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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158360/chromatin-modifying-gene-mutations-in-follicular-lymphoma
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Michael R Green
Follicular lymphoma (FL) is an indolent malignancy of germinal center B (GCB)-cells. Although the overall survival of FL patients has recently improved with the introduction of novel therapies, there is significant heterogeneity in patient outcome and a need for rationally designed therapeutic strategies that target disease biology. Next generation sequencing studies have identified chromatin modifying gene (CMG) mutations as a hallmark of FL, highlighting epigenetic modifiers as an attractive therapeutic target in this disease...
November 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089047/whole-exome-sequencing-in-342-congenital-cardiac-left-sided-lesion-cases-reveals-extensive-genetic-heterogeneity-and-complex-inheritance-patterns
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Alexander H Li, Neil A Hanchard, Dieter Furthner, Susan Fernbach, Mahshid Azamian, Annarita Nicosia, Jill Rosenfeld, Donna Muzny, Lisa C A D'Alessandro, Shaine Morris, Shalini Jhangiani, Dhaval R Parekh, Wayne J Franklin, Mark Lewin, Jeffrey A Towbin, Daniel J Penny, Charles D Fraser, James F Martin, Christine Eng, James R Lupski, Richard A Gibbs, Eric Boerwinkle, John W Belmont
BACKGROUND: Left-sided lesions (LSLs) account for an important fraction of severe congenital cardiovascular malformations (CVMs). The genetic contributions to LSLs are complex, and the mutations that cause these malformations span several diverse biological signaling pathways: TGFB, NOTCH, SHH, and more. Here, we use whole exome sequence data generated in 342 LSL cases to identify likely damaging variants in putative candidate CVM genes. METHODS: Using a series of bioinformatics filters, we focused on genes harboring population-rare, putative loss-of-function (LOF), and predicted damaging variants in 1760 CVM candidate genes constructed a priori from the literature and model organism databases...
October 31, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073101/utx-guided-neural-crest-function-underlies-craniofacial-features-of-kabuki-syndrome
#3
Karl B Shpargel, Joshua Starmer, Chaochen Wang, Kai Ge, Terry Magnuson
Kabuki syndrome, a congenital craniofacial disorder, manifests from mutations in an X-linked histone H3 lysine 27 demethylase (UTX/KDM6A) or a H3 lysine 4 methylase (KMT2D). However, the cellular and molecular etiology of histone-modifying enzymes in craniofacial disorders is unknown. We now establish Kabuki syndrome as a neurocristopathy, whereby the majority of clinical features are modeled in mice carrying neural crest (NC) deletion of UTX, including craniofacial dysmorphism, cardiac defects, and postnatal growth retardation...
October 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029386/exome-sequencing-analysis-of-murine-medulloblastoma-models-identifies-wdr11-as-a-potential-tumor-suppressor-in-group-3-tumors
#4
Lei Wei, Brian L Murphy, Gang Wu, Matthew Parker, John Easton, Richard J Gilbertson, Jinghui Zhang, Martine F Roussel
Mouse models of human cancers are widely used in cancer research, yet questions frequently arise regarding their faithfulness in recapitulating their human counterparts. To compare the somatic mutations of murine models with human medulloblastoma (MB), we performed whole-exome sequencing on 12 tumors representing three distinct medulloblastoma subgroups: Wnt, Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) and Group 3 (G3). In total, 64 somatic mutations were identified and validated, including 40 predicted to cause amino acid changes...
September 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983055/pattern-of-somatic-mutations-in-patients-with-waldenstr%C3%A3-m-macroglobulinemia-or-igm-monoclonal-gammopathy-of-undetermined-significance
#5
Marzia Varettoni, Silvia Zibellini, Irene Defrancesco, Virginia Valeria Ferretti, Ettore Rizzo, Luca Malcovati, Anna Gallì, Matteo Giovanni Della Porta, Emanuela Boveri, Luca Arcaini, Chiara Candido, Marco Paulli, Mario Cazzola
We analyzed MYD88 and CXCR4 mutation status of 260 patients with Waldenström macroglobulinemia or IgM monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance using allele-specific real time quantitative PCR and Sanger sequencing respectively. A subgroup of 119 patients was further studied with next-generation sequencing of 11 target genes (MYD88, CXCR4, ARID1-A, KMT2D, NOTCH2, TP53, PRDM1, CD79B, TRAF3, MYBBP1A, TNFAIP3). MYD88 (L265P) was found at diagnosis in 91% of patients with Waldenström macroglobulinemia and in 60% of patients with IgM monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance using allele-specific PCR...
October 5, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967912/histone-h3k4-monomethylation-catalyzed-by-trr-and-mammalian-compass-like-proteins-at-enhancers-is-dispensable-for-development-and-viability
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Ryan Rickels, Hans-Martin Herz, Christie C Sze, Kaixiang Cao, Marc A Morgan, Clayton K Collings, Maria Gause, Yoh-Hei Takahashi, Lu Wang, Emily J Rendleman, Stacy A Marshall, Annika Krueger, Elizabeth T Bartom, Andrea Piunti, Edwin R Smith, Nebiyu A Abshiru, Neil L Kelleher, Dale Dorsett, Ali Shilatifard
Histone H3 lysine 4 monomethylation (H3K4me1) is an evolutionarily conserved feature of enhancer chromatin catalyzed by the COMPASS-like methyltransferase family, which includes Trr in Drosophila melanogaster and MLL3 (encoded by KMT2C) and MLL4 (encoded by KMT2D) in mammals. Here we demonstrate that Drosophila embryos expressing catalytically deficient Trr eclose and develop to productive adulthood. Parallel experiments with a trr allele that augments enzyme product specificity show that conversion of H3K4me1 at enhancers to H3K4me2 and H3K4me3 is also compatible with life and results in minimal changes in gene expression...
November 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28949453/somatic-mutation-detection-using-various-targeted-detection-assays-in-paired-samples-of-circulating-tumor-dna-primary-tumor-and-metastases-from-patients-undergoing-resection-of-colorectal-liver-metastases
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Assessing circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is a promising method to evaluate somatic mutations from solid tumors in a minimally-invasive way. In a group of twelve metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients undergoing liver metastasectomy, from each patient DNA from cell-free DNA (cfDNA), the primary tumor, metastatic liver tissue, normal tumor-adjacent colon or liver tissue, and whole blood were obtained. Investigated was the feasibility of a targeted NGS approach to identify somatic mutations in ctDNA. This targeted NGS approach was also compared with NGS preceded by mutant allele enrichment using synchronous coefficient of drag alteration technology embodied in the OnTarget assay, and for selected mutations with digital PCR (dPCR)...
December 2016: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933623/the-defining-dna-methylation-signature-of-kabuki-syndrome-enables-functional-assessment-of-genetic-variants-of-unknown-clinical-significance
#8
Erfan Aref-Eshghi, Laila C Schenkel, Hanxin Lin, Cindy Skinner, Peter Ainsworth, Guillaume Paré, David Rodenhiser, Charles Schwartz, Bekim Sadikovic
Kabuki syndrome (KS) is caused by mutations in KMT2D, which is a histone methyltransferase involved in methylation of H3K4, a histone marker associated with DNA methylation. Analysis of >450,000 CpGs in 24 KS patients with pathogenic mutations in KMT2D and 216 controls, identified several genomic regions, along with 1,504 CpG sites with significant DNA methylation changes including a number of Hox genes and the MYO1F gene. Using the most differentiating and significant probes and regions we developed a "methylation variant pathogenicity (MVP) score," which enables 100% sensitive and specific identification of individuals with KS, which was confirmed using multiple public and internal patient DNA methylation databases...
September 21, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884922/congenital-heart-defects-in-molecularly-proven-kabuki-syndrome-patients
#9
Maria Cristina Digilio, Maria Gnazzo, Francesca Lepri, Maria Lisa Dentici, Elisa Pisaneschi, Anwar Baban, Chiara Passarelli, Rossella Capolino, Adriano Angioni, Antonio Novelli, Bruno Marino, Bruno Dallapiccola
The prevalence of congenital heart defects (CHD) in Kabuki syndrome ranges from 28% to 80%. Between January 2012 and December 2015, 28 patients had a molecularly proven diagnosis of Kabuki syndrome. Pathogenic variants in KMT2D (MLL2) were detected in 27 patients, and in KDM6A gene in one. CHD was diagnosed in 19/27 (70%) patients with KMT2D (MLL2) variant, while the single patient with KDM6A change had a normal heart. The anatomic types among patients with CHD included aortic coarctation (4/19 = 21%) alone or associated with an additional CHD, bicuspid aortic valve (4/19 = 21%) alone or associated with an additional CHD, perimembranous subaortic ventricular septal defect (3/19 = 16%), atrial septal defect ostium secundum type (3/19 = 16%), conotruncal heart defects (3/19 = 16%)...
September 8, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805986/histiocytic-sarcoma-new-insights-into-fna-cytomorphology-and-molecular-characteristics
#10
Yin P Hung, Scott B Lovitch, Xiaohua Qian
BACKGROUND: Histiocytic sarcoma (HS) is a rare malignant neoplasm showing morphologic and immunophenotypic features of histiocytes. Molecular characteristics of HS and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) criteria for its diagnosis have not been established. METHODS: A case series of HS in 8 FNA samples from 6 patients was reviewed along with histopathologic and clinical data. Immunohistochemistry was performed on cell blocks (3 cases), core biopsies (5 cases), and surgical specimens (4 cases)...
August 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801451/adult-high-grade-b-cell-lymphoma-with-burkitt-lymphoma-signature-genomic-features-and-potential-therapeutic-targets
#11
Alyssa Bouska, Chengfeng Bi, Waseem Lone, Weiwei Zhang, Ambreen Kedwaii, Tayla Heavican, Cynthia M Lachel, Jiayu Yu, Roberto Ferro, Nanees Eldorghamy, Timothy C Greiner, Julie Vose, Dennis D Weisenburger, Randy D Gascoyne, Andreas Rosenwald, German Ott, Elias Campo, Lisa M Rimsza, Elaine S Jaffe, Rita M Braziel, Reiner Siebert, Rodney R Miles, Sandeep Dave, Anupama Reddy, Jan Delabie, Louis M Staudt, Joo Y Song, Timothy W McKeithan, Kai Fu, Michael Green, Wing C Chan, Javeed Iqbal
The adult high-grade B-cell lymphomas sharing molecular features with Burkitt lymphoma (BL) are highly aggressive lymphomas with poor clinical outcome. High-resolution structural and functional genomic analysis of adult Burkitt lymphoma (BL) and high-grade B-cell lymphoma with BL gene signature (adult-molecularly defined BL [mBL]) revealed the MYC-ARF-p53 axis as the primary deregulated pathway. Adult-mBL had either unique or more frequent genomic aberrations (del13q14, del17p, gain8q24, and gain18q21) compared with pediatric-mBL, but shared commonly mutated genes...
October 19, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793284/growth-hormone-therapy-in-children-with-kabuki-syndrome-1-year-treatment-results
#12
Dina A Schott, Willem J M Gerver, Constance T R M Stumpel
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Kabuki syndrome (KS) is a rare genetic malformation syndrome, resulting in characteristic features such as short stature. We investigate whether growth hormone (GH) treatment increases linear height and influences body proportions in KS children. METHODS: In this prospective study, 18 genetically confirmed prepubertal KS children (9 females and 9 males) aged from 3.8 to 10.1 years (mean 6.8 ± 2.1 years) were treated with recombinant human GH (rhGH) for 1 year...
2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778067/exome-sequencing-analysis-of-murine-medulloblastoma-models-identifies-wdr11-as-a-potential-tumor-suppressor-in-group-3-tumors
#13
Lei Wei, Brian L Murphy, Gang Wu, Matthew Parker, John Easton, Richard J Gilbertson, Jinghui Zhang, Martine F Roussel
Mouse models of human cancers are widely used in cancer research, yet questions frequently arise regarding their faithfulness in recapitulating their human counterparts. To compare the somatic mutations of murine models with human medulloblastoma (MB), we performed whole-exome sequencing on 12 tumors representing three distinct medulloblastoma subgroups: Wnt, Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) and Group 3 (G3). In total, 64 somatic mutations were identified and validated, including 40 predicted to cause amino acid changes...
July 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669924/histone-h3-lysine-4-methyltransferase-kmt2d
#14
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Eugene Froimchuk, Younghoon Jang, Kai Ge
Histone-lysine N-methyltransferase 2D (KMT2D), also known as MLL4 and MLL2 in humans and Mll4 in mice, belongs to a family of mammalian histone H3 lysine 4 (H3K4) methyltransferases. It is a large protein over 5500 amino acids in size and is partially functionally redundant with KMT2C. KMT2D is widely expressed in adult tissues and is essential for early embryonic development. The C-terminal SET domain is responsible for its H3K4 methyltransferase activity and is necessary for maintaining KMT2D protein stability in cells...
September 5, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653505/development-of-kras-mutant-lung-adenocarcinoma-in-mice-with-knockout-of-the-airway-lineage-specific-gene-gprc5a
#15
Junya Fujimoto, Sayuri Nunomura-Nakamura, Yihua Liu, Wenhua Lang, Tina McDowell, Yasminka Jakubek, Dalia Ezzeddine, Joshua Kapere Ochieng, Jason Petersen, Gareth Davies, Junya Fukuoka, Ignacio I Wistuba, Erik Ehli, Jerry Fowler, Paul Scheet, Humam Kadara
Despite the urgency for prevention and treatment of lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD), we still do not know drivers in pathogenesis of the disease. Earlier work revealed that mice with knockout of the G-protein coupled receptor Gprc5a develop late onset lung tumors including LUADs. Here, we sought to further probe the impact of Gprc5a expression on LUAD pathogenesis. We first surveyed GPRC5A expression in human tissues and found that GPRC5A was markedly elevated in human normal lung relative to other normal tissues and was consistently downregulated in LUADs...
October 15, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611940/involvement-of-chromatin-remodeling-genes-and-the-rho-gtpases-rhob-and-cdc42-in-ovarian-clear-cell-carcinoma
#16
Nicolai Skovbjerg Arildsen, Jenny-Maria Jönsson, Katarina Bartuma, Anna Ebbesson, Sofia Westbom-Fremer, Anna Måsbäck, Susanne Malander, Mef Nilbert, Ingrid A Hedenfalk
OBJECTIVE: Ovarian clear cell carcinomas (OCCCs) constitute a rare ovarian cancer subtype with distinct clinical features, but may nonetheless be difficult to distinguish morphologically from other subtypes. There is limited knowledge of genetic events driving OCCC tumorigenesis beyond ARID1A, which is reportedly mutated in 30-50% of OCCCs. We aimed to further characterize OCCCs by combined global transcriptional profiling and targeted deep sequencing of a panel of well-established cancer genes...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608921/whole-exome-sequencing-reveals-critical-genes-underlying-metastasis-in-oesophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#17
Wei Dai, Josephine Mun Yee Ko, Sheyne Sta Ana Choi, Zhouyou Yu, Luwen Ning, Hong Zheng, Vinod Gopalan, Kin Tak Chan, Nikki Pui-Yue Lee, Kwok Wah Chan, Simon Ying-Kit Law, Alfred King-Yin Lam, Maria Li Lung
Oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is one of the most lethal cancers, owing to a high frequency of metastasis. However, little is known about the genomic landscape of metastatic ESCC. To identify the genetic alterations that underlie ESCC metastasis, whole-exome sequencing was performed for 41 primary tumours and 15 lymph nodes (LNs) with metastatic ESCCs. Eleven cases included matched primary tumours, synchronous LN metastases, and non-neoplastic mucosa. Approximately 50-76% of the mutations identified in primary tumours appeared in the synchronous LN metastases...
August 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601352/comprehensive-genomic-characterization-of-upper-tract-urothelial-carcinoma
#18
Tyler J Moss, Yuan Qi, Liu Xi, Bo Peng, Tae-Beom Kim, Nader E Ezzedine, Maribel E Mosqueda, Charles C Guo, Bogdan A Czerniak, Michael Ittmann, David A Wheeler, Seth P Lerner, Surena F Matin
BACKGROUND: Upper urinary tract urothelial cancer (UTUC) may have unique etiologic and genomic factors compared to bladder cancer. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the genomic landscape of UTUC and provide insights into its biology using comprehensive integrated genomic analyses. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: We collected 31 untreated snap-frozen UTUC samples from two institutions and carried out whole-exome sequencing (WES) of DNA, RNA sequencing (RNAseq), and protein analysis...
June 7, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590022/on-the-significance-of-craniosynostosis-in-a-case-of-kabuki-syndrome-with-a-concomitant-kmt2d-mutation-and-3-2%C3%A2-mbp-de-novo-10q22-3q23-1-deletion
#19
Alexandra Topa, Lena Samuelsson, Lovisa Lovmar, Göran Stenman, Lars Kölby
Craniosynostosis has rarely been described in patients with Kabuki syndrome. We report here a boy with facial asymmetry due to combined premature synostosis of the right coronal and sagittal sutures as well as several symptoms reminiscent of Kabuki syndrome (KS). Our case supports previous observations and suggests that craniosynostosis is a part of the KS phenotype. The uniqueness of our case is the sporadic co-occurrence of two genetic disorders, that is, a de novo frameshift variant in the KMT2D gene and a de novo 3...
June 7, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582546/the-contribution-of-homology-arms-to-nuclease-assisted-genome-engineering
#20
Oliver Baker, Sarah Tsurkan, Jun Fu, Barbara Klink, Andreas Rump, Mandy Obst, Andrea Kranz, Evelin Schröck, Konstantinos Anastassiadis, A Francis Stewart
Designer nucleases like CRISPR/Cas9 enable fluent site-directed damage or small mutations in many genomes. Strategies for their use to achieve more complex tasks like regional exchanges for gene humanization or the establishment of conditional alleles are still emerging. To optimize Cas9-assisted targeting, we measured the relationship between targeting frequency and homology length in targeting constructs using a hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl-transferase assay in mouse embryonic stem cells. Targeting frequency with supercoiled plasmids improved steeply up to 2 kb total homology and continued to increase with even longer homology arms, thereby implying that Cas9-assisted targeting efficiencies can be improved using homology arms of 1 kb or greater...
July 27, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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