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Rachel C Lombardo, Aleksey Porollo, James F Cnota, Robert J Hopkin
PurposeCongenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS, OMIM 209880) is a rare autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutation in PHOX2B that manifests as a consequence of abnormal neural crest cell migration during embryogenesis. Unlike other neurocristopathies, however, its impact on the cardiovascular system has not been previously assessed. This study was an effort to characterize the association between congenital heart disease (CHD) and mutations in PHOX2B in patients with CCHS.MethodsA retrospective review of patients with CCHS in conjunction with functional analysis of PHOX2B mutations associated with CHD was performed...
March 15, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Amey Dilip Sonavane, Sanjiv Saigal, Abhishek Kathuria, Narendra S Choudhary, Neeraj Saraf
Extrahepatic syndromes are uncommon manifestations of acute and chronic hepatitis B. The pathogenesis likely involves an aberrant immunologic response to extrahepatic viral proteins. Antiviral therapy reduces the availability of these viral protein antigens and thus halts immune activation. Approximately 1% of all cases of acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy are associated with hepatitis B. Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is a remarkably clinically diverse disorder with distinctive variants characterised by an immune-mediated attack to components of the peripheral nervous system...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Ibtessam R Hussein, Rima S Bader, Adeel G Chaudhary, Randa Bassiouni, Maha Alquaiti, Fai Ashgan, Hans-Juergen Schulten, Mohammad H Al Qahtani
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects in neonatal life. CHDs could be presented as isolated defects or associated with developmental delay (DD) and/or other congenital malformations. A small proportion of cardiac defects are caused by chromosomal abnormalities or single gene defects; however, in a large proportion of cases no genetic diagnosis could be achieved by clinical examination and conventional genetic analysis. The development of genome wide array-Comparative Genomic Hybridization technique (array-CGH) allowed for the detection of cryptic chromosomal imbalances and pathogenic copy number variants (CNVs) not detected by conventional techniques...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Tae Hoon Ro, Lance Edmonds
Piriformis syndrome is an uncommon condition that causes significant pain in the posterior lower buttocks and leg due to entrapment of the sciatic nerve at the level of the piriformis muscle. In the typical anatomical presentation, the sciatic nerve exits directly ventral and inferior to the piriformis muscle and continues down the posterior leg. Several causes that have been linked to this condition include trauma, differences in leg length, hip arthroplasty, inflammation, neoplastic mass effect, and anatomic variations...
2018: Journal of Clinical Imaging Science
Qian Li, Xiao-Ji Lin, Hui Chen, Jian Gong, Zhen Li, Xiang-Nan Chen
More than 90% of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) have the chromosomal translocation t(9;22)(q34;q11), while 5-8% of patients have complex variant translocations that have previously been thought not to affect the efficacy of imatinib therapy. The present study reports a patient with CML in B-lymphoid blast crisis who had a rare three-way Philadelphia (Ph) variant t(3;9;22)(p21;q34;q11), in addition to isodicentric Ph chromosomes. The patient was initially treated with imatinib for >2 months with a very poor response...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Natalie Herold, Barbara Wappenschmidt, Birgid Markiefka, Katharina Keupp, Sandra Kröber, Eric Hahnen, Rita Schmutzler, Kerstin Rhiem
Non-small cell neuroendocrine carcinomas (NSCNEC) account for 2% of gynecological cancer cases and are associated with a poor prognosis due to delayed diagnosis and aggressive tumor behavior. BRCA2 -associated ovarian carcinomas predominantly possess a high-grade serous phenotype, which respond to platinum and targeted therapy with PARP inhibitors. Presented here is the case of an adult patient with NSCNEC of the ovaries associated with a deleterious BRCA2 germline mutation. The pathogenic mutation was also confirmed on the somatic level, while the wild-type allele had a high variant fraction, suggesting loss of heterozygosity...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
B Borghese, P Santulli, L Marcellin, C Chapron
Endometriosis and adenomyosis are histologically defined. The frequency of endometriosis cannot be precisely estimated in the general population. Endometriosis is considered a disease when it causes pain and/or infertility. Endometriosis is a heterogeneous disease with three well-recognized subtypes that are often associated with each other: superficial endometriosis (SUP), ovarian endometrioma (OMA), and deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE). DIE is frequently multifocal and mainly affects the following structures: the uterosacral ligaments, the posterior vaginal cul-de-sac, the bladder, the ureters, and the digestive tract (rectum, recto-sigmoid junction, appendix)...
March 11, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Linda R Wang, Adam D McIntyre, Robert A Hegele
BACKGROUND: Abetalipoproteinemia and homozygous hypobetalipoproteinemia are classical Mendelian autosomal recessive and co-dominant conditions, respectively, which are phenotypically similar and are usually caused by bi-allelic mutations in MTTP and APOB genes, respectively. Instances of more complex patterns of genomic variants resulting in this distinct phenotype have not been reported. METHODS: A 43 year-old male had a longstanding severe deficiency of apolipoprotein (apo) B-containing lipoproteins and circulating fat soluble vitamins consistent with either abetalipoproteinemia or homozygous familial hypobetalipoproteinemia (FHBL)...
March 14, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
Karl A G Kremling, Shu-Yun Chen, Mei-Hsiu Su, Nicholas K Lepak, M Cinta Romay, Kelly L Swarts, Fei Lu, Anne Lorant, Peter J Bradbury, Edward S Buckler
Here we report a multi-tissue gene expression resource that represents the genotypic and phenotypic diversity of modern inbred maize, and includes transcriptomes in an average of 255 lines in seven tissues. We mapped expression quantitative trait loci and characterized the contribution of rare genetic variants to extremes in gene expression. Some of the new mutations that arise in the maize genome can be deleterious; although selection acts to keep deleterious variants rare, their complete removal is impeded by genetic linkage to favourable loci and by finite population size...
March 14, 2018: Nature
Ann Marie Szymanski, Michael J Ombrello
The intersection of granulomatosis and autoinflammatory disease is a rare occurrence that can be generally subdivided into purely granulomatous phenotypes and disease spectra that are inclusive of granulomatous features. NOD2 (nucleotide binding oligomerization domain containing 2)-related disease, which includes Blau syndrome and early onset sarcoidosis, is the prototypic example of granulomatous inflammation in the context of monogenic autoinflammation. Granulomatous inflammation has also been observed in two related autoinflammatory diseases caused by mutations in PLCG2 (phospholipase C gamma 2)...
March 12, 2018: International Immunology
Mattia Laffranchi, Romina Berardelli, Riccardo Ronzoni, David A Lomas, Annamaria Fra
The most common genotype associated with severe α1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is the Z homozygote. The Z variant (Glu342Lys) of α1-antitrypsin (AAT) undergoes a conformational change and is retained within the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of hepatocytes leading to the formation of ordered polymeric chains and inclusion bodies. Accumulation of mutated protein predisposes to cirrhosis whilst plasma AAT deficiency leads to emphysema. Increased risk of liver and lung disease has also been reported in heterozygous subjects who carry Z in association with the milder S allele (Glu264Val) or even with wild-type M...
March 10, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Guillaume Bataillon, Laetitia Fuhrmann, Elodie Girard, Emanuelle Menet, Marick Laé, Mathieu Capovilla, Isabelle Treilleux, Laurent Arnould, Frederique Penault-Llorca, Roman Rouzier, Caterina Marchiò, Ivan Bieche, Anne Vincent-Salomon
Low-grade adenosquamous carcinoma of the breast (LGASC) is a rare variant of metaplastic carcinoma characterized by a favorable outcome and histologically composed of glandular and squamous elements in a spindle cell background typically associated with a lymphocytic stromal reaction. Due to its rarity, the immunophenoptypical and genetic profile LGASC has not been sufficiently characterized. The aim of this study was to gain insight into the molecular and phenotypic characteristics of LGASC. We reviewed the clinical, morphological features and detailed the immunohistochemical characteristics of a retrospective series of 13 LGASCs...
March 14, 2018: Histopathology
Antoine Guérin, Gaspard Kerner, Nico Marr, Janet G Markle, Florence Fenollar, Natalie Wong, Sabri Boughorbel, Danielle T Avery, Cindy S Ma, Salim Bougarn, Matthieu Bouaziz, Vivien Beziat, Erika Della Mina, Carmen Oleaga-Quintas, Tomi Lazarovt, Lisa Worley, Tina Nguyen, Etienne Patin, Caroline Deswarte, Rubén Martinez-Barricarte, Soraya Boucherit, Xavier Ayral, Sophie Edouard, Stéphanie Boisson-Dupuis, Vimel Rattina, Benedetta Bigio, Guillaume Vogt, Frédéric Geissmann, Lluis Quintana-Murci, Damien Chaussabel, Stuart G Tangye, Didier Raoult, Laurent Abel, Jacinta Bustamante, Jean-Laurent Casanova
Most humans are exposed to Tropheryma whipplei (Tw). Whipple's disease (WD) strikes only a small minority of individuals infected with Tw (<0.01%), whereas asymptomatic chronic carriage is more common (<25%). We studied a multiplex kindred, containing four WD patients and five healthy Tw chronic carriers. We hypothesized that WD displays autosomal dominant (AD) inheritance, with age-dependent incomplete penetrance. We identified a single very rare non-synonymous mutation in the four patients: the private R98W variant of IRF4, a transcription factor involved in immunity...
March 14, 2018: ELife
Adrián Róbert Gál, Károly Kalmár-Nagy, András Fincsur, Örs Péter Horváth, András Vereczkei
The authors present a case of a 67-year-old male patient, who previously had been diagnosed with a malignant liver tumor localized in segment II. He underwent bisegmentectomy (II and III) and partial IV segmentectomy. After the primary surgery jaundice developed, the level of bilirubin increased and after several imaging modalities reoperation was indicated. During the surgery a rare bile duct anatomy variant was found. The right hepatic duct joined the left duct in the parenchyma of the left lobe, and was ligated at the resection...
March 2018: Magyar Sebészet
Arti Nanda, Maitham A A Husain, Waleed Al-Herz, Adla Almekaimi, Humoud Al-Sabah, Mohammad Al-Otaibi
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a treatment option for many life-threatening disorders in children. Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) is a significant complication of HSCT, and its treatment is challenging. Skin is the most common organ affected in cGVHD, with protean manifestations posing a challenge in diagnosis and management. The objective was to have a better understanding of the spectrum of chronic cutaneous GVHD (cc-GVHD) in children...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Dermatology
L M Crowther, M Poms, Barbara Plecko
Conventional workup of rare neurological disease is frequently hampered by diagnostic delay or lack of diagnosis. While biomarkers have been established for many neurometabolic disorders, improved methods are required for diagnosis of previously unidentified or underreported causes of rare neurological disease. This would result in a higher diagnostic yield and increased patient numbers required for interventional studies. Recent studies using next-generation sequencing and metabolomics have led to identification of novel disease-causing genes and biomarkers...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Peiye Shen, Ying Jing, Ruiyun Zhang, Mei-Chun Cai, Pengfei Ma, Haige Chen, Guanglei Zhuang
Neuroendocrine bladder cancer is a relatively rare but often lethal malignancy, with cell of origin, oncogenomic architecture and standard treatment poorly defined. Here we performed comprehensive whole-genome and transcriptome sequencing on a unique cohort of genitourinary neuroendocrine neoplasms, mainly small cell carcinomas of the urinary bladder. The mutational landscape and signatures of neuroendocrine bladder cancer strikingly resembled those in conventional urothelial carcinoma, along with typically mixed histologies, supporting a common cellular origin...
March 14, 2018: Oncogene
Agne Tubeleviciute-Aydin, Libin Zhou, Gyanesh Sharma, Ishankumar V Soni, Sergey N Savinov, Jeanne A Hardy, Andrea C LeBlanc
The cysteine protease Caspase-6 (Casp6) is a potential therapeutic target of Alzheimer Disease (AD) and age-dependent cognitive impairment. To assess if Casp6 is essential to human health, we investigated the effect of CASP6 variants sequenced from healthy humans on Casp6 activity. Here, we report the effects of two rare Casp6 amino acid polymorphisms, R65W and G66R, on the catalytic function and structure of Casp6. The G66R substitution eliminated and R65W substitution significantly reduced Casp6 catalytic activity through impaired substrate binding...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Helen Olivia Cordy, Soha Zouwail
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January 1, 2018: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
Stuart K Kim, John P A Ioannidis, Marwa A Ahmed, Andrew L Avins, John P Kleimeyer, Michael Fredericson, Jason L Dragoo
Plantar fascial disorder is comprised of plantar fasciitis and plantar fibromatosis. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, especially for athletes involved in running and jumping sports. Plantar fibromatosis is a rare fibrous hyperproliferation of the deep connective tissue of the foot. To identify genetic loci associated with plantar fascial disorders, a genome-wide association screen was performed using publically available data from the Research Program in Genes, Environment and Health including 21,624 cases of plantar fascial disorders and 80,879 controls...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Sports Medicine
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