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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110336/new-territory-for-an-old-disease-5-alpha-reductase-type-2-deficiency-in-bulgaria
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Silvia Andonova, Ralitsa Robeva, Radoslava Vazharova, Susanne Ledig, Liliana Grozdanova, Elisaveta Stefanova, Irena Bradinova, Tihomir Todorov, George Hadjidekov, Milko Sirakov, Peter Wiacker, Philip Kumanov, Alexey Savov
Disorders/differences of sexual development (DSD) are a group of conditions, some of which can be clinically indistinguishable mainly due to their phenotypic variability. Defining the molecular basis of their wide spectrum is still in progress. The diagnosis of 5-alpha-reductase type 2 (5α-reductase-2) deficiency is difficult especially in newborns and pre-pubertal individuals, and as a result its frequency might be underestimated. In the present study, we describe the clinical characteristics and molecular defects in 3 nonrelated 5α-reductase-2 deficiency patients of Bulgarian descent...
January 21, 2017: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110331/distinct-benefit-of-overall-survival-between-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-harboring-egfr-exon-19-deletion-and-exon-21-l858r-substitution
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Nobuyuki Koyama, Yasutaka Watanabe, Yuki Iwai, Rumi Kawamura, Chihiro Miwa, Yoshiaki Nagai, Koichi Hagiwara, Shinichiro Koyama
BACKGROUND: Exon 19 deletion (Del19) and exon 21 L858R substitution (L858R), which account for 90% of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations as common mutations, are associated with favorable outcomes with EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) compared with other uncommon EGFR mutations in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, whether there are differences in overall survival (OS) between patients with these common EGFR mutations remains controversial. METHODS: The subjects studied were 74 NSCLC patients with common EGFR mutations treated with gefitinib or erlotinib...
January 21, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110026/surgical-management-of-patients-with-progressing-metastatic-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-receiving-sunitinib-treatment
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Chun-Nan Yeh, Shang-Yu Wang, Chun-Yi Tsai, Yen-Yang Chen, Ching-Ting Liu, Kun-Chun Chiang, Tsung-Wen Chen, Yu-Yin Liu, Ta-Sen Yeh
BACKGROUND: For selected patients with metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) who have received first-line imatinib (IM) and are undergoing cytoreductive surgery, response to IM at time of surgery correlates with resection completeness as well as favorable progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). However, surgical impact in GIST patients receiving second-line sunitinib (SU) is still not well clarified. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between 2001 and 2014, 86 of 311 metastatic GIST patients received SU...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109504/mutational-analysis-of-gsc-hoxa2-and-prkra-in-106-chinese-patients-with-microtia
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Shaojuan Hao, Lei Jin, Chenlong Li, Huijun Wang, Fengyun Zheng, Duan Ma, Tianyu Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Microtia is defined as a developmental malformation characterized by a small, abnormal shaped auricle, with atresia or stenosis of the auditory canal. Genes responsible for nonsyndromic microtia have remained elusive. We therefore report a mutational analysis of GSC, HOXA2 and PRKRA in 106 congenital microtia patients without any combined malformation to explore the relationship between GSC, HOXA2, PRKRA and nonsyndromic microtia. METHODS: A total of 106 patients with a clinical diagnosis of congenital microtia and a control group (100 unaffected controls) were recruited through the Eye and ENT Hospital of Fudan University in China...
February 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109431/proteogenomics-recycling-public-data-to-improve-genome-annotations
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A McAfee, L J Foster
Massively parallel sequencing is revealing species genomes faster than ever before, but the value of the raw sequence is limited unless the genes can be accurately annotated. This is typically achieved using gene prediction algorithms which, despite continual improvement, still require substantial verification and refinement. For example, in silico methods struggle with annotating splice isoforms accurately and empirical methods are needed to refine and verify the initial bioinformatic gene predictions. RNA-seq is an excellent way to confirm exon-exon boundaries and transcript termini, while mass spectrometry (MS) offers definitive proof that a gene is translated and a secondary means of confirming exon expression, protein termini, and posttranslational modifications...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108859/the-arc-gene-confers-genetic-susceptibility-to-alzheimer-s-disease-in-han-chinese
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Rui Bi, Li-Li Kong, Min Xu, Guo-Dong Li, Deng-Feng Zhang, Tao Li, Yiru Fang, Chen Zhang, Buchang Zhang, Yong-Gang Yao
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. The deposition of β-amyloid (Aβ) plaques in the brain was considered one of the main neuropathological hallmarks of AD. As the loss of synapses always occurs during AD progression, AD has been gradually regarded as a "synaptopathy." The activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (Arc) was recently identified as a key factor for AD due to its active roles in synaptic plasticity, learning, memory, and Aβ generation. However, there is little evidence to support the association of the Arc gene with AD...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108491/transcriptome-analysis-identifies-multifaceted-regulatory-mechanisms-dictating-a-genetic-switch-from-neuronal-network-establishment-to-maintenance-during-postnatal-prefrontal-cortex-development
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Yvet Kroeze, Martin Oti, Ellen van Beusekom, Roel H M Cooijmans, Hans van Bokhoven, Sharon M Kolk, Judith R Homberg, Huiqing Zhou
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is one of the latest brain regions to mature, which allows the acquisition of complex cognitive abilities through experience. To unravel the underlying gene expression changes during postnatal development, we performed RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) in the rat medial PFC (mPFC) at five developmental time points from infancy to adulthood, and analyzed the differential expression of protein-coding genes, long intergenic noncoding RNAs (lincRNAs), and alternative exons. We showed that most expression changes occur in infancy, and that the number of differentially expressed genes reduces toward adulthood...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108446/chaincleaner-improves-genome-alignment-specificity-and-sensitivity
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Hernando G Suarez, Bjoern E Langer, Pradnya Ladde, Michael Hiller
MOTIVATION: Accurate alignments between entire genomes are crucial for comparative genomics. However, computing sensitive and accurate genome alignments is a challenging problem, complicated by genomic rearrangements. RESULTS: Here we present a fast approach, called chainCleaner, that improves the specificity in genome alignments by accurately detecting and removing local alignments that obscure the evolutionary history of genomic rearrangements. Systematic tests on alignments between the human and other vertebrate genomes show that chainCleaner (i) improves the alignment of numerous orthologous genes, (ii) exposes alignments between exons of orthologous genes that were masked before by alignments to pseudogenes, and (iii) recovers hundreds of kilobases in local alignments that otherwise would fall below a minimum score threshold...
January 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108341/molecular-cloning-genomic-structure-polymorphism-analysis-and-recombinant-expression-of-a-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-like-gene-from-swamp-eel-monopterus-albus
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Wei Li, Quanhe Wang, Shaobin Li, Ao Jiang, Wenxiu Sun
Alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) is a highly polymorphic glycoprotein antiprotease, involved in the regulation of human immune response. Beyond some genomic characterization and a few protein characterizations, the function of teleost AAT remains uncertain. In this study we cloned an AAT-like gene from a swamp eel liver identifying four exons and three introns, and the full-length cDNA. The elucidated swamp eel AAT amino acid sequence showed high homology with known AATs from other teleosts. The swamp eel AAT was examined both in ten healthy tissues and in four bacterially-stimulated tissues resulting in up-regulation of swamp eel AAT at different times...
January 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107454/identification-of-novel-short-c-terminal-transcripts-of-human-serpina1-gene
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Nerea Matamala, Nupur Aggarwal, Paolo Iadarola, Marco Fumagalli, Gema Gomez-Mariano, Beatriz Lara, Maria Teresa Martinez, Isabel Cuesta, Jan Stolk, Sabina Janciauskiene, Beatriz Martinez-Delgado
Human SERPINA1 gene is located on chromosome 14q31-32.3 and is organized into three (IA, IB, and IC) non-coding and four (II, III, IV, V) coding exons. This gene produces α1-antitrypsin (A1AT), a prototypical member of the serpin superfamily of proteins. We demonstrate that human peripheral blood leukocytes express not only a product corresponding to the transcript coding for the full-length A1AT protein but also two short transcripts (ST1C4 and ST1C5) of A1AT. In silico sequence analysis revealed that the last exon of the short transcripts contains an Open Reading Frame (ORF) and thus putatively can produce peptides...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107200/variants-in-anril-gene-correlated-with-its-expression-contribute-to-myocardial-infarction-risk
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Jie Cheng, Meng-Yun Cai, Yu-Ning Chen, Zhi-Cheng Li, Sai-Sai Tang, Xi-Li Yang, Can Chen, Xinguang Liu, Xing-Dong Xiong
ANRIL (antisense non-coding RNA in the INK4 locus), located at the 9p21.3 locus, has been known to be closely associated with the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). To date, studies of the 9p21.3 variants on CAD risk mainly focus on the non-coding region of ANRIL. However, the biological significance of the variants on ANRIL promoter and exons is still unknown. Here we investigate whether the variants on ANRIL promoter and exons have an effect on myocardial infarction (MI) risk, and further analyze the association of these variants with the expression of ANRIL transcript...
January 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107191/epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-egfr-mutations-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-of-yunnan-in-southwestern-china
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Yongchun Zhou, Yanlong Yang, Chenggang Yang, Yunlan Chen, Changshao Yang, Yaxi Du, Guangqiang Zhao, Yinjin Guo, Lianhua Ye, Yunchao Huang
To investigate the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) mutation status in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in Yunnan province in southwestern China, we detected EGFR mutation by Amplification Refractory Mutation System (ARMS) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using DNA samples from 447 pathologically confirmed NSCLC specimens (175 tissue, 256 plasma and 16 cytologic samples). The relationship between EGFR mutations and demographic and clinical factors were further explored. Subgroup analyses according to sample type (tissue and plasma) and histological type (adenocarcinoma) were done...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106138/srrm4-dependent-neuron-specific-alternative-splicing-of-protrudin-transcripts-regulates-neurite-outgrowth
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Takafumi Ohnishi, Michiko Shirane, Keiichi I Nakayama
Alternative splicing gives rise to diversity of the proteome, and it is especially prevalent in the mammalian nervous system. Indeed, many factors that control the splicing process govern nervous system development. Among such factors, SRRM4 is an important regulator of aspects of neural differentiation including neurite outgrowth. The mechanism by which SRRM4 regulates neurite outgrowth has remained poorly understood, however. We now show that SRRM4 regulates the splicing of protrudin gene (Zfyve27) transcripts in neuronal cells...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106121/endoplasmic-reticulum-oxidative-stress-triggers-tgf-beta-dependent-muscle-dysfunction-by-accelerating-ascorbic-acid-turnover
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Diego Pozzer, Mariagrazia Favellato, Marco Bolis, Roberto William Invernizzi, Francesca Solagna, Bert Blaauw, Ester Zito
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and oxidative stress are two related phenomena that have important metabolic consequences. As many skeletal muscle diseases are triggered by oxidative stress, we explored the chain of events linking a hyperoxidized ER (which causes ER and oxidative stress) with skeletal muscle dysfunction. An unbiased exon expression array showed that the combined genetic modulation of the two master ER redox proteins, selenoprotein N (SEPN1) and endoplasmic oxidoreductin 1 (ERO1), led to an SEPN1-related myopathic phenotype due to excessive signalling of transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105934/charm-discovery-of-combinatorial-chromatin-modification-patterns-in-hepatitis-b-virus-x-transformed-mouse-liver-cancer-using-association-rule-mining
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Sung Hee Park, Sun-Min Lee, Young-Joon Kim, Sangsoo Kim
BACKGROUND: Various chromatin modifications, identified in large-scale epigenomic analyses, are associated with distinct phenotypes of different cells and disease phases. To improve our understanding of these variations, many computational methods have been developed to discover novel sites and cell-specific chromatin modifications. Despite the availability of existing methods, there is still room for further improvement when they are applied to resolve the histone code hypothesis. Hence, we aim to investigate the development of a computational method to provide new insights into de novo combinatorial pattern discovery of chromatin modifications to characterize epigenetic variations in distinct phenotypes of different cells...
December 13, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105569/the-spectrum-of-niemann-pick-type-c-disease-in-greece
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Irene Mavridou, Evangelia Dimitriou, Marie T Vanier, Lluisa Vilageliu, Daniel Grinberg, Philippe Latour, Athina Xaidara, Lilia Lycopoulou, Sevasti Bostantjopoulou, Dimitrios Zafeiriou, Helen Michelakakis
Niemann-Pick type C disease (NPC) is a neurovisceral lysosomal storage disease caused by mutations in either the NPC1 or the NPC2 gene. It is a cellular lipid trafficking disorder characterized by the accumulation of unesterified cholesterol and various sphingolipids in the lysosomes and late endosomes, and it exhibits a broad clinical spectrum. Today, over 420 disease-causing mutations have been identified in the NPC1 and the NPC2 genes. We present the clinical, biochemical, and molecular findings in 14 cases diagnosed in Greece during the last 28 years...
January 20, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105149/t-14-18-q32-q21-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-patients-report-of-two-cases-and-a-literature-review
#17
Weifeng Chen, Yi Miao, Rong Wang, Yujie Wu, Hairong Qiu, Wei Xu, Jianyong Li, Lei Fan, Xin Xu
The chromosomal abnormality t(14;18)(q32;q21) is most commonly associated with germinal center-derived B-cell lymphomas, particularly follicular lymphoma (FL). Generally, it is considered a hallmark of FL. The t(14;18)(q32;q21) translocation is rare in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and its prognostic significance remains unclear. In the present study, two cases of CLL with t(14;18)(q32;q21) were diagnosed using conventional cytogenetic analysis and fluorescence in situ hybridization. Both patients presented with leukemia and the morphological features and immunophenotypes were typical of CLL...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105082/genetic-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-a-chinese-ketosis-prone-mody-3-family-with-depression
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Jun Tang, Chen-Yi Tang, Fang Wang, Yue Guo, Hao-Neng Tang, Ci-La Zhou, Shu-Wen Tan, Shi-Ping Liu, Zhi-Guang Zhou, Hou-De Zhou
BACKGROUND: To analyze the gene mutation and mental disorder of a Chinese ketosis-prone diabetes (KPD) family, and to make a precise diagnosis and give a treatment for them. METHODS: We studied a Chinese family with a clinical diagnosis of maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY). The clinical data and the blood samples were collected. The promotor and coding regions inclusive intron exon boundaries of the HNF1A, HNF4A were detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and direct sequencing...
2017: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104789/a-novel-humanized-mouse-model-of-huntington-disease-for-preclinical-development-of-therapeutics-targeting-mutant-huntingtin-alleles
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Amber L Southwell, Niels H Skotte, Erika B Villanueva, Michael E Østergaard, Xiaofeng Gu, Holly B Kordasiewicz, Chris Kay, Daphne Cheung, Yuanyun Xie, Sabine Waltl, Louisa Dal Cengio, Hailey Findlay-Black, Crystal N Doty, Eugenia Petoukhov, Diepiriye Iworima, Ramy Slama, Jolene Ooi, Mahmoud A Pouladi, William X Yang, Eric E Swayze, Punit P Seth, Michael R Hayden
Huntington disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by a mutation in the huntingtin (HTT) gene. HTT is a large protein, interacts with many partners and is involved in many cellular pathways, which are perturbed in HD. Therapies targeting HTT directly are likely to provide the most global benefit. Thus there is a need for preclinical models of HD recapitulating human HTT genetics. We previously generated a humanized mouse model of HD, Hu97/18, by intercrossing BACHD and YAC18 mice with knockout of the endogenous mouse HD homolog (Hdh)...
January 18, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104544/molecular-genetics-of-familial-hypercholesterolemia-in-israel-revisited
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Ronen Durst, Uche Ken Ibe, Shoshi Shpitzen, Daniel Schurr, Osnat Eliav, Marta Futema, Ros Whittall, Auryan Szalat, Vardiella Meiner, Hilla Knobler, Dov Gavish, Yaakov Henkin, Avishay Ellis, Ardon Rubinstein, Dror Harats, Rafael Bitzur, Bruno Hershkovitz, Steve E Humphries, Eran Leitersdorf
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an autosomal dominant disease caused by mutations in the genes for LDL receptor (LDLR), apolipoprotein B (APOB) and proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type9 (PCSK9). The purpose of the current investigation was to define the current spectrum of mutations causing FH in Israel. METHODS: New families were collected through the MEDPED (Make Early Diagnosis Prevent Early Death) FH program. Molecular analysis of the LDLR, PCSK9 and APOB genes was done using High Resolution Melt and direct sequencing in 67 index cases...
December 18, 2016: Atherosclerosis
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