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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545252/cpg-and-non-cpg-methylation-in-epigenetic-gene-regulation-and-brain-function
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REVIEW
Hyun Sik Jang, Woo Jung Shin, Jeong Eon Lee, Jeong Tae Do
DNA methylation is a major epigenetic mark with important roles in genetic regulation. Methylated cytosines are found primarily at CpG dinucleotides, but are also found at non-CpG sites (CpA, CpT, and CpC). The general functions of CpG and non-CpG methylation include gene silencing or activation depending on the methylated regions. CpG and non-CpG methylation are found throughout the whole genome, including repetitive sequences, enhancers, promoters, and gene bodies. Interestingly, however, non-CpG methylation is restricted to specific cell types, such as pluripotent stem cells, oocytes, neurons, and glial cells...
May 23, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545182/breast-cancer-in-australian-indigenous-women-incidence-mortality-and-risk-factors
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Kriscia A Tapia, Gail Garvey, Mark Mc Entee, Mary Rickard, Patrick Brennan
The Indigenous people of Australia face significant health gaps compared with the general population, with lower life expectancies, higher rates of death, and chronic illness occurring more often than in non-indigenous Australians. Cancer is the second largest contributor to the burden of disease with breast cancer being the most common invasive cancer diagnosed for females. Despite a lower breast cancer incidence compared with non-indigenous women, fatalities occur at an elevated rate and breast cancers have an earlier age of onset...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545141/prion-pathogenesis-is-unaltered-in-the-absence-of-sirp%C3%AE-mediated-don-t-eat-me-signaling
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Mario Nuvolone, Marta Paolucci, Silvia Sorce, Veronika Kana, Rita Moos, Takashi Matozaki, Adriano Aguzzi
Prion diseases are neurodegenerative conditions caused by misfolding of the prion protein, leading to conspicuous neuronal loss and intense microgliosis. Recent experimental evidence point towards a protective role of microglia against prion-induced neurodegeneration, possibly through elimination of prion-containing apoptotic bodies. The molecular mechanisms by which microglia recognize and eliminate apoptotic cells in the context of prion diseases are poorly defined. Here we investigated the possible involvement of signal regulatory protein α (SIRPα), a key modulator of host cell phagocytosis; SIRPα is encoded by the Sirpa gene that is genetically linked to the prion gene Prnp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545069/behavioral-alterations-are-associated-with-vitamin-b12-deficiency-in-the-transcobalamin-receptor-cd320-ko-mouse
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Kaveri Arora, Jeffrey M Sequeira, Alejandro I Hernández, Juan M Alarcon, Edward V Quadros
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency is prevalent worldwide and causes megaloblastic anemia and neurologic deficits. While the anemia can be treated, the neurologic deficits can become refractive to treatment as the disease progresses. Therefore, timely intervention is critical for a favorable outcome. Moreover, the metabolic basis for the neuro-pathologic changes and the role of cobalamin deficiency in the pathology still remains unexplained. Using a transcobalamin receptor / CD320 knockout mouse that lacks the receptor for cellular uptake of transcobalamin bound cobalamin, we aimed to determine whether cobalamin deficiency in the central nervous system produced functional neurologic deficits in the mouse that would parallel those observed in humans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544889/juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy-as-a-spectrum-disorder-a-focused-review
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REVIEW
Betül Baykan, Peter Wolf
In consequence of newer research juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is no longer seen as a homogeneous disease. The causes of the existing variance are only partially known yet. We discuss to what extent the phenotypical spectrum of this polygenetically determined disorder expresses genetically defined endophenotypes, or is due to mere quantitative differences in the expression of the core phenotype. Of the three common seizure types of JME, myoclonic, generalized tonic-clonic and absences, absences also occur independently and are strong candidates for an endophenotype...
May 18, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544690/deficiency-of-complement-1r-subcomponent-in-early-onset-sle-role-for-disease-modifying-alleles-in-a-monogenic-disease
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Erkan Demirkaya, Qing Zhou, Carolyne K Smith, Michael J Ombrello, Natalie Deuitch, Wanxia L Tsai, Patrycja Hoffmann, Elaine F Remmers, Masaki Takeuchi, Yong Hwan Park, JaeJin Chae, Kenan Barut, Dogan Simsek, Amra Adrovic, Sezgin Sahin, Salim Caliskan, Settara C Chandrasekharappa, Sarfaraz A Hasni, Amanda K Ombrello, Massimo Gadina, Daniel L Kastner, Mariana J Kaplan, Ozgur Kasapcopur, Ivona Aksentijevich
OBJECTIVE: To identify a genetic cause of early-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a large consanguineous family from Turkey and to study the mechanisms of disease. METHODS: We performed whole exome sequencing (WES) and SNP array genotyping in affected and unaffected family members. Protein studies, gene expression, cytokine profiling, neutrophil extracellular trap formation, and presence of low-density granulocytes were evaluated in patient primary cells and serum samples...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544683/comprehensive-genetic-study-of-cystic-fibrosis-in-slovak-patients-in-25-years-of-genetic-diagnostics
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Andrea Soltysova, Eva Tothova Tarova, Andrej Ficek, Marian Baldovic, Helena Polakova, Hana Kayserova, Ludevit Kadasi
INTRODUCTION: Cystic fibrosis (CF) has one of the longest histories in hereditary disease molecular diagnostics. However, identification of causative mutations in the CFTR gene is complicated by over two thousand currently identified mutations; with more still being discovered. Knowledge of mutation spectrum may improve effective routine diagnostics and is obligatory in mutation-specific treatment. OBJECTIVES: This study presents comprehensive mutation screening of the CFTR gene; with 275 unrelated, clinically confirmed and treated cystic fibrosis (CF) patients diagnosed in 25 years genetic testing in Slovakia...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544651/genetic-determination-of-body-fat-distribution-and-the-attributive-influence-on-metabolism
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Ellen Fehlert, Róbert Wagner, Caroline Ketterer, Anja Böhm, Jürgen Machann, Louise Fritsche, Fausto Machicao, Fritz Schick, Harald Staiger, Norbert Stefan, Hans-Ulrich Häring, Andreas Fritsche, Martin Heni
OBJECTIVE: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with estimates of body fat distribution. Using predefined risk allele scores, the correlation of these scores with precisely quantified body fat distribution assessed by magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques and with metabolic traits was investigated. METHODS: Data from 4,944 MR scans from 915 subjects of European ancestry were analyzed. Body fat distribution was determined by MR imaging and liver fat content by (1) H-MR spectroscopy...
May 25, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544620/phenotyping-cardiac-and-structural-birth-defects-in-fetal-and-newborn-mice
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REVIEW
Xiaoqin Liu, Andrew J Kim, William Reynolds, Yijen Wu, Cecilia W Lo
Mouse models are invaluable for investigating the developmental etiology and molecular pathogenesis of structural birth defects. While this has been deployed for studying a wide spectrum of birth defects, mice are particularly valuable for modeling congenital heart disease, given they have the same four-chamber cardiac anatomy as in humans. We have developed the use of noninvasive fetal ultrasound together with micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) imaging for high throughput phenotyping of mice for congenital heart defects (CHD) and other developmental anomalies...
May 22, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544614/proteomic-profiling-of-the-hypothalamus-in-two-mouse-models-of-narcolepsy
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Sausan Azzam, Daniela Schlatzer, David Nethery, Dania Saleh, Xiaolin Li, Afaf Akladious, Mark R Chance, Kingman P Strohl
Narcolepsy is a disabling neurological disorder of sleepiness linked to the loss of neurons producing orexin neuropeptides in the hypothalamus. Two well characterized phenotypic mouse models of narcolepsy, loss-of-function (orexin-knockout) and progressive loss of orexin (orexin/ataxin-3) exist. The open question is whether the proteomics signatures of the hypothalamus would be different between the two models. To address this gap, we utilized a label-free proteomics approach and conducted a hypothalamic proteome analysis by comparing each disease model to that of wild type...
May 22, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544463/axonal-charcot-marie-tooth-neuropathy-concurrent-with-distal-and-proximal-weakness-by-translational-elongation-of-the-3-utr-in-nefh
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Da Eun Nam, Sung-Chul Jung, Da Hye Yoo, Sun Seong Choi, Sung-Yum Seo, Gwang Hoon Kim, Song-Ja Kim, Soo Hyun Nam, Byung-Ok Choi, Ki Wha Chung
Mutations in the NEFH gene encoding the heavy neurofilament protein are usually associated with neuronal damage and susceptibility to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Recently, frameshift variants in NEFH (p.Asp1004Glnfs*58 and p.Pro1008Alafs*56) have been reported to be the underlying cause of axonal Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2CC (CMT2CC). The frameshift mutation resulted in a stop loss and translation of a cryptic amyloidogenic element (CAE) encoded by the 3' UTR. This study also identified a de novo c...
May 24, 2017: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544458/the-prevalence-of-asthma-and-related-symptoms-in-middle-east-countries
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REVIEW
Azam Alavinezhad, Mohammad Hossein Boskabady
OBJECTIVES: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory airway disease characterized by reversible airway constriction and airway hyperresponsiveness. Asthma is a worldwide problem and its prevalence varies among different parts of the world. There are insufficient data about the prevalence and risk factors of this disease in Middle East countries. DATA SOURCE: The objective of this review article was to determine the prevalence of asthma in Middle East countries by searching EMBASE, Medline, Web of Science and Google Scholar for articles about asthma prevalence in children and adults in this region...
May 24, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544318/neurologic-clinical-signs-in-cattle-with-astrovirus-associated-encephalitis
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R Deiss, S Selimovic-Hamza, T Seuberlich, M Meylan
BACKGROUND: Evidence of neurotropic astroviruses has been established using novel genetic methods in cattle suffering from viral encephalitis of previously unknown origin. OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical signs observed in cattle with astrovirus-associated encephalitis. ANIMALS: Eight cattle (4 cows, 3 heifers, and 1 bull of 4 different breeds) admitted to the Clinic for Ruminants for neurologic disease and 1 cow investigated in the field...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544258/incidence-and-risk-factors-for-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-7-year-follow-up-study-among-urban-adult-sri-lankans
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Madunil Anuk Niriella, Arunasalam Pathmeswaran, Shamila Thivanshi De Silva, Anuradhani Kasturiratna, Ruwan Perera, Chamila Erandaka Subasinghe, Kuleesha Kodisinghe, Chathura Piyaratna, Vithiya Rishikesawan, Anuradha Supun Dassanayaka, Arjuna Priyadarshin De Silva, Rajitha Wickramasinghe, Fumihiko Takeuchi, Norihiro Kato, Hithanadura Janaka de Silva
BACKGROUND: This study investigated incidence and risk factors for NAFLD among an adult cohort with 7-years follow-up. METHODS: The study population (age-stratified random sampling, Ragama MOH area) was screened initially in 2007 (aged 35-64 years) and re-evaluated in 2014 (aged 42-71 years). On both occasions assessed by structured interview, anthropometric measurements, liver ultrasound, biochemical and serological tests. NAFLD was diagnosed on ultrasound criteria, safe alcohol consumption and absence of hepatitis B/C markers...
May 19, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544217/towards-a-crispr-picture-use-of-crispr-cas9-to-model-diseases-in-human-stem-cells-in-vitro
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Jamie L Freiermuth, Ian J Powell-Castilla, G Ian Gallicano
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) can be differentiated into any cell in the body unlocking enormous research potential. Combined with the recent discovery of CRISPR/Cas9 endonucleases in bacteria and their modification for use in biomedical research, these methods have the potential to revolutionize the field of genetic engineering and open the door to generating in vitro models that more closely resemble the in vivo system than ever before. Use of CRISPR/Cas9 has created a whirlwind within the scientific community in the last few years, as the race to move beyond just disease analysis and towards the goal of gene and cell therapy moves further...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544185/ketoacidosis-at-diagnosis-of-type-1-diabetes-effect-of-prospective-studies-with-newborn-genetic-screening-and-follow-up-of-risk-children
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Anne M Hekkala, Jorma Ilonen, Jorma Toppari, Mikael Knip, Riitta Veijola
We studied the frequency of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in children at diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (T1D) in a region where newborn infants have since 1995 been recruited for genetic screening for human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-conferred disease susceptibility and prospective follow up. The aim was to study whether participation in newborn screening and follow up affected the frequency of DKA, and to follow the time trends in DKA frequency. We first included children born in Oulu University Hospital since 1995 when the prospective studies have been ongoing and diagnosed with T1D <15 years by 2015 (study cohort 1, n = 517)...
May 23, 2017: Pediatric Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544158/molecular-and-physiological-manifestations-and-measurement-of-aging-in-humans
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REVIEW
Sadiya S Khan, Benjamin D Singer, Douglas E Vaughan
Biological aging is associated with a reduction in the reparative and regenerative potential in tissues and organs. This reduction manifests as a decreased physiological reserve in response to stress (termed homeostenosis) and a time-dependent failure of complex molecular mechanisms that cumulatively create disorder. Aging inevitably occurs with time in all organisms and emerges on a molecular, cellular, organ, and organismal level with genetic, epigenetic, and environmental modulators. Individuals with the same chronological age exhibit differential trajectories of age-related decline, and it follows that we should assess biological age distinctly from chronological age...
May 23, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544153/simulated-climate-change-epidemic-size-and-host-evolution-across-host-parasite-populations
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Stuart K J R Auld, June Brand
Climate change is causing warmer and more variable temperatures as well as physical flux in natural populations, which will affect the ecology and evolution of infectious disease epidemics. Using replicate semi-natural populations of a coevolving freshwater invertebrate-parasite system (host: Daphnia magna, parasite: Pasteuria ramosa), we quantified the effects of ambient temperature and population mixing (physical flux within populations) on epidemic size and population health. Each population was seeded with an identical suite of host genotypes and dose of parasite transmission spores...
May 22, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544139/rettbase-rett-syndrome-database-update
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Rahul Krishnaraj, Gladys Ho, John Christodoulou
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked progressive neurodevelopmental disorder that primarily affects females. Mutations in the MECP2 gene have been attributed as the major genetic cause of Rett syndrome. Recently, mutations in CDKL5 and FOXG1 genes have also been suggested to give rise to Rett syndrome, although subsequent more extensive studies suggest that diseases resulting from mutations in these two genes should be considered as distinct clinical entities. While the genetic basis for the Rett syndrome has been recognized, so far there is no effective cure for the disease and the treatments available are mainly aimed at ameliorating clinical problems associated with the disorder...
May 25, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544109/express-with-caution-epitope-tags-and-cdna-variants-effects-on-herg-channel-trafficking-half-life-and-function
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Marika L Osterbur Badhey, Alexander C Bertalovitz, Thomas V McDonald
INTRODUCTION: Genetic mutations in KCNQ2 which encodes hERG, the alpha subunit of the potassium channel responsible for the IKr current, cause Long QT Syndrome, an inherited cardiac arrhythmia disorder. Electrophysiology techniques are used to correlate genotype with molecular phenotype to determine which mutations identified in patients diagnosed Long QT Syndrome are disease causing, and which are benign. These investigations are usually done using heterologous expression in cell lines, and often, epitope fusion tags are used to enable isolation and identification of the protein of interest...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
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