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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545252/cpg-and-non-cpg-methylation-in-epigenetic-gene-regulation-and-brain-function
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REVIEW
Hyun Sik Jang, Woo Jung Shin, Jeong Eon Lee, Jeong Tae Do
DNA methylation is a major epigenetic mark with important roles in genetic regulation. Methylated cytosines are found primarily at CpG dinucleotides, but are also found at non-CpG sites (CpA, CpT, and CpC). The general functions of CpG and non-CpG methylation include gene silencing or activation depending on the methylated regions. CpG and non-CpG methylation are found throughout the whole genome, including repetitive sequences, enhancers, promoters, and gene bodies. Interestingly, however, non-CpG methylation is restricted to specific cell types, such as pluripotent stem cells, oocytes, neurons, and glial cells...
May 23, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545238/epigenetic-strategies-to-boost-cancer-immunotherapies
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REVIEW
Maria J Barrero
Recently, immunotherapeutic approaches have shown impressive responses in a subset of cancer patients. However, the rate of success is low and a large percentage of treated patients do not experience clinical benefits. Therefore, additional strategies are needed to improve responses and select responsive patients. Emerging data suggest that epigenetic drugs can improve the responses to immunotherapy. Understanding the mechanisms of resistance to immunotherapy and the epigenetic events that take place during immune evasion is critical to providing a rational combined use of immunotherapies and epigenetic drugs...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545228/aberrant-dna-methylation-as-a-biomarker-and-a-therapeutic-target-of-cholangiocarcinoma
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REVIEW
Toshiaki Nakaoka, Yoshimasa Saito, Hidetsugu Saito
Cholangiocarcinoma is an epithelial malignancy arising in the region between the intrahepatic bile ducts and the ampulla of Vater at the distal end of the common bile duct. The effect of current chemotherapy regimens against cholangiocarcinoma is limited, and the prognosis of patients with cholangiocarcinoma is poor. Aberrant DNA methylation and histone modification induce silencing of tumor suppressor genes and chromosomal instability during carcinogenesis. Studies have shown that the tumor suppressor genes and microRNAs (miRNAs) including MLH1, p14, p16, death-associated protein kinase (DAPK), miR-370 and miR-376c are frequently methylated in cholangiocarcinoma...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545165/highly-recurrent-h3f3a-mutations-with-additional-epigenetic-regulator-alterations-in-giant-cell-tumor-of-bone
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Koichi Ogura, Fumie Hosoda, Hiromi Nakamura, Natsuko Hama, Yasushi Totoki, Akihiko Yoshida, Shoko Ohashi, Hirofumi Rokutan, Erina Takai, Shinichi Yachida, Akira Kawai, Sakae Tanaka, Tatsuhiro Shibata
Recurrent H3F3A and IDH2 mutations have been reported in giant cell tumor of bone (GCTB). However, the reported incidences have varied, and other molecular genetic alterations have not been identified due to the small number of cases analyzed with comprehensive methods. Moreover, the relative sensitivities of Sanger sequencing and next-generation sequencing (NGS) for the detection of H3F3A mutations in DNA extracted from archival formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) for clinical diagnosis have not been assessed...
May 25, 2017: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545091/correction-distinct-epigenetic-effects-of-tobacco-smoking-in-whole-blood-and-among-leukocyte-subtypes
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Dan Su, Xuting Wang, Michelle R Campbell, Devin K Porter, Gary S Pittman, Brian D Bennett, Ma Wan, Neal A Englert, Christopher L Crowl, Ryan C Gimple, Kelly N Adamski, Zhiqing Huang, Susan K Murphy, Douglas A Bell
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166486.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545007/catechol-o-methyltransferase-gene-promoter-methylation-as-a-peripheral-biomarker-in-male-schizophrenia
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S Gao, J Cheng, G Li, T Sun, Y Xu, Y Wang, X Du, G Xu, S Duan
As an epigenetic modification, DNA methylation may reflect the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in the development of schizophrenia (SCZ). Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene is a promising candidate gene of SCZ. In the present study, we investigate the association of COMT methylation with the risk of SCZ using bisulfite pyrosequencing technology. Significant association between DNA methylation of COMT and the risk of SCZ is identified (P=1.618e-007). A breakdown analysis by gender shows that the significance is driven by males (P=3...
March 30, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544196/analysis-of-transcriptional-and-epigenetic-changes-in-hybrid-vigor-of-allopolyploid-brassica-napus-uncovers-key-roles-for-small-rnas
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Yifei Shen, Shuo Sun, Shuijin Hua, Enhui Shen, Chu-Yu Ye, Daguang Cai, Michael P Timko, Qian-Hao Zhu, Longjiang Fan
Heterosis is a fundamental biological phenomenon characterized by the superior performance of a hybrid compared to its parents. The underlying molecular basis for heterosis, particularly for allopolyploids, remains elusive. In this study, we analyzed the transcriptomes of Brassica napus parental lines and their F1 hybrids at three stages of early flower development. Phenotypically, the F1 hybrids show remarkable heterosis in silique number and grain yield. Transcriptome analysis revealed that various phytohormones (auxin and salicylic acid) response genes are significantly altered in the F1 hybrids relative to the parental lines...
May 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544158/molecular-and-physiological-manifestations-and-measurement-of-aging-in-humans
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REVIEW
Sadiya S Khan, Benjamin D Singer, Douglas E Vaughan
Biological aging is associated with a reduction in the reparative and regenerative potential in tissues and organs. This reduction manifests as a decreased physiological reserve in response to stress (termed homeostenosis) and a time-dependent failure of complex molecular mechanisms that cumulatively create disorder. Aging inevitably occurs with time in all organisms and emerges on a molecular, cellular, organ, and organismal level with genetic, epigenetic, and environmental modulators. Individuals with the same chronological age exhibit differential trajectories of age-related decline, and it follows that we should assess biological age distinctly from chronological age...
May 23, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544151/the-emt-spectrum-and-therapeutic-opportunities
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REVIEW
Dominic Chih-Cheng Voon, Ruby Yun-Ju Huang, Rebecca A Jackson, Jean Paul Thiery
Carcinomas are phenotypically arrayed along an EMT spectrum, a developmental program currently exploited to understand the acquisition of drug resistance through a re-routing of growth factor signalling. This review collates the current approaches employed in developing therapeutics against cancer-associated EMT, and provides an assessment of their respective strengths and drawbacks. We reflect on the close relationship between EMT and chemoresistance against current targeted therapeutics, with a special focus on the epigenetic mechanisms that links these processes...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543785/phenotypic-and-genotypic-characteristics-of-candida-albicans-isolates-from-bloodstream-and-mucosal-infections
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Marina Mandelblat, Michael Frenkel, Darren Abbey, Ronen Ben Ami, Judith Berman, Esther Segal
The interaction of Candida albicans with the host is of a complex nature involving fungal factors and host's response. In this study, we concentrated on the phenotypic expression of virulence attributes and genotypic characteristics of C. albicans isolates from two distinct clinical entities of candidiasis-blood stream and vaginal infections, and the possible role of these factors. Hence, we conducted a comparative in vitro assessment of virulence characteristics, including adhesion to epithelial cells and HaCat cell line, biofilm formation, aspartic proteinases and phospholipase activity of 20 C...
May 22, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543436/prenatal-environmental-tobacco-smoke-exposure-increases-allergic-asthma-risk-with-methylation-changes-in-mice
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Sonja Christensen, Zeina Jaffar, Elizabeth Cole, Virginia Porter, Maria Ferrini, Britten Postma, Kent E Pinkerton, Mihi Yang, Yang Jee Kim, Luke Montrose, Kevan Roberts, Andrij Holian, Yoon Hee Cho
Allergic asthma remains an inadequately understood disease. In utero exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) has been identified as an environmental exposure that can increase an individual's asthma risk. To improve our understanding of asthma onset and development, we examined the effect of in utero ETS exposure on allergic disease susceptibility in an asthmatic phenotype using a house dust mite (HDM) allergen-induced murine model. Pregnant C57BL/6 mice were exposed to either filtered air or ETS during gestation, and their offspring were further exposed to HDM at 6-7 weeks old to induce allergic inflammation...
May 25, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543390/the-effect-of-ebv-on-wif1-nlk-and-apc-gene-methylation-and-expression-in-gastric-carcinoma-and-nasopharyngeal-cancer
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Zhenzhen Zhao, Wen Liu, Jincheng Liu, Jiayi Wang, Bing Luo
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is an important DNA tumor virus that is associated with approximately 10% of gastric carcinomas and 99% of nasopharyngeal cancers. DNA methylation and microRNAs (miRNAs) are the most studied epigenetic mechanisms that can prompt disease susceptibility. This study aimed to detect the effect of EBV on Wnt inhibitory factor 1 (WIF1), Nemo-like kinase (NLK), and adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene methylation and expression in gastric carcinoma and nasopharyngeal cancer. METHODS: The WIF1, NLK, and APC gene mRNA expression levels were measured by real-time quantitative RT-PCR in four EBV-positive cell lines and four EBV-negative cell lines...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542793/the-genetic-factors-contributing-to-the-development-of-wilm-s-tumor-and-their-clinical-utility-in-its-diagnosis-and-prognosis
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REVIEW
Afsane Bahrami, Marjan Joodi, Mina Maftooh, Gordon A Ferns, Mehrdad Ahmadi, Seyed Mahdi Hassanian, Amir Avan
Mutations in the Wilm's tumor 1 (WT1) gene are associated with a wide spectrum of renal manifestations, ultimately leading to end-stage kidney failure. There is an inadequate understanding of the molecular functions of WT1 in renal development, and this has limited the potential for therapeutic interventions in WT1-related diseases. In this review we discuss the existing data on the genetic and epigenetic abnormalities that have been described in WTs and their potential utility as biomarkers for risk stratification, prediction and prognosis in patients withWTs...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542485/a-link-between-thrifty-phenotype-and-maternal-care-across-two-generations-of-intercrossed-mice
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Bruno Sauce, Carolina P Goes, Isabela Forti, Bruno Gabriel O do Monte, Isabela M Watanabe, Joao Cunha, Andrea C Peripato
Maternal effects are causal influences from mother to offspring beyond genetic information, and have lifelong consequences for multiple traits. Previously, we reported that mice whose mothers did not nurse properly had low birth weight followed by rapid fat accumulation and disturbed development of some organs. That pattern resembles metabolic syndromes known collectively as the thrifty phenotype, which is believed to be an adaptation to a stressful environment which prepares offspring for reduced nutrient supply...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542476/functional-interaction-between-co-expressed-mage-a-proteins
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Julieta E Laiseca, María F Ladelfa, Javier Cotignola, Leticia Y Peche, Franco A Pascucci, Bryan A Castaño, Mario D Galigniana, Claudio Schneider, Martin Monte
MAGE-A (Melanoma Antigen Genes-A) are tumor-associated proteins with expression in a broad spectrum of human tumors and normal germ cells. MAGE-A gene expression and function are being increasingly investigated to better understand the mechanisms by which MAGE proteins collaborate in tumorigenesis and whether their detection could be useful for disease prognosis purposes. Alterations in epigenetic mechanisms involved in MAGE gene silencing cause their frequent co-expression in tumor cells. Here, we have analyzed the effect of MAGE-A gene co-expression and our results suggest that MageA6 can potentiate the androgen receptor (AR) co-activation function of MageA11...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542457/genet-specific-dna-methylation-probabilities-detected-in-a-spatial-epigenetic-analysis-of-a-clonal-plant-population
#16
Kiwako S Araki, Takuya Kubo, Hiroshi Kudoh
In sessile organisms such as plants, spatial genetic structures of populations show long-lasting patterns. These structures have been analyzed across diverse taxa to understand the processes that determine the genetic makeup of organismal populations. For many sessile organisms that mainly propagate via clonal spread, epigenetic status can vary between clonal individuals in the absence of genetic changes. However, fewer previous studies have explored the epigenetic properties in comparison to the genetic properties of natural plant populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542388/targeted-dna-methylation-in-pericentromeres-with-genome-editing-based-artificial-dna-methyltransferase
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Taiga Yamazaki, Yu Hatano, Tetsuya Handa, Sakiko Kato, Kensuke Hoida, Rui Yamamura, Takashi Fukuyama, Takayuki Uematsu, Noritada Kobayashi, Hiroshi Kimura, Kazuo Yamagata
To study the impact of epigenetic changes on biological functions, the ability to manipulate the epigenetic status of certain genomic regions artificially could be an indispensable technology. "Epigenome editing" techniques have gradually emerged that apply TALE or CRISPR/Cas9 technologies with various effector domains isolated from epigenetic code writers or erasers such as DNA methyltransferase, 5-methylcytosine oxidase, and histone modification enzymes. Here we demonstrate that a TALE recognizing a major satellite, consisting of a repeated sequence in pericentromeres, could be fused with the bacterial CpG methyltransferase, SssI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542303/differential-dna-methylation-of-msi2-and-its-correlation-with-diabetic-traits
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Jae-Pil Jeon, In-Uk Koh, Nak-Hyun Choi, Bong-Jo Kim, Bok-Ghee Han, Suman Lee
Differential DNA methylation with hyperglycemia is significantly associated with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). Longtime extended exposure to high blood glucose levels can affect the epigenetic signatures in all organs. However, the relevance of the differential DNA methylation changes with hyperglycemia in blood with pancreatic islets remains unclear. We investigated differential DNA methylation in relation to glucose homeostasis based on the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) in a population-based cohort. We found a total of 382 differential methylation sites from blood DNA in hyperglycemia and type 2 diabetes subgroups using a longitudinal and cross-sectional approach...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542253/repurposing-the-anti-epileptic-drug-sodium-valproate-as-an-adjuvant-treatment-for-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-glioma
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Clare L Killick-Cole, William G B Singleton, Alison S Bienemann, Daniel J Asby, Marcella J Wyatt, Lisa J Boulter, Neil U Barua, Steven S Gill
Targeting epigenetic changes in diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) may provide a novel treatment option for patients. This report demonstrates that sodium valproate, a histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi), can increase the cytotoxicity of carboplatin in an additive and synergistic manner in DIPG cells in vitro. Sodium valproate causes a dose-dependent decrease in DIPG cell viability in three independent ex vivo cell lines. Furthermore, sodium valproate caused an increase in acetylation of histone H3. Changes in cell viability were consistent with an induction of apoptosis in DIPG cells in vitro, determined by flow cytometric analysis of Annexin V staining and assessment of apoptotic markers by western blotting...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541716/investigational-bet-bromodomain-protein-inhibitors-in-early-stage-clinical-trials-for-acute-myelogenous-leukemia-aml
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Thorsten Braun, Claude Gardin
Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is a heterogeneous group of malignancies driven by genetic mutations and deregulated epigenetic control. Relapse/refractory disease remains frequent in younger patients and even more so in older patients, including treatment with epigenetic drugs in this age group, mainly with hypomethylating agents. New treatment strategies are urgently needed. The recent discovery that epigenetic readers of the bromodomain (BRD) and extraterminal (BET) protein family, are crucial for AML maintenance by transcription of oncogenic c-MYC lead to rapid development of BET inhibitors entering clinical trials...
May 25, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
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