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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646452/dosage-effects-of-zp2-and-zp3-heterozygous-mutations-cause-human-infertility
#1
Wenqiang Liu, Kunming Li, Dandan Bai, Jiqing Yin, Yuanyuan Tang, Fengli Chi, Linfeng Zhang, Yu Wang, Jiaping Pan, Shanshan Liang, Yi Guo, Jingling Ruan, Xiaochen Kou, Yanhong Zhao, Hong Wang, Jiayu Chen, Xiaoming Teng, Shaorong Gao
The zona pellucida (ZP) is an extracellular matrix universally surrounding mammalian eggs, which is essential for oogenesis, fertilization, and pre-implantation embryo development. Here, we identified two novel heritable mutations of ZP2 and ZP3, both occurring in an infertile female patient with ZP-abnormal eggs. Mouse models with the same mutations were generated by CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system, and oocytes obtained from female mice with either single heterozygous mutation showed approximately half of the normal ZP thickness compared to wild-type oocytes...
June 24, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634715/regulatory-element-based-prediction-identifies-new-susceptibility-regulatory-variants-for-osteoporosis
#2
Shi Yao, Yan Guo, Shan-Shan Dong, Ruo-Han Hao, Xiao-Feng Chen, Yi-Xiao Chen, Jia-Bin Chen, Qing Tian, Hong-Wen Deng, Tie-Lin Yang
Despite genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified many susceptibility genes for osteoporosis, it still leaves a large part of missing heritability to be discovered. Integrating regulatory information and GWASs could offer new insights into the biological link between the susceptibility SNPs and osteoporosis. We generated five machine learning classifiers with osteoporosis-associated variants and regulatory features data. We gained the optimal classifier and predicted genome-wide SNPs to discover susceptibility regulatory variants...
June 20, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631064/analysis-of-case-parent-trios-for-imprinting-effect-using-a-loglinear-model-with-adjustment-for-sex-of-parent-specific-transmission-ratio-distortion
#3
Lam Opal Huang, Claire Infante-Rivard, Aurélie Labbe
Transmission ratio distortion (TRD) is a phenomenon where parental transmission of disease allele to the child does not follow the Mendelian inheritance ratio. TRD occurs in a sex-of-parent-specific or non-sex-of-parent-specific manner. An offset computed from the transmission probability of the minor allele in control-trios can be added to the loglinear model to adjust for TRD. Adjusting the model removes the inflation in the genotype relative risk (RR) estimate and Type 1 error introduced by non-sex-of-parent-specific TRD...
June 19, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620713/angiopoietin-receptor-tek-interacts-with-cyp1b1-in-primary-congenital-glaucoma
#4
Meha Kabra, Wei Zhang, Sonika Rathi, Anil K Mandal, Sirisha Senthil, Goutham Pyatla, Muralidhar Ramappa, Seema Banerjee, Konegari Shekhar, Srinivas Marmamula, Asha L Mettla, Inderjeet Kaur, Rohit C Khanna, Hemant Khanna, Subhabrata Chakrabarti
Primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) is a severe autosomal recessive ocular disorder associated with considerable clinical and genetic heterogeneity. Recently, rare heterozygous alleles in the angiopoietin receptor-encoding gene TEK were implicated in PCG. We undertook this study to ascertain the second mutant allele in a large cohort (n = 337) of autosomal recessive PCG cases that carried heterozygous TEK mutations. Our investigations revealed 12 rare heterozygous missense mutations in TEK by targeted sequencing...
June 15, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608251/rna-processing-as-an-alternative-route-to-attack-glioblastoma
#5
REVIEW
Fabiana Marcelino Meliso, Christopher G Hubert, Pedro A Favoretto Galante, Luiz O Penalva
Genomic analyses have become an important tool to identify new avenues for therapy. This is especially true for cancer types with extremely poor outcomes, since our lack of effective therapies offers no tangible clinical starting point to build upon. The highly malignant brain tumor glioblastoma (GBM) exemplifies such a refractory cancer, with only 15 month average patient survival. Analyses of several hundred GBM samples compiled by the TCGA (The Cancer Genome Atlas) have produced an extensive transcriptomic map, identified prevalent chromosomal alterations, and defined important driver mutations...
June 12, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600779/the-landscape-of-genetic-diseases-in-saudi-arabia-based-on-the-first-1000-diagnostic-panels-and-exomes
#6
Dorota Monies, Mohamed Abouelhoda, Moeenaldeen AlSayed, Zuhair Alhassnan, Maha Alotaibi, Husam Kayyali, Mohammed Al-Owain, Ayaz Shah, Zuhair Rahbeeni, Mohammad A Al-Muhaizea, Hamad I Alzaidan, Edward Cupler, Saeed Bohlega, Eissa Faqeih, Maha Faden, Banan Alyounes, Dyala Jaroudi, Ewa Goljan, Hadeel Elbardisy, Asma Akilan, Renad Albar, Hesham Aldhalaan, Shamshad Gulab, Aziza Chedrawi, Bandar K Al Saud, Wesam Kurdi, Nawal Makhseed, Tahani Alqasim, Heba Y El Khashab, Hamoud Al-Mousa, Amal Alhashem, Imaduddin Kanaan, Talal Algoufi, Khalid Alsaleem, Talal A Basha, Fathiya Al-Murshedi, Sameena Khan, Adila Al-Kindy, Maha Alnemer, Sami Al-Hajjar, Suad Alyamani, Hasan Aldhekri, Ali Al-Mehaidib, Rand Arnaout, Omar Dabbagh, Mohammad Shagrani, Dieter Broering, Maha Tulbah, Amal Alqassmi, Maisoon Almugbel, Mohammed AlQuaiz, Abdulaziz Alsaman, Khalid Al-Thihli, Raashda A Sulaiman, Wajeeh Al-Dekhail, Abeer Alsaegh, Fahad A Bashiri, Alya Qari, Suzan Alhomadi, Hisham Alkuraya, Mohammed Alsebayel, Muddathir H Hamad, Laszlo Szonyi, Faisal Abaalkhail, Sulaiman M Al-Mayouf, Hamad Almojalli, Khalid S Alqadi, Hussien Elsiesy, Taghreed M Shuaib, Mohammed Zain Seidahmed, Ibraheem Abosoudah, Hana Akleh, Abdulaziz AlGhonaium, Turki M Alkharfy, Fuad Al Mutairi, Wafa Eyaid, Abdullah Alshanbary, Farrukh R Sheikh, Fahad I Alsohaibani, Abdullah Alsonbul, Saeed Al Tala, Soher Balkhy, Randa Bassiouni, Ahmed S Alenizi, Maged H Hussein, Saeed Hassan, Mohamed Khalil, Brahim Tabarki, Saad Alshahwan, Amira Oshi, Yasser Sabr, Saad Alsaadoun, Mustafa A Salih, Sarar Mohamed, Habiba Sultana, Abdullah Tamim, Moayad El-Haj, Saif Alshahrani, Dalal K Bubshait, Majid Alfadhel, Tariq Faquih, Mohamed El-Kalioby, Shazia Subhani, Zeeshan Shah, Nabil Moghrabi, Brian F Meyer, Fowzan S Alkuraya
In this study, we report the experience of the only reference clinical next-generation sequencing lab in Saudi Arabia with the first 1000 families who span a wide-range of suspected Mendelian phenotypes. A total of 1019 tests were performed in the period of March 2016-December 2016 comprising 972 solo (index only), 14 duo (parents or affected siblings only), and 33 trio (index and parents). Multigene panels accounted for 672 tests, while whole exome sequencing (WES) represented the remaining 347 tests. Pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants that explain the clinical indications were identified in 34% (27% in panels and 43% in exomes), spanning 279 genes and including 165 novel variants...
June 9, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597072/normal-and-altered-pre-mrna-processing-in-the-dmd-gene
#7
REVIEW
Sylvie Tuffery-Giraud, Julie Miro, Michel Koenig, Mireille Claustres
Splicing of pre-mRNA is a crucial regulatory stage in the pathway of gene expression controlled by multiple post- and co-transcriptional mechanisms. The large Duchenne muscular dystrophy gene encoding the protein dystrophin provides a striking example of the complexity of human pre-mRNAs. In this review, we summarize the current state of knowledge about canonical and non-canonical splicing in the DMD pre-mRNA, with a focus on mechanisms that take place in the full-length transcript isoform expressed in human skeletal muscle...
June 9, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578451/erratum-to-global-skin-colour-prediction-from-dna
#8
Susan Walsh, Lakshmi Chaitanya, Krystal Breslin, Charanya Muralidharan, Agnieszka Bronikowska, Ewelina Pospiech, Julia Koller, Leda Kovatsi, Andreas Wollstein, Wojciech Branicki, Fan Liu, Manfred Kayser
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 3, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567521/comprehensive-evaluation-of-disease-and-trait-specific-enrichment-for-eight-functional-elements-among-gwas-identified-variants
#9
Christina A Markunas, Eric O Johnson, Dana B Hancock
Genome-wide association study (GWAS)-identified variants are enriched for functional elements. However, we have limited knowledge of how functional enrichment may differ by disease/trait and tissue type. We tested a broad set of eight functional elements for enrichment among GWAS-identified SNPs (p < 5×10(-8)) from the NHGRI-EBI Catalog across seven disease/trait categories: cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, psychiatric disease, neurological disease, and anthropometric traits...
May 31, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540413/a-recessive-mutation-in-beta-iv-spectrin-sptbn4-associates-with-congenital-myopathy-neuropathy-and-central-deafness
#10
Ellen Knierim, Esther Gill, Franziska Seifert, Susanne Morales-Gonzalez, Sathya D Unudurthi, Thomas J Hund, Werner Stenzel, Markus Schuelke
Congenital myopathies are a heterogeneous group of muscle disorders that are often genetically determined. Here, we investigated a boy with congenital myopathy, deafness, and neuropathy from a consanguineous Kurdish family by autozygosity mapping and whole exome sequencing. We found a homozygous nonsense mutation in SPTBN4 [c.1597C>T, NM_020971.2; p.(Q533*), NP_066022.2; ClinVar SUB2292235] encoding βIV-spectrin, a non-erythrocytic member of the β-spectrin family. Western blot confirmed the absence of the full-length 288 kDa isoform in muscle and of a specific 72 kDa isoform in fibroblasts...
May 24, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540412/a-distal-auxiliary-element-facilitates-cleavage-and-polyadenylation-of-dux4-mrna-in-the-pathogenic-haplotype-of-fshd
#11
Natoya Peart, Eric J Wagner
The degenerative muscle disorder facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD) is thought to be caused by the inappropriate expression of the Double Homeobox 4 (Dux4) protein in muscle cells leading to apoptosis. Expression of Dux4 in the major form of FSHD is a function of two contributing molecular changes: contractions in the D4Z4 microsatellite repeat region where Dux4 is located and an SNP present within a region downstream of the D4Z4. This SNP provides a functional, yet non-consensus polyadenylation signal (PAS) is used for the Dux4 mRNA 3' end processing...
May 24, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528403/assessing-the-causal-relationship-between-obesity-and-venous-thromboembolism-through-a-mendelian-randomization-study
#12
Sara Lindström, Marine Germain, Marta Crous-Bou, Erin N Smith, Pierre-Emmanuel Morange, Astrid van Hylckama Vlieg, Hugoline G de Haan, Daniel Chasman, Paul Ridker, Jennifer Brody, Mariza de Andrade, John A Heit, Weihong Tang, Immaculata DeVivo, Francine Grodstein, Nicholas L Smith, David Tregouet, Christopher Kabrhel
Observational studies have shown an association between obesity and venous thromboembolism (VTE) but it is not known if observed associations are causal, due to reverse causation or confounding bias. We conducted a Mendelian Randomization study of body mass index (BMI) and VTE. We identified 95 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that have been previously associated with BMI and assessed the association between genetically predicted high BMI and VTE leveraging data from a previously conducted GWAS within the INVENT consortium comprising a total of 7507 VTE cases and 52,632 controls of European ancestry...
May 20, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526948/an-innovative-strategy-to-clone-positive-modifier-genes-of-defects-caused-by-mtdna-mutations-mrps18c-as-suppressor-gene-of-m-3946g-a-mutation-in-mt-nd1-gene
#13
María Elena Rodríguez-García, Francisco Javier Cotrina-Vinagre, Patricia Carnicero-Rodríguez, Francisco Martínez-Azorín
We have developed a new functional complementation approach to clone modifier genes which overexpression is able to suppress the biochemical defects caused by mtDNA mutations (suppressor genes). This strategy consists in transferring human genes into respiratory chain-deficient fibroblasts, followed by a metabolic selection in a highly selective medium. We used a normalized expression cDNA library in an episomal vector (pREP4) to transfect the fibroblasts, and a medium with glutamine and devoid of any carbohydrate source to select metabolically...
May 19, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508290/crispr-cas9-mediated-somatic-and-germline-gene-correction-to-restore-hemostasis-in-hemophilia-b-mice
#14
Cong Huai, Chenqiang Jia, Ruilin Sun, Peipei Xu, Taishan Min, Qihan Wang, Chengde Zheng, Hongyan Chen, Daru Lu
Hemophilia B (HB) is an X-linked disorder caused by defects of F9 encoded coagulation factor IX, which is an ideal model for gene therapy. Most existing HB gene therapies are based on viral mediated gene supplementation, which could increase immunoreaction. In this study, CRISPR/Cas9 system was used for gene correction in an F9 mutant HB mouse model in both adult mice (in vivo) and in germline cells (ex vivo). In vivo, naked Cas9-sgRNA plasmid and donor DNA were delivered to HB mice livers to recover the mutation via hydrodynamic tail vein (HTV) injection...
May 15, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508289/somatic-mosaicism-with-reversion-to-normality-of-a-mutated-transthyretin-allele-related-to-a-familial-amyloidotic-polyneuropathy
#15
Concetta Federico, Ketty Dugo, Francesca Bruno, Anna Maria Longo, Agata Grillo, Salvatore Saccone
Familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP) is a progressive neuropathy, with onset in adulthood and high mortality. It is related to an altered transthyretin (TTR) plasma protein, mainly produced by the liver and responsible for amyloid deposit in the peripheral nervous system. SNPs in the TTR gene were associated with FAP, and the G>C substitution (NM_000371.3:c.325G>C) in the 109th codon (GAG vs CAG; NP_362.1:p.E109Q) was previously described in Sicily (Italy). Here, we report on a Sicilian family with several patients affected by FAP related to the E109Q mutation, which displayed a somatic mosaicism with the reversion to normality of the c...
May 15, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500464/global-skin-colour-prediction-from-dna
#16
Susan Walsh, Lakshmi Chaitanya, Krystal Breslin, Charanya Muralidharan, Agnieszka Bronikowska, Ewelina Pospiech, Julia Koller, Leda Kovatsi, Andreas Wollstein, Wojciech Branicki, Fan Liu, Manfred Kayser
Human skin colour is highly heritable and externally visible with relevance in medical, forensic, and anthropological genetics. Although eye and hair colour can already be predicted with high accuracies from small sets of carefully selected DNA markers, knowledge about the genetic predictability of skin colour is limited. Here, we investigate the skin colour predictive value of 77 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from 37 genetic loci previously associated with human pigmentation using 2025 individuals from 31 global populations...
May 12, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497172/deep-intronic-mutations-and-human-disease
#17
REVIEW
Rita Vaz-Drago, Noélia Custódio, Maria Carmo-Fonseca
Next-generation sequencing has revolutionized clinical diagnostic testing. Yet, for a substantial proportion of patients, sequence information restricted to exons and exon-intron boundaries fails to identify the genetic cause of the disease. Here we review evidence from mRNA analysis and entire genomic sequencing indicating that pathogenic mutations can occur deep within the introns of over 75 disease-associated genes. Deleterious DNA variants located more than 100 base pairs away from exon-intron junctions most commonly lead to pseudo-exon inclusion due to activation of non-canonical splice sites or changes in splicing regulatory elements...
May 12, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484853/protein-sequestration-as-a-normal-function-of-long-noncoding-rnas-and-a-pathogenic-mechanism-of-rnas-containing-nucleotide-repeat-expansions
#18
REVIEW
Ginny R Morriss, Thomas A Cooper
An emerging class of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) function as decoy molecules that bind and sequester proteins thereby inhibiting their normal functions. Titration of proteins by lncRNAs has wide-ranging effects affecting nearly all steps in gene expression. While decoy lncRNAs play a role in normal physiology, RNAs expressed from alleles containing nucleotide repeat expansions can be pathogenic due to protein sequestration resulting in disruption of normal functions. This review focuses on commonalities between decoy lncRNAs that regulate gene expression by competitive inhibition of protein function through sequestration and specific examples of nucleotide repeat expansion disorders mediated by toxic RNA that sequesters RNA-binding proteins and impedes their normal functions...
May 8, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444561/a-rare-variant-in-the-fhl1-gene-associated-with-x-linked-recessive-hypoparathyroidism
#19
Nir Pillar, Oren Pleniceanu, Mingyan Fang, Limor Ziv, Einat Lahav, Shay Botchan, Le Cheng, Benjamin Dekel, Noam Shomron
Isolated familial hypoparathyroidism is an extremely rare disorder, which to date has been linked to several loci including mutations in CASR, GCM2, and PTH, as well as a rare condition defined as X-linked recessive hypoparathyroidism, previously associated with a 1.5 Mb region on Xq26-q27. Here, we report a patient with hypocalcemia-induced seizures leading to the diagnosis of primary hypoparathyroidism. Mutations in CASR, GCM2, and PTH were ruled out, while whole exome sequencing of the family suggested FHL1, located on chromosome Xq26, as the most likely causative gene variant (FHL1, exon 4, c...
April 25, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434044/faulty-rna-splicing-consequences-and-therapeutic-opportunities-in-brain-and-muscle-disorders
#20
REVIEW
Vittoria Pagliarini, Piergiorgio La Rosa, Claudio Sette
Alternative splicing is a powerful mechanism that largely expands the coding potential of eukaryotic genomes. Indeed, its complex and flexible regulation is exploited by cells to adapt to various environmental conditions, through production of protein variants displaying different functions. Such flexibility, however, is accompanied by high risk of errors, and dysregulation of splicing is now recognized as an important factor in human diseases. Notably, the RNA-based nature of splicing, which involves high specificity through base pair recognition, offers a remarkable therapeutic opportunity by allowing design of tools with elevated target selectivity...
April 22, 2017: Human Genetics
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