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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738416/conditionally-immortal-slc4a11-mouse-corneal-endothelial-cell-line-recapitulates-disrupted-glutaminolysis-seen-in-slc4a11-mouse-model
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Wenlin Zhang, Diego G Ogando, Edward T Kim, Moon-Jung Choi, Hongde Li, Jason M Tenessen, Joseph A Bonanno
Purpose: To establish conditionally immortal mouse corneal endothelial cell lines with genetically matched Slc4a11+/+ and Slc4a11-/- mice as a model for investigating pathology and therapies for SLC4A11 associated congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED) and Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy. Methods: We intercrossed H-2Kb-tsA58 mice (Immortomouse) expressing an IFN-γ dependent and temperature-sensitive mutant of the SV40 large T antigen (tsTAg) with Slc4a11+/+ and Slc4a11-/- C57BL/6 mice...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728185/novel-presenting-phenotype-in-a-child-with-autosomal-dominant-best-s-vitelliform-macular-dystrophy
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Yasmine F Abdalla, Gabriella De Salvo, Ahmad Elsahn, James E Self
Best's macular dystrophy (BMD) usually manifests with visual failure in the first or second decade of life; however, there is a large variability in expressivity of the disease, and some patients have no manifestation other than a pathological electro-oculogram (EOG). Autosomal dominant Best's vitelliform macular dystrophy (AD-BVMD) has a very specific phenotype that varies with the stage of the disease. In recent years, the authors have seen description of another clinical entity known as autosomal recessive BMD...
July 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724398/whole-genome-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-alms1-gene-mutation-in-two-chinese-siblings-with-alstr%C3%A3-m-syndrome
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Lin Yang, Zixiu Li, Mei Mei, Xiaomei Fan, Guodong Zhan, Huijun Wang, Guoying Huang, Mingbang Wang, Weidong Tian, Wenhao Zhou
BACKGROUND: Alström syndrome is a rare multi-systemic disorder with a broad spectrum of symptoms. This syndrome is characterized by childhood retinal degeneration; sensorineural hearing loss; obesity; type 2 diabetes mellitus; cardiomyopathy; systemic fibrosis; and pulmonary, hepatic, and renal failure. CASE PRESENTATION: A Chinese quartet family with two siblings predominantly affected by cone-rod dystrophy and short stature were recruited. The craniofacial dysmorphism and on-set age-of-cone-rod dystrophy in the proband showed a minor intrafamilial variability...
July 19, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717663/refining-genotype-phenotype-correlation-in-alstr%C3%A3-m-syndrome-through-study-of-primary-human-fibroblasts
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Jian-Hua Chen, Tarekegn Geberhiwot, Timothy G Barrett, Richard Paisey, Robert K Semple
BACKGROUND: Alström syndrome (AS), featuring retinal dystrophy, neuronal deafness, cardiomyopathy, metabolic syndrome, and diffuse fibrosis, is caused by biallelic mutations in the centrosomal protein ALMS1. Genotype-phenotype correlation has been suggested without assessment of ALMS1 expression. METHODS: ALMS1 expression (real-time PCR and immunocytochemistry) and cilia formation (immunocytochemistry) were assessed in fibroblasts from deeply phenotyped volunteers diagnosed with AS recruited from a dedicated AS Service...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717081/severe-glomerular-endothelial-injury-associated-with-a-short-d4z4-repeat-on-chromosome-4q35
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Satoshi Hibino, Asami Takeda, Ichizo Nishino, Naoyuki Iwata, Masaru Nakano, Kazuki Tanaka, Satoshi Yamakawa, Takuhito Nagai, Osamu Uemura
The short D4Z4 repeat on chromosome 4q35 is a confirmatory genetic cause of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), which presents with no renal complications. We herein report a five-year-old girl previously diagnosed with Coat's-like retinopathy, deafness, and mental retardation, who was found to have early-onset, severe FSHD. Despite the absence of muscle weakness, a Southern blot analysis showed a short D4Z4 repeat on chromosome 4q35. She presented with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome, and her renal histopathological findings were severe glomerular endothelial injury, which is a new complication associated with this genetic abnormality...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716623/a-second-truncation-in-ttn-causes-early-onset-recessive-muscular-dystrophy
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Elizabeth Harris, Ana Töpf, Anna Vihola, Anni Evilä, Rita Barresi, Judith Hudson, Peter Hackman, Brian Herron, Daniel MacArthur, Hanns Lochmüller, Kate Bushby, Bjarne Udd, Volker Straub
Mutations in the gene encoding the giant skeletal muscle protein titin are associated with a variety of muscle disorders, including recessive congenital myopathies ±cardiomyopathy, limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) and late onset dominant distal myopathy. Heterozygous truncating mutations have also been linked to dilated cardiomyopathy. The phenotypic spectrum of titinopathies is emerging and expanding, as next generation sequencing techniques make this large gene amenable to sequencing. We undertook whole exome sequencing in four individuals with LGMD...
June 22, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712537/efficacy-and-safety-of-voretigene-neparvovec-aav2-hrpe65v2-in-patients-with-rpe65-mediated-inherited-retinal-dystrophy-a-randomised-controlled-open-label-phase-3-trial
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Stephen Russell, Jean Bennett, Jennifer A Wellman, Daniel C Chung, Zi-Fan Yu, Amy Tillman, Janet Wittes, Julie Pappas, Okan Elci, Sarah McCague, Dominique Cross, Kathleen A Marshall, Jean Walshire, Taylor L Kehoe, Hannah Reichert, Maria Davis, Leslie Raffini, Lindsey A George, F Parker Hudson, Laura Dingfield, Xiaosong Zhu, Julia A Haller, Elliott H Sohn, Vinit B Mahajan, Wanda Pfeifer, Michelle Weckmann, Chris Johnson, Dina Gewaily, Arlene Drack, Edwin Stone, Katie Wachtel, Francesca Simonelli, Bart P Leroy, J Fraser Wright, Katherine A High, Albert M Maguire
BACKGROUND: Phase 1 studies have shown potential benefit of gene replacement in RPE65-mediated inherited retinal dystrophy. This phase 3 study assessed the efficacy and safety of voretigene neparvovec in participants whose inherited retinal dystrophy would otherwise progress to complete blindness. METHODS: In this open-label, randomised, controlled phase 3 trial done at two sites in the USA, individuals aged 3 years or older with, in each eye, best corrected visual acuity of 20/60 or worse, or visual field less than 20 degrees in any meridian, or both, with confirmed genetic diagnosis of biallelic RPE65 mutations, sufficient viable retina, and ability to perform standardised multi-luminance mobility testing (MLMT) within the luminance range evaluated, were eligible...
July 13, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709001/ciliary-hedgehog-signaling-restricts-injury-induced-adipogenesis
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Daniel Kopinke, Elle C Roberson, Jeremy F Reiter
Injured skeletal muscle regenerates, but with age or in muscular dystrophies, muscle is replaced by fat. Upon injury, muscle-resident fibro/adipogenic progenitors (FAPs) proliferated and gave rise to adipocytes. These FAPs dynamically produced primary cilia, structures that transduce intercellular cues such as Hedgehog (Hh) signals. Genetically removing cilia from FAPs inhibited intramuscular adipogenesis, both after injury and in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Blocking FAP ciliation also enhanced myofiber regeneration after injury and reduced myofiber size decline in the muscular dystrophy model...
July 13, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706537/can-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-stromal-cells-serve-a-starting-material-for-myoblasts
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Yu Ando, Marie Saito, Masakazu Machida, Chikako Yoshida-Noro, Hidenori Akutsu, Masataka Takahashi, Masashi Toyoda, Akihiro Umezawa
A large number of myocytes are necessary to treat intractable muscular disorders such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy with cell-based therapies. However, starting materials for cellular therapy products such as myoblasts, marrow stromal cells, menstrual blood-derived cells, and placenta-derived cells have a limited lifespan and cease to proliferate in vitro. From the viewpoints of manufacturing and quality control, cells with a long lifespan are more suitable as a starting material. In this study, we generated stromal cells for future myoblast therapy from a working cell bank of human embryonic stem cells (ESCs)...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703796/p75-ntr-antagonists-attenuate-photoreceptor-cell-loss-in-murine-models-of-retinitis-pigmentosa
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María Platón-Corchado, Pablo F Barcelona, Sean Jmaeff, Miguel Marchena, Alberto M Hernández-Pinto, Catalina Hernández-Sánchez, H Uri Saragovi, Enrique J de la Rosa
ProNGF signaling through p75(NTR) has been associated with neurodegenerative disorders. Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) comprises a group of inherited retinal dystrophies that causes progressive photoreceptor cell degeneration and death, at a rate dependent on the genetic mutation. There are more than 300 mutations causing RP, and this is a challenge to therapy. Our study was designed to explore a common mechanism for p75(NTR) in the progression of RP, and assess its potential value as a therapeutic target. The proNGF/p75(NTR) system is present in the dystrophic retina of the rd10 RP mouse model...
July 13, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690764/are-antioxidants-a-potential-therapy-for-fshd-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Adam Philip Denny, Alison Kay Heather
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is an inherited myopathy affecting approximately 1 in 7500 individuals worldwide. It is a progressive disease characterised by skeletal muscle weakness and wasting. A genetic mutation on the 4q35 chromosome results in the expression of the double homeobox 4 gene (DUX4) which drives oxidative stress, inflammation, toxicity, and atrophy within the skeletal muscle. FSHD is characterised by oxidative stress, and there is currently no cure and a lack of therapies for the disease...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690389/personality-traits-in-patients-with-myotonic-dystrophy-type-2
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Teodora Paunic, Stojan Peric, Aleksandra Parojcic, Dusanka Savic-Pavicevic, Milorad Vujnic, Jovan Pesovic, Ivana Basta, Dragana Lavrnic, Vidosava Rakocevic-Stojanovic
Myotonic dystrophy type 2 (DM2) is a multisystem disorder that affects many organs and systems, including the brain. The objective is to analyze personality patterns in myotonic dystrophy type 2 (DM2) compared to DM1 control group. The study comprised 27 consecutive genetically confirmed DM2 patients and control group of 44 DM1 patients. Personality traits were assessed with the Millon Multiaxial Clinical Inventory III (MMCI III). In DM2 group there were no scale with pathological scores, although compulsive and paranoid traits were the most prominent...
March 2017: Acta Myologica: Myopathies and Cardiomyopathies: Official Journal of the Mediterranean Society of Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689169/leber-congenital-amaurosis-early-onset-severe-retinal-dystrophy-clinical-features-molecular-genetics-and-therapeutic-interventions
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REVIEW
Neruban Kumaran, Anthony T Moore, Richard G Weleber, Michel Michaelides
Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and early-onset severe retinal dystrophy (EOSRD) are both genetically and phenotypically heterogeneous, and characterised clinically by severe congenital/early infancy visual loss, nystagmus, amaurotic pupils and markedly reduced/absent full-field electroretinograms. The vast genetic heterogeneity of inherited retinal disease has been established over the last 10 - 20 years, with disease-causing variants identified in 25 genes to date associated with LCA/EOSRD, accounting for 70-80% of cases, with thereby more genes yet to be identified...
July 8, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688748/congenital-muscular-dystrophies-in-the-uk-population-clinical-and-molecular-spectrum-of-a-large-cohort-diagnosed-over-a-12-year-period
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Maria Sframeli, Anna Sarkozy, Marta Bertoli, Guja Astrea, Judith Hudson, Mariacristina Scoto, Rachael Mein, Michael Yau, Rahul Phadke, Lucy Feng, Caroline Sewry, Adeline Ngoh Seow Fen, Cheryl Longman, Gary McCullagh, Volker Straub, Stephanie Robb, Adnan Manzur, Kate Bushby, Francesco Muntoni
Congenital muscular dystrophies (CMDs) are clinically and genetically heterogeneous conditions; some fatal in the first few years of life and with central nervous system involvement, whereas others present a milder course. We provide a comprehensive report of the relative frequency and clinical and genetic spectrum of CMD in the UK. Genetic analysis of CMD genes in the UK is centralised in London and Newcastle. Between 2001 and 2013, a genetically confirmed diagnosis of CMD was obtained for 249 unrelated individuals referred to these services...
June 16, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687848/screening-of-best1-gene-in-a-chinese-cohort-with-best-vitelliform-macular-dystrophy-or-autosomal-recessive-bestrophinopathy
#15
Lu Tian, Tengyang Sun, Ke Xu, Xiaohui Zhang, Xiaoyan Peng, Yang Li
Purpose: Mutations in the BEST1 gene can cause Best vitelliform macular dystrophy (BVMD) and autosomal recessive bestrophinopathy (ARB). The aim of the current study was to establish the BEST1 mutation spectrum in Chinese patients with BVMD and ARB and to describe the phenotypic characteristics of patients carrying BEST1 mutations. Methods: A total of 37 probands with a clinical diagnosis of BVMD (17 patients) or ARB (20 patients) were recruited for genetic analysis; of these, only 5 probands had a family history...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687063/lgmd2e-is-the-most-common-type-of-sarcoglycanopathies-in-the-iranian-population
#16
Afagh Alavi, Sara Esmaeili, Yalda Nilipour, Shahriar Nafissi, Seyed Hasan Tonekaboni, Gholamreza Zamani, Mahmoud Reza Ashrafi, Kimia Kahrizi, Hossein Najmabadi, Fatemeh Jazayeri
Sarcoglycanopathies (SGCs) which are caused by mutations in SGCA, SGCB, SGCG or SGCD genes are a subgroup of autosomal-recessive limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophies (LGMD2). Although frequencies of mutations in these genes are different among populations, mutations in SGCA and SGCD, respectively, have the highest and lowest frequencies in most populations. Here, we report the proportion of mutations in SGC genes among a group of Iranian SGCs patients. Clinical features and results of SGC genes screening of 25 SGCs probands are presented...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684086/modifier-genes-moving-from-pathogenesis-to-therapy
#17
Edward R B McCabe
This commentary will focus on how we can use our knowledge about the complexity of human disease and its pathogenesis to identify novel approaches to therapy. We know that even for single gene Mendelian disorders, patients with identical mutations often have different presentations and outcomes. This lack of genotype-phenotype correlation led us and others to examine the roles of modifier genes in the context of biological networks. These investigations have utilized vertebrate and invertebrate model organisms...
May 30, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680110/deletions-not-duplications-or-small-mutations-are-the-predominante-new-mutations-in-the-dystrophin-gene
#18
Janusz G Zimowski, Magdalena Pawelec, Joanna K Purzycka, Walentyna Szirkowiec, Jacek Zaremba
Examination of the carrier state was performed in 744 unrelated mothers of the Duchenne muscular dystrophy/Becker muscular dystrophy (DMD/BMD) probands with identified mutations in the dystrophin gene. Owing to that it was possible to assess frequency and type of new mutations in the gene. Contrary to the Japanese observations of Lee et al. published in this journal, we did not find significant differences in the carrier frequency between mothers of DMD and BMD patients. However, we found that new mutations in patients with deletions were significantly more frequent than in those with duplications and small mutations: of 564 unrelated patients with deletions, 236 (41...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680109/deep-intronic-variant-of-fukutin-is-the-most-prevalent-point-mutation-of-fukuyama-congenital-muscular-dystrophy-in-japan
#19
Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Reiko Kato, Eri Kondo-Iida, Mariko Taniguchi-Ikeda, Makiko Osawa, Kayoko Saito, Tatsushi Toda
Fukuyama congenital muscular dystrophy (FCMD), which is caused by mutations in the fukutin gene, is the second most common form of childhood muscular dystrophy in Japan. The founder haplotype is the most prevalent in the chromosomes of Japanese FCMD patients, and corresponds to an SVA retrotransposal insertion in the 3'-untranslated region of fukutin. Although other mutations have been reported, the mutation corresponding to the second most prevalent haplotype in Japanese FCMD patients remained unknown. Recently a deep-intronic point mutation c...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672420/-30-year-old-patient-with-suspected-marfan-syndrome-and-progressive-gait-disturbance
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Maryam Balke, Helmar C Lehmann, Gereon R Fink, Gilbert Wunderlich
History A 30-year-old man presented with a history of progressive muscle weakness, difficulty in concentrating, and a slender habitus since early childhood. Marfan syndrome was suspected since the age of 14. Examinations 13 years later he was examined by Marfan experts and by genetic testing and Marfan syndrome could not be confirmed. Further neurological examination revealed the suspected diagnosis of myotonic dystrophy type 1, which was confirmed by genetic testing. Treatment and course Similar to Marfan syndrome, myotonic dystrophy is a multisystemic disorder with the risk of cardiac arrythmias...
July 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
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