Genomic imprinting is exclusive to mammals and seed plants and refers to parent-of-origin-dependent, differential transcription. As previously shown in mammals, studies in Arabidopsis have implicated DNA methylation as an important hallmark of imprinting. The current model suggests that maternally expressed imprinted genes, such as MEDEA (MEA), are activated by the DNA glycosylase DEMETER (DME), which removes DNA methylation established by the DNA methyltransferase MET1. We report the systematic functional dissection of the MEA cis-regulatory region, resulting in the identification of a 200-bp fragment that is necessary and sufficient to mediate MEA activation and imprinted expression, thus containing the imprinting control region (ICR). Notably, imprinted MEA expression mediated by this ICR is independent of DME and MET1, consistent with the lack of any significant DNA methylation in this region. This is the first example of an ICR without differential DNA methylation, suggesting that factors ...
The insertional mouse mutation Adp (Acrodysplasia) confers a parent-of-origin developmental phenotype, with animals inheriting the mutation from their father showing skeletal abnormalities, whereas those inheriting the mutation from their mother are normal. This parental-specific phenotype, along with mapping of the insertion to a region of chromosome 12 proposed to contain imprinted genes, suggested that disruption of genomic imprinting might underlie the Adp phenotype. Genomic imprinting is the process by which autosomal genes are epigenetically silenced on one of the two parental alleles; imprinting mutation phenotypes manifest after inheritance from one parent but not the other. Imprinted genes typically occur in dense clusters that contain few non-imprinted genes and therefore representative genes from the Adp critical region could be assayed to identify any imprinted domains. None of the genes analysed were found to be imprinted, however, suggesting that other explanations for the Adp ...
Imprinting is the deactivation of a locus in gametes of only one sex. A maternally imprinted locus has inactive maternal alleles; a paternally imprinted locus has inactive paternal alleles. Nonimprinted genes express both maternal and paternal alleles. Some imprinted regions contain a single gene, while other imprinted regions contain multiple genes. Imprinting deactivates via chromatin alteration: covalent modification of DNA, such as cytosine methylation to form 5-methyl-cytosine; and/or modification or substitution in chromatin of specific histone types.. Imprinting occurs during gametogenesis and is a reversible process; it does not change the DNA sequence nor is it a mutation. Thus, a female carrying a paternal imprint will switch the imprint when passing it on to her offspring. Similarly, a male carrying a maternal imprint will switch the imprint when passing it on to his offspring. This conversion is controlled by imprinting centers within imprinted regions. Imprinting centers initiate ...
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Imprinted genes are expressed predominantly from either their paternal or their maternal allele. To date, all imprinted genes identified in plants are expressed in the endosperm. In Arabidopsis thaliana, maternal imprinting has been clearly demonstrated for the Polycomb group gene MEDEA (MEA) and for FWA. Direct repeats upstream of FWA are subject to DNA methylation. However, it is still not clear to what extent similar cis-acting elements may be part of a conserved molecular mechanism controlling maternally imprinted genes. In this work, we show that the Polycomb group gene FERTILIZATION-INDEPENDENT SEED2 (FIS2) is imprinted. Maintenance of FIS2 imprinting depends on DNA methylation, whereas loss of DNA methylation does not affect MEA imprinting. DNA methylation targets a small region upstream of FIS2 distinct from the target of DNA methylation associated with FWA. We show that FWA and FIS2 imprinting requires the maintenance of DNA methylation throughout the plant life cycle, including male ...
Imprinting on ecologically divergent traits of odour and body coloration produces sexual isolation in benthic and limnetic sticklebacks. As odour or body coloration diverged owing to species differences in ecology, imprinting could have rapidly driven divergence in mate preference and sexual isolation between species would have resulted. Therefore, imprinting has turned odour and nuptial coloration into magic traits. Previous work has identified other components of pre- and post-mating isolation in sticklebacks which are ecologically dependent [13,15,21]. These mechanisms combine with imprinting to produce strong isolation between these incipient species. Speciation in benthics and limnetics appears to be driven by ecological divergence in multiple dimensions [40]. Imprinting may also play a role in other stickleback species pairs and the adaptive radiation of sticklebacks worldwide [41].. Our results provide new insight into the role of imprinting in speciation, providing an explanation for the ...
Imprinting describes a biased expression of alleles that depends upon the parent of origin. Imprinting is observed in both flowering plants and mammals (1⇓-3) but there are differences in the mechanisms and organization of imprinted genes in these organisms (1, 4). In plants, imprinting is most prevalent in the endosperm, a triploid tissue that contains two maternal genomes and a single paternal genome (5). The endosperm provides an energy source for germinating seeds and, as the majority of harvested grain consists of endosperm tissue, a major source of calories in the human diet. A better understanding of imprinting will shed further light on epigenetic gene regulation and endosperm development and could provide an avenue for altering plant reproductive processes or seed quality.. Despite a widespread interest in imprinting and its potential importance, the function of most imprinted genes is not well characterized in plants, and imprinting has only recently been assayed on a genome-wide ...
Our novel approach revealed two SNPs, located near the genes KCNK9 and SLC2A10, influencing BMI in a parent-of-origin specific fashion. These loci were the first and fourth most significant genome-wide in our new POE test for unrelated individuals and both showed significant parent-of-origin effects in family studies. Both SNPs exhibit polar overdominance, where homozygous individuals have equal (baseline) phenotypes and heterozygous genotypes confer relative risk/protection, depending on the parental origin. Polar overdominance, has been observed in humans for type2 diabetes [1] and BMI [20], however it is very rare and its molecular mechanism is unknown.. RT-PCR experiments revealed that gene expression levels of KCNK9 and SLC2A10 in LCLs were also influenced in a parent-of-origin manner. The expression of these genes is highest in the brain (although it is also expressed in testis, liver, colon, adrenal gland and kidney; see http://www.genecards.org/) indicating a potential neuronal ...
Parental origin specific congenital anomalies have been noted in patients with uniparental disomy of the long arm of human chromosome 14 (UPD14). This suggests the presence of imprinted genes, consistent with observations of imprinting in the region of syntenic homology in the mouse. It is not known whether the distinct defects reported for paternal and maternal UPD14 are the result of biallelic expression or absence of expression of imprinted genes. Furthermore, identification of the genes responsible would be facilitated by a higher resolution map of the imprinted region(s) involved. Subjects with partial trisomy for chromosome 14 (Ts14) have been reported and hence also have an alteration in the dosage of their parental chromosomes. In this study, we have carried out genotype-phenotype correlations considering the parental origin of the extra chromosome in previously reported cases of maternal and paternal partial Ts14. The analysis has provided evidence of a correlation between distal ...
Guntrum M, Vlasova E and Davis TL (2017) Asymmetric DNA methylation of CpG dyads is a feature of secondary DMRs associated with the Dlk1/Gtl2 imprinting cluster in mouse, accepted at Epigenetics & Chromatin.. Gagne A, Hochman A, Qureshi M, Tong C, Arbon J, McDaniel K and Davis TL (2014) Analysis of DNA methylation acquisition at the imprinted Dlk1 locus reveals asymmetry at CpG dyads, Epigenetics & Chromatin 2014 7:9.. Nowak K, Stein G, Powell E, He LM, Naik S, Morris J, Marlow S and Davis TL (2011) Establishment of paternal allele-specific DNA methylation at the imprinted mouse Gtl2 locus, Epigenetics 6(8): 1012-1020.. Dockery L, Gerfen J, Harview C, Rahn-Lee C, Horton R, Park Y and Davis TL (2009) Differential methylation persists at the mouse Rasgrf1 DMR in tissues displaying monoallelic and biallelic expression, Epigenetics 4(4): 241-247.. Bhogal B, Arnaudo A, Dymkowski A, Best A and Davis TL (2004) Methylation at mouse Cdkn1c is acquired during post-implantation development and functions to ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Disruption of an imprinted gene cluster by a targeted chromosomal translocation in mice. AU - Cleary, Michele A.. AU - Van Raamsdonk, Catherine D.. AU - Levorse, John. AU - Zheng, Binhai. AU - Bradley, Allan. AU - Tilghman, Shirley M.. PY - 2001/9/12. Y1 - 2001/9/12. N2 - Genomic imprinting is an epigenetic process in which the activity of a gene is determined by its parent of origin. Mechanisms governing genomic imprinting are just beginning to be understood. However, the tendency of imprinted genes to exist in chromosomal clusters suggests a sharing of regulatory elements. To better understand imprinted gene clustering, we disrupted a cluster of imprinted genes on mouse distal chromosome 7 using the Cre/IoxP recombination system. In mice carrying a site-specific translocation separating Cdkn1c and Kcnq1, imprinting of the genes retained on chromosome 7, including Kcnq1, Kcnq1ot1, Ascl2, H19 and Igf2, is unaffected, demonstrating that these genes are not regulated by elements ...
MCB Spotlight article. Han L, Lee DH, Szabó PE. 2008. CTCF is the master organizer of domain-wide allele-specific chromatin at the H19/Igf2 imprinted region. Mol Cell Biol 28(3):1124-1135. PubMed. Szabó PE, Han L, Hyo-Jung J, Mann JR. 2006. Mutagenesis in mice of nuclear hormone receptor binding sites in the Igf2/H19 imprinting control region. Cytogenet Genome Res 113(1-4):238-246. PubMed. Szabó PE, Pfeifer GP, Mann JR. 2004. Parent-of-origin-specific binding of nuclear hormone receptor complexes in the H19-Igf2 imprinting control region. Mol Cell Biol 24(11):4858-4868. PubMed. Szabó PE, Tang SH, Silva FJ, Tsark WM, Mann JR. 2004. Role of CTCF binding sites in the Igf2/H19 imprinting control region. Mol Cell Biol 24(11):4791-4800. PubMed. Szabó PE, Hübner K, Schöler H, and Mann JR. 2002. Allele-specific expression of imprinted genes in mouse migratory primordial germ cells. Mech Dev115(1-2):157-160. PubMed. Szabó PE, Tang SH, Reed MR, Silva FJ, Tsark WM, Mann JR. 2002. The chicken ...
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We have demonstrated that a simple one-locus two-allele model of genomic imprinting produces large differences in predictions for additive (Table 2) and dominance terms from a number of standard approaches for partitioning the genotypic value of an individual. These approaches are equivalent in the absence of imprinting under standard Mendelian expression (where heterozygotes have equivalent genotypic values and hence k1 = k2). Although all approaches give identical total genetic variance, there are differences in the partitioning of the genetic variance into additive, dominance and covariance terms (Table 3).. The major differences in the approaches arise due to differences in how breeding values and additive effects are defined. Approaches 1 and 2b incorporate both sex- and generation-dependent terms, and breeding values are equivalent for these approaches (Table 2). However, Approaches 2a and the regression methods (Approaches 3a and 3b) are unable to partition separate male and female terms. ...
Genomic imprinting results in the monoallelic expression of genes that encode important regulators of growth and proliferation. Dysregulation of imprinted genes, such as those within the Dlk1-Dio3 locus, is associated with developmental syndromes and specific diseases. Our ability to interrogate causes of imprinting instability has been hindered by the absence of suitable model systems. Here, we describe a Dlk1 knockin reporter mouse that enables single-cell visualization of allele-specific expression and prospective isolation of cells, simultaneously. We show that this imprinting reporter mouse can be used to detect tissue-specific Dlk1 expression patterns in developing embryos. We also apply this system to pluripotent cell culture and demonstrate that it faithfully indicates DNA methylation changes induced upon cellular reprogramming. Finally, the reporter system reveals a role of elevated oxygen levels in eroding imprinted Dlk1 expression during prolonged culture and in vitro ...
Author Summary Genomic imprinting is an epigenetic process leading to parent-of-origin-specific DNA methylation and gene expression. Defects in this process lead to abnormal development, growth, or behavior. It is still unclear why and how imprinting evolved and how many human genes are imprinted. Based on genome-wide DNA methylation analysis in a patient with a generalized imprinting defect, we have found that the paradigmatic retinoblastoma 1 (RB1) gene on chromosome 13 is imprinted. Imprinting of RB1 is linked to the insertion of a DNA sequence derived by retrotransposition from a gene on chromosome 9. Part of the inserted DNA sequence has evolved into a differentially methylated alternative RB1 promoter. Differential methylation of this sequence skews expression of the RB1 gene in favour of the maternal allele. The direction of the imprint imposed on the RB1 gene is the same as of the maternally expressed CDKN1C gene, which operates upstream of RB1. The imprinting of two components of the same
The Gnas locus on mouse Chr 2 represents a unique cluster of overlapping imprinted genes. Three of these in the order Nesp- Gnasxl- Gnas are transcribed in the sense direction with Nesp having materna
Epigenetic mechanisms modulate genome function by writing, reading and erasing chromatin structural features. These have an impact on gene expression, contributing to the establishment, maintenance and dynamic changes in cellular properties in normal and abnormal situations. Great effort has recently been undertaken to catalogue the genome-wide patterns of epigenetic marks-creating reference epigenomes-which will deepen our understanding of their contributions to genome regulation and function with the promise of revealing further insights into disease etiology. The foundation for these global studies is the smaller scale experimentally-derived observations and questions that have arisen through the study of epigenetic mechanisms in model systems. One such system is genomic imprinting, a process causing the mono-allelic expression of genes in a parental-origin specific manner controlled by a hierarchy of epigenetic events that have taught us much about the dynamic interplay between key regulators of
What kind of diseases are they? Normal mammal development requires that maternal and paternal gene sets differed functionally. In certain genes, only the maternal copy should work. And in others - only the paternal copy should. The mechanism regulating functional differences of parental genomes is called genomic imprinting. This is a complicated and multi-step process, which starts in the parental gametal cells, where special enzymes mark and disconnect the required genes (a human being has about 70 of them), and continues after impregnation. Heavy pathologies can be caused by failure of such marking at some stage, and several genomic imprinting diseases are known with human beings. Genomic imprinting reacts to external factors, and the researchers expected that the auxiliary reproductive technologies could influence it. The first example of such influence was discovered in experiments on animals artificial impregnation. The large posterity syndrome sometimes develops with big horned cattle ...
A DMR that spans exons 10-12 of Cdh15 showed maternal-specific methylation in oocytes, 9.5 dpc embryo, quadriceps, tail and hypothalamus, but the DMR was not maintained in adult cerebral cortex, cerebellum and ES cells (Proudhon C et al, 2012). Cdh15 was showed exclusive paternal expression in the hypothalamus, and biallelic expression in quadriceps and cerebellum. In the hypothalamus expression from exon 12-13 was 10-fold higher than from exon 1, suggesting a specific imprinted transcript that arises between exons 9 and 10 (Proudhon C et al, 2012). ...
In diploid organisms, such as humans, all somatic cells have two copies of the genome, one copy inherited from each parent. For the vast majority of autosomal genes, both alleles at each locus influence expression of the gene. However, a small number of genes are imprinted, meaning that gene expression results from only a single allele because the allele transmitted from either the mother or the father is silenced. It is believed that up to 1% of human genes may be imprinted, and more than 150 imprinted human genes have been identified so far, most of which are related to growth and development [12, 13]. Imprinted genes can have a significant role in disease because imposition of a functional haploid state at imprinted loci allows a single mutation event to be unopposed, giving it greater potential to affect gene function.. Genomic imprinting is related to the methylation of cytosine bases that occurs primarily in CpG clusters. Such regions are frequently involved in regulation of genes [14]. ...
The Insulin-like growth factor 2 (Igf2) and H19 genes are reciprocally imprinted and closely linked. Igf2 encodes a fetal growth-factor and is predominantly expressed from the paternal allele, while H19 is expressed from the maternal allele and encodes a transcript which may downregulate cellular proliferation. One of the epigenetic modifications thought to be involved in parental imprinting is DNA methylation. Here we analyse methylation in two regions of the Igf2 gene, one approx. 3 kb upstream of the gene and one in the 3 part of the gene. Both regions are more methylated on the expressed paternal chromosome. Genomic sequencing of individual chromosomes in the first region shows this parent-specific methylation to be highly mosaic; interestingly, individual sperm chromosomes carry different methylation patterns into the egg. In the more 3 region, which is fully methylated in sperm, the level of methylation on the paternal allele is highly tissue-specific and is correlated with expression of the
Mammalian genomic imprinting is an epigenetic gene regulatory mechanism that results in parental‐specific gene expression of a small number of genes in diploid somatic cells (Beechey et al., 2001; Reik and Walter, 2001; Li, 2002; Sleutels and Barlow, 2002). Several features of the imprinting mechanism have been identified; however, it is not yet clear whether imprinting is regulated by a unique process or whether it is part of the general epigenetic apparatus used to regulate mammalian gene expression. Clustering and coordinate regulation is one feature imprinted genes share with non‐imprinted genes (Engemann et al., 2000; Onyango et al., 2000), and it is now clear that many imprinted genes are functionally grouped such that imprinted expression of several genes is regulated by one long‐range imprint control element (Thorvaldsen et al., 1998; Horike et al., 2000; Zwart et al., 2001; Fitzpatrick et al., 2002). The frequent occurrence of an imprinted non‐coding RNA within an imprinted gene ...
In mammals, mothers are the primary caregiver, programmed, in part, by hormones produced during pregnancy. High-quality maternal care is essential for the survival and lifelong health of offspring. We previously showed that the paternally silenced imprinted gene pleckstrin homology-like domain family A member 2 (Phlda2) functions to negatively regulate a single lineage in the mouse placenta called the spongiotrophoblast, a major source of hormones in pregnancy. Consequently, the offsprings Phlda2 gene dosage may influence the quality of care provided by the mother. Here, we show that wild-type (WT) female mice exposed to offspring with three different doses of the maternally expressed Phlda2 gene-two active alleles, one active allele (the extant state), and loss of function-show changes in the maternal hypothalamus and hippocampus during pregnancy, regions important for maternal-care behaviour. After birth, WT dams exposed in utero to offspring with the highest Phlda2 dose exhibit decreased ...
Imprinted genes form a special subset of the genome, exhibiting monoallelic expression in a parent-of-origin-dependent fashion. This monoallelic expression is controlled by parental-specific epigenetic marks, which are established in gametogenesis and early embryonic development and are persistent i …
Among the ~150-200 imprinted genes identified in mouse and human, only 20 marsupial orthologs have been examined to date, and eight of these were found to be imprinted. Here we ask, what is the marsupial imprinting status for the remaining 130 eutherian imprinted genes, and are there any marsupial-specific imprinted genes? We profiled genome-wide allele-specific expression (RNA-seq), histone modifications (ChIP-seq) and DNA methylation (PyroMark) in fetal brain and extra-embryonic membranes from reciprocal crosses of two opossum lines, providing an unbiased survey of parent-of-origin effects. Among 68 genes known to be imprinted in eutherians (and having an opossum ortholog), 52 were covered with sufficient informative SNPs to score allelic expression. Only three (,6%) were found to be imprinted in opossum, and 48 display biallelic expression, reflecting a striking lack of conservation of imprinting status. We also discovered and validated eight marsupial-specific imprinted genes that are not ...
Imprinting with a novel and conspicuous object usually occurs most readily at a particular stage of development. The word imprinting suggests that a permanent irremovable image has been left by the impact of experience on the soft wax of the developing brain. It was supposed that the brains metaphorical wax is soft only during a particular stage in development and no impression can be left before or after the critical period. However, the image of such a sharply delineated moment of imprinting is misleading, because the process is not so rigidly timed and may indeed be reversed under some conditions. This is why the term sensitive period is now most commonly used to refer to the phase during early development when the young animal most readily forms a social attachment. Filial imprinting occurs just prior to the stage in the life-cycle when, for its own safety, the young animal needs to discriminate between its parents and other members of its own species which might attack it. In precocious ...
Parent of origin imprints on the genome have been implicated in the regulation of neural cell type differentiation. The ability of human parthenogenetic (PG) embryonic stem cells (hpESCs) to undergo neural lineage and cell type-specific differentiation is undefined. We determined the potential of hpESCs to differentiate into various neural subtypes. Concurrently, we examined DNA methylation and expression status of imprinted genes. Under culture conditions promoting neural differentiation, hpESC-derived neural stem cells (hpNSCs) gave rise to glia and neuron-like cells that expressed subtype-specific markers and generated action potentials. Analysis of imprinting in hpESCs and in hpNSCs revealed that maternal-specific gene expression patterns and imprinting marks were generally maintained in PG cells upon differentiation. Our results demonstrate that despite the lack of a paternal genome, hpESCs generate proliferating NSCs that are capable of differentiation into physiologically functional ...
|P>Results of Texas A&M Universitys research into imprintings effects on six-month-old foals conclude that neither the frequency of imprinting sessions nor their timing after birth influenced foals later behavior. Some veterinarians disagree
2010 Cunningham, MD, J Kassis, and K Pfeifer (2010) Chromatin modifiers, cognitive disorders, and imprinted genes. Dev Cell: 18: 169-70. Gebert, C, D Kunkel, A Grinberg, and K Pfeifer (2010) H19 Imprinting Control Region methylation requires an imprinted
Background: It has been long suspected that prenatal nutrition and environmental toxins play a role in promoting breast cancer. Genomic imprinting is an inherited form of parent-of-origin-specific epigenetic gene regulation that is dysregulated by poor prenatal nutrition and environmental toxins. Recent studies show that exposure to the environmental plastic bis-phenol A and vitamin D deficiencies promote loss of normal imprinting. African American (AA) women are known to have vitamin D deficiency at a significantly higher frequency than women of Northern European descent. Here we investigated a mechanism that may explain the higher rate of aggressive triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) in AA women.. Methods and Results: KCNK9 encodes TASK3, a pH-regulated potassium channel membrane protein that is overexpressed in 40% of breast cancer. Our studies have identified a differentially methylated region (DMR) for KCNK9 and shown monoallelic expression of KCNK9 in breast tissue. Using patient ...
For a diploid organism such as human, the two alleles of a particular gene can be expressed at different levels due to X chromosome inactivation, gene imprinting, different local promoter activity, or mRNA stability. Recently, imbalanced allelic expression was found to be common in human and can follow Mendelian inheritance. Here we present a method that employs real competitive PCR for allele-specific expression analysis. A transcribed mutation such as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) is used as the marker for allele-specific expression analysis. A synthetic mutation created in the competitor is close to a natural mutation site in the cDNA sequence. PCR is used to amplify the two cDNA sequences from the two alleles and the competitor. A base extension reaction with a mixture of ddNTPs/dNTP is used to generate three oligonucleotides for the two cDNAs and the competitor. The three products are identified and their ratios are calculated based on their peak areas in the MALDI-TOF mass spectrum.
FAM129B a maternal imprinting gene. Absent in pituitary adenomas. May possess growth suppressor activity. Two major alternatively spliced isoforms have been described. forms. One form, Meg3-proximal ( Meg3p), contains exons 1-3. The second form, Meg3-distal ( Meg3d) did not contain exons 1-3 and was present in oocytes and in 1- and 2-cell embryos. Note: This description may include information from UniProtKB ...
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A method of fabricating a molecular electronic device or crossbar memory device is provided. The device comprises at least one pair of crossed wires and a molecular switch film therebetween. The method comprises: (a) forming at least one bottom electrode on a substrate by first forming a first layer on the substrate and patterning the first layer to form the bottom electrode by an imprinting technique; (b) forming the molecular switch film on top of the bottom electrode; (c) optionally forming a protective layer on top of the molecular switch film to avoid damage thereto during further processing; (d) coating a polymer layer on top of the protective layer and patterned the polymer layer by the imprinting method to form openings that expose portions of the protective layer; and (e) forming at least one top electrode on the protective layer through the openings in the polymer layer by first forming a second layer on the polymer layer and patterning the second layer. The imprinting method can be used to
The Sfmbt2 gene represented an entrée into a new imprinted domain, whose extent was unknown. Our analysis has revealed that it comprises a single coding gene, with a spliced antisense transcript that is transcribed from the first common intron and is also imprinted; this latter is likely a lincRNA [9], and its imprinted expression may reflect open/closed chromatin states of the parental alleles. No other genes tested within 4.3 Mb of Sfmbt2 display monoalleic expression in placenta, and published data from another study indicates that no genes in this domain are imprinted in e9.5 somatic tissues [5]. A recent computational analysis supported placental imprinting of Sfmbt2, using criteria heavily dependent on the two histone marks, H3K4Me3 and H3K27Me3, mentioned above [13]. No other genes within the domain examined in our study passed the computational test in this study, although one could argue that the criteria chosen for the machine learning exercise may have been biased.. The CpG island ...
We found that only 36% of blastocysts developed in mothers on the 25% protein diet showed a normal imprinting pattern, compared to 70% in the control group, said Dr Gardner. Furthermore, only 65% of the embryos in the high protein group developed into foetuses once they had been transferred, compared to 81% in the control group. Not only did fewer embryos develop into foetuses when transferred from the high protein group, but of all the embryos that implanted, only 84% developed further, whereas in the control group 99% of the embryos that implanted continued to develop ...
GTPase activity, regulation of cyclin-dependent protein serine/threonine kinase activity, regulation of gene expression by genetic imprinting, small GTPase mediated signal transduction
14 January 2015: Imprinted genes are monoallelic expressed in a parent-of-origin dependent manner (Jirtle and Weidman 2007).The conflict theory of genomic imprinting predicts that maternally expressed genes are antigrowth while paternally expressed genes are progrowth (Haig and Graham 1991). The first two genes experimentally identified to be imprinted, the maternally expressed Igf2r (Barlow et al. 1991) and the paternally expressed Igf2 (DeChiara et al. 1991), were shown over two decades ago to adhere to this prediction. A second set of oppositely imprinted, fetal growth antagonistic genes has now been identified, the maternally expressed Grb10 and the paternally expressed Dlk1 (Madon-Simon et al. 2014). Grb10 encodes for an intracellular signaling adaptor protein that restricts fetal growth and promotes fat deposition. In contrast, Dlk1 encodes for a ligand that promotes fetal growth and restricts fat deposition. Deregulation of DLK1 expression by a single point mutation also results in the ...
Imprinting means that in some places along the human genome-about 100 genes in all-the way DNA behaves depends on which parent passes it to the offspring. Some of the genes in sperm and egg cells have chemicals called methyl molecules that attach to them, a process called methylation; these molecules can either activate or silence a gene. In some cases, the mothers copy of the gene is activated, and the fathers silenced. In others the opposite is true. The function of each of the dozens of human imprinted genes isnt yet known, but many appear to guide metabolism and growth prior to birth. When imprinting goes awry-and researchers dont understand yet why that happens-the outcome can be health problems in the baby. The last several years have seen imprinting disorders emerge from the shadows, and with them a deeper appreciation for the human genomes ability to modulate gene expression in the earliest stages of development. Scientists are also considering how imprinting errors could cause ...
Mouse embryonic germ (EG) cell lines: transmission through the germline and differences in the methylation imprint of insulin-like growth factor 2 receptor (Igf2r) gene compared with embryonic stem (ES) cell lines.s profile, publications, research topics, and co-authors
|p|Faithful maintenance of genomic imprinting is essential for mammalian development. While germline DNA methylation–dependent (canonical) im...
Scientists have argued that the reason some genes only use or express one copy is due to a conflict between paternal and maternal interests.. In the natural world, for example, males would hope to produce large offspring to give them the best chance of survival and carry on their gene line. But large offspring require greater maternal investment, so females will try to impose their genetic stamp so that smaller young are born.. The idea that imprinting evolves because of conflict between males and females over maternal investment in their offspring has become a generally accepted truth that has remained largely unchallenged, said Dr Wolf.. But we have shown that selection for positive interactions between mothers and their offspring, rather than conflict, can produce the sorts of imprinting patterns we see for a lot of genes.. For example, during placental development the maternal and offspring genomes have to work together to produce a functional placenta. By expressing the genes they get ...
SUPER CHARGE your BIOEFFECT EGF serums! EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) is a protein natural to human skin that boosts collagen and elastin production as well as skin hydration and thickness. The process of delivering EGF to skin cells and activating them is known as imprinting. The most important factor in imprinting is
There is provided an imprinting apparatus that transfers a pattern of a mold to a resin on a substrate, the imprinting apparatus including a deposition mechanism configured to deposit the resin onto t
From the point of view of a maternally derived gene in Haldane, the three half-brothers are all offspring of his mother, so his maternally derived genes have a probability of one-half being present in each half-brother. For the sacrifice of one copy of the gene in himself, Haldane would be rescuing one and a half copies, on average, of his maternally derived genes. Natural selection acting in that situation on genes of maternal origin would favor the sacrificial behavior.. However, things look very different from the point of view of Haldanes paternal genes. Those three half-brothers are the offspring of different fathers, making them complete non-relatives. If genetic accounting were all that was important, no sacrifice, no matter how small, would justify any benefit, no matter how great, to his paternal half-sibs. Therefore, in this case, selection on paternally derived genes would prevent Haldane performing this sacrificial action.. This illustrates that different selective forces can act on ...
From the point of view of a maternally derived gene in Haldane, the three half-brothers are all offspring of his mother, so his maternally derived genes have a probability of one-half being present in each half-brother. For the sacrifice of one copy of the gene in himself, Haldane would be rescuing one and a half copies, on average, of his maternally derived genes. Natural selection acting in that situation on genes of maternal origin would favor the sacrificial behavior.. However, things look very different from the point of view of Haldanes paternal genes. Those three half-brothers are the offspring of different fathers, making them complete non-relatives. If genetic accounting were all that was important, no sacrifice, no matter how small, would justify any benefit, no matter how great, to his paternal half-sibs. Therefore, in this case, selection on paternally derived genes would prevent Haldane performing this sacrificial action.. This illustrates that different selective forces can act on ...
Genomic imprinting is a unique epigenetic feature that may play a significant role in tumorigenesis (1, 2, 3 , 39) . The human chromosome 11p15.5 region contains imprinted domains that include H19, IGF2, and p57KIP2 genes (5 , 6 , 15 , 16 , 19, 20, 21, 22) . Imprinting dysregulation of these genes has frequently been reported in several embryonal and adult solid malignancies, suggesting an association with their development (8 , 9 , 11 , 15, 16, 17, 18 , 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 , 31 , 32) . p57KIP2, a CDK inhibitor, is a newly described maternally expressed cell cycle gene (13 , 15 , 22) . Alterations of the maternal allele of p57KIP2 by LOH or mutation without changes in the imprinted paternal allele have been associated with tumorigenesis (3 , 6 , 7 , 14 , 17 , 37 , 39) .. Our results show infrequent alterations of the p57KIP2 gene and detectable expression in all cases with LOH within and at the flanking 11p15.5 loci of this gene in HNSC. We also observed biallelic expression and ...
The allele-specific maintenance of the methylation state depends on the fact that methylation occurs at palindromic sequences. When were talking about language, a palindrome is a word or phrase that contains the same sequence of letters when read forwards or backwards, like a man, a plan, a canal, Panama, or eat tea. In genetics, a palindrome is where the nucleotide sequence on one strand of the DNA is the same as the sequence on the complementary strand (which is read in the opposite direction ...
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Angelman syndrome (AS) and Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) are neurodevelopmental disorders of genomic imprinting. AS results from loss of function of the ubiquitin protein ligase E3A (UBE3A) gene, whereas the genetic defect in PWS is unknown. Although induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) provide invaluable models of human disease, nuclear reprogramming could limit the usefulness of iPSCs from patients who have AS and PWS should the genomic imprint marks be disturbed by the epigenetic reprogramming process. Our iPSCs derived from patients with AS and PWS show no evidence of DNA methylation imprint erasure at the cis-acting PSW imprinting center. Importantly, we find that, as in normal brain, imprinting of UBE3A is established during neuronal differentiation of AS iPSCs, with the paternal UBE3A allele repressed concomitant with up-regulation of the UBE3A antisense transcript. These iPSC models of genomic imprinting disorders will facilitate investigation of the AS and PWS disease processes and ...
Genomic imprinting is one of the well-known epigenetic factors causing the association between traits and genes, and has generally been examined by detecting parent-of-origin effects of alleles. A lot of methods have been proposed to test for parent-of-origin effects on autosomes based on nuclear families and general pedigrees. Although these parent-of-origin effects tests on autosomes have been available for more than 15 years, there has been no statistical test developed to test for parent-of-origin effects on X chromosome, until the parental-asymmetry test on X chromosome (XPAT) and its extensions were recently proposed. However, these methods on X chromosome are only applicable to nuclear families and thus are not suitable for general pedigrees. In this article, we propose the pedigree parental-asymmetry test on X chromosome (XPPAT) statistic to test for parent-of-origin effects in the presence of association, which can accommodate general pedigrees. When there are missing genotypes in some
TY - JOUR. T1 - The two-domain hypothesis in Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. T2 - Autonomous imprinting of the telomeric domain of the distal chromosome 7 cluster. AU - Cerrato, Flavia. AU - Sparago, Angela. AU - Di Matteo, Ines. AU - Zou, Xiangang. AU - Dean, Wendy. AU - Sasaki, Hiroyuki. AU - Smith, Paul. AU - Genesio, Rita. AU - Bruggemann, Marianne. AU - Reik, Wolf. AU - Riccio, Andrea. PY - 2005/2/15. Y1 - 2005/2/15. N2 - A large cluster of imprinted genes is located on the mouse distal chromosome 7. This cluster is well conserved in humans and its dysregulation results in the overgrowth- and tumour-associated Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. Two imprinting centres (IC1 and IC2) controlling different sets of genes have been identified in the cluster, raising the hypothesis that the cluster is divided into two functionally independent domains. However, the mechanisms by which imprinting of genes in the IC2 domain (e.g. Cdkn1c and Kcnq1) is regulated have not been well defined, and recent evidence ...
Purpose: To determine: 1) If a 15q11-13 deletion was transmitted from a female with Angelman syndrome to her fetus, and 2) If the UBE3A gene was functionally imprinted in fetal eye. Methods: Individuals were genotyped by microsatellite analysis. DNA methylation imprints were assessed by Southern blot analysis and methylationspecific PCR. Expression was analyzed by RT-PCR. Results: The mother and fetus inherited large deletions of maternal 15q11-13 and demonstrated paternal-only DNA methylation imprints along 15q11-13. UBE3A was paternally expressed in eye tissue from the fetus with Angelman syndrome. Conclusions: We show that females with Angelman syndrome are fully capable of reproduction and that UBE3A is not imprinted in fetal eye.
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PWS is related to an epigenetic phenomenon known as imprinting. Normally, a fetus inherits an imprinted maternal copy of PW genes and a functional paternal copy of PW genes. Due to imprinting, the maternally inherited copies of these genes are virtually silent, and the fetus therefore relies on the expression of the paternal copies of the genes.[26][27] In PWS, however, there is mutation/deletion of the paternal copies of PW genes, leaving the fetus with no functioning PW genes. The PW genes are the SNRPN and NDN necdin genes, along with clusters of snoRNAs: SNORD64, SNORD107, SNORD108 and two copies of SNORD109, 29 copies of SNORD116 (HBII-85) and 48 copies of SNORD115 (HBII-52). These genes are located on chromosome 15 located in the region 15q11-13.[28][29][30][31] This so-called PWS/AS region in the paternal chromosome 15 may be lost by one of several genetic mechanisms, which in the majority of instances occurs through chance mutation. Other, less common mechanisms include uniparental ...
PWS is caused by the deletion of the paternal copies of the imprinted SNRPN gene and necdin gene on chromosome 15 located in the region 15q11-13 [2]. This so-called PWS/AS region may be lost by one of several genetic mechanisms which, in the majority of instances occurs through chance mutation. Other less common mechanisms include; uniparental disomy, sporadic mutations, chromosome translocations, and gene deletions. Due to imprinting, the maternally inherited copies of these genes are virtually silent, only the paternal copies of the genes are expressed. PWS results from the loss of paternal copies of this region. Deletion of the same region on the maternal chromosome causes Angelman syndrome (AS). PWS and AS represent the first reported instances of imprinting disorders in humans. The risk to the sibling of an affected child of having PWS depends upon the genetic mechanism which caused the disorder. The risk to siblings is ,1% if the affected child has a gene deletion or uniparental disomy, up ...
BACKGROUND: Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous condition characterized by severe intrauterine and postnatal growth retardation. Loss of DNA methylation at the telomeric imprinting control region 1 (ICR1) on 11p15 is an important cause of SRS. METHODS: We studied the methylation pattern at the H19-IGF2 locus in 201 patients with suspected SRS. In an attempt to categorize the patients into different subgroups, we developed a simple clinical scoring system with respect to readily and unambiguously assessable clinical features. In a second step, the relationship between clinical score and epigenetic status was analyzed. Results and CONCLUSIONS: The scoring system emerged as a powerful tool for identifying those patients with both a definite SRS phenotype and carrying an epimutation at 11p15. 53% of the 201 patients initially enrolled fulfilled the criteria for SRS and about 40% of them exhibited an epimutation at the H19-IGF2 locus. Methylation defects were ...
What is Prader-Willi syndrome? Prader-Willi syndrome is a genetic imprinting disorder affecting chromosome 15, which causes various symptoms, including overeating and obesity. This video provides an illustrated overview of Prader-Willi syndrome, including the causes, symptoms, and pathology, as well as proper strategies for diagnosis and treatment.. For more study tools from Osmosis on Medscape, see our collection here. ...
In studies of genomic imprinting in the Prader-Willi/Angelman domain, an agouti coat color cassette was inserted into the downstream open reading frame (ORF) of the imprinted bicistronic Snurf-Snrpn locus in the mouse. The fusion gene was maternally silenced, as is Snurf-Snrpn, and produced a tan abdomen only when inherited paternally in otherwise-black mice. A screen for dominant epigenetic or genetic events was performed with ENU mutagenesis, using a strategy whereby variation in abdominal color was scored at weaning. One mouse with maternal origin of the fusion gene had a tan abdomen and had an imprinting defect resulting in loss of both maternal methylation and silencing of the fusion gene. One mouse with paternal origin of the fusion gene was completely yellow and was found to have an ATG-to-AAG mutation in the initiation codon of the upstream ORF encoding SNURF. Northern blotting, immunoblotting, and transfection studies indicated that the ATG-to-AAG mutation causes a 15-fold or more ...
Epigenetic reprogramming in mammalian germ cells, zygote and early embryos, plays a crucial role in regulating genome functions at critical stages of development. Germ line epigenetic reprogramming assures erasure of all the imprinting marks and epi-mutations and establishment of new sex-specific gametic imprints. The presented work focuses on the erasure of epigenetic modifications that occur in mouse primordial germ cells (PGCs) between day 10.5 to 13.5 post coitum (dpc). Contrary to previous assumptions, our results show that as they enter the genital ridge the PGCs still possess DNA methylation marks comparable to those found in somatic cells. Shortly after the entry of PGCs into the gonadal anlagen the DNA methylation marks associated with imprinted and non-imprinted genes are erased. For most genes the erasure commences simultaneously in PGCs of both male and female embryos and is completed within only one day of development. The kinetics of this process indicates that is an active ...
Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) is a well-studied human overgrowth disorder, associated with visceromegaly, exomphalos, and predisposition to Wilms tumor and other pediatric cancers. BWS is a clinical syndrome, not a single disorder. Phenotypic heterogeneity is prominent, and we now appreciate that this reflects an underlying molecular heterogeneity. The syndrome can be caused by various molecular defects, which lead to altered expression of certain imprinted genes on chromosome 11p15. Multiple studies have revealed striking epigenotype-phenotype correlations, in which exomphalos tracks with one type of imprinting defect, affecting the CDKN1C gene, while Wilms tumor predisposition tracks with a different imprinting defect, affecting the IGF2 and H19 genes. Here we review the clinical and molecular features of BWS and summarize the data from these recent investigations. We also review the fascinating association of BWS with twinning, and discuss preliminary studies suggesting an increased ...
MODIFICATION of genetic material in the parental germ line can affect the structure, segregation, or expression of chromosomes in the zygote (reviewed by Lloyd 2000; de la Casa-Esperon and Sapienza 2003). Parent-of-origin effects mediated by epigenetic marks on chromosomes are called germ line imprints. The importance of imprints for mammalian embryonic development is illustrated by the early lethality of uniparental diploids (Surani et al. 1986). Unlike mammals, Drosophila uniparental diploids are viable and without apparent defect, suggesting that the role of imprinting in flies is minor (Lindsley and Zimm 1992). In spite of this, imprinting does occur in Drosophila and is detected through its effect on gene expression. Euchromatic genes that are moved to heterochromatic environments by inversion or transposition are silenced (Wallrath and Elgin 1995). Silencing, detected by variegated expression, is termed position effect variegation (PEV). With few exceptions, imprinting in Drosophila is ...
Imprinted genes play essential roles in development, and their allelic expression is mediated by imprinting control regions (ICRs). The Dlk1-Dio3 locus is among the few imprinted domains controlled by a paternally methylated ICR. The unmethylated maternal copy activates imprinted expression early in development through an unknown mechanism. We find that in mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and in blastocysts, this function is linked to maternal, bidirectional expression of noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) from the ICR. Disruption of ICR ncRNA expression in ESCs affected gene expression in cis, led to acquisition of aberrant histone and DNA methylation, delayed replication timing along the domain on the maternal chromosome, and changed its subnuclear localization. The epigenetic alterations persisted during differentiation and affected the neurogenic potential of the stem cells. Our data indicate that monoallelic expression at an ICR of enhancer RNA-like ncRNAs controls imprinted gene expression, ...
Addresses: KAROLINSKA HOSP, DEPT CLIN NEUROSCI, EXPTL ALCOHOL & DRUG ADDICT RES SECT, S-17176 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN. UNIV UPPSALA, DEPT ANIM DEV & GENET, S-75236 UPPSALA, SWEDEN. KAROLINSKA HOSP, DEPT PATHOL, DIV PEDIAT, S-17176 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN.Available from: 2007-02-12 Created: 2007-02-12 Last updated: 2011-01-15 ...
In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, a chromosomal imprinting event controls the asymmetric pattern of mating-type switching. The orientation of DNA replication at the mating-type locus is instrumental in this process. However, the factors leading to imprinting are not fully identified an …
Epigenetics is the study of cellular information other than the DNA sequence itself, which is heritable in cell progeny and involves modification of DNA or its associated proteins. Epigenetic changes include DNA methylation, a covalent modification of cytosine, and post-translational modifications of histone tails, such as acetylation, methylation, and phosphorylation (1). Epigenetic alterations have been increasingly recognized as an important mechanism in tumorigenesis since their discovery in human tumors in 1983 (2, 3). Genomic imprinting is an epigenetic modification of a specific parental chromosome in the gamete or zygote, leading to parental origin-specific differential expression of the two alleles of a gene in somatic cells of the offspring (3).. The insulin-like growth factor-II gene (IGF2), an imprinted gene with parental allele expressed and maternal allele silenced, is an important autocrine growth factor in tumors due to its mitogenic and antiapoptotic functions mediated by the ...
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(Medical Xpress)-Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have reported a major breakthrough in understanding the molecular basis for Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), perhaps the most studied among the class of diseases ...
One theory proposes that some genes provided to the offspring by the father try to extract as many resources from the mother as possible while maternally inherited genes, by contrast, are not interested in exhausting maternal resources prematurely, but rather in ensuring that these resources are conserved for future offspring. It is therefore suggested that evolution selected for the phenomenon of genetic imprinting in order to control this. While only a small percentage of our genes are imprinted, mutations affecting one of these will lead to disorders which differ depending on whether the gene defect was inherited from the mother or father. For example, an individual missing a small piece of chromosome 15 from the mother will be born with Angelman syndrome, manifesting itself with mental retardation. In contrast, if the abnormal chromosome 15 is inherited from the father the offspring will present with Prader-Willi syndrome characterised by lower IQ, small stature and a tendency for ...
Angelman syndrome is a disorder in humans that causes neurological symptoms such as lack of speech, jerky movements, and insomnia. A human cell has two copies of twenty-three chromosomes for a total of forty-six-one copy from its mother and one from its father. But in the case of Angelman syndrome, the maternal chromosome numbered 15 has a mutation or deletion in its DNA and a gene on the paternal chromosome 15 is inactivated in some parts the brain. The result is the paternal gene is silenced during development of the sperm, which is called genetic imprinting.. Format: Articles Subject: Disorders ...
Angelman syndrome is a disorder in humans that causes neurological symptoms such as lack of speech, jerky movements, and insomnia. A human cell has two copies of twenty-three chromosomes for a total of forty-six-one copy from its mother and one from its father. But in the case of Angelman syndrome, the maternal chromosome numbered 15 has a mutation or deletion in its DNA and a gene on the paternal chromosome 15 is inactivated in some parts the brain. The result is the paternal gene is silenced during development of the sperm, which is called genetic imprinting.. Format: Articles Subject: Disorders ...