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Jing Chen, Xiaoyan Zhang, Han Zhang, Tongqiang Liu, Hui Zhang, Jie Teng, Jun Ji, Xiaoqiang Ding
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a state of Klotho deficiency. The Klotho expression may be suppressed due to DNA hypermethylation in cancer cells so we have investigated the effects and possible mechanisms by which Klotho expression is regulated in human aortic smooth muscle cells (HASMCs). The vascular Klotho hypermethylation in radial arteries of patients with end-stage renal disease was described. Cultured HASMCs and 5/6-nephrectomized Sprague Dawley (SD) rats treated with indoxyl sulfate (IS) were used as in vitro and in vivo models, respectively...
2016: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Francesca Megiorni, Simona Camero, Simona Ceccarelli, Heather P McDowell, Olga Mannarino, Francesco Marampon, Barry Pizer, Rajeev Shukla, Antonio Pizzuti, Cinzia Marchese, Anna Clerico, Carlo Dominici
Aberrant DNA methylation has been frequently observed in many human cancers, including rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children. To date, the expression and function of the de novo DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) 3B in RMS have not yet been investigated. Our study show for the first time a significant up-regulation of DNMT3B levels in 14 RMS tumour samples and 4 RMS cell lines in comparison to normal skeletal muscle. Transfection of RD and TE671 cells, two in vitro models of embryonal RMS (ERMS), with a synthetic DNMT3B siRNA decreased cell proliferation by arresting cell cycle at G1 phase, as demonstrated by the reduced expression of Cyclin B1, Cyclin D1 and Cyclin E2, and by the concomitant up-regulation of the checkpoint regulators p21 and p27...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Hui Zhang, Huilei Dong, Guoqing Yang, Hongfei Chen, Chenxin Cai
Effective detection of DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) activity is significant for cancer research. Herein, we developed a sensitive electroanalytical method to detect human DNA (cytosine-5)-methyltransferase1 (DNMT1) from crude lysates of cancer cells. In this assay, capture DNA having a preferred DNMT1 methylation site was immobilized on a gold electrode, then hybridized with gold nanoparticle (Au NP)-DNA complexes. The modified electrodes were equilibrated with the lysate, and then incubated with methylation-sensitive restriction enzyme...
October 12, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Nidal E Muvarak, Khadiza Chowdhury, Limin Xia, Carine Robert, Eun Yong Choi, Yi Cai, Marina Bellani, Ying Zou, Zeba N Singh, Vu H Duong, Tyler Rutherford, Pratik Nagaria, Søren M Bentzen, Michael M Seidman, Maria R Baer, Rena G Lapidus, Stephen B Baylin, Feyruz V Rassool
Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors (PARPis) are clinically effective predominantly for BRCA-mutant tumors. We introduce a mechanism-based strategy to enhance PARPi efficacy based on DNA damage-related binding between DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) and PARP1. In acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and breast cancer cells, DNMT inhibitors (DNMTis) alone covalently bind DNMTs into DNA and increase PARP1 tightly bound into chromatin. Low doses of DNMTis plus PARPis, versus each drug alone, increase PARPi efficacy, increasing amplitude and retention of PARP1 directly at laser-induced DNA damage sites...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Cell
Hideaki Nakajima
Epigenetic marks, such as histone modifications or DNA methylation, regulate tissue specific gene expression by affecting the structures and accessibility of chromatin or DNA. Epigenetics, the molecular mechanisms regulating the epigenome, would therefore be critically involved in development and cell differentiation versus proliferation. Histone modifications include methylation, acetylation, phosphorylation and ubiquitination of specific lysine, arginine or serine residues on histone tails, and each modification has its own specific effect on gene expressions...
2016: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Sheng Zeng, Yuyu Yang, Xian Cheng, Bisheng Zhou, Ping Li, Yuhao Zhao, Xiaocen Kong, Yong Xu
Differentiation of B lymphocytes into isotope-specific plasma cells represents a hallmark event in adaptive immunity. During B cell maturation, expression of the class II transactivator (CIITA) gene is down-regulated although the underlying epigenetic mechanism is not completely defined. Here we report that hypermethylated in cancer 1 (HIC1) was up-regulated in differentiating B lymphocytes paralleling CIITA repression. Over-expression of HIC1 directly repressed endogenous CIITA transcription in B cells. Reporter assay and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay confirmed that HIC1 bound to the proximal CIITA type III promoter (-545/-113); mutation of a conserved HIC1 site within this region abrogated CIITA trans-repression...
October 6, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Mathilde Cheray, Romain Pacaud, Arulraj Nadaradjane, Lisa Oliver, François M Vallette, Pierre-François Cartron
DNA methylation is a fundamental feature of genomes and is a candidate for pharmacological manipulation that might have important therapeutic advantage. Thus, DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) appear to be ideal targets for drug intervention. By focusing on interactions existing between DNMT3A and DNMT3A-binding protein (D3A-BP), our work identifies the DNMT3A/ISGF3γ interaction such as a biomarker whose the presence level is associated with a poor survival prognosis and with a poor prognosis of response to the conventional chemotherapeutic treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (radiation plus temozolomide)...
2016: Theranostics
Zhiying Huang, Qiuju Huang, Liyan Ji, Ying Wang, Xiaoxiao Qi, Liang Liu, Zhongqiu Liu, Linlin Lu
Epigenetic modifications include DNA methylation, histone modification, and other patterns. These processes are associated with carcinogenesis and cancer progression. Thus, epigenetic modification-related enzymes, such as DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs), histone methyltransferases (HMTs), histone demethylases (HDMTs), histone acetyltransferases (HATs), and histone deacetylases (HDACs), as well as some related proteins, including methyl-CpG binding proteins (MBPs) and DNMT1-associated protein (DMAP 1), are considered as potential targets for cancer prevention and therapy...
September 30, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Mary E Robbins, Duaa Dakhlallah, Clay B Marsh, Lynette K Rogers, Trent E Tipple
RATIONALE: We previously demonstrated that decreased miR-17~92 cluster expression was: 1) present in lungs from human infants who died with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD); 2) inversely correlated with DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) expression and promoter methylation; 3) correlated with a subsequent diagnosis of BPD at 36 weeks' gestational age. OBJECTIVES: We tested the hypothesis that plasma miR-17 levels would be lowest in infants who ultimately develop severe BPD...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Fatma Uysal, Gokhan Akkoyunlu, Saffet Ozturk
DNA methylation is one of the epigenetic marks and plays critically important functions during spermatogenesis in mammals. DNA methylation is catalysed by DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) enzymes, which are responsible for the addition of a methyl group to the fifth carbon atom of the cytosine residues within cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) and non-CpG dinucleotide sites. Structurally and functionally five different DNMT enzymes have been identified in mammals, including DNMT1, DNMT2, DNMT3A, DNMT3B and DNMT3L...
September 12, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Andrew D King, Kevin Huang, Liudmilla Rubbi, Shuo Liu, Cun-Yu Wang, Yinsheng Wang, Matteo Pellegrini, Guoping Fan
DNA methylation is one of a number of modes of epigenetic gene regulation. Here, we profile the DNA methylome, transcriptome, and global occupancy of histone modifications (H3K4me1, H3K4me3, H3K27me3, and H3K27ac) in a series of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) with varying DNA methylation levels to study the effects of DNA methylation on deposition of histone modifications. We find that genome-wide DNA demethylation alters occupancy of histone modifications at both promoters and enhancers. This is reversed upon remethylation by Dnmt expression...
September 27, 2016: Cell Reports
Stephanie D Biergans, Charles Claudianos, Judith Reinhard, C G Galizia
The activity of the epigenetic writers DNA methyltransferases (Dnmts) after olfactory reward conditioning is important for both stimulus-specific long-term memory (LTM) formation and extinction. It, however, remains unknown which components of memory formation Dnmts regulate (e.g., associative vs. non-associative) and in what context (e.g., varying training conditions). Here, we address these aspects in order to clarify the role of Dnmt-mediated DNA methylation in memory formation. We used a pharmacological Dnmt inhibitor and classical appetitive conditioning in the honeybee Apis mellifera, a well characterized model for classical conditioning...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Zhuxia Zhang, Jie Yang, Xiaolei Liu, Xiaoe Jia, Shengdi Xu, Kerui Gong, Shaochun Yan, Chunyang Zhang, Guo Shao
BACKGROUND: Learning and memory is a complex process. Some reports have shown that protein kinases (PKs) and phosphatases (PPs) are important mediators in this process. And it is also well known that protein serine/threonine phosphatase 1 (PP1) and DNA methylation are critically involved in learning and memory. METHODS: In the current study, the mice and cultured cells (NG108-15) were treated with vehicle or 5-Aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-aza-cdR), a DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) inhibitor...
September 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Jing Shen, Shengru Wu, Wei Guo, Saisai Liang, Xueyuan Li, Xiaojun Yang
Inflammatory response which can be mediated by inflammatory genes, can be induced by pathogenic microorganisms, be associated with enteric diseases and the loss of growth performance in broilers. The understanding of epigenetic regulation of inflammatory genes could help explain the response to infection of microorganisms and inhibit the reaction of inflammation in broilers. This study investigated the effect of histone acetylation by histone deacetylases (HDAC) inhibitors trichostain A (TSA) and DNA methylation by demethylation agent 5-Aza-2'-deoxycytidine (AZA) and methyl donor methionine (Met) and folic acid (FA) on the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from healthy broilers...
September 18, 2016: Immunobiology
J Salvaing, N Peynot, M N Bedhane, S Veniel, E Pellier, C Boulesteix, N Beaujean, N Daniel, V Duranthon
STUDY QUESTION: In comparison to in vivo development, how do different conditions of in vitro culture ('one step' versus 'sequential medium') impact DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation in preimplantation embryos? SUMMARY ANSWER: Using rabbit as a model, we show that DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation are both affected by in vitro culture of preimplantation embryos and the effect observed depends on the culture medium used. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Correct regulation of DNA methylation is essential for embryonic development and DNA hydroxymethylation appears more and more to be a key player...
September 22, 2016: Human Reproduction
Chih-Chin Shih, Mei-Hui Liao, Tsan-Seng Hsiao, Hiong-Ping Hii, Ching-Hui Shen, Shiu-Jen Chen, Shuk-Man Ka, Yung-Lung Chang, Chin-Chen Wu
Excessive inflammatory and oxidative stress lead to circulatory failure, multiple organ dysfunction, and high mortality in patients with sepsis. Microbial infection-induced DNA hypermethylation is associated with the augmentation of inflammation and oxidative stress. In our previous study, the antiarrhythmic drug procainamide inhibits the expression of DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) and diminishes IL-6 levels in rats with rhabdomyolysis. Thus, we further evaluated the effects of procainamide on the development of circulatory failure and multiple organ dysfunction in rats with endotoxic shock...
2016: PloS One
Nayana A Patil, W N Gade, Deepti D Deobagkar
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) are promising candidates for numerous applications in consumer products. This will lead to increased human exposure, thus posing a threat to human health. Both these types of NPs have been studied for their cell toxicity, immunotoxicity, and genotoxicity. However, effects of these NPs on epigenetic modulations have not been studied. Epigenetics is an important link in the genotype and phenotype modulation and misregulation can often lead to lifestyle diseases...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
A M O'Doherty, L C O'Shea, O Sandra, P Lonergan, T Fair, N Forde
The endometrium plays a key role in providing an optimal environment for attachment of the preimplantation embryo during the early stages of pregnancy. Investigations over the past 2 decades have demonstrated that vital epigenetic processes occur in the embryo during the preimplantation stages of development. However, few studies have investigated the potential role of imprinted genes and their associated modulators, the DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs), in the bovine endometrium during the pre- and peri-implantation period...
September 21, 2016: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Yu Xia, Jun Yang, Guobin Wang, Chengrong Li, Qiu Li
This study was conducted in order to explore age-related changes in the production of Th1 and Th2 cytokines and determine the corresponding status of DNA methylation. The plasma IL-4 and IFN-γ levels and expression of Th-related cytokines and transcription factors in CD4+ splenocytes were observed in mice at different weeks of age. The DNA methylation levels of IL-4 and IFN-γ promoters and the related regulatory regions in CD4+ splenocytes of mice at different weeks of age were analyzed. The DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) levels in CD4+ splenocytes of mice were analyzed...
September 20, 2016: Inflammation
Sarah Leonard, Merlin Pereira, Richard Fox, Naheema Gordon, Jason Yap, Sean Kehoe, David Luesley, Ciaran Woodman, Raji Ganesan
OBJECTIVE: Cancer initiation and progression has been linked to aberrant expression of the DNA methyltransferases (DNMT), the enzymes which establish and maintain DNA methylation patterns throughout the genome. In this study, we investigated if DNMT expression in vulvar squamous cell carcinomas (VSCC) was related to clinical outcome. METHODS: DNMT1, DNMT3A and DNMT3B expression was measured in a subset of cases drawn from a cohort of consecutive women treated for primary VSCC at the Pan Birmingham Gynaecological Cancer Centre between 2001 and 2008...
September 9, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
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