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  1. Methyl Complexes of the Transition Metals.

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    Campos, Jesús; López-Serrano, Joaquín; Peloso, Riccardo; Carmona, Ernesto

    2016-05-01

    Organometallic chemistry can be considered as a wide area of knowledge that combines concepts of classic organic chemistry, that is, based essentially on carbon, with molecular inorganic chemistry, especially with coordination compounds. Transition-metal methyl complexes probably represent the simplest and most fundamental way to view how these two major areas of chemistry combine and merge into novel species with intriguing features in terms of reactivity, structure, and bonding. Citing more than 500 bibliographic references, this review aims to offer a concise view of recent advances in the field of transition-metal complexes containing M-CH3 fragments. Taking into account the impressive amount of data that are continuously provided by organometallic chemists in this area, this review is mainly focused on results of the last five years. After a panoramic overview on M-CH3 compounds of Groups 3 to 11, which includes the most recent landmark findings in this area, two further sections are dedicated to methyl-bridged complexes and reactivity. PMID:26991740

  2. Chiral recognition between alpha-hydroxylesters: a double-resonance IR/UV study of the complexes of methyl mandelate with methyl glycolate and methyl lactate.

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    Le Barbu-Debus, Katia; Broquier, Michel; Mahjoub, Ahmed; Zehnacker-Rentien, Anne

    2008-10-01

    Chiral recognition between alpha hydroxylesters has been studied in jet-cooled complexes of methyl mandelate with methyl lactate. The complex with nonchiral methyl glycolate has also been studied for the sake of comparison. The hydrogen-bond topology of the complexes has been interrogated by means of IR/UV double-resonance spectroscopy in the range of 3 mum. A theoretical approach has been conducted in conjunction with the experimental work to assist in the analysis of the spectra. Owing to the conformational flexibility of the subunits at play, emphasis has been put on the methodology used for the exploration of the potential-energy surface. The hydrogen-bond topology is very similar in the homo- and heterochiral complexes. It involves insertion of the hydroxyl group of methyl mandelate within the intramolecular hydrogen bond of methyl lactate or methyl glycolate, resulting in a five-membered ring. This contrasts with methyl lactate clusters previously studied by FTIR spectroscopy in a filet jet. PMID:18778042

  3. Photoluminescence properties of a cationic trinuclear zinc(II) complex with the tetradentate Schiff base ligand 6-methyl-2-({[(pyridin-2-yl)methyl]imino}methyl)phenolate.

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    Kim, Young Inn; Song, Young Kwang; Kim, Daeyoung; Kang, Sung Kwon

    2015-10-01

    Metal complexes with Schiff base ligands have been suggested as potential phosphors in electroluminescent devices. In the title complex, tetrakis[6-methyl-2-({[(pyridin-2-yl)methyl]imino}methyl)phenolato-1:2κ(8)N,N',O:O;3:2κ(8)N,N',O:O]trizinc(II) hexafluoridophosphate methanol monosolvate, [Zn3(C14H13N2O)4](PF6)2·CH3OH, the Zn(II) cations adopt both six- and four-coordinate geometries involving the N and O atoms of tetradentate 6-methyl-2-({[(pyridin-2-yl)methyl]imino}methyl)phenolate ligands. Two terminal Zn(II) cations adopt distorted octahedral geometries and the central Zn(II) cation adopts a distorted tetrahedral geometry. The O atoms of the phenolate ligands bridge three Zn(II) cations, forming a dicationic trinuclear metal cluster. The title complex exhibits a strong emission at 469 nm with a quantum yield of 15.5%. PMID:26422221

  4. Epigenome-wide association of liver methylation patterns and complex metabolic traits in mice.

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    Orozco, Luz D; Morselli, Marco; Rubbi, Liudmilla; Guo, Weilong; Go, James; Shi, Huwenbo; Lopez, David; Furlotte, Nicholas A; Bennett, Brian J; Farber, Charles R; Ghazalpour, Anatole; Zhang, Michael Q; Bahous, Renata; Rozen, Rima; Lusis, Aldons J; Pellegrini, Matteo

    2015-06-01

    Heritable epigenetic factors can contribute to complex disease etiology. Here we examine the contribution of DNA methylation to complex traits that are precursors to heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. We profiled DNA methylation in the liver using bisulfite sequencing in 90 mouse inbred strains, genome-wide expression levels, proteomics, metabolomics, and 68 clinical traits and performed epigenome-wide association studies (EWAS). We found associations with numerous clinical traits including bone density, insulin resistance, expression, and protein and metabolite levels. A large proportion of associations were unique to EWAS and were not identified using GWAS. Methylation levels were regulated by genetics largely in cis, but we also found evidence of trans regulation, and we demonstrate that genetic variation in the methionine synthase reductase gene Mtrr affects methylation of hundreds of CpGs throughout the genome. Our results indicate that natural variation in methylation levels contributes to the etiology of complex clinical traits. PMID:26039453

  5. DNA methylation in complex disease: applications in nursing research, practice, and policy.

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    Wright, Michelle L; Ralph, Jody L; Ohm, Joyce E; Anderson, Cindy M

    2013-01-01

    DNA methylation is an epigenomic modification that is essential to normal human development and biological processes. DNA methylation patterns are heritable and dynamic throughout the life span. Environmental exposures can alter DNA methylation patterns, contributing to the development of complex disease. Identification and modulation of environmental factors influencing disease susceptibility through alterations in DNA methylation are amenable to nursing intervention and form the basis for individualized patient care. Here we describe the evidence supporting the translation of DNA methylation analyses as a tool for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of complex disease in nursing research and practice. The ethical, legal, social, and economic considerations of advances in genomics are considered as a model for epigenomic policy. We conclude that contemporary and informed nurse scientists and clinicians are uniquely poised to apply innovations in epigenomic research to clinical populations and develop appropriate policies that guide equitable and ethical use of new strategies to improve patient care. PMID:23849553

  6. Physical properties and biological activities of hesperetin and naringenin in complex with methylated β-cyclodextrin

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    Sangpheak, Waratchada; Kicuntod, Jintawee; Schuster, Roswitha; Rungrotmongkol, Thanyada; Wolschann, Peter; Kungwan, Nawee; Viernstein, Helmut

    2015-01-01

    Summary The aim of this work is to improve physical properties and biological activities of the two flavanones hesperetin and naringenin by complexation with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) and its methylated derivatives (2,6-di-O-methyl-β-cyclodextrin, DM-β-CD and randomly methylated-β-CD, RAMEB). The free energies of inclusion complexes between hesperetin with cyclodextrins (β-CD and DM-β-CD) were theoretically investigated by molecular dynamics simulation. The free energy values obtained suggested a more stable inclusion complex with DM-β-CD. The vdW force is the main guest–host interaction when hesperetin binds with CDs. The phase solubility diagram showed the formation of a soluble complex of AL type, with higher increase in solubility and stability when hesperetin and naringenin were complexed with RAMEB. Solid complexes were prepared by freeze-drying, and the data from differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) confirmed the formation of inclusion complexes. The data obtained by the dissolution method showed that complexation with RAMEB resulted in a better release of both flavanones to aqueous solution. The flavanones-β-CD/DM-β-CD complexes demonstrated a similar or a slight increase in anti-inflammatory activity and cytotoxicity towards three different cancer cell lines. The overall results suggested that solubilities and bioactivities of both flavanones were increased by complexation with methylated β-CDs. PMID:26877798

  7. 3-Methyl and N-Methyl-substitution in heptanuclear complexes effects multistability investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Renz, F.; Martinez, V.; Klein, M.

    2008-06-01

    The precursors [Fe(III)(N - R - L)Cl] (N - R - LH2 = N, N ' -bis(2’-hydroxy-3’- methyl-benzyliden)-1,7-diamino-4-R-4-azaheptane, R = H, methyl(Me)) are high-spin ( S = 5/2) complexes. The Lewis-acidic precursors are combined with Lewis-Base-bridging-units [ M(CN) x ] y - ( M = Fe(II), Ru(II), Co(III)) to form heptanuclear star-shaped [ M{CN Fe(III)(N - R - L)} x ]Cl y molecular switches. The starshaped compounds are high-spin systems at room temperature. On cooling to 20 K some of the compounds exhibit multistability, i.e. several iron(III) centers within a molecule switch the spin state as shown by Mössbauer spectroscopy.

  8. Complex reaction dynamics in the cerium-bromate-2-methyl-1,4-hydroquinone photoreaction.

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    Bell, Jeffrey G; Green, James R; Wang, Jichang

    2014-10-23

    Spontaneous oscillations with a long induction time were observed in the bromate-2-methyl-1,4-hydroquinone photoreaction in a batch reactor, where removal of illumination effectively quenched any reactivity. A substantial lengthening of the oscillatory window and a dramatic increase in the complexity of the reaction behavior arose upon the addition of cerium ions, in which separate bifurcation regions and mixed mode oscillations were present. The complexity has a strong dependence on the intensity of illumination supplied to the system and on the initial concentrations of the reactants. (1)H NMR spectroscopy measurements show that the photoreduction of 2-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone leads to the formation of 2-methyl-1,4-hydroquinone and the compound 2-hydroxy-3-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone. Spectroscopic investigation also indicates that the presence of methyl group hinders the bromination of the studied organic substrate 2-methyl-1,4-hydroquinone, resulting in the formation of 2-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone. PMID:25279948

  9. Selectivity behavior in hydrocarbonylation of methyl acetate using homogeneous Rh complex catalyst

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    Kelkar, A.A.; Chaudhari, R.V.

    1995-12-01

    Hydrocarbonylation of methyl acetate using various homogeneous transition metal complex catalysts has been studied. It was observed that Rh(CO)Cl(PPh{sub 3}){sub 2} was the most active and selective catalyst for ethylidene diacetate synthesis. The effect of the catalyst, methyl acetate, and methyl iodide concentrations; temperature; and partial pressures of CO, H{sub 2}, and various transition metal complexes as co-catalysts on the selectivity behavior has been studied. Palladium complexes were found to enhance the selectivity of ethylidene diacetate substantially. Catalyst concentration, partial pressures of CO and H{sub 2}, and temperature also influence the selectivity pattern substantially. On the basis of these results, a possible reaction mechanism is discussed. 31 refs., 5 figs., 11 tabs.

  10. INVOLVED IN DE NOVO 2-containing complex involved in RNA-directed DNA methylation in Arabidopsis

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    Ausin, Israel; Greenberg, Maxim V.C.; Simanshu, Dhirendra K.; Hale, Christopher J.; Vashisht, Ajay A.; Simon, Stacey A.; Lee, Tzuu-fen; Feng, Suhua; Española, Sophia D.; Meyers, Blake C.; Wohlschlegel, James A.; Patel, Dinshaw J.; Jacobsen, Steven E.

    2012-10-23

    At least three pathways control maintenance of DNA cytosine methylation in Arabidopsis thaliana. However, the RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM) pathway is solely responsible for establishment of this silencing mark. We previously described INVOLVED IN DE NOVO 2 (IDN2) as being an RNA-binding RdDM component that is required for DNA methylation establishment. In this study, we describe the discovery of two partially redundant proteins that are paralogous to IDN2 and that form a stable complex with IDN2 in vivo. Null mutations in both genes, termed IDN2-LIKE 1 and IDN2-LIKE 2 (IDNL1 and IDNL2), result in a phenotype that mirrors, but does not further enhance, the idn2 mutant phenotype. Genetic analysis suggests that this complex acts in a step in the downstream portion of the RdDM pathway. We also have performed structural analysis showing that the IDN2 XS domain adopts an RNA recognition motif (RRM) fold. Finally, genome-wide DNA methylation and expression analysis confirms the placement of the IDN proteins in an RdDM pathway that affects DNA methylation and transcriptional control at many sites in the genome. Results from this study identify and describe two unique components of the RdDM machinery, adding to our understanding of DNA methylation control in the Arabidopsis genome.

  11. Kinetics of DNA methylation inheritance by the Dnmt1-including complexes during the cell cycle

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    2012-01-01

    Background The clonal transmission of lineage-specific DNA methylation patterns in a mammalian genome during the cellular division is a crucial biological process controlled by the DNA methyltransferase Dnmt1, mainly. To investigate possible dynamic mechanisms of DNA methylation inheritance during the cell cycle, we used a Proximity Ligation In Situ Assay (P-LISA) to analyze the kinetic of formation and DNA recruitment of Dnmt1-including complexes. Results P-LISA, sequential chromatin immunoprecipitation and quantitative methylation specific PCR revealed that the Dnmt1/PCNA/UHRF1-including complexes are mainly formed and recruited on DNA during the S-phase of cell cycle, while the formation and the DNA recruitment of several Dnmt1/transcription factors-including complexes are not S-phase dependent but are G0/G1 and/or G2/M phases dependent. Conclusion Our data confirm that DNA methylation inheritance occurs in S-phase, and demonstrate that DNA methylation inheritance can also occur in G0/G1 and G2/M phases of the cell cycle. PMID:22348533

  12. G9a/GLP Complex Maintains Imprinted DNA Methylation in Embryonic Stem Cells

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    Zhang, Tuo; Termanis, Ausma; Özkan, Burak; Bao, Xun X.; Culley, Jayne; de Lima Alves, Flavia; Rappsilber, Juri; Ramsahoye, Bernard; Stancheva, Irina

    2016-01-01

    Summary DNA methylation at imprinting control regions (ICRs) is established in gametes in a sex-specific manner and has to be stably maintained during development and in somatic cells to ensure the correct monoallelic expression of imprinted genes. In addition to DNA methylation, the ICRs are marked by allele-specific histone modifications. Whether these marks are essential for maintenance of genomic imprinting is largely unclear. Here, we show that the histone H3 lysine 9 methylases G9a and GLP are required for stable maintenance of imprinted DNA methylation in embryonic stem cells; however, their catalytic activity and the G9a/GLP-dependent H3K9me2 mark are completely dispensable for imprinting maintenance despite the genome-wide loss of non-imprinted DNA methylation in H3K9me2-depleted cells. We provide additional evidence that the G9a/GLP complex protects imprinted DNA methylation by recruitment of de novo DNA methyltransferases, which antagonize TET dioxygenass-dependent erosion of DNA methylation at ICRs. PMID:27052169

  13. G9a/GLP Complex Maintains Imprinted DNA Methylation in Embryonic Stem Cells.

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    Zhang, Tuo; Termanis, Ausma; Özkan, Burak; Bao, Xun X; Culley, Jayne; de Lima Alves, Flavia; Rappsilber, Juri; Ramsahoye, Bernard; Stancheva, Irina

    2016-04-01

    DNA methylation at imprinting control regions (ICRs) is established in gametes in a sex-specific manner and has to be stably maintained during development and in somatic cells to ensure the correct monoallelic expression of imprinted genes. In addition to DNA methylation, the ICRs are marked by allele-specific histone modifications. Whether these marks are essential for maintenance of genomic imprinting is largely unclear. Here, we show that the histone H3 lysine 9 methylases G9a and GLP are required for stable maintenance of imprinted DNA methylation in embryonic stem cells; however, their catalytic activity and the G9a/GLP-dependent H3K9me2 mark are completely dispensable for imprinting maintenance despite the genome-wide loss of non-imprinted DNA methylation in H3K9me2-depleted cells. We provide additional evidence that the G9a/GLP complex protects imprinted DNA methylation by recruitment of de novo DNA methyltransferases, which antagonize TET dioxygenass-dependent erosion of DNA methylation at ICRs. PMID:27052169

  14. A protein complex required for polymerase V transcripts and RNA-directed DNA methylation in plants

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    Law, Julie A.; Ausin, Israel; Johnson, Lianna M.; Vashisht, Ajay A.; Zhu, Jian-Kang; Wohlschlegel, James A.; Jacobsen, Steven E.

    2010-01-01

    Summary DNA methylation is an epigenetic modification associated with gene silencing. In Arabidopsis, DNA methylation is established by DOMAINS REARRANGED METHYLTRANSFERASE 2 (DRM2), which is targeted by small interfering RNAs through a pathway termed RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM)[1, 2]. Recently, RdDM was shown to require intergenic noncoding (IGN) transcripts that are dependent on the Pol V polymerase. These transcripts are proposed to function as scaffolds for the recruitment of downstream RdDM proteins, including DRM2, to loci that produce both siRNAs and IGN transcripts[3]. However, the mechanism(s) through which Pol V is targeted to specific genomic loci remains largely unknown. Through affinity purification of two known RdDM components, DEFECTIVE IN RNA-DIRECTED DNA METHYLATION 1 (DRD1)[4] and DEFECTIVE IN MERISTEM SILENCING 3 (DMS3)[5, 6], we found that they copurify with each other and with a novel protein, RNA-DIRECTED DNA METHYLATION 1 (RDM1), forming a complex we term DDR. We also found that DRD1 copurified with Pol V subunits and that, RDM1, like DRD1[3] and DMS3[7], is required for the production of Pol V-dependent transcripts. These results suggest that the DDR complex acts in RdDM at a step upstream of the recruitment or activation of Pol V. PMID:20409711

  15. Characterization of DNA methylation as a function of biological complexity via dinucleotide inter-distances.

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    Paci, Giulia; Cristadoro, Giampaolo; Monti, Barbara; Lenci, Marco; Degli Esposti, Mirko; Castellani, Gastone C; Remondini, Daniel

    2016-03-13

    We perform a statistical study of the distances between successive occurrences of a given dinucleotide in the DNA sequence for a number of organisms of different complexity. Our analysis highlights peculiar features of the CG dinucleotide distribution in mammalian DNA, pointing towards a connection with the role of such dinucleotide in DNA methylation. While the CG distributions of mammals exhibit exponential tails with comparable parameters, the picture for the other organisms studied (e.g. fish, insects, bacteria and viruses) is more heterogeneous, possibly because in these organisms DNA methylation has different functional roles. Our analysis suggests that the distribution of the distances between CG dinucleotides provides useful insights into characterizing and classifying organisms in terms of methylation functionalities. PMID:26857665

  16. Rotational Spectrum of the Methyl Salicylate-Water Complex: the Missing Conformer and the Tunneling Motions

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    Ghosh, Supriya; Thomas, Javix; Xu, Yunjie; Jäger, Wolfgang

    2015-06-01

    Methyl salicylate is a naturally occurring organic ester produced by wintergreen and other plants. It is also found in many over-the-counter remedies, such as muscle ache creams. The rotational spectrum of the methyl salicylate monomer was reported previously, where the most stable, dominant conformer was identified. The methyl salicylate-water complex was first studied using fluorescence-detected infrared spectroscopy; only one monohydrate conformer was found in that work. In the present study, we employed both broadband chirped and cavity based Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy to examine the competition between intra- and intermolecular hydrogen-bonding interactions and possible large amplitude motions associated with the methyl group and the water subunit. In contrast to the previous infrared study, two monohydrate conformers were identified, with carbonyl O or hydroxyl O as the hydrogen bond acceptors. Detailed analyses of the observed hyperfine structures will be presented, as well as our efforts to extend the study to larger methyl salicylate hydration clusters. S. Melandri, B. M. Giuliano, A. Maris, L. B. Favero, P. Ottaviani, B. Velino, W. Caminati, J. Phys. Chem. A. 2007, 111, 9076. A. Mitsuzuka, A. Fujii, T. Ebata, N. Mikami, J. Phys. Chem. A 1998, 102, 9779.

  17. Dinuclear lanthanide(III)/zinc(II) complexes with methyl 2-pyridyl ketone oxime.

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    Anastasiadis, Nikolaos C; Polyzou, Christina D; Kostakis, George E; Bekiari, Vlasoula; Lan, Yanhua; Perlepes, Spyros P; Konidaris, Konstantis F; Powell, Annie K

    2015-12-14

    The first use of methyl 2-pyridyl ketone oxime (mpkoH) in zinc(II)/lanthanide(III) chemistry leads to the [ZnLn(mpko)3(mpkoH)3](ClO4)2 and [ZnLn(NO3)2(mpko)3(mpkoH)] families of dinuclear Zn(II)Ln(III) complexes displaying blue-green, ligand-based photoluminescence; the Zn(II)Dy(III) compound shows field-induced relaxation of magnetization. PMID:26537457

  18. METHYLATION OF 5' UNTRANSLATED EXON AND INTRON IN UBIL PROMOTER COMPLEX IS CORRELATED WITH TRANSCRIPTIONAL TRANSGENE SILENCING IN BARLEY

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    DNA methylation of the promoter is often associated with transcriptional silencing of transgenes. Here we report a case in which methylation of the first untranslated exon and intron in the maize ubiquitin promoter complex, but not of the promoter region itself, is correlated with differential trans...

  19. DNA Methylation Profiling of the Human Major Histocompatibility Complex: A Pilot Study for the Human Epigenome Project

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    2004-01-01

    The Human Epigenome Project aims to identify, catalogue, and interpret genome-wide DNA methylation phenomena. Occurring naturally on cytosine bases at cytosine–guanine dinucleotides, DNA methylation is intimately involved in diverse biological processes and the aetiology of many diseases. Differentially methylated cytosines give rise to distinct profiles, thought to be specific for gene activity, tissue type, and disease state. The identification of such methylation variable positions will significantly improve our understanding of genome biology and our ability to diagnose disease. Here, we report the results of the pilot study for the Human Epigenome Project entailing the methylation analysis of the human major histocompatibility complex. This study involved the development of an integrated pipeline for high-throughput methylation analysis using bisulphite DNA sequencing, discovery of methylation variable positions, epigenotyping by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation mass spectrometry, and development of an integrated public database available at http://www.epigenome.org. Our analysis of DNA methylation levels within the major histocompatibility complex, including regulatory exonic and intronic regions associated with 90 genes in multiple tissues and individuals, reveals a bimodal distribution of methylation profiles (i.e., the vast majority of the analysed regions were either hypo- or hypermethylated), tissue specificity, inter-individual variation, and correlation with independent gene expression data. PMID:15550986

  20. Complexes of polyadenylic acid and the methyl esters of amino acids

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    Khaled, M. A.; Mulins, D. W., Jr.; Swindle, M.; Lacey, J. C., Jr.

    1983-01-01

    A study of amino acid methyl esters binding to polyadenylic acid supports the theory that the genetic code originated through weak but selective affinities between amino acids and nucleotides. NMR, insoluble complex analysis, and ultraviolet spectroscopy are used to illustrate a correlation between the hydrophybicities of A amino acids and their binding constants, which, beginning with the largest, are in the order of Phe (having nominally a hydrophobic AAA anticodon), Ile, Leu, Val and Gly (having a hydrophilic anticodon with no A). In general, the binding constants are twice the values by Reuben and Polk (1980) for monomeric AMP, which suggests that polymer amino acids are interacting with only one base. No real differences are found betwen poly A binding for free Phe, Phe methyl ester or Phe amide, except that the amide value is slightly lower.

  1. Rare-earth-metal methyl, amide, and imide complexes supported by a superbulky scorpionate ligand.

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    Schädle, Dorothea; Maichle-Mössmer, Cäcilia; Schädle, Christoph; Anwander, Reiner

    2015-01-01

    The reaction of monomeric [(Tp(tBu,Me) )LuMe2 ] (Tp(tBu,Me) =tris(3-Me-5-tBu-pyrazolyl)borate) with primary aliphatic amines H2 NR (R=tBu, Ad=adamantyl) led to lutetium methyl primary amide complexes [(Tp(tBu,Me) )LuMe(NHR)], the solid-state structures of which were determined by XRD analyses. The mixed methyl/tetramethylaluminate compounds [(Tp(tBu,Me) )LnMe({μ2 -Me}AlMe3 )] (Ln=Y, Ho) reacted selectively and in high yield with H2 NR, according to methane elimination, to afford heterobimetallic complexes: [(Tp(tBu,Me) )Ln({μ2 -Me}AlMe2 )(μ2 -NR)] (Ln=Y, Ho). X-ray structure analyses revealed that the monomeric alkylaluminum-supported imide complexes were isostructural, featuring bridging methyl and imido ligands. Deeper insight into the fluxional behavior in solution was gained by (1) H and (13) C NMR spectroscopic studies at variable temperatures and (1) H-(89) Y HSQC NMR spectroscopy. Treatment of [(Tp(tBu,Me) )LnMe(AlMe4 )] with H2 NtBu gave dimethyl compounds [(Tp(tBu,Me) )LnMe2 ] as minor side products for the mid-sized metals yttrium and holmium and in high yield for the smaller lutetium. Preparative-scale amounts of complexes [(Tp(tBu,Me) )LnMe2 ] (Ln=Y, Ho, Lu) were made accessible through aluminate cleavage of [(Tp(tBu,Me) )LnMe(AlMe4 )] with N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine (tmeda). The solid-state structures of [(Tp(tBu,Me) )HoMe(AlMe4 )] and [(Tp(tBu,Me) )HoMe2 ] were analyzed by XRD. PMID:25392940

  2. Structure and electronic spectra of purine-methyl viologen charge transfer complexes.

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    Jalilov, Almaz S; Patwardhan, Sameer; Singh, Arunoday; Simeon, Tomekia; Sarjeant, Amy A; Schatz, George C; Lewis, Frederick D

    2014-01-01

    The structure and properties of the electron donor-acceptor complexes formed between methyl viologen and purine nucleosides and nucleotides in water and the solid state have been investigated using a combination of experimental and theoretical methods. Solution studies were performed using UV-vis and (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Theoretical calculations were performed within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). Energy decomposition analysis indicates that dispersion and induction (charge-transfer) interactions dominate the total binding energy, whereas electrostatic interactions are largely repulsive. The appearance of charge transfer bands in the absorption spectra of the complexes are well-described by time-dependent DFT and are further explained in terms of the redox properties of purine monomers and solvation effects. Crystal structures are reported for complexes of methyl viologen with the purines 2'-deoxyguanosine 3'-monophosphate (DAD'DAD' type) and 7-deazaguanosine (DAD'ADAD' type). Comparison of the structures determined in the solid state and by theoretical methods in solution provides valuable insights into the nature of charge-transfer interactions involving purine bases as electron donors. PMID:24294996

  3. Intermediate-Valence Tautomerism in Decamethylytterbocene Complexes of Methyl-Substituted Bipyridines

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    Booth, Corwin H.; Kazhdan, Daniel; Werkema, Evan L.; Walter, Marc D.; Lukens, Wayne W.; Bauer, Eric D.; Hu, Yung-Jin; Maron, Laurent; Eisenstein, Odile; Head-Gordon, Martin; Andersen, Richard A.

    2011-01-25

    Multiconfigurational, intermediate valent ground states are established in several methyl-substituted bipyridine complexes of bispentamethylcyclopentadienylytterbium, Cp*{sub 2} Yb(Me{sub x}-bipy). In contrast to Cp*{sub 2} Yb(bipy) and other substituted-bipy complexes, the nature of both the ground state and the first excited state are altered by changing the position of the methyl or dimethyl substitutions on the bipyridine rings. In particular, certain substitutions result in multiconfigurational, intermediate valent open-shell singlet states in both the ground state and the first excited state. These conclusions are reached after consideration of single-crystal x-ray diffraction (XRD), the temperature dependence of x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES), extended x-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS), and magnetic susceptibility data, and are supported by CASSCF-MP2 calculations. These results place the various Cp*{sub 2}Yb(bipy) complexes in a new tautomeric class, that is, intermediate-valence tautomers.

  4. Small molecule activation by mixed methyl/methylidene rare earth metal complexes.

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    Hong, Jianquan; Li, Zhenhua; Chen, Zhening; Weng, Linhong; Zhou, Xigeng; Zhang, Lixin

    2016-04-12

    Diverse reactivity patterns of mixed tetramethyl/methylidene rare-earth complexes bearing bulky benzamidinate coligands L3Ln3(μ2-Me)3(μ3-Me)(μ3-CH2) [L = [PhC(NC6H3(i)Pr2-2,6)2](-); Ln = Y(), Lu()] with PhCN, alkynes, and CS2 have been established. Reaction of complexes with PhCN gave the μ3-CH2 addition complexes (NCN(dipp))3Lu3(μ2-Me)3(μ3-Me)[μ-η(1):η(1):η(3)-CH2C(Ph)N] [Ln = Y(), Lu()]. Treatment of complexes with phenylacetylene afforded unexpected alkenyl dianion complexes L3Ln3(μ2-Me)3(μ3-Me)(μ-η(1):η(3)-PhC[double bond, length as m-dash]CMe) [Ln = Y(), Lu()] through the insertion of rare earth methylidene into a C-H bond in a reductive fashion. However, reaction of complexes and HC[triple bond, length as m-dash]CSiMe3 gave μ3-Me protonolysis complexes L3Ln3(μ2-Me)3(μ3-C[triple bond, length as m-dash]CSiMe3)(μ3-CH2) [Ln = Y (), Lu ()] in excellent yields. Treatment of complexes with CS2 led to the formation of the methyl activation complexes L3Ln3(μ2-Me)2(μ3-CH2)(μ3-η(1):η(2):η(2)-S2C[double bond, length as m-dash]CH2) [Ln = Y(), Lu()]. All the new complexes were fully characterized. PMID:26974519

  5. Antifungal activity of α-methyl trans cinnamaldehyde, its ligand and metal complexes: promising growth and ergosterol inhibitors.

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    Shreaz, Sheikh; Sheikh, Rayees A; Bhatia, Rimple; Neelofar, Khan; Imran, Sheikh; Hashmi, Athar A; Manzoor, Nikhat; Basir, Seemi F; Khan, Luqman A

    2011-10-01

    Antifungal effectivity and utility of cinnamaldehyde is limited because of its high MIC and skin sensitivity. In this study, α-methyl trans cinnamaldehyde, a less irritating derivative, have been self coupled and complexed with Co(II) and Ni(II) to generate N, N'-Bis (α-methyl trans cinnamadehyde) ethylenediimine [C(22)H(24)N(2)], [Co(C(44)H(48)N(4))Cl(2)] and [Ni(C(44)H(48)N(4))Cl(2)]. Ligand and complexes were characterized on the basis of FTIR, ESI-MS, IR and (1)HNMR techniques. Synthesized ligand [L] and complexes were investigated for their MICs, inhibition of ergosterol biosynthesis and H(+) extrusion against three strains of Candida: C. albicans 44829, C. tropicalis 750 and C. krusei 6258. Average of three species MIC of methyl cinnamaldehyde is 317 μg/ml (2168 μM). Compared to methyl cinnamaldehyde ligand [L], Co(II) and Ni(II) complex are found to be 4.48, 17.78 and 21.46 times more effective in liquid medium and 2.73, 8.93 and 10.38 times more effective in solid medium. At their respective MIC(90) average inhibition of ergosterol biosynthesis caused by methyl cinnamaldehyde, ligand [L], Co(II) and Ni(II) complex, respectively was 80, 78, 90 and 93%. H(+) extrusion was also significantly inhibited but did not co-relate well with MIC(90). Results indicate ergosterol biosynthesis as site of action of α-methyl cinnamaldehyde, synthesized ligand and complexes. α-methyl cinnamaldehyde and ligand did not show any toxicity against H9c2 rat cardiac myoblast cell, whereas Co(II) and Ni(II) complexes on an average produced 19% cellular toxicity. PMID:21476019

  6. Synthesis, structural features, and methyl methacrylate polymerisation of binuclear zinc(II) complexes with tetradentate pyrazolyl ligands

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    Kim, Sunghoon; Kim, Dongil; Lee, Ha-Jin; Lee, Hyosun

    2014-04-01

    The reaction of ZnCl2 with ancillary ligands, including 1,4-bis-(N,N-di-(1H-pyrazolyl-1-methyl)amine)benzene (L1) and 4,4?-bis-(N,N-di(1H-pyrazolyl-1-methyl)phenyl)methane (L2), in ethanol yields Zn(II) chloride complexes, i.e., 1,4-bis-(N,N-di-(1H-pyrazolyl-1-methyl)amine)benzene(dichloro)Zn(II) [L1Zn2Cl4] and 4,4?-bis-(N,N-di-(1H-pyrazolyl-1-methyl)phenyl)methane(dichloro)Zn(II) [L2Zn2Cl4]. The X-ray crystal structures of Zn(II) complexes revealed that they are binuclear, and each zinc atom has a distorted tetrahedral geometry which involves a nitrogen atom from two pyrazole groups and two chloro ligands. The catalytic activity of [L1Zn2Cl4] and [L2Zn2Cl4] for the polymerisation of methyl methacrylate (MMA) in the presence of modified methylaluminoxane (MMAO) increased by twofold compared to the corresponding monomeric Zn(II) complex, N,N-bis(1H-pyrazolyl-1-methyl)aniline(dichloro)Zn(II) [LZnCl2], at 60 C.

  7. Post-translational methylations of the archaeal Mre11:Rad50 complex throughout the DNA damage response.

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    Kish, Adrienne; Gaillard, Jean-Charles; Armengaud, Jean; Elie, Christiane

    2016-04-01

    The Mre11:Rad50 complex is central to DNA double strand break repair in the Archaea and Eukarya, and acts through mechanical and nuclease activities regulated by conformational changes induced by ATP binding and hydrolysis. Despite the widespread use of Mre11 and Rad50 from hyperthermophilic archaea for structural studies, little is known in the regulation of these proteins in the Archaea. Using purification and mass spectrometry approaches allowing nearly full sequence coverage of both proteins from the species Sulfolobus acidocaldarius, we show for the first time post-translational methylation of the archaeal Mre11:Rad50 complex. Under basal growth conditions, extensive lysine methylations were identified in Mre11 and Rad50 dynamic domains, as well as methylation of a few aspartates and glutamates, including a key Mre11 aspartate involved in nuclease activity. Upon γ-irradiation induced DNA damage, additional methylated residues were identified in Rad50, notably methylation of Walker B aspartate and glutamate residues involved in ATP hydrolysis. These findings strongly suggest a key role for post-translational methylation in the regulation of the archaeal Mre11:Rad50 complex and in the DNA damage response. PMID:26724682

  8. Reaction time dependent formation of Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes of bis(methyl)thiasalen podand.

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    Dutta, Pradip Kr; Panda, Snigdha; Krishna, G Rama; Reddy, C Malla; Zade, Sanjio S

    2013-01-14

    Thiasalen podand 9 having S2N2 donor set has been synthesized by the condensation of 2-methylthiobenzaldehyde with ethylenediamine. The reaction of the thiasalen podand ligand with Pd(II) afforded two complexes depending on the reaction time. Shorter reaction time (5 min) afforded thioether complex 10; whereas with increase in reaction time (4 h) thioether-thiolate complex 11 was obtained via cleavage of one of the two S-C(Me) bonds of bis(methyl)thiasalen podand upon complexation. The reaction of 9 with Pt(II) afforded only thiolate-thioether complex 12 independent of the reaction time. The cleavage of both the S-C(Me) bonds of bis(methyl)thiasalen to afford bisthiolate complexes has never been observed. The structures of thiasalen podands and all three complexes have been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. All three complexes possess a square planar geometry around the metal centres. Weak van der Waals interactions through C-HF interactions are present in all three complexes leading to the formation of supramolecular synthons and the supramolecular structures are stabilized by aromatic ?? interactions, which leads to the formation of 3D pseudo-double helical network packing. Under similar conditions bis(methyl)salen did not form any complexes with Pd(II) and Pt(II). PMID:23073301

  9. Direct observation of reductive elimination of methyl iodide from a rhodium(III) pincer complex: the importance of sterics.

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    Frech, Christian M; Milstein, David

    2006-09-27

    A rare case of directly observed alkyl halide reductive elimination from rhodium is reported. Treatment of the naphthyl-based PCP-type Rh(III) methyl complexes 2a,b [(C10H5(CH2PR2)2)Rh(CH3)(I)] (R = iPr 2a, R = tBu 2b) with CO resulted in facile reductive elimination of methyl iodide in the case of 2b, yielding the Rh(I) carbonyl complex [(C10H5(CH2PR2)2)Rh(CO)] 3b (R = tBu), while the less bulky 2a formed CO adducts and did not undergo reductive elimination, contrary to expectations based on electron density considerations. Moreover, 3b oxidatively added methyl iodide, while 3a did not. CD3I/CH3I exchange studies in the absence of CO indicate that reversible formation of (ligated) methyl iodide takes place in both systems. Subsequently, when CO is present, it displaces methyl iodide in the bulkier tBu system, whereas with the iPr system formation of the Rh(III) CO adducts is favored. Iodide dissociation followed by its attack on the rhodium-methyl group is unlikely. PMID:16984191

  10. Extraction and complex formation of plutonium (IV) with 1-phenyl-2-methyl-3-hydroxy-4-pyridone

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    Herak, M.J.; Kolarik, Z.

    1985-01-01

    At an ionic strength of 1.0 and mineral acid concentrations of 0.1 to 1M, 1-phenyl-2-methyl-3-hydroxy-4-pyridone (HX, 0.001 to 0.01M in chloroform) extracts plutonium (IV) effectively from nitrate solutions, somewhat less effectively from perchlorate solutions and markedly less effectively from chloride solutions. The extractant distributes between the phases in a monomeric form, as an undissociated molecule and a cationic species. The stoichiometries of the complexes extracted from the respective ionic media are PuX/sub 2/ (NO/sub 3/)/sub 2/, PuX/sub 3/ (Cl0/sub 4/).HX and PuX/sub 2/ (ClO/sub 4/)/sub 2/.HX, and PuX/sub 2/Cl/sub 2/. 3 references, 3 figures.

  11. Gas Phase Conformations and Methyl Internal Rotation for 2-PHENYLETHYL Methyl Ether and its Argon Van Der Waals Complex from Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy

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    Gurusinghe, Ranil M.; Tubergen, Michael

    2015-06-01

    A mini-cavity microwave spectrometer was used to record the rotational spectra arising from 2-phenylethyl methyl ether and its weakly bonded argon complex in the frequency range of 10.5 - 22 GHz. Rotational spectra were found for two stable conformations of the monomer: anti-anti and gauche-anti, which are 1.4 kJ mol-1 apart in energy at wB97XD/6-311++G(d,p) level. Doubled rotational transitions, arising from internal motion of the methyl group, were observed for both conformers. The program XIAM was used to fit the rotational constants, centrifugal distortion constants, and barrier to internal rotation to the measured transition frequencies of the A and E internal rotation states. The best global fit values of the rotational constants for the anti-anti conformer are A= 3799.066(3) MHz, B= 577.95180(17) MHz, C= 544.7325(3) MHz and the A state rotational constants of the gauche-anti conformer are A= 2676.1202(7) MHz, B= 760.77250(2) MHz, C= 684.78901(2) MHz. The rotational spectrum of 2-phenylethyl methyl ether - argon complex is consistent with the geometry where argon atom lies above the plane of the benzene moiety of gauche-anti conformer. Tunneling splittings were too small to resolve within experimental accuracy, likely due to an increase in three fold potential barrier when the argon complex is formed. Fitted rotational constants are A= 1061.23373(16) MHz, B= 699.81754(7) MHz, C= 518.33553(7) MHz. The lowest energy solvated ether - water complex with strong intermolecular hydrogen bonding has been identified theoretically. Progress on the assignment of the water complex will also be presented.

  12. Electrospinning of functional poly(methyl methacrylate) nanofibers containing cyclodextrin-menthol inclusion complexes

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    Uyar, Tamer; Nur, Yusuf; Hacaloglu, Jale; Besenbacher, Flemming

    2009-03-01

    Electrospinning of nanofibers with cyclodextrin inclusion complexes (CD-ICs) is particularly attractive since distinct properties can be obtained by combining the nanofibers with specific functions of the CD-ICs. Here we report on the electrospinning of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) nanofibers containing cyclodextrin-menthol inclusion complexes (CD-menthol-ICs). These CD-menthol-IC functionalized nanofibers were developed with the purpose of producing functional nanofibers that contain fragrances/flavors with high temperature stability, and menthol was used as a model fragrance/flavor material. The PMMA nanofibers were electrospun with CD-menthol-ICs using three type of CD: α-CD, β-CD, and γ-CD. Direct pyrolysis mass spectrometry (DP-MS) studies showed that the thermal evaporation of menthol occurred over a very high and a broad temperature range (100-355 °C) for PMMA/CDmenthol-IC nanowebs, demonstrating the complexation of menthol with the CD cavity and its high temperature stability. Furthermore, as the size of CD cavity increased in the order α-CD<β-CD<γ-CD, the thermal evolution of menthol shifted to higher temperatures, suggesting that the strength of interaction between menthol and the CD cavity is in the order γ-CD>β-CD>α-CD.

  13. Whole-genome DNA methylation patterns and complex associations with gene structure and expression during flower development in Arabidopsis.

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    Yang, Hongxing; Chang, Fang; You, Chenjiang; Cui, Jie; Zhu, Genfeng; Wang, Lei; Zheng, Yu; Qi, Ji; Ma, Hong

    2015-01-01

    Flower development is a complex process requiring proper spatiotemporal expression of numerous genes. Accumulating evidence indicates that epigenetic mechanisms, including DNA methylation, play essential roles in modulating gene expression. However, few studies have examined the relationship between DNA methylation and floral gene expression on a genomic scale. Here we present detailed analyses of DNA methylomes at single-base resolution for three Arabidopsis floral periods: meristems, early flowers and late flowers. We detected 1.5 million methylcytosines, and estimated the methylation levels for 24 035 genes. We found that many cytosine sites were methylated de novo from the meristem to the early flower stage, and many sites were demethylated from early to late flowers. A comparison of the transcriptome data of the same three periods revealed that the methylation and demethylation processes were correlated with expression changes of >3000 genes, many of which are important for normal flower development. We also found different methylation patterns for three sequence contexts ((m) CG, (m) CHG and (m) CHH) and in different genic regions, potentially with different roles in gene expression. PMID:25404462

  14. Structure-function properties of amylose-oleic acid inclusion complexes grafted with poly(methyl acrylate)

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    Spherulites, produced by steam jet-cooking high-amylose starch and oleic acid, were grafted with methyl acrylate, both before and after removal of un-complexed amylopectin. For comparison, granular high-amylose corn starch was graft polymerized in a similar manner. The amount of grafted and ungrafte...

  15. Synthesis, structure and biological activity of nickel(II) complexes of 5-methyl 2-furfural thiosemicarbazone.

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    Jouad, E M; Larcher, G; Allain, M; Riou, A; Bouet, G M; Khan, M A; Thanh, X D

    2001-09-01

    5-Methyl 2-furfuraldehyde thiosemicarbazone (M5HFTSC) with nickel(II) leads to three types of complexes: [Ni(M5HFTSC)(2)X(2)], [Ni(M5FTSC)(2)] and [Ni(M5FTSC)(2)] x 2DMF. In the first type the ligand remains in thione form, while in the two other, the anionic thiolato form is involved. The species [Ni(M5HFTSC)(2)X(2)] has been characterized spectroscopically. The structures of [Ni(M5FTSC)(2)] x 2DMF and [Ni(M5FTSC)(2)] have been solved using X-ray diffraction. Biological studies of [Ni(M5HFTSC)(2)Cl(2)] have been carried out in vitro for antifungal activity on human pathogenic fungi, Aspergillus fumigatus and Candida albicans, and in vivo for toxicity on mice. The results are compared to those of the ligand, the metal salt and a similar copper complex [Cu(M5HFTSC)Cl(2)]. PMID:11566328

  16. Structural impact of complete CpG methylation within target DNA on specific complex formation of the inducible transcription factor Egr-1.

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    Zandarashvili, Levani; White, Mark A; Esadze, Alexandre; Iwahara, Junji

    2015-07-01

    The inducible transcription factor Egr-1 binds specifically to 9-bp target sequences containing two CpG sites that can potentially be methylated at four cytosine bases. Although it appears that complete CpG methylation would make an unfavorable steric clash in the previous crystal structures of the complexes with unmethylated or partially methylated DNA, our affinity data suggest that DNA recognition by Egr-1 is insensitive to CpG methylation. We have determined, at a 1.4-Å resolution, the crystal structure of the Egr-1 zinc-finger complex with completely methylated target DNA. Structural comparison of the three different methylation states reveals why Egr-1 can recognize the target sequences regardless of CpG methylation. PMID:25999311

  17. Cytotoxic and Antitumour Studies of Acetoacetanilide N(4)-methyl(phenyl)thiosemicarbazone and its Transition Metal Complexes

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    Priya, N. P.; Firdous, A. P.; Jeevana, R.; Aravindakshan, K. K.

    2015-01-01

    Cytotoxic activities of acetoacetanilide N(4)-methyl(phenyl)thiosemicarbazone (L2H) and its seven different metal complexes were studied. Of these, IC50 value of the copper complex was found to be 46 μg/ml. Antitumour studies of this copper complex was carried out using Daltons Lymphoma Ascites cell-induced solid tumour model and Ehrlich's Ascites Carcinoma cell-induced ascites tumour model. Administration of the copper complex at different concentrations (10, 5 and 1 mg/kg b. wt) inhibited the solid tumour development in mice and increased the mean survival rate and the life span of Ascites tumour bearing mice in a concentration dependent manner.

  18. Theory of electronic structure and nuclear quadrupole interactions in the BF3-NH3 complex and methyl derivatives

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    Pink, R. H.; Dubey, Archana; Mahato, Dip N.; Badu, S. R.; Scheicher, R. H.; Mahanti, Mahendra K.; Huang, M. B.; Saha, H. P.; Chow, Lee; Das, T. P.

    Magnetic Hyperfine and Nuclear Quadrupole Interactions (HPI and NQI) are now important tools for characterization of systems of interest in materials research and industry. Boron-Trifluoride is an inorganic compound that is very important in this respect as a catalyst in chemical physics research and industry, forming complexes in the process with compounds like ammonia, water and methyl alcohol. The present paper deals with the BP3-NH3 complex and methyl derivatives BP3NHx(CH3)3-x for which we have studied the electronic structures, binding energies, and 19F* (I=5/2) nuclear quadrupole interactions using the first-principles Hartree-Fock-Roothaan procedure combined with electron correlation effects. Our results for the 19F* nuclear quadrupole coupling constant (e 2qQ/h) in units of MHz compare well with experiment. Trends in the binding energies and NQI parameters between the complexes are discussed.

  19. Theory of electronic structure and nuclear quadrupole interactions in the BF3 NH3 complex and methyl derivatives

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    Pink, R. H.; Dubey, Archana; Mahato, Dip N.; Badu, S. R.; Scheicher, R. H.; Mahanti, Mahendra K.; Huang, M. B.; Saha, H. P.; Chow, Lee; Das, T. P.

    2007-04-01

    Magnetic Hyperfine and Nuclear Quadrupole Interactions (HFI and NQI) are now important tools for characterization of systems of interest in materials research and industry. Boron-Trifluoride is an inorganic compound that is very important in this respect as a catalyst in chemical physics research and industry, forming complexes in the process with compounds like ammonia, water and methyl alcohol. The present paper deals with the BF3 NH3 complex and methyl derivatives BF3NHx(CH3)3-x for which we have studied the electronic structures, binding energies, and 19F* ( I = 5/2) nuclear quadrupole interactions using the first-principles Hartree Fock Roothaan procedure combined with electron correlation effects. Our results for the 19F* nuclear quadrupole coupling constant ( e 2 qQ/ h) in units of MHz compare well with experiment. Trends in the binding energies and NQI parameters between the complexes are discussed.

  20. N-methyl-D-aspartate/phencyclidine receptor complex of rat forebrain: Purification and biochemical characterization

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    Ikin, A.F.; Kloog, Y.; Sokolovsky, M. )

    1990-03-06

    The N-methyl-D-aspartate NMDA/phencyclidine (PCP) receptor from rat forebrain was solubilized with sodium cholate and purified by affinity chromatography on amino-PCP-agarose. A 3,700-fold purification was achieved. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate and dithiothreitol revealed four major bands of M{sub r} 67,000, 57,000, 46,000, and 33,000. ({sup 3}H)Azido-PCP was irreversibly incorporated into each of these bands after UV irradiation. The dissociation constant (K{sub d}) of (1-(2-thienyl)cyclohexyl)piperidine (({sup 3}H)TCP) binding to the purified NMDA/PCP receptor was 120 nM. The maximum specific binding (B{sub max}) for ({sup 3}H)TCP binding was 3.3 nmol/mg of protein. The pharmacological profile of the purified receptor complex was similar to that of the membranal and soluble receptors. The binding of ({sup 3}H)TCP to the purified receptor was modulated by the NMDA receptor ligands glutamate, glycine, and NMDA.

  1. ARM-Seq: AlkB-facilitated RNA methylation sequencing reveals a complex landscape of modified tRNA fragments

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    Cozen, Aaron E.; Quartley, Erin; Holmes, Andrew D.; Robinson, Eva H.; Phizicky, Eric M.; Lowe, Todd M.

    2015-01-01

    High throughput RNA sequencing has accelerated discovery of the complex regulatory roles of small RNAs, but RNAs containing modified nucleosides may escape detection when those modifications interfere with reverse transcription during RNA-seq library preparation. Here we describe AlkB-facilitated RNA Methylation sequencing (ARM-Seq) which uses pre-treatment with Escherichia coli AlkB to demethylate 1-methyladenosine, 3-methylcytidine, and 1-methylguanosine, all commonly found in transfer RNAs. Comparative methylation analysis using ARM-Seq provides the first detailed, transcriptome-scale map of these modifications, and reveals an abundance of previously undetected, methylated small RNAs derived from tRNAs. ARM-Seq demonstrates that tRNA-derived small RNAs accurately recapitulate the m1A modification state for well-characterized yeast tRNAs, and generates new predictions for a large number of human tRNAs, including tRNA precursors and mitochondrial tRNAs. Thus, ARM-Seq provides broad utility for identifying previously overlooked methyl-modified RNAs, can efficiently monitor methylation state, and may reveal new roles for tRNA-derived RNAs as biomarkers or signaling molecules. PMID:26237225

  2. Fluorescence of 5-arylvinyl-5'-methyl-2,2'-bipyridyl ligands and their zinc complexes.

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    Younes, Ali H; Zhang, Lu; Clark, Ronald J; Zhu, Lei

    2009-11-20

    The photophysical properties of 5-arylvinyl-5'-methyl-2,2'-bipyridyls (AVMBs, 1-9, 11) and their zinc complexes were studied. Similar 2,2'-bipyridyl-based ligands have been applied as optical sensors for metal ions and sensitizers for solar energy conversion. The goal of this investigation is to reveal the factors that determine the emission band shift and fluorescence quantum yield change of the title ligand system upon zinc binding. The outcome of this study will not only advance the fundamental understanding of the coordination-driven photophysical processes embodied in the AVMB platform but facilitate the rational design of fluorescent probes for metal ions, particularly zinc. The AVMB ligands were synthesized using the Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons reaction. AVMBs containing electron-donating aryl groups show absorption and emission in the visible region, which can be assigned to charge-transfer transitions as supported by solvent-dependency and computational studies. The binding between AVMB ligands and zinc ion in acetonitrile was studied using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC). A multicomponent equilibrium model is suggested that explains the multiple transitions evidenced in fluorescence titration isotherms. Coordination to zinc ion stabilizes the charge-transfer excited state of an AVMB ligand with an electron-donating aryl substituent, consequently results in bathochromic shifts in both absorption and emission. However, unlike the emission band shift, the fluorescence quantum yield change upon zinc complex formation does not have an intuitive correlation with the electronic nature of the aryl group. Lifetime measurements using the Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting method enabled the determination of nonradiative and radiative decay rate constants. Both rates of an AVMB ligand decrease upon zinc binding. The collective effect gives rise to the change in fluorescence quantum yield with the apparent lack of correlation with the electronic property of the aryl group. PMID:19852467

  3. Influence of the preparation method on the physicochemical properties of indomethacin and methyl-β-cyclodextrin complexes.

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    Rudrangi, Shashi Ravi Suman; Bhomia, Ruchir; Trivedi, Vivek; Vine, George J; Mitchell, John C; Alexander, Bruce David; Wicks, Stephen Richard

    2015-02-20

    The main objective of this study was to investigate different manufacturing processes claimed to promote inclusion complexation between indomethacin and cyclodextrins in order to enhance the apparent solubility and dissolution properties of indomethacin. Especially, the effectiveness of supercritical carbon dioxide processing for preparing solid drug-cyclodextrin inclusion complexes was investigated and compared to other preparation methods. The complexes were prepared by physical mixing, co-evaporation, freeze drying from aqueous solution, spray drying and supercritical carbon dioxide processing methods. The prepared complexes were then evaluated by scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray powder diffraction, solubility and dissolution studies. The method of preparation of the inclusion complexes was shown to influence the physicochemical properties of the formed complexes. Indomethacin exists in a highly crystalline solid form. Physical mixing of indomethacin and methyl-β-cyclodextrin appeared not to reduce the degree of crystallinity of the drug. The co-evaporated and freeze dried complexes had a lower degree of crystallinity than the physical mix; however the lowest degree of crystallinity was achieved in complexes prepared by spray drying and supercritical carbon dioxide processing methods. All systems based on methyl-β-cyclodextrin exhibited better dissolution properties than the drug alone. The greatest improvement in drug dissolution properties was obtained from complexes prepared using supercritical carbon dioxide processing, thereafter by spray drying, freeze drying, co-evaporation and finally by physical mixing. Supercritical carbon dioxide processing is well known as an energy efficient alternative to other pharmaceutical processes and may have application for the preparation of solid-state drug-cyclodextrin inclusion complexes. It is an effective and economic method that allows the formation of solid complexes with a high yield, without the use of organic solvents and problems associated with their residues. PMID:25579867

  4. Ultraviolet spectrophotometric characterization of copper(II) complexes with imidazole N-methyl derivatives of ?-histidine in aqueous solution

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    Prenesti, Enrico; Berto, Silvia; Daniele, Pier Giuseppe

    2003-01-01

    In this study we considered π-methyl- L-histidine (π-methis) and τ-methyl- L-histidine (τ-methis) as ligands for copper(II) ion, in order to clarify, by means of ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopy in aqueous solution ( T=25 °C, I=0.1 M), some aspects of the co-ordination mode with respect to other ligands of a previous study in which copper(II) complexes of L-histidine, N-acetyl- L-histidine, histamine, L-histidine methyl ester or carnosine were investigated. Particularly, UV spectra (300-400 nm) were recorded on solutions at various pH values, containing each binary system Cu-L; afterwards, an UV absorption spectrum for single complexes was calculated, taking into account the chemical model previously assessed, in order to fulfil a correct spectrum-structure correlation. The problem related to the eventual superimposition of the CT shoulder (≈330 nm) to copper(II) of OH - and imidazole pyridine nitrogen groups were now solved by means of a comparison of the UV spectra of dimer species formed by both π-methis or τ-methis. Finally, copper(II) complex formation with 2,2'-bipyridine was taken into account to compare the behaviour of pyridine (from 2,2'-bipyridine) and pyridine imidazole nitrogens (from π-methis or τ-methis) with respect to the UV charge transfer process to copper(II) ion.

  5. DNA binding, DNA cleavage, antioxidant and cytotoxicity studies on ruthenium(II) complexes of benzaldehyde 4-methyl-3-thiosemicarbazones.

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    Sampath, Krishnan; Sathiyaraj, Subbaiyan; Jayabalakrishnan, Chinnasamy

    2013-03-15

    Four new ruthenium(II) complexes with N(4)-methyl thiosemicarbazone ligands, (E)-2-(2-chlorobenzylidene)-N-methylhydrazinecarbothioamide (HL(1)) and (E)-N-methyl-2-(2-nitrobenzylidene)hydrazinecarbothioamide (HL(2)), were prepared and fully characterized by various spectro-analytical techniques. The Schiff bases act as bidentate, monobasic chelating ligands with S and N as the donor sites and are preferably found in the thiol form in all the complexes studied. The molecular structure of HL(1) and HL(2) were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction method. DNA binding of the compounds was investigated by absorption spectroscopy which indicated that the complexes bind to DNA via intercalation. The oxidative cleavage of the complexes with CT-DNA inferred that the effects of cleavage are dose dependent. Antioxidant studies of the ligands and complexes showed the significant antioxidant activity against DPPH radical. In addition, the in vitro cytotoxicity of the ligands and complexes against MCF-7 cell line was assayed which showed higher cytotoxic activity with the lower IC(50) values indicating their efficiency in killing the cancer cells even at low concentrations. PMID:23376221

  6. Complexation of NpO2+ with N-methyl-iminodiacetic Acid: in Comparison with Iminodiacetic and Dipicolinic Acids

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    Tian, Guoxin; Rao, Linfeng

    2010-10-01

    Complexation of Np(V) with N-methyl-iminodiacetic acid (MIDA) in 1 M NaClO{sub 4} solution was studied with multiple techniques including potentiometry, spectrophotometry, and microcalorimetry. The 1:2 complex, NpO{sub 2}(MIDA){sub 2}{sup 3-} was identified for the first time in aqueous solution. The correlation between its optical absorption properties and symmetry was discussed, in comparison with Np(V) complexes with two structurally related nitrilo-dicarboxylic acids, iminodiacetic acid (IDA) and dipicolinic acid (DPA). The order of the binding strength (DPA > MIDA > IDA) is explained by the difference in the structural and electronic properties of the ligands. In general, the nitrilo-dicarboxylates form stronger complexes with Np(V) than oxy-dicarboxylates due to a much more favorable enthalpy of complexation.

  7. Generation of a genomic tiling array of the human Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) and its application for DNA methylation analysis

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    Tomazou, Eleni M; Rakyan, Vardhman K; Lefebvre, Gregory; Andrews, Robert; Ellis, Peter; Jackson, David K; Langford, Cordelia; Francis, Matthew D; Bäckdahl, Liselotte; Miretti, Marcos; Coggill, Penny; Ottaviani, Diego; Sheer, Denise; Murrell, Adele; Beck, Stephan

    2008-01-01

    Background The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) is essential for human immunity and is highly associated with common diseases, including cancer. While the genetics of the MHC has been studied intensively for many decades, very little is known about the epigenetics of this most polymorphic and disease-associated region of the genome. Methods To facilitate comprehensive epigenetic analyses of this region, we have generated a genomic tiling array of 2 Kb resolution covering the entire 4 Mb MHC region. The array has been designed to be compatible with chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), methylated DNA immunoprecipitation (MeDIP), array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) and expression profiling, including of non-coding RNAs. The array comprises 7832 features, consisting of two replicates of both forward and reverse strands of MHC amplicons and appropriate controls. Results Using MeDIP, we demonstrate the application of the MHC array for DNA methylation profiling and the identification of tissue-specific differentially methylated regions (tDMRs). Based on the analysis of two tissues and two cell types, we identified 90 tDMRs within the MHC and describe their characterisation. Conclusion A tiling array covering the MHC region was developed and validated. Its successful application for DNA methylation profiling indicates that this array represents a useful tool for molecular analyses of the MHC in the context of medical genomics. PMID:18513384

  8. Glycolic Acid Silences Inflammasome Complex Genes, NLRC4 and ASC, by Inducing DNA Methylation in HaCaT Cells.

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    Tang, Sheau-Chung; Yeh, Jih-I; Hung, Sung-Jen; Hsiao, Yu-Ping; Liu, Fu-Tong; Yang, Jen-Hung

    2016-03-01

    AHAs (α-hydroxy acids), including glycolic acid (GA), have been widely used in cosmetic products and superficial chemical peels. Inflammasome complex has been shown to play critical roles in inflammatory pathways in human keratinocytes. However, the anti-inflammatory mechanism of GA is still unknown. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between the expression of the inflammasome complex and epigenetic modification to elucidate the molecular mechanism of the anti-inflammatory effect of GA in HaCaT cells. We evaluated NLRP3, NLRC4, AIM2, and ASC inflammasome complex gene expression on real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Methylation changes were detected in these genes following treatment with DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) inhibitor 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-Aza) with or without the addition of GA using methylation-specific PCR (MSP). GA inhibited the expressions of these inflammasome complex genes, and the decreases in the expressions of mRNA were reversed by 5-Aza treatment. Methylation was detected in NLRC4 and ASC on MSP, but not in NLRP3 or AIM2. GA decreased NLRC4 and ASC gene expression by increasing not only DNA methyltransferase 3B (DNMT-3B) protein level, but also total DNMT activity. Furthermore, silencing of DNMT-3B (shDNMT-3B) increased the expressions of NLRC4 and ASC. Our data demonstrated that GA treatment induces hypermethylation of promoters of NLRC4 and ASC genes, which may subsequently lead to the hindering of the assembly of the inflammasome complex in HaCaT cells. These results highlight the anti-inflammatory potential of GA-containing cosmetic agents in human skin cells and demonstrate for the first time the role of aberrant hypermethylation in this process. PMID:26784358

  9. G9a-mediated methylation of ERα links the PHF20/MOF histone acetyltransferase complex to hormonal gene expression

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    Zhang, Xi; Peng, Danni; Xi, Yuanxin; Yuan, Chao; Sagum, Cari A.; Klein, Brianna J.; Tanaka, Kaori; Wen, Hong; Kutateladze, Tatiana G.; Li, Wei; Bedford, Mark T.; Shi, Xiaobing

    2016-01-01

    The euchromatin histone methyltransferase 2 (also known as G9a) methylates histone H3K9 to repress gene expression, but it also acts as a coactivator for some nuclear receptors. The molecular mechanisms underlying this activation remain elusive. Here we show that G9a functions as a coactivator of the endogenous oestrogen receptor α (ERα) in breast cancer cells in a histone methylation-independent manner. G9a dimethylates ERα at K235 both in vitro and in cells. Dimethylation of ERαK235 is recognized by the Tudor domain of PHF20, which recruits the MOF histone acetyltransferase (HAT) complex to ERα target gene promoters to deposit histone H4K16 acetylation promoting active transcription. Together, our data suggest the molecular mechanism by which G9a functions as an ERα coactivator. Along with the PHF20/MOF complex, G9a links the crosstalk between ERα methylation and histone acetylation that governs the epigenetic regulation of hormonal gene expression. PMID:26960573

  10. G9a-mediated methylation of ERα links the PHF20/MOF histone acetyltransferase complex to hormonal gene expression.

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    Zhang, Xi; Peng, Danni; Xi, Yuanxin; Yuan, Chao; Sagum, Cari A; Klein, Brianna J; Tanaka, Kaori; Wen, Hong; Kutateladze, Tatiana G; Li, Wei; Bedford, Mark T; Shi, Xiaobing

    2016-01-01

    The euchromatin histone methyltransferase 2 (also known as G9a) methylates histone H3K9 to repress gene expression, but it also acts as a coactivator for some nuclear receptors. The molecular mechanisms underlying this activation remain elusive. Here we show that G9a functions as a coactivator of the endogenous oestrogen receptor α (ERα) in breast cancer cells in a histone methylation-independent manner. G9a dimethylates ERα at K235 both in vitro and in cells. Dimethylation of ERαK235 is recognized by the Tudor domain of PHF20, which recruits the MOF histone acetyltransferase (HAT) complex to ERα target gene promoters to deposit histone H4K16 acetylation promoting active transcription. Together, our data suggest the molecular mechanism by which G9a functions as an ERα coactivator. Along with the PHF20/MOF complex, G9a links the crosstalk between ERα methylation and histone acetylation that governs the epigenetic regulation of hormonal gene expression. PMID:26960573

  11. Structure of DNMT1-DNA Complex Reveals a Role for Autoinhibition in Maintenance DNA Methylation

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    Song, Jikui; Rechkoblit, Olga; Bestor, Timothy H.; Patel, Dinshaw J.

    2011-09-06

    Maintenance of genomic methylation patterns is mediated primarily by DNA methyltransferase-1 (DNMT1). We have solved structures of mouse and human DNMT1 composed of CXXC, tandem bromo-adjacent homology (BAH1/2), and methyltransferase domains bound to DNA-containing unmethylated CpG sites. The CXXC specifically binds to unmethylated CpG dinucleotide and positions the CXXC-BAH1 linker between the DNA and the active site of DNMT1, preventing de novo methylation. In addition, a loop projecting from BAH2 interacts with the target recognition domain (TRD) of the methyltransferase, stabilizing the TRD in a retracted position and preventing it from inserting into the DNA major groove. Our studies identify an autoinhibitory mechanism, in which unmethylated CpG dinucleotides are occluded from the active site to ensure that only hemimethylated CpG dinucleotides undergo methylation.

  12. Structure of DNMT1-DNA Complex Reveals a Role for Autoinhibition in Maintenance DNA Methylation

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    J Song; O Rechkoblit; T Bestor; D Patel

    2011-12-31

    Maintenance of genomic methylation patterns is mediated primarily by DNA methyltransferase-1 (DNMT1). We have solved structures of mouse and human DNMT1 composed of CXXC, tandem bromo-adjacent homology (BAH1/2), and methyltransferase domains bound to DNA-containing unmethylated CpG sites. The CXXC specifically binds to unmethylated CpG dinucleotide and positions the CXXC-BAH1 linker between the DNA and the active site of DNMT1, preventing de novo methylation. In addition, a loop projecting from BAH2 interacts with the target recognition domain (TRD) of the methyltransferase, stabilizing the TRD in a retracted position and preventing it from inserting into the DNA major groove. Our studies identify an autoinhibitory mechanism, in which unmethylated CpG dinucleotides are occluded from the active site to ensure that only hemimethylated CpG dinucleotides undergo methylation.

  13. STRUCTURES AND BINDING ENERGIES OF METHYL TERT-BUTYL ETHER-WATER COMPLEXES

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    Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) is a well-known environmental contaminant owing to its high solubility in water. Since the early 1990s, MTBE has been added to gasoline to improve air quality in some metropolitan areas of the United States. Improved air quality was, however, achiev...

  14. Solution structure of the YTH domain in complex with N6-methyladenosine RNA: a reader of methylated RNA

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    Theler, Dominik; Dominguez, Cyril; Blatter, Markus; Boudet, Julien; Allain, Frédéric H.-T.

    2014-01-01

    N6A methylation is the most abundant RNA modification occurring within messenger RNA. Impairment of methylase or demethylase functions are associated with severe phenotypes and diseases in several organisms. Beside writer and eraser enzymes of this dynamic RNA epigenetic modification, reader proteins that recognize this modification are involved in numerous cellular processes. Although the precise characterization of these reader proteins remains unknown, preliminary data showed that most potential reader proteins contained a conserved YT521-B homology (YTH) domain. Here we define the YTH domain of rat YT521-B as a N6-methylated adenosine reader domain and report its solution structure in complex with a N6-methylated RNA. The structure reveals a binding preference for NGANNN RNA hexamer and a deep hydrophobic cleft for m6A recognition. These findings establish a molecular function for YTH domains as m6A reader domains and should guide further studies into the biological functions of YTH-containing proteins in m6A recognition. PMID:25389274

  15. Comparison of DNA Methylation and Expression Pattern of S100 and Other Epidermal Differentiation Complex Genes in Differentiating Keratinocytes.

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    Sobiak, Barbara; Graczyk-Jarzynka, Agnieszka; Leśniak, Wiesława

    2016-05-01

    Epidermal Differentiation Complex (EDC) is a gene cluster on human chromosome 1 q21, which comprises genes encoding four protein families: S100, S100 fused (SFTP), small proline-rich region (SPRR) and late cornified envelope (LCE) proteins. Contrary to the latter three families, which group proteins important for skin barrier formation, the role of S100 proteins has not been well defined and there are no systematic comparative data concerning their expression in the epidermis. Furthermore, little is known about epigenetic mechanisms controlling changes in S100 and other EDC genes expression in differentiating epidermis. In our study, using real-time PCR, we followed the expression of nine S100 genes at subsequent stages of differentiation of primary human keratinocytes and found that they exhibited different expression patterns. Then, we confronted the expression level in undifferentiated and differentiated keratinocytes with the extent of DNA methylation within their promoter or intragenic regions assessed by bisulfite sequencing. Methylation analysis was also performed for three other EDC genes of known expression pattern (involucrin, loricrin, and NICE-1) and a recently identified evolutionary conserved region with defined enhancer properties. The results indicate that altered EDC genes expression is not accompanied by major changes in DNA methylation. J. Cell. Biochem. 117: 1092-1098, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26443750

  16. Solution structure of the YTH domain in complex with N6-methyladenosine RNA: a reader of methylated RNA.

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    Theler, Dominik; Dominguez, Cyril; Blatter, Markus; Boudet, Julien; Allain, Frédéric H-T

    2014-12-16

    N(6)A methylation is the most abundant RNA modification occurring within messenger RNA. Impairment of methylase or demethylase functions are associated with severe phenotypes and diseases in several organisms. Beside writer and eraser enzymes of this dynamic RNA epigenetic modification, reader proteins that recognize this modification are involved in numerous cellular processes. Although the precise characterization of these reader proteins remains unknown, preliminary data showed that most potential reader proteins contained a conserved YT521-B homology (YTH) domain. Here we define the YTH domain of rat YT521-B as a N(6)-methylated adenosine reader domain and report its solution structure in complex with a N(6)-methylated RNA. The structure reveals a binding preference for NGANNN RNA hexamer and a deep hydrophobic cleft for m(6)A recognition. These findings establish a molecular function for YTH domains as m(6)A reader domains and should guide further studies into the biological functions of YTH-containing proteins in m(6)A recognition. PMID:25389274

  17. A TDG/CBP/RAR? ternary complex mediates the retinoic acid-dependent expression of DNA methylation-sensitive genes.

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    Lger, Hlne; Smet-Nocca, Caroline; Attmane-Elakeb, Amel; Morley-Fletcher, Sara; Benecke, Arndt G; Eilebrecht, Sebastian

    2014-02-01

    The thymine DNA glycosylase (TDG) is a multifunctional enzyme, which is essential for embryonic development. It mediates the base excision repair (BER) of G:T and G:U DNA mismatches arising from the deamination of 5-methyl cytosine (5-MeC) and cytosine, respectively. Recent studies have pointed at a role of TDG during the active demethylation of 5-MeC within CpG islands. TDG interacts with the histone acetylase CREB-binding protein (CBP) to activate CBP-dependent transcription. In addition, TDG also interacts with the retinoic acid receptor ? (RAR?), resulting in the activation of RAR? target genes. Here we provide evidence for the existence of a functional ternary complex containing TDG, CBP and activated RAR?. Using global transcriptome profiling, we uncover a coupling of de novo methylation-sensitive and RA-dependent transcription, which coincides with a significant subset of CBP target genes. The introduction of a point mutation in TDG, which neither affects overall protein structure nor BER activity, leads to a significant loss in ternary complex stability, resulting in the deregulation of RA targets involved in cellular networks associated with DNA replication, recombination and repair. We thus demonstrate for the first time a direct coupling of TDG's epigenomic and transcription regulatory function through ternary complexes with CBP and RAR?. PMID:24394593

  18. DNA Methylation in the Exon 1 Region and Complex Regulation of Twist1 Expression in Gastric Cancer Cells

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    Sakamoto, Ayuna; Akiyama, Yoshimitsu; Shimada, Shu; Zhu, Wei-Guo; Yuasa, Yasuhito; Tanaka, Shinji

    2015-01-01

    Twist1 overexpression is frequently observed in various cancers including gastric cancer (GC). Although DNA methylation of the Twist1 gene has been reported in cancer cells, the mechanisms underlying transcriptional activation remain uncertain. In this study, we first examined epigenetic alterations of the Twist1 using Twist1 transcription-positive and -negative cell lines that are derived from our established diffuse-type GC mouse model. Treatment with a DNA demethylation agent 5-aza-dC re-activated Twist1 expression in Twist1 expression-negative GC cells. According to methylation-specific PCR and bisulfite sequencing analysis, methylation at the CpG-rich region within Twist1 coding exon 1, rather than its promoter region, was tightly linked to transcriptional silencing of the Twist1 expression in mouse GC cells. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assays revealed that active histone mark H3K4me3 was enriched in Twist1 expression-positive cells, and inactive histone mark H3K9me3 was enriched in Twist1 expression-negative cells. The expression levels of Suv39h1 and Suv39h2, histone methyltransferases for H3K9me3, were inversely correlated with Twist1 expression, and knockdown of Suv39h1 or Suv39h2 induced Twist1 expression. Moreover, Sp1 transcription factor bound to the exon 1 CpG-rich region in Twist1 expression-positive cell lines, and Twist1 expression was diminished by mithramycin, which that interferes with Sp1 binding to CpG-rich regulatory sequences. Our studies suggested that the Twist1 transcription in GC cells might be regulated through potential cooperation of DNA methylation, histone modification in complex with Sp1 binding to CpG-rich regions within the exon 1 region. PMID:26695186

  19. Pseudohypoparathyroidism type 1B caused by methylation changes at the GNAS complex locus.

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    Poradosu, Sabrina; Bravenboer, Bert; Takatani, Rieko; Jüppner, Harald

    2016-01-01

    Pseudohypoparathyroidism type 1B (PHP1B) consists of a heterogeneous group of disorders characterised by resistance to parathyroid hormone (PTH). There are several different PHP1B subtypes that are all associated with methylation changes at GNAS. These epigenetic changes are caused by maternal deletions in GNAS or STX16, by paternal uniparental isodisomy of chromosome 20q (patUPD20q) or by undefined genetic mutations. The GNAS methylation changes are ultimately responsible for resistance to PTH signalling in the proximal renal tubules. However, there is no PTH resistance in the distal renal tubules nor in bone cells; consequently, patients with PHP1B have reduced urinary calcium excretion and can readily mobilise calcium (and phosphate) from the skeleton. We report a case of a sporadic PHP1B patient with broad GNAS methylation changes that were presumably caused by an unknown genetic mutation outside the GNAS locus. PTH resistance was preceded by several years by autoimmune negative hypothyroidism. Treatment consisted of calcium substitution and calcitriol. PMID:27170606

  20. Corrigendum to "Synthesis, structural features, and methyl methacrylate polymerisation of binuclear zinc(II) complexes with tetradentate pyrazolyl ligands" [J. Mol. Struct. 1063 (2014) 70-76

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    Kim, Sunghoon; Kim, Dongil; Lee, Ha-Jin; Lee, Hyosun

    2015-05-01

    The authors regret to inform that 4,4‧-bis-(N,N-di(1H-pyrazolyl-1-methyl)phenyl)methane (L2) and its binuclear 4,4‧-bis-(N,N-di-(1H-pyrazolyl-1-methyl)phenyl)methane(dichloro)Zn(II) complex, namely, [L2Zn2Cl4] in the paper were published as the thesis for the degree of master in the Department of Chemistry at Kyungpook National University in 2003.

  1. Molecular Insights into Inhibition of the Methylated Histone-Plant Homeodomain Complexes by Calixarenes.

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    Ali, Muzaffar; Daze, Kevin D; Strongin, Daniel E; Rothbart, Scott B; Rincon-Arano, Hector; Allen, Hillary F; Li, Janessa; Strahl, Brian D; Hof, Fraser; Kutateladze, Tatiana G

    2015-09-18

    Plant homeodomain (PHD) finger-containing proteins are implicated in fundamental biological processes, including transcriptional activation and repression, DNA damage repair, cell differentiation, and survival. The PHD finger functions as an epigenetic reader that binds to posttranslationally modified or unmodified histone H3 tails, recruiting catalytic writers and erasers and other components of the epigenetic machinery to chromatin. Despite the critical role of the histone-PHD interaction in normal and pathological processes, selective inhibitors of this association have not been well developed. Here we demonstrate that macrocyclic calixarenes can disrupt binding of PHD fingers to methylated lysine 4 of histone H3 in vitro and in vivo. The inhibitory activity relies on differences in binding affinities of the PHD fingers for H3K4me and the methylation state of the histone ligand, whereas the composition of the aromatic H3K4me-binding site of the PHD fingers appears to have no effect. Our approach provides a novel tool for studying the biological roles of methyllysine readers in epigenetic signaling. PMID:26229108

  2. Reaction of a polydentate cysteine-based ligand and its nickel(ii) complex with electrophilic and nucleophilic methyl-transfer reagents - from S-methylation to acetyl coenzyme A synthase reactivity.

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    Warner, D S; Limberg, C; Oldenburg, F J; Braun, B

    2015-11-14

    The L-cysteine derived N2S2 ligand precursor H2L and its nickel(ii) complex L2Ni2 were investigated with respect to their behaviour in contact with electrophilic and nucleophilic methylation reagents (H2L = (N,N'-dimethyl-(2R,5R)-bis-(sulfanylmethyl)-piperazine). Treatment of deprotonated L(2-) with MeI led to the selective methylation of the thiolate groups thus generating a novel potential ligand, Me2L, which is neutral and contains two thioether donors. The coordinating properties of Me2L were demonstrated by the synthesis of a first nickel(ii) complex: reaction with NiBr2 led to a mononuclear complex 2 where all donor atoms coordinate to the nickel ion, which completes its octahedral coordination sphere by the two bromide ligands. If, however, the complex [LNi]2 (1) is treated with MeI only one thiolate function per ligand moiety is methylated, while the other one remains a thiolate. This leads to [MeLNi](+) complex metal fragments, which trimerize including a μ3-bridging iodide ion to give the compound 3 that was tested with regards to ACS reactivity. While it behaved inert towards CO, attempts to replace the bridging iodide ligand by methyl units in reactions with nucleophilic methylation reagents led to a product, which could not be identified but reacted with CO. Work-up showed that this protocol had converted the thiolate function of MeL(-) into a thioester function, which corresponds to an ACS-like reactivity. PMID:26390049

  3. Highly selective methyl transfer from methylsilanes to phenylthallium(III) crown ether complexes

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    Kakiuchi, Fumitoshi; Furuta, Kiyonori; Murai, Shinji ); Kawasaki, Yoshikane )

    1993-01-01

    Reactions of (18-crown-6)phenylthallium(III) diperchlorate monohydrate (1a) with Me[sub 3]SiR (R = PhCH[sub 2], Et, Ph, CH[double bond]CH[sub 2], SiMe[sub 3], OSiMe[sub 3]) proceeded at 60[degrees]C to provide (18-crown-6)phenylmethylthallium(III) perchlorate (3) in good to excellent yields. Cleavage of the Me-Si bond in tetramethylsilane using 1a also occurred at 25[degrees]C, albeit for a long reaction time. The silicon-containing products of the reaction of 1a with benzyltrimethylsilane were siloxanes. Intramolecular trapping of the silyl fragments by a hydroxy group using (1,7-DTC)phenylthallium(III) bis(trifluoromethanesulfonate) (1b) was employed with trans-2-((trimethylsilyl)methyl)-1-cyclohexanol, affording a bicyclic silyl ether in 92% yield. 18 refs., 1 tab.

  4. Nickel(II) complexes with methyl(2-pyridyl)ketone oxime: Synthesis, crystal structures and DFT calculations

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    Martínez, Lorena; Gancheff, Jorge S.; Hahn, F. Ekkehardt; Burrow, Robert A.; González, Ricardo; Kremer, Carlos; Chiozzone, Raúl

    2013-03-01

    The synthesis and structural characterization of the three novel nickel(II) complexes [Ni(OOCPh)2(mpkoH)2] (1), [Ni(NO3)2(mpkoH)2] (2) and [Ni(mpkoH)3](NO3)2ṡ½H2O (3ṡ½H2O), with mpkoH = methyl(2-pyridyl)ketone oxime is reported. Geometry optimization and population analyses were performed by means of DFT calculations for the previously mentioned compounds as well as for [NiCl2(mpkoH)2] (4). Electronic UV-vis spectra were also simulated in the TD-DFT framework to assign the origin of the absorption bands and in doing so, to have a clear picture of the absorptive features of the coordination compounds under investigation.

  5. Nickel(II) complexes with methyl(2-pyridyl)ketone oxime: synthesis, crystal structures and DFT calculations.

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    Martínez, Lorena; Gancheff, Jorge S; Hahn, F Ekkehardt; Burrow, Robert A; González, Ricardo; Kremer, Carlos; Chiozzone, Raúl

    2013-03-15

    The synthesis and structural characterization of the three novel nickel(II) complexes [Ni(OOCPh)(2)(mpkoH)(2)] (1), [Ni(NO(3))(2)(mpkoH)(2)] (2) and [Ni(mpkoH)(3)](NO(3))(2)·½H(2)O (3·½H(2)O), with mpkoH=methyl(2-pyridyl)ketone oxime is reported. Geometry optimization and population analyses were performed by means of DFT calculations for the previously mentioned compounds as well as for [NiCl(2)(mpkoH)(2)] (4). Electronic UV-vis spectra were also simulated in the TD-DFT framework to assign the origin of the absorption bands and in doing so, to have a clear picture of the absorptive features of the coordination compounds under investigation. PMID:23337748

  6. Lanthanide complexes of 3-acetyl-4-hydroxy-6-methyl-2H-pyran-2-one

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    Sitran, S; Fregona, D. ); Faraglia, G. )

    1990-01-01

    The title ligand (H(Dh), dehydroacetic acid) reacts with lanthanide(III) acetates in anhydrous methanol to form complexes of formula (M(Dh){sub 3}(MeOH)). When hydrated lanthanide acetates are used, hydrated compounds such as (Ce(Dh){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O)) or (Eu(Dh){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O)).H{sub 2}O are obtained. The reaction of lanthanum triacetate with H(Dh) yields the mixed complex (La(Dh){sub 2}(O{sub 2}CMe)), formation of the 1:3 complex also being unfavored in the presence of a large ligand excess. The complexes have been characterized by infrared and NMR ({sup 1}H and {sup 13}C) spectroscopy and by thermogravimetric measurements.

  7. Synthesis and photophysics of a new deep red soluble phosphorescent iridium(III) complex based on chlorine-methyl-substituted 2,4 diphenyl quinoline

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    Dahule, H. K.; Dhoble, S. J.; Ahn, J.-S.; Pode, Ramchandra

    2011-12-01

    A new iridium complex with a chlorine-methyl-substituted 2,4 diphenyl quinoline, (Cl-MDPQ) ligand has been synthesized. The synthesized iridium metal complex, Ir(Cl-MDPQ)2(acac) where Cl-MDPQ=chlorine-methyl substituted, 2,4 diphenyl quinoline, acac=acetyl acetone is characterized by employing different techniques such as mass spectrometry, 1H NMR, DTA/TGA, XRD, and FTIR. The molecular structures of Cl-MDPQ and Ir(Cl-MDPQ)2(acac) complexes are confirmed by the FTIR spectra. Strong singlet metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (1MLCT) and triplet metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (3MLCT) absorption peaks at 353 and 437 nm in tetrahydrofuran (THF) are reported in the synthesized complex, respectively. A deep red emitting Ir(Cl-MDPQ)2(acac) complex at 662 nm is promising for flexible organic devices.

  8. Electronic and optical response of Ru(II) complexes functionalized by methyl, carboxylate groups: joint theoretical and experimental study

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    Tretiak, Sergei

    2008-01-01

    New photovoltaic and photocatalysis applications have been recently proposed based on the hybrid Ru(II)-bipyridine-complex/semiconductor quantum dot systems. In order to attach the complex to the surface of a semiconductor, a linking bridge - a carboxyl group - is added to one or two of the 2,2{prime}-bipyridine ligands. Such changes in the ligand structure, indeed, affect electronic and optical properties and consequently, the charge transfer reactivity of Ru-systems. In this study, we apply both theoretical and experimental approaches to analyze the effects brought by functionalization of bipyridine ligands with the methyl, carboxyl, and carboxilate groups on the electronic structure and optical response of the Ru(II) bipyridine complex. First principle calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) and linear response time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) are used to simulate the ground and excited-state structures of functionalized Ru-complexes in the gas phase, as well as in acetonitrile solution. In addition, an inelaborate Frenkel exciton model is used to explain the optical activity and splitting patterns of the low-energy excited states. All theoretical results nicely complement experimental absorption spectra of Ru-complexes and contribute to their interpretation. We found that the carboxyl group breaks the degeneracy of two low-energy optically bright excited states and red-shifts the absorption spectrum, while leaves ionization and affinity energies of complexes almost unchanged. Experimental studies show a high probability of deprotonation of the carbboxyl group in the Ru-complexes resulted in a slight blue shift and decrease of intensities of the low energy absorption peaks. Comparison of experimental and theoretical linear response spectra of deprotanated complexes demonstrate strong agreement when acetonitrile solvent is used in simulations. A polar solvent is found to play an important role in calculations of optical spectra: it stabilizes the energy of states localized on the carboxyl or carboxylate groups eliminating artificial charge transport states, which typically appear in TDDFT calculations. Thus, it is validated that the excited-state structure of the functionalized Ru-complexes, specifically in the case of the deprotonated functions, can be accurately modeled by TDDFT with the addition of a dielectric continuum in simulations.

  9. Lithium Di- and trimethyl dimolybdenum(II) complexes with Mo-Mo quadruple bonds and bridging methyl groups.

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    Curado, Natalia; Carrasco, Mario; lvarez, Eleuterio; Maya, Celia; Peloso, Riccardo; Rodrguez, Amor; Lpez-Serrano, Joaqun; Carmona, Ernesto

    2015-09-30

    New dimolybdenum complexes of composition [Mo2{?-Me}2Li(S)}(?-X)(?-N^N)2] (3a-3c), where S = THF or Et2O and N^N represents a bidentate aminopyridinate or amidinate ligand that bridges the quadruply bonded molybdenum atoms, were prepared from the reaction of the appropriate [Mo2{?-O2CMe}2(?-N^N)2] precursors and LiMe. For complex 3a, X = MeCO2, while in 3b and 3c, X = Me. Solution NMR studies in C6D6 solvent support formulation of the complexes as contact ion pairs with weak agostic Mo-CH3Li interactions, which were also evidenced by X-ray crystallography in the solid-state structures of the molecules of 3a and 3b. Samples of 3c enriched in (13)C (99%) at the metal-bonded methyl sites were also prepared and investigated by NMR spectroscopy employing C6D6 and THF-d8 solvents. Crystallization of 3c from toluene:tetrahydrofuran mixtures provided single crystals of the solvent separated ion pair complex [Li(THF)4] [Mo2(Me)2(?-Me){?-HC(NDipp)2}2] (4c), where Dipp stands for 2,6-iPr2C6H3. A computational analysis of the Mo2(?-Me)2Li core of complexes 3a and 3b has been developed, which is consistent with a small but non-negligible electron-density sharing between the C and Li atoms of the mainly ionic CH3Li interactions. PMID:26305709

  10. Biochemical Reconstitution and Phylogenetic Comparison of Human SET1 Family Core Complexes Involved in Histone Methylation*

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    Shinsky, Stephen A.; Monteith, Kelsey E.; Viggiano, Susan; Cosgrove, Michael S.

    2015-01-01

    Mixed lineage leukemia protein-1 (MLL1) is a member of the SET1 family of histone H3 lysine 4 (H3K4) methyltransferases that are required for metazoan development. MLL1 is the best characterized human SET1 family member, which includes MLL1–4 and SETd1A/B. MLL1 assembles with WDR5, RBBP5, ASH2L, DPY-30 (WRAD) to form the MLL1 core complex, which is required for H3K4 dimethylation and transcriptional activation. Because all SET1 family proteins interact with WRAD in vivo, it is hypothesized they are regulated by similar mechanisms. However, recent evidence suggests differences among family members that may reflect unique regulatory inputs in the cell. Missing is an understanding of the intrinsic enzymatic activities of different SET1 family complexes under standard conditions. In this investigation, we reconstituted each human SET1 family core complex and compared subunit assembly and enzymatic activities. We found that in the absence of WRAD, all but one SET domain catalyzes at least weak H3K4 monomethylation. In the presence of WRAD, all SET1 family members showed stimulated monomethyltransferase activity but differed in their di- and trimethylation activities. We found that these differences are correlated with evolutionary lineage, suggesting these enzyme complexes have evolved to accomplish unique tasks within metazoan genomes. To understand the structural basis for these differences, we employed a “phylogenetic scanning mutagenesis” assay and identified a cluster of amino acid substitutions that confer a WRAD-dependent gain-of-function dimethylation activity on complexes assembled with the MLL3 or Drosophila trithorax proteins. These results form the basis for understanding how WRAD differentially regulates SET1 family complexes in vivo. PMID:25561738

  11. An intrinsically disordered region of methyl-CpG binding domain protein 2 (MBD2) recruits the histone deacetylase core of the NuRD complex

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    Desai, Megha A.; Webb, Heather D.; Sinanan, Leander M.; Scarsdale, J. Neel; Walavalkar, Ninad M.; Ginder, Gordon D.; Williams, David C.

    2015-01-01

    The MBD2-NuRD (Nucleosome Remodeling and Deacetylase) complex is an epigenetic reader of DNA methylation that regulates genes involved in normal development and neoplastic diseases. To delineate the architecture and functional interactions of the MBD2-NuRD complex, we previously solved the structures of MBD2 bound to methylated DNA and a coiled-coil interaction between MBD2 and p66α that recruits the CHD4 nucleosome remodeling protein to the complex. The work presented here identifies novel structural and functional features of a previously uncharacterized domain of MBD2 (MBD2IDR). Biophysical analyses show that the MBD2IDR is an intrinsically disordered region (IDR). However, despite this inherent disorder, MBD2IDR increases the overall binding affinity of MBD2 for methylated DNA. MBD2IDR also recruits the histone deacetylase core components (RbAp48, HDAC2 and MTA2) of NuRD through a critical contact region requiring two contiguous amino acid residues, Arg286 and Leu287. Mutating these residues abrogates interaction of MBD2 with the histone deacetylase core and impairs the ability of MBD2 to repress the methylated tumor suppressor gene PRSS8 in MDA-MB-435 breast cancer cells. These findings expand our knowledge of the multi-dimensional interactions of the MBD2-NuRD complex that govern its function. PMID:25753662

  12. Spectrophotometric determination of benzydamine HCl, levamisole HCl and mebeverine HCl through ion-pair complex formation with methyl orange

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    El-Didamony, Akram M.

    2008-03-01

    A simple, rapid and sensitive spectrophotometric method has been proposed for the assay of benzydamine HCl (BENZ), levamisole HCl (LEV) and mebeverine HCl (MBV) in bulk and pharmaceutical formulations. The method based on the reaction of the selected drugs with methyl orange (MO) in buffered aqueous solution at pH 3.6. The formed yellow ion-pair complexes were extracted with dichloromethane and measured quantitatively with maximum absorption at 422 nm. The analytical parameters and their effects on the reported systems are investigated. The extracts are intensely colored and very stable at room temperature. The calibration graphs were linear over the concentration range of 2-10 μg ml -1 for BENZ, 6-24 μg ml -1 for LEV and 4-14 μg ml -1 for MBV. The stoichiometry of the reaction was found to be 1:1 in all cases and the conditional stability constant ( Kf) of the complexes have been calculated. The proposed method was successfully extended to pharmaceutical preparations-tablets. Excipients used as additive in commercial formulations did not interfere in the analysis. The proposed method can be recommended for quality control and routine analysis where time, cost effectiveness and high specificity of analytical technique are of great importance.

  13. Protein-arginine Methyltransferase 1 (PRMT1) Methylates Ash2L, a Shared Component of Mammalian Histone H3K4 Methyltransferase Complexes*

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    Butler, Jill S.; Zurita-Lopez, Cecilia I.; Clarke, Steven G.; Bedford, Mark T.; Dent, Sharon Y. R.

    2011-01-01

    Multiple enzymes and enzymatic complexes coordinately regulate the addition and removal of post-translational modifications on histone proteins. The oncoprotein Ash2L is a component of the mixed lineage leukemia (MLL) family members 1–4, Setd1A, and Setd1B mammalian histone H3K4 methyltransferase complexes and is essential to maintain global trimethylation of histone H3K4. However, regulation of these complexes at the level of expression and activity remains poorly understood. In this report, we demonstrate that Ash2L is methylated on arginine residues both in vitro and in cells. We found that both protein-arginine methyltransferases 1 and 5 methylate Arg-296 within Ash2L. These findings are the first to demonstrate that post-translational modifications occur on the Ash2L protein and provide a novel example of cross-talk between chromatin-modifying enzyme complexes. PMID:21285357

  14. Analytical studies of the interaction of Tb(III)-2-{[(4-methoxy benzoyl) oxy]} methyl benzoic acid binary complex with nucleosides

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    Shehata, A. M. A.; Azab, H. A.; El-assy, N. B.; Anwar, Z. M.; Mostafa, H. M.

    2016-01-01

    The interaction of Tb(III)-2-{[(4-methoxy benzoyl) oxy]} methyl benzoic acid binary complex with nucleosides (adenosine, cytidine, guanosine and inosine) was investigated using UV and fluorescence methods. The reaction of Tb-complex with cytidine, guanosine and adenosine is accompanied by shift to longer wavelength in the absorption band, while there is a blue shift in the absorption band with an enhancement in the molar absorptivity upon the reaction with inosine. The fluorescence intensity of Tb(III)-2-{[(4- methoxy benzoyl) oxy]} methyl benzoic acid binary complex at λ = 545 nm (5D4 → 7F5) was decreased with the addition of the nucleoside molecule following the order: cytidine > inosine > guanosine > adenosine.

  15. Crystal structures of copper(II) and nickel(II) nitrate and chloride complexes with 4-bromo-2-[(2-hydroxyethylimino)-methyl]phenol

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    Chumakov, Yu. M.; Tsapkov, V. I.; Filippova, I. G.; Bocelli, G.; Gulea, A. P.

    2008-07-15

    The crystal structures of {l_brace}4-bromo-2-[(2-hydroxyethylimino)-methyl]phenolo{r_brace}aquacopper(II) nitrate hemihydrate (I), chloro-{l_brace}4-bromo-2-[(2-hydroxyethylimino)-methyl]phenolo{r_brace}copper hemihydrate (II), and chloro-{l_brace}4-bromo-2-[(2-hydroxyethylimino)-methyl]phenolo{r_brace}aquanickel (III) are determined using X-ray diffraction. Crystals of compound I are formed by cationic complexes, nitrate ions, and solvate water molecules. In the cation, the copper atom coordinates the singly deprotonated molecule of tridentate azomethine and the water molecule. The copper complexes are joined into centrosymmetric dimers by the O{sub w}-H...O hydrogen bonds. The crystal structure of compound II is composed of binuclear copper complexes and solvate water molecules. The copper atom coordinates the O,N,O ligand molecule and the chlorine ion, which fulfills a bridging function. The coordination polyhedron of the metal atom is a distorted tetragonal bipyramid in which the vertex is occupied by the chlorine atom of the neighboring complex in the dimer. Compound III is a centrosymmetric dimer complex. The coordination polyhedra of two nickel atoms related via the inversion center are distorted octahedra shared by the edge.

  16. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and biological evaluation studies of Schiff's base derived from naphthofuran-2-carbohydrazide with 8-formyl-7-hydroxy-4-methyl coumarin and its metal complexes

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    Halli, M. B.; Sumathi, R. B.; Kinni, Mallikarjun

    2012-12-01

    Metal complexes of the type ML2, where M = Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Cd(II), Hg(II) and L = Schiff's base derived from the condensation of naphthofuran-2-carbohydrazide with 8-formyl-7-hydroxy-4-methyl coumarin have been synthesized. The chelation of the complexes have been elucidated in the light of analytical, IR, UV-vis, 1H NMR, mass, ESR spectral data, thermal and magnetic studies. The measured molar conductance values indicate that, the complexes are non-electrolytic in nature. The redox behavior of one of the synthesized metal complexes was investigated by cyclic voltammetry. The Schiff's base and its metal complexes have been screened for their in vitro antibacterial and antifungal activities by MIC method. The DNA cleavage activities of all the complexes were studied by agarose gel electrophoresis method. In addition, the free ligand along with its complexes has been studied for their antioxidant activity.

  17. (1-Methyl-2-(thiophen-2-yl)-1H-benzo[d]imidazole) and its three copper complexes: Synthesis, characterization and fluorescence properties

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    Demir, Selçuk; Eren, Bilge; Hołyńska, Małgorzata

    2015-02-01

    (1-Methyl-2-(thiophen-2-yl)-1H-benzo[d]imidazole) (C12H10N2S) (L) ligand and its three copper complexes [(Cu2(L)2I2] (1), [(Cu(L)2X2] (X = Cl- (2), and NO3- (3)) were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis and IR measurements. The structures of the complexes 1-3 were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The complex molecules interact with each other's via weak Csbnd H⋯X hydrogen bonds (X = I for the complex 1, X = Cl for the complex 2 and X = O for the complex 3). Upon excitation with a wavelength of 350 nm at room temperature, free L and complex 1 emit fluorescence at 420 and 560 nm, respectively.

  18. Crystal structures of copper(II) nitrate complexes containing 4,4'-bipyridyl and halogen-substituted 2-[(2-hydroxyethylimino)methyl]phenols

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    Chumakov, Yu. M.; Tsapkov, V. I.; Petrenko, P. A.; Popovski, L. G.; Simonov, Yu. A.; Bocelli, G.; Gulea, A. P.

    2009-03-15

    The crystal structures of ({mu}-4,4'-bipyridyl)-di{l_brace}nitrato-2,4-dibromo-6-[(2-hydroxyethylimino)methyl] phenolo (1-)copper{r_brace} (I), ({mu}-4,4'-bipyridyl)-di{l_brace}nitrato-2,4-dichloro-6-[(2-hydroxyethylimino)methyl] phenolo(1-)copper{r_brace} (II), and ({mu}-4,4'-bipyridyl)-{l_brace}4-chloro-2-[(2-hydroxyethylimino)methyl]phenolo(2-) copper-nitrato-4-chloro-2-[(2-hydroxyethylimino)methyl]phenolo(1-)copper{r_brace} tetrahydrate (III) are determined. The crystal structures of compounds I and II contain binuclear complexes, in which each copper atom is coordinated by the singly deprotonated tridentate molecule of the corresponding azomethine, the monodentate nitrate ion, and bipyridyl that plays the role of a bridge between the central atoms. In the structures of compounds I and II, the coordination polyhedra of the copper atoms are slightly distorted tetragonal pyramids. The pyramid base is formed by the imine and bipyridyl nitrogen atoms and the phenol and alcohol oxygen atoms. The axial vertices of the pyramids are occupied by the oxygen atoms of the monodentate nitrato groups. The crystal structure of compound III involves tetranuclear complexes in which the coordination polyhedra of the central copper atoms are (4 + 1 + 1) bipyramids. The base of these bipyramids is formed by the imine and bipyridyl nitrogen atoms and the phenol and alcohol oxygen atoms. One apical vertex is occupied by the bridging phenol oxygen atom of the nearest complex. The sixth coordination site of the first copper atom is occupied by the chlorine atom of the salicylidene fragment of the neighboring complex related to the initial complex through the center of symmetry. In turn, the sixth coordination site of the second copper atom is occupied by the oxygen atom of the monodentate nitrato group.

  19. Neonatal DNA methylation profile in human twins is specified by a complex interplay between intrauterine environmental and genetic factors, subject to tissue-specific influence

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    Gordon, Lavinia; Joo, Jihoon E.; Powell, Joseph E.; Ollikainen, Miina; Novakovic, Boris; Li, Xin; Andronikos, Roberta; Cruickshank, Mark N.; Conneely, Karen N.; Smith, Alicia K.; Alisch, Reid S.; Morley, Ruth; Visscher, Peter M.; Craig, Jeffrey M.; Saffery, Richard

    2012-01-01

    Comparison between groups of monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twins enables an estimation of the relative contribution of genetic and shared and nonshared environmental factors to phenotypic variability. Using DNA methylation profiling of ∼20,000 CpG sites as a phenotype, we have examined discordance levels in three neonatal tissues from 22 MZ and 12 DZ twin pairs. MZ twins exhibit a wide range of within-pair differences at birth, but show discordance levels generally lower than DZ pairs. Within-pair methylation discordance was lowest in CpG islands in all twins and increased as a function of distance from islands. Variance component decomposition analysis of DNA methylation in MZ and DZ pairs revealed a low mean heritability across all tissues, although a wide range of heritabilities was detected for specific genomic CpG sites. The largest component of variation was attributed to the combined effects of nonshared intrauterine environment and stochastic factors. Regression analysis of methylation on birth weight revealed a general association between methylation of genes involved in metabolism and biosynthesis, providing further support for epigenetic change in the previously described link between low birth weight and increasing risk for cardiovascular, metabolic, and other complex diseases. Finally, comparison of our data with that of several older twins revealed little evidence for genome-wide epigenetic drift with increasing age. This is the first study to analyze DNA methylation on a genome scale in twins at birth, further highlighting the importance of the intrauterine environment on shaping the neonatal epigenome. PMID:22800725

  20. Activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the dorsal vagal complex lowers glucose production.

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    Lam, Carol K L; Chari, Madhu; Su, Brenda B; Cheung, Grace W C; Kokorovic, Andrea; Yang, Clair S; Wang, Penny Y T; Lai, Teresa Y Y; Lam, Tony K T

    2010-07-16

    Diabetes is characterized by hyperglycemia due partly to increased hepatic glucose production. The hypothalamus regulates hepatic glucose production in rodents. However, it is currently unknown whether other regions of the brain are sufficient in glucose production regulation. The N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor is composed of NR1 and NR2 subunits, which are activated by co-agonist glycine and glutamate or aspartate, respectively. Here we report that direct administration of either co-agonist glycine or NMDA into the dorsal vagal complex (DVC), targeting the nucleus of the solitary tract, lowered glucose production in vivo. Direct infusion of the NMDA receptor blocker MK-801 into the DVC negated the metabolic effect of glycine. To evaluate whether NR1 subunit of the NMDA receptor mediates the effect of glycine, NR1 in the DVC was inhibited by DVC NR1 antagonist 7-chlorokynurenic acid or DVC shRNA-NR1. Pharmacological and molecular inhibition of DVC NR1 negated the metabolic effect of glycine. To evaluate whether the NMDA receptors mediate the effects of NR2 agonist NMDA, DVC NMDA receptors were inhibited by antagonist D-2-amino-5-phosphonovaleric acid (D-APV). DVC D-APV fully negated the ability of DVC NMDA to lower glucose production. Finally, hepatic vagotomy negated the DVC glycine ability to lower glucose production. These findings demonstrate that activation of NR1 and NR2 subunits of the NMDA receptors in the DVC is sufficient to trigger a brain-liver axis to lower glucose production, and suggest that DVC NMDA receptors serve as a therapeutic target for diabetes and obesity. PMID:20448042

  1. Modelling neurotransmitter functions: a laser spectroscopic study of (1S,2S)-N-methyl pseudoephedrine and its complexes with achiral and chiral molecules.

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    Giardini Guidoni, A; Paladini, A; Piccirillo, S; Rondino, F; Satta, M; Speranza, M

    2006-05-21

    Wavelength and mass resolved resonance-enhanced two photon ionization (R2PI) excitation spectra of (1S,2S)-N-methyl pseudoephedrine (MPE) and its complexes with several achiral and chiral solvent molecules, including water (W), methyl (R)-lactate (L(R)), methyl (S)-lactate (L(S)), (R)-2-butanol (B(R)), and (S)-2-butanol (B(S)), have been recorded after a supersonic molecular beam expansion and examined in the light of ab initio calculations. The spectral patterns of the selected complexes have been interpreted in terms of the specific hydrogen-bond interactions operating in the diastereomeric complexes, whose nature in turn depends on the structure and the configuration of the solvent molecule. The obtained results confirm the view that a representative neurotransmitter molecule, like MPE, "communicates" with the enantiomers of a chiral substrate through different, specific interactions. These findings can be regarded as a further contribution to modelling neurotransmitter functions in biological systems. PMID:16688345

  2. Crystal structures of bis-ligand complexes of copper(II) with 2-[(2-hydroxyethylamino)-methyl]-4,6-dinitrophenol, 2,4-dichloro-6-[(2-hydroxyethylamino)-methyl]phenol, and 2,4-dibromo-6-[(2-hydroxyethylamino)-methyl]phenol

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    Chumakov, Yu. M. Tsapkov, V. I.; Bocelli, G.; Palomares-Sanchez, S. A.; Ortiz, R. S.; Gulea, A. P.

    2007-02-15

    The crystal structures of bis{l_brace}2,4-dibromo-6-[(2-hydroxyethylamino)-methyl]phenolato{r_brace}copper (I), bis{l_brace}2,4-dichloro-6-[(2-hydroxyethylamino)-methyl]phenolato{r_brace}copper (II), and bis{l_brace}2-[(2-hydroxyethylamino)-methyl]-4,6-dinitrophenolato{r_brace}copper (III) in which the metal atom is located at the center of symmetry are determined using X-ray diffraction. Crystals of compounds I and II are isostructural. The copper atom in the structures of compounds I and I coordinates two singly deprotonated bidentate molecules of the ligand through the phenol oxygen atoms and the azomethine nitrogen atoms with the formation of a distorted planar square. In the crystals, complexes I and II form one-dimensional infinite chains along the b axis. In the structure of compound III, the coordination polyhedron of the central atom is an elongated tetragonal bipyramid with the base formed by the azomethine nitrogen atoms and the phenol oxygen atoms. Both vertices of the bipyramid are occupied by the oxygen atoms of the amino alcohol groups of the neighboring complexes, which are related to the initial complex through the center of symmetry. In turn, the oxygen atoms of the alcohol groups of the initial complex are located at the vertices of the coordination bipyramids of the metal atoms of the neighboring centrosymmetric complexes, thus forming infinite polymer chains along the a axis.

  3. Preparation of olanzapine and methyl-?-cyclodextrin complexes using a single-step, organic solvent-free supercritical fluid process: An approach to enhance the solubility and dissolution properties.

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    Rudrangi, Shashi Ravi Suman; Trivedi, Vivek; Mitchell, John C; Wicks, Stephen Richard; Alexander, Bruce David

    2015-10-15

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate a single-step, organic solvent-free supercritical fluid process for the preparation of olanzapine-methyl-?-cyclodextrin complexes with an express goal to enhance the dissolution properties of olanzapine. The complexes were prepared by supercritical carbon dioxide processing, co-evaporation, freeze drying and physical mixing. The prepared complexes were then analysed by differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, solubility and dissolution studies. Computational molecular docking studies were performed to study the formation of molecular inclusion complexation of olanzapine with methyl-?-cyclodextrin. All the binary mixtures of olanzapine with methyl-?-cyclodextrin, except physical mixture, exhibited a faster and greater extent of drug dissolution than the drug alone. Products obtained by the supercritical carbon dioxide processing method exhibited the highest apparent drug dissolution. The characterisation by different analytical techniques suggests complete complexation or amorphisation of olanzapine and methyl-?-cyclodextrin complexes prepared by supercritical carbon dioxide processing method. Therefore, organic solvent-free supercritical carbon dioxide processing method proved to be novel and efficient for the preparation of solid inclusion complexes of olanzapine with methyl-?-cyclodextrin. The preliminary data also suggests that the complexes of olanzapine with methyl-?-cyclodextrin will lead to better therapeutic efficacy due to better solubility and dissolution properties. PMID:26315120

  4. Two nickel(II) bis[(pyridin-2-yl)methyl]amine complexes with homophthalic and benzene-1,2,4,5-tetracarboxylic acids.

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    Atria, Ana María; Garland, Maria Teresa; Baggio, Ricardo

    2014-06-01

    Two new Ni(II) complexes involving the ancillary ligand bis[(pyridin-2-yl)methyl]amine (bpma) and two different carboxylate ligands, i.e. homophthalate [hph; systematic name: 2-(2-carboxylatophenyl)acetate] and benzene-1,2,4,5-tetracarboxylate (btc), namely catena-poly[[aqua{bis[(pyridin-2-yl)methyl]amine-κ(3)N,N',N''}nickel(II)]-μ-2-(2-carboxylatophenyl)aceteto-κ(2)O:O'], [Ni(C9H6O4)(C12H13N3)(H2O)]n, and (μ-benzene-1,2,4,5-tetracarboxylato-κ(4)O(1),O(2):O(4),O(5))bis(aqua{bis[(pyridin-2-yl)methyl]amine-κ(3)N,N',N''}nickel(II)) bis(triaqua{bis[(pyridin-2-yl)methyl]amine-κ(3)N,N',N''}nickel(II)) benzene-1,2,4,5-tetracarboxylate hexahydrate, [Ni2(C10H2O8)(C12H13N3)2(H2O)2]·[Ni(C12H13N3)(H2O)3]2(C10H2O8)·6H2O, (II), are presented. Compound (I) is a one-dimensional polymer with hph acting as a bridging ligand and with the chains linked by weak C-H···O interactions. The structure of compound (II) is much more complex, with two independent Ni(II) centres having different environments, one of them as part of centrosymmetric [Ni(bpma)(H2O)]2(btc) dinuclear complexes and the other in mononuclear [Ni(bpma)(H2O)3](2+) cations which (in a 2:1 ratio) provide charge balance for btc(4-) anions. A profuse hydrogen-bonding scheme, where both coordinated and crystal water molecules play a crucial role, provides the supramolecular linkage of the different groups. PMID:24898954

  5. Hydrogen-bonded complexes of phenylacetylene with water, methanol, ammonia, and methylamine. The origin of methyl group-induced hydrogen bond switching.

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    Sedlak, Robert; Hobza, Pavel; Patwari, G Naresh

    2009-06-18

    The infrared spectra in the acetylenic C-H stretching region for the complexes of phenylacetylene with water, methanol, ammonia, and methylamine are indicative of change in the intermolecular structure upon substitution with a methyl group. High-level ab initio calculations at CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVDZ level indicate that the observed complexes of water and ammonia are energetically the most favored structures, and electrostatics play a dominant role in stabilizing these structures. The ability of the pi electron density of the benzene ring to offer a larger cross-section for the interaction and the increased polarizability of the O-H and N-H groups in methanol and methylamine favor the formation of pi hydrogen-bonded complexes, in which dispersion is the dominant force. Further, the observed phenylacetylene-methylamine complex can be tentatively assigned to a kinetically trapped higher energy structure. The observed methyl group-induced hydrogen bond switching in the phenylacetylene complexes can be attributed to the switching of the dominant interaction from electrostatic to dispersion. PMID:19514784

  6. Aluminum methyl, alkoxide and α-alkoxy ester complexes supported by 6,6'-dimethylbiphenyl-bridged salen ligands: synthesis, characterization and catalysis for rac-lactide polymerization.

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    Kan, Chao; Ge, Jilei; Ma, Haiyan

    2016-04-12

    The synthesis and characterization of aluminum alkyl and alkoxide complexes bearing racemic 6,6'-dimethylbiphenyl-bridged salen-type ligands, and their catalysis in the ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of rac-lactide are reported. Reactions of AlMe3 with various amounts of the proligands (6,6'-[(6,6'-dimethyl-[1,1'-biphenyl]-2,2'-diyl)bis(nitrylomethilidyne)]-bis(2-R(1)-4-R(2)-phenol): , R(1) = R(2) = Me; , R(1) = (t)Bu, R(2) = Me; , R(1) = R(2) = cumyl; , R(1) = Br, R(2) = (t)Bu) afforded the corresponding mono- and dinuclear aluminum methyl complexes [AlMe (), Al2Me4 ()]. Aluminum alkoxide complexes AlO(i)Pr (), AlOBn (), and α-alkoxy ester complexes Al(OCMe2CO2Me) (), Al[(S)-OCHMeCO2Me] () were prepared via in situ alcoholysis of the parent aluminum methyl complex with the corresponding alcohols. The molecular structures of mononuclear complexes , dinuclear complex , alkoxide complexes and α-alkoxy ester complexes were established by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. Two broad resonances at about 69-70 ppm and 25-41 ppm were observed in the (27)Al NMR spectra of complexes and , indicating the existence of both four- and five-coordinate aluminum centers in solution, which results from the dissociation of one N donor of the salen ligand, accompanied by an association and dissociation equilibrium of the carbonyl group of the α-alkoxy ester ligand to the aluminum center. Complex is also a rare example of an O-lactate model complex that mimics the first insertion of l-LA. All complexes were investigated for the ROP of rac-LA at 110 °C in toluene. The polymerization initiated by complexes in the presence of (i)PrOH showed living features, affording PLAs with narrow molecular weight distributions (PDIs = 1.03-1.05) and 65-73% isotacticities. Particularly, complex showed an "immortal" behavior for the polymerization of rac-LA in the presence of excess alcohol. Compared with the mononuclear counterparts, the tetra-coordinate dinuclear aluminum complexes enabled a few fold boosts in activity, but gave atactic PLAs with broadened PDIs. PMID:26974122

  7. Formation of molecular complexes of salicylic acid, acetylsalicylic acid, and methyl salicylate in a mixture of supercritical carbon dioxide with a polar cosolvent

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    Petrenko, V. E.; Antipova, M. L.; Gurina, D. L.; Odintsova, E. G.

    2015-08-01

    The solvate structures formed by salicylic acid, acetylsalicylic acid, and methyl salicylate in supercritical (SC) carbon dioxide with a polar cosolvent (methanol, 0.03 mole fractions) at a density of 0.7 g/cm3 and a temperature of 318 K were studied by the molecular dynamics method. Salicylic and acetylsalicylic acids were found to form highly stable hydrogen-bonded complexes with methanol via the hydrogen atom of the carboxyl group. For methyl salicylate in which the carboxyl hydrogen is substituted by a methyl radical, the formation of stable hydrogen bonds with methanol was not revealed. The contribution of other functional groups of the solute to the interactions with the cosolvent was much smaller. An analysis of correlations between the obtained data and the literature data on the cosolvent effect on the solubility of the compounds in SC CO2 showed that the dissolving ability of SC CO2 with respect to a polar organic substance in the presence of a cosolvent increased only when stable hydrogen-bonded complexes are formed between this substance and the cosolvent.

  8. Construction of two Cd(II) complexes by flexible adipic acid plus 2-((benzoimidazol-yl)methyl)-1H-tetrazole ligand

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    Duan, Wanlu; Zhang, Yuhong; Wang, Xiuxiu; Meng, Xiangru

    2015-10-01

    Two new complexes with the formulas [Cd(bimt)(adi)]n (1) and {[Cd(bimt)(adi)0.5Br]·H2O}n (2) were synthesized through reactions of 2-((benzoimidazol-yl)methyl)-1H-tetrazole (bimt) with Cd(II) salts in the presence of adipic acid (H2adi). Single crystal X-ray analysis reveals that complex 1 shows a 1D chain structure in which adipate ligand coordinates to Cd(II) ions with μ3-bridging mode. Complex 2 displays a 2D layer structure with 4-connected (44·62) topology in which adipate ligand coordinates to Cd(II) ions with μ2-bridging mode. These results reveal that the versatile coordination modes of adipate ligands play an important role in controlling the structures of the complexes. In addition, their IR spectra, element analyses, PXRD patterns and luminescent properties are investigated.

  9. Stereospecific ligands and their complexes. Part XIX. Synthesis, characterization, circular dichroism and antimicrobial activity of oxalato and malonato-(S,S)-ethylenediamine-N,N‧-di-2-(3-methyl)butanoato-chromate(III) complexes

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    Ilić, Dragoslav; Jevtić, Verica V.; Radojević, Ivana D.; Vasić, Sava M.; Stefanović, Olgica D.; Čomić, Ljiljana R.; Vasojević, Miorad M.; Jelić, Miodrag Ž.; Koval'chuk, Tatyana V.; Loginova, Natalia V.; Trifunović, Srećko R.

    2013-10-01

    The s-cis-[Cr(S,S-eddv)L]-complexes (1,2) (S,S-eddv = (S,S)-ethylenediamine-N,N‧-di-2-(3-methyl)butanoato ion; L = oxalate or malonate ion) were prepared. The complexes were purified by ion-exchange chromatography. The geometry of the complexes has been supposed on the basis of the infrared and electronic absorption spectra, and the absolute configurations of the isolated s-cis-[Cr(S,S-eddv)L]-complexes have been predicted on the basis of their circular dichroism (CD) spectra. Also, the results of thermal decomposition have been discussed. Antimicrobial activity of the prepared complexes (1-4) was investigated against 28 species of microorganisms. Testing was performed by microdilution method and minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) and minimum microbicidal concentration (MMC) have been determined. Complexes demonstrated in generally low antibacterial and antifungal activity.

  10. SODs, DNA binding and cleavage studies of new Mn(III) complexes with 2-((3-(benzyloxy)pyridin-2-ylimino)methyl)phenol

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    Shivakumar, L.; Shivaprasad, K.; Revanasiddappa, Hosakere D.

    2013-04-01

    Newly synthesized ligand [2-((3-(benzyloxy)pyridin-2-ylimino)methyl)phenol] (Bpmp) react with manganese(II) to form mononuclear complexes [Mn(phen)(Bpmp)(CH3COO)(H2O)]·4H2O (1), (phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) and [Mn(Bpmp)2(CH3COO)(H2O)]·5H2O (2). These complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, IR, 1H NMR, Mass, UV-vis spectral studies. Molar conductance and thermogravimetric analysis of these complexes were also recorded. The in vitro SOD mimic activity of Mn(III) complexes were carried out and obtained with good result. The DNA-binding properties of the complexes 1 and 2 were investigated by UV-spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and viscosity measurements. The spectral results suggest that the complexes 1 and 2 can bind to Calf thymus DNA by intercalation mode. The cleavage properties of these complexes with super coiled pUC19 have been studied using the gel electrophoresis method, wherein both complexes 1 and 2 displayed chemical nuclease activity in the absence and presence of H2O2via an oxidative mechanism. All the complexes inhibit the growth of both Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria to competent level. The MIC was determined by microtiter method.

  11. Oxidative addition of methyl iodide to monosubstituted and disubstituted derivatives of ruthenium pentacarbonyl: Preparation of neutral and ionic complexes of ruthenium

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    Bellachioma, G.; Cardaci, G.; Macchioni, A.; Madami, A. )

    1993-03-03

    The oxidative addition of CH[sub 3]I to Ru(CO)[sub 4]PMe[sub 3] (1) gives the methyl complex Ru(CO)[sub 3]PMe[sub 3](CH[sub 3])I (3); with PMe[sub 3] complex 3 gives the acetyl complexes Ru(CO)[sub 2](PMe[sub 3])[sub 2](COCH[sub 3])I (isomers 10a and 10b), which, by decarbonylation, give Ru(CO)[sub 2](PMe[sub 3])[sub 2](CH[sub 3])I (4). Complex 4 can also be obtained by oxidative addition of CH[sub 3]I to Ru(CO)[sub 3](PMe[sub 3])[sub 2] (2). Complex 4 reacts at room temperature with the nucelotphiles CO, PMe[sub 3], and P(OMe)[sub 3] giving the acetyl complexes (structures 7, 15, and 18, respectively), which at higher temperatures isomerize to 8, 16, and 19, respectively. Decarbonylation of these complexes gives complex 4 (in the case of CO), complex 12 (in the case of PMe[sub 3]) and complex 13 (in the case of P(OMe)[sub 3]). This last complex reacts with different nucleophiles (PMe[sub 3], P(OMe)[sub 3]) and gives the ionic tetraphosphine complexes [Ru(CO)(PMe[sub 3])[sub 3]P(OMe)[sub 3](CH[sub 3])]I (22) and [Ru-(CO)(PMe[sub 3])[sub 2](P(OMe)[sub 3])[sub 2](CH[sub 3])]BPh[sub 4] (24), respectively. The trisubstituted cyano derivative Ru(CO)(PMe[sub 3])[sub 2]P(OMe)[sub 3](CH[sub 3])CN (14) is obtained by the reaction of complex 22 with KCN in acetone. The structures of the various complexes were assigned, in most cases, on the basis of spectroscopic (IR, [sup 1]H, [sup 31]P, [sup 13]C) information. 45 refs., 1 fig., 3 tabs.

  12. "Stripping" the carbon atom of methyl halide by a cationic holmium complex: a gas-phase study.

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    Zhou, Shaodong; Schlangen, Maria; Li, Jilai; Wu, Xiao-Nan; Schwarz, Helmut

    2015-10-01

    Mechanistic aspects of an unusual reaction of [HoC6 H4 S](+) with CH3 X (X=Cl, Br, I) have been investigated using Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry combined with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. In this thermal process, all four bonds of the methyl halides are cleaved. PMID:26331900

  13. Synthesis, spectroscopic, anticancer, antibacterial and antifungal studies of Ni(II) and Cu(II) complexes with hydrazine carboxamide, 2-[3-methyl-2-thienyl methylene

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    Chandra, Sulekh; Vandana; Kumar, Suresh

    2015-01-01

    Schiff's base ligand(L) hydrazine carboxamide, 2-[3-methyl-2-thienyl methylene] and its metal complexes have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductance, various spectroscopic techniques such as electronic, IR, 1H NMR, mass, EPR. Molar conductance of complexes in DMF solution corresponds to non-electrolyte. Complexes have general composition [M(L)2X2], where M = Ni(II) and Cu(II), X = Cl-, NO3-, CH3COO- and ½SO42-. On the basis of above spectral studies, an octahedral geometry has been assigned for Ni(II) complexes and tetragonal geometry for Cu(II) complexes except [Cu(L)2SO4] which possesses five coordinated trigonal bipyramidal geometry. These metal complexes were also tested for their anticancer, antibacterial and antifungal activities to assess their inhibition potential. Anticancer activity of ligand and its metal complexes were evaluated using SRB fluorometric assay and Adriamycin (ADR) was applied as positive control. Schiff's base ligand and its metal complexes were screened for their antibacterial and antifungal activity against Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus and Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus flavus, respectively. Kirby-Bauer single disk susceptibility test was used for antibacterial activity and well diffusion method for antifungal activity of the compounds on the used fungi.

  14. Synthesis, spectroscopic, anticancer, antibacterial and antifungal studies of Ni(II) and Cu(II) complexes with hydrazine carboxamide, 2-[3-methyl-2-thienyl methylene].

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    Chandra, Sulekh; Vandana; Kumar, Suresh

    2015-01-25

    Schiff's base ligand(L) hydrazine carboxamide, 2-[3-methyl-2-thienyl methylene] and its metal complexes have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductance, various spectroscopic techniques such as electronic, IR, (1)H NMR, mass, EPR. Molar conductance of complexes in DMF solution corresponds to non-electrolyte. Complexes have general composition [M(L)2X2], where M=Ni(II) and Cu(II), X=Cl(-), NO3(-), CH3COO(-) and ½SO4(2-). On the basis of above spectral studies, an octahedral geometry has been assigned for Ni(II) complexes and tetragonal geometry for Cu(II) complexes except [Cu(L)2SO4] which possesses five coordinated trigonal bipyramidal geometry. These metal complexes were also tested for their anticancer, antibacterial and antifungal activities to assess their inhibition potential. Anticancer activity of ligand and its metal complexes were evaluated using SRB fluorometric assay and Adriamycin (ADR) was applied as positive control. Schiff's base ligand and its metal complexes were screened for their antibacterial and antifungal activity against Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus and Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus flavus, respectively. Kirby-Bauer single disk susceptibility test was used for antibacterial activity and well diffusion method for antifungal activity of the compounds on the used fungi. PMID:25087168

  15. Synthesis, characterization, antimicrobial activity and carbonic anhydrase enzyme inhibitor effects of salicilaldehyde-N-methyl p-toluenesulfonylhydrazone and its Palladium(II), Cobalt(II) complexes

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    Alyar, Saliha; Adem, Şevki

    2014-10-01

    We report the synthesis of the ligand, salicilaldehyde-N-methyl p-toluenesulfonylhydrazone (salptsmh) derived from p-toluenesulfonicacid-1-methylhydrazide (ptsmh) and its Pd(II) and Co(II) metal complexes were synthesized for the first time. The structure of the ligand and their complexes were investigated using elemental analysis, magnetic susceptibility, molar conductance and spectral (IR, NMR and LC-MS) measurements. Salptsmh has also been characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. 1H and 13C shielding tensors for crystal structure were calculated with GIAO/DFT/B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) methods in CDCl3. The complexes were found to have general composition [ML2]. The results of elemental analysis showed 1:2 (metal/ligand) stoichiometry for all the complex. Magnetic and spectral data indicate a square planar geometry for Pd(II) complex and a distorted tetrahedral geometry for Co(II) complexes. The ligand and its metal chelates have been screened for their antimicrobial activities using the disk diffusion method against the selected Gram positive bacteria: Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Gram negative bacteria: Eschericha coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumonia. The inhibition activities of these compounds on carbonic anhydrase II (CA II) and carbonic anhydrase I (CA I) have been investigated by comparing IC50 and Ki values and it has been found that Pd(II) complex have more enzyme inhibition efficiency than salptsmh and Co(II) complex.

  16. Synthesis of conducting polyelectrolyte complexes of polyaniline and poly(2-acrylamido-3-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid) catalyzed by pH-stable palm tree peroxidase.

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    Caramyshev, Alexei V; Evtushenko, Evgeny G; Ivanov, Viktor F; Barceló, Alfonso Ros; Roig, Manuel G; Shnyrov, Valery L; van Huystee, Robert B; Kurochkin, Iliya N; Vorobiev, Andrey Kh; Sakharov, Ivan Yu

    2005-01-01

    Comparison of the stability of five plant peroxidases (horseradish, royal palm tree leaf, soybean, and cationic and anionic peanut peroxidases) was carried out under acidic conditions favorable for synthesis of polyelectrolyte complexes of polyaniline (PANI). It demonstrates that palm tree peroxidase has the highest stability. Using this peroxidase as a catalyst, the enzymatic synthesis of polyelectrolyte complexes of PANI and poly(2-acrylamido-3-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid) (PAMPS) was developed. The template polymerization of aniline was carried out in aqueous buffer at pH 2.8. Varying the concentrations of aniline, PAMPS, and hydrogen peroxide as reagents, favorable conditions for production of PANI were determined. UV-vis-NIR absorption and EPR demonstrated that PAMPS and PANI formed the electroactive complex similar to PANI doped traditionally using low molecular weight sulfonic acids. The effect of pH on conformational variability of the complex was evaluated by UV-vis spectroscopy. Atomic force microscopy showed that a size of the particles of the PANI-PAMPS complexes varied between 10 and 25 nm, depending on a concentration of PAMPS in the complex. The dc conductivity of the complexes depends also on the content of PAMPS, the higher conductivity being for the complexes containing the lower content of the polymeric template. PMID:15877353

  17. Dimeric and polymeric mercury(II) complexes of 1-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetrazole-5-thiol: Synthesis, crystal structure, spectroscopic characterization, and thermal analyses

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    Taheriha, Mohammad; Ghadermazi, Mohammad; Amani, Vahid

    2016-03-01

    Two-dimensional coordination polymer of [Hg(μ3-mmtz)2]n (1) and centrosymmetric dinuclear complexes of {[H2en][Hg2(mmtz)4(μ-Br)2]} (2) and {[H2en][Hg2(mmtz)4(μ-I)2]} (3) (where Hmmtz is 1-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetrazole-5-thiol and en is ethylene diamine) were synthesized from the reaction of Hmmtz and en with HgCl2, HgBr2 and HgI2, respectively, in CH3OH. Complex 1 was also synthesized from the reaction of Hmmtz and en with HgX2 (X = OAc and SCN) in CH3OH. These three complexes were thoroughly characterized by elemental analysis (CHN), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), differential thermal analyses (DTA), infrared, UV-vis, 1H NMR, and luminescence spectroscopy, and their structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction.

  18. Transition metal complexes bearing a 2,2-bis(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)propionate ligand: one methyl more matters.

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    Türkoglu, Gazi; Heinemann, Frank W; Burzlaff, Nicolai

    2011-05-01

    The new N,N,O ligand 2,2-bis(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)propionic acid (2,2-Hbdmpzp) (2) and its transition metal complexes [Mn(2,2-bdmpzp)(CO)(3)] (3), [Re(2,2-bdmpzp)(CO)(3)] (4), [Cu(2,2-bdmpzp)(2)] (5), and [Ru(2,2-bdmpzp)Cl(L)(PPh(3))] [L = PPh(3) (6), N(2) (7), CO (8a/b), SO(2) (9a/b)] have been synthesized, characterized and compared to analogous complexes bearing a bis(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)acetic acid. It was found that the additional methyl group has a remarkable influence on the stability and reactivity of transition metal complexes. PMID:21409218

  19. Growth of tantalum nitride film as a Cu diffusion barrier by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition from bis((2-(dimethylamino)ethyl)(methyl)amido)methyl(tert-butylimido)tantalum complex

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    Han, Jeong Hwan; Kim, Hyo Yeon; Lee, Sang Chan; Kim, Da Hye; Park, Bo Keun; Park, Jin-Seong; Jeon, Dong Ju; Chung, Taek-Mo; Kim, Chang Gyoun

    2016-01-01

    A new bis((2-(dimethylamino)ethyl)(methyl)amido)methyl(tert-butylimido)tantalum complex was synthesized for plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) of tantalum nitride (TaN) film. Using the synthesized Ta compound, PEALD of TaN was conducted at growth temperatures of 150-250 °C in combination with NH3 plasma. The TaN PEALD showed a saturated growth rate of 0.062 nm/cycle and a high film density of 9.1-10.3 g/cm3 at 200-250 °C. Auger depth profiling revealed that the deposited TaN film contained low carbon and oxygen impurity levels of approximately 3-4%. N-rich amorphous TaN films were grown at all growth temperatures and showed highly resistive characteristic. The Cu barrier performance of the TaN film was evaluated by annealing of Cu/TaN (0-6 nm)/Si stacks at 400-800 °C, and excellent Cu diffusion barrier properties were observed even with ultrathin 2 nm-thick TaN film.

  20. Structures of Escherichia coli DNA adenine methyltransferase (Dam) in complex with a non-GATC sequence: Potential implications for methylation-independent transcriptional repression

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    Horton, John R.; Zhang, Xing; Blumenthal, Robert M.; Cheng, Xiaodong

    2015-04-06

    DNA adenine methyltransferase (Dam) is widespread and conserved among the γ-proteobacteria. Methylation of the Ade in GATC sequences regulates diverse bacterial cell functions, including gene expression, mismatch repair and chromosome replication. Dam also controls virulence in many pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria. An unexplained and perplexing observation about Escherichia coli Dam (EcoDam) is that there is no obvious relationship between the genes that are transcriptionally responsive to Dam and the promoter-proximal presence of GATC sequences. Here, we demonstrate that EcoDam interacts with a 5-base pair non-cognate sequence distinct from GATC. The crystal structure of a non-cognate complex allowed us to identify amore » DNA binding element, GTYTA/TARAC (where Y = C/T and R = A/G). This element immediately flanks GATC sites in some Dam-regulated promoters, including the Pap operon which specifies pyelonephritis-associated pili. In addition, Dam interacts with near-cognate GATC sequences (i.e. 3/4-site ATC and GAT). All together, these results imply that Dam, in addition to being responsible for GATC methylation, could also function as a methylation-independent transcriptional repressor.« less

  1. Structures of Escherichia coli DNA adenine methyltransferase (Dam) in complex with a non-GATC sequence: Potential implications for methylation-independent transcriptional repression

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    Horton, John R.; Zhang, Xing; Blumenthal, Robert M.; Cheng, Xiaodong

    2015-04-06

    DNA adenine methyltransferase (Dam) is widespread and conserved among the γ-proteobacteria. Methylation of the Ade in GATC sequences regulates diverse bacterial cell functions, including gene expression, mismatch repair and chromosome replication. Dam also controls virulence in many pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria. An unexplained and perplexing observation about Escherichia coli Dam (EcoDam) is that there is no obvious relationship between the genes that are transcriptionally responsive to Dam and the promoter-proximal presence of GATC sequences. Here, we demonstrate that EcoDam interacts with a 5-base pair non-cognate sequence distinct from GATC. The crystal structure of a non-cognate complex allowed us to identify a DNA binding element, GTYTA/TARAC (where Y = C/T and R = A/G). This element immediately flanks GATC sites in some Dam-regulated promoters, including the Pap operon which specifies pyelonephritis-associated pili. In addition, Dam interacts with near-cognate GATC sequences (i.e. 3/4-site ATC and GAT). All together, these results imply that Dam, in addition to being responsible for GATC methylation, could also function as a methylation-independent transcriptional repressor.

  2. Structures of Escherichia coli DNA adenine methyltransferase (Dam) in complex with a non-GATC sequence: potential implications for methylation-independent transcriptional repression

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    Horton, John R.; Zhang, Xing; Blumenthal, Robert M.; Cheng, Xiaodong

    2015-01-01

    DNA adenine methyltransferase (Dam) is widespread and conserved among the γ-proteobacteria. Methylation of the Ade in GATC sequences regulates diverse bacterial cell functions, including gene expression, mismatch repair and chromosome replication. Dam also controls virulence in many pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria. An unexplained and perplexing observation about Escherichia coli Dam (EcoDam) is that there is no obvious relationship between the genes that are transcriptionally responsive to Dam and the promoter-proximal presence of GATC sequences. Here, we demonstrate that EcoDam interacts with a 5-base pair non-cognate sequence distinct from GATC. The crystal structure of a non-cognate complex allowed us to identify a DNA binding element, GTYTA/TARAC (where Y = C/T and R = A/G). This element immediately flanks GATC sites in some Dam-regulated promoters, including the Pap operon which specifies pyelonephritis-associated pili. In addition, Dam interacts with near-cognate GATC sequences (i.e. 3/4-site ATC and GAT). Taken together, these results imply that Dam, in addition to being responsible for GATC methylation, could also function as a methylation-independent transcriptional repressor. PMID:25845600

  3. New ethanol and propylene glycol free gel formulations containing a minoxidil-methyl-β-cyclodextrin complex as promising tools for alopecia treatment.

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    Lopedota, Angela; Cutrignelli, Annalisa; Denora, Nunzio; Laquintana, Valentino; Lopalco, Antonio; Selva, Stefano; Ragni, Lorella; Tongiani, Serena; Franco, Massimo

    2015-05-01

    New topical totally aqueous formulations that improve the low water solubility of minoxidil and realize an adequate permeability of drug in the skin are proposed. These formulations are lacking in propylene glycol and alcohol that are the principal irritant ingredients present in minoxidil commercial solutions. In order to enhance poor water solubility of minoxidil randomly methyl-β-cyclodextrin was used, and four hydrogels such as, calcium alginate, sodium alginate, carbopol 934 and hydroxyethylcellulose were utilized to ensure a prolonged time of contact with the scalp. The inclusion complex minoxidil/methyl-β-cyclodextrin with a molar ratio 1:1 was obtained by freeze drying and evaluated by NMR, FT-IR and DSC analysis. An apparent stability constant of formed inclusion complex was calculated by phase solubility diagram and its value was 400 M(-1). The solid inclusion complex was used to prepare gel formulations with similar dose to minoxidil commercial solution. The gels were evaluated for various technological parameters including rheological behavior, in vitro drug release and ex vivo permeation through pig skin. The best performance was observed for the calcium alginate formulation. PMID:24650036

  4. Antioxidant, DNA binding and nuclease activities of heteroleptic copper(II) complexes derived from 2-((2-(piperazin-1-yl)ethylimino)methyl)-4-substituted phenols and diimines

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    Ravichandran, J.; Gurumoorthy, P.; Imran Musthafa, M. A.; Kalilur Rahiman, A.

    2014-12-01

    A series of heteroleptic copper(II) complexes of the type [CuL1-4(diimine)](ClO4)2 (1-8) [L1-4 = 2-((2-(piperazin-1-yl)ethylimino)methyl)-4-substituted phenols, and diimine = 2,2‧-bipyridyl (bpy) or 1,10-phenanthroline (phen)], have been synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic methods. The IR spectra of complexes indicate the presence of uncoordinated perchlorate anions and the electronic spectra revealed the square pyramidal geometry with N4O coordination environment around copper(II) nuclei. Electrochemical studies of the mononuclear complexes evidenced one-electron irreversible reduction wave in the cathodic region. The EPR spectra of complexes with g|| (2.206-2.214) and A|| (154-172 × 10-4 cm-1) values support the square-based CuN3O coordination chromophore and the presence of unpaired electron localized in dx-y ground state. Antioxidant studies against DPPH revealed effective radical scavenging properties of the synthesized complexes. Binding studies suggest that the heteroleptic copper(II) complexes interact with calf thymus DNA (CT-DNA) through minor-groove and electrostatic interaction, and all the complexes display pronounced nuclease activity against supercoiled pBR322 DNA.

  5. Mononuclear zinc(II) complexes of 2-((2-(piperazin-1-yl)ethylimino)methyl)-4-substituted phenols: Synthesis, structural characterization, DNA binding and cheminuclease activities

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    Ravichandran, J.; Gurumoorthy, P.; Karthick, C.; Kalilur Rahiman, A.

    2014-03-01

    Four new zinc(II) complexes [Zn(HL1-4)Cl2] (1-4), where HL1-4 = 2-((2-(piperazin-1-yl)ethylimino)methyl)-4-substituted phenols, have been isolated and fully characterized using various spectro-analytical techniques. The X-ray crystal structure of complex 4 shows the distorted trigonal-bipyramidal coordination geometry around zinc(II) ion. The crystal packing is stabilized by intermolecular NH⋯O hydrogen bonding interaction. The complexes display no d-d electronic band in the visible region due to d10 electronic configuration of zinc(II) ion. The electrochemical properties of the synthesized ligands and their complexes exhibit similar voltammogram at reduction potential due to electrochemically innocent Zn(II) ion, which evidenced that the electron transfer is due to the nature of the ligand. Binding interaction of complexes with calf thymus DNA was studied by UV-Vis absorption titration, viscometric titration and cyclic voltammetry. All complexes bind with CT DNA by intercalation, giving the binding affinity in the order of 2 > 1 ≫ 3 > 4. The prominent cheminuclease activity of complexes on plasmid DNA (pBR322 DNA) was observed in the absence and presence of H2O2. Oxidative pathway reveals that the underlying mechanism involves hydroxyl radical.

  6. The toluene-Ar complex: S0 and S1 van der Waals modes, changes to methyl rotation, and torsion-van der Waals vibration coupling

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    Gascooke, Jason R.; Lawrance, Warren D.

    2013-02-01

    The methyl rotor and van der Waals vibrational levels in the S1 and S0 states of toluene-Ar have been investigated by the technique of two-dimensional laser induced fluorescence (2D-LIF). The S0 van der Waals and methyl rotor levels are reported for the first time, while improved S1 values are presented. The correlations seen in the 2D-LIF images between the S0 and S1 states lead to a reassignment of key features in the S1 ← S0 excitation spectrum. This reassignment reveals that there are significant changes in the methyl rotor levels in the complex compared with those in bare toluene, particularly at low m. The observed rotor energies are explained by the introduction of a three-fold, V3, term in the torsion potential (this term is zero in toluene) and a reduction in the height of the six-fold, V6, barriers in S0 and S1 from their values in bare toluene. The V3 term is larger in magnitude than the V6 term in both S0 and S1. The constants determined are |V3(S1)| = 33.4 ± 1.0 cm-1, |V3(S0)| = 20.0 ± 1.0 cm-1, V6(S1) = -10.7 ± 1.0 cm-1, and V6(S0) = -1.7 ± 1.0 cm-1. The methyl rotor is also found to couple with van der Waals vibration; specifically, the m″ = 2 rotor state couples with the combination level involving one quantum of the long axis bend and m″ = 1. The coupling constant is determined to be 1.9 cm-1, which is small compared with the values typically reported for torsion-vibration coupling involving ring modes.

  7. Ir(2-phenylpyridine)2(benzene-1,2-dithiolate) anion as a diastereoselective metalloligand and nucleophile: stereoelectronic effect, spectroscopy, and computational study of the methylated and aurated complexes and their oxygenation products.

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    Nguyen, Van Ha; Khoo, Rebecca Shu Hui; Yip, John H K

    2015-03-01

    The anionic complex [Ir(2-phenylpyridine)2(benzene-1,2-dithiolate)](-) ([IrSS](-)) is a nucleophile and metalloligand that reacts with methyl iodide and AuPR3(+) (R = Ph or Et) to form S-methylated complexes (thiother-thiolate and dithiother complexes) and S-aurated complexes, respectively. The reactions are completely diastereselective, producing only the enantiomers ?S and ?R or ?SS and ?RR. The diastereoselectivity is stereoelectronically controlled by the orientation of the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of [IrSS](-) arising from filled d?-p? antibonding interactions, and the chirality of the iridium ion. Methylation or auration removes the high-energy lone pair of the thiolate S atom, leading to low-lying HOMOs composed mainly of the Ir d-orbital and the 2-phenylpyridine ? (ppy?) orbital. The methylated and aurated complexes can be oxidized by H2O2 or peracid to give sulfinate-thiother, disulfoxide, and sulfinate-sulfoxide complexes, and the oxygenation further stabilizes the HOMO. All the complexes are luminescent, and their electronic spectra are interpreted with the aid of time-dependent density functional theory calculations. The thiother-thiolate complex exhibits ligand(S)-to-ligand(?* of ppy)-charge-transfer/metal-to-ligand-charge-transfer absorption (LLCT/MLCT) and a relatively low-energy (3)LLCT/MLCT emission, while the other complexes display (3)??*/MLCT emissions. PMID:25692396

  8. Bis(3-methyl-2-pyridyl)ditelluride and pyridyl tellurolate complexes of zinc, cadmium, mercury: Synthesis, characterization and their conversion to metal telluride nanoparticles.

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    Kedarnath, G; Jain, Vimal K; Wadawale, Amey; Dey, Gautam K

    2009-10-21

    Treatment of an acetonitrile solution of metal chloride with bis(3-methyl-2-pyridyl)ditelluride, [Te(2)(pyMe)(2)], in the same solvent yielded complexes of composition [MCl(2){Te(2)(pyMe)(2)}] (M = Zn or Cd) whereas reactions of [MCl(2)(tmeda)] with NaTepyR (R = H or Me) gave tellurolate complexes of the general formula [M(TepyR)(2)] (M = Cd or Hg). When the cadmium complex [Cd(Tepy)(2)] was crystallized in the presence of excess tmeda, [Cd(Tepy)(2)(tmeda)] was formed exclusively. These complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, uv-vis, (1)H NMR data. The crystal structures of [ZnCl(2){Te(2)(pyMe)(2)}] and [Cd(Tepy)(2)(tmeda)] were established by single crystal X-ray diffraction. In the former zinc is coordinated to nitrogen atoms of the pyridyl group, while in the latter the coordination environment around tetrahedral cadmium is defined by the two neutral nitrogen atoms of tmeda, and two pyridyl tellurolate ligands. Thermal behavior of some of these complexes was studied by thermogravimetric analysis. Pyrolysis of [M(Tepy)(2)] in a furnace or in coordinating solvents such as hexadecylamine/tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (HDA/TOPO) at 350 and 160 degrees C, respectively gave MTe nanoparticles, which were characterized by uv-vis, photoluminiscence, XRD, EDAX and TEM. PMID:19789791

  9. Synthesis, spectral characterization, molecular modeling, biological activity and potentiometric studies of 4-amino-5-mercapto-3-methyl-S-triazole Schiff's base complexes

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    Alaghaz, Abdel-Nasser M. A.; Zayed, Mohamed E.; Alharbi, Suliman A.

    2015-03-01

    The Schiff's base derived from condensation of s-triazole (4-amino-5-mercapto-3-methyl-S-triazole) with pyridine-2-aldehyde and their corresponding Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II) complexes have been synthesized. The isolated solid complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, molar conductance, spectral (IR, UV-Vis, 1H NMR, mass), magnetic moment and thermal measurements. The IR spectral data suggest that the ligand coordinate in a tridentate manner (SNN) via the one thiol (SH), one pyridine ring and the azomethine (Cdbnd N) groups. The data show that the complexes have composition of ML2 type. The activation of thermodynamic parameters are calculated using Coats-Redfern, Horowitz-Metzger (HM), and Piloyan-Novikova (PN). The octahedral geometry of the complexes is confirmed using DFT method from DMOL3 calculations and ligand field parameters. Protonation constants of Schiff base and stability constants of their binary metal complexes have been determined potentiometrically in 50% DMSO-water media at 25 °C and ionic strength 0.10 M potassium nitrate. The biological activity of these compounds against various fungi has been investigated.

  10. Mixed Ligand Complexes of N-Methyl-N-phenyl Dithiocarbamate: Synthesis, Characterisation, Antifungal Activity, and Solvent Extraction Studies of the Ligand

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    Ekennia, Anthony C.; Onwudiwe, Damian C.; Ume, Cyril; Ebenso, Eno E.

    2015-01-01

    A series of mixed ligand dithiocarbamate complexes with a general formula [ML2(py)2], where M = Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), and Cu(II), py = pyridine, and L = N-methyl-N-phenyl dithiocarbamate have been prepared and characterised by elemental analysis, FTIR and Uv spectroscopy, magnetic moment, and thermogravimetric and conductance analysis. The infrared spectra showed that symmetrical bidentate coordination occurred with the dithiocarbamate moiety through the sulfur atoms, while neutral monodentate coordination occurred through the nitrogen atom for the pyridine molecule in the complexes. The electronic spectra, elemental analysis, and magnetic moment results proved that the complexes adopted octahedral geometry. The conductance measurement showed that the complexes are nonelectrolytes proving their nonionic nature. The compounds were screened for three human pathogenic fungi: Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, and Candida albicans. The cobalt complex showed the best antifungal activity among the test compounds. Liquid-liquid extractive abilities of the ligand towards copper and nickel ions in different solvent media were investigated. The ligand showed a strong binding affinity towards the metals ions with an extractive efficiency of about 99%. PMID:26543441

  11. Iron(III) complexes of bis (benzimidazol-2-yl) methyl) thiophene-2,5-dicarboxamide: Synthesis, spectral and oxidation of o-phenylenediamine

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    Tyagi, Nidhi; Mathur, Pavan

    2012-10-01

    Iron(III) complexes of a potentially pentadentate ligand N2, N5-bis ((1H-benzo [d] imidazol-2-yl) methyl) thiophene-2,5-dicarboxamide are synthesized with an exogenous anion X = Cl-, NO3-. Mössbauer and EPR spectroscopy indicates axially distorted complexes. These complexes were utilized for the oxidation of o-phenylenediamine to 2,3-diaminophenazine in presence of H2O2. The initial rate of reaction is dependent on the concentration of o-phenylenediamine as well as the iron(III) complex. Rates of reaction were found to be at least five times higher for the Cl- bound complex. The effect of an added anion like acetate, azide and citrate is found to inhibit the rate of reaction. This suggests that one of the factors affecting the rate determining step is the binding of these anions on a vacant site at the iron(III) centre. The oxidation of o-phenylenediamine to 2,3-diaminophenazine is reminiscent of the functioning of horse radish peroxidase.

  12. Iron(III) complexes of bis (benzimidazol-2-yl) methyl) thiophene-2,5-dicarboxamide: synthesis, spectral and oxidation of o-phenylenediamine.

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    Tyagi, Nidhi; Mathur, Pavan

    2012-10-01

    Iron(III) complexes of a potentially pentadentate ligand N(2), N(5)-bis ((1H-benzo [d] imidazol-2-yl) methyl) thiophene-2,5-dicarboxamide are synthesized with an exogenous anion X=Cl(-), NO(3)(-). Mössbauer and EPR spectroscopy indicates axially distorted complexes. These complexes were utilized for the oxidation of o-phenylenediamine to 2,3-diaminophenazine in presence of H(2)O(2). The initial rate of reaction is dependent on the concentration of o-phenylenediamine as well as the iron(III) complex. Rates of reaction were found to be at least five times higher for the Cl(-) bound complex. The effect of an added anion like acetate, azide and citrate is found to inhibit the rate of reaction. This suggests that one of the factors affecting the rate determining step is the binding of these anions on a vacant site at the iron(III) centre. The oxidation of o-phenylenediamine to 2,3-diaminophenazine is reminiscent of the functioning of horse radish peroxidase. PMID:22885893

  13. Hydrolysis Mechanism of the NAMI-A-type Antitumor Complex (HL)[trans-RuCl4L(dmso-S)] (L=1-methyl-1,2,4-triazole)

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    Chen, Lan-mei; Chen, Jin-can; Liao, Si-yan; Liu, Jiang-qin; Luo, Hui; Zheng, Kang-cheng

    2011-08-01

    The hydrolysis process of Ru(III) complex (HL)[trans-RuCl4L(dmso-S)] (L=1-methyl-1,2,4-triazole and dmso-S=S-dimethyl sulfoxide) (1), a potential antitumor complex similar to the well-known antitumor agent (Him)[trans-RuCl4(dmso-S)(im)] (NAMI-A, im=imidazole), was investigated using density functional theory combined with the conductor-like polarizable continuum model approach. The structural characteristics and the detailed energy profiles for the hydrolysis processes of this complex were obtained. For the first hydrolysis step, complex 1 has slightly higher barrier energies than the reported anticancer drug NAMI-A, and the result is in accordance with the experimental evidence indicating larger half-life for complex 1. For the second hydrolysis step, the formation of cis-diaqua species is thermodynamic preferred to that of trans isomers. In addition, on the basis of the analysis of electronic characteristics of species in the hydrolysis process, the trend in nucleophilic attack abilities of hydrolysis products by pertinent biomolecules is revealed and predicted.

  14. Protein Complex Interactor Analysis and Differential Activity of KDM3 Subfamily Members Towards H3K9 Methylation

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    Brauchle, Michael; Yao, Zhiping; Arora, Rishi; Thigale, Sachin; Clay, Ieuan; Inverardi, Bruno; Fletcher, Joy; Taslimi, Paul; Acker, Michael G.; Gerrits, Bertran; Voshol, Johannes; Bauer, Andreas; Schübeler, Dirk; Bouwmeester, Tewis; Ruffner, Heinz

    2013-01-01

    Histone modifications play an important role in chromatin organization and gene regulation, and their interpretation is referred to as epigenetic control. The methylation levels of several lysine residues in histone tails are tightly controlled, and JmjC domain-containing proteins are one class of broadly expressed enzymes catalyzing methyl group removal. However, several JmjC proteins remain uncharacterized, gaps persist in understanding substrate recognition, and the integration of JmjC proteins into signaling pathways is just emerging. The KDM3 subfamily is an evolutionarily conserved group of histone demethylase proteins, thought to share lysine substrate specificity. Here we use a systematic approach to compare KDM3 subfamily members. We show that full-length KDM3A and KDM3B are H3K9me1/2 histone demethylases whereas we fail to observe histone demethylase activity for JMJD1C using immunocytochemical and biochemical approaches. Structure-function analyses revealed the importance of a single amino acid in KDM3A implicated in the catalytic activity towards H3K9me1/2 that is not conserved in JMJD1C. Moreover, we use quantitative proteomic analyses to identify subsets of the interactomes of the 3 proteins. Specific interactor candidates were identified for each of the three KDM3 subfamily members. Importantly, we find that SCAI, a known transcriptional repressor, interacts specifically with KDM3B. Taken together, we identify substantial differences in the biology of KDM3 histone demethylases, namely enzymatic activity and protein-protein interactions. Such comparative approaches pave the way to a better understanding of histone demethylase specificity and protein function at a systems level and are instrumental in identifying the more subtle differences between closely related proteins. PMID:23593242

  15. Theoretical and experimental studies of phenol oxidation by ruthenium complex with N,N,N-tris(benzimidazol-2yl-methyl)amine.

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    Hernandez, J Guadalupe; Silva, Antonio Romero; Thangarasu, Pandiyan; Najera, Rafael Herrera; Moreno, Alfonso Duran; Ledesma, M Teresa Orta; Cruz-Borbolla, Julian; Singh, Narinder

    2015-09-01

    The ruthenium complex with (N,N,N-tris(benzimidazol-2yl-methyl)amine, L(1)) was prepared, and characterized. Fukui data were used to localize the reactive sites on the ligand. The structural and electronic properties of the complex were analyzed by DFT in different oxidation states in order to evaluate its oxidant properties for phenol oxidation. The results show that the hard Ru(IV) cation bonds preferentially with a hard base (Namine = amine nitrogen, or axial chloride ion), and soft Ru(II) with a soft base (Nbzim = benzimidazole nitrogen or axial triphenyl phosphine). Furthermore, the Jahn-Teller effect causes an elongation of the axial bond in the octahedral structure. The bonding nature and the orbital contribution to the electronic transitions of the complex were studied. The experimental UV-visible bands were interpreted by using TD-DFT studies. The complex oxidizes phenol to benzoquinone in the presence of H2O2 and the intermediate was detected by HPLC and (13)C NMR. A possible mechanism and rate law are proposed for the oxidation. The adduct formation of phenol with [Ru(O)L(1)](2+) or [Ru(OH)L(1)](+) is theoretically analyzed to show that [Ru(OH)L(1)-OPh](+) could produce the phenol radical. PMID:26252971

  16. DFT study of the structure and spectral behavior of new pt(II) complexes with 5-methyl-5(4-pyridyl)hydantoin

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    Bakalova, Adriana; Varbanov, Hristo; Stanchev, Stancho; Ivanov, Darvin; Jensen, Frank

    Platinum complexes are a great interest of study, because of the antitumor activity and the clinical use of some of them in the recent anticancer chemotherapy. In many cases, computational studies can be very useful for predicting the structure and some physicochemical properties of metal complexes. Theoretical calculations can also be used for the rational design of new complexes with optimal ratio: antitumor activity/toxicity. The geometry of three new Pt(II) complexes with general formula cis-[PtL2X2] (where L is 5-methyl-5(4-pyridyl)hydantoin and X = Cl-, Br-, I-) and of the free organic ligand were optimized using the hybrid DFT method B3LYP with LAN2DZ basis sets. The results were in very good correlation with the data of similar compounds from the literature. The same DFT method was used for the study of their spectral behavior, by reproducing their IR and Raman spectra and comparing them with experimental data. In addition, the distribution of charges by ESP analysis was calculated.

  17. Ionic interactions and transport properties in methyl terminated poly(propylene glycol)(4000) complexed with LiCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}

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    Ferry, A.

    1997-01-09

    Alternating current (ac) impedance, restricted diffusion, and vibrational spectroscopic (Raman and IR) measurements have been conducted on complexes of methyl capped poly(propylene glycol) of molecular weight 4000 and LiCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3} salt. The relative concentrations of anions in different chemical environments have been calculated from an analysis of the symmetric anion SO{sub 3} stretch (Raman) over a wide concentration range. Comparisons are made to previous studies on hydroxyl capped PPG systems, and we find that polar polymer end groups play an important role in the solvation of the salt. The relative fraction of anions interacting directly with lithium cations is considerably higher over the entire concentration range in the present study, and we infer the existence of negatively charged ionic aggregates in the solutions. We also note that the fraction of spectroscopically `free` anions increases with increasing salt concentration in the ether oxygen to alkali metal cation ratio (O:M) range 502:1 to 12:1, contrary to a decrease reported for the analogue hydroxyl terminated electrolytes. The ionic conductivity has a more pronounced concentration dependency in the methyl capped system; notably, the molar conductivity ({Lambda}) increases dramatically with increasing salt concentration passing through a relatively sharp maximum at O:M = 20:1 at room temperature. 71 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Synthesis and spectroscopy studies of the inclusion complex of 3-amino-5-methyl pyrazole with beta-cyclodextrin

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    Louiz, S.; Labiadh, H.; Abderrahim, R.

    2015-01-01

    Amino pyrazole belongs to anti-inflammatory class, and is characterized by a low solubility in water. (In order to increase its solubility in water, inclusion complex of amino pyrazole with ?-CD was obtained.) The inclusion complex obtained between AMP and ?-cyclodextrin, was characterized by FT-IR, 1H NMR, 1H-1H NOESY, 13C NMR, DEPT, XHCOR, spectra, through TG analysis, DTA, DSC and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The stoichiometry of inclusion complex is 1:1 (guest-host) and K stability is 1.1 104 M-1.

  19. Resolution and characterization of helicate dimer and trimer complexes of 1,3-bis(9-methyl-1,10-phenanthrolin-2-yl)propane with copper(I).

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    Lemus, Luis; Guerrero, Juan; Costamagna, Juan; Lorca, Romina; Jara, Danilo H; Ferraudi, Guillermo; Oliver, Allen; Lappin, A Graham

    2013-08-28

    Complexation of copper(I) with the binucleating ligand, 1,3-bis(9-methyl-1,10-phenanthrolin-2-yl)propane, mphenpr, result in formation of helical dimers, [Cu2(mphenpr)2](2+). The resolution of the enantiomeric forms of the dimers has been carried out with ?-[As(cat)3](-) as resolving agent and X-ray structures for two compounds, P-[Cu2(mphenpr)2](?-[As(cat)3])2 and P-[Cu2(mphenpr)2](?-[As(cat)3])24(CH3CN), are reported. The rate of racemization in poorly-coordinating solvents has been examined by (1)H NMR, and is slow. At saturating concentrations of [[Cu2(mphenpr)2](2+)] in acetonitrile, crystals of the helical trimeric complex [Cu3(mphenpr)3](ClO4)3 are obtained. The X-ray structure of the trimer is reported. This species has also been resolved. As with the helical dimer, racemization in poorly-coordinating solvents is slow, and circular dichroism and (1)H NMR spectra are reported. The absolute configuration of the resolved complex, P-[Cu3(mphenpr)3](?-[As(cat)3])3, has been determined by X-ray crystallography. PMID:23824074

  20. DICER-LIKE1 processed trans-acting siRNAs mediate DNA methylation: case study of complex small RNA biogenesis and action pathways in plants.

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    Wu, Liang

    2013-01-01

    Small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) emerge as exquisite molecules that are guided for transcriptional and posttranscriptional gene regulation in eukaryotes. As one class of most important sRNAs in plants, trans-acting small interfering RNAs (ta-siRNAs) initiate from microRNA (miRNA) - mediated cleavage of TAS gene transcripts and subsequently are stabilized by SUPPRESSOR OF GENE SILENCING3 (SGS3) and converted to double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) by the actions of RNA-DEPENDENT RNA POLYMERASE6 (RDR6). Generally, these dsRNAs are processed by DICER-LIKE4 (DCL4) and recruited into ARGONAUTE 1 (AGO1) complexes to posttranscriptionally regulate target genes by mRNA cleavage in trans. In a recent study, we discovered a non-canonical ta-siRNAs pathway: Starting from the miRNA-guided cleavage site, the dsRNAs are processed by DCL1 into 21-nt siRNAs, which associate with AGO4/6 complexes to direct DNA methylation in cis. Together with previous results that miRNAs can be produced by DCL3, loaded into AGO4 and trigger epigenetically regulation of target genes, these findings indicate much complex biogenesis, effector and action pathways exist in plant sRNAs kingdom. PMID:23104109

  1. Photodegradation of methyl orange and photoinactivation of bacteria by visible light activation of persulphate using a tris(2,2'-bipyridyl)ruthenium(II) complex.

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    Subramanian, Gokulakrishnan; Parakh, Priyadarshini; Prakash, Halan

    2013-03-01

    Persulphate is an emerging oxidant in the field of advanced oxidation processes for the degradation of environmentally persistent organic compounds. The present study shows that visible light activation of persulphate (2 mM) using tris(2,2'-bipyridyl)ruthenium(II) (complex 1) (1 μM) caused rapid degradation (98%) of model azo dye methyl orange (MO) (12 mg L(-1)) with significant mineralization (76%), and also complete inactivation of both Gram negative and positive bacteria (∼10(7) CFU mL(-1)). BacLight LIVE/DEAD assay, scanning electron microscopy and genomic DNA analysis revealed cell membrane damage and loss of chromosomal DNA, indicating oxidative stress caused to E. coli during photoinactivation. The effect of concentration of complex 1 : persulphate ratio and presence of inorganic ions (0.1 M), such as sodium hydrogen phosphate, sodium sulphate, and sodium hydrogen carbonate, on the photodegradation of MO and photoinactivation of E. coli were studied. In addition, the effect of the presence of the organic contaminant resorcinol on the photoinactivation of E. coli was also studied. Significant degradation of MO and complete inactivation of bacteria were observed in simulated ground water. The present study is the first to reveal that activation of persulphate using a visible light absorbing metal complex in aqueous media has the ability to cause degradation of organic contaminants as well as complete inactivation of bacteria. PMID:23183999

  2. Methyl 6-Amino-6-deoxy-d-pyranoside-Conjugated Platinum(II) Complexes for Glucose Transporter (GLUT)-Mediated Tumor Targeting: Synthesis, Cytotoxicity, and Cellular Uptake Mechanism.

    PubMed

    Li, Taoli; Gao, Xiangqian; Yang, Liu; Shi, Yunli; Gao, Qingzhi

    2016-05-19

    Methyl 6-aminodeoxy-d-pyranoside-derived platinum(II) glycoconjugates were designed and synthesized based on the clinical drug oxaliplatin for glucose transporter (GLUT)-mediated tumor targeting. In addition to a substantial improvement in water solubility, the conjugates exhibited cytotoxicity similar to or higher than that of oxaliplatin in six different human cancer cell lines. GLUT-mediated transport of the complexes was investigated with a cell-based fluorescence competition assay and GLUT-inhibitor-mediated cytotoxicity analysis in a GLUT-overexpressing human colorectal adenocarcinoma (HT29) cell line. The antitumor effect of the aminodeoxypyranoside-conjugated platinum(II) complexes was found to depend significantly on the GLUT inhibitor, and the cellular uptake of the molecules was regulated by GLUT-mediated transport. The results from this study demonstrate the potential advantages of aminodeoxypyranosides as sugar motifs for glycoconjugation for Warburg-effect-targeted drug design. These fundamental results also support the potential of aminodeoxypyranoside-conjugated platinum(II) complexes as lead compounds for further preclinical evaluation. PMID:27135196

  3. Molecular recognition in cyclodextrin complexes of amino acid derivatives. 2. A new perturbation: the room-temperature crystallographic structure determination for the N-acetyl-p-methoxy-L-phenylalanine methyl ester/beta-cyclodextrin complex.

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    Clark, J L; Booth, B R; Stezowski, J J

    2001-10-10

    Cyclodextrins (CDs) are cyclic oligosaccharides that encapsulate various small organic molecules, forming inclusion complexes. Because CD complexes are held together purely by noncovalent interactions, they function as excellent models for the study of chiral and molecular recognition mechanisms. Recently, room-temperature crystallographic studies of both the 2:2 N-acetyl-L-phenylalanine methyl ester/beta-CD and 2:2 N-acetyl-L-phenylalanine amide/beta-CD complexes were reported. The effect of changes in carboxyl backbone functional group on molecular recognition by the host CD molecule was examined for the nearly isomorphous supramolecular complexes. A new perturbation of the system is now examined, specifically perturbation of the aromatic side chain. We report a room-temperature crystal structure determination for the 2:2 N-acetyl-p-methoxy-L-phenylalanine methyl ester/beta-CD inclusion complex. The complex crystallizes isomorphously with the two previously reported examples in space group P1; the asymmetric unit consists of a hydrated head-to-head host dimer with two included guest molecules. The crystal packing provides both a nonconstraining extended hydrophobic pocket and an adjacent hydrophilic region, where hydrogen-bonding interactions can potentially occur with primary hydroxyl groups of neighboring CD molecules and waters of hydration. The rigid host molecules show no sign of conformational disorder, and water of hydration molecules exhibit the same type of disorder observed for the other two complexes, with a few significant differences in locations of water molecules in the hydrophilic region near guest molecules. There is evidence for modest disorder in the guest region of an electron density map. In comparing this system with the two previously reported complexes of phenylalanine derivatives, it is found that the packing of the guest molecules inside the torus of the CD changes upon substitution of a methoxy group at the para position of the aromatic phenyl ring. Backbone hydrogen-bonding interactions for the guest molecules with the CD primary hydroxyls and waters also change. This structure determination is a new and revealing addition to a small but growing database of amino acid and peptidomimetic interactions with carbohydrates. PMID:11583553

  4. Enzyme Inhibitor Studies Reveal Complex Control of Methyl-D-Erythritol 4-Phosphate (MEP) Pathway Enzyme Expression in Catharanthus roseus

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    Han, Mei; Heppel, Simon C.; Su, Tao; Bogs, Jochen; Zu, Yuangang; An, Zhigang; Rausch, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    In Catharanthus roseus, the monoterpene moiety exerts a strong flux control for monoterpene indole alkaloid (MIA) formation. Monoterpene synthesis depends on the methyl-D-erythritol 4-phosphate (MEP) pathway. Here, we have explored the regulation of this pathway in response to developmental and environmental cues and in response to specific enzyme inhibitors. For the MEP pathway entry enzyme 1-deoxy-D-xylulose 5-phosphate synthase (DXS), a new (type I) DXS isoform, CrDXS1, has been cloned, which, in contrast to previous reports on type II CrDXS, was not transcriptionally activated by the transcription factor ORCA3. Regulation of the MEP pathway in response to metabolic perturbations has been explored using the enzyme inhibitors clomazone (precursor of 5-ketochlomazone, inhibitor of DXS) and fosmidomycin (inhibitor of deoxyxylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase (DXR)), respectively. Young leaves of non-flowering plants were exposed to both inhibitors, adopting a non-invasive in vivo technique. Transcripts and proteins of DXS (3 isoforms), DXR, and hydroxymethylbutenyl diphosphate synthase (HDS) were monitored, and protein stability was followed in isolated chloroplasts. Transcripts for DXS1 were repressed by both inhibitors, whereas transcripts for DXS2A&B, DXR and HDS increased after clomazone treatment but were barely affected by fosmidomycin treatment. DXS protein accumulated in response to both inhibitors, whereas DXR and HDS proteins were less affected. Fosmidomycin-induced accumulation of DXS protein indicated substantial posttranscriptional regulation. Furthermore, fosmidomycin effectively protected DXR against degradation in planta and in isolated chloroplasts. Thus our results suggest that DXR protein stability may be affected by substrate binding. In summary, the present results provide novel insight into the regulation of DXS expression in C. roseus in response to MEP-pathway perturbation. PMID:23650515

  5. Methyl-, Ethenyl-, and Ethynyl-Bridged Cationic Digold Complexes Stabilized by Coordination to a Bulky Terphenylphosphine Ligand.

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    Espada, María F; Campos, Jesús; López-Serrano, Joaquín; Poveda, Manuel L; Carmona, Ernesto

    2015-12-14

    Reactions of the gold(I) triflimide complex [Au(NTf2 )(PMe2 Ar${{^{{\\rm Dipp}{_{2}}}}}$)] (1) with the gold(I) hydrocarbyl species [AuR(PMe2 Ar${{^{{\\rm Dipp}{_{2}}}}}$)] (2 a-2 c) enable the isolation of hydrocarbyl-bridged cationic digold complexes with the general composition [Au2 (μ-R)(PMe2 Ar${{^{{\\rm Dipp}{_{2}}}}}$)2 ][NTf2 ], where Ar${{^{{\\rm Dipp}{_{2}}}}}$=C6 H3 -2,6-(C6 H3 -2,6-iPr2 )2 and R=Me (3), CHCH2 (4), or CCH (5). Compound 3 is the first alkyl-bridged digold complex to be reported and features a symmetric [Au(μ-CH3 )Au](+) core. Complexes 4 and 5 are the first species of their kind that contain simple, unsubstituted vinyl and acetylide units, respectively. In the series of complexes 3-5, the bridging carbon atom systematically changes its hybridization from sp(3) to sp(2) and sp. Concomitant with this change, and owing to variations in the nature of the bonding within the [Au(μ-R)Au](+) unit, there is a gradual decrease in aurophilicity, that is, the strength of the Au⋅⋅⋅Au bonding interaction decreases. This change is illustrated by a monotonic increase in the Au-Au distance by approximately 0.3 Å from R=CH3 (2.71 Å) to CHCH2 (3.07 Å) and CCH (3.31 Å). PMID:26555404

  6. Intrathecally administered D-cycloserine produces nociceptive behavior through the activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor ion-channel complex acting on the glycine recognition site.

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    Tan-No, Koichi; Esashi, Akihisa; Nakagawasai, Osamu; Niijima, Fukie; Furuta, Seiichi; Sato, Takumi; Satoh, Susumu; Yasuhara, Hajime; Tadano, Takeshi

    2007-05-01

    Intrathecal (i.t.) administration of D-cycloserine (100 and 300 fmol), a partial agonist of the glycine recognition site on the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor ion-channel complex, produced a behavioral response mainly consisting of biting and/or licking of the hindpaw and the tail along with slight hindlimb scratching directed toward the flank in mice, which peaked at 5 - 10 min and almost disappeared at 15 min after the injection. The behavior induced by D-cycloserine (300 fmol) was dose-dependently inhibited by an intraperitoneal injection of morphine (0.5-2 mg/kg), suggesting that the behavioral response is related to nociception. The nociceptive behavior was also dose-dependently inhibited by i.t. co-administration of 7-chlorokynurenic acid (0.25-4 nmol), a competitive antagonist of the glycine recognition site on the NMDA receptor ion-channel complex; D-(-)-2-amino-5-phosphonovaleric acid (62.5-500 pmol), a competitive NMDA receptor antagonist; MK-801 (62.5-500 pmol), an NMDA ion-channel blocker; ifenprodil (0.5-8 nmol); arcaine (31-125 pmol); and agmatine (0.1-10 pmol), all being antagonists of the polyamine recognition site on the NMDA receptor ion-channel complex. However, [D-Phe7,D-His9]-substance P(6-11), a specific antagonist for substance P (NK1) receptors, and MEN-10,376, a tachykinin NK2-receptor antagonist, had no effect on D-cycloserine-induced nociceptive behavior. These results in the mouse spinal cord suggest that D-cycloserine-induced nociceptive behavior is mediated through the activation of the NMDA receptor ion-channel complex by acting on the glycine recognition site and that it does not involve the tachykinin receptor mechanism. PMID:17452810

  7. Synthesis and reactions of dinuclear palladium complexes containing methyls and hydride on adjacent palladium centers: reductive elimination and carbonylation reactions

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    Young, S.J.; Kellenberger, B.; Reibenspies, J.H.; Himmel, S.E.; Manning, M.; Anderson, O.P.; Stille, J.K.

    1988-08-17

    The transmetalation reaction of trimethylaluminum with the palladium chloride dimer Pd/sub 2/Cl/sub 2/(..mu..-dppm)/sub 2/ (1) (dppm = bis(diphenylphosphino)methane) at -78/degrees/C gave an intermediate, Pd/sub 2/ClMe(..mu..-dppm)/sub 2/ (2), which disproportionated at /approximately/ 10/degrees/C to yield the trans-face-to-face palladium dimer Pd/sub 2/Cl/sub 2/Me/sub 2/(..mu..-dppm)/sub 2/ (3) and a palladium dimer Pd/sub 2/Cl/sub 2/(..mu..-CH/sub 2/)(..mu..-dppm)/sub 2/ (5). The use of excess trimethylaluminum at -40/degrees/C gave the dimethyl complex, Pd/sub 2/Me/sub 2/(..mu..-dppm)/sub 2/ (7). When 2 and 7 were protonated, a stable A-frame chloro-bridged dimer (Pd/sub 2/HMe(..mu..-Cl)(..mu..-dppm)/sub 2/)/sup +/ (6) and a hydride-bridged dimer (Pd/sub 2/Me/sub 2/(..mu..-H)(..mu..-dppm)/sub 2/)/sup +/ (10) that rearranged to the acyl complex (Pd/sub 2/H(COCH/sub 3/)(..mu..-Cl)(..mu..-dppm))/sup +/ (11) and then on warming eliminated acetaldehyde. The carbonylation of 8 (1 atm) proceeded stepwise to give first the mono- and then the diacyl complexes. The diacyl complex (Pd/sub 2/(COCH/sub 3/)/sub 2/(..mu..-H)(dppm)/sub 2/)/sup +/ (13) underwent the reductive elimination of acetaldehyde at ambient temperatures. 23 references, 3 figures, 5 tables.

  8. An H3K36 methylation-engaging Tudor motif of polycomb-like proteins mediates PRC2 complex targeting.

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    Cai, Ling; Rothbart, Scott B; Lu, Rui; Xu, Bowen; Chen, Wei-Yi; Tripathy, Ashutosh; Rockowitz, Shira; Zheng, Deyou; Patel, Dinshaw J; Allis, C David; Strahl, Brian D; Song, Jikui; Wang, Gang Greg

    2013-02-01

    Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) regulates pluripotency, differentiation, and tumorigenesis through catalysis of histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation (H3K27me3) on chromatin. However, the mechanisms that underlie PRC2 recruitment and spreading on chromatin remain unclear. Here we report that histone H3 lysine 36 trimethylation (H3K36me3) binding activity is harbored in the Tudor motifs of PRC2-associated polycomb-like (PCL) proteins PHF1/PCL1 and PHF19/PCL3. Ectopically expressed PHF1 induced Tudor-dependent stabilization of PRC2 complexes on bulk chromatin and mediated spreading of PRC2 and H3K27me3 into H3K36me3-containing chromatin regions. In murine pluripotent stem cells, we identified coexistence of H3K36me3, H3K27me3, and PHF19/PCL3 at a subset of poised developmental genes and demonstrated that PHF19/PCL3 Tudor function is required for optimal H3K27me3 and repression of these loci. Collectively, our data suggest that PCL recognition of H3K36me3 promotes intrusion of PRC2 complexes into active chromatin regions to promote gene silencing and modulate the chromatin landscape during development. PMID:23273982

  9. An H3K36 methylation engaging Tudor motif of polycomb-like proteins mediates PRC2 complex targeting

    PubMed Central

    Cai, Ling; Rothbart, Scott B.; Lu, Rui; Xu, Bowen; Chen, Wei-Yi; Tripathy, Ashutosh; Rockowitz, Shira; Zheng, Deyou; Patel, Dinshaw J; Allis, C. David; Strahl, Brian D.; Song, Jikui; Wang, Gang Greg

    2012-01-01

    SUMMARY Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) regulates pluripotency, differentiation and tumorigenesis through catalysis of histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation (H3K27me3) on chromatin. However, the mechanisms that underlie PRC2 recruitment and spreading on chromatin remain unclear. Here we report that histone H3 lysine 36 trimethylation (H3K36me3)-binding activity is harbored in the Tudor motifs of PRC2-associated polycomblike (PCL) proteins PHF1/PCL1 and PHF19/PCL3. Ectopically expressed PHF1 induced Tudor-dependent stabilization of PRC2 complexes on bulk chromatin and mediated spreading of PRC2 and H3K27me3 into H3K36me3-containing chromatin regions. In murine pluripotent stem cells, we identified coexistence of H3K36me3, H3K27me3, and PHF19/PCL3 at a subset of ‘poised’ developmental genes, and demonstrated that PHF19/PCL3 Tudor function is required for optimal H3K27me3 and repression of these loci. Collectively, our data suggest that PCL recognition of H3K36me3 promotes intrusion of PRC2 complexes into active chromatin regions to promote gene silencing and modulate the chromatin landscape during development. PMID:23273982

  10. Pd(II) and Pd(IV) complexes with 5-methyl-5-(4-pyridyl)hydantoin: Synthesis, physicochemical, theoretical, and pharmacological investigation

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    Sabounchei, Seyyed Javad; Shahriary, Parisa; Salehzadeh, Sadegh; Gholiee, Yasin; Nematollahi, Davood; Chehregani, Abdolkarim; Amani, Ameneh; Afsartala, Zohreh

    2015-01-01

    The reaction of K2[PdCl4] and PdCl2 with 5-methyl-5-(4-pyridyl)-2,4-imidazolidenedione (L) proceeded with the formation of two different Pd complexes, PdL2Cl2 (1) and PdL2Cl4 (2c), corresponded to a substitution reaction and a substitution reaction along with unanticipated oxidation, respectively. The nature of the oxidizing agent is unknown. These compounds have been studied by elemental analysis, IR, 1H and 13CNMR, molar conductivity, and cyclic voltammetry. In addition, structural optimization by DFT calculations and simulation of NMR spectra have been performed and compared with the experimental data. NBO analysis, HOMO and LUMO, have been used to elucidate the information regarding charge transfer within the molecules. Theoretical studies confirmed that in 1 and 2c the trans structures are about 41 and 33 kJ mol-1 more stable than cis ones. Antibacterial activity and in vitro cytotoxicity of these compounds, as respectively assessed in six bacterial strains and two human tumor cell lines, have been investigated. Results showed the title complexes have the capacity of inhibiting the metabolic growth of bacteria and tumor cells to different extents.

  11. Methyl Iodide

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Methyl iodide (MeI, iodomethane, CH3I) was reported as a potential alternative to the stratospheric ozone-depleting fumigant methyl bromide (MeBr) in the mid-1990s (Sims et al., 1995; Ohr et al., 1996). It has since received significant research attention to determine its environmental fate and tran...

  12. Synthesis and luminescence of lanthanide complexes of a branched macrocyclic ligand containing 2,2[prime]-bipyridine and 9-methyl-1,10-phenanthroline subunits

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    Sabbatini, N.; Guardigli, M.; Manet, I.; Bolletta, F. ); Ziessel, R. )

    1994-03-02

    The synthesis of the branched-macrocyclic ligand 1 incorporating two 2,2[prime]-bipyridine units in the macrocycle and two 9-methyl-1,10-phenanthroline units in the branches is described as well as the synthesis and the photophysical properties of its Eu[sup 3+], Tb[sup 3+], and Gd[sup 3+] complexes. These complexes do not decompose in water in contrast to those of the related ligand containing 2,2[prime]-bipyridine instead of 1,10-phenanthroline. They show intense absorption bands in the UV region due to absorption in the ligand. The emission spectra of the [Eu[contained in]1][sup 3+] and [Tb[contained in]1][sup 3+] complexes obtained upon ligand excitation show the usual Eu[sup 3+] and Tb[sup 3+] transitions. The pattern of the emission spectrum of the [Eu[contained in]1][sup 3+] complex allows one to assess a low (presumably C[sub 2]) symmetry as the probable site symmetry of the metal ion in the complex. For [Eu[contained in]1][sup 3+] and [Tb[contained in]1][sup 3+], the metal luminescence excitation spectra in water match the ligand absorption spectra while in methanol the absorption due to the phenanthroline is missing. This suggests that in water the efficiency of the ligand-to-metal energy transfer is similar for the two chromophores while in methanol phenanthroline transfers energy to the metal ion less efficiently than bipyridine. The luminescence quantum yield values in water and methanol confirm this interpretation. The lifetimes of the Eu[sup 3+] and Tb[sup 3+] emitting state indicate that the shielding of the metal ion from solvent molecules is rather inefficient. For the [Tb[contained in]1][sup 3+] complex the lifetimes are temperature dependent which is attributed to the presence of an equilibrium between the metal emitting state and triplet excited states of the ligand; this process is most likely responsible for the low luminescence quantum yields and the oxygen effect on the Tb[sup 3+] luminescence.

  13. Synthesis, crystal structures and intermolecular interactions of two Mn(II) complexes with 4,4‧-bipy and methyl benzoates

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    Xin-Jian, Wu; Yi-Ping, Chen; Ze-Min, Xia; Su-Zhi, Ge; Feng, Chai; Ling-Yan, Zhao; Jian-Zhong, Chen

    2013-03-01

    Two manganese complexes containing 4,4'-bipyridine and methyl benzoate as ligands have been prepared and crystallized by solvent evaporation method in DMF. The single crystal X-ray crystallographic analyses reveal that the complexes crystallize in monoclinic system. Crystal of 1 [Mn2(4,4'-bipy)2 (o-MBA)4]n has space group of P21/c with unit cell parameters of a = 17.508 (Å), b = 11.6229 (Å), c = 27.983 (Å), β = 128.123°, V = 4.4797 nm3, empirical formula: C52H44Mn2N4O8, Mr = 962.79, Z = 4, Dc = 1.428 g/cm3, μ = 0.625 mm-1, and F(000) = 1992. The crystal of 2 [Mn (4,4'-bipy)(m-MBA)2]n belongs to space group C2/c with a = 16.079 (Å), b = 11.652 (Å), c = 24.887 (Å), β = 92.02°, V = 4.660 nm3, empirical formula: C26H22MnN2O4, Mr = 481.40, Z = 8, Dc = 1.372 g/cm3, μ = 1.179 mm-1, F(000) = 1992. The weak interactions in structures are observed from the X-ray crystallographic data. These include the Csbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonds, π-π stacking and Csbnd H⋯π interactions found in 1. The different strength of intermolecular interaction in the structures is reflected on their different thermal stability of the two complexes measured by thermal gravimetric analysis and the 2D-IR correlation spectroscopy. The study of weak interactions is meaningful to provide supporting data for potential application in molecular biology.

  14. Multifaceted genome control by Set1 Dependent and Independent of H3K4 methylation and the Set1C/COMPASS complex.

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    Mikheyeva, Irina V; Grady, Patrick J R; Tamburini, Fiona B; Lorenz, David R; Cam, Hugh P

    2014-10-01

    Histone modifiers are critical regulators of chromatin-based processes in eukaryotes. The histone methyltransferase Set1, a component of the Set1C/COMPASS complex, catalyzes the methylation at lysine 4 of histone H3 (H3K4me), a hallmark of euchromatin. Here, we show that the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe Set1 utilizes distinct domain modules to regulate disparate classes of repetitive elements associated with euchromatin and heterochromatin via H3K4me-dependent and -independent pathways. Set1 employs its RNA-binding RRM2 and catalytic SET domains to repress Tf2 retrotransposons and pericentromeric repeats while relying on its H3K4me function to maintain transcriptional repression at the silent mating type (mat) locus and subtelomeric regions. These repressive functions of Set1 correlate with the requirement of Set1C components to maintain repression at the mat locus and subtelomeres while dispensing Set1C in repressing Tf2s and pericentromeric repeats. We show that the contributions of several Set1C subunits to the states of H3K4me diverge considerably from those of Saccharomyces cerevisiae orthologs. Moreover, unlike S. cerevisiae, the regulation of Set1 protein level is not coupled to the status of H3K4me or histone H2B ubiquitination by the HULC complex. Intriguingly, we uncover a genome organization role for Set1C and H3K4me in mediating the clustering of Tf2s into Tf bodies by antagonizing the acetyltransferase Mst1-mediated H3K4 acetylation. Our study provides unexpected insights into the regulatory intricacies of a highly conserved chromatin-modifying complex with diverse roles in genome control. PMID:25356590

  15. Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) complexes of methyl-5-(Phenylthio) benzimidazole-2-carbamate: Molecular structures, spectral and DFT calculations

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    Mansour, Ahmed M.; El Bakry, Eslam M.; Abdel-Ghani, Nour T.

    2016-05-01

    [Co(FBZ)2(H2O)]·2NO3·0.5H2O (1), [Ni(FBZ)2X2]·zH2O (X = Cl​-, z = 0.5 (2) and X = CH3COO-, z = 1 (3)) and [Cu(FBZ)2(H2O) (NO3)]·NO3·1.5H2O (4) (FBZ = methyl-5-(Phenylthio) benzimidazole-2-carbamate; Fenbendazole) complexes were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, thermal, IR, EPR, UV-Vis, magnetic and conductance measurements. Geometry optimization, molecular electrostatic potential maps and natural bond orbital analysis were carried out at DFT/B3LYP/6-31G∗ level of theory. FBZ behaves as a neutral bidentate ligand via the pyridine-type nitrogen of the benzimidazole moiety and the carbamate group. Three-step ionization with pKa values of 3.38, 4.06 and 10.07 were reported for FBZ. The coordination of FBZ to the metal ions led to an increase in the antibacterial activity against the tested Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli bacteria.

  16. Highly Selective Anti-Cancer Activity of Cholesterol-Interacting Agents Methyl-β-Cyclodextrin and Ostreolysin A/Pleurotolysin B Protein Complex on Urothelial Cancer Cells

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    Resnik, Nataša; Repnik, Urška; Kreft, Mateja Erdani; Sepčić, Kristina; Maček, Peter; Turk, Boris; Veranič, Peter

    2015-01-01

    Cholesterol content can vary distinctly between normal and cancer cells, with elevated levels in cancer cells. Here, we investigated cholesterol sequestration with methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MCD), and pore-formation with the ostreolysin A/pleurotolysin B (OlyA/PlyB) protein complex that binds to cholesterol/sphingomyelin-rich membrane domains. We evaluated the effects on viability of T24 invasive and RT4 noninvasive human urothelial cancer cells and normal porcine urothelial (NPU) cells. Cholesterol content strongly correlated with cancerous transformation, as highest in the T24 high-grade invasive urothelial cancer cells, and lowest in NPU cells. MCD treatment induced prominent cell death of T24 cells, whereas OlyA/PlyB treatment resulted in greatly decreased viability of the RT4 low-grade noninvasive carcinoma cells. Biochemical and transmission electron microscopy analyses revealed that MCD and OlyA/PlyB induce necrotic cell death in these cancer cells, while viability of NPU cells was not significantly affected by either treatment. We conclude that MCD is more toxic for T24 high-grade invasive urothelial cancer cells, and OlyA/PlyB for RT4 low-grade noninvasive urothelial cancer cells, and neither is toxic for NPU cells. The cholesterol and cholesterol/sphingomyelin-rich membrane domains in urothelial cancer cells thus constitute a selective therapeutic target for elimination of urothelial cancer cells. PMID:26361392

  17. The Influence of Linker Geometry on Uranyl Complexation by Rigidly-Linked Bis(3-hydroxy-N-methyl-pyridin-2-one)

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    Szigethy, Geza; Raymond, Kenneth

    2010-04-22

    A series of bis(3-hydroxy-N-methyl-pyridin-2-one) ligands was synthesized, and their respective uranyl complexes were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. These structures were inspected for high-energy conformations and evaluated using a series of metrics to measure co-planarity of chelating moieties with each other and the uranyl coordination plane, as well as to measure coordinative crowding about the uranyl dication. Both very short (ethyl, 3,4-thiophene and o-phenylene) and very long ({alpha},{alpha}{prime}-m-xylene and 1,8-fluorene) linkers provide optimal ligand geometries about the uranyl cation, resulting in planar, unstrained molecular arrangements. The planarity of the rigid linkers also suggests there is a degree of pre-organization for a planar coordination mode that is ideal for uranyl-selective ligand design. Comparison of intramolecular N{sub amide}-O{sub phenolate} distances and {sup 1}H NMR chemical shifts of amide protons supports earlier results that short linkers provide the optimal geometry for intramolecular hydrogen bonding.

  18. Targeting the D1-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor complex reduces l-dopa-induced dyskinesia in 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned Parkinson’s rats

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    Song, Lu; Zhang, Zhanzhao; Hu, Rongguo; Cheng, Jie; Li, Lin; Fan, Qinyi; Wu, Na; Gan, Jing; Zhou, Mingzhu; Liu, Zhenguo

    2016-01-01

    L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (l-dopa) remains the most effective therapy for Parkinson’s disease (PD), but its long-term administration is associated with the development of debilitating motor complications known as l-dopa-induced dyskinesia (LID). Enhanced function of dopamine D1 receptor (D1R) and N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) is believed to participate in the pathogenesis of LID. Given the existence of physical and functional interactions between D1R and NMDAR, we explored the effects of uncoupling D1R and NMDA GluN1 (GluN1) interaction on LID by using the Tat-conjugated interfering peptide (Tat-D1-t2). In this study, we demonstrated in 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-lesioned PD rat model that intrastriatal injection of Tat-D1-t2 alleviated dyskinetic behaviors and downregulated the phosphorylation of DARPP-32 at Thr34 induced by levodopa. Moreover, we also showed intrastriatal administration of Tat-D1-t2 elicited alterations in membranous GluN1 and D1R expression. These findings indicate that D1R/GluN1 complexes may be a molecular target with therapeutic potential for the treatment of dyskinesia in Parkinson’s patients. PMID:26893543

  19. Novel Cobalt(II) complexes containing N,N-di(2-picolyl)amine based ligands; Synthesis, characterization and application towards methyl methacrylate polymerisation

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    Ahn, Seoung Hyun; Choi, Sang-Il; Jung, Maeng Joon; Nayab, Saira; Lee, Hyosun

    2016-06-01

    The reaction of [CoCl2·6H2O] with N‧-substituted N,N-di(2-picolyl)amine ligands such as 1-cyclohexyl-N,N-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)methanamine (LA), 2-methoxy-N,N-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)ethan-1-amine (LB), and 3-methoxy-N,N-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)propan-1-amine (LC), yielded [LnCoCl2] (Ln = LA, LB and LC), respectively. The Co(II) centre in [LnCoCl2] (Ln = LA, and LC) adopted distorted bipyramidal geometries through coordination of nitrogen atoms of di(2-picolyl)amine moiety to the Co(II) centre along with two chloro ligands. The 6-coordinated [LBCoCl2] showed a distorted octahedral geometry, achieved through coordination of the two pyridyl units, two chloro units, and bidentate coordination of nitrogen and oxygen in the N‧-methoxyethylamine to the Co(II) centre. [LCCoCl2] (6.70 × 104 gPMMA/molCo h) exhibited higher catalytic activity for the polymerisation of methyl methacrylate (MMA) in the presence of modified methylaluminoxane (MMAO) compared to rest of Co(II) complexes. The catalytic activity was considered as a function of steric properties of ligand architecture and increased steric bulk around the metal centre resulted in the decrease catalytic activity. All Co(II) initiators yielded syndiotactic poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA).

  20. Ultrasensitive biosensor for detection of organophosphorus pesticides based on a macrocycle complex/carbon nanotubes composite and 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate as binder compound.

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    Pereira, Neuma das Mercês; de Oliveira, Fernando Mota; Pereira, Nara Rúbia; Verly, Rodrigo Moreira; Souto, Dênio Emanuel Pires; Kubota, Lauro Tatsuo; Tanaka, Auro Atsushi; Damos, Flavio Santos; Luz, Rita de Cássia Silva

    2015-01-01

    This work describes the highly sensitive detection of organophosphorus pesticides employing the cobalt(II) 4,4,4,4-tetrasulfo-phthalocyanine (CoTSPc) macrocycle complex, carbon nanotubes (CNT), and 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (OMIM[BF4]). The technique is based on enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibition. The composite was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and amperometry. The AChE was immobilized on the composite electrode surface by cross-linking with glutaraldehyde and chitosan. The synergistic action of the CoTSPc/CNT/OMIM[BF4] composite showed excellent electrocatalytic activity, with a low applied potential for the amperometric detection of thiocholine (TCh) at 0.0 V vs. Ag/AgCl. The calculated catalytic rate constant, k(cat), was 3.67 × 10(3) mol(-1) L s(-1). Under the optimum conditions, the inhibition rates of these pesticides were proportional to their concentrations in the ranges of 1.0 pmol L(-1) to 1.0 nmol L(-1) (fenitrothion), 2.0 pmol L(-1) to 8.0 nmol L(-1) (dichlorvos), and 16 pmol L(-1) to 5.0 nmol L(-1) (malathion). PMID:25792271

  1. A STUDY OF FUNDAMENTAL REACTION PATHWAYS FOR TRANSITION METAL ALKYL COMPLEXES. I. THE REACTION OF A NICKEL METHYL COMPLEX WITH ALKYNES. II. THE MECHANISM OF ALDEHYDE FORMATION IN THE REACTION OF A MOLYBDENUM HYDRIDE WITH MOLYBDENUM ALKYLS

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    Huggins, John Mitchell

    1980-06-01

    I. This study reports the rapid reaction under mild conditions of internal or terminal alkynes with methyl (acetyl~ acetonato) (triphenylphosphine) nickel (1) in either aromatic or ether solvents. In all cases vinylnickel products 2 are formed by insertion of the alkyne into the nickel=methyl bond. These complexes may be converted into a variety of organic products (e.g. alkenes, esters, vinyl halides) by treatment with appropriate reagents. Unsymmetrical alkynes give selectively the one regioisomer with the sterically largest substituent next to the nickel atom. In order to investigate the stereochemistry of the initial insertion, a x-ray diffraction study of the reaction of 1 with diphenylacetylene was carried out. This showed that the vinylnickel complex formed by overall trans insertion was the product of the reaction. Furthermore, subsequent slow isomerization of this complex, to a mixture of it and the corresponding cis isomer, demonstrated that this trans addition product is the kinetic product of the reaction. In studies with other alkynes, the product of trans addition was not always exclusively (or even predominantly) formed, but the ratio of the stereoisomers formed kinetically was substantially different from the thermodynamic ratio. Isotope labeling, added phosphine, and other experiments have allowed us to conclude that the mechanism of this reaction does involve initial cis addition. However, a coordinatively unsaturated vinylnickel complex is initially formed which can undergo rapid, phosphine-catalyzed cis-trans isomerization in competition with its conversion to the isolable phosphine-substituted kinetic reaction products. II. The reaction of CpMo(CO){sub 3}H (1a) with CpMo(CO){sub 3}R (2, R= CH{sub 3}, C{sub 2}H{sub 5}) at 50{degrees} C in THF gives the aldehyde RCHO and the dimers [CpMo(CO){sub 3}]{sub 2} (3a) and [CpMo(CO){sub 2}]{sub 2} (4a). Labeling one of the reactants with a methylcyclopentadienyl ligand it was possible to show that the mixed dimers MeCpMo(CO){sub 3}-(CO){sub 3}MoCp (3b) and MeCpMo(CO){sub 2}{triple_bond}(CO){sub 2}MoCp (4b) are the predominant kinetic products of the reaction. Additionally labeling the carbonyl ligands of 1a with {sup 13}CO led to the conclusion that all three of the carbonyl ligands in 1a end up in the tetracarbonyl dimers 4a if the reaction is carried out under a continuous purge of argon Trapping studies failed to find any evidence for the intermediacy of either [CpMo(CO){sub 3}]{sup -} or [CpMo(CO){sub 3}]{sup +} in this reaction. A mechanism is proposed that involves the initial migration of the alkyl ligand in 2 to CO forming an unsaturated acyl complex which reacts with 1a to give a binuclear complex containing a three center-two electron Mo-H-Mo bond. This complex then selectively looses a carbonyl from the acyl molybdenum, migrates the hydride to that same metal, and forms a metal-metal bond. This binuclear complex with the hydride and acyl ligands on one metal reductively eliminates aldehyde, and migrates a carbonyl ligand, to give 4a directly. The other product 3a is formed by addition of two molecules of free CO to 4a.

  2. [CuCl3(H2O)](-) complexes aggregated to form hydrate columns in methyl-substituted pyridinium or piperidinium salts.

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    Nalla, Sowjanya; Bond, Marcus R

    2011-06-01

    1,2,3-Trimethylpyridinium aquatrichloridocuprate(II), (C(8)H(12)N)[CuCl(3)(H(2)O)], (I), 3,4-dimethylpyridinium aquatrichloridocuprate(II), (C(7)H(10)N)[CuCl(3)(H(2)O)], (II), and 2,3-dimethylpyridinium aquatrichloridocuprate(II), (C(7)H(10)N)[CuCl(3)(H(2)O)], (III), exhibit the same fundamental structure, with (I) and (II) isomorphous and with the unit-cell constants of (III) similar to the reduced unit-cell constants of (I) and (II). The distorted square-planar [CuCl(3)(H(2)O)](-) complex [mirror symmetric in (I) and (II)] forms two semicoordinate CuCl bonds to a neighboring complex to produce a dimer with 2/m symmetry [only inversion symmetry in (III)]. The semicoordinate Cu...Cl bond length of the dimer shows significant elongation at 295 K compared with that at 100 K, while the coordinate Cu-Cl bond lengths are slightly contracted at 295 K compared with those at 100 K. The inorganic dimers are linked by eight hydrogen bonds to four neighboring dimers to establish a checkerboard network layer in the ab plane, with voids between the dimers that accommodate, on both sides, inversion-related organic cation pairs. The organic cations are required by mirror-plane symmetry to be disordered in (I) and (II). The organic cations and [CuCl(3)(H(2)O)](-) complexes are nearly coplanar and tilted out of the layer plane to establish a hybrid organic-inorganic layer structure parallel to (202) [(11-2) in (III)], with hydrate columns (defined by water molecules) and hydrophobic columns (defined by methyl groups) parallel to each other [and along the 2(1) axes in (I) and (II)]. In 1,1-dimethylpiperidinium aquatrichloridocuprate(II), (C(7)H(16)N)[CuCl(3)(H(2)O)], (IV), the bulkier organic cation prevents semicoordinate bonding between complexes, which are hydrogen bonded side-to-side in zigzag chains that place water molecules in columns along half of the 2(1) axes. PMID:21633151

  3. The proto-oncoprotein FBI-1 interacts with MBD3 to recruit the Mi-2/NuRD-HDAC complex and BCoR and to silence p21WAF/CDKN1A by DNA methylation

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    Choi, Won-Il; Jeon, Bu-Nam; Yoon, Jae-Hyeon; Koh, Dong-In; Kim, Myung-Hwa; Yu, Mi-Young; Lee, Kyung-Mi; Kim, Youngsoo; Kim, Kyunggon; Hur, Sujin Susanne; Lee, Choong-Eun; Kim, Kyung-Sup; Hur, Man-Wook

    2013-01-01

    The tumour-suppressor gene CDKN1A (encoding p21Waf/Cip1) is thought to be epigenetically repressed in cancer cells. FBI-1 (ZBTB7A) is a proto-oncogenic transcription factor repressing the alternative reading frame and p21WAF/CDKN1A genes of the p53 pathway. FBI-1 interacts directly with MBD3 (methyl-CpG–binding domain protein 3) in the nucleus. We demonstrated that FBI-1 binds both non-methylated and methylated DNA and that MBD3 is recruited to the CDKN1A promoter through its interaction with FBI-1, where it enhances transcriptional repression by FBI-1. FBI-1 also interacts with the co-repressors nuclear receptor corepressor (NCoR), silencing mediator for retinoid and thyroid receptors (SMRT) and BCL-6 corepressor (BCoR) to repress transcription. MBD3 regulates a molecular interaction between the co-repressor and FBI-1. MBD3 decreases the interaction between FBI-1 and NCoR/SMRT but increases the interaction between FBI-1 and BCoR. Because MBD3 is a subunit of the Mi-2 autoantigen (Mi-2)/nucleosome remodelling and histone deacetylase (NuRD)-HDAC complex, FBI-1 recruits the Mi-2/NuRD-HDAC complex via MBD3. BCoR interacts with the Mi-2/NuRD-HDAC complex, DNMTs and HP1. MBD3 and BCoR play a significant role in the recruitment of the Mi-2/NuRD-HDAC complex– and the NuRD complex–associated proteins, DNMTs and HP. By recruiting DNMTs and HP1, Mi-2/NuRD-HDAC complex appears to play key roles in epigenetic repression of CDKN1A by DNA methylation. PMID:23658227

  4. 7-Chlorokynurenic acid is a selective antagonist at the glycine modulatory site of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor complex.

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    Kemp, J A; Foster, A C; Leeson, P D; Priestley, T; Tridgett, R; Iversen, L L; Woodruff, G N

    1988-01-01

    Glycine markedly potentiates N-methyl-D-aspartate (N-Me-D-Asp) responses in mammalian neurons by an action at a modulatory site on the N-Me-D-Asp receptor-ionophore complex. Here we present evidence that 7-chlorokynurenic acid (7-Cl KYNA) inhibits N-Me-D-Asp responses by a selective antagonism of glycine at this modulatory site. In rat cortical slices 7-Cl KYNA (10-100 microM) noncompetitively inhibited N-Me-D-Asp responses, and this effect could be reversed by the addition of glycine (100 microM) or D-serine (100 microM). Radioligand binding experiments showed that 7-Cl KYNA had a much higher affinity for the strychnine-insensitive [3H]glycine binding site (IC50 = 0.56 microM) than for the N-Me-D-Asp (IC50 169 microM), quisqualate (IC50 = 153 microM), or kainate (IC50 greater than 1000 microM) recognition sites. In whole-cell patch-clamp recordings from rat cortical neurones in culture, the inhibitory effects of 7-Cl KYNA on N-Me-D-Asp-induced currents could not be overcome by increasing the N-Me-D-Asp concentration but could be reversed by increasing the glycine concentration. 7-Cl KYNA could completely abolish N-Me-D-Asp responses, including basal responses in the absence of added glycine, suggesting that it may possess negative modulatory effects at the glycine site. These findings indicate that the glycine modulatory site is functional in intact adult tissue and that 7-Cl KYNA should prove to be a selective tool for elucidating the involvement of this site in physiological and pathological events mediated by N-Me-D-Asp receptors. PMID:2842779

  5. Comparative sensitivity to methyl eugenol of four putative Bactrocera dorsalis complex sibling species – further evidence that they belong to one and the same species B. dorsalis

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    Hee, Alvin K.W.; Ooi, Yue-Shin; Wee, Suk-Ling; Tan, Keng-Hong

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Males of certain species belonging to the Bactrocera dorsalis complex are strongly attracted to, and readily feed on methyl eugenol (ME), a plant secondary compound that is found in over 480 plant species worldwide. Amongst those species is one of the world’s most severe fruit pests the Oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis s.s., and the former taxonomic species Bactrocera invadens, Bactrocera papayae and Bactrocera philippinensis. The latter species have been recently synonymised with Bactrocera dorsalis based on their very similar morphology, mating compatibility, molecular genetics and identical sex pheromones following consumption of ME. Previous studies have shown that male fruit fly responsiveness to lures is a unique phenomenon that is dose species-specific, besides showing a close correlation to sexual maturity attainment. This led us to use ME sensitivity as a behavioural parameter to test if Bactrocera dorsalis and the three former taxonomic species had similar sensitivity towards odours of ME. Using Probit analysis, we estimated the median dose of ME required to elicit species’ positive response in 50% of each population tested (ED50). ED50 values were compared between Bactrocera dorsalis and the former species. Our results showed no significant differences between Bactrocera dorsalis s.s., and the former Bactrocera invadens, Bactrocera papayae and Bactrocera philippinensis in their response to ME. We consider that the Bactrocera males’ sensitivity to ME may be a useful behavioural parameter for species delimitation and, in addition to other integrative taxonomic tools used, provides further supportive evidence that the four taxa belong to one and the same biological species, Bactrocera dorsalis. PMID:26798265

  6. Metal Complexes of New Bioactive Pyrazolone Phenylhydrazones; Crystal Structure of 4-Acetyl-3-methyl-1-phenyl-2-pyrazoline-5-one phenylhydrazone Ampp-Ph

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    Idemudia, Omoruyi G.; Sadimenko, Alexander P.; Hosten, Eric C.

    2016-01-01

    The condensation reaction of phenylhydrazine and dinitrophenylhydrazine with 4-acetyl and 4-benzoyl pyrazolone precipitated air-stable acetyldinitrophenylhydrazone Ampp-Dh, benzoylphenylhydrazone Bmpp-Ph and benzoyldinitrophenylhydrazone Bmpp-Dh in their keto imine form; a study inspired by the burning interest for the development of new bioactive materials with novel properties that may become alternative therapeutic agents. Elemental analysis, FTIR, 1H, and 13C NMR, and mass spectroscopy have been used to justify their proposed chemical structures, which were in agreement with the single crystal structure of Bmpp-Dh earlier reported according to X-ray crystallography. The single crystal structure of 4-acetyl-3-methyl-1-phenyl--pyrazoline-5-one phenylhydrazone Ampp-Ph, which crystallizes in a triclinic crystal system with a P-1 (No. 2) space group is presented. Octahedral Mn(II), Ni(II), Co(II), and Cu(II) complexes of these respective ligands with two molecules each of the bidentate Schiff base, coordinating to the metal ion through the azomethine nitrogen C=N and the keto oxygen C=O, which were afforded by the reaction of aqueous solutions of the corresponding metal salts with the ligands are also reported. Their identity and proposed structures were according to elemental analysis, FTIR spectroscopy, UV-VIS spectrophotometry (electronic spectra) and Bohr magnetic moments, as well as thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) results. A look at the antibacterial and antioxidant activities of synthesized compounds using the methods of the disc diffusion against some selected bacterial isolates and 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazil (DPPH) respectively, showed biological activities in relation to employed standard medicinal drugs. PMID:27213342

  7. Magnetic property and thermal analysis of a Mn(II) complex with [Mn(CO2)]n chains based on 4,4‧-bis(1H-imidazol-1-yl-methyl)biphenyl

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    Zhang, Ming-Dao; Zheng, Bao-Hui; Wang, Zhe; Jiao, Yan; Chen, Min-Dong

    2014-11-01

    Magnetic coordination polymers have attracted considerable interest due to their novel structures and potential applications. In this paper, one new 2D magnetic manganese coordination polymer {[Mn(bimb)(OBA)]}n (1) was synthesized under solvothermal conditions based on 4,4‧-bis(1H-imidazol-1-yl-methyl)biphenyl (bimb) and 4,4‧-oxybis(benzoate) (H2OBA). Complex 1 contains [Mn(CO2)]n 1D chains and magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate that compound 1 exhibits an antiferromagnetic coupling interaction. In addition, complex 1 exhibits solid-state photoluminescence and high thermal stability.

  8. Methyl chlorocarbonate

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  9. Methyl acrylate

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  10. Methyl isocyanate

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  12. Methyl methacrylate

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  13. Methyl chloride

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  14. Methyl iodide

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  15. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, DNA interaction and biological activities of Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) complexes with [(1H-1,2,4-triazole-3-ylimino)methyl]naphthalene-2-ol

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    Gaber, Mohamed; El-Wakiel, Nadia A.; El-Ghamry, Hoda; Fathalla, Shaimaa K.

    2014-11-01

    Manganese(II), cobalt(II), nickel(II) and copper(II) complexes of [(1H-1,2,4-triazole-3-ylimino)methyl]naphthalene-2-ol have been synthesized. The structure of complexes have been characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductance, magnetic moment measurements and spectral (IR, 1H NMR, EI-mass, UV-Vis and ESR), and thermal studies. The results showed that the chloro and nitrato Cu(II) complexes have octahedral geometry while Ni(II), Co(II) and Mn(II) complexes in addition to acetato Cu(II) complex have tetrahedral geometry. The possible structures of the metal complexes have been computed using the molecular mechanic calculations using the hyper chem. 8.03 molecular modeling program to confirm the proposed structures. The kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of the thermal decomposition steps were calculated from the TG curves. The binding modes of the complexes with DNA have been investigated by UV-Vis absorption titration. The results showed that the mode of binding of the complexes to DNA is intercalative or non-intercalative binding modes. Schiff base and its metal complexes have been screened for their in vitro antimicrobial activities against Gram positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus), Gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Pesudomonas aeruginosa), fungi (Asperigllus flavus and Mucer) and yeast (Candida albicans and Malassezia furfur).

  16. Synthesis and spectral characterization of mono- and binuclear copper(II) complexes derived from 2-benzoylpyridine-N⁴-methyl-3-thiosemicarbazone: crystal structure of a novel sulfur bridged copper(II) box-dimer.

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    Jayakumar, K; Sithambaresan, M; Aiswarya, N; Kurup, M R Prathapachandra

    2015-03-15

    Mononuclear and binuclear copper(II) complexes of 2-benzoylpyridine-N(4)-methyl thiosemicarbazone (HL) were prepared and characterized by a variety of spectroscopic techniques. Structural evidence for the novel sulfur bridged copper(II) iodo binuclear complex is obtained by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The complex [Cu2L2I2], a non-centrosymmetric box dimer, crystallizes in monoclinic C2/c space group and it was found to have distorted square pyramidal geometry (Addison parameter, τ=0.238) with the square basal plane occupied by the thiosemicarbazone moiety and iodine atom whereas the sulfur atom from the other coordinated thiosemicarbazone moiety occupies the apical position. This is the first crystallographically studied system having non-centrosymmetrical entities bridged via thiolate S atoms with Cu(II)I bond. The tridentate thiosemicarbazone coordinates in mono deprotonated thionic tautomeric form in all complexes except in sulfato complex, [Cu(HL)(SO4)]·H2O (1) where it binds to the metal centre in neutral form. The magnetic moment values and the EPR spectral studies reflect the binuclearity of some of the complexes. The spin Hamiltonian and bonding parameters are calculated based on EPR studies. In all the complexes g||>g⊥>2.0023 and the g values in frozen DMF are consistent with the d(x2-y2) ground state. The thermal stabilities of some of the complexes were also determined. PMID:25546494

  17. Synthesis, spectral characterization and antioxidant activity studies of a bidentate Schiff base, 5-methyl thiophene-2-carboxaldehyde-carbohydrazone and its Cd(II), Cu(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II) complexes

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    Harinath, Y.; Harikishore Kumar Reddy, D.; Naresh Kumar, B.; Apparao, Ch.; Seshaiah, K.

    2013-01-01

    A new Schiff base bidentate ligand (L), 5-methyl thiophene-2-carboxaldehyde-carbohydrazone and its metal (Cu(II), Cd(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II)) complexes with general stoichiometry [M(L)2X2] (where X = Cl) were synthesized. The ligand and its metal complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, IR, 1H NMR, ESR spectral analyses, and molar conductance studies. The molar conductance data revealed that all the metal chelates are non-electrolytes. IR spectra showed that ligand (L) is coordinated to the metal ions in a bidentate manner with N and O donor sites of the azomethine-N, and carbonyl-O. ESR and UV-Vis spectral data showed that the geometrical structure of the complexes are Orthorhombic. Furthermore, the antioxidant activity of the ligand and its complexes was determined by hydroxyl radical scavenging, DPPH, NO, reducing power methods in vitro. The obtained IC50 value of the DPPH activity for the copper complex (IC50 = 66.4 μm) was higher than other compounds. Microbial assay of the above complexes against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Rhizocotonia bataticola and Alternaria alternata showed that copper complex exhibited higher activity than the other complexes.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of terbium(III) complexes with the biscoumarin derivative 3,3‧-[(4-hydroxyphenyl)methyl]bis-(4-hydroxy-2H-chromen-2-one)

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    Elenkova, D.; Monov, R.; Tadjer, A.; Manolov, I.; Milanova, M.

    2016-02-01

    Complexes of Tb(III) with the biscoumarin derivative 3,3‧-[(4-hydroxyphenyl)methyl]bis-(4-hydroxy-2H-chromen-2-one) are synthesized by using a solution of tetraethylammonium hydroxide, [(C2H5)4N]OH, in water as deprotonating base. Elemental analysis, IR- and fluorescence spectroscopy are used to characterize the samples obtained. The complexes have good fluorescent properties and show the characteristic emission bands of the Tb(III) ion. The triplet state of the mono-deprotonated ligand H2L- was determined. The optimised geometries of the ligand and the complexes were obtained by means of molecular modelling with first principles (DFT) methods.

  19. Complex methyl groups dynamics in [(CH3)4P]3Sb2Br9 (PBA) from low to high temperatures by proton spin-lattice relaxation and narrowing of proton NMR spectrum.

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    Latanowicz, L; Medycki, W; Jakubas, R

    2009-11-01

    Molecular dynamics of a polycrystalline sample of [(CH(3))(4)P](3)Sb(2)Br(9) (PBA) has been studied on the basis of the T(1) (24.7 MHz) relaxation time measurement, the proton second moment of NMR and the earlier published T(1) (90 MHz) relaxation times. The study was performed in a wide range of temperatures (30-337 K). The tunnel splitting omega(T) of the methyl groups was estimated as of low frequency (from kHz to few MHz). The proton spin pairs of the methyl group are known to perform a complex internal motion being a resultant of four components. Three of them involve mass transportation over and through the potential barrier and are characterized by the correlation times tau(3) and tau(T)of the jumps over the barrier and tunnel jumps in the threefold potential of the methyl group and tau(iso) the correlation time of isotropic rotation of the whole TMP cation. For tau(3) and tau(iso) the Arrhenius temperature dependence was assumed, while for tau(T)--the Schrödinger one. The fourth motion causes fluctuations of the tunnel splitting frequency, omega(T), and it is related to the lifetime of the methyl spin at the energy level. The correlation function for this fourth motion (tau(omega) correlation time) has been proposed by Müller-Warmuth et al. In this paper a formula for the correlation function and spectral density of the complex motion made of the above-mentioned four components was derived and used in interpretation of the T(1) relaxation time. The second moment of proton NMR line at temperatures below 50K is four times lower than its value for the rigid structure. The three components of the internal motion characterized by tau(T), tau(H), and tau(iso) were proved to reduce the second moment of the NMR line. The tunnel jumps of the methyl group reduce M(2) at almost 0K, the classical jumps over the barrier reduce M(2) in the vicinity of 50K, while the isotropic motion near 150K. Results of the study on the dynamics of CH(3) groups of TMP cation based on the second moment measurements were correlated with those based on T(1) time measurements. PMID:19853419

  20. Successive ratio subtraction coupled with constant multiplication spectrophotometric method for determination of hydroquinone in complex mixture with its degradation products, tretinoin and methyl paraben

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    Elghobashy, Mohamed R.; Bebawy, Lories I.; Shokry, Rafeek F.; Abbas, Samah S.

    2016-03-01

    A sensitive and selective stability-indicating successive ratio subtraction coupled with constant multiplication (SRS-CM) spectrophotometric method was studied and developed for the spectrum resolution of five component mixture without prior separation. The components were hydroquinone in combination with tretinoin, the polymer formed from hydroquinone alkali degradation, 1,4 benzoquinone and the preservative methyl paraben. The proposed method was used for their determination in their pure form and in pharmaceutical formulation. The zero order absorption spectra of hydroquinone, tretinoin, 1,4 benzoquinone and methyl paraben were determined at 293, 357.5, 245 and 255.2 nm, respectively. The calibration curves were linear over the concentration ranges of 4.00-46.00, 1.00-7.00, 0.60-5.20, and 1.00-7.00 μg mL- 1 for hydroquinone, tretinoin, 1,4 benzoquinone and methyl paraben, respectively. The pharmaceutical formulation was subjected to mild alkali condition and measured by this method resulting in the polymerization of hydroquinone and the formation of toxic 1,4 benzoquinone. The proposed method was validated according to ICH guidelines. The results obtained were statistically analyzed and compared with those obtained by applying the reported method.

  1. Successive ratio subtraction coupled with constant multiplication spectrophotometric method for determination of hydroquinone in complex mixture with its degradation products, tretinoin and methyl paraben.

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    Elghobashy, Mohamed R; Bebawy, Lories I; Shokry, Rafeek F; Abbas, Samah S

    2016-03-15

    A sensitive and selective stability-indicating successive ratio subtraction coupled with constant multiplication (SRS-CM) spectrophotometric method was studied and developed for the spectrum resolution of five component mixture without prior separation. The components were hydroquinone in combination with tretinoin, the polymer formed from hydroquinone alkali degradation, 1,4 benzoquinone and the preservative methyl paraben. The proposed method was used for their determination in their pure form and in pharmaceutical formulation. The zero order absorption spectra of hydroquinone, tretinoin, 1,4 benzoquinone and methyl paraben were determined at 293, 357.5, 245 and 255.2nm, respectively. The calibration curves were linear over the concentration ranges of 4.00-46.00, 1.00-7.00, 0.60-5.20, and 1.00-7.00μgmL(-1) for hydroquinone, tretinoin, 1,4 benzoquinone and methyl paraben, respectively. The pharmaceutical formulation was subjected to mild alkali condition and measured by this method resulting in the polymerization of hydroquinone and the formation of toxic 1,4 benzoquinone. The proposed method was validated according to ICH guidelines. The results obtained were statistically analyzed and compared with those obtained by applying the reported method. PMID:26745510

  2. Crystal structure of silkworm Bombyx mori JHBP in complex with 2-methyl-2,4-pentanediol: plasticity of JH-binding pocket and ligand-induced conformational change of the second cavity in JHBP.

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    Fujimoto, Zui; Suzuki, Rintaro; Shiotsuki, Takahiro; Tsuchiya, Wataru; Tase, Akira; Momma, Mitsuru; Yamazaki, Toshimasa

    2013-01-01

    Juvenile hormones (JHs) control a diversity of crucial life events in insects. In Lepidoptera which major agricultural pests belong to, JH signaling is critically controlled by a species-specific high-affinity, low molecular weight JH-binding protein (JHBP) in hemolymph, which transports JH from the site of its synthesis to target tissues. Hence, JHBP is expected to be an excellent target for the development of novel specific insect growth regulators (IGRs) and insecticides. A better understanding of the structural biology of JHBP should pave the way for the structure-based drug design of such compounds. Here, we report the crystal structure of the silkworm Bombyx mori JHBP in complex with two molecules of 2-methyl-2,4-pentanediol (MPD), one molecule (MPD1) bound in the JH-binding pocket while the other (MPD2) in a second cavity. Detailed comparison with the apo-JHBP and JHBP-JH II complex structures previously reported by us led to a number of intriguing findings. First, the JH-binding pocket changes its size in a ligand-dependent manner due to flexibility of the gate α1 helix. Second, MPD1 mimics interactions of the epoxide moiety of JH previously observed in the JHBP-JH complex, and MPD can compete with JH in binding to the JH-binding pocket. We also confirmed that methoprene, which has an MPD-like structure, inhibits the complex formation between JHBP and JH while the unepoxydated JH III (methyl farnesoate) does not. These findings may open the door to the development of novel IGRs targeted against JHBP. Third, binding of MPD to the second cavity of JHBP induces significant conformational changes accompanied with a cavity expansion. This finding, together with MPD2-JHBP interaction mechanism identified in the JHBP-MPD complex, should provide important guidance in the search for the natural ligand of the second cavity. PMID:23437107

  3. Synthesis, characterization, antimicrobial, DNA-cleavage and antioxidant activities of 3-((5-chloro-2-phenyl-1H-indol-3-ylimino)methyl)quinoline-2(1H)-thione and its metal complexes

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    Vivekanand, B.; Mahendra Raj, K.; Mruthyunjayaswamy, B. H. M.

    2015-01-01

    Schiff base 3-((5-chloro-2-phenyl-1H-indol-3-ylimino)methyl)quinoline-2(1H)-thione and its Cu(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Zn(II) and Fe(III), complexes have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, UV-Visible, IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and mass spectra, molar conductance, magnetic susceptibility, ESR and TGA data. The ligand and its metal complexes have been screened for their antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, antifungal activity against Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus flavus in minimum inhibition concentration (MIC) by cup plate method respectively, antioxidant activity using 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl hydrazyl (DPPH), which was compared with that of standard drugs vitamin-C and vitamin-E and DNA cleavage activity using calf-thymus DNA.

  4. Analytical Methodologies for Detection of Gamma-valerolactone, Delta-valerolactone, Acephate, and Azinphos Methyl and their Associated Metabolites in Complex Biological Matrices

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    Zink, Erika M.; Clark, Ryan J.; Grant, Karen E.; Campbell, James A.; Hoppe, Eric W.

    2005-01-01

    Non-invasive biomonitoring for chemicals of interest in law enforcement and similar monitoring of pesticides together with their metabolites can not only save money but can lead to faster medical attention for individuals exposed to these chemicals. This study describes methods developed for the analysis of gamma-valerolactone (GVL), delta-valerolactone (DVL), acephate, and azinphos methyl in saliva and serum. Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) operated in the negative ion mode and in the positive ion mode and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) were used to analyze GVL and DVL. Although both analytical techniques worked well, lower detection limits were obtained with GC/MS. The lactones and their corresponding sodium salts were spiked into both saliva and serum. The lactones were isolated from saliva or serum using newly developed extraction techniques and then subsequently analyzed using GC/MS. The sodium salts of the lactones are nonvolatile and require derivatization prior to analysis by this method. N-methyl-N-(t-butyldimethylsilyl)-trifluoroacetamide (MTBSTFA) was ultimately selected as the reagent for derivatization because the acidic conditions required for reactions with diazomethane caused the salts to undergo intramolecular cyclization to the corresponding lactones. In vitro studies were conducted using rat liver microsomes to determine other metabolites associated with these compounds. Azinphos methyl and acephate are classified as organophosphate pesticides, and are known to be cholinesterase inhibitors in humans and insects, causing neurotoxicity. For this reason they have both exposure and environmental impact implications. These compounds were spiked into serum and saliva and prepared for analysis by GC/MS. Continuation of this research would include analysis by GC/MS under positive ion mode to determine the parent ions of the unknown metabolites. Further research is planned through an in vivo analysis of the lactones and pesticides. These methodologies could be extended for further analysis of other similar compounds as well as chemical and biological warfare agents.

  5. Analytical Methodologies for Detection of Gamma-Valerolactone, Delta-Valerolactone, Acephate and Azinphos Methyl and Their Associated Metabolites in Complex Biological Matrices

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    Zink, E.; Clark, R.; Grant, K.; Campbell, J.; Hoppe, E.

    2005-01-01

    Non-invasive biomonitoring for chemicals of interest in law enforcement and similar monitoring of pesticides, together with their metabolites, can not only save money but can lead to faster medical attention for individuals exposed to these chemicals. This study describes methods developed for the analysis of gamma-valerolactone (GVL), delta-valerolactone (DVL), acephate, and azinphos methyl in saliva and serum. Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) operated in the negative and positive ion mode and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) were used to analyze GVL and DVL. Although both analytical techniques worked well, lower detection limits were obtained with GC/MS. The lactones and their corresponding sodium salts were spiked into both saliva and serum. The lactones were isolated from saliva or serum using newly developed extraction techniques and then subsequently analyzed using GC/MS. The sodium salts of the lactones are nonvolatile and require derivatization prior to analysis by this method. N-methyl-N-(t-butyldimethylsilyl)-trifluoroacetamide (MTBSTFA) was ultimately selected as the reagent for derivatization because the acidic conditions required for reactions with diazomethane caused the salts to undergo intramolecular cyclization to the corresponding lactones. In vitro studies were conducted using rat liver microsomes to determine other metabolites associated with these compounds. Azinphos methyl and acephate are classified as organophosphate pesticides, and are known to be cholinesterase inhibitors in humans and insects, causing neurotoxicity. For this reason they have both exposure and environmental impact implications. These compounds were spiked into serum and saliva and prepared for analysis by GC/MS. Continuation of this research would include analysis by GC/MS under positive ion mode to determine the parent ions of the unknown metabolites. Further research is planned through an in vivo analysis of the lactones and pesticides. These methodologies could be extended for further analysis of other similar compounds.

  6. Flavivirus RNA methylation.

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    Dong, Hongping; Fink, Katja; Zst, Roland; Lim, Siew Pheng; Qin, Cheng-Feng; Shi, Pei-Yong

    2014-04-01

    The 5' end of eukaryotic mRNA contains the type-1 (m7GpppNm) or type-2 (m7GpppNmNm) cap structure. Many viruses have evolved various mechanisms to develop their own capping enzymes (e.g. flavivirus and coronavirus) or to 'steal' caps from host mRNAs (e.g. influenza virus). Other viruses have developed 'cap-mimicking' mechanisms by attaching a peptide to the 5' end of viral RNA (e.g. picornavirus and calicivirus) or by having a complex 5' RNA structure (internal ribosome entry site) for translation initiation (e.g. picornavirus, pestivirus and hepacivirus). Here we review the diverse viral RNA capping mechanisms. Using flavivirus as a model, we summarize how a single methyltransferase catalyses two distinct N-7 and 2'-O methylations of viral RNA cap in a sequential manner. For antiviral development, a structural feature unique to the flavivirus methyltransferase was successfully used to design selective inhibitors that block viral methyltransferase without affecting host methyltransferases. Functionally, capping is essential for prevention of triphosphate-triggered innate immune activation; N-7 methylation is critical for enhancement of viral translation; and 2'-O methylation is important for subversion of innate immune response during viral infection. Flaviviruses defective in 2'-O methyltransferase are replicative, but their viral RNAs lack 2'-O methylation and are recognized and eliminated by the host immune response. Such mutant viruses could be rationally designed as live attenuated vaccines. This concept has recently been proved with Japanese encephalitis virus and dengue virus. The findings obtained with flavivirus should be applicable to other RNA viruses. PMID:24486628

  7. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction studies of a pea lectin-methyl 3,6-di-O-(alpha-D-mannopyranosyl)-alpha-D-mannopyranoside complex.

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    Rini, J M; Carver, J P; Hardman, K D

    1986-05-01

    The seed lectin isolated from garden peas (Pisum sativum) has been co-crystallized with methyl 3,6-di-O-(alpha-D-mannopyranosyl)-alpha-D-mannopyranoside in the orthorhombic space group P2(1)2(1)2(1) with unit cell dimensions a = 64.3 A, b = 73.4 A and C = 108.5 A. The asymmetric unit contains one pea lectin dimer (alpha 2 beta 2). The crystals are suitable for high-resolution structure analysis. PMID:3783677

  8. The influence of counter ion and ligand methyl substitution on the solid-state structures and photophysical properties of mercury(II) complexes with (E)-N-(pyridin-2-ylmethylidene)arylamines.

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    Basu Baul, Tushar S; Kundu, Sajal; Mitra, Sivaprasad; Hpfl, Herbert; Tiekink, Edward R T; Linden, Anthony

    2013-02-01

    Ten neutral monomeric, dimeric and polymeric mercury(II) complexes of compositions HgX(2)L (3, 8), [HgX(2)L](2) (1, 2, 4-6 and 7), [Hg(NO(3))(2)L](n) (9) and {[Hg(N(3))(2)L](2)}(n) (10) where X = chloride, bromide, iodide, nitrate and azide, and L = (E)-N-(pyridin-2-ylmethylidene)arylamine, are described. Compounds 1-10 were characterized by elemental analyses, and IR and (1)H NMR spectroscopic studies. The solution-state photophysical properties of the complexes are highly dependent on the anions as seen in the fluorescence emission features. Single-crystal X-ray crystallography showed that the molecular complexes can aggregate into larger entities depending upon the anion coordinated to the metal centre. Iodide gives discrete monomeric complexes, chloride and bromide generate binuclear complexes formed through Hg-X-Hg bridges, while nitrate and azide lead to 1D coordination polymers. The significant differences in the observed aggregation patterns of the compounds indicate that the anions exert a substantial influence on the formation of the compounds. A further influence upon supramolecular aggregation is the presence of methyl substituents in L(3) and L(4), which generally enhances the probability of forming supramolecular ?? interactions involving the five-membered C(2)N(2)Hg chelate rings in their crystal structures. PMID:23172550

  9. Synthesis, characterization, and tyrosinase biomimetic catalytic activity of copper(II) complexes with schiff base ligands derived from α-diketones with 2-methyl-3-amino-(3 H)-quinazolin-4-one

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    Ramadan, Abd El-Motaleb M.; Ibrahim, Mohamed M.; Shaban, Shaban Y.

    2011-12-01

    A template condensation of α-diketones (biacetyl, benzile and 2,3-pentanedione) with 2-methyl-3-amino-(3 H)-quinazolin-4-one (AMQ) in the presence of CuX 2 (X = Cl -, Br -, NO3- or ClO4-) resulted in the formation of tetradentate Schiff base copper(II) complexes of the type [CuLX]X and [CuL]X 2. Structural characterization of the complex species was achieved by several physicochemical methods, namely elemental analysis, electronic spectra, IR, ESR, molar conductivity, thermal analysis (TAG & DTG), and magnetic moment measurements. The stereochemistry, the nature of the metal chelates, and the catalytic reactivity are markedly dependent upon the type of counter anions and the ligand substituent within the carbonyl moiety. A square planar monomeric structure is proposed for the perchlorate, nitrate, and bromide complexes, in which the counter anions are loosely bonded to copper(II) ion. For the chloride complexes, the molar conductivities and the spectral data indicated that they have square-pyramidal environments around copper(II) center. The reported copper(II) complexes exhibit promising tyrosinase catalytic activity towards the hydroxylation of phenol followed by the aerobic oxidation of the resulting catechol. A linear correlation almost exists between the catalytic reactivity and the Lewis-acidity of the central copper(II) ion created by the donating properties of the parent ligand. The steric considerations could be accounted to clarify the difference in the catalytic activity of these functional models.

  10. Synthesis, spectroscopic, crystal structure and DNA binding of Ru(II) complexes with 2-hydroxy-benzoic acid [1-(4-hydroxy-6-methyl-2-oxo-2H-pyran-3-yl)-ethylidene]-hydrazide

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    Chitrapriya, Nataraj; Sathiya Kamatchi, Thangavel; Zeller, Matthias; Lee, Hyosun; Natarajan, Karuppannan

    2011-10-01

    Reactions of 2-hydroxy-benzoic acid [1-(4-hydroxy-6-methyl-2-oxo-2H-pyran-3-yl)-ethylidene]-hydrazide (H 2L) with [RuHCl(CO)(EPh 3) 3] (E = P or As) were carried out and the new complexes obtained were characterized by elemental analysis, electronic, IR, 1H NMR and 13C NMR spectroscopic techniques and single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. Complex ( 1) crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/ c with unit cell dimensions a = 18.6236(17) , b = 12.8627(12) , c = 21.683(2) , ? = 90.00, ? = 114.626(2), ? = 90.00 V = 4721.8(8) , Z = 4. The crystal structure of the complex shows Ru(II) atom is six-coordinated, forming a slightly distorted octahedral geometry with two P atoms in axial positions, and three chelating donor atoms of the tridentate Schiff base ligand and one carbonyl group located in the equatorial plane. The molecular structure is stabilized by intramolecular OHN interactions. No intermolecular hydrogen bond was observed. The intramolecular hydrogen bond exists between the oxygen atom from salicylic acid moiety and nitrogen from the same moiety. A variety of solution studies were carried out for the determination of DNA binding mode of the complexes. The results suggest that both complexes bind to Herring sperm DNA via non intercalative mode.

  11. Inhibition of cortical spreading depression by L-701,324, a novel antagonist at the glycine site of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor complex.

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    Obrenovitch, T P; Zilkha, E

    1996-03-01

    1. Spreading depression (SD) is a propagating transient suppression of electrical activity, associated with cellular depolarization, which probably underlies the migraine aura and may contribute to neuronal damage in focal ischaemia. The purpose of this study was to examine whether L-701,324 (7-chloro-4-hydroxy-3-(3-phenoxy)phenyl-2-(1H)-quinolone), a high affinity antagonist at the glycine site of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor complex, inhibits the initiation and propagation of K(+)-induced SD in the rat cerebral cortex in vivo. 2. Microdialysis probes incorporating a recording electrode were implanted in the cerebral cortex of anaesthetized rats and perfused with artificial cerebrospinal fluid (ACSF). Five episodes of repetitive SD were elicited by switching to a medium containing 130 mM K+ for 20 min, each separated by 40 min of recovery (i.e. perfusion with normal ACSF). The brief negative shifts of the extracellular direct current (d.c.) potential, characteristic of SD elicitation, were recorded with the microdialysis electrode and a reference electrode placed under the scalp. Propagation of SD was examined using glass capillary electrodes inserted about 3 mm posterior to the microdialysis electrode. L-701,324 (5 or 10 mg kg-1) or its vehicle were administered i.v. 10 min after the end of the second K(+)-stimulus. The effects of L-701,324 were compared to those of dizocilpine (MK-801; 1 mg kg-1 i.v.), a NMDA-channel blocker known to potently block SD elicitation. 3. Potassium-induced SD initiation was inhibited by 10 mg kg-1 (but not by 5 mg kg-1) of L-701,324. Thirty minutes after administration of 10 mg kg-1 L-701,324, the cumulative area of SD peaks elicited during 20 min was 15.3 +/- 2.1 mV min, versus 23.2 +/- 1.1 mV min in animals which received only the drug vehicle (P < 0.02; n = 6). The delay between application of 130 mM K+ and occurrence of the first SD was also significantly increased. It was approximately doubled in animals treated with 10 mg kg-1 of L-701,324. 4. SD propagation was more sensitive than SD elicitation to L-701,324, as both 5 and 10 mg kg-1 produced an effective inhibition. Even at the lower dose of 5 mg kg-1, L-701,324 completely blocked the propagation of SD elicited 30 min after drug administration. This differential sensitivity of SD elicitation and propagation is not specific to L-701,324 since it was previously observed with other drugs. At doses effective against SD, L-701,324 did not produce any marked alterations of the electroencephalogram. 5. L-701,324 (10 mg kg-1) and MK-801 (1 mg kg-1) had identical effects on the d.c. potential when administered during the recovery which followed the second K+ stimulus. Both drugs produced a positive shift of around 4.5 mV within 10 min of i.v. drug administration, indicating rapid drug penetration into the CNS. Paradoxically, L-701,324 (10 mg kg-1) was markedly less effective than MK-801 (1 mg kg-1) in blocking SD, since this dose of MK-801 was sufficient virtually to abolish SD initiation and completely block its propagation. The higher potency of MK-801 against SD may reflect its use-dependency, i.e. binding of MK-801 and channel blockade are enhanced when the NMDA-receptor ionophore is open. 6. Taken together, these data demonstrate that L-701,324 has an inhibitory effect on both SD initiation and propagation. This action may be beneficial in focal ischaemia, and possibly also against migraine, especially as this drug was shown to be active when administered orally. PMID:8851513

  12. Novel square arrangements in tetranuclear and octanuclear iron(III) complexes with asymmetric iron environments created by the unsymmetric bridging ligand N,N,N{prime}-tris((N-methyl)-2-benzimidazolylmethyl)-N{prime}-methyl-1,3-diamino-2-propanol

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    Satcher, J.H. Jr.; Parkin, S.R.; Olmstead, M.M.; Noll, B.C.; Balch, A.L.; Droege, M.W.; May, L.

    1998-12-28

    The synthesis and characterization of novel tetranuclear and octanuclear iron(III) complexes with structures based on a nearly square arrangement of four iron ions are reported. Reaction of ferric nitrate, sodium acetate, and the unsymmetrical binucleating ligand HBMDP, where HBMDP is N,N,N{prime}-tris((N-methyl)-2-benzimidazolylmethyl)-N{prime}-methyl-1,3-diamino-2-propanol, in acetone/water yields the tetranuclear iron complex [Fe{sub 4}({mu}-O){sub 2}({mu}-BMDP){sub 2}-({mu}-OAc){sub 2}]{sup 4+}, which exhibits coordination number asymmetry. The structure of [Fe{sub 4}({mu}-O){sub 2}({mu}-BMDP){sub 2}({mu}-OAc){sub 2}](NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(OH){center_dot}12H{sub 2}O has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Each ({mu}-BMDP) ligand spans two iron(III) ions and causes these ions to become structurally distinct. Within this binuclear unit one iron atom is five-coordinate with distorted square pyramidal geometry and an N{sub 2}O{sub 3} donor set, while the other iron is six-coordinate with distorted octahedral geometry and an N{sub 3}O{sub 3} donor set. Two of these binuclear units are linked through a pair of oxo and acetato bridges to form the centrosymmetric tetranuclear complex. Efforts to increase the solubility of [Fe{sub 4}({mu}-O){sub 2}({mu}-BMDP){sub 2}({mu}-OAc){sub 2}]{sup 4+} by metathesis with sodium tetrafluoroborate resulted in the isolation of crystals of a new octanuclear iron species, which has also been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction.

  13. Hydrogen-bonding interaction of methyl-substituted pyridines with thioacetamide: steric hindrance of methyl group

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    Choi, Kee-Hyun; Lee, Ho-Jin; Karpfen, Alfred; Yoon, Chang-Ju; Park, Jeunghee; Choi, Young-Sang

    2001-09-01

    The hydrogen-bonding interaction between a series of methyl-substituted pyridines as proton acceptors and thioacetamide as a proton donor in CCl 4 has been investigated using near-infrared absorption spectroscopy. The stability of the 1:1 hydrogen-bonded complex increases with the number of methyl groups and depends on the position of methyl groups. The steric hindrance of ortho-methyl groups particularly reduces the stability of complex. The relative stability agrees with the ease of miscibility of pyridines with water for methyl and dimethyl homologs. The calculated proton affinities and the DFT association energies using 6-31+G(d, p) and 6-311++G(2d, 2p) basis sets reveal the steric hindrance of ortho-methyl groups.

  14. Effect of persistence length on binding of DNA to polyions and overcharging of their intermolecular complexes in aqueous and in 1-methyl-3-octyl imidazolium chloride ionic liquid solutions.

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    Rawat, Kamla; Pathak, Jyotsana; Bohidar, H B

    2013-08-01

    The effect of persistence length on the intermolecular binding of DNA (200 bp, persistence length l(p) = 50 nm, polyanion) with three proteins, gelatin B (GB) (l(p) = 2 nm, polyampholyte chain), bovine serum albumin (BSA) (l(p) = 7 nm, polyampholyte colloid), gelatin A (GA) (l(p) = 10 nm, polyampholyte chain), and a polysaccharide chitosan (l(p) = 17 nm, polycation), was investigated in aqueous and in 1-methyl-3-octyl imidazolium chloride ionic liquid ([C8mim][Cl]) solutions. In DNA-GB and DNA-BSA solutions complexation primarily arises from surface patch binding whereas DNA-chitosan and DNA-GA binding was predominantly governed by electrostatic forces. These occurred at well defined pH values: (i) at pHc associative interactions ensued and soluble complexes were formed, (ii) at pHΦ soluble complexes coalesced to give rise to liquid-liquid phase separation (coacervation) and (iii) at pH(prep) formation of large insoluble complexes drove the solution towards liquid-solid phase separation. A universal phase diagram encapsulating the aforesaid interactions can be made using the persistence length of polyion as an independent variable. DNA formed overcharged intermolecular complexes with all these polyions when the polyion concentration was more than the concentration required to produce charge neutralized complexes (disproportionate binding). In IL solutions maximum binding occurred when 0.075 < [IL] < 0.10% (w/v) and the effect of overcharging was substantially screened. The extent of overcharge was a monotonous increasing function of the polyion persistence length. Results clearly revealed that DNA-polyion binding was hierarchical in polyion concentration and persistence length. Overcharging of the DNA-polyion complex was found to be ubiquitous for the polyions used in the present study. PMID:23775068

  15. Crystal structure of zwitterionic 4-(ammonio­methyl)­benzoate: a simple mol­ecule giving rise to a complex supra­molecular structure

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    Atria, Ana María; Garland, Maria Teresa; Baggio, Ricardo

    2014-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C8H9NO2·H2O consists of an isolated 4-(ammonio­meth­yl)benzoate zwitterion derived from 4-amino­methyl­benzoic acid through the migration of the acidic proton, together with a water molecule of crystallization that is disordered over three sites with occupancy ratios (0.50:0.35:0.15). In the crystal structure, N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds together with π–π stacking of the benzene rings [centroid–centroid distance = 3.8602 (18) Å] result in a strongly linked, compact three-dimensional structure. PMID:25484753

  16. Intramolecular energy transfer in actinide complexes of 6-methyl-2-(2-pyridyl)-benzimidazole (biz): comparison between Cm 3+ and Tb 3+ systems

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    Assefa, Zerihun; Yaita, T.; Haire, R. G.; Tachimori, S.

    2005-02-01

    Coordination of the 6-methyl-2-(2-pyridyl)-benzimidazole ligand with actinide and lanthanide species can produce enhanced emission due to increased efficiency of intramolecular energy transfer to metal centers. A comparison between the curium and terbium systems indicates that the position of the ligand's triplet state is critical for the enhanced emission. The energy gap between the ligand's triplet state and the acceptor level in curium is about 1000 cm -1, as compared to a ~600 cm -1 gap in the terbium system. Due to the larger gap, the back transfer with curium is reduced and the radiative yield is significantly higher. The quantum yield for this "sensitized" emission increases to 6.2%, compared to the 0.26% value attained for the metal centered excitation prior to ligand addition. In the terbium case, the smaller donor/acceptor gap enhances back transfer and the energy transfer is less efficient than with the curium system.

  17. Spectrophotometric, conductometric and thermal studies of Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) complexes with 2-(2-hydroxynaphthylazo)-4-hydroxy-6-methyl-1,3-pyrimidine

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    Gaber, Mohamed; Mansour, Ikhlas A.; El-Sayed, Yousif S. Y.

    2007-10-01

    The electronic absorption spectra of 2-(2-hydroxynaphthylazo)-4-hydroxy-6-methyl-1,3-pyrimidine in pure organic solvents of different polarities and in buffer solutions of varying pH are studied. The important bands in the IR and the main signals in the 1H NMR spectra are assigned. The observed UV-vis absorption bands are assigned to the corresponding electronic transitions. The molecular stoichiometry, stability constant, absorption maximum, molar absorptivity and Sandell's sensitivity of the complexes are calculated. Obeyence to Beer's law and Ringbom optimum concentration ranges are also determined. The ability of using the titled azodye as metalochromic indicator in complexometric titrations was also studied. The effect of Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) ions on the fluorescence of the azodye is also considered. The solid Cu(II) complexes of the titled azodye have been prepared and characterized by elemental, IR, UV-vis spectra as well as by conductometric and magnetic measurements. The data suggest square planar geometry for 1:1 and 1:2 (M:L) complexes. The thermal behaviour of the complexes has been studied. The kinetic parameters ( n, E, A, Δ H, Δ S and Δ G) of the thermal decomposition steps are computed using Coats-Redfern equations.

  18. Synthesis, Characterization, and Biological Activity of N1-Methyl-2-(1H-1,2,3-Benzotriazol-1-y1)-3-Oxobutan- ethioamide Complexes with Some Divalent Metal (II) Ions

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    Al-Awadi, Nouria A.; Shuaib, Nadia M.; Abbas, Alaa; El-Sherif, Ahmed A.; El-Dissouky, Ali; Al-Saleh, Esmaeil

    2008-01-01

    A new series of Zn2+, Cu2+, Ni2+, and Co2+ complexes of N1-methyl-2-(1H-1,2,3-benzotriazol-1-yl)-3-oxobutanethioamide (MBOBT), HL, has been synthesized and characterized by different spectral and magnetic measurements and elemental analysis. IR spectral data indicates that (MBOBT) exists only in the thione form in the solid state while 13C NMR spectrum indicates its existence in thione and thiole tautomeric forms. The IR spectra of all complexes indicate that (MBOBT) acts as a monobasic bidentate ligand coordinating to the metal(II) ions via the keto-oxygen and thiolato-sulphur atoms. The electronic spectral studies showed that (MBOBT) bonded to all metal ions through sulphur and nitrogen atoms based on the positions and intensity of their charge transfer bands. Furthermore, the spectra reflect four coordinate tetrahedral zinc(II), tetragonally distorted copper(II), square planar nickel(II), and cobalt(II) complexes. Thermal decomposition study of the complexes was monitored by TG and DTG analyses under N2 atmosphere. The decomposition course and steps were analyzed and the activation parameters of the nonisothermal decomposition are determined. The isolated metal chelates have been screened for their antimicrobial activities and the findings have been reported and discussed in relation to their structures. PMID:18364993

  19. Comparison of reactivity of Pt(II) center in the mononuclear and binuclear organometallic diimineplatinum complexes toward oxidative addition of methyl iodide

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    Hashemi, Majid

    2016-01-01

    The reactivities of Pt(II) center in a series of organometallic mononuclear Pt(II), binuclear Pt(II) and binuclear mixed-valence Pt(II)-Pt(IV) complexes toward oxidative addition of MeI have been compared from a theoretical point of view. The nucleophilicity index and electron-donation power were calculated for each of these complexes. The energies of HOMO and dZ2 orbital were determined for these complexes. Very good correlations were found between logk2 (k2 is the experimentally determined second order rate constant for the oxidative addition of MeI on these complexes) and nucleophilicity index or electron-donation power for these complexes. The correlation between logk2 and the energy of HOMO or the energy of dZ2 orbital were also very good. The condensed-to-atom Fukui functions for electrophilic attack on these complexes showed that the Pt(II) center is the preferred site for the oxidative addition of MeI. All of these observations are in agreement with the proposed SN2 type mechanism in the oxidative addition of MeI on the Pt(II) center in these complexes.

  20. Novel light-conversion hybrids of SBA-16 functionalized with rare earth (Eu3+, Nd3+, Yb3+) complexes of modified 2-methyl-9-hydroxyphenalenone and 1,10-phenanthroline

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    Gu, Yan-Jing; Yan, Bing; Qiao, Xiao-Fei

    2013-03-01

    Novel rare earth complex-functionalized mesoporous SBA-16-type hybrid materials are synthesized by the co-condensation of modified 2-methyl-9-hydroxyphenalenone (MHPOSi), from modified 3-(triethoxysilyl)-propyl isocyanate (TEPIC), and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) in the presence of Pluronic F127 as a template. These inorganic-organic mesoporous hybrids are characterized by FT-IR spectra, small-angle X-ray diffraction (SAXRD), N2 adsorption-desorption measurements, thermal analysis and spectroscopy. Their photophysical properties, which show novel light conversion properties, are discussed in detail. The Eu3+ hybrid system shows ultraviolet excitation and visible emission, and the Nd+ and Yb3+ hybrids exhibit visible excitation and NIR emission.

  1. Potentiometric study of binary complexes of methyl 2-pyridyl ketone oxime, phenyl 2-pyridyl ketone oxime and diacetyl monooxime with some transition and heavy metal ions in aqueous solution

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    Shokrollahi, Ardeshir; Ghaedi, Mehrorang; Rajabi, Hamid Reza; Niband, Marzieyeh Sadat.

    2008-11-01

    The complexation reaction between some oximes including methyl-2-pyridylketone oxime (MPKO), phenyl-2-pyridylketone oxime (PPKO) and diacetyl monooxime (DMO) with some transition and heavy metal ions Co 2+, Ni 2+, Zn 2+, Pb 2+, Fe 2+, Fe 3+, Cr 3+ and La 3+ has been studied potentiometrically in aqueous solution at 25 ± 0.1 °C and ionic strength ( μ) of 0.1 M supported by KCl. The overall stability constants log β's of respective species were obtained by computer refinement of pH-volume data using BEST program. The best model among the several proposed models was selected according to the lowest σfit value. The main species in binary systems are ML, ML 2, MLH, MLH 2, ML 2H, ML 2H 2, MOHL, M(OH) 2L, M(OH)L 2 and M(OH) 2L 2 (L = MPKO or PPKO or DMO).

  2. Protolytic Cleavage of Hg–C Bonds Induced by 1-Methyl-1,3-dihydro-2H-benzimidazole-2-selone: Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Mercury Complexes

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    2016-01-01

    Multinuclear (1H, 77Se, and 199Hg) NMR spectroscopy demonstrates that 1-methyl-1,3-dihydro-2H-benzimidazole-2-selone, H(sebenzimMe), a structural analogue of the selenoamino acid, selenoneine, binds rapidly and reversibly to the mercury centers of HgX2 (X = Cl, Br, I), while X-ray diffraction studies provide evidence for the existence of adducts of composition [H(sebenzimMe)]xHgX2 (X = Cl, x = 2, 3, 4; X = I, x = 2) in the solid state. H(sebenzimMe) also reacts with methylmercury halides, but the reaction is accompanied by elimination of methane resulting from protolytic cleavage of the Hg–C bond, an observation that is of relevance to the report that selenoneine demethylates CysHgMe, thereby providing a mechanism for mercury detoxification. Interestingly, the structures of [H(sebenzimMe)]xHgX2 exhibit a variety of different hydrogen bonding patterns resulting from the ability of the N–H groups to form hydrogen bonds with chlorine, iodine, and selenium. PMID:25822075

  3. Strategy to enhance efficacy of doxorubicin in solid tumor cells by methyl-β-cyclodextrin: Involvement of p53 and Fas receptor ligand complex

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    Mohammad, Naoshad; Vikram Singh, Shivendra; Malvi, Parmanand; Chaube, Balkrishna; Athavale, Dipti; Vanuopadath, Muralidharan; Nair, Sudarslal Sadasivan; Nair, Bipin; Bhat, Manoj Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Doxorubicin (DOX) is one of the preferred drugs for treating breast and liver cancers. However, its clinical application is limited due to severe side effects and the accompanying drug resistance. In this context, we investigated the effect on therapeutic efficacy of DOX by cholesterol depleting agent methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MCD), and explored the involvement of p53. MCD sensitizes MCF-7 and Hepa1–6 cells to DOX, Combination of MCD and marginal dose of DOX reduces the cell viability, and promoted apoptosis through induction of pro-apoptotic protein, Bax, activation of caspase-8 and caspase-7, down regulation of anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 and finally promoting PARP cleavage. Mechanistically, sensitization to DOX by MCD was due to the induction of FasR/FasL pathway through p53 activation. Furthermore, inhibition of p53 by pharmacological inhibitor pifithrin-α (PFT-α) or its specific siRNA attenuated p53 function and down-regulated FasR/FasL, thereby preventing cell death. Animal experiments were performed using C57BL/6J mouse isografted with Hepa1–6 cells. Tumor growth was retarded and survival increased in mice administered MCD together with DOX to as compared to either agent alone. Collectively, these results suggest that MCD enhances the sensitivity to DOX for which wild type p53 is an important determinant. PMID:26149967

  4. Intramolecular energy transfer in actinide complexes of 6-methyl-2-(2-pyridyl)-benzimidazole (biz): comparison between Cm{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} systems

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    Assefa, Zerihun . E-mail: assefaz@ornl.gov; Yaita, T.; Haire, R.G.; Tachimori, S.

    2005-02-15

    Coordination of the 6-methyl-2-(2-pyridyl)-benzimidazole ligand with actinide and lanthanide species can produce enhanced emission due to increased efficiency of intramolecular energy transfer to metal centers. A comparison between the curium and terbium systems indicates that the position of the ligand's triplet state is critical for the enhanced emission. The energy gap between the ligand's triplet state and the acceptor level in curium is about 1000cm{sup -1}, as compared to a {approx}600cm{sup -1} gap in the terbium system. Due to the larger gap, the back transfer with curium is reduced and the radiative yield is significantly higher. The quantum yield for this 'sensitized' emission increases to 6.2%, compared to the 0.26% value attained for the metal centered excitation prior to ligand addition. In the terbium case, the smaller donor/acceptor gap enhances back transfer and the energy transfer is less efficient than with the curium system.

  5. XAS characterization of end-on and side-on peroxoiron(III) complexes of the neutral pentadentate N-donor ligand N-methyl-N,N',N'-tris(2-pyridylmethyl)ethane-1,2-diamine.

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    Koehntop, Kevin D; Rohde, Jan-Uwe; Costas, Miquel; Que, Lawrence

    2004-10-21

    Peroxo intermediates are implicated in the catalytic cycles of iron enzymes involved in dioxygen metabolism. X-ray absorption spectroscopy has been used to gain insight into the iron coordination environments of the low-spin complex [Fe(III)(Me-TPEN)(eta(1)-OOH)](2+)(1) and the high-spin complex [Fe(III)(Me-TPEN)(eta(2)-O(2))](+)(2)(the neutral pentadentate N-donor ligand Me-TPEN =N-methyl-N,N',N'-tris(2-pyridylmethyl)ethane-1,2-diamine) and obtain metrical parameters unavailable from X-ray crystallography. The complexes exhibit relatively large pre-edge peak areas of approximately 15 units, indicative of iron centers with significant distortions from centrosymmetry. These distortions result from the binding of peroxide, either end-on hydroperoxo for 1 (r(Fe-O)= 1.81A) or side-on peroxo for 2 (r(Fe-O)= 1.99 A). The XAS analyses of 1 strongly support a six-coordinate low-spin iron(III) center coordinated to five nitrogen atoms from Me-TPEN and one oxygen atom from an end-on hydroperoxide ligand. However, the XAS analyses of 2 are not conclusive: Me-TPEN can act either as a pentadentate ligand to form a seven-coordinate peroxo complex, which has precedence in the DFT geometry optimization of [Fe(III)(N4Py)(eta(2)-O(2))](+)(the neutral pentadentate N-donor ligand N4Py =N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-N-bis(2-pyridyl)methylamine), or as a tetradentate ligand with a dangling pyridylmethyl arm to form a six-coordinate peroxo complex, which is precedented by the crystal structure of [Fe(2)(III)(Me-TPEN)(2)(Cl)(2)(mu-O)](2+). PMID:15483700

  6. Anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor encephalitis in a patient with a 7-year history of being diagnosed as schizophrenia: complexities in diagnosis and treatment

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    Huang, Chaohua; Kang, Yukun; Zhang, Bo; Li, Bin; Qiu, Changjian; Liu, Shanming; Ren, Hongyan; Yang, Yanchun; Liu, Xiehe; Li, Tao; Guo, Wanjun

    2015-01-01

    Anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is a form of autoimmune encephalitis associated with antibodies against the NR1 subunits of NMDARs. Although new-onset acute prominent psychotic syndromes in patients with NMDAR encephalitis have been well documented, there is a lack of case studies on differential diagnosis and treatment of anti-NMDAR encephalitis after a long-term diagnostic history of functional psychotic disorders. The present study reports an unusual case of anti-NMDAR encephalitis. The patient had been diagnosed with schizophrenia 7 years earlier, and was currently hospitalized for acute-onset psychiatric symptoms. The diagnosis became unclear when the initial psychosis was confounded with considerations of other neurotoxicities (such as neuroleptic malignant syndrome). Finally, identification of specific immunoglobulin G NR1 autoantibodies in the cerebrospinal fluid and greater effectiveness of immunotherapy over antipsychotics alone (which has been well documented in anti-NMDAR encephalitis) indicated the diagnosis of anti-NMDAR encephalitis in this case. Based on the available evidence, however, the relationship between the newly diagnosed anti-NMDAR encephalitis and the seemingly clear, long-term history of schizophrenia in the preceding 7 years is uncertain. This case report illustrates that psychiatrists should consider anti-NMDAR encephalitis and order tests for specific immunoglobulin G NR1 autoantibodies in patients presenting with disorientation, disturbance of consciousness, cognitive deficit, dyskinesia, autonomic disturbance, or rapid deterioration, even with a seemingly clear history of a psychiatric disorder and no specific findings on routine neuroimaging, electroencephalography, or cerebrospinal fluid tests in the early stage of the illness. PMID:26089673

  7. A Specialized Histone H1 Variant Is Required for Adaptive Responses to Complex Abiotic Stress and Related DNA Methylation in Arabidopsis1[OPEN

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    Rutowicz, Kinga; Puzio, Marcin; Halibart-Puzio, Joanna; Lirski, Maciej; Kotliński, Maciej; Kroteń, Magdalena A.; Knizewski, Lukasz; Lange, Bartosz; Muszewska, Anna; Śniegowska-Świerk, Katarzyna; Kościelniak, Janusz; Iwanicka-Nowicka, Roksana; Buza, Krisztián; Janowiak, Franciszek; Żmuda, Katarzyna; Jõesaar, Indrek; Laskowska-Kaszub, Katarzyna; Fogtman, Anna; Kollist, Hannes; Zielenkiewicz, Piotr; Tiuryn, Jerzy; Siedlecki, Paweł; Swiezewski, Szymon; Ginalski, Krzysztof; Koblowska, Marta; Archacki, Rafał; Wilczynski, Bartek; Rapacz, Marcin; Jerzmanowski, Andrzej

    2015-01-01

    Linker (H1) histones play critical roles in chromatin compaction in higher eukaryotes. They are also the most variable of the histones, with numerous nonallelic variants cooccurring in the same cell. Plants contain a distinct subclass of minor H1 variants that are induced by drought and abscisic acid and have been implicated in mediating adaptive responses to stress. However, how these variants facilitate adaptation remains poorly understood. Here, we show that the single Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) stress-inducible variant H1.3 occurs in plants in two separate and most likely autonomous pools: a constitutive guard cell-specific pool and a facultative environmentally controlled pool localized in other tissues. Physiological and transcriptomic analyses of h1.3 null mutants demonstrate that H1.3 is required for both proper stomatal functioning under normal growth conditions and adaptive developmental responses to combined light and water deficiency. Using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching analysis, we show that H1.3 has superfast chromatin dynamics, and in contrast to the main Arabidopsis H1 variants H1.1 and H1.2, it has no stable bound fraction. The results of global occupancy studies demonstrate that, while H1.3 has the same overall binding properties as the main H1 variants, including predominant heterochromatin localization, it differs from them in its preferences for chromatin regions with epigenetic signatures of active and repressed transcription. We also show that H1.3 is required for a substantial part of DNA methylation associated with environmental stress, suggesting that the likely mechanism underlying H1.3 function may be the facilitation of chromatin accessibility by direct competition with the main H1 variants. PMID:26351307

  8. Properties of extruded starch-poly(methyl acrylate) graft copolymers prepared from spherulites formed from amylose-oleic acid inclusion complexes

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    Mixtures of high amylose corn starch and oleic acid were processed by steam jet-cooking, and the dispersions were rapidly cooled to yield amylose-oleic acid inclusion complexes as sub-micron spherulites and spherulite aggregates. Dispersions of these spherulite particles were then graft polymerized ...

  9. Methyl salicylate overdose

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    Methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen) is a chemical that smells like wintergreen. It is used in many over- ... muscle ache creams. It is related to aspirin. Methyl salicylate overdose occurs when someone swallows a dangerous amount ...

  10. Complexes of (η(6)-benzene)ruthenium(II) with 1,4-bis(phenylthio/seleno-methyl)-1,2,3-triazoles: synthesis, structure and applications in catalytic activation of oxidation and transfer hydrogenation.

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    Saleem, Fariha; Rao, Gyandshwar K; Kumar, Satyendra; Singh, Mahabir Pratap; Singh, Ajai K

    2015-11-28

    1,4-Bis(phenylthio/seleno methyl)-1,2,3-triazoles (L1-L4) synthesized by a 'Click' reaction react with [{(η(6)-C6H6)RuCl(μ-Cl)}]2 and NH4PF6 resulting in complexes [(η(6)-C6H6)RuClL]PF6 (1-4 for L = L1-L4) in which the ligands coordinate in a bidentate mode through S/Se and N of triazole. The CH2EPh (E = S or Se) attached to nitrogen of triazole remains pendent. Ligands and complexes have been authenticated with multinuclei NMR, IR and HR-MS. Single crystal structures of complexes 1-4 have been solved. The Ru-S and Ru-Se bond lengths (Å) are respectively 2.388(2)/2.3902(19) and 2.5007(4)/2.5262(19). The disposition of benzene ring, N, S/Se and Cl around Ru is of a piano stool type. For catalytic oxidation of alcohols [Oppenauer-type and with N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide (NMO)] and transfer hydrogenation (TH) of carbonyl compounds [with 2-propanol and glycerol] all the four complexes have been found efficient. The optimum catalyst loadings (in mol%) are: 0.01 (NMO), 0.1 (Oppenauer), 0.01 (TH with 2-propanol) and 0.5 (TH with glycerol). Interestingly, time profiles (under optimum conditions) of two catalytic oxidations and TH's are almost similar, suggesting that they are competitive on appropriate catalyst loading. DFT calculations are consistent with somewhat low reactivity of 1 in comparison to those of 2-4. PMID:26477509

  11. Syntheses of monomeric (. eta. sup 5 -pentamethylcyclopentadienyl)platinum(IV) methyl and bromo complexes and of (hydrotris(3,5-dimethyl-1-pyrazolyl)borato)trimethylplatinum

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    Roth, S.; Ramamoorthy, V.; Sharp, P.R. )

    1990-09-05

    The reaction of Cp*MgCl{center dot}THF (Cp* = C{sub 5}Me{sub 5}) with 1 equiv of PtMe{sub 3}I and PtMe{sub 2}Br{sub 2} produces Cp*PtMe{sub 3} (1) and Cp*PtMe{sub 2}Br (2), respectively. Reaction of 2 with Br{sub 2} produces Cp*PtMeBr{sub 2} (3) in good yield. The structures of 2 and 3 have been determined by x-ray crystallography, and the crystal structure data are reported. Complex 2 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group, P2{sub 1}/m, and complex 3 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group, P2{sub 1}/m. The molecules reside on mirror planes and are monomeric pseudotetrahedral Pt(IV) complexes with piano stool type geometries and {eta}{sup 5}-Cp* groups. Both molecules have Br atoms on the mirror. This leads to a disorder of the Me and the second Br positions in complex 3. The average Pt-C(Cp*) bond length is 2.25 (7) {angstrom} in 2 and 2.22 (4) {angstrom} in 3. The Pt-C(Me) and Pt-Br bond lengths in 2 are 2.07 (2) and 2.498 (2) {angstrom}, respectively. The ordered Pt-Br bond length in 3 is 2.496 (2) {angstrom}. Treatment of 1 with halogens results in the cleavage of the Pt-Cp* bond. The reaction of PtMe{sub 3}I with KTp* (Tp* = (HB(3,5-dimethylpyrazolyl){sub 3}){sup {minus}}) in thf gives Tp*PtMe{sub 3} (4) in almost quantitative yield. The reaction of 4 with Br{sub 2} brominates the 4-position of the pyrazolyl ring only. 28 refs., 2 figs., 5 tabs.

  12. Inhibition of the polymerization of methyl methacrylate and methyl acrylate by mixtures of chloranil with phenothiazine

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    Ivanov, A.A; Lysenko, G.M.; Zholina, I.N.

    1985-09-01

    This paper investigates the kinetic peculiarities of inhibited polymerization of methyl methacrylate and methyl acrylate in the presence of mixtures of chloranil with phenothiazine. It is shown that depending on the structure of the monomer and the concentrations of the electron donor and electron acceptor, the radicals of propagation may form complexes with chloranil or with phenothiazine at the first step of the inhibition reaction or may interact with the complex (phenothiazine to chloranil).

  13. [Arene·Me3C+] non-covalent complexes in the gas-phase (trifluoro)methylation of tert-butyl-substituted diphenylalkanes

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    Chiavarino, Barbara; Crestoni, Maria Elisa; Fornarini, Simonetta; Kuck, Dietmar

    1995-10-01

    The reaction of Me2F+, Me2C1+ and CF3+ with p-Me3CC6H4(CH2)n,C6D5 (n = 2, 3) initiates a reaction pattern whose major features are accounted for by the additional electrostatic stabilization afforded by the second (spectator) aromatic ring on ionic intermediates and ion-molecule complexes. The Me3C loss following CX3- (X = H, F) addition to the tert-butyl-substituted ring is significantly reduced with respect to a single-ring model substrate, p-Me3CC6H4Me. [Arene · Me3C+] non-covalent complexes mediate the observed interannular and intermolecular Me3C+ transfer. Unimolecular cleavage of Me3CH from [arene · Me3C+], following side-chain H- abstraction, a major fragmentation pathway under mass spectrometric conditions, is instead largely inhibited in the reported radiolytic experiments. Such behavior is accounted for by the effective stabilization of ion-molecule non-covalent complexes ensured by unreactive collisions with about 1 atm bath gas.

  14. Separation of Enantiomers by Inclusion Gas Chromatography: On the Influence of Water in the Molecular Complexation of Methyl 2-Chloropropanoate Enantiomers and the Modified γ-Cyclodextrin Lipodex-E.

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    Mandoli, Alessandro; Schurig, Volker

    2016-02-01

    A profound influence of water has previously been detected in the complexation of the enantiomers of methyl 2-chloropropanoate (MCP) and the chiral selector octakis(3-O-butanoyl-2,6-di-O-pentyl)-γ-cyclodextrin (Lipodex-E) in NMR and sensor experiments. We therefore investigated the retention behavior of MCP enantiomers on Lipodex-E by gas chromatography (GC) under hydrous conditions. Addition of water to the N2 carrier gas modestly reduced the retention factors k of the enantiomers, notably for the second eluted enantiomer (S)-MCP. This resulted in an overall decrease of enantioselectivity -ΔS,R (ΔG) in the presence of water. The effect was fully reversible. Consequently, for a conditioned column in the absence of residual water, the determined thermodynamic data, i.e. ΔS,R (ΔH) = -12.64 ± 0.08 kJ mol(-1) and ΔS,R (ΔS) = -28.18 ± 0.23 J K(-1) mol(-1) , refer to a true 1:1 complexation process devoid of hydrophobic hydration. Chirality 28:124-131, 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26636659

  15. Maternal DNA Methylation Regulates Early Trophoblast Development

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    Branco, Miguel R.; King, Michelle; Perez-Garcia, Vicente; Bogutz, Aaron B.; Caley, Matthew; Fineberg, Elena; Lefebvre, Louis; Cook, Simon J.; Dean, Wendy; Hemberger, Myriam; Reik, Wolf

    2016-01-01

    Summary Critical roles for DNA methylation in embryonic development are well established, but less is known about its roles during trophoblast development, the extraembryonic lineage that gives rise to the placenta. We dissected the role of DNA methylation in trophoblast development by performing mRNA and DNA methylation profiling of Dnmt3a/3b mutants. We find that oocyte-derived methylation plays a major role in regulating trophoblast development but that imprinting of the key placental regulator Ascl2 is only partially responsible for these effects. We have identified several methylation-regulated genes associated with trophoblast differentiation that are involved in cell adhesion and migration, potentially affecting trophoblast invasion. Specifically, trophoblast-specific DNA methylation is linked to the silencing of Scml2, a Polycomb Repressive Complex 1 protein that drives loss of cell adhesion in methylation-deficient trophoblast. Our results reveal that maternal DNA methylation controls multiple differentiation-related and physiological processes in trophoblast via both imprinting-dependent and -independent mechanisms. PMID:26812015

  16. The origins of atmospheric methyl mercury

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    Prestbo, E.M.; Bloom, N.S.

    1995-12-31

    Methyl Hg in precipitation shows strong regional patterns, with highest volume weighted mean values (0.4 ng/L) in the Pacific Northwest and lowest values in Florida (<0.01 ng/l). Over most of the North Central region, average values range from 0.05 to 0.2 ng/L. Several potential sources of methyl Hg to the atmosphere have been investigated, including direct anthropogenic emissions, atmospheric methylation of Hg{sup o} or Hg(II), and emissions of methyl or dimethyl Hg from natural surfaces (oceans, bogs, or forests). Direct measurements of major total Hg sources such as coal and waste combustors, and sewage treatment facilities suggest that direct anthropogenic emissions are an insignificant source of methyl Hg to the atmosphere. The gas phase reaction of methyl halides with Hg{sup o} also appears to be an insignificant source of methyl Hg to the atmosphere. Recent laboratory experiments have provided a likely mechanism for atmospheric Hg methylation via a complex reaction involving acetate, sulfite, and iron. From a series of field measurements, another source appears to be the degradation of dimethyl mercury emitted by the upwelling of deep ocean water.

  17. Interaction of oral anticoagulants with methyl xanthines.

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    Ammar, H O; Ghorab, M; el-Nahhas, S A; Makram, T S

    1997-12-01

    The interaction of warfarin and dicumarol with methyl xanthines was monitored. The results revealed formation of equimolar complexes with both caffeine and theophylline. The interaction is exothermic and complexation is thermodynamically unfavourable. The apparent solubility of dicumarol in water was found to increase linearly with increasing methyl xanthine concentration. The dissolution rate of the prepared complexes is higher than that of their respective physical mixtures or the respective drug per se. The implication of such interaction on the biological performance of the two anticoagulants was assessed in Albino rabbits. The results indicate that incorporation of dicumarol in form of a complex or even as a physical mixture with methyl xanthines does affect the biological performance of the drug to a marked extent. PMID:9442558

  18. Synthesis and Characterization of Bioactive Acylpyrazolone Sulfanilamides and Their Transition Metal Complexes: Single Crystal Structure of 4-Benzoyl-3-methyl-1-phenyl-2-pyrazolin-5-one Sulfanilamide

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    Idemudia, Omoruyi G.; Sadimenko, Alexander P.; Afolayan, Anthony J.; Hosten, Eric C.

    2015-01-01

    Two Schiff base ligands Ampp-Sn 1 and Bmpp-Sn 2, afforded by a condensation reaction between sulfanilamide and the respective acylpyrazolone carbonyl precursors, their Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), and Cu(II) complexes prepared by the reaction of ligands and corresponding metal salts in aqueous solutions, were synthesized and then characterized by both analytical and spectroscopic methods, in a view to developing new improved bioactive materials with novel properties. On the basis of elemental analysis, spectroscopic and TGA results, transition metal complexes, with octahedral geometry having two molecules of the bidentate keto-imine ligand each, have been proposed. The single crystal structure of Bmpp-Sn according to X-ray crystallography showed a keto-imine tautomer type of Schiff base, having three intramolecular bonds, one short N2⋯H2⋯O3 hydrogen bond of 1.90 Å and two long C13⋯H13⋯O2 and C32⋯H32⋯O3 hydrogen bonds of 2.48 Å. A moderate to low biological activities have been exhibited by synthesized compounds when compared with standard antimicrobial agents on screening the synthesized compounds against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus pumilus, Proteus vulgaris, and Aeromonas hydrophila for antibacterial activity and against free radical 1, 1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl (DPPH) for antioxidant activity. PMID:26106285

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Bioactive Acylpyrazolone Sulfanilamides and Their Transition Metal Complexes: Single Crystal Structure of 4-Benzoyl-3-methyl-1-phenyl-2-pyrazolin-5-one Sulfanilamide.

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    Idemudia, Omoruyi G; Sadimenko, Alexander P; Afolayan, Anthony J; Hosten, Eric C

    2015-01-01

    Two Schiff base ligands Ampp-Sn 1 and Bmpp-Sn 2, afforded by a condensation reaction between sulfanilamide and the respective acylpyrazolone carbonyl precursors, their Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), and Cu(II) complexes prepared by the reaction of ligands and corresponding metal salts in aqueous solutions, were synthesized and then characterized by both analytical and spectroscopic methods, in a view to developing new improved bioactive materials with novel properties. On the basis of elemental analysis, spectroscopic and TGA results, transition metal complexes, with octahedral geometry having two molecules of the bidentate keto-imine ligand each, have been proposed. The single crystal structure of Bmpp-Sn according to X-ray crystallography showed a keto-imine tautomer type of Schiff base, having three intramolecular bonds, one short N2⋯H2⋯O3 hydrogen bond of 1.90 Å and two long C13⋯H13⋯O2 and C32⋯H32⋯O3 hydrogen bonds of 2.48 Å. A moderate to low biological activities have been exhibited by synthesized compounds when compared with standard antimicrobial agents on screening the synthesized compounds against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus pumilus, Proteus vulgaris, and Aeromonas hydrophila for antibacterial activity and against free radical 1, 1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl (DPPH) for antioxidant activity. PMID:26106285

  20. A series of dinuclear Dy(iii) complexes bridged by 2-methyl-8-hydroxylquinoline: replacement on the periphery coordinated β-diketonate terminal leads to different single-molecule magnetic properties.

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    Zhang, Wan-Ying; Tian, Yong-Mei; Li, Hong-Feng; Chen, Peng; Sun, Wen-Bin; Zhang, Yi-Quan; Yan, Peng-Fei

    2016-03-01

    A series of HMq-bridged dinuclear dysprosium complexes, namely, [Dy(acac)2(CH3OH)]2(μ-HMq)2 (1), [Dy(DBM)2]2(μ-HMq)2(n-C6H14) (2), [Dy(hmac)2]2(μ-HMq)2 (3) and [Dy(hfac)3]2(μ-HMq)2 (4) (HMq = 2-methyl-8-hydroxyquinoline, acac = acetylacetone, DBM = dibenzoylmethane, hmac = hexamethylacetylacetonate and hfac = hexafluoroacetylacetonate), were structurally and magnetically characterized. X-ray crystallographic analyses of the structures reveal that HMq serves as the effective bridge to link two Dy(iii) centers by means of the phenoxyl oxygen and nitrogen atoms and the periphery β-diketonate ligands complete the coordination sphere by bidentate oxygen atoms. The different substituents on the β-diketonate terminal lead to different coordination models mostly due to the steric hindrance of these substituents, and the electron-withdrawing or donating effects likely influence the strength of the ligand fields and the Dy(iii) ion anisotropy. Measurements of alternating-current (ac) susceptibility on complexes 1-4 reveal that complexes 3 and 4 display significant zero-field single-molecule magnetic (SMM) behavior with barrier energy Ueff/kB = 14.8 K, τ0 = 1.8 × 10(-5) s and Ueff/kB = 9.2 K, τ0 = 1.7 × 10(-5) s, respectively, whereas 1 and 2 exhibit field-induced SMM behavior, and these differences are attributed to the alteration on the periphery β-diketonate ligands. Their distinct slow magnetic relaxation behaviors were related to their different individual Dy(iii) ion magnetic anisotropy and intramolecular coupling, which were confirmed by ab initio calculations. PMID:26905041

  1. On how mammalian transcription factors recognize methylated DNA.

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    Buck-Koehntop, Bethany A; Defossez, Pierre-Antoine

    2013-02-01

    DNA methylation is an epigenetic mark that is essential for the development of mammals; it is frequently altered in diseases ranging from cancer to psychiatric disorders. The presence of DNA methylation attracts specialized methyl-DNA binding factors that can then recruit chromatin modifiers. These methyl-CpG binding proteins (MBPs) have key biological roles and can be classified into three structural families: methyl-CpG binding domain (MBD), zinc finger, and SET and RING finger-associated (SRA) domain. The structures of MBD and SRA proteins bound to methylated DNA have been previously determined and shown to exhibit two very different modes of methylated DNA recognition. The last piece of the puzzle has been recently revealed by the structural resolution of two different zinc finger proteins, Kaiso and ZFP57, in complex with methylated DNA. These structures show that the two methyl-CpG binding zinc finger proteins adopt differential methyl-CpG binding modes. Nonetheless, there are similarities with the MBD proteins suggesting some commonalities in methyl-CpG recognition across the various MBP domains. These fresh insights have consequences for the analysis of the many other zinc finger proteins present in the genome, and for the biology of methyl-CpG binding zinc finger proteins. PMID:23324617

  2. On how mammalian transcription factors recognize methylated DNA

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    Buck-Koehntop, Bethany A.; Defossez, Pierre-Antoine

    2013-01-01

    DNA methylation is an epigenetic mark that is essential for the development of mammals; it is frequently altered in diseases ranging from cancer to psychiatric disorders. The presence of DNA methylation attracts specialized methyl-DNA binding factors that can then recruit chromatin modifiers. These methyl-CpG binding proteins (MBPs) have key biological roles and can be classified into three structural families: methyl-CpG binding domain (MBD), zinc finger, and SET and RING finger-associated (SRA) domain. The structures of MBD and SRA proteins bound to methylated DNA have been previously determined and shown to exhibit two very different modes of methylated DNA recognition. The last piece of the puzzle has been recently revealed by the structural resolution of two different zinc finger proteins, Kaiso and ZFP57, in complex with methylated DNA. These structures show that the two methyl-CpG binding zinc finger proteins adopt differential methyl-CpG binding modes. Nonetheless, there are similarities with the MBD proteins suggesting some commonalities in methyl-CpG recognition across the various MBP domains. These fresh insights have consequences for the analysis of the many other zinc finger proteins present in the genome, and for the biology of methyl-CpG binding zinc finger proteins. PMID:23324617

  3. LC-MS and GC-MS metabolite profiling of nickel(II) complexes in the latex of the nickel-hyperaccumulating tree Sebertia acuminata and identification of methylated aldaric acid as a new nickel(II) ligand.

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    Callahan, Damien L; Roessner, Ute; Dumontet, Vincent; Perrier, Nicolas; Wedd, Anthony G; O'Hair, Richard A J; Baker, Alan J M; Kolev, Spas D

    2008-01-01

    Targeted liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) technology using size exclusion chromatography and metabolite profiling based on gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) were used to study the nickel-rich latex of the hyperaccumulating tree Sebertia acuminata. More than 120 compounds were detected, 57 of these were subsequently identified. A methylated aldaric acid (2,4,5-trihydroxy-3-methoxy-1,6-hexan-dioic acid) was identified for the first time in biological extracts and its structure was confirmed by 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. After citric acid, it appears to be one of the most abundant small organic molecules present in the latex studied. Nickel(II) complexes of stoichiometry NiII:acid=1:2 were detected for these two acids as well as for malic, itaconic, erythronic, galacturonic, tartaric, aconitic and saccharic acids. These results provide further evidence that organic acids may play an important role in the transport and possibly in the storage of metal ions in hyperaccumulating plants. PMID:17765935

  4. 5-Hydroxytryptamine 5HT2C Receptors Form a Protein Complex with N-Methyl-d-aspartate GluN2A Subunits and Activate Phosphorylation of Src Protein to Modulate Motoneuronal Depolarization*

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    Bigford, Gregory E.; Chaudhry, Nauman S.; Keane, Robert W.; Holohean, Alice M.

    2012-01-01

    N-Methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA)-gated ion channels are known to play a critical role in motoneuron depolarization, but the molecular mechanisms modulating NMDA activation in the spinal cord are not well understood. This study demonstrates that activated 5HT2C receptors enhance NMDA depolarizations recorded electrophysiologically from motoneurons. Pharmacological studies indicate involvement of Src tyrosine kinase mediates 5HT2C facilitation of NMDA. RT-PCR analysis revealed edited forms of 5HT2C were present in mammalian spinal cord, indicating the availability of G-protein-independent isoforms. Spinal cord neurons treated with the 5HT2C agonist MK 212 showed increased SrcTyr-416 phosphorylation in a dose-dependent manner thus verifying that Src is activated after treatment. In addition, 5HT2C antagonists and tyrosine kinase inhibitors blocked 5HT2C-mediated SrcTyr-416 phosphorylation and also enhanced NMDA-induced motoneuron depolarization. Co-immunoprecipitation of synaptosomal fractions showed that GluN2A, 5HT2C receptors, and Src tyrosine kinase form protein associations in synaptosomes. Moreover, immunohistochemical analysis demonstrated GluN2A and 5HT2C receptors co-localize on the processes of spinal neurons. These findings reveal that a distinct multiprotein complex links 5-hydroxytryptamine-activated intracellular signaling events with NMDA-mediated functional activity. PMID:22291020

  5. Spectroscopic (FT-IR, 1H, 13C NMR, UV), DOS and orbital overlap population analysis of copper complex of (E)-4-(2-(4-nitrophenyl) diazenyl)-N, N bis ((pyridin-2-yl) methyl) benzamine by density functional theory

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    Diwaker

    2015-02-01

    The geometric parameters, chemical shifts, FTIR, NMR and orbital overlap population along with DOS (density of states) to know different kinds of interactions for binding of copper atom with (E)-4-(2-(4-nitrophenyl) diazenyl)-N, N bis ((pyridin-2-yl) methyl) benzamine to form its copper complex has been reported by DFT methods. The theoretically predicted values for structural parameters are in agreement with the experimentally reported values. NMR chemical shifts calculated using B3LYP/DFT/GIAO level of theory gives information about binding of copper atom with three nitrogen atoms namely N (3, 8 and 11). Orbital overlap population analysis using DFT/B3LYP/SDD level of theory is used to study the kind of interactions involved in binding of copper with the three nitrogen atoms. DOS studies are done to know about the contribution of alpha, beta electrons to the valence and conduction band. IR spectroscopy investigations gave the absorption bands for the formation of title compound. Electronic spectrum along with HOMO-LUMO energies of the title compound has been investigated using Time-dependent (TD-DFT) approach.

  6. Structural Basis for Methyl Transfer by a Radical SAM Enzyme

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    Boal, Amie K.; Grove, Tyler L.; McLaughlin, Monica I.; Yennawar, Neela H.; Booker, Squire J.; Rosenzweig, Amy C.

    2014-10-02

    The radical S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM) enzymes RlmN and Cfr methylate 23S ribosomal RNA, modifying the C2 or C8 position of adenosine 2503. The methyl groups are installed by a two-step sequence involving initial methylation of a conserved Cys residue (RlmN Cys{sup 355}) by SAM. Methyl transfer to the substrate requires reductive cleavage of a second equivalent of SAM. Crystal structures of RlmN and RlmN with SAM show that a single molecule of SAM coordinates the [4Fe-4S] cluster. Residue Cys{sup 355} is S-methylated and located proximal to the SAM methyl group, suggesting the SAM that is involved in the initial methyl transfer binds at the same site. Thus, RlmN accomplishes its complex reaction with structural economy, harnessing the two most important reactivities of SAM within a single site.

  7. [Research advances in methyl bromide in the ocean].

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    Du, Hui-na; Xie, Wen-xia; Cui, Yu-qian; Chen, Jian-lei; Ye, Si-yuan

    2014-12-01

    Methyl bromide is an important atmospheric trace gas, which plays significant roles in the global warming and atmospheric chemistry. The ocean plays important and complex roles in the global biogeochemical cycles of methyl bromide, not only the source of atmospheric methyl bromide, but also the sink. Therefore, developing the chemical research of the soluble methyl bromide in the ocean, will not only have a certain guiding significance to the atmospheric ozone layer protection, but also provide a theoretical basis for estimating methyl bromide's contribution to the global environmental change on global scale. This paper reviewed the research advances on methyl bromide in the ocean, from the aspects of the biogeochemical cycle of methyl bromide in the ocean, the analysis and determination method, the concentration distribution, the sea-to-air flux and its sources and sinks in the atmosphere. Some deficiencies in the current studies were put forward, and the directions of the future studies were prospected. PMID:25876424

  8. Histone Arginine Methylation

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    Lorenzo, Alessandra Di; Bedford, Mark T.

    2012-01-01

    Arginine methylation is a common posttranslational modification (PTM). This type of PTM occurs on both nuclear and cytoplasmic proteins, and is particularly abundant on shuttling proteins. In this review, we will focus on one aspect of this PTM: the diverse roles that arginine methylation of the core histone tails play in regulating chromatin function. A family of nine protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs) catalyze methylation reactions, and a subset target histones. Importantly, arginine methylation of histone tails can promote or prevent the docking of key transcriptional effector molecules, thus playing a central role in the orchestration of the histone code. PMID:21074527

  9. Genome-Wide Methylation Profiling of Schizophrenia

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    Rukova, B; Staneva, R; Hadjidekova, S; Stamenov, G; Milanova; Toncheva, D

    2014-01-01

    Schizophrenia is one of the major psychiatric disorders. It is a disorder of complex inheritance, involving both heritable and environmental factors. DNA methylation is an inheritable epigenetic modification that stably alters gene expression. We reasoned that genetic modifications that are a result of environmental stimuli could also make a contribution. We have performed 26 high-resolution genome-wide methylation array analyses to determine the methylation status of 27,627 CpG islands and compared the data between patients and healthy controls. Methylation profiles of DNAs were analyzed in six pools: 220 schizophrenia patients; 220 age-matched healthy controls; 110 female schizophrenia patients; 110 age-matched healthy females; 110 male schizophrenia patients; 110 age-matched healthy males. We also investigated the methylation status of 20 individual patient DNA samples (eight females and 12 males. We found significant differences in the methylation profile between schizophrenia and control DNA pools. We found new candidate genes that principally participate in apoptosis, synaptic transmission and nervous system development (GABRA2, LIN7B, CASP3). Methylation profiles differed between the genders. In females, the most important genes participate in apoptosis and synaptic transmission (XIAP, GABRD, OXT, KRT7), whereas in the males, the implicated genes in the molecular pathology of the disease were DHX37, MAP2K2, FNDC4 and GIPC1. Data from the individual methylation analyses confirmed, the gender-specific pools results. Our data revealed major differences in methylation profiles between schizophrenia patients and controls and between male and female patients. The dysregulated activity of the candidate genes could play a role in schizophrenia pathogenesis. PMID:25937794

  10. The thermodynamic contribution of the 5-methyl group of thymine in the two- and three-stranded complexes formed by poly(dU) and poly(dT) with poly(dA).

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    Ross, Philip D; Howard, Frank B

    2003-02-01

    To assess the thermodynamic contribution of the 5-methyl group of thymine, we have studied the two-stranded helical complexes poly(dA).poly(dU) and poly(dA).poly(dT) and the three-stranded complexes--poly(dA).2poly(dU), poly(dA).poly(dT).poly(dU) and poly(dA).2poly(dT)--by differential scanning calorimetry, and uv optical melting experiments. The thermodynamic quantities associated with the 3 --> 2, 2 --> 1, and 3 --> 1 melting transitions are found to vary with salt concentration and temperature in a more complex manner than commonly believed. The transition temperatures, T(m), are generally not linear in the logarithm of concentration or activity of NaCl. The change in enthalpy and in entropy upon melting varies with salt concentration and temperature, and a change in heat capacity accompanies each transition. The poly(dA).2poly(dU) triple helix is markedly different from poly(dA).2poly(dT) in both its CD spectrum and thermodynamic behavior, while the poly(dA).poly(dT).poly(dU) triple helix resembles poly(dA).2poly(dT) in these properties. In comparing poly(dA).2poly(dT) with either the poly(dA).poly(dT).poly(dU) or the poly(dA).2poly(dU) triplexes, the substitution of thymine for uracil in the third strand results in an enhancement of stability against the 3 --> 2 dissociation of deltadeltaG degrees = -135 +/- 85 cal (mol A)(-1) at 37 degrees C. This represents a doubling of the absolute stability toward dissociation compared to the triplexes with poly(dU) as the third strand. The poly (dA).poly (dT) duplex is more stable than poly(dA).poly(dU) by deltadeltaG degrees = -350 +/- 60 cal (mol base pair)(-1) at 37 degrees C. Poly(dA).poly(dT) has 50% greater stability than poly(dA).poly(dU) as a result of the dT for dU substitution in the duplex. PMID:12548624

  11. Uranyl sequestering agents: Correlation of properties and efficacy with structure for UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} complexes of linear tetradentate 1-methyl-3-hydroxy-2(1H)-pyridinone ligands

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    Xu, J. Raymond, K.N.

    1999-01-25

    A rational design of uranyl sequestering agents based on 3-hydroxy-2(1H)-pyridinone ligands has resulted in the first effective agents for mammalian uranyl decorporation. In this study crystal structures of uranyl complexes with four of these agents are compared and correlated with the chemical and biological properties. These hydroxypyridinone ligands bind the uranyl ion in the equator of a pentagonal prism; a solvent molecule fills the fifth coordination site. The tetradentate ligands are composed of two hydroxypyridonate groups connected by a diamine linker via amide coupling. The dihedral angles between two pyridinone ring planes in these complexes differ as the length of linear backbone changes, giving these molecules a ruffled shape. The physical parameters (such as NMR chemical shifts) of the uranyl complexes with tetradentate Me-3,2-HOPO ligands correlate with the length of the diamine linker, as does the in vivo activity. The ligands are amides of 3-hydroxy-N-methyl-2-(1H)-4-carboxypyridone. For L{sup 1} the amine is propane amine. For the tetradentate bis-amides the linker groups are (L{sup 3}) 1,3-diaminopropane, (L{sup 4}) 1,4-diaminobutane, (L{sup 5}) 1,5-diaminopentane. Crystal data: [UO{sub 2}(L{sup 1}){sub 2}{center_dot}DMF], space group, C2/c, cell constants: a = 37.430(8) {angstrom}, b = 7.0808(14) {angstrom}, c = 26.781(5) {angstrom}, {beta} = 130.17(3){degree}, V = 5424(2) {angstrom}{sup 3}, Z = 8. [UO{sub 2}L{sup 3}{center_dot}DMSO], Pnma, a = 8.4113(1) {angstrom}, b = 16.0140(3) {angstrom}, c = 16.7339(3) {angstrom}, V = 2254.03(5) {angstrom}{sup 3}, Z = 4. [UO{sub 2}L{sup 4}{center_dot}DMSO]{center_dot}DMSO{center_dot}H{sub 2}O{center_dot}0.5C{sub 6}H{sub 12}, P2{sub 1}/n, a = 26.7382(4) {angstrom}, b = 7.4472(1) {angstrom}, c = 31.4876(2) {angstrom}, V = 6209.05(13) {angstrom}{sup 3}, Z = 8. [UO{sub 2}L{sup 5}{center_dot}DMSO]{center_dot}DMSO, Pnma, a = 7.3808(1) {angstrom}, b = 14.7403(3) {angstrom}, c = 23.134(3) {angstrom}, V = 2516.88(8) {angstrom}{sup 3}, Z = 4.

  12. DNA Methylation Biomarkers: Cancer and Beyond

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    Mikeska, Thomas; Craig, Jeffrey M.

    2014-01-01

    Biomarkers are naturally-occurring characteristics by which a particular pathological process or disease can be identified or monitored. They can reflect past environmental exposures, predict disease onset or course, or determine a patient’s response to therapy. Epigenetic changes are such characteristics, with most epigenetic biomarkers discovered to date based on the epigenetic mark of DNA methylation. Many tissue types are suitable for the discovery of DNA methylation biomarkers including cell-based samples such as blood and tumor material and cell-free DNA samples such as plasma. DNA methylation biomarkers with diagnostic, prognostic and predictive power are already in clinical trials or in a clinical setting for cancer. Outside cancer, strong evidence that complex disease originates in early life is opening up exciting new avenues for the detection of DNA methylation biomarkers for adverse early life environment and for estimation of future disease risk. However, there are a number of limitations to overcome before such biomarkers reach the clinic. Nevertheless, DNA methylation biomarkers have great potential to contribute to personalized medicine throughout life. We review the current state of play for DNA methylation biomarkers, discuss the barriers that must be crossed on the way to implementation in a clinical setting, and predict their future use for human disease. PMID:25229548

  13. Cytosine methylation profiling of cancer cell lines.

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    Ehrich, Mathias; Turner, Julia; Gibbs, Peter; Lipton, Lara; Giovanneti, Mara; Cantor, Charles; van den Boom, Dirk

    2008-03-25

    DNA-methylation changes in human cancer are complex and vary between the different types of cancer. Capturing this epigenetic variability in an atlas of DNA-methylation changes will be beneficial for basic research as well as translational medicine. Hypothesis-free approaches that interrogate methylation patterns genome-wide have already generated promising results. However, these methods are still limited by their quantitative accuracy and the number of CpG sites that can be assessed individually. Here, we use a unique approach to measure quantitative methylation patterns in a set of >400 candidate genes. In this high-resolution study, we employed a cell-line model consisting of 59 cancer cell lines provided by the National Cancer Institute and six healthy control tissues for discovery of methylation differences in cancer-related genes. To assess the effect of cell culturing, we validated the results from colon cancer cell lines by using clinical colon cancer specimens. Our results show that a large proportion of genes (78 of 400 genes) are epigenetically altered in cancer. Although most genes show methylation changes in only one tumor type (35 genes), we also found a set of genes that changed in many different forms of cancer (seven genes). This dataset can easily be expanded to develop a more comprehensive and ultimately complete map of quantitative methylation changes. Our methylation data also provide an ideal starting point for further translational research where the results can be combined with existing large-scale datasets to develop an approach that integrates epigenetic, transcriptional, and mutational findings. PMID:18353987

  14. Emerging roles of lysine methylation on non-histone proteins.

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    Zhang, Xi; Huang, Yaling; Shi, Xiaobing

    2015-11-01

    Lysine methylation is a common posttranslational modification (PTM) of histones that is important for the epigenetic regulation of transcription and chromatin in eukaryotes. Increasing evidence demonstrates that in addition to histones, lysine methylation also occurs on various non-histone proteins, especially transcription- and chromatin-regulating proteins. In this review, we will briefly describe the histone lysine methyltransferases (KMTs) that have a broad spectrum of non-histone substrates. We will use p53 and nuclear receptors, especially estrogen receptor alpha, as examples to discuss the dynamic nature of non-histone protein lysine methylation, the writers, erasers, and readers of these modifications, and the crosstalk between lysine methylation and other PTMs in regulating the functions of the modified proteins. Understanding the roles of lysine methylation in normal cells and during development will shed light on the complex biology of diseases associated with the dysregulation of lysine methylation on both histones and non-histone proteins. PMID:26227335

  15. ENZYMOLOGY OF ARSENIC METHYLATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    Enzymology of Arsenic Methylation

    David J. Thomas, Pharmacokinetics Branch, Experimental Toxicology Division, National
    Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park...

  16. Reactions of Ionized Methyl Benzoate with Methyl Isocyanide in the Gas Phase: Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitutions vs Hydrogen Migrations

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    Bouchoux, Guy; Flammang, Robert; Winter, Julien De; Gerbaux, Pascal

    2009-09-01

    The chemistry leading to the competitive eliminations of H, CH3, and OCOCH3 from adducts of ionized methyl benzoate and neutral methyl isocyanide has been explored using density functional theory molecular orbital calculations. The energies of the various reactants and transition structures were estimated at the B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) level of theory. Nucleophilic aromatic substitution is proposed to account for the H and OCOCH3 eliminations. The corresponding σ-complex intermediates, B1ipso and B1ortho, are stable species lying in deep energy wells situated 70 and 120 kJ/mol, respectively, below the reactants, ionized methyl benzoate and methyl isocyanide. The latter complex, B1ortho, may be also at the origin of a multistep rearrangement involving hydrogen migrations and methyl elimination from the original methoxy group of the benzoate moiety.

  17. DNA methylation and differentiation

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    Michalowky, L.A.; Jones, P.A. )

    1989-03-01

    The methylation of specific cytosine residues in DNA has been implicated in regulating gene expression and facilitating functional specialization of cellular phenotypes. Generally, the demethylation of certain CpG sites correlates with transcriptional activation of genes. 5-Azacytidine is an inhibitor of DNA methylation and has been widely used as a potent activator of suppressed genetic information. Treatment of cells with 5-azacytidine results in profound phenotypic alterations. The drug-induced hypomethylation of DNA apparently perturbs DNA-protein interactions that may consequently alter transcriptional activity and cell determination. The inhibitory effect of cytosine methylation may be exerted via altered DNA-protein interactions specifically or may be transduced by a change in the conformation of chromatin. Recent studies have demonstrated that cytosine methylation also plays a central role in parental imprinting, which in turn determines the differential expression of maternal and paternal genomes during embryogenesis. In other words, methylation is the mechanism whereby the embryo retains memory of the gametic origin of each component of genetic information. A memory of this type would probably persist during DNA replication and cell division as methylation patterns are stable and heritable.

  18. Smyd2 controls cytoplasmic lysine methylation of Hsp90 and myofilament organization

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    Donlin, Laura T.; Andresen, Christian; Just, Steffen; Rudensky, Eugene; Pappas, Christopher T.; Kruger, Martina; Jacobs, Erica Y.; Unger, Andreas; Zieseniss, Anke; Dobenecker, Marc-Werner; Voelkel, Tobias; Chait, Brian T.; Gregorio, Carol C.; Rottbauer, Wolfgang; Tarakhovsky, Alexander; Linke, Wolfgang A.

    2012-01-01

    Protein lysine methylation is one of the most widespread post-translational modifications in the nuclei of eukaryotic cells. Methylated lysines on histones and nonhistone proteins promote the formation of protein complexes that control gene expression and DNA replication and repair. In the cytoplasm, however, the role of lysine methylation in protein complex formation is not well established. Here we report that the cytoplasmic protein chaperone Hsp90 is methylated by the lysine methyltransferase Smyd2 in various cell types. In muscle, Hsp90 methylation contributes to the formation of a protein complex containing Smyd2, Hsp90, and the sarcomeric protein titin. Deficiency in Smyd2 results in the loss of Hsp90 methylation, impaired titin stability, and altered muscle function. Collectively, our data reveal a cytoplasmic protein network that employs lysine methylation for the maintenance and function of skeletal muscle. PMID:22241783

  19. Reconfiguration of DNA methylation in aging.

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    Zampieri, Michele; Ciccarone, Fabio; Calabrese, Roberta; Franceschi, Claudio; Brkle, Alexander; Caiafa, Paola

    2015-11-01

    A complex interplay between multiple biological effects shapes the aging process. The advent of genome-wide quantitative approaches in the epigenetic field has highlighted the effective impact of epigenetic deregulation, particularly of DNA methylation, on aging. Age-associated alterations in DNA methylation are commonly grouped in the phenomenon known as "epigenetic drift" which is characterized by gradual extensive demethylation of genome and hypermethylation of a number of promoter-associated CpG islands. Surprisingly, specific DNA regions show directional epigenetic changes in aged individuals suggesting the importance of these events for the aging process. However, the epigenetic information obtained until now in aging needs a re-consideration due to the recent discovery of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, a new DNA epigenetic mark present on genome. A recapitulation of the factors involved in the regulation of DNA methylation and the changes occurring in aging will be described in this review also considering the data available on 5 hmC. PMID:25708826

  20. Coagulation of methylated arsenic from drinking water: Influence of methyl substitution.

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    Hu, Chengzhi; Chen, Qingxin; Liu, Huijuan; Qu, Jiuhui

    2015-08-15

    Methylated arsenic can be found in virtually all earth surface environments. So far, however, little information has been collected regarding their removal by coagulation. In this study, the removal of monomethylarsenate (MMA) and dimethylarsenate (DMA) from drinking water by coagulation was investigated from the viewpoint of methyl substitution. Results indicated that FeCl3 was more efficient than AlCl3 and polyaluminum chloride (PACl) in methylated As removal. For the initial arsenic concentration of 200 μg/L, an FeCl3 dosage of 0.2 mmol Fe/L was sufficient to attain about 95% removal of MMA, while a dosage of 0.6 mmol Fe/L achieved about 57% removal of DMA. Arsenic removal efficiency was negatively correlated with the degree of methyl substitution. With the increase in methyl group number, the quantity of negatively charged arsenic species decreased and molecular size increased, leading to the decrease of methylated As removal by coagulation. Adsorption on preformed hydroxide flocs was the major mechanism during coagulation. Both FTIR and XPS results indicated that the As−O group of As might substitute the O−H group of Fe/Al hydroxide to form a Fe/Al−O−As complex. Furthermore, the use of traditional oxidants and coagulation aids exhibited limited help for improving coagulation removal of DMA. PMID:25855566

  1. [DNA methylation in obesity].

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    Pokrywka, Małgorzata; Kieć-Wilk, Beata; Polus, Anna; Wybrańska, Iwona

    2014-01-01

    The number of overweight and obese people is increasing at an alarming rate, especially in the developed and developing countries. Obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, and in consequence for premature death. The development of obesity results from the interplay of both genetic and environmental factors, which include sedentary life style and abnormal eating habits. In the past few years a number of events accompanying obesity, affecting expression of genes which are not directly connected with the DNA base sequence (e.g. epigenetic changes), have been described. Epigenetic processes include DNA methylation, histone modifications such as acetylation, methylation, phosphorylation, ubiquitination, and sumoylation, as well as non-coding micro-RNA (miRNA) synthesis. In this review, the known changes in the profile of DNA methylation as a factor affecting obesity and its complications are described. PMID:25531701

  2. Metabolic production of methylated selenium species requires adequate methylation status

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    Obesity negatively impacts methylation status and markers of methylation status vary according to selenium status in supplemented subjects. We have proposed that disruptions in methylation capacity induced by obesity compromise demonstrable anti-cancer effects of Se supplementation. In order to addr...

  3. A Study on Spectro-Analytical Aspects, DNA - Interaction, Photo-Cleavage, Radical Scavenging, Cytotoxic Activities, Antibacterial and Docking Properties of 3 - (1 - (6 - methoxybenzo [d] thiazol - 2 - ylimino) ethyl) - 6 - methyl - 3H - pyran - 2, 4 - dione and its Metal Complexes.

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    Ravi, Mudavath; Chennam, Kishan Prasad; Ushaiah, B; Eslavath, Ravi Kumar; Perugu, Shyam; Ajumeera, Rajanna; Devi, Ch Sarala

    2015-09-01

    The focus of the present work is on the design, synthesis, characterization, DNA-interaction, photo-cleavage, radical scavenging, in-vitro cytotoxicity, antimicrobial, docking and kinetic studies of Cu (II), Cd (II), Ce (IV) and Zr (IV) metal complexes of an imine derivative, 3 - (1 - (6 - methoxybenzo [d] thiazol - 2 - ylimino) ethyl) - 6 - methyl - 3H - pyran - 2, 4 - dione. The investigation of metal ligand interactions for the determination of composition of metal complexes, corresponding kinetic studies and antioxidant activity in solution was carried out by spectrophotometric methods. The synthesized metal complexes were characterized by EDX analysis, Mass, IR, (1)H-NMR, (13)C-NMR and UV-Visible spectra. DNA binding studies of metal complexes with Calf thymus (CT) DNA were carried out at room temperature by employing UV-Vis electron absorption, fluorescence emission and viscosity measurement techniques. The results revealed that these complexes interact with DNA through intercalation. The results of in vitro antibacterial studies showed the enhanced activity of chelating agent in metal chelated form and thus inferring scope for further development of new therapeutic drugs. Cell viability experiments indicated that all complexes showed significant dose dependent cytotoxicity in selected cell lines. The molecular modeling and docking studies were carried out with energy minimized structures of metal complexes to identify the receptor to metal interactions. PMID:26315729

  4. Is There a Relationship between DNA Methylation and Phenotypic Plasticity in Invertebrates?

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    Roberts, Steven B.; Gavery, Mackenzie R.

    2011-01-01

    There is a significant amount of variation in DNA methylation characteristics across organisms. Likewise, the biological role of DNA methylation varies across taxonomic lineages. The complexity of DNA methylation patterns in invertebrates has only recently begun to be characterized in-depth. In some invertebrate species that have been examined to date, methylated DNA is found primarily within coding regions and patterning is closely associated with gene function. Here we provide a perspective on the potential role of DNA methylation in these invertebrates with a focus on how limited methylation may contribute to increased phenotypic plasticity in highly fluctuating environments. Specifically, limited methylation could facilitate a variety of transcriptional opportunities including access to alternative transcription start sites, increasing sequence mutations, exon skipping, and transient methylation. PMID:22232607

  5. Paramutation of the r1 locus of maize is associated with increased cytosine methylation.

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    Walker, E L

    1998-01-01

    In paramutation two alleles of a gene interact so that one of the alleles is epigenetically silenced. The silenced state is then genetically transmissible for many generations. The large (220 kbp) multigenic complex R-r is paramutable: its level of expression is changed during paramutation. R-r was found to exhibit increases in its level of cytosine methylation (C-methylation) following paramutation. These C-methylation changes are localized to the 5' portions of the two genes in the complex that are most sensitive to paramutation. These methylation changes flank a small region called sigma that is thought to have been derived from a transposon named doppia. A mutant derivative of R-r that has a deletion of the sigma region fails to become methylated under conditions in which R-r is heavily methylated. This suggests that the presence of sigma sequences at the locus is required for the methylation changes that are observed following paramutation. PMID:9560410

  6. Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK)

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    EPA 635 / R - 03 / 009 www.epa.gov / iris TOXICOLOGICAL REVIEW OF METHYL ETHYL KETONE ( CAS No . 78 - 93 - 3 ) In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System ( IRIS ) September 2003 U.S . Environmental Protection Agency Washington , DC DISCLAIMER This document has been r

  7. Kenaf methyl esters

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    Additional or alternative feedstocks are one of the major areas of interest regarding biodiesel. In this paper, for the first time, the fuel properties of kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) seed oil methyl esters are comprehensively reported. This biodiesel is also relatively unique by containing small ...

  8. Nutrients and DNA Methylation

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    Epigenetics is a new mechanism responsible for development, aging, and disease process such as cancer development. One major epigenetic phenomenon is DNA methylation, which attributes to gene expression and integrity. Deepening the knowledge on one-carbon metabolism is very important to understandin...

  9. Thiophanate-methyl

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    Thiophanate - methyl ; CASRN 23564 - 05 - 8 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcino

  10. Methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK)

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    Methyl Isobutyl Ketone ( MIBK ) ; CASRN 108 - 10 - 1 ; Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for

  11. Chloromethyl methyl ether (CMME)

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  13. Pirimiphos-methyl

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  14. Kapok oil methyl esters

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    The increased need for biodiesel feedstocks has caused various vegetable oils to be examined for this purpose. In the present work, the methyl esters of kapok (Ceiba pentandra) oil were prepared. The essential fuel properties were comprehensively determined and evaluated in comparison to specificati...

  15. Simultaneous hyper- and hypomethylation at imprinted loci in a subset of patients with GNAS epimutations underlies a complex and different mechanism of multilocus methylation defect in pseudohypoparathyroidism type 1b.

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    Maupetit-Méhouas, Stéphanie; Azzi, Salah; Steunou, Virginie; Sakakini, Nathalie; Silve, Caroline; Reynes, Christelle; Perez de Nanclares, Guiomar; Keren, Boris; Chantot, Sandra; Barlier, Anne; Linglart, Agnès; Netchine, Irène

    2013-08-01

    Most patients with pseudohypoparathyroidism type 1b (PHP-1b) display a loss of imprinting (LOI) encompassing the GNAS locus resulting in PTH resistance. In other imprinting disorders, such as Russell-Silver or Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, we and others have shown that the LOI is not restricted to one imprinted locus but may affect other imprinted loci for some patients. Therefore, we hypothesized that patients with PHP-1b might present multilocus imprinting defects. We investigated, in 63 patients with PHP-1b, the methylation pattern of eight imprinted loci: GNAS, ZAC1, PEG1/MEST, ICR1, and ICR2 on chromosome 11p15, SNRPN, DLK1/GTL2 IG-DMR, and L3MBTL1. We found multilocus imprinting defects in four PHP-1b patients carrying broad LOI at the GNAS locus (1) simultaneous hypermethylation at L3MBTL1 differentially methylated region 3 (DMR3), and hypomethylation at PEG1/MEST DMR (n = 1), (2) hypermethylation at the L3MBTL1 (DMR3) (n = 1) and at the DLK1/GTL2 IG-DMR (n = 1), and (3) hypomethylation at the L3MBTL1 DMR3 (n = 1). We suggest that mechanisms underlying multilocus imprinting defects in PHP-1b differ from those of other imprinting disorders having only multilocus loss of methylation. Furthermore, our results favor the hypothesis of "epidominance", that is, the phenotype is controlled by the most severely affected imprinted locus. PMID:23649963

  16. Optimized method for methylated DNA immuno-precipitation

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    Guerrero-Bosagna, Carlos; Jensen, Per

    2015-01-01

    Methylated DNA immunoprecipitation (MeDIP) is one of the most widely used methods to evaluate DNA methylation on a whole genome scale, and involves the capture of the methylated fraction of the DNA by an antibody specific to methyl-cytosine. MeDIP was initially coupled with microarray hybridization to detect local DNA methylation enrichments along the genome. More recently, MeDIP has been coupled with next generation sequencing, which highlights its current and future applicability. In previous studies in which MeDIP was applied, the protocol took around 3 days to be performed. Given the importance of MeDIP for studies involving DNA methylation, it was important to optimize the method in order to deliver faster turnouts. The present article describes optimization steps of the MeDIP method. The length of the procedure was reduced in half without compromising the quality of the results. This was achieved by:•Reduction of the number of washes in different stages of the protocol, after a careful evaluation of the number of indispensable washes.•Reduction of reaction times for detaching methylated DNA fragments from the complex agarose beads:antibody.•Modification of the methods to purify methylated DNA, which incorporates new devices and procedures, and eliminates a lengthy phenol and chloroform:isoamyl alcohol extraction. PMID:26740923

  17. Human Body Epigenome Maps Reveal Noncanonical DNA Methylation Variation

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    Schultz, Matthew D.; He, Yupeng; Whitaker, John W.; Hariharan, Manoj; Mukamel, Eran A.; Leung, Danny; Rajagopal, Nisha; Nery, Joseph R.; Urich, Mark A.; Chen, Huaming; Lin, Shin; Lin, Yiing; Jung, Inkyung; Schmitt, Anthony D.; Selvaraj, Siddarth; Ren, Bing; Sejnowski, Terrence J.; Wang, Wei; Ecker, Joseph R.

    2015-01-01

    Summary Understanding the diversity of human tissues is fundamental to disease and requires linking genetic information, which is identical in most of an individual’s cells, with epigenetic mechanisms that could play tissue-specific roles. Surveys of DNA methylation in human tissues have established a complex landscape including both tissue-specific and invariant methylation patterns1,2. Here we report high coverage methylomes that catalogue cytosine methylation in all contexts for the major human organ systems, integrated with matched transcriptomes and genomic sequence. By combining these diverse data types with each individuals’ phased genome3, we identified widespread tissue-specific differential CG methylation (mCG), partially methylated domains, allele-specific methylation and transcription, and the unexpected presence of non-CG methylation (mCH) in almost all human tissues. mCH correlated with tissue-specific functions, and using this mark, we made novel predictions of genes that escape X-chromosome inactivation in specific tissues. Overall, DNA methylation in multiple genomic contexts varies substantially among human tissues. PMID:26030523

  18. Aberrant methylation patterns in cancer: a clinical view

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    Paska, Alja Videtic; Hudler, Petra

    2015-01-01

    Epigenetic mechanisms, such as DNA methylation, DNA hydroxymethylation, post-translational modifications (PTMs) of histone proteins affecting nucleosome remodelling, and regulation by small and large non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) work in concert with cis and trans acting elements to drive appropriate gene expression. Advances in detection methods and development of dedicated platforms and methylation arrays resulted in an explosion of information on aberrantly methylated sequences linking deviations in epigenetic landscape with the initiation and progression of complex diseases. Here, we consider how DNA methylation changes in malignancies, such as breast, pancreatic, colorectal, and gastric cancer could be exploited for the purpose of developing specific diagnostic tools. DNA methylation changes can be applicable as biomarkers for detection of malignant disease in easily accessible tissues. Methylation signatures are already proving to be an important marker for determination of drug sensitivity. Even more, promoter methylation patterns of some genes, such as MGMT, SHOX2, and SEPT9, have already been translated into commercial clinical assays aiding in patient assessment as adjunct diagnostic tools. In conclusion, the changes in DNA methylation patterns in tumour cells are slowly gaining entrance into routine diagnostic tests as promising biomarkers and as potential therapeutic targets. PMID:26110029

  19. Tissue-specific patterns of allelically-skewed DNA methylation.

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    Marzi, Sarah J; Meaburn, Emma L; Dempster, Emma L; Lunnon, Katie; Paya-Cano, Jose L; Smith, Rebecca G; Volta, Manuela; Troakes, Claire; Schalkwyk, Leonard C; Mill, Jonathan

    2016-01-01

    While DNA methylation is usually thought to be symmetrical across both alleles, there are some notable exceptions. Genomic imprinting and X chromosome inactivation are two well-studied sources of allele-specific methylation (ASM), but recent research has indicated a more complex pattern in which genotypic variation can be associated with allelically-skewed DNA methylation in cis. Given the known heterogeneity of DNA methylation across tissues and cell types we explored inter- and intra-individual variation in ASM across several regions of the human brain and whole blood from multiple individuals. Consistent with previous studies, we find widespread ASM with > 4% of the ∼220,000 loci interrogated showing evidence of allelically-skewed DNA methylation. We identify ASM flanking known imprinted regions, and show that ASM sites are enriched in DNase I hypersensitivity sites and often located in an extended genomic context of intermediate DNA methylation. We also detect examples of genotype-driven ASM, some of which are tissue-specific. These findings contribute to our understanding of the nature of differential DNA methylation across tissues and have important implications for genetic studies of complex disease. As a resource to the community, ASM patterns across each of the tissues studied are available in a searchable online database: http://epigenetics.essex.ac.uk/ASMBrainBlood . PMID:26786711

  20. Tissue-specific patterns of allelically-skewed DNA methylation

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    Marzi, Sarah J.; Meaburn, Emma L.; Dempster, Emma L.; Lunnon, Katie; Paya-Cano, Jose L.; Smith, Rebecca G.; Volta, Manuela; Troakes, Claire; Schalkwyk, Leonard C.; Mill, Jonathan

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT While DNA methylation is usually thought to be symmetrical across both alleles, there are some notable exceptions. Genomic imprinting and X chromosome inactivation are two well-studied sources of allele-specific methylation (ASM), but recent research has indicated a more complex pattern in which genotypic variation can be associated with allelically-skewed DNA methylation in cis. Given the known heterogeneity of DNA methylation across tissues and cell types we explored inter- and intra-individual variation in ASM across several regions of the human brain and whole blood from multiple individuals. Consistent with previous studies, we find widespread ASM with > 4% of the ∼220,000 loci interrogated showing evidence of allelically-skewed DNA methylation. We identify ASM flanking known imprinted regions, and show that ASM sites are enriched in DNase I hypersensitivity sites and often located in an extended genomic context of intermediate DNA methylation. We also detect examples of genotype-driven ASM, some of which are tissue-specific. These findings contribute to our understanding of the nature of differential DNA methylation across tissues and have important implications for genetic studies of complex disease. As a resource to the community, ASM patterns across each of the tissues studied are available in a searchable online database: http://epigenetics.essex.ac.uk/ASMBrainBlood. PMID:26786711

  1. Spectroscopic and biological studies of new binuclear metal complexes of a tridentate ONS hydrazone ligand derived from 4-amino-6-methyl-3-thioxo-3,4-dihydro-1,2,4-triazin-5(2H)-one and 4,6-diacetylresorcinol.

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    Adly, Omima M I; Emara, Adel A A

    2014-11-11

    The binuclear hydrazone, H2L, ligand derived from 4-amino-6-methyl-3-thioxo-3,4-dihydro-1,2,4-triazin-5(2H)-one and 4,6-diacetylresorcinol, in the molar ratio 2:1, and its copper(II), nickel(II), cobalt(II), zinc(II), cadmium(II), cerium(III), iron(III), oxovanadium(IV) and dioxouranium(VI) complexes have been synthesized. Structures of the ligand and its metal complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, spectral (infrared, electronic, mass, 1H NMR and ESR) data, magnetic susceptibility, molar conductivity measurements and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). The ligand acts as dibasic with two ONS tridentate sites. The bonding sites are the azomethine nitrogen, phenolate oxygen and sulfur atoms. The metal complexes exhibit different geometrical arrangements such as square planer, tetrahedral and octahedral. The Coats-Redfern equation was used to calculate the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters for the different thermal decomposition steps of some complexes. The ligand and its metal complexes showed antimicrobial activity towards Gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis), Gram-negative bacteria (Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli), yeast (Candida albicans) and fungus (Aspergillus fumigatus). Structural parameters of the ligand and its metal complexes were theoretically computed on the basis of semiempirical PM3 level, and the results were correlated with their experimental data. PMID:24858350

  2. Spectroscopic and biological studies of new binuclear metal complexes of a tridentate ONS hydrazone ligand derived from 4-amino-6-methyl-3-thioxo-3,4-dihydro-1,2,4-triazin-5(2H)-one and 4,6-diacetylresorcinol

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    Adly, Omima M. I.; Emara, Adel A. A.

    2014-11-01

    The binuclear hydrazone, H2L, ligand derived from 4-amino-6-methyl-3-thioxo-3,4-dihydro-1,2,4-triazin-5(2H)-one and 4,6-diacetylresorcinol, in the molar ratio 2:1, and its copper(II), nickel(II), cobalt(II), zinc(II), cadmium(II), cerium(III), iron(III), oxovanadium(IV) and dioxouranium(VI) complexes have been synthesized. Structures of the ligand and its metal complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, spectral (infrared, electronic, mass, 1H NMR and ESR) data, magnetic susceptibility, molar conductivity measurements and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). The ligand acts as dibasic with two ONS tridentate sites. The bonding sites are the azomethine nitrogen, phenolate oxygen and sulfur atoms. The metal complexes exhibit different geometrical arrangements such as square planer, tetrahedral and octahedral. The Coats-Redfern equation was used to calculate the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters for the different thermal decomposition steps of some complexes. The ligand and its metal complexes showed antimicrobial activity towards Gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis), Gram-negative bacteria (Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli), yeast (Candida albicans) and fungus (Aspergillus fumigatus). Structural parameters of the ligand and its metal complexes were theoretically computed on the basis of semiempirical PM3 level, and the results were correlated with their experimental data.

  3. Methylation profiles of genes utilizing newly developed CpG island methylation microarray on colorectal cancer patients

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    Kimura, Naoki; Nagasaka, Takeshi; Murakami, Jun; Sasamoto, Hiromi; Murakami, Masahiro; Tanaka, Noriaki; Matsubara, Nagahide

    2005-01-01

    Aberrant methylation of DNA has been shown to play an important role in a variety of human cancers, developmental disorders and aging. Hence, aberrant methylation patterns in genes can be a molecular marker for such conditions. Therefore, a reliable but uncomplicated method to detect DNA methylation is preferred, not merely for research purposes but for daily clinical practice. To achieve these aims, we have established a precise system to identify DNA methylation patterns based on an oligonucleotide microarray technology. Our microarray method has an advantage over conventional methods and is unique because it allows the precise measurement of the methylation patterns within a target region. Our simple signal detection system depends on using an avidin–biotinylated peroxidase complex and does not require an expensive laser scanner or hazardous radioisotope. In this study, we applied our technique to detect promoter methylation status of O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) gene. Our easy-handling technology provided reproducible and precise measurement of methylated CpGs in MGMT promoter and, thus, our method may bring about a potential evolution in the handling of a variety of high-throughput DNA methylation analyses for clinical purposes. PMID:15760842

  4. Profile analysis and prediction of tissue-specific CpG island methylation classes

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    2009-01-01

    Background The computational prediction of DNA methylation has become an important topic in the recent years due to its role in the epigenetic control of normal and cancer-related processes. While previous prediction approaches focused merely on differences between methylated and unmethylated DNA sequences, recent experimental results have shown the presence of much more complex patterns of methylation across tissues and time in the human genome. These patterns are only partially described by a binary model of DNA methylation. In this work we propose a novel approach, based on profile analysis of tissue-specific methylation that uncovers significant differences in the sequences of CpG islands (CGIs) that predispose them to a tissue- specific methylation pattern. Results We defined CGI methylation profiles that separate not only between constitutively methylated and unmethylated CGIs, but also identify CGIs showing a differential degree of methylation across tissues and cell-types or a lack of methylation exclusively in sperm. These profiles are clearly distinguished by a number of CGI attributes including their evolutionary conservation, their significance, as well as the evolutionary evidence of prior methylation. Additionally, we assess profile functionality with respect to the different compartments of protein coding genes and their possible use in the prediction of DNA methylation. Conclusion Our approach provides new insights into the biological features that determine if a CGI has a functional role in the epigenetic control of gene expression and the features associated with CGI methylation susceptibility. Moreover, we show that the ability to predict CGI methylation is based primarily on the quality of the biological information used and the relationships uncovered between different sources of knowledge. The strategy presented here is able to predict, besides the constitutively methylated and unmethylated classes, two more tissue specific methylation classes conserving the accuracy provided by leading binary methylation classification methods. PMID:19383127

  5. DNA Methylation Screening and Analysis

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    Sant, Karilyn E.; Nahar, Muna S.; Dolinoy, Dana C.

    2013-01-01

    DNA methylation is an epigenetic form of gene regulation that is universally important throughout the life course, especially during in utero and postnatal development. DNA methylation aids in cell cycle regulation and cellular differentiation processes. Previous studies have demonstrated that DNA methylation profiles may be altered by diet and the environment, and that these profiles are especially vulnerable during development. Thus, it is important to understand the role of DNA methylation in developmental governance and subsequent disease progression. A variety of molecular methods exist to assay for global, gene-specific, and epigenome-wide methylation. Here we describe these methods and discuss their relative strengths and limitations. PMID:22669678

  6. Crystal structure of hexa­kis­(dmpu)-di-μ2-hydroxido-dialuminium tetraiodide dmpu tetra­solvate [dmpu is 1,3-di­methyl­tetra­hydro­pyrimidin-2(1H)-one]: a centrosymmetric dinuclear aluminium complex containing AlO5 polyhedra

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    Lundberg, Daniel; Lyczko, Krzysztof

    2015-01-01

    The structure of the title compound, [Al2(OH)2(C6H12N2O)6]I4·4C6H12N2O (systematic name: di-μ2-hydroxido-bis­{tris­[1,3-di­methyl­tetra­hydro­pyrimidin-2(1H)-one-κO]aluminium} tetra­iodide 1,3-di­methyl­tetra­hydro­pyrimidin-2(1H)-one tetra­solvate), is composed of two Al(C6H12N2O)3 moieties linked into a centrosymmetric dinuclear unit by a pair of bridging hydroxide ions. The aluminium cations show a distorted trigonal bipyramidal AlO5 coordination environment formed only by monodentate ligands. The Al—O bond lengths are in the range 1.789 (2)–1.859 (2) Å (mean bond length = 1.818 Å). The non-coordinating iodide anions compensate the charge of the complex cation. The remaining solvent mol­ecules and the iodide counter-anions inter­act with the complex cation by weak non-classical C—H⋯I and C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds. PMID:26396749

  7. Crystal structure of hexa-kis-(dmpu)-di-μ2-hydroxido-dialuminium tetraiodide dmpu tetra-solvate [dmpu is 1,3-di-methyl-tetra-hydro-pyrimidin-2(1H)-one]: a centrosymmetric dinuclear aluminium complex containing AlO5 polyhedra.

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    Lundberg, Daniel; Lyczko, Krzysztof

    2015-08-01

    The structure of the title compound, [Al2(OH)2(C6H12N2O)6]I4·4C6H12N2O (systematic name: di-μ2-hydroxido-bis-{tris-[1,3-di-methyl-tetra-hydro-pyrimidin-2(1H)-one-κO]aluminium} tetra-iodide 1,3-di-methyl-tetra-hydro-pyrimidin-2(1H)-one tetra-solvate), is composed of two Al(C6H12N2O)3 moieties linked into a centrosymmetric dinuclear unit by a pair of bridging hydroxide ions. The aluminium cations show a distorted trigonal bipyramidal AlO5 coordination environment formed only by monodentate ligands. The Al-O bond lengths are in the range 1.789 (2)-1.859 (2) Å (mean bond length = 1.818 Å). The non-coordinating iodide anions compensate the charge of the complex cation. The remaining solvent mol-ecules and the iodide counter-anions inter-act with the complex cation by weak non-classical C-H⋯I and C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds. PMID:26396749

  8. Repression of genes by DNA methylation depends on CpG density and promoter strength: evidence for involvement of a methyl-CpG binding protein.

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    Boyes, J; Bird, A

    1992-01-01

    Repression of transcription from densely methylated genes can be mediated by the methyl-CpG binding protein MeCP-1 (Boyes and Bird, 1991). Here we have investigated the effect of methylation on genes with a low density of methyl-CpG. We found that sparse methylation could repress transfected genes completely, but the inhibition was fully overcome by the presence in cis of an SV40 enhancer. Densely methylated genes, however, could not be reactivated by the enhancer. In vitro studies showed that the sparsely methylated genes bound weakly to MeCP-1 and that binding interfered with transcription. In the absence of available MeCP-1, methylation had minimal effects on transcription. From these and other results we propose that sparsely methylated genes form an unstable complex with MeCP-1 which prevents transcription when the promoter is weak. This complex can be disrupted by a strong promoter, thereby allowing the methylated gene to be transcribed. Images PMID:1310933

  9. DNA Methylation in Mammals

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    Li, En; Zhang, Yi

    2014-01-01

    DNA methylation is one of the best characterized epigenetic modifications. In mammals it is involved in various biological processes including the silencing of transposable elements, regulation of gene expression, genomic imprinting, and X-chromosome inactivation. This article describes how DNA methylation serves as a cellular memory system and how it is dynamically regulated through the action of the DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) and ten eleven translocation (TET) enzymes. Its role in the regulation of gene expression, through its interplay with histone modifications, is also described, and its implication in human diseases discussed. The exciting areas of investigation that will likely become the focus of research in the coming years are outlined in the summary. PMID:24789823

  10. SCE and DNA methylation.

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    Ikushima, T

    1984-01-01

    The interrelationship between sister chromatid exchange (SCE) formation and DNA methylation was studied in Chinese hamster V79 and Indian muntjac cells. A DNA methylation inhibitor, 5-azacytidine (5AzaC), induced SCEs only when it had been present in cells for at least 2 rounds of DNA replication. This result suggests that SCEs are formed during replication of hemimethylated or demethylated DNA possessing 5AzaC, and that hypomethylated sites may become fully methylated after they pass 1 cell division. It also appears that hypomethylated DNA is not more sensitive to ultraviolet light (UV) or 3-aminobenzamide (3AMB) than normal chromosomes, but sensitized to mitomycin C (MMC) for the induction of SCEs. An analysis of sites of SCEs induced by 5AzaC within Indian muntjac chromosomes showed that the SCE frequency was enhanced at the 5 methylcytosine-rich regions where spontaneous SCEs were intensively suppressed. The SCE mechanism at the junction between contiguous replicons with different replication timing was discussed. PMID:6085258

  11. The Reaction Mechanism of Methyl-Coenzyme M Reductase

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    Wongnate, Thanyaporn; Ragsdale, Stephen W.

    2015-01-01

    Methyl-coenzyme M reductase (MCR) is a nickel tetrahydrocorphinoid (coenzyme F430) containing enzyme involved in the biological synthesis and anaerobic oxidation of methane. MCR catalyzes the conversion of methyl-2-mercaptoethanesulfonate (methyl-SCoM) and N-7-mercaptoheptanoylthreonine phosphate (CoB7SH) to CH4 and the mixed disulfide CoBS-SCoM. In this study, the reaction of MCR from Methanothermobacter marburgensis, with its native substrates was investigated using static binding, chemical quench, and stopped-flow techniques. Rate constants were measured for each step in this strictly ordered ternary complex catalytic mechanism. Surprisingly, in the absence of the other substrate, MCR can bind either substrate; however, only one binary complex (MCR·methyl-SCoM) is productive whereas the other (MCR·CoB7SH) is inhibitory. Moreover, the kinetic data demonstrate that binding of methyl-SCoM to the inhibitory MCR·CoB7SH complex is highly disfavored (Kd = 56 mm). However, binding of CoB7SH to the productive MCR·methyl-SCoM complex to form the active ternary complex (CoB7SH·MCR(NiI)·CH3SCoM) is highly favored (Kd = 79 μm). Only then can the chemical reaction occur (kobs = 20 s−1 at 25 °C), leading to rapid formation and dissociation of CH4 leaving the binary product complex (MCR(NiII)·CoB7S−·SCoM), which undergoes electron transfer to regenerate Ni(I) and the final product CoBS-SCoM. This first rapid kinetics study of MCR with its natural substrates describes how an enzyme can enforce a strictly ordered ternary complex mechanism and serves as a template for identification of the reaction intermediates. PMID:25691570

  12. Spectroscopic studies of the 1:1 complexes of 4-nitrophenyl[bis(ethylsulfonyl)]methane and phenyl[bis(ethylsulfonyl)]methane with 7-methyl-1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene and 1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene

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    Huczyński, A.; Binkowska, I.; Jarczewski, A.; Brzezinski, B.

    2007-09-01

    The 1:1 complexes of 4-nitrophenyl[bis(diethylsulfonyl)]methane (CH1) and phenyl[bis(diethylsulfonyl)]methane (CH2) with 1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene (TBD) and 7-methyl-1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene (MTBD) have been synthesized and their structures have been studied using the FT-IR, 1H NMR and PM5 semiempirical methods. In all complexes a proton has been transferred from C-H acid to TBD or MTBD molecules to yield ionic pairs. On the basis of the FT-IR and 1H NMR studies of the MTBD complexes, in acetonitrile, the ions have been shown to be fully dissociated. In the case of TBD formation of non-cyclic hydrogen bonded structures have been proposed for the complex being partially dissociated. The calculated structure of the CH2-TBD complex has shown very high similarity to the structure in the solid state.

  13. HMM-Fisher: identifying differential methylation using a hidden Markov model and Fisher's exact test.

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    Sun, Shuying; Yu, Xiaoqing

    2016-03-01

    DNA methylation is an epigenetic event that plays an important role in regulating gene expression. It is important to study DNA methylation, especially differential methylation patterns between two groups of samples (e.g. patients vs. normal individuals). With next generation sequencing technologies, it is now possible to identify differential methylation patterns by considering methylation at the single CG site level in an entire genome. However, it is challenging to analyze large and complex NGS data. In order to address this difficult question, we have developed a new statistical method using a hidden Markov model and Fisher's exact test (HMM-Fisher) to identify differentially methylated cytosines and regions. We first use a hidden Markov chain to model the methylation signals to infer the methylation state as Not methylated (N), Partly methylated (P), and Fully methylated (F) for each individual sample. We then use Fisher's exact test to identify differentially methylated CG sites. We show the HMM-Fisher method and compare it with commonly cited methods using both simulated data and real sequencing data. The results show that HMM-Fisher outperforms the current available methods to which we have compared. HMM-Fisher is efficient and robust in identifying heterogeneous DM regions. PMID:26854292

  14. Effects of coadministered sodium selenite on short-term distribution on methyl mercury in the rat

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    Thomas, D.J.; Smith, J.C.

    1984-08-01

    Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats received iv injections of 1 ..mu..mole of methyl mercury/kg alone or coadministered with 5 ..mu..mole of sodium selenite/kg. Tissue concentrations of methyl mercury were determined at 5, 20, and 60 min after treatment. Selenite treatment produced a significant increase in cerebral methyl mercury concentrations and a significant decrease in kidney methyl mercury concentrations at all time points. The concentration of methyl mercury in liver was significantly increased by selenite coadministration at 5 and 20 min but at 60 min after injection the concentration was not significantly different from that found in rats receiving methyl mercury alone. Selenite treatment also significantly lowered blood methyl mercury concentrations at all time points. This decrease was associated with a significant decrease in the concentration of methyl mercury in erythrocytes at 5, 20, and 60 min. Plasma methyl mercury levels at 5 min postinjection were slightly higher in selenite-treated rats but were significantly lower in treated animals at 20 and 60 min. Treatment of rats with selenite did not specifically alter the extent of methyl mercury binding to glutathione in the 108,000 g supernatant of cerebrum of in erythrocyte hemolysates. In rats receiving either methyl mercury alone or with selenite, low-molecular-weight methyl mercury complexes could not be detected in plasma 5 min after iv injection.

  15. Structure of a dinuclear cadmium complex with 2,2′-bi­pyridine, monodentate nitrate and 3-carb­oxy-6-methyl­pyridine-2-carboxyl­ate ligands: intra­molecular carbon­yl(lone pair)⋯π(ring) and nitrate(π)⋯π(ring) inter­actions

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    Granifo, Juan; Suarez, Sebastián; Baggio, Ricardo

    2015-01-01

    The centrosymmetric dinuclear complex bis­(μ-3-carb­oxy-6-methyl­pyridine-2-carboxyl­ato)-κ3 N,O 2:O 2;κ3 O 2:N,O 2-bis­[(2,2′-bi­pyridine-κ2 N,N′)(nitrato-κO)cadmium] methanol monosolvate, [Cd2(C8H6NO4)2(NO3)2(C10H8N2)2]·CH3OH, was isolated as colourless crystals from the reaction of Cd(NO3)2·4H2O, 6-methyl­pyridine-2,3-di­carb­oxy­lic acid (mepydcH2) and 2,2′-bi­pyridine in methanol. The asymmetric unit consists of a CdII cation bound to a μ-κ3 N,O 2:O 2-mepydcH− anion, an N,N′-bidentate 2,2′-bi­pyridine group and an O-mono­dentate nitrate anion, and is completed with a methanol solvent mol­ecule at half-occupancy. The Cd complex unit is linked to its centrosymmetric image through a bridging mepydcH− carboxyl­ate O atom to complete the dinuclear complex mol­ecule. Despite a significant variation in the coordination angles, indicating a considerable departure from octa­hedral coordination geometry about the CdII atom, the Cd—O and Cd—N distances in this complex are surprisingly similar. The crystal structure consists of O—H⋯O hydrogen-bonded chains parallel to a, further bound by C—H⋯O contacts along b to form planar two-dimensional arrays parallel to (001). The juxtaposed planes form inter­stitial columnar voids that are filled by the methanol solvent mol­ecules. These in turn inter­act with the complex mol­ecules to further stabilize the structure. A search in the literature showed that complexes with the mepydcH− ligand are rare and complexes reported previously with this ligand do not adopt the μ-κ3 coordination mode found in the title compound. PMID:26396748

  16. Structure of a dinuclear cadmium complex with 2,2'-bi-pyridine, monodentate nitrate and 3-carb-oxy-6-methyl-pyridine-2-carboxyl-ate ligands: intra-molecular carbon-yl(lone pair)⋯π(ring) and nitrate(π)⋯π(ring) inter-actions.

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    Granifo, Juan; Suarez, Sebastián; Baggio, Ricardo

    2015-08-01

    The centrosymmetric dinuclear complex bis-(μ-3-carb-oxy-6-methyl-pyridine-2-carboxyl-ato)-κ(3) N,O (2):O (2);κ(3) O (2):N,O (2)-bis-[(2,2'-bi-pyridine-κ(2) N,N')(nitrato-κO)cadmium] methanol monosolvate, [Cd2(C8H6NO4)2(NO3)2(C10H8N2)2]·CH3OH, was isolated as colourless crystals from the reaction of Cd(NO3)2·4H2O, 6-methyl-pyridine-2,3-di-carb-oxy-lic acid (mepydcH2) and 2,2'-bi-pyridine in methanol. The asymmetric unit consists of a Cd(II) cation bound to a μ-κ(3) N,O (2):O (2)-mepydcH(-) anion, an N,N'-bidentate 2,2'-bi-pyridine group and an O-mono-dentate nitrate anion, and is completed with a methanol solvent mol-ecule at half-occupancy. The Cd complex unit is linked to its centrosymmetric image through a bridging mepydcH(-) carboxyl-ate O atom to complete the dinuclear complex mol-ecule. Despite a significant variation in the coordination angles, indicating a considerable departure from octa-hedral coordination geometry about the Cd(II) atom, the Cd-O and Cd-N distances in this complex are surprisingly similar. The crystal structure consists of O-H⋯O hydrogen-bonded chains parallel to a, further bound by C-H⋯O contacts along b to form planar two-dimensional arrays parallel to (001). The juxtaposed planes form inter-stitial columnar voids that are filled by the methanol solvent mol-ecules. These in turn inter-act with the complex mol-ecules to further stabilize the structure. A search in the literature showed that complexes with the mepydcH(-) ligand are rare and complexes reported previously with this ligand do not adopt the μ-κ(3) coordination mode found in the title compound. PMID:26396748

  17. Ni(II), Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes of (1H-1,2,4-triazole-3-ylimino)methyl]naphthalene-2-ol. Structural, spectroscopic, biological, cytotoxicity, antioxidant and DNA binding

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    Gaber, M.; El-Ghamry, H. A.; Fathalla, S. K.

    2015-03-01

    Metal complexes of the general formula [ML(H2O)Cl]nH2O; n = 1 for M = Ni and Pt and n = 2 for M = Pd, L = Schiff base (HL) derived from the condensation of 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole and 2-hydroxy-1-naphthaldehyde, were prepared. The synthesized ligand and its metal complexes were characterized on the basis of elemental analyses, spectral and magnetic studies as well as thermal analysis. The IR spectra revealed that the ligand is coordinated to the metal ions in bidentate manner via the N-atom of the azomethine group and the phenolic OH group. Square planar geometry was proposed for Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes and tetrahedral for Ni(II) complex. The ligand and its metal complexes were screened against the sensitive organisms Escherichia coli as Gram-negative bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus as Gram-positive bacteria, Aspergillus flavus and Candida albicans as fungi. Moreover, the anticancer activity of the ligand and its metal complexes was evaluated in liver carcinoma (HEPG2) cell line. The results obtained indicated that the Schiff base ligand is more effective than its metal complexes towards the tested cell line. Ni(II), Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes as well as the free Schiff base ligand were tested for their antioxidant activities. The DNA-binding properties of the studied complexes have been investigated by electronic absorption and viscosity measurements.

  18. Ni(II), Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes of (1H-1,2,4-triazole-3-ylimino)methyl]naphthalene-2-ol. Structural, spectroscopic, biological, cytotoxicity, antioxidant and DNA binding.

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    Gaber, M; El-Ghamry, H A; Fathalla, S K

    2015-03-15

    Metal complexes of the general formula [ML(H2O)Cl]nH2O; n=1 for M=Ni and Pt and n=2 for M=Pd, L=Schiff base (HL) derived from the condensation of 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole and 2-hydroxy-1-naphthaldehyde, were prepared. The synthesized ligand and its metal complexes were characterized on the basis of elemental analyses, spectral and magnetic studies as well as thermal analysis. The IR spectra revealed that the ligand is coordinated to the metal ions in bidentate manner via the N-atom of the azomethine group and the phenolic OH group. Square planar geometry was proposed for Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes and tetrahedral for Ni(II) complex. The ligand and its metal complexes were screened against the sensitive organisms Escherichia coli as Gram-negative bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus as Gram-positive bacteria, Aspergillus flavus and Candida albicans as fungi. Moreover, the anticancer activity of the ligand and its metal complexes was evaluated in liver carcinoma (HEPG2) cell line. The results obtained indicated that the Schiff base ligand is more effective than its metal complexes towards the tested cell line. Ni(II), Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes as well as the free Schiff base ligand were tested for their antioxidant activities. The DNA-binding properties of the studied complexes have been investigated by electronic absorption and viscosity measurements. PMID:25576936

  19. High definition profiling of mammalian DNA methylation by array capture and single molecule bisulfite sequencing

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    Hodges, Emily; Smith, Andrew D.; Kendall, Jude; Xuan, Zhenyu; Ravi, Kandasamy; Rooks, Michelle; Zhang, Michael Q.; Ye, Kenny; Bhattacharjee, Arindam; Brizuela, Leonardo; McCombie, W. Richard; Wigler, Michael; Hannon, Gregory J.; Hicks, James B.

    2009-01-01

    DNA methylation stabilizes developmentally programmed gene expression states. Aberrant methylation is associated with disease progression and is a common feature of cancer genomes. Presently, few methods enable quantitative, large-scale, single-base resolution mapping of DNA methylation states in desired regions of a complex mammalian genome. Here, we present an approach that combines array-based hybrid selection and massively parallel bisulfite sequencing to profile DNA methylation in genomic regions spanning hundreds of thousands of bases. This single molecule strategy enables methylation variable positions to be quantitatively examined with high sampling precision. Using bisulfite capture, we assessed methylation patterns across 324 randomly selected CpG islands (CGI) representing more than 25,000 CpG sites. A single lane of Illumina sequencing permitted methylation states to be definitively called for >90% of target sties. The accuracy of the hybrid-selection approach was verified using conventional bisulfite capillary sequencing of cloned PCR products amplified from a subset of the selected regions. This confirmed that even partially methylated states could be successfully called. A comparison of human primary and cancer cells revealed multiple differentially methylated regions. More than 25% of islands showed complex methylation patterns either with partial methylation states defining the entire CGI or with contrasting methylation states appearing in specific regional blocks within the island. We observed that transitions in methylation state often correlate with genomic landmarks, including transcriptional start sites and intron-exon junctions. Methylation, along with specific histone marks, was enriched in exonic regions, suggesting that chromatin states can foreshadow the content of mature mRNAs. PMID:19581485

  20. Differential methylation of the TRPA1 promoter in pain sensitivity.

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    Bell, J T; Loomis, A K; Butcher, L M; Gao, F; Zhang, B; Hyde, C L; Sun, J; Wu, H; Ward, K; Harris, J; Scollen, S; Davies, M N; Schalkwyk, L C; Mill, J; Williams, F M K; Li, N; Deloukas, P; Beck, S; McMahon, S B; Wang, J; John, S L; Spector, T D

    2014-01-01

    Chronic pain is a global public health problem, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are not fully understood. Here we examine genome-wide DNA methylation, first in 50 identical twins discordant for heat pain sensitivity and then in 50 further unrelated individuals. Whole-blood DNA methylation was characterized at 5.2 million loci by MeDIP sequencing and assessed longitudinally to identify differentially methylated regions associated with high or low pain sensitivity (pain DMRs). Nine meta-analysis pain DMRs show robust evidence for association (false discovery rate 5%) with the strongest signal in the pain gene TRPA1 (P=1.2 × 10(-13)). Several pain DMRs show longitudinal stability consistent with susceptibility effects, have similar methylation levels in the brain and altered expression in the skin. Our approach identifies epigenetic changes in both novel and established candidate genes that provide molecular insights into pain and may generalize to other complex traits. PMID:24496475

  1. Hydridomethyl iridium complex

    DOEpatents

    Bergman, Robert G.; Buchanan, J. Michael; Stryker, Jeffrey M.; Wax, Michael J.

    1989-01-01

    A process for functionalizing methane comprising: (a) reacting methane with a hydridoalkyl metal complex of the formula: CpIr[P(R.sub.1).sub.3 ]H(R.sub.2) wherein Cp represents a cyclopentadienyl or alkylcyclopentadienyl radical having from 1 to 5 carbon atoms; Ir represents an iridium atom; P represents a phosphorus atom; R.sub.1 represents an alkyl group; R.sub.2 represents an alkyl group having at least two carbon atoms; and H represents a hydrogen atom, in the presence of a liquid alkane R.sub.3 H having at least three carbon atoms to form a hydridomethyl complex of the formula: CpIr[P(R.sub.1).sub.3 ]HMe where Me represents a methyl radical. (b) reacting said hydridomethyl complex with an organic halogenating agent such as a tetrahalomethane or a haloform of the formulas: CX'X"X'"X"" or CHX'X"X'"; wherein X', X", X"', and X"" represent halogens selected from bromine, iodine and chlorine, to halomethyl complex of step (a) having the formula: CpIr[P(R.sub.1).sub.3 ]MeX: (c) reacting said halomethyl complex with a mercuric halide of the formula HgX.sub.2 to form a methyl mercuric halide of the formula HgMeX; and (d) reacting said methyl mercuric halide with a molecular halogen of the formula X.sub.2 to form methyl halide.

  2. Electrochemical strategy for sensing DNA methylation and DNA methyltransferase activity.

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    Wang, Gang Lin; Zhou, Long Yin; Luo, Hong Qun; Li, Nian Bing

    2013-03-20

    The present work demonstrates a novel signal-off electrochemical method for the determination of DNA methylation and the assay of methyltransferase activity using the electroactive complex [Ru(NH3)6](3+) (RuHex) as a signal transducer. The assay exploits the electrostatic interactions between RuHex and DNA strands. Thiolated single strand DNA1 was firstly self-assembled on a gold electrode via Au-S bonding, followed by hybridization with single strand DNA2 to form double strand DNA containing specific recognition sequence of DNA adenine methylation MTase and methylation-responsive restriction endonuclease Dpn I. The double strand DNA may adsorb lots of electrochemical species ([Ru(NH3)6](3+)) via the electrostatic interaction, thus resulting in a high electrochemical signal. In the presence of DNA adenine methylation methyltransferase and S-adenosyl-l-methionine, the formed double strand DNA was methylated by DNA adenine methylation methyltransferase, then the double strand DNA can be cleaved by methylation-responsive restriction endonuclease Dpn I, leading to the dissociation of a large amount of signaling probes from the electrode. As a result, the adsorption amount of RuHex reduced, resulting in a decrease in electrochemical signal. Thus, a sensitive electrochemical method for detection of DNA methylation is proposed. The proposed method yielded a linear response to concentration of Dam MTase ranging from 0.25 to 10UmL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.18UmL(-1) (S/N=3), which might promise this method as a good candidate for monitoring DNA methylation in the future. PMID:23473252

  3. Genomics of CpG Methylation in Developing and Developed Zebrafish

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    McGaughey, David M.; Abaan, Hatice Ozel; Miller, Ryan M.; Kropp, Peter A.; Brody, Lawrence C.

    2014-01-01

    DNA methylation is a dynamic process through which specific chromatin modifications can be stably transmitted from parent to daughter cells. A large body of work has suggested that DNA methylation influences gene expression by silencing gene promoters. However, these conclusions were drawn from data focused mostly on promoter regions. Regarding the entire genome, it is unclear how methylation and gene transcription patterns are related during vertebrate development. To identify the genome-wide distribution of CpG methylation, we created series of high-resolution methylome maps of Danio rerio embryos during development and in mature, differentiated tissues. We found that embryonic and terminal tissues have unique methylation signatures in CpG islands and repetitive sequences. Fully differentiated tissues have increased CpG and LTR methylation and decreased SINE methylation relative to embryonic tissues. Unsupervised clustering analyses reveal that the embryonic and terminal tissues can be classified solely by their methylation patterning. Novel analyses also identify a previously undescribed genome-wide exon methylation signature. We also compared whole genome methylation with genome-wide mRNA expression levels using publicly available RNA-seq datasets. These comparisons revealed previously unrecognized relationships between gene expression, alternative splicing, and exon methylation. Surprisingly, we found that exonic methylation is a better predictor of mRNA expression level than promoter methylation. We also found that transcriptionally skipped exons have significantly less methylation than retained exons. Our integrative analyses reveal highly complex interplay between gene expression, alternative splicing, development, and methylation patterning in zebrafish. PMID:24657902

  4. Synthesis, spectral, antitumor, antioxidant and antimicrobial studies on Cu(II), Ni(II) and Co(II) complexes of 4-[(1H-Benzoimidazol-2-ylimino)-methyl]-benzene-1,3-diol

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    El-wakiel, Nadia; El-keiy, Mai; Gaber, Mohamed

    2015-08-01

    A new Schiff base of 2-aminobenzimidazole with 2,4-dihydroybezaldehyde (H3L), and its Cu(II), Ni(II) and Co(II) complexes have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, molar conductance, thermal analysis (TGA), inductive coupled plasma (ICP), magnetic moment measurements, IR, EI-mass, UV-Vis. and ESR spectral studies. On the basis of spectral studies and analytical data, it is evident that the Schiff base acts as dibasic tridentate ligand coordinating via deprotonated OH, NH and azomethine nitrogen atom. The results showed that Co(II) and Ni(II) complexes have tetrahedral structure while Cu(II) complexes has octahedral geometry. The kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of the thermal decomposition stages have been evaluated. The studied complexes were tested for their in vitro antimicrobial activities against some bacterial strains. The anticancer activity of the ligand and its metal complexes is evaluated against human liver Carcinoma (HEPG2) cell. These compounds exhibited a moderate and weak activity against the tested HEPG2 cell lines with IC50 of 9.08, 18.2 and 19.7 μg/ml for ligand, Cu(II) and Ni(II) complexes, respectively. In vitro antioxidant activity of the newly synthesized compounds has also been evaluated.

  5. Synthesis, spectral, antitumor, antioxidant and antimicrobial studies on Cu(II), Ni(II) and Co(II) complexes of 4-[(1H-Benzoimidazol-2-ylimino)-methyl]-benzene-1,3-diol.

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    El-wakiel, Nadia; El-keiy, Mai; Gaber, Mohamed

    2015-08-01

    A new Schiff base of 2-aminobenzimidazole with 2,4-dihydroybezaldehyde (H₃L), and its Cu(II), Ni(II) and Co(II) complexes have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, molar conductance, thermal analysis (TGA), inductive coupled plasma (ICP), magnetic moment measurements, IR, EI-mass, UV-Vis. and ESR spectral studies. On the basis of spectral studies and analytical data, it is evident that the Schiff base acts as dibasic tridentate ligand coordinating via deprotonated OH, NH and azomethine nitrogen atom. The results showed that Co(II) and Ni(II) complexes have tetrahedral structure while Cu(II) complexes has octahedral geometry. The kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of the thermal decomposition stages have been evaluated. The studied complexes were tested for their in vitro antimicrobial activities against some bacterial strains. The anticancer activity of the ligand and its metal complexes is evaluated against human liver Carcinoma (HEPG2) cell. These compounds exhibited a moderate and weak activity against the tested HEPG2 cell lines with IC₅₀ of 9.08, 18.2 and 19.7 μg/ml for ligand, Cu(II) and Ni(II) complexes, respectively. In vitro antioxidant activity of the newly synthesized compounds has also been evaluated. PMID:25827773

  6. Managing Nematodes without Methyl Bromide

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    Methyl bromide is an effective pre-plant soil fumigant used to control nematodes in many high-input, high-value production systems including vegetables, nurseries, ornamentals, tree fruits, strawberries, and grapes. Because methyl bromide has provided a reliable return on investment for nematode c...

  7. Neural Tube Defects, Folic Acid and Methylation

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    Imbard, Apolline; Benoist, Jean-François; Blom, Henk J.

    2013-01-01

    Neural tube defects (NTDs) are common complex congenital malformations resulting from failure of the neural tube closure during embryogenesis. It is established that folic acid supplementation decreases the prevalence of NTDs, which has led to national public health policies regarding folic acid. To date, animal studies have not provided sufficient information to establish the metabolic and/or genomic mechanism(s) underlying human folic acid responsiveness in NTDs. However, several lines of evidence suggest that not only folates but also choline, B12 and methylation metabolisms are involved in NTDs. Decreased B12 vitamin and increased total choline or homocysteine in maternal blood have been shown to be associated with increased NTDs risk. Several polymorphisms of genes involved in these pathways have also been implicated in risk of development of NTDs. This raises the question whether supplementation with B12 vitamin, betaine or other methylation donors in addition to folic acid periconceptional supplementation will further reduce NTD risk. The objective of this article is to review the role of methylation metabolism in the onset of neural tube defects. PMID:24048206

  8. Reversing aberrant methylation patterns in cancer.

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    Poke, F S; Qadi, A; Holloway, A F

    2010-01-01

    Changes to the epigenetic information within a cell play a significant role in cancer development and progression. These epigenetic changes are important in establishing the aberrant gene expression patterns that are a feature of cancer cell biology. We are currently experiencing a rapid advance in our understanding of how epigenetic information is written and interpreted in the cell, and the enzymes involved in these processes have been recognised as prime targets for therapeutic intervention. Reagents that target these enzymes have the potential to inhibit or reverse epigenetic changes in cancer cells. Evidence suggests that the aberrant regulation of two gene silencing pathways; involving DNA methylation and histone methylation, play an important role in cancer development. Considerable effort is being exerted in the development of inhibitors of these pathways. However, complex functional interactions exist between the DNA and histone methylation pathways, and these interactions will need to be considered in the design of inhibitory molecules. This review details current research into agents developed as inhibitors of these epigenetic pathways, focusing on the types of epigenetic modifications being targeted, interactions between these modifications and the use of these inhibitory agents in cancer treatment. PMID:20166939

  9. Methods of DNA methylation detection

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    Maki, Wusi Chen (Inventor); Filanoski, Brian John (Inventor); Mishra, Nirankar (Inventor); Rastogi, Shiva (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    The present invention provides for methods of DNA methylation detection. The present invention provides for methods of generating and detecting specific electronic signals that report the methylation status of targeted DNA molecules in biological samples.Two methods are described, direct and indirect detection of methylated DNA molecules in a nano transistor based device. In the direct detection, methylated target DNA molecules are captured on the sensing surface resulting in changes in the electrical properties of a nano transistor. These changes generate detectable electronic signals. In the indirect detection, antibody-DNA conjugates are used to identify methylated DNA molecules. RNA signal molecules are generated through an in vitro transcription process. These RNA molecules are captured on the sensing surface change the electrical properties of nano transistor thereby generating detectable electronic signals.

  10. Histone methylation in myelodysplastic syndromes

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    Wei, Yue; Gañán-Gómez, Irene; Salazar-Dimicoli, Sophie; McCay, Sara L.; Garcia-Manero, Guillermo

    2013-01-01

    Histone methylation is a type of epigenetic modification that is critical for the regulation of gene expression. Numerous studies have demonstrated that abnormalities of this newly characterized epigenetic modification are involved in the development of multiple diseases, including cancer. There is also emerging evidence for a link between histone methylation and the pathogenesis of myeloid neoplasms, including myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). This article provides an overview of recent progress in the studies of histone methylation in myeloid malignancies, with an emphasis on MDS. We cover each type of histone methylation modification and their regulatory mechanisms, as well as their abnormalities in MDS or potential connections to MDS. We also summarize the recent progress in the development of inhibitors targeting histone methylation and their applications as potential therapeutic agents. PMID:22122281

  11. Human papillomavirus type 16 E7 oncoprotein mediates CCNA1 promoter methylation

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    Chalertpet, Kanwalat; Pakdeechaidan, Watcharapong; Patel, Vyomesh; Mutirangura, Apiwat; Yanatatsaneejit, Pattamawadee

    2015-01-01

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) oncoproteins drive distinctive promoter methylation patterns in cancer. However, the underlying mechanism remains to be elucidated. Cyclin A1 (CCNA1) promoter methylation is strongly associated with HPV-associated cancer. CCNA1 methylation is found in HPV-associated cervical cancers, as well as in head and neck squamous cell cancer. Numerous pieces of evidence suggest that E7 may drive CCNA1 methylation. First, the CCNA1 promoter is methylated in HPV-positive epithelial lesions after transformation. Second, the CCNA1 promoter is methylated at a high level when HPV is integrated into the human genome. Finally, E7 has been shown to interact with DNA methyltransferase 1 (Dnmt1). Here, we sought to determine the mechanism by which E7 increases methylation in cervical cancer by using CCNA1 as a gene model. We investigated whether E7 induces CCNA1 promoter methylation, resulting in the loss of expression. Using both E7 knockdown and overexpression approaches in SiHa and C33a cells, our data showed that CCNA1 promoter methylation decreases with a corresponding increase in expression in E7 siRNA-transfected cells. By contrast, CCNA1 promoter methylation was augmented with a corresponding reduction in expression in E7-overexpressing cells. To confirm whether the binding of the E7–Dnmt1 complex to the CCNA1 promoter induced methylation and loss of expression, ChIP assays were carried out in E7-, del CR3-E7 and vector control-overexpressing C33a cells. The data showed that E7 induced CCNA1 methylation by forming a complex with Dnmt1 at the CCNA1 promoter, resulting in the subsequent reduction of expression in cancers. It is interesting to further explore the genome-wide mechanism of E7 oncoprotein-mediated DNA methylation. PMID:26250467

  12. Human papillomavirus type 16 E7 oncoprotein mediates CCNA1 promoter methylation.

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    Chalertpet, Kanwalat; Pakdeechaidan, Watcharapong; Patel, Vyomesh; Mutirangura, Apiwat; Yanatatsaneejit, Pattamawadee

    2015-10-01

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) oncoproteins drive distinctive promoter methylation patterns in cancer. However, the underlying mechanism remains to be elucidated. Cyclin A1 (CCNA1) promoter methylation is strongly associated with HPV-associated cancer. CCNA1 methylation is found in HPV-associated cervical cancers, as well as in head and neck squamous cell cancer. Numerous pieces of evidence suggest that E7 may drive CCNA1 methylation. First, the CCNA1 promoter is methylated in HPV-positive epithelial lesions after transformation. Second, the CCNA1 promoter is methylated at a high level when HPV is integrated into the human genome. Finally, E7 has been shown to interact with DNA methyltransferase 1 (Dnmt1). Here, we sought to determine the mechanism by which E7 increases methylation in cervical cancer by using CCNA1 as a gene model. We investigated whether E7 induces CCNA1 promoter methylation, resulting in the loss of expression. Using both E7 knockdown and overexpression approaches in SiHa and C33a cells, our data showed that CCNA1 promoter methylation decreases with a corresponding increase in expression in E7 siRNA-transfected cells. By contrast, CCNA1 promoter methylation was augmented with a corresponding reduction in expression in E7-overexpressing cells. To confirm whether the binding of the E7-Dnmt1 complex to the CCNA1 promoter induced methylation and loss of expression, ChIP assays were carried out in E7-, del CR3-E7 and vector control-overexpressing C33a cells. The data showed that E7 induced CCNA1 methylation by forming a complex with Dnmt1 at the CCNA1 promoter, resulting in the subsequent reduction of expression in cancers. It is interesting to further explore the genome-wide mechanism of E7 oncoprotein-mediated DNA methylation. PMID:26250467

  13. Genetic analysis of DNA methylation and gene expression levels in whole blood of healthy human subjects

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    2012-01-01

    Background The predominant model for regulation of gene expression through DNA methylation is an inverse association in which increased methylation results in decreased gene expression levels. However, recent studies suggest that the relationship between genetic variation, DNA methylation and expression is more complex. Results Systems genetic approaches for examining relationships between gene expression and methylation array data were used to find both negative and positive associations between these levels. A weighted correlation network analysis revealed that i) both transcriptome and methylome are organized in modules, ii) co-expression modules are generally not preserved in the methylation data and vice-versa, and iii) highly significant correlations exist between co-expression and co-methylation modules, suggesting the existence of factors that affect expression and methylation of different modules (i.e., trans effects at the level of modules). We observed that methylation probes associated with expression in cis were more likely to be located outside CpG islands, whereas specificity for CpG island shores was present when methylation, associated with expression, was under local genetic control. A structural equation model based analysis found strong support in particular for a traditional causal model in which gene expression is regulated by genetic variation via DNA methylation instead of gene expression affecting DNA methylation levels. Conclusions Our results provide new insights into the complex mechanisms between genetic markers, epigenetic mechanisms and gene expression. We find strong support for the classical model of genetic variants regulating methylation, which in turn regulates gene expression. Moreover we show that, although the methylation and expression modules differ, they are highly correlated. PMID:23157493

  14. Radical SAM-Mediated Methylation of Ribosomal RNA.

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    Stojković, Vanja; Fujimori, Danica Galonić

    2015-01-01

    While RNA methylation occurs in all kingdoms of life, the type and the distribution of different methylated species varies substantially among archaea, bacteria, and eukaryotes. The most prevalent type of RNA methylation is methylation of nucleobases. However, despite recent advances in our knowledge of these marks, the biological roles of such modifications are still incompletely understood (Machnicka et al., 2013; Motorin & Helm, 2011; Sergeeva et al., 2014; Sergiev et al., 2011). A number of mechanisms have evolved to enable RNA methylation, which are tuned to the electronic demands of the substrate. Herein, we provide an overview of methods for expression, purification, and activity analysis of a specific type of RNA methylating enzymes, radical SAM methylsynthases. These enzymes modify the amidine carbon atoms of an adenosine, A2503, in bacterial 23S rRNA. The activities of these enzymes have only been recently reconstituted (Yan et al., 2010), which can be attributed to the complex anaerobic catalysis that they perform. As the substrate A2503 is located at the nascent peptide exit tunnel of the bacterial ribosome, methylations catalyzed by these enzymes have profound impact on the biology of the host strain. RlmN, an endogenous protein found in all bacteria, methylates the C2 amidine carbon and contributes to the translational fidelity (Benitez-Paez et al., 2012; Ramu et al., 2011; Vazquez-Laslop, Ramu, Klepacki, Kannan, & Mankin, 2010). Cfr, found in pathogenic species, methylates the C8 amidine carbon, a modification that confers resistance to various classes of antibiotics (Giessing et al., 2009; Long et al., 2006; Smith & Mankin, 2008). Interestingly, C2 methylated adenosine was recently detected in a subset of tRNAs, raising the question of the physiological role of this modification (Benitez-Paez et al., 2012). With an increase in available whole genome sequences, the development of methods to identify target substrates of RNA methylating enzymes (Khoddami & Cairns, 2013; Meyer et al., 2012; Tim, Katharina, & Matthias, 2010), as well as advances in the characterization of their activities, we anticipate the coming years will unravel novel aspects of mechanisms of the RNA methylation and deepen insight into the function of the resulting modification. PMID:26253978

  15. Novel mixed ligand complexes of bioactive Schiff base (E)-4-(phenyl (phenylimino) methyl) benzene-1,3-diol and 2-aminophenol/2-aminobenzoic acid: Synthesis, spectral characterization, antimicrobial and nuclease studies

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    Subbaraj, P.; Ramu, A.; Raman, N.; Dharmaraja, J.

    2014-01-01

    A novel bidentate Schiff base ligand has been synthesized using 2,4-dihydroxybenzophenone and aniline. Its mixed ligand complexes of MAB type [M = Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II); HA = Schiff base and B = 2-aminophenol/2-aminobenzoic acid] have been synthesized and characterized on the basis of spectral data UV-Vis, IR, 1H NMR, FAB-Mass, EPR, SEM and magnetic studies. All the complexes were soluble in DMF and DMSO. Elemental analysis and molar conductance values indicate that the complexes are non-electrolytes. HA binds with M(II) ions through azomethine and deprotonated phenolic group and B binds through the primary amine group and deprotonated phenolic/carboxylic groups. Using FAB-Mass the cleavage pattern of the ligand (HA) has been established. All the complexes adopt octahedral geometry around the metal ions. It has been confirmed with the help of UV-Vis, IR, 1H NMR and FAB-Mass spectral data. DNA binding activities of the complexes 1d and 2d are studied by UV-Vis spectroscopy and cleavage studies of Schiff base ligand and its complexes 1d and 2d have been by agarose gel electrophoresis method. In vitro biological activities of the free ligand (HA) and their metal complexes (1a-1e and 2a-2e) were screened against few bacteria, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus saphyphiticus, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and fungi Aspergillus niger, Enterobacter species, Candida albicans by well diffusion technique.

  16. Methyl Halide Production by Fungi

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    Dailey, G. D.; Varner, R. K.; Blanchard, R. O.; Sive, B. C.; Crill, P. M.

    2005-12-01

    Methyl chloride (CH3Cl), methyl bromide (CH3Br) and methyl iodide (CH3I) are methyl halide gases that contribute significant amounts of halogen radicals to the atmosphere. In an effort to better understand the global budget of methyl halides and their impact on the atmosphere, we need to identify the natural sources in addition to the known anthropogenic sources of these compounds. We are investigating the role of fungi in the production of methyl halides in the soils and wetlands in southern New Hampshire, USA. Previous research has shown that wood decay fungi and ectomycorrhizal fungi, which are within a group of fungi called basidiomycetes, emit methyl halides. In our study, measurements of headspace gas extracted from flasks containing fungi grown in culture demonstrate that a variety of fungi, including basidiomycetes and non-basidiomycetes, emit methyl halides. Our research sites include four ecosystems: an agricultural field, a temperate forest, a fresh water wetland, and coastal salt marshes. We have collected and isolated fungi at each site by culturing tissue samples of fruiting bodies and plant material, by using wood baits, and from the direct culture of soil. We compared the rates of methyl halide emissions from the fungi in the four ecosystems. In addition, we measured emissions from previously assayed fungal isolates after reintroducing them to sterilized soils that were collected from their original environments. Fungal biomass was determined by substrate-induced respiration (SIR). The emission rate by the fungus was determined by a linear regression of the concentration of methyl halide in the sample headspace over time divided by the fungal biomass.

  17. Crystal structure and vibrational spectra of 2-chloromethyl-5-hydroxy-4 H-pyran-4-one and 5-hydroxy-2-methyl-4 H-pyran-4-one as potential ligands for Fe(III) complexes

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    Hryniewicz, Katarzyna; Stadnicka, Katarzyna; Pattek-Janczyk, Agnieszka

    2009-02-01

    The title compounds form octahedral bidentate complexes with iron(III). Both the ligands and the complexes exhibit biological activity. The complexes may form isomers of fac or mer configuration. To predict the complex configuration, the structures of chlorokojic acid and allomaltol were determined and their vibrational spectra were analysed. The structure of chlorokojic acid, C 6H 5ClO 3, was solved in the polar space group Pna2 1 (ITC No. 33) and that of allomaltol, C 6H 6O 3, in centrosymmetric space group P1¯ (ITC No. 2). The characteristic features of both structures are molecular ribbons but of different origin. In the case of chlorokojic acid, the ribbons are formed of molecules related by twofold screw axis and linked by H-bonds of O sbnd H⋯O type. In allomaltol, the ribbons are built of centrosymmetric dimers joined by the weak interactions of C sbnd H⋯O type. The normal modes of vibration have been calculated by means of the density functional theory method B3LYP and the 6-31+G ∗∗ basis set. The results were used for the vibrational analysis of both compounds. The theoretical spectra are in agreement with the experimental ones. The detailed inspection of the results obtained led to conclusion that allomaltol should form fac complexes with iron(III) in analogy to kojic acid, whereas for chlorokojic acid the mer isomer might be expected.

  18. Synthesis, characterization and antitumor activity of polymeric copper(II) complexes with thiosemicarbazones of 3-methyl-5-oxo-1-phenyl-3-pyrazolin-4-carboxaldehyde and 5-oxo-3-phenyl-3-pyrazolin-4-carboxaldehyde.

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    Leovac, Vukadin M; Bogdanović, Goran A; Jovanović, Ljiljana S; Joksović, Ljubinka; Marković, Violeta; Joksović, Milan D; Denčić, Sonja Misirlić; Isaković, Anđelka; Marković, Ivanka; Heinemann, Frank W; Trifunović, Srećko; Đalović, Ivica

    2011-11-01

    New polymeric copper(II) complexes with two tridentate ONS thiosemicarbazone ligands containing substituted pyrazolone moiety were synthesized and characterized by means of spectroscopic, electrochemical and crystallographic techniques. While both ligands exist as different tautomers in the solid state and DMSO-d(6) solution, Cu(II) ion coordinates the ligands from the same tautomeric form with square-pyramidal geometry around each Cu atom. In the crystal structures, the copper(II) complex cation forms polymeric chains {[Cu(L)Cl](+)}(n) with a bridging chlorine atom. One of the complexes was found to have a significantly higher cytotoxic potential in comparison with cisplatin in inhibition of several cell lines (HL60, REH, C6, L929 and B16). The results obtained on the basis of flow cytometry indicated that apoptosis could be possible mechanism of cell death. PMID:21955843

  19. Differentially Methylated Regions of Imprinted Genes in Prenatal, Perinatal and Postnatal Human Tissues

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    Murphy, Susan K.; Huang, Zhiqing; Hoyo, Cathrine

    2012-01-01

    Epigenetic plasticity in relation to in utero exposures may mechanistically explain observed differences in the likelihood of developing common complex diseases including hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease through the cumulative effects of subtle alterations in gene expression. Imprinted genes are essential mediators of growth and development and are characterized by differentially methylated regulatory regions (DMRs) that carry parental allele-specific methylation profiles. This theoretical 50% level of methylation provides a baseline from which endogenously- or exogenously-induced deviations in methylation can be detected. We quantified DNA methylation at imprinted gene DMRs in a large panel of human conceptal tissues, in matched buccal cell specimens collected at birth and at one year of age, and in the major cell fractions of umbilical cord blood to assess the stability of methylation at these regions. DNA methylation was measured using validated pyrosequencing assays at seven DMRs regulating the IGF2/H19, DLK1/MEG3, MEST, NNAT and SGCE/PEG10 imprinted domains. DMR methylation did not significantly differ for the H19, MEST and SGCE/PEG10 DMRs across all conceptal tissues analyzed (ANOVA p>0.10). Methylation differences at several DMRs were observed in tissues from brain (IGF2 and MEG3-IG DMRs), liver (IGF2 and MEG3 DMRs) and placenta (both DLK1/MEG3 DMRs and NNAT DMR). In most infants, methylation profiles in buccal cells at birth and at one year of age were comparable, as was methylation in the major cell fractions of umbilical cord blood. Several infants showed temporal deviations in methylation at multiple DMRs. Similarity of inter-individual and intra-individual methylation at some, but not all of the DMRs analyzed supports the possibility that methylation of these regions can serve as useful biosensors of exposure. PMID:22808284

  20. DNA methylation pathways and their crosstalk with histone methylation

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    Du, Jiamu; Johnson, Lianna M.; Jacobsen, Steven E.; Patel, Dinshaw J.

    2015-01-01

    Methylation of DNA and of histone 3 at Lys 9 (H3K9) are highly correlated with gene silencing in eukaryotes from fungi to humans. Both of these epigenetic marks need to be established at specific regions of the genome and then maintained at these sites through cell division. Protein structural domains that specifically recognize methylated DNA and methylated histones are key for targeting enzymes that catalyse these marks to appropriate genome sites. Genetic, genomic, structural and biochemical data reveal connections between these two epigenetic marks, and these domains mediate much of the crosstalk. PMID:26296162

  1. The potential role of DNA methylation in abdominal aortic aneurysms.

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    Ryer, Evan J; Ronning, Kaitryn E; Erdman, Robert; Schworer, Charles M; Elmore, James R; Peeler, Thomas C; Nevius, Christopher D; Lillvis, John H; Garvin, Robert P; Franklin, David P; Kuivaniemi, Helena; Tromp, Gerard

    2015-01-01

    Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a complex disorder that has a significant impact on the aging population. While both genetic and environmental risk factors have been implicated in AAA formation, the precise genetic markers involved and the factors influencing their expression remain an area of ongoing investigation. DNA methylation has been previously used to study gene silencing in other inflammatory disorders and since AAA has an extensive inflammatory component, we sought to examine the genome-wide DNA methylation profiles in mononuclear blood cells of AAA cases and matched non-AAA controls. To this end, we collected blood samples and isolated mononuclear cells for DNA and RNA extraction from four all male groups: AAA smokers (n = 11), AAA non-smokers (n = 9), control smokers (n = 10) and control non-smokers (n = 11). Methylation data were obtained using the Illumina 450k Human Methylation Bead Chip and analyzed using the R language and multiple Bioconductor packages. Principal component analysis and linear analysis of CpG island subsets identified four regions with significant differences in methylation with respect to AAA: kelch-like family member 35 (KLHL35), calponin 2 (CNN2), serpin peptidase inhibitor clade B (ovalbumin) member 9 (SERPINB9), and adenylate cyclase 10 pseudogene 1 (ADCY10P1). Follow-up studies included RT-PCR and immunostaining for CNN2 and SERPINB9. These findings are novel and suggest DNA methylation may play a role in AAA pathobiology. PMID:25993294

  2. Synthesis of platinum complexes with 2-(5-perfluoroalkyl-1,2,4-oxadiazol-3yl)-pyridine and 2-(3-perfluoroalkyl-1-methyl-1,2,4-triazole-5yl)-pyridine ligands and their in vitro antitumor activity.

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    Rubino, Simona; Pibiri, Ivana; Costantino, Cristina; Buscemi, Silvestre; Girasolo, Maria Assunta; Attanzio, Alessandro; Tesoriere, Luisa

    2016-02-01

    Five new mononuclear Pt(II) complexes with 5-perfluoroalkyl-1,2,4-oxadiazolyl-pyridine and 3-perfluoroalkyl-1,2,4-triazolyl-pyridine ligands are reported. The ligands 2-(5-perfluoroheptyl-1,2,4-oxadiazole-3yl)-pyridine (pfhop), 2-(5-perfluoropropyl)-1,2,4-oxadiazole-3yl)-pyridine (pfpop), 2-(3-perfluoroheptyl-1-methyl-1,2,4-triazole-5yl)-pyridine (pfhtp), 2-(3-perfluoropropyl-1-methyl-1,2,4-triazole-5yl)-pyridine (pfptp) and their complexes [PtCl2(pfhop)2]·1.5 DMSO (2a), [PtCl2(pfpop)2]·1.5 DMSO (3a), [PtCl2(pfhtp)2]·1.5 DMSO (4a), PtCl2(pfhtp) (4b), [PtCl2(pfptp)2]·1.5 DMSO (5a) have been synthesized and structurally characterized. The complexes 2a, 3a, 4a and 5a have the same chemical environment of Pt(II) where PtCl2 moieties coordinate two molecules of ligand via N1 atom of pyridine in the case of pfhop and pfpop, and N2 atom of 1,2,4-triazole in the case of pfhtp and pfptp. For 4b, pfhtp behaves as bidentate ligand, coordinating Pt(II) ion via N4 atom of triazole and N1 atom of pyridine. All complexes have been tested in vitro by 3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)bromide-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium (MTT) test on four tumor cell lines MCF-7 (human breast cancer), HepG2 (human hepatocellular carcinoma), HCT116 (human colorectal carcinoma). Compounds 2a and 4b showed a dose-dependent anti-proliferative effect against the three tumor cell lines whereas did not affect viability of intestinal normal-like differentiated Caco-2 cells. The cell death of HepG2, MCF-7 and HCT116 induced by the compounds, was considered to be apoptotic by measuring the exposure of phosphatidylserine to the outer membrane and observing the typical apoptotic morphological change by acridine orange (AO)/ethidium bromide (EB) staining. PMID:26684582

  3. Tunable Luminescence and Application in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells of Zn(II)/Hg(II) Complexes: Methyl Substitution-Induced Supramolecular Structures Based on (E)-N-(6-Methoxypyridin-2-ylmethylene)arylamine Derivatives.

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    Dong, Yu-Wei; Fan, Rui-Qing; Wang, Ping; Wei, Li-Guo; Wang, Xin-Ming; Gao, Song; Zhang, Hui-Jie; Yang, Yu-Lin; Wang, Yu-Lei

    2015-08-17

    Using Schiff-base ligands (E)-N-(6-methoxypyridin-2-yl)(CH═NAr) (where Ar = C6H5, L1; 2-MeC6H4, L2; 2,4,6-Me3C6H2, L3), six Zn(II)/Hg(II) complexes, namely, [ZnL1Cl2] (Zn1), [HgL1Cl2] (Hg1), [ZnL2Cl2] (Zn2), [HgL2Cl2] (Hg2), [ZnL3Cl2] (Zn3), and [HgL3Cl2] (Hg3) have been synthesized under solvothermal conditions. The structures of six complexes have been established by X-ray single-crystal analysis and further physically characterized by EA, FT-IR, (1)H NMR, and ESI-MS. The crystal structures of these complexes indicate that noncovalent interactions, such as hydrogen bonds, C-H···Cl, and π···π stacking, play essential roles in constructing the resulting supramolecular structures (1D for Hg3; 2D for Zn2, Hg2; 3D for Zn1, Hg1, and Zn3). Upon irradiation with UV light, the emission of complexes Zn1-Zn3 and Hg1-Hg3 could be finely tuned from green (480-540 nm) in the solid state to blue (402-425 nm) in acetonitrile solution. It showed that the ligand and metal cation can influence the structures and luminescence properties of complexes such as emission intensities and maximum wavelengths. Since these ligands and complexes could compensate for the absorption of N719 in the low-wavelength region of the visible spectrum and reduce charge recombination of the injected electron, the ligands L1-L3 and complexes Zn3/Hg3 were employed to prepare cosensitized dye-sensitized solar cells devices for investigating the influences of the electron-donating group and coordination on the DSSCs performance. Compared to DSSCs only being sensitized by N719, these prepared ligands and complexes chosen to cosensitize N719 in solar cell do enhanced its performance by 11-41%. In particular, a DSSC using L3 as cosensitizer displays better photovoltaic performance with a short circuit current density of 18.18 mA cm(-2), corresponding to a conversion efficiency of 7.25%. It is much higher than that for DSSCs only sensitized by N719 (5.14%). PMID:26207930

  4. COMPARATIVE IN VITRO METHYLATION OF TRIVALENT AND PENTAVALENT ARSENIC SPECIES

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    The time course and extent of methylation of 1 uM arsenite (iAsIII), arsenate (iAsV), methylarsenite (MeAsV), methylarsenate (MeAsV) and MeAsIII - diglutathione complex (MAsIII(GS)2) were examined in an in vitro assay system that contained rat liver cytosol. recursor arsenicals a...

  5. Supramolecular Affinity Chromatography for Methylation-Targeted Proteomics.

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    Garnett, Graham A E; Starke, Melissa J; Shaurya, Alok; Li, Janessa; Hof, Fraser

    2016-04-01

    Proteome-wide studies of post-translationally methylated species using mass spectrometry are complicated by high sample diversity, competition for ionization among peptides, and mass redundancies. Antibody-based enrichment has powered methylation proteomics until now, but the reliability, pan-specificity, polyclonal nature, and stability of the available pan-specific antibodies are problematic and do not provide a standard, reliable platform for investigators. We have invented an anionic supramolecular host that can form host-guest complexes selectively with methyllysine-containing peptides and used it to create a methylysine-affinity column. The column resolves peptides on the basis of methylation-a feat impossible with a comparable commercial cation-exchange column. A proteolyzed nuclear extract was separated on the methyl-affinity column prior to standard proteomics analysis. This experiment demonstrates that such chemical methyl-affinity columns are capable of enriching and improving the analysis of methyllysine residues from complex protein mixtures. We discuss the importance of this advance in the context of biomolecule-driven enrichment methods. PMID:26973166

  6. A Comparative Study of Tests for Homogeneity of Variances with Application to DNA Methylation Data

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    Li, Xuan; Qiu, Weiliang; Morrow, Jarrett; DeMeo, Dawn L.; Weiss, Scott T.; Fu, Yuejiao; Wang, Xiaogang

    2015-01-01

    Variable DNA methylation has been associated with cancers and complex diseases. Researchers have identified many DNA methylation markers that have different mean methylation levels between diseased subjects and normal subjects. Recently, researchers found that DNA methylation markers with different variabilities between subject groups could also have biological meaning. In this article, we aimed to help researchers choose the right test of equal variance in DNA methylation data analysis. We performed systematic simulation studies and a real data analysis to compare the performances of 7 equal-variance tests, including 2 tests recently proposed in the DNA methylation analysis literature. Our results showed that the Brown-Forsythe test and trimmed-mean-based Levene's test had good performance in testing for equality of variance in our simulation studies and real data analyses. Our results also showed that outlier profiles could be biologically very important. PMID:26683022

  7. Predominant intragenic methylation is associated with gene expression characteristics in a bivalve mollusc

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    Gavery, Mackenzie R.

    2013-01-01

    Characterization of DNA methylation patterns in the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, indicates that this epigenetic mechanism plays an important functional role in gene regulation and may be involved in the regulation of developmental processes and environmental responses. However, previous studies have been limited to in silico analyses or characterization of DNA methylation at the single gene level. Here, we have employed a genome-wide approach to gain insight into how DNA methylation supports the regulation of the genome in C. gigas. Using a combination of methylation enrichment and high-throughput bisulfite sequencing, we have been able to map methylation at over 2.5 million individual CpG loci. This is the first high-resolution methylome generated for a molluscan species. Results indicate that methylation varies spatially across the genome with a majority of the methylated sites mapping to intra genic regions. The bisulfite sequencing data was combined with RNA-seq data to examine genome-wide relationships between gene body methylation and gene expression, where it was shown that methylated genes are associated with high transcript abundance and low variation in expression between tissue types. The combined data suggest DNA methylation plays a complex role in regulating genome activity in bivalves. PMID:24282674

  8. Methylation of the phosphoryl group by methyl iodide

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    Koidan, G.N.; Marchenko, A.P.; Pinchuk, A.M.

    1986-01-10

    The authors have established that hexaalkyltriamidophosphazo groups are unusually strong electron-donor substituents at P /SUP III/ , causing the extremely high basicity of such compounds. This paper performs methylation of tris (tris (N,N-dimethylamido) phosphazo) phosphate and tris (tris (N,N-dimethylamido) phosphazo) methoxyphosphonium iodide (I) using methyl oxide. The NMR spectra were recorded on a Bruker WP-20 spectrometer, and hexamethyldisiloxane and 85% H/sub 3/PO/sub 4/ were used as the standard.

  9. Synthesis, crystal structures, and biological evaluation of Cu(II) and Zn(II) complexes of 2-benzoylpyridine Schiff bases derived from S-methyl- and S-phenyldithiocarbazates.

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    Li, Ming Xue; Zhang, Li Zhi; Chen, Chun Ling; Niu, Jing Yang; Ji, Bian Sheng

    2012-01-01

    Two NNS tridentate Schiff base ligands of 2-benzoylpyridine S-methyldithiocarbazate (HL(1)) and 2-benzoylpyridine S-phenyldithiocarbazate (HL(2)) and their transition metal complexes [Cu(2)(L(1))(2)(CH(3)COO)](ClO(4)) (1), [Zn(2)(L(1))(2)(ClO(4))(2)] (2), [Zn(L(2))(2)](3) have been prepared and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, MS, NMR and single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. In the solid state, each of two Schiff bases remains in its thione tautomeric form with the thione sulfur atom trans to the azomethine nitrogen atom. Under similar prepared conditions, three new complexes showed distinctly different coordination modes depending on their coordinating preferences. Each copper atom in S-bridged dinuclear complex [Cu(2)(L(1))(2)(CH(3)COO)](ClO(4)) (1) is surrounded by five donor atoms in a square-pyramidal fashion (4+1). [Zn(2)(L(1))(2)(ClO(4))(2)] (2) is a dimer in which each zinc atom adopts a seven-coordinate distorted pentagonal bipyramidal geometry, while mononuclear [Zn(L(2))(2)] (3) has octahedral coordination geometry. Biological studies, carried out in vitro against selected bacteria, fungi, and K562 leukaemia cell line, respectively, have shown that different substituted groups attached at the dithiocarbazate moieties and metals showed distinctive differences in the biological property. Zinc(II) complexes 2 and 3 could distinguish K562 leukaemia cell line from normal hepatocyte QSG7701 cell line. Effect of the title compounds on Mitochondria membrane potential (MMP) and PI-associated fluorescence intensity in K562 leukaemia cell line are also studied. The title compounds may exert their cytotoxicity activity via induced loss of MMP. PMID:22112848

  10. THE SEARCH FOR A COMPLEX MOLECULE IN A SELECTED HOT CORE REGION: A RIGOROUS ATTEMPT TO CONFIRM TRANS-ETHYL METHYL ETHER TOWARD W51 e1/e2

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    Carroll, P. Brandon; McGuire, Brett A.; Blake, Geoffrey A.; Apponi, A. J.; Ziurys, L. M.; Remijan, Anthony

    2015-01-20

    An extensive search has been conducted to confirm transitions of trans-ethyl methyl ether (tEME, C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OCH{sub 3}), toward the high-mass star forming region W51 e1/e2 using the 12 m Telescope of the Arizona Radio Observatory at wavelengths from 2 mm and 3 mm. In short, we cannot confirm the detection of tEME toward W51 e1/e2 and our results call into question the initial identification of this species by Fuchs et al. Additionally, re-evaluation of the data from the original detection indicates that tEME is not present toward W51 e1/e2 in the abundance reported by Fuchs and colleagues. Typical peak-to-peak noise levels for the present observations of W51 e1/e2 were between 10 and 30 mK, yielding an upper limit of the tEME column density of ≤1.5 × 10{sup 15} cm{sup –2}. This would make tEME at least a factor of two times less abundant than dimethyl ether (CH{sub 3}OCH{sub 3}) toward W51 e1/e2. We also performed an extensive search for this species toward the high-mass star forming region Sgr B2(N-LMH) with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory 100 m Green Bank Telescope. No transitions of tEME were detected and we were able to set an upper limit to the tEME column density of ≤4 × 10{sup 14} cm{sup –2} toward this source. Thus, we are able to show that tEME is not a new molecular component of the interstellar medium and that an exacting assessment must be carried out when assigning transitions of new molecular species to astronomical spectra to support the identification of large organic interstellar molecules.

  11. Regulation of histone methylation by noncoding RNAs.

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    Joh, Richard I; Palmieri, Christina M; Hill, Ian T; Motamedi, Mo

    2014-12-01

    Cells can adapt to their environment and develop distinct identities by rewiring their transcriptional networks to regulate the output of key biological pathways without concomitant mutations to the underlying genes. These alterations, called epigenetic changes, persist stably through mitotic or, in some instances, meiotic cell divisions. In eukaryotes, heritable changes to chromatin structure are a prominent, but not exclusive, mechanism by which epigenetic changes are mediated. These changes are initiated by sequence-specific events, which trigger a cascade of molecular interactions resulting in feedback mechanisms, alterations in chromatin structure, histone posttranslational modifications (PTMs), and ultimately establishment of distinct transcriptional states. In recent years, advances in next generation sequencing have led to the discovery of several novel classes of noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs). In addition to their well-established cytoplasmic roles in posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression, ncRNAs have emerged as key regulators of epigenetic changes via chromatin-dependent mechanisms in organisms ranging from yeast to man. They function by affecting chromatin structure, histone PTMs, and the recruitment of transcriptional activating or repressing complexes. Among histone PTMs, lysine methylation serves as the binding substrate for the recruitment of key protein complexes involved in the regulation of genome architecture, stability, and gene expression. In this review, we will outline the known mechanisms by which ncRNAs of different origins regulate histone methylation, and in doing so contribute to a variety of genome regulatory functions in eukaryotes. PMID:24954181

  12. Regulation of histone methylation by noncoding RNAs

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    Joh, Richard I.; Palmieri, Christina M.; Hill, Ian T; Motamedi, Mo

    2014-01-01

    Cells can adapt to their environment and develop distinct identities by rewiring their transcriptional networks to regulate the output of key biological pathways without concomitant mutations to the underlying genes. These alterations, called epigenetic changes, persist stably through mitotic or, in some instances, meiotic cell divisions. In eukaryotes, heritable changes to chromatin structure are a prominent, but not exclusive, mechanism by which epigenetic changes are mediated. These changes are initiated by sequence-specific events, which trigger a cascade of molecular interactions resulting in feedback mechanisms, alterations in chromatin structure, histone posttranslational modifications (PTMs), and ultimately establishment of distinct transcriptional states. In recent years, advances in next generation sequencing have led to the discovery of several novel classes of noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs). In addition to their well-established cytoplasmic roles in posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression, ncRNAs have emerged as key regulators of epigenetic changes via chromatin-dependent mechanisms in organisms ranging from yeast to man. They function by affecting chromatin structure, histone PTMs, and the recruitment of transcriptional activating or repressing complexes. Among histone PTMs, lysine methylation serves as the binding substrate for the recruitment of key protein complexes involved in regulation of genome architecture, stability, and gene expression. In this review, we will outline the known mechanisms by which ncRNAs of different origins regulate histone methylation, and in doing so contribute to a variety of genome regulatory functions in eukaryotes. PMID:24954181

  13. Naturally occurring methyl salicylate glycosides.

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    Mao, Ping; Liu, Zizhen; Xie, Meng; Jiang, Rui; Liu, Weirui; Wang, Xiaohong; Meng, Shen; She, Gaimei

    2014-01-01

    As an important part of non steroids anti-inflammation drug (NSAIDs), salicylate has developed from natural substance salicylic acid to natrium salicylicum, to aspirin. Now, methyl salicylate glycoside, a new derivative of salicylic acid, is modified with a -COOH group integrated one methyl radical into formic ether, and a -OH linked with a monosaccharide, a disaccharide or a trisaccharide unit by glycosidic linkage. It has the similar pharmacological activities, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic and antithrombotic as the previous salicylates' without resulting in serious side effects, particularly the gastrointestinal toxicity. Owing to the superiority of those significant bioactivities, methyl salicylate glycosides have became a hot research area in NSAIDs for several years. This paper compiles all 9 naturally occurring methyl salicylate glycosides, their distribution of the resource and pharmacological mechanism, which could contribute to the new drug discovery. PMID:24329991

  14. Methyl tunnelling in solid diacetyl

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    Alsanoosi, A. M.; Horsewill, A. J.

    1992-02-01

    The techniques of dipole-dipole driven low-field NMR spectroscopy have been employed to measure the tunnelling frequency, ν t, of methyl groups in solid diacetyl (2,3-butanedione) at 4 K. The value of ν t is 74±1 kHz from which the height of the barrier to reorientation (assumed to have three-fold symmetry) is deduced to be 1845 K (15.3 kJ mol -1). The intermolecular contribution to the barrier has been calculated by evaluating the lattice sum of pairwise interatomic potentials as a function of methyl group orientation. This analysis reveals that the predominant contribution to the barrier arises from the methyl group of a neighbouring molecule. Temperature dependence measurements of the spin-lattice relaxation time have also been employed to study the dynamics of methyl reorientation in diacetyl and in the related molecule acetonylacetone (2,5-hexanedione).

  15. Synthesis, structural characterization, superoxide dismutase and antimicrobial activities studies of copper (II) complexes with 2-(E)-(2-(2-aminoethylamino) methyl)-4-bromophenol and (19E, 27E)-N1, N2-bis (phenyl (pyridine-2-yl)-methylene)-ethane-1, 2-diamine as ligands

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    Choudhary, Mukesh; Patel, R. N.; Rawat, S. P.

    2014-07-01

    Three new copper (II) complexes, [Cu(L)(H2O)]ClO4 (1), [Cu(L1)(ClO4)]+ (2) and [Cu(L1)]2+ (3), where HL = 2-(E)-(2-(2-aminoethylamino)methyl)-4-bromophenol, L1 =(19E, 27E)-N1,N2-bis(phenyl(pyridine-2-yl)-methylene)-ethane-1, 2-diamine, have been synthesized and characterized by using various physic-chemical and spectroscopic methods. The solid-state structures of 1 and 2 were determined by single crystal X-ray crystallography. Infrared spectra, ligand field spectra and magnetic susceptibility measurements agree with the observed crystal structures. The molecular structure of copper complexes showed that the ligands occupies the basal plane of square pyramidal geometry with the H2O of 1 or the ClO4 of 2 occupying the remaining apical position. Complexes 1 and 2 crystallize in the monoclinic system of the space group P21/c, a = 10.5948(6)Å, b = 19.6164(11)Å, c = 8.6517(5)Å, α = 90°, β = 108.213(2)°, γ = 90° and Z = 4 for 1, a = 9.5019(3)Å, b = 11.3 801(3)Å, c = 25.3168(14)Å, α = 90°, β = 100.583(4)°, γ = 90°, and Z = 4 for 2. The synthesized Schiff base (HL/L1) was behaves as tetradentate ON3/N4 ligands with donor groups suitable placed for forming 2 or 3 five membered chelate rings. Copper (II) complexes display X-band EPR spectra in 100% DMSO at 77 K giving g|| > g⊥ > 2.0023 indicating dx2-y2 ground state. The half-wave potential values for Cu (II)/Cu (I) redox couple obtained in the reaction of the copper (II) complexes with molecular oxygen and superoxide radical (O2-) electronegated in DMSO are in agreement with the SOD-like activity of the copper (II) complexes. In vitro antimicrobial activities of the complexes against the two bacteria (Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi) and the two fungi (Penicillium, Aspergillus sp.) have been investigated comparing with the Schiff base ligands.

  16. Is there an attractive interaction between two methyl groups?

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    Zhuo, Hong-Ying; Jiang, Li-Xia; Li, Qing-Zhong; Li, Wen-Zuo; Cheng, Jian-Bo

    2014-07-01

    A weak interaction was found between the two methyl groups in the complexes of XCH3-CH3BH2 (X = F, CN, NO2, HCO, and SOCH3), where the former methyl group acts as a Lewis acid and the latter one as a Lewis base. This directional interaction has small interaction energy, accompanied with some small changes in geometry and spectroscopy. Stronger Lewis acids FYH3 (Y = Si, Ge, and Sn) as well as Lewis bases CH3BeH and CH3MgH were compared. Dispersion energy is the major source of attraction and electrostatic contribution grows up to exceed dispersion energy for stronger interactions.

  17. DNA Methylation of ADME Genes.

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    Fisel, P; Schaeffeler, E; Schwab, M

    2016-05-01

    The epigenetic regulation of expression of genes involved in the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) of drugs contributes to interindividual variability in drug response. Epigenetic mechanisms include DNA methylation, histone modifications, and miRNAs. This review systematically outlines the influence of DNA methylation on ADME gene expression and highlights the consequences for interindividual variability in drug response or drug-induced toxicity and the implications for personalized medicine. PMID:27061006

  18. Relationship of DNA Methylation and Gene Expression in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Pedersen, Brent S.; Rabinovich, Einat; Hennessy, Corinne E.; Davidson, Elizabeth J.; Murphy, Elissa; Guardela, Brenda Juan; Tedrow, John R.; Zhang, Yingze; Singh, Mandal K.; Correll, Mick; Schwarz, Marvin I.; Geraci, Mark; Sciurba, Frank C.; Quackenbush, John; Spira, Avrum; Kaminski, Naftali; Schwartz, David A.

    2014-01-01

    Rationale: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is an untreatable and often fatal lung disease that is increasing in prevalence and is caused by complex interactions between genetic and environmental factors. Epigenetic mechanisms control gene expression and are likely to regulate the IPF transcriptome. Objectives: To identify methylation marks that modify gene expression in IPF lung. Methods: We assessed DNA methylation (comprehensive high-throughput arrays for relative methylation arrays [CHARM]) and gene expression (Agilent gene expression arrays) in 94 patients with IPF and 67 control subjects, and performed integrative genomic analyses to define methylation–gene expression relationships in IPF lung. We validated methylation changes by a targeted analysis (Epityper), and performed functional validation of one of the genes identified by our analysis. Measurements and Main Results: We identified 2,130 differentially methylated regions (DMRs; <5% false discovery rate), of which 738 are associated with significant changes in gene expression and enriched for expected inverse relationship between methylation and expression (P < 2.2 × 10−16). We validated 13/15 DMRs by targeted analysis of methylation. Methylation–expression quantitative trait loci (methyl-eQTL) identified methylation marks that control cis and trans gene expression, with an enrichment for cis relationships (P < 2.2 × 10−16). We found five trans methyl-eQTLs where a methylation change at a single DMR is associated with transcriptional changes in a substantial number of genes; four of these DMRs are near transcription factors (castor zinc finger 1 [CASZ1], FOXC1, MXD4, and ZDHHC4). We studied the in vitro effects of change in CASZ1 expression and validated its role in regulation of target genes in the methyl-eQTL. Conclusions: These results suggest that DNA methylation may be involved in the pathogenesis of IPF. PMID:25333685

  19. Whole-Genome DNA Methylation Profile of the Jewel Wasp (Nasonia vitripennis)

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    Beeler, Suzannah M.; Wong, Garrett T.; Zheng, Jennifer M.; Bush, Eliot C.; Remnant, Emily J.; Oldroyd, Benjamin P.; Drewell, Robert A.

    2014-01-01

    The epigenetic mark of DNA methylation, the addition of a methyl (CH3) group to a cytosine residue, has been extensively studied in many mammalian genomes and, although it is commonly found at the promoter regions of genes, it is also involved in a number of different biological functions. In other complex animals, such as social insects, DNA methylation has been determined to be involved in caste differentiation and to occur primarily in gene bodies. The role of methylation in nonsocial insects, however, has not yet been explored thoroughly. Here, we present the whole-genome DNA methylation profile of the nonsocial hymenopteran, the jewel wasp (Nasonia vitripennis). From high-throughput sequencing of bisulfite-converted gDNA extracted from male Nasonia thoraces, we were able to determine which cytosine residues are methylated in the entire genome. We found that an overwhelming majority of methylated sites (99.7%) occur at cytosines followed by a guanine in the 3? direction (CpG sites). Additionally, we found that a majority of methylation in Nasonia occurs within exonic regions of the genome (more than 62%). Overall, methylation is sparse in Nasonia, occurring only at 0.18% of all sites and at 0.63% of CpGs. Our analysis of the Nasonia methylome revealed that in contrast to the methylation profile typically seen in mammals, methylation is sparse and is constrained primarily to exons. This methylation profile is more similar to that of the social hymenopteran species, the honey bee (Apis mellifera). In presenting the Nasonia methylome, we hope to promote future investigation of the regulatory function of DNA methylation in both social and nonsocial hymenoptera. PMID:24381191

  20. Towards understanding the breast cancer epigenome: a comparison of genome-wide DNA methylation and gene expression data

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    Michiels, Stefan; Metzger-Filho, Otto; Saini, Kamal S.

    2016-01-01

    Until recently, an elevated disease risk has been ascribed to a genetic predisposition, however, exciting progress over the past years has discovered alternate elements of inheritance that involve epigenetic regulation. Epigenetic changes are heritably stable alterations that include DNA methylation, histone modifications and RNA-mediated silencing. Aberrant DNA methylation is a common molecular basis for a number of important human diseases, including breast cancer. Changes in DNA methylation profoundly affect global gene expression patterns. What is emerging is a more dynamic and complex association between DNA methylation and gene expression than previously believed. Although many tools have already been developed for analyzing genome-wide gene expression data, tools for analyzing genome-wide DNA methylation have not yet reached the same level of refinement. Here we provide an in-depth analysis of DNA methylation in parallel with gene expression data characteristics and describe the particularities of low-level and high-level analyses of DNA methylation data. Low-level analysis refers to pre-processing of methylation data (i.e. normalization, transformation and filtering), whereas high-level analysis is focused on illustrating the application of the widely used class comparison, class prediction and class discovery methods to DNA methylation data. Furthermore, we investigate the influence of DNA methylation on gene expression by measuring the correlation between the degree of CpG methylation and the level of expression and to explore the pattern of methylation as a function of the promoter region. PMID:26657508

  1. Towards understanding the breast cancer epigenome: a comparison of genome-wide DNA methylation and gene expression data.

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    Singhal, Sandeep K; Usmani, Nawaid; Michiels, Stefan; Metzger-Filho, Otto; Saini, Kamal S; Kovalchuk, Olga; Parliament, Matthew

    2016-01-19

    Until recently, an elevated disease risk has been ascribed to a genetic predisposition, however, exciting progress over the past years has discovered alternate elements of inheritance that involve epigenetic regulation. Epigenetic changes are heritably stable alterations that include DNA methylation, histone modifications and RNA-mediated silencing. Aberrant DNA methylation is a common molecular basis for a number of important human diseases, including breast cancer. Changes in DNA methylation profoundly affect global gene expression patterns. What is emerging is a more dynamic and complex association between DNA methylation and gene expression than previously believed. Although many tools have already been developed for analyzing genome-wide gene expression data, tools for analyzing genome-wide DNA methylation have not yet reached the same level of refinement. Here we provide an in-depth analysis of DNA methylation in parallel with gene expression data characteristics and describe the particularities of low-level and high-level analyses of DNA methylation data. Low-level analysis refers to pre-processing of methylation data (i.e. normalization, transformation and filtering), whereas high-level analysis is focused on illustrating the application of the widely used class comparison, class prediction and class discovery methods to DNA methylation data. Furthermore, we investigate the influence of DNA methylation on gene expression by measuring the correlation between the degree of CpG methylation and the level of expression and to explore the pattern of methylation as a function of the promoter region. PMID:26657508

  2. 4-(Di-methyl-amino)-pyridinium trichlorido[4-(di-methyl-amino)-pyridine-κN]cobaltate(II).

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    Guenifa, Fatiha; Hadjadj, Nasreddine; Zeghouan, Ouahida; Bendjeddou, Lamia; Merazig, Hocine

    2013-01-01

    In the anion of the title compound, (C7H11N2)[CoCl3(C7H10N2)], the Co(II) ion is coordinated by one N atom from a 4-(di-methyl-amino)-pyridine (DMAP) ligand and three Cl atoms, forming a CoNCl3 polyhedron with a distorted tetra-hedral geometry. In the crystal, cations and anions are linked via weak N-H⋯Cl and C-H⋯Cl hydrogen bonds. Double layers of complex anions stack along the b- axis direction, which alternate with double layers of 4-(di-methyl-amino)-pyridinium cations. PMID:24046560

  3. DNA Methylation Increases Nucleosome Compaction and Rigidity

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    Choy, John S.; Wei, Sijie; Lee, Ju Yeon; Chu, Steven; Tan, Song; Lee, Tae-Hee

    2014-01-01

    Cytosine methylation on CpG dinucleotides is an essential epigenetic modification in eukaryotes. How DNA methylation modulates nucleosome structure and dynamics has been a long standing question. We implemented a single molecule method to monitor effects of DNA methylation on the structure and dynamics of mononucleosomes. Our studies show that DNA methylation induces a more compact and rigid nucleosome structure, providing a physical basis for how DNA methylation might contribute to regulating chromatin structure. PMID:20095602

  4. DNA methylation increases nucleosome compaction and rigidity.

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    Choy, John S; Wei, Sijie; Lee, Ju Yeon; Tan, Song; Chu, Steven; Lee, Tae-Hee

    2010-02-17

    Cytosine methylation on CpG dinucleotides is an essential epigenetic modification in eukaryotes. How DNA methylation modulates nucleosome structure and dynamics has been a long-standing question. We implemented a single-molecule method to monitor the effects of DNA methylation on the structure and dynamics of mononucleosomes. Our studies show that DNA methylation induces a more compact and rigid nucleosome structure, providing a physical basis for how DNA methylation might contribute to regulating chromatin structure. PMID:20095602

  5. Genome-wide methylation study on depression: differential methylation and variable methylation in monozygotic twins

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    Córdova-Palomera, A; Fatjó-Vilas, M; Gastó, C; Navarro, V; Krebs, M-O; Fañanás, L

    2015-01-01

    Depressive disorders have been shown to be highly influenced by environmental pathogenic factors, some of which are believed to exert stress on human brain functioning via epigenetic modifications. Previous genome-wide methylomic studies on depression have suggested that, along with differential DNA methylation, affected co-twins of monozygotic (MZ) pairs have increased DNA methylation variability, probably in line with theories of epigenetic stochasticity. Nevertheless, the potential biological roots of this variability remain largely unexplored. The current study aimed to evaluate whether DNA methylation differences within MZ twin pairs were related to differences in their psychopathological status. Data from the Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 Beadchip was used to evaluate peripheral blood DNA methylation of 34 twins (17 MZ pairs). Two analytical strategies were used to identify (a) differentially methylated probes (DMPs) and (b) variably methylated probes (VMPs). Most DMPs were located in genes previously related to neuropsychiatric phenotypes. Remarkably, one of these DMPs (cg01122889) was located in the WDR26 gene, the DNA sequence of which has been implicated in major depressive disorder from genome-wide association studies. Expression of WDR26 has also been proposed as a biomarker of depression in human blood. Complementarily, VMPs were located in genes such as CACNA1C, IGF2 and the p38 MAP kinase MAPK11, showing enrichment for biological processes such as glucocorticoid signaling. These results expand on previous research to indicate that both differential methylation and differential variability have a role in the etiology and clinical manifestation of depression, and provide clues on specific genomic loci of potential interest in the epigenetics of depression. PMID:25918994

  6. Genome-wide methylation study on depression: differential methylation and variable methylation in monozygotic twins.

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    Córdova-Palomera, A; Fatjó-Vilas, M; Gastó, C; Navarro, V; Krebs, M-O; Fañanás, L

    2015-01-01

    Depressive disorders have been shown to be highly influenced by environmental pathogenic factors, some of which are believed to exert stress on human brain functioning via epigenetic modifications. Previous genome-wide methylomic studies on depression have suggested that, along with differential DNA methylation, affected co-twins of monozygotic (MZ) pairs have increased DNA methylation variability, probably in line with theories of epigenetic stochasticity. Nevertheless, the potential biological roots of this variability remain largely unexplored. The current study aimed to evaluate whether DNA methylation differences within MZ twin pairs were related to differences in their psychopathological status. Data from the Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 Beadchip was used to evaluate peripheral blood DNA methylation of 34 twins (17 MZ pairs). Two analytical strategies were used to identify (a) differentially methylated probes (DMPs) and (b) variably methylated probes (VMPs). Most DMPs were located in genes previously related to neuropsychiatric phenotypes. Remarkably, one of these DMPs (cg01122889) was located in the WDR26 gene, the DNA sequence of which has been implicated in major depressive disorder from genome-wide association studies. Expression of WDR26 has also been proposed as a biomarker of depression in human blood. Complementarily, VMPs were located in genes such as CACNA1C, IGF2 and the p38 MAP kinase MAPK11, showing enrichment for biological processes such as glucocorticoid signaling. These results expand on previous research to indicate that both differential methylation and differential variability have a role in the etiology and clinical manifestation of depression, and provide clues on specific genomic loci of potential interest in the epigenetics of depression. PMID:25918994

  7. Maintaining memory of silencing at imprinted differentially methylated regions.

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    Voon, Hsiao P J; Gibbons, Richard J

    2016-05-01

    Imprinted genes are an exceptional cluster of genes which are expressed in a parent-of-origin dependent fashion. This allele-specific expression is dependent on differential DNA methylation which is established in the parental germlines in a sex-specific manner. The DNA methylation imprint is accompanied by heterochromatin modifications which must be continuously maintained through development. This review summarises the factors which are important for protecting the epigenetic modifications at imprinted differentially methylated regions (DMRs), including PGC7, ZFP57 and the ATRX/Daxx/H3.3 complex. We discuss how these factors maintain heterochromatin silencing, not only at imprinted DMRs, but also other heterochromatic regions in the genome. PMID:26883803

  8. Genetic and environmental impacts on DNA methylation levels in twins.

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    Yet, Idil; Tsai, Pei-Chien; Castillo-Fernandez, Juan E; Carnero-Montoro, Elena; Bell, Jordana T

    2016-01-01

    Epigenetics describes the study of cellular modifications that can modify the expression of genes without changing the DNA sequence. DNA methylation is one of the most stable and prevalent epigenetic mechanisms. Twin studies have been a valuable model for unraveling the genetic and epigenetic epidemiology of complex traits, and now offer a potential to dissect the factors that impact DNA methylation variability and its biomedical significance. The twin design specifically allows for the study of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors, and their potential interactions, on epigenetic profiles. Furthermore, genetically identical twins offer a unique opportunity to assess nongenetic impacts on epigenetic profiles. Here, we summarize recent findings from twin studies of DNA methylation profiles across tissues, to define current knowledge regarding the genetic and nongenetic factors that influence epigenetic variation. PMID:26678685

  9. EDTA bis-(methyl tyrosinate): a chelating peptoid peroxynitrite scavenger.

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    Fisher, Anna E O; Naughton, Declan P

    2003-05-19

    Conjugation of ethylenediaminetetra-acetic acid (EDTA) to methyl tyrosinate generates a chelating peptoid EDTA bis-(methyl tyrosinate), (EBMT). Peroxynitrite-mediated nitration was studied for the free peptoid and its ferric and cupric complexes. The nitration products were monitored by electronic absorption spectroscopy at lambda(max) of 420 nm (mono-nitrated) and 440 nm (di-nitrated). Peak deconvolution was effected by pH manipulation as the mono-nitrated analogue of tyrosine exhibited a bathochromic shift from 365 nm (below its pK(a) of 6.8) to 420 nm. Rates of nitration were: free peptoid complex complex. These results demonstrate the potential of EBMT to act as a radical scavenging chelating peptoid antioxidant. PMID:12729653

  10. Distinct DNA methylation patterns in cirrhotic liver and hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Ammerpohl, Ole; Pratschke, Johann; Schafmayer, Clemens; Haake, Andrea; Faber, Wladimir; von Kampen, Oliver; Brosch, Mario; Sipos, Bence; von Schönfels, Witigo; Balschun, Katharina; Röcken, Christoph; Arlt, Alexander; Schniewind, Bodo; Grauholm, Jonas; Kalthoff, Holger; Neuhaus, Peter; Stickel, Felix; Schreiber, Stefan; Becker, Thomas; Siebert, Reiner; Hampe, Jochen

    2012-03-15

    Abberrant DNA methylation is one of the hallmarks of cancerogenesis. Our study aims to delineate differential DNA methylation in cirrhosis and hepatic cancerogenesis. Patterns of methylation of 27,578 individual CpG loci in 12 hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs), 15 cirrhotic controls and 12 normal liver samples were investigated using an array-based technology. A supervised principal component analysis (PCA) revealed 167 hypomethylated loci and 100 hypermethylated loci in cirrhosis and HCC as compared to normal controls. Thus, these loci show a "cirrhotic" methylation pattern that is maintained in HCC. In pairwise supervised PCAs between normal liver, cirrhosis and HCC, eight loci were significantly changed in all analyses differentiating the three groups (p < 0.0001). Of these, five loci showed highest methylation levels in HCC and lowest in control tissue (LOC55908, CELSR1, CRMP1, GNRH2, ALOX12 and ANGPTL7), whereas two loci showed the opposite direction of change (SPRR3 and TNFSF15). Genes hypermethylated between normal liver to cirrhosis, which maintain this methylation pattern during the development of HCC, are depleted for CpG islands, high CpG content promoters and polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) targets in embryonic stem cells. In contrast, genes selectively hypermethylated in HCC as compared to nonmalignant samples showed an enrichment of CpG islands, high CpG content promoters and PRC2 target genes (p < 0.0001). Cirrhosis and HCC show distinct patterns of differential methylation with regards to promoter structure, PRC2 targets and CpG islands. PMID:21500188

  11. Comparative epigenomics: a powerful tool to understand the evolution of DNA methylation.

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    Zhong, Xuehua

    2016-04-01

    76 I. 76 II. 77 III. 78 IV. 78 V. 79 80 References 80 SUMMARY: Understanding how developmental and functional complexity of organisms evolves is a longstanding challenge in biology. Genetic mutation has long been thought to be the cause of biological complexity. However, increasing evidence indicates that epigenetic variation provides a parallel path for the evolution of biological complexity. Cytosine DNA methylation, the addition of a chemical mark on DNA, is a conserved and essential gene regulatory mechanism. Recent studies have greatly advanced our understanding of the DNA methylation landscapes and key regulatory components across many species. In this review, I summarize recent advances in understanding DNA methylation from an evolutionary perspective. Using comparative approaches, I highlight the conservation and divergence of DNA methylation patterns and regulatory machinery in plants and other eukaryotic organisms. PMID:26137858

  12. Tissue-specific dysregulation of DNA methylation in aging

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    Thompson, Reid F.; Atzmon, Gil; Gheorghe, Ciprian; Liang, Hong Qian; Lowes, Christina; Greally, John M.; Barzilai, Nir

    2010-01-01

    SUMMARY The normal aging process is a complex phenomenon associated with physiological alterations in the function of cells and organs over time. Although an attractive candidate for mediating transcriptional dysregulation, the contribution of epigenetic dysregulation to these progressive changes in cellular physiology remains unclear. In this study, we employed the genome-wide HELP assay to define patterns of cytosine methylation throughout the rat genome, and the LUMA assay to measure global levels of DNA methylation in the same samples. We studied both liver and visceral adipose tissue, and demonstrated significant differences in DNA methylation with age at >5% of sites analyzed. Furthermore, we showed that epigenetic dysregulation with age is a highly tissue-dependent phenomenon. The most distinctive loci were located at intergenic sequences and conserved non-coding elements, and not at promoters nor at CG-dinucleotide dense loci. Despite this, we found that there was a subset of genes at which cytosine methylation and gene expression changes were concordant. Finally, we demonstrated that changes in methylation occur consistently near genes that are involved in metabolism and metabolic regulation, implicating their potential role in the pathogenesis of age-related diseases. We conclude that different patterns of epigenetic dysregulation occur in each tissue over time and may cause some of the physiological changes associated with normal aging. PMID:20497131

  13. DNA methylation modifications associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.

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    de Vega, Wilfred C; Vernon, Suzanne D; McGowan, Patrick O

    2014-01-01

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, is a complex multifactorial disease that is characterized by the persistent presence of fatigue and other particular symptoms for a minimum of 6 months. Symptoms fail to dissipate after sufficient rest and have major effects on the daily functioning of CFS sufferers. CFS is a multi-system disease with a heterogeneous patient population showing a wide variety of functional disabilities and its biological basis remains poorly understood. Stable alterations in gene function in the immune system have been reported in several studies of CFS. Epigenetic modifications have been implicated in long-term effects on gene function, however, to our knowledge, genome-wide epigenetic modifications associated with CFS have not been explored. We examined the DNA methylome in peripheral blood mononuclear cells isolated from CFS patients and healthy controls using the Illumina HumanMethylation450 BeadChip array, controlling for invariant probes and probes overlapping polymorphic sequences. Gene ontology (GO) and network analysis of differentially methylated genes was performed to determine potential biological pathways showing changes in DNA methylation in CFS. We found an increased abundance of differentially methylated genes related to the immune response, cellular metabolism, and kinase activity. Genes associated with immune cell regulation, the largest coordinated enrichment of differentially methylated pathways, showed hypomethylation within promoters and other gene regulatory elements in CFS. These data are consistent with evidence of multisystem dysregulation in CFS and implicate the involvement of DNA modifications in CFS pathology. PMID:25111603

  14. Anticancer Activity of Methyl-Substituted Oxaliplatin Analogs†

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    Jungwirth, Ute; Xanthos, Dimitris N.; Gojo, Johannes; Bytzek, Anna K.; Körner, Wilfried; Heffeter, Petra; Abramkin, Sergey A.; Jakupec, Michael A.; Hartinger, Christian G.; Windberger, Ursula; Galanski, Markus; Keppler, Bernhard K.; Berger, Walter

    2012-01-01

    Oxaliplatin is successfully used in systemic cancer therapy. However, resistance development and severe adverse effects are limiting factors for curative cancer treatment with oxaliplatin. The purpose of this study was to comparatively investigate in vitro and in vivo anticancer properties as well as the adverse effects of two methyl-substituted enantiomerically pure oxaliplatin analogs [[(1R,2R,4R)-4-methyl-1,2-cyclohexanediamine] oxalatoplatinum(II) (KP1537), and [(1R,2R,4S)-4-methyl-1,2-cyclohexanediamine]oxalatoplatinum(II) (KP1691)] and to evaluate the impact of stereoisomerism. Although the novel oxaliplatin analogs demonstrated in multiple aspects activities comparable with those of the parental compound, several key differences were discovered. The analogs were characterized by reduced vulnerability to resistance mechanisms such as p53 mutations, reduced dependence on immunogenic cell death induction, and distinctly attenuated adverse effects including weight loss and cold hyperalgesia. Stereoisomerism of the substituted methyl group had a complex and in some aspects even contradictory impact on drug accumulation and anticancer activity both in vitro and in vivo. To summarize, methyl-substituted oxaliplatin analogs harbor improved therapeutic characteristics including significantly reduced adverse effects. Hence, they might be promising metal-based anticancer drug candidates for further (pre)clinical evaluation. PMID:22331606

  15. The Fine LINE: Methylation Drawing the Cancer Landscape

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    Miousse, Isabelle R.; Koturbash, Igor

    2015-01-01

    LINE-1 (L1) is the most abundant mammalian transposable element that comprises nearly 20% of the genome, and nearly half of the mammalian genome has stemmed from L1-mediated mobilization. Expression and retrotransposition of L1 are suppressed by complex mechanisms, where the key role belongs to DNA methylation. Alterations in L1 methylation may lead to aberrant expression of L1 and have been described in numerous diseases. Accumulating evidence clearly indicates that loss of global DNA methylation observed in cancer development and progression is tightly associated with hypomethylation of L1 elements. Significant progress achieved in the last several years suggests that such parameters as L1 methylation status can be potentially utilized as clinical biomarkers for determination of the disease stage and in predicting the disease-free survival in cancer patients. In this paper, we summarize the current knowledge on L1 methylation, with specific emphasis given to success and challenges on the way of introduction of L1 into clinical practice. PMID:26448926

  16. PGC−1α Promoter Methylation in Parkinson’s Disease

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    Su, Xiaomin; Chu, Yaping; Kordower, Jeffrey H.; Li, Bin; Cao, Hong; Huang, Liang; Nishida, Maki; Song, Lei; Wang, Difei; Federoff, Howard J.

    2015-01-01

    The etiopathogenesis of sporadic Parkinson’s disease (PD) remains elusive although mitochondrial dysfunction has long been implicated. Recent evidence revealed reduced expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator−1 α (PGC−1α) and downstream regulated nuclear encoded respiratory complex genes in affected brain tissue from PD patients. We sought to determine whether epigenetic modification of the PGC−1α gene could account for diminished expression. In substantia nigra from PD patients but not control subjects, we show significant promoter-proximal non-canonical cytosine methylation of the PGC−1α gene but not an adjacent gene. As neuroinflammation is a prominent feature of PD and a mediator of epigenetic change, we evaluated whether the pro-inflammatory fatty acid, palmitate, would stimulate PGC−1α promoter methylation in different cell types from the CNS. Indeed, in mouse primary cortical neurons, microglia and astrocytes, palmitate causes PGC−1α gene promoter non-canonical cytosine methylation, reduced expression of the gene and reduced mitochondrial content. Moreover, intracerebroventricular (ICV) injection of palmitate to transgenic human α−synuclein mutant mice resulted in increased PGC−1α promoter methylation, decreased PGC−1α expression and reduced mitochondrial content in substantia nigra. Finally we provide evidence that dysregulation of ER stress and inflammatory signaling is associated with PGC−1α promoter methylation. Together, these data strengthen the connection between saturated fatty acids, neuroflammation, ER stress, epigenetic alteration and bioenergetic compromise in PD. PMID:26317511

  17. INFLUENCE OF BIOLOGICAL METHYLATION ON THE BIOSYNTHESIS OF MITOMYCIN A

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    Kirsch, E. J.; Korshalla, J. D.

    1964-01-01

    Kirsch, E. J. (Lederle Laboratories, Pearl River, N.Y.), and J. D. Korshalla. Influence of biological methylation on the biosynthesis of mitomycin A. J. Bacteriol. 87:247–255. 1964.—Methionine-methyl-C14 was shown to contribute radioactive carbon to the mitomycin antibiotic complex synthesized by Streptomyces verticillatus in a simple synthetic medium containing glucose and inorganic salts. The position of radioactivity in mitomycin A was determined by selective hydrolysis of the 7 and 9a methoxyl functions. Essentially all of the radioactivity incorporated was distributed evenly between these two substituent groups. Mitomycin A, synthesized by washed resting cells of S. verticillatus at the expense of internal metabolites, also incorporated methyl label. When the methionine antagonist, d,l-ethionine, was added to resting cells at a concentration causing 65% inhibition of antibiotic synthesis, incorporation of radioactive methyl groups was reduced to the same extent. Synthetic medium supplemented with d,l-ethionine supported about 90% maximal growth of the culture, but antibiotic biosynthesis was markedly inhibited. The addition of the inhibitor during the period of rapid antibiotic synthesis resulted in cessation of further increases in antibiotic titer. l-Methionine was shown to be capable of reversing ethionine inhibition; the extent of reversal was dependent on the concentration, as well as on the time of addition of amino acid. The data suggest the critical nature of a methyl transfer system in the biogenesis of biologically active mitomycins. PMID:14151041

  18. 3-Methyl-1-butanol Biosynthesis in an Engineered Corynebacterium glutamicum.

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    Xiao, Shiyuan; Xu, Jingliang; Chen, Xiaoyan; Li, Xiekun; Zhang, Yu; Yuan, Zhenhong

    2016-05-01

    Biofuel offers a promising solution to the adverse environmental problems and depletion in reserves of fossil fuels. Higher alcohols including 3-methyl-1-butanol were paid much more attention as fuel substitute in recent years, due to its similar properties to gasoline. In the present work, 3-methyl-1-butanol production in engineered Corynebacterium glutamicum was studied. α-Ketoisovalerate decarboxylase gene (kivd) from Lactococcus lactis combined with alcohol dehydrogenase gene (adh2, adhA, and adh3) from three organisms were overexpressed in C. glutamicum. Enzymatic assay and alcohol production results showed that adh3 from Zymomonas mobilis was the optimum candidate for 3-methyl-1-butanol production in C. glutamicum. The recombinant with kivd and adh3 could produce 0.182 g/L of 3-methyl-1-butanol and 0.144 g/L of isobutanol after 12 h of incubation. Further inactivation of the E1 subunit of pyruvate dehydrogenase complex gene (aceE) and lactic dehydrogenase gene (ldh) in the above C. glutamicum strain would improve the 3-Methyl-1-butanol titer to 0.497 g/L after 12 h of incubation. PMID:26961908

  19. Corruption of the Intra-Gene DNA Methylation Architecture Is a Hallmark of Cancer

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    Bartlett, Thomas E.; Zaikin, Alexey; Olhede, Sofia C.; West, James; Teschendorff, Andrew E.; Widschwendter, Martin

    2013-01-01

    Epigenetic processes - including DNA methylation - are increasingly seen as having a fundamental role in chronic diseases like cancer. It is well known that methylation levels at particular genes or loci differ between normal and diseased tissue. Here we investigate whether the intra-gene methylation architecture is corrupted in cancer and whether the variability of levels of methylation of individual CpGs within a defined gene is able to discriminate cancerous from normal tissue, and is associated with heterogeneous tumour phenotype, as defined by gene expression. We analysed 270985 CpGs annotated to 18272 genes, in 3284 cancerous and 681 normal samples, corresponding to 14 different cancer types. In doing so, we found novel differences in intra-gene methylation pattern across phenotypes, particularly in those genes which are crucial for stem cell biology; our measures of intra-gene methylation architecture are a better determinant of phenotype than measures based on mean methylation level alone (K-S test in all 14 diseases tested). These per-gene methylation measures also represent a considerable reduction in complexity, compared to conventional per-CpG beta-values. Our findings strongly support the view that intra-gene methylation architecture has great clinical potential for the development of DNA-based cancer biomarkers. PMID:23874574

  20. Corruption of the intra-gene DNA methylation architecture is a hallmark of cancer.

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    Bartlett, Thomas E; Zaikin, Alexey; Olhede, Sofia C; West, James; Teschendorff, Andrew E; Widschwendter, Martin

    2013-01-01

    Epigenetic processes--including DNA methylation--are increasingly seen as having a fundamental role in chronic diseases like cancer. It is well known that methylation levels at particular genes or loci differ between normal and diseased tissue. Here we investigate whether the intra-gene methylation architecture is corrupted in cancer and whether the variability of levels of methylation of individual CpGs within a defined gene is able to discriminate cancerous from normal tissue, and is associated with heterogeneous tumour phenotype, as defined by gene expression. We analysed 270985 CpGs annotated to 18272 genes, in 3284 cancerous and 681 normal samples, corresponding to 14 different cancer types. In doing so, we found novel differences in intra-gene methylation pattern across phenotypes, particularly in those genes which are crucial for stem cell biology; our measures of intra-gene methylation architecture are a better determinant of phenotype than measures based on mean methylation level alone (K-S test [Formula: see text] in all 14 diseases tested). These per-gene methylation measures also represent a considerable reduction in complexity, compared to conventional per-CpG beta-values. Our findings strongly support the view that intra-gene methylation architecture has great clinical potential for the development of DNA-based cancer biomarkers. PMID:23874574

  1. Genome-Wide Methylated DNA Immunoprecipitation Analysis of Patients with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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    Shen, Hao-ran; Qiu, Li-hua; Zhang, Zhi-qing; Qin, Yuan-yuan; Cao, Cong; Di, Wen

    2013-01-01

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex, heterogeneous disorder of uncertain etiology. Recent studies suggested that insulin resistance (IR) plays an important role in the development of PCOS. In the current study, we aimed to investigate the molecular mechanism of IR in PCOS. We employed genome-wide methylated DNA immunoprecipitation (MeDIP) analysis to characterize genes that are differentially methylated in PCOS patients vs. healthy controls. Besides, we also identified the differentially methylated genes between patients with PCOS-non-insulin resistance (PCOS-NIR) and PCOS-insulin resistance (PCOS-IR). A total of 79 genes were differentially methylated between PCOS-NIR vs. PCOS-IR patients, and 40 genes were differentially methylated in PCOS patients vs. healthy controls. We analyzed these differentially methylated genes by constructing regulatory networks and protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks. Further, Gene Ontology (GO) and pathway enrichment analysis were also performed to investigate the biological functions of networks. We identified multiple categories of genes that were differentially methylated between PCOS-NIR and PCOS-IR patients, or between PCOS patients and healthy controls. Significantly, GO categories of immune response were differentially methylated in PCOS-IR vs. PCOS-NIR. Further, genes in cancer pathways were also differentially methylated in PCOS-NIR vs. PCOS-IR patients or in PCOS patients vs. healthy controls. The results of this current study will help to further understand the mechanism of PCOS. PMID:23705014

  2. Dynamic changes in histone modifications precede de novo DNA methylation in oocytes.

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    Stewart, Kathleen R; Veselovska, Lenka; Kim, Jeesun; Huang, Jiahao; Saadeh, Heba; Tomizawa, Shin-ichi; Smallwood, Sébastien A; Chen, Taiping; Kelsey, Gavin

    2015-12-01

    Erasure and subsequent reinstatement of DNA methylation in the germline, especially at imprinted CpG islands (CGIs), is crucial to embryogenesis in mammals. The mechanisms underlying DNA methylation establishment remain poorly understood, but a number of post-translational modifications of histones are implicated in antagonizing or recruiting the de novo DNA methylation complex. In mouse oogenesis, DNA methylation establishment occurs on a largely unmethylated genome and in nondividing cells, making it a highly informative model for examining how histone modifications can shape the DNA methylome. Using a chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and genome-wide sequencing (ChIP-seq) protocol optimized for low cell numbers and novel techniques for isolating primary and growing oocytes, profiles were generated for histone modifications implicated in promoting or inhibiting DNA methylation. CGIs destined for DNA methylation show reduced protective H3K4 dimethylation (H3K4me2) and trimethylation (H3K4me3) in both primary and growing oocytes, while permissive H3K36me3 increases specifically at these CGIs in growing oocytes. Methylome profiling of oocytes deficient in H3K4 demethylase KDM1A or KDM1B indicated that removal of H3K4 methylation is necessary for proper methylation establishment at CGIs. This work represents the first systematic study performing ChIP-seq in oocytes and shows that histone remodeling in the mammalian oocyte helps direct de novo DNA methylation events. PMID:26584620

  3. Dynamic changes in histone modifications precede de novo DNA methylation in oocytes

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    Stewart, Kathleen R.; Veselovska, Lenka; Kim, Jeesun; Huang, Jiahao; Saadeh, Heba; Tomizawa, Shin-ichi; Smallwood, Sébastien A.; Chen, Taiping; Kelsey, Gavin

    2015-01-01

    Erasure and subsequent reinstatement of DNA methylation in the germline, especially at imprinted CpG islands (CGIs), is crucial to embryogenesis in mammals. The mechanisms underlying DNA methylation establishment remain poorly understood, but a number of post-translational modifications of histones are implicated in antagonizing or recruiting the de novo DNA methylation complex. In mouse oogenesis, DNA methylation establishment occurs on a largely unmethylated genome and in nondividing cells, making it a highly informative model for examining how histone modifications can shape the DNA methylome. Using a chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and genome-wide sequencing (ChIP-seq) protocol optimized for low cell numbers and novel techniques for isolating primary and growing oocytes, profiles were generated for histone modifications implicated in promoting or inhibiting DNA methylation. CGIs destined for DNA methylation show reduced protective H3K4 dimethylation (H3K4me2) and trimethylation (H3K4me3) in both primary and growing oocytes, while permissive H3K36me3 increases specifically at these CGIs in growing oocytes. Methylome profiling of oocytes deficient in H3K4 demethylase KDM1A or KDM1B indicated that removal of H3K4 methylation is necessary for proper methylation establishment at CGIs. This work represents the first systematic study performing ChIP-seq in oocytes and shows that histone remodeling in the mammalian oocyte helps direct de novo DNA methylation events. PMID:26584620

  4. Evaluation of colorimetric assays for analyzing reductively methylated proteins: Biases and mechanistic insights.

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    Brady, Pamlea N; Macnaughtan, Megan A

    2015-12-15

    Colorimetric protein assays, such as the Coomassie blue G-250 dye-binding (Bradford) and bicinchoninic acid (BCA) assays, are commonly used to quantify protein concentration. The accuracy of these assays depends on the amino acid composition. Because of the extensive use of reductive methylation in the study of proteins and the importance of biological methylation, it is necessary to evaluate the impact of lysyl methylation on the Bradford and BCA assays. Unmodified and reductively methylated proteins were analyzed using the absorbance at 280 nm to standardize the concentrations. Using model compounds, we demonstrate that the dimethylation of lysyl ε-amines does not affect the proteins' molar extinction coefficients at 280 nm. For the Bradford assay, the responses (absorbance per unit concentration) of the unmodified and reductively methylated proteins were similar, with a slight decrease in the response upon methylation. For the BCA assay, the responses of the reductively methylated proteins were consistently higher, overestimating the concentrations of the methylated proteins. The enhanced color formation in the BCA assay may be due to the lower acid dissociation constants of the lysyl ε-dimethylamines compared with the unmodified ε-amine, favoring Cu(II) binding in biuret-like complexes. The implications for the analysis of biologically methylated samples are discussed. PMID:26342307

  5. Genome-wide conserved consensus transcription factor binding motifs are hyper-methylated

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    2010-01-01

    Background DNA methylation can regulate gene expression by modulating the interaction between DNA and proteins or protein complexes. Conserved consensus motifs exist across the human genome ("predicted transcription factor binding sites": "predicted TFBS") but the large majority of these are proven by chromatin immunoprecipitation and high throughput sequencing (ChIP-seq) not to be biological transcription factor binding sites ("empirical TFBS"). We hypothesize that DNA methylation at conserved consensus motifs prevents promiscuous or disorderly transcription factor binding. Results Using genome-wide methylation maps of the human heart and sperm, we found that all conserved consensus motifs as well as the subset of those that reside outside CpG islands have an aggregate profile of hyper-methylation. In contrast, empirical TFBS with conserved consensus motifs have a profile of hypo-methylation. 40% of empirical TFBS with conserved consensus motifs resided in CpG islands whereas only 7% of all conserved consensus motifs were in CpG islands. Finally we further identified a minority subset of TF whose profiles are either hypo-methylated or neutral at their respective conserved consensus motifs implicating that these TF may be responsible for establishing or maintaining an un-methylated DNA state, or whose binding is not regulated by DNA methylation. Conclusions Our analysis supports the hypothesis that at least for a subset of TF, empirical binding to conserved consensus motifs genome-wide may be controlled by DNA methylation. PMID:20875111

  6. Sterol methyl transferase: enzymology and inhibition.

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    Nes, W D

    2000-12-15

    Sterol C-methylations catalyzed by the (S)-adenosyl-L-methionine: Delta(24)-sterol methyl transferase (SMT) have provided the focus for study of electrophilic alkylations, a reaction type of functional importance in C-C bond formation of natural products. SMTs occur generally in nature, but do not occur in animal systems, suggesting that the difference in sterol synthetic pathways can be exploited therapeutically and in insect-plant interactions. The SMT genes from several plants and fungi have been cloned, sequenced and expressed in bacteria or yeast and bioengineered into tobacco or tomato plants. These enzymes share significant amino acid sequence similarity in the putative sterol and AdoMet binding sites. Investigations of the molecular recognition of sterol fitness and studies with stereospecifically labeled substrates as well as various sterol analogs assayed with native or mutant SMTs from fungi and plants have been carried out recently in our own and other laboratories. These analyses have led to an active-site model, referred to as the 'steric-electric plug' model, which is consistent with a non-covalent mechanism involving the intermediacy of a 24beta-methyl (or ethyl) sterol bound to the ternary complex. Despite the seeming differences between fungal and plant SMT activities the recent data indicate that a distinct SMT or family of SMTs exist in these organisms which bind and transform sterols according to a similar mechanistic plan. Vascular plants have been found to express different complements of C(1)/C(2)-activities in the form of at least three SMT isoforms. This enzyme multiplicity can be a target of regulatory control to affect phytosterol homeostasis in transgenic plants. The state of our current understanding of SMT enzymology and inhibition is presented. PMID:11111078

  7. DNA methylation and cognitive aging

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    Xu, Xiangru

    2015-01-01

    With ever-increasing elder population, the high incidence of age-related diseases such as neurodegenerative disorders has turned out to be a huge public concern. Especially the elders and their families dreadfully suffer from the learning, behavioral and cognitive impairments. The lack of effective therapies for such a horrible symptom makes a great demanding for biological mechanism study for cognitive aging. Epigenetics is an emerging field that broadens the dimensions of mammalian genome blueprint. It is, unlike genetics, not only inheritable but also reversible. Recent studies suggest that DNA methylation, one of major epigenetic mechanisms, plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of age-related neurodegenerations and cognitive defects. In this review, the evolving knowledge of age-related cognitive functions and the potential DNA methylation mechanism of cognitive aging are discussed. That indicates the impairment of DNA methylation may be a crucial but reversible mechanism of behavioral and cognitive related neurodegeneration. The methods to examine the dynamics of DNA methylation patterns at tissue and single cell level and at the representative scale as well as the whole genome single base resolution are also briefly discussed. Importantly, the challenges of DNA methylation mechanism of cognitive aging research are brought up, and the possible solutions to tackle these difficulties are put forward. PMID:26015403

  8. PCMdb: Pancreatic Cancer Methylation Database

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    Nagpal, Gandharva; Sharma, Minakshi; Kumar, Shailesh; Chaudhary, Kumardeep; Gupta, Sudheer; Gautam, Ankur; Raghava, Gajendra P. S.

    2014-02-01

    Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most aggressive malignancy and urgently requires new biomarkers to facilitate early detection. For providing impetus to the biomarker discovery, we have developed Pancreatic Cancer Methylation Database (PCMDB, http://crdd.osdd.net/raghava/pcmdb/), a comprehensive resource dedicated to methylation of genes in pancreatic cancer. Data was collected and compiled manually from published literature. PCMdb has 65907 entries for methylation status of 4342 unique genes. In PCMdb, data was compiled for both cancer cell lines (53565 entries for 88 cell lines) and cancer tissues (12342 entries for 3078 tissue samples). Among these entries, 47.22% entries reported a high level of methylation for the corresponding genes while 10.87% entries reported low level of methylation. PCMdb covers five major subtypes of pancreatic cancer; however, most of the entries were compiled for adenocarcinomas (88.38%) and mucinous neoplasms (5.76%). A user-friendly interface has been developed for data browsing, searching and analysis. We anticipate that PCMdb will be helpful for pancreatic cancer biomarker discovery.

  9. Alcohol, DNA Methylation, and Cancer

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    Varela-Rey, Marta; Woodhoo, Ashwin; Martinez-Chantar, Maria-Luz; Mato, José M.; Lu, Shelly C.

    2013-01-01

    Cancer is one of the most significant diseases associated with chronic alcohol consumption, and chronic drinking is a strong risk factor for cancer, particularly of the upper aerodigestive tract, liver, colorectum, and breast. Several factors contribute to alcohol-induced cancer development (i.e., carcinogenesis), including the actions of acetaldehyde, the first and primary metabolite of ethanol, and oxidative stress. However, increasing evidence suggests that aberrant patterns of DNA methylation, an important epigenetic mechanism of transcriptional control, also could be part of the pathogenetic mechanisms that lead to alcohol-induced cancer development. The effects of alcohol on global and local DNA methylation patterns likely are mediated by its ability to interfere with the availability of the principal biological methyl donor, S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), as well as pathways related to it. Several mechanisms may mediate the effects of alcohol on DNA methylation, including reduced folate levels and inhibition of key enzymes in one-carbon metabolism that ultimately lead to lower SAMe levels, as well as inhibition of activity and expression of enzymes involved in DNA methylation (i.e., DNA methyltransferases). Finally, variations (i.e., polymorphisms) of several genes involved in one-carbon metabolism also modulate the risk of alcohol-associated carcinogenesis. PMID:24313162

  10. N-methylation of calmodulin

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    Rowe, P.M.

    1985-01-01

    S-adenosylmethionine: calmodulin (lysine) N-methyltransferase (CLNMT, E.C. 2.1.1.60) catalyzes the post translational conversion of lysine/sub 115/ of calmodulin to trimethyllysine in most species. Two radiometric assays for CLNMT were developed; both measured incorporation of (/sup 3/H)methyl groups from S-adenosyl-(methyl-/sup 3/H)-methionine (SAM) into non-N-methylated calmodulin isolated from Dictyostelium discoideum. One assay measured incorporation of radioactivity into acid-precipitable protein; in the other assay, (/sup 3/H)methyl calmodulin was reisolated from reaction mixtures by calcium-dependent chromatography on phenyl-Sepharose. CLNMT is cytosolic. Its levels were determined in seven tissues; in five tissues, the rank order of CLNMT content was the same as the rank order of calmodulin content. From high levels to low; testis, brain, liver, heart, and skeletal muscle. In spleen and kidney, CLMNT levels were high, similar to the levels in brain and testis, while calmodulin levels were moderate, similar to those in liver. The variation in calmodulin levels from the highest to the lowest tissue was about 11-fold, while the variation in CLNMT levels was 90-fold; tissues with the lowest calmodulin and CLNMT levels also had the lowest ratios of CLNMT to calmodulin. No additional substrates for CLNMT, other than calmodulin, were detected. Calmodulins from skeletal muscle, heart and liver were found to be incompletely methylated.

  11. Negative regulation of DNA methylation in plants.

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    Saze, Hidetoshi; Sasaki, Taku; Kakutani, Tetsuji

    2008-01-01

    Cytosine methylation of repeats and genes is important for coordination of genome stability and proper gene function. In plants, DNA methylation is regulated by DNA methyltransferases, chromatin remodeling factors and RNAi machinery. Ectopic DNA hypermethylation at genes causes transcriptional repression and silencing, and the methylation patterns often become heritable over generations. DNA methylation is antagonized by the DNA demethylation enzymes. Recently, we identified a novel jmjC-domain containing gene IBM1 (increase in bonsai methylation1) that also negatively regulates DNA methylation in Arabidopsis. The ibm1 plants show a variety of developmental phenotypes. IBM1 prevents ectopic accumulation of DNA methylation at the BNS genic region, likely through removal of heterochromatic H3K9 methylation mark. DNA and histone demethylation pathways are important for genome-wide patterning of DNA methylation and for epigenetic regulation of plant development. PMID:18567943

  12. Water Mediated Ligand Functional Group Cooperativity: The Contribution of a Methyl Group to Binding Affinity is Enhanced by a COO− Group Through Changes in the Structure and Thermo dynamics of the Hydration Waters of Ligand-Thermolysin Complexes

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    Nasief, Nader N; Tan, Hongwei; Kong, Jing; Hangauer, David

    2012-01-01

    Ligand functional groups can modulate the contributions of one another to the ligand-protein binding thermodynamics, producing either positive or negative cooperativity. Data presented for four thermolysin phosphonamidate inhibitors demonstrate that the differential binding free energy and enthalpy caused by replacement of a H with a Me group, which binds in the well-hydrated S2′ pocket, are more favorable in presence of a ligand carboxylate. The differential entropy is however less favorable. Dissection of these differential thermodynamic parameters, X-ray crystallography, and density-functional theory calculations suggest that these cooperativities are caused by variations in the thermodynamics of the complex hydration shell changes accompanying the H→Me replacement. Specifically, the COO− reduces both the enthalpic penalty and the entropic advantage of displacing water molecules from the S2′ pocket, and causes a subsequent acquisition of a more enthalpically, less entropically, favorable water network. This study contributes to understanding the important role water plays in ligand-protein binding. PMID:22894131

  13. Low Density Lipoprotein Receptor-related Protein 1 (LRP1) Modulates N-Methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) Receptor-dependent Intracellular Signaling and NMDA-induced Regulation of Postsynaptic Protein Complexes*

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    Nakajima, Chikako; Kulik, Akos; Frotscher, Michael; Herz, Joachim; Schäfer, Michael; Bock, Hans H.; May, Petra

    2013-01-01

    The lipoprotein receptor LRP1 is essential in neurons of the central nervous system, as was revealed by the analysis of conditional Lrp1-deficient mouse models. The molecular basis of its neuronal functions, however, is still incompletely understood. Here we show by immunocytochemistry, electron microscopy, and postsynaptic density preparation that LRP1 is located postsynaptically. Basal and NMDA-induced phosphorylation of the transcription factor cAMP-response element-binding protein (CREB) as well as NMDA target gene transcription are reduced in LRP1-deficient neurons. In control neurons, NMDA promotes γ-secretase-dependent release of the LRP1 intracellular domain (LRP1-ICD). However, pull-down and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assays showed no direct interaction between the LRP1-ICD and either CREB or target gene promoters. On the other hand, NMDA-induced degradation of the postsynaptic scaffold protein PSD-95 was impaired in the absence of LRP1, whereas its ubiquitination was increased, indicating that LRP1 influences the composition of postsynaptic protein complexes. Accordingly, NMDA-induced internalization of the AMPA receptor subunit GluA1 was impaired in LRP1-deficient neurons. These results show a role of LRP1 in the regulation and turnover of synaptic proteins, which may contribute to the reduced dendritic branching and to the neurological phenotype observed in the absence of LRP1. PMID:23760271

  14. Neurospora Importin α Is Required for Normal Heterochromatic Formation and DNA Methylation

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    Klocko, Andrew D.; Rountree, Michael R.; Grisafi, Paula L.; Hays, Shan M.; Adhvaryu, Keyur K.; Selker, Eric U.

    2015-01-01

    Heterochromatin and associated gene silencing processes play roles in development, genome defense, and chromosome function. In many species, constitutive heterochromatin is decorated with histone H3 tri-methylated at lysine 9 (H3K9me3) and cytosine methylation. In Neurospora crassa, a five-protein complex, DCDC, catalyzes H3K9 methylation, which then directs DNA methylation. Here, we identify and characterize a gene important for DCDC function, dim-3 (defective in methylation-3), which encodes the nuclear import chaperone NUP-6 (Importin α). The critical mutation in dim-3 results in a substitution in an ARM repeat of NUP-6 and causes a substantial loss of H3K9me3 and DNA methylation. Surprisingly, nuclear transport of all known proteins involved in histone and DNA methylation, as well as a canonical transport substrate, appear normal in dim-3 strains. Interactions between DCDC members also appear normal, but the nup-6dim-3 allele causes the DCDC members DIM-5 and DIM-7 to mislocalize from heterochromatin and NUP-6dim-3 itself is mislocalized from the nuclear envelope, at least in conidia. GCN-5, a member of the SAGA histone acetyltransferase complex, also shows altered localization in dim-3, raising the possibility that NUP-6 is necessary to localize multiple chromatin complexes following nucleocytoplasmic transport. PMID:25793375

  15. High methylation rates of mercury bound to cysteine by Geobacter sulfurreducens

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    Schaefer, Jeffra K.; Morel, François M. M.

    2009-02-01

    Methylmercury bioaccumulates in aquatic food chains and is able to cross the blood-brain barrier, making this organometallic compound a much more worrisome pollutant than inorganic mercury. We know that methylation of inorganic mercury is carried out by microbes in the anoxic layers of sediments and water columns, but the factors that control the extent of this methylation are poorly known. Mercury methylation is generally thought to be catalysed accidentally by some methylating enzyme, and it has been suggested that cellular mercury uptake results from passive diffusion of neutral mercury complexes. Here, we show that mercury methylation by the bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens is greatly enhanced in the presence of low concentrations of the amino acid cysteine. The formation of a mercury-cysteine complex promotes both the uptake of inorganic mercury by the bacteria and the enzymatic formation of methylmercury, which is subsequently released to the external medium. Our results suggest that mercury uptake and methylation by microbes are controlled more tightly by biological mechanisms than previously thought, and that the formation of specific mercury complexes in anoxic waters modulates the efficiency of the microbial methylation of mercury.

  16. The energetic and wave function properties of atomic, molecular, and solid state systems: Hydrogen ion and the lithium, neon, and phosphorus atoms; Boron trifluoride-ammonia molecular complex and methyl derivatives; Vanadium, chromium, and manganese ions and neutral manganese transition metal impurities in silicon

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    Pink, Roger H.

    The variational Hartree-Fock-Roothaan (HF) method with correlation corrections introduced through Many Body Perturbation Theory (MBPT) and the variational Density Functional Theory (DFT) have been investigated for atomic systems to provide insights into the strengths and weaknesses of each variational approach to solving the multicenter many-electron Hamiltonian. The HF+MBPT method, having been found to be more reliable and physically relevant from the atomic investigations, is used to investigate the electronic structures and associated properties of the BF3˙NH3 molecular complex, and through cluster methods, the most likely locations of the transitional metal impurities V2+, Cr+, Mn2+ and Mn 0 in Silicon. Atomic systems are ideal for studying the effectiveness of different modern variational techniques such as HF+MBPT and DFT because of the depth of earlier investigations by rigorous techniques such as the Linked Cluster Many Body Perturbation Theory (LCMBPT). An in-depth comparison of the calculated energetic and magnetic hyperfine properties of carefully selected atomic systems with earlier calculated LCMBPT results and experiment will be presented. It will be shown that through varying the types of gaussians included in the basis sets used for these variational calculations one can illustrate the inherent assumptions and difficulties of the respective theories. These results coupled with a fundamental understanding of the respective theories leads to the conclusion that for a detailed quantitative investigation the HF+MBPT method is more physically intuitive and accurate, though not without its own deficiencies that should be addressed in the future. The BF3˙NH3 molecular complex, along with its methyl derivatives BF3˙NHx(CH3) 3-x (x=0,1,2) is investigated and relative covalency and instantaneous van der Waals contributions to the complexation bond are presented. The accuracy of the calculated results are tested by comparison of the calculated 19F* nuclear quadrupole interaction (NQI) coupling constants and asymmetry parameters with experiment. The complexation bonds are shown to have increasing van der Waals contributions with the addition of methyl groups to the ammonia. Finally investigations into the possible locations of the transition metal impurities V2+, Cr+, Mn2+, and Mn0 in a silicon lattice will be presented. Binding energies, geometry of the potential energy surface, and magnetic hyperfine calculations, as well as probability of formation will all be considered while differentiating between the possible Hexagonal Interstitial (Hi), Tetrahedral Interstitial (Ti), and Substitutional (S) locations in the silicon lattice. The Ti site will be shown to be the most likely location in the silicon lattice for all of the transition metal impurities investigated. The Substitutional site will be shown to be a stable location if a pre-existing vacancy exists in the silicon lattice.

  17. Methyl chloroform and the atmosphere

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    Ravishankara, A.R.; Albritton, D.L.

    1995-07-14

    The atmospheric abundance of methyl chloroform, CH{sub 3}CCl{sub 3}, a compound of only anthropogenic origin, is actually decreasing because of emission reductions in compliance with the United Nations Montreal Protocol and its subsequent amendments. This observation, reported by Prinn and co-workers elsewhere in this issue, is based on data from surface-level monitoring stations. The observed trends in methyl chloroform abundance have a few straightforward scientific consequences and substantial policy relevance as discussed in this article. 6 refs., 1 fig.

  18. Exploring genome wide bisulfite sequencing for DNA methylation analysis in livestock: a technical assessment.

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    Doherty, Rachael; Couldrey, Christine

    2014-01-01

    Recent advances made in "omics" technologies are contributing to a revolution in livestock selection and breeding practices. Epigenetic mechanisms, including DNA methylation are important determinants for the control of gene expression in mammals. DNA methylation research will help our understanding of how environmental factors contribute to phenotypic variation of complex production and health traits. High-throughput sequencing is a vital tool for the comprehensive analysis of DNA methylation, and bisulfite-based strategies coupled with DNA sequencing allows for quantitative, site-specific methylation analysis at the genome level or genome wide. Reduced representation bisulfite sequencing (RRBS) and more recently whole genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) have proven to be effective techniques for studying DNA methylation in both humans and mice. Here we report the development of RRBS and WGBS for use in sheep, the first application of this technology in livestock species. Important technical issues associated with these methodologies including fragment size selection and sequence depth are examined and discussed. PMID:24860595

  19. Methyl-beta-cyclodextrins: the role of number and types of substituents in solubilizing power.

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    Fenyvesi, va; Szemn, Julianna; Csabai, Katalin; Malanga, Milo; Szente, Lajos

    2014-05-01

    Methylated cyclodextrins (CDs) are effective solubilizers of poorly soluble organic compounds. In this work, we compared various methylated ?-CDs concerning their structure characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, composition analyzed by HPLC and solubilizing capability by using model compounds such as cholesterol, fatty acids, furosemide, tamoxifen, and amiodarone. All the commercially available methylated ?-CDs are mixtures of various isomers and homologues except trimethyl ?-CD. The effects of the degree of methylation, the composition, as well as the influence of further derivatization with ionic groups were studied. The number of methyl groups in a CD ring should be around 14 to get the highest solubility for the included guest molecules. Although the distribution of isomers and related compounds has hardly any effect at constant degree of substitution, the introduction of amino and succinyl moieties on the CD ring adds ionic interactions to the hydrophobic interactions of the inclusion complex formation, which might result in synergic effect in solubilization. PMID:24590624

  20. Comparisons of Non-Gaussian Statistical Models in DNA Methylation Analysis

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    Ma, Zhanyu; Teschendorff, Andrew E.; Yu, Hong; Taghia, Jalil; Guo, Jun

    2014-01-01

    As a key regulatory mechanism of gene expression, DNA methylation patterns are widely altered in many complex genetic diseases, including cancer. DNA methylation is naturally quantified by bounded support data; therefore, it is non-Gaussian distributed. In order to capture such properties, we introduce some non-Gaussian statistical models to perform dimension reduction on DNA methylation data. Afterwards, non-Gaussian statistical model-based unsupervised clustering strategies are applied to cluster the data. Comparisons and analysis of different dimension reduction strategies and unsupervised clustering methods are presented. Experimental results show that the non-Gaussian statistical model-based methods are superior to the conventional Gaussian distribution-based method. They are meaningful tools for DNA methylation analysis. Moreover, among several non-Gaussian methods, the one that captures the bounded nature of DNA methylation data reveals the best clustering performance. PMID:24937687

  1. From trans-methylation to cytosine methylation: evolution of the methylation hypothesis of schizophrenia.

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    Grayson, Dennis R; Chen, Ying; Dong, Erbo; Kundakovic, Marija; Guidotti, Alessandro

    2009-04-01

    The role of methylation in the history of psychiatry has traversed a storied path. The original trans-methylation hypothesis was proposed at a time when chlorpromazine had been synthesized but not yet marketed as an antipsychotic (Thorazine). The premise was that abnormal metabolism led to the methylation of biogenic amines in the brains of schizophrenia patients and that these hallucinogenic compounds produced positive symptoms of the disease. At the time, some psychiatrists were interested in drugs such as mescaline and lysergic acid diethylamide that replicated clinical symptoms. They understood that these compounds might provide a biological basis for psychosis. The amino acid methionine (MET) was given to patients in the hopes of confiriming the transmethylation hypothesis. However with time, many realized that the hunt for an endogenous psychotropic compound would remain elusive. We now believe that the MET studies may have produced a toxic reaction in susceptible patients by disrupting epigenetic regulation in the brain. The focus of the current review is on the coordinate regulation of multiple promoters expressed in neurons that may be modulated through methylation. While certainly the identification of genes and promoters regulated epigenetically has been steadily increasing over the years, there have been few studies that examine methylation changes as a consequence of increased levels of a dietary amino acid such as methionine (MET). We suggest that the MET mouse model may provide information regarding the identification of genes that are regulated by epigenetic perturbations. In addition to our studies with the reelin and GAD67 promoters, we also have evidence that additional promoters expressed in select neurons of the brain are similarly affected by MET administration. We suggest that to expand our knowledge of epigenetically-responsive promoters using MET might allow for a better appreciation of global methylation changes occurring in selected brain regions. PMID:19395859

  2. 49 CFR 173.193 - Bromoacetone, methyl bromide, chloropicrin and methyl bromide or methyl chloride mixtures, etc.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Bromoacetone, methyl bromide, chloropicrin and methyl bromide or methyl chloride mixtures, etc. 173.193 Section 173.193 Transportation Other Regulations...-bulk Packaging for Hazardous Materials Other Than Class 1 and Class 7 § 173.193 Bromoacetone,...

  3. 49 CFR 173.193 - Bromoacetone, methyl bromide, chloropicrin and methyl bromide or methyl chloride mixtures, etc.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 2 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Bromoacetone, methyl bromide, chloropicrin and methyl bromide or methyl chloride mixtures, etc. 173.193 Section 173.193 Transportation Other Regulations...-bulk Packaging for Hazardous Materials Other Than Class 1 and Class 7 § 173.193 Bromoacetone,...

  4. Synthesis of 3-Methyl-4-(4-methylbenzoyl)-1-phenyl-pyrazol-5-One: How to Avoid O-Acylation

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    Kurteva, Vanya B.; Petrova, Maria A.

    2015-01-01

    In this laboratory experiment, students synthesize 3-methyl-4-(4-methylbenzoyl)-1-phenyl-pyrazol-5-one by selective C-acylation of 3-methyl-1-phenyl-1H-pyrazol-5-one. Calcium hydroxide is used to push the tautomeric equilibrium toward the enol form, to protect the hydroxyl functionality as a complex, to trap the liberated hydrogen chloride, and to…

  5. Genome wide analysis of DNA methylation and gene expression changes in the mouse lung following subchronic arsenate exposure

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    Alterations in DNA methylation have been proposed as a mechanism for the complex toxicological effects of arsenic. In this study, whole genome DNA methylation and gene expression changes were evaluated in lungs from female mice exposed for 90 days to 50 ppm arsenate (As) in drink...

  6. Synthesis of 3-Methyl-4-(4-methylbenzoyl)-1-phenyl-pyrazol-5-One: How to Avoid O-Acylation

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    Kurteva, Vanya B.; Petrova, Maria A.

    2015-01-01

    In this laboratory experiment, students synthesize 3-methyl-4-(4-methylbenzoyl)-1-phenyl-pyrazol-5-one by selective C-acylation of 3-methyl-1-phenyl-1H-pyrazol-5-one. Calcium hydroxide is used to push the tautomeric equilibrium toward the enol form, to protect the hydroxyl functionality as a complex, to trap the liberated hydrogen chloride, and to

  7. Conversion of polyhydroxyalkanoates to methyl crotonate using whole cells.

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    Spekreijse, J; Holgueras Ortega, J; Sanders, J P M; Bitter, J H; Scott, E L

    2016-07-01

    Isolated polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) can be used to produce biobased bulk chemicals. However, isolation is complex and costly. To circumvent this, whole cells containing PHA may be used. Here, PHA containing 3-hydroxybutyrate and small amounts of 3-hydroxyvalerate was produced from wastewater and used in the conversion of the 3-hydroxybutyrate monomer to methyl crotonate. Due to the increased complexity of whole cell reaction mixtures compared to pure PHA, the effect of 3-hydroxyvalerate content, magnesium salts and water content was studied in order to evaluate the need for downstream processing. A water content up to 20% and the presence of 3-hydroxyvalerate have no influence on the conversion of the 3-hydroxybutyrate to methyl crotonate. The presence of Mg(2+)-ions resulted either in an increased yield or in byproduct formation depending on the counter ion. Overall, it is possible to bypass a major part of the downstream processing of PHA for the production of biobased chemicals. PMID:27023381

  8. Water Column Methylation in Estuaries

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    Schartup, A. T.; Calder, R.; Soerensen, A. L.; Mason, R. P.; Balcom, P. H.; Sunderland, E. M.

    2014-12-01

    Methylmercury (MeHg) is a neurotoxin that bioaccumulates in aquatic food webs and affects humans and wildlife through fish consumption. Many studies have measured active methylation/demethylation in ocean margin sediments but few have reported similar rates for the marine water column. This presentation will review available evidence for water column methylation in estuaries, including new experimental measurements of methylation/demethylation rates from a deep subarctic fjord in Labrador Canada collected in Spring and Fall of 2012-2013. We used these and other data to construct a mass budget for MeHg in the estuary and show that water column methylation (with rates ranging from 1.5 to 2.8 % day-1), is the largest contributor, followed by inputs from rivers (4.9 mol year-1), to the in situ pool of MeHg available for uptake by biota. By contrast, the sediment in this system is a net sink for MeHg (-1.5 mol year-1). We discuss the relationship between observed MeHg and other ancillary environmental factors (organic carbon, sulfur and nutrients) as well as implications for the response time of fish to future changes in mercury inputs.

  9. DNA Methylation of Cancer Genome

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    Cheung, Hoi-Hung; Lee, Tin-Lap; Rennert, Owen M.; Chan, Wai-Yee

    2010-01-01

    DNA methylation plays an important role in regulating normal development and carcinogenesis. Current understanding of the biological roles of DNA methylation is limited to its role in the regulation of gene transcription, genomic imprinting, genomic stability, and X chromosome inactivation. In the past 2 decades, a large number of changes have been identified in cancer epigenomes when compared with normals. These alterations fall into two main categories, namely, hypermethylation of tumor suppressor genes and hypomethylation of oncogenes or heterochromatin, respectively. Aberrant methylation of genes controlling the cell cycle, proliferation, apoptosis, metastasis, drug resistance, and intracellular signaling has been identified in multiple cancer types. Recent advancements in whole-genome analysis of methylome have yielded numerous differentially methylated regions, the functions of which are largely unknown. With the development of high resolution tiling microarrays and high throughput DNA sequencing, more cancer methylomes will be profiled, facilitating the identification of new candidate genes or ncRNAs that are related to oncogenesis, new prognostic markers, and the discovery of new target genes for cancer therapy. PMID:19960550

  10. Lacinilene C 7-methyl ether

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Lacinilene C 7-methyl ether is an antimicrobial compound produced by the cotton plant in response to attack by pathogens. For the first time, we now report the crystal structure of this compound. This may prove useful in studies on the interaction of the compound with pathogenic fungal cells....

  11. METHYL BROMIDE - ALTERNATIVES FOR CALIFORNIA.

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Preplant soil fumigation with methyl bromide (MeBr) has been a standard practice for several California high value crops such as strawberry, sweet potato, and certified nursery stock, common practice for replant of several tree and vine crops, and has also been widely used for pepper, melon, tomato,...

  12. DNA methylation in endometriosis (Review)

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    KOUKOURA, OURANIA; SIFAKIS, STAVROS; SPANDIDOS, DEMETRIOS A.

    2016-01-01

    Endometriosis is defined by the presence and growth of functional endometrial tissue, outside the uterine cavity, primarily in the ovaries, pelvic peritoneum and rectovaginal septum. Although it is a benign disease, it presents with malignant characteristics, such as invasion to surrounding tissues, metastasis to distant locations and recurrence following treatment. Accumulating evidence suggests that various epigenetic aberrations may play an essential role in the pathogenesis of endometriosis. Aberrant DNA methylation represents a possible mechanism repsonsible for this disease, linking gene expression alterations observed in endometriosis with hormonal and environmental factors. Several lines of evidence indicate that endometriosis may partially be due to selective epigenetic deregulations influenced by extrinsic factors. Previous studies have shed light into the epigenetic component of endometriosis, reporting variations in the epigenetic patterns of genes known to be involved in the aberrant hormonal, immunologic and inflammatory status of endometriosis. Although recent studies, utilizing advanced molecular techniques, have allowed us to further elucidate the possible association of DNA methylation with altered gene expression, whether these molecular changes represent the cause or merely the consequence of the disease is a question which remains to be answered. This review provides an overview of the current literature on the role of DNA methylation in the pathophysiology and malignant evolution of endometriosis. We also provide insight into the mechanisms through which DNA methylation-modifying agents may be the next step in the research of the pharmaceutical treatment of endometriosis. PMID:26934855

  13. Methods of DNA methylation analysis.

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    The purpose of this review was to provide guidance for investigators who are new to the field of DNA methylation analysis. Epigenetics is the study of mitotically heritable alterations in gene expression potential that are not mediated by changes in DNA sequence. Recently, it has become clear that n...

  14. p-Chlorophenyl methyl sulfide

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    p - Chlorophenyl methyl sulfide ; CASRN 123 - 09 - 1 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for N

  15. p-Chlorophenyl methyl sulfoxide

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    p - Chlorophenyl methyl sulfoxide ; CASRN 934 - 73 - 6 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for

  16. Isopropyl methyl phosphonic acid (IMPA)

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    Isopropyl methyl phosphonic acid ( IMPA ) ; CASRN 1832 - 54 - 8 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assess

  17. p-Chlorophenyl methyl sulfone

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    p - Chlorophenyl methyl sulfone ; CASRN 98 - 57 - 7 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for No

  18. DNA methylation in endometriosis (Review).

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    Koukoura, Ourania; Sifakis, Stavros; Spandidos, Demetrios A

    2016-04-01

    Endometriosis is defined by the presence and growth of functional endometrial tissue, outside the uterine cavity, primarily in the ovaries, pelvic peritoneum and rectovaginal septum. Although it is a benign disease, it presents with malignant characteristics, such as invasion to surrounding tissues, metastasis to distant locations and recurrence following treatment. Accumulating evidence suggests that various epigenetic aberrations may play an essential role in the pathogenesis of endometriosis. Aberrant DNA methylation represents a possible mechanism repsonsible for this disease, linking gene expression alterations observed in endometriosis with hormonal and environmental factors. Several lines of evidence indicate that endometriosis may partially be due to selective epigenetic deregulations influenced by extrinsic factors. Previous studies have shed light into the epigenetic component of endometriosis, reporting variations in the epigenetic patterns of genes known to be involved in the aberrant hormonal, immunologic and inflammatory status of endometriosis. Although recent studies, utilizing advanced molecular techniques, have allowed us to further elucidate the possible association of DNA methylation with altered gene expression, whether these molecular changes represent the cause or merely the consequence of the disease is a question which remains to be answered. This review provides an overview of the current literature on the role of DNA methylation in the pathophysiology and malignant evolution of endometriosis. We also provide insight into the mechanisms through which DNA methylation-modifying agents may be the next step in the research of the pharmaceutical treatment of endometriosis. PMID:26934855

  19. Electronic transport in methylated fragments of DNA

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    Almeida, M. L. de; Oliveira, J. I. N.; Lima Neto, J. X.; Gomes, C. E. M.; Fulco, U. L. Albuquerque, E. L.; Freire, V. N.; Caetano, E. W. S.; Moura, F. A. B. F. de; Lyra, M. L.

    2015-11-16

    We investigate the electronic transport properties of methylated deoxyribonucleic-acid (DNA) strands, a biological system in which methyl groups are added to DNA (a major epigenetic modification in gene expression), sandwiched between two metallic platinum electrodes. Our theoretical simulations apply an effective Hamiltonian based on a tight-binding model to obtain current-voltage curves related to the non-methylated/methylated DNA strands. The results suggest potential applications in the development of novel biosensors for molecular diagnostics.

  20. Electronic transport in methylated fragments of DNA

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    de Almeida, M. L.; Oliveira, J. I. N.; Lima Neto, J. X.; Gomes, C. E. M.; Fulco, U. L.; Albuquerque, E. L.; Freire, V. N.; Caetano, E. W. S.; de Moura, F. A. B. F.; Lyra, M. L.

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the electronic transport properties of methylated deoxyribonucleic-acid (DNA) strands, a biological system in which methyl groups are added to DNA (a major epigenetic modification in gene expression), sandwiched between two metallic platinum electrodes. Our theoretical simulations apply an effective Hamiltonian based on a tight-binding model to obtain current-voltage curves related to the non-methylated/methylated DNA strands. The results suggest potential applications in the development of novel biosensors for molecular diagnostics.

  1. Environmental methylation of tin: an assessment.

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    Ashby, J R; Craig, P J

    1988-07-01

    The chemical and biological methylation of tin under environmental conditions is reviewed. The question of whether methyltin species form in situ in the environment is also considered. Analytical approaches using hydridization techniques give quite sensitive results. Incubation studies of environmental microorganisms and sediment have demonstrated the formation of methyltin species, and similar conversions have been observed with chemical methylating agents such as methyl cobalamin and methyl iodide. PMID:3212448

  2. Genome-wide DNA methylation profiling of non-small cell lung carcinomas

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    Background Non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is a complex malignancy that owing to its heterogeneity and poor prognosis poses many challenges to diagnosis, prognosis and patient treatment. DNA methylation is an important mechanism of epigenetic regulation involved in normal development and cancer. It is a very stable and specific modification and therefore in principle a very suitable marker for epigenetic phenotyping of tumors. Here we present a genome-wide DNA methylation analysis of NSCLC samples and paired lung tissues, where we combine MethylCap and next generation sequencing (MethylCap-seq) to provide comprehensive DNA methylation maps of the tumor and paired lung samples. The MethylCap-seq data were validated by bisulfite sequencing and methyl-specific polymerase chain reaction of selected regions. Results Analysis of the MethylCap-seq data revealed a strong positive correlation between replicate experiments and between paired tumor/lung samples. We identified 57 differentially methylated regions (DMRs) present in all NSCLC tumors analyzed by MethylCap-seq. While hypomethylated DMRs did not correlate to any particular functional category of genes, the hypermethylated DMRs were strongly associated with genes encoding transcriptional regulators. Furthermore, subtelomeric regions and satellite repeats were hypomethylated in the NSCLC samples. We also identified DMRs that were specific to two of the major subtypes of NSCLC, adenocarcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Conclusions Collectively, we provide a resource containing genome-wide DNA methylation maps of NSCLC and their paired lung tissues, and comprehensive lists of known and novel DMRs and associated genes in NSCLC. PMID:22726460

  3. DNA Methylation Assessed by SMRT Sequencing Is Linked to Mutations in Neisseria meningitidis Isolates

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    Sater, Mohamad R. Abdul; Lamelas, Araceli; Wang, Guilin; Clark, Tyson A.; Röltgen, Katharina; Mane, Shrikant; Korlach, Jonas; Pluschke, Gerd; Schmid, Christoph D.

    2015-01-01

    The Gram-negative bacterium Neisseria meningitidis features extensive genetic variability. To present, proposed virulence genotypes are also detected in isolates from asymptomatic carriers, indicating more complex mechanisms underlying variable colonization modes of N. meningitidis. We applied the Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT) sequencing method from Pacific Biosciences to assess the genome-wide DNA modification profiles of two genetically related N. meningitidis strains, both of serogroup A. The resulting DNA methylomes revealed clear divergences, represented by the detection of shared and of strain-specific DNA methylation target motifs. The positional distribution of these methylated target sites within the genomic sequences displayed clear biases, which suggest a functional role of DNA methylation related to the regulation of genes. DNA methylation in N. meningitidis has a likely underestimated potential for variability, as evidenced by a careful analysis of the ORF status of a panel of confirmed and predicted DNA methyltransferase genes in an extended collection of N. meningitidis strains of serogroup A. Based on high coverage short sequence reads, we find phase variability as a major contributor to the variability in DNA methylation. Taking into account the phase variable loci, the inferred functional status of DNA methyltransferase genes matched the observed methylation profiles. Towards an elucidation of presently incompletely characterized functional consequences of DNA methylation in N. meningitidis, we reveal a prominent colocalization of methylated bases with Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) detected within our genomic sequence collection. As a novel observation we report increased mutability also at 6mA methylated nucleotides, complementing mutational hotspots previously described at 5mC methylated nucleotides. These findings suggest a more diverse role of DNA methylation and Restriction-Modification (RM) systems in the evolution of prokaryotic genomes. PMID:26656597

  4. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Butyl acrylate, polymer with... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

  5. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Butyl acrylate, polymer with... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

  6. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Butyl acrylate, polymer with... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

  7. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Butyl acrylate, polymer with... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

  8. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Butyl acrylate, polymer with... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

  9. Pillar[6]arene Containing Multilayer Films: Reversible Uptake and Release of Guest Molecules with Methyl Viologen Moieties.

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    Yuan, Bin; Xu, Jiang-Fei; Sun, Cai-Li; Nicolas, Henning; Schönhoff, Monika; Yang, Qing-Zheng; Zhang, Xi

    2016-02-17

    Pillar[6]arene-containing multilayer films have been fabricated by alternating deposition of a stoichiometric complex consisting of both pillar[6]arene and methyl viologen with a photoreactive polyelectrolyte, diazoresin (DAR). After photoinduced cross-linking of the multilayer films, the guest molecule, methyl viologen, can be removed. Then, multilayer films with artificial binding sites are fabricated. The films show good properties for molecular uptake and release as well as selectivity for molecules with methyl viologen moieties. It is anticipated that this kind of multilayer films have future applications in the fields of enrichment of molecular dyes and purification of methyl viologen-polluted water. PMID:26465379

  10. 77 FR 35295 - Methyl Bromide; Pesticide Tolerances

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    2012-06-13

    ... human health. Environmental and non-target species considerations are outside of the scope of this rule... there will be no human dietary exposure to methyl bromide from the use of methyl bromide to fumigate... no human dietary exposure from the use of methyl bromide to fumigate cottonseed. In addition,...

  11. Protein methylation in pea chloroplasts. [Pisum sativum

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    Niemi, K.J.; Adler, J.; Selman, B.R. )

    1990-07-01

    The methylation of chloroplast proteins has been investigated by incubating intact pea (Pisum sativum) chloroplasts with ({sup 3}H-methyl)-S-adenosylmethionine. Incubation in the light increases the amount of methylation in both the thylakoid and stromal fractions. Numerous thylakoid proteins serve as substrates for the methyltransfer reactions. Three of these thylakoid proteins are methylated to a significantly greater extent in the light than in the dark. The primary stromal polypeptide methylated is the large subunit of ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase. One other stromal polypeptide is also methylated much more in the light than in the dark. Two distinct types of protein methylation occur. One methylinkage is stable to basic conditions whereas a second type is base labile. The base-stable linkage is indicative of N-methylation of amino acid residues while base-lability is suggestive of carboxymethylation of amino acid residues. Labeling in the light increases the percentage of methylation that is base labile in the thylakoid fraction while no difference is observed in the amount of base-labile methylations in light-labeled and dark-labeled stromal proteins. Also suggestive of carboxymethylation is the detection of volatile ({sup 3}H)methyl radioactivity which increases during the labeling period and is greater in chloroplasts labeled in the light as opposed to being labeled in the dark; this implies in vivo turnover of the ({sup 3}H)methyl group.

  12. GENE-NUTRIENT INTERACTIONS AND DNA METHYLATION

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Many micronutrients and vitamins are critical for DNA synthesis/repair and maintenance of DNA methylation patterns. Folate has been most extensively investigated in this regard because of its unique function as methyl donor for nucleotide synthesis and biological methylation. Cell culture, animal, a...

  13. Selenium reduces the retention of methyl mercury in the brown shrimp Crangon crangon.

    PubMed

    Bjerregaard, Poul; Christensen, Alan

    2012-06-01

    Methyl mercury accumulated at the top of aquatic food chains constitutes a toxicological risk to humans and other top predators. Because the methyl mercury enters the aquatic food chains at the lower trophic levels, uptake and elimination processes at these levels affect the methyl mercury content at the higher levels. Selenium modulates the biokinetics of mercury in aquatic organisms in fairly complex ways, increasing mercury retention in some aquatic mammals, but decreasing methyl mercury retention in fish. However, it is not known if selenium modulates methyl mercury accumulation at lower trophic levels in aquatic food chains. Here, we show that selenium administered via the food augments the elimination of methyl mercury from marine shrimp and that the effect is dose-dependent, demonstrable down to natural selenium concentrations in aquatic food items. Selenite, seleno-cystine, and seleno-methionine exert this effect but selenate does not. Our results suggest that the selenium naturally present at the lower trophic levels in marine food chains may play an essential role as a modifier of methyl mercury accumulation at these levels, thereby potentially also affecting biomagnification of methyl mercury toward the higher trophic levels in the aquatic food chains. PMID:22550937

  14. BDNF rs6265 methylation and genotype interact on risk for schizophrenia.

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    Ursini, Gianluca; Cavalleri, Tommaso; Fazio, Leonardo; Angrisano, Tiziana; Iacovelli, Luisa; Porcelli, Annamaria; Maddalena, Giancarlo; Punzi, Giovanna; Mancini, Marina; Gelao, Barbara; Romano, Raffaella; Masellis, Rita; Calabrese, Francesca; Rampino, Antonio; Taurisano, Paolo; Giorgio, Annabella Di; Keller, Simona; Tarantini, Letizia; Sinibaldi, Lorenzo; Quarto, Tiziana; Popolizio, Teresa; Caforio, Grazia; Blasi, Giuseppe; Riva, Marco A; De Blasi, Antonio; Chiariotti, Lorenzo; Bollati, Valentina; Bertolino, Alessandro

    2016-01-01

    Epigenetic mechanisms can mediate gene-environment interactions relevant for complex disorders. The BDNF gene is crucial for development and brain plasticity, is sensitive to environmental stressors, such as hypoxia, and harbors the functional SNP rs6265 (Val(66)Met), which creates or abolishes a CpG dinucleotide for DNA methylation. We found that methylation at the BDNF rs6265 Val allele in peripheral blood of healthy subjects is associated with hypoxia-related early life events (hOCs) and intermediate phenotypes for schizophrenia in a distinctive manner, depending on rs6265 genotype: in ValVal individuals increased methylation is associated with exposure to hOCs and impaired working memory (WM) accuracy, while the opposite is true for ValMet subjects. Also, rs6265 methylation and hOCs interact in modulating WM-related prefrontal activity, another intermediate phenotype for schizophrenia, with an analogous opposite direction in the 2 genotypes. Consistently, rs6265 methylation has a different association with schizophrenia risk in ValVals and ValMets. The relationships of methylation with BDNF levels and of genotype with BHLHB2 binding likely contribute to these opposite effects of methylation. We conclude that BDNF rs6265 methylation interacts with genotype to bridge early environmental exposures to adult phenotypes, relevant for schizophrenia. The study of epigenetic changes in regions containing genetic variation relevant for human diseases may have beneficial implications for the understanding of how genes are actually translated into phenotypes. PMID:26889735

  15. A novel method for detecting association between DNA methylation and diseases using spatial information

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    Yip, Wai-Ki; Fier, Heide; DeMeo, Dawn L.; Aryee, Martin; Laird, Nan; Lange, Christoph

    2014-01-01

    DNA methylation may represent an important contributor to the missing heritability described in complex trait genetics. However, technology to measure DNA methylation has outpaced statistical methods for analysis. Taking advantage of the recent finding that methylated sites cluster together, we propose a Spatial Clustering Method (SCM) method to detect differentially methylated regions in the genome in case and control studies using spatial location information. This new method compares the distribution of distances in cases and controls between DNA methylation marks in the genomic region of interest. A statistic is computed based on these distances. Proper type I error rate is maintained and statistical significance is evaluated using permutation test. The effectiveness of the SCM we propose is evaluated by a simulation study. By simulating a simple disease model, we demonstrate that SCM has good power to detect differentially methylated regions associated with the disease. Finally, we applied the SCM to an exploratory analysis of chromosome 14 from a colorectal cancer data set and identified statistically significant genomic regions. Identification of these regions should lead to a better understanding of methylated sites and their contribution to disease. The SCM can be used as a reliable statistical method for the identification of differentially methylated regions associated with disease states in exploratory epigenetic analyses. PMID:25250875

  16. The functions of DNA methylation by CcrM in Caulobacter crescentus: a global approach.

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    Gonzalez, Diego; Kozdon, Jennifer B; McAdams, Harley H; Shapiro, Lucy; Collier, Justine

    2014-04-01

    DNA methylation is involved in a diversity of processes in bacteria, including maintenance of genome integrity and regulation of gene expression. Here, using Caulobacter crescentus as a model, we exploit genome-wide experimental methods to uncover the functions of CcrM, a DNA methyltransferase conserved in most Alphaproteobacteria. Using single molecule sequencing, we provide evidence that most CcrM target motifs (GANTC) switch from a fully methylated to a hemi-methylated state when they are replicated, and back to a fully methylated state at the onset of cell division. We show that DNA methylation by CcrM is not required for the control of the initiation of chromosome replication or for DNA mismatch repair. By contrast, our transcriptome analysis shows that >10% of the genes are misexpressed in cells lacking or constitutively over-expressing CcrM. Strikingly, GANTC methylation is needed for the efficient transcription of dozens of genes that are essential for cell cycle progression, in particular for DNA metabolism and cell division. Many of them are controlled by promoters methylated by CcrM and co-regulated by other global cell cycle regulators, demonstrating an extensive cross talk between DNA methylation and the complex regulatory network that controls the cell cycle of C. crescentus and, presumably, of many other Alphaproteobacteria. PMID:24398711

  17. The functions of DNA methylation by CcrM in Caulobacter crescentus: a global approach

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    Gonzalez, Diego; Kozdon, Jennifer B.; McAdams, Harley H.; Shapiro, Lucy; Collier, Justine

    2014-01-01

    DNA methylation is involved in a diversity of processes in bacteria, including maintenance of genome integrity and regulation of gene expression. Here, using Caulobacter crescentus as a model, we exploit genome-wide experimental methods to uncover the functions of CcrM, a DNA methyltransferase conserved in most Alphaproteobacteria. Using single molecule sequencing, we provide evidence that most CcrM target motifs (GANTC) switch from a fully methylated to a hemi-methylated state when they are replicated, and back to a fully methylated state at the onset of cell division. We show that DNA methylation by CcrM is not required for the control of the initiation of chromosome replication or for DNA mismatch repair. By contrast, our transcriptome analysis shows that >10% of the genes are misexpressed in cells lacking or constitutively over-expressing CcrM. Strikingly, GANTC methylation is needed for the efficient transcription of dozens of genes that are essential for cell cycle progression, in particular for DNA metabolism and cell division. Many of them are controlled by promoters methylated by CcrM and co-regulated by other global cell cycle regulators, demonstrating an extensive cross talk between DNA methylation and the complex regulatory network that controls the cell cycle of C. crescentus and, presumably, of many other Alphaproteobacteria. PMID:24398711

  18. Extensive variation and low heritability of DNA methylation identified in a twin study

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    Gervin, Kristina; Hammerø, Martin; Akselsen, Hanne E.; Moe, Rune; Nygård, Heidi; Brandt, Ingunn; Gjessing, Håkon K.; Harris, Jennifer R.; Undlien, Dag E.; Lyle, Robert

    2011-01-01

    Disturbance of DNA methylation leading to aberrant gene expression has been implicated in the etiology of many diseases. Whereas variation at the genetic level has been studied extensively, less is known about the extent and function of epigenetic variation. To explore variation and heritability of DNA methylation, we performed bisulfite sequencing of 1760 CpG sites in 186 regions in the human major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in CD4+ lymphocytes from 49 monozygotic (MZ) and 40 dizygotic (DZ) twin pairs. Individuals show extensive variation in DNA methylation both between and within regions. In addition, many regions also have a complex pattern of variation. Globally, there appears to be a bimodal distribution of DNA methylation in the regions, but a significant fraction of the CpG sites are also heterogeneously methylated. Classification of regions into CpG islands (intragenic and intergenic), 5′ end of genes not associated with a defined CpG island, conserved noncoding regions, and random CpG sites shows region-type differences in variation and heritability. Analyses revealed slightly lower intra-pair differences among MZ than among DZ pairs, suggesting some genetic influences on DNA methylation variation, with most of the variance attributed to nongenetic factors. Overall, heritability estimates of DNA methylation were low. Our heritability estimates are, however, somewhat deflated due to the presence of batch effects that artificially inflate the estimates of shared environment. PMID:21948560

  19. Decrease in net mercury methylation rates following iron amendment to anoxic wetland sediment slurries.

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    Mehrotra, Anna S; Sedlak, David L

    2005-04-15

    The rate of mercury methylation in anoxic wetland sediments is affected by the concentration of bioavailable complexes between Hg and sulfide. Previous research with pure bacterial cultures has shown that addition of ferrous iron reduces the net rate of mercury methylation by decreasing the concentration of dissolved sulfide. To assess the possibility of using this approach to decrease net mercury methylation in restored and constructed wetlands, laboratory experiments were conducted by adding Hg(II) and Fe(II) to sediments collected from six sites in five estuarine wetlands. Addition of 30 mM (0.07 mmol g(-1) or 3.9 mg g(-1)) Fe(II) decreased net mercury methylation relative to that of unamended controls by a factor of 2.1-6.6. In all cases, the observed decrease in net mercury methylation was accompanied by a decrease in the concentrations of sulfide and filterable mercury in the water overlying the sediments. When iron was added to one of the sediment samples at doses that were small relative to the concentration of sulfide present, net mercury methylation either increased slightly or was unaffected. Comparison of the results to speciation model predictions suggests that dissolved reduced sulfur-containing species play a role in the formation of uncharged, bioavailable Hg complexes. Although further research is needed to determine the long-term effect of iron amendment, these results suggest that iron addition decreases mercury methylation in authentic wetland sediments. PMID:15884350

  20. RNA-directed DNA methylation and demethylation in plants

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    Viswanathan, CHINNUSAMY; Jian-Kang, ZHU

    2011-01-01

    RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM) is a nuclear process in which small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) direct the cytosine methylation of DNA sequences that are complementary to the siRNAs. In plants, double stranded-RNAs (dsRNAs) generated by RNA-dependent RNA polymerase 2 (RDR2) serve as precursors for Dicer-like 3 dependent biogenesis of 24-nt siRNAs. Plant specific RNA polymerase IV (Pol IV) is presumed to generate the initial RNA transcripts that are substrates for RDR2. siRNAs are loaded onto an argonaute4-containing RISC (RNA-induced silencing complex) that targets the de novo DNA methyltransferase DRM2 to RdDM target loci. Nascent RNA transcripts from the target loci are generated by another plant-specific RNA polymerase, Pol V, and these transcripts help recruit complementary siRNAs and the associated RdDM effector complex to the target loci in a transcription-coupled DNA methylation process. Small RNA binding proteins such as ROS3 may direct target-specific DNA demethylation by the ROS1 family of DNA demethylases. Chromatin remodeling enzymes and histone modifying enzymes also participate in DNA methylation and possibly demethylation. One of the well studied functions of RdDM is transposon silencing and genome stability. In addition, RdDM is important for paramutation, imprinting, gene regulation, and plant development. Locus-specific DNA methylation and demethylation, and transposon activation under abiotic stresses suggest that RdDM is also important in stress responses of plants. Further studies will help illuminate the functions of RdDM in the dynamic control of epigenomes during development and environmental stress responses. PMID:19381459

  1. 40 CFR 180.437 - Methyl 2-(4-isopropyl-4-methyl-5-oxo-2-imidazolin-2-yl)-p-toluate and methyl 6-(4-isopropyl-4...

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 23 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Methyl 2-(4-isopropyl-4-methyl-5-oxo-2-imidazolin-2-yl)-p-toluate and methyl 6-(4-isopropyl-4-methyl-5-oxo-2-imidazolin-2-yl)-m-toluate; tolerances... Tolerances § 180.437 Methyl 2-(4-isopropyl-4-methyl-5-oxo-2-imidazolin-2-yl)-p-toluate and methyl...

  2. 40 CFR 180.437 - Methyl 2-(4-isopropyl-4-methyl-5-oxo-2-imidazolin-2-yl)-p-toluate and methyl 6-(4-isopropyl-4...

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    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 24 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Methyl 2-(4-isopropyl-4-methyl-5-oxo-2-imidazolin-2-yl)-p-toluate and methyl 6-(4-isopropyl-4-methyl-5-oxo-2-imidazolin-2-yl)-m-toluate; tolerances... Tolerances § 180.437 Methyl 2-(4-isopropyl-4-methyl-5-oxo-2-imidazolin-2-yl)-p-toluate and methyl...

  3. Disruption of CTCF/cohesin-mediated high-order chromatin structures by DNA methylation downregulates PTGS2 expression.

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    Kang, J Y; Song, S H; Yun, J; Jeon, M S; Kim, H P; Han, S W; Kim, T Y

    2015-11-01

    The CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF)/cohesin complex regulates gene transcription via high-order chromatin organization of the genome. De novo methylation of CpG islands in the promoter region is an epigenetic hallmark of gene silencing in cancer. Although the CTCF/cohesin complex preferentially targets hypomethylated DNA, it remains unclear whether the CTCF/cohesin-mediated high-order chromatin structure is affected by DNA methylation during tumorigenesis. We found that DNA methylation downregulates the expression of prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2 (PTGS2), which is an inducible, rate-limiting enzyme for prostaglandin synthesis, by disrupting CTCF/cohesin-mediated chromatin looping. We show that the CTCF/cohesin complex is enriched near a CpG island associated with PTGS2 and that the PTGS2 locus forms chromatin loops through methylation-sensitive binding of the CTCF/cohesin complex. DNA methylation abolishes the association of the CTCF/cohesin complex with the PTGS2 CpG island. Disruption of chromatin looping by DNA methylation abrogates the enrichment of transcriptional components, such as positive elongation factor b, at the transcriptional start site of the PTGS2 locus. These alterations result in the downregulation of PTGS2. Our results provide evidence that CTCF/cohesin-mediated chromatin looping of the PTGS2 locus is dynamically influenced by the DNA methylation status. PMID:25703332

  4. Folate deficiency affects histone methylation.

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    Garcia, Benjamin A; Luka, Zigmund; Loukachevitch, Lioudmila V; Bhanu, Natarajan V; Wagner, Conrad

    2016-03-01

    Formaldehyde is extremely toxic reacting with proteins to crosslinks peptide chains. Formaldehyde is a metabolic product in many enzymatic reactions and the question of how these enzymes are protected from the formaldehyde that is generated has largely remained unanswered. Early experiments from our laboratory showed that two liver mitochondrial enzymes, dimethylglycine dehydrogenase (DMGDH) and sarcosine dehydrogenase (SDH) catalyze oxidative demethylation reactions (sarcosine is a common name for monomethylglycine). The enzymatic products of these enzymes were the demethylated substrates and formaldehyde, produced from the removed methyl group. Both DMGDH and SDH contain FAD and both have tightly bound tetrahydrofolate (THF), a folate coenzyme. THF binds reversibly with formaldehyde to form 5,10-methylene-THF. At that time we showed that purified DMGDH, with tightly bound THF, reacted with formaldehyde generated during the reaction to form 5,10-methylene-THF. This effectively scavenged the formaldehyde to protect the enzyme. Recently, post-translational modifications on histone tails have been shown to be responsible for epigenetic regulation of gene expression. One of these modifications is methylation of lysine residues. The first enzyme discovered to accomplish demethylation of these modified histones was histone lysine demethylase (LSD1). LSD1 specifically removes methyl groups from di- and mono-methylated lysines at position 4 of histone 3. This enzyme contained tightly bound FAD and the products of the reaction were the demethylated lysine residue and formaldehyde. The mechanism of LSD1 demethylation is analogous to the mechanism previously postulated for DMGDH, i.e. oxidation of the N-methyl bond to the methylene imine followed by hydrolysis to generate formaldehyde. This suggested that THF might also be involved in the LSD1 reaction to scavenge the formaldehyde produced. Our hypotheses are that THF is bound to native LSD1 by analogy to DMGDH and SDH and that the bound THF serves to protect the FAD class of histone demethylases from the destructive effects of formaldehyde generation by formation of 5,10-methylene-THF. We present pilot data showing that decreased folate in livers as a result of dietary folate deficiency is associated with increased levels of methylated lysine 4 of histone 3. This can be a result of decreased LSD1 activity resulting from the decreased folate available to scavenge the formaldehyde produced at the active site caused by the folate deficiency. Because LSD1 can regulate gene expression this suggests that folate may play a more important role than simply serving as a carrier of one-carbon units and be a factor in other diseases associated with low folate. PMID:26880641

  5. Changes in GE2270 antibiotic production in Planobispora rosea through modulation of methylation metabolism.

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    Gastaldo, Luciano; Marinelli, Flavia

    2003-06-01

    Thiazolylpeptide GE2270 is a potent antibiotic inhibiting protein synthesis in Gram-positive bacteria. It is produced as a complex of 10 related metabolites, differing mainly in the degree of methylation, by fermentation of the rare actinomycete Planobispora rosea ATCC 53773. Addition of vitamin B12 to the fermentation medium doubled total complex production and markedly changed the relative production of the various GE2270 metabolites, enhancing the biosynthesis of the more methylated component A. Among methylation inhibitors, the addition of sinefungin increased the amount of factor D2, which differs from component A in the lack of a methyl group. Since sinefungin is an S-adenosyl-L-methionine methyltransferase-specific inhibitor, these results indicate that the methylation step converting D2 into A involves an S-adenosyl-L-methionine methyltransferase. Simultaneous supplementation of vitamin B12 and sinefungin led to a twofold increase in D2 concentration, showing that vitamin B12, in addition to having an effect on the late methylation step, exerts a stimulating action on antibiotic backbone synthesis. This is possibly due to its role in an unusual pathway of serine synthesis peculiar to P. rosea metabolism. Finally, fermentation medium modifications were shown to be useful for the production of industrially valuable levels of components A or D2 in the GE2270 complex as starting points for the production of new interesting semi-synthetic antibiotics. PMID:12777492

  6. Recognition of Methylated Peptides by Drosophila melanogaster Polycomb Chromodomain

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    Stein, Richard S. L.; Li, Nan; He, Wei; Komives, Elizabeth

    2014-01-01

    Lysine methylation is one of the important post-translational modifications (PTMs) that regulate protein functions. Up to now, proteomic identification of this PTM remains a challenge due to the lack of effective enrichment methods in mass spectrometry experiments. To address this challenge, we present here a systematic approach to predicting peptides in which lysine residues may be methylated to mediate protein–protein interactions. We used the chromodomain of the polycomb protein in Drosophila melanogaster as a model system to illustrate the success of this approach. We started with molecular dynamics simulations and free energy analyses on the histone peptides complexed with the polycomb chromodomain to understand how the binding specificity is achieved. We next conducted virtual mutagenesis to quantify each domain and peptide residue's contribution to the domain-peptide recognition, based on which scoring scheme was developed to evaluate the possibility of any lysine-containing peptides to be methylated and recognized by the chromodomain. A peptide microarray experiment on a panel of conserved histone peptides showed a satisfactory prediction accuracy of the scoring scheme. Next, we implemented a bioinformatics pipeline that integrates multiple lines of evidence including conservation, subcellular localization, and mass spectrometry data to scan the fly proteome for a systematic identification of possible methyllysine-containing peptides. These putative chromodomain-binding peptides suggest unknown functions of the important regulator protein polycomb and provide a list of candidate methylation events for follow-up investigations. PMID:23320494

  7. PCR Techniques in Characterizing DNA Methylation.

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    Wani, Khalida; Aldape, Kenneth D

    2016-01-01

    DNA methylation was the first epigenetic mark to be discovered, involving the addition of a methyl group to the 5' position of cytosine by DNA methyltransferases, and can be inherited through cell division. DNA methylation plays an important role in normal human development and is associated with the regulation of gene expression, tumorigenesis, and other genetic and epigenetic diseases. Differential methylation is now known to play a central role in the development and outcome of most if not all human malignancies.Bisulfite conversion is a commonly used approach for gene-specific DNA methylation analysis. Treatment of DNA with bisulfite converts cytosine to uracil while leaving 5-methylcytosine intact, allowing for single-nucleotide resolution information about the methylated areas of DNA. PCR-based methods are routinely used to study DNA methylation on a gene-specific basis, after bisulfite treatment. Variations of this method include bisulfite sequencing, methylation-specific PCR, real-time PCR-based MethyLight, and methylation-sensitive high-resolution melting PCR. Several whole-epigenome profiling technologies such as MethylC-seq reduced representation bisulfite sequencing (RRBS) and the Infinium Human methylation 450 K bead chip are now available allowing for the identification of epigenetic drivers of disease processes as well as biomarkers that could potentially be integrated into clinical practice. PMID:26843056

  8. Altered DNA methylation in PAH deficient phenylketonuria.

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    Dobrowolski, Steven F; Lyons-Weiler, James; Spridik, Kayla; Biery, Amy; Breck, Jane; Vockley, Jerry; Yatsenko, Svetlana; Sultana, Tamanna

    2015-01-01

    While phenylalanine (PHE) is the toxic insult in phenylketonuria (PKU), mechanisms underlying PHE toxicity remain ill-defined. Altered DNA methylation in response to toxic exposures is well-recognized. DNA methylation patterns were assessed in blood and brain from PKU patients to determine if PHE toxicity impacts methylation. Methylome assessment, utilizing methylated DNA immunoprecipitation and paired-end sequencing, was performed in DNA obtained from brain tissue of classical PKU patients, leukocytes from poorly controlled PKU patients, leukocytes from well controlled PKU patients, and appropriate control tissues. In PKU brain tissue, expression analysis determined the impact of methylation on gene function. Differential methylation was observed in brain tissue of PKU patients and expression studies identified downstream impact on gene expression. Altered patterns of methylation were observed in leukocytes of well controlled and poorly controlled patients with more extensive methylation in patients with high PHE exposure. Differential methylation of noncoding RNA genes was extensive in patients with high PHE exposure but minimal in well controlled patients. Methylome repatterning leading to altered gene expression was present in brain tissue of PKU patients, suggesting a role in neuropathology. Aberrant methylation is observed in leukocytes of PKU patients and is influenced by PHE exposure. DNA methylation may provide a biomarker relating to historic PHE exposure. PMID:25990862

  9. Role of the pks15/1 gene in the biosynthesis of phenolglycolipids in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. Evidence that all strains synthesize glycosylated p-hydroxybenzoic methyl esters and that strains devoid of phenolglycolipids harbor a frameshift mutation in the pks15/1 gene.

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    Constant, Patricia; Perez, Esther; Malaga, Wladimir; Lanéelle, Marie-Antoinette; Saurel, Olivier; Daffé, Mamadou; Guilhot, Christophe

    2002-10-11

    Diesters of phthiocerol and phenolphthiocerol are important virulence factors of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae, the two main mycobacterial pathogens in humans. They are both long-chain beta-diols, and their biosynthetic pathway is beginning to be elucidated. Although the two classes of molecules share a common lipid core, phthiocerol diesters have been found in all the strains of the M. tuberculosis complex examined although phenolphthiocerol diesters are produced by only a few groups of strains. To address the question of the origin of this diversity 8 reference strains and 10 clinical isolates of M. tuberculosis were analyzed. We report the presence of glycosylated p-hydroxybenzoic acid methyl esters, structurally related to the type-specific phenolphthiocerol glycolipids, in the culture media of all reference strains of M. tuberculosis, suggesting that the strains devoid of phenolphthiocerol derivatives are unable to elongate the putative p-hydroxybenzoic acid precursor. We also show that all the strains of M. tuberculosis examined and deficient in the production of phenolphthiocerol derivatives are natural mutants with a frameshift mutation in pks15/1 whereas a single open reading frame for pks15/1 is found in Mycobacterium bovis BCG, M. leprae, and strains of M. tuberculosis that produce phenolphthiocerol derivatives. Complementation of the H37Rv strain of M. tuberculosis, which is devoid of phenolphthiocerol derivatives, with the fused pks15/1 gene from M. bovis BCG restored phenolphthiocerol glycolipids production. Conversely, disruption of the pks15/1 gene in M. bovis BCG led to the abolition of the synthesis of type-specific phenolphthiocerol glycolipid. These data indicate that Pks15/1 is involved in the elongation of p-hydroxybenzoic acid to give p-hydroxyphenylalkanoates, which in turn are converted, presumably by the PpsA-E synthase, to phenolphthiocerol derivatives. PMID:12138124

  10. Increased DNA methylation in the suicide brain

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    Haghighi, Fatemeh; Xin, Yurong; Chanrion, Benjamin; O'Donnell, Anne H.; Ge, Yongchao; Dwork, Andrew J.; Arango, Victoria; Mann, J. John

    2014-01-01

    Clinical studies find that childhood adversity and stress-ful life events in adulthood increase the risk for major depression and for suicide. The predispositions to either major depression or suicide are thought to depend on genetic risk factors or epigenetic effects. We investigated DNA methylation signatures postmortem in brains of suicides with diagnosis of major depressive disorder. DNA methylation levels were determined at single C-phosphate-G (CpG) resolution sites within ventral prefrontal cortex of 53 suicides and nonpsychiatric controls, aged 16 to 89 years. We found that DNA methylation increases throughout the lifespan. Suicides showed an 8-fold greater number of methylated CpG sites relative to controls (P<2.2x10-16), with greater DNA methylation changes over and above the increased methylation observed in normal aging. This increased DNA methylation may be a significant contributor to the neuropathology and psychopathology underlying the risk of suicide in depression. PMID:25364291

  11. Methods in DNA methylation profiling

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    Zuo, Tao; Tycko, Benjamin; Liu, Ta-Ming; Lin, Huey-Jen L; Huang, Tim H-M

    2010-01-01

    Metastable and somatically heritable patterns of DNA methylation provide an important level of genomic regulation. In this article, we review methods for analyzing these genome-wide epigenetic patterns and offer a perspective on the ever-expanding literature, which we hope will be useful for investigators who are new to this area. The historical aspects that we cover will be helpful in interpreting this literature and we hope that our discussion of the newest analytical methods will stimulate future progress. We emphasize that no single approach can provide a complete view of the overall methylome, and that combinations of several modalities applied to the same sample set will give the clearest picture. Given the unexpected epigenomic patterns and new biological principles, as well as new disease markers, that have been uncovered in recent studies, it is likely that important discoveries will continue to be made using genome-wide DNA methylation profiling. PMID:20526417

  12. Cytosine methylation and DNA repair.

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    Walsh, C P; Xu, G L

    2006-01-01

    Cytosine methylation is a common form of post-replicative DNA modification seen in both bacteria and eukaryotes. Modified cytosines have long been known to act as hotspots for mutations due to the high rate of spontaneous deamination of this base to thymine, resulting in a G/T mismatch. This will be fixed as a C-->T transition after replication if not repaired by the base excision repair (BER) pathway or specific repair enzymes dedicated to this purpose. This hypermutability has led to depletion of the target dinucleotide CpG outside of special CpG islands in mammals, which are normally unmethylated. We review the importance of C-->T transitions at non-island CpGs in human disease: When these occur in the germline, they are a common cause of inherited diseases such as epidermolysis bullosa and mucopolysaccharidosis, while in the soma they are frequently found in the genes for tumor suppressors such as p53 and the retinoblastoma protein, causing cancer. We also examine the specific repair enzymes involved, namely the endonuclease Vsr in Escherichia coli and two members of the uracil DNA glycosylase (UDG) superfamily in mammals, TDG and MBD4. Repair brings its own problems, since it will require remethylation of the replacement cytosine, presumably coupling repair to methylation by either the maintenance methylase Dnmt1 or a de novo enzyme such as Dnmt3a. Uncoupling of methylation from repair may be one way to remove methylation from DNA. We also look at the possible role of specific cytosine deaminases such as Aid and Apobec in accelerating deamination of methylcytosine and consequent DNA demethylation. PMID:16570853

  13. Epigenetic consequences of foreign DNA insertions: de novo methylation and global alterations of methylation patterns in recipient genomes.

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    Doerfler, Walter

    2011-11-01

    The insertion of foreign DNA into mammalian or plant genomes is a frequent event in biology. My laboratory has pursued a long-standing interest in the structure of integrated adenovirus genomes and in the mechanism of foreign DNA insertions in mammalian cells. The long-term consequences of the integration of alien DNA are only partly known, and even less well understood are the mechanisms that bring them about. Evidence from viral systems has contributed to the realization that foreign DNA insertions entail a complex of sequelae that have also become apparent in non-viral systems: (i) The de novo methylation of integrated foreign DNA sequences has frequently been observed. (ii) Alterations of DNA methylation patterns in the recipient genome at and remote from the site of foreign DNA insertion have been demonstrated but it remains to be investigated how generally this phenomenon occurs. Many viral genomes find and have found entry into the genomes of present-day organisms. A major portion of mammalian genomes represents incomplete retroviral genomes that frequently have become permanently silenced by DNA methylation. It is still unknown how and to what extent the insertion of retroviral or retrotransposon sequences into established genomes has altered and shaped the methylation and transcription profiles of present day genomes. An additional reason for concern about the effects of foreign DNA integration is the fact that in all fields of molecular biology and medicine, the generation of transgenic or transgenomic cells and organisms has become a ubiquitously applied experimental technique. PMID:21793096

  14. Global Analysis Reveals the Crucial Roles of DNA Methylation during Rice Seed Development1[OPEN

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    Xing, Mei-Qing; Zhang, Yi-Jing; Zhou, Shi-Rong; Hu, Wen-Yan; Wu, Xue-Ting; Ye, Ya-Jin; Wu, Xiao-Xia; Xiao, Yun-Ping; Li, Xuan; Xue, Hong-Wei

    2015-01-01

    Seed development is an important process of reproductive development and consists of embryo and endosperm development; both comprise several key processes. To determine and investigate the functions of the dynamic DNA methylome during seed development, we profiled the DNA methylation genome wide in a series of developmental stages of rice (Oryza sativa) embryo and endosperm by methylcytosine immunoprecipitation followed by Illumina sequencing. The results showed that embryo is hypermethylated predominantly around non-transposable element (TE) genes, short DNA-TEs, and short interspersed TEs compared with endosperm, and non-TE genes have the most diverse methylation status across seed development. In addition, lowly expressed genes are significantly enriched in hypermethylated genes, but not vice versa, confirming the crucial role of DNA methylation in suppressing gene transcription. Further analysis revealed the significantly decreased methylation at early developing stages (from 2 to 3 d after pollination), indicating a predominant role of demethylation during early endosperm development and that genes with a consistent negative correlation between DNA methylation change and expression change may be potentially directly regulated by DNA methylation. Interestingly, comparative analysis of the DNA methylation profiles revealed that both rice indica and japonica subspecies showed robust fluctuant profiles of DNA methylation levels in embryo and endosperm across seed development, with the highest methylation level at 6 d after pollination (2 d after pollination of endosperm in japonica as well), indicating that a complex and finely controlled methylation pattern is closely associated with seed development regulation. The systemic characterization of the dynamic DNA methylome in developing rice seeds will help us understand the effects and mechanism of epigenetic regulation in seed development. PMID:26145151

  15. Structural consequences of two methyl additions in the E. coli trp repressor L-tryptophan binding pocket

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    Lawson, C.L.

    1995-12-01

    The flexibility and specificity of the L-tryptophan corepressor binding pocket of E coli trp repressor are being investigated by high-resolution crystallographic examination of aporepressor/corepressor analog complexes. While addition of a methyl group on the corepressor indole (5-methyl-tryptophan) results in a small but measurable shift in the position of that functional group introduction of a methyl group on a nearby residue in the binding pocket (Val 58 {yields} Ile) leaves the indole position of L-tryptophan essentially unchanged. Careful alignment of these structures with aporepressor/L-tryptophan/operator-DNA complexes reveal why 5-methyltryptophan is a better corepressor than L-tryptophan.

  16. Protein Arginine Methyltransferase 1 Methylates Smurf2

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    Cha, Boksik; Park, Yaerin; Hwang, Byul Nim; Kim, So-young; Jho, Eek-hoon

    2015-01-01

    Smurf2, a member of the HECT domain E3 ligase family, is well known for its role as a negative regulator of TGF-β signaling by targeting Smads and TGF-β receptor. However, the regulatory mechanism of Smurf2 has not been elucidated. Arginine methylation is a type of post-translational modification that produces monomethylated or dimethylated arginine residues. In this report, we demonstrated methylation of Smurf2 by PRMT1. In vitro methylation assay showed that Smurf2, not Smurf1, was methylated by PRMT1. Among the type I PRMT family, only PRMT1 showed activity for Smurf2. Transiently expressed Smurf2 was methylated by PRMT1, indicating Smurf2 is a novel substrate of PRMT1. Using deletion constructs, methylation sites were shown to be located within amino acid region 224–298 of Smurf2. In vitro methylation assay following point mutation of putative methylation sites confirmed the presence of Arg232, Arg234, Arg237, and Arg239. Knockdown of PRMT1 resulted in increased Smurf2 expression as well as inhibition of TGF-β-mediated reporter activity. Although it is unclear whether or not increased Smurf2 expression can be directly attributed to lack of methylation of arginine residues, our results suggest that methylation by PRMT1 may regulate Smurf2 stability and control TGF-β signaling. PMID:26126536

  17. Combustion characterization of methylal in reciprocating engines

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    Dodge, L.; Naegeli, D.

    1994-06-01

    Methylal, CH{sub 3}OCH{sub 2}OCH{sub 3}, also known as dimethoxy-methane, is unique among oxygenates in that it has a low autoignition temperature, no carbon-carbon bonds, and is soluble in middle distillate fuels. Because of these properties, methylal has been shown to be a favorable fuel additive for reducing smoke in diesel engines. Recent measurements of ignition delay times indicate that methylal has a cetane number in the range of 45-50, which is compatible with diesel fuels. Engine tests have shown that adding methylal to diesel fuel significantly reduces smoke emissions. Gaseous emissions and combustion efficiencies obtained with methylal/diesel fuel blends remain essentially the same as those measured using neat diesel fuel. Lubricity measurements of methylal/diesel fuel blends with a ball on cylinder lubrication evaluator (BOCLE) show that methylal improves the lubricity of diesel fuel. Even though additions of methylal lower the fuel viscosity, the results of the BOCLE tests indicate that the methylal/diesel fuel blends cause less pump wear than neat diesel fuel. The one drawback is that methylal has a low boiling point (42{degrees}C) and a relatively high vapor pressure. As a result, it lowers the flash point of diesel fuel and causes a potential fuel tank flammability hazard. One solution to this increased volatility is to make polyoxymethylenes with the general formula of CH{sub 3}O(CH{sub 2}O){sub x}CH{sub 3} where x > 2. The molecules are similar to methylal, but have higher molecular weights and thus higher viscosities and substantially lower vapor pressures. Therefore, their flash points will be compatible with regular diesel fuel. The polyoxymethylenes are expected to have combustion properties similar to methylal. It is theorized that by analogy with hydrocarbons, the ignition quality (i.e., cetane number) of the polyoxymethylenes will be better than that of methylal.

  18. Protein Methylation in Pea Chloroplasts 1

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    Niemi, Kevin J.; Adler, Julius; Selman, Bruce R.

    1990-01-01

    The methylation of chloroplast proteins has been investigated by incubating intact pea (Pisum sativum) chloroplasts with [3H-methyl]-S-adenosylmethionine. Incubation in the light increases the amount of methylation in both the thylakoid and stromal fractions. Numerous thylakoid proteins serve as substrates for the methyltransfer reactions. Three of these thylakoid proteins are methylated to a significantly greater extent in the light than in the dark. One is a polypeptide with a molecular mass of 64 kD, a second has an Mr of 48 kD, and the third has a molecular mass of less than 10 kD. The primary stromal polypeptide methylated is the large subunit of ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase. One other stromal polypeptide, having a molecular mass of 24 kD, is also methylated much more in the light than in the dark. Two distinct types of protein methylation occur. One methyl-linkage is stable to basic conditions whereas a second type is base labile. The base-stable linkage is indicative of N-methylation of amino acid residues while base-lability is suggestive of carboxymethylation of amino acid residues. Labeling in the light increases the percentage of methylation that is base labile in the thylakoid fraction while no difference is observed in the amount of base-labile methylations in light-labeled and dark-labeled stromal proteins. Also suggestive of carboxymethylation is the detection of volatile [3H]methyl radioactivity which increases during the labeling period and is greater in chloroplasts labeled in the light as opposed to being labeled in the dark; this implies in vivo turnover of the [3H]methyl group. Images Figure 1 PMID:16667584

  19. Comprehensive and quantitative multilocus methylation analysis reveals the susceptibility of specific imprinted differentially methylated regions to aberrant methylation in Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome with epimutations

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    Maeda, Toshiyuki; Higashimoto, Ken; Jozaki, Kosuke; Yatsuki, Hitomi; Nakabayashi, Kazuhiko; Makita, Yoshio; Tonoki, Hidefumi; Okamoto, Nobuhiko; Takada, Fumio; Ohashi, Hirofumi; Migita, Makoto; Kosaki, Rika; Matsubara, Keiko; Ogata, Tsutomu; Matsuo, Muneaki; Hamasaki, Yuhei; Ohtsuka, Yasufumi; Nishioka, Kenichi; Joh, Keiichiro; Mukai, Tsunehiro; Hata, Kenichiro; Soejima, Hidenobu

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: Expression of imprinted genes is regulated by DNA methylation of differentially methylated regions (DMRs). Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome is an imprinting disorder caused by epimutations of DMRs at 11p15.5. To date, multiple methylation defects have been reported in Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome patients with epimutations; however, limited numbers of DMRs have been analyzed. The susceptibility of DMRs to aberrant methylation, alteration of gene expression due to aberrant methylation, and causative factors for multiple methylation defects remain undetermined. Methods: Comprehensive methylation analysis with two quantitative methods, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry and bisulfite pyrosequencing, was conducted across 29 DMRs in 54 Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome patients with epimutations. Allelic expressions of three genes with aberrant methylation were analyzed. All DMRs with aberrant methylation were sequenced. Results: Thirty-four percent of KvDMR1–loss of methylation patients and 30% of H19DMR–gain of methylation patients showed multiple methylation defects. Maternally methylated DMRs were susceptible to aberrant hypomethylation in KvDMR1–loss of methylation patients. Biallelic expression of the genes was associated with aberrant methylation. Cis-acting pathological variations were not found in any aberrantly methylated DMR. Conclusion: Maternally methylated DMRs may be vulnerable to DNA demethylation during the preimplantation stage, when hypomethylation of KvDMR1 occurs, and aberrant methylation of DMRs affects imprinted gene expression. Cis-acting variations of the DMRs are not involved in the multiple methylation defects. PMID:24810686

  20. DNA methylation in gastric cancer, related to Helicobacter pylori and Epstein-Barr virus

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    Matsusaka, Keisuke; Funata, Sayaka; Fukayama, Masashi; Kaneda, Atsushi

    2014-01-01

    Gastric cancer is a leading cause of cancer death worldwide, and significant effort has been focused on clarifying the pathology of gastric cancer. In particular, the development of genome-wide analysis tools has enabled the detection of genetic and epigenetic alterations in gastric cancer; for example, aberrant DNA methylation in gene promoter regions is thought to play a crucial role in gastric carcinogenesis. The etiological viewpoint is also essential for the study of gastric cancers, and two distinct pathogens, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), are known to participate in gastric carcinogenesis. Chronic inflammation of the gastric epithelium due to H. pylori infection induces aberrant polyclonal methylation that may lead to an increased risk of gastric cancer. In addition, EBV infection is known to cause extensive methylation, and EBV-positive gastric cancers display a high methylation epigenotype, in which aberrant methylation extends to not only Polycomb repressive complex (PRC)-target genes in embryonic stem cells but also non-PRC-target genes. Here, we review aberrant DNA methylation in gastric cancer and the association between methylation and infection with H. pylori and EBV. PMID:24744581

  1. Aberrant Methylation of Gene Associated CpG Sites Occurs in Borderline Personality Disorder

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    Künzel, Natascha; Schmidt, Christian; Kiehl, Steffen; Dammann, Gerhard; Dammann, Reinhard

    2013-01-01

    Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex psychiatric disease with an increased impact in the last years. While the diagnosis and therapy are well established, little is known on the pathogenesis of borderline personality disorder. Previously, a significant increase in DNA methylation of relevant neuropsychiatric genes in BPD patients has been reported. In our study we performed genome wide methylation analysis and revealed specific CpG sites that exhibited increased methylation in 24 female BPD patients compared to 11 female healthy controls. Bead chip technology and quantitative bisulfite pyrosequencing showed a significantly increased methylation at CpG sites of APBA2 (1.1 fold) and APBA3 (1.1 fold), KCNQ1 (1.5 fold), MCF2 (1.1 fold) and NINJ2 (1.2 fold) in BPD patients. For the CpG sites of GATA4 and HLCS an increase in DNA methylation was observed, but was only significant in the bead chip assay. Moreover genome wide methylation levels of blood samples of BPD patients and control samples are similar. In summary, our results show a significant 1.26 fold average increase in methylation at the analyzed gene associated CpG sites in the blood of BPD patients compared to controls samples (p<0.001). This data may provide new insights into epigenetic mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of BPD. PMID:24367640

  2. Identification of mercury methylation product by tert-butyl compounds in aqueous solution under light irradiation.

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    Chen, Baowei; Chen, Ping; He, Bin; Yin, Yongguang; Fang, Linchuan; Wang, Xiaowei; Liu, Hongtao; Yang, Lihua; Luan, Tiangang

    2015-09-15

    The methylation of mercury (Hg) is of great concern as methylmercury (MeHg), the most toxic species, is produced. This study examined the possibilities of tert-butyl compounds (tert-butyl alcohol (TBA) and tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBH)) and other alcohols serving as methyl donors for Hg photo-methylation under light irradiation. The yield of MeHg varied among the methyl donors, and it was also significantly influenced by salinity and pH. MeHg could be generated in the presence of TBH under visible light irradiation. The hydroxyl radical (OH) was found to promote MeHg production at low levels, but degrade MeHg in excess. The photo-production of MeHg was tentatively proposed via the complexation of Hg and methyl donors, the formation of an intermediate (O(Hg)C(CH3)3), and the intramolecular methyl transfer from methyl donors to Hg. This study implicates photoreactions between Hg and organic pollutants in understanding the fate and transformation of Hg in the aquatic environment. PMID:26165936

  3. High-resolution mapping reveals a conserved, widespread, dynamic meiotically regulated mRNA methylation program

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    Schwartz, Schraga; Agarwala, Sudeep D.; Mumbach, Maxwell R.; Jovanovic, Marko; Mertins, Philipp; Shishkin, Alexander; Tabach, Yuval; Mikkelsen, Tarjei S; Satija, Rahul; Ruvkun, Gary; Carr, Steven A.; Lander, Eric S.; Fink, Gerald R.; Regev, Aviv

    2014-01-01

    N6-methyladenosine (m6A) is the most ubiquitous mRNA base modification, but little is known about its precise location, temporal dynamics, and regulation. Here, we generated genomic maps of m6A sites in meiotic yeast transcripts at nearly single-nucleotide resolution, identifying 1,308 putatively methylated sites within 1,183 transcripts. We validated 8/8 methylation sites in different genes with direct genetic analysis, demonstrated that methylated sites are significantly conserved in a related species, and built a model that predicts methylated sites directly from sequence. Sites vary in their methylation profiles along a dense meiotic time-course, and are regulated both locally, via predictable methylatability of each site, and globally, through the core meiotic circuitry. The methyltransferase complex components localize to the yeast nucleolus, and this localization is essential for mRNA methylation. Our data illuminates a conserved, dynamically regulated methylation program in yeast meiosis, and provides an important resource for studying the function of this epitranscriptomic modification. PMID:24269006

  4. Fibrillarin methylates H2A in RNA polymerase I trans-active promoters in Brassica oleracea

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    Loza-Muller, Lloyd; Rodríguez-Corona, Ulises; Sobol, Margarita; Rodríguez-Zapata, Luis C.; Hozak, Pavel; Castano, Enrique

    2015-01-01

    Fibrillarin is a well conserved methyltransferase involved in several if not all of the more than 100 methylations sites in rRNA which are essential for proper ribosome function. It is mainly localized in the nucleoli and Cajal bodies inside the cell nucleus where it exerts most of its functions. In plants, fibrillarin binds directly the guide RNA together with Nop56, Nop58, and 15.5ka proteins to form a snoRNP complex that selects the sites to be methylated in pre-processing of ribosomal RNA. Recently, the yeast counterpart NOP1 was found to methylate histone H2A in the nucleolar regions. Here we show that plant fibrillarin can also methylate histone H2A. In Brassica floral meristem cells the methylated histone H2A is mainly localized in the nucleolus but unlike yeast or human cells it also localize in the periphery of the nucleus. In specialized transport cells the pattern is altered and it exhibits a more diffuse staining in the nucleus for methylated histone H2A as well as for fibrillarin. Here we also show that plant fibrillarin is capable of interacting with H2A and carry out its methylation in the rDNA promoter. PMID:26594224

  5. Reprogramming DNA methylation in the mammalian life cycle: building and breaking epigenetic barriers.

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    Seisenberger, Stefanie; Peat, Julian R; Hore, Timothy A; Santos, Fátima; Dean, Wendy; Reik, Wolf

    2013-01-01

    In mammalian development, epigenetic modifications, including DNA methylation patterns, play a crucial role in defining cell fate but also represent epigenetic barriers that restrict developmental potential. At two points in the life cycle, DNA methylation marks are reprogrammed on a global scale, concomitant with restoration of developmental potency. DNA methylation patterns are subsequently re-established with the commitment towards a distinct cell fate. This reprogramming of DNA methylation takes place firstly on fertilization in the zygote, and secondly in primordial germ cells (PGCs), which are the direct progenitors of sperm or oocyte. In each reprogramming window, a unique set of mechanisms regulates DNA methylation erasure and re-establishment. Recent advances have uncovered roles for the TET3 hydroxylase and passive demethylation, together with base excision repair (BER) and the elongator complex, in methylation erasure from the zygote. Deamination by AID, BER and passive demethylation have been implicated in reprogramming in PGCs, but the process in its entirety is still poorly understood. In this review, we discuss the dynamics of DNA methylation reprogramming in PGCs and the zygote, the mechanisms involved and the biological significance of these events. Advances in our understanding of such natural epigenetic reprogramming are beginning to aid enhancement of experimental reprogramming in which the role of potential mechanisms can be investigated in vitro. Conversely, insights into in vitro reprogramming techniques may aid our understanding of epigenetic reprogramming in the germline and supply important clues in reprogramming for therapies in regenerative medicine. PMID:23166394

  6. Infant sex-specific placental cadmium and DNA methylation associations

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    Mohanty, April F.; Farin, Fred M.; Bammler, Theo K.; MacDonald, James W.; Afsharinejad, Zahra; Burbacher, Thomas M.; Siscovick, David S.; and others

    2015-04-15

    Background: Recent evidence suggests that maternal cadmium (Cd) burden and fetal growth associations may vary by fetal sex. However, mechanisms contributing to these differences are unknown. Objectives: Among 24 maternal-infant pairs, we investigated infant sex-specific associations between placental Cd and placental genome-wide DNA methylation. Methods: We used ANOVA models to examine sex-stratified associations of placental Cd (dichotomized into high/low Cd using sex-specific Cd median cutoffs) with DNA methylation at each cytosine-phosphate-guanine site or region. Statistical significance was defined using a false discovery rate cutoff (<0.10). Results: Medians of placental Cd among females and males were 5 and 2 ng/g, respectively. Among females, three sites (near ADP-ribosylation factor-like 9 (ARL9), siah E3 ubiquitin protein ligase family member 3 (SIAH3), and heparin sulfate (glucosamine) 3-O-sulfotransferase 4 (HS3ST4) and one region on chromosome 7 (including carnitine O-octanoyltransferase (CROT) and TP5S target 1 (TP53TG1)) were hypomethylated in high Cd placentas. Among males, high placental Cd was associated with methylation of three sites, two (hypomethylated) near MDS1 and EVI1 complex locus (MECOM) and one (hypermethylated) near spalt-like transcription factor 1 (SALL1), and two regions (both hypomethylated, one on chromosome 3 including MECOM and another on chromosome 8 including rho guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) 10 (ARHGEF10). Differentially methylated sites were at or close to transcription start sites of genes involved in cell damage response (SIAH3, HS3ST4, TP53TG1) in females and cell differentiation, angiogenesis and organ development (MECOM, SALL1) in males. Conclusions: Our preliminary study supports infant sex-specific placental Cd-DNA methylation associations, possibly accounting for previously reported differences in Cd-fetal growth associations across fetal sex. Larger studies are needed to replicate and extend these findings. Such investigations may further our understanding of epigenetic mechanisms underlying maternal Cd burden with suboptimal fetal growth associations. - Highlights: • We examine sex-specific placental-Cd and -genome-wide DNA methylation associations. • In females, associated sites were at/near genes involved in cell damage response. • In males, associated sites were at/near angiogenesis and organ development genes. • Our study supports infant sex-specific placental Cd-DNA methylation associations.

  7. CXXC Finger Protein 1 Contains Redundant Functional Domains That Support Embryonic Stem Cell Cytosine Methylation, Histone Methylation, and Differentiation▿

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    Tate, Courtney M.; Lee, Jeong-Heon; Skalnik, David G.

    2009-01-01

    CXXC finger protein 1 (Cfp1) is a regulator of both cytosine methylation and histone methylation. Murine embryonic stem (ES) cells lacking Cfp1 exhibit a decreased plating efficiency, decreased cytosine methylation, elevated global levels of histone H3-Lys4 trimethylation, and a failure to differentiate in vitro. Remarkably, transfection studies reveal that expression of either the amino half of Cfp1 (amino acids 1 to 367 [Cfp11-367]) or the carboxyl half of Cfp1 (Cfp1361-656) is sufficient to correct all of the defects observed with ES cells that lack Cfp1. However, a point mutation (C169A) that abolishes DNA-binding activity of Cfp1 ablates the rescue activity of the Cfp11-367 fragment, and a point mutation (C375A) that abolishes the interaction of Cfp1 with the Setd1 histone H3-Lys4 methyltransferase complexes ablates the rescue activity of the Cfp1361-656 fragment. Introduction of both the C169A and C375A point mutations ablates the rescue activity of the full-length Cfp1 protein. These results indicate that retention of either the Cfp1 DNA-binding domain or Setd1 interaction domain is required for Cfp1 rescue activity, and they illustrate the functional complexity of this critical epigenetic regulator. A model is presented for how epigenetic cross talk may explain the finding of redundant functional domains within Cfp1. PMID:19433449

  8. CXXC finger protein 1 contains redundant functional domains that support embryonic stem cell cytosine methylation, histone methylation, and differentiation.

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    Tate, Courtney M; Lee, Jeong-Heon; Skalnik, David G

    2009-07-01

    CXXC finger protein 1 (Cfp1) is a regulator of both cytosine methylation and histone methylation. Murine embryonic stem (ES) cells lacking Cfp1 exhibit a decreased plating efficiency, decreased cytosine methylation, elevated global levels of histone H3-Lys4 trimethylation, and a failure to differentiate in vitro. Remarkably, transfection studies reveal that expression of either the amino half of Cfp1 (amino acids 1 to 367 [Cfp1(1-367)]) or the carboxyl half of Cfp1 (Cfp1(361-656)) is sufficient to correct all of the defects observed with ES cells that lack Cfp1. However, a point mutation (C169A) that abolishes DNA-binding activity of Cfp1 ablates the rescue activity of the Cfp1(1-367) fragment, and a point mutation (C375A) that abolishes the interaction of Cfp1 with the Setd1 histone H3-Lys4 methyltransferase complexes ablates the rescue activity of the Cfp1(361-656) fragment. Introduction of both the C169A and C375A point mutations ablates the rescue activity of the full-length Cfp1 protein. These results indicate that retention of either the Cfp1 DNA-binding domain or Setd1 interaction domain is required for Cfp1 rescue activity, and they illustrate the functional complexity of this critical epigenetic regulator. A model is presented for how epigenetic cross talk may explain the finding of redundant functional domains within Cfp1. PMID:19433449

  9. Wp specific methylation of highly proliferated LCLs

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    Park, Jung-Hoon; Jeon, Jae-Pil; Shim, Sung-Mi; Nam, Hye-Young; Kim, Joon-Woo; Han, Bok-Ghee; Lee, Suman . E-mail: suman@cha.ac.kr

    2007-06-29

    The epigenetic regulation of viral genes may be important for the life cycle of EBV. We determined the methylation status of three viral promoters (Wp, Cp, Qp) from EBV B-lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) by pyrosequencing. Our pyrosequencing data showed that the CpG region of Wp was methylated, but the others were not. Interestingly, Wp methylation was increased with proliferation of LCLs. Wp methylation was as high as 74.9% in late-passage LCLs, but 25.6% in early-passage LCLs. From two Burkitt's lymphoma cell lines, Wp specific hypermethylation was also found (>80%). Interestingly, the expression of EBNA2 gene which located directly next to Wp was associated with its methylation. Our data suggested that Wp specific methylation may be important for the indicator of the proliferation status of LCLs, and the epigenetic viral gene regulation of EBNA2 gene by Wp should be further defined possibly with other biological processes.

  10. Detection of DNA methylation in eucaryotic cells.

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    Sulewska, Anetta; Niklinska, Wieslawa; Kozlowski, Miroslaw; Minarowski, Lukasz; Naumnik, Wojciech; Niklinski, Jacek; Dabrowska, Katarzyna; Chyczewski, Lech

    2007-01-01

    The methods of molecular biology allow for analyzing the methylation pattern in the whole genome and in particular genes. We differentiate methylated sequences from unmethylated ones by means of cutting the genomic template with methylation-sensitive restriction enzymes or by sodium bisulfite DNA modification. Chemical modification precedes most quantitative and qualitative PCR techniques: MS-PCR, MS-nested PCR, Real-Time PCR, QAMA, HeavyMethyl, MSHRM. Restriction enzymes, on the other hand, may be used together with PCR or hybridisation methods (Southern blot and microarrays). PCRs are conducted with primers specific for methylated and unmethylated sequences and sometimes, similarly to hybridisation techniques, with specifically labeled probes or dyes intercalating to double-stranded nucleic acids. The most advanced methylation detection techniques (MALDI-TOF MS and HPLC) significantly reduce the amount of biological material used for tests, but they require specialist equipment. PMID:18165169

  11. The functional diversity of protein lysine methylation.

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    Lanouette, Sylvain; Mongeon, Vanessa; Figeys, Daniel; Couture, Jean-Franois

    2014-01-01

    Large-scale characterization of post-translational modifications (PTMs), such as phosphorylation, acetylation and ubiquitination, has highlighted their importance in the regulation of a myriad of signaling events. While high-throughput technologies have tremendously helped cataloguing the proteins modified by these PTMs, the identification of lysine-methylated proteins, a PTM involving the transfer of one, two or three methyl groups to the ?-amine of a lysine side chain, has lagged behind. While the initial findings were focused on the methylation of histone proteins, several studies have recently identified novel non-histone lysine-methylated proteins. This review provides a compilation of all lysine methylation sites reported to date. We also present key examples showing the impact of lysine methylation and discuss the circuitries wired by this important PTM. PMID:24714364

  12. [Bifunctional role of domain zinc fingers of methyl-DNA-binding protein Kaiso].

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    Zhigalova, N A; Zhenilo, S V; Aĭtkhozhina, D S; Prokhorchuk, E B

    2010-01-01

    DNA methylation in mammals is one of the major epigenetic mark that associates with inactive chromatin state. Methyl-DNA-binding proteins bind methylated DNA and silence gene transcription by recruiting repression complexes. Kaiso is one of the methyl-DNA-binding proteins. It has a domain structure: N-terminal BTB/POZ domain involved in protein-protein interaction and C-terminal zinc-fingers of C2H2 type that bind methylated DNA (mCGmCG) or nonmethylated - TCCTGCNA. Here we show that Kaiso interacts with p120 catenin through zinc finger 2 and 3. This interaction has dual consequences. Firstly, binding to p120 inhibits nuclear import of Kaiso that results in most of Kaiso-p120 complexes becoming cytoplasmic. And secondly, bound p120 makes impossible interaction of the zinc fingers with methylated DNA. These modes of Kaiso modulation by p120 can open attractive perspectives in linking events on cell membrane and changes in nuclear gene expression. PMID:20586187

  13. The Dynamics of DNA Methylation in Schizophrenia and Related Psychiatric Disorders

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    Grayson, Dennis R; Guidotti, Alessandro

    2013-01-01

    Major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia (SZ) and bipolar disorder (BP) with psychosis (BP+) express a complex symptomatology characterized by positive symptoms, negative symptoms, and cognitive impairment. Postmortem studies of human SZ and BP+ brains show considerable alterations in the transcriptome of a variety of cortical structures, including multiple mRNAs that are downregulated in both inhibitory GABAergic and excitatory pyramidal neurons compared with non-psychiatric subjects (NPS). Several reports show increased expression of DNA methyltransferases in telencephalic GABAergic neurons. Accumulating evidence suggests a critical role for altered DNA methylation processes in the pathogenesis of SZ and related psychiatric disorders. The establishment and maintenance of CpG site methylation is essential during central nervous system differentiation and this methylation has been implicated in synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory. Atypical hypermethylation of candidate gene promoters expressed in GABAergic neurons is associated with transcriptional downregulation of the corresponding mRNAs, including glutamic acid decarboxylase 67 (GAD67) and reelin (RELN). Recent reports indicate that the methylation status of promoter proximal CpG dinucleotides is in a dynamic balance between DNA methylation and DNA hydroxymethylation. Hydroxymethylation and subsequent DNA demethylation is more complex and involves additional proteins downstream of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, including members of the base excision repair (BER) pathway. Recent advances in our understanding of altered CpG methylation, hydroxymethylation, and active DNA demethylation provide a framework for the identification of new targets, which may be exploited for the pharmacological intervention of the psychosis associated with SZ and possibly BP+. PMID:22948975

  14. Roles of DNA adenine methylation in host-pathogen interactions: mismatch repair, transcriptional regulation, and more

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    Marinus, Martin G.; Casadesus, Josep

    2010-01-01

    The Dam methylase of gamma-proteobacteria and the CcrM methylase of alpha-proteobacteria catalyze an identical reaction (methylation of adenosine moieties using S-adenosyl-methionine as methyl donor) at similar DNA targets (GATC and GANTC, respectively). Dam and CcrM are of independent evolutionary origin. Each may have evolved from an ancestral restriction-modification system that lost its restriction component, leaving an “orphan” methylase devoted solely to epigenetic genome modification. Formation of 6-methyladenine lowers the thermodynamic stability of DNA and changes DNA curvature. As a consequence, the methylation state of specific adenosine moieties can affect DNA-protein interactions. Well known examples include binding of the replication initiation complex to the methylated oriC, recognition of hemimethylated GATCs in newly replicated DNA by the MutHLS mismatch repair complex, and discrimination of methylation states in promoters and regulatory DNA motifs by RNA polymerase and transcription factors. In recent years, Dam and CcrM have been shown to play roles in host-pathogen interactions. These roles are diverse and only partially understood. Especially intriguing is the evidence that Dam methylation regulates virulence genes in E. coli, Salmonella, and Yersinia at the postranscriptional level. PMID:19175412

  15. Quantitative DNA Methylation Profiling in Cancer.

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    Ammerpohl, Ole; Haake, Andrea; Kolarova, Julia; Siebert, Reiner

    2016-01-01

    Epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation are fundamental for the regulation of gene expression. Epigenetic alterations can lead to the development and the evolution of malignant tumors as well as the emergence of phenotypically different cancer cells or metastasis from one single tumor cell. Here we describe bisulfite pyrosequencing, a technology to perform quantitative DNA methylation analyses, to detect aberrant DNA methylation in malignant tumors. PMID:26667456

  16. DNA Methylation of BDNF Gene in Schizophrenia

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    Çöpoğlu, Ümit Sertan; İğci, Mehri; Bozgeyik, Esra; Kokaçya, M. Hanifi; İğci, Yusuf Ziya; Dokuyucu, Recep; Arı, Mustafa; Savaş, Haluk A.

    2016-01-01

    Background Although genetic factors are risk factors for schizophrenia, some environmental factors are thought to be required for the manifestation of disease. Epigenetic mechanisms regulate gene functions without causing a change in the nucleotide sequence of DNA. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a neurotrophin that regulates synaptic transmission and plasticity. It has been suggested that BDNF may play a role in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. It is established that methylation status of the BDNF gene is associated with fear learning, memory, and stressful social interactions. In this study, we aimed to investigate the DNA methylation status of BDNF gene in patients with schizophrenia. Material/Methods The study included 49 patients (33 male and 16 female) with schizophrenia and 65 unrelated healthy controls (46 male and 19 female). Determination of methylation pattern of CpG islands was based on the principle that bisulfite treatment of DNA results in conversion of unmethylated cytosine residues into uracil, whereas methylated cytosine residues remain unmodified. Methylation-specific PCR was performed with primers specific for either methylated or unmethylated DNA. Results There was no significant difference in methylated or un-methylated status for BDNF promoters between schizophrenia patients and controls. The mean duration of illness was significantly lower in the hemi-methylated group compared to the non-methylated group for BDNF gene CpG island-1 in schizophrenia patients. Conclusions Although there were no differences in BDNF gene methylation status between schizophrenia patients and healthy controls, there was an association between duration of illness and DNA methylation. PMID:26851233

  17. Influence of the protonation state on the binding mode of methyl orange with cucurbiturils

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    He, Suhang; Sun, Xuzhuo; Zhang, Haibo

    2016-03-01

    Binding modes of methyl orange (MO) with cucurbiturils (CBs) have been investigated by Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction and NMR Spectroscopy. Detailed study of intermolecular interactions was supported by the Hirshfeld surface analysis. Protonation state of the anionic part of methyl orange has greatly influenced the binding mode of the complex. Stabilized by hydrogen bonding at the portal, hydrophobic and dispersion interactions in the cavity, the protonated methyl orange was deeply inserted into the cavity. On the contrary, the anionic methyl orange has been pushed towards the outside of the cavity by the electrostatic repulsion between the azo group and the portal oxygen. A "water bridge" was found in MO@CB8 linking both host and guest via hydrogen bonds.

  18. Crystal structure of tri-aqua-(2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine-κN (4))bis-(thio-cyanato-κN)manganese(II) 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine disolvate.

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    Suckert, Stefan; Wöhlert, Susanne; Jess, Inke; Näther, Christian

    2015-12-01

    In the crystal structure of the title complex, [Mn(NCS)2(C6H8N2)(H2O)3]·2C6H8N2, the Mn(II) cation is coordinated by two terminally N-bonded thio-cyanate anions, three water mol-ecules and one 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligand within a slightly distorted N3O3 octa-hedral geometry; the entire complex mol-ecule is generated by the application of a twofold rotation axis. The asymmetric unit also contains an uncoordinating 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine ligand in a general position. Obviously, the coordination to the 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligand is preferred because coordination to the 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine is hindered due to the bulky methyl group proximate to the N atom. The discrete complexes are linked by water-O-H⋯N(2,6-di-methyl-pyzazine/2,5-di-methyl-pyza-zine) hydrogen bonding, forming a three-dimensional network. In the crystal, mol-ecules are arranged in a way that cavities are formed in which unspecified, disordered solvent molecules reside. These were modelled employing the SQUEEZE routine in PLATON [Spek (2015 ▸). Acta Cryst. C71, 9-18]. The composition of the unit cell does not take into account the presence of the unspecified solvent. PMID:26870435

  19. Crystal structure of di-aqua-bis-(2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine-κN)bis-(thio-cyanato-κN)cobalt(II) 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine tris-olvate.

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    Suckert, Stefan; Wöhlert, Susanne; Jess, Inke; Näther, Christian

    2015-12-01

    In the crystal structure of the title compound, [Co(NCS)2(C6H8N2)2(H2O)2]·3C6H8N2, the Co(II) cation is coordinated by two terminally N-bound thio-cyanate anions, two water mol-ecules and two 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligands, forming a discrete complex with a slightly distorted octa-hedral N4O2 coordination environment. The asymmetric unit contains one Co(II) cation and three halves of 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine solvate mol-ecules, all entities being completed by inversion symmetry, as well as one thio-cyanate anion, an aqua ligand and a 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligand, all in general positions. In the crystal, discrete complexes are arranged in a way that cavities are formed where the noncoordinating 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine mol-ecules are located. The coordination of the latter to the metal is prevented due to the bulky methyl groups in vicinal positions to the N atoms, leading to a preferential coordination through the 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligands. The complex mol-ecules are linked by O-H⋯N hydrogen bonds between the water H atoms and the N atoms of 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine solvent mol-ecules, leading to a layered structure extending parallel to (100). PMID:26870459

  20. A novel methyl-binding domain protein enrichment method for identifying genome-wide tissue-specific DNA methylation from nanogram DNA samples

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    2013-01-01

    Background Growing evidence suggests that DNA methylation plays a role in tissue-specific differentiation. Current approaches to methylome analysis using enrichment with the methyl-binding domain protein (MBD) are restricted to large (≥1 μg) DNA samples, limiting the analysis of small tissue samples. Here we present a technique that enables characterization of genome-wide tissue-specific methylation patterns from nanogram quantities of DNA. Results We have developed a methodology utilizing MBD2b/MBD3L1 enrichment for methylated DNA, kinase pre-treated ligation-mediated PCR amplification (MeKL) and hybridization to the comprehensive high-throughput array for relative methylation (CHARM) customized tiling arrays, which we termed MeKL-chip. Kinase modification in combination with the addition of PEG has increased ligation-mediated PCR amplification over 20-fold, enabling >400-fold amplification of starting DNA. We have shown that MeKL-chip can be applied to as little as 20 ng of DNA, enabling comprehensive analysis of small DNA samples. Applying MeKL-chip to the mouse retina (a limited tissue source) and brain, 2,498 tissue-specific differentially methylated regions (T-DMRs) were characterized. The top five T-DMRs (Rgs20, Hes2, Nfic, Cckbr and Six3os1) were validated by pyrosequencing. Conclusions MeKL-chip enables genome-wide methylation analysis of nanogram quantities of DNA with a wide range of observed-to-expected CpG ratios due to the binding properties of the MBD2b/MBD3L1 protein complex. This methodology enabled the first analysis of genome-wide methylation in the mouse retina, characterizing novel T-DMRs. PMID:23759032

  1. Crystal structure of tris(N-methylsalicylaldiminato-?2 N,O)chromium(III)

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    Hilbert, Jessica; Kabus, Sven; Nther, Christian; Bensch, Wolfgang

    2015-01-01

    The crystal structure of the title compound, [Cr(C8H8NO)3], is isotypic with the vanadium(III) analogue. The asymmetric unit consists of one Cr3+ cation and three N-methylsalicylaldiminate anions. The metal cation is octahedrally coordinated by three N,O-chelating N-methylsalicylaldiminate ligands, leading to discrete and neutral complexes. In the crystal, neighbouring complexes are linked via CH?O hydrogen-bonding interactions into chains propagating parallel to the c axis. PMID:26870448

  2. EXTRACTION OF TETRAVALENT PLUTONIUM VALUES WITH METHYL ETHYL KETONE, METHYL ISOBUTYL KETONE ACETOPHENONE OR MENTHONE

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    Seaborg, G.T.

    1961-08-01

    A process is described for extracting tetravalent plutonium from an aqueous acid solution with methyl ethyl ketone, methyl isobutyl ketone, or acetophenone and with the extraction of either tetravalent or hexavalent plutonium into menthone. (AEC)

  3. Detailed Chemical Kinetic Reaction Mechanism for Biodiesel Components Methyl Stearate and Methyl Oleate

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    Naik, C; Westbrook, C K; Herbinet, O; Pitz, W J; Mehl, M

    2010-01-22

    New chemical kinetic reaction mechanisms are developed for two of the five major components of biodiesel fuel, methyl stearate and methyl oleate. The mechanisms are produced using existing reaction classes and rules for reaction rates, with additional reaction classes to describe other reactions unique to methyl ester species. Mechanism capabilities were examined by computing fuel/air autoignition delay times and comparing the results with more conventional hydrocarbon fuels for which experimental results are available. Additional comparisons were carried out with measured results taken from jet-stirred reactor experiments for rapeseed methyl ester fuels. In both sets of computational tests, methyl oleate was found to be slightly less reactive than methyl stearate, and an explanation of this observation is made showing that the double bond in methyl oleate inhibits certain low temperature chain branching reaction pathways important in methyl stearate. The resulting detailed chemical kinetic reaction mechanism includes more approximately 3500 chemical species and more than 17,000 chemical reactions.

  4. Methylation-Specific MLPA (MS-MLPA): simultaneous detection of CpG methylation and copy number changes of up to 40 sequences

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    Nygren, Anders O. H.; Ameziane, Najim; Duarte, Helena M. B.; Vijzelaar, Raymon N. C. P.; Waisfisz, Quinten; Hess, Corine J.; Schouten, Jan P.; Errami, Abdellatif

    2005-01-01

    Copy number changes and CpG methylation of various genes are hallmarks of tumor development but are not yet widely used in diagnostic settings. The recently developed multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) method has increased the possibilities for multiplex detection of gene copy number aberrations in a routine laboratory. Here we describe a novel robust method: the methylation-specific MLPA (MS-MLPA) that can detect changes in both CpG methylation as well as copy number of up to 40 chromosomal sequences in a simple reaction. In MS-MLPA, the ligation of MLPA probe oligonucleotides is combined with digestion of the genomic DNAprobe hybrid complexes with methylation-sensitive endonucleases. Digestion of the genomic DNAprobe complex, rather than double-stranded genomic DNA, allowed the use of DNA derived from the formalin treated paraffin-embedded tissue samples, enabling retrospective studies. To validate this novel method, we used MS-MLPA to detect aberrant methylation in DNA samples of patients with PraderWilly syndrome, Angelman syndrome or acute myeloid leukemia. PMID:16106041

  5. Methylation – an uncommon modification of glycans*

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    Staudacher, Erika

    2013-01-01

    A methyl group on a sugar residue is a rarely reported event. Until now this kind of modification has been found in the kingdom of animals only in worms and molluscs, whereas it is more frequently present in some species of bacteria, fungi, algae and plants, but not in mammals. The monosaccharides involved as well as the positions of the methyl groups on the sugar vary with the species. Methylation seems to play a role in some recognition events but details are still unknown. This review summarises the current knowledge on methylation of sugars in all kinds of organism. PMID:22944672

  6. Analysing and interpreting DNA methylation data.

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    Bock, Christoph

    2012-10-01

    DNA methylation is an epigenetic mark that has suspected regulatory roles in a broad range of biological processes and diseases. The technology is now available for studying DNA methylation genome-wide, at a high resolution and in a large number of samples. This Review discusses relevant concepts, computational methods and software tools for analysing and interpreting DNA methylation data. It focuses not only on the bioinformatic challenges of large epigenome-mapping projects and epigenome-wide association studies but also highlights software tools that make genome-wide DNA methylation mapping more accessible for laboratories with limited bioinformatics experience. PMID:22986265

  7. Seasonality Modifies Methylation Profiles in Healthy People

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    Ricceri, Fulvio; Trevisan, Morena; Fiano, Valentina; Grasso, Chiara; Fasanelli, Francesca; Scoccianti, Chiara; De Marco, Laura; Tos, Anna Gillio; Vineis, Paolo; Sacerdote, Carlotta

    2014-01-01

    DNA methylation is a well-characterized epigenetic modification that plays an important role in the regulation of gene expression. There is growing evidence on the involvement of epigenetic mechanisms in disease onset, including cancer. Environmental factors seem to induce changes in DNA methylation affecting human health. However, little is known about basal methylation levels in healthy people and about the correlation between environmental factors and different methylation profiles. We investigated the effect of seasonality on basal methylation by testing methylation levels in the long interspersed nucleotide element-1 (LINE-1) and in two cancer-related genes (RASSF1A and MGMT) of 88 healthy male heavy smokers involved in an Italian randomized study; at enrolment the subjects donated a blood sample collected in different months. Methylation analyses were performed by pyrosequencing. Mean methylation percentage was higher in spring and summer for the LINE1, RASSF1A and MGMT genes (68.26%, 2.35%, and 9.52% respectively) compared with autumn and winter (67.43%, 2.17%, and 8.60% respectively). In particular, LINE-1 was significantly hypomethylated (p = 0.04 or 0.05 depending on the CpG island involved) in autumn and winter compared with spring and summer. Seasonality seems to be a modifier of methylation levels and this observation should be taken into account in future analyses. PMID:25210735

  8. Seasonality modifies methylation profiles in healthy people.

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    Ricceri, Fulvio; Trevisan, Morena; Fiano, Valentina; Grasso, Chiara; Fasanelli, Francesca; Scoccianti, Chiara; De Marco, Laura; Tos, Anna Gillio; Vineis, Paolo; Sacerdote, Carlotta

    2014-01-01

    DNA methylation is a well-characterized epigenetic modification that plays an important role in the regulation of gene expression. There is growing evidence on the involvement of epigenetic mechanisms in disease onset, including cancer. Environmental factors seem to induce changes in DNA methylation affecting human health. However, little is known about basal methylation levels in healthy people and about the correlation between environmental factors and different methylation profiles. We investigated the effect of seasonality on basal methylation by testing methylation levels in the long interspersed nucleotide element-1 (LINE-1) and in two cancer-related genes (RASSF1A and MGMT) of 88 healthy male heavy smokers involved in an Italian randomized study; at enrolment the subjects donated a blood sample collected in different months. Methylation analyses were performed by pyrosequencing. Mean methylation percentage was higher in spring and summer for the LINE1, RASSF1A and MGMT genes (68.26%, 2.35%, and 9.52% respectively) compared with autumn and winter (67.43%, 2.17%, and 8.60% respectively). In particular, LINE-1 was significantly hypomethylated (p = 0.04 or 0.05 depending on the CpG island involved) in autumn and winter compared with spring and summer. Seasonality seems to be a modifier of methylation levels and this observation should be taken into account in future analyses. PMID:25210735

  9. DNA Methylation Landscapes of Human Fetal Development.

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    Slieker, Roderick C; Roost, Matthias S; van Iperen, Liesbeth; Suchiman, H Eka D; Tobi, Elmar W; Carlotti, Françoise; de Koning, Eelco J P; Slagboom, P Eline; Heijmans, Bastiaan T; Chuva de Sousa Lopes, Susana M

    2015-10-01

    Remodelling the methylome is a hallmark of mammalian development and cell differentiation. However, current knowledge of DNA methylation dynamics in human tissue specification and organ development largely stems from the extrapolation of studies in vitro and animal models. Here, we report on the DNA methylation landscape using the 450k array of four human tissues (amnion, muscle, adrenal and pancreas) during the first and second trimester of gestation (9,18 and 22 weeks). We show that a tissue-specific signature, constituted by tissue-specific hypomethylated CpG sites, was already present at 9 weeks of gestation (W9). Furthermore, we report large-scale remodelling of DNA methylation from W9 to W22. Gain of DNA methylation preferentially occurred near genes involved in general developmental processes, whereas loss of DNA methylation mapped to genes with tissue-specific functions. Dynamic DNA methylation was associated with enhancers, but not promoters. Comparison of our data with external fetal adrenal, brain and liver revealed striking similarities in the trajectory of DNA methylation during fetal development. The analysis of gene expression data indicated that dynamic DNA methylation was associated with the progressive repression of developmental programs and the activation of genes involved in tissue-specific processes. The DNA methylation landscape of human fetal development provides insight into regulatory elements that guide tissue specification and lead to organ functionality. PMID:26492326

  10. Inheritance of DNA methylation in Coprinus cinereus.

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    Zolan, M E; Pukkila, P J

    1986-01-01

    We examined the inheritance of 5-methylcytosine residues at a centromere-linked locus in the basidiomycete Coprinus cinereus. Although methylated and unmethylated tracts were inherited both mitotically and meiotically the lengths of these tracts were variable. This variation was not confined to any one phase of the life cycle of the organism, and it usually involved the simultaneous de novo methylation of at least four HpaII-MspI sites. We also found that the higher levels of methylation at this locus were transmitted through meiosis, regardless of the level of methylation of the homologous chromosome. PMID:3785146

  11. DNA Methylation Landscapes of Human Fetal Development

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    van Iperen, Liesbeth; Suchiman, H. Eka D.; Tobi, Elmar W.; Carlotti, Franoise; de Koning, Eelco J. P.; Slagboom, P. Eline; Heijmans, Bastiaan T.; Chuva de Sousa Lopes, Susana M.

    2015-01-01

    Remodelling the methylome is a hallmark of mammalian development and cell differentiation. However, current knowledge of DNA methylation dynamics in human tissue specification and organ development largely stems from the extrapolation of studies in vitro and animal models. Here, we report on the DNA methylation landscape using the 450k array of four human tissues (amnion, muscle, adrenal and pancreas) during the first and second trimester of gestation (9,18 and 22 weeks). We show that a tissue-specific signature, constituted by tissue-specific hypomethylated CpG sites, was already present at 9 weeks of gestation (W9). Furthermore, we report large-scale remodelling of DNA methylation from W9 to W22. Gain of DNA methylation preferentially occurred near genes involved in general developmental processes, whereas loss of DNA methylation mapped to genes with tissue-specific functions. Dynamic DNA methylation was associated with enhancers, but not promoters. Comparison of our data with external fetal adrenal, brain and liver revealed striking similarities in the trajectory of DNA methylation during fetal development. The analysis of gene expression data indicated that dynamic DNA methylation was associated with the progressive repression of developmental programs and the activation of genes involved in tissue-specific processes. The DNA methylation landscape of human fetal development provides insight into regulatory elements that guide tissue specification and lead to organ functionality. PMID:26492326

  12. Mapping of Variable DNA Methylation Across Multiple Cell Types Defines a Dynamic Regulatory Landscape of the Human Genome

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    Gu, Junchen; Stevens, Michael; Xing, Xiaoyun; Li, Daofeng; Zhang, Bo; Payton, Jacqueline E.; Oltz, Eugene M.; Jarvis, James N.; Jiang, Kaiyu; Cicero, Theodore; Costello, Joseph F.; Wang, Ting

    2016-01-01

    DNA methylation is an important epigenetic modification involved in many biological processes and diseases. Many studies have mapped DNA methylation changes associated with embryogenesis, cell differentiation, and cancer at a genome-wide scale. Our understanding of genome-wide DNA methylation changes in a developmental or disease-related context has been steadily growing. However, the investigation of which CpGs are variably methylated in different normal cell or tissue types is still limited. Here, we present an in-depth analysis of 54 single-CpG-resolution DNA methylomes of normal human cell types by integrating high-throughput sequencing-based methylation data. We found that the ratio of methylated to unmethylated CpGs is relatively constant regardless of cell type. However, which CpGs made up the unmethylated complement was cell-type specific. We categorized the 26,000,000 human autosomal CpGs based on their methylation levels across multiple cell types to identify variably methylated CpGs and found that 22.6% exhibited variable DNA methylation. These variably methylated CpGs formed 660,000 variably methylated regions (VMRs), encompassing 11% of the genome. By integrating a multitude of genomic data, we found that VMRs enrich for histone modifications indicative of enhancers, suggesting their role as regulatory elements marking cell type specificity. VMRs enriched for transcription factor binding sites in a tissue-dependent manner. Importantly, they enriched for GWAS variants, suggesting that VMRs could potentially be implicated in disease and complex traits. Taken together, our results highlight the link between CpG methylation variation, genetic variation, and disease risk for many human cell types. PMID:26888867

  13. Effects of Sphingosine 2N- and 3O-Methylation on Palmitoyl Ceramide Properties in Bilayer Membranes

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    Maula, Terhi; Kurita, Mayuko; Yamaguchi, Shou; Yamamoto, Tetsuya; Katsumura, Shigeo; Slotte, J. Peter

    2011-01-01

    To study the role of the interfacial properties of ceramides in their interlipid interactions, we synthesized palmitoylceramide (PCer) analogs in which a methyl group was introduced to the amide-nitrogen or the C3-oxygen of the sphingosine backbone. A differential scanning calorimetry analysis of equimolar mixtures of palmitoylsphingomyelin (PSM) and PCer showed that these sphingolipids formed a complex gel phase that melted between 67°C and 74°C. The PCer analogs also formed gel phases with PSM, but they melted at lower temperatures compared with the system with PCer. In complex bilayers composed of an unsaturated glycerophospholipid, PSM, and cholesterol, the 3O-methylated ceramide formed a cholesterol-poor ordered phase with PSM. However, the 2N-methylated and doubly methylated (2N and 3O) PCer analogs failed to displace sterol from interactions with PSM. Like PCer, the analogs reduced sterol affinity for the complex bilayers, but this effect was most pronounced for the 3O-methylated ceramide. Taken together, our results show that 2N-methylation weakened the ceramide-PSM interactions, whereas the 3O-methylated ceramide behaved more like PCer in interactions with PSM. Our findings are compatible with the view that interlipid interactions between the amide-nitrogen and neighboring lipids are important for the cohesive properties of sphingolipids in membranes, and this also appears to be a valid model for ceramide. PMID:22208193

  14. Proposed roles for DNA methylation in Alu transcriptional repression and mutational inactivation.

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    Liu, W M; Schmid, C W

    1993-01-01

    Methylation at CpG dinucleotides to produce 5 methyl cytosine (5me-C) has been proposed to regulate the transcriptional expression of human Alu repeats. Similarly, methylation has been proposed to indirectly favor the transpositional activity of young Alu repeats by transcriptionally inactivating older Alu's through the very rapid transition of 5me-C to T. Both hypotheses are examined here by RNA polymerase III (Pol III) in vitro transcription of Alu templates using HeLa cell extracts. A limiting factor represses the template activity of methylated Alu repeats. Competition by methylated prokaryotic vector DNA's relieves repression, showing that the factor is not sequence specific. This competitor has no effect on the activity of unmethylated templates showing that the repressor is highly specific toward methylated DNA. While methylation of a single pair of CpG dinucleotides in the A box of the Poll III promoter is sufficient to cause repression, methylation elsewhere within the template also causes repression. The repressor causing these effects on the Pol III directed transcription of Alu repeats is thought to be a previously reported, repressor for Pol II directed templates. Young Alu repeats are transcriptionally more active templates than a representative older Alu subfamily member. Also, younger Alu's form stable transcriptional complexes faster, potentially giving them an additional advantage. The mutation of three CpG's to CpA's within and near the A box drastically decreases both the template activity and rate of stable complex formation by a young Alu member. The sensitivity of Alu template activity to CpG transitions within the A box partially explains the selective transpositional advantage enjoyed by young Alu members. Images PMID:8464725

  15. Hierarchical Clustering of Breast Cancer Methylomes Revealed Differentially Methylated and Expressed Breast Cancer Genes

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    Lin, I-Hsuan; Chen, Dow-Tien; Chang, Yi-Feng; Lee, Yu-Ling; Su, Chia-Hsin; Cheng, Ching; Tsai, Yi-Chien; Ng, Swee-Chuan; Chen, Hsiao-Tan; Lee, Mei-Chen; Chen, Hong-Wei; Suen, Shih-Hui; Chen, Yu-Cheng; Liu, Tze-Tze; Chang, Chuan-Hsiung; Hsu, Ming-Ta

    2015-01-01

    Oncogenic transformation of normal cells often involves epigenetic alterations, including histone modification and DNA methylation. We conducted whole-genome bisulfite sequencing to determine the DNA methylomes of normal breast, fibroadenoma, invasive ductal carcinomas and MCF7. The emergence, disappearance, expansion and contraction of kilobase-sized hypomethylated regions (HMRs) and the hypomethylation of the megabase-sized partially methylated domains (PMDs) are the major forms of methylation changes observed in breast tumor samples. Hierarchical clustering of HMR revealed tumor-specific hypermethylated clusters and differential methylated enhancers specific to normal or breast cancer cell lines. Joint analysis of gene expression and DNA methylation data of normal breast and breast cancer cells identified differentially methylated and expressed genes associated with breast and/or ovarian cancers in cancer-specific HMR clusters. Furthermore, aberrant patterns of X-chromosome inactivation (XCI) was found in breast cancer cell lines as well as breast tumor samples in the TCGA BRCA (breast invasive carcinoma) dataset. They were characterized with differentially hypermethylated XIST promoter, reduced expression of XIST, and over-expression of hypomethylated X-linked genes. High expressions of these genes were significantly associated with lower survival rates in breast cancer patients. Comprehensive analysis of the normal and breast tumor methylomes suggests selective targeting of DNA methylation changes during breast cancer progression. The weak causal relationship between DNA methylation and gene expression observed in this study is evident of more complex role of DNA methylation in the regulation of gene expression in human epigenetics that deserves further investigation. PMID:25706888

  16. Investigating DNA methylation dynamics and safety of human embryonic stem cell differentiation toward striatal neurons.

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    Baronchelli, Simona; La Spada, Alberto; Conforti, Paola; Redaelli, Serena; Dalpr, Leda; De Blasio, Pasquale; Cattaneo, Elena; Biunno, Ida

    2015-10-15

    The potential use of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) in cell-based therapies points out the critical importance of epigenomic evaluation for cell-based therapies. Specifically, DNA methylation appears to be a crucial player in establishing cell fate commitment and lineage choices. In this study, we report the global changes observed on the CpG islands distributed in promoters, gene bodies, and intergenic regions and the major biochemical pathways and genes involved in methylation changes as H9-hESCs turn into a neuronal culture containing medium-sized spiny striatal neurons (MSNs). Using an ontogeny-recapitulating protocol of striatal neuron differentiation, we analyzed DNA methylation profiles during the conversion from pluripotency to neuropotency up to the acquisition of a mature neuronal phenotype. H9-hESCs changed the methylation pattern both through de novo methylation and hypomethylation of specific gene promoters. Bioinformatic analysis allowed us to identify a panel of striatal-associated genes, which were regulated by DNA methylation and differentially expressed during striatal commitment. Importantly, DNA methylation analysis revealed that H9-hESCs did not acquire methylation-based oncogenic properties after differentiation. Indeed, hypermethylation of cancer-associated genes that characterize transformed cells, such as Polycomb repressive complex-associated genes, was not detected in the neuronal cultures. However, the oncosuppressor gene, BCL2L11, became hypermethylated in H9-hESC-derived mature neurons. Whole-genome DNA methylation profiling could become a technological platform to predict the differentiative potential of hESC-derived cultures and establish further biosafety assessment quality control tools of the cell-based products. PMID:26132372

  17. Identification of a new ribose methylation in the 18S rRNA of S. cerevisiae

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    Yang, Jun; Sharma, Sunny; Kötter, Peter; Entian, Karl-Dieter

    2015-01-01

    Methylation of ribose sugars at the 2′-OH group is one of the major chemical modifications in rRNA, and is catalyzed by snoRNA directed C/D box snoRNPs. Previous biochemical and computational analyses of the C/D box snoRNAs have identified and mapped a large number of 2′-OH ribose methylations in rRNAs. In the present study, we systematically analyzed ribose methylations of 18S rRNA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, using mung bean nuclease protection assay and RP-HPLC. Unexpectedly, we identified a hitherto unknown ribose methylation at position G562 in the helix 18 of 5′ central domain of yeast 18S rRNA. Furthermore, we identified snR40 as being responsible to guide snoRNP complex to catalyze G562 ribose methylation, which makes it only second snoRNA known so far to target three ribose methylation sites: Gm562, Gm1271 in 18S rRNA, and Um898 in 25S rRNA. Our sequence and mutational analysis of snR40 revealed that snR40 uses the same D′ box and methylation guide sequence for both Gm562 and Gm1271 methylation. With the identification of Gm562 and its corresponding snoRNA, complete set of ribose methylations of 18S rRNA and their corresponding snoRNAs have finally been established opening great prospects to understand the physiological function of these modifications. PMID:25653162

  18. Identification of a new ribose methylation in the 18S rRNA of S. cerevisiae.

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    Yang, Jun; Sharma, Sunny; Kötter, Peter; Entian, Karl-Dieter

    2015-02-27

    Methylation of ribose sugars at the 2'-OH group is one of the major chemical modifications in rRNA, and is catalyzed by snoRNA directed C/D box snoRNPs. Previous biochemical and computational analyses of the C/D box snoRNAs have identified and mapped a large number of 2'-OH ribose methylations in rRNAs. In the present study, we systematically analyzed ribose methylations of 18S rRNA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, using mung bean nuclease protection assay and RP-HPLC. Unexpectedly, we identified a hitherto unknown ribose methylation at position G562 in the helix 18 of 5' central domain of yeast 18S rRNA. Furthermore, we identified snR40 as being responsible to guide snoRNP complex to catalyze G562 ribose methylation, which makes it only second snoRNA known so far to target three ribose methylation sites: Gm562, Gm1271 in 18S rRNA, and Um898 in 25S rRNA. Our sequence and mutational analysis of snR40 revealed that snR40 uses the same D' box and methylation guide sequence for both Gm562 and Gm1271 methylation. With the identification of Gm562 and its corresponding snoRNA, complete set of ribose methylations of 18S rRNA and their corresponding snoRNAs have finally been established opening great prospects to understand the physiological function of these modifications. PMID:25653162

  19. A Genome-wide screen identifies frequently methylated genes in haematological and epithelial cancers

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    2010-01-01

    Background Genetic as well as epigenetic alterations are a hallmark of both epithelial and haematological malignancies. High throughput screens are required to identify epigenetic markers that can be useful for diagnostic and prognostic purposes across malignancies. Results Here we report for the first time the use of the MIRA assay (methylated CpG island recovery assay) in combination with genome-wide CpG island arrays to identify epigenetic molecular markers in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on a genome-wide scale. We identified 30 genes demonstrating methylation frequencies of ≥25% in childhood ALL, nine genes showed significantly different methylation frequencies in B vs T-ALL. For majority of the genes expression could be restored in methylated leukemia lines after treatment with 5-azaDC. Forty-four percent of the genes represent targets of the polycomb complex. In chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) two of the genes, (TFAP2A and EBF2), demonstrated increased methylation in blast crisis compared to chronic phase (P < 0.05). Furthermore hypermethylation of an autophagy related gene ATG16L2 was associated with poorer prognosis in terms of molecular response to Imatinib treatment. Lastly we demonstrated that ten of these genes were also frequently methylated in common epithelial cancers. Conclusion In summary we have identified a large number of genes showing frequent methylation in childhood ALL, methylation status of two of these genes is associated with advanced disease in CML and methylation status of another gene is associated with prognosis. In addition a subset of these genes may act as epigenetic markers across hematological malignancies as well as common epithelial cancers. PMID:20184741

  20. Chiral methyl-branched pheromones.

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    Ando, Tetsu; Yamakawa, Rei

    2015-07-01

    Insect pheromones are some of the most interesting natural products because they are utilized for interspecific communication between various insects, such as beetles, moths, ants, and cockroaches. A large number of compounds of many kinds have been identified as pheromone components, reflecting the diversity of insect species. While this review deals only with chiral methyl-branched pheromones, the chemical structures of more than one hundred non-terpene compounds have been determined by applying excellent analytical techniques. Furthermore, their stereoselective syntheses have been achieved by employing trustworthy chiral sources and ingenious enantioselective reactions. The information has been reviewed here not only to make them available for new research but also to understand the characteristic chemical structures of the chiral pheromones. Since biosynthetic studies are still limited, it might be meaningful to examine whether the structures, particularly the positions and configurations of the branched methyl groups, are correlated with the taxonomy of the pheromone producers and also with the function of the pheromones in communication systems. PMID:25849023

  1. 40 CFR 180.445 - Bensulfuron methyl; tolerances for residues.

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    2010-07-01

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  2. 40 CFR 180.445 - Bensulfuron methyl; tolerances for residues.

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    2011-07-01

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    2010-04-01

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  4. 21 CFR 177.2000 - Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers.

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    2011-04-01

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  5. 21 CFR 177.2000 - Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    .../methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers contain not more than 2 weight percent of polymer units derived from methyl acrylate monomer and not more than 6 weight percent of polymer units derived from... centimeter (0.002 inches). (2) The weight average molecular weight of the basic polymer is not less than...

  6. 21 CFR 177.2000 - Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    .../methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers contain not more than 2 weight percent of polymer units derived from methyl acrylate monomer and not more than 6 weight percent of polymer units derived from... centimeter (0.002 inches). (2) The weight average molecular weight of the basic polymer is not less than...

  7. Pathodiagnostic parameters and evaluation of O⁶- methyl guanine methyl transferase gene promoter methylation in meningiomas.

    PubMed

    Jabini, Raheleh; Moradi, Afshin; Afsharnezhad, Sima; Ayatollahi, Hossein; Behravan, Javad; Raziee, Hamid Reza; Mosaffa, Fatemeh

    2014-04-01

    Histopathological evaluation and grading of meningioma give important prognostic information. We evaluated retrospectively monotonous sheeting, necrosis, hypercellularity, nuclear pleomorphism, small cell changes, brain invasion, mitosis, mast cells, psammoma bodies, MIB-1 labeling index (MIB-1 LI) and histological grade of 230 primary meningioma tumors according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) classification. To reveal any possible association between clinical features and promoter hypermethylation of O(6)-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) as an important epigenetic modification in many human cancers, we also evaluated the methylation status of MGMT in meningiomas by a SYBR-green-based real-time PCR method. There was a female predominance (2.38 to 1) in the meningiomas. The mean age of the patients was 49.9 ± 12.6 years (range 16 to 78 years). Transitional meningiomas were the most common subtype of the meningiomas (35.21%, n=81). Most of the meningiomas were located in the falx and parasagital area. There was a significant correlation between histopathological features of malignancy. These features were observed more frequently and with statistical relation to grade II rather than grade I. Mast cells, psammoma bodies and nuclear pleomorphism had poor associations (P>0.05). When we re-evaluated the tumor grading, 31 patients with grade I meningiomas were upgraded to grade II. None of the meningiomas tested by MSQP were methylated in MGMT promoter sequence. High MIB-1 LI could be indicative for higher grade of meningioma. Continuous revision of the classification system is needed to improve the accuracy of prognostic judgments in meningioma. The data confirm that there is no rationale to test meningiomas for MGMT methylation status. PMID:24398011

  8. Shrubland fluxes of methyl bromide and methyl chloride

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    Rhew, Robert C.; Miller, Benjamin R.; Vollmer, Martin K.; Weiss, Ray F.

    2001-09-01

    Flux measurements in coastal sage scrub, chamise chaparral, and creosote bush scrub environments show that methyl bromide (CH3Br) and methyl chloride (CH3Cl), compounds that are involved in stratospheric ozone depletion, are both produced and consumed by southern California shrubland ecosystems. CH3Br and CH3Cl are produced in association with a variety of plants and are consumed by the soils, although there is a large variability in the fluxes, depending on predominant vegetation and environmental conditions. At sites with a net uptake of both compounds the fluxes of CH3Cl and CH3Br show a strong correlation, with a molar ratio of roughly 40:1, pointing to a similar mechanism of consumption. In contrast, the net production rates of these compounds show no apparent correlation with each other. The average observed net CH3Br uptake rates are an order of magnitude smaller than the previously reported average soil consumption rates assigned to shrublands. Extrapolations from our field measurements suggest that shrublands globally have a maximum net consumption of <1 Gg yr-1 for CH3Br and <20 Gg yr-1 for CH3Cl and may, in fact, be net sources for these compounds. Consequently, the measured net fluxes from shrubland ecosystems can account for part of the present imbalance in the CH3Br budget by adding a new source term and potentially reducing the soil sink term. These results also suggest that while shrubland soil consumption of CH3Cl may be small, soils in general may be a globally significant sink for CH3Cl.

  9. 40 CFR 721.1025 - Benzenamine, 4-chloro-2-methyl-; benzenamine, 4-chloro-2-methyl-, hydrochloride; and ben-zenamine...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Benzenamine, 4-chloro-2-methyl-; benzenamine, 4-chloro-2-methyl-, hydrochloride; and ben-zenamine, 2-chloro-6-methyl-. 721.1025 Section 721... Benzenamine, 4-chloro-2-methyl-; benzenamine, 4-chloro-2-methyl-, hydrochloride; and ben-zenamine,...

  10. 40 CFR 721.1025 - Benzenamine, 4-chloro-2-methyl-; benzenamine, 4-chloro-2-methyl-, hydrochloride; and ben-zenamine...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Benzenamine, 4-chloro-2-methyl-; benzenamine, 4-chloro-2-methyl-, hydrochloride; and ben-zenamine, 2-chloro-6-methyl-. 721.1025 Section 721... Benzenamine, 4-chloro-2-methyl-; benzenamine, 4-chloro-2-methyl-, hydrochloride; and ben-zenamine,...

  11. Direct detection of methylation in genomic DNA

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    Bart, A.; van Passel, M. W. J.; van Amsterdam, K.; van der Ende, A.

    2005-01-01

    The identification of methylated sites on bacterial genomic DNA would be a useful tool to study the major roles of DNA methylation in prokaryotes: distinction of self and nonself DNA, direction of post-replicative mismatch repair, control of DNA replication and cell cycle, and regulation of gene expression. Three types of methylated nucleobases are known: N6-methyladenine, 5-methylcytosine and N4-methylcytosine. The aim of this study was to develop a method to detect all three types of DNA methylation in complete genomic DNA. It was previously shown that N6-methyladenine and 5-methylcytosine in plasmid and viral DNA can be detected by intersequence trace comparison of methylated and unmethylated DNA. We extended this method to include N4-methylcytosine detection in both in vitro and in vivo methylated DNA. Furthermore, application of intersequence trace comparison was extended to bacterial genomic DNA. Finally, we present evidence that intrasequence comparison suffices to detect methylated sites in genomic DNA. In conclusion, we present a method to detect all three natural types of DNA methylation in bacterial genomic DNA. This provides the possibility to define the complete methylome of any prokaryote. PMID:16091626

  12. DNA methylation contributes to natural human variation

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    Heyn, Holger; Moran, Sebastian; Hernando-Herraez, Irene; Sayols, Sergi; Gomez, Antonio; Sandoval, Juan; Monk, Dave; Hata, Kenichiro; Marques-Bonet, Tomas; Wang, Liewei; Esteller, Manel

    2013-01-01

    DNA methylation patterns are important for establishing cell, tissue, and organism phenotypes, but little is known about their contribution to natural human variation. To determine their contribution to variability, we have generated genome-scale DNA methylation profiles of three human populations (Caucasian-American, African-American, and Han Chinese-American) and examined the differentially methylated CpG sites. The distinctly methylated genes identified suggest an influence of DNA methylation on phenotype differences, such as susceptibility to certain diseases and pathogens, and response to drugs and environmental agents. DNA methylation differences can be partially traced back to genetic variation, suggesting that differentially methylated CpG sites serve as evolutionarily established mediators between the genetic code and phenotypic variability. Notably, one-third of the DNA methylation differences were not associated with any genetic variation, suggesting that variation in population-specific sites takes place at the genetic and epigenetic levels, highlighting the contribution of epigenetic modification to natural human variation. PMID:23908385

  13. METHYL BROMIDE ALTERNATIVES FOR VINEYARD REPLANT

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Soil fumigation with methyl bromide is needed by grape growers in central California to control soilborne pests. However, use of methyl bromide is banned and soil fumigation with other chemicals subjects to strict regulations to protect human health and air quality. The objective was to determine,...

  14. The Synthesis of Methyl Salicylate: Amine Diazotization.

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    Zanger, Murray; McKee, James R.

    1988-01-01

    Notes that this experiment takes safety and noncarcinogenic reactants into account. Demonstrates the use of diazonium salts for the replacement of an aromatic amine group by a phenolic hydroxyl. Involves two pleasant-smelling organic compounds, methyl anthranilate (grape) and methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen). (MVL)

  15. DNA Methylation Modulates Nociceptive Sensitization after Incision

    PubMed Central

    Sun, Yuan; Sahbaie, Peyman; Liang, DeYong; Li, Wenwu; Shi, Xiaoyou; Kingery, Paige; Clark, J. David

    2015-01-01

    DNA methylation is a key epigenetic mechanism controlling DNA accessibility and gene expression. Blockade of DNA methylation can significantly affect pain behaviors implicated in neuropathic and inflammatory pain. However, the role of DNA methylation with regard to postoperative pain has not yet been explored. In this study we sought to investigate the role of DNA methylation in modulating incisional pain and identify possible targets under DNA methylation and contributing to incisional pain. DNA methyltranferase (DNMT) inhibitor 5-Aza-2′-deoxycytidine significantly reduced incision-induced mechanical allodynia and thermal sensitivity. Aza-2′-deoxycytidine also reduced hindpaw swelling after incision, suggesting an anti-inflammatory effect. Global DNA methylation and DNMT3b expression were increased in skin after incision, but none of DNMT1, DNMT3a or DNMT3b was altered in spinal cord or DRG. The expression of proopiomelanocortin Pomc encoding β-endorphin and Oprm1 encoding the mu-opioid receptor were upregulated peripherally after incision; moreover, Oprm1 expression was further increased under DNMT inhibitor treatment. Finally, local peripheral injection of the opioid receptor antagonist naloxone significantly exacerbated incision-induced mechanical hypersensitivity. These results suggest that DNA methylation is functionally relevant to incisional nociceptive sensitization, and that mu-opioid receptor signaling might be one methylation regulated pathway controlling sensitization after incision. PMID:26535894

  16. Epigenetic DNA Methylation Linked to Social Dominance

    PubMed Central

    Lenkov, Kapa; Lee, Mi H.; Lenkov, Olga D.; Swafford, Andrew; Fernald, Russell D.

    2015-01-01

    Social status hierarchies are ubiquitous in vertebrate social systems, including humans. It is well known that social rank can influence quality of life dramatically among members of social groups. For example, high-ranking individuals have greater access to resources, including food and mating prerogatives that, in turn, have a positive impact on their reproductive success and health. In contrast low ranking individuals typically have limited reproductive success and may experience lasting social and physiological costs. Ultimately, social rank and behavior are regulated by changes in gene expression. However, little is known about mechanisms that transduce social cues into transcriptional changes. Since social behavior is a dynamic process, we hypothesized that a molecular mechanism such as DNA methylation might play a role these changes. To test this hypothesis, we used an African cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni, in which social rank dictates reproductive access. We show that manipulating global DNA methylation state strongly biases the outcomes of social encounters. Injecting DNA methylating and de-methylating agents in low status animals competing for status, we found that animals with chemically increased methylation states were statistically highly likely to ascend in rank. In contrast, those with inhibited methylation processes and thus lower methylation levels were statistically highly unlikely to ascend in rank. This suggests that among its many roles, DNA methylation may be linked to social status and more generally to social behavior. PMID:26717574

  17. Cardiovascular epigenetics: from DNA methylation to microRNAs.

    PubMed

    Udali, Silvia; Guarini, Patrizia; Moruzzi, Sara; Choi, Sang-Woon; Friso, Simonetta

    2013-01-01

    Epigenetic phenomena are defined as heritable mechanisms that establish and maintain mitotically stable patterns of gene expression without modifying the base sequence of DNA. The major epigenetic features of mammalian cells include DNA methylation, post-translational histone modifications and RNA-based mechanisms including those controlled by small non-coding RNAs (miRNAs). The impact of epigenetic mechanisms in cardiovascular pathophysiology is now emerging as a major player in the interface between genotype to phenotype variability. This topic of research has strict implications on disease development and progression, and opens up possible novel preventive strategies in cardiovascular disease. An important aspect of epigenetic mechanisms is that they are potentially reversible and may be influenced by nutritional-environmental factors and through gene-environment interactions, all of which have an important role in complex, multifactorial diseases such as those affecting the cardiovascular system. Gene expression regulation through the interplay of DNA methylation and histone modifications is well-established, although the knowledge about the function of epigenetic signatures in cardiovascular disease is still largely unexplored. The study of epigenetic markers is, therefore, a very promising frontier of science which may aid in a deeper understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying the modulation of gene expression in the biomolecule pathways linked to cardiovascular diseases. This review focuses on up-to-date knowledge pertaining to the role of epigenetics, from DNA methylation to miRNAs, in major cardiovascular diseases such as ischemic heart disease, hypertension, heart failure and stroke. PMID:22981780

  18. DNA methylation in placentas of interspecies mouse hybrids.

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    Schütt, Sabine; Florl, Andrea R; Shi, Wei; Hemberger, Myriam; Orth, Annie; Otto, Sabine; Schulz, Wolfgang A; Fundele, Reinald H

    2003-01-01

    Interspecific hybridization in the genus Mus results in several hybrid dysgenesis effects, such as male sterility and X-linked placental dysplasia (IHPD). The genetic or molecular basis for the placental phenotypes is at present not clear. However, an extremely complex genetic system that has been hypothesized to be caused by major epigenetic changes on the X chromosome has been shown to be active. We have investigated DNA methylation of several single genes, Atrx, Esx1, Mecp2, Pem, Psx1, Vbp1, Pou3f4, and Cdx2, and, in addition, of LINE-1 and IAP repeat sequences, in placentas and tissues of fetal day 18 mouse interspecific hybrids. Our results show some tendency toward hypomethylation in the late gestation mouse placenta. However, no differential methylation was observed in hyper- and hypoplastic hybrid placentas when compared with normal-sized littermate placentas or intraspecific Mus musculus placentas of the same developmental stage. Thus, our results strongly suggest that generalized changes in methylation patterns do not occur in trophoblast cells of such hybrids. PMID:14504229

  19. Methylated DNA-binding protein is present in various mammalian cell types

    SciTech Connect

    Supakar, P.C.; Weist, D.; Zhang, D.; Inamdar, N.; Zhang, Xianyang; Khan, R.; Ehrlich, M. ); Ehrlich, K.C. )

    1988-08-25

    A DNA-binding protein from human placenta, methylated DNA-binding protein (MDBP), binds to certain DNA sequences only when they contain 5-methylcytosine (m{sup 5}C) residues at specific positions. The authors found a very similar DNA-binding activity in nuclear extracts of rat tissues, calf thymus, human embryonal carcinoma cells, HeLa cells, and mouse LTK cells. Like human placental MDBP, the analogous DNA-binding proteins from the above mammalian cell lines formed a number of different low-electrophoretic-mobility complexes with a 14-bp MDBP-specific oligonucleotide duplex. All of these complexes exhibited the same DNA methylation specificity and DNA sequence specificity. Although MDBP activity was found in various mammalian cell types, it was not detected in extracts of cultured mosquito cells and so may be associated only with cells with vertebrate-type DNA methylation.

  20. Genome-Wide Binding of MBD2 Reveals Strong Preference for Highly Methylated Loci

    PubMed Central

    Menafra, Roberta; Brinkman, Arie B.; Matarese, Filomena; Franci, Gianluigi; Bartels, Stefanie J. J.; Nguyen, Luan; Shimbo, Takashi; Wade, Paul A.; Hubner, Nina C.; Stunnenberg, Hendrik G.

    2014-01-01

    MBD2 is a subunit of the NuRD complex that is postulated to mediate gene repression via recruitment of the complex to methylated DNA. In this study we adopted an MBD2 tagging-approach to study its genome wide binding characteristics. We show that in vivo MBD2 is mainly recruited to CpG island promoters that are highly methylated. Interestingly, MBD2 binds around 1 kb downstream of the transcription start site of a subset of ∼400 CpG island promoters that are characterized by the presence of active histone marks, RNA polymerase II (Pol2) and low to medium gene expression levels and H3K36me3 deposition. These tagged-MBD2 binding sites in MCF-7 show increased methylation in a cohort of primary breast cancers but not in normal breast samples, suggesting a putative role for MBD2 in breast cancer. PMID:24927503

  1. DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation in stem cells

    PubMed Central

    Cheng, Ying; Xie, Nina; Jin, Peng; Wang, Tao

    2015-01-01

    In mammals, DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation are specific epigenetic mechanisms that can contribute to the regulation of gene expression and cellular functions. DNA methylation is important for the function of embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells (such as haematopoietic stem cells, neural stem cells and germline stem cells), and changes in DNA methylation patterns are essential for successful nuclear reprogramming. In the past several years, the rediscovery of hydroxymethylation and the TET enzymes expanded our insights tremendously and uncovered more dynamic aspects of cytosine methylation regulation. Here, we review the current knowledge and highlight the most recent advances in DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation in embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells and several well-studied adult stems cells. Our current understanding of stem cell epigenetics and new advances in the field will undoubtedly stimulate further clinical applications of regenerative medicine in the future. PMID:25776144

  2. Targets of RNA-directed DNA methylation.

    PubMed

    Matzke, Marjori; Kanno, Tatsuo; Huettel, Bruno; Daxinger, Lucia; Matzke, Antonius J M

    2007-10-01

    RNA-directed DNA methylation contributes substantially to epigenetic regulation of the plant genome. Methylation is guided to homologous DNA target sequences by 24 nt 'heterochromatic' small RNAs produced by nucleolar-localized components of the RNAi machinery and a plant-specific RNA polymerase, Pol IV. Plants contain unusually large and diverse populations of small RNAs, many of which originate from transposons and repeats. These sequences are frequent targets of methylation, and they are able to bring plant genes in their vicinity under small RNA-mediated control. RNA-directed DNA methylation can be removed by enzymatic demethylation, providing plants with a versatile system that facilitates epigenetic plasticity. In addition to subduing transposons, RNA-directed DNA methylation has roles in plant development and, perhaps, stress responses. PMID:17702644

  3. DNA methylation as a universal biomarker

    PubMed Central

    Levenson, Victor V

    2010-01-01

    Cell-free circulating DNA carries not only tumor-specific changes in its sequence but also distinctive epigenetic marks, namely DNA methylation, in certain GC-rich fragments. These fragments are usually located within the promoters and first exons of many genes, comprising CpG islands. Analysis of DNA methylation using cell-free circulating DNA can facilitate development of very accurate biomarkers for detection, diagnosis, prediction of response to therapy and prognosis of outcomes. Recent data suggest that benign and inflammatory diseases have very specific methylation patterns within cell-free circulating DNA, which are different from the pattern of a malignant tumor of the same organ. In addition, specific methylation patterns have been detected for cancers of different organs, so a differential diagnosis of site-specific cancer appears feasible. Currently, cancer-related applications dominate the field, although methylation-based biomarkers may also be possible for other diseases, including neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. PMID:20465502

  4. Protein methylation reactions in intact pea chloroplasts

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    Niemi, K.J. )

    1989-04-01

    Post-translational protein methylation was investigated in Pisum sativum chloroplasts. Intact pea chloroplasts were incubated with ({sup 3}H-methyl)-S-adenosylmethionine under various conditions. The chloroplasts were then separated into stromal and thylakoid fractions and analyzed for radioactivity transferred to protein. Light enhanced the magnitude of labeling in both fractions. One thylakoid polypeptide with an apparent molecular mass of 43 kDa was labeled only in the light. Several other thylakoid and stromal proteins were labeled in both light and dark-labeling conditions. Both base-labile methylation, carboxy-methylesters and base-stable groups, N-methylations were found. Further characterization of the methyl-transfer reactions will be presented.

  5. Chapter 9 - Methylation Analysis by Microarray

    PubMed Central

    Deatherage, Daniel E.; Potter, Dustin; Yan, Pearlly S.; Huang, Tim H.-M.; Lin, Shili

    2010-01-01

    Differential Methylation Hybridization (DMH) is a high-throughput DNA methylation screening tool that utilizes methylation-sensitive restriction enzymes to profile methylated fragments by hybridizing them to a CpG island microarray. This array contains probes spanning all the 27,800 islands annotated in the UCSC Genome Browser. Herein we describe a DMH protocol with clearly identified quality control points. In this manner, samples that are unlikely to provide good read-outs for differential methylation profiles between the test and the control samples will be identified and repeated with appropriate modifications. The step-by-step laboratory DMH protocol is described. In addition, we provide descriptions regarding DMH data analysis, including image quantification, background correction, and statistical procedures for both exploratory analysis and more formal inferences. Issues regarding quality control are addressed as well. PMID:19488875

  6. Turning over DNA methylation in the mind

    PubMed Central

    Lister, Ryan; Mukamel, Eran A.

    2015-01-01

    Cytosine DNA methylation is a stable epigenetic modification with established roles in regulating transcription, imprinting, female X-chromosome inactivation, and silencing of transposons. Dynamic gain or loss of DNA methylation reshapes the genomic landscape of cells during early differentiation, and in post-mitotic mammalian brain cells these changes continue to accumulate throughout the phases of cortical maturation in childhood and adolescence. There is also evidence for dynamic changes in the methylation status of specific genomic loci during the encoding of new memories, and these epigenome dynamics could play a causal role in memory formation. However, the mechanisms that may dynamically regulate DNA methylation in neurons during memory formation and expression, and the function of such epigenomic changes in this context, are unclear. Here we discuss the possible roles of DNA methylation in encoding and retrieval of memory. PMID:26283895

  7. DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation in stem cells.

    PubMed

    Cheng, Ying; Xie, Nina; Jin, Peng; Wang, Tao

    2015-06-01

    In mammals, DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation are specific epigenetic mechanisms that can contribute to the regulation of gene expression and cellular functions. DNA methylation is important for the function of embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells (such as haematopoietic stem cells, neural stem cells and germline stem cells), and changes in DNA methylation patterns are essential for successful nuclear reprogramming. In the past several years, the rediscovery of hydroxymethylation and the TET enzymes expanded our insights tremendously and uncovered more dynamic aspects of cytosine methylation regulation. Here, we review the current knowledge and highlight the most recent advances in DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation in embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells and several well-studied adult stems cells. Our current understanding of stem cell epigenetics and new advances in the field will undoubtedly stimulate further clinical applications of regenerative medicine in the future. PMID:25776144

  8. DNA Methylation Profiling Identifies Global Methylation Differences and Markers of Adrenocortical Tumors

    PubMed Central

    Rechache, Nesrin S.; Wang, Yonghong; Stevenson, Holly S.; Killian, J. Keith; Edelman, Daniel C.; Merino, Maria; Zhang, Lisa; Nilubol, Naris; Stratakis, Constantine A.; Meltzer, Paul S.

    2012-01-01

    Context: It is not known whether there are any DNA methylation alterations in adrenocortical tumors. Objective: The objective of the study was to determine the methylation profile of normal adrenal cortex and benign and malignant adrenocortical tumors. Methods: Genome-wide methylation status of CpG regions were determined in normal (n = 19), benign (n = 48), primary malignant (n = 8), and metastatic malignant (n = 12) adrenocortical tissue samples. An integrated analysis of genome-wide methylation and mRNA expression in benign vs. malignant adrenocortical tissue samples was also performed. Results: Methylation profiling revealed the following: 1) that methylation patterns were distinctly different and could distinguish normal, benign, primary malignant, and metastatic tissue samples; 2) that malignant samples have global hypomethylation; and 3) that the methylation of CpG regions are different in benign adrenocortical tumors by functional status. Normal compared with benign samples had the least amount of methylation differences, whereas normal compared with primary and metastatic adrenocortical carcinoma samples had the greatest variability in methylation (adjusted P ? 0.01). Of 215 down-regulated genes (?2-fold, adjusted P ? 0.05) in malignant primary adrenocortical tumor samples, 52 of these genes were also hypermethylated. Conclusions: Malignant adrenocortical tumors are globally hypomethylated as compared with normal and benign tumors. Methylation profile differences may accurately distinguish between primary benign and malignant adrenocortical tumors. Several differentially methylated sites are associated with genes known to be dysregulated in malignant adrenocortical tumors. PMID:22472567

  9. Crystal structure of di-aqua-bis-(2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine-κN (4))bis-(thio-cyanato-κN)cobalt(II) 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine monosolvate.

    PubMed

    Suckert, Stefan; Wöhlert, Susanne; Jess, Inke; Näther, Christian

    2015-12-01

    In the crystal structure of the title compound, [Co(NCS)2(C6H8N2)2(H2O)2]·C6H8N2, the Co(II) cation is coordinated by the N atoms of two terminal thio-cyanate anions, the O atoms of two water mol-ecules and two N atoms of two 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligands. The coordination sphere of the resulting discrete complex is that of a slightly distorted octa-hedron. The asymmetric unit comprises a Co(II) cation and half of a 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine ligand, both of which are located on centres of inversion, and a water ligand, a 2,6-di--methyl-pyrazine ligand and one thio-cyanate anion in general positions. In the crystal, the discrete complexes are arranged in such a way that cavities are formed in which the 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine solvent mol-ecules are located. The coordination of the 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine mol-ecules to the metal is apparently hindered due to the bulky methyl groups in vicinal positions to the N atoms, leading to a preferential coordination of the 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligands. The discrete complexes are linked by O-H⋯N hydrogen bonds between one water H atom and the non-coordinating N atom of the 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligands. The remaining water H atom is hydrogen bonded to one N atom of the 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine solvent mol-ecule. This arrangement leads to the formation of a two-dimensional network extending parallel to (010). PMID:26870445

  10. The origin and fate of 4-methyl steroid hydrocarbons. I. Diagenesis of 4-methyl sterenes

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    Wolff, George A.; Lamb, Neil A.; Maxwell, James R.

    1986-03-01

    Treatment of 4-methylcholest-4-ene under mild acid conditions at low temperatures gives chemical evidence for certain features seen in the distributions of sedimentary 4-methyl steroid hydrocarbons, and further indicates that many low temperature diagenetic reactions of steroids are explicable in terms of acid catalysed rearrangements. Specifically, the results provide: (i) Indirect evidence that the 4-ene skeleton is a key intermediate in the dehydration of 4-methyl stanols in sediments. (ii) An explanation for the distribution of 4-methyl sterenes and A-nor sterenes in the lacustrine Messel shale (Eocene). (iii) An explanation for the presence of 4β-methyl steranes in relatively immature sedimentary rocks, despite the precursor stanols having the 4α-methyl configuration. With increasing maturity in the Paris Basin shales (Lower Toarcian), the less stable 4β-methyl steranes decrease gradually in abundance relative to their 4α-methyl counterparts, at a rate fairly similar to the change in pristane stereochemistry.

  11. Is the Fungus Magnaporthe Losing DNA Methylation?

    PubMed Central

    Ikeda, Ken-ichi; Van Vu, Ba; Kadotani, Naoki; Tanaka, Masaki; Murata, Toshiki; Shiina, Kohta; Chuma, Izumi; Tosa, Yukio; Nakayashiki, Hitoshi

    2013-01-01

    The long terminal repeat retrotransposon, Magnaporthe gypsy-like element (MAGGY), has been shown to be targeted for cytosine methylation in a subset of Magnaporthe oryzae field isolates. Analysis of the F1 progeny from a genetic cross between methylation-proficient (Br48) and methylation-deficient (GFSI1-7-2) isolates revealed that methylation of the MAGGY element was governed by a single dominant gene. Positional cloning followed by gene disruption and complementation experiments revealed that the responsible gene was the DNA methyltransferase, MoDMT1, an ortholog of Neurospora crassa Dim-2. A survey of MAGGY methylation in 60 Magnaporthe field isolates revealed that 42 isolates from rice, common millet, wheat, finger millet, and buffelgrass were methylation proficient while 18 isolates from foxtail millet, green bristlegrass, Japanese panicgrass, torpedo grass, Guinea grass, and crabgrass were methylation deficient. Phenotypic analyses showed that MoDMT1 plays no major role in development and pathogenicity of the fungus. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis showed that the average copy number of genomic MAGGY elements was not significantly different between methylation-deficient and -proficient field isolates even though the levels of MAGGY transcript were generally higher in the former group. MoDMT1 gene sequences in the methylation-deficient isolates suggested that at least three independent mutations were responsible for the loss of MoDMT1 function. Overall, our data suggest that MoDMT1 is not essential for the natural life cycle of the fungus and raise the possibility that the genus Magnaporthe may be losing the mechanism of DNA methylation on the evolutionary time scale. PMID:23979580

  12. Is the fungus Magnaporthe losing DNA methylation?

    PubMed

    Ikeda, Ken-ichi; Van Vu, Ba; Kadotani, Naoki; Tanaka, Masaki; Murata, Toshiki; Shiina, Kohta; Chuma, Izumi; Tosa, Yukio; Nakayashiki, Hitoshi

    2013-11-01

    The long terminal repeat retrotransposon, Magnaporthe gypsy-like element (MAGGY), has been shown to be targeted for cytosine methylation in a subset of Magnaporthe oryzae field isolates. Analysis of the F1 progeny from a genetic cross between methylation-proficient (Br48) and methylation-deficient (GFSI1-7-2) isolates revealed that methylation of the MAGGY element was governed by a single dominant gene. Positional cloning followed by gene disruption and complementation experiments revealed that the responsible gene was the DNA methyltransferase, MoDMT1, an ortholog of Neurospora crassa Dim-2. A survey of MAGGY methylation in 60 Magnaporthe field isolates revealed that 42 isolates from rice, common millet, wheat, finger millet, and buffelgrass were methylation proficient while 18 isolates from foxtail millet, green bristlegrass, Japanese panicgrass, torpedo grass, Guinea grass, and crabgrass were methylation deficient. Phenotypic analyses showed that MoDMT1 plays no major role in development and pathogenicity of the fungus. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis showed that the average copy number of genomic MAGGY elements was not significantly different between methylation-deficient and -proficient field isolates even though the levels of MAGGY transcript were generally higher in the former group. MoDMT1 gene sequences in the methylation-deficient isolates suggested that at least three independent mutations were responsible for the loss of MoDMT1 function. Overall, our data suggest that MoDMT1 is not essential for the natural life cycle of the fungus and raise the possibility that the genus Magnaporthe may be losing the mechanism of DNA methylation on the evolutionary time scale. PMID:23979580

  13. Dissolved organic matter enhances microbial mercury methylation under sulfidic conditions.

    PubMed

    Graham, Andrew M; Aiken, George R; Gilmour, Cynthia C

    2012-03-01

    Dissolved organic matter (DOM) is generally thought to lower metal bioavailability in aquatic systems due to the formation of metal-DOM complexes that reduce free metal ion concentrations. However, this model may not be pertinent for metal nanoparticles, which are now understood to be ubiquitous, sometimes dominant, metal species in the environment. The influence of DOM on Hg bioavailability to microorganisms was examined under conditions (0.5-5.0 nM Hg and 2-10 μM sulfide) that favor the formation of β-HgS(s) (metacinnabar) nanoparticles. We used the methylation of stable-isotope enriched (201)HgCl(2) by Desulfovibrio desulfuricans ND132 in short-term washed cell assays as a sensitive, environmentally significant proxy for Hg uptake. Suwannee River humic acid (SRHA) and Williams Lake hydrophobic acid (WLHPoA) substantially enhanced (2- to 38-fold) the bioavailability of Hg to ND132 over a wide range of Hg/DOM ratios (9.4 pmol/mg DOM to 9.4 nmol/mg DOM), including environmentally relevant ratios. Methylmercury (MeHg) production by ND132 increased linearly with either SRHA or WLHPoA concentration, but SRHA, a terrestrially derived DOM, was far more effective at enhancing Hg-methylation than WLHPoA, an aquatic DOM dominated by autochthonous sources. No DOM-dependent enhancement in Hg methylation was observed in Hg-DOM-sulfide solutions amended with sufficient l-cysteine to prevent β-HgS(s) formation. We hypothesize that small HgS particles, stabilized against aggregation by DOM, are bioavailable to Hg-methylating bacteria. Our laboratory experiments provide a mechanism for the positive correlations between DOC and MeHg production observed in many aquatic sediments and wetland soils. PMID:22309093

  14. Histone H4 Lysine 20 (H4K20) Methylation, Expanding the Signaling Potential of the Proteome One Methyl Moiety at a Time.

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    van Nuland, Rick; Gozani, Or

    2016-03-01

    Covalent post-translational modifications (PTMs) of proteins can regulate the structural and functional state of a protein in the absence of primary changes in the underlying sequence. Common PTMs include phosphorylation, acetylation, and methylation. Histone proteins are critical regulators of the genome and are subject to a highly abundant and diverse array of PTMs. To highlight the functional complexity added to the proteome by lysine methylation signaling, here we will focus on lysine methylation of histone proteins, an important modification in the regulation of chromatin and epigenetic processes. We review the signaling pathways and functions associated with a single residue, H4K20, as a model chromatin and clinically important mark that regulates biological processes ranging from the DNA damage response and DNA replication to gene expression and silencing. PMID:26598646

  15. High-frequency aberrantly methylated targets in pancreatic adenocarcinoma identified via global DNA methylation analysis using methylCap-seq

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    2014-01-01

    Background Extensive reprogramming and dysregulation of DNA methylation is an important characteristic of pancreatic cancer (PC). Our study aimed to characterize the genomic methylation patterns in various genomic contexts of PC. The methyl capture sequencing (methylCap-seq) method was used to map differently methylated regions (DMRs) in pooled samples from ten PC tissues and ten adjacent non-tumor (PN) tissues. A selection of DMRs was validated in an independent set of PC and PN samples using methylation-specific PCR (MSP), bisulfite sequencing PCR (BSP), and methylation sensitive restriction enzyme-based qPCR (MSRE-qPCR). The mRNA and expressed sequence tag (EST) expression of the corresponding genes was investigated using RT-qPCR. Results A total of 1,131 PC-specific and 727 PN-specific hypermethylated DMRs were identified in association with CpG islands (CGIs), including gene-associated CGIs and orphan CGIs; 2,955 PC-specific and 2,386 PN-specific hypermethylated DMRs were associated with gene promoters, including promoters containing or lacking CGIs. Moreover, 1,744 PC-specific and 1,488 PN-specific hypermethylated DMRs were found to be associated with CGIs or CGI shores. These results suggested that aberrant hypermethylation in PC typically occurs in regions surrounding the transcription start site (TSS). The BSP, MSP, MSRE-qPCR, and RT-qPCR data indicated that the aberrant DNA methylation in PC tissue and in PC cell lines was associated with gene (or corresponding EST) expression. Conclusions Our study characterized the genome-wide DNA methylation patterns in PC and identified DMRs that were distributed among various genomic contexts that might influence the expression of corresponding genes or transcripts to promote PC. These DMRs might serve as diagnostic biomarkers or therapeutic targets for PC. PMID:25276247

  16. The effect of a methyl-deficient diet on the global DNA methylation and the DNA methylation regulatory pathways.

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    Takumi, Shota; Okamura, Kazuyuki; Yanagisawa, Hiroyuki; Sano, Tomoharu; Kobayashi, Yayoi; Nohara, Keiko

    2015-12-01

    Methyl-deficient diets are known to induce various liver disorders, in which DNA methylation changes are implicated. Recent studies have clarified the existence of the active DNA demethylation pathways that start with oxidization of 5-methylcytosine (5meC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine by ten-eleven translocation (Tet) enzymes, followed by the action of base-excision-repair pathways. Here, we investigated the effects of a methionine-choline-deficient (MCD) diet on the hepatic DNA methylation of mice by precisely quantifying 5meC using a liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry and by investigating the regulatory pathways, including DNA demethylation. Although feeding the MCD diet for 1 week induced hepatic steatosis and lower level of the methyl donor S-adenosylmethionine, it did not cause a significant reduction in the 5meC content. On the other hand, the MCD diet significantly upregulated the gene expression of the Tet enzymes, Tet2 and Tet3, and the base-excision-repair enzymes, thymine DNA glycosylase and apurinic/apyrimidinic-endonuclease 1. At the same time, the gene expression of DNA methyltransferase 1 and a, was also significantly increased by the MCD diet. These results suggest that the DNA methylation level is precisely regulated even when dietary methyl donors are restricted. Methyl-deficient diets are well known to induce oxidative stress and the oxidative-stress-induced DNA damage, 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8OHdG), is reported to inhibit DNA methylation. In this study, we also clarified that the increase in 8OHdG number per DNA by the MCD diet is approximately 10 000 times smaller than the reduction in 5meC number, suggesting the contribution of 8OHdG formation to DNA methylation would not be significant. PMID:25690533

  17. Emissions of methyl halides and methane from rice paddies.

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    Redeker, K R; Wang, N; Low, J C; McMillan, A; Tyler, S C; Cicerone, R J

    2000-11-01

    Methyl halide gases are important sources of atmospheric inorganic halogen compounds, which in turn are central reactants in many stratospheric and tropospheric chemical processes. By observing emissions of methyl chloride, methyl bromide, and methyl iodide from flooded California rice fields, we estimate the impact of rice agriculture on the atmospheric budgets of these gases. Factors influencing methyl halide emissions are stage of rice growth, soil organic content, halide concentrations, and field-water management. Extrapolating our data implies that about 1 percent of atmospheric methyl bromide and 5 percent of methyl iodide arise from rice fields worldwide. Unplanted flooded fields emit as much methyl chloride as planted, flooded rice fields. PMID:11062125

  18. Evolving insights on how cytosine methylation affects protein–DNA binding

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    Dantas Machado, Ana Carolina; Zhou, Tianyin; Rao, Satyanarayan; Goel, Pragya; Rastogi, Chaitanya; Lazarovici, Allan; Bussemaker, Harmen J.

    2015-01-01

    Many anecdotal observations exist of a regulatory effect of DNA methylation on gene expression. However, in general, the underlying mechanisms of this effect are poorly understood. In this review, we summarize what is currently known about how this important, but mysterious, epigenetic mark impacts cellular functions. Cytosine methylation can abrogate or enhance interactions with DNA-binding proteins, or it may have no effect, depending on the context. Despite being only a small chemical change, the addition of a methyl group to cytosine can affect base readout via hydrophobic contacts in the major groove and shape readout via electrostatic contacts in the minor groove. We discuss the recent discovery that CpG methylation increases DNase I cleavage at adjacent positions by an order of magnitude through altering the local 3D DNA shape and the possible implications of this structural insight for understanding the methylation sensitivity of transcription factors (TFs). Additionally, 5-methylcytosines change the stability of nucleosomes and, thus, affect the local chromatin structure and access of TFs to genomic DNA. Given these complexities, it seems unlikely that the influence of DNA methylation on protein–DNA binding can be captured in a small set of general rules. Hence, data-driven approaches may be essential to gain a better understanding of these mechanisms. PMID:25319759

  19. The impact of nutrition on differential methylated regions of the genome.

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    Parle-McDermott, Anne; Ozaki, Mari

    2011-11-01

    Nutrition has always played an important role in health and disease, ranging from common diseases to its likely contribution to the fetal origins of adult disease. However, deciphering the molecular details of this role is much more challenging. The impact of nutrition on the methylome, i.e., DNA methylation, has received particular attention in more recent years. Our understanding of the complexity of the methylome is evolving as efforts to catalog the DNA methylation differences that exist between different tissues and individuals continue. We review selected examples of animal and human studies that provide evidence that, in fact, specific genes and DNA methylation sites are subject to change during development and during a lifetime as a direct response to nutrition. Investigation of the methyl donors folate, choline, and methionine provide the most compelling evidence of a role in mediating DNA methylation changes. Although a number of candidate regions/genes have been identified to date, we are just at the beginning in terms of cataloging so-called nutrient-sensitive methylation variable positions in humans. PMID:22332089

  20. A GAS-PHASE FORMATION ROUTE TO INTERSTELLAR TRANS-METHYL FORMATE

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    Cole, Callie A.; Wehres, Nadine; Yang Zhibo; Thomsen, Ditte L.; Bierbaum, Veronica M.; Snow, Theodore P. E-mail: Nadine.Wehres@colorado.edu E-mail: Veronica.Bierbaum@colorado.edu E-mail: dlt@chem.ku.dk

    2012-07-20

    The abundance of methyl formate in the interstellar medium has previously been underpredicted by chemical models. Additionally, grain surface chemistry cannot account for the relative abundance of the cis- and trans-conformers of methyl formate, and the trans-conformer is not even formed at detectable abundance on these surfaces. This highlights the importance of studying formation pathways to methyl formate in the gas phase. The rate constant and branching fractions are reported for the gas-phase reaction between protonated methanol and formic acid to form protonated trans-methyl formate and water as well as adduct ion: Rate constants were experimentally determined using a flowing afterglow-selected ion flow tube apparatus at 300 K and a pressure of 530 mTorr helium. The results indicate a moderate overall rate constant of (3.19 {+-} 0.39) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -10} cm{sup 3} s{sup -1} ({+-} 1{sigma}) and an average branching fraction of 0.05 {+-} 0.04 for protonated trans-methyl formate and 0.95 {+-} 0.04 for the adduct ion. These experimental results are reinforced by ab initio calculations at the MP2(full)/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory to examine the reaction coordinate and complement previous density functional theory calculations. This study underscores the need for continued observational studies of trans-methyl formate and for the exploration of other gas-phase formation routes to complex organic molecules.

  1. Polycomb Binding Precedes Early-Life Stress Responsive DNA Methylation at the Avp Enhancer

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    Murgatroyd, Chris; Spengler, Dietmar

    2014-01-01

    Early-life stress (ELS) in mice causes sustained hypomethylation at the downstream Avp enhancer, subsequent overexpression of hypothalamic Avp and increased stress responsivity. The sequence of events leading to Avp enhancer methylation is presently unknown. Here, we used an embryonic stem cell-derived model of hypothalamic-like differentiation together with in vivo experiments to show that binding of polycomb complexes (PcG) preceded the emergence of ELS-responsive DNA methylation and correlated with gene silencing. At the same time, PcG occupancy associated with the presence of Tet proteins preventing DNA methylation. Early hypothalamic-like differentiation triggered PcG eviction, DNA-methyltransferase recruitment and enhancer methylation. Concurrently, binding of the Methyl-CpG-binding and repressor protein MeCP2 increased at the enhancer although Avp expression during later stages of differentiation and the perinatal period continued to increase. Overall, we provide evidence of a new role of PcG proteins in priming ELS-responsive DNA methylation at the Avp enhancer prior to epigenetic programming consistent with the idea that PcG proteins are part of a flexible silencing system during neuronal development. PMID:24599304

  2. Hormone stimulation of androgen receptor mediates dynamic changes in DNA methylation patterns at regulatory elements.

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    Dhiman, Vineet K; Attwood, Kristopher; Campbell, Moray J; Smiraglia, Dominic J

    2015-12-15

    DNA methylation is an epigenetic modification that contributes to stable gene silencing by interfering with the ability of transcriptional regulators to bind to DNA. Recent findings have revealed that hormone stimulation of certain nuclear receptors induces rapid, dynamic changes in DNA methylation patterns alongside transcriptional responses at a subset of target loci, over time. However, the ability of androgen receptor (AR) to dynamically regulate gene transcription is relatively under-studied and its role in the regulation of DNA methylation patterns remains to be elucidated. Here we demonstrate in normal prostate cells that hormone stimulated AR activity results in dynamic changes in the transcription rate and DNA methylation patterns at the AR target genes, TIPARP and SGK1. Time-resolved chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments on the SGK1 locus reveals dynamic recruitment of AR and RNA Polymerase II, as well as the recruitment of proteins involved in the DNA demethylation process, TET1 and TDG. Furthermore, the presence of DNA methylation at dynamic regions inhibits protein binding and transcriptional activity of SGK1. These findings establish AR activity as a contributing factor to the dynamic regulation of DNA methylation patterns at target genes in prostate biology and infer further complexity involved in nuclear receptor mediation of transcriptional regulation. PMID:26646795

  3. Genome-wide profiles of methylation, microRNAs, and gene expression in chemoresistant breast cancer

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    He, Dong-Xu; Gu, Feng; Gao, Fei; Hao, Jun-jun; Gong, Desheng; Gu, Xiao-Ting; Mao, Ai-Qin; Jin, Jian; Fu, Li; Ma, Xin

    2016-01-01

    Cancer chemoresistance is regulated by complex genetic and epigenetic networks. In this study, the features of gene expression, methylation, and microRNA (miRNA) expression were investigated with high-throughput sequencing in human breast cancer MCF-7 cells resistant to adriamycin (MCF-7/ADM) and paclitaxel (MCF-7/PTX). We found that: ① both of the chemoresistant cell lines had similar, massive changes in gene expression, methylation, and miRNA expression versus chemosensitive controls. ② Pairwise integration of the data highlighted sets of genes that were regulated by either methylation or miRNAs, and sets of miRNAs whose expression was controlled by DNA methylation in chemoresistant cells. ③ By combining the three sets of high-throughput data, we obtained a list of genes whose expression was regulated by both methylation and miRNAs in chemoresistant cells; ④ Expression of these genes was then validated in clinical breast cancer samples to generate a 17-gene signature that showed good predictive and prognostic power in triple-negative breast cancer patients receiving anthracycline-taxane-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy. In conclusion, our results have generated a new workflow for the integrated analysis of the effects of miRNAs and methylation on gene expression during the development of chemoresistance. PMID:27094684

  4. Effective, homogeneous and transient interference with cytosine methylation in plant genomic DNA by zebularine

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    Baubec, Tuncay; Pecinka, Ales; Rozhon, Wilfried; Mittelsten Scheid, Ortrun

    2009-01-01

    Covalent modification by methylation of cytosine residues represents an important epigenetic hallmark. While sequence analysis after bisulphite conversion allows correlative analyses with single-base resolution, functional analysis by interference with DNA methylation is less precise, due to the complexity of methylation enzymes and their targets. A cytidine analogue, 5-azacytidine, is frequently used as an inhibitor of DNA methyltransferases, but its rapid degradation in aqueous solution is problematic for culture periods of longer than a few hours. Application of zebularine, a more stable cytidine analogue with a similar mode of action that is successfully used as a methylation inhibitor in Neurospora and mammalian tumour cell lines, can significantly reduce DNA methylation in plants in a dose-dependent and transient manner independent of sequence context. Demethylation is connected with transcriptional reactivation and partial decondensation of heterochromatin. Zebularine represents a promising new and versatile tool for investigating the role of DNA methylation in plants with regard to transcriptional control, maintenance and formation of (hetero-) chromatin. PMID:18826433

  5. A Gas-phase Formation Route to Interstellar Trans-methyl Formate

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    Cole, Callie A.; Wehres, Nadine; Yang, Zhibo; Thomsen, Ditte L.; Snow, Theodore P.; Bierbaum, Veronica M.

    2012-07-01

    The abundance of methyl formate in the interstellar medium has previously been underpredicted by chemical models. Additionally, grain surface chemistry cannot account for the relative abundance of the cis- and trans-conformers of methyl formate, and the trans-conformer is not even formed at detectable abundance on these surfaces. This highlights the importance of studying formation pathways to methyl formate in the gas phase. The rate constant and branching fractions are reported for the gas-phase reaction between protonated methanol and formic acid to form protonated trans-methyl formate and water as well as adduct ion: Rate constants were experimentally determined using a flowing afterglow-selected ion flow tube apparatus at 300 K and a pressure of 530 mTorr helium. The results indicate a moderate overall rate constant of (3.19 ± 0.39) × 10-10 cm3 s-1 (± 1σ) and an average branching fraction of 0.05 ± 0.04 for protonated trans-methyl formate and 0.95 ± 0.04 for the adduct ion. These experimental results are reinforced by ab initio calculations at the MP2(full)/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory to examine the reaction coordinate and complement previous density functional theory calculations. This study underscores the need for continued observational studies of trans-methyl formate and for the exploration of other gas-phase formation routes to complex organic molecules.

  6. Hormone stimulation of androgen receptor mediates dynamic changes in DNA methylation patterns at regulatory elements

    PubMed Central

    Dhiman, Vineet K.; Attwood, Kristopher; Campbell, Moray J.; Smiraglia, Dominic J.

    2015-01-01

    DNA methylation is an epigenetic modification that contributes to stable gene silencing by interfering with the ability of transcriptional regulators to bind to DNA. Recent findings have revealed that hormone stimulation of certain nuclear receptors induces rapid, dynamic changes in DNA methylation patterns alongside transcriptional responses at a subset of target loci, over time. However, the ability of androgen receptor (AR) to dynamically regulate gene transcription is relatively under-studied and its role in the regulation of DNA methylation patterns remains to be elucidated. Here we demonstrate in normal prostate cells that hormone stimulated AR activity results in dynamic changes in the transcription rate and DNA methylation patterns at the AR target genes, TIPARP and SGK1. Time-resolved chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments on the SGK1 locus reveals dynamic recruitment of AR and RNA Polymerase II, as well as the recruitment of proteins involved in the DNA demethylation process, TET1 and TDG. Furthermore, the presence of DNA methylation at dynamic regions inhibits protein binding and transcriptional activity of SGK1. These findings establish AR activity as a contributing factor to the dynamic regulation of DNA methylation patterns at target genes in prostate biology and infer further complexity involved in nuclear receptor mediation of transcriptional regulation. PMID:26646795

  7. Genome-wide profiles of methylation, microRNAs, and gene expression in chemoresistant breast cancer.

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    He, Dong-Xu; Gu, Feng; Gao, Fei; Hao, Jun-Jun; Gong, Desheng; Gu, Xiao-Ting; Mao, Ai-Qin; Jin, Jian; Fu, Li; Ma, Xin

    2016-01-01

    Cancer chemoresistance is regulated by complex genetic and epigenetic networks. In this study, the features of gene expression, methylation, and microRNA (miRNA) expression were investigated with high-throughput sequencing in human breast cancer MCF-7 cells resistant to adriamycin (MCF-7/ADM) and paclitaxel (MCF-7/PTX). We found that: ① both of the chemoresistant cell lines had similar, massive changes in gene expression, methylation, and miRNA expression versus chemosensitive controls. ② Pairwise integration of the data highlighted sets of genes that were regulated by either methylation or miRNAs, and sets of miRNAs whose expression was controlled by DNA methylation in chemoresistant cells. ③ By combining the three sets of high-throughput data, we obtained a list of genes whose expression was regulated by both methylation and miRNAs in chemoresistant cells; ④ Expression of these genes was then validated in clinical breast cancer samples to generate a 17-gene signature that showed good predictive and prognostic power in triple-negative breast cancer patients receiving anthracycline-taxane-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy. In conclusion, our results have generated a new workflow for the integrated analysis of the effects of miRNAs and methylation on gene expression during the development of chemoresistance. PMID:27094684

  8. An Alternative Mechanism for the Methylation of Phosphoethanolamine Catalyzed by Plasmodium falciparum Phosphoethanolamine Methyltransferase*♦

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    Saen-oon, Suwipa; Lee, Soon Goo; Jez, Joseph M.; Guallar, Victor

    2014-01-01

    The phosphobase methylation pathway catalyzed by the phosphoethanolamine methyltransferase in Plasmodium falciparum (PfPMT), the malaria parasite, offers an attractive target for anti-parasitic drug development. PfPMT methylates phosphoethanolamine (pEA) to phosphocholine for use in membrane biogenesis. Quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics (QM/MM) calculations tested the proposed reaction mechanism for methylation of pEA involving the previously identified Tyr-19–His-132 dyad, which indicated an energetically unfavorable mechanism. Instead, the QM/MM calculations suggested an alternative mechanism involving Asp-128. The reaction coordinate involves the stepwise transfer of a proton to Asp-128 via a bridging water molecule followed by a typical Sn2-type methyl transfer from S-adenosylmethionine to pEA. Functional analysis of the D128A, D128E, D128Q, and D128N PfPMT mutants shows a loss of activity with pEA but not with the final substrate of the methylation pathway. X-ray crystal structures of the PfPMT-D128A mutant in complex with S-adenosylhomocysteine and either pEA or phosphocholine reveal how mutation of Asp-128 disrupts a hydrogen bond network in the active site. The combined QM/MM, biochemical, and structural studies identify a key role for Asp-128 in the initial step of the phosphobase methylation pathway in Plasmodium and provide molecular insight on the evolution of multiple activities in the active site of the PMT. PMID:25288796

  9. Examining the Causes and Consequences of Context-Specific Differential DNA Methylation in Maize.

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    Li, Qing; Song, Jawon; West, Patrick T; Zynda, Greg; Eichten, Steven R; Vaughn, Matthew W; Springer, Nathan M

    2015-08-01

    DNA methylation is a stable modification of chromatin that can contribute to epigenetic variation through the regulation of genes or transposons. Profiling of DNA methylation in five maize (Zea mays) inbred lines found that while DNA methylation levels for more than 99% of the analyzed genomic regions are similar, there are still 5,000 to 20,000 context-specific differentially methylated regions (DMRs) between any two genotypes. The analysis of identical-by-state genomic regions that have limited genetic variation provided evidence that DMRs can occur without local sequence variation, but they are less common than in regions with genetic variation. Characterization of the sequence specificity of DMRs, location of DMRs relative to genes and transposons, and patterns of DNA methylation in regions flanking DMRs reveals a distinct subset of DMRs. Transcriptome profiling of the same tissue revealed that only approximately 20% of genes with qualitative (on-off) differences in gene expression are associated with DMRs, and there is little evidence for association of DMRs with genes that show quantitative differences in gene expression. We also identify a set of genes that may represent cryptic information that is silenced by DNA methylation in the reference B73 genome. Many of these genes exhibit natural variation in other genotypes, suggesting the potential for selection to act upon existing epigenetic natural variation. This study provides insights into the origin and influences of DMRs in a crop species with a complex genome organization. PMID:25869653

  10. Examining the Causes and Consequences of Context-Specific Differential DNA Methylation in Maize1[OPEN

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    Li, Qing; Song, Jawon; West, Patrick T.; Zynda, Greg; Eichten, Steven R.; Vaughn, Matthew W.; Springer, Nathan M.

    2015-01-01

    DNA methylation is a stable modification of chromatin that can contribute to epigenetic variation through the regulation of genes or transposons. Profiling of DNA methylation in five maize (Zea mays) inbred lines found that while DNA methylation levels for more than 99% of the analyzed genomic regions are similar, there are still 5,000 to 20,000 context-specific differentially methylated regions (DMRs) between any two genotypes. The analysis of identical-by-state genomic regions that have limited genetic variation provided evidence that DMRs can occur without local sequence variation, but they are less common than in regions with genetic variation. Characterization of the sequence specificity of DMRs, location of DMRs relative to genes and transposons, and patterns of DNA methylation in regions flanking DMRs reveals a distinct subset of DMRs. Transcriptome profiling of the same tissue revealed that only approximately 20% of genes with qualitative (on-off) differences in gene expression are associated with DMRs, and there is little evidence for association of DMRs with genes that show quantitative differences in gene expression. We also identify a set of genes that may represent cryptic information that is silenced by DNA methylation in the reference B73 genome. Many of these genes exhibit natural variation in other genotypes, suggesting the potential for selection to act upon existing epigenetic natural variation. This study provides insights into the origin and influences of DMRs in a crop species with a complex genome organization. PMID:25869653

  11. Leisingera methylohalidivorans gen. nov., sp. nov., a marine methylotroph that grows on methyl bromide

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    Schaefer, J.K.; Goodwin, K.D.; McDonald, I.R.; Murrell, J.C.; Oremland, R.S.

    2002-01-01

    A marine methylotroph, designated strain MB2T, was isolated for its ability to grow on methyl bromide as a sole carbon and energy source. Methyl chloride and methyl iodide also supported growth, as did methionine and glycine betaine. A limited amount of growth was observed with dimethyl sulfide. Growth was also noted with unidentified components of the complex media marine broth 2216, yeast extract and Casamino acids. No growth was observed on methylated amines, methanol, formate, acetate, glucose or a variety of other substrates. Growth on methyl bromide and methyl iodide resulted in their oxidation to CO2 with stoichiometric release of bromide and iodide, respectively. Strain MB2T exhibited growth optima at NaCl and Mg2+ concentrations similar to that of seawater. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rDNA sequence placed this strain in the ??-Proteobacteria in proximity to the genera Ruegeria and Roseobacter. It is proposed that strain MB2T (= ATCC BAA-92T = DSM 14336T) be designated Leisingera methylohalidivorans gen. nov., sp. nov.

  12. Structural insights into the methyl donor recognition model of a novel membrane-binding protein UbiG

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    Zhu, Yuwei; Jiang, Xuguang; Wang, Chongyuan; Liu, Yang; Fan, Xiaojiao; Zhang, Linjuan; Niu, Liwen; Teng, Maikun; Li, Xu

    2016-01-01

    UbiG is a SAM-dependent O-methyltransferase, catalyzing two O-methyl transfer steps for ubiquinone biosynthesis in Escherichia coli. UbiG possesses a unique sequence insertion between β4 and α10, which is used for membrane lipid interaction. Interestingly, this sequence insertion also covers the methyl donor binding pocket. Thus, the relationship between membrane binding and entrance of the methyl donor of UbiG during the O-methyl transfer process is a question that deserves further exploration. In this study, we reveal that the membrane-binding region of UbiG gates the entrance of methyl donor. When bound with liposome, UbiG displays an enhanced binding ability toward the methyl donor product S-adenosylhomocysteine. We further employ protein engineering strategies to design UbiG mutants by truncating the membrane interacting region or making it more flexible. The ITC results show that the binding affinity of these mutants to SAH increases significantly compared with that of the wild-type UbiG. Moreover, we determine the structure of UbiG∆165–187 in complex with SAH. Collectively, our results provide a new angle to cognize the relationship between membrane binding and entrance of the methyl donor of UbiG, which is of benefit for better understanding the O-methyl transfer process for ubiquinone biosynthesis. PMID:26975567

  13. Structural insights into the methyl donor recognition model of a novel membrane-binding protein UbiG.

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    Zhu, Yuwei; Jiang, Xuguang; Wang, Chongyuan; Liu, Yang; Fan, Xiaojiao; Zhang, Linjuan; Niu, Liwen; Teng, Maikun; Li, Xu

    2016-01-01

    UbiG is a SAM-dependent O-methyltransferase, catalyzing two O-methyl transfer steps for ubiquinone biosynthesis in Escherichia coli. UbiG possesses a unique sequence insertion between β4 and α10, which is used for membrane lipid interaction. Interestingly, this sequence insertion also covers the methyl donor binding pocket. Thus, the relationship between membrane binding and entrance of the methyl donor of UbiG during the O-methyl transfer process is a question that deserves further exploration. In this study, we reveal that the membrane-binding region of UbiG gates the entrance of methyl donor. When bound with liposome, UbiG displays an enhanced binding ability toward the methyl donor product S-adenosylhomocysteine. We further employ protein engineering strategies to design UbiG mutants by truncating the membrane interacting region or making it more flexible. The ITC results show that the binding affinity of these mutants to SAH increases significantly compared with that of the wild-type UbiG. Moreover, we determine the structure of UbiG∆(165-187) in complex with SAH. Collectively, our results provide a new angle to cognize the relationship between membrane binding and entrance of the methyl donor of UbiG, which is of benefit for better understanding the O-methyl transfer process for ubiquinone biosynthesis. PMID:26975567

  14. Regulation of the transcriptional program by DNA methylation during human αβ T-cell development

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    Rodriguez, Ramon M.; Suarez-Alvarez, Beatriz; Mosén-Ansorena, David; García-Peydró, Marina; Fuentes, Patricia; García-León, María J.; Gonzalez-Lahera, Aintzane; Macias-Camara, Nuria; Toribio, María L.; Aransay, Ana M.; Lopez-Larrea, Carlos

    2015-01-01

    Thymocyte differentiation is a complex process involving well-defined sequential developmental stages that ultimately result in the generation of mature T-cells. In this study, we analyzed DNA methylation and gene expression profiles at successive human thymus developmental stages. Gain and loss of methylation occurred during thymocyte differentiation, but DNA demethylation was much more frequent than de novo methylation and more strongly correlated with gene expression. These changes took place in CpG-poor regions and were closely associated with T-cell differentiation and TCR function. Up to 88 genes that encode transcriptional regulators, some of whose functions in T-cell development are as yet unknown, were differentially methylated during differentiation. Interestingly, no reversion of accumulated DNA methylation changes was observed as differentiation progressed, except in a very small subset of key genes (RAG1, RAG2, CD8A, PTCRA, etc.), indicating that methylation changes are mostly unique and irreversible events. Our study explores the contribution of DNA methylation to T-cell lymphopoiesis and provides a fine-scale map of differentially methylated regions associated with gene expression changes. These can lay the molecular foundations for a better interpretation of the regulatory networks driving human thymopoiesis. PMID:25539926

  15. HDA6, a putative histone deacetylase needed to enhance DNA methylation induced by double-stranded RNA

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    Aufsatz, Werner; Mette, M.Florian; van der Winden, Johannes; Matzke, Marjori; Matzke, Antonius J.M.

    2002-01-01

    To analyze relationships between RNA signals, DNA methylation and chromatin modifications, we performed a genetic screen to recover Arabidopsis mutants defective in RNA-directed transcriptional silencing and methylation of a nopaline synthase promoterneomycinphosphotransferase II (NOSpro NPTII) target gene. Mutants were identified by screening for recovery of kanamycin resistance in the presence of an unlinked silencing complex encoding NOSpro double-stranded RNA. One mutant, rts1 (RNA-mediated transcriptional silencing), displayed moderate recovery of NPTII gene expression and partial loss of methylation in the target NOSpro, predominantly at symmetrical C(N)Gs. The RTS1 gene was isolated by positional cloning and found to encode a putative histone deacetylase, HDA6. The more substantial decrease in methylation of symmetrical compared with asymmetrical cytosines in rts1 mutants suggests that HDA6 is dispensable for RNA-directed de novo methylation, which results in intermediate methylation of cytosines in all sequence contexts, but is necessary for reinforcing primarily C(N)G methylation induced by RNA. Because CG methylation in centromeric and rDNA repeats was not reduced in rts1 mutants, HDA6 might be specialized for the RNA- directed pathway of genome modification. PMID:12486004

  16. LABORATORY ECOSYSTEMS FOR STUDYING CHEMICAL FATE: AN EVALUATION USING METHYL PARATHION

    EPA Science Inventory

    The use of complex microcosms as tools for testing mathematical models of pollutant fate was evaluated by determining the transport and transformation of methyl parathion in two-8-compartment, continuous flow microcosms designed to enhance the effects of different degradation pro...

  17. Postnatal epigenetic regulation of intestinal stem cells requires DNA methylation and is guided by the microbiome

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    DNA methylation is an epigenetic mechanism central to the development and maintenance of complex mammalian tissues, but our understanding of its role in intestinal development is limited. We used whole genome bisulfite sequencing, and found that differentiation of mouse colonic intestinal stem cell...

  18. Structure-function properties of starch spherulites grafted with poly(methyl acrylate)

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Spherulites, produced by steam jet-cooking high-amylose starch and oleic acid, were grafted with methyl acrylate, both before and after removal of un-complexed amylopectin. For comparison, granular high-amylose corn starch was graft polymerized in a similar manner. The amount of grafted and ungrafte...

  19. Structure-function properties of starch graft poly(methyl acrylate)copolymers

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Spherulites, produced by steam jet-cooking high-amylose starch and oleic acid, were grafted with methyl acrylate, both before and after removal of un-complexed amylopectin. For comparison, granular high-amylose corn starch was graft polymerized in a similar manner. The amount of grafted and ungrafte...

  20. Prediction of Plant Height in Arabidopsis thaliana Using DNA Methylation Data

    PubMed Central

    Hu, Yaodong; Morota, Gota; Rosa, Guilherme J. M.; Gianola, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Prediction of complex traits using molecular genetic information is an active area in quantitative genetics research. In the postgenomic era, many types of -omic (e.g., transcriptomic, epigenomic, methylomic, and proteomic) data are becoming increasingly available. Therefore, evaluating the utility of this massive amount of information in prediction of complex traits is of interest. DNA methylation, the covalent change of a DNA molecule without affecting its underlying sequence, is one quantifiable form of epigenetic modification. We used methylation information for predicting plant height (PH) in Arabidopsis thaliana nonparametrically, using reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces (RKHS) regression. Also, we used different criteria for selecting smaller sets of probes, to assess how representative probes could be used in prediction instead of using all probes, which may lessen computational burden and lower experimental costs. Methylation information was used for describing epigenetic similarities between individuals through a kernel matrix, and the performance of predicting PH using this similarity matrix was reasonably good. The predictive correlation reached 0.53 and the same value was attained when only preselected probes were used for prediction. We created a kernel that mimics the genomic relationship matrix in genomic best linear unbiased prediction (G-BLUP) and estimated that, in this particular data set, epigenetic variation accounted for 65% of the phenotypic variance. Our results suggest that methylation information can be useful in whole-genome prediction of complex traits and that it may help to enhance understanding of complex traits when epigenetics is under examination. PMID:26253546