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Masoumeh Ghafarzadeh, Mehrdad Namdari, Ali Eatemadi
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most prevalent congenital anomaly in newborn babies. Cardiac malformations have been induced in different animal model experiments, by perturbing some molecules that take part in the developmental pathways associated with myocyte differentiation, specification, or cardiac morphogenesis. The exact epigenetic, environmental, or genetic, basis for these molecules perturbations is yet to be understood. But, scientist have bridged this gap by introducing autologous stem cell into the defective hearts to treat CHD...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Michael J Mitchell, Catherine Metzler-Guillemain, Toure Aminata, Charles Coutton, Christophe Arnoult, Pierre F Ray
Azoospermia, defined by the absence of sperm in the ejaculate, is estimated to affect up to 1% of men in the general population. Assisted reproductive technologies have revolutionized the treatment of infertility, and some azoospermic men, those with a post-meiotic defect, can conceive following the use of viable spermatoza recovered from testicular or epididymal biopsies. Although male infertility is a multifactorial disease, it is believed that genetic factors are predominant in the etiology of azoospermia and severe oligozoospermia...
October 25, 2016: Clinical Genetics
J Pingel, E M Bartels, J B Nielsen
Muscle contractures are common in patients with central motor lesions, but the mechanisms responsible for the development of contractures are still unclear. Increased or decreased neural activation, protracted placement of a joint with the muscle in a short position and muscle atrophy have been suggested to be involved, but none of these mechanisms are sufficient to explain the development of muscle contractures alone. Here we propose that changes in tissue homeostasis in the neuro-muscular-tendon-connective tissue complex is at the heart of the development of contractures, and that an integrated physiological understanding of the interaction between neural, mechanical and metabolic factors, as well as genetic and epigenetic factors, is necessary in order to unravel the mechanisms that result in muscle contractures...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Wei Yang, Xiaoyuan Wang, Wei Zheng, Kedong Li, Haofeng Liu, Yueming Sun
Following the publication of this article, an interested reader drew to our attention anomalies associated with the data shown in Fig. 2, which presented the mRNA and protein expression levels of tropomyosin 1 (TPM1) in HuCCT1 cells. Essentially, the control bands for α-tubulin had been duplicated across from Fig. 2A to Fig. 2B, and from Fig. 2D to Fig. 2E [the experiments showing treatment of the cells with (A) manumycin A, (B) U0126, (D) 5-aza-2-deoxycytidine (DAC) and (E) trichostatin A (TSA)], respectively...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
A Villalobos-Hernandez, D Bobbala, R Kandhi, M G M Khan, M Mayhue, C M Dubois, G Ferbeyre, C Saucier, S Ramanathan, S Ilangumaran
BACKGROUND: The suppressor of cytokine signaling 1 (SOCS1) gene is repressed in prostate cancer (PCa) by epigenetic silencing and microRNA miR30d. Increased expression of the SOCS1-targeting miR30d correlates with higher biochemical recurrence, suggesting a tumor suppressor role of SOCS1 in PCa, but the underlying mechanisms are unclear. We have shown that SOCS1 inhibits MET receptor kinase signaling, a key oncogenic pathway in cancer progression. Here we evaluated the role of SOCS1 in attenuating MET signaling in PCa cells and tumor growth in vivo...
October 25, 2016: Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
Carolina D'Alesio, Simona Punzi, Angelo Cicalese, Lorenzo Fornasari, Laura Furia, Laura Riva, Alessandro Carugo, Giuseppe Curigliano, Carmen Criscitiello, Giancarlo Pruneri, Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, Mario Faretta, Daniela Bossi, Luisa Lanfrancone
Epigenetic regulation plays an essential role in tumor development and epigenetic modifiers are considered optimal potential druggable candidates. In order to identify new breast cancer vulnerabilities and improve therapeutic chances for patients, we performed in vivo and in vitro shRNA screens in a human breast cancer cell model ( cell line) using epigenetic libraries. Among the genes identified in our screening, we deeply investigated the role of Chromodomain Helicase DNA binding Protein 4 (CHD4) in breast cancer tumorigenesis...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Melissa J Brown
The incorporation of niche construction theory (NCT) and epigenetics into an extended evolutionary synthesis (EES) increases the explanatory power of evolutionary analyses of human history. NCT allows identification of distinct social inheritance and cultural inheritance and can thereby account for how an existing-but-dynamic social system yields variable influences across individuals and also how these individuals' microlevel actions can feed back to alter the dynamic heterogeneously across time and space...
October 24, 2016: Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective
Hee Yeon Won, Eun Sook Hwang
Regulatory T (Treg) cells with high expression of both CD25 and Foxp3 are developed in the thymus and also peripheral tissues. Treg cells suppress the activation and functions of effector T cells raised against specific antigens and are crucial for maintaining immune homeostasis. Treg cell development is associated with the induction of and epigenetic alterations of forkhead transcription factor Foxp3. Foxp3 expression is increased by the activation of several transcription factors including nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB), nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT), and Smad3 in response to various signals such as TGFβ, retinoic acid, and rapamycin...
October 25, 2016: Archives of Pharmacal Research
Pomila Singh, Malaney O'Connell, Sarkar Shubhashish
Colorectal carcinogenesis is a multi-step process. While ~25% of colorectal cancers (CRCs) arise in patients with a family history (genetic predisposition), ~75% of CRCs are due to age-associated accumulation of epigenetic alterations which can result in the suppression of key tumor suppressor genes leading to mutations and activation of oncogenic pathways. Sporadic colon-carcinogenesis is facilitated by many molecular pathways of genomic instability which include chromosomal instability (CIN), micro-satellite instability (MSI) and CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP), leading towards loss of homeostasis and onset of neoplastic transformation...
2016: Stem Cell Investigation
Yajuan Cui, Hongyan Tong, Xin Du, Bing Li, Robert Peter Gale, Tiejun Qin, Jinqin Liu, Zefeng Xu, Yue Zhang, Gang Huang, Jie Jin, Liwei Fang, Hongli Zhang, Lijuan Pan, Naibo Hu, Shiqiang Qu, Zhijian Xiao
BACKGROUND: Somatic mutations involving epigenetic regulators, histone modification and chromatin regulation, splicing components, transcription factors and signaling regulator genes are common in chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) patients. It has been consensus that ASXL1 mutations have adversely impact on overall survival (OS), while the effect of TET2 mutations remains controversial and undefined. METHODS: ASXL1 and TET2 mutations were analyzed in 141 patients with CMML using Sanger sequencing, with the aim to identify the interplay of ASXL1 and TET2 mutations in the prognosis of CMML...
2016: Stem Cell Investigation
Anne Beemelmanns, Olivia Roth
The transfer of acquired and specific immunity against previously encountered bacteria from mothers to offspring boosts the immune response of the next generation and supports the development of a successful pathogen defense. While most studies claim that the transfer of immunity is a maternal trait, in the sex-role-reversed pipefish Syngnathus typhle, fathers nurse the embryos over a placenta-like structure, which opens the door for additional paternal immune priming. We examined the potential and persistence of bacteria-type-specific parental immune priming in the pipefish S...
September 2016: Ecology and Evolution
Hobia Gole, Raymond Chuk, David Coman
Kabuki syndrome is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous congenital malformation syndrome with protean clinical manifestations. This reflects the important epigenetic role in embryonic development of the two genes currently known to be associated with Kabuki syndrome i.e., KMT2D and KDM6A, which are responsible for Kabuki syndrome 1 and Kabuki syndrome 2, respectively. Hypoglycemia is thought to be a rare manifestation of Kabuki syndrome; however it may be under diagnosed. Herein we describe the case of a 5-year-old girl with Kabuki syndrome 2 in whom persistent hyperinsulinism was diagnosed at 4 years of age...
August 8, 2016: Clinics and Practice
Jing Xue, Sarah A Schoenrock, William Valdar, Lisa M Tarantino, Folami Y Ideraabdullah
BACKGROUND: Environmental perturbation of epigenetic mechanisms is linked to a growing number of diseases. Characterizing the role environmental factors play in modifying the epigenome is important for disease etiology. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient affecting brain, bone, heart, immune and reproductive health. Vitamin D insufficiency is a global issue, and the role in maternal and child health remains under investigation. METHODS: We used Collaborative Cross (CC) inbred mice to characterize the effect of maternal vitamin D depletion on offspring phenotypic and epigenetic outcomes at imprinted domains (H19/Igf2, Snrpn, Dlk1/Gtl2, and Grb10) in the soma (liver) and germline (sperm)...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Santhilal Subhash, Per-Ola Andersson, Subazini Thankaswamy Kosalai, Chandrasekhar Kanduri, Meena Kanduri
BACKGROUND: Methyl-CpG-binding domain protein enriched genome-wide sequencing (MBD-Seq) is a robust and powerful method for analyzing methylated CpG-rich regions with complete genome-wide coverage. In chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the role of CpG methylated regions associated with transcribed long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA) and repetitive genomic elements are poorly understood. Based on MBD-Seq, we characterized the global methylation profile of high CpG-rich regions in different CLL prognostic subgroups based on IGHV mutational status...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Lianghua Bin, Donald Y M Leung
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory disease caused by the complex interaction of genetic, immune and environmental factors. There have many recent discoveries involving the genetic and epigenetic studies of AD. METHODS: A retrospective PubMed search was carried out from June 2009 to June 2016 using the terms "atopic dermatitis", "association", "eczema", "gene", "polymorphism", "mutation", "variant", "genome wide association study", "microarray" "gene profiling", "RNA sequencing", "epigenetics" and "microRNA"...
2016: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Hong Ji, Jocelyn M Biagini Myers, Eric B Brandt, Cole Brokamp, Patrick H Ryan, Gurjit K Khurana Hershey
Exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) has been implicated in asthma development, persistence, and exacerbation. This exposure is highly significant as large segments of the global population resides in zones that are most impacted by TRAP and schools are often located in high TRAP exposure areas. Recent findings shed new light on the epigenetic mechanisms by which exposure to traffic pollution may contribute to the development and persistence of asthma. In order to delineate TRAP induced effects on the epigenome, utilization of newly available innovative methods to assess and quantify traffic pollution will be needed to accurately quantify exposure...
2016: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Pooja Negi, Archana N Rai, Penna Suprasanna
The recognition of a positive correlation between organism genome size with its transposable element (TE) content, represents a key discovery of the field of genome biology. Considerable evidence accumulated since then suggests the involvement of TEs in genome structure, evolution and function. The global genome reorganization brought about by transposon activity might play an adaptive/regulatory role in the host response to environmental challenges, reminiscent of McClintock's original 'Controlling Element' hypothesis...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Tatsanee Phermthai, Kittima Tungprasertpol, Suphakde Julavijitphong, Puttachart Pokathikorn, Sasiprapa Thongbopit, Suparat Wichitwiengrat
Transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) can effectively repair endometrial deficiencies, including infertile patients with a problem of inadequate endometrium thickness. Although, MSC derived from different organ sources have a similarity of MSC specific characteristics, endometrial stem cells (EMSC) are temporally regulated throughout the menstrual cycle in a micro-environmental niche found only in endometrial tissue. Given the micro-environment niche, developing treatments for endometrial disorders with EMSC should be a top priority...
October 21, 2016: Reproductive Biology
Kathleen E Morrison, C Neill Epperson, Mary D Sammel, Grace Ewing, Jessica S Podcasy, Liisa Hantsoo, Deborah R Kim, Tracy L Bale
BACKGROUND: Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are one of the greatest predictors of affective disorders for women. Periods of dynamic hormonal flux, including pregnancy, exacerbate the risk for affective disturbance and promote hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysregulation, a key feature of affective disorders. Little is understood as to how stress experienced in late childhood, defined as preadolescence, alters the programming unique to this period of brain maturation and its interaction with the hormonal changes of pregnancy and postpartum...
August 26, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
Soren Impey, Timothy Jopson, Carl Pelz, Amanuel Tafessu, Fatema Fareh, Damian Zuloaga, Tessa Marzulla, Lara-Kirstie Riparip, Blair Stewart, Susanna Rosi, Mitchell S Turker, Jacob Raber
BACKGROUND: Astronauts are exposed to (56)Fe ions that may pose a significant health hazard during and following prolonged missions in deep space. We showed previously that object recognition requiring the hippocampus, a structure critical for cognitive function, is affected in 2-month-old mice irradiated with (56)Fe ions. Here we examined object recognition in 6-month-old mice irradiated with (56)Fe ions, a biological age more relevant to the typical ages of astronauts. Moreover, because the mechanisms mediating the detrimental effects of (56)Fe ions on hippocampal function are unclear, we examined changes in hippocampal networks involved in synaptic plasticity and memory, gene expression, and epigenetic changes in cytosine methylation (5mC) and hydroxymethylation (5hmC) that could accompany changes in gene expression...
October 24, 2016: BMC Genomics
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