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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445628/characterization-of-four-latin-american-families-confirms-previous-findings-and-reveals-novel-features-of-acid-labile-subunit-als-deficiency
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Paula A Scaglia, Ana C Keselman, Débora Braslavsky, Lucía C Martucci, Liliana M Karabatas, Sabina Domené, Mariana L Gutiérrez, María G Ballerini, María G Ropelato, Angela Spinola-Castro, Adriana A Siviero-Miachon, Juliana Saito Tartuci, Sol Rodríguez Azrak, Rodolfo A Rey, Héctor G Jasper, Ignacio Bergadá, Horacio M Domené
OBJECTIVE: ALS deficiency (ACLSD), caused by inactivating mutations in both IGFALS gene alleles, is characterized by marked reduction of IGF-I and IGFBP-3 levels associated to mild growth retardation. The aim of this study was to expand the known phenotype and genetic characteristics of ACLSD by reporting data from four index cases and their families. DESIGN: Auxological data, biochemical and genetic studies were performed in four children diagnosed with ACLSD and all available relatives...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445521/next-generation-sequencing-to-dissect-the-genetic-architecture-of-kng1-and-f11-loci-using-factor-xi-levels-as-an-intermediate-phenotype-of-thrombosis
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Laura Martin-Fernandez, Giovana Gavidia-Bovadilla, Irene Corrales, Helena Brunel, Lorena Ramírez, Sonia López, Juan Carlos Souto, Francisco Vidal, José Manuel Soria
Venous thromboembolism is a complex disease with a high heritability. There are significant associations among Factor XI (FXI) levels and SNPs in the KNG1 and F11 loci. Our aim was to identify the genetic variation of KNG1 and F11 that might account for the variability of FXI levels. The KNG1 and F11 loci were sequenced completely in 110 unrelated individuals from the GAIT-2 (Genetic Analysis of Idiopathic Thrombophilia 2) Project using Next Generation Sequencing on an Illumina MiSeq. The GAIT-2 Project is a study of 935 individuals in 35 extended Spanish families selected through a proband with idiopathic thrombophilia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444748/identification-of-coagulation-gene-3-utr-variants-that-are-potentially-regulated-by-micrornas
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Carla Y Vossen, Astrid van Hylckama Vlieg, Raúl Teruel-Montoya, Salam Salloum-Asfar, Hugoline de Haan, Javier Corral, Pieter Reitsma, Bobby P C Koeleman, Constantino Martínez
MicroRNAs have been recognized as critical regulators of gene expression and might affect the risk of venous thrombosis. We aimed to identify 3' untranslated region (UTR) variants in coagulation genes that influence coagulation factor levels and venous thrombosis risk. The 3'UTR of coagulation genes were sequenced in subjects with extremely high or low plasma levels of these factors in two case-control studies. In total, 28 variants were identified. Five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were predominantly present in one extreme level group (F2 rs1799963, F8 rs1050705 and F11 rs4253429, rs4253430 and rs1062547)...
April 26, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444290/low-density-lipoproteins-cause-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-1-evidence-from-genetic-epidemiologic-and-clinical-studies-a-consensus-statement-from-the-european-atherosclerosis-society-consensus-panel
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Brian A Ference, Henry N Ginsberg, Ian Graham, Kausik K Ray, Chris J Packard, Eric Bruckert, Robert A Hegele, Ronald M Krauss, Frederick J Raal, Heribert Schunkert, Gerald F Watts, Jan Borén, Sergio Fazio, Jay D Horton, Luis Masana, Stephen J Nicholls, Børge G Nordestgaard, Bart van de Sluis, Marja-Riitta Taskinen, Lale Tokgözoglu, Ulf Landmesser, Ulrich Laufs, Olov Wiklund, Jane K Stock, M John Chapman, Alberico L Catapano
Aims: To appraise the clinical and genetic evidence that low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) cause atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Methods and results: We assessed whether the association between LDL and ASCVD fulfils the criteria for causality by evaluating the totality of evidence from genetic studies, prospective epidemiologic cohort studies, Mendelian randomization studies, and randomized trials of LDL-lowering therapies. In clinical studies, plasma LDL burden is usually estimated by determination of plasma LDL cholesterol level (LDL-C)...
April 24, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444229/a-novel-but-frequent-variant-in-lpa-kiv-2-is-associated-with-a-pronounced-lp-a-and-cardiovascular-risk-reduction
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Stefan Coassin, Gertraud Erhart, Hansi Weissensteiner, Mariana Eca Guimarães de Araújo, Claudia Lamina, Sebastian Schönherr, Lukas Forer, Margot Haun, Jamie Lee Losso, Anna Köttgen, Konrad Schmidt, Gerd Utermann, Annette Peters, Christian Gieger, Konstantin Strauch, Armin Finkenstedt, Reto Bale, Heinz Zoller, Bernhard Paulweber, Kai-Uwe Eckardt, Alexander Hüttenhofer, Lukas A Huber, Florian Kronenberg
Aims: Lp(a) concentrations represent a major cardiovascular risk factor and are almost entirely controlled by one single locus (LPA). However, many genetic factors in LPA governing the enormous variance of Lp(a) levels are still unknown. Since up to 70% of the LPA coding sequence are located in a difficult to access hypervariable copy number variation named KIV-2, we hypothesized that it may contain novel functional variants with pronounced effects on Lp(a) concentrations. We performed a large scale mutation analysis in the KIV-2 using an extreme phenotype approach...
April 25, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443724/genetic-diversity-of-hiv-1-gene-vif-among-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-brazilians
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Fabiola Villanova, Marta Barreiros, Luiz Mario Janini, Ricardo Sobhie Diaz, Elcio Leal
HIV-1 has the Vif protein, which binds to human antiviral proteins APOBEC3 to form complexes to be degraded by cellular proteolysis. To further explore HIV-1 diversity at the population level, we analyzed blood samples from 317 treatment-naïve patients in Brazil. Here, we explored the correlations of Vif polymorphisms with clinical parameters of the patients and found that mutation K22H is associated with low CD4+ cell counts and higher viral loads. Phylogenetic analysis of the vif gene indicated that subtype B was predominant in ∼77% (243/317) of the patients, followed by HIV-1 F ∼18% (56/317) and subtype C ∼4% (12/317); five samples were BF recombinants (∼1% of patients), and one was an AG recombinant...
April 26, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443391/atazanavir-sulfate-cobicistat-for-the-treatment-of-hiv-infection
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Francisco Antunes
The life expectancy of patients living with HIV has increased significantly in the last two decades, as a result of the great progress in treatment of HIV infection. During this time, several drugs were developed to offer long-term benefits in terms of virologic efficacy, favourable tolerability and toxicity profiles. Pharmacokinetic boosting of protease inhibitors allows a higher genetic barrier, as few or no drug-resistant mutations are detected in patients with virologic failure. Areas covered: Atazanavir sulfate + cobicistat (ATV/c) was recently approved in the United States of America and in the European Union for the treatment of HIV-1 infection...
April 26, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442472/functional-and-metabolomic-consequences-of-atp-dependent-potassium-channel-inactivation-in-human-islets
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Changhong Li, Amanda M Ackermann, Kara E Boodhansingh, Tricia R Bhatti, Chengyang Liu, Jonathan Schug, Nicolai Doliba, Bing Han, Karen E Cosgrove, Indraneel Banerjee, Franz M Matschinsky, Itzhak Nissim, Klaus H Kaestner, Ali Naji, N Scott Adzick, Mark J Dunne, Charles A Stanley, Diva D De León
Loss-of-function mutations of β-cell KATP channels cause the most severe form of congenital hyperinsulinism (KATPHI). KATPHI is characterized by fasting and protein-induced hypoglycemia that is unresponsive to medical therapy. For a better understanding of the pathophysiology of KATPHI, we examined cytosolic calcium, insulin secretion, oxygen consumption, and [U-(13)C]glucose metabolism in islets isolated from the pancreases of children with KATPHI who required pancreatectomy. Basal cytosolic calcium ([Ca(2+)] i ) and insulin secretion were higher in KATPHI islets compared to controls...
April 25, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441487/the-isomeric-preference-of-an-atypical-dopamine-transporter-inhibitor-contributes-to-its-selection-of-the-transporter-conformation
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Ara M Abramyan, Sebastian Stolzenberg, Zheng Li, Claus J Loland, Frank Noé, Lei Shi
Cocaine, a widely abused psychostimulant, inhibits the dopamine transporter (DAT) by trapping the protein in an outward-open conformation, whereas atypical DAT inhibitors such as benztropine have low abuse liability and prefer less outward-open conformations. Here, we use a spectrum of computational modeling and simulation approaches to obtain the underlying molecular mechanism in atomistic detail. Interestingly, our quantum mechanical calculations and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations suggest that a benztropine derivative JHW007 prefers a different stereoisomeric conformation of tropane in binding to DAT compared to that of a cocaine derivative, CFT...
April 25, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441483/discovery-of-a-novel-class-of-survival-motor-neuron-2-splicing-modifiers-for-the-treatment-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Emmanuel Pinard, Luke Green, Michael Reutlinger, Marla Weetall, Nikolai N Naryshkin, John Baird, Karen S Chen, Sergey V Paushkin, Friedrich Metzger, Hasane Ratni
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by mutation or deletion of the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene, resulting in low levels of functional SMN protein. We have reported recently the identification of small molecules (coumarins, iso-coumarins and pyrido-pyrimidinones) that modify the alternative splicing of SMN2, a paralogous gene to SMN1, restoring the survival motor neuron (SMN) protein level in mouse models of SMA. Herein, we report our efforts to identify a novel chemotype as one strategy to potentially circumvent safety concerns from earlier derivatives, such as in-vitro phototoxicity and in-vitro mutagenicity associated with compounds 1 and 2 or the in-vivo retinal findings observed in a long term chronic tox study with 3 at high exposures only...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436749/differential-diagnosis-of-neonatal-alloimmune-thrombocytopenia-type-2b-von-willebrand-disease
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Mathilde Penel-Page, Sandrine Meunier, Mathilde Fretigny, Sandra Le Quellec, Pierre Boisseau, Christine Vinciguerra, Catherine Ternisien, Lucia Rugeri
At birth, severe thrombocytopenia without context of infection should mainly suggest neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (NAIT), especially in case of a platelet count below 20 GL(-1). We report two cases of severe neonatal thrombocytopenia, first suspected as being NAIT. Both had a platelet count below 20 GL(-1) with platelet clumps. The absence of alloantibodies and failure of platelet transfusion and intravenous immunoglobulins to improve the platelet count led to question the diagnosis and to evoke inherited bleeding disorders...
April 24, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436679/cited2-mutations-in-conserved-regions-contribute-to-conotruncal-heart-defects-in-chinese-children
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Bojian Li, Tian Pu, Yang Liu, Yuejuan Xu, Rang Xu
Conotruncal heart defects (CTDs) are severe malformations of outflow tract with heterogeneous morphology. Several missense variants of CITED2 have been identified to cause CTDs in recent researches. In this study, we screened the coding regions of CITED2 in 605 Chinese children with CTDs and found two possible pathogenic mutant sites: p.Q117L and p.T257A, both located in the conserved regions of CITED2. Then, we investigated the biological and functional alterations of them. Western blotting showed low level of protein expression of mutant Q117 and T257A compared with wild-type CITED2...
April 24, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435477/acrodermatitis-enteropathica-in-a-pair-of-twins
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Abdullatif Al Rashed, Mohja Al Shehri, Feroze Kaliyadan
BACKGROUND: Acrodermatitis enteropathica (AE) is a rare autosomal recessive metabolic disorder. First described by Brandt in 1936 and was named by Danbolt. A mutation in the SLC39A4 gene on chromosome 8 q24.3 is responsible for this disorder, which encodes zinc transporter Zip4. The diagnosis is made by the clinical presentation and histopathology and laboratory tests. In this case, we reported a twin presented with a typical rash and low zinc level. To our knowledge, very few cases reported as a twin with typical acrodermatitis enteropathica presentation...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434111/idh-mutation-and-1p19q-codeletion-distinguish-two-radiological-patterns-of-diffuse-low-grade-gliomas
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Amélie Darlix, Jérémy Deverdun, Nicolas Menjot de Champfleur, Florence Castan, Sonia Zouaoui, Valérie Rigau, Michel Fabbro, Yordanka Yordanova, Emmanuelle Le Bars, Luc Bauchet, Catherine Gozé, Hugues Duffau
Diffuse low-grade gliomas (DLGG) prognosis is variable, depending on several factors, including the isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) mutation and the 1p19q codeletion. A few studies suggested associations between these parameters and tumor radiological characteristics including topography. Our aim was analyzing the correlations between the IDH and 1p19q statuses and the tumor intracerebral distribution (at the lobar and voxel levels), volume, and borders. We conducted a retrospective, monocentric study on a consecutive series of 198 DLGG patients...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432586/cdc20-with-malignant-progression-and-poor-prognosis-of-astrocytoma-revealed-by-analysis-on-gene-expression
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Yiming Ding, Shuqing Yu, Zhaoshi Bao, Yanwei Liu, Tingyu Liang
The malignant transformation of astrocytoma may result from the accumulation of multiple genetic alterations. Current research shows that diffuse astrocytoma (AIIs, WHO grade II) is inherently predisposed to recur locally, and to spontaneously progress to anaplastic astrocytoma (AAIIIs, WHO grade III) and eventually secondary glioblastoma (sGBMIVs, WHO grade IV). The aim of the study was to identify and validate the important gene(s) associated with malignant progression and poor prognosis of astrocytoma. Average expression levels of 82 samples (35 AIIs, 13 AAIIIs and 34 sGBMIVs) were compared to each other through no-paired student test...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430006/evolutionary-changes-in-lamin-expression-in-the-vertebrate-lineage
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Reimer Stick, Annette Peter
The nuclear lamina is involved in fundamental nuclear functions and provides mechanical stability to the nucleus. Lamin filaments form a meshwork closely apposed to the inner nuclear membrane and a small fraction of lamins exist in the nuclear interior. Mutations in lamin genes cause severe hereditary diseases, the laminopathies. During vertebrate evolution the lamin protein family has expanded. While most vertebrate genomes contain four lamin genes, encoding the lamins A, B1, B2, and LIII, the majority of non-vertebrate genomes harbor only a single lamin gene...
April 21, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429680/the-inhibitory-effects-of-hydamtiq-a-novel-parp-inhibitor-on-growth-in-human-tumor-cell-lines-with-defective-dna-damage-response-pathways
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Enrico Mini, Ida Landini, Laura Lucarini, Andrea Lapucci, Cristina Napoli, Gabriele Perrone, Renato Tassi, Emanuela Masini, Flavio Moroni, Stefania Nobili
The poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) enzymes play key roles in the regulation of cellular processes (e.g. DNA damagerepair, genomic stability). It has been shown that PARP inhibitors (PARPIs) are selectively cytotoxic against cells with dysfunctions in genes involved in DNA repair mechanisms (synthetic lethality). Drug induced PARP inhibition potentiates the activity of anticancer drugs such as 5-fluorouracil in enhancing DNA damage, whose repair involves PARP1 activity.The aim of this study was to evaluate the growth inhibitory effects of a novel PARPI, HYDAMTIQ, on human tumor cell lines characterized by different features with regard to DNA damage response pathways (BRCA mutational status, microsatellite status and ATM expression level) and degree of sensitivity/resistance to 5-fluorouracil...
April 20, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427450/presence-of-susceptible-wild-strains-of-anopheles-gambiae-in-a-large-industrial-palm-farm-located-in-aboisso-south-eastern-of-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire
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Cécile M A Sadia-Kacou, Ludovic P Ahoua Alou, Ako V C Edi, Celine M Yobo, Maurice A Adja, Allassane F Ouattara, David Malone, Alphonsine A Koffi, Yao Tano, Benjamin G Koudou
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of malaria control programmes through implementation of vector control activities is challenged by the emergence of insecticide resistance. In the South-Eastern region of Côte d'Ivoire, where palm oil plantations remain the predominant agricultural crop, the susceptibility of wild Anopheles gambiae sensu lato species is still unknown and thus requires a particular attention. The current study was carried out to address the gap by in-depth characterization of susceptibility level of An...
April 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427185/transcriptional-landscape-of-human-cancers
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Mengyuan Li, Qingrong Sun, Xiaosheng Wang
The homogeneity and heterogeneity in somatic mutations, copy number alterations and methylation across different cancer types have been extensively explored. However, the related exploration based on transcriptome data is lacking. In this study we explored gene expression profiles across 33 human cancer types using The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) data. We identified consistently upregulated genes (such as E2F1, EZH2, FOXM1, MYBL2, PLK1, TTK, AURKA/B and BUB1) and consistently downregulated genes (such as SCARA5, MYOM1, NKAPL, PEG3, USP2, SLC5A7 and HMGCLL1) across various cancers...
March 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425010/a-novel-fibrinogen-variant-dysfibrinogenemia-associated-with-%C3%AE-asp185asn-substitution
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Na Zhou, Peipei Xu, Min Zhou, Yong Xu, Ping Li, Bin Chen, Jian Ouyang, Rongfu Zhou
To identify the pathogenesis of a Chinese woman diagnosed with dysfibrinogenemia. A patient from Nanjing presented with a low plasma concentration of fibrinogen and a normal level of antigen of fibrinogen. This abnormality was also detected in her son. To detect whether the genetic mutation was responsible for the dysfibrinogenemia, genomic DNA was extracted and amplified by polymerase chain reaction, and DNA sequencing was performed on the purified PCR products. Restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP), molecular modeling and homologous sequences alignment were performed...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
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