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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156805/circulating-tumor-dna-shows-variable-clonal-response-of-breast-cancer-during-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy
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Ji-Yeon Kim, Donghyun Park, Dae-Soon Son, Seok Jin Nam, Seok Won Kim, Hae Hyun Jung, Yeon Jeong Kim, Gahee Park, Woong-Yang Park, Jeong Eon Lee, Yeon Hee Park
Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) correlates with tumor burden and provides early detection of treatment response and tumor genetic alterations in breast cancer (BC). In this study, we aimed to identify genetic alterations during the process of tumor clonal evolution and examine if ctDNA level well indicated clinical response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) and BC recurrence. We performed targeted ultra-deep sequencing of plasma DNAs, matched germline DNAs and tumor DNAs from locally advanced BC patients. Serial plasma DNAs were collected at diagnosis, after the 1(st) cycle of NAC and after curative surgery...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156798/arhi-is-a-novel-epigenetic-silenced-tumor-suppressor-in-sporadic-pheochromocytoma
#2
Dong Wang, Li Song, Liang Wang, Lianmei Zhao, Bai Xiang, Ying Li, Baoen Shan, Jing Liu
Pheochromocytoma (PCC) is related to germline mutations in 12 susceptibility genes. Although comparative genomic hybridization array has revealed some putative tumor suppressor genes on the short arm of chromosome 1 that are likely to be involved in PCC tumorigenesis, the molecules involved, except for those encoded by known susceptibility genes, have not been found in the generation of sporadic tumors. In the present work, we first identified that the unmethylated allele of Aplasia Ras homolog member I (ARHI) was deleted in most PCC tumors which retained a hypermethylated copy, while its mRNA level was significantly correlated with the unmethylated copy...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156764/the-neil1-g83d-germline-dna-glycosylase-variant-induces-genomic-instability-and-cellular-transformation
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Heather A Galick, Carolyn G Marsden, Scott Kathe, Julie A Dragon, Lindsay Volk, Antonia A Nemec, Susan S Wallace, Aishwarya Prakash, Sylvie Doublié, Joann B Sweasy
Base excision repair (BER) is a key genome maintenance pathway. The NEIL1 DNA glycosylase recognizes oxidized bases, and likely removes damage in advance of the replication fork. The rs5745906 SNP of the NEIL1 gene is a rare human germline variant that encodes the NEIL1 G83D protein, which is devoid of DNA glycosylase activity. Here we show that expression of G83D NEIL1 in MCF10A immortalized but non-transformed mammary epithelial cells leads to replication fork stress. Upon treatment with hydrogen peroxide, we observe increased levels of stalled replication forks in cells expressing G83D NEIL1 versus cells expressing the wild-type (WT) protein...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156563/wnt-inhibitory-activity-of-malus-pumila-miller-cv-annurca-and-malus-domestica-cv-limoncella-apple-extracts-on-human-colon-rectal-cells-carrying-familial-adenomatous-polyposis-mutations
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Gennaro Riccio, Maria Maisto, Sara Bottone, Nadia Badolati, Giovanni Battista Rossi, Gian Carlo Tenore, Mariano Stornaiuolo, Ettore Novellino
Inhibitors of the Wingless-related Integration site (WNT)/β-catenin pathway have recently been under consideration as potential chemopreventive agents against Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). This autosomal-dominant syndrome is caused by germline mutations in the gene coding for the protein APC and leads to hyperactivation of the WNT/β-catenin signaling pathway, uncontrolled intestinal cell proliferation and formation of adenocarcinomas. The aim of the present work was to: (i) test, on in vitro cultures of cells carrying FAP mutations and on ex vivo biopsies of FAP patients, the WNT inhibitory activity of extracts from two common southern Italian apples, Malus pumila Miller cv...
November 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156196/familial-myelodysplastic-syndrome-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Jane E Churpek
A growing number of inherited genetic loci that contribute to myelodysplastic syndrome/acute myeloid leukemia (MDS/AML) development in both children as well as adults are rapidly being identified. In recognition of the clinical impact of this emerging field, the World Health Organization, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and European LeukemiaNet have all added consideration of inherited predisposition to MDS/AML classification and management. Study of these disorders is providing unique insight into the biology of both sporadic and familial MDS/AML...
December 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156094/multiple-transmissions-of-chromosomally-integrated-human-herpesvirus-6-in-one-family
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Armin Rashidi, Karam Obeid, Joshua Hill, Erica D Warlick, Daniel J Weisdorf
Chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus-6 (ciHHV-6) can be transmitted from parent to child or via allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). We report a case of ciHHV-6 transmitted via syngeneic HCT, and vertically across three generations. ciHHV-6 was transmitted from a parent to the patient and her identical twin, and from the patient to her son. The patient underwent syngeneic HCT as rescue from chemotherapy-induced aplasia during which ciHHV-6 was re-transmitted to her, this time from her identical twin...
November 20, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155277/neurotrophin-and-fgf-signaling-adapter-proteins-frs2-and-frs3-regulate-dentate-granule-cell-maturation-and-excitatory-synaptogenesis
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Sayan Nandi, Karina Alviña, Pablo J Lituma, Pablo E Castillo, Jean M Hébert
Dentate granule cells (DGCs) play important roles in cognitive processes. Knowledge about how growth factors such as FGFs and neurotrophins contribute to the maturation and synaptogenesis of DGCs is limited. Here, using brain-specific and germline mouse mutants we show that a module of neurotrophin and FGF signaling, the FGF Receptor Substrate (FRS) family of intracellular adapters, FRS2 and FRS3, are together required for postnatal brain development. In the hippocampus, FRS promotes dentate gyrus morphogenesis and DGC maturation during developmental neurogenesis, similar to previously published functions for both neurotrophins and FGFs...
November 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154454/identification-of-de-novo-germline-mutations-and-causal-genes-for-sporadic-diseases-using-trio-based-whole-exome-genome-sequencing
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Zi-Bing Jin, Zhongshan Li, Zhenwei Liu, Yi Jiang, Xue-Bi Cai, Jinyu Wu
Whole-genome or whole-exome sequencing (WGS/WES) of the affected proband together with normal parents (trio) is commonly adopted to identify de novo germline mutations (DNMs) underlying sporadic cases of various genetic disorders. However, our current knowledge of the occurrence and functional effects of DNMs remains limited and accurately identifying the disease-causing DNM from a group of irrelevant DNMs is complicated. Herein, we provide a general-purpose discussion of important issues related to pathogenic gene identification based on trio-based WGS/WES data...
November 20, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154038/dna-damage-and-neurodegenerative-phenotypes-in-aged-ciz1-null-mice
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Mohammad Moshahid Khan, Jianfeng Xiao, Damini Patel, Mark S LeDoux
Cell-cycle dysfunction and faulty DNA repair are closely intertwined pathobiological processes that may contribute to several neurodegenerative disorders. CDKN1A interacting zinc finger protein 1 (CIZ1) plays a critical role in DNA replication and cell-cycle progression at the G1/S checkpoint. Germline or somatic variants in CIZ1 have been linked to several neural and extra-neural diseases. Recently, we showed that germline knockout of Ciz1 is associated with motor and hematological abnormalities in young adult mice...
November 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152070/the-role-of-brca-status-on-prognosis-in-patients-with-triple-negative-breast-cancer
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Yuxin Xie, Qiheng Gou, Qianqian Wang, Xiaorong Zhong, Hong Zheng
Studies have showed that dysfunction in the breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA) is associated with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC); however, its effect on patient survival remains controversial. We investigated the distribution of BRCA1/2 mutations in unselected Chinese patients with TNBC and explored their roles in prognosis. Then a systematic review and meta-analysis were performed to evaluate the prognostic role of BRCA dysfunction, including BRCA1/2 germline/somatic mutations, BRCA1 promoter methylation, and low BRCA1 protein expression in TNBC patients...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150603/bacterially-derived-synthetic-mimetics-of-mammalian-oligomannose-prime-antibody-responses-that-neutralize-hiv-infectivity
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Ralph Pantophlet, Nino Trattnig, Sasha Murrell, Naiomi Lu, Dennis Chau, Caitlin Rempel, Ian A Wilson, Paul Kosma
Oligomannose-type glycans are among the major targets on the gp120 component of the HIV envelope protein (Env) for broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs). However, attempts to elicit oligomannose-specific nAbs by immunizing with natural or synthetic oligomannose have so far not been successful, possibly due to B cell tolerance checkpoints. Here we design and synthesize oligomannose mimetics, based on the unique chemical structure of a recently identified bacterial lipooligosaccharide, to appear foreign to the immune system...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150295/paternal-transmission-of-early-life-traumatization-through-epigenetics-do-fathers-play-a-role
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Enrique d'Harcourt Rowold, Lara Schulze, Sandra Van der Auwera, Hans Jörgen Grabe
Traumatizing events are known to have consequences for the victim which may lead to the development of several well-known mental disorders. Recent research has shown that traumatic events may affect not only the victims' lives, but also that of their progeny. It is generally accepted that this transmission of trauma occurs through parental behavior; however as has been recently discovered, the effects of trauma may also be inherited due to induced alterations in gene expression. These changes, so called epigenetic modifications, illuminate the interaction between genes and the environment...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150238/a-t-cell-receptor-locus-harbors-a-malaria-specific-immune-response-gene
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Natalija Van Braeckel-Budimir, Stephanie Gras, Kristin Ladell, Tracy M Josephs, Lecia Pewe, Stina L Urban, Kelly L Miners, Carine Farenc, David A Price, Jamie Rossjohn, John T Harty
Immune response (Ir) genes, originally proposed by Baruj Benacerraf to explain differential antigen-specific responses in animal models, have become synonymous with the major histocompatibility complex (MHC). We discovered a non-MHC-linked Ir gene in a T cell receptor (TCR) locus that was required for CD8(+) T cell responses to the Plasmodium berghei GAP5040-48 epitope in mice expressing the MHC class I allele H-2D(b). GAP5040-48-specific CD8(+) T cell responses emerged from a very large pool of naive Vβ8...
November 10, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149451/transcriptional-alterations-in-hereditary-and-sporadic-nonfunctioning-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-according-to-genotype
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Xavier M Keutgen, Suresh Kumar, Sudheer Gara, Myriem Boufraqech, Sunita Agarwal, Ralph H Hruban, Naris Nilubol, Martha Quezado, Richard Finney, Maggie Cam, Electron Kebebew
BACKGROUND: Nonfunctioning pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NFPanNETs) may be sporadic or inherited because of germline mutations associated with von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL) or multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1). The clinical behavior of NFPanNETs is difficult to predict, even in tumors of the same stage and grade. The authors analyzed genotype-specific patterns of transcriptional messenger RNA (mRNA) levels of NFPanNETs to understand the molecular features that determine PanNET phenotype...
November 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149200/heterozygous-deletion-of-both-sclerostin-sost-and-connexin43-gja1-genes-in-mice-is-not-sufficient-to-impair-cortical-bone-modeling
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Susan K Grimston, Francesca Fontana, Marcus Watkins, Roberto Civitelli
Connexin43 (Cx43) is the main gap junction protein expressed in bone forming cells, where it modulates peak bone mass acquisition and cortical modeling. Genetic ablation of the Cx43 gene (Gja1) results in cortical expansion with accentuated periosteal bone formation associated with decreased expression of the Wnt inhibitor sclerostin. To determine whether sclerostin (Sost) down-regulation might contribute to periosteal expansion in Gja1 deficient bones, we took a gene interaction approach and crossed mice harboring germline null alleles for Gja1 or Sost to generate single Gja1+/-and Sost+/-and double Gja1+/-;Sost+/-heterozygous mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149121/ethics-and-genetics-examining-a-crossroads-in-nursing-through-a-case-study%C3%A2
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Laura Curr Curr Beamer
BACKGROUND: The field of genetics and genomics is rapidly expanding, particularly in oncology. Genetics and genomics can lead to ethical concerns. Oncology nurses must balance the need for evidence-based oncology care with that of ethical care for patients and their family members. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of cancer genetics and ethics and their impact on oncology nurses, patients, and families. METHODS: A case study of familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is offered to illustrate the impact of a hereditary cancer syndrome on several generations of a family and ethical issues surrounding cancer genetics...
December 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148973/the-somatically-generated-portion-of-the-t-cell-receptor-cdr3%C3%AE-contributes-to-the-mhc-allele-specificity-of-the-t-cell-receptor
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Philippa Marrack, Sai Harsha Krovi, Daniel Silberman, Janice White, Eleanor Kushnir, Maki Nakayama, James Crooks, Thomas Danhorn, Sonia Leach, Randy Anselment, James Scott-Browne, Laurent Gapin, John Kappler
Mature T cells bearing αβ T cell receptors react with foreign antigens bound to alleles of major histocompatibility complex proteins (MHC) that they were exposed to during their development in the thymus, a phenomenon known as positive selection. The structural basis for positive selection has long been debated. Here, using mice expressing one of two different T cell receptor β chains and various MHC alleles, we show that positive selection-induced MHC bias of T cell receptors is affected both by the germline encoded elements of the T cell receptor α and β chain and, surprisingly, dramatically affected by the non germ line encoded portions of CDR3 of the T cell receptor α chain...
November 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148947/germline-genome-editing-and-the-functions-of-consent
#18
Robert Ranisch
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December 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147574/generational-comparisons-f1-versus-f3-of-vinclozolin-induced-epigenetic-transgenerational-inheritance-of-sperm-differential-dna-methylation-regions-epimutations-using-medip-seq
#19
Daniel Beck, Ingrid Sadler-Riggleman, Michael K Skinner
Environmentally induced epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease and phenotypic variation has been shown to involve DNA methylation alterations in the germline (e.g. sperm). These differential DNA methylation regions (DMRs) are termed epimutations and in part transmit the transgenerational phenotypes. The agricultural fungicide vinclozolin exposure of a gestating female rat has previously been shown to promote transgenerational disease and epimutations in F3 generation (great-grand-offspring) animals...
July 2017: Environmental Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146900/the-genomic-landscape-of-pediatric-myelodysplastic-syndromes
#20
Jason R Schwartz, Jing Ma, Tamara Lamprecht, Michael Walsh, Shuoguo Wang, Victoria Bryant, Guangchun Song, Gang Wu, John Easton, Chimene Kesserwan, Kim E Nichols, Charles G Mullighan, Raul C Ribeiro, Jeffery M Klco
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are uncommon in children and have a poor prognosis. In contrast to adult MDS, little is known about the genomic landscape of pediatric MDS. Here, we describe the somatic and germline changes of pediatric MDS using whole exome sequencing, targeted amplicon sequencing, and/or RNA-sequencing of 46 pediatric primary MDS patients. Our data show that, in contrast to adult MDS, Ras/MAPK pathway mutations are common in pediatric MDS (45% of primary cohort), while mutations in RNA splicing genes are rare (2% of primary cohort)...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
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