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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822795/strategies-for-analyzing-bisulfite-sequencing-data
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Katarzyna Wreczycka, Alexander Gosdschan, Dilmurat Yusuf, Björn Grüning, Yassen Assenov, Altuna Akalin
DNA methylation is one of the main epigenetic modifications in the eukaryotic genome; it has been shown to play a role in cell-type specific regulation of gene expression, and therefore cell-type identity. Bisulfite sequencing is the gold-standard for measuring methylation over the genomes of interest. Here, we review several techniques used for the analysis of high-throughput bisulfite sequencing. We introduce specialized short-read alignment techniques as well as pre/post-alignment quality check methods to ensure data quality...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821632/transcriptomic-and-epigenetic-regulation-of-disuse-atrophy-and-the-return-to-activity-in-skeletal-muscle
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Andrew G Fisher, Robert A Seaborne, Thomas M Hughes, Alex Gutteridge, Claire Stewart, Judy M Coulson, Adam P Sharples, Jonathan C Jarvis
Physical inactivity and disuse are major contributors to age-related muscle loss. Denervation of skeletal muscle has been previously used as a model with which to investigate muscle atrophy following disuse. Although gene regulatory networks that control skeletal muscle atrophy after denervation have been established, the transcriptome in response to the recovery of muscle after disuse and the associated epigenetic mechanisms that may function to modulate gene expression during skeletal muscle atrophy or recovery have yet to be investigated...
August 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821223/maternal-nutrient-restriction-in-mid-to-late-gestation-influences-fetal-mrna-expression-in-muscle-tissues-in-beef-cattle
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Francois Paradis, Katie M Wood, Kendall C Swanson, Stephen P Miller, Brian W McBride, Carolyn Fitzsimmons
BACKGROUND: Manipulating maternal nutrition during specific periods of gestation can result in re-programming of fetal and post-natal development. In this experiment we investigated how a feed restriction of 85% compared with 140% of total metabolizable energy requirements, fed to cows during mid-to-late gestation, influences phenotypic development of fetuses and mRNA expression of growth (Insulin-Like Growth Factor family and Insulin Receptor (INSR)), myogenic (Myogenic Differentiation 1 (MYOD1), Myogenin (MYOG), Myocyte Enhancer Factor 2A (MEF2A), Serum Response Factor (SRF)) and adipogenic (Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptor Gamma (PPARG)) genes in fetal longissimus dorsi (LD) and semitendinosus (ST) muscle...
August 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820498/interference-of-apoptosis-by-hepatitis-b-virus
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REVIEW
Shaoli Lin, Yan-Jin Zhang
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) causes liver diseases that have been a consistent problem for human health, leading to more than one million deaths every year worldwide. A large proportion of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cases across the world are closely associated with chronic HBV infection. Apoptosis is a programmed cell death and is frequently altered in cancer development. HBV infection interferes with the apoptosis signaling to promote HCC progression and viral proliferation. The HBV-mediated alteration of apoptosis is achieved via interference with cellular signaling pathways and regulation of epigenetics...
August 18, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820176/5-hydroxymethylcytosine-signatures-in-cell-free-dna-provide-information-about-tumor-types-and-stages
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Chun-Xiao Song, Senlin Yin, Li Ma, Amanda Wheeler, Yu Chen, Yan Zhang, Bin Liu, Junjie Xiong, Weihan Zhang, Jiankun Hu, Zongguang Zhou, Biao Dong, Zhiqi Tian, Stefanie S Jeffrey, Mei-Sze Chua, Samuel So, Weimin Li, Yuquan Wei, Jiajie Diao, Dan Xie, Stephen R Quake
5-Hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) is an important mammalian DNA epigenetic modification that has been linked to gene regulation and cancer pathogenesis. Here we explored the diagnostic potential of 5hmC in circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) using a sensitive chemical labeling-based low-input shotgun sequencing approach. We sequenced cell-free 5hmC from 49 patients of seven different cancer types and found distinct features that could be used to predict cancer types and stages with high accuracy. Specifically, we discovered that lung cancer leads to a progressive global loss of 5hmC in cfDNA, whereas hepatocellular carcinoma and pancreatic cancer lead to disease-specific changes in the cell-free hydroxymethylome...
August 18, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820062/urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-and-the-molecular-mechanisms-of-its-regulation-in-cancer
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Juan Francisco Santibanez
Urokinase type plasminogen activator (uPA) is a 53-kDa serine protease initially synthesized as a catalytically inactive single chain polypeptide. Inactive-uPA is subject to proteolytic cleavage which results in the two-chain active protein. uPA plays key roles in the enhancement of cell malignancy during tumor progression. uPA is finely regulated in normal cells, but dysregulated in tumor cells, which results in increased cellular invasion capacities reflecting changes in uPA activity and expression during tumor progression...
August 18, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819251/g9a-regulates-breast-cancer-growth-by-modulating-iron-homeostasis-through-the-repression-of-ferroxidase-hephaestin
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Ya-Fang Wang, Jie Zhang, Yi Su, Yan-Yan Shen, Dong-Xian Jiang, Ying-Yong Hou, Mei-Yu Geng, Jian Ding, Yi Chen
G9a, a H3K9 methyltransferase, shows elevated expression in many types of human cancers, particularly breast cancer. However, the tumorigenic mechanism of G9a is still far from clear. Here we report that G9a exerts its oncogenic function in breast cancer by repressing hephaestin and destruction cellular iron homeostasis. In the case of pharmacological inhibition or short hairpin RNA interference-mediated suppression of G9a, the expression and activity of hephaestin increases, leading to the observed decrease of intracellular labile iron content and the disturbance of breast cancer cell growth in vitro and in vivo...
August 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819152/dissecting-the-genomic-activity-of-a-transcriptional-regulator-by-the-integrative-analysis-of-omics-data
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Giulio Ferrero, Valentina Miano, Marco Beccuti, Gianfranco Balbo, Michele De Bortoli, Francesca Cordero
In the study of genomic regulation, strategies to integrate the data produced by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)-based technologies in a meaningful ensemble are eagerly awaited and must continuously evolve. Here, we describe an integrative strategy for the analysis of data generated by chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by NGS which combines algorithms for data overlap, normalization and epigenetic state analysis. The performance of our strategy is illustrated by presenting the analysis of data relative to the transcriptional regulator Estrogen Receptor alpha (ERα) in MCF-7 breast cancer cells and of Glucocorticoid Receptor (GR) in A549 lung cancer cells...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819115/genome-wide-identification-and-expression-profiling-of-long-non-coding-rnas-in-auditory-and-vestibular-systems
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Kathy Ushakov, Tal Koffler-Brill, Aviv Rom, Kobi Perl, Igor Ulitsky, Karen B Avraham
Mammalian genomes encode multiple layers of regulation, including a class of RNA molecules known as long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). These are >200 nucleotides in length and similar to mRNAs, they are capped, polyadenylated, and spliced. In contrast to mRNAs, lncRNAs are less abundant and have higher tissue specificity, and have been linked to development, epigenetic processes, and disease. However, little is known about lncRNA function in the auditory and vestibular systems, or how they play a role in deafness and vestibular dysfunction...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819001/epigenomics-and-human-adaptation-to-high-altitude
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Colleen Glyde Julian
Over the past decade, major technological and analytical advancements have propelled efforts towards identifying the molecular mechanisms that govern human adaptation to high altitude. Despite remarkable progress with respect to the identification of adaptive genomic signals that are strongly associated with the 'hypoxia-tolerant' physiological characteristics of high-altitude populations, many questions regarding the fundamental biological processes underlying human adaptation remain unanswered. Vital to address these enduring questions will be to determine the role of epigenetic processes, or non-sequence based features of the genome, that are not only critical for the regulation of transcriptional responses to hypoxia but heritable across generations...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818477/human-imprinting-disorders-principles-practice-problems-and-progress
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REVIEW
Deborah J G Mackay
Epigenetic regulation orchestrates gene expression with exquisite precision, over a huge dynamic range and across developmental space and time, permitting genomically-homogeneous humans to develop and adapt to their surroundings. Every generation, these epigenetic marks are re-set twice: in the germline, to enable differentiation of sperm and eggs, and at fertilisation, to create the totipotent zygote that then begins growth and differentiation into a new human. A small group of genes evades the second, zygotic wave of epigenetic reprogramming, and these genes retain an epigenetic 'imprint' of the parent from whom they were inherited...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818387/plant-response-to-biotic-stress-is-there-a-common-epigenetic-response-during-plant-pathogenic-and-symbiotic-interactions
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REVIEW
Prince Zogli, Marc Libault
Plants constantly interact with pathogenic and symbiotic microorganisms. Recent studies have revealed several regulatory mechanisms controlling these interactions. Among them, the plant defense system is activated not only in response to pathogenic, but also in response to symbiotic microbes. Interestingly, shortly after symbiotic microbial recognition, the plant defense system is suppressed to promote plant infection by symbionts. Research studies have demonstrated the influence of the plant epigenome in modulating both pathogenic and symbiotic plant-microbe interactions, thereby influencing plant survival, adaptation and evolution of the plant response to microbial infections...
October 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818098/sex-chromosomes-drive-gene-expression-and-regulatory-dimorphisms-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Rachael J Werner, Bryant M Schultz, Jacklyn M Huhn, Jaroslav Jelinek, Jozef Madzo, Nora Engel
BACKGROUND: Pre-implantation embryos exhibit sexual dimorphisms in both primates and rodents. To determine whether these differences reflected sex-biased expression patterns, we generated transcriptome profiles for six 40,XX, six 40,XY, and two 39,X mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells by RNA sequencing. RESULTS: We found hundreds of coding and non-coding RNAs that were differentially expressed between male and female cells. Surprisingly, the majority of these were autosomal and included RNA encoding transcription and epigenetic and chromatin remodeling factors...
August 17, 2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818081/what-makes-gouty-inflammation-so-variable
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REVIEW
Robert Terkeltaub
Acute gout arthritis flares contribute dominantly to gout-specific impaired health-related quality of life, representing a progressively increasing public health problem. Flares can be complex and expensive to treat, partly due to the frequent comorbidities. Unmet needs in gout management are more pressing given the markedly increasing gout flare hospital admission rates. In addition, chronic gouty arthritis can cause joint damage and functional impairment. This review addresses new knowledge on the basis for the marked, inherent variability of responses to deposited urate crystals, including the unpredictable and self-limited aspects of many gout flares...
August 18, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817968/destabilizing-the-interplay-between-mir-1275-and-igf2bps-by-tamarix-articulata-and-quercetin-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Yasmin M Shaalan, H Handoussa, R A Youness, R A Assal, A H El-Khatib, M W Linscheid, H M El Tayebi, A I Abdelaziz
Insulin-like growth factor-2 binding proteins (IGF2BPs) are oncogenic RNA-binding proteins, highly up-regulated in HCC, and were recently validated as direct targets of the tumour suppressor miR-1275. It is worth noting that around 47% of FDA approved anticancer drugs are derived from plants. Modulation by miRNAs and their cellular signalling cascades could constitute new pathways by which these phytochemicals exert their effects. This study aimed to investigate the potential use of Tamarix articulata, quercetin and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in HCC and how these phytochemicals could epigenetically modulate the IGF axis using their impact on miR-1275...
August 18, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817493/dna-methylation-of-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-gene-promoter-in-the-placenta-is-associated-with-blood-pressure-regulation-in-human-pregnancy
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Sulistyo E Dwi Putra, Christoph Reichetzeder, Martin Meixner, Karsten Liere, Torsten Slowinski, Berthold Hocher
BACKGROUND: Blood pressure (BP) regulation during pregnancy is influenced by hormones of placental origin. It was shown that the glucocorticoid system is altered in hypertensive pregnancy disorders such as preeclampsia. Epigenetic mechanism might influence the activity of genes involved in placental hormone/hormone receptor synthesis/action during pregnancy. METHOD: In the current study, we analyzed the association of 5'-C-phosphate-G-3' (CpG) site methylation of different glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1) promoter regions with BP during pregnancy...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816587/dna-methylation-independent-growth-restriction-and-altered-developmental-programming-in-a-mouse-model-of-preconception-male-alcohol-exposure
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Richard C Chang, William M Skiles, S Chronister Sarah, Haiqing Wang, Gabrielle I Sutton, Yudhishtar S Bedi, Matthew Snyder, Charles R Long, Michael C Golding
The preconception environment is a significant modifier of dysgenesis and the development of environmentally-induced disease. To date, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) have been exclusively associated with maternal exposures, yet emerging evidence suggests male-inherited alterations in the developmental program of sperm may be relevant to the growth-restriction phenotypes of this condition. Using a mouse model of voluntary consumption, we find chronic preconception male ethanol exposure associates with fetal growth restriction, decreased placental efficiency, abnormalities in cholesterol trafficking, sex-specific alterations in the genetic pathways regulating hepatic fibrosis, and disruptions in the regulation of imprinted genes...
August 17, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816066/stressing-the-epi-genome-dealing-with-ros-in-cancer
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Akshay V Bhat, Shainan Hora, Ananya Pal, Sudhakar Jha, Reshma Taneja
SIGNIFICANCE: Growing evidence indicates cross-talk between Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and several key epigenetic processes like DNA methylation, histone modifications and miRNAs in normal physiology and human pathologies including cancer. This review focuses on how ROS-induced oxidative stress, metabolic intermediates and epigenetic processes influence each other in various cancers. Recent Advances: ROS alters chromatin structure and metabolism which impact the epigenetic landscape in cancer cells...
August 17, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816061/redox-regulation-and-non-coding-rnas
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Matthias S Leisegang, Katrin Schröder, Ralf P Brandes
SIGNIFICANCE: RNA is a heterogeneous class of molecules with the minority being protein coding. Non-coding RNAs (ncRNA) are involved in translation and epigenetic control mechanisms of gene expression. Recent Advances: Within recent years the number of identified ncRNAs has dramatically increased and it is now clear that ncRNAs provide a complex layer of differential gene expression control. CRITICAL ISSUES: NcRNAs exhibit interplay with redox-regulation. Redox-regulation alters the expression of ncRNAs; conversely, ncRNAs alter the expression of generator and effector systems of redox regulation in a complex manner, which will be the focus of this review article...
August 17, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815615/trans-methylation-reactions-in-plants-focus-on-the-activated-methyl-cycle
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Moona Rahikainen, Sara Alegre, Andrea Trotta, Jesús Pascual, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi
Trans-methylation reactions are vital in basic metabolism, epigenetic regulation, RNA metabolism, and post-translational control of protein function, and therefore fundamental in determining physiological processes in all living organisms. The plant kingdom is additionally characterized by production of secondary metabolites that undergo specific hydroxylation, oxidation and methylation reactions to obtain a wide array of different chemical structures. Increasing research efforts have started to reveal the enzymatic pathways underlying the biosynthesis of complex metabolites in plants...
August 16, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
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