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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813090/brazilian-consensus-on-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-part-1-diagnosis-steroid-therapy-and-perspectives
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Alexandra P Q C Araujo, Alzira A S de Carvalho, Eduardo B U Cavalcanti, Jonas Alex M Saute, Elmano Carvalho, Marcondes C França, Alberto R M Martinez, Monica de M M Navarro, Anamarli Nucci, Maria Bernadete D de Resende, Marcus Vinicius M Gonçalves, Juliana Gurgel-Giannetti, Rosana H Scola, Cláudia F da R Sobreira, Umbertina C Reed, Edmar Zanoteli
Significant advances in the understanding and management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) took place since international guidelines were published in 2010. Our objective was to provide an evidence-based national consensus statement for multidisciplinary care of DMD in Brazil. A combination of the Delphi technique with a systematic review of studies from 2010 to 2016 was employed to classify evidence levels and grade of recommendations. Our recommendations were divided in two parts. We present Part 1 here, where we describe the guideline methodology and overall disease concepts, and also provide recommendations on diagnosis, steroid therapy and new drug treatment perspectives for DMD...
August 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796573/development-of-exon-skipping-therapies-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-a-critical-review-and-a-perspective-on-the-outstanding-issues
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Annemieke Aartsma-Rus, Volker Straub, Robert Hemmings, Manuel Haas, Gabriele Schlosser-Weber, Violeta Stoyanova-Beninska, Eugenio Mercuri, Francesco Muntoni, Bruno Sepodes, Elizabeth Vroom, Pavel Balabanov
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a rare, severe, progressive muscle-wasting disease leading to disability and premature death. Patients lack the muscle membrane-stabilizing protein dystrophin. Antisense oligonucleotide (AON)-mediated exon skipping is a therapeutic approach that aims to induce production of partially functional dystrophins. Recently, an AON targeting exon 51 became the first of its class to be approved by the United States regulators [Food and Drug Administration (FDA)] for the treatment of DMD...
August 10, 2017: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780112/transcript-analysis-at-dgat1-reveals-different-mrna-profiles-in-river-buffaloes-with-extreme-phenotypes-for-milk-fat
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M Gu, G Cosenza, I Nicolae, A Bota, Y Guo, L Di Stasio, A Pauciullo
Buffalo DGAT1 (diacylglycerol O-acyltransferase 1) was mainly investigated for the characterization of the gene itself and for the identification of the K232A polymorphism, similar to what has been accomplished in cattle, although no information has been reported so far at the mRNA level. The importance of DGAT1 for lipid metabolism led us to investigate the transcript profiles of lactating buffaloes characterized as high (9.13 ± 0.23) and low (7.94 ± 0.29) for milk fat percentage, and to explore the genetic diversity at the RNA and DNA level...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776436/chimeric-nup98-nsd1-transcripts-from-the-cryptic-t-5-11-q35-2-p15-4-in-adult-de-novo-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Jarno L Kivioja, Jesus M Lopez Martí, Ashwini Kumar, Mika Kontro, Henrik Edgren, Alun Parsons, Tuija Lundán, Maija Wolf, Kimmo Porkka, Caroline A Heckman
The t(5;11)(q35;p15.4) is a clinically significant marker of poor prognosis in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which is difficult to detect due to sub-telomeric localization of the breakpoints. To facilitate the detection of this rearrangement, we studied NUP98-NSD1 transcript variants in patients with the t(5;11) using paired-end RNA sequencing and standard molecular biology techniques. We discovered three NUP98-NSD1 transcripts with two fusion junctions (NUP98 exon 11-12/NSD1 exon 6), alternative 5' donor site in NUP98 exon 7, and NSD1 exon 7 skipping...
August 4, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775379/tia1-is-a-gender-specific-disease-modifier-of-a-mild-mouse-model-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Matthew D Howell, Eric W Ottesen, Natalia N Singh, Rachel L Anderson, Joonbae Seo, Senthilkumar Sivanesan, Elizabeth M Whitley, Ravindra N Singh
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by deletions or mutations of Survival Motor Neuron 1 (SMN1) gene. The nearly identical SMN2 cannot compensate for SMN1 loss due to exon 7 skipping. The allele C (C (+/+)) mouse recapitulates a mild SMA-like phenotype and offers an ideal system to monitor the role of disease-modifying factors over a long time. T-cell-restricted intracellular antigen 1 (TIA1) regulates SMN exon 7 splicing. TIA1 is reported to be downregulated in obese patients, although it is not known if the effect is gender-specific...
August 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768202/dual-rna-processing-roles-of-pat1b-via-cytoplasmic-lsm1-7-and-nuclear-lsm2-8-complexes
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Caroline Vindry, Aline Marnef, Helen Broomhead, Laure Twyffels, Sevim Ozgur, Georg Stoecklin, Miriam Llorian, Christopher W Smith, Juan Mata, Dominique Weil, Nancy Standart
Pat1 RNA-binding proteins, enriched in processing bodies (P bodies), are key players in cytoplasmic 5' to 3' mRNA decay, activating decapping of mRNA in complex with the Lsm1-7 heptamer. Using co-immunoprecipitation and immunofluorescence approaches coupled with RNAi, we provide evidence for a nuclear complex of Pat1b with the Lsm2-8 heptamer, which binds to the spliceosomal U6 small nuclear RNA (snRNA). Furthermore, we establish the set of interactions connecting Pat1b/Lsm2-8/U6 snRNA/SART3 and additional U4/U6...
August 1, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760551/experimental-assessment-of-novel-pax6-splicing-mutations-in-two-chinese-families-with-aniridia
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Qi Miao, Xiyuan Ping, Xiajing Tang, Li Zhang, Xin Zhang, Yalan Cheng, Xingchao Shentu
Aniridia is a rare, congenital ocular disorder caused by the mutations of the paired box gene-6 (PAX6) (OMIM 607108), which encodes a highly conserved transcriptional regulator. In order to investigate the clinical characterizations and genetic defects of two Chinese families affected with aniridia, we recruited the family members and 200 ethnically matched controls. The entire exons and flanking intronic sequences of the PAX6 gene (NG_008679.1) were analyzed and effects of variants on splicing were assessed in silico and in vitro using exon trapping assay with pET01...
July 28, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757336/double-trouble-a-case-series-on-concomitant-genetic-aberrations-in-nsclc
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REVIEW
Nele Van Der Steen, Yves Mentens, Marc Ramael, Leticia G Leon, Paul Germonpré, Jose Ferri, David R Gandara, Elisa Giovannetti, Godefridus J Peters, Patrick Pauwels, Christian Rolfo
Several oncogenic drivers have been identified in non-small cell lung cancer. Targeted therapies for these aberrations have already been successfully developed and implemented in clinical practice. Owing to improved sensitivity in genetic testing, more and more tumors with multiple driver mutations are identified, resulting in dilemmas for treating physicians whether and which targeted therapy to use. In this case series, we provide an overview of patients with intrinsic double mutations in oncogenic drivers and their reported response to targeted therapies, with a focus on epidermal growth factor receptor, anaplastic lymphoma kinase, cMET, and Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene...
July 6, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756020/identification-and-characterization-of-the-tyrosinase-gene-tyr-and-its-transcript-variants-tyr_1-and-tyr_2-in-the-crab-eating-macaque-macaca-fascicularis
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Young-Hyun Kim, Sang-Je Park, Se-Hee Choe, Ja-Rang Lee, Hyeon-Mu Cho, Sun-Uk Kim, Ji-Su Kim, Bo-Woong Sim, Bong-Seok Song, Youngjeon Lee, Yeung Bae Jin, Jung-Joo Hong, Kang-Jin Jeong, Philyong Kang, Seung-Ho Baek, Sang-Rae Lee, Jae-Won Huh, Kyu-Tae Chang
Tyrosinase is a copper-containing enzyme that regulates melanin biosynthesis and is encoded by the tyrosinase (TYR) gene. Previous studies demonstrated that mutations in TYR could lead to oculocutaneous albinism type 1 (OCA1) owing to the failure of melanin formation. Although a previous study found that albinism in the rhesus monkey was derived from a mutation in TYR, the identification and characterization of this gene in non-human primates has not been achieved thus far. Thus, using the rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) and internal reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) we identified the full-length sequence of TYR in the crab-eating macaque, and two different transcript variants (TYR_1 and TYR_2)...
July 26, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755059/nusinersen-the-first-option-beyond-supportive-care-for-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#10
REVIEW
Vikas Maharshi, Shazia Hasan
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive neuromuscular disorder characterized by degeneration of spinal motor neurons and poses significant adverse outcome in affected population. Survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) protein encoded by SMN1 gene located on 5q(13) is critical for survival and functioning of motor neurons. Almost identical gene SMN2, present on the same chromosome, produces a small truncated protein (SMN2) because of skipping of exon 7 from translation due to translation silent C6U substitution in exon 7 of SMN2 pre-mRNA transcript...
July 28, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742140/short-16-mer-locked-nucleic-acid-splice-switching-oligonucleotides-restore-dystrophin-production-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-myotubes
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Vanessa Borges Pires, Ricardo Simões, Kamel Mamchaoui, Célia Carvalho, Maria Carmo-Fonseca
Splice-switching antisense oligonucleotides (SSOs) offer great potential for RNA-targeting therapies, and two SSO drugs have been recently approved for treating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Despite promising results, new developments are still needed for more efficient chemistries and delivery systems. Locked nucleic acid (LNA) is a chemically modified nucleic acid that presents several attractive properties, such as high melting temperature when bound to RNA, potent biological activity, high stability and low toxicity in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741180/loss-of-nhej1-protein-due-to-a-novel-splice-site-mutation-in-a-family-presenting-with-combined-immunodeficiency-microcephaly-and-growth-retardation-and-literature-review
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Farrukh Sheikh, Abbas Hawwari, Safa Alhissi, Sulaiman Al Gazlan, Hasan Al Dhekri, Agha M Rehan Khaliq, Esteban Borrero, Lina El-Baik, Rand Arnaout, Hamoud Al-Mousa, Anas M Alazami
INTRODUCTION: Non-homologous end joining gene 1 (NHEJ1) defect is a rare form of primary immune deficiency. Very few cases have been described from around the world. PURPOSE: We are reporting the first family from the Arabian Gulf with three siblings presenting with combined immunodeficiency (CID), microcephaly, and growth retardation due to a novel NHEJ1 splice site mutation, in addition to a review of the previously published literature on this subject. METHODS: Patients' clinical, immunological, and laboratory features were examined...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730600/transcriptomic-insights-into-the-alternative-splicing-mediated-adaptation-of-the-entomopathogenic-fungus-beauveria-bassiana-to-host-niches-autophagy-related-gene-8-as-an-example
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Wei-Xia Dong, Jin-Li Ding, Yang Gao, Yue-Jin Peng, Ming-Guang Feng, Sheng-Hua Ying
Alternative splicing (AS) regulates various biological processes in fungi by extending the cellular proteome. However, comprehensive studies investigating AS in entomopathogenic fungi are lacking. Based on transcriptome data obtained via dual RNA-seq, the first overview of AS events was developed for Beauveria bassiana growing in an insect hemocoel. The AS was demonstrated for 556 of 8,840 expressed genes, accounting for 5.4% of the total genes in B. bassiana. Intron retention was the most abundant type of AS, accounting for 87...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706522/expressed-centromere-specific-histone-3-cenh3-variants-in-cultivated-triploid-and-wild-diploid-bananas-musa-spp
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Kariuki S Muiruri, Anne Britt, Nelson O Amugune, Edward K Nguu, Simon Chan, Leena Tripathi
Centromeres are specified by a centromere specific histone 3 (CENH3) protein, which exists in a complex environment, interacting with conserved proteins and rapidly evolving satellite DNA sequences. The interactions may become more challenging if multiple CENH3 versions are introduced into the zygote as this can affect post-zygotic mitosis and ultimately sexual reproduction. Here, we characterize CENH3 variant transcripts expressed in cultivated triploid and wild diploid progenitor bananas. We describe both splice- and allelic-[Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP)] variants and their effects on the predicted secondary structures of protein...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705773/recent-progress-in-circular-rnas-in-human-cancers
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Guanqun Huang, Shuaihu Li, Nuo Yang, Yongdong Zou, Duo Zheng, Tian Xiao
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a large class of endogenous RNAs, formed by exon skipping or back-splicing events as covalently closed loops, which are expressed abundantly in mammalian cells. Although their biological functions remain largely unknown, recent studies show that circRNAs have three main functions in mammalian cells. First, circRNAs can regulate transcription and RNA splicing. Second, circRNAs function as microRNA (miRNA) sponges. Third, they can be translated into protein driven by N(6)-methyladenosine modification...
July 11, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693130/novel-association-of-men1-gene-mutations-with-parathyroid-carcinoma
#16
Luigia Cinque, Angelo Sparaneo, Filomena Cetani, Michelina Coco, Celeste Clemente, Massimiliano Chetta, Teresa Balsamo, Claudia Battista, Eliana Sanpaolo, Elena Pardi, Leonardo D'Agruma, Claudio Marcocci, Evaristo Maiello, Geoffrey N Hendy, David E C Cole, Alfredo Scillitani, Vito Guarnieri
Inactivating mutations of the multiple endocrine neoplasia 1 (MEN1) gene cause MEN1 syndrome, characterized by primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT), and parathyroid and gastro-entero-pancreatic pituitary tumors. At present, only 14 cases of malignant parathyroid tumor have been associated with the syndrome, with 6 cases carrying an inactivating mutation of the MEN1 gene. The present study presents the case of a 48-year-old female who presented with multigland pHPT and multiple pancreatic lesions. The patient underwent surgery several times for the excision of parathyroid hyperplasia, carcinoma and adenoma...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691208/transcriptomic-profile-analysis-of-mouse-neural-tube-development-by-rna-seq
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Juan Yu, Jianbing Mu, Qian Guo, Lihong Yang, Juan Zhang, Zhizhen Liu, Baofeng Yu, Ting Zhang, Jun Xie
The neural tube is the primordium of the central nervous system (CNS) in which its development is not entirely clear. Understanding the cellular and molecular basis of neural tube development could, therefore, provide vital clues to the mechanism of neural tube defects (NTDs). Here, we investigated the gene expression profiles of three different time points (embryonic day (E) 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5) of mouse neural tube by using RNA-seq approach. About 391 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were screened during mouse neural tube development, including 45 DEGs involved in CNS development, among which Bmp2, Ascl1, Olig2, Lhx1, Wnt7b and Eomes might play the important roles...
July 10, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688171/diagnosis-of-xeroderma-pigmentosum-variant-in-a-young-patient-with-two-novel-mutations-in-the-polh-gene
#18
Armando De Palma, Marie-Anne Morren, Cécile Ged, Caroline Pouvelle, Alain Taïeb, Said Aoufouchi, Alain Sarasin
We describe the characterization of Xeroderma Pigmentosum variant (XPV) in a young Caucasian patient with phototype I, who exhibited a high sensitivity to sunburn and multiple cutaneous tumors at the age of 15 years. Two novel mutations in the POLH gene, which encodes the translesion DNA polymerase η, with loss of function due to two independent exon skippings, are reported to be associated as a compound heterozygous state in the patient. Western blot analysis performed on proteins from dermal fibroblasts derived from the patient and analysis of the mutation spectrum on immunoglobulin genes produced during the somatic hypermutation process in his memory B cells, show the total absence of translesion polymerase η activity in the patient...
July 8, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684740/hur-dependent-editing-of-a-new-mineralocorticoid-receptor-splice-variant-reveals-an-osmoregulatory-loop-for-sodium-homeostasis
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Ingrid Lema, Larbi Amazit, Khadija Lamribet, Jérôme Fagart, Anne Blanchard, Marc Lombès, Nadia Cherradi, Say Viengchareun
Aldosterone and the Mineralocorticoid Receptor (MR) control hydroelectrolytic homeostasis and alterations of mineralocorticoid signaling pathway are involved in the pathogenesis of numerous human diseases, justifying the need to decipher molecular events controlling MR expression level. Here, we show in renal cells that the RNA-Binding Protein, Human antigen R (HuR), plays a central role in the editing of MR transcript as revealed by a RNA interference strategy. We identify a novel Δ6 MR splice variant, which lacks the entire exon 6, following a HuR-dependent exon skipping event...
July 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679766/sym015-a-highly-efficacious-antibody-mixture-against-met-amplified-tumors
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Thomas Tuxen Poulsen, Michael M Grandal, Niels Jørgen Ø Skartved, Rikke Hald, Lene Alifrangis, Klaus Koefoed, Trine Lindsted, Camilla Fröhlich, Sofie Ellebæk Pollmann, Karsten W Eriksen, Anna Dahlman, Helle J Jacobsen, Thomas Bouquin, Mikkel Wandahl Pedersen, Ivan D Horak, Johan Lantto, Michael Kragh
<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Purpose:</span> Activation of the receptor tyrosine kinase MET is associated with poor clinical outcome in certain cancers. To target MET more effectively, we developed an antagonistic antibody mixture, Sym015, consisting of two humanized monoclonal antibodies directed against non-overlapping epitopes of MET. <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Experimental Design/Results:</span> We screened a large panel of well-annotated human cancer cell lines and identified a subset with highly elevated MET expression...
July 5, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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