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Mendelian disease

Trevor J Pemberton, Zachary A Szpiech
Genomic regions of autozygosity (ROAs) represent segments of individual genomes that are homozygous for haplotypes inherited identical-by-descent (IBD) from a common ancestor. ROAs are nonuniformly distributed across the genome, and increased ROA levels are a reported risk factor for numerous complex diseases. Previously, we hypothesized that long ROAs are enriched for deleterious homozygotes as a result of young haplotypes with recent deleterious mutations-relatively untouched by purifying selection-being paired IBD as a consequence of recent parental relatedness, a pattern supported by ROA and whole-exome sequence data on 27 individuals...
March 10, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
Dong-Hyeon Lee, Jolanda Roux, Brenda D Wingfield, Michael J Wingfield
The African fungal tree pathogen, Ceratocystis albifundus, undergoes uni-directional mating type switching, giving rise to either self-fertile or self-sterile progeny. Self-sterile isolates lack the MAT1-2-1 gene and have reduced fitness such as slower growth and reduced pathogenicity, relative to self-fertile isolates. While it has been hypothesized that there is a 1:1 ratio of self-fertile to self-sterile ascospore progeny in relatives of C. albifundus, some studies have reported a significant bias in this ratio...
April 2018: Fungal Biology
Maxime Lamontagne, Jean-Christophe Bérubé, Ma'en Obeidat, Michael H Cho, Brian D Hobbs, Phuwanat Sakornsakolpat, Kim de Jong, H Marike Boezen, David Nickle, Ke Hao, Wim Timens, Maarten van den Berge, Philippe Joubert, Michel Laviolette, Don D Sin, Peter D Paré, Yohan Bossé
Causal genes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remain elusive. The current study aims at integrating genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and lung expression quantitative loci (eQTL) data to map COPD candidate causal genes and gain biological insights into the recently discovered COPD susceptibility loci. Two complementary genomic datasets on COPD were studied. First, the lung eQTL dataset which included whole-genome gene expression and genotyping data from 1,038 individuals. Second, the largest COPD GWAS to date from the International COPD Genetics Consortium (ICGC) with 13,710 cases and 38,062 controls...
March 14, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Celeste Sassi, Michael A Nalls, Perry G Ridge, Jesse R Gibbs, Michelle K Lupton, Claire Troakes, Katie Lunnon, Safa Al-Sarraj, Kristelle S Brown, Christopher Medway, Jenny Lord, James Turton, Jose Bras, Sonja Blumenau, Mareike Thielke, Christa Josties, Dorette Freyer, Annette Dietrich, Monia Hammer, Michael Baier, Ulrich Dirnagl, Kevin Morgan, John F Powell, John S Kauwe, Carlos Cruchaga, Alison M Goate, Andrew B Singleton, Rita Guerreiro, Angela Hodges, John Hardy
Mendelian adult-onset leukodystrophies are a spectrum of rare inherited progressive neurodegenerative disorders affecting the white matter of the central nervous system. Among these, cerebral autosomal dominant and recessive arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy, cerebroretinal vasculopathy, metachromatic leukodystrophy, hereditary diffuse leukoencephalopathy with spheroids, and vanishing white matter disease present with rapidly progressive dementia as dominant feature and are caused by mutations in NOTCH3, HTRA1, TREX1, ARSA, CSF1R, EIF2B1, EIF2B2, EIF2B3, EIF2B4, and EIF2B5, respectively...
February 2, 2018: Neurobiology of Aging
Linda R Wang, Adam D McIntyre, Robert A Hegele
BACKGROUND: Abetalipoproteinemia and homozygous hypobetalipoproteinemia are classical Mendelian autosomal recessive and co-dominant conditions, respectively, which are phenotypically similar and are usually caused by bi-allelic mutations in MTTP and APOB genes, respectively. Instances of more complex patterns of genomic variants resulting in this distinct phenotype have not been reported. METHODS: A 43 year-old male had a longstanding severe deficiency of apolipoprotein (apo) B-containing lipoproteins and circulating fat soluble vitamins consistent with either abetalipoproteinemia or homozygous familial hypobetalipoproteinemia (FHBL)...
March 14, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
George Hindy, Gunnar Engström, Susanna C Larsson, Matthew Traylor, Hugh S Markus, Olle Melander, Marju Orho-Melander
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Statin therapy is associated with a lower risk of ischemic stroke supporting a causal role of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. However, more evidence is needed to answer the question whether LDL cholesterol plays a causal role in ischemic stroke subtypes. In addition, it is unknown whether high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides have a causal relationship to ischemic stroke and its subtypes. Our aim was to investigate the causal role of LDL cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglycerides in ischemic stroke and its subtypes through Mendelian randomization (MR)...
March 13, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Katrine Laura Rasmussen, Børge Grønne Nordestgaard, Sune Fallgaard Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Whether the complement system is involved in the development of diabetic microvascular disease is unknown. We tested the hypothesis that high concentrations of complement C3 are associated with increased risk of diabetic retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy in individuals from the general population. METHODS: We studied 95202 individuals from the general population with baseline measurements of complement C3, genotyped for rs1065489, rs429608, and rs448260 determining concentrations of complement C3, and enrolled in the Copenhagen General Population Study from 2003 through 2013, following them until April 10, 2013...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Chemistry
Sunny Goel, Abhishek Sharma, Aakash Garg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to discuss the effect of alcohol consumption on various cardiovascular (CV) diseases and CV mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: Alcohol intake has consistently shown a J- or U-shaped relationship with several cardiovascular diseases. Light to moderate alcohol intake has been associated with lower risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure (HF), as well as CV mortality. On the other hand, heavy consumption has been associated with deleterious CV outcomes including increased mortality...
March 8, 2018: Current Cardiology Reports
Kirstin Mittelstraß, Melanie Waldenberger
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: It is becoming increasingly evident that epigenetic mechanisms, particularly DNA methylation, play a role in the regulation of blood lipid levels and lipid metabolism-linked phenotypes and diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent genome-wide methylation and candidate gene studies of blood lipids have highlighted several robustly replicated methylation markers across different ethnicities. Furthermore, many of these lipid-related CpG sites associated with blood lipids are also linked to lipid-related phenotypes and diseases...
April 2018: Current Opinion in Lipidology
Ansley Grimes Stanfill, Athena Starlard-Davenport
Most common disorders affecting human health are not attributable to simple Mendelian (single-gene) inheritance patterns. Rather, the risk of developing a complex disease is often the result of interactions across genes, whereby one gene modifies the phenotype of another gene. These types of interactions can occur between two or more genes and are referred to as epistasis. There are five major types of epistatic interactions, but in human genetics, additive epistasis is most often discussed and includes both positive and negative subtypes...
January 1, 2018: Biological Research for Nursing
Seth J Baum, Christopher P Cannon
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) has been extensively evaluated. Prospective cohort studies, randomized controlled trials, biology, pathophysiology, genetics, and Mendelian randomization studies, have clearly taught us that LDL-C causes atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The newest class of drugs to lower LDL-C, the proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) monoclonal antibodies, have been found to safely reduce LDL-C approximately 60% when added to high-intensity statin therapy...
March 7, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Joseph C Giacalone, Tasneem P Sharma, Erin R Burnight, John F Fingert, Robert F Mullins, Edwin M Stone, Budd A Tucker
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are the ideal cell source for autologous cell replacement. However, for patients with Mendelian diseases, genetic correction of the original disease-causing mutation is likely required prior to cellular differentiation and transplantation. The emergence of the CRISPR-Cas9 system has revolutionized the field of genome editing. By introducing inexpensive reagents that are relatively straightforward to design and validate, it is now possible to correct genetic variants or insert desired sequences at any location within the genome...
February 28, 2018: Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology
Yiqiang Zhan, Sara Hägg
Measuring the length of telomeres, repetitive nucleotide sequences capping the chromosomes which shortens by each cell division, has become a popular way of attaining a marker of biological aging processes. Several observational studies have investigated the associations between telomere length and Alzheimer's disease (AD) with the overall conclusion being shorter telomeres provide an increased risk for AD development. Here we present an alternative approach for addressing the topic where additional evidence on causality can be drawn...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Marzyeh Amini, Judith M Vonk, Ali Abbasi, Bram P Prins, Marcel Bruinenberg, Lude Franke, Pim van der Harst, Gerjan Navis, Gerard H Koppelman, Bruce H R Wolffenbuttel, H Marike Boezen, Harold Snieder, Daniel I Chasman, Behrooz Z Alizadeh
Blood eosinophil count is associated with a variety of common complex outcomes in epidemiological observation. The aim of this study was to explore the causal association between determined blood eosinophil count and 20 common complex outcomes (10 metabolic, 6 cardiac, and 4 pulmonary). Through Mendelian randomization, we investigated genetic evidence for the genetically determined eosinophil in association with each outcomes using individual-level LifeLines cohort data (n = 13,301), where a weighted eosinophil genetic risk score comprising five eosinophil associated variants was created...
March 6, 2018: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
Li Liu, Yan Wen, Lei Zhang, Peng Xu, Xiao Liang, Yanan Du, Ping Li, Awen He, QianRui Fan, Jingcan Hao, Wenyu Wang, Xiong Guo, Hui Shen, Qing Tian, Feng Zhang, Hong-Wen Deng
Context: Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disease. The impact of blood metabolites on the development of osteoporosis remains elusive now. Objective: To explore the relationship between blood metabolites and osteoporosis. Design and Methods: We used 2,286 unrelated Caucasian subjects as discovery samples and 3,143 unrelated Caucasian subjects from the Framingham heart study (FHS) as replication samples. Bone mineral density (BMD) were measured using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Setor K Kunutsor, Jari A Laukkanen, Stephen Burgess
Observational epidemiological evidence supports a linear and independent association between serum gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) concentrations and the risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the causality of this association has not been previously investigated. We sought to assess the causal nature of this association using a Mendelian randomization (MR) approach. Using inverse-variance weighted MR analysis, we assessed the association between GGT and AD using summary statistics for single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-AD associations obtained from the International Genomics of Alzheimer's Project of 17,008 individuals with AD and 37,154 controls...
March 2, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
Aviad E Raz, Yael Amano, Stefan Timmermans
This study examines the interface between newborn screening and prenatal diagnosis from the point-of-view of parents of screen-positive children. Many conditions covered by newborn screening represent classic (autosomal recessive) Mendelian disorders. Parents of screen-positive infants therefore often come to learn that they are carriers of the disease, and face a decision whether to test for it in future pregnancies. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in 2015-2017 with 34 Israeli parents whose child was screen positive...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Community Genetics
Fan Yang, Song Xu, Renwang Liu, Tao Shi, Xiongfei Li, Xuebing Li, Gang Chen, Hongyu Liu, Qinghua Zhou, Jun Chen
Introduction: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a common Mendelian multi-system disorder that is characterized by café-au-lait spots (CLS), axillary freckling, optic glioma and plexiform neurofibroma. Various mutations of the NF1 gene are widely accepted to be the main cause of this disease, while whether there are still certain other modifier genes that could influence the phenotypes of NF1 is our concern. Patients and Methods: One proband and his father are involved, who are characterized by plexiform neurofibroma and cutaneous neurofibroma, respectively...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Ana Esteve-Solé, Ithaisa Sologuren, María Teresa Martínez-Saavedra, Àngela Deyà-Martínez, Carmen Oleaga-Quintas, Rubén Martinez-Barricarte, Andrea Martin-Nalda, Manel Juan, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Carlos Rodriguez-Gallego, Laia Alsina, Jacinta Bustamante
The integrity of the interferon (IFN)-γ circuit is necessary to mount an effective immune response to intra-macrophagic pathogens, especially Mycobacteria. Inherited monogenic defects in this circuit that disrupt the production of, or response to, IFN-γ underlie a primary immunodeficiency known as Mendelian susceptibility to mycobacterial disease (MSMD). Otherwise healthy patients display a selective susceptibility to clinical disease caused by poorly virulent mycobacteria such as BCG (bacille Calmette-Guérin) vaccines and environmental mycobacteria, and more rarely by other intra-macrophagic pathogens, particularly Salmonella and M...
March 4, 2018: Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Ambreen Gul, Philip Zager
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Multiple experimental and clinical studies have identified pathways by which uric acid may facilitate the development and progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in people with diabetes. However, it remains uncertain if the association of uric acid with CKD represents a pathogenic effect or merely reflects renal impairment. RECENT FINDINGS: In contrast to many published reports, a recent Mendelian randomization study did not identify a causal link between uric acid and CKD in people with type 1 diabetes...
March 1, 2018: Current Diabetes Reports
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