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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339768/the-transcription-factor-olig2-is-important-for-the-biology-of-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-gliomas
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Jane L Anderson, Ranjithmenon Muraleedharan, Nicole Oatman, Amanda Klotter, Satarupa Sengupta, Ronald R Waclaw, Jianqiang Wu, Rachid Drissi, Lili Miles, Eric H Raabe, Matthew L Weirauch, Maryam Fouladi, Lionel M Chow, Lindsey Hoffman, Mariko DeWire, Biplab Dasgupta
Background.: Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a high-grade brainstem glioma of children with dismal prognosis. There is no single unifying model about the cell of origin of DIPGs. Proliferating cells in the developing human and mouse pons, the site of DIPGs, express neural stem/progenitor cell (NPC) markers, including Sox2, nestin, vimentin, Olig2, and glial fibrillary acidic protein, in an overlapping and non-overlapping manner, suggesting progenitor cell heterogeneity in the pons...
February 23, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335073/clinical-characteristics-and-whole-exome-transcriptome-sequencing-of-coexisting-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-and-myelofibrosis
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Malathi Kandarpa, Yi-Mi Wu, Dan Robinson, Patrick William Burke, Arul M Chinnaiyan, Moshe Talpaz
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are clonal hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) disorders that can be classified on the basis of genetic, clinical, phenotypic features. Genetic lesions such as JAK2 mutations and BCR-ABL translocation are often mutually exclusive in MPN patients and lead to essential thrombocythemia, polycythemia vera or myelofibrosis (ET/PV/MF) or chronic myeloid leukemia, respectively. Nevertheless, coexistence of these genetic aberrations in the same patient has been reported. Whether these aberrations occur in the same stem cell or a different cell is unclear, but an unstable genome in the HSCs seems to be the common antecedent...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334937/dynamically-and-epigenetically-coordinated-gata-ets-sox-transcription-factor-expression-is-indispensable-for-endothelial-cell-differentiation
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Yasuharu Kanki, Ryo Nakaki, Teppei Shimamura, Taichi Matsunaga, Kohei Yamamizu, Shiori Katayama, Jun-Ichi Suehiro, Tsuyoshi Osawa, Hiroyuki Aburatani, Tatsuhiko Kodama, Youichiro Wada, Jun K Yamashita, Takashi Minami
Although studies of the differentiation from mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells to vascular endothelial cells (ECs) provide an excellent model for investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying vascular development, temporal dynamics of gene expression and chromatin modifications have not been well studied. Herein, using transcriptomic and epigenomic analyses based on H3K4me3 and H3K27me3 modifications at a genome-wide scale, we analysed the EC differentiation steps from ES cells and crucial epigenetic modifications unique to ECs...
March 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334816/dynamic-changes-in-chromatin-states-during-specification-and-differentiation-of-adult-intestinal-stem-cells
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Juri Kazakevych, Sergi Sayols, Berith Messner, Christina Krienke, Natalia Soshnikova
Epigenetic mechanisms, including chromatin structure, chromatin dynamics and histone modifications play an important role for maintenance and differentiation of pluripotent embryonic stem cells. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms of adult stem cell specification and differentiation. Here, we used intestinal stem cells (ISCs) as a model system to reveal the epigenetic changes coordinating gene expression programs during these processes. We found that two distinct epigenetic mechanisms participate in establishing the transcriptional program promoting ISC specification from embryonic progenitors...
March 7, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334277/in-bone-metastasis-mir-34a-5p-absence-inversely-correlates-with-met-expression-while-met-oncogene-is-unaffected-by-mir-34a-5p-in-non-metastatic-and-metastatic-breast-carcinomas
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Paola Maroni, Rossella Puglisi, Gianfranco Mattia, Alessandra Carè, Emanuela Matteucci, Paola Bendinelli, Maria Alfonsina Desiderio
The highlight of the molecular basis and therapeutic targets of the bone-metastatic process requires the identification of biomarkers of metastasis colonization. Here, we studied miR-34a-5p expression, and Met-receptor expression and localization in bone metastases from ductal breast carcinomas, and in ductal carcinomas without history of metastasis (20 cases). miR-34a-5p was elevated in non-metastatic breast carcinoma, intermediate in the adjacent tissue and practically absent in bone metastases, opposite to pair-matched carcinoma...
March 16, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330620/mad2l2-promotes-open-chromatin-in-embryonic-stem-cells-and%C3%A2-derepresses-the-dppa3-locus
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Ali Rahjouei, Mehdi Pirouz, Michela Di Virgilio, Dirk Kamin, Michael Kessel
The chromatin of naive embryonic stem cells (ESCs) has a largely open configuration, as evident by the lack of condensed heterochromatin and the hypomethylation of DNA. Several molecular mechanisms promoting this constellation were previously identified. Here we present evidence for an important epigenetic function of MAD2L2, a protein originally known for its role in DNA damage repair, and for its requirement in germ cell development. We demonstrate using super-resolution microscopy that numerous MAD2L2 microfoci are exclusively associated with euchromatin, similar to other factors of the DNA damage response...
March 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330383/progress-in-nonviral-gene-therapy-for-breast-cancer-and-what-comes-next
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Giulia Bottai, Marta Truffi, Fabio Corsi, Libero Santarpia
The possibility of correcting defective genes and modulating gene expression through gene therapy has emerged as a promising treatment strategy for breast cancer. Furthermore, the relevance of tumor immune microenvironment in supporting the oncogenic process has paved the way for novel immunomodulatory applications of gene therapy. Areas covered: In this review, the authors describe the most relevant delivery systems, focusing on nonviral vectors, along with the description of the major approaches used to modify target cells, including gene transfer, RNA interference (RNAi), and epigenetic regulation...
March 22, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328977/jmjd3-aids-in-reprogramming-of-bone-marrow-progenitor-cells-to-hepatic-phenotype-through-epigenetic-activation-of-hepatic-transcription-factors
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Veena Kochat, Zaffar Equbal, Prakash Baligar, Vikash Kumar, Madhulika Srivastava, Asok Mukhopadhyay
The strictly regulated unidirectional differentiation program in some somatic stem/progenitor cells has been found to be modified in the ectopic site (tissue) undergoing regeneration. In these cases, the lineage barrier is crossed by either heterotypic cell fusion or direct differentiation. Though studies have shown the role of coordinated genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in cellular development and differentiation, how the lineage fate of adult bone marrow progenitor cells (BMPCs) is reprogrammed during liver regeneration and whether this lineage switch is stably maintained are not clearly understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326715/-role-of-dna-methylation-in-regulation-of-osteogenic-differentiation-of-stem-cells
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Shen Yu, Yang Pu, Hao Jin, Jing Dian, Tang Ge, Zhao Zhihe
DNA methylation and demethylation are two important mechanisms of epigenetics, which is important in the study of cell differentiation, proliferation, and senescence. During osteogenic differentiation of stem cells, the expression of osteogenic specific genes and demethylated promoters is upregulated, whereas the expression of pluripotent genes and hypermethylated promoters is downregulated. The dynamic changes and balance between DNA methylation and demethylation are important for the coordination of gene expression and the inhibition of improper phenotypes...
October 1, 2016: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319609/developmental-alterations-in-huntington-s-disease-neural-cells-and-pharmacological-rescue-in-cells-and-mice
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Neural cultures derived from Huntington's disease (HD) patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells were used for 'omics' analyses to identify mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration. RNA-seq analysis identified genes in glutamate and GABA signaling, axonal guidance and calcium influx whose expression was decreased in HD cultures. One-third of gene changes were in pathways regulating neuronal development and maturation. When mapped to stages of mouse striatal development, the profiles aligned with earlier embryonic stages of neuronal differentiation...
March 20, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319137/the-h3k27-demethylase-utx-regulates-adipogenesis-in-a-differentiation-stage-dependent-manner
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Kazushige Ota, Kit I Tong, Kouichiro Goto, Shuta Tomida, Akiyoshi Komuro, Zhong Wang, Kazuto Nishio, Hitoshi Okada
Understanding the molecular mechanisms that drive adipogenesis is important in developing new treatments for obesity and diabetes. Epigenetic regulations determine the capacity of adipogenesis. In this study, we examined the role of a histone H3 lysine 27 demethylase, the ubiquitously transcribed tetratricopeptide repeat protein on the X chromosome (Utx), in the differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) to adipocytes. Using gene trapping, we examined Utx-deficient male mESCs to determine whether loss of Utx would enhance or inhibit the differentiation of mESCs to adipocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314379/rejuvenation-by-partial-reprogramming-of-the-epigenome
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Andrew R Mendelsohn, James Larrick, Jennifer L Lei
Epigenetic variation with age is one of the most important hallmarks of aging. Resetting or repairing the epigenome of aging cells in intact animals may rejuvenate the cells and perhaps the entire organism. In fact, differentiated adult cells, which by definition have undergone some epigenetic changes, are capable of being rejuvenated and reprogrammed to create pluripotent stem cells and viable cloned animals. Apparently, such reprogramming is capable of completely resetting the epigenome. However, attempts to fully reprogram differentiated cells in adult animals have failed in part because reprogramming leads to formation of teratomas...
March 17, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314201/inhibition-of-mirna-212-132-improves-the-reprogramming-of-fibroblasts-into-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-by-de-repressing-important-epigenetic-remodelling-factors
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Nils Pfaff, Steffi Liebhaber, Selina Möbus, Abbas Beh-Pajooh, Jan Fiedler, Angelika Pfanne, Axel Schambach, Thomas Thum, Tobias Cantz, Thomas Moritz
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) repeatedly have been demonstrated to play important roles in the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). To further elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying transcription factor-mediated reprogramming we have established a model, which allows for the efficient screening of whole libraries of miRNAs modulating the generation of iPSCs from murine embryonic fibroblasts. Applying this model, we identified 14 miRNAs effectively inhibiting iPSC generation, including miR-132 and miR-212...
March 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302417/muc1-c-oncoprotein-integrates-a-program-of-emt-epigenetic-reprogramming-and-immune-evasion-in-human-carcinomas
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REVIEW
Hasan Rajabi, Donald Kufe
The MUC1 gene evolved in mammalian species to provide protection of epithelia. The transmembrane MUC1 C-terminal subunit (MUC1-C) signals stress to the interior of the epithelial cell and, when overexpressed as in most carcinomas, functions as an oncoprotein. MUC1-C induces the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) by activating the inflammatory NF-κB p65 pathway and, in turn, the EMT-transcriptional repressor ZEB1. Emerging evidence has indicated that MUC1-C drives a program integrating the induction of EMT with activation of stem cell traits, epigenetic reprogramming and immune evasion...
March 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300634/combination-of-chemotherapy-and-cancer-stem-cell-targeting-agents-preclinical-and-clinical-studies
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Yanyan Li, Katharine Atkinson, Tao Zhang
The cancer stem cell model claims that the initiation, maintenance, and growth of a tumor are driven by a small population of cancer cells termed cancer stem cells. Cancer stem cells possess a variety of phenotypes associated with therapeutic resistance and often cause recurrence of the diseases. Several strategies have been investigated to target cancer stem cells in a variety of cancers, such as blocking one or more self-renewal signaling pathways, reducing the expression of drug efflux and ATP-binding cassette efflux transporters, modulating epigenetic aberrations, and promoting cancer stem cell differentiation...
March 11, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298929/%C3%AE-arrestin1-mir-326-transcription-unit-is-epigenetically-regulated-in-neural-stem-cells-where-it-controls-stemness-and-growth-arrest
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Agnese Po, Federica Begalli, Luana Abballe, Vincenzo Alfano, Zein Mersini Besharat, Giuseppina Catanzaro, Alessandra Vacca, Maddalena Napolitano, Marco Tafani, Felice Giangaspero, Franco Locatelli, Elisabetta Ferretti, Evelina Miele
Cell development is regulated by a complex network of mRNA-encoded proteins and microRNAs, all funnelling onto the modulation of self-renewal or differentiation genes. How intragenic microRNAs and their host genes are transcriptionally coregulated and their functional relationships for the control of neural stem cells (NSCs) are poorly understood. We propose here the intragenic miR-326 and its host gene β-arrestin1 as novel players whose epigenetic silencing maintains stemness in normal cerebellar stem cells...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298436/chromatin-remodeler-chd4-represses-aberrant-expression-of-tbx3-and-sustains-self-renewal-of-embryonic-stem-cells
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Haixin Zhao, Zhijun Han, Xinyuan Liu, Junjie Gu, Fan Tang, Gang Wei, Ying Jin
The unique properties of embryonic stem cells (ESCs), unlimited self-renewal and pluripotent differentiation potential, are sustained by integrated genetic and epigenetic networks composed of a series of transcriptional factors and epigenetic modulators. However, molecular mechanisms underlying the function of these regulators are not fully elucidated. Chd4, an ATPase subunit of the nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase (NuRD) complex, is highly expressed in ESCs. However, its function in the regulation of ESC properties remains elusive...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286768/epigenetic-guardian-a-review-of-the-dna-methyltransferase-dnmt3a-in-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-and-clonal-haematopoiesis
#18
REVIEW
Sabah F Chaudry, Timothy J T Chevassut
Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a haematological malignancy characterized by clonal stem cell proliferation and aberrant block in differentiation. Dysfunction of epigenetic modifiers contributes significantly to the pathogenesis of AML. One frequently mutated gene involved in epigenetic modification is DNMT3A (DNA methyltransferase-3-alpha), a DNA methyltransferase that alters gene expression by de novo methylation of cytosine bases at CpG dinucleotides. Approximately 22% of AML and 36% of cytogenetically normal AML cases carry DNMT3A mutations and around 60% of these mutations affect the R882 codon...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286267/over-expression-of-chaf1a-in-epithelial-ovarian-cancer-can-promote-cell-proliferation-and-inhibit-cell-apoptosis
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Dandan Xia, Xiaoming Yang, Wenxue Liu, Fangqian Shen, Jufang Pan, Yu Lin, Na Du, Yunyan Sun, Xiaowei Xi
Chromatin Assembly Factor 1, subunit A (CHAF1A) can regulate cell proliferation, DNA repair and epigenetic changes in embryonic stem cells and it has been reported that over-expression of CHAF1A is associated with several human diseases including cancer. However, the expression and function of CHAF1A in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer (EOC) are rarely reported at present. In this study, we found that the positive staining of CHAF1A in EOC was higher than that in normal tissues and over-expression of CHAF1A was strongly associated with cancer stage and lymph node metastasis...
April 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283910/hyperglycemia-impedes-definitive-endoderm-differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-by-modulating-histone-methylation-patterns
#20
A C H Chen, Y L Lee, S W Fong, C C Y Wong, E H Y Ng, W S B Yeung
Exposure to maternal diabetes during fetal growth is a risk factor for the development of type II diabetes (T2D) in later life. Discovery of the mechanisms involved in this association should provide valuable background for therapeutic treatments. Early embryogenesis involves epigenetic changes including histone modifications. The bivalent histone methylation marks H3K4me3 and H3K27me3 are important for regulating key developmental genes during early fetal pancreas specification. We hypothesized that maternal hyperglycemia disrupted early pancreas development through changes in histone bivalency...
March 10, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
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