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Dyskeratosis Congenita

Rosa M Porreca, Galina Glousker, Aya Awad, Maria I Matilla Fernandez, Anne Gibaud, Christian Naucke, Scott B Cohen, Tracy M Bryan, Yehuda Tzfati, Irena Draskovic, Arturo Londoño-Vallejo
Telomere maintenance protects the cell against genome instability and senescence. Accelerated telomere attrition is a characteristic of premature aging syndromes including Dyskeratosis congenita (DC). Mutations in hRTEL1 are associated with a severe form of DC called Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome (HHS). HHS patients carry short telomeres and HHS cells display telomere damage. Here we investigated how hRTEL1 contributes to telomere maintenance in human primary as well as tumor cells. Transient depletion of hRTEL1 resulted in rapid telomere shortening only in the context of telomerase-positive cells with very long telomeres and high levels of telomerase...
March 7, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Yingqi Shao, Sizhou Feng, Jinbo Huang, Jiali Huo, Yahong You, Yizhou Zheng
BACKGROUND: Dyskeratosis congenita (DC) is an inherited telomeropathy characterized by mucocutaneous dysplasia, bone marrow failure, cancer predisposition, and other somatic abnormalities. Cells from patients with DC exhibit short telomere. The genetic basis of the majority of DC cases remains unknown. METHODS: A 2 generational Chinese Han family with DC was studied using targeted capture and next-generation sequencing to identify the underlying DC-related mutations...
March 7, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Swapnil Parchand, Adarsh Barwad
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis is an opportunistic infection commonly seen in disorders that affect the immune system of the body such as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and hematological malignancies such as leukemia/lymphoma or organ transplantation. The occurrence of CMV retinitis in the absence of such condition should be thoroughly investigated, as it is a strong indicator of poor immune competence. We here report an interesting case of CMV retinitis as a presenting feature of rare multisystem disorder "Dyskeratosis congenita...
October 2017: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
Judith C W Marsh, Fernanda Gutierrez-Rodrigues, James Cooper, Jie Jiang, Shreyans Gandhi, Sachiko Kajigaya, Xingmin Feng, Maria Del Pilar F Ibanez, Flávia S Donaires, João P Lopes da Silva, Zejuan Li, Soma Das, Maria Ibanez, Alexander E Smith, Nicholas Lea, Steven Best, Robin Ireland, Austin G Kulasekararaj, Donal P McLornan, Anthony Pagliuca, Isabelle Callebaut, Neal S Young, Rodrigo T Calado, Danielle M Townsley, Ghulam J Mufti
Biallelic germline mutations in RTEL1 (regulator of telomere elongation helicase 1) result in pathologic telomere erosion and cause dyskeratosis congenita. However, the role of RTEL1 mutations in other bone marrow failure (BMF) syndromes and myeloid neoplasms, and the contribution of monoallelic RTEL1 mutations to disease development are not well defined. We screened 516 patients for germline mutations in telomere-associated genes by next-generation sequencing in 2 independent cohorts; one constituting unselected patients with idiopathic BMF, unexplained cytopenia, or myeloid neoplasms (n = 457) and a second cohort comprising selected patients on the basis of the suspicion of constitutional/familial BMF (n = 59)...
January 9, 2018: Blood Advances
Rodrigo T Calado, Diego V Clé
Despite significant progress in transplantation by the addition of alternative hematopoietic stem cell sources, many patients with inherited bone marrow failure syndromes are still not eligible for a transplant. In addition, the availability of sequencing panels has significantly improved diagnosis by identifying cryptic inherited cases. Androgens are the main nontransplant therapy for bone marrow failure in dyskeratosis congenita and Fanconi anemia, reaching responses in up to 80% of cases. Danazol and oxymetholone are more commonly used, but virilization and liver toxicity are major adverse events...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
Blanche P Alter
Patients with inherited bone marrow failure syndromes are usually identified when they develop hematologic complications such as severe bone marrow failure, myelodysplastic syndrome, or acute myeloid leukemia. They often have specific birth defects or other physical abnormalities that suggest a syndrome, and sequencing of specific genes or next-generation sequencing can determine or confirm the particular syndrome. The 4 most frequent syndromes are Fanconi anemia, dyskeratosis congenita, Diamond Blackfan anemia, and Shwachman Diamond syndrome...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
Jonathan Bizarro, U Thomas Meier
BACKGROUND: The inherited bone marrow failure syndrome dyskeratosis congenita (DC) is most frequently caused by mutations in DKC1 (MIM# 300126), the gene encoding NAP57 (aka dyskerin). The typically missense mutations modulate the interaction of NAP57 with its chaperone SHQ1, but no DC mutations have been identified in SHQ1 (MIM# 613663). Here, we report on two compound heterozygous mutations in SHQ1 in a patient with a severe neurological disorder including cerebellar degeneration. METHODS: The SHQ1 mutations were identified by patient exome sequencing...
November 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Blanche P Alter
Patients with inherited bone marrow failure syndromes are usually identified when they develop hematologic complications such as severe bone marrow failure, myelodysplastic syndrome, or acute myeloid leukemia. They often have specific birth defects or other physical abnormalities that suggest a syndrome, and sequencing of specific genes or next-generation sequencing can determine or confirm the particular syndrome. The 4 most frequent syndromes are Fanconi anemia, dyskeratosis congenita, Diamond Blackfan anemia, and Shwachman Diamond syndrome...
November 23, 2017: Blood
G Peene, E Smets, E Legius, C Cassiman
We report a case of a 25-year-old woman with unilateral Coats'-like disease. Her brother was previously diagnosed with an autosomal dominant form of dyskeratosis congenita. Genetic testing was performed by screening the TERC gene for mutations and identified heterozygosity for the n.68_124del mutation. Our case demonstrates that the exudative retinopathy seen in Coats'-like disease can be caused by mutations in a telomere-capping gene TERC as a part of the dyskeratosis congenita spectrum without other systemic involvement...
November 21, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
Cristina Olivieri, Anna Mondino, Matteo Chinello, Alessandra Risso, Enrico Finale, Marina Lanciotti, Andrea Guala
Dyskeratosis congenita (DC) is an inherited bone marrow failure disorder characterized by mucocutaneous features (skin pigmentation, nail dystrophy and oral leukoplakia), pulmonary fibrosis, hematologic and solid malignancies. Its severe form, recognized as Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome (HHS), also includes cerebellar hypoplasia, microcephaly, developmental delay and prenatal growth retardation. In literature phenotypic variability among DC patients sharing the same mutation is wellknown. To our knowledge this report describes for the first time a family of DC patients, characterized by a member with features of classic DC and another one with some features of HHS, both with the same mutation in DKC1...
October 6, 2017: Pediatric Reports
José Santiago Ibáñez-Cabellos, Giselle Pérez-Machado, Marta Seco-Cervera, Ester Berenguer-Pascual, José Luis García-Giménez, Federico V Pallardó
Loss of function of dyskerin (DKC1), NOP10 and TIN2 are responsible for different inheritance patterns of Dyskeratosis congenita (DC; ORPHA1775). They are key components of telomerase (DKC1 and NOP10) and shelterin (TIN2), and play an important role in telomere homeostasis. They participate in several fundamental cellular processes by contributing to Dyskeratosis congenita through mechanisms that are not fully understood. Presence of oxidative stress was postulated to result from telomerase ablation. However, the resulting disturbed redox status can promote telomere attrition by generating a vicious circle, which promotes cellular senescence...
April 2018: Redox Biology
Blanche P Alter, Neelam Giri, Sharon A Savage, Philip S Rosenberg
The National Cancer Institute Inherited Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes Cohort enrolls patients with the four major syndromes: Fanconi anemia, dyskeratosis congenita, Diamond Blackfan anemia, and Shwachman Diamond syndrome, and follows them with a common comprehensive protocol. The current analysis includes more than double the numbers of patients and person-years since our first report in 2010. Patients with Fanconi anemia and dyskeratosis congenita developed head and neck and anogenital squamous cell carcinomas at rates that are hundreds-fold greater than the general population...
October 19, 2017: Haematologica
Suzanne C Ward, Sharon A Savage, Neelam Giri, Blanche P Alter, Philip S Rosenberg, Dominique C Pichard, Edward W Cowen
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October 14, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Nunzia Di Maio, Rosario Vicidomini, Alberto Angrisani, Valentina Belli, Maria Furia, Mimmo Turano
Dyskerin is an essential, conserved, multifunctional protein found in the nucleolus, whose loss of function causes the rare genetic diseases X-linked dyskeratosis congenita and Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome. To further investigate the wide range of dyskerin's biological roles, we set up stable cell lines able to trigger inducible protein knockdown and allow a detailed analysis of the cascade of events occurring within a short time frame. We report that dyskerin depletion quickly induces cytoskeleton remodeling and significant alterations in endocytic Ras-related protein Rab-5A/Rab11 trafficking...
October 2017: FEBS Open Bio
Stefano Giardino, Maura Faraci, Edoardo Lanino, Giuseppe Morreale, Paola Terranova, Elena Palmisani, Carlo Dufour, Maurizio Miano
Dyskeratosis congenita is a rare congenital telomeropathy characterized by cutaneous and nail dystrophy, oral leukoplakia, and bone marrow failure. Pulmonary fibrosis and cancers are late manifestations. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant represents the only cure for those with bone marrow failure with this disease, but outcomes reported are overall poor, with organ toxicities, graft failure, and graft-versus-host disease as main issues. Although reduced intensity conditioning regimens seem to be related to better outcomes, a standard regimen for dyskeratosis congenita has never been defined...
September 30, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Michelle Bongiorno, Shayna Rivard, Daniel Hammer, Joshua Kentosh
Dyskeratosis congenita (DC) is a rare, inherited, bone marrow failure syndrome caused by premature telomere shortening. The classic mucocutaneous triad of clinical features comprises reticulated skin pigmentation, nail dysplasia, and oral leukoplakia. Multiple somatic features, including bone marrow failure, pulmonary fibrosis, and liver disease, are also common. DC significantly increases the risk for malignant transformation, including myelodysplastic syndrome, acute myeloid leukemia, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, and anogenital cancer...
August 12, 2017: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
T Guastafierro, M G Bacalini, A Marcoccia, D Gentilini, S Pisoni, A M Di Blasio, A Corsi, C Franceschi, D Raimondo, A Spanò, P Garagnani, F Bondanini
BACKGROUND: Werner syndrome is a progeroid disorder characterized by premature age-related phenotypes. Although it is well established that autosomal recessive mutations in the WRN gene is responsible for Werner syndrome, the molecular alterations that lead to disease phenotype remain still unidentified. RESULTS: To address whether epigenetic changes can be associated with Werner syndrome phenotype, we analysed genome-wide DNA methylation profile using the Infinium MethylationEPIC BeadChip in the whole blood from three patients affected by Werner syndrome compared with three age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
Payal P Khincha, Casey L Dagnall, Belynda Hicks, Kristine Jones, Abraham Aviv, Masayuki Kimura, Hormuzd Katki, Geraldine Aubert, Neelam Giri, Blanche P Alter, Sharon A Savage, Shahinaz M Gadalla
Several methods have been employed to measure telomere length (TL) in human studies. It has been difficult to directly compare the results from these studies because of differences in the laboratory techniques and output parameters. We compared TL measurements (TLMs) by the three most commonly used methods, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), flow cytometry with fluorescence in situ hybridization (flow FISH) and Southern blot, in a cohort of patients with the telomere biology disorder dyskeratosis congenita (DC) and in their unaffected relatives (controls)...
August 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Neelam Giri, Helen D Reed, Pamela Stratton, Sharon A Savage, Blanche P Alter
BACKGROUND: Children with inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (IBMFSs) may be symptomatic in utero, resulting in maternal and fetal problems during the pregnancy. Subsequent pregnancies by their mothers should be considered "high risk". METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed outcomes of 575 pregnancies in 165 unaffected mothers of offspring with Fanconi anemia (FA), dyskeratosis congenita (DC), Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA), and Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS) for events noted during pregnancy, labor, and delivery...
January 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Siddharth Shukla, Roy Parker
Loss-of-function mutations in 3'-to-5' exoribonucleases have been implicated in hereditary human diseases. For example, PARN mutations cause a severe form of dyskeratosis congenita (DC), wherein PARN deficiency leads to human telomerase RNA instability. Since the DC phenotype in PARN patients is even more severe than that of loss-of-function alleles in telomerase components, we hypothesized that PARN would also be required for the stability of other RNAs. Here, we show that PARN depletion reduces the levels of abundant human Y RNAs, which might contribute to the severe phenotype of DC observed in patients...
October 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
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