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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154458/epigenetic-mechanisms-of-major-depression-targeting-neuronal-plasticity
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REVIEW
Shusaku Uchida, Hirotaka Yamagata, Tomoe Seki, Yoshifumi Watanabe
Major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental illnesses as it affects more than 350 million people globally. Major depressive disorder is etiologically complex and disabling. Genetic factors play a role in the etiology of major depression. However, identical twin studies have shown high rates of discordance, indicating non-genetic mechanisms as well. For instance, stressful life events increase the risk of depression. Environmental stressors also induce stable changes in gene expression within the brain that may lead to maladaptive neuronal plasticity in regions implicated in disease pathogenesis...
November 20, 2017: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151149/impact-of-xist-rna-on-chromatin-modifications-and-transcriptional-silencing-maintenance-at-different-stages-of-imprinted-x-chromosome-inactivation-in-vole-microtus-levis
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Alexander I Shevchenko, Elena V Grigor'eva, Sergey P Medvedev, Irina S Zakharova, Elena V Dementyeva, Eugeny A Elisaphenko, Anastasia A Malakhova, Sophia V Pavlova, Suren M Zakian
In vole Microtus levis, cells of preimplantation embryo and extraembryonic tissues undergo imprinted X chromosome inactivation (iXCI) which is triggered by a long non-coding nuclear RNA, Xist. At early stages of iXCI, chromatin of vole inactive X chromosome is enriched with the HP1 heterochromatin-specific protein, trimethylated H3K9 and H4K20 attributable to constitutive heterochromatin. In the study, using vole trophoblast stem (TS) cells as a model of iXCI, we further investigated chromatin of the inactive X chromosome of M...
November 18, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150295/paternal-transmission-of-early-life-traumatization-through-epigenetics-do-fathers-play-a-role
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Enrique d'Harcourt Rowold, Lara Schulze, Sandra Van der Auwera, Hans Jörgen Grabe
Traumatizing events are known to have consequences for the victim which may lead to the development of several well-known mental disorders. Recent research has shown that traumatic events may affect not only the victims' lives, but also that of their progeny. It is generally accepted that this transmission of trauma occurs through parental behavior; however as has been recently discovered, the effects of trauma may also be inherited due to induced alterations in gene expression. These changes, so called epigenetic modifications, illuminate the interaction between genes and the environment...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137603/clustertad-an-unsupervised-machine-learning-approach-to-detecting-topologically-associated-domains-of-chromosomes-from-hi-c-data
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Oluwatosin Oluwadare, Jianlin Cheng
BACKGROUND: With the development of chromosomal conformation capturing techniques, particularly, the Hi-C technique, the study of the spatial conformation of a genome is becoming an important topic in bioinformatics and computational biology. The Hi-C technique can generate genome-wide chromosomal interaction (contact) data, which can be used to investigate the higher-level organization of chromosomes, such as Topologically Associated Domains (TAD), i.e., locally packed chromosome regions bounded together by intra chromosomal contacts...
November 14, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137412/long-non-coding-rna-snhg15-inhibits-p15-and-klf2-expression-to-promote-pancreatic-cancer-proliferation-through-ezh2-mediated-h3k27me3
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Zhonghua Ma, Hesuyuan Huang, Jirong Wang, Yan Zhou, Fuxing Pu, Qinghong Zhao, Peng Peng, Bingqing Hui, Hao Ji, Keming Wang
Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) is emerging as an critical regulator in multiple cancers, including pancreatic cancer (PC). Recently, lncRNA SNHG15 was found to be up-regulated in gastric cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma, exerting oncogenic effects. Nevertheless, the biological function and regulatory mechanism of SNHG15 remain unclear in pancreatic cancer (PC). In this study, we reported that SNHG15 expression was also upregulated in PC tissues, and its overexpression was remarkably associated with tumor size, tumor node metastasis (TNM) stage and lymph node metastasis in patients with PC...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133298/functional-redundancy-of-variant-and-canonical-histone-h3-lysine-9-modification-in-drosophila
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Taylor J R Penke, Daniel J McKay, Brian D Strahl, A Gregory Matera, Robert J Duronio
Histone post-translational modifications (PTMs) and differential incorporation of variant and canonical histones into chromatin are central modes of epigenetic regulation. Despite similar protein sequences, histone variants are enriched for different suites of PTMs compared to their canonical counterparts. For example, variant histone H3.3 occurs primarily in transcribed regions and is enriched for "active" histone PTMs like Lys9 acetylation (H3.3K9ac), whereas the canonical histone H3 is enriched for Lys9 methylation (H3K9me), which is found in transcriptionally silent heterochromatin...
November 13, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126344/genetic-and-epigenetic-of-medullary-thyroid-cancer
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Fatemeh Khatami, Seyed Mohammad Tavangar
Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) is an infrequent, calcitonin producing neuroendocrine tumor and initiates from the parafollicular C cells of the thyroid gland. Several genetic and epigenetic alterations are collaterally responsible for medullary thyroid carcinogenesis. In this review article, we shed light on all the genetic and epigenetic hallmarks of MTC. From the genetic perspective, RET, HRAS, and KRAS are the most important genes that are characterized in MTC. From the epigenetic perspective, Ras-association domain family member 1A, telomerase reverse transcriptase promoter methylations, overexpression of histone methyltransferases, EZH2 and SMYD3, and wide ranging increase and decrease in non-coding RNAs can be responsible for medullary thyroid carcinogenesis...
November 11, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126153/an-empirical-bayes-test-for-allelic-imbalance-detection-in-chip-seq
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Qi Zhang, Sündüz Keles
Chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by high-throughput sequencing (ChIP-seq) has enabled discovery of genomic regions enriched with biological signals such as transcription factor binding and histone modifications. Allelic-imbalance (ALI) detection is a complementary analysis of ChIP-seq data for associating biological signals with single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). It has been successfully used in elucidating functional roles of non-coding SNPs. Commonly used statistical approaches for ALI detection are often based on binomial testing and mixture models, both of which rely on strong assumptions on the distribution of the unobserved allelic probability, and have significant practical shortcomings...
November 3, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125738/profiling-of-protein-o-glcnacylation-in-murine-cd8-effector-and-memory-like-t-cells
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Aime Lopez Aguilar, Yu Gao, Xiaomeng Hou, Gregoire Lauvau, John R Yates, Peng Wu
During an acute infection, antigenic stimulation leads to activation, expansion, and differentiation of naïve CD8(+) T cells, first into cytotoxic effector cells and eventually into long-lived memory cells. T cell antigen receptors (TCRs) detect antigens on antigen-presenting cells (APCs) in the form of antigenic peptides bound to major histocompatibility complex I (MHC-I)-encoded molecules and initiate TCR signal transduction network. This process is mediated by phosphorylation of many intracellular signaling proteins...
November 10, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118980/sirt1-dependent-modulation-of-methylation-and-acetylation-of-histone-h3-on-lysine-9-h3k9-in-the-zygotic-pronuclei-improves-porcine-embryo-development
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Katerina Adamkova, Young-Joo Yi, Jaroslav Petr, Tereza Zalmanova, Kristyna Hoskova, Pavla Jelinkova, Jiri Moravec, Milena Kralickova, Miriam Sutovsky, Peter Sutovsky, Jan Nevoral
Background: The histone code is an established epigenetic regulator of early embryonic development in mammals. The lysine residue K9 of histone H3 (H3K9) is a prime target of SIRT1, a member of NAD(+)-dependent histone deacetylase family of enzymes targeting both histone and non-histone substrates. At present, little is known about SIRT1-modulation of H3K9 in zygotic pronuclei and its association with the success of preimplantation embryo development. Therefore, we evaluated the effect of SIRT1 activity on H3K9 methylation and acetylation in porcine zygotes and the significance of H3K9 modifications for early embryonic development...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118124/c-myc-represses-transcription-of-the-epstein-barr-virus-latent-membrane-protein-1-early-after-primary-b-cell-infection
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Alexander M Price, Joshua E Messinger, Micah A Luftig
Recent evidence has shown that the EBV oncogene LMP1 is not expressed at high levels early after EBV-infection of primary B cells, despite its being essential for the long-term outgrowth of immortalized lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs). In this study, we found that expression of LMP1 increased fifty-fold between seven days post infection and the LCL state. Metabolic labeling of nascently transcribed mRNA indicated this was primarily a transcription-mediated event. EBNA2, the key viral transcription factor regulating LMP1, and CTCF, an important chromatin insulator, were recruited to the LMP1 locus similarly early and late after infection...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114019/native-elongating-transcript-sequencing-reveals-global-anti-correlation-between-sense-and-antisense-nascent-transcription-in-fission-yeast
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Maxime Wery, Camille Gautier, Marc Descrimes, Mayuko Yoda, Hervé Vennin-Rendos, Valérie Migeot, Daniel Gautheret, Damien Hermand, Antonin Morillon
Antisense transcription can regulate sense gene expression. However, previous annotations of antisense transcription units have been based on detection of mature antisense long non-coding (aslnc)RNAs by RNA-Seq and/or micro-arrays, only giving a partial view of the antisense transcription landscape and incomplete molecular bases for antisense-mediated regulation. Here, we used Native Elongating Transcript sequencing to map genome-wide nascent antisense transcription in fission yeast. Strikingly, antisense transcription was detected for most protein-coding genes, correlating with low sense transcription, especially when overlapping the mRNA start site...
November 7, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113726/expression-of-tissue-specific-imprinted-gene-tumor-suppressing-subtransferable-candidate-4-tssc4-is-altered-in-placentae-produced-by-nuclear-transfer-in-cattle
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João C T Penteado, Rodolpho J Borduchi, Mariângela B C Maldonado, Juliano R Sangalli, Tiago H C de Bem, Flavio V Meirelles, Daniel R Arnold, Flavia L Lopes
Embryonic and placental development is highly orchestrated by epigenetic processes. Disruptions in normal placental development, commonly observed in pregnancies produced by nuclear transfer, are associated with abnormal gene expression and altered epigenetic regulation of imprinted and vital placental genes. The objective of this study was to evaluate expression and epigenetic regulation of the imprinted gene TSSC4 in cotyledonary and intercotyledonary tissues from day 60 pregnancies produced by embryo transfer (ET), in vitro fertilization (IVF) and nuclear transfer (NT) in cattle...
November 4, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075360/turnover-of-histones-and-histone-variants-in-postnatal-rat-brain-effects-of-alcohol-exposure
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Nadia Rachdaoui, Ling Li, Belinda Willard, Takhar Kasumov, Stephen Previs, Dipak Sarkar
BACKGROUND: Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is a significant public health problem and can result in a continuum of adverse outcomes to the fetus known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Subjects with FASD show significant neurological deficits, ranging from microencephaly, neurobehavioral, and mental health problems to poor social adjustment and stress tolerance. Neurons are particularly sensitive to alcohol exposure. The neurotoxic action of alcohol, i.e., through ROS production, induces DNA damage and neuronal cell death by apoptosis...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074826/-update-on-recent-progress-in-vitamin-d-research-molecular-basis-of-epigenetic-regulation-by-vitamin-d-via-its-nuclear-receptor
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Shigeaki Kato, Kou-Ichi Nishimura, Jin-Ichi Mori
Environment and structure of chromatin underlie epigenetics, and they also facilitate transcriptional regulations by nuclear receptors including VDR. In this short review, the molecular basis of chromatin remodeling and post-translational modifications of histone proteins are illustrated with characterization of their regulators, providing mechanisms for co-regulation of epigenetics and transcription on chromatin. Moreover, the role of enhancer RNA (eRNA), one of the non-coding RNAs, in chromatin configuration is discussed for gene regulation by VDR...
2017: Clinical Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074395/epigenetics-of-malignant-melanoma
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REVIEW
Bruce Moran, Romina Silva, Antoinette S Perry, William M Gallagher
Patients with malignant melanoma generally have a good prognosis if the disease presents prior to metastasis. Due to progress with targeted and immunotherapies, the median survival of metastatic melanoma patients is now over 2 years. The disease is characterised by one of the highest somatic mutation rates observed amongst cancer types, with a specific mutational signature based on UV radiation damage evident. Highly prevalent mutations, such as the BRAF(V600E), in the MAPK cascade indicate truncal involvement of this pathway in the earliest stage of melanoma...
October 23, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074290/epigenetic-effects-of-physical-activity-in-elderly-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Rina Recchioni, Fiorella Marcheselli, Roberto Antonicelli, Emanuela Mensà, Raffaella Lazzarini, Antonio Domenico Procopio, Fabiola Olivieri
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an important public health problem affecting especially the elderly. Over the past 20years, an increasing number of studies have examined its underlying pathophysiological mechanisms and new therapies are continually being discovered. However, despite considerable progress in CVD management, mortality and morbidity remain a major healthcare concern, and frequent hospital admissions compromise the daily life and social activities of these patients. Physical activity has emerged as an important non-pharmacological adjunctive therapy for CVD in older patients, especially for heart failure patients, exerting its beneficial effects on mortality, morbidity, and functional capacity...
October 23, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073621/sexually-dimorphic-epigenetic-regulation-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-fetal-brain-in-the-valproic-acid-model-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
#18
Melissa A Konopko, Allison L Densmore, Bruce K Krueger
Prenatal exposure to the antiepileptic, mood-stabilizing drug, valproic acid (VPA), increases the incidence of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs); in utero administration of VPA to pregnant rodents induces ASD-like behaviors such as repetitive, stereotyped activity, and decreased socialization. In both cases, males are more affected than females. We previously reported that VPA, administered to pregnant mice at gestational day 12.5, rapidly induces a transient, 6-fold increase in BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) protein and mRNA in the fetal brain...
October 27, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073029/visualizing-nuclear-rnai-activity-in-single-living-human-cells
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Shira Avivi, Amir Mor, Iris Dotan, Sivan Tzadok, Itamar Kanter, Noa Kinor, Dan Canaani, Yaron Shav-Tal
Nuclear RNA interference (RNAi) is mediated by the canonical RNAi machinery and can lead to transcriptional silencing, transcriptional activation, or modulation of alternative splicing patterns. These effects transpire through changes in histone and DNA modifications via RNAi-mediated recruitment of chromatin-modifying enzymes. To prove that nuclear RNAi occurs and modulates transcription in human cells, we used live-cell imaging to detect and track nuclear RNAi transcriptional repression in single living human cells...
October 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069459/overgenedb-a-database-of-5-end-protein-coding-overlapping-genes-in-human-and-mouse-genomes
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Wojciech Rosikiewicz, Yutaka Suzuki, Izabela Makalowska
Gene overlap plays various regulatory functions on transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels. Most current studies focus on protein-coding genes overlapping with non-protein-coding counterparts, the so called natural antisense transcripts. Considerably less is known about the role of gene overlap in the case of two protein-coding genes. Here, we provide OverGeneDB, a database of human and mouse 5' end protein-coding overlapping genes. The database contains 582 human and 113 mouse gene pairs that are transcribed using overlapping promoters in at least one analyzed library...
October 23, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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