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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4516, 2020 09 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32908137

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Acinar metaplasia is an initial step in a series of events that can lead to pancreatic cancer. Here we perform single-cell RNA-sequencing of mouse pancreas during the progression from preinvasive stages to tumor formation. Using a reporter gene, we identify metaplastic cells that originated from acinar cells and express two transcription factors, Onecut2 and Foxq1. Further analyses of metaplastic acinar cell heterogeneity define six acinar metaplastic cell types and states, including stomach-specific cell types. Localization of metaplastic cell types and mixture of different metaplastic cell types in the same pre-malignant lesion is shown. Finally, single-cell transcriptome analyses of tumor-associated stromal, immune, endothelial and fibroblast cells identify signals that may support tumor development, as well as the recruitment and education of immune cells. Our findings are consistent with the early, premalignant formation of an immunosuppressive environment mediated by interactions between acinar metaplastic cells and other cells in the microenvironment.


Assuntos
Células Acinares/patologia , Carcinoma Ductal Pancreático/genética , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Pâncreas/patologia , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/genética , Lesões Pré-Cancerosas/genética , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Biópsia , Carcinoma Ductal Pancreático/mortalidade , Carcinoma Ductal Pancreático/patologia , Carcinoma Ductal Pancreático/cirurgia , Diferenciação Celular , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Feminino , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/genética , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Heterogeneidade Genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Humanos , Estimativa de Kaplan-Meier , Masculino , Metaplasia/genética , Camundongos , Mutação , Pâncreas/citologia , Pâncreas/cirurgia , Pancreatectomia , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/mortalidade , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/patologia , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/cirurgia , Lesões Pré-Cancerosas/patologia , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas p21(ras)/genética , RNA-Seq , Análise de Célula Única , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Microambiente Tumoral/genética
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Plant Mol Biol ; 104(3): 235-248, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32757127

RESUMO

KEY MESSAGE: Two PaGL1-like genes were identified in London plane and functional in Arabidopsis, moreover, may play an important role in the regulation of trichome development in London plane. Trichome development is governed by a complex regulatory network. In Arabidopsis, subgroup 15 of the R2R3 MYB transcription factor family, which includes GLABRA1 (GL1), is involved in trichome development. In this study, we isolated and characterized two PaGL1-like genes from London plane (Platanus acerifolia). Sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis indicated that these PaGL1-like genes are homologous to AtGL1. Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) analysis showed that PaGL1-like1 was expressed in all of the tested organs taken from adult London plane trees, including trichomes, petioles after trichome removal, stems after trichome removal, and leaves after trichome removal, and also in the roots, cotyledons, hypocotyls and true leaves of seedlings. By contrast, the PaGL1-like2 was expressed only in the trichomes and leaves after trichome removal from adult trees, and in the cotyledons and true leaves of seedlings. Overexpression of PaGL1-like genes caused trichome abortion when transferred into wild type Arabidopsis and promoted trichome formation in the gl1 mutant. The expression profiles of some trichome-related genes were changed in transgenic Arabidopsis lines, and yeast two-hybrid analysis indicated that PaGL1-like proteins can directly interact with trichome-related bHLH proteins from both P. acerifolia and Arabidopsis. These results suggest that PaGL1-like genes are functional in Arabidopsis and may play an important role in the regulation of trichome development in London plane.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Traqueófitas/genética , Tricomas/metabolismo , Arabidopsis/genética , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/genética , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição Hélice-Alça-Hélice Básicos , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Filogenia , Folhas de Planta/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Alinhamento de Sequência , Traqueófitas/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Transcriptoma , Tricomas/crescimento & desenvolvimento
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0236811, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32745141

RESUMO

In this study, we aimed to investigate the molecular biomarkers that are pivotal for the development and progression of gastric cancer (GC). We analyzed clinical specimens using RNA sequencing to identify the target genes. We found that the expression of HOXC6 mRNA was upregulated with the progression of cancer, which was validated by quantitative real time PCR and RNA in-situ hybridization. To compare the protein expression of HOXC6, we evaluated GC and normal gastric tissue samples using western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry. We detected significantly higher levels of HOXC6 in the GC tissues than in the normal controls at both mRNA and protein levels. The expression levels of HOXC6 mRNA in patients with advanced gastric cancer (AGC) were significantly higher than those in patients with early gastric cancer (EGC). Kaplan-Meier curves showed that high expression of HOXC6 mRNA is significantly associated with poor clinical prognosis. Our findings suggest that HOXC6 mRNA may be a novel biomarker and can be potentially valuable in predicting the prognosis of GC patients. Especially, HOXC6 mRNA in-situ hybridization may be a diagnostic tool for predicting prognosis of individual GC patients.


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Proteínas de Homeodomínio , Neoplasias Gástricas , Idoso , Biomarcadores Tumorais/genética , Biomarcadores Tumorais/metabolismo , Progressão da Doença , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Humanos , Imuno-Histoquímica , Hibridização In Situ , Linfonodos/patologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prognóstico , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Neoplasias Gástricas/diagnóstico , Neoplasias Gástricas/genética , Neoplasias Gástricas/metabolismo , Neoplasias Gástricas/secundário
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4076, 2020 08 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32796851

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Group 3 innate lymphoid cells (ILC3) are an important regulator for immunity, inflammation and tissue homeostasis in the intestine, but how ILC3 activation is regulated remains elusive. Here we identify a new circular RNA (circRNA) circKcnt2 that is induced in ILC3s during intestinal inflammation. Deletion of circKcnt2 causes gut ILC3 activation and severe colitis in mice. Mechanistically, circKcnt2, as a nuclear circRNA, recruits the nucleosome remodeling deacetylase (NuRD) complex onto Batf promoter to inhibit Batf expression; this in turn suppresses Il17 expression and thereby ILC3 inactivation to promote innate colitis resolution. Furthermore, Mbd3-/-Rag1-/- and circKcnt2-/-Rag1-/- mice develop severe innate colitis following dextran sodium sulfate (DSS) treatments, while simultaneous deletion of Batf promotes colitis resolution. In summary, our data support a function of the circRNA circKcnt2 in regulating ILC3 inactivation and resolution of innate colitis.


Assuntos
Colite/imunologia , Colite/metabolismo , Linfócitos/metabolismo , Canais de Potássio Ativados por Sódio/metabolismo , RNA Circular/metabolismo , Animais , Colite/patologia , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Feminino , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Homeostase , Humanos , Imunidade Inata , Inflamação/imunologia , Inflamação/patologia , Intestinos/patologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Endogâmicos ICR , Camundongos Knockout , Canais de Potássio Ativados por Sódio/genética , RNA Circular/genética , RNA não Traduzido/genética , RNA não Traduzido/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237403, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32790713

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Genome duplication leads to an emergence of gene paralogs that are essentially free to undergo the process of neofunctionalization, subfunctionalization or degeneration (gene loss). Onecut1 (Oc1) and Onecut2 (Oc2) transcription factors, encoded by paralogous genes in mammals, are expressed in precursors of horizontal cells (HCs), retinal ganglion cells and cone photoreceptors. Previous studies have shown that ablation of either Oc1 or Oc2 gene in the mouse retina results in a decreased number of HCs, while simultaneous deletion of Oc1 and Oc2 leads to a complete loss of HCs. Here we study the genetic redundancy between Oc1 and Oc2 paralogs and focus on how the dose of Onecut transcription factors influences abundance of individual retinal cell types and overall retina physiology. Our data show that reducing the number of functional Oc alleles in the developing retina leads to a gradual decrease in the number of HCs, progressive thinning of the outer plexiform layer and diminished electrophysiology responses. Taken together, these observations indicate that in the context of HC population, the alleles of Oc1/Oc2 paralogous genes are mutually interchangeable, function additively to support proper retinal function and their molecular evolution does not follow one of the typical routes after gene duplication.


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Fator 6 Nuclear de Hepatócito/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Retina/fisiologia , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Alelos , Células Amácrinas/metabolismo , Células Amácrinas/patologia , Animais , Células Ependimogliais/metabolismo , Células Ependimogliais/patologia , Olho/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Olho/patologia , Loci Gênicos , Genótipo , Fator 6 Nuclear de Hepatócito/metabolismo , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Transgênicos , Retina/citologia , Retina/patologia , Células Bipolares da Retina/metabolismo , Células Bipolares da Retina/patologia , Células Fotorreceptoras Retinianas Cones/metabolismo , Células Fotorreceptoras Retinianas Cones/patologia , Células Ganglionares da Retina/citologia , Células Ganglionares da Retina/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo
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Am J Hum Genet ; 107(3): 555-563, 2020 09 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32758449

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Helsmoortel-Van der Aa syndrome (HVDAS) is a neurodevelopmental condition associated with intellectual disability/developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, and multiple medical comorbidities. HVDAS is caused by mutations in activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP). A recent study identified genome-wide DNA methylation changes in 22 individuals with HVDAS, adding to the group of neurodevelopmental disorders with an epigenetic signature. This methylation signature segregated those with HVDAS into two groups based on the location of the mutations. Here, we conducted an independent study on 24 individuals with HVDAS and replicated the existence of the two mutation-dependent episignatures. To probe whether the two distinct episignatures correlate with clinical outcomes, we used deep behavioral and neurobiological data from two prospective cohorts of individuals with a genetic diagnosis of HVDAS. We found limited phenotypic differences between the two HVDAS-affected groups and no evidence that individuals with more widespread methylation changes are more severely affected. Moreover, in spite of the methylation changes, we observed no profound alterations in the blood transcriptome of individuals with HVDAS. Our data warrant caution in harnessing methylation signatures in HVDAS as a tool for clinical stratification, at least with regard to behavioral phenotypes.


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Transtorno do Espectro Autista/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/genética , Transtorno do Espectro Autista/patologia , Criança , Metilação de DNA/genética , Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/genética , Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/patologia , Epigênese Genética/genética , Feminino , Humanos , Deficiência Intelectual/patologia , Masculino , Mutação/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/patologia , Fenótipo , Transcriptoma/genética
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Gene ; 757: 144945, 2020 Oct 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32649979

RESUMO

HOX genes are important regulatory genes patterning head formation, including development of the ear. Microtia is a congenital ear anomaly characterized by lacking all or part of the structures of the outer ear. To date, only four HOXA2 mutations were reported in families with autosomal-recessive or dominant microtia, with or without hearing impairment. More identified mutations are needed to confirm the correlation between genotype and phenotype. Here, we collect two Chinese families with non-syndromic bilateral microtia. Next generation sequencing identified two heterozygous nonsense HOXA2 mutations, one in each family. One mutation (c.637A > T, p.Lys213*) is newly reported, while the other one (c.703C > T,p.Gln235*) is consistent with a previous report. In mouse, Hoxa2 can bind to a long-range enhancer and regulate expression of the Hmx1 gene, which is a crucial transcription factor in eye and ear development. Using dual luciferase reporter assays, we showed that both HOXA2 mutations have impaired activation of the long-range enhancer of HMX1. In the present study, we report the first two bilateral non-syndromic microtia cases with HOXA2 mutations of Chinese origin and identify a novel mutation. Our results also provide molecular insights about how these nonsense HOXA2 mutations could affect the activation of its downstream target HMX1 by interacting with the long-range enhancer.


Assuntos
Microtia Congênita/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Mutação com Perda de Função , Células Cultivadas , Microtia Congênita/patologia , Feminino , Genes Dominantes , Células HEK293 , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Humanos , Masculino , Linhagem , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo
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Gene ; 758: 144942, 2020 Oct 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32640309

RESUMO

WUSCHEL-related homeobox4 (WOX4) plays important roles in vascular formation and adventitious root (AR) development. Here, we cloned the WOX4 from the AR of Larix kaempferi, whose cDNA is 1452 bp in length and encodes 483 amino acids. LkWOX4 is mainly expressed in the layer formation area of the stem at 10 days after cutting and its expression levels in the middles and ends of the ARs were higher than that in the AR tips. The fused protein LkWOX4-GFP localized in the nucleus. The heterologous overexpression of LkWOX4 in 84 K poplar significantly increased AR numbers and decreased AR lengths. In LkWOX4 plants, the endogenous jasmonic acid and abscisic acid contents significantly decreased in stems, while the auxin, jasmonic acid and abscisic acid contents significantly increased in ARs. RNA-Seq of those LkWOX4 overexpression poplar plants showed that the expression of plant hormone signaling genes (ARF2, ARF3, ARF7 and ARF18), rooting-related transcription factors (WOX5, LBD29 and SCR) and root development-related genes (CYCD3, GRF1 and TAA1) were affected. Moreover, we found that LkWOX4 interacts with LkPAT18, LkACBP6, and LkCIP7 using yeast two hybrid screening. Thus, we found LkWOX4 involves in the AR initiation and development, which might be regulated through the IAA, JA and ABA signaling pathways.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Larix/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Meristema/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Organogênese Vegetal/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Ácido Abscísico/metabolismo , Clonagem Molecular , Ciclopentanos/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas/genética , Ácidos Indolacéticos/metabolismo , Larix/genética , Meristema/genética , Oxilipinas/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3339, 2020 07 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32620764

RESUMO

Chromosomal NUP98-PHF23 translocation is associated with an aggressive form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and poor survival rate. Here, we report the molecular mechanisms by which NUP98-PHF23 recognizes the histone mark H3K4me3 and is inhibited by small molecule compounds, including disulfiram that directly targets the PHD finger of PHF23 (PHF23PHD). Our data support a critical role for the PHD fingers of NUP98-PHF23, and related NUP98-KDM5A and NUP98-BPTF fusions in driving leukemogenesis, and demonstrate that blocking this interaction in NUP98-PHF23 expressing AML cells leads to cell death through necrotic and late apoptosis pathways. An overlap of NUP98-KDM5A oncoprotein binding sites and H3K4me3-positive loci at the Hoxa/b gene clusters and Meis1 in ChIP-seq, together with NMR analysis of the H3K4me3-binding sites of the PHD fingers from PHF23, KDM5A and BPTF, suggests a common PHD finger-dependent mechanism that promotes leukemogenesis by this type of NUP98 fusions. Our findings highlight the direct correlation between the abilities of NUP98-PHD finger fusion chimeras to associate with H3K4me3-enriched chromatin and leukemic transformation.


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Cromatina/metabolismo , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Leucemia Mieloide/metabolismo , Complexo de Proteínas Formadoras de Poros Nucleares/metabolismo , Proteínas de Fusão Oncogênica/metabolismo , Doença Aguda , Antígenos Nucleares/genética , Antígenos Nucleares/metabolismo , Cromatina/genética , Dissulfiram/farmacologia , Histonas/metabolismo , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Humanos , Leucemia Mieloide/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Complexo de Proteínas Formadoras de Poros Nucleares/genética , Proteínas de Fusão Oncogênica/genética , Dedos de Zinco PHD/genética , Processamento de Proteína Pós-Traducional/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteína 2 de Ligação ao Retinoblastoma/genética , Proteína 2 de Ligação ao Retinoblastoma/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Translocação Genética/efeitos dos fármacos , Translocação Genética/genética
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(28): 16313-16323, 2020 07 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32601209

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Peroxiredoxins are central to cellular redox homeostasis and signaling. They serve as peroxide scavengers, sensors, signal transducers, and chaperones, depending on conditions and context. Typical 2-Cys peroxiredoxins are known to switch between different oligomeric states, depending on redox state, pH, posttranslational modifications, and other factors. Quaternary states and their changes are closely connected to peroxiredoxin activity and function but so far have been studied, almost exclusively, outside the context of the living cell. Here we introduce the use of homo-FRET (Förster resonance energy transfer between identical fluorophores) fluorescence polarization to monitor dynamic changes in peroxiredoxin quaternary structure inside the crowded environment of living cells. Using the approach, we confirm peroxide- and thioredoxin-related quaternary transitions to take place in cellulo and observe that the relationship between dimer-decamer transitions and intersubunit disulfide bond formation is more complex than previously thought. Furthermore, we demonstrate the use of the approach to compare different peroxiredoxin isoforms and to identify mutations and small molecules affecting the oligomeric state inside cells. Mutagenesis experiments reveal that the dimer-decamer equilibrium is delicately balanced and can be shifted by single-atom structural changes. We show how to use this insight to improve the design of peroxiredoxin-based redox biosensors.


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Peroxirredoxinas/química , Linhagem Celular , Transferência Ressonante de Energia de Fluorescência , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/química , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Humanos , Peróxido de Hidrogênio/metabolismo , Peróxido de Hidrogênio/farmacologia , Proteínas Luminescentes/química , Proteínas Luminescentes/genética , Proteínas Luminescentes/metabolismo , Mutação , Peroxirredoxinas/genética , Peroxirredoxinas/metabolismo , Multimerização Proteica/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(28): 16509-16515, 2020 07 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32601200

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Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), characterized by progressive muscle weakness and deterioration, is genetically linked to aberrant expression of DUX4 in muscle. DUX4, in its full-length form, is cytotoxic in nongermline tissues. Here, we designed locked nucleic acid (LNA) gapmer antisense oligonucleotides (AOs) to knock down DUX4 in immortalized FSHD myoblasts and the FLExDUX4 FSHD mouse model. Using a screening method capable of reliably evaluating the knockdown efficiency of LNA gapmers against endogenous DUX4 messenger RNA in vitro, we demonstrate that several designed LNA gapmers selectively and effectively reduced DUX4 expression with nearly complete knockdown. We also found potential functional benefits of AOs on muscle fusion and structure in vitro. Finally, we show that one of the LNA gapmers was taken up and induced effective silencing of DUX4 upon local treatment in vivo. The LNA gapmers developed here will help facilitate the development of FSHD therapies.


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Terapia Genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Distrofia Muscular Facioescapuloumeral/terapia , Oligonucleotídeos Antissenso/administração & dosagem , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Humanos , Camundongos , Distrofia Muscular Facioescapuloumeral/genética , Distrofia Muscular Facioescapuloumeral/metabolismo , Mioblastos/metabolismo , Oligonucleotídeos Antissenso/genética , Oligonucleotídeos Antissenso/metabolismo
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Dev Genes Evol ; 230(4): 305-314, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32671457

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Crinoids are considered as the most basal extant echinoderms. They retain aboral nervous system with a nerve center, which has been degraded in the eleutherozoan echinoderms. To investigate the evolution of patterning of the nervous systems in crinoids, we examined temporal and spatial expression patterns of three neural patterning-related homeobox genes, six3, pax6, and otx, throughout the development of a feather star Anneissia japonica. These genes were involved in the patterning of endomesodermal tissues instead of the ectodermal neural tissues in the early planktonic stages. In the stages after larval attachment, the expression of these genes was mainly observed in the podia and the oral nervous systems instead of the aboral nerve center. Our results indicate the involvement of these three genes in the formation of oral nervous system in the common ancestor of the echinoderms and suggest that the aboral nerve center is not evolutionally related to the brain of other bilaterians.


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Equinodermos/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Proteínas do Olho/metabolismo , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição Otx/metabolismo , Fator de Transcrição PAX6/metabolismo , Animais , Padronização Corporal/genética , Equinodermos/genética , Equinodermos/metabolismo , Evolução Molecular , Proteínas do Olho/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Larva/genética , Larva/metabolismo , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Sistema Nervoso/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Sistema Nervoso/metabolismo , Neurônios , Fatores de Transcrição Otx/genética , Fator de Transcrição PAX6/genética
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Nature ; 582(7811): 271-276, 2020 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32499640

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A major factor in the progression to heart failure in humans is the inability of the adult heart to repair itself after injury. We recently demonstrated that the early postnatal mammalian heart is capable of regeneration following injury through proliferation of preexisting cardiomyocytes1,2 and that Meis1, a three amino acid loop extension (TALE) family homeodomain transcription factor, translocates to cardiomyocyte nuclei shortly after birth and mediates postnatal cell cycle arrest3. Here we report that Hoxb13 acts as a cofactor of Meis1 in postnatal cardiomyocytes. Cardiomyocyte-specific deletion of Hoxb13 can extend the postnatal window of cardiomyocyte proliferation and reactivate the cardiomyocyte cell cycle in the adult heart. Moreover, adult Meis1-Hoxb13 double-knockout hearts display widespread cardiomyocyte mitosis, sarcomere disassembly and improved left ventricular systolic function following myocardial infarction, as demonstrated by echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging. Chromatin immunoprecipitation with sequencing demonstrates that Meis1 and Hoxb13 act cooperatively to regulate cardiomyocyte maturation and cell cycle. Finally, we show that the calcium-activated protein phosphatase calcineurin dephosphorylates Hoxb13 at serine-204, resulting in its nuclear localization and cell cycle arrest. These results demonstrate that Meis1 and Hoxb13 act cooperatively to regulate cardiomyocyte maturation and proliferation and provide mechanistic insights into the link between hyperplastic and hypertrophic growth of cardiomyocytes.


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Calcineurina/metabolismo , Proliferação de Células , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Proteína Meis1/metabolismo , Miócitos Cardíacos/citologia , Animais , Animais Recém-Nascidos , Feminino , Deleção de Genes , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Coração/fisiologia , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Miocárdio/citologia , Ligação Proteica , Regeneração
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0229549, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32497078

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Dysfunctions in the GABAergic system lead to various pathological conditions and impaired inhibitory function is one of the causes behind neuropathies characterized by neuronal hyper excitability. The Dlx homeobox genes are involved in the development of nervous system, neural crest, branchial arches and developing appendages. Dlx genes also take part in neuronal migration and differentiation during development, more precisely, in the migration and differentiation of GABAergic neurons. Functional analysis of dlx genes has mainly been carried out in developing zebrafish embryos and larvae, however information regarding the expression and roles of these genes in the adult zebrafish brain is still lacking. The extensive neurogenesis that takes place in the adult zebrafish brain, makes them a good model for the visualization of mechanisms involving dlx genes during adulthood in physiological conditions and during regeneration of the nervous system. We have identified the adult brain regions where transcripts of dlx1a, dlx2a, dlx5a and dlx6a genes are normally found and have confirmed that within telencephalic domains, there is high overlapping expression of the four dlx paralogs with a marker for GABAergic neurons. Co-localization analyses carried with the Tg(dlx6a-1.4kbdlx5a/dlx6a:GFP) reporter line have also shown that in some areas of the diencephalon, cells expressing the dlx5a/6a bigene may have a neural stem cell identity. Furthermore, investigations in a response to stab wound lesions, have demonstrated a possible participation of the dlx5a/6a bigene, most likely of dlx5a, during regeneration of the adult zebrafish brain. These observations suggest a possible participation of dlx-expressing cells during brain regeneration in adult zebrafish and also provide information on the role of dlx genes under normal physiological conditions in adults.


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Encéfalo/fisiologia , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Regeneração , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Peixe-Zebra/fisiologia , Animais , Encéfalo/citologia , Encéfalo/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Neurais/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0234411, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32511257

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The AINTEGUMENTA-like (AIL) proteins, which belong to the AP2 family, play important roles in regulating the growth and development of plant organs. The AIL family has not yet been comprehensively studied in rapeseed (Brassica napus), an allotetraploid and model organism for the study of polyploid evolution. In the present study, 99 AIL family genes were identified and characterized from B. rapa, B. oleracea, B. napus, B. juncea, and B. nigra using a comprehensive genome-wide study, including analyses of phylogeny, gene structure, chromosomal localization, and expression pattern. Using a phylogenetic analysis, the AIL genes were divided into eight groups, which were closely related to the eight AtAIL genes, and which shared highly conserved structural features within the same subfamily. The non-synonymous/synonymous substitution ratios of the paralogs and orthologs were less than 1, suggesting that the AIL genes mainly experienced purifying selection during evolution. In addition, the RNA sequencing data and qRT-PCR analysis revealed that the B. napus AIL genes exhibited organ- and developmental stage-specific expression patterns. Certain genes were highly expressed in the developing seeds (BnaAIL1, BnaAIL2, BnaAIL5, and BnaAIL6), the roots (BnaANT, BnaAIL5, and BnaAIL6), and the stem (BnaAIL7B). Our results provide valuable information for further functional analysis of the AIL family in B. napus and related Brassica species.


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Brassica napus/genética , Brassica/genética , Genes de Plantas , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/genética , Brassica/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Brassica napus/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Mapeamento Cromossômico , Sequência Conservada , Duplicação Gênica , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Genoma de Planta , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Família Multigênica , Filogenia , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Sintenia
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Cell Prolif ; 53(7): e12823, 2020 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32515533

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OBJECTIVES: Over the past years, growing attention has been paid to deciphering the pivotal role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in regulating the occurrence and development of human malignancies, cervical cancer (CC) included. Nonetheless, the regulatory role of lncRNA BBOX1 antisense RNA 1 (BBOX1-AS1) has not been explored as yet. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The expression of BBOX1-AS1 was detected by reverse transcription real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8), colony formation, TUNEL, Western blot, transwell and immunofluorescence assays testified the critical role of BBOX1-AS1 in CC. The relationship between RNAs (BBOX1-AS1, miR-361-3p, HOXC6 and HuR) was analysed by luciferase reporter, RNA Immunoprecipitation (RIP) and RNA pull-down assays. RESULTS: BBOX1 antisense RNA 1 antisense RNA 1 was revealed to be highly expressed in CC. Decreased expression of BBOX1-AS1 had suppressive effects on CC cell growth and migration. Molecular mechanism assays verified that BBOX1-AS1 had negative interaction with miR-361-3p in CC. Additionally, homeobox C6 (HOXC6) was validated to be a downstream target of miR-361-3p in CC. Furthermore, ELAV-like RNA-binding protein 1, also known as HuR, was uncovered to be capable of regulating the mRNA stability of HOXC6 in CC. More importantly, rescue assays delineated that knockdown of HuR after overexpressing miR-361-3p could reverse BBOX1-AS1 upregulation-mediated effect on CC progression. Similarly, the function induced by BBOX1-AS1 upregulation on CC progression could be countervailed by HOXC6 depletion. CONCLUSIONS: BBOX1 antisense RNA 1 facilitates CC progression by upregulating HOXC6 expression via miR-361-3p and HuR.


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Proteína Semelhante a ELAV 1/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , MicroRNAs/genética , RNA Longo não Codificante/genética , Regulação para Cima/genética , Neoplasias do Colo do Útero/genética , gama-Butirobetaína Dioxigenase/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Movimento Celular/genética , Proliferação de Células/genética , Progressão da Doença , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/genética , Células HeLa , Humanos , Ativação Transcricional/genética , Neoplasias do Colo do Útero/patologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 2984, 2020 06 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32533114

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ADNP (Activity Dependent Neuroprotective Protein) is a neuroprotective protein whose aberrant expression has been frequently linked to neural developmental disorders, including the Helsmoortel-Van der Aa syndrome (also called the ADNP syndrome). However, its role in neural development and pathology remains unclear. Here, we show that ADNP is required for neural induction and differentiation by enhancing Wnt signaling. Mechanistically, ADNP functions to stabilize ß-Catenin through binding to its armadillo domain which prevents its association with key components of the degradation complex: Axin and APC. Loss of ADNP promotes the formation of the degradation complex and ß-Catenin degradation via ubiquitin-proteasome pathway, resulting in down-regulation of key neuroectoderm developmental genes. In addition, adnp gene disruption in zebrafish leads to defective neurogenesis and reduced Wnt signaling. Our work provides important insights into the role of ADNP in neural development and the pathology of the Helsmoortel-Van der Aa syndrome caused by ADNP gene mutation.


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Diferenciação Celular/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Células-Tronco Embrionárias Murinas/metabolismo , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Neurônios/metabolismo , Via de Sinalização Wnt/genética , beta Catenina/genética , Animais , Células Cultivadas , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Células HEK293 , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Humanos , Hibridização In Situ/métodos , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Células-Tronco Embrionárias Murinas/citologia , Mutação , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Neurônios/citologia , Ligação Proteica , Peixe-Zebra/embriologia , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Peixe-Zebra/metabolismo , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/genética , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/metabolismo , beta Catenina/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0234246, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32502225

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INTRODUCTION: Esophageal atresia with or without tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF) occurs approximately 1 in 3.500 live births representing the most common malformation of the upper digestive tract. Only half a century ago, EA/TEF was fatal among affected newborns suggesting that the steady birth prevalence might in parts be due to mutational de novo events in genes involved in foregut development. METHODS: To identify mutational de novo events in EA/TEF patients, we surveyed the exome of 30 case-parent trios. Identified and confirmed de novo variants were prioritized using in silico prediction tools. To investigate the embryonic role of genes harboring prioritized de novo variants we performed targeted analysis of mouse transcriptome data of esophageal tissue obtained at the embryonic day (E) E8.5, E12.5, and postnatal. RESULTS: In total we prioritized 14 novel de novo variants in 14 different genes (APOL2, EEF1D, CHD7, FANCB, GGT6, KIAA0556, NFX1, NPR2, PIGC, SLC5A2, TANC2, TRPS1, UBA3, and ZFHX3) and eight rare de novo variants in eight additional genes (CELSR1, CLP1, GPR133, HPS3, MTA3, PLEC, STAB1, and PPIP5K2). Through personal communication during the project, we identified an additional EA/TEF case-parent trio with a rare de novo variant in ZFHX3. In silico prediction analysis of the identified variants and comparative analysis of mouse transcriptome data of esophageal tissue obtained at E8.5, E12.5, and postnatal prioritized CHD7, TRPS1, and ZFHX3 as EA/TEF candidate genes. Re-sequencing of ZFHX3 in additional 192 EA/TEF patients did not identify further putative EA/TEF-associated variants. CONCLUSION: Our study suggests that rare mutational de novo events in genes involved in foregut development contribute to the development of EA/TEF.


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DNA Helicases/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Embrião de Mamíferos/metabolismo , Atresia Esofágica/genética , Exoma/genética , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Proteínas Repressoras/genética , Fístula Traqueoesofágica/genética , Animais , Humanos , Camundongos , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 201: 110802, 2020 Sep 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32531573

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Extended exposure to inorganic arsenic through contaminated drinking water has been linked with increased incidence of diabetes mellitus. The most common exposure occurs through the consumption of contaminated drinking water mainly through geogenic sources of inorganic arsenic. Epigenetic modifications are important mechanisms through which environmental pollutants could exert their toxic effects. Bisulfite sequencing polymerase chain reaction method followed by Sanger sequencing was performed for DNA methylation analysis. Our results showed that sodium arsenite treatment significantly reduced insulin secretion in pancreatic islets. It was revealed that the methylation of glucose transporter 2 (Glut2) gene was changed at two cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) sites (-1743, -1734) in the promoter region of the sodium arsenite-treated group comparing to the control. No changes were observed in the methylation status of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARγ), pancreatic and duodenal homeobox 1 (Pdx1) and insulin 2 (Ins2) CpG sites in the targeted regions. Measuring the gene expression level showed increase in Glut2 expression, while the expression of insulin (INS) and Pdx1 were significantly affected by sodium arsenite treatment. This study revealed that exposure to sodium arsenite changed the DNA methylation pattern of Glut2, a key transporter of glucose entry into the pancreatic beta cells (ß-cells). Our data suggested possible epigenetic-mediated toxicity mechanism for arsenite-induced ß-cells dysfunction. Further studies are needed to dissect the precise epigenetic modulatory activity of sodium arsenite that affect the biogenesis of insulin.


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Arsenitos/toxicidade , Metilação de DNA/efeitos dos fármacos , Transportador de Glucose Tipo 2/genética , Insulina/metabolismo , Ilhotas Pancreáticas/efeitos dos fármacos , Compostos de Sódio/toxicidade , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Animais , Epigênese Genética/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Técnicas In Vitro , Insulina/genética , Células Secretoras de Insulina/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Secretoras de Insulina/metabolismo , Ilhotas Pancreáticas/metabolismo , Masculino , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Ratos , Ratos Wistar , Transativadores/genética
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Mol Genet Genomics ; 295(5): 1253-1262, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32556999

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Monogenic diabetes is a rare type of diabetes resulting from mutations in a single gene. To date, most cases remain genetically unexplained, posing a challenge for accurate diabetes treatment, which leads to on a molecular diagnosis. Therefore, a trio exome scan was performed in a lean, nonsyndromic Caucasian girl with diabetes onset at 2½ years who was negative for autoantibodies. The lean father had diabetes from age 11 years. A novel heterozygous mutation in EDEM2, c.1271G > A; p.Arg424His, was found in the proband and father. Downregulation of Edem2 in rat RIN-m ß-cells resulted in a decrease in insulin genes Ins1 to 67.9% (p = 0.006) and Ins2 to 16.8% (p < 0.001) and reduced insulin secretion by 60.4% (p = 0.0003). Real-time PCR revealed a major disruption of endocrine pancreas-specific genes, including Glut2 and Pxd1, with mRNA suppression to 54% (p < 0.001) and 85.7% (p = 0.01), respectively. No other expression changes related to stress or apoptotic genes were observed. Extended clinical follow-up involving ten family members showed that two healthy individuals carried the same mutation with no sign of diabetes in the clinical screen except for a slight increase in IA-2 antibody in one of them, suggesting incomplete penetrance. In conclusion, we describe EDEM2 as a likely/potential novel diabetes gene, in which inhibition in vitro reduces the expression of ß-cell genes involved in the glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) pathway, leading to an overall suppression of insulin secretion but not apoptosis.


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Diabetes Mellitus/genética , Regulação para Baixo , Transportador de Glucose Tipo 2/genética , Glicoproteínas/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Mutação Puntual , Transativadores/genética , alfa-Manosidase/genética , Idade de Início , Idoso , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Diabetes Mellitus/metabolismo , Grupo com Ancestrais do Continente Europeu/genética , Feminino , Inativação Gênica , Humanos , Insulina/genética , Insulina/metabolismo , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Linhagem , Ratos , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma , Adulto Jovem
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