Chromatin Remodeling in Cardiovascular Development and Physiology

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Circulation Research (Impact Factor: 11.02). 02/2011; 108(3):378-96. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.110.224287
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Chromatin regulation provides an important means for controlling cardiac gene expression under different physiological and pathological conditions. Processes that direct the development of normal embryonic hearts and pathology of stressed adult hearts may share general mechanisms that govern cardiac gene expression by chromatin-regulating factors. These common mechanisms may provide a framework for us to investigate the interactions among diverse chromatin remodelers/modifiers and various transcription factors in the fine regulation of gene expression, essential for all aspects of cardiovascular biology. Aberrant cardiac gene expression, triggered by a variety of pathological insults, can cause heart diseases in both animals and humans. The severity of cardiomyopathy and heart failure correlates strongly with abnormal cardiac gene expression. Therefore, controlling cardiac gene expression presents a promising approach to the treatment of human cardiomyopathy. This review focuses on the roles of ATP-dependent chromatin-remodeling factors and chromatin-modifying enzymes in the control of gene expression during cardiovascular development and disease.

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    • "As touched on above, HATs and HDACs, which play key roles in the regulation of gene expression by controlling DNA accessibility (Backs and Olson, 2006;Bruneau, 2010;Han et al., 2011;Chang and Bruneau, 2012), have been implicated in CCS development and function. For example, Hdac3, a member of the Class I HDAC family, has been implicated in cardiac development and homeostasis (Montgomery et al., 2008;Singh et al., 2011), acting by repressing the expression of Tbx5 in early development (Lewandowski et al., 2014). "
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    ABSTRACT: The cardiac conduction system (CCS) consists of distinctive components that initiate and conduct the electrical impulse required for the coordinated contraction of the cardiac chambers. CCS development involves complex regulatory networks that act in stage-, tissue- and dose-dependent manners, and recent findings indicate that the activity of these networks is sensitive to common genetic variants associated with cardiac arrhythmias. Here, we review how these findings have provided novel insights into the regulatory mechanisms and transcriptional networks underlying CCS formation and function.
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    • "Other studies have also detected higher expression levels of RELN in human adult atria (Kaab et al., 2004), although its exact function in the heart is unknown. Chromatin remodelling and histone modifications are also known to have an important role in heart development (Han et al., 2011; Chang and Bruneau, 2012). Genes encoding histones that influence nucleosome structure and are important in compaction of DNA (HIST1H3I, HIST1H2BM, HIST1H2AI) were mainly downregulated in T2 ventricles and atria, and to our knowledge have not previously been described in cardiac development. "
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    • "ncRNAs shorter than 200 nucleotides are usually identified as small/short ncRNA and include PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs), endogeneous small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) and microRNAs (miRNAs) but also classical ncRNAs, such as ribosomal RNAs (rRNAs), transfer RNAs (tRNAs) and small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs); whereas those longer than 200 nucleotides are classified as long ncRNAs (lncRNAs). LncRNAs can be classified as lincRNAs (long intergenic non-coding RNAs) that are transcribed adjacent to protein-coding genes, eRNAs (enhancer RNAs that are transcribed within the enhancer regions), intronic lncRNAs (transcribed within the introns of protein-coding genes) and antisense lncRNAs (transcribed from the opposite genomic strand relative to protein-coding genes) [1, 2]. In the past few years, an increasing number of lncRNAs have been discovered in eukaryotic organisms, ranging from nematodes to humans [3–17]. "
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