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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549094/a-novel-dominant-mutation-in-sag-the-arrestin-1-gene-is-a-common-cause-of-retinitis-pigmentosa-in-hispanic-families-in-the-southwestern-united-states
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Lori S Sullivan, Sara J Bowne, Daniel C Koboldt, Elizabeth L Cadena, John R Heckenlively, Kari E Branham, Dianna H Wheaton, Kaylie D Jones, Richard S Ruiz, Mark E Pennesi, Paul Yang, David Davis-Boozer, Hope Northrup, Vsevold V Gurevich, Rui Chen, Mingchu Xu, Yumei Li, David G Birch, Stephen P Daiger
Purpose: To identify the causes of autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP) in a cohort of families without mutations in known adRP genes and consequently to characterize a novel dominant-acting missense mutation in SAG. Methods: Patients underwent ophthalmologic testing and were screened for mutations using targeted-capture and whole-exome next-generation sequencing. Confirmation and additional screening were done by Sanger sequencing. Haplotypes segregating with the mutation were determined using short tandem repeat and single nucleotide variant polymorphisms...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547797/vitamin-d-receptor-agonists-regulate-ocular-developmental-angiogenesis-and-modulate-expression-of-dre-mir-21-and-vegf
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Stephanie L Merrigan, Breandán N Kennedy
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Pathological growth of ocular vasculature networks can underpin visual impairment in neovascular age-related macular degeneration, proliferative diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity. Our aim was to uncover novel pharmacological regulators of ocular angiogenesis by phenotype-based screening in zebrafish. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: A bioactive chemical library of 465 drugs was screened to identify small molecule inhibitors of ocular hyaloid vasculature (HV) angiogenesis in zebrafish larvae...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546763/mutation-analysis-of-%C3%AE-thalassemia-in-east-western-indian-population-a-recent-molecular-approach
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Parth S Shah, Nidhi D Shah, Hari Shankar P Ray, Nikunj B Khatri, Ketan K Vaghasia, Rutvik J Raval, Sandip C Shah, Mandava V Rao
BACKGROUND: β-Thalassemia is the most prevalent genetic disorder in India. Its traits and coinheritance vary from mild to severe conditions, resulting in thalassemia minor, intermediate, and major, depending upon many factors. PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to identify the incidence of β-thalassemia traits, their coinheritance, and mutations, as well as to support the patients already diagnosed with β-thalassemia in East-Western Indian population for better management...
2017: Application of Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545126/pheromone-sensing-neurons-regulate-peripheral-lipid-metabolism-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Rosalind Hussey, Jon Stieglitz, Jaleh Mesgarzadeh, Tiffany T Locke, Ying K Zhang, Frank C Schroeder, Supriya Srinivasan
It is now established that the central nervous system plays an important role in regulating whole body metabolism and energy balance. However, the extent to which sensory systems relay environmental information to modulate metabolic events in peripheral tissues has remained poorly understood. In addition, it has been challenging to map the molecular mechanisms underlying discrete sensory modalities with respect to their role in lipid metabolism. In previous work our lab has identified instructive roles for serotonin signaling as a surrogate for food availability, as well as oxygen sensing, in the control of whole body metabolism...
May 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545070/pou4f3-mutation-screening-in-japanese-hearing-loss-patients-massively-parallel-dna-sequencing-based-analysis-identified-novel-variants-associated-with-autosomal-dominant-hearing-loss
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Tomohiro Kitano, Maiko Miyagawa, Shin-Ya Nishio, Hideaki Moteki, Kiyoshi Oda, Kenji Ohyama, Hiromitsu Miyazaki, Hiroshi Hidaka, Ken-Ichi Nakamura, Takaaki Murata, Rina Matsuoka, Yoko Ohta, Nobuhiro Nishiyama, Kozo Kumakawa, Sakiko Furutate, Satoshi Iwasaki, Takechiyo Yamada, Yumi Ohta, Natsumi Uehara, Yoshihiro Noguchi, Shin-Ichi Usami
A variant in a transcription factor gene, POU4F3, is responsible for autosomal dominant nonsyndromic hereditary hearing loss, DFNA15. To date, 14 variants, including a whole deletion of POU4F3, have been reported to cause HL in various ethnic groups. In the present study, genetic screening for POU4F3 variants was carried out for a large series of Japanese hearing loss (HL) patients to clarify the prevalence and clinical characteristics of DFNA15 in the Japanese population. Massively parallel DNA sequencing of 68 target candidate genes was utilized in 2,549 unrelated Japanese HL patients (probands) to identify genomic variations responsible for HL...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544095/phenotypic-assays-for-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection
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Ok-Ryul Song, Nathalie Deboosere, Vincent Delorme, Christophe J Queval, Gaspard Deloison, Elisabeth Werkmeister, Frank Lafont, Alain Baulard, Raffaella Iantomasi, Priscille Brodin
Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major global threat, killing more than one million persons each year. With the constant increase of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains resistant to first- and second-line drugs, there is an urgent need for the development of new drugs to control the propagation of TB. Although screenings of small molecules on axenic M. tuberculosis cultures were successful for the identification of novel putative anti-TB drugs, new drugs in the development pipeline remains scarce. Host-directed therapy may represent an alternative for drug development against TB...
May 19, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544082/a-resource-of-potential-drug-targets-and-strategic-decision-making-for-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-pharmacotherapy
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Richard L Horner, Kevin P Grace, Andrew Wellman
There is currently no pharmacotherapy for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) but there is no principled a priori reason why there should not be one. This review identifies a rational decision-making strategy with the necessary logical underpinnings that any reasonable approach would be expected to navigate to develop a viable pharmacotherapy for OSA. The process first involves phenotyping an individual to quantify and characterize the critical predisposing factor(s) to their OSA pathogenesis and identify, a priori, if the patient is likely to benefit from a pharmacotherapy that targets those factors...
May 25, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542631/concordance-of-bioactive-vs-total-immunoreactive-serum-leptin-levels-in-children-with-severe-early-onset-obesity
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Juraj Stanik, Jürgen Kratzsch, Kathrin Landgraf, Kathrin Scheuermann, Ulrike Spielau, Ruth Gausche, Daniela Gasperikova, Wieland Kiess, Antje Körner
CONTEXT: Leptin secreted from adipose tissue signals peripheral energy status to the brain. Monogenic leptin deficiency results in severe early onset obesity with hyperphagia. Recently, a similar phenotype of inactivating leptin mutations but with preserved immunoreactivity and hence normal circulating immunoreactive leptin has been reported. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the proportion of bioactive leptin serum levels (compared to immunoreactive leptin) as a biomarker for the screening of leptin gene mutations causing monogenic obesity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542515/a-novel-frameshift-mutation-of-smpx-causes-a-rare-form-of-x-linked-nonsyndromic-hearing-loss-in-a-chinese-family
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Zhijie Niu, Yong Feng, Lingyun Mei, Jie Sun, Xueping Wang, Juncheng Wang, Zhengmao Hu, Yunpeng Dong, Hongsheng Chen, Chufeng He, Yalan Liu, Xinzhang Cai, Xuezhong Liu, Lu Jiang
X-linked hearing impairment is the rarest form of genetic hearing loss (HL) and represents only a minor fraction of all cases. The aim of this study was to investigate the cause of X-linked inherited sensorineural HL in a four-generation Chinese family. A novel duplication variant (c.217dupA, p.Ile73Asnfs*5) in SMPX was identified by whole-exome sequencing. The frameshift mutation predicted to result in the premature truncation of the SMPX protein was co-segregated with the HL phenotype and was absent in 295 normal controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542202/unravelling-the-rate-of-action-of-hits-in-the-leishmania-donovani-box-using-standard-drugs-amphotericin-b-and-miltefosine
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Diana Tegazzini, Juan Cantizani, Imanol Peña, Julio Martín, Jose M Coterón
In recent years, the neglected diseases drug discovery community has elected phenotypic screening as the key approach for the identification of novel hit compounds. However, when this approach is applied, important questions related to the mode of action for these compounds remain unanswered. One of such questions is related to the rate of action, a useful piece of information when facing the challenge of prioritising the most promising hit compounds. In the present work, compounds of the "Leishmania donovani box" were evaluated using a rate of action assay adapted from a replicative intracellular high content assay recently developed...
May 25, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539470/the-src-c-abl-pathway-is-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Keiko Imamura, Yuishin Izumi, Akira Watanabe, Kayoko Tsukita, Knut Woltjen, Takuya Yamamoto, Akitsu Hotta, Takayuki Kondo, Shiho Kitaoka, Akira Ohta, Akito Tanaka, Dai Watanabe, Mitsuya Morita, Hiroshi Takuma, Akira Tamaoka, Tilo Kunath, Selina Wray, Hirokazu Furuya, Takumi Era, Kouki Makioka, Koichi Okamoto, Takao Fujisawa, Hideki Nishitoh, Kengo Homma, Hidenori Ichijo, Jean-Pierre Julien, Nanako Obata, Masato Hosokawa, Haruhiko Akiyama, Satoshi Kaneko, Takashi Ayaki, Hidefumi Ito, Ryuji Kaji, Ryosuke Takahashi, Shinya Yamanaka, Haruhisa Inoue
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal disease causing progressive loss of motor neurons, still has no effective treatment. We developed a phenotypic screen to repurpose existing drugs using ALS motor neuron survival as readout. Motor neurons were generated from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from an ALS patient with a mutation in superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1). Results of the screen showed that more than half of the hits targeted the Src/c-Abl signaling pathway. Src/c-Abl inhibitors increased survival of ALS iPSC-derived motor neurons in vitro...
May 24, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538061/clinical-experience-of-treatment-of-facial-malformations-in-oto-palato-digital-syndrome-a-familial-patient
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Tomoe Kira-Koizumi, Nobuyuki Mitsukawa, Tadashi Morishita, Shinsuke Akita, Yoshitaka Kubota, Kaneshige Satoh
Oto-palato-digital syndrome type 1 (OPD1) is an X-linked recessive disorder comprising characteristic facial appearances and skeletal alterations. The authors report OPD1 in a mother and her 2 sons who had multiple common congenital anomalies. Both of the brothers were born with mild hearing impairment, frontal bossing with prominent supraorbital ridges, downslanting palpebral fissures, dental malocclusion, and palatal clefts. They underwent a series of aesthetic surgeries for their facial malformations with good cosmetic results...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536596/sorghum-landrace-collections-from-cooler-regions-of-the-world-exhibit-magnificent-genetic-differentiation-and-early-season-cold-tolerance
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Frank Maulana, Dilooshi Weerasooriya, Tesfaye Tesso
Cold temperature is an important abiotic stress affecting sorghum production in temperate regions. It reduces seed germination, seedling emergence and seedling vigor thus limiting the production of the crop both temporally and spatially. The objectives of this study were (1) to assess early season cold temperature stress response of sorghum germplasm from cooler environments and identify sources of tolerance for use in breeding programs, (2) to determine population structure and marker-trait association among these germplasms for eventual development of marker tools for improving cold tolerance...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536292/capsule-production-and-glucose-metabolism-dictate-fitness-during-serratia-marcescens-bacteremia
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Mark T Anderson, Lindsay A Mitchell, Lili Zhao, Harry L T Mobley
Serratia marcescens is an opportunistic pathogen that causes a range of human infections, including bacteremia, keratitis, wound infections, and urinary tract infections. Compared to other members of the Enterobacteriaceae family, the genetic factors that facilitate Serratia proliferation within the mammalian host are less well defined. An in vivo screen of transposon insertion mutants identified 212 S. marcescens fitness genes that contribute to bacterial survival in a murine model of bloodstream infection...
May 23, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535442/mining-for-osteogenic-surface-topographies-in-silico-design-to-in%C3%A2-vivo-osseo-integration
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Frits F B Hulshof, Bernke Papenburg, Aliaksei Vasilevich, Marc Hulsman, Yiping Zhao, Marloes Levers, Natalie Fekete, Meint de Boer, Huipin Yuan, Shantanu Singh, Nick Beijer, Mark-Anthony Bray, David J Logan, Marcel Reinders, Anne E Carpenter, Clemens van Blitterswijk, Dimitrios Stamatialis, Jan de Boer
Stem cells respond to the physicochemical parameters of the substrate on which they grow. Quantitative material activity relationships - the relationships between substrate parameters and the phenotypes they induce - have so far poorly predicted the success of bioactive implant surfaces. In this report, we screened a library of randomly selected designed surface topographies for those inducing osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Cell shape features, surface design parameters, and osteogenic marker expression were strongly correlated in vitro...
May 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535375/morc-1-integrates-nuclear-rnai-and-transgenerational-chromatin-architecture-to-promote-germline-immortality
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Natasha E Weiser, Danny X Yang, Suhua Feng, Natallia Kalinava, Kristen C Brown, Jayshree Khanikar, Mallory A Freeberg, Martha J Snyder, Györgyi Csankovszki, Raymond C Chan, Sam G Gu, Taiowa A Montgomery, Steven E Jacobsen, John K Kim
Germline-expressed endogenous small interfering RNAs (endo-siRNAs) transmit multigenerational epigenetic information to ensure fertility in subsequent generations. In Caenorhabditis elegans, nuclear RNAi ensures robust inheritance of endo-siRNAs and deposition of repressive H3K9me3 marks at target loci. How target silencing is maintained in subsequent generations is poorly understood. We discovered that morc-1 is essential for transgenerational fertility and acts as an effector of endo-siRNAs. Unexpectedly, morc-1 is dispensable for siRNA inheritance but is required for target silencing and maintenance of siRNA-dependent chromatin organization...
May 22, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534821/from-genome-to-phenotype-an-integrative-approach-to-evaluate-the-biodiversity-of-lactococcus-lactis
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REVIEW
Valérie Laroute, Hélène Tormo, Christel Couderc, Muriel Mercier-Bonin, Pascal Le Bourgeois, Muriel Cocaign-Bousquet, Marie-Line Daveran-Mingot
Lactococcus lactis is one of the most extensively used lactic acid bacteria for the manufacture of dairy products. Exploring the biodiversity of L. lactis is extremely promising both to acquire new knowledge and for food and health-driven applications. L. lactis is divided into four subspecies: lactis, cremoris, hordniae and tructae, but only subsp. lactis and subsp. cremoris are of industrial interest. Due to its various biotopes, Lactococcus subsp. lactis is considered the most diverse. The diversity of L...
May 19, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533537/novel-mutations-and-phenotypic-associations-identified-through-apc-mutyh-nthl1-pold1-pole-gene-analysis-in-indian-familial-adenomatous-polyposis-cohort
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Nikhat Khan, Anuja Lipsa, Gautham Arunachal, Mukta Ramadwar, Rajiv Sarin
Colo-Rectal Cancer is a common cancer worldwide with 5-10% cases being hereditary. Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) syndrome is due to germline mutations in the APC or rarely MUTYH gene. NTHL1, POLD1, POLE have been recently reported in previously unexplained FAP cases. Unlike the Caucasian population, FAP phenotype and its genotypic associations have not been widely studied in several geoethnic groups. We report the first FAP cohort from South Asia and the only non-Caucasian cohort with comprehensive analysis of APC, MUTYH, NTHL1, POLD1, POLE genes...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533440/identification-and-characterization-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-rnai-inheritance-machinery
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George Spracklin, Brandon Fields, Gang Wan, Diveena Vijayendran, Ashley Wallig, Aditi Shukla, Scott Kennedy
Gene silencing mediated by dsRNA (RNAi) can persist for multiple generations in Caenorhabditis elegans (termed RNAi inheritance). Here we describe the results of a forward genetic screen in C. elegans that has identified six factors required for RNAi inheritance: GLH-1/VASA, PUP-1/CDE-1, MORC-1, SET-32, and two novel nematode specific factors that we term here (heritable RNAi defective) HRDE-2 and HRDE-4. The new RNAi inheritance factors exhibit mortal germline (Mrt) phenotypes, which we show is likely caused by epigenetic deregulation in germ cells...
May 22, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533195/de-novo-8p23-1-deletion-in-a-patient-with-absence-epilepsy
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Nihan Hande Akcakaya, Özlem Yalcin Capan, Herbert Schulz, Thomas Sander, Server Hande Caglayan, Zuhal Yapıcı
The 8p23.1 deletion syndrome is a rare multisystem disorder with high penetrance and a variable phenotypic spectrum that includes congenital heart disease (CHD), intellectual disability, behavioural problems, microcephalia, and sometimes epilepsy. Genomic copy number variations (CNVs) constitute an important genetic risk factor for common genetic generalised epilepsy syndromes (GGEs) and absence seizures. These variations, resulting either from copy loss (microdeletion) or copy gain (duplications), disrupt genes associated with neuronal development...
May 22, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
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