PHD finger protein 8 is a protein that in humans is encoded by the PHF8 gene.
Function [ edit ]
PHF8 belongs to the family of ferrous iron and
alpha-ketoglutarate-dependent hydroxylases superfamily., and is active as a  histone lysine demethylase with selectivity for the di-and monomethyl states. PHF8 induces an EMT (epithelial to mesenchymal transition)-like process by upregulating key EMT transcription factors SNAI1 and ZEB1.
Regulation during differentation [ edit ]
PHF8 was found to be expressional increased during endothelial differentation and significantly decreased during cardial differentation of murine embryonic stem cells.
Clinical significance [ edit ]
Mutations in PHF8 cause Siderius type
X-linked intellectual disability (XLMR) ( OMIM: 300263).  
In addition to moderate  intellectual disability, features of the Siderius-Hamel syndrome include facial dysmorphism, cleft lip and/or cleft palate, and in some cases microcephaly.   A chromosomal  microdeletion on Xp11.22 encompassing all of the PHF8 and FAM120C genes and a part of the WNK3 gene was reported in two brothers with autism spectrum disorder in addition to Siderius-type XLMR and cleft lip and palate.
This catalytic activity is disrupted by clinically known mutations to
PHF8, which were found to cluster in its catalytic JmjC domain. The F279S mutation of PHF8, found in 2 Finnish brothers with mild intellectual disability, facial dysmorphism and cleft lip/palate, was found to additionally prevent  nuclear localisation of PHF8 overexpressed in human cells.
The catalytic activity of PHF8 depends on molecular
oxygen, a fact considered important with respect to reports on increased incidence of  cleft lip/palate in mice that have been exposed to hypoxia during pregnancy. In humans,  fetal cleft lip and other congenital abnormalities have also been linked to maternal hypoxia, as caused by e.g. maternal smoking, heavy maternal  alcohol use, or maternal hypertension treatment.
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