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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926992/inherited-diseases-caused-by-mutations-in-cathepsin-protease-genes
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Stephanie Ketterer, Alejandro Gomez-Auli, Larissa E Hillebrand, Agnese Petrera, Anett Ketscher, Thomas Reinheckel
Lysosomal cathepsins are proteolytic enzymes increasingly recognized as prognostic markers and potential therapeutic targets in a variety of diseases. In those conditions the cathepsins are mostly overexpressed, thereby driving the respective pathogenic processes. Although less known, there are also diseases with a genetic deficiency of cathepsins. In fact, nowadays six out of the fifteen human proteases called "cathepsins" have been linked to inherited syndromes. However, only three of these syndromes are typical lysosomal storage diseases, while the others are apparently caused by defective cleavage of specific protein substrates...
December 7, 2016: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926951/a-novel-mutation-of-the-calcium-sensing-receptor-gene-in-a-franconian-kindred-heterozygous-mutation-c-1697_1698deltg-exon-6
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M Cordes, T Kuwert, C Haag, F Raue
Familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia (FHH) belongs to the disorders of a disturbed calcium homeostasis. Genetically, the disorder is inherited in an autosomal-dominant trait and represents an inactivating mutation of the calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) gene. We identified a Franconian kindred in which 6 individuals could be tested by molecular genetic means. In 5 individuals of 3 generations, the mutation could be classified as c.1697_1698delTG. This novel germline mutation creates a premature stop codon leading to a loss of 510 amino acids of the protein...
December 7, 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926922/high-speed-mouse-backcrossing-through-the-female-germ-line
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Erin Grove, Sigrid Eckardt, K John McLaughlin
Transferring mouse mutations into specific mouse strain backgrounds can be critical for appropriate analysis of phenotypic effects of targeted genomic alterations and quantitative trait loci. Speed congenic breeding strategies incorporating marker-assisted selection of progeny with the highest percentage target background as breeders for the next generation can produce congenic strains within approximately 5 generations. When mating selected donor males to target strain females, this may require more than 1 year, with each generation lasting 10 to 11 weeks including 3 weeks of gestation and 7 to 8 weeks until the males reach sexual maturity...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926870/plasma-membrane-association-but-not-midzone-recruitment-of-rhogef-ect2-is-essential-for-cytokinesis
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Kristýna Kotýnková, Kuan-Chung Su, Stephen C West, Mark Petronczki
Cytokinesis, the final step of cell division, begins with the formation of a cleavage furrow. How the mitotic spindle specifies the furrow at the equator in animal cells remains unknown. Current models propose that the concentration of the RhoGEF ECT2 at the spindle midzone and the equatorial plasma membrane directs furrow formation. Using chemical genetic and optogenetic tools, we demonstrate that the association of ECT2 with the plasma membrane during anaphase is required and sufficient for cytokinesis. Local membrane targeting of ECT2 leads to unilateral furrowing, highlighting the importance of local ECT2 activity...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926860/l-met-activates-arabidopsis-glr-ca-2-channels-upstream-of-ros-production-and-regulates-stomatal-movement
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Dongdong Kong, Heng-Cheng Hu, Eiji Okuma, Yuree Lee, Hui Sun Lee, Shintaro Munemasa, Daeshik Cho, Chuanli Ju, Leah Pedoeim, Barbara Rodriguez, Juan Wang, Wonpil Im, Yoshiyuki Murata, Zhen-Ming Pei, June M Kwak
Plant glutamate receptor homologs (GLRs) have long been proposed to function as ligand-gated Ca(2+) channels, but no in planta evidence has been provided. Here, we present genetic evidence that Arabidopsis GLR3.1 and GLR3.5 form Ca(2+) channels activated by L-methionine (L-Met) at physiological concentrations and regulate stomatal apertures and plant growth. The glr3.1/3.5 mutations resulted in a lower cytosolic Ca(2+) level, defective Ca(2+)-induced stomatal closure, and Ca(2+)-deficient growth disorder, all of which involved L-Met...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926857/a-lon-clpp-proteolytic-axis-degrades-complex-i-to-extinguish-ros-production-in-depolarized-mitochondria
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Kenneth Robert Pryde, Jan Willem Taanman, Anthony Henry Schapira
Mitochondrial dysfunction is implicated in numerous neurodegenerative disorders and in Parkinson's disease (PD) in particular. PINK1 and Parkin gene mutations are causes of autosomal recessive PD, and these respective proteins function cooperatively to degrade depolarized mitochondria (mitophagy). It is widely assumed that impaired mitophagy causes PD, as toxic reactive oxygen species (ROS)-producing mitochondria accumulate and progressively drive neurodegeneration. Instead, we report that a LON-ClpP proteolytic quality control axis extinguishes ROS in depolarized mitochondria by degrading the complex I ROS-generating domain...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926510/genetic-and-epigenetic-characterization-of-the-brca1-gene-in-brazilian-women-at-risk-for-hereditary-breast-cancer
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Paula Silva Felicio, Matias Eliseo Melendez, Lidia Maria Rebolho Batista Arantes, Ligia Maria Kerr, Dirce Maria Carraro, Rebeca Silveira Grasel, Natalia Campacci, Cristovam Scapulatempo-Neto, Gabriela Carvalho Fernandes, Ana Carolina de Carvalho, Edenir Inêz Palmero
This study aimed to characterize women at-risk for hereditary BC regarding their clinical and molecular characteristics (mutation and methylation in the BRCA1 gene) and correlate the gene expression levels with histopathological, clinical and family history information. BRCA1 real time qPCR was performed to evaluate methylation status and gene expression. The study included 88 women grouped according to the BRCA1 mutational status: 23 BRCA1 mutated, 22 with a Variant of Unknown Significance (VUS) in BRCA1 and 43 BRCA1 WT...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926354/the-experience-of-women-carriers-of-brca-mutations-following-risk-reducing-surgery-a-cultural-perspective
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Chaya Possick, Michal Mahat-Shamir
In this qualitative study we examine the experience of 13 Jewish Israeli women carriers of BRCA mutations following risk-reducing surgery. Thematic analysis of in-depth, semi-structured interview texts yielded three themes: 1. dialectic of vulnerability and control, 2. presentation of self as a "normal" woman, and 3. genetic chain of negative life events and guilt. Aspects of Israeli culture impacting participants' experiences are: personal and collective responsibility, the shift towards consumerism and pro-natal ideology...
December 7, 2016: Health Care for Women International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925686/slc4a11-three-dimensional-homology-model-rationalizes-corneal-dystrophy-causing-mutations
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Katherine E Badior, Kumari Alka, Joseph R Casey
We studied the structural effects of point mutations of a membrane protein that cause genetic disease. SLC4A11 is a membrane transport protein (OH(-) /H(+) /NH3 /H2 O) of basolateral corneal endothelium, whose mutations cause some cases of Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy and Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy. We created a three-dimensional homology model of SLC4A11 membrane domain, using Band 3 (SLC4A1) crystal structure as template. The homology model was assessed in silico and by analysis of mutants designed on the basis of the model...
December 7, 2016: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925396/arabidopsis-sumo-protease-asp1-positively-regulates-flowering-time-partially-through-regulating-flc-stability
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Xiangxiong Kong, Xi Luo, Gao-Ping Qu, Peng Liu, Jing Bo Jin
The initiation of flowering is tightly regulated by the endogenous and environment signals, which is crucial for the reproductive success of flowering plants. It is well known that autonomous and vernalization pathways repress transcription of FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC), a focal floral repressor, but how its protein stability is regulated remains largely unknown. Here, we found that mutations in a novel Arabidopsis SUMO protease 1 (ASP1) resulted in a strong late-flowering phenotype under long-days, but to a lesser extent under short-days...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925213/the-p53-inhibitor-mdm4-cooperates-with-multiple-genetic-lesions-in-tumorigenesis
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Shunbin Xiong, Vinod Pant, Yun Zhang, Neeraj K Aryal, M James You, Donna Kusewitt, Guillermina Lozano
The p53 inhibitor Mdm4 is present at high levels in multiple human cancers. Overexpression of Mdm4 in mice drives spontaneous development of mostly lymphomas and sarcomas. In this study, we explored the ability of Mdm4 to cooperate with other lesions in tumour development. The Mdm4 transgene contributed to mammary tumour development in a BALB/cJ background. High levels of Mdm4 enhanced tumour development in a mutant p53R172H heterozygous background and reduced the need to lose the wild type p53 allele as compared to the mice heterozygous only for the p53R172H mutation...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925203/the-genetic-landscape-of-breast-carcinomas-with-neuroendocrine-differentiation
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Caterina Marchiò, Felipe C Geyer, Charlotte Ky Ng, Salvatore Piscuoglio, Maria R De Filippo, Marco Cupo, Anne M Schultheis, Raymond S Lim, Kathleen A Burke, Elena Guerini-Rocco, Mauro Papotti, Larry Norton, Anna Sapino, Britta Weigelt, Jorge S Reis-Filho
Neuroendocrine breast carcinomas (NBCs) account for 2-5% of all invasive breast cancers and are histologically similar to neuroendocrine tumours from other sites. They typically express oestrogen receptor (ER), are HER2-negative and of luminal subtype. Here we sought to define the mutational profile of NBCs, and to investigate whether NBCs and common forms of luminal (ER+/HER2-) breast cancer display distinct repertoires of somatic mutations. Eighteen ER+/HER2- NBCs, defined as harbouring >50% of tumour cells expressing chromogranin A and/or synaptophysin, and matched normal tissue were microdissected and subjected to massively parallel sequencing targeting all exons of 254 genes most frequently mutated in breast cancer and/or related to DNA repair...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925158/mutations-in-dync2h1-the-cytoplasmic-dynein-2-heavy-chain-1-motor-protein-gene-cause-short-rib-polydactyly-type-i-saldino-noonan-type
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Nora Badiner, Stephanie Paige Taylor, Kimberly Forlenza, Ralph S Lachman, Michael Bamshad, Deborah Nickerson, Daniel H Cohn, Deborah Krakow
The short-rib polydactyly syndromes (SRPS) are autosomal recessively inherited, genetically heterogeneous skeletal ciliopathies. SRPS phenotypes were historically categorized as types I-IV, with type I first delineated by Saldino and Noonan in 1972. Characteristic findings among all forms of SRP include short horizontal ribs, short limbs and polydactyly. The SRP type I phenotype is characterized by a very small thorax, extreme micromelia, very short, poorly mineralized long bones, and multiple organ system anomalies...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924908/development-of-novel-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-protocol-for-whole-autosomal-recessive-disease-using-picodroplet-digital-pcr
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Mun Young Chang, Ah Reum Kim, Min Young Kim, Soyoung Kim, Jinsun Yoon, Jae Joon Han, Soyeon Ahn, Changsoo Kang, Byung Yoon Choi
We developed a protocol of noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), employing a higher-resolution picodroplet digital PCR, to detect genetic imbalance in maternal plasma DNA (mpDNA) caused by cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA). In the present study, this approach was applied to four families with autosomal recessive (AR) congenital sensorineural hearing loss. First, a fraction of the fetal DNA in mpDNA was calculated. Then, we made artificial DNA mixtures (positive and negative controls) to simulate mpDNA containing the fraction of cffDNA with or without mutations...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924851/senescence-novel-insight-into-dlx3-mutations-leading-to-enhanced-bone-formation-in-tricho-dento-osseous-syndrome
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Na Zhao, Dong Han, Haochen Liu, Yue Li, Sing-Wai Wong, Zhengyi Cao, Jian Xu, Xiaowei Zhang, Tao Cai, Yixiang Wang, Hailan Feng
The homeodomain transcription factor distal-less homeobox 3 gene (DLX3) is required for hair, tooth and skeletal development. DLX3 mutations have been found to be responsible for Tricho-Dento-Osseous (TDO) syndrome, characterized by kinky hair, thin-pitted enamel and increased bone density. Here we show that the DLX3 mutation (c.533 A>G; Q178R) attenuates osteogenic potential and senescence of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) isolated from a TDO patient, providing a molecular explanation for abnormal increased bone density...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924830/impaired-regenerative-capacity-and-lower-revertant-fibre-expansion-in-dystrophin-deficient-mdx-muscles-on-dba-2-background
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Merryl Rodrigues, Yusuke Echigoya, Rika Maruyama, Kenji Rowel Q Lim, So-Ichiro Fukada, Toshifumi Yokota
Duchenne muscular dystrophy, one of the most common lethal genetic disorders, is caused by mutations in the DMD gene and a lack of dystrophin protein. In most DMD patients and animal models, sporadic dystrophin-positive muscle fibres, called revertant fibres (RFs), are observed in otherwise dystrophin-negative backgrounds. RFs are thought to arise from skeletal muscle precursor cells and clonally expand with age due to the frequent regeneration of necrotic fibres. Here we examined the effects of genetic background on muscle regeneration and RF expansion by comparing dystrophin-deficient mdx mice on the C57BL/6 background (mdx-B6) with those on the DBA/2 background (mdx-DBA), which have a more severe phenotype...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924807/genetic-and-molecular-analyses-indicate-independent-effects-of-tgifs-on-nodal-and-gli3-in-neural-tube-patterning
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Kenichiro Taniguchi, Anoush E Anderson, Tiffany A Melhuish, Anne L Carlton, Arkadi Manukyan, Ann E Sutherland, David Wotton
Holoprosencephaly (HPE) is a prevalent craniofacial developmental disorder that has both genetic and environmental causes. The gene encoding TG-interacting factor 1 (TGIF1) is among those that are routinely screened in HPE patients. However, the mechanisms by which TGIF1 variants cause HPE are not fully understood. TGIF1 is a transcriptional repressor that limits the output of the Transforming Growth Factor ß (TGFß)/Nodal signaling pathway, and HPE in patients with TGIF1 variants has been suggested to be due to increased Nodal signaling...
December 7, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924582/modeling-rasopathies-with-genetically-modified-mouse-models
#18
Isabel Hernández-Porras, Carmen Guerra
The RAS/MAPK signaling pathway plays key roles in development, cell survival and proliferation, as well as in cancer pathogenesis. Molecular genetic studies have identified a group of developmental syndromes, the RASopathies, caused by germ line mutations in this pathway. The syndromes included within this classification are neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), Noonan syndrome (NS), Noonan syndrome with multiple lentigines (NS-ML, formerly known as LEOPARD syndrome), Costello syndrome (CS), cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome (CFC), Legius syndrome (LS, NF1-like syndrome), capillary malformation-arteriovenous malformation syndrome (CM-AVM), and hereditary gingival fibromatosis (HGF) type 1...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924270/structural-characterization-of-single-nucleotide-variants-at-ligand-binding-sites-and-enzyme-active-sites-of-human-proteins
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Kazunori D Yamada, Hafumi Nishi, Junichi Nakata, Kengo Kinoshita
Functional sites on proteins play an important role in various molecular interactions and reactions between proteins and other molecules. Thus, mutations in functional sites can severely affect the overall phenotype. Progress of genome sequencing projects has yielded a wealth of information on single nucleotide variants (SNVs), especially those with less than 1% minor allele frequency (rare variants). To understand the functional influence of genetic variants at a protein level, we investigated the relationship between SNVs and protein functional sites in terms of minor allele frequency and the structural position of variants...
2016: Biophysics and Physicobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924254/genetic-analysis-of-revertants-isolated-from-the-rod-fragile-flif-mutant-of-salmonella
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Hitomi Komatsu, Fumio Hayashi, Masahiro Sasa, Koji Shikata, Shigeru Yamaguchi, Keiichi Namba, Kenji Oosawa
FliF is the protein comprising the MS-ring of the bacterial flagellar basal body, which is the base for the assembly of flagellar axial structures. From a fliF mutant that easily releases the rod-hook-filament in viscous environments, more than 400 revertants that recovered their swarming ability in viscous conditions, were isolated. The second-site mutations were determined for approximately 70% of them. There were three regions where the mutations were localized: two in Region I, 112 in Region II, and 71 in Region III including the true reversion...
2016: Biophysics and Physicobiology
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