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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231585/is-imprint-cytology-useful-to-diagnose-malignancy-for-brenner-tumors-a-case-series-at-a-single-institute
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Junko Minato, Hideki Tokunaga, Satoshi Okamoto, Yusuke Shibuya, Hitoshi Niikura, Nobuo Yaegashi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate cytological features of Brenner tumors according to tumor grade using imprint cytology. CASE: Between 2004 and 2015, intraoperative imprint cytology was performed on 8 patients with Brenner tumors suspected to be malignant neoplasmas on gross examination because of their large size and solid part. These consisted of 1 benign, 3 borderline, and 4 malignant tumors. In patients with benign and borderline tumors, naked nucleus-like stromal cells and tumor cells in a sheet-like arrangement were observed against a clear background...
February 24, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231404/express-or-repress-the-transcriptional-dilemma-of-damaged-chromatin
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Ilaria Capozzo, Fabio Iannelli, Sofia Francia, Fabrizio d'Adda di Fagagna
The fine modulation of transcriptional activity around DNA lesions is essential to carefully regulate the crosstalk between transcription, the DNA damage response, and DNA repair, particularly when the lesion occurs next to, or within, actively transcribed genes. Recently, several studies have been carried out to investigate how DNA lesions have an impact on local transcription, but the emerging model remains incomplete. Transcription of genes around damaged DNA is actively down-regulated by the DNA damage response through different mechanisms, which appear specific to the chromatin context, the type of DNA damage or its complexity...
February 23, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230788/the-adverse-effects-of-triptolide-on-the-reproductive-system-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-oogenesis-impairment-and-decreased-oocyte-quality
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Qinli Ruan, Yun Xu, Rui Xu, Jiaying Wang, Yongqing Hua, Meng Wang, Jinao Duan
Previous studies have revealed that Triptolide damages female reproductive capacity, but the mechanism is unclear. In this study, we used Caenorhabditis elegans to investigate the effects of Triptolide on the germline and explore its possible mechanisms. Our data show that exposure for 4 h to 50 and 100 mg/L Triptolide reduced C. elegans fertility, led to depletion and inactivation of spermatids with the changes in the expression levels of related genes, and increased the number of unfertilized oocytes through damaging chromosomes and DNA damage repair mechanisms...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230735/new-evidence-for-the-theory-of-chromosome-organization-by-repetitive-elements-core
#4
Shao-Jun Tang
Repetitive DNA elements were proposed to coordinate chromatin folding and interaction in chromosomes by their intrinsic homology-based clustering ability. A recent analysis of the data sets from chromosome-conformation-capture experiments confirms the spatial clustering of DNA repeats of the same family in the nuclear space, and thus provides strong new support for the CORE theory.
February 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230328/higher-order-oligomerization-of-the-licensing-orc4-protein-is-required-for-polar-body-extrusion-in-murine-meiosis
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Hieu Nguyen, Nicholas G James, Lynn Nguyen, Thien P Nguyen, Cindy Vuong, Michael Ortega, W Steven Ward
We have previously shown that the DNA replication licensing factor ORC4 forms a cage around the chromosomes that are extruded in both polar bodies during murine oogenesis, but not around the chromosomes that are retained in the oocyte or around the sperm chromatin. We termed this structure the ORC4 cage. Here, we tested whether the formation of the ORC4 cage is necessary for polar body extrusion (PBE). We first experimentally forced oocytes to extrude sperm chromatin as a pseudo-polar body and found that under these conditions the sperm chromatin did become enclosed in an ORC4 cage...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229965/atmbd6-a-methyl-cpg-binding-domain-protein-maintains-gene-silencing-in-arabidopsis-by-interacting-with-rna-binding-proteins
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Adwaita Prasad Parida, Amrapali Sharma, Arun Kumar Sharma
DNA methylation, mediated by double-stranded RNA, is a conserved epigenetic phenomenon that protects a genome from transposons, silences unwanted genes and has a paramount function in plant or animal development. Methyl CpG binding domain proteins are members of a class of proteins that bind to methylated DNA. The Arabidopsis thaliana genome encodes 13 methyl CpG binding domain (MBD) proteins, but the molecular/biological functions of most of these proteins are still not clear. In the present study, we identified four proteins that interact with AtMBD6...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229933/nuclear-lamins-and-progerin-are-dispensable-for-antioxidant-nrf2-response-to-arsenic-and-cadmium
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Kazunori Hashimoto, Rima Majumdar, Yoshiaki Tsuji
Lamins are important constituents of the nuclear inner membrane and provide a platform for transcription factors and chromatin. Progerin, a C-terminal truncated lamin A mutant, causes premature aging termed Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS). Oxidative stress appears to be involved in the pathogenesis of HGPS, although the mechanistic role of progerin remains elusive. Here we examined whether nuclear lamins are important for a cellular antioxidant mechanism, and whether progerin compromises it. We investigated the activation of nuclear factor-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) which regulates various antioxidant genes including heme oxygenase-1 (HMOX1), following exposure to sodium arsenite or cadmium chloride in lamin knockdown human cell lines and primary HGPS human fibroblasts...
February 14, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229923/epigenetic-regulation-of-reln-and-gad1-in-the-frontal-cortex-fc-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd-subjects
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Adrian Zhubi, Ying Chen, Alessandro Guidotti, Dennis R Grayson
Both Reelin (RELN) and glutamate decarboxylase 67 (GAD1) have been implicated in the pathophysiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We have previously shown that both mRNAs are reduced in the cerebella (CB) of ASD subjects through a mechanism that involves increases in the amounts of MECP2 binding to the corresponding promoters. In the current study, we examined the expression of RELN, GAD1, GAD2, and several other mRNAs implicated in this disorder in the frontal cortices (FC) of ASD and CON subjects. We also focused on the role that epigenetic processes play in the regulation of these genes in ASD brain...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229085/folate-receptor-alpha-is-more-than-just-a-folate-transporter
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Vineet Mohanty, M Rizwan Siddiqui, Tadanori Tomita, Chandra Shekhar Mayanil
Until recently folate receptor alpha (FRα) has only been considered as a folate transporter. However, a novel role of FRα as a transcription factor was reported by our lab. More recently our lab showed a novel pleiotropic role of FRα: (a) direct transcriptional activation of Oct4, Sox2, and Klf4 genes; and (b) repression of biogenesis of miRNAs that target these genes or their effector molecules. These observations beg a question: "Can a simple molecule such as folate be used to manipulate the production and/or differentiation of endogenous neural stem cells (NSCs), which may hold promise for future therapies?" Conditions such as spinal cord injury, motor neuron diseases, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis may benefit from increasing stem cell pool and promoting specific pathways of differentiation...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228643/a-chemical-probe-toolbox-for-dissecting-the-cancer-epigenome
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Jake Shortt, Christopher J Ott, Ricky W Johnstone, James E Bradner
Cancer cell hallmarks are underpinned by transcriptional programmes operating in the context of a dynamic and complicit epigenomic environment. Somatic alterations of chromatin modifiers are among the most prevalent cancer perturbations. There is a pressing need for targeted chemical probes to dissect these complex, interconnected gene regulatory circuits. Validated chemical probes empower mechanistic research while providing the pharmacological proof of concept that is required to translate drug-like derivatives into therapy for cancer patients...
February 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228601/loss-of-tumor-suppressor-kdm6a-amplifies-prc2-regulated-transcriptional-repression-in-bladder-cancer-and-can-be-targeted-through-inhibition-of-ezh2
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Lian Dee Ler, Sujoy Ghosh, Xiaoran Chai, Aye Aye Thike, Hong Lee Heng, Ee Yan Siew, Sucharita Dey, Liang Kai Koh, Jing Quan Lim, Weng Khong Lim, Swe Swe Myint, Jia Liang Loh, Pauline Ong, Xin Xiu Sam, Dachuan Huang, Tony Lim, Puay Hoon Tan, Sanjanaa Nagarajan, Christopher Wai Sam Cheng, Henry Ho, Lay Guat Ng, John Yuen, Po-Hung Lin, Cheng-Keng Chuang, Ying-Hsu Chang, Wen-Hui Weng, Steven G Rozen, Patrick Tan, Caretha L Creasy, See-Tong Pang, Michael T McCabe, Song Ling Poon, Bin Tean Teh
Trithorax-like group complex containing KDM6A acts antagonistically to Polycomb-repressive complex 2 (PRC2) containing EZH2 in maintaining the dynamics of the repression and activation of gene expression through H3K27 methylation. In urothelial bladder carcinoma, KDM6A (a H3K27 demethylase) is frequently mutated, but its functional consequences and therapeutic targetability remain unknown. About 70% of KDM6A mutations resulted in a total loss of expression and a consequent loss of demethylase function in this cancer type...
February 22, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228591/the-swi-snf-chromatin-regulator-brg1-modulates-the-transcriptional-regulatory-activity-of-the-ebv-dna-polymerase-processivity-factor-bmrf1
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Mei-Tzu Su, Ya-Ting Wang, Yen-Ju Chen, Su-Fang Lin, Ching-Hwa Tsai, Mei-Ru Chen
During lytic phase of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), binding of the transactivator Zta to the origin of lytic replication (oriLyt) and the BHLF1 transcript, forming a stable RNA-DNA hybrid, are required to initiate viral DNA replication. EBV-encoded viral DNA replication proteins form complexes to amplify viral DNA. BMRF1, the viral DNA polymerase accessory factor, is essential for lytic DNA replication and also known as a transcriptional regulator of the expression of BHLF1 and BALF2 (ssDNA-binding protein). In order to determine systematically how BMRF1 regulates viral transcription, a BMRF1 knockout bacmid was generated to analyze viral gene expression using a viral DNA microarray...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228401/wolf-hirschhorn-syndrome-candidate-1-like-1-epigenetically-regulates-nephrin-gene-expression
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Yugo Ito, Kan Katayama, Yukino Nishibori, Yoshihiro Akimoto, Akihiko Kudo, Ryota Kurayama, Ichiro Hada, Shohei Takahashi, Toru Kimura, Toshiyuki Fukutomi, Tomohisa Katada, Junichi Suehiro, Olga Beltcheva, Karl Tryggvason, Kunimasa Yan
Altered expression of nephrin underlies the pathophysiology of proteinuria in both congenital and acquired nephrotic syndrome. However, the epigenetic mechanisms of nephrin gene regulation remain elusive. Here, we show that Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome candidate 1-like 1 long form (WHSC1L1-L) is a novel epigenetic modifier of nephrin gene regulation. WHSC1L1-L was associated with histone H3K4 and H3K36 in human embryonic kidney cells. WHSC1L1-L gene was expressed in the podocytes and functional protein product was detected in these cells...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228393/protein-turnover-provides-pancreatic-cancer-target
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Decreased activity of the chromatin remodeling factor gene SMARCB1 drives a switch in pancreatic cancer cells toward a more aggressive, mesenchymal state. This change makes the tumors more susceptible to drugs that target protein metabolism and associated stress responses.
February 22, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228349/identification-of-prdm-genes-in-human-corneal-endothelium
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Kostadin Rolev, G O'Donovan Dominic, Christiana Georgiou, Rajan Madhavan, Alexandra Chittka
Corneal endothelial cells (CECs) are essential for maintaining corneal stromal hydration and ensuring its transparency, which is necessary for normal vision. Dysfunction of CECs leads to stromal decompensation, loss of transparency and corneal blindness. Corneal endothelium has low proliferative potential compared to surface epithelial cells leading to poor regeneration of CEC following injury or age related decline in cellular density. The mechanisms which control proliferation and differentiation of neural crest derived CEC progenitors are yet to be clearly elucidated...
February 19, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228264/lsd1-controls-timely-myod-expression-via-myod-core-enhancer-transcription
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Isabella Scionti, Shinichiro Hayashi, Sandrine Mouradian, Emmanuelle Girard, Joana Esteves de Lima, Véronique Morel, Thomas Simonet, Maud Wurmser, Pascal Maire, Katia Ancelin, Eric Metzger, Roland Schüle, Evelyne Goillot, Frederic Relaix, Laurent Schaeffer
MyoD is a master regulator of myogenesis. Chromatin modifications required to trigger MyoD expression are still poorly described. Here, we demonstrate that the histone demethylase LSD1/KDM1a is recruited on the MyoD core enhancer upon muscle differentiation. Depletion of Lsd1 in myoblasts precludes the removal of H3K9 methylation and the recruitment of RNA polymerase II on the core enhancer, thereby preventing transcription of the non-coding enhancer RNA required for MyoD expression (CEeRNA). Consistently, Lsd1 conditional inactivation in muscle progenitor cells during embryogenesis prevented transcription of the CEeRNA and delayed MyoD expression...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228095/evaluating-the-expression-profile-and-stability-of-different-ucoe-containing-vector-combinations-in-mab-producing-cho-cells
#17
Fatemeh Nematpour, Fereidoun Mahboudi, Behrouz Vaziri, Vahid Khalaj, Samira Ahmadi, Maryam Ahmadi, Saedeh Ebadat, Fatemeh Davami
BACKGROUND: As the demand for monoclonal antibodies (mAb) increases, more efficient expression methods are required for their manufacturing process. Transcriptional gene silencing is a common phenomenon in recombinant cell lines which leads to expression reduction and instability. There are reports on improved antibody expression in ubiquitous chromatin opening element (UCOE) containing both heavy and light chain gene constructs. Here we investigate the impact of having these elements as part of the light chain, heavy chain or both genes during cell line development...
February 22, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228067/epigenetic-characteristics-of-the-mitotic-chromosome-in-1d-and-3d
#18
Marlies E Oomen, Job Dekker
While chromatin characteristics in interphase are widely studied, characteristics of mitotic chromatin and their inheritance through mitosis are still poorly understood. During mitosis, chromatin undergoes dramatic changes: transcription stalls, chromatin-binding factors leave the chromatin, histone modifications change and chromatin becomes highly condensed. Many key insights into mitotic chromosome state and conformation have come from extensive microscopy studies over the last century. Over the last decade, the development of 3C-based techniques has enabled the study of higher order chromosome organization during mitosis in a genome-wide manner...
April 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226269/the-causes-and-consequences-of-dna-methylome-variation-in-plants
#19
REVIEW
Danelle K Seymour, Claude Becker
Epigenetic variation - polymorphisms at the level of DNA methylation or histone modifications - modulates chromatin accessibility, which can perturb transcriptional activity and spur phenotypic variation. Determining the origin, frequency spectrum, and consequences of epigenetic variants is key to understanding the role of this variation in generating stable phenotypic variation in plants. Here we review recent literature on DNA methylation variation in both model and crop plant species with a focus on the link between genotype, epigenotype, and transcription...
February 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226268/recent-progress-in-diatom-genomics-and-epigenomics
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REVIEW
Leila Tirichine, Achal Rastogi, Chris Bowler
Diatoms are one of the most diverse and successful groups of phytoplankton at the base of the food chain, sustaining life in the ocean and performing vital biogeochemical functions. The last fifteen years have witnessed the comprehensive analysis of several diatom genomes, revealing that they bear traces of their endosymbiotic origins from algal and heterotrophic ancestors, as well as significant gene transfer from bacteria. Their chimeric genomes are further regulated by a range of chromatin-based processes that are characteristic of both plant and animal genomes...
February 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
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