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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916764/rapid-and-reversible-epigenome-editing-by-endogenous-chromatin-regulators
#1
Simon M G Braun, Jacob G Kirkland, Emma J Chory, Dylan Husmann, Joseph P Calarco, Gerald R Crabtree
Understanding the causal link between epigenetic marks and gene regulation remains a central question in chromatin biology. To edit the epigenome we developed the FIRE-Cas9 system for rapid and reversible recruitment of endogenous chromatin regulators to specific genomic loci. We enhanced the dCas9-MS2 anchor for genome targeting with Fkbp/Frb dimerizing fusion proteins to allow chemical-induced proximity of a desired chromatin regulator. We find that mSWI/SNF (BAF) complex recruitment is sufficient to oppose Polycomb within minutes, leading to activation of bivalent gene transcription in mouse embryonic stem cells...
September 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864478/ews-fli1-retargets-baf-chromatin-remodeling-complexes-in-ewing-sarcoma
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BAF recruitment to GGAA microsatellites activates the Ewing sarcoma transcriptional program.
September 1, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854392/transport-of-pharmaceuticals-and-their-metabolites-between-water-and-sediments-as-a-further-potential-exposure-for-aquatic-organisms
#3
Olga Koba, Katerina Grabicova, Daniel Cerveny, Jan Turek, Jitka Kolarova, Tomas Randak, Vladimir Zlabek, Roman Grabic
Although pharmaceuticals are frequently studied contaminants, their fate in the environment is still not completely clear. During a one year study, a complex approach including water, sediment and fish sampling was used to describe the behaviour of pharmaceuticals and their metabolites (PTMs) in the environment. Eighteen pharmaceuticals and seven of their metabolites were determined in a pond used for the tertiary treatment of wastewater effluent. A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was applied to determine the PTMs concentrations in all matrices...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844864/the-short-isoform-of-brd4-promotes-hiv-1-latency-by-engaging-repressive-swi-snf-chromatin-remodeling-complexes
#4
Ryan J Conrad, Parinaz Fozouni, Sean Thomas, Hendrik Sy, Qiang Zhang, Ming-Ming Zhou, Melanie Ott
BET proteins commonly activate cellular gene expression, yet inhibiting their recruitment paradoxically reactivates latent HIV-1 transcription. Here we identify the short isoform of BET family member BRD4 (BRD4S) as a corepressor of HIV-1 transcription. We found that BRD4S was enriched in chromatin fractions of latently infected T cells, and it was more rapidly displaced from chromatin upon BET inhibition than the long isoform. BET inhibition induced marked nucleosome remodeling at the latent HIV-1 promoter, which was dependent on the activity of BRG1-associated factors (BAF), an SWI/SNF chromatin-remodeling complex with known repressive functions in HIV-1 transcription...
September 21, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844694/cancer-specific-retargeting-of-baf-complexes-by-a-prion-like-domain
#5
Gaylor Boulay, Gabriel J Sandoval, Nicolo Riggi, Sowmya Iyer, Rémi Buisson, Beverly Naigles, Mary E Awad, Shruthi Rengarajan, Angela Volorio, Matthew J McBride, Liliane C Broye, Lee Zou, Ivan Stamenkovic, Cigall Kadoch, Miguel N Rivera
Alterations in transcriptional regulators can orchestrate oncogenic gene expression programs in cancer. Here, we show that the BRG1/BRM-associated factor (BAF) chromatin remodeling complex, which is mutated in over 20% of human tumors, interacts with EWSR1, a member of a family of proteins with prion-like domains (PrLD) that are frequent partners in oncogenic fusions with transcription factors. In Ewing sarcoma, we find that the BAF complex is recruited by the EWS-FLI1 fusion protein to tumor-specific enhancers and contributes to target gene activation...
September 21, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717667/haploinsufficiency-of-bcl11a-associated-with-cerebellar-abnormalities-in-2p15p16-1-deletion-syndrome
#6
Hiroko Shimbo, Takayuki Yokoi, Noriko Aida, Seiji Mizuno, Hiroshi Suzumura, Junichi Nagai, Kazumi Ida, Yumi Enomoto, Chihiro Hatano, Kenji Kurosawa
BACKGROUND: Chromosome 2p15p16.1 deletion syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by intellectual disability (ID), neurodevelopmental delay, language delay, growth retardation, microcephaly, structural brain abnormalities, and dysmorphic features. More than 30 patients with 2p15p16.1 microdeletion syndrome have been reported in the literature. METHODS: Molecular analysis was performed using microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH)...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706277/dna-binding-drives-the-association-of-brg1-hbrm-bromodomains-with-nucleosomes
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Emma A Morrison, Julio C Sanchez, Jehnna L Ronan, Daniel P Farrell, Katayoun Varzavand, Jenna K Johnson, Brian X Gu, Gerald R Crabtree, Catherine A Musselman
BRG1 and BRM, central components of the BAF (mSWI/SNF) chromatin remodelling complex, are critical in chromatin structure regulation. Here, we show that the human BRM (hBRM) bromodomain (BRD) has moderate specificity for H3K14ac. Surprisingly, we also find that both BRG1 and hBRM BRDs have DNA-binding activity. We demonstrate that the BRDs associate with DNA through a surface basic patch and that the BRD and an adjacent AT-hook make multivalent contacts with DNA, leading to robust affinity and moderate specificity for AT-rich elements...
July 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692054/modeling-cancer-driver-events-in-vitro-using-barrier-bypass-clonal-expansion-assays-and-massively-parallel-sequencing
#8
H Huskova, M Ardin, A Weninger, K Vargova, S Barrin, S Villar, M Olivier, T Stopka, Z Herceg, M Hollstein, J Zavadil, M Korenjak
The information on candidate cancer driver alterations available from public databases is often descriptive and of limited mechanistic insight, which poses difficulties for reliable distinction between true driver and passenger events. To address this challenge, we performed in-depth analysis of whole-exome sequencing data from cell lines generated by a barrier bypass-clonal expansion (BBCE) protocol. The employed strategy is based on carcinogen-driven immortalization of primary mouse embryonic fibroblasts and recapitulates early steps of cell transformation...
July 10, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688381/zeroth-order-regular-approximation-approach-to-electric-dipole-moment-interactions-of-the-electron
#9
Konstantin Gaul, Robert Berger
A quasi-relativistic two-component approach for an efficient calculation of P,T-odd interactions caused by a permanent electric dipole moment of the electron (eEDM) is presented. The approach uses a (two-component) complex generalized Hartree-Fock and a complex generalized Kohn-Sham scheme within the zeroth order regular approximation. In applications to select heavy-elemental polar diatomic molecular radicals, which are promising candidates for an eEDM experiment, the method is compared to relativistic four-component electron-correlation calculations and confirms values for the effective electric field acting on the unpaired electron for RaF, BaF, YbF, and HgF...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649782/heterozygous-variants-in-actl6a-encoding-a-component-of-the-baf-complex-are-associated-with-intellectual-disability
#10
Ronit Marom, Mahim Jain, Lindsay C Burrage, I-Wen Song, Brett H Graham, Chester W Brown, Servi J C Stevens, Alexander P A Stegmann, Andrew T Gunter, Julie D Kaplan, Ralitza H Gavrilova, Marwan Shinawi, Jill A Rosenfeld, Yangjin Bae, Alyssa A Tran, Yuqing Chen, James T Lu, Richard A Gibbs, Christine Eng, Yaping Yang, Justine Rousseau, Bert B A de Vries, Philippe M Campeau, Brendan Lee
Pathogenic variants in genes encoding components of the BRG1-associated factor (BAF) chromatin remodeling complex have been associated with intellectual disability syndromes. We identified heterozygous, novel variants in ACTL6A, a gene encoding a component of the BAF complex, in three subjects with varying degrees of intellectual disability. Two subjects have missense variants affecting highly conserved amino acid residues within the actin-like domain. Missense mutations in the homologous region in yeast actin were previously reported to be dominant lethal and were associated with impaired binding of the human ACTL6A to β-actin and BRG1...
October 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611094/agonist-specific-protein-interactomes-of-glucocorticoid-and-androgen-receptor-as-revealed-by-proximity-mapping
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Joanna K Lempiäinen, Einari A Niskanen, Kaisa-Mari Vuoti, Riikka E Lampinen, Helka Göös, Markku Varjosalo, Jorma J Palvimo
Glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and androgen receptor (AR) are steroid-inducible transcription factors (TFs). The GR and the AR are central regulators of various metabolic, homeostatic and differentiation processes and hence important therapeutic targets, especially in inflammation and prostate cancer, respectively. Hormone binding to these steroid receptors (SRs) leads to DNA binding and activation or repression of their target genes with the aid of interacting proteins, coregulators. However, protein interactomes of these important drug targets have remained poorly defined...
August 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446594/pioneering-ebf2-remodels-the-brown-fat-chromatin-landscape
#12
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/28438634/structural-insights-into-baf47-and-baf155-complex-formation
#13
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...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438527/the-baf-brg1-brm-associated-factor-chromatin-remodeling-complex-exhibits-ethanol-sensitivity-in-fetal-neural-progenitor-cells-and-regulates-transcription-at-the-mir-9-2-encoding-gene-locus
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Sasha G Burrowes, Nihal A Salem, Alexander M Tseng, Sridevi Balaraman, Marisa R Pinson, Cadianna Garcia, Rajesh C Miranda
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are a leading cause of intellectual disability worldwide. Previous studies have shown that developmental ethanol exposure results in loss of microRNAs (miRNAs), including miR-9, and loss of these miRNAs, in turn, mediates some of ethanol's teratogenic effects in the developing brain. We previously found that ethanol increased methylation at the miR-9-2 encoding gene locus in mouse fetal neural stem cells (NSC), advancing a mechanism for epigenetic silencing of this locus and consequently, miR-9 loss in NSCs...
May 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428261/ebf2-transcriptionally-regulates-brown-adipogenesis-via-the-histone-reader-dpf3-and-the-baf-chromatin-remodeling-complex
#15
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/28418626/degradation-of-the-baf-complex-factor-brd9-by-heterobifunctional-ligands
#16
David Remillard, Dennis L Buckley, Joshiawa Paulk, Gerard L Brien, Matthew Sonnett, Hyuk-Soo Seo, Shiva Dastjerdi, Martin Wühr, Sirano Dhe-Paganon, Scott A Armstrong, James E Bradner
The bromodomain-containing protein BRD9, a subunit of the human BAF (SWI/SNF) nucleosome remodeling complex, has emerged as an attractive therapeutic target in cancer. Despite the development of chemical probes targeting the BRD9 bromodomain, there is a limited understanding of BRD9 function beyond acetyl-lysine recognition. We have therefore created the first BRD9-directed chemical degraders, through iterative design and testing of heterobifunctional ligands that bridge the BRD9 bromodomain and the cereblon E3 ubiquitin ligase complex...
May 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416631/mutation-of-neuron-specific-chromatin-remodeling-subunit-baf53b-rescue-of-plasticity-and-memory-by-manipulating-actin-remodeling
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Annie Vogel Ciernia, Enikö A Kramár, Dina P Matheos, Robbert Havekes, Thekla J Hemstedt, Christophe N Magnan, Keith Sakata, Ashley Tran, Soraya Azzawi, Alberto Lopez, Richard Dang, Weisheng Wang, Brian Trieu, Joyce Tong, Ruth M Barrett, Rebecca J Post, Pierre Baldi, Ted Abel, Gary Lynch, Marcelo A Wood
Recent human exome-sequencing studies have implicated polymorphic Brg1-associated factor (BAF) complexes (mammalian SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complexes) in several intellectual disabilities and cognitive disorders, including autism. However, it remains unclear how mutations in BAF complexes result in impaired cognitive function. Post-mitotic neurons express a neuron-specific assembly, nBAF, characterized by the neuron-specific subunit BAF53b. Subdomain 2 of BAF53b is essential for the differentiation of neuronal precursor cells into neurons...
May 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408647/composition-and-function-of-mammalian-swi-snf-chromatin-remodeling-complexes-in-human-disease
#18
John L Pulice, Cigall Kadoch
Mammalian SWI/SNF (BAF) chromatin remodeling complexes play critical roles in maintaining chromatin architecture and gene expression. Genomic sequencing efforts over the past several years have unveiled a major role for these complexes in the development of human cancer as well as neurologic disease, prompting the need to interrogate underlying mechanisms and to develop new methods to comprehensively understand mSWI/SNF complex function. Here we discuss the emerging insights from genetic, biochemical, and functional genomic studies in the field and suggest approaches toward further basic investigations, as well as therapeutic targeting of chromatin remodeling machinery...
April 13, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391084/mammalian-swi-snf-complexes-in-cancer-emerging-therapeutic-opportunities
#19
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Roodolph St Pierre, Cigall Kadoch
Mammalian SWI/SNF (BAF) chromatin remodeling complexes orchestrate a diverse set of chromatin alterations which impact transcriptional output. Recent whole-exome sequencing efforts have revealed that the genes encoding subunits of mSWI/SNF complexes are mutated in over 20% of cancers, spanning a wide range of tissue types. The majority of mutations result in loss of subunit protein expression, implicating mSWI/SNF subunits as tumor suppressors. mSWI/SNF-deficient cancers remain a therapeutic challenge, owing to a lack of potent and selective agents which target complexes or unique pathway dependencies generated by mSWI/SNF subunit perturbations...
April 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381560/the-chromatin-remodeling-subunit-baf200-promotes-homology-directed-dna-repair-and-regulates-distinct-chromatin-remodeling-complexes
#20
Rodrigo O de Castro, Luciana Previato, Victor Goitea, Anna Felberg, Michel F Guiraldelli, Adrian Filiberti, Roberto J Pezza
The efficiency and type of pathway chosen to repair DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are critically influenced by the nucleosome packaging and the chromatin architecture surrounding the DSBs. The Swi/Snf (PBAF and BAF) chromatin-remodeling complexes contribute to DNA damage-induced nucleosome remodeling, but the mechanism by which it contributes to this function is poorly understood. Herein, we report how the Baf200 (Arid2) PBAF-defining subunit regulates DSB repair. We used cytological and biochemical approaches to show that Baf200 plays an important function by facilitating homologous recombination-dependent processes, such as recruitment of Rad51 (a key component of homologous recombination) to DSBs, homology-directed repair, and cell survival after DNA damage...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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