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    DNA damage and expression of DNA methylation modulators in urine-derived cells of patients with hypertension and diabetes. Hishikawa Akihito,Hayashi Kaori,Yoshimoto Norifumi,Nakamichi Ran,Homma Koichiro,Itoh Hiroshi Scientific reports Diabetes and hypertension have become the primary causes of chronic kidney disease worldwide. However, there are no established markers for early diagnosis or predicting renal prognosis. Here, we investigated the expression profiles of DNA repair and DNA methylation factors in human urine-derived cells as a possible diagnostic or renal prognosis-predicting marker. A total of 75 subjects, aged 63.3 ± 1.9 years old, were included in this study. DNA and RNA were extracted from 50 mL of urine samples. We evaluated DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) by the quantitative long distance-PCR method and performed real-time RT-PCR analysis to analyze the expression of renal cell-specific markers, DNA DSB repair factor KAT5, DNA methyltransferases DNMTs, and demethylation enzymes TETs. In patients with hypertension and diabetes, DNA DSBs of the nephrin gene increased with decreased urine KAT5/nephrin expression, consistent with our previous study (Cell Rep 2019). In patients with hypertension, DNA DSBs of the AQP1 gene were increased with elevated urine DNMTs/AQP1 and TETs/AQP1 expression. Moreover, urine DNMTs/AQP1 expression was significantly correlated with the annual eGFR decline rate after adjustment for age, baseline eGFR, the presence of diabetes and the amount of albuminuria, suggesting a possible role as a renal prognosis predictor. 10.1038/s41598-020-60420-9
    Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene polymorphism, global DNA methylation and blood pressure: a population based study from North India. Yadav Suniti,Longkumer Imnameren,Joshi Shipra,Saraswathy Kallur Nava BMC medical genomics BACKGROUND:Hypertension is a complex disorder affected by gene-environment interactions. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene is one of the genes in One Carbon Metabolic (OCM) pathway that affects both blood pressure and epigenetic phenomenon. MTHFR C677T gene polymorphism leads to reduced methylation capacity via increased homocysteine concentrations. Global DNA methylation (5mC%) also gets affected in conditions such as hypertension. However, no study is found to understand hypertension in terms of both genetics and epigenetics. The present study aims to understand the relation between methylation, MTHFR C677T gene polymorphism and hypertension. It also tries to understand relation (if any) between methylation and anti-hypertensive drugs. METHODS:This is a cross-sectional study where data were collected from a total of 1634 individuals of either sex in age group 35-65 years. Hypertensives (SBP ≥ 140 mm Hg and DBP ≥ 90 mm Hg) (on treatment/not on treatment) and absolute controls were 236 (cases) and 307 (controls), respectively. All the samples were subjected to MTHFR C677T gene polymorphism screening (PCR-RFLP) and global DNA methylation assay (ELISA based colorimetric assay). Results of both the analyses were obtained on 218 cases, 263 controls. RESULTS:Median 5mC% was relatively lower among cases (p > 0.05) compared to controls, despite controlling for confounders (age, sex, smoking, alcohol, diet) (r-0.92, p-0.08). Cases not on medication had significantly reduced 5mC% compared to controls (p < 0.05), despite adjusting for confounders (r-0.857, p-0.01). Among cases (irrespective of treatment), there was a significant variation in 5mC% across the three genotypes i.e. CC, CT and TT, with no such variation among controls. Cases (not on medication) with TT genotype had significantly lower methylation levels compared to the TT genotype controls and cases (on medication) (p < 0.01). CONCLUSION:Global DNA hypomethylation seems to be associated with hypertension and antihypertensive drugs seem to improve methylation. Hypertensive individuals with TT genotype but not on medication are more likely to be prone to global DNA hypomethylation. Important precursors in OCM pathway include micronutrients such as vitamin B-12, B-9 and B-6; their nutritional interventions (either dietary or supplement) may serve as strategies to prevent hypertension at population level. However, more epidemiological-longitudinal studies are needed for further validation. 10.1186/s12920-021-00895-1
    Association between NPPA promoter methylation and hypertension: results from Gusu cohort and replication in an independent sample. Li Jing,Zhu Jinhua,Ren Liyun,Ma Shengqi,Shen Bin,Yu Jia,Zhang Rongyan,Zhang Mingzhi,He Yan,Peng Hao Clinical epigenetics BACKGROUND:Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), one of the main members of the natriuretic peptides system, has been associated with hypertension and related complications, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are not very clear. Here, we aimed to examine whether DNA methylation, a molecular modification to the genome, of the natriuretic peptide A gene (NPPA), the coding gene of ANP, was associated with hypertension. METHODS:Peripheral blood DNA methylation of NPPA promoter was quantified by target bisulfite sequencing in 2498 community members (mean aged 53 years, 38% men) as a discovery sample and 1771 independent participants (mean aged 62 years, 54% men) as a replication sample. In both samples, we conducted a single CpG association analysis, followed by a gene-based association analysis, to examine the association between NPPA promoter methylation and hypertension, adjusting for age, sex, education level, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity, fasting glucose, and lipids. Multiple testing was controlled by the false discovery rate approach. RESULTS:Of the 9 CpG loci assayed, hypermethylation at 5 CpGs (CpG1, CpG3, CpG6, CpG8, and CpG9) was significantly associated with a lower odds of prevalent hypertension in the discovery sample, and one CpG methylation (CpG1 located at Chr1:11908353) was successfully replicated in the replication sample (OR = 0.82, 95%CI 0.74-0.91, q = 0.002) after adjusting for covariates and multiple testing. The gene-based analysis found that DNA methylation of the 9 CpGs at NPPA promoter as a whole was significantly associated with blood pressure and prevalent hypertension in both samples (all P < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS:DNA methylation levels at NPPA promoter were decreased in Chinese adults with hypertension. Aberrant DNA methylation of the NPPA gene may participate in the mechanisms of hypertension. 10.1186/s13148-020-00927-0
    Methylation-dependent antioxidant-redox imbalance regulates hypertensive kidney injury in aging. Pushpakumar Sathnur,Ren Lu,Juin Subir Kumar,Majumder Suravi,Kulkarni Rohan,Sen Utpal Redox biology The prevalence of hypertension increases with age, and oxidative stress is a major contributing factor to the pathogenesis of hypertension-induced kidney damage in aging. The nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) family is one of the major sources of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, and several NADPH oxidase isoforms are highly expressed in the kidney. Although epigenetic protein modification plays a role in organ injury, the methylation of the oxidant-antioxidant defense system and their role in hypertension-induced kidney damage in aging remains underexplored. The present study investigated the role of NADPH oxidase 4, superoxide dismutases (SODs), catalase, and NOS in Ang-II induced kidney damage in aging. Wild type (WT, C57BL/6J) mice aged 12-14 and 75-78 weeks were used and treated with or without Ang-II (1000 ng/kg/min) for 4 weeks with control mice receiving saline. Aged mice with or without Ang-II exhibited higher mean BP, lower renal blood flow, and decreased renal vascular density compared to young mice. While superoxide, 4-HNE, p22, Nox4, iNOS were increased in the aged kidney, the expression of eNOS, MnSOD, CuSOD, catalase, Sirt1, and -3 as well as the ratio of GSH/GSSG, and activities of SODs and catalase were decreased compared to young control mice. The changes further deteriorated with Ang-II treatment. In Ang-II treated aged mice, the expressions of DNMTs were increased and associated with increased methylation of SODs, Sirt1, and Nox4. We conclude that hypermethylation of antioxidant enzymes in the aged kidney during hypertension worsens redox imbalance leading to kidney damage. 10.1016/j.redox.2020.101754