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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547000/whole-exome-sequencing-of-a-patient-with-suspected-mitochondrial-myopathy-reveals-novel-compound-heterozygous-variants-in-ryr1
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Patrick R Blackburn, Duygu Selcen, Jennifer M Gass, Jessica L Jackson, Sarah Macklin, Margot A Cousin, Nicole J Boczek, Eric W Klee, Elliot L Dimberg, Kathleen D Kennelly, Paldeep S Atwal
BACKGROUND: Pathogenic variants in ryanodine receptor 1 (RYR1, MIM# 180901) are the cause of congenital myopathy with fiber-type disproportion, malignant hyperthermia susceptibility type 1, central core disease of muscle, multiminicore disease and other congenital myopathies. METHODS: We present a patient with global developmental delay, hypotonia, myopathy, joint hypermobility, and multiple other systemic complaints that were noted early in life. Later she was found to have multiple bone deformities involving her spine, with severe scoliosis that was corrected surgically...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546999/a-birth-of-bipartite-exon-by-intragenic-deletion
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Kandai Nozu, Kazumoto Iijima, Toru Igarashi, Shiro Yamada, Jana Kralovicova, Yoshimi Nozu, Tomohiko Yamamura, Shogo Minamikawa, Ichiro Morioka, Takeshi Ninchoji, Hiroshi Kaito, Koichi Nakanishi, Igor Vorechovsky
BACKGROUND: Disease-causing mutations that activate transposon-derived exons without creating a new splice-site consensus have been reported rarely, but they provided unique insights into our understanding of structural motifs required for inclusion of intronic sequences in mature transcripts. METHODS: We employ a combination of experimental and computational techniques to characterize the first de novo bipartite exon activation in genetic disease. RESULTS: The exon originated from two separate introns as a result of an in-frame COL4A5 deletion associated with a typical Alport syndrome...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546998/uniparental-disomy-determined-by-whole-exome-sequencing-in-a-spectrum-of-rare-motoneuron-diseases-and-ataxias
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Dana M Bis, Rebecca Schüle, Jennifer Reichbauer, Matthis Synofzik, Tim W Rattay, Anne Soehn, Peter de Jonghe, Ludger Schöls, Stephan Züchner
BACKGROUND: The genetic causes of many rare inherited motoneuron diseases and ataxias (MND and ATX) remain largely unresolved, especially for sporadic patients, despite tremendous advances in gene discovery. Whole exome data is often available for patients, but it is rarely evaluated for unusual inheritance patterns, such as uniparental disomy (UPD). UPD is the inheritance of two copies of a chromosomal region from one parent, which may generate homozygosity for a deleterious recessive variant from only one carrier-parent...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546997/pharmacogenomic-findings-from-clinical-whole-exome-sequencing-of-diagnostic-odyssey-patients
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Margot A Cousin, Eric T Matey, Patrick R Blackburn, Nicole J Boczek, Tammy M McAllister, Teresa M Kruisselbrink, Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic, Konstantinos N Lazaridis, Eric W Klee
BACKGROUND: We characterized the pharmacogenomics (PGx) results received by diagnostic odyssey patients as secondary findings during clinical whole exome sequencing (WES) testing as a part of their care in Mayo Clinic's Individualized Medicine Clinic to determine the potential benefits and limitations to this cohort. METHODS: WES results on 94 patients included a subset of PGx variants in CYP2C19,CYP2C9, and VKORC1 if identified in the patient. Demographic, phenotypic, and medication usage information was abstracted from patient medical data...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546996/a-mutation-creating-an-upstream-initiation-codon-in-the-sox9-5-utr-causes-acampomelic-campomelic-dysplasia
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Anna E von Bohlen, Johann Böhm, Ramona Pop, Diana S Johnson, John Tolmie, Ralf Stücker, Deborah Morris-Rosendahl, Gerd Scherer
BACKGROUND: Campomelic dysplasia (CD) is a semilethal developmental disorder caused by mutations in and around SOX9. CD is characterized by multiple skeletal malformations including bending (campomelia) of long bones. Surviving patients frequently have the acampomelic form of CD (ACD). METHODS: This is a single case report on a patient with clinical and radiological features of ACD who has no mutation in the SOX9 protein-coding sequence nor a translocation with breakpoint in the SOX9 regulatory domain...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546995/the-cost-and-cost-trajectory-of-whole-genome-analysis-guiding-treatment-of-patients-with-advanced-cancers
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Deirdre Weymann, Janessa Laskin, Robyn Roscoe, Kasmintan A Schrader, Stephen Chia, Stephen Yip, Winson Y Cheung, Karen A Gelmon, Aly Karsan, Daniel J Renouf, Marco Marra, Dean A Regier
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist on the real-world costs of applying whole-genome analysis (WGA) in a clinical setting. We estimated the costs of applying WGA to guide treatments for patients with advanced cancers and characterized how costs evolve over time. METHODS: The setting is the British Columbia Cancer Agency Personalized OncoGenomics (POG) program in British Columbia, Canada. Cost data were obtained for patients who enrolled in the program from 2012 to 2015...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546994/sdha-related-tumorigenesis-a-new-case-series-and-literature-review-for-variant-interpretation-and-pathogenicity
#7
Ruth T Casey, David B Ascher, Eleanor Rattenberry, Louise Izatt, Katrina A Andrews, Helen L Simpson, Benjamen Challis, Soo-Mi Park, Venkata R Bulusu, Fiona Lalloo, Douglas E V Pires, Hannah West, Graeme R Clark, Philip S Smith, James Whitworth, Thomas G Papathomas, Phillipe Taniere, Rosina Savisaar, Laurence D Hurst, Emma R Woodward, Eamonn R Maher
PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of germline SDHA mutation analysis by (1) comprehensive literature review, (2) description of novel germline SDHA mutations and (3) in silico structural prediction analysis of missense substitutions in SDHA. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A systematic literature review and a retrospective review of the molecular and clinical features of patients identified with putative germline variants in UK molecular genetic laboratories was performed. To evaluate the molecular consequences of SDHA missense variants, a novel model of the SDHA/B/C/D complex was generated and the structural effects of missense substitutions identified in the literature, our UK novel cohort and a further 32 "control missense variants" were predicted by the mCSM computational platform...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546993/nationwide-genetic-analysis-for-molecularly-unresolved-cystic-fibrosis-patients-in-a-multiethnic-society-implications-for-preconception-carrier-screening
#8
Doron M Behar, Ori Inbar, Michal Shteinberg, Michal Gur, Huda Mussaffi, David Shoseyov, Moshe Ashkenazi, Soliman Alkrinawi, Concetta Bormans, Fahed Hakim, Meir Mei-Zahav, Malena Cohen-Cymberknoh, Adi Dagan, Dario Prais, Ifat Sarouk, Patrick Stafler, Bat El Bar Aluma, Gidon Akler, Elie Picard, Micha Aviram, Ori Efrati, Galit Livnat, Joseph Rivlin, Lea Bentur, Hannah Blau, Eitan Kerem, Amihood Singer
BACKGROUND: Preconception carrier screening for cystic fibrosis (CF) is usually performed using ethnically targeted panels of selected mutations. This has been recently challenged by the use of expanded, ethnically indifferent, pan-population panels. Israel is characterized by genetically heterogeneous populations carrying a wide range of CFTR mutations. To assess the potential of expanding the current Israeli preconception screening program, we sought the subset of molecularly unresolved CF patients listed in the Israeli CF data registry comprising ~650 patients...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546992/identification-of-transcription-factors-potentially-involved-in-human-adipogenesis-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Melvin Anyasi Ambele, Michael Sean Pepper
BACKGROUND: Increased adiposity in humans leads to obesity, which is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. We previously conducted an extensive unbiased in vitro transcriptomic analysis of adipogenesis, using human adipose-derived stromal cells (ASCs). Here, we have applied computational methods to these data to identify transcription factors (TFs) that constitute the upstream gene regulatory networks potentially, driving adipocyte formation in human ASCs...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546991/structural-modeling-of-a-novel-slc38a8-mutation-that-causes-foveal-hypoplasia
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Marcus A Toral, Gabriel Velez, Katherine Boudreault, Kellie A Schaefer, Yu Xu, Norman Saffra, Alexander G Bassuk, Stephen H Tsang, Vinit B Mahajan
BACKGROUND: Foveal hypoplasia (FH) in the absence of albinism, aniridia, microphthalmia, or achromatopsia is exceedingly rare, and the molecular basis for the disorder remains unknown. FH is characterized by the absence of both the retinal foveal pit and avascular zone, but with preserved retinal architecture. SLC38A8 encodes a sodium-coupled neutral amino acid transporter with a preference for glutamate as a substrate. SLC38A8 has been linked to FH. Here, we describe a novel mutation to SLC38A8 which causes FH, and report the novel use of OCT-angiography to improve the precision of FH diagnosis...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546990/genetics-and-genomic-medicine-in-cuba
#11
Hilda Roblejo Balbuena, Beatriz Marcheco Teruel
Genetics and genomic medicine in Cuba.
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546989/reflections-on-an-academic-career
#12
Judith G Hall
There are many undefined aspects to an academic medical career. This article attempts to provide some guidance about things to consider.
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361105/single-nucleotide-substitution-t-to-a-in-the-polypyrimidine-stretch-at-the-splice-acceptor-site-of-intron-9-causes-exon-10-skipping-in-the-acat1-gene
#13
Hideo Sasai, Yuka Aoyama, Hiroki Otsuka, Elsayed Abdelkreem, Mina Nakama, Tomohiro Hori, Hidenori Ohnishi, Lesley Turner, Toshiyuki Fukao
BACKGROUND: β-ketothiolase (T2, gene symbol ACAT1) deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder, affecting isoleucine and ketone body metabolism. We encountered a patient (GK03) with T2 deficiency whose T2 mRNA level was <10% of the control, but in whom a previous routine cDNA analysis had failed to find any mutations. Genomic PCR-direct sequencing showed homozygosity for c.941-9T>A in the polypyrimidine stretch at the splice acceptor site of intron 9 of ACAT1. Initially, we regarded this variant as not being disease-causing by a method of predicting the effect of splicing using in silico tools...
March 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361104/discordance-in-selected-designee-for-return-of-genomic-findings-in-the-event-of-participant-death-and-estate-executor
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Jessie L Goodman, Laura M Amendola, Martha Horike-Pyne, Susan B Trinidad, Stephanie M Fullerton, Wylie Burke, Gail P Jarvik
BACKGROUND: Legal and ethical questions arise regarding disseminating genetic research results to family members in the event of a research participant's death; failure to return or return to legal next of kin or estate executor may not reflect participant desires. We sought to determine participant preferences for whether and to whom they would like their data released in the case of their death prior to receiving genomic results, focusing on whether the person selected was also their estate executor...
March 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361103/the-prevalence-penetrance-and-expressivity-of-etiologic-irf6-variants-in-orofacial-clefts-patients-from-sub-saharan-africa
#15
Lord Jephthah Joojo Gowans, Tamara D Busch, Peter A Mossey, Mekonen A Eshete, Wasiu L Adeyemo, Babatunde Aregbesola, Peter Donkor, Fareed K N Arthur, Pius Agbenorku, James Olutayo, Peter Twumasi, Rahman Braimah, Alexander A Oti, Gyikua Plange-Rhule, Solomon Obiri-Yeboah, Fikre Abate, Paa E Hoyte-Williams, Taye Hailu, Jeffrey C Murray, Azeez Butali
BACKGROUND: Orofacial clefts are congenital malformations of the orofacial region, with a global incidence of one per 700 live births. Interferon Regulatory Factor 6 (IRF6) (OMIM:607199) gene has been associated with the etiology of both syndromic and nonsyndromic orofacial clefts. The aim of this study was to show evidence of potentially pathogenic variants in IRF6 in orofacial clefts cohorts from Africa. METHODS: We carried out Sanger Sequencing on DNA from 184 patients with nonsyndromic orofacial clefts and 80 individuals with multiple congenital anomalies that presented with orofacial clefts...
March 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361102/gene-centric-analysis-implicates-nuclear-encoded-mitochondrial-protein-gene-variants-in-migraine-susceptibility
#16
Shani Stuart, Miles C Benton, David A Eccles, Heidi G Sutherland, Larisa M Haupt, Rodney A Lea, Lyn R Griffiths
BACKGROUND: Migraine is a common neurological disorder which affects a large proportion of the population. The Norfolk Island population is a genetically isolated population and is an ideal discovery cohort for genetic variants involved in complex disease susceptibility given the reduced genetic and environmental heterogeneity. Given that the majority of proteins responsible for mitochondrial function are nuclear encoded, this study aimed to investigate the role of Nuclear Encoded Mitochondrial Protein (NEMP) genes in relation to migraine susceptibility...
March 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361101/a-molecular-analysis-of-the-gba-gene-in-caucasian-south-africans-with-parkinson-s-disease
#17
Melinda Barkhuizen, David G Anderson, Francois H van der Westhuizen, Anne F Grobler
BACKGROUND: The molecular basis of Parkinson's disease in South African population groups remains elusive. To date, substitutions in the GBA gene are the most common large-effect genetic risk factor for Parkinson's disease. The primary objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of GBA substitutions in South Africans with idiopathic Parkinson's disease. METHODS: Participants were recruited from tertiary hospitals in the Gauteng Province in South Africa...
March 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361100/a-novel-de-novo-frameshift-deletion-in-ehmt1-in-a-patient-with-kleefstra-syndrome-results-in-decreased-h3k9-dimethylation
#18
Patrick R Blackburn, Monique Williams, Margot A Cousin, Nicole J Boczek, Geoffrey J Beek, Gwen A Lomberk, Raul A Urrutia, Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic, Eric W Klee
BACKGROUND: Kleefstra Syndrome (KS) (MIM# 610253) is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by haploinsufficiency of euchromatic histone methyltransferase-1 (EHMT1, GLP). EHMT1 (MIM# 607001) encodes a histone methyltransferase that heterodimerizes with EHMT2 (also known as G9a, MIM# 604599), which together are responsible for mono- and dimethylation of H3 lysine 9 (H3K9me1 and -me2), resulting in transcriptional repression of target genes. METHODS: This report describes an 18-year-old woman with intellectual disability, severely limited speech, hypotonia, microcephaly, and facial dysmorphisms, who was found to have a novel de novo single-base frameshift deletion in EHMT1...
March 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361099/a-de-novo-splice-site-mutation-in-ehmt1-resulting-in-kleefstra-syndrome-with-pharmacogenomics-screening-and-behavior-therapy-for-regressive-behaviors
#19
Amit Kumar Mitra, Jessica Dodge, Jody Van Ness, Israel Sokeye, Brian Van Ness
BACKGROUND: Kleefstra syndrome (KS) is a rare autosomal dominant developmental disability, caused by microdeletions or intragenic mutations within the epigenetic regulator gene EHMT1 (euchromatic histone lysine N-methyltransferase 1). In addition to common features of autism, young adult regressive behaviors have been reported. However, the genetic downstream effects of the reported deletions or mutations on KS phenotype have not yet been completely explored. While genetic backgrounds affecting drug metabolism can have a profound effect on therapeutic interventions, pharmacogenomic variations are seldom considered in directing psychotropic therapies...
March 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361098/building-a-family-network-from-genetic-testing
#20
Kathleen A Leppig, Heidi A Thiese, David Carrel, David R Crosslin, Michael O Dorschner, Adam S Gordon, Andrea Hartzler, James Ralston, Aaron Scrol, Eric B Larson, Gail P Jarvik
BACKGROUND: Genetic testing has multigenerational and familial repercussions. However, the "trickle-down effect" of providing genetic counseling and testing to family members at risk after an initial identification of a pathogenic variant in a medically actionable gene has been poorly understood. METHODS: Three probands were identified during the pharmacogenetics research phase of eMERGEII (electronic MEdical Record and Genomics, phase II) to have variants in genes associated with autosomal dominant adult-onset disorders determined to be actionable by the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG)...
March 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
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