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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719907/tumor-heterogeneity-in-lymphomas-a-different-breed
#1
Christian M Schürch, Birgit Federmann, Leticia Quintanilla-Martinez, Falko Fend
The facts that cancer represents tissues consisting of heterogeneous neoplastic, as well as reactive, cell populations and that cancers of the same histotype may show profound differences in clinical behavior have long been recognized. With the advent of new technologies and the demands of precision medicine, the investigation of tumor heterogeneity has gained much interest. An understanding of intertumoral heterogeneity in patients with the same disease entity is necessary to optimally guide personalized treatment...
July 19, 2017: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719883/sublethal-insecticide-exposure-affects-reproduction-chemical-phenotype-as-well-as-offspring-development-and-antennae-symmetry-of-a-leaf-beetle
#2
Thorben Müller, Alexander Prosche, Caroline Müller
The area of agriculturally used land and following to that the use of pesticides are steadily increasing. Insecticides do not only reduce pest organisms on crops but can also affect non-target organisms when present in sublethal concentrations in the environment. We investigated the effects of an exposure to sublethal pyrethroid (lambda-cyhalothrin) concentrations, at doses 20 and 60 times lower than the LC50, respectively, on reproductive traits and adult cuticular hydrocarbon (CHC) profiles of a leaf beetle (Phaedon cochleariae Fabricius)...
July 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718992/melatonin-impedes-tet1-dependent-mglur5-promoter-demethylation-to-relieve-pain
#3
Ming-Chun Hsieh, Yu-Cheng Ho, Cheng-Yuan Lai, Dylan Chou, Hsueh-Hsiao Wang, Gin-Den Chen, Tzer-Bin Lin, Hsien-Yu Peng
Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine)/MT2 receptor-dependent epigenetic modification represents a novel pathway in the treatment of neuropathic pain. Because spinal ten-eleven translocation methylcytosine dioxygenase 1 (Tet1)-dependent epigenetic demethylation has recently been linked to pain hypersensitivity, we hypothesized that melatonin/MT2-dependent analgesia involves spinal Tet1-dependent demethylation. Here, we showed that spinal Tet1 gene transfer by intrathecal delivery of Tet1-encoding vectors to naïve rats produced profound and long-lasting nociceptive hypersensitivity...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718980/an-endogenous-dna-adduct-as-a-prognostic-biomarker-for-hepatocarcinogenesis-and-its-prevention-by-theaphenon-e-in-mice
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Ying Fu, Shana Silverstein, Justine N McCutcheon, Marcin Dyba, Raghu G Nath, Monika Aggarwal, Heidi Coia, Angela Bai, Jishen Pan, Jiji Jiang, Bhaskar Kallakury, Hongkun Wang, Yu-Wen Zhang, Giuseppe Giaccone, Aiwu Ruth He, Fung-Lung Chung
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, mainly because of its poor prognosis. A valid mechanism-based prognostic biomarker is urgently needed. γ-hydroxy-1,N(2) -propanodeoxyguanosine (γ-OHPdG) is an endogenously formed mutagenic DNA adduct derived from lipid peroxidation (LPO). We examined the relationship of γ-OHPdG with hepatocarcinogenesis in two animal models and its potential role as a prognostic biomarker for recurrence in HCC patients. Bioassays were conducted in the Xeroderma pigmentosum group A knockout mice (Xpa(-/-) ), and the diethylnitrosamine (DEN)-injected mice, both prone to HCC development...
July 18, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718528/impairment-of-sperm-dna-methylation-in-male-infertility-a-meta-analytic-study
#5
D Santi, S De Vincentis, E Magnani, G Spaggiari
Considering the widespread use of assisted reproductive techniques (ART), DNA methylation of specific genes involved in spermatogenesis achieves increasingly clinical relevance, representing a possible explanation of increased incidence of syndromes related to genomic imprinting in medically assisted pregnancies. Several trials suggested a relationship between male sub-fertility and sperm DNA methylation, although its weight on seminal parameters alteration is still a matter of debate. To evaluate whether aberrant sperm DNA methylation of imprinted genes is associated with impaired sperm parameters...
July 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718414/epigenetics-and-cancer-stem-cells-unleashing-hijacking-and-restricting-cellular-plasticity
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Elanor N Wainwright, Paola Scaffidi
Epigenetic mechanisms have emerged as key players in cancer development which affect cellular states at multiple stages of the disease. During carcinogenesis, alterations in chromatin and DNA methylation resulting from genetic lesions unleash cellular plasticity and favor oncogenic cellular reprogramming. At later stages, during cancer growth and progression, additional epigenetic changes triggered by interaction with the microenvironment modulate cancer cell phenotypes and properties, and shape tumor architecture...
May 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718381/histological-and-immunohistochemical-characterization-of-the-similarity-and-difference-between-ovarian-endometriomas-and-deep-infiltrating-endometriosis
#7
Xishi Liu, Qi Zhang, Sun-Wei Guo
Ovarian endometrioma (OMA) and deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) have long been recognized to have different histology and, as such, postulated to be 2 separate disease entities. Few studies, however, have attempted to elucidate the causes for their differences. Making use of ectopic endometrial tissue samples from 25 and 20 women with OMA and DIE, respectively, and control endometrial tissue samples from 25 women without endometriosis, we conducted an immunohistochemical analysis to evaluate the expression of a group of carefully chosen markers for epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), fibroblast-to-myofibroblast transdifferentiation (FMT), smooth muscle metaplasia (SMM), fibrosis, vascularity, hormonal receptors, and proteins involved in epigenetic modifications...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718380/the-burden-of-genetic-and-epigenetic-traits-in-prematurity
#8
Bruna Ribeiro de Andrade Ramos, Márcia Guimarães da Silva
Despite decades of investigations and accumulated scientific knowledge, preterm birth (PTB) remains a significant burden worldwide. Several mechanisms have been proposed to explain this condition, and a number of risk factors from infectious to behavioral and genetic/epigenetic factors influence this outcome. The heritability of PTB is estimated to be 17% to 36%, which demonstrates that genetic predisposition plays a key role in PTB. Structural DNA modifications without changes in the DNA sequence and post-transcriptional regulation also have an impact on gene expression and thus influence pregnancy outcomes...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718376/riz1-and-histone-methylation-status-in-pituitary-adenomas
#9
Yake Xue, Ruokun Chen, Wei Du, Fengdong Yang, Xinting Wei
RIZ1 displays strong tumor-suppressive activities, which has a potential histone methyltransferase activity. The objective of the study was to evaluate the level and the methylation status of RIZ1 and analyze its association with clinicopathological features and the histone in the pituitary adenomas. We found that RIZ1-positive cases were 11/50 and H-Scores 22.75 ± 11.83 in invasive pituitary adenomas and 26/53 and 66.3 ± 21.7 in non-invasive pituitary adenomas (χ(2) = 8.182, p = 0.004). RIZ1 and C-myc showed the opposite trend in these cases...
July 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718364/evaluation-of-epigenetic-inactivation-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-receptors-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#10
Yuki Misawa, Kiyoshi Misawa, Hideya Kawasaki, Atsushi Imai, Daiki Mochizuki, Ryuji Ishikawa, Shiori Endo, Masato Mima, Takeharu Kanazawa, Toshihide Iwashita, Hiroyuki Mineta
The aim of this study was to determine the methylation status of the genes encoding the vascular endothelial growth factor receptors and to evaluate the usefulness of VEGFR methylation as a prognostic indicator in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. VEGFR messenger RNA expression and promoter methylation were examined in a panel of cell lines via quantitative reverse transcription and methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction, respectively. Promoter methylation was compared with clinical characteristics in 128 head and neck squamous cell carcinoma samples...
July 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718331/entinostat-for-the-treatment-of-breast-cancer
#11
Dario Trapani, Angela Esposito, Carmen Criscitiello, Luca Mazzarella, Marzia Locatelli, Ida Minchella, Saverio Minucci, Giuseppe Curigliano
Breast cancer accounts for 29% of malignant tumors. It is an heterogenous disease covering a spectrum of different molecular subtypes. Epigenetic aberrations may affect gene expression through DNA and histone proteins modifications thus promoting tumor progression and resistance to anti- tumor treatment. Area covered: This article explores the potential role of entinostat in the treatment of breast cancer. The clinical trials evaluating entinostat are discussed, highlighting preclinical data and early-phase clinical studies results...
July 18, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717386/understanding-low-radiation-background-biology-through-controlled-evolution-experiments
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Nathanael Lampe, Vincent Breton, David Sarramia, Télesphore Sime-Ngando, David G Biron
Biological experiments conducted in underground laboratories over the last decade have shown that life can respond to relatively small changes in the radiation background in unconventional ways. Rapid changes in cell growth, indicative of hormetic behaviour and long-term inheritable changes in antioxidant regulation have been observed in response to changes in the radiation background that should be almost undetectable to cells. Here, we summarize the recent body of underground experiments conducted to date, and outline potential mechanisms (such as cell signalling, DNA repair and antioxidant regulation) that could mediate the response of cells to low radiation backgrounds...
August 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717349/-bad-luck-mutations-dna-mutations-are-not-the-whole-answer-to-understanding-cancer-risk
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James E Trosko, Giuseppe Carruba
It has been proposed that many human cancers are generated by intrinsic mechanisms that produce "Bad Luck" mutations by the proliferation of organ-specific adult stem cells. There have been serious challenges to this interpretation, including multiple extrinsic factors thought to be correlated with mutations found in cancers associated with these exposures. While support for both interpretations provides some validity, both interpretations ignore several concepts of the multistage, multimechanism process of carcinogenesis, namely, (1) mutations can be generated by both "errors of DNA repair" and "errors of DNA replication," during the "initiation" process of carcinogenesis; (2) "initiated" stem cells must be clonally amplified by nonmutagenic, intrinsic or extrinsic epigenetic mechanisms; (3) organ-specific stem cell numbers can be modified during in utero development, thereby altering the risk to cancer later in life; and (4) epigenetic tumor promoters are characterized by species, individual genetic-, gender-, developmental state-specificities, and threshold levels to be active; sustained and long-term exposures; and exposures in the absence of antioxidant "antipromoters...
April 2017: Dose-response: a Publication of International Hormesis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717181/discovery-of-novel-human-gene-regulatory-modules-from-gene-co-expression-and-promoter-motif-analysis
#14
Shisong Ma, Michael Snyder, Savithramma P Dinesh-Kumar
Deciphering gene regulatory networks requires identification of gene expression modules. We describe a novel bottom-up approach to identify gene modules regulated by cis-regulatory motifs from a human gene co-expression network. Target genes of a cis-regulatory motif were identified from the network via the motif's enrichment or biased distribution towards transcription start sites in the promoters of co-expressed genes. A gene sub-network containing the target genes was extracted and used to derive gene modules...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717128/mother-s-pre-pregnancy-bmi-and-placental-candidate-mirnas-findings-from-the-environage-birth-cohort
#15
Maria Tsamou, Dries S Martens, Ellen Winckelmans, Narjes Madhloum, Bianca Cox, Wilfried Gyselaers, Tim S Nawrot, Karen Vrijens
There is increasing evidence that the predisposition for development of chronic diseases arises at the earliest times of life. In this context, maternal pre-pregnancy weight might modify fetal metabolism and the child's predisposition to develop disease later in life. The aim of this study is to investigate the association between maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and miRNA alterations in placental tissue at birth. In 211 mother-newborn pairs from the ENVIRONAGE birth cohort, we assessed placental expression of seven miRNAs important in crucial cellular processes implicated in adipogenesis and/or obesity...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717009/acetylation-on-histone-h3-lysine-9-mediates-a-switch-from-transcription-initiation-to-elongation
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Leah A Gates, Jiejun Shi, Aarti D Rohira, Qin Feng, Bokai Zhu, Mark T Bedford, Cari A Sagum, Sung Yun Jung, Jun Qin, Ming-Jer Tsai, Sophia Y Tsai, Wei Li, Charles E Foulds, Bert W O'Malley
The transition from transcription initiation to elongation is a key regulatory step in gene expression, which requires RNA polymerase II (Pol II) to escape promoter proximal pausing on chromatin. While elongation factors promote pause release leading to transcription elongation, the role of epigenetic modifications during this critical transition step is poorly understood. Two histone marks on histone H3, lysine 4 trimethylation (H3K4me3) and lysine 9 acetylation (H3K9ac), co-localize on active gene promoters and are associated with active transcription...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717007/epigenetic-suppression-of-human-telomerase-htert-is-mediated-by-the-metastasis-suppressor-nme2-in-a-g-quadruplex-dependent-fashion
#17
Dhurjhoti Saha, Ankita Singh, Tabish Hussain, Vivek Srivastava, Suman Sengupta, Anirban Kar, Parashar Dhapola, Vishnu Dhople, Ramesh Ummani, Shantanu Chowdhury
Transcriptional activation of the human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) gene, which remains repressed in adult somatic cells, is critical during tumorigenesis. Several transcription factors and the epigenetic state of the hTERT promoter are known to be important for tight control of hTERT in normal tissues, but the molecular mechanisms leading to hTERT reactivation in cancer are not well understood. Surprisingly, here we found occupancy of the metastasis suppressor nonmetastatic 2 (NME2) within hTERT core promoter in HT1080 fibrosarcoma cells and HCT116 colon cancer cells, and NME2 mediated transcriptional repression of hTERT in these cells...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716950/analysis-of-small-critical-regions-of-swi1-conferring-prion-formation-maintenance-and-transmission
#18
Stephanie Valtierra, Zhiqiang Du, Liming Li
Saccharomyces cerevisiae contains several prion elements, which are epigenetically transmitted as self-perpetuating protein conformations. One such prion is [SWI(+) ], whose protein determinant is Swi1, a subunit of the SWI/SNF chromatin-remodeling complex. We previously reported that [SWI(+) ] formation results in a partial loss-of-function phenotype of poor growth in non-glucose media and abolishment of multicellularity. We also showed that the first 38 amino acids of Swi1 propagated [SWI(+)]. We show here that a region as small as the first 32 amino acids of Swi1 (Swi11-32) can decorate [SWI(+)] aggregation and stably maintain and transmit [SWI(+)] independently of full-length Swi1...
July 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716899/hdac1-upregulation-by-nanog-promotes-multidrug-resistance-and-a-stem-like-phenotype-in-immune-edited-tumor-cells
#19
Kwon-Ho Song, Chel Hun Choi, Hyo-Jung Lee, Se Jin Oh, Seon Rang Woo, Soon-Oh Hong, Kyung Hee Noh, Hanbyoul Cho, Eun Joo Chung, Jae-Hoon Kim, Joon-Yong Chung, Stephen M Hewitt, Seungki Baek, Kyung-Mi Lee, Cassian Yee, Minjoo Son, Chih-Ping Mao, T-C Wu, Tae Woo Kim
Cancer immunoediting drives the adaptation of tumor cells to host immune surveillance. Immunoediting driven by antigen (Ag)-specific T cells enriches NANOG expression in tumor cells, resulting in a stem-like phenotype and immune resistance. Here we identify HDAC1 as a key mediator of the NANOG-associated phenotype. NANOG upregulated HDAC1 through promoter occupancy, thereby decreasing histone H3 acetylation on K14 and K27. NANOG-dependent, HDAC1-driven epigenetic silencing of cell cycle inhibitor CDKN2D and CDKN1B induced stem-like features...
July 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716711/epigenetic-silencing-of-mirna-143-regulates-apoptosis-by-targeting-bcl2-in-human-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#20
Kangcheng Zhao, Yukun Zhang, Kang Liang, Yu Song, Kun Wang, Shuai Li, Xinghuo Wu, Wenbin Hua, Zengwu Shao, Shuhua Yang, Cao Yang
Accumulating evidence indicates that microRNAs can regulate the apoptosis of various cells. Apoptosis of nucleus pulposus cells plays an important role in the progression of intervertebral disc degeneration. The aim of this study is to investigate whether microRNA-143 (miRNA-143) is involved in the progression of intervertebral disc degeneration. In this study, the expression of miRNA-143 and its biological modulatory effects were examined. Messenger RNA and protein expression of miRNA-143 and B-cell lymphoma-2 (BCL2) in both normal and degenerative disc tissues was determined by using RT-PCR and western-blot assays...
July 14, 2017: Gene
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