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Eric B Loucks, Yen-Tsung Huang, Golareh Agha, Su Chu, Charles B Eaton, Stephen E Gilman, Stephen L Buka, Karl T Kelsey
OBJECTIVE: Childhood socioeconomic disadvantage is associated with adulthood obesity risk; however, epigenetic mechanisms are poorly understood. This work's objective was to evaluate whether associations of childhood socioeconomic disadvantage with adulthood body mass index (BMI) are mediated by DNA methylation. METHODS: Participants were 141 men and women from the New England Family Study, prospectively followed prenatally through a mean age of 47 years. Epigenomewide DNA methylation was evaluated in peripheral blood and adipose tissue obtained at adulthood, using the Infinium HumanMethylation450K BeadChip...
October 20, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
Nina Holland
Environmental research and public health in the 21st century face serious challenges such as increased air pollution and global warming, widespread use of potentially harmful chemicals including pesticides, plasticizers, and other endocrine disruptors, and radical changes in nutrition and lifestyle typical of modern societies. In particular, exposure to environmental and occupational toxicants may contribute to the occurrence of adverse birth outcomes, neurodevelopmental deficits, and increased risk of cancer and other multifactorial diseases such as diabetes and asthma...
October 21, 2016: Reviews on Environmental Health
Xueyuan Cao, Kristine R Crews, James Downing, Jatinder Lamba, Stanley B Pounds
BACKGROUND: As new technologies allow investigators to collect multiple forms of molecular data (genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, etc) and multiple endpoints on a clinical trial cohort, it will become necessary to effectively integrate all these data in a way that reliably identifies biologically important genes. METHODS: We introduce CC-PROMISE as an integrated data analysis method that combines components of canonical correlation (CC) and projection onto the most interesting evidence (PROMISE)...
October 6, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
Gosuke Hayashi, Kenta Koyama, Hidefumi Shiota, Asuka Kamio, Takayoshi Umeda, Genta Nagae, Hiroyuki Aburatani, Akimitsu Okamoto
5-hydroxymethylcytosine (hmC) is an essential intermediate in the active DNA demethylation pathway. Here we report a new base-resolution method for measuring hmC by combining peroxotungstate-mediated oxidation and sequencing analysis. We reveal that an oxidized product of hmC, trihydroxylated thymine (thT), tolerated the incorporation of dATP as a substrate in the process of DNA polymerase elongation. By comparing the results of Sanger sequencing before and after the oxidation, we observed that hmC sites on single-stranded DNAs could be discriminated from unmethylated cytosines...
October 21, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Tushar Tomar, Steven de Jong, Nicolette G Alkema, Rieks L Hoekman, Gert Jan Meersma, Harry G Klip, Ate Gj van der Zee, G Bea A Wisman
BACKGROUND: In high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC), intrinsic and/or acquired resistance against platinum-containing chemotherapy is a major obstacle for successful treatment. A low frequency of somatic mutations but frequent epigenetic alterations, including DNA methylation in HGSOC tumors, presents the cancer epigenome as a relevant target for innovative therapy. Patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) supposedly are good preclinical models for identifying novel drug targets. However, the representativeness of global methylation status of HGSOC PDXs compared to their original tumors has not been evaluated so far...
October 20, 2016: Genome Medicine
Trine B Rounge, Christian M Page, Maija Lepistö, Pekka Ellonen, Bettina K Andreassen, Elisabete Weiderpass
AIM: We performed an epigenome-wide association study within the Finnish Health in Teens cohort to identify differential DNA methylation and its association with BMI in adolescents. MATERIALS & METHODS: Differential DNA methylation analyses of 3.1 million CpG sites were performed in saliva samples from 50 lean and 50 heavy adolescent girls by genome-wide targeted bisulfite-sequencing. RESULTS: We identified 100 CpG sites with p-values < 0...
October 20, 2016: Epigenomics
Linna Zhao, Di Liu, Jing Xu, Zhaoyang Wang, Yang Chen, Changgui Lei, Ying Li, Guiyou Liu, Yongshuai Jiang
At present, understanding of DNA methylation at the population level is still limited. Here, we first extended the classical framework of population genetics, such as single nucleotide polymorphism allele frequency, linkage disequilibrium (LD), LD block and haplotype, to epigenetics. Then, as an example, we compared the DNA methylation disequilibrium (MD) maps between HapMap CEU (Caucasian residents of European ancestry from Utah) population and YRI (Yoruba people from Ibadan) population (lymphoblastoid cell lines)...
October 19, 2016: Briefings in Bioinformatics
Chun Ma, Violetta Karwacki-Neisius, Haoran Tang, Wenjing Li, Zhennan Shi, Haolin Hu, Wenqi Xu, Zhentian Wang, Lingchun Kong, Ruitu Lv, Zheng Fan, Wenhao Zhou, Pengyuan Yang, Feizhen Wu, Jianbo Diao, Li Tan, Yujiang Geno Shi, Fei Lan, Yang Shi
Nono is a component of the para-speckle, which stores and processes RNA. Mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) lack para-speckles, leaving the function of Nono in mESCs unclear. Here, we find that Nono functions as a chromatin regulator cooperating with Erk to regulate mESC pluripotency. We report that Nono loss results in robust self-renewing mESCs with epigenomic and transcriptomic features resembling the 2i (GSK and Erk inhibitors)-induced "ground state." Erk interacts with and is required for Nono localization to a subset of bivalent genes that have high levels of poised RNA polymerase...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Steven Zhao, AnnMarie Torres, Ryan A Henry, Sophie Trefely, Martina Wallace, Joyce V Lee, Alessandro Carrer, Arjun Sengupta, Sydney L Campbell, Yin-Ming Kuo, Alexander J Frey, Noah Meurs, John M Viola, Ian A Blair, Aalim M Weljie, Christian M Metallo, Nathaniel W Snyder, Andrew J Andrews, Kathryn E Wellen
Mechanisms of metabolic flexibility enable cells to survive under stressful conditions and can thwart therapeutic responses. Acetyl-coenzyme A (CoA) plays central roles in energy production, lipid metabolism, and epigenomic modifications. Here, we show that, upon genetic deletion of Acly, the gene coding for ATP-citrate lyase (ACLY), cells remain viable and proliferate, although at an impaired rate. In the absence of ACLY, cells upregulate ACSS2 and utilize exogenous acetate to provide acetyl-CoA for de novo lipogenesis (DNL) and histone acetylation...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Kevin Cheeseman, Gabriela Certad, Jonathan B Weitzman
Over 20 % of cancers have infectious origins, including well-known examples of microbes such as viruses (HPV, EBV) and bacteria (H. pylori). The contribution of intracellular eukaryotic parasites to cancer etiology is largely unexplored. Epidemiological and clinical reports indicate that eukaryotic protozoan, such as intracellular apicomplexan that cause diseases of medical or economic importance, can be linked to various cancers: Theileria and Cryptosporidium induce host cell transformation while Plasmodium was linked epidemiologically to the "African lymphoma belt" over fifty years ago...
October 2016: Médecine Sciences: M/S
J David Sweatt, Carol A Tamminga
This review concerns epigenetic mechanisms and their roles in conferring interindividual differences, especially as related to experientially acquired and genetically driven changes in central nervous system (CNS) function. In addition, the review contains commentary regarding the possible ways in which epigenomic changes may contribute to neuropsychiatric conditions and disorders and ways in which epigenotyping might be cross-correlated with clinical phenotyping in the context of precision medicine. The review begins with a basic description of epigenetic marking in the CNS and how these changes are powerful regulators of gene readout...
September 2016: Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
David Gurwitz
The development and clinical implementation of personalized medicine crucially depends on the availability of high-quality human biosamples; animal models, although capable of modeling complex human diseases, cannot reflect the large variation in the human genome, epigenome, transcriptome, proteome, and metabolome. Although the biosamples available from public biobanks that store human tissues and cells may represent the large human diversity for most diseases, these samples are not always sufficient for developing biomarkers for patient-tailored therapies for neuropsychiatric disorders...
September 2016: Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
Peter F Davies, Elisabetta Manduchi, Christian J Stoeckert, Yi-Zhou Jiang
Hemodynamics creates a constantly changing physical and chemical environment to which the arterial endothelium is exquisitely sensitive. Biomechanical stresses are intrinsic to blood flow characteristics and blood pressure and therefore are important considerations in hypertension. Near branching anatomical sites in arteries, blood flow separates from the main flow to undergo complex multi-directional characteristics for a part of each cardiac cycle (collectively referred to as disturbed flow). Atherosclerosis and aneurysmal pathology develop preferentially at disturbed flow locations, particularly when an additional cardiovascular risk factor such as hypercholesterolemia or high blood pressure are present...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jiajin Yang, Heng Ge, Caroline J Poulton, Susan L Hogan, Yichun Hu, Britta E Jones, Candace D Henderson, Elizabeth A McInnis, William F Pendergraft, J Charles Jennette, Ronald J Falk, Dominic J Ciavatta
BACKGROUND: Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by destructive vascular inflammation. Two prominent ANCA autoantigens are myeloperoxidase (MPO) and proteinase 3 (PR3), and transcription of MPO and PRTN3, the genes encoding the autoantigens, is associated with disease activity. We investigated whether patients with AAV have alterations in histone modifications, particularly those associated with transcriptional activation, at MPO and PRTN3...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Xingqi Chen, Ying Shen, Will Draper, Jason D Buenrostro, Ulrike Litzenburger, Seung Woo Cho, Ansuman T Satpathy, Ava C Carter, Rajarshi P Ghosh, Alexandra East-Seletsky, Jennifer A Doudna, William J Greenleaf, Jan T Liphardt, Howard Y Chang
Spatial organization of the genome plays a central role in gene expression, DNA replication, and repair. But current epigenomic approaches largely map DNA regulatory elements outside of the native context of the nucleus. Here we report assay of transposase-accessible chromatin with visualization (ATAC-see), a transposase-mediated imaging technology that employs direct imaging of the accessible genome in situ, cell sorting, and deep sequencing to reveal the identity of the imaged elements. ATAC-see revealed the cell-type-specific spatial organization of the accessible genome and the coordinated process of neutrophil chromatin extrusion, termed NETosis...
October 17, 2016: Nature Methods
Samantha M Keller, Tania L Roth
Environmental factors have long-lasting effects on brain development and behavior. One way experiences are propagated is via epigenetic modifications to the genome. Environmentally-driven epigenetic modifications show incredible brain region- and sex-specificity, and many brain regions affected are ones involved in maternal behavior. In rodent models, females are typically the primary caregiver and thus, any environmental factors that modulate the epigenotype of the mother could have consequences for her current and future offspring...
April 2016: Environmental Epigenetics
Raúl Alelú-Paz, Francisco J Carmona, José V Sanchez-Mut, Ariel Cariaga-Martínez, Ana González-Corpas, Nadia Ashour, Maria J Orea, Ana Escanilla, Alfonso Monje, Carmen Guerrero Márquez, Jerónimo Saiz-Ruiz, Manel Esteller, Santiago Ropero
Attempts to discover genes that are involved in the pathogenesis of major psychiatric disorders have been frustrating and often fruitless. Concern is building about the need to understand the complex ways in which nature and nurture interact to produce mental illness. We analyze the epigenome in several brain regions from schizophrenic patients with severe cognitive impairment using high-resolution (450K) DNA methylation array. We identified 139 differentially methylated CpG sites included in known and novel candidate genes sequences as well as in and intergenic sequences which functions remain unknown...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Kim V E Braun, Trudy Voortman, Klodian Dhana, Jenna Troup, Wichor M Bramer, John Troup, Rajiv Chowdhury, Abbas Dehghan, Taulant Muka, Oscar H Franco
Epigenetic mechanisms, including DNA methylation and histone modifications, might be involved in the regulation of blood lipid concentration variability and may thereby affect cardiovascular health. We aimed to systematically review studies investigating the association between epigenetic marks and plasma concentrations of triacylglycerol, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol. Six medical databases were searched until September 3rd 2015, reference lists were screened, and experts in the field were contacted...
October 13, 2016: Progress in Lipid Research
Cheryl Li, Olivia Casanueva
Abundant evidence shows that the genome is not as static as once thought and that gene expression can be reversibly modulated by the environment. In some cases, these changes can be transmitted to the next generation even if the environment has reverted. Such transgenerational epigenetic inheritance requires that information be stored in the germline in response to exogenous stressors. One of the most elusive questions in the field of epigenetic inheritance is the identity of such inherited factor(s). Answering this question would allow us to understand how the environment can shape human populations for multiple generations and may help to explain the rapid rise in obesity and neurodegenerative diseases in modern society...
October 15, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
Julio Delgado, Neus Villamor, Armando López-Guillermo, Elías Campo
Next-generation sequencing provides a comprehensive understanding of the genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic underpinnings of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Recent studies have uncovered new drivers, including mutations in non-coding regions, and signalling pathways whose role in cancer was previously unknown or poorly understood. Moreover, massive scale epigenomics and transcriptomics have supplied the foundations for the cellular origin of the disease. Some drivers could be targeted pharmacologically, and the ability to detect mutations present in minority subclones might even allow treatment before clonal selection occurs, thus preventing disease refractoriness...
March 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
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