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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335026/congenital-anomalies-in-neurofibromatosis-1-a-retrospective-register-based-total-population-study
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Jussi Leppävirta, Roope A Kallionpää, Elina Uusitalo, Tero Vahlberg, Minna Pöyhönen, Juha Peltonen, Sirkku Peltonen
BACKGROUND: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a dominantly inherited Rasopathy caused by mutations in the NF1 gene on chromosome 17. NF1 has been connected to congenital anomalies, e.g., in the skeletal and cardiovascular systems, but the overall incidence of anomalies is unknown. In this retrospective register-based total population study conducted in Finland, the congenital anomalies in NF1 were evaluated. METHODS: One thousand four hundred ten patients with NF1 were identified by searching the medical records related to inpatient and outpatient hospital visits of patients with an associated diagnosis for NF1 in 1987-2011...
January 15, 2018: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316280/giant-congenital-melanocytic-nevus-with-vascular-malformation-and-epidermal-cysts-associated-with-a-somatic-activating-mutation-in-braf
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Heather C Etchevers, Christian Rose, Birgit Kahle, Helmuth Vorbringer, Frédéric Fina, Pauline Heux, Irina Berger, Benjamin Schwarz, Stéphane Zaffran, Nicolas Macagno, Sven Krengel
Giant congenital melanocytic nevi may be symptomatically isolated, or syndromic. Associations with capillary malformations are exceptional, and development of epidermal cysts has not been described. A 71-year old patient with a giant congenital melanocytic nevus of the lower back, buttocks and thighs was asymptomatic except for unexpected hemorrhage during partial surgical excision years before. Blunt trauma at age 64 initiated recurrent, severe pain under the nevus; multiple large epidermal cysts then developed within it...
January 5, 2018: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314428/mosaic-nrasopathy-n-a-child-with-giant-melanocytic-congenital-naevus-epidermal-hamartoma-and-bilateral-nephroblastomatosis-clinical-implication-for-follow-up
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C Maridet, F Morice-Picard, A Gros, L Crivelli, A de la Fouchardière, B Vergier, A Taïeb
Various nevoid proliferations result from postzygotic mutation in genes within the RAF/RAS/MAPK pathway, supporting the term "mosaic RASopathy"(1). Giant congenital melanocytic naevus (GCMN) and neurocutaneous melanosis are rare mosaic RASopathies mainly known to be at risk for the development of melanoma and skeletal anomalies are variably recorded (2,3). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
January 5, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311130/mras-a-close-but-understudied-member-of-the-ras-family
#4
Lucy C Young, Pablo Rodriguez-Viciana
MRAS is the closest relative to the classical RAS oncoproteins and shares most regulatory and effector interactions. However, it also has unique functions, including its ability to function as a phosphatase regulatory subunit when in complex with SHOC2 and protein phosphatase 1 (PP1). This phosphatase complex regulates a crucial step in the activation cycle of RAF kinases and provides a key coordinate input required for efficient ERK pathway activation and transformation by RAS. MRAS mutations rarely occur in cancer but deregulated expression may play a role in tumorigenesis in some settings...
January 8, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178881/atrial-erk1-2-activation-in-the-embryo-leads-to-incomplete-septal-closure-a-novel-mouse-model-of-atrial-septal-defect
#5
Che-Chung Yeh, Yanying Fan, Yi-Lin Yang, Michael J Mann
BACKGROUND: MEK1 mutation and activated MAPK signaling has been found in patients with RASopathies and abnormal cardiac development. Previous studies have suggested that regulation of fetal MAPK signaling is essential for normal cardiac development. We investigated the effect of active MEK1 overexpression on fetal atrial septal development. METHODS AND RESULTS: An inducible double transgenic (DTg) mouse model was developed in which cardiac-specific fetal expression of a constitutively active form of human MEK1 (aMEK1) was induced primarily in the atrium via the withdrawal of doxycycline from the drinking water of pregnant mice...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165300/foxi2-a-possible-gene-contributing-to-ectodermal-dysplasia
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Mazen Kurban, Savo Bou Zeineddine, Lamiaa Hamie, Remi Safi, Ossama Abbas, Abdul Ghani Kibbi, Fadi Bitar, Georges Nemer
Cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome (CFC), Noonan syndrome (NS), and Costello syndrome are a group of diseases that belong to the RASopathies. The syndromes share clinical features making diagnosis a challenge. To investigate the phenotype and genotype of a 10-year-old Iraqi girl with overlapping features of CFC, NS, and Costello syndromes, with additional features of ectodermal dysplasia. DNA was examined by exome sequencing and protein expression by immunohistochemistry. Exome sequencing identified a mutation in the SOS1 gene and a de novo deletion in the FOXI2 gene which was neither present in the international databases, nor in 400 chromosomes from the same population...
November 22, 2017: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093661/syndromic-craniosynostosis-can-define-new-candidate-genes-for-suture-development-or-result-from-the-non-specifc-effects-of-pleiotropic-genes-rasopathies-and-chromatinopathies-as-examples
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Marcella Zollino, Serena Lattante, Daniela Orteschi, Silvia Frangella, Paolo N Doronzio, Ilaria Contaldo, Eugenio Mercuri, Giuseppe Marangi
Craniosynostosis is a heterogeneous condition caused by the premature fusion of cranial sutures, occurring mostly as an isolated anomaly. Pathogenesis of non-syndromic forms of craniosynostosis is largely unknown. In about 15-30% of cases craniosynostosis occurs in association with other physical anomalies and it is referred to as syndromic craniosynostosis. Syndromic forms of craniosynostosis arise from mutations in genes belonging to the Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor (FGFR) family and the interconnected molecular pathways in most cases...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059171/suppression-of-rac1-driven-malignant-melanoma-by-group-a-pak-inhibitors
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D Araiza-Olivera, Y Feng, G Semenova, T Y Prudnikova, J Rhodes, J Chernoff
Activating mutations in the RAC1 gene have recently been discovered as driver events in malignant melanoma. Expression of this gene is associated with melanocyte proliferation, and melanoma cells bearing this mutation are insensitive to BRAF inhibitors such as vemurafenib and dabrafenib, and also may evade immune surveillance due to enhanced expression of PD-L1. Activating mutations in RAC1 are of special interest, as small-molecule inhibitors for the RAC effector p21-activated kinase (PAK) are in late-stage clinical development and might impede oncogenic signaling from mutant RAC1...
October 23, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038918/mechanisms-and-causality-in-molecular-diseases
#9
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
#10
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
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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...
December 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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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