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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202706/clinical-and-genetic-factors-predicting-dravet-syndrome-in-infants-with-scn1a-mutations
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Valentina Cetica, Sara Chiari, Davide Mei, Elena Parrini, Laura Grisotto, Carla Marini, Daniela Pucatti, Annarita Ferrari, Federico Sicca, Nicola Specchio, Marina Trivisano, Domenica Battaglia, Ilaria Contaldo, Nelia Zamponi, Cristina Petrelli, Tiziana Granata, Francesca Ragona, Giuliano Avanzini, Renzo Guerrini
OBJECTIVE: To explore the prognostic value of initial clinical and mutational findings in infants with SCN1A mutations. METHODS: Combining sex, age/fever at first seizure, family history of epilepsy, EEG, and mutation type, we analyzed the accuracy of significant associations in predicting Dravet syndrome vs milder outcomes in 182 mutation carriers ascertained after seizure onset. To assess the diagnostic accuracy of all parameters, we calculated sensitivity, specificity, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves, diagnostic odds ratios, and positive and negative predictive values and the accuracy of combined information...
February 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198391/mcm5-a-new-actor-in-the-link-between-dna-replication-and-meier-gorlin-syndrome
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Annalisa Vetro, Salvatore Savasta, Annalisa Russo Raucci, Cristina Cerqua, Geppo Sartori, Ivan Limongelli, Antonella Forlino, Silvia Maruelli, Paola Perucca, Debora Vergani, Giuliano Mazzini, Andrea Mattevi, Lucia Anna Stivala, Leonardo Salviati, Orsetta Zuffardi
Meier-Gorlin syndrome (MGORS) is a rare disorder characterized by primordial dwarfism, microtia, and patellar aplasia/hypoplasia. Recessive mutations in ORC1, ORC4, ORC6, CDT1, CDC6, and CDC45, encoding members of the pre-replication (pre-RC) and pre-initiation (pre-IC) complexes, and heterozygous mutations in GMNN, a regulator of cell-cycle progression and DNA replication, have already been associated with this condition. We performed whole-exome sequencing (WES) in a patient with a clinical diagnosis of MGORS and identified biallelic variants in MCM5...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192143/lrrc8a-dependent-volume-regulated-anion-channel-activity-is-dispensable-for-t-cell-development-and-function
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Craig D Platt, Janet Chou, Patrick Houlihan, Yousef R Badran, Lalit Kumar, Wayne Bainter, P Luigi Poliani, Carlos J Perez, Sharon Y R Dent, David E Clapham, Fernando Benavides, Raif S Geha
BACKGROUND: Leucine-rich repeat containing 8A (LRRC8A) is a ubiquitously expressed transmembrane protein with 17 LRRs at its C-terminal end, and is an essential component of the volume regulated anion channel (VRAC) which controls cellular volume. A heterozygous mutation in LRRC8A that truncates the two terminal LRRs was reported in a patient with agammaglobulinemia and absent B cells, and was demonstrated to exert a dominant negative effect on T and B cell development in mice. Lrrc8a(-/-) mice have severely defective T cell development and function...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187749/identification-of-a-large-intronic-transposal-insertion-in-slc17a5-causing-sialic-acid-storage-disease
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Maja Tarailo-Graovac, Britt I Drögemöller, Wyeth W Wasserman, Colin J D Ross, Ans M W van den Ouweland, Niklas Darin, Gittan Kollberg, Clara D M van Karnebeek, Maria Blomqvist
BACKGROUND: Sialic acid storage diseases are neurodegenerative disorders characterized by accumulation of sialic acid in the lysosome. These disorders are caused by mutations in SLC17A5, the gene encoding sialin, a sialic acid transporter located in the lysosomal membrane. The most common form of sialic acid storage disease is the slowly progressive Salla disease, presenting with hypotonia, ataxia, epilepsy, nystagmus and findings of cerebral and cerebellar atrophy. Hypomyelination and corpus callosum hypoplasia are typical as well...
February 10, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185953/a-novel-smad3-mutation-caused-multiple-aneurysms-in-a-patient-without-osteoarthritis-symptoms
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Audrey Courtois, Wouter Coppieters, Vincent Bours, Jean-Olivier Defraigne, Alain Colige, Natzi Sakalihasan
Heterozygous mutations in the SMAD3 gene were recently described as the cause of a form of non-syndromic familial aortic thoracic aneurysm and dissection (FTAAD) transmitted as an autosomal dominant disorder and often associated with early-onset osteoarthritis. This new clinical entity, called aneurysms-osteoarthritis syndrome (AOS) or Loeys-Dietz syndrome 3 (LDS3), is characterized by aggressive arterial damages such as aneurysms, dissections and tortuosity throughout the arterial tree. We report, here, the case of a 45 year-old man presenting multiple visceral arteries and abdominal aortic aneurysms but without dissection of the thoracic aorta and without any sign of osteoarthritis...
February 6, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181366/molecular-phenotype-and-bleeding-risks-of-an-inherited-platelet-disorder-in-a-family-with-a-runx1-frameshift-mutation
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M S Badin, J K Iyer, M Chong, L Graf, G E Rivard, J S Waye, A D Paterson, G Pare, C P M Hayward
INTRODUCTION: Inherited defects in RUNX1 are important causes of platelet function disorders. AIM: Our goals were to evaluate RUNX1-related platelet disorders among individuals evaluated for uncharacterized, inherited platelet function disorders and test a proof of concept that bleeding risks could be quantitatively estimated for typical families with an inherited platelet function disorder. METHODS: Index cases with an uncharacterized inherited platelet function disorder were subjected to exome sequencing with confirmation of RUNX1 mutations by Sanger sequencing...
February 8, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179634/rapid-and-cost-effective-high-throughput-sequencing-for-identification-of-germline-mutations-of-brca1-and-brca2
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Somayeh Ahmadloo, Hirofumi Nakaoka, Takahide Hayano, Kazuyoshi Hosomichi, Hua You, Emi Utsuno, Takafumi Sangai, Motoi Nishimura, Kazuyuki Matsushita, Akira Hata, Fumio Nomura, Ituro Inoue
Genetic testing for breast cancer predisposing genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, can take advantage for early identification of carriers with pathogenic germline mutations. However, conventional approaches based on Sanger sequencing are laborious and expensive. Next-generation sequencing technology has a great impact on investigation of medical genomics and now applied clinical genetics. We provide a protocol based on a pool and capture method followed by high-throughput sequencing, which realizes a rapid, high-quality, high-accuracy and low-cost testing for mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 by using small amounts of input DNA...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174306/a-mobile-element-in-muts-drives-hypermutation-in-a-marine-vibrio
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Nathaniel D Chu, Sean A Clarke, Sonia Timberlake, Martin F Polz, Alan D Grossman, Eric J Alm
: Bacteria face a trade-off between genetic fidelity, which reduces deleterious mistakes in the genome, and genetic innovation, which allows organisms to adapt. Evidence suggests that many bacteria balance this trade-off by modulating their mutation rates, but few mechanisms have been described for such modulation. Following experimental evolution and whole-genome resequencing of the marine bacterium Vibrio splendidus 12B01, we discovered one such mechanism, which allows this bacterium to switch to an elevated mutation rate...
February 7, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173761/a-novel-complex-runx2-gene-mutation-causes-cleidocranial-dysplasia
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Wen'an Xu, Qiuyue Chen, Cuixian Liu, Jiajing Chen, Fu Xiong, Buling Wu
BACKGROUND: Haploinsufficiency of the runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) gene is known to cause cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD). Here, we investigated a complex, heterozygous RUNX2 gene mutation in a Chinese family with CCD and the pathogenesis associated with the variations. METHODS: Genomic DNA extracted from peripheral venous blood was taken from the proband, her parents and 3 siblings, and 150 normal controls. Analysis of their respective RUNX2 gene sequences was performed by PCR amplification and Sanger sequencing...
February 7, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168700/progenitor-genotyping-reveals-a-complex-clonal-architecture-in-a-subset-of-calr-mutated-myeloproliferative-neoplasms
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Sarah Martin, Casey M Wright, Linda M Scott
The identification of acquired CALR mutations in patients with essential thrombocythaemia (ET) or myelofibrosis (MF) has meant that disease-initiating mutations can now be detected in about 90% of all patients with a myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN). Here, we show that only those CALR mutations that cause a +1 frameshift, thereby altering the carboxy-terminus of calreticulin, promote cytokine independence in vitro; in-frame deletions were not functional, and are unlikely to be the pathogenetic mutation underlying some MPN cases...
February 7, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168212/novel-synaptobrevin-1-mutation-causes-fatal-congenital-myasthenic-syndrome
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Xin-Ming Shen, Rosana H Scola, Paulo J Lorenzoni, Cláudia S K Kay, Lineu C Werneck, Joan Brengman, Duygu Selcen, Andrew G Engel
OBJECTIVE: To identify the molecular basis and elucidate the pathogenesis of a fatal congenital myasthenic syndrome. METHODS: We performed clinical electrophysiology studies, exome and Sanger sequencing, and analyzed functional consequences of the identified mutation. RESULTS: Clinical electrophysiology studies of the patient revealed several-fold potentiation of the evoked muscle action potential by high frequency nerve stimulation pointing to a presynaptic defect...
February 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166717/protanopia-red-color-blindness-in-medaka-a-simple-system-for-producing-color-blind-fish-and-testing-their-spectral-sensitivity
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Noriko Homma, Yumi Harada, Tamaki Uchikawa, Yasuhiro Kamei, Shoji Fukamachi
BACKGROUND: Color perception is important for fish to survive and reproduce in nature. Visual pigments in the retinal photoreceptor cells are responsible for receiving light stimuli, but the function of the pigments in vivo has not been directly investigated in many animals due to the lack of color-blind lines and appropriate color-perception tests. METHODS: In this study, we established a system for producing color-blind fish and testing their spectral sensitivity...
February 6, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165182/a-severe-case-of-hyperinsulinism-due-to-hemizygous-activating-mutation-of-glutamate-dehydrogenase
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Mary Barrosse-Antle, Chang Su, Pan Chen, Kara E Boodhansingh, Thomas J Smith, Charles A Stanley, Diva D De León, Changhong Li
Activating mutations in the GLUD1 gene, which encodes glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH), result in the hyperinsulinism-hyperammonemia syndrome. GDH is an allosterically regulated enzyme responsible for amino acid-mediated insulin secretion via the oxidative deamination of glutamate to 2-oxoglutarate, leading to ATP production and insulin release. This study characterizes a novel combination of mutations in GLUD1 found in a neonate who presented on the first day of life with severe hypoglycemia, hyperammonemia, and seizures...
February 6, 2017: Pediatric Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150386/an-emerging-female-phenotype-with-loss-of-function-mutations-in-the-aristaless-related-homeodomain-transcription-factor-arx
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Tessa Mattiske, Ching Moey, Lisenka E Vissers, Natalie Thorne, Peter Georgeson, Madhura Bakshi, Cheryl Shoubridge
The devastating clinical presentation of X-linked lissencephaly with abnormal genitalia (XLAG) is invariably caused by loss of function mutations in the Aristaless-related homeobox (ARX) gene. Mutations in this X-chromosome gene contribute to intellectual disability (ID) with co-morbidities including seizures and movement disorders such as dystonia in affected males. The detection of affected females with mutations in ARX is increasing. We present a family with multiple affected individuals, including two females...
February 1, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148925/a-novel-mutation-in-the-proteolytic-domain-of-lonp1-causes-atypical-codas-syndrome
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Takehiko Inui, Mai Anzai, Yusuke Takezawa, Wakaba Endo, Yosuke Kakisaka, Atsuo Kikuchi, Akira Onuma, Shigeo Kure, Ichizo Nishino, Chihiro Ohba, Hirotomo Saitsu, Naomichi Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Haginoya
Cerebral, ocular, dental, auricular, skeletal (CODAS) syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive multisystem disorder caused by mutations in LONP1. It is characterized by intellectual disability, cataracts, delayed tooth eruption, malformed auricles and skeletal abnormalities. We performed whole-exome sequencing on a 12-year-old Japanese male with severe intellectual disability, congenital bilateral cataracts, spasticity, hypotonia with motor regression and progressive cerebellar atrophy with hyperintensity of the cerebellar cortex on T2-weighted images...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145000/filamin-b-loss-of-function-mutation-in-dimerization-domain-causes-autosomal-recessive-spondylocarpotarsal-synostosis-syndrome-with-rib-anomalies
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Chi-Fan Yang, Chung-Hsing Wang, Weng Siong H'ng, Chun-Ping Chang, Wei- De Lin, Yuan-Tsong Chen, Jer-Yuarn Wu, Fuu-Jen Tsai
Spondylocarpotarsal synostosis syndrome (SCT) is a distinct group of disorders characterized by short stature, disrupted vertebral segmentation with vertebral fusion, scoliosis, lordosis, carpal/tarsal synostosis, and lack of rib anomalies. Mutations in FLNB and MYH3 have been reported for autosomal recessive and autosomal dominant SCT, respectively. We present a family with two patients suffering from autosomal recessive SCT with rib anomalies, including malalignment, crowding, and uneven size and shape of ribs...
February 1, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144995/axonal-neuropathies-due-to-mutations-in-small-heat-shock-proteins-clinical-genetic-and-functional-insights-into-novel-mutations
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Andoni Echaniz-Laguna, Thomas Geuens, Philippe Petiot, Yann Péréon, Elias Adriaenssens, Mansour Haidar, Simona Capponi, Thierry Maisonobe, Emmanuel Fournier, Odile Dubourg, Bertrand Degos, François Salachas, Timothée Lenglet, Bruno Eymard, Emilien Delmont, Jean Pouget, Raoul Morales, Cyril Goizet, Philippe Latour, Vincent Timmerman, Tanya Stojkovic
In this study, we describe the phenotypic spectrum of distal hereditary motor neuropathy caused by mutations in the small heat shock proteins HSPB1 and HSPB8 and investigate the functional consequences of newly discovered variants. Among 510 unrelated patients with distal motor neuropathy, we identified mutations in HSPB1 (28 index patients/510; 5.5%) and HSPB8 (4 index patients/510; 0.8%) genes. Patients have slowly progressive distal (100%) and proximal (13%) weakness in lower limbs (100%), mild lower limbs sensory involvement (31%), foot deformities (73%), progressive distal upper limb weakness (29%), mildly raised serum creatine kinase levels (100%) and central nervous system involvement (9%)...
February 1, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144752/novel-fam134b-mutations-and-their-clinicopathological-significance-in-colorectal-cancer
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Farhadul Islam, Vinod Gopalan, Riajul Wahab, Katherine Ting-Wei Lee, Md Hakimul Haque, Afraa Mamoori, Cu-Tai Lu, Robert A Smith, Alfred K-Y Lam
FAM134B is a putative tumour suppressor gene and no mutations in FAM134B have been reported in colorectal cancer (CRC) to date. This study aims to identify FAM134B mutation sites and the clinicopathological significance of the gene in patients with CRC. Eighty-eight colorectal cancers were studied for FAM134B mutations by Sanger sequencing. The mutations in these cancers were then tested for correlations with the clinical and pathological parameters of the studied cancers. In addition, mRNA and protein expression of FAM134B in colorectal cancers was examined by polymerase chain reaction, Western blots, and immunofluorescence analysis...
January 31, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142151/novel-amh-and-amhr2-mutations-in-two-egyptian-families-with-persistent-m%C3%A3-llerian-duct-syndrome
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Inas Mazen, Mona El-Gammal, Ken McElreavey, Aya Elaidy, Mohamed S Abdel-Hamid
Anti-müllerian hormone (AMH) is produced by Sertoli cells and signals through 2 transmembrane receptors (AMHR), specific types I and II, leading to regression of müllerian ducts during fetal male sex differentiation. Mutations in AMH and AMHR2 lead to the persistence of müllerian ducts in males which is transmitted in a recessive pattern. Here, we report 2 Egyptian DSD (disorder of sex development) patients reared as males who presented with bilateral cryptorchidism and otherwise normal male external genitalia and who both had a 46,XY karyotype...
February 1, 2017: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135291/congenital-cataract-in-gpr161vl-vl-mice-is-modified-by-proximal-chromosome-15
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Bo I Li, Myka R Ababon, Paul G Matteson, Yong Lin, Vikas Nanda, James H Millonig
The morphology and severity of human congenital cataract varies even among individuals with the same mutation, suggesting that genetic background modifies phenotypic penetrance. The spontaneous mouse mutant, vacuolated lens (vl), arose on the C3H/HeSnJ background. The mutation disrupts secondary lens fiber development by E16.5, leading to full penetrance of congenital cataract. The vl locus was mapped to a frameshift deletion in the orphan G protein-coupled receptor, Gpr161, which is expressed in differentiating lens fiber cells...
2017: PloS One
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