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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429771/crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-editing-in-one-blastomere-of-two-cell-embryos-reveals-a-novel-tet3-function-in-regulating-neocortical-development
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Lingbo Wang, Min-Yin Li, Chao Qu, Wan-Ying Miao, Qi Yin, Jiaoyang Liao, Hua-Teng Cao, Min Huang, Kai Wang, Erwei Zuo, Guangdun Peng, Shu-Xin Zhang, Guodong Chen, Qing Li, Ke Tang, Qian Yu, Zhoujie Li, Catherine Cl Wong, Guoliang Xu, Naihe Jing, Xiang Yu, Jinsong Li
Studying the early function of essential genes is an important and challenging problem in developmental biology. Here, we established a method for rapidly inducing CRISPR-Cas9-mediated mutations in one blastomere of two-cell stage embryos, termed 2-cell embryo-CRISPR-Cas9 injection (2CC), to study the in vivo function of essential (or unknown) genes in founder chimeric mice. By injecting both Cre mRNA and CRISPR-Cas9 targeting the gene of interest into fluorescent reporter mice, the 2CC method can trace both wild-type and mutant cells at different developmental stages, offering internal control for phenotypic analyses of mutant cells...
April 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422281/wnk1-hsn2-founder-mutation-in-patients-with-hereditary-sensory-and-autonomic-neuropathy-a-japanese-cohort-study
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Jun-Hui Yuan, Akihiro Hashiguchi, Akiko Yoshimura, Norio Sakai, Masanori P Takahashi, Takehiro Ueda, Akira Taniguchi, Sayaka Okamoto, Nobuo Kanazawa, Yuki Yamamoto, Kazumasa Saigoh, Susumu Kusunoki, Masahiro Ando, Yu Hiramatsu, Yuji Okamoto, Hiroshi Takashima
The clinical and genetic spectrum of hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy (HSAN) is still unknown in Japan. We collected a broad cohort of 33 unrelated patients with predominant sensory and/or autonomic dysfunctions, who were referred to our genetic laboratory. A gene panel sequencing targeting 18 HSAN-related genes was performed using a next-generation sequencing system. A recurrent frame shift mutation in the WNK1/HSN2 gene, c.3237_3238insT (p.Asp1080*), was detected in five patients. This mutation was homozygous in four cases and of a compound heterozygous genotype in one case...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417071/twenty-novel-mutations-in-bckdha-bckdhb-and-dbt-genes-in-a-cohort-of-52-saudi-arabian-patients-with-maple-syrup-urine-disease
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Faiqa Imtiaz, Abeer Al-Mostafa, Rabab Allam, Khushnooda Ramzan, Nada Al-Tassan, Asma I Tahir, Nouf S Al-Numair, Mohamed H Al-Hamed, Zuhair Al-Hassnan, Mohammad Al-Owain, Hamad Al-Zaidan, Mohammad Al-Amoudi, Alya Qari, Ameera Balobaid, Moeenaldeen Al-Sayed
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), an autosomal recessive inborn error of metabolism due to defects in the branched-chain α-ketoacid dehydrogenase (BCKD) complex, is commonly observed among other inherited metabolic disorders in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This report presents the results of mutation analysis of three of the four genes encoding the BCKD complex in 52 biochemically diagnosed MSUD patients originating from Saudi Arabia. The 25 mutations (20 novel) detected spanned across the entire coding regions of the BCKHDA, BCKDHB and DBT genes...
June 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407788/absence-of-neurological-abnormalities-in-mice-homozygous-for-the-polr3a-g672e-hypomyelinating-leukodystrophy-mutation
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Karine Choquet, Sharon Yang, Robyn D Moir, Diane Forget, Roxanne Larivière, Annie Bouchard, Christian Poitras, Nicolas Sgarioto, Marie-Josée Dicaire, Forough Noohi, Timothy E Kennedy, Joseph Rochford, Geneviève Bernard, Martin Teichmann, Benoit Coulombe, Ian M Willis, Claudia L Kleinman, Bernard Brais
Recessive mutations in the ubiquitously expressed POLR3A gene cause one of the most frequent forms of childhood-onset hypomyelinating leukodystrophy (HLD): POLR3-HLD. POLR3A encodes the largest subunit of RNA Polymerase III (Pol III), which is responsible for the transcription of transfer RNAs (tRNAs) and a large array of other small non-coding RNAs. In order to study the central nervous system pathophysiology of the disease, we introduced the French Canadian founder Polr3a mutation c.2015G > A (p.G672E) in mice, generating homozygous knock-in (KI/KI) as well as compound heterozygous mice for one Polr3a KI and one null allele (KI/KO)...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405014/update-of-the-gjb2-dfnb1-mutation-spectrum-in-russia-a-founder-ingush-mutation-del-gjb2-d13s175-is-the-most-frequent-among-other-large-deletions
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Elena A Bliznetz, Maria R Lalayants, Tatiana G Markova, Oleg P Balanovsky, Elena V Balanovska, Roza A Skhalyakho, Elvira A Pocheshkhova, Natalya V Nikitina, Sergey V Voronin, Elena K Kudryashova, Oleg S Glotov, Alexander V Polyakov
Although mutations in the GJB2 gene sequence make up the majority of variants causing autosomal-recessive non-syndromic hearing loss, few large deletions have been shown to contribute to DFNB1 deafness. Currently, genetic testing for DFNB1 hearing loss includes GJB2 sequencing and DFNB1 deletion analysis for two common large deletions, del(GJB6-D13S1830) and del(GJB6-D13S1854). Here, we report frequency in Russia, clinical significance and evolutionary origins of a 101 kb deletion, del(GJB2-D13S175), recently identified by us...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402684/a-nonsense-alms1-mutation-underlies-alstr%C3%A3-m-syndrome-in-an-extended-mennonite-kindred-settled-in-north-mexico
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Marisa Cruz-Aguilar, Carlos Galaviz-Hernández, José Hiebert-Froese, Martha Sosa-Macías, Juan Carlos Zenteno
AIM: Alström syndrome (AS) is a rare autosomal recessive multisystem disease caused by biallelic mutations in ALMS1, a gene encoding a widely expressed centrosomal/basal body protein. Although more than 200 pathogenic mutations in ALMS1 have been identified to date in AS patients from various ethnic populations, there are very few reports of ALMS1 founder mutations in isolated populations. Our aim was to describe the molecular characterization of an isolate of AS patients from an extended inbred Mennonite kindred settled in Mexico...
April 12, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398513/a-rare-splice-donor-mutation-in-the-haptoglobin-gene-associates-with-blood-lipid-levels-and-coronary-artery-disease
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Eythor Bjornsson, Hannes Helgason, Gisli Halldorsson, Anna Helgadottir, Arnaldur Gylfason, Birte Kehr, Adalbjorg Jonasdottir, Aslaug Jonasdottir, Asgeir Sigurdsson, Asmundur Oddsson, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Olafur Th Magnusson, Solveig Gretarsdottir, Florian Zink, Ragnar P Kristjansson, Margret Asgeirsdottir, Dorine W Swinkels, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Gudmundur I Eyjolfsson, Olof Sigurdardottir, Gisli Masson, Isleifur Olafsson, Gudmundur Thorgeirsson, Hilma Holm, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Daniel F Gudbjartsson, Patrick Sulem, Kari Stefansson
Common sequence variants at the haptoglobin gene (HP) have been associated with lipid levels. Through whole-genome sequencing of 8,453 Icelanders, we discovered a splice donor founder mutation in HP (NM_001126102.1:c.190 + 1G > C, minor allele frequency = 0.56%). This mutation occurs on the HP1 allele of the common copy number variant in HP and leads to a loss of function of HP1. It associates with lower levels of haptoglobin (P = 2.1 × 10-54), higher levels of non-high density lipoprotein cholesterol (β = 0...
April 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395334/natural-killer-cell-deficiency-alters-placental-development-in-rats
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Stephen J Renaud, Regan L Scott, Damayanti Chakraborty, Mohammad A K Rumi, Michael J Soares
Natural killer (NK) cells are the most prevalent leukocyte population in the uterus during early pregnancy. Natural killer cells contribute to uterine vascular (spiral artery) remodeling in preparation for the increased demand on these vessels later in pregnancy. A second wave of spiral artery modification is directed by invasive trophoblast cells. The significance of the initial wave of NK-cell-mediated vascular remodeling in species exhibiting deep trophoblast invasion such as humans and rats is not known...
January 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395030/clinical-features-molecular-heterogeneity-and-prognostic-implications-in-yars2-related-mitochondrial-myopathy
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Ewen W Sommerville, Yi Shiau Ng, Charlotte L Alston, Cristina Dallabona, Micol Gilberti, Langping He, Charlotte Knowles, Sophie L Chin, Andrew M Schaefer, Gavin Falkous, David Murdoch, Cheryl Longman, Marianne de Visser, Laurence A Bindoff, John M Rawles, John C S Dean, Richard K Petty, Maria E Farrugia, Tobias B Haack, Holger Prokisch, Robert McFarland, Douglass M Turnbull, Claudia Donnini, Robert W Taylor, Gráinne S Gorman
Importance: YARS2 mutations have been associated with a clinical triad of myopathy, lactic acidosis, and sideroblastic anemia in predominantly Middle Eastern populations. However, the identification of new patients expands the clinical and molecular spectrum of mitochondrial disorders. Objectives: To review the clinical, molecular, and genetic features of YARS2-related mitochondrial disease and to demonstrate a new Scottish founder variant. Design, Setting, and Participants: An observational case series study was conducted at a national diagnostic center for mitochondrial disease in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and review of cases published in the literature...
April 10, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394649/adamtsl4-assessment-in-ectopia-lentis-reveals-a-recurrent-founder-mutation-in-polynesians
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Katherine A van Bysterveldt, Rasha Al Taie, Will Ikink, Verity F Oliver, Andrea L Vincent
BACKGROUND: To clinically characterize a cohort of patients with ectopia lentis (EL), or Marfanoid features in whom a definite genetic diagnosis of Marfan syndrome (MFS) had been excluded (atypical MFS), and to evaluate the contribution of mutations in ADAMTSL4 (OMIM * 610113), and P3H2 (LEPREL1; OMIM * 610341) to disease in this population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Subjects underwent comprehensive ophthalmic examination, including keratometry. Mutational analysis of ADAMTSL4 and P3H2 was undertaken using PCR, high resolution melting analysis, and sequencing...
April 10, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390064/pgap3-related-hyperphosphatasia-with-mental-retardation-syndrome-report-of-10-new-patients-and-a-homozygous-founder-mutation
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M S Abdel-Hamid, M Y Issa, G A Otaify, S F Abdel-Ghafar, H M Elbendary, M S Zaki
Hyperphosphatasia with mental retardation syndrome (HPMRS) is caused by recessive mutations in genes involved in the glycosylphosphatidylinsitol pathway, including PGAP3. Herein, we describe 10 patients from 8 Egyptian families presenting with developmental delay, severe intellectual disability, distinct facial dysmorphism and increased alkaline phosphatase. Eight patients had cleft palate, four had postnatal microcephaly and five had seizures. Neuroimaging findings showed thin corpus callosum in 9 patients, mild ventriculomegaly in 3 patients and variable degrees of cerebellar vermis hypoplasia in 4 patients, a finding not previously reported in patients with HPMRS...
April 8, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386063/case-control-analysis-of-truncating-mutations-in-dna-damage-response-genes-connects-tex15-and-fancd2-with-hereditary-breast-cancer-susceptibility
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Tuomo Mantere, Anna Tervasmäki, Anna Nurmi, Katrin Rapakko, Saila Kauppila, Jiangbo Tang, Johanna Schleutker, Anne Kallioniemi, Jaana M Hartikainen, Arto Mannermaa, Pentti Nieminen, Riitta Hanhisalo, Sini Lehto, Maija Suvanto, Mervi Grip, Arja Jukkola-Vuorinen, Maria Tengström, Päivi Auvinen, Anders Kvist, Åke Borg, Carl Blomqvist, Kristiina Aittomäki, Roger A Greenberg, Robert Winqvist, Heli Nevanlinna, Katri Pylkäs
Several known breast cancer susceptibility genes encode proteins involved in DNA damage response (DDR) and are characterized by rare loss-of-function mutations. However, these explain less than half of the familial cases. To identify novel susceptibility factors, 39 rare truncating mutations, identified in 189 Northern Finnish hereditary breast cancer patients in parallel sequencing of 796 DDR genes, were studied for disease association. Mutation screening was performed for Northern Finnish breast cancer cases (n = 578-1565) and controls (n = 337-1228)...
April 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385057/a-comprehensive-molecular-investigation-of-%C3%AE-thalassemia-in-an-iranian-cohort-from-different-provinces-of-north-iran
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Hajar Eftekhari, Ahmad Tamaddoni, Hassan Mahmoudi Nesheli, Mohsen Vakili, Sadegh Sedaghat, Ali Banihashemi, Mandana Azizi, Reza Youssefi Kamangar, Haleh Akhavan-Niaki
α-Thalassemia (α-thal) is the most common monogenic disease that is caused by the absence or reduced expression of α-globin genes. The aim of this study was to investigate common α-globin mutations and their associated haplotypes in four northern provinces of Iran (Gilan, Mazandaran, Golestan, Khorasan). One thousand, one hundred and ninety-one persons were tested for α-thal mutations by gap-polymerase chain reaction (PCR), reverse dot-blot hybridization, restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis and sequencing...
April 7, 2017: Hemoglobin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381879/tfap2b-mutation-and-dental-anomalies
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Natchaya Tanasubsinn, Rekwan Sittiwangkul, Yupada Pongprot, Katsushige Kawasaki, Atsushi Ohazama, Thanapat Sastraruji, Massupa Kaewgahya, Piranit Nik Kantaputra
Mutations inTFAP2B has been reported in patients with isolated patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and Char syndrome. We performed mutation analysis of TFAP2B in 43 patients with isolated PDA, 7 patients with PDA with other congenital heart defects and 286 patients with isolated tooth agenesis with or without other dental anomalies. The heterozygous c.1006G>A mutation was identified in 20 individuals. Those mutation carriers consisted of 1 patient with term PDA (1/43), 16 patients with isolated tooth agenesis with or without other dental anomalies (16/286; 5...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381238/homozygous-germ-line-mutation-of-the-pms2-mismatch-repair-gene-a-unique-case-report-of-constitutional-mismatch-repair-deficiency-cmmrd
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N C Ramchander, N A J Ryan, E J Crosbie, D G Evans
BACKGROUND: Constitutional mismatch repair deficiency syndrome results from bi-allelic inheritance of mutations affecting the key DNA mismatch repair genes: MLH1, MSH2, MSH6 or PMS2. Individuals with bi-allelic mutations have a dysfunctional mismatch repair system from birth; as a result, constitutional mismatch repair deficiency syndrome is characterised by early onset malignancies. Fewer than 150 cases have been reported in the literature over the past 20 years. This is the first report of the founder PMS2 mutation - NM_000535...
April 5, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378778/biallelic-mutations-in-the-gene-encoding-eef1a2-cause-seizures-and-sudden-death-in-f0-mice
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Faith C J Davies, Jilly E Hope, Fiona McLachlan, Francis Nunez, Jennifer Doig, Hemant Bengani, Colin Smith, Catherine M Abbott
De novo heterozygous missense mutations in the gene encoding translation elongation factor eEF1A2 have recently been found to give rise to neurodevelopmental disorders. Children with mutations in this gene have developmental delay, epilepsy, intellectual disability and often autism; the most frequently occurring mutation is G70S. It has been known for many years that complete loss of eEF1A2 in mice causes motor neuron degeneration and early death; on the other hand heterozygous null mice are apparently normal...
April 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369810/new-epcam-founder-deletion-in-polish-population
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Dagmara Dymerska, Katarzyna Gołębiewska, Magdalena Kuświk, Helena Rudnicka, Rodney J Scott, Raewyn Billings, Andrzej Pławski, Paweł Boruń, Monika Siołek, Beata Kozak-Klonowska, Marek Szwiec, Ewa Kilar, Tomasz Huzarski, Tomasz Byrski, Jan Lubinski, Grzegorz Kurzawski
It is well known that founder mutations associated with cancer risk have useful implications for molecular diagnostics. We report the presence of a founder mutation in EPCAM involved in the etiology of Lynch syndrome (LS). The mutation extends nearly 8,7 kb (c.858 + 2478_*4507del) and is shared by eight Polish families. Family members suffered almost exclusively from colorectal cancer, however, pancreatic and gastric cancers were also apparent. Next to mutations c. 2041G>A in MLH1 gene and c.942+3A>T in MSH2, the deletion mutation encompassing EPCAM is one of the most common causative changes responsible for LS in Poland...
March 31, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369677/direct-isolation-of-seamless-mutant-bacterial-artificial-chromosomes
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George T Lyozin, Yasuhiro Kosaka, Gourab Bhattacharje, H Joseph Yost, Luca Brunelli
Seamless (i.e., without unwanted DNA sequences) mutant bacterial artificial chromosomes (BACs) generated via recombination-mediated genetic engineering (recombineering) are better suited to study gene function compared to complementary DNA (cDNA) because they contain only the specific mutation and provide all the regulatory sequences required for in vivo gene expression. However, precisely mutated BACs are typically rare (∼1:1,000 to 1:100,000), making their isolation quite challenging. Although these BACs have been classically isolated by linking the mutation to additional genes, i...
April 3, 2017: Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363792/analysing-the-outcome-of-crispr-aided-genome-editing-in-embryos-screening-genotyping-and-quality-control
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Joffrey Mianné, Gemma Codner, Adam Caulder, Rachel Fell, Marie Hutchison, Ruairidh King, Michelle E Stewart, Sara Wells, Lydia Teboul
The application of CRISPR/Cas9 technology has revolutionised genetics by greatly enhancing the efficacy of genome editing in the early embryo. Furthermore, the system has enabled the generation of allele types previously incompatible with in vivo mutagenesis. Despite its versatility and ease of implementation, CRISPR/Cas9 editing outcome is unpredictable and can generate mosaic founders. Therefore, careful genotyping and characterisation of new mutants is proving essential. The literature presents a wide range of protocols for molecular characterisation, each representing different levels of investment...
March 28, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348839/long-range-dispersal-moved-francisella-tularensis-into-western-europe-from-the-east
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Chinmay Dwibedi, Dawn Birdsell, Adrian Lärkeryd, Kerstin Myrtennäs, Caroline Öhrman, Elin Nilsson, Edvin Karlsson, Christian Hochhalter, Andrew Rivera, Sara Maltinsky, Brittany Bayer, Paul Keim, Holger C Scholz, Herbert Tomaso, Matthias Wittwer, Christian Beuret, Nadia Schuerch, Paola Pilo, Marta Hernández Pérez, David Rodriguez-Lazaro, Raquel Escudero, Pedro Anda, Mats Forsman, David M Wagner, Pär Larsson, Anders Johansson
For many infections transmitting to humans from reservoirs in nature, disease dispersal patterns over space and time are largely unknown. Here, a reversed genomics approach helped us understand disease dispersal and yielded insight into evolution and biological properties of Francisella tularensis, the bacterium causing tularemia. We whole-genome sequenced 67 strains and characterized by single-nucleotide polymorphism assays 138 strains, collected from individuals infected 1947-2012 across Western Europe. We used the data for phylogenetic, population genetic and geographical network analyses...
December 2016: Microbial Genomics
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