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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645180/alcohol-metabolism-and-oesophageal-cancer-a-systematic-review-of-the-evidence
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Marco Matejcic, M J Gunter, Pietro Ferrari
Alcohol is a major risk factor for oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), the most prevalent histological subtype of oesophageal cancer (OC) worldwide. The metabolism of alcohol is regulated by specific enzymes whose activity and expression is influenced by genetic polymorphisms. We conducted a systematic review of current epidemiological evidence of the relationship between alcohol intake and OC risk, including the role of tobacco smoking and functional polymorphisms of dehydrogenases (ADHs) and aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDHs)...
June 22, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642195/how-lipid-droplets-tag-along-glycerolipid-synthetic-enzymes-and-lipid-storage
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REVIEW
Huan Wang, Michael V Airola, Karen Reue
Triacylglycerols (TAG) serve as the predominant form of energy storage in mammalian cells, and TAG synthesis influences conditions such as obesity, fatty liver, and insulin resistance. In most tissues, the glycerol 3-phosphate pathway enzymes are responsible for TAG synthesis, and the regulation and function of these enzymes is therefore important for metabolic homeostasis. Here we review the sites and regulation of glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT), acylglycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (AGPAT), lipin/phosphatidic acid phosphatase (PAP), and diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) enzyme action...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641396/geneticization-in-mim-omim%C3%A2-exploring-historic-and-epistemic-drivers-of-contemporary-understandings-of-genetic-disease
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Rachel A Ankeny
Prior to the genomic sequencing era, the bible for those working in clinical genetics was McKusick's Mendelian Inheritance in Man (MIM), which appeared in multiple editions between the 1960s and the late 1990s. This catalogue was organized according to general patterns of inheritance and focused on phenotypes. Beginning in the mid-1980s, it was replaced by Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM®), a continuously updated catalogue documenting molecular relationships between genetic variation and phenotypic expression...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640244/systematic-design-and-comparison-of-expanded-carrier-screening-panels
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Kyle A Beauchamp, Dale Muzzey, Kenny K Wong, Gregory J Hogan, Kambiz Karimi, Sophie I Candille, Nikita Mehta, Rebecca Mar-Heyming, K Eerik Kaseniit, H Peter Kang, Eric A Evans, James D Goldberg, Gabriel A Lazarin, Imran S Haque
PurposeThe recent growth in pan-ethnic expanded carrier screening (ECS) has raised questions about how such panels might be designed and evaluated systematically. Design principles for ECS panels might improve clinical detection of at-risk couples and facilitate objective discussions of panel choice.MethodsGuided by medical-society statements, we propose a method for the design of ECS panels that aims to maximize the aggregate and per-disease sensitivity and specificity across a range of Mendelian disorders considered serious by a systematic classification scheme...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640241/long-read-genome-sequencing-identifies-causal-structural-variation-in-a-mendelian-disease
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Jason D Merker, Aaron M Wenger, Tam Sneddon, Megan Grove, Zachary Zappala, Laure Fresard, Daryl Waggott, Sowmi Utiramerur, Yanli Hou, Kevin S Smith, Stephen B Montgomery, Matthew Wheeler, Jillian G Buchan, Christine C Lambert, Kevin S Eng, Luke Hickey, Jonas Korlach, James Ford, Euan A Ashley
PurposeCurrent clinical genomics assays primarily utilize short-read sequencing (SRS), but SRS has limited ability to evaluate repetitive regions and structural variants. Long-read sequencing (LRS) has complementary strengths, and we aimed to determine whether LRS could offer a means to identify overlooked genetic variation in patients undiagnosed by SRS.MethodsWe performed low-coverage genome LRS to identify structural variants in a patient who presented with multiple neoplasia and cardiac myxomata, in whom the results of targeted clinical testing and genome SRS were negative...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639078/a-genome-wide-expression-association-analysis-identifies-genes-and-pathways-associated-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Yanan Du, Yan Wen, Xiong Guo, Jingcan Hao, Wenyu Wang, Awen He, Qianrui Fan, Ping Li, Li Liu, Xiao Liang, Feng Zhang
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease with strong genetic components. To identity novel risk variants for ALS, utilizing the latest genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and eQTL study data, we conducted a genome-wide expression association analysis by summary data-based Mendelian randomization (SMR) method. Summary data were derived from a large-scale GWAS of ALS, involving 12577 cases and 23475 controls. The eQTL annotation dataset included 923,021 cis-eQTL for 14,329 genes and 4732 trans-eQTL for 2612 genes...
June 21, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638596/environmental-insults-critical-triggers-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Bing Yu, Roger Pamphlett
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease characterised by a rapid loss of lower and upper motor neurons. As a complex disease, the ageing process and complicated gene-environment interactions are involved in the majority of cases. MAIN BODY: Significant advances have been made in unravelling the genetic susceptibility to ALS with massively parallel sequencing technologies, while environmental insults remain a suspected but largely unexplored source of risk...
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632283/the-impact-of-whole-genome-sequencing-on-the-primary-care-and-outcomes-of-healthy-adult-patients-a-pilot-randomized-trial
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Jason L Vassy, Kurt D Christensen, Erica F Schonman, Carrie L Blout, Jill O Robinson, Joel B Krier, Pamela M Diamond, Matthew Lebo, Kalotina Machini, Danielle R Azzariti, Dmitry Dukhovny, David W Bates, Calum A MacRae, Michael F Murray, Heidi L Rehm, Amy L McGuire, Robert C Green
Background: Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) in asymptomatic adults might prevent disease but increase health care use without clinical value. Objective: To describe the effect on clinical care and outcomes of adding WGS to standardized family history assessment in primary care. Design: Pilot randomized trial. (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01736566). Setting: Academic primary care practices. Participants: 9 primary care physicians (PCPs) and 100 generally healthy patients recruited at ages 40 to 65 years...
June 27, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631064/analysis-of-case-parent-trios-for-imprinting-effect-using-a-loglinear-model-with-adjustment-for-sex-of-parent-specific-transmission-ratio-distortion
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Lam Opal Huang, Claire Infante-Rivard, Aurélie Labbe
Transmission ratio distortion (TRD) is a phenomenon where parental transmission of disease allele to the child does not follow the Mendelian inheritance ratio. TRD occurs in a sex-of-parent-specific or non-sex-of-parent-specific manner. An offset computed from the transmission probability of the minor allele in control-trios can be added to the loglinear model to adjust for TRD. Adjusting the model removes the inflation in the genotype relative risk (RR) estimate and Type 1 error introduced by non-sex-of-parent-specific TRD...
June 19, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627485/limitations-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-trials-why-observational-studies-will-continue-to-help-determine-the-role-of-vitamin-d-in-health
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REVIEW
Robert Scragg
Observational studies have shown that low vitamin D status is associated with an increased risk of a wide range of diseases. The body of observational evidence now is so large, that there have been many calls for randomized controlled trials (RCT) of vitamin D supplementation to confirm once and for all whether increasing body vitamin D levels prevents these diseases. These calls have arisen because of concern that confounding and reverse causation may explain many of the results from observational studies...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625504/mutations-in-armc9-which-encodes-a-basal-body-protein-cause-joubert-syndrome-in-humans-and-ciliopathy-phenotypes-in-zebrafish
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Julie C Van De Weghe, Tamara D S Rusterholz, Brooke Latour, Megan E Grout, Kimberly A Aldinger, Ranad Shaheen, Jennifer C Dempsey, Sateesh Maddirevula, Yong-Han H Cheng, Ian G Phelps, Matthias Gesemann, Himanshu Goel, Ohad S Birk, Talal Alanzi, Rifaat Rawashdeh, Arif O Khan, Michael J Bamshad, Deborah A Nickerson, Stephan C F Neuhauss, William B Dobyns, Fowzan S Alkuraya, Ronald Roepman, Ruxandra Bachmann-Gagescu, Dan Doherty
Joubert syndrome (JS) is a recessive neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by hypotonia, ataxia, abnormal eye movements, and variable cognitive impairment. It is defined by a distinctive brain malformation known as the "molar tooth sign" on axial MRI. Subsets of affected individuals have malformations such as coloboma, polydactyly, and encephalocele, as well as progressive retinal dystrophy, fibrocystic kidney disease, and liver fibrosis. More than 35 genes have been associated with JS, but in a subset of families the genetic cause remains unknown...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620084/multidimensional-genetic-analysis-of-repeated-seizures-in-the-hybrid-mouse-diversity-panel-reveals-a-novel-epileptogenesis-susceptibility-locus
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Russell J Ferland, Jason Smith, Dominick Papandrea, Jessica Gracias, Leah Hains, Sridhar B Kadiyala, Brittany O'Brien, Eun Yong Kang, Barbara S Beyer, Bruce J Herron
Epilepsy has many causes and comorbidities affecting as many as 4% of people in their lifetime. Both idiopathic and symptomatic epilepsies are highly heritable, but genetic factors are difficult to characterize among humans due to complex disease etiologies. Rodent genetic studies have been critical to the discovery of seizure susceptibility loci, including Kcnj10 mutations identified in both mouse and human cohorts. However, genetic analyses of epilepsy phenotypes in mice to date have been carried out as acute studies in seizure-naive animals or in Mendelian models of epilepsy, while humans with epilepsy have a history of recurrent seizures that also modify brain physiology...
June 15, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619195/association-of-triglyceride-related-genetic-variants-with-mitral%C3%A2-annular%C3%A2-calcification
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Mehdi Afshar, Kevin Luk, Ron Do, Line Dufresne, David S Owens, Tamara B Harris, Gina M Peloso, Kathleen F Kerr, Quenna Wong, Albert V Smith, Mathew J Budoff, Jerome I Rotter, L Adrienne Cupples, Stephen S Rich, James C Engert, Vilmundur Gudnason, Christopher J O'Donnell, Wendy S Post, George Thanassoulis
BACKGROUND: Mitral annular calcium (MAC), commonly identified by cardiac imaging, is associated with cardiovascular events and predisposes to the development of clinically important mitral valve regurgitation and mitral valve stenosis. However, its biological determinants remain largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to evaluate whether a genetic predisposition to elevations in plasma lipids is associated with the presence of MAC. METHODS: The authors used 3 separate Mendelian randomization techniques to evaluate the associations of lipid genetic risk scores (GRS) with MAC in 3 large patient cohorts: the Framingham Health Study, MESA (Multiethnic European Study of Atherosclerosis), and the AGE-RS (Age, Gene/Environment Susceptibility-Reykjavik Study)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617965/further-delineation-of-the-phenotype-caused-by-biallelic-variants-in-the-wdr4-gene
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Aurélien Trimouille, Eulalie Lasseaux, Pascal Barat, Caroline Deiller, Séverine Drunat, Caroline Rooryck, Benoît Arveiler, Didier Lacombe
Microcephalic primordial dwarfisms are a group of rare Mendelian disorders characterized by severe growth retardation and microcephaly. The molecular basis is heterogeneous, with disease-causing genes implicated in different cellular functions. Recently, 2 patients were reported with the same homozygous variant in the WDR4 gene, coding for an enzyme responsible for the m(7) G46 post transcriptional modification of tRNA. We report here two sisters harboring compound heterozygous variants of WDR4. Their phenotype differs from that of the first two described patients: they both have a severe microcephaly but only one of the two sisters had a head circumference at birth below -2 SD, their intellectual deficiency is less severe, and they have a GH deficiency and a partial hypogonadotropic hypogonadotropism...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609829/body-mass-index-and-risk-of-alzheimer-disease-a-mendelian-randomization-study-of-399-536-individuals
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Liv Tybjærg Nordestgaard, Anne Tybjærg-Hansen, Børge G. Nordestgaard, Ruth Frikke-Schmidt
Context: Recently, data on two million people established that low body mass index (BMI) is associated with increased risk of dementia. Whether this observational association reflects a causal effect remains to be clarified. Objective: We tested the hypothesis that there is a causal association between low BMI and high risk of Alzheimer disease. Design, Setting and Participants: Using a Mendelian randomization approach, we studied 95,578 individuals from the Copenhagen General Population Study (CGPS) with up to 36 years of follow-up, and consortia data on 303,958 individuals from the Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) and the International Genomics of Alzheimer's Project (IGAP)...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609445/estimating-the-causal-influence-of-body-mass-index-on-risk-of-parkinson-disease-a-mendelian-randomisation-study
#16
Alastair J Noyce, Demis A Kia, Gibran Hemani, Aude Nicolas, T Ryan Price, Eduardo De Pablo-Fernandez, Philip C Haycock, Patrick A Lewis, Thomas Foltynie, George Davey Smith, Anette Schrag, Andrew J Lees, John Hardy, Andrew Singleton, Mike A Nalls, Neil Pearce, Debbie A Lawlor, Nicholas W Wood
BACKGROUND: Both positive and negative associations between higher body mass index (BMI) and Parkinson disease (PD) have been reported in observational studies, but it has been difficult to establish causality because of the possibility of residual confounding or reverse causation. To our knowledge, Mendelian randomisation (MR)-the use of genetic instrumental variables (IVs) to explore causal effects-has not previously been used to test the effect of BMI on PD. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Two-sample MR was undertaken using genome-wide association (GWA) study data...
June 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605144/musculoskeletal-disease-in-mda5-related-type-i-interferonopathy-a-mendelian-mimic-of-jaccoud-s-arthropathy
#17
Luciana Martins de Carvalho, Gonza Ngoumou, Ji Woo Park, Nadja Ehmke, Nikolaus Deigendesch, Naoki Kitabayashi, Isabelle Melki, Flávio Falcäo L Souza, Andreas Tzschach, Marcello H Nogueira-Barbosa, Virgínia Ferriani, Paulo Louzada-Junior, Wilson Marques Junior, Charles M Lourenço, Prof Denise Horn, Tilmann Kallinich, Werner Stenzel, Sun Hur, Gillian I Rice, Yanick J Crow
Objectives To define the molecular basis of a multisystem phenotype with progressive musculoskeletal disease of the hands and feet including camptodactyly, subluxation and tendon rupture reminiscent of Jaccoud's arthropathy. Methods We ascertained two families segregating an autosomal dominant phenotype encompassing musculoskeletal disease and variable additional features including psoriasis, dental abnormalities, cardiac valve involvement, glaucoma and basal ganglia calcification. We measured the expression of interferon-stimulated genes in peripheral blood and skin, and undertook targeted Sanger sequencing of the IFIH1 gene encoding the cytosolic double-stranded RNA sensor MDA5...
June 12, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604674/genetic-diagnosis-of-mendelian-disorders-via-rna-sequencing
#18
Laura S Kremer, Daniel M Bader, Christian Mertes, Robert Kopajtich, Garwin Pichler, Arcangela Iuso, Tobias B Haack, Elisabeth Graf, Thomas Schwarzmayr, Caterina Terrile, Eliška Koňaříková, Birgit Repp, Gabi Kastenmüller, Jerzy Adamski, Peter Lichtner, Christoph Leonhardt, Benoit Funalot, Alice Donati, Valeria Tiranti, Anne Lombes, Claude Jardel, Dieter Gläser, Robert W Taylor, Daniele Ghezzi, Johannes A Mayr, Agnes Rötig, Peter Freisinger, Felix Distelmaier, Tim M Strom, Thomas Meitinger, Julien Gagneur, Holger Prokisch
Across a variety of Mendelian disorders, ∼50-75% of patients do not receive a genetic diagnosis by exome sequencing indicating disease-causing variants in non-coding regions. Although genome sequencing in principle reveals all genetic variants, their sizeable number and poorer annotation make prioritization challenging. Here, we demonstrate the power of transcriptome sequencing to molecularly diagnose 10% (5 of 48) of mitochondriopathy patients and identify candidate genes for the remainder. We find a median of one aberrantly expressed gene, five aberrant splicing events and six mono-allelically expressed rare variants in patient-derived fibroblasts and establish disease-causing roles for each kind...
June 12, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603521/novel-combined-immune-deficiency-and-radiation-sensitivity-blended-phenotype-in-an-adult-with-biallelic-variations-in-zap70-and-rnf168
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Ivan K Chinn, Robert P Sanders, Asbjørg Stray-Pedersen, Zeynep H Coban-Akdemir, Vy Hong-Diep Kim, Harjit Dadi, Chaim M Roifman, Troy Quigg, James R Lupski, Jordan S Orange, I Celine Hanson
With the advent of high-throughput genomic sequencing techniques, novel genetic etiologies are being uncovered for previously unexplained Mendelian phenotypes, and the underlying genetic architecture of disease is being unraveled. Although most of these "mendelizing" disease traits represent phenotypes caused by single-gene defects, a percentage of patients have blended phenotypes caused by pathogenic variants in multiple genes. We describe an adult patient with susceptibility to bacterial, herpesviral, and fungal infections...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602929/hereditary-multiple-cerebral-cavernous-malformations-associated-with-wilson-s-disease-and-multiple-lypomatosis-case-report
#20
Belousova Olga, Okishev Dmitry, Ignatova Tatyana, Balashova Maria, Boulygina Eugene
We report on the patient with two Mendelian diseases - symptomatic multiple familial cerebral cavernous malformations (FCCMs) and Wilson's disease. Genetic analysis revealed SNPs in genes CCM2 and CCM3, associated with cavernous malformations, and homozygote mutation in ATP7B gene, responsible for Wilson's disease. FCCMs were symptomatic in three generations. The patient had also multiple lipomatosis, which is suggested to be a familial syndrome. In recent years there has been an increasing amount of publications on the link of FCCMs with other pathology, predominantly with extracranial and intracranial mesenchymal anomalies...
June 8, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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