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Rivka Inzelberg, Shira Flash, Eitan Friedman, Esther Azizi
The mechanisms underlying the high prevalence of cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) in Parkinson's disease (PD) are unclear, but plausibly involve common pathways. 129Ser-phosphorylated-α-synuclein, a pathological PD hallmark, is abundantly expressed in CMM, but not in normal skin. In inherited PD, PARK genes harbor germline mutations; the same genes are somatically mutated in CMM, or their encoded proteins involved in melanomagenesis. Conversely, genes associated with CMM, affect PD risk. PD/CMM targeted cells share the neural crest origin and melanogenesis capability...
October 19, 2016: Annals of Neurology
Kris G Alavattam, Yasuko Kato, Ho-Su Sin, So Maezawa, Ian J Kowalski, Fan Zhang, Qishen Pang, Paul R Andreassen, Satoshi H Namekawa
Precise epigenetic regulation of the sex chromosomes is vital for the male germline. Here, we analyze meiosis in eight mouse models deficient for various DNA damage response (DDR) factors, including Fanconi anemia (FA) proteins. We reveal a network of FA and DDR proteins in which FA core factors FANCA, FANCB, and FANCC are essential for FANCD2 foci formation, whereas BRCA1 (FANCS), MDC1, and RNF8 are required for BRCA2 (FANCD1) and SLX4 (FANCP) accumulation on the sex chromosomes during meiosis. In addition, FA proteins modulate distinct histone marks on the sex chromosomes: FA core proteins and FANCD2 regulate H3K9 methylation, while FANCD2 and RNF8 function together to regulate H3K4 methylation independently of FA core proteins...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Priya Moorjani, Ziyue Gao, Molly Przeworski
Our understanding of the chronology of human evolution relies on the "molecular clock" provided by the steady accumulation of substitutions on an evolutionary lineage. Recent analyses of human pedigrees have called this understanding into question by revealing unexpectedly low germline mutation rates, which imply that substitutions accrue more slowly than previously believed. Translating mutation rates estimated from pedigrees into substitution rates is not as straightforward as it may seem, however. We dissect the steps involved, emphasizing that dating evolutionary events requires not "a mutation rate" but a precise characterization of how mutations accumulate in development in males and females-knowledge that remains elusive...
October 2016: PLoS Biology
Sarah Röhrig, Susan Schröpfer, Alexander Knoll, Holger Puchta
The stability of repetitive sequences in complex eukaryotic genomes is safeguarded by factors suppressing homologues recombination. Prominent in this is the role of the RTR complex. In plants, it consists of the RecQ helicase RECQ4A, the topoisomerase TOP3α and RMI1. Like mammals, but not yeast, plants harbor an additional complex partner, RMI2. Here, we demonstrate that, in Arabidopsis thaliana, RMI2 is involved in the repair of aberrant replication intermediates in root meristems as well as in intrastrand crosslink repair...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Maggie Brett, Angeline H M Lai, Teck-Wah Ting, Ah-Moy Tan, Roger Foo, Saumya Jamuar, Ene-Choo Tan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Vivian E Strong, Sepideh Gholami, Manish A Shah, Laura H Tang, Yelena Y Janjigian, Mark Schattner, Luke V Selby, Sam S Yoon, Erin Salo-Mullen, Zsofia K Stadler, David Kelsen, Murray F Brennan, Daniel G Coit
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe postoperative outcomes of total gastrectomy at our institution for patients with hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC). BACKGROUND: HDGC, which is mainly caused by germline mutations in the E-cadherin gene (CDH1), renders a lifetime risk of gastric cancer of up to 70%, prompting a recommendation for prophylactic total gastrectomy. METHODS: A prospective gastric cancer database identified 41 patients with CDH1 mutation who underwent total gastrectomy during 2005 to 2015...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Maria Coakley, Vicki Cleary, Nicholas Power, Seamus O'Reilly
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
James N Ingle, Fang Xie, Matthew J Ellis, Paul E Goss, Lois E Shepherd, Judith-Anne W Chapman, Bingshu E Chen, Michiaki Kubo, Yoichi Furukawa, Yukihide Momozawa, Vered Stearns, Kathleen I Pritchard, Poulami Barman, Erin E Carlson, Matthew P Goetz, Richard M Weinshilboum, Krishna R Kalari, Liewei Wang
Genetic risks in breast cancer remain only partly understood. Here we report the results of a genome-wide association study of germline DNA from 4,658 women, including 252 women experiencing a breast cancer recurrence, who were entered on the MA.27 adjuvant trial comparing the aromatase inhibitors (AI) anastrozole and exemestane. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) of top significance were identified in the gene encoding MIR2052HG, a long noncoding RNA of unknown function. Heterozygous or homozygous individuals for variant alleles exhibited a ~40% or ~63% decrease, respectively, in the hazard of breast cancer recurrence relative to homozygous wild-type individuals...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Research
Ciyu Yang, Angela G Arnold, Magan Trottier, Yukio Sonoda, Nadeem R Abu-Rustum, Oliver Zivanovic, Mark E Robson, Zsofia K Stadler, Michael F Walsh, David M Hyman, Kenneth Offit, Liying Zhang
PURPOSE: Mutations in PALB2 have been associated with a predisposition to breast and pancreatic cancers. This study aims to characterize a novel PALB2 exon 13 duplication in a hereditary breast and ovarian cancer family. METHODS: The PALB2 exon 13 duplication in this family was evaluated using Memorial Sloan Kettering-Integrated Mutation Profiling of Actionable Cancer Targets (MSK-IMPACT™) and confirmed by multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA)...
October 18, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Lei Wei, Antonios Papanicolau-Sengos, Song Liu, Jianmin Wang, Jeffrey M Conroy, Sean T Glenn, Elizabeth Brese, Qiang Hu, Kiersten Marie Miles, Blake Burgher, Maochun Qin, Karen Head, Angela R Omilian, Wiam Bshara, John Krolewski, Donald L Trump, Candace S Johnson, Carl D Morrison
BACKGROUND: The rapid adoption of next-generation sequencing provides an efficient system for detecting somatic alterations in neoplasms. The detection of such alterations requires a matched non-neoplastic sample for adequate filtering of non-somatic events such as germline polymorphisms. Non-neoplastic tissue adjacent to the excised neoplasm is often used for this purpose as it is simultaneously collected and generally contains the same tissue type as the neoplasm. Following NGS analysis, we and others have frequently observed low-level somatic mutations in these non-neoplastic tissues, which may impose additional challenges to somatic mutation detection as it complicates germline variant filtering...
October 19, 2016: BMC Medical Genomics
Xiaolong Wang, Bei Cai, Jiankui Zhou, Haijing Zhu, Yiyuan Niu, Baohua Ma, Honghao Yu, Anmin Lei, Hailong Yan, Qiaoyan Shen, Lei Shi, Xiaoe Zhao, Jinlian Hua, Xingxu Huang, Lei Qu, Yulin Chen
Precision genetic engineering accelerates the genetic improvement of livestock for agriculture and biomedicine. We have recently reported our success in producing gene-modified goats using the CRISPR/Cas9 system through microinjection of Cas9 mRNA and sgRNAs targeting the MSTN and FGF5 genes in goat embryos. By investigating the influence of gene modification on the phenotypes of Cas9-mediated goats, we herein demonstrate that the utility of this approach involving the disruption of FGF5 results in increased number of second hair follicles and enhanced fiber length in Cas9-mediated goats, suggesting more cashmere will be produced...
2016: PloS One
Takashi Takeda, Kouji Banno, Megumi Yanokura, Masataka Adachi, Moito Iijima, Haruko Kunitomi, Kanako Nakamura, Miho Iida, Yuya Nogami, Kiyoko Umene, Kenta Masuda, Yusuke Kobayashi, Wataru Yamagami, Akira Hirasawa, Eiichiro Tominaga, Nobuyuki Susumu, Daisuke Aoki
Germline mutation of DNA mismatch repair (MMR) genes is a cause of Lynch syndrome. Methylation of MutL homolog 1 (MLH1) and MutS homolog 2 (MSH2) has been detected in peripheral blood cells of patients with colorectal cancer. This methylation is referred to as epimutation. Methylation of these genes has not been studied in an unselected series of endometrial cancer cases. Therefore, we examined methylation of MLH1, MSH2, and MSH6 promoter regions of peripheral blood cells in 206 patients with endometrial cancer using a methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction (MSP)...
October 14, 2016: Genes
Daniel Nava Rodrigues, Gunther Boysen, Semini Sumanasuriya, George Seed, Angelo M De Marzo, Johann de Bono
Prostate cancer (PCa) is a clinically heterogeneous disease and current treatment strategies are based largely on anatomical and pathological parameters. In the recent past, several DNA sequencing studies of primary and advanced PCa have revealed recurrent patterns of genomic aberrations that expose mechanisms of resistance to available therapies and potential new drug targets. Suppression of androgen receptor (AR) signalling is the cornerstone of advanced prostate cancer treatment. Genomic aberrations of the androgen receptor or alternative splicing of its mRNA are increasingly recognized as biomarkers of resistance to AR-targeted therapy such as abiraterone or enzalutamide...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pathology
Shahida Moosa, Helena Böhrer-Rabel, Janine Altmüller, Filippo Beleggia, Peter Nürnberg, Yun Li, Gökhan Yigit, Bernd Wollnik
Heterozygous germline mutations in MTOR have been shown to underlie Smith-Kingsmore syndrome, a rare autosomal dominant syndrome characterized by macrocephaly, developmental delay, and dysmorphic facial features. Recently, two unrelated families with the MTOR mutation, c.5395G>A p.(Glu1799Lys), were reported. Here, we describe siblings from a non-consanguineous German family in whom we identified the same heterozygous missense mutation in MTOR. Remarkably, in all reported families with Smith-Kingsmore syndrome and the MTOR c...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Hongdo Do, Daniel Cameron, Ramyar Molania, Bibhusal Thapa, Gareth Rivalland, Paul L Mitchell, Carmel Murone, Thomas John, Anthony Papenfuss, Alexander Dobrovic
Identifying circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) for monitoring of cancer therapy is dependent on the development of readily designed, sensitive cancer-specific DNA markers. Genomic rearrangements that are present in the vast majority of cancers provide such markers.Tumour DNA isolated from two fresh-frozen lung tumours underwent whole genome sequencing. Genomic rearrangements were detected using a new computational algorithm, GRIDSS. Four genomic rearrangements from each tumour were chosen for further study using rearrangement-specific primers...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Jennifer Muir, Melyssa Aronson, Mary-Jane Esplen, Aaron Pollett, Carol J Swallow
BACKGROUND: Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC) syndrome is caused by germline mutations in the CDH1 gene and carries a lifetime gastric cancer risk of approximately 70 % in men and 56 % in women. Current consensus guidelines recommend that people of age ≥20 who harbor a CDH1 mutation undergo prophylactic total gastrectomy (PTG). However, the decision to proceed with a major visceral resection for prophylactic reasons may be difficult, especially since long-term outcomes are not well defined...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Muhammad W Saif, Melissa Smith, Antonio Maloney
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is the backbone of the chemotherapy regimens approved for treatment of many malignancies, especially colorectal cancer (CRC). The incidence of cardiotoxicity associated with 5-FU ranges between 1.5% to 18% and is most commonly manifested as anginal symptoms. Cardiomyopathy is very rarely reported with 5-FU and capecitabine. A 35-year-old Caucasian male with T3, N1, M0 rectal cancer after the initial neoadjuvant chemoradiation with 5FU/LV followed by surgical abdominoperineal resection (APR), began mFOLFOX6 in the adjuvant setting...
September 14, 2016: Curēus
Valeria Ascoli, Ilaria Cozzi, Simona Vatrano, Stefania Izzo, Jessica Giorcelli, Elisa Romeo, Caterina Carnovale-Scalzo, Lucia Rosalba Grillo, Francesco Facciolo, Paolo Visca, Mauro Papotti, Luisella Righi
Familial malignant mesothelioma clusters are ideal candidates to explore BAP1 genomic status as a predisposing risk factor. We report data on BAP1 analysis in four families with multiple mesothelioma cases to investigate possible BAP1 alterations associated with an inherited cancer syndrome. We also recorded family history of cancer and assessed asbestos exposure. By genomic direct sequencing, we found no evidence of a BAP1 germline mutation in tumor DNA samples (one mesothelioma per family: n = 3 epithelioid; n = 1 biphasic)...
September 2016: Cancer Genetics
Susanne Hafner, Sabine Haubensak, Tanusree Paul, Oliver Zolk
Background | Differences (polymorphisms) in genes encoding drug targets, drug transport proteins, or drug metabolizing enzymes may be responsible, among other factors, for the observed variation in patients' responses to medications. The field of pharmacogenetics aims to identify patients at higher genetically-determined risk of adverse effects or poor response to medication. This information would allow for modification of dosage or substitution with alternative therapy. However, there is a lack of awareness of pharmacogenetic clinical practise guidelines...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Orie Hikabe, Nobuhiko Hamazaki, Go Nagamatsu, Yayoi Obata, Yuji Hirao, Norio Hamada, So Shimamoto, Takuya Imamura, Kinichi Nakashima, Mitinori Saitou, Katsuhiko Hayashi
The female germ line undergoes a unique sequence of differentiation processes that confers totipotency to the egg. The reconstitution of these events in vitro using pluripotent stem cells is a key achievement in reproductive biology and regenerative medicine. Here we report successful reconstitution in vitro of the entire process of oogenesis from mouse pluripotent stem cells. Fully potent mature oocytes were generated in culture from embryonic stem cells and from induced pluripotent stem cells derived from both embryonic fibroblasts and adult tail tip fibroblasts...
October 17, 2016: Nature
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