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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038918/mechanisms-and-causality-in-molecular-diseases
#1
Shannon E Keenan, Stanislav Y Shvartsman
How is a disease contracted, and how does it progress through the body? Answers to these questions are fundamental to understanding both basic biology and medicine. Advances in the biomedical sciences continue to provide more tools to address these fundamental questions and to uncover questions that have not been thought of before. Despite these major advances, we are still facing conceptual and technical challenges when learning about the etiology of disease, especially for genetic diseases. In this review, we illustrate this point by discussing the causal links between molecular mechanisms and systems-level phenotypes in molecular diseases...
October 16, 2017: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911804/case-report-left-ventricular-noncompaction-cardiomyopathy-and-rasopathies
#2
Juli Ann Sublett, Carlos Enrique Prada, John Lynn Jefferies
The following is a case report of 6 patients with Noonan syndrome (NS) and/or a related RASsopathy that also have evidence of left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC). Noonan syndrome,a type of RASopathy, is an autosomal dominant disorder that is typically associated with congenital heart defects and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. There have been minimal reports of Noonan syndrome or other RASopathy and the association of LVNC. This report promulgates 6 nonrelated cases of Noonan syndrome or unspecified RASopathy and LVNC...
September 12, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856719/oligodendrocyte-rasg12v-expressed-in-its-endogenous-locus-disrupts-myelin-structure-through-increased-mapk-nitric-oxide-and-notch-signaling
#3
Haley E Titus, Alejandro López-Juárez, Sadiq H Silbak, Tilat A Rizvi, Madeleine Bogard, Nancy Ratner
Costello syndrome (CS) is a gain of function Rasopathy caused by heterozygous activating mutations in the HRAS gene. Patients show brain dysfunction that can include abnormal brain white matter. Transgenic activation of HRas in the entire mouse oligodendrocyte lineage resulted in myelin defects and behavioral abnormalities, suggesting roles for disrupted myelin in CS brain dysfunction. Here, we studied a mouse model in which the endogenous HRas gene is conditionally replaced by mutant HRasG12V in mature oligodendrocytes, to separate effects in mature myelinating cells from developmental events...
August 30, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768581/cardiac-defects-morbidity-and-mortality-in-patients-affected-by-rasopathies-carnet-study-results
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Giulio Calcagni, Giuseppe Limongelli, Angelo D'Ambrosio, Francesco Gesualdo, M Cristina Digilio, Anwar Baban, Sonia B Albanese, Paolo Versacci, Enrica De Luca, Giovanni B Ferrero, Giuseppina Baldassarre, Gabriella Agnoletti, Elena Banaudi, Jan Marek, Juan P Kaski, Giulia Tuo, M Giovanna Russo, Giuseppe Pacileo, Ornella Milanesi, Daniela Messina, Maurizio Marasini, Francesca Cairello, Roberto Formigari, Maurizio Brighenti, Bruno Dallapiccola, Marco Tartaglia, Bruno Marino
BACKGROUND: RASopathies are developmental disease caused by mutations in genes encoding for signal transducers of the RAS-MAPK cascade. The aim of the present study was to provide a comprehensive description of morbidity and mortality in patients with molecularly confirmed RASopathy. METHODS: A multicentric, observational, retrospective study was conducted in seven European cardiac centres participating to the CArdiac Rasopathy NETwork (CARNET). Clinical records of 371 patients with confirmed molecular diagnosis of RASopathy were reviewed...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674118/retinoblastoma-and-neuroblastoma-predisposition-and-surveillance
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REVIEW
Junne Kamihara, Franck Bourdeaut, William D Foulkes, Jan J Molenaar, Yaël P Mossé, Akira Nakagawara, Andreu Parareda, Sarah R Scollon, Kami Wolfe Schneider, Alison H Skalet, Lisa J States, Michael F Walsh, Lisa R Diller, Garrett M Brodeur
Retinoblastoma (RB) is the most common intraocular malignancy in childhood. Approximately 40% of retinoblastomas are hereditary and due to germline mutations in the RB1 gene. Children with hereditary RB are also at risk for developing a midline intracranial tumor, most commonly pineoblastoma. We recommend intensive ocular screening for patients with germline RB1 mutations for retinoblastoma as well as neuroimaging for pineoblastoma surveillance. There is an approximately 20% risk of developing second primary cancers among individuals with hereditary RB, higher among those who received radiotherapy for their primary RB tumors...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666118/ras-proteins-and-their-regulators-in-human-disease
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REVIEW
Dhirendra K Simanshu, Dwight V Nissley, Frank McCormick
RAS proteins are binary switches, cycling between ON and OFF states during signal transduction. These switches are normally tightly controlled, but in RAS-related diseases, such as cancer, RASopathies, and many psychiatric disorders, mutations in the RAS genes or their regulators render RAS proteins persistently active. The structural basis of the switch and many of the pathways that RAS controls are well known, but the precise mechanisms by which RAS proteins function are less clear. All RAS biology occurs in membranes: a precise understanding of RAS' interaction with membranes is essential to understand RAS action and to intervene in RAS-driven diseases...
June 29, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650561/craniosynostosis-in-patients-with-rasopathies-accumulating-clinical-evidence-for-expanding-the-phenotype
#7
Kimiko Ueda, Masako Yaoita, Tetsuya Niihori, Yoko Aoki, Nobuhiko Okamoto
RASopathies are phenotypically overlapping genetic disorders caused by dysregulation of the RAS/mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway. RASopathies include Noonan syndrome, cardio-facio-cutaneous (CFC) syndrome, Costello syndrome, Neurofibromatosis type 1, Legius syndrome, Noonan syndrome with multiple lentigines, Noonan-like syndrome, hereditary gingival fibromatosis, and capillary malformation/arteriovenous malformation syndrome. Recently, six patients with craniosynostosis and Noonan syndrome involving KRAS mutations were described in a review, and a patient with craniosynostosis and Noonan syndrome involving a SHOC2 mutation has also been reported...
September 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647828/3d-printing-of-severe-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-in-a-child-with-rasopathy
#8
N F Johnston, T Prendiville, C J McMahon
We describe the use of 3D printing in conjunction with echocardiography in assessing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in a boy with Rasopathy. 3D printing may supplement conventional imaging including echocardiography and MRI in the evaluation of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
June 25, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643916/a-review-of-craniofacial-and-dental-findings-of-the-rasopathies
#9
REVIEW
H Cao, N Alrejaye, O D Klein, A F Goodwin, S Oberoi
OBJECTIVES: The RASopathies are a group of syndromes that have in common germline mutations in genes that encode components of the Ras/mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway and have been a focus of study to understand the role of this pathway in development and disease. These syndromes include Noonan syndrome (NS), Noonan syndrome with multiple lentigines (NSML or LEOPARD syndrome), neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), Costello syndrome (CS), cardio-facio-cutaneous (CFC) syndrome, neurofibromatosis type 1-like syndrome (NFLS or Legius syndrome) and capillary malformation-arteriovenous malformation syndrome (CM-AVM)...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637616/down-syndrome-rasopathies-and-other-rare-syndromes
#10
Christian P Kratz, Shai Izraeli
In this article we discuss the occurrence of myeloid neoplasms in patients with a range of syndromes that are due to germline defects of the RAS signaling pathway and in patients with trisomy 21. Both RAS mutations and trisomy 21 are common somatic events contributing to leukemogenis. Thus, the increased leukemia risk observed in children affected by these conditions is biologically highly plausible. Children with myeloid neoplasms in the context of these syndromes require different treatments than children with sporadic myeloid neoplasms and provide an opportunity to study the role of trisomy 21 and RAS signaling during leukemogenesis and development...
April 2017: Seminars in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622382/correction-aberrant-neuronal-activity-induced-signaling-and-gene-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-rasopathy
#11
Franziska Altmüller, Santosh Pothula, Anil Annamneedi, Saeideh Nakhaei-Rad, Carolina Montenegro-Venegas, Eneko Pina-Fernández, Claudia Marini, Monica Santos, Denny Schanze, Dirk Montag, Mohammad R Ahmadian, Oliver Stork, Martin Zenker, Anna Fejtova
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006684.].
June 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620009/recommendations-for-cancer-surveillance-in-individuals-with-rasopathies-and-other-rare-genetic-conditions-with-increased-cancer-risk
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REVIEW
Anita Villani, Mary-Louise C Greer, Jennifer M Kalish, Akira Nakagawara, Katherine L Nathanson, Kristian W Pajtler, Stefan M Pfister, Michael F Walsh, Jonathan D Wasserman, Kristin Zelley, Christian P Kratz
In October 2016, the American Association for Cancer Research held a meeting of international childhood cancer predisposition syndrome experts to evaluate the current knowledge of these syndromes and to propose consensus surveillance recommendations. Herein, we summarize clinical and genetic aspects of RASopathies and Sotos, Weaver, Rubinstein-Taybi, Schinzel-Giedion, and NKX2-1 syndromes as well as specific metabolic disorders known to be associated with increased childhood cancer risk. In addition, the expert panel reviewed whether sufficient data exist to make a recommendation that all patients with these disorders be offered cancer surveillance...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594414/genotype-and-phenotype-spectrum-of-nras-germline-variants
#13
Franziska Altmüller, Christina Lissewski, Debora Bertola, Elisabetta Flex, Zornitza Stark, Stephanie Spranger, Gareth Baynam, Michelle Buscarilli, Sarah Dyack, Jane Gillis, Helger G Yntema, Francesca Pantaleoni, Rosa LE van Loon, Sara MacKay, Kym Mina, Ina Schanze, Tiong Yang Tan, Maie Walsh, Susan M White, Marena R Niewisch, Sixto García-Miñaúr, Diego Plaza, Mohammad Reza Ahmadian, Hélène Cavé, Marco Tartaglia, Martin Zenker
RASopathies comprise a group of disorders clinically characterized by short stature, heart defects, facial dysmorphism, and varying degrees of intellectual disability and cancer predisposition. They are caused by germline variants in genes encoding key components or modulators of the highly conserved RAS-MAPK signalling pathway that lead to dysregulation of cell signal transmission. Germline changes in the genes encoding members of the RAS subfamily of GTPases are rare and associated with variable phenotypes of the RASopathy spectrum, ranging from Costello syndrome (HRAS variants) to Noonan and Cardiofaciocutaneous syndromes (KRAS variants)...
June 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582432/in-vivo-efficacy-of-the-akt-inhibitor-arq-092-in-noonan-syndrome-with-multiple-lentigines-associated-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#14
Jianxun Wang, Vasanth Chandrasekhar, Giovanni Abbadessa, Yi Yu, Brian Schwartz, Maria I Kontaridis
Noonan Syndrome with Multiple Lentigines (NSML, formerly LEOPARD syndrome) is an autosomal dominant "RASopathy" disorder manifesting in congenital heart disease. Most cases of NSML are caused by catalytically inactivating mutations in the protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP), non-receptor type 11 (PTPN11), encoding the SH2 domain-containing PTP-2 (SHP2) protein. We previously generated knock-in mice harboring the PTPN11 mutation Y279C, one of the most common NSML alleles; these now-termed SHP2Y279C/+ mice recapitulate the human disorder and develop hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) by 12 weeks of age...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524213/-update-on-the-treatment-of-rasopathies
#15
A Duat-Rodriguez, A Hernandez-Martin
INTRODUCTION: The term 'RASopathies' covers a series of diseases that present mutations in the genes that code for the proteins of the RAS/MAPK pathway. These diseases include neurofibromatosis type 1, Noonan syndrome, Legius syndrome, LEOPARD syndrome, Costello syndrome and cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome. Involvement of the RAS/MAPK pathway not only increases predisposition to develop tumours, but also determines the presence of phenotypic anomalies and alterations in learning processes...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523882/phacomatosis-pigmentokeratotica-a-mosaic-rasopathy-with-malignant-potential
#16
Amit Om, Sara S Cathey, Robert M Gathings, Michelle Hudspeth, Jennifer A Lee, Sean Marzolf, Lara Wine Lee
Phacomatosis pigmentokeratotica (PPK) is a rare epidermal nevus syndrome characterized by the co-occurrence of a nevus sebaceous arranged along the lines of Blaschko with a speckled lentiginous nevus (SLN). We report a novel KRAS mutation in a patient with a large nevus sebaceous and an SLN who subsequently developed a vaginal botryoid rhabdomyosarcoma, an association not previously reported in the literature. This case expands our knowledge of the genetic basis for phacomatosis, in which mutations in HRAS have been previously described, although this report provides evidence that activating mutations in KRAS or HRAS may cause PPK...
May 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456002/multiple-spinal-nerve-enlargement-and-sos1-mutation-further-evidence-of-overlap-between-neurofibromatosis-type-1-and-noonan-phenotype
#17
C Santoro, T Giugliano, M A B Melone, M Cirillo, C Schettino, P Bernardo, G Cirillo, S Perrotta, G Piluso
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) has long been considered a well-defined, recognizable monogenic disorder, with neurofibromas constituting a pathognomonic sign. This dogma has been challenged by recent descriptions of patients with enlarged nerves or paraspinal tumors, suggesting that neurogenic tumors and hypertrophic neuropathy may be a complication of Noonan syndrome with multiple lentigines (NSML) or RASopathy phenotype. We describe a 15-year-old boy, whose mother previously received clinical diagnosis of NF1 due to presence of bilateral cervical and lumbar spinal lesions resembling plexiform neurofibromas and features suggestive of NS...
April 29, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455524/mechanisms-underlying-cognitive-deficits-in-a-mouse-model-for-costello-syndrome-are-distinct-from-other-rasopathy-mouse-models
#18
Jadwiga Schreiber, Laura-Anne Grimbergen, Iris Overwater, Thijs van der Vaart, Jeffrey Stedehouder, Alberto J Schuhmacher, Carmen Guerra, Steven A Kushner, Dick Jaarsma, Ype Elgersma
RASopathies, characterized by germline mutations in genes encoding proteins of the RAS-ERK signaling pathway, show overlapping phenotypes, which manifest themselves with a varying severity of intellectual disability. However, it is unclear to what extent they share the same downstream pathophysiology that underlies the cognitive deficits. Costello syndrome (CS) is a rare RASopathy caused by activating mutations in the HRAS gene. Here we investigated the mechanisms underlying the cognitive deficits of HRas (G12V/G12V) mice...
April 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423318/oligodendrocyte-nf1-controls-aberrant-notch-activation-and-regulates-myelin-structure-and-behavior
#19
Alejandro López-Juárez, Haley E Titus, Sadiq H Silbak, Joshua W Pressler, Tilat A Rizvi, Madeleine Bogard, Michael R Bennett, Georgianne Ciraolo, Michael T Williams, Charles V Vorhees, Nancy Ratner
The RASopathy neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is one of the most common autosomal dominant genetic disorders. In NF1 patients, neurological issues may result from damaged myelin, and mice with a neurofibromin gene (Nf1) mutation show white matter (WM) defects including myelin decompaction. Using mouse genetics, we find that altered Nf1 gene-dose in mature oligodendrocytes results in progressive myelin defects and behavioral abnormalities mediated by aberrant Notch activation. Blocking Notch, upstream mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), or nitric oxide signaling rescues myelin defects in hemizygous Nf1 mutants, and pharmacological gamma secretase inhibition rescues aberrant behavior with no effects in wild-type (WT) mice...
April 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414188/a-case-of-splenomegaly-in-cbl-syndrome
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Rachel R Coe, Margaret L McKinnon, Maja Tarailo-Graovac, Colin J Ross, Wyeth W Wasserman, Jan M Friedman, Paul C Rogers, Clara D M van Karnebeek
INTRODUCTION: We present a child with unexplained splenomegaly to highlight this feature as a presenting sign of the RASopathy CBL syndrome and to draw attention to the power and utility of next generation genomic sequencing for providing rapid diagnosis and critical information to guide care in the pediatric clinical setting. CLINICAL REPORT: A 7-year-old boy presented with unexplained splenomegaly, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mild learning difficulties, easy bruising, mild thrombocytopenia, and subtle dysmorphic features...
July 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
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