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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720323/rapid-divergence-of-histones-in-hydrozoa-cnidaria-and-evolution-of-a-novel-histone-involved-in-dna-damage-response-in-hydra
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Puli Chandramouli Reddy, Suyog Ubhe, Neha Sirwani, Rasika Lohokare, Sanjeev Galande
Histones are fundamental components of chromatin in all eukaryotes. Hydra, an emerging model system belonging to the basal metazoan phylum Cnidaria, provides an ideal platform to understand the evolution of core histone components at the base of eumetazoan phyla. Hydra exhibits peculiar properties such as tremendous regenerative capacity, lack of organismal senescence and rarity of malignancy. In light of the role of histone modifications and histone variants in these processes it is important to understand the nature of histones themselves and their variants in hydra...
June 15, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718505/immunogenomic-approaches-to-understand-the-function-of-immune-disease-variants
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Dafni Anna Glinos, Blagoje Soskic, Gosia Trynka
Mapping hundreds of genetic variants through genome wide association studies provided an opportunity to gain insights into the pathobiology of immune mediated diseases. However, since most of the disease variants fall outside the gene coding sequences, thereby implicating gene expression regulation as the causal mechanism, the functional interpretation of the exact role of the associated variants remains to be determined. Despite these challenges, integration of disease associated variants with large scale genomic maps of cell type specific gene regulation both at chromatin and transcript levels deliver examples of functionally prioritised causal variants and genes...
July 17, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717009/acetylation-on-histone-h3-lysine-9-mediates-a-switch-from-transcription-initiation-to-elongation
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Leah A Gates, Jiejun Shi, Aarti D Rohira, Qin Feng, Bokai Zhu, Mark T Bedford, Cari A Sagum, Sung Yun Jung, Jun Qin, Ming-Jer Tsai, Sophia Y Tsai, Wei Li, Charles E Foulds, Bert W O'Malley
The transition from transcription initiation to elongation is a key regulatory step in gene expression, which requires RNA polymerase II (Pol II) to escape promoter proximal pausing on chromatin. While elongation factors promote pause release leading to transcription elongation, the role of epigenetic modifications during this critical transition step is poorly understood. Two histone marks on histone H3, lysine 4 trimethylation (H3K4me3) and lysine 9 acetylation (H3K9ac), co-localize on active gene promoters and are associated with active transcription...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716093/c-elegans-sup-46-an-hnrnpm-family-rna-binding-protein-that-prevents-paternally-mediated-epigenetic-sterility
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Wendy L Johnston, Aldis Krizus, Arun K Ramani, Wade Dunham, Ji Young Youn, Andrew G Fraser, Anne-Claude Gingras, James W Dennis
BACKGROUND: In addition to DNA, gametes contribute epigenetic information in the form of histones and non-coding RNA. Epigenetic programs often respond to stressful environmental conditions and provide a heritable history of ancestral stress that allows for adaptation and propagation of the species. In the nematode C. elegans, defective epigenetic transmission often manifests as progressive germline mortality. We previously isolated sup-46 in a screen for suppressors of the hexosamine pathway gene mutant, gna-2(qa705)...
July 17, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706507/epigenetics-and-autoimmune-thyroid-diseases
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Fabio Coppedè
Increasing evidence suggests that epigenetic modifications, including changes in DNA methylation, covalent modifications of histone tails, and gene silencing mediated by non-coding RNA molecules, play a substantial role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune disorders and might be seen as the result of environmental insults that trigger these conditions. Studies in cells and tissues of patients with autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD), and particularly in Graves' disease (GD) and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), are increasingly revealing altered epigenetic marks and resultant deregulation of gene expression levels, but the available data are still limited to be translated into the clinical settings...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705657/role-of-glutathione-in-the-regulation-of-epigenetic-mechanisms-in-disease
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José Luis García-Giménez, Carlos Romá-Mateo, Gisselle Pérez-Machado, Lorena Peiró-Chova, Federico V Pallardó
Epigenetics is a rapidly growing field that studies gene expression modifications not involving changes in the DNA sequence. Histone H3, one of the basic proteins in the nucleosomes that make up chromatin, is S-glutathionylated in mammalian cells and tissues, making Gamma-L-glutamyl-L-cysteinylglycine, glutathione (GSH), a physiological antioxidant and second messenger in cells, a new post-translational modifier of the histone code that alters the structure of the nucleosome. However, the role of GSH in the epigenetic mechanisms likely goes beyond a mere structural function...
July 10, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704968/epigenetic-modifications-and-head-and-neck-cancer-implications-for-tumor-progression-and-resistance-to-therapy
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Rogerio M Castilho, Cristiane H Squarize, Luciana O Almeida
Head and neck squamous carcinoma (HNSCC) is the sixth most prevalent cancer and one of the most aggressive malignancies worldwide. Despite continuous efforts to identify molecular markers for early detection, and to develop efficient treatments, the overall survival and prognosis of HNSCC patients remain poor. Accumulated scientific evidences suggest that epigenetic alterations, including DNA methylation, histone covalent modifications, chromatin remodeling and non-coding RNAs, are frequently involved in oral carcinogenesis, tumor progression, and resistance to therapy...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704924/lncrnas-and-myc-an-intricate-relationship
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Ingram Iaccarino
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as important regulators of gene expression networks, acting either at the transcriptional level, by influencing histone modifications, or at the post-transcriptional level, by controlling mRNA stability and translation. Among the gene expression networks known to influence the process of oncogenic transformation, the one controlled by the proto-oncogene MYC is one of the most frequently deregulated in cancer. In B-cell lymphomas, the MYC gene is subject to chromosomal rearrangements that result in MYC overexpression...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699694/the-epigenomics-of-schizophrenia-in-the-mouse
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Behnam Javidfar, Royce Park, Bibi S Kassim, Lucy K Bicks, Schahram Akbarian
Large-scale consortia including the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, the Common Minds Consortium, BrainSeq and PsychENCODE, and many other studies taken together provide increasingly detailed insights into the genetic and epigenetic risk architectures of schizophrenia (SCZ) and offer vast amounts of molecular information, but with largely unexplored therapeutic potential. Here we discuss how epigenomic studies in human brain could guide animal work to test the impact of disease-associated alterations in chromatin structure and function on cognition and behavior...
July 12, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699365/activating-the-chromatin-by-non-coding-rnas
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Nihay Laham-Karam, Pia Laitinen, Tiia A Turunen, Seppo Ylä-Herttuala
SIGNIFICANCE: The extent and breadth of transcription has recently been uncovered and this has revealed an extensive array of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs). The biological role and significance of these ncRNAs have been realised and to date it appears that ncRNA may have many important regulatory functions. ncRNAs are multifaceted and they induce a complexity of different types of transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation including gene activation. Recent Advances: Association of ncRNAs with gene activation is an important finding...
July 12, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696245/the-histone-codes-for-meiosis
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Lina Wang, Zhiliang Xu, Muhammad Babar Khawar, Chao Liu, Wei Li
Meiosis is a specialized process that produces haploid gametes from diploid cells by a single round of DNA replication followed by two successive cell divisions. It contains many special events, such as programmed DNA double-strand break (DSB) formation, homologous recombination, crossover formation and resolution. These events are associated with dynamically regulated chromosomal structures, the dynamic transcriptional regulation and chromatin remodeling are mainly modulated by histone modifications, termed 'histone codes'...
September 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696179/insights-into-the-crystal-structure-of-brd2-bd2-phenanthridinone-complex-and-theoretical-studies-on-phenanthridinone-analogs
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Shruti Mathur, Prashant Deshmukh, Shailesh Tripathi, Palaniappan Marimuthu, Balasundaram Padmanbhan
BET (Bromodomain and Extra-terminal) family proteins recognize the acetylated histone code on chromatin and participate in downstream processes like DNA replication, modification, and repair. As part of epigenetic approaches, BRD2 and BRD4 were identified as putative targets, for the management of chronic diseases. We have recently reported the discovery of a new scaffold of the phenanthridinone based inhibitor (L10) of the second bromodomain of BRD2 (BRD2-BD2). Here, we present the crystal structure of the BRD2-BD2, refined to 1...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695279/epigenetic-regulation-of-neural-stem-cell-differentiation-towards-spinal-cord-regeneration
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REVIEW
Tomonori Kameda, Takuya Imamura, Kinichi Nakashima
Severe spinal cord injury (SCI) leads to almost complete neural cell loss at the injured site, causing the irreversible disruption of neuronal circuits. The transplantation of neural stem or precursor cells (NS/PCs) has been regarded as potentially effective for SCI treatment because NS/PCs can compensate for the injured sites by differentiating into neurons and glial cells (astrocytes and oligodendrocytes). An understanding of the molecular mechanisms that regulate the proliferation, fate specification and maturation of NS/PCs and their progeny would facilitate the establishment of better therapeutic strategies for regeneration after SCI...
July 10, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686623/xist-rna-repeat-e-is-essential-for-ash2l-recruitment-to-the-inactive-x-and-regulates-histone-modifications-and-escape-gene-expression
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Minghui Yue, Akiyo Ogawa, Norishige Yamada, John Lalith Charles Richard, Artem Barski, Yuya Ogawa
Long non-coding RNA Xist plays a crucial role in establishing and maintaining X-chromosome inactivation (XCI) which is a paradigm of long non-coding RNA-mediated gene regulation. Xist has Xist-specific repeat elements A-F which are conserved among eutherian mammals, underscoring their functional importance. Here we report that Xist RNA repeat E, a conserved Xist repeat element in the Xist exon 7, interacts with ASH2L and contributes to maintenance of escape gene expression level on the inactive X-chromosome (Xi) during XCI...
July 7, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683815/metabolic-labeling-in-middle-down-proteomics-allows-for-investigation-of-the-dynamics-of-the-histone-code
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Simone Sidoli, Congcong Lu, Mariel Coradin, Xiaoshi Wang, Kelly R Karch, Chrystian Ruminowicz, Benjamin A Garcia
BACKGROUND: Middle-down mass spectrometry (MS), i.e., analysis of long (~50-60 aa) polypeptides, has become the method with the highest throughput and accuracy for the characterization of combinatorial histone posttranslational modifications (PTMs). The discovery of histone readers with multiple domains, and overall the cross talk of PTMs that decorate histone proteins, has revealed that histone marks have synergistic roles in modulating enzyme recruitment and subsequent chromatin activities...
July 6, 2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683716/putative-enhancer-sites-in-the-bovine-genome-are-enriched-with-variants-affecting-complex-traits
#16
Min Wang, Timothy P Hancock, Iona M MacLeod, Jennie E Pryce, Benjamin G Cocks, Benjamin J Hayes
BACKGROUND: Enhancers are non-coding DNA sequences, which when they are bound by specific proteins increase the level of gene transcription. Enhancers activate unique gene expression patterns within cells of different types or under different conditions. Enhancers are key contributors to gene regulation, and causative variants that affect quantitative traits in humans and mice have been located in enhancer regions. However, in the bovine genome, enhancers as well as other regulatory elements are not yet well defined...
July 6, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671300/transcription-dependent-association-of-hdac2-with-active-chromatin
#17
Sanzida Jahan, Jian-Min Sun, Shihua He, James Ronald Davie
Histone deacetylase 2 (HDAC2) catalyzes deacetylation of histones at the promoter and coding regions of transcribed genes and regulates chromatin structure and transcription. To explore the role of HDAC2 and phosphorylated HDAC2 in gene regulation, we studied the location along transcribed genes, the mode of recruitment and the associated proteins with HDAC2 and HDAC2S394ph in chicken polychromatic erythrocytes. We show that HDAC2 and HDAC2S394ph are associated with transcriptionally active chromatin and located in the interchromatin channels...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666125/ltr-retrotransposon-control-by-trna-derived-small-rnas
#18
Andrea J Schorn, Michael J Gutbrod, Chantal LeBlanc, Rob Martienssen
Transposon reactivation is an inherent danger in cells that lose epigenetic silencing during developmental reprogramming. In the mouse, long terminal repeat (LTR)-retrotransposons, or endogenous retroviruses (ERV), account for most novel insertions and are expressed in the absence of histone H3 lysine 9 trimethylation in preimplantation stem cells. We found abundant 18 nt tRNA-derived small RNA (tRF) in these cells and ubiquitously expressed 22 nt tRFs that include the 3' terminal CCA of mature tRNAs and target the tRNA primer binding site (PBS) essential for ERV reverse transcription...
June 29, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665997/independent-regulation-of-gene-expression-level-and-noise-by-histone-modifications
#19
Shaohuan Wu, Ke Li, Yingshu Li, Tong Zhao, Ting Li, Yu-Fei Yang, Wenfeng Qian
The inherent stochasticity generates substantial gene expression variation among isogenic cells under identical conditions, which is frequently referred to as gene expression noise or cell-to-cell expression variability. Similar to (average) expression level, expression noise is also subject to natural selection. Yet it has been observed that noise is negatively correlated with expression level, which manifests as a potential constraint for simultaneous optimization of both. Here, we studied expression noise in human embryonic cells with computational analysis on single-cell RNA-seq data and in yeast with flow cytometry experiments...
June 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664166/lentiviral-fluorescent-genetic-barcoding-for-multiplex-fate-tracking-of-leukemic-cells
#20
Tobias Maetzig, Jens Ruschmann, Lea Sanchez Milde, Courteney K Lai, Niklas von Krosigk, R Keith Humphries
Tracking the behavior of leukemic samples both in vitro and in vivo plays an increasingly large role in efforts to better understand the leukemogenic processes and the effects of potential new therapies. Such work can be accelerated and made more efficient by methodologies enabling the characterization of leukemia samples in multiplex assays. We recently developed three sets of lentiviral fluorescent genetic barcoding (FGB) vectors that create 26, 14, and 6 unique immunophenotyping-compatible color codes from GFP-, yellow fluorescent protein (YFP)-, and monomeric kusabira orange 2 (mKO2)-derived fluorescent proteins...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
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