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John F Dankert, Gergely Rona, Linda Clijsters, Phillip Geter, Jeffrey R Skaar, Keria Bermudez-Hernandez, Elizabeth Sassani, David Fenyö, Beatrix Ueberheide, Robert Schneider, Michele Pagano
SLBP (stem-loop binding protein) is a highly conserved factor necessary for the processing, translation, and degradation of H2AFX and canonical histone mRNAs. We identified the F-box protein cyclin F, a substrate recognition subunit of an SCF (Skp1-Cul1-F-box protein) complex, as the G2 ubiquitin ligase for SLBP. SLBP interacts with cyclin F via an atypical CY motif, and mutation of this motif prevents SLBP degradation in G2. Expression of an SLBP stable mutant results in increased loading of H2AFX mRNA onto polyribosomes, resulting in increased expression of H2A...
September 24, 2016: Molecular Cell
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VRK1-mediated phosphorylation of H2A T120 upregulates CCND1 to promote oncogenic transformation.
October 21, 2016: Cancer Discovery
Saeed Izadi, Ramu Anandakrishnan, Alexey V Onufriev
Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations based on the implicit solvent generalized Born (GB) models can provide significant computational advantages over the traditional explicit solvent simulations. However, the standard GB becomes prohibitively expensive for all-atom simulations of large structures; the model scales poorly, ~n^2, with the number of solute atoms. Here we combine our recently developed Optimal Point Charge Approximation (OPCA) with the Hierarchical Charge Partitioning (HCP) approximation to present an ~n log n multi-scale, yet fully atomistic, GB model (GB-HCPO)...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Alessandra Rossi, Karin J Ferrari, Andrea Piunti, SriGanesh Jammula, Fulvio Chiacchiera, Luca Mazzarella, Andrea Scelfo, Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, Diego Pasini
Leukemia is a complex heterogeneous disease often driven by the expression of oncogenic fusion proteins with different molecular and biochemical properties. Whereas several fusion proteins induce leukemogenesis by activating Hox gene expression (Hox-activating fusions), others impinge on different pathways that do not involve the activation of Hox genes (non-Hox-activating fusions). It has been postulated that one of the main oncogenic properties of the HOXA9 transcription factor is its ability to control the expression of the p16/p19 tumor suppressor locus (Cdkn2a), thereby compensating Polycomb-mediated repression, which is dispensable for leukemias induced by Hox-activating fusions...
October 2016: Science Advances
Peizhou Jiang, Peng Huang, Shu-Hui Yen, Abba C Zubair, Dennis W Dickson
BACKGROUND AIMS: Aberrant production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and its impact on the integrity of genomic DNA have been considered one of the major risk factors for the loss of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson's disease (PD). Stem cell transplantation as a strategy to replenish new functional neurons has great potential for PD treatment. However, limited survival of stem cells post-transplantation has always been an obstacle ascribed to the existence of neurotoxic environment in PD patients...
October 6, 2016: Cytotherapy
Hitoshi Aihara, Takeya Nakagawa, Hirofumi Mizusaki, Mitsuhiro Yoneda, Masanori Kato, Masamichi Doiguchi, Yuko Imamura, Miki Higashi, Tsuyoshi Ikura, Tomonori Hayashi, Yoshiaki Kodama, Masaya Oki, Toshiyuki Nakayama, Edwin Cheung, Hiroyuki Aburatani, Ken-Ichi Takayama, Haruhiko Koseki, Satoshi Inoue, Yukio Takeshima, Takashi Ito
How deregulation of chromatin modifiers causes malignancies is of general interest. Here, we show that histone H2A T120 is phosphorylated in human cancer cell lines and demonstrate that this phosphorylation is catalyzed by hVRK1. Cyclin D1 was one of ten genes downregulated upon VRK1 knockdown in two different cell lines and showed loss of H2A T120 phosphorylation and increased H2A K119 ubiquitylation of its promoter region, resulting in impaired cell growth. In vitro, H2A T120 phosphorylation and H2A K119 ubiquitylation are mutually inhibitory, suggesting that histone phosphorylation indirectly activates chromatin...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Cell
L S E P W Castro, M R Kviecinski, F Ourique, E B Parisotto, V M A S Grinevicius, J F G Correia, D Wilhelm Filho, R C Pedrosa
This work evaluated the antitumor effects of albendazole (ABZ) and its relationship with modulation of oxidative stress and induction of DNA damage. The present results showed that ABZ causes oxidative cleavage on calf-thymus DNA suggesting that this compound can break DNA. ABZ treatment decreased MCF-7 cell viability (EC50=44.9 for 24h) and inhibited MCF-7 colony formation (~67.5% at 5μM). Intracellular ROS levels increased with ABZ treatment (~123%). The antioxidant NAC is able to revert the cytotoxic effects, ROS generation and loss of mitochondrial membrane potential of MCF-7 cells treated with ABZ...
September 22, 2016: Redox Biology
Le Chang, Shoji Takada
Histone tail acetylation is a key epigenetic marker that tends to open chromatin folding and activate transcription. Despite intensive studies, precise roles of individual lysine acetylation in chromatin folding have only been poorly understood. Here, we revealed structural dynamics of tri-nucleosomes with several histone tail acetylation states and analyzed histone tail interactions with DNA by performing molecular simulations at an unprecedentedly high resolution. We found versatile acetylation-dependent landscapes of tri-nucleosome...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ryo Shimizu, Tomoya Muto, Kazumasa Aoyama, Kwangmin Choi, Masahiro Takeuchi, Shuhei Koide, Nagisa Hasegawa, Yusuke Isshiki, Emi Togasaki, Chika Kawajiri-Manako, Yuhei Nagao, Shokichi Tsukamoto, Shio Sakai, Yusuke Takeda, Naoya Mimura, Chikako Ohwada, Emiko Sakaida, Tohru Iseki, Daniel T Starczynowski, Atsushi Iwama, Koutaro Yokote, Chiaki Nakaseko
Expression of the tumor suppressor gene NR4A3 is silenced in the blasts of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), irrespective of the karyotype. Although the transcriptional reactivation of NR4A3 is considered to have a broad-spectrum anti-leukemic effect, the therapeutic modalities targeting this gene have been hindered by our minimal understanding of the transcriptional mechanisms regulating its expression, particularly in human AML. Here we show the role of intragenic DNA hypermethylation in reducing the expression of NR4A3 in AML...
September 26, 2016: Leukemia Research
Gregory Segala, Marcela A Bennesch, Deo Prakash Pandey, Nicolas Hulo, Didier Picard
Covalent modifications of histones play a crucial role in the regulation of gene expression. Histone H2B monoubiquitination has mainly been described as a regulator of transcription elongation, but its role in transcription initiation is poorly documented. We investigated the role of this histone mark (H2Bub1) on different inducible enhancers, in particular those regulated by estrogen receptor α, by loss- and gain-of-function experiments with the specific E3-ubiquitin ligase complex of H2B: RNF20/RNF40. RNF20/RNF40 overexpression causes repression of the induced activity of these enhancers...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Cell
Nicole A Najor, Layne Weatherford, George S Brush
In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, unnatural stabilization of the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor Sic1 during meiosis can trigger extra rounds of DNA replication. When programmed DNA double-strand breaks are generated but not repaired due to absence of DMC1, a pathway involving the checkpoint gene RAD17 prevents this DNA rereplication. Further genetic analysis has now revealed that prevention of DNA rereplication also requires MEC1, which encodes a protein kinase that serves as a central checkpoint regulator in several pathways including the meiotic recombination checkpoint response...
September 27, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Valentina Nardone, Antonio Chaves-Sanjuan, Marco Nardini
The recently determined crystal structures of the sequence-specific transcription factor NF-Y have illuminated the structural mechanism underlying transcription at the CCAAT box. NF-Y is a trimeric protein complex composed by the NF-YA, NF-YB, and NF-YC subunits. NF-YB and NF-YC contain a histone-like domain and assemble on a head-to-tail fashion to form a dimer, which provides the structural scaffold for the DNA sugar-phosphate backbone binding (mimicking the nucleosome H2A/H2B-DNA assembly) and for the interaction with NF-YA...
September 25, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yudai Izumi, Kentaro Fujii, Satoshi Yamamoto, Koichi Matsuo, Hirofumi Namatame, Masaki Taniguchi, Akinari Yokoya
Synchrotron-radiation circular-dichroism spectroscopy was used to reveal that the DNA damage response induces a decrement of α-helix and an increment of β-strand contents of histone H3-H4 extracted from X-ray-irradiated human HeLa cells. The trend of the structural alteration was qualitatively opposite to that of our previously reported results for histone H2A-H2B. These results strongly suggest that histones share roles in DNA damage responses, particularly in DNA repair processes and chromatin remodeling, via a specific structural alteration of each histone...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Radiation Research
Qianhua Dong, Feng-Xiang Yin, Feng Gao, Yuan Shen, Faben Zhang, Yang Li, Haijin He, Marlyn Gonzalez, Jinpu Yang, Shu Zhang, Min Su, Yu-Hang Chen, Fei Li
CENP-A is a centromere-specific histone 3 variant essential for centromere specification. CENP-A partially replaces canonical histone H3 at the centromeres. How the particular CENP-A/H3 ratio at centromeres is precisely maintained is unknown. It also remains unclear how CENP-A is excluded from non-centromeric chromatin. Here, we identify Ccp1, an uncharacterized NAP family protein in fission yeast that antagonizes CENP-A loading at both centromeric and non-centromeric regions. Like the CENP-A loading factor HJURP, Ccp1 interacts with CENP-A and is recruited to centromeres at the end of mitosis in a Mis16-dependent manner...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Cell
Hui Shen, Yuwei Zhu, Chongyuan Wang, Hui Yan, Maikun Teng, Xu Li
Hda1 is the catalytic core component of the H2B- and H3- specific histone deacetylase (HDAC) complex from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is involved in the epigenetic repression and plays a crucial role in transcriptional regulation and developmental events. Though the N-terminal catalytic HDAC domain of Hda1 is well characterized, the function of the C-terminal ARB2 domain remains unknown. In this study, we determine the crystal structure of the ARB2 domain from S. cerevisiae Hda1 at a resolution of 2.7 Å...
September 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Chongning Li, Huixiang Ouyang, Xueping Tang, Guiqing Wen, Aihui Liang, Zhiliang Jiang
With development of economy and society, there is an urgent need to develop convenient and sensitive methods for detection of Cu(2+) pollution in water. In this article, a simple and sensitive SERS sensor was proposed to quantitative analysis of trace Cu(2+) in water. The SERS sensor platform was prepared a common gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-SiO2 sol substrate platform by adsorbing HSA, coupling with the catalytic reaction of Cu(2+)-ascorbic acid (H2A)-dissolved oxygen, and using label-free Victoria blue B (VBB) as SERS molecular probes...
September 16, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Rebecca Voltan, Erika Rimondi, Elisabetta Melloni, Gian Matteo Rigolin, Fabio Casciano, Maria Vittoria Arcidiacono, Claudio Celeghini, Antonio Cuneo, Giorgio Zauli, Paola Secchiero
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the anti-leukemic activity of the Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor Ibrutinib in combination with the small molecule MDM-2 inhibitor Nutlin-3 in preclinical models. METHODS: The potential efficacy of the Ibrutinib/Nutlin-3 combination was evaluated in vitro in a panel of B leukemic cell lines (EHEB, JVM-2, JVM-3, MEC-1, MEC-2) and in primary B-chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) patient samples, by assessing cell viability, cell cycle profile, apoptosis and intracellular pathway modulations...
September 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Simone Jueliger, John Lyons, Sara Cannito, Illar Pata, Pille Pata, Marianna Shkolnaya, Oriana Lo Re, Marion Peyrou, Francesc Villarroya, Valerio Pazienza, Francesca Rappa, Francesco Cappello, Mohammad Azab, Pietro Taverna, Manlio Vinciguerra
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a deadly malignancy characterized at the epigenetic level by global DNA hypomethylation and focal hypermethylation on the promoter of tumor suppressor genes. In most cases it develops on a background of liver steatohepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. Guadecitabine (SGI-110) is a second-generation hypomethylating agent, which inhibits DNA methyltransferases. Guadecitabine is formulated as a dinucleotide of decitabine and deoxyguanosine that is resistant to cytidine deaminase (CDA) degradation and results in prolonged in vivo exposure to decitabine following small volume subcutaneous administration of guadecitabine...
August 11, 2016: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
G Ronald Jenkins, Taewon Lee, Carrie L Moland, Vikrant Vijay, Eugene H Herman, Sherry M Lewis, Kelly J Davis, Levan Muskhelishvili, Susan Kerr, James C Fuscoe, Varsha G Desai
Sex is a risk factor for development of cardiotoxicity, induced by the anti-cancer drug, doxorubicin (DOX), in humans. To explore potential mechanisms underlying differential susceptibility to DOX between sexes, 8-week old male and female B6C3F1 mice were dosed with 3mg/kg body weight DOX or an equivalent volume of saline via tail vein once a week for 6, 7, 8, and 9 consecutive weeks, resulting in 18, 21, 24, and 27mg/kg cumulative DOX doses, respectively. At necropsy, one week after each consecutive final dose, the extent of myocardial injury was greater in male mice compared to females as indicated by higher plasma concentrations of cardiac troponin T at all cumulative DOX doses with statistically significant differences between sexes at the 21 and 24mg/kg cumulative doses...
November 1, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Kang Zhang, Wenying Xu, Chunchao Wang, Xin Yi, Wenli Zhang, Zhen Su
As a histone variant, H2A.Z is highly conserved among species and plays a significant role in diverse cellular processes. Here, we generated genome-wide maps of H2A.Z in rice callus and seedling by combining chromatin immunoprecipitation using H2A.Z antibody and high-throughput sequencing. We found a significantly high peak and a small peak of H2A.Z distributed at the 5' and 3' ends of highly expressed genes, respectively. H2A.Z was also associated with inactive genes in both tissues. H3 lysine 4 trimethylation was associated with H2A...
September 19, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
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