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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902768/human-lung-tissue-transcriptome-influence-of-sex-and-age
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Matteo Dugo, Chiara E Cotroneo, Emilie Lavoie-Charland, Matteo Incarbone, Luigi Santambrogio, Lorenzo Rosso, Maarten van den Berge, David Nickle, Peter D Paré, Yohan Bossé, Tommaso A Dragani, Francesca Colombo
BACKGROUND: Sex and age strongly influence the pathophysiology of human lungs, but scarce information is available about their effects on pulmonary gene expression. METHODS: We followed a discovery-validation strategy to identify sex- and age-related transcriptional differences in lung. RESULTS: We identified transcriptional profiles significantly associated with sex (215 genes; FDR < 0.05) and age at surgery (217 genes) in non-involved lung tissue resected from 284 lung adenocarcinoma patients...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899806/preleukemia-one-name-many-meanings
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REVIEW
H P Koeffler, G Leong
Definition of preleukemia has evolved. It was first used to describe the myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) with a propensity to progress to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Individuals with germline mutations of either RUNX1, CEBPA, or GATA2 can also be called as preleukemic because they have a markedly increased incidence of evolution into AML. Also, alkylating chemotherapy or radiation can cause MDS/preleukemia which nearly always progress to AML. More recently investigators noted that AML patients who achieved complete morphological remission after chemotherapy often have clonal hematopoiesis predominantly marked by either DNMT3A, TET2 or IDH1/2 mutations which were also present at diagnosis of AML...
November 30, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899143/presymptomatic-diagnosis-of-fabry-s-disease-a-case-report
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Rasmus Bo Hasselbalch, Per Lav Madsen, Henning Bundgaard, Juliane Theilade
BACKGROUND: Fabry's disease is a rare X-linked genetic disorder characterized by reduced levels of the α-galactosidase A enzyme. It may present with a cardiac phenotype resembling hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. However, as a specific enzyme replacement therapy is available, it remains an important differential diagnoses in patients presenting with cardiac hypertrophy. In boys, onset has been reported in early childhood with complaints initially comprising neuropathic pain, reduced sweat production, and gastrointestinal symptoms...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896428/xci-escaping-gene-kdm5c-contributes-to-ovarian-development-via-downregulating-mir-320a
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Yi-Xi Sun, Yi-Xin Zhang, Dan Zhang, Chen-Ming Xu, Song-Chang Chen, Jun-Yu Zhang, Ye-Chun Ruan, Feng Chen, Run-Ju Zhang, Ye-Qing Qian, Yi-Feng Liu, Lu-Yang Jin, Tian-Tian Yu, Hai-Yan Xu, Yu-Qin Luo, Xin-Mei Liu, Fei Sun, Jian-Zhong Sheng, He-Feng Huang
Mechanisms underlying female gonadal dysgenesis remain unclarified and relatively unstudied. Whether X-chromosome inactivation (XCI)-escaping genes and microRNAs (miRNAs) contribute to this condition is currently unknown. We compared 45,X Turner Syndrome women with 46,XX normal women, and investigated differentially expressed miRNAs in Turner Syndrome through plasma miRNA sequencing. We found that miR-320a was consistently upregulated not only in 45,X plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), but also in 45,X fetal gonadal tissues...
November 28, 2016: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880931/an-xist-related-small-rna-regulates-kras-g-quadruplex-formation-beyond-x-inactivation
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Yuli C Chang, Chien-Chih Chiu, Chung-Yee Yuo, Wen-Ling Chan, Ya-Sian Chang, Wen-Hsin Chang, Shou-Mei Wu, Han-Lin Chou, Ta-Chih Liu, Chi-Yu Lu, Wen-Kuang Yang, Jan-Gowth Chang
X-inactive-specific transcript (XIST), a long non-coding RNA, is essential for the initiation of X-chromosome inactivation. However, little is known about other roles of XIST in the physiological process in eukaryotic cells. In this study, the bioinformatics approaches revealed XIST could be processed into a small non-coding RNA XPi2. The XPi2 RNA was confirmed by a northern blot assay; its expression was gender-independent, suggesting the role of XPi2 was beyond X-chromosome inactivation. The pull-down assay combined with LC-MS-MS identified two XPi2-associated proteins, nucleolin and hnRNP A1, connected to the formation of G-quadruplex...
November 17, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870435/a-general-theory-of-sexual-differentiation
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REVIEW
Arthur P Arnold
A general theory of mammalian sexual differentiation is proposed. All biological sex differences are the result of the inequality in effects of the sex chromosomes, which are the only factors that differ in XX vs. XY zygotes. This inequality leads to male-specific effects of the Y chromosome, including expression of the testis-determining gene Sry that causes differentiation of testes. Thus, Sry sets up lifelong sex differences in effects of gonadal hormones. Y genes also act outside of the gonads to cause male-specific effects...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870409/cognitive-behavioral-and-neural-consequences-of-sex-chromosome-aneuploidy
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REVIEW
Frida Printzlau, Jeanne Wolstencroft, David H Skuse
The X chromosome has played a critical role in the development of sexually selected characteristics for over 300 million years, and during that time it has accumulated a disproportionate number of genes concerned with mental functions. There are relatively specific effects of X-linked genes on social cognition, language, emotional regulation, visuospatial, and numerical skills. Many human X-linked genes outside the X-Y pairing pseudoautosomal regions escape X-inactivation. Dosage differences in the expression of such genes (which constitute at least 15% of the total) are likely to play an important role in male-female neural differentiation, and in cognitive deficits and behavioral characteristics, particularly in the realm of social communication, that are associated with sex chromosome aneuploidies...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869828/tumor-suppressor-genes-that-escape-from-x-inactivation-contribute-to-cancer-sex-bias
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Andrew Dunford, David M Weinstock, Virginia Savova, Steven E Schumacher, John P Cleary, Akinori Yoda, Timothy J Sullivan, Julian M Hess, Alexander A Gimelbrant, Rameen Beroukhim, Michael S Lawrence, Gad Getz, Andrew A Lane
There is a striking and unexplained male predominance across many cancer types. A subset of X-chromosome genes can escape X-inactivation, which would protect females from complete functional loss by a single mutation. To identify putative 'escape from X-inactivation tumor-suppressor' (EXITS) genes, we examined somatic alterations from >4,100 cancers across 21 tumor types for sex bias. Six of 783 non-pseudoautosomal region (PAR) X-chromosome genes (ATRX, CNKSR2, DDX3X, KDM5C, KDM6A, and MAGEC3) harbored loss-of-function mutations more frequently in males (based on a false discovery rate < 0...
November 21, 2016: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857184/yy1-binding-association-with-sex-biased-transcription-revealed-through-x-linked-transcript-levels-and-allelic-binding-analyses
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Chih-Yu Chen, Wenqiang Shi, Bradley P Balaton, Allison M Matthews, Yifeng Li, David J Arenillas, Anthony Mathelier, Masayoshi Itoh, Hideya Kawaji, Timo Lassmann, Yoshihide Hayashizaki, Piero Carninci, Alistair R R Forrest, Carolyn J Brown, Wyeth W Wasserman
Sex differences in susceptibility and progression have been reported in numerous diseases. Female cells have two copies of the X chromosome with X-chromosome inactivation imparting mono-allelic gene silencing for dosage compensation. However, a subset of genes, named escapees, escape silencing and are transcribed bi-allelically resulting in sexual dimorphism. Here we conducted in silico analyses of the sexes using human datasets to gain perspectives into such regulation. We identified transcription start sites of escapees (escTSSs) based on higher transcription levels in female cells using FANTOM5 CAGE data...
November 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845447/novel-method-to-rescue-a-lethal-phenotype-through-integration-of-target-gene-onto-the-x-chromosome
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Kazuya Sakata, Kimi Araki, Hiroyasu Nakano, Takashi Nishina, Sachiko Komazawa-Sakon, Shin Murai, Grace E Lee, Daisuke Hashimoto, Chigure Suzuki, Yasuo Uchiyama, Kenji Notohara, Anna S Gukovskaya, Ilya Gukovsky, Ken-Ichi Yamamura, Hideo Baba, Masaki Ohmuraya
The loss-of-function mutations of serine protease inhibitor, Kazal type 1 (SPINK1) gene are associated with human chronic pancreatitis, but the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. We previously reported that mice lacking Spink3, the murine homologue of human SPINK1, die perinatally due to massive pancreatic acinar cell death, precluding investigation of the effects of SPINK1 deficiency. To circumvent perinatal lethality, we have developed a novel method to integrate human SPINK1 gene on the X chromosome using Cre-loxP technology and thus generated transgenic mice termed "X-SPINK1"...
November 15, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826837/genetic-studies-on-mammalian-dna-methyltransferases
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Jiameng Dan, Taiping Chen
Cytosine methylation at the C5-position, generating 5-methylcytosine (5mC), is a DNA modification found in many eukaryotic organisms, including fungi, plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates, albeit its levels vary greatly in different organisms. In mammals, cytosine methylation occurs predominantly in the context of CpG dinucleotides, with the majority (60-80 %) of CpG sites in their genomes being methylated. DNA methylation plays crucial roles in the regulation of chromatin structure and gene expression and is essential for mammalian development...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816848/a-male-and-female-rna-marker-to-infer-sex-in-forensic-analysis
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M van den Berge, T Sijen
In forensics, DNA profiling is used for the identification of the donor of a trace, while messenger RNA (mRNA) profiling can be applied to identify the cellular origin such as body fluids or organ tissues. The presence of male cell material can be readily assessed by the incorporation of Y-chromosomal markers in quantitation or STR profiling systems. However, no forensic marker exists to positively identify female cell material; merely the presence of female DNA is deduced from the absence of a Y peak, or unbalanced X-Y signals at the Amelogenin locus or unbalanced response of the total and Y-specific quantifier...
October 26, 2016: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815372/female-mice-with-an-xy-sex-chromosome-complement-develop-severe-angiotensin-ii-induced-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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Yasir Alsiraj, Sean E Thatcher, Richard Charnigo, Chen Kuey, Eric Blalock, Alan Daugherty, Lisa A Cassis
BACKGROUND: -Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are a deadly pathology with strong sexual dimorphism. Similar to humans, female mice exhibit far lower incidences of angiotensin II (AngII)-induced AAAs than males. In addition to sex hormones, the X and Y sex chromosomes, and their unique complements of genes, may contribute to sexually dimorphic AAA pathology. Here, we defined the effect of female (XX) versus male (XY) sex chromosome complement on AngII-induced AAA formation and rupture in phenotypically female mice...
November 4, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814638/new-insights-on-the-role-of-dna-methylation-from-a-global-view
#14
Karin Meier, Félix Recillas-Targa
In mammals, DNA methylation is a crucial epigenetic modification with key functions during development. Cellular processes that are regulated by DNA methylation comprise X chromosome inactivation, gene imprinting, genomic stability and transcriptional regulation. Generally, the methylation status of the majority of target sites is reliably propagated during mitosis. However, advances in genome-wide DNA methylation analysis at base-resolution have discovered a substantial amount of differential DNA methylation between normal cells of different tissue-origin...
January 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796712/female-x-linked-alport-syndrome-with-somatic-mosaicism
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Kana Yokota, Kandai Nozu, Shogo Minamikawa, Tomohiko Yamamura, Keita Nakanishi, Hisashi Kaneda, Riku Hamada, Yoshimi Nozu, Akemi Shono, Takeshi Ninchoji, Naoya Morisada, Shingo Ishimori, Junya Fujimura, Tomoko Horinouchi, Hiroshi Kaito, Koichi Nakanishi, Ichiro Morioka, Mariko Taniguchi-Ikeda, Kazumoto Iijima
BACKGROUND: X-linked Alport syndrome (XLAS) is a progressive, hereditary nephropathy. Although males with XLAS usually develop end-stage renal disease before 30 years of age, some men show a milder phenotype and possess somatic mosaic variants of the type IV collagen α5 gene (COL4A5), with severity depending on variant frequencies. In females, somatic mosaic variants are rarely reported in XLAS, and it is not clear what determines severity. METHODS: Two females with somatic mosaic mutations in COL4A5 with variant frequencies of 17...
October 31, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790374/loss-of-function-mutations-and-global-rearrangements-in-gpc3-in-patients-with-simpson-golabi-behmel-syndrome
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Keiko Shimojima, Yumiko Ondo, Eriko Nishi, Seiji Mizuno, Miharu Ito, Aya Ioi, Mariko Shimizu, Maho Sato, Masami Inoue, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Toshiyuki Yamamoto
Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome is a congenital malformation syndrome associated with mutations in GPC3, which is located in the Xq26 region. Three new loss-of-function mutations and a global X-chromosome rearrangement involving GPC3 were identified. A female sibling of the patient, who presented with a cleft palate and hepatoblastoma, carries the same chromosomal rearrangement and a paradoxical pattern of X-chromosome inactivation. These findings support variable GPC3 alterations, with a possible mechanism in female patients...
2016: Human Genome Variation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788132/maintenance-of-xist-imprinting-depends-on-chromatin-condensation-state-and-rnf12-dosage-in-mice
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Atsushi Fukuda, Atsushi Mitani, Toshiyuki Miyashita, Takashi Sado, Akihiro Umezawa, Hidenori Akutsu
In female mammals, activation of Xist (X-inactive specific transcript) is essential for establishment of X chromosome inactivation. During early embryonic development in mice, paternal Xist is preferentially expressed whereas maternal Xist (Xm-Xist) is silenced. Unlike autosomal imprinted genes, Xist imprinting for Xm-Xist silencing was erased in cloned or parthenogenetic but not fertilized embryos. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the variable nature of Xm-Xist imprinting is poorly understood. Here, we revealed that Xm-Xist silencing depends on chromatin condensation states at the Xist/Tsix genomic region and on Rnf12 expression levels...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780979/long-non-coding-rnas-spatial-amplifiers-that-control-nuclear-structure-and-gene-expression
#18
Jesse M Engreitz, Noah Ollikainen, Mitchell Guttman
Over the past decade, it has become clear that mammalian genomes encode thousands of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), many of which are now implicated in diverse biological processes. Recent work studying the molecular mechanisms of several key examples - including Xist, which orchestrates X chromosome inactivation - has provided new insights into how lncRNAs can control cellular functions by acting in the nucleus. Here we discuss emerging mechanistic insights into how lncRNAs can regulate gene expression by coordinating regulatory proteins, localizing to target loci and shaping three-dimensional (3D) nuclear organization...
December 2016: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777941/a-review-of-rett-syndrome-rtt-with-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Vellingiri Balachandar, Venkatesan Dhivya, Mohan Gomathi, Subramaniam Mohanadevi, Balasubramanian Venkatesh, Bharathi Geetha
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are pluripotent stem cells generated from somatic cells by the introduction of a combination of pluripotency-associated genes such as OCT4, SOX2, along with either KLF4 and c-MYC or NANOG and LIN28 via retroviral or lentiviral vectors. Most importantly, hiPSCs are similar to human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) functionally as they are pluripotent and can potentially differentiate into any desired cell type when provided with the appropriate cues, but do not have the ethical issues surrounding hESCs...
2016: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761913/xq28-duplication-including-mecp2-in-six-unreported-affected-females-what-can-we-learn-for-diagnosis-and-genetic-counselling
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Salima El Chehadeh, Renaud Touraine, Fabienne Prieur, Willie Reardon, Thierry Bienvenu, Sandrine Chantot-Bastaraud, Martine Doco-Fenzy, Emilie Landais, Christophe Philippe, Nathalie Marle, Patrick Callier, Anne-Laure Mosca-Boidron, Francine Mugneret, Nathalie Le Meur, Alice Goldenberg, Anne-Marie Guerrot, Pascal Chambon, Véronique Satre, Charles Coutton, Pierre-Simon Jouk, Françoise Devillard, Klaus Dieterich, Alexandra Afenjar, Lydie Burglen, Marie-Laure Moutard, Marie-Claude Addor, Sébastien Lebon, Danielle Martinet, Jean-Luc Alessandri, Bérénice Doray, Marguerite Miguet, Didier Devys, Pascale Saugier-Veber, Séverine Drunat, Bernard Aral, Valérie Kremer, Stéphane Rondeau, Anne-Claude Tabet, Julien Thevenon, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Nathalie Perreton, Vincent Des Portes, Laurence Faivre
Duplication of the Xq28 region, involving MECP2 (dupMECP2), has been primarily described in males with severe developmental delay, spasticity, epilepsy, stereotyped movements and recurrent infections. Carrier mothers are usually asymptomatic with an extremely skewed X chromosome inactivation (XCI) pattern. We report a series of six novel symptomatic females carrying a de novo interstitial dupMECP2, and review the 14 symptomatic females reported to date, with the aim to further delineate their phenotype and give clues for genetic counselling...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Genetics
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