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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774306/leber-s-hereditary-optic-neuropathy-lhon-in-an-apulian-cohort-of-subjects
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Angelica Bianco, Luigi Bisceglia, Paolo Trerotoli, Luciana Russo, Leonardo D'Agruma, Silvana Guerriero, Vittoria Petruzzella
Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is a maternally inherited disorder that causes severe loss of sight in young adults, and is typically associated to mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations. Heteroplasmy of primary LHON mutations, presence of 'ancillary' mtDNA mutations, and mtDNA copy number are probably correlated with the penetrance and the severity of the disease. In this study, we performed a mutational screening in an Apulian cohort of LHON patients and we found that 41 out of 54 subjects harbored the m...
September 2017: Acta Myologica: Myopathies and Cardiomyopathies: Official Journal of the Mediterranean Society of Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774303/myotonia-permanens-with-nav1-4-g1306e-displays-varied-phenotypes-during-course-of-life
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Frank Lehmann-Horn, Adele D'Amico, Enrico Bertini, Mauro Lomonaco, Luciano Merlini, Kevin R Nelson, Heike Philippi, Gabriele Siciliano, Frank Spaans, Karin Jurkat-Rott
Introduction: Myotonia permanens due to Nav1.4-G1306E is a rare sodium channelopathy with potentially life-threatening respiratory complications. Our goal was to study phenotypic variability throughout life. Methods: Clinical neurophysiology and genetic analysis were performed. Using existing functional expression data we determined the sodium window by integration. Results: In 10 unrelated patients who were believed to have epilepsy, respiratory disease or Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, we made the same prima facie diagnosis and detected the same heterologous Nav1...
September 2017: Acta Myologica: Myopathies and Cardiomyopathies: Official Journal of the Mediterranean Society of Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773863/low-prevalence-of-argininosuccinate-lyase-deficiency-among-inherited-urea-cycle-disorders-in-korea
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Dahye Kim, Jung Min Ko, Yoon-Myung Kim, Go Hun Seo, Gu-Hwan Kim, Beom Hee Lee, Han-Wook Yoo
Argininosuccinic aciduria (ASA), which is considered to be the second most common urea cycle disorder (UCD), is caused by an argininosuccinate lyase deficiency and is biochemically characterized by elevation of argininosuccinic acid and arginine deficiency. In addition to hyperammonemia, other characteristic features of ASA include hepatic fibrosis, hypertension, neurocognitive deficiencies, and trichorrhexis nodosa. Herein, we retrospectively reviewed the clinical findings, biochemical profiles, and genotypic characteristics of five Korean patients with ASA, who showed typical phenotypes and biochemical findings of the disease...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772816/alpha-mannosidosis-therapeutic-strategies
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REVIEW
Maria Rachele Ceccarini, Michela Codini, Carmela Conte, Federica Patria, Samuela Cataldi, Matteo Bertelli, Elisabetta Albi, Tommaso Beccari
Alpha-mannosidosis (α-mannosidosis) is a rare lysosomal storage disorder with an autosomal recessive inheritance caused by mutations in the gene encoding for the lysosomal α-d-mannosidase. So far, 155 variants from 191 patients have been identified and in part characterized at the biochemical level. Similarly to other lysosomal storage diseases, there is no relationship between genotype and phenotype in alpha-mannosidosis. Enzyme replacement therapy is at the moment the most effective therapy for lysosomal storage disease, including alpha-mannosidosis...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771326/basal-exon-skipping-and-nonsense-associated-altered-splicing-allows-bypassing-complete-cep290-loss-of-function-in-individuals-with-unusually-mild-retinal-disease
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Iris Barny, Isabelle Perrault, Christel Michel, Mickael Soussan, Nicolas Goudin, Marlène Rio, Sophie Thomas, Tania Attié-Bitach, Christian Hamel, Hélène Dollfus, Josseline Kaplan, Jean-Michel Rozet, Xavier Gerard
CEP290 mutations cause a spectrum of ciliopathies from Leber congenital amaurosis type 10 (LCA10) to embryo-lethal Meckel syndrome (MKS). Using panel-based molecular diagnosis testing for inherited retinal diseases, we identified two individuals with some preserved vision despite biallelism for presumably truncating CEP290 mutations. The first one carried a homozygous 1 base-pair deletion in exon 17, introducing a premature termination codon (PTC) in exon 18 (c.1666del; p.Ile556Phefs*17). mRNA analysis revealed a basal exon skipping (BES) of exon 18, providing mutant cells with the ability to escape protein truncation, while disrupting the reading frame in controls...
May 16, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770612/identification-of-novel-mutations-causing-pediatric-cataract-in-bhutan-cambodia-and-sri-lanka
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Shari Javadiyan, Sionne E M Lucas, Dechen Wangmo, Meng Ngy, Kapila Edussuriya, Jamie E Craig, Adam Rudkin, Robert Casson, Dinesh Selva, Shiwani Sharma, Karen M Lower, James Meucke, Kathryn P Burdon
BACKGROUND: Pediatric cataract is an important cause of blindness and visual impairment in children. A large proportion of pediatric cataracts are inherited, and many genes have been described for this heterogeneous Mendelian disease. Surveys of schools for the blind in Bhutan, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka have identified many children with this condition and we aimed to identify the genetic causes of inherited cataract in these populations. METHODS: We screened, in parallel, 51 causative genes for inherited cataracts in 33 probands by Ampliseq enrichment and sequencing on an Ion Torrent PGM...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770609/whole-exome-sequencing-for-variant-discovery-in-blepharospasm
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Jun Tian, Satya R Vemula, Jianfeng Xiao, Enza Maria Valente, Giovanni Defazio, Simona Petrucci, Angelo Fabio Gigante, Monika Rudzińska-Bar, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Kathleen D Kennelly, Ryan J Uitti, Jay A van Gerpen, Peter Hedera, Elizabeth J Trimble, Mark S LeDoux
BACKGROUND: Blepharospasm (BSP) is a type of focal dystonia characterized by involuntary orbicularis oculi spasms that are usually bilateral, synchronous, and symmetrical. Despite strong evidence for genetic contributions to BSP, progress in the field has been constrained by small cohorts, incomplete penetrance, and late age of onset. Although several genetic etiologies for dystonia have been identified through whole-exome sequencing (WES), none of these are characteristically associated with BSP as a singular or predominant manifestation...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769798/novel-variants-identified-with-next-generation-sequencing-in-polish-patients-with-cone-rod-dystrophy
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Anna Wawrocka, Anna Skorczyk-Werner, Katarzyna Wicher, Zuzanna Niedziela, Rafal Ploski, Malgorzata Rydzanicz, Maciej Sykulski, Jaroslaw Kociecki, Nicole Weisschuh, Susanne Kohl, Saskia Biskup, Bernd Wissinger, Maciej R Krawczynski
Purpose: The aim of this study was to identify the molecular genetic basis of cone-rod dystrophy in 18 unrelated families of Polish origin. Cone-rod dystrophy is one of the inherited retinal dystrophies, which constitute a highly heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by progressive dysfunction of photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. Methods: The study group was composed of four groups of patients representing different Mendelian inheritance of the disease: autosomal dominant (AD), autosomal recessive (AR), X-linked recessive (XL), and autosomal recessive or X-linked recessive (AR/XL)...
2018: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769724/structural-basis-for-gating-pore-current-in-periodic-paralysis
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Daohua Jiang, Tamer M Gamal El-Din, Christopher Ing, Peilong Lu, Régis Pomès, Ning Zheng, William A Catterall
Potassium-sensitive hypokalaemic and normokalaemic periodic paralysis are inherited skeletal muscle diseases characterized by episodes of flaccid muscle weakness1,2 . They are caused by single mutations in positively charged residues ('gating charges') in the S4 transmembrane segment of the voltage sensor of the voltage-gated sodium channel Nav 1.4 or the calcium channel Cav 1.11,2 . Mutations of the outermost gating charges (R1 and R2) cause hypokalaemic periodic paralysis1,2 by creating a pathogenic gating pore in the voltage sensor through which cations leak in the resting state3,4 ...
May 16, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769721/spatiotemporal-regulation-of-liquid-like-condensates-in-epigenetic-inheritance
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Gang Wan, Brandon D Fields, George Spracklin, Aditi Shukla, Carolyn M Phillips, Scott Kennedy
Non-membrane-bound organelles such as nucleoli, processing bodies, Cajal bodies and germ granules form by the spontaneous self-assembly of specific proteins and RNAs. How these biomolecular condensates form and interact is poorly understood. Here we identify two proteins, ZNFX-1 and WAGO-4, that localize to Caenorhabditis elegans germ granules (P granules) in early germline blastomeres. Later in germline development, ZNFX-1 and WAGO-4 separate from P granules to define an independent liquid-like condensate that we term the Z granule...
May 16, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769222/transient-outward-k-current-i-to-underlies-the-right-ventricular-initiation-of-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-in-a-transgenic-rabbit-model-of-long-qt-syndrome-type-1
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Bum-Rak Choi, Weiyan Li, Dmitry Terentyev, Anatoli Y Kabakov, Mingwang Zhong, Colin M Rees, Radmila Terentyeva, Tae Yun Kim, Zhilin Qu, Xuwen Peng, Alain Karma, Gideon Koren
BACKGROUND: Sudden death in long-QT syndrome type 1 (LQT1), an inherited disease caused by loss-of-function mutations in KCNQ1, is triggered by early afterdepolarizations (EADs) that initiate polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (pVT). We investigated ionic mechanisms that underlie pVT in LQT1 using a transgenic rabbit model of LQT1. METHODS: Optical mapping, cellular patch clamping, and computer modeling were used to elucidate the mechanisms of EADs in transgenic LQT1 rabbits...
June 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769041/cortical-atrophy-and-hypofibrinogenemia-due-to-fgg-and-tbcd-mutations-in-a-single-family-a-case-report
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Joshi Stephen, Sheela Nampoothiri, K P Vinayan, Dhanya Yesodharan, Preetha Remesh, William A Gahl, May Christine V Malicdan
BACKGROUND: Blended phenotypes or co-occurrence of independent phenotypically distinct conditions are extremely rare and are due to coincidence of multiple pathogenic mutations, especially due to consanguinity. Hereditary fibrinogen deficiencies result from mutations in the genes FGA, FGB, and FGG, encoding the three different polypeptide chains that comprise fibrinogen. Neurodevelopmental abnormalities have not been associated with fibrinogen deficiencies. In this study, we report an unusual patient with a combination of two independently inherited genetic conditions; fibrinogen deficiency and early onset cortical atrophy...
May 16, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768370/a-case-report-of-neurological-complications-owing-to-lately-diagnosed-hyperargininemia-emphasizing-the-role-of-national-neonatal-screening-policies-in-the-kingdom-of-bahrain
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Moiz Bakhiet, Aminah M I AlAwadi, Maryam M AlHammadi, Maryam F Ali, Noora Butti
INTRODUCTION: Arginine is an essential amino acid that plays an important role in various body functions including cell division, wound healing, removal of ammonia, immune function, and release of hormones. Hyperargininemia, an autosomal recessive genetic disorder, is considered one of the least common urea cycle disorders. It rarely presents in the neonatal period but rather appears in children at the age between 2 and 4 years. CASE PRESENTATION: Herein, we demonstrate a case of a 14-year-old female who presented to the neurology clinic with several neurological complications, which were found to be a consequence of high levels of arginine discovered after performing a metabolic screening test...
May 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765862/genomic-imprinting-and-the-regulation-of-postnatal-neurogenesis
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REVIEW
Anna Lozano-Ureña, Raquel Montalbán-Loro, Anne C Ferguson-Smith, Sacri R Ferrón
Most genes required for mammalian development are expressed from both maternally and paternally inherited chromosomal homologues. However, there are a small number of genes known as " imprinted genes " that only express a single allele from one parent, which is repressed on the gene from the other parent. Imprinted genes are dependent on epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation and post-translational modifications of the DNA-associated histone proteins to establish and maintain their parental identity...
November 9, 2017: Brain Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765300/detection-of-dna-double-strand-breaks-by-%C3%AE-h2ax-does-not-result-in-53bp1-recruitment-in-mouse-retinal-tissues
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Brigitte Müller, N M Ellinwood, Birgit Lorenz, Knut Stieger
Gene editing is an attractive potential treatment of inherited retinopathies. However, it often relies on endogenous DNA repair. Retinal DNA repair is incompletely characterized in humans and animal models. We investigated recruitment of the double stranded break (DSB) repair complex of γH2AX and 53bp1 in both developing and mature mouse neuroretinas. We evaluated the immunofluorescent retinal expression of these proteins during development (P07-P30) in normal and retinal degeneration models, as well as in potassium bromate induced DSB repair in normal adult (3 months) retinal explants...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764427/col4a5-and-lama5-variants-co-inherited-in-familial-hematuria-digenic-inheritance-or-genetic-modifier-effect
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Konstantinos Voskarides, Gregory Papagregoriou, Despina Hadjipanagi, Ioanelli Petrou, Isavella Savva, Avraam Elia, Yiannis Athanasiou, Androulla Pastelli, Maria Kkolou, Michalis Hadjigavriel, Christoforos Stavrou, Alkis Pierides, Constantinos Deltas
BACKGROUND: About 40-50% of patients with familial microscopic hematuria (FMH) caused by thin basement membrane nephropathy (TBMN) inherit heterozygous mutations in collagen IV genes (COL4A3, COL4A4). On long follow-up, the full phenotypic spectrum of these patients varies a lot, ranging from isolated MH or MH plus low-grade proteinuria to chronic renal failure of variable degree, including end-stage renal disease (ESRD). METHODS: Here, we performed Whole Exome Sequencing (WES) in patients of six families, presenting with autosomal dominant FMH, with or without progression to proteinuria and loss of renal function, all previously found negative for severe collagen IV mutations...
May 16, 2018: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764417/upf1-silenced-cellular-model-systems-for-screening-of-read-through-agents-active-on-%C3%AE-0-39-thalassemia-point-mutation
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Francesca Salvatori, Mariangela Pappadà, Giulia Breveglieri, Elisabetta D'Aversa, Alessia Finotti, Ilaria Lampronti, Roberto Gambari, Monica Borgatti
BACKGROUND: Nonsense mutations promote premature translational termination, introducing stop codons within the coding region of mRNAs and causing inherited diseases, including thalassemia. For instance, in β0 39 thalassemia the CAG (glutamine) codon is mutated to the UAG stop codon, leading to premature translation termination and to mRNA destabilization through the well described NMD (nonsense-mediated mRNA decay). In order to develop an approach facilitating translation and, therefore, protection from NMD, ribosomal read-through molecules, such as aminoglycoside antibiotics, have been tested on mRNAs carrying premature stop codons...
May 15, 2018: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764251/future-of-human-mitochondrial-dna-editing-technologies
#18
N Verechshagina, N Nikitchina, Y Yamada, Н Harashima, M Tanaka, K Orishchenko, I Mazunin
ATP and other metabolites, which are necessary for the development, maintenance, and functioning of bodily cells are all synthesized in the mitochondria. Multiple copies of the genome, present within the mitochondria, together with its maternal inheritance, determine the clinical manifestation and spreading of mutations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The main obstacle in the way of thorough understanding of mitochondrial biology and the development of gene therapy methods for mitochondrial diseases is the absence of systems that allow to directly change mtDNA sequence...
May 15, 2018: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764212/the-clinical-application-of-single-sperm-based-snp-haplotyping-for-pgd-of-osteogenesis-imperfecta
#19
Linjun Chen, Zhenyu Diao, Zhipeng Xu, Jianjun Zhou, Guijun Yan, Haixiang Sun
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder, presenting either autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive or X-linked inheritance patterns. The majority of OI cases are autosomal dominant and are caused by heterozygous mutations in either the COL1A1 or COL1A2 gene. In these dominant disorders, allele dropout (ADO) can lead to misdiagnosis in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Polymorphic markers linked to the mutated genes have been used to establish haplotypes for identifying ADO and ensuring the accuracy of PGD...
May 15, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761773/-dyskeratosis-follicularis
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Inger Lily Dorf, Mette Sommerlund, Ann-Bine Skytte, Uffe Koppelhus
Dyskeratosis follicularis (or Darier's disease) is a genetic skin disease with an autosomal dominant inheritance and a prevalence of 1:100,000-1:35,000. Mutations in the gene ATP2A2 encoding the Ca2+-ATPase SERCA2 in the endoplasmatic reticulum lead to acantholysis and dyskeratosis in the epidermis, nails and mucosal membranes with resultant brown-yellow coloured, often infested skin papules and nail changes. The newly established Danish database for genodermatoses is embarking on an extensive registration of all Danish patients with Darier's disease...
May 7, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
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