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Personal genomics

Jessica Tulloch, Lesley Leong, Sunny Chen, C Dirk Keene, Steven P Millard, Andrew Shutes-David, Oscar L Lopez, Julia Kofler, Jeffrey A Kaye, Randy Woltjer, Peter T Nelson, Janna H Neltner, Gregory A Jicha, Douglas Galasko, Eliezer Masliah, James B Leverenz, Chang-En Yu, Debby Tsuang
INTRODUCTION: Inheritance of the ε4 allele of apolipoprotein E (APOE) increases a person's risk of developing both Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Lewy body dementia (LBD), yet the underlying mechanisms behind this risk are incompletely understood. The recent identification of reduced APOE DNA methylation in AD postmortem brains prompted this study to investigate APOE methylation in LBD. METHODS: Genomic DNA from postmortem brain tissues (frontal lobe and cerebellum) of neuropathological pure (np) controls and npAD, LBD + AD, and npLBD subjects were bisulfite pyrosequenced...
March 12, 2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
Cosimo Cumbo, Luciana Impera, Crescenzio Francesco Minervini, Paola Orsini, Luisa Anelli, Antonella Zagaria, Nicoletta Coccaro, Giuseppina Tota, Angela Minervini, Paola Casieri, Claudia Brunetti, Antonella Russo Rossi, Elisa Parciante, Giorgina Specchia, Francesco Albano
For monitoring minimal residual disease (MRD) in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) the most recommended method is quantitative RT-PCR (RT-qPCR) for measuring BCR-ABL1 transcripts. Several studies reported that a DNA-based assay enhances the sensitivity of detection of the BCR-ABL1 genomic rearrangement, even if its characterization results difficult. We developed a DNA-based method for detecting and quantifying residual BCR-ABL1 positive leukemic stem cells in CML patients. We propose two alternative approaches: the first one is a fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)-based step followed by Sanger sequencing; the second one employs MinION, a single molecule sequencer based on nanopore technology...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Carol Cremin, Sarah Howard, Lyly Le, Aly Karsan, David F Schaeffer, Daniel Renouf, Kasmintan A Schrader
Background: Approximately 5% to 10% of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has a hereditary basis. In most of these defined hereditary cancer syndromes, PDAC is not the predominant cancer type. Traditional criteria for publicly funded genetic testing typically require the presence of a set combination of the predominant syndrome-associated cancer types in the family history.We report the identification of a CDKN2A pathogenic variant in a PDAC-prone family without the cutaneous features of multiple moles or melanoma that are characteristic of the Familial Atypical Multiple Mole Melanoma (FAMMM) Syndrome identified in a universal testing algorithm for inherited mutations in pancreatic cancer patients...
2018: Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice
Yan Hao, Dawei Chen, Zhiguo Zhang, Ping Zhou, Yunxia Cao, Zhaolian Wei, Xiaofeng Xu, Beili Chen, Weiwei Zou, Mingrong Lv, Dongmei Ji, Xiaojin He
Hearing loss may place a heavy burden on the patient and patient's family. Given the high incidence of hearing loss among newborns and the huge cost of treatment and care (including cochlear implantation), prenatal diagnosis is strongly recommended. Termination of the fetus may be considered as an extreme outcome to the discovery of a potential deaf fetus, and therefore preimplantation genetic diagnosis has become an important option for avoiding the birth of affected children without facing the risk of abortion following prenatal diagnosis...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Gregory A Babbitt, Jamie S Mortensen, Erin E Coppola, Lily E Adams, Justin K Liao
Traditional informatics in comparative genomics work only with static representations of biomolecules (i.e., sequence and structure), thereby ignoring the molecular dynamics (MD) of proteins that define function in the cell. A comparative approach applied to MD would connect this very short timescale process, defined in femtoseconds, to one of the longest in the universe: molecular evolution measured in millions of years. Here, we leverage advances in graphics-processing-unit-accelerated MD simulation software to develop a comparative method of MD analysis and visualization that can be applied to any two homologous Protein Data Bank structures...
March 13, 2018: Biophysical Journal
Lara Kujtan, Arif Hussain, Janakiraman Subramanian, Ashiq Masood
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent advances in next-generation sequencing have allowed for detailed molecular analysis of urothelial carcinomas, with potentially significant clinical implications for personalized treatment. Our objective in this review is to highlight studies from the past year that have furthered the understanding of urothelial cancer genomics. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies by The Cancer Genome Atlas consortium further characterized urothelial carcinomas via molecular subtyping, and a schema was proposed to match each subtype with potential therapeutic implications...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Carolina Torres, Paul J Grippo
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is projected to become the second cause of cancer-related deaths by 2020. Although it has traditionally been approached as one disease, accumulated evidences point to the clinical heterogeneity of this disease which translates into disparity in outcomes between patients. Much emphasis has been put into patient classification introducing a platform for more tailored therapies. In the last ten years, there have been important advances in the understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of PDAC, which has culminated with a comprehensive integrated genomic analysis from RNA expression profiles...
March 14, 2018: Annals of Medicine
Xiang-Tian Yu, Tao Zeng
The diversity and huge omics data take biology and biomedicine research and application into a big data era, just like that popular in human society a decade ago. They are opening a new challenge from horizontal data ensemble (e.g., the similar types of data collected from different labs or companies) to vertical data ensemble (e.g., the different types of data collected for a group of person with match information), which requires the integrative analysis in biology and biomedicine and also asks for emergent development of data integration to address the great changes from previous population-guided to newly individual-guided investigations...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Peng Wu, Jia-Li Liu, Shi-Mei Pei, Chang-Peng Wu, Kai Yang, Shu-Peng Wang, Song Wu
BACKGROUND: Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) account for over 80% of renal malignancies. The most common type of RCC can be classified into three subtypes including clear cell, papillary and chromophobe. ccRCC (the Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma) is the most frequent form and shows variations in genetics and behavior. To improve accuracy and personalized care and increase the cure rate of cancer, molecular typing for individuals is necessary. METHODS: We adopted the genome, transcriptome and methylation HMK450 data of ccRCC in The Cancer Genome Atlas Network in this research...
March 13, 2018: BMC Cancer
Emily Baker, Karl Michael Schmidt, Rebecca Sims, Michael C O'Donovan, Julie Williams, Peter Holmans, Valentina Escott-Price, With The Gerad Consortium
Polygenic risk scores (PRSs) are a method to summarize the additive trait variance captured by a set of SNPs, and can increase the power of set-based analyses by leveraging public genome-wide association study (GWAS) datasets. PRS aims to assess the genetic liability to some phenotype on the basis of polygenic risk for the same or different phenotype estimated from independent data. We propose the application of PRSs as a set-based method with an additional component of adjustment for linkage disequilibrium (LD), with potential extension of the PRS approach to analyze biologically meaningful SNP sets...
March 12, 2018: Genetic Epidemiology
Martin Johnsson, Rie Henriksen, Jesper Fogelholm, Andrey Höglund, Per Jensen, Dominic Wright
The identification of genes affecting sociality can give insights into the maintenance and development of sociality and personality. In this study, we used the combination of an advanced intercross between wild and domestic chickens with a combined QTL and eQTL genetical genomics approach to identify genes for social reinstatement, a social and anxiety-related behavior. A total of 24 social reinstatement QTL were identified and overlaid with over 600 eQTL obtained from the same birds using hypothalamic tissue...
March 12, 2018: Genetics
Virginia Neyro, Evelyne Jacqz-Aigrain, Tiphaine Adam de Beaumais
Identification of markers involved in drug disposition is crucial for drugs with a narrow therapeutic index. Individual genomic differences can affect the pharmacology of some drugs and participate to inter-individual variability in drug response. Pharmacogenetics is a useful tool in clinical practice for dosage adjustment and to limit drug toxicities. In pediatrics, physiological changes can also influence the disposition of drugs in infants, children and adolescents. The importance of ontogeny translates into different responses to the same drug in children and adults...
February 16, 2018: Thérapie
Aurélie Marquez, Zoheira Djelouadji, Virginie Lattard, Angéli Kodjo
Leptospirosis is a virulent zoonosis with a global distribution. Pathogenic spirochetes of the genus Leptospira are responsible for this disease, and the primary animal reservoirs are rodentvvvs. Direct and indirect contact with infected urine constitutes the main route of transmission. Renal failure and advanced abortions are frequently observed in animals affected by leptospirosis, causing serious problems for farms. In humans, there is a high rate of mortality (10 percent), and farmers and persons in contact with water are frequently exposed...
December 2017: International Microbiology: the Official Journal of the Spanish Society for Microbiology
Margaret O Akinhanmi, Joanna M Biernacka, Stephen M Strakowski, Susan L McElroy, Joyce E Balls Berry, Kathleen R Merikangas, Shervin Assari, Melvin G McInnis, Thomas G Schulze, Marion LeBoyer, Carol Tamminga, Christi Patten, Mark A Frye
OBJECTIVES: Health disparities between individuals of African and European ancestry are well documented. The disparities in bipolar disorder may be driven by racial bias superimposed on established factors contributing to misdiagnosis, including: evolving empirically based diagnostic criteria (International Classification of Diseases [ICD], Research Diagnostic Criteria [RDC] and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual [DSM]), multiple symptom domains (i.e. mania, depression and psychosis), and multimodal medical and additional psychiatric comorbidity...
March 12, 2018: Bipolar Disorders
Andrew Brandmaier, Sheng-Qi Hou, Sandra Demaria, Silvia C Formenti, Wen H Shen
BACKGROUND: PTEN is well known to function as a tumor suppressor that antagonizes oncogenic signaling and maintains genomic stability. The PTEN gene is frequently deleted or mutated in human cancers and the wide cancer spectrum associated with PTEN deficiency has been recapitulated in a variety of mouse models of Pten deletion or mutation. Pten mutations are highly penetrant in causing various types of spontaneous tumors that often exhibit resistance to anticancer therapies including immunotherapy...
June 2017: Frontiers in Biology
S Mathoulin-Pélissier, K Pritchard-Jones
Rare cancers are not so rare, their incidence is increasing and, as a group, they have worse survival than the common cancers. These factors emphasise the societal need to ensure sufficient focus on research into their biological basis, aetiological factors, new more effective therapies and organisation of healthcare to improve access to best practice and innovation. Accuracy of diagnosis is one of the first hurdles to be overcome, with around one third of tumours being reclassified - by type or risk group - when subject to a centralised pathology review process...
March 2, 2018: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Silvia Albert, Alejandro Garanto, Riccardo Sangermano, Mubeen Khan, Nathalie M Bax, Carel B Hoyng, Jana Zernant, Winston Lee, Rando Allikmets, Rob W J Collin, Frans P M Cremers
Sequence analysis of the coding regions and splice site sequences in inherited retinal diseases is not able to uncover ∼40% of the causal variants. Whole-genome sequencing can identify most of the non-coding variants, but their interpretation is still very challenging, in particular when the relevant gene is expressed in a tissue-specific manner. Deep-intronic variants in ABCA4 have been associated with autosomal-recessive Stargardt disease (STGD1), but the exact pathogenic mechanism is unknown. By generating photoreceptor precursor cells (PPCs) from fibroblasts obtained from individuals with STGD1, we demonstrated that two neighboring deep-intronic ABCA4 variants (c...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
Chun-Yen Lin, Kai-Wei Chang, Chia-Yi Lin, Jia-Ying Wu, Hilary Coon, Pei-Hsin Huang, Hong-Nerng Ho, Schahram Akbarian, Susan Shur-Fen Gau, Hsien-Sung Huang
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder, and the exact causal mechanism is unknown. Dysregulated allele-specific expression (ASE) has been identified in persons with ASD; however, a comprehensive analysis of ASE has not been conducted in a family quartet with ASD. To fill this gap, we analyzed ASE using genomic DNA from parent and offspring and RNA from offspring's postmortem prefrontal cortex (PFC); one of the two offspring had been diagnosed with ASD. DNA- and RNA-sequencing revealed distinct ASE patterns from the PFC of both offspring...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sonal Singh, Caitrin W McDonough, Yan Gong, Wael A Alghamdi, Meghan J Arwood, Salma A Bargal, Leanne Dumeny, Wen-Yi Li, Mai Mehanna, Bradley Stockard, Guang Yang, Felipe A de Oliveira, Natalie C Fredette, Mohamed H Shahin, Kent R Bailey, Amber L Beitelshees, Eric Boerwinkle, Arlene B Chapman, John G Gums, Stephen T Turner, Rhonda M Cooper-DeHoff, Julie A Johnson
BACKGROUND: Thiazide and thiazide-like diuretics are first-line medications for treating uncomplicated hypertension. However, their use has been associated with adverse metabolic events, including hyperglycemia and incident diabetes mellitus, with incompletely understood mechanisms. Our goal was to identify genomic variants associated with thiazide-like diuretic/chlorthalidone-induced glucose change. METHODS AND RESULTS: Genome-wide analysis of glucose change after treatment with chlorthalidone was performed by race among the white (n=175) and black (n=135) participants from the PEAR-2 (Pharmacogenomic Evaluation of Antihypertensive Responses-2)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Lionel Kankeu Fonkoua, Nelson S Yee
Palliative chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment of advanced gastric carcinoma (GC). Monoclonal antibodies including trastuzumab, ramucirumab, and pembrolizumab have been shown to provide additional benefits. However, the clinical outcomes are often unpredictable and they can vary widely among patients. Currently, no biomarker is available for predicting treatment response in the individual patient except human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) amplification and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression for effectiveness of trastuzumab and pembrolizumab, respectively...
March 9, 2018: Biomedicines
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