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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161691/failure-to-thrive-in-the-context-of-carney-complex
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Amit Tirosh, Adi Auerbach, Belen Bonella, Phaedon D Zavras, Elena Belyavskaya, Charalampos Lyssikatos, Karen Meir, Ram Weiss, Hagit Daum, Maya B Lodish, David Gillis, Constantine A Stratakis
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Carney complex (CNC) is a rare syndrome associated with multiple tumors and several other unique manifestations. We describe the clinical, genetic, and laboratory findings in a cohort of patients with CNC and failure to thrive (FTT). METHODS: A retrospective case series of pediatric patients with CNC presenting with FTT. RESULTS: We describe a patient with infantile Cushing syndrome (CS) who presented with severe FTT and liver disease; the patient was subsequently diagnosed with CNC...
November 21, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161666/genetic-variants-and-acute-kidney-injury-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Daniel B Larach, Milo C Engoren, Ellen M Schmidt, Michael Heung
PURPOSE: Limited data exists on potential genetic contributors to acute kidney injury. This review examines current knowledge of AKI genomics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 32 studies were selected from PubMed and GWAS Catalog queries for original data studies of human AKI genetics. Hand search of references identified 3 additional manuscripts. RESULTS: 33 of 35 studies were hypothesis-driven investigations of candidate polymorphisms that either did not consistently replicate statistically significant findings, or obtained significant results only in few small-scale studies...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161494/species-of-sand-flies-diptera-psychodidae-collected-from-natural-reserves-in-the-pacific-and-darien-regions-of-colombia
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Rafael J Vivero, María Angélica Contreras, Juan D Suaza, Iván D Vélez, Charles Porter, Sandra Uribe
INTRODUCTION: The departments of Chocó and Antioquia in Colombia show climatic and vegetation conditions favoring the establishment of vector species of the genus Lutzomyia and the transmission of Leishmania spp. to human populations entering conserved forest environments. OBJECTIVE: To report the species of Phlebotomine sandflies present in three natural reserves in the Darien and Pacific regions of Colombia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sand flies were collected specifically in the natural reserves El Aguacate (Acandí, Chocó), Nabugá (Bahía Solano, Chocó) and Tulenapa (Carepa, Antioquia)...
March 29, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161485/aedes-albopictus-skuse-1894-infected-with-the-american-asian-genotype-of-dengue-type-2-virus-in-medell%C3%A3-n-suggests-its-possible-role-as-vector-of-dengue-fever-in-colombia
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Andrés Gómez-Palacio, Juan Suaza-Vasco, Sandra Castaño, Omar Triana, Sandra Uribe
INTRODUCTION: Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus are recognized vectors of dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and Zika arboviruses in several countries worldwide. In Colombia, Ae. albopictus geographical distribution has increased to include highly populated cities such as Cali and Medellín. Although this species has been frequently found in urban and semi-urban zones in the country, its role as vector of the dengue fever is poorly known. OBJECTIVE: To identify the presence of Ae...
March 29, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161432/modeling-mutant-wild-type-interactions-to-ascertain-pathogenicity-of-prokr2-missense-variants-in-patients-with-isolated-gnrh-deficiency
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Kimberly H Cox, Luciana M B Oliveira, Lacey Plummer, Braden Corbin, Thomas Gardella, Ravikumar Balasubramanian, William F Crowley
A major challenge in human genetics is the validation of pathogenicity of heterozygous missense variants. This problem is well-illustrated by PROKR2 variants associated with Isolated GnRH Deficiency (IGD). Homozygous, loss of function variants in PROKR2 were initially implicated in autosomal recessive IGD; however, most IGD-associated PROKR2 variants are heterozygous. Moreover, while IGD patient cohorts are enriched for PROKR2 missense variants similar rare variants are also found in normal individuals. To elucidate the pathogenic mechanisms distinguishing IGD-associated PROKR2 variants from rare variants in controls, we assessed 59 variants using three approaches: (i) in silico prediction, (ii) traditional in vitro functional assays across 3 signaling pathways with mutant-alone transfections, and (iii) modified in vitro assays with mutant and wild-type expression constructs co-transfected to model in vivo heterozygosity...
November 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161422/prevalence-and-genetic-variability-of-human-polyomaviruses-6-and-7-in-healthy-skin-among-asymptomatic-individuals
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Yumiko Hashida, Tomonori Higuchi, Shigenobu Matsuzaki, Kimiko Nakajima, Shigetoshi Sano, Masanori Daibata
Background: Despite the pathogenetic potential of human polyomavirus 6 (HPyV6) and human polyomavirus 7 (HPyV7), they have been found in the normal skin of healthy individuals. However, little is known about the prevalence, infection levels, and geographical variations of these polyomaviruses in the skin. Methods: Using skin swabs from 470 participants aged 2-98 years, we estimated the prevalence of copy numbers of HPyV6 and HPyV7 with respect to age and ethnicity...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161242/cadherin-1-and-cadherin-3-cooperation-determines-the-aggressiveness-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Carole Siret, Aurélie Dobric, Anna Martirosyan, Chloé Terciolo, Sébastien Germain, Renaté Bonier, Thassadite Dirami, Nelson Dusetti, Richard Tomasini, Marion Rubis, Stéphane Garcia, Juan Iovanna, Dominique Lombardo, Véronique Rigot, Frédéric André
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is characterised by an extensive tissue invasion and an early formation of metastasis. Alterations in the expression of cadherins have been reported in PDAC. Yet, how these changes contribute to tumour progression is poorly understood. Here, we investigated the relationship between cadherins expression and PDAC development. METHODS: Cadherins expression was assessed by immunostaining in both human and murine tissue specimens...
November 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161088/mechanistic-basis-for-obesity-related-increases-in-ozone-induced-airway-hyperresponsiveness-in-mice
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Stephanie A Shore
Obesity is a risk factor for asthma, especially nonallergic asthma. Ozone, a common air pollutant, is a nonallergic asthma trigger. Importantly, ozone-induced decrements in lung function are greater in obese and overweight human subjects than in lean individuals. Obese mice also exhibit exaggerated pulmonary responses to ozone. Ozone causes greater increases in pulmonary resistance, in bronchoalveolar lavage neutrophils, and in airway hyperresponsiveness in obese than in lean mice. Our data indicate that IL-33 plays a role in mediating these events...
November 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161034/dynamic-glycosylation-governs-the-vertebrate-copii-protein-trafficking-pathway
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Nathan J Cox, Gokhan Unlu, Brittany J Bisnett, Thomas R Meister, Brett Condon, Peter M Luo, Tim J Smith, Michael Hanna, Abhishek Chhetri, Erik J Soderblom, Anjon Audhya, Ela W Knapik, Michael Boyce
The COPII coat complex, which mediates secretory cargo trafficking from the endoplasmic reticulum, is a key control point for subcellular protein targeting. Because misdirected proteins cannot function, protein sorting by COPII is critical for establishing and maintaining normal cell and tissue homeostasis. Indeed, mutations in COPII genes cause a range of human pathologies, including cranio-lenticulo-sutural dysplasia (CLSD), which is characterized by collagen trafficking defects, craniofacial abnormalities and skeletal dysmorphology...
November 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161012/top-down-proteomics-ready-for-prime-time
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Bifan Chen, Kyle A Brown, Ziqing Lin, Ying Ge
In the post-genomics era, the study of proteins is critical for understanding cellular functions at the molecular level.1-5 Beyond the genetic code, the human proteome is greatly diversified by various genetic variations, alternative splicing of RNA transcripts, and post-translational modifi-cations (PTMs).6,7 In 2013, the term "proteoform" was designated to describe "all of the different molecular forms in which the protein product of a single gene can be found",6 clearing up the confusion in nomenclature and joining research efforts to develop methodologies for pro-teoform characterization...
November 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160308/programmable-base-editing-of-a%C3%A2-t-to-g%C3%A2-c-in-genomic-dna-without-dna-cleavage
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Nicole M Gaudelli, Alexis C Komor, Holly A Rees, Michael S Packer, Ahmed H Badran, David I Bryson, David R Liu
The spontaneous deamination of cytosine is a major source of C•G to T•A transitions, which account for half of known human pathogenic point mutations. The ability to efficiently convert target A•T base pairs to G•C could therefore advance the study and treatment of genetic diseases. While the deamination of adenine yields inosine, which is treated as guanine by polymerases, no enzymes are known to deaminate adenine in DNA. Here we report adenine base editors (ABEs) that mediate conversion of A•T to G•C in genomic DNA...
October 25, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160304/il11-is-a-crucial-determinant-of-cardiovascular-fibrosis
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Sebastian Schafer, Sivakumar Viswanathan, Anissa A Widjaja, Wei-Wen Lim, Aida Moreno-Moral, Daniel M DeLaughter, Benjamin Ng, Giannino Patone, Kingsley Chow, Ester Khin, Jessie Tan, Sonia P Chothani, Lei Ye, Owen J L Rackham, Nicole S J Ko, Norliza E Sahib, Chee Jian Pua, Nicole T G Zhen, Chen Xie, Mao Wang, Henrike Maatz, Shiqi Lim, Kathrin Saar, Susanne Blachut, Enrico Petretto, Sabine Schmidt, Tracy Putoczki, Nuno Guimarães-Camboa, Hiroko Wakimoto, Sebastiaan van Heesch, Kristmundur Sigmundsson, See L Lim, Jia L Soon, Victor T T Chao, Yeow L Chua, Teing E Tan, Sylvia M Evans, Yee J Loh, Muhammad H Jamal, Kim K Ong, Kim C Chua, Boon-Hean Ong, Mathew J Chakaramakkil, Jonathan G Seidman, Christine E Seidman, Norbert Hubner, Kenny Y K Sin, Stuart A Cook
Fibrosis is a final common pathology in cardiovascular disease(1). In the heart, fibrosis causes mechanical and electrical dysfunction(1,2) and in the kidney, it predicts the onset of renal failure(3). Transforming growth factor β1 (TGFB1) is the principal pro-fibrotic factor(4,5) but its inhibition is associated with side effects due to its pleiotropic roles(6,7). We hypothesised that downstream effectors of TGFB1 in fibroblasts could be attractive therapeutic targets and lack upstream toxicities. Using integrated imaging-genomics analyses of primary human fibroblasts, we found that Interleukin 11 (IL11) upregulation is the dominant transcriptional response to TGFB1 exposure and required for its profibrotic effect...
November 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160106/display-of-the-albumin-binding-domain-in-the-envelope-improves-lentiviral-vector-bioavailability
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Antonio Rodriguez, Guillermo Garaulet, Juan José Lazcano, Hernán Alarcón, Sergio de Frutos, Jorge Luis Martínez-Torrecuadrada
Vesicular stomatitis virus G glycoprotein (VSVg) is extensively used for retroviral and lentiviral vector (LV) pseudotyping. However, VSVg pseudotyped vectors are serum inactivated, blocking the in vivo gene delivery. Several strategies have been employed to prevent complement inactivation, including chemical and genetic envelope modifications. Here we have employed the streptococcal Albumin Binding Domain (ABD) to generate a construct to express ABD as a GPI-anchored protein. LV particles bearing ABD are able to bind bovine and human serum albumin in vitro...
November 21, 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160015/response-to-in-reply-to-mast-cell-disorders-in-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-jaime-vengoechea-department-of-human-genetics-emory-university
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Suranjith L Seneviratne, Anne Maitland, Lawrence B Afrin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159983/frequency-of-folate-related-polymorphisms-varies-by-skin-pigmentation
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Patrice Jones, Mark Lucock, Martin Veysey, Nina Jablonski, George Chaplin, Emma Beckett
OBJECTIVES: Folate-mediated 1-carbon transfer processes are vital in human health but are susceptible to independent and interactive influences of genetic variance and environmental exposures. Evidence suggests folate levels may be impacted by genetic variance and environmental UVR, with the effect of UVR levels influenced in part by degree of skin pigmentation. Folate-related genes are also influenced by UVR levels; however, the potential relationship between key folate-related genes and skin pigmentation has not yet been explored...
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159928/the-immunogenetics-of-neurological-disease
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REVIEW
Maneesh K Misra, Vincent Damotte, Jill A Hollenbach
Genes encoding antigen-presenting molecules within the human major histocompatibility complex (MHC) account for the highest component of genetic risk for many neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Myriad genetic, immunological and environmental factors may contribute to an individual's susceptibility to neurological disease. Here, we review and discuss the decades long research on the influence of genetic variation at the MHC locus and the role of immunogenetic killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) loci in neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
November 21, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159826/pharmacological-and-molecular-approaches-for-the-treatment-of-%C3%AE-hemoglobin-disorders
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REVIEW
Neelam Lohani, Nupur Bhargava, Anjana Munshi, Sivaprakash Ramalingam
β-hemoglobin disorders, such as β-thalassemia and sickle cell anemia are among the most prevalent inherited genetic disorders worldwide. These disorders are caused by mutations in the gene encoding hemoglobin-β (HBB), a vital protein found in red blood cells (RBCs) that carries oxygen from lungs to all parts of the human body. As a consequence, there has been an enduring interest in this field in formulating therapeutic strategies for the treatment of these diseases. Currently, there is no cure available for hemoglobin disorders, although, some patients have been treated with bone marrow transplantation, whose scope is limited because of the difficulty in finding a histocompatible donor and also due to transplant-associated clinical complications that can arise during the treatment...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159775/toxic-effects-of-phytol-and-retinol-on-human-glioblastoma-cells-are-associated-with-modulation-of-cholesterol-and-fatty-acid-biosynthetic-pathways
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Gustavo Facchini, Raffaela Silvestre Ignarro, Erika Rodrigues-Silva, André Schwambach Vieira, Iscia Lopes-Cendes, Roger Frigério Castilho, Fabio Rogerio
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common primary brain tumor. Genetic mutations may reprogram the metabolism of neoplastic cells. Particularly, alterations in cholesterol and fatty acid biosynthetic pathways may favor biomass synthesis and resistance to therapy. Therefore, compounds that interfere with those pathways, such as phytol (PHY) and retinol (RET), may be appropriate for cytotoxic approaches. We tested the effect of PHY or RET on the viability of human GBM cell lines (U87MG, A172 and T98G). Since the compounds showed a dose-dependent cytotoxic effect, additional analyses were performed with IC50 values...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159718/genetics-and-epigenetics-in-the-pathogenesis-of-primary-biliary-cholangitis
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REVIEW
Satoru Joshita, Takeji Umemura, Eiji Tanaka, Masao Ota
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic, slowly progressive cholestatic autoimmune liver disease predominantly afflicting women. PBC is characterized by the presence of disease-specific antimitochondrial antibodies and the histological destruction of intrahepatic bile ducts, which eventually lead to cirrhosis and hepatic failure. Fortunately, ursodeoxycholic acid therapy has improved the outcome of the vast majority of PBC cases. Although the etiology of PBC has not yet been elucidated, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II alleles have been consistently associated with disease onset for decades...
November 20, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159601/activating-fgfr1-mutations-in-sporadic-pheochromocytomas
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Jenny Welander, Małgorzata Łysiak, Michael Brauckhoff, Laurent Brunaud, Peter Söderkvist, Oliver Gimm
INTRODUCTION: Pheochromocytomas are neuroendocrine tumors of the adrenal glands. Up to 40% of the cases are caused by germline mutations in one of at least 15 susceptibility genes, making them the human neoplasms with the highest degree of heritability. Recurrent somatic alterations are found in about 50% of the more common sporadic tumors with NF1 being the most common mutated gene (20-25%). In many sporadic tumors, however, a genetic explanation is still lacking. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We investigated the genomic landscape of sporadic pheochromocytomas with whole-exome sequencing of 16 paired tumor and normal DNA samples and extended confirmation analysis in 2 additional cohorts comprising a total of 80 sporadic pheochromocytomas...
November 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
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