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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190640/divergent-hox-coding-and-evasion-of-retinoid-signaling-specifies-motor-neurons-innervating-digit-muscles
#1
Alana I Mendelsohn, Jeremy S Dasen, Thomas M Jessell
The establishment of spinal motor neuron subclass diversity is achieved through developmental programs that are aligned with the organization of muscle targets in the limb. The evolutionary emergence of digits represents a specialized adaptation of limb morphology, yet it remains unclear how the specification of digit-innervating motor neuron subtypes parallels the elaboration of digits. We show that digit-innervating motor neurons can be defined by selective gene markers and distinguished from other LMC neurons by the expression of a variant Hox gene repertoire and by the failure to express a key enzyme involved in retinoic acid synthesis...
February 3, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188343/mll5-kmt2e-structure-function-and-clinical-relevance
#2
REVIEW
Xiaoming Zhang, Wisna Novera, Yan Zhang, Lih-Wen Deng
The mixed lineage leukemia (MLL) family of genes, also known as the lysine N-methyltransferase 2 (KMT2) family, are homologous to the evolutionarily conserved trithorax group that plays critical roles in the regulation of homeotic gene (HOX) expression and embryonic development. MLL5, assigned as KMT2E on the basis of its SET domain homology, was initially categorized under MLL (KMT2) family together with other six SET methyltransferase domain proteins (KMT2A-2D and 2F-2G). However, emerging evidence suggests that MLL5 is distinct from the other MLL (KMT2) family members, and the protein it encodes appears to lack intrinsic histone methyltransferase (HMT) activity towards histone substrates...
February 10, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188179/new-insights-into-the-role-of-jmjd3-and-utx-in-axial-skeletal-formation-in-mice
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Chie Naruse, Shinwa Shibata, Masaru Tamura, Takayuki Kawaguchi, Kanae Abe, Kazushi Sugihara, Tomoaki Kato, Takumi Nishiuchi, Shigeharu Wakana, Masahito Ikawa, Masahide Asano
Jmjd3 and Utx are demethylases specific for lysine 27 of histone H3. Previous reports indicate that Jmjd3 is essential for differentiation of various cell types, such as macrophages and epidermal cells in mice, whereas Utx is involved in cancer and developmental diseases in humans and mice as well as Hox regulation in zebrafish and nematodes. Here, we report that Jmjd3, but not Utx, is involved in axial skeletal formation in mice. A Jmjd3 mutant embryo (Jmjd3(Δ18/Δ18)), but not a catalytically inactive Utx truncation mutant (Utx(-/y)), showed anterior homeotic transformation...
February 10, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177890/long-noncoding-rna-hotair-promotes-metastasis-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-by-up-regulating-histone-h3k27-demethylase-jmjd3
#4
Ming Xia, Lv Yao, Qiaoxia Zhang, Feng Wang, Hongbin Mei, Xiaoqiang Guo, Weiren Huang
Long Noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a kind of non-protein coding transcripts longer than 200 nucleotides, and play important roles in diverse biological processes, such as embryonic development and apoptosis. Homeobox (HOX) transcript antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) is a negative prognostic factor in a variety of human cancers, such as breast, liver and lung cancers. HOTAIR can promote cancer cell metastasis by reprogramming chromatin organization. In the present study, HOTAIR expression was elevated in tissues of renal cell carcinoma compared to adjacent normal tissues, and positively correlated with metastasis (P<0...
February 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158974/a-compendium-of-developmental-gene-expression-in-lake-malawi-cichlid-fishes
#5
R F Bloomquist, T E Fowler, J B Sylvester, R J Miro, J T Streelman
BACKGROUND: Lake Malawi cichlids represent one of a growing number of vertebrate models used to uncover the genetic and developmental basis of trait diversity. Rapid evolutionary radiation has resulted in species that share similar genomes but differ markedly in phenotypes including brains and behavior, nuptial coloration and the craniofacial skeleton. Research has begun to identify the genes, as well as the molecular and developmental pathways that underlie trait divergence. RESULTS: We assemble a compendium of gene expression for Lake Malawi cichlids, across pharyngula (the phylotypic stage) and larval stages of development, encompassing hundreds of gene transcripts...
February 3, 2017: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151491/clinical-and-molecular-consequences-of-disease-associated-de-novo-mutations-in-satb2
#6
Hemant Bengani, Mark Handley, Mohsan Alvi, Rita Ibitoye, Melissa Lees, Sally Ann Lynch, Wayne Lam, Madeleine Fannemel, Ann Nordgren, H Malmgren, M Kvarnung, Sarju Mehta, Shane McKee, Margo Whiteford, Fiona Stewart, Fiona Connell, Jill Clayton-Smith, Sahar Mansour, Shehla Mohammed, Alan Fryer, Jenny Morton, Detelina Grozeva, Tara Asam, David Moore, Alejandro Sifrim, Jeremy McRae, Matthew E Hurles, Helen V Firth, F Lucy Raymond, Usha Kini, Christoffer Nellåker, Ddd Study, David R FitzPatrick
PURPOSE: To characterize features associated with de novo mutations affecting SATB2 function in individuals ascertained on the basis of intellectual disability. METHODS: Twenty previously unreported individuals with 19 different SATB2 mutations (11 loss-of-function and 8 missense variants) were studied. Fibroblasts were used to measure mutant protein production. Subcellular localization and mobility of wild-type and mutant SATB2 were assessed using fluorescently tagged protein...
February 2, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145600/neurological-manifestations-of-2q31-microdeletion-syndrome
#7
Nobuhiko Okamoto, Sadami Kimura, Keiko Shimojima, Toshiyuki Yamamoto
Microdeletion of 2q31 involving the HOXD gene cluster is a rare syndrome. The deletion of the HOXD gene cluster is thought to result in skeletal anomalies in these patients. HOX genes encode highly conserved transcription factors that control cell fate and the regional identities along the primary body and limb axes. We experienced a new patient with 2q31 microdeletion encompassing the HOXD gene cluster and some neighboring genes including the ZNF385B. The patient showed digital anomalies, growth failure, epileptic seizures, and intellectual disability...
February 1, 2017: Congenital Anomalies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121309/ultrabithorax-and-abdominal-a-specify-the-abdominal-appendage-in-a-dosage-dependent-manner-in-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#8
X L Tong, M Y Fu, P Chen, L Chen, Z H Xiang, C Lu, F Y Dai
In insects, there is a considerable diversity in leg distribution on the body, including number, segmental arrangement, morphological identity and consequent function, but the genetic basis for these differences is not well understood. Here by positional cloning, we showed that a ~355 kb region, including Bombyx mori Ultrabithorax (BmUbx) and abdominal-A (Bmabd-A), was responsible for the silkworm mutant Kh-extra-crescents-like (E(Kh)-l) that displayed additional thoracic limb-like legs on the first abdominal segment (A1) and occasionally on the second abdominal segment (A2)...
January 25, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111759/deletion-of-2-7%C3%A2-kb-near-hoxd3-in-an-arabian-horse-with-occipitoatlantoaxial-malformation
#9
M H Bordbari, M C T Penedo, M Aleman, S J Valberg, J Mickelson, C J Finno
In the horse, the term occipitoatlantoaxial malformation (OAAM) is used to describe a developmental defect in which the first cervical vertebra (atlas) resembles the base of the skull (occiput) and the second cervical vertebra (axis) resembles the atlas. Affected individuals demonstrate an abnormal posture and varying degrees of ataxia. The homeobox (HOX) gene cluster is involved in the development of both the axial and appendicular skeleton. Hoxd3-null mice demonstrate a strikingly similar phenotype to Arabian foals with OAAM...
January 23, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108650/aerobic-efficiency-is-associated-with-the-improvement-in-maximal-power-output-during-acute-hyperoxia
#10
Tom A Manselin, Olof Södergård, Filip J Larsen, Peter Lindholm
This study investigated the relationship between aerobic efficiency during cycling exercise and the increase in physical performance with acute hyperoxic exposure (FiO2 ~31%) (HOX) and also tested the hypothesis that fat oxidation could be increased by acute hyperoxia. Fourteen males and four females were recruited for two sessions, where they exercised for 2 × 10 min at 100 W to determine efficiency. HOX and normoxia (NOX) were administered randomly on both occasions to account for differences in nitrogen exchange...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104672/modulating-the-malignancy-of-hox-proteins
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Michael Kyba
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103242/genome-wide-binding-of-posterior-hoxa-d-transcription-factors-reveals-subgrouping-and-association-with-ctcf
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Ivana Jerković, Daniel M Ibrahim, Guillaume Andrey, Stefan Haas, Peter Hansen, Catrin Janetzki, Irene González Navarrete, Peter N Robinson, Jochen Hecht, Stefan Mundlos
Homeotic genes code for key transcription factors (HOX-TFs) that pattern the animal body plan. During embryonic development, Hox genes are expressed in overlapping patterns and function in a partially redundant manner. In vitro biochemical screens probing the HOX-TF sequence specificity revealed largely overlapping sequence preferences, indicating that co-factors might modulate the biological function of HOX-TFs. However, due to their overlapping expression pattern, high protein homology, and insufficiently specific antibodies, little is known about their genome-wide binding preferences...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101674/posterior-tail-development-in-the-salamander-eurycea-cirrigera-exploring-cellular-dynamics-across-life-stages
#13
Janet L Vaglia, Chet Fornari, Paula K Evans
During embryogenesis, the body axis elongates and specializes. In vertebrate groups such as salamanders and lizards, elongation of the posterior body axis (tail) continues throughout life. This phenomenon of post-embryonic tail elongation via addition of vertebrae has remained largely unexplored, and little is known about the underlying developmental mechanisms that promote vertebral addition. Our research investigated tail elongation across life stages in a non-model salamander species, Eurycea cirrigera (Plethodontidae)...
January 18, 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093668/molecular-characterization-of-hoxc8-gene-and-methylation-status-analysis-of-its-exon-1-associated-with-the-length-of-cashmere-fiber-in-liaoning-cashmere-goat
#14
Wen L Bai, Jiao J Wang, Rong H Yin, Yun L Dang, Ze Y Wang, Yu B Zhu, Yu Y Cong, Liang Deng, Dan Guo, Shi Q Wang, Shu H Yang, Hui L Xue
Homeobox protein Hox-C8 (HOXC8) is a member of Hox family. It is expressed in the dermal papilla of the skin and is thought to be associated with the hair inductive capacity of dermal papilla cells. In the present study, we isolated and characterized a full-length open reading frame of HOXC8 cDNA from the skin tissue of Liaoning cashmere goat, as well as, established a phylogenetic relationship of goat HOXC8 with that of other species. Also, we investigated the effect of methylation status of HOXC8 exon 1 at anagen secondary hair follicle on the cashmere fiber traits in Liaoning cashmere goat...
January 16, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092121/hox-functional-diversity-novel-insights-from-flexible-motif-folding-and-plastic-protein-interaction
#15
Miguel Ortiz-Lombardia, Nicolas Foos, Corinne Maurel-Zaffran, Andrew J Saurin, Yacine Graba
How the formidable diversity of forms emerges from developmental and evolutionary processes is one of the most fascinating questions in biology. The homeodomain-containing Hox proteins were recognized early on as major actors in diversifying animal body plans. The molecular mechanisms underlying how this transcription factor family controls a large array of context- and cell-specific biological functions is, however, still poorly understood. Clues to functional diversity have emerged from studies exploring how Hox protein activity is controlled through interactions with PBC class proteins, also evolutionary conserved HD-containing proteins...
January 16, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087711/ctcf-mediated-topological-boundaries-during-development-foster-appropriate-gene-regulation
#16
Varun Narendra, Milica Bulajić, Job Dekker, Esteban O Mazzoni, Danny Reinberg
The genome is organized into repeating topologically associated domains (TADs), each of which is spatially isolated from its neighbor by poorly understood boundary elements thought to be conserved across cell types. Here, we show that deletion of CTCF (CCCTC-binding factor)-binding sites at TAD and sub-TAD topological boundaries that form within the HoxA and HoxC clusters during differentiation not only disturbs local chromatin domain organization and regulatory interactions but also results in homeotic transformations typical of Hox gene misregulation...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070051/-prognostic-value-of-lncrna-hotair-expression-in-%C3%A2-patients-with-cancer-a-meta-analysis
#17
Wenna Xi, Wei Song
To systematically review the prognostic value regarding the expression of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) Hox transcript antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) in patients with cancer. 
 Methods: Databases including The Cochrane Library, EMBASE, MEDLINE, and PubMed were searched to collect English literature on the correlation between lncRNA HOTAIR expression and overall survival in tumors. The retrieval time was from inception to September 2015. After data were extracted, a Meta-analysis was performed using RevMan 5...
December 28, 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068897/neotenic-phenomenon-in-gene-expression-in-the-skin-of-foxn1-deficient-nude-mice-a-projection-for-regenerative-skin-wound-healing
#18
Anna Kur-Piotrowska, Marta Kopcewicz, Leslie P Kozak, Pawel Sachadyn, Anna Grabowska, Barbara Gawronska-Kozak
BACKGROUND: Mouse fetuses up to 16 day of embryonic development and nude (Foxn1- deficient) mice are examples of animals that undergo regenerative (scar-free) skin healing. The expression of transcription factor Foxn1 in the epidermis of mouse fetuses begins at embryonic day 16.5 which coincides with the transition point from scar-free to scar-forming skin wound healing. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that Foxn1 expression in the skin is an essential condition to establish the adult skin phenotype and that Foxn1 inactivity in nude mice keeps skin in the immature stage resembling the phenomena of neoteny...
January 9, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067520/reactive-uptake-of-gaseous-sesquiterpenes-on-aqueous-surfaces
#19
Kohei Matsuoka, Yosuke Sakamoto, Tetsuya Hama, Yoshizumi Kajii, Shinichi Enami
Sesquiterpenes emitted from biogenic sources play important roles in atmospheric HOx cycles and new particle formation. Current atmospheric models, however, fail to account for their fates, possibly due to missing heterogeneous sinks. Here we apply interface-specific mass spectrometry to detect carbocation products of the reactive uptake of gaseous sesquiterpenes C15H24 (β-caryophyllene (β-C), α-humulene (α-H), and alloaromadendrene (a-d)) on the surface of aqueous microjets as functions of water acidity and gas concentration...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067428/hotair-role-in-melanoma-progression-and-its-identification-in-the-blood-of-patients-with-advanced-disease
#20
Monica Cantile, Giosuè Scognamiglio, Laura Marra, Gabriella Aquino, Chiara Botti, Maria Rosaria Falcone, Maria Gabriella Malzone, Giuseppina Liguori, Maurizio Di Bonito, Renato Franco, Paolo Antonio Ascierto, Gerardo Botti
OBJECTIVES: The molecular mechanisms responsible for the metastatic progression of melanoma have not been fully defined yet. We have recently shown that an important role in this process is certainly played by HOX genes, whose regulation is under control of particular non-coding RNAs, some of which are present within the HOX locus. HOTAIR is the most studied among them, whose aberrant expression is associated with the metastatic progression of many malignancies. The aim of this study was to verify the role played by HOTAIR in metastatic progression of melanoma and to evaluate the circulating levels of HOTAIR in the blood of patients with metastatic melanoma...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
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