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Exon skipping in humans

Clara Benoit-Pilven, Camille Marchet, Emilie Chautard, Leandro Lima, Marie-Pierre Lambert, Gustavo Sacomoto, Amandine Rey, Audric Cologne, Sophie Terrone, Louis Dulaurier, Jean-Baptiste Claude, Cyril F Bourgeois, Didier Auboeuf, Vincent Lacroix
Genome-wide analyses estimate that more than 90% of multi exonic human genes produce at least two transcripts through alternative splicing (AS). Various bioinformatics methods are available to analyze AS from RNAseq data. Most methods start by mapping the reads to an annotated reference genome, but some start by a de novo assembly of the reads. In this paper, we present a systematic comparison of a mapping-first approach (FARLINE) and an assembly-first approach (KISSPLICE). We applied these methods to two independent RNAseq datasets and found that the predictions of the two pipelines overlapped (70% of exon skipping events were common), but with noticeable differences...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jin Li, Peng Yu
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the skin, nails, and joints. For understanding the mechanism of psoriasis, though, alternative splicing analysis has received relatively little attention in the field. Here, we developed and applied several computational analysis methods to study psoriasis. Using psoriasis mouse and human datasets, our differential alternative splicing analyses detected hundreds of differential alternative splicing changes. Our analysis of conservation revealed many exon-skipping events conserved between mice and humans...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yasuhiro Horibata, Orly Elpeleg, Ayelet Eran, Yoshio Hirabayashi, David Savitzki, Galit Tal, Hanna Mandel, Hiroyuki Sugimoto
Ethanolamine phosphotransferase 1 (EPT1), also known as selenoprotein 1 (SELENOI), is an enzyme that transfers phosphoethanolamine from cytidine diphosphate (CDP)-ethanolamine to lipid acceptors to produce ethanolamine glycerophospholipids such as diacyl-linked phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and ether-linked plasmalogen (plasmenyl-PE). However, to date there has been no analysis of the metabolomic consequence of the mutation of EPT1 on the concentration of ethanolamine glycerophospholipids in mammalian cells...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Lipid Research
Claire Domenger, Marine Allais, Virginie François, Adrien Léger, Emilie Lecomte, Marie Montus, Laurent Servais, Thomas Voit, Philippe Moullier, Yann Audic, Caroline Le Guiner
Non-coding uridine-rich small nuclear RNAs (UsnRNAs) have emerged in recent years as effective tools for exon skipping for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a degenerative muscular genetic disorder. We recently showed the high capacity of a recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV)-U7snRNA vector to restore the reading frame of the DMD mRNA in the muscles of DMD dogs. We are now moving toward a phase I/II clinical trial with an rAAV-U7snRNA-E53, carrying an antisense sequence designed to hybridize exon 53 of the human DMD messenger...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Chi-Ming Wong, Lu Xu, Mabel Yin-Chun Yau
Alternative mRNA splicing is an important mechanism in expansion of proteome diversity by production of multiple protein isoforms. However, emerging evidence indicates that only a limited number of annotated protein isoforms by alternative splicing are detected, and the coding sequence of alternative splice variants usually is only slightly different from that of the canonical sequence. Nevertheless, mis-splicing is associated with a large array of human diseases. Previous reviews mainly focused on hereditary and somatic mutations in cis-acting RNA sequence elements and trans-acting splicing factors...
February 23, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Marcel Veltrop, Laura van Vliet, Margriet Hulsker, Jill Claassens, Conny Brouwers, Cor Breukel, Jos van der Kaa, Margot M Linssen, Johan T den Dunnen, Sjef Verbeek, Annemieke Aartsma-Rus, Maaike van Putten
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a severe muscle-wasting disease generally caused by reading frame disrupting mutations in the DMD gene resulting in loss of functional dystrophin protein. The reading frame can be restored by antisense oligonucleotide (AON)-mediated exon skipping, allowing production of internally deleted, but partially functional dystrophin proteins as found in the less severe Becker muscular dystrophy. Due to genetic variation between species, mouse models with mutations in the murine genes are of limited use to test and further optimize human specific AONs in vivo...
2018: PloS One
Frida Jonsson, Ida Maria Westin, Lennart Österman, Ola Sandgren, Marie Burstedt, Monica Holmberg, Irina Golovleva
PURPOSE: Inherited retinal dystrophies (IRDs) represent a group of progressive conditions affecting the retina. There is a great genetic heterogeneity causing IRDs, and to date, more than 260 genes are associated with IRDs. Stargardt disease, type 1 (STGD1) or macular degeneration with flecks, STGD1 represents a disease with early onset, central visual impairment, frequent appearance of yellowish flecks and mutations in the ATP-binding cassette subfamily A, member 4 (ABCA4) gene. A large number of intronic sequence variants in ABCA4 have been considered pathogenic although their functional effect was seldom demonstrated...
February 20, 2018: Acta Ophthalmologica
Lu Cao, Xiao Man Wu, Yi Wei Hu, Na Na Xue, Pin Nie, Ming Xian Chang
NOD-like receptors (NLRs) are a family of intracellular pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) that play critical roles in innate immunity against pathogens infection. NLRC5, the largest member of NLR family, has been characterized as a regulator of innate immunity and MHC class I expression. Alternative splicing of NLRC5 is only reported in human and zebrafish. However, the function of NLRC5 isoforms in the innate immune responses remains unknown. In the present study, we report the functional characterization of zfNLRC5a and zfNLRC5d, two splicing isoforms of zebrafish NLRC5...
February 15, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Chengzu Long, Hui Li, Malte Tiburcy, Cristina Rodriguez-Caycedo, Viktoriia Kyrychenko, Huanyu Zhou, Yu Zhang, Yi-Li Min, John M Shelton, Pradeep P A Mammen, Norman Y Liaw, Wolfram-Hubertus Zimmermann, Rhonda Bassel-Duby, Jay W Schneider, Eric N Olson
Genome editing with CRISPR/Cas9 is a promising new approach for correcting or mitigating disease-causing mutations. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is associated with lethal degeneration of cardiac and skeletal muscle caused by more than 3000 different mutations in the X-linked dystrophin gene ( DMD ). Most of these mutations are clustered in "hotspots." There is a fortuitous correspondence between the eukaryotic splice acceptor and splice donor sequences and the protospacer adjacent motif sequences that govern prokaryotic CRISPR/Cas9 target gene recognition and cleavage...
January 2018: Science Advances
Qingyu Shen, Suk Woo Nam
An accurate diagnostic marker for detecting early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (eHCC) is clinically important, since early detection of HCC remarkably improves patient survival. From the integrative analysis of the transcriptome and clinicopathologic data of human multi-stage HCC tissues, we were able to identify barrier-to-autointegration factor 1 (BANF1), procollagen-lysine, 2-oxoglutarate 5-dioxygenase 3 (PLOD3) and splicing factor 3b subunit 4 (SF3B4) as early HCC biomarkers which could be detected in precancerous lesions of HCC, with superior capabilities to diagnose eHCC compared to the currently popular HCC diagnostic biomarkers: GPC3, GS, and HSP70...
February 5, 2018: BMB Reports
Yan Zhang, Xiuge Wang, Qiang Jiang, Haisheng Hao, Zhihua Ju, Chunhong Yang, Yan Sun, Changfa Wang, Jifeng Zhong, Jinming Huang, Huabin Zhu
Interleukin-6 receptor-alpha (IL6R) interacts with IL6 and forms a ligand-receptor complex, which can stimulate various cellular responses, such as cell proliferation, cell differentiation, and activation of inflammatory processes. Both genetic mutation and epigenetic modification regulate gene transcription. We identified a novel splice variant of bovine IL6R, designated as IL6R-TV, which is characterized by the skipping of exon 2 of the NCBI-referenced IL6R gene (IL6R-reference). The expression levels of IL6R-TV and IL6R-reference transcripts were lower in normal mammary gland tissues...
January 20, 2018: Cell Stress & Chaperones
Takenori Shimo, Kana Hosoki, Yusuke Nakatsuji, Toshifumi Yokota, Satoshi Obika
Oligonucleotide-mediated splicing modulation is a promising therapeutic approach for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Recently, eteplirsen, a phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomer-based splice-switching oligonucleotide (SSO) targeting DMD exon 51, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first antisense-based drug for DMD patients. For further exploring SSOs targeting other exons in the DMD gene, the efficacy of exon skipping and protein rescue with each SSO sequence needs evaluations in vitro...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
Hongchuan Li, Martin A Ivarsson, Victoria E Walker-Sperling, Jeff Subleski, Jenna K Johnson, Paul W Wright, Mary Carrington, Niklas K Björkström, Daniel W McVicar, Stephen K Anderson
The HLA-C gene appears to have evolved in higher primates to serve as a dominant source of ligands for the KIR2D family of inhibitory MHC class I receptors. The expression of NK cell-intrinsic MHC class I has been shown to regulate the murine Ly49 family of MHC class I receptors due to the interaction of these receptors with NK cell MHC in cis. However, cis interactions have not been demonstrated for the human KIR and HLA proteins. We report the discovery of an elaborate NK cell-specific system regulating HLA-C expression, indicating an important role for HLA-C in the development and function of NK cells...
January 12, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Whitney Besse, Jungmin Choi, Dina Ahram, Shrikant Mane, Simone Sanna-Cherchi, Vicente Torres, Stefan Somlo
Expanded mutation detection and novel gene discovery for isolated polycystic liver disease (PCLD) are necessary as 50% of cases do not have identified mutations in the seven published disease genes. We investigated a family with 5 affected siblings for which no loss of function variants were identified by whole exome sequencing analysis. SNP genotyping and linkage analysis narrowed the candidate regions to ∼8% of the genome, which included two published PCLD genes in close proximity to each other, GANAB and LRP5...
December 15, 2017: Human Mutation
Xiuquan Du, Changlin Hu, Yu Yao, Shiwei Sun, Yanping Zhang
In bioinformatics, exon skipping (ES) event prediction is an essential part of alternative splicing (AS) event analysis. Although many methods have been developed to predict ES events, a solution has yet to be found. In this study, given the limitations of machine learning algorithms with RNA-Seq data or genome sequences, a new feature, called RS (RNA-seq and sequence) features, was constructed. These features include RNA-Seq features derived from the RNA-Seq data and sequence features derived from genome sequences...
December 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Eric W Ottesen, Joonbae Seo, Natalia N Singh, Ravindra N Singh
Humans carry two nearly identical copies of Survival Motor Neuron gene: SMN1 and SMN2. Mutations or deletions of SMN1 , which codes for SMN, cause spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a leading genetic disease associated with infant mortality. Aberrant expression or localization of SMN has been also implicated in other pathological conditions, including male infertility, inclusion body myositis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and osteoarthritis. SMN2 fails to compensate for the loss of SMN1 due to skipping of exon 7, leading to the production of SMNΔ7, an unstable protein...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Kelsey M Gray, Kevin A Kaifer, David Baillat, Ying Wen, Thomas R Bonacci, Allison D Ebert, Amanda C Raimer, Ashlyn M Spring, Sara Ten Have, Jacqueline J Glascock, Kushol Gupta, Gregory D Van Duyne, Michael J Emanuele, Angus I Lamond, Eric J Wagner, Christian L Lorson, A Gregory Matera
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by homozygous mutations in human SMN1 Expression of a duplicate gene (SMN2) primarily results in skipping of exon 7 and production of an unstable protein isoform, SMNΔ7. Although SMN2 exon skipping is the principal contributor to SMA severity, mechanisms governing stability of SMN isoforms are poorly understood. We used a Drosophila model system and label-free proteomics to identify the SCF(Slmb) ubiquitin E3 ligase complex as a novel SMN binding partner. SCF(Slmb) interacts with a phospho-degron embedded within the human and fruitfly SMN YG-box oligomerization domains...
November 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Riccardo Sangermano, Mubeen Khan, Stéphanie S Cornelis, Valerie Richelle, Silvia Albert, Alejandro Garanto, Duaa Elmelik, Raheel Qamar, Dorien Lugtenberg, L Ingeborgh van den Born, Rob W J Collin, Frans P M Cremers
Stargardt disease is caused by variants in the ABCA4 gene, a significant part of which are noncanonical splice site (NCSS) variants. In case a gene of interest is not expressed in available somatic cells, small genomic fragments carrying potential disease-associated variants are tested for splice abnormalities using in vitro splice assays. We recently discovered that when using small minigenes lacking the proper genomic context, in vitro results do not correlate with splice defects observed in patient cells...
January 2018: Genome Research
Signe Mosegaard, Gitte Hoffmann Bruun, Karen Freund Flyvbjerg, Yngve Thomas Bliksrud, Niels Gregersen, Maja Dembic, Ellen Annexstad, Trine Tangeraas, Rikke Katrine Jentoft Olsen, Brage S Andresen
Vitamin B2, riboflavin is essential for cellular function, as it participates in a diversity of redox reactions central to human metabolism, through its role as precursor for the cofactors flavin mononucleotide (FMN) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), which are electron carriers. The electron transfer flavoprotein (ETF) and its dehydrogenase (ETFDH), uses FAD as cofactor. The ETF and ETFDH are forming the electron transport pathway for many mitochondrial flavoprotein dehydrogenases involved in fatty acid, amino acid and choline metabolism...
December 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Hung-Lun Chiang, Jer-Yuarn Wu, Yuan-Tsong Chen
BACKGROUND: The human genome contains millions of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs); many of these SNPs are intronic and have unknown functional significance. SNPs occurring within intron branchpoint sites, especially at the adenine (A), would presumably affect splicing; however, this has not been systematically studied. We employed a splicing prediction tool to identify human intron branchpoint sites and screened dbSNP for identifying SNPs located in the predicted sites to generate a genome-wide branchpoint site SNP database...
November 9, 2017: Human Genomics
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