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Molecular Genetics and Metabolism

Takashi Kodama, Takahiro Tsukimura, Ikuo Kawashima, Atsuko Sato, Hitoshi Sakuraba, Tadayasu Togawa
In Fabry disease, large amounts of globotriaosylceramide (Gb3) and related glycosphingolipids accumulate in organs due to a deficiency of α-galactosidase A (GLA) activity. Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) with recombinant GLA is now available, and it has been reported that ERT is beneficial for patients with Fabry disease, especially those who start treatment at an early stage of the disease. However, it seems that the efficacy of ERT differs with each organ, and Gb3 accumulated in the kidneys shows resistance to ERT when it is started at a late stage...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Clark K Ho, Ganesh Sriram, Katrina M Dipple
Mathematical modeling approaches have been commonly used in complex signaling pathway studies such as the insulin signal transduction pathway. Our expanded mathematical model of the insulin signal transduction pathway was previously shown to effectively predict glucose clearance rates using mRNA levels of key components of the pathway in a mouse model. In this study, we re-optimized and applied our expanded model to study insulin sensitivity in other species and tissues (human skeletal muscle) with altered protein activities of insulin signal transduction pathway components...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Alfonso González-Noriega, Colette Michalak, Rafael Cervantes-Roldán, Vania Gómez-Romero, Alfonso León-Del-Río
Annexin A6 is a multicompetent, multifunctional protein involved in several biological processes within and outside of the cell. Whereas HeLa cells express annexin A6 only as a 68/67-kDa doublet, indicating alternative splicing (Smith PD et al. (1994) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 91, 2713-2717), the GMO2784 human fibroblast cell line expresses two additional isoforms at 64 and 58kDa. In both cell lines, annexin A6 is located intracellularly and on the plasma membrane. In vitro eukaryotic protein synthesis of pIRESneoAnxA6 cDNA and pIRESneoAnxA6/Met(1-) or Met(33-) using a reticulocyte lysate coupled transcription/translation system revealed that this gene contains two translation start codons, Met(1) and Met(33)...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Li Ou, Michael J Przybilla, Chester B Whitley
Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) is due to deficiency of α-l-iduronidase (IDUA) and subsequent storage of undegraded glycosaminoglycans (GAG). The severe form of the disease, known as Hurler syndrome, is characterized by mental retardation and neurodegeneration of unknown etiology. To identify potential biomarkers and unveil the neuropathology mechanism of MPS I disease, two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and nanoliquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (nanoLC-MS/MS) were applied to compare proteome profiling of brains from MPS I and control mice (5-month old)...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Yuki Kondo, Hiroko Tokumaru, Yoichi Ishitsuka, Tomoko Matsumoto, Makiko Taguchi, Keiichi Motoyama, Taishi Higashi, Hidetoshi Arima, Muneaki Matsuo, Katsumi Higaki, Kousaku Ohno, Tetsumi Irie
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October 9, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Francyne Kubaski, Harumi Osago, Robert W Mason, Seiji Yamaguchi, Hironori Kobayashi, Mikako Tsuchiya, Tadao Orii, Shunji Tomatsu
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are long blocks of negatively charged polysaccharides. They are one of the major components of the extracellular matrix and play multiple roles in different tissues and organs. The accumulation of undegraded GAGs causes mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS). GAGs are associated with other pathological conditions such as osteoarthritis, inflammation, diabetes mellitus, spinal cord injury, and cancer. The need for further understanding of GAG functions and mechanisms of action boosted the development of qualitative and quantitative (alcian blue, toluidine blue, paper and thin layer chromatography, gas chromatography, high pressure liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, 1,9-dimethylmethylene blue, enzyme linked-immunosorbent assay, mass spectrometry) techniques...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Stephanie L Austin, Andrew Chiou, Baodong Sun, Laura E Case, Kenny Govendrageloo, Perrin Hansen, Priya S Kishnani
OBJECTIVE: PRKAG2 syndrome, an autosomal dominant disorder, is characterized by severe infantile hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and heart rhythm disturbances to cases with a later presentation and a spectrum of manifestations including cardiac manifestations, myopathy and seizures. The cardiac features of PRKAG2 resemble the cardiac manifestations of Pompe disease. We present a patient who was initially diagnosed with Pompe disease and treated with alglucosidase-alfa enzyme replacement therapy (ERT); however, he was eventually diagnosed to carrying a PRKAG2 pathogenic gene mutation; he did not have Pompe disease instead he was a carrier for the common adult leaky splice site mutation in the GAA gene...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Ainslie L K Derrick-Roberts, Kavita Panir, Carmen E Pyragius, Krystyna H Zarrinkalam, Gerald J Atkins, Sharon Byers
Severe, progressive skeletal dysplasia is a major symptom of multiple mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) types. While a gene therapy approach initiated at birth has been shown to prevent the development of bone pathology in different animal models of MPS, the capacity to correct developed bone disease is unknown. In this study, ex vivo micro-computed tomography was used to demonstrate that bone mass and architecture of murine MPS VII L5 vertebrae were within the normal range at 1month of age but by 2months of age were significantly different to normal...
September 24, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Kathryn M Camp, Danuta Krotoski, Melissa A Parisi, Katrina A Gwinn, Bruce H Cohen, Christine S Cox, Gregory M Enns, Marni J Falk, Amy C Goldstein, Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava, Gráinne S Gorman, Stephen P Hersh, Michio Hirano, Freddie Ann Hoffman, Amel Karaa, Erin L MacLeod, Robert McFarland, Charles Mohan, Andrew E Mulberg, Joanne C Odenkirchen, Sumit Parikh, Patricia J Rutherford, Shawne K Suggs-Anderson, W H Wilson Tang, Jerry Vockley, Lynne A Wolfe, Steven Yannicelli, Philip E Yeske, Paul M Coates
In December 2014, a workshop entitled "Nutritional Interventions in Primary Mitochondrial Disorders: Developing an Evidence Base" was convened at the NIH with the goals of exploring the use of nutritional interventions in primary mitochondrial disorders (PMD) and identifying knowledge gaps regarding their safety and efficacy; identifying research opportunities; and forging collaborations among researchers, clinicians, patient advocacy groups, and federal partners. Sponsors included the NIH, the Wellcome Trust, and the United Mitochondrial Diseases Foundation...
September 20, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Kevin J O'Brien, Jay Lozier, Andrew R Cullinane, Brigitte Osorio, Khanh Nghiem, Vladislav Speransky, Wadih M Zein, James C Mullikin, Anne T Neff, Karen L Simon, May Christine V Malicdan, William A Gahl, Lisa R Young, Bernadette R Gochuico
PURPOSE: Hemophilia B, an X-linked disease, manifests with recurrent soft tissue bleeding episodes. Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, a rare autosomal recessive disorder, is characterized by oculocutaneous albinism and an increased tendency to bleed due to a platelet storage pool defect. We report a novel mutation in HPS6 in a Caucasian man with hemophilia B and oculocutaneous albinism. RESULTS: The patient was diagnosed with hemophilia B at age 4months due to recurrent soft tissue bleeding episodes, and he was also diagnosed with Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome at 32years of age due to unexplained oculocutaneous albinism...
September 3, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Laura Bianciardi, Valentina Imperatore, Erika Fernandez-Vizarra, Angela Lopomo, Micol Falabella, Simone Furini, Paolo Galluzzi, Salvatore Grosso, Massimo Zeviani, Alessandra Renieri, Francesca Mari, Elisa Frullanti
We report here the case of a young male who started to show verbal fluency disturbance, clumsiness and gait anomalies at the age of 3.5years and presented bilateral striatal necrosis. Clinically, the diagnosis was compatible with Leigh syndrome but the underlying molecular defect remained elusive even after exome analysis using autosomal/X-linked recessive or de novo models. Dosage of respiratory chain activity on fibroblasts, but not in muscle, underlined a deficit in complex I. Re-analysis of heterozygous probably pathogenic variants, inherited from one healthy parent, identified the p...
September 3, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Bruno Palhais, Maja Dembic, Rugivan Sabaratnam, Kira S Nielsen, Thomas Koed Doktor, Gitte Hoffmann Bruun, Brage Storstein Andresen
Fabry disease is an X-linked recessive inborn disorder of the glycosphingolipid metabolism, caused by total or partial deficiency of the lysosomal α-galactosidase A enzyme due to mutations in the GLA gene. The prevalent c.639+919 G>A mutation in GLA leads to pathogenic insertion of a 57bp pseudoexon sequence from intron 4, which is responsible for the cardiac variant phenotype. In this study we investigate the splicing regulatory mechanism leading to GLA pseudoexon activation. Splicing analysis of GLA minigenes revealed that pseudoexon activation is influenced by cell-type...
August 27, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
J Vockley, J Charrow, J Ganesh, M Eswara, G A Diaz, E McCracken, R Conway, G M Enns, J Starr, R Wang, J E Abdenur, J Sanchez-de-Toledo, D L Marsden
Long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorders (LC-FAOD) can cause cardiac hypertrophy and cardiomyopathy, often presenting in infancy, typically leading to death or heart transplant despite ongoing treatment. Previous data on triheptanoin treatment of cardiomyopathy in LC-FAOD suggested a clinical benefit on heart function during acute failure. An additional series of LC-FAOD patients with critical emergencies associated with cardiomyopathy was treated with triheptanoin under emergency treatment or compassionate use protocols...
August 27, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Hetanshi Naik, Mikayla Stoecker, Saskia C Sanderson, Manisha Balwani, Robert J Desnick
BACKGROUND: The acute hepatic porphyrias (AHPs) are rare inborn errors of heme biosynthesis, characterized clinically by life-threatening acute neurovisceral attacks. Patients with recurrent attacks have a decreased quality of life (QoL); however, no interactive assessment of these patients' views has been reported. We conducted guided discussions regarding specific topics, to explore patients' disease experience and its impact on their lives. METHODS: Sixteen AHP patients experiencing acute attacks were recruited to moderator-led online focus groups...
August 24, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Veronika Baresova, Matyas Krijt, Vaclava Skopova, Olga Souckova, Stanislav Kmoch, Marie Zikanova
Purines are essential molecules for nucleic acid synthesis and are the most common carriers of chemical energy in all living organisms. The cellular pool of purines is maintained by the balance between their de novo synthesis (DNPS), recycling and degradation. DNPS includes ten reactions catalysed by six enzymes. To date, two genetically determined disorders of DNPS enzymes have been described, and the existence of other defects manifested by neurological symptoms and the accumulation of DNPS intermediates in bodily fluids is highly presumable...
August 24, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Deborah Elstein, T Andrew Burrow, Joel Charrow, Pilar Giraldo, Atul Mehta, Gregory M Pastores, Hak-Myung Lee, Björn Mellgard, Ari Zimran
The introduction of a home therapy option during clinical trials of velaglucerase alfa in patients with type 1 Gaucher disease marked the first time that home infusions have been permitted during a clinical trial for an investigational drug for Gaucher disease. Home infusions were an available option in 4 open-label velaglucerase alfa clinical studies to eligible patients who received their initial infusions at a clinic. Patients who participated in the home therapy option and received at least 10% of their infusions at home (n=100) received a range of 11...
August 23, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Takayuki Yokoi, Kentarou Yokoi, Kazumasa Akiyama, Takashi Higuchi, Yohta Shimada, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Taku Sato, Toshiaki Ohteki, Makoto Otsu, Hiromitsu Nakauchi, Hiroyuki Ida, Toya Ohashi
Mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPS II) is a lysosomal storage disease caused by the deficient activity of iduronate 2-sulfatase (IDS), which is involved in the lysosomal catabolism of the glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) dermatan and heparan sulfate. Such a deficiency leads to the accumulation of undegraded GAGs in some organs. Although enzyme replacement therapy is available as a treatment of MPS II, there are some limitations, such as the requirement of weekly administration for whole life. To avoid such limitations, hematopoietic cell transplantation (HSCT) is a possible alternative...
August 21, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
K V Truxal, H Fu, D M McCarty, K A McNally, K L Kunkler, N A Zumberge, L Martin, S C Aylward, L N Alfano, K M Berry, L P Lowes, M Corridore, C McKee, K L McBride, K M Flanigan
Mucopolysaccharidosis type III is a group of four autosomal recessive enzyme deficiencies leading to tissue accumulation of heparan sulfate. Central nervous system disease is prominent, with initial normal development followed by neurocognitive decline leading to death. In order to define outcome measures suitable for gene transfer trials, we prospectively assessed disease progression in MPS IIIA and IIIB subjects >2years old at three time points over one year (baseline, 6 and 12months). Fifteen IIIA (9 male, 6 female; age 5...
August 18, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Nhan T Ho, Julia V Busik, James H Resau, Nigel Paneth, Sok Kean Khoo
Unfrozen archived newborn blood spots (NBS) have been shown to retain sufficient messenger RNA (mRNA) for gene expression profiling. However, the effect of storage time at ambient temperature for NBS samples in relation to the quality of gene expression data is relatively unknown. Here, we evaluated mRNA expression from quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) and microarray data obtained from NBS samples stored at ambient temperature to determine the effect of storage time on the quality of gene expression. These data were generated in a previous case-control study examining NBS in 53 children with cerebral palsy (CP) and 53 matched controls...
August 18, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Lauren D Van Wassenhove, Daria Mochly-Rosen, Kenneth I Weinberg
Maintenance of the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) compartment depends on the ability to metabolize exogenously and endogenously generated toxins, and to repair cellular damage caused by such toxins. Reactive aldehydes have been demonstrated to cause specific genotoxic injury, namely DNA interstrand cross-links. Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) is a member of a 19 isoenzyme ALDH family with different substrate specificities, subcellular localization, and patterns of expression. ALDH2 is localized in mitochondria and is essential for the metabolism of acetaldehyde, thereby placing it directly downstream of ethanol metabolism...
September 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
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