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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332123/braf-nras-and-gnaq-mutations-in-conjunctival-melanocytic-nevi
#1
Jasmine H Francis, Hans E Grossniklaus, Larissa A Habib, Brian Marr, David H Abramson, Klaus J Busam
Purpose: To evaluate BRAF, NRAS, and GNAQ mutations in surgical specimens of common and blue conjunctival melanocytic nevi. Methods: Surgical specimens from 25 conjunctival melanocytic nevi (23 common and 2 blue) of 25 patients were evaluated. All common nevi were analyzed immunohistochemically for the expression of BRAF V600E or NRAS Q61R. One lesion with negative immunoreactivity and for all blue nevi, a hybridization capture-based next-generation sequencing method was employed for mutation analysis...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324665/genome-wide-methylation-patterns-in-androgen-independent-prostate-cancer-cells-a-comprehensive-analysis-combining-medip-bisulfite-rna-and-microrna-sequencing-data
#2
Yumin Wang, Tingting Qin, Wangqiang Hu, Binghua Chen, Meijie Dai, Gang Xu
This study aimed to investigate the mechanisms underlying the development of the androgen-independent phenotype in prostate cancer. Methylation patterns were detected in androgen-independent and androgen-dependent lymph node carcinoma of the prostate (LNCaP) prostate carcinoma cells based on methylated DNA immunoprecipitation-bisulfite sequencing data and differentially methylated regions (DMRs) were identified. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) and micro RNAs (miRNAs) with DMRs (named MDEGs and MDEmiRNAs) were identified by combining transcriptome and methylation data, and transcription factor (TF)-DEGs with DMRs in promoter (PMDEGs) and MDEmiRNA-MDEGs networks were constructed...
January 11, 2018: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316280/giant-congenital-melanocytic-nevus-with-vascular-malformation-and-epidermal-cysts-associated-with-a-somatic-activating-mutation-in-braf
#3
Heather C Etchevers, Christian Rose, Birgit Kahle, Helmuth Vorbringer, Frédéric Fina, Pauline Heux, Irina Berger, Benjamin Schwarz, Stéphane Zaffran, Nicolas Macagno, Sven Krengel
Giant congenital melanocytic nevi may be symptomatically isolated, or syndromic. Associations with capillary malformations are exceptional, and development of epidermal cysts has not been described. A 71-year old patient with a giant congenital melanocytic nevus of the lower back, buttocks and thighs was asymptomatic except for unexpected hemorrhage during partial surgical excision years before. Blunt trauma at age 64 initiated recurrent, severe pain under the nevus; multiple large epidermal cysts then developed within it...
January 5, 2018: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209985/frequent-and-yet-unreported-gnaq-and-gna11-mutations-are-found-in-uveal-melanomas
#4
Bjoern Schneider, Katrin Riedel, Andrey Zhivov, Maja Huehns, Heike Zettl, Rudolf F Guthoff, Anselm Jünemann, Andreas Erbersdobler, Annette Zimpfer
Malignant melanoma of the uvea is the most common primary malignant tumor in the eye. We aimed to analyze GNAQ and GNA11 mutations in uveal melanomas using formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded material and correlate the results with clinicopathological parameters. Tumor tissue was microdissected followed by amplification of GNAQ exon 4 and 5, GNA11 exon 4 and 5, and finally analyzed by Sanger sequencing. A total of 64.4 GNA11/GNAQ mutations, including ten yet unreported, were found. Two cases showed multiple mutations...
December 5, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206651/novel-therapeutic-strategies-and-targets-in-advanced-uveal-melanoma
#5
Vivian Chua, Andrew E Aplin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Currently, there are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved or effective treatment options for advanced-stage uveal melanoma. In this article, we focus on therapeutic targets in pathways/mechanisms associated with common mutations in uveal melanoma. We review the challenges associated with targeting of these pathways and novel treatment strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: Common mutations that promote uveal melanoma initiation and progression include alterations in G protein subunit alpha q/11 (GNAQ/GNA11) and breast cancer gene 1-associated protein 1 (BAP1)...
December 4, 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191620/genetic-alterations-in-primary-acral-melanoma-and-acral-melanocytic-nevus-in-korea-common-mutated-genes-show-distinct-cytomorphological-features
#6
Ki Rang Moon, Yoo Duk Choi, Jung Min Kim, Suna Jin, Min-Ho Shin, Hyun-Jeong Shim, Jee-Bum Lee, Sook Jung Yun
Acral melanoma occurring on the palms, soles, and nails is the most common subtype of cutaneous melanoma in Asians. Genetic alterations in acral melanoma and acral melanocytic nevus are not well known. We performed next-generation sequencing and evaluated the correlations between genetic information and the clinicopathologic characteristicsfrom 85 Korean patients with acral melanocytic neoplasms. Of the 64 patients with acral melanoma, most had ≥ T2 stage, and the heel was the most common anatomical site of melanoma (n = 34, 53...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162033/identification-of-genome-wide-snp-snp-interactions-associated-with-important-traits-in-chicken
#7
Hui Zhang, Jia-Qiang Yu, Li-Li Yang, Luke M Kramer, Xin-Yang Zhang, Wei Na, James M Reecy, Hui Li
BACKGROUND: In addition to additive genetic effects, epistatic interactions can play key roles in the control of phenotypic variation of traits of interest. In the current study, 475 male birds from lean and fat chicken lines were utilized as a resource population to detect significant epistatic effects associated with growth and carcass traits. RESULTS: A total of 421 significant epistatic effects were associated with testis weight (TeW), from which 11 sub-networks (Sub-network1 to Sub-network11) were constructed...
November 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059311/sox10-expression-as-well-as-braf-and-gnaq-11-mutations-distinguish-pigmented-ciliary-epithelium-neoplasms-from-uveal-melanomas
#8
Taisuke Mori, Aoi Sukeda, Shigeki Sekine, Shinsuke Shibata, Eijitsu Ryo, Hideyuki Okano, Shigenobu Suzuki, Nobuyoshi Hiraoka
Purpose: Adenocarcinomas or adenomas derived from pigmented ciliary epithelium (APCE) are exceptionally rare ocular tumors. These tumors have pigmented and epithelioid features, and some APCEs are negative for keratin markers and positive for melanocytic markers. It is especially difficult to distinguish APCEs from uveal melanoma (UM). Accordingly, we examined protein expression and genetic mutations associated with APCE to facilitate diagnosis. Methods: Five APCE and 11 UM samples were obtained from patients during surgical resection at our institute...
October 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984303/analysis-of-clinically-relevant-somatic-mutations-in-high-risk-head-and-neck-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#9
Catherine Zilberg, Matthew Weicai Lee, Bing Yu, Bruce Ashford, Spiridoula Kraitsek, Marie Ranson, Kerwin Shannon, Mark Cowley, N Gopalakrishna Iyer, Carsten E Palme, Sydney Ch'ng, Tsu-Hui Hubert Low, Sandra O'Toole, Jonathan R Clark, Ruta Gupta
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma is the second most prevalent malignancy, most frequently occurring in the head and neck (head and neck cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma). Treatment of locally advanced or metastatic disease is associated with functional morbidity and disfigurement. Underlying genetic mechanisms are poorly understood. Targeted sequencing of 48 clinically relevant genes was performed on DNA extracted from formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded high-risk primary head and neck cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas that remained non-metastatic at minimum follow-up of 24 months...
October 6, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982892/uveal-melanoma-gnaq-and-gna11-mutations-in-a-greek-population
#10
Filippos Psinakis, Anastasia Katseli, Chryssanthy Koutsandrea, Konstantina Frangia, Lina Florentin, Despina Apostolopoulou, Konstantina Dimakopoulou, Dimitrios Papakonstantinou, Eleni Georgopoulou, Dimitrios Brouzas
BACKGROUND/AIM: Uveal melanoma is the most common primary adult intraocular malignancy. It is known to have a strong metastatic potential, fatal for the vast majority of patients. In recent years, meticulous cytogenetic and molecular profiling has led to precise prognostication, that unfortunately is not matched by advancements in adjuvant therapies. G Protein subunits alpha Q (GNAQ) and alpha 11 (GNA11) are two of the major driver genes that contribute to the development of uveal melanoma...
October 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972303/kinome-wide-transcriptional-profiling-of-uveal-melanoma-reveals-new-vulnerabilities-to-targeted-therapeutics
#11
Fiona P Bailey, Kim Clarke, Helen Kalirai, Jenna Kenyani, Haleh Shahidipour, Francesco Falciani, Judy M Coulson, Joseph J Sacco, Sarah E Coupland, Patrick A Eyers
Metastatic uveal melanoma (UM) is invariably fatal, usually within a year of diagnosis. There are currently no effective therapies, and clinical studies employing kinase inhibitors have so far demonstrated limited success. This is despite common activating mutations in GNAQ/11 genes, which trigger signalling pathways that might predispose tumours to a variety of targeted drugs. In this study, we have profiled kinome expression network dynamics in various human ocular melanomas. We uncovered a shared transcriptional profile in human primary UM samples and across a variety of experimental cell-based models...
October 3, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941044/potential-biological-targets-for-bioassay-development-in-drug-discovery-of-sturge-weber-syndrome
#12
REVIEW
Fatemeh Mohammadipanah, Fatemeh Salimi
Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS) is a neurocutaneous disease with clinical manifestations including ocular (glaucoma), cutaneous (port-wine birthmark), neurologic (seizures), and vascular problems. Molecular mechanisms of SWS pathogenesis are initiated by the somatic mutation in GNAQ. Therefore, no definite treatments exist for SWS and treatment options only mitigate the intensity of its clinical manifestations. Biological assay design for drug discovery against this syndrome demands comprehensive knowledge on mechanisms which are involved in its pathogenesis...
September 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881731/detection-of-braf-nras-kit-gnaq-gna11-and-map2k1-2-mutations-in-russian-melanoma-patients-using-lna-pcr-clamp-and-biochip-analysis
#13
Marina Emelyanova, Lilit Ghukasyan, Ivan Abramov, Oxana Ryabaya, Evgenia Stepanova, Anna Kudryavtseva, Asiya Sadritdinova, Cholpon Dzhumakova, Tatiana Belysheva, Sergey Surzhikov, Lyudmila Lyubchenko, Alexander Zasedatelev, Tatiana Nasedkina
Target inhibitors are used for melanoma treatment, and their effectiveness depends on the tumor genotype. We developed a diagnostic biochip for the detection of 39 clinically relevant somatic mutations in the BRAF, NRAS, KIT, GNAQ, GNA11, MAP2K1 and MAP2K2 genes. We used multiplex locked nucleic acid (LNA) PCR clamp for the preferable amplification of mutated over wild type DNA. The amplified fragments were labeled via the incorporation of fluorescently labeled dUTP during PCR and were hybridized with specific oligonucleotides immobilized on a biochip...
August 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809862/gnaq-and-gna11-mutations-and-downstream-yap-activation-in-choroidal-nevi
#14
M J C Vader, M C Madigan, M Versluis, H M Suleiman, G Gezgin, N A Gruis, J J Out-Luiting, W Bergman, R M Verdijk, M J Jager, P A van der Velden
BACKGROUND: Mutations in GNAQ/11 genes are considered an early event in the development of uveal melanoma that may derive from a pre-existing nevus. The Hippo pathway, by way of YAP activation, rather than MAP kinase, has a role in the oncogenic capacity of GNAQ/11 mutations. METHODS: We investigated 16 nevi from 13 human eyes for driver GNAQ/11 mutations using droplet digital PCR and determined whether nevi are clonal by quantifying mutant nevus cell fractions...
September 5, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802492/blue-nevi-and-related-tumors
#15
REVIEW
Artur Zembowicz
The major entities related to blue nevus are common blue nevus, cellular blue nevus, atypical blue nevus, and malignant blue nevus. These lesions share presence of dermal pigmented dendritic melanocytes derived from embryonal precursors to melanocytes, Schwann cells, and glial cells migrating to the skin from the ventral neural crest. Genetically, blue nevi harbor mutations in G-protein-coupled receptor subunits GNAQ and GNA11. Progression to malignant blue nevus is associated with additional mutations and partial gains and losses of chromosomal material...
September 2017: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796000/genomic-analysis-of-pigmented-epithelioid-melanocytomas-reveals-recurrent-alterations-in-prkar1a-and-prkca-genes
#16
Jarish N Cohen, Nancy M Joseph, Jeffrey P North, Courtney Onodera, Artur Zembowicz, Philip E LeBoit
Pigmented epithelioid melanocytoma (PEM) is a rare cutaneous melanocytic tumor first described as epithelioid blue nevus in patients with the Carney Complex (CC). PEM was among the first established examples of an intermediate class of melanocytic tumors, including atypical Spitz tumors, with frequent metastasis to lymph nodes but only rare extranodal spread. Sporadic and CC-associated PEM are essentially histologically indistinguishable. A subset of PEM shows loss of cytoplasmic expression of the protein kinase A regulatory subunit alpha (PRKAR1A), a tumor suppressor gene mutated in 70% of families with CC...
October 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728954/ultrasound-histopathological-and-genetic-features-of-uveal-melanoma-in-a-mexican-mestizo-population
#17
S Delgado, A Rodriguez Reyes, L Mora Rios, A Dueñas-González, L Taja-Chayeb, E Moragrega Adame
OBJECTIVE: To describe the ultrasound, histopathological and genetic characteristics of uveal melanoma in a Mexican-Mestizo population. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 39 enucleated eyes with a histopathological diagnosis of uveal melanoma were assessed by describing the clinical findings, and ultrasound, histopathological and genetic features. RESULTS: A high correlation was observed between tumour height measurement using ultrasound and histopathology...
July 17, 2017: Archivos de la Sociedad Española de Oftalmología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704922/transcriptome-differences-in-porcine-alveolar-macrophages-from-tongcheng-and-large-white-pigs-in-response-to-highly-pathogenic-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-prrsv-infection
#18
Wan Liang, Likai Ji, Yu Zhang, Yueran Zhen, Qingde Zhang, Xuewen Xu, Bang Liu
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is a single-stranded positive-sense RNA virus that can cause devastating reproductive failure and respiratory tract lesions, which has led to serious damage to the swine industry worldwide. Our previous studies have indicated that Tongcheng (TC) pigs, a Chinese local breed, have stronger resistance or tolerance to PRRSV infection than Large White (LW) pigs. This study aims to investigate their host transcriptome differences in porcine alveolar macrophages (PAMs) at 7 days post challenge...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700778/frequent-gnaq-gna11-and-eif1ax-mutations-in-iris-melanoma
#19
Simone L Scholz, Inga Möller, Henning Reis, Daniela Süßkind, Johannes A P van de Nes, Sonia Leonardelli, Bastian Schilling, Elisabeth Livingstone, Tobias Schimming, Annette Paschen, Antje Sucker, Rajmohan Murali, Klaus-Peter Steuhl, Dirk Schadendorf, Henrike Westekemper, Klaus G Griewank
Purpose: The most common malignant intraocular tumors with a high mortality in adults are uveal melanomas. Uveal melanomas arise most frequently in the choroid or ciliary body (97%) and rarely in the iris (3%). Whereas conjunctival and posterior uveal (ciliary body and choroidal) melanomas have been studied in more detail genetically, little data exist regarding iris melanomas. Methods: In our study, we genetically analyzed 19 iris melanomas, 8 ciliary body melanomas, 3 ring melanomas, and 4 iris nevi...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594900/systematic-genomic-and-translational-efficiency-studies-of-uveal-melanoma
#20
Chelsea Place Johnson, Ivana K Kim, Bita Esmaeli, Ali Amin-Mansour, Daniel J Treacy, Scott L Carter, Eran Hodis, Nikhil Wagle, Sara Seepo, Xiaoxing Yu, Anne Marie Lane, Evangelos S Gragoudas, Francisca Vazquez, Elizabeth Nickerson, Kristian Cibulskis, Aaron McKenna, Stacey B Gabriel, Gad Getz, Eliezer M Van Allen, Peter A C 't Hoen, Levi A Garraway, Scott E Woodman
To further our understanding of the somatic genetic basis of uveal melanoma, we sequenced the protein-coding regions of 52 primary tumors and 3 liver metastases together with paired normal DNA. Known recurrent mutations were identified in GNAQ, GNA11, BAP1, EIF1AX, and SF3B1. The role of mutated EIF1AX was tested using loss of function approaches including viability and translational efficiency assays. Knockdown of both wild type and mutant EIF1AX was lethal to uveal melanoma cells. We probed the function of N-terminal tail EIF1AX mutations by performing RNA sequencing of polysome-associated transcripts in cells expressing endogenous wild type or mutant EIF1AX...
2017: PloS One
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