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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159939/marked-yield-of-re-evaluating-phenotype-and-exome-target-sequencing-data-in-33-individuals-with-intellectual-disabilities
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Bing Xiao, Wenjuan Qiu, Xing Ji, Xiaoqing Liu, Zhuo Huang, Huili Liu, Yanjie Fan, Yan Xu, Yu Liu, Hui Yie, Wei Wei, Hui Yan, Zhuwen Gong, Lixiao Shen, Yu Sun
The diagnosis of intellectual disability/developmental delay (ID/DD) benefits from the clinical application of target/exome sequencing. The yield in Mendelian diseases varies from 25% to 68%. The aim of the present study was to identify the genetic causes of 33 ID/DD patients using target/exome sequencing. Recent studies have demonstrated that reanalyzing undiagnosed exomes could yield additional diagnosis. Therefore, in addition to the normal data analysis, in this study, re-evaluation was performed prior to manuscript preparation after updating OMIM annotations, calling copy number variations (CNVs) and reviewing the current literature...
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158412/induced-gnas-r201h-expression-from-the-endogenous-gnas-locus-causes-fibrous-dysplasia-by-up-regulating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Sanjoy Kumar Khan, Prem Swaroop Yadav, Gene Elliott, Dorothy Zhang Hu, Ruoshi Xu, Yingzi Yang
Fibrous dysplasia (FD; Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man no. 174800) is a crippling skeletal disease caused by activating mutations of the GNAS gene, which encodes the stimulatory G protein Gαs FD can lead to severe adverse conditions such as bone deformity, fracture, and severe pain, leading to functional impairment and wheelchair confinement. So far there is no cure, as the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms remain largely unknown and the lack of appropriate animal models has severely hampered FD research...
November 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157668/iron-induced-rna-oxidation-in-the-general-population-and-in-mouse-tissue
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Vanja Cejvanovic, Laura Kofoed Kjær, Helle Kirstine Mørup Bergholdt, Arendse Torp-Pedersen, Trine Henriksen, Allan Weimann, Christina Ellervik, Henrik Enghusen Poulsen
Iron promotes formation of hydroxyl radicals by the Fenton reaction, subsequently leading to potential oxidatively generated damage of nucleic acids. Oxidatively generated damage to RNA, measured as 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanosine (8-oxoGuo) in urine, is increased in patients with genetic iron overload, which have led us to test the hypothesis that high iron status, assessed by iron biomarkers and genetic disposition, increases urinary excretion of 8-oxoGuo. In a general Danish population study we used a Mendelian randomization design with HFE genotypes as a proxy for iron status and supplemented with ex vivo experiments in mice muscle tissue exposed to iron(II) sulfate to attempt to clarify this hypothesis...
November 17, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152331/cost-effectiveness-of-massively-parallel-sequencing-for-diagnosis-of-paediatric-muscle-diseases
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Deborah Schofield, Khurshid Alam, Lyndal Douglas, Rupendra Shrestha, Daniel G MacArthur, Mark Davis, Nigel G Laing, Nigel F Clarke, Joshua Burns, Sandra T Cooper, Kathryn N North, Sarah A Sandaradura, Gina L O'Grady
Childhood-onset muscle disorders are genetically heterogeneous. Diagnostic workup has traditionally included muscle biopsy, protein-based studies of muscle specimens, and candidate gene sequencing. High throughput or massively parallel sequencing is transforming the approach to diagnosis of rare diseases; however, evidence for cost-effectiveness is lacking. Patients presenting with suspected congenital muscular dystrophy or nemaline myopathy were ascertained over a 15-year period. Patients were investigated using traditional diagnostic approaches...
2017: NPJ Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149824/the-role-of-gene-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-retinal-diseases-a-review
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Claudio Campa, Carla Enrica Gallenga, Elena Bolletta, Paolo Perri
Background: Gene therapy represents the therapeutic delivery of nucleic acid polymers into a patient's cells with the aim of treating an underlying disease. Over the past 2 decades this new therapy has made substantial progress owing to better understanding of the pathobiologic basis of various diseases coupled with growth of gene transfer biotechnologies. The eye, in particular, represents a suitable target for such therapy due to the immune privilege provided by the blood-ocular barrier, the ability to directly visualize, access and locally treat the cells and the minimal amount of vector needed given the size of this organ...
November 16, 2017: Current Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142257/using-a-quantitative-quadruple-immunofluorescent-assay-to-diagnose-isolated-mitochondrial-complex-i-deficiency
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Syeda T Ahmed, Charlotte L Alston, Sila Hopton, Langping He, Iain P Hargreaves, Gavin Falkous, Monika Oláhová, Robert McFarland, Doug M Turnbull, Mariana C Rocha, Robert W Taylor
Isolated Complex I (CI) deficiency is the most commonly observed mitochondrial respiratory chain biochemical defect, affecting the largest OXPHOS component. CI is genetically heterogeneous; pathogenic variants affect one of 38 nuclear-encoded subunits, 7 mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)-encoded subunits or 14 known CI assembly factors. The laboratory diagnosis relies on the spectrophotometric assay of enzyme activity in mitochondrially-enriched tissue homogenates, requiring at least 50 mg skeletal muscle, as there is no reliable histochemical method for assessing CI activity directly in tissue cryosections...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133521/circulating-total-bilirubin-and-future-risk-of-hypertension-in-the-general-population-the-prevention-of-renal-and-vascular-end-stage-disease-prevend-prospective-study-and-a-mendelian-randomization-approach
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Setor K Kunutsor, Lyanne M Kieneker, Stephen Burgess, Stephan J L Bakker, Robin P F Dullaart
BACKGROUND: Circulating total bilirubin is known to be inversely and independently associated with future risk of cardiovascular disease. However, the relationship of circulating total bilirubin with incident hypertension is uncertain. We aimed to assess the association of total bilirubin with future hypertension risk and supplemented this with a Mendelian randomization approach to investigate any causal relevance to the association. METHODS AND RESULTS: Plasma total bilirubin levels were measured at baseline in the PREVEND (Prevention of Renal and Vascular End-Stage Disease) prospective study of 3989 men and women without hypertension...
November 13, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130490/sequence-variants-in-nine-different-genes-underlying-rare-skin-disorders-in-10-consanguineous-families
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Khadim Shah, Sabba Mehmood, Abid Jan, Izoduwa Abbe, Raja Hussain Ali, Anwar Khan, Muhammad S Chishti, Kwanghyuk Lee, Farooq Ahmad, Muhammad Ansar, Shaheen Shahzad, Deborah A Nickerson, Michael J Bamshad, Paul J Coucke, Regie L P Santos-Cortez, Richard A Spritz, Suzanne M Leal, Wasim Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Genodermatoses represent genetic anomalies of skin tissues including hair follicles, sebaceous glands, eccrine glands, nails, and teeth. Ten consanguineous families segregating various genodermatosis phenotypes were investigated in the present study. METHODS: Homozygosity mapping, exome, and Sanger sequencing were employed to search for the disease-causing variants in the 10 families. RESULTS: Exome sequencing identified seven homozygous sequence variants in different families, including: c...
December 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127676/genetic-basis-and-genetic-modifiers-of-%C3%AE-thalassemia-and-sickle-cell-disease
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Swee Lay Thein
β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease (SCD) are prototypical Mendelian single gene disorders, both caused by mutations affecting the adult β-globin gene. Despite the apparent genetic simplicity, both disorders display a remarkable spectrum of phenotypic severity and share two major genetic modifiers-α-globin genotype and innate ability to produce fetal hemoglobin (HbF, α2γ2).This article provides an overview of the genetic basis for SCD and β-thalassemia, and genetic modifiers identified through phenotype correlation studies...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126503/very-early-onset-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Christopher J Moran
Very early onset inflammatory bowel disease (VEO-IBD) represents a unique and growing subset of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Some VEO-IBD patients present with immunodeficiency and possess loss of function genetic mutations involving immune pathways that cause their IBD. A search for Mendelian causes of IBD is likely most beneficial when the presentation involves extra-intestinal autoimmunity or involves intestinal histopathology that is atypical for IBD. While a subset of these young patients will have highly aggressive courses (and likely present with immunodeficiency), the majority of patients with VEO-IBD appear to have disease courses similar to that of their older counterparts...
December 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124703/vitamin-d-cardiovascular-disease-and-risk-factors
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Tea Skaaby, Betina H Thuesen, Allan Linneberg
Observational studies have suggested a possible protective role of vitamin D on the cardiovascular system. The available evidence does not support either cardiovascular benefits or harms of vitamin D supplementation. This chapter provides an overview and discussion of the current knowledge of vitamin D effects from a cardiovascular health perspective. It focuses on vitamin D in relation to cardiovascular disease, i.e. ischemic heart disease, and stroke; the traditional cardiovascular risk factors hypertension, abnormal blood lipids, obesity; and the emerging risk factors hyperparathyroidism, microalbuminuria, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118853/identification-of-a-novel-herv-k-hml10-comprehensive-characterization-and-comparative-analysis-in-non-human-primates-provide-insights-about-hml10-proviruses-structure-and-diffusion
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Nicole Grandi, Marta Cadeddu, Maria Paola Pisano, Francesca Esposito, Jonas Blomberg, Enzo Tramontano
Background: About half of the human genome is constituted of transposable elements, including human endogenous retroviruses (HERV). HERV sequences represent the 8% of our genetic material, deriving from exogenous infections occurred millions of years ago in the germ line cells and being inherited by the offspring in a Mendelian fashion. HERV-K elements (classified as HML1-10) are among the most studied HERV groups, especially due to their possible correlation with human diseases. In particular, the HML10 group was reported to be upregulated in persistent HIV-1 infected cells as well as in tumor cells and samples, and proposed to have a role in the control of host genes expression...
2017: Mobile DNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111156/genetics-of-human-susceptibility-to-active-and-latent-tuberculosis-present-knowledge-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Laurent Abel, Jacques Fellay, David W Haas, Erwin Schurr, Geetha Srikrishna, Michael Urbanowski, Nimisha Chaturvedi, Sudha Srinivasan, Daniel H Johnson, William R Bishai
Tuberculosis is an ancient human disease, estimated to have originated and evolved over thousands of years alongside modern human populations. Despite considerable advances in disease control, tuberculosis remains one of the world's deadliest communicable diseases with 10 million incident cases and 1·8 million deaths in 2015 alone based on the annual WHO report, due to inadequate health service resources in less-developed regions of the world, and exacerbated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and emergence of multidrug-resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis...
October 27, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106475/quantitative-serum-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-metabolomics-in-large-scale-epidemiology-a-primer-on-omic-technologies
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Peter Würtz, Antti J Kangas, Pasi Soininen, Debbie A Lawlor, George Davey Smith, Mika Ala-Korpela
Detailed metabolic profiling in large-scale epidemiologic studies has uncovered novel biomarkers for cardiometabolic diseases and clarified the molecular associations of established risk factors. A quantitative metabolomics platform based on nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy has found widespread use, already profiling over 400,000 blood samples. Over 200 metabolic measures are quantified per sample; in addition to many biomarkers routinely used in epidemiology, the method simultaneously provides fine-grained lipoprotein subclass profiling and quantification of circulating fatty acids, amino acids, gluconeogenesis-related metabolites, and many other molecules from multiple metabolic pathways...
November 1, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105242/ercc4-variants-identified-in-a-cohort-of-patients-with-segmental-progeroid-syndromes
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Takayasu Mori, Matthew J Yousefzadeh, Maryam Faridounnia, Jessica X Chong, Fuki M Hisama, Louanne Hudgins, Gabriela Mercado, Erin A Wade, Amira S Barghouthy, Lin Lee, George M Martin, Deborah A Nickerson, Michael J Bamshad, Laura J Niedernhofer, Junko Oshima
Pathogenic variants in genes, which encode DNA repair and damage response proteins, result in a number of genomic instability syndromes with features of accelerated aging. ERCC4 (XPF) encodes a protein that forms a complex with ERCC1 and is required for the 5' incision during nucleotide excision repair. ERCC4 is also FANCQ, illustrating a critical role in interstrand crosslink repair. Pathogenic variants in this gene cause xeroderma pigmentosum, XFE progeroid syndrome, Cockayne syndrome (CS), and Fanconi anemia...
November 3, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103089/hdl-cholesterol-metabolism-and-the-risk-of-chd-new-insights-from-human-genetics
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REVIEW
Cecilia Vitali, Sumeet A Khetarpal, Daniel J Rader
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Elevated high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in the blood (HDL-C) represent one of the strongest epidemiological surrogates for protection against coronary heart disease (CHD), but recent human genetic and pharmacological intervention studies have raised controversy about the causality of this relationship. Here, we review recent discoveries from human genome studies using new analytic tools as well as relevant animal studies that have both addressed, and in some cases, fueled this controversy...
November 4, 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102475/genetic-influence-of-plasma-homocysteine-on-alzheimer-s-disease
#17
Tina Roostaei, Daniel Felsky, Arash Nazeri, Philip L De Jager, Julie A Schneider, David A Bennett, Aristotle N Voineskos
Observational studies have consistently reported elevated plasma homocysteine as a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, results from clinical trials of homocysteine-lowering treatments are inconsistent. This discrepancy may be explained by a lack of causal association between homocysteine and AD. Mendelian randomization studies have the potential to provide insight into the causality of this association through studying the effect of genetic predisposition to high homocysteine on AD. Our analyses using summarized (n = 54,162) and individual participant (n = 6987) data from Caucasian participants did not show an effect of plasma homocysteine genetic risk on susceptibility to AD...
October 13, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100092/mutations-in-fibronectin-cause-a-subtype-of-spondylometaphyseal-dysplasia-with-corner-fractures
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Chae Syng Lee, He Fu, Nissan Baratang, Justine Rousseau, Heena Kumra, V Reid Sutton, Marcello Niceta, Andrea Ciolfi, Guilherme Yamamoto, Débora Bertola, Carlo L Marcelis, Dorien Lugtenberg, Andrea Bartuli, Choel Kim, Julie Hoover-Fong, Nara Sobreira, Richard Pauli, Carlos Bacino, Deborah Krakow, Jillian Parboosingh, Patrick Yap, Ariana Kariminejad, Marie T McDonald, Mariana I Aracena, Ekkehart Lausch, Sheila Unger, Andrea Superti-Furga, James T Lu, Dan H Cohn, Marco Tartaglia, Brendan H Lee, Dieter P Reinhardt, Philippe M Campeau
Fibronectin is a master organizer of extracellular matrices (ECMs) and promotes the assembly of collagens, fibrillin-1, and other proteins. It is also known to play roles in skeletal tissues through its secretion by osteoblasts, chondrocytes, and mesenchymal cells. Spondylometaphyseal dysplasias (SMDs) comprise a diverse group of skeletal dysplasias and often manifest as short stature, growth-plate irregularities, and vertebral anomalies, such as scoliosis. By comparing the exomes of individuals with SMD with the radiographic appearance of "corner fractures" at metaphyses, we identified three individuals with fibronectin (FN1) variants affecting highly conserved residues...
November 2, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099659/identification-of-a-de-novo-ank1-mutation-in-a-chinese-family-with-hereditary-spherocytosis
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Hongzai Guan, Xinping Liang, Rong Zhang, Haiyan Wang, Wenmiao Liu, Ru Zhang, Jie Yang, Shiguo Liu
OBJECTIVES: Hereditary spherocytosis (HS) is a genetic heterogeneous disorder characterized by sphere-shaped erythrocytes on peripheral blood smear with a few clinical manifestations. As an important red cell membrane protein, ankyrin 1 can interact with transmembrane proteins and the membrane skeleton and mutations in the ankyrin 1 (ANK1) genes affect about half of all patients with HS. The purpose of this study was to investigate a Chinese Han family with HS to find out the causative gene mutation and explore the genotype-phenotype correlation which can provide the basis for the pathogenesis and prenatal diagnosis for this disease...
November 3, 2017: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091718/analysis-of-neurodegenerative-mendelian-genes-in-clinically-diagnosed-alzheimer-disease
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Maria Victoria Fernández, Jong Hun Kim, John P Budde, Kathleen Black, Alexandra Medvedeva, Ben Saef, Yuetiva Deming, Jorge Del-Aguila, Laura Ibañez, Umber Dube, Oscar Harari, Joanne Norton, Rachel Chasse, John C Morris, Alison Goate, Carlos Cruchaga
Alzheimer disease (AD), Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTD), Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson disease (PD) have a certain degree of clinical, pathological and molecular overlap. Previous studies indicate that causative mutations in AD and FTD/ALS genes can be found in clinical familial AD. We examined the presence of causative and low frequency coding variants in the AD, FTD, ALS and PD Mendelian genes, in over 450 families with clinical history of AD and over 11,710 sporadic cases and cognitive normal participants from North America...
November 2017: PLoS Genetics
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