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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227210/separate-roles-for-chromatin-and-lamins-in-nuclear-mechanics
#1
Andrew D Stephens, Edward J Banigan, John F Marko
The cell nucleus houses, protects, and arranges the genome within the cell. Therefore, nuclear mechanics and morphology are important for dictating gene regulation, and these properties are perturbed in many human diseases, such as cancers and progerias. The field of nuclear mechanics has long been dominated by studies of the nuclear lamina, the intermediate filament shell residing just beneath the nuclear membrane. However, a growing body of work shows that chromatin and chromatin-related factors within the nucleus are an essential part of the mechanical response of the cell nucleus to forces...
December 11, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226142/computational-exploration-for-lead-compounds-that-can-reverse-the-nuclear-morphology-in-progeria
#2
Shailima Rampogu, Ayoung Baek, Minky Son, Amir Zeb, Chanin Park, Raj Kumar, Gihwan Lee, Donghwan Kim, Yeonuk Choi, Yeongrae Cho, Yohan Park, Seok Ju Park, Keun Woo Lee
Progeria is a rare genetic disorder characterized by premature aging that eventually leads to death and is noticed globally. Despite alarming conditions, this disease lacks effective medications; however, the farnesyltransferase inhibitors (FTIs) are a hope in the dark. Therefore, the objective of the present article is to identify new compounds from the databases employing pharmacophore based virtual screening. Utilizing nine training set compounds along with lonafarnib, a common feature pharmacophore was constructed consisting of four features...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196523/dna-replication-timing-alterations-identify-common-markers-between-distinct-progeroid-diseases
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Juan Carlos Rivera-Mulia, Romain Desprat, Claudia Trevilla-Garcia, Daniela Cornacchia, Hélène Schwerer, Takayo Sasaki, Jiao Sima, Tyler Fells, Lorenz Studer, Jean-Marc Lemaitre, David M Gilbert
Progeroid syndromes are rare genetic disorders that phenotypically resemble natural aging. Different causal mutations have been identified, but no molecular alterations have been identified that are in common to these diseases. DNA replication timing (RT) is a robust cell type-specific epigenetic feature highly conserved in the same cell types from different individuals but altered in disease. Here, we characterized DNA RT program alterations in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) and Rothmund-Thomson syndrome (RTS) patients compared with natural aging and cellular senescence...
December 1, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150992/accelerated-aging-and-aging-process-in-the-brain
#4
Nickolay K Isaev, Elisaveta E Genrikhs, Maria V Oborina, Elena V Stelmashook
One of the approaches to the research of the problem of aging is the study of genetic pathologies leading to accelerated aging, such as the Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, Werner syndrome, and Down syndrome. Probably, this approach can be used in an attempt to understand the neuronal mechanisms underlying normal and pathological brain aging. The analysis of the current state of scientific knowledge about these pathologies shows that in the Hutchinson-Gilford progeria and Werner syndrome, the rate of brain aging is significantly lower than the rate of whole body aging, whereas in Down syndrome, the brain ages faster than other organs due to amyloid-beta accumulation and chronic oxidative stress in the brain tissue...
November 18, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149836/are-there-different-kinds-of-aging
#5
Amalia Gabriela Diaconeasa
A critical analysis of the accelerated aging syndromes may explain what aging is, but also why some tissues and organs age at accelerated rates in comparison with aging rates of other tissues. Syndromes of accelerated aging are caused by mutations affecting the integrity of the genetic material. Among them, the most studied is Werner's syndrome, "adult progeria", caused by a recessive autosomal mutation with a frequency of 1 in 10 millions, which affects a helicase involved in DNA repair. In Werner syndrome, there is a loss of heterochromatin, though the stability of heterochromatin is also affected in "normal" aging...
November 16, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149195/age-of-heart-disease-presentation-and-dysmorphic-nuclei-in-patients-with-lmna-mutations
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Jason Q Core, Mehrsa Mehrabi, Zachery R Robinson, Alexander R Ochs, Linda A McCarthy, Michael V Zaragoza, Anna Grosberg
Nuclear shape defects are a distinguishing characteristic in laminopathies, cancers, and other pathologies. Correlating these defects to the symptoms, mechanisms, and progression of disease requires unbiased, quantitative, and high-throughput means of quantifying nuclear morphology. To accomplish this, we developed a method of automatically segmenting fluorescently stained nuclei in 2D microscopy images and then classifying them as normal or dysmorphic based on three geometric features of the nucleus using a package of Matlab codes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142071/chromatin-histone-modifications-and-rigidity-affect-nuclear-morphology-independent-of-lamins
#7
Andrew D Stephens, Patrick Z Liu, Edward J Banigan, Luay M Almassalha, Vadim Backman, Stephen A Adam, Robert D Goldman, John F Marko
Nuclear shape and architecture influence gene localization, mechanotransduction, transcription, and cell function. Abnormal nuclear morphology and protrusions termed "blebs" are diagnostic markers for many human afflictions including heart disease, aging, progeria, and cancer. Nuclear blebs are associated with both lamin and chromatin alterations. A number of prior studies suggest that lamins dictate nuclear morphology, but the contributions of altered chromatin compaction remain unclear. We show that chromatin histone modification state dictates nuclear rigidity, and modulating it is sufficient to both induce and suppress nuclear blebs...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138706/radiological-diagnosis-of-a-rare-premature-aging-genetic-disorder-progeria-hutchinson-gilford-syndrome
#8
Haji Mohammed Nazir, Akshiitha Ramesh Baabhu, Yuvaraj Muralidharan, Seena Cheppala Rajan
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS) is a rare disease with a combination of short stature, bone abnormalities, premature ageing, and skin changes. Though the physical appearance of these patients is characteristic, there is little emphasis on the characteristic radiological features. In this paper, we report a 16-year-old boy with clinical and radiological features of this rare genetic disorder. He had a characteristic facial appearance with a large head, large eyes, thin nose with beaked tip, small chin, protruding ears, prominent scalp veins, and absence of hair...
2017: Case Reports in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127216/emerging-candidate-treatment-strategies-for-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome
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REVIEW
Charlotte Strandgren, Gwladys Revêchon, Agustín Sola Carvajal, Maria Eriksson
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS, progeria) is an extremely rare premature aging disorder affecting children, with a disease incidence of ∼1 in 18 million individuals. HGPS is usually caused by a de novo point mutation in exon 11 of the LMNA gene (c.1824C>T, p.G608G), resulting in the increased usage of a cryptic splice site and production of a truncated unprocessed lamin A protein named progerin. Since the genetic cause for HGPS was published in 2003, numerous potential treatment options have rapidly emerged...
November 10, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112121/the-potential-of-ipscs-for-the-treatment-of-premature-aging-disorders
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REVIEW
Claudia Compagnucci, Enrico Bertini
Premature aging disorders including Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) and Werner syndrome, are a group of rare monogenic diseases leading to reduced lifespan of the patients. Importantly, these disorders mimic several features of physiological aging. Despite the interest on the study of these diseases, the underlying biological mechanisms remain unknown and no treatment is available. Recent studies on HGPS (due to mutations of the LMNA gene encoding for the nucleoskeletal proteins lamin A/C) have reported disruptions in cellular and molecular mechanisms modulating genomic stability and stem cell populations, thus giving the nuclear lamina a relevant function in nuclear organization, epigenetic regulation and in the maintenance of the stem cell pool...
November 7, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081010/accumulation-of-glycated-proteins-suggesting-premature-ageing-in-lamin-b-receptor-deficient-mice
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Frank Hause, Dietmar Schlote, Andreas Simm, Katrin Hoffmann, Alexander Navarrete Santos
Accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) is accompanied by increased free radical activity which contributes to ageing and the development or worsening of degenerative diseases. Apart from other physiological factors, AGEs are also an important biomarker for premature ageing. Here we report protein modifications (glycation) in a mouse model of lamin B receptor deficient ic (J) /ic (J) mice displaying skin defects similar to those of classical progeria. Therefore, we analysed AGE-modifications in protein extracts from various tissues of ic (J) /ic (J) mice...
October 28, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051264/protein-sequestration-at-the-nuclear-periphery-as-a-potential-regulatory-mechanism-in-premature-aging
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REVIEW
Leonid Serebryannyy, Tom Misteli
Despite the extensive description of numerous molecular changes associated with aging, insights into the driver mechanisms of this fundamental biological process are limited. Based on observations in the premature aging syndrome Hutchinson-Gilford progeria, we explore the possibility that protein regulation at the inner nuclear membrane and the nuclear lamina contributes to the aging process. In support, sequestration of nucleoplasmic proteins to the periphery impacts cell stemness, the response to cytotoxicity, proliferation, changes in chromatin state, and telomere stability...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047356/non-syndromic-cardiac-progeria-in-a-patient-with-the-rare-pathogenic-p-asp300asn-variant-in-the-lmna-gene
#13
Ali J Marian
BACKGROUND: Mutations in LMNA gene, encoding Lamin A/C, cause a diverse array of phenotypes, collectively referred to as laminopathies. The most common manifestation is dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), occurring in conjunction with variable skeletal muscle involvement but without involvement of the coronary arteries. Much less commonly, LMNA mutations cause progeroid syndromes, whereby an early-onset coronary artery disease (CAD) is the hallmark of the disease. We report a hitherto unreported compound cardiac phenotype, dubbed as "non-syndromic cardiac progeria", in a young patient who carried a rare pathogenic variant in the LMNA gene and developed progressive degeneration of various cardiac structures, as seen in the elderly...
October 18, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029393/intermittent-treatment-with-farnesyltransferase-inhibitor-and-sulforaphane-improves-cellular-homeostasis-in-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-fibroblasts
#14
Diana Gabriel, Dinah Dorith Shafry, Leslie B Gordon, Karima Djabali
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a rare genetic condition associated with mutations in the LMNA gene. This disease recapitulates some aspects of normal aging, such as hair loss, thin skin, joint stiffness, and atherosclerosis. The latter leads to heart attack or stroke that causes death at an average age of 14.6 years in children with HGPS. The typical LMNA mutation results in the production of a truncated prelamin A protein, progerin, that remains permanently farnesylated and abnormally associated with the nuclear envelope...
September 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990109/mir%C3%A2-342%C3%A2-5p-promotes-zmpste24%C3%A2-deficient-mouse-embryonic-fibroblasts-proliferation-by-suppressing-gas2
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Chun-Long Zhang, Xinguang Liu, Qiu-Jing He, Huiling Zheng, Shun Xu, Xing-Dong Xiong, Yuan Yuan, Jie Ruan, Jiang-Bin Li, Yu Xing, Zhongjun Zhou, Shixiong Deng
Cellular senescence is an irreversible growth arrest of cells that maintain their metabolic activities. Premature senescence can be induced by different stress factors and occurs in mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) derived from Zmpste24 metalloproteinase‑deficient mice, a progeria mouse model of Hutchinson‑Gilford Progeria Syndrome. Previous studies have shown that miR‑342‑5p, an intronic microRNA (miRNA/miR) reportedly involved in ageing associated diseases, is downregulated in Zmpste24‑/‑ MEFs...
December 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974341/bubr1-insufficiency-impairs-angiogenesis-in-aging-and-in-experimental-critical-limb-ischemic-mice
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Jun Okadome, Takuya Matsumoto, Keiji Yoshiya, Daisuke Matsuda, Kouji Tamada, Mitsuho Onimaru, Kaku Nakano, Kensuke Egashira, Yoshikazu Yonemitsu, Yoshihiko Maehara
OBJECTIVES: Budding uninhibited by benzimidazole-related 1 (BubR1), a cell cycle-related protein, is an essential component of the spindle checkpoint that regulates cell division. Mice in which BubR1 expression is reduced to 10% of the normal level display the phenotypic features of progeria. However, the role of BubR1 in vascular diseases and angiogenesis remains unknown. To investigate the influence of BubR1 on angiogenesis, we generated a low-null-BubR1-expressing (BubR1L/-) mouse strain with reduced BubR1 expression as low as 15% of the normal level without any abnormalities in appearance...
September 30, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944914/gene-screening-facilitates-diagnosis-of-complicated-symptoms-a-case-report
#17
Hong Duan, Di Zhang, Jing Cheng, Yu Lu, Huijun Yuan
Gene mutation has an important role in disease pathogenesis; therefore, genetic screening is a useful tool for diagnosis. The present study screened pathogenic genes, ectodysplasin A (EDA) and lamin A/C (LMNA), in a patient with suspected syndromic hearing impairment and various other symptoms including tooth and skin abnormalities. Large‑scale sequencing of 438 deafness‑associated genes and whole‑genome sequencing was also performed. The present findings did not identify copy number variation and mutations in EDA; therefore, excluding the possibility of EDA‑initiated ectodermal dysplasia syndrome...
December 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934587/aging-in-the-cardiovascular-system-lessons-from-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome
#18
Magda R Hamczyk, Lara Del Campo, Vicente Andrés
Aging, the main risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), is becoming progressively more prevalent in our societies. A better understanding of how aging promotes CVD is therefore urgently needed to develop new strategies to reduce disease burden. Atherosclerosis and heart failure contribute significantly to age-associated CVD-related morbimortality. CVD and aging are both accelerated in patients suffering from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), a rare genetic disorder caused by the prelamin A mutant progerin...
September 20, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915791/segmentation-and-classification-of-two-channel-c-elegans-nucleus-labeled-fluorescence-images
#19
Mengdi Zhao, Jie An, Haiwen Li, Jiazhi Zhang, Shang-Tong Li, Xue-Mei Li, Meng-Qiu Dong, Heng Mao, Louis Tao
BACKGROUND: Aging is characterized by a gradual breakdown of cellular structures. Nuclear abnormality is a hallmark of progeria in human. Analysis of age-dependent nuclear morphological changes in Caenorhabditis elegans is of great value to aging research, and this calls for an automatic image processing method that is suitable for both normal and abnormal structures. RESULTS: Our image processing method consists of nuclear segmentation, feature extraction and classification...
September 15, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905970/on-the-discovery-of-new-potent-human-farnesyltransferase-inhibitors-emerging-pyroglutamic-derivatives
#20
Germain Homerin, Emmanuelle Lipka, Benoît Rigo, Amaury Farce, Joëlle Dubois, Alina Ghinet
In the current context of lack of emergence of innovative human farnesyltransferase inhibitors families, and given all new therapeutic perspectives that open up for such molecules in rare diseases (e.g. Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome), and in delta hepatitis, cardiovascular or neuroinflammatory diseases, we have just discovered a new series of powerful inhibitors. These molecules are pyroglutamic acid derivatives, and were evaluated on human farnesyltransferase in vitro then modeled in silico on the active site of the protein...
October 4, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
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