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BMC Medical Genetics

Evangelia Elenis, Alkistis Skalkidou, Agneta Skoog-Svanberg, Gunilla Sydsjö, Anneli Stavreus-Evers, Helena Åkerud
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia and gestational hypertensive disorders are thought to occur due to endothelial cell dysfunction and abnormal placentation, triggered by angiogenesis-related factors yet undetermined. The aim of this study was to investigate whether a genetic polymorphism (SNP) of Histidine-rich glycoprotein (HRG), HRG C633T SNP, is associated with gestational hypertensive disorders. METHODS: It was performed a nested case-control study from the BASIC Cohort of Uppsala University Hospital comprising 92 women diagnosed with gestational hypertensive disorders without other comorbidities and 200 women with full term uncomplicated pregnancies, all genotyped regarding HRG C633T SNP...
March 14, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Meifang Su, Xiaoying Chen, Yue Chen, Congyun Wang, Songtao Li, Xuhua Ying, Tian Xiao, Na Wang, Qingwu Jiang, Chaowei Fu
BACKGROUND: There are disparities for the association between uncoupling proteins (UCP) and type 2 diabetes (T2DM). The study was to examine the associations of genetic variants of UCP2 and UCP3 with prediabetes and T2DM in a rural Chinese population. METHODS: A population-based case-control study of 397 adults with T2DM, 394 with prediabetes and 409 with normal glucose tolerance (NGT) was carried out in 2014 in a rural community in eastern China. Three groups were identified through a community survey and the prediabetes and NGT groups were frequently matched by age and gender with the T2DM group and they were not relatives of T2DM subjects...
March 12, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Camilla Fardell, Anna Zettergren, Caroline Ran, Andrea Carmine Belin, Agneta Ekman, Olof Sydow, Lars Bäckman, Björn Holmberg, Nil Dizdar, Peter Söderkvist, Hans Nissbrandt
BACKGROUND: In this study we investigated the association between SNPs in the S100B gene and Parkinson's disease (PD) in two independent Swedish cohorts. The SNP rs9722 has previously been shown to be associated with higher S100B concentrations in serum and frontal cortex in humans. S100B is widely expressed in the central nervous system and has many functions such as regulating calcium homeostasis, inflammatory processes, cytoskeleton assembly/disassembly, protein phosphorylation and degradation, and cell proliferation and differentiation...
March 12, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Maxime Cadieux-Dion, Nicole P Safina, Kendra Engleman, Carol Saunders, Elena Repnikova, Nikita Raje, Kristi Canty, Emily Farrow, Neil Miller, Lee Zellmer, Isabelle Thiffault
BACKGROUND: Ectodermal dysplasias (ED) are a group of diseases that affects the development or function of the teeth, hair, nails and exocrine and sebaceous glands. One type of ED, ankyloblepharon-ectodermal defects-cleft lip/palate syndrome (AEC or Hay-Wells syndrome), is an autosomal dominant disease characterized by the presence of skin erosions affecting the palms, soles and scalp. Other clinical manifestations include ankyloblepharon filiforme adnatum, cleft lip, cleft palate, craniofacial abnormalities and ectodermal defects such as sparse wiry hair, nail changes, dental changes, and subjective hypohydrosis...
March 9, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Weiyue Ding, Li Xu, Lejun Zhang, Zhijie Han, Qinghua Jiang, Zhe Wang, Shuilin Jin
BACKGROUND: Large scale association studies have found a significant association between type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and transcription factor 7-like 2 (TCF7L2) polymorphism rs7903146. However, the quality of data varies greatly, as the studies report inconsistent results in different populations. Hence, we perform this meta-analysis to give a more convincing result. METHODS: The articles, published from January 1st, 2000 to April 1st, 2017, were identified by searching in PubMed and Google Scholar...
March 7, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Yingqi Shao, Sizhou Feng, Jinbo Huang, Jiali Huo, Yahong You, Yizhou Zheng
BACKGROUND: Dyskeratosis congenita (DC) is an inherited telomeropathy characterized by mucocutaneous dysplasia, bone marrow failure, cancer predisposition, and other somatic abnormalities. Cells from patients with DC exhibit short telomere. The genetic basis of the majority of DC cases remains unknown. METHODS: A 2 generational Chinese Han family with DC was studied using targeted capture and next-generation sequencing to identify the underlying DC-related mutations...
March 7, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Emma Mattsson, Peter Saliba-Gustafsson, Ewa Ehrenborg, Per Tornvall
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM), also known as "broken heart syndrome", is a type of heart failure characterized by transient ventricular dysfunction in the absence of obstructive coronary lesions. Although associated with increased levels of catecholamines, pathophysiological mechanisms are unknown. Relapses and family heritability indicate a genetic predisposition. Several small studies have investigated associations between three different loci; the β1-adrenic receptor (ADRB1), G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 5 (GRK5), Bcl-associated athanogene 3 (BAG3) and TCM but no consensus has been reached...
March 7, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Ágnes Molnár, Attila Patócs, István Likó, Gábor Nyírő, Károly Rácz, Miklós Tóth, Beatrix Sármán
BACKGROUND: Glucocorticoid resistance is a rare, sporadic or familial condition caused by mutation of the gene encoding the glucocorticoid receptor (GR). Clinically it is characterized by symptoms developed due to local, tissue-specific, or generalized partial insensitivity to glucocorticoids. CASE PRESENTATION: A 31-year-old woman was evaluated because of infertility at the Endocrine Unit of the 2nd Department of Medicine, Semmelweis University. During her laboratory investigations, elevated serum and salivary cortisol were observed which failed to be suppressed after administration of 1 mg dexamethasone...
March 6, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
María López, Alberto García-Oguiza, Judith Armstrong, Inmaculada García-Cobaleda, Sixto García-Miñaur, Fernando Santos-Simarro, Verónica Seidel, Elena Domínguez-Garrido
BACKGROUND: Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome (RSTS) is a rare autosomal dominant neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by broad thumbs and halluces. RSTS is caused by mutations in CREBBP and in EP300 genes in 50-60% and 8%, respectively. Up to now, 76 RSTS-EP300 patients have been described. We present the clinical and molecular characterization of a cohort of RSTS patients carrying EP300 mutations. METHODS: Patients were selected from a cohort of 72 individuals suspected of RSTS after being negative in CREBBP study...
March 5, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Yoon-Myung Kim, Go Hun Seo, Gu-Hwan Kim, Jung Min Ko, Jin-Ho Choi, Han-Wook Yoo
BACKGROUND: Adrenal hypoplasia is a rare congenital disorder, which can be classified into a non-syndromic form, without extra-adrenal features, and a syndromic form, with such features. Despite biochemical and molecular genetic evaluation, etiologic diagnosis cannot be performed in many patients with adrenal hypoplasia. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient in this case was a boy born at 31 weeks of gestation with a weight of 882 g (< 3rd percentile) to non-consanguineous parents...
March 5, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Ani Stepanyan, Roksana Zakharyan, Arsen Simonyan, Gohar Tsakanova, Arsen Arakelyan
BACKGROUND: Despite the important role of the nerve growth factor in the survival and maintenance of neurons in ischemic stroke, data regarding the relationships between variations in the encoding gene and stroke are lacking. In the present study, we evaluated the association of the functional polymorphisms in NGF (rs6330) and NGFR (rs2072446 and rs734194) genes with ischemic stroke in an Armenian population. METHODS: In total, 370 unrelated individuals of Armenian nationality were enrolled in this study...
March 2, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Arrate Pereda, Intza Garin, Guiomar Perez de Nanclares
BACKGROUND: Pseudohypoparathyroidism (PHP) is a rare disease whose phenotypic features are rather difficult to identify in some cases. Thus, although these patients may present with the Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy (AHO) phenotype, which is characterized by small stature, obesity with a rounded face, subcutaneous ossifications, mental retardation and brachydactyly, its manifestations are somewhat variable. Indeed, some of them present with a complete phenotype, whereas others show only subtle manifestations...
March 2, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Nesreen K Al-Jezawi, Aisha M Al-Shamsi, Jehan Suleiman, Salma Ben-Salem, Anne John, Ranjit Vijayan, Bassam R Ali, Lihadh Al-Gazali
BACKGROUND: Congenital hydrocephalus (CH) results from the accumulation of excessive amounts of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain, often leading to severe neurological impairments. However, the adverse effects of CH can be reduced if the condition is detected and treated early. Earlier reports demonstrated that some CH cases are caused by mutations in L1CAM gene encoding the neural cell adhesion molecule L1. On the other hand, recent studies have implicated the multiple PDZ domain (MPDZ) gene in some severe forms of CH, inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern...
March 2, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Chengqi Xin, Chun Wang, Yachen Wang, Jingyuan Zhao, Liang Wang, Runjie Li, Jing Liu
BACKGROUND: Kabuki syndrome (KS) is a rare pediatric congenital disorder with multiple congenital anomalies and intellectual disabilities, which is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. Mutations in KMT2D and KDM6A have been proven to be the primary cause in most cases of KS. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we report two Chinese boys with clinical features of KS referred to our hospital for clinical diagnosis. Next-generation sequencing was performed on MiSeq to analyze the genetic mutations in both patients...
February 27, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Mun Young Chang, Chung Lee, Jin Hee Han, Min Young Kim, Hye-Rim Park, Nayoung Kim, Woong-Yang Park, Doo Yi Oh, Byung Yoon Choi
BACKGROUND: MYO15A variants, except those in the N-terminal domain, have been shown to be associated with congenital or pre-lingual severe-to-profound hearing loss (DFNB3), which ultimately requires cochlear implantation in early childhood. Recently, such variants have also been shown to possibly cause moderate-to-severe hearing loss. Herein, we also demonstrate that some MYO15A mutant alleles can cause postlingual onset of progressive partial deafness. METHODS: Two multiplex Korean families (SB246 and SB224), manifesting postlingual, progressive, partial deafness in an autosomal recessive fashion, were recruited...
February 27, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Shengjie Tian, Jianhua Zhu, Yaogang Lu
BACKGROUND: Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), an ultra-rare and disabling genetic disorder of skeletal malformations and progressive heterotopic ossification, is caused by heterozygous activating mutations in activin A receptor, type I/activin-like kinase 2 (ACVR1/ALK2). The rarity of the disease makes it common to make a misdiagnosis and cause mismanagement. CASE PRESENTATION: We reported a case of a sixteen-year-old male patient who had suffered from pain and swelling in the biopsy site for two months...
February 27, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Francisco Barajas-Olmos, Federico Centeno-Cruz, Carlos Zerrweck, Iván Imaz-Rosshandler, Angélica Martínez-Hernández, Emilio J Cordova, Claudia Rangel-Escareño, Faustino Gálvez, Armando Castillo, Hernán Maydón, Francisco Campos, Diana Gabriela Maldonado-Pintado, Lorena Orozco
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a well-recognized risk factor for insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes (T2D), although the precise mechanisms underlying the relationship remain unknown. In this study we identified alterations of DNA methylation influencing T2D pathogenesis, in subcutaneous and visceral adipose tissues, liver, and blood from individuals with obesity. METHODS: The study included individuals with obesity, with and without T2D. From these patients, we obtained samples of liver tissue (n = 16), visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissues (n = 30), and peripheral blood (n = 38)...
February 21, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Wei Hu, Yujia Ye, Yirui Yin, Peng Sang, Linhua Li, Jing Wang, Wen Wan, Rui Li, Xiangfeng Bai, Yuehui Xie, Zhaohui Meng
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is an autoimmune disease triggered by acute rheumatic fever (ARF). Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play an important role in the modulation of immune responses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association of MMP1, 3, and 12 promoter polymorphisms with RHD in a Han population in Southern China since the 3 genes are localized on the same chromosome and have a combined effect. METHODS: DNA samples were obtained from 90 adult patients with RHD and 90 control subjects...
February 20, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Muhammad Ikram Ullah, Abdul Nasir, Arsalan Ahmad, Gaurav Vijay Harlalka, Wasim Ahmad, Muhammad Jawad Hassan, Emma L Baple, Andrew H Crosby, Barry A Chioza
BACKGROUND: L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria (L2HGA) is a progressive neurometabolic disease of brain caused by mutations of in L-2-hydroxyglutarate dehydrogenase (L2HGDH) gene. Cardinal clinical features include cerebellar ataxia, epilepsy, neurodevelopmental delay, intellectual disability, and other clinical neurological deficits. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe an index case of the family presented with generalised tonic-clonic seizure, developmental delay, intellectual disability, and ataxia...
February 20, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Mev Dominguez-Valentin, Sigve Nakken, Hélène Tubeuf, Daniel Vodak, Per Olaf Ekstrøm, Anke M Nissen, Monika Morak, Elke Holinski-Feder, Alexandra Martins, Pål Møller, Eivind Hovig
BACKGROUND: The genetic mechanisms for families who meet the clinical criteria for Lynch syndrome (LS) but do not carry pathogenic variants in the mismatch repair (MMR) genes are still undetermined. We aimed to study the potential contribution of genes other than MMR genes to the biological and clinical characteristics of Norwegian families fulfilling Amsterdam (AMS) criteria or revised Bethesda guidelines. METHODS: The Hereditary Cancer Biobank of the Norwegian Radium Hospital was interrogated to identify individuals with a high risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC) for whom no pathogenic variants in MMR genes had been found in routine diagnostic DNA sequencing...
February 20, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
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