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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548104/genomic-analysis-of-oesophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-identifies-alcohol-drinking-related-mutation-signature-and-genomic-alterations
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Jiang Chang, Wenle Tan, Zhiqiang Ling, Ruibin Xi, Mingming Shao, Mengjie Chen, Yingying Luo, Yanjie Zhao, Yun Liu, Xiancong Huang, Yuchao Xia, Jinlin Hu, Joel S Parker, David Marron, Qionghua Cui, Linna Peng, Jiahui Chu, Hongmin Li, Zhongli Du, Yaling Han, Wen Tan, Zhihua Liu, Qimin Zhan, Yun Li, Weimin Mao, Chen Wu, Dongxin Lin
Approximately half of the world's 500,000 new oesophageal squamous-cell carcinoma (ESCC) cases each year occur in China. Here, we show whole-genome sequencing of DNA and RNA in 94 Chinese individuals with ESCC. We identify six mutational signatures (E1-E6), and Signature E4 is unique in ESCC linked to alcohol intake and genetic variants in alcohol-metabolizing enzymes. We discover significantly recurrent mutations in 20 protein-coding genes, 4 long non-coding RNAs and 10 untranslational regions. Functional analyses show six genes that have recurrent copy-number variants in three squamous-cell carcinomas (oesophageal, head and neck and lung) significantly promote cancer cell proliferation, migration and invasion...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540636/gm2-activator-deficiency-caused-by-a-homozygous-exon-2-deletion-in-gm2a
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Patricia L Hall, Regina Laine, John J Alexander, Arunkanth Ankala, Lisa A Teot, Hart G W Lidov, Irina Anselm
GM2 activator (GM2A) deficiency (OMIM 613109) is a rare lysosomal storage disorder, with onset typically in infancy or early childhood. Clinically, it is almost indistinguishable from Tay-Sachs disease (OMIM 272800) or Sandhoff disease (OMIM 268800); however, traditionally available biochemical screening tests will most likely reveal normal results. We report a 2-year-old male with initially normal development until the age of 9 months, when he presented with developmental delay and regression. Workup at that time was unrevealing; at 15 months, he had abnormal brain MRI findings and a cherry red spot on ophthalmological examination...
May 25, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539665/copy-number-variants-and-candidate-gene-mutations-in-isolated-split-hand-foot-malformation
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Tonia C Carter, Robert J Sicko, Denise M Kay, Marilyn L Browne, Paul A Romitti, Zoё L Edmunds, Aiyi Liu, Ruzong Fan, Charlotte M Druschel, Michele Caggana, Lawrence C Brody, James L Mills
Split hand/foot malformation (SHFM) is a congenital limb deficiency with missing or shortened central digits. Some SHFM genes have been identified but the cause of many SHFM cases is unknown. We used single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) microarray analysis to detect copy-number variants (CNVs) in 25 SHFM cases without other birth defects from New York State (NYS), prioritized CNVs absent from population CNV databases, and validated these CNVs using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). We tested for the validated CNVs in seven cases from Iowa using qPCR, and also sequenced 36 SHFM candidate genes in all the subjects...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536274/mapping-22q11-2-gene-dosage-effects-on-brain-morphometry
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Amy Lin, Christopher R K Ching, Ariana Vajdi, Daqiang Sun, Rachel K Jonas, Maria Jalbrzikowski, Leila Kushan-Wells, Laura Pacheco Hansen, Emma Krikorian, Boris Gutman, Deepika Dokoru, Gerhard Helleman, Paul M Thompson, Carrie E Bearden
Reciprocal chromosomal rearrangements at the 22q11.2 locus are associated with elevated risk of neurodevelopmental disorders. The 22q11.2 deletion confers the highest known genetic risk for schizophrenia, but a duplication in the same region is strongly associated with autism and is less common in schizophrenia cases than in the general population. Here we conducted the first study of 22q11.2 gene dosage effects on brain structure in a sample of 143 human subjects: 66 with 22q11.2 deletions (22q-del; 32 males), 21 with 22q11...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535801/molecular-markers-of-anti-malarial-drug-resistance-in-central-west-and-east-african-children-with-severe-malaria
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Christian N Nguetse, Ayola Akim Adegnika, Tsiri Agbenyega, Bernhards R Ogutu, Sanjeev Krishna, Peter G Kremsner, Thirumalaisamy P Velavan
BACKGROUND: The Plasmodium falciparum multidrug resistance 1 (PfMDR1), P. falciparum Ca(2+)-ATPase (PfATP6) and Kelch-13 propeller domain (PfK13) loci are molecular markers of parasite susceptibility to anti-malarial drugs. Their frequency distributions were determined in the isolates collected from children with severe malaria originating from three African countries. METHODS: Samples from 287 children with severe malaria [(Gabon: n = 114); (Ghana: n = 89); (Kenya: n = 84)] were genotyped for pfmdr1, pfatp6 and pfk13 loci by DNA sequencing and assessing pfmdr1 copy number variation (CNV) by real-time PCR...
May 23, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534527/role-of-the-ugt2b17-deletion-in-exemestane-pharmacogenetics
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S Luo, G Chen, C Truica, C C Baird, K Leitzel, P Lazarus
Exemestane (EXE) is an aromatase inhibitor used for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. The major metabolic pathway for EXE is reduction to form the active 17β-dihydro-EXE (17β-DHE) and subsequent glucuronidation to 17β-hydroxy-EXE-17-O-β-D-glucuronide (17β-DHE-Gluc) by UGT2B17. The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of UGT2B17 copy number variation on the levels of urinary and plasma 17β-DHE-Gluc and 17β-DHE in patients taking EXE. Ninety-six post-menopausal Caucasian breast cancer patients with ER+ breast tumors taking 25 mg EXE daily were recruited into this study...
May 23, 2017: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533356/loss-of-function-mutations-in-the-cables1-gene-are-a-novel-cause-of-cushing-s-disease
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Laura C Hernández-Ramírez, Ryhem Gam, Nuria Valdés, Maya Lodish, Nathan Pankratz, Aurélio Balsalobre, Yves Gauthier, Fabio R Faucz, Giampaolo Trivellin, Prashant Chittiboina, John Lane, Denise M Kay, Aggeliki Dimopoulou, Stephane Gaillard, Mario Neou, Jerome Bertherat, Guillaume Assié, Chiara Villa, James L Mills, Jacques Drouin, Constantine A Stratakis
The CABLES1 cell cycle regulator participates in the adrenal-pituitary negative feedback, and its expression is reduced in corticotropinomas, pituitary tumors with a largely unexplained genetic basis. We investigated the presence of CABLES1 mutations/copy number variations (CNVs) and their associated clinical, histopathological and molecular features in patients with Cushing's disease (CD). Samples from 146 pediatric (118 germline DNA only/28 germline and tumor DNA) and 35 adult (tumor DNA) CD patients were screened for CABLES1 mutations...
May 22, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528867/a-pan-cancer-proteogenomic-atlas-of-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway-alterations
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Yiqun Zhang, Patrick Kwok-Shing Ng, Melanie Kucherlapati, Fengju Chen, Yuexin Liu, Yiu Huen Tsang, Guillermo de Velasco, Kang Jin Jeong, Rehan Akbani, Angela Hadjipanayis, Angeliki Pantazi, Christopher A Bristow, Eunjung Lee, Harshad S Mahadeshwar, Jiabin Tang, Jianhua Zhang, Lixing Yang, Sahil Seth, Semin Lee, Xiaojia Ren, Xingzhi Song, Huandong Sun, Jonathan Seidman, Lovelace J Luquette, Ruibin Xi, Lynda Chin, Alexei Protopopov, Thomas F Westbrook, Carl Simon Shelley, Toni K Choueiri, Michael Ittmann, Carter Van Waes, John N Weinstein, Han Liang, Elizabeth P Henske, Andrew K Godwin, Peter J Park, Raju Kucherlapati, Kenneth L Scott, Gordon B Mills, David J Kwiatkowski, Chad J Creighton
Molecular alterations involving the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway (including mutation, copy number, protein, or RNA) were examined across 11,219 human cancers representing 32 major types. Within specific mutated genes, frequency, mutation hotspot residues, in silico predictions, and functional assays were all informative in distinguishing the subset of genetic variants more likely to have functional relevance. Multiple oncogenic pathways including PI3K/AKT/mTOR converged on similar sets of downstream transcriptional targets...
May 8, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527622/genome-wide-copy-number-analysis-reveals-candidate-gene-loci-that-confer-susceptibility-to-high-grade-prostate-cancer
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Prevathe Poniah, Shamsul Mohd Zain, Azad Hassan Abdul Razack, Shanggar Kuppusamy, Shankar Karuppayah, Hooi Sian Eng, Zahurin Mohamed
BACKGROUND: Two key issues in prostate cancer (PCa) that demand attention currently are the need for a more precise and minimally invasive screening test owing to the inaccuracy of prostate-specific antigen and differential diagnosis to distinguish advanced vs. indolent cancers. This continues to pose a tremendous challenge in diagnosis and prognosis of PCa and could potentially lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment complications. Copy number variations (CNVs) in the human genome have been linked to various carcinomas including PCa...
May 17, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526729/phased-genotyping-by-sequencing-enhances-analysis-of-genetic-diversity-and-reveals-divergent-copy-number-variants-in-maize
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Heather Manching, Subhajit Sengupta, Keith R Hopper, Shawn W Polson, Yuan Ji, Randall J Wisser
High-throughput sequencing of reduced representation genomic libraries has ushered in an era of genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS), where genome-wide genotype data can be obtained for nearly any species. However, there remains a need for imputation-free GBS methods for genotyping large samples taken from heterogeneous populations of heterozygous individuals. This requires a number of issues encountered with GBS be considered, including the sequencing of non-overlapping sets of loci across multiple GBS libraries, a common missing data problem that results in low call rates for markers per individual, and a tendency for applicability only in inbred line samples with sufficient linkage disequilibrium for accurate imputation...
May 19, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526280/an-overview-of-medical-risk-factors-for-childhood-psychosis-implications-for-research-and-treatment
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Marianna Giannitelli, Angèle Consoli, Marie Raffin, Renaud Jardri, Douglas F Levinson, David Cohen, Claudine Laurent-Levinson
OBJECTIVE: Psychotic disorders in childhood and early adolescence often progress to chronic schizophrenia, but in many cases there are diagnosable medical and genetic causes or risk factors. We reviewed our clinical experience and the relevant literature to identify these factors and to define their clinical features, appropriate work-up and treatment. METHOD: We reviewed the results of comprehensive medical evaluations of 160 psychotic children and adolescents in our center...
May 16, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526081/comprehensive-detection-of-germline-variants-by-msk-impact-a-clinical-diagnostic-platform-for-solid-tumor-molecular-oncology-and-concurrent-cancer-predisposition-testing
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Donavan T Cheng, Meera Prasad, Yvonne Chekaluk, Ryma Benayed, Justyna Sadowska, Ahmet Zehir, Aijazuddin Syed, Yan Elsa Wang, Joshua Somar, Yirong Li, Zarina Yelskaya, Donna Wong, Mark E Robson, Kenneth Offit, Michael F Berger, Khedoudja Nafa, Marc Ladanyi, Liying Zhang
BACKGROUND: The growing number of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) tests is transforming the routine clinical diagnosis of hereditary cancers. Identifying whether a cancer is the result of an underlying disease-causing mutation in a cancer predisposition gene is not only diagnostic for a cancer predisposition syndrome, but also has significant clinical implications in the clinical management of patients and their families. METHODS: Here, we evaluated the performance of MSK-IMPACT (Memorial Sloan Kettering-Integrated Mutation Profiling of Actionable Cancer Targets) in detecting genetic alterations in 76 genes implicated in cancer predisposition syndromes...
May 19, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525906/copy-number-variations-of-circulating-cell-free-dna-in-urothelial-carcinoma-of-the-bladder-patients-treated-with-radical-cystectomy-a-prospective-study
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Armin Soave, Felix K-H Chun, Timo Hillebrand, Michael Rink, Lars Weisbach, Bettina Steinbach, Margit Fisch, Klaus Pantel, Heidi Schwarzenbach
The aim of the present study was to establish a rapid profiling method using multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) and characterize copy number variations (CNV) in circulating, cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in 85 urothelial carcinoma of the bladder (UCB) patients treated with radical cystectomy (RC). MLPA was tested for the use of cfDNA extracted from serum and plasma by various commercial extraction kits. Eighteen probes served as reference to control denaturation, ligation and amplification efficiency...
May 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525600/a-novel-double-kink-turn-module-in-euryarchaeal-rnase-p-rnas
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Lien B Lai, Akiko Tanimoto, Stella M Lai, Wen-Yi Chen, Ila A Marathe, Eric Westhof, Vicki H Wysocki, Venkat Gopalan
RNase P is primarily responsible for the 5΄ maturation of transfer RNAs (tRNAs) in all domains of life. Archaeal RNase P is a ribonucleoprotein made up of one catalytic RNA and five protein cofactors including L7Ae, which is known to bind the kink-turn (K-turn), an RNA structural element that causes axial bending. However, the number and location of K-turns in archaeal RNase P RNAs (RPRs) are unclear. As part of an integrated approach, we used native mass spectrometry to assess the number of L7Ae copies that bound the RPR and site-specific hydroxyl radical-mediated footprinting to localize the K-turns...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524730/recent-advances-in-genetic-testing-for-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Michael A Iacocca, Robert A Hegele
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common genetic cause of premature coronary heart disease that is widely underdiagnosed and undertreated. To improve the identification of FH and initiate timely and appropriate treatment strategies, genetic testing is becoming increasingly offered worldwide as a central part of diagnosis. Areas covered: Recent advances have been propelled by an improved understanding of the genetic determinants of FH together with substantially reduced costs of appropriate screening strategies...
May 19, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522690/resistance-to-malaria-through-structural-variation-of-red-blood-cell-invasion-receptors
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Ellen M Leffler, Gavin Band, George B J Busby, Katja Kivinen, Quang Si Le, Geraldine M Clarke, Kalifa A Bojang, David J Conway, Muminatou Jallow, Fatoumatta Sisay-Joof, Edith C Bougouma, Valentina D Mangano, David Modiano, Sodiomon B Sirima, Eric Achidi, Tobias O Apinjoh, Kevin Marsh, Carolyne M Ndila, Norbert Peshu, Thomas N Williams, Chris Drakeley, Alphaxard Manjurano, Hugh Reyburn, Eleanor Riley, David Kachala, Malcolm Molyneux, Vysaul Nyirongo, Terrie Taylor, Nicole Thornton, Louise Tilley, Shane Grimsley, Eleanor Drury, Jim Stalker, Victoria Cornelius, Christina Hubbart, Anna E Jeffreys, Kate Rowlands, Kirk A Rockett, Chris C A Spencer, Dominic P Kwiatkowski
The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum invades human red blood cells via interactions between host and parasite surface proteins. By analyzing genome sequence data from human populations, including 1269 individuals from sub-Saharan Africa, we identify a diverse array of large copy number variants affecting the host invasion receptor genes GYPA and GYPB We find that a nearby association with severe malaria is explained by a complex structural rearrangement involving the loss of GYPB and gain of two GYPB-A hybrid genes, which encode a serologically distinct blood group antigen known as Dantu...
May 18, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521548/mitochondrial-dna-heteroplasmy-in-cardiac-tissue-from-individuals-with-and-without-coronary-artery-disease
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Erik Hefti, Javier Guillermo Blanco
The cellular environment associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) can lead to mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) damage. Mitochondrial variants in some copies of mtDNA (heteroplasmy) and mtDNA content are potential genetic biomarkers for CAD-associated disease states. Massively parallel sequencing and qRT-PCR techniques were used to measure heteroplasmic variants and mtDNA content in heart samples from donors with (n = 8) and without (n = 7) documented CAD. Both groups showed increased numbers of heteroplasmic mtDNA variants in the control region (CR) (p < ...
May 19, 2017: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515962/analyses-of-publicly-available-genomics-resources-define-fgf-2-expressing-bladder-carcinomas-as-emt-prone-proliferative-tumors-with-low-mutation-rates-and-high-expression-of-ctla-4-pd-1-and-pd-l1
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Elizabeth A McNiel, Philip N Tsichlis
FGF-2 is overexpressed in a subset of invasive bladder carcinomas and its overexpression correlates with poor prognosis. Analyses of publicly available databases addressing the molecular mechanisms that may be responsible for the poor prognosis of these tumors, revealed that FGF-2 expression correlates positively with the expression of EMT-promoting transcription factors and with changes in gene expression that are characteristic of EMT. The same analyses also revealed that FGF-2 correlates negatively with the expression, mutation and copy number variations of FGFR-3, all of which are associated with non-invasive bladder carcinomas...
2017: Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513614/recurrent-somatic-jak-stat-pathway-variants-within-a-runx1-mutated-pedigree
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Kiran Tawana, Jun Wang, Péter A Király, Krisztián Kállay, Gábor Benyó, Marianna Zombori, Judit Csomor, Ahad Al Seraihi, Ana Rio-Machin, András Matolcsy, Claude Chelala, Jamie Cavenagh, Jude Fitzgibbon, Csaba Bödör
Germline variants within the transcription factor RUNX1 are associated with familial platelet disorder and acute leukemia in over 40% of carriers. At present, the somatic events triggering leukemic transformation appear heterogeneous and profiles of leukemia initiation across family members are poorly defined. We report a new RUNX1 family where three sisters harboring a germline nonsense RUNX1 variant, c.601C>T (p.(Arg201*)), developed acute myelomonocytic leukemia (AML) at 5 years of age. Whole-exome sequencing of tumor samples revealed all three siblings independently acquired variants within the JAK-STAT pathway, specifically targeting JAK2 and SH2B3 (a negative regulator of JAK2), while also sharing the 46/1 haplotype linked with sporadic JAK2-positive myeloproliferative neoplasms...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513611/glaucoma-spectrum-and-age-related-prevalence-of-individuals-with-foxc1-and-pitx2-variants
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Emmanuelle Souzeau, Owen M Siggs, Tiger Zhou, Anna Galanopoulos, Trevor Hodson, Deepa Taranath, Richard A Mills, John Landers, John Pater, James E Smith, James E Elder, Julian L Rait, Paul Giles, Vivek Phakey, Sandra E Staffieri, Lisa S Kearns, Andrew Dubowsky, David A Mackey, Alex W Hewitt, Jonathan B Ruddle, Kathryn P Burdon, Jamie E Craig
Variation in FOXC1 and PITX2 is associated with Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome, characterised by structural defects of the anterior chamber of the eye and a range of systemic features. Approximately half of all affected individuals will develop glaucoma, but the age at diagnosis and the phenotypic spectrum have not been well defined. As phenotypic heterogeneity is common, we aimed to delineate the age-related penetrance and the full phenotypic spectrum of glaucoma in FOXC1 or PITX2 carriers recruited through a national disease registry...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
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