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Nadia A Akawi, Salma Ben-Salem, Jozef Hertecant, Anne John, Thachillath Pramathan, Praseetha Kizhakkedath, Bassam R Ali, Lihadh Al-Gazali
BACKGROUND: The group of ELAC2-related encephalomyopathies is a recent addition to the rapidly growing heterogeneous mitochondrial disorders. RESULTS: We describe a highly inbred consanguineous Pakistani family with multiple affected children in 2 branches exhibiting moderately severe global developmental delay. Using homozygosity mapping, we mapped the phenotype in this family to a single locus on chromosome 17. In addition, whole-exome sequencing identified a homozygous splicing mutation (c...
October 21, 2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Chloe Y Y Cheung, Elaine Y L Hui, Chi-Ho Lee, Kelvin H M Kwok, Rita A Gangwani, Kenneth K W Li, Jeffrey C W Chan, Yu-Cho Woo, Wing-Sun Chow, Michele M A Yuen, Rachel L C Wong, Carol H Y Fong, Aimin Xu, David S H Wong, Pak-Chung Sham, Karen S L Lam
Purpose: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a common microvascular complication of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) had identified novel DR-susceptibility genetic variants in various populations. We examined the associations of these DR-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with severe DR in a Chinese T2DM cohort. Methods: Cross-sectional case-control studies on sight-threatening DR (STDR) and proliferative DR (PDR) were performed...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Tânia Nobre, Manuela Oliveira, Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt
By definition, the domestication process leads to an overall reduction of crop genetic diversity. This lead to the current search of genomic regions in wild crop relatives (CWR), an important task for modern carrot breeding. Nowadays massive sequencing possibilities can allow for discovery of novel genetic resources in wild populations, but this quest could be aided by the use of a surrogate gene (to first identify and prioritize novel wild populations for increased sequencing effort). Alternative oxidase (AOX) gene family seems to be linked to all kinds of abiotic and biotic stress reactions in various organisms and thus have the potential to be used in the identification of CWR hotspots of environment-adapted diversity...
2016: PloS One
Mala Ganesan, Sheikh Nizamuddin, Shiva Krishna Katkam, Konda Kumaraswami, Uday Kumar Hosad, Limmy Loret Lobo, Vijay Kumar Kutala, Kumarasamy Thangaraj
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide. It is a multi-factorial disease and several studies have demonstrated that the genetic factors play a major role in CAD. Although variations in cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) gene are reported to be associated with CAD, this gene has not been studied in South Indian populations. Hence we evaluated the CETP gene variations in CAD patients of South Indian origin. METHODS: We sequenced all the exons, exon-intron boundaries and UTRs of CETP in 323 CAD patients along with 300 ethnically and age matched controls...
2016: PloS One
Christopher P Webster, Emma F Smith, Andrew J Grierson, Kurt J De Vos
A GGGGCC hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the first intron of the C9orf72 gene is the most common genetic defect associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) (C9ALS/FTD). Haploinsufficiency and a resulting loss of C9orf72 protein function has been suggested as a possible pathogenic mechanism in C9ALS/FTD. C9ALS/FTD patients exhibit specific ubiquitin and p62/sequestosome-1 positive but TDP-43 negative inclusions in the cerebellum and hippocampus, indicating possible autophagy deficits in these patients...
October 21, 2016: Small GTPases
Takumi Takeuchi, Mami Hattori-Kato, Yumiko Okuno, Atsushi Kanatani, Masayoshi Zaitsu, Koji Mikami
Various conditions including distal renal tubular acidosis (dRTA) can induce stone formation in the kidney. dRTA is characterized by an impairment of urine acidification in the distal nephron. dRTA is caused by variations in genes functioning in intercalated cells including SLC4A1/AE1/Band3 transcribing two kinds of mRNAs encoding the Cl(-)/HCO3(-) exchanger in erythrocytes and that expressed in α-intercalated cells (kAE1). With the acid-loading test, 25% of urolithiasis patients were diagnosed with incomplete dRTA...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Rosa Calvello, Maria A Panaro, Rosaria Salvatore, Vincenzo Mitolo, Antonia Cianciulli
The "canonical" introns begin by the dinucleotide GT and end by the dinucleotide AG. GT, together with a few downstream nucleotides, and AG, with a few of the immediately preceding nucleotides, are thought to be the strongest splicing signals (5'ss and 3'ss, respectively). We examined the composition of the intronic initial and terminal hexanucleotides of the mitochondrial solute carrier genes (SLC25A's) of zebrafish, chicken, mouse, and human. These genes are orthologous and we selected the transcripts in which the arrangement of exons and introns was superimposable in the species considered...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Molecular Evolution
Beate Schwer, Fahad Khalid, Stewart Shuman
Saccharomyces cerevisiae Dbr1 is a manganese-dependent RNA debranching enzyme that cleaves the 2'-5' phosphodiester bond of the lariat introns formed during pre-mRNA splicing. Dbr1 is a member of the binuclear metallophosphoesterase enzyme superfamily. We showed previously via alanine scanning that RNA debranching in vivo and in vitro depends on conserved active site residues His13, Asp40, Asn85, His86, His179, His231, and His233. Here, by extending the alanine scan, we added Cys11 to the ensemble of essential active site components...
October 7, 2016: RNA
Félix LaRoche-Johnston, Caroline Monat, Benoit Cousineau
BACKGROUND: Group II introns are catalytically active RNA and mobile retroelements present in certain eukaryotic organelles, bacteria and archaea. These ribozymes self-splice from the pre-mRNA of interrupted genes and reinsert within target DNA sequences by retrohoming and retrotransposition. Evolutionary hypotheses place these retromobile elements at the origin of over half the human genome. Nevertheless, the evolution and dissemination of group II introns was found to be quite difficult to infer...
October 20, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Julie Rodor, David R FitzPatrick, Eduardo Eyras, Javier F Cáceres
Mutations in the RNA-binding protein, RBM10, result in a human syndromic form of cleft palate, termed TARP syndrome. A role for RBM10 in alternative splicing regulation has been previously demonstrated in human cell lines. To uncover the cellular functions of RBM10 in a cell line that is relevant to the phenotype observed in TARP syndrome, we used iCLIP to identify its endogenous RNA targets in a mouse embryonic mandibular cell line. We observed that RBM10 binds to pre-mRNAs with significant enrichment in intronic regions, in agreement with a role for this protein in pre-mRNA splicing...
October 20, 2016: RNA Biology
Xiao-Jie Xu, Fang Lv, Yi Liu, Jian-Yi Wang, Dou-Dou Ma, Asan, Jia-Wei Wang, Li-Jie Song, Yan Jiang, Ou Wang, Wei-Bo Xia, Xiao-Ping Xing, Mei Li
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a group of hereditary disorders characterized by decreased bone mass and increased fracture risk. The majority of OI cases have an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance and are usually caused by mutations in genes encoding type I collagen. OI cases of autosomal recessive inheritance are rare, and OI type XI is attributable to mutation of the FKBP10 gene. Here, we used next-generation sequencing and Sanger sequencing to detect mutations in FKBP10 and to analyze their relation to the phenotypes of OI type XI in three Chinese patients...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
Laure D Sultan, Daria Mileshina, Felix Grewe, Katarzyna Rolle, Sivan Abudraham, Paweł Głodowicz, Adnan Khan Niazi, Ido Keren, Sofia Shevtsov, Liron Klipcan, Jan Barciszewski, Jeffrey P Mower, Andre Dietrich, Oren Ostersetzer
Group II introns are large catalytic RNAs that are ancestrally related to nuclear spliceosomal introns. Sequences corresponding to group II RNAs are found in many prokaryotes and are particularly prevalent within plants organellar genomes. Proteins encoded within the introns themselves (maturases) facilitate the splicing of their own host pre-RNAs. Mitochondrial introns in plants have diverged considerably in sequence and have lost their maturases. In angiosperms, only a single maturase has been retained in the mitochondrial DNA: the matR gene found within NADH dehydrogenase 1 (nad1) intron 4...
October 19, 2016: Plant Cell
Gesine Lühken, Stefan Krebs, Sophie Rothammer, Julia Küpper, Boro Mioč, Ingolf Russ, Ivica Medugorac
BACKGROUND: The mode of inheritance of horn status in sheep is far more complex than a superficial analysis might suggest. Observations, which were mostly based on crossbreeding experiments, indicated that the allele that results in horns is dominant in males and recessive in females, and some authors even speculated about the involvement of more than two alleles. However, all recent genome-wide association analyses point towards a very strong effect of a single autosomal locus on ovine chromosome 10, which was narrowed down to a putatively causal insertion polymorphism in the 3'-untranslated region of the relaxin/insulin-like family peptide receptor 2 gene (RXFP2)...
October 19, 2016: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
Jason T Huff, Daniel Zilberman, Scott W Roy
The discovery of introns four decades ago was one of the most unexpected findings in molecular biology. Introns are sequences interrupting genes that must be removed as part of messenger RNA production. Genome sequencing projects have shown that most eukaryotic genes contain at least one intron, and frequently many. Comparison of these genomes reveals a history of long evolutionary periods during which few introns were gained, punctuated by episodes of rapid, extensive gain. However, although several detailed mechanisms for such episodic intron generation have been proposed, none has been empirically supported on a genomic scale...
October 19, 2016: Nature
Hanseol Kim, Jihye Ryu, Chaeyoung Lee
A genome-wide association study was conducted to identify expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) for human telomerase.We tested the genetic associations of nucleotide variants with expression of the genes encoding human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) and telomerase RNA components (TERC) in lymphoblastoid cell lines derived from 373 Europeans.Our results revealed 6 eQTLs associated with hTERT (P < 5 × 10). One eQTL (rs17755753) was located in the intron 1 of the gene encoding R-spondin-3 (RSPO3), a well-known Wnt signaling regulator...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ciyu Yang, Angela G Arnold, Magan Trottier, Yukio Sonoda, Nadeem R Abu-Rustum, Oliver Zivanovic, Mark E Robson, Zsofia K Stadler, Michael F Walsh, David M Hyman, Kenneth Offit, Liying Zhang
PURPOSE: Mutations in PALB2 have been associated with a predisposition to breast and pancreatic cancers. This study aims to characterize a novel PALB2 exon 13 duplication in a hereditary breast and ovarian cancer family. METHODS: The PALB2 exon 13 duplication in this family was evaluated using Memorial Sloan Kettering-Integrated Mutation Profiling of Actionable Cancer Targets (MSK-IMPACT™) and confirmed by multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA)...
October 18, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Emilie Duvallet, Mathilde Boulpicante, Takahiro Yamazaki, Chrysoula Daskalogianni, Rodrigo Prado Martins, Sonia Baconnais, Bénédicte Manoury, Robin Fahraeus, Sébastien Apcher
Cellular immune reactions against non-self-epitopes require activation of cytotoxic CD8(+) T-cells via cross-presentation of MHC class I-restricted peptides by professional antigen presenting cells (pAPCs), with the consequent detection and elimination of cells expressing the same antigens via the endogenous (direct) pathway. The source of peptides for the endogenous pathway is constituted of alternative mRNA translation products; however, it is still unclear which source of peptides is used for cross-presentation...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Tadashi Yoshida, Patrice Delafontaine
Patients with advanced congestive heart failure (CHF) or chronic kidney disease (CKD) often have increased angiotensin II (Ang II) levels and cachexia. We previously demonstrated that Ang II, via its type 1 receptor (AT1R), causes muscle protein breakdown and apoptosis, and inhibits satellite cell (SC) proliferation and muscle regeneration, likely contributing to cachexia in CHF and CKD. In contrast, AT2R expression is robustly induced during SC differentiation and it potentiates muscle regeneration. To understand mechanisms regulating AT2R expression and its potential role in muscle regeneration in chronic diseases we used a mouse model of CHF and found that muscle regeneration was markedly reduced and that this was accompanied by blunted increase of AT2R expression...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Nicklaus Fankhauser, Sylvain Aubry
C4 photosynthesis allows highly efficient carbon fixation that originates from tightly regulated anatomical and biochemical modifications of leaf architecture. Recent studies showed that leaf transcriptome modifications during leaf ontogeny of closely related C3 (Tarenaya hassleriana) and C4 (Gynandropsis gynandra) species within the Cleomaceae family existed but they did not identify any dedicated transcriptional networks or factors specifically driving C4 leaf ontogeny. RNAseq analysis provides a steady-state quantification of whole-cell mRNAs but does not allow any discrimination between transcriptional and post-transcriptional processes that may occur simultaneously during leaf ontogeny...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
Chunxiao Xu, Dan Zhou, Feixia Pan, Yi Liu, Dandan Zhang, Aifen Lin, Xiaoping Miao, Yaqin Ni, Duo Lv, Shuai Zhang, Xiaobo Li, Yimin Zhu, Maode Lai
BACKGROUND: Genes in inflammatory pathways play a pivotal role in the development of colorectal cancer. We conducted a two-stage case-control study and aimed at screening the colorectal cancer-associated genetic variations in inflammatory genes. METHODS: Twenty-three candidate variants were genotyped in 952 primary colorectal cancer cases and 875 cancer-free controls from eastern China. Promising single nucleotide polymorphisms were further genotyped in 518 cases and 554 controls from middle China...
October 18, 2016: BMC Cancer
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