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  1. Interaction between IRF6 and TGFA Genes Contribute to the Risk of Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip/Palate

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    Letra, Ariadne; Fakhouri, Walid; Fonseca, Renata F.; Menezes, Renato; Kempa, Inga; Prasad, Joanne L.; McHenry, Toby G.; Lidral, Andrew C.; Moreno, Lina; Murray, Jeffrey C.; Daack-Hirsch, Sandra; Marazita, Mary L.; Castilla, Eduardo E.; Lace, Baiba; Orioli, Ieda M.; Granjeiro, Jose M.; Schutte, Brian C.; Vieira, Alexandre R.

    2012-01-01

    Previous evidence from tooth agenesis studies suggested IRF6 and TGFA interact. Since tooth agenesis is commonly found in individuals with cleft lip/palate (CL/P), we used four large cohorts to evaluate if IRF6 and TGFA interaction contributes to CL/P. Markers within and flanking IRF6 and TGFA genes were tested using Taqman or SYBR green chemistries for case-control analyses in 1,000 Brazilian individuals. We looked for evidence of gene-gene interaction between IRF6 and TGFA by testing if markers associated with CL/P were overtransmitted together in the case-control Brazilian dataset and in the additional family datasets. Genotypes for an additional 142 case-parent trios from South America drawn from the Latin American Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations (ECLAMC), 154 cases from Latvia, and 8,717 individuals from several cohorts were available for replication of tests for interaction. Tgfa and Irf6 expression at critical stages during palatogenesis was analyzed in wild type and Irf6 knockout mice. Markers in and near IRF6 and TGFA were associated with CL/P in the Brazilian cohort (pcleft palate (CP) with impaction of permanent teeth (ppalatal tissues of Irf6 knockout mice. IRF6 and TGFA contribute to subsets of CL/P with specific dental anomalies. Moreover, this potential IRF6-TGFA interaction may account for as much as 1% to 10% of CL/P cases. The Irf6-knockout model further supports the evidence of IRF6-TGFA interaction found in humans. PMID:23029012

  2. Relationship between EGF, TGFA, and EGFR Gene Polymorphisms and Traditional Chinese Medicine ZHENG in Gastric Cancer

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    Junfeng Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM, correct syndrome differentiation is the most important principle guiding the prescription of Chinese herbal formulae for the treatment of gastric cancer (GC. We aimed to reveal the genetic mechanisms underlying GC syndrome differentiation (ZHENG in a population of 387 GC patients. Twenty-nine single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs in EGF, TGFA, and EGFR were investigated. Two SNPs, rs11466285 in TGFA and rs884225 in EGFR, were significantly associated with the distribution of ZHENG (P<0.05. The rs11466285 TT genotype increased the risk of damp heat with toxin (DHT and deficiency of both Qi and yin (DQY compared with obstruction of blood stasis (OBS. The rs884225 AA genotype could increase the risk of DQY and deficiency of both Qi and blood (DQB compared with yin deficiency due to stomach heat (YDSH. Parallel comparison among the SNPs and syndrome types revealed that DQB was distinct from YDSH, disharmony between the liver and stomach, stagnation of phlegm muddiness (SPM, OBS, and other syndromes at several SNP loci (P<0.05. The rs11466285 TT and rs884225 AA genotypes exhibit increased risk of DQB compared with OBS and SPM (P<0.05, respectively. In conclusion, the formation of GC ZHENG was related to EGF, TGFA, and EGFR gene polymorphisms.

  3. Characterisation of genome-wide PLZF/RARA target genes.

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    Salvatore Spicuglia

    Full Text Available The PLZF/RARA fusion protein generated by the t(11;17(q23;q21 translocation in acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL is believed to act as an oncogenic transcriptional regulator recruiting epigenetic factors to genes important for its transforming potential. However, molecular mechanisms associated with PLZF/RARA-dependent leukaemogenesis still remain unclear.We searched for specific PLZF/RARA target genes by ChIP-on-chip in the haematopoietic cell line U937 conditionally expressing PLZF/RARA. By comparing bound regions found in U937 cells expressing endogenous PLZF with PLZF/RARA-induced U937 cells, we isolated specific PLZF/RARA target gene promoters. We next analysed gene expression profiles of our identified target genes in PLZF/RARA APL patients and analysed DNA sequences and epigenetic modification at PLZF/RARA binding sites. We identify 413 specific PLZF/RARA target genes including a number encoding transcription factors involved in the regulation of haematopoiesis. Among these genes, 22 were significantly down regulated in primary PLZF/RARA APL cells. In addition, repressed PLZF/RARA target genes were associated with increased levels of H3K27me3 and decreased levels of H3K9K14ac. Finally, sequence analysis of PLZF/RARA bound sequences reveals the presence of both consensus and degenerated RAREs as well as enrichment for tissue-specific transcription factor motifs, highlighting the complexity of targeting fusion protein to chromatin. Our study suggests that PLZF/RARA directly targets genes important for haematopoietic development and supports the notion that PLZF/RARA acts mainly as an epigenetic regulator of its direct target genes.

  4. Association of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in IRF6 and TGFA Genes With Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip With Or Without Cleft Palate in Chinese Patients

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    Ya Shen; Yugui Cu; Weidong Wan; Xiaoping Zhou; Lu Cheng; Zuhong Lu; Jiayin Liu

    2009-01-01

    Objective:Nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate(NSCL/P) is a common birth defect with unclear etiology.Both genetic and environmental factors may contribute to NSCL/P.Many genes have been identified as candidate genes associated with this disease.Interferon regulatory factor6(IRF6) gene and transforming growth factor-a(TGFA) gene seem to be cmcial in the predisposition of NSCL/P.Here we evaluated some single nucleotide polymorphisms(SNPs) loci of TGFA and IRF6 genes in Chinese nuclear families consisting of fathers,mothers and affected offspring with NSCL/P.Methods:Fifty patients of NSCL/P were confirmed by the plastic surgeons.They and their parents were included in the study,all with the informed consents.SNPs loci of TGFA and IRF6 genes were analyzed by microarray technology.Some PCR products were randomly chosen and sequenced to check microarray results.The distribution of gene type and allele frequency between patient group and parents group were compared.Then a Haplotype Relative Risk(HRR) and Transmis-sion Disequilibrium Test(TDT) were performed.Results:The sequences of randomly selected PCR products were all consistent with the microarray results.All loci were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium.There were no significant differences in the distribution of genotypes and alleles between patients and their parents.Using HRR and TDT analyses the V2741 of IRF6 was associated with NSCL/P,while another SNP locus of IRF6 was not.Strong evidence of linkage disequilibrium was found between the2 SNP loci of TGFA and disease with the HRR analysis,but not with the TDT analysis.Conclusion:Our study confirms the contribution of IRF6 in the etiology of NSCL/P in populations of Asian ancestry.The association of TGFA with NSCL/P requires further research.

  5. Evidence, from family studies, for linkage disequilibrium between TGFA and a gene for nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate

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    Feng, Hongshu; Lee, A.; Gasser, D.L. [Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Sassani, R.; Bartlett, S.P. [Children`s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA (United States); Buetow, K.H. [Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Hecht, J.T. [Univ. of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX (United States); Malcolm, S.; Winter, R.M.; Vintiner, G.M. [Univ. of London (United Kingdom)

    1994-11-01

    The inheritance of alleles of the transforming growth factor alpha (TGFA) locus has been studied in families affected with cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL/P), by using the transmission/disequilibrium test described by Spielman and colleagues. Only heterozygous parents with an affected child can be included in this test, but within such families a significantly greater frequency of C2 alleles were transmitted to affected children than would be expected by chance. There was no evidence that the total number of C2 alleles transmitted to affected and unaffected children differed significantly from random segregation. These data provide evidence from within families that a gene for susceptibility to CL/P is in significant linkage disequilibrium with the C2 allele of the TGFA locus. 30 refs., 1 fig., 2 tabs.

  6. MSX1, PAX9, and TGFA contribute to tooth agenesis in humans.

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    Vieira, A R; Meira, R; Modesto, A; Murray, J C

    2004-09-01

    In this study, we sought to determine the association between tooth agenesis and DNA sequence variation in the genes MSX1 and PAX9 in an ethnically diverse human population. Since cleft lip/palate is also associated with both tooth agenesis and the gene TGFA, we included TGFA in the analysis as well. Cheek swab samples were obtained for DNA analysis from 116 case/parent trios. Probands had at least one developmentally missing tooth, excluding third molars. Genotyping was performed by single-strand conformational polymorphism or kinetic polymerase chain-reaction assays. Transmission distortion of the marker alleles and DNA sequence analysis was performed. Results showed that tooth agenesis is associated with markers of the genes MSX1 and TGFA. No mutations were found in MSX1 or PAX9 coding regions. There were statistically significant data suggesting that MSX1 interacts with PAX9. These findings suggest that MSX1, PAX9, and TGFA play a role in isolated dental agenesis.

  7. A new transcriptional variant and small azurophilic granules in an acute promyelocytic leukemia case with NPM1/RARA fusion gene.

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    Kikuma, Tomoe; Nakamachi, Yuji; Noguchi, Yoriko; Okazaki, Yoko; Shimomura, Daisuke; Yakushijin, Kimikazu; Yamamoto, Katsuya; Matsuoka, Hiroshi; Minami, Hironobu; Itoh, Tomoo; Kawano, Seiji

    2015-12-01

    We report here the first case of NPM1/RARA-positive acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) preceded by myeloid sarcoma (MS) in the vertebra. A 52-year-old man was diagnosed with MS, as the tumor cells were positive for myeloperoxidase and CD68 but negative for CD163. After treatment with steroids and radiation, the size of the tumor was markedly reduced and peripheral blood count was normal. Bone marrow examination showed 89.2% consisted of unclassified promyelocytes characterized by round nuclei and abundant small azurophilic granules but no Auer rods. The results of chromosome analysis showed 46,XY,t(5;17)(q35;q12). Reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction amplified the NPM1/RARA fusion transcripts derived from a combination of NPM1 exon 4 and RARA exon 5, or of NPM1 exon 1 and RARA exon 5; the latter of these has not been reported previously. Electron microscopic examination of the promyelocyte nuclei showed they were oval with mild nuclear chromatin condensation and small- to medium-sized nucleoli. Hematological and molecular complete remission was attained after induction therapy including all-trans retinoic acid. As MS was also diagnosed in two of the seven other reported cases of APL with NPM1/RARA, MS may occur more frequently in APL with NPM1/RARA than APL with PML/RARA.

  8. Rara and grammatical theory

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    Rijkhoff, Jan

    2010-01-01

    This paper argues that grammatical theorizing and linguistic typologizing must go hand in hand and that rare typological features play a central role in the interaction of typology and theory. The paper is organized as follows. Section 2 discusses a sampling method that (compared to other sampling...... Functional (Discourse) Grammar and sections 4 and 5 are concerned with the crucial role of rara both in theory driven data collection and in data driven theory building....

  9. Analysis list: Rara [Chip-atlas[Archive

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    Full Text Available Rara Blood,Liver,Pluripotent stem cell + mm9 http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyus...hu-u/mm9/target/Rara.1.tsv http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/mm9/target/Rara.5.tsv http://dbarchive....biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/mm9/target/Rara.10.tsv http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/mm9/colo/Rara.Blood.tsv,http:...//dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/mm9/colo/Rara.Liver.tsv,http:...//dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/mm9/colo/Rara.Pluripotent_stem_cell.tsv http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc

  10. Mitochondrial DNA sequence of Onychostoma rara.

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    Zeng, Chun-Fang; Li, Xiao-Ling; Li, Chuan-Wu; Huang, Xiang-Rong; Wan, Yi-Wen

    2015-01-01

    The complete mitochondrial genome sequence of Onychostoma rara was determined to be 16,590 bp in length and contains 13 protein-coding genes (PCGs), 22 tRNA genes, large (rrnL) and small (rrnS) rRNA and the non-coding control region. Its total A + T content is 55.65%. We also analyzed the structure of control region, 6 CSBs (CSB-1, CSB-2, CSB-3, CSB-D, CSB-E and CSB-F) and 2 bp tandem repeat were detected.

  11. Association of transforming growth-factor alpha gene polymorphisms with nonsyndromic cleft palate only (CPO)

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    Shiang, R. (Univ. of California, Irvine, CA (United States)); Lidral, A.C.; Ardinger, H.H.; Murray, J.C.; Romitti, P.A.; Munger, R.G.; Buetow, K.H.

    1993-10-01

    Genetic analysis and tissue-specific expression studies support a role for transforming growth-factor alpha (TGFA) in craniofacial development. Previous studies have confirmed an association of alleles for TGFA with nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL/P) in humans. The authors carried out a retrospective association study to determine whether specific allelic variants of the TGFA gene are also associated with cleft palate only (CPO). The PCR products from 12 overlapping sets of primers to the TGFA cDNA were examined by using single-strand conformational polymorphism analysis. Four DNA polymorphic sites for TGFA were identified in the 3[prime] untranslated region of the TGFA gene. These variants, as well as previously identified RFLPs for TGFA, were characterized in case and control populations for CPO by using X[sup 2] analysis. A significant association between alleles of TGFA and CPO was identified which further supports a role for this gene as one of the genetic determinants of craniofacial development. Sequence analysis of the variants disclosed a cluster of three variable sites within 30 bp of each other in the 3[prime] untranslated region previously associated with an antisense transcript. These studies extend the role for TGFA in craniofacial morphogenesis and support an interrelated mechanism underlying nonsyndromic forms of CL/P. 46 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs.

  12. Analysis list: RARA [Chip-atlas[Archive

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    Full Text Available RARA Blood,Neural + hg19 http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/hg19/target/RAR...A.1.tsv http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/hg19/target/RARA.5.tsv http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/...kyushu-u/hg19/target/RARA.10.tsv http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/hg19/colo/RARA.Blood.tsv,http://dbarchive.bioscience...dbc.jp/kyushu-u/hg19/colo/RARA.Neural.tsv http://dbarchive.bioscience...dbc.jp/kyushu-u/hg19/colo/Blood.gml,http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/hg19/colo/Neural.gml ...

  13. Clinical study of children with acute promyelocytic leukemia treated with arsenic trioxide with positive PML -RARa fusion gene%以亚砷酸为主的方案治疗 PML-RARa 阳性急性早幼粒细胞白血病

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    朱嘉莳; 蒋慧; 陆正华; 杨静薇; 邵静波; 李红; 廖雪莲; 张娜

    2016-01-01

    未来的发展趋势。%Objective To evaluate the efficacy of different treatment regimens for children with acute promye-locytic leukemia (APL)with positive PML -RARa fusion gene.Methods Thirty -two newly diagnosed APL patients were included in this study,treated either with all -trans -retinoic acid (ATRA)and chemotherapy (CT)(group A) or with ATRA and arsenic trioxide (ATO)(group B).Clinical situation and clinical efficacy were analyzed in patients in different groups.They were also separated into low risk group,intermediate risk group and high risk group according to different risk criteria.Clinical characteristics,complete remission,long -time survival and urine arsenic concentra-tion were analyzed and compared.Results (1 )Fourteen of 1 5 patients (93.3%)in group A achieved hematological complete remission (HCR)with a median time of 38 days (28 -63 days).Sixteen of 1 7 patients (94.1 %)in group B achieved HCR with a median time of 29 days (1 0 -42 days),which was significantly shorter than group A,and there was a significant difference between 2 groups(t =3.53,P =0.002).(2)The 5 -year event -free survival (EFS)of group A and group B was (60.0 ±1 2.6)% and (81 .9 ±9.5)%,respectively;the 5 -year EFS of group B was almost 20% higher than group A;while there was no significant difference between the 2 groups(χ2 =1 .1 5,P =0.28).The 5 -year overall survival (OS)of group A and group B was (72.2 ±1 1 .9)% and (94.1 ±5.7)%,respectively,the 5 -year OS of group B was almost 20% higher than group A;while there was no significant difference between the 2 groups(χ2 =2.88,P =0.1 6).(3)The 5 -year EFS of low plus intermediate group and high risk group patients was (74.0 ±1 0.1 )% and (64.8 ±1 4.3)%,the 5 -year EFS of low plus intermediate group was almost 1 0% higher than high risk group,but there was no significant difference between the 2 groups(χ2 =0.1 4,P =0.71 ).The 5 -year OS of low plus intermediate group and high risk group patients was (84.7 ±8.1 )% and (71 .3 ±1 4.1 )%,the 5 -year OS of

  14. Tagging staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) with TGFaL3 for breast cancer therapy.

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    Yousefi, Forough; Siadat, Seyed Davar; Saraji, Alireza Azizi; Hesaraki, Saeed; Aslani, Mohammad Mehdi; Mousavi, Seyed Fazlollah; Imani Fooladi, Abbas Ali

    2016-04-01

    Recent research has attempted to direct superantigens towards tumors by means of tumor-targeted superantigen (TTS) strategy. In this study, we explored the antitumor property of TTS by fusing the third loop of transforming growth factor α (TGFαL3) to staphylococcal enterotoxin type B (SEB) and investigated the possibility of the therapeutic application of TGFαL3-SEB as a novel antitumor candidate in mice bearing breast cancer. Treatment was performed through intratumoral and intravenous injection of TGFαL3-SEB. Tumor size/volume, long-term survival, and cytokine secretion were assessed. In addition, the toxicity of each treatment on liver and kidneys was examined. Our results indicated that the relative tumor volume significantly increased in the mice receiving intratumoral TGFaL3-SEB (p < 0.05). Surprisingly, 5 out of the 14 mice were cleared from the tumor thoroughly in 10-25 days after intratumoral administration of TGFaL3-SEB. Quantification of cytokines clearly showed that the mice receiving intratumoral SEB significantly secreted higher interferon γ (IFN-γ) and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) compared with the other groups (p < 0.05). The antitumor effect was followed by inhibition of cell proliferation (Ki-67) and micro vascularization (CD31). The highest and lowest levels of tumor necrosis were observed in the intratumoral administration of TGFαL3-SEB (85 %) and PBS (14 %), respectively. Intratumoral injection of TGFαL3-SEB increased the lifespan of the mice so 37.5 % of them could survive for more than 6 months (p < 0.05). Overall, our findings indicated that intratumoral administration of TGFαL3-SEB effectively inhibited the growth of breast tumors through induction of necrosis and suppressing proliferation and angiogenesis without systemic toxicity.

  15. Evidence for an association between nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate and a gene located on the long arm of chromosome 4

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    Mitchell, L.E.; Healey, S.C.; Chenevix-Trench, G. [St. Louis Univ. Health Sciences Center, MO (United States)]|[Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane (Australia)

    1995-11-01

    Recent studies suggest that the familial aggregation of nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL{+-}P) is likely to be attributable to the effects of several susceptibility loci, acting in a multiplicative fashion. Two potential CL{+-}P susceptibility loci (CSL), transforming growth factor alpha (TGFA) and retinoic acid receptor (RARA), have been identified through association studies. In addition, recent evidence of linkage between CL{+-}P and two markers (D4S175 and D4S192) in the region 4q25-4q31.3 raised the possibility that a CSL, with a larger effect than either TGFA or RARA, may reside within this region of the human genome. The present analyses were undertaken to determine whether D4S175 or D4S192 is significantly associated with CL{+-}P in a sample of unrelated patients that have previously provided evidence of associations between CL{+-}P and both TGFA and RARA. The results of these analyses provide further, tentative, evidence for the presence of a CSL locus on the long arm of chromosome 4 and help to refine the location of this locus in the region of D4S175 and D4S192. 28 refs., 4 tabs.

  16. Elucidating the regulon of multidrug resistance regulator RarA in Klebsiella pneumoniae.

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    De Majumdar, Shyamasree; Veleba, Mark; Finn, Sarah; Fanning, Séamus; Schneiders, Thamarai

    2013-04-01

    RarA is an AraC-type regulator in Klebsiella pneumoniae, which, when overexpressed, confers a low-level multidrug-resistant (MDR) phenotype linked to the upregulation of both the acrAB and oqxAB efflux genes. Increased rarA expression has also been shown to be integral in the development of tigecycline resistance in the absence of ramA in K. pneumoniae. Given its phenotypic role in MDR, microarray analyses were performed to determine the RarA regulon. Transcriptome analysis was undertaken using strains Ecl8ΔrarA/pACrarA-2 (rarA-expressing construct) and Ecl8ΔrarA/pACYC184 (vector-only control) using bespoke microarray slides consisting of probes derived from the genomic sequences of K. pneumoniae MGH 78578 (NC_009648.1) and Kp342 (NC_011283.1). Our results show that rarA overexpression resulted in the differential expression of 66 genes (42 upregulated and 24 downregulated). Under the COG (clusters of orthologous groups) functional classification, the majority of affected genes belonged to the category of cell envelope biogenesis and posttranslational modification, along with genes encoding the previously uncharacterized transport proteins (e.g., KPN_03141, sdaCB, and leuE) and the porin OmpF. However, genes associated with energy production and conversion and amino acid transport/metabolism (e.g., nuoA, narJ, and proWX) were found to be downregulated. Biolog phenotype analyses demonstrated that rarA overexpression confers enhanced growth of the overexpresser in the presence of several antibiotic classes (i.e., beta-lactams and fluoroquinolones), the antifungal/antiprotozoal compound clioquinol, disinfectants (8-hydroxyquinoline), protein synthesis inhibitors (i.e., minocycline and puromycin), membrane biogenesis agents (polymyxin B and amitriptyline), DNA synthesis (furaltadone), and the cytokinesis inhibitor (sanguinarine). Both our transcriptome and phenotypic microarray data support and extend the role of RarA in the MDR phenotype of K. pneumoniae.

  17. The DNA binding property of PML/RARA but not the integrity of PML nuclear bodies is indispensable for leukemic transformation.

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    Xi Liu

    Full Text Available PML/RARA is the oncoprotein driving acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL. It suppresses genes expression by recruitment of a number of transcriptional repressors, resulting in differentiation block and malignant transformation of hematopoietic cells. Here, we found that mice primary hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs, transduced by DNA-binding-defective PML/RARA mutants, were deficient in colony formation. Further experiments showed that DNA-binding-defective PML/RARA mutants could not repress the transcription of retinoic acid regulated genes. Intriguingly, there were no significant differences of the micro-speckled intracellular distribution between the mutants and wild-type PML/RARA. Some retinoic acid target genes regulated by PML/RARA are involved in not only differentiation block but also hematopoietic cell self-renewal. Altogether, our data demonstrate that direct DNA-binding is essential for PML/RARA to immortalize hematopoietic cells, while disruption of PML-nuclear body does not seem to be a prerequisite for hematopoietic cell transformation.

  18. Día Mundial de las Enfermedades Raras, 2011

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    Dirección General de Salud y Planificación. Gobierno del Principado de Asturias

    2014-01-01

    Enfermedades Raras en Asturias. Dirección General de Salud Pública y Participación. Informes breves 02 Este proyecto ha sido financiado a cargo de los fondos para la cohesión territorial 2010 del Ministerio de Sanidad y Política Social que fueron aprobados en el CISNS, como apoyo a la implementación a la Estrategia en Enfermedades Raras del Sistema Nacional de Salud

  19. Talla baja y enfermedades raras Low height and rare diseases

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    M.J. Chueca

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available La baja talla constituye el primer motivo de consulta en endocrinología pediátrica. En un alto porcentaje su etiología es clara y obedece fundamentalmente a variantes de normalidad. Sin embargo, en aproximadamente un 20% esta baja talla es patológica y obliga a estudios exhaustivos. La asociación de enfermedades raras (ER con talla baja es altamente frecuente. En este trabajo repasamos las etiologías de la baja talla en enfermedades raras, describiendo: - las formas genéticas de la hormona de crecimiento (GH bien sean aisladas o asociadas a malformaciones de la línea media u otras. - aquellas de gran importancia por su repercusión clínica como el Síndrome de Turner, Síndrome de Noonan y el Síndrome de Willi-Prader. - Las frecuentes displasias óseas, con alteración genética en algunos casos para el gen SHOX, situado en el brazo corto del cromosoma Xp. La importancia de estos diagnósticos radica en la posibilidad de hacer un tratamiento precoz y eficaz, en algunos de ellos, con GH. En conclusión, el diagnóstico de enfermedades raras con baja talla es un reto actual y habitual en endocrinología pediátrica por los grandes avances de la genética molecular y la posibilidad de tratamiento en algunas de ellas. Implica siempre un abordaje multidisciplinario por la asociación frecuente de patología que presenta y a su vez, ofrece la posibilidad de realizar el oportuno consejo genético.Low stature is the main reason of consultation in paediatric endocrinology. In a high percentage of cases, its etiology is clear and fundamentally answers to variants of normality. However, in approximately 20% of cases low stature is pathological and requires exhaustive studies. The association of rare diseases (RD with low height is very frequent. In this article we review the etiology of low height, describing: - The genetic forms of the growth hormone (GH, whether isolated or associated with malformations of the average line or others. - Those

  20. Representación social de las enfermedades raras en la prensa española

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    Sebastián Sánchez Castillo

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Las enfermedades raras en España afectan directamente a más de 3 millones de personas, por lo que puede considerarse como un problema de salud de gran interés social. Los datos que se presentan en esta investigación son el resultado de un análisis de contenido sobre el tratamiento que la prensa otorga a los afectados de enfermedades raras, a través de los textos de las noticias y fotografías presentes en los principales diarios españoles. Tomando la teoría del framing como base teórica se revelará el conjunto de posibles encuadres, sin tener prefijados de antemano un número determinado, y se descubrirán los encuadres noticioso latentes que pueden quedar ocultos a simple vista, así como las imágenes que acompañan a las noticias. Los resultados ayudarán a descubrir la interpretación que la prensa española hace de las más de 7 mil enfermedades raras catalogadas, así como del resto de actores relacionados personal o profesionalmente con estas patologías.

  1. Flow cytometric immunobead assay for fast and easy detection of PML-RARA fusion proteins for the diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia.

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    Dekking, E H A; van der Velden, V H J; Varro, R; Wai, H; Böttcher, S; Kneba, M; Sonneveld, E; Koning, A; Boeckx, N; Van Poecke, N; Lucio, P; Mendonça, A; Sedek, L; Szczepański, T; Kalina, T; Kanderová, V; Hoogeveen, P; Flores-Montero, J; Chillón, M C; Orfao, A; Almeida, J; Evans, P; Cullen, M; Noordijk, A L; Vermeulen, P M; de Man, M T; Dixon, E P; Comans-Bitter, W M; van Dongen, J J M

    2012-09-01

    The PML-RARA fusion protein is found in approximately 97% of patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). APL can be associated with life-threatening bleeding complications when undiagnosed and not treated expeditiously. The PML-RARA fusion protein arrests maturation of myeloid cells at the promyelocytic stage, leading to the accumulation of neoplastic promyelocytes. Complete remission can be obtained by treatment with all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) in combination with chemotherapy. Diagnosis of APL is based on the detection of t(15;17) by karyotyping, fluorescence in situ hybridization or PCR. These techniques are laborious and demand specialized laboratories. We developed a fast (performed within 4-5 h) and sensitive (detection of at least 10% malignant cells in normal background) flow cytometric immunobead assay for the detection of PML-RARA fusion proteins in cell lysates using a bead-bound anti-RARA capture antibody and a phycoerythrin-conjugated anti-PML detection antibody. Testing of 163 newly diagnosed patients (including 46 APL cases) with the PML-RARA immunobead assay showed full concordance with the PML-RARA PCR results. As the applied antibodies recognize outer domains of the fusion protein, the assay appeared to work independently of the PML gene break point region. Importantly, the assay can be used in parallel with routine immunophenotyping for fast and easy diagnosis of APL.

  2. MIR125B1 represses the degradation of the PML-RARA oncoprotein by an autophagy-lysosomal pathway in acute promyelocytic leukemia.

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    Zeng, Cheng-Wu; Chen, Zhen-Hua; Zhang, Xing-Ju; Han, Bo-Wei; Lin, Kang-Yu; Li, Xiao-Juan; Wei, Pan-Pan; Zhang, Hua; Li, Yangqiu; Chen, Yue-Qin

    2014-10-01

    Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is characterized by the t(15;17)-associated PML-RARA fusion gene. We have previously found that MIR125B1 is highly expressed in patients with APL and may be associated with disease pathogenesis; however, the mechanism by which MIR125B1 exerts its oncogenic potential has not been fully elucidated. Here, we demonstrated that MIR125B1 abundance correlates with the PML-RARA status. MIR125B1 overexpression enhanced PML-RARA expression and inhibited the ATRA-induced degradation of the PML-RARA oncoprotein. RNA-seq analysis revealed a direct link between the PML-RARA degradation pathway and MIR125B1-arrested differentiation. We further demonstrated that the MIR125B1-mediated blockade of PML-RARA proteolysis was regulated via an autophagy-lysosomal pathway, contributing to the inhibition of APL differentiation. Furthermore, we identified DRAM2 (DNA-damage regulated autophagy modulator 2), a critical regulator of autophagy, as a novel target that was at least partly responsible for the function of MIR125B1 involved in autophagy. Importantly, the knockdown phenotypes for DRAM2 are similar to the effects of overexpressing MIR125B1 as impairment of PML-RARA degradation, inhibition of autophagy, and myeloid cell differentiation arrest. These effects of MIR125B1 and its target DRAM2 were further confirmed in an APL mouse model. Thus, MIR125B1 dysregulation may interfere with the effectiveness of ATRA-mediated differentiation through an autophagy-dependent pathway, representing a novel potential APL therapeutic target.

  3. Characterization of cryptic rearrangements, deletion, complex variants of PML, RARA in acute promyelocytic leukemia

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    Pratibha Kadam Amare

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL is characterized by a reciprocal translocation t(15;17(q22;q21 leading to the disruption of Promyelocytic leukemia (PML and Retionic Acid Receptor Alpha (RARA followed by reciprocal PML-RARA fusion in 90% of the cases. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH has overcome the hurdles of unavailability of abnormal and/or lack of metaphase cells, and detection of cryptic, submicroscopic rearrangements. In the present study, besides diagnostic approach we sought to analyze these cases for identification and characterization of cryptic rearrangements, deletion variants and unknown RARA translocation variants by application of D-FISH and RARA break-apart probe strategy on interphase and metaphase cells in a large series of 200 cases of APL. Forty cases (20% had atypical PML-RARA and/or RARA variants. D-FISH with PML/RARA probe helped identification of RARA insertion to PML. By application of D-FISH on metaphase cells, we documented that translocation of 15 to 17 leads to 17q deletion which results in loss of reciprocal fusion and/or residual RARA on der(17. Among the complex variants of t(15;17, PML-RARA fusion followed by residual RARA insertion closed to PML-RARA on der(15 was unique and unusual. FISH with break-apart RARA probe on metaphase cells was found to be a very efficient strategy to detect unknown RARA variant translocations like t(11;17(q23;q21, t(11;17(q13;q21 and t(2;17(p21;q21. These findings proved that D-FISH and break-apart probe strategy has potential to detect primary as well as secondary additional aberrations of PML, RARA and other additional loci. The long-term clinical follow-up is essential to evaluate the clinical importance of these findings.

  4. “Sendratari Rara Jonggrang” Dalam Perspektif Koreografis dan Pariwisata

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    Hersapandi Hersapandi

    2017-07-01

    ABSTRAK “Sendratari Rara Jonggrang” adalah drama tari tanpa dialog yang mengambil cerita dari legenda candi Prambanan. Koreografi seni wisata ini  dicipta sebagai alternatif destinasi seni pertunjukan wisata terbarukan di Yogyakarta. Logika hukum ekonomi antara permintaan dan penawaran dari jumlah angka kunjungan wisatawan ke candi Prambanan sebesar 2.992 orang/hari merupakan peluang bisnis kreatif untuk meningkatkan kemampuan ekonomi  dan kekuatan daya saing bangsa. Keunggulan komparatif dan kompetitif  koreografi seni wisata  ini diyakini dapat menjadi ikon baru daya tarik wisatawan di objek wisata candi Prambanan. Proses kreatif penciptaan sendratari Rara Jonggrang (kreativitas budaya dan proses kreatif dalam perekonomian (kreativitas ekonomi merupakan bagian strategis dalam membangun ekonomi kreatif yang berbasis pada nilai-nilai kearifan lokal, sehingga memberi kontribusi  bagi penguatan seni tradisi dan ekonomi masyarakat pendukungnya.   Kata kunci: sendratari, koreografi, seni wisata, manajemen, ekonomi kreatif

  5. ROLES OF EPIDERMAL GROWTH FACTOR (EGF) AND TRANSFORMING GROWTH FACTOR-ALPHA (TGF-A) IN MEDIATION OF DIOXIN (TCDD)-INDUCED DELAYS IN DEVELOPMENT OF THE MOUSE MAMMARY GLAND

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    Roles of Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) and Transforming Growth Factor-alpha (TGF-a) in Mediation of Dioxin (TCDD)-Induced Delays in Development of the Mouse Mammary Gland.Suzanne E. Fenton, Barbara Abbott, Lamont Bryant, and Angela Buckalew. U.S. EPA, NHEERL, Reproductive Tox...

  6. Uncoupling RARA transcriptional activation and degradation clarifies the bases for APL response to therapies.

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    Ablain, Julien; Leiva, Magdalena; Peres, Laurent; Fonsart, Julien; Anthony, Elodie; de Thé, Hugues

    2013-04-01

    In PML/RARA-driven acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), retinoic acid (RA) induces leukemia cell differentiation and transiently clears the disease. Molecularly, RA activates PML/RARA-dependent transcription and also initiates its proteasome-mediated degradation. In contrast, arsenic, the other potent anti-APL therapy, only induces PML/RARA degradation by specifically targeting its PML moiety. The respective contributions of RA-triggered transcriptional activation and proteolysis to clinical response remain disputed. Here, we identify synthetic retinoids that potently activate RARA- or PML/RARA-dependent transcription, but fail to down-regulate RARA or PML/RARA protein levels. Similar to RA, these uncoupled retinoids elicit terminal differentiation, but unexpectedly fail to impair leukemia-initiating activity of PML/RARA-transformed cells ex vivo or in vivo. Accordingly, the survival benefit conferred by uncoupled retinoids in APL mice is dramatically lower than the one provided by RA. Differentiated APL blasts sorted from uncoupled retinoid-treated mice retain PML/RARA expression and reinitiate APL in secondary transplants. Thus, differentiation is insufficient for APL eradication, whereas PML/RARA loss is essential. These observations unify the modes of action of RA and arsenic and shed light on the potency of their combination in mice or patients.

  7. PML-RARA-associated cooperating mutations belong to a transcriptional network that is deregulated in myeloid leukemias.

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    Ronchini, C; Brozzi, A; Riva, L; Luzi, L; Gruszka, A M; Melloni, G E M; Scanziani, E; Dharmalingam, G; Mutarelli, M; Belcastro, V; Lavorgna, S; Rossi, V; Spinelli, O; Biondi, A; Rambaldi, A; Lo-Coco, F; di Bernardo, D; Pelicci, P G

    2017-01-20

    It has been shown that individual acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients are characterized by one of few initiating DNA mutations and 5-10 cooperating mutations not yet defined among hundreds identified by massive sequencing of AML genomes. We report an in vivo insertional-mutagenesis screen for genes cooperating with one AML initiating mutations (PML-RARA, oncogene of acute promyelocytic leukemia, APL), which allowed identification of hundreds of genetic cooperators. The cooperators are mutated at low frequency in APL or AML patients but are always abnormally expressed in a cohort of 182 APLs and AMLs analyzed. These deregulations appear non-randomly distributed and present in all samples, regardless of their associated genomic mutations. Reverse-engineering approaches showed that these cooperators belong to a single transcriptional gene network, enriched in genes mutated in AMLs, where perturbation of single genes modifies expression of others. Their gene-ontology analysis showed enrichment of genes directly involved in cell proliferation control. Therefore, the pool of PML-RARA cooperating mutations appears large and heterogeneous, but functionally equivalent and deregulated in the majority of APLs and AMLs. Our data suggest that the high heterogeneity of DNA mutations in APLs and AMLs can be reduced to patterns of gene expression deregulation of a single 'mutated' gene network.Leukemia advance online publication, 20 January 2017; doi:10.1038/leu.2016.386.

  8. Raras criaturas: la audacia expresiva de Marosa Di Giorgio

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    María José Bruña Bragado

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Bueno...Vos sabés que yo tenía el cabello muy largo, y la gente siempre me dijo que yo era rara... siempre dijo. Vos te acordás que en Salto, me llamaban “La rara”. Marosa di GiorgioTras el paréntesis de la dictadura militar uruguaya (1973-1984, regresa la palabra renovada desde una vertiente iconoclasta que da espacio a distintos registros y formas artísticas (video-arte, performance, teatro, arte plástico, en lo que constituye un mosaico postmoderno, lejos ya de la humanización y el r...

  9. Procesos de separación de las tierras raras

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    Alguacil, F. J.

    1997-06-01

    Full Text Available The rare earth elements are unique in its behaviour, its similar properties make very difficult its separation by conventional procedures, this linked to the necessity to obtain high grade final products, as demanded by modern industry, had led to the develop of new technologies that allow the final goal of the utilization of these rare elements: the separation and obtention of products which cope the demands of its uses are needed for. The present work revised some of the applications of these technologies in the separation and purification of rare earths.

    Los elementos pertenecientes al grupo de las tierras raras presentan un comportamiento peculiar, consistente en que sus propiedades parecidas hacen que su separación con los procedimientos convencionales no sea fácil. Este hecho, unido a las condiciones de alta pureza que su uso práctico demanda, han llevado al desarrollo de nuevas tecnologías que permiten la separación y obtención de estos elementos en condiciones de pureza elevada. En el presente trabajo se revisan algunos de los resultados obtenidos con la aplicación de estas tecnologías en la separación y purificación de las tierras raras.

  10. Development and validation of a 3-Plex RT-qPCR assay for the simultaneous detection and quantitation of the three PML-RARa fusion transcripts in acute promyelocytic leukemia.

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    Zhanguo Chen

    Full Text Available Rapid diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL with promyelocytic leukemia-retinoic acid receptor alpha (PML-RARa contributes to a highly effective therapy with all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA. Real-time quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR is a valuable tool to diagnose APL with PML-RARa. However, a single RT-qPCR analysis, which is laborious and costly, has to be performed in three reactions to determine whether one of the three PML-RARa transcripts is present and to quantify the involved transcript. This paper describes a novel TaqMan MGB probe-based 3-plex RT-qPCR assay in a single reaction to detect simultaneously the three PML-RARa transcripts. Specific primers and probe were designed, and the results were further normalized to the Abelson gene. The detection results for the serially diluted plasmid indicate that the analytical sensitivity was 10 copies per reaction for PML-RARa bcr1, bcr2, and bcr3. A relatively high sensitivity of 10-4 was achieved with this assay when analyzing the bcr1 transcripts obtained from the NB4 cell line. The reproducibility was satisfactory because the coefficients of variation of cycle threshold values were less than 3% for both inter- and intra-assays. After testing 319 newly diagnosed patients with leukemia (including 61 APL cases, the results of the 3-plex RT-qPCR assay completely agreed with the traditional methods used for the detection of PML-RARa. The quantitative results of the 3-plex RT-qPCR were highly correlated with the single RT-qPCR and showed similar assay sensitivity for 60 PML-RARa positive APL samples at diagnosis and 199 samples from 57 patients during follow-up. Interestingly, one PML-RARa bcr2 case at diagnosis with breakpoint at 1579, which was not detected by the single RT-q-PCR, was detected by the 3-plex RT-qPCR assay. The 3-plex RT-qPCR assay is a specific, sensitive, stable, and cost-effective method that can be used for the rapid diagnosis and

  11. epidemiológica de las enfermedades raras en España

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    Óscar Zurriaga Lloréns

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Fundamento: En el caso de las enfermedades raras existen dificultades para utilizar herramientas como los registros de enfermedades. El objetivo de este trabajo es describir la situación de los registros sobre enfermedades raras en España. Métodos: Se utiliza la información proporcionada por dos directorios de registros sanitarios españoles elaborados por la Agencia Española de Evaluación de Tecnologías Sanitarias, realizando un estudio descriptivo transversal. Los registros identificados en estos directorios se han clasificado como: 1 «Específicos de enfermedades raras», 2 «No específicos pero con información de enfermedades raras», y 3 «No informativos sobre enfermedades raras». Resultados: En el directorio del año 2000 aparecían 82 registros, de los que el 15,8% se clasificaron en el grupo 1, mientras que en la revisión de 2005 se identificaron 107 registros, 16,8% en el grupo 1. Las principales áreas temáticas de los registros sanitarios del grupo 2 fueron el cáncer, la mortalidad, la psiquiatría y la nefrología. En los directorios no se ha hallado ningún registro genérico de enfermedades raras. Conclusiones: Aunque escasos, existen registros sanitarios en España con información sobre enfermedades raras. Se han identificado áreas temáticas con carencias de registros y también registros o sistemas de información no identificados en las fuentes utilizadas. Es necesario continuar los esfuerzos por mejorar la información disponible sobre las enfermedades raras.

  12. One Case of PML / Rara Fusion Gene-Negative Chromosomal Changes Associated With Complex Karyotypes of Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia%PML/RARa阴性伴复杂核型染色体改变的急性早幼粒细胞白血病(APL)一例

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    赵丽菲; 张小卿

    2012-01-01

    急性早幼粒细胞白血病( APL)是急性白血病的一种特殊类型.全反式维甲酸(ATRA)、三氧化二砷相继应用于APL的治疗,使其成为急性髓系白血病中治愈率最高的一个亚型;而PML/RARa阴性伴复杂核型染色体改变的急性髓系白血病M3型则属于高危预后.%Acute promyelocytic leukemia ( APL) is a special type of acute leukemia. All-trans retinoic acid ( ATRA ), arsenic trioxide have been used in the treatment of APL, to become acute myeloid leukemia, a subtype of the highest cure rate.But PML / RARa negative chromosomal changes associated with complex karyotypes of acute myeloid leukemia M3 type belong to high-risk prognostic.

  13. High-throughput sequencing of Astrammina rara: Sampling the giant genome of a giant foraminiferan protist

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    Reilly Andrew A

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Foraminiferan protists, which are significant players in most marine ecosystems, are also genetic innovators, harboring unique modifications to proteins that make up the basic eukaryotic cell machinery. Despite their ecological and evolutionary importance, foraminiferan genomes are poorly understood due to the extreme sequence divergence of many genes and the difficulty of obtaining pure samples: exogenous DNA from ingested food or ecto/endo symbionts often vastly exceed the amount of "native" DNA, and foraminiferans cannot be cultured axenically. Few foraminiferal genes have been sequenced from genomic material, although partial sequences of coding regions have been determined by EST studies and mass spectroscopy. The lack of genomic data has impeded evolutionary and cell-biology studies and has also hindered our ability to test ecological hypotheses using genetic tools. Results 454 sequence analysis was performed on a library derived from whole genome amplification of microdissected nuclei of the Antarctic foraminiferan Astrammina rara. Xenogenomic sequence, which was shown not to be of eukaryotic origin, represented only 12% of the sample. The first foraminiferal examples of important classes of genes, such as tRNA genes, are reported, and we present evidence that sequences of mitochondrial origin have been translocated to the nucleus. The recovery of a 3' UTR and downstream sequence from an actin gene suggests that foraminiferal mRNA processing may have some unusual features. Finally, the presence of a co-purified bacterial genome in the library also permitted the first calculation of the size of a foraminiferal genome by molecular methods, and statistical analysis of sequence from different genomic sources indicates that low-complexity tracts of the genome may be endoreplicated in some stages of the foraminiferal life cycle. Conclusions These data provide the first window into genomic organization and genetic control in

  14. Representación social de las enfermedades raras en la prensa española

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    Sebastián Sánchez Castillo

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    Las enfermedades raras en España afectan directamente a más de 3 millones de personas, por lo que puede considerarse como un problema de salud de gran interés social. Los datos que se presentan en esta investigación son el resultado de un análisis de contenido sobre el tratamiento que la prensa otorga a los afectados de enfermedades raras, a través de los textos de las noticias y fotografías presentes en los principales diarios españoles. Tomando la teoría del framing como base teórica se ...

  15. Estado de las enfermedades raras que cursan con discapacidad intelectual en Colombia

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    Hurtado Sánchez, Johan Sebastián

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    Las enfermedades raras o huérfano son una problemática que ha tomado mucha importancia en el contexto mundial del presente siglo, estas se han definido como crónicas, de difícil tratamiento de sus síntomas y con baja prevalencia en la población; muchas de estas enfermedades cursan con varios tipos de discapacidad, siendo el objetivo del presente trabajo el enfocarse en aquellas enfermedades raras que cursan con discapacidad intelectual. Para poder profundizar en estas enfermedades se realizó ...

  16. Cleft lip with or without cleft palate: Associations with transforming growth factor alpha and retinoic acid receptor loci

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    Chenevix-Trench, G.; Jones, K. (Queensland Inst. of Medical Research (Australia) Univ. of Queensland (Australia)); Green, A.C.; Duffy, D.L.; Martin, N.G. (Queensland Inst. of Medical Research (Australia))

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    The first association study of cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL/P), with candidate genes, found an association with the transforming growth-factor alpha (TGFA) locus. This finding has since been replicated, in whole or in part, in three independent studies. Here the authors extend their original analysis of the TGFA TaqI RFLP to two other TGFA RFLPs and seven other RFLPs at five candidate genes in 117 nonsyndromic cases of CL/P and 113 controls. The other candidate genes were the retinoic acid receptor (RARA), the bcl-2 oncogene, and the homeobox genes 2F, 2G, and EN2. Significant associations with the TGFA TaqI and BamHI RFLPs were confirmed, although associations of clefting with previously reported haplotypes did not reach significance. Of particular interest, in view of the known teratogenic role of retinoic acid, was a significant association with the RARA PstI RFLP (P = .016; not corrected for multiple testing). The effect on risk of the A2 allele appears to be additive, and although the A2A2 homozygote only has an odds ratio of about 2 and recurrence risk to first-degree relatives ([lambda][sub 1]) of 1.06, because it is so common it may account for as much as a third of the attributable risk of clefting. There is no evidence of interaction between the TGFA and RARA polymorphisms on risk, and jointly they appear to account for almost half the attributable risk of clefting. 43 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs.

  17. Orofacial clefts, parental cigarette smoking, and transforming growth factor-alpha gene variants

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    Shaw, G.M.; Wasserman, C.R.; O`Malley, C.D. [California Birth Defects Monitoring Program, Emeryville, CA (United States)] [and others

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    Results of studies determine whether women who smoke during early pregnancy are at increased risk of delivering infants with orofacial clefts have been mixed, and recently a gene-environment interaction between maternal smoking, transforming growth factor-alpha (TGFa), and clefting has been reported. Using a large population-based case-control study, we investigated whether parental periconceptional cigarette smoking was associated with an increased risk for having offspring with orofacial clefts. We also investigated the influence of genetic variation of the TGFa locus on the relation between smoking and clefting. Parental smoking information was obtained from telephone interviews with mothers of 731 (84.7% of eligible) orofacial cleft case infants and with mothers of 734 (78.2%) nonmalformed control infants. DNA was obtained from newborn screening blood spots and genotyped for the allelic variants of TGFa. We found that risks associated with maternal smoking were most elevated for isolated cleft lip with or without cleft palate, (odds ratio 2.1 [95% confidence interval 1.3-3.6]) and for isolated cleft palate (odds ratio 2.2 [1.1-4.5]) when mothers smoked {ge} 20 cigarrettes/d. These risks for white infants ranged from 3-fold to 11-fold across phenotypic groups. Paternal smoking was not associated with clefting among the offspring of nonsmoking mothers, and passive smoke exposures were associated with at most slightly increased risks. This study offers evidence that the risk for orofacial clefting in infants may be influenced by maternal smoke exposures alone as well as in combination (gene-environment interaction) with the presence of the uncommon TGFa allele. 56 refs., 5 tabs.

  18. FISH Detection of PML-RARA Fusion in ins(15;17 Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia Depends on Probe Size

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    Lynda J. Campbell

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL is usually confirmed by cytogenetics showing the characteristic t(15;17, but a minority of patients have a masked PML/RARA fusion. We report ten patients with APL and no evidence of the t(15;17, in whom the insertion of RARA into PML could not be demonstrated by initial FISH studies using a standard dual fusion probe but was readily identified using smaller probes. Given the need for rapid diagnosis of APL, it is important to be aware of the false negative rate for large PML/RARA FISH probes in the setting of masked rearrangements.

  19. Patrones de las enfermedades raras congénitas en pacientes ingresados en un hospital regional

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    M.C. Martínez Cirre

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Fundamento. Describir el patrón de pacientes ingresados por enfermedades raras correspondientes a anomalías congénitas en un hospital regional. Métodos. Estudio transversal retrospectivo. Se consideraron las altas de hospitalización de los años 2009-2012 con diagnóstico principal entre los códigos CIE 9R MC 740-759. La fuente de información fue el Conjunto Mínimo Básico de Datos. Se analizaron variables sociodemográficas y clínicas. Resultados. Ingresan en el hospital por enfermedades raras congénitas un 1,6% de la población Un 58,5% fueron varones, con edad media de 21,4 ± 21,5 años. Las Categorías Diagnósticas Mayores más frecuentes fueron Enfermedades del sistema nervioso (86,9%, Enfermedades del aparato circulatorio (51,7% y Sistema músculo-esquelético (50,3%. El 18% de las hospitalizaciones correspondieron a reingresos de pacientes. El servicio con mayor número de episodios fue Cirugía Pediátrica, 29%, seguido de Neurocirugía, 20%. Conclusiones. El patrón de enfermedad rara congénita en el hospital Universitario Virgen de las Nieves corresponde a un paciente joven, con una enfermedad perteneciente al grupo de la Categoría Diagnóstica Mayor Enfermedad del sistema nervioso tratada quirúrgicamente y un porcentaje de reingresos no elevado.

  20. Síndrome Williams: una enfermedad rara con sintomatología contradictoria

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    Puente Ferreras, Aníbal; Fernández Lozano, María Paz; Alvarado Izquierdo, Jesús María; Jiménez Rodríguez, Virginia

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    El síndrome Williams (SW) es una de las enfermedades raras o infrecuentes. Tiene una incidencia de un caso cada 20.000 nacimientos vivos. Se trata de una alteración genética, localizada en el cromosoma 7 (banda 7q11.23), en el 99% de los casos. La alteración genética afecta el desarrollo y el funcionamiento del sistema nervioso central. Esta enfermedad no tiene cura pero se pueden suavizar los síntomas cognitivos, emocionales y sociales. El SW ocurre casi en exclusividad en niñas y de forma e...

  1. Vasculite testicular: uma manifestação rara de artrite reumatoide

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    Alexandre Wagner S. de Souza

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available A vasculite testicular é uma manifestação extra-articular muito rara da artrite reumatoide (AR. Descrevemos o caso de um homem de 53 anos com diagnóstico de AR por oito anos, sem controle adequado da doença. O paciente desenvolveu vasculite reumatoide, manifestada por úlceras de membros inferiores e neuropatia periférica. Apresentou ainda meningite neutrofílica aguda, tendo sido tratado com antibióticos e posterior pulsoterapia endovenosa com metilprednisolona (500 mg/dia por três dias, seguida de ciclofosfamida (2 mg/kg/ dia e prednisona orais. O paciente apresentou melhora do quadro, mas 15 dias após a alta hospitalar, houve reativação da meningite bacteriana. O paciente foi reinternado e tratado novamente com antibióticos. Três dias depois da segunda admissão hospitalar, o paciente apresentou dor, aumento de volume do testículo esquerdo e posteriormente gangrena. Foi realizada orquiectomia unilateral e o exame anatomopatológico revelou vasculite linfocítica. O paciente faleceu dois dias após a cirurgia devido a pneumonia aspirativa. Esse caso ilustra a vasculite testicular como uma manifestação rara e grave da vasculite reumatoide.

  2. Critérios para a definição de obras raras

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    Rizio Bruno Sant'Ana

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Discute-se a adoção de critérios de raridade em bibliotecas. Para tanto, são analisados os critérios, muitas vezes antagônicos, adotados por colecionadores e por diversas instituições públicas. Em seguida, são estudadas as normas presentes nos principais códigos de catalogação de obras raras, incluindo textos recentemente disponibilizados na Internet. Finalmente, são estudados mais detalhadamente vários textos, encontrados nos catálogos de obras raras das bibliotecas brasileiras, bem como os critérios adotados na Biblioteca Mário de Andrade, da Prefeitura Municipal de São Paulo. The author analyzes the adoption of criteria for the definition of rare books in libraries, studying the criteria adopted by book collectors and many public institutions. After that, we studied the main cataloging codes for rare books, including texts recently in the Internet. Finally, some texts, found in catalogues of rare books of the Brazilian libraries are studied more at great length, as well as the criteria adopted in the Mário de Andrade Public Library of São Paulo.

  3. Diagnóstico prenatal y manejo perinatal en enfermedades raras

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    Gustavo Renconret P., Dr.

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available El diagnóstico y manejo prenatal de enfermedades raras involucra un estudio multidisciplinario. Desde una visión obstétrica, herramientas de imagenología como la ultrasonografía y en menor medida la resonancia magnética fetal (RMF son esenciales para el diagnóstico de anomalías morfológicas y sospecha de defectos cromosómicos. Para el diagnóstico de enfermedades cromosómicas el estudio de cariograma obtenido de vellosidades coriales, líquido amniótico o sangre fetal mediante técnicas invasivas tal como biopsia corial, amniocentesis o cordocentesis ha sido hasta hace poco el gold standard del diagnóstico. Nuevas técnicas moleculares capaces de detectar microdeleciones como es el microarray nos ha permitido aproximarnos al origen de las enfermedades raras. Se revisarán además algunos de los defectos anatómicos raros y su enfoque neonatal.

  4. Variação anatômica venosa rara em membros inferiores

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    Melissa Andreia de Moraes Silva

    Full Text Available Resumo A anatomia do sistema venoso dos membros inferiores é uma das mais complexas no corpo humano. Devido a essa condição, é de extrema importância saber identificar variações que possam acometê-la, como as malformações congênitas. Em casos de agenesia de veias profundas, como uma malformação vascular rara, o quadro clínico pode manifestar-se com insuficiência venosa crônica, que pode evoluir com edema, hiperpigmentação e úlcera de membro inferior. Assim, em muitos casos, torna-se uma doença incapacitante e de difícil tratamento. Apresenta-se um caso de agenesia de segmento venoso femoropoplíteo no membro inferior direito em paciente de 36 anos de idade, que cursou com edema e varizes de grosso calibre no membro acometido.

  5. Defeitos induzidos por terras raras divalentes e trivalentes no Sr4Al14O25

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    Bispo, Giordano Frederico da Cunha

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    Neste trabalho foram estudados os mecanismos de dopagem e codopagem do Sr4Al14O25 com íons terras raras trivalentes e divalentes, utilizando a técnica da modelagem computacional estática. Um conjunto de parâmetros de potenciais foi desenvolvido para que fosse capaz de reproduzir o Sr4Al4O25 com uma diferença máxima nos parâmetros de rede de 2% e as estruturas cristalinas dos óxidos metálicos envolvidos tivessem uma diferença máxima nos parâmetros de rede de 3%. Após encontrarmos uma parame...

  6. “Baço errante”, uma causa rara de abdomen agudo

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    Resumo: Baço “errante” é uma condição rara caracterizada por hipermobilidade esplénica devido à ausência ou laxidez dos seus ligamentos, podendo apresentar-se como abdómen agudo quando ocorre torção do seu próprio pedículo. Apresenta-se o caso de baço “errante” em jovem do sexo feminino, de quinze anos, com vómitos e dor abdominal na admissão hospitalar. Ocorreu deterioração do estado clínico com aparecimento de sinais clínicos de abdómen agudo, sendo realizada laparotomia com remoção do baço...

  7. Rara causa de discapacidad intelectual: síndrome de Coffin Lowry

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    Elibett Carcasés Carcasés; Jorge Lefebre Navarro; Nora Orive Rodríguez; Orlando Peña Mancebo

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    El síndrome de Coffin–Lowry (CLS) es una rara forma sindrómica de retardo mental, que muestra una herencia dominante ligada al X. Sus signos principales son el retardo del desarrollo psicomotor y del crecimiento, las dismorfias craneofaciales, las anomalías digitales y las alteraciones esqueléticas progresivas. Se aplicó el método clínico y la técnica comparativa o de patrón para realizar el diagnóstico del CLS en escolar femenina, blanca, de 8 años, que llegó a servicio de Genética remitida ...

  8. Hemopneumotórax espontâneo: uma rara entidade clínica

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    THOMSON MÁRCIA

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    Full Text Available Hemopneumotórax espontâneo com sangramento intenso é considerado uma rara complicação do pneumotórax espontâneo. São apresentados dois casos com história aguda de dor torácica e dispnéia, tendo a radiografia de tórax revelado pneumotórax com nível líquido. Os dois casos foram drenados e evoluíram com sangramento, sendo submetidos à toracotomia exploradora. Em um caso foi encontrado vaso anômalo da artéria subclávia direita e, no outro caso, sangramento das aderências rompidas. Ambos os casos tiveram boa evolução no pós-operatório.

  9. PML-RARa modulates the vascular signature of extracellular vesicles released by acute promyelocytic leukemia cells.

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    Fang, Yi; Garnier, Delphine; Lee, Tae Hoon; D'Asti, Esterina; Montermini, Laura; Meehan, Brian; Rak, Janusz

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    Oncogenic transformation is believed to impact the vascular phenotype and microenvironment in cancer, at least in part, through mechanisms involving extracellular vesicles (EVs). We explored these questions in the context of acute promyelocytic leukemia cells (NB4) expressing oncogenic fusion protein, PML-RARa and exquisitely sensitive to its clinically used antagonist, the all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA). We report that NB4 cells produce considerable numbers of EVs, which are readily taken up by cultured endothelial cells triggering their increased survival. NB4 EVs contain PML-RARa transcript, but no detectable protein, which is also absent in endothelial cells upon the vesicle uptake, thereby precluding an active intercellular trafficking of this oncogene in this setting. ATRA treatment changes the emission profile of NB4-related EVs resulting in preponderance of smaller vesicles, an effect that occurs in parallel with the onset of cellular differentiation. ATRA also increases IL-8 mRNA and protein content in NB4 cells and their EVs, while decreasing the levels of VEGF and tissue factor (TF). Endothelial cell uptake of NB4-derived EVs renders these cells more TF-positive and procoagulant, and this effect is diminished by pre-treatment of EV donor cells with ATRA. Profiling angiogenesis-related transcripts in intact and ATRA-treated APL cells and their EVs reveals multiple differences attributable to cellular responses and EV molecular packaging. These observations point to the potential significance of changes in the angiogenic signature and activity associated with EVs released from tumor cells subjected to targeted therapy.

  10. O futuro dos livros do passado : a biblioteca digital contribuindo na preservação e acesso às obras raras

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    Nardino, Anelise Tolotti Dias; Caregnato, Sonia Elisa

    2006-01-01

    Este artigo tem por objetivo identificar na literatura as principais vantagens oferecidas pela biblioteca digital de obras raras. Descreve conceitos sobre obras raras, os critérios que as definem e os principais tipos de documentos que pertencem a essas coleções. Aponta alguns fatores que causam a deterioração de acervos bibliográficos, destacando iniciativas que contribuem na preservação, em especial, da obra rara. Define alguns conceitos de biblioteca digital e apresenta a biblioteca digita...

  11. Osteodistrofias raras do osso temporal Rare osteodysplasia of the temporal bone

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    Marcos L. Antunes

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available As osteodistrofias do osso temporal podem se manifestar de diversas maneiras, como envolvimento restrito ao osso temporal ou com envolvimento de outros ossos do crânio ou ainda fazerem parte de uma manifestação sistêmica. Consideramos, em nosso trabalho, duas entidades como osteodistofias raras, a osteopetrose e a doença de Camurati-Engelmann, esta última de incidência extremamente rara, com poucos relatos na literatura. Apresentamos dois casos de osteopetrose em sua forma benigna (doença de Albers-Schöenberg, um paciente de 11 anos e outro de 48 anos, ambos do sexo masculino, e um paciente de 28 anos do sexo feminino com a doença de Camurati-Engelmann (displasia diafisária hereditária progressiva, doenças hereditárias autossômicas que apresentam sintomas diversos. A paralisia facial periférica se manifestou em dois dos nossos pacientes. Discutimos alguns aspectos relacionados às manifestações clínicas destas doenças, achados radiológicos, assim como o diagnóstico diferencial e a conduta terapêutica diante de complicações das doenças.Temporal bone osteodysplasia can produce many different symptoms, such as involvement restricted to the temporal bone or impairment of other bones. We consider, in this study two entities that are rare osteodysplasia cases, which are osteopetrosis and Camurati-Engelmann disease, the latter being extremely rare. We present two cases of benign form of osteopetrosis (Albers-Schulenburg's disease, a patient of 11 years old and another one of 48 years old, both male, and a patient of 28 years old, female, with Camurati-Engelmann's disease. The facial palsy was a manifestation in two of the patients. We discuss some aspects about the clinical manifestations, radiological findings, as well as differential diagnostic and therapy in view of the complications of the diseases.

  12. DESHIDROGENACIÓN OXIDATIVA DE PROPANO POR FOSFATOS DE TIERRAS RARAS SOPORTADOS SOBRE PILC-AL

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    Carolina De Los Santos

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta la actividad catalítica en la deshidrogenación oxidativa de propano de diferentes fosfatos de tierra rara LnPO 4 (donde Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm y de los mismos soportados sobre una arcilla pilareada con aluminio de alta superficie específica. Los sólidos fueron caracterizados por ATG, DR X, adsorción de nitrógeno y análisis inmediato post reacción para determinar la eventual formación de carbón superficial. Los ensayos catalíticos usando como mezcla de reacción C 3 H 8 /O 2 /Ar = 10/10/80 se hicieron a temperaturas entre 400ºC y 600ºC. Todos los catalizadores fuer on activos. Los principales productos de reacción fueron: H 2 , CO, CO 2 , CH 4 , C 2 H 4 y C 3 H 6 , no detectándose compuestos orgánicos oxigenados. Aunque todos los sistemas investigados fueron activos, los catalizadores soportados sobre PILC-Al presentaron una actividad mayor que los másicos, siendo el mayor efecto para el samario en que el rendimiento a 600oC aumenta del 4% al 10%. Este efecto fue atribuido al incremento en el área superficial específica.

  13. Rara causa de discapacidad intelectual: síndrome de Coffin Lowry

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    Elibett Carcasés Carcasés

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available El síndrome de Coffin–Lowry (CLS es una rara forma sindrómica de retardo mental, que muestra una herencia dominante ligada al X. Sus signos principales son el retardo del desarrollo psicomotor y del crecimiento, las dismorfias craneofaciales, las anomalías digitales y las alteraciones esqueléticas progresivas. Se aplicó el método clínico y la técnica comparativa o de patrón para realizar el diagnóstico del CLS en escolar femenina, blanca, de 8 años, que llegó a servicio de Genética remitida de la consulta de Ortopedia, donde era atendida por hiperlaxitud articular y escoliosis. Por su baja frecuencia esta entidad es poco conocida, por lo que resulta interesante la presentación de este caso, identificando las principales manifestaciones clínicas, que permiten un diagnóstico precoz y el manejo adecuado que incluye al paciente y su familia.

  14. Síndrome Williams: una enfermedad rara con sintomatología contradictoria

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    Aníbal Puente Ferreras

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    Full Text Available El síndrome Williams (SW es una de las enfermedades raras o infrecuentes. Tiene una incidencia de un caso cada 20.000 nacimientos vivos. Se trata de una alteración genética, localizada en el cromosoma 7 (banda 7q11.23, en el 99% de los casos. La alteración genética afecta el desarrollo y el funcionamiento del sistema nervioso central. Esta enfermedad no tiene cura pero se pueden suavizar los síntomas cognitivos, emocionales y sociales. El SW ocurre casi en exclusividad en niñas y de forma excepcional en niños. Los estudios epidemiológicos indican que está presente en todas las etnias, lenguas y culturas. El rango más llamativo de las personas con SW es la discrepancia entre el funcionamiento intelectual general (retraso leve o moderado acompañado de unas habilidades lingüísticas sobresalientes, muy superiores a lo esperado para su edad cronológica y mental. En un porcentaje alto de casos se observan problemas cardiacos, endocrinos, alteraciones del sueño, hiperacusia selectiva y alteraciones en la cognición espacial.

  15. High-Risk Microgranular Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia with a Five-Way Complex Translocation Involving PML-RARA

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    Benjamin Powers

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL is classically characterized by chromosomal translocation (15;17, resulting in the PML-RARA fusion protein leading to disease. Here, we present a case of a 50-year-old man who presented with signs and symptoms of acute leukemia with concern for APL. Therapy was immediately initiated with all-trans retinoic acid. The morphology of his leukemic blasts was consistent with the hypogranular variant of APL. Subsequent FISH and cytogenetic analysis revealed a unique translocation involving five chromosomal regions: 9q34, 17q21, 15q24, 12q13, and 15q26.1. Molecular testing demonstrated PML/RARA fusion transcripts. Treatment with conventional chemotherapy was added and he went into a complete remission. Given his elevated white blood cell count at presentation, intrathecal chemotherapy for central nervous system prophylaxis was also given. The patient remains on maintenance therapy and remains in remission. This is the first such report of a 5-way chromosomal translocation leading to APL. Similar to APL with chromosomal translocations other than classical t(15;17 which result in the typical PML-RARA fusion, our patient responded promptly to an ATRA-containing regimen and remains in complete remission.

  16. High-Risk Microgranular Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia with a Five-Way Complex Translocation Involving PML-RARA.

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    Powers, Benjamin; Persons, Diane; Rao, Deepthi; Woodroof, Janet; Lin, Tara L

    2015-01-01

    Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is classically characterized by chromosomal translocation (15;17), resulting in the PML-RARA fusion protein leading to disease. Here, we present a case of a 50-year-old man who presented with signs and symptoms of acute leukemia with concern for APL. Therapy was immediately initiated with all-trans retinoic acid. The morphology of his leukemic blasts was consistent with the hypogranular variant of APL. Subsequent FISH and cytogenetic analysis revealed a unique translocation involving five chromosomal regions: 9q34, 17q21, 15q24, 12q13, and 15q26.1. Molecular testing demonstrated PML/RARA fusion transcripts. Treatment with conventional chemotherapy was added and he went into a complete remission. Given his elevated white blood cell count at presentation, intrathecal chemotherapy for central nervous system prophylaxis was also given. The patient remains on maintenance therapy and remains in remission. This is the first such report of a 5-way chromosomal translocation leading to APL. Similar to APL with chromosomal translocations other than classical t(15;17) which result in the typical PML-RARA fusion, our patient responded promptly to an ATRA-containing regimen and remains in complete remission.

  17. Pele de Cordeiro? Associativismo e mercado na produção de cuidado para doenças raras.

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    Rogério Lima BARBOSA

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    Full Text Available Esta dissertação tem como objetivo analisar os atores presentes no campo do cuidado das doenças raras – Estado, mercado, comunidade –, avaliando o papel de cada um e as relações entre eles. Centra-se, sobretudo, na análise das associações da sociedade civil. As abordagens disponíveis, no interior das ciências sociais, possuem a particularidade de generalizarem as conclusões sobre as associações civis de doenças raras a partir de uma visão europeia e olharem maioritariamente para as grandes associações, que trabalham numa óptica de advocacy. Este trabalho pretende ser um contributo para alargar esta visão, contrapondo à experiência europeia, a realidade vivida na América Latina e, especificamente no Brasil.Ao realizar uma observação detalhada do trabalho das associações no domínio das doenças raras e das suas relações com o Estado, o mercado e as famílias, esta pesquisa chama a atenção para a prevalência de uma intervenção centrada na procura do medicamento, na qual os interesses mercantis dominam.A análise do jogo complexo entre atores no campo das doenças raras leva à identificação de um Modelo Utilitário do Cuidado, no qual os valores do capital fazem do paciente a matéria prima para a medicação e da família os agentes de produção para a comercialização. Neste caminho, as necessidades do paciente são invisibilizadas, a doença é vinculada diretamente ao medicamento e as abordagens multidisciplinares esquecidas. Ao pensar-se que a medicação é a forma de tratamento para quem sofre com alguma doença rara, tanto as associações de pacientes quanto o Estado desenvolvem as suas atividades para a produção de pesquisas e, posteriormente, venda de remédios.

  18. Candidate gene association studies in syndromic and non-syndromic cleft lip and palate

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    Daack-Hirsch, S.; Basart, A.; Frischmeyer, P. [Univ. of Iowa, IA (United States)] [and others

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    Using ongoing case ascertainment through a birth defects registry, we have collected 219 nuclear families with non-syndromic cleft lip and/or palate and 111 families with a collection of syndromic forms. Syndromic cases include 24 with recognized forms and 72 with unrecognized syndromes. Candidate gene studies as well as genome-wide searches for evidence of microdeletions and isodisomy are currently being carried out. Candidate gene association studies, to date, have made use of PCR-based polymorphisms for TGFA, MSX1, CLPG13 (a CA repeat associated with a human homologue of a locus that results in craniofacial dysmorphogenesis in the mouse) and an STRP found in a Van der Woude syndrome microdeletion. Control tetranucleotide repeats, which insure that population-based differences are not responsible for any observed associations, are also tested. Studies of the syndromic cases have included the same list of candidate genes searching for evidence of microdeletions and a genome-wide search using tri- and tetranucleotide polymorphic markers to search for isodisomy or structural rearrangements. Significant associations have previously been identified for TGFA, and, in this report, identified for MSX1 and nonsyndromic cleft palate only (p = 0.04, uncorrected). Preliminary results of the genome-wide scan for isodisomy has returned no true positives and there has been no evidence for microdeletion cases.

  19. Gnatophyma: a rare form of rosacea Gnatofima: uma forma rara de rosácea

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    Ana Carolina Lisboa de Macedo

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Phyma is the last stage of rosacea and is due to chronic inflammation and edema. It can affect nose (rhinophyma, chin (gnatophyma, forehead (metophyma, ears (otophyma and eyelids (blepharophyma. Rhinophyma is the most frequent location and there are few reports about gnatophyma. We report the case of a female patient, 41 years old, who had an infiltrated, erythematous, edematous plaque around the chin and lower lip for two years. Histopathology showed perivascular lymphocytic infiltrate, hypertrophied follicles and sebaceous glands, dilated vessels and fibrosis. She was treated with oral tetracycline, oral ivermectin and metronidazole cream with a satisfactory response. The clinical, histopathological and therapeutic response correlation confirmed the diagnosis of gnatophyma, a rare variant of phyma.Fima é o estágio final da rosácea e ocorre devido ao edema e inflamação crônica. Pode acometer nariz (rinofima, mento (gnatofima, fronte (metofima, orelhas (otofima e pálpebras (blefarofima. Rinofima é a localização mais encontrada e há raros relatos de gnatofima. Relataremos paciente feminina, 41 anos, que apresentava placa infiltrada, eritêmato-edematosa, em todo o mento e lábio inferior há dois anos. Histopatológico com infiltrado linfocitário perianexial e perivascular, folículos e glândulas sebáceas hipertrofiadas, vasos ectasiados e fibrose perianexial. Foi instituído tratamento com tetraciclina via oral, ivermectina via oral e metronidazol creme com resposta satisfatória. Através da correlação clínica, histopatológica e resposta terapêutica confirmou-se o diagnóstico da variante rara de fima, gnatofima.

  20. MicroRNA-27a Contributes to Rhabdomyosarcoma Cell Proliferation by Suppressing RARA and RXRA.

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    Lucia Tombolan

    Full Text Available Rhabdomyosarcomas (RMS are rare but very aggressive childhood tumors that arise as a consequence of a regulatory disruption in the growth and differentiation pathways of myogenic precursor cells. According to morphological criteria, there are two major RMS subtypes: embryonal RMS (ERMS and alveolar RMS (ARMS with the latter showing greater aggressiveness and metastatic potential with respect to the former. Efforts to unravel the complex molecular mechanisms underlying RMS pathogenesis and progression have revealed that microRNAs (miRNAs play a key role in tumorigenesis.The expression profiles of 8 different RMS cell lines were analyzed to investigate the involvement of miRNAs in RMS. The miRNA population from each cell line was compared to a reference sample consisting of a balanced pool of total RNA extracted from those 8 cell lines. Sixteen miRNAs whose expression discriminates between translocation-positive ARMS and negative RMS were identified. Attention was focused on the role of miR-27a that is up-regulated in the more aggressive RMS cell lines (translocation-positive ARMS in which it probably acts as an oncogene. MiR-27a overexpressing cells showed a significant increase in their proliferation rate that was paralleled by a decrease in the number of cells in the G1 phase of the cell cycle. It was possible to demonstrate that miR-27a is implicated in cell cycle control by targeting the retinoic acid alpha receptor (RARA and retinoic X receptor alpha (RXRA.Study results have demonstrated that miRNA expression signature profiling can be used to classify different RMS subtypes and suggest that miR-27a may have a therapeutic potential in RMS by modulating the expression of retinoic acid receptors.

  1. Necesidades en las enfermedades raras durante la edad pediátrica Needs in rare diseases during paediatric age

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    L. Gaite

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Las enfermedades raras plantean una serie de retos a los afectados y sus familias: el diagnóstico, afrontar los síntomas, la información sobre la enfermedad, obtención de atención sanitaria adecuada, disponibilidad de fármacos, discapacidad e impacto emocional. Los niños con enfermedades raras constituyen un grupo poblacional muy importante desde el punto de vista de los servicios sanitarios y sociales, y las familias deben proporcionar cuidados durante largo tiempo a estos niños enfermos. La repercusión de las enfermedades raras en los niños es de gran alcance, extendiéndose más allá de ellos mismos, a todas las personas de su entorno. Son múltiples las facetas de la vida afectadas, incluyendo las relaciones familiares y sociales, el bienestar económico o las actividades cotidianas. La evaluación de las necesidades en las enfermedades raras es una fase crítica para proporcionar una atención sanitaria de alta calidad y conseguir la satisfacción del enfermo y su familia. Los hallazgos de diferentes estudios han puesto de manifiesto que las personas con enfermedades raras tienen necesidades médicas y sociales. Las necesidades sociales están adquiriendo una gran relevancia en los países desarrollados, en los que los servicios sanitarios, aún con limitaciones, tienen mayor disponibilidad que los servicios sociales. Por consiguiente, parece necesario que los servicios sanitarios y sociales para las personas con enfermedades raras deben mejorarse para abordar las necesidades de los pacientes y proporcionar mejor apoyo a las familias. En este sentido, sigue siendo necesario disponer de instrumentos validados con buenas propiedades psicométricas para valorar la calidad de la asistencia en función de las necesidades de los pacientes y sus familias.All rare diseases present a common set of challenges to the sufferers and their families: diagnosis, dealing with symptoms, health information, obtaining helpful medical care

  2. Análisis bibliométrico de la influencia de la Genética en enfermedades raras, a partir de las bases de datos Pubmed y SCI (2000-2009

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    Serrano-López, Antonio Eleazar

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    Full Text Available This work focuses on the bibliometric analysis of journal articles published about two rare diseases that produce mental and behavioural disorders: Rett Syndrome and CADASIL, during the period 2000-2009. Furthermore, although Rett mainly affects females and the causes of both diseases are very different, they have in common that both are genetic disorders. To carry out the analysis we used two databases, Medline and SCI --each with its advantages and biases but complementary to each other-- together with a multidimensional analysis methodology in order to determine the relationship between output about these rare diseases and the advances in the field of Genetics. The results show a clear difference in research patterns for the two diseases, but a convergence on a common factor, genetic influence, although this is more pronounced in the Rett syndrome. Finally it concludes that the great milestones in the field of genetics, both specific (mutations in genes that cause disease and general (the human genome sequencing, significantly affect the scientific activity surrounding these rare diseases.Este trabajo se centra en el análisis bibliométrico de los artículos de revista publicados sobre dos enfermedades raras que generan trastornos mentales y del comportamiento: CADASIL y Síndrome de Rett, durante el periodo 2000- 2009. Además, aunque el Rett afecta fundamentalmente al género femenino y las causas de ambas enfermedades son muy diferentes, tienen en común que en ambos casos se trata de trastornos con un origen genético. Para llevar a cabo el análisis se utilizaron dos bases de datos, Medline y SCI y una metodología de análisis multidimensional que permitiera determinar la relación existente entre la producción en estas enfermedades raras y los avances en el campo de la Genética. Los resultados encontrados muestran una clara diferenciación en los patrones de investigación en ambas enfermedades, aunque confluyen en un factor com

  3. Acute promyelocytic leukemia in early pregnancy with translocation t(15;17) and variant PML/RARA fusion transcripts.

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    Park, Tae Sung; Lee, Seung Tae; Kim, Jin Seok; Song, Jaewoo; Lee, Kyung-A; Kim, Sue Jung; Seok, Yoon-Mi; Lee, Hyeon-Ji; Han, Jeong-Hyun; Kim, Jong-Kee; Lee, Eun Yup; Choi, Jong Rak

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    A 32-year-old pregnant woman in the 13th gestational week was brought to Severance Hospital with gum bleeding and easy bruising. Initial laboratory results revealed anemia and thrombocytopenia. In a peripheral blood smear, 81% of leukocytes were large, abnormal promyelocytes. Bone marrow aspiration showed a hypercellular marrow with packed leukemic promyelocytes, and chromosome study revealed a karyotype of 46,XX,t(15;17)(q22;q21)[10]/46,XX[10]. In addition, variant fusion transcripts of PML/RARA were detected in the marrow specimen. The patient was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) and was treated with all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and idarubicin. One month from the patient's initial diagnosis a follow-up bone marrow examination was performed, revealing complete remission (CR). We know of no previous reports of APL during pregnancy associated with variant PML/RARA fusion transcripts. Here, we describe a novel case of APL in a pregnant woman with a t(15;17) translocation and variant fusion transcripts.

  4. Enfermedades raras en pediatría Rare diseases in paediatrics

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    D. González-Lamuño

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Pocas áreas de la asistencia pediátrica son tan susceptibles de revisión en cuanto a las pautas de actuación, y de tan necesaria formación por parte del profesional, como la asistencia a un niño y a su familia con una enfermedad rara (ER, muy especialmente si se trata de un niño malformado. El impacto de por vida, que conllevan muchas ER, obliga a un seguimiento continuado del niño, centrado tanto en los aspectos evolutivos del mismo como en la adaptación de la familia al problema. Además de la triste realidad a la que se enfrentan, los padres frecuentemente deben tomar decisiones inmediatas sobre el tratamiento médico o quirúrgico de su hijo, o enfrentarse a una condición letal o incapacitante que les «roba» sus expectativas. Sólo una adecuada atención a cada uno de los múltiples problemas a los que se enfrentan estos niños y sus familias ayuda a minimizar el potencial handicap asociado a las ER. A pesar de la indudable complejidad que conlleva la profundización en este campo, el pediatra debe introducirse en el conocimiento de estas enfermedades con la finalidad de fundamentar su implicación en el diagnóstico y seguimiento de los pacientes. Su abstención ante esta responsabilidad repercutiría negativamente en la atención a estos enfermos, que deberá compartir con los especialistas correspondientes.Few areas of paediatric care are as susceptible to the revision of lines of action, and require such professional training, as the care of the child with a rare disease (RD and his/her family, especially if there are malformations. The lifelong impact, which many RDs entail, make continuous monitoring of the child compulsory, centred both on the evolutionary aspects of the RD and on the family’s adaptation to the problem. Besides the sad reality they confront, the parents must frequently make immediate decisions on medical or surgical treatment for their child, or face a lethal or disabling condition that "robs" them of

  5. Síndrome SAPHO: entidade rara ou subdiagnosticada? SAPHO syndrome: rare or under-diagnosed?

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    Jozephina Gonçalves Guerra

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever os achados clínicos, radiológicos e patológicos da síndrome SAPHO e sugerir que, apesar de ser considerada rara, esta síndrome deve estar sendo subdiagnosticada por clínicos e radiologistas, provavelmente em função do desconhecimento das suas características. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foi realizado estudo retrospectivo de seis casos confirmados desta síndrome, dando-se ênfase aos achados clínicos (idade, sexo e sintomas e de imagem (cintilografia óssea, radiografia convencional, tomografia computadorizada e ressonância magnética. RESULTADOS: A manifestação clínica inicial de todos os pacientes foi dor na parede torácica ântero-superior há pelo menos quatro meses. Todos apresentavam achados de imagem de processo inflamatório e/ou osteíte e hiperostose nas articulações da parede torácica ântero-superior. As alterações cutâneas da síndrome, tipo pustulose palmoplantar, estiveram presentes em cinco dos seis pacientes. Em nenhum dos seis casos o diagnóstico foi sugerido na consulta clínica inicial ou na primeira interpretação das imagens feita por radiologistas não especialistas em sistema músculo-esquelético. CONCLUSÃO: Os nossos achados estão de acordo com os descritos na literatura, devendo ser considerado este diagnóstico em todo paciente que apresente quadro doloroso de parede torácica acompanhado de manifestações dermatológicas e/ou osteíte.OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical, imaging and pathological findings of SAPHO syndrome and to point out that although considered rare this syndrome may be under-diagnosed by clinicians and radiologists, probably due to unfamiliarity with its features. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of six cases diagnosed in the last six years, with emphasis on clinical findings (age, sex and symptoms and imaging findings (bone scintigraphy, conventional x-ray, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging was conducted. RESULTS: The initial

  6. Síndrome de Churg Strauss: uma vasculite rara Churg strauss Syndrome: a rare vasculitis

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    Luciana Calvo Mardegan

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho é avaliar as características demográficas, clínicas, laboratoriais e histopatológica de pacientes com diagnóstico de síndrome de Churg Strauss (SCS acompanhados no ambulatório de vasculites do Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Estadual de Campinas (HC/Unicamp. Foi realizado estudo retrospectivo dos prontuários dos pacientes com vasculite primária, classificados como SCS pelos critérios do American College of Rheumathology (ACR. Foram observados cinco pacientes com diagnóstico de SCS (M/F:3/2, caucasóides. A média de idade do início da doença foi 46 anos (40-55. A média de tempo de seguimento foi de 2,37 anos (0,25-6. Sintomas sistêmicos, asma, neuropatia periférica e lesão cutânea foram observados em todos os pacientes. Envolvimento cardiovascular, renal e de trato gastrintestinal estiveram presentes cada qual em um paciente. Todos os pacientes apresentaram eosinofilia (>10%,e o p-ANCA foi positivo nos três casos investigados. A radiografia de tórax revelou infiltrado pulmonar intersticial em dois casos; em um, associado à derrame pleural. Na histopatologia, evidências de eosinófilos extravascular foram encontradas nas biópsias cutâneas de 3/4 pacientes. Todos os pacientes foram tratados com prednisona. Em 3, houve a necessidade de associar-se imunossupressor. Nenhum paciente evoluiu a óbito. A SCS é uma patologia rara, com acometimento sistêmico, sendo a asma uma das principais e mais precoce manifestação. Todos os pacientes apresentaram sintomas sistêmicos, acometimento de pele e sistema nervoso periférico. Envolvimento renal, cardíaco e gastrointestinal foi observado, cada qual em um único paciente, diferindo de outras séries nas quais esses acometimentos são mais freqüentes. Embora seja uma patologia grave e de prognóstico reservado, observamos evolução favorável com tratamento.The aim of this report is to verify the demographic, clinical, laboratorial and

  7. De rara avis a referéndum: El fenómeno de los latinismos en la prensa venezolana

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    Valentina Truneanu

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available La presencia de latinismos es común y fructífera en el discurso periodístico, el cual cuenta con expresiones como rara avis, modus operandi, grosso modo y referéndum. El objetivo de esta investigación consistió en analizar morfológica y semánticamente los latinismos empleados en la prensa venezolana, para lo cual se estudió una muestra extraída del diario El Universal. Los resultados obtenidos demuestran la aparición de latinismos en casi todas las secciones del periódico, las vacilaciones de los periodistas en torno a la ortografía, plurales y acentos, y los cambios entre el significado literal de la expresión latina y su significado en contexto.

  8. Propiedades dieléctricas y transición de fase del sistema BZT modificado con tierras raras

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    Boya Pimentel, Aurelio

    2010-01-01

    En este trabajo se ha investigado la influencia de la adición de tierras raras sobre la transición de fase y las propiedades dieléctricas del titanato circonato de bario, Ba(ZrxTi1-x)O3 (BZT). Las muestras fueron obtenidas por síntesis convencional de reacción en estado sólido. Los compuestos cerámicos, de fórmula química Ba1-yLn2y/3Zr0,09Ti0,91O3 (Ln = La, Pr, Nd, Gd; 0,0 ≤ y ≤ 0,1), presentaron estructura cristalina pura tipo perovskita. Los resultados del análisis de la dependencia de la p...

  9. El uso de Facebook en asociaciones españolas de enfermedades raras: ¿cómo y para qué lo utilizan?

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    Manuel Armayones

    2015-09-01

    Conclusiones: La alineación entre los intereses de las asociaciones a través de su presencia en Facebook y los ámbitos de actuación de la estrategia nacional de enfermedades raras permite ser optimistas sobre la viabilidad de utilizar Facebook como espacio de encuentro y trabajo colaborativo.

  10. Dermatomiofibroma: relato de caso de doença rara Dermatomyofibroma: a case report of a rare disease

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    Priscila Marques de Macedo

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available O Dermatomiofibroma está incluído no grupo de lesões neoplásicas mesenquimais benignas de linhagem fibroblástica e miofibroblástica da pele. É uma doença rara, havendo aproximadamente 100 casos descritos na literatura mundial até o momento. Este artigo relata o caso de uma mulher jovem com apresentação clínica típica e diagnóstico histopatológico de dermatomiofibroma. Foram realizadas colorações especiais que mostraram preservação das fibras colágenas e a imunohistoquímica revelou positividade para vimentina e negatividade para actina e S100. Por se tratar de doença rara, os achados histopatológicos são de grande importância, mas a supeição clínica é possível em casos típicos como este.Dermato myofibroma is included in the group of benign cutaneous mesenchymal neoplastic lesions of fibroblastic and myofibroblastic lineage. It's a rare disease and there are approximately only one hundred cases described worldwide in the medical literature up to now. The present study reports the case of a young woman with typical clinical cutaneous lesion and histopathological diagnosis of dermato myofibroma. Special stains were carried out which showed preserved collagen fibers and immunohistochemistry was positive for vimentin and negative for actin and S100. As it is a rare disease, the histopathological findings are of great importance but clinical suspicion is possible in typical cases such as this one.

  11. Evaluating frequency of PML-RARA mutations and conferring resistance to arsenic trioxide-based therapy in relapsed acute promyelocytic leukemia patients.

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    Lou, Yinjun; Ma, Yafang; Sun, Jianai; Ye, Xiujin; Pan, Hanzhang; Wang, Yungui; Qian, Wenbin; Meng, Haitao; Mai, Wenyuan; He, JingSong; Tong, Hongyan; Jin, Jie

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    The aim of the study is to better understand the mechanism of relapse and acquired clinical resistance to arsenic trioxide (ATO) and/or all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA). Thirty relapsed acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) patients were followed. Fifteen patients experienced two or more relapses; nine patients had clinical resistance to ATO-based therapy. The frequency and clinical significance of promyelocytic leukemia (PML)-retinoic acid receptor alpha (RARA) mutational status using Sanger sequencing were evaluated. Overall, eight different types of mutations in the RARA region (V218D, R272Q, T278A, T291I, N299D, R294W, A300G, and L220_F228delinsP) were identified in 11 patients. Eight missense mutations (L211P, C213R, S214L, A216V, L217F, D219H, S221G, and D241G) were found in the PML portion of PML-RARA in 14 patients, with A216V as the predominant mutation. Eight patients were found to harbor both PML and RARA mutations over the course of the disease. The PML-region mutations were associated with response to ATO-based therapy (P < 0.0001), number of relapses (P = 0.001), and early relapse (P = 0.013). Notably, one case sampled at nine different time points showed alternating clonal dominance over the course of treatment. This study demonstrated frequent mutations of PML-RARA and supported a clonal selection model in relation to APL relapse and ATO resistance.

  12. La comunicación en la red de pacientes con enfermedades raras en España 

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    A Castillo Esparcia

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: Este estudio se centra en la estrategia de comunicación de las organizaciones de pacientes con enfermedades raras en internet. Objetivo: Analizar la utilización de las herramientas de comunicación en internet. Métodos: Se examinaron 143 organizaciones de pacientes nacionales. Se ha realizado un análisis de contenido de cada una de las webs de las organizaciones, redes sociales y blogs. Y se han llevado a cabo encuestas telefónicas a 90 organizaciones con las que se contactó, el 63% del total. Resultados: El 84% de las web está gestionada por miembros de las organizaciones sin formación específica y el 16% por profesionales. Se dirigen en la misma proporción a pacientes y allegados que al resto de la población, pero no utilizan herramientas que les permitan una comunicación más fluida. Discusión y Conclusiones: Los resultados muestran la necesidad de contar con personal especializado y con espacios habilitados en la red para comunicarse con el resto de la población.

  13. Recursos on-line en el manejo de enfermedades raras On-line resources in dealing with rare diseases

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    L. Aldamiz-Echevarría

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El incremento del conocimiento científico y la necesidad de su transmisión a los responsables de la salud y a los pacientes, ha propiciado que una herramienta útil sea la creación de portales web. En enfermedades poco prevalentes, como las enfermedades raras (ER, se asiste a la creación de portales que surgen desde el área de las sociedades científicas, desde los pacientes y las instituciones. En este capítulo se intenta reseñar los portales más significativos en ER tanto a nivel nacional como internacional.The increase in scientific knowledge and the need for its transmission to health professionals and patients has resulted in the creation of websites as a useful tool. In low prevalence diseases, such as rare diseases (RDs, sites are being created by scientific societies, institutions and patients. This section reviews the most important websites dealing with RDs both nationally and internationally.

  14. Dalila e la sua voglia di godersi l’intervallo: vita e pensieri di una giovane con malattia rara

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    Orazio Vecchio

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Dalila è una bella ragazza originaria della provincia di Catania, da tempo trasferitasi nel capoluogo etneo. Laureata, ha un lavoro, un marito e spera di avere presto anche un bambino. Scherza e sorride con generosità, ma sa essere seria e diligente quando si richiede. A vederla, impeccabile in ufficio o rilassata il sabato sera, nessuno sospetterebbe che possa avere una malattia rara e degenerativa. Eppure, tra le preoccupazioni di ogni giorno e le speranze per il futuro, Dalila affronta un’importante patologia autoimmune. Per tanto tempo ha taciuto, quasi nascosto o rimosso, la sua sofferenza; oggi ne parla con le persone più vicine e ha accettato di aprirsi in questo dialogo, in cui racconta l’impatto con la diagnosi e le prime cure, il rapporto con i genitori e quello con il marito, le relazioni con gli amici e i problemi sul lavoro, le lunghe ore in ospedale e i pensieri sulla morte, la voglia di vivere al meglio e la fede in Dio. Dimensioni e aspetti riscoperti o valorizzati grazie alla malattia.

  15. PREVALENCIA Y MORTALIDAD DE LA ENFERMEDAD DE HUNTINGTON A PARTIR DEL REGISTRO POBLACIONAL DE ENFERMEDADES RARAS DE LAS ISLAS BALEARES DURANTE EL PERÍODO 2010-2013

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    Mercedes Cáffaro Rovira

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    Full Text Available La enfermedad de Huntington (EH es una enfermedad hereditaria de baja prevalencia, por lo que se incluye en los registros de enfermedades raras. El registro poblacional de enfermedades raras de las Islas Baleares se inició en el año 2010. Previamente no existían datos de prevalencia y mortalidad de la EH en las Islas Baleares. El objetivo de este estudio fue determinar la prevalencia y la mortalidad de la enfermedad de Huntington en las Islas Baleares durante el periodo 2010-2013. Métodos: Se utilizaron como fuentes de información el registro poblacional de enfermedades raras de las Islas Baleares, del que se obtuvieron los casos diagnosticados, el Registro de mortalidad de las Islas Baleares, del que se obtuvieron los casos fallecidos, el registro del Servicio de Salud de las Islas Baleares del que se obtuvieron el número de tarjetas sanitarias y del Instituto Nacional de Estadística se obtuvieron los datos de población. Se calcularon las tasas de prevalencia y de mortalidad. Resultados: El registro poblacional de enfermedades raras de las Islas Baleares durante el periodo 2010-2013 registró 27 casos de EH. El 63% fueron mujeres. La tasa de prevalencia fue de 2,6 por 105 y la tasa de mortalidad de 1,1 por 105. La isla de Menorca fue la más afectada con una prevalencia de 5,9 por 105 y una mortalidad de 2,1 por 105. Conclusiones: La prevalencia y mortalidad de la EH en las Islas Baleares son bajas en comparación con zonas del entorno.

  16. Ni rara, ni extraordinaria: política y corporalidad en Eva Perón

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    Karina Elizabeth Vázquez

    Full Text Available Resumen Este ensayo analiza imágenes indiciales y representaciones icónicas de Eva Perón a partir de un enfoque que combina las nociones de corporalidad y afectividad con las teorías de la imagen fotográfica propuestas por WJT Mitchell, Roland Barthes y Susan Sontag. La tesis principal de este trabajo propone revisar los mitos sobre la figura de Eva Perón a partir de un análisis de su corporalidad y su relación con el imaginario pre-peronista en torno a la mujer, la política, la belleza y el consumo.

  17. THE EXPRESSION OF CONNEXIN GENES IN NASOPHARYNGEAL CARCINOMA CELLS AND THE EFFECT OF RETINOIC ACID ON THE REGULATION OF THOSE GENES

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    JIANG Ning; BIN Liang-hua; TANG Xiang-na; ZHOU Ming; ZENG Zhao-yang; Li Gui-yuan

    1999-01-01

    Objective: To detect which members in the connexin gene family are expressed in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cell line HNE1, and the mechanism by which those genes are specifically switched on and off during retinoic acid (RA) induction. Methods: Establishing the cell growth curves of NPC cells. Observing the effect of RA on connexin genes by Northern hybridization. Results: Two genes Cx46 and Cx37, belonging to the connexin gene family, were expressed in HNE, The down-regulation of Cx46 and Cx37, up-regulation of RARa and growth inhibition was observed in HNE1, after exposure to RA. The gene expression and cell growth in HNE1 cells was restored after removal of RA. Conclusion: Two members of the connexin gene family: Cx37 and Cx46 were expressed in HNE1 cells, RA can inhibit the expression of those two genes mediated by RARa, and the effects of RA on HNE1 are reversible.

  18. High WT1 expression is an early predictor for relapse in patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia in first remission with negative PML-RARa after anthracycline-based chemotherapy: a single-center cohort study

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    Jae-Ho Yoon

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    Full Text Available Abstract Wilms’ tumor gene 1 (WT1 expression is a well-known predictor for relapse in acute myeloid leukemia. We monitored WT1 decrement along the treatment course to identify its significant role as a marker for residual disease in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL and tried to suggest its significance for relapse prediction. In this single center retrospective study, we serially measured PML-RARa and WT1 expression from 117 APL patients at diagnosis, at post-induction and post-consolidation chemotherapies, and at every 3 months after starting maintenance therapy. All 117 patients were in molecular remission after treatment of at least 2 consolidation chemotherapies. We used WT1 ProfileQuant™ kit (Ipsogen for WT1 monitoring. High WT1 expression (>120 copies/104 ABL1 after consolidation and at early period (3 months after maintenance therapy significantly predicted subsequent relapse. All paired PML-RARa RQ-PCR were not detected except for one sample with early relapse. Patients with high WT1 expression at 3 months after maintenance therapy (n = 40 showed a significantly higher relapse rate (30.5 vs. 6.9%, P < 0.001 and inferior disease free survival (62.8 vs. 91.4%, P < 0.001. Multivariate analysis revealed that high peak leukocyte counts at diagnosis (HR = 6.4, P < 0.001 and high WT1 expression at 3 months after maintenance therapy (HR = 7.1, P < 0.001 were significant factors for prediction of relapse. Our data showed high post-remission WT1 expression was a reliable marker for prediction of subsequent molecular relapse in APL. In this high-risk group, early intervention with ATRA ± ATO, anti-CD33 antibody therapy, and WT1-specific therapy may be used for relapse prevention. Trial registration Clinical Research Information Service (CRIS, KCT0002079

  19. Síndrome de Liddle: diagnóstico tardio de causa rara de hipertensão arterial

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    Silva Ana Cristina Simões e

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: a finalidade desse relato de caso é chamar a atenção para uma doença que, embora rara, é causa de hipertensão arterial grave em crianças. O relato procura chamar a atenção dos pediatras para a importância do diagnóstico precoce de hipertensão arterial, e do valor de se estabelecer uma investigação apropriada a cada caso. Relato: neste artigo é relatado uma caso de um paciente de treze anos, do sexo masculino, com quadro clínico e laboratorial típico dessa doença. O diagnóstico foi estabelecido a partir do quadro clínico associado à presença de hipocalemia crônica, aumento da excreção urinária de potássio acoplado à retenção de sódio, e diminuição da atividade de renina plasmática e dos níveis circulantes de Angiotensina II e aldosterona. Apesar da resposta inicial ao uso de triamtereno, o paciente evoluiu com perda da função renal, secundária ao retardo no diagnóstico e ao mau controle da hipertensão. Discussão: a Síndrome de Liddle consiste numa forma de pseudo-aldosteronismo caracterizado por hipertensão arterial, hipocalemia, alcalose metabólica e retardo no crescimento. Alguns aspectos da fisiopatologia, do diagnóstico e do tratamento são discutidos no estudo.

  20. Doença de Marchiafava-Bignami: uma rara entidade com prognóstico sombrio

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    Paulo Eduardo Mestrinelli Carrilho

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available A doença de Marchiafava-Bignami é uma entidade rara, caracterizada por uma degeneração primária do corpo caloso, associada com o consumo crônico do etanol. A doença pode, ocasionalmente, ocorrer em pacientes não etilistas cronicamente desnutridos. Uma deficiência de vitaminas do complexo B é considerada como a hipótese etiopatogênica principal, uma vez que muitos pacientes obtiveram uma melhora após a administração desses compostos. Algumas vezes, entretanto, tal resposta terapêutica não foi observada. O diagnóstico definitivo da doença de Marchiafava-Bignami pode ser problemático e depende das características de estudos de neuroimagem, especialmente a ressonância magnética. Seu tratamento, dessa forma, é ainda controverso, com resultados variáveis. Como estão implicados fatores nutricionais, analogamente à encefalopatia de Wernicke, alguns autores recomendam a reposição de vitaminas do complexo B, particularmente da B1. O presente artigo relata a forma aguda da doença de Marchiafava-Bignami em um paciente masculino dependente do álcool, que apresentou discreta melhora após a administração parenteral das vitaminas do complexo B. Como consequência de suas más condições neurológicas e imunológicas, ele desenvolveu infecções pulmonares múltiplas e permaneceu, por longo tempo, na unidade de terapia intensiva. Seu óbito ocorreu por sepse causada por um fungo raro, o Rhodotorula mucilaginosa. O artigo é um relato clínico da evolução desse paciente, com a apresentação de seus dados de neuroimagem, acompanhada por uma revisão sobre doença de Marchiafava-Bignami e sobre as infecções por Rhodotorula dentro da perspectiva da unidade de cuidado intensivo.

  1. Morfeia generalizada em uma criança com ictiose arlequim, uma associação rara

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    Maria F.A. Giacomin

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Resumo Introdução Ictiose arlequim é uma doença cutânea congênita grave, autossômica e rara, caracterizada por ressecamento excessivo da pele e hiperqueratose. A associação de ictiose com esclerose sistêmica foi descrita em apenas três crianças. Ainda não foi descrito nenhum paciente com morfeia generalizada (MG associada à ictiose arlequim. Relato de caso: Menina de quatro anos e seis meses de idade com diagnóstico de ictiose arlequim baseado em espessamento cutâneo difuso, com fissuras, descamação, eritema e sangramento da lesão desde as primeiras horas de vida. A paciente foi tratada com acitretina (1,0 mg/kg/dia e creme emoliente. Aos três anos e nove meses, desenvolveu contraturas musculares com dor à movimentação e limitação nos cotovelos e joelhos e placas esclerodérmicas difusas no abdômen, nas costas, na região suprapúbica e nas extremidades inferiores. A biópsia de pele mostrou epiderme retificada e hiperqueratose leve, derme reticular com linfócitos, infiltrado mononuclear perivascular e perianexial e esclerose da derme reticular e glândula sudorípara rodeada por um tecido colágeno denso, compatível com esclerodermia. A paciente preencheu os critérios para o subtipo MG. Metotrexato e prednisona foram introduzidos. Aos quatro anos e três meses, apresentou novas lesões esclerodérmicas, associando-se azatioprina à terapêutica anterior, sem resposta após dois meses. Discussão: Um caso de ictiose arlequim associada à MG foi descrito. O tratamento dessas duas condições é um desafio e requer uma equipe multidisciplinar.

  2. Reflexiones bioéticas en torno a las enfermedades raras y huérfanas con impacto en el sistema bucodentario

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    Gilberto Cely Galindo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo está dirigido a odontopediatras que forman parte de grupos interdisciplinarios de investigación y terapia clínica, a los pacientes y sus familias con problemas genéticos de las llamadas "enfermedades raras y huérfanas". Estas enfermedades sistémicas tienen repercusiones severas bucodentales. El énfasis lo ponemos en las reflexiones bioéticas que orientan la acción investigativa y terapéutica.

  3. Recuperação de níquel, cobalto e terras raras de baterias níquel metal hidreto - NiMH

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    Daniel Assumpção Bertuol

    2007-01-01

    Este trabalho tem como objetivo desenvolver um processo de reciclagem para as baterias de NiMH, visando a recuperação de níquel, cobalto e terras raras que estão presentes nas baterias, através do emprego de processamento mecânico seguido de técnicas hidrometalúrgicas. Na primeira etapa deste trabalho foi realizada a caracterização de diferentes modelos de baterias de telefone celular esgotadas tipo NiMH, visando quantificar os diferentes materiais presentes. Nesta etapa observou-se a elevada...

  4. Hemangiomatose capilar pulmonar, uma rara causa de hipertensão pulmonar: primeiro caso brasileiro Pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis. A rare cause of pulmonary hypertension: the first Brazilian case

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    Helano Neiva de Castro; Mara Rúbia Fernades de Figueiredo; Norma Selma Santos; Teresa Neuma Albuquerque Gomes Nogueira; Maria da Penha Uchoa; Marcelo Alcântara Holanda

    2005-01-01

    A hemangiomatose capilar pulmonar é uma doença rara, caracterizada por proliferação de capilares que invadem o interstício pulmonar e o septo alveolar. Documentamos o primeiro caso brasileiro: um paciente do sexo masculino, de 21 anos, com hipertensão pulmonar grave, que evoluiu para óbito. Na tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução apresentava pequenas opacidades intersticiais nodulares maldefinidas, bilateralmente. Foi realizada biópsia pulmonar post-mortem e encontrada intensa prolife...

  5. Hiperplasia coronoidea bilateral: Una rara patología causante de disfunción temporomandibular Bilateral coronoid hyperplasia: An uncommon pathology cause of temporomandibular disorders

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    2011-01-01

    La hiperplasia coronoidea es una condición patológica muy poco frecuente, caracterizada por un crecimiento exagerado de la apófisis coronoides mandibular unilateral o bilateral. Desde la primera descripción realizada por Langenbeck a mediados del siglo XIX han aparecido descritos ocasionalmente en la literatura nuevos casos de esta rara alteración. Aunque en ocasiones es asintomática, su principal manifestación clínica es la restricción de la movilidad mandibular, principalmente en los movimi...

  6. Las estrategias de comunicación de las organizaciones de pacientes con enfermedades raras (ER) en España

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    Antonio Castillo-Esparcia; Paloma López-Villafranca

    2016-01-01

    Resumen El presente estudio se centra en la estrategia de comunicación de las organizaciones de pacientes con enfermedades raras. Los objetivos de estas organizaciones son: educar e informar sobre estas patologías, sensibilizar sobre sus problemáticas y obtener legitimación social para hacer visibles sus demandas. Para llevar a cabo esta investigación, se ha analizado el impacto de este colectivo en los medios de comunicación con mayor difusión y audiencia en España: prensa, (El País, El Mund...

  7. SÍNTESIS Y CARACTERIZACIÓN DE MATERIALES MULTIFERROICOS: BiFeO3, DOPADOS CON IONES DE TIERRAS RARAS.

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    GARCIA ZALETA, DAVID SALVADOR

    2014-01-01

    En este trabajo, se reporta la síntesis y caracterización de cerámicos multiferroicos de Ferrita de Bismuto (BiFeO3) dopado con iones de tierras raras (lantano, itrio, disprosio, cerio y praseodimio) por los métodos Sol gel y Pechini. La evaluación de las fases cristalinas presentes en los materiales cerámicos, se realizó mediante la técnica de Difracción de Rayos X (DRX), donde se observó el efecto que presentan los diferentes cationes en la formación de las soluciones sóli...

  8. Dermatomiosite juvenil e linfoma de Hodgkin: uma rara associação Juvenile dermatomyositis and Hodgkin disease: a rare association

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    André Cavalcanti

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available A dermatomiosite (DM em adultos está freqüentemente associada com câncer. Já na faixa etária pediátrica, a dermatomiosite juvenil (DMJ é predominantemente idiopática, e sua associação com neoplasia é rara e com base apenas em relatos de casos. Embora rara, a presença de neoplasia em pacientes com DMJ deve ser sempre suspeitada quando houver manifestações clínicas atípicas e alterações laboratoriais incomuns. A seguir, descrevemos e discutimos um caso de DMJ e linfoma de Hodgkin em uma adolescente.Dermatomyositis (DM in adults is frequently associated with cancer. In contrast, during childhood juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM is predominantly idiopathic and its association with neoplasia is rare and based only in case reports. Although rare, the presence of neoplasia in JDM patients must always be suspected in face of atypical clinical manifestations and uncommon laboratorial findings. We describe and discuss a case of JDM and Hodgkin disease in an adolescent.

  9. Influencia de la reducción del tamaño en las propiedades electrónicas y magnéticas de aleaciones binarias de Tierras Raras

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    Echevarría Bonet, Cristina

    2014-01-01

    RESUMEN: El trabajo realizado se ha llevado a cabo dentro del grupo de Magnetismo de la Universidad de Cantabria y tiene como objetivo principal estudiar el cambio de las propiedades electrónicas y magnéticas en aleaciones binarias de tierras raras cuando éstas son llevadas a escala nanométrica. De esta manera, en esta tesis se muestran tanto la metodología empleada como los resultados obtenidos en dos compuestos nanométricos de tierras raras, como son el TbCu2 o el YbAl3. La obtención de ale...

  10. Especiación de tierras raras en las soluciones ácidas y neutras del sistema de drenaje del Arroyo del Val (Zaragoza

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    Zamora, A.

    1994-08-01

    -90 % of LREE and for 100 % of HREE. LnPO04 and Ln(PO43-2 complexes are quite significant compared to carbonate complexes, mainly in the speciation of HREE. These results il1ustrate the importance of phosphate ion concentration and REE phosphate complexation reactions in REEs speciation calculations.Las soluciones de la cuenca de drenaje del Arroyo del Val (Zaragoza presentan unas características geoquímicas muy diferenciadas, lo que las hace especialmente apropiadas para el estudio de diferentes aspectos acerca del comportamiento de los elementos de las Tierras Raras. Esta cuenca está constituida por un curso principal (Arroyo del Val de aguas ácidas (con valores de pH entre 3 y 4.5 e importantes concentraciones de sulfato, Al, Fe y distintos metales pesados al que desaguan varios afluentes de aguas bicarbonatadas (sulfatadas cálcicas (con valores de pH de hasta 7.5, alcalinidad apreciable y notables concentraciones de fosfato. En los puntos de confluencia del Arroyo del Val con los afluentes se producen espectaculares procesos de floculación de coloides ricos en aluminio, hierro y sulfato que tapizan el fondo del curso principal. Los elementos de las Tierras Raras fueron analizados en distintas muestras de aguas ácidas tomadas a lo largo de la cabecera del Arroyo del Val y en dos muestras de aguas neutras correspondientes a dos de los afluentes del sistema. Las concentraciones de estos elementos determinadas en las soluciones ácidas son, cuando menos, dos órdenes de magnitud superiores a las de las soluciones neutras y sus pautas de distribución (normalizadas frente a NASC muestran un marcado enriquecimiento en las Tierras Raras Intermedias (IREE; Eu-Tb. Los cálculos de especiación de REE realizados en las aguas ácidas muestran que estos elementos se encuentran de forma dominante como especies iónicas libres (Ln3+ ≈ 35 % y especialmente formando complejos con sulfato (LnSO+4 ≈ 60% y en menor proporción como Ln(SO4-2 ≈ 5%. Estos porcentajes

  11. Enfermedades raras: enfermedades crónicas que requieren un nuevo enfoque sociosanitario Rare Diseases: chronic diseases that need a new approach

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    A. Avellaneda

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available El concepto de Enfermedades Raras es relativamente nuevo. Suponen aquellos procesos "…que pueden ser mortales o provocar un debilitamiento crónico del paciente y que, debido a su escasa prevalencia, requieren esfuerzos combinados para tratarlas. A título indicativo, se considera una prevalencia escasa cuando es inferior a 5 casos por 10.000 personas en la Comunidad". La existencia de estas enfermedades está vinculada estrechamente con los medicamentos huérfanos, incluyendo como tales a todo fármaco, prótesis, agente biológico o preparación dietética destinado al tratamiento de una Enfermedad Rara. A este espectro hay que añadir dos factores más: 1. Los médicos de Atención Primaria no se sienten muy motivados en su conocimiento y 2. Necesitan una atención sociosanitaria compleja y habitualmente más onerosa que las enfermedades crónicas. Por todo lo expuesto las Enfermedades Raras se presentan como un universo que requiere un nuevo enfoque sociosanitario por parte de los sistemas de salud.The concept of Rare Diseases is relatively new. They are those processes "…that can be mortal or to cause a chronic weakening of the patient and who, due to its little prevalence, require combined efforts to treat them. For indicative purposes, a little prevalence is considered when is lesser than 5 cases per 10,000 people in the Community". The existence of these diseases is closely tied with orphan drugs, meaning all drugs, prosthesis, biological agents or dietetic preparations destined to the treatment of a Rare Disease. Besides, it is necessary to add two factors more: 1. The Primary Attention physicians do not feel very motivated in their knowledge and 2. These diseases need a complex sociosanitary attention, habitually more expensive than chronic diseases. By all exposed the Rare Diseases appear like a universe that requires a new sociosanitary approach from the health system.

  12. Manifestação rara de edema agudo de pulmão associado à miocardite lúpica aguda

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    Alexandre de Matos Soeiro

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available O lupus eritematoso sistêmico (LES é a mais comum das doenças auto-imunes sistêmicas, ocorrendo com maior freqüência no sexo feminino, usualmente na faixa etária entre 16 e 55 anos1,2. Embora os rins classicamente sejam os órgãos mais acometidos no LES, o coração e a circulação cardiopulmonar também podem ser afetados de forma significativa3. Nesse contexto, a ocorrência de edema agudo de pulmão associado à miocardite lúpica é rara e de tratamento imunossupressor específico ainda incerto.

  13. Síntesis y caracterización de sistemas híbridos metal-óxidos de tierras raras con propiedades ópticas por spray pirólisis y síntesis asistida por microondas de soluciones sólidas de tierras raras

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    2016-01-01

    Las partículas submicrométricas basadas en tierras raras presentan un considerable interés dada su amplitud de aplicaciones, tales como catalizadores o cerámicas con propiedades ópticas, debido a sus propiedades únicas determinadas por su tamaño, composición y estructura. De acuerdo con esto, esta Tesis Doctoral se ha centrado en la síntesis de este tipo de materiales siguiendo dos rutas distintas. En primer lugar, el trabajo experimental se ha orientado hacia el desarrollo de un nuevo tip...

  14. Síndrome do notocórdio fendido, variante rara do cisto neuroentérico A rare variant of neuroenteric cyst: split notochord syndrome

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    Lisieux E Jesus

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudo de um caso de síndrome do notocórdio fendido, forma extremamente rara de disrafismo medular. A literatura pertinente, pesquisada através das bases de dados MEDLINE e LILACS, é analisada e sumarizada. DESCRIÇÃO: Foi atendido lactente masculino de 2 meses de idade apresentando extensa deformidade de coluna lombo-sacra, hidrocefalia e exteriorização de alças intestinais pela linha média dorsal, acompanhada de fístula entérica e imperfuração anal. A malformação foi diagnosticada como síndrome do notocórdio fendido. A criança evoluiu para óbito secundário a sepse antes de ser feito qualquer tratamento cirúrgico. COMENTÁRIOS: A síndrome do notocórdio fendido é a forma mais rara de cisto neuroentérico já descrita (OBJECTIVE: We present a case of split notochord syndrome, an extremely rare form of spinal dysraphism. DESCRIPTION: We treated a 2 month-old boy presenting with an extensive lumbosacral deformity, hydrocephalus and apparent enteric segments in the dorsal midline, accompanied by an enteric fistula and imperforated anus. The malformation was diagnosed as split notochord syndrome. The baby died as a result of sepsis before surgical treatment could be attempted. COMMENTS: Split notochord syndrome is the rarest form of neuroenteric cyst described until this moment (< 25 cases in the literature. It is frequently associated with anorectal malformation, intestinal fistulae and hydrocephalus. Prognosis is not necessarily poor and survival is possible if digestive malformations, hydrocephalus and the dysraphism itself are treated simultaneously.

  15. 葡萄球菌肠毒素A联合PML-RAR α多肽刺激特异性T细胞杀伤NB4细胞株的作用%Stimulation of staphylococcal enterotoxin A combined with PML-RARa peptide on the specifical T-cells against NB4 cell line

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    Chen Lin; Xue Bai; Lijian Yang; Shaohua Chen; B. N. Selvakumar; Yangqiu Li

    2009-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the effects of staphylococcal enterotoxin A (SEA) on the cytotoxicity of T cells stimulated by PML-RARa peptide in vitro. Methods: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (MNC) from healthy donor were obtained by density gradient cantrifugation on Ficoll-Hypaque, MNC were cultured with PML-RARa peptide and SEA for 20 days. After induction, the cytotoxicity of T cells induced against NB4 and K562 cell lines were examined by Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8).The CD4 and CD8 surface markers on the harvested CD3+ T cells were detected by flow cytometry (FCM). Results: The cytotoxicity of T cells induced by PML-RARa peptide with SEA was higher than that of T cells induced only by PML-RARa peptide against NB4 cells. The FCM assay showed that the ratio of CD4+/CD8+ T cells were gradually decreased in both groups of PML-RARa peptide whether with SEA or not at the intervals of day 5,10 and 20 day after induction, but the most significantly decreased by PML-RARa peptide with SEA. Conclusion: The specific cytotoxicity of T cells induced by PML-RARa peptide against NB4 cells could be enhanced with superantigen SEA.

  16. Feocromocitoma: uma causa rara de hipertensão arterial na infância Pheochromocytoma: a rare cause of hypertension in childhood

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    Flávia Carolina D. Georgetti

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Relatar o caso de um adolescente com feocromocitoma, uma causa rara de hipertensão arterial na infância. DESCRIÇÃO: Adolescente internado em unidade de terapia intensiva infantil em decorrência de emergência hipertensiva, conseqüente à presença de feocromocitoma em adrenal esquerda, diagnosticado por meio de tomografia computadorizada do abdome e pela dosagem de adrenalina e noradrenalina urinárias. O paciente foi submetido à adrenalectomia esquerda, após o uso de alfa-bloqueador para controle do quadro hipertensivo. O anatomopatológico confirmou o diagnóstico do tumor. No pós-operatório, o paciente permaneceu estável, possibilitando a suspensão dos anti-hipertensivos. COMENTÁRIOS: Os feocromocitomas são tumores capazes de produzir catecolaminas, especialmente adrenalina e/ou noradrenalina. Cerca de 85 a 95% dos tumores são únicos, benignos e encontrados na medula adrenal. O feocromocitoma é um tumor de incidência rara e apenas 10 a 20% ocorrem na infância, representando uma causa rara de hipertensão arterial. Esta última é um sinal freqüente na maioria das crianças (80%, podendo ser acompanhada por cefaléia e sudorese. A encefalopatia hipertensiva consiste em uma forma de apresentação excepcional da doença. O diagnóstico pode ser realizado, na maioria dos casos, pela tomografia de abdome e pela dosagem das catecolaminas e seus metabólitos produzidos pelo tumor. O tratamento de escolha consiste na ressecção completa do tumor após o preparo farmacológico do paciente com o uso de alfa-bloqueador. No pós-operatório, a maioria dos pacientes evolui com controle do quadro de hipertensão arterial.OBJECTIVE: Report an adolescent with pheochromocytoma, a rare cause of hypertension in childhood. CASE DESCRIPTION: Adolescent admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit due to hypertension, secondary to the presence of pheochromocytoma on the left adrenal. Diagnosis of the pheochromocytoma was made by

  17. Gene

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Gene integrates information from a wide range of species. A record may include nomenclature, Reference Sequences (RefSeqs), maps, pathways, variations, phenotypes,...

  18. Estudio de las tierras raras en las bauxitas kársticas del Noroeste de la Península Ibérica

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    Bustillo, M.

    1990-12-01

    Full Text Available The bauxite deposits from Northeastern Iberian Peninsula are geochemically studied in this paper. Major, minor, trace and rare earth elements are determined by ICP spectroscopy in fifteen samples from three different zones: Southpyrenees, Catalánides y Maestrazgo. According to La/Y and europium anomaly values, the sedimentation environment during the genesis of bauxites had an acid and reducent character. This conclusion is agree with Petraschek's (1989 model for this type of ore deposits. The different methods here included (factor analysis, rare earth elements accumulation coefficients, etc. reveal a great homogeneity in the characteristícs of the parent rocks of the different bauxite deposits. These parent rocks had probably an intermediate geochemical character. From a paleogeographic point of view, the parents rocks were related to rocks of permíc-triassic-lower jurassic age.En este trabajo se hace un estudio geoquímico de las bauxitas del Noreste de la Península Ibérica. Los contenidos en elementos mayores, menores, traza y tierras raras son analizados por espectroscopía de Plasma (ICP, analizándose un total de quince muestras de bauxitas distribuidas en tres zonas: Surpirineo, Catalánides y Maestrazgo. De acuerdo con los valores de la relación La/Y y de la anomalía del Eu, el medio de sedimentación durante el proceso de génesis de las bauxitas tendría un carácter ácido y moderadamente reductor, lo que encajaría en el modelo de Petraschek (1989 para este tipo de yacimientos. Los diferentes métodos de estudio (análisis factorial, coeficientes de acumulación de tierras raras, etc., ponen de manifiesto una gran homogeneidad en cuanto a las características de las rocas madre de los diferentes yacimientos de bauxitas. Estas rocas madre tenían, probablemente, un carácter intermedio en relación a su composición química. Desde un punto de vista paleogeográfico, posiblemente dichas rocas madre fuesen materiales de edad P

  19. Displasia segmentaria odontomaxilar. Una rara patología de interés odontológico: aporte de dos nuevos casos

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    G. González

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Se aportan dos nuevos casos de displasia segmentaria odontomaxilar. Ésta es una rara patología del desarrollo que se distingue por presentar defectos madurativos en el hueso, encía y dientes de un cuadrante de la maxila. Clínicamente se observan tres signos clínicos característicos: deformación unilateral de la maxila, agrandamiento gingival ipsilateral y agenesia de uno o dos premolares, raramente del primer molar. En ocasiones se asocian alteraciones faciales tales como borde mucocutáneo del labio superior desdibujado, pigmentación unilateral, eritema, hipopigmentación del labio superior e hipertricosis. Los casos presentes corresponden: uno, al género femenino y otro, al masculino. El diagnóstico de ambos se realizó en la adolescencia y hasta la fecha se encuentran en tratamiento ortodóncico para subsanar las repercusiones estéticas y funcionales generadas por esta patología. El objetivo de este trabajo es aportar dos nuevos casos a la casuística internacional estableciendo las características clínicas e histopatológicas más relevantes, comparándolos con otros casos publicados.

  20. Distribución de tierras raras en soluciones y coloides de un sistema natural de aguas ácidas (Arroyo del Val, Zaragoza

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    López Julián, P. L.

    1993-04-01

    presentan los primeros resultados obtenidos sobre las concentraciones de tierras raras (REE de estas aguas ácidas (en muestras filtradas a través de mallas de 0,1 I-tm y en los coloides asociados. Las pautas de tierras raras (normalizadas frente a NASC de las aguas ácidas analizadas presentan globalmente un enriquecimiento relativo de las tierras taras pesadas (HREE respecto a las ligeras (LREE, con relaciones Lun/Lan ≈ 2. No obstante, lo más llamativo de estas pautas es el considerable enriquecimiento en las tierras raras intermedias (IREE representadas por Eu, Gd y Tb. Ello provoca que, en detalle, las pautas obtenidas para estas aguas puedan caracterizarse por un enriquecimiento en las tierras raras más pesadas desde La a Gd y por un empobrecimiento, también respecto a las más pesadas, entre Gd y Lu. Los contenidos de REE de los geles analizados son considerablemente superiores a los determinados en las aguas, presentando enriquecimientos de hasta tres y cuatro órdenes de magnitud. Las pautas de REE obtenidas para estos geles, tomados en distintos puntos del curso del Arroyo del Val, son considerablemente diferentes. La del coloide muestreado en el mismo punto que las aguas analizadas es similar a la de las soluciones, con una marcada convexidad para los IREE; la del otro gel, tomado aguas abajo respecto al anterior, presenta un perfil mucho más plano aunque todavía ligeramente convexo para los IREE. Aparentemente, el proceso de floculación coloidal observado en la primera confluencia del Arroyo del Val con un afluente de aguas neutras provoca una considerable disminución de las REE transportadas por las aguas ácidas (hasta un SO %. Yen ese punto, el coloide floculado presenta un enriquecimiento relativo en HREE respecto al observado en las aguas antes y en el punto de floculación.

  1. Pedogeoquímica em perfis de alteração na região de Lavras (MG. II - elementos menores e elementos das terras raras

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    M. P. C. Lacerda

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available Na região de Lavras, MG, analisou-se o comportamento geoquímico dos elementos menores (EM e elementos das terras raras (ETR ao longo da evolução pedogenética em perfis de solos com horizonteB textural, individualizados a partir de rochas de composição ácida, intermediária e básica do substrato. Nos perfis, realizaram-se análises químicas de EM e ETR, avaliando perdas e ganhos pelo balanço químico de massa. O estudo possibilitou o grupamento dos EM em duas classes: (amobilidade moderada a alta: perda da rocha fresca até o sólum; (bmobilidade moderada: enriquecimento relativo e eventualmente real no sólum. O comportamento dos ETR revelou grande mobilidade ao longo da evolução dos perfis de alteração.

  2. ANÁLISE TEÓRICA SOBRE A INFLUÊNCIA DA ESTRUTURA ELETRÔNICA NAS PROPRIEDADES MAGNÉTICAS DOS ELEMENTOS TERRAS-RARAS

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    Fábio Henrique Silva Sales

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Apresentamos um estudo teórico que propõe uma abordagem de fácil entendimento sobre as propriedades magnéticas dos Terras-Raras (TR disprósio (Dy e o hólmio (Ho, a partir da estrutura eletrônica destes elementos. Os elétrons desemparelhados nos orbitais 4f dão origem magnetismo dos TR, fazendo com que estes apresentem altos valores de momento magnéticos comparados a outros elementos químicos. Sistemas nanomagnéticos artificiais envolvendo nanocamadas de Dy e Ho tem sido amplamente estudado nos últimos anos, devido principalmente às fases magnéticas exóticas apresentadas por esses materiais, favorecendo, cada vez mais, o aparecimento de novas propriedades magnéticas nestes sistemas, e o interesse da indústrias da magneto-eletrônica e refrigeração magnética.

  3. Retocolite ulcerativa e artrite reumatoide: uma rara associação - relato de caso Ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis: a rare association - case report

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    Vitor Alves Cruz

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available A retocolite ulcerativa é uma desordem autoimune de etiologia desconhecida. Embora o intestino grosso represente o principal foco de autoimunidade, trata-se, na verdade, de uma doença sistêmica com inúmeras manifestações extraintestinais, inclusive articulares. A associação frequente entre diversas doenças autoimunes em um mesmo paciente é descrita na literatura. No entanto, é rara a coexistência entre retocolite ulcerativa e artrite reumatoide. Os autores relatam um caso de retocolite ulcerativa associada à artrite reumatoide em que a colite precedeu em 12 anos o aparecimento da artropatia inflamatória.Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disorder of unknown etiology. Although the large intestine is the major focus of autoimmunity, resulting in chronic diarrhea, that is actually a systemic disease, with numerous extraintestinal manifestations, such as articular involvement. The frequent association of a number of autoimmune diseases in the same patient has been described. However, the coexistence of ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis is rare. The authors report a case of ulcerative colitis associated with rheumatoid arthritis, in which colitis occurred 12 years before the onset of inflammatory arthropathy.

  4. ÉTICA DE LA EQUIDAD Y JUSTICIA EN EL ACCESO AL DIAGNÓSTICO, TRATAMIENTO Y REHABILITACIÓN DE LOS PACIENTES CON ENFERMEDADES RARAS

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    Fernando Novoa S., Dr.

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Las enfermedades raras se definen por su reducida frecuencia en la población, lo que supone numerosas consecuencias adversas, tanto a nivel médico como social. Estas patologías, al ser poco conocidas, tienen un diagnóstico tardío y no cuentan con tratamientos específicos para muchas de ellas. Se caracterizan por ser enfermedades crónicas, degenerativas, invalidantes con calidad de vida disminuida, pérdida de autonomía, alto nivel de dolor y sufrimiento de la persona y su familia, y generalmente ponen en riesgo la vida. Aquellas que tienen un tratamiento específico son de tan alto costo que no pueden ser financiadas por el paciente sin el aporte estatal. Esta situación implica desde el punto de vista ético la necesidad de considerar el principio de Beneficencia y de Justicia Social en las decisiones que se adopten.

  5. Sarcoidose na infância com manifestações raras: vasculite, acometimento do sistema nervoso central, ósseo e genital Sarcoidosis in childhood with rare manifestations: vasculitis, central nervous system, bone and genital involvement

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    Cáris de Rezende Pena

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Sarcoidose é uma doença granulomatosa sistêmica de ocorrência rara em crianças. Vasculite associada à sarcoidose é incomum e pode acometer vasos de pequeno a grande calibres. Envolvimento sintomático do sistema nervoso central e periférico ocorre em 5% a 10% dos pacientes e acometimento ósseo em 3% a 13%. Sarcoidose do trato geniturinário é extremamente rara. Descrevemos o caso de uma criança de 12 anos com diagnóstico de sarcoidose associada à vasculite, acometimento do sistema nervoso central, ósseo e genital. O amplo espectro de manifestações clínicas raras neste caso ilustra o caráter multissistêmico e multifacetário da sarcoidose.Sarcoidosis is a systemic granulomatous disease with rare occurrence in children. Vasculitis associated to sarcoidosis is uncommon and can affect small, medium or large-sized vessels. Symptomatic involvement of the central nervous and peripheral system occurs in 5% to 10% of the patients and osseous in 3% to 13%. Sarcoidosis of the genitourinary tract is extremely rare. We describe a case of a 12-year-old child with a diagnosis of sarcoidosis associated with vasculitis and with involvement of the central nervous system, osseous and genital. This case illustrates the wide spectrum of rare clinical manifestations in sarcoidosis.

  6. Gene expression changes in the nucleus accumbens of alcohol-preferring rats following chronic ethanol consumption.

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    Bell, Richard L; Kimpel, Mark W; McClintick, Jeanette N; Strother, Wendy N; Carr, Lucinda G; Liang, Tiebing; Rodd, Zachary A; Mayfield, R Dayne; Edenberg, Howard J; McBride, William J

    2009-11-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the effects of binge-like alcohol drinking on gene expression changes in the nucleus accumbens (ACB) of alcohol-preferring (P) rats. Adult male P rats were given ethanol under multiple scheduled access (MSA; three 1-h dark cycle sessions/day) conditions for 8 weeks. For comparison purposes, a second ethanol drinking group was given continuous/daily alcohol access (CA; 24h/day). A third group was ethanol-naïve (W group). Average ethanol intakes for the CA and MSA groups were approximately 9.5 and 6.5 g/kg/day, respectively. Fifteen hours after the last drinking episode, rats were euthanized, the brains extracted, and the ACB dissected. RNA was extracted and purified for microarray analysis. The only significant differences were between the CA and W groups (palcohol consumption and preference; 4 of these genes (Tgfa, Hspa5, Mtus1 and Creb3l2) are involved in anti-apoptosis and increased transcription, suggesting that they may be contributing to cellular protection and maintaining high alcohol intakes. Overall, these findings suggest that chronic CA drinking results in genomic changes that can be observed during the early acute phase of ethanol withdrawal. Conversely, chronic MSA drinking, with its associated protracted withdrawal periods, results in genomic changes that may be masked by tight regulation of these genes following repeated experiences of ethanol withdrawal.

  7. Enfermedades raras: Concepto, epidemiología y situación actual en España Rare diseases: Concept, epidemiology and state of the question in Spain

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    M. Posada

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Enfermedad rara es aquella cuya prevalencia es inferior a 5 casos por cada 10.000 personas en la Comunidad Europea. La mayoría de los casos aparecen en la edad pediátrica, dada la alta frecuencia de enfermedades de origen genético y de anomalías congénitas. No obstante, la prevalencia es mayor en los adultos que en los niños, debido a la excesiva mortalidad de algunas enfermedades infantiles graves y a la influencia de ciertas enfermedades que aparecen a edades más tardías. La Red Epidemiológica de Investigación en Enfermedades Raras (REpIER desarrolló el primer atlas de distribución geográfica de las enfermedades raras en España, evaluó la existencia de registros de enfermedades raras existentes, facilitó el ulterior desarrollo de planes autonómicos y acciones sociosanitarias y planteó un marco de necesidades a desarrollar, que más tarde han llegado a ser reconocidos como necesidades a resolver en el marco del Comunicado de la Comisión Europea sobre Enfermedades Raras y en la propia Ponencia del Senado.Rare diseases are those whose prevalence is below 5 cases per 10,000 inhabitants in the European Community. Most cases are diagnosed during paediatric age due to their genetic origin, while some others are congenital malformations. Nevertheless, a higher prevalence is seen during adulthood as most of the former diseases are very severe and patients die during childhood. At the same time, higher survival rates are related to some chronic rare diseases in adults. The Spanish Network of Research Epidemiology for Rare Diseases (REpIER developed the first atlas showing the geographical distribution of rare diseases in Spain, assessed the Spanish rare disease registries, contributed to the further development of regional plans on rare diseases, as well as to social and health actions, and established the real group of needs to be solved. These have been included in the Communication of the European Commission on Rare Diseases as

  8. Paquimeningite hipertrófica e parotidite: manifestações raras da granulomatose de Wegener Hypertrophic pachymeningitis and parotiditis: unusual ocurrences of the Wegener's granulomatosis

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    Ana Paula Monteiro Gomides

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    Full Text Available A granulomatose de Wegener é uma vasculite sistêmica dos vasos de médio e pequeno calibre. Classicamente, há formação de granulomas com necrose no trato respiratório e glomerulonefrite necrosante. Embora seu acometimento mais comum envolva o trato respiratório superior, pulmões e rins, uma vasta gama de manifestações em vários órgãos e tecidos é descrita. Relatamos o caso de um paciente que, paralelamente às manifestações típicas da doença, desenvolveu algumas alterações raras como a parotidite e a paquimeningite hipertrófica. Diante de quadros graves, atípicos e/ou refratários ao tratamento convencional, torna-se necessário o aprofundamento no estudo e uso de novas armas terapêuticas.The wegener's granulomatosis is a systemic angiitis of small and medium caliber vessels. Normally, it is characterized by the formation of granulomas with necrosis in the respiratory system and necrosing glomerulonephritis. even though it is more common in the upper respiratory system, in the lung and in the kidney, a great range of manifestation in other different organs and tissues can be described. we report the case of a patient who, in parallel with the typical symptoms of this disease, developed some rare alteration such as the parotiditis and the hypertrophic pachymeningitis. in face of serious situations, severe disease, atypical or non responsive to conventional treatments, it is necessary a more detailed study of the case and the use of new therapeutic drugs.

  9. El farmacéutico en el contexto de las enfermedades raras y los medicamentos huérfanos The pharmacist, rare diseases and orphan medicines

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    C. Nagore

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El tratamiento de las enfermedades raras muchas veces resulta complicado debido a las dificultades que plantean la investigación y desarrollo de medicamentos huérfanos por parte de la industria farmacéutica. Una de las mayores preocupaciones de este grupo de pacientes tan escaso y diverso al mismo tiempo, es el acceso a los fármacos disponibles. La Agencia Europea del Medicamento establece la denominación de medicamentos huérfanos y los incentivos y bases necesarias para su comercialización. La mayoría de los medicamentos huérfanos por sus especiales características, exigen una adecuada vigilancia y control. Los servicios de farmacia hospitalarios están activamente implicados en su gestión y dispensación, así como en un correcto seguimiento farmacoterapéutico de los pacientes.Treatment of rare diseases is often complicated due to the difficulties posed by the research and development of medicines by the pharmacological industry. One of the greatest concerns of this group of patients, which is both scarce and diverse, is access to available medicines. The European Medicine Agency establishes the term orphan medicines and the incentives and bases for their commercialisation. Due to their special characteristics, the majority of orphan medicines require suitable vigilance and control. The hospital pharmacy services are actively involved in their management and supply, as well as in a correct pharmacotherapeutic monitoring of the patients.

  10. RARE TRIPLE ANATOMICAL VARIATION OF THE CEREBRAL ARTERIAL CIRCLE; Rara triple variación del círculo arterial cerebral.

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    Joaquín García Pisón

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    Full Text Available Se reporta la rara asociación de un aneurisma de arteria trigeminal persistente lateral derecha (Tipo II de Saltzman, aplasia del segmento pre-comunicante de ambas arterias cerebrales posteriores y la presencia de arterias cerebrales posteriores fetales en forma bilateral, en una mujer de 64 años que consultó de diplopía y parálisis del nervio abducens derecho, probablemente debida a compresión del nervio en el espacio latero-celar. Se realizó con éxito la embolización endovascular con coils, sin complicaciones inmediatas. Los hallazgos de CT, RM y angiografía son presentados. Aunque cada una de estas variaciones son infrecuentes en forma individual, la combinación de las mismas no ha sido reportada en la literatura hasta nuestro conocimiento, siendo de enorme importancia en el manejo diagnóstico y terapéutico de pacientes con stroke de mecanismo embolico, así como para la planificación de procedimientos endovasculares diagnósticos y terapéuticos. We report the rare association of an aneurysm of a lateral right persistent trigeminal artery (Saltzman type II, bilateral aplasia of the pre-communicating segment of both posterior cerebral arteries and bilateral fetal posterior cerebral arteries, in a 64 years old woman who suffered from progressive diplopia and right abducens nerve palsy, most likely due to nerve compression in the latero-cellar space. Successful endovascular coils embolization of the aneurysm was performed, with no immediate complications. CT, MR and angiographic findings are presented. Although infrequent as single variations, the association of these three arterial variations has not been reported in literature to our knowledge, having special importance in the diagnostic workup and therapeutic procedures in a patient with an embolic stroke, as well as in the planification of intracranial endovascular diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

  11. Paraplegia aguda. Uma complicação rara da dissecção aórtica Acute paraplegia. A rare complication of aortic dissection

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    Renato Côrtes de Lacerda

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    Full Text Available Mulher normotensa de 67 anos desenvolveu síncope, seguida de choque, e, mesmo após estabilização hemodinâmica, permaneceu anúrica. Observaram-se paraplegia e paresia do membro superior direito, além de isquemia das extremidades distais dos membros inferiores. A hipótese de dissecção aórtica aguda foi considerada e confirmada através de tomografia computadorizada, tendo sido a paraplegia atribuída a infarto isquêmico da medula espinhal. Óbito ocorreu no 4º dia de evolução, conseqüente a tamponamento pericárdico. São revistas as dificuldades diagnósticas relacionadas a manifestações pouco conhecidas da dissecção aórtica, enfatizando-se, como complicação rara, a paraplegia aguda.A 67 year-old normotensive woman had a syncope followed by shock and remained anuric after hemodynamic stabilization. Paraplegia and paresis of the right upper limb, as well as signs of ischemia of the distal lower limbs were noted. The possibility of acute aortic dissection was raised and confirmed by computed tomography. The paraplegia was attributed to an ischemic infarction of the spinal cord. The patient died on the fourth hospital day due to a pericardial tamponade. This rare and not well recognized complication of aortic dissection is briefly reviewed.

  12. Las estrategias de comunicación de las organizaciones de pacientes con enfermedades raras (ER en España

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    Antonio Castillo-Esparcia

    Full Text Available Resumen El presente estudio se centra en la estrategia de comunicación de las organizaciones de pacientes con enfermedades raras. Los objetivos de estas organizaciones son: educar e informar sobre estas patologías, sensibilizar sobre sus problemáticas y obtener legitimación social para hacer visibles sus demandas. Para llevar a cabo esta investigación, se ha analizado el impacto de este colectivo en los medios de comunicación con mayor difusión y audiencia en España: prensa, (El País, El Mundo, La Vanguardia, ABC y El Periódico, radio (Cadena Ser, Onda Cero, Cope y RNE y televisión (Telecinco, Antena 3, La 1, La Sexta, Cuatro, de 2012 a 2014. En segundo lugar, se ha realizado un estudio descriptivo de la comunicación en la web y redes sociales de 143 organizaciones nacionales. Y por último, se han elaborado encuestas telefónicas a una muestra representativa, 90 organizaciones, para relacionar la presencia mediática con la mejora de su situación económica e imagen social. Esta triangulación metodológica nos permite alcanzar los objetivos de la investigación. Se destaca mayor visibilidad social del colectivo merced a un número creciente de apariciones mediáticas, lo que propicia un aumento del número de miembros, pero no de donaciones y una mejora del conocimiento sobre estas patologías.

  13. Gene expression profiling of human neural progenitor cells following the serum-induced astrocyte differentiation.

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    Obayashi, Shinya; Tabunoki, Hiroko; Kim, Seung U; Satoh, Jun-ichi

    2009-05-01

    Neural stem cells (NSC) with self-renewal and multipotent properties could provide an ideal cell source for transplantation to treat spinal cord injury, stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases. However, the majority of transplanted NSC and neural progenitor cells (NPC) differentiate into astrocytes in vivo under pathological environments in the central nervous system, which potentially cause reactive gliosis. Because the serum is a potent inducer of astrocyte differentiation of rodent NPC in culture, we studied the effect of the serum on gene expression profile of cultured human NPC to identify the gene signature of astrocyte differentiation of human NPC. Human NPC spheres maintained in the serum-free culture medium were exposed to 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS) for 72 h, and processed for analyzing on a Whole Human Genome Microarray of 41,000 genes, and the microarray data were validated by real-time RT-PCR. The serum elevated the levels of expression of 45 genes, including ID1, ID2, ID3, CTGF, TGFA, METRN, GFAP, CRYAB and CSPG3, whereas it reduced the expression of 23 genes, such as DLL1, DLL3, PDGFRA, SOX4, CSPG4, GAS1 and HES5. Thus, the serum-induced astrocyte differentiation of human NPC is characterized by a counteraction of ID family genes on Delta family genes. Coimmunoprecipitation analysis identified ID1 as a direct binding partner of a proneural basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor MASH1. Luciferase assay indicated that activation of the DLL1 promoter by MASH1 was counteracted by ID1. Bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4) elevated the levels of ID1 and GFAP expression in NPC under the serum-free culture conditions. Because the serum contains BMP4, these results suggest that the serum factor(s), most probably BMP4, induces astrocyte differentiation by upregulating the expression of ID family genes that repress the proneural bHLH protein-mediated Delta expression in human NPC.

  14. Infraestructura y recursos de apoyo social, educativo y sanitario en las enfermedades raras Infrastructure and resources of social, educational and health support in rare diseases

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    J. A. Del Barrio

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Las Enfermedades Raras (ER plantean un gran desafío para nuestra sociedad en diferentes ámbitos: sanitario, social y educativo. Esto hace que se precisen intervenciones multidisciplinares que aborden el impacto negativo que producen estas enfermedades sobre las personas afectadas y sus familias. Para minimizar la repercusión de estos problemas existen una serie de recursos de apoyo en los diferentes ámbitos citados (social, educativo y sanitario fundamentales para proporcionar bienestar, favorecer la integración social y mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas afectadas y sus familias. Desde el ámbito educativo se presenta un análisis de las modalidades de escolarización, tipos de adaptaciones curriculares así como de las Aulas Hospitalarias; desde el ámbito social se aborda la importancia del movimiento asociativo, los tipos de apoyo que presta, la Ley de Promoción de la Autonomía Personal y el mapa de servicios y por último, desde el ámbito sanitario, el consejo genético. Para finalizar, se exponen algunos de los retos y expectativas en cada uno de estos ámbitos, teniendo en cuenta que un enfoque global de intervención puede ser una solución óptima ante este desafío.Rare diseases (RD pose a great challenge to our society in different fields: health, social and educational. This means that multidisciplinary interventions are required that deal with the negative impact of these diseases on the people affected and their families. In order to minimise the repercussion of these problems there are a series of support resources in the different fields referred to (social, educational and health that provide welfare, favour social integration and improve the quality of life of the people affected and their families. With respect to the educational field we present an analysis of the forms of schooling and types of curricular adaptation as well as Hospital Classrooms. With respect to the social field we consider the importance of

  15. Evolución léxico-terminológica de las enfermedades raras: revisión de los diccionarios de la real academia española

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    Susana RIDAO RODRIGO

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    Full Text Available RESUMEN Este artículo indaga en la trayectoria terminológica de cincuenta y cuatro enfermedades raras. Se analiza el grado de aceptación lexicográfica que tienen y han tenido –a lo largo del tiempo– en su tratamiento e incorporación en los diccionarios académicos de la lengua española. Hasta la fecha, tan solo veinte de los términos seleccionados están lematizados en el DRAE, lo que representa el 37.03 %. Esta situación demuestra la inexistencia de criterios sólidos en la incorporación de términos nuevos sobre enfermedades raras en el citado diccionario general. El caso más reseñable es fibromialgia, patología que recientemente ha dejado de ser considerada una enfermedad poco frecuente y que, sin embargo, carece de lema en el DRAE. Si, por un lado, se debe asumir que el DRAE no es un diccionario médico especializado; por el otro, hay que valorar el grado de incorporación de estas voces en la vida social.

  16. Hiperplasia coronoidea bilateral: Una rara patología causante de disfunción temporomandibular Bilateral coronoid hyperplasia: An uncommon pathology cause of temporomandibular disorders

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    A. Eguia del Valle

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    Full Text Available La hiperplasia coronoidea es una condición patológica muy poco frecuente, caracterizada por un crecimiento exagerado de la apófisis coronoides mandibular unilateral o bilateral. Desde la primera descripción realizada por Langenbeck a mediados del siglo XIX han aparecido descritos ocasionalmente en la literatura nuevos casos de esta rara alteración. Aunque en ocasiones es asintomática, su principal manifestación clínica es la restricción de la movilidad mandibular, principalmente en los movimientos de apertura y protrusión. Dicha limitación se debe a la impactación de la apófisis coronoides con el hueso cigomático. En este trabajo se presenta el caso clínico de un varón de 30 años de edad sin antecedentes médicos de interés que acude a consulta por un cuadro de limitación de apertura progresiva y dolor en la región temporomandibular. Tras la exploración, el empleo de técnicas radiológicas convencionales y especiales permitieron confirmar el diagnóstico de hiperplasia coronoidea bilateral. Así mismo, en este trabajo se recogen los principales aspectos clinicopatológicos y diagnósticos de esta alteración. Se realiza un repaso de los aspectos más importantes en el diagnóstico diferencial de los procesos que cursan con limitación de la apertura bucal. Dentro de este diagnóstico diferencial, y a pesar de su baja prevalencia, debe incluirse esta patología.Coronoid hyperplasia is an uncommon pathology characterized by an excessive uni or bilateral growth of the mandibular coronoid process. Since the first description by Langenbeck in the middle of the XIX century, many cases have been reported in the literature. In some cases patients are asymptomatic. Nevertheless, in most of them a limitation in the mouth movements can be observed, especially during the opening and protrusion movements. This limitation is caused by the impact of the coronoid process with the zigomatic bone. In this paper we present the case of a 30

  17. Enfermedades raras: el reto de la medicina en el siglo XXI Rare diseases: medicine’s challenge in the XXI Century

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    F. Sánchez-Valverde

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Las Enfermedades Raras (ER vienen siendo objeto de atención cada vez mayor tanto dentro de la comunidad científica como en la sociedad en general. Muchas de ellas se diagnostican en la edad pediátrica y acompañan al paciente durante toda su vida, pero también pueden ser diagnosticadas en la edad adulta. El avance en el diagnóstico bioquímico, molecular y genético de estas enfermedades está siendo fundamental para mejorar la comprensión clínica y las posibilidades terapéuticas. Sin embargo, la baja prevalencia dificulta el desarrollo de medicamentos adecuados para el tratamiento y se hace necesario la implementación de programas socio-sanitarios específicos de protección a estos medicamentos denominados medicamentos huérfanos (MH. En general, se trata de enfermedades de difícil diagnóstico, graves, crónicas y con un alto grado de invalidez. Para su mejor diagnóstico y seguimiento se hace necesario desarrollar unidades de referencia a nivel estatal que mejoren nuestro conocimiento sobre estas patologías. Las ER repercuten de forma directa, tanto en la familia -que se convierte en muchos casos en sus cuidadores- como en la sociedad que tiene que desarrollar programas socio-sanitarios y educativos específicos de apoyo a estos enfermos. En definitiva, las ER suponen un importante reto de coordinación para la comunidad científica y para la sociedad dado su importante peso específico en el desarrollo de la atención médica en nuestro medio.Rare diseases (RD are receiving increasing attention within both the scientific community and society in general. Many RDs are diagnosed during paediatric age and affect the patient throughout his life, but they can also be diagnosed during adult age. Advances in the biochemical, molecular and genetic diagnosis of these diseases are proving essential in improving clinical understanding and therapeutic possibilities. However, their low prevalence makes it difficult to develop suitable

  18. Doença de Marchiafava-Bignami: uma rara entidade com prognóstico sombrio Marchiafava-Bignami disease: a rare entity with a poor outcome

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    Paulo Eduardo Mestrinelli Carrilho

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    Full Text Available A doença de Marchiafava-Bignami é uma entidade rara, caracterizada por uma degeneração primária do corpo caloso, associada com o consumo crônico do etanol. A doença pode, ocasionalmente, ocorrer em pacientes não etilistas cronicamente desnutridos. Uma deficiência de vitaminas do complexo B é considerada como a hipótese etiopatogênica principal, uma vez que muitos pacientes obtiveram uma melhora após a administração desses compostos. Algumas vezes, entretanto, tal resposta terapêutica não foi observada. O diagnóstico definitivo da doença de Marchiafava-Bignami pode ser problemático e depende das características de estudos de neuroimagem, especialmente a ressonância magnética. Seu tratamento, dessa forma, é ainda controverso, com resultados variáveis. Como estão implicados fatores nutricionais, analogamente à encefalopatia de Wernicke, alguns autores recomendam a reposição de vitaminas do complexo B, particularmente da B1. O presente artigo relata a forma aguda da doença de Marchiafava-Bignami em um paciente masculino dependente do álcool, que apresentou discreta melhora após a administração parenteral das vitaminas do complexo B. Como consequência de suas más condições neurológicas e imunológicas, ele desenvolveu infecções pulmonares múltiplas e permaneceu, por longo tempo, na unidade de terapia intensiva. Seu óbito ocorreu por sepse causada por um fungo raro, o Rhodotorula mucilaginosa. O artigo é um relato clínico da evolução desse paciente, com a apresentação de seus dados de neuroimagem, acompanhada por uma revisão sobre doença de Marchiafava-Bignami e sobre as infecções por Rhodotorula dentro da perspectiva da unidade de cuidado intensivo.Marchiafava-Bignami disease is a rare affliction characterized by primary degeneration of the corpus callosum associated with chronic consumption of ethanol. The disease may occasionally occur in patients who are not alcoholics but are chronically

  19. “MODIFICACIÓN EUTÉCTICA DE UN HIERRO MODIFICACIÓN BLANCO Ni Ni-Cr CON BAJO CONTENIDO DE CROMO POR LA ADICIÓN DE UNA MEZCLA DE TIERRAS RARAS, BISMUTO Y TITANIO. ERRAS TITANIO.”

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    El presente trabajo estudia el efecto de pequeñas adiciones de una mezcla de elementos como titanio, tierras raras y bismuto, en el proceso de solidificación eutéctica de un hierro blanco bajo-cromo conocido comercialmente como Ni-Hard Clase I Tipo B de acuerdo a la norma ASTM A532. Se realizaron adiciones de la mezcla Ferrotitanio-Tierras raras-Bismuto (Fe-Ti-RE-Bi) en un hierro blanco bajo cromo de manera sistemática hasta 2%. Por medio de estas adiciones se logró modificar l...

  20. Medicamentos de alto custo para doenças raras no Brasil: o exemplo das doenças lisossômicas High cost drugs for rare diseases in Brazil: the case of lysosomal storage disorders

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    Mônica Vinhas de Souza

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    Full Text Available Este artigo aborda, de forma crítica, aspectos das políticas públicas brasileiras para medicamentos, com ênfase nos de alto custo dirigidos às doenças raras. As doenças lisossômicas foram utilizadas como exemplo pela sua raridade e pela tendência mundial para o desenvolvimento de novos fármacos para seu tratamento. Três doenças foram abordadas: doença de Gaucher, doença de Fabry e mucopolissacaridose tipo I. Embora todas tenham medicamentos registrados no Brasil, a doença de Gaucher é a única com protocolo clínico e diretrizes de tratamento balizadas pelo Ministério da Saúde. Os autores almejam, com este artigo, fomentar a discussão sobre o papel da avaliação de tecnologias em saúde para o tratamento das doenças raras no Brasil, enfatizando a necessidade de políticas legitimadas dirigidas especialmente a elas. A despeito das dificuldades de se estabelecer uma política de saúde específica para cada doença rara, é possível o estabelecimento de modelos racionais para lidar com esse crescente desafio.This paper approaches in a critical way aspects of Brazilian public policies for drugs, emphasizing those classified as high cost and for rare diseases. The lysosomal storage diseases was taken as an example because of their rarity and the international trend for the development of new drugs for their treatment, all at high costs. Three lysosomal storage diseases were approached: Gaucher disease, Fabry disease and mucopolysaccharidosis type I. Gaucher disease has its treatment drug licensed in Brazil and guidelines for its use are established through a clinical protocol by the Ministry of Health. The others have their drug treatments registered in Brazil; however, no treatment guidelines for them have been developed by the government. The objective of the paper was to foster the discussion on the role of health technology assessment for high-cost drugs for rare diseases in Brazil, emphasizing the need for establishing

  1. Oral clefts, tranforming growth factor alpha gene variants, and maternal smoking

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    Christensen, Kaare; Olsen, Jørn; Nørgaard-Pedersen, Bent;

    1999-01-01

    revealed that smoking was associated with a moderately increased risk of cleft lip +/- cleft palate (CL(P)) (odds ratio = 1.40, 95% confidence interval 0.99-2.00). No association between smoking and isolated cleft palate (CP) was observed. TGFA genotype was not associated with either CL(P) or CP......, and no synergistic effect with smoking was observed. The "rare" TGFA allele occurred in 25% of both cases and controls compared with an average of 14% in other white control groups. Furthermore, the frequency of CLP in Scandinavia is among the highest in the world. Hence, it is possible that the previously reported...

  2. Infecção cutânea rara por Acinetobacter baumannii em imunocompetente: relato de um caso Rare cutaneous infection by Acinetobacter baumannii in an immunocompetent patient: a case report

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    Pablo Vitoriano Cirino

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available O Acinetobacter baumanni é patógeno oportunista antigamente considerado de baixa virulência. Atualmente está envolvido em processos infecciosos que acometem pacientes imunocomprometidos,grandes queimados e pacientes em unidades de terapia intensiva que fazem uso de ventilação mecânica. Esse relato de caso chama atenção para infecção cutânea rara por essa bactéria em paciente imunocompetente.Acinetobacter baumannii is an oportunistic pathogen that used to be considered as having low virulence; however, it is currently known to be involved in infectious processes in patients with immunosuppression, large burns and those under mechanical ventilation in intensive care units. This case report emphasizes the possibility of cutaneous infection by A. baumanni in immunocompetent patients.

  3. Species of Philometra (Nematoda, Philometridae) from fishes off the Mediterranean coast of Africa, with a description of Philometra rara n. sp. from Hyporthodus haifensis and a molecular analysis of Philometra saltatrix from Pomatomus saltatrix

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    Two gonad-infecting species of Philometra Costa, 1845 (Nematoda, Philometridae) were recorded for the first time from marine perciform fishes off Tunisia and Libya: Philometra rara n. sp. from the rare, deep-water Haifa grouper Hyporthodus haifensis (Serranidae) off Libya and Philometra saltatrix Ramachandran, 1973 from the bluefish Pomatomus saltatrix (Pomatomidae) off Tunisia. Identification of both fish species was confirmed by molecular barcoding. Light and scanning electron microscope studies of Ph. rara n. sp. showed that it is characterized by the length of spicules (216–219 μm) and the gubernaculum (90–93 μm), the gubernaculum/spicules length ratio (1:2.32–2.43), and mainly by the shape and structure of the distal end of the gubernaculum (shovel-shaped with a wide median smooth field in dorsal view), appearing as having a dorsal protuberance in lateral view, and by the structure of the male caudal mound (dorsally interrupted); large subgravid females (70–137 mm long) are characterized by the presence of four oval submedian cephalic elevations, each of them bearing a pair of cephalic papillae of the outer circle. The finding of Ph. saltatrix off Tunisia confirms that this species is widespread throughout the Mediterranean region. A molecular analysis of our Ph. saltatrix specimens and other available philometrid cytochrome c oxidase 1 (COI) sequences showed that most species have robust clades. Sequences of Ph. saltatrix from Tunisia diverge from Ph. saltatrix from Brazil and the USA, suggesting that speciation is currently occurring between populations from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. PMID:28287390

  4. Pneumoperitoneum due to perforated appendicitis: a rare anatomo-radiologic correlation Pneumoperitônio devido à apendicite perfurada: correlação anátomo-radiológica rara

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    André Luiz Santos Rodrigues

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Pneumoperitoneum is usually associated with a perforated peptic ulcer. However, perforated appendicits may be evolved on it. In the medical literature, the anatomo-radiologic correlation between them is an uncommon event. CASE REPORT: Man with 56-year-old look for assistance with diffuse abdominal pain and distension associated with fever, vomit and absence of flatus and evacuation for about 14 days. The chest radiography revealed a pneumoperitoneum. Diffuse peritonitis was found during the exploratory laparotomy. Appendectomy, peritoneal cavity cleaning and drainage with tubular drains were carried out. However, severe sepsis occurred and the patient died on the 16th post-operative day with multiple systemic organ failure. CONCLUSION: Although rare as pneumoperitoneum ethiology, acute appendicitis may be thought as it's cause.INTRODUÇÃO: Penumoperitôneo é usualmente associado à perfuração gástrica ou duodenal. Entretanto, apendicite perfurada pode também desenvolvê-lo. Na literatura, correlação clínica-radiológica é rara nesses eventos. RELATO DO CASO: Homem com 56 anos foi atendido com dor abdominal difusa, distensão abdominal e febre, vômitos, parada de eliminação de gazes e fezes por 14 dias. Estudo radiológico de tórax mostrou pneumoperitôneo. No procedimento cirúrgico, peritonite difusa foi encontrada e apendicectomia com lavagem abdominal e drenagem foi efetuada. Entretanto, o paciente morreu por sepse generalizada e falência múltipla de órgãos e sistemas no 16o. dia do pós-operatório. CONCLUSÃO: Embora rara como causa de pneumoperiotôneo, a apendicite aguda deve ser pensada como sua possível causa.

  5. Interpretación de la distribución de elementos de las tierras raras en el basamento alterado de la zona de San Manuel, provincia de Buenos Aires

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    Raúl R Fernández

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available En las canteras de arcilla ubicadas en las proximidades de la localidad de San Manuel, provincia de Buenos Aires, puede observarse el basamento ígneo-metamórfico (Complejo Buenos Aires notablemente alterado hasta unos 16 m de profundidad por debajo de la cubierta sedimentaria neoproterozoica-cámbrica? (Grupo Sierras Bayas. Los estudios al microscopio y la difracción de rayos X permitieron definir una zonación mineralógica de la alteración, que de arriba hacia abajo comprende: zona de pirofilita-caolinita (desde el nivel de cuarcitas con el que se inicia la serie sedimentaria suprayacente hasta ~5 m, zona de pirofilita-illita (de ~5 m hasta ~ 10 m y zona de cuarzo-illita/sericita en los niveles más profundos. La distribución de los elementos de las tierras taras (ETR normalizados, en el basamento alterado mostraron dos patrones: el patrón 1 con aumento relativo de los elementos de tierras raras pesadas (ETRP respecto a las livianas (ETRL y anomalía positiva en Ce y Eu y el patrón 2, con incremento de las tierras raras livianas respecto a las pesadas y anomalía negativa en Ce. Estos dos patrones se atribuyen a distintos procesos que produjeron los cambios en las rocas del basamento: el patrón 2 a una alteración hidrotermal y el patrón 1 a una alteración meteórica superpuesta que en parte es coincidente con la presencia de caolinita.

  6. Cell cycle and aging, morphogenesis, and response to stimuli genes are individualized biomarkers of glioblastoma progression and survival

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    Southey Bruce R

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Glioblastoma is a complex multifactorial disorder that has swift and devastating consequences. Few genes have been consistently identified as prognostic biomarkers of glioblastoma survival. The goal of this study was to identify general and clinical-dependent biomarker genes and biological processes of three complementary events: lifetime, overall and progression-free glioblastoma survival. Methods A novel analytical strategy was developed to identify general associations between the biomarkers and glioblastoma, and associations that depend on cohort groups, such as race, gender, and therapy. Gene network inference, cross-validation and functional analyses further supported the identified biomarkers. Results A total of 61, 47 and 60 gene expression profiles were significantly associated with lifetime, overall, and progression-free survival, respectively. The vast majority of these genes have been previously reported to be associated with glioblastoma (35, 24, and 35 genes, respectively or with other cancers (10, 19, and 15 genes, respectively and the rest (16, 4, and 10 genes, respectively are novel associations. Pik3r1, E2f3, Akr1c3, Csf1, Jag2, Plcg1, Rpl37a, Sod2, Topors, Hras, Mdm2, Camk2g, Fstl1, Il13ra1, Mtap and Tp53 were associated with multiple survival events. Most genes (from 90 to 96% were associated with survival in a general or cohort-independent manner and thus the same trend is observed across all clinical levels studied. The most extreme associations between profiles and survival were observed for Syne1, Pdcd4, Ighg1, Tgfa, Pla2g7, and Paics. Several genes were found to have a cohort-dependent association with survival and these associations are the basis for individualized prognostic and gene-based therapies. C2, Egfr, Prkcb, Igf2bp3, and Gdf10 had gender-dependent associations; Sox10, Rps20, Rab31, and Vav3 had race-dependent associations; Chi3l1, Prkcb, Polr2d, and Apool had therapy-dependent associations

  7. Cardiomiopatia de Takotsubo: uma causa rara de choque cardiogênico simulando infarto agudo do miocárdio Takotsubo cardiomiopathy: a rare cause of cardiogenic shock simulating acute myocardial infarction

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    Jayro Thadeu Paiva de Vasconcelos

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Cardiomiopatia de Takotsubo é uma causa rara de aneurisma ventricular esquerdo agudo, na ausência de coronariopatia, só recentemente descrita na literatura mundial. Os sintomas podem assemelhar-se aos do infarto agudo do miocárdio com dor torácica típica. A imagem do balonamento ventricular sugestivo de haltere ou "Takotsubo" (dispositivo utilizado no Japão para prender Octopus é característico desta nova síndrome e usualmente há desaparecimento do movimento discinético até o 18º dia do início dos sintomas, em média.Takotsubo Cardiomiopathy is a rare cause of acute left ventricular aneurysm, in the absence of coronariopathy, only recently described in world literature. Symptoms may be similar to those from acute myocardial infarction with typical thoracic pain. The image of dumbbell or Takotsubo (a device used in Japan to capture octopus suggestive ventricular ballooning is characteristic of that new syndrome and there is usually the disappearing of dyskinetic movement up to the 18th day from the beginning of the symptoms, in average.

  8. Identificação e caracterização de variantes novas e raras da hemoglobina humana Identification of characterization of novel and rare variants of human hemoglobin

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    Elza M. Kimura

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available As anormalidades estruturais da hemoglobina estão entre as doenças genéticas mais comumente encontradas nas populações humanas. O Laboratório de Hemoglobinopatias do Departamento de Patologia Clínica da Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Universidade Estadual de Campinas - Unicamp, localizado em Campinas, no estado de São Paulo, região Sudeste do Brasil, realizou, em seus 27 anos de existência, cerca de 130.000 diagnósticos. Entre as variantes estruturais detectadas, as hemoglobinas S, C e D-Punjab foram, como esperado, as mais freqüentes, porém um número expressivo de outras hemoglobinas anômalas, novas e raras, também foi encontrado. Esses achados estão sumarizados no presente artigo.Hemoglobin structural abnormalities are among the most commonly found human genetic diseases. The Laboratory of Hemoglobinopathies in the Clinical Pathology Department of the Medical Sciences School of the State University in Campinas - Unicamp, São Paulo, Southeastern Brazil, carried out, in its 27 years of activity, about 130,000 diagnoses. As expected, hemoglobins S, C and D were the most frequently observed variants, but an expressive number of other abnormal, novel and rare hemoglobins, was also detected. These findings are summarized in the present article.

  9. Recovery of thorium and rare earths by their peroxides precipitation from a residue produced in the thorium purification facility; Recuperacao de torio e terras raras via peroxido do residuo originado na unidade de purificacao de torio

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    Freitas, Antonio Alves de

    2008-07-01

    As consequence of the operation of a Thorium purification facility, for pure Thorium Nitrate production, the IPEN (Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares) has stored away a solid residue called RETOTER (REsiduo de TOrio e TErras Raras). The RETOTER is rich in Rare-Earth Elements and significant amount of Thorium-232 and minor amount of Uranium. Furthermore it contains several radionuclides from the natural decay series. Significant radioactivity contribution is generated by the Thorium descendent, mainly the Radium-228(T{sub 1/2}=5.7y), known as meso thorium and Thorium-228(T{sub 1/2} 1.90y). An important thorium daughter is the Lead-208, a stable isotope present with an expressive quantity. After the enclosure of the operation of the Thorium purification facility, many researches have been developed for the establishment of methodologies for recovery of Thorium, Rare-Earth Elements and Lead-208 from the RETOTER. This work presents a method for RETOTER decontamination, separating and bordering upon some radioactive isotopes. The residue was digested with nitric acid and the Radium-228 was separated by the Barium Sulphate co-precipitation procedure. Finally, the Thorium was separated by the peroxide precipitation and the Rare-Earth Elements were also recovered by the Rare-Earth peroxide precipitation in the filtrate solution.(author)

  10. Vasculite isolada do sistema nervoso central e acometimento do VIII nervo craniano manifestações raras da síndrome de imunodeficiência adquirida: an uncommon manifestation of AIDS

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    Valentina Van Boekel

    1992-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo de nosso estudo é enfatizar a exuberante anarquia dos mecanismos imunológicos na síndrome de imunodeficiência adquirida. Tal anarquia propicia a eclosão de manifestações clínicas atípicas e, por vezes, bizarras, de difícil diagnóstico. No estudo em questão, chamamos a atenção para duas raras manifestações da doença: vasculite isolada do sistema nervoso central (SNC e acometimento do> VIII nervo craniano, que exigem amplo diagnóstico diferencial, o que significa dizer intervenção de especialistas de diversas áreas. Após revisão da literatura, identificamos apenas dois casos de vasculite isolada do SNC induzida pelo vírus da imunodeficiência, humana e um caso de surdez neurossensorial comprovadamente ocasionada pelo retrovírus mencionado. Em passado longínquo, os médicos de boa formação clínica diziam ser necessário raciocinar «sifiliticamente» e hoje, diante de doença tão complexa e multissistêmica, nos parece necessário raciocinar «aideticamente».

  11. Linkage study of nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate using candidate genes and mapped polymorphic markers

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    Stein, J.D.; Nelson, L.D.; Conner, B.J. [Univ. of Texas, Houston (United States)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    Nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL(P)) involves fusion or growth failure of facial primordia during development. Complex segregation analysis of clefting populations suggest that an autosomal dominant gene may play a role in this common craniofacial disorder. We have ascertained 16 multigenerational families with CL(P) and tested linkage to 29 candidate genes and 139 mapped short tandem repeat markers. The candidate genes were selected based on their expression in craniofacial development or were identified through murine models. These include: TGF{alpha}, TGF{beta}1, TGF{beta}2, TGF{beta}3, EGF, EGFR, GRAS, cMyc, FGFR, Jun, JunB, PDFG{alpha}, PDGF{beta}, IGF2R, GCR Hox7, Hox8, Hox2B, twirler, 5 collagen and 3 extracellular matrix genes. Linkage was tested assuming an autosomal dominant model with sex-specific decreased penetrance. Linkage to all of the candidate loci was excluded in 11 families. RARA was tested and was not informative. However, haplotype analysis of markers flanking RARA on 17q allowed exclusion of this candidate locus. We have previously excluded linkage to 61 STR markers in 11 families. Seventy-eight mapped short tandem repeat markers have recently been tested in 16 families and 30 have been excluded. The remaining are being analyzed and an exclusion map is being developed based on the entire study results.

  12. Caracterización de actinobacterias raras, degradadoras de lignocelulosa: demostración de actividad lacasa en dos aislados de Tsukamurella sp y Cellulosimicrobium sp

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    Enrique Luis Revollo Escudero

    2014-01-01

    . Palabras clave: Actinobacteria; deslignificación; enzimas modificadoras de lignina; EC 1.10.3.2; ABTS. Abstract: The physicochemical characteristics of lignin and its compaction with cellulose have restricted the biotechnological exploitation of enormous amounts of plant biomass. Laccases are a subfamily of multicopper oxidases involved in lignin depolymerization. Although they have been extensively characterized in fungi, studies of the diversity and functions of laccases in prokaryotes are mainly on enzyme isoforms of Streptomyces sp. In this work we isolated 20 strains of soil actinomycetes. The laccase activity of 17 of them was evidenced in qualitative assays with guaiacol, and two selected strains were characterized in detail. The morphological evidence and the analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequences suggest that these two isolates belong to the genera Tsukamurella and Cellulosimicrobium. In submerged cultures with shaking, AC01 (Tsukamurella sp. exhibited a maximal oxidation activity of ABTS (2,2 '-azino-bis-(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonate of 108 U/L. On the other hand, AC18 (Cellulosimicrobium sp. that exhibited a higher oxidative activity of guaiacol than the other 16 isolated strains and showed resistance to toxic levels of copper, reached a maximum ABTS oxidation rate of 0.56 U/L. These results suggest that in AC18 operates a mechanism of substrate or inducer specificity, regulating the measurable laccase activity and laccase gene expression. Genomic and functional characterization of laccases of new ligninolytic actinomycetes may help to extend the range of redox centers with specific biotechnological applications, as well as establishing their evolutionary relationships with eukaryotes. Keywords: Actinobacteria; delignification; lignin-modifying enzymes; EC 1.10.3.2; ABTS.

  13. Copolímeros de estireno-divinilbenzeno impregnados com agentes complexantes organofosforados para separação de terras raras Styrene-divinylbenzene copolymers loaded with organophosphorus chelating agents for rare earths separation

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    Celina C. R. Barbosa

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO: Copolímeros de estireno-divinilbenzeno para aplicação em cromatografia de extração foram sintetizados em presença de agentes complexantes seletivos para terras raras, o fosfato monoácido de bis(2-etil-hexila, DEHPA e o 2-etil-hexil fosfonato monoácido de 2-etil-hexila, EHEHPA. Os copolímeros foram preparados através de polimerização em suspensão utilizando como diluentes os agentes complexantes puros ou combinados com o solvente tolueno (TOL. A influência das condições de síntese, tais como: a razão agente complexante/TOL; o grau de diluição dos monômeros e o teor de divinilbenzeno, na estrutura porosa dos copolímeros foi investigada através de suas características físicas tais como densidade aparente, volume de poros fixos, área específica e através de microscopia ótica e eletrônica de varredura. Os copolímeros foram avaliados em relação ao processo de separação de terras raras. Assim foram determinadas a capacidade total e a cinética de complexação em relação ao íon gadolínio. O teor de agente complexante impregnado em cada suporte foi função da quantidade do agente complexante nas misturas. Foi otimizada a quantidade máxima do agente complexante que pode ser utilizada na síntese, de modo a obter suportes com alta capacidade de complexação, sem o comprometimento de sua resistência mecânica. A capacidade total de complexação variou com a quantidade de agente complexante impregnado no suporte e a cinética de complexação variou principalmente com o diâmetro médio de poros, pois este determina a velocidade de difusão dos íons no suporte.ABSTRACT: Styrene-divinylbenzene copolymers used in extraction chromatography were synthesized in presence of selective chelating agents for rare earths: DEHPA, bis(2-ethylhexyl phosphoric acid, and EHEHPA, bis(2-ethylhexyl phosphonic acid. The copolymers were prepared by suspension polymerization technique using the pure chelating agents and its

  14. Síncope cardíaca reflexa por "nevralgia" do glossofaríngeo: rara apresentação dessa doença Cardiac syncope induced by glossopharyngeal "neuralgia": a rare presentation

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    Helio Korkes

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available A primeira descrição de dor severa no trajeto do nervo glossofaríngeo foi realizada por Weisenberg, em 1910¹, em um paciente com tumor do ângulo ponto cerebelar. Entretanto, coube a Harris, em 1926², nomear como nevralgia do nervo glossofaríngeo esse raro quadro clínico, caracterizado por paroxismos de dor intensa, unilaterais, na região posterior da língua, no palato mole, na garganta e na região lateral e posterior da faringe, irradiando para o ouvido. A dor pode ser desencadeada por deglutição, tosse, bocejo ou mastigação e normalmente dura de segundos a minutos. A associaç��o de nevralgia do glossofaríngeo e síncope é muito rara e se deve a breves períodos de bradicardia, assistolia ou hipotensão, sendo a primeira descrição dessa associação, com essa fisiopatologia, realizada por Riley e cols., em 1942³.The first description of severe pain in the distribution of the glossopharyngeal nerve is credited to Weisenberg, in 1910¹, in a patient with cerebellopontine angle tumor. However, it was Harris, in 1926², who coined the term glossopharyngeal neuralgia to describe this rare condition characterized by paroxysms of excruciating pain located laterally at the back of the tongue, soft palate, throat, and lateral and posterior pharynx, radiating to the ear. Swallowing, coughing, yawning or chewing may trigger pain, which usually lasts from seconds to minutes. The association between glossopharyngeal neuralgia and syncope is very rare, being identified by brief episodes of bradycardia, asystole, and hypotension. Such an association, with this same pathophysiology, was first described by Riley et al³ in 1942.

  15. Granulomas do pênis: uma complicação rara da terapia intravesical com Bacilo Calmette-Guérin Granulomas of the penis: a rare complication of intravesical therapy with Bacillus Calmette-Guerin

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    Sara Isabel Alcântara Lestre

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available A imunoterapia com o Bacilo Calmette-Guérin é amplamente usada no tratamento e profilaxia da neoplasia urotelial superficial. As complicações associadas ao tratamento são comuns. Os autores relatam um caso de inflamação granulomatosa do pênis, associada à terapia intravesical com Bacilo Calmette-Guérin, com múltiplos nódulos eritematosos indolores localizados na glande. É também efetuada uma revisão da literatura. A balanopostite granulomatosa é uma complicação rara associada à imunoterapia com Bacilo Calmette-Guérin, com uma apresentação clinicamente heterogênea que pode dificultar o diagnóstico. O seu reconhecimento clínico é essencial para o início precoce de tuberculostáticos e interrupção de Bacilo Calmette-GuérinImmunotherapy with Bacillus Calmette-Guérin is widely used for treatment and prophylaxis of superficial urothelial cancer. Complications associated with Bacillus Calmette-Guérin treatment are common. The authors describe a case of granulomatous inflammation of the penis associated with intravesical Bacillus Calmette-Guérin therapy, presenting with multiple erythematous and painless nodules located on the glans. A review of the literature is also performed. Granulomatous balanoposthitis is a rare complication of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin immunotherapy, with heterogeneous clinical presentation, which can make the diagnosis difficult. Its clinical recognition is essential for early start of therapy with antitubercular agents and interruption of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin

  16. Lipschütz ulcer (ulcus vulvae acutum: a rare cause of genital lesion Úlcera de Lipschütz (ulcus vulvae acutum: uma causa rara de lesão genital

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    Ana Brinca

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Lipschütz Ulcer, or ulcus vulvae acutum, is a rare and probably underdiagnosed entity that usually presents as an acute painful vulvar ulcer in young women. The etiology is unknown, although recent reports have associated it with the Epstein-Barr virus. The diagnosis is made by exclusion after ruling out sexually transmitted diseases, autoimmune causes, trauma, and other etiologies of genital ulcerations. We report a case of a young woman who developed flu-like symptoms and painful vulvar ulcers. Complementary examinations ruled out sexually transmitted diseases and the other usual causes of genital ulcers; lesions healed with no sequelae or recurrences. This case represents a rare important differential diagnosis of genital ulceration.A Úlcera de Lipschütz, ou ulcus vulvae acutum, é uma entidade rara mas provavelmente subdiagnosticada, que se apresenta como úlcera vulvar aguda dolorosa numa mulher jovem. A etiologia é desconhecida embora relatos recentes a tenham associado à primo-infecção pelo vírus Epstein-Barr. O diagnóstico é estabelecido após exclusão de doenças sexualmente transmissíveis, causas autoimunes, traumáticas e outras etiologias de úlceras genitais. Relatamos o caso de uma jovem que desenvolveu quadro gripal e dolorosas úlceras genitais. Os exames complementares excluiram doenças sexualmente transmissíveis e as outras causas habituais de ulceração genital. As lesões cicatrizaram sem sequelas e sem recorrências. Este caso representa um diagnóstico diferencial importante e raro de ulceração genital.

  17. Lymphoplasmacyte-rich meningioma: a case report of a rare neoplasm Meningeoma rico em linfócitos e plasmócitos: relato de caso de uma rara neoplasia

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    Eduardo Cambruzzi

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Lymphoplasmacyte-rich meningioma (LPM is a rare variant of meningioma, which is characterized by massive inflammatory cell infiltration and rare meningothelial elements. The authors report the clinicopathological features of a LPM located at the right parietal convexity in a patient with generalized tonic-clonic seizures and paresthesia in the left arm. The surgical specimen consisted of a gray nodule measuring 3.5 × 3 × 1.8 cm. At microscopy, a few epithelioid cells associated with numerous lymphocytes/plasma cells were identified. Positive immunoexpression for epithelial membrane antigen (EMA and progesterone receptor was found in the epithelioid cells, and positive staining for CD3, CD5 and CD20 in the inflammatory cells. Thus, the diagnosis of LPM was established.O meningeoma rico em linfócitos e plasmócitos (MLP é uma variante rara de meningeoma, caracterizada por um infiltrado inflamatório massivo e raros elementos meningoteliais. Os autores descrevem as características clinicopatológicas de um MLP localizado na convexidade parietal direita de uma paciente com queixa de crises convulsivas tônico-clônicas generalizadas e parestesia no braço esquerdo. A peça cirúrgica consistia de um nódulo cinzento medindo 3,5 × 3 × 1,8 cm. À microscopia, foram identificadas poucas células epitelioides associadas a numerosos linfócitos e plasmócitos. Imunoexpressão positiva para antígeno da membrana epitelial (EMA e receptor de progesterona foi encontrada nas células epitelioides, enquanto imunomarcação positiva para CD3, CD5 e CD20 foi identificada nas células inflamatórias. O diagnóstico de MLP foi então estabelecido.

  18. Fístula gastrobrônquica como complicação rara de gastroplastia para obesidade: relato de dois casos Gastrobronchial fistula as a rare complication of gastroplasty for obesity: a report of two cases

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    Josemberg Marins Campos

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available A fístula gastrobrônquica é uma condição rara como complicação decorrente de cirurgia da obesidade. O seu manejo exige a participação ativa de um pneumologista, o qual deve conhecer alguns aspectos dos principais tipos de cirurgia bariátrica. Neste relato, descrevemos dois casos de pacientes que apresentaram abscessos subfrênico e pulmonar recidivantes secundários a fístula no ângulo de His durante 19,5 meses, em média. Após o insucesso das relaparotomias, a cura foi obtida por meio da antibioticoterapia e, principalmente, por meio da estenostomia e da dilatação endoscópica, além do uso de clipes e cola de fibrina na fístula. Estas complicações pulmonares não devem ser tratadas isoladamente sem uma avaliação gastrintestinal pois isso pode resultar em piora do quadro respiratório, dificultando o manejo anestesiológico durante procedimentos endoscópicos.Gastrobronchial fistula is a rare condition as a complication following bariatric surgery. The management of this condition requires the active participation of a pulmonologist, who should be familiar with aspects of the main types of bariatric surgery. Herein, we report the cases of two patients who presented recurrent subphrenic and lung abscess secondary to fistula at the angle of His for an average of 19.5 months. After relaparotomy was unsuccessful, cure was achieved by antibiotic therapy and, more importantly, by stenostomy and endoscopic dilatation, together with the use of clips and fibrin glue in the fistula. These pulmonary complications should not be treated in isolation without a gastrointestinal evaluation since this can result in worsening of the respiratory condition, thus making anesthetic management difficult during endoscopic procedures.

  19. Propriedades dielétricas de cerâmicas (Sr,BaNb2O6 dopadas com terras raras Dielectric properties of (Sr,BaNb2O6 ceramics doped with rare earths

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    I. A. Santos

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available Cerâmicas de Sr1-xBaxNb2O6, "puras" e dopadas com óxidos de terras raras, foram preparadas com o objetivo de estudar o seu comportamento dielétrico em função da adição desses dopantes. As amostras foram caracterizadas através de medidas dielétricas efetuadas em função da temperatura (30 K a 500 K e da freqüência (1 kHz a 1 MHz. Em todas as amostras estudadas verifica-se a presença de dois processos distintos de relaxação dielétrica. O primeiro processo é observado a temperaturas inferiores a 100 K. O segundo processo é observado próximo a temperatura ambiente, onde a constante dielétrica apresenta seu maior valor. Observou-se que a adição de dopantes causa efeitos distintos nas temperaturas de máximo das constantes dielétricas nas duas regiões de relaxação dielétrica.Ceramics of SBN, undoped and doped with rare earth oxides, were prepared to the study of the influence of the doping on the dielectric properties. The samples were characterised through dielectric measurements as a function of temperature (30 K to 500 K and frequency (1 kHz to 1 MHz. In all samples two distinct dielectric relaxation processes were observed. The first one at temperatures below 100 K; the second one is near room temperature, where the dielectric constant is maximum. The doping causes distinct effects in the maximum temperatures of the dielectric constants in the two dielectric relaxation regions.

  20. True neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome in a competitive swimmer: a case report of this rare association Síndrome do desfiladeiro torácico verdadeiro em um nadador competitivo: relato de caso desta rara associação

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    Diogo Fraxino de Almeida

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available True neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS is an uncommon disorder despite of be a frequent reason for referral to the EMG laboratories. We describe the second case in the literature of true TOS in a competitive swimmer with progressive weakness and severe atrophy of the left thenar eminence. EMG showed lower trunk plexopathy. X-ray and MRI of the cervical spine and brachial plexus were normal. Surgical exploration evidenced the lower trunk retracted and pulled by a fibrous band. It was excised and neurolysis of the plexus was done with gradual improvement of function. We discuss the possible pathophysiology of this association.A síndrome do desfiladeiro torácico verdadeiro é condição incomum, apesar de ser uma razão freqüente de encaminhamento aos laboratórios de eletroneuromiografia. Nós descrevemos o segundo caso na literatura desta doença rara em um nadador competitivo com fraqueza e atrofia severa da eminência tenar esquerda. A ENMG mostrou plexopatia do tronco inferior. O RX e as ressonâncias magnéticas da coluna cervical e do plexo braquial foram normais. Exploração cirúrgica mostrou o tronco inferior tracionado por uma banda fibrosa. Ela foi ressecada e procedeu-se a neurólise do plexo com melhora gradual da função. Nós discutimos a possível fisiopatologia desta associação.

  1. Genes and Gene Therapy

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    ... correctly, a child can have a genetic disorder. Gene therapy is an experimental technique that uses genes to ... or prevent disease. The most common form of gene therapy involves inserting a normal gene to replace an ...

  2. Raras y olvidadas: directoras de cine mudo

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    Rosa Mª Ballesteros García

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo sobre la dirección de mujeres durante la época del cine mudo (o silente, se resume como una época en que estas amazonas, sugerente apelativo ya utilizado por la filósofa Victoria Sendón, practicaron lo que alguien ha denominado “Heroísmo cotidiano”; un heroísmo que, por otra parte, se sigue practicando. Utilizando diversas fuentes hemos sacado a la luz más de un centenar de mujeres, profesionales del cine de la primera época que, saltándose las normas establecidas, no sólo prestaron su imagen como imán atractivo sino que, en línea con sus compañeros de profesión, se situaron tras las cámaras produciendo y dirigiendo sus propias películas durante aquellos oscuros y desconocidos años para el gran público. Con ello deseamos revivir algunos de los nombres de estas valientes mujeres, ninguneadas o ignoradas por la Historia.

  3. Una rara complicación en la extracción del tercer molar inferior incluido: Caso clínico A rare complication during the extraction of the included inferior third molar: Case report

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    S. Aboul-Hosn Centenero

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Presentamos una rara complicación ocurrida tras el intento de extracción del tercer molar incluido en una consulta odontológica bajo anestesia local. El paciente requirió ingreso en el servicio de urgencias para la extracción, de forma urgente, de la pieza a través de un abordaje cervical bajo anestesia general e intubación nasaotraqueal por desplazamiento de la pieza hacia la fosa submandibular durante el intento de extracción ambulatoria. El paciente presentó signos evidentes de inflamación en la región submandibular con desplazamiento de la vía aérea hacia el lado opuesto. Las complicaciones derivadas de la cirugía del tercer molar son, en algunos casos, mortales y pueden aparecer tras un acto quirúrgico aparentemente de bajo riesgo. Estas complicaciones han sido ampliamente descritas en la literatura. Aún así consideramos importante el presentar complicaciones poco frecuentes en la cirugía del tercer molar ya que esto nos permitirá conocerlas y ofrecer la mejor solución en cada caso.We present a rare complication that appeared after an attempt to extract the included third molar with local anaesthesia at the odontologist office. The patient was admitted to the emergency room to have the tooth removed cervically under general anaesthesia and nasotracheal tubation because of its movement towards the submandibular fossa during the ambulatory extraction attempt. The patient showed evident signs of swelling in submandibular region and the airway was displaced towards the opposite side. The resulting complications from the third molar surgery are, in some cases, mortal and can occur after an apparently low risk surgery. These complications have been thoroughly described in literature. Still, we consider it important to describe infrequent complications of third molar surgery because it will allow us to know more about them and offer the best solution in every case.

  4. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and dilated cardiomyopathy. A rare combination. Enfermedad de Charcot-Marie-Tooth y miocardiopatía dilatada. Una rara asociación.

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    Rafael Pila Pérez

    2011-07-01

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    Se presenta el caso de un paciente de 50 años de edad, con 14 años de evolución de manifestaciones clínicas, destacándose las alteraciones musculoesqueléticas de los cuatro miembros con atrofia de las prominencias tenar e hipotenar y de la musculatura de ambas piernas. Se destacó la presencia de alteraciones sensitivas en miembros inferiores con distribución en calcetín, atrofia, atonía, arreflexia y marcha equina. Desde el punto de vista cardiaco, el paciente presentaba un fibriloaleteo. La radiografía de tórax mostró un aumento marcado del área cardiaca y la ecocardiografía puso de manifiesto una miocardiopatía dilatada. El estudio histopatológico confirmó la presencia de la enfermedad de Charcot-Marie-Tooth asociada a miocardiopatía dilatada. El diagnóstico se basó en las características clínicas, la velocidad de conducción motora, y el estudio histopatológico, que demostró desmielinización con lesiones en “cebolla”, si bien faltaron los estudios genéticos. La enfermedad de Charcot-Marie-Tooth es una enfermedad rara; aproximadamente un 60 % de los pacientes que la padecen, son portadores de una duplicación del cromosoma 17. Por ello, se consideró oportuno transmitir la experiencia de este caso.

    The case of a 50 years old male patient is presented. Along 14 years of clinical evolution, four limbs musculoskeletal disorders with atrophy of the thenar and hypothenar prominences and muscles of both legs had been emphasized. The presence of sensory impairment in lower limbs with stocking distribution, atrophy, weakness, areflexia and equine gait were very peculiar in this case. From the cardiac point of view, the patient presented a fibrillation/flutter. Chest radiography showed a marked increase in the cardiac area and echocardiography revealed dilated cardiomyopathy. Histopathological examination confirmed the presence of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease associated with dilated cardiomyopathy. While genetic

  5. Reseña sobre las metodologías de campo, analíticas y estadísticas empleadas en la determinación y manejo de datos de los elementos de tierras raras en el sistema suelo-planta

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    Hernández-Martínez, J. Lucero; Surendra P. Verma

    2009-01-01

    El presente artículo es una revisión detallada de estudios científicos publicados que tratan el tema relacionado con la determinación de los elementos de las tierras raras (REEs) en el sistema suelo-planta. Los estudios han sido llevados a cabo principalmente en países europeos y asiáticos. Cabe señalar que la investigación en los países latinoamericanos es muy escasa; sin embargo, es creciente el interés de analizar la aportación de estos elementos al ...

  6. Chronic subdural hematoma of the posterior fossa associated with cerebellar hemorrhage: report of rare disease with MRI findings Hematoma subdural crônico de fossa posterior associado a hemorragia cerebelar espontânea: relato de doença rara com achados de RNM

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    Leodante B. Costa Jr

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Chronic subdural hematoma of the posterior fossa is an uncommon entity, and spontaneous lesions are very rarely described, occurring mostly during anticoagulation therapy. The association of the posterior fossa chronic subdural hematoma with spontaneous parenchymal hemorrhage without anticoagulation therapy was never related in the literature, to our knowledge. We describe a case of a 64 year-old woman who suffered a spontaneous cerebellar hemorrhage, treated conservatively, and presented 1 month later with a chronic subdural posterior fossa hematoma.Hematomas subdurais da fossa posterior são lesões raras, mais comumente relacionadas com traumas graves. A ocorrência de hematomas subdurais crônicos na fossa posterior é muito rara, sendo descritos 15 casos até o momento, boa parte relacionada ao uso de anticoagulantes. Em nossa revisão da literatura, não pudemos encontrar nenhum relato da associação entre hematoma subdural crônico da fossa posterior e hemorragia cerebelar espontânea. Relatamos o caso de paciente de 64 anos com hematoma intraparenquimatoso cerebelar tratado conservadoramente e hematoma subdural crônico, tratado cirurgicamente, cerca de 1 mês após o acidente vascular cerebelar.

  7. Abundance distribution of common and rare plant species of Brazilian savannas along a seasonality gradient Distribuição de abundâncias de espécies de plantas comuns e raras de savanas brasileiras ao longo de um gradiente de estacionalidade

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    Igor Aurélio Silva

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available We examined the species abundance distribution (SAD of plant communities in: (1 a wet grassland, waterlogged throughout most of the year; (2 a seasonal savanna, with an annual dry season; and (3 a hyperseasonal savanna, with alternating drought and waterlogging over the year. We searched for differences in the abundance distributions of all species, as well as of the common and rare species. We tested whether the SADs fitted the lognormal, log-series, power fraction, and random assortment models. We found that environmental constraints may reduce the evenness of plant communities and change the SADs in savannas. We observed a lognormal abundance distribution in the wet grassland and a random abundance distribution in the hyperseasonal cerrado. The SAD of the seasonal savanna did not follow any model. The common species in the three communities were better fitted by the lognormal model. The rare species in the wet grassland and the hyperseasonal cerrado were better fitted by the random assortment model. The SAD of the rare species of the seasonal savanna did not follow any model. Seasonality seems to modify the lognormal distribution of the overall plant community, generating abundance distributions indistinguishable from random. However, differential community structuring between common and rare species may not be affected by seasonality. The different signatures of the abundance distributions of common and rare plants indicate that composite models are better predictors for SADs in savannas.Examinamos as distribuições de abundâncias de espécies (DAEs de comunidades de plantas em: (1 um campo úmido, alagado durante a maior parte do ano; (2 uma savana estacional, com uma estação seca anual; e (3 uma savana hiper-estacional, com uma estação seca e um alagamento alternantes durante o ano. Procuramos por diferenças na distribuição de abundância de todas as espécies, bem como das espécies comuns e raras. Testamos se as DAEs se

  8. Estudo da sinterização da zircônia dopada com óxidos de terras raras a 5 GPa de pressão Sintering of rare earth-doped zirconia under 5 GPa pressure

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    C. Kuranaga

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available A zircônia (ZrO2 tem mostrado grande destaque entre as cerâmicas avançadas, atraindo muito o interesse de pesquisadores em seus vários campos de atuação. A zircônia apresenta elevada resistência quando na fase tetragonal, mas a fase estável a temperatura ambiente é a monoclínica, sendo necessário o uso de estabilizantes para a fase tetragonal. Neste trabalho propomos a sinterização rápida da zircônia parcialmente estabilizada com óxidos de terras raras (ZrO2-OTR, mediante o emprego da alta pressão de 5 GPa. As condições de sinterização realizadas neste trabalho são inovadoras, haja visto que utilizou-se de tecnologia alternativa para processar a ZrO2-OTR, chamada de altas temperaturas e altas pressões (HPHT. Foi utilizada uma pressão de 5 GPa, temperaturas de 1100, 1200 e 1300 ºC nos tempos de 2 e 5 min. O melhor resultado foi obtido nas amostras sinterizadas a 5 GPa/1300 ºC/5 min, onde apresentaram microdureza média de 488,73 kgf/mm², para uma tenacidade à fratura de 5,33 MPa.m½, as quais apresentaram densidade da ordem de 97,88% da teórica, e 88% em volume de fase tetragonal retida à temperatura ambiente.Zirconia (ZrO2 has shown great projection among the advanced ceramics, attracting the interest of researchers in its various fields of application. Tetragonal zirconia presents high mechanical strength, but the room temperature stable phase is the monoclinic, being necessary the use of stabilizers for obtaining the tetragonal phase. In this work the rapid sintering of zirconia partially stabilized with rare earth oxides (ZrO2-OTR, via 5 GPa high pressure is proposed. The sintering conditions employed in this work are innovative, due to the use of an alternative technology to process ZrO2-OTR, so called high temperature - high pressure (HPHT. A pressure of 5 GPa and temperatures of 1100, 1200 and 1300 ºC for times of 2 and 5 min were used. The best results were obtained for samples sintered at 5 GPa at 1300 º

  9. Lymph scrotum: an unusual urological presentation of lymphatic filariasis. A case series study Linfoescroto: apresentação rara de filaríase linfática. Estudo retrospectivo

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    Ana Maria Aguiar-Santos

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Lymphatic filariasis (LF causes a wide range of clinical signs and symptoms, including urogenital manifestations. Transmission control and disability/morbidity management/control are the two pillars of the overall elimination strategy for LF. Lymph scrotum is an unusual urological clinical presentation of LF with important medical, psychological, social and economic repercussions. A retrospective case series study was conducted on outpatients attended at the National Reference Service for Filariasis, in an endemic area for filariasis (Recife, Brazil, between 2000 and 2007. Over this period, 6,361 patients were attended and seven cases with lymph scrotum were identified. Mean patient age was 45 years (range, 26 to 64 years. Mean disease duration was 8.5 years (range, two to 15 years. All patients had evidence of filarial infection from at least one laboratory test (parasitological, antigen investigation or "filarial dance sign" on ultrasound. Six patients presented histories of urological surgery. The authors highlight the importance of the association between filarial infection and the inadequate surgical and clinical management of hydrocele in an endemic area, as risk factors for lymph scrotum. Thus, filarial infection should be routinely investigated in all individuals presenting urological morbidity within endemic areas, in order to identify likely links in the transmission chain.A filariose linfática (FL é responsável por uma grande variedade de sinais e sintomas clínicos incluindo manifestações urogenitais. O controle da transmissão e da incapacitação bem como o manuseio da morbidade são os dois pilares da estratégia global de eliminação da FL. O linfoescroto é uma rara apresentação da FL, tendo importantes repercussões do ponto de vista clínico, psicológico e socioeconômico. Realizou-se um estudo retrospectivo de uma série de casos com diagnóstico de linfoescroto, identificados entre os 6.361 pacientes ambulatoriais

  10. Avaliação da resistência à corrosão de eletrodepósitos de liga ZnFe sobre aço tratado com filmes contendo sais de terras raras e silanos BTSE, BTESPTS

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    O presente trabalho tem como objetivo avaliar a resistência a corrosão do aço revestido com eletrodepósito de liga ZnFe tratado com filmes constituídos de uma pré-camada obtida através de solução de sais de terras raras (Ce ou La) acrescida de filmes de silanos bis 1,2-[trietoxissilil]etano) (BTSE) e/ou bis-(3-[trietoxissilil]-propil) - tetrassulfeto (BTESPTS). Esses sistemas foram avaliados através das Curvas de Polarização, Espectroscopia de Impedância Eletroquímica (EIE), M...

  11. Studying Genes

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    ... NIGMS NIGMS Home > Science Education > Studying Genes Studying Genes Tagline (Optional) Middle/Main Content Area Other Fact Sheets What are genes? Genes are segments of DNA that contain instructions ...

  12. Association between alleles of the transforming growth factor alpha locus and cleft lip and palate in the Chilean population

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    Jara, L.; Blanco, R.; Chiffelle, I. [Univ. of Chile, Santiago (Chile)] [and others

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    Two RFLPs at the TGFA locus were studied in 39 unrelated Chilean (Caucasoid-Mongoloid) patients with non-syndromic cleft lip/palate [CL(P)] and 51 control individuals. A highly significant association between BamHI A2 allele and CL(P) was detected ({chi}{sub 2} = 6.00; P = 0.014), while no association was found between TaqI RFLPs and clefting. No significant differences were found when comparing genotypes by type of cleft and a positive or negative family history of clefting. Our results seem to support rather definitively the association between TGFA and clefting but not support the hypothesis that TGFA is a major causal gene of CL(P). 29 refs., 5 tabs.

  13. Immunoglobulin genes

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    Honjo, T. (Kyoto Univ. (Japan)); Alt, F.W. (Columbia Univ., Dobbs Ferry, NY (USA). Hudson Labs.); Rabbitts, T.H. (Medical Research Council, Cambridge (UK))

    1989-01-01

    This book reports on the structure, function, and expression of the genes encoding antibodies in normal and neoplastic cells. Topics covered are: B Cells; Organization and rearrangement of immunoglobin genes; Immunoglobin genes in disease; Immunoglobin gene expression; and Immunoglobin-related genes.

  14. Effect of Potassium Dichromate on the Development of Embryo and Tadpole of Frog,Rara nigromaculata, and on DNA Damage%重金属铬对黑斑蛙胚胎和蝌蚪生长发育的影响及血细胞DNA损伤效应

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    王坤英; 李卫国; 赵艳红; 赵俊伟

    2007-01-01

    运用单细胞凝胶电泳技术研究了不同浓度重铬酸钾(K2Cr2O7)溶液(2.5,12.5, 62.5 μmol·L-1)对黑斑蛙(Rara nigromaculata)外周血细胞DNA的链断裂损伤效应,并观察了重铬酸钾对黑斑蛙胚胎和蝌蚪生长发育的影响.结果表明,12.5和62.5 μmol·L-1的重铬酸钾具有明显的DNA链断裂损伤诱导效应,染毒15 d的DNA损伤率分别为85%和98%.在测试浓度范围内,重铬酸钾对黑斑蛙胚胎发育的影响不明显;低浓度<(12.5 μmol·L-1)重铬酸钾对黑斑蛙蝌蚪生长发育的影响不明显,高浓度(62.5 μmol·L-1)重铬酸钾对黑斑蛙蝌蚪的生长发育则具有明显的抑制作用.

  15. Interpretación de la distribución de elementos de las tierras raras en el basamento alterado de la zona de San Manuel, provincia de Buenos Aires Interpretation of rare earth elements distribution in the altered basement of the San Manuel zone, Buenos Aires province

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    Raúl R Fernández

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    Full Text Available En las canteras de arcilla ubicadas en las proximidades de la localidad de San Manuel, provincia de Buenos Aires, puede observarse el basamento ígneo-metamórfico (Complejo Buenos Aires notablemente alterado hasta unos 16 m de profundidad por debajo de la cubierta sedimentaria neoproterozoica-cámbrica? (Grupo Sierras Bayas. Los estudios al microscopio y la difracción de rayos X permitieron definir una zonación mineralógica de la alteración, que de arriba hacia abajo comprende: zona de pirofilita-caolinita (desde el nivel de cuarcitas con el que se inicia la serie sedimentaria suprayacente hasta ~5 m, zona de pirofilita-illita (de ~5 m hasta ~ 10 m y zona de cuarzo-illita/sericita en los niveles más profundos. La distribución de los elementos de las tierras taras (ETR normalizados, en el basamento alterado mostraron dos patrones: el patrón 1 con aumento relativo de los elementos de tierras raras pesadas (ETRP respecto a las livianas (ETRL y anomalía positiva en Ce y Eu y el patrón 2, con incremento de las tierras raras livianas respecto a las pesadas y anomalía negativa en Ce. Estos dos patrones se atribuyen a distintos procesos que produjeron los cambios en las rocas del basamento: el patrón 2 a una alteración hidrotermal y el patrón 1 a una alteración meteórica superpuesta que en parte es coincidente con la presencia de caolinita.Near the San Manuel town, in the province of Buenos Aires, it could be observed that the igneous-metamorphic basement (Buenos Aires Complex is notably altered in the clay quarries which had been excavated up to 16 m depth under the Neoproterozoic- Cambrian? sedimentary cover (Sierras Bayas Group. Microscopic and X-ray diffraction studies were used to characterize the mineralogical composition of the altered basement, which shows a vertical zonation that includes: pyrophyllite-kaolinite (up to ~5 m, pyrophyllite-illite (up to ~ 10 m and in the deepest levels of the quarry quartz-illite/sericite zone. In

  16. Neuroma sintomático do nervo sural uma complicação rara após a retirada do nervo: relato de caso Symptomatic neuroma of the sural nerve a rare complication of the harvesting of the nerve for grafting: case report

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    Roberto S. Martins

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available A retirada do nervo sural para utilização como enxerto autólogo em cirurgias de nervos em geral produz sintomas de repercussão clínica pouco intensa e de duração fugaz. Raramente este procedimento leva a formação de neuroma sintomático no coto proximal. Os sintomas deste tipo de complicação frequentemente cessam após o tratamento clínico e o tratamento cirúrgico é reservado para os raros casos nos quais houve falha terapêutica. Neste estudo, apresentamos o caso de um paciente que foi submetido a tratamento cirúrgico desta patologia, com a utilização de uma variação da anastomose centro-central, descrita para o tratamento de neuromas de cotos de amputação. A utilização deste tratamento resultou na remissão da sintomatologia dolorosa. São discutidas as diversas opções de tratamento cirúrgico para essa rara entidade.The harvesting of the sural nerve for autologous grafting usually produces symptoms of low intensity and short duration. In rare occasions that procedure may lead to the formation of a symptomatic neuroma in the proximal stump. The symptons of this complication are usually controlled by clinical treatment and the surgical procedure is left for the therapeutic failures. In this paper we present the case of a patient with a sural nerve neuroma submitted to surgical treatment by a variant of the centro-central anastomosis technique, developed for the treatment of amputation neuromas, that resulted in remission of the painful symptomatology. The different options of surgical treatment for this rare entity are discussed.

  17. Bioética da proteção e tratamento de doenças genéticas raras no Brasil: o caso das doenças de depósito lisossomal Principle of protection and treatment of rare genetic diseases in Brazil: the case of lysosomal storage disorders

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    Raquel Boy

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho tem como objetivo discutir a moralidade do financiamento público das drogas órfãs, de altíssimo custo, para o tratamento de doenças genéticas raras, utilizando as ferramentas da Bioética, em especial o princípio da proteção, aplicável a indivíduos e populações vulneradas. Com base neste princípio, e considerando o contexto normativo constituído pelo Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS, argumenta-se sobre a obrigação moral do Estado de prover políticas públicas que assistam ao indivíduo portador de uma doença genética - como a de depósito lisossômico - e que pode, portanto, ser considerado, "vulnerado", bem como são sugeridas medidas que possam implementar e dar sustentabilidade a tais políticas com ênfase em questões de alocação de recursos, focalização e equanimidade.This study aimed to discuss the morality of public funding for highly expensive orphan drugs for treatment of rare genetic diseases, using tools from bioethics, especially the principle of protection, applicable to vulnerable individuals and populations. Based on this principle, and considering the provisions of the Unified National Health System (SUS, the article argues for the state's moral obligation to provide public policies to ensure care for individuals with genetic diseases like lysosomal storage disorders, who can thus be viewed as "injured", besides suggesting measures to implement and ensure the sustainability of policies with an emphasis on resource allocation, targeting, and equity.

  18. Los errores congénitos del metabolismo como enfermedades raras con un planteamiento global específico Inborn errors of metabolism as rare diseases with a specific global situation

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    P. Sanjurjo

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Las llamadas enfermedades congénitas del metabolismo (ECM son consecuencia de alteraciones bioquímicas de origen génico que tienen como consecuencia la alteración de una proteína. Dependiendo de la función de esta proteína, ya sea como un enzima; como una hormona; como un receptor-transportador de membrana celular; o formando parte de una organela celular (lisosoma, peroxisoma surgen diferentes grupos de enfermedades, lo cual origina la característica más destacada de los errores innatos del metabolismo (EIM que es su gran heterogeneidad clínica. La mayoría de estas enfermedades son autosómico-recesivas, con un número limitado de portadores asintomáticos, pero también las hay regidas por una herencia de carácter autonómica dominante o ligada al cromosoma X. Uno a uno, realmente los ECM son muy poco frecuentes pero en su conjunto los ECM (de los cuales hay descritos en el momento actual más de 500 pueden afectar al 1/500 recién nacidos. Una característica común a muchos ECM es la posibilidad de tratamiento dietético y el tratamiento con sustitución enzimática. Desde el punto de vista práctico es útil considerar su clasificacion atendiendo al momento de inicio de los síntomas y a la forma de presentación de las manifestaciones clínicas. Desde esta perspectiva y con fines fundamentalmente didácticos se deben considerar los siguientes grupos: ECM del metabolismo intermediario, (tipo intoxicación, y tipo déficit energético. Errores congénitos del metabolismo de las organelas celulares, y EMCM complejos por alteración de ciclos y otros. Se presentan de forma resumida los aspectos clínicos, diagnósticos y terapéuticos de una enfermedad de cada tipo de las descritas anteriormente: hiperfenilalaninemias, deficiencias de la fosforilación oxidativa mitocondrial (OXPHOS y enfermedades lisosomales.So-called congenital metabolic diseases (CMD are a consequence of biochemical alterations originating in the genes that

  19. The type F6 neurotoxin gene cluster locus of group II clostridium botulinum has evolved by successive disruption of two different ancestral precursors.

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    Carter, Andrew T; Stringer, Sandra C; Webb, Martin D; Peck, Michael W

    2013-01-01

    Genome sequences of five different Group II (nonproteolytic) Clostridium botulinum type F6 strains were compared at a 50-kb locus containing the neurotoxin gene cluster. A clonal origin for these strains is indicated by the fact that sequences were identical except for strain Eklund 202F, with 10 single-nucleotide polymorphisms and a 15-bp deletion. The essential topB gene encoding topoisomerase III was found to have been split by the apparent insertion of 34.4 kb of foreign DNA (in a similar manner to that in Group II C. botulinum type E where the rarA gene has been disrupted by a neurotoxin gene cluster). The foreign DNA, which includes the intact 13.6-kb type F6 neurotoxin gene cluster, bears not only a newly introduced topB gene but also two nonfunctional botulinum neurotoxin gene remnants, a type B and a type E. This observation combined with the discovery of bacteriophage integrase genes and IS4 elements suggest that several rounds of recombination/horizontal gene transfer have occurred at this locus. The simplest explanation for the current genotype is that the ancestral bacterium, a Group II C. botulinum type B strain, received DNA firstly from a strain containing a type E neurotoxin gene cluster, then from a strain containing a type F6 neurotoxin gene cluster. Each event disrupted the previously functional neurotoxin gene. This degree of successive recombination at one hot spot is without precedent in C. botulinum, and it is also the first description of a Group II C. botulinum genome containing more than one neurotoxin gene sequence.

  20. Hamartoma mamario gigante: dos casos de una entidad rara

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    T.A. Gomes-Rodrigues

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available El hamartoma gigante de la mama es una entidad clínico-patológica inusual que tiende a confundirse con otros tumores. A pesar del avance en las técnicas diagnósticas, su diagnóstico clínico es difícil y normalmente solo se confirma cuando se analiza toda la pieza de resección. El diagnóstico diferencial debe incluir entidades como el fibroadenoma, lipoma, tumor phyllodes y diversos tipos de carcinomas. Presentamos 2 casos de hamartoma gigante de mama en mujeres de edad media, de los cuales uno fue tratado mediante mastectomía conservadora de complejo pezónareola y reconstrucción con prótesis y el otro con biopsia escisional y remodelación con patrón de pexia mamaria.

  1. Pseudomixoma peritoneal de origem apendicular: uma entidade rara

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    Filipe Breda

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Mulher de 66 anos, observada por dor na fossa ilíaca direita com um ano de evolução, agravada nos seis meses anteriores e aumento do perímetro abdominal. Tinha antecedentes de histerectomia com anexectomia bilateral por neoplasia benigna do ovário e útero miomatoso. Apresentava um abdómen tenso, doloroso à palpação superficial e profunda, sem defesa. O estudo do tubo digestivo (endoscopia e colonoscopia não revelou alterações. Realizou tomografia computadorizada (TC abdominal, compatível com mucocelo apendicular (figuras 1 e 2. Na laparotomia exploradora verificouse disseminação peritoneal extensa.

  2. Invaginação intestinal – uma etiologia rara

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    Branco, Mariana; Sequeira, Ana Isabel; Martins, Sandrina; Bernardo, Teresa; Carneiro, Ana

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    Introdução:A invaginação intestinal é a causa mais comum de obstrução intestinal entre os três meses e os seis anos de idade. Embora maioritariamente idiopática, em 2 a 8% dos casos uma patologia subjacente pode ser identificada.Caso clínico:Adolescente de 12 anos de idade, sexo masculino, sem antecedentes familiares relevantes, encaminhado para a consulta para estudo após invaginação intestinal. Apresentava má evolução estaturo-ponderal e diarreia crónica. A investigação realizada excluiu do...

  3. Invaginação intestinal – uma etiologia rara

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    Branco, Mariana; Sequeira, Ana Isabel; Martins, Sandrina; Bernardo, Teresa; Carneiro, Ana

    2016-01-01

    Introdução:A invaginação intestinal é a causa mais comum de obstrução intestinal entre os três meses e os seis anos de idade. Embora maioritariamente idiopática, em 2 a 8% dos casos uma patologia subjacente pode ser identificada. Caso clínico:Adolescente de 12 anos de idade, sexo masculino, sem antecedentes familiares relevantes, encaminhado para a consulta para estudo após invaginação intestinal. Apresentava má evolução estaturo-ponderal e diarreia crónica. A investigação realizada exclu...

  4. La rara poética de la veracidad

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    Ortega, Julio, 1942-

    2008-01-01

    La piel del cielo se abre a un entramado familiar en el que se privilegia la creatividad y el trabajo como caracteres de lo humano. La formación del héroe que es Lorenzo, cubre un doble espacio, el familiar y el intelectual. Lorenzo y Guillermo Haro son las dos partes de un sujeto a medio camino entre «el documento histórico y la fábula de los saberes». Es un relato en el que domina la libertad del sujeto y la libertad creadora. In La piel del cielo, the family story highlights creativity ...

  5. Inhibidores de escaso impacto medioambiental. Sistemas basados en tierras raras

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    Aballe, A.

    1997-12-01

    Full Text Available Lanthanum, Cerium and Samarium chlorides have been investigated as uniform and pitting corrosion inhibitors of AISI 434 and AISI 304 stainless steels and AA 5083 Al-Mg alloy in 3.5 % NaCl aerated aqueous solutions. Their inhibitor power was evaluated by using electrochemical techniques such as Linear and Cyclic Polarisation. In each case, the highest protection degree was found in the solution dopped with 500 ppm of CeCl3. Similar results were obtained for additions of 500 ppm of LaCl3. Scanning Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy allowed us to confirm the cathodic nature of the inhibition process.

    Se estudia el comportamiento de los cloruros de lantano, cerio y samario como inhibidores de los procesos de corrosión uniforme y por picaduras de los aceros inoxidables AISI 434 y AISI 304 y de la aleación de aluminio AA 5083 en disoluciones aireadas de NaCl al 3,5 %. Utilizando técnicas electroquímicas como polarización lineal y cíclica, se ha podido evaluar el poder inhibidor de estas sustancias. El mejor comportamiento inhibidor se ha obtenido para una concentración de 500 ppm de CeCl3, si bien para los aceros se obtienen resultados del mismo orden para 500 ppm de LaCl3. Con la ayuda de microscopía electrónica de barrido y espectroscopia de dispersión de energía se ha podido confirmar el carácter catódico del mecanismo de inhibición que tiene lugar en el proceso.

  6. Xantinuria: una causa rara de urolitiasis en el gato

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    2012-01-01

    La xantinuria es una patología que se presenta raramente en los gatos. Su etiología puede tener origen genético o deberse a una inhibición yatrogénica de la enzima xantina deshidrogenasa, que generalmente se manifiesta con urolitiasis. En este trabajo se informa el hallazgo de dos urolitos de xantina en dos gatos, un macho y una hembra, de raza Europea de pelo corto, no emparentados. Los urolitos fueron analizados mediante microscopía estereoscópica, espectroscopía infrarroja y microscopía el...

  7. Gene therapy

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    2005-01-01

    2005147 CNHK200-hA-a gene-viral therapeutic system and its antitumor effect on lung cancer. WANG Wei-guo(王伟国),et al. Viral & Gene Ther Center, Eastern Hepatobilli Surg Instit 2nd Milit Univ, Shanghai 200438. Chin J Oncol,2005:27(2):69-72. Objective: To develop a novel vector system, which combines the advantages of the gene therapy,

  8. Septo uterino, duplicação cervical e septo vaginal: relato de rara malformação mülleriana com gestação a termo Septate uterus, cervical duplication and vaginal septum: a report of an uncommon malformation with normal term pregnancy

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    Mariangela Badalotti

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Apresentamos um caso de gestação espontânea em uma paciente com útero septado completo e duplicação cervical. Paciente com 34 anos, branca, nuligesta, ciclos regulares, com suspeita de septo uterino em exame ecográfico. Ao exame, apresentava septo vaginal longitudinal até a região himenal e dois colos uterinos. Solicitada ecografia pélvica tridimensional que evidenciou duplicação cervical, septo uterino do istmo à cavidade endometrial e ausência de divisão do corpo uterino, compatível com útero septado completo e duplicação cervical verdadeira. Um mês após, relatou relação sexual desprotegida e atraso menstrual. Ao exame ecográfico foi visualizado saco gestacional único na cavidade uterina direita. Apresentou gestação sem intercorrências. A cesariana ocorreu com 37 semanas, com recém-nascido do sexo feminino saudável e puerpério normal. Esse caso ilustra uma gestação espontânea, sem intercorrências, em uma rara anomalia, cujo impacto reprodutivo ainda não está totalmente elucidado.This report describes an unusual case of spontaneous pregnancy in a patient with Müllerian anomaly. The patient was a 34-years old, white, nulligravida, with regular menstrual cycles, and suspected uterine septum observed during a routine ultrasonographic examination. The gynecological examination revealed a complete longitudinal vaginal septum and two uterine cervices. Three-dimensional pelvic ultrasonography showed cervix duplication, uterine septum from isthmus to endometrial cavity and absence of uterine body division, compatible with complete uterine septum and true dual cervices. She returned after one month and reported unprotected sexual intercourse and delayed menstrual period. She was pregnant, had a good pregnancy evolution, and delivered a healthy term baby girl, by cesarean section, at 37 weeks of pregnancy. This report describes a case of normal-term pregnancy in a patient with a rare anomaly (vaginal septum and two

  9. Mutações e polimorfismos do gene do receptor do hormônio folículo estimulante e associação com falência ovariana prematura

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    Luiz Cezar Fernandes Vilodre

    2007-01-01

    A falência ovariana prematura (FOP) é uma patologia rara, definida como a falência da função ovariana antes dos 40 anos de idade, causando amenorréia, hipogonadismo e níveis elevados de gonadotrofinas. Na maioria dos casos, apresenta-se na forma esporádica, pois apenas 5% apresentam história familial. Com relativa freqüência, a causa etiológica não é obtida, sendo então denominada de idiopática. Entre as causas conhecidas estão as alterações dos genes ligados ao cromossomo X e cromossomos aut...

  10. Trichoderma genes

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    Foreman, Pamela [Los Altos, CA; Goedegebuur, Frits [Vlaardingen, NL; Van Solingen, Pieter [Naaldwijk, NL; Ward, Michael [San Francisco, CA

    2012-06-19

    Described herein are novel gene sequences isolated from Trichoderma reesei. Two genes encoding proteins comprising a cellulose binding domain, one encoding an arabionfuranosidase and one encoding an acetylxylanesterase are described. The sequences, CIP1 and CIP2, contain a cellulose binding domain. These proteins are especially useful in the textile and detergent industry and in pulp and paper industry.

  11. Gene Therapy.

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    Thorne, Barb; Takeya, Ryan; Vitelli, Francesca; Swanson, Xin

    2017-03-14

    Gene therapy refers to a rapidly growing field of medicine in which genes are introduced into the body to treat or prevent diseases. Although a variety of methods can be used to deliver the genetic materials into the target cells and tissues, modified viral vectors represent one of the more common delivery routes because of its transduction efficiency for therapeutic genes. Since the introduction of gene therapy concept in the 1970s, the field has advanced considerably with notable clinical successes being demonstrated in many clinical indications in which no standard treatment options are currently available. It is anticipated that the clinical success the field observed in recent years can drive requirements for more scalable, robust, cost effective, and regulatory-compliant manufacturing processes. This review provides a brief overview of the current manufacturing technologies for viral vectors production, drawing attention to the common upstream and downstream production process platform that is applicable across various classes of viral vectors and their unique manufacturing challenges as compared to other biologics. In addition, a case study of an industry-scale cGMP production of an AAV-based gene therapy product performed at 2,000 L-scale is presented. The experience and lessons learned from this largest viral gene therapy vector production run conducted to date as discussed and highlighted in this review should contribute to future development of commercial viable scalable processes for vial gene therapies.

  12. Gene Therapy

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    ... or improve your body's ability to fight disease. Gene therapy holds promise for treating a wide range of diseases, such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, diabetes, hemophilia and AIDS. Researchers are still studying how and ...

  13. Chiari malformation type I: a case-control association study of 58 developmental genes.

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    Aintzane Urbizu

    Full Text Available Chiari malformation type I (CMI is a disorder characterized by hindbrain overcrowding into an underdeveloped posterior cranial fossa (PCF, often causing progressive neurological symptoms. The etiology of CMI remains unclear and is most likely multifactorial. A putative genetic contribution to CMI is suggested by familial aggregation and twin studies. Experimental models and human morphometric studies have suggested an underlying paraxial mesoderm insufficiency. We performed a case-control association study of 303 tag single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP across 58 candidate genes involved in early paraxial mesoderm development in a sample of 415 CMI patients and 524 sex-matched controls. A subgroup of patients diagnosed with classical, small-PCF CMI by means of MRI-based PCF morphometry (n = 186, underwent additional analysis. The genes selected are involved in signalling gradients occurring during segmental patterning of the occipital somites (FGF8, Wnt, and retinoic acid pathways and from bone morphogenetic proteins or BMP, Notch, Cdx and Hox pathways or in placental angiogenesis, sclerotome development or CMI-associated syndromes. Single-marker analysis identified nominal associations with 18 SNPs in 14 genes (CDX1, FLT1, RARG, NKD2, MSGN1, RBPJ1, FGFR1, RDH10, NOG, RARA, LFNG, KDR, ALDH1A2, BMPR1A considering the whole CMI sample. None of these overcame corrections for multiple comparisons, in contrast with four SNPs in CDX1, FLT1 and ALDH1A2 in the classical CMI group. Multiple marker analysis identified a risk haplotype for classical CMI in ALDH1A2 and CDX1. Furthermore, we analyzed the possible contributions of the most significantly associated SNPs to different PCF morphometric traits. These findings suggest that common variants in genes involved in somitogenesis and fetal vascular development may confer susceptibility to CMI.

  14. Genes V.

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    Lewin, B.

    1994-12-31

    This fifth edition book encompasses a wide range of topics covering 1,272 pages. The book is arranged into nine parts with a total of 36 chapters. These nine parts include Introduction; DNA as a Store of Information; Translation; Constructing Cells; Control of Prokaryotypic Gene Expression; Perpetuation of DNA; Organization of the Eukaryotypic Genome; Eukaryotypic Transcription and RNA Processing; The Dynamic Genome; and Genes in Development.

  15. Carcinoma basalóide escamoso: uma forma rara e agressiva de câncer do esôfago e revisão da literatura Basaloid squamous carcinoma of the esophagus: a rare and aggressive form of esophageal cancer and literature review

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    Maria Aparecida Coelho de Arruda Henry

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available RACIONAL: O carcinoma basalóide escamoso ocorre com maior freqüência no trato aerodigestivo superior e raramente acomete o esôfago. OBJETIVO: Apresentar os aspectos clínico-patológicos e os atributos imunoistoquímicos de um paciente com carcinoma basalóide escamoso do esôfago. RELATO DO CASO: Dos 134 pacientes com câncer do esôfago atendidos no Hospital Universitário de Botucatu-Unesp, São Paulo, de 1990 a 1999, somente um paciente (0,74% apresentou carcinoma basalóide escamoso do esôfago. Tratava-se de paciente masculino, 41 anos, branco, lavrador com disfagia, regurgitação e emagrecimento há três meses. Referia tabagismo e etilismo há muitos anos. O esofagograma e o exame endoscópico revelaram lesão vegetante no terço distal do esôfago. A biópsia demonstrou neoplasia intraepitelial de alto grau associada a blocos de células basalóides que infiltravam o cório da mucosa, caracterizando o carcinoma basalóide escamoso. Os marcadores imunoistoquímicos foram positivos para o antígeno carcinoembriônico e para citoceratinas de alto peso molecular. A tomografia computadorizada revelou múltiplas metástases nos pulmões, fígado, e nódulos linfáticos regionais, documentando a fase avançada de evolução da doença. O tratamento consistiu apenas na realização de gastrostomia. O paciente apresentou queda acentuada do estado geral e evoluiu para óbito com quadro de melena quatro meses após o diagnóstico. CONCLUSÃO: O carcinoma basalóide escamoso é uma forma rara e agressiva de câncer do esôfago e o prognóstico depende do estadiamento da lesão e das condições clínicas do paciente no momento do diagnóstico.BACKGROUND: Basaloid squamous carcinoma is more frequently found in the upper aerodigestive tract, being rarely found in the esophagus. AIM: To present the pathological and clinical aspects, as well as immunhistochemical attributes of a basaloid squamous carcinoma of the esophagus patient. CASE REPORT: Of

  16. DREB genes

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    2015-03-12

    Mar 12, 2015 ... to AP2/ERF family, dehydration-responsive element-binding protein (DREB) genes, (CitsERF01 to ... Protein sequences of DREB subfamilies belonging to group I, .... position 37, and it was present in consensus in all protein.

  17. Endothelial Genes

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    8217Department of Surgery, Division of Oncology , and 2Department of BRCA-l and BRCA-2 (breast cancer susceptibility genes), Pathology, University of...Suppression subtractive hybridization re- Cancer: principles and practice of oncology . Philadelphia: Lippincott- vealed an RNA sequence (GenBank accession...Lippman ME. Cancer of the breast: molecular biology angiogenesis in sarcomas and carcinomas. Clin Cancer Res 1999;5: of breast cancer. In: DeVita VT

  18. Gene Ontology

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    Gaston K. Mazandu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The wide coverage and biological relevance of the Gene Ontology (GO, confirmed through its successful use in protein function prediction, have led to the growth in its popularity. In order to exploit the extent of biological knowledge that GO offers in describing genes or groups of genes, there is a need for an efficient, scalable similarity measure for GO terms and GO-annotated proteins. While several GO similarity measures exist, none adequately addresses all issues surrounding the design and usage of the ontology. We introduce a new metric for measuring the distance between two GO terms using the intrinsic topology of the GO-DAG, thus enabling the measurement of functional similarities between proteins based on their GO annotations. We assess the performance of this metric using a ROC analysis on human protein-protein interaction datasets and correlation coefficient analysis on the selected set of protein pairs from the CESSM online tool. This metric achieves good performance compared to the existing annotation-based GO measures. We used this new metric to assess functional similarity between orthologues, and show that it is effective at determining whether orthologues are annotated with similar functions and identifying cases where annotation is inconsistent between orthologues.

  19. Gene doping: gene delivery for olympic victory

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    2012-01-01

    With one recently recommended gene therapy in Europe and a number of other gene therapy treatments now proving effective in clinical trials it is feasible that the same technologies will soon be adopted in the world of sport by unscrupulous athletes and their trainers in so called ‘gene doping’. In this article an overview of the successful gene therapy clinical trials is provided and the potential targets for gene doping are highlighted. Depending on whether a doping gene product is secreted...

  20. Identification of genetic risk factors for maxillary lateral incisor agenesis.

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    Alves-Ferreira, M; Pinho, T; Sousa, A; Sequeiros, J; Lemos, C; Alonso, I

    2014-05-01

    Tooth agenesis affects 20% of the world population, and maxillary lateral incisors agenesis (MLIA) is one of the most frequent subtypes, characterized by the absence of formation of deciduous or permanent lateral incisors. Odontogenesis is a complex mechanism regulated by sequential and reciprocal epithelial-mesenchymal interactions, controlled by activators and inhibitors involved in several pathways. Disturbances in these signaling cascades can lead to abnormalities in odontogenesis, resulting in alterations in the formation of the normal teeth number. Our aim was to study a large number of genes encoding either transcription factors or key components in signaling pathways shown to be involved in tooth odontogenesis. We selected 8 genes-MSX1, PAX9, AXIN2, EDA, SPRY2, TGFA, SPRY4, and WNT10A-and performed one of the largest case-control studies taking into account the number of genes and variants assessed, aiming at the identification of MLIA susceptibility factors. We show the involvement of PAX9, EDA, SPRY2, SPRY4, and WNT10A as risk factors for MLIA. Additionally, we uncovered 3 strong synergistic interactions between MLIA liability and MSX1-TGFA, AXIN2-TGFA, and SPRY2-SPRY4 gene pairs. We report the first evidence of the involvement of sprouty genes in MLIA susceptibility. This large study results in a better understanding of the genetic components and mechanisms underlying this trait.

  1. GeneEd -- A Genetics Educational Resource

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    ... Javascript on. Feature: Genetics 101 GeneEd — A Genetics Educational Resource Past Issues / Summer 2013 Table of Contents Science ... The Hereditary Material of Life / GeneEd — A Genetics Educational Resource / Using The Genetics Home Reference Website / Understanding the ...

  2. [Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome due to mutation of the IFIH1 gene with pontine involvement. A case report].

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    Florido-Rodriguez, A; Eiris-Punal, J; Barros-Angueira, F; Toledo-Bravo de Laguna, L; Santana-Artiles, A; Sebastian-Garcia, I; Santana-Rodriguez, A; Cabrera-Lopez, J C

    2016-10-01

    Introduccion. El sindrome de Aicardi-Goutieres es una rara encefalopatia subaguda progresiva de inicio precoz –generalmente en el primer año de vida– caracterizada por retraso psicomotor, microcefalia, alteraciones en la sustancia blanca cerebral, calcificaciones intracraneales, pleocitosis y niveles elevados de interferon alfa en el liquido cefalorraquideo. Asocia un incremento en la expresion de los genes estimulados por interferon en la sangre periferica, hecho conocido como interferon signature. Los niveles de genes estimulados por interferon se han postulado como un buen biomarcador, pues se mantienen elevados en la sangre periferica en el tiempo y son mas sensibles, en comparacion con las determinaciones de interferon alfa y neopterinas en el liquido cefalorraquideo, las cuales descienden a partir del año de vida. Hasta la fecha se han descrito mutaciones en siete genes que sobreestimulan la via del interferon alfa, y el ultimo en descubrirse ha sido el IFIH1 (interferon induced with helicase C domain 1), con un patron de herencia autosomico dominante. Caso clinico. Se presenta el primer caso descrito en la bibliografia hispana debido a mutacion de novo en el gen IFIH1. Se expone el cuadro clinico, los estudios realizados y la revision de los aspectos clinicos, neurorradiologicos y geneticos. Conclusiones. La herencia de las mutaciones descritas para el sindrome de Aicardi-Goutieres era clasicamente autosomica recesiva, pero estos hallazgos muestran que mutaciones autosomicas dominantes en el gen IFIH1 pueden causar la enfermedad. Como hallazgo de neuroimagen no descrito previamente, presenta una lesion de encefalomalacia quistica en la protuberancia.

  3. Special Issue: Gene Conversion in Duplicated Genes

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    Hideki Innan

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Gene conversion is an outcome of recombination, causing non-reciprocal transfer of a DNA fragment. Several decades later than the discovery of crossing over, gene conversion was first recognized in fungi when non-Mendelian allelic distortion was observed. Gene conversion occurs when a double-strand break is repaired by using homologous sequences in the genome. In meiosis, there is a strong preference to use the orthologous region (allelic gene conversion, which causes non-Mendelian allelic distortion, but paralogous or duplicated regions can also be used for the repair (inter-locus gene conversion, also referred to as non-allelic and ectopic gene conversion. The focus of this special issue is the latter, interlocus gene conversion; the rate is lower than allelic gene conversion but it has more impact on phenotype because more drastic changes in DNA sequence are involved.

  4. Principles of gene therapy

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    Mammen Biju; Ramakrishnan T; Sudhakar Uma; Vijayalakshmi

    2007-01-01

    Genes are specific sequences of bases that encode instructions to make proteins. When genes are altered so that encoded proteins are unable to carry out their normal functions, genetic disorders can result. Gene therapy is designed to introduce genetic material into cells to compensate for abnormal genes or to make a beneficial protein. This article reviews the fundamentals in gene therapy and its various modes of administration with an insight into the role of gene therapy in Periodontics an...

  5. Organization of immunoglobulin genes.

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    Tonegawa, S; Brack, C; Hozumi, N; Pirrotta, V

    1978-01-01

    The nucleotide-sequence determination of a cloned, embryonic Vlambda gene directly demonstrated that V genes are separate from a corresponding C gene in embryonic cells. Analysis by restriction enzymes of total cellular DNA from various sources strongly suggested that the two separate immunoglobulin genes become continuous during differentiation of B lymphocytes. There seems to be a strict correlation between the joining event and activation of the joined genes. Cloning of more immunoglobulin genes from embryo and plasma cells will not only provide direct demonstration of such a gene-joining event but also help in the elucidation of a possible relationship of the event to gene activation mechanisms.

  6. Gene doping: gene delivery for olympic victory.

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    Gould, David

    2013-08-01

    With one recently recommended gene therapy in Europe and a number of other gene therapy treatments now proving effective in clinical trials it is feasible that the same technologies will soon be adopted in the world of sport by unscrupulous athletes and their trainers in so called 'gene doping'. In this article an overview of the successful gene therapy clinical trials is provided and the potential targets for gene doping are highlighted. Depending on whether a doping gene product is secreted from the engineered cells or is retained locally to, or inside engineered cells will, to some extent, determine the likelihood of detection. It is clear that effective gene delivery technologies now exist and it is important that detection and prevention plans are in place.

  7. Gene Cluster Statistics with Gene Families

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    Durand, Dannie

    2009-01-01

    Identifying genomic regions that descended from a common ancestor is important for understanding the function and evolution of genomes. In distantly related genomes, clusters of homologous gene pairs are evidence of candidate homologous regions. Demonstrating the statistical significance of such “gene clusters” is an essential component of comparative genomic analyses. However, currently there are no practical statistical tests for gene clusters that model the influence of the number of homologs in each gene family on cluster significance. In this work, we demonstrate empirically that failure to incorporate gene family size in gene cluster statistics results in overestimation of significance, leading to incorrect conclusions. We further present novel analytical methods for estimating gene cluster significance that take gene family size into account. Our methods do not require complete genome data and are suitable for testing individual clusters found in local regions, such as contigs in an unfinished assembly. We consider pairs of regions drawn from the same genome (paralogous clusters), as well as regions drawn from two different genomes (orthologous clusters). Determining cluster significance under general models of gene family size is computationally intractable. By assuming that all gene families are of equal size, we obtain analytical expressions that allow fast approximation of cluster probabilities. We evaluate the accuracy of this approximation by comparing the resulting gene cluster probabilities with cluster probabilities obtained by simulating a realistic, power-law distributed model of gene family size, with parameters inferred from genomic data. Surprisingly, despite the simplicity of the underlying assumption, our method accurately approximates the true cluster probabilities. It slightly overestimates these probabilities, yielding a conservative test. We present additional simulation results indicating the best choice of parameter values for data

  8. Lateral gene transfer, rearrangement, reconciliation

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    Patterson, M.D.; Szollosi, G.; Daubin, V.; Tannier, E.

    2013-01-01

    Background. Models of ancestral gene order reconstruction have progressively integrated different evolutionary patterns and processes such as unequal gene content, gene duplications, and implicitly sequence evolution via reconciled gene trees. These models have so far ignored lateral gene transfer,

  9. Gene doping in sports.

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    Unal, Mehmet; Ozer Unal, Durisehvar

    2004-01-01

    Gene or cell doping is defined by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as "the non-therapeutic use of genes, genetic elements and/or cells that have the capacity to enhance athletic performance". New research in genetics and genomics will be used not only to diagnose and treat disease, but also to attempt to enhance human performance. In recent years, gene therapy has shown progress and positive results that have highlighted the potential misuse of this technology and the debate of 'gene doping'. Gene therapies developed for the treatment of diseases such as anaemia (the gene for erythropoietin), muscular dystrophy (the gene for insulin-like growth factor-1) and peripheral vascular diseases (the gene for vascular endothelial growth factor) are potential doping methods. With progress in gene technology, many other genes with this potential will be discovered. For this reason, it is important to develop timely legal regulations and to research the field of gene doping in order to develop methods of detection. To protect the health of athletes and to ensure equal competitive conditions, the International Olympic Committee, WADA and International Sports Federations have accepted performance-enhancing substances and methods as being doping, and have forbidden them. Nevertheless, the desire to win causes athletes to misuse these drugs and methods. This paper reviews the current status of gene doping and candidate performance enhancement genes, and also the use of gene therapy in sports medicine and ethics of genetic enhancement.

  10. Human Gene Therapy: Genes without Frontiers?

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    Simon, Eric J.

    2002-01-01

    Describes the latest advancements and setbacks in human gene therapy to provide reference material for biology teachers to use in their science classes. Focuses on basic concepts such as recombinant DNA technology, and provides examples of human gene therapy such as severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome, familial hypercholesterolemia, and…

  11. Mutation analysis of CACNA1A and ATP1A2 genes in Brazilian FHM families Análise de mutações dos genes CACNA1A e ATP1A2 em famílias brasileiras afetadas por enxaqueca hemiplégica familial

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    Luciana R. Lopes

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Familial hemiplegic migraine (FHM is a rare autosomal dominant form of migraine with aura. This disease has been associated with missense mutations in the CACNA1A and ATP1A2 genes. The aim of this study was to identify whether CACNA1A and ATP1A2 are or not related to Brazilian FHM. Here we screened four Brazilian FHM families (total of 26 individuals - 13 affected and 13 asymptomatic or normal for mutations in both genes. We found an amino acid change in a member of family FHM-D (Arg2206Gly. However since this alteration is not present in all affected individuals and is present in one asymptomatic individual it should be considered a polymorphism. Further studies with additional families will be necessary to reveal the importance of both CACNA1A and ATP1A2 genes on the pathogeneses of FHM in Brazil and to test the third gene (SCN1A in these FHM families.A enxaqueca hemiplégica familial (EHF é uma forma rara de enxaqueca com aura e apresenta herança autossômica dominante. Esta doença está associada com mutações do tipo missense nos genes CACNA1A e ATP1A2. O objetivo deste estudo foi identificar se os genes CACNA1A e ATP1A2 estão ou não relacionados com a enxaqueca hemiplégica familial em famílias brasileiras. Os genes citados acima foram analisados em quatro famílias brasileiras (total de 26 indivíduos - 13 afetados e 13 assintomáticos ou normais e uma troca de aminoácido em um membro da família FHM-D (Arg2206Gly foi observada. Porém, esta alteração não foi identificada em todos os indivíduos afetados e está presente em um indivíduo assintomático, devendo, portanto, ser considerada um polimorfismo. Estudos adicionais nas famílias já estudadas e em outras famílias brasileiras afetadas por enxaqueca hemiplégica familial serão necessários para esclarecer a importância dos genes CACNA1A e ATP1A2 na patogênese da EHF no Brasil, bem como para testar o terceiro gene (SCN1A relacionado à EHF.

  12. Genes and Hearing Loss

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    ... Find an ENT Doctor Near You Genes and Hearing Loss Genes and Hearing Loss Patient Health Information News media interested in covering ... One of the most common birth defects is hearing loss or deafness (congenital), which can affect as many ...

  13. Essential Bacillus subtilis genes

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    Kobayashi, K.; Ehrlich, S.D.; Albertini, A.

    2003-01-01

    To estimate the minimal gene set required to sustain bacterial life in nutritious conditions, we carried out a systematic inactivation of Bacillus subtilis genes. Among approximate to4,100 genes of the organism, only 192 were shown to be indispensable by this or previous work. Another 79 genes were...... predicted to be essential. The vast majority of essential genes were categorized in relatively few domains of cell metabolism, with about half involved in information processing, one-fifth involved in the synthesis of cell envelope and the determination of cell shape and division, and one-tenth related...... to cell energetics. Only 4% of essential genes encode unknown functions. Most essential genes are present throughout a wide range of Bacteria, and almost 70% can also be found in Archaea and Eucarya. However, essential genes related to cell envelope, shape, division, and respiration tend to be lost from...

  14. Cochlear Gene Therapy

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    The purpose of this review is to highlight recent advances in cochlear gene therapy over the past several years. Cochlear gene therapy has undergone tremendous advances over the past decade. Beginning with some groundbreaking work in 2005 documenting hair cell regeneration using virallymediated delivery of the mouse atonal 1 gene, gene therapy is now being explored as a possible treatment for a variety of causes of hearing loss.

  15. Discovering genes underlying QTL

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    Vanavichit, Apichart [Kasetsart University, Kamphaengsaen, Nakorn Pathom (Thailand)

    2002-02-01

    A map-based approach has allowed scientists to discover few genes at a time. In addition, the reproductive barrier between cultivated rice and wild relatives has prevented us from utilizing the germ plasm by a map-based approach. Most genetic traits important to agriculture or human diseases are manifested as observable, quantitative phenotypes called Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL). In many instances, the complexity of the phenotype/genotype interaction and the general lack of clearly identifiable gene products render the direct molecular cloning approach ineffective, thus additional strategies like genome mapping are required to identify the QTL in question. Genome mapping requires no prior knowledge of the gene function, but utilizes statistical methods to identify the most likely gene location. To completely characterize genes of interest, the initially mapped region of a gene location will have to be narrowed down to a size that is suitable for cloning and sequencing. Strategies for gene identification within the critical region have to be applied after the sequencing of a potentially large clone or set of clones that contains this gene(s). Tremendous success of positional cloning has been shown for cloning many genes responsible for human diseases, including cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy as well as plant disease resistance genes. Genome and QTL mapping, positional cloning: the pre-genomics era, comparative approaches to gene identification, and positional cloning: the genomics era are discussed in the report. (M. Suetake)

  16. Reading and Generalist Genes

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    Haworth, Claire M. A.; Meaburn, Emma L.; Harlaar, Nicole; Plomin, Robert

    2007-01-01

    Twin-study research suggests that many (but not all) of the same genes contribute to genetic influence on diverse learning abilities and disabilities, a hypothesis called "generalist genes". This generalist genes hypothesis was tested using a set of 10 DNA markers (single nucleotide polymorphisms [SNPs]) found to be associated with early reading…

  17. Quantification of FML/RARα fusion gene transcripts in patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia by using realtime quantitative PCR%建立实时定量PCR检测急性早幼粒细胞白血病PML/RARa融合基因转录本

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    林江; 韩兰秀; 钱军; 王雅丽; 钱震; 杨小飞; 盛晓静

    2008-01-01

    目的 建立实时定量PCR(real-time quantitative PCR,RQ-PCR)法榆测急性早幼粒细胞白血病(acute promyelocytic leukemia,APL)PML/RARa融合基因转录本,评价其在APL患者诊断和微小残留病(minimal residual disease,MRD)监测中的意义.方法 设计TaqMan探针和引物,建立RQ-PCR法对长型(L-form)、短型(S-form)、变异型(V-form)不同类型PML/RARa阳性模板进行扩增,并检测6例APL患者PML/RARa融合基因转录本含量.结果 RQ-PCR法最低可检测到10个拷贝/μL的阳性模板,但重复性较差,而108~102拷贝/μL阳模的重复性良好,止常对照无扩增信号.6例初诊APL患者不同类型PML/RARa融合基因转录本绝对含量为4.27×103~3.36×105拷贝/50 ng(中位4.33×104拷贝/50 ng),ABL纠正后的相对含量为29.38%~600.53%(中位48.12%).1例患者诱导缓解后PML/RAHa融合基因转录本下降,复发时义明显升高.结论 RQ-PCR方法敏感、可靠,可用于APL患者的诊断和MRD监测.%Objective To establish and evaluate a real time quantitative PCR(RQ-PCR)method for detection and quantifcation the PML/RARa fusion gene transcripts in patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia(APL).Methods Three pairs ofprmers and TaqMan Probe were designed for detecting the most frequent PML/RAPa transcripts(Lfrom,S-from and V-form)and normal ABL was used as an internal control.A real time PCR condition Was established to detect PML/RARa and ABL positive templates with a series of dilutions.To evaluate this assay,bone HlalTOW samples from 6 API,patients were detected.Results In repeated tests,mammal sensitivities of 10 copies/μL were obtained,while reproducible maximal sensitivity achieved 100 copieμL.In 10 normal controls,no amplified fluorescent signdS Were dctectcd.The median absolute and normalized amount of PML/RARtx fusion gene transcripts were 4.27 X 103-3.36x 105 copies/50 ng(median 4.33 X 104 eopies/50ng)and 29.38%.600.53%(median 48.12%)respectively.Onecose showcxt significant

  18. Journey from Jumping Genes to Gene Therapy.

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    Whartenby, Katharine A

    2015-01-01

    Gene therapy for cancer is a still evolving approach that resulted from a long history of studies into genetic modification of organisms. The fascination with manipulating gene products has spanned hundreds if not thousands of years, beginning with observations of the hereditary nature of traits in plants and culminating to date in the alteration of genetic makeup in humans via modern technology. From early discoveries noting the potential for natural mobility of genetic material to the culmination of clinical trials in a variety of disease, gene transfer has had an eventful and sometimes tumultuous course. Within the present review is a brief history of the biology of gene transfer, how it came to be applied to genetic diseases, and its early applications to cancer therapies. Some of the different types of methods used to modify cells, the theories behind the approaches, and some of the limitations encountered along the way are reviewed.

  19. Gene conversion in human rearranged immunoglobulin genes.

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    Darlow, John M; Stott, David I

    2006-07-01

    Over the past 20 years, many DNA sequences have been published suggesting that all or part of the V(H) segment of a rearranged immunoglobulin gene may be replaced in vivo. Two different mechanisms appear to be operating. One of these is very similar to primary V(D)J recombination, involving the RAG proteins acting upon recombination signal sequences, and this has recently been proven to occur. Other sequences, many of which show partial V(H) replacements with no addition of untemplated nucleotides at the V(H)-V(H) joint, have been proposed to occur by an unusual RAG-mediated recombination with the formation of hybrid (coding-to-signal) joints. These appear to occur in cells already undergoing somatic hypermutation in which, some authors are convinced, RAG genes are silenced. We recently proposed that the latter type of V(H) replacement might occur by homologous recombination initiated by the activity of AID (activation-induced cytidine deaminase), which is essential for somatic hypermutation and gene conversion. The latter has been observed in other species, but not in human Ig genes, so far. In this paper, we present a new analysis of sequences published as examples of the second type of rearrangement. This not only shows that AID recognition motifs occur in recombination regions but also that some sequences show replacement of central sections by a sequence from another gene, similar to gene conversion in the immunoglobulin genes of other species. These observations support the proposal that this type of rearrangement is likely to be AID-mediated rather than RAG-mediated and is consistent with gene conversion.

  20. Gene therapy in periodontics

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    Anirban Chatterjee

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available GENES are made of DNA - the code of life. They are made up of two types of base pair from different number of hydrogen bonds AT, GC which can be turned into instruction. Everyone inherits genes from their parents and passes them on in turn to their children. Every person′s genes are different, and the changes in sequence determine the inherited differences between each of us. Some changes, usually in a single gene, may cause serious diseases. Gene therapy is ′the use of genes as medicine′. It involves the transfer of a therapeutic or working gene copy into specific cells of an individual in order to repair a faulty gene copy. Thus it may be used to replace a faulty gene, or to introduce a new gene whose function is to cure or to favorably modify the clinical course of a condition. It has a promising era in the field of periodontics. Gene therapy has been used as a mode of tissue engineering in periodontics. The tissue engineering approach reconstructs the natural target tissue by combining four elements namely: Scaffold, signaling molecules, cells and blood supply and thus can help in the reconstruction of damaged periodontium including cementum, gingival, periodontal ligament and bone.

  1. Regulated Gene Therapy.

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    Breger, Ludivine; Wettergren, Erika Elgstrand; Quintino, Luis; Lundberg, Cecilia

    2016-01-01

    Gene therapy represents a promising approach for the treatment of monogenic and multifactorial neurological disorders. It can be used to replace a missing gene and mutated gene or downregulate a causal gene. Despite the versatility of gene therapy, one of the main limitations lies in the irreversibility of the process: once delivered to target cells, the gene of interest is constitutively expressed and cannot be removed. Therefore, efficient, safe and long-term gene modification requires a system allowing fine control of transgene expression.Different systems have been developed over the past decades to regulate transgene expression after in vivo delivery, either at transcriptional or post-translational levels. The purpose of this chapter is to give an overview on current regulatory system used in the context of gene therapy for neurological disorders. Systems using external regulation of transgenes using antibiotics are commonly used to control either gene expression using tetracycline-controlled transcription or protein levels using destabilizing domain technology. Alternatively, specific promoters of genes that are regulated by disease mechanisms, increasing expression as the disease progresses or decreasing expression as disease regresses, are also examined. Overall, this chapter discusses advantages and drawbacks of current molecular methods for regulated gene therapy in the central nervous system.

  2. Gene therapy: An overview

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    Sudip Indu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Gene therapy "the use of genes as medicine" involves the transfer of a therapeutic or working copy of a gene into specific cells of an individual in order to repair a faulty gene copy. The technique may be used to replace a faulty gene, or to introduce a new gene whose function is to cure or to favorably modify the clinical course of a condition. The objective of gene therapy is to introduce new genetic material into target cells while causing no damage to the surrounding healthy cells and tissues, hence the treatment related morbidity is decreased. The delivery system includes a vector that delivers a therapeutic gene into the patient′s target cell. Functional proteins are created from the therapeutic gene causing the cell to return to a normal stage. The vectors used in gene therapy can be viral and non-viral. Gene therapy, an emerging field of biomedicine, is still at infancy and much research remains to be done before this approach to the treatment of condition will realize its full potential.

  3. Gene therapy in periodontics.

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    Chatterjee, Anirban; Singh, Nidhi; Saluja, Mini

    2013-03-01

    GENES are made of DNA - the code of life. They are made up of two types of base pair from different number of hydrogen bonds AT, GC which can be turned into instruction. Everyone inherits genes from their parents and passes them on in turn to their children. Every person's genes are different, and the changes in sequence determine the inherited differences between each of us. Some changes, usually in a single gene, may cause serious diseases. Gene therapy is 'the use of genes as medicine'. It involves the transfer of a therapeutic or working gene copy into specific cells of an individual in order to repair a faulty gene copy. Thus it may be used to replace a faulty gene, or to introduce a new gene whose function is to cure or to favorably modify the clinical course of a condition. It has a promising era in the field of periodontics. Gene therapy has been used as a mode of tissue engineering in periodontics. The tissue engineering approach reconstructs the natural target tissue by combining four elements namely: Scaffold, signaling molecules, cells and blood supply and thus can help in the reconstruction of damaged periodontium including cementum, gingival, periodontal ligament and bone.

  4. Cyanobacterial signature genes.

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    Martin, Kirt A; Siefert, Janet L; Yerrapragada, Sailaja; Lu, Yue; McNeill, Thomas Z; Moreno, Pedro A; Weinstock, George M; Widger, William R; Fox, George E

    2003-01-01

    A comparison of 8 cyanobacterial genomes reveals that there are 181 shared genes that do not have obvious orthologs in other bacteria. These signature genes define aspects of the genotype that are uniquely cyanobacterial. Approximately 25% of these genes have been associated with some function. These signature genes may or may not be involved in photosynthesis but likely they will be in many cases. In addition, several examples of widely conserved gene order involving two or more signature genes were observed. This suggests there may be regulatory processes that have been preserved throughout the long history of the cyanobacterial phenotype. The results presented here will be especially useful because they identify which of the many genes of unassigned function are likely to be of the greatest interest.

  5. Characterization of wheat-Secale africanum chromosome 5R(a) derivatives carrying Secale specific genes for grain hardness.

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    Li, Guangrong; Gao, Dan; La, Shixiao; Wang, Hongjin; Li, Jianbo; He, Weilin; Yang, Ennian; Yang, Zujun

    2016-05-01

    New wheat- Secale africanum chromosome 5R (a) substitution and translocation lines were developed and identified by fluorescence in situ hybridization and molecular markers, and chromosome 5R (a) specific genes responsible for grain hardness were isolated. The wild species, Secale africanum Stapf. (genome R(a)R(a)), serves as a valuable germplasm resource for increasing the diversity of cultivated rye (S. cereale L., genome RR) and providing novel genes for wheat improvement. In the current study, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and molecular markers were applied to characterize new wheat-S. africanum chromosome 5R(a) derivatives. Labeled rye genomic DNA (GISH) and the Oligo-probes pSc119.2 and pTa535 (FISH) were used to study a wheat-S. africanum amphiploid and a disomic 5R(a) (5D) substitution, and to identify a T5DL.5R(a)S translocation line and 5R(a)S and 5R(a)L isotelosome lines. Twenty-one molecular markers were mapped to chromosome 5R(a) arms which will facilitate future rapid identification of 5R(a) introgressions in wheat backgrounds. Comparative analysis of the molecular markers mapped on 5R(a) with homoeologous regions in wheat confirmed a deletion on the chromosome T5DL.5R(a)S, which suggests that the wheat-S. africanum Robertsonian translocation involving homologous group 5 may not be fully compensating. Complete coding sequences at the paralogous puroindoline-a (Pina) and grain softness protein gene (Gsp-1) loci from S. africanum were cloned and localized onto the short arm of chromosome 5R(a). The S. africanum chromosome 5R(a) substitution and translocation lines showed a reduction in the hardness index, which may be associated with the S. africanum- specific Pina and Gsp-1 gene sequences. The present study reports the production of novel wheat-S. africanum chromosome 5R(a) stripe rust resistant derivatives and new rye-specific molecular markers, which may find application in future use of wild Secale genome resources for grain quality

  6. Primetime for Learning Genes

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    Keifer, Joyce

    2017-01-01

    Learning genes in mature neurons are uniquely suited to respond rapidly to specific environmental stimuli. Expression of individual learning genes, therefore, requires regulatory mechanisms that have the flexibility to respond with transcriptional activation or repression to select appropriate physiological and behavioral responses. Among the mechanisms that equip genes to respond adaptively are bivalent domains. These are specific histone modifications localized to gene promoters that are characteristic of both gene activation and repression, and have been studied primarily for developmental genes in embryonic stem cells. In this review, studies of the epigenetic regulation of learning genes in neurons, particularly the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene (BDNF), by methylation/demethylation and chromatin modifications in the context of learning and memory will be highlighted. Because of the unique function of learning genes in the mature brain, it is proposed that bivalent domains are a characteristic feature of the chromatin landscape surrounding their promoters. This allows them to be “poised” for rapid response to activate or repress gene expression depending on environmental stimuli. PMID:28208656

  7. Primetime for Learning Genes.

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    Keifer, Joyce

    2017-02-11

    Learning genes in mature neurons are uniquely suited to respond rapidly to specific environmental stimuli. Expression of individual learning genes, therefore, requires regulatory mechanisms that have the flexibility to respond with transcriptional activation or repression to select appropriate physiological and behavioral responses. Among the mechanisms that equip genes to respond adaptively are bivalent domains. These are specific histone modifications localized to gene promoters that are characteristic of both gene activation and repression, and have been studied primarily for developmental genes in embryonic stem cells. In this review, studies of the epigenetic regulation of learning genes in neurons, particularly the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene (BDNF), by methylation/demethylation and chromatin modifications in the context of learning and memory will be highlighted. Because of the unique function of learning genes in the mature brain, it is proposed that bivalent domains are a characteristic feature of the chromatin landscape surrounding their promoters. This allows them to be "poised" for rapid response to activate or repress gene expression depending on environmental stimuli.

  8. An Ontology of Gene

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    Masuya, Hiroshi; Mizoguchi, Riichiro

    2012-01-01

    The concept of a gene was established in the era of classical genetics and is now essential for life science for elucidating the molecular basis of the coding of genetic information necessary to realize the body of an organism and its biological functions. However, an ontology fully representing multiple aspects of a gene is still not available. In this study, we dissected the biological and ontological definitions of bearers of genetic information, including genes and alleles. Based on this ...

  9. Placental gene therapy

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    David, A. L.; Ashcroft, R

    2009-01-01

    Gene therapy uses genetic material as a drug delivery vehicle to express therapeutic proteins. Placental gene therapy may be useful for correction of two important obstetric conditions, foetal growth restriction and pre-eclampsia in which there is a failure of the physiological trophoblast remodelling of the uterine spiral arteries in early pregnancy. The patient in this scenario is the foetus. Placental gene therapy might be justifiable when: there is reasonable certainty that the foetus wil...

  10. Antisense gene silencing

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    Nielsen, Troels T; Nielsen, Jørgen E

    2013-01-01

    Since the first reports that double-stranded RNAs can efficiently silence gene expression in C. elegans, the technology of RNA interference (RNAi) has been intensively exploited as an experimental tool to study gene function. With the subsequent discovery that RNAi could also be applied to mammal......Since the first reports that double-stranded RNAs can efficiently silence gene expression in C. elegans, the technology of RNA interference (RNAi) has been intensively exploited as an experimental tool to study gene function. With the subsequent discovery that RNAi could also be applied...

  11. History of gene therapy.

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    Wirth, Thomas; Parker, Nigel; Ylä-Herttuala, Seppo

    2013-08-10

    Two decades after the initial gene therapy trials and more than 1700 approved clinical trials worldwide we not only have gained much new information and knowledge regarding gene therapy in general, but also learned to understand the concern that has persisted in society. Despite the setbacks gene therapy has faced, success stories have increasingly emerged. Examples for these are the positive recommendation for a gene therapy product (Glybera) by the EMA for approval in the European Union and the positive trials for the treatment of ADA deficiency, SCID-X1 and adrenoleukodystrophy. Nevertheless, our knowledge continues to grow and during the course of time more safety data has become available that helps us to develop better gene therapy approaches. Also, with the increased understanding of molecular medicine, we have been able to develop more specific and efficient gene transfer vectors which are now producing clinical results. In this review, we will take a historical view and highlight some of the milestones that had an important impact on the development of gene therapy. We will also discuss briefly the safety and ethical aspects of gene therapy and address some concerns that have been connected with gene therapy as an important therapeutic modality.

  12. Delivery Systems in Gene Therapy

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    Liu Hu; Anas El-Aneed; Cui Guohui

    2005-01-01

    1 Gene therapy Gene therapy includes the treatment of both genetically based and infectious diseases by introducing genetic materials which have therapeutic effects[1~3]. In its simplest terms, a wild type gene (which is non-functional in the cell leading to disease development) is introduced into the somatic cell lacking this gene to restore the normal gene function in this cell. Many gene therapy strategies, however, utilize genes to destroy specific cells.

  13. Gene promoters dictate histone occupancy within genes.

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    Perales, Roberto; Erickson, Benjamin; Zhang, Lian; Kim, Hyunmin; Valiquett, Elan; Bentley, David

    2013-10-01

    Spt6 is a transcriptional elongation factor and histone chaperone that reassembles transcribed chromatin. Genome-wide H3 mapping showed that Spt6 preferentially maintains nucleosomes within the first 500 bases of genes and helps define nucleosome-depleted regions in 5' and 3' flanking sequences. In Spt6-depleted cells, H3 loss at 5' ends correlates with reduced pol II density suggesting enhanced transcription elongation. Consistent with its 'Suppressor of Ty' (Spt) phenotype, Spt6 inactivation caused localized H3 eviction over 1-2 nucleosomes at 5' ends of Ty elements. H3 displacement differed between genes driven by promoters with 'open'/DPN and 'closed'/OPN chromatin conformations with similar pol II densities. More eviction occurred on genes with 'closed' promoters, associated with 'noisy' transcription. Moreover, swapping of 'open' and 'closed' promoters showed that they can specify distinct downstream patterns of histone eviction/deposition. These observations suggest a novel function for promoters in dictating histone dynamics within genes possibly through effects on transcriptional bursting or elongation rate.

  14. Smart Genes, Stupid Science.

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    Randerson, Sherman; Mahadeva, Madhu N.

    1983-01-01

    Because many people still believe that specific, identifiable genes dictate the level of human intelligence and that the number/quality of these genes can be evaluated, presents evidence from human genetics (related to nervous system development) to counter this view. Also disputes erroneous assumptions made in "heritability studies" of human…

  15. XLMR genes: update 2000.

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    Chiurazzi, P.; Hamel, B.C.J.; Neri, G.

    2001-01-01

    This is the sixth edition of the catalogue of XLMR genes, ie X-linked genes whose malfunctioning causes mental retardation. The cloning era is not yet concluded, actually much remains to be done to account for the 202 XLMR conditions listed in this update. Many of these may eventually prove to be du

  16. Glaucoma Genes and Mechanisms.

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    Wiggs, Janey L

    2015-01-01

    Genetic studies have yielded important genes contributing to both early-onset and adult-onset forms of glaucoma. The proteins encoded by the current collection of glaucoma genes participate in a broad range of cellular processes and biological systems. Approximately half the glaucoma-related genes function in the extracellular matrix, however proteins involved in cytokine signaling, lipid metabolism, membrane biology, regulation of cell division, autophagy, and ocular development also contribute to the disease pathogenesis. While the function of these proteins in health and disease are not completely understood, recent studies are providing insight into underlying disease mechanisms, a critical step toward the development of gene-based therapies. In this review, genes known to cause early-onset glaucoma or contribute to adult-onset glaucoma are organized according to the cell processes or biological systems that are impacted by the function of the disease-related protein product.

  17. Advances in understanding the genetic basis of inherited single gene skin barrier disorders: new clues to key genes that may be involved in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis Avanços no entendimento da base genética de doenças hereditárias monogênicas da barreira epidérmica: novas pistas para os principais genes que podem estar envolvidos na patogênese da dermatite atópica

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    Joey E Lai-Cheong

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Increasing knowledge of genomic DNA sequences and genetic databases has led to the characterization of the molecular basis of several inherited skin disorders. In this review we summarize some of the major recent discoveries that have been made in defining the pathogenic mutations that cause inherited disorders of the skin barrier leading to skin scaling or increased transepidermal water loss in either rare disorders (Netherton’s syndrome or harlequin ichthyosis or more common genodermatoses (ichthyosis vulgaris. These molecular breakthroughs have led to more accurate diagnoses, better genetic counselling and, where appropriate, the feasibility of DNA-based prenatal diagnosis, as well as the possibility of developing newer forms of treatment, including gene or protein therapy. Identifying the molecular basis of these conditions, especially ichthyosis vulgaris, has also provided dramatic new insight into the genetic abnormalities in the common disorder, atopic dermatitis. Thus research on the relatively rare single gene inherited skin disorders not only has benefits for patients and their families with these uncommon conditions but also has the potential to yield fresh and significant new information about very common skin diseases.O maior conhecimento sobre as de sequências genômicas de DNA e as bases de dados genéticas levou à caracterização da base molecular de várias doenças hereditárias de pele. Nesta revisão resumimos algumas das descobertas recentes mais importantes quanto à definição das mutações patogênicas que causam as doenças hereditárias da barreira cutânea, levando a descamação ou aumento da perda hídrica transepidérmica, seja em doenças raras, (síndrome de Netherton ou ictiose em Arlequim ou genodermatoses mais comuns (ictiose vulgar. Estas descobertas moleculares têm conduzido a diagnósticos mais acurados, melhor aconselhamento genético e, quando apropriado, à possibilidade de diagnóstico pr

  18. Gene therapy for hemophilia.

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    Chuah, M K; Evens, H; VandenDriessche, T

    2013-06-01

    Hemophilia A and B are X-linked monogenic disorders resulting from deficiencies of factor VIII and FIX, respectively. Purified clotting factor concentrates are currently intravenously administered to treat hemophilia, but this treatment is non-curative. Therefore, gene-based therapies for hemophilia have been developed to achieve sustained high levels of clotting factor expression to correct the clinical phenotype. Over the past two decades, different types of viral and non-viral gene delivery systems have been explored for hemophilia gene therapy research with a variety of target cells, particularly hepatocytes, hematopoietic stem cells, skeletal muscle cells, and endothelial cells. Lentiviral and adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based vectors are among the most promising vectors for hemophilia gene therapy. In preclinical hemophilia A and B animal models, the bleeding phenotype was corrected with these vectors. Some of these promising preclinical results prompted clinical translation to patients suffering from a severe hemophilic phenotype. These patients receiving gene therapy with AAV vectors showed long-term expression of therapeutic FIX levels, which is a major step forwards in this field. Nevertheless, the levels were insufficient to prevent trauma or injury-induced bleeding episodes. Another challenge that remains is the possible immune destruction of gene-modified cells by effector T cells, which are directed against the AAV vector antigens. It is therefore important to continuously improve the current gene therapy approaches to ultimately establish a real cure for hemophilia. © 2013 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  19. Gene amplification in carcinogenesis

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    Lucimari Bizari

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Gene amplification increases the number of genes in a genome and can give rise to karyotype abnormalities called double minutes (DM and homogeneously staining regions (HSR, both of which have been widely observed in human tumors but are also known to play a major role during embryonic development due to the fact that they are responsible for the programmed increase of gene expression. The etiology of gene amplification during carcinogenesis is not yet completely understood but can be considered a result of genetic instability. Gene amplification leads to an increase in protein expression and provides a selective advantage during cell growth. Oncogenes such as CCND1, c-MET, c-MYC, ERBB2, EGFR and MDM2 are amplified in human tumors and can be associated with increased expression of their respective proteins or not. In general, gene amplification is associated with more aggressive tumors, metastases, resistance to chemotherapy and a decrease in the period during which the patient stays free of the disease. This review discusses the major role of gene amplification in the progression of carcinomas, formation of genetic markers and as possible therapeutic targets for the development of drugs for the treatment of some types of tumors.

  20. Antisense gene silencing

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    Nielsen, Troels T; Nielsen, Jørgen E

    2013-01-01

    Since the first reports that double-stranded RNAs can efficiently silence gene expression in C. elegans, the technology of RNA interference (RNAi) has been intensively exploited as an experimental tool to study gene function. With the subsequent discovery that RNAi could also be applied...... to mammalian cells, the technology of RNAi expanded from being a valuable experimental tool to being an applicable method for gene-specific therapeutic regulation, and much effort has been put into further refinement of the technique. This review will focus on how RNAi has developed over the years and how...

  1. Gene Therapy of Cancerous Diseases

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    Valenčáková, A.; Dziaková, A.; Hatalová, E.

    2015-01-01

    Gene therapy of cancerous diseases provides new means of curing patients with oncologic illnesses. There are several approaches in treating cancer by gene therapy. Most commonly used methods are: cancer immunogene therapy, suicide gene therapy, application of tumor-suppressor genes, antiangiogenic therapy, mesenchymal stem cells used as vectors, gene directed enzyme/prodrug therapy and bacteria used as anti-cancer agents. Cancer gene immunotherapy uses several immunologic agents for the purp...

  2. "Bad genes" & criminal responsibility.

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    González-Tapia, María Isabel; Obsuth, Ingrid

    2015-01-01

    The genetics of the accused is trying to break into the courts. To date several candidate genes have been put forward and their links to antisocial behavior have been examined and documented with some consistency. In this paper, we focus on the so called "warrior gene", or the low-activity allele of the MAOA gene, which has been most consistently related to human behavior and specifically to violence and antisocial behavior. In preparing this paper we had two objectives. First, to summarize and analyze the current scientific evidence, in order to gain an in depth understanding of the state of the issue and determine whether a dominant line of generally accepted scientific knowledge in this field can be asserted. Second, to derive conclusions and put forward recommendations related to the use of genetic information, specifically the presence of the low-activity genotype of the MAOA gene, in modulation of criminal responsibility in European and US courts.

  3. Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO)

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Gene Expression Omnibus is a public functional genomics data repository supporting MIAME-compliant submissions of array- and sequence-based data. Tools are provided...

  4. Gene therapy in ophthalmology.

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    Uthra, Satagopan; Kumaramanickavel, Govindasamy

    2009-09-01

    It has been more than a year since ophthalmologists and scientists under Dr. Robin Ali's team at the Moorsfield Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, successfully treated patients with a severely blinding disease, Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA) using gene therapy. This success does not look to be transient, and this achievement in gene replacement therapy clinical trial for LCA has instilled hope in numerous families with patients suffering from this and similar retinal degenerative diseases, for whom restoration of lost vision has remained a distant dream so far. The encouragement that this success has given is expected to also lead to start of clinical trials for other blinding ocular diseases for which gene therapy experiments at the laboratory and animal levels have been successful. This article reviews the various studies that have led to the understanding of gene therapy outcomes in human ocular diseases and attempts to provide a brief sketch of successful clinical trials.

  5. Gene therapy for hemophilia.

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    Hortelano, G; Chang, P L

    2000-01-01

    Hemophilia A and B are X-linked genetic disorders caused by deficiency of the coagulation factors VIII and IX, respectively. Because of the health hazards and costs of current product replacement therapy, much effort is devoted to the development of gene therapy for these disorders. Approaches to gene therapy for the hemophilias include: ex vivo gene therapy in which cells from the intended recipients are explanted, genetically modified to secrete Factor VIII or IX, and reimplanted into the donor; in vivo gene therapy in which Factor VIII or IX encoding vectors are directly injected into the recipient; and non-autologous gene therapy in which universal cell lines engineered to secrete Factor VIII or IX are enclosed in immuno-protective devices before implantation into recipients. Research into these approaches is aided by the many murine and canine models available. While problems of achieving high and sustained levels of factor delivery, and issues related to efficacy, safety and cost are still to be resolved, progress in gene therapy for the hemophilias has been encouraging and is likely to reach human clinical trial in the foreseeable future.

  6. Evidence for homosexuality gene

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    Pool, R.

    1993-07-16

    A genetic analysis of 40 pairs of homosexual brothers has uncovered a region on the X chromosome that appears to contain a gene or genes for homosexuality. When analyzing the pedigrees of homosexual males, the researcheres found evidence that the trait has a higher likelihood of being passed through maternal genes. This led them to search the X chromosome for genes predisposing to homosexuality. The researchers examined the X chromosomes of pairs of homosexual brothers for regions of DNA that most or all had in common. Of the 40 sets of brothers, 33 shared a set of five markers in the q28 region of the long arm of the X chromosome. The linkage has a LOD score of 4.0, which translates into a 99.5% certainty that there is a gene or genes in this area that predispose males to homosexuality. The chief researcher warns, however, that this one site cannot explain all instances of homosexuality, since there were some cases where the trait seemed to be passed paternally. And even among those brothers where there was no evidence that the trait was passed paternally, seven sets of brothers did not share the Xq28 markers. It seems likely that homosexuality arises from a variety of causes.

  7. Gene-gene, gene-environment, gene-nutrient interactionsand single nucleotide polymorphisms of inflammatorycytokines

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    2015-01-01

    Inflammation plays a significant role in the etiologyof type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The rise in thepro-inflammatory cytokines is the essential step inglucotoxicity and lipotoxicity induced mitochondrialinjury, oxidative stress and beta cell apoptosis inT2DM. Among the recognized markers are interleukin(IL)-6, IL-1, IL-10, IL-18, tissue necrosis factor-alpha(TNF-α), C-reactive protein, resistin, adiponectin, tissueplasminogen activator, fibrinogen and heptoglobins.Diabetes mellitus has firm genetic and very strongenvironmental influence; exhibiting a polygenic modeof inheritance. Many single nucleotide polymorphisms(SNPs) in various genes including those of pro and antiinflammatorycytokines have been reported as a riskfor T2DM. Not all the SNPs have been confirmed byunifying results in different studies and wide variationshave been reported in various ethnic groups. Theinter-ethnic variations can be explained by the factthat gene expression may be regulated by gene-gene,gene-environment and gene-nutrient interactions. Thisreview highlights the impact of these interactions ondetermining the role of single nucleotide polymorphismof IL-6, TNF-α, resistin and adiponectin in pathogenesisof T2DM.

  8. As Superfícies Raras da Escrita de Ruy Duarte de Carvalho

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    Sonia Miceli

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this article, I examine the ways in which literature and cinema interact in the work of Ruy Duarte de Carvalho, focusing on the cinematic writing of the poems of sinais misteriosos… já se vê… and the novel Os papéis do Inglês. In these texts, the cinematic image sometimes appears as a strange copy of reality, other times as a vision that creates other realities, and other times as something connected to memory. Cinema, with its visual and sound components, challenges the limits of literary language. At the same time it provides new possibilities for poetry and narrative, which emerge from their encounter with the language of cinema.

  9. Hemosuccus pancreaticus: causa rara de hemorragia digestiva maciça

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    Fernando Antonio C. Spencer

    Full Text Available Hemosuccus pancreaticus is a unusual syndrome manifested by hemorrhage into the pancreatic duct and by blood loss through the ampulla of Vater: It may be caused by tumors, arteriovenous malformation, pancreatic lithiasis, aneurism rupture from adjacent vessels, or erosion of pancreatic and peripancreatic vessels due to chronic pancreatitis. The authors describe a case of massive and recurrent gastrointestinal upper hemorrhage in a 26-year-old man without known risk factors for pancreatitis. This man underwent urgent surgery due to gastrointestinal bleeding during the ínvestigation. During the procedure, blood was found in the intestinal lumen and a tumor in the head of pancreas with two centimeters of diameter: A gastroduodenopancreatectomy was performed. Histological study showed chronic pancreatitis with a fistula from the pancreatic vessels to the Wirsung duct. The patient was discharged without postoperative complications and after months, remains assymptomatic.

  10. Enfermedad de Hirschsprung y apendicitis. Una asociación rara

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    C Baeza-Herrera; P López-Medina; J M Vidal-Medina; N Cruz-Viruel; L Velasco-Soria

    2016-01-01

    La enfermedad de Hirschsprung asociada con apendicitis es una condición poco usual; suman 15 los reportados en la literatura, ya incluido este caso. Se informa el caso de un lactante de 12 meses de edad que ingresó con fiebre, anorexia, distensión abdominal, vómito, evacuaciones hemáticas y antecedente de estreñimiento. Se realizó laparotomía exploradora que reportó apendicitis y megacolon congénito o enfermedad de Hirschsprung. El reporte histopatológico reveló periapendicitis, huevecillos d...

  11. Enfermedad de Hirschsprung y apendicitis. Una asociación rara

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    C Baeza-Herrera

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available La enfermedad de Hirschsprung asociada con apendicitis es una condición poco usual; suman 15 los reportados en la literatura, ya incluido este caso. Se informa el caso de un lactante de 12 meses de edad que ingresó con fiebre, anorexia, distensión abdominal, vómito, evacuaciones hemáticas y antecedente de estreñimiento. Se realizó laparotomía exploradora que reportó apendicitis y megacolon congénito o enfermedad de Hirschsprung. El reporte histopatológico reveló periapendicitis, huevecillos de áscaris lumbricoides, con ausencia de células ganglionares.

  12. La arquitectura-arquitectura: Una colección de cosas raras y valiosas

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    Valenzuela,Luis

    2002-01-01

    En el escenario santiaguino, la distinción entre una arquitectura pensada "para el cliente", y otra arquitectura "para la escuela y la universidad" aparece cada vez con mayor nitidez. Esta dualidad que enfrenta aspiraciones aparentemente contradictorias, forma parte inevitable de la experiencia de salida al campo laboral de los nuevos arquitectos. El predominio de estereotipos y estilos grabados como anhelos del cliente hace del arquitecto un malabarista de venias y sacrificios

  13. Leiomioma benigno metastatizante de veia cava inferior: rara complicação tardia de histerectomia

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    Marcos Filgueiras

    Full Text Available Large vessel tumors diagnosis is usually difficult. Benign metastasizing leiomyoma is a rare condition occurring inside peripheral vessels. There are few publications about this tumor inside inferior vena cava. A 54 years old female patient is presented with a previous hysterectomy for myomas. She complained of no specific symptoms 18 months after surgery. Computer tomography revealed a 7.5 x 3.5 x 4.0 cm mass at inferior vena cava and right psoas muscle. After surgical management and immunohistochemical screening biopsy, the diagnosis was benign metastasizing leiomyoma of inferior vena cava. The patient recovery was uneventful. Benign metastasizing leiomyoma of inferior vena cava is a very rare condition, and must be suspected in patients with primary leiomyosarcoma, especially in women previously submitted to hysterectomy for leiomyomatosis.

  14. Thermoluminescence of double fluorides doped with rare earths; Termoluminiscencia de fluoruros dobles dopados con tierras raras

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    Azorin N, J.; Sanchez R, A. [UAM-I, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Khaidukov, N.M. [Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2004-07-01

    In this work the thermoluminescent characteristics of double fluorides K{sub 2}YF{sub 5}, K{sub 2}GdF{sub 5} and K{sub 2}LuF{sub 5} doped are presented with Tb{sup 3+}, studied in the interval of temperature from 30 to 400 C. The materials that presented better answer to the irradiation with particles beta and with ultraviolet light they were the K{sub 2}YF{sub 5}: Tb (1% at. Tb{sup 3+}) and the K{sub 2}LuF{sub 5}: Tb (1% at. Tb{sup 3+}); while the K{sub 2}YF{sub 5}: Tb to high concentrations (10% and 20% at. Tb{sup 3+}) and the K{sub 2}LuF{sub 5}: Tb (1% at. Tb{sup 3+}) and the K{sub 2}LuF{sub 5}: Tb (1% at. Tb{sup 3+}) they presented an acceptable answer in front of the gamma radiation. The intensity of the Tl answer induced in these materials is a decisive factor to continue studying its dosimetric characteristics, what allows to consider them as the base for the development of potential materials to use them in the dosimetry of beta particles, of the UV light of the gamma radiation using the thermoluminescence method. (Author)

  15. Cataratas: Una rara complicación de quemaduras eléctricas

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    NAVARRETE C,MARÍA FRANCISCA; PILASI M,CARLOS; QUINTEROS P,JUAN PABLO; CALDERÓN O,WILFREDO

    2010-01-01

    Introducción: Las quemaduras eléctricas producen lesiones complejas con múltiples complicaciones. Las cataratas son una complicación infrecuente. Existen varios reportes de casos, pero escasa difusión en el ámbito quirúrgico de sus características y fisiopatología. Objetivo: Reportar la incidencia y características de la población atendida en el Hospital del Trabajador de Santiago (HTS) con diagnóstico de catarata secundaria a quemadura eléctrica, y presentar una revisión de la literatura sob...

  16. Spectrographic Determination of Trace Constituents in Rare Earths; Determinacion espectrografica de impurezas en tierras raras

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    Capdevila, C.; Alvarez, F.

    1962-07-01

    A spectrographic method was developed for the determination of 18 trace elements in lanthanum, cerium, praseodimium, neodimium and samarium compounds. The concentrations of the impurities cover the range of 0,5 to 500 ppm. Most of these impurities are determined by the carrier distillation method. Several more refractory elements have been determined by total burning of the sample with a direct current arc or by the conduction briquet excitation technique with a high voltage condensed spark. The work has been carried out with a Hilger Automatic Large Quartz Spectrograph. (Author) 5 refs.

  17. Spectrographic Determination of Trace Constituents in Rare Earths; Determinacion espectrografica de impurezas en tierras raras

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    Capdevila, C.; Alvarez, F.

    1962-07-01

    A spectrographic method was developed for the determination of 18 trace elements in lanthanum, cerium, praseodimium, neodimium and samarium compounds. The concentrations of the impurities cover the range of 0,5 to 500 ppm. Most of these impurities are determined by the carrier distillation method. Several more refractory elements have been determined by total burning of the sample with a direct current arc or by the conduction briquet excitation technique with a high voltage condensed spark. The work has been carried out with a Hilger Automatic Large Quartz Spectrograph. (Author) 5 refs.

  18. Sarcoidosis en la infancia. Una rara enfermedad sistémica

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    Antonio Zamora-Chávez

    2016-03-01

    Conclusiones: Se resalta la importancia de considerar el diagnóstico de sarcoidosis en los pacientes con hepatomegalia, adenopatías, daño pulmonar difuso, eritema nodoso, masa testicular e hipercalcemia, así como la necesidad del abordaje multidisciplinario para valorar el compromiso orgánico múltiple y el inicio oportuno de la terapia con esteroides, con el fin de evitar la progresión de la enfermedad.

  19. Associação rara: polimiosite, miastenia grave e timoma

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    V. Van Boekel

    1990-12-01

    Full Text Available Fundamentados no fato de que, tanto na literatura nacional quanto na estrangeira, inexiste referência da associação de polimiosite, miastenia grave e timoma em adulto jovem do sexo masculino, os autores se propõem a descrever um caso da citada síndrome. O paciente aqui apresentado teve sua doença iniciada aos 22 anos de idade, atingindo sua expressão clínica máxima 4 anos miais tarde. No estudo em apreço, são enfatizadas as dificuldades no diagnóstico diferencial entre polimiosite e miastenia grave, doenças que, a principio, têm suas manifestações clinicas características, de modo geral bem individualizadas. Na presente observação chamamos a atenção para a possível existência de aspectos clínicos sugestivos de miastenia em enfermos com polimiosite e, por outro lado, alterações histopatológicas típicas de polimiosite em músculos de miastênicos, inviabilizando muitas vezes o diagnóstico clínico de certeza.

  20. Elemental analysis of samples of rare earths; Analisis elemental de muestras de tierras raras

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    Lopez M, J.; Ramirez T, J.J.; Sandoval J, R.A.; Aspiazu F, J.; Villasenor S, P. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Lugo L, M.F. [IFUNAM, 04500 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2003-07-01

    Applying the PIXE technique (Particle Induced X-Ray Emission) it was analyzed the purity of the samples that will be used to measure the production section of X rays with Li and B beams. It is not necessary to determine the concentrations of the pollutant elements. (Author)

  1. Glomerulonefritis fibrilar: Una rara forma de enfermedad glomerular por depósitos organizados

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    Marta B. Cabrera

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Se describe el caso de una mujer de 67 años de edad que consultó por debilidad y astenia, constatándose proteinuria de rango nefrótico y dislipemia. Se realizó punción para biopsia renal, la que se analizó por microscopia óptica, inmunofluorescencia y microscopia electrónica de transmisión. El análisis ultra-estructural reveló la existencia de depósitos fibrilares organizados, rectos, no ramificados, cuyo espesor osciló entre 15 y 20 nm. Dichas fibrillas ópticamente se veían como una expansión mesangial discretamente nodular, ligeramente PAS positiva, rojo Congo negativa y débilmente positiva para IgG. El diagnóstico fue glomerulonefritis fibrilar. Las enfermedades glomerulares por depósitos organizados pueden exhibir superposición sindrómica e histopatológica. Por tal motivo, resulta de importancia una primera separación entre aquellas rojo Congo positivas o negativas, siendo en este último caso la microscopia electrónica de transmisión la que diferencia dos entidades: la glomerulonefritis fibrilar y la glomerulonefritis inmunotactoide. Esta diferencia se apoya no sólo en las características ultraestructurales, sino en sus características clínicas. La glomerulonefritis inmunotactoide muestra una fuerte asociación con procesos linfoproliferativos, a diferencia de lo que ocurre con la glomerulonefritis fibrilar.

  2. Espécies raras de Phallales (Agaricomycetidae, Basidiomycetes) no Nordeste do Brasil

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    Leite,Anileide Gomes; Silva,Bianca Denise Barbosa; Araújo,Ricardo Souza; Baseia,Iuri Goulart

    2007-01-01

    Seis espécies interessantes de Phallales são registradas para a Mata Atlântica: Aseroë floriformis Baseia & Calonge, Geastrum setiferum Baseia, Ileodictyon cibarium Tulasne ex Raoul, Laternea triscapa Turpin, Phallus pygmaeus Baseia e Staheliomyces cinctus E. Fischer. Adicionalmente, são fornecidas chave de identificação e comentários sobre a taxonomia e ecologia dessas espécies.

  3. Traducción y comentario de texto relacionado con enfermedades infantiles raras

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    Treball Final de Grau en Traducció i Interpretació. Codi: TI0983. Curs: 2013/2014 La traducción científica es, quizás, uno de los campos en los que más se requiere a sus profesionales que tengan un amplio bagaje cultural relacionado con su propio ámbito. En mi opinión, esto es en gran parte debido al hecho de que, en traducción científica, gran parte de las decisiones que se toman se basan en el uso de la lengua entre profesionales, desdeñando lo prescriptivo y los consejos y n...

  4. Childhood Xantho granulomatous Pyelonephritis; an Uncommon Entity; Pielonefritis xantogranulomatorsa en la infancia: una entidad rara

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    Bravo-Bravo, C.; Martinez-Leon, M. I.; Ceres-Ruiz, L.; Weil-Lara, B. [Hospital Materno-Infantil CHU Carlos Haya. Malaga (Spain)

    2003-07-01

    Xanthogranulomotous pyelonephritis is an uncommon chronic inflammatory illness characterized by the replacement of renal parenchyma with a cellular infiltration of lipid-laden macrophages. There are few cases in the literature which describe the disease in children. Its pathogenesis remains unknown, although in up to 76% of cases it has been related to lithiasic obstruction of the pyeloureteral junction. Escherichia coli and Proteus mirabilis are most often cited as being the causing bacteria. Since neither its clinical characteristics nor radiological manifestations are specific, it is frequently infra diagnosed, Its definitive diagnosis is anatomophatological, and it is treated by nephrectomy. We present the case of a child with poorly evolving pyonephrosis diagnosed after the anatomopathological study of a renal sample. Special not is made of the importance of performing a preoperative diagnosis, and including such in a differential diagnosis with slowly evolving infectious/obstructive processes. (Author) 11 refs.

  5. Identification of four soybean reference genes for gene expression normalization

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    Gene expression analysis requires the use of reference genes stably expressed independently of specific tissues or environmental conditions. Housekeeping genes (e.g., actin, tubulin, ribosomal, polyubiquitin and elongation factor 1-alpha) are commonly used as reference genes with the assumption tha...

  6. The Mycoplasma hominis vaa gene displays a mosaic gene structure

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    Boesen, Thomas; Emmersen, Jeppe M. G.; Jensen, Lise T.;

    1998-01-01

    Mycoplasma hominis contains a variable adherence-associated (vaa) gene. To classify variants of the vaa genes, we examined 42 M. hominis isolated by PCR, DNA sequencing and immunoblotting. This uncovered the existence of five gene categories. Comparison of the gene types revealed a modular compos...

  7. Hox genes and study of Hox genes in crustacean

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    HOU Lin; CHEN Zhijuan; XU Mingyu; LIN Shengguo; WANG Lu

    2004-01-01

    Homeobox genes have been discovered in many species. These genes are known to play a major role in specifying regional identity along the anterior-posterior axis of animals from a wide range of phyla.The products of the homeotic genes are a set of evolutionarily conserved transcription factors that control elaborate developmental processes and specify cell fates in metazoans. Crustacean, presenting a variety of body plans not encountered in any other class or phylum of the Metazoa, has been shown to possess a single set of homologous Hox genes like insect. The ancestral crustacean Hox gene complex comprised ten genes: eight homologous to the hometic Hox genes and two related to nonhomeotic genes presented within the insect Hox complexes. The crustacean in particular exhibits an abundant diversity segment specialization and tagmosis. This morphological diversity relates to the Hox genes. In crustacean body plan, different Hox genes control different segments and tagmosis.

  8. Entrez Gene: gene-centered information at NCBI

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    Maglott, Donna; Ostell, Jim; Pruitt, Kim D; Tatusova, Tatiana

    2006-01-01

    Entrez Gene () is NCBI's database for gene-specific information. Entrez Gene includes records from genomes that have been completely sequenced, that have an active research community to contribute gene-specific information or that are scheduled for intense sequence analysis. The content of Entrez Gene represents the result of both curation and automated integration of data from NCBI's Reference Sequence project (RefSeq), from collaborating model organism databases and from other databases wit...

  9. Gene therapy for brain tumors.

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    Bansal, K; Engelhard, H H

    2000-09-01

    "Gene therapy" can be defined as the transfer of genetic material into a patient's cells for therapeutic purposes. To date, a diverse and creative assortment of treatment strategies utilizing gene therapy have been devised, including gene transfer for modulating the immune system, enzyme prodrug ("suicide gene") therapy, oncolytic therapy, replacement/therapeutic gene transfer, and antisense therapy. For malignant glioma, gene-directed prodrug therapy using the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase gene was the first gene therapy attempted clinically. A variety of different strategies have now been pursued experimentally and in clinical trials. Although, to date, gene therapy for brain tumors has been found to be reasonably safe, concerns still exist regarding issues related to viral delivery, transduction efficiency, potential pathologic response of the brain, and treatment efficacy. Improved viral vectors are being sought, and potential use of gene therapy in combination with other treatments is being investigated.

  10. Introns in higher plant genes

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    2002-01-01

    The intron is an important component of eukaryotic gene. Extensive studies have been conducted to get a better understanding of its structure and function. This paper presents a brief review of the structure and function of introns in higher plant genes. It is shown that higher plant introns possess structural properties shared by all eukaryotic introns, however, they also exhibit a striking degree of diversity. The process of intron splicing in higher plant genes involves interaction between multiple cis-acting elements and trans-acting factors, such as 5′ splicing site, 3′ splicing site and many protein factors. The process of intron splicing is an important level at which gene expression is regulated. Especially alternative splicing of intron can regulate time and space of gene expression. In addition, some introns in higher plant genes also regulate gene expression by affecting the pattern of gene expression, enhancing the level of gene expression and driving the gene expression.

  11. Gene therapy prospects--intranasal delivery of therapeutic genes.

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    Podolska, Karolina; Stachurska, Anna; Hajdukiewicz, Karolina; Małecki, Maciej

    2012-01-01

    Gene therapy is recognized to be a novel method for the treatment of various disorders. Gene therapy strategies involve gene manipulation on broad biological processes responsible for the spreading of diseases. Cancer, monogenic diseases, vascular and infectious diseases are the main targets of gene therapy. In order to obtain valuable experimental and clinical results, sufficient gene transfer methods are required. Therapeutic genes can be administered into target tissues via gene carriers commonly defined as vectors. The retroviral, adenoviral and adeno-associated virus based vectors are most frequently used in the clinic. So far, gene preparations may be administered directly into target organs or by intravenous, intramuscular, intratumor or intranasal injections. It is common knowledge that the number of gene therapy clinical trials has rapidly increased. However, some limitations such as transfection efficiency and stable and long-term gene expression are still not resolved. Consequently, great effort is focused on the evaluation of new strategies of gene delivery. There are many expectations associated with intranasal delivery of gene preparations for the treatment of diseases. Intranasal delivery of therapeutic genes is regarded as one of the most promising forms of pulmonary gene therapy research. Gene therapy based on inhalation of gene preparations offers an alternative way for the treatment of patients suffering from such lung diseases as cystic fibrosis, alpha-1-antitrypsin defect, or cancer. Experimental and first clinical trials based on plasmid vectors or recombinant viruses have revealed that gene preparations can effectively deliver therapeutic or marker genes to the cells of the respiratory tract. The noninvasive intranasal delivery of gene preparations or conventional drugs seems to be very encouraging, although basic scientific research still has to continue.

  12. FunGene: the Functional Gene Pipeline and Repository

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    Jordan A. Fish

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Ribosomal RNA genes have become the standard molecular markers for microbial community analysis for good reasons, including universal occurrence in cellular organisms, availability of large databases, and ease of rRNA gene region amplification and analysis. As markers, however, rRNA genes have some significant limitations. The rRNA genes are often present in multiple copies, unlike most protein-coding genes. The slow rate of change in rRNA genes means that multiple species sometimes share identical 16S rRNA gene sequences, while many more species share identical sequences in the short 16S rRNA regions commonly analyzed. In addition, the genes involved in many important processes are not distributed in a phylogenetically coherent manner, potentially due to gene loss or horizontal gene transfer.While rRNA genes remain the most commonly used markers, key genes in ecologically important pathways, e.g., those involved in carbon and nitrogen cycling, can provide important insights into community composition and function not obtainable through rRNA analysis. However, working with ecofunctional gene data requires some tools beyond those required for rRNA analysis. To address this, our Functional Gene Pipeline and Repository (FunGene; http://fungene.cme.msu.edu/ offers databases of many common ecofunctional genes and proteins, as well as integrated tools that allow researchers to browse these collections and choose subsets for further analysis, build phylogenetic trees, test primers and probes for coverage, and download aligned sequences. Additional FunGene tools are specialized to process coding gene amplicon data. For example, FrameBot produces frameshift-corrected protein and DNA sequences from raw reads while finding the most closely related protein reference sequence. These tools can help provide better insight into microbial communities by directly studying key genes involved in important ecological processes.

  13. Gene decay in archaea

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    M. W. J. van Passel

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The gene-dense chromosomes of archaea and bacteria were long thought to be devoid of pseudogenes, but with the massive increase in available genome sequences, whole genome comparisons between closely related species have identified mutations that have rendered numerous genes inactive. Comparative analyses of sequenced archaeal genomes revealed numerous pseudogenes, which can constitute up to 8.6% of the annotated coding sequences in some genomes. The largest proportion of pseudogenes is created by gene truncations, followed by frameshift mutations. Within archaeal genomes, large numbers of pseudogenes contain more than one inactivating mutation, suggesting that pseudogenes are deleted from the genome more slowly in archaea than in bacteria. Although archaea seem to retain pseudogenes longer than do bacteria, most archaeal genomes have unique repertoires of pseudogenes.

  14. A review on microcephaly genes

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    Irshad S.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available This review aims to summarize the recent findings regarding microcephaly genes. We have discussed the molecular genetics studies of microcephaly genes including a comprehensive appraisal of the seven mapped loci (MCPH1–MCPH7, their corresponding genes and protein products of the genes, their likely role in normal brain development and the details of the mutations reported in these genes.

  15. Gene therapy for skin diseases.

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    Gorell, Emily; Nguyen, Ngon; Lane, Alfred; Siprashvili, Zurab

    2014-04-01

    The skin possesses qualities that make it desirable for gene therapy, and studies have focused on gene therapy for multiple cutaneous diseases. Gene therapy uses a vector to introduce genetic material into cells to alter gene expression, negating a pathological process. This can be accomplished with a variety of viral vectors or nonviral administrations. Although results are promising, there are several potential pitfalls that must be addressed to improve the safety profile to make gene therapy widely available clinically.

  16. Gene Therapy for Skin Diseases

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    2014-01-01

    The skin possesses qualities that make it desirable for gene therapy, and studies have focused on gene therapy for multiple cutaneous diseases. Gene therapy uses a vector to introduce genetic material into cells to alter gene expression, negating a pathological process. This can be accomplished with a variety of viral vectors or nonviral administrations. Although results are promising, there are several potential pitfalls that must be addressed to improve the safety profile to make gene thera...

  17. Correlating Expression Data with Gene Function Using Gene Ontology

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    LIU,Qi; DENG,Yong; WANG,Chuan; SHI,Tie-Liu; LI,Yi-Xue

    2006-01-01

    Clustering is perhaps one of the most widely used tools for microarray data analysis. Proposed roles for genes of unknown function are inferred from clusters of genes similarity expressed across many biological conditions.However, whether function annotation by similarity metrics is reliable or not and to what extent the similarity in gene expression patterns is useful for annotation of gene functions, has not been evaluated. This paper made a comprehensive research on the correlation between the similarity of expression data and of gene functions using Gene Ontology. It has been found that although the similarity in expression patterns and the similarity in gene functions are significantly dependent on each other, this association is rather weak. In addition, among the three categories of Gene Ontology, the similarity of expression data is more useful for cellular component annotation than for biological process and molecular function. The results presented are interesting for the gene functions prediction research area.

  18. The gene tree delusion.

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    Springer, Mark S; Gatesy, John

    2016-01-01

    Higher-level relationships among placental mammals are mostly resolved, but several polytomies remain contentious. Song et al. (2012) claimed to have resolved three of these using shortcut coalescence methods (MP-EST, STAR) and further concluded that these methods, which assume no within-locus recombination, are required to unravel deep-level phylogenetic problems that have stymied concatenation. Here, we reanalyze Song et al.'s (2012) data and leverage these re-analyses to explore key issues in systematics including the recombination ratchet, gene tree stoichiometry, the proportion of gene tree incongruence that results from deep coalescence versus other factors, and simulations that compare the performance of coalescence and concatenation methods in species tree estimation. Song et al. (2012) reported an average locus length of 3.1 kb for the 447 protein-coding genes in their phylogenomic dataset, but the true mean length of these loci (start codon to stop codon) is 139.6 kb. Empirical estimates of recombination breakpoints in primates, coupled with consideration of the recombination ratchet, suggest that individual coalescence genes (c-genes) approach ∼12 bp or less for Song et al.'s (2012) dataset, three to four orders of magnitude shorter than the c-genes reported by these authors. This result has general implications for the application of coalescence methods in species tree estimation. We contend that it is illogical to apply coalescence methods to complete protein-coding sequences. Such analyses amalgamate c-genes with different evolutionary histories (i.e., exons separated by >100,000 bp), distort true gene tree stoichiometry that is required for accurate species tree inference, and contradict the central rationale for applying coalescence methods to difficult phylogenetic problems. In addition, Song et al.'s (2012) dataset of 447 genes includes 21 loci with switched taxonomic names, eight duplicated loci, 26 loci with non-homologous sequences that are

  19. Neighboring Genes Show Correlated Evolution in Gene Expression

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    Ghanbarian, Avazeh T.; Hurst, Laurence D.

    2015-01-01

    When considering the evolution of a gene’s expression profile, we commonly assume that this is unaffected by its genomic neighborhood. This is, however, in contrast to what we know about the lack of autonomy between neighboring genes in gene expression profiles in extant taxa. Indeed, in all eukaryotic genomes genes of similar expression-profile tend to cluster, reflecting chromatin level dynamics. Does it follow that if a gene increases expression in a particular lineage then the genomic neighbors will also increase in their expression or is gene expression evolution autonomous? To address this here we consider evolution of human gene expression since the human-chimp common ancestor, allowing for both variation in estimation of current expression level and error in Bayesian estimation of the ancestral state. We find that in all tissues and both sexes, the change in gene expression of a focal gene on average predicts the change in gene expression of neighbors. The effect is highly pronounced in the immediate vicinity (genes increasing their expression in humans tend to avoid nuclear lamina domains and be enriched for the gene activator 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, we conclude that, most probably owing to chromatin level control of gene expression, a change in gene expression of one gene likely affects the expression evolution of neighbors, what we term expression piggybacking, an analog of hitchhiking. PMID:25743543

  20. Searching for speciation genes

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    Holt, Benjamin George; Côté, Isabelle M; Emerson, Brent C

    2011-01-01

    Closely related species that show clear phenotypic divergence, but without obvious geographic barriers, can provide opportunities to study how diversification can occur when opportunities for allopatric speciation are limited. We examined genetic divergence in the coral reef fish genus Hypoplectr...... evidence for genes that may be associated with colour morphotype in the genus Hypoplectrus....

  1. Gene therapy in ophthalmology

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    Satagopan Uthra

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available It has been more than a year since ophthalmologists and scientists under Dr. Robin Ali′s team at the Moorsfield Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, successfully treated patients with a severely blinding disease, Leber′s congenital amaurosis (LCA using gene therapy. This success does not look to be transient, and this achievement in gene replacement therapy clinical trial for LCA has instilled hope in numerous families with patients suffering from this and similar retinal degenerative diseases, for whom restoration of lost vision has remained a distant dream so far. The encouragement that this success has given is expected to also lead to start of clinical trials for other blinding ocular diseases for which gene therapy experiments at the laboratory and animal levels have been successful. This article reviews the various studies that have led to the understanding of gene therapy outcomes in human ocular diseases and attempts to provide a brief sketch of successful clinical trials.

  2. Old genes experience stronger translational selection than young genes.

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    Yin, Hongyan; Ma, Lina; Wang, Guangyu; Li, Mengwei; Zhang, Zhang

    2016-09-15

    Selection on synonymous codon usage for translation efficiency and/or accuracy has been identified as a widespread mechanism in many living organisms. However, it remains unknown whether translational selection associates closely with gene age and acts differentially on genes with different evolutionary ages. To address this issue, here we investigate the strength of translational selection acting on different aged genes in human. Our results show that old genes present stronger translational selection than young genes, demonstrating that translational selection correlates positively with gene age. We further explore the difference of translational selection in duplicates vs. singletons and in housekeeping vs. tissue-specific genes. We find that translational selection acts comparably in old singletons and old duplicates and stronger translational selection in old genes is contributed primarily by housekeeping genes. For young genes, contrastingly, singletons experience stronger translational selection than duplicates, presumably due to redundant function of duplicated genes during their early evolutionary stage. Taken together, our results indicate that translational selection acting on a gene would not be constant during all stages of evolution, associating closely with gene age. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Genes2FANs: connecting genes through functional association networks

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    Dannenfelser Ruth

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Protein-protein, cell signaling, metabolic, and transcriptional interaction networks are useful for identifying connections between lists of experimentally identified genes/proteins. However, besides physical or co-expression interactions there are many ways in which pairs of genes, or their protein products, can be associated. By systematically incorporating knowledge on shared properties of genes from diverse sources to build functional association networks (FANs, researchers may be able to identify additional functional interactions between groups of genes that are not readily apparent. Results Genes2FANs is a web based tool and a database that utilizes 14 carefully constructed FANs and a large-scale protein-protein interaction (PPI network to build subnetworks that connect lists of human and mouse genes. The FANs are created from mammalian gene set libraries where mouse genes are converted to their human orthologs. The tool takes as input a list of human or mouse Entrez gene symbols to produce a subnetwork and a ranked list of intermediate genes that are used to connect the query input list. In addition, users can enter any PubMed search term and then the system automatically converts the returned results to gene lists using GeneRIF. This gene list is then used as input to generate a subnetwork from the user’s PubMed query. As a case study, we applied Genes2FANs to connect disease genes from 90 well-studied disorders. We find an inverse correlation between the counts of links connecting disease genes through PPI and links connecting diseases genes through FANs, separating diseases into two categories. Conclusions Genes2FANs is a useful tool for interpreting the relationships between gene/protein lists in the context of their various functions and networks. Combining functional association interactions with physical PPIs can be useful for revealing new biology and help form hypotheses for further experimentation. Our

  4. Industrial scale gene synthesis.

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    Notka, Frank; Liss, Michael; Wagner, Ralf

    2011-01-01

    The most recent developments in the area of deep DNA sequencing and downstream quantitative and functional analysis are rapidly adding a new dimension to understanding biochemical pathways and metabolic interdependencies. These increasing insights pave the way to designing new strategies that address public needs, including environmental applications and therapeutic inventions, or novel cell factories for sustainable and reconcilable energy or chemicals sources. Adding yet another level is building upon nonnaturally occurring networks and pathways. Recent developments in synthetic biology have created economic and reliable options for designing and synthesizing genes, operons, and eventually complete genomes. Meanwhile, high-throughput design and synthesis of extremely comprehensive DNA sequences have evolved into an enabling technology already indispensable in various life science sectors today. Here, we describe the industrial perspective of modern gene synthesis and its relationship with synthetic biology. Gene synthesis contributed significantly to the emergence of synthetic biology by not only providing the genetic material in high quality and quantity but also enabling its assembly, according to engineering design principles, in a standardized format. Synthetic biology on the other hand, added the need for assembling complex circuits and large complexes, thus fostering the development of appropriate methods and expanding the scope of applications. Synthetic biology has also stimulated interdisciplinary collaboration as well as integration of the broader public by addressing socioeconomic, philosophical, ethical, political, and legal opportunities and concerns. The demand-driven technological achievements of gene synthesis and the implemented processes are exemplified by an industrial setting of large-scale gene synthesis, describing production from order to delivery.

  5. Endovascular Gene Delivery from a Stent Platform: Gene- Eluting Stents.

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    Fishbein, Ilia; Chorny, Michael; Adamo, Richard F; Forbes, Scott P; Corrales, Ricardo A; Alferiev, Ivan S; Levy, Robert J

    A synergistic impact of research in the fields of post-angioplasty restenosis, drug-eluting stents and vascular gene therapy over the past 15 years has shaped the concept of gene-eluting stents. Gene-eluting stents hold promise of overcoming some biological and technical problems inherent to drug-eluting stent technology. As the field of gene-eluting stents matures it becomes evident that all three main design modules of a gene-eluting stent: a therapeutic transgene, a vector and a delivery system are equally important for accomplishing sustained inhibition of neointimal formation in arteries treated with gene delivery stents. This review summarizes prior work on stent-based gene delivery and discusses the main optimization strategies required to move the field of gene-eluting stents to clinical translation.

  6. Tumor-specific gene expression patterns with gene expression profiles

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    RUAN Xiaogang; LI Yingxin; LI Jiangeng; GONG Daoxiong; WANG Jinlian

    2006-01-01

    Gene expression profiles of 14 common tumors and their counterpart normal tissues were analyzed with machine learning methods to address the problem of selection of tumor-specific genes and analysis of their differential expressions in tumor tissues. First, a variation of the Relief algorithm, "RFE_Relief algorithm" was proposed to learn the relations between genes and tissue types. Then, a support vector machine was employed to find the gene subset with the best classification performance for distinguishing cancerous tissues and their counterparts. After tissue-specific genes were removed, cross validation experiments were employed to demonstrate the common deregulated expressions of the selected gene in tumor tissues. The results indicate the existence of a specific expression fingerprint of these genes that is shared in different tumor tissues, and the hallmarks of the expression patterns of these genes in cancerous tissues are summarized at the end of this paper.

  7. Entrez Gene: gene-centered information at NCBI.

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    Maglott, Donna; Ostell, Jim; Pruitt, Kim D; Tatusova, Tatiana

    2011-01-01

    Entrez Gene (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene) is National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)'s database for gene-specific information. Entrez Gene maintains records from genomes which have been completely sequenced, which have an active research community to submit gene-specific information, or which are scheduled for intense sequence analysis. The content represents the integration of curation and automated processing from NCBI's Reference Sequence project (RefSeq), collaborating model organism databases, consortia such as Gene Ontology and other databases within NCBI. Records in Entrez Gene are assigned unique, stable and tracked integers as identifiers. The content (nomenclature, genomic location, gene products and their attributes, markers, phenotypes and links to citations, sequences, variation details, maps, expression, homologs, protein domains and external databases) is available via interactive browsing through NCBI's Entrez system, via NCBI's Entrez programming utilities (E-Utilities) and for bulk transfer by FTP.

  8. Gene set analysis for longitudinal gene expression data

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    Piepho Hans-Peter

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Gene set analysis (GSA has become a successful tool to interpret gene expression profiles in terms of biological functions, molecular pathways, or genomic locations. GSA performs statistical tests for independent microarray samples at the level of gene sets rather than individual genes. Nowadays, an increasing number of microarray studies are conducted to explore the dynamic changes of gene expression in a variety of species and biological scenarios. In these longitudinal studies, gene expression is repeatedly measured over time such that a GSA needs to take into account the within-gene correlations in addition to possible between-gene correlations. Results We provide a robust nonparametric approach to compare the expressions of longitudinally measured sets of genes under multiple treatments or experimental conditions. The limiting distributions of our statistics are derived when the number of genes goes to infinity while the number of replications can be small. When the number of genes in a gene set is small, we recommend permutation tests based on our nonparametric test statistics to achieve reliable type I error and better power while incorporating unknown correlations between and within-genes. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed method has a greater power than other methods for various data distributions and heteroscedastic correlation structures. This method was used for an IL-2 stimulation study and significantly altered gene sets were identified. Conclusions The simulation study and the real data application showed that the proposed gene set analysis provides a promising tool for longitudinal microarray analysis. R scripts for simulating longitudinal data and calculating the nonparametric statistics are posted on the North Dakota INBRE website http://ndinbre.org/programs/bioinformatics.php. Raw microarray data is available in Gene Expression Omnibus (National Center for Biotechnology Information with

  9. Optimal Reference Genes for Gene Expression Normalization in Trichomonas vaginalis.

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    dos Santos, Odelta; de Vargas Rigo, Graziela; Frasson, Amanda Piccoli; Macedo, Alexandre José; Tasca, Tiana

    2015-01-01

    Trichomonas vaginalis is the etiologic agent of trichomonosis, the most common non-viral sexually transmitted disease worldwide. This infection is associated with several health consequences, including cervical and prostate cancers and HIV acquisition. Gene expression analysis has been facilitated because of available genome sequences and large-scale transcriptomes in T. vaginalis, particularly using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), one of the most used methods for molecular studies. Reference genes for normalization are crucial to ensure the accuracy of this method. However, to the best of our knowledge, a systematic validation of reference genes has not been performed for T. vaginalis. In this study, the transcripts of nine candidate reference genes were quantified using qRT-PCR under different cultivation conditions, and the stability of these genes was compared using the geNorm and NormFinder algorithms. The most stable reference genes were α-tubulin, actin and DNATopII, and, conversely, the widely used T. vaginalis reference genes GAPDH and β-tubulin were less stable. The PFOR gene was used to validate the reliability of the use of these candidate reference genes. As expected, the PFOR gene was upregulated when the trophozoites were cultivated with ferrous ammonium sulfate when the DNATopII, α-tubulin and actin genes were used as normalizing gene. By contrast, the PFOR gene was downregulated when the GAPDH gene was used as an internal control, leading to misinterpretation of the data. These results provide an important starting point for reference gene selection and gene expression analysis with qRT-PCR studies of T. vaginalis.

  10. Dominance from the perspective of gene-gene and gene-chemical interactions.

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    Gladki, Arkadiusz; Zielenkiewicz, Piotr; Kaczanowski, Szymon

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we used genetic interaction (GI) and gene-chemical interaction (GCI) data to compare mutations with different dominance phenotypes. Our analysis focused primarily on Saccharomyces cerevisiae, where haploinsufficient genes (HI; genes with dominant loss-of-function mutations) were found to be participating in gene expression processes, namely, the translation and regulation of gene transcription. Non-ribosomal HI genes (mainly regulators of gene transcription) were found to have more GIs and GCIs than haplosufficient (HS) genes. Several properties seem to lead to the enrichment of interactions, most notably, the following: importance, pleiotropy, gene expression level and gene expression variation. Importantly, after these properties were appropriately considered in the analysis, the correlation between dominance and GI/GCI degrees was still observed. Strikingly, for the GCIs of heterozygous strains, haploinsufficiency was the only property significantly correlated with the number of GCIs. We found ribosomal HI genes to be depleted in GIs/GCIs. This finding can be explained by their high variation in gene expression under different genetic backgrounds and environmental conditions. We observed the same distributions of GIs among non-ribosomal HI, ribosomal HI and HS genes in three other species: Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Drosophila melanogaster and Homo sapiens. One potentially interesting exception was the lack of significant differences in the degree of GIs between non-ribosomal HI and HS genes in Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

  11. Gene-gene interaction between tuberculosis candidate genes in a South African population.

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    de Wit, Erika; van der Merwe, Lize; van Helden, Paul D; Hoal, Eileen G

    2011-02-01

    In a complex disease such as tuberculosis (TB) it is increasingly evident that gene-gene interactions play a far more important role in an individual's susceptibility to develop the disease than single polymorphisms on their own, as one gene can enhance or hinder the expression of another gene. Gene-gene interaction analysis is a new approach to elucidate susceptibility to TB. The possibility of gene-gene interactions was assessed, focusing on 11 polymorphisms in nine genes (DC-SIGN, IFN-γ, IFNGR1, IL-8, IL-1Ra, MBL, NRAMP1, RANTES, and SP-D) that have been associated with TB, some repeatedly. An optimal model, which best describes and predicts TB case-control status, was constructed. Significant interactions were detected between eight pairs of variants. The models fitted the observed data extremely well, with p activation is greatly enhanced by IFN-γ and IFN-γ response elements that are present in the human NRAMP1 promoter region, providing further evidence for their interaction. This study enabled us to test the theory that disease outcome may be due to interaction of several gene effects. With eight instances of statistically significant gene-gene interactions, the importance of epistasis is clearly identifiable in this study. Methods for studying gene-gene interactions are based on a multilocus and multigene approach, consistent with the nature of complex-trait diseases, and may provide the paradigm for future genetic studies of TB.

  12. Gene doping in modern sport.

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    MAREK SAWCZUK

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The subject of this paper is gene doping, which should be understood as "he non-therapeutic use of cells, genes, genetic elements, or of the modulation of gene expression, having the capacity to improve athletic performance". The authors of this work, based on the review of literature and previous research, make an attempt at wider characterization of gene doping and the discussion of related potential threats.Methods: This is a comprehensive survey of literature on the latest applications of molecular biology in medicine. The analysis involves a dozen scientific databases examined in order to find genes used in gene therapy and potentially useful in gene doping. Results: The obtained results enable better recognition of gene doping and indicate genes used in medicine that could be used in gene doping. This paper describes potential effects of their use and associated risk, and predicts the possible developments of gene doping in the future. Conclusion: Gene doping is undoubtedly a part of modern sport. Although WADA included gene doping on the list of banned methods as early as 2004, as previously stated above, it has not managed to develop efficient methods of detection.

  13. [Gene pool and gene geography of the USSR population].

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    Rychkov, Iu G; Balanovskaia, E V

    1992-01-01

    Gene pool and gene geography are discussed from the point of view of their conceptual history beginning from the original concept of A.S. Serebrovskiĭ (1928). Difference between the present-day gene geography and gene geography of gene pool is accentuated: the former only represents a portion of the latter. Historical and territorial integrity of the USSR population gene pool, in conjunction with its huge diversity, is the main problem being analysed by various means of computerized genetic cartography. Coupled with the gene frequency mapping, following methods were also used: mapping of average heterozygosity, of interpopulation differentiation, of principal component scores and mapping of geographical trend for each mapped genetic parameter. The work is based on 100 allelic genes and haplotypes from 30 independent loci studied on the average in 225 local populations. Statistical analysis of gene geographical maps is based on 3975 nodes of regular cartographic net for the USSR territory. The wind rose of systematic changes in the USSR gene pool has three main geographic orientations: W-E, SW-NE and S-N. At the same time, there are only two main systematic forces of gene pool evolution: the force of social history with predominant W-E orientation and the force of natural history with predominant S-N orientation of their actions. The heterozygosity level of gene pool declines strictly in accordance with the resultant in the SW-NE direction.

  14. Immunotherapy and gene therapy.

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    Simpson, Elizabeth

    2004-02-01

    The Immunotherapy and Gene Therapy meeting of the Academy of Medical Sciences reviewed the state-of-the-art and translational prospects for therapeutic interventions aimed at killing tumor cells, correcting genetic defects and developing vaccines for chronic infections. Crucial basic science concepts and information about dendritic cells, the structure and function of T-cell receptors, and manipulation of the immune response by cytokine antagonists and peptides were presented. This information underpins vaccine design and delivery, as well as attempts to immunomodulate autoimmune disease. Results from studies using anticancer DNA vaccines, which include appropriate signals for both the innate and adaptive immune response, were presented in several talks. The vaccines incorporated helper epitopes and cancer target epitopes such as immunoglobulin idiotypes (for lymphomas and myelomas), melanoma-associated antigens (for melanoma and other solid tumors) and minor histocompatibility antigens (for leukemia). The results of using vaccines employing similar principles and designed to reduce viral load in HIV/AIDS patients were also presented. The introduction of suicide genes incorporating the bacterial enzyme nitroreductase gene (ntr) targeted at tumor cells prior to administration of the prodrug CB-1954, converted by ntr into a toxic alkylating agent, was discussed against the background of clinical trials and improved suicide gene design. The introduction into hematopoietic stem cells of missing genes for the common gamma-chain, deficiency of which causes severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), used similar retroviral transduction. The outcome of treating six SCID patients in the UK, and ten in France was successful immune reconstitution in the majority of patients, but in two of the French cases a complication of lymphoproliferative disease due to insertional mutagenesis was observed. The adoptive transfer of T-cells specific for minor histocompatibility antigens (for

  15. SOX genes: architects of development.

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    Prior, H M; Walter, M A

    1996-07-01

    Development in higher organisms involves complex genetic regulation at the molecular level. The emerging picture of development control includes several families of master regulatory genes which can affect the expression of down-stream target genes in developmental cascade pathways. One new family of such development regulators is the SOX gene family. The SOX genes are named for a shared motif called the SRY box a region homologous to the DNA-binding domain of SRY, the mammalian sex determining gene. Like SRY, SOX genes play important roles in chordate development. At least a dozen human SOX genes have been identified and partially characterized (Tables 1 and 2). Mutations in SOX9 have recently been linked to campomelic dysplasia and autosomal sex reversal, and other SOX genes may also be associated with human disease.

  16. Brains, genes, and primates.

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    Izpisua Belmonte, Juan Carlos; Callaway, Edward M; Caddick, Sarah J; Churchland, Patricia; Feng, Guoping; Homanics, Gregg E; Lee, Kuo-Fen; Leopold, David A; Miller, Cory T; Mitchell, Jude F; Mitalipov, Shoukhrat; Moutri, Alysson R; Movshon, J Anthony; Okano, Hideyuki; Reynolds, John H; Ringach, Dario; Sejnowski, Terrence J; Silva, Afonso C; Strick, Peter L; Wu, Jun; Zhang, Feng

    2015-05-06

    One of the great strengths of the mouse model is the wide array of genetic tools that have been developed. Striking examples include methods for directed modification of the genome, and for regulated expression or inactivation of genes. Within neuroscience, it is now routine to express reporter genes, neuronal activity indicators, and opsins in specific neuronal types in the mouse. However, there are considerable anatomical, physiological, cognitive, and behavioral differences between the mouse and the human that, in some areas of inquiry, limit the degree to which insights derived from the mouse can be applied to understanding human neurobiology. Several recent advances have now brought into reach the goal of applying these tools to understanding the primate brain. Here we describe these advances, consider their potential to advance our understanding of the human brain and brain disorders, discuss bioethical considerations, and describe what will be needed to move forward.

  17. Alphaviruses in Gene Therapy

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    Kenneth Lundstrom

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Alphaviruses are enveloped single stranded RNA viruses, which as gene therapy vectors provide high-level transient gene expression. Semliki Forest virus (SFV, Sindbis virus (SIN and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis (VEE virus have been engineered as efficient replication-deficient and -competent expression vectors. Alphavirus vectors have frequently been used as vehicles for tumor vaccine generation. Moreover, SFV and SIN vectors have been applied for intratumoral injections in animals implanted with tumor xenografts. SIN vectors have demonstrated natural tumor targeting, which might permit systemic vector administration. Another approach for systemic delivery of SFV has been to encapsulate replication-deficient viral particles in liposomes, which can provide passive targeting to tumors and allow repeated administration without host immune responses. This approach has demonstrated safe delivery of encapsulated SFV particles to melanoma and kidney carcinoma patients in a phase I trial. Finally, the prominent neurotropism of alphaviruses make them attractive for the treatment of CNS-related diseases.

  18. Gene Disease Diagnostic System

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    黄国亮; 张腾飞; 程京; 周玉祥; 刘诚迅; 金国藩; 邬敏贤; 严瑛白; 杨蓉

    2002-01-01

    Binary optics, where the optical element can be fabricated on a thin glass plate with micro-ion-etching film layer, has been widely applied in recent years. A novel optical scanning system for gene disease diagnostics described in this paper has four kinds of optical devices, including beam splitters, an array lens, an array filter and detection arrays. A software was developed to design the binary optics system using an iterative method. Two beam splitters were designed and fabricated, which can divide a beam into a 9×9 array or into a 13×13 array. The beam splitters have good diffraction efficiencies (>70%) and an even energy distribution. The gene disease diagnostic system is a portable biochip and binary optics technology. The binary optical devices in the non-confocal scanning system can raise the fluorescence detection sensitivity of the micro-array hybrid biochip.

  19. Gene therapy for mucopolysaccharidosis

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    Ponder, Katherine P; Haskins, Mark E

    2012-01-01

    Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are due to deficiencies in activities of lysosomal enzymes that degrade glycosaminoglycans. Some attempts at gene therapy for MPS in animal models have involved intravenous injection of vectors derived from an adeno-associated virus (AAV), adenovirus, retrovirus or a plasmid, which primarily results in expression in liver and secretion of the relevant enzyme into blood. Most vectors can correct disease in liver and spleen, although correction in other organs including the brain requires high enzyme activity in the blood. Alternative approaches are to transduce hematopoietic stem cells, or to inject a vector locally into difficult-to-reach sites such as the brain. Gene therapy holds great promise for providing a long-lasting therapeutic effect for MPS if safety issues can be resolved. PMID:17727324

  20. Some virulence genes of Escherichia coli isolated from cloacal swabs of healthy Alagoas Curassows (Pauxi mitu in Brazil Alguns genes de virulência de Escherichia coli isoladas de mutuns-do-nordeste (Pauxi mitu sadios no Brasil

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    André A.B. Saidenberg

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    são raras, tanto em vida livre quanto em cativeiro. Neste estudo a presença de Escherichia coli foi avaliada em 23 mutuns-do-nordeste sadios de dois criatórios particulares. E. coli foi isolada a partir de suabes cloacais, em seguida, foi avaliada a presença de genes que codificam fator citotóxico necrotizante 1 (cnf1, alfa-hemolisina (hly, produção de aerobactina (iuc e resistência sérica (iss e genes que codificam os seguintes fatores de virulência: fímbria S (sfa, pili associado à pielonefrite (pap e hemaglutinina termosensível (tsh. E. coli foi isolada de 78,3% (18/23 das aves e o percentual de mutuns positivos para E. coli foi semelhante entre as duas criações. De 22 isolados de E. coli, 15 (68,2% foram positivos para pelo menos um fator de virulência pela PCR e o gene mais frequente foi o iss (50%. Nenhuma ave apresentava sinal clínico de doença, no entanto, a presença de determinadas cepas de E. coli pode representar uma preocupação em relação às aves silvestres mantidas em cativeiro. Estudos adicionais de monitoria do status sanitário do plantel são essenciais para garantir o sucesso de futuros programas de conservação de cracídeos ameaçados no Brasil.

  1. Gene Porter Bridwell

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    Gene Porter Bridwell served as the director of the Marshall Space Flight Center from January 6, 1994 until February 3, 1996, when he retired from NASA after thirty-four years service. Bridwell, a Marshall employee since 1962, had been Marshall's Space Shuttle Projects Office Director and Space Station Redesign Team deputy manager. Under Bridwell, Marshall worked to develop its role as a Center of Excellence for propulsion and for providing access to space.

  2. Gene Porter Bridwell

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    1994-01-01

    Gene Porter Bridwell served as the director of the Marshall Space Flight Center from January 6, 1994 until February 3, 1996, when he retired from NASA after thirty-four years service. Bridwell, a Marshall employee since 1962, had been Marshall's Space Shuttle Projects Office Director and Space Station Redesign Team deputy manager. Under Bridwell, Marshall worked to develop its role as a Center of Excellence for propulsion and for providing access to space.

  3. Epigenetics: beyond genes

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    Fossey, A

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available to neighbouring euchromatic genes, known as position effect variegation and can be transmitted through mitosis, forming the basis of epigenetic inheritance from one cell generation to another; creating cellular memory (Brzeski and Jerzmanowski, 2004... life form, supports meiosis that produces haploid male and female spores and initiates the gametophytic generation. Gametogenesis and subsequent fertilisation take place when gametophytic and sporophytic structures interact. The product...

  4. PRRT2 gene mutations

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    Gardiner, Alice R.; Bhatia, Kailash P.; Stamelou, Maria; Dale, Russell C.; Kurian, Manju A.; Schneider, Susanne A.; Wali, G.M.; Counihan, Tim; Schapira, Anthony H.; Spacey, Sian D.; Valente, Enza-Maria; Silveira-Moriyama, Laura; Teive, Hélio A.G.; Raskin, Salmo; Sander, Josemir W.; Lees, Andrew; Warner, Tom; Kullmann, Dimitri M.; Wood, Nicholas W.; Hanna, Michael

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    ABSTRACT Objective: The proline-rich transmembrane protein (PRRT2) gene was recently identified using exome sequencing as the cause of autosomal dominant paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (PKD) with or without infantile convulsions (IC) (PKD/IC syndrome). Episodic neurologic disorders, such as epilepsy, migraine, and paroxysmal movement disorders, often coexist and are thought to have a shared channel-related etiology. To investigate further the frequency, spectrum, and phenotype of PRRT2 mutations, we analyzed this gene in 3 large series of episodic neurologic disorders with PKD/IC, episodic ataxia (EA), and hemiplegic migraine (HM). Methods: The PRRT2 gene was sequenced in 58 family probands/sporadic individuals with PKD/IC, 182 with EA, 128 with HM, and 475 UK and 96 Asian controls. Results: PRRT2 genetic mutations were identified in 28 out of 58 individuals with PKD/IC (48%), 1/182 individuals with EA, and 1/128 individuals with HM. A number of loss-of-function and coding missense mutations were identified; the most common mutation found was the p.R217Pfs*8 insertion. Males were more frequently affected than females (ratio 52:32). There was a high proportion of PRRT2 mutations found in families and sporadic cases with PKD associated with migraine or HM (10 out of 28). One family had EA with HM and another large family had typical HM alone. Conclusions: This work expands the phenotype of mutations in the PRRT2 gene to include the frequent occurrence of migraine and HM with PKD/IC, and the association of mutations with EA and HM and with familial HM alone. We have also extended the PRRT2 mutation type and frequency in PKD and other episodic neurologic disorders. PMID:23077024

  5. Gene therapy in gastric cancer

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    Xu Chang-tai; Guo Xue-gang; Pan Bo-rong

    2003-01-01

    @@ 1 Introduction We have reviewed the gene therapy in gastrointestinal diseases[1]. Gastric cancer is common in China[2~20] ,and its early diagnosis andtreatment are still difficult up to now[13~36]. The expression of anexogenous gene introduced by gene therapy into patients with gliomascan be monitored non- invasively by positron- emission tomography[4]. In recent years, gene study in cancer is a hotspot, and great progress hasbeen achieved[33~41].

  6. Gene therapy for gastric diseases.

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    Fumoto, Shintaro; Nishi, Junya; Nakamura, Junzo; Nishida, Koyo

    2008-01-01

    Gene therapy for gastric cancer and gastric ulcer is a rationalized strategy since various genes correlate with these diseases. Since gene expressions in non-target tissues/cells cause side effects, a selective gene delivery system targeted to the stomach and/or cancer must be developed. The route of vector transfer (direct injection, systemic, intraperitoneal, gastric serosal surface and oral administration) is an important issue which can determine efficacy and safety. Strategies for cancer...

  7. Genealogy and gene trees.

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    Rasmuson, Marianne

    2008-02-01

    Heredity can be followed in persons or in genes. Persons can be identified only a few generations back, but simplified models indicate that universal ancestors to all now living persons have occurred in the past. Genetic variability can be characterized as variants of DNA sequences. Data are available only from living persons, but from the pattern of variation gene trees can be inferred by means of coalescence models. The merging of lines backwards in time leads to a MRCA (most recent common ancestor). The time and place of living for this inferred person can give insights in human evolutionary history. Demographic processes are incorporated in the model, but since culture and customs are known to influence demography the models used ought to be tested against available genealogy. The Icelandic data base offers a possibility to do so and points to some discrepancies. Mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome patterns give a rather consistent view of human evolutionary history during the latest 100 000 years but the earlier epochs of human evolution demand gene trees with longer branches. The results of such studies reveal as yet unsolved problems about the sources of our genome.

  8. Gene-gene and gene-environmental interactions of childhood asthma: a multifactor dimension reduction approach.

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    Ming-Wei Su

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The importance of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions on asthma is well documented in literature, but a systematic analysis on the interaction between various genetic and environmental factors is still lacking. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We conducted a population-based, case-control study comprised of seventh-grade children from 14 Taiwanese communities. A total of 235 asthmatic cases and 1,310 non-asthmatic controls were selected for DNA collection and genotyping. We examined the gene-gene and gene-environment interactions between 17 single-nucleotide polymorphisms in antioxidative, inflammatory and obesity-related genes, and childhood asthma. Environmental exposures and disease status were obtained from parental questionnaires. The model-free and non-parametrical multifactor dimensionality reduction (MDR method was used for the analysis. A three-way gene-gene interaction was elucidated between the gene coding glutathione S-transferase P (GSTP1, the gene coding interleukin-4 receptor alpha chain (IL4Ra and the gene coding insulin induced gene 2 (INSIG2 on the risk of lifetime asthma. The testing-balanced accuracy on asthma was 57.83% with a cross-validation consistency of 10 out of 10. The interaction of preterm birth and indoor dampness had the highest training-balanced accuracy at 59.09%. Indoor dampness also interacted with many genes, including IL13, beta-2 adrenergic receptor (ADRB2, signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6. We also used likelihood ratio tests for interaction and chi-square tests to validate our results and all tests showed statistical significance. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The results of this study suggest that GSTP1, INSIG2 and IL4Ra may influence the lifetime asthma susceptibility through gene-gene interactions in schoolchildren. Home dampness combined with each one of the genes STAT6, IL13 and ADRB2 could raise the asthma risk.

  9. Gene therapy of cancer and development of therapeutic target gene

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    Kim, Chang Min; Kwon, Hee Chung

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    We applied HSV-tk/GCV strategy to orthotopic rat hepatoma model and showed anticancer effects of hepatoma. The increased expression of Lac Z gene after adenovirus-mediated gene delivery throughout hepatic artery was thought that is increased the possibility of gene therapy for curing hepatoma. With the construction of kGLP-laboratory, it is possible to produce a good quantity and quality of adenovirus in lage-scale production and purification of adenovirus vector. Also, the analysis of hepatoma related genes by PCR-LOH could be used for the diagnosis of patients and the development of therapeutic gene.

  10. Independent Gene Discovery and Testing

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    Palsule, Vrushalee; Coric, Dijana; Delancy, Russell; Dunham, Heather; Melancon, Caleb; Thompson, Dennis; Toms, Jamie; White, Ashley; Shultz, Jeffry

    2010-01-01

    A clear understanding of basic gene structure is critical when teaching molecular genetics, the central dogma and the biological sciences. We sought to create a gene-based teaching project to improve students' understanding of gene structure and to integrate this into a research project that can be implemented by instructors at the secondary level…

  11. Compositional gradients in Gramineae genes

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    Wong, Gane Ka-Shu; Wang, Jun; Tao, Lin

    2002-01-01

    In this study, we describe a property of Gramineae genes, and perhaps all monocot genes, that is not observed in eudicot genes. Along the direction of transcription, beginning at the junction of the 5'-UTR and the coding region, there are gradients in GC content, codon usage, and amino-acid usage...

  12. Decationized polyplexes for gene delivery

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    Novo, L.; Mastrobattista, E.; Nostrum, van C.F.; Lammers, T.G.G.M.; Hennink, W.E.

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    Gene therapy has received much attention in the field of drug delivery. Synthetic, nonviral gene delivery systems have gained increasing attention as vectors for gene therapy mainly due to a favorable immunogenicity profile and ease of manufacturing as compared to viral vectors. The great majority o

  13. Ascidian gene-expression profiles

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    Jeffery, William R.

    2002-01-01

    With the advent of gene-expression profiling, a large number of genes can now be investigated simultaneously during critical stages of development. This approach will be particularly informative in studies of ascidians, basal chordates whose genomes and embryology are uniquely suited for mapping developmental gene networks.

  14. Internal tandem duplication of the FLT3 gene confers poor overall survival in patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia treated with all-trans retinoic acid and anthracycline-based chemotherapy: an International Consortium on Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia study.

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    Lucena-Araujo, Antonio R; Kim, Haesook T; Jacomo, Rafael H; Melo, Raul A; Bittencourt, Rosane; Pasquini, Ricardo; Pagnano, Katia; Fagundes, Evandro M; Chauffaille, Maria de Lourdes; Chiattone, Carlos S; Lima, Ana Silvia; Ruiz-Argüelles, Guillermo; Undurraga, Maria Soledad; Martinez, Lem; Kwaan, Hau C; Gallagher, Robert; Niemeyer, Charlotte M; Schrier, Stanley L; Tallman, Martin S; Grimwade, David; Ganser, Arnold; Berliner, Nancy; Ribeiro, Raul C; Lo-Coco, Francesco; Löwenberg, Bob; Sanz, Miguel A; Rego, Eduardo M

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    Activating internal tandem duplication (ITD) mutations in the fms-like tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) gene (FLT3-ITD) are associated with poor outcome in acute myeloid leukemia, but their prognostic impact in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) remains controversial. Here, we screened for FLT3-ITD mutations in 171 APL patients, treated with all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and anthracycline-based chemotherapy. We identified FLT3-ITD mutations in 35 patients (20 %). FLT3-ITD mutations were associated with higher white blood cell counts (P < 0.0001), relapse-risk score (P = 0.0007), higher hemoglobin levels (P = 0.0004), higher frequency of the microgranular morphology (M3v) subtype (P = 0.03), and the short PML/RARA (BCR3) isoform (P < 0.0001). After a median follow-up of 38 months, FLT3-ITD(positive) patients had a lower 3-year overall survival rate (62 %) compared with FLT3-ITD(negative) patients (82 %) (P = 0.006). The prognostic impact of FLT3-ITD on survival was retained in multivariable analysis (hazard ratio: 2.39, 95 % confidence interval [CI] 1.17-4.89; P = 0.017). Nevertheless, complete remission (P = 0.07), disease-free survival (P = 0.24), and the cumulative incidence of relapse (P = 0.94) rates were not significantly different between groups. We can conclude that FLT3-ITD mutations are associated with several hematologic features in APL, in particular with high white blood cell counts. In addition, FLT3-ITD may independently predict a shorter survival in patients with APL treated with ATRA and anthracycline-based chemotherapy.

  15. Gene electrotransfer in clinical trials

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    Gehl, Julie

    2014-01-01

    Electroporation is increasingly being used for delivery of chemotherapy to tumors. Likewise, gene delivery by electroporation is rapidly gaining momentum for both vaccination purposes and for delivery of genes coding for other therapeutic molecules, such as chronic diseases or cancer. This chapte...... describes how gene therapy may be performed using electric pulses to enhance uptake and expression.......Electroporation is increasingly being used for delivery of chemotherapy to tumors. Likewise, gene delivery by electroporation is rapidly gaining momentum for both vaccination purposes and for delivery of genes coding for other therapeutic molecules, such as chronic diseases or cancer. This chapter...

  16. Gene therapy of liver cancer

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    Ruben Hernandez-Alcoceba; Bruno Sangro; Jesus Prieto

    2006-01-01

    The application of gene transfer technologies to the treatment of cancer has led to the development of new experimental approaches like gene directed enzyme/prodrug therapy (GDEPT), inhibition of oncogenes and restoration of tumor-suppressor genes. In addition,gene therapy has a big impact on other fields like cancer immunotherapy, anti-angiogenic therapy and virotherapy.These strategies are being evaluated for the treatment of primary and metastatic liver cancer and some of them have reached clinical phases. We present a review on the basis and the actual status of gene therapy approaches applied to liver cancer.

  17. Classifying genes to the correct Gene Ontology Slim term in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using neighbouring genes with classification learning

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    Tsatsoulis Costas; Amthauer Heather A

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background There is increasing evidence that gene location and surrounding genes influence the functionality of genes in the eukaryotic genome. Knowing the Gene Ontology Slim terms associated with a gene gives us insight into a gene's functionality by informing us how its gene product behaves in a cellular context using three different ontologies: molecular function, biological process, and cellular component. In this study, we analyzed if we could classify a gene in Saccharomyces ce...

  18. Gene finding in novel genomes

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    Korf Ian

    2004-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Computational gene prediction continues to be an important problem, especially for genomes with little experimental data. Results I introduce the SNAP gene finder which has been designed to be easily adaptable to a variety of genomes. In novel genomes without an appropriate gene finder, I demonstrate that employing a foreign gene finder can produce highly inaccurate results, and that the most compatible parameters may not come from the nearest phylogenetic neighbor. I find that foreign gene finders are more usefully employed to bootstrap parameter estimation and that the resulting parameters can be highly accurate. Conclusion Since gene prediction is sensitive to species-specific parameters, every genome needs a dedicated gene finder.

  19. GeneDistiller--distilling candidate genes from linkage intervals.

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    Dominik Seelow

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Linkage studies often yield intervals containing several hundred positional candidate genes. Different manual or automatic approaches exist for the determination of the gene most likely to cause the disease. While the manual search is very flexible and takes advantage of the researchers' background knowledge and intuition, it may be very cumbersome to collect and study the relevant data. Automatic solutions on the other hand usually focus on certain models, remain "black boxes" and do not offer the same degree of flexibility. METHODOLOGY: We have developed a web-based application that combines the advantages of both approaches. Information from various data sources such as gene-phenotype associations, gene expression patterns and protein-protein interactions was integrated into a central database. Researchers can select which information for the genes within a candidate interval or for single genes shall be displayed. Genes can also interactively be filtered, sorted and prioritised according to criteria derived from the background knowledge and preconception of the disease under scrutiny. CONCLUSIONS: GeneDistiller provides knowledge-driven, fully interactive and intuitive access to multiple data sources. It displays maximum relevant information, while saving the user from drowning in the flood of data. A typical query takes less than two seconds, thus allowing an interactive and explorative approach to the hunt for the candidate gene. ACCESS: GeneDistiller can be freely accessed at http://www.genedistiller.org.

  20. RANGE: Gene Transfer of Reversibly Controlled Polycistronic Genes

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    Yiwei Chen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We developed a single vector recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV expression system for spatial and reversible control of polycistronic gene expression. Our approach (i integrates the advantages of the tetracycline (Tet-controlled transcriptional silencer tTSKid and the self-cleaving 2A peptide bridge, (ii combines essential regulatory components as an autoregulatory loop, (iii simplifies the gene delivery scheme, and (iv regulates multiple genes in a synchronized manner. Controlled by an upstream Tet-responsive element (TRE, both the ubiquitous chicken β-actin promoter (CAG and the neuron-specific synapsin-1 promoter (Syn could regulate expression of tTSKid together with two 2A-linked reporter genes. Transduction in vitro exhibited maximally 50-fold regulation by doxycycline (Dox. Determined by gene delivery method as well as promoter, highly specific tissues were transduced in vivo. Bioluminescence imaging (BLI visualized reversible “ON/OFF” gene switches over repeated “Doxy-Cycling” in living mice. Thus, the reversible rAAV-mediated N-cistronic gene expression system, termed RANGE, may serve as a versatile tool to achieve reversible polycistronic gene regulation for the study of gene function as well as gene therapy.

  1. RANGE: Gene Transfer of Reversibly Controlled Polycistronic Genes.

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    Chen, Yiwei; Cao, Liji; Luo, Chonglin; Ditzel, Désirée Aw; Peter, Jörg; Sprengel, Rolf

    2013-04-09

    We developed a single vector recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV) expression system for spatial and reversible control of polycistronic gene expression. Our approach (i) integrates the advantages of the tetracycline (Tet)-controlled transcriptional silencer tTS(Kid) and the self-cleaving 2A peptide bridge, (ii) combines essential regulatory components as an autoregulatory loop, (iii) simplifies the gene delivery scheme, and (iv) regulates multiple genes in a synchronized manner. Controlled by an upstream Tet-responsive element (TRE), both the ubiquitous chicken β-actin promoter (CAG) and the neuron-specific synapsin-1 promoter (Syn) could regulate expression of tTS(Kid) together with two 2A-linked reporter genes. Transduction in vitro exhibited maximally 50-fold regulation by doxycycline (Dox). Determined by gene delivery method as well as promoter, highly specific tissues were transduced in vivo. Bioluminescence imaging (BLI) visualized reversible "ON/OFF" gene switches over repeated "Doxy-Cycling" in living mice. Thus, the reversible rAAV-mediated N-cistronic gene expression system, termed RANGE, may serve as a versatile tool to achieve reversible polycistronic gene regulation for the study of gene function as well as gene therapy.Molecular Therapy - Nucleic Acids (2013) 2, e85; doi:10.1038/mtna.2013.15; published online 9 April 2013.

  2. Genes, Children and Pediatricians

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    Joana Correia

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    Full Text Available A male newborn, presenting hipotonia and posterior parietal bossing, developed, in the first 12 hours of life, refusal to feed and hypoglycaemia. A cranial ultrasound, skull X-ray and CT scan revealed an occipital and parietal fracture with an underlying haematoma and extensive extracranial soft-tissue swelling. He was submitted to surgical drainage. After 24 hours: new intracerebral bleeding. At the age of two-months he presented abnormal skin and sparse kinky hair. Serum copper and caeruloplasmin levels were below the normal range. Molecular diagnosis of Menkes disease was made by the identification of a new mutation in ATP7A gene.

  3. MUTATIONS IN CALMODULIN GENES

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    The present invention relates to an isolated polynucleotide encoding at least a part of calmodulin and an isolated polypeptide comprising at least a part of a calmodulin protein, wherein the polynucleotide and the polypeptide comprise at least one mutation associated with a cardiac disorder. The ...... the binding of calmodulin to ryanodine receptor 2 and use of such compound in a treatment of an individual having a cardiac disorder. The invention further provides a kit that can be used to detect specific mutations in calmodulin encoding genes....

  4. MUTATIONS IN CALMODULIN GENES

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    The present invention relates to an isolated polynucleotide encoding at least a part of calmodulin and an isolated polypeptide comprising at least a part of a calmodulin protein, wherein the polynucleotide and the polypeptide comprise at least one mutation associated with a cardiac disorder...... the binding of calmodulin to ryanodine receptor 2 and use of such compound in a treatment of an individual having a cardiac disorder. The invention further provides a kit that can be used to detect specific mutations in calmodulin encoding genes....

  5. Genes and Disease: Prader-Willi Syndrome

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    ... MD): National Center for Biotechnology Information (US); 1998-. Genes and Disease [Internet]. Show details National Center for ... 45K) PDF version of this title (3.8M) Gene sequence Genome view see gene locations Entrez Gene ...

  6. Alcoholism: genes and mechanisms.

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    Oroszi, Gabor; Goldman, David

    2004-12-01

    Alcoholism is a chronic relapsing/remitting disease that is frequently unrecognized and untreated, in part because of the partial efficacy of treatment. Only approximately one-third of patients remain abstinent and one-third have fully relapsed 1 year after withdrawal from alcohol, with treated patients doing substantially better than untreated [1]. The partial effectiveness of strategies for prevention and treatment, and variation in clinical course and side effects, represent a challenge and an opportunity to better understand the neurobiology of addiction. The strong heritability of alcoholism suggests the existence of inherited functional variants of genes that alter the metabolism of alcohol and variants of other genes that alter the neurobiologies of reward, executive cognitive function, anxiety/dysphoria, and neuronal plasticity. Each of these neurobiologies has been identified as a critical domain in the addictions. Functional alleles that alter alcoholism-related intermediate phenotypes include common alcohol dehydrogenase 1B and aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 variants that cause the aversive flushing reaction; catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met leading to differences in three aspects of neurobiology: executive cognitive function, stress/anxiety response, and opioid function; opioid receptor micro1 (OPRM1) Asn40Asp, which may serve as a gatekeeper molecule in the action of naltrexone, a drug used in alcoholism treatment; and HTTLPR, which alters serotonin transporter function and appears to affect stress response and anxiety/dysphoria, which are factors relevant to initial vulnerability, the process of addiction, and relapse.

  7. Tetraspanin genes in plants.

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    Wang, Feng; Vandepoele, Klaas; Van Lijsebettens, Mieke

    2012-07-01

    Tetraspanins represent a four-transmembrane protein superfamily with a conserved structure and amino acid residues that are present in mammals, insects, fungi and plants. Tetraspanins interact with each other or with other membrane proteins to form tetraspanin-enriched microdomains that play important roles in development, pathogenesis and immune responses via facilitating cell-cell adhesion and fusion, ligand binding and intracellular trafficking. Here, we emphasize evolutionary aspects within the plant kingdom based on genomic sequence information. A phylogenetic tree based on 155 tetraspanin genes of 11 plant species revealed ancient and fast evolving clades. Tetraspanins were only present in multicellular plants, were often duplicated in the plant genomes and predicted by the electronic Fluorescent Pictograph for gene expression analysis to be either functionally redundant or divergent. Tetraspanins contain a large extracellular loop with conserved cysteines that provide the binding sites for the interactions. The Arabidopsis thaliana TETRASPANIN1/TORNADO2/EKEKO has a function in leaf and root patterning and TETRASPANIN3 was identified in the plasmodesmatal proteome, suggesting a role in cell-cell communication during plant development.

  8. Improvements to cardiovascular gene ontology.

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    Lovering, Ruth C; Dimmer, Emily C; Talmud, Philippa J

    2009-07-01

    Gene Ontology (GO) provides a controlled vocabulary to describe the attributes of genes and gene products in any organism. Although one might initially wonder what relevance a 'controlled vocabulary' might have for cardiovascular science, such a resource is proving highly useful for researchers investigating complex cardiovascular disease phenotypes as well as those interpreting results from high-throughput methodologies. GO enables the current functional knowledge of individual genes to be used to annotate genomic or proteomic datasets. In this way, the GO data provides a very effective way of linking biological knowledge with the analysis of the large datasets of post-genomics research. Consequently, users of high-throughput methodologies such as expression arrays or proteomics will be the main beneficiaries of such annotation sets. However, as GO annotations increase in quality and quantity, groups using small-scale approaches will gradually begin to benefit too. For example, genome wide association scans for coronary heart disease are identifying novel genes, with previously unknown connections to cardiovascular processes, and the comprehensive annotation of these novel genes might provide clues to their cardiovascular link. At least 4000 genes, to date, have been implicated in cardiovascular processes and an initiative is underway to focus on annotating these genes for the benefit of the cardiovascular community. In this article we review the current uses of Gene Ontology annotation to highlight why Gene Ontology should be of interest to all those involved in cardiovascular research.

  9. Chromatin analysis of occluded genes

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    Lee, Jae Hyun; Gaetz, Jedidiah; Bugarija, Branimir; Fernandes, Croydon J.; Snyder, Gregory E.; Bush, Eliot C.; Lahn, Bruce T.

    2009-01-01

    We recently described two opposing states of transcriptional competency. One is termed ‘competent’ whereby a gene is capable of responding to trans-acting transcription factors of the cell, such that it is active if appropriate transcriptional activators are present, though it can also be silent if activators are absent or repressors are present. The other is termed ‘occluded’ whereby a gene is silenced by cis-acting, chromatin-based mechanisms in a manner that blocks it from responding to trans-acting factors, such that it is silent even when activators are present in the cellular milieu. We proposed that gene occlusion is a mechanism by which differentiated cells stably maintain their phenotypic identities. Here, we describe chromatin analysis of occluded genes. We found that DNA methylation plays a causal role in maintaining occlusion for a subset of occluded genes. We further examined a variety of other chromatin marks typically associated with transcriptional silencing, including histone variants, covalent histone modifications and chromatin-associated proteins. Surprisingly, we found that although many of these marks are robustly linked to silent genes (which include both occluded genes and genes that are competent but silent), none is linked specifically to occluded genes. Although the observation does not rule out a possible causal role of these chromatin marks in occlusion, it does suggest that these marks might be secondary effect rather than primary cause of the silent state in many genes. PMID:19380460

  10. Identification of genes and gene products necessary for bacterial bioluminescence.

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    Engebrecht, J; Silverman, M.

    1984-01-01

    Expression of luminescence in Escherichia coli was recently achieved by cloning genes from the marine bacterium Vibrio fischeri. One DNA fragment on a hybrid plasmid encoded regulatory functions and enzymatic activities necessary for light production. We report the results of a genetic analysis to identify the luminescence genes (lux) that reside on this recombinant plasmid. lux gene mutations were generated by hydroxylamine treatment, and these mutations were ordered on a linear map by compl...

  11. GENE MUTATIONS, GENETIC DISEASE AND PHARMACOGENETIC GENES DISORDER

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    Ishak

    2010-01-01

    Somatic cell mutation is able to create genetic variance in a cell population and can induce cancer and tumor when gene mutations took place at repressor gene in controlling cell cycles such as p53 gene. Whereas germline cell mutation can cause genetic disease such as sickle cell anemia, breast cancer, thalassemia, parkinson’s as well as defect of biochemical pathway that influence drug-receptor interaction, which has negative effect and lead to hospitalized of patient. Most of reports mentio...

  12. PROAPOPTOTIC FUNCTION OF FHIT GENE

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    QIU Zhe-fu; HAN De-min; ZHANG Luo; ZHANG Wei

    2006-01-01

    Tumor suppressor gene plays an important role in maintaining the homeostasis between cell loss and growth. Fragile in maintaining the homeostasis between cell loss and growth. Fragile histidine triad (FHIT) gene found recently was studied in a deep going way; it becomes the focus as a result of its roleof ep going way; it becomes the focus as a result of its roleof anti-tumor in human various type of tissue. Due to the high efficiency of FHIT gene benefiting the anti-tumor, it is proposed gh efficiency of FHIT gene benefiting the anti-tumor, it is proposed as a candidate of tumor suppressor gene though there are several opposite opinions.several opposite opinions. We stress the summary of some properties of FHIT gene on proapoptosis according to the published data which showed gene on proapoptosis according to the published data which showed the stronger proapoptotic function of FHIT gene; the apoptosis induced by FHIT depends on the expression level and status of ene; the apoptosis induced by FHIT depends on the expression level and status of FHIT; and FHIT gene can alternate the cell cycling properties and reduce the tumorigenic potential; the apoptotic process e can alternate the cell cycling properties and reduce the tumorigenic potential; the apoptotic process induced by FHIT has no relation to p53 gene. In a ward, in consideration of its multiple functions against malignancies, FHIT in consideration of its multiple functions against malignancies, FHIT gene deserves attention and exploration as a selective target for searching the mechanism of tumorigenesis and clinical et for searching the mechanism of tumorigenesis and clinical therapeutic applications in further.le histidine triad (FHIT) gene; Apoptosis; Tumorigenesis; Tumor suppressor gene deserves attention and exploration as a selective target for searching the mechanism of tumorigenesis and clinical therapeutic applications in further.

  13. Regulation of gene expression by Goodwin's loop with many genes

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    Sielewiesiuk, Jan; Łopaciuk, Agata

    2012-01-01

    The paper presents a simple analysis of a long Goodwin's loop containing many genes. The genes form a closed series. The rate of transcription of any gene is up or down regulated by theprotein product of the preceding gene. We describe the loop with a system of ordinary differential equations of order s. Oscillatory solutions of the system are possible at the odd number of repressions and any number of inductions if the product of all Hill's coefficients, related to both repressions and inductions, is larger than:

  14. Gene: a gene-centered information resource at NCBI.

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    Brown, Garth R; Hem, Vichet; Katz, Kenneth S; Ovetsky, Michael; Wallin, Craig; Ermolaeva, Olga; Tolstoy, Igor; Tatusova, Tatiana; Pruitt, Kim D; Maglott, Donna R; Murphy, Terence D

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    The National Center for Biotechnology Information's (NCBI) Gene database (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene) integrates gene-specific information from multiple data sources. NCBI Reference Sequence (RefSeq) genomes for viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes are the primary foundation for Gene records in that they form the critical association between sequence and a tracked gene upon which additional functional and descriptive content is anchored. Additional content is integrated based on the genomic location and RefSeq transcript and protein sequence data. The content of a Gene record represents the integration of curation and automated processing from RefSeq, collaborating model organism databases, consortia such as Gene Ontology, and other databases within NCBI. Records in Gene are assigned unique, tracked integers as identifiers. The content (citations, nomenclature, genomic location, gene products and their attributes, phenotypes, sequences, interactions, variation details, maps, expression, homologs, protein domains and external databases) is available via interactive browsing through NCBI's Entrez system, via NCBI's Entrez programming utilities (E-Utilities and Entrez Direct) and for bulk transfer by FTP.

  15. Gene expression analysis identifies global gene dosage sensitivity in cancer

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    Fehrmann, Rudolf S. N.; Karjalainen, Juha M.; Krajewska, Malgorzata;

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    expression. We reanalyzed 77,840 expression profiles and observed a limited set of 'transcriptional components' that describe well-known biology, explain the vast majority of variation in gene expression and enable us to predict the biological function of genes. On correcting expression profiles...... for these components, we observed that the residual expression levels (in 'functional genomic mRNA' profiling) correlated strongly with copy number. DNA copy number correlated positively with expression levels for 99% of all abundantly expressed human genes, indicating global gene dosage sensitivity. By applying...

  16. Development of real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction assays to track treatment response in retinoid resistant acute promyelocytic leukemia

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    Jelena V Jovanovic

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Molecular detection of minimal residual disease (MRD has become established to assess remission status and guide therapy in patients with PML-RARA+ acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL. However, there are few data on tracking disease response in patients with rarer retinoid resistant subtypes of APL, characterized by PLZF-RARA and STAT5b-RARA. Despite their relative rarity (<1% of APL we identified 6 cases (PLZF-RARA, n=5; STAT5b-RARA, n=1, established the respective breakpoint junction regions and designed real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RQ-PCR assays to detect leukemic transcripts. The relative level of fusion gene expression in diagnostic samples was comparable to that observed in t(15;17-associated APL, affording assay sensitivities of ~1 in 104-105. Serial samples were available from 2 PLZF-RARA APL patients. One showed persistent PCR positivity, predicting subsequent relapse, and remains in CR2, ~11 years post-autograft. The other, achieved molecular remission (CRm with combination chemotherapy, remaining in CR1 at 6 years. The STAT5b-RARA patient failed to achieve CRm following frontline combination chemotherapy and ultimately proceeded to allogeneic transplant on the basis of a steadily rising fusion transcript level. These data highlight the potential of RQ-PCR detection of MRD to facilitate development of more individualized approaches to the management of rarer molecularly-defined subsets of acute leukemia.

  17. PDMAEMA based gene delivery materials

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    Seema Agarwal

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Gene transfection is the transfer of genetic material like DNA into cells. Cationic polymers which form nanocomplexes with DNA, so-called non-viral gene vectors, are a highly promising platform for efficient gene transfection. Despite intensive research efforts and some of the on-going clinical trials on gene transfection, none of the existing cationic polymer systems are generally acceptable for human gene therapy. Since the process of gene transfection is complex and puts different challenges and demands on the delivery system, there is a strong requirement for the design and development of a multifunctional system in a simple way. This review will discuss recent efforts in design, synthesis, and performance of poly(2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (PDMAEMA nanocomplexes with DNA.

  18. Gene targeting with retroviral vectors

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    Ellis, J.; Bernstein, A. (Toronto Univ., ON (Canada))

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    The authors have designed and constructed integration-defective retroviral vectors to explore their potential for gene targeting in mammalian cells. Two nonoverlapping deletion mutants of the bacterial neomycin resistance (neo) gene were used to detect homologous recombination events between viral and chromosomal sequences. Stable neo gene correction events were selected at a frequency of approximately 1 G418/sup r/ cell per 3 x 10/sup 6/ infected cells. Analysis of the functional neo gene in independent targeted cell clones indicated that unintegrated retroviral linear DNA recombined with the target by gene conversion for variable distances into regions of nonhomology. In addition, transient neo gene correction events which were associated with the complete loss of the chromosomal target sequences were observed. These results demonstrated that retroviral vectors can recombine with homologous chromosomal sequences in rodent and human cells.

  19. Brief isoflurane anaesthesia affects differential gene expression, gene ontology and gene networks in rat brain.

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    Lowes, Damon A; Galley, Helen F; Moura, Alessandro P S; Webster, Nigel R

    2017-01-15

    Much is still unknown about the mechanisms of effects of even brief anaesthesia on the brain and previous studies have simply compared differential expression profiles with and without anaesthesia. We hypothesised that network analysis, in addition to the traditional differential gene expression and ontology analysis, would enable identification of the effects of anaesthesia on interactions between genes. Rats (n=10 per group) were randomised to anaesthesia with isoflurane in oxygen or oxygen only for 15min, and 6h later brains were removed. Differential gene expression and gene ontology analysis of microarray data was performed. Standard clustering techniques and principal component analysis with Bayesian rules were used along with social network analysis methods, to quantitatively model and describe the gene networks. Anaesthesia had marked effects on genes in the brain with differential regulation of 416 probe sets by at least 2 fold. Gene ontology analysis showed 23 genes were functionally related to the anaesthesia and of these, 12 were involved with neurotransmitter release, transport and secretion. Gene network analysis revealed much greater connectivity in genes from brains from anaesthetised rats compared to controls. Other importance measures were also altered after anaesthesia; median [range] closeness centrality (shortest path) was lower in anaesthetized animals (0.07 [0-0.30]) than controls (0.39 [0.30-0.53], pgenes after anaesthesia and suggests future targets for investigation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. How eukaryotic genes are transcribed

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    Venters, Bryan J; Pugh, B. Franklin

    2009-01-01

    Regulation of eukaryotic gene expression is far more complex than one might have imagined thirty years ago. However, progress towards understanding gene regulatory mechanisms has been rapid and comprehensive, which has made the integration of detailed observations into broadly connected concepts a challenge. This review attempts to integrate the following concepts: 1) a well-defined organization of nucleosomes and modification states at most genes, 2) regulatory networks of sequence-specific ...

  1. Gene set analysis for GWAS

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    Debrabant, Birgit; Soerensen, Mette

    2014-01-01

    Abstract We discuss the use of modified Kolmogorov-Smirnov (KS) statistics in the context of gene set analysis and review corresponding null and alternative hypotheses. Especially, we show that, when enhancing the impact of highly significant genes in the calculation of the test statistic...... parameter and the genesis and distribution of the gene-level statistics, and illustrate the effects of differential weighting in a real-life example....

  2. Gene and genome parameters of mammalian liver circadian genes (LCGs.

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    Gang Wu

    Full Text Available The mammalian circadian system controls various physiology processes and behavior responses by regulating thousands of circadian genes with rhythmic expressions. In this study, we redefined circadian-regulated genes based on published results in the mouse liver and compared them with other gene groups defined relative to circadian regulations, especially the non-circadian-regulated genes expressed in liver at multiple molecular levels from gene position to protein expression based on integrative analyses of different datasets from the literature. Based on the intra-tissue analysis, the liver circadian genes or LCGs show unique features when compared to other gene groups. First, LCGs in general have less neighboring genes and larger in both genomic and 3'-UTR lengths but shorter in CDS (coding sequence lengths. Second, LCGs have higher mRNA and protein abundance, higher temporal expression variations, and shorter mRNA half-life. Third, more than 60% of LCGs form major co-expression clusters centered in four temporal windows: dawn, day, dusk, and night. In addition, larger and smaller LCGs are found mainly expressed in the day and night temporal windows, respectively, and we believe that LCGs are well-partitioned into the gene expression regulatory network that takes advantage of gene size, expression constraint, and chromosomal architecture. Based on inter-tissue analysis, more than half of LCGs are ubiquitously expressed in multiple tissues but only show rhythmical expression in one or limited number of tissues. LCGs show at least three-fold lower expression variations across the temporal windows than those among different tissues, and this observation suggests that temporal expression variations regulated by the circadian system is relatively subtle as compared with the tissue expression variations formed during development. Taken together, we suggest that the circadian system selects gene parameters in a cost effective way to improve tissue

  3. Testing for gene-gene interaction with AMMI models.

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    Barhdadi, Amina; Dubé, Marie-Pierre

    2010-01-01

    Studies have shown that many common diseases are influenced by multiple genes and their interactions. There is currently a strong interest in testing for association between combinations of these genes and disease, in particular because genes that affect the risk of disease only in the presence of another genetic variant may not be detected in marginal analysis. In this paper we propose the use of additive main effect and multiplicative interaction (AMMI) models to detect and to quantify gene-gene interaction effects for a quantitative trait. The objective of the present research is to demonstrate the practical advantages of these models to describe complex interaction between two unlinked loci. Although gene-gene interactions have often been defined as a deviance from additive genetic effects, the residual term has generally not been appropriately treated. The AMMI models allow for the analysis of a two way factorial data structure and combine the analysis of variance of the two main genotype effects with a principal component analysis of the residual multiplicative interaction. The AMMI models for gene-gene interaction presented here allow for the testing of non additivity between the two loci, and also describe how their interaction structure fits the existing non-additivity. Moreover, these models can be used to identify the specific two genotypes combinations that contribute to the significant gene-gene interaction. We describe the use of the biplot to display the structure of the interaction and evaluate the performance of the AMMI and the special cases of the AMMI previously described by Tukey and Mandel with simulated data sets. Our simulated study showed that the AMMI model is as powerful as general linear models when the interaction is not modeled in the presence of marginal effects. However, in the presence of pure epitasis, i.e. in the absence of marginal effects, the AMMI method was not found to be superior to other tested regression methods.

  4. Introduction: Cancer Gene Networks.

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    Clarke, Robert

    2017-01-01

    Constructing, evaluating, and interpreting gene networks generally sits within the broader field of systems biology, which continues to emerge rapidly, particular with respect to its application to understanding the complexity of signaling in the context of cancer biology. For the purposes of this volume, we take a broad definition of systems biology. Considering an organism or disease within an organism as a system, systems biology is the study of the integrated and coordinated interactions of the network(s) of genes, their variants both natural and mutated (e.g., polymorphisms, rearrangements, alternate splicing, mutations), their proteins and isoforms, and the organic and inorganic molecules with which they interact, to execute the biochemical reactions (e.g., as enzymes, substrates, products) that reflect the function of that system. Central to systems biology, and perhaps the only approach that can effectively manage the complexity of such systems, is the building of quantitative multiscale predictive models. The predictions of the models can vary substantially depending on the nature of the model and its inputoutput relationships. For example, a model may predict the outcome of a specific molecular reaction(s), a cellular phenotype (e.g., alive, dead, growth arrest, proliferation, and motility), a change in the respective prevalence of cell or subpopulations, a patient or patient subgroup outcome(s). Such models necessarily require computers. Computational modeling can be thought of as using machine learning and related tools to integrate the very high dimensional data generated from modern, high throughput omics technologies including genomics (next generation sequencing), transcriptomics (gene expression microarrays; RNAseq), metabolomics and proteomics (ultra high performance liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry), and "subomic" technologies to study the kinome, methylome, and others. Mathematical modeling can be thought of as the use of ordinary

  5. Genes, evolution and intelligence.

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    Bouchard, Thomas J

    2014-11-01

    I argue that the g factor meets the fundamental criteria of a scientific construct more fully than any other conception of intelligence. I briefly discuss the evidence regarding the relationship of brain size to intelligence. A review of a large body of evidence demonstrates that there is a g factor in a wide range of species and that, in the species studied, it relates to brain size and is heritable. These findings suggest that many species have evolved a general-purpose mechanism (a general biological intelligence) for dealing with the environments in which they evolved. In spite of numerous studies with considerable statistical power, we know of very few genes that influence g and the effects are very small. Nevertheless, g appears to be highly polygenic. Given the complexity of the human brain, it is not surprising that that one of its primary faculties-intelligence-is best explained by the near infinitesimal model of quantitative genetics.

  6. Gene-environment interaction.

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    Manuck, Stephen B; McCaffery, Jeanne M

    2014-01-01

    With the advent of increasingly accessible technologies for typing genetic variation, studies of gene-environment (G×E) interactions have proliferated in psychological research. Among the aims of such studies are testing developmental hypotheses and models of the etiology of behavioral disorders, defining boundaries of genetic and environmental influences, and identifying individuals most susceptible to risk exposures or most amenable to preventive and therapeutic interventions. This research also coincides with the emergence of unanticipated difficulties in detecting genetic variants of direct association with behavioral traits and disorders, which may be obscured if genetic effects are expressed only in predisposing environments. In this essay we consider these and other rationales for positing G×E interactions, review conceptual models meant to inform G×E interpretations from a psychological perspective, discuss points of common critique to which G×E research is vulnerable, and address the role of the environment in G×E interactions.

  7. Angiogenin gene polymorphism

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    Hongli Wang; Dongsheng Fan; Yingshuang Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Angiogenin is associated with the pathogenesis of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Here, we se-quenced the coding region of the angiogenin gene in genomic DNA from 207 patients with type 2 diabetes mel itus (129 diabetic peripheral neuropathy patients and 78 diabetic non-neuropathy pa-tients) and 268 healthy controls. Al subjects were from the Han population of northern China. No mutations were found. We then compared the genotype and allele frequencies of the angiogenin synonymous single nucleotide polymorphism rs11701 between the diabetic peripheral neuropathy patients and controls, and between the diabetic neuropathy and non-neuropathy patients, using a case-control design. We detected no statistical y significant genetic associations. Angiogenin may not be associated with genetic susceptibility to diabetic peripheral neuropathy in the Han population of northern China.

  8. Gene therapy in the cornea.

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    Mohan, Rajiv R; Sharma, Ajay; Netto, Marcelo V; Sinha, Sunilima; Wilson, Steven E

    2005-09-01

    Technological advances in the field of gene therapy has prompted more than three hundred phase I and phase II gene-based clinical trials for the treatment of cancer, AIDS, macular degeneration, cardiovascular, and other monogenic diseases. Besides treating diseases, gene transfer technology has been utilized for the development of preventive and therapeutic vaccines for malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis A, B and C viruses, AIDS, and influenza. The potential therapeutic applications of gene transfer technology are enormous. The cornea is an excellent candidate for gene therapy because of its accessibility and immune-privileged nature. In the last two decades, various viral vectors, such as adeno, adeno-associated, retro, lenti, and herpes simplex, as well as non-viral methods, were examined for introducing DNA into corneal cells in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo. Most of these studies used fluorescent or non-fluorescent marker genes to track the level and duration of transgene expression in corneal cells. However, limited studies were directed to evaluate prospects of gene-based interventions for corneal diseases or disorders such as allograft rejection, laser-induced post-operative haze, herpes simplex keratitis, and wound healing in animal models. We will review the successes and obstacles impeding gene therapy approaches used for delivering genes into the cornea.

  9. Are TMEM genes potential candidate genes for panic disorder?

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    Gregersen, Noomi O; Buttenschøn, Henriette Nørmølle; Hedemand, Anne

    2014-01-01

    We analysed single nucleotide polymorphisms in two transmembrane genes (TMEM98 and TMEM132E) in panic disorder (PD) patients and control individuals from the Faroe Islands, Denmark and Germany. The genes encode single-pass membrane proteins and are located within chromosome 17q11.2-q12...

  10. Gene-gene Interaction Analyses for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Lin, Honghuang; Mueller-Nurasyid, Martina; Smith, Albert V; Arking, Dan E; Barnard, John; Bartz, Traci M; Lunetta, Kathryn L; Lohman, Kurt; Kleber, Marcus E; Lubitz, Steven A; Geelhoed, Bastiaan; Trompet, Stella; Niemeijer, Maartje N; Kacprowski, Tim; Chasman, Daniel I; Klarin, Derek; Sinner, Moritz F; Waldenberger, Melanie; Meitinger, Thomas; Harris, Tamara B; Launer, Lenore J; Soliman, Elsayed Z; Chen, Lin Y; Smith, Jonathan D; Van Wagoner, David R; Rotter, Jerome I; Psaty, Bruce M; Xie, Zhijun; Hendricks, Audrey E; Ding, Jingzhong; Delgado, Graciela E; Verweij, Niek; van der Harst, Pim; Macfarlane, Peter W; Ford, Ian; Hofman, Albert; Uitterlinden, André; Heeringa, Jan; Franco, Oscar H; Kors, Jan A; Weiss, Stefan; Völzke, Henry; Rose, Lynda M; Natarajan, Pradeep; Kathiresan, Sekar; Kääb, Stefan; Gudnason, Vilmundur; Alonso, Alvaro; Chung, Mina K; Heckbert, Susan R; Benjamin, Emelia J; Liu, Yongmei; März, Winfried; Rienstra, Michiel; Jukema, J Wouter; Stricker, Bruno H; Dörr, Marcus; Albert, Christine M; Ellinor, Patrick T

    2016-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heritable disease that affects more than thirty million individuals worldwide. Extensive efforts have been devoted to the study of genetic determinants of AF. The objective of our study is to examine the effect of gene-gene interaction on AF susceptibility. We performed

  11. Gene-gene Interaction Analyses for Atrial Fibrillation

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    H. Lin (Honghuang); M. Mueller-Nurasyid; A.V. Smith (Albert Vernon); D.E. Arking (Dan); J. Barnard (John); T.M. Bartz (Traci M.); K.L. Lunetta (Kathryn); K. Lohman (Kurt); M.E. Kleber (Marcus); S.A. Lubitz (Steven); Geelhoed, B. (Bastiaan); S. Trompet (Stella); M.N. Niemeijer (Maartje); T. Kacprowski (Tim); D.I. Chasman (Daniel); Klarin, D. (Derek); M.F. Sinner (Moritz); M. Waldenberger (Melanie); T. Meitinger (Thomas); T.B. Harris (Tamara); Launer, L.J. (Lenore J.); E.Z. Soliman (Elsayed Z.); L. Chen (Lin); J.D. Smith (Jonathan); D.R. van Wagoner (David); Rotter, J.I. (Jerome I.); B.M. Psaty (Bruce); Xie, Z. (Zhijun); A.E. Hendricks (Audrey E.); Ding, J. (Jingzhong); G.E. Delgado (Graciela E.); N. Verweij (Niek); P. van der Harst (Pim); P.W. MacFarlane (Peter); I. Ford (Ian); A. Hofman (Albert); A.G. Uitterlinden (André); J. Heeringa (Jan); O.H. Franco (Oscar); J.A. Kors (Jan); Weiss, S. (Stefan); H. Völzke (Henry); L.M. Rose (Lynda); Natarajan, P. (Pradeep); S. Kathiresan (Sekar); S. Kääb (Stefan); V. Gudnason (Vilmundur); A. Alonso (Alvaro); M.K. Chung (Mina); S.R. Heckbert (Susan); E.J. Benjamin (Emelia); Y. Liu (Yongmei); W. März (Winfried); S.A. Rienstra; J.W. Jukema (Jan Wouter); B.H.Ch. Stricker (Bruno); M. Dörr (Marcus); C.M. Albert (Christine); P.T. Ellinor (Patrick)

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    textabstractAtrial fibrillation (AF) is a heritable disease that affects more than thirty million individuals worldwide. Extensive efforts have been devoted to the study of genetic determinants of AF. The objective of our study is to examine the effect of gene-gene interaction on AF susceptibility.

  12. Classifying genes to the correct Gene Ontology Slim term in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using neighbouring genes with classification learning

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    Tsatsoulis Costas

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is increasing evidence that gene location and surrounding genes influence the functionality of genes in the eukaryotic genome. Knowing the Gene Ontology Slim terms associated with a gene gives us insight into a gene's functionality by informing us how its gene product behaves in a cellular context using three different ontologies: molecular function, biological process, and cellular component. In this study, we analyzed if we could classify a gene in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to its correct Gene Ontology Slim term using information about its location in the genome and information from its nearest-neighbouring genes using classification learning. Results We performed experiments to establish that the MultiBoostAB algorithm using the J48 classifier could correctly classify Gene Ontology Slim terms of a gene given information regarding the gene's location and information from its nearest-neighbouring genes for training. Different neighbourhood sizes were examined to determine how many nearest neighbours should be included around each gene to provide better classification rules. Our results show that by just incorporating neighbour information from each gene's two-nearest neighbours, the percentage of correctly classified genes to their correct Gene Ontology Slim term for each ontology reaches over 80% with high accuracy (reflected in F-measures over 0.80 of the classification rules produced. Conclusions We confirmed that in classifying genes to their correct Gene Ontology Slim term, the inclusion of neighbour information from those genes is beneficial. Knowing the location of a gene and the Gene Ontology Slim information from neighbouring genes gives us insight into that gene's functionality. This benefit is seen by just including information from a gene's two-nearest neighbouring genes.

  13. Classifying genes to the correct Gene Ontology Slim term in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using neighbouring genes with classification learning.

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    Amthauer, Heather A; Tsatsoulis, Costas

    2010-05-28

    There is increasing evidence that gene location and surrounding genes influence the functionality of genes in the eukaryotic genome. Knowing the Gene Ontology Slim terms associated with a gene gives us insight into a gene's functionality by informing us how its gene product behaves in a cellular context using three different ontologies: molecular function, biological process, and cellular component. In this study, we analyzed if we could classify a gene in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to its correct Gene Ontology Slim term using information about its location in the genome and information from its nearest-neighbouring genes using classification learning. We performed experiments to establish that the MultiBoostAB algorithm using the J48 classifier could correctly classify Gene Ontology Slim terms of a gene given information regarding the gene's location and information from its nearest-neighbouring genes for training. Different neighbourhood sizes were examined to determine how many nearest neighbours should be included around each gene to provide better classification rules. Our results show that by just incorporating neighbour information from each gene's two-nearest neighbours, the percentage of correctly classified genes to their correct Gene Ontology Slim term for each ontology reaches over 80% with high accuracy (reflected in F-measures over 0.80) of the classification rules produced. We confirmed that in classifying genes to their correct Gene Ontology Slim term, the inclusion of neighbour information from those genes is beneficial. Knowing the location of a gene and the Gene Ontology Slim information from neighbouring genes gives us insight into that gene's functionality. This benefit is seen by just including information from a gene's two-nearest neighbouring genes.

  14. Knock-in gene correction of induced pluripotent stem cells from pyruvate kinase deficient patient

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    Tesis doctoral inédita. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Biología Molecular. Fecha de lectura: 27-11-2013 La Deficiencia en Piruvato Quinasa (DPQ) es una enfermedad rara causada por mutaciones en el gen PKLR que provoca Anemia Hemolítica no Esferocítica Crónica (AHNEC). El único tratamiento definitivo para los casos graves de DPQ es el Trasplante Alogénico de Médula Ósea (TAMO). Debido a los riesgos asociados a TAMO, como la enfermedad de injer...

  15. Knock-in gene correction of induced pluripotent stem cells from pyruvate kinase deficient patient

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    Garate Mutiloa, Zita

    2013-01-01

    Tesis doctoral inédita. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Biología Molecular. Fecha de lectura: 27-11-2013 La Deficiencia en Piruvato Quinasa (DPQ) es una enfermedad rara causada por mutaciones en el gen PKLR que provoca Anemia Hemolítica no Esferocítica Crónica (AHNEC). El único tratamiento definitivo para los casos graves de DPQ es el Trasplante Alogénico de Médula Ósea (TAMO). Debido a los riesgos asociados a TAMO, como la enfermedad de injer...

  16. On meme--gene coevolution.

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    Bull, L; Holland, O; Blackmore, S

    2000-01-01

    In this article we examine the effects of the emergence of a new replicator, memes, on the evolution of a pre-existing replicator, genes. Using a version of the NKCS model we examine the effects of increasing the rate of meme evolution in relation to the rate of gene evolution, for various degrees of interdependence between the two replicators. That is, the effects of memes' (suggested) more rapid rate of evolution in comparison to that of genes is investigated using a tunable model of coevolution. It is found that, for almost any degree of interdependence between the two replicators, as the rate of meme evolution increases, a phase transition-like dynamic occurs under which memes have a significantly detrimental effect on the evolution of genes, quickly resulting in the cessation of effective gene evolution. Conversely, the memes experience a sharp increase in benefit from increasing their rate of evolution. We then examine the effects of enabling genes to reduce the percentage of gene-detrimental evolutionary steps taken by memes. Here a critical region emerges as the comparative rate of meme evolution increases, such that if genes cannot effectively select memes a high percentage of the time, they suffer from meme evolution as if they had almost no selective capability.

  17. Susceptibility Genes in Thyroid Autoimmunity

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    Yoshiyuki Ban

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD are complex diseases which are caused by an interaction between susceptibility genes and environmental triggers. Genetic susceptibility in combination with external factors (e.g. dietary iodine is believed to initiate the autoimmune response to thyroid antigens. Abundant epidemiological data, including family and twin studies, point to a strong genetic influence on the development of AITD. Various techniques have been employed to identify the genes contributing to the etiology of AITD, including candidate gene analysis and whole genome screening. These studies have enabled the identification of several loci (genetic regions that are linked with AITD, and in some of these loci, putative AITD susceptibility genes have been identified. Some of these genes/loci are unique to Graves' disease (GD and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT and some are common to both the diseases, indicating that there is a shared genetic susceptibility to GD and HT. The putative GD and HT susceptibility genes include both immune modifying genes (e.g. HLA, CTLA-4 and thyroid specific genes (e.g. TSHR, Tg. Most likely, these loci interact and their interactions may influence disease phenotype and severity.

  18. The flow of gene expression.

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    Misteli, Tom

    2004-03-01

    Gene expression is a highly interconnected multistep process. A recent meeting in Iguazu Falls, Argentina, highlighted the need to uncover both the molecular details of each single step as well as the mechanisms of coordination among processes in order to fully understand the expression of genes.

  19. Phytochrome-regulated Gene Expression

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    Peter H. Quail

    2007-01-01

    Identification of all genes involved in the phytochrome (phy)-mediated responses of plants to their light environment is an important goal in providing an overall understanding of light-regulated growth and development. This article highlights and integrates the central findings of two recent comprehensive studies in Arabidopsis that have identified the genome-wide set of phy-regulated genes that respond rapidly to red-light signals upon first exposure of dark-grown seedlings, and have tested the functional relevance to normal seedling photomorphogenesis of an initial subset of these genes. The data: (a) reveal considerable complexity in the channeling of the light signals through the different phy-family members (phyA to phyE) to responsive genes; (b) identify a diversity of transcription-factor-encoding genes as major early, if not primary, targets of phy signaling, and, therefore, as potentially important regulators in the transcriptional-network hierarchy; and (c) identify auxin-related genes as the dominant class among rapidly-regulated, hormone-related genes. However, reverse-genetic functional profiling of a selected subset of these genes reveals that only a limited fraction are necessary for optimal phy-induced seedling deetiolation.

  20. Candidate genes for behavioural ecology

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    Fitzpatrick, M.J.; Ben-Sahar, Y.; Smid, H.M.; Vet, L.E.M.; Robinson, G.E.; Sokolowski, M.B.

    2005-01-01

    In spite of millions of years of evolutionary divergence, the conservation of gene function is common across distant lineages. As such, genes that are known to influence behaviour in one organism are likely to influence similar behaviours in other organisms. Recent studies of the evolution of behavi

  1. Candidate gene prioritization with Endeavour.

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    Tranchevent, Léon-Charles; Ardeshirdavani, Amin; ElShal, Sarah; Alcaide, Daniel; Aerts, Jan; Auboeuf, Didier; Moreau, Yves

    2016-07-08

    Genomic studies and high-throughput experiments often produce large lists of candidate genes among which only a small fraction are truly relevant to the disease, phenotype or biological process of interest. Gene prioritization tackles this problem by ranking candidate genes by profiling candidates across multiple genomic data sources and integrating this heterogeneous information into a global ranking. We describe an extended version of our gene prioritization method, Endeavour, now available for six species and integrating 75 data sources. The performance (Area Under the Curve) of Endeavour on cross-validation benchmarks using 'gold standard' gene sets varies from 88% (for human phenotypes) to 95% (for worm gene function). In addition, we have also validated our approach using a time-stamped benchmark derived from the Human Phenotype Ontology, which provides a setting close to prospective validation. With this benchmark, using 3854 novel gene-phenotype associations, we observe a performance of 82%. Altogether, our results indicate that this extended version of Endeavour efficiently prioritizes candidate genes. The Endeavour web server is freely available at https://endeavour.esat.kuleuven.be/.

  2. Determining Semantically Related Significant Genes.

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    Taha, Kamal

    2014-01-01

    GO relation embodies some aspects of existence dependency. If GO term xis existence-dependent on GO term y, the presence of y implies the presence of x. Therefore, the genes annotated with the function of the GO term y are usually functionally and semantically related to the genes annotated with the function of the GO term x. A large number of gene set enrichment analysis methods have been developed in recent years for analyzing gene sets enrichment. However, most of these methods overlook the structural dependencies between GO terms in GO graph by not considering the concept of existence dependency. We propose in this paper a biological search engine called RSGSearch that identifies enriched sets of genes annotated with different functions using the concept of existence dependency. We observe that GO term xcannot be existence-dependent on GO term y, if x- and y- have the same specificity (biological characteristics). After encoding into a numeric format the contributions of GO terms annotating target genes to the semantics of their lowest common ancestors (LCAs), RSGSearch uses microarray experiment to identify the most significant LCA that annotates the result genes. We evaluated RSGSearch experimentally and compared it with five gene set enrichment systems. Results showed marked improvement.

  3. Nonviral Vectors for Gene Delivery

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    Baoum, Abdulgader Ahmed

    2011-12-01

    The development of nonviral vectors for safe and efficient gene delivery has been gaining considerable attention recently. An ideal nonviral vector must protect the gene against degradation by nuclease in the extracellular matrix, internalize the plasma membrane, escape from the endosomal compartment, unpackage the gene at some point and have no detrimental effects. In comparison to viruses, nonviral vectors are relatively easy to synthesize, less immunogenic, low in cost, and have no limitation in the size of a gene that can be delivered. Significant progress has been made in the basic science and applications of various nonviral gene delivery vectors; however, the majority of nonviral approaches are still inefficient and often toxic. To this end, two nonviral gene delivery systems using either biodegradable poly(D,L-lactide- co-glycolide) (PLG) nanoparticles or cell penetrating peptide (CPP) complexes have been designed and studied using A549 human lung epithelial cells. PLG nanoparticles were optimized for gene delivery by varying particle surface chemistry using different coating materials that adsorb to the particle surface during formation. A variety of cationic coating materials were studied and compared to more conventional surfactants used for PLG nanoparticle fabrication. Nanoparticles (˜200 nm) efficiently encapsulated plasmids encoding for luciferase (80-90%) and slowly released the same for two weeks. After a delay, moderate levels of gene expression appeared at day 5 for certain positively charged PLG particles and gene expression was maintained for at least two weeks. In contrast, gene expression mediated by polyethyleneimine (PEI) ended at day 5. PLG particles were also significantly less cytotoxic than PEI suggesting the use of these vehicles for localized, sustained gene delivery to the pulmonary epithelium. On the other hand, a more simple method to synthesize 50-200 nm complexes capable of high transfection efficiency or high gene knockdown was

  4. Delivery systems for gene therapy

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    Shrikant Mali

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The structure of DNA was unraveled by Watson and Crick in 1953, and two decades later Arber, Nathans and Smith discovered DNA restriction enzymes, which led to the rapid growth in the field of recombinant DNA technology. From expressing cloned genes in bacteria to expressing foreign DNA in transgenic animals, DNA is now slated to be used as a therapeutic agent to replace defective genes in patients suffering from genetic disorders or to kill tumor cells in cancer patients. Gene therapy provides modern medicine with new perspectives that were unthinkable two decades ago. Progress in molecular biology and especially, molecular medicine is now changing the basics of clinical medicine. A variety of viral and non-viral possibilities are available for basic and clinical research. This review summarizes the delivery routes and methods for gene transfer used in gene therapy.

  5. Function analysis of unknown genes

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    Rogowska-Wrzesinska, A.

    2002-01-01

      This thesis entitled "Function analysis of unknown genes" presents the use of proteome analysis for the characterisation of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) genes and their products (proteins especially those of unknown function). This study illustrates that proteome analysis can be used...... to describe different aspects of molecular biology of the cell, to study changes that occur in the cell due to overexpression or deletion of a gene and to identify various protein modifications. The biological questions and the results of the described studies show the diversity of the information that can...... genes and proteins. It reports the first global proteome database collecting 36 yeast single gene deletion mutants and selecting over 650 differences between analysed mutants and the wild type strain. The obtained results show that two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry based proteome...

  6. Nanoparticles for retinal gene therapy.

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    Conley, Shannon M; Naash, Muna I

    2010-09-01

    Ocular gene therapy is becoming a well-established field. Viral gene therapies for the treatment of Leber's congentinal amaurosis (LCA) are in clinical trials, and many other gene therapy approaches are being rapidly developed for application to diverse ophthalmic pathologies. Of late, development of non-viral gene therapies has been an area of intense focus and one technology, polymer-compacted DNA nanoparticles, is especially promising. However, development of pharmaceutically and clinically viable therapeutics depends not only on having an effective and safe vector but also on a practical treatment strategy. Inherited retinal pathologies are caused by mutations in over 220 genes, some of which contain over 200 individual disease-causing mutations, which are individually very rare. This review will focus on both the progress and future of nanoparticles and also on what will be required to make them relevant ocular pharmaceutics. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Gene targeting in malaria parasites.

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    Ménard, R; Janse, C

    1997-10-01

    Gene targeting, which permits alteration of a chosen gene in a predetermined way by homologous recombination, is an emerging technology in malaria research. Soon after the development of techniques for stable transformation of red blood cell stages of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium berghei, genes of interest were disrupted in the two species. The main limitations of gene targeting in malaria parasites result from the intracellular growth and slow replication of these parasites. On the other hand, the technology is facilitated by the very high rate of homologous recombination following transformation with targeting constructs (approximately 100%). Here, we describe (i) the vector design and the type of mutation that may be generated in a target locus, (ii) the selection and screening strategies that can be used to identify clones with the desired modification, and (iii) the protocol that was used for disrupting the circumsporozoite protein (CS) and thrombospondin-related anonymous protein (TRAP) genes of P. berghei.

  8. Gene expression profiling: can we identify the right target genes?

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    J. E. Loyd

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Gene expression profiling allows the simultaneous monitoring of the transcriptional behaviour of thousands of genes, which may potentially be involved in disease development. Several studies have been performed in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF, which aim to define genetic links to the disease in an attempt to improve the current understanding of the underlying pathogenesis of the disease and target pathways for intervention. Expression profiling has shown a clear difference in gene expression between IPF and normal lung tissue, and has identified a wide range of candidate genes, including those known to encode for proteins involved in extracellular matrix formation and degradation, growth factors and chemokines. Recently, familial pulmonary fibrosis cohorts have been examined in an attempt to detect specific genetic mutations associated with IPF. To date, these studies have identified families in which IPF is associated with mutations in the gene encoding surfactant protein C, or with mutations in genes encoding components of telomerase. Although rare and clearly not responsible for the disease in all individuals, the nature of these mutations highlight the importance of the alveolar epithelium in disease pathogenesis and demonstrate the potential for gene expression profiling in helping to advance the current understanding of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

  9. Genes, Economics, and Happiness *

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    De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel; Christakis, Nicholas A.; Fowler, James H.; Frey, Bruno S.

    2012-01-01

    We explore the influence of genetic variation on subjective well-being by employing a twin design and genetic association study. In a nationally-representative twin sample, we first show that about 33% of the variation in life satisfaction is explained by genetic variation. Although previous studies have shown that baseline happiness is significantly heritable, little research has considered molecular genetic associations with subjective well-being. We study the relationship between a functional polymorphism on the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) and life satisfaction. We initially find that individuals with the longer, transcriptionally more efficient variant of this genotype report greater life satisfaction (n=2,545, p=0.012). However, our replication attempts on independent samples produce mixed results indicating that more work needs to be done to better understand the relationship between this genotype and subjective well-being. This work has implications for how economists think about the determinants of utility, and the extent to which exogenous shocks might affect individual well-being. PMID:24349601

  10. Genes, Economics, and Happiness.

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    De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel; Christakis, Nicholas A; Fowler, James H; Frey, Bruno S

    2012-11-01

    We explore the influence of genetic variation on subjective well-being by employing a twin design and genetic association study. In a nationally-representative twin sample, we first show that about 33% of the variation in life satisfaction is explained by genetic variation. Although previous studies have shown that baseline happiness is significantly heritable, little research has considered molecular genetic associations with subjective well-being. We study the relationship between a functional polymorphism on the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) and life satisfaction. We initially find that individuals with the longer, transcriptionally more efficient variant of this genotype report greater life satisfaction (n=2,545, p=0.012). However, our replication attempts on independent samples produce mixed results indicating that more work needs to be done to better understand the relationship between this genotype and subjective well-being. This work has implications for how economists think about the determinants of utility, and the extent to which exogenous shocks might affect individual well-being.

  11. Gene Prediction Using Multinomial Probit Regression with Bayesian Gene Selection

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    Xiaodong Wang

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available A critical issue for the construction of genetic regulatory networks is the identification of network topology from data. In the context of deterministic and probabilistic Boolean networks, as well as their extension to multilevel quantization, this issue is related to the more general problem of expression prediction in which we want to find small subsets of genes to be used as predictors of target genes. Given some maximum number of predictors to be used, a full search of all possible predictor sets is combinatorially prohibitive except for small predictors sets, and even then, may require supercomputing. Hence, suboptimal approaches to finding predictor sets and network topologies are desirable. This paper considers Bayesian variable selection for prediction using a multinomial probit regression model with data augmentation to turn the multinomial problem into a sequence of smoothing problems. There are multiple regression equations and we want to select the same strongest genes for all regression equations to constitute a target predictor set or, in the context of a genetic network, the dependency set for the target. The probit regressor is approximated as a linear combination of the genes and a Gibbs sampler is employed to find the strongest genes. Numerical techniques to speed up the computation are discussed. After finding the strongest genes, we predict the target gene based on the strongest genes, with the coefficient of determination being used to measure predictor accuracy. Using malignant melanoma microarray data, we compare two predictor models, the estimated probit regressors themselves and the optimal full-logic predictor based on the selected strongest genes, and we compare these to optimal prediction without feature selection.

  12. Therapeutic genes for anti-HIV/AIDS gene therapy.

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    Bovolenta, Chiara; Porcellini, Simona; Alberici, Luca

    2013-01-01

    The multiple therapeutic approaches developed so far to cope HIV-1 infection, such as anti-retroviral drugs, germicides and several attempts of therapeutic vaccination have provided significant amelioration in terms of life-quality and survival rate of AIDS patients. Nevertheless, no approach has demonstrated efficacy in eradicating this lethal, if untreated, infection. The curative power of gene therapy has been proven for the treatment of monogenic immunodeficiensies, where permanent gene modification of host cells is sufficient to correct the defect for life-time. No doubt, a similar concept is not applicable for gene therapy of infectious immunodeficiensies as AIDS, where there is not a single gene to be corrected; rather engineered cells must gain immunotherapeutic or antiviral features to grant either short- or long-term efficacy mostly by acquisition of antiviral genes or payloads. Anti-HIV/AIDS gene therapy is one of the most promising strategy, although challenging, to eradicate HIV-1 infection. In fact, genetic modification of hematopoietic stem cells with one or multiple therapeutic genes is expected to originate blood cell progenies resistant to viral infection and thereby able to prevail on infected unprotected cells. Ultimately, protected cells will re-establish a functional immune system able to control HIV-1 replication. More than hundred gene therapy clinical trials against AIDS employing different viral vectors and transgenes have been approved or are currently ongoing worldwide. This review will overview anti-HIV-1 infection gene therapy field evaluating strength and weakness of the transgenes and payloads used in the past and of those potentially exploitable in the future.

  13. Progress of gene targeting in mouse

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    2001-01-01

    Gene targeting is a powerful approach of study- ing the genefunction in vivo. Specific genetic modifications, including simple gene disruption, point mutations, large chromosomal deletions and rearrangements, targeted incor- poration of foreign genes, could be introduced into the mouse genome by gene targeting. Recent studies make it possible to do the gene targeting with temporal and spatial control.

  14. Human Lacrimal Gland Gene Expression

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    Aakalu, Vinay Kumar; Parameswaran, Sowmya; Maienschein-Cline, Mark; Bahroos, Neil; Shah, Dhara; Ali, Marwan; Krishnakumar, Subramanian

    2017-01-01

    Background The study of human lacrimal gland biology and development is limited. Lacrimal gland tissue is damaged or poorly functional in a number of disease states including dry eye disease. Development of cell based therapies for lacrimal gland diseases requires a better understanding of the gene expression and signaling pathways in lacrimal gland. Differential gene expression analysis between lacrimal gland and other embryologically similar tissues may be helpful in furthering our understanding of lacrimal gland development. Methods We performed global gene expression analysis of human lacrimal gland tissue using Affymetrix ® gene expression arrays. Primary data from our laboratory was compared with datasets available in the NLM GEO database for other surface ectodermal tissues including salivary gland, skin, conjunctiva and corneal epithelium. Results The analysis revealed statistically significant difference in the gene expression of lacrimal gland tissue compared to other ectodermal tissues. The lacrimal gland specific, cell surface secretory protein encoding genes and critical signaling pathways which distinguish lacrimal gland from other ectodermal tissues are described. Conclusions Differential gene expression in human lacrimal gland compared with other ectodermal tissue types revealed interesting patterns which may serve as the basis for future studies in directed differentiation among other areas. PMID:28081151

  15. Comprehensive resource: Skeletal gene database.

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    Jia, L; Ho, N C; Park, S S; Powell, J; Francomano, C A

    2001-01-01

    The Skeletal Gene Database (SGD) is an integrated resource that provides comprehensive information about bone-related genes, mRNA, and proteins expressed in human and mouse, with rich links to numerous other electronic tools. SGD contains expressed sequence tag (EST) data from all the skeletal-related cDNA libraries that are available to the public. It supplies the query/data access analytic tools for users to search and compare each gene expressed in skeletal tissue(s). The results derived from EST tissue expression profiling will allow users to get the data on the mRNA copy numbers of each gene expressed in each tissue and its normalized value. From the SGD, researchers can obtain information regarding the name, symbol, size, exon/intron number, chromosomal location, LocusLink, and related disease (if any is known) of each gene. This electronic compendium also furnishes information on the protein of the corresponding gene including the protein size (amino acid number and molecular weight). It provides swift and ready access to other useful databases including OMIM, UniGene and PUBMED. The data will be updated regularly in step with current and future research, thereby providing what we hope will serve as a highly useful source of information and a powerful analytic tool to the scientific community.

  16. GENES IN SPORT AND DOPING

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    Andrzej Pokrywka

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Genes control biological processes such as muscle production of energy, mitochondria biogenesis, bone formation erythropoiesis, angiogenesis, vasodilation, neurogenesis, etc. DNA profiling for athletes reveals genetic variations that may be associated with endurance ability, muscle performance and power exercise, tendon susceptibility to injuries and psychological aptitude. Already, over 200 genes relating to physical performance have been identified by several research groups. Athletes’ genotyping is developing as a tool for the formulation of personalized training and nutritional programmes to optimize sport training as well as for the prediction of exercise-related injuries. On the other hand, development of molecular technology and gene therapy creates a risk of non-therapeutic use of cells, genes and genetic elements to improve athletic performance. Therefore, the World Anti-Doping Agency decided to include prohibition of gene doping within their World Anti-Doping Code in 2003. In this review article, we will provide a current overview of genes for use in athletes’ genotyping and gene doping possibilities, including their development and detection techniques.

  17. Approaches for skeletal gene therapy.

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    Niyibizi, Christopher; Wallach, Corey J; Mi, Zhibao; Robbins, Paul D

    2002-01-01

    The role of gene therapy in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders continues to be an active area of research. As the etiology of many musculoskeletal diseases becomes increasingly understood, advances in cellular and gene therapy maybe applied to their potential treatment This review focuses on current investigational strategies to treat osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). OI is a varied group of genetic disorders that result in the diminished integrity of connective tissues as a result of alterations in the genes that encode for either the pro alpha1 or pro alpha2 component of type I collagen. Because most forms of OI result from dominant negative mutations, isolated gene replacement therapy is not a logical treatment option. The combined use of genetic manipulation and cellular transplantation, however, may provide a means to overcome this obstacle. This article describes the recent laboratory and clinical advances in cell therapy, highlights potential techniques being investigated to suppress the expression of the mutant allele with antisense gene therapy, and attempts to deliver collagen genes to bone cells. The challenges that the investigators face in their quest for the skeletal gene therapy are also discussed.

  18. Linking Genes to Cardiovascular Diseases: Gene Action and Gene-Environment Interactions.

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    Pasipoularides, Ares

    2015-12-01

    A unique myocardial characteristic is its ability to grow/remodel in order to adapt; this is determined partly by genes and partly by the environment and the milieu intérieur. In the "post-genomic" era, a need is emerging to elucidate the physiologic functions of myocardial genes, as well as potential adaptive and maladaptive modulations induced by environmental/epigenetic factors. Genome sequencing and analysis advances have become exponential lately, with escalation of our knowledge concerning sometimes controversial genetic underpinnings of cardiovascular diseases. Current technologies can identify candidate genes variously involved in diverse normal/abnormal morphomechanical phenotypes, and offer insights into multiple genetic factors implicated in complex cardiovascular syndromes. The expression profiles of thousands of genes are regularly ascertained under diverse conditions. Global analyses of gene expression levels are useful for cataloging genes and correlated phenotypes, and for elucidating the role of genes in maladies. Comparative expression of gene networks coupled to complex disorders can contribute insights as to how "modifier genes" influence the expressed phenotypes. Increasingly, a more comprehensive and detailed systematic understanding of genetic abnormalities underlying, for example, various genetic cardiomyopathies is emerging. Implementing genomic findings in cardiology practice may well lead directly to better diagnosing and therapeutics. There is currently evolving a strong appreciation for the value of studying gene anomalies, and doing so in a non-disjointed, cohesive manner. However, it is challenging for many-practitioners and investigators-to comprehend, interpret, and utilize the clinically increasingly accessible and affordable cardiovascular genomics studies. This survey addresses the need for fundamental understanding in this vital area.

  19. Genotipagem de polimorfismos no gene prnp em ovinos da raça Santa Inês no Estado de São Paulo

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    Caio R. Santos

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Scrapie ou paraplexia enzoótica dos ovinos é uma doença neurodegenerativa fatal que acomete ovinos e raramente caprinos. A doença é influenciada por polimorfismos nos códons 136, 154 e 171 do gene prnp que codifica a proteína priônica. Os animais podem ser susceptíveis ou resistentes, de acordo com as sequências alélicas observadas nos referidos códons. No Brasil ocorreram apenas casos de animais que foram importados, sendo o país considerado livre da doença. Neste trabalho foi realizada a genotipagem dos diferentes polimorfismos associados ao desenvolvimento do scrapie e a categorização em animais susceptíveis e resistentes. Foram sequenciadas 118 amostras provenientes de ovinos da raça Santa Inês criados em propriedades localizadas no Estado de São Paulo. Destas amostras foram identificados 6 alelos e 11 genótipos (ARQ/ARQ, ARR/ARQ, ARQ/AHQ, ARQ/VRQ, AHQ/AHQ, ARR/ARR, ARR/AHQ, VRQ/VRQ, ARQ/TRQ, TRR/TRR, TRQ/TRQ, dentre os quais o genótipo ARQ/ARQ teve ocorrência de 56,7%. Em nosso estudo foi detectada a presença da tirosina no códon 136, observação rara na medida em que não existem relatos nacionais e internacionais envolvendo a raça Santa Inês descrevendo este polimorfismo. Com os resultados obtidos, foi possível determinar a existência de grande variabilidade genética relacionada à raça Santa Inês no Estado de São Paulo. Apesar da variabilidade, apenas 1,69% dos genótipos observados mostraram-se extremamente resistentes ao scrapie. Estes dados demonstram que a raça nativa Santa Inês pode ser considerada potencialmente susceptível ao scrapie.

  20. Viral vectors for gene transfer: current status of gene therapeutics.

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    Heilbronn, Regine; Weger, Stefan

    2010-01-01

    Gene therapy for the correction of inherited or acquired disease has gained increasing importance in recent years. Successful treatment of children suffering from severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) was achieved using retrovirus vectors for gene transfer. Encouraging improvements of vision were reported in a genetic eye disorder (LCA) leading to early childhood blindness. Adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors were used for gene transfer in these trials. This chapter gives an overview of the design and delivery of viral vectors for the transport of a therapeutic gene into a target cell or tissue. The construction and production of retrovirus, lentivirus, and AAV vectors are covered. The focus is on production methods suitable for biopharmaceutical upscaling and for downstream processing. Quality control measures and biological safety considerations for the use of vectors in clinical trials are discussed.

  1. [Pathogenicity and pneumococcal capsular genes].

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    García, E; García, P; López, R

    1994-01-01

    Pneumococci remain to be one of the most prominent human pathogens. Increasing efforts are being dedicated to the development of improved vaccines with wider specificity. Since a clear understanding of the genetics of capsular types in Streptococcus pneumoniae is missing, our efforts are oriented to characterize, at the molecular level, the genes involved in capsular polysaccharide biosynthesis. We have cloned and sequenced a chromosomal DNA fragment of a clinical isolate of type 3 pneumococcus and showed that it contains a type 3 specific gene as well as genes common to other serotypes.

  2. Panspermia and horizontal gene transfer

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    Klyce, Brig

    2009-08-01

    Evidence that extremophiles are hardy and ubiquitous is helping to make panspermia a respectable theory. But even if life on Earth originally came from space, biologists assume that the subsequent evolution of life is still governed by the darwinian paradigm. In this review we show how panspermia could amend darwinism and point to a cosmic source for, not only extremophiles but, all of life. This version of panspermia can be called "strong panspermia." To support this theory we will discuss recent evidence pertaining to horizontal gene transfer, viruses, genes apparently older than the Earthly evolution of the features they encode, and primate-specific genes without identifiable precursors.

  3. The Gene Ontology (GO) project in 2006

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    2006-01-01

    The Gene Ontology (GO) project (http://www.geneontology.org) develops and uses a set of structured, controlled vocabularies for community use in annotating genes, gene products and sequences (also see http://song.sourceforge.net...

  4. The Gene Ontology project in 2008

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    The Gene Ontology (GO) project (http://www.geneontology.org/) provides a set of structured, controlled vocabularies for community use in annotating genes, gene products and sequences (also see http://www.sequenceontology.org...

  5. Integrating Gene Ontology and Blast to predict gene functions

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    WANG Cheng-gang; MO Zhi-hong

    2007-01-01

    A GoBlast system was built to predict gene function by integrating Blast search and Gene Ontology (GO) annotations together. The operation system was based on Debian Linux 3.1, with Apache as the web server and Mysql database as the data storage system. FASTA files with GO annotations were taken as the sequence source for blast alignment, which were formatted by wu-formatdb program. The GoBlast system includes three Bioperl modules in Perl: a data input module, a data process module and a data output module. A GoBlast query starts with an amino acid or nucleotide sequence. It ends with an output in an html page, presenting high scoring gene products which are of a high homology to the queried sequence and listing associated GO terms beside respective gene poducts. A simple click on a GO term leads to the detailed explanation of the specific gene function. This avails gene function prediction by Blast. GoBlast can be a very useful tool for functional genome research and is available for free at http://bioq.org/goblast.

  6. Gene function prediction based on the Gene Ontology hierarchical structure.

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    Cheng, Liangxi; Lin, Hongfei; Hu, Yuncui; Wang, Jian; Yang, Zhihao

    2014-01-01

    The information of the Gene Ontology annotation is helpful in the explanation of life science phenomena, and can provide great support for the research of the biomedical field. The use of the Gene Ontology is gradually affecting the way people store and understand bioinformatic data. To facilitate the prediction of gene functions with the aid of text mining methods and existing resources, we transform it into a multi-label top-down classification problem and develop a method that uses the hierarchical relationships in the Gene Ontology structure to relieve the quantitative imbalance of positive and negative training samples. Meanwhile the method enhances the discriminating ability of classifiers by retaining and highlighting the key training samples. Additionally, the top-down classifier based on a tree structure takes the relationship of target classes into consideration and thus solves the incompatibility between the classification results and the Gene Ontology structure. Our experiment on the Gene Ontology annotation corpus achieves an F-value performance of 50.7% (precision: 52.7% recall: 48.9%). The experimental results demonstrate that when the size of training set is small, it can be expanded via topological propagation of associated documents between the parent and child nodes in the tree structure. The top-down classification model applies to the set of texts in an ontology structure or with a hierarchical relationship.

  7. How eukaryotic genes are transcribed.

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    Venters, Bryan J; Pugh, B Franklin

    2009-06-01

    Regulation of eukaryotic gene expression is far more complex than one might have imagined 30 years ago. However, progress towards understanding gene regulatory mechanisms has been rapid and comprehensive, which has made the integration of detailed observations into broadly connected concepts a challenge. This review attempts to integrate the following concepts: (1) a well-defined organization of nucleosomes and modification states at most genes; (2) regulatory networks of sequence-specific transcription factors; (3) chromatin remodeling coupled to promoter assembly of the general transcription factors and RNA polymerase II; and (4) phosphorylation states of RNA polymerase II coupled to chromatin modification states during transcription. The wealth of new insights arising from the tools of biochemistry, genomics, cell biology, and genetics is providing a remarkable view into the mechanics of gene regulation.

  8. Gene Variants Reduce Opioid Risks

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    ... Opioids Prescription Drugs & Cold Medicines Steroids (Anabolic) Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice) Synthetic Cathinones (Bath Salts) Tobacco/Nicotine ... variant of the gene for the μ-opioid receptor (OPRM1) with a decreased risk for addiction to ...

  9. Gene therapy in ocular diseases

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    Singh Vijay

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Gene therapy is a novel form of drug delivery that enlists the synthetic machinery of the patient′s cells to produce a therapeutic agent. Genes may be delivered into cells in vitro or in vivo utilising viral or non-viral vectors. Recent technical advances have led to the demonstration of the molecular basis of various ocular diseases. Ocular disorders with the greatest potential for benefit of gene therapy include hereditary diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, tumours such as retinoblastoma or melanoma, and acquired proliferative and neovascular retinal disorders. Gene transfer into ocular tissues has been demonstrated with growing functional success and may develop into a new therapeutic tool for clinical ophthalmology in future.

  10. Plant gene technology: social considerations

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    African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 3 (3), pp. 156-158 ... The genetic modification of plants by gene technology is of immense potential benefits, but there may ... this modern age. ... advantages over the current rate of food production and.

  11. Genes That Influence Blood Pressure

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    ... Influence Blood Pressure Gene Linked to Optimism and Self-Esteem Designing New Diabetes Drugs Connect with Us Subscribe to get NIH Research Matters by email RSS Feed Facebook Email us Mailing Address: NIH Research Matters Bldg. ...

  12. MADS-box gene evolution - structure and transcription patterns

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    Johansen, Bo; Pedersen, Louise Buchholt; Skipper, Martin;

    2002-01-01

    Mads-box genes, ABC model, Evolution, Phylogeny, Transcription patterns, Gene structure, Conserved motifs......Mads-box genes, ABC model, Evolution, Phylogeny, Transcription patterns, Gene structure, Conserved motifs...

  13. The evolution of resistance gene in plants

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    BEN Haiyan; LIU Xuemin; LI Lijun; LIU Li

    2007-01-01

    Resistance genes enable plants to fight against plant pathogens. Plant resistance genes (R gene) are organized complexly in genome. Some resistance gene sequence data enable an insight into R gene structure and gene evolution. Some sites like Leucine-Rich Repeat (LRR) are of specific interest since homologous recombination can happen. Crossing over, transposon insertion and excision and mutation can produce new specificity. Three models explaining R gene evolution were discussed. More information needed for dissection of R gene evolution though some step can be inferred from genetic and sequence analysis.

  14. The Insect SNMP Gene Family

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    2009-01-01

    B 1 ( b o v ) Clade 3 - SNMPs Clade 2 Clade 1 CD36 Insect (Holometabola) CD36 Gene family Holometabola Phylogeny (11 Orders) Tribolium castaneum...melanogaster genes (see Nichols and Vogt, 2008). Bootstrap support (1000 replicates) is indicated for the major clades. B. Phylogeny of holometabolous...A. aegypti eggs were graciously provided by Mark Brown (University of Georgia, Department of Entomology) and raised on a larval diet (pond fish food

  15. Rice's Salt Tolerance Gene Cloned

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    2005-01-01

    @@ In cooperation with US colleagues, CAS researchers have made significant progress in their studies into functional genes for key agronomic traits by cloning SKC1, a salt-tolerant functional gene of rice and making clear its biological functions and mechanisms. This pioneering work,which was reported in the Oct. issue of Nature Genetics (37:1141-1146), is believed to hold promise to increase the output of the crop plant in this country.

  16. Genes de defensa en plantas

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    Carbonero Zalduegui, Pilar; García Olmedo, Francisco

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    Se revisan los avances realizados en la caracterización de los genes que codifican para ciertas familias de proteínas vegetales que son tóxicas o inhibitorias frente a insectos, hongos y bacterias. La caracterización incluye el estudio in vitro de las propiedades de las proteínas purificadas y la experimentación in vivo con plantas transgénicas que expresan los genes correspondientes.

  17. Gene mutations in hepatocellular adenomas

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    Raft, Marie B; Jørgensen, Ernö N; Vainer, Ben

    2015-01-01

    is associated with bi-allelic mutations in the TCF1 gene and morphologically has marked steatosis. β-catenin activating HCA has increased activity of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway and is associated with possible malignant transformation. Inflammatory HCA is characterized by an oncogene-induced inflammation due....... This review offers an overview of the reported gene mutations associated with hepatocellular adenomas together with a discussion of the diagnostic and prognostic value....

  18. Immunoglobulin genes of the turtles.

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    Magadán-Mompó, Susana; Sánchez-Espinel, Christian; Gambón-Deza, Francisco

    2013-03-01

    The availability of reptile genomes for the use of the scientific community is an exceptional opportunity to study the evolution of immunoglobulin genes. The genome of Chrysemys picta bellii and Pelodiscus sinensis is the first one that has been reported for turtles. The scanning for immunoglobulin genes resulted in the presence of a complex locus for the immunoglobulin heavy chain (IGH). This IGH locus in both turtles contains genes for 13 isotypes in C. picta bellii and 17 in P. sinensis. These correspond with one immunoglobulin M, one immunoglobulin D, several immunoglobulins Y (six in C. picta bellii and eight in P. sinensis), and several immunoglobulins that are similar to immunoglobulin D2 (five in C. picta belli and seven in P. sinensis) that was previously described in Eublepharis macularius. It is worthy to note that IGHD2 are placed in an inverted transcriptional orientation and present sequences for two immunoglobulin domains that are similar to bird IgA domains. Furthermore, its phylogenetic analysis allows us to consider about the presence of IGHA gene in a primitive reptile, so we would be dealing with the memory of the gene that originated from the bird IGHA. In summary, we provide a clear picture of the immunoglobulins present in a turtle, whose analysis supports the idea that turtles emerged from the evolutionary line from the differentiation of birds and the presence of the IGHA gene present in a common ancestor.

  19. Gene expression in colorectal cancer

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    Birkenkamp-Demtroder, Karin; Christensen, Lise Lotte; Olesen, Sanne Harder

    2002-01-01

    Understanding molecular alterations in colorectal cancer (CRC) is needed to define new biomarkers and treatment targets. We used oligonucleotide microarrays to monitor gene expression of about 6,800 known genes and 35,000 expressed sequence tags (ESTs) on five pools (four to six samples in each p...... with a high frequency of loss of heterozygosity. The genes and ESTs presented in this study encode new potential tumor markers as well as potential novel therapeutic targets for prevention or therapy of CRC.......Understanding molecular alterations in colorectal cancer (CRC) is needed to define new biomarkers and treatment targets. We used oligonucleotide microarrays to monitor gene expression of about 6,800 known genes and 35,000 expressed sequence tags (ESTs) on five pools (four to six samples in each...... pool) of total RNA from left-sided sporadic colorectal carcinomas. We compared normal tissue to carcinoma tissue from Dukes' stages A-D (noninvasive to distant metastasis) and identified 908 known genes and 4,155 ESTs that changed remarkably from normal to tumor tissue. Based on intensive filtering 226...

  20. Gene Polymorphisms in Chronic Periodontitis

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    Marja L. Laine

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We aimed to conduct a review of the literature for gene polymorphisms associated with chronic periodontitis (CP susceptibility. A comprehensive search of the literature in English was performed using the keywords: periodontitis, periodontal disease, combined with the words genes, mutation, or polymorphism. Candidate gene polymorphism studies with a case-control design and reported genotype frequencies in CP patients were searched and reviewed. There is growing evidence that polymorphisms in the IL1, IL6, IL10, vitamin D receptor, and CD14 genes may be associated with CP in certain populations. However, carriage rates of the rare (-allele of any polymorphism varied considerably among studies and most of the studies appeared under-powered and did not correct for other risk factors. Larger cohorts, well-defined phenotypes, control for other risk factors, and analysis of multiple genes and polymorphisms within the same pathway are needed to get a more comprehensive insight into the contribution of gene polymorphisms in CP.

  1. Homologous gene replacement in Physarum

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    Burland, T.G. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Pallotta, D. [Laval Univ., Quebec (Canada)

    1995-01-01

    The protist Physarum polycephalum is useful for analysis of several aspects of cellular and developmental biology. To expand the opportunities for experimental analysis of this organism, we have developed a method for gene replacement. We transformed Physarum amoebae with plasmid DNA carrying a mutant allele, ardD{Delta}1, of the ardD actin gene; ardD{Delta}1 mutates the critical carboxy-terminal region of the gene product. Because ardD is not expressed in the amoeba, replacement of ardD{sup +} with ardD{Delta}1 should not be lethal for this cell type. Transformants were obtained only when linear plasmid DNA was used. Most transformants carried one copy of ardD{Delta}1 in addition to ardD{sup +}, but in two (5%), ardD{sup +} was replaced by a single copy of ardD{Delta}1. This is the first example of homologous gene replacement in Physarum. ardD{Delta}1 was stably maintained in the genome through growth, development and meiosis. We found no effect of ardD{Delta}l on viability, growth, or development of any of the various cell types of Physarum. Thus, the carboxy-terminal region of the ardD product appears not to perform a unique essential role in growth or development. Nevertheless, this method for homologous gene replacement can be applied to analyze the function of any cloned gene. 38 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Cationic Bolaamphiphiles for Gene Delivery

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    Tan, Amelia Li Min; Lim, Alisa Xue Ling; Zhu, Yiting; Yang, Yi Yan; Khan, Majad

    2014-05-01

    Advances in medical research have shed light on the genetic cause of many human diseases. Gene therapy is a promising approach which can be used to deliver therapeutic genes to treat genetic diseases at its most fundamental level. In general, nonviral vectors are preferred due to reduced risk of immune response, but they are also commonly associated with low transfection efficiency and high cytotoxicity. In contrast to viral vectors, nonviral vectors do not have a natural mechanism to overcome extra- and intracellular barriers when delivering the therapeutic gene into cell. Hence, its design has been increasingly complex to meet challenges faced in targeting of, penetration of and expression in a specific host cell in achieving more satisfactory transfection efficiency. Flexibility in design of the vector is desirable, to enable a careful and controlled manipulation of its properties and functions. This can be met by the use of bolaamphiphile, a special class of lipid. Unlike conventional lipids, bolaamphiphiles can form asymmetric complexes with the therapeutic gene. The advantage of having an asymmetric complex lies in the different purposes served by the interior and exterior of the complex. More effective gene encapsulation within the interior of the complex can be achieved without triggering greater aggregation of serum proteins with the exterior, potentially overcoming one of the great hurdles faced by conventional single-head cationic lipids. In this review, we will look into the physiochemical considerations as well as the biological aspects of a bolaamphiphile-based gene delivery system.

  3. Origin and evolution of new genes

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    LI Xin; YANG Shuang; PENG Lixin; CHEN Hong; WANG Wen

    2004-01-01

    Organisms have variable genome sizes andcontain different numbers of genes. This difference demonstrates that new gene origination is a fundamental process in evolutionary biology. Though the study of the origination of new genes dated back more than half a century ago, it is not until the 1990s when the first young genejingwei was found that empirical investigation of the molecular mechanisms of origination of new genes became possible. In the recent years,several young genes were identified and the studies on these genes have greatly enriched the knowledge of this field. Yet more details in a general picture of new genes origination are to be clarified. We have developed a systematic approach to searching for young genes at the genomic level, in the hope to summarize a general pattern of the origination and evolution of new genes, such as the rate of new gene appearance, impact of new genes on their host genomes, etc.

  4. Aphids acquired symbiotic genes via lateral gene transfer

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    Nakabachi Atsushi

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Aphids possess bacteriocytes, which are cells specifically differentiated to harbour the obligate mutualist Buchnera aphidicola (γ-Proteobacteria. Buchnera has lost many of the genes that appear to be essential for bacterial life. From the bacteriocyte of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum, we previously identified two clusters of expressed sequence tags that display similarity only to bacterial genes. Southern blot analysis demonstrated that they are encoded in the aphid genome. In this study, in order to assess the possibility of lateral gene transfer, we determined the full-length sequences of these transcripts, and performed detailed structural and phylogenetic analyses. We further examined their expression levels in the bacteriocyte using real-time quantitative RT-PCR. Results Sequence similarity searches demonstrated that these fully sequenced transcripts are significantly similar to the bacterial genes ldcA (product, LD-carboxypeptidase and rlpA (product, rare lipoprotein A, respectively. Buchnera lacks these genes, whereas many other bacteria, including Escherichia coli, a close relative of Buchnera, possess both ldcA and rlpA. Molecular phylogenetic analysis clearly demonstrated that the aphid ldcA was derived from a rickettsial bacterium closely related to the extant Wolbachia spp. (α-Proteobacteria, Rickettsiales, which are intracellular symbionts of various lineages of arthropods. The evolutionary origin of rlpA was not fully resolved, but it was clearly demonstrated that its double-ψ β-barrel domain is of bacterial origin. Real-time quantitative RT-PCR demonstrated that ldcA and rlpA are expressed 11.6 and 154-fold higher in the bacteriocyte than in the whole body, respectively. LdcA is an enzyme required for recycling murein (peptidoglycan, which is a component of the bacterial cell wall. As Buchnera possesses a cell wall composed of murein but lacks ldcA, a high level of expression of the aphid ldcA in the

  5. Newer Gene Editing Technologies toward HIV Gene Therapy

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    Premlata Shankar

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Despite the great success of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART in ameliorating the course of HIV infection, alternative therapeutic approaches are being pursued because of practical problems associated with life-long therapy. The eradication of HIV in the so-called “Berlin patient” who received a bone marrow transplant from a CCR5-negative donor has rekindled interest in genome engineering strategies to achieve the same effect. Precise gene editing within the cells is now a realistic possibility with recent advances in understanding the DNA repair mechanisms, DNA interaction with transcription factors and bacterial defense mechanisms. Within the past few years, four novel technologies have emerged that can be engineered for recognition of specific DNA target sequences to enable site-specific gene editing: Homing Endonuclease, ZFN, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9 system. The most recent CRISPR/Cas9 system uses a short stretch of complementary RNA bound to Cas9 nuclease to recognize and cleave target DNA, as opposed to the previous technologies that use DNA binding motifs of either zinc finger proteins or transcription activator-like effector molecules fused to an endonuclease to mediate sequence-specific DNA cleavage. Unlike RNA interference, which requires the continued presence of effector moieties to maintain gene silencing, the newer technologies allow permanent disruption of the targeted gene after a single treatment. Here, we review the applications, limitations and future prospects of novel gene-editing strategies for use as HIV therapy.

  6. Sequencing and Gene Expression Analysis of Leishmania tropica LACK Gene.

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    Nour Hammoudeh

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Leishmania Homologue of receptors for Activated C Kinase (LACK antigen is a 36-kDa protein, which provokes a very early immune response against Leishmania infection. There are several reports on the expression of LACK through different life-cycle stages of genus Leishmania, but only a few of them have focused on L.tropica.The present study provides details of the cloning, DNA sequencing and gene expression of LACK in this parasite species. First, several local isolates of Leishmania parasites were typed in our laboratory using PCR technique to verify of Leishmania parasite species. After that, LACK gene was amplified and cloned into a vector for sequencing. Finally, the expression of this molecule in logarithmic and stationary growth phase promastigotes, as well as in amastigotes, was evaluated by Reverse Transcription-PCR (RT-PCR technique.The typing result confirmed that all our local isolates belong to L.tropica. LACK gene sequence was determined and high similarity was observed with the sequences of other Leishmania species. Furthermore, the expression of LACK gene in both promastigotes and amastigotes forms was confirmed.Overall, the data set the stage for future studies of the properties and immune role of LACK gene products.

  7. The biology of novel animal genes: Mouse APEX gene knockout

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    MacInnes, M.; Altherr, M.R.; Ludwig, D. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Pedersen, R.; Mold, C. [Univ. of California, San Francisco, CA (United States)

    1997-07-01

    This is the final report of a one-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The controlled breeding of novel genes into mice, including the gene knockout (KO), or conversely by adding back transgenes provide powerful genetic technologies that together suffice to determine in large part the biological role(s) of novel genes. Inbred mouse remains the best understood and most useful mammalian experimental system available for tackling the biology of novel genes. The major mammalian apurinic/apyrimidinic (AP) endonuclease (APE), is involved in a key step in the repair of spontaneous and induced AP sites in DNA. Efficient repair of these lesions is imperative to prevent the stable incorporation of mutations into the cellular genome which may lead to cell death or transformation. Loss or modulation of base excison repair activity in vivo may elevate the spontaneous mutation rate in cells, and may lead to a substantial increase in the incidence of cancer. Despite extensive biochemical analysis, however, the significance of these individual APE functions in vivo has not been elucidated. Mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells heterozygous for a deletion mutation in APE have been generated and whole animals containing the APE mutation have been derived from these ES cells. Animals homozygous for the APE null mutation die early in gestation, underscoring the biological significance of this DNA repair gene.

  8. Newer gene editing technologies toward HIV gene therapy.

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    Manjunath, N; Yi, Guohua; Dang, Ying; Shankar, Premlata

    2013-11-14

    Despite the great success of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in ameliorating the course of HIV infection, alternative therapeutic approaches are being pursued because of practical problems associated with life-long therapy. The eradication of HIV in the so-called "Berlin patient" who received a bone marrow transplant from a CCR5-negative donor has rekindled interest in genome engineering strategies to achieve the same effect. Precise gene editing within the cells is now a realistic possibility with recent advances in understanding the DNA repair mechanisms, DNA interaction with transcription factors and bacterial defense mechanisms. Within the past few years, four novel technologies have emerged that can be engineered for recognition of specific DNA target sequences to enable site-specific gene editing: Homing Endonuclease, ZFN, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9 system. The most recent CRISPR/Cas9 system uses a short stretch of complementary RNA bound to Cas9 nuclease to recognize and cleave target DNA, as opposed to the previous technologies that use DNA binding motifs of either zinc finger proteins or transcription activator-like effector molecules fused to an endonuclease to mediate sequence-specific DNA cleavage. Unlike RNA interference, which requires the continued presence of effector moieties to maintain gene silencing, the newer technologies allow permanent disruption of the targeted gene after a single treatment. Here, we review the applications, limitations and future prospects of novel gene-editing strategies for use as HIV therapy.

  9. [Developments in gene delivery vectors for ocular gene therapy].

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    Khabou, Hanen; Dalkara, Deniz

    2015-05-01

    Gene therapy is quickly becoming a reality applicable in the clinic for inherited retinal diseases. Its remarkable success in safety and efficacy, in clinical trials for Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA) type II generated significant interest and opened up possibilities for a new era of retinal gene therapies. Success in these clinical trials was mainly due to the favorable characteristics of the retina as a target organ. The eye offers several advantages as it is readily accessible and has some degree of immune privilege making it suitable for application of viral vectors. The viral vectors most frequently used for retinal gene delivery are lentivirus, adenovirus and adeno-associated virus (AAV). Here we will discuss the use of these viral vectors in retinal gene delivery with a strong focus on favorable properties of AAV. Thanks to its small size, AAV diffuses well in the inter-neural matrix making it suitable for applications in neural retina. Building on this initial clinical success with LCA II, we have now many opportunities to extend this proof-of-concept to other retinal diseases using AAV as a vector. This article will discuss what are some of the most imminent cellular targets for such therapies and the AAV toolkit that has been built to target these cells successfully. We will also discuss some of the challenges that we face in translating AAV-based gene therapies to the clinic. © 2015 médecine/sciences – Inserm.

  10. Reduced rates of gene loss, gene silencing, and gene mutation in Dnmt1-deficient embryonic stem cells

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    Chan, M.F.; van Amerongen, R.; Nijjar, T.; Cuppen, E.; Jones, P.A.; Laird, P.W.

    2001-01-01

    Tumor suppressor gene inactivation is a crucial event in oncogenesis. Gene inactivation mechanisms include events resulting in loss of heterozygosity (LOH), gene mutation, and transcriptional silencing. The contribution of each of these different pathways varies among tumor suppressor genes and by c

  11. Characterizing gene-gene interactions in a statistical epistasis network of twelve candidate genes for obesity.

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    De, Rishika; Hu, Ting; Moore, Jason H; Gilbert-Diamond, Diane

    2015-01-01

    Recent findings have reemphasized the importance of epistasis, or gene-gene interactions, as a contributing factor to the unexplained heritability of obesity. Network-based methods such as statistical epistasis networks (SEN), present an intuitive framework to address the computational challenge of studying pairwise interactions between thousands of genetic variants. In this study, we aimed to analyze pairwise interactions that are associated with Body Mass Index (BMI) between SNPs from twelve genes robustly associated with obesity (BDNF, ETV5, FAIM2, FTO, GNPDA2, KCTD15, MC4R, MTCH2, NEGR1, SEC16B, SH2B1, and TMEM18). We used information gain measures to identify all SNP-SNP interactions among and between these genes that were related to obesity (BMI > 30 kg/m(2)) within the Framingham Heart Study Cohort; interactions exceeding a certain threshold were used to build an SEN. We also quantified whether interactions tend to occur more between SNPs from the same gene (dyadicity) or between SNPs from different genes (heterophilicity). We identified a highly connected SEN of 709 SNPs and 1241 SNP-SNP interactions. Combining the SEN framework with dyadicity and heterophilicity analyses, we found 1 dyadic gene (TMEM18, P-value = 0.047) and 3 heterophilic genes (KCTD15, P-value = 0.045; SH2B1, P-value = 0.003; and TMEM18, P-value = 0.001). We also identified a lncRNA SNP (rs4358154) as a key node within the SEN using multiple network measures. This study presents an analytical framework to characterize the global landscape of genetic interactions from genome-wide arrays and also to discover nodes of potential biological significance within the identified network.

  12. Combining Hierarchical and Associative Gene Ontology Relations with Textual Evidence in Estimating Gene and Gene Product Similarity

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    Sanfilippo, Antonio P.; Posse, Christian; Gopalan, Banu; Riensche, Roderick M.; Beagley, Nathaniel; Baddeley, Bob L.; Tratz, Stephen C.; Gregory, Michelle L.

    2007-03-01

    Gene and gene product similarity is a fundamental diagnostic measure in analyzing biological data and constructing predictive models for functional genomics. With the rising influence of the Gene Ontology, two complementary approaches have emerged where the similarity between two genes or gene products is obtained by comparing Gene Ontology (GO) annotations associated with the genes or gene products. One approach captures GO-based similarity in terms of hierarchical relations within each gene subontology. The other approach identifies GO-based similarity in terms of associative relations across the three gene subontologies. We propose a novel methodology where the two approaches can be merged with ensuing benefits in coverage and accuracy, and demonstrate that further improvements can be obtained by integrating textual evidence extracted from relevant biomedical literature.

  13. Gene expression profiles in skeletal muscle after gene electrotransfer

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    Hojman, Pernille; Zibert, John R; Gissel, Hanne;

    2007-01-01

    with the control muscles. Most interestingly, no changes in the expression of proteins involved in inflammatory responses or muscle regeneration was detected, indicating limited muscle damage and regeneration. Histological analysis revealed structural changes with loss of cell integrity and striation pattern......BACKGROUND: Gene transfer by electroporation (DNA electrotransfer) to muscle results in high level long term transgenic expression, showing great promise for treatment of e.g. protein deficiency syndromes. However little is known about the effects of DNA electrotransfer on muscle fibres. We have......) followed by a long low voltage pulse (LV, 100 V/cm, 400 ms); a pulse combination optimised for efficient and safe gene transfer. Muscles were transfected with green fluorescent protein (GFP) and excised at 4 hours, 48 hours or 3 weeks after treatment. RESULTS: Differentially expressed genes were...

  14. Imaging reporter gene for monitoring gene therapy; Imagerie par gene rapporteur: un atout pour la therapie genique

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    Beco, V. de; Baillet, G.; Tamgac, F.; Tofighi, M.; Weinmann, P.; Vergote, J.; Moretti, J.L. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Avicenne, Service Central de Medecine Nucleaire et Biophysique, UPRES 2360, 93 - Bobigny (France); Tamgac, G. [Univetsite d' Uludag, Service de Medecine Nucleaire, Bursa (Turkey)

    2002-06-01

    Scintigraphic images can be obtained to document gene function at cellular level. This approach is presented here and the use of a reporter gene to monitor gene therapy is described. Two main ways are presented: either the use of a reporter gene coding for an enzyme the action of which will be monitored by radiolabeled pro-drug, or a cellular receptor gene, the action of which is documented by a radio labeled cognate receptor ligand. (author)

  15. COGNATE: comparative gene annotation characterizer.

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    Wilbrandt, Jeanne; Misof, Bernhard; Niehuis, Oliver

    2017-07-17

    The comparison of gene and genome structures across species has the potential to reveal major trends of genome evolution. However, such a comparative approach is currently hampered by a lack of standardization (e.g., Elliott TA, Gregory TR, Philos Trans Royal Soc B: Biol Sci 370:20140331, 2015). For example, testing the hypothesis that the total amount of coding sequences is a reliable measure of potential proteome diversity (Wang M, Kurland CG, Caetano-Anollés G, PNAS 108:11954, 2011) requires the application of standardized definitions of coding sequence and genes to create both comparable and comprehensive data sets and corresponding summary statistics. However, such standard definitions either do not exist or are not consistently applied. These circumstances call for a standard at the descriptive level using a minimum of parameters as well as an undeviating use of standardized terms, and for software that infers the required data under these strict definitions. The acquisition of a comprehensive, descriptive, and standardized set of parameters and summary statistics for genome publications and further analyses can thus greatly benefit from the availability of an easy to use standard tool. We developed a new open-source command-line tool, COGNATE (Comparative Gene Annotation Characterizer), which uses a given genome assembly and its annotation of protein-coding genes for a detailed description of the respective gene and genome structure parameters. Additionally, we revised the standard definitions of gene and genome structures and provide the definitions used by COGNATE as a working draft suggestion for further reference. Complete parameter lists and summary statistics are inferred using this set of definitions to allow down-stream analyses and to provide an overview of the genome and gene repertoire characteristics. COGNATE is written in Perl and freely available at the ZFMK homepage ( https://www.zfmk.de/en/COGNATE ) and on github ( https

  16. Analysis of Duplicate Genes in Soybean

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    C.M. Cai; K.J. Van; M.Y. Kim; S.H. Lee

    2007-01-01

    @@ Gene duplication is a major determinant of the size and gene complement of eukaryotic genomes (Lockton and Gaut, 2005). There are a number of different ways in which duplicate genes can arise (Sankoff, 2001), but the most spectacular method of gene duplication may be whole genome duplication via polyploidization.

  17. Synthetic promoter libraries- tuning of gene expression

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    Hammer, Karin; Mijakovic, Ivan; Jensen, Peter Ruhdal

    2006-01-01

    The study of gene function often requires changing the expression of a gene and evaluating the consequences. In principle, the expression of any given gene can be modulated in a quasi-continuum of discrete expression levels but the traditional approaches are usually limited to two extremes: gene ...

  18. Deregulated genes in sporadic vestibular schwannomas

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    Cayé-Thomasen, Per; Helweg-Larsen, Rehannah Holga Andrea; Stangerup, Sven-Eric;

    2010-01-01

    In search of genes associated with vestibular schwannoma tumorigenesis, this study examines the gene expression in human vestibular nerve versus vestibular schwannoma tissue samples using microarray technology.......In search of genes associated with vestibular schwannoma tumorigenesis, this study examines the gene expression in human vestibular nerve versus vestibular schwannoma tissue samples using microarray technology....

  19. Deregulated genes in sporadic vestibular schwannomas

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    Cayé-Thomasen, Per; Helweg-Larsen, Rehannah Holga Andrea; Stangerup, Sven-Eric

    2010-01-01

    In search of genes associated with vestibular schwannoma tumorigenesis, this study examines the gene expression in human vestibular nerve versus vestibular schwannoma tissue samples using microarray technology.......In search of genes associated with vestibular schwannoma tumorigenesis, this study examines the gene expression in human vestibular nerve versus vestibular schwannoma tissue samples using microarray technology....

  20. Gene Therapy Applications in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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    Catherine H Wu

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Advantages and disadvantages of viral vectors and nonviral vectors for gene delivery to digestive organs are reviewed. Advances in systems for the introduction of new gene expression are described, including self-deleting retroviral transfer vectors, chimeric viruses and chimeric oligonucleotides. Systems for inhibition of gene expression are discussed, including antisense oligonucleotides, ribozymes and dominant-negative genes.

  1. Using GenePattern for Gene Expression Analysis

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    Kuehn, Heidi; Liberzon, Arthur; Reich, Michael; Mesirov, Jill P.

    2013-01-01

    The abundance of genomic data now available in biomedical research has stimulated the development of sophisticated statistical methods for interpreting the data, and of special visualization tools for displaying the results in a concise and meaningful manner. However, biologists often find these methods and tools difficult to understand and use correctly. GenePattern is a freely available software package that addresses this issue by providing more than 100 analysis and visualization tools for genomic research in a comprehensive user-friendly environment for users at all levels of computational experience and sophistication. This unit demonstrates how to prepare and analyze microarray data in GenePattern. PMID:18551415

  2. The KCNE genes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: a candidate gene study

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    Hedley, Paula L; Haundrup, Ole; Andersen, Paal S

    2011-01-01

    The gene family KCNE1-5, which encode modulating β-subunits of several repolarising K+-ion channels, has been associated with genetic cardiac diseases such as long QT syndrome, atrial fibrillation and Brugada syndrome. The minK peptide, encoded by KCNE1, is attached to the Z-disc of the sarcomere...... as well as the T-tubules of the sarcolemma. It has been suggested that minK forms part of an "electro-mechanical feed-back" which links cardiomyocyte stretching to changes in ion channel function. We examined whether mutations in KCNE genes were associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a genetic...

  3. Gene replacement in Penicillium roqueforti.

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    Goarin, Anne; Silar, Philippe; Malagnac, Fabienne

    2015-05-01

    Most cheese-making filamentous fungi lack suitable molecular tools to improve their biotechnology potential. Penicillium roqueforti, a species of high industrial importance, would benefit from functional data yielded by molecular genetic approaches. This work provides the first example of gene replacement by homologous recombination in P. roqueforti, demonstrating that knockout experiments can be performed in this fungus. To do so, we improved the existing transformation method to integrate transgenes into P. roqueforti genome. In the meantime, we cloned the PrNiaD gene, which encodes a NADPH-dependent nitrate reductase that reduces nitrate to nitrite. Then, we performed a deletion of the PrNiaD gene from P. roqueforti strain AGO. The ΔPrNiaD mutant strain is more resistant to chlorate-containing medium than the wild-type strain, but did not grow on nitrate-containing medium. Because genomic data are now available, we believe that generating selective deletions of candidate genes will be a key step to open the way for a comprehensive exploration of gene function in P. roqueforti.

  4. Gene Ontology Consortium: going forward.

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    2015-01-01

    The Gene Ontology (GO; http://www.geneontology.org) is a community-based bioinformatics resource that supplies information about gene product function using ontologies to represent biological knowledge. Here we describe improvements and expansions to several branches of the ontology, as well as updates that have allowed us to more efficiently disseminate the GO and capture feedback from the research community. The Gene Ontology Consortium (GOC) has expanded areas of the ontology such as cilia-related terms, cell-cycle terms and multicellular organism processes. We have also implemented new tools for generating ontology terms based on a set of logical rules making use of templates, and we have made efforts to increase our use of logical definitions. The GOC has a new and improved web site summarizing new developments and documentation, serving as a portal to GO data. Users can perform GO enrichment analysis, and search the GO for terms, annotations to gene products, and associated metadata across multiple species using the all-new AmiGO 2 browser. We encourage and welcome the input of the research community in all biological areas in our continued effort to improve the Gene Ontology. © The Author(s) 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.

  5. Gene Ontology Consortium: going forward

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    2015-01-01

    The Gene Ontology (GO; http://www.geneontology.org) is a community-based bioinformatics resource that supplies information about gene product function using ontologies to represent biological knowledge. Here we describe improvements and expansions to several branches of the ontology, as well as updates that have allowed us to more efficiently disseminate the GO and capture feedback from the research community. The Gene Ontology Consortium (GOC) has expanded areas of the ontology such as cilia-related terms, cell-cycle terms and multicellular organism processes. We have also implemented new tools for generating ontology terms based on a set of logical rules making use of templates, and we have made efforts to increase our use of logical definitions. The GOC has a new and improved web site summarizing new developments and documentation, serving as a portal to GO data. Users can perform GO enrichment analysis, and search the GO for terms, annotations to gene products, and associated metadata across multiple species using the all-new AmiGO 2 browser. We encourage and welcome the input of the research community in all biological areas in our continued effort to improve the Gene Ontology. PMID:25428369

  6. Clock Genes in Glia Cells

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    Chi-Castañeda, Donají

    2016-01-01

    Circadian rhythms are periodic patterns in biological processes that allow the organisms to anticipate changes in the environment. These rhythms are driven by the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), the master circadian clock in vertebrates. At a molecular level, circadian rhythms are regulated by the so-called clock genes, which oscillate in a periodic manner. The protein products of clock genes are transcription factors that control their own and other genes’ transcription, collectively known as “clock-controlled genes.” Several brain regions other than the SCN express circadian rhythms of clock genes, including the amygdala, the olfactory bulb, the retina, and the cerebellum. Glia cells in these structures are expected to participate in rhythmicity. However, only certain types of glia cells may be called “glial clocks,” since they express PER-based circadian oscillators, which depend of the SCN for their synchronization. This contribution summarizes the current information about clock genes in glia cells, their plausible role as oscillators and their medical implications. PMID:27666286

  7. Melatonin Receptor Genes in Vertebrates

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    Hua Dong Yin

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Melatonin receptors are members of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR family. Three genes for melatonin receptors have been cloned. The MT1 (or Mel1a or MTNR1A and MT2 (or Mel1b or MTNR1B receptor subtypes are present in humans and other mammals, while an additional melatonin receptor subtype, Mel1c (or MTNR1C, has been identified in fish, amphibians and birds. Another melatonin related orphan receptor, GPR50, which does not bind melatonin, is found exclusively in mammals. The hormone melatonin is secreted primarily by the pineal gland, with highest levels occurring during the dark period of a circadian cycle. This hormone acts systemically in numerous organs. In the brain, it is involved in the regulation of various neural and endocrine processes, and it readjusts the circadian pacemaker, the suprachiasmatic nucleus. This article reviews recent studies of gene organization, expression, evolution and mutations of melatonin receptor genes of vertebrates. Gene polymorphisms reveal that numerous mutations are associated with diseases and disorders. The phylogenetic analysis of receptor genes indicates that GPR50 is an outgroup to all other melatonin receptor sequences. GPR50 may have separated from a melatonin receptor ancestor before the split between MTNR1C and the MTNR1A/B ancestor.

  8. An encyclopedia of mouse genes.

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    Marra, M; Hillier, L; Kucaba, T; Allen, M; Barstead, R; Beck, C; Blistain, A; Bonaldo, M; Bowers, Y; Bowles, L; Cardenas, M; Chamberlain, A; Chappell, J; Clifton, S; Favello, A; Geisel, S; Gibbons, M; Harvey, N; Hill, F; Jackson, Y; Kohn, S; Lennon, G; Mardis, E; Martin, J; Mila, L; McCann, R; Morales, R; Pape, D; Person, B; Prange, C; Ritter, E; Soares, M; Schurk, R; Shin, T; Steptoe, M; Swaller, T; Theising, B; Underwood, K; Wylie, T; Yount, T; Wilson, R; Waterston, R

    1999-02-01

    The laboratory mouse is the premier model system for studies of mammalian development due to the powerful classical genetic analysis possible (see also the Jackson Laboratory web site, http://www.jax.org/) and the ever-expanding collection of molecular tools. To enhance the utility of the mouse system, we initiated a program to generate a large database of expressed sequence tags (ESTs) that can provide rapid access to genes. Of particular significance was the possibility that cDNA libraries could be prepared from very early stages of development, a situation unrealized in human EST projects. We report here the development of a comprehensive database of ESTs for the mouse. The project, initiated in March 1996, has focused on 5' end sequences from directionally cloned, oligo-dT primed cDNA libraries. As of 23 October 1998, 352,040 sequences had been generated, annotated and deposited in dbEST, where they comprised 93% of the total ESTs available for mouse. EST data are versatile and have been applied to gene identification, comparative sequence analysis, comparative gene mapping and candidate disease gene identification, genome sequence annotation, microarray development and the development of gene-based map resources.

  9. Molecular Studies on Preproinsulin Gene

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    Sabir Sarah

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Insulin plays an important role in maintaining the blood glucose level of the body. The β-cells of pancreas produce insulin in the form of precursor that is preproinsulin. The gene of preproinsulin provides an interesting system for addressing question related to molecular evolution. Recombinant DNA technology has made it possible to isolate and sequence the chromosomal genes coding for unique protein products. Although preproinsulin of various organism has been isolated and cloned, but there is no report from buffalo (Bubalus bubalis that is our major livestock. The genomic DNA of buffalo was isolated using Laura-Lee-Boodram method. The part of preproinsulin gene (596bp and 520bp using BPPI-UPS and bpiful_F as forward and BC1-C as reverse primer was amplified. Cloning of amplified fragments of gene were performed in pCR 2.1 vector. Positive clones were screened on the basis of blue white selection. The band obtained on 596bp and 520bp after colony PCR confirmed the successful cloning of preproinsulin gene in pCR 2.1 vector.

  10. Comparative genomic analysis of eutherian kallikrein genes

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    Marko Premzl

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The present study made attempts to update and revise eutherian kallikrein genes implicated in major physiological and pathological processes and in medical molecular diagnostics. Using eutherian comparative genomic analysis protocol and free available genomic sequence assemblies, the tests of reliability of eutherian public genomic sequences annotated most comprehensive curated third party data gene data set of eutherian kallikrein genes including 121 complete coding sequences among 335 potential coding sequences. The present analysis first described 13 major gene clusters of eutherian kallikrein genes, and explained their differential gene expansion patterns. One updated classification and nomenclature of eutherian kallikrein genes was proposed, as new framework of future experiments.

  11. Advancement and prospects of tumor gene therapy

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    Chao Zhang; Qing-Tao Wang; He Liu; Zhen-Zhu Zhang; Wen-Lin Huang

    2011-01-01

    Gene therapy is one of the most attractive fields in tumor therapy. In past decades, significant progress has been achieved. Various approaches, such as viral and non-viral vectors and physical methods, have been developed to make gene delivery safer and more efficient. Several therapeutic strategies have evolved, including gene-based (tumor suppressor genes, suicide genes, antiangiogenic genes, cytokine and oxidative stress-based genes) and RNA-based (antisense oligonucieotides and RNA interference) approaches. In addition, immune response-based strategies (dendritic cell- and T cell-based therapy) are also under investigation in tumor gene therapy. This review highlights the progress and recent developments in gene delivery systems, therapeutic strategies, and possible clinical directions for gene therapy.

  12. Novel genes in LDL metabolism

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    Christoffersen, Mette; Tybjærg-Hansen, Anne

    2015-01-01

    -exome sequencing and 'exome chip' studies have additionally suggested several novel genes in LDL metabolism including insulin-induced gene 2, signal transducing adaptor family member 1, lysosomal acid lipase A, patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing protein 5 and transmembrane 6 superfamily member 2. Most......PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize recent findings from genome-wide association studies (GWAS), whole-exome sequencing of patients with familial hypercholesterolemia and 'exome chip' studies pointing to novel genes in LDL metabolism. RECENT FINDINGS: The genetic loci for ATP-binding cassette...... transporters G5 and G8, Niemann-Pick C1-Like protein 1, sortilin-1, ABO blood-group glycosyltransferases, myosin regulatory light chain-interacting protein and cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase have all consistently been associated with LDL cholesterol levels and/or coronary artery disease in GWAS. Whole...

  13. Gene Therapy for Bone Engineering

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    Elizabeth eRosado Balmayor

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Bone has an intrinsic healing capacity that may be exceeded when the fracture gap is too big or unstable. In that moment, osteogenic measures needs to be taken by physicians. It is important to combine cells, scaffolds and growth factors and the correct mechanical conditions. Growth factors are clinically administered as recombinant proteins. They are, however, expensive and needed in high supraphysiological doses. Moreover, their half-life is short when administered to the fracture. Therefore, gene therapy may be an alternative. Cells can constantly produce the protein of interest in the correct folding, with the physiological glycosylation and in the needed amounts. Genes can be delivered in vivo or ex vivo by viral or non-viral methods. Adenovirus is mostly used. For the non-viral methods, hydrogels and recently sonoporation seem to be promising means. This review will give an overview of recent advancements in gene therapy approaches for bone regeneration strategies.

  14. The plant ADH gene family.

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    Strommer, Judith

    2011-04-01

    The structures, evolution and functions of alcohol dehydrogenase gene families and their products have been scrutinized for half a century. Our understanding of the enzyme structure and catalytic activity of plant alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH-P) is based on the vast amount of information available for its animal counterpart. The probable origins of the enzyme from a simple β-coil and eventual emergence from a glutathione-dependent formaldehyde dehydrogenase have been well described. There is compelling evidence that the small ADH gene families found in plants today are the survivors of multiple rounds of gene expansion and contraction. To the probable original function of their products in the terminal reaction of anaerobic fermentation have been added roles in yeast-like aerobic fermentation and the production of characteristic scents that act to attract animals that serve as pollinators or agents of seed dispersal and to protect against herbivores.

  15. Candidate genes in panic disorder

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    Howe, A. S.; Buttenschön, Henriette N; Bani-Fatemi, A.

    2016-01-01

    The utilization of molecular genetics approaches in examination of panic disorder (PD) has implicated several variants as potential susceptibility factors for panicogenesis. However, the identification of robust PD susceptibility genes has been complicated by phenotypic diversity, underpowered...... association studies and ancestry-specific effects. In the present study, we performed a succinct review of case-control association studies published prior to April 2015. Meta-analyses were performed for candidate gene variants examined in at least three studies using the Cochrane Mantel-Haenszel fixed......-effect model. Secondary analyses were also performed to assess the influences of sex, agoraphobia co-morbidity and ancestry-specific effects on panicogenesis. Meta-analyses were performed on 23 variants in 20 PD candidate genes. Significant associations after correction for multiple testing were observed...

  16. Simplifying gene trees for easier comprehension

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    Mundry Marvin; Lott Paul-Ludwig; Sassenberg Christoph; Lorkowski Stefan; Fuellen Georg

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background In the genomic age, gene trees may contain large amounts of data making them hard to read and understand. Therefore, an automated simplification is important. Results We present a simplification tool for gene trees called TreeSimplifier. Based on species tree information and HUGO gene names, it summarizes "monophyla". These monophyla correspond to subtrees of the gene tree where the evolution of a gene follows species phylogeny, and they are simplified to single leaves in ...

  17. Genes Contributing to the Development of Alcoholism

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    Edenberg, Howard J.

    2012-01-01

    Genetic factors (i.e., variations in specific genes) account for a substantial portion of the risk for alcoholism. However, identifying those genes and the specific variations involved is challenging. Researchers have used both case–control and family studies to identify genes related to alcoholism risk. In addition, different strategies such as candidate gene analyses and genome-wide association studies have been used. The strongest effects have been found for specific variants of genes that...

  18. Activities of Human Gene Nomenclature Committee

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    The objective of this project, shared between NIH and DOE, has been and remains to enable the medical genetics communities to use common names for genes that are discovered by different gene hunting groups, in different species. This effort provides consistent gene nomenclature and approved gene symbols to the community at large. This contributes to a uniform and consistent understanding of genomes, particularly the human as well as functional genomics based on comparisons between homologous genes in related species (human and mice).

  19. Electroporation-mediated gene delivery.

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    Young, Jennifer L; Dean, David A

    2015-01-01

    Electroporation has been used extensively to transfer DNA to bacteria, yeast, and mammalian cells in culture for the past 30 years. Over this time, numerous advances have been made, from using fields to facilitate cell fusion, delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs to cells and tissues, and most importantly, gene and drug delivery in living tissues from rodents to man. Electroporation uses electrical fields to transiently destabilize the membrane allowing the entry of normally impermeable macromolecules into the cytoplasm. Surprisingly, at the appropriate field strengths, the application of these fields to tissues results in little, if any, damage or trauma. Indeed, electroporation has even been used successfully in human trials for gene delivery for the treatment of tumors and for vaccine development. Electroporation can lead to between 100 and 1000-fold increases in gene delivery and expression and can also increase both the distribution of cells taking up and expressing the DNA as well as the absolute amount of gene product per cell (likely due to increased delivery of plasmids into each cell). Effective electroporation depends on electric field parameters, electrode design, the tissues and cells being targeted, and the plasmids that are being transferred themselves. Most importantly, there is no single combination of these variables that leads to greatest efficacy in every situation; optimization is required in every new setting. Electroporation-mediated in vivo gene delivery has proven highly effective in vaccine production, transgene expression, enzyme replacement, and control of a variety of cancers. Almost any tissue can be targeted with electroporation, including muscle, skin, heart, liver, lung, and vasculature. This chapter will provide an overview of the theory of electroporation for the delivery of DNA both in individual cells and in tissues and its application for in vivo gene delivery in a number of animal models.

  20. Tetraploidy acute promyelocytic leuemia with double t(15;17)/PML-RARA, a case report with review of literature.

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    Dalia, Samir M; Horna, Pedro; Zhang, Ling

    2014-01-01

    Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) with tetraploidy chromosome harboring t(15;17)(q23;a21) is extremely rare. To date, there are 14 such cases reports that describe this entity, mostly found in Eastern hemisphere. Herein we described a 51-year-old man with a diagnosis of tetraploid acute promyelocytic leukemia with double (15;17) translocations and compare the prototypically clinicopathologic, genetic and molecular findings with those reported in the literature.

  1. Study of rare earth separation by counter current electromigration; Estudo da separacao de terras raras por eletromigracao em contra corrente

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    Correa, Sergio Machado

    1995-08-01

    The counter current electromigration (CCEM) is an electrophoretic technique where the charged species migrate on an electrical field toward an electrolytic flux. Usually this electrolyte is a complexing agent and is necessary to increase the small differences between the species mobilities. A new column was developed, all made of acrylic, in a cylindrical shape. A set of experiments was carried out with the species Na{sup +}/K{sup +}, K{sup +}/Sm{sup +3}, K{sup +}/Eu{sup +3} and K{sup +}/Sm{sup +3}/Eu{sup +3} using the {alpha}-hydrox i-isobutyric acid o,01 M as the counter current electrolytic flux. From a synthetic mixture of 90% of samarium and 10% of europium was obtained the samarium ion in a purity better than 99,9% where the concentration of Eu was determined by the polarography technique. The potassium ion was used as a leading electrolyte. It was also measured the mobilities of the involved species in the {alpha}-HIBA medium. Two models are proposed, a stationary model and a dynamic one. A simulator of a simplified stationary model, prepared in FORTRAN language, was developed and tested toward experimental results. (author)

  2. Síndrome febril persistente secundario a abscesos cerebrales: una rara complicación de la meningococemia

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    A. Ruiz-Serrato

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available La enfermedad meningocócica se produce por la diseminación hematógena de Neisseria meningitidis. Hasta en un 20% de los casos se produce una sepsis meningocócica, meningitis en un 50% y en menor proporción otras afecciones como neumonía, artritis, uretritis, conjuntivitis o pericarditis, siendo los abscesos cerebrales una complicación excepcional.

  3. Lúpus comedônico: rara apresentação do lúpus eritematoso discoide

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    2011-01-01

    Lúpus eritematoso cutâneo crônico é doença autoimune, com apresentações polimorfas que podem, eventualmente, mimetizar outras condições clínicas, causando dificuldade diagnóstica. Quadro acneiforme, com comedões e lesões atróficas pontuadas (pitting scars) pode constituir apresentação atípica do lúpus eritematoso cutâneo discóide

  4. Synthesis, characterization and thermal behavior of rare earth amido sulfonates; Sintese, caracterizacao e comportamento termico de amidossulfonatos de terras raras

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    Luiz, Jose Marques; Nunes, Ronaldo Spezia, E-mail: jmluiz@feg.unesp.br [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio Mesquita Filho (UNESP), Guaratingueta, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia. Departamento de Fisica e Quimica; Matos, Jivaldo do Rosario [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Instituto de Quimica

    2013-09-01

    Hydrated compounds prepared in aqueous solution by reaction between amidosulfonic acid [H{sub 3}NSO{sub 3}] and suspensions of rare earth hydroxycarbonates [Ln{sub 2}(OH){sub x}(CO{sub 3}){sub y}.zH{sub 2}O] were characterized by elemental analysis (% Ln, % N and % H), infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and thermogravimetry (TG). The compounds presented the stoichiometry Ln(NH{sub 2}SO{sub 3}){sub 3}.xH{sub 2}O (where x = 1, 5, 2.0 or 3.0). The IR spectra showed absorptions characteristic of H{sub 2}O molecules and NH{sub 2}SO{sub 3} groups. Degree of hydration, thermal decomposition steps and formation of stable intermediates of the type [Ln{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}] and (Ln{sub 2}O{sub 2}SO{sub 4}), besides formation of their oxides, was determined by thermogravimetry. (author)

  5. Uso de elementos de tierras raras contenidos en los discos duros de computadoras para optimizar la quema de combustibles fluidos

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    Carlos Vallejos

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available La investigación examinó el uso de imanes de neodimio provenientes de los discos duros de computadoras en desuso, y su utilización como optimizadores de la combustión de fluidos tales como propano, butano o la mezcla de los mismos. En la validación del efecto del campo magnético sobre los fluidos en referencia se utilizaron dos cocinas nuevas y dos cocinas previamente utilizadas, con su respectiva alimentación de gas. Los ensayos se realizaron sin y con imanes de neodimio provenientes de desechos tecnológicos. Como resultado de la investigación se concluyó que tales imanes son aptos para este propósito, con un rango de optimización en la combustión del gas de entre el 13 y el 20%. Esto pudo demostrarse mediante la aplicación de principios generales de la mecánica de fluidos, del campo magnético y de la termodinámica. Los resultados contribuyen a la búsqueda de estrategias para disminuir el uso de combustibles fosiles en los hogares y otros espacios donde se utiliza gas licuado para la cocción de los alimentos, así cómo para contribuir al bienestar de la microeconomía.

  6. Alopecia: manifestação cutânea rara de sarcoidose Alopecia: an uncommon cutaneous manifestation of sarcoidosis

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    Fabiane Mulinari Brenner

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available A sarcoidose é doença granulomatosa multissistêmica que geralmente compromete o trato respiratório e os linfonodos hilares. A pele é comumente afetada, mas raramente o couro cabeludo. Dois casos de sarcoidose com lesões no couro cabeludo são relatados: o primeiro, em paciente negra apresentando áreas de alopecia no couro cabeludo associada a outras lesões cutâneas; e o segundo, em paciente branca, portadora de sarcoidose pulmonar, com alopecia como manifestação cutânea isolada. A sarcoidose de couro cabeludo merece especial atenção, pois nos pacientes com essa forma de lesão cutânea existe alta incidência de acometimento sistêmico.Sarcoidosis is a multi-system granulomatous disease that generally affects the respiratory tract and hilar lymph nodes. The skin is also commonly involved, although cutaneous sarcoidosis on the scalp is rare. Two cases of scalp sarcoidosis are reported: the first presented with patchy alopecia, cutaneous sarcoidosis and also systemic disease in a black patient; the second case is related to an uncommon presentation with alopecia as the single cutaneous manifestation in a Caucasian patient with pulmonary sarcoidosis. Scalp sarcoidosis deserves special attention because there is a high incidence of other systemic lesions with this cutaneous manifestation, thus a careful investigation should be performed in these patients.

  7. El laboratorio en el diagnóstico de las enfermedades raras Laboratory diagnosis of rare diseases

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    R. Artuch

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Los errores congénitos del metabolismo (ECM, constituyen un grupo de enfermedades cuyo diagnóstico se realiza habitualmente por medio de la cuantificación de metabolitos en fluidos biológicos. El objetivo de la presente revisión es describir el papel del laboratorio en el diagnóstico de los ECM haciendo especial énfasis en los procedimientos analíticos disponibles en la actualidad, revisando sus ventajas y también sus limitaciones. En conclusión, el número tan elevado de ECM que se está identificando hace necesaria la implementación progresiva de nuevas tecnologías en los laboratorios dedicados al estudio de estas enfermedades. Si bien es cierto que estas nuevas herramientas han dotado a los laboratorios de una mayor capacidad diagnóstica, no hay que olvidar pruebas convencionales que siguen siendo necesarias para este diagnóstico, así como toda una serie de variables que influyen en la recogida de las muestras y en la expresión de la enfermedad, que pueden conducir a fallos diagnósticos.Inborn errors of metabolism (IEM are a group of diseases whose diagnosis is usually performed by quantification of several metabolites in biological fluids. The aim of this review is to report the role of the laboratory in IEM diagnosis, highlighting the methods available at present and their advantages and limitations. In conclusion, the huge number of recognized IEMs strongly advises the implementation of new high- output technologies in the laboratories devoted to IEM diagnosis. Although these technologies offer a high diagnostic ability, routine analyses are still very important, as well as consideration of several variables involved in biological sample collection and disease expression that may lead to misdiagnosis of IEMs.

  8. Los errores congénitos del metabolismo como enfermedades raras con un planteamiento global específico

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    P. Sanjurjo

    Full Text Available Las llamadas enfermedades congénitas del metabolismo (ECM son consecuencia de alteraciones bioquímicas de origen génico que tienen como consecuencia la alteración de una proteína. Dependiendo de la función de esta proteína, ya sea como un enzima; como una hormona; como un receptor-transportador de membrana celular; o formando parte de una organela celular (lisosoma, peroxisoma surgen diferentes grupos de enfermedades, lo cual origina la característica más destacada de los errores innatos del metabolismo (EIM que es su gran heterogeneidad clínica. La mayoría de estas enfermedades son autosómico-recesivas, con un número limitado de portadores asintomáticos, pero también las hay regidas por una herencia de carácter autonómica dominante o ligada al cromosoma X. Uno a uno, realmente los ECM son muy poco frecuentes pero en su conjunto los ECM (de los cuales hay descritos en el momento actual más de 500 pueden afectar al 1/500 recién nacidos. Una característica común a muchos ECM es la posibilidad de tratamiento dietético y el tratamiento con sustitución enzimática. Desde el punto de vista práctico es útil considerar su clasificacion atendiendo al momento de inicio de los síntomas y a la forma de presentación de las manifestaciones clínicas. Desde esta perspectiva y con fines fundamentalmente didácticos se deben considerar los siguientes grupos: ECM del metabolismo intermediario, (tipo intoxicación, y tipo déficit energético. Errores congénitos del metabolismo de las organelas celulares, y EMCM complejos por alteración de ciclos y otros. Se presentan de forma resumida los aspectos clínicos, diagnósticos y terapéuticos de una enfermedad de cada tipo de las descritas anteriormente: hiperfenilalaninemias, deficiencias de la fosforilación oxidativa mitocondrial (OXPHOS y enfermedades lisosomales.

  9. RECOMENDACIONES SOBRE LOS ASPECTOS ÉTICOS DE LOS PROGRAMAS DE CRIBADO DE POBLACIÓN PARA ENFERMEDADES RARAS

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    Teresa Pàmpols Ros

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    específico e integral; la creación de un grupo de trabajo interdisciplinar que controle su desarrollo y elabore un protocolo de programa que incluya su justificación, desarrollo y ejecución incluyendo las actividades terapéuticas o preventivas y actividades de seguimiento; la revisión necesaria del programa por un Comité de Ética independiente; la garantía de acceso voluntario, universal y equitativo que requiere de la información sobre el programa y hechos específicos si los hubiera, como la detección accidental del estado heterocigoto en menores en los programas de cribado neonatal y las necesidades de consejo genético; la consideración del uso futuro de las muestras remanentes; la calidad total y evaluación periódica del programa; las garantías de confidencialidad de los datos de carácter personal; la declaración de conflictos de intereses de los miembros de los Comités implicados en el programa.

  10. Torcicolo: Apresentação Rara de uma Malformação Congénita

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    Lopes, Tânia; Moreira, Ana Raquel; Madureira, Cristina Duarte; Martins, Rui; Pereira, Josué; Vieira, Clara

    2016-01-01

    O torcicolo é uma ocorrência frequente em idade pediátrica. Apesar da situação clínica mais comum ser o torcicolo muscular congénito, é obrigatório no diagnóstico diferencial considerar outras causas de postura anómala da cabeça e do pescoço.Relata-se o caso de um menino de 34 meses referenciado para a consulta de pediatria por torcicolo direito constante desde os 15 meses de idade. Realizou ecografia e radiografia cervicais, bem como avaliação oftalmológica, que não revelaram alterações.Real...

  11. Terras raras: aplicações industriais e biológicas Rare earths: industrial and biological applications

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    Tereza S. Martins

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available The history of the rare earths is rich in innovation and these elements have been the object of study of a number of scientists. Rare earths are used practically in almost all aspects of life and these applications are due to their outstanding properties, mainly spectroscopic and magnetic. In industry, the applications of rare earths are many, such as in catalysis, phosphors, magnetism, glass and lasers. In biological systems, rare earths are used, for example, as luminescent probes in the investigation of binding sites in proteins, labels in immunoassays and in noninvasive tests.

  12. Effects of doping in BSCCO superconductor system; Efeito da dopagem do sistema superconductor BSCCO com terras raras

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    Rodrigues, V.D.; Carvalho, C.L.; Souza, E.J. de; Torsoni, G.B.; Silva, M.J. da, E-mail: vivian_delmute@yahoo.com.b [UNESP, Ilha Solteira, SP (Brazil). Dept. de Fisica e Quimica

    2010-07-01

    There are several studies on doping in superconducting systems, due to their high TC. Actually, the search for high current densities permitting future application of these materials. In this work, the purpose was to synthesize and characterize the phase (Bi,Pb)-2223 pure and doped BSCCO superconducting system to study the influence of the dopant on its electrical properties and its TC. Doping was achieved by substituting La in the sites of Sr, with the stoichiometric formula Bi{sub 1,6}Pb{sub 0,4}Sr{sub 2-x}Re{sub x}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10+{delta}{delta}}, where x=0.5. Precursor solutions were prepared by Pechini method and heat treated between 800 deg C- 810 deg C. The samples were structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction and electrically by dc four-probe method. XRD analysis suggesting the formation of (Bi,Pb)-2212 and (Bi,Pb)-2223 phase in pure and doped samples, respectively. While the electrical measurements indicated a decrease in the superconducting temperature for the doped sample. (author)

  13. Perfuração Idiopática da Via Biliar: Uma Causa Rara de Colestase Neonatal

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    2014-01-01

    Apresenta-se o caso de uma criança do sexo masculino com icterícia e distensão abdominal, com início na segunda semana de vida. Observado às 7 semanas, tinha um quadro de colestase associado a ascite e desnutrição.Laboratorialmente havia marcada elevação das enzimas da via biliar, contrastando com uma citólise discreta. A cintigrafia excluiu atrésia das vias biliares. A paracentese revelou uma ascite biliar.Colocada a hipótese de perfuração da via biliar, foi submetido a laparotomia com colan...

  14. Uso de elementos de tierras raras contenidos en los discos duros de computadoras para optimizar la quema de combustibles fluidos

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    Carlos Vallejos; Job Balladares

    2014-01-01

    La investigación examinó el uso de imanes de neodimio provenientes de los discos duros de computadoras en desuso, y su utilización como optimizadores de la combustión de fluidos tales como propano, butano o la mezcla de los mismos. En la validación del efecto del campo magnético sobre los fluidos en referencia se utilizaron dos cocinas nuevas y dos cocinas previamente utilizadas, con su respectiva alimentación de gas. Los ensayos se realizaron sin y con imanes de neodimio provenientes d...

  15. O desenvolvimento de coleções na biblioteca universitária: um olhar sobre as obras raras

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    Admeire da Silva Santos

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A coleção formada em âmbito particular, ao contrário de uma coleção que pertence a uma instituição pública, não cresceu sob as diretrizes de uma política de desenvolvimento de coleção, ela se desenvolveu objetivando responder as questões subjetivas do colecionador. Nessa perspectiva, aponta-se o seguinte problema: por vez, a instituição não tem o conhecimento da simbologia que a coleção tinha para o colecionador, o que gera o esquecimento do sentido simbólico. Sendo a simbologia dada pelo colecionador o agente principal para a compreensão da coleção. Objetiva-se esclarecer o conceito de esquecimento simbólico e colocar em evidência a relevância de se discutir políticas de desenvolvimento de coleção. O método utilizado é o estudo de caso, cujo objeto foi a Biblioteca Central da Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso. Os resultados apontam a necessidade de reflexão acerca da política de desenvolvimento de coleção e a revisão periódica de documentos e tratamento no que se refere a recebimento de coleção institucionalizada.

  16. Vacunas y autoinmunidad: una rara asociación bajo debate Vaccines and autoimmunity: a strange association under debate

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    Alexander Batista-Duharte

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available La posible asociación entre vacunas y enfermedades autoinmunes es un tema controversial. Existen elementos a favor de esta relación basados en modelos teóricos, ensayos de laboratorio y varios casos clínicos publicados. En cambio, los estudios epidemiológicos no han confirmado esta asociación y, de ellos, puede inferirse que las vacunas no constituyen una causa demostrada de enfermedades autoinmunes. En este trabajo se analizan las evidencias a favor y en contra de esta controversial asociación, además, se aborda un nuevo síndrome asociado con la administración continuada de adyuvantes vacunales. Se concluye que debido al gran impacto en beneficio de la salud logrado con las vacunas, es necesario continuar desarrollando esta tecnología, pero también se debe seguir perfeccionando los diseños de las nuevas formulaciones y profundizando estudios básicos, preclínicos, ensayos clínicos y farmacovigilancia de los nuevos candidatos vacunales para establecer el riesgo real de desarrollo de un evento autoinmune posvacunación.The occurrence and significance of autoimmune manifestations after administration of vaccines remain controversial. Evidence for immunization triggered autoimmunity come from several sources including theoretical models, animal studies, single and multiple case reports. In contrast, several epidemiological studies don’t report this association, which is reassuring and at least indicates that vaccines are not a major cause of autoimmune diseases. We analyzed current scientific data concluded that vaccines bring a positive impact on public health, so it is necessary to continue developing this technology. Evaluation methods should be improved to avoid or anticipate the possible autoimmune side effects that can be presented.

  17. Cardiomiopatia de Takotsubo: uma complicação rara, mas grave, de crises epilépticas

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    Rocha, J.; Gonçalves, E.; Vieira, C; Almeida, F; Pereira, J.

    2013-01-01

    Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TKC) is a reversible, yet potentially fatal, syndrome triggered by stressful conditions, including seizures, with increasing recognition in clinical practice. We report a TKC in a patient with unexplained sinus tachycardia and troponin elevation after generalized seizures.

  18. Síndrome de Mauriac: Uma Apresentação Rara de Uma Doença Mais Comum

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    Constantino, C.; Farela Neves, J; Marta, R; Pereira, G; Barata, D.; Lopes, L.

    2010-01-01

    Introdução: A diabetes mellitus tipo 1 (DM1) é uma doença metabólica crónica cuja incidência anual tem vindo a aumentar. Pode cursar com alterações sistémicas, como a hepatomegalia e o atraso de crescimento, decorrentes de controlo glicémico inadequado. Caso clínico: Adolescente de 14 anos com o diagnóstico de DM1 desdeos três anos de idade e com mau controlo glicémico, internada numa Unidade de Cuidados Intensivos por cetoacidose grave. Do exame objectivo destacavam-se b...

  19. Hiperparatiroidismo primário em idade pediátrica: uma causa rara de litíase renal

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    Ana Teresa Soares

    2017-07-01

    Conclusão: O hiperparatiroidismo primário deve ser considerado no diagnóstico diferencial de litíase renal, de forma a permitir uma intervenção precoce determinante na prevenção de lesão de órgão-alvo.

  20. Hematoma subdural intracraneal: una rara complicación después de la raquianestesia: relato de caso

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    Flora Margarida Barra Bisinotto; Roberto Alexandre Dezena; Daniel Capucci Fabri; Tania Mara Vilela Abud; Livia Helena Canno

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Intracranial subdural hematoma is a rare complication following spinal anesthesia. The diagnosis is usually difficult because initial symptoms are the same of post-dural puncture headache. The objective was to report a case of early diagnosed subdural hematoma after spinal anesthesia performed with a fine-gauge needle and single puncture. CASE REPORT: 48-year old female patient, ASA I, undergoing spinal anesthesia for surgery to correct urinary incontinence. The spi...

  1. Generación de capas de conversión con elementos de tierras raras sobre acero galvanizado

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    Arenas, M. A.

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Cerium conversion coatings are formed on commercial galvanized steel and a generation mechanism is suggested. The best conversion coatings were found using 10,000 ppm CeCl3·7H2O + 0,3 % vol. of H2O2 with a pH of 1.3. A cathodic potential, -100 mV versus corrosion potential, was applied during the treatment at a constant temperature of 43 °C. SEM micrographs have revealed a non uniform coating thickness between 1-2 μm. Polarization curves in 3.56 wt. % NaCl exhibited an inhibition power of about 94 % with respect to the galvanized steel. The proposed mechanism suggests that the Ce (III ions in the solution were oxidized by H2O2 to Ce (IV which then precipitated as CeO2. The applied voltage could cause a higher presence of Ce3+ in the film maybe due to an electroreduction process of cerium (IV in the film to cerium (III.

    En el presente trabajo, se desarrollan capas de conversión de cerio sobre un acero galvanizado comercial, proponiéndose un mecanismo de formación de las mismas. Las condiciones óptimas de generación de la capa se consiguieron empleando una disolución de 10.000 ppm de CeCl3·7H2O + 0,3 % vol. de H2O2 ajustando el pH a 1,3. A su vez, para mejorar la adherencia y reducir el tiempo de tratamiento se realizó, durante los 10 min del tratamiento, una activación potenciostática a -100 mV respecto al potencial de corrosión, manteniéndose la temperatura a 43 °C. El estudio del corte transversal de las muestras mediante microscopía electrónica de barrido reveló que las capas de cerio poseen un espesor no uniforme de 1-2 μm. Los resultados electroquímicos indicaron que las capas de cerio generadas ofrecían porcentajes de inhibición del orden del 94 % en cloruro sódico. Un posible mecanismo de formación de la capa de conversión sería que los iones de cerio (III en solución se oxidan a Ce (IV por la adición de peróxido de hidrógeno, para precipitar, posteriormente, en forma de óxido de cerio (IV. El potencial catódico aplicado durante la generación de la misma podría originar un proceso de electroreducción de cerio (IV a cerio (III en la película de óxido. Por tanto, la capa estaría mayoritariamente compuesta por Ce (III encontrándose en menor proporción la presencia de Ce (IV en la misma.

  2. Vacunas y autoinmunidad: una rara asociación bajo debate Vaccines and autoimmunity: a strange association under debate

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    Alexander Batista-Duharte

    2012-01-01

    La posible asociación entre vacunas y enfermedades autoinmunes es un tema controversial. Existen elementos a favor de esta relación basados en modelos teóricos, ensayos de laboratorio y varios casos clínicos publicados. En cambio, los estudios epidemiológicos no han confirmado esta asociación y, de ellos, puede inferirse que las vacunas no constituyen una causa demostrada de enfermedades autoinmunes. En este trabajo se analizan las evidencias a favor y en contra de esta controversial asociaci...

  3. Basidiomicetos resupinados de Costa Rica. Especies nuevas O raras de Atractiellales (Auriculariales s.l.), Exidiaceae, Sirobasidiaceae y Tremellaceae

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    Kisimova-Horovitz, Liuba; Oberwinkler, Franz; Gómez P, Luis D

    2015-01-01

    Se comunica la presencia en Costa Rica de los siguientes hongos basidiomicetos resupinados: Exidiopsis mucedinea. Helicogloea aurea Baker que hasta ahora solo se conocía del holotipo panameño, Heterochaete vitrea especie nueva, Occultifur intemus, originalmente descrita de Tahiti, Saccoblastia sphaerospora MBlIer, descrita en 1895 de Brasil y desde entonces no recolectada. Se propone esa especie como especie típica del género Saccoblastia y se propone la colección costarricense como neotipo, ...

  4. Uso de elementos de tierras raras contenidos en los discos duros de computadoras para optimizar la quema de combustibles fluidos

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    Carlos Vallejos; Job Balladares

    2014-01-01

    La investigación examinó el uso de imanes de neodimio provenientes de los discos duros de computadoras en desuso, y su utilización como optimizadores de la combustión de fluidos tales como propano, butano o la mezcla de los mismos. En la validación del efecto del campo magnético sobre los fluidos en referencia se utilizaron dos cocinas nuevas y dos cocinas previamente utilizadas, con su respectiva alimentación de gas. Los ensayos se realizaron sin y con imanes de neodimio provenientes d...

  5. Síndrome antifosfolípide e dermatomiosite/polimiosite: uma rara associação

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    Souza,Fernando Henrique Carlos de; Levy-Neto, Maurício; Shinjo,Samuel Katsuyuki

    2012-01-01

    A associação entre a síndrome antifosfolípide e as miopatias inflamatórias idiopáticas tem sido raramente descrita na literatura. No presente trabalho relatamos dois pacientes com síndrome antifosfolípide diagnosticados com dermatomiosite ou polimiosite. Realizamos também uma revisão da literatura acerca dessa sobreposição de duas entidades autoimunes sistêmicas.

  6. The frustrated gene: origins of eukaryotic gene expression

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    Madhani, Hiten D.

    2013-01-01

    Eukarytotic gene expression is frustrated by a series of steps that are generally not observed in prokaryotes and are therefore not essential for the basic chemistry of transcription and translation. Their evolution may have been driven by the need to defend against parasitic nucleic acids.

  7. Candidate Gene Identification of Flowering Time Genes in Cotton

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    Corrinne E. Grover

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Flowering time control is critically important to all sexually reproducing angiosperms in both natural ecological and agronomic settings. Accordingly, there is much interest in defining the genes involved in the complex flowering-time network and how these respond to natural and artificial selection, the latter often entailing transitions in day-length responses. Here we describe a candidate gene analysis in the cotton genus , which uses homologs from the well-described flowering network to bioinformatically and phylogenetically identify orthologs in the published genome sequence from Ulbr., one of the two model diploid progenitors of the commercially important allopolyploid cottons, L. and L. Presence and patterns of expression were evaluated from 13 aboveground tissues related to flowering for each of the candidate genes using allopolyploid as a model. Furthermore, we use a comparative context to determine copy number variability of each key gene family across 10 published angiosperm genomes. Data suggest a pattern of repeated loss of duplicates following ancient whole-genome doubling events in diverse lineages. The data presented here provide a foundation for understanding both the parallel evolution of day-length neutrality in domesticated cottons and the flowering-time network, in general, in this important crop plant.

  8. The KCNE genes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: a candidate gene study

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    Moolman-Smook Johanna C

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The gene family KCNE1-5, which encode modulating β-subunits of several repolarising K+-ion channels, has been associated with genetic cardiac diseases such as long QT syndrome, atrial fibrillation and Brugada syndrome. The minK peptide, encoded by KCNE1, is attached to the Z-disc of the sarcomere as well as the T-tubules of the sarcolemma. It has been suggested that minK forms part of an "electro-mechanical feed-back" which links cardiomyocyte stretching to changes in ion channel function. We examined whether mutations in KCNE genes were associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM, a genetic disease associated with an improper hypertrophic response. Results The coding regions of KCNE1, KCNE2, KCNE3, KCNE4, and KCNE5 were examined, by direct DNA sequencing, in a cohort of 93 unrelated HCM probands and 188 blood donor controls. Fifteen genetic variants, four previously unknown, were identified in the HCM probands. Eight variants were non-synonymous and one was located in the 3'UTR-region of KCNE4. No disease-causing mutations were found and no significant difference in the frequency of genetic variants was found between HCM probands and controls. Two variants of likely functional significance were found in controls only. Conclusions Mutations in KCNE genes are not a common cause of HCM and polymorphisms in these genes do not seem to be associated with a propensity to develop arrhythmia

  9. From gene to disease; hypophosphataemic rickets and the PHEX gene

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    Jansen, M; van Dael, C.M.L.; Verrijn Stuart, A.A.; van der Hout, A.H.; Rump, P.

    2006-01-01

    X-linked hypophosphataemic rickets is associated with mutations in the PHEX gene on the short arm of the X chromosome, encoding a membrane-bound endoprotease which is predominantly expressed in osteoblasts. Defective PHEX function leaves phosphaturic peptides such as FGF23 uncleaved, enabling these

  10. Genomics of local adaptation with gene flow.

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    Tigano, Anna; Friesen, Vicki L

    2016-05-01

    Gene flow is a fundamental evolutionary force in adaptation that is especially important to understand as humans are rapidly changing both the natural environment and natural levels of gene flow. Theory proposes a multifaceted role for gene flow in adaptation, but it focuses mainly on the disruptive effect that gene flow has on adaptation when selection is not strong enough to prevent the loss of locally adapted alleles. The role of gene flow in adaptation is now better understood due to the recent development of both genomic models of adaptive evolution and genomic techniques, which both point to the importance of genetic architecture in the origin and maintenance of adaptation with gene flow. In this review, we discuss three main topics on the genomics of adaptation with gene flow. First, we investigate selection on migration and gene flow. Second, we discuss the three potential sources of adaptive variation in relation to the role of gene flow in the origin of adaptation. Third, we explain how local adaptation is maintained despite gene flow: we provide a synthesis of recent genomic models of adaptation, discuss the genomic mechanisms and review empirical studies on the genomics of adaptation with gene flow. Despite predictions on the disruptive effect of gene flow in adaptation, an increasing number of studies show that gene flow can promote adaptation, that local adaptations can be maintained despite high gene flow, and that genetic architecture plays a fundamental role in the origin and maintenance of local adaptation with gene flow.

  11. Gene expression throughout a vertebrate's embryogenesis

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    Hinton David E

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Describing the patterns of gene expression during embryonic development has broadened our understanding of the processes and patterns that define morphogenesis. Yet gene expression patterns have not been described throughout vertebrate embryogenesis. This study presents statistical analyses of gene expression during all 40 developmental stages in the teleost Fundulus heteroclitus using four biological replicates per stage. Results Patterns of gene expression for 7,000 genes appear to be important as they recapitulate developmental timing. Among the 45% of genes with significant expression differences between pairs of temporally adjacent stages, significant differences in gene expression vary from as few as five to more than 660. Five adjacent stages have disproportionately more significant changes in gene expression (> 200 genes relative to other stages: four to eight and eight to sixteen cell stages, onset of circulation, pre and post-hatch, and during complete yolk absorption. The fewest differences among adjacent stages occur during gastrulation. Yet, at stage 16, (pre-mid-gastrulation the largest number of genes has peak expression. This stage has an over representation of genes in oxidative respiration and protein expression (ribosomes, translational genes and proteases. Unexpectedly, among all ribosomal genes, both strong positive and negative correlations occur. Similar correlated patterns of expression occur among all significant genes. Conclusions These data provide statistical support for the temporal dynamics of developmental gene expression during all stages of vertebrate development.

  12. Gene therapy: Myth or reality?

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    Fischer, Alain

    2016-01-01

    Gene therapy has become a reality, although still a fragile one. Clinical benefit has been achieved over the last 17years in a limited number of medical conditions for which pathophysiological studies determined that they were favorable settings. They include inherited disorders of the immune system, leukodystrophies, possibly hemoglobinopathies, hemophilia B, and retinal dystrophies. Advances in the treatment of B-cell leukemias and lymphomas have also been achieved. Advances in vector development and possible usage of gene editing may lead to significant advances over the next years. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier SAS.

  13. JavaGenes Molecular Evolution

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    Lohn, Jason; Smith, David; Frank, Jeremy; Globus, Al; Crawford, James

    2007-01-01

    JavaGenes is a general-purpose, evolutionary software system written in Java. It implements several versions of a genetic algorithm, simulated annealing, stochastic hill climbing, and other search techniques. This software has been used to evolve molecules, atomic force field parameters, digital circuits, Earth Observing Satellite schedules, and antennas. This version differs from version 0.7.28 in that it includes the molecule evolution code and other improvements. Except for the antenna code, JaveGenes is available for NASA Open Source distribution.

  14. Zipf's Law in Gene Expression

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    Furusawa, C; Furusawa, Chikara; Kaneko, Kunihiko

    2002-01-01

    Using data from gene expression databases on various organisms and tissues, including yeast, nematodes, human normal and cancer tissues, and embryonic stem cells, we found that the abundances of expressed genes exhibit a power-law distribution with an exponent close to -1, i.e., they obey Zipf's law. Furthermore, by simulations of a simple model with an intra-cellular reaction network, we found that Zipf's law of chemical abundance is a universal feature of cells where such a network optimizes the efficiency and faithfulness of self-reproduction. These findings provide novel insights into the nature of the organization of reaction dynamics in living cells.

  15. Zipf's Law in Gene Expression

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    Furusawa, Chikara; Kaneko, Kunihiko

    2003-02-01

    Using data from gene expression databases on various organisms and tissues, including yeast, nematodes, human normal and cancer tissues, and embryonic stem cells, we found that the abundances of expressed genes exhibit a power-law distribution with an exponent close to -1; i.e., they obey Zipf’s law. Furthermore, by simulations of a simple model with an intracellular reaction network, we found that Zipf’s law of chemical abundance is a universal feature of cells where such a network optimizes the efficiency and faithfulness of self-reproduction. These findings provide novel insights into the nature of the organization of reaction dynamics in living cells.

  16. FunGeneClusterS

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    Vesth, Tammi Camilla; Brandl, Julian; Andersen, Mikael Rørdam

    2016-01-01

    and industrial biotechnology applications. We have previously published a method for accurate prediction of clusters from genome and transcriptome data, which could also suggest cross-chemistry, however, this method was limited both in the number of parameters which could be adjusted as well as in user......Secondary metabolites of fungi are receiving an increasing amount of interest due to their prolific bioactivities and the fact that fungal biosynthesis of secondary metabolites often occurs from co-regulated and co-located gene clusters. This makes the gene clusters attractive for synthetic biology...

  17. Correction of gene expression data

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    Darbani Shirvanehdeh, Behrooz; Stewart, C. Neal, Jr.; Noeparvar, Shahin;

    2014-01-01

    This report investigates for the first time the potential inter-treatment bias source of cell number for gene expression studies. Cell-number bias can affect gene expression analysis when comparing samples with unequal total cellular RNA content or with different RNA extraction efficiencies...... an analytical approach to examine the suitability of correction methods by considering the inter-treatment bias as well as the inter-replicate variance, which allows use of the best correction method with minimum residual bias. Analyses of RNA sequencing and microarray data showed that the efficiencies...

  18. Clock genes, chronotypes and diseases

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    Bogdan I. Voinescu

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Many common diseases in humans (such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes mellitus orpsychiatric disorders, such as depression seem to be linked to disruptions of circadian cycles and toclock genes variation. It is unlikely that such diseases to be caused by a genetic variation within a singlegene. They must be influenced by complex interactions among multiple genes, as well as environmentaland lifestyle factors. Therefore, it is important to understand how the resulting perturbations in ourcircadian biology could affect our physiological processes and susceptibility to disease. Associationsbetween the polymorphisms of the main components of the circadian molecular clock, circadian type(also known as diurnal preference or chronotype and diseases are presented.

  19. Detecting Sequence Homology at the Gene Cluster Level with MultiGeneBlast

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    Medema, Marnix H.; Takano, Eriko; Breitling, Rainer; Nowick, Katja

    2013-01-01

    The genes encoding many biomolecular systems and pathways are genomically organized in operons or gene clusters. With MultiGeneBlast, we provide a user-friendly and effective tool to perform homology searches with operons or gene clusters as basic units, instead of single genes. The contextualizatio

  20. Detecting Sequence Homology at the Gene Cluster Level with MultiGeneBlast

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    Medema, Marnix H.; Takano, Eriko; Breitling, Rainer; Nowick, Katja

    The genes encoding many biomolecular systems and pathways are genomically organized in operons or gene clusters. With MultiGeneBlast, we provide a user-friendly and effective tool to perform homology searches with operons or gene clusters as basic units, instead of single genes. The

  1. A gene-based information gain method for detecting gene-gene interactions in case-control studies.

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    Li, Jin; Huang, Dongli; Guo, Maozu; Liu, Xiaoyan; Wang, Chunyu; Teng, Zhixia; Zhang, Ruijie; Jiang, Yongshuai; Lv, Hongchao; Wang, Limei

    2015-11-01

    Currently, most methods for detecting gene-gene interactions (GGIs) in genome-wide association studies are divided into SNP-based methods and gene-based methods. Generally, the gene-based methods can be more powerful than SNP-based methods. Some gene-based entropy methods can only capture the linear relationship between genes. We therefore proposed a nonparametric gene-based information gain method (GBIGM) that can capture both linear relationship and nonlinear correlation between genes. Through simulation with different odds ratio, sample size and prevalence rate, GBIGM was shown to be valid and more powerful than classic KCCU method and SNP-based entropy method. In the analysis of data from 17 genes on rheumatoid arthritis, GBIGM was more effective than the other two methods as it obtains fewer significant results, which was important for biological verification. Therefore, GBIGM is a suitable and powerful tool for detecting GGIs in case-control studies.

  2. Integrones: los coleccionistas de genes Integrons: gene collectors

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    J. A. Di Conza

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Los integrones son estructuras genéticas que han despertado gran interés, debido a que algunos de ellos vehiculizan genes de resistencia a los antimicrobianos. Están formados por un fragmento que codifica una integrasa (intI y, a continuación, una secuencia attI a la que se unen los genes en casetes que codifican diferentes mecanismos de resistencia. Dentro de intI, en su extremo 3´, hay una secuencia promotora Pc a partir de la cual se transcriben los casetes de resistencia integrados, ya que estos genes carecen de promotor. Sin embargo, estos casetes presentan una secuencia específica denominada attC, la cual es reconocida por la integrasa que se une, por recombinación, a la secuencia attI del integrón en la orientación adecuada para su expresión. Los integrones se han clasificado según la secuencia de su integrasa, pero en la actualidad se prefiere clasificarlos según su localización. Se habla, en general, de "integrones móviles" para referirse a aquellos asociados a secuencias de inserción, transposones y/o plásmidos conjugativos, los que en su mayoría median mecanismos de resistencia, y de "superintegrones", de localización cromosómica y con grandes arreglos de genes en casetes. Los integrones móviles de clase 1 son los más abundantes en aislamientos clínicos y suelen estar asociados a transposones del subgrupo Tn21, seguidos por los de clase 2, derivados principalmente de Tn7. Estos elementos no son móviles por sí mismos, pero su asociación con elementos que sí lo son facilita su transferencia horizontal, lo que explica su amplia difusión entre las bacterias. Esta revisión intenta recopilar la información disponible acerca de los integrones móviles descritos en Argentina hasta la fecha.Integrons gained great interest due to their participation in resistance gene recruitment and expression. Their basic structure includes a fragment that encodes an integrase (intI followed by a recognition sequence (attI into

  3. Gene therapy on demand: site specific regulation of gene therapy.

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    Jazwa, Agnieszka; Florczyk, Urszula; Jozkowicz, Alicja; Dulak, Jozef

    2013-08-10

    Since 1990 when the first clinical gene therapy trial was conducted, much attention and considerable promise have been given to this form of treatment. Gene therapy has been used with success in patients suffering from severe combined immunodeficiency syndromes (X-SCID and ADA-deficiency), Leber's congenital amaurosis, hemophilia, β-thalassemia and adrenoleukodystrophy. Last year, the first therapeutic vector (Glybera) for treatment of lipoprotein lipase deficiency has been registered in the European Union. Nevertheless, there are still several numerous issues that need to be improved to make this technique more safe, effective and easily accessible for patients. Introduction of the therapeutic gene to the given cells should provide the level of expression which will restore the production of therapeutic protein to normal values or will provide therapeutic efficacy despite not fully physiological expression. However, in numerous diseases the expression of therapeutic genes has to be kept at certain level for some time, and then might be required to be switched off to be activated again when worsening of the symptoms may aggravate the risk of disease relapse. In such cases the promoters which are regulated by local conditions may be more required. In this article the special emphasis is to discuss the strategies of regulation of gene expression by endogenous stimuli. Particularly, the hypoxia- or miRNA-regulated vectors offer the possibilities of tight but, at the same time, condition-dependent and cell-specific expression. Such means have been already tested in certain pathophysiological conditions. This creates the chance for the translational approaches required for development of effective treatments of so far incurable diseases.

  4. State-of-the-art human gene therapy: part I. Gene delivery technologies.

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    Wang, Dan; Gao, Guangping

    2014-01-01

    Safe and effective gene delivery is a prerequisite for successful gene therapy. In the early age of human gene therapy, setbacks due to problematic gene delivery vehicles plagued the exciting therapeutic outcome. However, gene delivery technologies rapidly evolved ever since. With the advancement of gene delivery techniques, gene therapy clinical trials surged during the past decade. As the first gene therapy product (Glybera) has obtained regulatory approval and reached clinic, human gene therapy finally realized the promise that genes can be medicines. The diverse gene delivery techniques available today have laid the foundation for gene therapy applications in treating a wide range of human diseases. Some of the most urgent unmet medical needs, such as cancer and pandemic infectious diseases, have been tackled by gene therapy strategies with promising results. Furthermore, combining gene transfer with other breakthroughs in biomedical research and novel biotechnologies opened new avenues for gene therapy. Such innovative therapeutic strategies are unthinkable until now, and are expected to be revolutionary. In part I of this review, we introduced recent development of non-viral and viral gene delivery technology platforms. As cell-based gene therapy blossomed, we also summarized the diverse types of cells and vectors employed in ex vivo gene transfer. Finally, challenges in current gene delivery technologies for human use were discussed.

  5. Gene Expression in Trypanosomatid Parasites

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    Santiago Martínez-Calvillo

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The parasites Leishmania spp., Trypanosoma brucei, and Trypanosoma cruzi are the trypanosomatid protozoa that cause the deadly human diseases leishmaniasis, African sleeping sickness, and Chagas disease, respectively. These organisms possess unique mechanisms for gene expression such as constitutive polycistronic transcription of protein-coding genes and trans-splicing. Little is known about either the DNA sequences or the proteins that are involved in the initiation and termination of transcription in trypanosomatids. In silico analyses of the genome databases of these parasites led to the identification of a small number of proteins involved in gene expression. However, functional studies have revealed that trypanosomatids have more general transcription factors than originally estimated. Many posttranslational histone modifications, histone variants, and chromatin modifying enzymes have been identified in trypanosomatids, and recent genome-wide studies showed that epigenetic regulation might play a very important role in gene expression in this group of parasites. Here, we review and comment on the most recent findings related to transcription initiation and termination in trypanosomatid protozoa.

  6. Ethics of Gene Therapy Debated.

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    Borman, Stu

    1991-01-01

    Presented are the highlights of a press conference featuring biomedical ethicist LeRoy Walters of Georgetown University and attorney Andrew Kimbrell of the Foundation on Economic Trends. The opposing points of view of these two speakers serve to outline the pros and cons of the gene therapy issue. (CW)

  7. Patching genes to fight disease

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    Holzman, D.

    1990-09-03

    The National Institutes of Health has approved the first gene therapy experiments, one of which will try to cure cancer by bolstering the immune system. The applications of such therapy are limited, but the potential aid to people with genetic diseases is great.

  8. Codon Adaptation of Plastid Genes

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    Suzuki, Haruo; Morton, Brian R.

    2016-01-01

    Codon adaptation is codon usage bias that results from selective pressure to increase the translation efficiency of a gene. Codon adaptation has been studied across a wide range of genomes and some early analyses of plastids have shown evidence for codon adaptation in a limited set of highly expressed plastid genes. Here we study codon usage bias across all fully sequenced plastid genomes which includes representatives of the Rhodophyta, Alveolata, Cryptophyta, Euglenozoa, Glaucocystophyceae, Rhizaria, Stramenopiles and numerous lineages within the Viridiplantae, including Chlorophyta and Embryophyta. We show evidence that codon adaptation occurs in all genomes except for two, Theileria parva and Heicosporidium sp., both of which have highly reduced gene contents and no photosynthesis genes. We also show evidence that selection for codon adaptation increases the representation of the same set of codons, which we refer to as the adaptive codons, across this wide range of taxa, which is probably due to common features descended from the initial endosymbiont. We use various measures to estimate the relative strength of selection in the different lineages and show that it appears to be fairly strong in certain Stramenopiles and Chlorophyta lineages but relatively weak in many members of the Rhodophyta, Euglenozoa and Embryophyta. Given these results we propose that codon adaptation in plastids is widespread and displays the same general features as adaptation in eubacterial genomes. PMID:27196606

  9. Codon Adaptation of Plastid Genes.

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    Haruo Suzuki

    Full Text Available Codon adaptation is codon usage bias that results from selective pressure to increase the translation efficiency of a gene. Codon adaptation has been studied across a wide range of genomes and some early analyses of plastids have shown evidence for codon adaptation in a limited set of highly expressed plastid genes. Here we study codon usage bias across all fully sequenced plastid genomes which includes representatives of the Rhodophyta, Alveolata, Cryptophyta, Euglenozoa, Glaucocystophyceae, Rhizaria, Stramenopiles and numerous lineages within the Viridiplantae, including Chlorophyta and Embryophyta. We show evidence that codon adaptation occurs in all genomes except for two, Theileria parva and Heicosporidium sp., both of which have highly reduced gene contents and no photosynthesis genes. We also show evidence that selection for codon adaptation increases the representation of the same set of codons, which we refer to as the adaptive codons, across this wide range of taxa, which is probably due to common features descended from the initial endosymbiont. We use various measures to estimate the relative strength of selection in the different lineages and show that it appears to be fairly strong in certain Stramenopiles and Chlorophyta lineages but relatively weak in many members of the Rhodophyta, Euglenozoa and Embryophyta. Given these results we propose that codon adaptation in plastids is widespread and displays the same general features as adaptation in eubacterial genomes.

  10. Homeobox gene expression in Brachiopoda

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    Altenburger, Andreas; Martinez, Pedro; Wanninger, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    The molecular control that underlies brachiopod ontogeny is largely unknown. In order to contribute to this issue we analyzed the expression pattern of two homeobox containing genes, Not and Cdx, during development of the rhynchonelliform (i.e., articulate) brachiopod Terebratalia transversa. Not...

  11. Positional cloning of deafness genes

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    Kremer, H.; Cremers, F.P.M.

    2009-01-01

    The identification of the majority of the known causative genes involved in nonsyndromic sensorineural hearing loss (NSHL) started with linkage analysis as part of a positional cloning procedure. The human and mouse genome projects in combination with technical developments on genotyping, transcript

  12. [From gene to disease: cystinosis

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    Levtchenko, E.N.; Wilmer, M.J.G.; Graaf-Hess, A.C. de; Heuvel, L.P.W.J. van den; Blom, H.J.; Monnens, L.A.H.

    2004-01-01

    Cystinosis is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by an impaired transport of cystine out of lysosomes. The most severe infantile form of cystinosis starts with Fanconi syndrome at the age of 3-6 months. Untreated patients develop renal failure before the age of 10. The cystinosis gene (CTNS) map

  13. Gene expression studies using microarrays

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    Burgess, Janette

    2001-01-01

    1. The rapid progression of the collaborative sequencing programmes that are unravelling the complete genome sequences of many organisms are opening pathways for new approaches to gene analysis. As the sequence data become available, the bottleneck in biological research will shift to understanding

  14. Gene Testing for Hereditary Ataxia

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    ... should be reviewed. • Psychological assessment/Counseling – prior to testing, psychological evaluation is recommended to ensure the person being tested is as prepared as possible to receive the test results, and to ... Before gene testing is ordered, the coordinating physician may choose to ...

  15. Gene therapy and respiratory neuroplasticity.

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    Mantilla, Carlos B

    2017-01-01

    Breathing is a life-sustaining behavior that in mammals is accomplished by activation of dedicated muscles responsible for inspiratory and expiratory forces acting on the lung and chest wall. Motor control is exerted by specialized pools of motoneurons in the medulla and spinal cord innervated by projections from multiple centers primarily in the brainstem that act in concert to generate both the rhythm and pattern of ventilation. Perturbations that prevent the accomplishment of the full range of motor behaviors by respiratory muscles commonly result in significant morbidity and increased mortality. Recent developments in gene therapy and novel targeting strategies have contributed to deeper understanding of the organization of respiratory motor systems. Gene therapy has received widespread attention and substantial progress has been made in recent years with the advent of improved tools for vector design. Genes can be delivered via a variety of plasmids, synthetic or viral vectors and cell therapies. In recent years, adeno-associated viruses (AAV) have become one of the most commonly used vector systems, primarily because of the extensive characterization conducted to date and the versatility in targeting strategies. Recent studies highlight the power of using AAV to selectively and effectively transduce respiratory motoneurons and muscle fibers with promising therapeutic effects. This brief review summarizes current evidence for the use of gene therapy in respiratory disorders with a primary focus on interventions that address motor control and neuroplasticity, including regeneration, in the respiratory system.

  16. Homeobox genes and melatonin synthesis

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    Rohde, Kristian; Møller, Morten; Rath, Martin Fredensborg

    2014-01-01

    ) transcription factor is believed to control pineal-specific Aanat expression. Based on recent advances in our understanding of Crx in the rodent pineal gland, we here suggest that homeobox genes play a role in adult pineal physiology both by ensuring pineal-specific Aanat expression and by facilitating cAMP...

  17. Gene therapy for heart failure.

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    Greenberg, Barry

    2017-04-01

    Novel strategies are needed to treat the growing population of heart failure patients. While new drug and device based therapies have improved outcomes over the past several decades, heart failure patients continue to experience amongst the lowest quality of life of any chronic disease, high likelihood of being hospitalized and marked reduction in survival. Better understanding of many of the basic mechanisms involved in the development of heart failure has helped identify abnormalities that could potentially be targeted by gene transfer. Despite success in experimental animal models, translating gene transfer strategies from the laboratory to the clinic remains at an early stage. This review provides an introduction to gene transfer as a therapy for treating heart failure, describes some of the many factors that need to be addressed in order for it to be successful and discusses some of the recent studies that have been carried out in heart failure patients. Insights from these studies highlight both the enormous promise of gene transfer and the obstacles that still need to be overcome for this treatment approach to be successful. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Amplification of kinetic oscillations in gene expression

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    Zhdanov, V. P.

    2008-10-01

    Because of the feedbacks between the DNA transcription and mRNA translation, the gene expression in cells may exhibit bistability and oscillations. The deterministic and stochastic calculations presented illustrate how the bistable kinetics of expression of one gene in a cell can be influenced by the kinetic oscillations in the expression of another gene. Due to stability of the states of the bistable kinetics of gene 1 and the relatively small difference between the maximum and minimum protein amounts during the oscillations of gene 2, the induced oscillations of gene 1 are found to typically be related either to the low-or high-reactive state of this gene. The quality of the induced oscillations may be appreciably better than that of the inducing oscillations. This means that gene 1 can serve as an amplifier of the kinetic oscillations of gene 2.

  19. Genome-wide Analysis of Gene Regulation

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    Chen, Yun

    cells are capable of regulating their gene expression, so that each cell can only express a particular set of genes yielding limited numbers of proteins with specialized functions. Therefore a rigid control of differential gene expression is necessary for cellular diversity. On the other hand, aberrant...... gene regulation will disrupt the cell’s fundamental processes, which in turn can cause disease. Hence, understanding gene regulation is essential for deciphering the code of life. Along with the development of high throughput sequencing (HTS) technology and the subsequent large-scale data analysis......, genome-wide assays have increased our understanding of gene regulation significantly. This thesis describes the integration and analysis of HTS data across different important aspects of gene regulation. Gene expression can be regulated at different stages when the genetic information is passed from gene...

  20. Evidence based selection of housekeeping genes.

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    Hendrik J M de Jonge

    Full Text Available For accurate and reliable gene expression analysis, normalization of gene expression data against housekeeping genes (reference or internal control genes is required. It is known that commonly used housekeeping genes (e.g. ACTB, GAPDH, HPRT1, and B2M vary considerably under different experimental conditions and therefore their use for normalization is limited. We performed a meta-analysis of 13,629 human gene array samples in order to identify the most stable expressed genes. Here we show novel candidate housekeeping genes (e.g. RPS13, RPL27, RPS20 and OAZ1 with enhanced stability among a multitude of different cell types and varying experimental conditions. None of the commonly used housekeeping genes were present in the top 50 of the most stable expressed genes. In addition, using 2,543 diverse mouse gene array samples we were able to confirm the enhanced stability of the candidate novel housekeeping genes in another mammalian species. Therefore, the identified novel candidate housekeeping genes seem to be the most appropriate choice for normalizing gene expression data.

  1. Evolution of the chicken Toll-like receptor gene family: A story of gene gain and gene loss

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    Paton Ian R

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Toll-like receptors (TLRs perform a vital role in disease resistance through their recognition of pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs. Recent advances in genomics allow comparison of TLR genes within and between many species. This study takes advantage of the recently sequenced chicken genome to determine the complete chicken TLR repertoire and place it in context of vertebrate genomic evolution. Results The chicken TLR repertoire consists of ten genes. Phylogenetic analyses show that six of these genes have orthologs in mammals and fish, while one is only shared by fish and three appear to be unique to birds. Furthermore the phylogeny shows that TLR1-like genes arose independently in fish, birds and mammals from an ancestral gene also shared by TLR6 and TLR10. All other TLRs were already present prior to the divergence of major vertebrate lineages 550 Mya (million years ago and have since been lost in certain lineages. Phylogenetic analysis shows the absence of TLRs 8 and 9 in chicken to be the result of gene loss. The notable exception to the tendency of gene loss in TLR evolution is found in chicken TLRs 1 and 2, each of which underwent gene duplication about 147 and 65 Mya, respectively. Conclusion Comparative phylogenetic analysis of vertebrate TLR genes provides insight into their patterns and processes of gene evolution, with examples of both gene gain and gene loss. In addition, these comparisons clarify the nomenclature of TLR genes in vertebrates.

  2. Gene transfer therapy in vascular diseases.

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    McKay, M J; Gaballa, M A

    2001-01-01

    Somatic gene therapy of vascular diseases is a promising new field in modern medicine. Recent advancements in gene transfer technology have greatly evolved our understanding of the pathophysiologic role of candidate disease genes. With this knowledge, the expression of selective gene products provides the means to test the therapeutic use of gene therapy in a multitude of medical conditions. In addition, with the completion of genome sequencing programs, gene transfer can be used also to study the biologic function of novel genes in vivo. Novel genes are delivered to targeted tissue via several different vehicles. These vectors include adenoviruses, retroviruses, plasmids, plasmid/liposomes, and oligonucleotides. However, each one of these vectors has inherent limitations. Further investigations into developing delivery systems that not only allow for efficient, targeted gene transfer, but also are stable and nonimmunogenic, will optimize the clinical application of gene therapy in vascular diseases. This review further discusses the available mode of gene delivery and examines six major areas in vascular gene therapy, namely prevention of restenosis, thrombosis, hypertension, atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular disease in congestive heart failure, and ischemia. Although we highlight some of the recent advances in the use of gene therapy in treating vascular disease discovered primarily during the past two years, many excellent studies published during that period are not included in this review due to space limitations. The following is a selective review of practical uses of gene transfer therapy in vascular diseases. This review primarily covers work performed in the last 2 years. For earlier work, the reader may refer to several excellent review articles. For instance, Belalcazer et al. (6) reviewed general aspects of somatic gene therapy and the different vehicles used for the delivery of therapeutic genes. Gene therapy in restenosis and stimulation of

  3. Empirical study of supervised gene screening

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    Ma Shuangge

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Microarray studies provide a way of linking variations of phenotypes with their genetic causations. Constructing predictive models using high dimensional microarray measurements usually consists of three steps: (1 unsupervised gene screening; (2 supervised gene screening; and (3 statistical model building. Supervised gene screening based on marginal gene ranking is commonly used to reduce the number of genes in the model building. Various simple statistics, such as t-statistic or signal to noise ratio, have been used to rank genes in the supervised screening. Despite of its extensive usage, statistical study of supervised gene screening remains scarce. Our study is partly motivated by the differences in gene discovery results caused by using different supervised gene screening methods. Results We investigate concordance and reproducibility of supervised gene screening based on eight commonly used marginal statistics. Concordance is assessed by the relative fractions of overlaps between top ranked genes screened using different marginal statistics. We propose a Bootstrap Reproducibility Index, which measures reproducibility of individual genes under the supervised screening. Empirical studies are based on four public microarray data. We consider the cases where the top 20%, 40% and 60% genes are screened. Conclusion From a gene discovery point of view, the effect of supervised gene screening based on different marginal statistics cannot be ignored. Empirical studies show that (1 genes passed different supervised screenings may be considerably different; (2 concordance may vary, depending on the underlying data structure and percentage of selected genes; (3 evaluated with the Bootstrap Reproducibility Index, genes passed supervised screenings are only moderately reproducible; and (4 concordance cannot be improved by supervised screening based on reproducibility.

  4. Gene functional similarity search tool (GFSST

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    Russo James J

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background With the completion of the genome sequences of human, mouse, and other species and the advent of high throughput functional genomic research technologies such as biomicroarray chips, more and more genes and their products have been discovered and their functions have begun to be understood. Increasing amounts of data about genes, gene products and their functions have been stored in databases. To facilitate selection of candidate genes for gene-disease research, genetic association studies, biomarker and drug target selection, and animal models of human diseases, it is essential to have search engines that can retrieve genes by their functions from proteome databases. In recent years, the development of Gene Ontology (GO has established structured, controlled vocabularies describing gene functions, which makes it possible to develop novel tools to search genes by functional similarity. Results By using a statistical model to measure the functional similarity of genes based on the Gene Ontology directed acyclic graph, we developed a novel Gene Functional Similarity Search Tool (GFSST to identify genes with related functions from annotated proteome databases. This search engine lets users design their search targets by gene functions. Conclusion An implementation of GFSST which works on the UniProt (Universal Protein Resource for the human and mouse proteomes is available at GFSST Web Server. GFSST provides functions not only for similar gene retrieval but also for gene search by one or more GO terms. This represents a powerful new approach for selecting similar genes and gene products from proteome databases according to their functions.

  5. Vascular Gene Expression: A Hypothesis

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    Angélica Concepción eMartínez-Navarro

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The phloem is the conduit through which photoassimilates are distributed from autotrophic to heterotrophic tissues and is involved in the distribution of signaling molecules that coordinate plant growth and responses to the environment. Phloem function depends on the coordinate expression of a large array of genes. We have previously identified conserved motifs in upstream regions of the Arabidopsis genes, encoding the homologs of pumpkin phloem sap mRNAs, displaying expression in vascular tissues. This tissue-specific expression in Arabidopsis is predicted by the overrepresentation of GA/CT-rich motifs in gene promoters. In this work we have searched for common motifs in upstream regions of the homologous genes from plants considered to possess a primitive vascular tissue (a lycophyte, as well as from others that lack a true vascular tissue (a bryophyte, and finally from chlorophytes. Both lycophyte and bryophyte display motifs similar to those found in Arabidopsis with a significantly low E-value, while the chlorophytes showed either a different conserved motif or no conserved motif at all. These results suggest that these same genes are expressed coordinately in non- vascular plants; this coordinate expression may have been one of the prerequisites for the development of conducting tissues in plants. We have also analyzed the phylogeny of conserved proteins that may be involved in phloem function and development. The presence of CmPP16, APL, FT and YDA in chlorophytes suggests the recruitment of ancient regulatory networks for the development of the vascular tissue during evolution while OPS is a novel protein specific to vascular plants.

  6. STATE-OF-THE-ART HUMAN GENE THERAPY: PART II. GENE THERAPY STRATEGIES AND APPLICATIONS

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    In Part I of this Review, we introduced recent advances in gene delivery technologies and explained how they have powered some of the current human gene therapy applications. In Part II, we expand the discussion on gene therapy applications, focusing on some of the most exciting clinical uses. To help readers to grasp the essence and to better organize the diverse applications, we categorize them under four gene therapy strategies: (1) gene replacement therapy for monogenic diseases, (2) gene...

  7. Gene doping: the hype and the harm.

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    McKanna, Trudy A; Toriello, Helga V

    2010-06-01

    "Gene doping" is the term used to describe the potential abuse of gene therapy as a performance-enhancing agent. Gene doping would apply the techniques used in gene therapy to provide altered expression of genes that would promote physical superiority. For example, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) is a primary target for growth hormone; overexpression of IGF-1 can lead to increased muscle mass and power. Although gene doping is still largely theoretical, its implications for sports, health, ethics, and medical genetics are significant.

  8. Msx homeobox gene family and craniofacial development

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    SYLVIA ALAPPAT; ZUN YI ZHANG; YI PING CHEN

    2003-01-01

    Vertebrate Msx genes are unlinked,homeobox-containing genes that bear homology to the Drosophila muscle segment homeobox gene.These genes are expressed at multiple sites of tissue-tissue interactions during vertebrate embryonic development.Inductive interactions mediated by the Msx genes are essential for normal craniofacial,limb and ectodermal organ morphogenesis,and are also essential to survival in mice,as manifested by the phenotypic abnormalities shown in knockout mice and in humans.This review summarizes studies on the expression,regulation,and functional analysis of Msx genes that bear relevance to craniofacial development in humans and mice.

  9. Reshaping of global gene expression networks and sex‐biased gene expression by integration of a young gene

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    Chen, Sidi; Ni, Xiaochun; Krinsky, Benjamin H; Zhang, Yong E; Vibranovski, Maria D; White, Kevin P; Long, Manyuan

    2012-01-01

    ...‐biased gene expression in Drosophila . This 4–6 million‐year‐old factor, named Zeus for its role in male fecundity, originated through retroposition of a highly conserved housekeeping gene, Caf40...

  10. GenePRIMP: A GENE PRediction IMprovement Pipeline for Prokaryotic genomes

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    Pati, Amrita; Ivanova, Natalia N.; Mikhailova, Natalia; Ovchinnikova, Galina; Hooper, Sean D.; Lykidis, Athanasios; Kyrpides, Nikos C.

    2010-04-01

    We present 'gene prediction improvement pipeline' (GenePRIMP; http://geneprimp.jgi-psf.org/), a computational process that performs evidence-based evaluation of gene models in prokaryotic genomes and reports anomalies including inconsistent start sites, missed genes and split genes. We found that manual curation of gene models using the anomaly reports generated by GenePRIMP improved their quality, and demonstrate the applicability of GenePRIMP in improving finishing quality and comparing different genome-sequencing and annotation technologies.

  11. Genes from scratch – the evolutionary fate of de novo genes

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    Schlötterer, Christian

    2015-01-01

    Although considered an extremely unlikely event, many genes emerge from previously noncoding genomic regions. This review covers the entire life cycle of such de novo genes. Two competing hypotheses about the process of de novo gene birth are discussed as well as the high death rate of de novo genes. Despite the high death rate, some de novo genes are retained and remain functional, even in distantly related species, through their integration into gene networks. Further studies combining gene expression with ribosome profiling in multiple populations across different species will be instrumental for an improved understanding of the evolutionary processes operating on de novo genes. PMID:25773713

  12. Detection of gene x gene interactions in genome-wide association studies of human population data

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    Musani, Solomon K; Shriner, Daniel; Liu, Nianjun; Feng, Rui; Coffey, Christopher S; Yi, Nengjun; Tiwari, Hemant K; Allison, David B

    2007-01-01

    Empirical evidence supporting the commonality of gene x gene interactions, coupled with frequent failure to replicate results from previous association studies, has prompted statisticians to develop...

  13. Detection of gene expression pattern in the early stage after spinal cord injury by gene chip

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    刘成龙; 靳安民; 童斌辉

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To study the changes of the gene expression pattern of spinal cord tissues in the early stage after injury by DNA microarray (gene chip). Methods: The contusion model of rat spinal cord was established according to Allen's falling strike method and the gene expression patterns of normal and injured spinal cord tissues were studied by gene chip. Results: The expression of 45 genes was significantly changed in the early stage after spinal cord injury, in which 22 genes up-regulated and 23 genes down-regulated. Conclusions: The expression of some genes changes significantly in the early stage after spinal cord injury, which indicates the complexity of secondary spinal cord injury.

  14. The relationship among gene expression, the evolution of gene dosage, and the rate of protein evolution.

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    Jean-François Gout

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The understanding of selective constraints affecting genes is a major issue in biology. It is well established that gene expression level is a major determinant of the rate of protein evolution, but the reasons for this relationship remain highly debated. Here we demonstrate that gene expression is also a major determinant of the evolution of gene dosage: the rate of gene losses after whole genome duplications in the Paramecium lineage is negatively correlated to the level of gene expression, and this relationship is not a byproduct of other factors known to affect the fate of gene duplicates. This indicates that changes in gene dosage are generally more deleterious for highly expressed genes. This rule also holds for other taxa: in yeast, we find a clear relationship between gene expression level and the fitness impact of reduction in gene dosage. To explain these observations, we propose a model based on the fact that the optimal expression level of a gene corresponds to a trade-off between the benefit and cost of its expression. This COSTEX model predicts that selective pressure against mutations changing gene expression level or affecting the encoded protein should on average be stronger in highly expressed genes and hence that both the frequency of gene loss and the rate of protein evolution should correlate negatively with gene expression. Thus, the COSTEX model provides a simple and common explanation for the general relationship observed between the level of gene expression and the different facets of gene evolution.

  15. Genome-wide analysis of homeobox genes from Mesobuthus martensii reveals Hox gene duplication in scorpions.

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    Di, Zhiyong; Yu, Yao; Wu, Yingliang; Hao, Pei; He, Yawen; Zhao, Huabin; Li, Yixue; Zhao, Guoping; Li, Xuan; Li, Wenxin; Cao, Zhijian

    2015-06-01

    Homeobox genes belong to a large gene group, which encodes the famous DNA-binding homeodomain that plays a key role in development and cellular differentiation during embryogenesis in animals. Here, one hundred forty-nine homeobox genes were identified from the Asian scorpion, Mesobuthus martensii (Chelicerata: Arachnida: Scorpiones: Buthidae) based on our newly assembled genome sequence with approximately 248 × coverage. The identified homeobox genes were categorized into eight classes including 82 families: 67 ANTP class genes, 33 PRD genes, 11 LIM genes, five POU genes, six SINE genes, 14 TALE genes, five CUT genes, two ZF genes and six unclassified genes. Transcriptome data confirmed that more than half of the genes were expressed in adults. The homeobox gene diversity of the eight classes is similar to the previously analyzed Mandibulata arthropods. Interestingly, it is hypothesized that the scorpion M. martensii may have two Hox clusters. The first complete genome-wide analysis of homeobox genes in Chelicerata not only reveals the repertoire of scorpion, arachnid and chelicerate homeobox genes, but also shows some insights into the evolution of arthropod homeobox genes.

  16. Genes from scratch--the evolutionary fate of de novo genes.

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    Schlötterer, Christian

    2015-04-01

    Although considered an extremely unlikely event, many genes emerge from previously noncoding genomic regions. This review covers the entire life cycle of such de novo genes. Two competing hypotheses about the process of de novo gene birth are discussed as well as the high death rate of de novo genes. Despite the high death rate, some de novo genes are retained and remain functional, even in distantly related species, through their integration into gene networks. Further studies combining gene expression with ribosome profiling in multiple populations across different species will be instrumental for an improved understanding of the evolutionary processes operating on de novo genes.

  17. Newer Gene Editing Technologies toward HIV Gene Therapy

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    Despite the great success of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in ameliorating the course of HIV infection, alternative therapeutic approaches are being pursued because of practical problems associated with life-long therapy. The eradication of HIV in the so-called “Berlin patient” who received a bone marrow transplant from a CCR5-negative donor has rekindled interest in genome engineering strategies to achieve the same effect. Precise gene editing within the cells is now a realist...

  18. Database for exchangeable gene trap clones: pathway and gene ontology analysis of exchangeable gene trap clone mouse lines.

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    Araki, Masatake; Nakahara, Mai; Muta, Mayumi; Itou, Miharu; Yanai, Chika; Yamazoe, Fumika; Miyake, Mikiko; Morita, Ayaka; Araki, Miyuki; Okamoto, Yoshiyuki; Nakagata, Naomi; Yoshinobu, Kumiko; Yamamura, Ken-ichi; Araki, Kimi

    2014-02-01

    Gene trapping in embryonic stem (ES) cells is a proven method for large-scale random insertional mutagenesis in the mouse genome. We have established an exchangeable gene trap system, in which a reporter gene can be exchanged for any other DNA of interest through Cre/mutant lox-mediated recombination. We isolated trap clones, analyzed trapped genes, and constructed the database for Exchangeable Gene Trap Clones (EGTC) [http://egtc.jp]. The number of registered ES cell lines was 1162 on 31 August 2013. We also established 454 mouse lines from trap ES clones and deposited them in the mouse embryo bank at the Center for Animal Resources and Development, Kumamoto University, Japan. The EGTC database is the most extensive academic resource for gene-trap mouse lines. Because we used a promoter-trap strategy, all trapped genes were expressed in ES cells. To understand the general characteristics of the trapped genes in the EGTC library, we used Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) for pathway analysis and found that the EGTC ES clones covered a broad range of pathways. We also used Gene Ontology (GO) classification data provided by Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI) to compare the functional distribution of genes in each GO term between trapped genes in the EGTC mouse lines and total genes annotated in MGI. We found the functional distributions for the trapped genes in the EGTC mouse lines and for the RefSeq genes for the whole mouse genome were similar, indicating that the EGTC mouse lines had trapped a wide range of mouse genes. © 2014 The Authors Development, Growth & Differentiation © 2014 Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists.

  19. cis sequence effects on gene expression

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    Jacobs Kevin

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sequence and transcriptional variability within and between individuals are typically studied independently. The joint analysis of sequence and gene expression variation (genetical genomics provides insight into the role of linked sequence variation in the regulation of gene expression. We investigated the role of sequence variation in cis on gene expression (cis sequence effects in a group of genes commonly studied in cancer research in lymphoblastoid cell lines. We estimated the proportion of genes exhibiting cis sequence effects and the proportion of gene expression variation explained by cis sequence effects using three different analytical approaches, and compared our results to the literature. Results We generated gene expression profiling data at N = 697 candidate genes from N = 30 lymphoblastoid cell lines for this study and used available candidate gene resequencing data at N = 552 candidate genes to identify N = 30 candidate genes with sufficient variance in both datasets for the investigation of cis sequence effects. We used two additive models and the haplotype phylogeny scanning approach of Templeton (Tree Scanning to evaluate association between individual SNPs, all SNPs at a gene, and diplotypes, with log-transformed gene expression. SNPs and diplotypes at eight candidate genes exhibited statistically significant (p cis sequence effects in our study, respectively. Conclusion Based on analysis of our results and the extant literature, one in four genes exhibits significant cis sequence effects, and for these genes, about 30% of gene expression variation is accounted for by cis sequence variation. Despite diverse experimental approaches, the presence or absence of significant cis sequence effects is largely supported by previously published studies.

  20. Gene set analysis using variance component tests

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    2013-01-01

    Background Gene set analyses have become increasingly important in genomic research, as many complex diseases are contributed jointly by alterations of numerous genes. Genes often coordinate together as a functional repertoire, e.g., a biological pathway/network and are highly correlated. However, most of the existing gene set analysis methods do not fully account for the correlation among the genes. Here we propose to tackle this important feature of a gene set to improve statistical power in gene set analyses. Results We propose to model the effects of an independent variable, e.g., exposure/biological status (yes/no), on multiple gene expression values in a gene set using a multivariate linear regression model, where the correlation among the genes is explicitly modeled using a working covariance matrix. We develop TEGS (Test for the Effect of a Gene Set), a variance component test for the gene set effects by assuming a common distribution for regression coefficients in multivariate linear regression models, and calculate the p-values using permutation and a scaled chi-square approximation. We show using simulations that type I error is protected under different choices of working covariance matrices and power is improved as the working covariance approaches the true covariance. The global test is a special case of TEGS when correlation among genes in a gene set is ignored. Using both simulation data and a published diabetes dataset, we show that our test outperforms the commonly used approaches, the global test and gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA). Conclusion We develop a gene set analyses method (TEGS) under the multivariate regression framework, which directly models the interdependence of the expression values in a gene set using a working covariance. TEGS outperforms two widely used methods, GSEA and global test in both simulation and a diabetes microarray data. PMID:23806107