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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 5060, 2020 10 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33033246

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Fusion oncogenes (FOs) are common in many cancer types and are powerful drivers of tumor development. Because their expression is exclusive to cancer cells and their elimination induces cell apoptosis in FO-driven cancers, FOs are attractive therapeutic targets. However, specifically targeting the resulting chimeric products is challenging. Based on CRISPR/Cas9 technology, here we devise a simple, efficient and non-patient-specific gene-editing strategy through targeting of two introns of the genes involved in the rearrangement, allowing for robust disruption of the FO specifically in cancer cells. As a proof-of-concept of its potential, we demonstrate the efficacy of intron-based targeting of transcription factors or tyrosine kinase FOs in reducing tumor burden/mortality in in vivo models. The FO targeting approach presented here might open new horizons for the selective elimination of cancer cells.


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Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Neoplasias/genética , Fusão Oncogênica/genética , Animais , Sequência de Bases , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/genética , Doxorrubicina/uso terapêutico , Proteínas de Fusão bcr-abl/genética , Deleção de Genes , Loci Gênicos , Instabilidade Genômica , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Íntrons/genética , Camundongos Nus , Neoplasias/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias/patologia , Proteínas de Fusão Oncogênica/genética , RNA Guia/metabolismo , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Ensaios Antitumorais Modelo de Xenoenxerto
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 5070, 2020 10 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33033260

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The evolutionary progression from primary to metastatic prostate cancer is largely uncharted, and the implications for liquid biopsy are unexplored. We infer detailed reconstructions of tumor phylogenies in ten prostate cancer patients with fatal disease, and investigate them in conjunction with histopathology and tumor DNA extracted from blood and cerebrospinal fluid. Substantial evolution occurs within the prostate, resulting in branching into multiple spatially intermixed lineages. One dominant lineage emerges that initiates and drives systemic metastasis, where polyclonal seeding between sites is common. Routes to metastasis differ between patients, and likely genetic drivers of metastasis distinguish the metastatic lineage from the lineage that remains confined to the prostate within each patient. Body fluids capture features of the dominant lineage, and subclonal expansions that occur in the metastatic phase are non-uniformly represented. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis reveals lineages not detected in blood-borne DNA, suggesting possible clinical utility.


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Linhagem da Célula , Biópsia Líquida , Neoplasias da Próstata/patologia , Líquidos Corporais/metabolismo , Cromossomos Humanos Par 8/genética , Células Clonais , Variações do Número de Cópias de DNA/genética , DNA de Neoplasias/genética , Loci Gênicos , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Metástase Neoplásica , Filogenia
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PLoS One ; 15(9): e0237792, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32881892

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BACKGROUND: Ewing sarcoma (EwS) is a rare, aggressive solid tumor of childhood, adolescence and young adulthood associated with pathognomonic EWSR1-ETS fusion oncoproteins altering transcriptional regulation. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified 6 common germline susceptibility loci but have not investigated low-frequency inherited variants with minor allele frequencies below 5% due to limited genotyped cases of this rare tumor. METHODS: We investigated the contribution of rare and low-frequency variation to EwS susceptibility in the largest EwS genome-wide association study to date (733 EwS cases and 1,346 unaffected controls of European ancestry). RESULTS: We identified two low-frequency variants, rs112837127 and rs2296730, on chromosome 20 that were associated with EwS risk (OR = 0.186 and 2.038, respectively; P-value < 5×10-8) and located near previously reported common susceptibility loci. After adjusting for the most associated common variant at the locus, only rs112837127 remained a statistically significant independent signal (OR = 0.200, P-value = 5.84×10-8). CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest rare variation residing on common haplotypes are important contributors to EwS risk. IMPACT: Motivate future targeted sequencing studies for a comprehensive evaluation of low-frequency and rare variation around common EwS susceptibility loci.


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Loci Gênicos , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Variação Genética , Células Germinativas/metabolismo , Sarcoma de Ewing/genética , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Humanos , Desequilíbrio de Ligação/genética , Razão de Chances , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4529, 2020 09 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32913184

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Although Huntington's disease (HD) is a well studied Mendelian genetic disorder, less is known about its associated epigenetic changes. Here, we characterize DNA methylation levels in six different tissues from 3 species: a mouse huntingtin (Htt) gene knock-in model, a transgenic HTT sheep model, and humans. Our epigenome-wide association study (EWAS) of human blood reveals that HD mutation status is significantly (p < 10-7) associated with 33 CpG sites, including the HTT gene (p = 6.5 × 10-26). These Htt/HTT associations were replicated in the Q175 Htt knock-in mouse model (p = 6.0 × 10-8) and in the transgenic sheep model (p = 2.4 × 10-88). We define a measure of HD motor score progression among manifest HD cases based on multiple clinical assessments. EWAS of motor progression in manifest HD cases exhibits significant (p < 10-7) associations with methylation levels at three loci: near PEX14 (p = 9.3 × 10-9), GRIK4 (p = 3.0 × 10-8), and COX4I2 (p = 6.5 × 10-8). We conclude that HD is accompanied by profound changes of DNA methylation levels in three mammalian species.


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Metilação de DNA , Epigênese Genética , Proteína Huntingtina/genética , Doença de Huntington/genética , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Comportamento Animal , Ilhas de CpG/genética , Estudos Transversais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Progressão da Doença , Feminino , Seguimentos , Técnicas de Introdução de Genes , Loci Gênicos , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Carga Global da Doença , Humanos , Doença de Huntington/sangue , Doença de Huntington/diagnóstico , Doença de Huntington/epidemiologia , Estudos Longitudinais , Masculino , Camundongos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação , Estudos Prospectivos , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Sistema de Registros/estatística & dados numéricos , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Ovinos , Adulto Jovem
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4739, 2020 09 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32958756

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More people globally depend on the water buffalo than any other domesticated species, and as the most closely related domesticated species to cattle they can provide important insights into the shared evolutionary basis of domestication. Here, we sequence the genomes of 79 water buffalo across seven breeds and compare patterns of between breed selective sweeps with those seen for 294 cattle genomes representing 13 global breeds. The genomic regions under selection between cattle breeds significantly overlap regions linked to stature in human genetic studies, with a disproportionate number of these loci also shown to be under selection between water buffalo breeds. Investigation of potential functional variants in the water buffalo genome identifies a rare example of convergent domestication down to the same mutation having independently occurred and been selected for across domesticated species. Cross-species comparisons of recent selective sweeps can consequently help identify and refine important loci linked to domestication.


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Búfalos/genética , Bovinos/genética , Domesticação , Genoma/genética , Animais , Cruzamento , Búfalos/classificação , Bovinos/classificação , Evolução Molecular , Loci Gênicos/genética , Variação Genética , Fenótipo , Filogeografia , Seleção Genética
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Lancet Neurol ; 19(10): 840-848, 2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32949544

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BACKGROUND: Human prion diseases are rare and usually rapidly fatal neurodegenerative disorders, the most common being sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD). Variants in the PRNP gene that encodes prion protein are strong risk factors for sCJD but, although the condition has similar heritability to other neurodegenerative disorders, no other genetic risk loci have been confirmed. We aimed to discover new genetic risk factors for sCJD, and their causal mechanisms. METHODS: We did a genome-wide association study of sCJD in European ancestry populations (patients diagnosed with probable or definite sCJD identified at national CJD referral centres) with a two-stage study design using genotyping arrays and exome sequencing. Conditional, transcriptional, and histological analyses of implicated genes and proteins in brain tissues, and tests of the effects of risk variants on clinical phenotypes, were done using deep longitudinal clinical cohort data. Control data from healthy individuals were obtained from publicly available datasets matched for country. FINDINGS: Samples from 5208 cases were obtained between 1990 and 2014. We found 41 genome-wide significant single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and independently replicated findings at three loci associated with sCJD risk; within PRNP (rs1799990; additive model odds ratio [OR] 1·23 [95% CI 1·17-1·30], p=2·68 × 10-15; heterozygous model p=1·01 × 10-135), STX6 (rs3747957; OR 1·16 [1·10-1·22], p=9·74 × 10-9), and GAL3ST1 (rs2267161; OR 1·18 [1·12-1·25], p=8·60 × 10-10). Follow-up analyses showed that associations at PRNP and GAL3ST1 are likely to be caused by common variants that alter the protein sequence, whereas risk variants in STX6 are associated with increased expression of the major transcripts in disease-relevant brain regions. INTERPRETATION: We present, to our knowledge, the first evidence of statistically robust genetic associations in sporadic human prion disease that implicate intracellular trafficking and sphingolipid metabolism as molecular causal mechanisms. Risk SNPs in STX6 are shared with progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with misfolding of protein tau, indicating that sCJD might share the same causal mechanisms as prion-like disorders. FUNDING: Medical Research Council and the UK National Institute of Health Research in part through the Biomedical Research Centre at University College London Hospitals National Health Service Foundation Trust.


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Síndrome de Creutzfeldt-Jakob/genética , Loci Gênicos/genética , Predisposição Genética para Doença/genética , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla/métodos , Síndrome de Creutzfeldt-Jakob/diagnóstico , Síndrome de Creutzfeldt-Jakob/epidemiologia , Predisposição Genética para Doença/epidemiologia , Humanos , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único/genética , Fatores de Risco
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4544, 2020 09 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32917861

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Stratification of enhancers by signal strength in ChIP-seq assays has resulted in the establishment of super-enhancers as a widespread and useful tool for identifying cell type-specific, highly expressed genes and associated pathways. We examine a distinct method of stratification that focuses on peak breadth, termed hyperacetylated chromatin domains (HCDs), which classifies broad regions exhibiting histone modifications associated with gene activation. We find that this analysis serves to identify genes that are both more highly expressed and more closely aligned to cell identity than super-enhancer analysis does using multiple data sets. Moreover, genetic manipulations of selected gene loci suggest that some enhancers located within HCDs work at least in part via a distinct mechanism involving the modulation of histone modifications across domains and that this activity can be imported into a heterologous gene locus. In addition, such genetic dissection reveals that the super-enhancer concept can obscure important functions of constituent elements.


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Cromatina/metabolismo , Elementos Facilitadores Genéticos/genética , Loci Gênicos/genética , Ativação Transcricional , Acetilação , Animais , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Imunoprecipitação da Cromatina , Sequenciamento de Cromatina por Imunoprecipitação , Conjuntos de Dados como Assunto , Embrião de Mamíferos , Eritroblastos , Feminino , Feto , Código das Histonas/genética , Histonas/genética , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Camundongos , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética , RNA-Seq
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BMC Evol Biol ; 20(1): 96, 2020 07 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32736519

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BACKGROUND: Chloroplast genome sequence data is very useful in studying/addressing the phylogeny of plants at various taxonomic ranks. However, there are no empirical observations on the patterns, directions, and mutation rates, which are the key topics in chloroplast genome evolution. In this study, we used Calycanthaceae as a model to investigate the evolutionary patterns, directions and rates of both nucleotide substitutions and structural mutations at different taxonomic ranks. RESULTS: There were 2861 polymorphic nucleotide sites on the five chloroplast genomes, and 98% of polymorphic sites were biallelic. There was a single-nucleotide substitution bias in chloroplast genomes. A â†’ T or T â†’ A (2.84%) and G â†’ C or C â†’ G (3.65%) were found to occur significantly less frequently than the other four transversion mutation types. Synonymous mutations kept balanced pace with nonsynonymous mutations, whereas biased directions appeared between transition and transversion mutations and among transversion mutations. Of the structural mutations, indels and repeats had obvious directions, but microsatellites and inversions were non-directional. Structural mutations increased the single nucleotide mutations rates. The mutation rates per site per year were estimated to be 0.14-0.34 × 10- 9 for nucleotide substitution at different taxonomic ranks, 0.64 × 10- 11 for indels and 1.0 × 10- 11 for repeats. CONCLUSIONS: Our direct counts of chloroplast genome evolution events provide raw data for correctly modeling the evolution of sequence data for phylogenetic inferences.


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Calycanthaceae/genética , Evolução Molecular , Genoma de Cloroplastos , Mutação/genética , Nucleotídeos/genética , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único/genética , Alelos , Sequência de Bases , Cloroplastos/genética , Inversão Cromossômica/genética , Loci Gênicos , Mutação INDEL/genética , Repetições de Microssatélites/genética , Taxa de Mutação , Filogenia , Especificidade da Espécie
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4034, 2020 08 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32788576

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Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is an X-linked primary immunodeficiency with severe platelet abnormalities and complex immunodeficiency. Although clinical gene therapy approaches using lentiviral vectors have produced encouraging results, full immune and platelet reconstitution is not always achieved. Here we show that a CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing strategy allows the precise correction of WAS mutations in up to 60% of human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs), without impairing cell viability and differentiation potential. Delivery of the editing reagents to WAS HSPCs led to full rescue of WASp expression and correction of functional defects in myeloid and lymphoid cells. Primary and secondary transplantation of corrected WAS HSPCs into immunodeficient mice showed persistence of edited cells for up to 26 weeks and efficient targeting of long-term repopulating stem cells. Finally, no major genotoxicity was associated with the gene editing process, paving the way for an alternative, yet highly efficient and safe therapy.


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Edição de Genes , Terapia Genética , Células-Tronco Hematopoéticas/metabolismo , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/terapia , Animais , Plaquetas/metabolismo , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Linhagem da Célula , Códon/genética , Feminino , Loci Gênicos , Células HEK293 , Transplante de Células-Tronco Hematopoéticas , Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala , Humanos , Macrófagos/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Testes de Mutagenicidade , Células Mieloides/metabolismo , Linfócitos T/metabolismo , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/patologia , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237711, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32810182

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Alleles at the Glu-1 loci play important roles in the functional properties of wheat flour. The effects of various high-molecular-weight glutenin subunit (HMW-GS) compositions on quality traits and bread-making properties were evaluated using 235 doubled haploid lines (DHs). The experiment was conducted in a split plot design with two water regimes as the main plot treatment, and DH lines as the subplot treatments. Results showed that the presence of subunit pair 5+10 at the Glu-D1 locus, either alone or in combination with others, appears to provide an improvement in quality and bread-making properties. At the Glu-A1 locus, subunit 1 produced a higher Zeleny sedimentation value (Zel) and stretch area (SA) than subunit 2* when subunits 14+15 and 5+10 were expressed at the Glu-B1 and Glu-D1 loci, and 2* had a positive effect on the maximum dough resistance (Rmax) when subunits 14+15 and 5'+12 were expressed at the Glu-B1 and Glu-D1 loci, respectively. Given subunit 1 at the Glu-A1 locus and 5'+12 at the Glu-D1 locus, the effects of Glu-B1 subunits 14+15 on the tractility (Tra), dough stability time (ST), and dough development time (DT) under the well-watered regime were significantly higher than those of Glu-B1 subunits 13+16. However, 13+16 had a positive effect on SA under the rain-fed regime when subunits 2* and 5+10 were expressed at the Glu-A1 and Glu-D1 loci, respectively. Multiple comparisons analysis revealed that the Zel and Rmax of the six subunits and eight HMW-GS compositions were stable under different water regimes. Overall, subunit compositions 1, 13+16 and 5+10 and 1, 14+15 and 5+10 had higher values for quality traits and bread-baking properties under the two water regimes. These results could play a positive guiding role in selecting and popularizing varieties suitable for production and cultivation in local areas.


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Qualidade dos Alimentos , Glutens/genética , Melhoramento Vegetal , Subunidades Proteicas/genética , Triticum/química , Irrigação Agrícola/métodos , Pão/normas , China , Farinha/normas , Genes de Plantas/genética , Loci Gênicos , Glutens/metabolismo , Haploidia , Peso Molecular , Subunidades Proteicas/química , Triticum/genética , Triticum/crescimento & desenvolvimento
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Nature ; 584(7822): 589-594, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32814899

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The inner surfaces of the human heart are covered by a complex network of muscular strands that is thought to be a remnant of embryonic development1,2. The function of these trabeculae in adults and their genetic architecture are unknown. Here we performed a genome-wide association study to investigate image-derived phenotypes of trabeculae using the fractal analysis of trabecular morphology in 18,096 participants of the UK Biobank. We identified 16 significant loci that contain genes associated with haemodynamic phenotypes and regulation of cytoskeletal arborization3,4. Using biomechanical simulations and observational data from human participants, we demonstrate that trabecular morphology is an important determinant of cardiac performance. Through genetic association studies with cardiac disease phenotypes and Mendelian randomization, we find a causal relationship between trabecular morphology and risk of cardiovascular disease. These findings suggest a previously unknown role for myocardial trabeculae in the function of the adult heart, identify conserved pathways that regulate structural complexity and reveal the influence of the myocardial trabeculae on susceptibility to cardiovascular disease.


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Doenças Cardiovasculares/genética , Fractais , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Coração/anatomia & histologia , Coração/fisiologia , Miocárdio/metabolismo , Adulto , Idoso , Animais , Doenças Cardiovasculares/fisiopatologia , Citoesqueleto/genética , Citoesqueleto/fisiologia , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Loci Gênicos/genética , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Coração/embriologia , Hemodinâmica , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Miocárdio/citologia , Oryzias/embriologia , Oryzias/genética , Fenótipo
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237180, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32750094

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BACKGROUND: Chagas disease, caused by the intracellular parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, is one of the most important parasitological infections in the Americas. It is estimated to infect approximately 6 million people from mostly low income countries in Latin America, although recent infections have been reported in southern US states. Several studies have described an extensive genetic diversity among T. cruzi isolates throughout its geographic distribution in the American continent. This diversity has been correlated with the pathology developed during an infection. However, due to a lack of a single reliable test, current diagnosis practices of the disease are not straightforward since several different tests are applied. The use of current genomic sequence data allows for the selection of molecular markers (MM) that have the ability to identify the Discrete Typing Unit (DTU) of T. cruzi in a given infection, without the need of any sequencing reaction. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Applying three criteria on the genomic sequencing data of four different phylogenetic lineages of T. cruzi, we designed several molecular tests that can be used for the molecular typing of the parasite. The criteria used were: (1) single-copy orthologs of T. cruzi, (2) T. cruzi unique loci, and (3) T. cruzi polymorphic loci. All criteria combined allowed for the selection of 15 MM, 12 of which were confirmed to be functional and replicable in the laboratory with sylvatic samples. Furthermore, one MM produced distinct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplicon sizes among distinct T. cruzi DTUs, allowing the use of a AFLP-PCR test to distinguish DTUs I, II/IV, V and VI. Whereas two MM can differentiate DTUs I, II, IV and V/VI out of the six current DTUs with a PCR-RFLP test. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The designed molecular tests provide a practical and inexpensive molecular typing test for the majority of DTUs of T. cruzi, excluding the need to perform any sequencing reaction. This provides the scientific community with an additional specific, quick and inexpensive test that can enhance the understanding of the correlation between the DTU of T. cruzi and the pathology developed during the infection.


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Análise do Polimorfismo de Comprimento de Fragmentos Amplificados/métodos , Doença de Chagas/diagnóstico , Polimorfismo de Fragmento de Restrição/genética , Trypanosoma cruzi/genética , Doença de Chagas/parasitologia , DNA de Protozoário/genética , Loci Gênicos , Variação Genética , Genoma de Protozoário/genética , Humanos , Tipagem Molecular/métodos , Filogenia , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único
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Gene ; 763: 145048, 2020 Dec 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32805312

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Cross-contamination of cell lines is a highly relevant and pervasive problem. The analysis of short tandem repeats (STR) is a simple and commercially available technique to authenticate cell lines for more than two decades. At present, STR multiple amplification kits have been developed up to 21 loci while the current STR databases only provide 9-loci STR profiles. Here, we compared the advantages of 21-loci STR methodology using the same algorithm as 9-loci method. The 21-loci method reduced the uncertainty ratio for authentications by 97.5% relative to the 9-loci method and exclude effectively false positive. We show that the additional 12 loci helped to greatly reduce sample-site marker specificity arising from genetic isolation and the occurrence of null alleles, suggesting that inclusion of additional loci in these databases will ultimately improve the efficiency and accuracy of authentication of cell lines. Taken together, we demonstrate the utility of a 21-loci method in human cells, providing a novel marker panel for use as a valuable alternative to 9-loci analyses to minimize cell line authentication errors and reduce costs due to erroneous experiments.


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Autenticação de Linhagem Celular/métodos , Repetições de Microssatélites , Linhagem Celular , Autenticação de Linhagem Celular/normas , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Loci Gênicos , Marcadores Genéticos , Humanos , Tipagem Molecular/métodos , Tipagem Molecular/normas
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237403, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32790713

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Genome duplication leads to an emergence of gene paralogs that are essentially free to undergo the process of neofunctionalization, subfunctionalization or degeneration (gene loss). Onecut1 (Oc1) and Onecut2 (Oc2) transcription factors, encoded by paralogous genes in mammals, are expressed in precursors of horizontal cells (HCs), retinal ganglion cells and cone photoreceptors. Previous studies have shown that ablation of either Oc1 or Oc2 gene in the mouse retina results in a decreased number of HCs, while simultaneous deletion of Oc1 and Oc2 leads to a complete loss of HCs. Here we study the genetic redundancy between Oc1 and Oc2 paralogs and focus on how the dose of Onecut transcription factors influences abundance of individual retinal cell types and overall retina physiology. Our data show that reducing the number of functional Oc alleles in the developing retina leads to a gradual decrease in the number of HCs, progressive thinning of the outer plexiform layer and diminished electrophysiology responses. Taken together, these observations indicate that in the context of HC population, the alleles of Oc1/Oc2 paralogous genes are mutually interchangeable, function additively to support proper retinal function and their molecular evolution does not follow one of the typical routes after gene duplication.


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Fator 6 Nuclear de Hepatócito/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Retina/fisiologia , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Alelos , Células Amácrinas/metabolismo , Células Amácrinas/patologia , Animais , Células Ependimogliais/metabolismo , Células Ependimogliais/patologia , Olho/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Olho/patologia , Loci Gênicos , Genótipo , Fator 6 Nuclear de Hepatócito/metabolismo , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Transgênicos , Retina/citologia , Retina/patologia , Células Bipolares da Retina/metabolismo , Células Bipolares da Retina/patologia , Células Fotorreceptoras Retinianas Cones/metabolismo , Células Fotorreceptoras Retinianas Cones/patologia , Células Ganglionares da Retina/citologia , Células Ganglionares da Retina/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237430, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32841307

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BACKGROUND & AIMS: Given ongoing challenges in non-invasive non-alcoholic liver disease (NAFLD) diagnosis, we sought to validate an ALT-based NAFLD phenotype using measures readily available in electronic health records (EHRs) and population-based studies by leveraging the clinical and genetic data in the Million Veteran Program (MVP), a multi-ethnic mega-biobank of US Veterans. METHODS: MVP participants with alanine aminotransferases (ALT) >40 units/L for men and >30 units/L for women without other causes of liver disease were compared to controls with normal ALT. Genetic variants spanning eight NAFLD risk or ALT-associated loci (LYPLAL1, GCKR, HSD17B13, TRIB1, PPP1R3B, ERLIN1, TM6SF2, PNPLA3) were tested for NAFLD associations with sensitivity analyses adjusting for metabolic risk factors and alcohol consumption. A manual EHR review assessed performance characteristics of the NAFLD phenotype with imaging and biopsy data as gold standards. Genetic associations with advanced fibrosis were explored using FIB4, NAFLD Fibrosis Score and platelet counts. RESULTS: Among 322,259 MVP participants, 19% met non-invasive criteria for NAFLD. Trans-ethnic meta-analysis replicated associations with previously reported genetic variants in all but LYPLAL1 and GCKR loci (P<6x10-3), without attenuation when adjusted for metabolic risk factors and alcohol consumption. At the previously reported LYPLAL1 locus, the established genetic variant did not appear to be associated with NAFLD, however the regional association plot showed a significant association with NAFLD 279kb downstream. In the EHR validation, the ALT-based NAFLD phenotype yielded a positive predictive value 0.89 and 0.84 for liver biopsy and abdominal imaging, respectively (inter-rater reliability (Cohen's kappa = 0.98)). HSD17B13 and PNPLA3 loci were associated with advanced fibrosis. CONCLUSIONS: We validate a simple, non-invasive ALT-based NAFLD phenotype using EHR data by leveraging previously established NAFLD risk-associated genetic polymorphisms.


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Alanina Transaminase/metabolismo , Hepatopatia Gordurosa não Alcoólica/patologia , 17-Hidroxiesteroide Desidrogenases/genética , Abdome/diagnóstico por imagem , Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/genética , Idoso , Alanina Transaminase/genética , Registros Eletrônicos de Saúde , Feminino , Loci Gênicos , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Variação Genética , Humanos , Lipase/genética , Fígado/patologia , Lisofosfolipase/genética , Masculino , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Hepatopatia Gordurosa não Alcoólica/etnologia , Hepatopatia Gordurosa não Alcoólica/genética , Fenótipo , Fatores de Risco , Veteranos
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237237, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32790701

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BACKGROUND: The pathophysiology of arterial stiffness is not completely understood. Pulse wave velocity (PWV) is an established marker for arterial stiffness. We compare genetics of three PWV modes, namely carotid-femoral PWV (cfPWV), brachial-ankle (baPWV) and brachial-femoral (bfPWV), reflecting different vascular segments to analyse association with genetic variants, heritability and genetic correlation with other biological traits. Furthermore we searched for shared genetic architecture concerning PWV, blood pressure (BP) and coronary artery disease (CAD) and examined the causal relationship between PWV and BP. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) for cfPWV, baPWV and bfPWV in LIFE-Adult (N = 3,643-6,734). We analysed the overlap of detected genetic loci with those of BP and CAD and performed genetic correlation analyses. By bidirectional Mendelian Randomization, we assessed the causal relationships between PWV and BP. For cfPWV we identified a new locus with genome-wide significance near SLC4A7 on cytoband 3p24.1 (lead SNP rs939834: p = 2.05x10-8). We replicated a known PWV locus on cytoband 14q32.2 near RP11-61O1.1 (lead SNPs: rs17773233, p = 1.38x10-4; rs1381289, p = 1.91x10-4) For baPWV we estimated a heritability of 28% and significant genetic correlation with hypertension (rg = 0.27, p = 6.65x10-8). We showed a positive causal effect of systolic blood pressure on PWV modes (cfPWV: p = 1.51x10-4; bfPWV: p = 1.45x10-3; baPWV: p = 6.82x10-15). CONCLUSIONS: We identified a new locus for arterial stiffness and successfully replicated an earlier proposed locus. PWV shares common genetic architecture with BP and CAD. BP causally affects PWV. Larger studies are required to further unravel the genetic determinants and effects of PWV.


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Pressão Sanguínea , Hipertensão/genética , Rigidez Vascular , Idoso , Feminino , Loci Gênicos , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Humanos , Hipertensão/fisiopatologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Análise de Onda de Pulso , Simportadores de Sódio-Bicarbonato/genética
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J Toxicol Sci ; 45(8): 449-473, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32741897

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Although peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα) agonists are obviously hepatocarcinogenic in rodents, they have been widely used for dyslipidemia and proven to be safe for clinical use without respect to the species difference. It is established that PPARα acts as a part of the transcription factor complex, but its precise mechanism is still unknown. Using the data of Toxicogenomics Database, reliable genes responsive to PPARα agonists, clofibrate, fenofibrate and WY-14,643, in rat liver, were extracted from both in vivo and in vitro data, and sorted by their fold increase. It was found that there were many genes responding to fibrates exclusively in vivo. Most of the in vivo specific genes appear to be unrelated to lipid metabolism and are not upregulated in the kidney. Fifty-seven genes directly related to cell proliferation were extracted from in vivo data, but they were not induced in vitro at all. Analysis of PPAR-responsive elements could not explain the observed difference in induction. To evaluate possible interaction between neighboring genes in gene expression, the correlation of the fold changes of neighboring genes for 22 drugs with various PPARα agonistic potencies were calculated for the genes showing more than 2.5 fold induction by 3 fibrates in vivo, and their genomic location was compared with that of the human orthologue. In the present study, many candidates of genes other than lipid metabolism were selected, and these could be good starting points to elucidate the mechanism of PPARα agonist-induced rodent-specific toxicity.


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Bases de Dados Genéticas , Fenofibrato/toxicidade , Loci Gênicos/genética , Armazenamento e Recuperação da Informação/métodos , Metabolismo dos Lipídeos/genética , Fígado/metabolismo , PPAR alfa/agonistas , Pirimidinas/toxicidade , Animais , Epistasia Genética , Expressão Gênica , Estudos de Associação Genética , Masculino , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Especificidade da Espécie
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0236054, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32750053

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INTRODUCTION: Multi-drug resistance is a major challenge in the control of tuberculosis. Despite newer modalities for diagnosis and treatment, people are still suffering from this disease. Understanding the common gene mutations conferring rifampicin and isoniazid resistance is crucial for the implementation of effective molecular tools at local and national levels. Hence, this study aimed to evaluate the molecular detection of rifampicin and isoniazid-resistant gene mutations in M.tuberculosis isolates in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. METHOD: Health Center-based cross-sectional study was conducted between January and September 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The collected sputum samples were processed for mycobacterial isolation and Region of difference 9 based polymerase chain reaction for species identification. To characterize the rifampicin and isoniazid-resistant M. tuberculosis isolates, a molecular genetic assay (GenoType MTBDRplus) was used; the assay is based on DNA-STRIP technology. RESULT: Culture positivity was confirmed in 82.6% (190/230) of smear-positive newly diagnosed pulmonary tuberculosis cases enrolled in the study. From 190 isolates 93.2% were sensitive for both rifampicin and isoniazid, and 6.8% of the isolates were resistant to at least one of the tested anti-TB drugs. Gene mutations were observed in all studied multidrug resistance-associated gene loci (rpoB, katG, and inhA). Two isolates exhibited heteroresistance, a mutated, as well as wild type sequences, were detected in the respective strains. MDR-TB case was observed in 1.1% (2/190) of the cases. All the MDR-TB cases were positive for HIV and found to have a history of prior hospital admission. CONCLUSION: In our finding a relatively high prevalence of any drug resistance was observed and the overall prevalence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis was 1.1%.The majority of drug-resistant isolates demonstrated common mutations. Heteroresistant strains were detected, signaling the existence of an M.tuberculosis population with variable responses to anti-tuberculosis drugs or of mixed infections.


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Antituberculosos/farmacologia , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana Múltipla/genética , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/genética , Tuberculose Resistente a Múltiplos Medicamentos/tratamento farmacológico , Adolescente , Adulto , Antituberculosos/uso terapêutico , Estudos Transversais , Análise Mutacional de DNA , DNA Bacteriano/genética , DNA Bacteriano/isolamento & purificação , Etiópia , Feminino , Genes Bacterianos/genética , Loci Gênicos/genética , Humanos , Isoniazida/farmacologia , Isoniazida/uso terapêutico , Masculino , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/isolamento & purificação , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase , Rifampina/farmacologia , Rifampina/uso terapêutico , Escarro/microbiologia , Tuberculose Resistente a Múltiplos Medicamentos/microbiologia , Adulto Jovem
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4016, 2020 08 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32782260

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Brainstem regions support vital bodily functions, yet their genetic architectures and involvement in common brain disorders remain understudied. Here, using imaging-genetics data from a discovery sample of 27,034 individuals, we identify 45 brainstem-associated genetic loci, including the first linked to midbrain, pons, and medulla oblongata volumes, and map them to 305 genes. In a replication sample of 7432 participants most of the loci show the same effect direction and are significant at a nominal threshold. We detect genetic overlap between brainstem volumes and eight psychiatric and neurological disorders. In additional clinical data from 5062 individuals with common brain disorders and 11,257 healthy controls, we observe differential volume alterations in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, multiple sclerosis, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and Parkinson's disease, supporting the relevance of brainstem regions and their genetic architectures in common brain disorders.


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Encefalopatias/genética , Encefalopatias/patologia , Tronco Encefálico/anatomia & histologia , Encefalopatias/diagnóstico por imagem , Encefalopatias/metabolismo , Tronco Encefálico/diagnóstico por imagem , Tronco Encefálico/metabolismo , Tronco Encefálico/patologia , Homologia de Genes , Loci Gênicos , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Humanos , Imagem por Ressonância Magnética , Herança Multifatorial , Tamanho do Órgão/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3981, 2020 08 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32769997

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Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is critical for normal development and metabolism. To better understand the genetic contribution to TSH levels, we conduct a GWAS meta-analysis at 22.4 million genetic markers in up to 119,715 individuals and identify 74 genome-wide significant loci for TSH, of which 28 are previously unreported. Functional experiments show that the thyroglobulin protein-altering variants P118L and G67S impact thyroglobulin secretion. Phenome-wide association analysis in the UK Biobank demonstrates the pleiotropic effects of TSH-associated variants and a polygenic score for higher TSH levels is associated with a reduced risk of thyroid cancer in the UK Biobank and three other independent studies. Two-sample Mendelian randomization using TSH index variants as instrumental variables suggests a protective effect of higher TSH levels (indicating lower thyroid function) on risk of thyroid cancer and goiter. Our findings highlight the pleiotropic effects of TSH-associated variants on thyroid function and growth of malignant and benign thyroid tumors.


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Pleiotropia Genética , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Neoplasias da Glândula Tireoide/genética , Tireotropina/genética , Loci Gênicos , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Bócio/genética , Humanos , Análise da Randomização Mendeliana , Herança Multifatorial/genética , Mutação de Sentido Incorreto/genética , Fenótipo , Mapeamento Físico do Cromossomo , Prevalência , Fatores de Risco , Tireoglobulina/genética , Neoplasias da Glândula Tireoide/epidemiologia
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