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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926872/deletion-of-the-polycomb-group-protein-ezh2-leads-to-compromised-self-renewal-and-differentiation-defects-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells
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Adam Collinson, Amanda J Collier, Natasha P Morgan, Arnold R Sienerth, Tamir Chandra, Simon Andrews, Peter J Rugg-Gunn
Through the histone methyltransferase EZH2, the Polycomb complex PRC2 mediates H3K27me3 and is associated with transcriptional repression. PRC2 regulates cell-fate decisions in model organisms; however, its role in regulating cell differentiation during human embryogenesis is unknown. Here, we report the characterization of EZH2-deficient human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). H3K27me3 was lost upon EZH2 deletion, identifying an essential requirement for EZH2 in methylating H3K27 in hESCs, in contrast to its non-essential role in mouse ESCs...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926488/blocking-ezh2-methylation-transferase-activity-by-gsk126-decreases-stem-cell-like-myeloma-cells
#2
Delong Zeng, Maoxing Liu, Jingxuan Pan
EZH2 is a critical epigenetic regulator that is deregulated in various types of cancers including multiple myeloma (MM). In the present study, we hypothesized that targeting EZH2 might induce apoptosis in myeloma cells including stem cell-like cells (CSCs). We investigated the effect of EZH2 inhibition on MM cells using a potent inhibitor (GSK126). The results showed that GSK126 effectively abrogated the methylated histone 3 (H3K27me3) level in MM.1S and LP1 cells, and inhibited the number of live cells and colony formation in soft agar of six MM cell lines...
December 2, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924045/a-novel-method-for-the-simultaneous-identification-of-methylcytosine-and-hydroxymethylcytosine-at-a-single-base-resolution
#3
Yuki Kawasaki, Yukiko Kuroda, Isao Suetake, Shoji Tajima, Fumitoshi Ishino, Takashi Kohda
Since the discovery of oxidative demethylation of methylcytosine (mC) by Tet enzymes, an analytical method has been urgently needed that would enable the identification of mC and hydroxymethylcytosine (hmC) at the single base resolution level, because their roles in gene regulation are quite different from each other. However, the bisulfite sequencing method, the gold standard for DNA methylation analysis at present, does not distinguish them. Recently reported alternative methods, such as oxBS-seq and TAB-seq, are not even capable of determining mC and hmC simultaneously...
October 24, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921386/cytotoxicity-of-a-series-of-norcantharidin-inspired-tetrahydroepoxyisoindole-carboxamides
#4
Christopher Peter Gordon, Lawson K Spare, Pasquale Falsetta, Jayne Gilbert, David G Harman, Mark A Baker, Feng Li, Adam McCluskey, Jack K Clegg, Jennette A Sakoff, Janice R Aldrich-Wright
A series of 28 norcantharidin (NorC) inspired analogues were accessed via a robust two-step Ugi intramolecular Diels-Alder (IMDA) sequence. Four analogues displayed equipotent whole cell cytotoxicity to NorC and cisplatin against a number of cancer cell lines and a normal breast cell line (MCF10A). Notably (3S,3aS,6R)-2-benzyl-7-methyl-N-(naphthalen-2-yl)-1-oxo-1,2,3,6-tetrahydro-3a,6-epoxyisoindole-3-carboxamide (trans-27) displayed superior whole cell activity against breast (MCF-7, GI50 = 2.9 µM) and colon (HT29, GI50 = 6...
December 6, 2016: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916747/the-broadly-tuned-odorant-receptor-or1a1-is-highly-selective-for-3-methyl-2-4-nonanedione-a-key-food-odorant-in-aged-wines-tea-and-other-foods
#5
Christiane Geithe, Franziska Noe, Johanna Kreissl, Dietmar Krautwurst
Key food odorants are the most relevant determinants by which we detect, recognize, and hedonically evaluate the aroma of foods and beverages. Odorants are detected by our chemical sense of olfaction, comprising a set of approximately 400 different odorant receptor types. However, the specific receptor activity patterns representing the aroma percepts of foods or beverages, as well as the key food odorant agonist profiles of single-odorant receptors, are largely unknown. We aimed to establish comprehensive key food odorant agonist profiles of 2 unrelated, broadly tuned receptors, OR1A1 and OR2W1, that had been associated thus far with mostly non-key food odorants and shared some of these agonists...
December 4, 2016: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912755/establishment-of-high-reciprocal-connectivity-between-clonal-cortical-neurons-is-regulated-by-the-dnmt3b-dna-methyltransferase-and-clustered-protocadherins
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Etsuko Tarusawa, Makoto Sanbo, Atsushi Okayama, Toshio Miyashita, Takashi Kitsukawa, Teruyoshi Hirayama, Takahiro Hirabayashi, Sonoko Hasegawa, Ryosuke Kaneko, Shunsuke Toyoda, Toshihiro Kobayashi, Megumi Kato-Itoh, Hiromitsu Nakauchi, Masumi Hirabayashi, Takeshi Yagi, Yumiko Yoshimura
BACKGROUND: The specificity of synaptic connections is fundamental for proper neural circuit function. Specific neuronal connections that underlie information processing in the sensory cortex are initially established without sensory experiences to a considerable extent, and then the connections are individually refined through sensory experiences. Excitatory neurons arising from the same single progenitor cell are preferentially connected in the postnatal cortex, suggesting that cell lineage contributes to the initial wiring of neurons...
December 2, 2016: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911846/dna-methylome-of-the-20-gigabase-norway-spruce-genome
#7
Israel Ausin, Suhua Feng, Chaowei Yu, Wanlu Liu, Hsuan Yu Kuo, Elise L Jacobsen, Jixian Zhai, Javier Gallego-Bartolome, Lin Wang, Ulrika Egertsdotter, Nathaniel R Street, Steven E Jacobsen, Haifeng Wang
DNA methylation plays important roles in many biological processes, such as silencing of transposable elements, imprinting, and regulating gene expression. Many studies of DNA methylation have shown its essential roles in angiosperms (flowering plants). However, few studies have examined the roles and patterns of DNA methylation in gymnosperms. Here, we present genome-wide high coverage single-base resolution methylation maps of Norway spruce (Picea abies) from both needles and somatic embryogenesis culture cells via whole genome bisulfite sequencing...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906459/integrative-genomic-analysis-identifies-ancestry-related-expression-quantitative-trait-loci-on-dna-polymerase-%C3%AE-and-supports-the-association-of-genetic-ancestry-with-survival-disparities-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Meganathan P Ramakodi, Karthik Devarajan, Elizabeth Blackman, Denise Gibbs, Danièle Luce, Jacqueline Deloumeaux, Suzy Duflo, Jeffrey C Liu, Ranee Mehra, Rob J Kulathinal, Camille C Ragin
BACKGROUND: African Americans with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) have a lower survival rate than whites. This study investigated the functional importance of ancestry-informative single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in HNSCC and also examined the effect of functionally important genetic elements on racial disparities in HNSCC survival. METHODS: Ancestry-informative SNPs, RNA sequencing, methylation, and copy number variation data for 316 oral cavity and laryngeal cancer patients were analyzed across 178 DNA repair genes...
December 1, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906000/the-antiviral-compound-bit225-inhibits-hiv-1-replication-in-myeloid-dendritic-cells
#9
Gabriela Khoury, Gary Ewart, Carolyn Luscombe, Michelle Miller, John Wilkinson
BACKGROUND: Previous studies with BIT225 (N-carbamimidoyl-5-(1-methyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)-2-naphthamide) have demonstrated a unique antiviral activity that blocks the release of HIV-1 from monocyte-derived macrophages (MDM). Antagonising the ion channel formed by HIV-1 Vpu, BIT225 preferentially targets de novo intracellular virus produced in 'virus-containing compartments' of MDM. In primary infections, dendritic cells (DC) are one of the first cells infected by HIV-1 and can transfer virus to more permissive CD4(+) T cells, making these cells an important target for novel antiviral therapies...
February 8, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901321/copy-number-variants-in-a-population-based-investigation-of-klippel-trenaunay-syndrome
#10
Aggeliki Dimopoulos, Robert J Sicko, Denise M Kay, Shannon L Rigler, Ruzong Fan, Paul A Romitti, Marilyn L Browne, Charlotte M Druschel, Michele Caggana, Lawrence C Brody, James L Mills
Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (KTS) is a rare congenital vascular disorder that is thought to occur sporadically; however, reports of familial occurrence suggest a genetic component. We examined KTS cases to identify novel, potentially causal copy number variants (CNVs). We identified 17 KTS cases from all live-births occurring in New York (1998-2010). Extracted DNA was genotyped using Illumina microarrays and CNVs were called using PennCNV software. CNVs selected for follow-up had ≥10 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and minimal overlap with in-house controls or controls from the Database of Genomic Variants...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899645/efficient-targeted-dna-methylation-with-chimeric-dcas9-dnmt3a-dnmt3l-methyltransferase
#11
Peter Stepper, Goran Kungulovski, Renata Z Jurkowska, Tamir Chandra, Felix Krueger, Richard Reinhardt, Wolf Reik, Albert Jeltsch, Tomasz P Jurkowski
DNA methylation plays a critical role in the regulation and maintenance of cell-type specific transcriptional programs. Targeted epigenome editing is an emerging technology to specifically regulate cellular gene expression in order to modulate cell phenotypes or dissect the epigenetic mechanisms involved in their control. In this work, we employed a DNA methyltransferase Dnmt3a-Dnmt3L construct fused to the nuclease-inactivated dCas9 programmable targeting domain to introduce DNA methylation into the human genome specifically at the EpCAM, CXCR4 and TFRC gene promoters...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899621/cooperative-genomic-alteration-network-reveals-molecular-classification-across-12-major-cancer-types
#12
Hongyi Zhang, Yulan Deng, Yong Zhang, Yanyan Ping, Hongying Zhao, Lin Pang, Xinxin Zhang, Li Wang, Chaohan Xu, Yun Xiao, Xia Li
The accumulation of somatic genomic alterations that enables cells to gradually acquire growth advantage contributes to tumor development. This has the important implication of the widespread existence of cooperative genomic alterations in the accumulation process. Here, we proposed a computational method HCOC that simultaneously consider genetic context and downstream functional effects on cancer hallmarks to uncover somatic cooperative events in human cancers. Applying our method to 12 TCGA cancer types, we totally identified 1199 cooperative events with high heterogeneity across human cancers, and then constructed a pan-cancer cooperative alteration network...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897002/a-methylation-to-expression-feature-model-for-generating-accurate-prognostic-risk-scores-and-identifying-disease-targets-in-clear-cell-kidney-cancer
#13
Jeffrey A Thompson, Carmen J Marsit
Many researchers now have available multiple high-dimensional molecular and clinical datasets when studying a disease. As we enter this multi-omic era of data analysis, new approaches that combine different levels of data (e.g. at the genomic and epigenomic levels) are required to fully capitalize on this opportunity. In this work, we outline a new approach to multi-omic data integration, which combines molecular and clinical predictors as part of a single analysis to create a prognostic risk score for clear cell renal cell carcinoma...
2016: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896277/prediction-of-bacillus-calmette-guerin-response-in-patients-with-bladder-cancer-after-transurethral-resection-of-bladder-tumor-by-using-genetic-variation-based-on-genomic-studies
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Ning Zhang, Guangliang Jiang, Xu Liu, Rong Na, Xiang Wang, Jianfeng Xu
Purpose. We aimed to comprehensively review contemporary literature on genetic and epigenetic biomarkers associated with the prediction of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) response after the transurethral resection of a bladder tumor and to discuss the application of these biomarkers in precision cancer care for bladder cancer. Method. We performed a systematic review of published literatures in the databases PubMed and Embase by using the following key words: bladder cancer, BCG, gene, and methylation. Studies associated with cell lines, animal models, and muscle invasive bladder cancer were excluded...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895984/fabrication-and-analysis-of-microfiber-array-platform-for-optogenetics-with-cellular-resolution
#15
Jian-Hong Chen, Ming-Yi Chou, Chien-Yuan Pan, Lon A Wang
Optogenetics has emerged as a revolutionary technology especially for neuroscience and has advanced continuously over the past decade. Conventional approaches for patterned in vivo optical illumination have a limitation on the implanted device size and achievable spatio-temporal resolution. In this work, we developed a fabrication process for a microfiber array platform. Arrayed poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) microfibers were drawn from a polymer solution and packaged with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The exposed end face of a packaged microfiber was tuned to have a size corresponding to a single cell...
November 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895806/genome-wide-epigenomic-profiling-for-biomarker-discovery
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REVIEW
René A M Dirks, Hendrik G Stunnenberg, Hendrik Marks
A myriad of diseases is caused or characterized by alteration of epigenetic patterns, including changes in DNA methylation, post-translational histone modifications, or chromatin structure. These changes of the epigenome represent a highly interesting layer of information for disease stratification and for personalized medicine. Traditionally, epigenomic profiling required large amounts of cells, which are rarely available with clinical samples. Also, the cellular heterogeneity complicates analysis when profiling clinical samples for unbiased genome-wide biomarker discovery...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895318/whole-genome-dna-methylation-beyond-genes-silencing
#17
Roberto Tirado-Magallanes, Khadija Rebbani, Ricky Lim, Sriharsa Pradhan, Touati Benoukraf
The combination of DNA bisulfite treatment with high-throughput sequencing technologies has enabled investigation of genome-wide DNA methylation at near base pair level resolution, far beyond that of the kilobase-long canonical CpG islands that initially revealed the biological relevance of this covalent DNA modification. The latest high-resolution studies have revealed a role for very punctual DNA methylation in chromatin plasticity, gene regulation and splicing. Here, we aim to outline the major biological consequences of DNA methylation recently discovered...
November 24, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895230/an-arginase-1-snp-that-protects-against-the-development-of-pulmonary-hypertension-in-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-enhances-no-mediated-apoptosis-in-lymphocytes
#18
Jennifer K Trittmann, Yi Jin, Louis G Chicoine, Yusen Liu, Bernadette Chen, Leif D Nelin
Arginase and nitric oxide synthase (NOS) share a common substrate, l-arginine, and have opposing effects on vascular remodeling. Arginase is the first step in polyamine and proline synthesis necessary for cellular proliferation, while NO produced from NOS promotes apoptosis. Previously, we identified a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the arginase-1 (ARG1) gene, rs2781666 (T-allele) that was associated with a decreased risk for developing pulmonary hypertension (PH) in a cohort of infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)...
November 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890672/epigenetics-of-cell-fate-reprogramming-and-its-implications-for-neurological-disorders-modelling
#19
REVIEW
Maciej Grzybek, Aleksandra Golonko, Marta Walczak, Pawel Lisowski
The reprogramming of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) proceeds in a stepwise manner with reprogramming factors binding and epigenetic composition changes during transition to maintain the epigenetic landscape, important for pluripotency. There arises a question as to whether the aberrant epigenetic state after reprogramming leads to epigenetic defects in induced stem cells causing unpredictable long term effects in differentiated cells. In this review, we present a comprehensive view of epigenetic alterations accompanying reprogramming, cell maintenance and differentiation as factors that influence applications of hiPSCs in stem cell based technologies...
November 23, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884103/amplimethprofiler-a-pipeline-for-the-analysis-of-cpg-methylation-profiles-of-targeted-deep-bisulfite-sequenced-amplicons
#20
Giovanni Scala, Ornella Affinito, Domenico Palumbo, Ermanno Florio, Antonella Monticelli, Gennaro Miele, Lorenzo Chiariotti, Sergio Cocozza
BACKGROUND: CpG sites in an individual molecule may exist in a binary state (methylated or unmethylated) and each individual DNA molecule, containing a certain number of CpGs, is a combination of these states defining an epihaplotype. Classic quantification based approaches to study DNA methylation are intrinsically unable to fully represent the complexity of the underlying methylation substrate. Epihaplotype based approaches, on the other hand, allow methylation profiles of cell populations to be studied at the single molecule level...
November 25, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
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