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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344583/heterozygous-rtel1-variants-in-bone-marrow-failure-and-myeloid-neoplasms
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Judith C W Marsh, Fernanda Gutierrez-Rodrigues, James Cooper, Jie Jiang, Shreyans Gandhi, Sachiko Kajigaya, Xingmin Feng, Maria Del Pilar F Ibanez, Flávia S Donaires, João P Lopes da Silva, Zejuan Li, Soma Das, Maria Ibanez, Alexander E Smith, Nicholas Lea, Steven Best, Robin Ireland, Austin G Kulasekararaj, Donal P McLornan, Anthony Pagliuca, Isabelle Callebaut, Neal S Young, Rodrigo T Calado, Danielle M Townsley, Ghulam J Mufti
Biallelic germline mutations in RTEL1 (regulator of telomere elongation helicase 1) result in pathologic telomere erosion and cause dyskeratosis congenita. However, the role of RTEL1 mutations in other bone marrow failure (BMF) syndromes and myeloid neoplasms, and the contribution of monoallelic RTEL1 mutations to disease development are not well defined. We screened 516 patients for germline mutations in telomere-associated genes by next-generation sequencing in 2 independent cohorts; one constituting unselected patients with idiopathic BMF, unexplained cytopenia, or myeloid neoplasms (n = 457) and a second cohort comprising selected patients on the basis of the suspicion of constitutional/familial BMF (n = 59)...
January 9, 2018: Blood Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343653/establishment-of-a-screening-system-to-identify-novel-gata-2-transcriptional-regulators
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Keiichi Ohashi, Tohru Fujiwara, Koichi Onodera, Yo Saito, Satoshi Ichikawa, Masahiro Kobayashi, Yoko Okitsu, Noriko Fukuhara, Yasushi Onishi, Hideo Harigae
Hematopoietic stem cells can self-renew and differentiate into all blood cell types. The transcription factor GATA-2 is expressed in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells and is essential for cell proliferation and differentiation. Heterozygous germline GATA2 mutations induce GATA-2 deficiency syndrome, characterized by monocytopenia, a predisposition to myelodysplasia and acute myeloid leukemia, and a profoundly reduced dendritic cell (DC) population, which is associated with increased susceptibility to viral infections...
2018: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343576/increased-epitope-complexity-correlated-with-antibody-affinity-maturation-and-a-novel-binding-mode-revealed-by-structures-of-rabbit-antibodies-against-the-third-variable-loop-v3-of-hiv-1-gp120
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Ruimin Pan, Yali Qin, Marisa Banasik, William Lees, Adrian J Shepherd, Michael W Cho, Xiang-Peng Kong
The V3 loop of HIV-1 gp120 is an immunodominant region targeted by neutralizing antibodies (nAbs). Despite limited breadth, better characterization of the structural details of the interactions between these nAbs and their target epitopes would enhance our understanding of the mechanism of neutralization and facilitate designing better immunogens to induce nAbs with greater breadth. Recently, we isolated two anti-V3 neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), 10A3 and 10A37, from a rabbit immunized with gp120 of the M group consensus sequence...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343557/dicer1-and-associated-conditions-%C3%A2-identification-of-at-risk-individuals-and-recommended-surveillance-strategies
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Kris Ann P Schultz, Gretchen M Williams, Junne Kamihara, Douglas R Stewart, Anne K Harris, Andrew J Bauer, Joyce Turner, Rachana Shah, Katherine Schneider, Kami Wolfe Schneider, Ann Garrity Carr, Laura A Harney, Shari Baldinger, A Lindsay Frazier, Daniel Orbach, Dominik T Schneider, David Malkin, Louis P Dehner, Yoav H Messinger, Ashley Hill
Pathogenic germline DICER1 variants cause a hereditary cancer predisposition syndrome with a variety of manifestations. In addition to conferring increased cancer risks for pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB) and ovarian sex cord-stromal tumors, particularly Sertoli-Leydig cell tumor, individuals with pathogenic germline DICER1 variants may also develop lung cysts, cystic nephroma, renal sarcoma and Wilms tumor, nodular hyperplasia of the thyroid, nasal chondromesenchymal hamartoma, ciliary body medulloepithelioma, genitourinary embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma and brain tumors including pineoblastoma and pituitary blastoma...
January 17, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343499/a-population-phylogenetic-view-of-mitochondrial-heteroplasmy
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Peter R Wilton, Arslan Zaidi, Kateryna Makova, Rasmus Nielsen
The mitochondrion has recently emerged as an active player in a myriad of cellular processes. Additionally, it was recently shown that more than 200 diseases are known to be linked to variants in mitochondrial DNA or in nuclear genes interacting with mitochondria. This has reinvigorated interest in its biology and population genetics. Mitochondrial heteroplasmy, or genotypic variation of mitochondria within an individual, is now understood to be common in humans and important in human health. However, it is still not possible to make quantitative predictions about the inheritance of heteroplasmy and its proliferation within the body, partly due to the lack of an appropriate model...
January 17, 2018: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343284/extensive-armc5-genetic-variance-in-primary-bilateral-macronodular-adrenal-hyperplasia-that-started-with-exophthalmos-a-case-report
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Ping Jin, Muhammad Usman Janjua, Qin Zhang, Chang-Sheng Dong, Youbo Yang, Zhao-Hui Mo
BACKGROUND: Primary bilateral macronodular adrenal hyperplasia is a rare cause of Cushing's syndrome characterized by the presence of bilateral secretory adrenal nodules. Recent studies have shown that primary bilateral macronodular adrenal hyperplasia is caused by combined germline and somatic mutations of the ARMC5 gene. Exophthalmos is an underappreciated sign of Cushing's syndrome. CASE PRESENTATION: A 52-year-old Chinese woman with progressively worsening bilateral proptosis presented to our hospital...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341452/contribution-of-mlh1-constitutional-methylation-for-lynch-syndrome-diagnosis-in-patients-with-tumor-mlh1-downregulation
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Diana Pinto, Carla Pinto, Joana Guerra, Manuela Pinheiro, Rui Santos, Hege Marie Vedeld, Zeremariam Yohannes, Ana Peixoto, Catarina Santos, Pedro Pinto, Paula Lopes, Ragnhild Lothe, Guro Elisabeth Lind, Rui Henrique, Manuel R Teixeira
Constitutional epimutation of the two major mismatch repair genes, MLH1 and MSH2, has been identified as an alternative mechanism that predisposes to the development of Lynch syndrome. In the present work, we aimed to investigate the prevalence of MLH1 constitutional methylation in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients with abnormal expression of the MLH1 protein in their tumors. In a series of 38 patients who met clinical criteria for Lynch syndrome genetic testing, with loss of MLH1 expression in the tumor and with no germline mutations in the MLH1 gene (35/38) or with tumors presenting the BRAF p...
January 17, 2018: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341163/extent-of-surgery-for-phaeochromocytomas-in-the-genomic-era
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REVIEW
H M Rossitti, P Söderkvist, O Gimm
BACKGROUND: Germline mutations are present in 20-30 per cent of patients with phaeochromocytoma. For patients who develop bilateral disease, complete removal of both adrenal glands (total adrenalectomy) will result in lifelong adrenal insufficiency with an increased risk of death from adrenal crisis. Unilateral/bilateral adrenal-sparing surgery (subtotal adrenalectomy) offers preservation of cortical function and independence from steroids, but leaves the adrenal medulla in situ and thus at risk of developing new and possibly malignant disease...
January 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341155/long-term-outcome-of-prophylactic-thyroidectomy-in-children-carrying-ret-germline-mutations
#9
A Machens, M Elwerr, K Lorenz, F Weber, H Dralle
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive assessment has not been undertaken of long-term outcomes in children carrying germline RET mutations and undergoing prophylactic thyroidectomy with the aim of preventing medullary thyroid cancer (MTC). METHODS: A retrospective outcome study (1994-2017) of prophylactic thyroidectomy in children, with and without central node dissection, was performed at a tertiary surgical centre. RESULTS: Some 167 children underwent prophylactic thyroidectomy, 109 without and 58 with concomitant central node dissection...
January 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339836/the-role-of-metabolic-enzymes-in-mesenchymal-tumors-and-tumor-syndromes-genetics-pathology-and-molecular-mechanisms
#10
REVIEW
Inga-Marie Schaefer, Jason L Hornick, Judith V M G Bovée
The discovery of mutations in genes encoding the metabolic enzymes isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH), succinate dehydrogenase (SDH), and fumarate hydratase (FH) has expanded our understanding not only of altered metabolic pathways but also epigenetic dysregulation in cancer. IDH1/2 mutations occur in enchondromas and chondrosarcomas in patients with the non-hereditary enchondromatosis syndromes Ollier disease and Maffucci syndrome and in sporadic tumors. IDH1/2 mutations result in excess production of the oncometabolite (D)-2-hydroxyglutarate...
January 16, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339498/mafa-missense-mutation-causes-familial-insulinomatosis-and-diabetes-mellitus
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Donato Iacovazzo, Sarah E Flanagan, Emily Walker, Rosana Quezado, Fernando Antonio de Sousa Barros, Richard Caswell, Matthew B Johnson, Matthew Wakeling, Michael Brändle, Min Guo, Mary N Dang, Plamena Gabrovska, Bruno Niederle, Emanuel Christ, Stefan Jenni, Bence Sipos, Maike Nieser, Andrea Frilling, Ketan Dhatariya, Philippe Chanson, Wouter W de Herder, Björn Konukiewitz, Günter Klöppel, Roland Stein, Márta Korbonits, Sian Ellard
The β-cell-enriched MAFA transcription factor plays a central role in regulating glucose-stimulated insulin secretion while also demonstrating oncogenic transformation potential in vitro. No disease-causing MAFA variants have been previously described. We investigated a large pedigree with autosomal dominant inheritance of diabetes mellitus or insulinomatosis, an adult-onset condition of recurrent hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia caused by multiple insulin-secreting neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas. Using exome sequencing, we identified a missense MAFA mutation (p...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339410/maintenance-of-genome-integrity%C3%A2-by-mi2-homologs-chd-3-and-let-418-in%C3%A2-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Carolyn A Turcotte, Solomon A Sloat, Julia A Rigothi, Erika Rosenkranse, Alexandra L Northrup, Nicolas P Andrews, Paula M Checchi
Meiotic recombination depends upon the tightly coordinated regulation of chromosome dynamics and is essential for the production of haploid gametes. Central to this process is the formation and repair of meiotic double-stranded breaks (DSBs), which must take place within the constraints of a specialized chromatin architecture. Here, we demonstrate a role for the nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase (NuRD) complex in orchestrating meiotic chromosome dynamics in Caenorhabditis elegans. Our data reveal that the conserved Mi2 homologs Chromodomain helicase DNA binding protein (CHD-3) and its paralog LET-418 facilitate meiotic progression by ensuring faithful repair of DSBs through homologous recombination...
January 16, 2018: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338689/variants-of-cancer-susceptibility-genes-in-korean-brca1-2-mutation-negative-patients-with-high-risk-for-hereditary-breast-cancer
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Ji Soo Park, Seung-Tae Lee, Eun Ji Nam, Jung Woo Han, Jung-Yun Lee, Jieun Kim, Tae Il Kim, Hyung Seok Park
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the incidence and spectrum of pathogenic and likely pathogenic variants of cancer susceptibility genes in BRCA1/2 mutation-negative Korean patients with a high risk for hereditary breast cancer using a comprehensive multigene panel that included 35 cancer susceptibility genes. METHODS: Samples from 120 patients who were negative for BRCA1/2 mutations, but had been diagnosed with breast cancer that was likely hereditary, were prospectively evaluated for the prevalence of high-penetrance and moderate-penetrance germline mutations...
January 16, 2018: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338461/mtor-dysregulation-and-tuberous-sclerosis-related-epilepsy
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Paolo Curatolo, Romina Moavero, Jackelien van Scheppingen, Eleonora Aronica
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway has emerged as a key player for proper neural network development, and it is involved in epileptogenesis triggered by both genetic or acquired factors. Areas covered. The robust mTOR signaling deregulation observed in a large spectrum of epileptogenic developmental pathologies, such as focal cortical dysplasias and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), has been linked to germline and somatic mutations in mTOR pathway regulatory genes, increasing the spectrum of "mTORopathies"...
January 17, 2018: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338080/phase-1-trial-evaluating-cisplatin-gemcitabine-and-veliparib-in-2-patient-cohorts-germline-brca-mutation-carriers-and-wild-type-brca-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Eileen M O'Reilly, Jonathan W Lee, Maeve A Lowery, Marinela Capanu, Zsofia K Stadler, Malcolm J Moore, Neesha Dhani, Hedy L Kindler, Hayley Estrella, Hannah Maynard, Talia Golan, Amiel Segal, Erin E Salo-Mullen, Kenneth H Yu, Andrew S Epstein, Michal Segal, Robin Brenner, Richard K Do, Alice P Chen, Laura H Tang, David P Kelsen
BACKGROUND: A phase 1 trial was used to evaluate a combination of cisplatin, gemcitabine, and escalating doses of veliparib in patients with untreated advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) in 2 cohorts: a germline BRCA1/2-mutated (BRCA+) cohort and a wild-type BRCA (BRCA-) cohort. The aims were to determine the safety, dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs), maximum tolerated dose, and recommended phase 2 dose (RP2D) of veliparib combined with cisplatin and gemcitabine and to assess the antitumor efficacy (Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors, version 1...
January 16, 2018: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337092/germline-brca-mutation-and-outcome-in-young-onset-breast-cancer-posh-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Ellen R Copson, Tom C Maishman, Will J Tapper, Ramsey I Cutress, Stephanie Greville-Heygate, Douglas G Altman, Bryony Eccles, Sue Gerty, Lorraine T Durcan, Louise Jones, D Gareth Evans, Alastair M Thompson, Paul Pharoah, Douglas F Easton, Alison M Dunning, Andrew Hanby, Sunil Lakhani, Ros Eeles, Fiona J Gilbert, Hisham Hamed, Shirley Hodgson, Peter Simmonds, Louise Stanton, Diana M Eccles
BACKGROUND: Retrospective studies provide conflicting interpretations of the effect of inherited genetic factors on the prognosis of patients with breast cancer. The primary aim of this study was to determine the effect of a germline BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation on breast cancer outcomes in patients with young-onset breast cancer. METHODS: We did a prospective cohort study of female patients recruited from 127 hospitals in the UK aged 40 years or younger at first diagnosis (by histological confirmation) of invasive breast cancer...
January 11, 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336844/detecting-and-avoiding-problems-when-using-the-cre-lox-system
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REVIEW
Allisa J Song, Richard D Palmiter
The Cre-lox recombination approach is commonly used to generate cell-specific gene inactivation (or activation). We have noticed that the breeding and genotyping sections of papers utilizing Cre-lox techniques are frequently incomplete. While seemingly straightforward, there are important considerations that need to be implemented in the breeding and genotyping methods to prevent the introduction of experimental confounds. Germline recombination and transient expression of Cre recombinase during development are some examples of the complications that can occur, and conventional genotyping methods may fail to identify these events...
January 11, 2018: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336605/colorectal-carcinomas-with-isolated-loss-of-pms2-staining-by-immunohistochemistry
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Lindsay Alpert, Reetesh K Pai, Amitabh Srivastava, Wendy McKinnon, Rebecca Wilcox, Rhonda K Yantiss, Ramir Arcega, Hanlin L Wang, Marie E Robert, Xiuli Liu, Rish K Pai, Lei Zhao, Maria Westerhoff, Heather Hampel, Sonia Kupfer, Namrata Setia, Shu-Yuan Xiao, John Hart, Wendy L Frankel
CONTEXT: - Isolated loss of PMS2 staining is an uncommon immunophenotype in colorectal carcinomas, accounting for approximately 4% of tumors with microsatellite instability. Limited information regarding these tumors is available in the literature. OBJECTIVE: - To compare the clinicopathologic features of colorectal carcinomas with isolated PMS2 loss by immunohistochemistry to those with other forms of mismatch repair deficiency. DESIGN: - Ninety-three colorectal carcinomas with isolated PMS2 loss by immunohistochemistry and 193 with other forms of mismatch repair deficiency were identified...
January 16, 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335925/germline-deleterious-mutations-in-genes-other-than-brca2-are-infrequent-in-male-breast-cancer
#19
Florentia Fostira, Emmanouil Saloustros, Paraskevi Apostolou, Andromahi Vagena, Despoina Kalfakakou, Davide Mauri, Dimitrios Tryfonopoulos, Vassileios Georgoulias, Drakoulis Yannoukakos, Georgios Fountzilas, Irene Konstantopoulou
PURPOSE: Male breast cancer (MBC) is a rare cancer entity, with mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes accounting for ~ 10% of patients. Multiple-gene sequencing has already entered clinical practice for female breast cancer, whereas the performance of panel testing in MBC has not been studied extensively. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical utility of panel testing for MBC, by the largest gene panel used so far, through investigation of patients deriving from a population with known founder effects...
January 15, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335924/brca1-and-brca2-germline-variants-in-breast-cancer-patients-from-the-republic-of-macedonia
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Milena Jakimovska, Ivana Maleva Kostovska, Katerina Popovska-Jankovic, Katerina Kubelka-Sabit, Mitko Karadjozov, Liljana Stojanovska, Andreja Arsovski, Snezhana Smichkoska, Emilija Lazarova, Maja Jakimovska Dimitrovska, Dijana Plaseska-Karanfilska
PURPOSE: We aimed to establish the spectrum of BRCA1/2 mutations among the breast cancer (BC) patients from the Republic of Macedonia. METHODS: We used targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS), Sanger DNA sequencing, and multiplex ligation probe amplification analysis (MLPA) to search for point mutations and deletions/duplications involving BRCA1 and BRCA2-coding regions. RESULTS: We have analyzed a total of 313 BC patients, enriched for family history of cancer, early age of onset and bilateral and/or triple negative (TN) BC...
January 15, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
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