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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-929154

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The dorsal lingual epithelium, which is composed of taste buds and keratinocytes differentiated from K14+ basal cells, discriminates taste compounds and maintains the epithelial barrier. N6-methyladenosine (m6A) is the most abundant mRNA modification in eukaryotic cells. How METTL3-mediated m6A modification regulates K14+ basal cell fate during dorsal lingual epithelium formation and regeneration remains unclear. Here we show knockout of Mettl3 in K14+ cells reduced the taste buds and enhanced keratinocytes. Deletion of Mettl3 led to increased basal cell proliferation and decreased cell division in taste buds. Conditional Mettl3 knock-in mice showed little impact on taste buds or keratinization, but displayed increased proliferation of cells around taste buds in a protective manner during post-irradiation recovery. Mechanically, we revealed that the most frequent m6A modifications were enriched in Hippo and Wnt signaling, and specific peaks were observed near the stop codons of Lats1 and FZD7. Our study elucidates that METTL3 is essential for taste bud formation and could promote the quantity recovery of taste bud after radiation.


Subject(s)
Animals , Epithelium/metabolism , Homeostasis , Methylation , Methyltransferases/metabolism , Mice , RNA , Taste Buds/metabolism
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Rev. cuba. inform. méd ; 13(1): e429, ene.-jun. 2021. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS, CUMED | ID: biblio-1251724

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This study was devoted to the Resonant Recognition Model (RRM) analysis of SARS-CoV-2 proteins and their possible interaction with other human proteins, specifically, SARS CoV replicases and methyl transferases, were tested, via RRM analysis, for possible interactions with host CD4 T receptor proteins and prohibitins which participate in human organism response to viral infections. The following protein sequences were studied: twenty human SARS coronavirus methyltransferase proteins, eight replicase proteins, twenty-one prohibitin proteins, and eleven CD4 -T-cell surface antigens T4 proteins. Results revealed RRM peaks at f1=0.07349 and f2=0.2839. The peak at f1 was also common for interaction between SARS-CoV-2 methyl transferases and human prohibitins, where opposite phase suggest binding between these proteins during viral infection. This interaction was not supported for viral methyltransferase and human CD4 receptors (72.4 o phase shift). Viral replicases exhibited opposite phase interaction with both prohibitins and CD4 receptors. Overall, RRM revealed common RRM frequencies for both replicases and methyl transferases, and added plausibility to interactions between SARSCoV2 methyl transferase and human prohibitin, as well as between SARS Cov2 replicase and human prohibitin and CD4 T-cell receptors(AU)


Este estudio se dedicó al análisis mediante el Modelo de Reconocimiento Resonante (RRM) de las proteínas del SARS-CoV-2 y su posible interacción con otras proteínas humanas, específicamente, fueron analizadas las replicasas de SARS CoV y las metiltransferasas, mediante análisis RRM, para detectar posibles interacciones con las Proteínas del receptor CD4 T y las prohibitinas humanas, las cuales participan en la respuesta del organismo humano a las infecciones virales. Se estudiaron las siguientes secuencias de proteínas: veinte proteínas metiltransferasas del coronavirus del SARS humano, ocho replicasas, veintiuna prohibitinas y once proteínas T4 de antígenos de superficie de células T CD4. Los resultados revelaron picos de RRM en f1 = 0.07349 y f2 = 0.2839. El pico en f1 también fue común para la interacción entre las metiltransferasas del SARS-CoV-2 y las prohibitinas humanas, donde la fase opuesta sugiere la unión entre estas proteínas durante la infección viral. Esta interacción no fue apoyada para la metiltransferasa viral y los receptores CD4 humanos (cambio de fase de 72,4 o). Las réplicas virales exhibieron una interacción de fase opuesta tanto con las prohibitinas como con los receptores CD4. En general, el análisis de RRM reveló frecuencias comunes de RRM para replicasas y metiltransferasas, y apoyó plausibilidad de las interacciones entre la metiltransferasa de SARSCoV2 y la prohibitina humana, así como entre la replicasa de Cov2 del SARS con la prohibitina humana y los receptores de células T CD4(AU)


Subject(s)
Humans , Male , Female , CD4 Antigens , RNA Recognition Motif Proteins , Viral Replicase Complex Proteins , COVID-19 , Methyltransferases
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Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop ; 54: e05992020, 2021. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1155526

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Abstract INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to determine the role of genes encoding aminoglycoside-modifying enzymes (AMEs) and 16S rRNA methylase (ArmA) in Acinetobacter baumannii clinical isolates. METHODS: We collected 100 clinical isolates of A. baumannii and identified and confirmed them using microbiological tests and assessment of the OXA-51 gene. Antibiotic susceptibility testing was carried out using disk agar diffusion and micro-broth dilution methods. The presence of AME genes and ArmA was detected by PCR and multiplex PCR. RESULTS: The most and least effective antibiotics in this study were netilmicin and ciprofloxacin with 68% and 100% resistance rates, respectively. According to the minimum inhibitory concentration test, 94% of the isolates were resistant to gentamicin, tobramycin, and streptomycin, while the highest susceptibility (20%) was observed against netilmicin. The proportion of strains harboring the aminoglycoside resistance genes was as follows: APH(3′)-VIa (aphA6) (77%), ANT(2")-Ia (aadB) (73%), ANT(3")-Ia (aadA1) (33%), AAC(6′)-Ib (aacA4) (33%), ArmA (22%), and AAC(3)-IIa (aacC2) (19%). Among the 22 gene profiles detected in this study, the most prevalent profiles included APH(3′)-VIa + ANT(2")-Ia (39 isolates, 100% of which were kanamycin-resistant), and AAC(3)-IIa + AAC(6′)-Ib + ANT(3")-Ia + APH(3′)-VIa + ANT(2")-Ia (14 isolates, all of which were resistant to gentamicin, kanamycin, and streptomycin). CONCLUSIONS: High minimum inhibitory concentration of aminoglycosides in isolates with the simultaneous presence of AME- and ArmA-encoding genes indicated the importance of these genes in resistance to aminoglycosides. However, control of their spread could be effective in the treatment of infections caused by A. baumannii.


Subject(s)
Acinetobacter baumannii/genetics , Bacterial Proteins , RNA, Ribosomal, 16S/genetics , Microbial Sensitivity Tests , Drug Resistance, Bacterial/genetics , Aminoglycosides/pharmacology , Methyltransferases , Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-922469

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Human dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) have emerged as an important source of stem cells in the tissue engineering, and hypoxia will change various innate characteristics of DPSCs and then affect dental tissue regeneration. Nevertheless, little is known about the complicated molecular mechanisms. In this study, we aimed to investigate the influence and mechanism of miR-140-3p on DPSCs under hypoxia condition. Hypoxia was induced in DPSCs by Cobalt chloride (CoCl


Subject(s)
Cell Differentiation , Histone-Lysine N-Methyltransferase , Humans , Hypoxia , Methyltransferases , MicroRNAs
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Chinese Journal of Biotechnology ; (12): 1869-1886, 2021.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-887769

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Methyltransferases (MTs) constitute a large group of enzymes that catalyze the transfer of a methyl moiety, most frequently from S-adenosyl-L-methionine, to their substrates. It plays an essential role in regulation of gene expression and synthesis of many natural compounds. Owing to its broad substrate spectrum, MTs make important contributions to diversify the spectrum of products through methylation modifications. Recently, great progress has been made in application of MTs for the biosynthesis of various natural products including phenylpropane compounds, fragrances, hormones and antibiotics, which is summarized in this review. Moreover, we highlighted the strategies of using MTs for efficient production and for expanding the diversity of these methylated natural products, and discussed the current challenges and future prospects in this area.


Subject(s)
Biological Products , Methylation , Methyltransferases/metabolism
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-880692

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RNA methylation is of great significance in the regulation of gene expression, among which the more important methylation modifiers are N6-methyladenosine (m6A) and 5-methylcytosine (m5C). The methylation process is mainly regulated by 3 kinds of proteins: methyltransferase, demethylase, and reader. m6A, m5C, and their related proteins have high abundance in the brain, and they have important roles in the development of the nervous system and the repair and remodeling of the vascular system. The neurovascular unit (NVU) is a unit of brain structure and function composed of neurons, capillaries, astrocytes, supporting cells, and extracellular matrix. The local microenvironment for NVU has an important role in nerve cell function repair, and the remodeling of NVU is of great significance in the prognosis of various neurological diseases.


Subject(s)
5-Methylcytosine , Adenosine/metabolism , Methylation , Methyltransferases/metabolism , RNA
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Int. j. morphol ; 38(6): 1668-1675, Dec. 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1134496

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SUMMARY: The Mettl3/Mettl14 methyltransferase complex installs the most ubiquitous internal mRNA modification- N6-methyladenosine (m6A). The vertebrate retina development is a multi-step process that requires fine-tuning of multiple cellular events, but very little is known about the potential function of Mettl3 and Mettl14 in this process. In this study, we demonstrated the spatio-temporal expression of Mettl3 and Mettl14 during retina development in mouse by quantitative PCR and immunofluorescence staining. We found that these two components of methyltransferase complex could be detected from the beginning of retina development; and the expression of Mettl3 and Mettl14 were gradually restricted to inner nuclear layer (INL) and ganglion cell layer (GCL); Double labeling showed that Mettl3 and Mettl14 had similar expression patterns in mature retinal INL and GCL. Overall, our spatio-temporal expression data provided the foundation for future research on the function of m6A modification in the retina development.


RESUMEN: El complejo Mettl3 / Mettl14 metiltransferasa establece la modificación interna más significativa de ARNm: N6- metiladenosina (m6A). El desarrollo de la retina de los vertebrados es un proceso de varios pasos que requiere múltiples eventos celulares; existe muy poca información sobre la función potencial de Mettl3 y Mettl14 en este proceso. En este estudio, demostramos la expresión espacio-temporal de Mettl3 y Mettl14 durante el desarrollo de la retina en ratón mediante PCR cuantitativa y tinción de inmunofluorescencia. Descubrimos que estos dos componentes del complejo de metiltransferasa podían ser detectados desde el comienzo del desarrollo de la retina; la expresión de Mettl3 y Mettl14 se restringió gradualmente a la capa nuclear interna (INL) y la capa de células ganglionares (GCL); se observó que Mettl3 y Mettl14 tenían patrones de expresión similares en INL y GCL retinianos maduros. En general, nuestros datos de expresión espacio-temporal proporcionan información para futuras investigaciones sobre la función de la modificación de m6A en el desarrollo de la retina.


Subject(s)
Animals , Mice , Retina/embryology , Retina/enzymology , Methyltransferases/metabolism , Staining and Labeling , Immunohistochemistry , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction , Methyltransferases/genetics , Mice, Inbred C57BL
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-828951

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OBJECTIVE@#To investigate the expression of RNA methyltransferase METTL14 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and its clinical significance.@*METHODS@#Immunohistochemical staining was used to detect the expression of METTL14 in 147 pairs of HCC and adjacent hepatic tissues. According to the scores rated by pathologists, the 147 cases of HCC were divided into high and low METTL14 expression groups. The correlation between the expression of METTL14 and clinicopathological parameters was analyzed, and Kaplan-Meier method was used to analyze the relationship between the expression of METTL14 and the prognosis and survival (including the overall survival and disease-free survival) of the patients with HCC after operation. Univariate analysis and multivariate analysis were carried out to assess the impact of METTL14 expression level on the overall survival and tumor-free survival of the patients after operation using a COX regression model and explore whether METTL14 expression level is an independent prognostic risk factor of the postoperative patients.@*RESULTS@#The expression of METTL14 was significantly lower in HCC tissues than in the adjacent tissues ( < 0.001). METTL14 expression in HCC tissues was significantly correlated with the tumor size (=0.044) and TNM stage (=0.046). A low expression of METTL14 in HCC tissues was significantly correlated with a poor prognosis and a significantly shortened overall survival time and disease-free survival time of the patients ( < 0.05), and was an independent risk factor affecting the overall survival and disease-free survival of HCC patients.@*CONCLUSIONS@#METTL14 may be a new prognostic marker for patients with HCC after hepatectomy.


Subject(s)
Biomarkers, Tumor , Carcinoma, Hepatocellular , Disease-Free Survival , Hepatectomy , Humans , Kaplan-Meier Estimate , Liver Neoplasms , Methyltransferases , Prognosis
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-828103

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OBJECTIVE@#To investigate the protective effect of serine hydroxymethyl transferase 2 (SHMT2) against hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury in mice.@*METHODS@#Sixty C57BL/6 mice were divided equally into sham-operated group, saline adeno-associated virus group (AVV-GFP), and adeno-associated virus silencing group (AAV-SHMT2). The adeno-associated virus and normal saline were injected into the tail vein of the mice 2 weeks before establishment of a 70% ischemia-reperfusion model in the liver. qPCR, Western blotting, immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry were used to detect the changes of AST/ALT concentration, SHMT2, JNK, NF-κB, caspase-3 and downstream inflammatory factors in the mice, and HE staining was used to observe the pathological damage of the liver tissue in each group; the cell apoptosis in the liver was detected using TUNEL assay.@*RESULTS@#The expression of SHMT2 increased with time after hepatic ischemia-reperfusion and reached the highest level at 24 h (the relative expression was 1.5, < 0.05). At 24 h after hepatic ischemia-reperfusion, the levels of AST/ALT in AAV-SHMT2 group (588/416 U/L) were significantly higher than those in the control group (416/345 U/L) and the empty vector group (387/321 U/L) ( < 0.05). Compared with those in the control group and the empty vector group, the level of SHMT2 was significantly decreased in AAV-SHMT2 group (with a relative expression of 0.24, < 0.05), the levels of p-JNK and p-p65 were significantly increased (relative expression of 0.80 and 0.97, respectively, < 0.05), and the levels TNF-α and IL-1β were consistently elevated (relative expression levels of 1.6 and 1.2, respectively, < 0.05). No significant differences were found in these parameters between the empty vector group and the control group (>0.05).@*CONCLUSIONS@#SHMT2 may alleviate liver cell apoptosis in mice with hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury by inhibiting the activation of JNK pathway and excessive activation of NF-κB pathway to reduce hepatic damage.


Subject(s)
Animals , Apoptosis , Liver , Methyltransferases , Mice , Mice, Inbred C57BL , NF-kappa B , Reperfusion Injury , Serine
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-880483

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Protein lysine methylation is a prevalent post-translational modification (PTM) and plays critical roles in all domains of life. However, its extent and function in photosynthetic organisms are still largely unknown. Cyanobacteria are a large group of prokaryotes that carry out oxygenic photosynthesis and are applied extensively in studies of photosynthetic mechanisms and environmental adaptation. Here we integrated propionylation of monomethylated proteins, enrichment of the modified peptides, and mass spectrometry (MS) analysis to identify monomethylated proteins in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 (Synechocystis). Overall, we identified 376 monomethylation sites in 270 proteins, with numerous monomethylated proteins participating in photosynthesis and carbon metabolism. We subsequently demonstrated that CpcM, a previously identified asparagine methyltransferase in Synechocystis, could catalyze lysine monomethylation of the potential aspartate aminotransferase Sll0480 both in vivo and in vitro and regulate the enzyme activity of Sll0480. The loss of CpcM led to decreases in the maximum quantum yield in primary photosystem II (PSII) and the efficiency of energy transfer during the photosynthetic reaction in Synechocystis. We report the first lysine monomethylome in a photosynthetic organism and present a critical database for functional analyses of monomethylation in cyanobacteria. The large number of monomethylated proteins and the identification of CpcM as the lysine methyltransferase in cyanobacteria suggest that reversible methylation may influence the metabolic process and photosynthesis in both cyanobacteria and plants.


Subject(s)
Bacterial Proteins/metabolism , Lysine/metabolism , Methyltransferases/metabolism , Photosynthesis , Protein Processing, Post-Translational , Synechocystis/growth & development
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-774120

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As an important drug during maintenance treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP) has several side effects, including hepatotoxicity and bone marrow suppression. Since its tolerability varies from person to person, 6-MP treatment should be individualized. The deficiency of thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) enzyme activity is associated with 6-MP intolerance. There is a lower frequency of mutation in TPMT alleles among Asian patients. Recent studies have shown that in ALL patients with NUDT15 gene mutation, the maximum tolerated dose of 6-MP is lower than the conventional dose. The article reviews the significance of NUDT15 gene in individualized treatment with 6-MP in children with ALL.


Subject(s)
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic , Child , Humans , Mercaptopurine , Methyltransferases , Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma , Pyrophosphatases , Genetics
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-785915

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BACKGROUND: Beta-carotene (BC) is a carotenoid which exerts anti-cancer effects in several types of cancer, including colorectal cancer. Epigenetic modifications of genes, such as histone deacetylation and DNA hypermethylation, have also been detected in various types of cancer. To understand the molecular mechanism underlying cancer preventive and therapeutic effects of BC, microRNAs (miRNAs), histone acetylation, and global DNA methylation in colon cancer stem cells (CSCs) were investigated.METHODS: HCT116 colon cancer cells positive for expression of CD44 and CD133 were sorted by flow cytometry and used in subsequent experiments. Cell proliferation was examined by the MTT assay and self-renewal capacity was analyzed by the sphere formation assay. The miRNA sequencing array was used to detect miRNAs regulated by BC. Histone acetylation levels were measured by the Western blot analysis. mRNA expression of DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) was examined by qPCR and global DNA methylation levels were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.RESULTS: Treatment of CD44⁺CD133⁺ colon CSCs with BC caused a reduction in both cell proliferation and sphere formation. Analysis of the miRNA sequencing array showed that BC regulated expression of miRNAs associated with histone acetylation. Histone H3 and H4 acetylation levels were elevated by BC treatment. In addition, BC treatment down-regulated DNMT3A mRNA expression and global DNA methylation in colon CSCs.CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that BC regulates epigenetic modifications for its anti-cancer effects in colon CSCs.


Subject(s)
Acetylation , beta Carotene , Blotting, Western , Cell Proliferation , Colon , Colonic Neoplasms , Colorectal Neoplasms , DNA Methylation , DNA , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Epigenomics , Flow Cytometry , Histones , Methyltransferases , MicroRNAs , RNA, Messenger , Stem Cells , Therapeutic Uses
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-772943

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N-methyladenosine (mA), catalyzed by the methyltransferase complex consisting of Mettl3 and Mettl14, is the most abundant RNA modification in mRNAs and participates in diverse biological processes. However, the roles and precise mechanisms of mA modification in regulating neuronal development and adult neurogenesis remain unclear. Here, we examined the function of Mettl3, the key component of the complex, in neuronal development and adult neurogenesis of mice. We found that the depletion of Mettl3 significantly reduced mA levels in adult neural stem cells (aNSCs) and inhibited the proliferation of aNSCs. Mettl3 depletion not only inhibited neuronal development and skewed the differentiation of aNSCs more toward glial lineage, but also affected the morphological maturation of newborn neurons in the adult brain. mA immunoprecipitation combined with deep sequencing (MeRIP-seq) revealed that mA was predominantly enriched in transcripts related to neurogenesis and neuronal development. Mechanistically, mA was present on the transcripts of histone methyltransferase Ezh2, and its reduction upon Mettl3 knockdown decreased both Ezh2 protein expression and consequent H3K27me3 levels. The defects of neurogenesis and neuronal development induced by Mettl3 depletion could be rescued by Ezh2 overexpression. Collectively, our results uncover a crosstalk between RNA and histone modifications and indicate that Mettl3-mediated mA modification plays an important role in regulating neurogenesis and neuronal development through modulating Ezh2.


Subject(s)
Adenosine , Metabolism , Adult Stem Cells , Cell Biology , Metabolism , Animals , Brain , Metabolism , Cell Differentiation , Genetics , Cell Proliferation , Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2 Protein , Metabolism , Gene Expression Regulation , Methyltransferases , Metabolism , Mice, Inbred C57BL , Neural Stem Cells , Cell Biology , Metabolism , Neurogenesis , Genetics , Neurons , Cell Biology , Metabolism , RNA, Messenger , Genetics , Metabolism
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-739657

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Mixed lineage leukemia proteins (MLL) are the key histone lysine methyltransferases that regulate expression of diverse genes. Aberrant activation of MLL promotes leukemia as well as solid tumors in humans, highlighting the urgent need for the development of an MLL inhibitor. We screened and isolated MLL1-binding ssRNAs using SELEX (Systemic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential enrichment) technology. When sequences in sub-libraries were obtained using next-generation sequencing (NGS), the most enriched aptamers—APT1 and APT2—represented about 30% and 26% of sub-library populations, respectively. Motif analysis of the top 50 sequences provided a highly conserved sequence: 5′-A[A/C][C/G][G/U][U/A]ACAGAGGG[U/A]GG[A/C] GAGUGGGU-3′. APT1, APT2, and APT5 embracing this motif generated secondary structures with similar topological characteristics. We found that APT1 and APT2 have a good binding activity and the analysis using mutated aptamer variants showed that the site information in the central region was critical for binding. In vitro enzyme activity assay showed that APT1 and APT2 had MLL1 inhibitory activity. Three-dimensional structure prediction of APT1-MLL1 complex indicates multiple weak interactions formed between MLL1 SET domain and APT1. Our study confirmed that NGS-assisted SELEX is an efficient tool for aptamer screening and that aptamers could be useful in diagnosis and treatment of MLL1-mediated diseases.


Subject(s)
Aptamers, Nucleotide , Conserved Sequence , Diagnosis , Histones , Humans , In Vitro Techniques , Leukemia , Ligands , Lysine , Mass Screening , Methyltransferases , Myeloid-Lymphoid Leukemia Protein , RNA
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Medicina (B.Aires) ; 78(2): 65-70, abr. 2018. tab
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-954951

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La azatioprina es una tiopurina que presenta rango terapéutico estrecho y marcada toxicidad hematológica y hepática. La tiopurina S-metiltransferasa es una enzima que metaboliza ese grupo de drogas. Mutaciones en el gen que codifica dicha enzima aumentan el riesgo de presentar eventos adversos, por lo que su estudio farmacogenético permite contar con información para el diseño de la estrategia terapéutica. Sin embargo, su utilidad en el medio local no está completamente establecida. Fueron incluidos 45 sujetos (13 hombres) con indicación de azatioprina. Se determinó la presencia de las mutaciones *2, *3A, *3B y *3C de TMPT por PCR-RFLP y se analizó la relación entre el genotipo y la incidencia de eventos adversos relacionados al fármaco. Nueve portaban al menos un alelo no funcional, uno de ellos con genotipo *3A/*3A. Se detectó toxicidad en 3 de los 18 que iniciaron tratamiento con azatioprina: 2 pacientes con genotipo normal presentaron eventos adversos leves, y el único evento adverso de gravedad (aplasia medular) ocurrió en el sujeto con genotipo homocigota mutado. El único que presentó genotipo homocigota mutado desarrolló el más grave de los eventos adversos registrados, a pesar de estar en tratamiento con dosis bajas de azatioprina. Por este motivo, la determinación del genotipo de la tiopurina metiltransferasa pareciera ser de utilidad, pero no reemplaza la necesidad de seguimiento clínico y bioquímico en pacientes en tratamiento con tiopurinas.


Azathioprine is a thiopurine which has a narrow therapeutic index and marked hematological and hepatic toxicity. Thiopurine s-methyltransferase is an enzyme involved in the metabolism of thiopurines. Mutations in the gene that encodes the enzyme may augment the risk of adverse events. For that reason, pharmacogenetic determinations prior to the initiation of therapy can provide useful information for the future therapeutic strategy. Nevertheless, its utility in the local environment is not completely established. Forty-five subjects (13 men) who had been prescribed azathioprine were included. The presence of *2, *3A, *3B and *3C mutations were determined by PCR-RFLP, and the relationship between genotype and incidence of adverse events related to the drug was analyzed. Nine carried at least one non-functional allele, one of them with *3A/*3A genotype. Among the eighteen patients who initiated treatment with azathioprine, toxicity was detected in 3 cases: 2 mild events were observed in patients with normal genotype, and the only serious event (bone marrow suppression) occurred in the individual with homozygous mutant genotype. The only homozygous mutant patient developed the most severe of the registered events, in spite of being under treatment with low doses of azathioprine. This is the reason why enzymatic determination could be of utility, even though it does not replace clinical and biochemical follow-up in patients under thiopurine treatment.


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Humans , Male , Female , Adult , Middle Aged , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Young Adult , Azathioprine/adverse effects , Immunosuppressive Agents/adverse effects , Methyltransferases/genetics , Polymorphism, Genetic , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Genotype , Homozygote
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Rev. peru. med. exp. salud publica ; 35(1): 72-76, ene.-mar. 2018. tab
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-961844

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RESUMEN El objetivo del estudio fue evaluar la relación de los polimorfismos rs11191439 y rs3740393 del gen Arsénico 3 Metiltransferasa (As3MT) con los perfiles de excreción urinaria de arsénico, en una población del norte de México. Se realizó un estudio transversal con 102 participantes de 14 a 75 años en la Comarca Lagunera, México. Se determinó la especiación de los metabolitos urinarios de arsénico y extracción de ADN, el análisis y amplificación de los polimorfismos se realizó por PCR tiempo real. Se realizó un análisis descriptivo y se evaluó las diferencias en las concentraciones de arsénico urinario por sexo y genotipo. La mediana de concentración de arsénico en el agua fue de 82 μg/L, los niveles de excreción urinaria del ácido dimetilarsínico (DMA) fueron más altos en mujeres que en los hombres. Los portadores de la variante genética CC del gen As3MT (rs3740393) presentaron concentraciones urinarias superiores de ácido monometilarsónico (p=0,01) y DMA (p=0,05).


ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to assess the relationship of the rs11191439 and rs3740393 polymorphisms of the Arsenite Methyltransferase (As3MT) gene with the arsenic urinary excretion profiles in a population in northern Mexico. A crosssectional study was conducted with 102 participants between the ages of 14 and 75 in Comarca Lagunera, Mexico. Speciation of the arsenic urinary metabolites was determined, and DNA was extracted; analysis and amplification of the polymorphisms was made by PCR in real time. A descriptive analysis was carried out and the differences in the urinary arsenic concentrations were assessed according to sex and genotype. The median concentration of arsenic in water was 82 μg/L; the levels of urinary excretion of dimethylarsinic acid (DMA) were higher in women than in the men. The carriers of the CC genetic variant of the As3MT (rs3740393) gene showed higher urinary concentrations of methylarsinic acid (p=0.01) and DMA (p=0.05).


Subject(s)
Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Young Adult , Polymorphism, Genetic , Arsenic/urine , Methyltransferases/genetics , Arsenic/metabolism , Cross-Sectional Studies , Mexico
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An. acad. bras. ciênc ; 90(1): 509-519, Mar. 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-886905

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ABSTRACT Saccharum spontaneum has been used for the development of energy cane a crop aimed to be used for the production of second-generation ethanol, or lignocellulosic ethanol. Lignin is a main challenge in the conversion of cell wall sugars into ethanol. In our studies to isolate the genes the lignin biosynthesis in S. spontaneum we have had great difficulty in RT-PCR reactions. Thus, we evaluated the effectiveness of different additives in the amplification of these genes. While COMT and CCoAOMT genes did not need any additives for other genes there was no amplification (HCT, F5H, 4CL and CCR) or the yield was very low (CAD and C4H). The application of supplementary cDNA was enough to overcome the non-specificity and low yield for C4H and C3H, while the addition of 0.04% BSA + 2% formamide was effective to amplify 4CL, CCR, F5H and CCR. HCT was amplified only by addition of 0.04% BSA + 2% formamide + 0.1 M trehalose and amplification of PAL was possible with addition of 2% of DMSO. Besides optimization of expression assays, the results show that additives can act independently or synergistically.


Subject(s)
Gene Expression Regulation, Plant/genetics , Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction/methods , Nucleic Acid Amplification Techniques/methods , Saccharum/genetics , Cell Wall/genetics , DNA Primers , Ethanol , Lignin/biosynthesis , Lignin/genetics , Methyltransferases/genetics
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-717604

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Pathogenic gram-negatives that produce 16S ribosomal RNA methyltransferases (16S RMTases) have already been distributed all over the world. To investigate the predominance of aminoglycoside resistance associated with 16S RMTases in Korea, we collected a total of 222 amikacin resistant Gram-negative clinical isolates from patient specimens between 1999 and 2015 from three hospital banks across Korea. ArmA and rmtB were the predominant 16S RMTase genes responsible for aminoglycoside-resistant isolates circulating in Korean community settings although only one rmtA-producing isolate was detected in 2006.


Subject(s)
Amikacin , Humans , Korea , Methyltransferases , RNA, Ribosomal, 16S
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-772999

ABSTRACT

More than 100 types of chemical modifications in RNA have been well documented. Recently, several modifications, such as N-methyladenosine (mA), have been detected in mRNA, opening the window into the realm of epitranscriptomics. The mA modification is the most abundant modification in mRNA and non-coding RNA (ncRNA). At the molecular level, mA affects almost all aspects of mRNA metabolism, including splicing, translation, and stability, as well as microRNA (miRNA) maturation, playing essential roles in a range of cellular processes. The mA modification is regulated by three classes of proteins generally referred to as the "writer" (adenosine methyltransferase), "eraser" (mA demethylating enzyme), and "reader" (mA-binding protein). The mA modification is reversibly installed and removed by writers and erasers, respectively. Readers, which are members of the YT521-B homology (YTH) family proteins, selectively bind to RNA and affect its fate in an mA-dependent manner. In this review, we summarize the structures of the functional proteins that modulate the mA modification, and provide our insights into the mA-mediated gene regulation.


Subject(s)
Adenosine , Metabolism , Animals , Gene Expression Regulation , Humans , Methyltransferases , Chemistry , Metabolism , RNA, Messenger , Chemistry , Metabolism , RNA, Untranslated , Chemistry , Metabolism , RNA-Binding Proteins , Chemistry , Metabolism , Transcriptome
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