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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729436/regulation-of-adrenal-and-ovarian-steroidogenesis-by-mir-132
#1
Zhigang Hu, Wen-Jun Shen, Fredric B Kraemer, Salman Azhar
miR-132 is hormonally regulated in steroidogenic cells of the adrenal gland, ovary and testis. Here, we examined the potential role of miR-132 in the control of steroidogenesis. Transfection of Y1 adrenal cells with miR-132 increased mRNAs of 3β-HSD and 20α-HSD enzymes, which catalyze the sequential conversion of pregnenolone to progesterone to biologically inactive 20α-OHP. Overexpression of miR-132 reduced MeCP2 and StAR protein expression, basal progestin (progesterone and 20α-OHP) production, but enhanced their production in response to cAMP stimulation...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692032/epigenetic-silencing-of-microrna-137-enhances-asct2-expression-and-tumor-glutamine-metabolism
#2
J Dong, D Xiao, Z Zhao, P Ren, C Li, Y Hu, J Shi, H Su, L Wang, H Liu, B Li, P Gao, G Qing
Tumor cells must activate specific transporters to meet their increased glutamine metabolic demands. Relative to other glutamine transporters, the ASC family transporter 2 (ASCT2, also called SLC1A5) is profoundly elevated in a wide spectrum of human cancers to coordinate metabolic reprogramming and malignant transformation. Understanding the molecular mechanisms whereby tumor cells frequently upregulate this transporter is therefore vital to develop potential strategies for transporter-targeted therapies. Combining in-silico algorithms with systemic experimental screening, we herein identify the tumor suppressor microRNA, miR-137, as an essential regulator that targets ASCT2 and cancer cell glutamine metabolism...
July 10, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687309/reduced-axonal-diameter-of-peripheral-nerve-fibers-in-a-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome
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Noha G Bahey, Kamal K E Gadalla, Rhona McGonigal, Mark E S Bailey, Julia M Edgar, Stuart R Cobb
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurological disorder characterized by motor and cognitive impairment, autonomic dysfunction and a loss of purposeful hand skills. In the majority of cases, typical RTT is caused by de novo mutations in the X-linked gene, MECP2. Alterations in the structure and function of neurons within the central nervous system of RTT patients and Mecp2-null mouse models are well established. In contrast, few studies have investigated the effects of MeCP2-deficiency on peripheral nerves. In this study, we conducted detailed morphometric as well as functional analysis of the sciatic nerves of symptomatic adult female Mecp2(+/-) mice...
July 4, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679669/a-small-molecule-trkb-ligand-restores-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity-and-object-location-memory-in-rett-syndrome-mice
#4
Wei Li, Alba Bellot-Saez, Mary L Phillips, Tao Yang, Frank M Longo, Lucas Pozzo-Miller
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in methyl-CpG-binding protein-2 (MECP2), a transcriptional regulator of many genes, including brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF levels are reduced in RTT autopsy brains and in multiple brain areas of Mecp2-deficient mice. Furthermore, experimental interventions that increase BDNF levels improve RTT-like phenotypes in Mecp2 mutant mice. Here, we characterized the actions of a small-molecule ligand of the BDNF receptor TrkB in hippocampal function in Mecp2 mutant mice...
July 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674485/the-pathophysiological-role-of-microglia-in-dynamic-surveillance-phagocytosis-and-structural-remodeling-of-the-developing-cns
#5
REVIEW
Cataldo Arcuri, Carmen Mecca, Roberta Bianchi, Ileana Giambanco, Rosario Donato
In vertebrates, during an early wave of hematopoiesis in the yolk sac between embryonic day E7.0 and E9.0, cells of mesodermal leaflet addressed to macrophage lineage enter in developing central nervous system (CNS) and originate the developing native microglial cells. Depending on the species, microglial cells represent 5-20% of glial cells resident in adult brain. Here, we briefly discuss some canonical functions of the microglia, i.e., cytokine secretion and functional transition from M1 to M2 phenotype...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671722/restoring-eeaqualibrium-rebalancing-excitation-and-inhibition-in-rett-mouse-model-neurons-with-early-endosome-antigen-1
#6
Kerry R Delaney
Rett syndrome is a neurological disorder resulting from loss of function of MECP2, an X-linked transcription factor, which controls expression of hundreds of genes involved in synapse formation and development by binding primarily to methylated DNA. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
July 3, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670438/neuroanatomy-in-mouse-models-of-rett-syndrome-is-related-to-the-severity-of-mecp2-mutation-and-behavioral-phenotypes
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Rylan Allemang-Grand, Jacob Ellegood, Leigh Spencer Noakes, Julie Ruston, Monica Justice, Brian J Nieman, Jason P Lerch
BACKGROUND: Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that predominantly affects girls. The majority of RTT cases are caused by de novo mutations in methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2), and several mouse models have been created to further understand the disorder. In the current literature, many studies have focused their analyses on the behavioral abnormalities and cellular and molecular impairments that arise from Mecp2 mutations. However, limited efforts have been placed on understanding how Mecp2 mutations disrupt the neuroanatomy and networks of the brain...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669357/mbd1-and-mecp2-expression-in-embryos-and-placentas-from-transgenic-cloned-goats
#8
Ruoxin Jia, Guomin Zhang, Yixuan Fan, Zhengrong Zhou, Yongjie Wan, Yanli Zhang, Ziyu Wang, Feng Wang
DNA methylation is an important form of epigenetic regulation in mammalian development. Methyl-CpG-binding domain protein 1 (MBD1) and methyl-CpG-binding domain protein 2 (MeCP2) are two members of the MBD subfamily of proteins that bind methylated CpG to maintain the silencing effect of DNA methylation. Given their important roles in linking DNA methylation with gene silencing, this study characterized the coordinated mRNA expression and protein localization of MBD1 and MeCP2 in embryos and placentas and aimed to analysis the effects of MBD1 and MeCP2 on transgenic cloned goats...
July 3, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659760/mecp2-mediates-experience-dependent-transcriptional-upregulation-of-ryanodine-receptor-type-3
#9
Rodrigo F Torres, Cecilia Hidalgo, Bredford Kerr
Mecp2 is a DNA methylation reader that plays a critical role in experience-dependent plasticity. Increasing evidence supports a role for epigenetic modifications in activity-induced gene expression. Hence, candidate genes related to such phenomena are of great interest. Ryanodine receptors are intracellular calcium channels that contribute to hippocampal synaptic plasticity, dendritic spine remodeling, and participate in learning and memory processes. Here we exposed mice to the enriched environment (EE) paradigm, which through increased stimulation induces experience dependent-plasticity, to explore a role for methyl-cytosines, and Mecp2 in directing Ryanodine receptor 3 (Ryr3) transcriptional activity...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655627/title-cpg-methylation-and-the-methyl-cpg-binding-protein-2-mecp2-are-required-for-restraining-corticotropin-releasing-hormone-crh-gene-expression
#10
Shreyas A Bhave, Rosalie M Uht
The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis plays a critical role in mounting a stress response and maintaining homeostasis. A dysregulated HPA axis and elevated levels of CRH are associated with a number of disorders. Although extensive research has been devoted to understanding molecular events associated with stimulated CRH gene, less is known about the mechanisms that restrain CRH expression. Using a cell culture system, we report here two molecular aspects of CRH gene regulation that are required for maintenance of basal level of CRH gene expression...
June 24, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637735/development-of-the-tailored-rett-intervention-and-assessment-longitudinal-trial-database-and-the-rett-evaluation-of-symptoms-and-treatments-rest-questionnaire
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Paramala Santosh, Kate Lievesley, Federico Fiori, Jatinder Singh
INTRODUCTION: Rett syndrome (RTT) is a pervasive neurodevelopmental disorder that presents with deficits in brain functioning leading to language and learning regression, characteristic hand stereotypies and developmental delay. Different mutations in the gene implicated in RTT-methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) establishes RTT as a disorder with divergent symptomatology ranging from individuals with severe to milder phenotypes. A reliable and single multidimensional questionnaire is needed that can embrace all symptoms, and the relationships between them, and can map clinically meaningful data to symptomatology across the lifespan in patients with RTT...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621434/eea1-restores-homeostatic-synaptic-plasticity-in-hippocampal-neurons-from-rett-syndrome-mice
#12
Xin Xu, Lucas Pozzo-Miller
Rett syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in MECP2, the gene encoding the transcriptional regulator methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2). Deletion of Mecp2 in mice results in an imbalance of synaptic excitation and inhibition in hippocampal pyramidal neurons, which affects "Hebbian" long-term synaptic plasticity. Since the excitatory/inhibitory (E/I) balance is maintained by homeostatic mechanisms, we examined the role of MeCP2 in homeostatic synaptic plasticity (HSP) at excitatory synapses...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616777/differential-regulation-of-mecp2-phosphorylation-by-laminin-in-oligodendrocytes
#13
Zalak S Parikh, Ashutosh Tripathi, Prakash P Pillai
Oligodendrocytes (OLGs) are the myelinating cells of the central nervous system (CNS), and its proper differentiation is crucial for normal functioning of neurons. Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) is a multifunctional methylated DNA binding protein; mutation of which causes Rett syndrome, a severe neurodevelopmental disorder. Previously, we reported that MeCP2 is expressed in all the stages of oligodendrocyte development, and also shown the role of MeCP2 as a transcription regulator of myelin genes in OLGs...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604632/experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-eae-induced-elevated-expression-of-the-e1-isoform-of-methyl-cpg-binding-protein-2-mecp2e1-implications-in-multiple-sclerosis-ms-induced-neurological-disability-and-associated-myelin-damage
#14
Tina Khorshid Ahmad, Ting Zhou, Khaled AlTaweel, Claudia Cortes, Ryan Lillico, Ted Martin Lakowski, Kiana Gozda, Michael Peter Namaka
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological disease characterized by the destruction of central nervous system (CNS) myelin. At present, there is no cure for MS due to the inability to repair damaged myelin. Although the neurotrophin brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has a beneficial role in myelin repair, these effects may be hampered by the over-expression of a transcriptional repressor isoform of methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) called MeCP2E1. We hypothesize that following experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)-induced myelin damage, the immune system induction of the pathogenic MeCP2E1 isoform hampers the myelin repair process by repressing BDNF expression...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594324/mecp2-regulates-tet1-catalyzed-demethylation-ctcf-binding-and-learning-dependent-alternative-splicing-of-the-bdnf-gene-in-turtle
#15
Zhaoqing Zheng, Ganesh Ambigapathy, Joyce Keifer
MECP2 mutations underlying Rett syndrome cause widespread misregulation of gene expression. Functions for MeCP2 other than transcriptional are not well understood. In an ex vivo brain preparation from the pond turtle Trachemys scripta elegans, an intraexonic splicing event in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene generates a truncated mRNA transcript in naïve brain that is suppressed upon classical conditioning. MeCP2 and its partners, splicing factor Y-box binding protein 1 (YB-1) and methylcytosine dioxygenase 1 (Tet1), bind to BDNF chromatin in naïve but dissociate during conditioning; the dissociation correlating with decreased DNA methylation...
June 8, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592917/persistent-unresolved-inflammation-in-the-mecp2-308-female-mutated-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome
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Alessio Cortelazzo, Claudio De Felice, Bianca De Filippis, Laura Ricceri, Giovanni Laviola, Silvia Leoncini, Cinzia Signorini, Monica Pescaglini, Roberto Guerranti, Anna Maria Timperio, Lello Zolla, Lucia Ciccoli, Joussef Hayek
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder usually caused by mutations in the X-linked gene methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2). Several Mecp2 mutant mouse lines have been developed recapitulating part of the clinical features. In particular, Mecp2-308 female heterozygous mice, bearing a truncating mutation, are a validated model of the disease. While recent data suggest a role for inflammation in RTT, little information on the inflammatory status in murine models of the disease is available...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587163/a-tox21-approach-to-altered-epigenetic-landscapes-assessing-epigenetic-toxicity-pathways-leading-to-altered-gene-expression-and-oncogenic-transformation-in-vitro
#17
REVIEW
Craig L Parfett, Daniel Desaulniers
An emerging vision for toxicity testing in the 21st century foresees in vitro assays assuming the leading role in testing for chemical hazards, including testing for carcinogenicity. Toxicity will be determined by monitoring key steps in functionally validated molecular pathways, using tests designed to reveal chemically-induced perturbations that lead to adverse phenotypic endpoints in cultured human cells. Risk assessments would subsequently be derived from the causal in vitro endpoints and concentration vs...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584888/autism-spectrum-disorder-neuropathology-and-animal-models
#18
REVIEW
Merina Varghese, Neha Keshav, Sarah Jacot-Descombes, Tahia Warda, Bridget Wicinski, Dara L Dickstein, Hala Harony-Nicolas, Silvia De Rubeis, Elodie Drapeau, Joseph D Buxbaum, Patrick R Hof
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has a major impact on the development and social integration of affected individuals and is the most heritable of psychiatric disorders. An increase in the incidence of ASD cases has prompted a surge in research efforts on the underlying neuropathologic processes. We present an overview of current findings in neuropathology studies of ASD using two investigational approaches, postmortem human brains and ASD animal models, and discuss the overlap, limitations, and significance of each...
June 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573530/mecp2-regulates-ptch1-expression-through-dna-methylation-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#19
Zheng-Hao Sun, Yan-Hui Liu, Jun-da Liu, Dan-Dan Xu, Xiao-Feng Li, Xiao-Ming Meng, Tao-Tao Ma, Cheng Huang, Jun Li
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease, in which pathogenesis is not clear. Many research demonstrated that fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs) play a key role in RA pathogenesis, join in the cartilage injury and hyperplasia of the synovium, and contribute to the release of inflammatory cytokines. We used adjuvant arthritis (AA) rats as RA animal models. The methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) enables the suppressed chromatin structure to be selectively detected in AA FLSs. Overexpression of this protein leads to an increase of integral methylation levels...
June 1, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544139/rettbase-rett-syndrome-database-update
#20
Rahul Krishnaraj, Gladys Ho, John Christodoulou
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked progressive neurodevelopmental disorder that primarily affects females. Mutations in the MECP2 gene have been attributed as the major genetic cause of RTT. Recently, mutations in CDKL5 and FOXG1 genes have also been suggested to give rise to RTT, although subsequent more extensive studies suggest that diseases resulting from mutations in these two genes should be considered as distinct clinical entities. While the genetic basis for the RTT has been recognized, so far there is no effective cure for the disease and the treatments available are mainly aimed at ameliorating clinical problems associated with the disorder...
August 2017: Human Mutation
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