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D Morgado-Carrasco, F Terc, S S Ertekin, L Ferrandiz
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March 13, 2018: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
D Morgado-Carrasco, F Terc, S S Ertekin, L Ferrandiz
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March 13, 2018: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
Alexandra Iulia Irimie, Alina-Andreea Zimta, Cristina Ciocan, Nikolay Mehterov, Diana Dudea, Cornelia Braicu, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe
Previously ignored non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) have become the subject of many studies. However, there is an imbalance in the amount of consideration that ncRNAs are receiving. Some transcripts such as microRNAs (miRNAs) or small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) have gained much attention, but it is necessary to investigate other "pieces of the RNA puzzle". These can offer a more complete view over normal and pathological cell behavior. The other ncRNA species are less studied, either due to their recent discovery, such as stable intronic sequence RNA (sisRNA), YRNA, miRNA-offset RNAs (moRNA), telomerase RNA component (TERC), natural antisense transcript (NAT), transcribed ultraconserved regions (T-UCR), and pseudogene transcript, or because they are still largely seen as non-coding transcripts with no relevance to pathogenesis...
March 1, 2018: Genes
Anna Norberg, Anna Rosén, Klas Raaschou-Jensen, Lars Kjeldsen, Jukka S Moilanen, Ylva Paulsson-Karlsson, Panagiotis Baliakas, Olli Lohi, Aymen Ahmed, Astrid O Kittang, Pär Larsson, Göran Roos, Sofie Degerman, Magnus Hultdin
Telomere-related disorders are a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by premature telomere shortening and proliferative failure of a variety of tissues. This study reports the spectrum of telomere-related gene variants and telomere length in Nordic patients referred for genetic testing due to suspected telomere-related disorder. We performed Sanger sequencing of the genes TERT, TERC, DKC1, and TINF2 on 135 unrelated index patients and measured telomere length by qPCR on DNA from peripheral blood leukocytes...
February 26, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Thijs W Hoffman, Coline H M van Moorsel, Raphael Borie, Bruno Crestani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Genomic mutations in telomere-related genes have been recognized as a cause of familial forms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). However, it has become increasingly clear that telomere syndromes and telomere shortening are associated with various types of pulmonary disease. Additionally, it was found that also single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in telomere-related genes are risk factors for the development of pulmonary disease. This review focuses on recent updates on pulmonary phenotypes associated with genetic variation in telomere-related genes...
February 21, 2018: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Jae-Il Roh, Yujin Kim, Jahyun Oh, Yunmi Kim, Jeehyun Lee, Jaehoon Lee, Kyung-Hee Chun, Han-Woong Lee
Autophagy is systematically regulated by upstream factors and nutrients. Recent studies reported that telomerase and hexokinase 2 [HK2) regulate autophagy through mTOR and that telomerase has the capacity to bind to the HK2 promoter. However, the molecular linkage among telomerase, HK2, and autophagy is not fully understood. Here, we show that HK2 connects telomerase to autophagy. HK2 inhibition in HepG2 cells suppressed TERT-induced autophagy activation and further enhancement by glucose deprivation. The HK2 downstream factor mTOR was responsible for the TERT-induced autophagy activation under glucose deprivation, implying that TERT promotes autophagy through an HK2-mTOR pathway...
2018: PloS One
Rilee Zeinert, Eli Martinez, Jennifer Schmitz, Katherine Senn, Bakhtawar Usman, Vivek Anantharaman, L Aravind, Lauren S Waters
Manganese is an essential trace nutrient for organisms, because of its role in cofactoring enzymes and providing protection against reactive oxygen species (ROS). Many bacteria require manganese to form pathogenic or symbiotic interactions with eukaryotic host cells. However, excess manganese is toxic, requiring cells to have manganese export mechanisms. Bacteria are currently known to possess two widely-distributed classes of manganese export proteins, MntP and MntE, but other types of transporters likely exist...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Karima Ait-Aissa, Andrew O Kadlec, Joseph Hockenberry, David D Gutterman, Andreas M Beyer
A rise in reactive oxygen species (ROS) may contribute to cardiovascular disease by reducing nitric oxide (NO) levels, leading to loss of NO's vasodilator and anti-inflammatory effects. Although primarily studied in the larger conduit arteries, excess ROS release and a corresponding loss of NO also occurs in the smaller resistance arteries of the microcirculation, but underlying mechanisms and therapeutic targets have not been fully characterized. We examined whether either of the two subunits of telomerase, telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) or telomerase RNA component (TERC), affect microvascular ROS production and peak vasodilation at baseline and in response to in vivo administration to angiotensin II (ANG II)...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Vinit Sawhney, Scott Brouilette, Niall Campbell, Steven Coppen, Victoria Baker, Ross Hunter, Mehul Dhinoja, Atholl Johnston, Mark Earley, Simon Sporton, Ken Suzuki, Richard Schilling
BACKGROUND: Telomeres are known to provide genomic stability and telomere length has been associated with cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, a higher telomerase activity has been shown to be associated with ventricular arrhythmias (VA) in ischaemic cardiomyopathy. Increasing evidence suggests that genetic variation in key telomere genes has an impact on telomerase activity. Each copy of the minor allele of SNP rs12696304, at a locus including TERC (telomerase) has been associated with ∼ 75 bp reduction in mean telomere length likely mediated by an effect on TERC expression...
January 17, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Gang Ye, Nan Tan, Chenyang Meng, Jingjie Li, Li Jing, Mengdan Yan, Tianbo Jin, Fulin Chen
The study was aimed to explore whether the TERT and TERC polymorphisms are associated with the lung cancer risk. Five TERC and TERT polymorphisms were genotyped from 554 lung cancer patients and 603 healthy controls. We used χ2 test, genetic model, linkage disequilibrium (LD) and haplotype analyses to evaluate the association between the polymorphisms and lung cancer risk. We found that the allele "C" of rs10936599 (TERC) and the allele "T" of rs10069690 (TERT) were associated with increased risk of lung cancer (OR = 1...
December 15, 2017: Oncotarget
Peter M Lansdorp
The importance of telomere length to human health, aging, and cancer continues to be underappreciated. This review examines some basics of telomere biology and relates how telomere function, telomerase activity, and mutations in TERC or TERT are involved in bone marrow failure, leukemias, and other cancers. Given the challenge to obtain accurate data on telomerase activity and telomere length in specific cell types, the situation in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remains puzzling. In most cancers, telomerase levels are increased after cells have encountered a "telomere crisis," which is typically associated with poor prognosis...
November 28, 2017: Blood Advances
G Peene, E Smets, E Legius, C Cassiman
We report a case of a 25-year-old woman with unilateral Coats'-like disease. Her brother was previously diagnosed with an autosomal dominant form of dyskeratosis congenita. Genetic testing was performed by screening the TERC gene for mutations and identified heterozygosity for the n.68_124del mutation. Our case demonstrates that the exudative retinopathy seen in Coats'-like disease can be caused by mutations in a telomere-capping gene TERC as a part of the dyskeratosis congenita spectrum without other systemic involvement...
November 21, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
Dayana A Delgado, Chenan Zhang, Lin S Chen, Jianjun Gao, Shantanu Roy, Justin Shinkle, Mekala Sabarinathan, Maria Argos, Lin Tong, Alauddin Ahmed, Tariqul Islam, Muhammad Rakibuz-Zaman, Golam Sarwar, Hasan Shahriar, Mahfuzar Rahman, Mohammad Yunus, Farzana Jasmine, Muhammad G Kibriya, Habibul Ahsan, Brandon L Pierce
BACKGROUND: Leucocyte telomere length (TL) is a potential biomarker of ageing and risk for age-related disease. Leucocyte TL is heritable and shows substantial differences by race/ethnicity. Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) report ~10 loci harbouring SNPs associated with leucocyte TL, but these studies focus primarily on populations of European ancestry. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to enhance our understanding of genetic determinants of TL across populations...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
Olivier Bluteau, Marie Sebert, Thierry Leblanc, Régis Peffault de Latour, Samuel Quentin, Elodie Lainey, Lucie Hernandez, Jean-Hugues Dalle, Flore Sicre de Fontbrune, Etienne Lengline, Raphael Itzykson, Emmanuelle Clappier, Nicolas Boissel, Naddia Vasquez, Mélanie Da Costa, Julien Masliah-Planchon, Wendy Cuccuini, Anna Raimbault, Louis De Jaegere, Lionel Adès, Pierre Fenaux, Sébastien Maury, Claudine Schmitt, Marc Muller, Carine Domenech, Nicolas Blin, Bénédicte Bruno, Isabelle Pellier, Mathilde Hunault, Stéphane Blanche, Arnaud Petit, Guy Leverger, Gérard Michel, Yves Bertrand, André Baruchel, Gérard Socié, Jean Soulier
Bone marrow failure (BMF) in children and young adults is often suspected to be inherited, but in many cases diagnosis remains uncertain. We studied a cohort of 179 patients (from 173 families) with BMF of suspected inherited origin but unresolved diagnosis after medical evaluation and Fanconi anemia exclusion. All patients had cytopenias, and 12.0% presented ≥5% bone marrow blast cells. Median age at genetic evaluation was 11 years; 20.7% of patients were aged ≤2 years and 36.9% were ≥18 years. We analyzed genomic DNA from skin fibroblasts using whole-exome sequencing, and were able to assign a causal or likely causal germline mutation in 86 patients (48...
November 16, 2017: Blood
Angelica M Lagunas, Jianchun Wu, David L Crowe
Chromosome ends are protected by telomeres that prevent DNA damage response and degradation. When telomeres become critically short, the DNA damage response is activated at chromosome ends which induces cellular senescence or apoptosis. Telomeres are protected by the double stranded DNA binding protein TRF2 and maintained by telomerase or a recombination based mechanism known as alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT). Telomerase is expressed in the basal layer of the epidermis, and stem cells in epidermis have longer telomeres than proliferating populations...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
Dapeng Wu, Guodong Zhu, Jin Zeng, Wenbin Song, Ke Wang, Xinyang Wang, Peng Guo, Dalin He
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a common malignant tumor of the urinary system, the pathogenesis of RCC is still unclear. It is reported that genetic variations in telomere length related-genes TERT and TERC are involved in the many types of cancers. However, little is known about the association between TERT and TERC polymorphisms and susceptibility to RCC risk. To solve this problem, a total of 293 patients with primary renal cell carcinoma and 459 healthy people were recruited in our study. Six SNPs of TERC and TERT were genotyped, and association analysis was performed...
September 29, 2017: Oncotarget
José Santiago Ibáñez-Cabellos, Giselle Pérez-Machado, Marta Seco-Cervera, Ester Berenguer-Pascual, José Luis García-Giménez, Federico V Pallardó
Loss of function of dyskerin (DKC1), NOP10 and TIN2 are responsible for different inheritance patterns of Dyskeratosis congenita (DC; ORPHA1775). They are key components of telomerase (DKC1 and NOP10) and shelterin (TIN2), and play an important role in telomere homeostasis. They participate in several fundamental cellular processes by contributing to Dyskeratosis congenita through mechanisms that are not fully understood. Presence of oxidative stress was postulated to result from telomerase ablation. However, the resulting disturbed redox status can promote telomere attrition by generating a vicious circle, which promotes cellular senescence...
April 2018: Redox Biology
Ying Cui, Guolin Li, Mengdan Yan, Jing Li, Tianbo Jin, Shanqu Li, Shijie Mu
BACKGROUND: Malignant gliomas are the most common primary brain tumors. Various genetic factors play important roles in the development and prognosis of glioma. The present study focuses on the impact of MPHOSPH6, TNIP1 and several other genes (ACYP2, NAF1, TERC, TERT, OBFC1, ZNF208 and RTEL1) on telomere length and how this affects the prognosis of glioma. METHODS: Forty-three polymorphisms in nine genes from 605 glioma patients were selected. The association between genotype and survival outcome was analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier method, Cox regression analysis and the log-rank test...
November 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
Anurag Kumar Sinha, Adeline Durand, Jean-Michel Desfontaines, Ielyzaveta Iurchenko, Hélène Auger, David R F Leach, François-Xavier Barre, Bénédicte Michel
Marker frequency analysis of the Escherichia coli recB mutant chromosome has revealed a deficit of DNA in a specific zone of the terminus, centred on the dif/TerC region. Using fluorescence microscopy of a marked chromosomal site, we show that the dif region is lost after replication completion, at the time of cell division, in one daughter cell only, and that the phenomenon is transmitted to progeny. Analysis by marker frequency and microscopy shows that the position of DNA loss is not defined by the replication fork merging point since it still occurs in the dif/TerC region when the replication fork trap is displaced in strains harbouring ectopic Ter sites...
October 2017: PLoS Genetics
Tal Biron-Shental, Amir Wiser, Anat Hershko-Klement, Ofer Markovitch, Aliza Amiel, Arie Berkovitch
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate telomere homeostasis in sub-fertile compared to fertile human sperm. METHODS: This observational, comparative study included 16 sub-fertile men who required intracytoplasmic sperm injection and 10 fertile men. At least 100 sperm cells from each participant were assessed. Main outcome measures were telomere length and telomere aggregates. Telomerase RNA component (TERC) copy number and telomere capture were assessed using fluorescence in situ hybridization technique and human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) using immunohistochemistry...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
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