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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453519/homozygous-arhgef2-mutation-causes-intellectual-disability-and-midbrain-hindbrain-malformation
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Ethiraj Ravindran, Hao Hu, Scott A Yuzwa, Luis R Hernandez-Miranda, Nadine Kraemer, Olaf Ninnemann, Luciana Musante, Eugen Boltshauser, Detlev Schindler, Angela Hübner, Hans-Christian Reinecker, Hans-Hilger Ropers, Carmen Birchmeier, Freda D Miller, Thomas F Wienker, Christoph Hübner, Angela M Kaindl
Mid-hindbrain malformations can occur during embryogenesis through a disturbance of transient and localized gene expression patterns within these distinct brain structures. Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factor (ARHGEF) family members are key for controlling the spatiotemporal activation of Rho GTPase, to modulate cytoskeleton dynamics, cell division, and cell migration. We identified, by means of whole exome sequencing, a homozygous frameshift mutation in the ARHGEF2 as a cause of intellectual disability, a midbrain-hindbrain malformation, and mild microcephaly in a consanguineous pedigree of Kurdish-Turkish descent...
April 28, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439188/next-generation-sequencing-reveals-high-prevalence-of-brca1-and-brca2-variants-of-unknown-significance-in-early-onset-breast-cancer-in-african-american-women
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Luisel Ricks-Santi, J Tyson McDonald, Bert Gold, Michael Dean, Nicole Thompson, Muneer Abbas, Bradford Wilson, Yasmine Kanaan, Tammey J Naab, Georgia Dunston
BACKGROUND: Variants of unknown significance (VUSs) have been identified in BRCA1 and BRCA2 and account for the majority of all identified sequence alterations. Notably, VUSs occur disproportionately in people of African descent hampering breast cancer (BCa) management and prevention efforts in the population. Our study sought to identify and characterize mutations associated with increased risk of BCa at young age. METHODS: In our study, the spectrum of mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 was enumerated in a cohort of 31 African American women of early age at onset breast cancer, with a family history of breast or cancer in general and/or with triple negative breast cancer...
2017: Ethnicity & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436493/an-attenuated-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-clinical-strain-with-a-defect-in-esx-1-secretion-induces-minimal-host-immune-responses-and-pathology
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Helena Strand Clemmensen, Niels Peter Hell Knudsen, Erik Michael Rasmussen, Jessica Winkler, Ida Rosenkrands, Ahmad Ahmad, Troels Lillebaek, David R Sherman, Peter Lawætz Andersen, Claus Aagaard
Although Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) DK9897 is an attenuated strain, it was isolated from a patient with extrapulmonary tuberculosis and vaccination with a subunit vaccine (H56) induced poor protection against it. Both attenuation and lack of protection are because M.tb DK9897 cannot secrete the EsxA virulence factor nor induce a host response against it. Genome sequencing identified a frameshift mutation in the eccCa1 gene. Since the encoded EccCa1 protein provides energy for ESX-1 secretion, it suggested a defect in the ESX-1 type VII secretion system...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436160/compound-heterozygous-mutations-in-col1a1-associated-with-an-atypical-form-of-type-i-osteogenesis-imperfecta
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Amanda M Ackermann, Michael A Levine
Heterozygous mutations in the genes encoding the proα1(I) or proα2(I) chains of type I procollagen (COL1A1 and COL1A2, respectively) account for most cases of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a disorder characterized by reduced bone strength and increased fracture risk. COL1A1 mutations can also cause rare cases of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a disorder that primarily affects connective tissue and often includes reduced bone mass. Here we present a kindred of three young siblings ages 1-4 years old whose mother has a history of mild type I OI...
April 24, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434899/mechanisms-responsible-for-imipenem-resistance-among-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-clinical-isolates-exposed-to-imipenem-concentrations-within-the-mutant-selection-window
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Foula Vassilara, Irene Galani, Maria Souli, Konstantinos Papanikolaou, Helen Giamarellou, Antonios Papadopoulos
The aim of this study was to determine the propensities of imipenem to select for resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa mutants by determining the mutant prevention concentrations (MPCs) for 9 unrelated clinical isolates and the accession of any relationship with mechanisms of resistance development. The MPC/MIC ratios ranged from 4 to 16. Detection of resistance mechanisms in the mutant derivatives of the nine isolates mainly revealed inactivating mutations in the gene coding for outer membrane protein OprD. Point mutations leading to premature stop codons or amino acid substitution S278P, ≥1bp deletion leading to frameshift mutations and interruption of the oprD by an insertion sequence, were observed...
April 12, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433712/common-phox2b-poly-alanine-contractions-impair-ret-gene-transcription-predisposing-to-hirschsprung-disease
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Eleonora Di Zanni, Annalisa Adamo, Elga Belligni, Margherita Lerone, Giuseppe Martucciello, Girolamo Mattioli, Alessio Pini Prato, Roberto Ravazzolo, Margherita Silengo, Tiziana Bachetti, Isabella Ceccherini
HSCR is a congenital disorder of the enteric nervous system, characterized by the absence of neurons along a variable length of the gut resulting from loss-of-function RET mutations. Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS) is a rare neurocristopathy characterized by impaired response to hypercapnia and hypoxemia caused by heterozygous mutations of the PHOX2B gene, mostly polyalanine (polyA) expansions but also missense, nonsense, and frameshift mutations, while polyA contractions are common in the population and believed neutral...
April 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429524/the-investigation-of-genetic-and-clinical-features-in-chinese-patients-with-juvenile-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Z-J Liu, H-X Lin, G-L Liu, Q-Q Tao, W Ni, B-G Xiao, Z-Y Wu
Juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (JALS) occurs at an age of onset below 25 years with a heterogeneous disease onset location, variable progression and survival time. To investigate whether an ALS gene profile could resolve any aspects of clinical symptom heterogeneity, we have used targeted sequencing technology in a cohort of 12 JALS patients of Chinese descent. We detected 5 likely pathogenic mutations, 2 in familial probands and 3 in sporadic patients. One was a known TARDBP mutation (p.G348V) and 4 were FUS frameshift mutations including a known p...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428906/tbc1d24-mutations-in-a-sibship-with-multifocal-polymyoclonus
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Adeline Ngoh, Jose Bras, Rita Guerreiro, Amy McTague, Joanne Ng, Esther Meyer, W Kling Chong, Stewart Boyd, Linda MacLellan, Martin Kirkpatrick, Manju A Kurian
BACKGROUND: Advances in molecular genetic technologies have improved our understanding of genetic causes of rare neurological disorders with features of myoclonus. CASE REPORT: A family with two affected siblings, presenting with multifocal polymyoclonus and neurodevelopmental delay, was recruited for whole-exome sequencing following unyielding diagnostic neurometabolic investigations. Compound heterozygous mutations in TBC1D24, a gene previously associated with various epilepsy phenotypes and hearing loss, were identified in both siblings...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427202/clinical-implications-of-genomic-profiles-in-metastatic-breast-cancer-with-a-focus-on-tp53-and-pik3ca-the-most-frequently-mutated-genes
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Ji-Yeon Kim, Eunjin Lee, Kyunghee Park, Woong-Yang Park, Hae Hyun Jung, Jin Seok Ahn, Young-Hyuck Im, Yeon Hee Park
Breast cancer (BC) has been genetically profiled through large-scale genome analyses. However, the role and clinical implications of genetic alterations in metastatic BC (MBC) have not been evaluated. Therefore, we conducted whole-exome sequencing (WES) and RNA-Seq of 37 MBC samples and targeted deep sequencing of another 29 MBCs. We evaluated somatic mutations from WES and targeted sequencing and assessed gene expression and performed pathway analysis from RNA-Seq. In this analysis, PIK3CA was the most commonly mutated gene in estrogen receptor (ER)-positive BC, while in ER-negative BC, TP53 was the most commonly mutated gene (p = 0...
March 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421464/a-novel-tp53-mutation-associated-with-twist1-and-sip1-expression-in-an-aggressive-adrenocortical-carcinoma
#10
Daniel Bulzico, Davi Coe Torres, Gerson Moura Ferreira, Bruno Ricardo Barreto Pires, Paulo Antônio Silvestre de Faria, Rocio Hassan, Eliana Abdelhay, Mario Vaisman, Leonardo Vieira Neto
Adrenocortical carcinomas (ACC) are very rare tumors related to TP53 mutations mostly in childhood onset cases. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) transcription factors TWIST1 and Smad interacting protein 1 (SIP1) are related to poorer outcomes in other malignancies, but their role in ACC is unknown. We describe a case of an advanced metastatic ACC (Weiss-score of 9) in a patient at age 76. After primary tumor resection, mitotane therapy was started as palliation to low-volume liver metastasis. After a 2-year period of stable disease, the patient died due to brain metastasis...
April 18, 2017: Endocrine Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420613/genetic-analysis-and-identification-of-candidate-genes-for-two-spotted-leaf-mutants-spl101-and-spl102-in-rice
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Han Xiaobin, Xu Ran, Duan Penggen, Yu Haiyue, Luo Yuehua, Li Yunhai
Spotted-leaf mutants form spots in leaves or leaf sheaths under normal condition. The spotted-leaf phenotypes are similar to hypersensitive reaction of plants attacked by pathogen. Identification and characterization of the spotted-leaf mutants are helpful for understanding the mechanisms of resistance to plant diseases. Here, we identify two spotted-leaf mutants spl101 and spl102 from an EMS-treated elite japonica cultivar KYJ (Kuanyejing). spl101 and spl102 form serious spots at the late heading stage. Genetic analyses show that the spotted-leaf phenotypes of both spl101 and spl102 are caused by a single recessive mutation, respectively...
April 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419360/p4ha1-mutations-cause-a-unique-congenital-disorder-of-connective-tissue-involving-tendon-bone-muscle-and-the-eye
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Yaqun Zou, Sandra Donkervoort, Antti M Salo, A Reghan Foley, Aileen M Barnes, Ying Hu, Elena Makareeva, Meganne E Leach, Payam Mohassel, Jahannaz Dastgir, Matthew A Deardorff, Ronald D Cohn, Wendy O DiNonno, Fransiska Malfait, Monkol Lek, Sergey Leikin, Joan C Marini, Johanna Myllyharju, Carsten G Bönnemann
Collagen prolyl 4-hydroxylases (C-P4Hs) play a central role in the formation and stabilization of the triple helical domain of collagens. P4HA1 encodes the catalytic α(I) subunit of the main C-P4H isoenzyme (C-P4H-I). We now report human bi-allelic P4HA1 mutations in a family with a congenital-onset disorder of connective tissue, manifesting as early-onset joint hypermobility, joint contractures, muscle weakness and bone dysplasia as well as high myopia, with evidence of clinical improvement of motor function over time in the surviving patient...
April 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416949/circulating-tumor-dna-in-a-breast-cancer-patient-s-plasma-represents-driver-alterations-in-the-tumor-tissue
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Jieun Lee, Sung-Min Cho, Min Sung Kim, Sug Hyung Lee, Yeun-Jun Chung, Seung-Hyun Jung
Tumor tissues from biopsies or surgery are major sources for the next generation sequencing (NGS) study, but these procedures are invasive and have limitation to overcome intratumor heterogeneity. Recent studies have shown that driver alterations in tumor tissues can be detected by liquid biopsy which is a less invasive technique capable of both capturing the tumor heterogeneity and overcoming the difficulty in tissue sampling. However, it is still unclear whether the driver alterations in liquid biopsy can be detected by targeted NGS and how those related to the tissue biopsy...
March 2017: Genomics & Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413668/palb2-mutation-in-a-woman-with-bilateral-breast-cancer-a-case-report
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Hiroshi Nakagomi, Yosuke Hirotsu, Kenichiro Okimoto, Ikuko Sakamoto, Kenji Amemiya, Satoko Nakagomi, Takeo Kubota, Hitoshi Mochizuki, Masao Omata
Partner and localizer of breast cancer 2 (PALB2) was identified as a moderate-risk gene of breast and pancreas cancer. The present authors previously reported that no PALB2 germline mutations with a deleterious frameshift or stop codons were identified in 155 Japanese patients with breast and/or ovarian cancer who were estimated to be at risk of hereditary cancer, according to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) criteria. In the present study, one patient with a deleterious mutation of PALB2 (c...
April 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412374/a-novel-mitochondrial-atp6-frameshift-mutation-causing-isolated-complex-v-deficiency-ataxia-and-encephalomyopathy
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Christopher Benjamin Jackson, Dagmar Hahn, Barbara Schröter, Uwe Richter, Brendan Battersby, Thomas Schmitt-Mechelke, Paula Martinen, Jean-Marc Nuoffer, André Schaller
We describe a novel frameshift mutation in the mitochondrial ATP6 gene in a 4-year-old girl associated with ataxia, microcephaly, developmental delay and intellectual disability. A heteroplasmic frameshift mutation in the MT-ATP6 gene was confirmed in the patient's skeletal muscle and blood. The mutation was not detectable in the mother's DNA extracted from blood or buccal cells. Enzymatic and oxymetric analysis of the mitochondrial respiratory system in the patients' skeletal muscle and skin fibroblasts demonstrated an isolated complex V deficiency...
April 12, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409329/purification-of-leukemic-blast-cells-from-blood-smears-using-laser-microdissection
#16
Hidemasa Matsuo, Shuichi Shiga, Tsuyoshi Imai, Yasuhiko Kamikubo, Tsutomu Toki, Kiminori Terui, Etsuro Ito, Souichi Adachi
In treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), prognostic factors, including gene mutation and abnormal gene expression, enable risk stratification of patients. However, in the case of a small proportion of leukemic blast cells, such as AML associated with Down syndrome (AML-DS), it is not possible to examine prognostic factors precisely due to the large proportion of normal cells. Here, we present a novel method for examining prognostic factors by making a smear on a membrane slide glass from a small amount of diagnostic specimen and collecting highly pure leukemic blast cells by laser microdissection (LMD)...
April 13, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408367/variability-in-chromatin-architecture-and-associated-dna-repair-at-genomic-positions-containing-somatic-mutations
#17
Byungho Lim, Jihyeob Mun, Yong Sung Kim, Seon-Young Kim
Dynamic chromatin structures result in differential chemical reactivity to mutational processes throughout the genome. To identify chromatin features responsible for mutagenesis, we compared chromatin architecture around single-nucleotide variants (SNV), insertion/deletions (indels) and their context-matched, non-mutated positions. We found epigenetic differences between genomic regions containing missense SNV and those containing frameshift indels across multiple cancer types. Levels active histone marks were higher around frameshift indels than around missense SNV, whereas repressive histone marks exhibited the reverse trend...
April 13, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407396/a-further-family-of-stromme-syndrome-carrying-cenpf-mutation
#18
Ferda Ozkinay, Tahir Atik, Esra Isik, Zeliha Gormez, Mahmut Sagiroglu, Ozlem Atan Sahin, Nergul Corduk, Huseyin Onay
Stromme syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by microcephaly, anterior ocular chamber anomalies, and "apple peel" type jejunal atresia. Here, we report a Stromme syndrome family with two affected siblings with a homozygous truncating frameshift mutation in CENPF. A 3-month-old girl was hospitalized due to prenatally diagnosed microcephaly, microphthalmia, and dysmorphological features. The history of a previous child with the same findings in addition to "apple peel" intestinal atresia had been noted...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407228/deleterious-protein-altering-mutations-in-the-scn10a-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-gene-are-associated-with-prolonged-qt
#19
Maen D Abou Ziki, Sara B Seidelmann, Emily Smith, Gourg Atteya, Yuexin Jiang, Rodolfo Gil Fernandes, Mark A Marieb, Joseph G Akar, Arya Mani
Long QT syndrome (LQT) is a pro-arrhythmogenic condition with life threatening complications. Fifteen genes have been associated with congenital LQT however, the genetic causes remain unknown in more than 20% of cases. Eighteen patients with history of palpitations, presyncope, syncope and prolonged QT were referred to the Yale Cardiovascular Genetics Program. All subjects underwent whole exome sequencing (WES) followed by confirmatory Sanger sequencing. Mutation burden analysis was carried out using WES data from sixteen subjects with no identifiable cause of LQT...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402530/mutations-in-the-human-robo1-gene-in-pituitary-stalk-interruption-syndrome
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Anu Bashamboo, Joelle Bignon-Topalovic, Nasser Moussi, Ken McElreavey, Raja Brauner
Context: Pituitary stalk interruption syndrome (PSIS) is characterised by a thin or absent pituitary stalk usually in association with an ectopic posterior pituitary and hypoplasia/aplasia of the anterior pituitary. Associated phenotypes include varied ocular anomalies, hypoglycemia, micropenis/cryptorchidism, growth failure or combined pituitary hormone deficiencies. Although genetic causes have been identified, they explain only around 5% of PSIS cases. Objective: To identify genetic causes of PSIS by exome sequencing...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
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