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Amichai Gutgold, David J Gross, Benjamin Glaser, Auryan Szalat
CONTEXT: Hypoglycemia is a rare event in healthy adults, and the differential diagnosis includes many diseases some of which are rare and easily missed. Description of the case: A 20 year-old male military paramedic was referred to our Emergency Department for the investigation of recurrent hypoglycemia episodes during the last months. Factitious hypoglycemia was excluded and organic hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia was diagnosed by prolonged fast. Imaging studies (endoscopic ultrasound and triple-phase computed tomography) were normal...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Zora Baretta, Simone Mocellin, Elena Goldin, Olufunmilayo I Olopade, Dezheng Huo
BACKGROUND: The contribution of BRCA germline mutational status to breast cancer patients' prognosis is unclear. We aimed to systematically review and perform meta-analysis of the available evidence of effects of BRCA germline mutations on multiple survival outcomes of breast cancer patients as a whole and in specific subgroups of interest, including those with triple negative breast cancer, those with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, and patients with stage I-III disease. METHODS: Sixty studies met all inclusion criteria and were considered for this meta-analysis...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Min Yuen Teo, Eileen M O'Reilly
Pancreatic cancer is a highly lethal malignancy which tends to present with late stage disease. To date, identification of oncogenic drivers and aberrations has not led to effective targeted therapy. Approximately 5-15% of pancreatic cancer has an inheritable component. In fact, pancreatic adenocarcinoma is now recognized as a BRCA1/2-related cancer. Germline BRCA1/2 mutations can be found in up to 3.6-7% of unselected pancreatic cancer patients although the rates are significantly higher amongst patients with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry...
October 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Hadas Newman, Sergiu C Blumen, Itzhak Braverman, Rana Hanna, Beatrice Tiosano, Ido Perlman, Tamar Ben-Yosef
Purpose: To investigate the genetic basis for severe visual complaints by Bukharan Jewish patients with oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD). Methods: Polymerase chain reaction amplification and direct sequencing were used to test for NRL, PABPN1, and NR2E3 mutations. Complete ophthalmic examination included best-corrected visual acuity, biomicroscopic examination, optical coherence tomography, and fundus autofluorescence. Detailed electroretinography (ERG) testing was conducted including expanded International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision protocol for light-adapted and dark-adapted conditions, measurements of S-cone function, and ON-OFF light-adapted ERG...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Lin Ye, Guobin Wang, Yong Tang, Jie Bai
AIMS: Many epidemiological studies have investigated the correlation between adiponectin, C1Q and collagen domain containing (ADIPOQ) single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). Although conflicting results have been reported, there was dispute regarding two SNPs (rs2241766 T/G and rs1501299 G/T). Therefore, we conducted a meta-analysis to systematically assess the associations and try to find the reasons for the dispute. METHODS: We searched PubMed, the Cochrane Library, Elsevier, Wiley Online Library, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, WanFang data and Chongqing VIP to search for all eligible case-control studies published up to January 2015...
October 4, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
Baruch Wolach, Ronit Gavrieli, Martin de Boer, Karin van Leeuwen, Sivan Berger-Achituv, Tal Stauber, Josef Ben Ari, Menachem Rottem, Yechiel Schlesinger, Galia Grisaru-Soen, Omar Abuzaitoun, Nufar Marcus, Ben Zion Garty, Arnon Broides, Jakov Levy, Polina Stepansky, Amos Etzioni, Raz Somech, Dirk Roos
Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is an innate immunodeficiency with a genetic defect of the nicotinamide adenosine dinucleotide phosphate, reduced, oxidase components. This leads to decreased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, which renders patients susceptible to life-threatening infections. Over the course of 30 years, we diagnosed CGD in 84 patients from 61 families using functional, molecular and genetic studies. The incidence of CGD in Israel is 1.05 per 100,000 live-births in the Jewish population and 1...
October 4, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Joanne Trinh, Emil K Gustavsson, Carles Vilariño-Güell, Stephanie Bortnick, Jeanne Latourelle, Marna B McKenzie, Chelsea Szu Tu, Ekaterina Nosova, Jaskaran Khinda, Austen Milnerwood, Suzanne Lesage, Alexis Brice, Meriem Tazir, Jan O Aasly, Laura Parkkinen, Hazal Haytural, Tatiana Foroud, Richard H Myers, Samia Ben Sassi, Emna Hentati, Fatma Nabli, Emna Farhat, Rim Amouri, Fayçal Hentati, Matthew J Farrer
BACKGROUND: Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) mutation 6055G→A (Gly2019Ser) accounts for roughly 1% of patients with Parkinson's disease in white populations, 13-30% in Ashkenazi Jewish populations, and 30-40% in North African Arab-Berber populations, although age of onset is variable. Some carriers have early-onset parkinsonism, whereas others remain asymptomatic despite advanced age. We aimed to use a genome-wide approach to identify genetic variability that directly affects LRRK2 Gly2019Ser penetrance...
November 2016: Lancet Neurology
Maryam Beheshtian, Nasim Izadi, Gernot Kriegshauser, Kimia Kahrizi, Elham Parsi Mehr, Maryam Rostami, Masoumeh Hosseini, Maryam Azad, Mona Montajabiniat, Ariana Kariminejad, Stefan Nemeth, Christian Oberkanins, Hossein Najmabadi
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is a hereditary autoinflammatory disorder caused by mutations in the MEFV gene. The disease is especially common among Armenian, Turkish, Jewish and Middle East Arab populations. To identify the frequency and the spectrum of common MEFV mutations in different Iranian populations, we investigated a cohort of 208 unselected asymptomatic individuals and 743 FMF patients. Nine hundred and fifty-one samples were analysed for the presence of 12 MEFV mutations by PCR and reverse-hybridization (FMF StripAssay, ViennaLab, Vienna, Austria)...
September 2016: Journal of Genetics
Anastasia M Fedick, Chaim Jalas, Ananya Swaroop, Eric E Smouha, Bryn D Webb
Mutations in the OTOF gene have previously been shown to cause nonsyndromic prelingual deafness (DFNB9, OMIM 601071) as well as auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony. In this study, the OTOF NM_194248.2 c.5332G>T, p.Val1778Phe variant was identified in a large Ashkenazi Jewish family as the causative variant in four siblings with hearing loss. Our analysis reveals a carrier frequency of the OTOF c.5332G>T, p.Val1778Phe variant of 1.27% in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, suggesting that this variant may be a significant contributor to nonsyndromic sensorineural hearing loss and should be considered for inclusion in targeted hearing loss panels for this population...
2016: Application of Clinical Genetics
Paula Dietrich, Ioannis Dragatsis
Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathies (HSANs) compose a heterogeneous group of genetic disorders characterized by sensory and autonomic dysfunctions. Familial Dysautonomia (FD), also known as HSAN III, is an autosomal recessive disorder that affects 1/3,600 live births in the Ashkenazi Jewish population. The major features of the disease are already present at birth and are attributed to abnormal development and progressive degeneration of the sensory and autonomic nervous systems. Despite clinical interventions, the disease is inevitably fatal...
August 4, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Imran S Haque, Gabriel A Lazarin, H Peter Kang, Eric A Evans, James D Goldberg, Ronald J Wapner
IMPORTANCE: Screening for carrier status of a limited number of single-gene conditions is the current standard of prenatal care. Methods have become available allowing rapid expanded carrier screening for a substantial number of conditions. OBJECTIVES: To quantify the modeled risk of recessive conditions identifiable by an expanded carrier screening panel in individuals of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and to compare the results with those from current screening recommendations...
August 16, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Osama K Zaki, Navaneethakrishnan Krishnamoorthy, Heba S El Abd, Soumaya A Harche, Reem A Mattar, Rana S Al Disi, Mariam Y Nofal, Rajaa El Bekay, Khalid A Ahmed, C George Priya Doss, Hatem Zayed
Canavan disease (CD) is a rare fatal childhood neurological autosomal recessive genetic disease caused by mutations in the ASPA gene, which lead to catalytic deficiency of the ASPA enzyme, which catalyzes the hydrolysis of N-acetyl-L-aspartate (NAA) into aspartate and acetate. CD occurs frequently among Ashkenazi Jewish population, however it has been reported in many other ethnic groups with significantly lower frequency. Here, we report on two Egyptian patients diagnosed with CD, the first patient harbors five missense mutations (c...
August 17, 2016: Metabolic Brain Disease
Roy Zaltzman, Reuven Sharony, Colin Klein, Carlos R Gordon
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 is an autosomal dominant ataxia with various phenotypes affecting Jews of Yemenite origin in Israel. Clinical and family pedigrees data of 125 Yemenite Jewish patients were collected in our clinic. All examined patients underwent a detailed neurological and bedside vestibular examination. Cytosine-adenine-guanine repeats size in the Ataxin-3 gene was measured, and patients with expanded cytosine-adenine-guanine repeats >44 were diagnosed genetically as having spinocerebellar ataxia type 3...
November 2016: Journal of Neurology
Paula Dietrich, Ioannis Dragatsis
Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathies (HSANs) compose a heterogeneous group of genetic disorders characterized by sensory and autonomic dysfunctions. Familial Dysautonomia (FD), also known as HSAN III, is an autosomal recessive disorder that affects 1/3,600 live births in the Ashkenazi Jewish population. The major features of the disease are already present at birth and are attributed to abnormal development and progressive degeneration of the sensory and autonomic nervous systems. Despite clinical interventions, the disease is inevitably fatal...
August 4, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Simon N Powell
Germline breast cancer 1 (BRCA1) variants are associated with a high risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Many BRCA1-mediated cancers are initially responsive to platinum-based therapy; however, resistance commonly develops. The BRCA1185delAG mutation is common in the Ashkenazi Jewish population and has been thought to result in loss of function due to the introduction of a stop codon in the 5' region of the BRCA1 transcript. Two studies in this issue of the JCI reveal that the BRCA1185delAG mutation results in the production of BRCA1 that lacks the N-terminal really interesting new gene (RING) domain...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Noa Bregman, Avner Thaler, Anat Mirelman, Rick C Helmich, Tanya Gurevich, Avi Orr-Urtreger, Karen Marder, Susan Bressman, Bastiaan R Bloem, Nir Giladi
Mutations in the GBA and LRRK2 genes account for one-third of the prevalence of Parkinson's disease (PD) in Ashkenazi Jews. Non-manifesting carriers (NMC) of these mutations represent a population at risk for future development of PD. PD patient who carry mutations in the GBA gene demonstrates more significant cognitive decline compared to idiopathic PD patients. We assessed cognitive domains using fMRI among NMC of both LRRK2 and GBA mutations to better understand pre-motor cognitive functions in these populations...
July 11, 2016: Brain Structure & Function
David J Hermel, Wendy C McKinnon, Marie E Wood, Marc S Greenblatt
This study explores our Familial Cancer Program's experience implementing multi-gene panel testing in a largely rural patient population. We conducted a retrospective review of patients undergoing panel testing between May 2011 and August 2015. Our goal was to evaluate factors that might be predictors of identifying variants (pathogenic or uncertain significance) and to assess clinical management changes due to testing. We utilized a structured family history tool to determine the significance of patient's family histories with respect to identification of genetic variants...
July 11, 2016: Familial Cancer
Yedael Y Waldman, Arjun Biddanda, Maya Dubrovsky, Christopher L Campbell, Carole Oddoux, Eitan Friedman, Gil Atzmon, Eran Halperin, Harry Ostrer, Alon Keinan
Cochin Jews form a small and unique community on the Malabar coast in southwest India. While the arrival time of any putative Jewish ancestors of the community has been speculated to have taken place as far back as biblical times (King Solomon's era), a Jewish community in the Malabar coast has been documented only since the 9th century CE. Here, we explore the genetic history of Cochin Jews by collecting and genotyping 21 community members and combining the data with that of 707 individuals from 72 other Indian, Jewish, and Pakistani populations, together with additional individuals from worldwide populations...
October 2016: Human Genetics
Ling-Shiang Chuang, Nicole Villaverde, Ken Y Hui, Arthur Mortha, Adeeb Rahman, Adam P Levine, Talin Haritunians, Sok Meng Evelyn Ng, Wei Zhang, Nai-Yun Hsu, Jody-Ann Facey, Tramy Luong, Heriberto Fernandez-Hernandez, Dalin Li, Manuel Rivas, Elena R Schiff, Alexander Gusev, L Phillip Schumm, Beatrice M Bowen, Yashoda Sharma, Kaida Ning, Romain Remark, Sacha Gnjatic, Peter Legnani, James George, Bruce E Sands, Joanne M Stempak, Lisa W Datta, Seth Lipka, Seymour Katz, Adam S Cheifetz, Nir Barzilai, Nikolas Pontikos, Clara Abraham, Marla J Dubinsky, Stephan Targan, Kent Taylor, Jerome I Rotter, Ellen J Scherl, Robert J Desnick, Maria T Abreu, Hongyu Zhao, Gil Atzmon, Itsik Pe'er, Subra Kugathasan, Hakon Hakonarson, Jacob L McCauley, Todd Lencz, Ariel Darvasi, Vincent Plagnol, Mark S Silverberg, Aleixo M Muise, Steven R Brant, Mark J Daly, Anthony W Segal, Richard H Duerr, Miriam Merad, Dermot P B McGovern, Inga Peter, Judy H Cho
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Crohn's disease (CD) has the highest prevalence in Ashkenazi Jewish populations. We sought to identify rare, CD-associated frameshift variants of high functional and statistical effects. METHODS: We performed exome sequencing and array-based genotype analyses of 1477 Ashkenazi Jewish individuals with CD and 2614 Ashkenazi Jewish individuals without CD (controls). To validate our findings, we performed genotype analyses of an additional 1515 CD cases and 7052 controls for frameshift mutations in the colony-stimulating factor 2-receptor β common subunit gene (CSF2RB)...
October 2016: Gastroenterology
Khadija Ismail, Lisa Nussbaum, Paola Sebastiani, Stacy Andersen, Thomas Perls, Nir Barzilai, Sofiya Milman
OBJECTIVES: To determine, in a sample of Ashkenazi Jewish aged 95 and older, whether there is a compression of morbidity similar to what has been reported in other cohorts with exceptional longevity. DESIGN: Case-control study. SETTING: Longevity Genes Project (LGP) and New England Centenarian Study (NECS). PARTICIPANTS: LGP (n = 439, mean age 97.8 ± 2.8) and NECS (n = 1,498, mean age 101.4 ± 4.0) participants with exceptional longevity and their respective younger referent cohorts (LGP, n = 696; NECS, n = 302)...
August 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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