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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447752/islet-1-induces-the-differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-into-cardiomyocyte-like-cells-through-the-regulation-of-gcn5-and-dnmt-1
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Qin Yi, Hao Xu, Ke Yang, Yue Wang, Bin Tan, Jie Tian, Jing Zhu
Previous studies from this group demonstrated that insulin gene enhancer binding protein ISL-1 (Islet-1) specifically induces the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into cardiomyocyte‑like cells through histone acetylation. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. In the present study, the role of the histone acetylation and DNA methylation on the regulatory mechanism of the Islet‑1 was further investigated by methylation‑specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR), chromatin immunoprecipitation quantitative PCR and western blot analysis...
March 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446598/the-histone-variant-h2a-z-promotes-efficient-cotranscriptional-splicing-in-s-cerevisiae
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Lauren T Neves, Stephen Douglass, Roberto Spreafico, Srivats Venkataramanan, Tracy L Kress, Tracy L Johnson
In eukaryotes, a dynamic ribonucleic protein machine known as the spliceosome catalyzes the removal of introns from premessenger RNA (pre-mRNA). Recent studies show the processes of RNA synthesis and RNA processing to be spatio-temporally coordinated, indicating that RNA splicing takes place in the context of chromatin. H2A.Z is a highly conserved histone variant of the canonical histone H2A. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, H2A.Z is deposited into chromatin by the SWR-C complex, is found near the 5' ends of protein-coding genes, and has been implicated in transcription regulation...
April 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446597/the-histone-variant-h2a-z-promotes-splicing-of-weak-introns
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Kelly E Nissen, Christina M Homer, Colm J Ryan, Michael Shales, Nevan J Krogan, Kristin L Patrick, Christine Guthrie
Multiple lines of evidence implicate chromatin in the regulation of premessenger RNA (pre-mRNA) splicing. However, the influence of chromatin factors on cotranscriptional splice site usage remains unclear. Here we investigated the function of the highly conserved histone variant H2A.Z in pre-mRNA splicing using the intron-rich model yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe Using epistatic miniarray profiles (EMAPs) to survey the genetic interaction landscape of the Swr1 nucleosome remodeling complex, which deposits H2A...
April 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446594/pioneering-ebf2-remodels-the-brown-fat-chromatin-landscape
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Jiexin Wang, Peter Tontonoz
In this issue of Genes & Development, Shapira and colleagues (pp. 660-673) outline mechanisms by which the brown fat transcription factor early B-cell factor 2 (EBF2) selectively activates brown lineage-specific gene expression. The investigators show that EBF2 interacts with and recruits a tissue-specific BAF chromatin remodeling complex to brown fat gene enhancers, thereby regulating chromatin accessibility. Their findings provide important insight into epigenetic regulation of adipocyte fate and thermogenic gene expression...
April 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441948/over-expressed-long-noncoding-rna-hoxa11-as-promotes-cell-cycle-progression-and-metastasis-in-gastric-cancer
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Zhili Liu, Zhenyao Chen, Ruihua Fan, Bin Jiang, Xin Chen, Qinnan Chen, Fengqi Nie, Kaihua Lu, Ming Sun
BACKGROUND: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have emerged as critical regulators in a variety of human cancers, including gastric cancer (GC). However, the function and mechanisms responsible for these molecules in GC are not fully understood. In our previous study, we found that GC associated lncRNA HOXA11-AS is significantly upregulated in GC tissues. Over-expressed HOXA11-AS promotes GC cells proliferation and invasion through scaffolding the chromatin modification factors PRC2, LSD1 and DNMT1...
April 26, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440894/chromatin-sumoylation-in-heat-stress-to-protect-pause-and-organise-sumo-stress-response-on-chromatin
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Einari A Niskanen, Jorma J Palvimo
Post-translational modifications, e.g. SUMO modifications (SUMOylation), provide a mechanism for swiftly changing a protein's activity. Various stress conditions trigger a SUMO stress response (SSR) - a stress-induced rapid change in the conjugation of SUMO to multiple proteins, which predominantly targets nuclear proteins. The SSR has been postulated to protect stressed cells by preserving the functionality of crucial proteins. However, it is unclear how it exerts its protective functions. Interestingly, heat stress (HS) increases SUMOylation of proteins at active promoters and enhancers...
April 25, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438634/structural-insights-into-baf47-and-baf155-complex-formation
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Li Yan, Si Xie, Yongming Du, Chengmin Qian
Mammalian BAF complexes are a subfamily of SWI/SNF ATP-dependent chromatin remodelers that dynamically modulate chromatin structure to regulate fundamental cellular processes including gene transcription, cell cycle control and DNA damage response. So far many distinct BAF complexes have been identified with polymorphic assemblies of up to 15 subunits from 29 genes. The evolutionarily conserved BRG1/BRM, BAF47 and BAF155/BAF170 form a stable complex that carries out essential chromatin remodeling activity and therefore have been regarded as the core components of BAF complex...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436983/stable-polycomb-dependent-transgenerational-inheritance-of-chromatin-states-in-drosophila
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Filippo Ciabrelli, Federico Comoglio, Simon Fellous, Boyan Bonev, Maria Ninova, Quentin Szabo, Anne Xuéreb, Christophe Klopp, Alexei Aravin, Renato Paro, Frédéric Bantignies, Giacomo Cavalli
Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance (TEI) describes the transmission of alternative functional states through multiple generations in the presence of the same genomic DNA sequence. Very little is known about the principles and the molecular mechanisms governing this type of inheritance. Here, by transiently enhancing 3D chromatin interactions, we established stable and isogenic Drosophila epilines that carry alternative epialleles, as defined by differential levels of Polycomb-dependent trimethylation of histone H3 Lys27 (forming H3K27me3)...
April 24, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436944/active-and-poised-promoter-states-drive-folding-of-the-extended-hoxb-locus-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Mariano Barbieri, Sheila Q Xie, Elena Torlai Triglia, Andrea M Chiariello, Simona Bianco, Inês de Santiago, Miguel R Branco, David Rueda, Mario Nicodemi, Ana Pombo
Gene expression states influence the 3D conformation of the genome through poorly understood mechanisms. Here, we investigate the conformation of the murine HoxB locus, a gene-dense genomic region containing closely spaced genes with distinct activation states in mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells. To predict possible folding scenarios, we performed computer simulations of polymer models informed with different chromatin occupancy features that define promoter activation states or binding sites for the transcription factor CTCF...
April 24, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435001/hi-c-2-0-an-optimized-hi-c-procedure-for-high-resolution-genome-wide-mapping-of-chromosome-conformation
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Houda Belaghzal, Job Dekker, Johan H Gibcus
Chromosome conformation capture-based methods such as Hi-C have become mainstream techniques for the study of the 3D organization of genomes. These methods convert chromatin interactions reflecting topological chromatin structures into digital information (counts of pair-wise interactions). Here, we describe an updated protocol for Hi-C (Hi-C 2.0) that integrates recent improvements into a single protocol for efficient and high-resolution capture of chromatin interactions. This protocol combines chromatin digestion and frequently cutting enzymes to obtain kilobase (Kb) resolution...
April 18, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432332/involvement-of-gonadotropin-inhibitory-hormone-in-pubertal-disorders-induced-by-thyroid-status
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Mika Kiyohara, You Lee Son, Kazuyoshi Tsutsui
Thyroid disorders cause abnormal puberty, indicating interactions between the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) and hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axes, which are important in pubertal development. The hypothalamic gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH) was shown to be decreased in the early prepubertal stage, suggesting the role of GnIH on pubertal onset. Here, we investigated whether thyroid dysfunction affects pubertal onset in female mice via GnIH regulation. Hypothyroidism showed delayed pubertal onset with increased GnIH expression and reduced pituitary-gonadal activity...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431932/the-lncrna-zbed3-as1-induces-chondrogenesis-of-human-synovial-fluid-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Farong Ou, Kai Su, Jiadong Sun, Wenting Liao, Yu Yao, Youhua Zheng, Zhiguang Zhang
Human synovial fluid-derived mesenchymal stem cells (SFMSCs) have great potential for cartilage induction and are promising for cell-based strategies for articular cartilage repair. Many long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) regulate chondrogenesis of MSCs. We hypothesized that the divergent lncRNA ZBED3-AS1, which binds locally to chromatin, could promote the expression of zbed3, a novel Axin-interacting protein that activates Wnt/β-catenin signaling, involved in chondrogenesis. However, the function of ZBED3-AS1 in SFMSCs is unclear...
April 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431046/brg1-interacts-with-sox10-to-establish-the-melanocyte-lineage-and-to-promote-differentiation
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Himangi G Marathe, Dawn E Watkins-Chow, Matthias Weider, Alana Hoffmann, Gaurav Mehta, Archit Trivedi, Shweta Aras, Tupa Basuroy, Aanchal Mehrotra, Dorothy C Bennett, Michael Wegner, William J Pavan, Ivana L de la Serna
Mutations in SOX10 cause neurocristopathies which display varying degrees of hypopigmentation. Using a sensitized mutagenesis screen, we identified Smarca4 as a modifier gene that exacerbates the phenotypic severity of Sox10 haplo-insufficient mice. Conditional deletion of Smarca4 in SOX10 expressing cells resulted in reduced numbers of cranial and ventral trunk melanoblasts. To define the requirement for the Smarca4 -encoded BRG1 subunit of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex, we employed in vitro models of melanocyte differentiation in which induction of melanocyte-specific gene expression is closely linked to chromatin alterations...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430877/the-accessible-chromatin-landscape-during-conversion-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-to-trophoblast-by-bmp4
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Yajun Liu, Dewu Ding, Hongde Liu, Xiao Sun
Human embryonic stem cells (hESC) exposed to the growth factor bone morphogenic protein 4 (BMP4) in the absence of FGF2 have been used as a model to study the development of placental development. However, little is known about the cis-regulatory mechanisms underlying this important process. In this study, we used the public available chromatin accessibility data of hESC H1 cells and BMP4-induced trophoblast (TB)cell lines to identify DNase I hypersensitive sites (DHSs) in the two cell lines, as well as the transcription factor binding sites within the DHSs...
April 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429743/novel-sumo-protease-senp7s-regulates-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-and-mammary-epithelial-cell-transformation
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Samaneh Karami, Feng-Ming Lin, Santosh Kumar, Shaymaa Bahnassy, Hariprasad Thangavel, Maram Quttina, Yue Li, Jing Ren, Tasneem Bawa-Khalfe
SUMO post-translational modification of proteins or SUMOylation ensures normal cell function. Disruption of SUMO dynamics prompts various pathophysiological conditions, including cancer. The burden of deSUMOylating the large SUMO-proteome rests on 6 full-length mammalian SUMO-proteases or SENP. While multiple SENP isoforms exist, the function of these isoforms remains undefined. We now delineate the biological role of a novel SENP7 isoform SENP7S in mammary epithelial cells. SENP7S is the predominant SENP transcript in human mammary epithelia but is significantly reduced in precancerous ductal carcinoma in situ and all breast cancer subtypes...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428957/coordinating-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-cardiovascular-disease-interactions-between-chromatin-modifiers-and-transcription-factors
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REVIEW
Ashley J Bauer, Kathleen A Martin
Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death with increasing economic burden. The pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases is complex, but can arise from genetic and/or environmental risk factors. This can lead to dysregulated gene expression in numerous cell types including cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells, vascular smooth muscle cells, and inflammatory cells. While initial studies addressed transcriptional control of gene expression, epigenetics has been increasingly appreciated to also play an important role in this process through alterations in chromatin structure and gene accessibility...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428341/ctf4-related-protein-recruits-lhp1-prc2-to-maintain-h3k27me3-levels-in-dividing-cells-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Yue Zhou, Emmanuel Tergemina, Haitao Cui, Alexander Förderer, Benjamin Hartwig, Geo Velikkakam James, Korbinian Schneeberger, Franziska Turck
Polycomb Repressive Complex (PRC) 2 catalyzes the H3K27me3 modification that warrants inheritance of a repressive chromatin structure during cell division, thereby assuring stable target gene repression in differentiated cells. It is still under investigation how H3K27me3 is passed on from maternal to filial strands during DNA replication; however, cell division can reinforce H3K27me3 coverage at target regions. To identify novel factors involved in the Polycomb pathway in plants, we performed a forward genetic screen for enhancers of the like heterochromatin protein 1 (lhp1) mutant, which shows relatively mild phenotypic alterations compared with other plant PRC mutants...
April 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428261/ebf2-transcriptionally-regulates-brown-adipogenesis-via-the-histone-reader-dpf3-and-the-baf-chromatin-remodeling-complex
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Suzanne N Shapira, Hee-Woong Lim, Sona Rajakumari, Alexander P Sakers, Jeff Ishibashi, Matthew J Harms, Kyoung-Jae Won, Patrick Seale
The transcription factor early B-cell factor 2 (EBF2) is an essential mediator of brown adipocyte commitment and terminal differentiation. However, the mechanisms by which EBF2 regulates chromatin to activate brown fat-specific genes in adipocytes were unknown. ChIP-seq (chromatin immunoprecipitation [ChIP] followed by deep sequencing) analyses in brown adipose tissue showed that EBF2 binds and regulates the activity of lineage-specific enhancers. Mechanistically, EBF2 physically interacts with the chromatin remodeler BRG1 and the BAF chromatin remodeling complex in brown adipocytes...
April 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428255/nucleosome-nucleosome-interactions-via-histone-tails-and-linker-dna-regulate-nuclear-rigidity
#19
Yuta Shimamoto, Sachiko Tamura, Hiroshi Masumoto, Kazuhiro Maeshima
Cells, as well as the nuclei inside them, experience significant mechanical stress in diverse biological processes including contraction, migration, and adhesion. The structural stability of nuclei must therefore be maintained in order to protect genome integrity. Despite extensive knowledge on nuclear architecture and components, however, the underlying physical and molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. We addressed this in the present study by subjecting isolated human cell nuclei to microneedle-based quantitative micromanipulation with a series of biochemical perturbations of the chromatin...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426369/hos1-acts-as-a-key-modulator-of-hypocotyl-photomorphogenesis
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Ju-Heon Kim, Hyo-Jun Lee, Chung-Mo Park
Plants recognize light as an environmental signal to determine the proper timing of growth and development. In Arabidopsis seedlings, hypocotyl growth is promoted in the dark but suppressed in the light. It is known that the red/far-red light-sensing receptor phytochrome B (phyB) suppresses the function of PHYTOCHROME INTERACTING FACTOR (PIF) transcription factors, which act as photomorphogenic repressors. However, molecular mechanisms underlying the phyB-mediated inhibition of PIF functioning remain unclear...
April 20, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
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