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Saqib Mumtaz, Claire Streten, David L Parry, Keith A McGuinness, Ping Lu, Karen S Gibb
Soil microorganisms may respond to metal stress by a shift in the microbial community from metal sensitive to metal resistant microorganisms. We assessed the bacterial community from low (2-20 mg kg-1 ), medium (200-400 mg kg-1 ), high (500-900 mg kg-1 ) and very high (>900 mg kg-1 ) uranium soils at Ranger Uranium Mine in northern Australia through pyrosequencing. Proteobacteria (28.85%) was the most abundant phylum at these sites, followed by Actinobacteria (9.31%), Acidobacteria (7.33%), Verrucomicrobia (2...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Yue Guo, Renyi Wu, John M Gaspar, Davit Sargsyan, Zheng-Yuan Su, Chengyue Zhang, Linbo Gao, David Cheng, Wenji Li, Chao Wang, Ran Yin, Mingzhu Fang, Michael P Verzi, Ronald P Hart, Ah-Ng Kong
Inflammation is highly associated with colon carcinogenesis. Epigenetic mechanisms could play an important role in the initiation and progression of colon cancer. Curcumin, a dietary phytochemical, shows promising effects in suppressing colitis-associated colon cancer in AOM-DSS mice. However, the potential epigenetic mechanisms of curcumin in colon cancer remain unknown. In this study, the anti-cancer effect of curcumin in suppressing colon cancer in an 18-week AOM-DSS colon cancer mouse model was confirmed...
March 14, 2018: Carcinogenesis
Hirofumi Chiba, Yoichi Kakuta, Yoshitaka Kinouchi, Yosuke Kawai, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Munenori Nagao, Takeo Naito, Motoyuki Onodera, Rintaro Moroi, Masatake Kuroha, Yoshitake Kanazawa, Tomoya Kimura, Hisashi Shiga, Katsuya Endo, Kenichi Negoro, Masao Nagasaki, Michiaki Unno, Tooru Shimosegawa
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has an unknown etiology; however, accumulating evidence suggests that IBD is a multifactorial disease influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The influence of genetic variants on DNA methylation in cis and cis effects on expression have been demonstrated. We hypothesized that IBD susceptibility single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) regulate susceptibility gene expressions in cis by regulating DNA methylation around SNPs...
2018: PloS One
Hironori Aoki, Eiichiro Yamamoto, Hiro-O Yamano, Tamotsu Sugai, Tomoaki Kimura, Yoshihito Tanaka, Hiro-O Matsushita, Kenjiro Yoshikawa, Ryo Takagi, Eiji Harada, Michiko Nakaoka, Yuko Yoshida, Taku Harada, Gota Sudo, Makoto Eizuka, Akira Yorozu, Hiroshi Kitajima, Takeshi Niinuma, Masahiro Kai, Masanori Nojima, Hiromu Suzuki, Hiroshi Nakase
BACKGROUND: Colorectal serrated lesions (SLs) are important premalignant lesions whose clinical and biological features are not fully understood. AIMS: We aimed to establish accurate colonoscopic diagnosis and treatment of SLs through evaluation of associations among the morphological, pathological, and molecular characteristics of SLs. METHODS: A total of 388 premalignant and 18 malignant colorectal lesions were studied. Using magnifying colonoscopy, microsurface structures were assessed based on Kudo's pit pattern classification system, and the Type II pit pattern was subcategorized into classical Type II, Type II-Open (Type II-O) and Type II-Long (Type II-L)...
March 15, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Stephan Bartels, Akinyele Adisa, Timothy Aladelusi, Juliana Lemound, Angelika Stucki-Koch, Sami Hussein, Hans Kreipe, Christian Hartmann, Ulrich Lehmann, Kais Hussein
The aim of this study was to evaluate the mutation profile of BRAF wild-type craniopharyngiomas and ameloblastomas. Pre-screening by immunohistochemistry and pyrosequencing for identifying BRAF wild-type tumors was performed on archived specimens of ameloblastic tumors (n = 20) and craniopharyngiomas (n = 62). Subsequently, 19 BRAF wild-type tumors (nine ameloblastic tumors and ten craniopharyngiomas) were analyzed further using next-generation sequencing (NGS) targeting hot spot mutations of 22 cancer-related genes...
March 15, 2018: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
Jie Liu, Yi Song, Xiaoguang Lu, Tuo Chen, Wenxiu Guo, Zhiwei Fan, Xin Kang, Yu Wang, Yi Wang
Recently, several studies have indicated that the intestinal microbiota can be regulated by the individual attributes, and even the alternation of circadian rhythm. Inspired by this, we speculated that seasonal variation might also have some effect on the intestinal microbiota. A total of 11 Sprague-Dawley male rats, weighing 250-280 g, were divided into summer group (n = 5) and winter group (n = 6). Cages were individually ventilated at 20 ± 2 °C and 45-65% relative humidity with a circadian rhythm of 12/12 h...
March 15, 2018: Current Microbiology
Te-Sha Tsai, Sonika Tyagi, Justin C St John
STUDY QUESTION: What are the molecular differences between mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)-deficient and mtDNA-normal oocytes and how does mitochondrial supplementation alter these? SUMMARY ANSWER: Changes to DNA methylation in a 5' cytosine-phosphate-guanine 3' (CpG) island in the mtDNA-specific replication factor (DNA polymerase gamma (POLG)) of mtDNA-deficient oocytes mediates an increase in mtDNA copy number by the 2-cell stage that positively modulates the expression of nuclear genes, which affect cellular and metabolic processes, following autologous mitochondrial supplementation...
March 13, 2018: Human Reproduction
Jessica Tulloch, Lesley Leong, Sunny Chen, C Dirk Keene, Steven P Millard, Andrew Shutes-David, Oscar L Lopez, Julia Kofler, Jeffrey A Kaye, Randy Woltjer, Peter T Nelson, Janna H Neltner, Gregory A Jicha, Douglas Galasko, Eliezer Masliah, James B Leverenz, Chang-En Yu, Debby Tsuang
INTRODUCTION: Inheritance of the ε4 allele of apolipoprotein E (APOE) increases a person's risk of developing both Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Lewy body dementia (LBD), yet the underlying mechanisms behind this risk are incompletely understood. The recent identification of reduced APOE DNA methylation in AD postmortem brains prompted this study to investigate APOE methylation in LBD. METHODS: Genomic DNA from postmortem brain tissues (frontal lobe and cerebellum) of neuropathological pure (np) controls and npAD, LBD + AD, and npLBD subjects were bisulfite pyrosequenced...
March 12, 2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
Heejung Kim, Dugin Kaown, Bernhard Mayer, Jin-Yong Lee, Kang-Kun Lee
Hyporheic zones are considered hot spots for numerically vast and phylogenetically diverse microbial communities. However, biogeochemical effects of hyporheic zones have rarely been investigated in detail because of the difficulty in accurately measuring denitrification in these zones. To date, little is known about the hydroecology of hyporheic zones. The effect of changes in hydraulic conditions on the community variations of indigenous microorganisms and water quality was examined based on the depth of the hyporheic zone...
March 12, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Weizhi Yu, Hong Xu, Ying Xue, Dong An, Huairui Li, Wei Chen, Deqin Yu, Yiping Sun, Jianmei Ma, Yiyuan Tang, Zhaoyang Xiao, Shengming Yin
Introduction: Social isolation enhances the aggressive behavior of animals, but the detailed mechanism remains unclear. Epigenetic studies have suggested that Htr2c RNA editing is closely related to aggressive behavior. This study aims to obtain a fundamental understanding of how social isolation impacts adenosine deaminase acting on RNA 1 (ADAR1, RNA editing enzyme) and Htr2c RNA editing, leading to aggressive behavior, and explore the effective solutions for the recovery of this behavior...
March 2018: Brain and Behavior
Ling Xu, Jun Xu, Zheng Hu, Baohua Yang, Lifeng Wang, Xiao Lin, Ziyin Xia, Zhiling Zhang, Yunheng Zhu
DNA methylation is associated with tumorigenesis and may act as a potential biomarker for detecting cervical cancer. The aim of the present study was to explore the methylation status of the paired box gene 1 (PAX1) and the LIM homeobox transcription factor 1 α (LMX1A) gene in a spectrum of cervical lesions in an Eastern Chinese population. This single-center study involved 121 patients who were divided into normal cervix (NC; n=28), low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL; n=32), high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL; n=34) and cervical squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC; n=27) groups, according to biopsy results...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Shuai Zhao, Jun-Jie Liu, Samiran Banerjee, Na Zhou, Zhen-Yong Zhao, Ke Zhang, Chang-Yan Tian
While saline soils account for 6.5% of the total land area globally, it comprises about 70% of the area in northwestern China. Microbiota in these saline soils are particularly important because they are critical to maintaining ecosystem services. However, little is known about the microbial diversity and community composition in saline soils. To investigate the distribution patterns and edaphic determinants of bacterial communities in saline soils, we collected soil samples across the hypersaline Ebinur Lake shoreline in northwestern China and assessed soil bacterial communities using bar-coded pyrosequencing...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
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
Linkun Wu, Jun Chen, Zhigang Xiao, Xiaocheng Zhu, Juanying Wang, Hongmiao Wu, Yanhong Wu, Zhongyi Zhang, Wenxiong Lin
The production and quality of Rehmannia glutinosa can be dramatically reduced by replant disease under consecutive monoculture. The root-associated microbiome, also known as the second genome of the plant, was investigated to understand its impact on plant health. Culture-dependent and culture-independent pyrosequencing analysis was applied to assess the shifts in soil bacterial communities in the rhizosphere and rhizoplane under consecutive monoculture. The results show that the root-associated microbiome (including rhizosphere and rhizoplane microbiomes) was significantly impacted by rhizocompartments and consecutive monoculture...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Oscar Murcia, Rodrigo Jover, Cecilia M Egoavil, Miriam Juarez, Lucia Perez-Carbonell, Eva Hernández-Illán, Estefanía Rojas, Cristina Alenda, Francesc Balaguer, Montserrat Andreu, Xavier Llor, Antoni Castells, C Richard Boland, Ajay Goel
PURPOSE: A recent study reported that 5-fluorouracil (5FU)-based chemotherapy is less effective in treating advanced colorectal cancer (CRC) patients demonstrating hypermethylation of TFAP2E gene. The aim of our study was to confirm and validate these findings in large, uniformly treated, well-characterized patient cohorts. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Two cohorts of 783 CRC patients: 532 from a population-based, multicenter cohort (EPICOLON I) and 251 patients from a clinic-based trial were used to study the effectiveness of TFAP2E methylation and expression as a predictor of response of CRC patients to 5FU-based chemotherapy...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Jana Kisková, Zuzana Perháčová, Ladislav Vlčko, Jana Sedláková, Simona Kvasnová, Peter Pristaš
Although neutral mine drainage is the less frequent subject of the interest than acid mine drainage, it can have adverse environmental effects caused mainly by precipitation of dissolved Fe. The aim of the study was to characterize the composition of bacterial population in environment with high concentration of iron and sulfur compounds represented by neutral mine drainage water of Elizabeth's shaft, Slovinky (Slovakia). Direct microscopic observations, cultivation methods, and 454 pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA gene amplicons were used to examine the bacterial population...
March 12, 2018: Current Microbiology
Jacob K Kresovich, Peter H Gann, Serap Erdal, Hua Y Chen, Maria Argos, Garth H Rauscher
AIM: We examined methylation patterns with aggressive tumor phenotypes and investigated demographic, socioeconomic and reproductive predictors of gene methylation. MATERIALS & METHODS: Pyrosequencing quantified methylation of BRCA1, EGFR, GSTM2, RASSF1, TFF1 and Sat 2. We used quantile regression models to calculate adjusted median methylation values by estrogen and progesterone receptor (ER/PR) status. Bivariate associations between participant characteristics and methylation were examined...
March 12, 2018: Epigenomics
José M C Ribeiro, Ines Martin-Martin, Fernando R Moreira, Kristen A Bernard, Eric Calvo
Previously, a Sanger-based sialotranscriptome analysis of adult female Culex tarsalis was published based on ∼2000 ESTs. During the elapsed 7.5 years, pyrosequencing has been discontinued and Illumina sequences have increased considerable in size and decreased in price. We here report an Illumina-based sialotranscriptome that allowed finding the missing apyrase from the salivary transcriptome of C. tarsalis, to determine several full-length members of the 34-62 kDa family, when a single EST has been found previously, in addition to identifying many salivary families with lower expression levels that were not detected previously...
March 8, 2018: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Qijun Cheng, Bin Zhao, Zhenxiang Huang, Yanhua Su, Biqin Chen, Songjing Yang, Xueqi Peng, Qilin Ma, Xiaoshan Yu, Benhua Zhao, Xiayi Ke
BACKGROUND & AIM: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be transmitted to infants, and is related to infants' later disease risk. Epigenetic change (such as DNA methylation) may be mechanism underlying the relationship. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether prenatal HBV infection could alter DNA methylation status in newborns. METHOD: We selected 12 neonates with intrauterine HBV infection whose mothers were HBsAg-positive during pregnancy, relative to 12 HBV-free neonates with HBsAg-negative mothers...
March 8, 2018: Gene
Emi Morita, Mikio Watanabe, Naoya Inoue, Hidemi Hashimoto, Emi Haga, Yoh Hidaka, Yoshinori Iwatani
Graves' disease (GD) and Hashimoto's disease (HD) are different pathological types of autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITDs). However, the epigenetic differences between these diseases have not been elucidated. DNA methylation is one of the primary epigenetic modifications that reflect environmental influences on gene expression. In this study, we evaluated the methylation status of six CpG sites in the TNFA promoter using pyrosequencing and analyzed the data in combination with functional polymorphisms (-1031 T/C and +123 C/T) in the TNFA gene to clarify the role of gene methylation on the prognosis of AITDs...
March 11, 2018: Autoimmunity
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