[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To elucidate the epigenetic regulation of Tat-independent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transcription following proviral integration, we constructed an HIV type 1 (HIV-1)-based replication-defective viral vector that expresses a reporter green fluorescent protein (GFP) product from its intact long terminal repeat (LTR). We transduced this construct into human tumor cell lines that were either deficient in or competent for the Brm-type SWI/SNF complex. One day after transduction, single cells that expressed GFP were sorted, and the GFP expression profiles originating from each of these clones were analyzed. Unlike clones of the SWI/SNF-competent cell line, which exhibited clear unimodal expression patterns in all cases, many clones originating from Brm-deficient cell lines either showed a broad-range distribution of GFP expression or were fully silenced. The resorting of GFP-negative populations of these isolated clones showed that GFP silencing is either reversible or irreversible depending upon the proviral integration sites. We further observed that even in these silenced clones, proviral gene transcription initiates to accumulate short transcripts of around 60 bases in length, but no elongation occurs. We found that this termination is caused by tightly closed nucleosome-1 (nuc-1) at the 5' LTR. Also, nuc-1 is remodeled by exogenous Brm in some integrants. From these results, we propose that Brm is required for the occasional transcriptional elongation of the HIV-1 provirus in the absence of Tat. Since the Brm-type SWI/SNF complex is expressed at marginal levels in resting CD4+ T cells and is drastically induced upon CD4+ T-cell activation, we speculate that it plays crucial roles in the early Tat-independent phase of HIV transcription in affected patients.
Journal of Virology 10/2009; 83(22):11569-80. DOI:10.1128/JVI.00742-09 · 4.65 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The mammalian SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex, an essential epigenetic regulator, contains either a single Brm or BRG1 molecule as its catalytic subunit. We observed frequent loss of Brm expression but not of BRG1 in human gastric cancer cell lines. Treatment with histone deacetylase inhibitor rescued Brm expression, indicating epigenetic regulation of this gene, and an RNA interference-based colony formation assay revealed antioncogenic properties of Brm. Brm immunostaining of 89 primary gastric cancers showed an obvious reduction in 60 cases (67%) and a severe decrease in 37 cases (42%). Loss of Brm is frequent in the major gastric cancer types (well- or moderately-differentiated tubular adenocarcinoma and poorly-differentiated adenocarcinoma) and positively correlates with the undifferentiated state. Among the minor gastric cancer types, Brm expression persists in signet-ring cell carcinoma and mucinous adenocarcinoma, but a marked decrease is observed in papillary adenocarcinoma. Intestinal metaplasia never shows decreased expression, indicating that Brm is a valid marker of gastric oncogenesis. In contrast, BRG1 is retained in most cases; a concomitant loss of BRG1 and Brm is rare in gastric cancer, contrary to other malignancies. We further show that Brm is required for villin expression, a definitive marker of intestinal metaplasia and differentiation. Via regulating such genes important for gut differentiation, Brm should play significant roles in determining the histologic features of gastric malignancy.
Cancer Research 12/2007; 67(22):10727-35. DOI:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-07-2601 · 9.28 Impact Factor