid telomere-mediated senescence and/or apoptosis. For this reason, telomere maintenance is an essential step in cancer progression. Most human tumors maintain their telomeres expressing telomerase, whereas a lower but significant proportion activates the alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) pathway...
February 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Silvana Rošić, Rachel Amouroux, Cristina E Requena, Ana Gomes, Max Emperle, Toni Beltran, Jayant K Rane, Sarah Linnett, Murray E Selkirk, Philipp H Schiffer, Allison J Bancroft, Richard K Grencis, Albert Jeltsch, Petra Hajkova, Peter Sarkies
Methylation at the 5 position of cytosine in DNA (5meC) is a key epigenetic mark in eukaryotes. Once introduced, 5meC can be maintained through DNA replication by the activity of 'maintenance' DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs). Despite their ancient origin, DNA methylation pathways differ widely across animals, such that 5meC is either confined to transcribed genes or lost altogether in several lineages. We used comparative epigenomics to investigate the evolution of DNA methylation. Although the model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans lacks DNA methylation, more basal nematodes retain cytosine DNA methylation, which is targeted to repeat loci...
February 19, 2018: Nature Genetics
A Schrader, G Crispatzu, S Oberbeck, P Mayer, S Pützer, J von Jan, E Vasyutina, K Warner, N Weit, N Pflug, T Braun, E I Andersson, B Yadav, A Riabinska, B Maurer, M S Ventura Ferreira, F Beier, J Altmüller, M Lanasa, C D Herling, T Haferlach, S Stilgenbauer, G Hopfinger, M Peifer, T H Brümmendorf, P Nürnberg, K S J Elenitoba-Johnson, S Zha, M Hallek, R Moriggl, H C Reinhardt, M-H Stern, S Mustjoki, S Newrzela, P Frommolt, M Herling
T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL) is a rare and poor-prognostic mature T-cell malignancy. Here we integrated large-scale profiling data of alterations in gene expression, allelic copy number (CN), and nucleotide sequences in 111 well-characterized patients. Besides prominent signatures of T-cell activation and prevalent clonal variants, we also identify novel hot-spots for CN variability, fusion molecules, alternative transcripts, and progression-associated dynamics. The overall lesional spectrum of T-PLL is mainly annotated to axes of DNA damage responses, T-cell receptor/cytokine signaling, and histone modulation...
February 15, 2018: Nature Communications
Jolein Mijnes, Jürgen Veeck, Nadine T Gaisa, Eduard Burghardt, Tim C de Ruijter, Sonja Gostek, Edgar Dahl, David Pfister, Sebastian C Schmid, Ruth Knüchel, Michael Rose
Background: Genome-wide studies identified pan-cancer genes and shared biological networks affected by epigenetic dysregulation among diverse tumor entities. Here, we systematically screened for hypermethylation of DNA damage repair (DDR) genes in a comprehensive candidate-approach and exemplarily identify and validate candidate DDR genes as targets of epigenetic inactivation unique to bladder cancer (BLCA), which may serve as non-invasive biomarkers. Methods: Genome-wide DNA methylation datasets (2755 CpG probes of n  = 7819 tumor and n  = 659 normal samples) of the TCGA network covering 32 tumor entities were analyzed in silico for 177 DDR genes...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
Renu A Kowluru, Manish Mishra
Retinopathy remains as one of the most feared blinding complications of diabetes, and with the prevalence of this life-long disease escalating at an alarming rate, the incidence of retinopathy is also climbing. Although the cutting edge research has identified many molecular mechanisms associated with its development, the exact mechanism how diabetes damages the retina remains obscure, limiting therapeutic options for this devastating disease. Areas covered: This review focuses on the central role of mitochondrial dysfunction/damage in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy, and how damaged mitochondria initiates a self-perpetuating vicious cycles of free radicals...
February 13, 2018: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
Mikael S Lindström, Deana Jurada, Sladana Bursac, Ines Orsolic, Jiri Bartek, Sinisa Volarevic
The nucleolus is the major site for synthesis of ribosomes, complex molecular machines that are responsible for protein synthesis. A wealth of research over the past 20 years has clearly indicated that both quantitative and qualitative alterations in ribosome biogenesis can drive the malignant phenotype via dysregulation of protein synthesis. However, numerous recent proteomic, genomic, and functional studies have implicated the nucleolus in the regulation of processes that are unrelated to ribosome biogenesis, including DNA-damage response, maintenance of genome stability and its spatial organization, epigenetic regulation, cell-cycle control, stress responses, senescence, global gene expression, as well as assembly or maturation of various ribonucleoprotein particles...
February 12, 2018: Oncogene
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