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Sherilyn A Gross, Dennis J Paustenbach
The Shanghai Health Study (SHS) was a large epidemiology study conducted as a joint effort between the University of Colorado and Fudan University in Shanghai, China. The study was funded by members of the American Petroleum Institute between 2001 and 2009 and was designed to evaluate the human health effects associated with benzene exposure. Two arms of the SHS included: an occupational-based molecular epidemiology study and several hospital-based case control studies. Consistent with historical literature, following sufficient exposure to relatively high airborne concentrations and years of exposure, the SHS concluded that exposure to benzene resulted in an increased risk of various blood and bone marrow abnormalities such as benzene poisoning, aplastic anemia (AA), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and acute myeloid leukemia (AML)...
December 15, 2017: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
Paulo Z Passamani, Carlos R Carvalho, Fernanda A F Soares
Chromosome-specific probes have been widely used in molecular cytogenetics, being obtained with different methods. In this study, a reproducible protocol for construction of chromosome-specific probes is proposed which associates in situ amplification (PRINS), micromanipulation and degenerate oligonucleotide-primed PCR (DOP-PCR). Human lymphocyte cultures were used to obtain metaphases from male and female individuals. The chromosomes were amplified via PRINS, and subcentromeric fragments of the X chromosome were microdissected using microneedles coupled to a phase contrast microscope...
December 7, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
Farzaneh Fesahat, Seyed Mehdi Kalantar, Mohammad Hasan Sheikhha, Hojjatollah Saeedi, Fatemeh Montazeri, Razieh Dehghani Firouzabadi, Mohammad Ali Khalili
Aneuploidy is of great relevance to embryo selection, as it represents one of the important causes of implantation failure. Furthermore, immature oocytes, retrieved during gonadotrophin-stimulated IVF cycles, are generally discarded in clinics; whereas, there was no detectable comprehensive evidence on higher rates of aneuploidy based on maturity status on the day of oocyte retrieval. As well, the correlation between embryo morphology on aneuploidy remains unclear. The aim was to evaluate the developmental and genetic integrity of human preimplantation embryos from rescue in-vitro matured MII stage oocytes as well as in vivo matured oocytes...
December 8, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
S W Qiu, Y L Wan, M Wang, J X Wang
Objective: To investigate the impact and mechanism of NPM1 gene expression on acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cell lines. Methods: Human AML cell line U937 and HL-60 cells were transfected with NPM1 plasmid to establish stable clones, and the high NPM1 protein expression (NPM1(hi)) clones were screened by Western blot. The cell proliferation was assayed by methylthiazolyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) , cell cycle and cell apoptosis by flow cytometric, cell colony formation by microscope count, the molecular pathways related to cell cycle by Western blot...
November 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Venugopal Vinod Prabhu, Niranjali Devaraj
RNA-binding motif protein 5 (RBM5), also known as LUCA-15/H37, is a gene that maps to human chromosome 3p21.3, a critical region that is deleted in a large number of human cancers, of which the majority are lung cancers, and that is predicted to contain one or more tumor suppressor genes (TSGs). RBM5 is a tumor suppressor gene and is most frequently deleted at the earliest stage of lung cancer development. It represents a significant area of recent progress in cancer genomic, cytogenetic, and molecular biological research because of its role in the induction of cell cycle arrest and apoptosis and the regulation of inhibition of in lung cancer metastasis...
2017: Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology
Samantha L P Schilit, Cynthia C Morton
Recent advances in molecular cytogenetics highlight the importance of noncoding structural variation in human disease. Genomic rearrangements can disrupt chromatin architecture, leading to long-range alterations in gene expression. With increasing ability to assess distal gene dysregulation comes new challenges in clinical interpretation of rearrangements. While haplotyping methods to determine compound heterozygosity in a single gene with two pathogenic variants are established, such methods are insufficient for phasing larger distances between a pathogenic variant and a genomic rearrangement breakpoint...
December 1, 2017: Human Genetics
Olga A Efimova, Anna A Pendina, Andrei V Tikhonov, Sergey E Parfenyev, Irina D Mekina, Evgeniia M Komarova, Mariia A Mazilina, Eugene V Daev, Olga G Chiryaeva, Ilona A Galembo, Mikhail I Krapivin, Oleg S Glotov, Irina S Stepanova, Svetlana A Shlykova, Igor Yu Kogan, Alexander M Gzgzyan, Tatyana V Kuznetzova, Vladislav S Baranov
We performed immunofluorescent analysis of DNA hydroxymethylation and methylation in human testicular spermatogenic cells from azoospermic patients and ejaculated spermatozoa from sperm donors and patients from infertile couples. In contrast to methylation which was present throughout spermatogenesis, hydroxymethylation was either high or almost undetectable in both spermatogenic cells and ejaculated spermatozoa. On testicular cytogenetic preparations, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine was undetectable in mitotic and meiotic chromosomes, and was present exclusively in interphase spermatogonia Ad and in a minor spermatid population...
October 24, 2017: Oncotarget
Javier Alonso Ruiz-Guzmán, Pamela Gómez-Corrales, Ángel Cruz-Esquivel, José Luis Marrugo-Negrete
Pesticides offer benefits, like optimization of agricultural production and disease control; however, these toxic substances can contaminate the environment and pose risks to human health. The aim of this study was to assess pesticide exposure and frequency of cytogenetic damage in infant populations in agricultural areas of the department of Córdoba, Colombia. Urine and peripheral blood samples were taken from children living in the villages of La Ceibita (municipality of Cereté), Cabuya (municipality of San Carlos), Aguas Negras (municipality of Montería), Pelayito (municipality of San Pelayo), and the city of Monteria (control group)...
December 2017: Mutation Research
Peter A Larsen, R Alan Harris, Yue Liu, Shwetha C Murali, C Ryan Campbell, Adam D Brown, Beth A Sullivan, Jennifer Shelton, Susan J Brown, Muthuswamy Raveendran, Olga Dudchenko, Ido Machol, Neva C Durand, Muhammad S Shamim, Erez Lieberman Aiden, Donna M Muzny, Richard A Gibbs, Anne D Yoder, Jeffrey Rogers, Kim C Worley
BACKGROUND: The de novo assembly of repeat-rich mammalian genomes using only high-throughput short read sequencing data typically results in highly fragmented genome assemblies that limit downstream applications. Here, we present an iterative approach to hybrid de novo genome assembly that incorporates datasets stemming from multiple genomic technologies and methods. We used this approach to improve the gray mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus) genome from early draft status to a near chromosome-scale assembly...
November 16, 2017: BMC Biology
Fu Li, May Kung Sutherland, Changpu Yu, Roland B Walter, Lori Westendorf, John Valliere-Douglass, Lucy Pan, Ashley Cronkite, Django Sussman, Kerry Klussman, Michelle Ulrich, Martha E Anderson, Ivan J Stone, Weiping Zeng, Mechthild Jonas, Timothy S Lewis, Maitrayee Goswami, Sa A Wang, Peter D Senter, Che-Leung Law, Eric J Feldman, Dennis R Benjamin
Treatment choices for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients resistant to conventional chemotherapies are limited and novel therapeutic agents are needed. Interleukin-3 receptor alpha (IL-3Rα, or CD123) is expressed on the majority of AML blasts and there is evidence that its expression is increased on leukemic relative to normal hematopoietic stem cells, which makes it an attractive target for antibody-based therapy. Here we report the generation and preclinical characterization of SGN-CD123A, an antibody-drug conjugate utilizing the pyrrolobenzodiazepine dimer (PBD) linker and a humanized CD123 antibody with engineered cysteines for site-specific conjugation...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
D Babariya, E Fragouli, S Alfarawati, K Spath, D Wells
STUDY QUESTION: What is the incidence, origin and clinical significance of segmental aneuploidy in human oocytes and preimplantation embryos? SUMMARY ANSWER: Segmental aneuploidy occurs at a considerable frequency in preimplantation embryos with a majority being mitotic in origin. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In recent years, accurate techniques for the detection of aneuploidy in single cells have been developed. Research using such methods has confirmed that aneuploidy is a common feature of human oocytes and preimplantation embryos...
December 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
P S Harper
The history of the beginnings of medical genetics in France is discussed, based on the personal perspective provided by recorded interviews with 16 early French workers in the field. The weakness of French genetics overall up to the beginning of the Second World War meant that post-war medical genetics had to start from new, with its origins largely derived from the medical fields of child health and the prevention of genetic disorders, rather than from basic science. The key people responsible for initiating these developments were Robert Debré and Maurice Lamy at Hôpital Necker in Paris and those interviewed included a number of their colleagues and successors, including Jean Frézal, Pierre Maroteaux, Josué Feingold, André and Joelle Boué, and Jean-Claude Kaplan...
November 3, 2017: Clinical Genetics
M Aydin, E Rencüzoğullari, O Bozkurt, A Genç, S Bayram
The main aim of this study was to investigate the genotoxic effects of doripenem (DRP) using both cytogenetic and molecular test systems. Although there have been some studies reporting the effects of DRP, none of them has shown the genotoxic effects of DRP. In order to achieve the main aim of the study, the human peripheral lymphocytes were treated with 100 μg/ml, 200 μg/ml, and 400 μg/ml concentrations of DRP for 24 and 48 hours, and the chromosome aberration (CA) and micronucleus (MN) methods were used as the cytogenetic tests and RAPD-PCR method was used as the molecular test to determine the genotoxic effects of DRP...
October 31, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Linli Wang, Yuehua Chen, Chunyan Guan, Zhiju Zhao, Qiang Li, Jianguo Yang, Jian Mo, Bin Wang, Wei Wu, Xiaohui Yang, Libing Song, Jun Li
BACKGROUND: Because the lack of an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) induction system with optimal safety and efficiency limits the application of these cells, development of such a system is important. METHODS: To create such an induction system, we screened a variety of reprogrammed plasmid combinations and multiple compounds and then verified the system's feasibility using urine cells from different individuals. We also compared large-scale iPSC chromosomal variations and expression of genes associated with genomic stability between this system and the traditional episomal system using karyotype and quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction analyses...
November 2, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Zijun Pan, Hirokazu Usui, Asuka Sato, Makio Shozu
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and genomic DNA are produced in separate subcellular compartments. Human mtDNA is transmitted via maternal transmission in general. Complete hydatidiform moles (CHMs) represent major trophoblastic diseases that are cytogenetically exceptional because the chromosomal genomic DNA is derived only from sperm cells, making them strikingly different from normal concepti. However, few reports have described the mtDNA-transmission pattern in hydatidiform moles. To evaluate mtDNA transmission in androgenetic CHMs, we compared the sequences of hypervariable regions in 16 trios sets of mtDNAs from maternal, paternal, and villous samples of androgenetic CHMs diagnosed by short tandem repeat-polymorphism analysis...
October 17, 2017: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
Yanli Liu, Aynisahan Ruzi, Dongsheng Guo, Feima Wu, Haikun Liu, Han Wu, Yuhang Wu, Fang Yuan, Yuanqi Zhuang, Fan Yang, Keyu Lai, Liangxue Lai, Yin-Xiong Li
The MEN1 gene is cytogenetically located at 11q13.1 and encodes the nuclear protein menin, which is involved in cell proliferation, apoptosis, differentiation, and metabolism. Here, we generated two MEN1 knockout human embryonic stem cell lines, WAe001-A-4 and WAe001-A-5, by targeting exon-2 and exon-9 of MEN1 using the CRISPR/Cas9 technique. These cell lines maintained their pluripotency, in vitro differentiation potential, normal morphology, and karyotype. These human MEN1-mutated cell lines not only enlarge the pool of lab resources but also provide ideal models to dissect the detailed physio-pathological roles of the menin protein...
October 2017: Stem Cell Research
Kyung-Ok Uhm, Gue Youn Go, So-Jung Kim, Eun Hee Jo, Hye Young Choi, Young Sam Im, Hye-Yeong Ha, Jung-Hyun Kim, Soo Kyung Koo
We generated human induced pluripotent stem cells (KSCBi002-B and KSCBi002-B-1) from the dermal fibroblasts of a donor using a modified RNA-based gene delivery method. According to GTG-banding analysis, the generated KSCBi002-B line has a cytogenetic abnormality (46,XY, t(1;4)(q21;q25)) that is distinct from that of the donor, whereas KSCBi002-B-1 has a normal karyotype (46,XY). These cell lines can be useful as a model for characterizing the hiPSCs generated by a non-viral and non-integrative system, or as a chromosomal balanced translocation model...
October 2017: Stem Cell Research
Ting-Juan Zhang, Jiang Lin, Jing-Dong Zhou, Xi-Xi Li, Wei Zhang, Hong Guo, Zi-Jun Xu, Yang Yan, Ji-Chun Ma, Jun Qian
Oncogenic role of miR-19 family has been identified in human cancers especially in lymphoid malignancies. However, to date, little studies investigated the role of miR-19 family in myeloid malignancies. Herein, we examined miR-19a/b expression and explored its clinical significance in de novo acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The detection of miR-19a/b expression was performed by real-time quantitative PCR in bone marrow mononuclear cells of 113 patients and 42 healthy donors. Both miR-19a/b levels were significantly increased in AML patients in contrast to controls...
January 15, 2018: Gene
Denise K Walters, Bonnie K Arendt, Renee C Tschumper, Xiaosheng Wu, Diane F Jelinek
The genetic abnormalities underlying multiple myeloma (MM) are notoriously complex and intraclonal heterogeneity is a common disease feature. In the current study, we describe the establishment of a monoclonal IgA kappa (κ) MM cell line, designated MC-B11/14. Cytogenetic and FISH analyses of the original and relapse patient samples revealed the MM clone was non-hyperdiploid and possessed an 11;14 chromosomal translocation. The MC-B11/14 cell line, established from the relapse sample, is tetraploid and houses the t(11;14) abnormality...
October 10, 2017: Experimental Hematology
Sara Cuvertino, Genny Filiciotto, Ashish Masurekar, Vaskar Saha, Georges Lacaud, Valerie Kouskoff
B cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL) is the most frequent type of cancer in children. Despite progresses in curative treatment, intensive chemotherapy regimens still cause life threatening complications. A better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying the emergence and maintenance of BCP-ALL is fundamental for the development of novel therapies. Here, we establish that SOX7 is frequently and specifically expressed in BCP-ALL and that the expression of this transcription factor does not correlate with any specific cytogenetic abnormalities...
September 12, 2017: Oncotarget
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