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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147574/generational-comparisons-f1-versus-f3-of-vinclozolin-induced-epigenetic-transgenerational-inheritance-of-sperm-differential-dna-methylation-regions-epimutations-using-medip-seq
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Daniel Beck, Ingrid Sadler-Riggleman, Michael K Skinner
Environmentally induced epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease and phenotypic variation has been shown to involve DNA methylation alterations in the germline (e.g. sperm). These differential DNA methylation regions (DMRs) are termed epimutations and in part transmit the transgenerational phenotypes. The agricultural fungicide vinclozolin exposure of a gestating female rat has previously been shown to promote transgenerational disease and epimutations in F3 generation (great-grand-offspring) animals...
July 2017: Environmental Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129155/transgenerational-inheritance-of-familial-lipomyelomeningocele
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Thomas Larrew, Ramin Eskandari, Kenton R Holden, Amy Chen, Catherine J Spellicy, Julie R Jones, Jennifer A Lee, Michael J Lyons
Lipomyelomeningocele is a type of neural tube defect characterized by lipomatous tissue causing a defect in the vertebrae, infiltrating the dura, and tethering the spinal cord. Despite significant neurologic consequences, the underlying etiology remains poorly understood. We present a father and son with remarkably similar presentations of lipomyelomeningocele. Genetic testing did not reveal an underlying cause but whole exome sequencing identified variants in the ARHGAP29 and RADIL genes in the proband and his affected father...
December 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119291/determination-of-histone-epigenetic-marks-in-arabidopsis-and-tomato-genes-in-the-early-response-to-botrytis-cinerea
#3
Óscar Crespo-Salvador, Mónica Escamilla-Aguilar, Jaime López-Cruz, Gerardo López-Rodas, Carmen González-Bosch
Determination of histone epigenetic marks in Arabidopsis and tomato genes in the early response to Botrytis cinerea may contribute to find biomarkers of the early detection of this devastating pathogen. Recent studies have linked epigenetic modifications with plant responses to biotic stresses. Information about specific histone marks upon necrotrophic pathogens is scarce. Here we wondered whether the altered responsiveness of specific genes in plants infected with Botrytis cinerea was associated with changes in chromatin structure...
November 8, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109696/low-dose-alkylphenol-exposure-promotes-mammary-epithelium-alterations-and-transgenerational-developmental-defects-but-does-not-enhance-tumorigenic-behavior-of-breast-cancer-cells
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Clémence Chamard-Jovenin, Charlène Thiebaut, Amand Chesnel, Emmanuel Bresso, Chloé Morel, Malika Smail-Tabbone, Marie-Dominique Devignes, Taha Boukhobza, Hélène Dumond
Fetal and neonatal exposure to long-chain alkylphenols has been suspected to promote breast developmental disorders and consequently to increase breast cancer risk. However, disease predisposition from developmental exposures remains unclear. In this work, human MCF-10A mammary epithelial cells were exposed in vitro to a low dose of a realistic (4-nonylphenol + 4-tert-octylphenol) mixture. Transcriptome and cell-phenotype analyses combined to functional and signaling network modeling indicated that long-chain alkylphenols triggered enhanced proliferation, migration ability, and apoptosis resistance and shed light on the underlying molecular mechanisms which involved the human estrogen receptor alpha 36 (ERα36) variant...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103876/intergenerational-transmission-of-gene-regulatory-information-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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REVIEW
Olga Minkina, Craig P Hunter
Epigenetic mechanisms can stably maintain gene expression states even after the initiating conditions have changed. Often epigenetic information is transmitted only to daughter cells, but evidence is emerging, in both vertebrate and invertebrate systems, for transgenerational epigenetic inheritance (TEI), the transmission of epigenetic gene regulatory information across generations. Each new description of TEI helps uncover the properties, molecular mechanisms and biological roles for TEI. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has been particularly instrumental in the effort to understand TEI, as multiple environmental and genetic triggers can initiate an epigenetic signal that can alter the expression of both transgenes and endogenous loci...
November 2, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084191/therapy-of-a-couple-with-a-bipolar-spouse
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Andrzej Witusik, Tadeusz Pietras
Qualitative analysis of therapy of a couple with a partner who has bipolar disorder is an important research paradigm in contemporary psychotherapy of mental disorders.The qualitative method of the study is important both from the cognitive point of view and for the evaluation of the therapeutic efficacy in the individual, idiographical aspect. AIM: The aim of the study is a qualitative analysis of the therapeutic process of a couple in which one partner suffers from bipolar affective disorder...
October 23, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042182/are-endocrine-disrupting-compounds-environmental-risk-factors-for-autism-spectrum-disorder
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REVIEW
Amer Moosa, Henry Shu, Tewarit Sarachana, Valerie W Hu
Recent research on the etiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has shifted in part from a singular focus on genetic causes to the involvement of environmental factors and their gene interactions. This shift in focus is a result of the rapidly increasing prevalence of ASD coupled with the incomplete penetrance of this disorder in monozygotic twins. One such area of environmentally focused research is the association of exposures to endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) with elevated risk for ASD. EDCs are exogenous chemicals that can alter endogenous hormone activity and homeostasis, thus potentially disrupting the action of sex and other natural hormones at all stages of human development...
October 23, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983410/paternal-pachytene-pirnas-are-not-required-for-fertilization-embryonic-development-and-sperm-mediated-epigenetic-inheritance-in-mice
#8
Shuiqiao Yuan, Chong Tang, Andrew Schuster, Ying Zhang, Huili Zheng, Wei Yan
Pachytene piRNAs are MIWI-/MILI-bound small RNAs abundantly expressed in pachytene spermatocytes and round spermatids in adult mouse testes. Miwi knockout (KO) male mice are sterile due to spermiogenic arrest. In Caenorhabditis elegans, sperm-borne piRNAs appear to have an epigenetic role during fertilization and development because progeny of individuals with piRNA-deficient gametes display a progressive loss of fertility after several generations. In mice, it remains unknown whether pachytene piRNA-deficient round spermatids can produce offspring, and whether the progeny of Miwi mutants also exhibits transgenerational, progressive fertility loss...
December 2016: Environmental Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982377/environmental-epigenetics-in-zebrafish
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REVIEW
Vincenzo Cavalieri, Giovanni Spinelli
It is widely accepted that the epigenome can act as the link between environmental cues, both external and internal, to the organism and phenotype by converting the environmental stimuli to phenotypic responses through changes in gene transcription outcomes. Environmental stress endured by individual organisms can also enforce epigenetic variations in offspring that had never experienced it directly, which is termed transgenerational inheritance. To date, research in the environmental epigenetics discipline has used a wide range of both model and non-model organisms to elucidate the various epigenetic mechanisms underlying the adaptive response to environmental stimuli...
October 5, 2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966088/retrotransposons-mimic-germ-plasm-determinants-to-promote-transgenerational-inheritance
#10
Bhavana Tiwari, Paula Kurtz, Amanda E Jones, Annika Wylie, James F Amatruda, Devi Prasad Boggupalli, Graydon B Gonsalvez, John M Abrams
Retrotransposons are a pervasive class of mobile elements present in the genomes of virtually all forms of life [1, 2]. In metazoans, these are preferentially active in the germline, which, in turn, mounts defenses that restrain their activity [3, 4]. Here we report that certain classes of retrotransposons ensure transgenerational inheritance by invading presumptive germ cells before they are formed. Using sensitized Drosophila and zebrafish models, we found that diverse classes of retrotransposons migrate to the germ plasm, a specialized region of the oocyte that prefigures germ cells and specifies the germline of descendants in the fertilized egg...
October 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959243/rnase-h-as-gene-modifier-driver-of-evolution-and-antiviral-defense
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REVIEW
Karin Moelling, Felix Broecker, Giancarlo Russo, Shinichi Sunagawa
Retroviral infections are 'mini-symbiotic' events supplying recipient cells with sequences for viral replication, including the reverse transcriptase (RT) and ribonuclease H (RNase H). These proteins and other viral or cellular sequences can provide novel cellular functions including immune defense mechanisms. Their high error rate renders RT-RNases H drivers of evolutionary innovation. Integrated retroviruses and the related transposable elements (TEs) have existed for at least 150 million years, constitute up to 80% of eukaryotic genomes and are also present in prokaryotes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945943/the-role-of-epigenomics-in-aquatic-toxicology
#12
Susanne M Brander, Adam D Biales, Richard E Connon
Over the past decade, the field of molecular biology has rapidly incorporated epigenetic studies to evaluate organism-environment interactions that can result in chronic effects. Such responses arise from early life stage stress, the utilization of genetic information over an individual's life time, and transgenerational inheritance. Knowledge of epigenetic mechanisms provides the potential for a comprehensive evaluation of multigenerational and heritable effects from environmental stressors, such as contaminants...
October 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931070/atrazine-induced-epigenetic-transgenerational-inheritance-of-disease-lean-phenotype-and-sperm-epimutation-pathology-biomarkers
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Margaux McBirney, Stephanie E King, Michelle Pappalardo, Elizabeth Houser, Margaret Unkefer, Eric Nilsson, Ingrid Sadler-Riggleman, Daniel Beck, Paul Winchester, Michael K Skinner
Ancestral environmental exposures to a variety of environmental toxicants and other factors have been shown to promote the epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of adult onset disease. The current study examined the potential transgenerational actions of the herbicide atrazine. Atrazine is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the agricultural industry, in particular with corn and soy crops. Outbred gestating female rats were transiently exposed to a vehicle control or atrazine. The F1 generation offspring were bred to generate the F2 generation and then the F2 generation bred to generate the F3 generation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916718/potential-sperm-contributions-to-the-murine-zygote-predicted-by-in-silico-analysis
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Panagiotis Ntostis, Deborah Carter, David Iles, J D Huntriss, Maria Tzetis, David Miller
Paternal contributions to the zygote are thought to extend beyond delivery of the genome and paternal RNAs have been linked to epigenetic transgenerational inheritance in different species. In addition, sperm-egg fusion activates several downstream processes that contribute to zygote formation, including PLC zeta-mediated egg activation and maternal RNA clearance. Since a third of the preimplantation developmental period in the mouse occurs prior to the first cleavage stage, there is ample time for paternal RNAs or their encoded proteins potentially to interact and participate in early zygotic activities...
September 15, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892281/transgenerational-and-developmental-plasticity-at-the-molecular-level-lessons-from-daphnia
#15
Alison M Bell, Laura R Stein
Listen to the news and you are bound to hear that researchers are increasingly interested in the biological manifestations of trauma that reverberate through the generations. Research in this area can be controversial in the public realm, provoking societal issues about personal responsibility (are we really born free or are we born with the burden of our ancestors' experience?). It is also a touchy subject within evolutionary biology because it provokes concerns about Lamarckianism and general scepticism about the importance of extra-genetic inheritance (Laland et al...
September 11, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884077/environmentally-toxicant-exposures-induced-intragenerational-transmission-of-liver-abnormalities-in-mice
#16
Mohamed A Al-Griw, Soad A Treesh, Rabia O Alghazeer, Sassia O Regeai
Environmental toxicants such as chemicals, heavy metals, and pesticides have been shown to promote transgenerational inheritance of abnormal phenotypes and/or diseases to multiple subsequent generations following parental and/or ancestral exposures. This study was designed to examine the potential transgenerational action of the environmental toxicant trichloroethane (TCE) on transmission of liver abnormality, and to elucidate the molecular etiology of hepatocyte cell damage. A total of thirty two healthy immature female albino mice were randomly divided into three equal groups as follows: a sham group, which did not receive any treatment; a vehicle group, which received corn oil alone, and TCE treated group (3 weeks, 100 μg/kg i...
2017: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877596/what-the-human-sperm-methylome-tells-us
#17
Cristina Camprubí, Riccardo Aiese Cigliano, Albert Salas-Huetos, Nicolas Garrido, Joan Blanco
AIM: To characterize the sperm methylome in semen samples from 19 donors with proven fertility. MATERIALS & METHODS: Bisulfite-converted sperm DNA was hybridized on the HumanMethylation450 Infinium BeadChip platform. CpG fluorescence intensities were extracted and converted to β-values. RESULTS: The sperm methylome is highly homogeneous and hypomethylated. Genes with hypomethylated promoters are ontologically associated to biological functions related to spermatogenesis and embryogenesis...
September 7, 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840663/chromatin-associated-noncoding-rnas-in-development-and-inheritance
#18
REVIEW
Sreemukta Acharya, Mark Hartmann, Sylvia Erhardt
Noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) have emerged as crucial players in chromatin regulation. Their diversity allows them to partake in the regulation of numerous cellular processes across species. During development, long and short ncRNAs act in conjunction with each other where long ncRNAs (lncRNAs) are best understood in establishing appropriate gene expression patterns, while short ncRNAs (sRNAs) are known to establish constitutive heterochromatin and suppress mobile elements. Additionally, increasing evidence demonstrates roles of sRNAs in several typically lncRNA-mediated processes such as dosage compensation, indicating a complex regulatory network of noncoding RNAs...
August 25, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840241/centromere-transcription-means-and-motive
#19
Zachary Duda, Sarah Trusiak, Rachel O'Neill
The chromosome biology field at large has benefited from studies of the cell cycle components, protein cascades and genomic landscape that are required for centromere identity, assembly and stable transgenerational inheritance. Research over the past 20 years has challenged the classical descriptions of a centromere as a stable, unmutable, and transcriptionally silent chromosome component. Instead, based on studies from a broad range of eukaryotic species, including yeast, fungi, plants, and animals, the centromere has been redefined as one of the more dynamic areas of the eukaryotic genome, requiring coordination of protein complex assembly, chromatin assembly, and transcriptional activity in a cell cycle specific manner...
2017: Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28839923/why-developmental-niche-construction-is-not-selective-niche-construction-and-why-it-matters
#20
Karola Stotz
In the last decade, niche construction has been heralded as the neglected process in evolution. But niche construction is just one way in which the organism's interaction with and construction of the environment can have potential evolutionary significance. The constructed environment does not just select for, it also produces new variation. Nearly 3 decades ago, and in parallel with Odling-Smee's article 'Niche-constructing phenotypes', West and King introduced the 'ontogenetic niche' to give the phenomena of exogenetic inheritance a formal name...
October 6, 2017: Interface Focus
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