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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666327/the-rna-binding-protein-zc3h14-is-required-for-proper-poly-a-tail-length-control-expression-of-synaptic-proteins-and-brain-function-in-mice
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Jennifer Rha, Stephanie K Jones, Jonathan Fidler, Ayan Banerjee, Sara W Leung, Kevin J Morris, Jennifer C Wong, George Andrew S Inglis, Lindsey Shapiro, Qiudong Deng, Alicia A Cutler, Adam M Hanif, Machelle T Pardue, Ashleigh Schaffer, Nicholas T Seyfried, Kenneth H Moberg, Gary J Bassell, Andrew Escayg, Paul S García, Anita H Corbett
A number of mutations in genes that encode ubiquitously expressed RNA-binding proteins cause tissue specific disease. Many of these diseases are neurological in nature revealing critical roles for this class of proteins in the brain. We recently identified mutations in a gene that encodes a ubiquitously expressed polyadenosine RNA-binding protein, ZC3H14 (Zinc finger CysCysCysHis domain-containing protein 14), that cause a nonsyndromic, autosomal recessive form of intellectual disability. This finding reveals the molecular basis for disease and provides evidence that ZC3H14 is essential for proper brain function...
June 29, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666318/autologous-intramuscular-transplantation-of-engineered-satellite-cells-induces-exosome-mediated-systemic-expression-of-fukutin-related-protein-and-rescues-disease-phenotype-in-a-murine-model-of-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-type-2i
#2
Paola Frattini, Chiara Villa, Francesca De Santis, Mirella Meregalli, Marzia Belicchi, Silvia Erratico, Pamela Bella, Manuela Teresa Raimondi, Qilong Lu, Yvan Torrente
α-Dystroglycanopathies are a group of muscular dystrophies characterized by α-DG hypoglycosylation and reduced extracellular ligand-binding affinity. Among other genes involved in the α-DG glycosylation process, fukutin related protein (FKRP) gene mutations generate a wide range of pathologies from mild limb girdle muscular dystrophy 2I (LGMD2I), severe congenital muscular dystrophy 1C (MDC1C), to Walker-Warburg Syndrome and Muscle-Eye-Brain disease. FKRP gene encodes for a glycosyltransferase that in vivo transfers a ribitol phosphate group from a CDP -ribitol present in muscles to α-DG, while in vitro it can be secreted as monomer of 60kDa...
June 29, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666328/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-related-mutant-superoxide-dismutase-1-aggregates-inhibit-14-3-3-mediated-cell-survival-by-sequestration-into-the-junq-compartment
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Ju-Hwang Park, Hae Rim Jang, In Young Lee, Hye Kyung Oh, Eui-Ju Choi, Hyangshuk Rhim, Seongman Kang
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by motor neuron loss in the spinal cord and brain. Mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene have been linked to familial ALS. To elucidate the role of SOD1 mutations in ALS, we investigated 14-3-3, a crucial regulator of cell death that was identified in patients with familial ALS. In a transgenic mouse model (SOD1-G93A) of ALS, 14-3-3 co-localized with mutant SOD1 aggregates and was more insoluble in the spinal cords of mutant SOD1 transgenic mice than in those of wild-type mice...
June 28, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655168/bmp4-uses-several-different-effector-pathways-to-regulate-proliferation-and-differentiation-in-the-epithelial-and-mesenchymal-tissue-compartments-of-the-developing-mouse-ureter
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Tamrat M Mamo, Anna B Wittern, Marc-Jens Kleppa, Tobias Bohnenpoll, Anna-Carina Weiss, Andreas Kispert
Heterozygous loss of Bmp4 results both in humans and mice in severe malformation of the urinary tract. These defects have at least partially been attributed to loss of expression of Bmp4 in the ureteric mesenchyme, yet the cellular and molecular function of this signal as well as its effector pathways in this tissue have remained incompletely resolved. Here, we show that mice with a conditional deletion of Bmp4 in the ureteric mesenchyme exhibited hydroureter and hydronephrosis at newborn stages due to functional and physical ureter obstruction...
June 26, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651352/circular-rna-profiling-reveals-that-circular-rnas-from-anxa2-can-be-used-as-new-biomarkers-for-multiple-sclerosis
#5
Iparraguirre Leire, Muñoz-Culla Maider, Prada Iñigo, Castillo-Triviño Tamara, Olascoaga Javier, Otaegui David
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, with higher prevalence in women, in whom the immune system is dysregulated. This dysregulation has been shown to correlate with changes in transcriptome expression as well as in gene-expression regulators, such as non-coding RNAs (e.g. microRNAs). Indeed, some of these have been suggested as biomarkers for multiple sclerosis even though few biomarkers have reached the clinical practice.Recently, a novel family of non-coding RNAs, circular RNAs, has emerged as a new player in the complex network of gene-expression regulation...
June 23, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645153/defective-mitochondrial-rna-processing-due-to-pnpt1-variants-causes-leigh-syndrome
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Sanna Matilainen, Christopher J Carroll, Uwe Richter, Liliya Euro, Max Pohjanpelto, Anders Paetau, Pirjo Isohanni, Anu Suomalainen
Leigh syndrome is a severe infantile encephalopathy with an exceptionally variable genetic background. We studied the exome of a child manifesting with Leigh syndrome at one month of age and progressing to death by the age of 2.4 years, and identified novel compound heterozygous variants in PNPT1, encoding the polynucleotide phosphorylase (PNPase). Expression of the wild type PNPT1 in the subject's myoblasts functionally complemented the defects, and the pathogenicity was further supported by structural predictions and protein and RNA analyses...
June 22, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641386/the-neurosteroid-pregnenolone-reverts-microtubule-derangement-induced-by-the-loss-of-a-functional-cdkl5-iqgap1-complex
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Isabella Barbiero, Diana Peroni, Marco Tramarin, Chetan Chandola, Laura Rusconi, Nicoletta Landsberger, Charlotte Kilstrup-Nielsen
CDKL5 is a protein kinase that plays a key role for neuronal functions as testified by the onset of complex neuronal dysfunctions in patients with genetic lesions in CDKL5. Here we identify a novel interactor of CDKL5, IQGAP1, a fundamental regulator of cell migration and polarity. In accordance with a functional role of this interaction, depletion of CDKL5 impairs cell migration and impedes the localization of IQGAP1 at the leading edge. Moreover, we demonstrate that CDKL5 is required for IQGAP1 to form a functional complex with its effectors, Rac1 and the microtubule plus end tracking protein CLIP170...
June 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637190/evolution-of-the-sperm-methylome-of-primates-is-associated-with-retrotransposon-insertions-and-genome-instability
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Kei Fukuda, Yukihiro Inoguchi, Kenji Ichiyanagi, Tomoko Ichiyanagi, Yasuhiro Go, Masashi Nagano, Yojiro Yanagawa, Noboru Takaesu, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Hiroo Imai, Hiroyuki Sasaki
Changes in gene expression resulting from epigenetic and/or genetic changes play an important role in the evolutionary divergence of phenotypes. To explore how epigenetic and genetic changes are linked during primate evolution, we have compared the genome-wide DNA methylation profiles (methylomes) of humans and chimpanzees, which have a 1.2% DNA sequence divergence, of sperm, the frontal cortices, B cells, and neutrophils. We revealed that species-specific differentially methylated regions (S-DMRs), ranging from several hundred bp to several kb, were frequently associated with sequence changes in transcription factor binding sites and insertions of Alu and SVA retrotransposons...
June 20, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633508/rescue-of-peripheral-vestibular-function-in-usher-syndrome-mice-using-a-splice-switching-antisense-oligonucleotide
#9
Sarath Vijayakumar, Frederic F Depreux, Francine M Jodelka, Jennifer J Lentz, Frank Rigo, Timothy A Jones, Michelle L Hastings
Usher syndrome type 1C (USH1C/harmonin) is associated with profound retinal, auditory and vestibular dysfunction. We have previously reported on an antisense oligonucleotide (ASO-29) that dramatically improves auditory function and balance behavior in mice homozygous for the harmonin mutation Ush1c c.216G>A following a single systemic administration. The findings were suggestive of improved vestibular function; however, no direct vestibular assessment was made. Here, we measured vestibular sensory evoked potentials (VsEPs) to directly assess vestibular function in Usher mice...
June 19, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637276/repetitive-element-transcripts-are-elevated-in-the-brain-of-c9orf72-als-ftld-patients
#10
Mercedes Prudencio, Patrick K Gonzales, Casey N Cook, Tania F Gendron, Lillian M Daughrity, Yuping Song, Mark T W Ebbert, Marka van Blitterswijk, Yong-Jie Zhang, Karen Jansen-West, Matthew C Baker, Michael DeTure, Rosa Rademakers, Kevin B Boylan, Dennis W Dickson, Leonard Petrucelli, Christopher D Link
Significant transcriptome alterations are detected in the brain of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), including carriers of the C9orf72 repeat expansion and C9orf72-negative sporadic cases. Recently, the expression of repetitive element transcripts has been associated with toxicity and, while increased repetitive element expression has been observed in several neurodegenerative diseases, little is known about their contribution to ALS. To assess whether aberrant expression of repetitive element sequences are observed in ALS, we analyzed RNA sequencing data from C9orf72-positive and sporadic ALS cases, as well as healthy controls...
June 16, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637233/identification-of-exosomal-muscle-specific-mirnas-in-serum-of-myotonic-dystrophy-patients-relating-to-muscle-disease-progress
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Andrie Koutsoulidou, Marinos Photiades, Tassos C Kyriakides, Kristia Georgiou, Marianna Prokopi, Konstantinos Kapnisis, Anna Lusakowska, Marianna Nearchou, Yiolanda Christou, George K Papadimas, Andreas Anayiotos, Kyriakos Kyriakou, Evangelia Kararizou, Eleni Zamba Papanicolaou, Leonidas A Phylactou
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is the most common form of adult-onset muscular dystrophy, which is characterised by progressive muscle wasting and the discovery of reliable blood-based biomarkers could be useful for the disease progress monitoring. There have been some reports showing that the presence of specific miRNAs in blood correlate with DM1. In one of these, our group identified four muscle-specific miRNAs, miR-1, miR-133a, miR-133b and miR-206, which correlated with the progression of muscle wasting observed in DM1 patients...
June 16, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637335/astrocyte-produced-mir-146a-as-a-mediator-of-motor-neuron-loss-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#12
Samantha L Sison, Teresa N Patitucci, Emily R Seminary, Eric Villalon, Christian L Lorson, Allison D Ebert
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic cause of infant mortality, is caused by loss of the survival motor neuron-1 (SMN1) gene, which leads to motor neuron loss, muscle atrophy, respiratory distress, and death. Motor neurons exhibit the most profound loss, but the mechanisms underlying disease pathogenesis are not fully understood. Recent evidence suggests that motor neuron extrinsic influences, such as those arising from astrocytes, contribute to motor neuron malfunction and loss. Here we investigated both loss-of-function and toxic gain-of-function astrocyte mechanisms that could play a role in SMA pathology...
June 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633380/epigallocatechin-3-gallate-and-related-phenol-compounds-redirect-the-amyloidogenic-aggregation-pathway-of-ataxin-3-towards-non-toxic-aggregates-and-prevent-toxicity-in-neural-cells-and-caenorhabditis-elegans-animal-model
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Cristina Visentin, Francesca Pellistri, Antonino Natalello, Jacopo Vertemara, Marcella Bonanomi, Elena Gatta, Amanda Penco, Annalisa Relini, Luca De Gioia, Cristina Airoldi, Maria E Regonesi, Paolo Tortora
The protein ataxin-3 (ATX3) triggers an amyloid-related neurodegenerative disease when its polyglutamine stretch is expanded beyond a critical threshold. We formerly demonstrated that the polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) could redirect amyloid aggregation of a full-length, expanded ATX3 (ATX3-Q55) towards non-toxic, soluble, SDS-resistant aggregates. Here, we have characterized other related phenol compounds, although smaller in size, i.e., (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGC), and gallic acid (GA)...
June 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633377/emerging-mechanisms-of-aminoacyl-trna-synthetase-mutations-in-recessive-and-dominant-human-disease
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Rebecca Meyer-Schuman, Anthony Antonellis
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (ARSs) are responsible for charging amino acids to cognate tRNA molecules, which is the essential first step of protein translation. Interestingly, mutations in genes encoding ARS enzymes have been implicated in a broad spectrum of human inherited diseases. Bi-allelic mutations in ARSs typically cause severe, early-onset, recessive diseases that affect a wide range of tissues. The vast majority of these mutations show loss-of-function effects and impair protein translation. However, it is not clear how a subset cause tissue-specific phenotypes...
June 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637240/tfeb-activation-restores-migration-ability-to-tsc1-deficient-adult-neural-stem-progenitor-cells
#15
Alessandro Magini, Alice Polchi, Danila Di Meo, Giuseppina Mariucci, Krizia Sagini, Federico De Marco, Tommaso Cassano, Stefano Giovagnoli, Diego Dolcetta, Carla Emiliani
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder caused by mutations in either of two genes, TSC1 or TSC2, resulting in the constitutive activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1). mTOR inhibitors are now considered the treatment of choice for TSC disease. A major pathological feature of TSC is the development of subependymal giant cell astrocytomas (SEGAs) in the brain. Nowadays, it is thought that SEGAs could be a consequence of aberrant aggregation and migration of neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs)...
June 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605435/aav9-delivered-bispecific-nanobody-attenuates-amyloid-burden-in-the-gelsolin-amyloidosis-mouse-model
#16
Adriaan Verhelle, Nisha Nair, Inge Everaert, Wouter Van Overbeke, Lynn Supply, Olivier Zwaenepoel, Cindy Peleman, Jo Van Dorpe, Tony Lahoutte, Nick Devoogdt, Wim Derave, Marinee K Chuah, Thierry VandenDriessche, Jan Gettemans
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605434/a-knockin-mouse-model-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3-exhibits-prominent-aggregate-pathology-and-aberrant-splicing-of-the-disease-gene-transcript
#17
Biswarathan Ramani, Ginny M Harris, Rogerio Huang, Takahiro Seki, Geoffrey G Murphy, Maria do Carmo Costa, Svetlana Fischer, Thomas L Saunders, Guangbin Xia, Richard C McEachin, Henry L Paulson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595361/mitochondrial-dysfunction-underlies-cognitive-defects-as-a-result-of-neural-stem-cell-depletion-and-impaired-neurogenesis
#18
Mireille Khacho, Alysen Clark, Devon S Svoboda, Jason G MacLaurin, Diane C Lagace, David S Park, Ruth S Slack
Mitochondrial dysfunction is a common feature of many genetic disorders that target the brain and cognition. However, the exact role these organelles play in the etiology of such disorders is not understood. Here we show that mitochondrial dysfunction impairs brain development, depletes the adult neural stem cell (NSC) pool and impacts embryonic and adult neurogenesis. Using deletion of the mitochondrial oxidoreductase AIF as a genetic model of mitochondrial and neurodegenerative diseases revealed the importance of mitochondria in multiple steps of the neurogenic process...
June 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595321/mitochondrial-deficits-and-abnormal-mitochondrial-retrograde-axonal-transport-play-a-role-in-the-pathogenesis-of-mutant-hsp27-induced-charcot-marie-tooth-disease
#19
Bernadett Kalmar, Amy Innes, Klaus Wanisch, Alicia Koyen Kolaszynska, Amelie Pandraud, Gavin Kelly, Andrey Y Abramov, Mary M Reilly, Giampietro Schiavo, Linda Greensmith
Mutations in the small heat shock protein Hsp27, encoded by the HSPB1 gene, have been shown to cause Charcot Marie Tooth Disease type 2 (CMT-2) or distal hereditary motor neuropathy (dHMN). Protein aggregation and axonal transport deficits have been implicated in the disease. In this study, we conducted analysis of bidirectional movements of mitochondria in primary motor neuron axons expressing wild type and mutant Hsp27. We found significantly slower retrograde transport of mitochondria in Ser135Phe, Pro39Leu and Arg140Gly mutant Hsp27 expressing motor neurons than in wild type Hsp27 neurons, although anterograde movement velocities remained normal...
June 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595297/fgfr2-mutations-in-bent-bone-dysplasia-syndrome-activate-nucleolar-stress-and-perturb-cell-fate-determination
#20
Cynthia L Neben, Creighton T Tuzon, Xiaojing Mao, Fides D Lay, Amy E Merrill
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling promotes self-renewal in progenitor cells by encouraging proliferation and inhibiting cellular senescence. Yet, these beneficial effects can be hijacked by disease-causing mutations in FGF receptor (FGFR) during embryogenesis. By studying dominant FGFR2 mutations that are germline in Bent Bone Dysplasia Syndrome (BBDS), we reveal a mechanistic connection between FGFR2, ribosome biogenesis, and cellular stress that links cell fate determination to disease pathology. We previously showed that FGFR2 mutations in BBDS, which amplify nucleolar targeting of FGFR2, activate ribosomal DNA (rDNA) transcription and delay differentiation in osteoprogenitor cells and patient-derived bone...
June 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
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