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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779229/codeinone-reductase-isoforms-with-differential-stability-efficiency-and-product-selectivity-in-opium-poppy
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Mehran Dastmalchi, Limei Chang, Miguel A Torres, Kenneth K S Ng, Peter J Facchini
Codeinone reductase (COR) catalyzes the reversible NADPH-dependent reduction of codeinone to codeine as the penultimate step of morphine biosynthesis in opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). COR also irreversibly reduces neopinone, which forms by spontaneous isomerization in aqueous solution from codeinone, to neopine. In a parallel pathway involving 3-O-desmethylated analogs, COR converts morphinone to morphine, and neomorphinone to neomorphine. Similar to neopine, neomorphine formation by COR is irreversible...
May 19, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777057/glycogen-synthase-kinase-3-gsk-3-activity-regulates-mrna-methylation-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Kelsie J Faulds, Jennifer N Egelston, Laura J Sedivy, Matthew K Mitchell, Sanjana Garimella, Hanna Kozlowski, Angelo D'Alessandro, Kirk C Hansen, Jeremy L Balsbaugh, Christopher J Phiel
Glycogen synthase kinase-3 (Gsk-3) activity regulates multiple signal transduction pathways, and is also a key component of the network responsible for maintaining stem cell pluripotency. Genetic deletion of Gsk-3α and Gsk-3β or inhibition of Gsk-3 activity via small molecules promotes stem cell pluripotency, yet the mechanism underlying the role for Gsk-3 in this process remains ambiguous. Another cellular process that has been shown to affect stem cell pluripotency is mRNA methylation (m6 A). Here, we describe an intersection between these components - the regulation of m6 A by Gsk-3...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772566/the-epigenetic-factor-kdm2b-regulates-emt-and-small-gtpases-in-colon-tumor-cells
#3
Nefeli Zacharopoulou, Anna Tsapara, Galatea Kallergi, Evi Schmid, Saad Alkahtani, Saud Alarifi, Philip N Tsichlis, Sotirios C Kampranis, Christos Stournaras
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The epigenetic factor KDM2B is a histone demethylase expressed in various tumors. Recently, we have shown that KDM2B regulates actin cytoskeleton organization, small Rho GTPases signaling, cell-cell adhesion and migration of prostate tumor cells. In the present study, we addressed its role in regulating EMT and small GTPases expression in colon tumor cells. METHODS: We used RT-PCR for the transcriptional analysis of various genes, Western blotting for the assessment of protein expression and immunofluorescence microscopy for visualization of fluorescently labeled proteins...
May 14, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771336/fto-is-a-transcriptional-repressor-to-auto-regulate-its-own-gene-and-potentially-associated-with-homeostasis-of-body-weight
#4
Shu-Jing Liu, Hui-Ling Tang, Qian He, Ping Lu, Tao Fu, Xu-Ling Xu, Tao Su, Mei-Mei Gao, Shumin Duan, Yan Luo, Yue-Sheng Long
Fat mass and obesity-associated (FTO) protein is a ferrous ion (Fe2+)/2-oxoglutarate (2-OG)-dependent demethylase preferentially catalyzing m6A sites in RNA. The FTO gene is highly expressed in the hypothalamus with fluctuation in response to various nutritional conditions, which is believed to be involved in the control of whole body metabolism. However, the underlying mechanism in response to different nutritional cues remains poorly understood. Here we show that ketogenic diet-derived ketone body β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) transiently increases FTO expression in both mouse hypothalamus and cultured cells...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769286/targeted-inhibition-of-histone-h3k27-demethylation-is-effective-in-high-risk-neuroblastoma
#5
Timothy L Lochmann, Krista M Powell, Jungoh Ham, Konstantinos V Floros, Daniel A R Heisey, Richard I J Kurupi, Marissa L Calbert, Maninderjit S Ghotra, Patricia Greninger, Mikhail Dozmorov, Madhu Gowda, Andrew J Souers, C Patrick Reynolds, Cyril H Benes, Anthony C Faber
High-risk neuroblastoma is often distinguished by amplification of MYCN and loss of differentiation potential. We performed high-throughput drug screening of epigenetic-targeted therapies across a large and diverse tumor cell line panel and uncovered the hypersensitivity of neuroblastoma cells to GSK-J4, a small-molecule dual inhibitor of lysine 27 of histone 3 (H3K27) demethylases ubiquitously transcribed tetratricopeptide repeat, X chromosome (UTX), and histone demethylase Jumonji D3 (JMJD3). Mechanistically, GSK-J4 induced neuroblastoma differentiation and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, with accompanying up-regulation of p53 up-regulated modulator of apoptosis (PUMA) and induction of cell death...
May 16, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769081/n-6-methyl-adenosine-level-in-nicotiana-tabacum-is-associated-with-tobacco-mosaic-virus
#6
Zhurui Li, Jing Shi, Lu Yu, Xiaozhen Zhao, Longlu Ran, Deyu Hu, Baoan Song
BACKGROUND: N 6 -methyl-adenosine (m6 A) is a prevalent RNA modification in many species. Abnormal m6 A methylation levels can lead to RNA dysfunction and can cause diseases. Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) is one of the most devastating viruses for agricultural plants. It has many hosts, particularly including tobacco and other members the family Solanaceae. However, it remains unclear whether the abnormal growth induced by TMV is associated with the m6 A level. METHODS: A rapid and accurate analytical method using ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-HR - MS/MS) was developed to analyse the adenosine (A), cytidine (C), guanosine (G), uridine (U), and m6 A contents in the tobacco leaf, and the m6 A/G ratio was used to evaluate the m6 A level...
May 16, 2018: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768411/cytoskeleton-structure-and-total-methylation-of-mouse-cardiac-and-lung-tissue-during-space-flight
#7
Irina V Ogneva, Sergey S Loktev, Vladimir N Sychev
The purpose of this work was to evaluate the protein and mRNA expression levels of multiple cytoskeletal proteins in the cardiac and lung tissue of mice that were euthanized onboard the United States Orbital Segment of the International Space Station 37 days after the start of the SpaceX-4 mission (September 2014, USA). The results showed no changes in the cytoskeletal protein content in the cardiac and lung tissue of the mice, but there were significant changes in the mRNA expression levels of the associated genes, which may be due to an increase in total genome methylation...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767200/nmr-analyses-on-n-hydroxymethylated-nucleobases-implications-for-formaldehyde-toxicity-and-nucleic-acid-demethylases
#8
S Shishodia, D Zhang, A H El-Sagheer, T Brown, T D W Claridge, C J Schofield, R J Hopkinson
Formaldehyde is produced in cells by enzyme-catalysed demethylation reactions, including those occurring on N-methylated nucleic acids. Formaldehyde reacts with nucleobases to form N-hydroxymethylated adducts that may contribute to its toxicity/carcinogenicity when added exogenously, but the chemistry of these reactions has been incompletely defined. We report NMR studies on the reactions of formaldehyde with canonical/modified nucleobases. The results reveal that hydroxymethyl hemiaminals on endocyclic nitrogens, as observed with thymidine and uridine monophosphates, are faster to form than equivalent hemiaminals on exocyclic nitrogens; however, the exocyclic adducts, as formed with adenine, guanine and cytosine, are more stable in solution...
May 16, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766800/antifungal-activity-gas-chromatographic-mass-spectrometric-analysis-and-in-silico-study-of-punica-granatum-peel-extracts-against-fluconazole-resistant-strains-of-candida-species
#9
Sony Paul, M Kalyani, I Kannan
AIMS: Candida species is the common cause of opportunistic fungal infections all over the world with increased mortality and morbidity especially in immunosuppressed patients. Fluconazole is the first line therapy for candidiasis. The antifungal resistance pattern in high-risk patients is a major concern. The present study was aimed to assess the anticandidal activity of Punica granatum peel against fluconazole resistant Candida species isolated from HIV patients. MATERIALS & METHODS: Ethanol, chloroform, petroleum ether and aqueous extracts of the peel of P...
May 14, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766333/treatment-of-donor-cells-with-recombinant-kdm4d-protein-improves-preimplantation-development-of-cloned-ovine-embryos
#10
Yumei Zhang, Qianqian Wang, Kailing Liu, Enen Gao, Hong Guan, Jian Hou
Incomplete epigenetic reprogramming is one of the major factors affecting the development of embryos cloned by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Histone 3 lysine 9 (H3K9) trimethylation has been identified as a key barrier to efficient reprogramming by SCNT. The aim of this study was to explore a method of downregulating H3K9me3 levels in donor cells by using histone lysine demethylase (KDM) protein. When sheep fetal fibroblast cells were treated with recombinant human KDM4D protein (rhKDM4D), the levels of H3K9 trimethylation and dimethylation were both significantly decreased...
May 15, 2018: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765516/selective-dissociation-between-lsd1-and-gfi1b-by-a-lsd1-inhibitor-ncd38-induces-the-activation-of-erg-super-enhancer-in-erythroleukemia-cells
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Ryusuke Yamamoto, Masahiro Kawahara, Shinji Ito, Junko Satoh, Goichi Tatsumi, Masakatsu Hishizawa, Takayoshi Suzuki, Akira Andoh
Lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) is a histone modifier for transcriptional repression involved in the regulation of hematopoiesis. We previously reported that a LSD1 inhibitor NCD38 induces transdifferentiation from erythroid lineage to granulomonocytic lineage and exerts anti-leukemia effect through de-repression of the specific super-enhancers of hematopoietic regulators including ERG in a human erythroleukemia cell line, HEL. However, the mechanistic basis for this specificity of NCD38 has remained unclear...
April 20, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764901/the-histone-demethylase-kdm5-is-essential-for-larval-growth-in-drosophila
#12
Coralie Drelon, Helen M Belalcazar, Julie Secombe
Regulated gene expression is necessary for developmental and homeostatic processes. The KDM5 family of transcriptional regulators are histone H3 lysine 4 demethylases that can function through both demethylase-dependent and independent mechanisms. While loss and overexpression of KDM5 proteins are linked to intellectual disability and cancer, respectively, their normal developmental functions remain less characterized. Drosophila melanogaster provides an ideal system to investigate KDM5 function, as it encodes a single ortholog in contrast to the four paralogs found in mammalian cells...
May 15, 2018: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764755/investigations-on-small-molecule-inhibitors-targeting-the-histone-h3k4-tri-methyllysine-binding-phd-finger-of-jmjc-histone-demethylases
#13
REVIEW
Bhaskar Bhushan, Alexandre Erdmann, Yijia Zhang, Roman Belle, Catrine Johannson, Udo Oppermann, Richard J Hopkinson, Christopher J Schofield, Akane Kawamura
Plant homeodomain (PHD) containing proteins are important epigenetic regulators and are of interest as potential drug targets. Inspired by the amiodarone derivatives reported to inhibit the PHD finger 3 of KDM5A (KDM5A(PHD3)), a set of compounds were synthesised. Amiodarone and its derivatives were observed to weakly disrupt the interactions of a histone H3K4me3 peptide with KDM5A(PHD3). Selected amiodarone derivatives inhibited catalysis of KDM5A, but in a PHD-finger independent manner. Amiodarone derivatives also bind to H3K4me3-binding PHD-fingers from the KDM7 subfamily...
March 19, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763382/kdm2b-is-a-histone-h3k79-demethylase-and-induces-transcriptional-repression-via-sirtuin-1-mediated-chromatin-silencing
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Joo-Young Kang, Ji-Young Kim, Kee-Beom Kim, Jin Woo Park, Hana Cho, Ja Young Hahm, Yun-Cheol Chae, Daehwan Kim, Hyun Kook, Sangmyeong Rhee, Nam-Chul Ha, Sang-Beom Seo
The methylation of histone H3 lysine 79 (H3K79) is an active chromatin marker and is prominent in actively transcribed regions of the genome; however, demethylase of H3K79 remains unknown despite intensive research. Here, we show that KDM2B, also known as FBXL10 and a member of the Jumonji C family of proteins known for its histone H3K36 demethylase activity, is a di- and trimethyl H3K79 demethylase. We demonstrate that KDM2B induces transcriptional repression of HOXA7 and MEIS1 via occupancy of promoters and demethylation of H3K79...
May 15, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760584/lsd1-inhibition-attenuates-androgen-receptor-v7-splice-variant-activation-in-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-models
#15
Sergio Regufe da Mota, Sarah Bailey, Rosemary A Strivens, Annette L Hayden, Leon R Douglas, Patrick J Duriez, M Teresa Borrello, Hanae Benelkebir, A Ganesan, Graham Packham, Simon J Crabb
Background: Castrate resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) is often driven by constitutively active forms of the androgen receptor such as the V7 splice variant (AR-V7) and commonly becomes resistant to established hormonal therapy strategies such as enzalutamide as a result. The lysine demethylase LSD1 is a co-activator of the wild type androgen receptor and a potential therapeutic target in hormone sensitive prostate cancer. We evaluated whether LSD1 could also be therapeutically targeted in CRPC models driven by AR-V7...
2018: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757189/notch-effector-csl-promotes-squamous-cell-carcinoma-by-repressing-histone-demethylase-kdm6b
#16
Dania Al Labban, Seung-Hee Jo, Paola Ostano, Chiara Saglietti, Massimo Bongiovanni, Renato Panizzon, G Paolo Dotto
Notch 1/2 genes play tumor-suppressing functions in squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), a very common malignancy in skin and internal organs. In contrast with Notch, we show that the transcription factor CSL (also known as RBP-Jκ), a key effector of canonical Notch signaling endowed with intrinsic transcription-repressive functions, plays a tumor-promoting function in SCC development. Expression of this gene decreased in upper epidermal layers and human keratinocytes (HKCs) undergoing differentiation, while it increased in premalignant and malignant SCC lesions from skin, head/neck, and lung...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754392/fto-m-6-a-m-and-the-hypothesis-of-reversible-epitranscriptomic-mrna-modifications
#17
REVIEW
Jan Mauer, Samie R Jaffrey
The fate of mRNA is regulated by epitranscriptomic nucleotide modifications, the most abundant of which is N6 -methyladenosine (m6 A). Although the pattern and distribution of m6 A in mRNA is mediated by specific methyltransferases, a recent hypothesis is that specific demethylases or "erasers" allow m6 A to be dynamically reversed by signaling pathways. In this Review, we discuss the data in support and against this model. New insights into the function of FTO (fat mass and obesity-associated protein), the original enzyme thought to be an m6 A eraser, reveal that its physiologic target is not m6 A, but instead is N6 ,2'-O-dimethyladenosine (m6 Am )...
May 12, 2018: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753027/jmjd3-inhibition-protects-against-isoproterenol-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-by-suppressing-%C3%AE-mhc-expression
#18
Zhen Guo, Jing Lu, Jingyan Li, Panxia Wang, Zhenzhen Li, Yao Zhong, Kaiteng Guo, Junjian Wang, Jiantao Ye, Peiqing Liu
Jumonji domain-containing protein D3 (JMJD3), a histone 3 lysine 27 (H3K27) demethylase, has been extensively studied for their participation in development, cellular physiology and a variety of diseases. However, its potential roles in cardiovascular system remain unknown. In this study, we found that JMJD3 played a pivotal role in the process of cardiac hypertrophy. JMJD3 expression was elevated by isoproterenol (ISO) stimuli both in vitro and in vivo. Overexpression of wild-type JMJD3, but not the demethylase-defective mutant, promoted cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, as implied by increased cardiomyocyte surface area and the expression of hypertrophy marker genes...
May 9, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752294/utx-promotes-chromatin-remodeling-to-suppress-leukemogenesis
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UTX-mediated suppression of myeloid leukemogenesis is independent of its demethylase activity.
May 11, 2018: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752264/enhanced-and-complete-removal-of-phenylurea-herbicides-by-combinational-transgenic-plant-microbial-remediation
#20
Xin Yan, Jun-Wei Huang, Xi-Hui Xu, Dian Chen, Xiang-Ting Xie, Qing Tao, Jian He, Jian-Dong Jiang
The synergistic relationships between plants and their rhizospheric microbes can be used to develop a combinational bioremediation method, overcoming the constraints of individual phytoremediation or bioaugmentation method. Here, we provide a combinational transgenic plant-microbial remediation system for a more efficient removal of phenylurea herbicides (PHs) from contaminated-sites. The transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana synthesizing the bacterial N -demethylase PdmAB in the chloroplast was developed. The constructed transgenic Arabidopsis exhibited significant tolerance to isoproturon (IPU), a typical PH, and it took up the IPU through roots and transported to leaves, where the majority of the IPU was demethylated to 3-(4-isopropylphenyl)-1-methylurea (MDIPU)...
May 11, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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