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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934823/comprehensive-analysis-of-non-synonymous-natural-variants-of-g-protein-coupled-receptors
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Hee Ryung Kim, Nguyen Minh Duc, Ka Young Chung
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest superfamily of transmembrane receptors and have vital signaling functions in various organs. Because of their critical roles in physiology and pathology, GPCRs are the most commonly used therapeutic target. It has been suggested that GPCRs undergo massive genetic variations such as genetic polymorphisms and DNA insertions or deletions. Among these genetic variations, non-synonymous natural variations change the amino acid sequence and could thus alter GPCR functions such as expression, localization, signaling, and ligand binding, which may be involved in disease development and altered responses to GPCR-targeting drugs...
September 19, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934779/what-are-the-predictors-of-altered-central-pain-modulation-in-chronic-musculoskeletal-pain-populations-a-systematic-review
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Jacqui Clark, Jo Nijs, Gillian Yeowell, Peter Charles Goodwin
BACKGROUND: Altered central pain modulation is the predominant pain mechanism in a proportion of chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders and is associated with poor outcomes. Although existing studies predict poor outcomes such as persistent pain and disability, to date there is little consensus on what factors specifically predict altered central pain modulation. OBJECTIVES: To review the existing literature on the predictive factors specifically for altered central pain modulation in musculoskeletal pain populations...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934759/clinically-significant-mutations-in-hiv-infected-patients-with-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Jonathan Thaler, Carlie Sigel, Mary Beth Beasley, Juan Wisnivesky, Kristina Crothers, Joshua Bauml, Kristen Hysell, Brinda Emu, Laetitia Borsu, Keith Sigel
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is a major cause of death in HIV-infected (HIV+) persons. In this study, we compared the prevalence of tumour EGFR and KRAS mutations in a cohort of lung adenocarcinoma patients by HIV status. METHODS: We collected data from 55 HIV+ patients with lung adenocarcinoma matched to 136 uninfected comparators. We compared the prevalence of EGFR and KRAS mutations by HIV status. We then compared survival by HIV status and by cancer mutation status among HIV+ subjects...
September 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934750/frontotemporal-dementia-caused-by-the-p301l-mutation-in-the-mapt-gene-clinicopathological-features-of-13-cases-from-the-same-geographical-origin-in-barcelona-spain
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Sergi Borrego-Écija, Joana Morgado, Leire Palencia-Madrid, Oriol Grau-Rivera, Ramón Reñé, Isabel Hernández, Consuelo Almenar, Mircea Balasa, Anna Antonell, José Luis Molinuevo, Albert Lladó, Marian Martínez de Pancorbo, Ellen Gelpi, Raquel Sánchez-Valle
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We identified and studied 13 patients carrying the P301L mutation in the MAPT gene from the same area (Baix Llobregat County) in Barcelona, Spain. METHODS: The demographic and clinical features were reviewed retrospectively. Detailed neuropathological characterization was obtained in 9 subjects. To investigate the origin of the P301L mutation in these families, 20 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the MAPT gene were analyzed. RESULTS: The mean age at disease onset was 51 years and the mean disease duration was 7 years...
September 22, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934563/hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis
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Hanny Al-Samkari, Nancy Berliner
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis is a life-threatening disorder characterized by unbridled activation of cytotoxic T lymphocytes, natural killer (NK) cells, and macrophages resulting in hypercytokinemia and immunemediated injury of multiple organ systems. It is seen in both children and adults and is recognized as primary (driven by underlying genetic mutations that abolish critical proteins required for normal function of cytotoxic T cells and NK cells) or secondary (resulting from a malignant, infectious, or autoimmune stimulus without an identifiable underlying genetic trigger)...
September 13, 2017: Annual Review of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934397/a-modifier-of-huntington-s-disease-onset-at-the-mlh1-locus
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Jong-Min Lee, Michael J Chao, Denise Harold, Kawther Abu Elneel, Tammy Gillis, Peter Holmans, Lesley Jones, Michael Orth, Richard H Myers, Seung Kwak, Vanessa C Wheeler, Marcy E MacDonald, James F Gusella
Huntington's disease (HD) is a dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disease caused by an expanded CAG repeat in HTT. Many clinical characteristics of HD such as age at motor onset are determined largely by the size of HTT CAG repeat. However, emerging evidence strongly supports a role for other genetic factors in modifying the disease pathogenesis driven by mutant huntingtin. A recent genome-wide association analysis to discover genetic modifiers of HD onset age provided initial evidence for modifier loci on chromosomes 8 and 15 and suggestive evidence for a locus on chromosome 3...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934395/abnormal-polyamine-metabolism-is-unique-to-the-neuropathic-forms-of-mps-potential-for-biomarker-development-and-insight-into-pathogenesis
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Christian Hinderer, Nathan Katz, Jean-Pierre Louboutin, Peter Bell, Jakub Tolar, Paul J Orchard, Troy C Lund, Mohamad Nayal, Liwei Weng, Clementina Mesaros, Carolina F M de Souza, Amauri Dalla Corte, Roberto Giugliani, James M Wilson
The mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are rare genetic disorders marked by severe somatic and neurological symptoms. Development of treatments for the neurological manifestations of MPS has been hindered by the lack of objective measures of central nervous system disease burden. Identification of biomarkers for central nervous system disease in MPS patients would facilitate the evaluation of new agents in clinical trials. High throughput metabolite screening of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from a canine model of MPS I revealed a marked elevation of the polyamine, spermine, in affected animals, and gene therapy studies demonstrated that reduction of CSF spermine reflects correction of brain lesions in these animals...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934313/characterization-of-pathogenic-enterococcus-cecorum-from-different-poultry-groups-broiler-chickens-layers-turkeys-and-waterfowl
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Beata Dolka, Dorota Chrobak-Chmiel, Michał Czopowicz, Piotr Szeleszczuk
Enterococcus cecorum (EC) is known as a commensal in the intestines of mammals and birds. However, it has been described as an emerging pathogen in poultry industry worldwide. The aim of this study was to analyze and compare EC isolated from clinical material collected from poultry groups with different production purposes. The genetic diversity among pathogenic EC in relation to each specific poultry type was examined. In total, 148 isolates from independent infection outbreaks (2011-2016) were used: 76 broiler chickens (CB), 37 broiler breeders (BB), 23 layers (CL), 7 waterfowl (W) and 5 turkey (T) flocks (1 isolate/1 flock)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934242/twelve-years-of-chiari-like-malformation-and-syringomyelia-scanning-in-cavalier-king-charles-spaniels-in-the-netherlands-towards-a-more-precise-phenotype
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Katrien Wijnrocx, Leonie W L Van Bruggen, Wieteke Eggelmeijer, Erik Noorman, Arnold Jacques, Nadine Buys, Steven Janssens, Paul J J Mandigers
Chiari-like malformation (CM), syringomyelia (SM) and middle ear effusion (also called PSOM) are three conditions that frequently occur in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (CKCS). Both CM and SM are currently screened in the Netherlands prior to breeding and are graded according to the British Veterinary Association's Kennel Club (BVA/KC) scheme. This study evaluated the prevalence and estimated genetic parameter of CM, SM and middle ear effusion from 12 years of screening results. For SM, the classical method using the BVA/KC scheme, was compared with exact measuring of the central canal dilation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934241/hla-dr7-and-hla-dq2-transgenic-mouse-strains-tested-as-a-model-system-for-ximelagatran-hepatotoxicity
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Hanna Lundgren, Klara Martinsson, Karin Cederbrant, Johan Jirholt, Daniel Mucs, Katja Madeyski-Bengtson, Said Havarinasab, Per Hultman
The oral thrombin inhibitor ximelagatran was withdrawn in the late clinical trial phase because it adversely affected the liver. In approximately 8% of treated patients, drug-induced liver injury (DILI) was expressed as transient alanine transaminase (ALT) elevations. No evidence of DILI had been revealed in the pre-clinical in vivo studies. A whole genome scan study performed on the clinical study material identified a strong genetic association between the major histocompatibility complex alleles for human leucocyte antigens (HLA) (HLA-DR7 and HLA-DQ2) and elevated ALT levels in treated patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934216/genetic-polymorphisms-of-cytochrome-p450-1a2-cyp1a2-among-emiratis
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Mohammad M Al-Ahmad, Naheed Amir, Subramanian Dhanasekaran, Anne John, Yousef M Abdulrazzaq, Bassam R Ali, Salim M A Bastaki
Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) is one of the CYP450 mixed-function oxidase system that is of clinical importance due to the large number of drug interactions associated with its induction and inhibition. In addition, significant inter-individual differences in the elimination of drugs metabolized by CYP1A2 enzyme have been observed which are largely due to the highly polymorphic nature of CYP1A2 gene. However, there are limited studies on CYP1A2 phenotypes and CYP1A2 genotypes among Emiratis and thus this study was carried out to fill this gap...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934123/the-innate-and-adaptive-immune-system-as-targets-for-biologic-therapies-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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REVIEW
Grainne Holleran, Loris Lopetuso, Valentina Petito, Cristina Graziani, Gianluca Ianiro, Deirdre McNamara, Antonio Gasbarrini, Franco Scaldaferri
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an immune-mediated inflammatory condition causing inflammation of gastrointestinal and systemic cells, with an increasing prevalence worldwide. Many factors are known to trigger and maintain inflammation in IBD including the innate and adaptive immune systems, genetics, the gastrointestinal microbiome and several environmental factors. Our knowledge of the involvement of the immune system in the pathophysiology of IBD has advanced rapidly over the last two decades, leading to the development of several immune-targeted treatments with a biological source, known as biologic agents...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934093/combined-prenatal-pesticide-exposure-and-folic-acid-intake-in-relation-to-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Rebecca J Schmidt, Vladimir Kogan, Janie F Shelton, Lora Delwiche, Robin L Hansen, Sally Ozonoff, Claudia C Ma, Erin C McCanlies, Deborah H Bennett, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Daniel J Tancredi, Heather E Volk
BACKGROUND: Maternal folic acid (FA) protects against developmental toxicity from certain environmental chemicals. OBJECTIVE: We examined combined exposures to maternal FA and pesticides in relation to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHODS: Participants were California children born from 2000-2007 who were enrolled in the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) case-control study at age 2-5 y, were clinically confirmed to have ASD (n=296) or typical development (n=220), and had information on maternal supplemental FA and pesticide exposures...
September 8, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933964/identification-of-novel-spg11-mutations-in-a-cohort-of-chinese-families-with-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia
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Juan Du, Ya-Cen Hu, Bei-Sha Tang, Hong Jiang, Lu Shen
Hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) is a group of clinically and genetically heterogeneous neurological diseases. To date, studies about Chinese ARHSP have been small and limited to single case. To fill this gap, we have scanned the whole exons of KIAA1840, ZFYVE26, SPG7 and CYP7B1 genes in a group of 36 unrelated ARHSP families, which is the first study conducted to investigate the mutation frequency of these ARHSP types in China. Finally, SPG11 mutations are found in 33.33% (12/36) of ARHSP patients in our study, and no mutation was identified in SPG15, SPG5 or SPG7 genes...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933879/sleep-problems-in-preschoolers-and-maternal-depressive-symptoms-an-evaluation-of-mother-and-child-driven-effects
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Hilde Ystrom, Wendy Nilsen, Mari Hysing, Børge Sivertsen, Eivind Ystrom
Child sleep problems are associated with maternal depressive symptoms. It is unclear to what extent the association is due to direct effects or common risk factors for mother and child. Direct effects could represent child-driven processes, where child sleep problems influence maternal depressive symptoms, or mother-driven processes, where maternal depressive symptoms influence child sleep problems. Common factors could be shared genetic and familial environmental risk. Child- and mother-driven processes are direct in the sense that they are not due to common factors...
September 21, 2017: Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933792/a-common-haplotype-containing-functional-cacna1h-variants-is-frequently-coinherited-with-increased-tpsab1-copy-number
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Jonathan J Lyons, Stephanie C Stotz, Jack Chovanec, Yihui Liu, Katie L Lewis, Celeste Nelson, Thomas DiMaggio, Nina Jones, Kelly D Stone, Heejong Sung, Leslie G Biesecker, Michael A Colicos, Joshua D Milner
PurposeCaV3.2 signaling contributes to nociception, pruritus, gastrointestinal motility, anxiety, and blood pressure homeostasis. This calcium channel, encoded by CACNA1H, overlaps the human tryptase locus, wherein increased TPSAB1 copy number causes hereditary α-tryptasemia. Germ-line CACNA1H variants may contribute to the variable expressivity observed with this genetic trait.MethodsTryptase-encoding sequences at TPSAB1 and TPSB2, and TPSG1 and CACNA1H variants were genotyped in 46 families with hereditary α-tryptasemia syndrome...
September 21, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933789/trends-in-utilization-and-costs-of-brca-testing-among-women-aged-18-64-years-in-the-united-states-2003-2014
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Zhuo Chen, Katherine Kolor, Scott D Grosse, Juan L Rodriguez, Julie A Lynch, Ridgely Fisk Green, W David Dotson, M Scott Bowen, Muin J Khoury
PurposeWe examined 12-year trends in BRCA testing rates and costs in the context of clinical guidelines, national policies, and other factors.MethodsWe estimated trends in BRCA testing rates and costs from 2003 to 2014 for women aged 18-64 years using private claims data and publicly reported revenues from the primary BRCA testing provider.ResultsThe percentage of women with zero out-of-pocket payments for BRCA testing increased during 2013-2014, after 7 years of general decline, coinciding with a clarification of Affordable Care Act coverage of BRCA genetic testing...
September 21, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933623/the-defining-dna-methylation-signature-of-kabuki-syndrome-enables-functional-assessment-of-genetic-variants-of-unknown-clinical-significance
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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/28933412/genetic-substrate-reduction-therapy-a-promising-approach-for-lysosomal-storage-disorders
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REVIEW
Maria Francisca Coutinho, Juliana Inês Santos, Liliana Matos, Sandra Alves
Lysosomal storage diseases are a group of rare genetic disorders characterized by the accumulation of storage molecules in late endosomes/lysosomes. Most of them result from mutations in genes encoding for the catabolic enzymes that ensure intralysosomal digestion. Conventional therapeutic options include enzyme replacement therapy, an approach targeting the functional loss of the enzyme by injection of a recombinant one. Even though this is successful for some diseases, it is mostly effective for peripheral manifestations and has no impact on neuropathology...
November 9, 2016: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933368/biomarkers-and-imaging-findings-of-anderson-fabry-disease-what-we-know-now
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REVIEW
Idalina Beirão, Ana Cabrita, Márcia Torres, Fernando Silva, Patrício Aguiar, Francisco Laranjeira, Ana Marta Gomes
Anderson-Fabry disease (AFD) is an X-linked lysosomal storage disorder, caused by deficiency or absence of the alpha-galactosidase A activity, with a consequent glycosphingolipid accumulation. Biomarkers and imaging findings may be useful for diagnosis, identification of an organ involvement, therapy monitoring and prognosis. The aim of this article is to review the current available literature on biomarkers and imaging findings of AFD patients. An extensive bibliographic review from PubMed, Medline and Clinical Key databases was performed by a group of experts from nephrology, neurology, genetics, cardiology and internal medicine, aiming for consensus...
June 11, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
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