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Alessandro Vaisfeld, Maria Grazia Pomponi, Roberta Pietrobono, Elisabetta Tabolacci, Giovanni Neri
Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome is an X-linked recessive overgrowth condition caused by alterations in GPC3 gene, encoding for the cell surface receptor glypican 3, whose clinical manifestations in affected males are well known. Conversely, there is little information regarding affected females, with very few reported cases, and a clinical definition of this phenotype is still lacking. In the present report we describe an additional case, the first to receive a primary molecular diagnosis based on strong clinical suspicion...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Nieves Perdigones, Juan C Perin, Irene Schiano, Peter Nicholas, Jaclyn A Biegel, Philip J Mason, Daria V Babushok, Monica Bessler
Dyskeratosis congenita (DC) is a rare inherited telomeropathy most frequently caused by mutations in a number of genes all thought to be involved in telomere maintenance. The main causes of mortality in DC are bone marrow failure as well as malignancies including leukemias and solid tumors. The clinical picture including the degree of bone marrow failure is highly variable and factors that contribute to this variability are poorly understood. Based on the recent finding of frequent clonal hematopoiesis in related bone marrow failure syndromes, we hypothesized that somatic mutations may also occur in DC and may contribute at least in part to the variability in blood production...
September 13, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Jialin Xu, Payal P Khincha, Neelam Giri, Blanche P Alter, Sharon A Savage, Judy M Y Wong
Dyskeratosis congenita (DC) is an inherited bone marrow failure and cancer susceptibility syndrome caused by germline mutations in telomere biology genes. Germline mutations in DKC1, which encodes the protein dyskerin, cause X-linked recessive DC. Due to skewed X-chromosome inactivation, female DKC1 mutation carriers do not typically develop clinical features of DC. This study evaluated female DKC1 mutation carriers with DC-associated phenotypes to elucidate the molecular features of their mutations, in comparison with unaffected carriers and mutation-negative female controls...
August 29, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Nhan T Ho, Julia V Busik, James H Resau, Nigel Paneth, Sok Kean Khoo
Unfrozen archived newborn blood spots (NBS) have been shown to retain sufficient messenger RNA (mRNA) for gene expression profiling. However, the effect of storage time at ambient temperature for NBS samples in relation to the quality of gene expression data is relatively unknown. Here, we evaluated mRNA expression from quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) and microarray data obtained from NBS samples stored at ambient temperature to determine the effect of storage time on the quality of gene expression. These data were generated in a previous case-control study examining NBS in 53 children with cerebral palsy (CP) and 53 matched controls...
August 18, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
E E Palmer, T Stuhlmann, S Weinert, E Haan, H Van Esch, M Holvoet, J Boyle, M Leffler, M Raynaud, C Moraine, H van Bokhoven, T Kleefstra, K Kahrizi, H Najmabadi, H-H Ropers, M R Delgado, D Sirsi, S Golla, A Sommer, M P Pietryga, W K Chung, J Wynn, L Rohena, E Bernardo, D Hamlin, B M Faux, D K Grange, L Manwaring, J Tolmie, S Joss, J M Cobben, F A M Duijkers, J M Goehringer, T D Challman, F Hennig, U Fischer, A Grimme, V Suckow, L Musante, J Nicholl, M Shaw, S P Lodh, Z Niu, J A Rosenfeld, P Stankiewicz, T J Jentsch, J Gecz, M Field, V M Kalscheuer
Variants in CLCN4, which encodes the chloride/hydrogen ion exchanger CIC-4 prominently expressed in brain, were recently described to cause X-linked intellectual disability and epilepsy. We present detailed phenotypic information on 52 individuals from 16 families with CLCN4-related disorder: 5 affected females and 2 affected males with a de novo variant in CLCN4 (6 individuals previously unreported) and 27 affected males, 3 affected females and 15 asymptomatic female carriers from 9 families with inherited CLCN4 variants (4 families previously unreported)...
August 23, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Friedemann Loos, Cheryl Maduro, Agnese Loda, Johannes Lehmann, Gert-Jan Kremers, Derk Ten Berge, J Anton Grootegoed, Joost Gribnau
In female mammals, X chromosome inactivation (XCI) is a key process in the control of gene dosage compensation between X-linked genes and autosomes. Xist and Tsix, two overlapping antisense-transcribed noncoding genes, are central elements of the X inactivation center (Xic) regulating XCI. Xist upregulation results in the coating of the entire X chromosome by Xist RNA in cis, whereas Tsix transcription acts as a negative regulator of Xist Here, we generated Xist and Tsix reporter mouse embryonic stem (ES) cell lines to study the genetic and dynamic regulation of these genes upon differentiation...
November 1, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Jing Fang, Cheng-Cao Sun, Cheng Gong
Recently, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been identified as critical regulators in numerous types of cancers, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). X inactivate-specific transcript (XIST) has been found to be up-regulated and acts as an oncogene in gastric cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma, but little is known about its expression pattern, biological function and underlying mechanism in NSCLC. Here, we identified XIST as an oncogenic lncRNA by driving tumorigenesis in NSCLC. We found that XIST is over-expressed in NSCLC, and its increased level is associated with shorter survival and poorer prognosis...
September 16, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Adam Shlien, Keiran Raine, Fabio Fuligni, Roland Arnold, Serena Nik-Zainal, Serge Dronov, Lira Mamanova, Andrej Rosic, Young Seok Ju, Susanna L Cooke, Manasa Ramakrishna, Elli Papaemmanuil, Helen R Davies, Patrick S Tarpey, Peter Van Loo, David C Wedge, David R Jones, Sancha Martin, John Marshall, Elizabeth Anderson, Claire Hardy, Violetta Barbashina, Samuel A J R Aparicio, Torill Sauer, Øystein Garred, Anne Vincent-Salomon, Odette Mariani, Sandrine Boyault, Aquila Fatima, Anita Langerød, Åke Borg, Gilles Thomas, Andrea L Richardson, Anne-Lise Børresen-Dale, Kornelia Polyak, Michael R Stratton, Peter J Campbell
Disordered transcriptomes of cancer encompass direct effects of somatic mutation on transcription, coordinated secondary pathway alterations, and increased transcriptional noise. To catalog the rules governing how somatic mutation exerts direct transcriptional effects, we developed an exhaustive pipeline for analyzing RNA sequencing data, which we integrated with whole genomes from 23 breast cancers. Using X-inactivation analyses, we found that cancer cells are more transcriptionally active than intermixed stromal cells...
August 16, 2016: Cell Reports
Luigi Laino, Irene Bottillo, Caterina Piedimonte, Laura Bernardini, Barbara Torres, Barbara Grammatico, Simone Bargiacchi, Claudia Mulargia, Mauro Calvani, Francesco Cardona, Marco Castori, Paola Grammatico
X-linked intellectual disability accounts for 10-12% of cases of cognitive impairment in males. Mutations in IL1RAPL1 are an emerging form of apparently non-syndromic X-linked intellectual disability. We report a 8-year-old intellectually disabled boy with speech delay, and unusual facial and digital anomalies who showed a novel and complex IL1RAPL1 rearrangement. It was defined by two intragenic non-contiguous duplications inherited from the unaffected mother. Chromosome X inactivation study on the mother's blood leukocytes, urinary sediment and buccal swab did not show a significant skewed inactivation...
November 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Peng Song, Lin-Feng Ye, Cen Zhang, Tao Peng, Xu-Hong Zhou
Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) X inactivate-specific transcript (XIST) has been verified as an oncogenic gene in several human malignant tumors, and its dysregulation was closed associated with tumor initiation, development and progression. Nevertheless, whether the aberrant expression of XIST in human nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is corrected with malignancy, metastasis or prognosis has not been elaborated. Here, we discovered that XIST was up-regulated in NPC tissues and higher expression of XIST contributed to a markedly poorer survival time...
October 30, 2016: Gene
Agnieszka Stembalska, Izabela Łaczmańska, Justyna Gil, Karolina A Pesz
BACKGROUND: Fragile X syndrome (FXS), one of the manifestations of FMR1-related disorders, is one of the most frequent genetic causes of intellectual disability. In over 99% of all cases it results from the expansion of CGG repeats in the 5'-untranslated region of the FMR1 gene and presents in males and in about 50% of the females with an FMR1 full mutation, usually with a milder phenotype. OBJECTIVE: Although the morphologic and behavioral phenotype in males is a well-recognized entity, the presentation in females is variable and not as specific...
April 2016: Developmental Period Medicine
Charles E Schwartz
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August 2016: Human Mutation
Yongtao Xu, Zongxiu Hu, Chen Wang, Xiuyue Zhang, Jing Li, Bisong Yue
Microsatellite studies based on chromosomes level would contribute to the biometric correlation analysis of chromosome and microsatellite applications on the specific chromosome. In this study, the total microsatellite length of 1,141,024 loci was 21.8Mb, which covered about 0.74% of the male Rhesus monkey genome. Perfect mononucleotide SSRs were the most abundant, followed by the pattern: perfect di->tetra->tri->penta->hexanucleotide SSRs. The main range of repeat times focused on 12-32 times (mono-), 7-23 times (di-), 5-10 times (tri-), 4-14 times (tetra-), 4-9 times (penta-), 4-8 times (hexa-), respectively...
November 5, 2016: Gene
Céline Vallot, Jean-François Ouimette, Claire Rougeulle
X chromosome inactivation (XCI) is an essential epigenetic process that ensures X-linked gene dosage equilibrium between sexes in mammals. XCI is dynamically regulated during development in a manner that is intimately linked to differentiation. Numerous studies, which we review here, have explored the dynamics of X inactivation and reactivation in the context of development, differentiation and diseases, and the phenotypic and molecular link between the inactive status, and the cellular context. Here, we also assess whether XCI is a uniform mechanism in mammals by analyzing epigenetic signatures of the inactive X (Xi) in different species and cellular contexts...
September 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Katharina Debowski, Charis Drummer, Jana Lentes, Maren Cors, Ralf Dressel, Thomas Lingner, Gabriela Salinas-Riester, Sigrid Fuchs, Erika Sasaki, Rüdiger Behr
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are useful for the study of embryonic development. However, since research on naturally conceived human embryos is limited, non-human primate (NHP) embryos and NHP ESCs represent an excellent alternative to the corresponding human entities. Though, ESC lines derived from naturally conceived NHP embryos are still very rare. Here, we report the generation and characterization of four novel ESC lines derived from natural preimplantation embryos of the common marmoset monkey (Callithrix jacchus)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Iris M de Lange, Katherine L Helbig, Sarah Weckhuysen, Rikke S Møller, Milen Velinov, Natalia Dolzhanskaya, Eric Marsh, Ingo Helbig, Orrin Devinsky, Sha Tang, Heather C Mefford, Candace T Myers, Wim van Paesschen, Pasquale Striano, Koen van Gassen, Marjan van Kempen, Carolien G F de Kovel, Juliette Piard, Berge A Minassian, Marjan M Nezarati, André Pessoa, Aurelia Jacquette, Bridget Maher, Simona Balestrini, Sanjay Sisodiya, Marie Therese Abi Warde, Anne De St Martin, Jamel Chelly, Ruben van 't Slot, Lionel Van Maldergem, Eva H Brilstra, Bobby P C Koeleman
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the KIAA2022 gene have been reported in male patients with X-linked intellectual disability, and related female carriers were unaffected. Here, we report 14 female patients who carry a heterozygous de novo KIAA2022 mutation and share a phenotype characterised by intellectual disability and epilepsy. METHODS: Reported females were selected for genetic testing because of substantial developmental problems and/or epilepsy. X-inactivation and expression studies were performed when possible...
June 29, 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
Juliana Dourado Grzesiuk, Ciro Silveira Pereira, Carlos Henrique Paiva Grangeiro, Clarissa Gondim Picanço-Albuquerque, Flávia Gaona Oliveira-Gennaro, Filipe Brum Machado, Enrique Medina-Acosta, Ester Silveira Ramos, Maisa Yoshimoto, Lucia Martelli
BACKGROUND: Individuals with apparently balanced translocations, often, show no clinical findings. However, in meiosis, translocations tend to cause errors on chromosome disjunction and the ones involving sex chromosomes have particular implications for the phenotype. Male carriers of balanced X-autosome translocations are almost invariably infertile due to interruption of the spermatogenesis, but the mechanism is not fully understood. CASE PRESENTATION: In this case report, we performed a combination of classical cytogenetics (G-banding), molecular cytogenetics (fluorescence in situ hybridization and X-chromosome inactivation study), and cytogenomics (microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization) techniques for characterization of an inherited (X;22) translocation in a family originally referred for infertility investigation...
2016: Molecular Cytogenetics
Yen-Sung Huang, Che-Chang Chang, Szu-Shuo Lee, Yuh-Shan Jou, Hsiu-Ming Shih
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) dysregulated in cancer potentially play oncogenic or tumor-suppressive roles. While the X inactivate-specific transcript (Xist) lncRNA is important for X-chromosome inactivation in female cells, very little is known about the role of Xist in human breast cancer in modulating cellular pathway(s). Here, we show that Xist expression is significantly reduced in breast tumor samples and cancer cell lines. Xist knockdown or overexpression resulted in increased or decreased levels, respectively, of AKT phosphorylation and cell viability...
May 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Zhiyuan Chen, Darren E Hagen, Juanbin Wang, Christine G Elsik, Tieming Ji, Luiz G Siqueira, Peter J Hansen, Rocío M Rivera
Genomic imprinting is an epigenetic mechanism that leads to parental-allele-specific gene expression. Approximately 150 imprinted genes have been identified in humans and mice but less than 30 have been described as imprinted in cattle. For the purpose of de novo identification of imprinted genes in bovine, we determined global monoallelic gene expression in brain, skeletal muscle, liver, kidney and placenta of day ∼105 Bos taurus indicus × Bos taurus taurus F1 conceptuses using RNA sequencing. To accomplish this, we developed a bioinformatics pipeline to identify parent-specific single nucleotide polymorphism alleles after filtering adenosine to inosine (A-to-I) RNA editing sites...
July 2, 2016: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Julia Erin Wiedmeier, Catherine Kato, Zhenzhen Zhang, Hyunjung Lee, Jennifer Dunlap, Eric Nutt, Rogan Rattray, Sarah McKay, Christopher Eide, Richard Press, Motomi Mori, Brian Druker, Kim-Hien Dao
Recent large cohort studies revealed that healthy older individuals harbor somatic mutations that increase their risk for hematologic malignancy and all-cause cardiovascular deaths. The majority of these mutations are in chromatin and epigenetic regulatory genes (CERGs). CERGs play a key role in regulation of DNA methylation (DNMT3A and TET2) and histone function (ASXL1) and in clonal proliferation of hematopoietic stem cells. We hypothesize that older women manifesting clonal hematopoiesis, defined here as a functional phenomenon in which a hematopoietic stem cell has acquired a survival and proliferative advantage, harbor a higher frequency of somatic mutations in CERGs...
September 2016: Experimental Hematology
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