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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230233/establishment-and-growth-responses-of-nile-tilapia-embryonic-stem-like-cell-lines-under-feeder-free-condition
#1
Zhenhua Fan, Linyan Liu, Xiaohuan Huang, Yang Zhao, Linyan Zhou, Deshou Wang, Jing Wei
Embryonic stem (ES) cells provide an invaluable tool for molecular analysis of vertebrate development and a bridge linking genomic manipulations in vitro and functional analysis of target genes in vivo. Work towards fish ES cells so far has focused on zebrafish (Danio renio) and medaka (Oryzias latipes). Here we describe the derivation, pluripotency, differentiation and growth responses of ES cell lines from Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), a world-wide commercial farmed fish. These cell lines, designated as TES1-3, were initiated from blastomeres of Nile tilapia middle blastula embryos (MBE)...
February 23, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218758/variant-aware-saturating-mutagenesis-using-multiple-cas9-nucleases-identifies-regulatory-elements-at-trait-associated-loci
#2
Matthew C Canver, Samuel Lessard, Luca Pinello, Yuxuan Wu, Yann Ilboudo, Emily N Stern, Austen J Needleman, Frédéric Galactéros, Carlo Brugnara, Abdullah Kutlar, Colin McKenzie, Marvin Reid, Diane D Chen, Partha Pratim Das, Mitchel A Cole, Jing Zeng, Ryo Kurita, Yukio Nakamura, Guo-Cheng Yuan, Guillaume Lettre, Daniel E Bauer, Stuart H Orkin
Cas9-mediated, high-throughput, saturating in situ mutagenesis permits fine-mapping of function across genomic segments. Disease- and trait-associated variants identified in genome-wide association studies largely cluster at regulatory loci. Here we demonstrate the use of multiple designer nucleases and variant-aware library design to interrogate trait-associated regulatory DNA at high resolution. We developed a computational tool for the creation of saturating-mutagenesis libraries with single or multiple nucleases with incorporation of variants...
February 20, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216149/direct-generation-of-human-neuronal-cells-from-adult-astrocytes-by-small-molecules
#3
Longfei Gao, Wuqiang Guan, Min Wang, Huihan Wang, Jiali Yu, Qing Liu, Binlong Qiu, Yongchun Yu, Yifang Ping, Xiuwu Bian, Li Shen, Gang Pei
Astrocytes, due to the proximity to neuronal lineage and capability to proliferate, are ideal starting cells to regenerate neurons. Human fetal astrocytes have been successfully converted into neuronal cells by small molecules, which offered a broader range of further applications than transcription factor-mediated neuronal reprogramming. Here we report that human adult astrocytes could also be converted into neuronal cells by a different set of small molecules. These induced cells exhibited typical neuronal morphologies, expressed neuronal markers, and displayed neuronal electrophysiological properties...
February 7, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214848/human-birth-weight-and-reproductive-immunology-testing-for-interactions-between-maternal-and-offspring-kir-and-hla-c-genes
#4
Michelle M Clark, Olympe Chazara, Eric M Sobel, Håkon K Gjessing, Per Magnus, Ashley Moffett, Janet S Sinsheimer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Maternal and offspring cell contact at the site of placentation presents a plausible setting for maternal-fetal genotype (MFG) interactions affecting fetal growth. We test hypotheses regarding killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) and HLA-C MFG effects on human birth weight by extending the quantitative MFG (QMFG) test. METHODS: Until recently, association testing for MFG interactions had limited applications. To improve the ability to test for these interactions, we developed the extended QMFG test, a linear mixed-effect model that can use multi-locus genotype data from families...
February 18, 2017: Human Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212192/genetic-control-of-erythropoiesis
#5
Laxminath Tumburu, Swee Lay Thein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The discovery of several genetic variants associated with erythroid traits and subsequent elucidation of their functional mechanisms are exemplars of the power of the new genetic and genomic technology. The present review highlights findings from recent genetic studies related to the control of erythropoiesis and dyserythropoiesis, and fetal hemoglobin, an erythroid-related trait. RECENT FINDINGS: Identification of the genetic modulators of erythropoiesis involved two approaches: genome-wide association studies (GWASs) using single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays that revealed the common genetic variants associated with erythroid phenotypes (hemoglobin, red cell count, MCV, MCH) and fetal hemoglobin; and massive parallel sequencing such as whole genome sequencing (WGS) and whole exome sequencing (WES) that led to the discovery of the rarer variants (GFI1B, SBDS, RPS19, PKLR, EPO, EPOR, KLF1, GATA1)...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211990/homozygous-mutation-in-prune1-in-an-oji-cree-male-with-a-complex-neurological-phenotype
#6
Gregory Costain, Andrea Shugar, Pradeep Krishnan, Saadet Mahmutoglu, Suzanne Laughlin, Peter Kannu
The PRUNE1 gene encodes a member of the phosphoesterases (DHH) protein superfamily that is highly expressed in the human fetal brain and involved in the regulation of cell migration. Homozygous or compound heterozygous PRUNE1 mutations were recently identified in five individuals with brain malformations from four families. We present a case of a 2-year-old male with a complex neurological phenotype and abnormalities on brain MRI. Re-annotation of clinical whole-exome sequencing data revealed a homozygous likely pathogenic variant in PRUNE1 (c...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209774/methyl-donor-supplementation-alters-cognitive-performance-and-motivation-in-female-offspring-from-high-fat-diet-fed-dams
#7
Sarah E McKee, Nicola M Grissom, Christopher T Herdt, Teresa M Reyes
During gestation, fetal nutrition is entirely dependent on maternal diet. Maternal consumption of excess fat during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of neurologic disorders in offspring, including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, and schizophrenia. In a mouse model, high-fat diet (HFD)-fed offspring have cognitive and executive function deficits as well as whole-genome DNA and promoter-specific hypomethylation in multiple brain regions. Dietary methyl donor supplementation during pregnancy or adulthood has been used to alter DNA methylation and behavior...
February 16, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209772/maternal-smoke-exposure-decreases-mesenchymal-proliferation-and-modulates-rho-gtpase-dependent-actin-cytoskeletal-signaling-in-fetal-lungs
#8
Uchenna Unachukwu, Jordis Trischler, Monica Goldklang, Rui Xiao, Jeanine D'Armiento
The present study tested the hypothesis that maternal smoke exposure results in fetal lung growth retardation due to dysregulation in various signaling pathways, including the Wnt (wingless-related integration site)/β-catenin pathway. Pregnant female C57BL/6J mice were exposed to cigarette smoke (100-150 mg/m(3)) or room air, and offspring were humanely killed on 12.5, 14.5, 16.5, and 18.5 d post coitum (dpc). We assessed lung stereology with Cavalieri estimation; apoptosis with proliferating cell nuclear antigen, TUNEL, and caspase assays; and gene expression with quantitative PCR (qPCR) and RNA sequencing on lung epithelium and mesenchyme retrieved by laser capture microdissection...
February 16, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207930/elevation-of-glycosaminoglycans-in-the-amniotic-fluid-of-a-fetus-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-vii
#9
Francyne Kubaski, Ana Carolina Brusius-Facchin, Robert W Mason, Pravin Patel, Maira G Burin, Kristiane Michelin-Tirelli, Rejane Gus Kessler, Fernanda Bender, Sandra Leistner-Segal, Carolina A Moreno, Denise P Cavalcanti, Roberto Giugliani, Shunji Tomatsu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to quantify GAGs in amniotic fluid (AF) from an MPS VII fetus compared with age-matched fetuses obtained from normal pregnancies. METHOD: Disaccharides were measured by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS), compared to age-matched controls. Enzyme assay was performed in AF supernatant or cultured amniocytes. GUSB was analyzed by next generation sequencing using Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine with a customized panel...
February 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196921/noninvasive-prenatal-screening-of-fetal-aneuploidy-without-massively-parallel-sequencing
#10
Chenming Xu, Ting Wang, Chao Liu, Hong Li, Xiaoyan Chen, Huanhuan Zhu, Songchang Chen, Qiuhong Xin, Jing Tao, Liming Huang, Zhengwen Jiang
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) using plasma cell-free DNA has gained tremendous popularity in the clinical assessment of fetal aneuploidy. Most, if not all, of these tests rely on complex and expensive massively parallel sequencing (MPS) techniques, hindering the use of NIPS as a common screening procedure. METHODS: We have developed and optimized an MPS-independent noninvasive genetic test that can rapidly detect fetal aneuploidy at considerably lower costs...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187949/long-term-alterations-to-dna-methylation-as-a-biomarker-of-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-from-mouse-models-to-human-children-with-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
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REVIEW
Benjamin I Laufer, Eric J Chater-Diehl, Joachim Kapalanga, Shiva M Singh
Rodent models of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) have revealed that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) results in differential DNA cytosine methylation in the developing brain. The resulting genome-wide methylation changes are enriched in genes with neurodevelopmental functions. The profile of differential methylation is dynamic and present in some form for life. The methylation changes are transmitted across subsequent mitotic divisions, where they are maintained and further modified over time. More recent follow up has identified a profile of the differential methylation in the buccal swabs of young children born with FASD...
November 22, 2016: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186586/-analysis-of-clinical-phenotype-and-genotype-of-unstable-hemoglobin-rush
#12
Shijun Ge, Biqing Yang, Wei Yi, Kai Huang, Hongxian Liu, Xiaoqin Huang, Jiayou Chu, Zhaoqing Yang
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the hematological and genetic characteristics of unstable hemoglobin Rush (Hb Rush) and compound heterozygote of Hb Rush and thalassemia. METHODS: Peripheral blood samples and genomic DNA from three patients (including two ethnic Dai and one Han Chinese) with anemia of undetermined origin were collected. Hematological phenotypes of these patients were determined through red blood cell analysis and hemoglobin electrophoresis. Genotypes of alpha- and beta-globin genes, -158 XmnⅠ polymorphic site of (G)γ promoter region, and haplotypes of 7 polymorphic restriction sites in the beta-globin gene cluster were determined using PCR-based methods and DNA sequencing...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168960/sex-specific-neurodevelopmental-programming-by-placental-insulin-receptors-on-stress-reactivity-and-sensorimotor-gating
#13
Stefanie L Bronson, Jennifer C Chan, Tracy L Bale
BACKGROUND: Diabetes, obesity, and overweight are prevalent pregnancy complications that predispose offspring to neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and schizophrenia. Although male individuals are three to four times more likely than female individuals to develop these disorders, the mechanisms driving the sex specificity of disease vulnerability remain unclear. Because defective placental insulin receptor (InsR) signaling is a hallmark of pregnancy metabolic dysfunction, we hypothesized that it may be an important contributor and novel mechanistic link to sex-specific neurodevelopmental changes underlying disease risk...
December 30, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168362/practical-methods-for-handling-human-periodontal-ligament-stem-cells-in-serum-free-and-serum-containing-culture-conditions-under-hypoxia-implications-for-regenerative-medicine
#14
Dai Murabayashi, Mai Mochizuki, Yuichi Tamaki, Taka Nakahara
Stem cell-based therapies depend on the reliable expansion of patient-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in vitro. The supplementation of cell culture media with serum is associated with several risks; accordingly, serum-free media are commercially available for cell culture. Furthermore, hypoxia is known to accelerate the expansion of MSCs. The present study aimed to characterize the properties of periodontal ligament-derived MSCs (PDLSCs) cultivated in serum-free and serum-containing media, under hypoxic and normoxic conditions...
February 6, 2017: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165140/coffee-control-free-noninvasive-fetal-chromosomal-examination-using-maternal-plasma-dna
#15
Kun Sun, K C Allen Chan, Irena Hudecova, Rossa W K Chiu, Y M Dennis Lo, Peiyong Jiang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to develop an approach for analyzing plasma DNA sequencing data for noninvasive fetal chromosomal aneuploidy testing that does not require the comparison with control samples or a series of selected genomic regions. RESULTS: We developed the control-free noninvasive fetal chromosomal examination (COFFEE) algorithm by utilizing the size differences between the fetally derived and maternally derived DNA molecules in maternal plasma...
February 6, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160555/oncofetal-gene-sall4-and-prognosis-in-cancer-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
#16
Lorenzo Nicolè, Tiziana Sanavia, Nicola Veronese, Rocco Cappellesso, Claudio Luchini, Paolo Dabrilli, Ambrogio Fassina
The Spalt-Like Transcription Factor 4 (SALL4) oncogene plays a central function in embryo-fetal development and is absent in differentiated tissues. Evidence suggests that it can be reactivated in several cancers worsening the prognosis. We aimed at investigating the risk associated with SALL4 reactivation for all-cause mortality and recurrence in cancer using the current literature. A PubMed and SCOPUS search until 1st September 2016 was performed, focusing on perspective studies reporting prognostic parameters in cancer data...
February 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158220/targeted-capture-enrichment-assay-for-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-of-large-and-small-size-sub-chromosomal-deletions-and-duplications
#17
Maria C Neofytou, Kyriakos Tsangaras, Elena Kypri, Charalambos Loizides, Marios Ioannides, Achilleas Achilleos, Petros Mina, Anna Keravnou, Carolina Sismani, George Koumbaris, Philippos C Patsalis
Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) using whole genome and targeted sequencing has become increasingly accepted for clinical detection of Trisomy 21 and sex chromosome aneuploidies. Few studies have shown that sub-chromosomal deletions or duplications associated with genetic syndromes can also be detected in the fetus noninvasively. There are still limitations on these methodologies such as the detection of variants of unknown clinical significance, high number of false positives, and difficulties to detect small aberrations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148530/usp40-gene-knockdown-disrupts-glomerular-permeability-in-zebrafish
#18
Hisashi Takagi, Yukino Nishibori, Kan Katayama, Tomohisa Katada, Shohei Takahashi, Zentaro Kiuchi, Shin-Ichiro Takahashi, Hiroyasu Kamei, Hayato Kawakami, Yoshihiro Akimoto, Akihiko Kudo, Katsuhiko Asanuma, Hiromu Takematsu, Kunimasa Yan
Unbiased transcriptome profiling and functional genomics approaches have identified ubiquitin specific protease 40 (USP40) as a highly specific glomerular transcript. This gene product remains uncharacterized, and its biological function is completely unknown. Here, we showed that mouse and rat glomeruli exhibit specific expression of the USP40 protein, which migrated at 150 kDa and was exclusively localized in the podocyte cytoplasm of the adult kidney. Double-labeling immunofluorescence staining and confocal microscopy analysis of fetal and neonate kidney samples revealed that USP40 was also expressed in the vasculature, including in glomerular endothelial cells at the premature stage...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145864/epigenetic-regulation-of-lateralized-fetal-spinal-gene-expression-underlies-hemispheric-asymmetries
#19
Sebastian Ocklenburg, Judith Schmitz, Zahra Moinfar, Dirk Moser, Rena Klose, Stephanie Lor, Georg Kunz, Martin Tegenthoff, Pedro Faustmann, Clyde Francks, Jörg T Epplen, Robert Kumsta, Onur Güntürkün
Lateralization is a fundamental principle of nervous system organization but its molecular determinants are mostly unknown. In humans, asymmetric gene expression in the fetal cortex has been suggested as the molecular basis of handedness. However, human fetuses already show considerable asymmetries in arm movements before the motor cortex is functionally linked to the spinal cord, making it more likely that spinal gene expression asymmetries form the molecular basis of handedness. We analyzed genome-wide mRNA expression and DNA methylation in cervical and anterior thoracal spinal cord segments of five human fetuses and show development-dependent gene expression asymmetries...
February 1, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127411/protein-restricted-diet-during-pregnancy-after-insemination-alters-behavioral-phenotypes-of-the-progeny
#20
Tamio Furuse, Kunio Miyake, Takashi Kohda, Hideki Kaneda, Takae Hirasawa, Ikuko Yamada, Tomoko Kushida, Misho Kashimura, Kimio Kobayashi, Fumitoshi Ishino, Takeo Kubota, Shigeharu Wakana
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies suggest that hyponutrition during the fetal period increases the risk of mental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism-spectrum disorder, which has been experimentally supported using animal models. However, previous experimental hyponutrition or protein-restricted (PR) diets affected stages other than the fetal stage, such as formation of the egg before insemination, milk composition during lactation, and maternal nursing behavior...
2017: Genes & Nutrition
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