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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441456/genome-wide-association-study-of-facial-morphology-reveals-novel-associations-with-frem1-and-park2
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Myoung Keun Lee, John R Shaffer, Elizabeth J Leslie, Ekaterina Orlova, Jenna C Carlson, Eleanor Feingold, Mary L Marazita, Seth M Weinberg
Several studies have now shown evidence of association between common genetic variants and quantitative facial traits in humans. The reported associations generally involve simple univariate measures and likely represent only a small fraction of the genetic loci influencing facial morphology. In this study, we applied factor analysis to a set of 276 facial linear distances derived from 3D facial surface images of 2187 unrelated individuals of European ancestry. We retained 23 facial factors, which we then tested for genetic associations using a genome-wide panel of 10,677,593 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441426/identification-of-genes-associated-with-dissociation-of-cognitive-performance-and-neuropathological-burden-multistep-analysis-of-genetic-epigenetic-and-transcriptional-data
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Charles C White, Hyun-Sik Yang, Lei Yu, Lori B Chibnik, Robert J Dawe, Jingyun Yang, Hans-Ulrich Klein, Daniel Felsky, Alfredo Ramos-Miguel, Konstantinos Arfanakis, William G Honer, Reisa A Sperling, Julie A Schneider, David A Bennett, Philip L De Jager
INTRODUCTION: The molecular underpinnings of the dissociation of cognitive performance and neuropathological burden are poorly understood, and there are currently no known genetic or epigenetic determinants of the dissociation. METHODS AND FINDINGS: "Residual cognition" was quantified by regressing out the effects of cerebral pathologies and demographic characteristics on global cognitive performance proximate to death. To identify genes influencing residual cognition, we leveraged neuropathological, genetic, epigenetic, and transcriptional data available for deceased participants of the Religious Orders Study (n = 492) and the Rush Memory and Aging Project (n = 487)...
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441411/comparative-transcriptome-and-proteome-analysis-reveals-a-global-impact-of-the-nitrogen-regulators-area-and-areb-on-secondary-metabolism-in-fusarium-fujikuroi
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Andreas Pfannmüller, Johannes Leufken, Lena Studt, Caroline B Michielse, Christian M K Sieber, Ulrich Güldener, Susan Hawat, Michael Hippler, Christian Fufezan, Bettina Tudzynski
The biosynthesis of multiple secondary metabolites in the phytopathogenic ascomycete Fusarium fujikuroi is strongly affected by nitrogen availability. Here, we present the first genome-wide transcriptome and proteome analysis that compared the wild type and deletion mutants of the two major nitrogen regulators AreA and AreB. We show that AreB acts not simply as an antagonist of AreA counteracting the expression of AreA target genes as suggested based on the yeast model. Both GATA transcription factors affect a large and diverse set of common as well as specific target genes and proteins, acting as activators and repressors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441401/ancient-genes-establish-stress-induced-mutation-as-a-hallmark-of-cancer
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Luis Cisneros, Kimberly J Bussey, Adam J Orr, Milica Miočević, Charles H Lineweaver, Paul Davies
Cancer is sometimes depicted as a reversion to single cell behavior in cells adapted to live in a multicellular assembly. If this is the case, one would expect that mutation in cancer disrupts functional mechanisms that suppress cell-level traits detrimental to multicellularity. Such mechanisms should have evolved with or after the emergence of multicellularity. This leads to two related, but distinct hypotheses: 1) Somatic mutations in cancer will occur in genes that are younger than the emergence of multicellularity (1000 million years [MY]); and 2) genes that are frequently mutated in cancer and whose mutations are functionally important for the emergence of the cancer phenotype evolved within the past 1000 million years, and thus would exhibit an age distribution that is skewed to younger genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441400/a-genomics-approach-identifies-selective-effects-of-trans-resveratrol-in-cerebral-cortex-neuron-and-glia-gene-expression
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Gemma Navarro, Eva Martínez-Pinilla, Alejandro Sánchez-Melgar, Raquel Ortiz, Véronique Noé, Mairena Martín, Carlos Ciudad, Rafael Franco
The mode of action of trans-resveratrol, a promising lead compound for the development of neuroprotective drugs, is unknown. Data from a functional genomics study were retrieved with the aim to find differentially expressed genes that may be involved in the benefits provided by trans-resveratrol. Genes that showed a significantly different expression (p<0.05, cut-off of a two-fold change) in mice fed with a control diet or a control diet containing trans-resveratrol were different in cortex, heart and skeletal muscle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441108/novel-clades-of-the-hu-ihf-superfamily-point-to-unexpected-roles-in-the-eukaryotic-centrosome-chromosome-partitioning-and-biological-conflicts
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A Maxwell Burroughs, Gurmeet Kaur, Dapeng Zhang, L Aravind
The HU superfamily of proteins, with a unique DNA-binding mode, has been extensively studied as the primary chromosome-packaging protein of the bacterial superkingdom. Representatives also play a role in DNA-structuring during recombination events and in eukaryotic organellar genome maintenance. However, beyond these well-studied roles, little is understood of the functional diversification of this large superfamily. Using sensitive sequence and structure analysis methods we identify multiple novel clades of the HU superfamily...
April 25, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441070/the-thr300ala-variant-of-atg16l1-is-associated-with-decreased-risk-of-brain-metastasis-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#7
Qian-Xia Li, Xiao Zhou, Ting-Ting Huang, Yang Tang, Bo Liu, Ping Peng, Li Sun, Yi-Hua Wang, Xiang-Lin Yuan
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) often metastasizes to the brain, but identifying which patients will develop brain metastases (BM) is difficult. Macroautophagy/autophagy is critical for cancer initiation and progression. We hypothesized that genetic variants of autophagy-related genes may affect brain metastases (BM) in NSCLC patients. We genotyped 16 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 7 autophagy-related (ATG) genes (ATG3, ATG5, ATG7, ATG10, ATG12, ATG16L1, and MAP1LC3/LC3) by using DNA from blood samples of 323 NSCLC patients...
April 25, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441061/precisely-where-are-we-going-charting-the-new-terrain-of-precision-prevention
#8
Karen M Meagher, Michelle L McGowan, Richard A Settersten, Jennifer R Fishman, Eric T Juengst
In addition to genetic data, precision medicine research gathers information about three factors that modulate gene expression: lifestyles, environments, and communities. The relevant research tools-epidemiology, environmental assessment, and socioeconomic analysis-are those of public health sciences rather than molecular biology. Because these methods are designed to support inferences and interventions addressing population health, the aspirations of this research are expanding from individualized treatment toward precision prevention in public health...
April 24, 2017: Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441042/aberrantly-expressed-long-noncoding-rnas-in-recurrent-implantation-failure-a-microarray-related-study
#9
Li-Juan Fan, Hong-Jing Han, Jing Guan, Xiao-Wei Zhang, Qing-Hua Cui, Huan Shen, Cheng Shi
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a class of noncoding RNAs longer than 200 nucleotides. They were long regarded as transcription noise for their low expression and non-protein coding features. Recent published reports indicate that lncRNAs are involved in virtually every aspect of human biology. We aimed to profile the endometrial lncRNA expression pattern in women with recurrent implantation failure (RIF) and predict the function of the genes of the dysregulated lncRNA transcripts. Endometrial samples (24) were collected during window of implantation (14 RIF women and 10 women who conceived after embryo transfer)...
April 25, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441029/variable-susceptibility-to-cigarette-smoke-induced-emphysema-in-34-inbred-strains-of-mice-implicates-abi3bp-in-emphysema-susceptibility
#10
Josiah E Radder, Alyssa D Gregory, Adriana S Leme, Michael H Cho, Yanxia Chu, Neil J Kelly, Per Bakke, Amund Gulsvik, Augusto A Litonjua, David Sparrow, Terri H Beaty, James D Crapo, Edwin K Silverman, Yingze Zhang, Annerose Berndt, Steven D Shapiro
RATIONALE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is caused by a complex interaction of environmental exposures, most commonly cigarette smoke, and genetic factors. Chronic cigarette smoke exposure in the mouse is a commonly used animal model of COPD. We aimed to expand our knowledge of the variable susceptibility of inbred strains to this model and test for genetic variants associated with this trait. OBJECTIVE: To measure differential susceptibility to cigarette smoke-induced emphysema in the mouse, identify genetic loci associated with this quantitative trait, and find homologous human genes associated with COPD...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440896/genome-wide-meta-analysis-identifies-a-novel-susceptibility-signal-at-cacna2d3-for-nicotine-dependence
#11
Xianyong Yin, Chris Bizon, Jeffrey Tilson, Yuan Lin, Ian R Gizer, Cindy L Ehlers, Kirk C Wilhelmsen
Nicotine dependence (ND) has a reported heritability of 40-70%. Low-coverage whole-genome sequencing was conducted in 1,889 samples from the UCSF Family study. Linear mixed models were used to conduct genome-wide association (GWA) tests of ND in this and five cohorts obtained from the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes. Fixed-effect meta-analysis was carried out separately for European (n = 14,713) and African (n = 3,369) participants, and then in a combined analysis of both ancestral groups. The meta-analysis of African participants identified a significant and novel susceptibility signal (rs56247223; p = 4...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440612/association-between-xrcc1-and-wrn-as-genetic-markers-of-stability-and-susceptibility-to-cancer-in-patients-with-hiv-aids-and-cancer-a-cross-sectional-study
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Gabriel de Carvalho Maldonado, Orlando Nascimento Terra Júnior, Adriano Arnóbio, Guilherme Rohem Alfradique, Maria Helena Ornellas, Roberto Irineu da Silva, Dirce Bonfim de Lima
Background: HIV-induced immunodeficiency has been implicated as a key factor for risk of cancer. Neoplasia is considered to result from accumulation of damage to the genome. Polymorphisms in repair genes, such as the XRCC1 and WRN, have been associated with susceptibility to development of cancer in patients with HIV/AIDS. The aim of this study was to analyze the frequency of polymorphisms in XRCC1 (Arg399Gln) and WRN (Cys1367Arg) in patients with HIV/AIDS with or without cancer. Materials and Methods: Genotyping for analysis of polymorphisms was carried out by PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) and RFLP (Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism)...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440405/copy-number-variation-analysis-in-familial-nonsyndromic-congenital-anomalies-of-the-kidney-and-urinary-tract-evidence-for-the-causative-role-of-a-transposable-element-associated-genomic-rearrangement
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Ekaterini Siomou, Artemis G Mitsioni, Vasileios Giapros, Ioanna Bouba, Dimitrios Noutsopoulos, Ioannis Georgiou
Most congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) are sporadic, but familial occurrence has been described, suggesting a genetic contribution. Copy‑number variations (CNVs) were detected in patients with CAKUT to identify possible novel genomic regions associated with CAKUT. CNVs were investigated in 7 children with CAKUT from three unrelated families using array comparative genomic hybridization: female monozygotic twins with bilateral duplex collecting system/vesicoureteral reflux (VUR)/unilateral renal hypodyspasia (URHD); two male siblings with VUR/URHD; 3 male second cousins, one with bilateral VUR/URHD, one with bilateral VUR and one with ureterovesical junction obstruction (UVJO)...
April 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440344/toxicogenomic-module-associations-with-pathogenesis-a-network-based-approach-to-understanding-drug-toxicity
#14
J J Sutherland, Y W Webster, J A Willy, G H Searfoss, K M Goldstein, A R Irizarry, D G Hall, J L Stevens
Despite investment in toxicogenomics, nonclinical safety studies are still used to predict clinical liabilities for new drug candidates. Network-based approaches for genomic analysis help overcome challenges with whole-genome transcriptional profiling using limited numbers of treatments for phenotypes of interest. Herein, we apply co-expression network analysis to safety assessment using rat liver gene expression data to define 415 modules, exhibiting unique transcriptional control, organized in a visual representation of the transcriptome (the 'TXG-MAP')...
April 25, 2017: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440326/complex-multifractal-nature-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-genome
#15
Saurav Mandal, Tanmoy Roychowdhury, Keilash Chirom, Alok Bhattacharya, R K Brojen Singh
The mutifractal and long range correlation (C(r)) properties of strings, such as nucleotide sequence can be a useful parameter for identification of underlying patterns and variations. In this study C(r) and multifractal singularity function f(α) have been used to study variations in the genomes of a pathogenic bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Genomic sequences of M. tuberculosis isolates displayed significant variations in C(r) and f(α) reflecting inherent differences in sequences among isolates. M. tuberculosis isolates can be categorised into different subgroups based on sensitivity to drugs, these are DS (drug sensitive isolates), MDR (multi-drug resistant isolates) and XDR (extremely drug resistant isolates)...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440270/refined-genetic-maps-reveal-sexual-dimorphism-in-human-meiotic-recombination-at-multiple-scales
#16
Claude Bhérer, Christopher L Campbell, Adam Auton
In humans, males have lower recombination rates than females over the majority of the genome, but the opposite is usually true near the telomeres. These broad-scale differences have been known for decades, yet little is known about differences at the fine scale. By combining data sets, we have collected recombination events from over 100,000 meioses and have constructed sex-specific genetic maps at a previously unachievable resolution. Here we show that, although a substantial fraction of the genome shows some degree of sexually dimorphic recombination, the vast majority of hotspots are shared between the sexes, with only a small number of putative sex-specific hotspots...
April 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440264/use-of-testicular-sperm-for-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-in-men-with-high-sperm-dna-fragmentation-a-swot-analysis
#17
Sandro C Esteves, Matheus Roque, Nicolás Garrido
Spermatozoa retrieved from the testis of men with high levels of sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) in the neat semen tend to have better DNA quality. Given the negative impact of SDF on the outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), an increased interest has emerged about the use of testicular sperm for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (Testi-ICSI). In this article, we used a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis to summarize the advantages and drawbacks of this intervention...
April 18, 2017: Asian Journal of Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440066/elevated-glypican-1-expression-is-associated-with-an-unfavorable-prognosis-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#18
Haizhen Lu, Fangfei Niu, Fang Liu, Jiajia Gao, Yulin Sun, Xiaohang Zhao
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the most lethal cancer in humans, with a 5-year survival rate of <5%. Recently, glypican-1 (GPC1)-expressing circulating exosomes were found to be a promising diagnostic tool for PDAC. However, the aberrant expression of GPC1 has not been systematically evaluated in large-scale clinical samples of PDAC. Here, we performed a comprehensive analysis of GPC1 mRNA and protein expression features. Included in this study were 178 PDAC patients from the cancer genome atlas (TCGA) and 186 subjects whose tissues were used in immunohistochemical staining assays...
April 24, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439862/automated-high-throughput-root-phenotyping-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-under-nutrient-deficiency-conditions
#19
Santosh B Satbhai, Christian Göschl, Wolfgang Busch
The central question of genetics is how a genotype determines the phenotype of an organism. Genetic mapping approaches are a key for finding answers to this question. In particular, genome-wide association (GWA) studies have been rapidly adopted to study the architecture of complex quantitative traits. This was only possible due to the improvement of high-throughput and low-cost phenotyping methodologies. In this chapter we provide a detailed protocol for obtaining root trait data from the model species Arabidopsis thaliana using the semiautomated, high-throughput phenotyping pipeline BRAT (Busch-lab Root Analysis Toolchain) for early root growth under the stress condition of iron deficiency...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439859/genome-wide-profiling-of-histone-modifications-and-histone-variants-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-and-marchantia-polymorpha
#20
Ramesh Yelagandula, Akihisa Osakabe, Elin Axelsson, Frederic Berger, Tomokazu Kawashima
Histone modifications and histone variants barcode the genome and play major roles in epigenetic regulations. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) coupled with next-generation sequencing (NGS) is a well-established method to investigate the landscape of epigenetic marks at a genomic level. Here, we describe procedures for conducting ChIP, subsequent NGS library construction, and data analysis on histone modifications and histone variants in Arabidopsis thaliana. We also describe an optimized nuclear isolation procedure to prepare chromatin for ChIP in the liverwort, Marchantia polymorpha, which is the emerging model plant ideal for evolutionary studies...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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