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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334947/protocadherin-19-pcdh19-interacts-with-paraspeckle-protein-nono-to-co-regulate-gene-expression-with-estrogen-receptor-alpha-er%C3%AE
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Duyen H Pham, Chuan Tan, Claire C Homan, Kristy Kolc, Mark Corbett, Dale McAninch, Archa Fox, Paul Thomas, Raman Kumar, Jozef Gecz
De novo and inherited mutations of X-chromosome cell adhesion molecule protocadherin 19 (PCDH19) cause frequent, highly variable epilepsy, autism, cognitive decline and behavioural problems syndrome. Intriguingly, hemizygous null males are not affected while heterozygous females are, contradicting established X-chromosome inheritance. The disease mechanism is not known. Cellular mosaicism is the likely driver. We have identified p54nrb/NONO, a multifunctional nuclear paraspeckle protein with known roles in nuclear hormone receptor gene regulation, as a PCDH19 protein interacting partner...
March 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335037/lrsam1-mediated-ubiquitylation-is-disrupted-in-axonal-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-2p
#2
Johanna E Hakonen, Vincenzo Sorrentino, Rossella Avagliano Trezza, Marit B de Wissel, Marlene van den Berg, Boris Bleijlevens, Fred van Ruissen, Ben Distel, Frank Baas, Noam Zelcer, Marian A J Weterman
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease type 2 is a genetically heterogeneous group of inherited neuropathies characterized by motor and sensory deficits as a result of peripheral axonal degeneration. We recently reported a frameshift mutation in the RING domain of LRSAM1 (c.2121_2122dup, p.Leu708Argfs) that encodes an E3 ubiquitin ligase, as the cause of axonal type CMT (CMT2P). However, the frequency of LRSAM1 mutations in CMT2 and the functional basis for their association with disease remains unknown. In this study we evaluated LRSAM1 mutations in two large Dutch cohorts...
March 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334922/scn2a-deletion-improves-survival-and-brain-heart-dynamics-in-the-kcna1-null-mouse-model-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-sudep
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Vikas Mishra, Bharat K Karumuri, Nicole M Gautier, Rui Liu, Timothy N Hutson, Stephanie L Vanhoof-Villalba, Ioannis Vlachos, Leonidas Iasemidis, Edward Glasscock
People with epilepsy have greatly increased probability of premature mortality due to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Identifying which patients are most at risk of SUDEP is hindered by a complex genetic etiology, incomplete understanding of the underlying pathophysiology, and lack of prognostic biomarkers. Here we evaluated heterozygous Scn2a gene deletion (Scn2a+/-) as a protective genetic modifier in the Kcna1 knockout mouse (Kcna1-/-) model of SUDEP, while searching for biomarkers of SUDEP risk embedded in electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG) recordings...
March 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335009/open-chromatin-profiling-of-human-postmortem-brain-infers-functional-roles-for-non-coding-schizophrenia-loci
#4
John F Fullard, Claudia Giambartolomei, Mads E Hauberg, Ke Xu, Georgios Voloudakis, Zhiping Shao, Christopher Bare, Joel T Dudley, Manuel Mattheisen, Nikolaos K Robakis, Vahram Haroutunian, Panos Roussos
Open chromatin provides access to DNA binding proteins for the correct spatiotemporal regulation of gene expression. Mapping chromatin accessibility has been widely used to identify the location of cis regulatory elements (CREs) including promoters and enhancers. CREs show tissue- and cell-type specificity and disease-associated variants are often enriched for CREs in the tissues and cells that pertain to a given disease. To better understand the role of CREs in neuropsychiatric disorders we applied the Assay for Transposase Accessible Chromatin followed by sequencing (ATAC-seq) to neuronal and non-neuronal nuclei isolated from frozen postmortem human brain by fluorescence-activated nuclear sorting (FANS)...
March 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334874/efficient-cnv-breakpoint-analysis-reveals-unexpected-structural-complexity-and-correlation-of-dosage-sensitive-genes-with-clinical-severity-in-genomic-disorders
#5
Ling Zhang, Jingmin Wang, Cheng Zhang, Dongxiao Li, Claudia M B Carvalho, Haoran Ji, Jianqiu Xiao, Ye Wu, Weichen Zhou, Hongyan Wang, Li Jin, Yang Luo, Xiru Wu, James R Lupski, Feng Zhang, Yuwu Jiang
Genomic disorders are the clinical conditions manifested by submicroscopic genomic rearrangements including copy number variants (CNVs). The CNVs can be identified by array-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH), the most commonly used technology for molecular diagnostics of genomic disorders. However, clinical aCGH only informs CNVs in the probe interrogated regions. Neither orientational information nor the resulting genomic rearrangement structure is provided, which is a key to uncovering mutational and pathogenic mechanisms underlying genomic disorders...
March 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334810/bimodal-regulation-of-dishevelled-function-by-vangl2-during-morphogenesis
#6
Hwa-Seon Seo, Raymond Habas, Chenbei Chang, Jianbo Wang
Convergent extension (CE) is a fundamental morphogenetic mechanism that underlies numerous processes in vertebrate development, and its disruption can lead to human congenital disorders such as neural tube closure defects. The dynamic, oriented cell intercalation during CE is regulated by a group of core proteins identified originally in flies to coordinate epithelial planar cell polarity (PCP). The existing model explains how core PCP proteins, including Van Gogh (Vang) and Dishevelled (Dvl), segregate into distinct complexes on opposing cell cortex to coordinate polarity among static epithelial cells...
March 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334808/downregulation-of-pathways-implicated-in-liver-inflammation-and-tumorigenesis-of-glycogen-storage-disease-type-ia-mice-receiving-gene-therapy
#7
Goo-Young Kim, Joon Hyun Kwon, Jun-Ho Cho, Lisa Zhang, Brian C Mansfield, Janice Y Chou
Glycogen storage disease type Ia (GSD-Ia) is characterized by impaired glucose homeostasis and long-term risks of hepatocellular adenoma (HCA) and carcinoma (HCC). We have shown that the non-tumor-bearing (NT), recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vector-treated GSD-Ia mice (AAV-NT mice) expressing a wide range (0.9-63%) of normal hepatic glucose-6-phosphatase-α activity maintain glucose homeostasis and display physiologic features mimicking animals living under calorie restriction (CR). We now show that in AAV-NT mice, the signaling pathways of the CR mediators, AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and sirtuin-1 are activated...
March 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334996/amelogenesis-imperfecta-caused-by-n-terminal-enamelin-point-mutations-in-mice-and-men-is-driven-by-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
#8
Steven J Brookes, Martin J Barron, Claire E L Smith, James A Poulter, Alan J Mighell, Chris F Inglehearn, Catriona J Brown, Helen Rodd, Jennifer Kirkham, Michael J Dixon
"Amelogenesis imperfecta" (AI) describes a group of inherited diseases of dental enamel that have major clinical impact. Here, we identify the aetiology driving AI in mice carrying a p.S55I mutation in enamelin; one of the most commonly mutated proteins underlying AI in humans. Our data indicate that the mutation inhibits the ameloblast secretory pathway leading to ER stress and an activated unfolded protein response (UPR). Initially, with the support of the UPR acting in pro-survival mode, Enamp.S55I heterozygous mice secreted structurally normal enamel...
March 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334953/early-motor-phenotype-detection-in-a-female-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome-is-improved-by-cross-fostering
#9
Annie Vogel Ciernia, Michael Pride, Blythe Durbin-Johnson, Adriana Noronha, Alene Chang, Dag H Yasui, Jacqueline N Crawley, Janine M LaSalle
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the gene encoding methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) that occur sporadically in 1:10,000 female births. RTT is characterized by a period of largely normal development followed by regression in language and motor skills at 6-18 months of age. Mecp2 mutant mice recapitulate many of the clinical features of RTT, but the majority of behavioral assessments have been conducted in male Mecp2 hemizygous null mice as offspring of heterozygous dams...
March 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334804/a-critical-role-of-hrd1-in-the-regulation-of-optineurin-degradation-and-aggresome-formation
#10
Jiahui Mao, Qin Xia, Chunfeng Liu, Zheng Ying, Hongfeng Wang, Guanghui Wang
Mutations in optineurin (OPTN) are associated with several human disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). OPTN is known to be a multifunctional autophagy receptor that plays important roles in NF-κB signaling, vesicle trafficking, maintenance of the Golgi apparatus and autophagy. Given that a loss of neurons and an abnormal aggregation of disease proteins are two key features of neurodegenerative diseases, protein quality control systems are considered to be tightly associated with neurodegeneration...
March 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335003/identification-of-genetic-variants-affecting-vitamin-d-receptor-binding-and-associations-with-autoimmune-disease
#11
Giuseppe Gallone, Wilfried Haerty, Giulio Disanto, Sreeram V Ramagopalan, Chris P Ponting, Antonio J Berlanga-Taylor
Large numbers of statistically significant associations between sentinel SNPs and case-control status have been replicated by genome-wide association studies. Nevertheless, few underlying molecular mechanisms of complex disease are currently known. We investigated whether variation in binding of a transcription factor, the vitamin D receptor (VDR) whose activating ligand vitamin D has been proposed as a modifiable factor in multiple disorders, could explain any of these associations. VDR modifies gene expression by binding DNA as a heterodimer with the Retinoid X receptor (RXR)...
March 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334913/tdp-43-mutations-causing-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-are-associated-with-altered-expression-of-rna-binding-protein-hnrnp-k-and-affect-the-nrf2-antioxidant-pathway
#12
Diane Moujalled, Alexandra Grubman, Karla Acevedo, Shu Yang, Yazi D Ke, Donia M Moujalled, Clare Duncan, Aphrodite Caragounis, Nirma D Perera, Bradley J Turner, Mercedes Prudencio, Leonard Petrucelli, Ian Blair, Lars M Ittner, Peter J Crouch, Jeffrey R Liddell, Anthony R White
TAR DNA binding protein 43 (TDP-43) is a major disease-associated protein involved in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration with ubiquitin-positive inclusions (FTLD-U). Our previous studies found a direct association between TDP-43 and heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein K (hnRNP K). In this study, utilizing ALS patient fibroblasts harboring a TDP-43M337V mutation and NSC-34 motor neuronal cell line expressing TDP-43Q331K mutation, we show that hnRNP K expression is impaired in urea soluble extracts from mutant TDP-43 cell models...
March 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334897/genetic-absence-of-alox5-protects-from-homocysteine-induced-memory-impairment-tau-phosphorylation-and-synaptic-pathology
#13
Jian-Guo Li, Carlos Barrero, Salim Merali, Domenico Praticò
Elevated level of homocysteine (Hcy) is considered a risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases, but the mechanisms remain to be established. Since high Hcy is associated with an up-regulation of the ALOX5 gene product, the 5Lipoxygenase (5LO), herein we investigated whether this activation is responsible for the Hcy effect on neurodegeneration or is a secondary event.To reach this goal, wild type mice and mice genetically deficient for 5LO were assessed after being exposed to a diet known to significantly increase brain levels of Hcy...
March 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334853/novel-uchl1-mutations-reveal-new-insights-into-ubiquitin-processing
#14
Siri L Rydning, Paul H Backe, Mirta M L Sousa, Zafar Iqbal, Ane-Marte Øye, Ying Sheng, Mingyi Yang, Xiaolin Lin, Geir Slupphaug, Tonje H Nordenmark, Magnus D Vigeland, Magnar Bjørås, Chantal M Tallaksen, Kaja K Selmer
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March 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334964/mutations-in-the-leukemia-inhibitory-factor-receptor-lifr-gene-and-lifr-deficiency-cause-urinary-tract-malformations
#15
Anne Kosfeld, Frank Brand, Anna-Carina Weiss, Martin Kreuzer, Michaela Goerk, Helge Martens, Stephanie Schubert, Anne-Kathrin Schäfer, Vera Riehmer, Imke Hennies, Jan Hinrich Bräsen, Lars Pape, Kerstin Amann, Lars Krogvold, Anna Bjerre, Christoph Daniel, Andreas Kispert, Dieter Haffner, Ruthild G Weber
Congenital anomalies of the kidneys and urinary tract (CAKUT) are the most common cause of chronic kidney disease in children. As CAKUT is a genetically heterogeneous disorder and most cases are genetically unexplained, we aimed to identify new CAKUT causing genes. Using whole-exome sequencing and trio-based de novo analysis, we identified a novel heterozygous de novo frameshift variant in the leukemia inhibitory factor receptor (LIFR) gene causing instability of the mRNA in a patient presenting with bilateral CAKUT and requiring kidney transplantation at one year of age...
March 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334911/mertk-rs4374383-variant-predicts-incident-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-diabetes-role-of-mononuclear-cell-activation-and-adipokine-response-to-dietary-fat
#16
Giovanni Musso, Maurizio Cassader, Franco De Michieli, Elena Paschetta, Silvia Pinach, Francesca Saba, Daria Bongiovanni, Luciana Framarin, Mara Berrutti, Nicola Leone, Stefania Corvisieri, Renato Parente, Federica Molinaro, Antonio Sircana, Bo Simona, Roberto Gambino
The loss-of-function rs4374383 G>A variant in Myeloid-epithelial-reproductive Tyrosine Kinase (MERTK) gene has been linked to hepatic fibrosis in chronic liver diseases. MERTK is expressed by immune and non-immune cells involved in inflammation, metabolism and vascular homeostasis. We assessed the impact of MERTK rs4374383 G>A variant on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) incidence and severity and on glucose and lipid metabolism.We followed-up 305 healthy nonobese nondiabetic, metabolic syndrome-free insulin sensitive participants in a population-based study, characterized for MERTK G>A polymorphism, adipokine profile and inflammatory markers...
March 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334989/impaired-fetal-muscle-development-and-jak-stat-activation-mark-disease-onset-and-progression-in-a-mouse-model-for-merosin-deficient-congenital-muscular-dystrophy
#17
Andreia M Nunes, Ryan D Wuebbles, Apurva Sarathy, Tatiana M Fontelonga, Marianne Deries, Dean J Burkin, Sólveig Thorsteinsdóttir
Merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy type 1A (MDC1A) is a dramatic neuromuscular disease in which crippling muscle weakness is evident from birth. Here we use the dyW mouse model for human MDC1A to trace the onset of the disease during development in utero. We find that myotomal and primary myogenesis proceed normally in homozygous dyW-/-embryos. Fetal dyW-/-muscles display the same number of myofibers as wildtype muscles, but by E18.5 dyW-/-muscles are significantly smaller and muscle size is not recovered post-natally...
March 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334935/genome-wide-association-study-of-iron-traits-and-relation-to-diabetes-in-the-hispanic-community-health-study-study-of-latinos-hchs-sol-potential-genomic-intersection-of-iron-and-glucose-regulation
#18
Laura M Raffield, Tin Louie, Tamar Sofer, Deepti Jain, Eli Ipp, Kent D Taylor, George J Papanicolaou, Larissa Avilés-Santa, Leslie A Lange, Cathy C Laurie, Matthew P Conomos, Timothy A Thornton, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Qibin Qi, Scott Cotler, Bharat Thyagarajan, Neil Schneiderman, Jerome I Rotter, Alex P Reiner, Henry J Lin
Genetic variants contribute to normal variation of iron-related traits and may also cause clinical syndromes of iron deficiency or excess. Iron overload and deficiency can adversely affect human health. For example, elevated iron storage is associated with increased diabetes risk, although mechanisms are still being investigated. We conducted the first genome-wide association study (GWAS) of serum iron, total iron binding capacity (TIBC), transferrin saturation, and ferritin in a Hispanic/Latino cohort, the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL; >12,000 participants) and also assessed the generalization of previously known loci to this population...
March 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334793/compound-heterozygous-mutations-in-the-gene-pigp-are-associated-with-early-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathy
#19
Devon L Johnstone, Thi Tuyet-Mai Nguyen, Yoshiko Murakami, Kristin D Kernohan, Martine Tétreault, Claire Goldsmith, Asif Doja, Justin D Wagner, Lijia Huang, Taila Hartley, Anik St-Denis, Françoise le Deist, Jacek Majewski, Dennis E Bulman, Taroh Kinoshita, David A Dyment, Kym M Boycott, Philippe M Campeau
There are over 150 known human proteins which are tethered to the cell surface via glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchors. These proteins play a variety of important roles in development, and particularly in neurogenesis. Not surprisingly, mutations in the GPI anchor biosynthesis and remodeling pathway cause a number of developmental disorders. This group of conditions has been termed inherited GPI deficiencies (IGDs), a subgroup of congenital disorders of glycosylation; they present with variable phenotypes, often including seizures, hypotonia and intellectual disability...
March 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334784/testing-the-ret-and-sema3d-genetic-interaction-in-mouse-enteric-nervous-system-development
#20
Ashish Kapoor, Dallas R Auer, Dongwon Lee, Sumantra Chatterjee, Aravinda Chakravarti
For most multigenic disorders, clinical manifestation (penetrance) and presentation (expressivity) are likely to be an outcome of genetic interaction between multiple susceptibility genes. Here, using gene knockouts in mice we evaluated genetic interaction between loss of Ret and loss of Sema3d, two Hirschsprung disease susceptibility genes. We intercrossed Ret and Sema3d double null heterozygotes to generate mice with the nine possible genotypes and assessed survival by counting various genotypes, myenteric plexus presence by acetylcholinesterase staining and embryonic day 12...
March 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
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