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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346493/aberrant-neuronal-activity-induced-signaling-and-gene-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-rasopathy
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Franziska Altmüller, Santosh Pothula, Anil Annamneedi, Saeideh Nakhei-Rad, Carolina Montenegro-Venegas, Eneko Pina-Fernández, Claudia Marini, Monica Santos, Denny Schanze, Dirk Montag, Mohammad R Ahmadian, Oliver Stork, Martin Zenker, Anna Fejtova
Noonan syndrome (NS) is characterized by reduced growth, craniofacial abnormalities, congenital heart defects, and variable cognitive deficits. NS belongs to the RASopathies, genetic conditions linked to mutations in components and regulators of the Ras signaling pathway. Approximately 50% of NS cases are caused by mutations in PTPN11. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying cognitive impairments in NS patients are still poorly understood. Here, we report the generation and characterization of a new conditional mouse strain that expresses the overactive Ptpn11D61Y allele only in the forebrain...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346476/reduced-dosage-of-%C3%AE-catenin-provides-significant-rescue-of-cardiac-outflow-tract-anomalies-in-a-tbx1-conditional-null-mouse-model-of-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome
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Silvia E Racedo, Erica Hasten, Mingyan Lin, Gnanapackiam Sheela Devakanmalai, Tingwei Guo, Ertugrul M Ozbudak, Chen-Leng Cai, Deyou Zheng, Bernice E Morrow
The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS; velo-cardio-facial syndrome; DiGeorge syndrome) is a congenital anomaly disorder in which haploinsufficiency of TBX1, encoding a T-box transcription factor, is the major candidate for cardiac outflow tract (OFT) malformations. Inactivation of Tbx1 in the anterior heart field (AHF) mesoderm in the mouse results in premature expression of pro-differentiation genes and a persistent truncus arteriosus (PTA) in which septation does not form between the aorta and pulmonary trunk...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346424/skp2-deficiency-restricts-the-progression-and-stem-cell-features-of-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-by-destabilizing-twist
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D Ruan, J He, C-F Li, H-J Lee, J Liu, H-K Lin, C-H Chan
Castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) remains a major clinical challenge because of the lack of effective targeted therapy for its treatment. The mechanism underlying how CRPC gains resistance toward hormone depletion and other forms of chemotherapy is poorly understood. Research on understanding the factors that drive these processes is desperately needed to generate new therapies to cure the disease. Here, we discovered a fundamental role of S-phase protein kinase 2 (Skp2) in the formation and progression of CRPC...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346224/mutant-%C3%AE-2-chimaerin-signals-via-bidirectional-ephrin-pathways-in-duane-retraction-syndrome
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Alicia A Nugent, Jong G Park, Yan Wei, Alan P Tenney, Nicole M Gilette, Michelle M DeLisle, Wai-Man Chan, Long Cheng, Elizabeth C Engle
Duane retraction syndrome (DRS) is the most common form of congenital paralytic strabismus in humans and can result from α2-chimaerin (CHN1) missense mutations. We report a knockin α2-chimaerin mouse (Chn1KI/KI) that models DRS. Whole embryo imaging of Chn1KI/KI mice revealed stalled abducens nerve growth and selective trochlear and first cervical spinal nerve guidance abnormalities. Stalled abducens nerve bundles did not reach the orbit, resulting in secondary aberrant misinnervation of the lateral rectus muscle by the oculomotor nerve...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345042/human-genetic-and-metabolite-variation-reveals-that-methylthioadenosine-is-a-prognostic-biomarker-and-an-inflammatory-regulator-in-sepsis
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Liuyang Wang, Emily R Ko, James J Gilchrist, Kelly J Pittman, Anna Rautanen, Matti Pirinen, J Will Thompson, Laura G Dubois, Raymond J Langley, Sarah L Jaslow, Raul E Salinas, D Clayburn Rouse, M Arthur Moseley, Salim Mwarumba, Patricia Njuguna, Neema Mturi, Thomas N Williams, J Anthony G Scott, Adrian V S Hill, Christopher W Woods, Geoffrey S Ginsburg, Ephraim L Tsalik, Dennis C Ko
Sepsis is a deleterious inflammatory response to infection with high mortality. Reliable sepsis biomarkers could improve diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. Integration of human genetics, patient metabolite and cytokine measurements, and testing in a mouse model demonstrate that the methionine salvage pathway is a regulator of sepsis that can accurately predict prognosis in patients. Pathway-based genome-wide association analysis of nontyphoidal Salmonella bacteremia showed a strong enrichment for single-nucleotide polymorphisms near the components of the methionine salvage pathway...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344592/dysbindin-deficiency-modifies-the-expression-of-gaba-neuron-and-ion-permeation-transcripts-in-the-developing-hippocampus
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Jennifer Larimore, Stephanie A Zlatic, Miranda Arnold, Kaela S Singleton, Rebecca Cross, Hannah Rudolph, Martha V Bruegge, Andrea Sweetman, Cecilia Garza, Eli Whisnant, Victor Faundez
The neurodevelopmental factor dysbindin is required for synapse function and GABA interneuron development. Dysbindin protein levels are reduced in the hippocampus of schizophrenia patients. Mouse dysbindin genetic defects and other mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders share defective GABAergic neurotransmission and, in several instances, a loss of parvalbumin-positive interneuron phenotypes. This suggests that mechanisms downstream of dysbindin deficiency, such as those affecting GABA interneurons, could inform pathways contributing to or ameliorating diverse neurodevelopmental disorders...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344000/long-term-adult-feline-liver-organoid-cultures-for-disease-modeling-of%C3%A2-hepatic-steatosis
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Hedwig S Kruitwagen, Loes A Oosterhoff, Ingrid G W H Vernooij, Ingrid M Schrall, Monique E van Wolferen, Farah Bannink, Camille Roesch, Lisa van Uden, Martijn R Molenaar, J Bernd Helms, Guy C M Grinwis, Monique M A Verstegen, Luc J W van der Laan, Meritxell Huch, Niels Geijsen, Robert G Vries, Hans Clevers, Jan Rothuizen, Baukje A Schotanus, Louis C Penning, Bart Spee
Hepatic steatosis is a highly prevalent liver disease, yet research is hampered by the lack of tractable cellular and animal models. Steatosis also occurs in cats, where it can cause severe hepatic failure. Previous studies demonstrate the potential of liver organoids for modeling genetic diseases. To examine the possibility of using organoids to model steatosis, we established a long-term feline liver organoid culture with adult liver stem cell characteristics and differentiation potential toward hepatocyte-like cells...
March 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343944/rack1-cooperates-with-nras-q61k-to-promote-melanoma-in-vivo
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C Campagne, E Reyes-Gomez, M E Picco, S Loiodice, P Salaun, J Ezagal, F Bernex, P H Commère, S Pons, D Esquerre, E Bourneuf, J Estellé, U Maskos, P Lopez-Bergami, G Aubin-Houzelstein, J J Panthier, G Egidy
Melanoma is the deadliest skin cancer. RACK1 (Receptor for activated protein kinase C) protein was proposed as a biological marker of melanoma in human and domestic animal species harboring spontaneous melanomas. As a scaffold protein, RACK1 is able to coordinate the interaction of key signaling molecules implicated in both physiological cellular functions and tumorigenesis. A role for RACK1 in rewiring ERK and JNK signaling pathways in melanoma cell lines had been proposed. Here, we used a genetic approach to test this hypothesis in vivo in the mouse...
March 23, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343295/identification-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-subtype-1-s1p1-as-a-pathogenic-factor-in-transient-focal-cerebral-ischemia
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Bhakta Prasad Gaire, Chi-Ho Lee, Arjun Sapkota, Sang Yeul Lee, Jerold Chun, Hee Jun Cho, Tae-Gyu Nam, Ji Woong Choi
Medically relevant roles of receptor-mediated sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) signaling have become a successful or promising target for multiple sclerosis or cerebral ischemia. Animal-based proof-of-concept validation for the latter is particularly through the neuroprotective efficacy of FTY720, a non-selective S1P receptor modulator, presumably via activation of S1P1. In spite of a clear link between S1P signaling and cerebral ischemia, it remains unknown whether the role of S1P1 is pathogenic or neuroprotective...
March 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342823/evidence-that-increased-kcnj6-gene-dose-is-necessary-for-deficits-in-behavior-and-dentate-gyrus-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-ts65dn-mouse-model-of-down-syndrome
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Alexander M Kleschevnikov, Jessica Yu, Jeesun Kim, Larisa V Lysenko, Zheng Zhen, Y Eugene Yu, William C Mobley
Down syndrome (DS), trisomy 21, is caused by increased dose of genes present on human chromosome 21 (HSA21). The gene-dose hypothesis argues that a change in the dose of individual genes or regulatory sequences on HSA21 is necessary for creating DS-related phenotypes, including cognitive impairment. We focused on a possible role for Kcnj6, the gene encoding Kir3.2 (Girk2) subunits of a G-protein-coupled inwardly-rectifying potassium channel. This gene resides on a segment of mouse Chromosome 16 that is present in one extra copy in the genome of the Ts65Dn mouse, a well-studied genetic model of DS...
March 22, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341998/ire1-signaling-exacerbates-alzheimer-s-disease-pathogenesis
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Claudia Duran-Aniotz, Victor Hugo Cornejo, Sandra Espinoza, Álvaro O Ardiles, Danilo B Medinas, Claudia Salazar, Andrew Foley, Ivana Gajardo, Peter Thielen, Takao Iwawaki, Wiep Scheper, Claudio Soto, Adrian G Palacios, Jeroen J M Hoozemans, Claudio Hetz
Altered proteostasis is a salient feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD), highlighting the occurrence of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and abnormal protein aggregation. ER stress triggers the activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR), a signaling pathway that enforces adaptive programs to sustain proteostasis or eliminate terminally damaged cells. IRE1 is an ER-located kinase and endoribonuclease that operates as a major stress transducer, mediating both adaptive and proapoptotic programs under ER stress...
March 24, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341377/lrp5-from-bedside-to-bench-to-bone
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Bart O Williams
A role for Low-density lipoprotein related receptor 5 (LRP5) in human bone was first established by the identification of genetic alterations that led to dramatic changes in human bone mass. Shortly thereafter, mutations that altered the function of the Sclerostin (SOST) gene were also associated with altered human bone mass. Subsequent studies of LRP5 and Sclerostin have provided important insights into the mechanisms by which these proteins regulate skeletal homeostasis. Sclerostin normally binds to LRP5 and the related LRP6 protein and prevents their activation by Wnt ligands...
March 21, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340340/selective-chemical-inhibition-of-pgc-1%C3%AE-gluconeogenic-activity-ameliorates-type-2-diabetes
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Kfir Sharabi, Hua Lin, Clint D J Tavares, John E Dominy, Joao Paulo Camporez, Rachel J Perry, Roger Schilling, Amy K Rines, Jaemin Lee, Marc Hickey, Melissa Bennion, Michelle Palmer, Partha P Nag, Joshua A Bittker, José Perez, Mark P Jedrychowski, Umut Ozcan, Steve P Gygi, Theodore M Kamenecka, Gerald I Shulman, Stuart L Schreiber, Patrick R Griffin, Pere Puigserver
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a worldwide epidemic with a medical need for additional targeted therapies. Suppression of hepatic glucose production (HGP) effectively ameliorates diabetes and can be exploited for its treatment. We hypothesized that targeting PGC-1α acetylation in the liver, a chemical modification known to inhibit hepatic gluconeogenesis, could be potentially used for treatment of T2D. Thus, we designed a high-throughput chemical screen platform to quantify PGC-1α acetylation in cells and identified small molecules that increase PGC-1α acetylation, suppress gluconeogenic gene expression, and reduce glucose production in hepatocytes...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339861/constitutive-luteinizing-hormone-receptor-signaling-causes-sexual-dysfunction-and-leydig-cell-adenomas-in-male-mice1
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Lan Hai, Deepak S Hiremath, Marilène Paquet, Prema Narayan
The luteinizing hormone receptor (LHCGR) is necessary for fertility and genetic mutations cause defects in reproductive development and function. Activating mutations in LHCGR cause familial male limited precocious puberty (FMPP). We have previously characterized a mouse model (KiLHRD582G) for FMPP that exhibits the same phenotype of precocious puberty, Leydig cell hyperplasia and elevated testosterone as boys with the disorder. We observed that KiLHRD582G male mice became infertile by 6 months of age although sperm count and motility were normal...
February 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339768/the-transcription-factor-olig2-is-important-for-the-biology-of-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-gliomas
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Jane L Anderson, Ranjithmenon Muraleedharan, Nicole Oatman, Amanda Klotter, Satarupa Sengupta, Ronald R Waclaw, Jianqiang Wu, Rachid Drissi, Lili Miles, Eric H Raabe, Matthew L Weirauch, Maryam Fouladi, Lionel M Chow, Lindsey Hoffman, Mariko DeWire, Biplab Dasgupta
Background.: Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a high-grade brainstem glioma of children with dismal prognosis. There is no single unifying model about the cell of origin of DIPGs. Proliferating cells in the developing human and mouse pons, the site of DIPGs, express neural stem/progenitor cell (NPC) markers, including Sox2, nestin, vimentin, Olig2, and glial fibrillary acidic protein, in an overlapping and non-overlapping manner, suggesting progenitor cell heterogeneity in the pons...
February 23, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338098/genome-wide-random-regression-analysis-for-parent-of-origin-effects-of-body-composition-allometries-in-mouse
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Jingli Zhao, Shuling Li, Lijuan Wang, Li Jiang, Runqing Yang, Yuehua Cui
Genomic imprinting underlying growth and development traits has been recognized, with a focus on the form of absolute or pure growth. However, little is known about the effect of genomic imprinting on relative growth. In this study, we proposed a random regression model to estimate genome-wide imprinting effects on the relative growth of multiple tissues and organs to body weight in mice. Joint static allometry scaling equation as sub-model is nested within the genetic effects of markers and polygenic effects caused by a pedigree...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337746/thymidylate-synthase-is-functionally-associated-with-zeb1-and-contributes-to-the-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-cancer-cells
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Aarif Siddiqui, Maria Eleni Vazakidou, Annemarie Schwab, Francesca Napoli, Cristina Fernandez-Molina, Ida Rapa, Marc P Stemmler, Marco Volante, Thomas Brabletz, Paolo Ceppi
Thymidylate synthase (TS) is a fundamental enzyme of nucleotide metabolism and one of the oldest anti-cancer targets. Beginning from the analysis of gene array data from the NCI-60 panel of cancer cell lines, we identified a significant correlation at both gene and protein level between TS and the markers of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a developmental process that allows cancer cells to acquire features of aggressiveness, like motility and chemoresistance. TS levels were found to be significantly augmented in mesenchymal-like compared to epithelial-like cancer cells, to be regulated by EMT induction, and to negatively correlate with micro-RNAs (miRNAs) usually expressed in epithelial-like cells and known to actively suppress EMT...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334922/scn2a-deletion-improves-survival-and-brain-heart-dynamics-in-the-kcna1-null-mouse-model-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-sudep
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Vikas Mishra, Bharat K Karumuri, Nicole M Gautier, Rui Liu, Timothy N Hutson, Stephanie L Vanhoof-Villalba, Ioannis Vlachos, Leonidas Iasemidis, Edward Glasscock
People with epilepsy have greatly increased probability of premature mortality due to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Identifying which patients are most at risk of SUDEP is hindered by a complex genetic etiology, incomplete understanding of the underlying pathophysiology, and lack of prognostic biomarkers. Here we evaluated heterozygous Scn2a gene deletion (Scn2a+/-) as a protective genetic modifier in the Kcna1 knockout mouse (Kcna1-/-) model of SUDEP, while searching for biomarkers of SUDEP risk embedded in electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG) recordings...
March 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334820/high-resolution-time-course-mapping-of-early-transcriptomic-molecular-and-cellular-phenotypes-in-huntington-s-disease-cag-knock-in-mice-across-multiple-genetic-backgrounds
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Seth A Ament, Jocelynn R Pearl, Andrea Grindeland, Jason St Claire, John C Earls, Marina Kovalenko, Tammy Gillis, Jayalakshmi Mysore, James F Gusella, Jong-Min Lee, Seung Kwak, David Howland, Min Young Lee, David Baxter, Kelsey Scherler, Kai Wang, Donald Geman, Jeffrey B Carroll, Marcy E MacDonald, George Carlson, Vanessa C Wheeler, Nathan D Price, Leroy E Hood
Huntington's disease is a dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disease caused by the expansion of a CAG repeat in the HTT gene. In addition to the length of the CAG expansion, factors such as genetic background have been shown to contribute to the age at onset of neurological symptoms. A central challenge in understanding the disease progression that leads from the HD mutation to massive cell death in the striatum is the ability to characterize the subtle and early functional consequences of the CAG expansion longitudinally...
February 27, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334745/disease-correction-by-aav-mediated-gene-therapy-in-a-new-mouse-model-of-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-iiid
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Carles Roca, Sandra Motas, Sara Marcó, Albert Ribera, Víctor Sánchez, Xavier Sánchez, Joan Bertolin, Xavier León, Jennifer Pérez, Miguel Garcia, Pilar Villacampa, Jesús Ruberte, Anna Pujol, Virginia Haurigot, Fatima Bosch
Gene therapy is a promising therapeutic alternative for Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSD), as it is not necessary to correct the genetic defect in all cells of an organ to achieve therapeutically significant levels of enzyme in body fluids, from which non-transduced cells can uptake the protein correcting their enzymatic deficiency. Animal models are instrumental in the development of new treatments for LSD. Here we report the generation of the first mouse model of the LSD Muccopolysaccharidosis Type IIID (MPSIIID), also known as Sanfilippo syndrome type D...
February 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
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