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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351048/retinitis-pigmentosa-and-other-dystrophies
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Sarah Mrejen, Isabelle Audo, Sébastien Bonnel, José-Alain Sahel
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a heterogeneous group of inherited retinal degenerations characterized by progressive degeneration of rod and cone cells that affects predominantly peripheral visual fields. Macular edema may cause additional central visual acuity decrease. Cystoid macular edema (CME) is one of the few treatable causes of visual loss in RP. The prevalence of CME in RP has been found to be between 10 and 20% on fluorescein angiography-based studies, and as high as 49% on reports based on optical coherence tomography...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350539/personalized-precision-medicine-in-extreme-preterm-infants-with-transient-neonatal-diabetes-mellitus
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Ranjit I Kylat, Rajan Senguttuvan, Mohammed Y Bader
Although hyperglycemia is common in neonates, especially preterm infants, a diagnosis of neonatal diabetes mellitus (NDM) is rarely made. NDM can be permanent (45%), transient (45%) or syndromic (10%). Of the 95% of identifiable mutations for NDM, methylation defects in 6q24, KCNJ11, ABCC8, and INS account for the majority. Two cases of transient NDM in extremely preterm, 24 weeks' gestational age (GA) triplets, due to a missense mutation c.685G>A in the KCNJ11 gene are presented. Both patients were successfully transitioned from insulin to Glyburide (Glibenclamide) at 2 months of age...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346723/a-systematic-review-of-genetic-syndromes-with-obesity
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REVIEW
Y Kaur, R J de Souza, W T Gibson, D Meyre
Syndromic monogenic obesity typically follows Mendelian patterns of inheritance and involves the co-presentation of other characteristics, such as mental retardation, dysmorphic features and organ-specific abnormalities. Previous reviews on obesity have reported 20 to 30 syndromes but no systematic review has yet been conducted on syndromic obesity. We searched seven databases using terms such as 'obesity', 'syndrome' and 'gene' to conduct a systematic review of literature on syndromic obesity. Our literature search identified 13,719 references...
March 27, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346690/the-benefits-and-limitations-of-cell-free-dna-screening-for-47-xxy-klinefelter-syndrome
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Carole Samango-Sprouse, Colleen Keen, Teresa Sadeghin, Andrea Gropman
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the 47, XXY syndrome, which is the most commonly occurring X and Y chromosomal variation. This paper seeks to review what is currently known of noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and 47, XXY, and investigate potential risks and benefits of prenatal identification. METHOD: A literature review of NIPT and 47, XXY was performed to identify limitations of current NIPT techniques. RESULTS: As NIPT becomes an increasingly more routine procedure, prenatal findings of 47, XXY may increase...
March 27, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346493/aberrant-neuronal-activity-induced-signaling-and-gene-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-rasopathy
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Franziska Altmüller, Santosh Pothula, Anil Annamneedi, Saeideh Nakhei-Rad, Carolina Montenegro-Venegas, Eneko Pina-Fernández, Claudia Marini, Monica Santos, Denny Schanze, Dirk Montag, Mohammad R Ahmadian, Oliver Stork, Martin Zenker, Anna Fejtova
Noonan syndrome (NS) is characterized by reduced growth, craniofacial abnormalities, congenital heart defects, and variable cognitive deficits. NS belongs to the RASopathies, genetic conditions linked to mutations in components and regulators of the Ras signaling pathway. Approximately 50% of NS cases are caused by mutations in PTPN11. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying cognitive impairments in NS patients are still poorly understood. Here, we report the generation and characterization of a new conditional mouse strain that expresses the overactive Ptpn11D61Y allele only in the forebrain...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346476/reduced-dosage-of-%C3%AE-catenin-provides-significant-rescue-of-cardiac-outflow-tract-anomalies-in-a-tbx1-conditional-null-mouse-model-of-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome
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Silvia E Racedo, Erica Hasten, Mingyan Lin, Gnanapackiam Sheela Devakanmalai, Tingwei Guo, Ertugrul M Ozbudak, Chen-Leng Cai, Deyou Zheng, Bernice E Morrow
The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS; velo-cardio-facial syndrome; DiGeorge syndrome) is a congenital anomaly disorder in which haploinsufficiency of TBX1, encoding a T-box transcription factor, is the major candidate for cardiac outflow tract (OFT) malformations. Inactivation of Tbx1 in the anterior heart field (AHF) mesoderm in the mouse results in premature expression of pro-differentiation genes and a persistent truncus arteriosus (PTA) in which septation does not form between the aorta and pulmonary trunk...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346418/first-experience-of-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-treatment-of-shwachman-diamond-syndrome-using-unaffected-hla-matched-sibling-donor-produced-through-preimplantation-hla-typing
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A A Isaev, R V Deev, A Kuliev, I L Plaxa, N V Stancheva, A S Borovkova, I V Potapov, E A Pomerantseva, A G Chogovadze, K Y Boyarsky, A E Semenenko, A V Mikhailov, K G Shevchenko, A V Prikhodko, S Rechitsky, O V Paina, I M Barchatov, L S Zubarovskaya, O Verlinsky, I Y Bozo, B V Afanasyev
The only proven cure for Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS) bone marrow failure is allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). However HSCT with donors other than HLA-identical siblings is associated with high mortality and unfavorable prognosis. This paper presents the first experience of HSCT treatment of SDS using an unaffected HLA-identical sibling produced through preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). The patient was a 6-year-old blood transfusion-dependent SDS baby girl with secondary myelodysplastic syndrome, for whom no HLA-identical donor was available...
March 27, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346368/pathophysiological-significance-of-dermatan-sulfate-proteoglycans-revealed-by-human-genetic-disorders
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REVIEW
Shuji Mizumoto, Tomoki Kosho, Shuhei Yamada, Kazuyuki Sugahara
The indispensable roles of dermatan sulfate-proteoglycans (DS-PGs) have been demonstrated in various biological events including construction of the extracellular matrix and cell signaling through interactions with collagen and transforming growth factor-β, respectively. Defects in the core proteins of DS-PGs such as decorin and biglycan cause congenital stromal dystrophy of the cornea, spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia, and Meester-Loeys syndrome. Furthermore, mutations in human genes encoding the glycosyltransferases, epimerases, and sulfotransferases responsible for the biosynthesis of DS chains cause connective tissue disorders including Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia with joint laxity characterized by skin hyperextensibility, joint hypermobility, and tissue fragility, and by severe skeletal disorders such as kyphoscoliosis, short trunk, dislocation, and joint laxity...
March 27, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346228/somatic-mutations-and-progressive-monosomy-modify-samd9-related-phenotypes-in-humans
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Federica Buonocore, Peter Kühnen, Jenifer P Suntharalingham, Ignacio Del Valle, Martin Digweed, Harald Stachelscheid, Noushafarin Khajavi, Mohammed Didi, Angela F Brady, Oliver Blankenstein, Annie M Procter, Paul Dimitri, Jerry K H Wales, Paolo Ghirri, Dieter Knöbl, Brigitte Strahm, Miriam Erlacher, Marcin W Wlodarski, Wei Chen, George K Kokai, Glenn Anderson, Deborah Morrogh, Dale A Moulding, Shane A McKee, Charlotte M Niemeyer, Annette Grüters, John C Achermann
It is well established that somatic genomic changes can influence phenotypes in cancer, but the role of adaptive changes in developmental disorders is less well understood. Here we have used next-generation sequencing approaches to identify de novo heterozygous mutations in sterile α motif domain-containing protein 9 (SAMD9, located on chromosome 7q21.2) in 8 children with a multisystem disorder termed MIRAGE syndrome that is characterized by intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) with gonadal, adrenal, and bone marrow failure, predisposition to infections, and high mortality...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346224/mutant-%C3%AE-2-chimaerin-signals-via-bidirectional-ephrin-pathways-in-duane-retraction-syndrome
#10
Alicia A Nugent, Jong G Park, Yan Wei, Alan P Tenney, Nicole M Gilette, Michelle M DeLisle, Wai-Man Chan, Long Cheng, Elizabeth C Engle
Duane retraction syndrome (DRS) is the most common form of congenital paralytic strabismus in humans and can result from α2-chimaerin (CHN1) missense mutations. We report a knockin α2-chimaerin mouse (Chn1KI/KI) that models DRS. Whole embryo imaging of Chn1KI/KI mice revealed stalled abducens nerve growth and selective trochlear and first cervical spinal nerve guidance abnormalities. Stalled abducens nerve bundles did not reach the orbit, resulting in secondary aberrant misinnervation of the lateral rectus muscle by the oculomotor nerve...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346055/a-to-i-editing-in-disease-is-not-fake-news
#11
Prajakta Bajad, Michael F Jantsch, Liam Keegan, Mary O'Connell
Adenosine deaminases acting on RNA (ADARs) are zinc-containing enzymes that deaminate adenosine bases to inosines within dsRNA regions in transcripts. In short, structured dsRNA hairpins individual adenosine bases may be targeted specifically and edited with up to one hundred percent efficiency, leading to the production of alternative protein variants. However, the majority of editing events occur within longer stretches of dsRNA formed by pairing of repetitive sequences. Here, many different adenosine bases are potential targets but editing efficiency is usually much lower...
March 27, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345786/a-de-novo-nonsense-mutation-in-zbtb18-plus-a-de-novo-15q13-3-microdeletion-in-a-6-year-old-female
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Nadja Ehmke, Sylvio Karge, Johannes Buchmann, Dirk Korinth, Denise Horn, Olaf Reis, Frank Häßler
ZBTB18 has been proposed as candidate gene for microcephaly and abnormalities of the corpus callosum based on overlapping microdeletions of 1q43q44. More recently, de novo mutations of ZBTB18 have been identified in patients with syndromic and non-syndromic intellectual disability. Heterozygous microdeletions of 15q13.3 encompassing the candidate gene CHRNA7 are associated with developmental delay or intellectual disability with speech problems, hypotonia, and seizures. They are characterized by significant variability and reduced penetrance...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345660/zinc-deficiency-and-low-enterocyte-zinc-transporter-expression-in-human-patients-with-autism-related-mutations-in-shank3
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Stefanie Pfaender, Ann Katrin Sauer, Simone Hagmeyer, Katharina Mangus, Leonhard Linta, Stefan Liebau, Juergen Bockmann, Guillaume Huguet, Thomas Bourgeron, Tobias M Boeckers, Andreas M Grabrucker
Phelan McDermid Syndrome (PMDS) is a genetic disorder characterized by features of Autism spectrum disorders. Similar to reports of Zn deficiency in autistic children, we have previously reported high incidence of Zn deficiency in PMDS. However, the underlying mechanisms are currently not well understood. Here, using inductively coupled plasma mass-spectrometry to measure the concentration of Zinc (Zn) and Copper (Cu) in hair samples from individuals with PMDS with 22q13.3 deletion including SHANK3 (SH3 and multiple ankyrin repeat domains 3), we report a high rate of abnormally low Zn/Cu ratios...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345200/all-roads-lead-to-weediness-patterns-of-genomic-divergence-reveal-extensive-recurrent-weedy-rice-origins-from-south-asian-oryza
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Zhongyun Huang, Nelson D Young, Michael Reagon, Katie E Hyma, Kenneth M Olsen, Yulin Jia, Ana L Caicedo
Weedy rice (Oryza spp.), a weedy relative of cultivated rice (O. sativa), infests and persists in cultivated rice fields worldwide. Many weedy rice populations have evolved similar adaptive traits, considered part of the "agricultural weed syndrome," making this an ideal model to study the genetic basis of parallel evolution. Understanding parallel evolution hinges on accurate knowledge of the genetic background and origins of existing weedy rice groups. Using population structure analyses of South Asian and US weedy rice, we show that weeds in South Asia have highly heterogeneous genetic backgrounds, with ancestry contributions both from cultivated varieties (aus and indica) and wild rice...
March 27, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344932/mutation-in-tnxb-gene-causes-moderate-to-severe-ehlers-danlos-syndrome
#15
Carolyn S Kaufman, Merlin G Butler
We report a 28-year-old female who presented with severe joint pain, chronic muscle weakness, Raynaud's phenomenon, and hypermobility. She was found to have a 6074A > T nucleotide transition in the TNXB gene causing an amino acid protein change at Asp2025Val classified as likely pathogenic. We add this clinical report to the literature and classical human disease gene catalogs to identify this specific mutation as disease-causing. This gene variant was reported previously in a different 36-year-old patient who shared our patient's symptoms of joint hypermobility, skeletal and joint pain, skin elasticity and musculoskeletal problems, thereby causing a more severe presentation than seen in the hypermobility type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)...
May 27, 2016: World J Med Genet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343773/enhancing-heterologous-protection-in-pigs-vaccinated-with-chimeric-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-containing-the-full-length-sequences-of-shuffled-structural-genes-of-multiple-heterologous-strains
#16
Debin Tian, Dianjun Cao, C Lynn Heffron, Danielle M Yugo, Adam J Rogers, Christopher Overend, Shannon R Matzinger, Sakthivel Subramaniam, Tanja Opriessnig, Tanya LeRoith, Xiang-Jin Meng
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is the causative agent of arguably the most economically important global swine disease. The extensive genetic variation of PRRSV strains is a major obstacle for heterologous protection of current vaccines. Previously, we constructed a panel of chimeric viruses containing only the ectodomain sequences of DNA-shuffled structural genes of different PRRSV strains in the backbone of a commercial vaccine, and found that one chimeric virus had an improved cross-protection efficacy...
March 23, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343766/prediction-of-high-on-treatment-platelet-reactivity-in-clopidogrel-treated-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes
#17
G M Podda, E Grossi, T Palmerini, M Buscema, E A Femia, D Della Riva, S de Servi, P Calabrò, F Piscione, D Maffeo, A Toso, C Palmieri, M De Carlo, D Capodanno, P Genereux, M Cattaneo
BACKGROUND: About 40% of clopidogrel-treated patients display high platelet reactivity (HPR). Alternative treatments of HPR patients, identified by platelet function tests, failed to improve their clinical outcomes in large randomized clinical trials. A more appealing alternative would be to identify HPR patients a priori, based on the presence/absence of demographic, clinical and genetic factors that affect PR. Due to the complexity and multiplicity of these factors, traditional statistical methods (TSMs) fail to identify a priori HPR patients accurately...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343764/channelopathies-genetic-testing-and-risk-stratification
#18
Arthur A M Wilde, Ahmad Amin
The cardiac channelopathies are a group of diseases with (disease-) specific electrocardiographic (ECG) characteristics and a disease-specific risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). This group includes the Long QT Syndromes (LQTS), Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT), Brugada Syndrome (BrS), Short QT Syndromes (SQTS), and Early Repolarization Syndrome (ERS). In the past 2 decades the genetic basis for these disease entities has largely been unraveled and that, together with the identification of the genetic basis of the cardiomyopathies, has paved the way for the complete new field of Cardiogenetics...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343630/de-novo-truncating-mutations-in-the-last-and-penultimate-exons-of-ppm1d-cause-an-intellectual-disability-syndrome
#19
Sandra Jansen, Sinje Geuer, Rolph Pfundt, Rachel Brough, Priyanka Ghongane, Johanna C Herkert, Elysa J Marco, Marjolein H Willemsen, Tjitske Kleefstra, Mark Hannibal, Joseph T Shieh, Sally Ann Lynch, Frances Flinter, David R FitzPatrick, Alice Gardham, Birgitta Bernhard, Nicola Ragge, Ruth Newbury-Ecob, Raphael Bernier, Malin Kvarnung, E A Helena Magnusson, Marja W Wessels, Marjon A van Slegtenhorst, Kristin G Monaghan, Petra de Vries, Joris A Veltman, Christopher J Lord, Lisenka E L M Vissers, Bert B A de Vries
Intellectual disability (ID) is a highly heterogeneous disorder involving at least 600 genes, yet a genetic diagnosis remains elusive in ∼35%-40% of individuals with moderate to severe ID. Recent meta-analyses statistically analyzing de novo mutations in >7,000 individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders highlighted mutations in PPM1D as a possible cause of ID. PPM1D is a type 2C phosphatase that functions as a negative regulator of cellular stress-response pathways by mediating a feedback loop of p38-p53 signaling, thereby contributing to growth inhibition and suppression of stress-induced apoptosis...
March 18, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343193/role-of-genetic-mutations-in-development-of-immunological-and-clinical-disorders-in-children-with-chronic-pyelonephritis
#20
Vira P Harshman, Tetyana O Kryuchko, Iryna O Kolenko, Tetyana V Kushnereva, Olha Y Tkachenko
INTRODUCTION: At the present time, the study of mechanisms of recognition of foreign agents, which is realized by means of Toll-like receptors (TLR) of the innate immune system, has become one of the main tasks of clinical immunology. The aim of our study was to investigate the prevalence of polymorphism of Toll-like receptor 4 (Asp299Gly, Gly299Gly) among children with chronic pyelonephritis (CP) and determine the association of this TLR4 polymorphism with phenotypic features of chronic pyelonephritis and level of interleukin-6 (IL-6)...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
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