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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212305/epigenetic-landscape-during-coronavirus-infection
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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
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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
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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
#4
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177689/selective-inhibition-of-hdac2-by-magnesium-valproate-attenuates-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Suchi Raghunathan, Ramesh Goyal, Bhoomika Mayur Patel
The regulatory paradigm in cardiac hypertrophy involves alterations in gene expression that is mediated by chromatin remodeling. Various data suggest that class I and class II histone deacetylases (HDACs) play opposing roles in the regulation of hypertrophic pathways. To address this, we tested the effect of magnesium valproate (MgV), an HDAC inhibitor with 5 times more potency on Class I HDAC. Cardiac hypertrophy was induced by Partial abdominal aortic constriction in wistar rats, and at end of 6 weeks, we evaluated hypertrophic, hemodynamic and oxidative stress parameters, and mitochondrial DNA concentration...
December 8, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169463/relationship-between-epigenetic-regulation-dietary-habits-and-the-developmental-origins-of-health-and-disease-theory
#6
REVIEW
Kazuki Mochizuki, Natsuyo Hariya, Kazue Honma, Toshinao Goda
Environmental stressors during developmental stages are hypothesized to increase the risk of developing metabolic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and psychiatric diseases during later life. This theory is known as the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD). Recent studies suggest that accumulation of environmental stress, including during developmental stages, is internalized as acquired information designated as "epigenetic memory." This epigenetic memory is generally indicated as DNA methylation and histone modifications in the chromatin...
February 7, 2017: Congenital Anomalies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147266/visualizing-changes-in-cdkn1c-expression-links-early-life-adversity-to-imprint-mis-regulation-in-adults
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Mathew Van de Pette, Allifia Abbas, Amelie Feytout, Gráinne McNamara, Ludovica Bruno, Wilson K To, Andrew Dimond, Alessandro Sardini, Zoe Webster, James McGinty, Eleanor J Paul, Mark A Ungless, Paul M W French, Dominic J Withers, Anthony Uren, Anne C Ferguson-Smith, Matthias Merkenschlager, Rosalind M John, Amanda G Fisher
Imprinted genes are regulated according to parental origin and can influence embryonic growth and metabolism and confer disease susceptibility. Here, we designed sensitive allele-specific reporters to non-invasively monitor imprinted Cdkn1c expression in mice and showed that expression was modulated by environmental factors encountered in utero. Acute exposure to chromatin-modifying drugs resulted in de-repression of paternally inherited (silent) Cdkn1c alleles in embryos that was temporary and resolved after birth...
January 31, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139835/unravelling-molecular-pathways-shared-by-kabuki-and-kabuki-like-syndromes
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REVIEW
Lintas Carla, Persico Antonio Maria
Kabuki Syndrome (KS) is a rare genetic syndrome characterized by a typical facial gestalt, variable degrees of intellectual disability, organ malformations, postnatal growth retardation and skeletal abnormalities. So far, KMT2D or KDM6A mutations have been identified as the main cause of KS, accounting for 56-75% and 3-8% of cases, respectively. Patients without mutations in one of the two causative KS genes are often referred to as affected by Kabuki-like syndrome. Overall they represent approximately 30% of KS cases, pointing towards substantial genetic heterogeneity for this condition...
January 31, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137873/systematic-dissection-of-genomic-features-determining-transcription-factor-binding-and-enhancer-function
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Sharon R Grossman, Xiaolan Zhang, Li Wang, Jesse Engreitz, Alexandre Melnikov, Peter Rogov, Ryan Tewhey, Alina Isakova, Bart Deplancke, Bradley E Bernstein, Tarjei S Mikkelsen, Eric S Lander
Enhancers regulate gene expression through the binding of sequence-specific transcription factors (TFs) to cognate motifs. Various features influence TF binding and enhancer function-including the chromatin state of the genomic locus, the affinities of the binding site, the activity of the bound TFs, and interactions among TFs. However, the precise nature and relative contributions of these features remain unclear. Here, we used massively parallel reporter assays (MPRAs) involving 32,115 natural and synthetic enhancers, together with high-throughput in vivo binding assays, to systematically dissect the contribution of each of these features to the binding and activity of genomic regulatory elements that contain motifs for PPARγ, a TF that serves as a key regulator of adipogenesis...
January 30, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132389/an-improved-method-for-identifying-specific-dna-protein-binding-sites-in-vitro
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Liangyan Wang, Huizhi Lu, Yunguang Wang, Su Yang, Hong Xu, Kaiying Cheng, Ye Zhao, Bing Tian, Yuejin Hua
Binding of proteins to specific DNA sequences is essential for a variety of cellular processes such as DNA replication, transcription and responses to external stimuli. Chromatin immunoprecipitation is widely used for determining intracellular DNA fragments bound by a specific protein. However, the subsequent specific or accurate DNA-protein-binding sequence is usually determined by DNA footprinting. Here, we report an alternative method for identifying specific sites of DNA-protein-binding (designated SSDP) in vitro...
January 28, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116393/a-microfluidic-device-for-characterizing-nuclear-deformations
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Andrew C Hodgson, Christophe M Verstreken, Cynthia L Fisher, Ulrich F Keyser, Stefano Pagliara, Kevin J Chalut
Cell nuclei experience and respond to a wide range of forces, both in vivo and in vitro. In order to characterize the nuclear response to physical stress, we developed a microfluidic chip and used it to apply mechanical stress to live cells and measure their nuclear deformability. The device design is optimized for the detection of both nucleus and cytoplasm, which can then be conveniently quantified using a custom-written Matlab program. We measured nuclear sizes and strains of embryonic stem cells, for which we observed negative Poisson ratios in the nuclei...
January 24, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114995/prognostic-and-therapeutic-value-of-disruptor-of-telomeric-silencing-1-like-dot1l-expression-in-patients-with-ovarian-cancer
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Xiaoxue Zhang, Dan Liu, Mengchen Li, Canhui Cao, Dongyi Wan, Bixin Xi, Wenqian Li, Jiahong Tan, Ji Wang, Zhongcai Wu, Ding Ma, Qinglei Gao
BACKGROUND: Epigenetics has been known to play a critical role in regulating the malignant phenotype. This study was designed to examine the expression of DOT1L (histone 3 lysine 79 methyltransferase) and H3K79 methylation in normal ovarian tissues and ovarian tumors and to explore the function of DOT1L and its underline mechanisms in ovarian cancer. METHODS: The expression of DOT1L and H3K79 methylation in 250 ovarian tumor samples and 24 normal ovarian samples was assessed by immunohistochemistry...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096241/the-chromodomain-helicase-dna-binding-chromatin-remodelers-family-traits-that-protect-from-and-promote-cancer
#13
Alea A Mills
A plethora of mutations in chromatin regulators in diverse human cancers is emerging, attesting to the pivotal role of chromatin dynamics in tumorigenesis. A recurrent theme is inactivation of the chromodomain helicase DNA-binding (CHD) family of proteins-ATP-dependent chromatin remodelers that govern the cellular machinery's access to DNA, thereby controlling fundamental processes, including transcription, proliferation, and DNA damage repair. This review highlights what is currently known about how genetic and epigenetic perturbation of CHD proteins and the pathways that they regulate set the stage for cancer, providing new insight for designing more effective anti-cancer therapies...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092380/chromatin-immunoprecipitation-in-microfluidic-droplets-towards-fast-and-cheap-analyses
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Bruno Teste, Jerome Champ, Arturo Londono-Vallejo, Stéphanie Descroix, Laurent Malaquin, Jean-Louis Viovy, Irena Draskovic, Guillaume Mottet
Genetic organization is governed by the interaction of DNA with histone proteins, and differential modifications of these proteins is a fundamental mechanism of gene regulation. Histone modifications are primarily studied through chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assays, however conventional ChIP procedures are time consuming, laborious and require a large number of cells. Here we report for the first time the development of ChIP in droplets based on a microfluidic platform combining nanoliter droplets, magnetic beads (MB) and magnetic tweezers (MT)...
January 31, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090287/transcription-factors-transcriptional-coregulators-and-epigenetic-modulation-in-the-control-of-pulmonary-vascular-cell-phenotype-therapeutic-implications-for-pulmonary-hypertension-2015-grover-conference-series
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REVIEW
Soni S Pullamsetti, Frédéric Perros, Prakash Chelladurai, Jason Yuan, Kurt Stenmark
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a complex and multifactorial disease involving genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors. Numerous stimuli and pathological conditions facilitate severe vascular remodeling in PH by activation of a complex cascade of signaling pathways involving vascular cell proliferation, differentiation, and inflammation. Multiple signaling cascades modulate the activity of certain sequence-specific DNA-binding transcription factors (TFs) and coregulators that are critical for the transcriptional regulation of gene expression that facilitates PH-associated vascular cell phenotypes, as demonstrated by several studies summarized in this review...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089111/the-molecular-landscape-of-colitis-associated-carcinogenesis
#16
Deborah Saraggi, Matteo Fassan, Claudia Mescoli, Marco Scarpa, Nicola Valeri, Andrea Michielan, Renata D'Incá, Massimo Rugge
In spite of the well-established histopathological phenotyping of IBD-associated preneoplastic and neoplastic lesions, their molecular landscape remains to be fully elucidated. Several studies have pinpointed the initiating role of longstanding/relapsing inflammatory insult on the intestinal mucosa, with the activation of different pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-6, IL-10, IFN-γ), chemokines and metabolites of arachidonic acid resulting in the activation of key transcription factors such as NF-κB. Longstanding inflammation may also modify the intestinal microbiota, prompting the overgrowth of genotoxic microorganisms, which may act as further cancer promoters...
December 21, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076866/biophysically-motivated-regulatory-network-inference-progress-and-prospects
#17
Tarmo Äijö, Richard Bonneau
Thanks to the confluence of genomic technology and computational developments, the possibility of network inference methods that automatically learn large comprehensive models of cellular regulation is closer than ever. This perspective focuses on enumerating the elements of computational strategies that, when coupled to appropriate experimental designs, can lead to accurate large-scale models of chromatin state and transcriptional regulatory structure and dynamics. We highlight 4 research questions that require further investigation in order to make progress in network inference: (1) using overall constraints on network structure such as sparsity, (2) use of informative priors and data integration to constrain individual model parameters, (3) estimation of latent regulatory factor activity under varying cell conditions, and (4) new methods for learning and modeling regulatory factor interactions...
2016: Human Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068427/s1-type-endonuclease-2-in-dedifferentiating-arabidopsis-protoplasts-translocation-to-the-nucleus-in-senescing-protoplasts-is-associated-with-de-glycosylation
#18
Yemima Givaty-Rapp, Narendra Singh Yadav, Asif Khan, Gideon Grafi
Cell dedifferentiation characterizes the transition of leaf cells to protoplasts and is accompanied by global chromatin decondensation. Here we show that in Arabidopsis, chromocentric chromatin undergoes prompt and gradual decondensation upon protoplasting. We hypothesized that prompt chromatin decondensation is unlikely to be driven solely by epigenetic means and other factors might be involved. We investigated the possibility that S1-type endonucleases are involved in prompt chromatin decondensation via their capability to target and cleave unpaired regions within superhelical DNA, leading to chromatin relaxation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068087/design-of-a-biased-potent-small-molecule-inhibitor-of-the-bromodomain-and-phd-finger-containing-brpf-proteins-suitable-for-cellular-and-in-vivo-studies
#19
Niall Igoe, Elliott D Bayle, Oleg Fedorov, Cynthia Tallant, Pavel Savitsky, Catherine Rogers, Dafydd R Owen, Gauri Deb, Tim C P Somervaille, David M Andrews, Neil Jones, Anne Cheasty, Hamish Ryder, Paul E Brennan, Susanne Müller, Stefan Knapp, Paul V Fish
The BRPF (bromodomain and PHD finger-containing) family are scaffolding proteins important for the recruitment of histone acetyltransferases of the MYST family to chromatin. Evaluation of the BRPF family as a potential drug target is at an early stage although there is an emerging understanding of a role in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We report the optimization of fragment hit 5b to 13-d as a biased, potent inhibitor of the BRD of the BRPFs with excellent selectivity over nonclass IV BRD proteins. Evaluation of 13-d in a panel of cancer cell lines showed a selective inhibition of proliferation of a subset of AML lines...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059770/a-supramolecular-assembly-mediates-lentiviral-dna-integration
#20
Allison Ballandras-Colas, Daniel P Maskell, Erik Serrao, Julia Locke, Paolo Swuec, Stefán R Jónsson, Abhay Kotecha, Nicola J Cook, Valerie E Pye, Ian A Taylor, Valgerdur Andrésdóttir, Alan N Engelman, Alessandro Costa, Peter Cherepanov
Retroviral integrase (IN) functions within the intasome nucleoprotein complex to catalyze insertion of viral DNA into cellular chromatin. Using cryo-electron microscopy, we now visualize the functional maedi-visna lentivirus intasome at 4.9 angstrom resolution. The intasome comprises a homo-hexadecamer of IN with a tetramer-of-tetramers architecture featuring eight structurally distinct types of IN protomers supporting two catalytically competent subunits. The conserved intasomal core, previously observed in simpler retroviral systems, is formed between two IN tetramers, with a pair of C-terminal domains from flanking tetramers completing the synaptic interface...
January 6, 2017: Science
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