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Xiaozhe Xiong, Tatyana Panchenko, Shuang Yang, Shuai Zhao, Peiqiang Yan, Wenhao Zhang, Wei Xie, Yuanyuan Li, Yingming Zhao, C David Allis, Haitao Li
Recognition of histone covalent modifications by 'reader' modules constitutes a major mechanism for epigenetic regulation. A recent upsurge of newly discovered histone lysine acylations, such as crotonylation (Kcr), butyrylation (Kbu), and propionylation (Kpr), greatly expands the coding potential of histone lysine modifications. Here we demonstrate that the histone acetylation-binding double PHD finger (DPF) domains of human MOZ (also known as KAT6A) and DPF2 (also known as BAF45d) accommodate a wide range of histone lysine acylations with the strongest preference for Kcr...
October 24, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Siliang Xu, Ping Duan, Jinping Li, Tristan Senkowski, Fengbiao Guo, Haibin Chen, Alberto Romero, Yugui Cui, Jiayin Liu, Shi-Wen Jiang
SET (SE Translocation) protein carries out multiple functions including those for protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) inhibition, histone modification, DNA repair, and gene regulation. SET overexpression has been detected in brain neurons of patients suffering Alzheimer's disease, follicle theca cells of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) patients, and ovarian cancer cells, indicating that SET may play a pathological role for these disorders. SET transcript 2, produced by a specific promoter, represents a major transcript variant in different cell types...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Carlos A Aguilar, Ramona Pop, Anna Shcherbina, Alain Watts, Ronald W Matheny, Davide Cacchiarelli, Woojin M Han, Eunjung Shin, Shadi A Nakhai, Young C Jang, Christopher T Carrigan, Casey A Gifford, Melissa A Kottke, Marcella Cesana, Jackson Lee, Maria L Urso, Alexander Meissner
Following injury, adult skeletal muscle undergoes a well-coordinated sequence of molecular and physiological events to promote repair and regeneration. However, a thorough understanding of the in vivo epigenomic and transcriptional mechanisms that control these reparative events is lacking. To address this, we monitored the in vivo dynamics of three histone modifications and coding and noncoding RNA expression throughout the regenerative process in a mouse model of traumatic muscle injury. We first illustrate how both coding and noncoding RNAs in tissues and sorted satellite cells are modified and regulated during various stages after trauma...
October 20, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
Bilal N Sheikh, Donald Metcalf, Anne K Voss, Tim Thomas
Chromatin plays a central role in maintaining hematopoietic stem cells and during their stepwise differentiation. While a large number of histone modifications and chromatin modifying enzymes have been identified, how these act in concert to produce specific phenotypic outcomes remains to be established. MOZ (KAT6A) is a lysine acetyltransferase and enhances transcription at target gene loci. In contrast, the polycomb group protein BMI1 (PCGF4) is part of the transcriptionally repressive PRC1 complex. Despite their opposing effects on transcription, MOZ and BMI1 regulate biological systems in a similar manner...
October 20, 2016: Experimental Hematology
Masayuki Tsuzuki, Yuichiro Watanabe
Small RNAs are key molecules in RNA silencing pathways that exert the sequence-specific regulation of gene expression and chromatin modifications in many eukaryotes. In plants, endogenous small RNAs, including microRNAs (miRNAs), trans-acting short interfering RNAs (tasiRNAs), and heterochromatic siRNAs (hc-siRNAs), play an important role in switching or orchestrating biological processes during the development and at the onset of stress responses. These endogenous and exogenous small RNAs are mainly 20-24 nucleotides in length...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Andriy Bilichak, Igor Kovalchuk
DNA methylation is a reversible covalent chemical modification of DNA intended to regulate chromatin structure and gene expression in a cell- and tissue-specific manner and in response to the environment. Cytosine methylation is predominantly occurring in plants, and cytosine nucleotides in plants can be methylated at symmetrical (CpG and CpHpG) and nonsymmetrical sites. Although there exists a number of various methods for the detection of cytosine methylation, most of them are either laborious or expensive or both...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Julia Engelhorn, Franziska Turck
Genome-wide analyses of chromatin factor-binding sites or histone modification localization generate lists of up to several thousand potential target genes. For many model organisms, large annotation databases are available to help with the characterization and classification of genomic datasets. The term meta-analysis has been coined for this type of multi-database comparison. In this chapter, we describe a workflow to perform a transcriptional and functional analysis of genome-wide target genes. Sources of transcription data and clustering tools to subdivide genes according to their expression pattern are described...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Wanhui You, Stéphane Pien, Ueli Grossniklaus
Epigenetic control of plant development via histone modifications is involved in different processes ranging from embryonic development, vegetative development, flowering time control, floral organ development, to pollen tube growth. The identification of an increasing number of epigenetically regulated processes was greatly advanced by methods allowing the survey of genome-wide histone modifications and chromatin-protein interactions. However, genome-wide approaches are too broad to access in detail a large number of histone modifications taking place at a single locus...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Akhi Akhter, Emanuel Rosonina
The Saccharomyces cerevisiae transcription factor Gcn4 is expressed during amino acid starvation and its abundance is controlled by ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis. Cdk8, a kinase component of the RNA polymerase II Mediator complex, phosphorylates Gcn4 which triggers its ubiquitination/proteolysis and is thought to link Gcn4 degradation with transcription of target genes. In addition to phosphorylation and ubiquitination, we previously showed that Gcn4 becomes sumoylated in a DNA-binding dependent manner, while a non-sumoylatable form of Gcn4 showed increased chromatin occupancy, but only if Cdk8 was present...
October 21, 2016: Genetics
Deepika Jaiswal, Rashi Turniansky, Erin M Green
When yeast cells are challenged by a fluctuating environment, signaling networks activate differentiation programs that promote their individual or collective survival. These programs include the initiation of meiotic sporulation, the formation of filamentous growth structures, and the activation of programmed cell death pathways. The establishment and maintenance of these distinct cell fates are driven by massive gene expression programs that promote the necessary changes in morphology and physiology. While these genomic reprogramming events depend on a specialized network of transcription factors, a diverse set of chromatin regulators, including histone-modifying enzymes, chromatin remodelers, and histone variants, also play essential roles...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Srimoyee Ghosh, Jose M Lora
Epigenetic control of gene expression is enforced in part through histone modifications. Bromodomain and extra terminal domain (BET) proteins function as crucial chromatin readers, responsible for interpretation of the chromatin code in diverse cellular contexts, ultimately impacting gene transcription. BET proteins can play a major role in inflammation by profoundly affecting the biology of the Thelper 17 (TH17) lineage. We summarize recent studies focusing on BET inhibition as a viable therapeutic alternative for the control of autoimmune diseases driven by aberrant activation of TH17 cells...
March 2016: Drug Discovery Today. Technologies
Yuxin Shu, Yan Lu, Xiaojuan Pang, Wei Zheng, Yahong Huang, Jiahong Li, Jianguo Ji, Can Zhang, Pingping Shen
Peroxisome proliferator-activating receptor γ (PPARγ), a transcription factor, is involved in many important biological processes, including cell terminal differentiation, survival and apoptosis. However, the role of PPARγ, which regulates tumour promoter and oncogene expression, is not well understood in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In the present study, based on evidence from clinical samples that phosphorylation of PPARγ at Ser84 is up-regulated in human liver tumours, we confirmed that phosphorylation of PPARγ was also significantly increased in an HCC mouse model and was increased by Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MEK)/ Extracellular-signal-regulated kinases (ERK) kinase...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Steven Z Josefowicz, Miho Shimada, Anja Armache, Charles H Li, Rand M Miller, Shu Lin, Aerin Yang, Brian D Dill, Henrik Molina, Hee-Sung Park, Benjamin A Garcia, Jack Taunton, Robert G Roeder, C David Allis
The inflammatory response requires coordinated activation of both transcription factors and chromatin to induce transcription for defense against pathogens and environmental insults. We sought to elucidate the connections between inflammatory signaling pathways and chromatin through genomic footprinting of kinase activity and unbiased identification of prominent histone phosphorylation events. We identified H3 serine 28 phosphorylation (H3S28ph) as the principal stimulation-dependent histone modification and observed its enrichment at induced genes in mouse macrophages stimulated with bacterial lipopolysaccharide...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Cell
Paule V Joseph, Sarah K Abey, Wendy A Henderson
Nutrition is a factor involved in inflammation and a modulator of risk toward some cancers, and the complexity of linkages between dietary components and epigenetics mechanisms (e.g., DNA methylation, histone modification, chromatin remodeling) may affect the inflammation phenotype and the development of cancer. An increasing number of studies support the role of diet in cancer development, prevention, and treatment. Although current knowledge regarding nutri-epigenetics is expanding, more work is needed, and nurse scientists have the potential to significantly contribute to the expansion of this knowledge...
November 1, 2016: Oncology Nursing Forum
Gianluigi Franci, Federica Sarno, Angela Nebbioso, Lucia Altucci
Epigenetic modifications are functionally involved in gene expression regulation. In particular, histone posttranslational modifications play a crucial role in functional chromatin organization. Several drugs able to inhibit or stimulate some families of proteins involved in epigenetic histone regulation have been found, a number of which are FDA-approved for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma or are in phase I/II/III clinical trials for solid tumors. Although some protein families, such as histone deacetylases and their inhibitors, are well characterized, our understanding of histone lysine demethylases is still incomplete...
October 21, 2016: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Iain A Sawyer, David Sturgill, Myong-Hee Sung, Gordon L Hager, Miroslav Dundr
Nuclear bodies contribute to non-random organization of the human genome and nuclear function. Using a major prototypical nuclear body, the Cajal body, as an example, we suggest that these structures assemble at specific gene loci located across the genome as a result of high transcriptional activity. Subsequently, target genes are physically clustered in close proximity in Cajal body-containing cells. However, Cajal bodies are observed in only a limited number of human cell types, including neuronal and cancer cells...
October 21, 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Daniil A Maksimov, Petr P Laktionov, Stepan N Belyakin
Analysis of gene expression regulation typically requires identification of genomic sites bound by regulatory proteins. For this purpose, chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and Dam identification (DamID) methods can be applied to cell lines, whole organisms, or enriched cell populations. In this work, we present modifications to the experimental DamID protocol, as well as a custom data processing algorithm, that allow to confidently identify genomic sites enriched with the proteins of interest. This algorithm is implemented in Perl and is also available as executable files, thereby making DamID analysis relatively straightforward...
October 21, 2016: Chromosome Research
Nicole Mons, Daniel Beracochea
A prime mechanism that contributes to the development and maintenance of alcoholism is the dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity and the release of glucocorticoids (cortisol in humans and primates, corticosterone in rodents) from the adrenal glands. In the brain, sustained, local elevation of glucocorticoid concentration even long after cessation of chronic alcohol consumption compromises functional integrity of a circuit, including the prefrontal cortex (PFC), the hippocampus (HPC), and the amygdala (AMG)...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Demin Cai, Mengjie Yuan, Haoyu Liu, Shifeng Pan, Wenqiang Ma, Jian Hong, Ruqian Zhao
Betaine serves as an animal and human nutrient which has been heavily investigated in glucose and lipid metabolic regulation, yet the underlying mechanisms are still elusive. In this study, feeding sows with betaine-supplemented diets during pregnancy and lactation increased cholesterol content and low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) and scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) gene expression, but decreasing bile acids content and cholesterol-7a-hydroxylase (CYP7a1) expression in the liver of weaning piglets...
October 18, 2016: Nutrients
Inderjeet Kaur, Mohammad Zeeshan, Ekta Saini, Abhinav Kaushik, Asif Mohmmed, Dinesh Gupta, Pawan Malhotra
Post-transcriptional and post-translational modifications play a major role in Plasmodium life cycle regulation. Lysine methylation of histone proteins is well documented in several organisms, however in recent years lysine methylation of proteins outside histone code is emerging out as an important post-translational modification (PTM). In the present study we have performed global analysis of lysine methylation of proteins in asexual blood stages of Plasmodium falciparum development. We immunoprecipitated stage specific Plasmodium lysates using anti-methyl lysine specific antibodies that immunostained the asexual blood stage parasites...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
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