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Selected Publications

Faculty in the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis have authored more than 350 peer-reviewed publications over the past five years. A selection of our significant publications are highlighted below. 


Biswas AK, Mitchell DL, Johnson DG (2014) E2F1 responds to ultraviolet radiation by directly stimulating DNA repair and suppressing carcinogenesis. Cancer Res. 74(12):3369-77.

Cole F, Baudat F, Grey C, Keeney S, de Massy B, Jasin M (2014) Mouse tetrad analysis provides insights into recombination mechanisms and hotspot evolutionary dynamics. Nat Genet. 46(10):1072-80

Jin M, Zhang T, Liu C, Badeaux MA, Liu B, Liu R, Jeter C, Chen X, Vlassov AV, Tang DG (2014) miRNA-128 suppresses prostate cancer by inhibiting BMI-1 to inhibit tumor-initiating cells. Cancer Res. 74(15):4183-95.

Li Y, Wen H, Xi Y, Tanaka K, Wang H, Peng D, Ren Y, Jin Q, Dent SYR., Li W, Li H, Shi X (2014) AF9 YEATS Domain Links Histone Acetylation to DOT1L-Mediated H3K79 Methylation. Cell.159(3):558-71.

Reeh KA, Cardenas KT, Bain VE, Liu Z, Laurent M, Manley NR, Richie, ER  (2014) Ectopic TBX1 suppresses thymic epithelial cell differentiation and proliferation during thymus organogenesis. Development. 141(15):2950-8.

Wen H, Li Y, Xi Y, Jiang S, Stratton S, Peng D, Tanaka K, Ren Y, Xia Z, Wu J, Li B, Barton MC, Li W, Li H, Shi X (2014) ZMYND11 links histone H3.3K36me3 to transcription elongation and tumour suppression. Nature. 508(7495):263-8.

Yang Y, McBride KM, Hensley S, Lu Y, Chedin F, Bedford MT (2014) Arginine methylation facilitates the recruitment of TOP3B to chromatin to prevent R loop accumulation. Mol Cell. 53(3):484-97.

Yousefzadeh MJ, Wyatt DW, Takata K, Mu Y, Hensley SC, Tomida J, Bylund, GO, Doublie S, Johansson E, Ramsden DA, McBride KM and Wood, R D (2014) Mechanism of Suppression of Chromosomal Instability by DNA Polymerase POLQ. PLoS Genet. 10(10):e1004654.


Chen K, Wilson MA, Hirsch C, Watson A, Liang S, Lu Y, Li W, Dent SY (2013) Stabilization of the promoter nucleosomes in nucleosome-free regions by the yeast Cyc8-Tup1 corepressor. Genome Res 23:312-22.

Johnson DG, Dent SY (2013) Chromatin: receiver and quarterback for cellular signals. Cell 152(4):685-9.

Kapoor P, Chen M, Winkler DD, Luger K, Shen X (2013) Evidence for monomeric actin function in INO80 chromatin remodeling. Nat Struct Mol Biol 20(4):426-32.

Lange SS, Bedford E, Reh S, Wittschieben JP, Carbajal S, Kusewitt DF, DiGiovanni J, Wood RD (2013) Dual role for mammalian DNA polymerase zeta in maintaining genome stability and proliferative responses. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110(8):E687-96.

Li J, Zhao Z, Carter C, Ehrlich LI, Bedford MT, Richie ER (2013) Coactivator-Associated Arginine Methyltransferase 1 Regulates Fetal Hematopoiesis and Thymocyte Development. J Immunol 190(2):597-604.

Yeh TC, Bratton SB (2013) Caspase-dependent regulation of the ubiquitin-proteasome system through direct substrate targeting. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110(35):14284-9.


Ferguson BW, Gao X, Kil H, Lee J, Benavides F, Abba MC, Aldaz CM (2012) Conditional Wwox deletion in mouse mammary gland by means of two Cre recombinase approaches. PLoS One 7(5):e36618.

Kim J, Wong PK (2012) Targeting p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling restores subventricular zone neural stem cells and corrects neuromotor deficits in Atm knockout mouse. Stem Cells Transl Med 1(7):548-56.

Lange SS, Wittschieben JP, Wood RD (2012) DNA polymerase zeta is required for proliferation of normal mammalian cells. Nucleic Acids Res 40 (10):4473-82.

Qin J, Liu X, Laffin B, Chen X, Choy G et al. (2012) The PSA(-/lo) prostate cancer cell population harbors self-renewing long-term tumor-propagating cells that resist castration. Cell Stem Cell 10(5):556-69.

Regunathan R, Woo J, Pierce MC, Polydorides AD, Raoufi M et al. (2012) Feasibility and preliminary accuracy of high-resolution imaging of the liver and pancreas using FNA compatible microendoscopy (with video). Gastrointest Endosc 76(2):293-300.


Guo R, Chen J, Mitchell DL, Johnson DG (2011) GCN5 and E2F1 stimulate nucleotide excision repair by promoting H3K9 acetylation at sites of damage. Nucleic Acids Res 39(4):1390-7.

Latham JA, Chosed RJ, Wang S, Dent SY (2011) Chromatin signaling to kinetochores: transregulation of Dam1 methylation by histone H2B ubiquitination. Cell 146(5):709-19.

Liu C, Kelnar K, Liu B, Chen X, Calhoun-Davis T, Li H, Patrawala L, Yan H, Jeter C, Honorio S, Wiggins JF, Bader AG, Fagin R, Brown D, Tang DG (2011) The microRNA miR-34a inhibits prostate cancer stem cells and metastasis by directly repressing CD44. Nat Med 17(2):211-5.

Mitchell D, Paniker L, Godar D (2012) Nucleotide excision repair is reduced in oral epithelial tissues compared with skin. Photochem Photobiol 88(4):1027-32.

Spannhoff A, Kim YK, Raynal NJ, Gharibyan V, Su MB, Zhou YY, Li J, Castellano S, Sbardella G, Issa JP, Bedford MT (2011) Histone deacetylase inhibitor activity in royal jelly might facilitate caste switching in bees. EMBO Reports 12(3):238-43.


Alexander A, Cai SL, Kim J, Nanez A, Sahin M, MacLean KH, Inoki K, Guan KL, Shen J, Person MD, Kusewitt D, Mills GB, Kastan MB, Walker CL (2010) ATM signals to TSC2 in the cytoplasm to regulate mTORC1 in response to ROS. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107:4153-8. 

Guo R, Chen J, Zhu F, Biswas AK, Berton TR, Mitchell DL, Johnson DG (2010) E2F1 localizes to sites of UV-induced DNA damage to enhance nucleotide excision repair. J Biol Chem 285:19308-15.

Mitchell DL, Fernandez AA, Nairn RS, Garcia R, Paniker L, Trono D, Thames HD, Gimenez-Conti I (2010) Ultraviolet A does not induce melanomas in a Xiphophorus hybrid fish model. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107(20):9329-34.

Yang Y, Lu Y, Espejo A, Wu J, Xu W, Liang S, Bedford MT (2010) TDRD3 is an effector molecule for arginine-methylated histone marks. Mol Cell 40(6):1016-23.

Zhu F, Dollé ME, Berton TR, Kuiper RV, Capps C, Espejo A, McArthur MJ, Bedford MT, van Steeg H, de Vries A, Johnson DG (2010) Mouse models for the p53 R72P polymorphism mimic human phenotypes. Cancer Res 70(14):5851-9.


Atanassov BS, Evrard YA, Multani AS, Zhang Z, Tora L, Devys D, Chang S, Dent SY (2009) Gcn5 and SAGA regulate shelterin protein turnover and telomere maintenance. Mol Cell 35(3):352-64.

Falbo KB, Alabert C, Katou Y, Wu S, Han J, Wehr T, Xiao J, He X, Zhang Z, Shi Y, Shirahige K, Pasero P, and Shen X (2009) Involvement of a chromatin remodeling complex in damage tolerance during DNA replication. Nat Struct Mol Biol 16(11):1167-72.

Griffith AV, Cardenas K, Carter C, Gordon J, Iberg A, Engleka K, Epstein JA, Manley NR, Richie ER (2009) Increased thymus- and decreased parathyroid-fated organ domains in Splotch mutant embryos. Dev Biol 327(1):216-27.

Kim J, Wong PK (2009) Loss of ATM impairs proliferation of neural stem cells through oxidative stress-mediated p38 MAPK signaling. Stem Cells 27(8):1987-98.

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