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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029226/new-insights-into-the-genetic-basis-of-monge-s-disease-and-adaptation-to-high-altitude
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Tsering Stobdan, Ali Akbari, Priti Azad, Dan Zhou, Orit Poulsen, Otto Appenzeller, Gustavo F Gonzales, Amalio Telenti, Emily H M Wong, Shubham Saini, Ewen F Kirkness, J Craig Venter, Vineet Bafna, Gabriel G Haddad
Human high-altitude (HA) adaptation or mal-adaptation is explored to understand the physiology, pathophysiology and molecular mechanisms that underlie long-term exposure to hypoxia. Here we report the results of an analysis of the largest whole-genome-sequencing of Chronic Mountain Sickness (CMS) and non-CMS individuals, identified candidate genes and functionally validated these candidates in a genetic model system (Drosophila). We used PreCIOSS algorithm that uses Haplotype Allele Frequency score to separate haplotypes carrying the favored allele from the non-carriers and accordingly prioritize genes associated with the CMS or non-CMS phenotype...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983055/pattern-of-somatic-mutations-in-patients-with-waldenstr%C3%A3-m-macroglobulinemia-or-igm-monoclonal-gammopathy-of-undetermined-significance
#2
Marzia Varettoni, Silvia Zibellini, Irene Defrancesco, Virginia Valeria Ferretti, Ettore Rizzo, Luca Malcovati, Anna Gallì, Matteo Giovanni Della Porta, Emanuela Boveri, Luca Arcaini, Chiara Candido, Marco Paulli, Mario Cazzola
We analyzed MYD88 and CXCR4 mutation status of 260 patients with Waldenström macroglobulinemia or IgM monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance using allele-specific real time quantitative PCR and Sanger sequencing respectively. A subgroup of 119 patients was further studied with next-generation sequencing of 11 target genes (MYD88, CXCR4, ARID1-A, KMT2D, NOTCH2, TP53, PRDM1, CD79B, TRAF3, MYBBP1A, TNFAIP3). MYD88 (L265P) was found at diagnosis in 91% of patients with Waldenström macroglobulinemia and in 60% of patients with IgM monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance using allele-specific PCR...
October 5, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28977998/nkl-homeobox-gene-msx1-acts-like-a-tumor-suppressor-in-nk-cell-leukemia
#3
Stefan Nagel, Claudia Pommerenke, Corinna Meyer, Maren Kaufmann, Roderick A F MacLeod, Hans G Drexler
NKL homeobox gene MSX1 is physiologically expressed in lymphoid progenitors and subsequently downregulated in developing T- and B-cells. In contrast, elevated expression levels of MSX1 persist in mature natural killer (NK)-cells, indicating a functional role in this compartment. While T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) subsets exhibit aberrant overexpression of MSX1, we show here that in malignant NK-cells the level of MSX1 transcripts is aberrantly downregulated. Chromosomal deletions at 4p16 hosting the MSX1 locus have been described in NK-cell leukemia patients...
September 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930660/the-irf4-gene-regulatory-module-functions-as-a-read-write-integrator-to-dynamically-coordinate-t%C3%A2-helper-cell-fate
#4
Veena Krishnamoorthy, Sunil Kannanganat, Mark Maienschein-Cline, Sarah L Cook, Jianjun Chen, Neil Bahroos, Evelyn Sievert, Emily Corse, Anita Chong, Roger Sciammas
Transcriptional regulation during CD4(+) T cell fate decisions enables their differentiation into distinct states, guiding immune responses toward antibody production via Tfh cells or inflammation by Teff cells. Tfh-Teff cell fate commitment is regulated by mutual antagonism between the transcription factors Bcl6 and Blimp-1. Here we examined how T cell receptor (TCR) signals establish and arbitrate Bcl6-Blimp-1 counter-antagonism. We found that the TCR-signal-induced transcription factor Irf4 is essential for the differentiation of Bcl6-expressing Tfh and Blimp-1-expressing Teff cells...
September 19, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858629/selective-expression-of-the-transcription-elongation-factor-ell3-in-b-cells-prior-to-ell2-drives-proliferation-and-survival
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Lou-Ella M M Alexander, January Watters, Jessica A Reusch, Michelle Maurin, Brook S Nepon-Sixt, Katerina Vrzalikova, Mark G Alexandrow, Paul G Murray, Kenneth L Wright
B cell activation is dependent on a large increase in transcriptional output followed by focused expression on secreted immunoglobulin as the cell transitions to an antibody producing plasma cell. The rapid transcriptional induction is facilitated by the release of poised RNA pol II into productive elongation through assembly of the super elongation complex (SEC). We report that a SEC component, the Eleven -nineteen Lysine-rich leukemia (ELL) family member 3 (ELL3) is dynamically up-regulated in mature and activated human B cells followed by suppression as B cells transition to plasma cells in part mediated by the transcription repressor PRDM1...
November 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835384/ezh2-inhibition-by-tazemetostat-results-in-altered-dependency-on-b-cell-activation-signaling%C3%A2-in-dlbcl
#6
Dorothy Brach, Danielle Johnston-Blackwell, Allison Drew, Trupti Lingaraj, Vinny Motwani, Natalie M Warholic, Igor Feldman, Christopher Plescia, Jesse J Smith, Robert A Copeland, Heike Keilhack, Elayne Chan-Penebre, Sarah K Knutson, Scott A Ribich, Alejandra Raimondi, Michael J Thomenius
The EZH2 small molecule inhibitor tazemetostat (EPZ-6438) is currently being evaluated in phase II clinical trials for the treatment of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL).  We have previously shown that EZH2 inhibitors display an anti-proliferative effect in multiple pre-clinical models of NHL, and that models bearing gain-of-function mutations in EZH2 were consistently more sensitive to EZH2 inhibition than lymphomas with wild-type (WT) EZH2 Here, we demonstrate that cell lines bearing EZH2 mutations show a cytotoxic response, while cell lines with WT-EZH2 show a cytostatic response and only tumor growth inhibition without regression in a xenograft model...
August 23, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829770/combinatorial-regulation-of-a-blimp1-prdm1-enhancer-in-the-mouse-retina
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Taylor S Mills, Tatiana Eliseeva, Stephanie M Bersie, Grace Randazzo, Jhenya Nahreini, Ko Uoon Park, Joseph A Brzezinski
The mouse retina comprises seven major cell types that exist in differing proportions. They are generated from multipotent progenitors in a stochastic manner, such that the relative frequency of any given type generated changes over time. The mechanisms determining the proportions of each cell type are only partially understood. Photoreceptors and bipolar interneurons are derived from cells that express Otx2. Within this population, Blimp1 (Prdm1) helps set the balance between photoreceptors and bipolar cells by suppressing bipolar identity in most of the cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771465/ebv-epigenetically-suppresses-the-b-cell-to-plasma-cell-differentiation-pathway-while-establishing-long-term-latency
#8
Christine T Styles, Quentin Bazot, Gillian A Parker, Robert E White, Kostas Paschos, Martin J Allday
Mature human B cells infected by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) become activated, grow, and proliferate. If the cells are infected ex vivo, they are transformed into continuously proliferating lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) that carry EBV DNA as extra-chromosomal episomes, express 9 latency-associated EBV proteins, and phenotypically resemble antigen-activated B-blasts. In vivo similar B-blasts can differentiate to become memory B cells (MBC), in which EBV persistence is established. Three related latency-associated viral proteins EBNA3A, EBNA3B, and EBNA3C are transcription factors that regulate a multitude of cellular genes...
August 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754907/mapping-the-chromatin-landscape-and-blimp1-transcriptional-targets-that-regulate-trophoblast-differentiation
#9
Andrew C Nelson, Arne W Mould, Elizabeth K Bikoff, Elizabeth J Robertson
Trophoblast stem cells (TSCs) give rise to specialized cell types within the placenta. However, the regulatory mechanisms that guide trophoblast cell fate decisions during placenta development remain ill defined. Here we exploited ATAC-seq and transcriptional profiling strategies to describe dynamic changes in gene expression and chromatin accessibility during TSC differentiation. We detect significantly increased chromatin accessibility at key genes upregulated as TSCs exit from the stem cell state. However, downregulated gene expression is not simply due to the loss of chromatin accessibility in proximal regions...
July 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738285/molecular-assessment-characterization-and-differentiation-of-theca-stem-cells-imply-the-presence-of-mesenchymal-and-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-sheep-ovarian-theca-layer
#10
Samane Adib, Mojtaba Rezazadeh Valojerdi
The ability of ovarian theca stem cells to differentiate into oocyte and theca cells may lead to a major advancement in reproductive biology and infertility treatments. However, there is little information about function, growth and differentiation potential of these immature cells. In this study adult sheep theca stem cells (TSCs) characteristics, and differentiation potential into osteocyte-like cells (OSLCs), adipocyte-like cells (ALCs), theca progenitor-like cells (TPCs), and oocyte-like cells (OLCs) were investigated...
July 8, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701508/prdm1-regulates-thymic-epithelial-function-to-prevent-autoimmunity
#11
Natalie A Roberts, Brian D Adams, Nicholas I McCarthy, Reuben M Tooze, Sonia M Parnell, Graham Anderson, Susan M Kaech, Valerie Horsley
Autoimmunity is largely prevented by medullary thymic epithelial cells (TECs) through their expression and presentation of tissue-specific Ags to developing thymocytes, resulting in deletion of self-reactive T cells and supporting regulatory T cell development. The transcription factor Prdm1 has been implicated in autoimmune diseases in humans through genome-wide association studies and in mice using cell type-specific deletion of Prdm1 in T and dendritic cells. In this article, we demonstrate that Prdm1 functions in TECs to prevent autoimmunity in mice...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692065/increased-cathepsin-s-in-prdm1-dendritic-cells-alters-the-tfh-cell-repertoire-and-contributes-to-lupus
#12
Sun Jung Kim, Sebastian Schätzle, S Sohail Ahmed, Wolfgang Haap, Su Hwa Jang, Peter K Gregersen, George Georgiou, Betty Diamond
Aberrant population expansion of follicular helper T cells (TFH cells) occurs in patients with lupus. An unanswered question is whether an altered repertoire of T cell antigen receptors (TCRs) is associated with such expansion. Here we found that the transcription factor Blimp-1 (encoded by Prdm1) repressed expression of the gene encoding cathepsin S (Ctss), a cysteine protease that cleaves invariant chains and produces antigenic peptides for loading onto major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules...
September 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689197/nkl-homeobox-gene-msx1-acts-like-a-tumor-suppressor-in-nk-cell-leukemia
#13
Stefan Nagel, Claudia Pommerenke, Corinna Meyer, Maren Kaufmann, Roderick A F MacLeod, Hans G Drexler
NKL homeobox gene MSX1 is physiologically expressed in lymphoid progenitors and subsequently downregulated in developing T- and B-cells. In contrast, elevated expression levels of MSX1 persist in mature natural killer (NK)-cells, indicating a functional role in this compartment. While T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) subsets exhibit aberrant overexpression of MSX1, we show here that in malignant NK-cells the level of MSX1 transcripts is aberrantly downregulated. Chromosomal deletions at 4p16 hosting the MSX1 locus have been described in NK-cell leukemia patients...
June 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675510/the-co-regulatory-networks-of-tumor-suppressor-genes-oncogenes-and-mirnas-in-colorectal-cancer
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Martha L Slattery, Jennifer S Herrick, Lila E Mullany, Wade S Samowitz, John R Sevens, Lori Sakoda, Roger K Wolff
Tumor suppressor genes (TSGs) and oncogenes (OG) are involved in carcinogenesis. MiRNAs also contribute to cellular pathways leading to cancer. We use data from 217 colorectal cancer (CRC) cases to evaluate differences in TSGs and OGs expression between paired CRC and normal mucosa and evaluate how TSGs and OGs are associated with miRNAs. Gene expression data from RNA-Seq and miRNA expression data from Agilent Human miRNA Microarray V19.0 were used. We focus on genes most strongly associated with CRC (fold change (FC) of ≥1...
November 2017: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669662/characterization-and-functional-analysis-of-the-paralichthys-olivaceus-prdm1-gene-promoter
#15
Peizhen Li, Bo Wang, Dandan Cao, Yuezhong Liu, Quanqi Zhang, Xubo Wang
PR domain containing protein 1 (Prdm1) is a transcriptional repressor identified in various species and plays multiple important roles in immune response and embryonic development. However, little is known about the transcriptional regulation of the prdm1 gene. This study aims to characterize the promoter of Paralichthys olivaceus prdm1 (Po-prdm1) gene and determine the regulatory mechanism of Po-prdm1 expression. A 2000bp-long 5'-flanking region (translation initiation site designated as +1) of the Po-prdm1 gene was isolated and characterized...
October 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615725/transcriptome-analysis-reveals-similarities-between-human-blood-cd3-cd56-bright-cells-and-mouse-cd127-innate-lymphoid-cells
#16
David S J Allan, Ana Sofia Cerdeira, Anuisa Ranjan, Christina L Kirkham, Oscar A Aguilar, Miho Tanaka, Richard W Childs, Cynthia E Dunbar, Jack L Strominger, Hernan D Kopcow, James R Carlyle
For many years, human peripheral blood natural killer (NK) cells have been divided into functionally distinct CD3(-) CD56(bright) CD16(-) and CD3(-) CD56(dim) CD16(+) subsets. Recently, several groups of innate lymphoid cells (ILC), distinct from NK cells in development and function, have been defined in mouse. A signature of genes present in mouse ILC except NK cells, defined by Immunological Genome Project studies, is significantly over-represented in human CD56(bright) cells, by gene set enrichment analysis...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520732/differential-gene-expression-along-the-animal-vegetal-axis-in-the-ascidian-embryo-is-maintained-by-a-dual-functional-protein-foxd
#17
Shin-Ichi Tokuhiro, Miki Tokuoka, Kenji Kobayashi, Atsushi Kubo, Izumi Oda-Ishii, Yutaka Satou
In many animal embryos, a specific gene expression pattern is established along the animal-vegetal axis soon after zygotic transcription begins. In the embryo of the ascidian Ciona intestinalis, soon after the division that separates animal and vegetal hemispheres into distinct blastomeres, maternal Gata.a and β-catenin activate specific genes in the animal and vegetal blastomeres, respectively. On the basis of these initial distinct gene expression patterns, gene regulatory networks promote animal cells to become ectodermal tissues and vegetal cells to become endomesodermal tissues and a part of the nerve cord...
May 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515293/virus-like-vesicles-of-kaposi-s-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-activate-lytic-replication-by-triggering-differentiation-signaling
#18
Danyang Gong, Xinghong Dai, Yuchen Xiao, Yushen Du, Travis J Chapa, Jeffrey R Johnson, Xinmin Li, Nevan J Krogan, Hongyu Deng, Ting-Ting Wu, Ren Sun
Virus-like vesicles (VLVs) are membrane-enclosed vesicles that resemble native enveloped viruses in organization but lack the viral capsid and genome. During the productive infection of tumor-associated gammaherpesviruses, both virions and VLVs are produced and are released into the extracellular space. However, studies of gammaherpesvirus-associated VLVs have been largely restricted by the technical difficulty of separating VLVs from mature virions. Here we report a strategy of selectively isolating VLVs by using a Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) mutant that is defective in small capsid protein and is unable to produce mature virions...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506291/targeting-cd22-with-the-monoclonal-antibody-epratuzumab-modulates-human-b-cell-maturation-and-cytokine-production-in-response-to-toll-like-receptor-7-tlr7-and-b-cell-receptor-bcr-signaling
#19
Natalia V Giltiay, Geraldine L Shu, Anthony Shock, Edward A Clark
BACKGROUND: Abnormal B-cell activation is implicated in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The B-cell surface molecule CD22, which regulates activation through the B-cell receptor (BCR), is a potential target for inhibiting pathogenic B cells; however, the regulatory functions of CD22 remain poorly understood. In this study, we determined how targeting of CD22 with epratuzumab (Emab), a humanized anti-CD22 IgG1 monoclonal antibody, affects the activation of human B-cell subsets in response to Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) and BCR engagement...
May 15, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479318/identification-of-somatic-mutations-in-primary-cutaneous-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-leg-type-by-massive-parallel-sequencing
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Sylvain Mareschal, Anne Pham-Ledard, Pierre Julien Viailly, Sydney Dubois, Philippe Bertrand, Catherine Maingonnat, Maxime Fontanilles, Elodie Bohers, Philippe Ruminy, Isabelle Tournier, Philippe Courville, Bernard Lenormand, Anne Bénédicte Duval, Emilie Andrieu, Laurence Verneuil, Beatrice Vergier, Hervé Tilly, Pascal Joly, Thierry Frebourg, Marie Beylot-Barry, Jean-Philippe Merlio, Fabrice Jardin
To determine whether the mutational profile of primary cutaneous diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, leg type (PCLBCL-LT) is unique by comparison with other diffuse large B-cell lymphoma subtypes, we analyzed a total cohort of 20 PCLBCL-LT patients by using next-generation sequencing with a lymphoma panel designed for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. We also analyzed 12 pairs of tumor and control DNA samples by whole-exome sequencing, which led us to perform resequencing of three selected genes not included in the lymphoma panel: TBL1XR1, KLHL6, and IKZF3...
September 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
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