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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239687/protein-phosphatase-5-contributes-to-the-overexpression-of-epigenetically-regulated-t-lymphocyte-genes-in-patients-with-lupus
#1
D Patel, G Gorelik, B Richardson
OBJECTIVE: Lupus develops when genetically predisposed people encounter certain drugs or environmental agents causing oxidative stress such as infections and sun exposure, and then typically follows a chronic relapsing course with flares triggered by the exogenous stressors. Current evidence indicates that these environmental agents can trigger lupus flares by inhibiting the replication of DNA methylation patterns during mitosis in CD4(+) T cells, altering the expression of genes suppressed by this mechanism that convert normal "helper" cells into auto reactive cells which promote lupus flares...
December 2016: Lupus (Los Angel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238081/dna-methyltransferases-contribute-to-the-fungal-development-stress-tolerance-and-virulence-of-the-entomopathogenic-fungus-metarhizium-robertsii
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Yulong Wang, Tiantian Wang, Lintao Qiao, Jianyu Zhu, Jinrui Fan, Tingting Zhang, Zhang-Xun Wang, Wanzhen Li, Anhui Chen, Bo Huang
DNA methylation is an important epigenetic mark in mammals, plants, and fungi and depends on multiple genetic pathways involving de novo and maintenance DNA methyltransferases (DNMTases). Metarhizium robertsii, a model system for investigating insect-fungus interactions, has been used as an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical insecticides. However, little is known concerning the molecular basis for DNA methylation. Here, we report on the roles of two DNMTases (MrRID and MrDIM-2) by characterizing ΔMrRID, ΔMrDIM-2, and ΔRID/ΔDIM-2 mutants...
February 25, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237548/application-of-packed-fiber-solid-phase-extraction-coupled-with-gc-ms-for-the-determination-of-short-chain-fatty-acids-in-children-s-urine
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Renshan Zhao, Lanling Chu, Yu Wang, Yuan Song, Ping Liu, Chen Li, Jingjing Huang, Xuejun Kang
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex disorder involving interactions between genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors. Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are prevalent in the cohort of children with ASD and they have been recognized as a comorbid condition recently. It is of value to monitor GI issues in individuals, and to help further characterize factors that may contribute to GI disorders (in individuals with and without ASD). Due to the biological relevance of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) to GI disorders, it is important to develop a rapid and selective detection method capable of identifying and quantifying SCFAs in complex biological samples...
February 22, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231513/increasing-ascorbate-levels-in-crops-to-enhance-human-nutrition-and-plant-abiotic-stress-tolerance
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REVIEW
Richard C Macknight, William A Laing, Sean M Bulley, Ronan C Broad, Alexander At Johnson, Roger P Hellens
Ascorbate (or vitamin C) is an essential human micronutrient predominantly obtained from plants. In addition to preventing scurvy, it is now known to have broader roles in human health, for example as a cofactor for enzymes involved in epigenetic programming and as regulator of cellular iron uptake. Furthermore, ascorbate is the major antioxidant in plants and underpins many environmentally induced abiotic stress responses. Biotechnological approaches to enhance the ascorbate content of crops therefore have potential to improve both human health and abiotic stress tolerance of crops...
February 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227225/integration-of-snps-fmri-methylation-data-with-sparse-multi-cca-for-schizophrenia-study
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Wenxing Hu, Dongdong Lin, Vince D Calhoun, Yu-Ping Wang, Wenxing Hu, Dongdong Lin, Vince D Calhoun, Yu-Ping Wang, Vince D Calhoun, Yu-Ping Wang, Wenxing Hu, Dongdong Lin
Schizophrenia (SZ) is a complex mental disorder associated with genetic variations, brain development and activities, and environmental factors. There is an increasing interest in combining genetic, epigenetic and neuroimaging datasets to explore different level of biomarkers for the correlation and interaction between these diverse factors. Sparse Multi-Canonical Correlation Analysis (sMCCA) is a powerful tool that can analyze the correlation of three or more datasets. In this paper, we propose the sMCCA model for imaging genomics study...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225911/clean-air-matters-an-overview-of-traffic-related-air-pollution-and-pregnancy
#6
Anne Dorothée Slovic, Carmen Simone Diniz, Helena Ribeiro
The right to a healthy pregnancy and to giving birth in a safe environment is source of comprehensive research. Decent birth facilities, respect, and no discrimination are already recognized as fundamental rights, but an accurate look at the outdoor environment is required. Air pollution is a dangerous factor to pregnant women and newborns, many of whom highly exposed to traffic-related atmospheric pollutants in urban areas. Such exposure can lead to low birth weight and long-lasting effects, such as respiratory diseases and premature death...
February 16, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225026/blood-based-omic-profiling-supports-female-susceptibility-to-tobacco-smoke-induced-cardiovascular-diseases
#7
Aristotelis Chatziioannou, Panagiotis Georgiadis, Dennie G Hebels, Irene Liampa, Ioannis Valavanis, Ingvar A Bergdahl, Anders Johansson, Domenico Palli, Marc Chadeau-Hyam, Alexandros P Siskos, Hector Keun, Maria Botsivali, Theo M C M de Kok, Almudena Espín Pérez, Jos C S Kleinjans, Paolo Vineis, Soterios A Kyrtopoulos
We recently reported that differential gene expression and DNA methylation profiles in blood leukocytes of apparently healthy smokers predicts with remarkable efficiency diseases and conditions known to be causally associated with smoking, suggesting that blood-based omic profiling of human populations may be useful for linking environmental exposures to potential health effects. Here we report on the sex-specific effects of tobacco smoking on transcriptomic and epigenetic features derived from genome-wide profiling in white blood cells, identifying 26 expression probes and 92 CpG sites, almost all of which are affected only in female smokers...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220843/dusp1-promoter-methylation-in-peripheral-blood-leukocyte-is-associated-with-triple-negative-breast-cancer-risk
#8
Jing Li, Yanbo Chen, Hongyuan Yu, Jingshen Tian, Fengshun Yuan, Jialong Fan, Yupeng Liu, Lin Zhu, Fan Wang, Yashuang Zhao, Da Pang
DNA methylation is one of the most common epigenetic alterations, providing important information regarding cancer risk and prognosis. A case-control study (423 breast cancer cases, 509 controls) and a case-only study (326 cases) were conducted to evaluate the association of DUSP1 promoter methylation with breast cancer risk and clinicopathological characteristics. No significant association between DUSP1 methylation in peripheral blood leukocyte (PBL) DNA and breast cancer risk was observed. DUSP1 methylation was significantly associated with ER/PR-negative status; in particular, triple-negative breast cancer patients showed the highest frequency of DUSP1 methylation in both tumour DNA and PBL DNA...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220606/lamarck-rises-from-his-grave-parental-environment-induced-epigenetic-inheritance-in-model-organisms-and-humans
#9
Yan Wang, Huijie Liu, Zhongsheng Sun
Organisms can change their physiological/behavioural traits to adapt and survive in changed environments. However, whether these acquired traits can be inherited across generations through non-genetic alterations has been a topic of debate for over a century. Emerging evidence indicates that both ancestral and parental experiences, including nutrition, environmental toxins, nurturing behaviour, and social stress, can have powerful effects on the physiological, metabolic and cellular functions in an organism...
February 20, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220131/plant-stress-responses-and-phenotypic-plasticity-in-the-epigenomics-era-perspectives-on-the-grapevine-scenario-a-model-for-perennial-crop-plants
#10
Ana M Fortes, Philippe Gallusci
Epigenetic marks include Histone Post-Translational Modifications and DNA methylation which are known to participate in the programming of gene expression in plants and animals. These epigenetic marks may be subjected to dynamic changes in response to endogenous and/or external stimuli and can have an impact on phenotypic plasticity. Studying how plant genomes can be epigenetically shaped under stressed conditions has become an essential issue in order to better understand the molecular mechanisms underlying plant stress responses and enabling epigenetic in addition to genetic factors to be considered when breeding crop plants...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220045/paternal-cocaine-taking-elicits-epigenetic-remodeling-and-memory-deficits-in-male-progeny
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M E Wimmer, L A Briand, B Fant, L A Guercio, A C Arreola, H D Schmidt, S Sidoli, Y Han, B A Garcia, R C Pierce
Paternal environmental perturbations including exposure to drugs of abuse can produce profound effects on the physiology and behavior of offspring via epigenetic modifications. Here we show that adult drug-naive male offspring of cocaine-exposed sires have memory formation deficits and associated reductions in NMDA receptor-mediated hippocampal synaptic plasticity. Reduced levels of the endogenous NMDA receptor co-agonist d-serine were accompanied by increased expression of the d-serine degrading enzyme d-amino acid oxidase (Dao1) in the hippocampus of cocaine-sired male progeny...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219743/significant-association-of-cyp19a-promoter-methylation-with-environmental-factors-and-gonadal-differentiation-in-olive-flounder-paralichthys-olivaceus
#12
Zhaofei Fan, Yuxia Zou, Shuang Jiao, Xungang Tan, Zhihao Wu, DongDong Liang, Peijun Zhang, Feng You
The sex ratio of olive flounder Paralichthys olivaceus is sensitive to temperature or exogenous hormone exposures in the period of gonadal differentiation. Among sex-related genes, cyp19a, encoding cytochrome P450 aromatase,exhibits significant sex-dimorphic expression pattern and plays an important role in fish gonadal differentiation and development. The present study investigated the expression levels and promoter methylation dynamics of cyp19a and its regulators (nr5a2 and nr0b1), and sex-steroid hormone levels during flounder gonadal differentiation under the treatments of high temperature and estradiol-17β (E2)...
February 17, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219347/aquaculture-genomics-genetics-and-breeding-in-the-united-states-current-status-challenges-and-priorities-for-future-research
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EDITORIAL
Hisham Abdelrahman, Mohamed ElHady, Acacia Alcivar-Warren, Standish Allen, Rafet Al-Tobasei, Lisui Bao, Ben Beck, Harvey Blackburn, Brian Bosworth, John Buchanan, Jesse Chappell, William Daniels, Sheng Dong, Rex Dunham, Evan Durland, Ahmed Elaswad, Marta Gomez-Chiarri, Kamal Gosh, Ximing Guo, Perry Hackett, Terry Hanson, Dennis Hedgecock, Tiffany Howard, Leigh Holland, Molly Jackson, Yulin Jin, Karim Kahlil, Thomas Kocher, Tim Leeds, Ning Li, Lauren Lindsey, Shikai Liu, Zhanjiang Liu, Kyle Martin, Romi Novriadi, Ramjie Odin, Yniv Palti, Eric Peatman, Dina Proestou, Guyu Qin, Benjamin Reading, Caird Rexroad, Steven Roberts, Mohamed Salem, Andrew Severin, Huitong Shi, Craig Shoemaker, Sheila Stiles, Suxu Tan, Kathy F J Tang, Wilawan Thongda, Terrence Tiersch, Joseph Tomasso, Wendy Tri Prabowo, Roger Vallejo, Hein van der Steen, Khoi Vo, Geoff Waldbieser, Hanping Wang, Xiaozhu Wang, Jianhai Xiang, Yujia Yang, Roger Yant, Zihao Yuan, Qifan Zeng, Tao Zhou
Advancing the production efficiency and profitability of aquaculture is dependent upon the ability to utilize a diverse array of genetic resources. The ultimate goals of aquaculture genomics, genetics and breeding research are to enhance aquaculture production efficiency, sustainability, product quality, and profitability in support of the commercial sector and for the benefit of consumers. In order to achieve these goals, it is important to understand the genomic structure and organization of aquaculture species, and their genomic and phenomic variations, as well as the genetic basis of traits and their interrelationships...
February 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217131/incomplete-infection-of-secondarily-infected-potato-plants-an-environment-dependent-underestimated-mechanism-in-plant-virology
#14
Lukas Bertschinger, Lukas Bühler, Brice Dupuis, Brion Duffy, Cesare Gessler, Gregory A Forbes, Ernst R Keller, Urs C Scheidegger, Paul C Struik
The common assumption in potato virus epidemiology is that all daughter tubers produced by plants coming from infected mother tubers (secondary infection) will become infected via systemic translocation of the virus during growth. We hypothesize that depending on the prevalent environmental conditions, only a portion of the daughter tubers of a plant that is secondarily infected by viruses may become infected. To test this hypothesis experimental data from standardized field experiments were produced in three contrasting environments at 112, 3280, and 4000 m a...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217005/chromatin-based-epigenetic-regulation-of-plant-abiotic-stress-response
#15
Garima Pandey, Namisha Sharma, Pranav Pankaj Sahu, Manoj Prasad
Plants are continuously exposed to various abiotic and biotic factors limiting their growth and reproduction. In response, they need various sophisticated ways to adapt to adverse environmental conditions without compromising their proper development, reproductive success and eventually survival. This requires an intricate network to regulate gene expression at transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels, including epigenetic switches. Changes in chromatin modifications such as DNA and histone methylation have been observed in plants upon exposure to several abiotic stresses...
December 2016: Current Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216432/epigenetic-modification-by-dietary-factors-implications-in-metabolic-syndrome
#16
REVIEW
Jae-Ho Park, Soon-Hee Kim, Myeong Soo Lee, Myung-Sunny Kim
Dietary factors play a role in normal biological processes and are involved in the regulation of pathological progression over a lifetime. Evidence has emerged indicating that dietary factor-dependent epigenetic modifications can significantly affect genome stability and the expression of mRNA and proteins, which are involved in metabolic dysfunction. Since metabolic syndrome is a progressive phenotype characterized by insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, or type 2 diabetes, gene-diet interactions are important processes involved in the initiation of particular symptoms of metabolic syndrome and their progression...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215500/environmental-epigenomics-current-approaches-to-assess-epigenetic-effects-of-endocrine-disrupting-compounds-edc-s-on-human-health
#17
REVIEW
Natalia Tapia-Orozco, Gerardo Santiago-Toledo, Valeria Barrón, Ana María Espinosa-García, José Antonio García-García, Roeb García-Arrazola
Environmental Epigenomics is a developing field to study the epigenetic effect on human health from exposure to environmental factors. Endocrine disrupting chemicals have been detected primarily in pharmaceutical drugs, personal care products, food additives, and food containers. Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) has been associated with a high incidence and prevalence of many endocrine-related disorders in humans. Nevertheless, further evidence is needed to establish a correlation between exposure to EDC and human disorders...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213088/personalized-medicine-genetic-risk-prediction-of-drug-response
#18
REVIEW
Ge Zhang, Daniel W Nebert
Pharmacogenomics (PGx), a substantial component of "personalized medicine", seeks to understand each individual's genetic composition to optimize drug therapy -- maximizing beneficial drug response, while minimizing adverse drug reactions (ADRs). Drug responses are highly variable because innumerable factors contribute to ultimate phenotypic outcomes. Recent genome-wide PGx studies have provided some insight into genetic basis of variability in drug response. These can be grouped into three categories. [a] Monogenic (Mendelian) traits include early examples mostly of inherited disorders, and some severe (idiosyncratic) ADRs typically influenced by single rare coding variants...
February 14, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212305/epigenetic-landscape-during-coronavirus-infection
#19
Alexandra Schäfer, Ralph S Baric
Coronaviruses (CoV) comprise a large group of emerging human and animal pathogens, including the highly pathogenic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) strains. The molecular mechanisms regulating emerging coronavirus pathogenesis are complex and include virus-host interactions associated with entry, replication, egress and innate immune control. Epigenetics research investigates the genetic and non-genetic factors that regulate phenotypic variation, usually caused by external and environmental factors that alter host expression patterns and performance without any change in the underlying genotype...
February 15, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210622/epigenetics-and-signaling-pathways-in-glaucoma
#20
REVIEW
Angela C Gauthier, Ji Liu
Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. This neurodegenerative disease becomes more prevalent with aging, but predisposing genetic and environmental factors also contribute to increased risk. Emerging evidence now suggests that epigenetics may also be involved, which provides potential new therapeutic targets. These three factors work through several pathways, including TGF-β, MAP kinase, Rho kinase, BDNF, JNK, PI-3/Akt, PTEN, Bcl-2, Caspase, and Calcium-Calpain signaling. Together, these pathways result in the upregulation of proapoptotic gene expression, the downregulation of neuroprotective and prosurvival factors, and the generation of fibrosis at the trabecular meshwork, which may block aqueous humor drainage...
2017: BioMed Research International
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