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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144820/pheochromocytoma-a-genetic-and-diagnostic-update
#1
Leilani B Mercado-Asis, Katherine I Wolf, Ivana Jochmanova, David Taïeb
OBJECTIVE: Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGLs) are neuroendocrine tumors derived from adrenal or extra-adrenal locations, respectively. Upon suspicion of PPGL, specific metabolomic, molecular, biochemical, imaging, and histopathological studies are performed to prove, localize, treat, and monitor disease progression. Recently, improved diagnostic tools allow physicians to accurately diagnose PPGL, even in patients presenting with small (less than 1 cm) or biochemically silent tumors, which previously delayed proper detection and treatment...
November 16, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130106/molecular-alterations-of-the-nf2-gene-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma
#2
Ning Zhang, Zhang Zhao, Jiang Long, Hai Li, Bei Zhang, Guangyong Chen, Xiaojin Li, Tingxia Lv, Wei Zhang, Xiaojuan Ou, Anjian Xu, Jian Huang
Neurofibromatosis type 2 with mutations in the neurofibromin 2 (NF2) gene, encoding the Merlin protein, is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by enhanced cancer predisposition, particularly tumors of the central nervous system. Recent animal studies indicate that disruption of NF2/Merlin function in oval cells, which are hepatic progenitor cells, may lead to the development of primary liver cancers including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC); however, its role in human primary liver cancer remains unclear...
December 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972170/%C3%AE-1-integrin-dependent-rac-group-i-pak-signaling-mediates-yap-activation-of-yes-associated-protein-1-yap1-via-nf2-merlin
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Hiba Sabra, Molly Brunner, Vinay Mandati, Bernhard Wehrle Haller, Dominique Lallemand, Anne-Sophie Ribba, Genevieve Chevalier, Philippe Guardiola, Marc R Block, Daniel Bouvard
Cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix or to surrounding cells plays a key role in cell proliferation and differentiation, and is critical for proper tissue homeostasis. An important pathway in adhesion-dependent cell proliferation is the Hippo signaling cascade, which is coregulated by the transcription factors Yes-associated protein 1 (YAP1) and transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ). However, how cells integrate extracellular information at the molecular level to regulate YAP1 nuclear localization is still puzzling...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862263/neurofibromin-c-terminus-specific-antibody-clone-nfc-is-a-valuable-tool-for-the-identification-of-nf1-inactivated-gists
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Sabrina Rossi, Daniela Gasparotto, Matilde Cacciatore, Marta Sbaraglia, Alessia Mondello, Maurizio Polano, Alessandra Mandolesi, Alessandro Gronchi, David E Reuss, Andreas von Deimling, Roberta Maestro, Angelo Paolo Dei Tos
An increasing body of evidence supports the involvement of NF1 mutations, constitutional or somatic, in the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). Due to the large size of the NF1 locus, the existence of multiple pseudogenes and the wide spectrum of mechanisms of gene inactivation, the analysis of NF1 gene status is still challenging for most laboratories. Here we sought to assess the efficacy of a recently developed neurofibromin-specific antibody (NFC) in detecting NF1-inactivated GISTs...
September 1, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860858/increased-risk-of-breast-cancer-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-current-insights
#5
REVIEW
Sacha J Howell, Kimberley Hockenhull, Zena Salih, D Gareth Evans
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is an autosomal dominant condition caused by mutation/deletion of the NF1 gene. The gene product, neurofibromin, is a tumor suppressor which represses the activity of the Ras oncogene. Central nervous system (CNS) tumors have long been associated with NF1, but their association with several other malignancies has been demonstrated. In this review, we summarize the epidemiological data that irrefutably support a link between NF1 and an increased risk of early-onset breast cancer, to levels at which annual mammography is currently recommended in national high-risk screening programs...
2017: Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859862/the-promise-of-signal-transduction-in-genetically-driven-sarcomas-of-the-nerve
#6
REVIEW
AeRang Kim, Christine A Pratilas
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is an autosomal dominant tumor predisposition syndrome. Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST) are aggressive soft tissue sarcomas arising from peripheral nerve sheaths, and the most commonly lethal feature associated with NF1. The hallmark of NF1 and NF1-related MPNST is the loss of neurofibromin expression. Loss of neurofibromin is considered a tumor-promoting event, and leads to constitutive activation of RAS and its downstream effectors. However, RAS activation alone is not sufficient for MPNST formation, and additional tumor suppressors and signaling pathways have been implicated in tumorigenesis of MPNST...
August 30, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842941/characterization-of-early-communicative-behavior-in-mouse-models-of-neurofibromatosis-type-1
#7
Susan E Maloney, Krystal C Chandler, Corina Anastasaki, Michael A Rieger, David H Gutmann, Joseph D Dougherty
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a monogenic neurodevelopmental disease caused by germline loss-of-function mutations in the NF1 tumor suppressor gene. Cognitive impairments are observed in approximately 80% of children with this disease, with 45-60% exhibiting autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptomatology. In light of the high comorbidity rate between ASD and NF1, we assessed early communicative behavior by maternal-separation induced pup ultrasonic vocalizations (USV) and developmental milestones in two distinct Nf1 genetically engineered models, one modeling clinical germline heterozygous loss of Nf1 function (Nf1(+/-) mice), and a second with somatic biallelic Nf1 inactivation in neuroglial progenitor cells (Nf1(GFAP) CKO mice)...
August 26, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840016/lung-adenocarcinoma-from-molecular-basis-to-genome-guided-therapy-and-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Roberto Chalela, Víctor Curull, César Enríquez, Lara Pijuan, Beatriz Bellosillo, Joaquim Gea
Although adenocarcinoma (ADC) is the most frequent lung cancer, its diagnosis is often late, when the local invasion is important and/or the metastases have already appeared. Therefore, the mortality at 5 years is still very high, ranging from 51% to 99%, depending on the stage. The implementation of different molecular techniques has allowed genomic studies even in relatively small histological samples such as obtained with non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques, facilitating a better phenotyping of lung ADC...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837387/crmp2-is-necessary-for-neurofibromatosis-type-1-related-pain
#9
Aubin Moutal, Song Cai, Shizhen Luo, Raphaëlle Voisin, Rajesh Khanna
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is one of the most common genetic diseases, affecting roughly 1 in 3000 individuals. As a multisystem disorder, it affects cognitive development, as well as bone, nerve and muscle constitution. Peripheral neuropathy in NF1 constitutes a potentially severe clinical complication and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The discovery of effective therapies for Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) pain depends on mechanistic understanding that has been limited, in part, by the relative lack of availability of animal models relevant to NF1 pain...
August 24, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831766/nmr-resonance-assignments-of-the-evh1-domain-of-neurofibromin-s-recruitment-factor-spred1
#10
Sebastian Führer, Linda Ahammer, Angela Ausserbichler, Klaus Scheffzek, Theresia Dunzendorfer-Matt, Martin Tollinger
Neurofibromin and Sprouty-related EVH1 domain-containing protein 1 (Spred1) both act as negative regulators of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway and are associated with the rare diseases Neurofibromatosis type 1 and Legius syndrome, respectively. Spred1 recruits the major GTPase activating protein (GAP) neurofibromin from the cytosol to the membrane in order to inactivate the small G protein Ras. These functions are dependent on the N-terminal EVH1 domain and the C-terminal Sprouty domain of Spred1 whereas the former specifically recognizes the GAP related domain of neurofibromin and the latter is responsible for membrane targeting...
October 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809766/crispr-cas9-editing-of-nf1-gene-identifies-crmp2-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-related-pain-that-is-reversed-by-s-lacosamide
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Aubin Moutal, Xiaofang Yang, Wennan Li, Kerry B Gilbraith, Shizhen Luo, Song Cai, Liberty François-Moutal, Lindsey A Chew, Seul Ki Yeon, Shreya S Bellampalli, Chaoling Qu, Jennifer Y Xie, Mohab M Ibrahim, May Khanna, Ki Duk Park, Frank Porreca, Rajesh Khanna
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a rare autosomal dominant disease linked to mutations of the Nf1 gene. Patients with NF1 commonly experience severe pain. Studies on mice with Nf1 haploinsufficiency have been instructive in identifying sensitization of ion channels as a possible cause underlying the heightened pain suffered by patients with NF1. However, behavioral assessments of Nf1 mice have led to uncertain conclusions about the potential causal role of Nf1 in pain. We used the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) genome editing system to create and mechanistically characterize a novel rat model of NF1-related pain...
December 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767512/dissecting-the-role-of-the-crmp2-neurofibromin-complex-on-pain-behaviors
#12
Aubin Moutal, Yue Wang, Xiaofang Yang, Yingshi Ji, Shizhen Luo, Angie Dorame, Shreya S Bellampalli, Lindsey A Chew, Song Cai, Erik T Dustrude, James E Keener, Michael T Marty, Todd W Vanderah, Rajesh Khanna
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a genetic disorder linked to inactivating mutations or a homozygous deletion of the Nf1 gene, is characterized by tumorigenesis, cognitive dysfunction, seizures, migraine, and pain. Omic studies on human NF1 tissues identified an increase in the expression of collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP2), a cytosolic protein reported to regulate the trafficking and activity of presynaptic N-type voltage-gated calcium (Cav2.2) channels. Because neurofibromin, the protein product of the Nf1 gene, binds to and inhibits CRMP2, the neurofibromin-CRMP2 signaling cascade will likely affect Ca channel activity and regulate nociceptive neurotransmission and in vivo responses to noxious stimulation...
November 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734009/kit-mutations-and-cd117-overexpression-are-markers-of-better-progression-free-survival-in-vulvar-melanomas
#13
D Dias-Santagata, M A Selim, Y Su, Y Peng, R Vollmer, A Chłopik, G T Marti, K Paral, S Shalin, C R Shea, S Puig, M T Fernandez-Figueras, W Biernat, J Ryś, A Marszalek, M P Hoang
BACKGROUND: Few studies have addressed prognostic markers and none has correlated molecular status and prognosis in vulvar melanomas. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: We evaluated the clinicopathologic features of 95 cases. p53, CD117, Ki-67, neurofibromin, brafv600e, and nrasq61r immunostains; and molecular analyses by either targeted next generation or direct sequencing were performed on available archival materials. RESULTS: Molecular testing detected mutations in KIT (44%), BRAF (25%), NF1 (22%), TP53 (17%), NRAS (9%), and TERT promoter (9%)...
July 22, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694401/type-1-neurofibromatosis-complicated-by-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-case-report
#14
Murathan Küçük, Can Ramazan Öncel, Mustafa Uçar, Aytül Belgi Yıldırım
Neurofibromatosis type I (NF1) is a rare genetic disease caused by mutations in the NF1 gene, which encodes the tumor suppressor neurofibromin. Precapillary pulmonary hypertension is a severe complication of NF1, initially described in patients with advanced parenchymal lung disease, which may complicate the course of NF1. Presently described is a case of neurofibromatosis complicated by pulmonary hypertension.
July 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660485/crmp2-phosphorylation-drives-glioblastoma-cell-proliferation
#15
Aubin Moutal, Lex Salas Villa, Seul Ki Yeon, Kyle T Householder, Ki Duk Park, Rachael W Sirianni, Rajesh Khanna
Glioblastoma (GBM) is an aggressive primary brain tumor. The rapid growth and the privileged provenance of the tumor within the brain contribute to its aggressivity and poor therapeutic targeting. A poor prognostic factor in glioblastoma is the deletion or mutation of the Nf1 gene. This gene codes for the protein neurofibromin, a tumor suppressor gene that is known to interact with the collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP2). CRMP2 expression and elevated expression of nuclear phosphorylated CRMP2 have recently been implicated in cancer progression...
June 28, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637487/the-nf1-somatic-mutational-landscape-in-sporadic-human-cancers
#16
REVIEW
Charlotte Philpott, Hannah Tovell, Ian M Frayling, David N Cooper, Meena Upadhyaya
BACKGROUND: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) #162200) is an autosomal dominantly inherited tumour predisposition syndrome. Heritable constitutional mutations in the NF1 gene result in dysregulation of the RAS/MAPK pathway and are causative of NF1. The major known function of the NF1 gene product neurofibromin is to downregulate RAS. NF1 exhibits variable clinical expression and is characterized by benign cutaneous lesions including neurofibromas and café-au-lait macules, as well as a predisposition to various types of malignancy, such as breast cancer and leukaemia...
June 21, 2017: Human Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598037/atypical-neurofibromatosis-type-1-with-unilateral-limb-hypertrophy-mimicking-overgrowth-syndrome
#17
K Tripolszki, K Farkas, A Sulák, G Szolnoky, B Duga, B Melegh, R G Knox, V E R Parker, R K Semple, L Kemény, M Széll, N Nagy
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1; OMIM 162200), a dominantly inherited multitumor syndrome, results from mutations in the Neurofibromin 1 (NF1) gene. We present the case of a Hungarian woman with the clinical phenotype of NF1 over her whole body and the clinical features of unilateral overgrowth involving her entire left leg. This unusual phenotype suggested either the atypical form of NF1 or the coexistence of NF1 and overgrowth syndrome. Direct sequencing of the genomic DNA isolated from peripheral blood revealed a novel frameshift mutation (c...
June 8, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556483/drug-sensitivity-and-resistance-testing-identifies-plk1-inhibitors-and-gemcitabine-as-potent-drugs-for-malignant-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumors
#18
Matthias Kolberg, Jarle Bruun, Astrid Murumägi, John P Mpindi, Christian H Bergsland, Maren Høland, Ina A Eilertsen, Stine A Danielsen, Olli Kallioniemi, Ragnhild A Lothe
Patients with malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST), a rare soft tissue cancer associated with loss of the tumor suppressor neurofibromin (NF1), have poor prognosis and typically respond poorly to adjuvant therapy. We evaluated the effect of 299 clinical and investigational compounds on seven MPNST cell lines, two primary cultures of human Schwann cells, and five normal bone marrow aspirates, to identify potent drugs for MPNST treatment with few side effects. Top hits included Polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) inhibitors (volasertib and BI2536) and the fluoronucleoside gemcitabine, which were validated in orthogonal assays measuring viability, cytotoxicity, and apoptosis...
September 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552950/genomic-profile-of-human-meningioma-cell-lines
#19
Yu Mei, Wenya Linda Bi, Noah F Greenwald, Nathalie Y Agar, Rameen Beroukhim, Gavin P Dunn, Ian F Dunn
Meningiomas, derived from arachnoid cap cells, are the most common intracranial tumor. High-grade meningiomas, as well as those located at the skull base or near venous sinuses, frequently recur and are challenging to manage. Next-generation sequencing is identifying novel pharmacologic targets in meningiomas to complement surgery and radiation. However, due to the lack of in vitro models, the importance and implications of these genetic variants in meningioma pathogenesis and therapy remain unclear. We performed whole exome sequencing to assess single nucleotide variants and somatic copy number variants in four human meningioma cell lines, including two benign lines (HBL-52 and Ben-Men-1) and two malignant lines (IOMM-Lee and CH157-MN)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425622/targeted-disruption-of-nf1-in-osteocytes-increases-fgf23-and-osteoid-with-osteomalacia-like-bone-phenotype
#20
Nobuhiro Kamiya, Ryosuke Yamaguchi, Olumide Aruwajoye, Audrey J Kim, Gen Kuroyanagi, Matthew Phipps, Naga Suresh Adapala, Jian Q Feng, Harry Kw Kim
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1, OMIM 162200), caused by NF1 gene mutations, exhibits multi-system abnormalities, including skeletal deformities in humans. Osteocytes play critical roles in controlling bone modeling and remodeling. However, the role of neurofibromin, the protein product of the NF1 gene, in osteocytes is largely unknown. This study investigated the role of neurofibromin in osteocytes by disrupting Nf1 under the Dmp1-promoter. The conditional knockout (Nf1 cKO) mice displayed serum profile of a metabolic bone disorder with an osteomalacia-like bone phenotype...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
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