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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914629/cytoplasmic-fmr1-interacting-protein-2-is-a-major-genetic-factor-underlying-binge-eating
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Stacey L Kirkpatrick, Lisa R Goldberg, Neema Yazdani, R Keith Babbs, Jiayi Wu, Eric R Reed, David F Jenkins, Amanda F Bolgioni, Kelsey I Landaverde, Kimberly P Luttik, Karen S Mitchell, Vivek Kumar, W Evan Johnson, Megan K Mulligan, Pietro Cottone, Camron D Bryant
BACKGROUND: Eating disorders are lethal and heritable; however, the underlying genetic factors are unknown. Binge eating is a highly heritable trait associated with eating disorders that is comorbid with mood and substance use disorders. Therefore, understanding its genetic basis will inform therapeutic development that could improve several comorbid neuropsychiatric conditions. METHODS: We assessed binge eating in closely related C57BL/6 mouse substrains and in an F2 cross to identify quantitative trait loci associated with binge eating...
October 25, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914058/osprey-predicts-resistance-mutations-using-positive-and-negative-computational-protein-design
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Adegoke Ojewole, Anna Lowegard, Pablo Gainza, Stephanie M Reeve, Ivelin Georgiev, Amy C Anderson, Bruce R Donald
Drug resistance in protein targets is an increasingly common phenomenon that reduces the efficacy of both existing and new antibiotics. However, knowledge of future resistance mutations during pre-clinical phases of drug development would enable the design of novel antibiotics that are robust against not only known resistant mutants, but also against those that have not yet been clinically observed. Computational structure-based protein design (CSPD) is a transformative field that enables the prediction of protein sequences with desired biochemical properties such as binding affinity and specificity to a target...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909867/developmental-validation-of-the-homygene19-14y-system
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Weian Du, Ling Chen, Hong Liu, Pingming Qiu, Fayuan Li, Jing Gao, Yu Zhou, Bangchao Wang, Chao Liu
The HomyGene19+14Y System (HG19+14Y) is a PCR-based amplification kit that enables typing of 18 autosomal short tandem repeat (STR) loci (i.e., CSF1PO, D2S1338, D3S1358, D5S818, D6S1043, D7S820, D8S1179, D12S391, D13S317, D16S539, D18S51, D19S433, D21S11, FGA, Penta E, TPOX, TH01, vWA), 14 widely used Y chromosome STR (Y-STR) loci (Y_GATA_H4, DYS385a/b, DYS389I/II, DYS390, DYS391, DYS392, DYS393, DYS438, DYS439, DYS456, DYS458, DYS635), and amelogenin. This multiplex system was designed for the simultaneous analysis of amelogenin-Y allele mutation, single-source searches, kinship (including familial searching), mixture profiles, international data sharing, and other forensic applications...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908614/a-critical-discussion-on-diet-genomic-mutations-and-repair-mechanisms-in-colon-carcinogenesis
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Juliana Yumi Sakita, Bianca Gasparotto, Sergio Britto Garcia, Sergio Akira Uyemura, Vinicius Kannen
Colon cancer is one of the most common malignancies and its etiology closely tied to dietary habits. Recent epidemiological data shows that colon cancer incidence is shifting to a much younger population. In this regard, some dietary components from a regular human meal might have various DNA-damaging compounds. Given that not every person endure cancer, the colonic malignancy develops throughout decades, and persistent DNA damage promotes cancer when induced at the proper intensity, a critical discussion of possible novel mechanisms by which carcinogens promote these tumors is urgently needed...
November 28, 2016: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906098/direct-reprogramming-of-urine-derived-cells-with-inducible-myod-for-modeling-human-muscle-disease
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Ellis Y Kim, Patrick Page, Lisa M Dellefave-Castillo, Elizabeth M McNally, Eugene J Wyatt
BACKGROUND: Cellular models of muscle disease are taking on increasing importance with the large number of genes and mutations implicated in causing myopathies and the concomitant need to test personalized therapies. Developing cell models relies on having an easily obtained source of cells, and if the cells are not derived from muscle itself, a robust reprogramming process is needed. Fibroblasts are a human cell source that works well for the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells, which can then be differentiated into cardiomyocyte lineages, and with less efficiency, skeletal muscle-like lineages...
September 15, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903986/adult-t-cell-leukemia-aggressivenness-correlates-with-loss-of-both-5-hydroxymethylcytosine-and-tet2-expression
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Ambroise Marçais, Laetitia Waast, Julie Bruneau, Katia Hanssens, Vahid Asnafi, Philippe Gaulard, Felipe Suarez, Patrice Dubreuil, Antoine Gessain, Olivier Hermine, Claudine Pique
Mutations in TET2, encoding one of the TET members responsible for the conversion of DNA cytosine methylation to hydroxymethylation (5-hmc), have been recently described in Human T-lymphotropic virus type 1-associated adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL). However, neither the amount of genomic 5-hmc in ATLL tumor cells nor TET2 expression has been studied yet. In this study, we analyzed these two parameters as well as the mutational status of TET2 in ATLL patients. By employing a direct in situ approach, we documented that tumor T cells infiltrating lymph nodes exhibit low level of 5-hmc compared to residual normal T cells...
November 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902767/towards-a-non-human-primate-model-of-alpha-synucleinopathy-for-development-of-therapeutics-for-parkinson-s-disease-optimization-of-aav1-2-delivery-parameters-to-drive-sustained-expression-of-alpha-synuclein-and-dopaminergic-degeneration-in-macaque
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James B Koprich, Tom H Johnston, Gabriela Reyes, Vanessa Omana, Jonathan M Brotchie
Recent failures in clinical trials for disease modification in Parkinson's disease have highlighted the need for a non-human primate model of the synucleinopathy underpinning dopaminergic neuron degeneration. The present study was defined to begin the development of such a model in cynomolgus macaque. We have validated surgical and vector parameters to define a means to provide a robust over-expression of alpha-synuclein which is associated with Lewy-like pathology and robust degeneration of the nigrostriatal pathway...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901509/how-does-epistasis-influence-the-response-to-selection
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N H Barton
Much of quantitative genetics is based on the 'infinitesimal model', under which selection has a negligible effect on the genetic variance. This is typically justified by assuming a very large number of loci with additive effects. However, it applies even when genes interact, provided that the number of loci is large enough that selection on each of them is weak relative to random drift. In the long term, directional selection will change allele frequencies, but even then, the effects of epistasis on the ultimate change in trait mean due to selection may be modest...
November 30, 2016: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900617/new-and-evolving-concepts-regarding-the-prognosis-and-treatment-of-cardiac-amyloidosis
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REVIEW
Stefano Perlini, Roberta Mussinelli, Francesco Salinaro
Systemic amyloidoses are rare and proteiform diseases, caused by extracellular accumulation of insoluble misfolded fibrillar proteins. Prognosis is dictated by cardiac involvement, which is especially frequent in light chain (AL) and in transthyretin variants (ATTR, both mutated, (ATTRm), and wild-type, (ATTRwt)). Recently, ATTRwt has emerged as a potentially relevant cause of a heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Cardiac amyloidosis is an archetypal example of restrictive cardiomyopathy, with signs and symptoms of global heart failure and diastolic dysfunction...
November 29, 2016: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899637/a-genome-wide-dosage-suppressor-network-reveals-genomic-robustness
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Biranchi Patra, Yoshiko Kon, Gitanjali Yadav, Anthony W Sevold, Jesse P Frumkin, Ravishankar R Vallabhajosyula, Arend Hintze, Bjørn Østman, Jory Schossau, Ashish Bhan, Bruz Marzolf, Jenna K Tamashiro, Amardeep Kaur, Nitin S Baliga, Elizabeth J Grayhack, Christoph Adami, David J Galas, Alpan Raval, Eric M Phizicky, Animesh Ray
Genomic robustness is the extent to which an organism has evolved to withstand the effects of deleterious mutations. We explored the extent of genomic robustness in budding yeast by genome wide dosage suppressor analysis of 53 conditional lethal mutations in cell division cycle and RNA synthesis related genes, revealing 660 suppressor interactions of which 642 are novel. This collection has several distinctive features, including high co-occurrence of mutant-suppressor pairs within protein modules, highly correlated functions between the pairs and higher diversity of functions among the co-suppressors than previously observed...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899282/bindprofx-assessing-mutation-induced-binding-affinity-change-by-protein-interface-profiles-with-pseudo-counts
#11
Peng Xiong, Chengxin Zhang, Wei Zheng, Yang Zhang
Understanding how gene-level mutations affect the binding affinity of protein-protein interactions is a key issue of protein engineering. Due to the complexity of the problem, using physical force field to predict the mutation-induced binding free-energy change remains challenging. In this work, we present a renewed approach to calculate the impact of gene mutations on the binding affinity through the structure-based profiling of protein-protein interfaces, where the binding free-energy change (ΔΔG) is counted as the logarithm of relative probability of mutant amino acids over wild-type ones in the interface alignment matrix; three pseudo counts are introduced to alleviate the limit of the current interface library...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895116/correctors-and-potentiators-rescue-function-of-the-truncated-w1282x-cftr-translation-product
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Peter M Haggie, Puay-Wah Phuan, Joseph-Anthony Tan, Haijin Xu, Radu G Avramescu, Doranda Perdomo, Lorna Zlock, Dennis W Nielson, Walter E Finkbeiner, Gergely L Lukacs, Alan S Verkman
W1282X is the fifth most common CFTR mutation that causes cystic fibrosis. Here, we investigated the utility of a small molecule corrector / potentiator strategy, as used for ΔF508-CFTR, to produce functional rescue of the truncated translation product of the W1282X mutation, CFTR1281, without the need for read-through. In transfected cell systems, certain potentiators and correctors including VX-809 and VX-770 increased CFTR1281 activity. To identify novel correctors and potentiators with potentially greater efficacy on CFTR1281, functional screens were done of ~30,000 synthetic small molecules and drugs/nutraceuticals in CFTR1281-transfected cells...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892488/transition-steps-in-peroxide-reduction-and-a-molecular-switch-for-peroxide-robustness-of-prokaryotic-peroxiredoxins
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Neelagandan Kamariah, Mun Foong Sek, Birgit Eisenhaber, Frank Eisenhaber, Gerhard Grüber
In addition to their antioxidant function, the eukaryotic peroxiredoxins (Prxs) facilitate peroxide-mediated signaling by undergoing controlled inactivation by peroxide-driven over-oxidation. In general, the bacterial enzyme lacks this controlled inactivation mechanism, making it more resistant to high H2O2 concentrations. During peroxide reduction, the active site alternates between reduced, fully folded (FF), and oxidized, locally unfolded (LU) conformations. Here we present novel insights into the divergence of bacterial and human Prxs in robustness and sensitivity to inactivation, respectively...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891514/evidence-for-a-pathogenic-triumvirate-in-congenital-hepatic-fibrosis-in-autosomal-recessive-polycystic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Lu Jiang, Pingping Fang, James L Weemhoff, Udayan Apte, Michele T Pritchard
Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) is a severe monogenic disorder that occurs due to mutations in the PKHD1 gene. Congenital hepatic fibrosis (CHF) associated with ARPKD is characterized by the presence of hepatic cysts derived from dilated bile ducts and a robust, pericystic fibrosis. Cyst growth, due to cyst wall epithelial cell hyperproliferation and fluid secretion, is thought to be the driving force behind disease progression. Liver fibrosis is a wound healing response in which collagen accumulates in the liver due to an imbalance between extracellular matrix synthesis and degradation...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887869/a-highly-diverse-and-functional-na%C3%A3-ve-ubiquitin-variant-library-for-generation-of-intracellular-affinity-reagents
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Isabel Leung, Nick Jarvik, Sachdev Sidhu
We report the design, construction, and validation of a highly diverse phage-displayed naïve ubiquitin variant (Ubv) library. We first conducted a mutation tolerance scan of 27 residues and confirmed that 24 of these could be substituted by chemically diverse amino acids without compromising the display of Ubvs on phage. Subsequently, we constructed a library containing 6.8×10(10) unique members, in which these 24 positions were diversified with a degenerate codon that encodes for 6 aa that are prevalent in protein interaction sites...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887614/insight-into-k13-propeller-gene-polymorphism-and-ex-vivo-dha-response-profiles-from-cameroonian-isolates
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Sandie Menard, Joëlle Njila Tchoufack, Christelle Ngou Maffo, Sandrine E Nsango, Xavier Iriart, Luc Abate, Majoline Tchioffo Tsapi, Parfait H Awono-Ambéné, Francis A Abega Mekongo, Isabelle Morlais, Antoine Berry
BACKGROUND: The spread of Plasmodium falciparum resistance to artemisinin derivatives in Southeast Asia is a major source of concern and the emergence of resistance in Africa would have dramatic consequences, by increasing malaria mortality and morbidity. It is therefore urgent to implement regular monitoring in sentinel sites in sub-Saharan Africa using robust and easy-to-implement tools. The prevalence of k13-propeller mutations and the phenotypic profiles are poorly known in sub-Saharan Africa...
November 26, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886459/standardised-experiments-in-mutant-mice-reveal-behavioural-similarity-on-129s5-and-c57bl-6j-backgrounds
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Louie N van de Lagemaat, Lianne E Stanford, Charles Pettit, Douglas J Strathdee, Karen E Strathdee, Kathryn A Elsegood, David G Fricker, Mike D R Croning, Noboru H Komiyama, Seth G N Grant
Behavioural analysis of mice carrying engineered mutations is widely used to identify roles of specific genes in components of the mammalian behavioural repertoire. The reproducibility and robustness of phenotypic measures has become a concern that undermines the use of mouse genetic models for translational studies. Contributing factors include low individual study power, non-standardised behavioural testing, failure to address confounds and differences in genetic background of mutant mice. We have examined the importance of these factors using a statistically robust approach applied to behavioural data obtained from three mouse mutations on 129S5 and C57BL/6J backgrounds generated in a standardised battery of five behavioural assays...
November 25, 2016: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881908/functional-study-of-two-biochemically-unusual-mutations-in-gucy2d-leber-congenital-amaurosis-expressed-via-adenoassociated-virus-vector-in-mouse-retinas
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Sanford L Boye, Elena V Olshevskaya, Igor V Peshenko, K Tyler McCullough, Shannon E Boye, Alexander M Dizhoor
PURPOSE: To test, in living photoreceptors, two mutations, S248W and R1091x, in the GUCY2D gene linked to Leber congenital amaurosis 1 (LCA1) that fail to inactivate the catalytic activity of a heterologously expressed retinal membrane guanylyl cyclase 1 (RetGC1). METHODS: GUC2YD cDNA constructs coding for wild-type human (hWT), R1091x, and S248W GUCY2D under the control of the human rhodopsin kinase promoter were expressed in Gucy2e(-/-)Gucy2f(-/-) knockout (GCdKO) mouse retinas, which lack endogenous RetGC activity...
2016: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881822/lowered-h3k27me3-and-dna-hypomethylation-define-poorly-prognostic-pediatric-posterior-fossa-ependymomas
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Jill Bayliss, Piali Mukherjee, Chao Lu, Siddhant U Jain, Chan Chung, Daniel Martinez, Benjamin Sabari, Ashley S Margol, Pooja Panwalkar, Abhijit Parolia, Melike Pekmezci, Richard C McEachin, Marcin Cieslik, Benita Tamrazi, Benjamin A Garcia, Gaspare La Rocca, Mariarita Santi, Peter W Lewis, Cynthia Hawkins, Ari Melnick, C David Allis, Craig B Thompson, Arul M Chinnaiyan, Alexander R Judkins, Sriram Venneti
Childhood posterior fossa (PF) ependymomas cause substantial morbidity and mortality. These tumors lack recurrent genetic mutations, but a subset of these ependymomas exhibits CpG island (CpGi) hypermethylation [PF group A (PFA)], implicating epigenetic alterations in their pathogenesis. Further, histological grade does not reliably predict prognosis, highlighting the importance of developing more robust prognostic markers. We discovered global H3K27me3 reduction in a subset of these tumors (PF-ve ependymomas) analogous to H3K27M mutant gliomas...
November 23, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876821/logic-models-to-predict-continuous-outputs-based-on-binary-inputs-with-an-application-to-personalized-cancer-therapy
#20
Theo A Knijnenburg, Gunnar W Klau, Francesco Iorio, Mathew J Garnett, Ultan McDermott, Ilya Shmulevich, Lodewyk F A Wessels
Mining large datasets using machine learning approaches often leads to models that are hard to interpret and not amenable to the generation of hypotheses that can be experimentally tested. We present 'Logic Optimization for Binary Input to Continuous Output' (LOBICO), a computational approach that infers small and easily interpretable logic models of binary input features that explain a continuous output variable. Applying LOBICO to a large cancer cell line panel, we find that logic combinations of multiple mutations are more predictive of drug response than single gene predictors...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
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