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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339646/tgf-%C3%AE-receptor-inhibition-prevents-ventricular-fibrosis-in-a-mouse-model-of-progressive-cardiac-conduction-disease
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Mickael Derangeon, Jérôme Montnach, Cynthia Ore Cerpa, Benoit Jagu, Justine Patin, Gilles Toumaniantz, Aurore Girardeau, Christopher Lh Huang, William H Colledge, Andrew A Grace, Isabelle Baró, Flavien Charpentier
Loss-of-function mutations in SCN5A, the gene encoding Nav1.5 channel, have been associated with inherited progressive cardiac conduction disease (PCCD). We have proposed that Scn5a heterozygous knock-out (Scn5a+/-) mice, which are characterized by ventricular fibrotic remodeling with ageing, represent a model for PCCD. Our objectives were to identify the molecular pathway involved in fibrosis development and prevent its activation. Methods and results: Our study shows that myocardial interstitial fibrosis occurred in Scn5a+/- mice only after 45 weeks of age...
February 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339476/transgenic-mice-overexpressing-desmocollin-2-dsc2-develop-cardiomyopathy-associated-with-myocardial-inflammation-and-fibrotic-remodeling
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Andreas Brodehl, Darrell D Belke, Lauren Garnett, Kristina Martens, Nelly Abdelfatah, Marcela Rodriguez, Catherine Diao, Yong-Xiang Chen, Paul M K Gordon, Anders Nygren, Brenda Gerull
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is an inherited heart muscle disorder leading to ventricular arrhythmias and heart failure, mainly as a result of mutations in cardiac desmosomal genes. Desmosomes are cell-cell junctions mediating adhesion of cardiomyocytes; however, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease remain widely unknown. Desmocollin-2 is a desmosomal cadherin serving as an anchor molecule required to reconstitute homeostatic intercellular adhesion with desmoglein-2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335037/lrsam1-mediated-ubiquitylation-is-disrupted-in-axonal-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-2p
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Johanna E Hakonen, Vincenzo Sorrentino, Rossella Avagliano Trezza, Marit B de Wissel, Marlene van den Berg, Boris Bleijlevens, Fred van Ruissen, Ben Distel, Frank Baas, Noam Zelcer, Marian A J Weterman
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease type 2 is a genetically heterogeneous group of inherited neuropathies characterized by motor and sensory deficits as a result of peripheral axonal degeneration. We recently reported a frameshift mutation in the RING domain of LRSAM1 (c.2121_2122dup, p.Leu708Argfs) that encodes an E3 ubiquitin ligase, as the cause of axonal type CMT (CMT2P). However, the frequency of LRSAM1 mutations in CMT2 and the functional basis for their association with disease remains unknown. In this study we evaluated LRSAM1 mutations in two large Dutch cohorts...
March 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335032/allele-specific-ablation-rescues-electrophysiological-abnormalities-in-a-human-ips-cell-model-of-long-qt-syndrome-with-a-calm2-mutation
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Yuta Yamamoto, Takeru Makiyama, Takeshi Harita, Kenichi Sasaki, Yimin Wuriyanghai, Mamoru Hayano, Suguru Nishiuchi, Hirohiko Kohjitani, Sayako Hirose, Jiarong Chen, Fumika Yokoi, Taisuke Ishikawa, Seiko Ohno, Kazuhisa Chonabayashi, Hideki Motomura, Yoshinori Yoshida, Minoru Horie, Naomasa Makita, Takeshi Kimura
Background: Calmodulin is a ubiquitous Ca 2+ sensor molecule encoded by three distinct calmodulin genes, CALM1-3 . Recently, mutations in CALM1-3 have been reported to be associated with severe early-onset long-QT syndrome (LQTS). However, the underlying mechanism through which heterozygous calmodulin mutations lead to severe LQTS remains unknown, particularly in human cardiomyocytes. Objectives: We aimed to establish an LQTS disease model associated with a CALM2 mutation (LQT15) using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and to assess mutant allele-specific ablation by genome editing for the treatment of LQT15...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334996/amelogenesis-imperfecta-caused-by-n-terminal-enamelin-point-mutations-in-mice-and-men-is-driven-by-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Steven J Brookes, Martin J Barron, Claire E L Smith, James A Poulter, Alan J Mighell, Chris F Inglehearn, Catriona J Brown, Helen Rodd, Jennifer Kirkham, Michael J Dixon
"Amelogenesis imperfecta" (AI) describes a group of inherited diseases of dental enamel that have major clinical impact. Here, we identify the aetiology driving AI in mice carrying a p.S55I mutation in enamelin; one of the most commonly mutated proteins underlying AI in humans. Our data indicate that the mutation inhibits the ameloblast secretory pathway leading to ER stress and an activated unfolded protein response (UPR). Initially, with the support of the UPR acting in pro-survival mode, Enamp.S55I heterozygous mice secreted structurally normal enamel...
March 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334947/protocadherin-19-pcdh19-interacts-with-paraspeckle-protein-nono-to-co-regulate-gene-expression-with-estrogen-receptor-alpha-er%C3%AE
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Duyen H Pham, Chuan Tan, Claire C Homan, Kristy Kolc, Mark Corbett, Dale McAninch, Archa Fox, Paul Thomas, Raman Kumar, Jozef Gecz
De novo and inherited mutations of X-chromosome cell adhesion molecule protocadherin 19 (PCDH19) cause frequent, highly variable epilepsy, autism, cognitive decline and behavioural problems syndrome. Intriguingly, hemizygous null males are not affected while heterozygous females are, contradicting established X-chromosome inheritance. The disease mechanism is not known. Cellular mosaicism is the likely driver. We have identified p54nrb/NONO, a multifunctional nuclear paraspeckle protein with known roles in nuclear hormone receptor gene regulation, as a PCDH19 protein interacting partner...
March 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334940/aav9-delivered-bispecific-nanobody-attenuates-amyloid-burden-in-the-gelsolin-amyloidosis-mouse-model
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Adriaan Verhelle, Nisha Nair, Inge Everaert, Wouter Van Overbeke, Lynn Supply, Olivier Zwaenepoel, Cindy Peleman, Jo Van Dorpe, Tony Lahoutte, Nick Devoogdt, Wim Derave, Marinee K Chuah, Thierry Vanden Driessche, Jan Gettemans
Gelsolin amyloidosis is a dominantly inherited, incurable type of amyloidosis. A single point mutation in the gelsolin gene (G654A is most common) results in the loss of a Ca2+  binding site in the second gelsolin domain. Consequently, this domain partly unfolds and exposes an otherwise buried furin cleavage site at the surface. During secretion of mutant plasma gelsolin consecutive cleavage by furin and MT1-MMP results in the production of 8 and 5 kDa amyloidogenic peptides. Nanobodies that are able to (partly) inhibit furin or MT1-MMP proteolysis have previously been reported...
February 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334861/defective-signaling-through-plexin-a1-compromises-the-development-of-the-peripheral-olfactory-system-and-neuroendocrine-reproductive-axis-in-mice
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Séverine Marcos, Carine Monnier, Xavier Rovira Algans, Corinne Fouveaut, Nelly Pitteloud, Fabrice Ango, Catherine Dodé, Jean-Pierre Hardelin
The olfacto-genital syndrome (Kallmann syndrome) associates congenital hypogonadism due to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) deficiency and anosmia. This is a genetically heterogeneous developmental disease with various modes of transmission, including oligogenic inheritance. Previous reports have involved defective cell signaling by semaphorin-3A in the disease pathogenesis. Here, we report that the embryonic phenotype of Plxna1-/- mutant mice lacking plexin-A1 (a major receptor of class 3 semaphorins), though not fully penetrant, resembles that of Kallmann syndrome fetuses...
March 2, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334820/high-resolution-time-course-mapping-of-early-transcriptomic-molecular-and-cellular-phenotypes-in-huntington-s-disease-cag-knock-in-mice-across-multiple-genetic-backgrounds
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Seth A Ament, Jocelynn R Pearl, Andrea Grindeland, Jason St Claire, John C Earls, Marina Kovalenko, Tammy Gillis, Jayalakshmi Mysore, James F Gusella, Jong-Min Lee, Seung Kwak, David Howland, Min Young Lee, David Baxter, Kelsey Scherler, Kai Wang, Donald Geman, Jeffrey B Carroll, Marcy E MacDonald, George Carlson, Vanessa C Wheeler, Nathan D Price, Leroy E Hood
Huntington's disease is a dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disease caused by the expansion of a CAG repeat in the HTT gene. In addition to the length of the CAG expansion, factors such as genetic background have been shown to contribute to the age at onset of neurological symptoms. A central challenge in understanding the disease progression that leads from the HD mutation to massive cell death in the striatum is the ability to characterize the subtle and early functional consequences of the CAG expansion longitudinally...
February 27, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334793/compound-heterozygous-mutations-in-the-gene-pigp-are-associated-with-early-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathy
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Devon L Johnstone, Thi Tuyet-Mai Nguyen, Yoshiko Murakami, Kristin D Kernohan, Martine Tétreault, Claire Goldsmith, Asif Doja, Justin D Wagner, Lijia Huang, Taila Hartley, Anik St-Denis, Françoise le Deist, Jacek Majewski, Dennis E Bulman, Taroh Kinoshita, David A Dyment, Kym M Boycott, Philippe M Campeau
There are over 150 known human proteins which are tethered to the cell surface via glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchors. These proteins play a variety of important roles in development, and particularly in neurogenesis. Not surprisingly, mutations in the GPI anchor biosynthesis and remodeling pathway cause a number of developmental disorders. This group of conditions has been termed inherited GPI deficiencies (IGDs), a subgroup of congenital disorders of glycosylation; they present with variable phenotypes, often including seizures, hypotonia and intellectual disability...
March 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334714/new-genetic-diagnoses-of-short-stature-provide-insights-into-local-regulation-of-childhood-growth%C3%A2
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Anenisia C Andrade, Youn Hee Jee, Ola Nilsson
Idiopathic short stature is a common condition with a heterogeneous etiology. Advances in genetic methods, including genome sequencing techniques and bioinformatics approaches, have emerged as important tools to identify the genetic defects in families with monogenic short stature. These findings have contributed to the understanding of growth regulation and indicate that growth plate chondrogenesis, and therefore linear growth, is governed by a large number of genes important for different signaling pathways and cellular functions, including genetic defects in hormonal regulation, paracrine signaling, cartilage matrix, and fundamental cellular processes...
March 23, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334543/-functional-impact-of-herg-from-physiological-role-to-target-of-anticancer-therapy
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Júlia Šatková, Markéta Bébarová
The human ether-à-go-go related gene (hERG; officially designated as KCNH2) encodes the structure of protein forming α-subunit of voltage-gated ion channel which conducts the rapid component of delayed rectifier K+ current (IKr). This current plays an important role namely in the cardiac repolarization. Mutations in hERG result in inherited arrhythmogenic syndromes characterized by a lenghtening or shortening of QT interval on the electrocardiogram and by an increased occurrence of life-threatening arrhythmias...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332297/hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-caused-by-compound-heterozygous-mutations-outside-the-motor-domain-of-the-kif1a-gene
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M Krenn, G Zulehner, C Hotzy, J Rath, E Stogmann, M Wagner, T B Haack, T M Strom, A Zimprich, F Zimprich
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Hereditary spastic paraplegia is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of rare, inherited disorders causing an upper motor neuron syndrome with (complex) or without (pure) additional neurological symptoms. Mutations in the KIF1A gene have already been associated with recessive and dominant forms of hereditary spastic paraplegia (SPG30) in a few cases. METHODS: All family members included in the study were examined neurologically...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332073/aicardi-gouti%C3%A3-res-syndrome-unusual-neuro-radiological-manifestations
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Ghada M H Abdel-Salam, Mohamed S Abdel-Hamid, Shaimaa A Mohammad, Sherif F Abdel-Ghafar, Doaa R Soliman, Hala T El-Bassyouni, Laila Effat, Maha S Zaki
Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS) is one of the expanding group of inherited congenital infection like syndromes. Here, we describe the detailed clinical and imaging findings of two sibs with AGS. Each shows scattered periventricular intracranial calcifications, severe global delay, seizures, microcephaly and spasticity. Interestingly, chilblains were observed in the two sisters as well as their parents and a paternal uncle. The brain MRI of the older sister showed marked ventricular dilatation as a result of unusual associated porencephalic cysts...
March 23, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331970/disease-modeling-in-genetic-kidney-diseases-zebrafish
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Heiko Schenk, Janina Müller-Deile, Mark Kinast, Mario Schiffer
Growing numbers of translational genomics studies are based on the highly efficient and versatile zebrafish (Danio rerio) vertebrate model. The increasing types of zebrafish models have improved our understanding of inherited kidney diseases, since they not only display pathophysiological changes but also give us the opportunity to develop and test novel treatment options in a high-throughput manner. New paradigms in inherited kidney diseases have been developed on the basis of the distinct genome conservation of approximately 70 % between zebrafish and humans in terms of existing gene orthologs...
March 22, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331220/identification-of-biallelic-extl3-mutations-in-a-novel-type-of-spondylo-epi-metaphyseal-dysplasia
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Long Guo, Nursel H Elcioglu, Shuji Mizumoto, Zheng Wang, Bilge Noyan, Hatice M Albayrak, Shuhei Yamada, Naomichi Matsumoto, Noriko Miyake, Gen Nishimura, Shiro Ikegawa
Spondylo-epi-metaphyseal dysplasia (SEMD) is a group of inherited skeletal diseases characterized by the anomalies in spine, epiphyses and metaphyses. SEMD is highly heterogeneous and >20 distinct entities have been identified. Here we describe a novel type of SEMD in two unrelated Turkish patients who presented with severe platyspondyly, kyphoscoliosis, pelvic distortion, constriction of the proximal femora and brachydactyly. Although these phenotypes overlap considerably with some known SEMDs, they had a novel causal gene, exostosin-like glycosyltransferase 3 (EXTL3), that encodes a glycosyltransferase involved in the synthesis of heparin and heparan sulfate...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326674/whole-exome-sequencing-with-genomic-triangulation-implicates-cdh2-encoded-n-cadherin-as-a-novel-pathogenic-substrate-for-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy
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Kari L Turkowski, David J Tester, J Martijn Bos, Kristina H Haugaa, Michael J Ackerman
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM) is a heritable disease characterized by fibrofatty replacement of cardiomyocytes, has a prevalence of approximately 1 in 5000 individuals, and accounts for approximately 20% of sudden cardiac death in the young (≤35 years). ACM is most often inherited as an autosomal dominant trait with incomplete penetrance and variable expression. While mutations in several genes that encode key desmosomal proteins underlie about half of all ACM, the remainder is elusive genetically...
March 21, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326335/multiple-fractures-pain-and-severe-disability-in-a-patient-with-adult-onset-hypophosphatasia
#18
Neil A Braunstein
Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a rare, inherited metabolic bone disease resulting from mutations in the gene encoding tissue non-specific alkaline phosphatase. The biochemical hallmark and key diagnostic indicator is low alkaline phosphatase activity, which leads to a variety of clinical manifestations across all ages. The diagnosis is easily missed in adults, who frequently present with nonspecific clinical manifestations such as fractures, osteomalacia, and pain. Here, the pathway to diagnosis and disease course is described in an adult patient presenting with pain...
June 2016: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326182/birt-hogg-dub%C3%A3-syndrome-a-case-report-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Dea Kejlberg Jensen, Anders Villumsen, Anne-Bine Skytte, Mia Gebauer Madsen, Mette Sommerlund, Elisabeth Bendstrup
Background: Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome (BHDS) is a rare autosomal dominant inherited syndrome caused by mutations in the folliculin coding gene (FLCN). The clinical manifestations of the syndrome involve the skin, lungs, and kidneys. Because of the rarity of the syndrome, guidelines for diagnosis and management of the patients with BHDS are lacking. Objective: To present a case story and a review of the literature on BHDS in order to give an update on genetics, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and follow-up strategies...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325759/predicting-the-targeting-of-tail-anchored-proteins-to-subcellular-compartments-in-mammalian-cells
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Joseph L Costello, Inês G Castro, Fátima Camões, Tina A Schrader, Doug McNeall, Jing Yang, Evdokia-Anastasia Giannopoulou, Sílvia Gomes, Vivian Pogenberg, Nina A Bonekamp, Daniela Ribeiro, Matthias Wilmanns, Gregory Jedd, Markus Islinger, Michael Schrader
Tail-anchored (TA) proteins contain a single transmembrane domain (TMD) at the C-terminus which anchors them to the membranes of organelles where they mediate critical cellular processes. Accordingly, mutations in genes encoding TA proteins have been identified in a number of severe inherited disorders. Despite the importance of correctly targeting a TA protein to its appropriate membrane, the mechanisms and signals involved are not fully understood. In this study we identify additional peroxisomal TA proteins, discover more proteins which are shared by multiple organelles and reveal that a combination of TMD hydrophobicity and tail charge determines targeting to distinct organelle locations in mammals...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
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