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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812650/autosomal-recessive-cone-rod-dystrophy-can-be-caused-by-mutations-in-the-atf6-gene
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Anna Skorczyk-Werner, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Anna Wawrocka, Katarzyna Wicher, Małgorzata Jarmuż-Szymczak, Magdalena Kostrzewska-Poczekaj, Aleksander Jamsheer, Rafał Płoski, Małgorzata Rydzanicz, Dorota Pojda-Wilczek, Nicole Weisschuh, Bernd Wissinger, Susanne Kohl, Jonathan H Lin, Maciej R Krawczyński
Inherited retinal dystrophies (IRDs) are clinically and genetically highly heterogeneous, making clinical diagnosis difficult. The advances in high-throughput sequencing (ie, panel, exome and genome sequencing) have proven highly effective on defining the molecular basis of these disorders by identifying the underlying variants in the respective gene. Here we report two siblings affected by an IRD phenotype and a novel homozygous c.1691A>G (p.(Asp564Gly)) ATF6 (activating transcription factor 6A) missense substitution identified by whole exome sequencing analysis...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812563/multicopy-plasmids-potentiate-the-evolution-of-antibiotic-resistance-in-bacteria
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Alvaro San Millan, Jose Antonio Escudero, Danna R Gifford, Didier Mazel, R Craig MacLean
Plasmids are thought to play a key role in bacterial evolution by acting as vehicles for horizontal gene transfer, but the role of plasmids as catalysts of gene evolution remains unexplored. We challenged populations of Escherichia coli carrying the blaTEM-1 β-lactamase gene on either the chromosome or a multicopy plasmid (19 copies per cell) with increasing concentrations of ceftazidime. The plasmid accelerated resistance evolution by increasing the rate of appearance of novel TEM-1 mutations, thereby conferring resistance to ceftazidime, and then by amplifying the effect of TEM-1 mutations due to the increased gene dosage...
November 7, 2016: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812539/investigating-ebola-virus-pathogenicity-using-molecular-dynamics
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Morena Pappalardo, Francesca Collu, James Macpherson, Martin Michaelis, Franca Fraternali, Mark N Wass
BACKGROUND: Ebolaviruses have been known to cause deadly disease in humans for 40 years and have recently been demonstrated in West Africa to be able to cause large outbreaks. Four Ebolavirus species cause severe disease associated with high mortality in humans. Reston viruses are the only Ebolaviruses that do not cause disease in humans. Conserved amino acid changes in the Reston virus protein VP24 compared to VP24 of other Ebolaviruses have been suggested to alter VP24 binding to host cell karyopherins resulting in impaired inhibition of interferon signalling, which may explain the difference in human pathogenicity...
August 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812463/novel-col1a1-mutation-c-3290g-t-associated-with-severe-form-of-osteogenesis-imperfecta-in-a-fetus
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Laura Tanner, Paula Vainio, Minna Sandell, Jukka Laine
Osteogenesis imperfecta is a genetically and clinically heterogenous group of skeletal dysplasias characterized by bone fragility. Its severity ranges from nearly asymptomatic individuals to perinatal lethality. The majority of cases are caused by mutations in either the COL1A1 or the COL1A2 gene coding for alpha 1 and alpha 2 chains of collagen type 1, respectively, and a large number of pathogenic variants of these genes has been identified. We describe a novel COL1A1 mutation associated with prenatally diagnosed severe form of osteogenesis imperfecta...
September 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812093/a-convenient-approach-to-facilitate-monitoring-gaucher-disease-progression-and-therapeutic-response
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Wujuan Zhang, Melissa Oehrle, Carlos E Prada, Ida Vanessa D Schwartz, Somchai Chutipongtanate, Duangrurdee Wattanasirichaigoon, Venette Inskeep, Mei Dai, Dao Pan, Ying Sun, Kenneth D R Setchell
Gaucher disease (GD) is caused by mutations on the GBA1 gene leading to deficiency in acid β-glucosidase (GCase) and subsequent accumulation of its substrates, glucosylceramide (GlcC) and glucosylsphingosine (GlcS). GlcS in plasma has been proposed as a highly sensitive and specific biomarker for the diagnosis of GD and for monitoring disease progression and response to therapy. Here we report a novel robust and accurate hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric method (HILIC-MS/MS) for the direct measurement of glucosylsphingosine (GlcS) in dried plasma spots (DPS)...
August 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812062/clinical-and-experimental-studies-of-a-novel-p525r-fus-mutation-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Lisha Kuang, Marisa Kamelgarn, Alexandra Arenas, Jozsef Gal, Deborah Taylor, Weiming Gong, Martin Brown, Daret St Clair, Edward J Kasarskis, Haining Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical features of a novel fused in sarcoma (FUS) mutation in a young adult female amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patient with rapid progression of weakness and to experimentally validate the consequences of the P525R mutation in cellular neuronal models. METHODS: We conducted sequencing of genomic DNA from the index patient and her family members. Immunocytochemistry was performed in various cellular models to determine whether the newly identified P525R mutant FUS protein accumulated in cytoplasmic inclusions...
August 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812061/behavioral-comorbidities-and-drug-treatments-in-a-zebrafish-scn1lab-model-of-dravet-syndrome
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Brian P Grone, Tiange Qu, Scott C Baraban
Loss-of-function mutations in SCN1A cause Dravet syndrome (DS), a catastrophic childhood epilepsy in which patients experience comorbid behavioral conditions, including movement disorders, sleep abnormalities, anxiety, and intellectual disability. To study the functional consequences of voltage-gated sodium channel mutations, we use zebrafish with a loss-of-function mutation in scn1lab, a zebrafish homolog of human SCN1A. Homozygous scn1lab(s552/s552) mutants exhibit early-life seizures, metabolic deficits, and early death...
July 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812016/syntool-a-novel-region-based-intolerance-score-to-single-nucleotide-substitution-for-synonymous-mutations-predictions-based-on-123-136-individuals
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Tongda Zhang, Yiran Wu, Zhangzhang Lan, Quan Shi, Ying Yang, Jian Guo
BACKGROUND: Synonymous mutation is the single nucleotide change that does not cause an amino acid change but can affect the rate and efficiency of translation. So recent increase in our knowledge has revealed a substantial contribution of synonymous mutations to human disease risk and other complex traits. Nevertheless, there are still rarely synonymous mutation prediction methods. METHODS: Nonsynonymous and synonymous coding SNPs show similar likelihood and effect size of human disease association...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811969/k27m-mutant-histone-3-as-a-novel-target-for-glioma-immunotherapy
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Katharina Ochs, Martina Ott, Theresa Bunse, Felix Sahm, Lukas Bunse, Katrin Deumelandt, Jana K Sonner, Melanie Keil, Andreas von Deimling, Wolfgang Wick, Michael Platten
Mutation-specific vaccines have become increasingly important in glioma immunotherapy; however, shared neoepitopes are rare. For diffuse gliomas, a driver mutation in the gene for isocitrate dehydrogenase type-1 has been shown to produce an immunogenic epitope currently targeted in clinical trials. For highly aggressive midline gliomas, a recurrent point mutation in the histone-3 gene (H3F3A) causes an amino acid change from lysine to methionine at position 27 (K27M). Here, we demonstrate that a peptide vaccine against K27M-mutant histone-3 is capable of inducing effective, mutation-specific, cytotoxic T-cell- and T-helper-1-cell-mediated immune responses in a major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-humanized mouse model...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811895/long-term-rearrangement-of-retinal-structures-in-a-novel-mutation-of-x-linked-retinoschisis
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Stefano Piermarocchi, Stefania Miotto, Davide Colavito, Elda Del Giudice, Alberta Leon, Veronica Maritan, Rita Piermarocchi, Alma Patrizia Tormene
The aim of the present study was to report a novel mutation in the retinoschisin 1 (RS1) gene in a Caucasian family affected by X-linked juvenile retinoschisis (XLRS) and to describe the long-term modification of retinal structure. Two brothers with an early onset maculopathy were diagnosed with XLRS. Fundus photography, fluorescein angiography, spectral domain optical coherence tomography and electroretinogram analyses were performed. Their sister was also examined. All subjects were screened for mutations in the RS1 gene...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811685/mutation-analyses-in-selected-exons-of-the-mut-gene-in-indian-patients-with-methylmalonic-acidemia
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Chandrawati Kumari, Seema Kapoor, Bijo Varughese, Sunil Kumar Pollipali, Siddarth Ramji
Deficiency or diminished activity of a cobalamin dependent enzyme methylmalonyl-CoA mutase causes inborn error of metabolism called methylmalonic acidemia (MMA). In this study we elucidated the spectrum of mutations in 21 Indian mut MMA patients by direct sequencing. Sequence analysis identified a total of 70 mutations in exon 2, 9, 11 and 12 of MUT gene. Out of which 26 mutations were predicted to be deleterious and rest were benign. The 23 novel mutations consist of four nonsense mutations (p.N6*, p.G539*, p...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811629/forces-and-disease-electrostatic-force-differences-caused-by-mutations-in-kinesin-motor-domains-can-distinguish-between-disease-causing-and-non-disease-causing-mutations
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Lin Li, Zhe Jia, Yunhui Peng, Subash Godar, Ivan Getov, Shaolei Teng, Joshua Alper, Emil Alexov
The ability to predict if a given mutation is disease-causing or not has enormous potential to impact human health. Typically, these predictions are made by assessing the effects of mutation on macromolecular stability and amino acid conservation. Here we report a novel feature: the electrostatic component of the force acting between a kinesin motor domain and tubulin. We demonstrate that changes in the electrostatic component of the binding force are able to discriminate between disease-causing and non-disease-causing mutations found in human kinesin motor domains using the receiver operating characteristic (ROC)...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811609/rapid-and-accurate-in-silico-solubility-screening-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-library
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Pietro Sormanni, Leanne Amery, Sofia Ekizoglou, Michele Vendruscolo, Bojana Popovic
Antibodies represent essential tools in research and diagnostics and are rapidly growing in importance as therapeutics. Commonly used methods to obtain novel antibodies typically yield several candidates capable of engaging a given target. The development steps that follow, however, are usually performed with only one or few candidates since they can be resource demanding, thereby increasing the risk of failure of the overall antibody discovery program. In particular, insufficient solubility, which may lead to aggregation under typical storage conditions, often hinders the ability of a candidate antibody to be developed and manufactured...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811193/a-novel-detection-procedure-for-mutations-in-the-23s-rrna-gene-of-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-with-peptide-nucleic-acid-mediated-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-assay
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Jun Sakai, Takuya Maeda, Norihito Tarumoto, Kazuhisa Misawa, Shinsuke Tamura, Kazuo Imai, Toshiyuki Yamaguchi, Satoshi Iwata, Takashi Murakami, Shigefumi Maesaki
Rapid and easy detection of a single nucleotide point mutation of bacterial genes, which is directly linked to drug susceptibility, is essential for the proper use of antimicrobial agents. Here, we established a detection method using a peptide nucleic acid mediated loop-mediated amplification (LAMP) assay for macrolide (ML)-susceptible Mycoplasma pneumoniae. This assay specifically detected the absence of missense mutations encoding the central loop of domain V in the gene encoding 23S rRNA, which can reduce the affinity for MLs and subsequently generate ML-resistant strains of M...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810924/mutational-analysis-of-col1a1-and-col1a2-genes-among-estonian-osteogenesis-imperfecta-patients
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Lidiia Zhytnik, Katre Maasalu, Ene Reimann, Ele Prans, Sulev Kõks, Aare Märtson
BACKGROUND: Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a rare bone disorder. In 90% of cases, OI is caused by mutations in the COL1A1/2 genes, which code procollagen α1 and α2 chains. The main aim of the current research was to identify the mutational spectrum of COL1A1/2 genes in Estonian patients. The small population size of Estonia provides a unique chance to explore the collagen I mutational profile of 100% of OI families in the country. METHODS: We performed mutational analysis of peripheral blood gDNA of 30 unrelated Estonian OI patients using Sanger sequencing of COL1A1 and COL1A2 genes, including all intron-exon junctions and 5'UTR and 3'UTR regions, to identify causative OI mutations...
August 15, 2017: Human Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810126/combined-virtual-screening-and-substructure-search-for-discovery-of-novel-fabp4-inhibitors
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Haiyan Cai, Ting Wang, Zhuo Yang, Zhijian Xu, Guimin Wang, Heyao Wang, Weiliang Zhu, Kaixian Chen
Fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4, AFABP) is a potential drug target for diabetes and atherosclerosis. In this study, a series of novel FABP4 inhibitors were discovered through combining virtual screening and substructure search. Seventeen compounds exhibited FABP4 inhibitory activities with IC50 <10 μM, among which eleven compounds showed high selectivity against FABP3. The best compound 36b displayed an IC50 value of 1.5 μM. Molecular docking and point mutation studies revealed that Gln95, Arg126 and Tyr128 play key roles for these compounds binding with FABP4...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809811/mutation-clusters-from-cancer-exome
#17
Zura Kakushadze, Willie Yu
We apply our statistically deterministic machine learning/clustering algorithm *K-means (recently developed in https://ssrn.com/abstract=2908286) to 10,656 published exome samples for 32 cancer types. A majority of cancer types exhibit a mutation clustering structure. Our results are in-sample stable. They are also out-of-sample stable when applied to 1389 published genome samples across 14 cancer types. In contrast, we find in- and out-of-sample instabilities in cancer signatures extracted from exome samples via nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF), a computationally-costly and non-deterministic method...
August 15, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809766/crispr-cas9-editing-of-nf1-gene-identifies-crmp2-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-related-pain-that-is-reversed-by-s-lacosamide
#18
Aubin Moutal, Xiaofang Yang, Wennan Li, Kerry B Gilbraith, Shizhen Luo, Song Cai, Liberty François-Moutal, Lindsey A Chew, Seul Ki Yeon, Shreya S Bellampalli, Chaoling Qu, Jennifer Y Xie, Mohab M Ibrahim, May Khanna, Ki Duk Park, Frank Porreca, Rajesh Khanna
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a rare autosomal dominant disease linked to mutations of the Nf1 gene. Patients with NF1 commonly experience severe pain. Studies on mice with Nf1 haploinsufficiency have been instructive in identifying sensitization of ion channels as a possible cause underlying the heightened pain suffered by patients with NF1. However, behavioral assessments of Nf1 mice have led to uncertain conclusions about the potential causal role of Nf1 in pain. We used the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) genome editing system to create and mechanistically characterize a novel rat model of NF1-related pain...
July 3, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808920/prospective-turkish-cohort-study-to-investigate-the-frequency-of-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-mutations-in-consanguineous-families-with-at-least-one-homozygous-family-member
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Meral Topçu, Dilek Aktas, Merih Öztoprak, Neslihan Önenli Mungan, Aysel Yuce, Mehmet Alikasifoglu
BACKGROUND: Niemann-Pick disease Type C (NP-C) is a rare, autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder caused by mutations in NPC1 or NPC2 genes. Diagnosis of NP-C can be challenging and is frequently delayed. Identifying mutations in individuals with NP-C and their relatives enables genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis and may support earlier diagnosis. Here we report findings from a prospective cohort study in Turkey, using targeted genetic screening of the families of NP-C probands with homozygous NPC1 or NPC2 mutations...
August 14, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808687/whole-exome-sequencing-associates-novel-csmd1-gene-mutations-with-familial-parkinson-disease
#20
Javier Ruiz-Martínez, Luis J Azcona, Alberto Bergareche, Jose F Martí-Massó, Coro Paisán-Ruiz
OBJECTIVE: Despite the enormous advancements made in deciphering the genetic architecture of Parkinson disease (PD), the majority of PD is idiopathic, with single gene mutations explaining only a small proportion of the cases. METHODS: In this study, we clinically evaluated 2 unrelated Spanish families diagnosed with PD, in which known PD genes were previously excluded, and performed whole-exome sequencing analyses in affected individuals for disease gene identification...
October 2017: Neurology. Genetics
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