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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341774/rna-dna-hybrid-r-loop-immunoprecipitation-mapping-an-analytical-workflow-to-evaluate-inherent-biases
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László Halász, Zsolt Karányi, Beáta Boros-Oláh, Tímea Rózsa, Éva Sipos, Éva Nagy, Ágnes Mosolygó-L, Anett Mázló, Éva Rajnavölgyi, Gábor Halmos, Lóránt Székvölgyi
The impact of R-loops on the physiology and pathology of chromosomes has been demonstrated extensively by chromatin biology research. The progress in this field has been driven by technological advancement of R-loop mapping methods that largely relied on a single approach, DNA-RNA immunoprecipitation (DRIP). Most of the DRIP protocols use the experimental design that was developed by a few laboratories, without paying attention to the potential caveats that might affect the outcome of RNA-DNA hybrid mapping...
March 24, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336073/visualization-of-the-genomic-loci-that-are-bound-by-specific-multiprotein-complexes-by-bimolecular-fluorescence-complementation-analysis-on-drosophila-polytene-chromosomes
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Huai Deng, Tom K Kerppola
We have developed a procedure that enables visualization of the genomic loci that are bound by complexes formed by a specific combination of chromatin-binding proteins. This procedure is based on imaging bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) complexes on Drosophila polytene chromosomes. BiFC complexes are formed by the facilitated association of two fluorescent protein fragments that are fused to proteins that interact with, or are in close proximity to, each other. The intensity of BiFC complex fluorescence at individual genomic loci is greatly enhanced by the parallel alignment of hundreds of chromatids within the polytene chromosomes...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329687/impact-of-dietary-interventions-on-noncoding-rna-networks-and-mrnas-encoding-chromatin-related-factors
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Christopher D Green, Yi Huang, Xiaoyang Dou, Liu Yang, Yong Liu, Jing-Dong J Han
Dietary interventions dramatically affect metabolic disease and lifespan in various aging models. Here, we profiled liver microRNA (miRNA), coding, and long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) expression by high-throughput deep sequencing in mice across multiple energy intake and expenditure interventions. Strikingly, three dietary intervention network design patterns were uncovered: (1) lifespan-extending interventions largely repressed the expression of miRNAs, lncRNAs, and transposable elements; (2) protein-coding mRNAs with expression positively correlated with long lifespan are highly targeted by miRNAs; and (3) miRNA-targeting interactions mainly target chromatin-related functions...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329645/frequent-somatic-mutations-of-chromatin-remodeling-genes-in-metastatic-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#4
Amanda Ewart Toland
Exome and targeted sequencing studies have identified potential driver mutations for a variety of tumor types. Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) is one of the most highly mutated cancers but is typically correlated with high survival rates and low rates of metastasis. Nevertheless, metastatic cSCC is a significant health threat; up to 8800 individuals are estimated to die yearly from this disease. As it is difficult to predict which cSCCs are more likely to metastasize, and because there are no targeted therapies specifically designated for metastatic cSCC, we performed exome and targeted sequencing of 18 metastatic and 10 primary cSCCs to identify mutations with potential therapeutic benefit...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317902/a-natural-tandem-array-alleviates-epigenetic-repression-of-ipa1-and-leads-to-superior-yielding-rice
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Lin Zhang, Hong Yu, Bin Ma, Guifu Liu, Jianjun Wang, Junmin Wang, Rongcun Gao, Jinjun Li, Jiyun Liu, Jing Xu, Yingying Zhang, Qun Li, Xuehui Huang, Jianlong Xu, Jianming Li, Qian Qian, Bin Han, Zuhua He, Jiayang Li
Super hybrid rice varieties with ideal plant architecture (IPA) have been critical in enhancing food security worldwide. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying their improved yield remain unclear. Here, we report the identification of a QTL, qWS8/ipa1-2D, in the super rice Yongyou12 (YY12) and related varieties. In-depth genetic molecular characterization of qWS8/ipa1-2D reveals that this newly identified QTL results from three distal naturally occurring tandem repeats upstream of IPA1, a key gene/locus previously shown to shape rice ideal plant architecture and greatly enhance grain yield...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316324/spatial-organization-of-dna-sequences-directs-the-assembly-of-bacterial-chromatin-by-a-nucleoid-associated-protein
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Aleksandre Japarize, Sylvain Renevey, Parick Sobetzko, Liubov Stoliar, William Nasser, Giovanni Dietler, Georgi Muskhelishvili
Structural differentiation of bacterial chromatin depends on cooperative binding of abundant nucleoid-associated proteins at numerous genomic DNA sites and stabilization of distinct long-range nucleoprotein structures. Histone-like nucleoid-structuring protein (H-NS) is an abundant DNA-bridging, nucleoid-associated protein that binds to an AT rich conserved DNA sequence motif and regulates both the shape and the genetic expression of the bacterial chromosome. Although there is ample evidence that the mode of H-NS binding depends on environmental conditions, the role of the spatial organization of H-NS binding sequences in the assembly of long-range nucleoprotein structures remains unknown...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301528/genome-wide-mapping-of-histone-h3k9me2-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-reveals-large-chromosomal-domains-associated-with-massive-gene-silencing-and-sites-of-genome-instability
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Anna C Salzberg, Abigail Harris-Becker, Evgenya Y Popova, Nikki Keasey, Thomas P Loughran, David F Claxton, Sergei A Grigoryev
A facultative heterochromatin mark, histone H3 lysine 9 dimethylation (H3K9me2), which is mediated by histone methyltransferases G9a/GLP (EHMT2/1), undergoes dramatic rearrangements during myeloid cell differentiation as observed by chromatin imaging. To determine whether these structural transitions also involve genomic repositioning of H3K9me2, we used ChIP-sequencing to map genome-wide topography of H3K9me2 in normal human granulocytes, normal CD34+ hematopoietic progenitors, primary myeloblasts from acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients, and a model leukemia cell line K562...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290446/live-cell-imaging-of-low-and-non-repetitive-chromosome-loci-using-crispr-cas9
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Peiwu Qin, Mahmut Parlak, Cem Kuscu, Jigar Bandaria, Mustafa Mir, Karol Szlachta, Ritambhara Singh, Xavier Darzacq, Ahmet Yildiz, Mazhar Adli
Imaging chromatin dynamics is crucial to understand genome organization and its role in transcriptional regulation. Recently, the RNA-guidable feature of CRISPR-Cas9 has been utilized for imaging of chromatin within live cells. However, these methods are mostly applicable to highly repetitive regions, whereas imaging regions with low or no repeats remains as a challenge. To address this challenge, we design single-guide RNAs (sgRNAs) integrated with up to 16 MS2 binding motifs to enable robust fluorescent signal amplification...
March 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277979/structural-insight-into-inhibitors-of-flavin-adenine-dinucleotide-dependent-lysine-demethylases
#9
Hideaki Niwa, Takashi Umehara
Until 2004, many researchers believed that protein methylation in eukaryotic cells was an irreversible reaction. However, the discovery of lysine-specific demethylase 1 in 2004 drastically changed this view and the concept of chromatin regulation. Since then, the enzymes responsible for lysine demethylation and their cellular substrates, biological significance, and selective regulation have become major research topics in epigenetics and chromatin biology. Many cell-permeable inhibitors for lysine demethylases have been developed, including both target-specific and nonspecific inhibitors...
February 10, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265266/helz2-is-an-ifn-effector-mediating-suppression-of-dengue-virus
#10
Dahlene N Fusco, Henry Pratt, Stephen Kandilas, Scarlett Se Yun Cheon, Wenyu Lin, D Alex Cronkite, Megha Basavappa, Kate L Jeffrey, Anthony Anselmo, Ruslan Sadreyev, Clarence Yapp, Xu Shi, John F O'Sullivan, Robert E Gerszten, Takuya Tomaru, Satoshi Yoshino, Tetsurou Satoh, Raymond T Chung
Flaviviral infections including dengue virus are an increasing clinical problem worldwide. Dengue infection triggers host production of the type 1 IFN, IFN alpha, one of the strongest and broadest acting antivirals known. However, dengue virus subverts host IFN signaling at early steps of IFN signal transduction. This subversion allows unbridled viral replication which subsequently triggers ongoing production of IFN which, again, is subverted. Identification of downstream IFN antiviral effectors will provide targets which could be activated to restore broad acting antiviral activity, stopping the signal to produce endogenous IFN at toxic levels...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263745/exercise-increases-hyper-acetylation-of-histones-on-the-cis-element-of-nrf-1-binding-to-the-mef2a-promoter-implications-on-type-2-diabetes
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Jitcy S Joseph, Ademola O Ayeleso, Emmanuel Mukwevho
Exercise brings changes on the chromatin ensuing the upregulation of many genes that confer protection from type 2 diabetes. In type-2 diabetes, critical genes are down-regulated such as those involved in glucose transport (GLUT4, MEF2A) and also oxidative phosphorylation (NRF-1 and its target genes). Recent reports have shown that NRF-1 not only regulate mitochondrial oxidative genes but also controls MEF2A, the main transcription factor for glucose transporter, GLUT4. Such dual control of the two pathways by NRF-1 place it as critical gene in the design of therapeutic modalities much needed to cure or better manage type 2 diabetes...
April 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251877/genomic-landscape-of-cpg-rich-elements-in-human
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Vladimir N Babenko, Irina V Chadaeva, Yuriy L Orlov
BACKGROUND: The studies on CpG islands (CGI) and Alu elements functions, evolution, and distribution in the genome started since the discovery in nineteen eighties (1981, 1986, correspondingly). Their highly skewed genome wide distribution implies the non-random retrotransposition pattern. Besides CGIs in gene promoters, CGIs clusters were observed in the homeobox gene regions and in the macrosatellites, but the whole picture of their distribution specifics was not grasped. Attempts to identify any causative features upon their (genome wide) distribution, such as the DNA context mediated preferred insertion sites of Alu repeats, have been made to ascribe their clusters location...
February 7, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240169/epigenetic-modulation-using-small-molecules-targeting-histone-acetyltransferases-in-disease
#13
André Richters, Angela N Koehler
Histone acetyltransferases (HATs) are epigenetic drivers that catalyze the acetyl transfer from acetyl-CoA to lysines of both histone and non-histone substrates and thereby induce transcription either by chromatin remodeling or direct transcription factor activation. Histone deacetylases (HDACs) conduct the reverse reaction to counter HAT activity. Physiological processes such as cell cycle progression or apoptosis require a thoroughly balanced equilibrium of the interplay between acetylation and deacetylation processes to maintain or, if required, alter the global acetylome status...
February 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239551/genome-wide-chromatin-accessibility-dna-methylation-and-gene-expression-analysis-of-histone-deacetylase-inhibition-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#14
Matias A Bustos, Matthew P Salomon, Nellie Nelson, Sandy C Hsu, Maggie L DiNome, Dave S B Hoon, Diego M Marzese
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), especially the subset with a basal phenotype, represents the most aggressive subtype of breast cancer. Unlike other solid tumors, TNBCs harbor a low number of driver mutations. Conversely, we and others have demonstrated a significant impact of epigenetic alterations, including DNA methylation and histone post-translational modifications, affecting TNBCs. Due to the promising results in pre-clinical studies, histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) are currently being tested in several clinical trials for breast cancer and other solid tumors...
June 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239474/predictive-value-of-sperm-deoxyribonucleic-acid-dna-fragmentation-index-in-male-infertility
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Budi Wiweko, Pramety Utami
BACKGROUND: Recently, damage to the sperm DNA has been studied as it is associated with reduced fertilization rates, embryo quality, and pregnancy rates, also higher rates of spontaneous miscarriage. OBJECTIVE: To develop a diagnostic method in predicting male infertility. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The design of this study is cross-sectional. Data were retrieved from medical records of Yasmin IVF Clinic Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital and Daya Medika Infertility Clinic from January to December 2015...
2017: Basic and Clinical Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212748/systematic-investigation-of-transcription-factor-activity-in-the-context-of-chromatin-using-massively-parallel-binding-and-expression-assays
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Michal Levo, Tali Avnit-Sagi, Maya Lotan-Pompan, Yael Kalma, Adina Weinberger, Zohar Yakhini, Eran Segal
Precise gene expression patterns are established by transcription factor (TFs) binding to regulatory sequences. While these events occur in the context of chromatin, our understanding of how TF-nucleosome interplay affects gene expression is highly limited. Here, we present an assay for high-resolution measurements of both DNA occupancy and gene expression on large-scale libraries of systematically designed regulatory sequences. Our assay reveals occupancy patterns at the single-cell level. It provides an accurate quantification of the fraction of the population bound by a nucleosome and captures distinct, even adjacent, TF binding events...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212305/epigenetic-landscape-during-coronavirus-infection
#17
Alexandra Schäfer, Ralph S Baric
Coronaviruses (CoV) comprise a large group of emerging human and animal pathogens, including the highly pathogenic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) strains. The molecular mechanisms regulating emerging coronavirus pathogenesis are complex and include virus-host interactions associated with entry, replication, egress and innate immune control. Epigenetics research investigates the genetic and non-genetic factors that regulate phenotypic variation, usually caused by external and environmental factors that alter host expression patterns and performance without any change in the underlying genotype...
February 15, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202009/development-of-intron-targeting-it-markers-specific-for-chromosome-arm-4vs-of-haynaldia-villosa-by-chromosome-sorting-and-next-generation-sequencing
#18
Haiyan Wang, Keli Dai, Jin Xiao, Chunxia Yuan, Renhui Zhao, Jaroslav Doležel, Yufeng Wu, Aizhong Cao, Peidu Chen, Shouzhong Zhang, Xiue Wang
BACKGROUND: Haynaldia villosa (L.) Schur (syn. Dasypyrum villosum L. Candargy, 2n = 14, genome VV) is the tertiary gene pool of wheat, and thus a potential resource of genes for wheat improvement. Among other, wheat yellow mosaic (WYM) resistance gene Wss1 and a take-all resistance gene were identified on the short arm of chromosome 4 V (4VS) of H. villosa. We had obtained introgressions on 4VS chromosome arm, with the objective of utilizing the target genes. However, monitoring these introgressions has been a daunting task because of inadequate knowledge as to H...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191006/capability-of-neutrophils-to-form-nets-is-not-directly-influenced-by-a-cma-targeting-peptide
#19
Christian Maueröder, Nicolas Schall, Frédéric Meyer, Aparna Mahajan, Benjamin Garnier, Jonas Hahn, Deborah Kienhöfer, Markus H Hoffmann, Sylviane Muller
During inflammatory reaction, neutrophils exhibit numerous cellular and immunological functions, notably the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) and autophagy. NETs are composed of decondensed chromatin fibers coated with various antimicrobial molecules derived from neutrophil granules. NETs participate in antimicrobial defense and can also display detrimental roles and notably trigger some of the immune features of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune diseases. Autophagy is a complex and finely regulated mechanism involved in the cell survival/death balance that may be connected to NET formation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178273/expression-of-hemoglobin-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-subunits-in-human-vaginal-epithelial-cells-and-their-functional-significance
#20
Debarchana Saha, Swanand Koli, Mandar Patgaonkar, Kudumula Venkata Rami Reddy
Hemoglobin (Hb) is a major protein involved in transport of oxygen (O2). It consists of Hb-α and Hb-β subunits, which are normally expressed by cells of erythroid lineage. However, till recently, it was not known whether non-erythroid cells like vaginal cells synthesize Hb and whether it has any functional significance. Therefore, we designed the following objectives: (1) to establish in-vitro culture system of human primary vaginal epithelial cells (hPVECs), (2) to determine whether Hb-α and Hb-β proteins are truly synthesized by hPVECs, (3) to evaluate the effect of LPS (lipopolysaccharide) on the expression of Hb-α and Hb-β proteins (4) to decipher the significance of the Hb-α and Hb-β expression in hPVECs and (5) to determine the molecular mechanism regulating the expression of Hb-α in hPVECs...
2017: PloS One
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