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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335447/transcriptomic-complexity-of-aspergillus-terreus-velvet-gene-family-under-the-influence-of-butyrolactone-i
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Elina K Palonen, Sheetal Raina, Annika Brandt, Jussi Meriluoto, Tajalli Keshavarz, Juhani T Soini
Filamentous fungi of the Ascomycota phylum are known to contain a family of conserved conidiation regulating proteins with distinctive velvet domains. In Aspergilli, this velvet family includes four proteins, VeA, VelB, VelC and VosA, and is involved in conidiation and secondary metabolism along with a global regulator LaeA. In A. terreus, the overexpression of LaeA has been observed to increase the biogenesis of the pharmaceutically-important secondary metabolite, lovastatin, while the role of the velvet family has not been studied...
March 14, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335084/identification-of-new-bmp6-pro-peptide-mutations-in-patients-with-iron-overload
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Chiara Piubelli, Annalisa Castagna, Giacomo Marchi, Monica Rizzi, Fabiana Busti, Sadaf Badar, Monia Marchetti, Marco De Gobbi, Antonella Roetto, Luciano Xumerle, Eda Suku, Alejandro Giorgetti, Massimo Delledonne, Oliviero Olivieri, Domenico Girelli
Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HH) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder caused by mutations in at least 5 different genes (HFE, HJV, TFR2, SLC40A1, HAMP) involved in the production or activity of the liver hormone hepcidin, a key regulator of systemic iron homeostasis. Nevertheless, patients with an HH-like phenotype that remains completely/partially unexplained despite extensive sequencing of known genes are not infrequently seen at referral centers, suggesting a role of still unknown genetic factors. A compelling candidate is Bone Morphogenetic Protein 6 (BMP6), which acts as a major activator of the BMP-SMAD signaling pathway, ultimately leading to the upregulation of hepcidin gene transcription...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335035/a-novel-cisd2-mutation-associated-with-a-classical-wolfram-syndrome-phenotype-alters-ca2-homeostasis-and-er-mitochondria-interactions
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Cécile Rouzier, David Moore, Cécile Delorme, Sandra Lacas-Gervais, Samira Ait-El-Mkadem, Konstantina Fragaki, Florence Burté, Valérie Serre, Sylvie Bannwarth, Annabelle Chaussenot, Martin Catala, Patrick Yu-Wai-Man, Véronique Paquis-Flucklinger
Wolfram syndrome (WS) is progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by early-onset optic atrophy and diabetes mellitus, which can be associated with more extensive central nervous system and endocrine complications. The majority of patients harbour pathogenic WFS1 mutations, but recessive mutations in a second gene, CISD2, have been described in a small number of families with Wolfram syndrome type 2 (WFS2). The defining diagnostic criteria for WFS2 also consist of optic atrophy and diabetes mellitus, but unlike WFS1, this phenotypic subgroup has been associated with peptic ulcer disease and an increased bleeding tendency...
March 6, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335020/znhit3-is-defective-in-peho-syndrome-a-severe-encephalopathy-with-cerebellar-granule-neuron-loss
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Anna-Kaisa Anttonen, Anni Laari, Maria Kousi, Yawei J Yang, Tiina Jääskeläinen, Mirja Somer, Eija Siintola, Eveliina Jakkula, Mikko Muona, Saara Tegelberg, Tuula Lönnqvist, Helena Pihko, Leena Valanne, Anders Paetau, Melody P Lun, Johanna Hästbacka, Outi Kopra, Tarja Joensuu, Nicholas Katsanis, Maria K Lehtinen, Jorma J Palvimo, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki
Progressive encephalopathy with oedema, hypsarrhythmia, and optic atrophy (PEHO) syndrome is an early childhood onset, severe autosomal recessive encephalopathy characterized by extreme cerebellar atrophy due to almost total granule neuron loss. By combining homozygosity mapping in Finnish families with Sanger sequencing of positional candidate genes and with exome sequencing a homozygous missense substitution of leucine for serine at codon 31 in ZNHIT3 was identified as the primary cause of PEHO syndrome. ZNHIT3 encodes a nuclear zinc finger protein previously implicated in transcriptional regulation and in small nucleolar ribonucleoprotein particle assembly and thus possibly to pre-ribosomal RNA processing...
March 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334964/mutations-in-the-leukemia-inhibitory-factor-receptor-lifr-gene-and-lifr-deficiency-cause-urinary-tract-malformations
#5
Anne Kosfeld, Frank Brand, Anna-Carina Weiss, Martin Kreuzer, Michaela Goerk, Helge Martens, Stephanie Schubert, Anne-Kathrin Schäfer, Vera Riehmer, Imke Hennies, Jan Hinrich Bräsen, Lars Pape, Kerstin Amann, Lars Krogvold, Anna Bjerre, Christoph Daniel, Andreas Kispert, Dieter Haffner, Ruthild G Weber
Congenital anomalies of the kidneys and urinary tract (CAKUT) are the most common cause of chronic kidney disease in children. As CAKUT is a genetically heterogeneous disorder and most cases are genetically unexplained, we aimed to identify new CAKUT causing genes. Using whole-exome sequencing and trio-based de novo analysis, we identified a novel heterozygous de novo frameshift variant in the leukemia inhibitory factor receptor (LIFR) gene causing instability of the mRNA in a patient presenting with bilateral CAKUT and requiring kidney transplantation at one year of age...
March 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334946/mutations-affecting-the-transmembrane-domain-of-the-ldl-receptor-impact-of-charged-residues-on-the-membrane-insertion
#6
Thea Bismo Strøm, Jon K Laerdahl, Trond P Leren
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is caused by mutations in the low density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) gene. To study the impact of mutations affecting the hydrophobic transmembrane domain of the LDLR, each of the 22 amino acids of the transmembrane domain was individually mutated to arginine. The more centrally in the transmembrane domain an arginine was located, the lower amounts of the 120 kDa precursor LDLR in the endoplasmic reticulum were observed. This led to lower amounts of the 160 kDa mature LDLR on the cell surface...
February 22, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334938/clinical-and-genetic-characterization-of-leukoencephalopathies-in-adults
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David S Lynch, Anderson Rodrigues Brandão de Paiva, Wei Jia Zhang, Enrico Bugiardini, Fernando Freua, Leandro Tavares Lucato, Lucia Inês Macedo-Souza, Rahul Lakshmanan, Justin A Kinsella, Aine Merwick, Alexander M Rossor, Nin Bajaj, Brian Herron, Paul McMonagle, Patrick J Morrison, Deborah Hughes, Alan Pittman, Matilde Laurà, Mary M Reilly, Jason D Warren, Catherine J Mummery, Jonathan M Schott, Matthew Adams, Nick C Fox, Elaine Murphy, Indran Davagnanam, Fernando Kok, Jeremy Chataway, Henry Houlden
Leukodystrophies and genetic leukoencephalopathies are a rare group of disorders leading to progressive degeneration of cerebral white matter. They are associated with a spectrum of clinical phenotypes dominated by dementia, psychiatric changes, movement disorders and upper motor neuron signs. Mutations in at least 60 genes can lead to leukoencephalopathy with often overlapping clinical and radiological presentations. For these reasons, patients with genetic leukoencephalopathies often endure a long diagnostic odyssey before receiving a definitive diagnosis or may receive no diagnosis at all...
March 2, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334932/ribosome-dependent-vibrio-cholerae-mrnase-higb2-is-regulated-by-a-%C3%AE-strand-sliding-mechanism
#8
San Hadži, Abel Garcia-Pino, Sarah Haesaerts, Dukas Jurenas, Kenn Gerdes, Jurij Lah, Remy Loris
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) modules are small operons involved in bacterial stress response and persistence. higBA operons form a family of TA modules with an inverted gene organization and a toxin belonging to the RelE/ParE superfamily. Here, we present the crystal structures of chromosomally encoded Vibrio cholerae antitoxin (VcHigA2), toxin (VcHigB2) and their complex, which show significant differences in structure and mechanisms of function compared to the higBA module from plasmid Rts1, the defining member of the family...
February 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334876/pdgfrb-gain-of-function-mutations-in-sporadic-infantile-myofibromatosis
#9
Florence A Arts, Raf Sciot, Bénédicte Brichard, Marleen Renard, Audrey de Rocca Serra, Guillaume Dachy, Laura A Noël, Amélie I Velghe, Christine Galant, Maria Debiec-Rychter, An Van Damme, Miikka Vikkula, Raphaël Helaers, Nisha Limaye, Hélène A Poirel, Jean-Baptiste Demoulin
Infantile myofibromatosis is one of the most prevalent soft tissue tumors of infancy and childhood. Multifocal nodules with visceral lesions are associated with a poor prognosis. A few familial cases have been linked to mutations in various genes including PDGFRB. In this study, we sequenced PDGFRB, which encodes a receptor tyrosine kinase, in 16 cases of myofibromatosis or solitary myofibroma. Mutations in the coding sequence of PDGFRB were identified in 6 out of 8 patients with the sporadic multicentric form of the disease and in 1 out of 8 patients with isolated myofibroma...
March 3, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334776/structural-characterization-of-interactions-between-transactivation-domain-1-of-the-p65-subunit-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-transcription-regulatory-factors
#10
Lauriane Lecoq, Luca Raiola, Philippe R Chabot, Normand Cyr, Geneviève Arseneault, Pascale Legault, James G Omichinski
p65 is a member of the NF-κB family of transcriptional regulatory proteins that functions as the activating component of the p65-p50 heterodimer. Through its acidic transactivation domain (TAD), p65 has the capacity to form interactions with several different transcriptional regulatory proteins, including TFIIB, TFIIH, CREB-binding protein (CBP)/p300 and TAFII31. Like other acidic TADs, the p65 TAD contains two subdomains (p65TA1 and p65TA2) that interact with different regulatory factors depending on the target gene...
February 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334714/new-genetic-diagnoses-of-short-stature-provide-insights-into-local-regulation-of-childhood-growth%C3%A2
#11
Anenisia C Andrade, Youn Hee Jee, Ola Nilsson
Idiopathic short stature is a common condition with a heterogeneous etiology. Advances in genetic methods, including genome sequencing techniques and bioinformatics approaches, have emerged as important tools to identify the genetic defects in families with monogenic short stature. These findings have contributed to the understanding of growth regulation and indicate that growth plate chondrogenesis, and therefore linear growth, is governed by a large number of genes important for different signaling pathways and cellular functions, including genetic defects in hormonal regulation, paracrine signaling, cartilage matrix, and fundamental cellular processes...
March 23, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334507/comparative-study-of-cytotoxicity-and-genotoxicity-of-commercial-jeffamines%C3%A2-and-polyethylenimine-in-cho-k1-cells
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Leniher Castan, Cristiano José da Silva, Eduardo Ferreira Molina, Raquel Alves Dos Santos
Jeffamines(®) are a family of polymers containing primary amine groups attached to the extremities of polyether backbone which can be used as biomaterials. They have been used in combination with polyethylenimine (PEI) to improve biocompatibility in drug and gene delivery systems. Despite these facts, very few studies have been done on cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of pure Jeffamines(®) or compared with PEI. The present study aimed to evaluate and compare the cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of Jeffamines(®) and PEI in CHO-K1 cells...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334319/erbb4-acts-as-a-suppressor-in-the-development-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Yao Liu, Liming Song, Hengli Ni, Lina Sun, Weijuan Jiao, Lin Chen, Qun Zhou, Tong Shen, Hongxia Cui, Tianming Gao, Jianming Li
ERBB4, one member of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) family, plays a key role in physiological and pathological processes. Recently, we identified that ERBB4 played a protective role from chronic hepatitis B virus infection. However, the role of ERBB4 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still unclear. Here, we explore the role of ERBB4 in the development of HCC using in vitro models, in vivo animal models and clinical samples of HCC. Liver-specific ERBB4 knockout alleles and full ERBB4 except heart knockout mice were used in this study...
March 14, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334262/discriminating-the-reaction-types-of-plant-type-iii-polyketide-synthases
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Yugo Shimizu, Hiroyuki Ogata, Susumu Goto
Motivation: Functional prediction of paralogs is challenging in bioinformatics because of rapid functional diversification after gene duplication events combined with parallel acquisitions of similar functions by different paralogs. Plant type III polyketide synthases (PKSs), producing various secondary metabolites, represent a paralogous family that has undergone gene duplication and functional alteration. Currently, there is no computational method available for the functional prediction of type III PKSs...
March 6, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334218/reconciliation-between-operational-taxonomic-units-and-species-boundaries
#15
Mohamed Mysara, Peter Vandamme, Ruben Props, Frederiek-Maarten Kerckhof, Natalie Leys, Nico Boon, Jeroen Raes, Pieter Monsieurs
The development of high-throughput sequencing technologies has revolutionized the field of microbial ecology via 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing approaches. Clustering those amplicon sequencing reads into Operational Taxonomic Units (OTUs) using a fixed cut-off is a commonly used approach to estimate microbial diversity. A 97% threshold was chosen with the intended purpose that resulting OTUs could be interpreted as a proxy for a bacterial species. Our results show that the robustness of such a generalized cut-off is questionable when applied to short amplicons only covering one or two variable regions of the 16S rRNA gene...
March 10, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334103/neuronal-and-peripheral-pentraxins-modify-glutamate-release-and-may-interact-in-blood-brain-barrier-failure
#16
Damian M Cummings, Tiffanie A Benway, Hinze Ho, Angelo Tedoldi, Monica M Fernandes Freitas, Lion Shahab, Christina E Murray, Angela Richard-Loendt, Sebastian Brandner, Tammaryn Lashley, Dervis A Salih, Frances A Edwards
Neuronal pentraxin 1 (NPTX1) has been implicated in Alzheimer's disease, being present in and around dystrophic neurons in plaques, affecting glutamatergic transmission postsynaptically and mediating effects of amyloidβ. Here, we confirm the presence of NPTX1 around plaques in postmortem Alzheimer's disease brain and report that acutely applied human NPTX1 increases paired-pulse ratio at mouse CA3-CA1 hippocampal synapses, indicating a decrease in glutamate release. In contrast, chronic exposure to NPTX1, NPTX2, or NPTX receptor decreases paired-pulse ratio, mimicking some of the earliest changes in mice expressing familial Alzheimer's disease genes...
February 23, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334017/genome-wide-rnai-selection-identifies-a-regulator-of-transmission-stage-enriched-gene-families-and-cell-type-differentiation-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#17
Eva Rico, Alasdair Ivens, Lucy Glover, David Horn, Keith R Matthews
Trypanosoma brucei, causing African sleeping-sickness, exploits quorum-sensing (QS) to generate the 'stumpy forms' necessary for the parasite's transmission to tsetse-flies. These quiescent cells are generated by differentiation in the bloodstream from proliferative slender forms. Using genome-wide RNAi selection we screened for repressors of transmission stage-enriched mRNAs in slender forms, using the stumpy-elevated ESAG9 transcript as a model. This identified REG9.1, whose RNAi-silencing alleviated ESAG9 repression in slender forms and tsetse-midgut procyclic forms...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334007/a-functional-variant-in-neph3-gene-confers-high-risk-of-renal-failure-in-primary-hematuric-glomerulopathies-evidence-for-predisposition-to-microalbuminuria-in-the-general-population
#18
Konstantinos Voskarides, Charalambos Stefanou, Myrtani Pieri, Panayiota Demosthenous, Kyriakos Felekkis, Maria Arsali, Yiannis Athanasiou, Dimitris Xydakis, Kostas Stylianou, Eugenios Daphnis, Giorgos Goulielmos, Petros Loizou, Judith Savige, Martin Höhne, Linus A Völker, Thomas Benzing, Patrick H Maxwell, Daniel P Gale, Mathias Gorski, Carsten Böger, Barbara Kollerits, Florian Kronenberg, Bernhard Paulweber, Michalis Zavros, Alkis Pierides, Constantinos Deltas
BACKGROUND: Recent data emphasize that thin basement membrane nephropathy (TBMN) should not be viewed as a form of benign familial hematuria since chronic renal failure (CRF) and even end-stage renal disease (ESRD), is a possible development for a subset of patients on long-term follow-up, through the onset of focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). We hypothesize that genetic modifiers may explain this variability of symptoms. METHODS: We looked in silico for potentially deleterious functional SNPs, using very strict criteria, in all the genes significantly expressed in the slit diaphragm (SD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334004/the-mouse-genome-displays-highly-dynamic-populations-of-krab-zinc-finger-protein-genes-and-related-genetic-units
#19
Annamaria Kauzlaric, Gabriela Ecco, Marco Cassano, Julien Duc, Michael Imbeault, Didier Trono
KRAB-containing poly-zinc finger proteins (KZFPs) constitute the largest family of transcription factors encoded by mammalian genomes, and growing evidence indicates that they fulfill functions critical to both embryonic development and maintenance of adult homeostasis. KZFP genes underwent broad and independent waves of expansion in many higher vertebrates lineages, yet comprehensive studies of members harbored by a given species are scarce. Here we present a thorough analysis of KZFP genes and related units in the murine genome...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333962/different-regulation-of-limb-development-by-p63-transcript-variants
#20
Manabu Kawata, Yuki Taniguchi, Daisuke Mori, Fumiko Yano, Shinsuke Ohba, Ung-Il Chung, Tomomi Shimogori, Alea A Mills, Sakae Tanaka, Taku Saito
The apical ectodermal ridge (AER), located at the distal end of each limb bud, is a key signaling center which controls outgrowth and patterning of the proximal-distal axis of the limb through secretion of various molecules. Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs), particularly Fgf8 and Fgf4, are representative molecules produced by AER cells, and essential to maintain the AER and cell proliferation in the underlying mesenchyme, meanwhile Jag2-Notch pathway negatively regulates the AER and limb development. p63, a transcription factor of the p53 family, is expressed in the AER and indispensable for limb formation...
2017: PloS One
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