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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102477/potential-new-mechanisms-of-pro-arrhythmia-in-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy-focus-on-calcium-sensitive-pathways
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REVIEW
C J M van Opbergen, M Delmar, T A B van Veen
Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, or its most well-known subform arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), is a cardiac disease mainly characterised by a gradual replacement of the myocardial mass by fibrous and fatty tissue, leading to dilatation of the ventricular wall, arrhythmias and progression towards heart failure. ARVC is commonly regarded as a disease of the intercalated disk in which mutations in desmosomal proteins are an important causative factor. Interestingly, the Dutch founder mutation PLN R14Del has been identified to play an additional, and major, role in ARVC patients within the Netherlands...
January 19, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062191/tracking-hcv-protease-population-diversity-during-transmission-and-susceptibility-of-founder-populations-to-antiviral-therapy
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Tanvi Khera, Daniel Todt, Koen Vercauteren, C Patrick McClure, Lieven Verhoye, Ali Farhoudi, Sabin Bhuju, Robert Geffers, Thomas F Baumert, Eike Steinmann, Philip Meuleman, Thomas Pietschmann, Richard J P Brown
Due to the highly restricted species-tropism of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) a limited number of animal models exist for pre-clinical evaluation of vaccines and antiviral compounds. The human-liver chimeric mouse model allows heterologous challenge with clinically relevant strains derived from patients. However, to date, the transmission and longitudinal evolution of founder viral populations in this model have not been characterized in-depth using state-of-the-art sequencing technologies. Focusing on NS3 protease encoding region of the viral genome, mutant spectra in a donor inoculum and individual recipient mice were determined via Illumina sequencing and compared, to determine the effects of transmission on founder viral population complexity...
January 3, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058688/targeted-mutagenesis-of-drosophila-rnasez-gene-by-homologous-recombination
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O V Andreenkov, E I Volkova, S A Demakov, X Xie, E B Dubrovsky, I F Zhimulev
For the first time we used a homologous recombination method to obtain complete and precise deletion of Drosophila dRNaseZ gene. In the founder line of flies in which the RNaseZ sequence was replaced by attP site, the full-length sequence of the gene was reintegrated, and its functionality was shown. This approach will allow us to generate further gene mutations in different domains of dRNaseZ protein and discover a broad spectrum and uncover functions outside of tRNA processing.
November 2016: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039895/genetic-profiling-of-children-with-advanced-cholestatic-liver-disease
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Mohammad Shagrani, Jessica Burkholder, Dieter Broering, Mohamed Abouelhoda, Tariq Faquih, Mohamed El-Kalioby, Shazia N Subhani, Ewa Goljan, Renad Albar, Dorota Monies, Nejat Mazhar, Basma S AlAbdulaziz, Khalid Al Abdelrahman, Nada Altassan, Fowzan S Alkuraya
Advanced cholestatic liver disease is a leading referral to pediatric liver transplant centers. Recent advances in the genetic classification of this group of disorders promise a highly personalized management although the genetic heterogeneity also poses a diagnostic challenge. Using a next-generation sequencing-based multi-gene panel, we performed retrospective analysis of 98 pediatric patients who presented with advanced cholestatic liver disease. A likely causal mutation was identified in the majority (61%), spanning many genes including ones that have only rarely been reported to cause cholestatic liver disease e...
December 30, 2016: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031789/the-effect-of-induced-mutations-on-quantitative-traits-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-natural-versus-artificial-conditions
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Frank W Stearns, Charles B Fenster
Mutations are the ultimate source of all genetic variations. New mutations are expected to affect quantitative traits differently depending on the extent to which traits contribute to fitness and the environment in which they are tested. The dogma is that the preponderance of mutations affecting fitness will be skewed toward deleterious while their effects on nonfitness traits will be bidirectionally distributed. There are mixed views on the role of stress in modulating these effects. We quantify mutation effects by inducing mutations in Arabidopsis thaliana (Columbia accession) using the chemical ethylmethane sulfonate...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031453/acute-liver-failure-meets-soph-syndrome-a-case-report-on-an-intermediate-phenotype
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Fanny Kortüm, Iris Marquardt, Malik Alawi, Georg Christoph Korenke, Stephanie Spranger, Peter Meinecke, Kerstin Kutsche
Acute liver failure (ALF) is a life-threatening condition in the absence of preexisting liver disease in children. The main clinical presentation comprises hepatic dysfunction, elevated liver biochemical values, and coagulopathy. The etiology of ALF remains unclear in most affected children; however, the recent identification of mutations in the neuroblastoma amplified sequence (NBAS) gene in autosomal recessively inherited ALF has shed light on the cause of a subgroup of fever-triggered pediatric ALF episodes...
January 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029522/a-novel-founder-mutation-in-mybpc3-phenotypic-comparison-with-the-most-prevalent-mybpc3-mutation-in-spain
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María Sabater-Molina, Daniel Saura, Esperanza García-Molina Sáez, Josefa González-Carrillo, Luis Polo, Inmaculada Pérez-Sánchez, María Del Carmen Olmo, María José Oliva-Sandoval, Roberto Barriales-Villa, Pablo Carbonell, Domigo Pascual-Figal, Juan R Gimeno
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Mutations in MYBPC3 are the cause of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Although most lead to a truncating protein, the severity of the phenotype differs. We describe the clinical phenotype of a novel MYBPC3 mutation, p.Pro108Alafs*9, present in 13 families from southern Spain and compare it with the most prevalent MYBPC3 mutation in this region (c.2308+1 G>A). METHODS: We studied 107 relatives of 13 index cases diagnosed as HCM carriers of the p...
October 28, 2016: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027479/characterization-of-founder-viruses-in-very-early-siv-rectal-transmission
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Zhe Yuan, Fangrui Ma, Andrew J Demers, Dong Wang, Jianqing Xu, Mark G Lewis, Qingsheng Li
: A better understanding of HIV-1 transmission is critical for developing preventative strategies. To that end, we analyzed 524 full-length env sequences of SIVmac251 at 6 and 10 days post intrarectal infection of rhesus macaques. There was no tissue compartmentalization of founder viruses across plasma, rectal and distal lymphatic tissues for most animals; however one animal has evidence of virus tissue compartmentalization. Despite identical viral inoculums, founder viruses were animal-specific, primarily derived from rare variants in the inoculum, and have a founder virus signature that can distinguish dominant founder variants from minor founder or untransmitted variants in the inoculum...
December 24, 2016: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018906/chaperonopathies-spotlight-on-hereditary-motor-neuropathies
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REVIEW
Vincenzo Lupo, Carmen Aguado, Erwin Knecht, Carmen Espinós
Distal hereditary motor neuropathies (dHMN) are a group of rare hereditary neuromuscular disorders characterized by an atrophy that affects peroneal muscles in the absence of sensory symptoms. To date, 23 genes are thought to be responsible for dHMN, four of which encode chaperones: DNAJB2, which encodes a member of the HSP40/DNAJ co-chaperone family; and HSPB1, HSPB3, and HSPB8, encoding three members of the small heat shock protein family. While around 30 different mutations in HSPB1 have been identified, the remaining three genes are altered in many fewer cases...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004384/genetic-heterogeneity-in-pakistani-microcephaly-families-revisited
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I Ahmad, S M Baig, A R Abdulkareem, M S Hussain, I Sur, M R Toliat, G Nürnberg, N Dalibor, A Moawia, S S Waseem, M Asif, H Nagra, M Sher, M M Ali Khan, I Hassan, S Ur Rehman, H Thiele, J Altmüller, A A Noegel, P Nürnberg
Autosomal recessive primary microcephaly (MCPH) is a rare and heterogeneous genetic disorder characterized by reduced head circumference, low cognitive prowess and, in general, architecturally normal brains. As many as 14 different loci have already been mapped. We recruited 35 MCPH families in Pakistan and could identify the genetic cause of the disease in 31 of them. Using homozygosity mapping complemented with whole-exome, gene panel or Sanger sequencing, we identified twelve novel mutations in three known MCPH-associated genes - nine in ASPM, two in MCPH1 and one in CDK5RAP2...
December 22, 2016: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003645/hmsn-lom-in-12-czech-patients-with-one-unusual-case-due-to-uniparental-isodisomy-of-chromosome-8
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Dana Šafka Brožková, Jaroslava Paulasová Schwabová, Jana Neupauerová, Jana Sabová, Marcela Krůtová, Vladimír Peřina, Marie Trková, Petra Laššuthová, Pavel Seeman
Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy-type Lom (HMSNL), also known as CMT4D, a demyelinating neuropathy with late-onset deafness is an autosomal recessive disorder threatening Roma population worldwide. The clinical phenotype was reported in several case reports before the gene discovery. HMSNL is caused by a homozygous founder mutation p.Arg148* in the N-Myc downstream-regulated gene 1. Here, we report findings from the Czech Republic, where HMSNL was found in 12 Czech patients from eight families. In these 12 patients, 11 of the causes were due to p...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982048/efficient-generation-of-b2m-null-pigs-via-injection-of-zygote-with-talens
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Yong Wang, Yinan Du, Xiaoyang Zhou, Lulu Wang, Jian Li, Fengchao Wang, Zhengen Huang, Xingxu Huang, Hong Wei
Donor major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC I) molecules are the main targets of the host immune response after organ allotransplantation. Whether and how MHC I-deficiency of pig donor tissues affects rejection after xenotransplantation has not been assessed. Beta2-microglobulin (B2M) is indispensable for the assembly of MHC I receptors and therefore provides an effective target to disrupt cell surface MHC I expression. Here, we report the one-step generation of mutant pigs with targeted disruptions in B2m by injection of porcine zygotes with B2m exon 2-specific TALENs...
December 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980005/characterization-of-pabpn1-expansion-mutations-in-a-large-cohort-of-mexican-patients-with-oculopharyngeal-muscular-dystrophy-opmd
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Marisa Cruz-Aguilar, Caroline Guerrero-de Ferran, Jose Luis Tovilla-Canales, Angel Nava-Castañeda, Juan C Zenteno
Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD) is an autosomal-dominant, adult-onset disorder defined by blepharoptosis, dysphagia, and proximal muscle weakness. OPMD arises from heterozygous expansions of a trinucleotide (GCN) tract situated at the 5' region of the polyadenylate RNA binding protein 1 (PABPN1) gene. The frequency of a particular (GCN) expansion in a given population of patients with OPMD is largely influenced by the occurrence of founder mutations. Analysis of large groups of patients with OPMD from different ethnic origins will help to estimate the relative contribution of each expanded allele to the disease...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936167/the-slavic-nbn-founder-mutation-a-role-for-reproductive-fitness
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Eva Seemanova, Raymonda Varon, Jan Vejvalka, Petr Jarolim, Pavel Seeman, Krystyna H Chrzanowska, Martin Digweed, Igor Resnick, Ivo Kremensky, Kathrin Saar, Katrin Hoffmann, Véronique Dutrannoy, Mohsen Karbasiyan, Mehdi Ghani, Ivo Barić, Mustafa Tekin, Peter Kovacs, Michael Krawczak, André Reis, Karl Sperling, Michael Nothnagel
The vast majority of patients with Nijmegen Breakage Syndrome (NBS) are of Slavic origin and carry a deleterious deletion (c.657del5; rs587776650) in the NBN gene on chromosome 8q21. This mutation is essentially confined to Slavic populations and may thus be considered a Slavic founder mutation. Notably, not a single parenthood of a homozygous c.657del5 carrier has been reported to date, while heterozygous carriers do reproduce but have an increased cancer risk. These observations seem to conflict with the considerable carrier frequency of c...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933661/mutations-in-the-neb-gene-cause-fetal-akinesia-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita
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Michal Feingold-Zadok, David Chitayat, Karen Chong, Marie Injeyan, Patrick Shannon, Daphne Chapmann, Ron Maymon, Nir Pillar, Orit Reish
OBJECTIVE: We studied a series of patients with fetal akinesia deformation sequence (FADS)/arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), with nemaline bodies on muscle specimens, that revealed mutations in the NEB gene. METHOD: We pathologically assessed seven cases from three families, who presented with AMC/FADS. Targeted genetic analysis for Ashkenazi Jewish (AJ) mutation (in relevant patients) was followed by next generation sequencing and Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification...
December 9, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929526/population-screening-for-brca1-brca2-founder-mutations-in-ashkenazi-jews-proactive-recruitment-compared-with-self-referral
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Sari Lieberman, Ariela Tomer, Avi Ben-Chetrit, Oded Olsha, Shalom Strano, Rachel Beeri, Sivan Koka, Hila Fridman, Karen Djemal, Itzhak Glick, Todd Zalut, Shlomo Segev, Miri Sklair, Bella Kaufman, Amnon Lahad, Aviad Raz, Ephrat Levy-Lahad
PURPOSE: Population screening of three common BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations in Ashkenazi Jews (AJ) apparently fulfills screening criteria. We compared streamlined BRCA screening via self-referral with proactive recruitment in medical settings. METHODS: Unaffected AJ, age ≥25 years without known familial mutations, were either self-referred or recruiter-enrolled. Before testing, participants received written information and self-reported family history (FH). After testing, both non-carriers with significant FH and carriers received in-person genetic counseling...
December 8, 2016: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911912/comprehensive-genetic-analysis-of-japanese-autosomal-dominant-sensorineural-hearing-loss-patients
#17
Yoh-Ichiro Iwasa, Shin-Ya Nishio, Shin-Ichi Usami
BACKGROUND: In general, autosomal dominant inherited hearing loss does not have a founder mutation, with the causative mutation different in each family. For this reason, there has been a strong need for efficient diagnosis methods for autosomal dominant sensorineural hearing loss (ADSNHL) patients. This study sought to verify the effectiveness of our analysis algorithm for the screening of ADSNHL patients as well as the usefulness of the massively parallel DNA sequencing (MPS). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Seventy-five Japanese ADSNHL patients from 53 ENT departments nationwide participated in this study...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911336/decreased-aerobic-capacity-in%C3%A2-ano5-muscular-dystrophy
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Emil Ylikallio, Mari Auranen, Ibrahim Mahjneh, Antti Lamminen, Maria Kousi, Ann-Liz Träskelin, Tiina Muurinen, Mervi Löfberg, Tapani Salmi, Anders Paetau, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki, Päivi Piirilä, Sari Kiuru-Enari
BACKGROUND: Anoctaminopathies are muscle diseases caused by recessive mutations in the ANO5 gene. The effects of anoctaminopathy on oxidative capacity have not previously been studied in a controlled setting. OBJECTIVE: To characterize oxidative capacity in a clinically and genetically well-defined series of patients with anoctaminopathy. METHODS: We sequenced the ANO5 gene in 111 Finnish patients with suspected LGMD2. Patients with positive findings underwent close clinical examination, including electromyography, muscle MRI, and, in selected cases, muscle biopsy...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906637/prevalence-of-urat1-allelic-variants-in-the-roma-population
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Blanka Stiburkova, Dana Gabrikova, Pavel Čepek, Pavel Šimek, Pavol Kristian, Elizabeth Cordoba-Lanus, Felix Claverie-Martin
The Roma represents a transnational ethnic group, with a current European population of 8-10 million. The evolutionary process that had the greatest impact on the gene pool of the Roma population is called the founder effect. Renal hypouricemia (RHUC) is a rare heterogenous inherited disorder characterized by impaired renal urate reabsorption. The affected individuals are predisposed to recurrent episodes of exercise-induced nonmyoglobinuric acute kidney injury and nephrolithiasis. To date, more than 150 patients with a loss-of-function mutation for the SLC22A12 (URAT1) gene have been found, most of whom are Asians...
December 2016: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899325/dystrophic-epidermolysis-bullosa-col7a1-mutation-landscape-in-a-multi-ethnic-cohort-of-152-extended-families-with-high-degree-of-customary-consanguineous-marriages
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Hassan Vahidnezhad, Leila Youssefian, Sirous Zeinali, Amir Hossein Saeidian, Soheila Sotoudeh, Nikoo Mozafari, Maryam Abiri, Abdol-Mohammad Kajbafzadeh, Mohammadreza Barzegar, Adam Ertel, Paolo Fortina, Jouni Uitto
Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa is a heritable skin disease manifesting with sub-lamina densa blistering, erosions, and chronic ulcers. COL7A1, encoding type VII collagen, has been identified as the candidate gene for dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. In this study, we have identified COL7A1 mutations in a large multi-ethnic cohort of 152 extended Iranian families with high degree of consanguinity. The patients were diagnosed by clinical manifestations, histopathology, and immunoepitope mapping. Mutation detection consisted of a combination of single nucleotide polymorphism-based whole-genome homozygosity mapping, Sanger sequencing, and gene-targeted next-generation sequencing...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
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