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BMC Medical Genetics

Yosep Chong, Minyoung Kim, Eun Sil Koh, Seok Joon Shin, Ho-Shik Kim, Sungjin Chung
BACKGROUND: Fabry disease is a rare X-linked lysosomal storage disorder caused by α-galactosidase A deficiency. With the advancement of molecular diagnostic tools, more disease-causing mutations in α-galactosidase A (GLA) have been identified in Fabry disease. We found a novel mutation in a Korean family with predominant renal manifestations of the disease. CASE PRESENTATION: A 24-year-old man who wanted to donate a kidney to his 28-year-old brother with end-stage renal disease of unknown cause was evaluated...
October 24, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Andrew Turner, Jurgen Sasse, Aniko Varadi
OBJECTIVES: Inherited disorders of haemoglobin are the world's most common genetic diseases, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. The large number of mutations associated with the haemoglobin beta gene (HBB) makes gene scanning by High Resolution Melting (HRM) PCR an attractive diagnostic approach. However, existing HRM-PCR assays are not able to detect all common point mutations and have only a very limited ability to detect larger gene rearrangements. The aim of the current study was to develop a HBB assay, which can be used as a screening test in highly heterogeneous populations, for detection of both point mutations and larger gene rearrangements...
October 19, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Concetta Scimone, Placido Bramanti, Alessia Ruggeri, Luigi Donato, Concetta Alafaci, Concetta Crisafulli, Massimo Mucciardi, Carmela Rinaldi, Antonina Sidoti, Rosalia D'Angelo
BACKGROUND: Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are vascular anomalies of the nervous system mostly located in the brain presenting sporadically or familial. Causes of familial forms are mutations in CCM1 (Krit1), CCM2 (MGC4607) and CCM3 (PDCD10) genes. Sporadic forms with no affected relative most often have only one lesion and no germ line mutations. However, a number of sporadic cases with multiple lesions have been reported and are indeed genetic cases with a de novo mutation or a mutation inherited from an asymptomatic parent...
October 13, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Johannes Münch, Maik Grohmann, Tom H Lindner, Carsten Bergmann, Jan Halbritter
BACKGROUND: Patients on renal replacement therapy are often unaware of their underlying condition and hence suffer from so-called end-stage renal disease (ESRD) of unknown origin. However, an exact diagnosis is not only important for better estimating the prognosis, but also when preparing for kidney transplantation. Whilst patients with FSGS without a confirmed genetic cause have a high recurrence rate in the transplanted organ, patients with a mutation generally exhibit no recurrence and have a good prognosis...
October 12, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Wafa Khaali, Khalid Moumad, El Khalil Ben Driss, Abdellatif Benider, Wided Ben Ayoub, Mokhtar Hamdi-Cherif, Kada Boualga, Elham Hassen, Marilys Corbex, Meriem Khyatti
BACKGROUND: Genetic susceptibility plays a key role in the development of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and in fact the disease presents with an unusually high incidence in certain regions of the world like North Africa. We investigated the association between polymorphism of the Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and risk of NPC in North Africa. TGF-β1 is a multifunctional cytokine that acts as both a tumor suppressor and a stimulator of cancer development; it has been shown to influence risk of numerous other carcinomas including lung, breast and prostate cancer...
October 12, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Rola F Turki, Mourad Assidi, Huda A Banni, Hanan A Zahed, Sajjad Karim, Hans-Juergen Schulten, Muhammad Abu-Elmagd, Abdulrahim A Rouzi, Osama Bajouh, Hassan S Jamal, Mohammed H Al-Qahtani, Adel M Abuzenadah
BACKGROUND: Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) or recurrent spontaneous abortion is an obstetric complication that affects couples at reproductive age. Previous reports documented a clear relationship between parents with chromosomal abnormalities and both recurrent miscarriages and infertility. However, limited data is available from the Arabian Peninsula which is known by higher rates of consanguineous marriages. The main goal of this study was to determine the prevalence of chromosomal abnormalities and thrombophilic polymorphisms, and to correlate them with RPL and consanguinity in Saudi Arabia...
October 10, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Mamdooh Abdullah Gari, Mohammed AlKaff, Haneen S Alsehli, Ashraf Dallol, Abdullah Gari, Muhammad Abu-Elmagd, Roaa Kadam, Mohammed F Abuzinadah, Mazin Gari, Adel M Abuzenadah, Kalamegam Gauthaman, Heba Alkhatabi, Mohammed M Abbas
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive joint disease characterized by gradual degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM) components in the cartilage and bone. The ECM of cartilage is a highly specified structure that is mainly composed of type II collagen and provides tensile strength to the tissue via aggrecan and proteoglycans. However, changes in the ECM composition and structure can lead to loss of collagen type II and network integrity. Several risk factors have been correlated with OA including age, genetic predisposition, hereditary factors, obesity, mechanical injuries, and joint trauma...
October 10, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Ashraf Dallol, Kamal Daghistani, Aisha Elaimi, Wissam A Al-Wazani, Afaf Bamanie, Malek Safiah, Samira Sagaty, Layla Taha, Rawabi Zahed, Osama Bajouh, Adeel Gulzar Chaudhary, Mamdooh Abdullah Gari, Rola Turki, Mohammed Hussein Al-Qahtani, Adel Mohammed Abuzenadah
BACKGROUND: Hearing Impairment (HI) can have genetic or environmental causes and in some cases, an interplay of both. Genetic causes are difficult to determine as mutations in more than 90 genes have been shown recently to be responsible for HI. Providing a genetic diagnostic test for HI is therefore a challenge especially for ethnic groups where GJB2 mutations are shown to be rare. RESULTS: Here we show the design and implementation of an amplicon-based targeted sequencing panel that allows the simultaneous sequencing of 87 HI genes...
October 10, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Ramon Bossardi Ramos, Vitor Fabris, Sheila Bunecker Lecke, Maria Augusta Maturana, Poli Mara Spritzer
BACKGROUND: Genetic studies to date have not provided satisfactory evidence regarding risk polymorphisms for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Conversely, epigenetic mechanisms, including DNA methylation, seem to influence the risk of CVD and related conditions. Because postmenopausal women experience an increase in CVD, we set out to determine whether global DNA methylation was associated with cardiovascular risk in this population. METHODS: In this cross sectional study carried out in a university hospital, 90 postmenopausal women without prior CVD diagnosis (55...
October 10, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Dan Holmberg, Karin Ruikka, Petter Lindgren, Mats Eliasson, Sofia Mayans
BACKGROUND: T1D and AITD are autoimmune disorders commonly occurring in the same family and even in the same individual. The genetic contribution to these disorders is complex making uncovering of susceptibility genes very challenging. The general aim of this study was to identify loci and genes contributing to T1D/AITD susceptibility. Our strategy was to perform linkage and association studies in the relatively genetically homogenous population of northern Sweden. We performed a GWLS to find genomic regions linked to T1D/AITD in families from northern Sweden and we performed an association study in the families to test for association between T1D/AITD and variants in previously published candidate genes as well as a novel candidate gene, CD247...
October 4, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Marie-Cécile Gaillard, Francesca Puppo, Stéphane Roche, Camille Dion, Emmanuelle Salort Campana, Virginie Mariot, Charlene Chaix, Catherine Vovan, Killian Mazaleyrat, Armand Tasmadjian, Rafaelle Bernard, Julie Dumonceaux, Shahram Attarian, Nicolas Lévy, Karine Nguyen, Frédérique Magdinier, Marc Bartoli
BACKGROUND: The main form of Facio-Scapulo-Humeral muscular Dystrophy is linked to copy number reduction of the 4q D4Z4 macrosatellite (FSHD1). In 5 % of cases, FSHD phenotype appears in the absence of D4Z4 reduction (FSHD2). In 70-80 % of these patients, variants of the SMCHD1 gene segregate with 4qA haplotypes and D4Z4 hypomethylation. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a family presenting with neuromuscular symptoms reminiscent of FSHD but without D4Z4 copy reduction...
2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Charmaine Zahra, Christine Tabone, Graziella Camilleri, Alex E Felice, Rosienne Farrugia, Stephanie Bezzina Wettinger
BACKGROUND: Mutations in Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 NM_198578 (LRRK2 c.6055G > A (p.G2019S), LRRK2 c.4321C > G (p.R1441G)) and alpha-synuclein NM_000345 (SNCA c.209G > A (p.A53T)) genes causing Parkinson's disease (PD) are common in Mediterranean populations. Variants in the Quinoid Dihydropteridine Reductase NM_000320 (QDPR c.68G > A (p.G23D)), Sepiapterin Reductase NM_003124 (SPR c.596-2A > G) and Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase NM_005957 (MTHFR c...
2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Hannah Happ, Eric Weh, Deborah Costakos, Linda M Reis, Elena V Semina
BACKGROUND: Congenital cataracts affect 3-6 per 10,000 live births and represent one of the leading causes of blindness in children. Congenital cataracts have a strong genetic component with high heterogeneity and variability. CASE PRESENTATION: Analysis of whole exome sequencing data in a patient affected with congenital cataracts identified a pathogenic deletion which was further defined by other techniques. A ~98-kb homozygous deletion of 6p24.3 involving the first three exons (two non-coding and one coding) of GCNT2 isoform A, the first exon (coding) of GCNT2 isoform B, and part of the intergenic region between GCNT2 and TFAP2A was identified in the patient and her brother while both parents were found to be heterozygous carriers of the deletion...
2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Rohini Mehta, Kianoush Jeiran, Aaron B Koenig, Munkzhul Otgonsuren, Zachary Goodman, Ancha Baranova, Zobair Younossi
BACKGROUND: Visceral obesity and metabolic syndrome are commonly associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The progression of steatosis to NASH depends on a number of metabolic and patient-related factors. The mechanisms of genetic predisposition towards the development of NASH and related fibrosis remain unclear. In this study, our aim was to utilize mitotyping and identify mitochondrial haplotypes that may be associated with NAFLD. METHODS: We examined mitochondrial haplotypes along with patatin-like phospholipase domain containing 3 (PNPLA3) rs738409 genotype to determine their association with NAFLD phenotypes...
2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Matias Hannuksela, Eva-Lena Stattin, Joakim Klar, Adam Ameur, Bengt Johansson, Karen Sörensen, Bo Carlberg
BACKGROUND: Mutations in MYLK cause non-syndromic familial thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections (FTAAD). Very little is known about the phenotype of affected families. We sought to characterize the aortic disease and the presence of other vascular abnormalities in FTAAD caused by a deletion in MYLK and to compare thoracic aortic diameter and stiffness in mutation carriers and non-carriers. METHODS: We studied FTAAD in a 5-generation family that included 19 living members...
2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Urban Alehagen, Renate S Olsen, Toste Länne, Andreas Matussek, Dick Wågsäter
BACKGROUND: Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) D has been reported to be active in fibroblasts, and in areas of myocardial infarction. In this longitudinal study we evaluated the association between PDGF-D polymorphism and cardiovascular mortality, and attempted to discover whether specific genotype differences regarding risk could be observed, and if gender differences could be seen. METHODS: Four hundred seventy-six elderly community participants were included in this study...
2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Alexia L Weeks, Scott G Wilson, Lynley Ward, Jack Goldblatt, Jennie Hui, John P Walsh
BACKGROUND: The genetic basis of nonsyndromic familial nonmedullary thyroid cancer (FNMTC) is poorly understood. A recent study identified HABP2 as a tumor suppressor gene and identified a germline variant (G534E) in an extended FNMTC kindred. The relevance of this to other FNMTC kindreds is uncertain. METHODS: Sanger sequencing was performed on peripheral blood DNA from probands from 37 Australian FNMTC kindreds to detect the G534E variant. Whole exome data from 59 participants from 20 kindreds were examined for mutations in HABP2 and the thyroid cancer susceptibility genes SRGAP1, NKX2-1, SRRM2 and FOXE1...
2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Hsiu-Huei Peng, Nai-Chung Chang, Kuo-Ting Chen, Jang-Jih Lu, Pi-Yueh Chang, Shih-Cheng Chang, Yah-Huei Wu-Chou, Yi-Ting Chou, Wanni Phang, Po-Jen Cheng
BACKGROUND: Nonsyndromic orofacial cleft is a common birth defect with a complex etiology, including multiple genetic and environmental risk factors. Recent whole genome analyses suggested associations between nonsyndromic orofacial cleft and up to 18 genetic risk loci (ABCA4, BMP4, CRISPLD2, GSTT1, FGF8, FGFR2, FOXE1, IRF6, MAFB, MSX1, MTHFR, MYH9, PDGFC, PVRL1, SUMO1, TGFA, TGFB3, and VAX1), each of which confers a different relative risk in different populations. We evaluate the nonsynonymous variants in these 18 genetic risk loci in nonsyndromic orofacial clefts and normal controls to clarify the specific variants in Taiwanese population...
2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Min Jung Kwak, Rimm Huh, Jinsup Kim, Hyung-Doo Park, Sung Yoon Cho, Dong-Kyu Jin
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPS I) is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder caused by a lack of the lysosomal enzyme α-L-iduronidase (IDUA). To date, more than 200 IDUA mutations have been reported. However, only a few types of mutations are recurrent and the frequencies of mutations differ from country to country. METHODS: We performed the IDUA mutation analysis in seven patients who were biochemically diagnosed with MPS I in the Department of Pediatrics, Samsung Medical Center, from 2009 to 2014...
2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Miora Feinstein-Linial, Massimo Buvoli, Ada Buvoli, Menachem Sadeh, Ron Dabby, Rachel Straussberg, Ilan Shelef, Daniel Dayan, Leslie Anne Leinwand, Ohad S Birk
BACKGROUND: Human skeletal muscles express three major myosin heavy chain (MyHC) isoforms: MyHCIIx (MYH1) in fast type 2B muscle fibers, MyHCIIa (MYH2) in fast type 2A fibers and MyHCI/β-cardiac MyHC (MYH7) in slow type I skeletal fibers and cardiac ventricles. In line with its expression pattern, MYH7 mutations have been reported in association with hypertrophic or dilated cardiomyopathy, skeletal myopathies or a combination of both. We analyzed the clinical and molecular phenotype of two unrelated families of Jewish Moroccan ancestry that presented with apparently autosomal dominant inheritance of progressive Laing-like distal myopathy with non-specific myopathic changes, but uncommon marked contractures and wasting of the neck extensors...
2016: BMC Medical Genetics
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