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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636597/phase-separation-drives-heterochromatin-domain-formation
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Amy R Strom, Alexander V Emelyanov, Mustafa Mir, Dmitry V Fyodorov, Xavier Darzacq, Gary H Karpen
Constitutive heterochromatin is an important component of eukaryotic genomes that has essential roles in nuclear architecture, DNA repair and genome stability, and silencing of transposon and gene expression. Heterochromatin is highly enriched for repetitive sequences, and is defined epigenetically by methylation of histone H3 at lysine 9 and recruitment of its binding partner heterochromatin protein 1 (HP1). A prevalent view of heterochromatic silencing is that these and associated factors lead to chromatin compaction, resulting in steric exclusion of regulatory proteins such as RNA polymerase from the underlying DNA...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635493/the-structure-of-lamin-filaments-in-somatic-cells-as-revealed-by-cryo-electron-tomography
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Y Turgay, O Medalia
Metazoan nuclei are equipped with nuclear lamina - a thin layer of intermediate filaments (IFs) mostly built of nuclear lamins facing the inner nuclear membrane (INM). The nuclear lamina serves as an interaction hub for INM-proteins, soluble nuclear factors and DNA. It confers structural and mechanical stability to the nucleus, transduces mechanical forces and biochemical signals across the nuclear envelope (NE) and regulates the organization of chromatin. By utilizing cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET), we recently provided an unprecedented view into the 3D organization of lamin filaments within the lamina meshwork in mammalian somatic cells...
June 21, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631016/new-insights-into-cohesin-loading
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Ireneusz Litwin, Robert Wysocki
Cohesin is a conserved, ring-shaped protein complex that encircles sister chromatids and ensures correct chromosome segregation during mitosis and meiosis. It also plays a crucial role in the regulation of gene expression, DNA condensation, and DNA repair through both non-homologous end joining and homologous recombination. Cohesins are spatiotemporally regulated by the Scc2-Scc4 complex which facilitates cohesin loading onto chromatin at specific chromosomal sites. Over the last few years, much attention has been paid to cohesin and cohesin loader as it became clear that even minor disruptions of these complexes may lead to developmental disorders and cancers...
June 19, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627755/labeling-dna-replication-foci-to-visualize-chromosome-territories-in-vivo
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Apolinar Maya-Mendoza, Dean A Jackson
While a detailed understanding of chromatin dynamics is needed to explain how higher-order chromatin organization influences nuclear function, the molecular principles that regulate chromatin mobility in mammalian nuclei remain largely unknown. Here we describe experimental tools to follow chromatin dynamics by labeling DNA during S phase. Using these methods, we have found that foci labeled during early and mid/late S phase have significantly different dynamic behavior. Spatially constrained heterochromatic foci restrict long-range transformations of the chromosome territory (CT) structure while providing a structural framework on which highly mobile euchromatic foci undergo positional oscillations that drive local changes in the chromosome shape...
June 19, 2017: Current Protocols in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622508/saf-a-regulates-interphase-chromosome-structure-through-oligomerization-with-chromatin-associated-rnas
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Ryu-Suke Nozawa, Lora Boteva, Dinesh C Soares, Catherine Naughton, Alison R Dun, Adam Buckle, Bernard Ramsahoye, Peter C Bruton, Rebecca S Saleeb, Maria Arnedo, Bill Hill, Rory R Duncan, Sutherland K Maciver, Nick Gilbert
Higher eukaryotic chromosomes are organized into topologically constrained functional domains; however, the molecular mechanisms required to sustain these complex interphase chromatin structures are unknown. A stable matrix underpinning nuclear organization was hypothesized, but the idea was abandoned as more dynamic models of chromatin behavior became prevalent. Here, we report that scaffold attachment factor A (SAF-A), originally identified as a structural nuclear protein, interacts with chromatin-associated RNAs (caRNAs) via its RGG domain to regulate human interphase chromatin structures in a transcription-dependent manner...
June 15, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620032/a-moving-target-structure-and-disorder-in-pursuit-of-myc-inhibitors
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Richard Bayliss, Selena G Burgess, Eoin Leen, Mark W Richards
The Myc proteins comprise a family of ubiquitous regulators of gene expression implicated in over half of all human cancers. They interact with a large number of other proteins, such as transcription factors, chromatin-modifying enzymes and kinases. Remarkably, few of these interactions have been characterized structurally. This is at least in part due to the intrinsically disordered nature of Myc proteins, which adopt a defined conformation only in the presence of binding partners. Owing to this behaviour, crystallographic studies on Myc proteins have been limited to short fragments in complex with other proteins...
June 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619046/identification-of-a-novel-ctcf-mutation-responsible-for-syndromic-intellectual-disability-a-case-report
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Fatma Bastaki, Pratibha Nair, Madiha Mohamed, Ethar Mustafa Malik, Mustafa Helmi, Mahmoud Taleb Al-Ali, Abdul Rezzak Hamzeh
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant mental retardation 21 (MRD21) is a very rare condition, characterized by short stature, microcephaly, mild facial dysmorphisms and intellectual disability that ranged from mild to severe. MRD21 is caused by mutations in CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) and this was established through only four unrelated cases, two of which had frameshift mutations. CTCF is a master transcriptional regulator that controls chromatin structure and may serve as insulator and transcriptional activator and repressor...
June 15, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615693/the-ccr4-not-complex-contributes-to-repression-of-major-histocompatibility-complex-class-ii-transcription
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Alfonso Rodríguez-Gil, Olesja Ritter, Vera V Saul, Jochen Wilhelm, Chen-Yuan Yang, Rudolf Grosschedl, Yumiko Imai, Keiji Kuba, Michael Kracht, M Lienhard Schmitz
The multi-subunit CCR4 (carbon catabolite repressor 4)-NOT (Negative on TATA) complex serves as a central coordinator of all different steps of eukaryotic gene expression. Here we performed a systematic and comparative analysis of cells where the CCR4-NOT subunits CNOT1, CNOT2 or CNOT3 were individually downregulated using doxycycline-inducible shRNAs. Microarray experiments showed that downregulation of either CNOT subunit resulted in elevated expression of major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC II) genes which are found in a gene cluster on chromosome 6...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612091/intracellular-vorinostat-accumulation-and-its-relationship-to-histone-deacetylase-activity-in-soft-tissue-sarcoma-patients
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Jürgen Burhenne, Lu Liu, Christoph E Heilig, Andreas D Meid, Margarete Leisen, Thomas Schmitt, Bernd Kasper, Walter E Haefeli, Gerd Mikus, Gerlinde Egerer
PURPOSE: In the regulation of chromatin-structure and histone function, histone deacetylases (HDACs) are key enzymes and thus modulators of epigenetic regulation and gene expression. Accesses of the HDAC inhibitor vorinostat to intracellular compartments are essential to exert epigenetic effects. METHODS: In ten sarcoma patients receiving oral Zolinza (400 mg qd) vorinostat concentrations in plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were quantified using validated LC/MS/MS assays to determine intracellular and extracellular pharmacokinetic data...
June 13, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610839/fly-fishing-for-histones-catch-and-release-by-histone-chaperone-intrinsically-disordered-regions-and-acidic-stretches
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REVIEW
Christopher Warren, David Shechter
Chromatin is the complex of eukaryotic DNA and proteins required for the efficient compaction of the nearly two-meter long human genome into a roughly ten-micron diameter cell nucleus. The fundamental repeating unit of chromatin is the nucleosome: 147bp of DNA wrapped about an octamer of histone proteins. Nucleosomes are stable enough to organize the genome yet must be dynamically displaced and reassembled to allow access to the underlying DNA for transcription, replication, and DNA damage repair. Histone chaperones are a non-catalytic group of proteins that are central to the processes of nucleosome assembly and disassembly, and thus the fluidity of the ever-changing chromatin landscape...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609787/molecular-structures-guide-the-engineering-of-chromatin
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Stefan J Tekel, Karmella A Haynes
Chromatin is a system of proteins, RNA, and DNA that interact with each other to organize and regulate genetic information within eukaryotic nuclei. Chromatin proteins carry out essential functions: packing DNA during cell division, partitioning DNA into sub-regions within the nucleus, and controlling levels of gene expression. There is a growing interest in manipulating chromatin dynamics for applications in medicine and agriculture. Progress in this area requires the identification of design rules for the chromatin system...
June 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607419/two-step-atp-driven-opening-of-cohesin-head
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Íñigo Marcos-Alcalde, Jesús I Mendieta-Moreno, Beatriz Puisac, María Concepción Gil-Rodríguez, María Hernández-Marcos, Diego Soler-Polo, Feliciano J Ramos, José Ortega, Juan Pié, Jesús Mendieta, Paulino Gómez-Puertas
The cohesin ring is a protein complex composed of four core subunits: Smc1A, Smc3, Rad21 and Stag1/2. It is involved in chromosome segregation, DNA repair, chromatin organization and transcription regulation. Opening of the ring occurs at the "head" structure, formed of the ATPase domains of Smc1A and Smc3 and Rad21. We investigate the mechanisms of the cohesin ring opening using techniques of free molecular dynamics (MD), steered MD and quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics MD (QM/MM MD). The study allows the thorough analysis of the opening events at the atomic scale: i) ATP hydrolysis at the Smc1A site, evaluating the role of the carboxy-terminal domain of Rad21 in the process; ii) the activation of the Smc3 site potentially mediated by the movement of specific amino acids; and iii) opening of the head domains after the two ATP hydrolysis events...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607149/polycomb-repressive-complex-2-in-an-autoinhibited-state
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Matthew Bratkowski, Xin Yang, Xin Liu
Polycomb-group proteins control many fundamental biological processes, such as anatomical development in mammals and vernalization in plants. Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) is responsible for methylation of histone H3 lysine 27 (H3K27), and trimethylated H3K27 (H3K27me3) is implicated in epigenetic gene silencing. Recent genomic, biochemical, and structural data indicate that PRC2 is broadly conserved from yeast to human in many aspects. Here, we determined the crystal structure of an apo PRC2 from the fungus Chaetomium thermophilum captured in a bona fide autoinhibited state, which represents a novel conformation of PRC2 associated with enzyme regulation in light of the basal and stimulated states that we reported previously...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603560/histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-potentiate-photodynamic-therapy-in-colon-cancer-cells-marked-by-chromatin-mediated-epigenetic-regulation-of-cdkn1a
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Andrea Halaburková, Rastislav Jendželovský, Ján Kovaľ, Zdenko Herceg, Peter Fedoročko, Akram Ghantous
BACKGROUND: Hypericin-mediated photodynamic therapy (HY-PDT) has recently captured increased attention as an alternative minimally invasive anticancer treatment, although cancer cells may acquire resistance. Therefore, combination treatments may be necessary to enhance HY-PDT efficacy. Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACis) are often used in combination treatments due to their non-genotoxic properties and epigenetic potential to sensitize cells to external stimuli. Therefore, this study attempts for the first time to investigate the therapeutic effects of HDACis in combination with visible light-mediated PDT against cancer...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600135/human-dna-cytosine-5-methyltransferases-a-functional-and-structural-perspective-for-epigenetic-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Grégoire Rondelet, Johan Wouters
Epigenetic modifications modulate chromatin states to regulate gene expression. Among them, DNA methylation and histone modifications play a crucial role in the establishment of the epigenome. In cancer, these epigenetic events may act in concert to repress tumor suppressor genes or promote transcription of oncogenes and genes up-regulated by oncoproteins. In the context of cancer initiation and progression, recruitment of DNA (cytosine-5)-methyltransferases to specific genomic regions is mainly mediated by histone epigenetic marks, transcription factors and co-regulators as part of a dynamic process...
June 6, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595297/fgfr2-mutations-in-bent-bone-dysplasia-syndrome-activate-nucleolar-stress-and-perturb-cell-fate-determination
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Cynthia L Neben, Creighton T Tuzon, Xiaojing Mao, Fides D Lay, Amy E Merrill
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling promotes self-renewal in progenitor cells by encouraging proliferation and inhibiting cellular senescence. Yet, these beneficial effects can be hijacked by disease-causing mutations in FGF receptor (FGFR) during embryogenesis. By studying dominant FGFR2 mutations that are germline in Bent Bone Dysplasia Syndrome (BBDS), we reveal a mechanistic connection between FGFR2, ribosome biogenesis, and cellular stress that links cell fate determination to disease pathology. We previously showed that FGFR2 mutations in BBDS, which amplify nucleolar targeting of FGFR2, activate ribosomal DNA (rDNA) transcription and delay differentiation in osteoprogenitor cells and patient-derived bone...
June 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593374/chromatin-loops-and-causality-loops-the-influence-of-rna-upon-spatial-nuclear-architecture
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REVIEW
Iain A Sawyer, Miroslav Dundr
An intrinsic and essential trait exhibited by cells is the properly coordinated and integrated regulation of an astoundingly large number of simultaneous molecular decisions and reactions to maintain biochemical homeostasis. This is especially true inside the cell nucleus, where the recognition of DNA and RNA by a vast range of nucleic acid-interacting proteins organizes gene expression patterns. However, this dynamic system is not regulated by simple "on" or "off" signals. Instead, transcription factor and RNA polymerase recruitment to DNA are influenced by the local chromatin and epigenetic environment, a gene's relative position within the nucleus and the action of noncoding RNAs...
June 7, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591566/regulation-of-clustered-protocadherin-genes-in-individual-neurons
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REVIEW
Teruyoshi Hirayama, Takeshi Yagi
Individual neurons are basic functional units in the complex system of the brain. One aspect of neuronal individuality is generated by stochastic and combinatorial expression of diverse clustered protocadherins (Pcdhs), encoded by the Pcdha, Pcdhb, and Pcdhg gene clusters, that are critical for several aspects of neural circuit formation. Each clustered Pcdh gene has its own promoter containing conserved sequences and is transcribed by a promoter choice mechanism involving interaction between the promoter and enhancers...
June 4, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587922/molecular-basis-for-k63-linked-ubiquitination-processes-in-double-strand-dna-break-repair-a-focus-on-kinetics-and-dynamics
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REVIEW
Brian L Lee, Anamika, J N Mark Glover, Michael J Hendzel, Leo Spyracopoulos
Cells are exposed to thousands of DNA damage events on a daily basis. This damage must be repaired to preserve genetic information, and prevent development of disease. The most deleterious damage is a double strand break (DSB), which is detected and repaired by mechanisms known as non-homologous end joining (NHEJ), and homologous recombination (HR), components of the DNA damage response system. NHEJ is an error prone first line of defense, whereas HR invokes error free repair, and is the focus of this review...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585565/architecture-of-the-rna-polymerase-ii-paf1c-tfiis-transcription-elongation-complex
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Youwei Xu, Carrie Bernecky, Chung-Tien Lee, Kerstin C Maier, Björn Schwalb, Dimitry Tegunov, Jürgen M Plitzko, Henning Urlaub, Patrick Cramer
The conserved polymerase-associated factor 1 complex (Paf1C) plays multiple roles in chromatin transcription and genomic regulation. Paf1C comprises the five subunits Paf1, Leo1, Ctr9, Cdc73 and Rtf1, and binds to the RNA polymerase II (Pol II) transcription elongation complex (EC). Here we report the reconstitution of Paf1C from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and a structural analysis of Paf1C bound to a Pol II EC containing the elongation factor TFIIS. Cryo-electron microscopy and crosslinking data reveal that Paf1C is highly mobile and extends over the outer Pol II surface from the Rpb2 to the Rpb3 subunit...
June 6, 2017: Nature Communications
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