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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926992/inherited-diseases-caused-by-mutations-in-cathepsin-protease-genes
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REVIEW
Stephanie Ketterer, Alejandro Gomez-Auli, Larissa E Hillebrand, Agnese Petrera, Anett Ketscher, Thomas Reinheckel
Lysosomal cathepsins are proteolytic enzymes increasingly recognized as prognostic markers and potential therapeutic targets in a variety of diseases. In those conditions the cathepsins are mostly overexpressed, thereby driving the respective pathogenic processes. Although less known, there are also diseases with a genetic deficiency of cathepsins. In fact, nowadays six out of the fifteen human proteases called "cathepsins" have been linked to inherited syndromes. However, only three of these syndromes are typical lysosomal storage diseases, while the others are apparently caused by defective cleavage of specific protein substrates...
December 7, 2016: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926991/human-mitochondrial-nucleases
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REVIEW
Francesco Bruni, Robert N Lightowlers, Zofia M Chrzanowska-Lightowlers
Mitochondria are cytosolic organelles that have many essential roles including ATP production via oxidative phosphorylation, apoptosis, iron-sulphur cluster biogenesis, heme and steroid synthesis, calcium homeostasis and regulation of cellular redox state. One of the unique features of these organelles is the presence of an extra-chromosomal mitochondrial genome (mtDNA), together with all the machinery required to replicate and transcribe mtDNA. The accurate maintenance of mitochondrial gene expression is essential for correct organellar metabolism, and is in part dependent on the levels of mtDNA and mt-RNA, which are regulated by balancing synthesis against degradation...
December 7, 2016: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926951/a-novel-mutation-of-the-calcium-sensing-receptor-gene-in-a-franconian-kindred-heterozygous-mutation-c-1697_1698deltg-exon-6
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M Cordes, T Kuwert, C Haag, F Raue
Familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia (FHH) belongs to the disorders of a disturbed calcium homeostasis. Genetically, the disorder is inherited in an autosomal-dominant trait and represents an inactivating mutation of the calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) gene. We identified a Franconian kindred in which 6 individuals could be tested by molecular genetic means. In 5 individuals of 3 generations, the mutation could be classified as c.1697_1698delTG. This novel germline mutation creates a premature stop codon leading to a loss of 510 amino acids of the protein...
December 7, 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926948/intrinsic-subtype-switching-and-acquired-erbb2-her2-amplifications-and-mutations-in-breast-cancer-brain-metastases
#4
Nolan Priedigkeit, Ryan J Hartmaier, Yijing Chen, Damir Vareslija, Ahmed Basudan, Rebecca J Watters, Roby Thomas, Jose P Leone, Peter C Lucas, Rohit Bhargava, Ronald L Hamilton, Juliann Chmielecki, Shannon L Puhalla, Nancy E Davidson, Steffi Oesterreich, Adam M Brufsky, Leonie Young, Adrian V Lee
Importance: Patients with breast cancer (BrCa) brain metastases (BrM) have limited therapeutic options. A better understanding of molecular alterations acquired in BrM could identify clinically actionable metastatic dependencies. Objective: To determine whether there are intrinsic subtype differences between primary tumors and matched BrM and to uncover BrM-acquired alterations that are clinically actionable. Design, Setting, and Participants: In total, 20 cases of primary breast cancer tissue and resected BrM (10 estrogen receptor [ER]-negative and 10 ER-positive) from 2 academic institutions were included...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926857/a-lon-clpp-proteolytic-axis-degrades-complex-i-to-extinguish-ros-production-in-depolarized-mitochondria
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Kenneth Robert Pryde, Jan Willem Taanman, Anthony Henry Schapira
Mitochondrial dysfunction is implicated in numerous neurodegenerative disorders and in Parkinson's disease (PD) in particular. PINK1 and Parkin gene mutations are causes of autosomal recessive PD, and these respective proteins function cooperatively to degrade depolarized mitochondria (mitophagy). It is widely assumed that impaired mitophagy causes PD, as toxic reactive oxygen species (ROS)-producing mitochondria accumulate and progressively drive neurodegeneration. Instead, we report that a LON-ClpP proteolytic quality control axis extinguishes ROS in depolarized mitochondria by degrading the complex I ROS-generating domain...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926816/identification-of-polymerase-gene-mutations-that-affect-viral-replication-in-h5n1-influenza-viruses-isolated-from-pigeons
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Emad Mohamed Elgendy, Yasuha Arai, Norihito Kawashita, Tomo Daidoji, Tatsuya Takagi, Madiha Salah Ibrahim, Takaaki Nakaya, Yohei Watanabe
Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 infects a wide range of host species, with a few cases of sporadic pigeon infections reported in the Middle East and Asia. However, the role of pigeons in the ecology and evolution of H5N1 viruses remains unclear. We previously reported two H5N1 virus strains, isolated from naturally infected pigeons in Egypt, that have several unique mutations in their viral polymerase genes. Here, we investigated the effect of these mutations on H5N1 polymerase activity and viral growth and identified three mutations that affected viral polymerase activity...
December 7, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926813/perturbation-of-h3k27me3-associated-epigenetic-processes-increases-agrobacterium-mediated-transformation
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Hidekazu Iwakawa, Benjamin C Carter, Brett C Bishop, Joe Ogas, Stanton B Gelvin
Agrobacterium-mediated transformation is a core technology for basic plant science and agricultural biotechnology. Improving transformation frequency is a major goal for plant transgenesis. We previously showed that T-DNA insertions in some histone genes decreased transformation susceptibility, whereas overexpression of several Arabidopsis H2A and H4 isoforms increased transformation. Overexpression of several histone H2B and H3 isoforms had little effect on transformation frequency. However, overexpression of histone H3-11 (HTR11) enhanced transformation...
December 7, 2016: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926791/high-prevalence-of-mitf-staining-in-undifferentiated-pleomorphic-sarcoma-caution-in-use-of-melanocytic-markers-in-sarcoma
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Bonnie Choy, Elizabeth Hyjek, Anthony G Montag, Peter Pytel, Rex Haydon, Hue H Luu, Chao Jie Zhen, Bradley C Long, Sabah Kadri, Jeremy P Segal, Larissa V Furtado, Nicole A Cipriani
AIMS: Diagnosis of undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma (UPS) may be challenging, as other lesions with undifferentiated spindle cell morphology must be excluded, including melanoma. Microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MiTF) stains nevi and epithelioid melanomas, as well as some mesenchymal neoplasms. We evaluated the prevalence of MiTF and melanocytic markers in UPS and a subset of atypical fibroxanthoma (AFX). METHODS AND RESULTS: MiTF, SOX10, Melan-A, HMB45, and S100 immunostains were performed on resection specimens from 19 UPS and 5 AFX...
December 7, 2016: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926510/genetic-and-epigenetic-characterization-of-the-brca1-gene-in-brazilian-women-at-risk-for-hereditary-breast-cancer
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Paula Silva Felicio, Matias Eliseo Melendez, Lidia Maria Rebolho Batista Arantes, Ligia Maria Kerr, Dirce Maria Carraro, Rebeca Silveira Grasel, Natalia Campacci, Cristovam Scapulatempo-Neto, Gabriela Carvalho Fernandes, Ana Carolina de Carvalho, Edenir Inêz Palmero
This study aimed to characterize women at-risk for hereditary BC regarding their clinical and molecular characteristics (mutation and methylation in the BRCA1 gene) and correlate the gene expression levels with histopathological, clinical and family history information. BRCA1 real time qPCR was performed to evaluate methylation status and gene expression. The study included 88 women grouped according to the BRCA1 mutational status: 23 BRCA1 mutated, 22 with a Variant of Unknown Significance (VUS) in BRCA1 and 43 BRCA1 WT...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925688/rare-deleterious-pard3-variants-in-the-apkc-binding-region-are-implicated-in-the-pathogenesis-of-human-cranial-neural-tube-defects-via-disrupting-apical-tight-junction-formation
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Xiaoli Chen, Yu An, Yonghui Gao, Liu Guo, Lei Rui, Hua Xie, Mei Sun, Siv Lam Hung, Xiaoming Sheng, Jizhen Zou, Yihua Bao, Hongyan Guan, Bo Niu, Zandong Li, Richard H Finnell, James F Gusella, Bai-Lin Wu, Ting Zhang
Increasing evidence that mutation of planar cell polarity (PCP) genes contributes to human cranial NTD susceptibility prompted us to hypothesize that rare variants of genes in the core apical-basal polarity (ABP) pathway are risk factors for cranial NTDs. In this study, we screened for rare genomic variation of PARD3 in 138 cranial NTD cases and 274 controls. Overall, the rare deleterious variants of PARD3 were significantly associated with increased risk for cranial NTDs (11/138 vs.7/274, p<0.05, OR = 3...
December 7, 2016: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925579/lamb2-mutation-with-different-phenotypes-in-china%C3%A2
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Hongwen Zhang, Jieyuan Cui, Fang Wang, Huijie Xiao, Jie Ding, Yong Yao
BACKGROUND: Mutations of the LAMB2 gene mainly cause Pierson syndrome (OMIM) #609049), characterized by congenital nephrotic syndrome (CNS) and complex ocular involvements with microcoria as the most prominent clinical feature. However, the phenotypic spectrum of LAMB2-associated disorders is broader, isolated congenital or infantile nephrotic syndrome can also be seen. The aim of this study was to explore the phenotypes of different LAMB2 mutations in China. METHODS: LAMB2 mutations were analyzed in three Chinese childhood steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome cases, two of them with ocular abnormalities...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925476/immune-disease-associated-variants-in-gene-enhancers-point-to-bet-epigenetic-mechanisms-for-therapeutic-intervention
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David F Tough, Rab K Prinjha
Genome-wide association studies have identified thousands of single nucleotide polymorphisms in the human genome that are statistically associated with particular disease traits. In this Perspective, we review emerging data suggesting that most single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with immune-mediated diseases are found in regulatory regions of the DNA - parts of the genome that control expression of the protein encoding genes - rather than causing mutations in proteins. We discuss how the emerging understanding of particular gene regulatory regions, gene enhancers and the epigenetic mechanisms by which they are regulated is opening up new opportunities for the treatment of immune-mediated diseases, focusing particularly on the BET family of epigenetic reader proteins as potential therapeutic targets...
December 7, 2016: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925396/arabidopsis-sumo-protease-asp1-positively-regulates-flowering-time-partially-through-regulating-flc-stability
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Xiangxiong Kong, Xi Luo, Gao-Ping Qu, Peng Liu, Jing Bo Jin
The initiation of flowering is tightly regulated by the endogenous and environment signals, which is crucial for the reproductive success of flowering plants. It is well known that autonomous and vernalization pathways repress transcription of FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC), a focal floral repressor, but how its protein stability is regulated remains largely unknown. Here, we found that mutations in a novel Arabidopsis SUMO protease 1 (ASP1) resulted in a strong late-flowering phenotype under long-days, but to a lesser extent under short-days...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925204/rabs-membrane-dynamics-and-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Bor Luen Tang
Genes encoding cellular membrane trafficking components, namely RAB7L1 and RAB39B, are more recently recognized factors associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). Encoded by a gene within the PARK16 locus, RAB7L1 interacts with Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) to act in intracellular transport processes that are likely important in neuronal survival and function. LRRK2 also directly phosphorylates a number of other Rab proteins. On the other hand, nonsense and missense mutations of the X-chromosome localized RAB39B, were shown to underlie X-linked intellectual disability (ID) in male patients with early-onset PD...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925203/the-genetic-landscape-of-breast-carcinomas-with-neuroendocrine-differentiation
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Caterina Marchiò, Felipe C Geyer, Charlotte Ky Ng, Salvatore Piscuoglio, Maria R De Filippo, Marco Cupo, Anne M Schultheis, Raymond S Lim, Kathleen A Burke, Elena Guerini-Rocco, Mauro Papotti, Larry Norton, Anna Sapino, Britta Weigelt, Jorge S Reis-Filho
Neuroendocrine breast carcinomas (NBCs) account for 2-5% of all invasive breast cancers and are histologically similar to neuroendocrine tumours from other sites. They typically express oestrogen receptor (ER), are HER2-negative and of luminal subtype. Here we sought to define the mutational profile of NBCs, and to investigate whether NBCs and common forms of luminal (ER+/HER2-) breast cancer display distinct repertoires of somatic mutations. Eighteen ER+/HER2- NBCs, defined as harbouring >50% of tumour cells expressing chromogranin A and/or synaptophysin, and matched normal tissue were microdissected and subjected to massively parallel sequencing targeting all exons of 254 genes most frequently mutated in breast cancer and/or related to DNA repair...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925158/mutations-in-dync2h1-the-cytoplasmic-dynein-2-heavy-chain-1-motor-protein-gene-cause-short-rib-polydactyly-type-i-saldino-noonan-type
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Nora Badiner, Stephanie Paige Taylor, Kimberly Forlenza, Ralph S Lachman, Michael Bamshad, Deborah Nickerson, Daniel H Cohn, Deborah Krakow
The short-rib polydactyly syndromes (SRPS) are autosomal recessively inherited, genetically heterogeneous skeletal ciliopathies. SRPS phenotypes were historically categorized as types I-IV, with type I first delineated by Saldino and Noonan in 1972. Characteristic findings among all forms of SRP include short horizontal ribs, short limbs and polydactyly. The SRP type I phenotype is characterized by a very small thorax, extreme micromelia, very short, poorly mineralized long bones, and multiple organ system anomalies...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924851/senescence-novel-insight-into-dlx3-mutations-leading-to-enhanced-bone-formation-in-tricho-dento-osseous-syndrome
#17
Na Zhao, Dong Han, Haochen Liu, Yue Li, Sing-Wai Wong, Zhengyi Cao, Jian Xu, Xiaowei Zhang, Tao Cai, Yixiang Wang, Hailan Feng
The homeodomain transcription factor distal-less homeobox 3 gene (DLX3) is required for hair, tooth and skeletal development. DLX3 mutations have been found to be responsible for Tricho-Dento-Osseous (TDO) syndrome, characterized by kinky hair, thin-pitted enamel and increased bone density. Here we show that the DLX3 mutation (c.533 A>G; Q178R) attenuates osteogenic potential and senescence of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) isolated from a TDO patient, providing a molecular explanation for abnormal increased bone density...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924830/impaired-regenerative-capacity-and-lower-revertant-fibre-expansion-in-dystrophin-deficient-mdx-muscles-on-dba-2-background
#18
Merryl Rodrigues, Yusuke Echigoya, Rika Maruyama, Kenji Rowel Q Lim, So-Ichiro Fukada, Toshifumi Yokota
Duchenne muscular dystrophy, one of the most common lethal genetic disorders, is caused by mutations in the DMD gene and a lack of dystrophin protein. In most DMD patients and animal models, sporadic dystrophin-positive muscle fibres, called revertant fibres (RFs), are observed in otherwise dystrophin-negative backgrounds. RFs are thought to arise from skeletal muscle precursor cells and clonally expand with age due to the frequent regeneration of necrotic fibres. Here we examined the effects of genetic background on muscle regeneration and RF expansion by comparing dystrophin-deficient mdx mice on the C57BL/6 background (mdx-B6) with those on the DBA/2 background (mdx-DBA), which have a more severe phenotype...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924807/genetic-and-molecular-analyses-indicate-independent-effects-of-tgifs-on-nodal-and-gli3-in-neural-tube-patterning
#19
Kenichiro Taniguchi, Anoush E Anderson, Tiffany A Melhuish, Anne L Carlton, Arkadi Manukyan, Ann E Sutherland, David Wotton
Holoprosencephaly (HPE) is a prevalent craniofacial developmental disorder that has both genetic and environmental causes. The gene encoding TG-interacting factor 1 (TGIF1) is among those that are routinely screened in HPE patients. However, the mechanisms by which TGIF1 variants cause HPE are not fully understood. TGIF1 is a transcriptional repressor that limits the output of the Transforming Growth Factor ß (TGFß)/Nodal signaling pathway, and HPE in patients with TGIF1 variants has been suggested to be due to increased Nodal signaling...
December 7, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924752/predictive-biomarkers-for-checkpoint-inhibitor-based-immunotherapy
#20
REVIEW
Geoffrey T Gibney, Louis M Weiner, Michael B Atkins
The clinical development of checkpoint inhibitor-based immunotherapy has ushered in an exciting era of anticancer therapy. Durable responses can be seen in patients with melanoma and other malignancies. Although monotherapy with PD-1 or PD-L1 agents are typically well tolerated, the risk of immune-related adverse events increases with combination regimens. The development of predictive biomarkers is needed to optimise patient benefit, minimise risk of toxicities, and guide combination approaches. The greatest focus has been on tumour-cell PD-L1 expression...
December 2016: Lancet Oncology
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