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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550801/the-nk-1-receptor-antagonist-l-732-138-induces-apoptosis-in-human-gastrointestinal-cancer-cell-lines
#1
Miguel Muñoz, Marisa Rosso, Rafael Coveñas
BACKGROUND: Gastric and colon cancer cells express the neurokinin-1 receptor (NK-1R) and the peptide substance P (SP), after binding to this receptor, elicits the proliferation of gastrointestinal cancer cells and an antiapoptotic effect. In these cells, NK-1R antagonists (L-733,060: a piperidine derivative; aprepitant: a morpholine derivative) block, after binding to the NK-1R, the action of SP and exert an antiproliferative action, both antagonists promote apoptosis and the death of cancer cells...
February 12, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550296/reducing-mitochondrial-reads-in-atac-seq-using-crispr-cas9
#2
Lindsey Montefiori, Liana Hernandez, Zijie Zhang, Yoav Gilad, Carole Ober, Gregory Crawford, Marcelo Nobrega, Noboru Jo Sakabe
ATAC-seq is a high-throughput sequencing technique that identifies open chromatin. Depending on the cell type, ATAC-seq samples may contain ~20-80% of mitochondrial sequencing reads. As the regions of open chromatin of interest are usually located in the nuclear genome, mitochondrial reads are typically discarded from the analysis. We tested two approaches to decrease wasted sequencing in ATAC-seq libraries generated from lymphoblastoid cell lines: targeted cleavage of mitochondrial DNA fragments using CRISPR technology and removal of detergent from the cell lysis buffer...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550207/atx3-atx4-and-atx5-encode-putative-h3k4-methyltransferases-and-are-critical-for-plant-development
#3
Liqun Chen, Jinhong Luo, Zhenhai Cui, Ming Xue, Li Wang, Xiaoyu Zhang, Wojtek P Pawlowski, Yan He
Methylation of lysine residues in the tail of the H3 histone is a key regulator of chromatin state and gene expression, conferred by a large family of enzymes containing an evolutionarily-conserved SET domain. One of the main types of SET domain proteins are those controlling H3K4 di- and trimethylation. The genome of Arabidopsis encodes 12 such proteins, including five ARABIDOPSIS TRITHORAX (ATX) proteins and seven ATX-Related (ATXR) proteins. Here we examined three until-now-unexplored ATX proteins, ATX3, ATX4, and ATX5...
May 26, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550123/essential-role-for-histone-deacetylase-11-hdac11-in-neutrophil-biology
#4
Eva Sahakian, Jie Chen, John J Powers, Xianghong Chen, Kamira Maharaj, Susan L Deng, Maritza Lienlaf, Hong Wei Wang, Fengdong Cheng, Andressa L Sodré, Allison Distler, Limin Xing, Patricio Perez-Villarroel, Sheng Wei, Alejandro Villagra, Ed Seto, Eduardo M Sotomayor, Pedro Horna, Javier Pinilla-Ibarz
Epigenetic changes in chromatin structure have been recently associated with the deregulated expression of critical genes in normal and malignant processes. HDAC11, the newest member of the HDAC family of enzymes, functions as a negative regulator of IL-10 expression in APCs, as previously described by our lab. However, at the present time, its role in other hematopoietic cells, specifically in neutrophils, has not been fully explored. In this report, for the first time, we present a novel physiologic role for HDAC11 as a multifaceted regulator of neutrophils...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550052/distinct-chromatin-states-underlie-tumor-specific-t-cell-dysfunction
#5
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Tumor T cells differentiate through a plastic dysfunctional state and a fixed dysfunctional state.
May 26, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550044/t-cells-lacking-hdac11-have-increased-effector-functions-and-mediate-enhanced-alloreactivity-in-a-murine-model
#6
David M Woods, Karrune V Woan, Fengdong Cheng, Andressa L Sodré, Dapeng Wang, Yongxia Wu, Zi Wang, Jie Chen, John Powers, Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, Yu Yu, Ya Zhang, Xuefeng Wu, Xiaoyan Zheng, Jeffrey Weber, Wayne Hancock, Edward Seto, Alejandro Villagra, Xue-Zhong Yu, Eduardo M Sotomayor
Histone acetylation and the families of enzymes responsible for controlling these epigenetic marks have been implicated in regulating T-cell maturation and phenotype. Here, we demonstrate a previously undefined role of histone deacetylase 11 (HDAC11) in regulating T-cell effector functions. Using EGFP-HDAC11 transgenic reporter mice, we found that HDAC11 expression was lower in effector relative to naïve and central memory T-cell populations, and activation of resting T-cells resulted in its decreased expression...
May 26, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550013/an-essential-regulatory-system-originating-from-polygenic-transcriptional-rewiring-of-phop-phoq-of-xanthomonas-campestris
#7
Bao-Yu Peng, Yue Pan, Ru-Jiao Li, Jin-Wei Wei, Fang Liang, Li Wang, Fang-Fang Wang, Wei Qian
How essential, regulatory genes originate and evolve is intriguing because mutations of these genes not only lead to lethality in organisms, but also have pleiotropic effects since they control the expression of multiple downstream genes. Therefore, the evolution of essential, regulatory genes is not only determined by genetic variations of their own sequences, but also by the biological function of downstream genes and molecular mechanisms of regulation. To understand the origin of essential, regulatory genes, experimental dissection of the complete regulatory cascade is needed...
May 26, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549975/knockdown-of-epigenetic-transcriptional-co-regulator-brd2a-disrupts-apoptosis-and-proper-formation-of-hindbrain-and-midbrain-hindbrain-boundary-mhb-region-in-zebrafish
#8
Tami Murphy, Heather Melville, Eliza Fradkin, Giana Bistany, Gregory Branigan, Kelly Olsen, Catharine R Comstock, Hayley Hanby, Ellie Garbade, Angela J DiBenedetto
Brd2 is a member of the bromodomain-extraterminal domain (BET) family of proteins and functions as an acetyl-histone-directed transcriptional co-regulator and recruitment scaffold in chromatin modification complexes affecting signal-dependent transcription. While Brd2 acts as a protooncogene in mammalian blood, developmental studies link it to regulation of neuronal apoptosis and epilepsy, and complete knockout of the gene is invariably embryonic lethal. In Drosophila, the Brd2 homolog acts as a maternal effect factor necessary for segment formation and identity and proper expression of homeotic loci, including Ultrabithorax and engrailed...
May 23, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549174/phosphorylated-sirt1-associates-with-replication-origins-to-prevent-excess-replication-initiation-and-preserve-genomic-stability
#9
Koichi Utani, Haiqing Fu, Sang-Min Jang, Anna B Marks, Owen K Smith, Ya Zhang, Christophe E Redon, Noriaki Shimizu, Mirit I Aladjem
Chromatin structure affects DNA replication patterns, but the role of specific chromatin modifiers in regulating the replication process is yet unclear. We report that phosphorylation of the human SIRT1 deacetylase on Threonine 530 (T530-pSIRT1) modulates DNA synthesis. T530-pSIRT1 associates with replication origins and inhibits replication from a group of 'dormant' potential replication origins, which initiate replication only when cells are subject to replication stress. Although both active and dormant origins bind T530-pSIRT1, active origins are distinguished from dormant origins by their unique association with an open chromatin mark, histone H3 methylated on lysine 4...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549169/regulatory-dynamics-of-11p13-suggest-a-role-for-ehf-in-modifying-cf-lung-disease-severity
#10
Lindsay R Stolzenburg, Rui Yang, Jenny L Kerschner, Sara Fossum, Matthew Xu, Andrew Hoffmann, Kay-Marie Lamar, Sujana Ghosh, Sarah Wachtel, Shih-Hsing Leir, Ann Harris
Mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene cause cystic fibrosis (CF), but are not good predictors of lung phenotype. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) previously identified additional genomic sites associated with CF lung disease severity. One of these, at chromosome 11p13, is an intergenic region between Ets homologous factor (EHF) and Apaf-1 interacting protein (APIP). Our goal was to determine the functional significance of this region, which being intergenic is probably regulatory...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549158/chd2-regulates-chromatin-for-proper-gene-expression-toward-differentiation-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
#11
Yuichiro Semba, Akihito Harada, Kazumitsu Maehara, Shinya Oki, Chikara Meno, Jun Ueda, Kazuo Yamagata, Atsushi Suzuki, Mitsuho Onimaru, Jumpei Nogami, Seiji Okada, Koichi Akashi, Yasuyuki Ohkawa
Chromatin reorganization is necessary for pluripotent stem cells, including embryonic stem cells (ESCs), to acquire lineage potential. However, it remains unclear how ESCs maintain their characteristic chromatin state for appropriate gene expression upon differentiation. Here, we demonstrate that chromodomain helicase DNA-binding domain 2 (Chd2) is required to maintain the differentiation potential of mouse ESCs. Chd2-depleted ESCs showed suppressed expression of developmentally regulated genes upon differentiation and subsequent differentiation defects without affecting gene expression in the undifferentiated state...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548932/lncrna-tincr-attenuates-cardiac-hypertrophy-by-epigenetic-silencing-of-camkii
#12
Mingjing Shao, Guangdong Chen, Fengli Lv, Yanyan Liu, Hongjun Tian, Ran Tao, Ronghuan Jiang, Wei Zhang, Chuanjun Zhuo
In the previous study, we established a mouse model of cardiac hypertrophy using transverse aortic constriction (TAC) and found that the expression of long non-coding RNAs TINCR was downregulated in myocardial tissue. The present study was designed to determine the potential role of TINCR in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy. Our results showed that enforced expression of TINCR could attenuate cardiac hypertrophy in TAC mice. Angiotensin II (Ang-II) was found to be associated with reduced TINCR expression and increased hypertrophy in cultured neonatal cardiomyocytes...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547585/aio-casilio-a-robust-crispr-cas9-pumilio-system-for-chromosome-labeling
#13
Shuxian Zhang, Zhan Song
The biological function of chromatin bases on its spatial organization and dynamic activities in different situations. Labeling and tracing of genomic sequences has been a huge challenge in studying the spatial dynamics of chromatin. We reported the development of 'all-in-one Casilio system (Aio-Casilio)', a new system that enables the labeling of endogenous genomic loci. The Aio-Casilio system consists of the dCas9 protein, mClover fused with the Pumilio and FBF proteins RNA-binding domain (PUF domain) and an U6-sgRNA appended with multiple PUF-binding site(s)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546575/of-giraffes-necks-and-the-inheritance-of-chromatin-states
#14
Vincenzo Pirrotta
New work reports that both derepressed and hyper-repressed chromatin states in animals can be transmitted to progeny for many generations. Transmission depends on genomic architecture and histone modifications.
May 26, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546430/crosstalk-between-the-h3k36me3-and-h4k16ac-histone-epigenetic-marks-in-dna-double-strand-break-repair
#15
Lin Li, Yinsheng Wang
Post-translational modifications of histone proteins regulate numerous cellular processes. Among these modifications, trimethylation of lysine 36 in histone H3 (H3K36me3) and acetylation of lysine 16 in histone H4 (H4K16ac) have important roles in transcriptional regulation and DNA damage response signaling. However, whether these two epigenetic histone marks are mechanistically linked remains unclear. Here, we discovered a new pathway through which H3K36me3 stimulates H4K16ac upon DNA double-strand break (DSB) induction in human cells...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546421/statins-attenuate-activation-of-the-nlrp3-inflammasome-by-oxidized-ldl-or-tnf-%C3%AE-in-vascular-endothelial-cells-through-a-pxr-dependent-mechanism
#16
Shaolan Wang, Xinya Xie, Ting Lei, Kang Zhang, Baochang Lai, Zihui Zhang, Youfei Guan, Guangmei Mao, Lei Xiao, Nanping Wang
Excessive activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome is implicated in cardiovascular diseases. Statins exert an anti-inflammatory effect independent of their cholesterol lowering effect. This study investigated the potential role of statins in the activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome in endothelial cells (ECs). Western blotting and qRT-PCR showed that oxidized-LDL (oxLDL) or tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) activated the NLRP3 inflammasome in ECs. Simvastatin or mevastatin significantly suppressed the effects of oxLDL or TNFα...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545024/an-unusual-intragenic-promoter-of-piwil2-contributes-to-aberrant-activation-of-oncogenic-pl2l60
#17
Shan-Shan Liu, Ning Liu, Meng-Yao Liu, Lei Sun, Wu-Yan Xia, Hong-Min Lu, Yu-Jie Fu, Guo-Liang Yang, Juan-Jie Bo, Xiao-Xing Liu, Haizhong Feng, Hailong Wu, Lin-Feng Li, Jian-Xin Gao
PIWIL2-like (PL2L) protein 60 (PL2L60), a product of aberrantly activated PIWIL2 gene, is widely expressed in various types of tumors and may promote tumorigenesis. However, the mechanisms underlying the activation of expression of PL2L60 remain unknown. In this study, an intragenic promoter responsible for the activation of PL2L60 within the human PIWIL2 gene has been identified, cloned and characterized. The promoter of PL2L60 is located in the intron 10 of the host gene PIWIL2. Bioinformatic and mutagenic analysis reveals that this intragenic promoter within the sequence of 50 nucleotides contains two closely arranged cis-acting elements specific for the hepatic leukemia factor (HLF) in the positive strand and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) in the negative strand...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544931/role-for-rif1-interacting-partner-ddx1-in-blm-recruitment-to-dna-double-strand-breaks
#18
Lei Li, Ho-Yin Poon, Matthew R Hildebrandt, Elizabeth A Monckton, Devon R Germain, Richard P Fahlman, Roseline Godbout
Human Rap1-interacting factor 1 (RIF1) is an important player in the repair of DNA double strand breaks (DSBs). RIF1 acts downstream of 53BP1, with well-documented roles in class switch recombination in B-cells and inhibition of end resection initiation in BRCA1-defective cells. Here, we report that DEAD Box 1 (DDX1), a RNA helicase also implicated in DSB repair, interacts with RIF1, with co-localization of DDX1 and RIF1 observed throughout interphase. Recruitment of DDX1 to DSBs is dependent on RIF1, with RIF1 depletion abolishing DDX1-mediated facilitation of homologous recombination at DSBs...
May 13, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544823/fine-needle-aspiration-cytology-findings-of-myxoinflammatory-fibroblastic-sarcoma-a-case-report
#19
Satoru Ozaki, Satomi Kasashima, Atsuhiro Kawashima, Akishi Ooi
Myxoinflammatory fibroblastic sarcoma (MIFS) is rare low-grade soft-tissue tumor that occurs in extremities. Clinically it is difficult to differentiate from benign lesions, such as nodular fasciitis, and malignant tumors, such as liposarcoma. We report a case of MIFS in the forearm of a 34-year-old man. The resected tumor measured 5.3 × 2.7 × 2.5 cm(3) , had a lobular structure with indistinct boundary, and consisted of a large amount of translucent and yellow mucous-like substrate. Cytological examination of a preoperative puncture aspiration specimen showed histiocyte- and fibroblast-like tumor cells in a mucous-like matrix together with scattered lipoblast- and ganglion-like cells...
May 24, 2017: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544616/biochemical-isolation-of-myonuclei-employed-to-define-changes-to-the-myonuclear-proteome-that-occur-with-aging
#20
Alicia A Cutler, Eric B Dammer, Duc M Doung, Nicholas T Seyfried, Anita H Corbett, Grace K Pavlath
Skeletal muscle aging is accompanied by loss of muscle mass and strength. Examining changes in myonuclear proteins with age would provide insight into molecular processes which regulate these profound changes in muscle physiology. However, muscle tissue is highly adapted for contraction and thus comprised largely of contractile proteins making the nuclear proteins difficult to identify from whole muscle samples. By developing a method to purify myonuclei from whole skeletal muscle, we were able to collect myonuclei for analysis by flow cytometry, biochemistry, and mass spectrometry...
May 23, 2017: Aging Cell
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