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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820351/genomic-and-chromatin-features-shaping-meiotic-double-strand-break-formation-and-repair-in-mice
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Shintaro Yamada, Seoyoung Kim, Sam E Tischfield, Maria Jasin, Julian Lange, Scott Keeney
The SPO11-generated DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) that initiate meiotic recombination occur non-randomly across genomes, but mechanisms shaping their distribution and repair remain incompletely understood. Here, we expand on recent studies of nucleotide-resolution DSB maps in mouse spermatocytes. We find that trimethylation of histone H3 lysine 36 around DSB hotspots is highly correlated, both spatially and quantitatively, with trimethylation of H3 lysine 4, consistent with coordinated formation and action of both PRDM9-dependent histone modifications...
August 18, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816576/a-demethylation-deficient-isoform-of-the-lysine-demethylase-kdm2a-interacts-with-pericentromeric-heterochromatin-in-an-hp1a-dependent-manner
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Dijana Lađinović, Jitka Novotná, Soňa Jakšová, Ivan Raška, Tomáš Vacík
Histone modifications have a profound impact on the chromatin structure and gene expression and their correct establishment and recognition is essential for correct cell functioning. Malfunction of histone modifying proteins is associated with developmental defects and diseases and detailed characterization of these proteins is therefore very important. The lysine specific demethylase KDM2A is a CpG island binding protein that has been studied predominantly for its ability to regulate CpG island-associated gene promoters by demethylating their H3K36me2...
August 17, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816066/stressing-the-epi-genome-dealing-with-ros-in-cancer
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Akshay V Bhat, Shainan Hora, Ananya Pal, Sudhakar Jha, Reshma Taneja
SIGNIFICANCE: Growing evidence indicates cross-talk between Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and several key epigenetic processes like DNA methylation, histone modifications and miRNAs in normal physiology and human pathologies including cancer. This review focuses on how ROS-induced oxidative stress, metabolic intermediates and epigenetic processes influence each other in various cancers. Recent Advances: ROS alters chromatin structure and metabolism which impact the epigenetic landscape in cancer cells...
August 17, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814742/the-candida-albicans-hir-histone-chaperone-regulates-the-yeast-to-hyphae-transition-by-controlling-the-sensitivity-to-morphogenesis-signals
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Sabrina Jenull, Michael Tscherner, Megha Gulati, Clarissa J Nobile, Neeraj Chauhan, Karl Kuchler
Morphological plasticity such as the yeast-to-hyphae transition is a key virulence factor of the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans. Hyphal formation is controlled by a multilayer regulatory network composed of environmental sensing, signaling, transcriptional modulators as well as chromatin modifications. Here, we demonstrate a novel role for the replication-independent HIR histone chaperone complex in fungal morphogenesis. HIR operates as a crucial modulator of hyphal development, since genetic ablation of the HIR complex subunit Hir1 decreases sensitivity to morphogenetic stimuli...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813657/interferon-%C3%AE-represses-m2-gene-expression-in-human-macrophages-by-disassembling-enhancers-bound-by-the-transcription-factor-maf
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Kyuho Kang, Sung Ho Park, Janice Chen, Yu Qiao, Eugenia Giannopoulou, Karen Berg, Adedayo Hanidu, Jun Li, Gerald Nabozny, Keunsoo Kang, Kyung-Hyun Park-Min, Lionel B Ivashkiv
Mechanisms by which interferon (IFN)-γ activates genes to promote macrophage activation are well studied, but little is known about mechanisms and functions of IFN-γ-mediated gene repression. We used an integrated transcriptomic and epigenomic approach to analyze chromatin accessibility, histone modifications, transcription-factor binding, and gene expression in IFN-γ-primed human macrophages. IFN-γ suppressed basal expression of genes corresponding to an "M2"-like homeostatic and reparative phenotype. IFN-γ repressed genes by suppressing the function of enhancers enriched for binding by transcription factor MAF...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812986/epigenome-aberrations-emerging-driving-factors-of-the-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Ali Mehdi, Yasser Riazalhosseini
Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC), the most common form of Kidney cancer, is characterized by frequent mutations of the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor suppressor gene in ~85% of sporadic cases. Loss of pVHL function affects multiple cellular processes, among which the activation of hypoxia inducible factor (HIF) pathway is the best-known function. Constitutive activation of HIF signaling in turn activates hundreds of genes involved in numerous oncogenic pathways, which contribute to the development or progression of ccRCC...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809825/analysis-of-histone-antibody-specificity-with-peptide-microarrays
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Evan M Cornett, Bradley M Dickson, Scott B Rothbart
Post-translational modifications (PTMs) on histone proteins are widely studied for their roles in regulating chromatin structure and gene expression. The mass production and distribution of antibodies specific to histone PTMs has greatly facilitated research on these marks. As histone PTM antibodies are key reagents for many chromatin biochemistry applications, rigorous analysis of antibody specificity is necessary for accurate data interpretation and continued progress in the field. This protocol describes an integrated pipeline for the design, fabrication and use of peptide microarrays for profiling the specificity of histone antibodies...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808080/characterization-of-the-human-thyroid-epigenome
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Celia Siu, Sam Michael Wiseman, Sitanshu Gakkhar, Alireza Heravi-Moussavi, Misha Bilenky, Annaick Carles, Thomas Sierocinski, Angela Tam, Eric Yang Zhao, Katayoon Kasaian, Richard A Moore, Andrew J Mungall, Blair Walker, Thomas Thomson, Marco A Marra, Martin Hirst, Steven Jones
The thyroid gland, necessary for normal human growth and development, functions as an essential regulator of metabolism by the production and secretion of appropriate levels of thyroid hormone. However, assessment of abnormal thyroid function may be challenging suggesting a more fundamental understanding of normal function is needed. One way to characterize normal gland function is to study the epigenome and resulting transcriptome within its constituent cells. This study generates the first published reference epigenomes for human thyroid from four individuals using ChIP-seq and RNA-seq...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804462/heat-acclimation-mediated-cross-tolerance-origins-in-within-life-epigenetics
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REVIEW
Michal Horowitz
The primary outcome of heat acclimation is increased thermotolerance, which stems from enhancement of innate cytoprotective pathways. These pathways produce "ON CALL" molecules that can combat stressors to which the body has never been exposed, via cross-tolerance mechanisms (heat acclimation-mediated cross-tolerance-HACT). The foundation of HACT lies in the sharing of generic stress signaling, combined with tissue/organ- specific protective responses. HACT becomes apparent when acclimatory homeostasis is achieved, lasts for several weeks, and has a memory...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801897/chromatin-immunoprecipitation-and-quantitative-real-time-pcr-to-assess-binding-of-a-protein-of-interest-to-identified-predicted-binding-sites-within-a-promoter
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Jordan E Read
Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) has become a widely used methodology for assessment of protein/DNA interactions. The technique allows the analysis of direct binding of transcription factors to gene promoters, identification of histone modifications, and localization of DNA modifying enzymes. Antibodies conjugated to agarose beads can be utilized to immunoprecipitate specific proteins, cross-linked to sheared chromatin regions to which they are bound endogenously. With downstream applications including quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), genome-wide sequencing (ChIP-seq), microarray analysis (ChIP-chip), and mass spectrometry (ChIP-MS), the technique enables comprehensive assessment of protein/DNA interactions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800870/recent-advances-in-her2-positive-breast-cancer-epigenetics-susceptibility-and-therapeutic-strategies
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REVIEW
Heena Singla, Abhilash Ludhiadch, Raman Preet Kaur, Harish Chander, Vinod Kumar, Anjana Munshi
HER2 amplification/overexpression accounts for aggressive clinical features of HER2 positive breast cancer. Epigenetic changes including DNA methylation, histone modifications and ncRNAs/miRNAs are associated with regulation of DNA chromatin and specifically, gene transcription. Hence, these produce eminent effects upon proto-oncogenes, tumor-suppressors and key cancer-regulatory signaling pathways. Understanding of epigenomic regulation of HER2 overexpression and signaling may help uncover the unmatchable physiology of HER2 gene/protein...
August 1, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800418/lighting-the-shadows-methods-that-expose-nuclear-and-cytoplasmic-gene-regulatory-control
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REVIEW
Travis A Lee, Julia Bailey-Serres
Within cells, myriad interconnected processes orchestrate the progression of gene expression from chromatin, to mRNA, and to protein. Assessment of DNA methylation, histone modification, transcript isoform abundance, and the proteome are frequently performed to examine this progression, but do not resolve many intermediary steps in the coordinated regulation of gene expression. Here, we consider single and multiplexed technologies that yield genome-wide assessment of gene and mRNA activity, from transcription factor access to DNA to de novo synthesis of protein...
August 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799233/stochastics-of-cellular-differentiation-explained-by-epigenetics-the-case-of-t-cell-differentiation-and-functional-plasticity
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REVIEW
Jaydeep Bhat, Johannes Helmuth, Guranda Chitadze, Léonce Kouakanou, Christian Peters, Martin Vingron, Ole Ammerpohl, Dieter Kabelitz
Epigenetic marks including histone modifications and DNA methylation are associated to the regulation of gene expression and activity. In addition, an increasing number of non-coding RNAs with regulatory activity on gene expression have been identified. Alongside, technological advancements allow for the analysis of these mechanisms with high resolution - up to the single-cell level. For instance, the assay for transposase-accessible chromatin using sequencing (ATAC-seq) simultaneously probes for chromatin accessibility and nucleosome positioning...
August 10, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795861/lnc00673-errlr01-is-a-prognostic-indicator-of-overall-survival-in-breast-cancer
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Ubaidat Abdul-Rahman, Balázs Gyoörffy, Brian D Adams
LncRNAs are novel noncoding RNAs involved in the epigenetic regulation of gene expression by recruiting ribonucleoprotein complexes to specific genomic loci to initiate histone methylation and/or other chromatin modifications. LncRNAs themselves function as tumor suppressors or oncogenes, depending on the gene regulatory networks they govern. We identified lnc00673 (ERRLR01) as a marker of overall survival (OS) in breast cancer patients. Specifically, ERRLR01 levels were elevated in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) as compared to Luminal- A, Luminal-B, and HER2 breast cancer subtypes...
August 10, 2017: Transcription
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794818/electrophoretic-stretching-and-imaging-of-single-native-chromatin-fibers-in-nanoslits
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Jia-Wei Yeh, Kylan Szeto
Stretching single chromosomal DNA fibers in nanofluidic devices has become a valuable tool for studying the genome and more recently the epigenome. Although nanofluidic technology has been extensively used in single molecular DNA analysis, compared to bare DNA, much less work has been done to elongate chromatin, and only a few studies utilize more biologically relevant samples such as native eukaryotic chromatin. Here, we provide a method for stretching and imaging individual chromatin fibers within a micro- and nanofluidic device...
July 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794203/the-myst-family-histone-acetyltransferase-complex-regulates-stress-resistance-and-longevity-through-transcriptional-control-of-daf-16-foxo-transcription-factors
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Takako Ikeda, Masaharu Uno, Sakiko Honjoh, Eisuke Nishida
The well-known link between longevity and the Sir2 histone deacetylase family suggests that histone deacetylation, a modification associated with repressed chromatin, is beneficial to longevity. However, the molecular links between histone acetylation and longevity remain unclear. Here, we report an unexpected finding that the MYST family histone acetyltransferase complex (MYS-1/TRR-1 complex) promotes rather than inhibits stress resistance and longevity in Caenorhabditis elegans Our results show that these beneficial effects are largely mediated through transcriptional up-regulation of the FOXO transcription factor DAF-16...
August 9, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790150/phosphorylation-of-histone-h2a-at-serine-95-a-plant-specific-mark-involved-in-flowering-time-regulation-and-h2a-z-deposition
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Yanhua Su, Shiliang Wang, Fei Zhang, Han Zheng, Yana Liu, Tongtong Huang, Yong Ding
Phosphorylation of histone H3 affects transcription, chromatin condensation, and chromosome segregation. However, the role of phosphorylation of histone H2A remains unclear. Here, we found that Arabidopsis thaliana MUT9P-LIKE-KINASE (MLK4) phosphorylates histone H2A on serine 95, a plant-specific modification in the histone core domain. Mutations in MLK4 caused late flowering under long-day conditions but no notable phenotype under short days. MLK4 interacts with CIRCADIAN CLOCK ASSOCIATED1 (CCA1), which allows MLK4 to bind to the GIGANTEA (GI) promoter...
August 8, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783137/acetylation-and-methylation-related-epigenetic-proteins-in-the-context-of-their-targets
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REVIEW
Nasir Javaid, Sangdun Choi
The nucleosome surface is covered with multiple modifications that are perpetuated by eight different classes of enzymes. These enzymes modify specific target sites both on DNA and histone proteins, and these modifications have been well identified and termed "epigenetics". These modifications play critical roles, either by affecting non-histone protein recruitment to chromatin or by disturbing chromatin contacts. Their presence dictates the condensed packaging of DNA and can coordinate the orderly recruitment of various enzyme complexes for DNA manipulation...
August 7, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783101/analysis-of-argonaute-4-associated-long-non-coding-rna-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-sheds-novel-insights-into-gene-regulation-through-rna-directed-dna-methylation
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Phil Chi Khang Au, Elizabeth S Dennis, Ming-Bo Wang
RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM) is a plant-specific de novo DNA methylation mechanism that requires long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) as scaffold to define target genomic loci. While the role of RdDM in maintaining genome stability is well established, how it regulates protein-coding genes remains poorly understood and few RdDM target genes have been identified. In this study, we obtained sequences of RdDM-associated lncRNAs using nuclear RNA immunoprecipitation against ARGONAUTE 4 (AGO4), a key component of RdDM that binds specifically with the lncRNA...
August 7, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780716/epigenetics-a-potential-key-mechanism-involved-in-the-pathogenesis-of-cardiorenal-syndromes
#20
REVIEW
Grazia Maria Virzì, Anna Clementi, Alessandra Brocca, Massimo de Cal, Claudio Ronco
Epigenetics is defined as the heritable changes in gene expression patterns which are not directly encoded by modifications in the nucleotide DNA sequence of the genome, including higher order chromatin organization, DNA methylation, cytosine modifications, covalent histone tail modifications, and short non-coding RNA molecules. Recently, much attention has been paid to the role and the function of epigenetics and epimutations in the cellular and subcellular pathways and in the regulation of genes in the setting of both kidney and cardiovascular disease...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
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