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Yukihiro Shiga, Masato Akiyama, Koji M Nishiguchi, Kota Sato, Nobuhiro Shimozawa, Atsushi Takahashi, Yukihide Momozawa, Makoto Hirata, Matsuda Koichi, Taiki Yamaji, Motoki Iwasaki, Shoichiro Tsugane, Isao Oze, Haruo Mikami, Mariko Naito, Kenji Wakai, Munemitsu Yoshikawa, Masahiro Miyake, Kenji Yamashiro, Kenji Kashiwagi, Takeshi Iwata, Fumihiko Mabuchi, Mitsuko Takamoto, Mineo Ozaki, Kazuhide Kawase, Makoto Aihara, Makoto Araie, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Yoshiaki Kiuchi, Makoto Nakamura, Yasuhiro Ikeda, Koh-Hei Sonoda, Tatsuro Ishibashi, Koji Nitta, Aiko Iwase, Shiroaki Shirato, Yoshitaka Oka, Mamoru Satoh, Makoto Sasaki, Nobuo Fuse, Yoichi Suzuki, Ching-Yu Cheng, Chiea Chuen Khor, Mani Baskaran, Shamira Perera, Tin Aung, Eranga N Vithana, Jessica N Cooke Bailey, Jae H Kang, Louis R Pasquale, Jonathan L Haines, Janey L Wiggs, Kathryn P Burdon, Puya Gharahkhani, Alex W Hewitt, David A Mackey, Stuart MacGregor, Jamie E Craig, R Rand Allingham, Micheal Hauser, Adeyinka Ashaye, Donald L Budenz, Stephan Akafo, Susan E I Williams, Yoichiro Kamatani, Toru Nakazawa, Michiaki Kubo
Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide for which 15 disease-associated loci had been discovered. Among them, only 5 loci have been associated with POAG in Asians. We carried out a genome-wide association study and a replication study that included a total of 7,378 POAG cases and 36,385 controls from a Japanese population. After combining the GWAS and the two replication sets, we identified 11 POAG-associated loci, including 4 known (CDKN2B-AS1, ABCA1, SIX6 and AFAP1) and 7 novel loci (FNDC3B, ANKRD55-MAP3K1, LMX1B, LHPP, HMGA2, MEIS2 and LOXL1) at a genome-wide significance level (p < 5...
February 14, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Puya Gharahkhani, Kathryn P Burdon, Jessica N Cooke Bailey, Alex W Hewitt, Matthew H Law, Louis R Pasquale, Jae H Kang, Jonathan L Haines, Emmanuelle Souzeau, Tiger Zhou, Owen M Siggs, John Landers, Mona Awadalla, Shiwani Sharma, Richard A Mills, Bronwyn Ridge, David Lynn, Robert Casson, Stuart L Graham, Ivan Goldberg, Andrew White, Paul R Healey, John Grigg, Mitchell Lawlor, Paul Mitchell, Jonathan Ruddle, Michael Coote, Mark Walland, Stephen Best, Andrea Vincent, Jesse Gale, Graham RadfordSmith, David C Whiteman, Grant W Montgomery, Nicholas G Martin, David A Mackey, Janey L Wiggs, Stuart MacGregor, Jamie E Craig
Open-angle glaucoma (OAG) is a major cause of blindness worldwide. To identify new risk loci for OAG, we performed a genome-wide association study in 3,071 OAG cases and 6,750 unscreened controls, and meta-analysed the results with GWAS data for intraocular pressure (IOP) and optic disc parameters (the overall meta-analysis sample size varying between 32,000 to 48,000 participants), which are glaucoma-related traits. We identified and independently validated four novel genome-wide significant associations within or near MYOF and CYP26A1, LINC02052 and CRYGS, LMX1B, and LMO7 using single variant tests, one additional locus (C9) using gene-based tests, and two genetic pathways - "response to fluid shear stress" and "abnormal retina morphology" - in pathway-based tests...
February 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Oumei Cheng, Xiaoyan Tian, Ying Luo, Shaoshan Mai, Yang Yang, Shengnan Kuang, Qi Chen, Jie Ma, Beibei Chen, Rong Li, Lu Yang, Huan Li, Congli Hu, Jiahua Zhang, Zhihao Chen, Yuke Li, Hui Xia, Ying Xu, Junqing Yang
Dopaminergic (DA) neurons derived from bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) maybe a valuable source for cell replacement therapy in Parkinson disease. Recent studies showed that new functions of LXR and their ligands have been proposed to prevent PD in the adult nervous system. The present study was designed to observe the effect of liver X receptors (LXR) agonist on differentiation of rat BMSCs into DA neurons. Expressions of the neuronal markers (Tuj1 and Nestin), the specific marker of DA neurons (tyrosine hydroxylase, TH), LXR α and LXR β were measured by immunocytochemical assay and TH/Tuj1 positive cells were determined by quantitative cell count analyses...
January 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Miho Mukai, Harumi Fujita, Noriko Umegaki-Arao, Takashi Sasaki, Fumiyo Yasuda-Sekiguchi, Tsuyoshi Isojima, Sachiko Kitanaka, Masayuki Amagai, Akiharu Kubo
Nail patella syndrome is a autosomal dominant disorder caused by a genetic alteration in LMX1B. We identified a novel heterozygous in-frame indel mutation of LMX1B in a family of Nail patella syndrome. Impaired transcriptional activity but not dominant negative effect of mutant LMX1B were revealed using a transcriptional reporter assay, indicating that the mutation caused nail patella syndrome in this family via haploinsufficiency of the transcriptional activity of LMX1B.
December 19, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
Nicole K Andeen, Jennifer Schleit, Christopher D Blosser, Michael O Dorschner, Fuki Marie Hisama, Kelly D Smith
Variants in the LMX1B gene cause nail-patella syndrome, a rare autosomal dominant disorder characterized by dysplasia of nails, patella and elbow abnormalities, iliac "horns," and glaucoma. We describe an adult man with nephrotic syndrome and no systemic manifestations of nail-patella syndrome at the time of his initial kidney biopsy. His kidney biopsy was initially interpreted as a form of segmental sclerosis with unusual fibrillar deposits. At the time of consideration for kidney transplantation, a family history was notable for end-stage renal disease in 3 generations...
December 12, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Audrey Chabrat, Guillaume Brisson, Hélène Doucet-Beaupré, Charleen Salesse, Marcos Schaan Profes, Axelle Dovonou, Cléophace Akitegetse, Julien Charest, Suzanne Lemstra, Daniel Côté, R Jeroen Pasterkamp, Monica I Abrudan, Emmanouil Metzakopian, Siew-Lan Ang, Martin Lévesque
Mesodiencephalic dopamine neurons play central roles in the regulation of a wide range of brain functions, including voluntary movement and behavioral processes. These functions are served by distinct subtypes of mesodiencephalic dopamine neurons located in the substantia nigra pars compacta and the ventral tegmental area, which form the nigrostriatal, mesolimbic, and mesocortical pathways. Until now, mechanisms involved in dopaminergic circuit formation remained largely unknown. Here, we show that Lmx1a, Lmx1b, and Otx2 transcription factors control subtype-specific mesodiencephalic dopamine neurons and their appropriate axon innervation...
October 16, 2017: Nature Communications
Wei Song, Marisa Cressatti, Hillel Zukor, Adrienne Liberman, Carmela Galindez, Hyman M Schipper
Epigenetic influences mediating brain iron deposition, oxidative mitochondrial injury, and macroautophagy in Parkinson disease and related conditions remain enigmatic. Here, we show that selective overexpression of the stress protein, heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) in astrocytes of GFAP.HMOX1 transgenic mice between 8.5 and 19 months of age results in nigrostriatal hypodopaminergia associated with locomotor incoordination and stereotypy; downregulation of tyrosine hydroxylase, DAT, LMX1B, Nurr1, Pitx3 and DJ-1 mRNA and/or protein; overproduction of α-synuclein and ubiquitin; oxidative stress; basal ganglia siderosis; mitochondrial damage/mitophagy; and augmented GABAergic systems (increased GABA, GAD67 and reelin)...
June 28, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
Miguel A P Oliveira, Rudi Balling, Marten P Smidt, Ronan M T Fleming
A specific set of brainstem nuclei are susceptible to degeneration in Parkinson's disease. We hypothesise that neuronal vulnerability reflects shared phenotypic characteristics that confer selective vulnerability to degeneration. Neuronal phenotypic specification is mainly the cumulative result of a transcriptional regulatory program that is active during the development. By manual curation of the developmental biology literature, we comprehensively reconstructed an anatomically resolved cellular developmental lineage for the adult neurons in five brainstem regions that are selectively vulnerable to degeneration in prodromal or early Parkinson's disease...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
Ralph Witzgall
The pathognomonic symptoms of patients with nail-patella syndrome are their small or absent patellae and dysplastic or absent finger- and toenails. Many of the patients suffer from renal symptoms which also affect their prognosis. In 1998, mutations in the gene encoding the transcription factor LMX1B were identified as underlying this autosomal-dominant disease. The LMX1B gene is expressed in a variety of tissues, and the symptoms are reflected nicely by its expression pattern. LMX1B is essential for dorso-ventral pattern formation in the limbs, for differentiation of the anterior portions of the eyes, for development of certain neuron populations in the central nervous system, and for the differentiation and maintenance of podocytes...
August 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Yukino Nawa, Hanae Kaneko, Masayuki Oda, Masaaki Tsubonoya, Tomoko Hiroi, Maria Teresa Gentile, Luca Colucci-D'Amato, Ryoya Takahashi, Hiroaki Matsui
Tryptophan hydroxylase 2 (TPH2) is the key enzyme in the synthesis of neuronal serotonin. Although previous studies suggest that TPH2 NRSE (neuron-restrictive silencer element) functions as a negative regulator dependent on NRSF (neuron-restrictive silencer factor) activity, the underlying mechanisms are yet to be fully elucidated. Here, we show a detailed analysis of the NRSE-mediated repression of the human TPH2 (hTPH2) promoter activity in RN46A cells, a cell line derived from rat raphe neurons. Quantitative real-time RT-PCR analysis revealed the expression of serotonergic marker genes (Mash1, Nkx2...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
Endika Haro, Billy A Watson, Jennifer M Feenstra, Luke Tegeler, Charmaine U Pira, Subburaman Mohan, Kerby C Oberg
Lmx1b is a homeodomain transcription factor responsible for limb dorsalization. Despite striking double-ventral (loss-of-function) and double-dorsal (gain-of-function) limb phenotypes, no direct gene targets in the limb have been confirmed. To determine direct targets, we performed a chromatin immunoprecipitation against Lmx1b in mouse limbs at embryonic day 12.5 followed by next-generation sequencing (ChIP-seq). Nearly 84% ( n =617) of the Lmx1b-bound genomic intervals (LBIs) identified overlap with chromatin regulatory marks indicative of potential cis -regulatory modules (PCRMs)...
June 1, 2017: Development
Marilyn C Jones, Sarah E Topol, Manuel Rueda, Glenn Oliveira, Tierney Phillips, Emily G Spencer, Ali Torkamani
PURPOSE: Nail-Patella syndrome is a dominantly inherited genetic disorder characterized by abnormalities of the nails, knees, elbows, and pelvis. Nail abnormalities are the most constant feature of Nail-Patella syndrome. Pathogenic mutations in a single gene, LMX1B, a mesenchymal determinant of dorsal-ventral patterning, explain approximately 95% of Nail-Patella syndrome cases. However, 5% of cases remain unexplained. METHODS: Here, we present exome sequencing and analysis of four generations of a family with a dominantly inherited Nail-Patella-like disorder (nail dysplasia with some features of Nail-Patella syndrome) who tested negative for LMX1B mutation...
October 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Tomohiro Nakata, Ryo Ishida, Yuu Mihara, Atsuko Fujii, Yoshimoto Inoue, Tetsuro Kusaba, Tsuyoshi Isojima, Yutaka Harita, Chiaki Kanda, Sachiko Kitanaka, Keiichi Tamagaki
BACKGROUND: Nail-patella syndrome (NPS) is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutations in the LMX1B gene and is characterized by nail dysplasia, skeletal abnormalities, and nephropathy. We herein report a case of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) prior to overt orthopedic symptoms in a patient with NPS. CASE PRESENTATION: A 24-year-old woman presented to our hospital with knee pain. She had poorly developed nails, hypoplastic patellas, dislocation of the elbows, and iliac horns in the pelvis...
March 23, 2017: BMC Nephrology
Claire Monnereau, Pauline W Jansen, Henning Tiemeier, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Janine F Felix
OBJECTIVE: Childhood eating behaviors are associated with body mass index (BMI). Recent genome-wide association studies have identified many single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with adult and childhood BMI. This study hypothesized that these SNPs also influence eating behavior. METHODS: In a population-based prospective cohort study among 3,031 children (mean age [standard deviation]: 4.0 [0.1] years), two weighted genetic risk scores, based on 15 childhood and 97 adult BMI SNPs, and ten individual appetite- and/or satiety-related SNPs were tested for association with food fussiness, food responsiveness, enjoyment of food, satiety responsiveness, and slowness in eating...
April 2017: Obesity
Gentzon Hall, Brandon Lane, Megan Chryst-Ladd, Guanghong Wu, Jen-Jar Lin, XueJun Qin, Elizabeth R Hauser, Rasheed Gbadegesin
Mutations in the LIM homeobox transcription factor 1-beta (LMX1B) are a cause of nail patellar syndrome, a condition characterized by skeletal changes, glaucoma and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Recently, a missense mutation (R246Q) in LMX1B was reported as a cause of glomerular pathologies without extra-renal manifestations, otherwise known as nail patella-like renal disease (NPLRD). We have identified two additional NPLRD families with the R246Q mutation, though the mechanisms by which LMX1BR246Q causes a renal-specific phenotype is unknown...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
Lei Chen, Baoman Wang, ShaoPeng Wang, Jing Yang, Jerry Hu, ZhiQun Xie, Yuwei Wang, Tao Huang, Yu-Dong Cai
Oncogenes are genes that have the potential to cause cancer. Oncogene research can provide insight into the occurrence and development of cancer, thereby helping to prevent cancer and to design effective treatments. This study proposes a network method called the oncogene prediction method based on shortest path algorithm (OPMSP) for the identification of novel oncogenes in a large protein network built using protein-protein interaction data. Novel putative genes were extracted from the shortest paths connecting any two known oncogenes...
2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
Veronica J Cerpa, Yuanming Wu, Eduardo Bravo, Frida A Teran, Rachel S Flynn, George B Richerson
Serotonin (5-HT) neurons contribute to respiratory chemoreception in adult mice, but it is unclear whether they play a similar role in neonatal mice. We studied breathing during development in Lmx1b(f/f/p) mice, which lack 5-HT neurons. From postnatal days 1-7 (P1-P7), ventilation of Lmx1b(f/f/p) mice breathing room air was 50% of WT mice (p<0.001). By P12, baseline ventilation increased to a level equal to WT mice. In contrast, the hypercapnic ventilatory response (HCVR) of neonatal Lmx1b(f/f/p) and WT mice was equal to each other, but were both much less than adult WT mice...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience
William C Hilinski, Jonathan R Bostrom, Samantha J England, José L Juárez-Morales, Sarah de Jager, Olivier Armant, Jessica Legradi, Uwe Strähle, Brian A Link, Katharine E Lewis
BACKGROUND: Alterations in neurotransmitter phenotypes of specific neurons can cause imbalances in excitation and inhibition in the central nervous system (CNS), leading to diseases. Therefore, the correct specification and maintenance of neurotransmitter phenotypes is vital. As with other neuronal properties, neurotransmitter phenotypes are often specified and maintained by particular transcription factors. However, the specific molecular mechanisms and transcription factors that regulate neurotransmitter phenotypes remain largely unknown...
August 23, 2016: Neural Development
Jia Yu, Xueting Li, Junwei Yang, Yanping Wu, Baixiang Li
BACKGROUND Simazine is a triazine herbicide used worldwide in both agricultural and non-agricultural fields that is frequently detected in surface water and groundwater. Due to its widespread use, an increasing amount of research has focused on the potentially serious environmental and health risks. MATERIAL AND METHODS We used Western blotting and real-time quantitative PCR to analyze the effects of simazine on dopamine neuronal development-related factors in MN9D dopaminergic cells. RESULTS The expression of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) mRNA was significantly increased after treatment with 300 and 600 μmol L-1 simazine after 24 and 48 h...
August 11, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Yutaka Harita, Sachiko Kitanaka, Tsuyoshi Isojima, Akira Ashida, Motoshi Hattori
Nail-patella syndrome (NPS) is an autosomal-dominant disease caused by LMX1B mutations and is characterized by dysplastic nails, absent or hypoplastic patellae, elbow dysplasia, and iliac horns. Renal involvement is the major determinant of the prognosis for NPS. Patients often present with varying degrees of proteinuria or hematuria, and can occasionally progress to chronic renal failure. Recent genetic analysis has found that some mutations in the homeodomain of LMX1B cause isolated nephropathy without nail, patellar or skeletal abnormality (LMX1B-associated nephropathy)...
July 23, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
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