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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642195/how-lipid-droplets-tag-along-glycerolipid-synthetic-enzymes-and-lipid-storage
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REVIEW
Huan Wang, Michael V Airola, Karen Reue
Triacylglycerols (TAG) serve as the predominant form of energy storage in mammalian cells, and TAG synthesis influences conditions such as obesity, fatty liver, and insulin resistance. In most tissues, the glycerol 3-phosphate pathway enzymes are responsible for TAG synthesis, and the regulation and function of these enzymes is therefore important for metabolic homeostasis. Here we review the sites and regulation of glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT), acylglycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (AGPAT), lipin/phosphatidic acid phosphatase (PAP), and diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) enzyme action...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631899/dual-molecular-diagnosis-contributes-to-atypical-prader-willi-phenotype-in-monozygotic-twins
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Fernanda S Jehee, Valdirene T de Oliveira, Juliana Gurgel-Giannetti, Rafaella X Pietra, Fernando V M Rubatino, Natália V Carobin, Gabrielle S Vianna, Mariana L de Freitas, Karla S Fernandes, Beatriz S V Ribeiro, Hennie T Brüggenwirth, Roza Ali-Amin, Janson J White, Zeynep C Akdemir, Shalini N Jhangiani, Richard A Gibbs, James R Lupski, Monica C Varela, Célia Koiffmann, Carla Rosenberg, Cláudia M B Carvalho
We describe monozygotic twin girls with genetic variation at two separate loci resulting in a blended phenotype of Prader-Willi syndrome and Pitt-Hopkins syndrome. These girls were diagnosed in early infancy with Prader-Willi syndrome, but developed an atypical phenotype, with apparent intellectual deficiency and lack of obesity. Array-comparative genomic hybridization confirmed a de novo paternal deletion of the 15q11.2q13 region and exome sequencing identified a second mutational event in both girls, which was a novel variant c...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628399/polymorphisms-in-lep-and-lepr-genes-in-infants-correlation-with-serum-leptin-values-in-the-first-6-months-of-life
#3
Francesco Savino, Allegra Sardo, Paola Montanari, Ilaria Galliano, Liliana Di Stasio, Massimiliano Bergallo, Leandra Silvestro
OBJECTIVE: Because several studies indicate that polymorphisms in leptin (Lep) and leptin receptor (Lepr) genes play a central role in determining obesity, we analyzed 2 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the Lep gene (Lep G2548A and A19G) and one in the Lepr gene (Lepr A668G) to verify the effect of the 3 SNPs on leptin concentrations in infancy. METHODS: We enrolled 80 healthy Caucasian infants under 6 months of age, who were genotyped for the 3 SNPs with amplification refractory mutation system-mismatch amplification mutation assay (ARMS-MAMA) real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624958/whole-exome-sequencing-identified-compound-heterozygous-variants-in-mmks-in-a-chinese-pedigree-with-bardet-biedl-syndrome
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Zhan Qi, Ying Shen, Qian Fu, Wei Li, Wei Yang, Wenshan Xu, Ping Chu, Yaxin Zhang, Hui Wang
Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by retinal dystrophy, polydactyly, obesity, developmental delay, and renal defects. At least 21 candidate BBS-associated genes (BBS1-19, NPHP1, and IFT172) have previously been identified, and all of them play important roles in ciliary function. Here, we collected a BBS pedigree with four members and performed whole-exome sequencing on the proband. The variants were analyzed and evaluated to confirm their pathogenicity. We found compound heterozygous variants (c...
June 14, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584627/mixed-leukocyte-cell-derived-chemotaxin-2-and-amyloid-a-renal-amyloidosis-in-a-kazakh-german-patient
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Vega A Gödecke, Christoph Röcken, Lars Steinmüller-Magin, Felix Nadrowitz, Susanne V Fleig, Hermann Haller, Annette D Wagner
Leukocyte cell-derived chemotaxin 2 (LECT2)-related amyloidosis (ALECT2) constitutes a subtype of systemic amyloidosis affecting the kidney. This is the first case describing mixed ALECT2 and Amyloid A renal amyloidosis in a Kazakh-German patient. Genetic analysis shows a polymorphism in the LECT2 gene and a homozygous mutation in the SAA1 gene. Notably, our patient has a body mass index of 61 kg/m(2) and a pathological glucose tolerance test. ALECT2 was found in certain ethnic groups with a high incidence of diabetes...
April 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580850/-advances-in-the-pathogenesis-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#6
Alajos Pár, Gabriella Pár
Non alcoholic fatty liver disease is the hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome, and the most common liver disease. Its more aggressive form is the non alcoholic steatohepatitis. Multiple genetic and environmental factors lead to the accumulation of triglicerides and the inflammatory cascade. High fat diet, obesity, adipocyte dysfunction with cytokine production, insulin resistance and increased lipolysis with free fatty acid flux into the liver - all are the drivers of liver cell injury. Activation of inflammasome by damage- or pathogen-associated molecular patterns results in "steril inflammation" and immune response, while the hepatic stellate cells and progenitor cells lead to fibrogenesis...
June 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580280/rasal2-deficiency-reduces-adipogenesis-and-occurrence-of-obesity-related-disorders
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Xiaoqiang Zhu, Simin Xie, Tian Xu, Xiaohui Wu, Min Han
OBJECTIVE: Identification of additional regulatory factors involved in the onset of obesity is important to understand the mechanisms underlying this prevailing disease and its associated metabolic disorders and to develop therapeutic strategies. Through isolation and analysis of a mutant, we aimed to uncover the function of a Ras-GAP gene, Rasal2 (Ras protein activator like 2), in the development of obesity and related metabolic disorders and to obtain valuable insights regarding the mechanism underlying the function...
June 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576871/steap4-its-emerging-role-in-metabolism-and-homeostasis-of-cellular-iron-and-copper
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Rachel T Scarl, C Martin Lawrence, Hannah M Gordon, Craig S Nunemaker
Preserving energy homeostasis in the presence of stressors such as proinflammatory cytokines and nutrient overload is crucial to maintaining normal cellular function. Six-transmembrane epithelial antigen of the prostate 4 (STEAP4), a metalloreductase involved in iron and copper homeostasis, is thought to play a potentially important role in the cellular response to inflammatory stress. Genome-wide association studies have linked various mutations in STEAP4 with the development of metabolic disorders such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573831/auditory-and-otologic-profile-of-alstr%C3%A3-m-syndrome-comprehensive-single-center-data-on-38-patients
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Spencer Lindsey, Carmen Brewer, Olga Stakhovskaya, Hung Jeffrey Kim, Chris Zalewski, Joy Bryant, Kelly A King, Jürgen K Naggert, William A Gahl, Jan D Marshall, Meral Gunay-Aygun
Alström syndrome (AS) is a rare autosomal recessive ciliopathy caused by mutations in the ALMS1 gene. Hallmark characteristics include childhood onset of severe retinal degeneration, sensorineural hearing loss, obesity, insulin-resistant diabetes, and cardiomyopathy. Here we comprehensively characterize the auditory and otologic manifestations in a prospective case series of 38 individuals, aged 1.7-37.9 years, with genetically confirmed AS. Hearing loss was preceded by retinal dystrophy in all cases, and had an average age of detection of 7...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559281/uridine-monophosphate-synthetase-enables-eukaryotic-de-novo-nad-biosynthesis-from-quinolinic-acid
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Melanie R McReynolds, Wenqing Wang, Lauren M Holleran, Wendy Hanna-Rose
NAD+ biosynthesis is an attractive and promising therapeutic target for influencing healthspan and obesity-related phenotypes as well as tumor growth. Full and effective use of this target for therapeutic benefit requires a complete understanding of NAD+ biosynthetic pathways. Here we report a previously unrecognized role for a conserved phosphoribosyltransferase in NAD+ biosynthesis. Because a required quinolinic acid phosphoribosyltransferase (QPRTase) is not encoded in its genome, Caenorhabditis elegans are reported to lack a de novo NAD+ biosynthetic pathway...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525397/an-unusual-case-of-sudden-death-is-there-a-relationship-between-thyroid-disorders-and-fatal-pulmonary-thromboembolism-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Isabella Aquila, Silvia Boca, Fiorella Caputo, Matteo A Sacco, Santo Gratteri, Vittorio Fineschi, Pietrantonio Ricci
In adults, the most common cause of sudden death is coronary heart disease or defects in the cardiac conduction system; however, there are many cases of sudden death occurring from other causes such as fatal pulmonary thromboembolism. Several risk factors are recognized, including hospitalization, surgery, obesity, pregnancy, the use of oral contraceptives, traumatic fractures, and genetic conditions, which cause hypercoagulable states such as factor V Leiden mutations. Although many risk factors have been identified, the mortality rate is still high...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479386/obesity-risk-prediction-among-women-of-upper-egypt-the-impact-of-serum-vaspin-and-vaspin-rs2236242-gene-polymorphism
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Soad M Abdel Ghany, Ayat A Sayed, Sahar E M El-Deek, Hala M Elbadre, Marwa A Dahpy, Medhat A Saleh, Hanan Sharaf, Mohamed Hassan
BACKGROUND: Vaspin is an adipokine that is potentially linking obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes. AIM: The present study aimed to investigate the impact of vaspin rs2236242 gene polymorphism on the risk of obesity, diabetes, their metabolic traits, and serum vaspin levels in a sample of Upper Egyptian women. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 224 subjects, 112 obese (62 non diabetics, 50 diabetics) and 112 controls were included in this case control study...
May 4, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472148/genetic-analysis-of-single-minded-1-gene-in-early-onset-severely-obese-children-and-adolescents
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Daniela Stanikova, Marek Buzga, Patrik Krumpolec, Martina Skopkova, Martina Surova, Barbara Ukropcova, Lubica Ticha, Miroslava Petrasova, Dominika Gabcova, Miroslava Huckova, Lucie Piskorova, Jan Bozensky, Marian Mokan, Jozef Ukropec, Ivona Zavacka, Iwar Klimes, Juraj Stanik, Daniela Gasperikova
BACKGROUND: Inactivating mutations of the hypothalamic transcription factor singleminded1 (SIM1) have been shown as a cause of early-onset severe obesity. However, to date, the contribution of SIM1 mutations to the obesity phenotype has only been studied in a few populations. In this study, we screened the functional regions of SIM1 in severely obese children of Slovak and Moravian descent to determine if genetic variants within SIM1 may influence the development of obesity in these populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465145/energy-sensing-pathways-bridging-type-2-diabetes-and-colorectal-cancer
#14
REVIEW
Juhong Yang, Reiko Nishihara, Xuehong Zhang, Shuji Ogino, Zhi Rong Qian
The recently rapid increase of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus has caused great burden to our society. A positive association between type 2 diabetes and risk of colorectal cancer has been reported by increasing epidemiological studies. The molecular mechanism of this connection remains elusive. However, type 2 diabetes may result in abnormal carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, high levels of circulating insulin, insulin growth factor-1, and adipocytokines, as well as chronic inflammation. All these factors could lead to the alteration of energy sensing pathways such as the AMP activated kinase (PRKA), mechanistic (mammalian) target of rapamycin (mTOR), SIRT1, and autophagy signaling pathways...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459029/association-of-fat-mass-and-obesity-associated-gene-variant-with-lifestyle-factors-and-body-fat-in-indian-children
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Lavanya S Parthasarthy, Nikhil Phadke, Shashi Chiplonkar, Anuradha Khadilkar, Kavita Khatod, Veena Ekbote, Surabhi Shah, Vaman Khadilkar
CONTEXT: Common intronic variants of the fat mass and obesity-associated (FTO) gene have been associated with obesity-related traits in humans. AIMS: (1) The aim of this study is to study the distribution of FTO gene variants across different body mass index (BMI) categories and (2) to explore the association between FTO gene variants and lifestyle factors in obese and normal weight Indian children. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Fifty-six children (26 boys, mean age 10...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453643/early-onset-obesity-unrecognized-first-evidence-for-gnas-mutations-and-methylation-changes
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Annette Grüters-Kieslich, Monica Reyes, Amita Sharma, Cem Demirci, Terry J DeClue, Erwin Lankes, Dov Tiosano, Dirk Schnabel, Harald Jüppner
Context: Early-onset obesity, characteristic for disorders affecting the leptin-melanocortin pathway, is also observed in pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ia (PHP1A), a disorder caused by maternal GNAS mutations that disrupt expression or function of the stimulatory G protein (Gsα). Mutations and/or epigenetic abnormalities at the same genetic locus are also the cause of pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ib (PHP1B). However, although equivalent biochemical and radiographic findings can be encountered in these related disorders caused by GNAS abnormalities they are considered distinct clinical entities...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438610/hyperglycemia-increases-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-via-mapk1-and-mapk3-signaling-to-etv1-and-kit-leading-to-rapid-gastric-emptying
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Yujiro Hayashi, Yoshitaka Toyomasu, Siva Arumugam Saravanaperumal, Michael R Bardsley, John A Smestad, Andrea Lorincz, Seth T Eisenman, Gianluca Cipriani, Molly H Nelson Holte, Fatimah J Al Khazal, Sabriya A Syed, Gabriella B Gajdos, Kyoung Moo Choi, Gary J Stoltz, Katie E Miller, Michael L Kendrick, Brian P Rubin, Simon J Gibbons, Adil E Bharucha, David R Linden, Louis James Maher, Gianrico Farrugia, Tamas Ordog
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Depletion of interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) is common in diabetic gastroparesis. However, in approximately 20% of patients with diabetes, gastric emptying (GE) is accelerated. GE also occurs faster in obese individuals, and is associated with increased blood levels of glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes. To understand the fate of ICCs in hyperinsulinemic, hyperglycemic states characterized by rapid GE, we studied mice with mutation of the leptin receptor (Lepr(db/db)), which in our colony had accelerated GE...
April 21, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432282/loss-of-function-myostatin-mutation-increases-insulin-sensitivity-and-browning-of-white-fat-in-meishan-pigs
#18
Chunbo Cai, Lili Qian, Shengwang Jiang, Youde Sun, Qingqing Wang, Dezun Ma, Gaojun Xiao, Biao Li, Shanshan Xie, Ting Gao, Yaoxing Chen, Jie Liu, Xiaorong An, Wentao Cui, Kui Li
Myostatin-deficient mice showed a remarkable hypertrophy of skeletal muscle, with a decreased fat mass and enhanced insulin sensitivity. Currently, it is unclear if the inhibition of myostatin could be used as an approach to treat human obesity and insulin resistance. In this study, we investigated if the inhibition of porcine myostatin has any effect on fat deposition and insulin sensitivity using genetically engineered Meishan pigs containing a myostatin loss-of-function mutation (Mstn -/- ). Our results indicated that, when compared with wild-type pigs, the amount of subcutaneous fat and leaf fat of Mstn -/- pigs were significantly decreased mainly due to the browning of subcutaneous adipose tissue...
May 23, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407410/variable-clinical-course-of-identical-twin-neonates-with-alstr%C3%A3-m-syndrome-presenting-coincidentally-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Seth A Hollander, Norah Alsaleh, Maura Ruzhnikov, Kristen Jensen, David N Rosenthal, David A Stevenson, Melanie Manning
Alström Syndrome (AS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the ALMS1 gene. We report monozygotic twin infants who presented concurrently with symptoms of congestive heart failure (CHF) due to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Following their initial presentation, one twin improved both echocardiographically and functionally while the other twin showed a progressive decline in ventricular function and worsening CHF symptoms requiring multiple hospitalizations and augmentation of heart failure therapy...
June 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391883/childhood-adult-onset-lysosomal-acid-lipase-deficiency-a-serious-metabolic-and-vascular-phenotype-beyond-liver-disease-four-new-pediatric-cases
#20
Pierre Poinsot, Sophie Collardeau Frachon, Lioara Restier, André Sérusclat, Mathilde Di Filippo, Sybil Charrière, Philippe Moulin, Alain Lachaux, Noel Peretti
BACKGROUND: The childhood/adult-onset lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LALD; late-onset LALD) is a rare genetic disease. Children present severe fatty liver disease with early cirrhosis. Before enzyme replacement therapy, statins were the standard treatment to improve the severe dyslipidemia. However, late-onset LALD should be considered as a systemic metabolic disease: chronic hyper-low-density lipoprotein and hypo-high-density lipoprotein cholesterolemia induces early atherosclerosis in addition to the liver morbidity...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
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