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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441530/aubergine-controls-germline-stem-cell-self-renewal-and-progeny-differentiation-via-distinct-mechanisms
#1
Xing Ma, Xiujuan Zhu, Yingying Han, Benjamin Story, Trieu Do, Xiaoqing Song, Su Wang, Ying Zhang, Marco Blanchette, Madelaine Gogol, Kate Hall, Allison Peak, Perera Anoja, Ting Xie
Piwi family protein Aubergine (Aub) maintains genome integrity in late germ cells of the Drosophila ovary through Piwi-associated RNA-mediated repression of transposon activities. Although it is highly expressed in germline stem cells (GSCs) and early progeny, it remains unclear whether it plays any roles in early GSC lineage development. Here we report that Aub promotes GSC self-renewal and GSC progeny differentiation. RNA-iCLIP results show that Aub binds the mRNAs encoding self-renewal and differentiation factors in cultured GSCs...
April 24, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441401/ancient-genes-establish-stress-induced-mutation-as-a-hallmark-of-cancer
#2
Luis Cisneros, Kimberly J Bussey, Adam J Orr, Milica Miočević, Charles H Lineweaver, Paul Davies
Cancer is sometimes depicted as a reversion to single cell behavior in cells adapted to live in a multicellular assembly. If this is the case, one would expect that mutation in cancer disrupts functional mechanisms that suppress cell-level traits detrimental to multicellularity. Such mechanisms should have evolved with or after the emergence of multicellularity. This leads to two related, but distinct hypotheses: 1) Somatic mutations in cancer will occur in genes that are younger than the emergence of multicellularity (1000 million years [MY]); and 2) genes that are frequently mutated in cancer and whose mutations are functionally important for the emergence of the cancer phenotype evolved within the past 1000 million years, and thus would exhibit an age distribution that is skewed to younger genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440438/loss-of-heterozygosity-in-fancg-fancf-and-brip1-from-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-oral-cavity
#3
Christin Türke, Susanne Horn, Carola Petto, Dirk Labudde, Günter Lauer, Gretel Wittenburg
Recent advances have been made in the understanding of Fanconi anemia (FA), a hereditary disease that increases the risk for head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) by 500- to 700-fold. FA patients harbour germline mutations in genes of cellular DNA repair pathways that are assumed to facilitate the accumulation of mutations during HNSCC development. Mutations in these FA genes may also contribute to HNSCC in general. In the present study, we analysed three FA genes; FANCF, FANCG and BRIP1, that are involved in the repair of DNA inter strand cross-links, in HNSCC and their potential role for patient survival...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440307/lps-independent-activation-of-the-pro-inflammatory-receptor-trem1-by-c-ebp%C3%AE%C2%B5-in-granulocytes
#4
Hyung C Suh, Touati Benoukraf, Pavithra Shyamsunder, Tong Yin, Qi Cao, Jonathan Said, Stephen Lee, Ricky Lim, Henry Yang, Jacqueline Salotti, Peter F Johnson, Vikas Madan, H Phillip Koeffler
C/EBPε is a critical transcriptional factor for granulocyte differentiation and function. Individuals with germline mutations of C/EBPε fail to develop normal granulocytes and suffer from repeated infections. In order to gain a global view of the transcriptional machinery regulated by C/EBPε, we performed whole-genome ChIP-Seq using mouse bone marrow cells. To complement the C/EBPε DNA binding analyses, RNA-Sequencing was done in parallel using sorted mature and immature granulocytes from WT and C/EBPε KO bone marrow...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439798/the-changing-landscape-of-genetic-testing-for-inherited-breast-cancer-predisposition
#5
REVIEW
Anosheh Afghahi, Allison W Kurian
The advent of multiple-gene germline panel testing has led to significant advances in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk assessment. These include guideline-specific cancer risk management recommendations for patients and their families, such as screening with breast magnetic resonance imaging and risk-reducing surgeries, which have the potential to reduce substantially the morbidity and mortality associated with a hereditary cancer predisposition. However, controversy remains about the clinical validity and actionability of genetic testing in a broader patient population...
May 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439558/crispr-cpf1-correction-of-muscular-dystrophy-mutations-in-human-cardiomyocytes-and-mice
#6
Yu Zhang, Chengzu Long, Hui Li, John R McAnally, Kedryn K Baskin, John M Shelton, Rhonda Bassel-Duby, Eric N Olson
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), caused by mutations in the X-linked dystrophin gene (DMD), is characterized by fatal degeneration of striated muscles. Dilated cardiomyopathy is one of the most common lethal features of the disease. We deployed Cpf1, a unique class 2 CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) effector, to correct DMD mutations in patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and mdx mice, an animal model of DMD. Cpf1-mediated genomic editing of human iPSCs, either by skipping of an out-of-frame DMD exon or by correcting a nonsense mutation, restored dystrophin expression after differentiation to cardiomyocytes and enhanced contractile function...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439082/expression-of-nestin-associates-with-brca1-mutations-a-basal-like-phenotype-and-aggressive-breast-cancer
#7
Kristi Krüger, Elisabeth Wik, Gøril Knutsvik, Hawa Nalwoga, Tor A Klingen, Jarle B Arnes, Ying Chen, Monica Mannelqvist, Konstantina Dimitrakopoulou, Ingunn M Stefansson, Even Birkeland, Turid Aas, Nicholas P Tobin, Inge Jonassen, Jonas Bergh, William D Foulkes, Lars A Akslen
We here examined whether Nestin, by protein and mRNA levels, could be a predictor of BRCA1 related breast cancer, a basal-like phenotype, and aggressive tumours. Immunohistochemical staining of Nestin was done in independent breast cancer hospital cohorts (Series I-V, total 1257 cases). Also, TCGA proteomic data (n = 103), mRNA microarray data from TCGA (n = 520), METABRIC (n = 1992), and 6 open access breast cancer datasets (n = 1908) were analysed. Patients with Nestin protein expression in tumour cells more often had BRCA1 germline mutations (OR 8...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438622/p53-alteration-in-morphologically-normal-benign-breast-luminal-cells-in-brca-carriers-with-or-without-history-of-breast-cancer
#8
Xi Wang, Amber A El-Halaby, Hengwei Zhang, Qi Yang, Todd S Laughlin, Paul G Rothberg, Kristin Skinner, David G Hicks
Germ-line mutations in BRCA genes have been shown to predispose patients to breast cancer. Studies have suggested that p53 alteration is a necessary step in tumorigenesis in BRCA carriers. Our previous study showed p53 alteration in morphologically normal/benign breast luminal cells in sporadic breast cancer patients, the so-called "breast p53 signature". Here, we studied p53 status in 66 BRCA1/2 carriers' breasts; 29 patients with breast carcinoma (2 patients with bilateral breast carcinomas) and 37 without...
April 21, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435519/gt198-psmc3ip-germline-variants-in-early-onset-breast-cancer-patients-from-hereditary-breast-and-ovarian-cancer-families
#9
Stephanie Schubert, Tim Ripperger, Melanie Rood, Anthony Petkidis, Winfried Hofmann, Hildegard Frye-Boukhriss, Marcel Tauscher, Bernd Auber, Ursula Hille-Betz, Thomas Illig, Brigitte Schlegelberger, Doris Steinemann
GT198, located 470 kb downstream of BRCA1, encodes for the nuclear PSMC3-interacting protein, which functions as co-activator of steroid hormone-mediated gene expression, and is involved in RAD51 and DMC1-mediated homologous recombination during DNA repair of double-strand breaks. Recently, germline variants in GT198 have been identified in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) patients, mainly in cases with early-onset. We screened a cohort of 166 BRCA1/2 mutation-negative HBOC patients, of which 56 developed early-onset breast cancer before the age of 36 years, for GT198 variants...
January 2017: Genes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434938/polycomb-group-gene-e-z-is-required-for-spermatogonial-dedifferentiation-in-drosophila-adult-testis
#10
Suk Ho Eun, Lijuan Feng, Luis Cedeno-Rosario, Qiang Gan, Gang Wei, Kairong Cui, Keji Zhao, Xin Chen
Dedifferentiation is an important process to replenish lost stem cells during aging or regeneration after injury to maintain tissue homeostasis. Here we report that Enhancer of Zeste [E(z)], a component of the Polycomb Repression Complex 2 (PRC2), is required to maintain a stable pool of germline stem cells (GSCs) within the niche microenvironment. During aging, germ cells with reduced E(z) activity cannot meet that requirement, but the defect neither arises from increased GSC death nor premature differentiation...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434888/melorheostosis-exome-sequencing-of-an-associated-dermatosis-implicates-postzygotic-mosaicism-of-mutated-kras
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Michael P Whyte, Malachi Griffith, Lee Trani, Steven Mumm, Gary S Gottesman, William H McAlister, Kilannin Krysiak, Robert Lesurf, Zachary L Skidmore, Katie M Campbell, Ilana S Rosman, Susan Bayliss, Vinieth N Bijanki, Angela Nenninger, Brian A Van Tine, Obi L Griffith, Elaine R Mardis
Melorheostosis (MEL) is the rare sporadic dysostosis characterized by monostotic or polyostotic osteosclerosis and hyperostosis often distributed in a sclerotomal pattern. The prevailing hypothesis for MEL invokes postzygotic mosaicism. Sometimes scleroderma-like skin changes, considered a representation of the pathogenetic process of MEL, overlie the bony changes, and sometimes MEL becomes malignant. Osteopoikilosis (OPK) is the autosomal dominant skeletal dysplasia that features symmetrically distributed punctate osteosclerosis due to heterozygous loss-of-function mutation within LEMD3...
April 20, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434825/rna-binding-proteins-in-human-oogenesis-balancing-differentiation-and-self-renewal-in-the-female-fetal-germline
#12
Roseanne Rosario, Andrew J Childs, Richard A Anderson
Primordial germ cells undergo three significant processes on their path to becoming primary oocytes: the initiation of meiosis, the formation and breakdown of germ cell nests, and the assembly of single oocytes into primordial follicles. However at the onset of meiosis, the germ cell becomes transcriptionally silenced. Consequently translational control of pre-stored mRNAs plays a central role in coordinating gene expression throughout the remainder of oogenesis; RNA binding proteins are key to this regulation...
April 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434412/molecular-characterization-and-transcriptional-analysis-of-the-female-enriched-chondroitin-proteoglycan-2-of-toxocara-canis
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G X Ma, R Q Zhou, L Hu, Y L Luo, Y F Luo, H H Zhu
Toxocara canis is an important but neglected zoonotic parasite, and is the causative agent of human toxocariasis. Chondroitin proteoglycans are biological macromolecules, widely distributed in extracellular matrices, with a great diversity of functions in mammals. However, there is limited information regarding chondroitin proteoglycans in nematode parasites. In the present study, a female-enriched chondroitin proteoglycan 2 gene of T. canis (Tc-cpg-2) was cloned and characterized. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was employed to measure the transcription levels of Tc-cpg-2 among tissues of male and female adult worms...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432847/genotype-phenotype-correlation-in-paediatric-pheochromocytoma-and-paraganglioma-a-single-centre-experience-from-india
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Kranti Khadilkar, Vijaya Sarathi, Rajeev Kasaliwal, Reshma Pandit, Manjunath Goroshi, Vyankatesh Shivane, Anurag Lila, Tushar Bandgar, Nalini S Shah
BACKGROUND: Data on genotype-phenotype correlation in children is limited. Hence, we studied the prevalence of germline mutations and genotype-phenotype correlation in children with pheochromocytoma (PCC)/paraganglioma (PGL) and compared it with adult PCC/PGL cohort. METHODS: A total of 121 consecutive, unrelated, index PCC/PGL patients underwent genetic testing for five PCC/PGL susceptibility genes (RET, VHL, SDHB, SDHD and SDHC) and were evaluated for clinical diagnosis of neurofibromatosis type1 (NF1)...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432813/targeting-on-poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-activity-with-dna-damaging-hybrid-lactam-steroid-alkylators-in-wild-type-and-brca1-mutated-ovarian-cancer-cells
#15
Dimitrios T Trafalis, Aikaterini Polonifi, Panayiotis Dalezis, Nikolaos Nikoleousakos, Sotirios Katsamakas, Vassiliki Sarli
Conjugated lactam-steroid alkylators (LSA), have been shown to exhibit superior activity at controlling cancer models and overlap drug resistance to conventional chemotherapy. Hybrid LSAs combine two active compounds in a single molecule and incorporate modified steroids bearing lactam moiety in one or more steroid rings functioning as vectors for cytotoxic agents. We first describe a novel class of LSAs that generate excellent anticancer activity against UWB1.289 and UWB1.289+BRCA1 human ovarian cancer cell lines...
April 22, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432734/monogenic-diabetes-syndromes-locus-specific-databases-for-alstr%C3%A3-m-wolfram-and-thiamine-responsive-megaloblastic-anaemia
#16
Dewi Astuti, Ataf Sabir, Piers Fulton, Malgorzata Zatyka, Denise Williams, Carol Hardy, Gabriella Milan, Francesca Favaretto, Patrick Yu-Wai-Man, Julia Rohayem, Miguel López de Heredia, Tamara Hershey, Lisbeth Tranebjaerg, Jian-Hua Chen, Annabel Chaussenot, Virginia Nunes, Bess Marshall, Susan McAfferty, Vallo Tillmann, Pietro Maffei, Veronique Paquis-Flucklinger, Tarekign Geberhiwot, Wojciech Mlynarski, Kay Parkinson, Virginie Picard, Gema Esteban Bueno, Renuka Dias, Amy Arnold, Caitlin Richens, Richard Paisey, Fumi Urano, Robert Semple, Richard Sinnott, Timothy G Barrett
We developed a variant database for diabetes syndrome genes, using the Leiden Open Variation Database platform, containing observed phenotypes matched to the genetic variations. We populated it with 628 published disease associated variants (December 2016) for: WFS1 (n = 309), CISD2 (n = 3), ALMS1 (n = 268), and SLC19A2 (n = 48) for Wolfram type 1, Wolfram type 2, Alström and Thiamine-responsive megaloblastic anaemia syndromes respectively; and included 23 previously unpublished novel germline variants in WFS1 and 17 variants in ALMS1...
April 21, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432433/glypican-3-mrna-expression-level-in-wilms-tumor-correlation-with-histological-type-stage-and-outcome
#17
Md Nahidul Wari, Archana George Vallonthaiel, Aijaz Ahmed, Deepali Saxena, Venkateswaran K Iyer, Sandeep R Mathur, Sandeep Agarwala, Sameer Bakhshi, V Srinivas, P Chattopadhyaya, Arundhati Sharma, S Datta Gupta, Amit Dinda
PURPOSE: To correlate expression of Glypican-3 in Wilms tumor with histopathology, stage, and outcome. METHODS: Glypican-3 mRNA expression by real-time PCR on tumor and normal germline samples from 75 fresh nephrectomies for Wilms tumor with fold change after normalization against GAPDH was compared. Survival analysis for event-free and overall survival (EFS, OS) with 2-year follow-up for Glypican-3 overexpression (>1.5 times) and clinicopathological parameters was performed...
April 21, 2017: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431857/modeling-human-infertility-with-pluripotent-stem-cells
#18
Di Chen, Joanna J Gell, Yu Tao, Enrique Sosa, Amander T Clark
Human fertility is dependent upon the correct establishment and differentiation of the germline. This is because no other cell type in the body is capable of passing a genome and epigenome from parent to child. Terminally differentiated germline cells in the adult testis and ovary are called gametes. However, the initial specification of germline cells occurs in the embryo around the time of gastrulation. Most of our knowledge regarding the cell and molecular events that govern human germline specification involves extrapolating scientific principles from model organisms, most notably the mouse...
April 13, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431793/alcohol-effects-on-the-epigenome-in-the-germline-role-in-the-inheritance-of-alcohol-related-pathology
#19
REVIEW
Lucy G Chastain, Dipak K Sarkar
Excessive alcohol exposure has severe health consequences, and clinical and animal studies have demonstrated that disruptions in the epigenome of somatic cells, such as those in brain, are an important factor in the development of alcohol-related pathologies, such as alcohol-use disorders (AUDs) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). It is also well known that alcohol-related health problems are passed down across generations in human populations, but the complete mechanisms for this phenomenon are currently unknown...
March 6, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431246/fatty-acids-regulate-germline-sex-determination-through-acs-4-dependent-myristoylation
#20
Hongyun Tang, Min Han
Fat metabolism has been linked to fertility and reproductive adaptation in animals and humans, and environmental sex determination potentially plays a role in the process. To investigate the impact of fatty acids (FA) on sex determination and reproductive development, we examined and observed an impact of FA synthesis and mobilization by lipolysis in somatic tissues on oocyte fate in Caenorhabditis elegans. The subsequent genetic analysis identified ACS-4, an acyl-CoA synthetase and its FA-CoA product, as key germline factors that mediate the role of FA in promoting oocyte fate through protein myristoylation...
April 20, 2017: Cell
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