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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691395/low-expression-of-soluble-human-leukocyte-antigen-g-in-early-gestation-and-subsequent-placenta-mediated-complications-of-pregnancy
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Luca Marozio, Anna Garofalo, Paola Berchialla, Anna Maria Tavella, Loredana Salton, Franco Cavallo, Chiara Benedetto
AIM: Abnormal placentation is a common pathogenic mechanism of many placenta-mediated complications of late pregnancy, including pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction, stillbirth, and placental abruption. During successful placentation, the trophoblast (which is a semi-allograft) is not rejected by decidual immune cells because of maternal immune tolerance, mainly induced by human leukocyte antigen G (HLA-G). Deficient HLA-G expression seems to be associated with the development of complications of pregnancy...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686858/a-pentanucleotide-atttc-repeat-insertion-in-the-non-coding-region-of-dab1-mapping-to-sca37-causes-spinocerebellar-ataxia
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Ana I Seixas, Joana R Loureiro, Cristina Costa, Andrés Ordóñez-Ugalde, Hugo Marcelino, Cláudia L Oliveira, José L Loureiro, Ashutosh Dhingra, Eva Brandão, Vitor T Cruz, Angela Timóteo, Beatriz Quintáns, Guy A Rouleau, Patrizia Rizzu, Ángel Carracedo, José Bessa, Peter Heutink, Jorge Sequeiros, Maria J Sobrido, Paula Coutinho, Isabel Silveira
Advances in human genetics in recent years have largely been driven by next-generation sequencing (NGS); however, the discovery of disease-related gene mutations has been biased toward the exome because the large and very repetitive regions that characterize the non-coding genome remain difficult to reach by that technology. For autosomal-dominant spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs), 28 genes have been identified, but only five SCAs originate from non-coding mutations. Over half of SCA-affected families, however, remain without a genetic diagnosis...
July 6, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674291/comprehensive-analyses-of-molecules-with-altered-expression-in-the-brain-of-a-mouse-model-of-down-syndrome-for-identification-of-pharmacotherapeutic-targets
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Keiichi Ishihara
 Down syndrome, caused by the triplication of human chromosome 21, is the most frequent genetic cause of mental retardation. Mice with a segmental trisomy for mouse chromosome 16, which is orthologous to human chromosome 21, exhibit abnormalities similar to those in individuals with Down syndrome and therefore offer the opportunity for a genotype-phenotype correlation. In the current review, I present several mouse lines with trisomic regions of various lengths and discuss their usefulness for elucidating the mechanisms underlying Down syndrome-associated developmental cognitive disabilities...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674289/molecular-mechanism-underlying-abnormal-differentiation-of-neural-progenitor-cells-in-the-developing-down-syndrome-brain
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Nobuhiro Kurabayashi, Kamon Sanada
 Down syndrome (DS) is caused by trisomy for human chromosome 21. Individuals with DS commonly exhibit mental retardation, which is associated with abnormal brain development. In the neocortex of the DS brain, the density of neurons is markedly reduced, whereas that of astrocytes is increased. Similar to abnormalities seen in DS brains, mouse models of DS show deficits in brain development, and neural progenitor cells that give rise to neurons and glia show dysregulation in their differentiation. These suggest that the dysregulation of progenitor fate choices contributes to alterations in the numbers of neurons and astrocytes in the DS brain...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650219/interrogating-cell-division-errors-using-random-and-chromosome-specific-missegregation-approaches
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Peter Ly, Don W Cleveland
Accurate segregation of the duplicated genome in mitosis is essential for maintaining genetic stability. Errors in this process can cause numerical and/or structural chromosome abnormalities - hallmark genomic features commonly associated with both tumorigenesis and developmental disorders. A cell-based approach was recently developed permitting inducible missegregation of the human Y chromosome by selectively disrupting kinetochore assembly onto the Y centromere. Although this strategy initially requires several steps of genetic manipulation, it is easy to use, highly efficient and specific for the Y without affecting the autosomes or the X, and does not require cell cycle synchronization or mitotic perturbation...
June 26, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629449/delineating-the-genetic-heterogeneity-of-oca-in-hungarian-patients
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Beáta Fábos, Katalin Farkas, Lola Tóth, Adrienn Sulák, Kornélia Tripolszki, Mariann Tihanyi, Réka Németh, Krisztina Vas, Zsanett Csoma, Lajos Kemény, Márta Széll, Nikoletta Nagy
BACKGROUND: Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is a clinically and genetically heterogenic group of pigmentation abnormalities characterized by variable hair, skin, and ocular hypopigmentation. Six known genes and a locus on human chromosome 4q24 have been implicated in the etiology of isolated OCA forms (OCA 1-7). METHODS: The most frequent OCA types among Caucasians are OCA1, OCA2, and OCA4. We aimed to investigate genes responsible for the development of these OCA forms in Hungarian OCA patients (n = 13)...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614305/bap1-regulates-ip3r3-mediated-ca-2-flux-to-mitochondria-suppressing-cell-transformation
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Angela Bononi, Carlotta Giorgi, Simone Patergnani, David Larson, Kaitlyn Verbruggen, Mika Tanji, Laura Pellegrini, Valentina Signorato, Federica Olivetto, Sandra Pastorino, Masaki Nasu, Andrea Napolitano, Giovanni Gaudino, Paul Morris, Greg Sakamoto, Laura K Ferris, Alberto Danese, Andrea Raimondi, Carlo Tacchetti, Shafi Kuchay, Harvey I Pass, El Bachir Affar, Haining Yang, Paolo Pinton, Michele Carbone
BRCA1-associated protein 1 (BAP1) is a potent tumour suppressor gene that modulates environmental carcinogenesis. All carriers of inherited heterozygous germline BAP1-inactivating mutations (BAP1(+/-)) developed one and often several BAP1(-/-) malignancies in their lifetime, mostly malignant mesothelioma, uveal melanoma, and so on. Moreover, BAP1-acquired biallelic mutations are frequent in human cancers. BAP1 tumour suppressor activity has been attributed to its nuclear localization, where it helps to maintain genome integrity...
June 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611040/%C3%AE-catenin-is-a-candidate-therapeutic-target-for-myeloid-neoplasms-with-del-5q
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Liping Li, Yue Sheng, Wenshu Li, Chao Hu, Nupur Mittal, Kaoru Tohyama, Amber Seba, Youyang Zhao, Howard Ozer, Tongyu Zhu, Zhijian Qian
Deletion of the chromosome 5q [del(5q)] is one of the most common cytogenetic abnormalities observed in patients with de novo myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and therapy-related MDS or acute myeloid leukemia (t-MDS/tAML). Emerging evidence indicates that activation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway contributes to the development of myeloid neoplasms with del(5q). Whether β-catenin is a potential therapeutic target for myeloid neoplasms with del(5q) has yet to be evaluated. Here we report that genetic deletion of a single allele of β-catenin rescues ineffective hematopoiesis in an Apc haploinsufficient mouse model, which recapitulates several characteristic features of the pre-leukemic stage of myeloid neoplasms with a -5/del(5q)...
June 13, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611019/mechanisms-in-endocrinology-aberrations-of-the-x-chromosome-as-cause-of-male-infertility
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Albrecht Röpke, Frank Tüttelmann
Male infertility is most commonly caused by spermatogenetic failure, clinically noted as oligo- or azoospermia. Today, in approximately 20% of azoospermic patients, a causal genetic defect can be identified. The most frequent genetic causes of azoospermia (or severe oligozoospermia) are Klinefelter syndrome (47,XXY), structural chromosomal abnormalities and Y-chromosomal microdeletions. Consistently with Ohno's law, the human X chromosome is the most stable of all the chromosomes, but contrary to Ohno's law, the X chromosome is loaded with regions of acquired, rapidly evolving genes, which are of special interest because they are predominantly expressed in the testis...
June 13, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601532/genetics-of-atrial-fibrillation-state-of-the-art-in-2017
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REVIEW
Diane Fatkin, Celine F Santiago, Inken G Huttner, Steven A Lubitz, Patrick T Ellinor
Genetic variation is an important determinant of atrial fibrillation (AF) susceptibility. Numerous rare variants in protein-coding sequences of genes have been associated with AF in families and in early-onset cases, and chromosomal loci harbouring common risk variants have been mapped in AF cohorts. Many of these loci are in non-coding regions of the human genome and are thought to contain regulatory sequences that modulate gene expression. Disease genes implicated to date have predominantly encoded cardiac ion channels, with predicted mutation effects on the atrial action potential duration...
May 11, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577549/whole-exome-sequencing-of-an-asbestos-induced-wild-type-murine-model-of-malignant-mesothelioma
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Sophie Sneddon, Ann-Marie Patch, Ian M Dick, Stephen Kazakoff, John V Pearson, Nicola Waddell, Richard J N Allcock, Robert A Holt, Bruce W S Robinson, Jenette Creaney
BACKGROUND: Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive cancer of the pleural and peritoneal cavities caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos-induced mesotheliomas in wild-type mice have been used extensively as a preclinical model because they are phenotypically identical to their human counterpart. However, it is not known if the genetic lesions in these mice tumours are similar to in the human disease, a prerequisite for any new preclinical studies that target genetic abnormalities...
June 2, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567415/neurodevelopmental-disorders-and-environmental-toxicants-epigenetics-as-an-underlying-mechanism
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REVIEW
Nguyen Quoc Vuong Tran, Kunio Miyake
The increasing prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders, especially autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), calls for more research into the identification of etiologic and risk factors. The Developmental Origin of Health and Disease (DOHaD) hypothesizes that the environment during fetal and childhood development affects the risk for many chronic diseases in later stages of life, including neurodevelopmental disorders. Epigenetics, a term describing mechanisms that cause changes in the chromosome state without affecting DNA sequences, is suggested to be the underlying mechanism, according to the DOHaD hypothesis...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559012/establishment-and-characterization-of-an-oral-tongue-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cell-line-from-a-never-smoking-patient
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Steven J Wang, Saurabh Asthana, Annemieke van Zante, Chase M Heaton, Janyaporn Phuchareon, Leighton Stein, Saito Higuchi, Tomoya Kishimoto, Charles Y Chiu, Adam B Olshen, Frank McCormick, Osamu Tetsu
OBJECTIVE: The rising incidence of oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC) in patients who have never smoked and the paucity of knowledge of its biological behavior prompted us to develop a new cell line originating from a never-smoker. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fresh tumor tissue of keratinizing OTSCC was collected from a 44-year-old woman who had never smoked. Serum-free media with a low calcium concentration were used in cell culture, and a multifaceted approach was taken to verify and characterize the cell line, designated UCSF-OT-1109...
June 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488680/some-pioneers-of-european-human-genetics
#14
Peter S Harper
Some of the pioneers of human genetics across Europe are described, based on a series of 100 recorded interviews made by the author. These interviews, and the memories of earlier workers in the field recalled by interviewees, provide a vivid picture, albeit incomplete, of the early years of human and medical genetics. From small beginnings in the immediate post-World War 2 years, human genetics grew rapidly across many European countries, a powerful factor being the development of human cytogenetics, stimulated by concerns over the risks of radiation exposure...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433375/mosaicism-between-trophectoderm-and-inner-cell-mass
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REVIEW
Antonio Capalbo, Laura Rienzi
Defining the actual incidence and prevalence of mosaicism in human blastocysts still remains a difficult task. The small amount of evidence generated by animal and human studies does not support the existence of mechanisms involved in developmental arrest, clonal depletion, or aneuploidy rescue for abnormal cells in euploid/aneuploid embryos during preimplantation development. However, studies in humans are mainly descriptive and lack functional evidence. Understanding the biological mechanisms that beset preimplantation differentiation holds the potential to reveal the role of aneuploidies and gene dosage imbalances in cell fate decision, providing important clues on the origin and evolution of embryonic mosaicism...
May 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428263/different-requirements-of-functional-telomeres-in-neural-stem-cells-and-terminally-differentiated-neurons
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Anastasia Lobanova, Robert She, Simon Pieraut, Charlie Clapp, Anton Maximov, Eros Lazzerini Denchi
Telomeres have been studied extensively in peripheral tissues, but their relevance in the nervous system remains poorly understood. Here, we examine the roles of telomeres at distinct stages of murine brain development by using lineage-specific genetic ablation of TRF2, an essential component of the shelterin complex that protects chromosome ends from the DNA damage response machinery. We found that functional telomeres are required for embryonic and adult neurogenesis, but their uncapping has surprisingly no detectable consequences on terminally differentiated neurons...
April 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428000/selected-oxidative-stress-biomarkers-in-antenatal-diagnosis-as-11-14-gestational-weeks
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Marek Pietryga, Piotr Dydowicz, Kinga Toboła, Marta Napierała, Izabela Miechowicz, Anna Gąsiorowska, Maciej Brązert, Ewa Florek
The primary objective in modern obstetrics and prenatal diagnosis is to predict risks of congenital abnormalities. The aim of the research was to assess the correlation between selected oxidative stress biomarkers with the risk of foetal chromosomal aberration evaluated at the first trimester screening. A series of studies show that balanced free radical activity and oxidative homeostasis are essential for proper bodily growth and function. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) may be one of the factors associated with disruption of cell cycle and tissue development, thus leading to developmental abnormalities...
April 18, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408741/establishment-of-a-novel-human-lymphoblastic-cell-strain-with-the-long-arm-of-chromosome-11-aberration-without-mll-rearrangement
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Qian Wang, Lin Zhuang, Pei Li, Qiang Niu, Ping Zhu, Miao-Xia He, Hui Jiang, Chang-Cheng Liu, Min-Jun Wang, Li Chen, Hui Cheng, Yan Ma, Xiao-Xia Hu, Yi-Ping Hu, Xiao-Ping Xu
At present, all cell strains derived from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients with the long arm of chromosome 11 aberration are accompanied with mixed lineage leukemia (MLL) gene rearrangement. In this study, we established a permanent ALL cell strain CHH-1 with the long arm of chromosome 11 aberration and without MLL rearrangement, hoping that it could be used for the research of ALL with such genetic abnormality. CHH-1 cell strain was certified through morphology, immunophenotype, genetics and immunoglobulin (Ig) gene rearrangement analysis...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401157/engineering-of-systematic-elimination-of-a-targeted-chromosome-in-human-cells
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Hiroshi Sato, Hiroki Kato, Haruyoshi Yamaza, Keiji Masuda, Huong Thi Nguyen Nguyen, Thanh Thi Mai Pham, Xu Han, Yuta Hirofuji, Kazuaki Nonaka
Embryonic trisomy leads to abortion or congenital genetic disorders in humans. The most common autosomal chromosome abnormalities are trisomy of chromosomes 13, 18, and 21. Although alteration of gene dosage is thought to contribute to disorders caused by extra copies of chromosomes, genes associated with specific disease phenotypes remain unclear. To generate a normal cell from a trisomic cell as a means of etiological analysis or candidate therapy for trisomy syndromes, we developed a system to eliminate a targeted chromosome from human cells...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374746/intracellular-hmgb1-as-a-novel-tumor-suppressor-of-pancreatic-cancer
#20
Rui Kang, Yangchun Xie, Qiuhong Zhang, Wen Hou, Qingping Jiang, Shan Zhu, Jinbao Liu, Dexing Zeng, Haichao Wang, David L Bartlett, Timothy R Billiar, Herbert J Zeh, Michael T Lotze, Daolin Tang
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) driven by oncogenic K-Ras remains among the most lethal human cancers despite recent advances in modern medicine. The pathogenesis of PDAC is partly attributable to intrinsic chromosome instability and extrinsic inflammation activation. However, the molecular link between these two events in pancreatic tumorigenesis has not yet been fully established. Here, we show that intracellular high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) remarkably suppresses oncogenic K-Ras-driven pancreatic tumorigenesis by inhibiting chromosome instability-mediated pro-inflammatory nucleosome release...
July 2017: Cell Research
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