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Peter Arend
The metabolic relationship between the formation of the ABO(H) blood group phenotype and human fertility is evident in the case of the (Oh) or Bombay blood type, which Charles Darwin would have interpreted as resulting from reduced male fertility in consanguinities, based on the history of his own family, the Darwin/Wedgwood Dynasty. The classic Bombay type occurs with the extremely rare, human-specific genotype (h/h; se/se), which (due to point mutations) does not encode fucosyltransferases 1(FUT1) and 2 (FUT2)...
July 21, 2018: Immunobiology
Lynda Mottram, Jining Liu, Sonali Chavan, Joshua Tobias, Ann-Mari Svennerholm, Jan Holgersson
We have previously reported clinical data to suggest that colonization factor I (CFA/I) fimbriae of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) can bind to Lewis a (Lea ), a glycan epitope ubiquitous in the small intestinal mucosa of young children (<2 years of age), and individuals with a genetic mutation of FUT2. To further elucidate the physiological binding properties of this interaction, we engineered Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO-K1) cells to express Lea or Leb determinants on both N- and O-glycans. We used our glyco-engineered CHO-K1 cell lines to demonstrate that CfaB, the major subunit of ETEC CFA/I fimbriae, as well as four related ETEC fimbriae, bind more to our CHO-K1 cell-line expressing Lea , compared to cells carrying Leb or the CHO-K1 wild-type glycan phenotype...
July 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Guoqing Deng, Lvao Chen, Yuqi Zhang, Sairong Fan, Wencan Li, Jianxin Lu, Xiaoming Chen
Fucosyltransferase 2 (FUT2), the enzyme catalyzing α-1,2-fucosylation in mammals, has been implicated in cancer. The up-regulation of FUT2 has been observed in lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD), and FUT2 can enhance the cell migration and invasion of LUAD cell lines. However, the underlying mechanism of FUT2 in LUAD remains largely unknown. Abundant studies have revealed that epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) played a pivotal role during lung cancer metastasis and progression. In the present study, we showed that knocking down FUT2 in LUAD cell lines increased the expression of E-cadherin and reduced the expression of Vimentin, N-cadherin, TβRII, p-Smad2, p-Smad3 and Snail, which were the makers of EMT...
July 18, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Gunn-Helen Moen, Elisabeth Qvigstad, Kåre I Birkeland, David M Evans, Christine Sommer
Background: Several observational studies have shown that low serum vitamin B-12 is associated with increased body mass index (BMI) and adverse cardiometabolic outcomes. However, it is unclear if these associations reflect a causal effect of vitamin B-12 on cardiometabolic risk factors and diseases, latent confounding, or reverse causality. Objectives: The aims of this study were to investigate 1) the possible causal relation between vitamin B-12 and indicators of body fat, lipid, and glucose variables; type 2 diabetes (T2D); and cardiovascular disease by using a 2-sample Mendelian randomization (MR) method and 2) the possible pleiotropic role of fucosyltransferase 2 (FUT2)...
July 5, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Martin Palus, Yahya Sohrabi, Karl W Broman, Hynek Strnad, Matyáš Šíma, Daniel Růžek, Valeriya Volkova, Martina Slapničková, Jarmila Vojtíšková, Lucie Mrázková, Jiří Salát, Marie Lipoldová
BACKGROUND: Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is the main tick-borne viral infection in Eurasia. Its manifestations range from inapparent infections and fevers with complete recovery to debilitating or fatal encephalitis. The basis of this heterogeneity is largely unknown, but part of this variation is likely due to host genetic. We have previously found that BALB/c mice exhibit intermediate susceptibility to the infection of TBE virus (TBEV), STS mice are highly resistant, whereas the recombinant congenic strain CcS-11, carrying 12...
July 6, 2018: BMC Neuroscience
L Thorne, A Nalwoga, A J Mentzer, A de Rougemont, M Hosmillo, E Webb, M Nampiija, A Muhwezi, T Carstensen, D Gurdasani, A V Hill, M S Sandhu, A Elliott, I Goodfellow
Background: Human noroviruses (HuNoVs) are a prominent cause of gastroenteritis, yet fundamental questions remain regarding epidemiology, diversity and immunity in sub-Saharan African children. We investigated HuNoV seroprevalence and genetic and sociodemographic risk factors in Ugandan children. Methods: We randomly screened 797 participants of a longitudinal birth cohort (EMaBS) in Entebbe, and 378 children from a cross-sectional survey of rural island communities in Lake Victoria (LaVISSWA), for antibodies against multiple HuNoV genotypes by ELISA...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Jialei Hu, Zi Wang, Yujia Shan, Yue Pan, Jia Ma, Li Jia
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic joint disease and hard to cure at present. Accumulating evidence suggests long noncoding RNA-HOTAIR (lncRNA-HOTAIR) plays important role in OA progression. However, the underlying molecular mechanism of HOTAIR in OA progression has not been well elucidated. In the present study, we identified that HOTAIR level was upregulated in OA cartilage tissues. High expression of HOTAIR was correlated with modified Mankin scale, extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation and chondrocytes apoptosis...
June 15, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Haifei Wang, Sen Wu, Jiayun Wu, Shouyong Sun, Shenglong Wu, Wenbin Bao
The FUT2 gene was considered as an important candidate for pathogenic infections, while the potential associations between this gene and the production and reproductive traits of pigs have not been explored. In this study, we detected the genetic variants of porcine FUT2 gene and analyzed the associations of the polymorphisms with FUT2 mRNA expression and production and reproductive traits (age at 100 kg, backfat thickness at 100 kg, eye muscle thickness, the number of newborn piglets, the number of weaned piglets, and birth weight) in 100 Large White sows...
February 2018: Genes & Genomics
Lynda Mottram, Gudrun Wiklund, Göran Larson, Firdausi Qadri, Ann-Mari Svennerholm
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April 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
Alvaro Ringressi, Veronica Cunsolo, Francesca Malentacchi, Simone Pozzessere
BACKGROUND: The Bombay phenotype is a rare genetic trait which is characterized by the absence of A, B and H antigens on red cells as well as in body secretions. The serum shows the presence of antibodies against antigen H. Patients with this rare blood type are not easily transfusable. We had observed a woman aged 18, at the 20th week of pregnancy, native of Sri Lanka, with an IgG and IgM class anti-H. We report the case and the clinical issues arisen. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The determination of ABO, Rh[D] group, the indirect antiglobulin test (IAT) were performed in tube techniques and in neutral gel microcolumn...
January 2018: Annali Dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Williams Turpin, Larbi Bedrani, Osvaldo Espin-Garcia, Wei Xu, Mark S Silverberg, Michelle I Smith, David S Guttman, Anne Griffiths, Paul Moayyedi, Remo Panaccione, Hien Huynh, Hillary Steinhart, Guy Aumais, Konstantin Shestopaloff, Levinus A Dieleman, Dan Turner, Andrew D Paterson, Kenneth Croitoru
Heritability analysis of the microbiota has demonstrated the importance of host genotype in defining the human microbiota. The alpha (1,2)-fucosyltransferase 2 encoded by FUT2 is involved in the formation of the H antigen and the SNP, rs601338 is associated with ABO histo-blood group antigen secretion in the intestinal mucosa. Previous studies have provided non replicated results for the association of this polymorphism with the composition and inferred function of intestinal microbiota. We aimed to assess this relationship in a large cohort of 1,190 healthy individuals...
March 13, 2018: Gut Microbes
Thomas J Hoffmann, Elizabeth Theusch, Tanushree Haldar, Dilrini K Ranatunga, Eric Jorgenson, Marisa W Medina, Mark N Kvale, Pui-Yan Kwok, Catherine Schaefer, Ronald M Krauss, Carlos Iribarren, Neil Risch
A genome-wide association study (GWAS) of 94,674 ancestrally diverse Kaiser Permanente members using 478,866 longitudinal electronic health record (EHR)-derived measurements for untreated serum lipid levels empowered multiple new findings: 121 new SNP associations (46 primary, 15 conditional, and 60 in meta-analysis with Global Lipids Genetic Consortium data); an increase of 33-42% in variance explained with multiple measurements; sex differences in genetic impact (greater impact in females for LDL, HDL, and total cholesterol and the opposite for triglycerides); differences in variance explained among non-Hispanic whites, Latinos, African Americans, and East Asians; genetic dominance and epistatic interaction, with strong evidence for both at the ABO and FUT2 genes for LDL; and tissue-specific enrichment of GWAS-associated SNPs among liver, adipose, and pancreas eQTLs...
March 2018: Nature Genetics
Raivo Kolde, Eric A Franzosa, Gholamali Rahnavard, Andrew Brantley Hall, Hera Vlamakis, Christine Stevens, Mark J Daly, Ramnik J Xavier, Curtis Huttenhower
BACKGROUND: Despite the increasing recognition that microbial communities within the human body are linked to health, we have an incomplete understanding of the environmental and molecular interactions that shape the composition of these communities. Although host genetic factors play a role in these interactions, these factors have remained relatively unexplored given the requirement for large population-based cohorts in which both genotyping and microbiome characterization have been performed...
January 29, 2018: Genome Medicine
Huan Liu, Tingting Sui, Di Liu, Tingjun Liu, Mao Chen, Jichao Deng, Yuanyuan Xu, Zhanjun Li
The CRISPR/Cas9 system is a highly efficient and convenient genome editing tool, which has been widely used for single or multiple gene mutation in a variety of organisms. Disruption of multiple homologous genes, which have similar DNA sequences and gene function, is required for the study of the desired phenotype. In this study, to test whether the CRISPR/Cas9 system works on the mutation of multiple homologous genes, a single guide RNA (sgRNA) targeting three fucosyltransferases encoding genes (FUT1, FUT2 and SEC1) was designed...
March 20, 2018: Gene
Xiaoli Wang, Shuxia Wang, Chao Zhang, Yu Zhou, Pei Xiong, Qingwei Liu, Zhong Huang
Noroviruses (NoVs) are the main pathogens responsible for sporadic and epidemic nonbacterial gastroenteritis, causing an estimated 219,000 deaths annually worldwide. There is no commercially available vaccine for NoVs, due partly to the difficulty in establishing NoV cell culture models. The histo-blood group antigen (HBGA) blocking assay is used extensively to assess the protective potential of candidate vaccine-elicited antibodies, but there is still no widely used cellular evaluation model. In this study, we have established a cell line-based NoV vaccine evaluation model through the construction of human α1,2-fucosyltransferase 2-overexpressing 293T (293T-FUT2) cell lines...
January 5, 2018: Viruses
Wen-Hua Wei, Jonathan Massey, Jane Worthington, Anne Barton, Richard B Warren
Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified a number of loci for psoriasis but largely ignored non-additive effects. We report a genotypic variability-based GWAS (vGWAS) that can prioritize non-additive loci without requiring prior knowledge of interaction types or interacting factors in two steps, using a mixed model to partition dichotomous phenotypes into an additive component and non-additive environmental residuals on the liability scale and then the Levene's (Brown-Forsythe) test to assess equality of the residual variances across genotype groups genome widely...
March 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
Wenyuan Zhou, Huijun Ma, Guoqing Deng, Lili Tang, Jianxin Lu, Xiaoming Chen
Fucosylation, which is catalyzed by fucosyltransferases (FUTs), is one of the most important glycosylation events involved in cancer. Studies have shown that fucosyltransferase 8 (FUT8) is overexpressed in NSCLC and promotes lung cancer progression. However, there are no reports about the pathological role of fucosyltransferase 2 (FUT2) in lung cancer. To identify FUT2 associated with lung cancer, the expression and clinical significance of FUT2 in lung cancer was investigated by Real-Time PCR, Immunohistochemistry and Western Blot...
November 14, 2017: Oncotarget
Anna Parkkola, Antti-Pekka Laine, Markku Karhunen, Taina Härkönen, Samppa J Ryhänen, Jorma Ilonen, Mikael Knip
Genetic predisposition could be assumed to be causing clustering of autoimmunity in individuals and families. We tested whether HLA and non-HLA loci associate with such clustering of autoimmunity. We included 1,745 children with type 1 diabetes from the Finnish Pediatric Diabetes Register. Data on personal or family history of autoimmune diseases were collected with a structured questionnaire and, for a subset, with a detailed search for celiac disease and autoimmune thyroid disease. Children with multiple autoimmune diseases or with multiple affected first- or second-degree relatives were identified...
2017: PloS One
Bhavi P Modi, Maria E Teves, Laurel N Pearson, Hardik I Parikh, Hannah Haymond-Thornburg, John L Tucker, Piya Chaemsaithong, Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, Timothy P York, Roberto Romero, Jerome F Strauss
BACKGROUND: Twin studies have revealed a significant contribution of the fetal genome to risk of preterm birth. Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is the leading identifiable cause of preterm delivery. Infection and inflammation of the fetal membranes is commonly found associated with PPROM. METHODS: We carried out whole exome sequencing (WES) of genomic DNA from neonates born of African-American mothers whose pregnancies were complicated by PPROM (76) or were normal term pregnancies (N = 43) to identify mutations in 35 candidate genes involved in innate immunity and host defenses against microbes...
November 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Meng Guo, Guopei Luo, Renquan Lu, Weizhong Shi, He Cheng, Yu Lu, Kaizhou Jin, Chao Yang, Zhengshi Wang, Jiang Long, Jin Xu, Quanxing Ni, Chen Liu, Xianjun Yu
The Lewis ( FUT3 ) and Secretor ( FUT2 ) genes, corresponding to secretion of Lewis ABO (H) histo-blood group antigen CA19-9, are highly polymorphic with differences between populations. In this study, the FUT3 and FUT2 genes in 316 Chinese participants were sequenced to detect polymorphisms, and the associated CA19-9 antigen secretion was also measured. In total, 14 genotypes of FUT3 and 10 genotypes of FUT2 were verified. Le / Le , Le / le 59,508 and Le / le 59 were the main genotypes of FUT3 with frequencies of 53...
November 2017: FEBS Open Bio
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