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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525545/gene-co-expression-network-analysis-for-identifying-modules-and-functionally-enriched-pathways-in-sca2
#1
Lance T Pflieger, Warunee Dansithong, Sharan Paul, Daniel Scoles, Karla P Figueroa, Pratap Meera, Thomas S Otis, Julio C Facelli, Stefan M Pulst
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disease caused by CAG repeat expansion in the ATXN2 gene. The repeat resides in an encoded region of the gene resulting in polyglutamine (polyQ) expansion which has been assumed to result in gain of function, predominantly, for the ATXN2 protein. We evaluated temporal cerebellar expression profiles by RNA sequencing of ATXN2Q127 mice vs wildtype littermates. ATXN2Q127 mice are characterized by a progressive motor phenotype onset, and have progressive cerebellar molecular and neurophysiological (Purkinje cell firing frequency) phenotypes...
May 19, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521042/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-modelling-of-hlhs-underlines-the-contribution-of-dysfunctional-notch-signalling-to-impaired-cardiogenesis
#2
Chunbo Yang, Yaobo Xu, Min Yu, David Lee, Sameer Alharti, Nicola Hellen, Noor Ahmad Shaik, Babajan Banaganapalli, Hussein Ali Mohamoud Sheikh, Elango Ramu, Stefan Przyborski, Gennadiy Tenin, Simon Williams, John O'Sullivan, Osman O Al-Radi, Jameel Atta, Sian E Harding, Bernard Keavney, Majlinda Lako, Lyle Armstrong
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is among the most severe forms of congenital heart disease. Although the consensus view is that reduced flow through the left heart during development is a key factor in the development of the condition, the molecular mechanisms leading to hypoplasia of left heart structures are unknown. We have generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) from five HLHS patients and two unaffected controls, differentiated these to cardiomyocytes and identified reproducible in vitro cellular and functional correlates of the HLHS phenotype...
May 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520872/glucocerebrosidase-deficiency-in-dopaminergic-neurons-induces-microglial-activation-without-neurodegeneration
#3
Federico N Soria, Michel Engeln, Marta Martinez-Vicente, Christelle Glangetas, María José López-González, Sandra Dovero, Benjamin Dehay, Elisabeth Normand, Miquel Vila, Alexandre Favereaux, François Georges, Christophe Lo Bianco, Erwan Bezard, Pierre-Olivier Fernagut
Mutations in the GBA1 gene encoding the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase (GBA1) are important risk factors for Parkinson's disease (PD). In vitro, altered GBA1 activity promotes alpha-synuclein accumulation while elevated levels of alpha-synuclein compromise GBA1 function, thus supporting a pathogenic mechanism in PD. However, the mechanisms by which GBA1 deficiency is linked to increased risk of PD remains elusive, partially because of lack of aged models of GBA1 deficiency. Since knocking-out GBA1 in the entire brain induces massive neurodegeneration and early death, we generated a mouse model of GBA1 deficiency amenable to investigate the long-term consequences of compromised GBA1 function in dopaminergic neurons...
May 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510727/alternative-splicing-in-the-c-terminal-tail-of-cav2-1-is-essential-for-preventing-a-neurological-disease-in-mice
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Tomonori Aikawa, Takaki Watanabe, Taisuke Miyazaki, Takayasu Mikuni, Minoru Wakamori, Miyano Sakurai, Hidenori Aizawa, Nobutaka Ishizu, Masahiko Watanabe, Masanobu Kano, Hidehiro Mizusawa, Kei Watase
Alternative splicing (AS) that occurs at the final coding exon (exon 47) of the Cav2.1 voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) gene produces two major isoforms in the brain, MPI and MPc. These isoforms differ in their splice acceptor sites; human MPI is translated into a polyglutamine tract associated with spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6), whereas MPc splices to an immediate stop codon, resulting in a shorter cytoplasmic tail.To gain insight into the functional role of the AS in vivo and whether modulating the splice patterns at this locus can be a potential therapeutic strategy for SCA6, here we created knockin mice that exclusively express MPc by inserting the splice-site mutation...
May 16, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510639/toward-an-elucidation-of-the-molecular-genetics-of-inherited-retinal-degenerations
#5
G Jane Farrar, Matthew Carrigan, Adrian Dockery, Sophia Millington Ward, Arpad Palfi, Naomi Chadderton, Marian Humphries, Anna Sophia Kiang, Paul F Kenna, Pete Humphries
While individually classed as rare diseases, hereditary retinal degenerations (IRDs) are the major cause of registered visual handicap in the developed world. Given their hereditary nature, some degree of intergenic heterogeneity was expected, with genes segregating in autosomal dominant, recessive, X-linked recessive, and more rarely in digenic or mitochondrial modes. Today, it is recognized that IRDs, as a group, represent one of the most genetically diverse of hereditary conditions - at least 260 genes having been implicated, with 70 genes identified in the most common IRD, retinitis pigmentosa (RP)...
May 16, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505344/genetics-of-glaucoma
#6
Janey L Wiggs, Louis R Pasquale
Genetic and genomic studies, including genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have accelerated the discovery of genes contributing to glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness world-wide. Glaucoma can occur at all ages, with Mendelian inheritance typical for rare early onset disease (before age 40) and complex inheritance evident in common adult-onset forms of disease. Recent studies have suggested possible therapeutic targets for some patients with early-onset glaucoma based on the molecular and cellular events caused by MYOC, OPTN and TBK1 mutations...
May 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505249/sialic-acid-deficiency-is-associated-with-oxidative-stress-leading-to-muscle-atrophy-and-weakness-in-the-gne-myopathy
#7
Anna Cho, May Christine V Malicdan, Miho Miyakawa, Ikuya Nonaka, Ichizo Nishino, Satoru Noguchi
Sialic acids are monosaccharides found in terminal sugar chains of cell surfaces and proteins; they have various biological functions and have been implicated in health and disease. Genetic defects of the GNE gene which encodes a critical bifunctional enzyme for sialic acid biosynthesis, lead to GNE myopathy, a disease manifesting with progressive muscle atrophy and weakness. The likely mechanism of disease is a lack of sialic acids. There remains, however, an unexplained link between hyposialylation and the muscle atrophy and weakness...
May 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498977/consequences-of-megf10-deficiency-on-myoblast-function-and-notch1-interactions
#8
Madhurima Saha, Satomi Mitsuhashi, Michael D Jones, Kelsey Manko, Hemakumar M Reddy, Christine Bruels, Kyung-Ah Cho, Christina A Pacak, Isabelle Draper, Peter B Kang
Mutations in MEGF10 cause early onset myopathy, areflexia, respiratory distress, and dysphagia (EMARDD), a rare congenital muscle disease, but the pathogenic mechanisms remain largely unknown. We demonstrate that short hairpin RNA (shRNA)-mediated knockdown of Megf10, as well as overexpression of the pathogenic human p.C774R mutation, leads to impaired proliferation and migration of C2C12 cells. Myoblasts from Megf10-/- mice and Megf10-/-/mdx double knockout (dko) mice also show impaired proliferation and migration compared to myoblasts from wild type and mdx mice, whereas the dko mice show histological abnormalities that are not observed in either single mutant mouse...
May 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486698/dystonia-causing-mutations-in-the-transcription-factor-thap1-disrupt-hcfc1-cofactor-recruitment-and-alter-gene-expression
#9
Ronja Hollstein, Benedikt Reiz, Lucas Kötter, Alev Richter, Susen Schaake, Katja Lohmann, Frank J Kaiser
Thanatos-associated protein domain containing, apoptosis-associated protein 1 (THAP1), the gene mutated in DYT6 dystonia, encodes a transcription factor. While the N-terminal THAP domain allows for specific DNA-binding, the functional relevance of the other regions is largely unknown. The C-terminus contains a 4-amino-acid-spanning host cell factor 1 (HCFC1)-binding domain (HBM) that mediates the interaction with HCFC1. Interestingly, three mutations affecting the HBM (p.N136S, p.N136K, p.Y137C) have been reported in dystonia patients...
May 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486640/generalized-metabolic-bone-disease-and-fracture-risk-in-rothmund-thomson-syndrome
#10
Felicia Cao, Linchao Lu, Steven A Abrams, Keli M Hawthorne, Allison Tam, Weidong Jin, Brian Dawson, Roman Shypailo, Hao Liu, Brendan Lee, Sandesh Cs Nagamani, Lisa L Wang
Rothmund-Thomson syndrome (RTS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by poikiloderma, small stature, sparse hair, skeletal abnormalities, increased risk of osteosarcoma, and decreased bone mass. To date, there has not been a comprehensive evaluation of the prevalence and extent of metabolic bone disease in RTS. Furthermore, the mechanisms that result in this phenotype are largely unknown. In this report, we provide a detailed evaluation of 29 individuals with RTS with respect to their metabolic bone status including bone mineral density, calcium kinetics studies, and markers of bone remodeling...
May 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486623/platinum-induced-mitochondrial-dna-mutations-confer-lower-sensitivity-to-paclitaxel-by-impairing-tubulin-cytoskeletal-organization
#11
Giulia Girolimetti, Flora Guerra, Luisa Iommarini, Ivana Kurelac, Daniele Vergara, Michele Maffia, Michele Vidone, Laura Benedetta Amato, Giulia Leone, Sabrina Dusi, Valeria Tiranti, Anna Myriam Perrone, Cecilia Bucci, Anna Maria Porcelli, Giuseppe Gasparre
Development of chemoresistance is a cogent clinical issue in oncology, whereby combination of anticancer drugs is usually preferred also to enhance efficacy. Paclitaxel (PTX), combined with carboplatin, represents the standard first-line chemotherapy for different types of cancers. We here depict a double-edge role of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations induced in cancer cells after treatment with platinum. MtDNA mutations were positively selected by PTX, and they determined a decrease in the mitochondrial respiratory function, as well as in proliferative and tumorigenic potential, in terms of migratory and invasive capacity...
May 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486600/sclt1-deficiency-causes-cystic-kidney-by-activating-erk-and-stat3-signaling
#12
Jianshuang Li, Di Lu, Huadie Liu, Bart O Williams, Paul A Overbeek, Brendan Lee, Ling Zheng, Tao Yang
Ciliopathies form a group of inherited disorders sharing several clinical manifestations due to abnormal cilia formation or function, and few treatments have been successful against these disorders. Here, we report a mouse model with mutated Sclt1 gene, which encodes a centriole distal appendage protein important for ciliogenesis. SCLT1 mutations were associated with the oral-facial-digital syndrome (OFD), an autosomal recessive ciliopathy. The Sclt1-/- mice exhibit typical ciliopathy phenotypes, including cystic kidney, cleft palate, and polydactyly...
May 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482029/from-compliment-to-insult-genetics-of-the-complement-system-in-physiology-and-disease-in-the-human-retina
#13
Robert F Mullins, Alasdair N Warwick, Elliott H Sohn, Andrew J Lotery
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major cause of visual impairment that affects the central retina. Genome wide association studies and candidate gene screens have identified members of the complement pathway as contributing to the risk of AMD. In this review, we discuss the complement system, its importance in retinal development and normal physiology, how its dysregulation may contribute to disease, and how it might be targeted to prevent damage to the aging choriocapillaris in AMD.
May 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482024/vps35-in-cooperation-with-lrrk2-regulates-synaptic-vesicle-endocytosis-through-the-endosomal-pathway-in-drosophila
#14
Tsuyoshi Inoshita, Taku Arano, Yuka Hosaka, Hongrui Meng, Yujiro Umezaki, Sakiko Kosugi, Takako Morimoto, Masato Koike, Hui-Yun Chang, Yuzuru Imai, Nobutaka Hattori
Mutations of the retromer component Vps35 and endosomal kinase LRRK2 are linked to autosomal dominant forms of familial Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the physiological and pathological roles of Vps35 and LRRK2 in neuronal functions are poorly understood. Here, we demonstrated that the loss of Drosophila Vps35 (dVps35) affects synaptic vesicle recycling, dopaminergic synaptic release and sleep behavior associated with dopaminergic activity, which is rescued by the expression of wild-type dVps35 but not the PD-associated mutant dVps35 D647N...
May 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482014/genetic-modifiers-as-relevant-biological-variables-of-eye-disorders
#15
Kacie J Meyer, Michael G Anderson
From early in the study of mammalian genetics, it was clear that modifiers can have a striking influence on phenotypes. Today, several modifiers have now been studied in enough detail to allow a glimpse of how they function and influence our perspective of disease. With respect to diseases of the eye, some modifiers are an important source of phenotypic variation that can elucidate how genes function in networks to collectively shape ocular anatomy and physiology, thus influencing our understanding of basic biology...
May 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481999/gwas-identifies-population-specific-new-regulatory-variants-in-fut6-associated-with-plasma-b12-concentrations-in-indians
#16
Suraj S Nongmaithem, Charudatta V Joglekar, Ghattu V Krishnaveni, Sirazul A Sahariah, Meraj Ahmad, Swetha Ramachandran, Meera Gandhi, Harsha Chopra, Anand Pandit, Ramesh D Potdar, Caroline H D Fall, Chittaranjan S Yajnik, Giriraj R Chandak
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May 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481993/inherited-eye-related-disorders-due-to-mitochondrial-dysfunction
#17
Patrick Yu-Wai-Man, Nancy J Newman
Genetic disorders due to mitochondrial dysfunction are not uncommon and the majority of these patients will have eye-related manifestations, including visual loss from optic nerve and retinal disease, visual field loss from retrochiasmal visual pathway damage, and ptosis and ocular dysmotility from extraocular muscle involvement. Defects in both the nuclear and mitochondrial genomes cause mitochondrial dysfunction via several mechanisms, including impaired mitochondrial energy production, oxidative stress, mitochondrial DNA instability, abnormalities in the regulation of mitochondrial dynamics and mitochondrial quality control, and disturbed cellular interorganellar communication...
May 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481984/the-dna-damage-response-ddr-is-induced-by-the-c9orf72-repeat-expansion-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#18
Manal A Farg, Anna Konopka, Kai Ying Soo, Daisuke Ito, Julie D Atkin
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressing neurodegenerative disease affecting motor neurons. Hexanucleotide (GGGGCC) repeat expansions in a non-coding region of C9orf72 are the major cause of familial ALS and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) worldwide. The C9orf72 repeat expansion undergoes repeat-associated non-ATG (RAN) translation to produce five dipeptide repeat proteins (DRPs), including poly(GR) and poly(PR). Whilst it remains unclear how mutations in C9orf72 lead to neurodegeneration in ALS/FTD, dysfunction to the nucleolus and R loop formation are implicated as pathogenic mechanisms...
May 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475764/the-chaperone-activity-of-4pba-ameliorates-the-skeletal-phenotype-of-chihuahua-a-zebrafish-model-for-dominant-osteogenesis-imperfecta
#19
Roberta Gioia, Francesca Tonelli, Ilaria Ceppi, Marco Biggiogera, Sergey Leikin, Shannon Fisher, Elena Tenedini, Timur A Yorgan, Thorsten Schinke, Kun Tian, Jean-Marc Schwartz, Fabiana Forte, Raimund Wagener, Simona Villani, Antonio Rossi, Antonella Forlino
Classical osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a bone disease caused by type I collagen mutations and characterized by bone fragility, frequent fractures in absence of trauma and growth deficiency. No definitive cure is available for OI and to develop novel drug therapies, taking advantage of a repositioning strategy, the small teleost zebrafish (Danio rerio) is a particularly appealing model. Its small size, high proliferative rate, embryo transparency and small amount of drug required make zebrafish the model of choice for drug screening studies, when a valid disease model is available...
May 5, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475762/epigenome-wide-association-study-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-identifies-differentially-methylated-loci-in-b-cells
#20
Antonio Julià, Devin Absher, María López-Lasanta, Nuria Palau, Andrea Pluma, Lindsay Waite Jones, John R Glossop, William E Farrell, Richard M Myers, Sara Marsal
Epigenetic regulation of immune cell types could be critical for the development and maintenance of autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). B cells are highly relevant in RA, since patients express autoantibodies and depleting this cell type is a successful therapeutic approach. Epigenetic variation, such as DNA methylation, may mediate the pathogenic activity of B cells. In this study, we performed an epigenome-wide association study (EWAS) for RA with three different replication cohorts, to identify disease-specific alterations in DNA methylation in B cells...
May 5, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
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