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Nat Med ; 25(8): 1234-1242, 2019 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31332389

RESUMO

The gut microbiome is emerging as a key regulator of several metabolic, immune and neuroendocrine pathways1,2. Gut microbiome deregulation has been implicated in major conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty acid liver disease and cancer3-6, but its precise role in aging remains to be elucidated. Here, we find that two different mouse models of progeria are characterized by intestinal dysbiosis with alterations that include an increase in the abundance of Proteobacteria and Cyanobacteria, and a decrease in the abundance of Verrucomicrobia. Consistent with these findings, we found that human progeria patients also display intestinal dysbiosis and that long-lived humans (that is, centenarians) exhibit a substantial increase in Verrucomicrobia and a reduction in Proteobacteria. Fecal microbiota transplantation from wild-type mice enhanced healthspan and lifespan in both progeroid mouse models, and transplantation with the verrucomicrobia Akkermansia muciniphila was sufficient to exert beneficial effects. Moreover, metabolomic analysis of ileal content points to the restoration of secondary bile acids as a possible mechanism for the beneficial effects of reestablishing a healthy microbiome. Our results demonstrate that correction of the accelerated aging-associated intestinal dysbiosis is beneficial, suggesting the existence of a link between aging and the gut microbiota that provides a rationale for microbiome-based interventions against age-related diseases.


Assuntos
Transplante de Microbiota Fecal , Longevidade , Progéria/terapia , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Disbiose , Feminino , Microbioma Gastrointestinal , Humanos , Masculino , Metabolômica , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL
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Blood ; 134(11): 900-905, 2019 09 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31221673
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Haematologica ; 104(6): 1189-1201, 2019 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30679325

RESUMO

The t(4;11)(q21;q23) translocation is associated with high-risk infant pro-B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and arises prenatally during embryonic/fetal hematopoiesis. The developmental/pathogenic contribution of the t(4;11)-resulting MLL-AF4 (MA4) and AF4-MLL (A4M) fusions remains unclear; MA4 is always expressed in patients with t(4;11)+ B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but the reciprocal fusion A4M is expressed in only half of the patients. Because prenatal leukemogenesis manifests as impaired early hematopoietic differentiation, we took advantage of well-established human embryonic stem cell-based hematopoietic differentiation models to study whether the A4M fusion cooperates with MA4 during early human hematopoietic development. Co-expression of A4M and MA4 strongly promoted the emergence of hemato-endothelial precursors, both endothelial- and hemogenic-primed. Double fusion-expressing hemato-endothelial precursors specified into significantly higher numbers of both hematopoietic and endothelial-committed cells, irrespective of the differentiation protocol used and without hijacking survival/proliferation. Functional analysis of differentially expressed genes and differentially enriched H3K79me3 genomic regions by RNA-sequencing and H3K79me3 chromatin immunoprecipitation-sequencing, respectively, confirmed a hematopoietic/endothelial cell differentiation signature in double fusion-expressing hemato-endothelial precursors. Importantly, chromatin immunoprecipitation-sequencing analysis revealed a significant enrichment of H3K79 methylated regions specifically associated with HOX-A cluster genes in double fusion-expressing differentiating hematopoietic cells. Overall, these results establish a functional and molecular cooperation between MA4 and A4M fusions during human hematopoietic development.

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Blood ; 133(9): 940-951, 2019 02 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30538135

RESUMO

Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is characterized by the t(11;14)(q13;q32) translocation resulting in overexpression of cyclin D1. However, a small subset of cyclin D1- MCL has been recognized, and approximately one-half of them harbor CCND2 translocations while the primary event in cyclin D1-/D2- MCL remains elusive. To identify other potential mechanisms driving MCL pathogenesis, we investigated 56 cyclin D1-/SOX11+ MCL by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), whole-genome/exome sequencing, and gene-expression and copy-number arrays. FISH with break-apart probes identified CCND2 rearrangements in 39 cases (70%) but not CCND3 rearrangements. We analyzed 3 of these negative cases by whole-genome/exome sequencing and identified IGK (n = 2) and IGL (n = 1) enhancer hijackings near CCND3 that were associated with cyclin D3 overexpression. By specific FISH probes, including the IGK enhancer region, we detected 10 additional cryptic IGK juxtapositions to CCND3 (6 cases) and CCND2 (4 cases) in MCL that overexpressed, respectively, these cyclins. A minor subset of 4 cyclin D1- MCL cases lacked cyclin D rearrangements and showed upregulation of CCNE1 and CCNE2. These cases had blastoid morphology, high genomic complexity, and CDKN2A and RB1 deletions. Both genomic and gene-expression profiles of cyclin D1- MCL cases were indistinguishable from cyclin D1+ MCL. In conclusion, virtually all cyclin D1- MCLs carry CCND2/CCND3 rearrangements with immunoglobulin genes, including a novel IGK/L enhancer hijacking mechanism. A subset of cyclin D1-/D2-/D3- MCL with aggressive features has cyclin E dysregulation. Specific FISH probes may allow the molecular identification and diagnosis of cyclin D1- MCL.


Assuntos
Ciclina D2/genética , Ciclina D3/genética , Elementos Facilitadores Genéticos , Rearranjo Gênico , Cadeias Leves de Imunoglobulina/genética , Linfoma de Célula do Manto/genética , Idoso , Ciclina D1/genética , Ciclina D1/metabolismo , Feminino , Humanos , Linfoma de Célula do Manto/patologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prognóstico , Fatores de Transcrição SOXC/genética , Translocação Genética
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Blood ; 132(22): 2375-2388, 2018 11 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30181176

RESUMO

Genomic studies have recently identified RPS15 as a new driver gene in aggressive and chemorefractory cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). RPS15 encodes a ribosomal protein whose conserved C-terminal domain extends into the decoding center of the ribosome. We demonstrate that mutations in highly conserved residues of this domain affect protein stability, by increasing its ubiquitin-mediated degradation, and cell-proliferation rates. On the other hand, we show that mutated RPS15 can be loaded into the ribosomes, directly impacting on global protein synthesis and/or translational fidelity in a mutation-specific manner. Quantitative mass spectrometry analyses suggest that RPS15 variants may induce additional alterations in the translational machinery, as well as a metabolic shift at the proteome level in HEK293T and MEC-1 cells. These results indicate that CLL-related RPS15 mutations might act following patterns known for other ribosomal diseases, likely switching from a hypo- to a hyperproliferative phenotype driven by mutated ribosomes. In this scenario, loss of translational fidelity causing altered cell proteostasis can be proposed as a new molecular mechanism involved in CLL pathobiology.


Assuntos
Leucemia Linfocítica Crônica de Células B/genética , Mutação , Proteínas Ribossômicas/genética , Ribossomos/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Estudos de Coortes , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Leucemia Linfocítica Crônica de Células B/patologia , Taxa de Mutação , Mutação Puntual , Biossíntese de Proteínas , Domínios Proteicos , Proteínas Ribossômicas/química , Ribossomos/patologia
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Hum Mutat ; 39(9): 1214-1225, 2018 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29900613

RESUMO

The causal association of NUDT1 (=MTH1) and OGG1 with hereditary colorectal cancer (CRC) remains unclear. Here, we sought to provide additional evidence for or against the causal contribution of NUDT1 and OGG1 mutations to hereditary CRC and/or polyposis. Mutational screening was performed using pooled DNA amplification and targeted next-generation sequencing in 529 families (441 uncharacterized MMR-proficient familial nonpolyposis CRC and 88 polyposis cases). Cosegregation, in silico analyses, in vitro functional assays, and case-control associations were carried out to characterize the identified variants. Five heterozygous carriers of novel (n = 1) or rare (n = 4) NUDT1 variants were identified. In vitro deleterious effects were demonstrated for c.143G>A p.G48E (catalytic activity and protein stability) and c.403G>T p.G135W (protein stability), although cosegregation data in the carrier families were inconclusive or nonsupportive. The frequency of missense, loss-of-function, and splice-site NUDT1 variants in our familial CRC cohort was similar to the one observed in cancer-free individuals, suggesting lack of association with CRC predisposition. No OGG1 pathogenic mutations were identified. Our results suggest that the contribution of NUDT1 and OGG1 germline mutations to hereditary CRC and to polyposis is inexistent or, at most, negligible. The inclusion of these genes in routine genetic testing is not recommended.


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Polipose Adenomatosa do Colo/genética , Neoplasias Colorretais Hereditárias sem Polipose/genética , DNA Glicosilases/genética , Enzimas Reparadoras do DNA/genética , Monoéster Fosfórico Hidrolases/genética , Polipose Adenomatosa do Colo/patologia , Neoplasias Colorretais Hereditárias sem Polipose/patologia , Reparo do DNA/genética , Feminino , Estudos de Associação Genética , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Variação Genética/genética , Genótipo , Mutação em Linhagem Germinativa/genética , Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala , Humanos , Mutação com Perda de Função/genética , Masculino , Mutação de Sentido Incorreto/genética , Estresse Oxidativo , Isoformas de Proteínas/genética
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Dis Model Mech ; 11(5)2018 05 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29666142

RESUMO

Understanding the mechanisms of cancer therapeutic resistance is fundamental to improving cancer care. There is clear benefit from chemotherapy in different breast cancer settings; however, knowledge of the mutations and genes that mediate resistance is incomplete. In this study, by modeling chemoresistance in patient-derived xenografts (PDXs), we show that adaptation to therapy is genetically complex and identify that loss of transcription factor 4 (TCF4; also known as ITF2) is associated with this process. A triple-negative BRCA1-mutated PDX was used to study the genetics of chemoresistance. The PDX was treated in parallel with four chemotherapies for five iterative cycles. Exome sequencing identified few genes with de novo or enriched mutations in common among the different therapies, whereas many common depleted mutations/genes were observed. Analysis of somatic mutations from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) supported the prognostic relevance of the identified genes. A mutation in TCF4 was found de novo in all treatments, and analysis of drug sensitivity profiles across cancer cell lines supported the link to chemoresistance. Loss of TCF4 conferred chemoresistance in breast cancer cell models, possibly by altering cell cycle regulation. Targeted sequencing in chemoresistant tumors identified an intronic variant of TCF4 that may represent an expression quantitative trait locus associated with relapse outcome in TCGA. Immunohistochemical studies suggest a common loss of nuclear TCF4 expression post-chemotherapy. Together, these results from tumor xenograft modeling depict a link between altered TCF4 expression and breast cancer chemoresistance.


Assuntos
Neoplasias da Mama/metabolismo , Neoplasias da Mama/patologia , Resistencia a Medicamentos Antineoplásicos , Fator de Transcrição 4/deficiência , Adaptação Fisiológica , Adulto , Animais , Sequência de Bases , Neoplasias da Mama/tratamento farmacológico , Ciclo Celular/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Resistencia a Medicamentos Antineoplásicos/genética , Feminino , Heterogeneidade Genética , Humanos , Camundongos , Mutação/genética , Prognóstico , Fator de Transcrição 4/metabolismo , Ensaios Antitumorais Modelo de Xenoenxerto
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Mol Cancer ; 17(1): 23, 2018 02 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29448935

RESUMO

Germline mutations in BUB1 and BUB3 have been reported to increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC) at young age, in presence of variegated aneuploidy and reminiscent dysmorphic traits of mosaic variegated aneuploidy syndrome. We performed a mutational analysis of BUB1 and BUB3 in 456 uncharacterized mismatch repair-proficient hereditary non-polyposis CRC families and 88 polyposis cases. Four novel or rare germline variants, one splice-site and three missense, were identified in four families. Neither variegated aneuploidy nor dysmorphic traits were observed in carriers. Evident functional effects in the heterozygous form were observed for c.1965-1G>A, but not for c.2296G>A (p.E766K), in spite of the positive co-segregation in the family. BUB1 c.2473C>T (p.P825S) and BUB3 c.77C>T (p.T26I) remained as variants of uncertain significance. As of today, the rarity of functionally relevant mutations identified in familial and/or early onset series does not support the inclusion of BUB1 and BUB3 testing in routine genetic diagnostics of familial CRC.


Assuntos
Polipose Adenomatosa do Colo/genética , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/genética , Neoplasias Colorretais Hereditárias sem Polipose/genética , Mutação em Linhagem Germinativa , Proteínas de Ligação a Poli-ADP-Ribose/genética , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/genética , Fuso Acromático/genética , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/química , Humanos , Modelos Moleculares , Linhagem , Proteínas de Ligação a Poli-ADP-Ribose/química , Conformação Proteica , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/química
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Gastroenterology ; 154(1): 181-194.e20, 2018 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28912018

RESUMO

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Although there is a genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer (CRC), few of the genes that affect risk have been identified. We performed whole-exome sequence analysis of individuals in a high-risk family without mutations in genes previously associated with CRC risk to identify variants associated with inherited CRC. METHODS: We collected blood samples from 3 relatives with CRC in Spain (65, 62, and 40 years old at diagnosis) and performed whole-exome sequence analyses. Rare missense, truncating or splice-site variants shared by the 3 relatives were selected. We used targeted pooled DNA amplification followed by next generation sequencing to screen for mutations in candidate genes in 547 additional hereditary and/or early-onset CRC cases (502 additional families). We carried out protein-dependent yeast growth assays and transfection studies in the HT29 human CRC cell line to test the effects of the identified variants. RESULTS: A total of 42 unique or rare (population minor allele frequency below 1%) nonsynonymous genetic variants in 38 genes were shared by all 3 relatives. We selected the BRF1 gene, which encodes an RNA polymerase III transcription initiation factor subunit for further analysis, based on the predicted effect of the identified variant and previous association of BRF1 with cancer. Previously unreported or rare germline variants in BRF1 were identified in 11 of 503 CRC families, a significantly greater proportion than in the control population (34 of 4300). Seven of the identified variants (1 detected in 2 families) affected BRF1 mRNA splicing, protein stability, or expression and/or function. CONCLUSIONS: In an analysis of families with a history of CRC, we associated germline mutations in BRF1 with predisposition to CRC. We associated deleterious BRF1 variants with 1.4% of familial CRC cases, in individuals without mutations in high-penetrance genes previously associated with CRC. Our findings add additional evidence to the link between defects in genes that regulate ribosome synthesis and risk of CRC.


Assuntos
Neoplasias Colorretais/genética , Mutação em Linhagem Germinativa/genética , Fatores Associados à Proteína de Ligação a TATA/genética , Adulto , Idoso , Neoplasias Colorretais/mortalidade , Neoplasias Colorretais/patologia , Feminino , Predisposição Genética para Doença/genética , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Linhagem , Espanha
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Sci Rep ; 6: 20697, 2016 Feb 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26852919

RESUMO

Germline mutations in UNC5C have been suggested to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) risk, thus causing hereditary CRC. However, the evidence gathered thus far is insufficient to include the study of the UNC5C gene in the routine genetic testing of familial CRC. Here we aim at providing a more conclusive answer about the contribution of germline UNC5C mutations to genetically unexplained hereditary CRC and/or polyposis cases. To achieve this goal we sequenced the coding region and exon-intron boundaries of UNC5C in 544 familial CRC or polyposis patients (529 families), using a technique that combines pooled DNA amplification and massively parallel sequencing. A total of eight novel or rare variants, all missense, were identified in eight families. Co-segregation data in the families and association results in case-control series are not consistent with a causal effect for 7 of the 8 identified variants, including c.1882_1883delinsAA (p.A628K), previously described as a disease-causing mutation. One variant, c.2210G > A (p.S737N), remained unclassified. In conclusion, our results suggest that the contribution of germline mutations in UNC5C to hereditary colorectal cancer and to polyposis cases is negligible.


Assuntos
Polipose Adenomatosa do Colo/genética , Neoplasias Colorretais/genética , Receptores de Superfície Celular/genética , Polipose Adenomatosa do Colo/patologia , Adulto , Idoso , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Células Cultivadas , Neoplasias Colorretais/patologia , DNA/química , DNA/genética , DNA/metabolismo , Metilação de DNA , Éxons , Feminino , Mutação em Linhagem Germinativa , Humanos , Perda de Heterozigosidade/genética , Linfócitos/citologia , Linfócitos/metabolismo , Masculino , Repetições de Microssatélites , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação de Sentido Incorreto , Receptores de Netrina , Linhagem , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Processamento de RNA , Análise de Sequência de DNA
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Genet Med ; 18(4): 325-32, 2016 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26133394

RESUMO

PURPOSE: Germ-line mutations in the exonuclease domains of POLE and POLD1 have been recently associated with polyposis and colorectal cancer (CRC) predisposition. Here, we aimed to gain a better understanding of the phenotypic characteristics of this syndrome to establish specific criteria for POLE and POLD1 mutation screening and to help define the clinical management of mutation carriers. METHODS: The exonuclease domains of POLE and POLD1 were studied in 529 kindred, 441 with familial nonpolyposis CRC and 88 with polyposis, by using pooled DNA amplification and massively parallel sequencing. RESULTS: Seven novel or rare genetic variants were identified. In addition to the POLE p.L424V recurrent mutation in a patient with polyposis, CRC and oligodendroglioma, six novel or rare POLD1 variants (four of them, p.D316H, p.D316G, p.R409W, and p.L474P, with strong evidence for pathogenicity) were identified in nonpolyposis CRC families. Phenotypic data from these and previously reported POLE/POLD1 carriers point to an associated phenotype characterized by attenuated or oligo-adenomatous colorectal polyposis, CRC, and probably brain tumors. In addition, POLD1 mutations predispose to endometrial and breast tumors. CONCLUSION: Our results widen the phenotypic spectrum of the POLE/POLD1-associated syndrome and identify novel pathogenic variants. We propose guidelines for genetic testing and surveillance recommendations.Genet Med 18 4, 325-332.


Assuntos
Polipose Adenomatosa do Colo/genética , Neoplasias Colorretais/genética , DNA Polimerase III/genética , DNA Polimerase II/genética , Mutação , Polipose Adenomatosa do Colo/diagnóstico , Alelos , Neoplasias Colorretais/diagnóstico , DNA Polimerase II/química , DNA Polimerase III/química , Feminino , Estudos de Associação Genética , Testes Genéticos , Genótipo , Mutação em Linhagem Germinativa , Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala , Humanos , Masculino , Linhagem , Fenótipo , Proteínas de Ligação a Poli-ADP-Ribose , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas/genética
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Nat Commun ; 6: 10001, 2015 Dec 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26647970

RESUMO

As whole-genome sequencing for cancer genome analysis becomes a clinical tool, a full understanding of the variables affecting sequencing analysis output is required. Here using tumour-normal sample pairs from two different types of cancer, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and medulloblastoma, we conduct a benchmarking exercise within the context of the International Cancer Genome Consortium. We compare sequencing methods, analysis pipelines and validation methods. We show that using PCR-free methods and increasing sequencing depth to ∼ 100 × shows benefits, as long as the tumour:control coverage ratio remains balanced. We observe widely varying mutation call rates and low concordance among analysis pipelines, reflecting the artefact-prone nature of the raw data and lack of standards for dealing with the artefacts. However, we show that, using the benchmark mutation set we have created, many issues are in fact easy to remedy and have an immediate positive impact on mutation detection accuracy.


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Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala/métodos , Leucemia Linfoide/genética , Meduloblastoma/genética , Mutação , Genoma Humano , Humanos
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Nature ; 526(7574): 519-24, 2015 Oct 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26200345

RESUMO

Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is a frequent disease in which the genetic alterations determining the clinicobiological behaviour are not fully understood. Here we describe a comprehensive evaluation of the genomic landscape of 452 CLL cases and 54 patients with monoclonal B-lymphocytosis, a precursor disorder. We extend the number of CLL driver alterations, including changes in ZNF292, ZMYM3, ARID1A and PTPN11. We also identify novel recurrent mutations in non-coding regions, including the 3' region of NOTCH1, which cause aberrant splicing events, increase NOTCH1 activity and result in a more aggressive disease. In addition, mutations in an enhancer located on chromosome 9p13 result in reduced expression of the B-cell-specific transcription factor PAX5. The accumulative number of driver alterations (0 to ≥4) discriminated between patients with differences in clinical behaviour. This study provides an integrated portrait of the CLL genomic landscape, identifies new recurrent driver mutations of the disease, and suggests clinical interventions that may improve the management of this neoplasia.


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Leucemia Linfocítica Crônica de Células B/genética , Mutação/genética , Regiões 3' não Traduzidas/genética , Processamento Alternativo/genética , Linfócitos B/metabolismo , Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Cromossomos Humanos Par 9/genética , Análise Mutacional de DNA , DNA de Neoplasias/genética , Elementos Facilitadores Genéticos/genética , Genômica , Humanos , Leucemia Linfocítica Crônica de Células B/metabolismo , Leucemia Linfocítica Crônica de Células B/patologia , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Proteínas Nucleares/genética , Fator de Transcrição PAX5/biossíntese , Fator de Transcrição PAX5/genética , Proteína Tirosina Fosfatase não Receptora Tipo 11/genética , Receptor Notch1/genética , Receptor Notch1/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/genética
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Gastroenterology ; 149(3): 563-6, 2015 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26052075

RESUMO

Identification of genes associated with hereditary cancers facilitates management of patients with family histories of cancer. We performed exome sequencing of DNA from 3 individuals from a family with colorectal cancer who met the Amsterdam criteria for risk of hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer. These individuals had mismatch repair-proficient tumors and each carried nonsense variant in the FANCD2/FANCI-associated nuclease 1 gene (FAN1), which encodes a nuclease involved in DNA inter-strand cross-link repair. We sequenced FAN1 in 176 additional families with histories of colorectal cancer and performed in vitro functional analyses of the mutant forms of FAN1 identified. We detected FAN1 mutations in approximately 3% of families who met the Amsterdam criteria and had mismatch repair-proficient cancers with no previously associated mutations. These findings link colorectal cancer predisposition to the Fanconi anemia DNA repair pathway, supporting the connection between genome integrity and cancer risk.


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Neoplasias Colorretais Hereditárias sem Polipose/genética , Reparo do DNA/genética , Exodesoxirribonucleases/genética , Mutação em Linhagem Germinativa , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Pré-Escolar , Neoplasias Colorretais Hereditárias sem Polipose/enzimologia , Neoplasias Colorretais Hereditárias sem Polipose/patologia , Exodesoxirribonucleases/metabolismo , Feminino , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Células HEK293 , Hereditariedade , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Linhagem , Fenótipo , Adulto Jovem
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World J Biol Psychiatry ; 16(6): 376-386, 2015 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25903372

RESUMO

OBJECTIVES: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are post-transcriptional regulators that have been shown to be involved in disease susceptibility. Here we explore the possible contribution of common and rare variants in miRNA genes in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). METHODS: A total of 350 tag SNPs from 163 miRNA genes were genotyped in 636 ASD cases and 673 controls. A replication study was performed in a sample of 449 ASD cases and 415 controls. Additionally, rare variants in 701 miRNA genes of 41 ASD patients were examined using whole-exome sequencing. RESULTS: The most significant association in the discovery sample was obtained for the miR-133b/miR-206 cluster (rs16882131, P = 0.00037). The replication study did not reach significance. However, the pooled analysis (1,085 cases and 1,088 controls) showed association with two miRNA clusters: miR-133b/miR-206 (rs16882131, permP = 0.037) and miR-17/miR-18a/miR-19a/miR-20a/miR-19b-1/miR92a-1 (rs6492538, permP = 0.019). Both miR-133b and miR-206 regulate the MET gene, previously associated with ASD. Rare variant analysis identified mutations in several miRNA genes, among them miR-541, a brain-specific miRNA that regulates SYN1, found mutated in ASD. CONCLUSIONS: Although our results do not establish a clear role for miRNAs in ASD, we pinpointed a few candidate genes. Further exome and GWAS studies are warranted to get more insight into their potential contribution to the disorder.

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EMBO Mol Med ; 7(5): 608-27, 2015 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25810463

RESUMO

Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) are soft-tissue sarcomas that can arise either sporadically or in association with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). These aggressive malignancies confer poor survival, with no effective therapy available. We present the generation and characterization of five distinct MPNST orthoxenograft models for preclinical testing and personalized medicine. Four of the models are patient-derived tumor xenografts (PDTX), two independent MPNSTs from the same NF1 patient and two from different sporadic patients. The fifth model is an orthoxenograft derived from an NF1-related MPNST cell line. All MPNST orthoxenografts were generated by tumor implantation, or cell line injection, next to the sciatic nerve of nude mice, and were perpetuated by 7-10 mouse-to-mouse passages. The models reliably recapitulate the histopathological properties of their parental primary tumors. They also mimic distal dissemination properties in mice. Human stroma was rapidly lost after MPNST engraftment and replaced by murine stroma, which facilitated genomic tumor characterization. Compatible with an origin in a catastrophic event and subsequent genome stabilization, MPNST contained highly altered genomes that remained remarkably stable in orthoxenograft establishment and along passages. Mutational frequency and type of somatic point mutations were highly variable among the different MPNSTs modeled, but very consistent when comparing primary tumors with matched orthoxenografts generated. Unsupervised cluster analysis and principal component analysis (PCA) using an MPNST expression signature of ~1,000 genes grouped together all primary tumor-orthoxenograft pairs. Our work points to differences in the engraftment process of primary tumors compared with the engraftment of established cell lines. Following standardization and extensive characterization and validation, the orthoxenograft models were used for initial preclinical drug testing. Sorafenib (a BRAF inhibitor), in combination with doxorubicin or rapamycin, was found to be the most effective treatment for reducing MPNST growth. The development of genomically well-characterized preclinical models for MPNST allowed the evaluation of novel therapeutic strategies for personalized medicine.


Assuntos
Modelos Animais de Doenças , Neurilemoma/patologia , Neurilemoma/terapia , Medicina de Precisão/métodos , Ensaios Antitumorais Modelo de Xenoenxerto/métodos , Animais , Humanos , Camundongos Nus , Pacientes
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Nat Commun ; 5: 5326, 2014 Oct 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25351925

RESUMO

Mutations in different genes encoding sarcomeric proteins are responsible for 50-60% of familial cases of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM); however, the genetic alterations causing the disease in one-third of patients are currently unknown. Here we describe a case with familial HCM of unknown cause. Whole-exome sequencing reveals a variant in the gene encoding the sarcomeric protein filamin C (p.A1539T) that segregates with the disease in this family. Sequencing of 92 HCM cases identifies seven additional variants segregating with the disease in eight families. Patients with FLNC mutations show marked sarcomeric abnormalities in cardiac muscle, and functional analysis reveals that expression of these FLNC variants resulted in the formation of large filamin C aggregates. Clinical studies indicate that FLNC-mutated patients have higher incidence of sudden cardiac death. On the basis of these findings, we conclude that mutations in the gene encoding the sarcomeric protein filamin C cause a new form of familial HMC.


Assuntos
Cardiomiopatia Hipertrófica Familiar/genética , Filaminas/genética , Mutação/genética , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Sequência de Bases , Exoma/genética , Feminino , Filaminas/química , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Dados de Sequência Molecular , Miocárdio/patologia , Miocárdio/ultraestrutura , Miócitos Cardíacos/metabolismo , Miócitos Cardíacos/patologia , Linhagem , Ratos , Análise de Sequência de DNA , Adulto Jovem
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