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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903736/t-and-b-cell-markers-in-dried-blood-spots-of-neonates-with-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection-b-cell-numbers-at-birth-are-associated-with-long-term-outcomes
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Roberta Rovito, Marjolein J Korndewal, Menno C van Zelm, Dimitrios Ziagkos, Els Wessels, Mirjam van der Burg, Aloys C M Kroes, Anton W Langerak, Ann C T M Vossen
Congenital CMV infection (cCMV) is the most common congenital infection that can cause long-term impairment (LTI). The pathogenesis of LTI is not completely understood. Fetal immunity may play a role in controlling the infection and preventing LTI, although immune activation may also contribute to fetal immunopathology. In this study, we analyzed various molecular markers of T and B cell numbers in neonatal dried blood spots of 99 children with cCMV and 54 children without cCMV: δRec-ψJα signal joints on TCR excision circles, intron recombination signal sequence k-deleting element signal joints on Igκ-deleting recombination excision circles, genomic intron recombination signal sequence k-deleting element coding joint, genomic Vδ1-Jδ1, and Vδ2-Jδ1 rearrangements...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900536/t%C3%AE-4-overexpression-based-on-the-piggybac-transposon-system-in-cashmere-goats-alters-hair-fiber-characteristics
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Bingbo Shi, Qiang Ding, Xiaolin He, Haijing Zhu, Yiyuan Niu, Bei Cai, Jiao Cai, Anming Lei, Danju Kang, Hailong Yan, Baohua Ma, Xiaolong Wang, Lei Qu, Yulin Chen
Increasing cashmere yield is one of the vital aims of cashmere goats breeding. Compared to traditional breeding methods, transgenic technology is more efficient and the piggyBac (PB) transposon system has been widely applied to generate transgenic animals. For the present study, donor fibroblasts were stably transfected via a PB donor vector containing the coding sequence of cashmere goat thymosin beta-4 (Tβ4) and driven by a hair follicle-specific promoter, the keratin-associated protein 6.1 (KAP6.1) promoter...
November 29, 2016: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899417/emerging-roles-of-glis3-in-neonatal-diabetes-type-1-and-type-2-diabetes
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Xianjie Wen, Yisheng Yang
GLI-similar 3 (GLIS3), a member of the Krüppel-like zinc finger protein subfamily, is predominantly expressed in the pancreas, thyroid, and kidney. Glis3 mRNA can be initially detected in mouse pancreas at embryonic day 11.5 and is largely restricted to β cells, pancreatic polypeptide-expressing cells, as well as ductal cells at later stage of pancreas development. Mutations in GLIS3 cause a neonatal diabetes syndrome, characterized by neonatal diabetes, congenital hypothyroidism, and polycystic kidney. Importantly, genome-wide association studies showed that variations of GLIS3 are strongly associated with both type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) in multiple populations...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898095/efficient-generation-of-orthologous-point-mutations-in-pigs-via-crispr-assisted-ssodn-mediated-homology-directed-repair
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Kankan Wang, Xiaochun Tang, Yan Liu, Zicong Xie, Xiaodong Zou, Mengjing Li, Hongming Yuan, Hongsheng Ouyang, Huping Jiao, Daxin Pang
Precise genome editing in livestock is of great value for the fundamental investigation of disease modeling. However, genetically modified pigs carrying subtle point mutations were still seldom reported despite the rapid development of programmable endonucleases. Here, we attempt to investigate single-stranded oligonucleotides (ssODN) mediated knockin by introducing two orthologous pathogenic mutations, p.E693G for Alzheimer's disease and p.G2019S for Parkinson's disease, into porcine APP and LRRK2 loci, respectively...
November 29, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887921/non-invasive-prenatal-diagnosis-of-thalassemias-using-maternal-plasma-cell-free-dna
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REVIEW
Irena Hudecova, Rossa W K Chiu
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) using maternal plasma cell free DNA has already reshaped the existing prenatal care system for pregnancies screened for common chromosomal aneuploidies. On the other hand, much progress has been made in developing NIPT for monogenic diseases. Thalassemia served as a disease model to develop strategies for NIPT of monogenic traits. One approach focuses on the detection or exclusion of paternally inherited fetal mutations that are absent from the mother's genome. The assessment of maternally inherited mutations in maternal plasma requires the use of highly sensitive DNA quantification techniques...
October 26, 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886132/the-future-is-the-past-methylation-qtls-in-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
Anke Hoffmann, Michael Ziller, Dietmar Spengler
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have remarkably advanced insight into the genetic basis of schizophrenia (SCZ). Still, most of the functional variance in disease risk remains unexplained. Hence, there is a growing need to map genetic variability-to-genes-to-functions for understanding the pathophysiology of SCZ and the development of better treatments. Genetic variation can regulate various cellular functions including DNA methylation, an epigenetic mark with important roles in transcription and the mediation of environmental influences...
November 24, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875544/extensive-association-of-common-disease-variants-with-regulatory-sequence
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Michal Mokry, Magdalena Harakalova, Folkert W Asselbergs, Paul I W de Bakker, Edward E S Nieuwenhuis
Overlap between non-coding DNA regulatory sequences and common variant associations can help to identify specific cell and tissue types that are relevant for particular diseases. In a systematic manner, we analyzed variants from 94 genome-wide association studies (reporting at least 12 loci at p<5x10-8) by projecting them onto 466 epigenetic datasets (characterizing DNase I hypersensitive sites; DHSs) derived from various adult and fetal tissue samples and cell lines including many biological replicates...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872702/gamma-reactivation-using-the-spongy-effect-of-klf1-binding-site-sequence-an-approach-in-gene-therapy-for-beta-thalassemia
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Nasrin Heydari, Laleh Shariati, Hossein Khanahmad, Zahra Hejazi, Mansoureh Shahbazi, Mansoor Salehi
OBJECTIVES: β-thalassemia is one of the most common genetic disorders in the world. As one of the promising treatment strategies, fetal hemoglobin (Hb F) can be induced. The present study was an attempt to reactivate the γ-globin gene by introducing a gene construct containing KLF1 binding sites to the K562 cell line. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A plasmid containing a 192 bp sequence with two repeats of KLF1 binding sites on β-globin and BCL11A promoters was constructed and used to transfect the K562 cell line...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867036/dna-methylation-dynamics-of-human-hematopoietic-stem-cell-differentiation
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Matthias Farlik, Florian Halbritter, Fabian Müller, Fizzah A Choudry, Peter Ebert, Johanna Klughammer, Samantha Farrow, Antonella Santoro, Valerio Ciaurro, Anthony Mathur, Rakesh Uppal, Hendrik G Stunnenberg, Willem H Ouwehand, Elisa Laurenti, Thomas Lengauer, Mattia Frontini, Christoph Bock
Hematopoietic stem cells give rise to all blood cells in a differentiation process that involves widespread epigenome remodeling. Here we present genome-wide reference maps of the associated DNA methylation dynamics. We used a meta-epigenomic approach that combines DNA methylation profiles across many small pools of cells and performed single-cell methylome sequencing to assess cell-to-cell heterogeneity. The resulting dataset identified characteristic differences between HSCs derived from fetal liver, cord blood, bone marrow, and peripheral blood...
November 16, 2016: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862072/views-of-american-ob-gyns-on-the-ethics-of-prenatal-whole-genome-sequencing
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Michelle J Bayefsky, Amina White, Paul Wakim, Sara Chandros Hull, David Wasserman, Stephanie Chen, Benjamin E Berkman
OBJECTIVE: Given public demand for genetic information, the potential to perform prenatal whole-genome sequencing (PWGS) non-invasively in the future, and decreasing costs of whole-genome sequencing, it is likely that OB/GYN practice will include PWGS. The goal of this project was to explore OB/GYNs' views on the ethical issues surrounding PWGS and their preparedness for counseling patients on its use. METHODS: A national survey was administered to 2,500 members of ACOG...
November 16, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856275/rnaseq-profiling-of-primary-microglia-and-astrocyte-cultures-in-near-term-ovine-fetus-a-glial-in-vivo-in-vitro-multi-hit-paradigm-in-large-mammalian-brain
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M Cortes, M Cao, H L Liu, P Burns, C Moore, G Fecteau, A Desrochers, L B Barreiro, J P Antel, M G Frasch
BACKGROUND: The chronically instrumented fetal sheep is a widely used animal model to study fetal brain development in health and disease, but no methods exist yet to interrogate dedicated brain cell populations to identify their molecular and genomic phenotype. For example, the molecular mechanisms whereby microglia or astrocytes contribute to inflammation in the brain remain incompletely understood. NEW METHOD: Here we present a protocol to derive primary pure microglial or astrocyte cultures from near-term fetal sheep brain, after the animals have been chronically instrumented and studied in vivo...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855487/transfer-of-therapeutic-genes-into-fetal-rhesus-monkeys-using-recombinant-adeno-associated-type-i-viral-vectors
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Thomas J Conlon, Cathryn S Mah, Christina A R Pacak, Mary B Rucker Henninger, Kirsten E Erger, Marda L Jorgensen, Charles C Lee, Alice F Tarantal, Barry J Byrne
Neuromuscular disorders such as Pompe disease (glycogen storage disease, type II), result in early and potentially irreversible cellular damage with a very limited opportunity for intervention in the newborn period. Pompe disease is due to deficiency in acid α-glucosidase (GAA) leading to lysosomal accumulation of glycogen in all cell types, abnormal myofibrillogenesis, respiratory insufficiency, neurological deficits, and reduced contractile function in striated muscle. Previous studies have shown that fetal delivery of recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) encoding GAA to the peritoneal cavity of Gaa-/- mice resulted in high-level transduction of the diaphragm...
November 17, 2016: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854507/sex-based-genetic-association-study-identifies-celsr1-as-a-possible-copd-risk-locus-among-women
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Megan Hardin, Michael H Cho, Sunita S Sharma, Kimberly Glass, Peter J Castaldi, Merry-Lynn McDonald, Hugues Aschard, Jody Senter-Sylvia, Kelan Tantisira, Scott T Weiss, Craig P Hersh, Jarrett D Morrow, David Lomas, Alvar Agusti, Per Bakke, Amund Gulsvik, George T O'Connor, Josée Dupuis, John Hokanson, James Crapo, Terri H Beaty, Nan Laird, Edwin K Silverman, Dawn L DeMeo
BACKGROUND: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a complex disease with strong environmental and genetic influences and sexually dimorphic features. Although genetic risk factors for COPD have been identified, much of the heritability remains unexplained. Sex-based genetic association studies may uncover additional COPD genetic risk factors. METHODS: We studied current and former smokers from COPD case-control cohorts (COPDGene non-Hispanic whites and African Americans, ECLIPSE, and GenKOLS)...
November 17, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846804/clinical-utility-of-array-comparative-genomic-hybridisation-in-prenatal-setting
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Luca Lovrecic, Ziga Iztok Remec, Marija Volk, Gorazd Rudolf, Karin Writzl, Borut Peterlin
BACKGROUND: The objective of reported study was to evaluate the clinical utility of prenatal microarray testing for submicroscopic genomic imbalances in routine prenatal settings and to stratify the findings according to the type of fetal ultrasound anomaly. METHODS: From July 2012 to October 2015 chromosomal microarray testing was performed in 218 fetuses with varying indications for invasive prenatal diagnosis: abnormal karyotype, ultrasound anomalies, pathogenic variant in previous pregnancy or carriership in a parent...
November 15, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834155/whole-genome-fetal-and-maternal-dna-methylation-analysis-using-medip-ngs-for-the-identification-of-differentially-methylated-regions
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Anna Keravnou, Marios Ioannides, Kyriakos Tsangaras, Charalambos Loizides, Michael D Hadjidaniel, Elisavet A Papageorgiou, Skevi Kyriakou, Pavlos Antoniou, Petros Mina, Achilleas Achilleos, Maria Neofytou, Elena Kypri, Carolina Sismani, George Koumbaris, Philippos C Patsalis
DNA methylation is an epigenetic marker that has been shown to vary significantly across different tissues. Taking advantage of the methylation differences between placenta-derived cell-free DNA and maternal blood, several groups employed different approaches for the discovery of fetal-specific biomarkers. The aim of this study was to analyse whole-genome fetal and maternal methylomes in order to identify and confirm the presence of differentially methylated regions (DMRs). We have initially utilized methylated DNA immunoprecipitation (MeDIP) and next-generation sequencing (NGS) to identify genome-wide DMRs between chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and female non-pregnant plasma (PL) and peripheral blood (WBF) samples...
November 11, 2016: Genetics Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832434/monitoring-of-venus-transgenic-cell-migration-during-pregnancy-in-non-transgenic-rabbits
#16
N Lipták, O I Hoffmann, A Kerekes, G Iski, D Ernszt, K Kvell, L Hiripi, Z Bősze
Cell transfer between mother and fetus were demonstrated previously in several species which possess haemochorial placenta (e.g. in humans, mice, rats, etc.). Here we report the assessment of fetal and maternal microchimerism in non-transgenic (non-TG) New Zealand white rabbits which were pregnant with transgenic (TG) fetuses and in non-TG newborns of TG does. The TG construct, including the Venus fluorophore cDNA driven by a ubiquitous cytomegalovirus enhancer, chicken ß-actin promoter (CAGGS), was previously integrated into the rabbit genome by Sleeping Beauty transposon system...
November 10, 2016: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831662/loss-of-the-tgf-%C3%AE-effector-%C3%AE-2sp-promotes-genomic-instability
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Jian Chen, Vivek Shukla, Patrizia Farci, Jaclyn Andricovich, Wilma Jogunoori, Lawrence N Kwong, Lior H Katz, Kirti Shetty, Asif Rashid, Xiaoping Su, Jon White, Lei Li, Alan Yaoqi Wang, Boris Blechacz, Gottumukkala S Raju, Marta Davila, Bao-Ngoc Nguyen, John R Stroehlein, Junjie Chen, Sang Soo Kim, Heather Levin, Keigo Machida, Hidekazu Tsukamoto, Peter Michaely, Alexandros Tzatsos, Lopa Mishra
Exposure to genotoxins such as ethanol-derived acetaldehyde leads to DNA damage and liver injury, and promotes the development of cancer. We report here a major role for the TGF-β/Smad3 adaptor β2-Spectrin (β2SP, gene Sptbn1) in maintaining genomic stability following alcohol-induced DNA damage. β2SP supports DNA repair through β2SP-dependent activation of Fancd2, a core component of the Fanconi anemia complex. Loss of β2SP leads to decreased Fancd2 levels and sensitizes β2SP mutants to DNA damage by ethanol treatment, leading to phenotypes that closely resemble those observed in animals lacking both Aldh2 and Fancd2, and resemble human fetal alcohol syndrome...
November 5, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828853/prenatal-sonographic-diagnosis-of-urorectal-septum-malformation-sequence-and-chromosomal-microarray-analysis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Yan Pei, Qingqing Wu, Yan Liu, Lijuan Sun, Wenxue Zhi, Puqing Zhang
INTRODUCTION: Urorectal septum malformation sequence (URSMS) is a rare congenital abnormal syndrome that is caused by the incomplete division of the cloaca. Based on whether the cloaca membrane breaks down or not, the URSMS are classified as full and partial forms. The prenatal diagnosis of URSMS remains challenging because of poor recognition to this malformation and the relatively non-specific sonographic features. We report a prenatally sonographic diagnosed case of the partial URSMS, and review the literature to summarize the prenatal features...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824029/dna-methylation-and-chromatin-accessibility-profiling-of-mouse-and-human-fetal-germ-cells
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Hongshan Guo, Boqiang Hu, Liying Yan, Jun Yong, Yan Wu, Yun Gao, Fan Guo, Yu Hou, Xiaoying Fan, Ji Dong, Xiaoye Wang, Xiaohui Zhu, Jie Yan, Yuan Wei, Hongyan Jin, Wenxin Zhang, Lu Wen, Fuchou Tang, Jie Qiao
Chromatin remodeling is important for the epigenetic reprogramming of human primordial germ cells. However, the comprehensive chromatin state has not yet been analyzed for human fetal germ cells (FGCs). Here we use nucleosome occupancy and methylation sequencing method to analyze both the genome-wide chromatin accessibility and DNA methylome at a series of crucial time points during fetal germ cell development in both human and mouse. We find 116 887 and 137 557 nucleosome-depleted regions (NDRs) in human and mouse FGCs, covering a large set of germline-specific and highly dynamic regulatory genomic elements, such as enhancers...
November 8, 2016: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822317/narrowing-the-foxf1-distant-enhancer-region-on-16q24-1-critical-for-acdmpv
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Przemyslaw Szafranski, Carmen Herrera, Lori A Proe, Brittany Coffman, Debra L Kearney, Edwina Popek, Paweł Stankiewicz
BACKGROUND: Alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins (ACDMPV) is a rare lethal lung developmental disorder caused by heterozygous point mutations or genomic deletions involving FOXF1 or its 60-kb tissue-specific enhancer region mapping 270 kb upstream of FOXF1 and involving fetal lung-expressed long non-coding RNA genes and CpG-enriched sites. Recently, we have proposed that the FOXF1 locus at 16q24.1 may be a subject of genomic imprinting. FINDINGS: Using custom-designed aCGH and Sanger sequencing, we have identified a novel de novo 104 kb genomic deletion upstream of FOXF1 in a patient with histopathologically verified full phenotype of ACDMPV...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
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