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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779155/prioritising-risk-factors-for-type-2-diabetes-causal-inference-through-genetic-approaches
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REVIEW
Laura B L Wittemans, Luca A Lotta, Claudia Langenberg
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: Causality has been demonstrated for few of the many putative risk factors for type 2 diabetes (T2D) emerging from observational epidemiology. Genetic approaches are increasingly being used to infer causality, and in this review, we discuss how genetic discoveries have shaped our understanding of the causal role of factors associated with T2D. RECENT FINDINGS: Genetic discoveries have led to the identification of novel potential aetiological factors of T2D, including the protective role of peripheral fat storage capacity and specific metabolic pathways, such as the branched-chain amino acid breakdown...
May 19, 2018: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779041/the-potential-importance-of-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-mdscs-in-the-pathogenesis-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#2
REVIEW
Antero Salminen, Kai Kaarniranta, Anu Kauppinen
The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is still unknown, but the deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ) plaques and chronic inflammation indicates that immune disturbances are involved in AD pathogenesis. Recent genetic studies have revealed that many candidate genes are expressed in both microglia and myeloid cells which infiltrate into the AD brains. Invading myeloid cells controls the functions of resident microglia in pathological conditions, such as AD pathology. AD is a neurologic disease with inflammatory component where the immune system is not able to eliminate the perpetrator, while, concurrently, it should prevent neuronal injuries induced by inflammation...
May 19, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779017/-xpg-rs17655-g-c-polymorphism-associated-with-cancer-risk-evidence-from-60-studies
#3
Jie Zhao, Shanshan Chen, Haixia Zhou, Ting Zhang, Yang Liu, Jing He, Jinhong Zhu, Jichen Ruan
Xeroderma pigmentosum group G (XPG), a key component in nucleotide excision repair pathway, functions to cut DNA lesions during DNA repair. Genetic variations that alter DNA repair gene expression or function may decrease DNA repair ability and impair genome integrity, thereby predisposing to cancer. The association between XPG rs17655 G>C polymorphism and cancer risk has been investigated extensively, but the results remain contradictory. To get a more accurate conclusion, we performed a comprehensive meta-analysis of 60 case-control studies, involving 27,098 cancer cases and 30,535 healthy controls...
May 20, 2018: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778836/interrogation-of-mammalian-protein-complex-structure-function-and-membership-using-genome-scale-fitness-screens
#4
Joshua Pan, Robin M Meyers, Brittany C Michel, Nazar Mashtalir, Ann E Sizemore, Jonathan N Wells, Seth H Cassel, Francisca Vazquez, Barbara A Weir, William C Hahn, Joseph A Marsh, Aviad Tsherniak, Cigall Kadoch
Protein complexes are assemblies of subunits that have co-evolved to execute one or many coordinated functions in the cellular environment. Functional annotation of mammalian protein complexes is critical to understanding biological processes, as well as disease mechanisms. Here, we used genetic co-essentiality derived from genome-scale RNAi- and CRISPR-Cas9-based fitness screens performed across hundreds of human cancer cell lines to assign measures of functional similarity. From these measures, we systematically built and characterized functional similarity networks that recapitulate known structural and functional features of well-studied protein complexes and resolve novel functional modules within complexes lacking structural resolution, such as the mammalian SWI/SNF complex...
May 14, 2018: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778561/severe-xanthomatosis-in-heterozygous-familial-hypercholesterolemia
#5
Sumayah Aljenedil, Isabelle Ruel, Kevin Watters, Jacques Genest
BACKGROUND: Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic lipoprotein disorder characterized by elevated plasma low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level, (tendinous xanthomas, xanthelasmas, and premature arcus corneus) and early onset atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Familial hypercholesterolemia is caused by mutations in the low-density lipoprotein receptor, apolipoprotein B or proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 genes. Rare mutations in low-density lipoprotein receptor adapter protein 1, APOE p...
April 3, 2018: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778233/female-specific-association-among-i-j-and-k-mitochondrial-genetic-haplogroups-and-cancer-a-longitudinal-cohort-study
#6
Claudio Luchini, Alessia Nottegar, Alberto Vaona, Brendon Stubbs, Jacopo Demurtas, Stefania Maggi, Nicola Veronese
Recent studies highlighted the role of mitochondrial dysregulation in cancer, suggesting that the different mitochondrial haplogroups might play a role in tumorigenesis and risk of cancer development. Our aim is to investigate whether any mitochondrial haplogroups carried a significant higher risk of cancer development in a large prospective cohort of North American people. The haplogroup assignment was performed by a combination of sequencing and PCR-RFLP techniques. Our specific outcome of interest was the incidence of any cancer during follow-up period...
August 2018: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778231/clinical-germline-diagnostic-exome-sequencing-for-hereditary-cancer-findings-within-novel-candidate-genes-are-prevalent
#7
Zöe Powis, Carin R Espenschied, Holly LaDuca, Kelly D Hagman, Tripti Paudyal, Shuwei Li, Hiroto Inaba, Ann Mauer, Katherine L Nathanson, James Knost, Elizabeth C Chao, Sha Tang
Clinical diagnostic exome sequencing (DES) has been effective in diagnosing individuals with suspected genetic conditions; nevertheless little has been described regarding its clinical utility in individuals with a personal and family history of cancer. This study aimed to assess diagnostic yield and clinical characteristics of pediatric and adult patients undergoing germline DES for hereditary cancer. We retrospectively reviewed 2171 patients referred for DES; cases with a personal and/or family history of cancer were further studied...
August 2018: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777993/toenail-selenium-genetic-variation-in-selenoenzymes-and-risk-and-outcome-in-glioma
#8
Noah C Peeri, Jordan H Creed, Gabriella M Anic, Reid C Thompson, Jeffrey J Olson, Renato V LaRocca, Sajeel A Chowdhary, John D Brockman, Travis A Gerke, L Burton Nabors, Kathleen M Egan
BACKGROUND: Selenium is an essential trace element obtained through diet that plays a critical role in DNA synthesis and protection from oxidative damage. Selenium intake and polymorphisms in selenoproteins have been linked to the risk of certain cancers though data for glioma are sparse. METHODS: In a case-control study of glioma, we examined the associations of selenium in toenails and genetic variants in the selenoenzyme pathway with the risk of glioma and patient survival...
May 16, 2018: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777975/geriatric-analysis-from-prodige-20-randomized-phase-ii-trial-evaluating-bevacizumab-chemotherapy-versus-chemotherapy-alone-in-older-patients-with-untreated-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
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T Aparicio, O Bouché, E Francois, F Retornaz, E Barbier, J Taieb, S Kirscher, P-L Etienne, R Faroux, F Khemissa Akouz, F El Hajbi, C Locher, Y Rinaldi, T Lecomte, S Lavau-Denes, M Baconnier, A Oden-Gangloff, D Genet, L Bedenne, E Paillaud
BACKGROUND: Older patients have frailty characteristics that impair the transposition of treatment results found in younger patients. Predictive factors are needed to help with treatment choices for older patients. The PRODIGE 20 study is a randomized phase II study that evaluated chemotherapy associated with bevacizumab (BEV) or not (CT) in patients aged 75 years or older. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients underwent a geriatric assessment at randomization and at each evaluation...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777912/a-super-enhancer-maintains-homeostatic-expression-of-regnase-1
#10
Riyun Yang, Yuanyuan Wu, Yue Ming, Yuanpei Xu, Shouyan Wang, Jianbo Shen, Chenlu Wang, Xia Chen, Yongming Wang, Renfang Mao, Yihui Fan
Regnase-1 is not only a key component in maintaining intracellular homeostasis but also a critical negative regulator in preventing autoimmune diseases and cancer development. To keep homeostatic state, Regnase-1 has to be maintained at a desired level in multiple cell types. However, the molecular mechanism of keeping a certain transcriptional level of Reganase-1 is largely unknown. In this study, we found a super-enhancer (Reg-1-SE) around Regnase-1 gene is able to control the homeostatic expression of Regnase-1...
May 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777908/breast-cancer-in-the-gcc-countries-a-focus-on-brca1-2-and-non-brca1-2-genes
#11
REVIEW
Sumaya Rahman, Hatem Zayed
The GCC is an economic alliance of six Arab countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates (UAE). The rate of endogamous marriage among the GCC countries is approaching 100%, with very high consanguineous marriage rates. Although breast cancer is on the rise in the GCC countries, there are dearth of studies reporting on the genetic epidemiology of breast cancer. In this study, we investigated the frequency of BRCA1/2 and non-BRCA1/2 mutations in breast cancer patients in the GCC countries...
May 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777901/interrogation-of-ethnomedicinal-plants-for-synthetic-lethality-effects-in-combination-with-deficiency-in-the-dna-repair-endonuclease-rad1-using-a-yeast-cell-based-assay
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Hsu Mon Aung, Chananya Huangteerakul, Wittaya Panvongsa, Amornrat N Jensen, Arthit Chairoungdua, Suchada Sukrong, Laran T Jensen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Plant materials used in this study were selected based on the ethnobotanical literature. Plants have either been utilized by Thai practitioners as alternative treatments for cancer or identified to exhibit anti-cancer properties. AIM OF THE STUDY: To screen ethnomedicinal plants using a yeast cell-based assay for synthetic lethal interactions with cells deleted for RAD1, the yeast homologue of human ERCC4 (XPF) MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ethanolic extracts from thirty-two species of medicinal plants utilized in Thai traditional medicine were screened for synthetic lethal/sick interactions using a yeast cell-based assay...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777599/immense-random-colocalization-revealed-by-automated-high-content-image-cytometry-seriously-questions-fish-as-gold-standard-for-detecting-eml4-alk-fusion
#13
Gábor Smuk, Tamás Tornóczky, László Pajor, Ilse Chudoba, Béla Kajtár, Veronika Sárosi, Gábor Pajor
EML4-ALK gene fusion (inv2(p21p23)) of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) predisposes to tyrosine kinase inhibitor treatment. One of the gold standard diagnostics is the dual color (DC) break-apart (BA) FISH technique, however, the unusual closeness of the involved genes has been suggested to raise likelihood of random co-localization (RCL) of signals. Although this is suspected to decrease sensitivity (often to as low as 40-70%), the exact level and effect of RCL has not been revealed thus far. Signal distances were analyzed to the 0...
May 19, 2018: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777302/emerging-strategies-in-brca-positive-pancreatic-cancer
#14
REVIEW
Adam Kowalewski, Łukasz Szylberg, Michał Saganek, Wojciech Napiontek, Paulina Antosik, Dariusz Grzanka
PURPOSE: We propose a treatment algorithm for PDAC with particular emphasis on BRCA1 or 2 mutation-positive patients. Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the deadliest diseases in the United States and Europe. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are among the most common of the known genetic mutations involved in familial PDAC. The optimal chemotherapy regimen to use for BRCA1 or 2 mutation carriers with PDAC is not yet established. As new treatment options emerge, algorithms must balance the need to give the best drugs first with ensuring that there are still beneficial options available for later...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776638/breast-carcinoma-updates-in-molecular-profiling-2018
#15
REVIEW
Sudeshna Bandyopadhyay, Martin H Bluth, Rouba Ali-Fehmi
The most significant contribution of molecular subtyping of breast carcinomas has been the identification of estrogen-positive and estrogen-negative tumor subtypes. Knowledge of genetic alterations in these tumors will help clinicians identify novel therapeutic targets. Understanding the progression pathways involved in the transition of in situ carcinoma to invasive carcinoma might lead to efficient risk stratification in these patients. The Cancer Genome Analysis Network has collected genomic and epigenomic data to provide comprehensive information regarding carcinogenesis and pathway interactions...
June 2018: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776635/molecular-diagnostics-in-esophageal-and-gastric-neoplasms-2018-update
#16
REVIEW
Muhammad Zulfiqar, Martin H Bluth, Amarpreet Bhalla
Esophageal cancer (EC) is rapidly increasing in incidence in the United States. Genetic changes associated with the development of EC involve the p16, p53, and APC genes. Human epidermal growth factor 2 (HER-2) overexpression is seen in gastroesophageal junction carcinoma and a subset gastric carcinoma (GC). Interestingly, up to 50% cases of GC are related to Helicobacter pylori infection and up to 16% are related to EBV infection. Microsatellite instability is observed in up to 39% of GC and cell free nucleic acid analysis provides additional opportunities for diagnosis and prognosis of disease...
June 2018: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776633/molecular-diagnostics-in-colorectal-carcinoma-advances-and-applications-for-2018
#17
REVIEW
Amarpreet Bhalla, Muhammad Zulfiqar, Martin H Bluth
The molecular pathogenesis and classification of colorectal carcinoma are based on the traditional adenomaecarcinoma sequence, serrated polyp pathway, and microsatellite instability (MSI). The genetic basis for hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer is the detection of mutations in the MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2, and EPCAM genes. Genetic testing for Lynch syndrome includes MSI testing, methylator phenotype testing, BRAF mutation testing, and molecular testing for germline mutations in MMR genes. Molecular makers with predictive and prognostic implications include quantitative multigene reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction assay and KRAS and BRAF mutation analysis...
June 2018: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775792/diagnostic-yield-from-screening-asymptomatic-individuals-at-high-risk-for-pancreatic-cancer-a-meta-analysis-of-cohort-studies
#18
Juan E Corral, Karl F Mareth, Douglas L Riegert-Johnson, Ananya Das, Michael B Wallace
BACKGROUND & AIMS: There have been few studies of abdominal imaging screening of individuals at high risk for pancreatic cancer (based on family history or genetic variants). We performed a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies to determine the diagnostic yield and outcomes of abdominal imaging screening for asymptomatic individuals at high risk. METHODS: Through a systematic review of multiple electronic databases and conference proceedings through July 2017, we identified prospective cohort studies (>20 patients) of asymptomatic adults determined to be at high-risk of pancreatic cancer (lifetime risk >5%, including specific genetic-associated conditions) who were screened by endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect pancreatic lesions...
May 15, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775654/targeting-cancer-s-metabolic-co-dependencies-a-landscape-shaped-by-genotype-and-tissue-context
#19
REVIEW
Junfeng Bi, Sihan Wu, Wenjing Zhang, Paul S Mischel
Tumors cells reprogram their metabolism to fuel rapid growth. The ability to trace nutrient fluxes in the context of specific alterations has provided new mechanistic insight into the process of oncogenic transformation. A broad array of complementary genetic, epigenetic, transcriptional and translational mechanisms has been identified, revealing a metabolic landscape of cancer. However, cancer metabolism is not a static or uniform process, including within a single tumor. Tumor cells adapt to changing environmental conditions, profoundly shaping the enzymatic dependencies of individual cells...
May 15, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775073/diffuse-gliomas-for-nonneuropathologists-the-new-integrated-molecular-diagnostics
#20
Sunhee C Lee
Diffuse gliomas comprise the bulk of "brain cancer" in adults. The recent update to the 4th edition of the World Health Organization's classification of tumors of the central nervous system reflects an unprecedented change in the landscape of the diagnosis and management of diffuse gliomas that will affect all those involved in the management and care of patients. Of the recently discovered gene alterations, mutations in the Krebs cycle enzymes isocitrate dehydrogenases (IDHs) 1 and 2 have fundamentally changed the way the gliomas are understood and classified...
May 18, 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
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