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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934779/what-are-the-predictors-of-altered-central-pain-modulation-in-chronic-musculoskeletal-pain-populations-a-systematic-review
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Jacqui Clark, Jo Nijs, Gillian Yeowell, Peter Charles Goodwin
BACKGROUND: Altered central pain modulation is the predominant pain mechanism in a proportion of chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders and is associated with poor outcomes. Although existing studies predict poor outcomes such as persistent pain and disability, to date there is little consensus on what factors specifically predict altered central pain modulation. OBJECTIVES: To review the existing literature on the predictive factors specifically for altered central pain modulation in musculoskeletal pain populations...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934695/type-1-diabetes-and-viral-infections-what-is-the-relationship
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REVIEW
Nicola Principi, Maria Giulia Berioli, Sonia Bianchini, Susanna Esposito
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is the most common chronic metabolic disorder in children. Epigenetic and environmental factors capable of altering the penetrance of major susceptibility genes or capable of increasing the penetrance of low-risk genes are currently thought to play a role in triggering autoimmunity and T1D development. This paper discusses the current knowledge of the role of viruses in T1D. Most studies that have evaluated the potential association between viral infections and T1D have indicated that it is highly likely that some of these infectious agents play a role in T1D development...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934587/aging-in-the-cardiovascular-system-lessons-from-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome
#3
Magda R Hamczyk, Lara Del Campo, Vicente Andrés
Aging, the main risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), is becoming progressively more prevalent in our societies. A better understanding of how aging promotes CVD is therefore urgently needed to develop new strategies to reduce disease burden. Atherosclerosis and heart failure contribute significantly to age-associated CVD-related morbimortality. CVD and aging are both accelerated in patients suffering from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), a rare genetic disorder caused by the prelamin A mutant progerin...
September 20, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934563/hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis
#4
Hanny Al-Samkari, Nancy Berliner
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis is a life-threatening disorder characterized by unbridled activation of cytotoxic T lymphocytes, natural killer (NK) cells, and macrophages resulting in hypercytokinemia and immunemediated injury of multiple organ systems. It is seen in both children and adults and is recognized as primary (driven by underlying genetic mutations that abolish critical proteins required for normal function of cytotoxic T cells and NK cells) or secondary (resulting from a malignant, infectious, or autoimmune stimulus without an identifiable underlying genetic trigger)...
September 13, 2017: Annual Review of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934395/abnormal-polyamine-metabolism-is-unique-to-the-neuropathic-forms-of-mps-potential-for-biomarker-development-and-insight-into-pathogenesis
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Christian Hinderer, Nathan Katz, Jean-Pierre Louboutin, Peter Bell, Jakub Tolar, Paul J Orchard, Troy C Lund, Mohamad Nayal, Liwei Weng, Clementina Mesaros, Carolina F M de Souza, Amauri Dalla Corte, Roberto Giugliani, James M Wilson
The mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are rare genetic disorders marked by severe somatic and neurological symptoms. Development of treatments for the neurological manifestations of MPS has been hindered by the lack of objective measures of central nervous system disease burden. Identification of biomarkers for central nervous system disease in MPS patients would facilitate the evaluation of new agents in clinical trials. High throughput metabolite screening of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from a canine model of MPS I revealed a marked elevation of the polyamine, spermine, in affected animals, and gene therapy studies demonstrated that reduction of CSF spermine reflects correction of brain lesions in these animals...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934390/protein-phosphatase-1-regulates-huntingtin-exon-1-aggregation-and-toxicity
#6
Joana Branco-Santos, Federico Herrera, Gonçalo M Poças, Yolanda Pires-Afonso, Flaviano Giorgini, Pedro M Domingos, Tiago F Outeiro
Huntington's disease is neurodegenerative disorder caused by a polyglutamine expansion in the N-terminal region of the huntingtin protein (N17). Here, we analysed the relative contribution of each phosphorylatable residue in the N17 region (T3, S13 and S16) towards huntingtin exon 1 (HTTex1) oligomerization, aggregation and toxicity in human cells and Drosophila neurons. We used bimolecular fluorescence complementation to show that expression of single phosphomimic mutations completely abolished HTTex1 aggregation in human cells...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934383/overexpression-of-micrornas-from-the-gtl2-rian-locus-contributes-to-postnatal-death-in-mice
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Soichiro Kumamoto, Nozomi Takahashi, Kayo Nomura, Makoto Fujiwara, Megumi Kijioka, Yoshinobu Uno, Yoichi Matsuda, Yusuke Sotomaru, Tomohiro Kono
The Dlk1-Dio3 imprinted domain functions in embryonic development but the roles of noncoding RNAs expressed from this domain remain unclear. We addressed this question by generating transgenic (TG) mice harbouring a BAC carrying IG-DMR (intergenic-differentially methylated region), Gtl2-DMR, Gtl2, Rtl1/Rtl1as, and part of Rian. High postnatal lethality (>85%) of the BAC-TG pups was observed in the maternally transmitted individuals (MAT-TG), but not following paternal transmission (PAT-TG). The DNA methylation status of IG-DMR and Gtl2-DMR in the BAC-allele was paternally imprinted similar to the genomic allele...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934193/oxidative-stress-prefrontal-cortex-hypomyelination-and-cognitive-symptoms-in-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
D A Maas, A Vallès, G J M Martens
Schizophrenia (SZ) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a broad symptomatology, including cognitive symptoms that are thought to arise from the prefrontal cortex (PFC). The neurobiological aetiology of these symptoms remains elusive, yet both impaired redox control and PFC dysconnectivity have been recently implicated. PFC dysconnectivity has been linked to white matter, oligodendrocyte (OL) and myelin abnormalities in SZ patients. Myelin is produced by mature OLs, and OL precursor cells (OPCs) are exceptionally susceptible to oxidative stress...
July 18, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934093/combined-prenatal-pesticide-exposure-and-folic-acid-intake-in-relation-to-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Rebecca J Schmidt, Vladimir Kogan, Janie F Shelton, Lora Delwiche, Robin L Hansen, Sally Ozonoff, Claudia C Ma, Erin C McCanlies, Deborah H Bennett, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Daniel J Tancredi, Heather E Volk
BACKGROUND: Maternal folic acid (FA) protects against developmental toxicity from certain environmental chemicals. OBJECTIVE: We examined combined exposures to maternal FA and pesticides in relation to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHODS: Participants were California children born from 2000-2007 who were enrolled in the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) case-control study at age 2-5 y, were clinically confirmed to have ASD (n=296) or typical development (n=220), and had information on maternal supplemental FA and pesticide exposures...
September 8, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933969/psychopharmacological-advances-in-eating-disorders
#10
Hubertus Himmerich, Janet Treasure
Anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN) and binge eating disorder (BED) are the primary eating disorders (EDs). The only psychopharmacological treatment options for EDs with approval in some countries include fluoxetine for BN and lisdexamfetamine for BED. Given the high comorbidity and genetic correlations with other psychiatric disorders, it seems possible that novel medications for these conditions might also be effective in EDs. Areas Covered: The current scientific literature has increased our understanding of how medication could be beneficial for patients with EDs on a molecular, functional and behavioral level...
September 21, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933623/the-defining-dna-methylation-signature-of-kabuki-syndrome-enables-functional-assessment-of-genetic-variants-of-unknown-clinical-significance
#11
Erfan Aref-Eshghi, Laila C Schenkel, Hanxin Lin, Cindy Skinner, Peter Ainsworth, Guillaume Paré, David Rodenhiser, Charles Schwartz, Bekim Sadikovic
Kabuki syndrome (KS) is caused by mutations in KMT2D, which is a histone methyltransferase involved in methylation of H3K4, a histone marker associated with DNA methylation. Analysis of >450,000 CpGs in 24 KS patients with pathogenic mutations in KMT2D and 216 controls, identified several genomic regions, along with 1,504 CpG sites with significant DNA methylation changes including a number of Hox genes and the MYO1F gene. Using the most differentiating and significant probes and regions we developed a "methylation variant pathogenicity (MVP) score," which enables 100% sensitive and specific identification of individuals with KS, which was confirmed using multiple public and internal patient DNA methylation databases...
September 21, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933420/whole-genome-characterization-of-sequence-diversity-of-15-220-icelanders
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Hákon Jónsson, Patrick Sulem, Birte Kehr, Snaedis Kristmundsdottir, Florian Zink, Eirikur Hjartarson, Marteinn T Hardarson, Kristjan E Hjorleifsson, Hannes P Eggertsson, Sigurjon Axel Gudjonsson, Lucas D Ward, Gudny A Arnadottir, Einar A Helgason, Hannes Helgason, Arnaldur Gylfason, Adalbjorg Jonasdottir, Aslaug Jonasdottir, Thorunn Rafnar, Soren Besenbacher, Michael L Frigge, Simon N Stacey, Olafur Th Magnusson, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Gisli Masson, Augustine Kong, Bjarni V Halldorsson, Agnar Helgason, Daniel F Gudbjartsson, Kari Stefansson
Understanding of sequence diversity is the cornerstone of analysis of genetic disorders, population genetics, and evolutionary biology. Here, we present an update of our sequencing set to 15,220 Icelanders who we sequenced to an average genome-wide coverage of 34X. We identified 39,020,168 autosomal variants passing GATK filters: 31,079,378 SNPs and 7,940,790 indels. Calling de novo mutations (DNMs) is a formidable challenge given the high false positive rate in sequencing datasets relative to the mutation rate...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933415/integrative-systems-biology-investigation-of-fabry-disease
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Marco Fernandes, Holger Husi
Fabry disease (FD) is a rare X-linked recessive genetic disorder caused by a deficient activity of the lysosomal enzyme alpha-galactosidase A (GLA) and is characterised by intra-lysosomal accumulation of globotriaosylceramide (Gb3). We performed a meta-analysis of peer-reviewed publications including high-throughput omics technologies including naïve patients and those undergoing enzyme replacement therapy (ERT). This study describes FD on a systems level using a systems biology approach, in which molecular data sourced from multi-omics studies is extracted from the literature and integrated as a whole in order to reveal the biochemical processes and molecular pathways potentially affected by the dysregulation of differentially expressed molecules...
November 15, 2016: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933412/genetic-substrate-reduction-therapy-a-promising-approach-for-lysosomal-storage-disorders
#14
REVIEW
Maria Francisca Coutinho, Juliana Inês Santos, Liliana Matos, Sandra Alves
Lysosomal storage diseases are a group of rare genetic disorders characterized by the accumulation of storage molecules in late endosomes/lysosomes. Most of them result from mutations in genes encoding for the catabolic enzymes that ensure intralysosomal digestion. Conventional therapeutic options include enzyme replacement therapy, an approach targeting the functional loss of the enzyme by injection of a recombinant one. Even though this is successful for some diseases, it is mostly effective for peripheral manifestations and has no impact on neuropathology...
November 9, 2016: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933368/biomarkers-and-imaging-findings-of-anderson-fabry-disease-what-we-know-now
#15
REVIEW
Idalina Beirão, Ana Cabrita, Márcia Torres, Fernando Silva, Patrício Aguiar, Francisco Laranjeira, Ana Marta Gomes
Anderson-Fabry disease (AFD) is an X-linked lysosomal storage disorder, caused by deficiency or absence of the alpha-galactosidase A activity, with a consequent glycosphingolipid accumulation. Biomarkers and imaging findings may be useful for diagnosis, identification of an organ involvement, therapy monitoring and prognosis. The aim of this article is to review the current available literature on biomarkers and imaging findings of AFD patients. An extensive bibliographic review from PubMed, Medline and Clinical Key databases was performed by a group of experts from nephrology, neurology, genetics, cardiology and internal medicine, aiming for consensus...
June 11, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932927/screening-for-germline-mutations-in-mismatch-repair-genes-in-patients-with-lynch-syndrome-by-next-generation-sequencing
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Barbara Luísa Soares, Ayslan Castro Brant, Renan Gomes, Tatiane Pastor, Naye Balzan Schneider, Ândrea Ribeiro-Dos-Santos, Paulo Pimentel de Assumpção, Maria Isabel W Achatz, Patrícia Ashton-Prolla, Miguel Angelo Martins Moreira
Lynch syndrome (LS) is an autosomal dominant disorder, with high penetrance that affects approximately 3% of the cases of colorectal cancer. Affected individuals inherit germline mutations in genes responsible for DNA mismatch repair, mainly at MSH2, MLH1, MSH6 and PMS2. The molecular screening of these individuals is frequently costly and time consuming due to the large size of these genes. In addition, PMS2 mutation detection is often a challenge because there are 16 different pseudogenes identified until now...
September 20, 2017: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932600/abnormal-n400-semantic-priming-effect-may-reflect-psychopathological-processes-in-schizophrenia-a-twin-study
#17
Anuradha Sharma, Heinrich Sauer, Holger Hill, Claudia Kaufmann, Stephan Bender, Matthias Weisbrod
OBJECTIVE: Activation of semantic networks is indexed by the N400 effect. We used a twin study design to investigate whether N400 effect abnormalities reflect genetic/trait liability or are related to psychopathological processes in schizophrenia. METHODS: We employed robust linear regression to compare N400 and behavioral priming effects across 36 monozygotic twin pairs (6 pairs concordant for schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, 11 discordant pairs, and 19 healthy control pairs) performing a lexical decision task...
2017: Schizophrenia Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932552/chylothorax-after-pediatric-cardiac-surgery-complicates-short-term-but-not-long-term-outcomes-a-propensity-matched-analysis
#18
Nikoletta R Czobor, György Roth, Zsolt Prodán, Daniel J Lex, Erzsébet Sápi, László Ablonczy, Mihály Gergely, Edgar A Székely, János Gál, Andrea Székely
BACKGROUND: The occurrence of postoperative chylothorax in children with congenital heart disease is a rare and serious complication in cardiac intensive care units (ICUs). The aim of our study was to identify the perioperative characteristics, treatment options, resource utilization and long term complications of patients having chylothorax after a pediatric cardiac surgery. METHODS: Patients were retrospectively assessed for the presence of chylothorax between January 2002 and December 2012 in a tertiary national cardiac center...
August 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932200/is-increased-intracellular-calcium-in-red-blood-cells-a-common-component-in-the-molecular-mechanism-causing-anemia
#19
Laura Hertz, Rick Huisjes, Esther Llaudet-Planas, Polina Petkova-Kirova, Asya Makhro, Jens G Danielczok, Stephane Egee, Maria Del Mar Mañú-Pereira, Richard van Wijk, Joan-Lluis Vives Corrons, Anna Bogdanova, Lars Kaestner
For many hereditary disorders, although the underlying genetic mutation may be known, the molecular mechanism leading to hemolytic anemia is still unclear and needs further investigation. Previous studies revealed an increased intracellular Ca(2+) in red blood cells (RBCs) from patients with sickle cell disease, thalassemia, or Gardos channelopathy. Therefore we analyzed RBCs' Ca(2+) content from 35 patients with different types of anemia (16 patients with hereditary spherocytosis, 11 patients with hereditary xerocytosis, 5 patients with enzymopathies, and 3 patients with hemolytic anemia of unknown cause)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932060/synophrys-epidemiological-study
#20
Pramod Kumar
INTRODUCTION: Fusion of eyebrows above the bridge of nose is known as synophrys and is a normal variation. This variation is also recognized as a clinical feature of several genetic disorders, Cornelia De Lange syndrome being the commonest. Several studies, on aesthetics of face and eyebrows have been conducted, also on the role of eyebrows in emotional expression and nonverbal communication. A recent study has pointed a gene associated with synophrys. Surprisingly, however synophrys and its prevalence in the normal population is not known thus we conducted a study of its prevalence in Oman...
July 2017: International Journal of Trichology
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