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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732331/an-evaluation-of-dna-damage-in-human-lymphocytes-and-sperm-exposed-to-methyl-methanesulfonate-involving-the-regulation-pathways-associated-with-apoptosis
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Khaled Habas, Mojgan Najafzadeh, Adolf Baumgartner, Martin H Brinkworth, Diana Anderson
Exposure to DNA-damaging agents produces a range of stress-related responses. These change the expression of genes leading to mutations that cause cell cycle arrest, induction of apoptosis and cancer. We have examined the contribution of haploid and diploid DNA damage and genes involved in the regulation of the apoptotic process associated with exposure, The Comet assay was used to detect DNA damage and quantitative RT-PCR analysis (qPCR) to detect gene expression changes in lymphocytes and sperm in response to methyl methanesulfonate...
June 23, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730333/identification-of-a-novel-leukemic-specific-splice-variant-of-dnmt3b-and-its-stability
#2
Prachi Singh, Sarvagalla Sailu, Elango Palchamy, Mohane Selvaraj Coumar, Sudhakar Baluchamy
DNA methyltransferases make use of alternative splicing mechanism to generate various splice variants, but their role(s) in modulating DNA methylation patterns in the cells is unclear. Notably, DNMT3B alone contains nearly 40 different splice variants. In this study, we have identified a novel splice variant of DNMT3B, which lacks exon 7 and 10 from leukemic cell lines which we termed as DNMT3B9. The exon 7 codes for the major part of PWWP domain, and exon 10 inclusion serves as a pluripotent marker. By quantitative RT-PCR using exon-exon junction-specific primers, we showed higher level of DNMT3B9 transcripts in several leukemic cell lines...
August 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730304/novel-ribonuclease-activity-of-cusativin-from-cucumis-sativus-for-mapping-nucleoside-modifications-in-rna
#3
Balasubrahmanyam Addepalli, Sarah Venus, Priti Thakur, Patrick A Limbach
A recombinant ribonuclease, cusativin, was characterized for its cytidine-specific cleavage ability of RNA to map chemical modifications. Following purification of native cusativin protein as described before (Rojo et al. Planta 194:328, 17), partial amino acid sequencing was carried out to identify the corresponding protein coding gene in cucumber genome. Cloning and heterologous expression of the identified gene in Escherichia coli resulted in successful production of active protein as a C-terminal His-tag fusion protein...
July 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730284/a-novel-interplay-between-hotair-and-dna-methylation-in-osteosarcoma-cells-indicates-a-new-therapeutic-strategy
#4
Xingang Li, Hongming Lu, Guilian Fan, Miao He, Yu Sun, Kai Xu, Fengjun Shi
PURPOSE: Osteosarcoma (OS) is one of the most prevalent primary malignant bone tumors in adolescent. HOTAIR is highly expressed and associated with the epigenetic modifications, especially DNA methylation, in cancer. However, the regulation mechanism between HOTAIR and DNA methylation and the biological effects of them in the pathogenesis of osteosarcoma remains elusive. METHOD: Through RNA-sequencing and computational analysis, followed by a variety of experimental validations, we report a novel interplay between HOTAIR, miR-126, and DNA methylation in OS...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724534/m6aviewer-software-for-the-detection-analysis-and-visualization-of-n6-methyl-adenosine-peaks-from-m6a-seq-me-rip-sequencing-data
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Agne Antanaviciute, Belinda Baquero-Perez, Christopher M Watson, Sally M Harrison, Carolina Lascelles, Laura Crinnion, Alexander F Markham, David T Bonthron, Adrian Whitehouse, Ian M Carr
Recent methods for transcriptome-wide N6-methyl-adenosine(m6A) profiling have facilitated investigations into the RNA methylome and established m6A as a dynamic modification that has critical regulatory roles in gene expression and may play a role in human disease. However, bioinformatics resources available for the analysis of m6A sequencing data are still limited. Here, we describe m6aViewer - a cross-platform application for analysis and visualisation of m6A peaks from sequencing data. m6aViewer implements a novel m6A peak-calling algorithm that identifies high-confidence methylated residues with more precision than previously described approaches...
July 19, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721856/repeat-induced-point-mutation-and-other-genome-defense-mechanisms-in-fungi
#6
Eugene Gladyshev
Transposable elements have colonized the genomes of nearly all organisms, including fungi. Although transposable elements may sometimes provide beneficial functions to their hosts their overall impact is considered deleterious. As a result, the activity of transposable elements needs to be counterbalanced by the host genome defenses. In fungi, the primary genome defense mechanisms include repeat-induced point mutation (RIP) and methylation induced premeiotically, meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA, sex-induced silencing, cosuppression (also known as somatic quelling), and cotranscriptional RNA surveillance...
July 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719835/silencing-the-tobacco-gene-for-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase-1-and-infection-by-potato-virus-y-cause-remodeling-of-cellular-organelles
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Farshad Rakhshandehroo, Saeed Rezaee, Peter Palukaitis
RNA-dependent RNA polymerase 1 (RDR1) has been shown to be involved in DNA methylation, RNA silencing and regulating expression of other genes. RDR1 gene expression is stimulated by infection with potato virus Y° (PVY). Transgenic Nicotiana tabacum plants silenced for RDR1 gene expression showed morphological changes in mesophyll cells, associated with remodeling of the nuclei, chloroplasts and mitochondria. RDR1 silencing led to decreased nuclear size, increased heterochromatin content and aggregation, decreased numbers of chloroplasts, plus changes in shape, internal structures and integrity of chloroplasts and mitochondria...
July 15, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718364/evaluation-of-epigenetic-inactivation-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-receptors-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Yuki Misawa, Kiyoshi Misawa, Hideya Kawasaki, Atsushi Imai, Daiki Mochizuki, Ryuji Ishikawa, Shiori Endo, Masato Mima, Takeharu Kanazawa, Toshihide Iwashita, Hiroyuki Mineta
The aim of this study was to determine the methylation status of the genes encoding the vascular endothelial growth factor receptors and to evaluate the usefulness of VEGFR methylation as a prognostic indicator in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. VEGFR messenger RNA expression and promoter methylation were examined in a panel of cell lines via quantitative reverse transcription and methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction, respectively. Promoter methylation was compared with clinical characteristics in 128 head and neck squamous cell carcinoma samples...
July 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717061/apobec-mediated-genomic-alterations-link-immunity-and-viral-infection-during-human-papillomavirus-driven-cervical-carcinogenesis
#9
Lanting Chen, Xuemin Qiu, Na Zhang, Yan Wang, Mingyan Wang, Dajin Li, Ling Wang, Yan Du
Cervical cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers and is a major cause of death from gynecologic cancers worldwide; the cancer burden from cervical cancer is especially heavy in less developed countries. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by persistent infection with carcinogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) genotypes 16 and 18. Non-resolving inflammation caused by HPV infection provides a microenvironment that facilitates cancer development. Molecular alterations during the process of HPV-induced carcinogenesis are characterized by DNA methylation within the HPV genome, promoter hypermethylation of tumor suppressor genes in the host genome, as well as genomic instability caused by viral DNA integrating into the host genome...
July 17, 2017: Bioscience Trends
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716711/epigenetic-silencing-of-mirna-143-regulates-apoptosis-by-targeting-bcl2-in-human-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#10
Kangcheng Zhao, Yukun Zhang, Kang Liang, Yu Song, Kun Wang, Shuai Li, Xinghuo Wu, Wenbin Hua, Zengwu Shao, Shuhua Yang, Cao Yang
Accumulating evidence indicates that microRNAs can regulate the apoptosis of various cells. Apoptosis of nucleus pulposus cells plays an important role in the progression of intervertebral disc degeneration. The aim of this study is to investigate whether microRNA-143 (miRNA-143) is involved in the progression of intervertebral disc degeneration. In this study, the expression of miRNA-143 and its biological modulatory effects were examined. Messenger RNA and protein expression of miRNA-143 and B-cell lymphoma-2 (BCL2) in both normal and degenerative disc tissues was determined by using RT-PCR and western-blot assays...
July 14, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715449/a-unique-enhancer-boundary-complex-on-the-mouse-ribosomal-rna-genes-persists-after-loss-of-rrn3-or-ubf-and-the-inactivation-of-rna-polymerase-i-transcription
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Chelsea Herdman, Jean-Clement Mars, Victor Y Stefanovsky, Michel G Tremblay, Marianne Sabourin-Felix, Helen Lindsay, Mark D Robinson, Tom Moss
Transcription of the several hundred of mouse and human Ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes accounts for the majority of RNA synthesis in the cell nucleus and is the determinant of cytoplasmic ribosome abundance, a key factor in regulating gene expression. The rRNA genes, referred to globally as the rDNA, are clustered as direct repeats at the Nucleolar Organiser Regions, NORs, of several chromosomes, and in many cells the active repeats are transcribed at near saturation levels. The rDNA is also a hotspot of recombination and chromosome breakage, and hence understanding its control has broad importance...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713969/downregulation-of-ptprh-sap-1-in-colorectal-tumors
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Mateusz Bujko, Paulina Kober, Małgorzata Statkiewicz, Michal Mikula, Emilia Grecka, Nataliia Rusetska, Marcin Ligaj, Jerzy Ostrowski, Janusz Aleksander Siedlecki
Tyrosine phosphorylation is one of the basic mechanisms for signal transduction in the cell. Receptors exhibiting tyrosine kinase activity are widely involved in carcinogenesis and are negatively regulated by receptor protein tyrosine phosphatases (RPTP). Genes encoding different RPTPs are affected by aberrant epigenetic regulation in cancer. PTPRH (SAP-1) has been previously described to be overexpressed in colorectal cancer (CRC) and classified as an oncogenic factor. Previous microarray-based mRNA expression comparison of colorectal adenomas (AD), CRC and normal mucosa samples (NM) demonstrated that PTPRH tumor expression is the most reduced of all RPTP genes...
July 5, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712289/comprehensive-proteomic-analysis-of-pgc7-interacting-proteins
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Liu Hongliang, Zhang Lei, Wei Qing, Shi Zhaopeng, Shi Xiaoyan, Du Juan, Huang Chenyang, Zhang Yong, Guo Zekun
Primordial germ cell 7 (PGC7), a maternal factor essential for early development, plays a critical role in the regulation of DNA methylation, transcriptional repression, chromatin condensation, and cell division and the maintenance of cell pluripotentiality. Despite the fundamental roles of PGC7 in these cellular processes, only a few molecular and functional interactions of PGC7 have been reported. Here, a streptavidin-biotin affinity purification technique combined with LC-MS/MS was used to analyze potential proteins that interact with PGC7...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711227/oncogenic-activities-of-idh1-2-mutations-from-epigenetics-to-cellular-signaling
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Laurence M Gagné, Karine Boulay, Ivan Topisirovic, Marc-Étienne Huot, Frédérick A Mallette
Gliomas and leukemias remain highly refractory to treatment, thus highlighting the need for new and improved therapeutic strategies. Mutations in genes encoding enzymes involved in the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle, such as the isocitrate dehydrogenases 1 and 2 (IDH1/2), are frequently encountered in astrocytomas and secondary glioblastomas, as well as in acute myeloid leukemias; however, the precise molecular mechanisms by which these mutations promote tumorigenesis remain to be fully characterized. Gain-of-function mutations in IDH1/2 have been shown to stimulate production of the oncogenic metabolite R-2-hydroxyglutarate (R-2HG), which inhibits α-ketoglutarate (αKG)-dependent enzymes...
July 12, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710920/thermodynamics-and-kinetics-of-rna-tertiary-structure-formation-in-the-junctionless-hairpin-ribozyme
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Neil A White, Charles G Hoogstraten
The hairpin ribozyme consists of two RNA internal loops that interact to form the catalytically active structure. This docking transition is a rare example of intermolecular formation of RNA tertiary structure without coupling to helix annealing. We have used temperature-dependent surface plasmon resonance (SPR) to characterize the thermodynamics and kinetics of RNA tertiary structure formation for the junctionless form of the ribozyme, in which loops A and B reside on separate molecules. We find docking to be strongly enthalpy-driven and to be accompanied by substantial activation barriers for association and dissociation, consistent with the structural reorganization of both internal loops upon complex formation...
July 8, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710029/decreased-expression-level-of-ber-genes-in-alzheimer-s-disease-patients-is-not-derivative-of-their-dna-methylation-status
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Agnieszka Sliwinska, Przemysław Sitarek, Monika Toma, Piotr Czarny, Ewelina Synowiec, Renata Krupa, Paulina Wigner, Katarzyna Bialek, Dominik Kwiatkowski, Anna Korycinska, Ireneusz Majsterek, Janusz Szemraj, Piotr Galecki, Tomasz Sliwinski
BACKGROUND: Neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease can be caused by accumulation of oxidative DNA damage resulting from altered expression of genes involved in the base excision repair system (BER). Promoter methylation can affect the profile of BER genes expression. Decreased expression of BER genes was observed in the brains of AD patients. AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim of our study was to compare the expression and methylation profiles of six genes coding for proteins involved in BER, namely: hOGG1, APE1, MUTYH, NEIL1, PARP1 and XRCC1, in the peripheral blood cells of AD patients and healthy volunteers...
July 11, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709971/epigenetic-mechanisms-underlying-the-toxic-effects-associated-with-arsenic-exposure-and-the-development-of-diabetes
#17
REVIEW
Fazlullah Khan, Saeideh Momtaz, Kamal Niaz, Fatima Ismail Hassan, Mohammad Abdollahi
BACKGROUND: Exposure to inorganic arsenic (iAs) is a major threat to the human health worldwide. The consumption of arsenic in drinking water and other food products is associated with the risk of development of type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The available experimental evidence indicates that epigenetic alterations may play an important role in the development of diseases that are linked with exposure to environmental toxicants. iAs seems to be associated with the epigenetic modifications such as alterations in DNA methylation, histone modifications, and micro RNA (miRNA) abundance...
July 11, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709401/signal-transducer-and-activator-of-transcription-3-stat3-promoter-methylation-and-expression-in-pituitary-adenoma
#18
Indre Valiulyte, Giedrius Steponaitis, Daina Skiriute, Arimantas Tamasauskas, Paulina Vaitkiene
BACKGROUND: Pituitary adenoma (PA) is a benign brain tumor that can cause neurological, endocrinological and ophthalmological aberrations. Till now there is a need to identify factors that can influence the tumor invasiveness and recurrence. The aim of this study was to evaluate the associations between the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) promoter methylation, mRNA expression and the invasiveness or recurrence of PAs and patient clinical characteristics. METHODS: Study participants comprised of 102 subjects with a diagnosis of PA: 54 functioning and 48 non-functioning, 58 invasive and 30 non-invasive PAs and 14 relapses...
July 14, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706507/epigenetics-and-autoimmune-thyroid-diseases
#19
REVIEW
Fabio Coppedè
Increasing evidence suggests that epigenetic modifications, including changes in DNA methylation, covalent modifications of histone tails, and gene silencing mediated by non-coding RNA molecules, play a substantial role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune disorders and might be seen as the result of environmental insults that trigger these conditions. Studies in cells and tissues of patients with autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD), and particularly in Graves' disease (GD) and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), are increasingly revealing altered epigenetic marks and resultant deregulation of gene expression levels, but the available data are still limited to be translated into the clinical settings...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706445/histone-demethylase-kdm2b-upregulates-histone-methyltransferase-ezh2-expression-and-contributes-to-the-progression-of-ovarian-cancer-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#20
Yan Kuang, Fangfang Lu, Jianfeng Guo, Hong Xu, Qi Wang, Chaohuan Xu, Longjia Zeng, Suyi Yi
Aberrant histone methylation contributes to the progression and development of many tumors. Histone methylation is a dynamic process regulated by both histone demethylase and histone methyltransferase, which ultimately alters the levels of gene transcription. However, the relationship between histone demethylase and histone methyltransferase, as well as their regulatory mechanisms in ovarian cancer development, is still unclear. Lysine-specific demethylase 2B (KDM2B) is a key demethylase of H3K36me3 and H3K4me3 that regulates gene expression and plays a role in tumorigenesis via epigenetic mechanisms...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
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