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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113963/gain-of-function-of-asxl1-truncating-protein-in-the-pathogenesis-of-myeloid-malignancies
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Hui Yang, Stefan Kurtenbach, Ying Guo, Ines Lohse, Michael A Durante, Jianping Li, Zhaomin Li, Hassan Al-Ali, Lingxiao Li, Zizhen Chen, Matthew G Field, Peng Zhang, Shi Chen, Shohei Yamamoto, Zhuo Li, Yuan Zhou, Stephen D Nimer, J William Harbour, Claes Wahlestedt, Mingjiang Xu, Feng-Chun Yang
Additional Sex Combs-Like 1 (ASXL1) is mutated at a high frequency in all forms of myeloid malignancies associated with poor prognosis. We generated a Vav1 promoter driven Flag-Asxl1(Y588X) transgenic mouse model, Asxl1(Y588X) Tg, to express a truncated FLAG-ASXL1(aa1-587) protein in the hematopoietic system. The Asxl1(Y588X) Tg mice had an enlarged hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) pool, shortened survival, and predisposition to a spectrum of myeloid malignancies, thereby recapitulating the characteristics of myeloid malignancy patients with ASXL1 mutations...
November 7, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079177/sinonasal-nut-carcinoma-clinicopathological-and-cytogenetic-analysis-with-autopsy-findings
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Hiroshi Minato, Eriko Kobayashi, Satoko Nakada, Nozomu Kurose, Mio Tanaka, Yukichi Tanaka, Shioto Suzuki, Fumihiko Tanioka, Yutaka Saikawa, Takaki Miwa, Takayuki Nojima
Nuclear protein in testis (NUT) carcinoma is a rare malignant neoplasm with an undifferentiated morphology. Its diagnosis is often difficult, especially as the sinonasal tract gives rise to many tumors with undifferentiated morphologies. Not many cases of sinonasal NUT carcinomas have been reported, and its clinicopathological features have not been sufficiently clarified. In this study, we performed a clinicopathological study of 4 patients with sinonasal NUT carcinoma, including wide-ranging immunohistochemical tests and cytogenetic analyses using fluorescence in situ hybridization and DNA sequencing...
October 24, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077030/dietary-compound-resveratrol-is-a-pan-bet-bromodomain-inhibitor
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Luiz Antonio Dutra, David Heidenreich, Gabriel Dalio Bernardes da Silva, Chung Man Chin, Stefan Knapp, Jean Leandro Dos Santos
The chemopreventive and anticancer effects of resveratrol (RSV) are widely reported in the literature. Specifically, mechanisms involving epigenetic regulation are promising targets to regulate tumor development. Bromodomains act as epigenetic readers by recognizing lysine acetylation on histone tails and boosting gene expression in order to regulate tissue-specific transcription. In this work, we showed that RSV is a pan-BET inhibitor. Using Differential Scanning Fluorimetry (DSF), we showed that RSV at 100 µM increased the melting temperature (∆Tm) of BET bromodomains by around 2...
October 27, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986391/altered-hydroxymethylation-is-seen-at-regulatory-regions-in-pancreatic-cancer-and-regulates-oncogenic-pathways
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Sanchari Bhattacharyya, Kith Pradhan, Nathaniel Campbell, Jozef Mazdo, Aparna Vasantkumar, Shahina Maqbool, Tushar D Bhagat, Sonal Gupta, Masako Suzuki, Yiting Yu, John M Greally, Ulrich Steidl, James Bradner, Meelad Dawlaty, Lucy Godley, Anirban Maitra, Amit Verma
Transcriptional deregulation of oncogenic pathways is a hallmark of cancer and can be due to epigenetic alterations. 5-Hydroxymethylcytosine (5-hmC) is an epigenetic modification that has not been studied in pancreatic cancer. Genome-wide analysis of 5-hmC-enriched loci with hmC-seal was conducted in a cohort of low-passage pancreatic cancer cell lines, primary patient-derived xenografts, and pancreatic controls and revealed strikingly altered patterns in neoplastic tissues. Differentially hydroxymethylated regions preferentially affected known regulatory regions of the genome, specifically overlapping with known H3K4me1 enhancers...
November 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983974/molecular-design-of-stat3-derived-peptide-selectivity-between-bet-proteins-brd2-and-brd4-in-ovarian-cancer
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Lixia Zhu, Xi Ding
Stat3 signaling has been recognized as a potential therapeutic target of human ovarian cancer. The signaling is transducted through the peptide-medicated interaction of Stat3 with BET family members Brd2 and Brd4 -- 2 highly homologous proteins involved in differential downstream pathways. Here, we reported a successful design of peptide selectivity between the Brd2 and Brd4. The design resulted in 3 linear peptides SMSLQCXYLGVA, QSKVLTXSYWGA, and RQCNLGXLYMNY with high or moderate selectivity for Brd2 over Brd4 (S = 3...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931940/brd4-regulates-adiponectin-gene-induction-by-recruiting-the-p-tefb-complex-to-the-transcribed-region-of-the-gene
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Naoko Sakurai, Yuko Inamochi, Takuya Inoue, Natsuyo Hariya, Musashi Kawamura, Masami Yamada, Anup Dey, Akira Nishiyama, Takeo Kubota, Keiko Ozato, Toshinao Goda, Kazuki Mochizuki
We previously reported that induction of the adipocyte-specific gene adiponectin (Adipoq) during 3T3-L1 adipocyte differentiation is closely associated with epigenetic memory histone H3 acetylation on the transcribed region of the gene. We used 3T3-L1 adipocytes and Brd4 heterozygous mice to investigate whether the induction of Adipoq during adipocyte differentiation is regulated by histone acetylation and the binding protein bromodomain containing 4 (BRD4) on the transcribed region. Depletion of BRD4 by shRNA and inhibition by (+)-JQ1, an inhibitor of BET family proteins including BRD4, reduced Adipoq expression and lipid droplet accumulation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930680/systematic-kinase-inhibitor-profiling-identifies-cdk9-as-a-synthetic-lethal-target-in-nut-midline-carcinoma
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Johannes Brägelmann, Marcel A Dammert, Felix Dietlein, Johannes M Heuckmann, Axel Choidas, Stefanie Böhm, André Richters, Debjit Basu, Verena Tischler, Carina Lorenz, Peter Habenberger, Zhizhou Fang, Sandra Ortiz-Cuaran, Frauke Leenders, Jan Eickhoff, Uwe Koch, Matthäus Getlik, Martin Termathe, Muhammad Sallouh, Zoltán Greff, Zoltán Varga, Hyatt Balke-Want, Christopher A French, Martin Peifer, H Christian Reinhardt, László Örfi, György Kéri, Sascha Ansén, Lukas C Heukamp, Reinhard Büttner, Daniel Rauh, Bert M Klebl, Roman K Thomas, Martin L Sos
Kinase inhibitors represent the backbone of targeted cancer therapy, yet only a limited number of oncogenic drivers are directly druggable. By interrogating the activity of 1,505 kinase inhibitors, we found that BRD4-NUT-rearranged NUT midline carcinoma (NMC) cells are specifically killed by CDK9 inhibition (CDK9i) and depend on CDK9 and Cyclin-T1 expression. We show that CDK9i leads to robust induction of apoptosis and of markers of DNA damage response in NMC cells. While both CDK9i and bromodomain inhibition over time result in reduced Myc protein expression, only bromodomain inhibition induces cell differentiation and a p21-induced cell-cycle arrest in these cells...
September 19, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733670/brd3-and-brd4-bet-bromodomain-proteins-differentially-regulate-skeletal-myogenesis
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Thomas C Roberts, Usue Etxaniz, Alessandra Dall'Agnese, Shwu-Yuan Wu, Cheng-Ming Chiang, Paul E Brennan, Matthew J A Wood, Pier Lorenzo Puri
Myogenic differentiation proceeds through a highly coordinated cascade of gene activation that necessitates epigenomic changes in chromatin structure. Using a screen of small molecule epigenetic probes we identified three compounds which inhibited myogenic differentiation in C2C12 myoblasts; (+)-JQ1, PFI-1, and Bromosporine. These molecules target Bromodomain and Extra Terminal domain (BET) proteins, which are epigenetic readers of acetylated histone lysine tail residues. BETi-mediated anti-myogenic effects were also observed in a model of MYOD1-mediated myogenic conversion of human fibroblasts, and in primary mouse and human myoblasts...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619718/click-chemistry-enables-preclinical-evaluation-of-targeted-epigenetic-therapies
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Dean S Tyler, Johanna Vappiani, Tatiana Cañeque, Enid Y N Lam, Aoife Ward, Omer Gilan, Yih-Chih Chan, Antje Hienzsch, Anna Rutkowska, Thilo Werner, Anne J Wagner, Dave Lugo, Richard Gregory, Cesar Ramirez Molina, Neil Garton, Christopher R Wellaway, Susan Jackson, Laura MacPherson, Margarida Figueiredo, Sabine Stolzenburg, Charles C Bell, Colin House, Sarah-Jane Dawson, Edwin D Hawkins, Gerard Drewes, Rab K Prinjha, Raphaël Rodriguez, Paola Grandi, Mark A Dawson
The success of new therapies hinges on our ability to understand their molecular and cellular mechanisms of action. We modified BET bromodomain inhibitors, an epigenetic-based therapy, to create functionally conserved compounds that are amenable to click chemistry and can be used as molecular probes in vitro and in vivo. We used click proteomics and click sequencing to explore the gene regulatory function of BRD4 (bromodomain containing protein 4) and the transcriptional changes induced by BET inhibitors. In our studies of mouse models of acute leukemia, we used high-resolution microscopy and flow cytometry to highlight the heterogeneity of drug activity within tumor cells located in different tissue compartments...
June 30, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588073/brd4-brd2-isoform-switching-coordinates-pluripotent-exit-and-smad2-dependent-lineage-specification
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Rosalia Fernandez-Alonso, Lindsay Davidson, Jens Hukelmann, Michael Zengerle, Alan R Prescott, Angus Lamond, Alessio Ciulli, Gopal P Sapkota, Greg M Findlay
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) hold great clinical potential, as they possess the capacity to differentiate into fully specialised tissues such as pancreas, liver, neurons and cardiac muscle. However, the molecular mechanisms that coordinate pluripotent exit with lineage specification remain poorly understood. To address this question, we perform a small molecule screen to systematically identify novel regulators of the Smad2 signalling network, a key determinant of PSC fate. We reveal an essential function for BET family bromodomain proteins in Smad2 activation, distinct from the role of Brd4 in pluripotency maintenance...
July 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549889/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-novel-dual-brd4-hdac-inhibitors
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Seika Amemiya, Takao Yamaguchi, Yuichi Hashimoto, Tomomi Noguchi-Yachide
Epigenetic regulation of gene expression via histone acetylation modulates many cellular processes, including apoptosis, the cell cycle, cell growth and differentiation, and inhibitors are promising drug candidates. We have previously developed inhibitors of BRD4, which recognizes acetylated lysine residue on histones and recruits transcription elongation factor to the transcription start site, while inhibitors of histone deacetylase (HDAC), which catalyzes the removal of acetyl groups on histones, are already in clinical use for cancer treatment...
July 15, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448849/regulation-of-the-human-papillomavirus-type-16-late-promoter-by-transcriptional-elongation
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William K Songock, Matthew L Scott, Jason M Bodily
Transcripts from the late promoter of human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16) are upregulated upon host cell differentiation. Differentiation-dependent transcript regulation is thought to sequester viral antigens in the uppermost epithelial layers, facilitating immune evasion. The mechanisms regulating late promoter upregulation during differentiation are poorly characterized. We show that the late promoter is upregulated at the transcriptional level and that the viral enhancer stimulates promoter activity. Using kinase inhibition and chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis, we show evidence for differentiation-dependent enhancement of transcript elongation...
July 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369619/histone-deacetylase-class-i-inhibition-promotes-epithelial-gene-expression-in-pancreatic-cancer-cells-in-a-brd4-and-myc-dependent-manner
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Vivek Kumar Mishra, Florian Wegwitz, Robyn Laura Kosinsky, Madhobi Sen, Roland Baumgartner, Tanja Wulff, Jens T Siveke, Hans-Ulrich Schildhaus, Zeynab Najafova, Vijayalakshmi Kari, Hella Kohlhof, Elisabeth Hessmann, Steven A Johnsen
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly aggressive cancer with a particularly dismal prognosis. Histone deacetylases (HDAC) are epigenetic modulators whose activity is frequently deregulated in various cancers including PDAC. In particular, class-I HDACs (HDAC 1, 2, 3 and 8) have been shown to play an important role in PDAC. In this study, we investigated the effects of the class I-specific HDAC inhibitor (HDACi) 4SC-202 in multiple PDAC cell lines in promoting tumor cell differentiation. We show that 4SC-202 negatively affects TGFβ signaling and inhibits TGFβ-induced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT)...
June 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359301/bromodomain-protein-4-discriminates-tissue-specific-super-enhancers-containing-disease-specific-susceptibility-loci-in-prostate-and-breast-cancer
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Verena Zuber, Francesco Bettella, Aree Witoelar, Ole A Andreassen, Ian G Mills, Alfonso Urbanucci
BACKGROUND: Epigenetic information can be used to identify clinically relevant genomic variants single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of functional importance in cancer development. Super-enhancers are cell-specific DNA elements, acting to determine tissue or cell identity and driving tumor progression. Although previous approaches have been tried to explain risk associated with SNPs in regulatory DNA elements, so far epigenetic readers such as bromodomain containing protein 4 (BRD4) and super-enhancers have not been used to annotate SNPs...
March 31, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336808/potent-dual-bet-bromodomain-kinase-inhibitors-as-value-added-multitargeted-chemical-probes-and-cancer-therapeutics
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Stuart W Ember, Que T Lambert, Norbert Berndt, Steven Gunawan, Muhammad Ayaz, Marilena Tauro, Jin-Yi Zhu, Paula J Cranfill, Patricia Greninger, Conor C Lynch, Cyril H Benes, Harshani R Lawrence, Gary W Reuther, Nicholas J Lawrence, Ernst Schönbrunn
Synergistic action of kinase and BET bromodomain inhibitors in cell killing has been reported for a variety of cancers. Using the chemical scaffold of the JAK2 inhibitor TG101348, we developed and characterized single agents which potently and simultaneously inhibit BRD4 and a specific set of oncogenic tyrosine kinases including JAK2, FLT3, RET, and ROS1. Lead compounds showed on-target inhibition in several blood cancer cell lines and were highly efficacious at inhibiting the growth of hematopoietic progenitor cells from patients with myeloproliferative neoplasm...
June 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265070/bet-n-terminal-bromodomain-inhibition-selectively-blocks-th17-cell-differentiation-and-ameliorates-colitis-in-mice
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Kalung Cheung, Geming Lu, Rajal Sharma, Adam Vincek, Ruihua Zhang, Alexander N Plotnikov, Fan Zhang, Qiang Zhang, Ying Ju, Yuan Hu, Li Zhao, Xinye Han, Jamel Meslamani, Feihong Xu, Anbalagan Jaganathan, Tong Shen, Hongfa Zhu, Elena Rusinova, Lei Zeng, Jiachi Zhou, Jianjun Yang, Liang Peng, Michael Ohlmeyer, Martin J Walsh, David Y Zhang, Huabao Xiong, Ming-Ming Zhou
T-helper 17 (Th17) cells have important functions in adaptor immunity and have also been implicated in inflammatory disorders. The bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) family proteins regulate gene transcription during lineage-specific differentiation of naïve CD4(+) T cells to produce mature T-helper cells. Inhibition of acetyl-lysine binding of the BET proteins by pan-BET bromodomain (BrD) inhibitors, such as JQ1, broadly affects differentiation of Th17, Th1, and Th2 cells that have distinct immune functions, thus limiting their therapeutic potential...
March 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262505/distinct-roles-of-brd2-and-brd4-in-potentiating-the-transcriptional-program-for-th17-cell-differentiation
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Ka Lung Cheung, Fan Zhang, Anbalagan Jaganathan, Rajal Sharma, Qiang Zhang, Tsuyoshi Konuma, Tong Shen, June-Yong Lee, Chunyan Ren, Chih-Hung Chen, Geming Lu, Matthew R Olson, Weijia Zhang, Mark H Kaplan, Dan R Littman, Martin J Walsh, Huabao Xiong, Lei Zeng, Ming-Ming Zhou
The BET proteins are major transcriptional regulators and have emerged as new drug targets, but their functional distinction has remained elusive. In this study, we report that the BET family members Brd2 and Brd4 exert distinct genomic functions at genes whose transcription they co-regulate during mouse T helper 17 (Th17) cell differentiation. Brd2 is associated with the chromatin insulator CTCF and the cohesin complex to support cis-regulatory enhancer assembly for gene transcriptional activation. In this context, Brd2 binds the transcription factor Stat3 in an acetylation-sensitive manner and facilitates Stat3 recruitment to active enhancers occupied with transcription factors Irf4 and Batf...
March 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248992/altered-regulation-and-expression-of-genes-by-bet-family-of-proteins-in-copd-patients
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Rajneesh Malhotra, Nisha Kurian, Xiao-Hong Zhou, Fanyi Jiang, Susan Monkley, Amy DeMicco, Ib G Clausen, Göran Delgren, Goran Edenro, Miika J Ahdesmäki, Maryam Clausen, Lisa Öberg, Elisabeth Israelsson, Graham Belfield, Outi Vaarala
BACKGROUND: BET proteins (BRD2, BRD3, BRDT and BRD4) belong to the family of bromodomain containing proteins, which form a class of transcriptional co-regulators. BET proteins bind to acetylated lysine residues in the histones of nucleosomal chromatin and function either as co-activators or co-repressors of gene expression. An imbalance between HAT and HDAC activities resulting in hyperacetylation of histones has been identified in COPD. We hypothesized that pan-BET inhibitor (JQ1) treatment of BET protein interactions with hyperacetylated sites in the chromatin will regulate excessive activation of pro-inflammatory genes in key inflammatory drivers of alveolar macrophages (AM) in COPD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182006/coordinate-activities-of-brd4-and-cdk9-in-the-transcriptional-elongation-complex-are-required-for-tgf%C3%AE-induced-nox4-expression-and-myofibroblast-transdifferentiation
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Talha Ijaz, Mohammad Jamaluddin, Yingxin Zhao, Yueqing Zhang, Jayson Jay, Celeste C Finnerty, David N Herndon, Ronald G Tilton, Allan R Brasier
Transdifferentiation of quiescent dermal fibroblasts to secretory myofibroblasts has a central role in wound healing and pathological scar formation. This myofibroblast transdifferentiation process involves TGFβ-induced de novo synthesis of alpha smooth muscle cell actin (αSMA)+ fibers that enhance contractility as well as increased expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, including collagen and fibronectin. These processes are mediated upstream by the reactive oxygen species (ROS)-producing enzyme Nox4, whose induction by TGFβ is incompletely understood...
February 9, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174254/the-essential-transcriptional-function-of-brd4-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Jae-Seok Roe, Christopher R Vakoc
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is often initiated by genetic alterations of machineries that regulate chromatin and transcription, thereby blocking cell differentiation. Such mechanisms may also render leukemia cells vulnerable to perturbations of transcriptional regulators, which includes small molecules targeting the coactivator protein BRD4. Numerous studies have validated BRD4 as a therapeutic target in diverse subtypes of AML; however, the vital function of BRD4 in this disease is only beginning to be understood...
2016: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
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