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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918542/the-role-of-break-induced-replication-in-large-scale-expansions-of-cag-n-ctg-n-repeats
#1
Jane C Kim, Samantha T Harris, Teresa Dinter, Kartik A Shah, Sergei M Mirkin
Expansions of (CAG)n/(CTG)n trinucleotide repeats are responsible for over a dozen neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders. Large-scale expansions are commonly observed in human pedigrees and may be explained by iterative small-scale events such as strand slippage during replication or repair DNA synthesis. Alternatively, a distinct mechanism may lead to a large-scale repeat expansion as a single step. To distinguish between these possibilities, we developed a novel experimental system specifically tuned to analyze large-scale expansions of (CAG)n/(CTG)n repeats in Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
December 5, 2016: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916885/development-of-genetic-testing-for-fragile-x-syndrome-and-associated-disorders-and-estimates-of-the-prevalence-of-fmr1-expansion-mutations
#2
REVIEW
James N Macpherson, Anna Murray
The identification of a trinucleotide (CGG) expansion as the chief mechanism of mutation in Fragile X syndrome in 1991 heralded a new chapter in molecular diagnostic genetics and generated a new perspective on mutational mechanisms in human genetic disease, which rapidly became a central paradigm ("dynamic mutation") as more and more of the common hereditary neurodevelopmental disorders were ascribed to this novel class of mutation. The progressive expansion of a CGG repeat in the FMR1 gene from "premutation" to "full mutation" provided an explanation for the "Sherman paradox," just as similar expansion mechanisms in other genes explained the phenomenon of "anticipation" in their pathogenesis...
November 30, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913616/genetic-contributors-to-intergenerational-cag-repeat-instability-in-huntington-s-disease-knock-in-mice
#3
João Luís Neto, Jong-Min Lee, Ali Afridi, Tammy Gillis, Jolene R Guide, Stephani Dempsey, Brenda Lager, Isabel Alonso, Vanessa C Wheeler, Ricardo Mouro Pinto
Huntington's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by the expansion of a CAG trinucleotide repeat in exon 1 of the HTT gene. Longer repeat sizes are associated with increased disease penetrance and earlier ages of onset. Intergenerationally unstable transmissions are common in Huntington's disease families, partly underlying the genetic anticipation seen in this disorder. Huntington's disease CAG knock-in mouse models also exhibit a propensity for intergenerational repeat size changes. In this work, we examine intergenerational instability of the CAG repeat in over 20,000 transmissions in the largest Huntington's disease knock-in mouse model breeding datasets reported to date...
December 2, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899419/progressive-cl-channel-defects-reveal-disrupted-skeletal-muscle-maturation-in-r6-2-huntington-s-mice
#4
Daniel R Miranda, Monica Wong, Shannon H Romer, Cynthia McKee, Gabriela Garza-Vasquez, Alyssa C Medina, Volker Bahn, Andrew D Steele, Robert J Talmadge, Andrew A Voss
Huntington's disease (HD) patients suffer from progressive and debilitating motor dysfunction. Previously, we discovered reduced skeletal muscle chloride channel (ClC-1) currents, inwardly rectifying potassium (Kir) channel currents, and membrane capacitance in R6/2 transgenic HD mice. The ClC-1 loss-of-function correlated with increased aberrant mRNA processing and decreased levels of full-length ClC-1 mRNA (Clcn1 gene). Physiologically, the resulting muscle hyperexcitability may help explain involuntary contractions of HD...
November 29, 2016: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899286/natural-mitochondrial-proteolysis-confirms-transcription-systematically-exchanging-deleting-nucleotides-peptides-coded-by-expanded-codons
#5
Hervé Seligmann
Protein sequences have higher linguistic complexities than human languages. This indicates undeciphered multilayered, overprinted information/genetic codes. Some superimposed genetic information is revealed by detections of transcripts systematically (a) exchanging nucleotides (nine symmetric, e.g. A<->C, fourteen asymmetric, e.g. A->C->G->A, swinger RNAs) translated according to tri-, tetra- and pentacodons, and (b) deleting mono-, dinucleotides after each trinucleotide (delRNAs). Here analyses of two independent proteomic datasets considering natural proteolysis confirm independently translation of these non-canonical RNAs, also along tetra- and pentacodons, increasing coverage of putative, cryptically encoded proteins...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895927/expansion-mosaicism-and-interruption-mechanisms-of-the-cag-repeat-mutation-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-1
#6
REVIEW
Cara Kraus-Perrotta, Sarita Lagalwar
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects the cerebellum and brainstem. The genetic mutation is an expansion of CAG trinucleotide repeats within the coding region of the ataxin-1 gene, characterizing SCA1 as a polyglutamine expansion disease like Huntington's. As with most polyglutamine expansion diseases, SCA1 follows the rules of genetic anticipation: the larger the expansion, the earlier and more rapid the symptoms. Unlike the majority of polyglutamine expansion diseases, the presence of histidine interruptions within the polyglutamine tract of ataxin-1 protein can prevent or mitigate disease...
2016: Cerebellum & Ataxias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890638/aberrant-base-excision-repair-pathway-of-oxidatively-damaged-dna-implications-for-degenerative-diseases
#7
Ibtissam Talhaoui, Bakhyt T Matkarimov, Thierry Tchenio, Dmitry O Zharkov, Murat K Saparbaev
In cellular organisms composition of DNA is constrained to only four nucleobases A, G, T and C, except for minor DNA base modifications such as methylation which serves for defence against foreign DNA or gene expression regulation. Interestingly, this severe evolutionary constraint among other things demands DNA repair systems to discriminate between regular and modified bases. DNA glycosylases specifically recognize and excise damaged bases among vast majority of regular bases in the base excision repair (BER) pathway...
November 24, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876427/fmr1-premutation-not-only-important-in-premature-ovarian-failure-but-also-in-diminished-ovarian-reserve
#8
Ali Eslami, Kamelia Farahmand, Mehdi Totonchi, Tahereh Madani, Ummulbanin Asadpour, Shabnam Zari Moradi, Hamid Gourabi, Anahita Mohseni-Meybodi
It is recognized that FMR1 premutation expansions are associated with premature ovarian failure (POF), but their role in diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) is not clearly established. Moreover, the impact of smaller repeats at the boundary of premutation and normal is less clear. Therefore, we have compared the frequency of these intermediate (45-54 repeats) and premutation (>55) sized FMR1 CGG repeats among a patients group including 188 DOR and 173 POF women and 200 controls. FSH and LH concentrations were also compared between intermediate and premutation ranges in patients...
November 23, 2016: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870408/sex-specific-effects-of-the-huntington-gene-on-normal-neurodevelopment
#9
Jessica K Lee, Yue Ding, Amy L Conrad, Elena Cattaneo, Eric Epping, Kathy Mathews, Pedro Gonzalez-Alegre, Larry Cahill, Vincent Magnotta, Bradley L Schlaggar, Joel S Perlmutter, Regina E Y Kim, Jeffrey D Dawson, Peg Nopoulos
Huntington disease is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by a gene (HTT) with a unique feature of trinucleotide repeats ranging from 10 to 35 in healthy people; when expanded beyond 39 repeats, Huntington disease develops. Animal models demonstrate that HTT is vital to brain development; however, this has not been studied in humans. Moreover, evidence suggests that triplet repeat genes may have been vital in evolution of the human brain. Here we evaluate brain structure using magnetic resonance imaging and brain function using cognitive tests in a sample of school-aged children ages 6 to 18 years old...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870126/discovery-of-therapeutic-approaches-for-polyglutamine-diseases-a-summary-of-recent-efforts
#10
REVIEW
Sofia Esteves, Sara Duarte-Silva, Patrícia Maciel
Polyglutamine (PolyQ) diseases are a group of neurodegenerative disorders caused by the expansion of cytosine-adenine-guanine (CAG) trinucleotide repeats in the coding region of specific genes. This leads to the production of pathogenic proteins containing critically expanded tracts of glutamines. Although polyQ diseases are individually rare, the fact that these nine diseases are irreversibly progressive over 10 to 30 years, severely impairing and ultimately fatal, usually implicating the full-time patient support by a caregiver for long time periods, makes their economic and social impact quite significant...
November 21, 2016: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865706/age-related-length-variability-of-polymorphic-cag-repeats
#11
Monica Sanchez-Contreras, Fernando Cardozo-Pelaez
Somatic instability of CAG repeats has been associated with the clinical progression of CAG repeat diseases. Aging and DNA repair processes influence the somatic stability of CAG repeat in disease and in mouse models. However, most of the studies have focused on genetically engineered transgenic repeats and little is known about the stability of naturally polymorphic CAG repeats. To study whether age and/or DNA repair activity have an effect on the somatic stability of CAG repeats, we analyzed variations of the length of naturally polymorphic CAG repeats in the striatum of young and aged WT and ogg1 KO mice...
October 15, 2016: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847820/autophagy-promoted-the-degradation-of-mutant-atxn3-in-neurally-differentiated-spinocerebellar-ataxia-3-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Zhanhui Ou, Min Luo, Xiaohua Niu, Yuchang Chen, Yingjun Xie, Wenyin He, Bing Song, Yexing Xian, Di Fan, Shuming OuYang, Xiaofang Sun
Spinocerebellar ataxia-3 (SCA3) is the most common dominant inherited ataxia worldwide and is caused by an unstable CAG trinucleotide expansion mutation within the ATXN3 gene, resulting in an expanded polyglutamine tract within the ATXN3 protein. Many in vitro studies have examined the role of autophagy in neurodegenerative disorders, including SCA3, using transfection models with expression of pathogenic proteins in normal cells. In the current study, we aimed to develop an improved model for studying SCA3 in vitro using patient-derived cells...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843725/development-of-highly-transferable-microsatellites-for-panax-ginseng-araliaceae-using-whole-genome-data
#13
Peng Jiang, Feng-Xue Shi, Ya-Ling Li, Bao Liu, Lin-Feng Li
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Highly transferable expressed sequence tag (EST) microsatellites were developed for Panax ginseng (Araliaceae), one of the most celebrated traditional Chinese medicines and an endangered species in East Asia, using whole-genome data. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twenty-one EST microsatellites were characterized from next-generation sequencing and were composed of di- and trinucleotide repeats. Polymorphisms and genetic diversity were evaluated for 45 accessions of three ginseng landraces...
November 2016: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834323/association-of-ctg-repeat-polymorphism-in-carnosine-dipeptidase-1-cndp1-gene-with-diabetic-nephropathy-in-north-indians
#14
Ashok K Yadav, Nisha Sinha, Vinod Kumar, Anil Bhansali, Pinaki Dutta, Vivekanand Jha
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: CNDP1 gene, present on chromosome 18q22.3-23, encodes carnosinase, the rate-limiting enzyme in hydrolysis of carnosine to ß-alanine and L-histidine. Linkage of CTG trinucleotide (leucine) repeat polymorphism in CNDP1 gene with diabetic nephropathy has been observed in several populations. However, this association is conflicting and population-dependent. We investigated this association in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients with and without nephropathy in north India...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831472/huda-zoghbi
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Huda Zoghbi's experience diagnosing patients with Rett syndrome motivated her scientific research. In an interview with Neuron, she shares a trinucleotide repeat expansion discovery story, offers advice for young investigators, and discusses the tools needed to drive discovery forward.
October 19, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830053/unbiased-mitoproteome-analyses-confirm-non-canonical-rna-expanded-codon-translations
#16
Hervé Seligmann
Proteomic MS/MS mass spectrometry detections are usually biased towards peptides cleaved by experimentally added digestion enzyme(s). Hence peptides resulting from spontaneous degradation and natural proteolysis usually remain undetected. Previous analyses of tryptic human proteome data (cleavage after K, R) detected non-canonical tryptic peptides translated according to tetra- and pentacodons (codons expanded by silent mono- and dinucleotides), and from transcripts systematically (a) deleting mono-, dinucleotides after trinucleotides (delRNAs), (b) exchanging nucleotides according to 23 bijective transformations...
2016: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824730/sex-specific-and-genotype-specific-differences-in-vocalization-development-in-fmr1-knockout-mice
#17
Conner D Reynolds, Suzanne O Nolan, Taylor Jefferson, Joaquin N Lugo
Fragile X syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by a trinucleotide (CGG) hyperexpansion in the FMR1 gene, functionally silencing transcription of the fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). This disorder is characterized by impaired cognition, communication, and social behavior. The aim of this study was to investigate the development of ultrasonic vocalization (USV) behavior in a Fmr1-deficient mouse model. On postnatal days (PD) 9-14, separate cohorts of FVB/NJ pups were removed from their homecage and isolation-induced USVs were recorded...
December 14, 2016: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819214/novel-microsatellite-markers-for-the-oriental-fruit-moth-grapholita-molesta-lepidoptera-tortricidae-and-effects-of-null-alleles-on-population-genetics-analyses
#18
W Song, L-J Cao, Y-Z Wang, B-Y Li, S-J Wei
The oriental fruit moth (OFM) Grapholita molesta (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) is an important economic pest of stone and pome fruits worldwide. We sequenced the OFM genome using next-generation sequencing and characterized the microsatellite distribution. In total, 56,674 microsatellites were identified, with 11,584 loci suitable for primer design. Twenty-seven polymorphic microsatellites, including 24 loci with trinucleotide repeat and three with pentanucleotide repeat, were validated in 95 individuals from four natural populations...
November 7, 2016: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813565/development-of-est-ssr-markers-in-the-relict-tree-davidia-involucrata-davidiaceae-using-transcriptome-sequencing
#19
Z C Long, A W Gichira, J M Chen, Q F Wang, K Liao
Davidia involucrata, reputed to be a "living fossil" in the plant kingdom, is a relict tree endemic to China. Extant natural populations are diminishing due to anthropogenic disturbance. In order to understand its ability to survive in a range of climatic conditions and to design conservation strategies for this endangered species, we developed genic simple sequence repeats (SSRs) from mRNA transcripts. In total, 142,950 contigs were assembled. Of these, 30,411 genic SSR loci were discovered and 12,208 primer pairs were designed...
October 17, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807533/combined-effect-of-polymorphisms-in-type-iii-5-%C3%AE-reductase-and-androgen-receptor-gene-with-the-risk-of-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-in-korea
#20
Chung Lyul Lee, Jaegeun Lee, Yong Gil Na, Ki Hak Song
We evaluated whether type III 5-alpha reductase (SRD5A3; steroid reductase 5-alpha 3) polymorphism was associated with susceptibility of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and the combined effects in BPH risk between the type of short tandem repeat (STR) in SRD5A3 and the length of trinucleotide (CAG) repeats in androgen receptor (AR) gene. We compared the length of AC repeats in STR region of SRD5A3 gene and a CAG repeat in AR in 188 BPH patients who underwent transurethral resection of prostate (TURP) and 98 controls by polymerase chain reaction-based methods...
October 2016: Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation
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