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Fanconi Anemia

Xueheng Zhao, Marion G Brusadelli, Sharon L Sauter, Melinda Butsch Kovacic, Wujuan Zhang, Lindsey E Romick-Rosendale, Paul F Lambert, Kenneth D Setchell, Susanne I Wells
PURPOSE: Mutations in Fanconi anemia (FA) genes are common in sporadic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (HNSCC) and we have previously demonstrated that FA pathway depletion in HNSCC cell lines stimulates invasion. The goal of our studies was to use a systems approach in order to define FA pathway-dependent lipid metabolism, and to extract lipid-based signatures and effectors of invasion in FA-deficient cells. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We subjected FA-isogenic HNSCC keratinocyte cell lines to untargeted and targeted lipidomics analyses to discover novel biomarkers and candidate therapeutic targets in FA-deficient cells...
March 12, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Hyeonseok Jin, Upasana Roy, Gwangrog Lee, Orlando D Schärer, Yunje Cho
DNA interstrand cross-links (ICLs) block the progress of the replication and transcription machineries and can weaken chromosomal stability, resulting in various diseases. FANCD2/FANCI-associated nuclease (FAN1) is a conserved structure-specific nuclease that unhooks DNA ICLs independently of the Fanconi anemia pathway. Recent structural studies have proposed two different mechanistic features for ICL unhooking by human FAN1: a specific basic pocket that recognizes the terminal phosphate of a 1-nt 5' flap or FAN1 dimerization...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Elliott Ferris, Lisa M Abegglen, Joshua D Schiffman, Christopher Gregg
The identity of most functional elements in the mammalian genome and the phenotypes they impact are unclear. Here, we perform a genome-wide comparative analysis of patterns of accelerated evolution in species with highly distinctive traits to discover candidate functional elements for clinically important phenotypes. We identify accelerated regions (ARs) in the elephant, hibernating bat, orca, dolphin, naked mole rat, and thirteen-lined ground squirrel lineages in mammalian conserved regions, uncovering ∼33,000 elements that bind hundreds of different regulatory proteins in humans and mice...
March 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Clara B García-Calderón, José Antonio Bejarano-García, Isabel Tinoco-Gago, María José Castro, Paula Moreno-Gordillo, José I Piruat, Teresa Caballero-Velázquez, José A Pérez-Simón, Iván V Rosado
Metabolically reactive formaldehyde is a genotoxin and a carcinogen. Mice lacking the main formaldehyde-detoxifying gene Adh5 combined with the loss of the Fanconi anemia (FA) DNA repair pathway rapidly succumbed to bone marrow failure (BMF) primarily due to the extensive ablation of the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) pool. However, the mechanism by which formaldehyde mediates these toxic effects is still unknown. We uncover a detrimental role of tetrahydrofolic acid (THF) in cells lacking Adh5 or the FA repair pathway...
March 6, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Marcel F Glaas, Constanze Wiek, Linda-Maria Wolter, Katharina Roellecke, Vera Balz, Vera Okpanyi, Martin Wagenmann, Thomas Karl Hoffmann, Rene Grässlin, Christian Plettenberg, Jörg Schipper, Helmut Hanenberg, Kathrin Scheckenbach
BACKGROUND/AIM: Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs) form a heterogeneous tumor entity located throughout the oral cavity, pharynx and larynx that is caused predominantly by chemically or virally induced carcinogenesis. Heterozygous germline mutations in cancer susceptibility genes might also lead to increased incidence of HNSCCs. As DNA stability is typically impaired in HNSCC cells and genes of the Fanconi anemia/BRCA DNA repair pathway can be mutated or down-regulated in HNSCCs, we investigated here whether germline mutations occur in the X-chromosomal FANCB as candidate gene...
March 2018: Anticancer Research
Timothy J Abram, Curtis R Pickering, Alexander K Lang, Nancy E Bass, Rameez Raja, Cynthia Meena, Amin M Alousi, Jeffrey N Myers, John T McDevitt, Ann M Gillenwater, Nadarajah Vigneswaran
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a hereditary genomic instability disorder with a predisposition to leukemia and oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs). Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) facilitates cure of bone marrow failure and leukemia and thus extends life expectancy in FA patients; however, survival of hematologic malignancies increases the risk of OSCC in these patients. We developed a "cytology-on-a-chip" (COC)-based brush biopsy assay for monitoring patients with oral potentially malignant disorders (OPMDs)...
February 23, 2018: Translational Oncology
Sharon B Cantor, Jennifer A Calvo
The BRCA-Fanconi anemia (FA) pathway preserves the genome and suppresses cancer and is a main determinant of chemotherapeutic efficacy. The hereditary breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 function in DNA double-strand break repair mediating distinct steps of homologous recombination (HR). More recently, independent of DNA repair, functions in the replication stress response have come to light, providing insight as to how the BRCA-FA pathway also balances genome preservation with proliferation. The BRCA-FA proteins associate with the replisome and contribute to the efficiency and recovery of replication following perturbations that slow or arrest DNA replication...
February 22, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
Cédric S Tremblay, Feng Fei Huang, Georges Lévesque, Madeleine Carreau
OBJECTIVE: The Hairy Enhancer of Split 1 (HES1) is a transcriptional repressor that regulates cellular proliferation and differentiation during development. We previously found an interaction between HES1 and Fanconi anemia (FA) proteins. FA is a hematological and developmental disorder caused by mutations in more than 20 different genes. Eight FA gene products form a nuclear core complex containing E3 ligase activity required for mono-ubiquitination of FANCD2 and FANCI, both of which are FA proteins...
February 20, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Laura J Eccles, Andrew C Bell, Simon N Powell
When Fanconi Anemia (FA) proteins were depleted in human U2OS cells with integrated DNA repair reporters, we observed decreases in homologous recombination (HR), decreases in mutagenic non-homologous end joining (m-NHEJ) and increases in canonical NHEJ, which was independently confirmed by measuring V(D)J recombination. Furthermore, depletion of FA proteins resulted in reduced HR protein foci and increased NHEJ protein recruitment to replication-associated DSBs, consistent with our observation that the use of canonical NHEJ increases after depletion of FA proteins in cycling cells...
February 10, 2018: DNA Repair
N J Birkbak, Y Li, S Pathania, A Greene-Colozzi, M Dreze, C Bowman-Colin, Z Sztupinszki, M Krzystanek, M Diossy, N Tung, P D Ryan, J E Garber, D P Silver, J D Iglehart, Z C Wang, D Szuts, Z Szallasi, A L Richardson
Background: Platinum based therapy is an effective treatment for a subset of triple negative breast cancer and ovarian cancer patients. In order to increase response rate and decrease unnecessary use, robust biomarkers that predict response to therapy are needed. Patients and methods: We performed an integrated genomic approach combining differential analysis of gene expression and DNA copy number in sensitive compared to resistant triple negative breast cancers in two independent neoadjuvant cisplatin treated cohorts...
February 14, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Bondavalli Davide, Malvestiti Francesca, Pensotti Valeria, Feroce Irene, Bonanni Bernardo
The present case report discusses a woman affected by chronic lymphatic leukemia and breast cancer with a familial history of breast cancer; suspected to be hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome. The patient underwent BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic testing. Sequencing of BRCA1 revealed the presence of the variant of unknown significance (VUS) c.3082C>T (p.Arg1028Cys) at homozygous state, whereas no mutations were detected in BRCA2 . Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification confirmed the presence of two alleles...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Morgan A Gingerich, Joshua D Smith, Nicole L Michmerhuizen, Megan Ludwig, Samantha Devenport, Chloe Matovina, Chad Brenner, Steven B Chinn
BACKGROUND: The past 2 decades have seen an increased incidence of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) in a nontraditional, low-risk patient population (ie, ≤45 years of age, no substance use history), owing to a combination of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and individual genetic variation. METHODS: Articles positing genetic variants as contributing factors in HNSCC incidence in low-risk, nontraditional patients were identified using a PubMed search, reviewed in detail, and concisely summarized herein...
February 10, 2018: Head & Neck
Liping Hu, Weiqi Huang, Ling Bei, Larisa Broglie, Elizabeth A Eklund
Emergency (stress) granulopoiesis is an episodic process for the production of granulocytes in response to infectious challenge. We previously determined that Fanconi C, a component of the Fanconi DNA-repair pathway, is necessary for successful emergency granulopoiesis. Fanconi anemia results from mutation of any gene in this pathway and is characterized by bone marrow failure (BMF) in childhood and clonal progression in adolescence. Although murine Fanconi anemia models exhibit relatively normal steady-state hematopoiesis, FANCC -/-mice are unable to mount an emergency granulopoiesis response...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Emilie Lesport, Alina Ferster, Armand Biver, Benoit Roch, Nadia Vasquez, Nada Jabado, Francina Langa Vives, Patrick Revy, Jean Soulier, Jean-Pierre de Villartay
The Fanconi anemia (FA) pathway is implicated in the repair of DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICL). In this process, it has been shown that FA factors regulate the choice for DNA double strand break repair towards homologous recombination (HR). As this mechanism is impaired in FA deficient cells exposed to crosslinking agents, an inappropriate usage of non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) leads to the accumulation of toxic chromosomal abnormalities. We studied a family with two FANCG patients and found a genetically inherited attenuation of mitomycin C sensitivity resulting in-vitro in an attenuated phenotype for one patient or in increased resistance for two healthy relatives...
January 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Bartlomiej Przychodzen, Hideki Makishima, Mikkael A Sekeres, Suresh Kumar Balasubramanian, Swapna Thota, Bhumika J Patel, Michael Clemente, Cassandra Hirsch, Brittney Dienes, Jaroslaw P Maciejewski
Using next generation sequencing we have systematically analyzed a large cohort of 489 patients with bone marrow failure (BMF), including myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), aplastic anemia (AA), and related conditions for the presence of germline (GL) alterations in Fanconi Anemia (FA) and telomerase genes. We have detected an increased frequency of heterozygous FA gene mutations in MDS and to lesser degree in AML suggesting that the presence of one normal allele may not be completely protective and indeed heterozygous FA lesions may have a long latency period before hematologic manifestation...
January 5, 2018: Oncotarget
Hiroshi Doi, Shigeru Koyano, Satoko Miyatake, Shinji Nakajima, Yuka Nakazawa, Misako Kunii, Atsuko Tomita-Katsumoto, Kayoko Oda, Yukie Yamaguchi, Ryoko Fukai, Shingo Ikeda, Rumiko Kato, Katsuhisa Ogata, Shun Kubota, Noriko Hayashi, Keita Takahashi, Mikiko Tada, Kenichi Tanaka, Mitsuko Nakashima, Yoshinori Tsurusaki, Noriko Miyake, Hirotomo Saitsu, Tomoo Ogi, Michiko Aihara, Hideyuki Takeuchi, Naomichi Matsumoto, Fumiaki Tanaka
Autosomal recessive cerebellar ataxias (ARCAs) are clinically and genetically heterogeneous neurological disorders. Through whole-exome sequencing of Japanese ARCA patients, we identified three index patients from unrelated families who had biallelic mutations in ERCC4. ERCC4 mutations have been known to cause xeroderma pigmentosum complementation group F (XP-F), Cockayne syndrome, and Fanconi anemia phenotypes. All of the patients described here showed very slowly progressive cerebellar ataxia and cognitive decline with choreiform involuntary movement, with young adolescent or midlife onset...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
Marija Dimishkovska, Vjosa Mulliqi Kotori, Zoran Gucev, Svetlana Kocheva, Momir Polenakovic, Dijana Plaseska-Karanfilska
BACKGROUND: Fanconi anemia is a rare autosomal recessive or X-linked disorder characterised by clinical and genetic heterogeneity. Most fanconi anemia patients harbour homozygous or double heterozygous mutations in the FANCA (60-65%), FANCC (10-15%), FANCG (~10%) or FANCD2 (3-6%) genes. We have already reported the FANCA variant c.190-256_283+1680del2040dupC as a founder mutation among Macedonian fanconi anemia patients of Gypsy-like ethnic origin. Here, we present a novel FANCA mutation in two patients from Macedonia and Kosovo...
January 20, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Grover Bagby
Fanconi anemia is an inherited disease characterized by genomic instability, hypersensitivity to DNA cross-linking agents, bone marrow failure, short stature, skeletal abnormalities, and a high relative risk of myeloid leukemia and epithelial malignancies. The 21 Fanconi anemia genes encode proteins involved in multiple nuclear biochemical pathways that effect DNA interstrand crosslink repair. In the past, bone marrow failure was attributed solely to the failure of stem cells to repair DNA. Recently, non-canonical functions of many of the Fanconi anemia proteins have been described, including modulating responses to oxidative stress, viral infection, and inflammation as well as facilitating mitophagic responses and enhancing signals that promote stem cell function and survival...
2018: F1000Research
Liza Douiev, Bassam Abu-Libdeh, Ann Saada
In response to Ravera et al. "Fanconi anemia: from DNA repair to metabolism" commenting on our recent publication by Abu-Libdeh, Douiev et al., describing a pathogenic variant in the COX 4I1 gene simulating Fanconi anemia, we wish to add supplementary, pertinent information linking cytochrome c oxidase (COX, mitochondrial respiratory chain complex IV) dysfunction to oxidative stress and nuclear DNA damage. Elevated production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in COX 4I1 deficient fibroblasts was detected in cells grown in glucose free medium and normalized by ascorbate or N-acetylcysteine supplementation...
February 2, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Shunrong Ji, Wenting Yang, Jiang Liu, Jingjing Zhao, Liang Chen, Quanxing Ni, Jiang Long, Xianjun Yu
PURPOSE: The main objectives of this retrospective study were to survey the genetic landscape of PNETs in a clinical cohort by using the high throughput gene sequencing method and to determine cellular signaling networks affected by the uncovered gene mutations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrieved the demographics and tumor characteristics of 13 patients. Cellular DNA was extracted from fresh snap frozen tumor tissues and was subject to high throughput gene sequencing analysis using the Illumina NextSeq500 System...
January 30, 2018: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
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