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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341839/activation-of-frataxin-protein-expression-by-antisense-oligonucleotides-targeting-the-mutant-expanded-repeat
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Liande Li, Xiulong Shen, Zhongtian Liu, Michaela Norrbom, Thazha P Prakash, Daniel O'Reilly, Vivek K Sharma, Masad J Damha, Jonathan K Watts, Frank Rigo, David R Corey
Friedreich's Ataxia (FA) is an inherited neurologic disorder caused by an expanded GAA repeat within intron 1 of the frataxin (FXN) gene that reduces expression of FXN protein. Agents that increase expression of FXN have the potential to alleviate the disease. We previously reported that duplex RNAs (dsRNAs) and antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) complementary to the GAA repeat could enhance expression of FXN protein. We now explore the potential of a diverse group of chemically modified dsRNAs and ASOs to define the breadth of repeat-targeted synthetic nucleic acids as a platform for therapeutic development for FA...
January 17, 2018: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341518/harlequin-ichthyosis-a-case-report
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C H Ugezu, A Mazumdar, E Dunn, A Das
Harlequin Ichthyosis is a very rare genetic disorder affecting mainly the skin with severe morbidity and mortality. It affects both sexes with incidence of about 1 in 300,000 live births. Autosomal recessive inheritance has been inferred with mutation in ABCA 12 gene identified. Hence, genetic counseling and mutation screening of this gene should be considered in at-risk patients. Death usually occurred in the first 3 months of life due to sepsis, feeding problems and respiratory distress. With improved neonatal care and early introduction of retinoids, its survival rate has increased...
August 8, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341445/automated-detection-of-preserved-photoreceptor-on-optical-coherence-tomography-in-choroideremia-based-on-machine-learning
#3
Zhuo Wang, Acner Camino, Ahmed M Hagag, Jie Wang, Richard G Weleber, Paul Yang, Mark E Pennesi, David Huang, Dengwang Li, Yali Jia
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) can demonstrate early deterioration of the photoreceptor integrity caused by inherited retinal degeneration diseases (IRD). A machine learning method based on random forests was developed to automatically detect continuous areas of preserved ellipsoid zone structure (an easily recognizable part of the photoreceptors on OCT) in sixteen eyes of patients with choroideremia (a type of IRD). Pseudopodial extensions protruding from the preserved ellipsoid zone areas are detected separately by a local active contour routine...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341362/a-novel-mutation-of-lrsam1-in-a-chinese-family-with-charcot-marie-tooth-disease
#4
Guohua Zhao, Jie Song, Mi Yang, Xiuhua Song, Xiaomin Liu
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is the most common inherited peripheral neuropathy characterized by progressive distal muscle weakness and atrophy with decreased or absent tendon reflexes. Mutations in LRSAM1 have been identified to cause CMT disease type 2P. We report a novel LRSAM1 mutation c.2021-2024del (p.E674VfsX11) in a Chinese autosomal dominant CMT disease type 2 family. The phenotype was characterized by late onset and mild sensory impairment. Electrophysiological findings showed normal or mildly to moderately reduced motor and sensory nerve conduction velocities in lower and upper limb nerves...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341149/quality-of-life-implications-of-risk-reducing-cancer-surgery
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REVIEW
A M Altman, J Y C Hui, T M Tuttle
BACKGROUND: Modern advances in genetic sequencing techniques have allowed for increased availability of genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes. Consequently, more people are being identified as mutation carriers and becoming aware of their increased risk of malignancy. Testing is commonplace for many inheritable cancer syndromes, and with that comes the knowledge of being a gene carrier for some patients. With increased risk of malignancy, many guidelines recommend that gene carriers partake in risk reduction strategies, including risk-reducing surgery for some syndromes...
January 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341148/outcomes-after-prophylactic-gastrectomy-for-hereditary-diffuse-gastric-cancer
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R T van der Kaaij, J P van Kessel, J M van Dieren, P Snaebjornsson, O Balagué, F van Coevorden, L E van der Kolk, K Sikorska, A Cats, J W van Sandick
BACKGROUND: Patients with hereditary diffuse gastric cancer and a CDH1 mutation have a 60-80 per cent lifetime risk of developing diffuse gastric cancer. Total prophylactic gastrectomy eliminates this risk, but is associated with considerable morbidity. The effectiveness (removal of all gastric mucosa) and outcomes of this procedure were evaluated retrospectively. METHODS: All consecutive individuals undergoing a prophylactic gastrectomy for a CDH1 mutation or gastric signet ring cell foci at the authors' institute between 2005 and 2017 were included...
January 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341116/rare-missense-mutations-in-recql-and-polg-associate-with-inherited-predisposition-to-breast-cancer
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Anna Tervasmäki, Tuomo Mantere, Jaana M Hartikainen, Saila Kauppila, Hang-Mao Lee, Susanna Koivuluoma, Mervi Grip, Peeter Karihtala, Arja Jukkola-Vuorinen, Arto Mannermaa, Robert Winqvist, Katri Pylkäs
Several known breast cancer susceptibility genes with moderate-to-high risk alleles encode proteins involved in DNA damage response (DDR). As these explain less than half of the hereditary breast cancer cases, additional predisposing alleles are likely to be discovered. Many of the previous studies utilizing massive parallel sequencing have focused on the protein-truncating variants, and the role of rare missense mutations has remained poorly addressed. In order to identify novel susceptibility factors, we have systematically analyzed the data from our parallel sequencing of 796 DDR genes in 189 Northern Finnish hereditary breast cancer patients for rare missense variants, predicted as deleterious...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340645/a-plasma-metabolomic-signature-involving-purine-metabolism-in-human-optic-atrophy-1-opa1-related-disorders
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Cinzia Bocca, Judith Kouassi Nzoughet, Stéphanie Leruez, Patrizia Amati-Bonneau, Marc Ferré, Mariame-Selma Kane, Charlotte Veyrat-Durebex, Juan Manuel Chao de la Barca, Arnaud Chevrollier, Chadi Homedan, Christophe Verny, Dan Miléa, Vincent Procaccio, Gilles Simard, Dominique Bonneau, Guy Lenaers, Pascal Reynier
Purpose: Dominant optic atrophy (DOA; MIM [Mendelian Inheritance in Man] 165500), resulting in retinal ganglion cell degeneration, is mainly caused by mutations in the optic atrophy 1 (OPA1) gene, which encodes a dynamin guanosine triphosphate (GTP)ase involved in mitochondrial membrane processing. This work aimed at determining whether plasma from OPA1 pathogenic variant carriers displays a specific metabolic signature. Methods: We applied a nontargeted clinical metabolomics pipeline based on ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC-HRMS) allowing the exploration of 500 polar metabolites in plasma...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340523/a-case-of-severe-glutathione-synthetase-deficiency-with-novel-gss-mutations
#9
H Xia, J Ye, L Wang, J Zhu, Z He
Glutathione synthetase deficiency (GSSD) is a rare inborn error of glutathione metabolism with autosomal recessive inheritance. The severe form of the disease is characterized by acute metabolic acidosis, usually present in the neonatal period with hemolytic anemia and progressive encephalopathy. A case of a male newborn infant who had severe metabolic acidosis with high anion gap, hemolytic anemia, and hyperbilirubinemia is reported. A high level of 5-oxoproline was detected in his urine and a diagnosis of generalized GSSD was made...
January 11, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339962/three-new-pax2-gene-mutations-in-patients-with-papillorenal-syndrome
#10
Alberto Galvez-Ruiz, Anthony J Lehner, Alicia Galindo-Ferreiro, Patrik Schatz
Papillorenal syndrome (PAPRS; Mendelian Inheritance in Man [MIM] 120330) is an autosomal dominant disease characterised by the presence of congenital renal and optic nerve abnormalities associated with mutations of the PAX2 gene. In this article, the authors present four patients with PAPRS who are carriers of three new PAX2 mutations, as well as another patient with a possible non-pathogenic variant of the PAX2 gene. All patients were given a full neurophthalmological examination, and all patients underwent a genetic test for PAX2...
October 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339836/the-role-of-metabolic-enzymes-in-mesenchymal-tumors-and-tumor-syndromes-genetics-pathology-and-molecular-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Inga-Marie Schaefer, Jason L Hornick, Judith V M G Bovée
The discovery of mutations in genes encoding the metabolic enzymes isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH), succinate dehydrogenase (SDH), and fumarate hydratase (FH) has expanded our understanding not only of altered metabolic pathways but also epigenetic dysregulation in cancer. IDH1/2 mutations occur in enchondromas and chondrosarcomas in patients with the non-hereditary enchondromatosis syndromes Ollier disease and Maffucci syndrome and in sporadic tumors. IDH1/2 mutations result in excess production of the oncometabolite (D)-2-hydroxyglutarate...
January 16, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339779/novel-recessive-mutations-in-msto1-cause-cerebellar-atrophy-with-pigmentary-retinopathy
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Kazuhiro Iwama, Toru Takaori, Ai Fukushima, Jun Tohyama, Akihiko Ishiyama, Chihiro Ohba, Satomi Mitsuhashi, Satoko Miyatake, Atsushi Takata, Noriko Miyake, Shuichi Ito, Hirotomo Saitsu, Takeshi Mizuguchi, Naomichi Matsumoto
Misato 1, mitochondrial distribution and morphology regulator (encoded by the MSTO1 gene), is involved in mitochondrial distribution and morphology. Recently, MSTO1 mutations have been shown to cause clinical manifestations suggestive of mitochondrial dysfunction, such as muscle weakness, short stature, motor developmental delay, and cerebellar atrophy. Both autosomal dominant and recessive modes of inheritance have been suggested. We performed whole-exome sequencing in two unrelated patients showing cerebellar atrophy, intellectual disability, and pigmentary retinopathy...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339498/mafa-missense-mutation-causes-familial-insulinomatosis-and-diabetes-mellitus
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Donato Iacovazzo, Sarah E Flanagan, Emily Walker, Rosana Quezado, Fernando Antonio de Sousa Barros, Richard Caswell, Matthew B Johnson, Matthew Wakeling, Michael Brändle, Min Guo, Mary N Dang, Plamena Gabrovska, Bruno Niederle, Emanuel Christ, Stefan Jenni, Bence Sipos, Maike Nieser, Andrea Frilling, Ketan Dhatariya, Philippe Chanson, Wouter W de Herder, Björn Konukiewitz, Günter Klöppel, Roland Stein, Márta Korbonits, Sian Ellard
The β-cell-enriched MAFA transcription factor plays a central role in regulating glucose-stimulated insulin secretion while also demonstrating oncogenic transformation potential in vitro. No disease-causing MAFA variants have been previously described. We investigated a large pedigree with autosomal dominant inheritance of diabetes mellitus or insulinomatosis, an adult-onset condition of recurrent hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia caused by multiple insulin-secreting neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas. Using exome sequencing, we identified a missense MAFA mutation (p...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339359/genetic-variants-in-immune-related-pathways-and-breast-cancer-risk-in-african-american-women-in-the-amber-consortium
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Chi-Chen Hong, Lara E Sucheston-Campbell, Song Liu, Qiang Hu, Song Yao, Kathryn L Lunetta, Stephen A Haddad, Edward A Ruiz-Narváez, Jeannette T Bensen, Ting-Yuan David Cheng, Elisa V Bandera, Lynn A Rosenberg, Christopher A Haiman, Kelvin P Lee, Sharon S Evans, Scott I Abrams, Elizabeth A Repasky, Andrew F Olshan, Julie R Palmer, Christine B Ambrosone
BACKGROUND: Constitutional immunity shaped by exposure to endemic infectious diseases and parasitic worms in Sub-Saharan Africa may play a role in the etiology of breast cancer among African American (AA) women. METHODS: A total of 13,235 gene variants in 433 genes across 45 immune pathways were analyzed in the AMBER consortium among 3,663 breast cancer cases and 4,687 controls. Gene-based pathway analyses were conducted using the adaptive rank truncated product statistic for overall breast cancer risk, and risk by estrogen receptor (ER) status...
January 16, 2018: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337205/increasing-mtdna-levels-as-therapy-for-mitochondrial-optic-neuropathies
#15
Eduardo Ruiz-Pesini, Sonia Emperador, Ester López-Gallardo, Carmen Hernandez-Ainsa, Julio Montoya
Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is a rare, inherited mitochondrial disease. No treatment has shown a clear-cut benefit on a clinically meaningful end-point. Primary open-angle glaucoma is a frequent, acquired optic neuropathy. Lowering intraocular pressure reduces disease progression. However, current methods to decelerate this progression are recognized as being inadequate. Therefore, there is a clear need to look for new therapeutic approaches. The growing evidence indicates that primary open-angle glaucoma can also be a mitochondrial optic neuropathy (MON)...
January 11, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337139/identification-of-yellow-gene-family-in-agrotis-ipsilon-and-functional-analysis-of-aiyellow-y-by-crispr-cas9
#16
Xi'en Chen, Yanghui Cao, Shuai Zhan, Yong Zhang, Anjiang Tan, Yongping Huang
The yellow gene family has been identified in several model insects, but yellow genes were poorly identified in non-model insects and the functions of yellow genes are largely unknown. In this study, we identified seven yellow genes in an important agricultural pest Agrotis ipsilon. Each gene encodes a protein containing a major royal jelly domain. Phylogenetic analysis defined these genes as yellow-y, -b, -b2, -c, -d, -e, and -h, respectively. The A. ipsilon yellow genes yellow-b, -b2, and -c were stably expressed in all developmental stages and tissues analyzed, whereas the other four yellow genes had unique expression patterns, suggesting distinct physiological roles of each gene...
January 11, 2018: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337092/germline-brca-mutation-and-outcome-in-young-onset-breast-cancer-posh-a-prospective-cohort-study
#17
Ellen R Copson, Tom C Maishman, Will J Tapper, Ramsey I Cutress, Stephanie Greville-Heygate, Douglas G Altman, Bryony Eccles, Sue Gerty, Lorraine T Durcan, Louise Jones, D Gareth Evans, Alastair M Thompson, Paul Pharoah, Douglas F Easton, Alison M Dunning, Andrew Hanby, Sunil Lakhani, Ros Eeles, Fiona J Gilbert, Hisham Hamed, Shirley Hodgson, Peter Simmonds, Louise Stanton, Diana M Eccles
BACKGROUND: Retrospective studies provide conflicting interpretations of the effect of inherited genetic factors on the prognosis of patients with breast cancer. The primary aim of this study was to determine the effect of a germline BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation on breast cancer outcomes in patients with young-onset breast cancer. METHODS: We did a prospective cohort study of female patients recruited from 127 hospitals in the UK aged 40 years or younger at first diagnosis (by histological confirmation) of invasive breast cancer...
January 11, 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336632/m%C3%A3-bius-syndrome-with-cardiac-rhabdomyomas
#18
Aimee Verner, Swati Agarwal-Sinha, Frank Yanfeng Han
BACKGROUND: Möbius syndrome is a rare congenital condition which presents not merely with 6th and 7th nerve palsies, but involves gaze paresis associated with craniofacial, limb, and other abnormalities. Heterogeneity is well known in patients with Möbius syndrome and rather than being of familial inheritance based on rare cases, it is much more recognized as a sporadic syndrome. We report an infant with features of congenital Möbius syndrome associated with cardiac rhabdomyomas in the absence of tuberous sclerosis...
January 16, 2018: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335920/clergy-s-beliefs-about-mental-illness-and-their-perception-of-its-treatability-experience-from-a-church-based-prevention-of-mother-to-child-hiv-transmission-pmtct-trial-in-nigeria
#19
Theddeus Iheanacho, Elina Stefanovics, Echezona E Ezeanolue
Clergy participating in the Healthy Beginning Initiative (N = 45), a program utilizing church workers to integrate packages of care into church activities, completed a 43-item self-administered questionnaire assessing their attitudes and beliefs about mental disorders and perception of their treatability. A majority believed that drug/alcohol use, stress and genetic inheritance could cause mental illness and that society needed to adopt more tolerant attitude toward people with mental disorders. Clergy with contact with people with mental disorders were more likely to perceive depression as treatable...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335813/organic-acidurias-in-adults-late-complications-and-management
#20
Ali Tunç Tuncel, Nikolas Boy, Marina A Morath, Friederike Hörster, Ulrike Mütze, Stefan Kölker
Organic acidurias (synonym, organic acid disorders, OADs) are a heterogenous group of inherited metabolic diseases delineated with the implementation of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry in metabolic laboratories starting in the 1960s and 1970s. Biochemically, OADs are characterized by accumulation of mono-, di- and/or tricarboxylic acids ("organic acids") and corresponding coenzyme A, carnitine and/or glycine esters, some of which are considered toxic at high concentrations. Clinically, disease onset is variable, however, affected individuals may already present during the newborn period with life-threatening acute metabolic crises and acute multi-organ failure...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
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