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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075481/diagnosis-of-spinocerebellar-ataxias-caused-by-trinucleotide-repeat-expansions
#1
Joanne E Martindale
Spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are a group of disorders that are both clinically and genetically heterogeneous. They usually demonstrate onset in adulthood, but some forms may have juvenile or infantile onset. There are many different types of SCA, demonstrating different modes of inheritance and types of mutation. The most common forms are due to dominantly inherited expansions in trinucleotide repeat sequences located within the coding region of the relevant genes, and these are readily identifiable by molecular genetic testing...
January 11, 2017: Current Protocols in Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053699/identification-of-target-genes-for-spermatogenic-cell-specific-krab-transcription-factor-zfp819-in-a-male-germ-cell-line
#2
Sora Jin, Heejin Choi, Jun Tae Kwon, Jihye Kim, Juri Jeong, Jaehwan Kim, Seong Hyeon Hong, Chunghee Cho
BACKGROUND: Zfp819, a member of the Krüppel-associated box (KRAB) family, encodes a spermatogenic cell-specific transcription factor. Zfp819-overexpression induces apoptosis and inhibits proliferation in somatic cell lines. RESULTS: In the present study, we examined the cellular effects of Zfp819 in a male germ cell line (GC-2 cells). Overexpression of Zfp819 demonstrated an increase in the number of apoptotic cells, leading to inhibition of proliferation in GC-2 cells...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042823/identification-and-analysis-of-rna-editing-sites-in-the-chloroplast-transcripts-of-aegilops-tauschii-l
#3
Mengxing Wang, Hui Liu, Lingqiao Ge, Guangwei Xing, Meng Wang, Song Weining, Xiaojun Nie
RNA editing is an important way to convert cytidine (C) to uridine (U) at specific sites within RNA molecules at a post-transcriptional level in the chloroplasts of higher plants. Although it has been systematically studied in many plants, little is known about RNA editing in the wheat D genome donor Aegilops tauschii L. Here, we investigated the chloroplast RNA editing of Ae. tauschii and compared it with other wheat relatives to trace the evolution of wheat. Through bioinformatics prediction, a total of 34 C-to-U editing sites were identified, 17 of which were validated using RT-PCR product sequencing...
December 30, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035996/novel-nine-exon-ar-transcripts-exon-1-exon-1b-exons-2-8-in-normal-and-cancerous-breast-and-prostate-cells
#4
Dong Gui Hu, Ross A McKinnon, Julie-Ann Hulin, Peter I Mackenzie, Robyn Meech
Nearly 20 different transcripts of the human androgen receptor (AR) are reported with two currently listed as Refseq isoforms in the NCBI database. Isoform 1 encodes wild-type AR (type 1 AR) and isoform 2 encodes the variant AR45 (type 2 AR). Both variants contain eight exons: they share common exons 2-8 but differ in exon 1 with the canonical exon 1 in isoform 1 and the variant exon 1b in isoform 2. Splicing of exon 1 or exon 1b is reported to be mutually exclusive. In this study, we identified a novel exon 1b (1b/TAG) that contains an additional TAG trinucleotide upstream of exon 1b...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027448/induced-pluripotent-hd-monkey-stem-cells-derived-neural-cells-for-drug-discovery
#5
Tanut Kunkanjanawan, Richard Carter, Kwan-Sung Ahn, Jinjing Yang, Rangsun Parnpai, Anthony W S Chan
Huntington's disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by an expansion of CAG trinucleotide repeat (polyglutamine [polyQ]) in the huntingtin ( HTT) gene, which leads to the formation of mutant HTT (mHTT) protein aggregates. In the nervous system, an accumulation of mHTT protein results in glutamate-mediated excitotoxicity, proteosome instability, and apoptosis. Although HD pathogenesis has been extensively studied, effective treatment of HD has yet to be developed. Therapeutic discovery research in HD has been reported using yeast, cells derived from transgenic animal models and HD patients, and induced pluripotent stem cells from patients...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017481/atxn2-trinucleotide-repeat-length-correlates-with-risk-of-als
#6
William Sproviero, Aleksey Shatunov, Daniel Stahl, Maryam Shoai, Wouter van Rheenen, Ashley R Jones, Safa Al-Sarraj, Peter M Andersen, Nancy M Bonini, Francesca L Conforti, Philip Van Damme, Hussein Daoud, Maria Del Mar Amador, Isabella Fogh, Monica Forzan, Ben Gaastra, Cinzia Gellera, Aaron D Gitler, John Hardy, Pietro Fratta, Vincenzo La Bella, Isabelle Le Ber, Tim Van Langenhove, Serena Lattante, Yi-Chung Lee, Andrea Malaspina, Vincent Meininger, Stéphanie Millecamps, Richard Orrell, Rosa Rademakers, Wim Robberecht, Guy Rouleau, Owen A Ross, Francois Salachas, Katie Sidle, Bradley N Smith, Bing-Wen Soong, Gianni Sorarù, Giovanni Stevanin, Edor Kabashi, Claire Troakes, Christine van Broeckhoven, Jan H Veldink, Leonard H van den Berg, Christopher E Shaw, John F Powell, Ammar Al-Chalabi
We investigated a CAG trinucleotide repeat expansion in the ATXN2 gene in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Two new case-control studies, a British dataset of 1474 ALS cases and 567 controls, and a Dutch dataset of 1328 ALS cases and 691 controls were analyzed. In addition, to increase power, we systematically searched PubMed for case-control studies published after 1 August 2010 that investigated the association between ATXN2 intermediate repeats and ALS. We conducted a meta-analysis of the new and existing studies for the relative risks of ATXN2 intermediate repeat alleles of between 24 and 34 CAG trinucleotide repeats and ALS...
November 24, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003473/primase-is-required-for-helicase-activity-and-helicase-alters-the-specificity-of-primase-in-the-enteropathogen-clostridium-difficile
#7
Erika van Eijk, Vasileios Paschalis, Matthew Green, Annemieke H Friggen, Marilynn A Larson, Keith Spriggs, Geoffrey S Briggs, Panos Soultanas, Wiep Klaas Smits
DNA replication is an essential and conserved process in all domains of life and may serve as a target for the development of new antimicrobials. However, such developments are hindered by subtle mechanistic differences and limited understanding of DNA replication in pathogenic microorganisms. Clostridium difficile is the main cause of healthcare-associated diarrhoea and its DNA replication machinery is virtually uncharacterized. We identify and characterize the mechanistic details of the putative replicative helicase (CD3657), helicase-loader ATPase (CD3654) and primase (CD1454) of C...
December 2016: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997534/dna-methylation-signatures-of-the-plant-chromomethyltransferases
#8
Quentin Gouil, David C Baulcombe
DNA methylation in plants is traditionally partitioned into CG, CHG and CHH contexts (with H any nucleotide but G). By investigating DNA methylation patterns in trinucleotide contexts in four angiosperm species, we show that such a representation hides spatial and functional partitioning of different methylation pathways and is incomplete. CG methylation (mCG) is largely context-independent whereas, at CHG motifs, there is under-representation of mCCG in pericentric regions of A. thaliana and tomato and throughout the chromosomes of maize and rice...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992085/muscle-atrophy-is-associated-with-cervical-spinal-motoneuron-loss-in-bachd-mouse-model-for-huntington-s-disease
#9
Priscila Aparecida Costa Valadão, Bárbara Campos de Aragão, Jéssica Neves Andrade, Matheus Proença S M Gomes, Giselle Foureaux, Julliane Vasconcelos Joviano-Santos, José Carlos Nogueira, Fabíola Mara Ribeiro, Juan Carlos Tapia, Cristina Guatimosim
Involuntary choreiform movements are clinical hallmark of Huntington's disease, an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder caused by an increased number of CAG trinucleotide repeats in the huntingtin gene. Involuntary movements start with an impairment of facial muscles and then affect trunk and limbs muscles. Huntington's disease symptoms are caused by changes in cortex and striatum neurons induced by mutated huntingtin. However little is known about the impact of this abnormal protein in spinal cord motoneurons that control movement...
December 19, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980005/characterization-of-pabpn1-expansion-mutations-in-a-large-cohort-of-mexican-patients-with-oculopharyngeal-muscular-dystrophy-opmd
#10
Marisa Cruz-Aguilar, Caroline Guerrero-de Ferran, Jose Luis Tovilla-Canales, Angel Nava-Castañeda, Juan C Zenteno
Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD) is an autosomal-dominant, adult-onset disorder defined by blepharoptosis, dysphagia, and proximal muscle weakness. OPMD arises from heterozygous expansions of a trinucleotide (GCN) tract situated at the 5' region of the polyadenylate RNA binding protein 1 (PABPN1) gene. The frequency of a particular (GCN) expansion in a given population of patients with OPMD is largely influenced by the occurrence of founder mutations. Analysis of large groups of patients with OPMD from different ethnic origins will help to estimate the relative contribution of each expanded allele to the disease...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979358/dna-repair-in-the-trinucleotide-repeat-disorders
#11
Lesley Jones, Henry Houlden, Sarah J Tabrizi
BACKGROUND: Inherited diseases caused by unstable repeated DNA sequences are rare, but together represent a substantial cause of morbidity. Trinucleotide repeat disorders are severe, usually life-shortening, neurological disorders caused by nucleotide expansions, and most have no disease-modifying treatments. Longer repeat expansions are associated with genetic anticipation (ie, earlier disease onset in successive generations), although the differences in age at onset are not entirely accounted for by repeat length...
January 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940602/huntington-s-disease-mechanisms-of-pathogenesis-and-therapeutic-strategies
#12
Maria Jimenez-Sanchez, Floriana Licitra, Benjamin R Underwood, David C Rubinsztein
Huntington's disease is a late-onset neurodegenerative disease caused by a CAG trinucleotide repeat in the gene encoding the huntingtin protein. Despite its well-defined genetic origin, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease are unclear and complex. Here, we review some of the currently known functions of the wild-type huntingtin protein and discuss the deleterious effects that arise from the expansion of the CAG repeats, which are translated into an abnormally long polyglutamine tract...
December 9, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918542/the-role-of-break-induced-replication-in-large-scale-expansions-of-cag-n-ctg-n-repeats
#13
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...
January 2017: 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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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...
January 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899286/natural-mitochondrial-proteolysis-confirms-transcription-systematically-exchanging-deleting-nucleotides-peptides-coded-by-expanded-codons
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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