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Todd P Michael, Douglas Bryant, Ryan Gutierrez, Nikolai Borisjuk, Philomena Chu, Hanzhong Zhang, Jing Xia, Junfei Zhou, Hai Peng, Moaine El Baidouri, Boudewijn Ten Hallers, Alex R Hastie, Tiffany Liang, Kenneth Acosta, Sarah Gilbert, Connor McEntee, Scott A Jackson, Todd C Mockler, Weixiong Zhang, Eric Lam
Spirodela polyrhiza is a fast-growing aquatic monocot with highly reduced morphology, genome size and number of protein-coding genes. Considering these biological features of Spirodela and its basal position in the monocot lineage, understanding its genome architecture could shed light on plant adaptation and genome evolution. Like many draft genomes, however, the 158 Mbp Spirodela genome sequence has not been resolved to chromosomes and important genome characteristics have not been defined. Here we deployed rapid genome-wide physical maps combined with high-coverage short-read sequencing to resolve the 20 chromosomes of Spirodela and to empirically delineate its genome features...
October 18, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Federica Parodi, Roberta Carosio, Marco Ragusa, Cinzia Di Pietro, Marco Maugeri, Davide Barbagallo, Fabio Sallustio, Giorgio Allemanni, Maria Pia Pistillo, Ida Casciano, Alessandra Forlani, Francesco P Schena, Michele Purrello, Massimo Romani, Barbara Banelli
In neuroblastoma, the epigenetic landscape is more profoundly altered in aggressive compared to lower grade tumors and the concomitant hypermethylation of many genes, defined as "methylator phenotype", has been associated with poor outcome. DNA methylation can interfere with gene expression acting at distance through the methylation or demethylation of the regulatory regions of miRNAs. The multiplicity of miRNA targets may result in the simultaneous alteration of many biological pathways like cell proliferation, apoptosis, migration and differentiation...
October 14, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
David Agustriawan, Chien-Hung Huang, Jim Jinn-Chyuan Sheu, Shan-Chih Lee, Jeffrey J P Tsai, Nilubon Kurubanjerdjit, Ka-Lok Ng
Epigenetic regulation has been linked to the initiation and progression of cancer. Aberrant expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) is one such mechanism that can activate or silence oncogenes (OCGs) and tumor suppressor genes (TSGs) in cells. A growing number of studies suggest that miRNA expression can be regulated by methylation modification, thus triggering cancer development. However, there is no comprehensive in silico study concerning miRNA regulation by direct DNA methylation in cancer. Ovarian serous cystadenocarcinoma (OSC) was therefore chosen as a tumor model for the present work...
October 1, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Zheng-Nan Shan, Rui Tian, Min Zhang, Zhao-Hua Gui, Jing Wu, Min Ding, Xin-Fu Zhou, Jie He
MicroRNA128-1 (miR128-1), as a brain-specific miRNA, is downregulated in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and closely associated with the progression of GBM. However, the underlying molecular mechanism of the downregulation and its role in the regulation of tumorigenesis and anticancer drug resistance in GBM remains largely unknown. In the current study,we found that miR128-1 was downregulated in GBM and glioma stem-like cells (GSCs). Intriguingly, treatment with the DNA methylation inhibitors 5-Aza-CdR (Aza) and 4-phenylbutyric acid (PBA) resulted in miR128-1 upregulation in both GBM cells and GSCs...
October 1, 2016: Oncotarget
David L Marks, Rachel Lo Olson, Martin E Fernandez-Zapico
Stromal cells of the tumor microenvironment have been shown to play important roles in both supporting and limiting cancer growth. The altered phenotype of tumor-associated stromal cells (fibroblasts, immune cells, endothelial cells etc.) is proposed to be mainly due to epigenetic dysregulation of gene expression; however, only limited studies have probed the roles of epigenetic mechanisms in the regulation of stromal cell function. We review recent studies demonstrating how specific epigenetic mechanisms (DNA methylation and histone post-translational modification-based gene expression regulation, and miRNA-mediated translational regulation) drive aspects of stromal cell phenotype, and discuss the implications of these findings for treatment of malignancies...
October 4, 2016: Epigenomics
Ye Shu, Qinghua Hu, Hai Long, Christopher Chang, Qianjin Lu, Rong Xiao
Autoimmune diseases are characterized by aberrant immune responses against healthy cells and tissues. However, the exact mechanisms underlying the development of these conditions remain unknown. CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) are a subset of mature T cells which have an important role in maintaining immune homeostasis and preventing autoimmune diseases. Forkhead box p3 (Foxp3), a member of the fork head transcription factor family, is recognized as a marker of CD4+CD25+ Tregs. The decreased number and/or function of CD4+CD25+ Tregs in peripheral blood and related tissues has been demonstrated in systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, and other autoimmune diseases, which are at least partially regulated by epigenetic mechanisms...
September 29, 2016: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
David C H Metzger, Patricia M Schulte
Maternal stress can have long-term effects on neurodevelopment that can influence offspring performance and population evolutionary trajectories. To examine the mechanistic basis for these neurodevelopmental effects of maternal stress, we used RNA-seq to assess differential gene expression across the brain transcriptome of adult male and female threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) from stressed and unstressed mothers. We identified sexually divergent effects of maternal stress on the brain transcriptome...
September 28, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
Aniruddha Chatterjee, Peter A Stockwell, Euan J Rodger, Matthew F Parry, Michael R Eccles
AIM: The Cancer Genome Atlas contains multiple levels of genomic data (mutation, gene expression, DNA methylation, copy number variation) for 33 cancer types for almost 11,000 patients. However, a dearth of appropriate software tools makes it difficult for bench scientists to use these data effectively. MATERIALS & METHODS: Here, we present a suite of flexible, fast and command line-based scripts that will allow retrieval and analysis of DNA methylation (tool: scan_tcga_methylation...
October 2016: Epigenomics
Veronika Mancikova, Cristina Montero-Conde, Javier Perales-Paton, Agustin F Fernandez, Maria Santacana, Karolina Jodkowska, Lucía Inglada-Pérez, Esmeralda Castelblanco, Salud Borrego, Mario Encinas, Xavier Matias-Guiu, Mario F Fraga, Mercedes Robledo
PURPOSE: Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) is a rare disease with few genetic drivers, and the etiology specific to each known susceptibility mutation remains unknown. Exploiting multilayer genomic data, we focused our interest on the role of aberrant DNA methylation in MTC development. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We performed genome-wide DNA methylation profiling assessing >27,000 CpGs in the largest MTC series reported to date, comprising 48 molecularly characterized tumors...
September 12, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Tomoko Hirakawa, Kaei Nasu, Wakana Abe, Yoko Aoyagi, Mamiko Okamoto, Kentaro Kai, Kanetoshi Takebayashi, Hisashi Narahara
STUDY QUESTION: Is the micro-RNA (miRNA) miR-503, downregulated in endometriotic cyst stromal cells (ECSCs) and does this affect the cell cycle, cell proliferation, angiogenesis and contractility of these cells? SUMMARY ANSWER: miR-503 expression is downregulated in ECSCs by DNA hypermethylation and this contributes to their proliferation, resistance to apoptosis, extracellular matrix (ECM) contractility and angiogenesis through effects on cyclin D1, B-cell lymphoma/leukemia (Bcl)-2, Ras homology A  and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A)...
September 12, 2016: Human Reproduction
Iris Martinez-Quetglas, Roser Pinyol, Daniel Dauch, Sara Torrecilla, Victoria Tovar, Agrin Moeini, Clara Alsinet, Anna Portela, Leonardo Rodriguez-Carunchio, Manel Solé, Amaia Lujambio, Augusto Villanueva, Swan Thung, Manel Esteller, Lars Zender, Josep M Llovet
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Effective treatments are urgently needed for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which is usually diagnosed at advanced stages. Signaling via the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) pathway is aberrantly activated in HCC by IGF2 overexpression. We aimed to elucidate the mechanism of IGF2 overexpression and its oncogenic activities and evaluate the anti-tumor effects of reducing IGF2 signaling. METHODS: We obtained 228 HCC samples from patients who underwent liver resection, 168 paired non-tumor adjacent cirrhotic liver samples, and 10 non-tumor liver tissues from patients undergoing resection for hepatic hemangioma...
September 7, 2016: Gastroenterology
Peng Wu, Ziyi Cao, Song Wu
Urological cancers consist of bladder, kidney, prostate, and testis cancers and they are generally silenced at their early stage, which leads to the loss of the best opportunity for early diagnosis and treatment. Desired biomarkers are scarce for urological cancers and current biomarkers are lack of specificity and sensitivity. Epigenetic alterations are characteristic of nearly all kinds of human malignances including DNA methylation, histone modification, and miRNA regulation. Besides, the detection of these epigenetic conditions is easily accessible especially for urine, best target for monitoring the diseases of urinary system...
2016: Disease Markers
Benjamin Goeppert, Christina Ernst, Constance Baer, Stephanie Roessler, Marcus Renner, Arianeb Mehrabi, Mohammadreza Hafezi, Anita Pathil, Arne Warth, Albrecht Stenzinger, Wilko Weichert, Marion Bähr, Rainer Will, Peter Schirmacher, Christoph Plass, Dieter Weichenhan
Cholangiocarcinoma (CC) is a rare malignancy of the extrahepatic or intrahepatic biliary tract with an outstanding poor prognosis. Non-surgical therapeutic regimens result in minimally improved survival of CC patients. Global genomic analyses identified a few recurrently mutated genes, some of them in genes involved in epigenetic patterning. In a previous study, we demonstrated global DNA methylation changes in CC, indicating major contribution of epigenetic alterations to cholangiocarcinogenesis. Here, we aimed at the identification and characterization of CC-related, differentially methylated regions (DMRs) in potential microRNA promoters and of genes targeted by identified microRNAs...
September 3, 2016: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Jianguo Zhao, Qingsong He, Gang Chen, Li Wang, Biao Jin
Heat stress is an important factor limiting plant growth, development, and productivity; thus, plants have evolved special adaptive mechanisms to cope with high-temperature stress. Non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) are a class of regulatory RNAs that play an important role in many biological processes. Recently developed advanced technologies, such as genome-wide transcriptomic analysis, have revealed that abundant ncRNAs are expressed under heat stress. Although this area of research is still in its infancy, an increasing number of several classes of regulatory ncRNA (i...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Sippy Kaur, Johanna E Lotsari-Salomaa, Riitta Seppänen-Kaijansinkko, Päivi Peltomäki
Epigenetic alterations such as DNA methylation, histone modifications and non-coding RNA (including microRNA) associated gene silencing have been identified as a major characteristic in human cancers. These alterations may occur more frequently than genetic mutations and play a key role in silencing tumor suppressor genes or activating oncogenes, thereby affecting multiple cellular processes. In recent years, studies have shown that microRNAs, that act as posttranscriptional regulators of gene expression are frequently deregulated in colorectal cancer (CRC), via aberrant DNA methylation...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Sandra Aparecida Benite-Ribeiro, David Alan Putt, Marlos Cruzeiro Soares-Filho, Júlia Matzenbacher Santos
The incidence of obesity, one of the main risks for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, has been rising, and changes in eating behavior are associated with this increasing rate. Body weight is maintained via a complex integration of endocrine and neuronal inputs that regulate the control of orexigenic and anorexigenic neuropeptides in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus. Overfeeding may disrupt the mechanisms of feeding control, increasing orexigenic peptides such as neuropeptide Y (NPY), and/or decreasing the anorexigenic peptide proopiomelanocortin (POMC) leading to a change in energy balance and body-weight index...
August 24, 2016: Appetite
Rihab Nasr, Fatima Sleiman, Zeinab Awada, Natalie K Zgheib
The focus of this manuscript is on DNA methylation and miRNA regulation of drug-metabolizing enzymes and drug transporters involved in the disposition of drugs commonly used in breast cancer. We start with a review of the available scant literature and follow with an in silico analysis of the CpG islands and miRNA binding sites of genes of interest. We make the case that there is room for further research to include more genes and miRNAs despite the extensive sharing of miRNA targets by candidate genes of interest...
September 2016: Pharmacogenomics
Linyuan Shen, Jingjing Du, Yudong Xia, Zhendong Tan, Yuhua Fu, Qiong Yang, Xuewei Li, Guoqing Tang, Yanzhi Jiang, Jinyong Wang, Mingzhou Li, Shunhua Zhang, Li Zhu
The physiological, biochemical and functional differences between oxidative and glycolytic muscles play important roles in human metabolic health and in animal meat quality. To explore these differences, we determined the genome-wide landscape of DNA methylomes and their relationship with the mRNA and miRNA transcriptomes of the oxidative muscle psoas major (PMM) and the glycolytic muscle longissimus dorsi (LDM). We observed the hypo-methylation of sub-telomeric regions. A high mitochondrial content contributed to fast replicative senescence in PMM...
2016: Scientific Reports
Klara Piletič, Tanja Kunej
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short non-coding RNAs that act as important regulators of gene expression as part of the epigenetic machinery. In addition to posttranscriptional gene silencing by miRNAs, the epigenetic mechanisms also include DNA methylation, histone modifications and their crosstalk. Epigenetic modifications were reported to play an important role in many disease onsets and progressions and can be used to explain several features of complex diseases, such as late onset and fluctuation of symptoms. However, miRNAs not only function as a part of epigenetic machinery, but are also epigenetically modified by DNA methylation and histone modification like any other protein-coding gene...
October 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Yuanyuan Wang, Xingyi Guo, Michael J Bray, Zhiyong Ding, Zhongming Zhao
BACKGROUND: Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is the most common type of kidney cancer. Recent large-scale next-generation sequencing analyses reveal that PBRM1 is the second most frequently mutated gene harboring many truncated mutations and has a suspected tumor suppressor role in ccRCC. However, the biological consequences of PBRM1 somatic mutations (e.g., truncated mutations) that drive tumor progression in ccRCC remain unclear. METHODS: In this study, we proposed an integrative genomics approach to explore the functional consequences of PBRM1 truncated mutations in ccRCC by incorporating somatic mutations, mRNA expression, DNA methylation, and microRNA (miRNA) expression profiles from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA)...
2016: BMC Genomics
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