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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488680/some-pioneers-of-european-human-genetics
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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...
April 19, 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
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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...
April 4, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350068/concurrence-of-chromosome%C3%A2-3%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-4-aberrations-in-human-uveal-melanoma
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Eva Sipos, Kata Hegyi, Andrea Treszl, Zita Steiber, Gabor Mehes, Nikoletta Dobos, Klara Fodor, Gabor Olah, Lorant Szekvolgyi, Andrew V Schally, Gabor Halmos
Uveal melanoma (UM) is the most common primary intraocular malignancy with a very poor prognosis. The most frequent chromosome aberration in UM is the monosomy of chromosome 3. Previously, we demonstrated that ~50% of UMs express type-I receptor for luteinizing hormone‑releasing hormone (LH-RH-R). The gene encoding LH-RH-R is located in chromosome 4 (location: 4q21.2); however, the occurrence of numerical aberrations of chromosome 4 have never been studied in UM. In the present study, we investigated the abnormalities of chromosome 3 and 4, and the possible correlation between them, as well as with LH-RH-R expression...
April 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350043/hand1-loss-of-function-mutation-contributes-to-congenital-double-outlet-right-ventricle
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Li Li, Juan Wang, Xing-Yuan Liu, Hua Liu, Hong-Yu Shi, Xiao-Xiao Yang, Ning Li, Yan-Jie Li, Ri-Tai Huang, Song Xue, Xing-Biao Qiu, Yi-Qing Yang
Congenital heart defects (CHDs), a wide variety of developmental abnormalities in the structures of the heart and the great thoracic blood vessels, are the most common form of birth defect in humans worldwide. CHDs are accountable for substantial morbidity and are still the leading cause of birth defect‑related deaths. Recent studies have demonstrated the pivotal roles of genetic defects in the pathogenesis of CHDs, and a great number of genetic mutations have been associated with CHDs. Nevertheless, CHDs are a genetically heterogeneous disorder and the genetic basis underlying CHDs in an overwhelming majority of cases remains unclear...
January 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349830/aberrant-aml1-gene-expression-in-the-diagnosis-of-childhood-leukemias-not-characterized-by-aml1-involved-cytogenetic-abnormalities
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Maria Adamaki, Spiros Vlahopoulos, George I Lambrou, Athanasios G Papavassiliou, Maria Moschovi
The AML1 ( acute myeloid leukemia 1) gene, a necessary prerequisite of embryonic hematopoiesis and a critical regulator of normal hematopoietic development, is one of the most frequently mutated genes in human leukemia, involving over 50 chromosome translocations and over 20 partner genes. In the few existing studies investigating AML1 gene expression in childhood leukemias, aberrant upregulation seems to specifically associate with AML1 translocations and amplifications. The aim of this study was to determine whether overexpression also extends to other leukemic subtypes than the ones karyotypically involving AML1...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329872/doxorubicin-has-dose-dependent-toxicity-on-mouse-ovarian-follicle-development-hormone-secretion-and-oocyte-maturation
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Shuo Xiao, Jiyang Zhang, Mingjun Liu, Hideyuki Iwahata, Hunter B Rogers, Teresa K Woodruff
Doxorubicin (DOX), one of the most commonly used anticancer medications, has been reported to affect fertility by damaging ovarian follicles; however, the dose-dependent toxicity of DOX on the dynamic follicle development and oocyte maturation has not been well-defined. Our objective is to determine the effects of human-relevant exposure levels of DOX on follicular functions across developmental time. In vitro cultured multilayered secondary mouse follicles were treated with DOX at 0, 2, 20, 100, and 200 nM for 24 hours, and follicle development, hormone secretion, and oocyte maturation were analyzed...
March 17, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318489/deletion-of-the-mad2l1-spindle-assembly-checkpoint-gene-is-tolerated-in-mouse-models-of-acute-t-cell-lymphoma-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Floris Foijer, Lee A Albacker, Bjorn Bakker, Diana C Spierings, Ying Yue, Stephanie Z Xie, Stephanie Davis, Annegret Lutum-Jehle, Darin Takemoto, Brian Hare, Brinley Furey, Roderick T Bronson, Peter M Lansdorp, Allan Bradley, Peter K Sorger
Chromosome instability (CIN) is deleterious to normal cells because of the burden of aneuploidy. However, most human solid tumors have an abnormal karyotype implying that gain and loss of chromosomes by cancer cells confers a selective advantage. CIN can be induced in the mouse by inactivating the spindle assembly checkpoint. This is lethal in the germline but we show here that adult T cells and hepatocytes can survive conditional inactivation of the Mad2l1 SAC gene and resulting CIN. This causes rapid onset of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) and progressive development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), both lethal diseases...
March 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288113/germline-mutations-in-abl1-cause-an-autosomal-dominant-syndrome-characterized-by-congenital-heart-defects-and-skeletal-malformations
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Xia Wang, Wu-Lin Charng, Chun-An Chen, Jill A Rosenfeld, Aisha Al Shamsi, Lihadh Al-Gazali, Marianne McGuire, Nicholas Ah Mew, Georgianne L Arnold, Chunjing Qu, Yan Ding, Donna M Muzny, Richard A Gibbs, Christine M Eng, Magdalena Walkiewicz, Fan Xia, Sharon E Plon, James R Lupski, Christian P Schaaf, Yaping Yang
ABL1 is a proto-oncogene well known as part of the fusion gene BCR-ABL1 in the Philadelphia chromosome of leukemia cancer cells. Inherited germline ABL1 changes have not been associated with genetic disorders. Here we report ABL1 germline variants cosegregating with an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by congenital heart disease, skeletal abnormalities, and failure to thrive. The variant c.734A>G (p.Tyr245Cys) was found to occur de novo or cosegregate with disease in five individuals (families 1-3)...
April 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277744/a-modified-vitrification-method-reduces-spindle-and-chromosome-abnormalities
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Minghui Liu, Wenhui Zhou, Dapeng Chu, Lei Fu, Wei Sha, Shan Liu, Yuan Li
Development of an effective system for oocyte-cryopreservation is of clinical relevance in reproductive medicine. However, oocyte-preservation is not as effective as embryo preservation. In this study, we used a 37°C pre-equilibrium temperature as part of a modified vitrification method for human oocyte cryopreservation. The effect of the new method on spindle configuration, chromosomal arrangement, and mitochondrial distribution was investigated in in vitro-matured human oocytes. A total of 101 in vitro-matured oocytes were randomly assigned for vitrification at pre-equilibrium temperature of 37°C (37°C Group, n=50) or at room temperature (RT Group, 22-24°C, n=51)...
June 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266009/a-detailed-musculoskeletal-study-of-a-fetus-with-anencephaly-and-spina-bifida-craniorachischisis-and-comparison-with-other-cases-of-human-congenital-malformations
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Malak A Alghamdi, Janine M Ziermann, Lydia Gregg, Rui Diogo
Few descriptions of the musculoskeletal system of humans with anencephaly or spina bifida exist in the literature. Even less is published about individuals in which both phenomena occur together, i.e. about craniorachischisis. Here we provide a detailed report on the musculoskeletal structures of a fetus with craniorachischisis, as well as comparisons with the few descriptions for anencephaly and with musculoskeletal anomalies found in other congenital malformations. We focused in particular on the comparison with trisomies 13, 18, and 21 because neural tube defects have been associated with such chromosomal defects...
June 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250240/atrx-a-novel-progesterone-regulated-biomarker-of-mammalian-oocyte-developmental-potential
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Lynne Clare O'Shea, Edward Daly, Carmel Hensey, Trudee Fair
A multi-species meta-analysis of published transcriptomic data from models of oocyte competence identified the chromatin remodelling factor ATRX, as a putative biomarker of oocyte competence. The objective of the current study was to test the hypothesis that ATRX protein expression by cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs) reflects their intrinsic quality and developmental potential. In excess of 10,000 bovine COCs were utilized to test our hypothesis. COCs were in vitro matured (IVM) under conditions associated with reduced developmental potential: IVM in the presence or absence of (1) progesterone synthesis inhibitor (Trilostane); (2) nuclear progesterone receptor inhibitor (Aglepristone) or (3) an inducer of DNA damage (Staurosporine)...
March 1, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247551/characterization-of-chromosomal-abnormalities-in-pregnancy-losses-reveals-critical-genes-and-loci-for-human-early-development
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Yiyun Chen, Justin Bartanus, Desheng Liang, Hongmin Zhu, Amy M Breman, Janice L Smith, Hua Wang, Zhilin Ren, Ankita Patel, Pawel Stankiewicz, David S Cram, Sau Wai Cheung, Lingqian Wu, Fuli Yu
Detailed characterization of chromosomal abnormalities, a common cause for congenital abnormalities and pregnancy loss, is critical for elucidating genes for human fetal development. Here, 2,186 product-of-conception samples were tested for copy-number variations (CNVs) at two clinical diagnostic centers using whole-genome sequencing and high-resolution chromosomal microarray analysis. We developed a new gene discovery approach to predict potential developmental genes and identified 275 candidate genes from CNVs detected from both datasets...
June 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237347/generation-of-lif-independent-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-from-canine-fetal-fibroblasts
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N J N Gonçalves, F F Bressan, K C S Roballo, F V Meirelles, P L P Xavier, H Fukumasu, C Williams, M Breen, S Koh, R Sper, J Piedrahita, C E Ambrósio
Takahashi and Yamanaka established the first technique in which transcription factors related to pluripotency are incorporated into the genome of somatic cells to enable reprogramming of these cells. The expression of these transcription factors enables a differentiated somatic cell to reverse its phenotype to an embryonic state, generating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). iPSCs from canine fetal fibroblasts were produced through lentiviral polycistronic human and mouse vectors (hOSKM/mOSKM), aiming to obtain pluripotent stem cells with similar features to embryonic stem cells (ESC) in this animal model...
April 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217965/copy-number-variations-in-testicular-maturation-arrest
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A Halder, P Kumar, M Jain, V K Iyer
Testicular maturation arrest is characterized by interruption of germ cell development and differentiation. Genetic factors play important role in the causation of human disease, including male infertility. The objective was to study copy number variations in testicular maturation arrest using single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) microarray technique. Conventional cytogenetics, targeted fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and sequence-tagged site (STS) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were used to confirm some of the SNP microarray findings...
May 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195318/biallelic-loss-of-function-variants-in-dock3-cause-muscle-hypotonia-ataxia-and-intellectual-disability
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K L Helbig, C Mroske, D Moorthy, S A Sajan, M Velinov
DOCK3 encodes the dedicator of cytokinesis 3 protein, a member of the DOCK180 family of proteins that are characterized by guanine-nucleotide exchange factor activity. DOCK3 is expressed exclusively in the central nervous system and plays an important role in axonal outgrowth and cytoskeleton reorganization. Dock3 knockout mice exhibit motor deficiencies with abnormal ataxic gait and impaired learning. We report 2 siblings with biallelic loss-of-function variants in DOCK3. Diagnostic whole-exome sequencing (WES) and chromosomal microarray were performed on a proband with severe developmental disability, hypotonia, and ataxic gait...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Genetics
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