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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635951/new-insights-into-the-imprinted-meg8-dmr-in-14q32-and-clinical-and-molecular-description-of-novel-patients-with-temple-syndrome
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Jasmin Beygo, Alma Küchler, Gabriele Gillessen-Kaesbach, Beate Albrecht, Jonas Eckle, Thomas Eggermann, Alexandra Gellhaus, Deniz Kanber, Ulrike Kordaß, Hermann-Josef Lüdecke, Sabine Purmann, Eva Rossier, Johannes van de Nes, Ilse M van der Werf, Maren Wenzel, Dagmar Wieczorek, Bernhard Horsthemke, Karin Buiting
The chromosomal region 14q32 contains several imprinted genes, which are expressed either from the paternal (DLK1 and RTL1) or the maternal (MEG3, RTL1as and MEG8) allele only. Imprinted expression of these genes is regulated by two differentially methylated regions (DMRs), the germline DLK1/MEG3 intergenic (IG)-DMR (MEG3/DLK1:IG-DMR) and the somatic MEG3-DMR (MEG3:TSS-DMR), which are methylated on the paternal and unmethylated on the maternal allele. Disruption of imprinting in the 14q32 region results in two clinically distinct imprinting disorders, Temple syndrome (TS14) and Kagami-Ogata syndrome (KOS14)...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634273/the-c-elegans-vapb-homolog-vpr-1-is-a-permissive-signal-for-gonad-development
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Pauline A Cottee, Tim Cole, Jessica Schultz, Hieu D Hoang, Jack Vibbert, Sung Min Han, Michael A Miller
VAMP/synaptobrevin-associated proteins (VAPs) contain an N-terminal major sperm protein domain (MSPd) that is associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. VAPs have an intracellular housekeeping function, as well as an extracellular signaling function mediated by the secreted MSPd. Here we show that the C. elegans VAP homolog VPR-1 is essential for gonad development. vpr-1 null mutants are maternal effect sterile due to arrested gonadogenesis following embryo hatching. Somatic gonadal precursor cells and germ cells fail to proliferate fully and complete their respective differentiation programs...
June 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634269/human-development-heredity-and-evolution
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Ryuichi Nishinakamura, Minoru Takasato
From March 27-29 2017, the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology held a symposium entitled 'Towards Understanding Human Development, Heredity, and Evolution' in Kobe, Japan. Recent advances in technologies including stem cell culture, live imaging, single-cell approaches, next-generation sequencing and genome editing have led to an expansion in our knowledge of human development. Organized by Yoshiya Kawaguchi, Mitinori Saitou, Mototsugu Eiraku, Tomoya Kitajima, Fumio Matsuzaki, Takashi Tsuji and Edith Heard, the symposium covered a broad range of topics including human germline development, epigenetics, organogenesis and evolution...
June 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634199/characterising-cis-regulatory-variation-in-the-transcriptome-of-histologically-normal-and-tumour-derived-pancreatic-tissues
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Mingfeng Zhang, Soren Lykke-Andersen, Bin Zhu, Wenming Xiao, Jason W Hoskins, Xijun Zhang, Lauren M Rost, Irene Collins, Martijn van de Bunt, Jinping Jia, Hemang Parikh, Tongwu Zhang, Lei Song, Ashley Jermusyk, Charles C Chung, Bin Zhu, Weiyin Zhou, Gail L Matters, Robert C Kurtz, Meredith Yeager, Torben Heick Jensen, Kevin M Brown, Halit Ongen, William R Bamlet, Bradley A Murray, Mark I McCarthy, Stephen J Chanock, Nilanjan Chatterjee, Brian M Wolpin, Jill P Smith, Sara H Olson, Gloria M Petersen, Jianxin Shi, Laufey Amundadottir
OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the genetic architecture of gene expression in pancreatic tissues. DESIGN: We performed expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) analysis in histologically normal pancreatic tissue samples (n=95) using RNA sequencing and the corresponding 1000 genomes imputed germline genotypes. Data from pancreatic tumour-derived tissue samples (n=115) from The Cancer Genome Atlas were included for comparison. RESULTS: We identified 38 615 cis-eQTLs (in 484 genes) in histologically normal tissues and 39 713 cis-eQTL (in 237 genes) in tumour-derived tissues (false discovery rate <0...
June 20, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634191/cd36-knockout-mice-are-protected-against-lithogenic-diet-induced-gallstones
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Yan Xie, Vincenza Cifarelli, Terri Pietka, Elizabeth P Newberry, Susan M Kennedy, Amin Khalifeh-Soltani, Robin Clugston, Kamran Atabai, Nada A Abumrad, Nicholas O Davidson
The scavenger receptor and multiligand transporter CD36 functions to promote cellular free fatty acid uptake and regulates aspects of both hepatic and intestinal cholesterol metabolism. However, the role of CD36 in regulating canalicular and biliary cholesterol transport and secretion is unknown. Here we show that germline Cd36 knockout mice are protected against lithogenic diet (LD) induced gallstones compared to congenic (C57BL6/J) controls. Cd36 knockout mice crossed into congenic L-Fabp knockout mice (DKO mice) demonstrated protection against LD induced gallstones, reversing the susceptibility phenotype observed in L-Fabp knockout mice...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634180/a-mutyh-germline-mutation-is-associated-with-small-intestinal-neuroendocrine-tumors
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Jan P Dumanski, Chiara Rasi, Peyman Björklund, Hanna Davies, Abir Salwa Ali, Malin Grönberg, Staffan Welin, Halfdan Sorbye, Henning Grønbæk, Janet Cunningham, Lars A Forsberg, Lars Lind, Erik Ingelsson, Peter Stalberg, Per Hellman, Eva Tiensuu Janson
The genetics behind predisposition to small intestinal neuroendocrine tumors (SI-NETs) is largely unknown, but there is growing awareness of a familial form of the disease. We aimed to identify germline mutations involved in the carcinogenesis of SI-NETs. The strategy included next-generation sequencing of exome- and/or whole-genome of blood DNA, and in selected cases tumor DNA, from 24 patients from 15 families with the history of SI-NETs. We identified seven candidate mutations in six genes that were further studied using 215 sporadic SI-NET patients...
June 20, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631993/ovarian-ecdysteroid-biosynthesis-and-female-germline-stem-cells
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Tomotsune Ameku, Yuto Yoshinari, Ruriko Fukuda, Ryusuke Niwa
The germline stem cells (GSCs) are critical for gametogenesis throughout the adult life. Stem cell identity is maintained by local signals from a specialized microenvironment called the niche. However, it is unclear how systemic signals regulate stem cell activity in response to environmental cues. In our previous article, we reported that mating stimulates GSC proliferation in female Drosophila. The mating-induced GSC proliferation is mediated by ovarian ecdysteroids, whose biosynthesis is positively controlled by Sex peptide signaling...
February 8, 2017: Fly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630487/multicolor-two-photon-imaging-of-endogenous-fluorophores-in-living-tissues-by-wavelength-mixing
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Chiara Stringari, Lamiae Abdeladim, Guy Malkinson, Pierre Mahou, Xavier Solinas, Isabelle Lamarre, Sébastien Brizion, Jean-Baptiste Galey, Willy Supatto, Renaud Legouis, Ana-Maria Pena, Emmanuel Beaurepaire
Two-photon imaging of endogenous fluorescence can provide physiological and metabolic information from intact tissues. However, simultaneous imaging of multiple intrinsic fluorophores, such as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide(phosphate) (NAD(P)H), flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) and retinoids in living systems is generally hampered by sequential multi-wavelength excitation resulting in motion artifacts. Here, we report on efficient and simultaneous multicolor two-photon excitation of endogenous fluorophores with absorption spectra spanning the 750-1040 nm range, using wavelength mixing...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630325/convergent-immunological-solutions-to-argentine-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-neutralization
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Antra Zeltina, Stefanie A Krumm, Mehmet Sahin, Weston B Struwe, Karl Harlos, Jack H Nunberg, Max Crispin, Daniel D Pinschewer, Katie J Doores, Thomas A Bowden
Transmission of hemorrhagic fever New World arenaviruses from their rodent reservoirs to human populations poses substantial public health and economic dangers. These zoonotic events are enabled by the specific interaction between the New World arenaviral attachment glycoprotein, GP1, and cell surface human transferrin receptor (hTfR1). Here, we present the structural basis for how a mouse-derived neutralizing antibody (nAb), OD01, disrupts this interaction by targeting the receptor-binding surface of the GP1 glycoprotein from Junín virus (JUNV), a hemorrhagic fever arenavirus endemic in central Argentina...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630313/targeting-reactive-nitrogen-species-suppresses-hereditary-pancreatic-cancer
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Mo Li, Qian Chen, Teng Ma, Xiaochun Yu
Germline mutation of BRCA2 induces hereditary pancreatic cancer. However, how BRCA2 mutation specifically induces pancreatic tumorigenesis remains elusive. Here, we have examined a mouse model of Brca2-deficiency-induced pancreatic tumors and found that excessive reactive nitrogen species (RNS), such as nitrite, are generated in precancerous pancreases, which induce massive DNA damage, including DNA double-strand breaks. RNS-induced DNA lesions cause genomic instability in the absence of Brca2. Moreover, with the treatment of antioxidant tempol to suppress RNS, not only are DNA lesions significantly reduced, but also the onset of pancreatic cancer is delayed...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630005/transgenerational-effects-of-proton-beam-irradiation-on-caenorhabditis-elegans-germline-apoptosis
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Hyemin Min, Minhee Sung, Miseol Son, Ichiro Kawasaki, Yhong-Hee Shims
When treating cancer using radiation therapy, it is critical to increase patient survival rates and to reduce side effects. In this respect, proton beam radiation treatment performs better than other radiation treatments because of its high target specificity. However, complications still remain after proton beam radiation treatment. Among them, the risk to progeny after irradiation of their parents is a major concern. In this study, we analyzed the transgenerational effects of proton beam irradiation using the model organism Caenorhabditis...
June 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628391/interest-and-attitudes-of-patients-with-advanced-cancer-with-regard-to-secondary-germline-findings-from-tumor-genomic-profiling
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Jada G Hamilton, Elyse Shuk, Margaux C Genoff, Vivian M Rodríguez, Jennifer L Hay, Kenneth Offit, Mark E Robson
PURPOSE: Tumor genomic profiling (TGP) can reveal secondary findings about inherited disease risks in a patient with cancer. Little is known about how patients with advanced cancer, currently the primary users of TGP, perceive the benefits and harms of secondary germline findings. METHODS: We conducted semistructured interviews with 40 patients with advanced breast, bladder, colorectal, or lung cancer who had TGP. Qualitative interview data were evaluated by using a thematic content analysis approach...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628281/genomic-analysis-of-melanoma-evolution-following-a-30-year-disease-free-interval
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Jerry J Miller, Kristopher A Lofgren, Sarah R Hughes, Steven E Cash, Paraic A Kenny
Ultra-late melanoma recurrence is infrequent, poorly understood and, in most cases, difficult to unambiguously distinguish from a new primary melanoma. We identified a patient with a second melanoma diagnosed after a 30 year disease-free interval, and sought to determine if this new lesion was a recurrence of the original melanoma. Here we report the genomic sequence analysis of the exomes of two melanoma lesions isolated from the same individual in 1985 and 2015, and their comparison to each other and to the germline DNA of the patient...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628110/colonic-organoids-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-for-modeling-colorectal-cancer-and-drug-testing
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Miguel Crespo, Eduardo Vilar, Su-Yi Tsai, Kyle Chang, Sadaf Amin, Tara Srinivasan, Tuo Zhang, Nina H Pipalia, Huanhuan Joyce Chen, Mavee Witherspoon, Miriam Gordillo, Jenny Zhaoying Xiang, Frederick R Maxfield, Steven Lipkin, Todd Evans, Shuibing Chen
With the goal of modeling human disease of the large intestine, we sought to develop an effective protocol for deriving colonic organoids (COs) from differentiated human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) or induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Extensive gene and immunohistochemical profiling confirmed that the derived COs represent colon rather than small intestine, containing stem cells, transit-amplifying cells, and the expected spectrum of differentiated cells, including goblet and endocrine cells. We applied this strategy to iPSCs derived from patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP-iPSCs) harboring germline mutations in the WNT-signaling-pathway-regulator gene encoding APC, and we generated COs that exhibit enhanced WNT activity and increased epithelial cell proliferation, which we used as a platform for drug testing...
June 19, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628108/germline-hypomorphic-card11-mutations-in-severe-atopic-disease
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Chi A Ma, Jeffrey R Stinson, Yuan Zhang, Jordan K Abbott, Michael A Weinreich, Pia J Hauk, Paul R Reynolds, Jonathan J Lyons, Celeste G Nelson, Elisa Ruffo, Batsukh Dorjbal, Salomé Glauzy, Natsuko Yamakawa, Swadhinya Arjunaraja, Kelsey Voss, Jennifer Stoddard, Julie Niemela, Yu Zhang, Sergio D Rosenzweig, Joshua J McElwee, Thomas DiMaggio, Helen F Matthews, Nina Jones, Kelly D Stone, Alejandro Palma, Matías Oleastro, Emma Prieto, Andrea R Bernasconi, Geronimo Dubra, Silvia Danielian, Jonathan Zaiat, Marcelo A Marti, Brian Kim, Megan A Cooper, Neil D Romberg, Eric Meffre, Erwin W Gelfand, Andrew L Snow, Joshua D Milner
Few monogenic causes for severe manifestations of common allergic diseases have been identified. Through next-generation sequencing on a cohort of patients with severe atopic dermatitis with and without comorbid infections, we found eight individuals, from four families, with novel heterozygous mutations in CARD11, which encodes a scaffolding protein involved in lymphocyte receptor signaling. Disease improved over time in most patients. Transfection of mutant CARD11 expression constructs into T cell lines demonstrated both loss-of-function and dominant-interfering activity upon antigen receptor-induced activation of nuclear factor-κB and mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1)...
June 19, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627265/atm-radiation-and-the-risk-of-second-primary-breast-cancer
#16
Jonine L Bernstein, Patrick Concannon
PURPOSE: It was first suggested more than 40 years ago that heterozygous carriers for the human autosomal recessive disorder Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T) might also be at increased risk for cancer. Subsequent studies have identified the responsible gene, Ataxia-Telangiectasia Mutated (ATM), characterized genetic variation at this locus in A-T and a variety of different cancers, and described the functions of the ATM protein with respect to cellular DNA damage responses. However, an overall model of how ATM contributes to cancer risk, and in particular, the role of DNA damage in this process, remains lacking...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627087/familial-seborrhoeic-keratosis-associated-with-multiple-pure-reticulated-acanthomas-and-infundibulocystic-basal-cell-carcinomas
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J Agustí, R Bella-Navarro, A B García-García, E Bueno, R González-Sarmiento, L Navarro, B Sanchez-Sendra, A Revert, E Jordá, C Monteagudo
BACKGROUND: A variety of genodermatoses with multiple cutaneous tumors with germline genetic alterations such as Gorlin syndrome with PTCH1 gene mutations have been described. Other cutaneous syndromes have been associated with somatic gene mutations, such as FGFR3 in familial seborrhoeic keratosis. OBJECTIVE: We describe the clinical, dermoscopic, and histopathological features of multiple cutaneous lesions, mostly infundibulocystic basal cell carcinomas and pure reticulated acanthomas, present in a family affected by familial seborrhoeic keratosis...
June 18, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624978/preferences-for-breast-cancer-risk-reduction-among-brca1-brca2-mutation-carriers-a-discrete-choice-experiment
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Alexander Liede, Carol A Mansfield, Kelly A Metcalfe, Melanie A Price, Carrie Snyder, Henry T Lynch, Sue Friedman, Justyna Amelio, Joshua Posner, Steven A Narod, Geoffrey J Lindeman, D Gareth Evans
PURPOSE: Unaffected women who carry BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations face difficult choices about reducing their breast cancer risk. Understanding their treatment preferences could help us improve patient counseling and inform drug trials. The objective was to explore preferences for various risk-reducing options among women with germline BRCA1/2 mutations using a discrete-choice experiment survey and to compare expressed preferences with actual behaviors. METHODS: A discrete-choice experiment survey was designed wherein women choose between hypothetical treatments to reduce breast cancer risk...
June 17, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624956/dicer1-mutations-in-twelve-chinese-patients-with-pleuropulmonary-blastoma
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Siyu Cai, Xisi Wang, Wen Zhao, Libing Fu, Xiaoli Ma, Xiaoxia Peng
Our aim is to examine the impact of DICER1 mutations on the pathogenesis of pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB) by evaluating the mutation frequency and investigating the family history of Chinese patients with PPB. The family histories of 12 children with PPB recruited consecutively were surveyed. Blood samples from patients and their first-degree relatives were tested for DICER1 mutations. Whole-genome sequencing of blood samples and formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor tissue was performed in one family with twins...
June 14, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624768/a-revised-asingle-model-to-explain-stem-cell-dynamics-in-the-mouse-male-germline
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REVIEW
Tessa Lord, Jon M Oatley
Spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) and progenitor spermatogonia encompass the undifferentiated spermatogonial pool in mammalian testes. In rodents, this population is comprised of Asingle, Apaired and chains of 4-16 Aaligned spermatogonia. Although traditional models propose that the entire Asingle pool represents SSCs, and formation of an Apaired syncytium symbolizes irreversible entry to a progenitor state destined for differentiation; recent models have emerged that suggest that the Asingle pool is heterogeneous, and Apaired/Aaligned can fragment to produce new SSCs...
August 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
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