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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1255: 123-132, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32949395

RESUMO

Hypermethylation can downregulate many tumor suppressor gene expressions. Aplasia Ras homologue member I (ARHI, DIRAS3) is one of the maternally imprinted tumor suppressors in the RAS superfamily. This chapter overviewed the importance of ARHI methylation and expression phenomes in various types of cancers, although the exact mechanisms remain unclear. As an imprinted gene, aberrant DNA methylation of the paternal allele of ARHI was identified as a primary inhibitor of ARHI expression. The role of methylation in the CpG islands of the ARHI promoter region vary among ovarian cancers, breast cancers, hepatocellular carcinoma, colon cancers, pancreatic cancer osteosarcoma, glial tumors, follicular thyroid carcinoma, or lung cancers. The methylation of ARHI provides a new insight to understand molecular mechanisms of tumorigenesis and progression of cancers.


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Ilhas de CpG/genética , Metilação de DNA , Neoplasias/genética , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Proteínas rho de Ligação ao GTP/genética , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/genética , Genes Supressores de Tumor , Humanos
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4529, 2020 09 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32913184

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Although Huntington's disease (HD) is a well studied Mendelian genetic disorder, less is known about its associated epigenetic changes. Here, we characterize DNA methylation levels in six different tissues from 3 species: a mouse huntingtin (Htt) gene knock-in model, a transgenic HTT sheep model, and humans. Our epigenome-wide association study (EWAS) of human blood reveals that HD mutation status is significantly (p < 10-7) associated with 33 CpG sites, including the HTT gene (p = 6.5 × 10-26). These Htt/HTT associations were replicated in the Q175 Htt knock-in mouse model (p = 6.0 × 10-8) and in the transgenic sheep model (p = 2.4 × 10-88). We define a measure of HD motor score progression among manifest HD cases based on multiple clinical assessments. EWAS of motor progression in manifest HD cases exhibits significant (p < 10-7) associations with methylation levels at three loci: near PEX14 (p = 9.3 × 10-9), GRIK4 (p = 3.0 × 10-8), and COX4I2 (p = 6.5 × 10-8). We conclude that HD is accompanied by profound changes of DNA methylation levels in three mammalian species.


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Metilação de DNA , Epigênese Genética , Proteína Huntingtina/genética , Doença de Huntington/genética , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Comportamento Animal , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Estudos Transversais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Progressão da Doença , Feminino , Seguimentos , Técnicas de Introdução de Genes , Loci Gênicos , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Carga Global da Doença , Humanos , Doença de Huntington/sangue , Doença de Huntington/diagnóstico , Doença de Huntington/epidemiologia , Estudos Longitudinais , Masculino , Camundongos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação , Estudos Prospectivos , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Sistema de Registros/estatística & dados numéricos , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Ovinos , Adulto Jovem
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Am J Hum Genet ; 107(3): 487-498, 2020 09 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32800095

RESUMO

The aggregation and joint analysis of large numbers of exome sequences has recently made it possible to derive estimates of intolerance to loss-of-function (LoF) variation for human genes. Here, we demonstrate strong and widespread coupling between genic LoF intolerance and promoter CpG density across the human genome. Genes downstream of the most CpG-rich promoters (top 10% CpG density) have a 67.2% probability of being highly LoF intolerant, using the LOEUF metric from gnomAD. This is in contrast to 7.4% of genes downstream of the most CpG-poor (bottom 10% CpG density) promoters. Combining promoter CpG density with exonic and promoter conservation explains 33.4% of the variation in LOEUF, and the contribution of CpG density exceeds the individual contributions of exonic and promoter conservation. We leverage this to train a simple and easily interpretable predictive model that outperforms other existing predictors and allows us to classify 1,760 genes-which are currently unascertained in gnomAD-as highly LoF intolerant or not. These predictions have the potential to aid in the interpretation of novel variants in the clinical setting. Moreover, our results reveal that high CpG density is not merely a generic feature of human promoters but is preferentially encountered at the promoters of the most selectively constrained genes, calling into question the prevailing view that CpG islands are not subject to selection.


Assuntos
Ilhas de CpG/genética , Genoma Humano/genética , Mutação com Perda de Função/genética , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética , Metilação de DNA/genética , Éxons/genética , Humanos , RNA Polimerase II/genética , Sítio de Iniciação de Transcrição
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Gene ; 760: 145020, 2020 Nov 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32755656

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Conserved sequences across species have always provided valuable insights to improve our understanding on the human genome's entity and the interplay among different loci. Lymphoma/leukemia related factor (LRF) is encoded by ZBTB7A gene and belongs to an evolutionarily conserved family of transcription factors, implicated in vital cellular functions. The present data, demonstrating the wide-spread and the high overlap of the LRF/ZBTB7A recognition sites with genomic segments identified as CpG islands in the human genome, suggest that its binding capacity strongly depends on a specific sequence-encoded feature within CpGs. We have previously shown that de-methylation of the CpG island 326 lying in the ZBTB7A gene promoter is associated with impaired pharmacological induction of fetal hemoglobin in ß-type hemoglobinopathies patients. Within this context we aimed to investigate the extent of the LRF/ZBTB7A conservation among primates and mouse genome, focusing our interest also on the CpG island flanking the gene's promoter region, in an effort to further establish its epigenetic regulatory role in human hematopoiesis and pharmacological involvement in hematopoietic disorders. Comparative analysis of the human ZBTB7A nucleotide and amino acid sequences and orthologous sequences among non-human primates and mouse, exhibited high conservation scores. Pathway analysis, clearly indicated that LRF/ZBTB7A influences conserved cellular processes. These data in conjunction with the high levels of expression foremost in hematopoietic tissues, highlighted LRF/ZBTB7A as an essential factor operating indisputably during hematopoiesis.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , Doenças Hematológicas/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Animais , Sítios de Ligação/genética , Diferenciação Celular/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Sequência Conservada/genética , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Bases de Dados Genéticas , Hemoglobina Fetal/genética , Hematopoese/genética , Humanos , Camundongos , Primatas/genética , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0238021, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32841306

RESUMO

Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is typically treated with chemotherapeutic agents, including carboplatin (Cb), an DNA platinating agent. The O6-methylguanine-DNA-methyltransferase gene (MGMT) encodes for the protein O6-alkylguanine-DNA-alkyltransferase (MGMT protein). MGMT protein is involved in DNA repair mechanisms to remove mutagenic and cytotoxic adducts from O6-guanine in DNA. In glioblastoma multiforme, MGMT methylation status is a predictive biomarker for increased response to temozolomide therapy. It has been suggested, that MGMT protein may have relevance for cellular adaptation and could have an influence on resistance to carboplatin therapy. We investigated the influence of MGMT promoter methylation on pathologic complete response and survival of patients with TNBC treated in the neoadjuvant GeparSixto trial. In 174 of 210 available TNBC tumors a valid MGMT promoter methylation status was determined by pyrosequencing of 5 CpG islands. In 21.8%, we detected a mean MGMT promoter methylation >10%. Overall, MGMT promoter methylation was not significantly associated with pathological complete response (pCR) rate. After stratification for the two therapy arms with and without Cb no statistically significant differences in therapy response rates between the two MGMT promoter methylation groups could be observed. Our results show that different MGMT promoter methylation status is not related to different chemotherapy response rates in the TNBC setting in GeparSixto.


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Ensaios Clínicos como Assunto , Ensaios Clínicos Fase II como Assunto , Metilação de DNA , Metilases de Modificação do DNA/genética , Enzimas Reparadoras do DNA/genética , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética , Análise de Sequência de DNA , Neoplasias de Mama Triplo Negativas/genética , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/genética , Biópsia , Estudos de Coortes , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Humanos , Estudos Retrospectivos , Análise de Sobrevida , Neoplasias de Mama Triplo Negativas/patologia
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J Cancer Res Clin Oncol ; 146(11): 2885-2896, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32779022

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PURPOSE: Glioblastoma is the most aggressive form of brain tumors. A better understanding of the molecular mechanisms leading to its evolution is essential for the development of treatments more effective than the available modalities. Here, we aim to identify molecular drivers of glioblastoma development and recurrence by analyzing DNA CpG methylation patterns in sequential samples. METHODS: DNA was isolated from 22 pairs of primary and recurrent formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded glioblastoma specimens, and subjected to reduced representation bisulfite sequencing. Bioinformatic analyses were conducted to identify differentially methylated sites and pathways, and biostatistics was used to test correlations among clinical and pathological parameters. RESULTS: Differentially methylated pathways likely involved in primary tumor development included those of neuronal differentiation, myelination, metabolic processes, synapse organization and endothelial cell proliferation, while pathways differentially active during glioblastoma recurrence involved those associated with cell processes and differentiation, immune response, Wnt regulation and catecholamine secretion and transport. CONCLUSION: DNA CpG methylation analyses in sequential clinical specimens revealed hypomethylation in certain pathways such as neuronal tissue development and angiogenesis likely involved in early tumor development and growth, while suggested altered regulation in catecholamine secretion and transport, Wnt expression and immune response contributing to glioblastoma recurrence. These pathways merit further investigations and may represent novel therapeutic targets.


Assuntos
Neoplasias Encefálicas/genética , Neoplasias Encefálicas/patologia , Metilação de DNA/genética , Glioblastoma/genética , Glioblastoma/patologia , Adulto , Idoso , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3355, 2020 07 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32620778

RESUMO

Mammalian DNA methylation patterns are established by two de novo DNA methyltransferases, DNMT3A and DNMT3B, which exhibit both redundant and distinctive methylation activities. However, the related molecular basis remains undetermined. Through comprehensive structural, enzymology and cellular characterization of DNMT3A and DNMT3B, we here report a multi-layered substrate-recognition mechanism underpinning their divergent genomic methylation activities. A hydrogen bond in the catalytic loop of DNMT3B causes a lower CpG specificity than DNMT3A, while the interplay of target recognition domain and homodimeric interface fine-tunes the distinct target selection between the two enzymes, with Lysine 777 of DNMT3B acting as a unique sensor of the +1 flanking base. The divergent substrate preference between DNMT3A and DNMT3B provides an explanation for site-specific epigenomic alterations seen in ICF syndrome with DNMT3B mutations. Together, this study reveals distinctive substrate-readout mechanisms of the two DNMT3 enzymes, implicative of their differential roles during development and pathogenesis.


Assuntos
Ilhas de CpG/genética , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferases/metabolismo , Metilação de DNA , Animais , Domínio Catalítico , Linhagem Celular , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferases/genética , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferases/ultraestrutura , Células-Tronco Embrionárias , Ensaios Enzimáticos , Epigênese Genética , Face/anormalidades , Humanos , Camundongos , Mutação , Doenças da Imunodeficiência Primária/genética , Relação Estrutura-Atividade , Especificidade por Substrato/genética , Difração de Raios X
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Tumour Biol ; 42(7): 1010428320938492, 2020 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32635826

RESUMO

Molecular classification of colorectal cancer is difficult to implement in clinical settings where hundreds of genes are involved, and resources are limited. This study aims to characterize the molecular subtypes of patients with sporadic colorectal cancer based on the three main carcinogenic pathways microsatellite instability (MSI), CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP), and chromosomal instability (CIN) in a Chilean population. Although several reports have characterized colorectal cancer, most do not represent Latin-American populations. Our study includes 103 colorectal cancer patients who underwent surgery, without neoadjuvant treatment, in a private hospital between 2008 and 2017. MSI, CIN, and CIMP status were assessed. Frequent mutations in KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA genes were analyzed by Sanger sequencing, and statistical analysis was performed by Fisher's exact and/or chi-square test. Survival curves were estimated with Kaplan-Meier and log-rank test. Based on our observations, we can classify the tumors in four subgroups, Group 1: MSI-high tumors (15%) are located in the right colon, occur at older age, and 60% show a BRAF mutation; Group 2: CIN-high tumors (38%) are in the left colon, and 26% have KRAS mutations. Group 3: [MSI/CIN/CIMP]-low/negative tumors (30%) are left-sided, and 39% have KRAS mutations; Group 4: CIMP-high tumors (15%) were more frequent in men and left side colon, with 27% KRAS and 7% presented BRAF mutations. Three percent of patients could not be classified. We found that CIMP-high was associated with a worse prognosis, both in MSI-high and MSI stable patients (p = 0.0452). Group 3 (Low/negative tumors) tend to have better overall survival compared with MSI-high, CIMP-high, and CIN-high tumors. This study contributes to understanding the heterogeneity of tumors in the Chilean population being one of the few characterizations performed in Latin-America. Given the limited resources of these countries, these results allow to improve molecular characterization in Latin-American colorectal cancer populations and confirm the possibility of using the three main carcinogenic pathways to define therapeutic strategies.


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Carcinogênese/genética , Instabilidade Cromossômica/genética , Neoplasias Colorretais/genética , Instabilidade de Microssatélites , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Biomarcadores Tumorais , Chile/epidemiologia , Neoplasias Colorretais/classificação , Neoplasias Colorretais/epidemiologia , Neoplasias Colorretais/patologia , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Metilação de DNA/genética , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas B-raf/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas p21(ras)/genética
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Nature ; 585(7823): 79-84, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32663838

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After two decades of improvements, the current human reference genome (GRCh38) is the most accurate and complete vertebrate genome ever produced. However, no single chromosome has been finished end to end, and hundreds of unresolved gaps persist1,2. Here we present a human genome assembly that surpasses the continuity of GRCh382, along with a gapless, telomere-to-telomere assembly of a human chromosome. This was enabled by high-coverage, ultra-long-read nanopore sequencing of the complete hydatidiform mole CHM13 genome, combined with complementary technologies for quality improvement and validation. Focusing our efforts on the human X chromosome3, we reconstructed the centromeric satellite DNA array (approximately 3.1 Mb) and closed the 29 remaining gaps in the current reference, including new sequences from the human pseudoautosomal regions and from cancer-testis ampliconic gene families (CT-X and GAGE). These sequences will be integrated into future human reference genome releases. In addition, the complete chromosome X, combined with the ultra-long nanopore data, allowed us to map methylation patterns across complex tandem repeats and satellite arrays. Our results demonstrate that finishing the entire human genome is now within reach, and the data presented here will facilitate ongoing efforts to complete the other human chromosomes.


Assuntos
Cromossomos Humanos X/genética , Genoma Humano/genética , Telômero/genética , Centrômero/genética , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Metilação de DNA , DNA Satélite/genética , Feminino , Humanos , Mola Hidatiforme/genética , Masculino , Gravidez , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Testículo/metabolismo
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 48(15): 8349-8359, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32621610

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Alternative splicing (AS) and alternative polyadenylation (APA) generate diverse transcripts in mammalian genomes during development and differentiation. Epigenetic marks such as trimethylation of histone H3 lysine 36 (H3K36me3) and DNA methylation play a role in generating transcriptome diversity. Intragenic CpG islands (iCGIs) and their corresponding host genes exhibit dynamic epigenetic and gene expression patterns during development and between different tissues. We hypothesise that iCGI-associated H3K36me3, DNA methylation and transcription can influence host gene AS and/or APA. We investigate H3K36me3 and find that this histone mark is not a major regulator of AS or APA in our model system. Genomewide, we identify over 4000 host genes that harbour an iCGI in the mammalian genome, including both previously annotated and novel iCGI/host gene pairs. The transcriptional activity of these iCGIs is tissue- and developmental stage-specific and, for the first time, we demonstrate that the premature termination of host gene transcripts upstream of iCGIs is closely correlated with the level of iCGI transcription in a DNA-methylation independent manner. These studies suggest that iCGI transcription, rather than H3K36me3 or DNA methylation, interfere with host gene transcription and pre-mRNA processing genomewide and contributes to the spatiotemporal diversification of both the transcriptome and proteome.


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Epigênese Genética , Processamento de Proteína Pós-Traducional/genética , Precursores de RNA/genética , Transcrição Genética , Animais , Diferenciação Celular/genética , Cromatina/genética , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Metilação de DNA/genética , Genoma/genética , Código das Histonas/genética , Humanos , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Pseudogenes/genética , Precursores de RNA/metabolismo
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 48(15): 8796-8807, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32652019

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5-Formylcytosine (5fC) is a chemically edited, naturally occurring nucleobase which appears in the context of modified DNA strands. The understanding of the impact of 5fC on dsDNA physical properties is to date limited. In this work, we applied temperature-dependent 1H Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) NMR experiments to non-invasively and site-specifically measure the thermodynamic and kinetic influence of formylated cytosine nucleobase on the melting process involving dsDNA. Incorporation of 5fC within symmetrically positioned CpG sites destabilizes the whole dsDNA structure-as witnessed from the ∼2°C decrease in the melting temperature and 5-10 kJ mol-1 decrease in ΔG°-and affects the kinetic rates of association and dissociation. We observed an up to ∼5-fold enhancement of the dsDNA dissociation and an up to ∼3-fold reduction in ssDNA association rate constants, over multiple temperatures and for several proton reporters. Eyring and van't Hoff analysis proved that the destabilization is not localized, instead all base-pairs are affected and the transition states resembles the single-stranded conformation. These results advance our knowledge about the role of 5fC as a semi-permanent epigenetic modification and assist in the understanding of its interactions with reader proteins.


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Citosina/análogos & derivados , DNA/efeitos dos fármacos , Conformação Molecular/efeitos dos fármacos , Termodinâmica , Pareamento de Bases/genética , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Citosina/química , Citosina/farmacologia , DNA/química , DNA/genética , DNA de Cadeia Simples/efeitos dos fármacos , DNA de Cadeia Simples/genética , Cinética , Espectroscopia de Ressonância Magnética , Temperatura de Transição
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 48(15): 8431-8444, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32667642

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Genome-wide passive DNA demethylation in cleavage-stage mouse embryos is related to the cytoplasmic localization of the maintenance methyltransferase DNMT1. However, recent studies provided evidences of the nuclear localization of DNMT1 and its contribution to the maintenance of methylation levels of imprinted regions and other genomic loci in early embryos. Using the DNA adenine methylase identification method, we identified Dnmt1-binding regions in four- and eight-cell embryos. The unbiased distribution of Dnmt1 peaks in the genic regions (promoters and CpG islands) as well as the absence of a correlation between the Dnmt1 peaks and the expression levels of the peak-associated genes refutes the active participation of Dnmt1 in the transcriptional regulation of genes in the early developmental period. Instead, Dnmt1 was found to associate with genomic retroelements in a greatly biased fashion, particularly with the LINE1 (long interspersed nuclear elements) and ERVK (endogenous retrovirus type K) sequences. Transcriptomic analysis revealed that the transcripts of the Dnmt1-enriched retroelements were overrepresented in Dnmt1 knockdown embryos. Finally, methyl-CpG-binding domain sequencing proved that the Dnmt1-enriched retroelements, which were densely methylated in wild-type embryos, became demethylated in the Dnmt1-depleted embryos. Our results indicate that Dnmt1 is involved in the repression of retroelements through DNA methylation in early mouse development.


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DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferase 1/genética , Metilação de DNA/genética , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/genética , Genômica , Retroelementos/genética , Animais , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Embrião de Mamíferos , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Genoma/genética , Impressão Genômica/genética , Camundongos , Fatores de Transcrição/genética
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Environ Health Prev Med ; 25(1): 31, 2020 Jul 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32703154

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BACKGROUND: Various treatments for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are utilized in clinical practice; however, the prognosis is still poor on account of high recurrence rates. DNA methylation levels of CpG islands around promoters (promoter CpGis) inversely regulate gene expression and closely involved in carcinogenesis. As a new strategy, several chemicals globally inhibiting DNA methylation have been developed aiming at reducing DNA methylation levels and maintaining the expression of tumor suppressor genes. On the other hand, since these drugs nonspecifically modify DNA methylation, they can cause serious adverse effects. In order to ameliorate the methods by targeting specific CpGs, information of cancer-related genes that are regulated by DNA methylation is required. METHODS: We searched candidate genes whose expressions were regulated by DNA methylation of promoter CpGi and which are involved in HCC cases. To do so, we first identified genes whose expression were changed in HCC by comparing gene expressions of 371 HCC tissues and 41 non-tumor tissues using the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database. The genes were further selected for poor prognosis by log-rank test of Kaplan-Meier plot and for cancer relevance by Pubmed search. Expression profiles of upregulated genes in HCC tissues were assessed by Gene Ontology (GO) analysis. Finally, using DNA methylation data of TCGA database, we selected genes whose promoter DNA methylation levels were inversely correlated with gene expression. RESULTS: We found 115 genes which were significantly up- or downregulated in HCC tissues and were associated with poor prognosis and cancer relevance. The upregulated genes were significantly enriched in cell division, cell cycle, and cell proliferation. Among the upregulated genes in HCC, we identified hypomethylation of CpGis around promoters of FANCB, KIF15, KIF4A, ERCC6L, and UBE2C. In addition, TCGA data showed that the tumor suppressor gene P16 is unexpectedly overexpressed in many types of cancers. CONCLUSIONS: We identified five candidate genes whose expressions were regulated by DNA methylation of promoter CpGi and associate with cancer cases and poor prognosis in HCC. Modification of site-specific DNA methylation of these genes enables a different approach for HCC treatment with higher selectivity and lower adverse effects.


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Carcinoma Hepatocelular/genética , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Metilação de DNA , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Neoplasias Hepáticas/genética , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/metabolismo , Proliferação de Células , Bases de Dados como Assunto , Humanos , Neoplasias Hepáticas/metabolismo , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3671, 2020 07 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32699299

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Epigenetic reprogramming is a cancer hallmark, but how it unfolds during early neoplastic events and its role in carcinogenesis and cancer progression is not fully understood. Here we show that resetting from primed to naïve human pluripotency results in acquisition of a DNA methylation landscape mirroring the cancer DNA methylome, with gradual hypermethylation of bivalent developmental genes. We identify a dichotomy between bivalent genes that do and do not become hypermethylated, which is also mirrored in cancer. We find that loss of H3K4me3 at bivalent regions is associated with gain of methylation. Additionally, we observe that promoter CpG island hypermethylation is not restricted solely to emerging naïve cells, suggesting that it is a feature of a heterogeneous intermediate population during resetting. These results indicate that transition to naïve pluripotency and oncogenic transformation share common epigenetic trajectories, which implicates reprogramming and the pluripotency network as a central hub in cancer formation.


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Transformação Celular Neoplásica/genética , Reprogramação Celular , Metilação de DNA , Epigênese Genética , Neoplasias/genética , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Técnicas de Cocultura , Ilhas de CpG/genética , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferases/genética , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferases/metabolismo , Fibroblastos , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Células HEK293 , Histonas/genética , Histonas/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Embrionárias Humanas , Humanos , Camundongos , Oxigenases de Função Mista/genética , Oxigenases de Função Mista/metabolismo , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas/metabolismo , RNA Interferente Pequeno/metabolismo
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Nat Genet ; 52(8): 828-839, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32690947

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The epigenome, including DNA methylation, is stably propagated during mitotic division. However, single-cell clonal expansion produces heterogeneous methylomes, thus raising the question of how the DNA methylome remains stable despite constant epigenetic drift. Here, we report that a clonal population of DNA (cytosine-5)-methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1)-only cells produces a heterogeneous methylome, which is robustly propagated on cell expansion and differentiation. Our data show that DNMT1 has imprecise maintenance activity and possibly possesses weak de novo activity, leading to spontaneous 'epimutations'. However, these epimutations tend to be corrected through a neighbor-guided mechanism, which is likely to be enabled by the environment-sensitive de novo activity ('tuner') and maintenance activity ('stabilizer') of DNMT1. By generating base-resolution maps of de novo and maintenance activities, we find that H3K9me2/3-marked regions show enhanced de novo activity, and CpG islands have both poor maintenance and de novo activities. The imprecise epigenetic machinery coupled with neighbor-guided correction may be a fundamental mechanism underlying robust yet flexible epigenetic inheritance.


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DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferase 1/genética , Metilação de DNA/genética , Epigênese Genética/genética , Hereditariedade/genética , Animais , Células Cultivadas , Ilhas de CpG/genética , DNA/genética , Bases de Dados Genéticas , Epigenômica/métodos , Camundongos
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PLoS Genet ; 16(6): e1008864, 2020 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32584820

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Cytosine methylation is an ancient epigenetic modification yet its function and extent within genomes is highly variable across eukaryotes. In mammals, methylation controls transposable elements and regulates the promoters of genes. In insects, DNA methylation is generally restricted to a small subset of transcribed genes, with both intergenic regions and transposable elements (TEs) depleted of methylation. The evolutionary origin and the function of these methylation patterns are poorly understood. Here we characterise the evolution of DNA methylation across the arthropod phylum. While the common ancestor of the arthropods had low levels of TE methylation and did not methylate promoters, both of these functions have evolved independently in centipedes and mealybugs. In contrast, methylation of the exons of a subset of transcribed genes is ancestral and widely conserved across the phylum, but has been lost in specific lineages. A similar set of genes is methylated in all species that retained exon-enriched methylation. We show that these genes have characteristic patterns of expression correlating to broad transcription initiation sites and well-positioned nucleosomes, providing new insights into potential mechanisms driving methylation patterns over hundreds of millions of years.


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Artrópodes/genética , Metilação de DNA , Epigênese Genética , Evolução Molecular , Animais , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Elementos de DNA Transponíveis/genética , Éxons/genética , Filogenia , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética
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Nat Med ; 26(7): 1044-1047, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32572265

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Definitive diagnosis of intracranial tumors relies on tissue specimens obtained by invasive surgery. Noninvasive diagnostic approaches provide an opportunity to avoid surgery and mitigate unnecessary risk to patients. In the present study, we show that DNA-methylation profiles from plasma reveal highly specific signatures to detect and accurately discriminate common primary intracranial tumors that share cell-of-origin lineages and can be challenging to distinguish using standard-of-care imaging.


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Biomarcadores Tumorais/sangue , Neoplasias Encefálicas/diagnóstico , Metilação de DNA/genética , Epigenoma/genética , Neoplasias Encefálicas/sangue , Neoplasias Encefálicas/genética , Neoplasias Encefálicas/patologia , Ácidos Nucleicos Livres/sangue , Ilhas de CpG/genética , DNA de Neoplasias/sangue , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/genética , Humanos , Masculino
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0233897, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32484820

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OBJECTIVES: miR-155 plays a critical role in the inflammatory process and in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). miR155 gene expression is regulated by its gene promoter region CpG island methylation. Previous studies have shown inconsistent changes in circulating levels of mir-155 in RA patients. The aims of our study were to evaluate miR-155 levels in plasma, to investigate its gene methylation level, and to correlate these levels with RA disease activity. METHODS: One hundred and twenty-five patients with RA, and 30 age and sex-matched healthy controls (HC) were enrolled. Whole blood and plasma samples were collected and stored at -80°C until analysis. DAS28 score at the time of the blood draw was used to assess RA disease activity. The methylation status of miR-155 host gene was determined in whole blood by quantitative real-time methylation-specific PCR (qPCR). miR-155 expression levels were evaluated by quantitative reverse transcription PCR. RESULTS: We found significantly lower circulating miR155 levels in RA patients compared to HC. Interestingly, the miR-155 gene methylation level was significantly higher in RA patients than in HC. miR-155 levels did not correlate with ACPA or RF positivity or disease activity. CONCLUSIONS: We show here higher miR-155 methylation in whole blood and lower plasma miR155 expression in RA patients in comparison to HC. The evaluation of miR-155 host gene methylation status or miR155 plasma level might be a potentially useful marker in RA determination.


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Artrite Reumatoide/sangue , Biomarcadores/sangue , Metilação de DNA/genética , MicroRNAs/sangue , Artrite Reumatoide/genética , Artrite Reumatoide/patologia , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , MicroRNAs/genética , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Membrana Sinovial/metabolismo , Membrana Sinovial/patologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 2459, 2020 05 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32424208

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Intratumor heterogeneity (ITH) of genomic alterations may impact prognosis of lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD). Here, we investigate ITH of somatic copy number alterations (SCNAs), DNA methylation, and point mutations in lung cancer driver genes in 292 tumor samples from 84 patients with LUAD. LUAD samples show substantial SCNA and methylation ITH, and clonal architecture analyses present congruent evolutionary trajectories for SCNAs and DNA methylation aberrations. Methylation ITH mapping to gene promoter areas or tumor suppressor genes is low. Moreover, ITH composed of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms altering the same cancer driver genes is shown in several tumors. To quantify ITH for valid statistical association analyses, we develope an average pairwise ITH index (APITH), which does not depend on the number of samples per tumor. Both APITH indexes for SCNAs and methylation aberrations show significant associations with poor prognosis. This study further establishes the important clinical implications of genetic and epigenetic ITH in LUAD.


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Adenocarcinoma de Pulmão/genética , Heterogeneidade Genética , Neoplasias Pulmonares/genética , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Variações do Número de Cópias de DNA , Metilação de DNA/genética , Epigênese Genética , Evolução Molecular , Feminino , Humanos , Estimativa de Kaplan-Meier , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação/genética , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único/genética , Resultado do Tratamento
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 2680, 2020 05 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32471981

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DNA methylation is considered a stable epigenetic mark, yet methylation patterns can vary during differentiation and in diseases such as cancer. Local levels of DNA methylation result from opposing enzymatic activities, the rates of which remain largely unknown. Here we developed a theoretical and experimental framework enabling us to infer methylation and demethylation rates at 860,404 CpGs in mouse embryonic stem cells. We find that enzymatic rates can vary as much as two orders of magnitude between CpGs with identical steady-state DNA methylation. Unexpectedly, de novo and maintenance methylation activity is reduced at transcription factor binding sites, while methylation turnover is elevated in transcribed gene bodies. Furthermore, we show that TET activity contributes substantially more than passive demethylation to establishing low methylation levels at distal enhancers. Taken together, our work unveils a genome-scale map of methylation kinetics, revealing highly variable and context-specific activity for the DNA methylation machinery.


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Ilhas de CpG/genética , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferase 1/metabolismo , Desmetilação do DNA , Metilação de DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Embrionárias Murinas/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas/metabolismo , Animais , Sítios de Ligação/genética , Linhagem Celular , Mapeamento Cromossômico , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferase 1/genética , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferases/genética , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferases/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Dioxigenases/genética , Dioxigenases/metabolismo , Epigênese Genética/genética , Genoma/genética , Histonas/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas/genética , Sequências Reguladoras de Ácido Nucleico/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Transcrição Genética/genética
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