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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447722/novel-compound-heterozygous-plec-mutations-lead-to-early%C3%A2-onset-limb%C3%A2-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-2q
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Jingzi Zhong, Gang Chen, Yiwu Dang, Haixia Liao, Jiapeng Zhang, Dan Lan
Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy 2Q (LGMD2Q) is a specific mutation in the plectin (PLEC1) gene at chromosome 8q24.3. In the present study, targeted sequencing using a muscle disease gene panel was performed in a patient with muscular dystrophy. The family members were confirmed by Sanger sequencing. The PolyPhen‑2, SIFT and MutationTaster tools were used to predicted the possible effect of the mutations. Immunocytochemistry was used to visualize and localize the plectin protein within the gastrocnemius. Novel compound heterozygous mutations c...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446513/frequent-hypomorphic-alleles-account-for-a-significant-fraction-of-abca4-disease-and-distinguish-it-from-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Jana Zernant, Winston Lee, Frederick T Collison, Gerald A Fishman, Yuri V Sergeev, Kaspar Schuerch, Janet R Sparrow, Stephen H Tsang, Rando Allikmets
BACKGROUND: Variation in the ABCA4 gene is causal for, or associated with, a wide range of phenotypes from early onset Mendelian retinal dystrophies to late-onset complex disorders such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Despite substantial progress in determining the causal genetic variation, even complete sequencing of the entire open reading frame and splice sites of ABCA4 identifies biallelic mutations in only 60%-70% of cases; 20%-25% remain with one mutation and no mutations are found in 10%-15% of cases with clinically confirmed ABCA4 disease...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439558/crispr-cpf1-correction-of-muscular-dystrophy-mutations-in-human-cardiomyocytes-and-mice
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Yu Zhang, Chengzu Long, Hui Li, John R McAnally, Kedryn K Baskin, John M Shelton, Rhonda Bassel-Duby, Eric N Olson
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), caused by mutations in the X-linked dystrophin gene (DMD), is characterized by fatal degeneration of striated muscles. Dilated cardiomyopathy is one of the most common lethal features of the disease. We deployed Cpf1, a unique class 2 CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) effector, to correct DMD mutations in patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and mdx mice, an animal model of DMD. Cpf1-mediated genomic editing of human iPSCs, either by skipping of an out-of-frame DMD exon or by correcting a nonsense mutation, restored dystrophin expression after differentiation to cardiomyocytes and enhanced contractile function...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434164/microglia-loss-contributes-to-the-development-of-major-depression-induced-by-different-types-of-chronic-stresses
#4
Lijuan Tong, Yu Gong, Peng Wang, Wenfeng Hu, Jili Wang, Zhuo Chen, Wei Zhang, Chao Huang
Recently, the loss and dystrophy of hippocampal microglia induced by chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) has been reported to mediate the development of major depression in mice whose microglial cells were labeled with enhanced green fluorescent protein-conjuncted-CX3C receptor type 1. However, whether this happens in endogenous microglia with no genetic intervention remains unclear. Here, we addressed this issue in mice treated with different types of chronic stresses, including the CUS, chronic restraint stress (CRS) and chronic social defeat stress (CSDS)...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428530/-duchenne-muscle-dystrophy-caused-bronchial-obstruction
#5
Aki Fujiwara, Nozomu Iwashiro, Masanori Ohara
Duchenne muscle dystrophy (DMD), X-linked recessive genetic disorder, causes a variety of complications including scoliosis. We report a case of bronchial obstruction and hemorrhage caused by scoliosis with DMD. A man in his forties having been hospitalized due to DMD since the age of 6, produced bloody sputum. A chest X-ray showed atelectasis in his right lower lung. A computed tomography and bronchoscopy indicated that scoliosis and thoracic deformity due to muscle dystrophy caused compression of a right main bronchus by the vertebra, leading to bronchial obstruction and bleeding...
April 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428361/single-tube-dodecaplex-pcr-panel-of-polymorphic-microsatellite-markers-closely-linked-to-the-dmpk-ctg-repeat-for-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-of-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
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Mulias Lian, Mingjue Zhao, Caroline G Lee, Samuel S Chong
BACKGROUND: Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) currently uses conventional PCR to detect nonexpanded dystrophia myotonica protein kinase (DMPK) alleles or triplet-primed PCR to detect the CTG-expanded alleles, coupled with analysis of linked microsatellite markers to increase diagnostic accuracy. We aimed to simplify the process of identification and selection of informative linked markers for application to DM1 PGD. METHODS: An in silico search was performed to identify all markers within 1-1...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427448/capture-recapture-methodology-to-study-rare-conditions-using-surveillance-data-for-fragile-x-syndrome-and-muscular-dystrophy
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Michael G Smith, Julie Royer, Joshua Mann, Suzanne McDermott, Rodolfo Valdez
BACKGROUND: Rare conditions can be catastrophic for families and the implications for public health can be substantial. Our study compared basic surveillance through active medical record review with a linked administrative data file to assess the number of cases of two rare conditions, fragile X syndrome (FXS) and muscular dystrophy (MD) in a population. METHODS: Two methods of data collection were used to collect information from five counties comprising two standard metropolitan statistical areas of South Carolina...
April 21, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427100/dystrophinopathies-and-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophies
#8
Joana Domingos, Anna Sarkozy, Mariacristina Scoto, Francesco Muntoni
Muscular dystrophies are a heterogeneous group of inherited diseases. The natural history of these disorders along with their management have changed mainly due to a better understanding of their pathophysiology, the evolution of standards of care, and new treatment options. Dystrophinopathies include both Duchenne's and Becker's muscular dystrophies, but in reality they are a spectrum of muscle diseases caused by mutations in the gene that encodes the protein dystrophin. Duchenne's muscular dystrophy is the most common form of inherited muscle disease of childhood...
April 20, 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424332/improving-genetic-diagnosis-in-mendelian-disease-with-transcriptome-sequencing
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Beryl B Cummings, Jamie L Marshall, Taru Tukiainen, Monkol Lek, Sandra Donkervoort, A Reghan Foley, Veronique Bolduc, Leigh B Waddell, Sarah A Sandaradura, Gina L O'Grady, Elicia Estrella, Hemakumar M Reddy, Fengmei Zhao, Ben Weisburd, Konrad J Karczewski, Anne H O'Donnell-Luria, Daniel Birnbaum, Anna Sarkozy, Ying Hu, Hernan Gonorazky, Kristl Claeys, Himanshu Joshi, Adam Bournazos, Emily C Oates, Roula Ghaoui, Mark R Davis, Nigel G Laing, Ana Topf, Peter B Kang, Alan H Beggs, Kathryn N North, Volker Straub, James J Dowling, Francesco Muntoni, Nigel F Clarke, Sandra T Cooper, Carsten G Bönnemann, Daniel G MacArthur
Exome and whole-genome sequencing are becoming increasingly routine approaches in Mendelian disease diagnosis. Despite their success, the current diagnostic rate for genomic analyses across a variety of rare diseases is approximately 25 to 50%. We explore the utility of transcriptome sequencing [RNA sequencing (RNA-seq)] as a complementary diagnostic tool in a cohort of 50 patients with genetically undiagnosed rare muscle disorders. We describe an integrated approach to analyze patient muscle RNA-seq, leveraging an analysis framework focused on the detection of transcript-level changes that are unique to the patient compared to more than 180 control skeletal muscle samples...
April 19, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419563/whole-exome-sequencing-identified-a-novel-single-base-pair-insertion-mutation-in-the-eys-gene-in-a-six-generation-family-with-retinitis-pigmentosa
#10
Jamil Amjad Hashmi, Maan Abdullah Albarry, Ahmed Almatrafi, Alia M Albalawi, Amir Mehmood, Sulman Basit
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited progressive retinal dystrophies (RD) and is characterized by photoreceptor degeneration. RP is clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder. More than 70 genes are known and, thus, identification of causative genes and mutations in known genes is challenging. This study was designed to identify the underlying genetic defect in a large extended Saudi family with multiple RP affected members. Fundus photography, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and visual field perimetry were performed for affected individuals...
April 16, 2017: Congenital Anomalies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418496/homozygosity-mapping-and-genetic-analysis-of-autosomal-recessive-retinal-dystrophies-in-144-consanguineous-pakistani-families
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Lin Li, Yabin Chen, Xiaodong Jiao, Chongfei Jin, Dan Jiang, Mukesh Tanwar, Zhiwei Ma, Li Huang, Xiaoyin Ma, Wenmin Sun, Jianjun Chen, Yan Ma, Oussama M'hamdi, Gowthaman Govindarajan, Patricia E Cabrera, Jiali Li, Nikhil Gupta, Muhammad Asif Naeem, Shaheen N Khan, Sheikh Riazuddin, Javed Akram, Radha Ayyagari, Paul A Sieving, S Amer Riazuddin, J Fielding Hejtmancik
Purpose: The Pakistan Punjab population has been a rich source for identifying genes causing or contributing to autosomal recessive retinal degenerations (arRD). This study was carried out to delineate the genetic architecture of arRD in the Pakistani population. Methods: The genetic origin of arRD in a total of 144 families selected only for having consanguineous marriages and multiple members affected with arRD was examined. Of these, causative mutations had been identified in 62 families while only the locus had been identified for an additional 15...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416280/progress-toward-gene-therapy-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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REVIEW
Joel R Chamberlain, Jeffrey S Chamberlain
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) has been a major target for gene therapy development for nearly 30 years. DMD is among the most common genetic diseases, and isolation of the defective gene (DMD, or dystrophin) was a landmark discovery, as it was the first time a human disease gene had been cloned without knowledge of the protein product. Despite tremendous obstacles, including the enormous size of the gene and the large volume of muscle tissue in the human body, efforts to devise a treatment based on gene replacement have advanced steadily through the combined efforts of dozens of labs and patient advocacy groups...
April 14, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414732/active-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-2-in-the-aqueous-humor-of-posterior-polymorphous-corneal-dystrophy-patients
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Andrea Stadnikova, Lubica Dudakova, Pavlina Skalicka, Zdenek Valenta, Martin Filipec, Katerina Jirsova
PURPOSE: Posterior polymorphous corneal dystrophy (PPCD) is characterized by abnormal proliferation of corneal endothelial cells. It was shown that TGF-β2 present in aqueous humor (AH) could help maintaining the corneal endothelium in a G1-phase-arrest state. We wanted to determine whether the levels of this protein are changed in AH of PPCD patients. METHODS: We determined the concentrations of active TGF-β2 in the AH of 29 PPCD patients (42 samples) and 40 cadaver controls (44 samples) by ELISA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412297/dysferlinopathy-promotes-an-intramuscle-expansion-of-macrophages-with-a-cyto-destructive-phenotype
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Jea-Hyun Baek, Gina M Many, Frances J Evesson, Vicki R Kelley
Dysferlinopathies are a group of muscular dystrophies resulting from a genetic deficiency in Dysf. Macrophages, highly plastic cells capable of mediating tissue repair and destruction, are prominent within dystrophic skeletal muscles of dysferlinopathy patients. In this study, we hypothesized that Dysf-deficient muscle promotes recruitment, proliferation, and skewing of macrophages toward a cyto-destructive phenotype in dysferlinopathy. To track macrophage dynamics in dysferlinopathy, we adoptively transferred enhanced green fluorescent protein-labeled monocytes into Dysf-deficient BLA/J mice with age-related (2 to 10 months) muscle disease and Dysf-intact (C57BL/6 [B6]) mice...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403181/mutational-spectrum-of-chinese-lgmd-patients-by-targeted-next-generation-sequencing
#15
Meng Yu, Yiming Zheng, Suqin Jin, Qiang Gang, Qingqing Wang, Peng Yu, He Lv, Wei Zhang, Yun Yuan, Zhaoxia Wang
This study aimed to study the diagnostic value of targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) in limb-girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMDs), and investigate the mutational spectrum of Chinese LGMD patients. We performed targeted NGS covering 420 genes in 180 patients who were consecutively suspected of LGMDs and underwent muscle biopsies from January 2013 to May 2015. The association between genotype and myopathological profiles was analyzed in the genetically confirmed LGMD patients. With targeted NGS, one or more rare variants were detected in 138 patients, of whom 113 had causative mutations, 10 sporadic patients had one pathogenic heterozygous mutation related to a recessive pattern of LGMDs, and 15 had variants of uncertain significance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400893/epidermolysis-bullosa-simplex-with-muscular-dystrophy-review-of-the-literature-and-a-case-report
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REVIEW
Jana Kyrova, Lenka Kopeckova, Hana Buckova, Lenka Mrazova, Karel Vesely, Marketa Hermanova, Hana Oslejskova, Lenka Fajkusova
BACKGROUND: Epidermolysis bullosa simplex associated with muscular dystrophy is a genetic skin disease caused by plectin deficiency. A case of a 19-year-old Czech patient affected with this disease and a review all previously published clinical cases are presented. MAIN OBSERVATIONS: In our patient, skin signs of the disease developed after birth. Bilateral ptosis at the age of 8 years was considered as the first specific symptom of muscular dystrophy. Since then, severe scoliosis, urological and psychiatric complication have quickly developed...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397002/the-uk-myotonic-dystrophy-patient-registry-facilitating-and-accelerating-clinical-research
#17
Libby Wood, Isabell Cordts, Antonio Atalaia, Chiara Marini-Bettolo, Paul Maddison, Margaret Phillips, Mark Roberts, Mark Rogers, Simon Hammans, Volker Straub, Richard Petty, Richard Orrell, Darren G Monckton, Nikoletta Nikolenko, Aura Cecilia Jimenez-Moreno, Rachel Thompson, David Hilton-Jones, Chris Turner, Hanns Lochmüller
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is the most frequent muscular dystrophy worldwide with complex, multi-systemic, and progressively worsening symptoms. There is currently no treatment for this inherited disorder and research can be challenging due to the rarity and variability of the disease. The UK Myotonic Dystrophy Patient Registry is a patient self-enrolling online database collecting clinical and genetic information. For this cross-sectional "snapshot" analysis, 556 patients with a confirmed diagnosis of DM1 registered between May 2012 and July 2016 were included...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393022/two-mutations-in-the-transforming-growth-factor-beta-induced-gene-associated-with-familial-lattice-corneal-dystrophy
#18
Wen-Ping Cao, Hai-Gang Yuan, Ping Liu, Xue Li, Qi Hu
AIM: To report a phenotypic variant pedigree of lattice corneal dystrophy (LCD) associated with two mutations, R124C and A546D, in the transforming growth factor beta-induced gene (TGFBI). METHODS: A detailed ocular examination was taken for all participants of a LCD family. Peripheral blood leukocytes from each participant were extracted to obtain the DNA. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of all seventeen exons of TGFBI gene was performed. The products were sequenced and analyzed...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391972/neuroaxonal-dystrophy-in-a-flock-of-pied-imperial-pigeons-ducula-bicolor
#19
M Barrows, R Killick, C Day, R Saunders, K Baiker, L Ressel, D Denk
Five juvenile pied imperial pigeons (Ducula bicolor) presented with neurological signs including torticollis, ataxia and poor flying ability. All were humanely destroyed and submitted for post-mortem examination. Microscopically, the most significant findings were in the brain and spinal cord. Spheroid formation was evident within the medulla, pons, diencephalon, cortical grey and subcortical white matter, spinal cord white and grey matter and the granular and molecular cell layers of the cerebellum. There was no evidence of associated inflammation...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390424/grmd-cardiac-and-skeletal-muscle-metabolism-gene-profiles-are-distinct
#20
Larry W Markham, Candice L Brinkmeyer-Langford, Jonathan H Soslow, Manisha Gupte, Douglas B Sawyer, Joe N Kornegay, Cristi L Galindo
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is caused by mutations in the DMD gene, which codes for the dystrophin protein. While progress has been made in defining the molecular basis and pathogenesis of DMD, major gaps remain in understanding mechanisms that contribute to the marked delay in cardiac compared to skeletal muscle dysfunction. METHODS: To address this question, we analyzed cardiac and skeletal muscle tissue microarrays from golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) dogs, a genetically and clinically homologous model for DMD...
April 8, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
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