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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738163/a-local-duplication-of-the-i-melanocortin-receptor-1-i-locus-in-i-astyanax-i
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Joshua B Gross, James Weagley, Bethany A Stahl, Li Ma, Luis Espinasa, Suzanne E McGaugh
In this study, we report evidence of a novel duplication of <i>Melanocortin receptor 1 (Mc1r)</i> in the cavefish genome. This locus was discovered following the observation of excessive allelic diversity in a ~820 bp fragment of <i>Mc1r</i> amplified via degenerate PCR from a natural population of <i>Astyanax aeneus</i> fish from Guerrero, Mexico. The cavefish genome reveals the presence of two closely related <i>Mc1r</i> open reading frames separated by a 1...
July 24, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736295/digital-multiplex-ligation-dependent-probe-amplification-for-detection-of-key-copy-number-alterations-in-t-and-b-cell-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#2
Anne Benard-Slagter, Ilse Zondervan, Karel de Groot, Farzaneh Ghazavi, Virinder Sarhadi, Pieter Van Vlierberghe, Barbara De Moerloose, Claire Schwab, Kim Vettenranta, Christine J Harrison, Sakari Knuutila, Jan Schouten, Tim Lammens, Suvi Savola
Recurrent and clonal genetic alterations are characteristic of different subtypes of T- and B-cell lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and several subtypes are strong independent predictors of patient outcome. A next-generation sequencing-based multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification variant (digitalMLPA) has been developed enabling simultaneous detection of copy number alterations (CNAs) of up to 1000 target sequences. This novel digitalMLPA assay was designed and optimized to detect CNAs of 56 key target genes and regions in ALL...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735559/effects-of-intron-1-sequences-on-human-plp1-expression-implications-for-plp1-related-disorders
#3
Patricia A Wight
Alterations in the myelin proteolipid protein gene ( PLP1) may result in rare X-linked disorders in humans such as Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease and spastic paraplegia type 2. PLP1 expression must be tightly regulated since null mutations, as well as elevated PLP1 copy number, both lead to disease. Previous studies with Plp1-lacZ transgenic mice have demonstrated that mouse Plp1 ( mPlp1) intron 1 DNA (which accounts for slightly more than half of the gene) is required for the mPlp1 promoter to drive significant levels of reporter gene expression in brain...
July 2017: ASN Neuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734953/estimating-relative-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-using-high-throughput-sequencing-data
#4
Pan Zhang, Brian D Lehmann, David C Samuels, Shilin Zhao, Ying-Yong Zhao, Yu Shyr, Yan Guo
We hypothesize that the relative mitochondria copy number (MTCN) can be estimated by comparing the abundance of mitochondrial DNA to nuclear DNA reads using high throughput sequencing data. To test this hypothesis, we examined relative MTCN across 13 breast cancer cell lines using the RT-PCR based NovaQUANT Human Mitochondrial to Nuclear DNA Ratio Kit as the gold standard. Six distinct computational approaches were used to estimate the relative MTCN in order to compare to the RT-PCR measurements. The results demonstrate that relative MTCN correlates well with the RT-PCR measurements using exome sequencing data, but not RNA-seq data...
July 19, 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733194/breast-cancer-molecular-stratification-from-intrinsic-subtypes-to-integrative-clusters
#5
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Hege G Russnes, Ole Christian Lingjærde, Anne-Lise Børresen-Dale, Carlos Caldas
Breast carcinomas can be stratified into different entities based on clinical behavior, histological features and/or by biological properties. A classification of breast cancer should be based on underlying biology, which we know must be determined by the somatic genomic landscape of mutations. Moreover, as the latest generations of anti-cancer agents are founded on biological mechanisms, a detailed molecular stratification is a requirement for appropriate clinical management. Such stratification, based on genomic drivers, will be important for selecting patients for clinical trials...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732471/gene-expression-patterns-of-chicken-neuregulin-3-in-association-with-copy-number-variation-and-frameshift-deletion
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Hideaki Abe, Daiki Aoya, Hiro-Aki Takeuchi, Miho Inoue-Murayama
BACKGROUND: Neuregulin 3 (NRG3) plays a key role in central nervous system development and is a strong candidate for human mental disorders. Thus, genetic variation in NRG3 may have some impact on a variety of phenotypes in non-mammalian vertebrates. Recently, genome-wide screening for short insertions and deletions in chicken (Gallus gallus) genomes has provided useful information about structural variation in functionally important genes. NRG3 is one such gene that has a putative frameshift deletion in exon 2, resulting in premature termination of translation...
July 21, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730340/cyp2d6-genotype-is-not-associated-with-survival-in-breast-cancer-patients-treated-with-tamoxifen-results-from-a-population-based-study
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D L Hertz, K M Kidwell, S G Hilsenbeck, S Oesterreich, C K Osborne, S Philips, C Chenault, R J Hartmaier, T C Skaar, M J Sikora, J M Rae
PURPOSE: A number of studies have tested the hypothesis that breast cancer patients with low-activity CYP2D6 genotypes achieve inferior benefit from tamoxifen treatment, putatively due to lack of metabolic activation to endoxifen. Studies have provided conflicting data, and meta-analyses suggest a small but significant increase in cancer recurrence, necessitating additional studies to allow for accurate effect assessment. We conducted a retrospective pharmacogenomic analysis of a prospectively collected community-based cohort of patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer to test for associations between low-activity CYP2D6 genotype and disease outcome in 500 patients treated with adjuvant tamoxifen monotherapy and 500 who did not receive any systemic adjuvant therapy...
July 20, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729728/landscape-of-somatic-mutations-in-different-subtypes-of-advanced-breast-cancer-with-circulating-tumor-dna-analysis
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Zongbi Yi, Fei Ma, Chunxiao Li, Rongrong Chen, Lifang Yuan, Xiaoying Sun, Xiuwen Guan, Lixi Li, Binliang Liu, Yanfang Guan, Haili Qian, Binghe Xu
It is particularly important to provide precise therapies and understand tumor heterogeneity based on the molecular typing of mutational landscape. However, the landscape of somatic mutations in different subtypes of advanced breast cancer (ABC) is largely unknown. We applied target-region capture deep sequencing to determine the frequency and spectrum of common cancer-related gene mutations in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) among different ABC subtypes and analyze their association with clinical features. In this retrospective study of 100 female advanced breast cancer patients, 96 (96...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727969/fetal-dysmorphology-still-an-essential-art-analysis-of-the-limitations-of-microarray-in-a-fetal-population-and-a-look-toward-the-genome-sequencing-era
#9
E Fletcher, M Porteous, K J McKenzie, E J Maher, M J Evans
Cytogenomic microarray allows assessment of the genome at higher resolutions than traditional karyotyping. The objective of this study is to evaluate the utility of microarray in a routine fetal autopsy setting before the advent of routine fetal exome/genome sequencing and the issues these technologies may generate. A systematic review of fetal postmortems at 12-24 weeks gestation between January 2011 and December 2014 was undertaken. Cases where there was no consent for audit, research, or genetic testing were excluded as were cases referred to the Procurator Fiscal, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths...
July 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726807/when-genotype-is-not-predictive-of-phenotype-implications-for-genetic-counseling-based-on-21-594-chromosomal-microarray-analysis-examinations
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Idit Maya, Reuven Sharony, Shiri Yacobson, Sarit Kahana, Josepha Yeshaya, Tamar Tenne, Ifaat Agmon-Fishman, Lital Cohen-Vig, Yael Goldberg, Racheli Berger, Lina Basel-Salmon, Mordechai Shohat
PurposeTo compare the frequency of copy-number variants (CNVs) of variable penetrance in low-risk and high-risk prenatal samples and postnatal samples.MethodsTwo cohorts were categorized according to chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) indication: group I, low-risk prenatal-women with uneventful pregnancy (control group); group II, high-risk prenatal-women whose fetuses had congenital malformations; and group III, postnatal-individuals with unexplained developmental delay/intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, or multiple congenital anomalies...
July 20, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726777/humanin-g-hng-protects-age-related-macular-degeneration-amd-transmitochondrial-arpe-19-cybrids-from-mitochondrial-and-cellular-damage
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Sonali Nashine, Pinchas Cohen, Marilyn Chwa, Stephanie Lu, Anthony B Nesburn, Baruch D Kuppermann, M Cristina Kenney
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) ranks third among the leading causes of visual impairment with a blindness prevalence rate of 8.7%. Despite several treatment regimens, such as anti-angiogenic drugs, laser therapy, and vitamin supplementation, being available for wet AMD, to date there are no FDA-approved therapies for dry AMD. Substantial evidence implicates mitochondrial damage and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cell death in the pathogenesis of AMD. However, the effects of AMD mitochondria and Humanin G (HNG), a more potent variant of the mitochondrial-derived peptide (MDP) Humanin, on retinal cell survival have not been elucidated...
July 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722338/hdr-del-a-tool-based-on-hamming-distance-for-prioritizing-pathogenic-chromosomal-deletions-in-exome-sequencing
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Atsuko Imai, Masakazu Kohda, Kaori Kobayashi, Tomoko Hirata, Yasushi Sakata, Kei Murayama, Akira Ohtake, Yasushi Okazaki, Akihiro Nakaya, Jurg Ott
High-density oligonucleotide arrays have been widely used to detect pathogenic chromosomal deletions. In addition to high-density oligonucleotide arrays, programs using whole exome sequencing have become available for estimating copy number variations using depth of coverage. Here we propose a new statistical method, HDR-del, to prioritize pathogenic chromosomal deletions based on Hamming distance in exome sequencing. In vcf (Variant Call Format) files generated from exome sequencing, hemizygous chromosomal deletion regions lack heterozygous variants and lead to apparent long runs of homozygosity (ROH)...
July 19, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720843/clinical-study-of-genomic-drivers-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Michael T Barrett, Ray Deiotte, Elizabeth Lenkiewicz, Smriti Malasi, Tara Holley, Lisa Evers, Richard G Posner, Timothy Jones, Haiyong Han, Mark Sausen, Victor E Velculescu, Jeffrey Drebin, Peter O'Dwyer, Gayle Jameson, Ramesh K Ramanathan, Daniel D Von Hoff
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) is a lethal cancer with complex genomes and dense fibrotic stroma. This study was designed to identify clinically relevant somatic aberrations in pancreatic cancer genomes of patients with primary and metastatic disease enrolled and treated in two clinical trials. METHODS: Tumour nuclei were flow sorted prior to whole genome copy number variant (CNV) analysis. Targeted or whole exome sequencing was performed on most samples...
July 18, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720323/rapid-divergence-of-histones-in-hydrozoa-cnidaria-and-evolution-of-a-novel-histone-involved-in-dna-damage-response-in-hydra
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Puli Chandramouli Reddy, Suyog Ubhe, Neha Sirwani, Rasika Lohokare, Sanjeev Galande
Histones are fundamental components of chromatin in all eukaryotes. Hydra, an emerging model system belonging to the basal metazoan phylum Cnidaria, provides an ideal platform to understand the evolution of core histone components at the base of eumetazoan phyla. Hydra exhibits peculiar properties such as tremendous regenerative capacity, lack of organismal senescence and rarity of malignancy. In light of the role of histone modifications and histone variants in these processes it is important to understand the nature of histones themselves and their variants in hydra...
June 15, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720295/equine-papillomavirus-type-2-an-equine-equivalent-to-human-papillomavirus-16
#15
S Sykora, C Jindra, M Hofer, R Steinborn, S Brandt
In horses, squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) commonly affect the external genitals. There is growing evidence that equine papillomavirus type 2 (EcPV2) infection promotes disease development. To assess the possible association of EcPV2 with equine SCCs of the head (HSCC), 15 HSCC DNA samples were screened by E6/E7, E2, and LCR PCR and amplicons were analysed for sequence variations. The physical form of EcPV2 in HSCC, genital lesions, and smegma from horses with SCC was then addressed using EcPV2 immunocapture PCR (IC/PCR) for detection of virion, and E6 vs...
July 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718531/next-generation-sequencing-for-patients-with-non-obstructive-azoospermia-implications-for-significant-roles-of-monogenic-oligogenic-mutations
#16
S Nakamura, M Miyado, K Saito, M Katsumi, A Nakamura, Y Kobori, Y Tanaka, H Ishikawa, A Yoshida, H Okada, K Hata, K Nakabayashi, K Okamura, H Ogata, Y Matsubara, T Ogata, H Nakai, M Fukami
Azoospermia affects up to 1% of adult men. Non-obstructive azoospermia is a multifactorial disorder whose molecular basis remains largely unknown. To date, mutations in several genes and multiple submicroscopic copy-number variations (CNVs) have been identified in patients with non-obstructive azoospermia. The aim of this study was to clarify the contribution of nucleotide substitutions in known causative genes and submicroscopic CNVs in the genome to the development of non-obstructive azoospermia. To this end, we conducted sequence analysis of 25 known disease-associated genes using next-generation sequencing and genome-wide copy-number analysis using array-based comparative genomic hybridization...
July 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717665/identification-of-an-alu-element-mediated-deletion-in-the-promoter-region-of-gne-in-siblings-with-gne-myopathy
#17
Jennifer Garland, Joshi Stephen, Bradley Class, Angela Gruber, Carla Ciccone, Aaron Poliak, Christina P Hayes, Vandana Singhal, Christina Slota, John Perreault, Ralitza Gavrilova, Joseph A Shrader, Prashant Chittiboina, Galen Joe, John Heiss, William A Gahl, Marjan Huizing, Nuria Carrillo, May Christine V Malicdan
BACKGROUND: GNE myopathy is a rare genetic disease characterized by progressive muscle atrophy and weakness. It is caused by biallelic mutations in the GNE gene that encodes for the bifunctional enzyme, uridine diphosphate (UDP)-N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) 2-epimerase/N-acetylmannosamine (ManNAc) kinase. Typical characteristics of GNE myopathy include progressive myopathy, first involving anterior tibialis muscle and sparing the quadriceps, and rimmed vacuoles on muscle biopsy. Identifying biallelic mutations by sequencing of the GNE gene confirms the diagnosis of GNE myopathy...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717660/a-novel-molecular-diagnostics-platform-for-somatic-and-germline-precision-oncology
#18
Rubén Cabanillas, Marta Diñeiro, David Castillo, Patricia C Pruneda, Cristina Penas, Guadalupe A Cifuentes, Álvaro de Vicente, Noelia S Durán, Rebeca Álvarez, Gonzalo R Ordóñez, Juan Cadiñanos
BACKGROUND: Next-generation sequencing (NGS) opens new options in clinical oncology, from therapy selection to genetic counseling. However, realization of this potential not only requires succeeding in the bioinformatics and interpretation of the results, but also in their integration into the clinical practice. We have developed a novel NGS diagnostic platform aimed at detecting (1) somatic genomic alterations associated with the response to approved targeted cancer therapies and (2) germline mutations predisposing to hereditary malignancies...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717136/association-of-plasma-and-urinary-mutant-dna-with-clinical-outcomes-in-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer
#19
K M Patel, K E van der Vos, C G Smith, F Mouliere, D Tsui, J Morris, D Chandrananda, F Marass, D van den Broek, D E Neal, V J Gnanapragasam, T Forshew, B W van Rhijn, C E Massie, N Rosenfeld, M S van der Heijden
Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (MIBC) has a poor prognosis. Whilst patients can achieve a 6% improvement in overall survival with Neo-Adjuvant Chemotherapy (NAC), many do not respond. Body fluid mutant DNA (mutDNA) may allow non-invasive identification of treatment failure. We collected 248 liquid biopsy samples including plasma, cell pellet (UCP) and supernatant (USN) from spun urine, from 17 patients undergoing NAC. We assessed single nucleotide variants and copy number alterations in mutDNA using Tagged-Amplicon- and shallow Whole Genome- Sequencing...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716668/incomplete-penetrance-in-mitochondrial-optic-neuropathies
#20
Leonardo Caporali, Alessandra Maresca, Mariantonietta Capristo, Valentina Del Dotto, Francesca Tagliavini, Maria Lucia Valentino, Chiara La Morgia, Valerio Carelli
Incomplete penetrance characterizes the two most frequent inherited optic neuropathies, Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) and dominant optic atrophy (DOA), due to genetic errors in the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and the nuclear DNA (nDNA), respectively. For LHON, compelling evidence has accumulated on the complex interplay of mtDNA haplogroups and environmental interacting factors, whereas the nDNA remains essentially non informative. However, a compensatory mechanism of activated mitochondrial biogenesis and increased mtDNA copy number, possibly driven by a permissive nDNA background, is documented in LHON; when successful it maintains unaffected the mutation carriers, but in some individuals it might be hampered by tobacco smoking or other environmental factors, resulting in disease onset...
July 14, 2017: Mitochondrion
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