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Shuai Wang, Li-Jie Zhao, Yi-Chao Zheng, Dan-Dan Shen, Er-Fei Miao, Xue-Peng Qiao, Li-Juan Zhao, Ying Liu, Ruilei Huang, Bin Yu, Hong-Min Liu
A new series of [1,2,4]triazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine-based LSD1 inhibitors were designed, synthesized, and further evaluated for their cytotoxicity against MGC-803, EC109, A549 and PC-9 cells as well as the ability of inhibiting LSD1. Some of these compounds showed potent inhibition toward LSD1 and selectively inhibited growth of A549 and PC-9 cells. Compound 6l potently inhibited growth of PC-9 cells (IC50 = 0.59 μM), about 4-fold more potent than 5-FU. Further SARs studies led to the identification of compounds 6l-m, which had good growth inhibition against all the tested cancer cell lines and were much more potent than 5-FU and GSK2879552...
October 14, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Divya Singh, Ghanshyam Upadhyay, Ananya Sengupta, Mohammed A Biplob, Shaleen Chakyayil, Tiji George, Shireen Saleque
Understanding the production and differentiation of megakaryocytes from progenitors is crucial for realizing the biology and functions of these vital cells. Previous gene ablation studies demonstrated the essential role of the transcriptional repressor Gfi1b (growth factor independence 1b) in the generation of both erythroid and megakaryocytic cells. However, our recent work has demonstrated the down-regulation of this factor during megakaryocytic differentiation. In this study we identify two new gene targets of Gfi1b, the cytoskeletal proteins Kindlin3 and Talin1, and demonstrate the inverse expression and functions of these cytoskeletal targets relative to Gfi1b, during megakaryocytic differentiation...
2016: PloS One
Gianluigi Franci, Federica Sarno, Angela Nebbioso, Lucia Altucci
Epigenetic modifications are functionally involved in gene expression regulation. In particular, histone posttranslational modifications play a crucial role in functional chromatin organization. Several drugs able to inhibit or stimulate some families of proteins involved in epigenetic histone regulation have been found, a number of which are FDA-approved for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma or are in phase I/II/III clinical trials for solid tumors. Although some protein families, such as histone deacetylases and their inhibitors, are well characterized, our understanding of histone lysine demethylases is still incomplete...
October 21, 2016: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Delphine Duteil, Milica Tosic, Franziska Lausecker, Hatice Z Nenseth, Judith M Müller, Sylvia Urban, Dominica Willmann, Kerstin Petroll, Nadia Messaddeq, Laura Arrigoni, Thomas Manke, Jan-Wilhelm Kornfeld, Jens C Brüning, Vyacheslav Zagoriy, Michael Meret, Jörn Dengjel, Toufike Kanouni, Roland Schüle
Previous work indicated that lysine-specific demethylase 1 (Lsd1) can positively regulate the oxidative and thermogenic capacities of white and beige adipocytes. Here we investigate the role of Lsd1 in brown adipose tissue (BAT) and find that BAT-selective Lsd1 ablation induces a shift from oxidative to glycolytic metabolism. This shift is associated with downregulation of BAT-specific and upregulation of white adipose tissue (WAT)-selective gene expression. This results in the accumulation of di- and triacylglycerides and culminates in a profound whitening of BAT in aged Lsd1-deficient mice...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Jesper Brink Svendsen, Bo Baslund, Elisabeth Præstekjær Cramer, Nicolas Rapin, Niels Borregaard, Jack Bernard Cowland
Jumonji Domain-Containing Protein 3 (JMJD3)/lysine demethylase 6B (KDM6B) is an epigenetic modulator that removes repressive histone marks on genes. Expression of KDM6B mRNA is elevated in leukocytes from patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) and has been suggested to be the reason for higher proteinase 3 (PR3) mRNA expression in these cells due to derepression of PRTN3 gene transcription. MicroRNA-941 (miR-941) has been shown to target KDM6B mRNA and inhibit JMJD3 production. We therefore investigated whether polymorphonuclear granulocytes (PMNs) from patients suffering from granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) have lower expression of miR-941 than healthy control donors as a biological cause for higher JMJD3 levels...
2016: PloS One
Daniel M Ayine-Tora, Robert Kingsford-Adaboh, William A Asomaning, Jerry J E K Harrison, Felix C Mills-Robertson, Yahaya Bukari, Patrick O Sakyi, Sylvester Kaminta, Jóhannes Reynisson
Fungal pathogens continue to pose challenges to humans and plants despite efforts to control them. Two coumarins, robustic acid and thonningine-C isolated from Millettia thonningii, show promising activity against the fungus Candida albicans with minimum fungicidal concentration of 1.0 and 0.5 mg/mL, respectively. Molecular modelling against the putative bio-molecular target, lanosterol 14α-demethylase (CYP51), revealed a plausible binding mode for the active compounds, in which the hydroxyl group binds with a methionine backbone carboxylic group blocking access to the iron catalytic site...
October 15, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Zhaojun Cao, Yue Yin, Xuan Sun, Jun Han, Qing Peng Sun, Min Lu, Jinbao Pan, Weixiang Wang
Ash1 is a known H3K36-specific histone demethylase that is required for normal Hox gene expression and fertility in Drosophila and mammals. However, little is known about the expression and function of the fungal ortholog of Ash1 in phytopathogenic fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Here we report that MoKMT2H, an Ash1-like protein, is required for conidium germination and virulence in rice. We obtained MoKMT2H null mutant (ΔMoKMT2H) using a target gene replacement strategy. In the ΔMoKMT2H null mutants, global histone methyltransferase modifications (H3K4me3, H3K9me3, H3K27me3, and H3K36me2/3) of the genome were unaffected...
2016: BioMed Research International
Fange Liu, Wesley Clark, Guanzheng Luo, Xiaoyun Wang, Ye Fu, Jiangbo Wei, Xiao Wang, Ziyang Hao, Qing Dai, Guanqun Zheng, Honghui Ma, Dali Han, Molly Evans, Arne Klungland, Tao Pan, Chuan He
tRNA is a central component of protein synthesis and the cell signaling network. One salient feature of tRNA is its heavily modified status, which can critically impact its function. Here, we show that mammalian ALKBH1 is a tRNA demethylase. It mediates the demethylation of N(1)-methyladenosine (m(1)A) in tRNAs. The ALKBH1-catalyzed demethylation of the target tRNAs results in attenuated translation initiation and decreased usage of tRNAs in protein synthesis. This process is dynamic and responds to glucose availability to affect translation...
October 20, 2016: Cell
Joo Hwa Lee, Nam Jin Yoo, Min Sung Kim, Sug Hyung Lee
Alterations of genes involved in histone modification are common in cancers. A histone demethylase-encoding gene PHF2 is considered a putative tumor suppressor gene (TSG). PHF2 is essential for p53-mediated TSG functions such as chemotherapy-mediated cancer cell killing. However, inactivating mutations of PHF2 that could inactivate its functions are not reported in cancers. In a genome database, we observed that the PHF2 gene possessed mononucleotide repeats, which could be mutated in cancers with high microsatellite instability (MSI-H)...
October 15, 2016: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Yu Gu, Yanfang Liu, Sanjie Cao, Xiaobo Huang, Zhicai Zuo, Shumin Yu, Junliang Deng, Chunbang Ding, Ming Yuan, Liuhong Shen, Rui Wu, Yiping Wen, Zhihua Ren, Qin Zhao, Guangneng Peng, Zhijun Zhong, Chengdong Wang, Xiaoping Ma
Cladosporium cladosporioides is a ubiquitous fungus, causing infections in plants, humans, and animals. Suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH) and quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) were used in this study to identify differences in gene expression between two C. cladosporioides strains, the highly virulent Z20 strain and the lowly virulent Zt strain. A total of 61 unigenes from the forward library and 42 from the reverse library were identified. Gene ontology (GO) analysis showed that these genes were involved in various biological processes, cellular components and molecular functions...
October 12, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
Jianwei Zhang, Qi Li, Shaojin Zhang, Quanquan Xu, Tianen Wang
Lgr4 (leucine-rich repeat domain containing G protein-coupled receptor 4) is implicated in the transcriptional regulation of multiple histone demethylases in the progression of diverse cancers, but there are few reports concerning the molecular mechanism by which Lgr4 regulates histone demethylase activation in prostate cancer (PCa) progression. As Jmjd2a is a histone demethylase, in the current study, we investigated the relationship between interaction Lgr4 with Jmjd 2a and Jmjd2a/androgen receptor (AR) signaling pathway in PCa progression...
October 12, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Rohit Mathur, Lalit Sehgal, Ondrej Havranek, Stefan Köhrer, Tamer Khashab, Neeraj Jain, Jan A Burger, Sattva S Neelapu, R Eric Davis, Felipe Samaniego
Histone methylation and demethylation regulates B-cell development, and their deregulation correlates with tumor chemoresistance in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, limiting curative rates. Since histone methylation status correlates with disease aggressiveness and relapse, we investigated the therapeutic potential of inhibiting histone 3 Lys27 demethylase KDM6B, in-vitro, using the small molecule inhibitor GSK-J4. KDM6B is overexpressed in the DLBCL germinal center B-cell subtype, and higher KDM6B levels are associated with worse survival in DLBCL patients treated with R-CHOP...
October 14, 2016: Haematologica
Donatella Canistro, Fabio Vivarelli, Silvia Cirillo, Guglielmo Costa, Carlo Andreotti, Moreno Paolini
Over the past years, there has been a growing interest in the natural constituents of foods as a potential means of cancer control. To date, epidemiology studies seem to indicate an inverse association between regular consumption of fruit and vegetables and cancer risk. Here, the potential chemopreventive activity of the polyphenolic extract (PPE) of peach (Prunus persica L. Batsch) and of the freeze-dried fruit in toto (LFT), focusing on the modulation of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes (XMEs) in vivo, was investigated...
October 11, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Xiang Yuan, Jinyu Kong, Zhikun Ma, Na Li, Ruinuo Jia, Yiwen Liu, Fuyou Zhou, Qimin Zhan, Gang Liu, Shegan Gao
Our studies investigating the existence of tumor-initiating cell (TIC) populations in human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) had identified a subpopulation of cells isolated from ESCC patient-derived tumor specimens marked by an ALDH(bri+) phenotype bear stem cell-like features. Importantly, KDM4C, a histone demethylase was enhanced in ALDH(bri+) subpopulation, suggesting that strategies interfering with KDM4C may be able to target these putative TICs. In the present study, by genetic and chemical means, we demonstrated that, KDM4C blockade selectively decreased the ESCC ALDH(bri+) TICs population in vitro and specifically targeted the TICs in ALDH(bri+)-derived xenograft, retarding engraftment...
October 2016: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
Nathalie Dehne, Bernhard Brüne
Hypoxia, by activating transcription factors induces transcription of some genes but it also reduces mRNA synthesis by mechanisms that are poorly defined. Activation of human macrophages with interleukin (IL)-4 showed that up-regulation of some IL-4 target genes was reduced when macrophages were incubated at 1% oxygen. Hypoxia impaired induction of chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 18 (CCL18), although IL-4-induced DNA binding of the transcription factor STAT6 remained intact. In contrast, induction of serine peptidase inhibitor, Kunitz type (SPINT)2, another IL-4/STAT6 target gene, was not affected by hypoxia...
October 11, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Aline Koch, Dagmar Biedenkopf, Alexandra Furch, Lennart Weber, Oliver Rossbach, Eltayb Abdellatef, Lukas Linicus, Jan Johannsmeier, Lukas Jelonek, Alexander Goesmann, Vinitha Cardoza, John McMillan, Tobias Mentzel, Karl-Heinz Kogel
Meeting the increasing food and energy demands of a growing population will require the development of ground-breaking strategies that promote sustainable plant production. Host-induced gene silencing has shown great potential for controlling pest and diseases in crop plants. However, while delivery of inhibitory noncoding double-stranded (ds)RNA by transgenic expression is a promising concept, it requires the generation of transgenic crop plants which may cause substantial delay for application strategies depending on the transformability and genetic stability of the crop plant species...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Jianing Zhong, Xianfeng Li, Wanshi Cai, Yan Wang, Shanshan Dong, Jie Yang, Jian'an Zhang, Nana Wu, Yuanyuan Li, Fengbiao Mao, Cheng Zeng, Jinyu Wu, Xingzhi Xu, Zhong Sheng Sun
The Ten Eleven Translocation 1 (TET1) protein is a DNA demethylase that regulates gene expression through altering statue of DNA methylation. However, recent studies have demonstrated that TET1 could modulate transcriptional expression independent of its DNA demethylation activity; yet, the detailed mechanisms underlying TET1's role in such transcriptional regulation remain not well understood. Here, we uncovered that Tet1 formed a chromatin complex with histone acetyltransferase Mof and scaffold protein Sin3a in mouse embryonic stem cells by integrative genomic analysis using publicly available ChIP-seq data sets and a series of in vitro biochemical studies in human cell lines...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Yoichi Munehira, Ze Yang, Or Gozani
Histone methylation dynamics play a critical role in cellular programming during development. For example, specific lysine methyltransferases (KMTs) and demethylases (KDMs) have been implicated in the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into various cell lineages. However, a systematic functional analysis for an entire family of KMT or KDM enzymes has not been performed. Here we test the function of all the known and candidate KDMs in myoblast and osteoblast differentiation using the C2C12 cell differentiation model system...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Florian Thaler, Ciro Mercurio
The Jumonji C (JmjC) domain containing histone lysine demethylases have a clear role both in the development and in some diseases including inflammation and cancer. The histone lysine demethylases represent an attractive target for the identification of therapeutic agents and the pyridine derivatives are a scaffolds largely investigated for the identification and development of inhibitors of enzymes of the Jumonji family. This commentary is a scientific evaluation of a patent application US20160102096A1 that describes novel pyridine derivatives in which the introduction of specific substituents is used to modulate the selectivity profile of the inhibitors...
October 12, 2016: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
Nerea Alonso, Miquel Torrent-Sucarrat, Iosune Arrastia, Ana Arrieta, Fernando P Cossío
The N-demethylation reactions of N,N,N-trimethylpropan-1-ammonium and N,N-dimethyl-, and N-methylpropan-1-aminium cations in the presence of (AcO)2(imidazole)2(H2O)Fe=O complex have been studied by density functional theory. These transformations are suitable models for the N-demethylation of tri-, di-, and monomethylated lysine residues of histones in the presence of Jumonji-C containing histone demethylases. It has been found that the N-demethylation reaction is stepwise and occurs on triplet and quintet potential energy hypersurfaces...
October 11, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
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