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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918017/efficacy-and-safety-profile-of-tricyclo-dna-antisense-oligonucleotides-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-mouse-model
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Karima Relizani, Graziella Griffith, Lucía Echevarría, Faouzi Zarrouki, Patricia Facchinetti, Cyrille Vaillend, Christian Leumann, Luis Garcia, Aurélie Goyenvalle
Antisense oligonucleotides (AONs) hold promise for therapeutic splice-switching correction in many genetic diseases. However, despite advances in AON chemistry and design, systemic use of AONs is limited due to poor tissue uptake and sufficient therapeutic efficacy is still difficult to achieve. A novel class of AONs made of tricyclo-DNA (tcDNA) is considered very promising for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a neuromuscular disease typically caused by frameshifting deletions or nonsense mutations in the gene-encoding dystrophin and characterized by progressive muscle weakness, cardiomyopathy, and respiratory failure in addition to cognitive impairment...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915335/ecm-related-myopathies-and-muscular-dystrophies-pros-and-cons-of-protein-therapies
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Pam M Van Ry, Tatiana M Fontelonga, Pamela Barraza-Flores, Apurva Sarathy, Andreia M Nunes, Dean J Burkin
Extracellular matrix (ECM) myopathies and muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic diseases caused by mutations in genes encoding proteins that provide critical links between muscle cells and the extracellular matrix. These include structural proteins of the ECM, muscle cell receptors, enzymes, and intracellular proteins. Loss of adhesion within the myomatrix results in progressive muscle weakness. For many ECM muscular dystrophies, symptoms can occur any time after birth and often result in reduced life expectancy...
September 12, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915324/facioscapulohumeral-muscular-dystrophy
#3
Alec M DeSimone, Anna Pakula, Angela Lek, Charles P Emerson
Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy is a common form of muscular dystrophy that presents clinically with progressive weakness of the facial, scapular, and humeral muscles, with later involvement of the trunk and lower extremities. While typically inherited as autosomal dominant, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) has a complex genetic and epigenetic etiology that has only recently been well described. The most prevalent form of the disease, FSHD1, is associated with the contraction of the D4Z4 microsatellite repeat array located on a permissive 4qA chromosome...
September 12, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914269/looking-beyond-the-exome-a-phenotype-first-approach-to-molecular-diagnostic-resolution-in-rare-and-undiagnosed-diseases
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Loren D M Pena, Yong-Hui Jiang, Kelly Schoch, Rebecca C Spillmann, Nicole Walley, Nicholas Stong, Sarah Rapisardo Horn, Jennifer A Sullivan, Allyn McConkie-Rosell, Sujay Kansagra, Edward C Smith, Mays El-Dairi, Jane Bellet, Martha Ann Keels, Joan Jasien, Peter G Kranz, Richard Noel, Shashi K Nagaraj, Robert K Lark, Daniel S G Wechsler, Daniela Del Gaudio, Marco L Leung, Laura G Hendon, Collette C Parker, Kelly L Jones, David B Goldstein, Vandana Shashi
PurposeTo describe examples of missed pathogenic variants on whole-exome sequencing (WES) and the importance of deep phenotyping for further diagnostic testing.MethodsGuided by phenotypic information, three children with negative WES underwent targeted single-gene testing.ResultsIndividual 1 had a clinical diagnosis consistent with infantile systemic hyalinosis, although WES and a next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based ANTXR2 test were negative. Sanger sequencing of ANTXR2 revealed a homozygous single base pair insertion, previously missed by the WES variant caller software...
September 14, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912962/gene-panel-sequencing-in-brazilian-patients-with-retinitis-pigmentosa
#5
Kárita Antunes Costa, Mariana Vallim Salles, Chris Whitebirch, John Chiang, Juliana Maria Ferraz Sallum
BACKGROUND: Retinal dystrophies constitute a group of diseases characterized by clinical variability and pronounced genetic heterogeneity. Retinitis pigmentosa is the most common subtype of hereditary retinal dystrophy and is characterized by a progressive loss of peripheral field vision (Tunnel Vision), eventual loss of central vision, and progressive night blindness. The characteristics of the fundus changes include bone-spicule formations, attenuated blood vessels, reduced and/or abnormal electroretinograms, changes in structure imaged by optical coherence tomography, and subjective changes in visual function...
2017: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904466/detection-of-dysferlin-gene-pathogenic-variants-in-the-indian-population-in-patients-predicted-to-have-a-dysferlinopathy-using-a-blood-based-monocyte-assay-and-clinical-algorithm-a-model-for-accurate-and-cost-effective-diagnosis
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Rashna Sam Dastur, Pradnya Satish Gaitonde, Munira Kachwala, Babi R R Nallamilli, Arunkanth Ankala, Satish V Khadilkar, Nalini Atchayaram, N Gayathri, A K Meena, Laura Rufibach, Sarah Shira, Madhuri Hegde
BACKGROUND: Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) is the most common adult-onset class of muscular dystrophies in India, but a majority of suspected LGMDs in India remain unclassified to the genetic subtype level. The next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based approaches have allowed molecular characterization and subtype diagnosis in a majority of these patients in India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: (I) To select probable dysferlinopathy (LGMD2B) cases from other LGMD subtypes using two screening methods (i) to determine the status of dysferlin protein expression in blood (peripheral blood mononuclear cell) by monocyte assay (ii) using a predictive algorithm called automated LGMD diagnostic assistant (ALDA) to obtain possible LGMD subtypes based on clinical symptoms...
July 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903883/the-natural-history-of-the-patients-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-in-taiwan-a-medical-center-experience
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Wen-Chen Liang, Chen-Hua Wang, Po-Ching Chou, Wan-Zi Chen, Yuh-Jyh Jong
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common hereditary muscular dystrophy and caused by DMD gene mutation. In addition to progressive proximal muscle weakness, respiratory, orthopedic, and gastrointestinal complications are often observed in DMD. The natural history of patients with DMD in Taiwan has not been reported thus far. METHODS: Medical records of 39 patients who received a diagnosis of DMD between 1999 and 2016 at Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital were reviewed...
August 25, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890726/next-generation-sequencing-aided-rapid-molecular-diagnosis-of-occult-macular-dystrophy-in-a-chinese-family
#8
Yu-He Qi, Feng-Juan Gao, Fang-Yuan Hu, Sheng-Hai Zhang, Jun-Yi Chen, Wan-Jing Huang, Guo-Hong Tian, Min Wang, De-Kang Gan, Ji-Hong Wu, Ge-Zhi Xu
Purpose: To show early, rapid and accurate molecular diagnosis of occult macular dystrophy (OMD) in a four-generation Chinese family with inherited macular dystrophy. Methods: In the current study, we comprehensively screened 130 genes involved in common inherited non-syndromic eye diseases with next-generation sequencing-based target capture sequencing of the proband of a four-generation Chinese family that has suffered from maculopathy without a definitive diagnosis for over 10 years. Variants were filtered and analyzed to identify possible disease-causing variants before validation by Sanger sequencing...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889642/treating-pediatric-neuromuscular-disorders-the-future-is-now
#9
REVIEW
James J Dowling, Hernan D Gonorazky, Ronald D Cohn, Craig Campbell
Pediatric neuromuscular diseases encompass all disorders with onset in childhood and where the primary area of pathology is in the peripheral nervous system. These conditions are largely genetic in etiology, and only those with a genetic underpinning will be presented in this review. This includes disorders of the anterior horn cell (e.g., spinal muscular atrophy), peripheral nerve (e.g., Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), the neuromuscular junction (e.g., congenital myasthenic syndrome), and the muscle (myopathies and muscular dystrophies)...
September 10, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886202/fuchs-endothelial-corneal-dystrophy-and-rna-foci-in-patients-with-myotonic-dystrophy
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V Vinod Mootha, Brock Hansen, Ziye Rong, Pradeep P Mammen, Zhengyang Zhou, Chao Xing, Xin Gong
Purpose: The most common cause of Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) is an intronic CTG repeat expansion in TCF4. Expanded CUG repeat RNA colocalize with splicing factor, muscleblind-like 1 (MBNL1), in nuclear foci in endothelium as a molecular hallmark. Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is a neuromuscular disorder caused by a CTG repeat expansion in the 3'-untranslated region (UTR) of DMPK. In this study, we examine for RNA-MBNL1 foci in endothelial cells of FECD subjects with DM1, test the hypothesis that DM1 patients are at risk for FECD, and determine prevalence of TCF4 and DMPK expansions in a FECD cohort...
September 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885867/clinical-characteristics-of-recessive-retinal-degeneration-due-to-mutations-in-the-cdhr1-gene-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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A P Bessette, M J DeBenedictis, E I Traboulsi
BACKGROUND: The clinical phenotype of patients presenting with autosomal recessive CDHR1-related retinopathy has not been well described. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective case series of patients presenting to a single institution. Clinical data, including age, visual acuity, dilated fundus exam, fundus photos, fundus autofluorescence (FAF), optical coherence tomography, full-field electroretinograms (ERGs), and results of genetic testing, were collected...
September 8, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885670/novel-abca4-mutation-leads-to-loss-of-a-conserved-c-terminal-motif-implications-for-predicting-pathogenicity-based-on-genetic-testing
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Nutsuchar Wangtiraumnuay, Jenina Capasso, Mai Tsukikawa, Alex Levin, Esther Biswas-Fiss
PURPOSE: Mutations in the ABCA4 gene result in a broad spectrum of severe retinal degeneration, including Stargardt macular dystrophy, fundus flavimaculatus, autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa, and cone-rod dystrophy. In addition to the detection of well-characterized mutations, genetic testing frequently yields novel variants of unknown significance. The purpose of this report is to describe an approach to aid in the assessment of genetic variants of unknown significance. CASE REPORT: We report an 11-year-old girl with Stargardt disease harboring novel compound heterozygous deletions of ABCA4 (c...
September 8, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883879/limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-type-2e-due-to-a-novel-large-deletion-in-sgcb-gene
#13
Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard, Feyzollah Hashemi-Gorji, Majid Fardaei, Mohammad Miryounesi
Autosomal recessive limb-girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMD type 2) are a group of clinically and genetically heterogeneous diseases with the main characteristics of weakness and wasting of the pelvic and shoulder girdle muscles. Among them are sarcoglycanopathies caused by mutations in at least four genes named SGCA, SGCB, SGCG and SGCD. Here we report a consanguineous Iranian family with two children affected with LGMD type 2E. Mutation analysis revealed a novel homozygous exon 2 deletion of SGCB gene in the patients with the parents being heterozygous for this deletion...
2017: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879884/global-muscular-dystrophy-research-a-25-year-bibliometric-perspective
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REVIEW
Shri Ram
Muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder leading to progressive weakness of muscles caused due to dysfunction in or lack of protein in muscle cells. The prevalence of muscular dystrophy has been observed globally and is becoming a critical area of study for better health services. The purpose of the study is to analyze the research strength of muscular dystrophy using bibliographic literature. A quantitative literature analysis was carried out on muscular dystrophy from 1991 to 2015 for assessing the global research trends...
September 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878337/precise-mapping-of-17-deletion-breakpoints-within-the-central-hotspot-deletion-region-introns-50-and-51-of-the-dmd-gene
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Gabriella Esposito, Maria Roberta Tremolaterra, Evelina Marsocci, Igor Cm Tandurella, Tiziana Fioretti, Maria Savarese, Antonella Carsana
Exon deletions in the human DMD gene, which encodes the dystrophin protein, are the molecular defect in 50-70% of cases of Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophies. Deletions are preferentially clustered in the 5' (exons 2-20) and the central (exons 45-53) region of DMD, likely because local DNA structure predisposes to specific breakage or recombination events. Notably, innovative therapeutic strategies may rescue dystrophin function by homology-based specific targeting of sequences within the central DMD hot spot deletion region...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877744/exome-sequences-versus-sequential-gene-testing-in-the-uk-highly-specialised-service-for-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy
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Elizabeth Harris, Ana Topf, Rita Barresi, Judith Hudson, Helen Powell, James Tellez, Debbie Hicks, Anna Porter, Marta Bertoli, Teresinha Evangelista, Chiara Marini-Betollo, Ólafur Magnússon, Monkol Lek, Daniel MacArthur, Kate Bushby, Hanns Lochmüller, Volker Straub
BACKGROUND: Limb girdle muscular dystrophies are a group of rare and genetically heterogeneous diseases that share proximal weakness as a common feature; however they are often lacking very specific phenotypic features to allow an accurate differential diagnosis based on the clinical signs only, limiting the diagnostic rate using phenotype driven genetic testing. Next generation sequencing provides an opportunity to obtain molecular diagnoses for undiagnosed patients, as well as identifying novel genetic causes of muscle diseases...
September 6, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877560/invited-review-article-for-submission-to-muscle-and-nerve-genetic-modifiers-of-duchenne-and-facioscapulohumeral-muscular-dystrophies
#17
REVIEW
Rylie M Hightower, Matthew S Alexander
Muscular dystrophy is defined as the progressive wasting of skeletal muscles that is caused by inherited or spontaneous genetic mutations. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has greatly improved the accuracy and speed of diagnosis for different types of muscular dystrophy. Advancements in depth of coverage, convenience, and overall reduced cost, have led to the identification of genetic modifiers that are responsible for phenotypic variability in affected patients. These genetic modifiers have been postulated to explain key differences in disease phenotypes including age of loss of ambulation, steroid-responsiveness, and the presence or absence of cardiac defects in patients with the same form of muscular dystrophy...
September 6, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877559/an-instrumented-timed-up-and-go-in-facioscapulohumeral-muscular-dystrophy
#18
Jessie Huisinga, Adam Bruetsch, Ayla McCalley, Melissa Currence, Laura Herbelin, Omar Jawdat, Mamatha Pasnoor, Mazen Dimachkie, Richard Barohn, Jeffrey Statland
INTRODUCTION: Instrumenting timed functional motor tasks may reveal a continuum of motor disability that predicts future motor dysfunction. METHODS: We performed a prospective study of the instrumented timed up and go (iTUG) test in genetically confirmed facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) participants utilizing a commercially available system of wireless motion sensors. Patients returned within 2 weeks to determine test-retest reliability. Gait parameters in FSHD participants were compared to a normative data base, FSHD clinical severity score, manual muscle testing, and patient-reported functional disability...
September 6, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871661/update-on-aire-and-thymic-negative-selection
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REVIEW
Geraldo Aleixo Passos, Cesar A Speck-Hernandez, Amanda Freire Assis, Daniella A Mendes-da-Cruz
Twenty years ago, the autoimmune regulator (Aire) gene was associated with autoimmune polyendocrinopathy-candidiasis-ectodermal dystrophy (APECED), cloned and sequenced. Its importance goes beyond its link with human autoimmune disease. Aire identification opened new perspectives to better understand the molecular basis of central tolerance and self-non-self-distinction, the main properties of the immune system. During these two last decades, a growing number of immunologists and molecular geneticists have made important discoveries about the function of Aire, which is essentially a pleiotropic gene...
September 4, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870638/exome-sequencing-for-the-differential-diagnosis-of-ciliary-chondrodysplasias-example-of-a-wdr35-mutation-case-and-review-of-the-literature
#20
Dinu Antony, Narayanan Nampoory, Chiara Bacchelli, Motasem Melhem, Kaman Wu, Chela T James, Philip L Beales, Mike Hubank, Daisy Thomas, Anant Mashankar, Kazem Behbehani, Miriam Schmidts, Osama Alsmadi
Exome sequencing is becoming widely popular and affordable, making it one of the most desirable methods for the identification of rare genetic variants for clinical diagnosis. Here, we report the clinical application of whole exome sequencing for the ultimate diagnosis of a ciliary chondrodysplasia case presented with an initial clinical diagnosis of Asphyxiating Thoracic Dystrophy (ATD, Jeune Syndrome). We have identified a novel homozygous missense mutation in WDR35 (c.206G > A), a gene previously associated with Sensenbrenner Syndrome, Ellis-van Creveld syndrome and Short-rib polydactyly syndrome type V...
September 1, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
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