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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526070/the-golden-retriever-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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REVIEW
Joe N Kornegay
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked disease caused by mutations in the DMD gene and loss of the protein dystrophin. The absence of dystrophin leads to myofiber membrane fragility and necrosis, with eventual muscle atrophy and contractures. Affected boys typically die in their second or third decade due to either respiratory failure or cardiomyopathy. Despite extensive attempts to develop definitive therapies for DMD, the standard of care remains prednisone, which has only palliative benefits. Animal models, mainly the mdx mouse and golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) dog, have played a key role in studies of DMD pathogenesis and treatment development...
May 19, 2017: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524599/modulation-of-nuclear-rest-by-alternative-splicing-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-huntington-s-disease
#2
Guo-Lin Chen, Qi Ma, Dharmendra Goswami, Jianyu Shang, Gregory M Miller
Huntington's disease (HD) is caused by a genetically mutated huntingtin (mHtt) protein with expanded polyQ stretch, which impairs cytosolic sequestration of the repressor element-1 silencing transcription factor (REST), resulting in excessive nuclear REST and subsequent repression of neuronal genes. We recently demonstrated that REST undergoes extensive, context-dependent alternative splicing, of which exon-3 skipping (∆E3 )-a common event in human and nonhuman primates-causes loss of a motif critical for REST nuclear targeting...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522754/met-exon-14-mutation-encodes-an-actionable-therapeutic-target-in-lung-adenocarcinoma
#3
Xinyuan Lu, Nir Peled, John Greer, Wei Wu, Peter Choi, Alice H Berger, Sergio Wong, Kuang-Yu Jen, Youngho Seo, Byron Hann, Angela Brooks, Matthew Meyerson, Eric A Collisson
Targeting somatically activated oncogenes has revolutionized the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Mutations in the gene mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) near the exon 14 splice sites are recurrent in lung adenocarcinoma and cause exon skipping (METΔ14). Here we analyzed 4,422 samples from 12 different malignancies to estimate the rate of said exon skipping. METΔ14 mutation and transcript were most common in lung adenocarcinoma. Endogenously expressed levels of METΔ14 transformed human epithelial lung cells in a Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)-dependent manner...
May 18, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505980/creation-of-a-novel-humanized-dystrophic-mouse-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-and-application-of-a-crispr-cas9-gene-editing-therapy
#4
Courtney S Young, Ekaterina Mokhonova, Marbella Quinonez, April D Pyle, Melissa J Spencer
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is caused by mutations in DMD which disrupt the reading frame. Therapeutic strategies that restore DMD's reading frame, such as exon skipping and CRISPR/Cas9, need to be tested in the context of the human DMD sequence in vivo. We have developed a novel dystrophic mouse model by using CRISPR/Cas9 to delete exon 45 in the human DMD gene in hDMD mice, which places DMD out-of-frame. We have utilized this model to demonstrate that our clinically-relevant CRISPR/Cas9 platform, which targets deletion of human DMD exons 45-55, can be directly applied in vivo to restore dystrophin...
May 6, 2017: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504715/human-dbr1-modulates-the-recycling-of-snrnps-to-affect-alternative-rna-splicing-and-contributes-to-the-suppression-of-cancer-development
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B Han, H K Park, T Ching, J Panneerselvam, H Wang, Y Shen, J Zhang, L Li, R Che, L Garmire, P Fei
The contribution of RNA processing to tumorigenesis is understudied. Here, we report that the human RNA debranching enzyme (hDBR1), when inappropriately regulated, induces oncogenesis by causing RNA processing defects, for example, splicing defects. We found that wild-type p53 and hypoxia-inducible factor 1 co-regulate hDBR1 expression, and insufficient hDBR1 leads to a higher rate of exon skipping. Transcriptomic sequencing confirmed the effect of hDBR1 on RNA splicing, and metabolite profiling supported the observation that neoplasm is triggered by a decrease in hDBR1 expression both in vitro and in vivo...
May 15, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504190/expression-and-alternative-splicing-of-the-cyclin-dependent-kinase-inhibitor-3-gene-in-human-cancer
#6
W Douglas Cress, Peng Yu, Jie Wu
The cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor-3 (CDKN3) gene encodes a dual-specificity protein tyrosine phosphatase that dephosphorylates CDK1/CDK2 and other proteins. CDKN3 is often overexpressed in human cancer, and this overexpression correlates with reduced survival in several types of cancer. CDKN3 transcript variants and mutations have also been reported. The mechanism of CDKN3 overexpression and the role of CDKN3 transcript variants in human cancer are not entirely clear. Here, we review the literature and provide additional data to assess the correlation of CDKN3 expression with patient survival...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485722/how-the-discovery-of-iss-n1-led-to-the-first-medical-therapy-for-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#7
REVIEW
N N Singh, M D Howell, E J Androphy, R N Singh
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a prominent genetic disease of infant mortality, is caused by low levels of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein owing to deletions or mutations of the SMN1 gene. SMN2, a nearly identical copy of SMN1 present in humans, cannot compensate for the loss of SMN1 due to predominant skipping of exon 7 during pre-mRNA splicing. With the recent FDA approval of nusinersen (Spinraza™), the potential for correction of SMN2 exon 7 splicing as a SMA therapy has been affirmed. Nusinersen is an antisense oligonucleotide that targets intronic splicing silencer N1 (ISS-N1) discovered in 2004 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School...
May 9, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443131/a-bioinformatics-based-alternative-mrna-splicing-code-that-may-explain-some-disease-mutations-is-conserved-in-animals
#8
Wen Qu, Pablo Cingolani, Barry R Zeeberg, Douglas M Ruden
Deep sequencing of cDNAs made from spliced mRNAs indicates that most coding genes in many animals and plants have pre-mRNA transcripts that are alternatively spliced. In pre-mRNAs, in addition to invariant exons that are present in almost all mature mRNA products, there are at least 6 additional types of exons, such as exons from alternative promoters or with alternative polyA sites, mutually exclusive exons, skipped exons, or exons with alternative 5' or 3' splice sites. Our bioinformatics-based hypothesis is that, in analogy to the genetic code, there is an "alternative-splicing code" in introns and flanking exon sequences, analogous to the genetic code, that directs alternative splicing of many of the 36 types of introns...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439558/crispr-cpf1-correction-of-muscular-dystrophy-mutations-in-human-cardiomyocytes-and-mice
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Yu Zhang, Chengzu Long, Hui Li, John R McAnally, Kedryn K Baskin, John M Shelton, Rhonda Bassel-Duby, Eric N Olson
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), caused by mutations in the X-linked dystrophin gene (DMD), is characterized by fatal degeneration of striated muscles. Dilated cardiomyopathy is one of the most common lethal features of the disease. We deployed Cpf1, a unique class 2 CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) effector, to correct DMD mutations in patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and mdx mice, an animal model of DMD. Cpf1-mediated genomic editing of human iPSCs, either by skipping of an out-of-frame DMD exon or by correcting a nonsense mutation, restored dystrophin expression after differentiation to cardiomyocytes and enhanced contractile function...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422715/a-novel-bmx-variant-promotes-tumor-cell-growth-and-migration-in-lung-adenocarcinoma
#10
Ye Wang, Jufeng Xia, Zhaoyuan Fang, Fei Li, Duo Li, Zuoyun Wang, Yan Feng, Jian Zhang, Haiquan Chen, Hongbin Ji, Hongyan Liu
The non-receptor tyrosine kinase BMX has been reported in several solid tumors. However, the alternative splicing of BMX and its clinical relevance in lung cancer remain to be elucidated. Exon1.0 array was used to identify a novel alternative splicing of BMX, BMXΔN, which was confirmed by rapid amplification of cDNA ends and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. BMXΔN, resulting from exon skipping with excluding exon 1 to exon 8 of BMX gene, was found in 12% human lung adenocarcinoma specimens...
May 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400409/drosha-targets-its-own-transcript-to-modulate-alternative-splicing
#11
Dooyoung Lee, Jin-Wu Nam, Chanseok Shin
The nuclear RNase III enzyme DROSHA interacts with its cofactor DGCR8 to form the Microprocessor complex, which initiates microRNA (miRNA) maturation by cleaving hairpin structures embedded in primary transcripts. Apart from its central role in the biogenesis of miRNAs, DROSHA is also known to recognize and cleave miRNA-like hairpins in a subset of transcripts without apparent small RNA production. Here, we report that the human DROSHA transcript is one such non-canonical target of DROSHA. Mammalian DROSHA genes have evolved a conserved hairpin structure spanning a specific exon-intron junction, which serves as a substrate for the Microprocessor in human cells but not in murine cells...
April 11, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398005/nanotherapy-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#12
REVIEW
Michael E Nance, Chady H Hakim, N Nora Yang, Dongsheng Duan
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a lethal X-linked childhood muscle wasting disease caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. Nanobiotechnology-based therapies (such as synthetic nanoparticles and naturally existing viral and nonviral nanoparticles) hold great promise to replace and repair the mutated dystrophin gene and significantly change the disease course. While a majority of DMD nanotherapies are still in early preclinical development, several [such as adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated systemic micro-dystrophin gene therapy] are advancing for phase I clinical trials...
April 11, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390897/identification-and-characterization-of-two-novel-ptch1-splice-variants
#13
Pei Yu, Jinqing Yang, Yan Zhang
Patched-1 (PTCH1), one of the key molecules involved in the Hedgehog (HH) signaling pathway, acts as the receptor of the HH ligand. PTCH1 also inhibits the positive signal transducer Smoothened (SMO). Several PTCH1 splice variants have been identified and confirmed to play critical roles in HH pathway regulation. In the present study, two novel alternatively spliced variants of PTCH1 transcripts, designated PTCH1-Δ10 and PTCH1-Δ15, were found in humans, mice and zebrafish using RT-PCR, direct sequencing and ribonuclease protection assays...
May 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387786/cash-a-constructing-comprehensive-splice-site-method-for-detecting-alternative-splicing-events
#14
Wenwu Wu, Jie Zong, Ning Wei, Jian Cheng, Xuexia Zhou, Yuanming Cheng, Dai Chen, Qinghua Guo, Bo Zhang, Ying Feng
RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) can generate millions of reads to provide clues for analyzing novel or abnormal alternative splicing (AS) events in cells. However, current methods for exploring AS events are still far from being satisfactory. Here, we present Comprehensive AS Hunting (CASH), which constructs comprehensive splice sites including known and novel AS sites in cells, and identifies differentially AS events between cells. We illuminated the versatility of CASH on RNA-seq data from a wide range of species and also on simulated in silico data, validated the advantages of CASH over other AS predictors and exhibited novel differentially AS events...
April 6, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381181/effect-of-histone-modifications-on-hmlh1-alternative-splicing-in-gastric-cancer
#15
Jin-Xuan Zhao, Xiao-Wei Li, Bing-Yu Shi, Fang Wang, Zheng-Rong Xu, Hai-Lan Meng, Yun-Yan Su, Jing-Mei Wang, Nong Xiao, Qiong He, Ya-Ping Wang, Yi-Mei Fan
hMLH1 is one of the mismatch genes closely related to the occurrence of gastric cancer. Epigenetic regulation may play more important roles than gene mutations in DNA damage repair genes to drive carcinogenesis. In this article, we discuss the role of epigenetic changes, especially histone modifications in the regulation of hMLH1 alternative splicing. Our results showed that hMLH1 delEx10, delEx11, delEx10-11, delEx16 and delEx17 transcripts were ubiquitous in sporadic Chinese gastric cancer patients and gastric cancer cell lines...
April 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379442/an-rrm-znf-rna-recognition-module-targets-rbm10-to-exonic-sequences-to-promote-exon-exclusion
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Katherine M Collins, Yaroslav A Kainov, Evangelos Christodolou, Debashish Ray, Quaid Morris, Timothy Hughes, Ian A Taylor, Eugene V Makeyev, Andres Ramos
RBM10 is an RNA-binding protein that plays an essential role in development and is frequently mutated in the context of human disease. RBM10 recognizes a diverse set of RNA motifs in introns and exons and regulates alternative splicing. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying this seemingly relaxed sequence specificity are not understood and functional studies have focused on 3΄ intronic sites only. Here, we dissect the RNA code recognized by RBM10 and relate it to the splicing regulatory function of this protein...
April 4, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364229/invention-and-early-history-of-morpholinos-from-pipe-dream-to-practical-products
#17
James E Summerton
Beginning with my concept in 1969 to treat disease at the nucleic acid level using antisense nucleic acids, antisense has evolved to the current Morpholino oligos. Morpholinos have been the dominant gene knockdown system in developmental biology. Lack of delivery technologies has limited their use in adult animals (including humans), though alteration in muscles in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) allows delivery into adult muscle. Morpholinos are currently in Phase 3 clinical trials for DMD and a Morpholino oligo for skipping dystrophin exon 51 has been approved by the US FDA...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350844/isolation-and-characterization-of-alternatively-spliced-variants-of-the-mouse-sigma1-receptor-gene-sigmar1
#18
Ling Pan, David A Pasternak, Jin Xu, Mingming Xu, Zhigang Lu, Gavril W Pasternak, Ying-Xian Pan
The sigma1 receptor acts as a chaperone at the endoplasmic reticulum, associates with multiple proteins in various cellular systems, and involves in a number of diseases, such as addiction, pain, cancer and psychiatric disorders. The sigma1 receptor is encoded by the single copy SIGMAR1 gene. The current study identifies five alternatively spliced variants of the mouse sigma1 receptor gene using a polymerase chain reaction cloning approach. All the splice variants are generated by exon skipping or alternative 3' or 5' splicing, producing the truncated sigma1 receptor...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334074/genome-wide-analysis-reveals-that-exon-methylation-facilitates-its-selective-usage-in-the-human-transcriptome
#19
Shengli Li, Jiwei Zhang, Shenglin Huang, Xianghuo He
DNA methylation, especially in promoter regions, is a well-characterized epigenetic marker related to gene expression regulation in eukaryotes. However, the role of intragenic DNA methylation in the usage of corresponding exons still remains elusive. In this study, we described the DNA methylome across 10 human tissues. The human genome showed both conserved and varied methylation levels among these tissues. We found that the methylation densities in promoters and first exons were negatively correlated with the corresponding gene expression level...
February 16, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327575/analysis-of-exome-data-for-4293-trios-suggests-gpi-anchor-biogenesis-defects-are-a-rare-cause-of-developmental-disorders
#20
Alistair T Pagnamenta, Yoshiko Murakami, John M Taylor, Consuelo Anzilotti, Malcolm F Howard, Venessa Miller, Diana S Johnson, Shereen Tadros, Sahar Mansour, I Karen Temple, Rachel Firth, Elisabeth Rosser, Rachel E Harrison, Bronwen Kerr, Niko Popitsch, Taroh Kinoshita, Jenny C Taylor, Usha Kini
Over 150 different proteins attach to the plasma membrane using glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchors. Mutations in 18 genes that encode components of GPI-anchor biogenesis result in a phenotypic spectrum that includes learning disability, epilepsy, microcephaly, congenital malformations and mild dysmorphic features. To determine the incidence of GPI-anchor defects, we analysed the exome data from 4293 parent-child trios recruited to the Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) study. All probands recruited had a neurodevelopmental disorder...
June 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
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