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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918392/cnvs-affecting-cancer-predisposing-genes-cpgs-detected-as-incidental-findings-in-routine-germline-diagnostic-chromosomal-microarray-cma-testing
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Josie Innes, Lisa Reali, Jill Clayton-Smith, Georgina Hall, Derek Hk Lim, George J Burghel, Kim French, Unzela Khan, Daniel Walker, Fiona Lalloo, D Gareth R Evans, Dominic McMullan, Eamonn R Maher, Emma R Woodward
BACKGROUND: Identification of CNVs through chromosomal microarray (CMA) testing is the first-line investigation in individuals with learning difficulties/congenital abnormalities. Although recognised that CMA testing may identify CNVs encompassing a cancer predisposition gene (CPG), limited information is available on the frequency and nature of such results. METHODS: We investigated CNV gains and losses affecting 39 CPGs in 3366 pilot index case individuals undergoing CMA testing, and then studied an extended cohort (n=10 454) for CNV losses at 105 CPGs and CNV gains at 9 proto-oncogenes implicated in inherited cancer susceptibility...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916957/perspectives-of-women-considering-bilateral-prophylactic-mastectomy-and-their-peers-towards-a-telephone-based-peer-support-intervention
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D St-Pierre, K Bouchard, L Gauthier, J Chiquette, Michel Dorval
Prophylactic mastectomy is an effective strategy to reduce the risk of breast cancer for women carrying a BRCA1/2 germline mutation. This decision is complex and may raise various concerns. Women considering this surgery have reported their desire to discuss the implications of this procedure with women who have undergone prophylactic mastectomy. We conducted a qualitative study to describe the topics covered during a telephone-based peer support intervention between women considering prophylactic mastectomy (recipients) and women who had undergone this surgery (peers), and to explore their perspectives regarding the intervention...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916707/pqn-75-is-expressed-in-the-pharyngeal-gland-cells-of-caenorhabditiselegans-and-is-dispensable-for-germline-development
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Jesse D Rochester, Paige C Tanner, Catherine S Sharp, Karolina M Andralojc, Dustin L Updike
In Caenorhabditis elegans, five pharyngeal gland cells reside in the terminal bulb of the pharynx and extend anterior processes to five contact points in the pharyngeal lumen. Pharyngeal gland cells secrete mucin-like proteins thought to facilitate digestion, hatching, molting and assembly of the surface coat of the cuticle, but supporting evidence has been sparse. Here we show pharyngeal gland cell expression of PQN-75, a unique protein containing an N-terminal signal peptide, nucleoporin (Nup)-like phenylalanine/glycine (FG) repeats, and an extensive polyproline repeat domain with similarities to human basic salivary proline-rich pre-protein PRB2...
September 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916654/biallelic-dicer1%C3%A2-loss-mediated-by-ap2-cre-drives-angiosarcoma
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Jason A Hanna, Catherine J Drummond, Matthew R Garcia, Jonathan C Go, David Finkelstein, Jerold E Rehg, Mark E Hatley
Angiosarcoma is an aggressive vascular sarcoma with an extremely poor prognosis. Due to the relative rarity of this disease, its molecular drivers and optimal treatment strategies are obscure. DICER1 is an RNase III endoribonuclease central to microRNA biogenesis, and germline DICER1 mutations result in a cancer predisposition syndrome, associated with an increased risk of many tumor types. Here we show that biallelic Dicer1 deletion with aP2-Cre drives aggressive and metastatic angiosarcoma independent of other genetically engineered oncogenes or tumor suppressor loss...
September 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916410/kinetic-stability-and-sequence-structure-studies-of-urine-derived-bence-jones-proteins-from-multiple-myeloma-and-light-chain-amyloidosis-patients
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Luis M Blancas-Mejía, Emily B Martin, Angela Williams, Jonathan S Wall, Marina Ramirez-Alvarado
It is now accepted that the ability of a protein to form amyloid fibrils could be associated both kinetic and thermodynamic protein folding parameters. A recent study from our laboratory using recombinant full-length (encompassing the variable and constant domain) immunoglobulin light chains found a strong kinetic control of the protein unfolding for these proteins. In this study, we are extending our analysis by using urine-derived Bence Jones proteins (BJPs) from five patients with light chain (AL) amyloidosis and four patients with multiple myeloma (MM)...
September 1, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916367/rucaparib-maintenance-treatment-for-recurrent-ovarian-carcinoma-after-response-to-platinum-therapy-ariel3-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-3-trial
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Robert L Coleman, Amit M Oza, Domenica Lorusso, Carol Aghajanian, Ana Oaknin, Andrew Dean, Nicoletta Colombo, Johanne I Weberpals, Andrew Clamp, Giovanni Scambia, Alexandra Leary, Robert W Holloway, Margarita Amenedo Gancedo, Peter C Fong, Jeffrey C Goh, David M O'Malley, Deborah K Armstrong, Jesus Garcia-Donas, Elizabeth M Swisher, Anne Floquet, Gottfried E Konecny, Iain A McNeish, Clare L Scott, Terri Cameron, Lara Maloney, Jeff Isaacson, Sandra Goble, Caroline Grace, Thomas C Harding, Mitch Raponi, James Sun, Kevin K Lin, Heidi Giordano, Jonathan A Ledermann
BACKGROUND: Rucaparib, a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitor, has anticancer activity in recurrent ovarian carcinoma harbouring a BRCA mutation or high percentage of genome-wide loss of heterozygosity. In this trial we assessed rucaparib versus placebo after response to second-line or later platinum-based chemotherapy in patients with high-grade, recurrent, platinum-sensitive ovarian carcinoma. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial, we recruited patients from 87 hospitals and cancer centres across 11 countries...
September 12, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916265/glycans-function-as-anchors-for-antibodies-and-help-drive-hiv-broadly-neutralizing-antibody-development
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Raiees Andrabi, Ching-Yao Su, Chi-Hui Liang, Sachin S Shivatare, Bryan Briney, James E Voss, Salar Khan Nawazi, Chung-Yi Wu, Chi-Huey Wong, Dennis R Burton
Apex broadly neutralizing HIV antibodies (bnAbs) recognize glycans and protein surface close to the 3-fold axis of the envelope (Env) trimer and are among the most potent and broad Abs described. The evolution of apex bnAbs from one donor (CAP256) has been studied in detail and many Abs at different stages of maturation have been described. Using diverse engineering tools, we investigated the involvement of glycan recognition in the development of the CAP256.VRC26 Ab lineage. We found that sialic acid-bearing glycans were recognized by germline-encoded and somatically mutated residues on the Ab heavy chain...
September 8, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915692/biomarker-analysis-of-the-phase-3-torch-trial-for-first-line-erlotinib-versus-chemotherapy-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
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Lucia Kim, Mauro Saieg, Massimo Di Maio, Ciro Gallo, Charles Butts, Fortunato Ciardiello, Ronald Feld, Dengxiao Cheng, Vittorio Gebbia, Marco Angelo Burgio, Yasmin Alam, Simona Signoriello, Antonio Rossi, Natasha Leighl, Paolo Maione, Alessandro Morabito, Geoffrey Liu, Ming-Sound Tsao, Francesco Perrone, Cesare Gridelli
BACKGROUND: The TORCH phase III trial compared the efficacy of first-line erlotinib followed by chemotherapy at progression (experimental arm) with the reverse sequence (standard arm) in unselected advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Here we report biomarker analyses. METHODS: EGFR and KRAS mutation, expression of EGFR family members and of cMET and PTEN and EGFR and ABCG2 germline polymorphisms were tested on tumor tissue or blood samples to either confirm previously proposed predictive role or describe it in an explorative setting...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915250/multi-layered-mutation-in-hedgehog-related-genes-in-gorlin-syndrome-may-affect-the-phenotype
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Shoko Onodera, Akiko Saito, Daigo Hasegawa, Nana Morita, Katsuhito Watanabe, Takeshi Nomura, Takahiko Shibahara, Shinsuke Ohba, Akira Yamaguchi, Toshifumi Azuma
Gorlin syndrome is a genetic disorder of autosomal dominant inheritance that predisposes the affected individual to a variety of disorders that are attributed largely to heterozygous germline patched1 (PTCH1) mutations. PTCH1 is a hedgehog (Hh) receptor as well as a repressor, mutation of which leads to constitutive activation of Hh pathway. Hh pathway encompasses a wide variety of cellular signaling cascades, which involve several molecules; however, no associated genotype-phenotype correlations have been reported...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914637/signal-transducer-and-activator-of-transcription-gain-of-function-primary-immunodeficiency-immunodysregulation-disorders
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Filippo Consonni, Laura Dotta, Francesca Todaro, Donatella Vairo, Raffaele Badolato
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To describe primary immunodeficiencies caused by gain-of-function (GOF) mutations of signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) genes, a group of genetically determined disorders characterized by susceptibility to infections and, in many cases, autoimmune manifestations. RECENT FINDINGS: GOF mutations affecting STAT1 result in increased STAT tyrosine phosphorylation and secondarily increased response to STAT1-signaling cytokines, such as interferons...
September 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914256/mettl3-mettl14-mediated-mrna-n-6-methyladenosine-modulates-murine-spermatogenesis
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Zhen Lin, Phillip J Hsu, Xudong Xing, Jianhuo Fang, Zhike Lu, Qin Zou, Ke-Jia Zhang, Xiao Zhang, Yuchuan Zhou, Teng Zhang, Youcheng Zhang, Wanlu Song, Guifang Jia, Xuerui Yang, Chuan He, Ming-Han Tong
Spermatogenesis is a differentiation process during which diploid spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) produce haploid spermatozoa. This highly specialized process is precisely controlled at the transcriptional, posttranscriptional, and translational levels. Here we report that N(6)-methyladenosine (m(6)A), an epitranscriptomic mark regulating gene expression, plays essential roles during spermatogenesis. We present comprehensive m(6)A mRNA methylomes of mouse spermatogenic cells from five developmental stages: undifferentiated spermatogonia, type A1 spermatogonia, preleptotene spermatocytes, pachytene/diplotene spermatocytes, and round spermatids...
September 15, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912601/phf7-a-novel-male-gene-influences-female-fecundity-and-population-growth-in-nilaparvata-lugens-st%C3%A3-l-hemiptera-delphacidae
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Lin-Quan Ge, Ting Xia, Bo Huang, Hao-Tian Gu, Qi-Sheng Song, Guo-Qing Yang, Fang Liu, Jin-Cai Wu
PHF7 exhibits male-specific expression in early germ cells, germline stem cells and spermatogonia in insects, and its expression promotes spermatogenesis in germ cells when they are present in a male soma. However, the influence of male-specific PHF7 on female reproductive biology via mating remains unclear. Thus, we investigated the potential impacts of male PHF7, existed in seminal fluid of Nilaparvata lugens (NlPHF7), on fecundity and population growth via mating. Our results revealed that suppressing male NlPHF7 expression by RNAi led to decreases in body weight, soluble accessory gland protein content, arginine content, and reproductive organ development in males, resulting in significant reduction of oviposition periods and fecundity in females, and significant decrease in body weight, fat body and ovarian protein content, yeast-like symbionts abundance, ovarian development and vitellogenin gene expression in their female mating partners...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912133/use-of-crispr-modified-human-stem-cell-organoids-to-study-the-origin-of-mutational-signatures-in-cancer
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Jarno Drost, Ruben van Boxtel, Francis Blokzijl, Tomohiro Mizutani, Nobuo Sasaki, Valentina Sasselli, Joep de Ligt, Sam Behjati, Judith E Grolleman, Tom van Wezel, Serena Nik-Zainal, Roland P Kuiper, Edwin Cuppen, Hans Clevers
Mutational processes underlie cancer initiation and progression. Signatures of these processes in cancer genomes may explain cancer etiology, and hold diagnostic and prognostic value. Here, we develop a strategy that can be used to explore the origin of cancer-associated mutational signatures. We used CRISPR/Cas9 technology to delete key DNA repair genes in human colon organoids, followed by delayed sub-cloning and whole-genome sequencing. We found that mutation accumulation in organoids deficient in the mismatch repair gene MLH1 is driven by replication errors and accurately models the mutation profiles observed in mismatch repair-deficient colorectal cancers...
September 14, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912018/association-between-germline-mutations-in-brf1-a-subunit-of-the-rna-polymerase-iii-transcription-complex-and-hereditary-colorectal-cancer
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Fernando Bellido, Nadine Sowada, Pilar Mur, Conxi Lázaro, Tirso Pons, Rafael Valdés-Mas, Marta Pineda, Gemma Aiza, Silvia Iglesias, José Luís Soto, Miguel Urioste, Trinidad Caldés, Milagros Balbín, Pilar Blay, Daniel Rueda, Mercedes Durán, Alfonso Valencia, Victor Moreno, Joan Brunet, Ignacio Blanco, Matilde Navarro, George A Calin, Guntram Borck, Xose S Puente, Gabriel Capellá, Laura Valle
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Although there is a genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer (CRC), few of the genes that affect risk have been identified. We performed whole-exome sequence analysis of individuals in a high-risk family without mutations in genes previously associated with CRC risk to identify variants associated with inherited CRC. METHODS: We collected blood samples from 3 relatives with CRC in Spain (65, 62 and 40 years old at diagnosis) and perfomed whole-exome sequence analyses...
September 11, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911001/whole-exome-analysis-of-a-li-fraumeni-family-trio-with-a-novel-tp53-prd-mutation-and-anticipation-profile
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Sara Franceschi, Laura Spugnesi, Paolo Aretini, Francesca Lessi, Rosa Scarpitta, Alvaro Galli, Caterina Congregati, Maria Adelaide Caligo, Chiara Maria Mazzanti
Li-Fraumeni syndrome is a clinically heterogeneous familial cancer predisposition syndrome with autosomal-dominant inheritance caused by heterozygous germline mutations in the TP53 gene. We here analyze the genetic background of a family with a 4-year-proband presented with a Li-Fraumeni tumor. The mother developed breast cancer at age 37 and the proband died at age 8. We performed Sanger sequencing and whole-exome sequencing on peripheral blood DNA from proband and relatives. Data analysis selected only high-quality score and depth reads, rare variants and protein impact involving missense, non-sense, frameshift and splice disrupt mutations...
September 1, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910456/identification-of-alk-rearrangements-in-malignant-peritoneal-mesothelioma
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Yin P Hung, Fei Dong, Jaclyn C Watkins, Valentina Nardi, Raphael Bueno, Paola Dal Cin, John J Godleski, Christopher P Crum, Lucian R Chirieac
Importance: Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive tumor arising from the peritoneal lining, induced by asbestos, therapeutic radiation, or germline mutations. Nevertheless, the molecular features remain largely unknown. Objective: To investigate anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) rearrangements in a large series of peritoneal mesothelioma and characterize the mutational landscape of these tumors. Design, Setting, and Participants: We studied 88 consecutive patients (39 men, 49 women; median age 61, range 17-84 years) with peritoneal mesotheliomas diagnosed at a single institution between 2005 and 2015...
September 14, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910305/aspirin-increases-metabolism-through-germline-signalling-to-extend-the-lifespan-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Xiao-Bing Huang, Xiao-Hui Mu, Qin-Li Wan, Xiao-Ming He, Gui-Sheng Wu, Huai-Rong Luo
Aspirin is a prototypic cyclooxygenase inhibitor with a variety of beneficial effects on human health. It prevents age-related diseases and delays the aging process. Previous research has shown that aspirin might act through a dietary restriction-like mechanism to extend lifespan. To explore the mechanism of action of aspirin on aging, we determined the whole-genome expression profile of Caenorhabditis elegans treated with aspirin. Transcriptome analysis revealed the RNA levels of genes involved in metabolism were primarily increased...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910279/longitudinal-multiparameter-single-cell-analysis-of-macaques-immunized-with-pneumococcal-protein-conjugated-or-unconjugated-polysaccharide-vaccines-reveals-distinct-antigen-specific-memory-b-cell-repertoires
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Bin Jia, Lisa K McNeil, Christopher D Dupont, Konstantinos Tsioris, Rachel M Barry, Ingrid L Scully, Adebola O Ogunniyi, Christopher Gonzalez, Michael W Pride, Todd M Gierahn, Paul A Liberator, Kathrin U Jansen, J Christopher Love
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of protein-conjugated pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines has been well characterized for children. The level of protection conferred by unconjugated polysaccharide vaccines remains less clear, particularly for elderly individuals who have had prior antigenic experience through immunization with unconjugated polysaccharide vaccines or natural exposure to Streptococcus pneumoniae. METHODS: We compared the magnitude, diversity and genetic biases of antigen-specific memory B cells in two groups of adult cynomolgus macaques that were immunized with a 7-valent conjugated vaccine and boosted after five years with either a 13-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine (13vPnC) or a 23-valent unconjugated pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (23vPS) using microengraving (a single-cell analysis method) and single-cell RT-PCR...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905785/re-germline-mutations-in-atm-and-brca1-2-distinguish-risk-for-lethal-and-indolent-prostate-cancer-and-are-associated-with-early-age-at-death
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Samir S Taneja
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October 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904067/whole-genome-sequencing-reveals-breast-cancers-with-mismatch-repair-deficiency
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Helen Davies, Sandro Morganella, Colin A Purdie, Se Jin Jang, Elin Borgen, Hege Russnes, Dominik Glodzik, Xueqing Zou, Alain Viari, Andrea L Richardson, Anne-Lise Børresen-Dale, Alastair Thompson, Jorunn E Eyfjord, Gu Kong, Michael R Stratton, Serena Nik-Zainal
Mismatch repair (MMR)-deficient cancers have been discovered to be highly responsive to immune therapies such as PD-1 checkpoint blockade, making their definition in patients, where they may be relatively rare, paramount for treatment decisions. In this study, we utilized patterns of mutagenesis known as mutational signatures, which are imprints of the mutagenic processes associated with MMR deficiency, to identify MMR-deficient breast tumors from a whole-genome sequencing dataset comprising a cohort of 640 patients...
September 13, 2017: Cancer Research
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