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Fanconi Anemia

Nicholas E Mamrak, Akiko Shimamura, Niall G Howlett
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a rare autosomal and X-linked genetic disease characterized by congenital abnormalities, progressive bone marrow failure (BMF), and increased cancer risk during early adulthood. The median lifespan for FA patients is approximately 33years. The proteins encoded by the FA genes function together in the FA-BRCA pathway to repair DNA damage and to maintain genome stability. Within the past two years, five new FA genes have been identified-RAD51/FANCR, BRCA1/FANCS, UBE2T/FANCT, XRCC2/FANCU, and REV7/FANCV-bringing the total number of disease-causing genes to 21...
October 13, 2016: Blood Reviews
Kris G Alavattam, Yasuko Kato, Ho-Su Sin, So Maezawa, Ian J Kowalski, Fan Zhang, Qishen Pang, Paul R Andreassen, Satoshi H Namekawa
Precise epigenetic regulation of the sex chromosomes is vital for the male germline. Here, we analyze meiosis in eight mouse models deficient for various DNA damage response (DDR) factors, including Fanconi anemia (FA) proteins. We reveal a network of FA and DDR proteins in which FA core factors FANCA, FANCB, and FANCC are essential for FANCD2 foci formation, whereas BRCA1 (FANCS), MDC1, and RNF8 are required for BRCA2 (FANCD1) and SLX4 (FANCP) accumulation on the sex chromosomes during meiosis. In addition, FA proteins modulate distinct histone marks on the sex chromosomes: FA core proteins and FANCD2 regulate H3K9 methylation, while FANCD2 and RNF8 function together to regulate H3K4 methylation independently of FA core proteins...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Qing-Shuo Zhang, Weiliang Tang, Matthew Deater, Ngoc Phan, Andrea N Marcogliese, Hui Li, Muhsen Al-Dhalimy, Angela Major, Susan Olson, Raymond J Monnat, Markus Grompe
Fanconi anemia is an inherited bone marrow failure disorder associated with a high incidence of leukemia and solid tumors. Bone marrow transplantation is currently the only curative therapy for the hematopoietic complications of this disorder. However, long-term morbidity and mortality remain very high and new therapeutics are badly needed. Here we show that the widely used diabetes drug metformin improves hematopoiesis and delays tumor formation in Fancd2(-/-) mice. Metformin is the first compound reported to improve both of these Fanconi anemia phenotypes...
October 18, 2016: Blood
Olga Villamar Cruz, Tatiana Y Prudnikova, Daniela Araiza-Olivera, Carlos Perez-Plasencia, Neil Johnson, Andrea J Bernhardy, Michael Slifker, Catherine Renner, Jonathan Chernoff, Luis E Arias-Romero
Cells that are deficient in homologous recombination, such as those that have mutations in any of the Fanconi Anemia (FA)/BRCA genes, are hypersensitive to inhibition of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP). However, FA/BRCA-deficient tumors represent a small fraction of breast cancers, which might restrict the therapeutic utility of PARP inhibitor monotherapy. The gene encoding the serine-threonine protein kinase p21-activated kinase 1 (PAK1) is amplified and/or overexpressed in several human cancer types including 25-30% of breast tumors...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
J Panneerselvam, Y Shen, R Che, P Fei
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September 2016: Chemotherapy
Julian Pulecio, Oriol Alejo-Valle, Sandra Capellera-Garcia, Marianna Vitaloni, Paula Rio, Eva Mejía-Ramírez, Ilaria Caserta, Juan A Bueren, Johan Flygare, Angel Raya
Current sources of platelets for transfusion are insufficient and associated with risk of alloimmunization and blood-borne infection. These limitations could be addressed by the generation of autologous megakaryocytes (MKs) derived in vitro from somatic cells with the ability to engraft and differentiate in vivo. Here, we show that overexpression of a defined set of six transcription factors efficiently converts mouse and human fibroblasts into MK-like progenitors. The transdifferentiated cells are CD41(+), display polylobulated nuclei, have ploidies higher than 4N, form MK colonies, and give rise to platelets in vitro...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
Young Me Yoon, Kelsie J Storm, Ashley N Kamimae-Lanning, Natalya A Goloviznina, Peter Kurre
Our mechanistic understanding of Fanconi anemia (FA) pathway function in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) owes much to their role in experimentally induced DNA crosslink lesion repair. In bone marrow HSPCs, unresolved stress confers p53-dependent apoptosis and progressive cell attrition. The role of FA proteins during hematopoietic development, in the face of physiological replicative demand, remains elusive. Here, we reveal a fetal HSPC pool in Fancd2(-/-) mice with compromised clonogenicity and repopulation...
October 6, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
Rebecca Tryon, Heather Zierhut, Margaret L MacMillan, John E Wagner
Fanconi anemia is a heterogeneous genetic disorder that is characterized by progressive bone marrow failure, congenital anomalies, and markedly increased risk for malignancies. Mutations in the FANCF (FA-F) gene represent approximately 2% of affected patients. Currently, information on the phenotypic findings of patients with Fanconi anemia from biallelic mutations in FANCF is limited. Here, we report three patients who illustrate the clinical variability within the FA-F group. This analysis suggests a more severe phenotype for those with the common c...
October 7, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Nisha A Lakhi, Gerald J Mizejewski
Elevations of serum alpha-fetoprotein (sAFP) have been reported in fetal and infant states of anemia. Fanconi anemia (FA) belongs to a family of genetic instability disorders which lack the capability to repair DNA breaks. The lesion occurs at a checkpoint regulatory step of the G2 to mitotic transition, allowing FA cells to override cell-cycle arrest. FA DNA repair pathways contain complementation groups known as FANC proteins. FANC proteins form multi-protein complexes with BRCA proteins and are involved in homologous DNA repair...
October 3, 2016: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
Chiaki Noguchi, Grant Grothusen, Vinesh Anandarajan, Marta Martínez-Lage García, Daniel Terlecky, Krysten Corzo, Katsunori Tanaka, Hiroshi Nakagawa, Eishi Noguchi
Acetaldehyde, a primary metabolite of alcohol, forms DNA adducts and disrupts the DNA replication process, causing genomic instability, a hallmark of cancer. Indeed, chronic alcohol consumption accounts for approximately 3.6% of all cancers worldwide. However, how the adducts are prevented and repaired after acetaldehyde exposure is not well understood. In this report, we used the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe as a model organism to comprehensively understand the genetic controls of DNA damage avoidance in response to acetaldehyde...
September 29, 2016: Cell Cycle
Mohd Quadir Siddiqui, Rajan Kumar Choudhary, Pankaj Thapa, Neha Kulkarni, Yogendra S Rajpurohit, Hari S Misra, Nikhil Gadewal, Satish Kumar, Syed K Hasan, Ashok K Varma
Fanconi anemia complementation groups - I (FANCI) protein facilitates DNA ICL (Inter-Cross-link) repair and plays a crucial role in genomic integrity. FANCI is a 1328 amino acids protein which contains armadillo (ARM) repeats and EDGE motif at the C-terminus. ARM repeats are functionally diverse and evolutionarily conserved domain that plays a pivotal role in protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions. Considering the importance of ARM repeats, we have explored comprehensive in-silico and in-vitro approach to examine folding pattern...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Lauren D Van Wassenhove, Daria Mochly-Rosen, Kenneth I Weinberg
Maintenance of the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) compartment depends on the ability to metabolize exogenously and endogenously generated toxins, and to repair cellular damage caused by such toxins. Reactive aldehydes have been demonstrated to cause specific genotoxic injury, namely DNA interstrand cross-links. Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) is a member of a 19 isoenzyme ALDH family with different substrate specificities, subcellular localization, and patterns of expression. ALDH2 is localized in mitochondria and is essential for the metabolism of acetaldehyde, thereby placing it directly downstream of ethanol metabolism...
September 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Jana Rendeková, Thomas A Ward, Lucia Šimoničová, Peter H Thomas, Jozef Nosek, Ľubomír Tomáška, Peter J McHugh, Miroslav Chovanec
Mgm101 has well-characterized activity for the repair and replication of the mitochondrial genome. Recent work has demonstrated a further role for Mgm101 in nuclear DNA metabolism, contributing to an S-phase specific DNA interstrand cross-link repair pathway that acts redundantly with a pathway controlled by Pso2 exonuclease. Due to involvement of FANCM, FANCJ and FANCP homologues (Mph1, Chl1 and Slx4), this pathway has been described as a Fanconi anemia-like pathway. In this pathway, Mgm101 physically interacts with the DNA helicase Mph1 and the MutSα (Msh2/Msh6) heterodimer, but its precise role is yet to be elucidated...
September 16, 2016: Cell Cycle
Alenka Pavlič, Urban Matoh, Vladan Rajić, Milan Petelin
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Periodontal disease is one of common oral manifestations in patients with Fanconi anemia (FA). The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) on periodontal clinical and microbial parameters in a patient with FA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: For a 16-year-old girl, diagnosed with having FA and periodontal disease, the protocol treatment with duration of 10 months was designed. Every 2 months, thorough oral cavity disinfection was followed by PDT, using photosensitizer phenothiazine chloride activated by a diode laser light...
September 14, 2016: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
Jelena Filipović, Gordana Joksić, Dragana Vujić, Ivana Joksić, Kristin Mrasek, Anja Weise, Thomas Liehr
BACKGROUND: Fanconi anemia (FA) is a chromosomal instability syndrome characterized by increased frequency of chromosomal breakages, chromosomal radial figures and accelerated telomere shortening. In this work we performed detailed molecular-cytogenetic characterization of breakpoints in primary lymphocytes of FA-D2 patients in different stages of the disease using fluorescent in situ hybridization. RESULTS: We found that chromosomal breakpoints co-localize on the molecular level with common fragile sites, whereas their distribution pattern depends on the severity of the disease...
2016: Molecular Cytogenetics
Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Mohd Waheed Roomi, Tatiana Kalinovsky, Matthias Rath
Polyphenols, found abundantly in plants, display many anticarcinogenic properties including their inhibitory effects on cancer cell proliferation, tumor growth, angiogenesis, metastasis, and inflammation as well as inducing apoptosis. In addition, they can modulate immune system response and protect normal cells against free radicals damage. Most investigations on anticancer mechanisms of polyphenols were conducted with individual compounds. However, several studies, including ours, have indicated that anti-cancer efficacy and scope of action can be further enhanced by combining them synergistically with chemically similar or different compounds...
2016: Nutrients
David Mahato, Dipayan Samanta, Sudit S Mukhopadhyay, R Navanietha Krishnaraj
Fanconi anemia (FA) is an autosomal recessive disorder with a high risk of malignancies including acute myeloid leukemia and squamous cell carcinoma. There is a constant search out of new potential therapeutic molecule to combat this disorder. In most cases, patients with FA develop haematological malignancies with acute myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Identifying drugs which can efficiently block the pathways of both these disorders can be an ideal and novel strategy to treat FA. The curcumin, a natural compound obtained from turmeric is an interesting therapeutic molecule as it has been reported in the literature to combat both FA as well as leukemia...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
Kaushlendra Tripathi, Chinnadurai Mani, Ranganatha R Somasagara, David W Clark, Venkateshwari Ananthapur, Kambappa Vinaya, Komaraiah Palle
The normal female reproductive hormone estrogen has been linked with increased risk of breast and many other forms of cancer. This is largely due to metabolic conversion of estrogens into highly reactive catechol estrogen quinones which can interact with DNA and cause a variety of DNA adducts and lesions. Detection and analysis of these adducts and their associated cellular responses involve complex chemical, enzymatic and LC-MS based methods, which are both laborious and require specialized expertise and instrumentation...
September 6, 2016: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Nimrat Chatterjee, Yunfu Lin, John H Wilson
Almost 20 incurable neurodegenerative disorders are caused by trinucleotide repeat (TNR) expansion beyond a certain threshold, with disease time of onset and severity positively correlating with repeat length. Typically, long TNRs display a bias toward further expansion and repeats continue to expand not only during germline transmissions from parents to offspring, but also remain highly unstable in somatic tissues of patients. Hence, understanding TNR instability mechanisms sheds light on underlying disease pathology...
May 2016: Postdoc Journal: a Journal of Postdoctoral Research and Postdoctoral Affairs
J Sidney Ang, Supipi Duffy, Romulo Segovia, Peter C Stirling, Philip Hieter
Mutations that cause genome instability are considered important predisposing events that contribute to initiation and progression of cancer. Genome instability arises either due to defects in genes that cause an increased mutation rate (mutator phenotype) or defects in genes that cause chromosome instability (CIN). To extend the catalogue of genome instability genes, we systematically explored the effects of gene over-expression on mutation rate, using a forward-mutation screen in budding yeast. We screened ~5100 plasmids, each over-expressing a unique single gene and characterized the five strongest mutators, MPH1, RRM3, UBP12, PIF1 and DNA2 We show that for MPH1, the yeast homolog of Fanconi Anemia complementation group M (FANCM), the over-expression mutator phenotype is distinct from that of mph1Δ...
August 31, 2016: Genetics
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