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methyl-CpG binding domain protein

Zhilin Zeng, Miao Li, Jinkun Chen, Qinghai Li, Qin Ning, Jianping Zhao, Yongjian Xu, Jungang Xie, Jun Yu
Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common inflammatory lung disease characterized by inflammatory cells activation and production of inflammatory mediators. Methyl-CpG-binding domain protein 2 (MBD2) plays an important role in diverse immunological disorders by regulating immune cell functions, such as differentiation and mediator secretion. However, the role of MBD2 in COPD remains unknown. Methods: MBD2 protein expression in lung tissues of patients with COPD and cigarette smoke (CS)-exposed mice were evaluated by Western blot and immunohistochemistry...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Saki Hirofuji, Yuta Hirofuji, Hiroki Kato, Keiji Masuda, Haruyoshi Yamaza, Hiroshi Sato, Fumiko Takayama, Michiko Torio, Yasunari Sakai, Shouichi Ohga, Tomoaki Taguchi, Kazuaki Nonaka
Rett syndrome is an X-linked neurodevelopmental disorder associated with psychomotor impairments, autonomic dysfunctions and autism. Patients with Rett syndrome have loss-of-function mutations in MECP2, the gene encoding methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2). Abnormal biogenic amine signaling and mitochondrial function have been found in patients with Rett syndrome; however, few studies have analyzed the association between these factors. This study investigated the functional relationships between mitochondria and the neuronal differentiation of the MeCP2-deficient stem cells from the exfoliated deciduous teeth of a child with Rett syndrome...
March 10, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Kazuya Sakai, Maky Ideta-Otsuka, Hirokatsu Saito, Yuki Hiradate, Kenshiro Hara, Katsuhide Igarashi, Kentaro Tanemura
Testicular toxicity is a frequent adverse effect of cancer chemotherapy that has no effective clinical biomarker. To find new biomarkers, we focused on epigenetic mechanisms in the male germline. We investigated the DNA methylation status of the male germline during testicular toxicity induced by doxorubicin (DXR), a widely used anticancer agent. We established mouse models of early stage testicular toxicity and testicular pre-toxicity by the administration of 0.2 mg/kg and 0.02 mg/kg DXR, respectively, twice weekly for 5 weeks...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Hong-Qiang Chen, Ji Zhao, Yan Li, Li-Xiong He, Yu-Jing Huang, Wei-Qun Shu, Jia Cao, Wen-Bin Liu, Jin-Yi Liu
Microcystin (MC) is a cyclic heptapeptide compound which could lead to the development of hepatocellular carcinoma. However, the underlying epigenetic regulation mechanism is largely unknown. In this study, microcystin-LR (L: lysine, R: arginine, MC-LR) was used to induce the malignant transformation of human hepatocyte L02 cell line. The profile of gene expression, microRNA (miRNA) and DNA methylation were detected through high-throughput sequencing. Compared with control group, the expression of 826 genes and 187 miRNAs changed significantly in MC-LR treated group...
March 5, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Olga A Kladova, Milena Bazlekowa-Karaban, Sonia Baconnais, Olivier Piétrement, Alexander A Ishchenko, Bakhyt T Matkarimov, Danila A Iakovlev, Andrey Vasenko, Olga S Fedorova, Eric Le Cam, Barbara Tudek, Nikita A Kuznetsov, Murat Saparbaev
The base excision repair (BER) pathway consists of sequential action of DNA glycosylase and apurinic/apyrimidinic (AP) endonuclease necessary to remove a damaged base and generate a single-strand break in duplex DNA. Human multifunctional AP endonuclease 1 (APE1, a.k.a. APEX1, HAP-1, or Ref-1) plays essential roles in BER by acting downstream of DNA glycosylases to incise a DNA duplex at AP sites and remove 3'-blocking sugar moieties at DNA strand breaks. Human 8-oxoguanine-DNA glycosylase (OGG1), methyl-CpG-binding domain 4 (MBD4, a...
February 11, 2018: DNA Repair
Ye Zhang, Yin-Long Yang, Fang-Lin Zhang, Xiao-Hong Liao, Zhi-Min Shao, Da-Qiang Li
Emerging evidence shows that ring finger protein 144A (RNF144A), a poorly characterized member of the Ring-between-Ring (RBR) family of E3 ubiquitin ligases, is a potential tumor suppressor gene. However, its regulatory mechanism in breast cancer remains undefined. Here, we report that RNF144A promoter contains a putative CpG island and the methylation levels of RNF144A promoter are higher in primary breast tumors than those in normal breast tissues. Consistently, RNF144A promoter methylation levels are associated with its transcriptional silencing in breast cancer cells, and treatment with DNA methylation inhibitor 5-Aza-2-deoxycytidine (AZA) reactivates RNF144A expression in cells with RNF144A promoter hypermethylation...
February 23, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Taimoor I Sheikh, Ricardo Harripaul, Muhammad Ayub, John B Vincent
Mutations in the Methyl-CpG-binding protein-2 gene (MECP2) are commonly associated with Rett syndrome. However, it has long been appreciated that there exists a spectrum of neuropsychiatric phenotypes associated with MECP2 variants. The most frequent Rett missense mutations are located in either the methyl-CpG-binding domain (MBD) or transcription repression domain (TRD). Clinical roles for mutations in other domains such as the intervening domain (ID) or AT-Hook domains have yet to be determined. Here, we report functional analysis of MECP2 missense mutations, located in AT-Hook1 within the ID, in a large Pakistani family with childhood onset cognitive decline and schizophrenia, de novo in a girl with atypical Rett syndrome, and de novo in a woman with schizophrenia...
February 12, 2018: Human Mutation
Ilda D'Annessa, Anna Gandaglia, Elena Brivio, Gilda Stefanelli, Angelisa Frasca, Nicoletta Landsberger, Daniele Di Marino
Mutations in the X-linked MECP2 gene represent the main origin of Rett syndrome, causing a profound intellectual disability in females. MeCP2 is an epigenetic transcriptional regulator containing two main functional domains: a methyl-CpG binding domain (MBD) and a transcription repression domain (TRD). Over 600 pathogenic mutations were reported to affect the whole protein; almost half of missense mutations affect the MBD. Understanding the impact of these mutations on the MBD structure and interaction with DNA will foster the comprehension of their pathogenicity and possibly genotype/phenotype correlation studies...
February 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Ji Hyae Lim, Bom Yi Lee, Jin Woo Kim, You Jung Han, Jin Hoon Chung, Min Hyoung Kim, Dong Wook Kwak, So Yeon Park, Hee Back Choi, Hyun Mee Ryu
PURPOSE: Recently, fetal placenta-specific epigenetic regions (FSERs) have been identified for quantification of cell-free fetal DNA (cff-DNA) for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficiencies of a column-based kit and magnetic bead-based kit for quantification of methylated FSERs from maternal plasma. METHODS: Maternal plasma was extracted from normal pregnant women within the gestational age of 10~13 weeks (n = 24)...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Rania Ghorbel, Raouia Ghorbel, Aida Rouissi, Nourhene Fendri-Kriaa, Ghada Ben Saleh, Neila Belguith, Leila Ammar-Keskes, Neziha Gouider-Khouja, Faiza Fakhfakh
Rett syndrome is an X-linked neurodevelopmental disorder that develops a profound intellectual and motor disability and affects 1 from 10 000 to 15 000 live female births. This disease is characterized by a period of apparently normal development until 6-18 months of age when motor and communication abilities regress which is caused by mutations occurred in the X-linked MECP2 gene, encoding the methyl-CpG binding protein 2. This research study reports a molecular analysis via an exhaustive gene sequencing which reveals an unusual novel double mutation (c...
February 5, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Simon Vial-Pradel, Sumie Keta, Mika Nomoto, Hiro Takahashi, Masataka Suzuki, Yuri Yokoyama, Michiko Sasabe, Shoko Kojima, Yasuomi Tada, Yasunori Machida, Chiyoko Machida
Arabidopsis ASYMMETRIC LEAVES2 (AS2) plays a critical role in leaf adaxial-abaxial partitioning by repressing expression of the abaxial-determining gene ETTIN/AUXIN RESPONSE FACTOR3 (ETT/ARF3). We previously reported that six CpG dinucleotides in its exon 6 are thoroughly methylated by METHYLTRASFERASE1, that CpG methylation levels are inversely correlated with ETT/ARF3 transcript levels, and that methylation levels at three out of six are decreased in as2-1, All these imply that AS2 is involved in epigenetic repression of ETT/ARF3 by gene body methylation...
February 5, 2018: Plant & Cell Physiology
Beibei Li, Li Hou, Dan Zhu, Xilian Xu, Shiheng An, Xianhui Wang
DNA methylation has been proposed to play critical roles in caste fate and behavioral plasticity in bumblebees, however, there is little information on its regulatory mechanisms. Here, we identified six important genes mediating the modification of DNA methylation and determined their expression patterns in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris. There is a complete functional DNA methylation system, including four DNA methyltransferases (DNMT1a, DNMT1b, DNMT2, and DNMT3), a DNA demethylase (Ten-eleven translocation), and a methyl-CpG-binding domain protein in B...
February 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Wei Zhang, Shanshan Zhou, Yuwei Gao, Hongquan Song, Xiaohui Jiao, Xiaotong Wang, Yong Li
Maternal exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) induces cleft palate formation in mice. This TCDD treatment, which may be considered an environmental factor in cleft palate formation, is associated with alterations in DNA methylation. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of DNA methylation produced by TCDD in mouse embryos are poorly understood. DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) and methyl‑CpG binding domain proteins (MBDs) are thought to be closely associated with the actions of DNA methylation...
January 30, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Amir Pozner, Nicholas O Hudson, Jill Trewhella, Tommy W Terooatea, Sven A Miller, Bethany A Buck-Koehntop
Methyl-CpG binding proteins (MBPs) play an essential role in translating DNA methylation marks into a downstream transcriptional response, which has implications for both normal cell function as well as disease. Though for many of these proteins a detailed mechanistic understanding for how this cellular process is mediated remains to be determined. ZBTB38 is an under characterized member of the zinc finger (ZF) family of MBPs. Functional knowledge has been gained for its conserved methylated DNA binding N-terminal ZF region, however a specific role for the C-terminal set of five ZFs remains to be elucidated...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
Zoya Marinova, Andreas Maercker, Edna Grünblatt, Tomasz K Wojdacz, Susanne Walitza
OBJECTIVE: Complex posttraumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is a newly proposed diagnosis in the International Classification of Diseases-version 11, which is currently intensively investigated. Childhood trauma is regarded as main source of CPTSD symptoms, even in later life. Induction of DNA methylation changes by childhood trauma may contribute to its long-lasting adverse health consequences. The current study analyzed the correlation of genome-wide DNA methylation profiles with complex posttraumatic sequelae in buccal epithelial cells from 31 elderly former indentured child laborers (Verdingkinder) using the Infinium Illumina 450k Human DNA methylation chip...
December 19, 2017: BMC Research Notes
Xiao Zhou, Yuangao Liao, Miaojing Xu, Zhong Ji, Yunqi Xu, Liang Zhou, Xiaoming Wei, Peiqian Hu, Peng Han, Fanghan Yang, Suyue Pan, Yafang Hu
Background: Mutations in Methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2) have been identified as the disease-causing mutations in Rett Syndrome (RTT). However, no mutation in the AT-hook 1 domain of MECP2 has been reported in RTT yet. The function of AT-hook 1 domain of MECP2 has not been described either. Methods: The clinical and radiological features of a girl with progressive hyperactivity and loss of acquired linguistic and motor functions were presented. Next generation sequencing was used to screen the causative gene...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
Jong-Yeup Kim, Dong-Kyu Kim, Myeong Sang Yu, Min-Ji Cha, Seong-Lan Yu, Jaeku Kang
Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a highly prevalent disease characterized by mucosal inflammation of the nose and paranasal sinuses. CRS can be divided into two main categories, CRS with nasal polyps (NPs; CRSwNP) and CRS without NPs (CRSsNP). Although the pathophysiology of CRS remains unclear, DNA methylation has been implicated in the etiology of CRSwNP. The aim of the present study was to elucidate whether DNA methylation of specific genes is involved in the development of NPs. In total, 18 individuals were included in the present study, and were divided into three groups: CRSwNP (n=7), CRSsNP (n=7) and healthy controls (n=4)...
January 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Evan H Baugh, Hua Ke, Arnold J Levine, Richard A Bonneau, Chang S Chan
The p53 gene contains homozygous mutations in ~50-60% of human cancers. About 90% of these mutations encode missense mutant proteins that span ~190 different codons localized in the DNA-binding domain of the gene and protein. These mutations produce a protein with a reduced capacity to bind to a specific DNA sequence that regulates the p53 transcriptional pathway. Eight of these mutations are localized in codons that account for ~28% of the total p53 mutations and these alleles appear to be selected for preferentially in human cancers of many tissue types...
November 3, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
John R Sinnamon, Susan Y Kim, Glen M Corson, Zhen Song, Hiroyuki Nakai, John P Adelman, Gail Mandel
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a debilitating neurological disorder caused by mutations in the gene encoding the transcription factor Methyl CpG Binding Protein 2 (MECP2). A distinct disorder results from MECP2 gene duplication, suggesting that therapeutic approaches must restore close to normal levels of MECP2. Here, we apply the approach of site-directed RNA editing to repair, at the mRNA level, a disease-causing guanosine to adenosine (G > A) mutation in the mouse MeCP2 DNA binding domain. To mediate repair, we exploit the catalytic domain of Adenosine Deaminase Acting on RNA (ADAR2) that deaminates A to inosine (I) residues that are subsequently translated as G...
October 31, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Miaojing Xu, Pingping Song, Wei Huang, Rongni He, Yong He, Xiao Zhou, Yong Gu, Suyue Pan, Yafang Hu
MECP2 is the causative gene for autism spectrum disorders, including Rett syndrome, a regressive neurodevelopmental rare disease mainly occurring in girls. Except for the distinct methyl-CpG binding domain and the transcriptional repression domain in MeCP2, three AT-hook-like domains have recently been identified. Several mutations in AT-hook 1 domain have been reported in autism cases or Rett database. However, the role of AT-hook 1 domain is still unclear. In this study, we generated a mouse line carrying deletion of eight conserved amino acids in AT-hook 1 domain by clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 technology...
February 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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