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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792826/fast-evolving-human-specific-neural-enhancers-are-associated-with-aging-related-diseases
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Han Chen, Chunyan Li, Zhicheng Zhou, Han Liang
The antagonistic pleiotropy theory hypothesizes that evolutionary adaptations maximizing the fitness in early age increase disease burden after reproduction. This theory remains largely untested at the molecular level. Here, we analyzed enhancer evolution in primates to investigate the relationships between aging-related diseases and enhancers acquired after the human-chimpanzee divergence. We report a 5-fold increased evolutionary rate of enhancers that are activated in neural tissues, leading to fixation of ∼100 human-specific enhancers potentially under adaptation...
May 23, 2018: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792227/integrated-time-course-omics-analysis-distinguishes-immediate-therapeutic-response-from-acquired-resistance
#2
Genevieve Stein-O'Brien, Luciane T Kagohara, Sijia Li, Manjusha Thakar, Ruchira Ranaweera, Hiroyuki Ozawa, Haixia Cheng, Michael Considine, Sandra Schmitz, Alexander V Favorov, Ludmila V Danilova, Joseph A Califano, Evgeny Izumchenko, Daria A Gaykalova, Christine H Chung, Elana J Fertig
BACKGROUND: Targeted therapies specifically act by blocking the activity of proteins that are encoded by genes critical for tumorigenesis. However, most cancers acquire resistance and long-term disease remission is rarely observed. Understanding the time course of molecular changes responsible for the development of acquired resistance could enable optimization of patients' treatment options. Clinically, acquired therapeutic resistance can only be studied at a single time point in resistant tumors...
May 23, 2018: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790263/herbicide-hormesis-can-act-as-a-driver-of-resistance-evolution-in-weeds-ps-ii-target-site-resistance-in-chenopodium-album-l-as-a-case-study
#3
Regina G Belz
BACKGROUND: Herbicide hormesis may play a role in weed resistance evolution by increasing resistance selection. A standard herbicide rate may be subtoxic to resistant plants and make them more fit than untreated plants. If this increase in fitness is ultimately expressed in reproductive traits, resistance genes can accumulate more rapidly and exacerbate resistance evolution by magnifying the selection differential between resistant and sensitive plants. The hypothesis of hormetically enhanced reproductive fitness was studied for a PSII target-site resistant (TSR) biotype of Chenopodium album exposed to the triazinone metamitron in comparison to its wild type...
May 23, 2018: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790226/comparative-analysis-of-akt-and-the-related-biomarkers-in-uterine-leiomyomas-with-med12-hmga2-and-fh-mutations
#4
Jia Xie, Julianne Ubango, Yanli Ban, Debabrata Chakravarti, J Julie Kim, Jian-Jun Wei
Uterine leiomyomas (ULM) are histologically and molecularly heterogeneous and clinically they grow at vastly different rates. Several driver gene mutations have been identified in ULM, including MED12 mutations, HMGA2 overexpression, and biallelic FH inactivation. ULM with different driver mutant genes may use different molecular pathways, but currently no clear correlation between gene mutations and growth related pathways has been established. To better define this relationship, we collected ULM with MED12 (n=25), HMGA2 (n=15) and FH (n=27) mutations and examined the sex steroid hormone, cell cycle, and AKT pathway genes by immunohistochemistry...
May 23, 2018: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789325/genomic-epidemiologic-evidence-that-estrogens-promote-breast-cancer-development
#5
Fritz F Parl, Philip S Crooke, W Dale Plummer, William D Dupont
BACKGROUND: Estrogens are a prime risk factor for breast cancer yet their causal relation to tumor formation remains uncertain. A recent study of 560 breast cancers identified 82 genes with 916 point mutations as drivers in the genesis of this malignancy. Since estrogens play a major role in breast cancer development and are also known to regulate the expression of numerous genes, we hypothesize that the 82 driver genes are likely to be influenced by estrogens, such as 17ß-estradiol (E2), and the estrogen receptor, ESR1 (ERα)...
May 22, 2018: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787863/validity-of-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-in-routine-care-for-identifying-clinically-relevant-molecular-profiles-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-results-of-a-2-year-experience-on-1-343-samples
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Antoine Legras, Marc Barritault, Anne Tallet, Elizabeth Fabre, Alice Guyard, Bastien Rance, William Digan, Nicolas Pecuchet, Etienne Giroux-Leprieur, Catherine Julie, Stéphane Jouveshomme, Véronique Duchatelle, Véronique Giraudet, Laure Gibault, Alain Cazier, Jean Pastre, Françoise LE Pimpec-Barthes, Pierre Laurent-Puig, Hélène Blons
Theranostic assays are based on single gene testing but the ability of next-generation sequencing (NGS) to interrogate numerous genetic alterations will progressively replace single gene assays. Although NGS was evaluated to screen for theranostic mutations, its usefulness in clinical practice on large series of samples remains to be demonstrated. NGS performance was assessed following guidelines. TaqMan probes and NGS were compared for their ability to detect EGFR and KRAS mutations and NGS mutation profiles were analyzed on a large series of NSCLC (n=1,343)...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784986/a-workflow-for-the-integrative-transcriptomic-description-of-molecular-pathology-and-the-suggestion-of-normalizing-compounds-exemplified-by-parkinson-s-disease
#7
Mohamed Hamed, Yvonne Gladbach, Steffen Möller, Sarah Fischer, Mathias Ernst, Stephan Struckmann, Alexander Storch, Georg Fuellen
The volume of molecular observations on human diseases in public databases is continuously increasing at accelerating rates. A bottleneck is their computational integration into a coherent description, from which researchers may derive new well-founded hypotheses. Also, the need to integrate data from different technologies (genetics, coding and regulatory RNA, proteomics) emerged in order to identify biomarkers for early diagnosis and prognosis of complex diseases and therefore facilitating the development of novel treatment approaches...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783941/a-transposable-element-annotation-pipeline-and-expression-analysis-reveal-potentially-active-elements-in-the-microalga-tisochrysis-lutea
#8
Jérémy Berthelier, Nathalie Casse, Nicolas Daccord, Véronique Jamilloux, Bruno Saint-Jean, Grégory Carrier
BACKGROUND: Transposable elements (TEs) are mobile DNA sequences known as drivers of genome evolution. Their impacts have been widely studied in animals, plants and insects, but little is known about them in microalgae. In a previous study, we compared the genetic polymorphisms between strains of the haptophyte microalga Tisochrysis lutea and suggested the involvement of active autonomous TEs in their genome evolution. RESULTS: To identify potentially autonomous TEs, we designed a pipeline named PiRATE (Pipeline to Retrieve and Annotate Transposable Elements, download: https://doi...
May 22, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781799/an-outbreak-of-a-rare-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-serotype-o117-h7-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men
#9
Kate S Baker, Timothy J Dallman, Nicholas R Thomson, Claire Jenkins
Sexually transmissible enteric infections (STEIs) are commonly associated with transmission among men who have sex with men (MSM). In the past decade, the UK has experienced multiple parallel STEI emergences in MSM caused by a range of bacterial species of the genus Shigella, and an outbreak of an uncommon serotype (O117 : H7) of Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC). Here, we used microbial genomics on 6 outbreak and 30 sporadic STEC O117 : H7 isolates to explore the origins and pathogenic drivers of the STEC O117 : H7 emergence in MSM...
May 21, 2018: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780628/comprehensive-targeted-super-deep-next-generation-sequencing-enhances-differential-diagnosis-of-solitary-pulmonary-nodules
#10
Mingzhi Ye, Shiyong Li, Weizhe Huang, Chunli Wang, Liping Liu, Jun Liu, Jilong Liu, Hui Pan, Qiuhua Deng, Hailing Tang, Long Jiang, Weizhe Huang, Xi Chen, Di Shao, Zhiyu Peng, Renhua Wu, Jing Zhong, Zhe Wang, Xiaoping Zhang, Karsten Kristiansen, Jian Wang, Ye Yin, Mao Mao, Jianxing He, Wenhua Liang
Background: A non-invasive method to predict the malignancy of surgery-candidate solitary pulmonary nodules (SPN) is urgently needed. Methods: Super-depth next generation sequencing (NGS) of 35 paired tissues and plasma DNA was performed as an attempt to develop an early diagnosis approach. Results: Only ~6% of malignant nodule patients had driver mutations in the circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) with >10,000-fold sequencing depth, and the concordance of mutation between tDNA and ctDNA was 3...
April 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780256/the-utilization-of-next-generation-sequencing-to-detect-somatic-mutations-and-predict-clinical-prognosis-of-chinese-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
#11
Liming Cao, Long Long, Min Li, Huaping Yang, Pengbo Deng, Xinru Mao, Jianxing Xiang, Bing Li, Tengfei Zhang, Chengping Hu
Purpose: The development of next-generation sequencing (NGS) has revolutionized the understanding of oncogenesis of multiple types of cancer, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, there has been some debate over the utility of NGS for predicting patient prognosis and determining molecular targeted therapy. Therefore, we sought to demonstrate the numerous applications of NGS in the prognostic predictions and treatment of NSCLC patients. Materials and methods: We performed NGS on either liquid or tissue tumor biopsies obtained from 53 NSCLC patients...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779944/analysis-of-genetically-diverse-macrophages-reveals-local-and-domain-wide-mechanisms-that-control-transcription-factor-binding-and-function
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Verena M Link, Sascha H Duttke, Hyun B Chun, Inge R Holtman, Emma Westin, Marten A Hoeksema, Yohei Abe, Dylan Skola, Casey E Romanoski, Jenhan Tao, Gregory J Fonseca, Ty D Troutman, Nathanael J Spann, Tobias Strid, Mashito Sakai, Miao Yu, Rong Hu, Rongxin Fang, Dirk Metzler, Bing Ren, Christopher K Glass
Non-coding genetic variation is a major driver of phenotypic diversity and allows the investigation of mechanisms that control gene expression. Here, we systematically investigated the effects of >50 million variations from five strains of mice on mRNA, nascent transcription, transcription start sites, and transcription factor binding in resting and activated macrophages. We observed substantial differences associated with distinct molecular pathways. Evaluating genetic variation provided evidence for roles of ∼100 TFs in shaping lineage-determining factor binding...
May 5, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779223/gene-editing-vectors-for-studying-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-cholinergic-transmission
#13
Can Peng, Yijin Yan, Veronica J Kim, Staci E Engle, Jennifer N Berry, J Michael McIntosh, Rachael L Neve, Ryan M Drenan
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), prototype members of the cys-loop ligand gated ion channel family, are key mediators of cholinergic transmission in the central nervous system. Despite their importance, technical gaps exist in our ability to dissect the function of individual subunits in the brain. To overcome these barriers, we designed CRISPR/Cas9 small guide RNA sequences (sgRNAs) for production of loss-of-function alleles in mouse nAChR genes. These sgRNAs were validated in vitro via deep sequencing...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777171/mll-fusion-driven-leukemia-requires-setd2-to-safeguard-genomic-integrity
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Anna Skucha, Jessica Ebner, Johannes Schmöllerl, Mareike Roth, Thomas Eder, Adrián César-Razquin, Alexey Stukalov, Sarah Vittori, Matthias Muhar, Bin Lu, Martin Aichinger, Julian Jude, André C Müller, Balázs Győrffy, Christopher R Vakoc, Peter Valent, Keiryn L Bennett, Johannes Zuber, Giulio Superti-Furga, Florian Grebien
MLL-fusions represent a large group of leukemia drivers, whose diversity originates from the vast molecular heterogeneity of C-terminal fusion partners of MLL. While studies of selected MLL-fusions have revealed critical molecular pathways, unifying mechanisms across all MLL-fusions remain poorly understood. We present the first comprehensive survey of protein-protein interactions of seven distantly related MLL-fusion proteins. Functional investigation of 128 conserved MLL-fusion-interactors identifies a specific role for the lysine methyltransferase SETD2 in MLL-leukemia...
May 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776953/the-landscape-of-actionable-genomic-alterations-in-cell-free-circulating-tumor-dna-from-21-807-advanced-cancer-patients
#15
Oliver A Zill, Kimberly C Banks, Stephen R Fairclough, Stefanie Mortimer, James V Vowles, Reza Mokhtari, David R Gandara, Philip C Mack, Justin I Odegaard, Rebecca J Nagy, Arthur M Baca, Helmy Eltoukhy, Darya I Chudova, Richard B Lanman, AmirAli Talasaz
PURPOSE: Cell-free DNA (cfDNA) sequencing provides a non-invasive method for obtaining actionable genomic information to guide personalized cancer treatment, but the presence of multiple alterations in circulation related to treatment and tumor heterogeneity complicate the interpretation of the observed variants. Experimental Design: We describe the somatic mutation landscape of 70 cancer genes from cfDNA deep-sequencing analysis of 21,807 patients with treated, late-stage cancers across >50 cancer types...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774131/methylation-of-dna-and-chromatin-as-a-mechanism-of-oncogenesis-and-therapeutic-target-in-neuroblastoma
#16
REVIEW
Ram Mohan Ram Kumar, Nina Felice Schor
Neuroblastoma (NB), a developmental cancer, is often fatal, emphasizing the need to understand its pathogenesis and identify new therapeutic targets. The heterogeneous pathological and clinical phenotype of NB underscores the cryptic biological and genetic features of this tumor that result in outcomes ranging from rapid progression to spontaneous regression. Despite recent genome-wide mutation analyses, most primary NBs do not harbor driver mutations, implicating epigenetically-mediated gene regulatory mechanisms in the initiation and maintenance of NB...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774127/paf1-complex-interactions-with-setdb1-mediate-promoter-h3k9-methylation-and-transcriptional-repression-of-hoxa9-and-meis1-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#17
James Ropa, Nirmalya Saha, Zhiling Chen, Justin Serio, Wei Chen, Dattatreya Mellacheruvu, Lili Zhao, Venkatesha Basrur, Alexey I Nesvizhskii, Andrew G Muntean
The Polymerase Associated Factor 1 complex (PAF1c) is an epigenetic co-modifying complex that directly contacts RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) and several epigenetic regulating proteins. Mutations, overexpression and loss of expression of subunits of the PAF1c are observed in various forms of cancer suggesting proper regulation is needed for cellular development. However, the biochemical interactions with the PAF1c that allow dynamic gene regulation are unclear. We and others have shown that the PAF1c makes a direct interaction with MLL fusion proteins, which are potent oncogenic drivers of acute myeloid leukemia (AML)...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774125/the-critical-role-that-stat3-plays-in-glioma-initiating-cells-stat3-addiction-in-glioma
#18
Debolina Ganguly, Meiyun Fan, Chuan He Yang, Blazej Zbytek, David Finkelstein, Martine F Roussel, Lawrence M Pfeffer
Glioma-Initiating Cells (GICs) are thought to be responsible for tumor initiation, progression and recurrence in glioblastoma (GBM). In previous studies, we reported the constitutive phosphorylation of the STAT3 transcription factor in GICs derived from GBM patient-derived xenografts, and that STAT3 played a critical role in GBM tumorigenesis. In this study, we show that CRISPR/Cas9-mediated deletion of STAT3 in an established GBM cell line markedly inhibited tumorigenesis by intracranial injection but had little effect on cell proliferation in vitro ...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774030/changes-in-the-tcr%C3%AE-repertoire-and-tumor-immune-signature-from-a-cutaneous-melanoma-patient-immunized-with-the-csf-470-vaccine-a-case-report
#19
Mariana Aris, Alicia Inés Bravo, María Betina Pampena, Paula Alejandra Blanco, Ibel Carri, Daniel Koile, Patricio Yankilevich, Estrella Mariel Levy, María Marcela Barrio, José Mordoh
The allogeneic therapeutic vaccine CSF-470 has demonstrated a significant benefit over medium-dose IFNα2b in the distant metastasis-free survival for stages IIB-IIC-III cutaneous melanoma patients in a randomized phase II/III clinical trial (CASVAC-0401, NCT01729663). At the end of the 2-year CSF-470 immunization protocol, patient #006 developed several lung and one subcutaneous melanoma metastases; this later was excised. In this report, we analyzed the changes throughout vaccination of immune populations in blood and in the tumor tissue, with special focus on the T-cell repertoire...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773426/stem-cell-transcription-factor-sox2-in-synovial-sarcoma-and-other-soft-tissue-tumors
#20
Heba Zayed, Iver Petersen
BACKGROUND: SOX2 has gained considerable interest as a pluripotency inducing gene. Co-transfection of SOX2 together with NANOG, KLF4 and c-MYC into adult fibroblasts was able to generate pluripotent stem cells. SOX2 has been reported to be expressed in synovial sarcoma, a tumor being characterized by the SS18-SSX gene fusion forming part of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex that affects histone methylation. The role of SOX2 in this tumor type as well as other soft tissue tumor entities however is still poorly characterized...
May 4, 2018: Pathology, Research and Practice
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