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stem cell epigenetics

Mariella G Filbin, Dominik Sturm
Gliomas are the most common primary central nervous system (CNS) neoplasms in children and adolescents and are thought to arise from their glial progenitors or stem cells. Although the exact cells of origin for most pediatric gliomas remain to be identified, our current understanding is that specific cell populations during CNS development are susceptible to particular oncogenic events during certain time windows and thus give rise to pediatric gliomas with distinct histological, molecular, and clinical features...
February 2018: Seminars in Neurology
Min Young Kim, Ji Sook Kim, Seung Han Son, Chang Su Lim, Hea Young Eum, Dae Hyun Ha, Mi Ae Park, Eun Jung Baek, Buom-Yong Ryu, Ho Chul Kang, Vladimir N Uversky, Chul Geun Kim
During hematopoiesis, red blood cells originate from the hematopoietic stem cell reservoir. Although the regulation of erythropoiesis and globin expression has been intensively investigated, the underlining mechanisms are not fully understood, including the interplay between transcription factors and epigenetic factors. Here, we uncover that the Mbd2-free NuRD chromatin remodeling complex potentiates erythroid differentiation of proerythroblasts via managing functions of the CP2c complexes. We found that both Mbd2 and Mbd3 expression is downregulated during differentiation of MEL cells in vitro and in normal erythropoiesis in mouse bone marrow, and Mbd2 downregulation is crucial for erythropoiesis...
March 14, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Zhiyi Qin, Peter Stoilov, Xuegong Zhang, Yi Xing
Alternative first exons diversify the transcriptomes of eukaryotes by producing variants of the 5' Untranslated Regions (5'UTRs) and N-terminal coding sequences. Accurate transcriptome-wide detection of alternative first exons typically requires specialized experimental approaches that are designed to identify the 5' ends of transcripts. We developed a computational pipeline SEASTAR that identifies first exons from RNA-seq data alone then quantifies and compares alternative first exon usage across multiple biological conditions...
March 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Xiao-Fen Ruan, Yong-Jun Li, Cheng-Wei Ju, Yan Shen, Wei Lei, Can Chen, Yang Li, Hong Yu, Yu-Tao Liu, Il-Man Kim, Xiao-Long Wang, Neal L Weintraub, Yao-Liang Tang
Suxiao Jiuxin Pill (SJP) is a traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of acute coronary syndrome in China, which contains two principal components, tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) and borneol (BOR). Thus far, however, the molecular mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of SJP on the cardiac microenvironment are unknown. Cardiac mesenchymal stem cells (C-MSCs) communicate with cardiomyocytes (CMs) through the release of microvesicles (exosomes) to restore cardiac homeostasis and elicit repair, in part through epigenetic regulatory mechanisms...
March 15, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Tingchao Mao, Chengquan Han, Ruizhi Deng, Biao Wei, Peng Meng, Yan Luo, Yong Zhang
Epigenetic modifications extensively occur in mammalian embryonic development and cell differentiation process. They play an essential role in the reprogramming of nuclei during somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) and subsequent in vitro embryonic development. Recently, SCNT embryos have been verified to contain a subnormal level of histone H3K4 dimethylation (H3K4me2) in contrast to in vitro fertilized embryos. This finding suggested that increasing H3K4me2 levels may ameliorate the aberrant development of cloned embryos...
March 15, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Sun-Ju Yi, Kyunghwan Kim
Chromatin is an intelligent building block that can express either external or internal needs through structural changes. To date, three methods to change chromatin structure and regulate gene expression have been well-documented: histone modification, histone exchange, and ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling. Recently, a growing body of literature has suggested that histone tail cleavage is related to various cellular processes including stem cell differentiation, osteoclast differentiation, granulocyte differentiation, mammary gland differentiation, viral infection, aging, and yeast sporulation...
March 15, 2018: BMB Reports
Ruichuan Yin, Jiezhen Mo, Jiayin Dai, Hailin Wang
Nickel is found widely in the environment. It is an essential microelement but also toxic. However, nickel displays only weak genotoxicity and mutagenicity. Exploration of the epigenetic toxicity of nickel is extremely interesting. Iron(ii)- and 2-oxoglutarate-dependent Tet dioxygenases are a class of epigenetic enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of DNA 5-methylcytosine (5mC). Thus, they are critical for DNA demethylation and, importantly, are involved with nuclear reprogramming, embryonic development, and regulation of gene expression...
March 14, 2018: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
Tadashige Nozaki, Yuka Sasaki, Itsuko Fukuda, Mayu Isumi, Keitaro Nakamoto, Takae Onodera, Mitsuko Masutani
Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase family, member 1 (Parp1) has pleiotropic and disparate functions in multiple cellular signaling pathways through post-translational protein modification. It contributes to the regulation of various cellular processes, including DNA damage repair, cell death, and cell differentiation, genetically or epigenetically. Meanwhile, the functions of Parp1 in intercellular signaling remain to be established. To examine the functions of Parp1 in intercellular signaling, we examined microRNA (miRNA) regulation in exosomes derived from Parp1-deficient (Parp1-/- ) embryonic stem (ES) cells...
March 10, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Godwin Sokpor, Eman Abbas, Joachim Rosenbusch, Jochen F Staiger, Tran Tuoc
The postnatal mammalian olfactory epithelium (OE) represents a major aspect of the peripheral olfactory system. It is a pseudostratified tissue that originates from the olfactory placode and is composed of diverse cells, some of which are specialized receptor neurons capable of transducing odorant stimuli to afford the perception of smell (olfaction). The OE is known to offer a tractable miniature model for studying the systematic generation of neurons and glia that typify neural tissue development. During OE development, stem/progenitor cells that will become olfactory sensory neurons and/or non-neuronal cell types display fine spatiotemporal expression of neuronal and non-neuronal genes that ensures their proper proliferation, differentiation, survival, and regeneration...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Yuan-Liang Zhang, Jie-Wen Sun, Yin-Yin Xie, Yan Zhou, Ping Liu, Jia-Chun Song, Chun-Hui Xu, Lan Wang, Dan Liu, Ai-Ning Xu, Zhu Chen, Sai-Juan Chen, Xiao-Jian Sun, Qiu-Hua Huang
The histone H3 lysine 36 methyltransferase SETD2 is frequently mutated in various cancers, including leukemia. However, there has not been any functional model to show the contribution of SETD2 in hematopoiesis or the causal role of SETD2 mutation in tumorigenesis. In this study, using a conditional Setd2 knockout mouse model, we show that Setd2 deficiency skews hematopoietic differentiation and reduces the number of multipotent progenitors; although the number of phenotypic hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in Setd2-deleted mice is unchanged, functional assays, including serial BM transplantation, reveal that the self-renewal and competitiveness of HSCs are impaired...
March 12, 2018: Cell Research
Jocelyn Charlton, Timothy L Downing, Zachary D Smith, Hongcang Gu, Kendell Clement, Ramona Pop, Veronika Akopian, Sven Klages, David P Santos, Alexander M Tsankov, Bernd Timmermann, Michael J Ziller, Evangelos Kiskinis, Andreas Gnirke, Alexander Meissner
Cytosine methylation is widespread among organisms and essential for mammalian development. In line with early postulations of an epigenetic role in gene regulation, symmetric CpG methylation can be mitotically propagated over many generations with extraordinarily high fidelity. Here, we combine BrdU labeling and immunoprecipitation with genome-wide bisulfite sequencing to explore the inheritance of cytosine methylation onto newly replicated DNA in human cells. Globally, we observe a pronounced lag between the copying of genetic and epigenetic information in embryonic stem cells that is reconsolidated within hours to accomplish faithful mitotic transmission...
March 12, 2018: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Dandan Yang, Jing Qiao, Guiying Wang, Yuanyuan Lan, Guoping Li, Xudong Guo, Jiajie Xi, Dan Ye, Songcheng Zhu, Wen Chen, Wenwen Jia, Ye Leng, Xiaoping Wan, Jiuhong Kang
Previous studies have revealed the critical roles of N6-methyladenosine (m6A) modification of mRNA in embryonic stem cells (ESCs), but the biological function of m6A in large intergenic noncoding RNA (lincRNA) is unknown. Here, we showed that the internal m6A modification of linc1281 mediates a competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) model to regulate mouse ESC (mESC) differentiation. We demonstrated that loss of linc1281 compromises mESC differentiation and that m6A is highly enriched within linc1281 transcripts...
February 26, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Maria Gomes Fernandes, Monika Bialecka, Daniela C F Salvatori, Susana M Chuva de Sousa Lopes
STUDY QUESTION: Which set of antibodies can be used to identify migratory and early post-migratory human primordial germ cells (hPGCs)? STUDY FINDING: We validated the specificity of 33 antibodies for 31 markers, including POU5F1, NANOG, PRDM1 and TFAP2C as specific markers of hPGCs at 4.5 weeks of development of Carnegie stage (CS12-13), whereas KIT and SOX17 also marked the intra-aortic hematopoietic stem cell cluster in the aorta-gonad-mesonephros (AGM). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The dynamics of gene expression during germ cell development in mice is well characterized and this knowledge has proved crucial to allow the development of protocols for the in-vitro derivation of functional gametes...
March 8, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Younguk Sun, Bo-Rui Chen, Aniruddha Deshpande
The importance of epigenetic dysregulation to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) pathophysiology has become increasingly apparent in recent years. Epigenetic regulators, including readers, writers, and erasers, are recurrently dysregulated by way of chromosomal translocations, somatic mutations, or genomic amplification in AML and many of these alterations are directly implicated in AML pathogenesis. Mutations in epigenetic regulators are often discovered in founder clones and persist after therapy, indicating that they may contribute to a premalignant state poised for the acquisition of cooperating mutations and frank malignancy...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Danielle A Chisolm, Amy S Weinmann
The nutrient environment and metabolism play a dynamic role in cellular differentiation and research is elucidating the mechanisms that contribute to this process. Metabolites serve as an effective bridge that helps to translate information about nutrient states into specific interpretations of the genome. Part of this activity relates to the role for metabolites in regulating epigenetic processes as well as a newly appreciated role for metabolites in the regulation of genome organization. In this review, we will highlight recent research that has defined roles for metabolism in the organization and interpretation of the genome and how this influences cellular differentiation decisions...
March 8, 2018: Current Opinion in Immunology
Carolin Kroll, Philipp Rathert
The advent of precise genomic targeting systems has revolutionized epigenome editing through fusion of epigenetic effector proteins with engineered DNA-binding proteins. However, the delivery of plasmid DNA to express these fusion proteins via conventional transient transfection has certain consequences which need to be considered during the experimental design. Transient transfection achieves peak gene expression between 24 and 96 h post-transfection after which the foreign gene is lost through cell division and degradation...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Vittoria Poli, Luca Fagnocchi, Alessandra Fasciani, Alessandro Cherubini, Stefania Mazzoleni, Sara Ferrillo, Annarita Miluzio, Gabriella Gaudioso, Valentina Vaira, Alice Turdo, Miriam Giaggianesi, Aurora Chinnici, Elisa Lipari, Silvio Bicciato, Silvano Bosari, Matilde Todaro, Alessio Zippo
Breast cancer consists of highly heterogeneous tumors, whose cell of origin and driver oncogenes are difficult to be uniquely defined. Here we report that MYC acts as tumor reprogramming factor in mammary epithelial cells by inducing an alternative epigenetic program, which triggers loss of cell identity and activation of oncogenic pathways. Overexpression of MYC induces transcriptional repression of lineage-specifying transcription factors, causing decommissioning of luminal-specific enhancers. MYC-driven dedifferentiation supports the onset of a stem cell-like state by inducing the activation of de novo enhancers, which drive the transcriptional activation of oncogenic pathways...
March 9, 2018: Nature Communications
Chiara Antoniani, Vasco Meneghini, Annalisa Lattanzi, Tristan Felix, Oriana Romano, Elisa Magrin, Leslie Weber, Giulia Pavani, Sara El Hoss, Ryo Kurita, Yukio Nakamura, Thomas J Cradick, Ante S Lundberg, Matthew Porteus, Mario Amendola, Wassim El Nemer, Marina Cavazzana, Fulvio Mavilio, Annarita Miccio
Naturally occurring, large deletions in the β-globin locus result in hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin, a condition that mitigates the clinical severity of sickle-cell disease (SCD) and β-thalassemia. We designed a CRISPR/Cas9 strategy to disrupt a 13.6-kb genomic region encompassing the δ- and β-globin genes and a putative γ-δ intergenic fetal hemoglobin (HbF) silencer. Disruption of just the putative HbF silencer results in a mild increase in γ-globin expression, whereas deletion or inversion of a 13...
March 8, 2018: Blood
Florian Noack, Federico Calegari
Epigenetic modifications of DNA and chromatin are long known to control stem cell differentiation and organ function but the role of similar modifications at the level or regulatory RNAs is just beginning to emerge. Over 160 RNA modifications have been identified but their abundance, distribution and functional significance are not known. The few available maps of RNA modifications indicated their dynamic regulation during somatic stem cell differentiation, brain development and function in adulthood suggesting a hitherto unsuspected layer of regulation both at the level of RNA metabolism and post-transcriptional control of gene expression...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Lu Wang, Daniel Hiler, Beisi Xu, Issam AlDiri, Xiang Chen, Xin Zhou, Lyra Griffiths, Marc Valentine, Abbas Shirinifard, András Sablauer, Suresh Thiagarajan, Marie-Elizabeth Barabas, Jiakun Zhang, Dianna Johnson, Sharon Frase, Michael A Dyer
Diverse cell types can be reprogrammed into pluripotent stem cells by ectopic expression of Oct4 (Pou5f1), Klf4, Sox3, and Myc. Many of these induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) retain memory, in terms of DNA methylation and histone modifications (epigenetic memory), of their cellular origins, and this may bias subsequent differentiation. Neurons are difficult to reprogram, and there has not been a systematic side-by-side characterization of reprogramming efficiency or epigenetic memory across different neuronal subtypes...
March 6, 2018: Cell Reports
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