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Viktoria Grasmik, Christian Rurainsky, Kateryna Loza, Mathies V Evers, Oleg Prymak, Marc Heggen, Kristina Tschulik, Matthias Epple
Spherical bimetallic AgAu nanoparticles in the molar ratios 30:70, 50:50, and 70:30 with a diameter of 30 to 40 nm were analyzed together with pure silver and gold nanoparticles of the same size. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) and differential centrifugal sedimentation (DCS) were used for size determination. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) was used to determine the nanoalloy composition, together with atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and Ultraviolet-visible (UV/vis) spectroscopy...
March 9, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Ana L Quiroga-Campano, Nicki Panoskaltsis, Athanasios Mantalaris
Demand for high-value biologics, a rapidly growing pipeline, and pressure from competition, time-to-market and regulators, necessitate novel biomanufacturing approaches, including Quality by Design (QbD) principles and Process Analytical Technologies (PAT), to facilitate accelerated, efficient and effective process development platforms that ensure consistent product quality and reduced lot-to-lot variability. Herein, QbD and PAT principles were incorporated within an innovative in vitro-in silico integrated framework for upstream process development (UPD)...
March 1, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
Akie Nakamura, Koji Muroya, Hiroko Ogata-Kawata, Kazuhiko Nakabayashi, Keiko Matsubara, Tsutomu Ogata, Kenji Kurosawa, Maki Fukami, Masayo Kagami
BACKGROUND: Paternal uniparental disomy for chromosome 7 (upd(7)pat) is extremely rare, and only four cases have been previously reported. As these cases were accompanied by autosomal-recessive disorders which are likely to be involved in growth restriction, the relevance of upd(7)pat to the overgrowth phenotype remains unclear. Here we describe one case of upd(7)pat with no additional genetic diseases, which may answer the question. METHODS: A 5-year-old Japanese boy presented with a tall stature of unknown causes...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
Marte G Haug, Atle Brendehaug, Gunnar Houge, Masayo Kagami, Tsutomu Ogata
We report a Norwegian girl with mild clinical features of Kagami-Ogata syndrome (KOS) and mosaic upd(14)pat. To our knowledge, this is the first report describing a mosaic patient with KOS. These results imply that mosaic uniparental disomy should be examined in patients with mild features of imprinted disorders.
January 2018: Clinical Case Reports
Melanie I Worley, Larissa A Alexander, Iswar K Hariharan
Regeneration following tissue damage often necessitates a mechanism for cellular re-programming, so that surviving cells can give rise to all cell types originally found in the damaged tissue. This process, if unchecked, can also generate cell types that are inappropriate for a given location. We conducted a screen for genes that negatively regulate the frequency of notum-to-wing transformations following genetic ablation and regeneration of the wing pouch, from which we identified mutations in the transcriptional co-repressor C-terminalBinding Protein (CtBP)...
January 26, 2018: ELife
Sergio Laurito, María Roqué
Human chromosome 15q11-q13 region is prone to suffer genetic alterations. Some genes of this region have a differential monoallelic imprinting-regulated expression pattern. Defects in imprinting regulation (IE), uniparental disomy (UPD) or copy number variation (CNV) due to chromosomal breakpoints (BP) in 15q11-q13 region, are associated with several diseases. The most frequent are Prader-Willi syndrome, Angelman syndrome and 15q11-q13 microduplication syndrome. In this work, we analyzed DNA samples from 181 patients with phenotypes which were compatible with the above-mentioned diseases, using Methyl specific-multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MS-MLPA)...
2018: Medicina
Kikumi Ushijima, Syuichi Yatsuga, Takako Matsumoto, Akie Nakamura, Maki Fukami, Masayo Kagami
The predominant symptoms of trisomy 14 mosaicism are prenatal and postnatal growth failure, ear abnormalities, congenital heart disease, developmental delay, and genitourinary abnormalities. Maternal uniparental disomy of chromosome 14 (upd(14)mat) presents discernible clinical features such as prenatal and postnatal growth failure, hypotonia, precocious puberty, and obesity. Given the small number of previously reported patients with a combination of trisomy 14 mosaicism and upd(14)mat, the detailed clinical features of these patients remain to be elucidated...
March 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
Antonello E Rigamonti, Antonino Crinò, Sarah Bocchini, Alessio Convertino, Martin Bidlingmaier, Michael Haenelt, Sofia Tamini, Silvano G Cella, Graziano Grugni, Alessandro Sartorio
Human GH is present in pituitary and circulation as several isoforms, the prevalent being 22kDa- and 20kDa-GH. Recently, we have demonstrated the preservation of a normal balance in GH isoforms after GH releasing hormone (GHRH) plus arginine (ARG) administration in adult patients with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), one of the most common causes of syndromic obesity, often associated with GH deficiency (GHD). Aim of the present study was to measure circulating levels of 22kDa- and 20kDa-GH in young PWS patients (n=24; F/M: 10/14; genotype UPD/DEL/met+: 11/11/2; age: 10...
November 27, 2017: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
Shinn Young Kim, Seung-Hyun Jung, Min Sung Kim, Mi-Ryung Han, Hyeon-Chun Park, Eun Sun Jung, Sung Hak Lee, Sug Hyung Lee, Yeun-Jun Chung
Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) is a congenital overgrowth disorder mainly associated with altered genomic imprinting at chromosome 11p15.5. Children with BWS, especially uniparental disomy (UPD) at 11p15.5, are at increased risk of embryonal tumors including hepatoblastoma. Although genetic alterations of sporadic hepatoblastomas have been identified, integrated germline and somatic alterations of BWS-related hepatoblastoma have not been reported. For this, we performed whole-exome sequencing and genome-wide loss of heterozygosity/copy number analyses using a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array for a hepatoblastoma in a BWS infant with paternal UPD at chromosome 11p15...
November 3, 2017: Oncotarget
Thomas Eggermann, Barbara Oehl-Jaschkowitz, Severin Dicks, Wolfgang Thomas, Deniz Kanber, Beate Albrecht, Matthias Begemann, Ingo Kurth, Jasmin Beygo, Karin Buiting
BACKGROUND: Maternal uniparental disomy of chromosome 6 (upd(6)mat) is a rare finding and its clinical relevance is currently unclear. Based on clinical data from two new cases and patients from the literature, the pathogenetic significance of upd(6)mat is delineated. METHODS: Own cases were molecularly characterized for isodisomic uniparental regions on chromosome 6. For further cases with upd(6)mat, a literature search was conducted and genetic and clinical data were ascertained...
November 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Kenneth A Myers, Mark F Bennett, Chung W Chow, Susan M Carden, Simone A Mandelstam, Melanie Bahlo, Ingrid E Scheffer
Inherited metabolic disorders are traditionally diagnosed using broad and expensive panels of screening tests, often including invasive skin and muscle biopsy. Proponents of next-generation genetic sequencing have argued that replacing these screening panels with whole exome sequencing (WES) would save money. Here, we present a complex patient in whom WES allowed diagnosis of GM1 gangliosidosis, caused by homozygous GLB1 mutations, resulting in β-galactosidase deficiency. A 10-year-old girl had progressive neurologic deterioration, macular cherry-red spot, and cornea verticillata...
January 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Mari Muurinen, Katariina Hannula-Jouppi, Lovisa E Reinius, Cilla Söderhäll, Simon Kebede Merid, Anna Bergström, Erik Melén, Göran Pershagen, Marita Lipsanen-Nyman, Dario Greco, Juha Kere
Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) is a growth retardation syndrome in which loss of methylation on chromosome 11p15 (11p15 LOM) and maternal uniparental disomy for chromosome 7 [UPD(7)mat] explain 20-60% and 10% of the syndrome, respectively. To search for a molecular cause for the remaining SRS cases, and to find a possible common epigenetic change, we studied DNA methylation pattern of more than 450 000 CpG sites in 44 SRS patients. Common to all three SRS subgroups, we found a hypomethylated region at the promoter region of HOXA4 in 55% of the patients...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
Xiaofei Li, Yan Liu, Song Yue, Li Wang, Tiejuan Zhang, Cuixia Guo, Wenjie Hu, Karl-Oliver Kagan, Qingqing Wu
RATIONALE: Uniparental disomy (UPD) gives a description of the inheritance of both homologues of a chromosome pair from the same parent. The consequences of UPD depend on the specific chromosome/segment involved and its parental origin. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report prenatal phenotypes of 2 rare cases of UPD. DIAGNOSES: The prenatal phenotype of case 1 included sonographic markers such as enlarged nuchal translucency (NT), absent nasal bone, short femur and humerus length, and several structural malformations involving Dandy-Walker malformation and congenital heart defects...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Dang Ngoc Anh Suong, Kouhei Shimaji, Jung-Hoon Pyo, Joung-Sun Park, Hideki Yoshida, Mi-Ae Yoo, Masamitsu Yamaguchi
Jumonji (Jmj)/Jarid2 is a DNA-binding transcriptional repressor mediated via histone methylation. Nevertheless, the well-known function of Jmj is as a scaffold for the recruitment of various complexes including Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2), and required for mouse embryonic stem cell development. However, PRC2 independent function is suggested for Drosophila Jumonji (dJmj). To clarify the function of dJmj during cell differentiation, we used Drosophila adult intestinal stem cell system that allows to follow stem cell behaviors in vivo...
January 2018: Cellular Signalling
Jiasun Su, Jin Wang, Xin Fan, Chunyun Fu, ShuJie Zhang, Yue Zhang, Zailong Qin, Hongdou Li, Jingsi Luo, Chuan Li, Tingting Jiang, Yiping Shen
BACKGROUND: Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) is one of the imprinting disorders characterized by prenatal and postnatal growth restriction, relative macrocephaly, body asymmetry and characteristic facial features. ~ 10% of SRS cases are known to be associated with maternal uniparental disomy of chromosome 7 (UPD(7)mat). Mosaic maternal segmental UPD of 7q (UPD(7q)mat) is very rare, had only been described in one case before. CASE PRESENTATION: We reported a second case of mosaic segmental UPD involving 7q...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
Ekaterina A Alekseeva, Ekaterina B Kuznetsova, Alexander S Tanas, Evgeny V Prozorenko, Anton M Zaytsev, Mikhail I Kurzhupov, Olga N Kirsanova, Viktoria V Rudenko, Vladimir V Strelnikov, Dmitry V Zaletaev
Glioblastoma is the most frequent and aggressive brain tumor in the adult population. Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) at markers of the long arm of chromosome 10 is the most common genetic alteration in glioblastoma, being detectable in up to 80% of cases. We have tested 124 glioblastoma samples for LOH by microsatellite analysis of the 10q23.3-26.3 region which contains the cancer related genes PTEN, FGFR2, MKI67, and MGMT. Then, a real-time quantitative microsatellite analysis (QuMA) was used to qualitatively estimate the change in copy number of this region in the samples with LOH...
September 27, 2017: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
Darine Villela, Silvia Souza Costa, Angela M Vianna-Morgante, Ana C V Krepischi, Carla Rosenberg
We evaluated an approach to detect copy number variants (CNVs) and single nucleotide changes (SNVs), using a clinically focused exome panel complemented with a backbone and SNP probes that allows for genome-wide copy number changes and copy-neutral absence of heterozygosity (AOH) calls; this approach potentially substitutes the use of chromosomal microarray testing and sequencing into a single test. A panel of 16 DNA samples with known alterations ranging from megabase-scale CNVs to single base modifications were used as positive controls for sequencing data analysis...
September 4, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Qibin Song, Yuxin Chu, Yi Yao, Min Peng, Weihong Yang, Xiaoqing Li, Shiang Huang
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of heterogeneous hematologic malignancies. This study aims to identify latent chromosomal abnormalities relevant to MDS, which may optimize the current diagnosis of MDS. Affymetrix CytoScan 750 K microarray platform was utilized to perform a genome-wide detection of chromosomal aberrations in the bone marrow cells of the patients. The findings were compared with the results from traditional karyotypic analysis and FISH to reveal latent chromosomal aberrations. Chromosomal gain, loss, and UPD, and complex karyotypes were identified in those samples...
September 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
Nicole G Griffin, Kenneth D Cronin, Nicole M Walley, Christine M Hulette, Gerald A Grant, Mohamad A Mikati, Heather G LaBreche, Catherine W Rehder, Andrew S Allen, Peter B Crino, Erin L Heinzen
Hemimegalencephaly (HME) is a heterogeneous cortical malformation characterized by enlargement of one cerebral hemisphere. Somatic variants in mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) regulatory genes have been implicated in some HME cases; however, ∼70% have no identified genetic etiology. Here, we screened two HME patients to identify disease-causing somatic variants. DNA from leukocytes, buccal swabs, and surgically resected brain tissue from two HME patients were screened for somatic variants using genome-wide genotyping arrays or sequencing of the protein-coding regions of the genome...
September 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
Sun Ah Choi, Soo Yeon Kim, Jihoo Yoon, Joongmoon Choi, Sung Sup Park, Moon Woo Seong, Hunmin Kim, Hee Hwang, Ji Eun Choi, Jong Hee Chae, Ki Joong Kim, Seunghyo Kim, Yun Jin Lee, Sang Ook Nam, Byung Chan Lim
BACKGROUND: Megalencephalic leukoencephalopathy with subcortical cysts (MLC) is a rare inherited disorder characterized by infantile-onset macrocephaly, slow neurologic deterioration, and seizures. Mutations in the causative gene, MLC1, are found in approximately 75% of patients and are inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. We analyzed MLC1 mutations in five unrelated Korean patients with MLC. METHODS: Direct Sanger sequencing was used to identify MLC1 mutations...
November 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
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