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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912047/biallelic-loss-of-proprioception-related-piezo2-causes-muscular-atrophy-with-perinatal-respiratory-distress-arthrogryposis-and-scoliosis
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Andrea Delle Vedove, Markus Storbeck, Raoul Heller, Irmgard Hölker, Malavika Hebbar, Anju Shukla, Olafur Magnusson, Sebahattin Cirak, Katta M Girisha, Mary O'Driscoll, Bart Loeys, Brunhilde Wirth
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912046/recurrent-de-novo-dominant-mutations-in-slc25a4-cause-severe-early-onset-mitochondrial-disease-and-loss-of-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number
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Kyle Thompson, Homa Majd, Cristina Dallabona, Karit Reinson, Martin S King, Charlotte L Alston, Langping He, Tiziana Lodi, Simon A Jones, Aviva Fattal-Valevski, Nitay D Fraenkel, Ann Saada, Alon Haham, Pirjo Isohanni, Roshni Vara, Inês A Barbosa, Michael A Simpson, Charu Deshpande, Sanna Puusepp, Penelope E Bonnen, Richard J Rodenburg, Anu Suomalainen, Katrin Õunap, Orly Elpeleg, Ileana Ferrero, Robert McFarland, Edmund R S Kunji, Robert W Taylor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912045/biallelic-sun5-mutations-cause-autosomal-recessive-acephalic-spermatozoa-syndrome
#3
Fuxi Zhu, Fengsong Wang, Xiaoyu Yang, Jingjing Zhang, Huan Wu, Zhou Zhang, Zhiguo Zhang, Xiaojin He, Ping Zhou, Zhaolian Wei, Jozef Gecz, Yunxia Cao
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912044/mutations-in-prosc-disrupt-cellular-pyridoxal-phosphate-homeostasis-and-cause-vitamin-b6-dependent-epilepsy
#4
Niklas Darin, Emma Reid, Laurence Prunetti, Lena Samuelsson, Ralf A Husain, Matthew Wilson, Basma El Yacoubi, Emma Footitt, W K Chong, Louise C Wilson, Helen Prunty, Simon Pope, Simon Heales, Karine Lascelles, Mike Champion, Evangeline Wassmer, Pierangelo Veggiotti, Valérie de Crécy-Lagard, Philippa B Mills, Peter T Clayton
Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), the active form of vitamin B6, functions as a cofactor in humans for more than 140 enzymes, many of which are involved in neurotransmitter synthesis and degradation. A deficiency of PLP can present, therefore, as seizures and other symptoms that are treatable with PLP and/or pyridoxine. Deficiency of PLP in the brain can be caused by inborn errors affecting B6 vitamer metabolism or by inactivation of PLP, which can occur when compounds accumulate as a result of inborn errors of other pathways or when small molecules are ingested...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889062/monoallelic-mutations-in-the-translation-initiation-codon-of-klhl24-cause-skin-fragility
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Yinghong He, Kristin Maier, Juna Leppert, Ingrid Hausser, Agnes Schwieger-Briel, Lisa Weibel, Martin Theiler, Dimitra Kiritsi, Hauke Busch, Melanie Boerries, Katariina Hannula-Jouppi, Hannele Heikkilä, Kaisa Tasanen, Daniele Castiglia, Giovanna Zambruno, Cristina Has
The genetic basis of epidermolysis bullosa, a group of genetic disorders characterized by the mechanically induced formation of skin blisters, is largely known, but a number of cases still remain genetically unsolved. Here, we used whole-exome and targeted sequencing to identify monoallelic mutations, c.1A>G and c.2T>C, in the translation initiation codon of the gene encoding kelch-like protein 24 (KLHL24) in 14 individuals with a distinct skin-fragility phenotype and skin cleavage within basal keratinocytes...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889061/biallelic-mutations-in-mitf-cause-coloboma-osteopetrosis-microphthalmia-macrocephaly-albinism-and-deafness
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Aman George, Dina J Zand, Robert B Hufnagel, Ruchi Sharma, Yuri V Sergeev, Janet M Legare, Gregory M Rice, Jessica A Scott Schwoerer, Mariana Rius, Laura Tetri, David M Gamm, Kapil Bharti, Brian P Brooks
Human MITF is, by convention, called the "microphthalmia-associated transcription factor" because of previously published seminal mouse genetic studies; however, mutations in MITF have never been associated with microphthalmia in humans. Here, we describe a syndrome that we term COMMAD, characterized by coloboma, osteopetrosis, microphthalmia, macrocephaly, albinism, and deafness. COMMAD is associated with biallelic MITF mutant alleles and hence suggests a role for MITF in regulating processes such as optic-fissure closure and bone development or homeostasis, which go beyond what is usually seen in individuals carrying monoallelic MITF mutations...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889060/autosomal-recessive-mutations-in-ap3b2-adaptor-related-protein-complex-3-beta-2-subunit-cause-an-early-onset-epileptic-encephalopathy-with-optic-atrophy
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Mirna Assoum, Christophe Philippe, Bertrand Isidor, Laurence Perrin, Periklis Makrythanasis, Neal Sondheimer, Caroline Paris, Jessica Douglas, Gaetan Lesca, Stylianos Antonarakis, Hanan Hamamy, Thibaud Jouan, Yannis Duffourd, Stéphane Auvin, Aline Saunier, Amber Begtrup, Catherine Nowak, Nicolas Chatron, Dorothée Ville, Kamiar Mireskandari, Paolo Milani, Philippe Jonveaux, Guylène Lemeur, Mathieu Milh, Masano Amamoto, Mitsuhiro Kato, Mitsuko Nakashima, Noriko Miyake, Naomichi Matsumoto, Amira Masri, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Jean-Baptiste Rivière, Laurence Faivre, Julien Thevenon
Early-onset epileptic encephalopathy (EOEE) represents a heterogeneous group of severe disorders characterized by seizures, interictal epileptiform activity with a disorganized electroencephalography background, developmental regression or retardation, and onset before 1 year of age. Among a cohort of 57 individuals with epileptic encephalopathy, we ascertained two unrelated affected individuals with EOEE associated with developmental impairment and autosomal-recessive variants in AP3B2 by means of whole-exome sequencing...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889059/chad-genetic-diversity-reveals-an-african-history-marked-by-multiple-holocene-eurasian-migrations
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Marc Haber, Massimo Mezzavilla, Anders Bergström, Javier Prado-Martinez, Pille Hallast, Riyadh Saif-Ali, Molham Al-Habori, George Dedoussis, Eleftheria Zeggini, Jason Blue-Smith, R Spencer Wells, Yali Xue, Pierre A Zalloua, Chris Tyler-Smith
Understanding human genetic diversity in Africa is important for interpreting the evolution of all humans, yet vast regions in Africa, such as Chad, remain genetically poorly investigated. Here, we use genotype data from 480 samples from Chad, the Near East, and southern Europe, as well as whole-genome sequencing from 19 of them, to show that many populations today derive their genomes from ancient African-Eurasian admixtures. We found evidence of early Eurasian backflow to Africa in people speaking the unclassified isolate Laal language in southern Chad and estimate from linkage-disequilibrium decay that this occurred 4,750-7,200 years ago...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889058/mutations-in-reep6-cause-autosomal-recessive-retinitis-pigmentosa
#9
Gavin Arno, Smriti A Agrawal, Aiden Eblimit, James Bellingham, Mingchu Xu, Feng Wang, Christina Chakarova, David A Parfitt, Amelia Lane, Thomas Burgoyne, Sarah Hull, Keren J Carss, Alessia Fiorentino, Matthew J Hayes, Peter M Munro, Ralph Nicols, Nikolas Pontikos, Graham E Holder, Chinwe Asomugha, F Lucy Raymond, Anthony T Moore, Vincent Plagnol, Michel Michaelides, Alison J Hardcastle, Yumei Li, Catherine Cukras, Andrew R Webster, Michael E Cheetham, Rui Chen
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the most frequent form of inherited retinal dystrophy. RP is genetically heterogeneous and the genes identified to date encode proteins involved in a wide range of functional pathways, including photoreceptor development, phototransduction, the retinoid cycle, cilia, and outer segment development. Here we report the identification of biallelic mutations in Receptor Expression Enhancer Protein 6 (REEP6) in seven individuals with autosomal-recessive RP from five unrelated families...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866708/mutations-in-three-genes-encoding-proteins-involved-in-hair-shaft-formation-cause-uncombable-hair-syndrome
#10
F Buket Ü Basmanav, Laura Cau, Aylar Tafazzoli, Marie-Claire Méchin, Sabrina Wolf, Maria Teresa Romano, Frederic Valentin, Henning Wiegmann, Anne Huchenq, Rima Kandil, Natalie Garcia Bartels, Arzu Kilic, Susannah George, Damian J Ralser, Stefan Bergner, David J P Ferguson, Ana-Maria Oprisoreanu, Maria Wehner, Holger Thiele, Janine Altmüller, Peter Nürnberg, Daniel Swan, Darren Houniet, Aline Büchner, Lisa Weibel, Nicola Wagner, Ramon Grimalt, Anette Bygum, Guy Serre, Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Eli Sprecher, Susanne Schoch, Vinzenz Oji, Henning Hamm, Paul Farrant, Michel Simon, Regina C Betz
Uncombable hair syndrome (UHS), also known as "spun glass hair syndrome," "pili trianguli et canaliculi," or "cheveux incoiffables" is a rare anomaly of the hair shaft that occurs in children and improves with age. UHS is characterized by dry, frizzy, spangly, and often fair hair that is resistant to being combed flat. Until now, both simplex and familial UHS-affected case subjects with autosomal-dominant as well as -recessive inheritance have been reported. However, none of these case subjects were linked to a molecular genetic cause...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866707/a-functional-variant-associated-with-atrial-fibrillation-regulates-pitx2c-expression-through-tfap2a
#11
Jiangchuan Ye, Nathan R Tucker, Lu-Chen Weng, Sebastian Clauss, Steven A Lubitz, Patrick T Ellinor
The most significantly associated genetic locus for atrial fibrillation (AF) is in chromosomal region 4q25, where four independent association signals have been identified. Although model-system studies suggest that altered PITX2c expression might underlie the association, the link between specific variants and the direction of effect on gene expression remains unknown for all four signals. In the present study, we analyzed the AF-associated region most proximal to PITX2 at 4q25. First, we identified candidate regulatory variants that might confer AF risk through a combination of mammalian conservation, DNase hypersensitivity, and histone modification from ENCODE and the Roadmap Epigenomics Project, as well as through in vivo analysis of enhancer activity in embryonic zebrafish...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866706/colocalization-of-gwas-and-eqtl-signals-detects-target-genes
#12
Farhad Hormozdiari, Martijn van de Bunt, Ayellet V Segrè, Xiao Li, Jong Wha J Joo, Michael Bilow, Jae Hoon Sul, Sriram Sankararaman, Bogdan Pasaniuc, Eleazar Eskin
The vast majority of genome-wide association study (GWAS) risk loci fall in non-coding regions of the genome. One possible hypothesis is that these GWAS risk loci alter the individual's disease risk through their effect on gene expression in different tissues. In order to understand the mechanisms driving a GWAS risk locus, it is helpful to determine which gene is affected in specific tissue types. For example, the relevant gene and tissue could play a role in the disease mechanism if the same variant responsible for a GWAS locus also affects gene expression...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866705/epileptic-encephalopathy-caused-by-mutations-in-the-guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factor-dennd5a
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Chanshuai Han, Reem Alkhater, Tawfiq Froukh, Arakel G Minassian, Melissa Galati, Rui Han Liu, Maryam Fotouhi, Julia Sommerfeld, Ayman J Alfrook, Christian Marshall, Susan Walker, Peter Bauer, Stephen W Scherer, Olaf Riess, Rebecca Buchert, Berge A Minassian, Peter S McPherson
Epileptic encephalopathies are a catastrophic group of epilepsies characterized by refractory seizures and cognitive arrest, often resulting from abnormal brain development. Here, we have identified an epileptic encephalopathy additionally featuring cerebral calcifications and coarse facial features caused by recessive loss-of-function mutations in DENND5A. DENND5A contains a DENN domain, an evolutionarily ancient enzymatic module conferring guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) activity to multiple proteins serving as GEFs for Rabs, which are key regulators of membrane trafficking...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27839873/haploinsufficiency-of-kmt2b-encoding-the-lysine-specific-histone-methyltransferase-2b-results-in-early-onset-generalized-dystonia
#14
Michael Zech, Sylvia Boesch, Esther M Maier, Ingo Borggraefe, Katharina Vill, Franco Laccone, Veronika Pilshofer, Andres Ceballos-Baumann, Bader Alhaddad, Riccardo Berutti, Werner Poewe, Tobias B Haack, Bernhard Haslinger, Tim M Strom, Juliane Winkelmann
Early-onset generalized dystonia represents the severest form of dystonia, a hyperkinetic movement disorder defined by involuntary twisting postures. Although frequently transmitted as a single-gene trait, the molecular basis of dystonia remains largely obscure. By whole-exome sequencing a parent-offspring trio in an Austrian kindred affected by non-familial early-onset generalized dystonia, we identified a dominant de novo frameshift mutation, c.6406delC (p.Leu2136Serfs(∗)17), in KMT2B, encoding a lysine-specific methyltransferase involved in transcriptional regulation via post-translational modification of histones...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27839872/mutations-in-cpamd8-cause-a-unique-form-of-autosomal-recessive-anterior-segment-dysgenesis
#15
Sek-Shir Cheong, Lisa Hentschel, Alice E Davidson, Dianne Gerrelli, Rebecca Davie, Roberta Rizzo, Nikolas Pontikos, Vincent Plagnol, Anthony T Moore, Jane C Sowden, Michel Michaelides, Martin Snead, Stephen J Tuft, Alison J Hardcastle
Anterior segment dysgeneses (ASDs) comprise a spectrum of developmental disorders affecting the anterior segment of the eye. Here, we describe three unrelated families affected by a previously unclassified form of ASD. Shared ocular manifestations include bilateral iris hypoplasia, ectopia lentis, corectopia, ectropion uveae, and cataracts. Whole-exome sequencing and targeted Sanger sequencing identified mutations in CPAMD8 (C3 and PZP-like alpha-2-macroglobulin domain-containing protein 8) as the cause of recessive ASD in all three families...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27839871/mechanistic-insight-into-nmda-receptor-dysregulation-by-rare-variants-in-the-glun2a-and-glun2b-agonist-binding-domains
#16
Sharon A Swanger, Wenjuan Chen, Gordon Wells, Pieter B Burger, Anel Tankovic, Subhrajit Bhattacharya, Katie L Strong, Chun Hu, Hirofumi Kusumoto, Jing Zhang, David R Adams, John J Millichap, Slavé Petrovski, Stephen F Traynelis, Hongjie Yuan
Epilepsy and intellectual disability are associated with rare variants in the GluN2A and GluN2B (encoded by GRIN2A and GRIN2B) subunits of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR), a ligand-gated ion channel with essential roles in brain development and function. By assessing genetic variation across GluN2 domains, we determined that the agonist binding domain, transmembrane domain, and the linker regions between these domains were particularly intolerant to functional variation. Notably, the agonist binding domain of GluN2B exhibited significantly more variation intolerance than that of GluN2A...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817866/hla-c-level-is-regulated-by-a-polymorphic-oct1-binding-site-in-the-hla-c-promoter-region
#17
Nicolas Vince, Hongchuan Li, Veron Ramsuran, Vivek Naranbhai, Fuh-Mei Duh, Benjamin P Fairfax, Bahara Saleh, Julian C Knight, Stephen K Anderson, Mary Carrington
Differential HLA-C levels influence several human diseases, but the mechanisms responsible are incompletely characterized. Using a validated prediction algorithm, we imputed HLA-C cell surface levels in 228 individuals from the 1000 Genomes dataset. We tested 68,726 SNPs within the MHC for association with HLA-C level. The HLA-C promoter region variant, rs2395471, 800 bp upstream of the transcription start site, gave the most significant association with HLA-C levels (p = 4.2 × 10(-66)). This imputed expression quantitative trait locus, termed impeQTL, was also shown to associate with HLA-C expression in a genome-wide association study of 273 donors in which HLA-C mRNA expression levels were determined by quantitative PCR (qPCR) (p = 1...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817865/mecr-mutations-cause-childhood-onset-dystonia-and-optic-atrophy-a-mitochondrial-fatty-acid-synthesis-disorder
#18
Gali Heimer, Juha M Kerätär, Lisa G Riley, Shanti Balasubramaniam, Eran Eyal, Laura P Pietikäinen, J Kalervo Hiltunen, Dina Marek-Yagel, Jeffrey Hamada, Allison Gregory, Caleb Rogers, Penelope Hogarth, Martha A Nance, Nechama Shalva, Alvit Veber, Michal Tzadok, Andreea Nissenkorn, Davide Tonduti, Florence Renaldo, Ichraf Kraoua, Celeste Panteghini, Lorella Valletta, Barbara Garavaglia, Mark J Cowley, Velimir Gayevskiy, Tony Roscioli, Jonathon M Silberstein, Chen Hoffmann, Annick Raas-Rothschild, Valeria Tiranti, Yair Anikster, John Christodoulou, Alexander J Kastaniotis, Bruria Ben-Zeev, Susan J Hayflick
Mitochondrial fatty acid synthesis (mtFAS) is an evolutionarily conserved pathway essential for the function of the respiratory chain and several mitochondrial enzyme complexes. We report here a unique neurometabolic human disorder caused by defective mtFAS. Seven individuals from five unrelated families presented with childhood-onset dystonia, optic atrophy, and basal ganglia signal abnormalities on MRI. All affected individuals were found to harbor recessive mutations in MECR encoding the mitochondrial trans-2-enoyl-coenzyme A-reductase involved in human mtFAS...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843126/biallelic-loss-of-proprioception-related-piezo2-causes-muscular-atrophy-with-perinatal-respiratory-distress-arthrogryposis-and-scoliosis
#19
Andrea Delle Vedove, Markus Storbeck, Raoul Heller, Irmgard Hölker, Malavika Hebbar, Anju Shukla, Olafur Magnusson, Sebahattin Cirak, Katta M Girisha, Mary O'Driscoll, Bart Loeys, Brunhilde Wirth
We report ten individuals of four independent consanguineous families from Turkey, India, Libya, and Pakistan with a variable clinical phenotype that comprises arthrogryposis, spontaneously resolving respiratory insufficiency at birth, muscular atrophy predominantly of the distal lower limbs, scoliosis, and mild distal sensory involvement. Using whole-exome sequencing, SNPchip-based linkage analysis, DNA microarray, and Sanger sequencing, we identified three independent homozygous frameshift mutations and a homozygous deletion of two exons in PIEZO2 that segregated in all affected individuals of the respective family...
November 3, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843125/recessive-mutations-in-acpt-encoding-testicular-acid-phosphatase-cause-hypoplastic-amelogenesis-imperfecta
#20
Figen Seymen, Youn Jung Kim, Ye Ji Lee, Jenny Kang, Tak-Heun Kim, Hwajung Choi, Mine Koruyucu, Yelda Kasimoglu, Elif Bahar Tuna, Koray Gencay, Teo Jeon Shin, Hong-Keun Hyun, Young-Jae Kim, Sang-Hoon Lee, Zang Hee Lee, Hong Zhang, Jan C-C Hu, James P Simmer, Eui-Sic Cho, Jung-Wook Kim
Amelogenesis imperfecta (AI) is a heterogeneous group of genetic disorders affecting tooth enamel. The affected enamel can be hypoplastic and/or hypomineralized. In this study, we identified ACPT (testicular acid phosphatase) biallelic mutations causing non-syndromic, generalized hypoplastic autosomal-recessive amelogenesis imperfecta (AI) in individuals from six apparently unrelated Turkish families. Families 1, 4, and 5 were affected by the homozygous ACPT mutation c.713C>T (p.Ser238Leu), family 2 by the homozygous ACPT mutation c...
November 3, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
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