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De novo DNA Methylation

Yoshiyuki Seki
PR-domain containing protein 14 (PRDM14) is a site-specific DNA-binding protein and is required for establishment of pluripotency in embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and primordial germ cells (PGCs) in mice. DNA methylation status is regulated by the balance between de novo methylation and passive/active demethylation, and global DNA hypomethylation is closely associated with cellular pluripotency and totipotency. PRDM14 ensures hypomethylation in mouse ESCs and PGCs through two distinct layers, transcriptional repression of the DNA methyltransferases Dnmt3a/b/l and active demethylation by recruitment of TET proteins...
2018: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Andrea Coluccio, Gabriela Ecco, Julien Duc, Sandra Offner, Priscilla Turelli, Didier Trono
BACKGROUND: The KZFP/KAP1 (KRAB zinc finger proteins/KRAB-associated protein 1) system plays a central role in repressing transposable elements (TEs) and maintaining parent-of-origin DNA methylation at imprinting control regions (ICRs) during the wave of genome-wide reprogramming that precedes implantation. In naïve murine embryonic stem cells (mESCs), the genome is maintained highly hypomethylated by a combination of TET-mediated active demethylation and lack of de novo methylation, yet KAP1 is tethered by sequence-specific KZFPs to ICRs and TEs where it recruits histone and DNA methyltransferases to impose heterochromatin formation and DNA methylation...
February 26, 2018: Epigenetics & Chromatin
Mohammad Bozlur Rahman, Karl Schellander, Núria Llamas Luceño, Ann Van Soom
Currently, the world is facing the negative impact of global warming on all living beings. Adverse effects of global warming are also becoming obvious in dairy cattle breeding. In dairy bulls, low fertility has frequently been reported during summer season especially in tropical or subtropical conditions. Typically, spermatozoa at post-meiotic stages of development are more susceptible to heat stress. During this period extensive incorporation of histone modifications and hyperacetylation turns the chromatin into an unstable conformation...
February 12, 2018: Theriogenology
Jennifer M SanMiguel, Marisa S Bartolomei
DNA methylation is an essential epigenetic mark crucial for normal mammalian development. This modification controls the expression of a unique class of genes, designated as imprinted, which are expressed monoallelically and in a parent-of-origin-specific manner. Proper parental allele-specific DNA methylation at imprinting control regions (ICRs) is necessary for appropriate imprinting. Processes that deregulate DNA methylation of imprinted loci cause disease in humans. DNA methylation patterns dramatically change during mammalian development: first, the majority of the genome, with the exception of ICRs, is demethylated after fertilization, and subsequently undergoes genome-wide de novo DNA methylation...
February 15, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Marc-Olivier Turgeon, Nicholas J S Perry, George Poulogiannis
Although there has been a renewed interest in the field of cancer metabolism in the last decade, the link between metabolism and DNA damage/DNA repair in cancer has yet to be appreciably explored. In this review, we examine the evidence connecting DNA damage and repair mechanisms with cell metabolism through three principal links. (1) Regulation of methyl- and acetyl-group donors through different metabolic pathways can impact DNA folding and remodeling, an essential part of accurate double strand break repair...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Eric Hervouet, Paul Peixoto, Régis Delage-Mourroux, Michaël Boyer-Guittaut, Pierre-François Cartron
Our current view of DNA methylation processes is strongly moving: First, even if it was generally admitted that DNMT3A and DNMT3B are associated with de novo methylation and DNMT1 is associated with inheritance DNA methylation, these distinctions are now not so clear. Secondly, since one decade, many partners of DNMTs have been involved in both the regulation of DNA methylation activity and DNMT recruitment on DNA. The high diversity of interactions and the combination of these interactions let us to subclass the different DNMT-including complexes...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
Taimoor I Sheikh, Ricardo Harripaul, Muhammad Ayub, John B Vincent
Mutations in the Methyl-CpG-binding protein-2 gene (MECP2) are commonly associated with Rett syndrome. However, it has long been appreciated that there exists a spectrum of neuropsychiatric phenotypes associated with MECP2 variants. The most frequent Rett missense mutations are located in either the methyl-CpG-binding domain (MBD) or transcription repression domain (TRD). Clinical roles for mutations in other domains such as the intervening domain (ID) or AT-Hook domains have yet to be determined. Here, we report functional analysis of MECP2 missense mutations, located in AT-Hook1 within the ID, in a large Pakistani family with childhood onset cognitive decline and schizophrenia, de novo in a girl with atypical Rett syndrome, and de novo in a woman with schizophrenia...
February 12, 2018: Human Mutation
Shengkai Pan, Michael W Bruford, Yusong Wang, Zhenzhen Lin, Zhongru Gu, Xian Hou, Xuemei Deng, Andrew Dixon, Jennifer A Marshall Graves, Xiangjiang Zhan
Alternatively spliced transcript isoforms are thought to play a critical role for functional diversity. However, the mechanism generating the enormous diversity of spliced transcript isoforms remains unknown, and its biological significance remains unclear. We analyzed transcriptomes in saker falcons, chickens and mice to show that alternative splicing occurs more frequently, yielding more isoforms, in highly expressed genes. We focused on hemoglobin in the falcon, the most abundantly expressed genes in blood, finding that alternative splicing produces tenfold more isoforms than expected from the number of splice junctions in the genome...
February 6, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Zhi-Min Zhang, Rui Lu, Pengcheng Wang, Yang Yu, Dongliang Chen, Linfeng Gao, Shuo Liu, Debin Ji, Scott B Rothbart, Yinsheng Wang, Gang Greg Wang, Jikui Song
DNA methylation by de novo DNA methyltransferases 3A (DNMT3A) and 3B (DNMT3B) at cytosines is essential for genome regulation and development. Dysregulation of this process is implicated in various diseases, notably cancer. However, the mechanisms underlying DNMT3 substrate recognition and enzymatic specificity remain elusive. Here we report a 2.65-ångström crystal structure of the DNMT3A-DNMT3L-DNA complex in which two DNMT3A monomers simultaneously attack two cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) dinucleotides, with the target sites separated by 14 base pairs within the same DNA duplex...
February 7, 2018: Nature
Wenteng He, Xiaobai Zhang, Yalin Zhang, Weisheng Zheng, Zeyu Xiong, Xinjie Hu, Mingzhu Wang, Linfeng Zhang, Kun Zhao, Zhibin Qiao, Weiyi Lai, Cong Lv, Xiaochen Kou, Yanhong Zhao, Jiqing Yin, Wenqiang Liu, Yonghua Jiang, Mo Chen, Ruimin Xu, Rongrong Le, Chong Li, Hong Wang, Xiaoping Wan, Hailin Wang, Zhiming Han, Cizhong Jiang, Shaorong Gao, Jiayu Chen
Androgenetic haploid embryonic stem cells (AG-haESCs) hold great promise for exploring gene functions and generating gene-edited semi-cloned (SC) mice. However, the high incidence of self-diploidization and low efficiency of SC mouse production are major obstacles preventing widespread use of these cells. Moreover, although SC mice generation could be greatly improved by knocking out the differentially methylated regions of two imprinted genes, 50% of the SC mice did not survive into adulthood. Here, we found that the genome-wide DNA methylation level in AG-haESCs is extremely low...
February 13, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Cláudia Melo de Moura, Pedro Ribeiro Bastos, Julyana S V Ribeiro, Márcia Gonçalves Ribeiro, Márcia Rodrigues Amorim, Marcelo Aguiar Costa-Lima
Down syndrome (DS) is the most common form of human genetic mental retardation. Several polymorphisms in genes coding folic acid cycle enzymes have been associated to the risk of bearing a DS child; however, the results are controversial. S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM) is an important intermediate of folic acid pathway and acts as methyl donor and substrate for DNA (cytosine-5)-methyltransferase 3B (DNMT3B - EC de novo methylation processes during embryogenesis. Recent studies suggest that a functional polymorphism of DNMT 3B in maternal genotype may be associated with a decreased risk of having a DS child...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Belinda P P Lay, R Frederick Westbrook, David L Glanzman, Nathan M Holmes
Consolidation of newly formed fear memories requires a series of molecular events within the basolateral complex of the amygdala (BLA). Once consolidated, new information can be assimilated into these established associative networks to form higher-order associations. Much is known about the molecular events involved in consolidating newly acquired fear memories but little is known about the events that consolidate a secondary fear memory. Here, we show that, within the male rat BLA, DNA methylation and gene transcription are crucial for consolidating both the primary and secondary fear memories...
January 23, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Piroon Jenjaroenpun, Thidathip Wongsurawat, Rui Pereira, Preecha Patumcharoenpol, David W Ussery, Jens Nielsen, Intawat Nookaew
Completion of eukaryal genomes can be difficult task with the highly repetitive sequences along the chromosomes and short read lengths of second-generation sequencing. Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain CEN.PK113-7D, widely used as a model organism and a cell factory, was selected for this study to demonstrate the superior capability of very long sequence reads for de novo genome assembly. We generated long reads using two common third-generation sequencing technologies (Oxford Nanopore Technology (ONT) and Pacific Biosciences (PacBio)) and used short reads obtained using Illumina sequencing for error correction...
January 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Weili Sun, Timothy Triche, Jemily Malvar, Paul Gaynon, Richard Sposto, Xiaojing Yang, Henrique Bittencourt, Andrew E Place, Yoav Messinger, Chris Fraser, Luciano Dalla-Pozza, Bodour Salhia, Peter Jones, Alan S Wayne, Lia Gore, Todd M Cooper, Gangning Liang
Growing evidence indicates that aberrant DNA hypermethylation is associated with leukemogenesis, chemotherapy resistance, and relapse. DNA methyltransferase inhibitors such as azacitidine and decitabine have been shown to reverse drug resistance and prime leukemia cells to cytotoxic agents in vitro. Here we report the first pediatric phase 1 study using azacitidine in sequence with chemotherapy in patients with relapsed/refractory leukemia. Fourteen patients were enrolled, twelve with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and two with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)...
January 16, 2018: Blood
Phuc-Loi Luu, Daniela Gerovska, Hans R Schöler, Marcos J Araúzo-Bravo
AIM: Disclosing the mechanisms that regulate reprogramming memory. MATERIALS & METHODS: We established computational procedure to find DNA methylation somatic memory sites (SMSs) at single CpGs and integrated them with genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics and imprinting information. RESULTS & CONCLUSION: Reprogramming memory persists at late passages in low methylated regions. Contrarily to hypomethylated, hypermethylated SMSs occur at evolutionary conserved sites overlapping active transcription loci in dynamic chromatin regions...
January 16, 2018: Epigenomics
Stefanie Weber, Astghik Hakobyan, Hovakim Zakaryan, Walter Doerfler
AIM: Sequence-specific CpG methylation of eukaryotic promoters is an important epigenetic signal for long-term gene silencing. We have now studied the methylation status of African swine fever virus (ASFV) DNA at various times after infection of Vero cells in culture. METHODS & RESULTS: ASFV DNA was detectable throughout the infection cycle and was found unmethylated in productively infected Vero cells as documented by bisulfite sequencing of 13 viral DNA segments...
January 12, 2018: Epigenomics
Lauren G Banaszak, Valentina Giudice, Xin Zhao, Zhijie Wu, Shouguo Gao, Kohei Hosokawa, Keyvan Keyvanfar, Danielle M Townsley, Fernanda Gutierrez-Rodrigues, Maria Del Pilar Fernandez Ibanez, Sachiko Kajigaya, Neal S Young
DNA methyltransferase 3A (DNMT3A) mediates de novo DNA methylation. Mutations in DNMT3A are associated with hematological malignancies, most frequently acute myeloid leukemia. DNMT3A mutations are hypothesized to establish a pre-leukemic state, rendering cells vulnerable to secondary oncogenic mutations and malignant transformation. However, the mechanisms by which DNMT3A mutations contribute to leukemogenesis are not well-defined. Here, we successfully created four DNMT3A-mutated K562 cell lines with frameshift mutations resulting in truncated DNMT3A proteins...
January 4, 2018: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
Torsten Thalheim, Maria Herberg, Joerg Galle
Aberrant DNA methylation in stem cells is a hallmark of aging and tumor development. Here, we explore whether and how DNA damage repair might impact on these time-dependent changes, in particular in proliferative intestinal stem cells. We introduce a 3D multiscale computer model of intestinal crypts enabling simulation of aberrant DNA and histone methylation of gene promoters during aging. We assume histone state-dependent activity of de novo DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) and methylation-dependent binding of maintenance DNMTs to CpGs...
January 5, 2018: Genes
Yan Li, Hongmei Zhao, Qingyu Xu, Na Lv, Yu Jing, Lili Wang, Xiaowen Wang, Jing Guo, Lei Zhou, Jing Liu, Guofeng Chen, Chongjian Chen, Yonghui Li, Li Yu
Clinical and genetic features incompletely predict outcome in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The value of clinical methylation assays for prognostic markers has not been extensively explored. We assess the prognostic implications of methylC-capture sequencing (MCC-Seq) in patients with de novo AML by integrating DNA methylation and genetic risk stratification. MCC-Seq assessed DNA methylation level in 44 samples. The differentially methylated regions associated with prognostic genetic information were identified...
December 15, 2017: Oncotarget
Alexis Zukowksi, Nouf Omar Al-Afaleq, Emily D Duncan, Tingting Yao, Aaron M Johnson
Heterochromatin formation in budding yeast is regulated by the silent information regulator (SIR) complex. The SIR complex comprises the NAD-dependent deacetylase Sir2, the scaffolding protein Sir4, and the nucleosome-binding protein Sir3. Transcriptionally active regions present a challenge to SIR complex-mediated de novo heterochromatic silencing due to the presence of antagonistic histone PTMs, including acetylation and methylation. Methylation of histone H3K4 and H3K79 are dependent on mono-ubiquitination of histone H2B (H2B-Ub)...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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