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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813657/interferon-%C3%AE-represses-m2-gene-expression-in-human-macrophages-by-disassembling-enhancers-bound-by-the-transcription-factor-maf
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Kyuho Kang, Sung Ho Park, Janice Chen, Yu Qiao, Eugenia Giannopoulou, Karen Berg, Adedayo Hanidu, Jun Li, Gerald Nabozny, Keunsoo Kang, Kyung-Hyun Park-Min, Lionel B Ivashkiv
Mechanisms by which interferon (IFN)-γ activates genes to promote macrophage activation are well studied, but little is known about mechanisms and functions of IFN-γ-mediated gene repression. We used an integrated transcriptomic and epigenomic approach to analyze chromatin accessibility, histone modifications, transcription-factor binding, and gene expression in IFN-γ-primed human macrophages. IFN-γ suppressed basal expression of genes corresponding to an "M2"-like homeostatic and reparative phenotype. IFN-γ repressed genes by suppressing the function of enhancers enriched for binding by transcription factor MAF...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813447/the-use-of-high-throughput-small-rna-sequencing-reveals-differentially-expressed-micrornas-in-response-to-aster-yellows-phytoplasma-infection-in-vitis-vinifera-cv-chardonnay
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Marius C Snyman, Marie-Chrystine Solofoharivelo, Rose Souza-Richards, Dirk Stephan, Shane Murray, Johan T Burger
Phytoplasmas are cell wall-less plant pathogenic bacteria responsible for major crop losses throughout the world. In grapevine they cause grapevine yellows, a detrimental disease associated with a variety of symptoms. The high economic impact of this disease has sparked considerable interest among researchers to understand molecular mechanisms related to pathogenesis. Increasing evidence exist that a class of small non-coding endogenous RNAs, known as microRNAs (miRNAs), play an important role in post-transcriptional gene regulation during plant development and responses to biotic and abiotic stresses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813025/association-between-promoter-methylation-of-gene-ercc3-and-benzene-hematotoxicity
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Min Zheng, Feiliang Lin, Fenxia Hou, Guilan Li, Caiying Zhu, Peiyu Xu, Caihong Xing, Qianfei Wang
Benzene is a primary industrial chemical and a ubiquitous environmental pollutant. ERCC3 is a key player in nucleotide excision repair. Recent studies suggested that site-specific methylation is a possible mechanism of the transcriptional dysregulation by blocking transcription factors binding. We previously found that the average promoter methylation level of ERCC3 was increased in benzene-exposed workers. In order to test whether specific CpG sites of ERCC3 play an important role in benzene-induced epigenetic changes and whether the specific methylation patterns are associated with benzene hematotoxicity, we analyzed the promoter methylation levels of individual CpG sites, transcription factor binding motif and the correlation between aberrant CpG methylation and hematotoxicity in 76 benzene-exposed workers and 24 unexposed controls in China...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812932/celebrating-wobble-decoding-half-a-century-and-still-much-is-new
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Paul F Agris, Emily R Eruysal, Amithi Narendran, Ville Y P Väre, Sweta Vangaveti, Srivathsan V Ranganathan
A simple post-transcriptional modification of tRNA, deamination of adenosine to inosine at the first, or wobble, position of the anticodon, inspired Francis Crick's Wobble Hypothesis 50 years ago. Many more naturally-occurring modifications have been elucidated and continue to be discovered. The post-transcriptional modifications of tRNA's anticodon domain are the most diverse and chemically complex of any RNA modifications. Their contribution with regards to chemistry, structure and dynamics reveal individual and combined effects on tRNA function in recognition of cognate and wobble codons...
August 16, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811708/involvement-of-crf2-signaling-in-enterocyte-differentiation
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Benjamin Ducarouge, Marjolaine Pelissier-Rota, Rebecca Powell, Alain Buisson, Bruno Bonaz, Muriel Jacquier-Sarlin
AIM: To determine the role of corticotropin releasing factor receptor (CRF2) in epithelial permeability and enterocyte cell differentiation. METHODS: For this purpose, we used rat Sprague Dawley and various colon carcinoma cell lines (SW620, HCT8R, HT-29 and Caco-2 cell lines). Expression of CRF2 protein was analyzed by fluorescent immunolabeling in normal rat colon and then by western blot in dissociated colonic epithelial cells and in the lysates of colon carcinoma cell lines or during the early differentiation of HT-29 cells (ten first days)...
July 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811467/the-mtorc1-4e-bp-eif4e-axis-controls-de-novo-bcl6-protein-synthesis-in-t-cells-and-systemic-autoimmunity
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Woelsung Yi, Sanjay Gupta, Edd Ricker, Michela Manni, Rolf Jessberger, Yurii Chinenov, Henrik Molina, Alessandra B Pernis
Post-transcriptional modifications can control protein abundance, but the extent to which these alterations contribute to the expression of T helper (TH) lineage-defining factors is unknown. Tight regulation of Bcl6 expression, an essential transcription factor for T follicular helper (TFH) cells, is critical as aberrant TFH cell expansion is associated with autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Here we show that lack of the SLE risk variant Def6 results in deregulation of Bcl6 protein synthesis in T cells as a result of enhanced activation of the mTORC1-4E-BP-eIF4E axis, secondary to aberrant assembly of a raptor-p62-TRAF6 complex...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811300/epigenetic-regulation-by-the-menin-pathway
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Zijie Feng, Jian Ma, Xianxin Hua
There is a trend of increasing prevalence of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), and the inherited multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) syndrome serves as a genetic model to investigate how NETs develop and the underlying mechanisms. Menin, encoded by the MEN1 gene, at least partly acts as a scaffold protein by interacting with multiple partners to regulate cellular homeostasis of various endocrine organs. Menin has multiple functions including regulating several important signaling pathways by controlling gene transcription...
August 15, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808893/epigenetics-and-bone-remodeling
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Ali Husain, Matlock A Jeffries
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Bone remodeling is a diverse field of study with many direct clinical applications; past studies have implicated epigenetic alterations as key factors of both normal bone tissue development and function and diseases of pathologic bone remodeling. The purpose of this article is to review the most important recent advances that link epigenetic changes to the bone remodeling field. RECENT FINDINGS: Epigenetics describes three major phenomena: DNA modification via methylation, histone side chain modifications, and short non-coding RNA sequences which work in concert to regulate gene transcription in a heritable fashion...
August 14, 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808080/characterization-of-the-human-thyroid-epigenome
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Celia Siu, Sam Michael Wiseman, Sitanshu Gakkhar, Alireza Heravi-Moussavi, Misha Bilenky, Annaick Carles, Thomas Sierocinski, Angela Tam, Eric Yang Zhao, Katayoon Kasaian, Richard A Moore, Andrew J Mungall, Blair Walker, Thomas Thomson, Marco A Marra, Martin Hirst, Steven Jones
The thyroid gland, necessary for normal human growth and development, functions as an essential regulator of metabolism by the production and secretion of appropriate levels of thyroid hormone. However, assessment of abnormal thyroid function may be challenging suggesting a more fundamental understanding of normal function is needed. One way to characterize normal gland function is to study the epigenome and resulting transcriptome within its constituent cells. This study generates the first published reference epigenomes for human thyroid from four individuals using ChIP-seq and RNA-seq...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808009/a-protein-complex-regulates-rna-processing-of-intronic-heterochromatin-containing-genes-in-arabidopsis
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Cheng-Guo Duan, Xingang Wang, Lingrui Zhang, Xiansong Xiong, Zhengjing Zhang, Kai Tang, Li Pan, Chuan-Chih Hsu, Huawei Xu, W Andy Tao, Heng Zhang, Jian-Kang Zhu
In several eukaryotic organisms, heterochromatin (HC) in the introns of genes can regulate RNA processing, including polyadenylation, but the mechanism underlying this regulation is poorly understood. By promoting distal polyadenylation, the bromo-adjacent homology (BAH) domain-containing and RNA recognition motif-containing protein ASI1 and the H3K9me2-binding protein EDM2 are required for the expression of functional full-length transcripts of intronic HC-containing genes in Arabidopsis Here we report that ASI1 and EDM2 form a protein complex in vivo via a bridge protein, ASI1-Immunoprecipitated Protein 1 (AIPP1), which is another RNA recognition motif-containing protein...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807942/nuclear-fak-and-runx1-cooperate-to-regulate-igfbp3-cell-cycle-progression-and-tumor-growth
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Marta Canel, Adam Byron, Andrew H Sims, Jessy Cartier, Hitesh Patel, Margaret C Frame, Valerie G Brunton, Bryan Serrels, Alan Serrels
Nuclear focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is a potentially important regulator of gene expression in cancer, impacting both cellular function and the composition of the surrounding tumor microenvironment. Here we report in a murine model of skin squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) that nuclear FAK regulates Runx1-dependent transcription of insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3 (IGFBP3), and that this regulates SCC cell cycle progression and tumor growth in vivo. Furthermore, we identified a novel molecular complex between FAK and Runx1 in the nucleus of SCC cells and showed that FAK interacted with a number of Runx1 regulatory proteins, including Sin3a and other epigenetic modifiers known to alter Runx1 transcriptional function through post-translational modification...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807675/substantial-protection-against-mptp-associated-parkinson-s-neurotoxicity-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-by-anti-cancer-agent-su4312-via-activation-of-mef2d-and-inhibition-of-mao-b
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Baojian Guo, Shengquan Hu, Chengyou Zheng, Hongyu Wang, Fangcheng Luo, Haitao Li, Wei Cui, Xifei Yang, Guozhen Cui, Shinghung Mak, Tony Chung-Lit Choi, Edmond Dik-Lung Ma, Yuqiang Wang, Simon Ming Yuen Lee, Zaijun Zhang, Yifan Han
We have previously demonstrated the unexpected neuroprotection of the anti-cancer agent SU4312 in cellular models associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the precise mechanisms underlying its neuroprotection are still unknown, and the effects of SU4312 on rodent models of PD have not been characterized. In the current study, we found that the protection of SU4312 against 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP(+))-induced neurotoxicity in PC12 cells was achieved through the activation of transcription factor myocyte enhancer factor 2D (MEF2D), as evidenced by the fact that SU4312 stimulated myocyte enhancer factor 2 (MEF2) transcriptional activity and prevented the inhibition of MEF2D protein expression caused by MPP(+), and that short hairpin RNA (ShRNA)-mediated knockdown of MEF2D significantly abolished the neuroprotection of SU4312...
August 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807014/epigenetic-reprogramming-converts-human-wharton-s-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cells-into-functional-cardiomyocytes-by-differential-regulation-of-wnt-mediators
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G Bhuvanalakshmi, Frank Arfuso, Alan Prem Kumar, Arun Dharmarajan, Sudha Warrier
BACKGROUND: Lineage commitment of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to cardiac differentiation is controlled by transcription factors that are regulated by epigenetic events, mainly histone deacetylation and promoter DNA methylation. Here, we studied the differentiation of human Wharton's jelly MSCs (WJMSCs) into the cardiomyocyte lineage via epigenetic manipulations. METHODS: We introduced these changes using inhibitors of DNA methyl transferase and histone deacetylase, DC301, DC302, and DC303, in various combinations...
August 14, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806398/lysine-52-stabilizes-the-myc-oncoprotein-through-an-scf-fbxw7-independent-mechanism
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J De Melo, S S Kim, C Lourenco, L Z Penn
The oncogenic transcription factor c-MYC (MYC) is deregulated and often overexpressed in more than 50% of cancers. MYC deregulation is associated with poor prognosis and aggressive disease, suggesting that the development of therapeutic inhibitors targeting MYC would markedly impact patient outcome. MYC is highly regulated, with a protein and mRNA half-life of ~30 min. The most extensively studied pathway regulating MYC protein stability involves ubiquitylation and proteasomal degradation mediated by the E3-ligase, SCF(Fbxw7)...
August 14, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806136/harnessing-olig2-function-in-tumorigenicity-and-plasticity-to-target-malignant-gliomas
#15
Jennifer Kosty, Fanghui Lu, Robert Kupp, Shwetal Mehta, Q Richard Lu
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most prevalent and malignant brain tumor, displaying notorious resistance to conventional therapy, partially due to molecular and genetic heterogeneity. Understanding the mechanisms for gliomagenesis, tumor stem/progenitor cell propagation and phenotypic diversity is critical for devising effective and targeted therapy for this lethal disease. The basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor OLIG2, which is universally expressed in gliomas, has emerged as an important player in GBM cell reprogramming, genotoxic resistance, and tumor phenotype plasticity...
August 14, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803779/chromodomain-protein-cdyl-acts-as-a-crotonyl-coa-hydratase-to-regulate-histone-crotonylation-and-spermatogenesis
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Shumeng Liu, Huajing Yu, Yongqing Liu, Xinhua Liu, Yu Zhang, Chen Bu, Shuai Yuan, Zhe Chen, Guojia Xie, Wanjin Li, Bosen Xu, Jianguo Yang, Lin He, Tong Jin, Yundong Xiong, Luyang Sun, Xiaohui Liu, Chunsheng Han, Zhongyi Cheng, Jing Liang, Yongfeng Shang
Lysine crotonylation (Kcr) is a newly identified histone modification that is associated with active transcription in mammalian cells. Here we report that the chromodomain Y-like transcription corepressor CDYL negatively regulates histone Kcr by acting as a crotonyl-CoA hydratase to convert crotonyl-CoA to β-hydroxybutyryl-CoA. We showed that the negative regulation of histone Kcr by CDYL is intrinsically linked to its transcription repression activity and functionally implemented in the reactivation of sex chromosome-linked genes in round spermatids and genome-wide histone replacement in elongating spermatids...
July 29, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802715/elucidating-virus-entry-using-a-tetracysteine-tagged-virus
#17
REVIEW
Bjorn-Patrick Mohl, Polly Roy
Fluorescent tags constitute an invaluable tool in facilitating a deeper understanding of the mechanistic processes governing virus-host interactions. However, when selecting a fluorescent tag for in vivo imaging of cells, a number of parameters and aspects must be considered. These include whether the tag may affect and interfere with protein conformation or localization, cell toxicity, spectral overlap, photo-stability and background. Cumulatively, these constitute challenges to be overcome. Bluetongue virus (BTV), a member of the Orbivirus genus in the Reoviridae family, is a non-enveloped virus that is comprised of two architecturally complex capsids...
August 9, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802574/-doing-our-best-to-keep-a-routine-how-low-income-mothers-manage-child-feeding-with-unpredictable-work-and-family-schedules
#18
Tara Agrawal, Tracy Jean Farrell, Elaine Wethington, Carol M Devine
Significant changes in work and family conditions over the last three decades have important implications for understanding how young children are fed. The new conditions of work and family have placed pressures on families. The aim of this study was to explore the work and family pressures shaping the ways parents feed their young children on a day-to-day basis. Twenty-two purposively recruited low-income employed mothers of 3-4 year old children from a rural county Head Start program in Upstate New York reported details about the context of their children's eating episodes in a 24-h qualitative dietary recall...
August 9, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801897/chromatin-immunoprecipitation-and-quantitative-real-time-pcr-to-assess-binding-of-a-protein-of-interest-to-identified-predicted-binding-sites-within-a-promoter
#19
Jordan E Read
Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) has become a widely used methodology for assessment of protein/DNA interactions. The technique allows the analysis of direct binding of transcription factors to gene promoters, identification of histone modifications, and localization of DNA modifying enzymes. Antibodies conjugated to agarose beads can be utilized to immunoprecipitate specific proteins, cross-linked to sheared chromatin regions to which they are bound endogenously. With downstream applications including quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), genome-wide sequencing (ChIP-seq), microarray analysis (ChIP-chip), and mass spectrometry (ChIP-MS), the technique enables comprehensive assessment of protein/DNA interactions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801801/nuclear-envelope-a-new-frontier-in-plant-mechanosensing
#20
REVIEW
Kateryna Fal, Atef Asnacios, Marie-Edith Chabouté, Olivier Hamant
In animals, it is now well established that forces applied at the cell surface are propagated through the cytoskeleton to the nucleus, leading to deformations of the nuclear structure and, potentially, to modification of gene expression. Consistently, altered nuclear mechanics has been related to many genetic disorders, such as muscular dystrophy, cardiomyopathy and progeria. In plants, the integration of mechanical signals in cell and developmental biology has also made great progress. Yet, while the link between cell wall stresses and cytoskeleton is consolidated, such cortical mechanical cues have not been integrated with the nucleoskeleton...
August 12, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
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