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Exon skipping in humans

Jeroen Bremer, Olivier Bornert, Alexander Nyström, Antoni Gostynski, Marcel F Jonkman, Annemieke Aartsma-Rus, Peter C van den Akker, Anna Mg Pasmooij
The "generalized severe" form of recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB-gen sev) is caused by bi-allelic null mutations in COL7A1, encoding type VII collagen. The absence of type VII collagen leads to blistering of the skin and mucous membranes upon the slightest trauma. Because most patients carry exonic point mutations or small insertions/deletions, most exons of COL7A1 are in-frame, and low levels of type VII collagen already drastically improve the disease phenotype, this gene seems a perfect candidate for antisense oligonucleotide (AON)-mediated exon skipping...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Hitoshi Suzuki, Yoshitsugu Aoki, Toshiki Kameyama, Takashi Saito, Satoru Masuda, Jun Tanihata, Tetsuya Nagata, Akila Mayeda, Shin'ichi Takeda, Toshifumi Tsukahara
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a severe muscular disorder. It was reported that multiple exon skipping (MES), targeting exon 45-55 of the DMD gene, might improve patients' symptoms because patients who have a genomic deletion of all these exons showed very mild symptoms. Thus, exon 45-55 skipping treatments for DMD have been proposed as a potential clinical cure. Herein, we detected the expression of endogenous exons 44-56 connected mRNA transcript of the DMD using total RNAs derived from human normal skeletal muscle by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and identified a total of eight types of MES products around the hotspot...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Madeleine Berger, Alin Mirel Puinean, Emma Randall, Christoph T Zimmer, Wellington M Silva, Pablo Bielza, Linda M Field, David Hughes, Ian Mellor, Keywan Hassani-Pak, Herbert A A Siqueira, Martin S Williamson, Chris Bass
Many genes increase coding capacity by alternate exon usage. The gene encoding the insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) α6 subunit, target of the bio-insecticide spinosad, is one example of this and expands protein diversity via alternative splicing of mutually exclusive exons. Here we show that spinosad resistance in the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta is associated with aberrant regulation of splicing of Taα6 resulting in a novel form of insecticide resistance mediated by exon skipping. Sequencing of the α6 subunit cDNA from spinosad selected and unselected strains of T...
October 17, 2016: Molecular Ecology
Winston Koh, Veronica Gonzalez, Sivaraman Natarajan, Robert Carter, Patrick O Brown, Charles Gawad
Circular RNAs comprise a poorly understood new class of noncoding RNA. In this study, we used a combination of targeted deletion, high-resolution splicing detection, and single-cell sequencing to deeply probe ASXL1 circular splicing. We found that efficient circular splicing required the canonical transcriptional start site and inverted AluSx elements. Sequencing-based interrogation of isoforms after ASXL1 overexpression identified promiscuous linear splicing between all exons, with the two most abundant non-canonical linear products skipping the exons that produced the circular isoforms...
2016: PloS One
Daigo Sumi, Chieri Takeda, Daiki Yasuoka, Seiichiro Himeno
We previously reported that two splicing variants of human AS3MT mRNA, exon-3 skipping form (Δ3) and exons-4 and -5 skipping form (Δ4,5), were detected in HepG2 cells and that both variants lacked arsenic methylation activity (Sumi et al., 2011). Here we studied whether hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) triggers alternative splicing of AS3MT mRNA. The results showed that exposure of HepG2 cells to H2O2 resulted in increased levels of a novel spliced form skipping exon-3 to exon-10 (Δ3-10) in an H2O2-concentration-dependent manner, although no change was detected in the mRNA levels of Δ3 AS3MT...
October 6, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Dario Balestra, Daniela Scalet, Franco Pagani, Malgorzata Ewa Rogalska, Rosella Mari, Francesco Bernardi, Mirko Pinotti
In cellular models we have demonstrated that a unique U1snRNA targeting an intronic region downstream of a defective exon (Exon-specific U1snRNA, ExSpeU1) can rescue multiple exon-skipping mutations, a relevant cause of genetic disease. Here, we explored in mice the ExSpeU1 U1fix9 toward two model Hemophilia B-causing mutations at the 5' (c.519A > G) or 3' (c.392-8T > G) splice sites of F9 exon 5. Hydrodynamic injection of wt-BALB/C mice with plasmids expressing the wt and mutant (hFIX-2G(5'ss) and hFIX-8G(3'ss)) splicing-competent human factor IX (hFIX) cassettes resulted in the expression of hFIX transcripts lacking exon 5 in liver, and in low plasma levels of inactive hFIX...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Rui Zhou, Juw Won Park, Rene F Chun, Thomas S Lisse, Alejandro J Garcia, Kathryn Zavala, Jessica L Sea, Zhi-Xiang Lu, Jianzhong Xu, Yi Xing, John S Adams, Martin Hewison
Traditionally recognized as an RNA splicing regulator, heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein C1/C2 (hnRNPC1/C2) can also bind to double-stranded DNA and function in trans as a vitamin D response element (VDRE)-binding protein. As such, hnRNPC1/C2 may couple transcription induced by the active form of vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D) with subsequent RNA splicing. In MG63 osteoblastic cells, increased expression of the 1,25(OH)2D target gene CYP24A1 involved immunoprecipitation of hnRNPC1/C2 with CYP24A1 chromatin and RNA...
September 26, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Daniela Scalet, Dario Balestra, Sara Rohban, Matteo Bovolenta, Daniela Perrone, Francesco Bernardi, Stefano Campaner, Mirko Pinotti
The c.2101A>G synonymous change (p.G674G) in the gene for ATR, a key player in the DNA-damage response, has been the first identified genetic cause of Seckel Syndrome (SS), an orphan disease characterized by growth and mental retardation. This mutation mainly causes exon 9 skipping, through an ill-defined mechanism. Through ATR minigene expression studies, we demonstrated that the detrimental effect of this mutation (6±1% of correct transcripts only) depends on the poor exon 9 definition (47±4% in the ATR(wt) context), because the change was ineffective when the weak 5' or the 3' splice sites (ss) were strengthened (scores from 0...
September 14, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Prasanthi Namburi, Rinki Ratnapriya, Samer Khateb, Csilla H Lazar, Yael Kinarty, Alexey Obolensky, Inbar Erdinest, Devorah Marks-Ohana, Eran Pras, Tamar Ben-Yosef, Hadas Newman, Menachem Gross, Anand Swaroop, Eyal Banin, Dror Sharon
Inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) are a diverse group of genetically and clinically heterogeneous retinal abnormalities. The present study was designed to identify genetic defects in individuals with an uncommon combination of autosomal recessive progressive cone-rod degeneration accompanied by sensorineural hearing loss (arCRD-SNHL). Homozygosity mapping followed by whole-exome sequencing (WES) and founder mutation screening revealed two truncating rare variants (c.893-1G>A and c.534delT) in CEP78, which encodes centrosomal protein 78, in six individuals of Jewish ancestry with CRD and SNHL...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Xiaochang Zhang, Ming Hui Chen, Xuebing Wu, Andrew Kodani, Jean Fan, Ryan Doan, Manabu Ozawa, Jacqueline Ma, Nobuaki Yoshida, Jeremy F Reiter, Douglas L Black, Peter V Kharchenko, Phillip A Sharp, Christopher A Walsh
Alternative splicing is prevalent in the mammalian brain. To interrogate the functional role of alternative splicing in neural development, we analyzed purified neural progenitor cells (NPCs) and neurons from developing cerebral cortices, revealing hundreds of differentially spliced exons that preferentially alter key protein domains-especially in cytoskeletal proteins-and can harbor disease-causing mutations. We show that Ptbp1 and Rbfox proteins antagonistically govern the NPC-to-neuron transition by regulating neuron-specific exons...
August 25, 2016: Cell
Yongsheng Bai, Jeff Kinne, Brandon Donham, Feng Jiang, Lizhong Ding, Justin R Hassler, Randal J Kaufman
BACKGROUND: Most existing tools for detecting next-generation sequencing-based splicing events focus on generic splicing events. Consequently, special types of non-canonical splicing events of short mRNA regions (IRE1α targeted) have not yet been thoroughly addressed at a genome-wide level using bioinformatics approaches in conjunction with next-generation technologies. During endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, the gene encoding the RNase Ire1α is known to splice out a short 26 nt region from the mRNA of the transcription factor Xbp1 non-canonically within the cytosol...
2016: BMC Genomics
Mikko Muona, Ryosuke Ishimura, Anni Laari, Yoshinobu Ichimura, Tarja Linnankivi, Riikka Keski-Filppula, Riitta Herva, Heikki Rantala, Anders Paetau, Minna Pöyhönen, Miki Obata, Takefumi Uemura, Thomas Karhu, Norihisa Bizen, Hirohide Takebayashi, Shane McKee, Michael J Parker, Nadia Akawi, Jeremy McRae, Matthew E Hurles, Outi Kuismin, Mitja I Kurki, Anna-Kaisa Anttonen, Keiji Tanaka, Aarno Palotie, Satoshi Waguri, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki, Masaaki Komatsu
The ubiquitin fold modifier 1 (UFM1) cascade is a recently identified evolutionarily conserved ubiquitin-like modification system whose function and link to human disease have remained largely uncharacterized. By using exome sequencing in Finnish individuals with severe epileptic syndromes, we identified pathogenic compound heterozygous variants in UBA5, encoding an activating enzyme for UFM1, in two unrelated families. Two additional individuals with biallelic UBA5 variants were identified from the UK-based Deciphering Developmental Disorders study and one from the Northern Finland Intellectual Disability cohort...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Pushkar Malakar, Lital Chartarifsky, Ayat Hija, Gil Leibowitz, Benjamin Glaser, Yuval Dor, Rotem Karni
Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) affects more than 300 million people worldwide. One of the hallmarks of T2DM is peripheral insulin resistance, in part due to unproductive insulin signaling through the insulin receptor. The insulin receptor (INSR) exists as two isoforms, INSR-A and INSR-B, which results from skipping or inclusion of exon 11 respectively. What determines the relative abundance of the different insulin receptor splice variants is unknown. Moreover, it is not yet clear what the physiological roles of each of the isoforms are in normal and diseased beta cells...
2016: Scientific Reports
Aneek Das Bhowmik, Ashwin Dalal, Divya Matta, Rukmini M Kandadai, Meena A Kanikannan, Shagun Aggarwal
Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome type 1 is a rare autosomal recessive musculoskeletal disorder (OMIM #255800) caused by various mutations in the HSPG2 gene encoding protein perlecan, a ubiquitous heparan sulfate proteoglycan, which is an integral component of basement membranes and possesses angiogenic and growth-promoting attributes primarily by acting as a co-receptor for the basic fibroblast growth factors in human body. We report a novel homozygous intronic 5' splice site mutation in this gene (c.4740 + 5G>A) in a child with clinical features of Schwartz-Jampel syndrome type 1...
July 16, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
C Rafael, W Abdel Khalek, I Kouranti, E Clauser, X Jeunemaitre, J Hadchouel
OBJECTIVE: Familial Hyperkalemic Hypertension (FHHt) is caused by mutations in WNK1, WNK4, KLHL3 or CUL3 (cullin-3). Patients with CUL3 mutation display a more severe phenotype. The mechanisms associated with this severity remain unclear. DESIGN AND METHOD: All CUL3 mutations result in the skipping of exon 9. We have generated a mouse model of "Cul3-FHHt" by deleting Cul3 exon 9. RESULTS: RT-PCR proved that the exon skipping occurred as expected in the kidney of Cul3+/d9 mice...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Clementina Sitzia, Andrea Farini, Luciana Jardim, Paola Razini, Marzia Belicchi, Letizia Cassinelli, Chiara Villa, Silvia Erratico, Daniele Parolini, Pamela Bella, Joao Carlos da Silva Bizario, Luis Garcia, Marcelo Dias-Baruffi, Mirella Meregalli, Yvan Torrente
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common genetic muscular dystrophy. It is caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene, leading to absence of muscular dystrophin and to progressive degeneration of skeletal muscle. We have demonstrated that the exon skipping method safely and efficiently brings to the expression of a functional dystrophin in dystrophic CD133+ cells injected scid/mdx mice. Golden Retriever muscular dystrophic (GRMD) dogs represent the best preclinical model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, mimicking the human pathology in genotypic and phenotypic aspects...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Leonardo Murgiano, Dominik P Waluk, Rachel Towers, Natalie Wiedemar, Joëlle Dietrich, Vidhya Jagannathan, Michaela Drögemüller, Pierre Balmer, Tom Druet, Arnaud Galichet, M Cecilia Penedo, Eliane J Müller, Petra Roosje, Monika M Welle, Tosso Leeb
We investigated a family of horses exhibiting irregular vertical stripes in their hair coat texture along the neck, back, hindquarters, and upper legs. This phenotype is termed "brindle" by horse breeders. We propose the term "brindle 1 (BR1)" for this specific form of brindle. In some BR1 horses, the stripes were also differentially pigmented. Pedigree analyses were suggestive of a monogenic X-chromosomal semidominant mode of inheritance. Haplotype analyses identified a 5 Mb candidate region on chromosome X...
2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Dominik P Waluk, Gila Zur, Ronnie Kaufmann, Monika M Welle, Vidhya Jagannathan, Cord Drögemüller, Eliane J Müller, Tosso Leeb, Arnaud Galichet
X-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (XLHED) caused by variants in the EDA gene represents the most common ectodermal dysplasia in humans. We investigated three male mixed-breed dogs with an ectodermal dysplasia phenotype characterized by marked hypotrichosis and multifocal complete alopecia, almost complete absence of sweat and sebaceous glands, and altered dentition with missing and abnormally shaped teeth. Analysis of SNP chip genotypes and whole genome sequence data from the three affected dogs revealed that the affected dogs shared the same haplotype on a large segment of the X-chromosome, including the EDA gene...
2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Sofía Sánchez-Iglesias, Alexander Unruh-Pinheiro, Cristina Guillín-Amarelle, Blanca González-Méndez, Alejandro Ruiz-Riquelme, Blanca Leticia Rodríguez-Cañete, Silvia Rodríguez-García, Encarnación Guillén-Navarro, Rosario Domingo-Jiménez, David Araújo-Vilar
OBJECTIVE: PELD (Progressive Encephalopathy with or without Lipodystrophy or Celia's Encephalopathy) is a fatal and rare neurodegenerative syndrome associated with the BSCL2 mutation c.985C>T, that results in an aberrant transcript without the exon 7 (Celia seipin). The aim of this study was to evaluate both the process of cellular senescence and the effect of unsaturated fatty acids on preadipocytes from a homozygous c.985C>T patient. Also, the role of aberrant seipin isoform on adipogenesis was studied in adipose-derived human mesenchymal stem cells...
2016: PloS One
Roberta Salinas-Marín, Rosella Mollicone, Iván Martínez-Duncker
The human Golgi Cytidine-5'-monophospho-N-acetylneuraminic acid (CMP-Sia) transporter SLC35A1, a member of the nucleotide sugar transporter family, translocates CMP-Sia from the cytosol into the Golgi lumen where sialyltransferases use it as donor substrate for the synthesis of sialoglycoconjugates. In 2005, we reported a novel Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation (CDG) termed CDG-IIf or SLC35A1-CDG, characterized by macrothrombocytopenia, neutropenia and complete lack of the sialyl-Le(x) antigen (NeuAcα2-3Galβ1-4(Fucα1-3)GlcNAc-R) on polymorphonuclear cells...
July 7, 2016: Glycoconjugate Journal
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