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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535367/pax2-a-keep-to-the-path-sign-on-waddington-s-epigenetic-landscape
#1
Jamie Davies
Developing kidneys have Foxd1(+) stromogenic stem cells and [Six2(+), Pax2(+)] nephrogenic stem cells. In this issue of Developmental Cell, Naiman et al. (2017) show that targeted Pax2 deletion converts nephrogenic cells to the stromogenic path, suggesting that Pax2 normally represses an otherwise inevitable transition between sister lineages.
May 22, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532423/the-various-aspects-of-genetic-and-epigenetic-toxicology-testing-methods-and-clinical-applications
#2
REVIEW
Ning Ren, Manar Atyah, Wan-Yong Chen, Chen-Hao Zhou
Genotoxicity refers to the ability of harmful substances to damage genetic information in cells. Being exposed to chemical and biological agents can result in genomic instabilities and/or epigenetic alterations, which translate into a variety of diseases, cancer included. This concise review discusses, from both a genetic and epigenetic point of view, the current detection methods of different agents' genotoxicity, along with their basic and clinical relation to human cancer, chemotherapy, germ cells and stem cells...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532215/matrix-mechanosensing-from-scaling-concepts-in-omics-data-to-mechanisms-in-the-nucleus-regeneration-and-cancer
#3
Dennis E Discher, Lucas Smith, Sangkyun Cho, Mark Colasurdo, Andrés J García, Sam Safran
Many of the most important molecules of life are polymers. In animals, the most abundant of the proteinaceous polymers are the collagens, which constitute the fibrous matrix outside cells and which can also self-assemble into gels. The physically measurable stiffness of gels, as well as tissues, increases with the amount of collagen, and cells seem to sense this stiffness. An understanding of this mechanosensing process in complex tissues, including fibrotic disease states with high collagen, is now utilizing 'omics data sets and is revealing polymer physics-type, nonlinear scaling relationships between concentrations of seemingly unrelated biopolymers...
May 22, 2017: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529938/senescence-inflammatory-regulation-of-reparative-cellular-reprogramming-in-aging-and-cancer
#4
Javier A Menendez, Tomás Alarcón
The inability of adult tissues to transitorily generate cells with functional stem cell-like properties is a major obstacle to tissue self-repair. Nuclear reprogramming-like phenomena that induce a transient acquisition of epigenetic plasticity and phenotype malleability may constitute a reparative route through which human tissues respond to injury, stress, and disease. However, tissue rejuvenation should involve not only the transient epigenetic reprogramming of differentiated cells, but also the committed re-acquisition of the original or alternative committed cell fate...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529570/the-meaning-of-piwi-proteins-in-cancer-development
#5
Monika Litwin, Anna Szczepańska-Buda, Aleksandra Piotrowska, Piotr Dzięgiel, Wojciech Witkiewicz
Cancer is a histologically and genetically heterogeneous population of tumor cells that exhibits distinct molecular profiles determined by epigenetic alterations. P-element-induced wimpy testis (PIWI) proteins in complex with PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) have been previously demonstrated to be involved in epigenetic regulation in germline cells. Recently, reactivation of PIWI expression, primarily PIWI-like protein 1 and 2, through aberrant DNA methylation resulting in genomic silencing has been identified in various types of tumors...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529527/skeletal-muscle-cell-induction-from-pluripotent-stem-cells
#6
REVIEW
Yusaku Kodaka, Gemachu Rabu, Atsushi Asakura
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have the potential to differentiate into various types of cells including skeletal muscle cells. The approach of converting ESCs/iPSCs into skeletal muscle cells offers hope for patients afflicted with the skeletal muscle diseases such as the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Patient-derived iPSCs are an especially ideal cell source to obtain an unlimited number of myogenic cells that escape immune rejection after engraftment. Currently, there are several approaches to induce differentiation of ESCs and iPSCs to skeletal muscle...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529134/direct-reprogramming-epigenetics-and-cardiac-regeneration
#7
REVIEW
Shota Kurotsu, Takeshi Suzuki, Masaki Ieda
The discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) has revolutionized regenerative medicine. Autologous iPSCs can be generated by introducing 4 stem cell-specific factors (Oct4, Sox2, Klf4, c-Myc) into fibroblasts. iPSCs can propagate indefinitely and differentiate into clinically important cell types including cardiomyocytes, in vitro. The iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes represent a promising source of cells for cell-based therapeutic approaches for cardiac regeneration. However, there are several challenges in the clinical application of iPSCs: tumorigenicity of immature cells, poor survival of the transplanted myocardial cells, and cost and efficacy of this therapeutic approach...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524856/histone-variant-h3-3-orchestrates-neural-stem-cell-differentiation-in-the-developing-brain
#8
Wenlong Xia, Jianwei Jiao
During the brain development, the process of neural stem cells (NSCs) proliferation and differentiation is precisely regulated. The deficiency in the embryonic brain development will cause serious developmental disorders. Epigenetic modifications play critical roles in controlling proliferation and differentiation in different types of stem cells. Histone variants, as one of epigenetic regulators, have been reported to be associated with many bioprocesses. Among different variants, H3.3 is one of the important epigenetic regulators, but its role in embryonic NSCs remains unclear...
May 19, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523538/mecp2-a-modulator-of-neuronal-chromatin-organization-involved-in-rett-syndrome
#9
Alexia Martínez de Paz, Juan Ausió
From an epigenetic perspective, the genomic chromatin organization of neurons exhibits unique features when compared to somatic cells. Methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2), through its ability to bind to methylated DNA, seems to be a major player in regulating such unusual organization. An important contribution to this uniqueness stems from the intrinsically disordered nature of this highly abundant chromosomal protein in neurons. Upon its binding to methylated/hydroxymethylated DNA, MeCP2 is able to recruit a plethora of interacting protein and RNA partners...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521687/diet-and-contaminants-driving-the-rise-to-obesity-epidemics
#10
Agostino Di Ciaula, Piero Portincasa
The obesity epidemic is spreading worldwide without reversal trend and despite specific policies oriented to dietary habits and lifestyle, which seem to have modest effects. Genetic factors only partly explain the rise, whereas environmental factors seem to play a key role, mainly by gene-environment interactions through epigenetic mechanisms. A number of animal and human studies point to maternal diet, intestinal microbiota and chemicals introduced as contaminants with food, all factors able to increase the risk of obesity...
May 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520534/cpg-island-methylation-correlates-with-the-use-of-alternative-promoter-for-usp44-gene-expression-in-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-and-testis
#11
Philippe Tropel, Laura Jung, Cécile André, Adeline Ndandougou, Stéphane Viville
Deubiquitinating enzymes may play a major regulatory role in pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) but few studies have investigated this topic. Within this family of enzymes, we found that the ubiquitin specific peptidase, USP44, is highly expressed in embryonic stem cells, induced PSCs and testes as compared to differentiated progenies and somatic organs. Analysis by qPCR and 5'RACE showed that alternate promoters are responsible for expression in PSCs and organs. We noticed 7 regions of transcription initiation, some of them with cell- or tissue-specific activity...
May 18, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520399/an-immunofluorescence-imaging-strategy-for-evaluation-of-the-accessibility-of-dna-5-hydroxymethylcytosine-in-chromatins
#12
Shangwei Zhong, Zhe Li, Ting Jiang, Xiangjun Li, Hailin Wang
DNA 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) is an important epigenetic modification found in various mammalian cells. Immunofluorescence imaging analysis essentially provides visual pictures to the abundance and distribution of DNA 5hmC in single cells. However, nuclear DNA is usually wrapped around nucleosomes and packaged into chromatins, and further bound with many functional proteins. These physiologically relevant events would generate barriers to the anti-5hmC antibody to selectively recognize 5hmC in DNA. By taking advantage of these naturally generated barriers, here we present a strategy to evaluate the accessibility of DNA 5hmC in chromatins in situ...
May 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518147/survivin-a-key-player-in-cancer-progression-increases-in-obesity-and-protects-adipose-tissue-stem-cells-from-apoptosis
#13
Miriam Ejarque, Victòria Ceperuelo-Mallafré, Carolina Serena, Gisela Pachón, Yaiza Núñez-Álvarez, Margarida Terrón-Puig, Enrique Calvo, Catalina Núñez-Roa, Wilfredo Oliva-Olivera, Francisco J Tinahones, Miguel Angel Peinado, Joan Vendrell, Sonia Fernández-Veledo
Adipose tissue (AT) has a central role in obesity-related metabolic imbalance through the dysregulated production of cytokines and adipokines. In addition to its known risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, obesity is also a major risk for cancer. We investigated the impact of obesity for the expression of survivin, an antiapoptotic protein upregulated by adipokines and a diagnostic biomarker of tumor onset and recurrence. In a cross-sectional study of 111 subjects classified by body mass index, circulating levels of survivin and gene expression in subcutaneous AT were significantly higher in obese patients and positively correlated with leptin...
May 18, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517961/overcoming-chemoresistance-in-cancer-stem-cells-with-the-help-of-micrornas-in-colorectal-cancer
#14
Andrew Fesler, Shixiang Guo, Hua Liu, Ning Wu, Jingfang Ju
It has been recognized that acute resistance to chemotherapy mediated by post-transcriptional and translational control is crucial to influence response and survival in cancer treatment. Tumor cells are highly heterogeneous and have the ability to adapt a resistance phenotype through epigenetic regulations such as microRNAs. This poses a major challenge to the treatment of advanced stage colon cancer patients. Colon cancer stem cells have been identified as one of the major contributors to resistance of colon cancer to chemotherapy...
May 18, 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515364/nicotinamide-metabolism-regulates-glioblastoma-stem-cell-maintenance
#15
Jinkyu Jung, Leo J Y Kim, Xiuxing Wang, Qiulian Wu, Tanwarat Sanvoranart, Christopher G Hubert, Briana C Prager, Lisa C Wallace, Xun Jin, Stephen C Mack, Jeremy N Rich
Metabolic dysregulation promotes cancer growth through not only energy production, but also epigenetic reprogramming. Here, we report that a critical node in methyl donor metabolism, nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT), ranked among the most consistently overexpressed metabolism genes in glioblastoma relative to normal brain. NNMT was preferentially expressed by mesenchymal glioblastoma stem cells (GSCs). NNMT depletes S-adenosyl methionine (SAM), a methyl donor generated from methionine. GSCs contained lower levels of methionine, SAM, and nicotinamide, but they contained higher levels of oxidized nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) than differentiated tumor cells...
May 18, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515341/bet-bromodomain-inhibition-suppresses-innate-inflammatory-and-profibrotic-transcriptional-networks-in-heart-failure
#16
Qiming Duan, Sarah McMahon, Priti Anand, Hirsh Shah, Sean Thomas, Hazel T Salunga, Yu Huang, Rongli Zhang, Aarathi Sahadevan, Madeleine E Lemieux, Jonathan D Brown, Deepak Srivastava, James E Bradner, Timothy A McKinsey, Saptarsi M Haldar
Despite current standard of care, the average 5-year mortality after an initial diagnosis of heart failure (HF) is about 40%, reflecting an urgent need for new therapeutic approaches. Previous studies demonstrated that the epigenetic reader protein bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4), an emerging therapeutic target in cancer, functions as a critical coactivator of pathologic gene transactivation during cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. However, the therapeutic relevance of these findings to human disease remained unknown...
May 17, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515049/a-generalized-linear-model-for-decomposing-cis-regulatory-parent-of-origin-and-maternal-effects-on-allele-specific-gene-expression
#17
Yasuaki Takada, Ryutaro Miyagi, Aya Takahashi, Toshinori Endo, Naoki Osada
Joint quantification of genetic and epigenetic effects on gene expression is important for understanding the establishment of complex gene regulation systems in living organisms. In particular, genomic imprinting and maternal effects play important roles in the developmental process of mammals and flowering plants. However, the influence of these effects on gene expression are difficult to quantify because they act simultaneously with cis-regulatory mutations. Here we propose a simple method to decompose cis-regulatory (i...
May 17, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514935/mesenchymal-stem-cell-based-cartilage-regeneration-approach-and-cell-senescence-can-we-manipulate-cell-aging-and-function
#18
Marta Anna Szychlinska, Martin James Stoddart, Ugo D'Amora, Luigi Ambrosio, Mauro Alini, Giuseppe Musumeci
Aging is the most prominent risk factor triggering several degenerative diseases, such as Osteoarthritis (OA). Due to its poor self-healing capacity, once injured cartilage needs to be re-established. This process mighmight be approached bythrough resorting to cell-based therapies and/or tissue engineering. Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) represent a promising approach due to their chondrogenic differentiation potential. Presently, in vitro chondrogenic differentiation of MSCs is limited by two main reasons: Aging aging of MSCs, which determines the loss of cell proliferative and differentiationed capacity and MSC-derived chondrocyte hypertrophic differentiation, which limits the use of these cells in cartilage tissue regeneration approach...
May 17, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514329/-brain-plasticity-limitations-and-possibilities
#19
E P Kharchenko, M N Telnova
Biological limitations related to the brain regeneration and stem cells transplantation as well as the factors influencing the brain plasticity following the brain injury, including epigenetic regulatory mechanisms, are presented. Non-invasive transcranial microelectrostimulation is considered as a perspective method of polysystemic influence on endogenic mechanisms of brain recovery.
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513807/the-nuclear-pore-protein-nup153-associates-with-chromatin-and-regulates-cardiac-gene-expression-in-dystrophic-mdx-hearts
#20
Simona Nanni, Agnese Re, Cristian Ripoli, Aoife Gowran, Patrizia Nigro, Domenico D'Amario, Antonio Amodeo, Filippo Crea, Claudio Grassi, Alfredo Pontecorvi, Antonella Farsetti, Claudia Colussi
Aims: Beyond the control of nuclear-cytoplasmic trafficking nucleoporins regulate gene expression and are involved in cardiac diseases. Notably, a number of cardiovascular disorders have been linked to alterations in epigenetic mechanisms. Here we aimed to determine the contribution of Nup153 to the epigenetic alterations occurring in cardiomyopathy of dystrophin-deficient mdx mice (C57BL/10ScSn-Dmd mdx /J). Methods and results: Nup153 was lysine-acetylated and its expression was significantly increased at protein level in mdx hearts compared with controls...
November 1, 2016: Cardiovascular Research
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