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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479380/crispr-groundbreaking-technology-for-rna-guided-genome-engineering
#1
EDITORIAL
Le Cong
Years of advances in high-throughput biotechnologies exemplified by nucleic acid sequencing and single-molecular imaging have led to our increasing capacity to interrogate genomes down to nucleotide accuracy with single-cell or even subcellular resolution, thereby gaining high-dimensional information on the genetic variants and epigenetic states associated with physiological and pathological processes. To achieve a causal understanding the exquisite biology encoded in our genome, researchers in the past decades have sought to develop companion genome engineering tools...
May 4, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472454/sex-in-basic-research-concepts-in-the-cardiovascular-field
#2
Renée Ventura-Clapier, Elke Dworatzek, Ute Seeland, Georgios Kararigas, Jean-Francois Arnal, Sandra Brunelleschi, Thomas C Carpenter, Jeanette Erdmann, Flavia Franconi, Elisa Giannetta, Marek Glezerman, Susanna M Hofmann, Claudine Junien, Miyuki Katai, Karolina Kublickiene, Inke R König, Gregor Majdic, Walter Malorni, Christin Mieth, Virginia M Miller, Rebecca M Reynolds, Hiroaki Shimokawa, Cara Tannenbaum, Anna Maria D'Ursi, Vera Regitz-Zagrosek
Women and men, female and male animals and cells are biologically different, and acknowledgement of this fact is critical to advancing medicine. However, incorporating concepts of sex-specific analysis in basic research is largely neglected, introducing bias into translational findings, clinical concepts and drug development. Research funding agencies recently approached these issues but implementation of policy changes in the scientific community is still limited, probably due to deficits in concepts, knowledge and proper methodology...
June 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447115/human-genetics-as-a-model-for-target-validation-finding-new-therapies-for-diabetes
#3
REVIEW
Soren K Thomsen, Anna L Gloyn
Type 2 diabetes is a global epidemic with major effects on healthcare expenditure and quality of life. Currently available treatments are inadequate for the prevention of comorbidities, yet progress towards new therapies remains slow. A major barrier is the insufficiency of traditional preclinical models for predicting drug efficacy and safety. Human genetics offers a complementary model to assess causal mechanisms for target validation. Genetic perturbations are 'experiments of nature' that provide a uniquely relevant window into the long-term effects of modulating specific targets...
April 26, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420614/applications-of-genome-editing-tools-in-precision-medicine-research
#4
Li Shuang, Yang Yuanyuan, Qiu Yan, Chen Yanhao, Xu Luwei, Ding Qiurong
The emergence of genome editing tools, such as the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated 9 (Cas9) system, has enabled researchers to achieve somatic and germline genomic manipulations in cell lines and model organisms. Within a couple of years, genome editing is now being rapidly developed for multiple applications and widely used in biomedical researches, including creation of disease models with desired genetic mutations, screening in a high-throughput manner for drug resistance genes, and making appropriate editions to genes in vivo for disease treatment...
March 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415856/gene-and-variant-annotation-for-mendelian-disorders-in-the-era-of-advanced-sequencing-technologies
#5
Samya Chakravorty, Madhuri Hegde
Comprehensive annotations of genetic and noncoding regions and corresponding accurate variant classification for Mendelian diseases are the next big challenge in the new genomic era of personalized medicine. Progress in the development of faster and more accurate pipelines for genome annotation and variant classification will lead to the discovery of more novel disease associations and candidate therapeutic targets. This ultimately will facilitate better patient recruitment in clinical trials. In this review, we describe the trends in research at the intersection of basic and clinical genomics that aims to increase understanding of overall genomic complexity, complex inheritance patterns of disease, and patient-phenotype-specific genomic associations...
April 17, 2017: Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402189/going-non-viral-the-sleeping-beauty-transposon-system-breaks-on-through-to-the-clinical-side
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Michael Hudecek, Zsuzsanna Izsvák, Sandra Johnen, Matthias Renner, Gabriele Thumann, Zoltán Ivics
Molecular medicine has entered a high-tech age that provides curative treatments of complex genetic diseases through genetically engineered cellular medicinal products. Their clinical implementation requires the ability to stably integrate genetic information through gene transfer vectors in a safe, effective and economically viable manner. The latest generation of Sleeping Beauty (SB) transposon vectors fulfills these requirements, and may overcome limitations associated with viral gene transfer vectors and transient non-viral gene delivery approaches that are prevalent in ongoing pre-clinical and translational research...
April 12, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385534/type-2-diabetes-associated-variants-with-cross-trait-relevance-post-gwas-strategies-for-biological-function-interpretation
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Francesca Frau, Daniel Crowther, Hartmut Ruetten, Karla V Allebrandt
Genome-wide association studies (GWAs) for type 2 diabetes (T2D) have been successful in identifying many loci with robust association signals. Nevertheless, there is a clear need for post-GWAs strategies to understand mechanism of action and clinical relevance of these variants. The association of several comorbidities with T2D suggests a common etiology for these phenotypes and complicates the management of the disease. In this study, we focused on the genetics underlying these relationships, using systems genomics to identify genetic variation associated with T2D and 12 other traits...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367231/molecular-subtyping-of-pancreatic-cancer-translating-genomics-and-transcriptomics-into-the-clinic
#8
REVIEW
Yongxing Du, Bangbo Zhao, Ziwen Liu, Xiaoxia Ren, Wenjing Zhao, Zongze Li, Lei You, Yupei Zhao
Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most lethal malignancies, and insights into both personalized diagnosis and intervention of this disease are urgently needed. The rapid development of sequencing technologies has enabled the successive completion of a series of genetic and epigenetic sequencing studies of pancreatic cancer. The mutational landscape of pancreatic cancer is generally portrayed in terms of somatic mutations, structural variations, epigenetic alterations and the core signaling pathways. In recent years, four significant molecular subtype classifications of pancreatic cancer have been proposed based on the expression of transcription factors and downstream targets or the distribution of structural rearrangements...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328372/psychiatric-genomics-and-mental-health-treatment-setting-the-ethical-agenda
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Camillia Kong, Michael Dunn, Michael Parker
Realizing the benefits of translating psychiatric genomics research into mental health care is not straightforward. The translation process gives rise to ethical challenges that are distinctive from challenges posed within psychiatric genomics research itself, or that form part of the delivery of clinical psychiatric genetics services. This article outlines and considers three distinct ethical concerns posed by the process of translating genomic research into frontline psychiatric practice and policy making...
April 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327571/insights-from-early-experience-of-a-rare-disease-genomic-medicine-multidisciplinary-team-a-qualitative-study
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Elizabeth Ormondroyd, Michael P Mackley, Edward Blair, Jude Craft, Julian C Knight, John Taylor, Jenny C Taylor, Andrew Om Wilkie, Hugh Watkins
Whole-exome/whole-genome sequencing (WES/WGS) has the potential to enhance genetic diagnosis of rare disease, and is increasingly becoming part of routine clinical care in mainstream medicine. Effective translation will require ongoing efforts in a number of areas including: selection of appropriate patients, provision of effective consent, pre- and post-test genetic counselling, improving variant interpretation algorithms and practices, and management of secondary findings including those found incidentally and those actively sought...
June 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321632/metastatic-melanoma-moves-on-translational-science-in-the-era-of-personalized-medicine
#11
Mitchell P Levesque, Phil F Cheng, Marieke I G Raaijmakers, Annalisa Saltari, Reinhard Dummer
Progress in understanding and treating metastatic melanoma is the result of decades of basic and translational research as well as the development of better in vitro tools for modeling the disease. Here, we review the latest therapeutic options for metastatic melanoma and the known genetic and non-genetic mechanisms of resistance to these therapies, as well as the in vitro toolbox that has provided the greatest insights into melanoma progression. These include next-generation sequencing technologies and more complex 2D and 3D cell culture models to functionally test the data generated by genomics approaches...
March 2017: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299357/integrating-functional-genomics-to-accelerate-mechanistic-personalized-medicine
#12
Jeffrey W Tyner
The advent of deep sequencing technologies has resulted in the deciphering of tremendous amounts of genetic information. These data have led to major discoveries, and many anecdotes now exist of individual patients whose clinical outcomes have benefited from novel, genetically guided therapeutic strategies. However, the majority of genetic events in cancer are currently undrugged, leading to a biological gap between understanding of tumor genetic etiology and translation to improved clinical approaches. Functional screening has made tremendous strides in recent years with the development of new experimental approaches to studying ex vivo and in vivo drug sensitivity...
March 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297567/developing-a-novel-two-dimensional-culture-system-to-enrich-human-prostate-luminal-progenitors-that-can-function-as-a-cell-of-origin-for-prostate-cancer
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Dingxiao Zhang, Kevin Lin, Yue Lu, Kiera Rycaj, Yi Zhong, Hsueh-Ping Chao, Tammy Calhoun-Davis, Jianjun Shen, Dean G Tang
Elucidating the cell of origin of cancer has great significance in stratifying patients into appropriate treatment groups and for developing novel targeted therapies. Early studies demonstrate that only stem-like basal cells in the normal human prostate (NHP) can function as the cell of origin for prostate cancer (PCa). Here, we show that the organoids derived from bulk NHP luminal cells can also be tumorigenically transformed. We further show that the WIT medium, which is used to culture human mammary epithelial progenitor cells, when combined with the ROCK inhibitor, can readily propagate a population of progenitor-like cells from the primary NHP luminal cell isolates...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293716/-diagnostics-in-human-genetics-integration-of-phenotypic-and-genomic-data
#14
Sebastian Köhler, Peter N Robinson
The development of reliable methods for annotation of clinical phenotypes and algorithms to calculate similarity values for clinical phenotype profiles will be a major challenge for genomic personalized medicine, since combined analysis of phenotypic features and genetic variants can increase diagnostic yield, especially with exome or genome sequencing. The Human Phenotype Ontology project (HPO; www.human-phenotype-ontology.org ) provides an ontology for capturing phenotypic abnormalities in human disease in a precise and comprehensive fashion...
March 14, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283684/pharmacogenetics-in-type-2-diabetes-precision-medicine-or-discovery-tool
#15
REVIEW
Jose C Florez
In recent years, technological and analytical advances have led to an explosion in the discovery of genetic loci associated with type 2 diabetes. However, their ability to improve prediction of disease outcomes beyond standard clinical risk factors has been limited. On the other hand, genetic effects on drug response may be stronger than those commonly seen for disease incidence. Pharmacogenetic findings may aid in identifying new drug targets, elucidate pathophysiology, unravel disease heterogeneity, help prioritise specific genes in regions of genetic association, and contribute to personalised or precision treatment...
March 10, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179575/key-lessons-learned-from-moffitt-s-molecular-tumor-board-the-clinical-genomics-action-committee-experience
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Todd C Knepper, Gillian C Bell, J Kevin Hicks, Eric Padron, Jamie K Teer, Teresa T Vo, Nancy K Gillis, Neil T Mason, Howard L McLeod, Christine M Walko
BACKGROUND: The increasing practicality of genomic sequencing technology has led to its incorporation into routine clinical practice. Successful identification and targeting of driver genomic alterations that provide proliferative and survival advantages to tumor cells have led to approval and ongoing development of several targeted cancer therapies. Within many major cancer centers, molecular tumor boards are constituted to shepherd precision medicine into clinical practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In July 2014, the Clinical Genomics Action Committee (CGAC) was established as the molecular tumor board companion to the Personalized Medicine Clinical Service (PMCS) at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida...
February 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159880/en-route-to-precision-medicine-through-the-integration-of-biological-sex-into-pharmacogenomics
#17
REVIEW
Lea Gaignebet, Georgios Kararigas
Frequently, pharmacomechanisms are not fully elucidated. Therefore, drug use is linked to an elevated interindividual diversity of effects, whether therapeutic or adverse, and the role of biological sex has as yet unrecognized and underestimated consequences. A pharmacogenomic approach could contribute towards the development of an adapted therapy for each male and female patient, considering also other fundamental features, such as age and ethnicity. This would represent a crucial step towards precision medicine and could be translated into clinical routine...
February 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100080/the-commercialization-of-genome-editing-technologies
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Katelyn Brinegar, Ali K Yetisen, Sun Choi, Emily Vallillo, Guillermo U Ruiz-Esparza, Anand M Prabhakar, Ali Khademhosseini, Seok-Hyun Yun
The emergence of new gene-editing technologies is profoundly transforming human therapeutics, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology. Advances in clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) have created a fertile environment for mass-scale manufacturing of cost-effective products ranging from basic research to translational medicine. In our analyses, we evaluated the patent landscape of gene-editing technologies and found that in comparison to earlier gene-editing techniques, CRISPR has gained significant traction and this has established dominance...
January 18, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057368/genomic-translational-research-paving-the-way-to-individualized-cardiac-functional-analyses-and-personalized-cardiology
#19
REVIEW
Ares Pasipoularides
For most of Medicine's past, the best that physicians could do to cope with disease prevention and treatment was based on the expected response of an average patient. Currently, however, a more personalized/precise approach to cardiology and medicine in general is becoming possible, as the cost of sequencing a human genome has declined substantially. As a result, we are witnessing an era of precipitous advances in biomedicine and bourgeoning understanding of the genetic basis of cardiovascular and other diseases, reminiscent of the resurgence of innovations in physico-mathematical sciences and biology-anatomy-cardiology in the Renaissance, a parallel time of radical change and reformation of medical knowledge, education and practice...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053071/mouse-models-for-drug-discovery-can-new-tools-and-technology-improve-translational-power
#20
Aamir Zuberi, Cathleen Lutz
The use of mouse models in biomedical research and preclinical drug evaluation is on the rise. The advent of new molecular genome-altering technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9 allows for genetic mutations to be introduced into the germ line of a mouse faster and less expensively than previous methods. In addition, the rapid progress in the development and use of somatic transgenesis using viral vectors, as well as manipulations of gene expression with siRNAs and antisense oligonucleotides, allow for even greater exploration into genomics and systems biology...
December 2016: ILAR Journal
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