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Hum Mutat ; 2021 Feb 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33600053

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ARHGEF9 defects lead to an X-linked intellectual disability (XLID) disorder related to inhibitory synaptic dysfunction. This condition is more frequent in males with a few affected females reported. Up-to now, sequence variants and gross deletions have been identified in males, while only chromosomal aberrations have been reported in affected females who showed a skewed pattern of X-chromosome inactivation (XCI), suggesting an X-linked recessive (XLR) disorder. We report three novel loss-of-function (LoF) variants in ARHGEF9: a de novo synonymous variant affecting splicing (NM_015185.2: c.1056G>A, p.(Lys352=)) in one female; a nonsense variant in another female (c.865C>T, p.(Arg289*)) that is also present as a somatically mosaic variant in her father, and a de novo nonsense variant in a boy (c.899G>A; p.(Trp300*)). Both females showed a random XCI. Thus, we suggest that missense variants are responsible for an XLR disorder affecting males and that LoF variants, mainly occuring de novo, may be responsible for an X-Linked dominant (XLD) disorder affecting males and females. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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J Clin Pathol ; 2021 Jan 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33441391

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AIMS: To map the colorectal carcinoma (CRC) diseases with significant Wnt signalling pathway activation for delineating their clinicopathological and molecular profiles. METHODS: Mapping is based on hierarchical clustering analyses of a series of 283 CRCs. Data tabulated were histopathological patterns, immunophenotypic differentiation, RAS, RAF, CTNNB1 mutations and microsatellite instability status, tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and genetic setting. Beta-catenin expression in more than 10% of cell nuclei in the centre of tumour serves as a surrogate marker of significant activation of Wnt signalling pathway. RESULTS: Nuclei beta-catenin expression was present in 95% of CRCs; 56% of them met the criteria of high level of nuclei beta-catenin expression (≥10%). Proportion of beta-catenin positive nuclei was significantly higher in younger patients, rectal and left-sided colonic carcinomas. CRCs with high level of nuclei beta-catenin expression were regrouped into three clusters: (1) microsatellite stability (MSS) CRCs with no constitutive MAPK pathway activation including 90% of low-grade adenocarcinoma, NOS, with intestinal differentiation without TILs; (2) RAS-mutated MSS CRCs including low-grade adenocarcinoma, NOS, with intestinal differentiation and mucinous adenocarcinoma without TILs; (3) MSI-H CRCs including both BRAF-mutated CRCs evolving from serrated pathway and CTNNB1-mutated CRCs associated with Lynch syndrome. CONCLUSIONS: MSS low-grade adenocarcinoma, NOS, with intestinal differentiation without TILs ('crypt-like adenocarcinoma') might be the morphological pending of canonical molecular subtype of CRC defined as displayed molecular epithelial differentiation and upregulation of WNT in consensus molecular classification of CRC.

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BMC Med ; 18(1): 396, 2020 12 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33327948

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BACKGROUND: Higher adiposity increases the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC), but whether this relationship varies by anatomical sub-site or by sex is unclear. Further, the metabolic alterations mediating the effects of adiposity on CRC are not fully understood. METHODS: We examined sex- and site-specific associations of adiposity with CRC risk and whether adiposity-associated metabolites explain the associations of adiposity with CRC. Genetic variants from genome-wide association studies of body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR, unadjusted for BMI; N = 806,810), and 123 metabolites from targeted nuclear magnetic resonance metabolomics (N = 24,925), were used as instruments. Sex-combined and sex-specific Mendelian randomization (MR) was conducted for BMI and WHR with CRC risk (58,221 cases and 67,694 controls in the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium, Colorectal Cancer Transdisciplinary Study, and Colon Cancer Family Registry). Sex-combined MR was conducted for BMI and WHR with metabolites, for metabolites with CRC, and for BMI and WHR with CRC adjusted for metabolite classes in multivariable models. RESULTS: In sex-specific MR analyses, higher BMI (per 4.2 kg/m2) was associated with 1.23 (95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.08, 1.38) times higher CRC odds among men (inverse-variance-weighted (IVW) model); among women, higher BMI (per 5.2 kg/m2) was associated with 1.09 (95% CI = 0.97, 1.22) times higher CRC odds. WHR (per 0.07 higher) was more strongly associated with CRC risk among women (IVW OR = 1.25, 95% CI = 1.08, 1.43) than men (IVW OR = 1.05, 95% CI = 0.81, 1.36). BMI or WHR was associated with 104/123 metabolites at false discovery rate-corrected P ≤ 0.05; several metabolites were associated with CRC, but not in directions that were consistent with the mediation of positive adiposity-CRC relations. In multivariable MR analyses, associations of BMI and WHR with CRC were not attenuated following adjustment for representative metabolite classes, e.g., the univariable IVW OR for BMI with CRC was 1.12 (95% CI = 1.00, 1.26), and this became 1.11 (95% CI = 0.99, 1.26) when adjusting for cholesterol in low-density lipoprotein particles. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that higher BMI more greatly raises CRC risk among men, whereas higher WHR more greatly raises CRC risk among women. Adiposity was associated with numerous metabolic alterations, but none of these explained associations between adiposity and CRC. More detailed metabolomic measures are likely needed to clarify the mechanistic pathways.

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Eur J Med Genet ; 64(1): 104118, 2020 Nov 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33248287

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We described a new second case of fetoplacental discrepancy involving first trimester prenatal detection of mosaic isochromosome i (8) (q10). A 32-year-old woman underwent chorionic villous sampling because of increased fetal nuchal translucency. Analysis of direct chromosome preparations was performed by R-banding and FISH using subtelomeric, centromeric and whole chromosome painting probes for chromosome 8 showing the presence of an isochromosome 8q with a complex, female mosaic karyotype: mos 46,XX,i (8) (q10)[13]/46,XX,del (8) (p23)[10]. Cytogenetic analysis of cultured CVS showed an interstitial duplication with concomitant terminal deletion of the short arm of chromosome 8: 46,XX,der (8)del (8) (p23)dup (8) (p?)[18]. Array-CGH analysis from cultured trophoblasts and fetal tissues revealed a 6.69 Mb terminal deletion in 8p23.3p23.1 associated with a 31.49 Mb duplication in 8p23.1p11.1. FISH analysis confirmed the 8p inverted duplication deletion syndrome. Moreover, polymorphic DNA marker analysis demonstrated that the derivative chromosome 8 was of maternal origin. FISH analysis of cultured peripheral blood lymphocytes showed that the mother also carried a cryptic paracentric inversion inv (8) (p23). Our report contributes to expand the fetal phenotype of 8p inverted duplication deletion syndrome and also provides further insight into the underlying mechanism of this rare genomic disorder.

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Gastroenterology ; 2020 Oct 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33058866

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Susceptibility genes and the underlying mechanisms for the majority of risk loci identified by genome-wide association studies (GWAS) for colorectal cancer (CRC) risk remain largely unknown. We conducted a transcriptome-wide association study (TWAS) to identify putative susceptibility genes. METHODS: Gene-expression prediction models were built using transcriptome and genetic data from the 284 normal transverse colon tissues of European descendants from the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx), and model performance was evaluated using data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (n = 355). We applied the gene-expression prediction models and GWAS data to evaluate associations of genetically predicted gene-expression with CRC risk in 58,131 CRC cases and 67,347 controls of European ancestry. Dual-luciferase reporter assays and knockdown experiments in CRC cells and tumor xenografts were conducted. RESULTS: We identified 25 genes associated with CRC risk at a Bonferroni-corrected threshold of P < 9.1 × 10-6, including genes in 4 novel loci, PYGL (14q22.1), RPL28 (19q13.42), CAPN12 (19q13.2), MYH7B (20q11.22), and MAP1L3CA (20q11.22). In 9 known GWAS-identified loci, we uncovered 9 genes that have not been reported previously, whereas 4 genes remained statistically significant after adjusting for the lead risk variant of the locus. Through colocalization analysis in GWAS loci, we additionally identified 12 putative susceptibility genes that were supported by TWAS analysis at P < .01. We showed that risk allele of the lead risk variant rs1741640 affected the promoter activity of CABLES2. Knockdown experiments confirmed that CABLES2 plays a vital role in colorectal carcinogenesis. CONCLUSIONS: Our study reveals new putative susceptibility genes and provides new insight into the biological mechanisms underlying CRC development.

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BMC Med ; 18(1): 229, 2020 Sep 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32878631

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BACKGROUND: Bilirubin, a byproduct of hemoglobin breakdown and purported anti-oxidant, is thought to be cancer preventive. We conducted complementary serological and Mendelian randomization (MR) analyses to investigate whether alterations in circulating levels of bilirubin are associated with risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). We decided a priori to perform analyses separately in men and women based on suggestive evidence that associations may differ by sex. METHODS: In a case-control study nested in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), pre-diagnostic unconjugated bilirubin (UCB, the main component of total bilirubin) concentrations were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography in plasma samples of 1386 CRC cases and their individually matched controls. Additionally, 115 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) robustly associated (P < 5 × 10-8) with circulating total bilirubin were instrumented in a 2-sample MR to test for a potential causal effect of bilirubin on CRC risk in 52,775 CRC cases and 45,940 matched controls in the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium (GECCO), the Colon Cancer Family Registry (CCFR), and the Colorectal Transdisciplinary (CORECT) study. RESULTS: The associations between circulating UCB levels and CRC risk differed by sex (Pheterogeneity = 0.008). Among men, higher levels of UCB were positively associated with CRC risk (odds ratio [OR] = 1.19, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.04-1.36; per 1-SD increment of log-UCB). In women, an inverse association was observed (OR = 0.86 (0.76-0.97)). In the MR analysis of the main UGT1A1 SNP (rs6431625), genetically predicted higher levels of total bilirubin were associated with a 7% increase in CRC risk in men (OR = 1.07 (1.02-1.12); P = 0.006; per 1-SD increment of total bilirubin), while there was no association in women (OR = 1.01 (0.96-1.06); P = 0.73). Raised bilirubin levels, predicted by instrumental variables excluding rs6431625, were suggestive of an inverse association with CRC in men, but not in women. These differences by sex did not reach formal statistical significance (Pheterogeneity ≥ 0.2). CONCLUSIONS: Additional insight into the relationship between circulating bilirubin and CRC is needed in order to conclude on a potential causal role of bilirubin in CRC development.

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Genet Med ; 2020 Sep 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32893267

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PURPOSE: Stringent variant interpretation guidelines can lead to high rates of variants of uncertain significance (VUS) for genetically heterogeneous disease like long QT syndrome (LQTS) and Brugada syndrome (BrS). Quantitative and disease-specific customization of American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics/Association for Molecular Pathology (ACMG/AMP) guidelines can address this false negative rate. METHODS: We compared rare variant frequencies from 1847 LQTS (KCNQ1/KCNH2/SCN5A) and 3335 BrS (SCN5A) cases from the International LQTS/BrS Genetics Consortia to population-specific gnomAD data and developed disease-specific criteria for ACMG/AMP evidence classes-rarity (PM2/BS1 rules) and case enrichment of individual (PS4) and domain-specific (PM1) variants. RESULTS: Rare SCN5A variant prevalence differed between European (20.8%) and Japanese (8.9%) BrS patients (p = 5.7 × 10-18) and diagnosis with spontaneous (28.7%) versus induced (15.8%) Brugada type 1 electrocardiogram (ECG) (p = 1.3 × 10-13). Ion channel transmembrane regions and specific N-terminus (KCNH2) and C-terminus (KCNQ1/KCNH2) domains were characterized by high enrichment of case variants and >95% probability of pathogenicity. Applying the customized rules, 17.4% of European BrS and 74.8% of European LQTS cases had (likely) pathogenic variants, compared with estimated diagnostic yields (case excess over gnomAD) of 19.2%/82.1%, reducing VUS prevalence to close to background rare variant frequency. CONCLUSION: Large case-control data sets enable quantitative implementation of ACMG/AMP guidelines and increased sensitivity for inherited arrhythmia genetic testing.

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Eur J Med Genet ; 63(10): 104004, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32688057

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De novo pathogenic variants in the GATAD2B gene have been associated with a syndromic neurodevelopmental disorder (GAND) characterized by severe intellectual disability (ID), impaired speech, childhood hypotonia, and dysmorphic features. Since its first description in 2013, nine patients have been reported in case reports and a series of 50 patients was recently published, which is consistent with the relative frequency of GATAD2B pathogenic variants in public databases. We report the detailed phenotype of 19 patients from various ethnic backgrounds with confirmed pathogenic GATAD2B variants including intragenic deletions. All individuals presented developmental delay with a median age of 2.5 years for independent walking and of 3 years for first spoken words. GATAD2B variant carriers showed very little subsequent speech progress, two patients over 30 years of age remaining non-verbal. ID was mostly moderate to severe, with one profound and one mild case, which shows a wider spectrum of disease severity than previously reported. We confirm macrocephaly as a major feature in GAND (53%). Most common dysmorphic features included broad forehead, deeply set eyes, hypertelorism, wide nasal base, and pointed chin. Conversely, prenatal abnormalities, non-cerebral malformations, epilepsy, and autistic behavior were uncommon. Other features included feeding difficulties, behavioral abnormalities, and unspecific abnormalities on brain MRI. Improving our knowledge of the clinical phenotype is essential for correct interpretation of the molecular results and accurate patient management.

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Clin Case Rep ; 8(5): 790-792, 2020 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32477518

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A JAK2V617F-negative polycythemia associated with low serum epo needs to be tested for an exon 12 JAK2 mutation. When negative, due to potential serious complications in PV, a next generation sequencing is necessary to rule out false negative results.

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Am J Hum Genet ; 106(6): 893-904, 2020 06 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32386558

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Kinesin-2 enables ciliary assembly and maintenance as an anterograde intraflagellar transport (IFT) motor. Molecular motor activity is driven by a heterotrimeric complex comprised of KIF3A and KIF3B or KIF3C plus one non-motor subunit, KIFAP3. Using exome sequencing, we identified heterozygous KIF3B variants in two unrelated families with hallmark ciliopathy phenotypes. In the first family, the proband presents with hepatic fibrosis, retinitis pigmentosa, and postaxial polydactyly; he harbors a de novo c.748G>C (p.Glu250Gln) variant affecting the kinesin motor domain encoded by KIF3B. The second family is a six-generation pedigree affected predominantly by retinitis pigmentosa. Affected individuals carry a heterozygous c.1568T>C (p.Leu523Pro) KIF3B variant segregating in an autosomal-dominant pattern. We observed a significant increase in primary cilia length in vitro in the context of either of the two mutations while variant KIF3B proteins retained stability indistinguishable from wild type. Furthermore, we tested the effects of KIF3B mutant mRNA expression in the developing zebrafish retina. In the presence of either missense variant, rhodopsin was sequestered to the photoreceptor rod inner segment layer with a concomitant increase in photoreceptor cilia length. Notably, impaired rhodopsin trafficking is also characteristic of recessive KIF3B models as exemplified by an early-onset, autosomal-recessive, progressive retinal degeneration in Bengal cats; we identified a c.1000G>A (p.Ala334Thr) KIF3B variant by genome-wide association study and whole-genome sequencing. Together, our genetic, cell-based, and in vivo modeling data delineate an autosomal-dominant syndromic retinal ciliopathy in humans and suggest that multiple KIF3B pathomechanisms can impair kinesin-driven ciliary transport in the photoreceptor.


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Ciliopatias/genética , Ciliopatias/patologia , Genes Dominantes/genética , Cinesina/genética , Mutação , Retina/patologia , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Gatos , Pré-Escolar , Cílios/patologia , Feminino , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Heterozigoto , Humanos , Cinesina/química , Cinesina/metabolismo , Larva , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Linhagem , Fenótipo , Células Fotorreceptoras/metabolismo , Retina/citologia , Retina/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Retina/metabolismo , Rodopsina/metabolismo , Adulto Jovem , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Peixe-Zebra/crescimento & desenvolvimento
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Cancer Med ; 9(10): 3563-3573, 2020 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32207560

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BACKGROUND: Body mass index (BMI) and diabetes are established risk factors for colorectal cancer (CRC), likely through perturbations in metabolic traits (e.g. insulin resistance and glucose homeostasis). Identification of interactions between variation in genes and these metabolic risk factors may identify novel biologic insights into CRC etiology. METHODS: To improve statistical power and interpretation for gene-environment interaction (G × E) testing, we tested genetic variants that regulate expression of a gene together for interaction with BMI (kg/m2 ) and diabetes on CRC risk among 26 017 cases and 20 692 controls. Each variant was weighted based on PrediXcan analysis of gene expression data from colon tissue generated in the Genotype-Tissue Expression Project for all genes with heritability ≥1%. We used a mixed-effects model to jointly measure the G × E interaction in a gene by partitioning the interactions into the predicted gene expression levels (fixed effects), and residual G × E effects (random effects). G × BMI analyses were stratified by sex as BMI-CRC associations differ by sex. We used false discovery rates to account for multiple comparisons and reported all results with FDR <0.2. RESULTS: Among 4839 genes tested, genetically predicted expressions of FOXA1 (P = 3.15 × 10-5 ), PSMC5 (P = 4.51 × 10-4 ) and CD33 (P = 2.71 × 10-4 ) modified the association of BMI on CRC risk for men; KIAA0753 (P = 2.29 × 10-5 ) and SCN1B (P = 2.76 × 10-4 ) modified the association of BMI on CRC risk for women; and PTPN2 modified the association between diabetes and CRC risk in both sexes (P = 2.31 × 10-5 ). CONCLUSIONS: Aggregating G × E interactions and incorporating functional information, we discovered novel genes that may interact with BMI and diabetes on CRC risk.

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Neuron ; 106(3): 404-420.e8, 2020 05 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32135084

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De novo germline mutations in the RNA helicase DDX3X account for 1%-3% of unexplained intellectual disability (ID) cases in females and are associated with autism, brain malformations, and epilepsy. Yet, the developmental and molecular mechanisms by which DDX3X mutations impair brain function are unknown. Here, we use human and mouse genetics and cell biological and biochemical approaches to elucidate mechanisms by which pathogenic DDX3X variants disrupt brain development. We report the largest clinical cohort to date with DDX3X mutations (n = 107), demonstrating a striking correlation between recurrent dominant missense mutations, polymicrogyria, and the most severe clinical outcomes. We show that Ddx3x controls cortical development by regulating neuron generation. Severe DDX3X missense mutations profoundly disrupt RNA helicase activity, induce ectopic RNA-protein granules in neural progenitors and neurons, and impair translation. Together, these results uncover key mechanisms underlying DDX3X syndrome and highlight aberrant RNA metabolism in the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental disease.


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Córtex Cerebral/metabolismo , RNA Helicases DEAD-box/genética , Mutação de Sentido Incorreto , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/genética , Neurogênese , Animais , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Células Cultivadas , Córtex Cerebral/anormalidades , Córtex Cerebral/embriologia , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/patologia , RNA/metabolismo
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Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev ; 29(4): 860-870, 2020 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32051193

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BACKGROUND: Results from epidemiologic studies examining polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and colorectal cancer risk are inconsistent. Mendelian randomization may strengthen causal inference from observational studies. Given their shared metabolic pathway, examining the combined effects of aspirin/NSAID use with PUFAs could help elucidate an association between PUFAs and colorectal cancer risk. METHODS: Information was leveraged from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) regarding PUFA-associated SNPs to create weighted genetic scores (wGS) representing genetically predicted circulating blood PUFAs for 11,016 non-Hispanic white colorectal cancer cases and 13,732 controls in the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium (GECCO). Associations per SD increase in the wGS were estimated using unconditional logistic regression. Interactions between PUFA wGSs and aspirin/NSAID use on colorectal cancer risk were also examined. RESULTS: Modest colorectal cancer risk reductions were observed per SD increase in circulating linoleic acid [ORLA = 0.96; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.93-0.98; P = 5.2 × 10-4] and α-linolenic acid (ORALA = 0.95; 95% CI = 0.92-0.97; P = 5.4 × 10-5), whereas modest increased risks were observed for arachidonic (ORAA = 1.06; 95% CI = 1.03-1.08; P = 3.3 × 10-5), eicosapentaenoic (OREPA = 1.04; 95% CI = 1.01-1.07; P = 2.5 × 10-3), and docosapentaenoic acids (ORDPA = 1.03; 95% CI = 1.01-1.06; P = 1.2 × 10-2). Each of these effects was stronger among aspirin/NSAID nonusers in the stratified analyses. CONCLUSIONS: Our study suggests that higher circulating shorter-chain PUFAs (i.e., LA and ALA) were associated with reduced colorectal cancer risk, whereas longer-chain PUFAs (i.e., AA, EPA, and DPA) were associated with an increased colorectal cancer risk. IMPACT: The interaction of PUFAs with aspirin/NSAID use indicates a shared colorectal cancer inflammatory pathway. Future research should continue to improve PUFA genetic instruments to elucidate the independent effects of PUFAs on colorectal cancer.

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Eur J Hum Genet ; 28(9): 1218-1230, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32066935

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Progeroid syndromes are a group of rare genetic disorders, which mimic natural aging. Unraveling the molecular defects in such conditions could impact our understanding of age-related syndromes such as Alzheimer's or cardiovascular diseases. Here we report a de novo heterozygous missense variant in the intermediate filament vimentin (c.1160 T > C; p.(Leu387Pro)) causing a multisystem disorder associated with frontonasal dysostosis and premature aging in a 39-year-old individual. Human vimentin p.(Leu387Pro) expression in zebrafish perturbed body fat distribution, and craniofacial and peripheral nervous system development. In addition, studies in patient-derived and transfected cells revealed that the variant affects vimentin turnover and its ability to form filaments in the absence of wild-type vimentin. Vimentin p.(Leu387Pro) expression diminished the amount of peripilin and reduced lipid accumulation in differentiating adipocytes, recapitulating key patient's features in vivo and in vitro. Our data highlight the function of vimentin during development and suggest its contribution to natural aging.

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Biol Psychiatry ; 87(2): 100-112, 2020 01 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31443933

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BACKGROUND: The X-chromosome gene USP9X encodes a deubiquitylating enzyme that has been associated with neurodevelopmental disorders primarily in female subjects. USP9X escapes X inactivation, and in female subjects de novo heterozygous copy number loss or truncating mutations cause haploinsufficiency culminating in a recognizable syndrome with intellectual disability and signature brain and congenital abnormalities. In contrast, the involvement of USP9X in male neurodevelopmental disorders remains tentative. METHODS: We used clinically recommended guidelines to collect and interrogate the pathogenicity of 44 USP9X variants associated with neurodevelopmental disorders in males. Functional studies in patient-derived cell lines and mice were used to determine mechanisms of pathology. RESULTS: Twelve missense variants showed strong evidence of pathogenicity. We define a characteristic phenotype of the central nervous system (white matter disturbances, thin corpus callosum, and widened ventricles); global delay with significant alteration of speech, language, and behavior; hypotonia; joint hypermobility; visual system defects; and other common congenital and dysmorphic features. Comparison of in silico and phenotypical features align additional variants of unknown significance with likely pathogenicity. In support of partial loss-of-function mechanisms, using patient-derived cell lines, we show loss of only specific USP9X substrates that regulate neurodevelopmental signaling pathways and a united defect in transforming growth factor ß signaling. In addition, we find correlates of the male phenotype in Usp9x brain-specific knockout mice, and further resolve loss of hippocampal-dependent learning and memory. CONCLUSIONS: Our data demonstrate the involvement of USP9X variants in a distinctive neurodevelopmental and behavioral syndrome in male subjects and identify plausible mechanisms of pathogenesis centered on disrupted transforming growth factor ß signaling and hippocampal function.

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Mod Pathol ; 33(3): 468-482, 2020 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31409873

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We previously demonstrated that HLA-E/ß2m overexpression by tumor cells in colorectal cancers is associated with an unfavorable prognosis. However, the expression of its specific receptor CD94/NKG2 by intraepithelial tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, their exact phenotype and function, as well as the relation with the molecular status of colorectal cancer and prognosis remain unknown. Based on a retrospective cohort of 234 colorectal cancer patients, we assessed the expression of HLA-E, ß2m, CD94, CD8, and NKp46 by immunohistochemistry on tissue microarray. The expression profile of HLA-E/ß2m on tumor cells and the density of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes were correlated to the clinicopathological and molecular features (Microsatellite status, BRAF and RAS mutations). Then, from the primary tumors of 27 prospective colorectal cancers, we characterized by multiparameter flow cytometry the nature (T and/or NK cells) and the co-expression of the inhibitory NKG2A or activating NKG2C chain of ex vivo isolated CD94+ tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes. Their biological function was determined using an in vitro redirected cytolytic activity assay. Our results showed that HLA-E/ß2m was preferentially overexpressed in microsatellite instable tumors compared with microsatellite stable ones (45% vs. 19%, respectively, p = 0.0001), irrespective of the RAS or BRAF mutational status. However, HLA-E/ß2m+ colorectal cancers were significantly enriched in CD94+ intraepithelial tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes in microsatellite instable as well as in microsatellite stable tumors. Those CD94+ tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes mostly corresponded to CD8+ αß T cells, and  to a lesser extent to NK cells, and mainly co-expressed a functional inhibitory NKG2A chain. Finally, a high number of CD94+ intraepithelial tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes in close contact with tumor cells was independently associated with a worse overall survival. In conclusion, these findings strongly suggest that HLA-E/ß2m-CD94/NKG2A represents a new druggable inhibitory immune checkpoint, preferentially expressed in microsatellite instable tumors, but also in a subgroup of microsatellite stable tumors, leading to a new opportunity in colorectal cancer immunotherapies.

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Gastroenterology ; 158(5): 1300-1312.e20, 2020 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31884074

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BACKGROUND & AIMS: Human studies examining associations between circulating levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3 (IGFBP3) and colorectal cancer risk have reported inconsistent results. We conducted complementary serologic and Mendelian randomization (MR) analyses to determine whether alterations in circulating levels of IGF1 or IGFBP3 are associated with colorectal cancer development. METHODS: Serum levels of IGF1 were measured in blood samples collected from 397,380 participants from the UK Biobank, from 2006 through 2010. Incident cancer cases and cancer cases recorded first in death certificates were identified through linkage to national cancer and death registries. Complete follow-up was available through March 31, 2016. For the MR analyses, we identified genetic variants associated with circulating levels of IGF1 and IGFBP3. The association of these genetic variants with colorectal cancer was examined with 2-sample MR methods using genome-wide association study consortia data (52,865 cases with colorectal cancer and 46,287 individuals without [controls]) RESULTS: After a median follow-up period of 7.1 years, 2665 cases of colorectal cancer were recorded. In a multivariable-adjusted model, circulating level of IGF1 associated with colorectal cancer risk (hazard ratio per 1 standard deviation increment of IGF1, 1.11; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.05-1.17). Similar associations were found by sex, follow-up time, and tumor subsite. In the MR analyses, a 1 standard deviation increment in IGF1 level, predicted based on genetic factors, was associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer risk (odds ratio 1.08; 95% CI 1.03-1.12; P = 3.3 × 10-4). Level of IGFBP3, predicted based on genetic factors, was associated with colorectal cancer risk (odds ratio per 1 standard deviation increment, 1.12; 95% CI 1.06-1.18; P = 4.2 × 10-5). Colorectal cancer risk was associated with only 1 variant in the IGFBP3 gene region (rs11977526), which also associated with anthropometric traits and circulating level of IGF2. CONCLUSIONS: In an analysis of blood samples from almost 400,000 participants in the UK Biobank, we found an association between circulating level of IGF1 and colorectal cancer. Using genetic data from 52,865 cases with colorectal cancer and 46,287 controls, a higher level of IGF1, determined by genetic factors, was associated with colorectal cancer. Further studies are needed to determine how this signaling pathway might contribute to colorectal carcinogenesis.


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Biomarcadores Tumorais/sangue , Neoplasias Colorretais/epidemiologia , Proteína 3 de Ligação a Fator de Crescimento Semelhante à Insulina/sangue , Fator de Crescimento Insulin-Like I/análise , Idoso , Biomarcadores Tumorais/genética , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Neoplasias Colorretais/sangue , Neoplasias Colorretais/genética , Feminino , Seguimentos , Humanos , Incidência , Proteína 3 de Ligação a Fator de Crescimento Semelhante à Insulina/genética , Fator de Crescimento Insulin-Like I/genética , Fator de Crescimento Insulin-Like II/análise , Masculino , Análise da Randomização Mendeliana , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Sistema de Registros/estatística & dados numéricos , Medição de Risco/métodos , Fatores de Risco , Fatores Sexuais , Reino Unido/epidemiologia
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Int J Cancer ; 146(2): 363-372, 2020 01 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31209889

RESUMO

Interindividual differences in DNA repair systems may play a role in modulating the individual risk of developing colorectal cancer. To better ascertain the role of DNA repair gene polymorphisms on colon and rectal cancer risk individually, we evaluated 15,419 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within 185 DNA repair genes using GWAS data from the Colon Cancer Family Registry (CCFR) and the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium (GECCO), which included 8,178 colon cancer, 2,936 rectum cancer cases and 14,659 controls. Rs1800734 (in MLH1 gene) was associated with colon cancer risk (p-value = 3.5 × 10-6 ) and rs2189517 (in RAD51B) with rectal cancer risk (p-value = 5.7 × 10-6 ). The results had statistical significance close to the Bonferroni corrected p-value of 5.8 × 10-6 . Ninety-four SNPs were significantly associated with colorectal cancer risk after Binomial Sequential Goodness of Fit (BSGoF) procedure and confirmed the relevance of DNA mismatch repair (MMR) and homologous recombination pathways for colon and rectum cancer, respectively. Defects in MMR genes are known to be crucial for familial form of colorectal cancer but our findings suggest that specific genetic variations in MLH1 are important also in the individual predisposition to sporadic colon cancer. Other SNPs associated with the risk of colon cancer (e.g., rs16906252 in MGMT) were found to affect mRNA expression levels in colon transverse and therefore working as possible cis-eQTL suggesting possible mechanisms of carcinogenesis.


Assuntos
Neoplasias do Colo/genética , Reparo do DNA/genética , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Neoplasias Retais/genética , Adulto , Idoso , Variação Biológica da População/genética , Carcinogênese/genética , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Colo/patologia , Neoplasias do Colo/patologia , Metilases de Modificação do DNA/genética , Enzimas Reparadoras do DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Proteína 1 Homóloga a MutL/genética , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Neoplasias Retais/patologia , Reto/patologia , Sistema de Registros/estatística & dados numéricos , Medição de Risco , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/genética , Adulto Jovem
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