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Charis L Himeda, Takako I Jones, Ching-Man Virbasius, Lihua Julie Zhu, Michael R Green, Peter L Jones
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is caused by epigenetic de-repression of the disease locus, leading to pathogenic misexpression of the DUX4 gene in skeletal muscle. While the factors and pathways involved in normal repression of the FSHD locus in healthy cells have been well characterized, very little is known about those responsible for the aberrant activation of DUX4-fl in FSHD myocytes. Reasoning that DUX4-fl activators might represent useful targets for small molecule inhibition, we performed a highly targeted, candidate-based screen of epigenetic regulators in primary FSHD myocytes...
April 26, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Wei Shen, Patti Krautscheid, Audrey M Rutz, Pinar Bayrak-Toydemir, Sarah L Dugan
De novo variants of ASH1L, which encodes a histone methyltransferase, have been reported in a few patients with intellectual disability and autistic features. Here, we identified a novel de novo frame-shift variant, c.2422_2423delAAinsT which predicts p.(Lys808TyrfsTer40), in ASH1L in a patient with multiple congenital anomalies (MCA), fine motor developmental delay, learning difficulties, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sleep apnea, and scoliosis. This frame-shift variant is expected to result in loss-of-function...
May 10, 2018: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Maria C Trissal, Terrence N Wong, Juo-Chin Yao, Rahul Ramaswamy, Iris Kuo, Jack D Baty, Yaping Sun, Gloria Jih, Nishi Parikh, Melissa M Berrien-Elliott, Todd A Fehniger, Timothy J Ley, Ivan Maillard, Pavan Reddy, Daniel C Link
Point mutations in the seed sequence of miR-142-3p are present in a subset of AML and in several subtypes of B cell lymphoma. Here we show that mutations associated with AML result both in loss of miR-142-3p function and in decreased miR-142-5p expression. Mir142 loss altered the hematopoietic differentiation of multipotent hematopoietic progenitors, enhancing their myeloid potential while suppressing their lymphoid potential. During hematopoietic maturation, loss of Mir142 increased Ash1l protein expression and consequently resulted in the aberrant maintenance of Hoxa gene expression in myeloid-committed hematopoietic progenitors...
May 3, 2018: Cancer Research
Víctor Faundes, William G Newman, Laura Bernardini, Natalie Canham, Jill Clayton-Smith, Bruno Dallapiccola, Sally J Davies, Michelle K Demos, Amy Goldman, Harinder Gill, Rachel Horton, Bronwyn Kerr, Dhavendra Kumar, Anna Lehman, Shane McKee, Jenny Morton, Michael J Parker, Julia Rankin, Lisa Robertson, I Karen Temple, Siddharth Banka
Histone lysine methyltransferases (KMTs) and demethylases (KDMs) underpin gene regulation. Here we demonstrate that variants causing haploinsufficiency of KMTs and KDMs are frequently encountered in individuals with developmental disorders. Using a combination of human variation databases and existing animal models, we determine 22 KMTs and KDMs as additional candidates for dominantly inherited developmental disorders. We show that KMTs and KDMs that are associated with, or are candidates for, dominant developmental disorders tend to have a higher level of transcription, longer canonical transcripts, more interactors, and a higher number and more types of post-translational modifications than other KMT and KDMs...
January 4, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
Chiara Balbo Pogliano, Marco Gatti, Peter Rüthemann, Zuzana Garajovà, Lorenza Penengo, Hanspeter Naegeli
Global-genome nucleotide excision repair (GG-NER) prevents ultraviolet (UV) light-induced skin cancer by removing mutagenic cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs). These lesions are formed abundantly on DNA wrapped around histone octamers in nucleosomes, but a specialized damage sensor known as DDB2 ensures that they are accessed by the XPC initiator of GG-NER activity. We report that DDB2 promotes CPD excision by recruiting the histone methyltransferase ASH1L, which methylates lysine 4 of histone H3. In turn, methylated H3 facilitates the docking of the XPC complex to nucleosomal histone octamers...
November 6, 2017: Nature Communications
Meng Xia, Juan Liu, Shuxun Liu, Kun Chen, Hongyu Lin, Minghong Jiang, Xiaoqing Xu, Yiquan Xue, Wei Liu, Yan Gu, Xiang Zhang, Zhiqing Li, Lin Yi, Youcun Qian, Chen Zhou, Ru Li, Xuan Zhang, Zhanguo Li, Xuetao Cao
Regulatory T (Treg) cells are important for the maintenance of immune homoeostasis and prevention of autoimmune diseases. Epigenetic modifications have been reported to modulate autoimmunity by altering Treg cell fate. Here we show that the H3K4 methyltransferase Ash1l facilitates TGF-β-induced Treg cell polarization in vitro and protects mice from T cell-mediated colitis in vivo. Ash1l upregulates Smad3 expression by directly targeting Smad3 promoter to increase local H3K4 trimethylation. Furthermore, we identify an lncRNA, namely lnc-Smad3, which interacts with the histone deacetylase HDAC1 and silences Smad3 transcription...
June 9, 2017: Nature Communications
Nobuhiko Okamoto, Fuyuki Miya, Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, Mitsuhiro Kato, Shinji Saitoh, Mami Yamasaki, Yonehiro Kanemura, Kenjiro Kosaki
We identified a novel mutation in ASH1L in a patient with severe intellectual disability, growth failure, microcephaly, facial dysmorphism, myelination delay, and skeletal abnormalities. ASH1L is a histone methyltransferase that associates with the transcribed region of all active genes examined, including Hox genes. It catalyzes H3K36 methylation and plays important roles in development. There has been increasing evidence that heterozygous mutation of ASH1L is associated with ID and autism spectrum disorders...
June 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Gang Li, Zhisheng Ye, Cheng Shi, Ling Sun, Min Han, Yuan Zhuang, Tian Xu, Shimin Zhao, Xiaohui Wu
Epidermal homeostasis under normal and healing conditions are critical for the physical and functional maintenance of the skin barrier. It requires a proper balance between keratinocyte proliferation and differentiation under genetic and epigenetic regulations. Here we show that mice carrying a hypomorphic mutation of the histone methyltransferase Ash1l [(absent, small, or homeotic)-like (Drosophila)] develop epidermal hyperplasia and impaired epidermal stratification upon aging. In adult mutants, loss of Ash1l leads to more proliferative keratinocytes in disturbed differentiation stages...
April 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
Holly A F Stessman, Bo Xiong, Bradley P Coe, Tianyun Wang, Kendra Hoekzema, Michaela Fenckova, Malin Kvarnung, Jennifer Gerdts, Sandy Trinh, Nele Cosemans, Laura Vives, Janice Lin, Tychele N Turner, Gijs Santen, Claudia Ruivenkamp, Marjolein Kriek, Arie van Haeringen, Emmelien Aten, Kathryn Friend, Jan Liebelt, Christopher Barnett, Eric Haan, Marie Shaw, Jozef Gecz, Britt-Marie Anderlid, Ann Nordgren, Anna Lindstrand, Charles Schwartz, R Frank Kooy, Geert Vandeweyer, Celine Helsmoortel, Corrado Romano, Antonino Alberti, Mirella Vinci, Emanuela Avola, Stefania Giusto, Eric Courchesne, Tiziano Pramparo, Karen Pierce, Srinivasa Nalabolu, David G Amaral, Ingrid E Scheffer, Martin B Delatycki, Paul J Lockhart, Fereydoun Hormozdiari, Benjamin Harich, Anna Castells-Nobau, Kun Xia, Hilde Peeters, Magnus Nordenskjöld, Annette Schenck, Raphael A Bernier, Evan E Eichler
Gene-disruptive mutations contribute to the biology of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), but most of the related pathogenic genes are not known. We sequenced 208 candidate genes from >11,730 cases and >2,867 controls. We identified 91 genes, including 38 new NDD genes, with an excess of de novo mutations or private disruptive mutations in 5.7% of cases. Drosophila functional assays revealed a subset with increased involvement in NDDs. We identified 25 genes showing a bias for autism versus intellectual disability and highlighted a network associated with high-functioning autism (full-scale IQ >100)...
April 2017: Nature Genetics
Yin Bei, Hui Tianqian, Yu Fanyuan, Luo Haiyun, Liao Xueyang, Yang Jing, Wang Chenglin, Ye Ling
INTRODUCTION: Pulpitis is an inflammation of dental pulp produced by a response to external stimuli. The response entails substantial cellular and molecular activities. Both genetic and epigenetic regulators contribute to the occurrence of pulpitis. However, the epigenetic mechanisms are still poorly understood. In this research, we studied the role of the absent, small, or homeotic-like (ASH1L) gene in the process of pulpitis. METHODS: Human dental pulp cells (HDPCs) were stimulated with proinflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α)...
February 2017: Journal of Endodontics
Tianyun Wang, Hui Guo, Bo Xiong, Holly A F Stessman, Huidan Wu, Bradley P Coe, Tychele N Turner, Yanling Liu, Wenjing Zhao, Kendra Hoekzema, Laura Vives, Lu Xia, Meina Tang, Jianjun Ou, Biyuan Chen, Yidong Shen, Guanglei Xun, Min Long, Janice Lin, Zev N Kronenberg, Yu Peng, Ting Bai, Honghui Li, Xiaoyan Ke, Zhengmao Hu, Jingping Zhao, Xiaobing Zou, Kun Xia, Evan E Eichler
Recurrent de novo (DN) and likely gene-disruptive (LGD) mutations contribute significantly to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) but have been primarily investigated in European cohorts. Here, we sequence 189 risk genes in 1,543 Chinese ASD probands (1,045 from trios). We report an 11-fold increase in the odds of DN LGD mutations compared with expectation under an exome-wide neutral model of mutation. In aggregate, ∼4% of ASD patients carry a DN mutation in one of just 29 autism risk genes. The most prevalent gene for recurrent DN mutations is SCN2A (1...
November 8, 2016: Nature Communications
Amandine Breton, Andria Theodorou, Suleyman Aktuna, Laura Sonzogni, David Darling, Lucas Chan, Stephan Menzel, Peter J van der Spek, Sigrid M A Swagemakers, Frank Grosveld, Sjaak Philipsen, Swee Lay Thein
In 1993, we described an English family with beta-thalassaemia that was not linked to the beta-globin locus. Whole genome sequence analyses revealed potential causative mutations in 15 different genes, of which 4 were consistently and uniquely associated with the phenotype in all 7 affected family members, also confirmed by genetic linkage analysis. Of the 4 genes, which are present in a centromeric region of chromosome 1, ASH1L was proposed as causative through functional mRNA knock-down and chromatin-immunoprecipitation studies in human erythroid progenitor cells...
November 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Sebastian T Balbach, Stuart H Orkin
Histone H3 lysine 36 dimethylation (H3K36me2), a modification associated with transcriptional activation, is required for mixed-lineage leukemia-dependent transcription and leukemic transformation. In this issue of Cancer Discovery, Zhu and colleagues map the network of readers, writers, and erasers of H3K36me2 and uncover the ASH1L histone methyltransferase as a novel target for therapeutic intervention. Cancer Discov; 6(7); 700-2. ©2016 AACR.See related article by Zhu and colleagues, p. 770.
July 2016: Cancer Discovery
Τao Zhu, Chen Liang, Dongdong Li, Miaomiao Tian, Sanxiong Liu, Guanjun Gao, Ji-Song Guan
Activity-dependent transcription is critical for the regulation of long-term synaptic plasticity and plastic rewiring in the brain. Here, we report that the transcription of neurexin1α (nrxn1α), a presynaptic adhesion molecule for synaptic formation, is regulated by transient neuronal activation. We showed that 10 minutes of firing at 50 Hz in neurons repressed the expression of nrxn1α for 24 hours in a primary cortical neuron culture through a transcriptional repression mechanism. By performing a screening assay using a synthetic zinc finger protein (ZFP) to pull down the proteins enriched near the nrxn1α promoter region in vivo, we identified that Ash1L, a histone methyltransferase, is enriched in the nrxn1α promoter...
2016: Scientific Reports
Li Zhu, Qin Li, Stephen H K Wong, Min Huang, Brianna J Klein, Jinfeng Shen, Larissa Ikenouye, Masayuki Onishi, Dominik Schneidawind, Corina Buechele, Loren Hansen, Jesús Duque-Afonso, Fangfang Zhu, Gloria Mas Martin, Or Gozani, Ravindra Majeti, Tatiana G Kutateladze, Michael L Cleary
UNLABELLED: Numerous studies in multiple systems support that histone H3 lysine 36 dimethylation (H3K36me2) is associated with transcriptional activation; however, the underlying mechanisms are not well defined. Here, we show that the H3K36me2 chromatin mark written by the ASH1L histone methyltransferase is preferentially bound in vivo by LEDGF, a mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL)-associated protein that colocalizes with MLL, ASH1L, and H3K36me2 on chromatin genome wide. Furthermore, ASH1L facilitates recruitment of LEDGF and wild-type MLL proteins to chromatin at key leukemia target genes and is a crucial regulator of MLL-dependent transcription and leukemic transformation...
July 2016: Cancer Discovery
Akihiro Fujimoto, Mayuko Furuta, Yasushi Totoki, Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, Mamoru Kato, Yuichi Shiraishi, Hiroko Tanaka, Hiroaki Taniguchi, Yoshiiku Kawakami, Masaki Ueno, Kunihito Gotoh, Shun-Ichi Ariizumi, Christopher P Wardell, Shinya Hayami, Toru Nakamura, Hiroshi Aikata, Koji Arihiro, Keith A Boroevich, Tetsuo Abe, Kaoru Nakano, Kazuhiro Maejima, Aya Sasaki-Oku, Ayako Ohsawa, Tetsuo Shibuya, Hiromi Nakamura, Natsuko Hama, Fumie Hosoda, Yasuhito Arai, Shoko Ohashi, Tomoko Urushidate, Genta Nagae, Shogo Yamamoto, Hiroki Ueda, Kenji Tatsuno, Hidenori Ojima, Nobuyoshi Hiraoka, Takuji Okusaka, Michiaki Kubo, Shigeru Marubashi, Terumasa Yamada, Satoshi Hirano, Masakazu Yamamoto, Hideki Ohdan, Kazuaki Shimada, Osamu Ishikawa, Hiroki Yamaue, Kazuki Chayama, Satoru Miyano, Hiroyuki Aburatani, Tatsuhiro Shibata, Hidewaki Nakagawa
Liver cancer, which is most often associated with virus infection, is prevalent worldwide, and its underlying etiology and genomic structure are heterogeneous. Here we provide a whole-genome landscape of somatic alterations in 300 liver cancers from Japanese individuals. Our comprehensive analysis identified point mutations, structural variations (STVs), and virus integrations, in noncoding and coding regions. We discovered mutational signatures related to liver carcinogenesis and recurrently mutated coding and noncoding regions, such as long intergenic noncoding RNA genes (NEAT1 and MALAT1), promoters, CTCF-binding sites, and regulatory regions...
May 2016: Nature Genetics
Ibrahim E Elsemman, Adil Mardinoglu, Saeed Shoaie, Taysir H Soliman, Jens Nielsen
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a worldwide healthcare problem; however, traditional treatment methods have failed to cure all patients, and HCV has developed resistance to new drugs. Systems biology-based analyses could play an important role in the holistic analysis of the impact of HCV on hepatocellular metabolism. Here, we integrated HCV assembly reactions with a genome-scale hepatocyte metabolic model to identify metabolic targets for HCV assembly and metabolic alterations that occur between different HCV progression states (cirrhosis, dysplastic nodule, and early and advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)) and healthy liver tissue...
April 26, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Chryssa Kanellopoulou, Timothy Gilpatrick, Gokhul Kilaru, Patrick Burr, Cuong K Nguyen, Aaron Morawski, Michael J Lenardo, Stefan A Muljo
Members of the miR-290 family are the most abundantly expressed microRNAs (miRNAs) in mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs). They regulate aspects of differentiation, pluripotency, and proliferation of ESCs, but the molecular program that they control has not been fully delineated. In the absence of Dicer, ESCs fail to express mature miR-290 miRNAs and have selective aberrant overexpression of Hoxa, Hoxb, Hoxc, and Hoxd genes essential for body plan patterning during embryogenesis, but they do not undergo a full differentiation program...
December 8, 2015: Stem Cell Reports
Michelle L Brinkmeier, Krista A Geister, Morgan Jones, Meriam Waqas, Ivan Maillard, Sally A Camper
Chromatin remodeling influences gene expression in developing and adult organisms. Active and repressive marks of histone methylation dictate the embryonic expression boundaries of developmentally regulated genes, including the Hox gene cluster. Drosophila ash1 (absent, small or homeotic discs 1) gene encodes a histone methyltransferase essential for regulation of Hox gene expression that interacts genetically with other members of the trithorax group (TrxG). While mammalian members of the mixed lineage leukemia (Mll) family of TrxG genes have roles in regulation of Hox gene expression, little is known about the expression and function of the mammalian ortholog of the Drosophila ash1 gene, Ash1-like (Ash1l)...
November 2015: Biology of Reproduction
David S Rogawski, Juliano Ndoj, Hyo Je Cho, Ivan Maillard, Jolanta Grembecka, Tomasz Cierpicki
ASH1L (absent, small, or homeotic-like 1) is a histone methyltransferase (HMTase) involved in gene activation that is overexpressed in multiple forms of cancer. Previous studies of ASH1L's catalytic SET domain identified an autoinhibitory loop that blocks access of histone substrate to the enzyme active site. Here, we used both nuclear magnetic resonance and X-ray crystallography to identify conformational dynamics in the ASH1L autoinhibitory loop. Using site-directed mutagenesis, we found that point mutations in the autoinhibitory loop that perturb the structure of the SET domain result in decreased enzyme activity, indicating that the autoinhibitory loop is not a simple gate to the active site but is rather a key feature critical to ASH1L function...
September 8, 2015: Biochemistry
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