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Lan Hai, Maria M Szwarc, Bin He, David M Lonard, Ramakrishna Kommagani, Francesco J DeMayo, John P Lydon
Speckle-type poz protein (SPOP) is an E3-ubiquitin ligase adaptor for turnover of a diverse number of proteins involved in key cellular processes from chromatin remodeling, transcriptional regulation to cell signaling. Genomic analysis revealed that SPOP somatic mutations are found in a subset of endometrial cancers, suggesting that these mutations act as oncogenic drivers of this gynecologic malignancy. These studies also raise the question as to the role of wild type SPOP in normal uterine function. To address this question, we generated a mouse model (Spopd/d) in which SPOP is ablated in uterine cells that express the PGR...
March 13, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Thomas Magg, Tilmann Schober, Christoph Walz, Julia Ley-Zaporozhan, Fabio Facchetti, Christoph Klein, Fabian Hauck
Epstein-Barr virus positive (EBV+ ) smooth muscle tumors (SMTs) constitute a very rare oncological entity. They usually develop in the context of secondary immunodeficiency caused by human immunodeficiency virus infection or immunosuppressive treatment after solid organ transplantation. However, in a small fraction of predominantly pediatric patients, EBV+ SMTs may occur in patients with primary immunodeficiency disorders (PIDs), such as GATA2 and CARMIL2 deficiency. In secondary immunodeficiencies and when the underlying condition can not be cured, the treatment of EBV+ SMTs is based on surgery in combination with antiretroviral and reduced or altered immunosuppressive pharmacotherapy, respectively...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Jessica R Zolton, Toral P Parikh, Dennis D Hickstein, Steven M Holland, Micah J Hill, Alan H DeCherney, Erin F Wolff
PURPOSE: To describe controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) in a population of women with GATA2 deficiency, a genetic bone marrow failure syndrome, prior to allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant METHODS: This is a retrospective case series of nine women with GATA2 deficiency who underwent oocyte preservation at a research institution. Main outcomes measured include baseline fertility characteristics ((antimullerian hormone (AMH) and day 3 follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estradiol (E2)) and total doses of FSH and human menopausal gonadotropins (HMG), E2 on day of trigger, and total number of metaphase II oocytes retrieved...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Kran Suknuntha, Lihong Tao, Vera Brok-Volchanskaya, Saritha S D'Souza, Akhilesh Kumar, Igor Slukvin
Identification of transcription factors that directly convert pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) into endothelial and blood cells and advances in the chemical modifications of messenger RNA (mRNA) offer alternative nucleic acid-based transgene-free approach for scalable production of these cells for drug screening and therapeutic purposes. Here we evaluated the effect of 5' and 3' RNA untranslated regions (UTRs) on translational efficiency of chemically-modified synthetic mRNA (modRNA) in human PSCs and showed that an addition of 5'UTR indeed enhanced protein expression...
March 8, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Kiran Tawana, Michael W Drazer, Jane E Churpek
Comprehensive genomic profiling of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cases have enabled the detection and differentiation of driver and subclonal mutations, informed risk prognostication, and defined targeted therapies. These insights into disease biology, and management have made multigene-acquired mutation testing a critical part of the diagnostic assessment of patients with sporadic MDS and AML. More recently, our understanding of the role of an increasing number of inherited genetic factors on MDS/AML risk and management has rapidly progressed...
February 27, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Kazutoshi Cho, Masafumi Yamada, Kazunaga Agematsu, Hirokazu Kanegane, Noriko Miyake, Masahiro Ueki, Takuma Akimoto, Norimoto Kobayashi, Satoru Ikemoto, Mishie Tanino, Atsushi Fujita, Itaru Hayasaka, Satoshi Miyamoto, Mari Tanaka-Kubota, Koh Nakata, Masaaki Shiina, Kazuhiro Ogata, Hisanori Minakami, Naomichi Matsumoto, Tadashi Ariga
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is characterized by accumulation of a surfactant-like substance in alveolar spaces and hypoxemic respiratory failure. Genetic PAP (GPAP) is caused by mutations in genes encoding surfactant proteins or genes encoding a surfactant phospholipid transporter in alveolar type II epithelial cells. GPAP is also caused by mutations in genes whose products are implicated in surfactant catabolism in alveolar macrophages (AMs). We performed whole-exome sequence analysis in a family affected by infantile-onset PAP with hypogammaglobulinemia without causative mutations in genes associated with PAP: SFTPB, SFTPC, ABCA3, CSF2RA, CSF2RB, and GATA2...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
Venetia Bigley, Urszula Cytlak, Matthew Collin
The critical functions of dendritic cells (DCs) in immunity and tolerance have been demonstrated in many animal models but their non-redundant roles in humans are more difficult to probe. Human primary immunodeficiency (PID), resulting from single gene mutations, may result in DC deficiency or dysfunction. This relatively recent recognition illuminates the in vivo role of human DCs and the pathophysiology of the associated clinical syndromes. In this review, the development and function of DCs as established in murine models and human in vitro systems, is discussed...
February 13, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Yanjian Li, Yi He, Zhengyu Liang, Yang Wang, Fengling Chen, Mohamed Nadhir Djekidel, Guipeng Li, Xu Zhang, Shuqin Xiang, Zejun Wang, Juntao Gao, Michael Q Zhang, Yang Chen
Chromatin conformation plays a key role in regulating gene expression and controlling cell differentiation. However, the whole-genome chromatin conformation changes that occur during leukemia cell differentiation are poorly understood. Here, we characterized the changes in chromatin conformation, histone states, chromatin accessibility, and gene expression using an all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA)-induced HL-60 cell differentiation model. The results showed that the boundaries of topological associated domains (TADs) were stable during differentiation; however, the chromatin conformations within several specific TADs were obviously changed...
February 8, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Shinya Sato, Hidehiro Itonaga, Masataka Taguchi, Yasushi Sawayama, Daisuke Imanishi, Hideki Tsushima, Tomoko Hata, Yukiyoshi Moriuchi, Hiroyuki Mishima, Akira Kinoshita, Koh-Ichiro Yoshiura, Yasushi Miyazaki
In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), patients may harbor pre-leukemic hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) containing some, but not all, of the mutations observed in the leukemic cells. These pre-leukemic HSCs may survive induction chemotherapy and contribute to AML relapse by obtaining additional mutations. We report here an acute monoblastic leukemia (AMoL) patient who later developed an unclassifiable myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN-U). Whole-exome sequencing and cluster analysis demonstrated the presence of three distinct major clones during the clinical course: (1) an AMoL clone with ASXL1, CBL, and NPM1 somatic mutations, likely associated with the pathogenesis, and GATA2, SRSF2, and TET2 mutations, (2) an AMoL remission clone, with mutated GATA2, SRSF2, and TET2 only (possibly the founding clone (pre-leukemic HSC) that survived chemotherapy), (3) a small subclone which had JAK2 mutation during the AMoL remission, appearing at MPN-U manifestation with additional mutations...
February 7, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Mark Parta, Nirali N Shah, Kristin Baird, Hind Rafei, Katherine R Calvo, Thomas Hughes, Kristen Cole, Meg Kenyon, Bazetta Blacklock Schuver, Jennifer Cuellar-Rodriguez, Christa S Zerbe, Steven M Holland, Dennis D Hickstein
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) reverses the bone marrow failure syndrome due to GATA2 deficiency. The intensity of conditioning required to achieve reliable engraftment and prevent relapse remains unclear. Here, we describe the results of a prospective study of HSCT in 22 patients with GATA2 deficiency using a busulfan-based conditioning regimen. The study includes 2 matched related donor (MRD) recipients, 13 matched unrelated donor (URD) recipients, and 7 haploidentical related donor (HRD) recipients...
February 2, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Shigekazu Sasaki, Akio Matsushita, Go Kuroda, Hiroko M Nakamura, Yutaka Oki, Takafumi Suda
Thyroid hormone (T3) activates (positive regulation) or represses (negative regulation) target genes at the transcriptional level. The molecular mechanism of the former has been elucidated in detail; however, the mechanism for negative regulation has not been established. The best example of the gene that is negatively regulated by T3 is the thyrotropin (thyroid-stimulating hormone) β subunit (TSHβ) gene. Analogous to the T3-responsive element (TRE) in positive regulation, a negative TRE (nTRE) has been postulated in the TSHβ gene...
2018: Vitamins and Hormones
Liang Zhong, Jacques Huot, Martin J Simard
Extravasation of circulating cancer cells determines their metastatic potential. This process is initiated by the adhesion of cancer cells to vascular endothelial cells through specific interactions between endothelial adhesion receptors such as E-selectin and their ligands on cancer cells. In the present study, we show that miR-146a and miR-181b impede the expression of E-selectin by repressing the activity of its transcription factor NF-κB, thereby impairing the metastatic potentials of colon cancer cells by decreasing their adhesion to, and migration through, the endothelium...
February 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kim E M van Kessel, Kirstin A van der Keur, Lars Dyrskjøt, Ferran Algaba, Naeromy Y C Welvaart, Willemien Beukers, Ulrika Segersten, Bastian Keck, Tobias Maurer, Tatjana Simic, Marcus Horstmann, Marc-Oliver Grimm, Gregers G Hermann, Karin Mogensen, Arndt Hartmann, Niels Harving, Astrid C Petersen, Jørgen B Jensen, Kerstin Junker, Joost L Boormans, Francisco X Real, Núria Malats, Per-Uno Malmström, Torben F Ørntoft, Ellen C Zwarthoff
Purpose: The European Association of Urology (EAU) guidelines for non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) recommend risk stratification based on clinicopathologic parameters. Our aim was to investigate the added value of biomarkers to improve risk stratification of NMIBC. Experimental Design: We prospectively included 1,239 patients in follow-up for NMIBC in six European countries. Fresh-frozen tumor samples were analyzed for GATA2, TBX2, TBX3 , and ZIC4 methylation and FGFR3, TERT, PIK3CA , and RAS mutation status...
January 24, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Michael W Drazer, Sabah Kadri, Madina Sukhanova, Sushant A Patil, Allison H West, Simone Feurstein, Dalein A Calderon, Matthew F Jones, Caroline M Weipert, Christopher K Daugherty, Adrián A Ceballos-López, Gordana Raca, Mark W Lingen, Zejuan Li, Jeremy P Segal, Jane E Churpek, Lucy A Godley
Next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based targeted gene capture panels are used to profile hematopoietic malignancies to guide prognostication and treatment decisions. Because these panels include genes associated with hereditary hematopoietic malignancies (HHMs), we hypothesized that these panels could identify pathogenic germ line variants in malignant cells, thereby identifying patients at risk for HHMs. In total, pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants in ANKRD26 , CEBPA , DDX41 , ETV6 , GATA2 , RUNX1 , or TP53 were identified in 74 (21%) of 360 patients...
January 23, 2018: Blood Advances
Keiichi Ohashi, Tohru Fujiwara, Koichi Onodera, Yo Saito, Satoshi Ichikawa, Masahiro Kobayashi, Yoko Okitsu, Noriko Fukuhara, Yasushi Onishi, Hideo Harigae
Hematopoietic stem cells can self-renew and differentiate into all blood cell types. The transcription factor GATA-2 is expressed in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells and is essential for cell proliferation and differentiation. Heterozygous germline GATA2 mutations induce GATA-2 deficiency syndrome, characterized by monocytopenia, a predisposition to myelodysplasia and acute myeloid leukemia, and a profoundly reduced dendritic cell (DC) population, which is associated with increased susceptibility to viral infections...
2018: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Xiaorui Song, Xiaoyu Xin, Miren Dong, Weilin Wang, Lingling Wang, Linsheng Song
Hemocytes, the cellular component of invertebrate hemolymph, are essential for invertebrate immunity, but the hematopoiesis and regulation mechanism are still largely unknown. In the present study, a conserved hematopoietic transcription factor Cg-GATA2/3 was identified in Pacific oyster Crassotrea gigas, which was evolutionarily close to the vertebrate GATA1/2/3. Cg-GATA2/3 was mainly distributed in the immune organs, such as gill, hemocytes, and mantle. After Cg-GATA2/3 was interferenced by dsRNA, the mRNA expressions of hemocytes specific gene (EcSOD) and hematopoietic transcription factor (C-Myb) were all significant down-regulated, and the hemocyte renewal rates also decreased both in hemolymph and gill...
January 6, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Karam Kim, Sae Mi Hwang, Sung Min Kim, Sung Woo Park, Yunjae Jung, Il Yup Chung
Neutrophils and eosinophils, 2 prominent granulocytes, are commonly derived from myelocytic progenitors through successive stages in the bone marrow. Our previous genome-wide transcriptomic data unexpectedly showed that genes encoding a multitude of neutrophil primary granule proteins (NPGPs) were markedly downregulated during the end period of eosinophilic terminal differentiation when cord blood (CB) cluster of differentiation (CD) 34+ cells were induced to differentiate toward the eosinophil lineage during a 24-day culture period...
December 2017: Immune Network
Kevin E Fisher, Amy P Hsu, Christopher L Williams, Hadi Sayeed, Brian Y Merritt, M Tarek Elghetany, Steven M Holland, Alison A Bertuch, Maria Monica Gramatges
Approximately 10% of children with primary myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) have germ line GATA2 mutations, leading to the proposal that all children with primary MDS and certain cytogenetic findings, including monosomy 7, be tested for germ line GATA2 mutations regardless of family history or other clinical features associated with GATA2 deficiency. In adults with familial GATA2 -MDS, those with somatic mutations in ASXL1 experience rapid disease progression to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and poor prognosis after stem cell transplantation; however, the prevalence of somatic mutations in primary pediatric GATA2 -MDS is unclear...
February 28, 2017: Blood Advances
Kasem Kulkeaw, Tomoko Inoue, Tadafumi Iino, Kenzaburo Tani, Koichi Akashi, Nancy A Speck, Yoichi Nakanishi, Daisuke Sugiyama
Mechanisms underlying differentiation of embryonic hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs) remain unclear. In mouse, intra-aortic clusters (IACs) form in the aorta-gonad-mesonephros region and acquire HSPC potential after 9.5 days postcoitum (dpc). In this study we demonstrate that Twist1 is highly expressed in c-Kit+CD31+CD34+ IACs, which are equivalent to embryonic HSPCs, compared with adult HSPCs. Progenitor activities of colony-forming unit (CFU) of granulocytes and macrophages, CFU of macrophages, burst-forming unit of erythroid, and B lymphopoiesis were impaired in IACs of Twist1-/- relative to wild-type embryos...
September 12, 2017: Blood Advances
Eleni Tholouli, Katherine Sturgess, Rachel E Dickinson, Andrew Gennery, Andrew J Cant, Graham Jackson, Jim Lordan, Sophie Hambleton, Mary A Slatter, Venetia Bigley, Matthew Collin
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January 2, 2018: Blood
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