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  • Nemaline Working Grp; Neuhaus, Sarah B.; Wallgren-Pettersson, Carina; Bönnemann, Carsten G.; Schara, Ulrike; Servais, Laurent (2020)
  • Mehine, Miika; Khamaiseh, Sara; Ahvenainen, Terhi; Heikkinen, Tuomas; Äyräväinen, Anna; Pakarinen, Päivi; Härkki, Päivi; Pasanen, Annukka; Bützow, Ralf; Vahteristo, Pia (2020)
    Simple Summary Uterine leiomyomas are benign smooth muscle tumors affecting millions of women globally. On a molecular level, leiomyomas can be classified into three main subtypes, each characterized by mutations affecting either MED12, HMGA2, or FH. Leiomyomas are still widely regarded as a single entity, although early observations suggest that different subtypes behave differently, in terms of both clinical outcomes and therapeutic requirements. The majority of classification studies on leiomyomas have been performed using fresh frozen tissue. Archival formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue represents an invaluable source of biological material that can be studied retrospectively. Methods capable of generating high-quality data from FFPE material are in high demand. Here, we show that 3 ' RNA sequencing can accurately classify leiomyomas that have been stored as FFPE tissue in hospital archives for years. A targeted 3 ' RNA sequencing panel could provide researchers and clinicians with a cost-effective and scalable diagnostic tool for classifying smooth muscle tumors. Uterine leiomyomas are benign smooth muscle tumors occurring in 70% of women of reproductive age. The majority of leiomyomas harbor one of three well-established genetic changes: a hotspot mutation in MED12, overexpression of HMGA2, or biallelic loss of FH. The majority of studies have classified leiomyomas by complex and costly methods, such as whole-genome sequencing, or by combining multiple traditional methods, such as immunohistochemistry and Sanger sequencing. The type of specimens and the amount of resources available often determine the choice. A more universal, cost-effective, and scalable method for classifying leiomyomas is needed. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether RNA sequencing can accurately classify formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) leiomyomas. We performed 3 ' RNA sequencing with 44 leiomyoma and 5 myometrium FFPE samples, revealing that the samples clustered according to the mutation status of MED12, HMGA2, and FH. Furthermore, we confirmed each subtype in a publicly available fresh frozen dataset. These results indicate that a targeted 3 ' RNA sequencing panel could serve as a cost-effective and robust tool for stratifying both fresh frozen and FFPE leiomyomas. This study also highlights 3 ' RNA sequencing as a promising method for studying the abundance of unexploited tissue material that is routinely stored in hospital archives.
  • Harris, Elizabeth; Töpf, Ana; Vihola, Anna; Evilä, Anni; Barresi, Rita; Hudson, Judith; Hackman, Peter; Herron, Brian; MacArthur, Daniel; Lochmüller, Hanns; Bushby, Kate; Udd, Bjarne; Straub, Volker (2017)
    Mutations in the gene encoding the giant skeletal muscle protein titin are associated with a variety of muscle disorders, including recessive congenital myopathies cardiomyopathy, limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) and late onset dominant distal myopathy. Heterozygous truncating mutations have also been linked to dilated cardiomyopathy. The phenotypic spectrum of titinopathies is emerging and expanding, as next generation sequencing techniques make this large gene amenable to sequencing. We undertook whole exome sequencing in four individuals with LGMD. An essential splice site mutation, previously reported in dilated cardiomyopathy, was identified in all families in combination with a second truncating mutation. Affected individuals presented with childhood onset proximal weakness associated with joint contractures and elevated CK. Cardiac dysfunction was present in two individuals. Muscle biopsy showed increased internal nuclei and immunoblotting identified reduction or absence of calpain-3 and demonstrated a marked reduction of C-terminal titin fragments. We confirm the co-occurrence of cardiac and skeletal myopathies associated with recessive truncating titin mutations. Compound heterozygosity of a truncating mutation previously associated with dilated cardiomyopathy and a 'second truncation' in TTN was identified as causative in our skeletal myopathy patients. These findings add to the complexity of interpretation and genetic counselling for titin mutations. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
  • Vakkilainen, Svetlana; Taskinen, Mervi; Klemetti, Paula; Pukkala, Eero; Mäkitie, Outi (2019)
    Cartilage-hair hypoplasia (CHH) is a skeletal dysplasia with combined immunodeficiency, variable clinical course and increased risk of malignancy. Management of CHH is complicated by a paucity of long-term follow-up data, as well as knowledge on prognostic factors. We assessed clinical course and risk factors for mortality in a prospective cohort study of 80 patients with CHH recruited in 1985-1991 and followed up until 2016. For all patients we collected additional health information from health records and from the national Medical Databases and Cause-of-death Registry. The primary outcome was immunodeficiency-related death, including death from infections, lung disease and malignancy. Standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) were calculated using national mortality rates as reference. Half of the patients (57%, n = 46) manifested no symptoms of immunodeficiency during follow-up while 19% (n = 15) and 24% (n = 19) demonstrated symptoms of humoral or combined immunodeficiency, including six cases of adult-onset immunodeficiency. In a significant proportion of patients (17/79, 22%), clinical features of immunodeficiency progressed over time. Of the 15 patients with non-skin cancer, eight had no preceding clinical symptoms of immunodeficiency. Altogether 20 patients had deceased (SMR = 7.0, 95% CI = 4.3-11); most commonly from malignancy (n = 7, SMR = 10, 95% CI = 4.1-21) and lung disease (n = 4, SMR = 46, 95% CI = 9.5-130). Mortality associated with birth length below-4 standard deviation (compared to normal, SMR/SMR ratio = 5.4, 95% CI = 1.5-20), symptoms of combined immunodeficiency (compared to asymptomatic, SMR/SMR ratio= 3.9, 95% CI = 1.3-11), Hirschsprung disease (odds ratio (OR) 7.2, 95% CI = 1.04-55), pneumonia in the first year of life or recurrently in adulthood (OR = 7.6/19, 95% CI = 1.3-43/2.6-140) and autoimmunity in adulthood (OR = 39, 95% CI = 3.5-430). In conclusion, patients with CHH may develop adult-onset immunodeficiency or malignancy without preceding clinical symptoms of immune defect, warranting careful follow-up. Variable disease course and risk factors for mortality should be acknowledged.
  • Narhi, A; Fernandes, A; Toiviainen-Salo, S; Harris, J; McInerney-Leo, A; Lazarus, S; Avela, K; Duncan, EL (2021)
    Multicentric carpotarsal osteolysis (MCTO) is an autosomal dominant condition characterized by carpal-tarsal abnormalities; over half of affected individuals also develop renal disease. MCTO is caused by mutations of MAFB; however, there is no clear phenotype-genotype correlation. We describe the first reported family of variable MCTO phenotype due to mosaicism: the proband had classical skeletal features and renal involvement due to focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), and the father had profound renal impairment due to FSGS, necessitating kidney transplantation. Mosaicism was first suspected in this family due to unequal allele ratios in the sequencing chromatograph of the initial blood sample of proband's father and confirmed by sequencing DNA extracted from the father's hair, collected from different bodily parts. This case highlights the need for a high index of clinical suspicion to detect low-level parental mosaicism, as well as a potential role for MAFB mutation screening in individuals with isolated FSGS.
  • Tyynismaa, Henna (2019)
    New therapies targeting metabolic vulnerabilities of specific tumor types have created wide interest in recent years. Through research now reported in the Journal by Gantner et al.,(1) metabolic precision therapy may become possible in patients with a rare eye disease, macular telangiectasia type 2, which leads to a progressive loss of central vision in both eyes in middle-aged or older persons.(2) The macula is the small area in the back of the eye that is responsible for high-resolution (i.e., sharp) vision. In the center of the macula is the fovea, which has the highest density of cone photoreceptor cells and . . .
  • Hitti-Malin, Rebekkah J.; Burmeister, Louise M.; Lingaas, Frode; Kaukonen, Maria; Pettinen, Inka; Lohi, Hannes; Sargan, David; Mellersh, Cathryn S. (2021)
    Canine progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) describes a group of hereditary diseases characterized by photoreceptor cell death in the retina, leading to visual impairment. Despite the identification of multiple PRA-causing variants, extensive heterogeneity of PRA is observed across and within dog breeds, with many still genetically unsolved. This study sought to elucidate the causal variant for a distinct form of PRA in the Shetland sheepdog, using a whole-genome sequencing approach. Filtering variants from a single PRA-affected Shetland sheepdog genome compared to 176 genomes of other breeds identified a single nucleotide variant in exon 11 of the Bardet-Biedl syndrome-2 gene (BBS2) (c.1222G > C; p.Ala408Pro). Genotyping 1386 canids of 155 dog breeds, 15 cross breeds and 8 wolves indicated the c.1222G > C variant was only segregated within Shetland sheepdogs. Out of 505 Shetland sheepdogs, seven were homozygous for the variant. Clinical history and photographs for three homozygotes indicated the presence of a novel phenotype. In addition to PRA, additional clinical features in homozygous dogs support the discovery of a novel syndromic PRA in the breed. The development and utilization of a diagnostic DNA test aim to prevent the mutation from becoming more prevalent in the breed.
  • Lechuga, Susana; Cartagena-Rivera, Alexander X.; Khan, Afshin; Crawford, Bert; Narayanan, Vani; Conway, Daniel E.; Lehtimäki, Jaakko; Lappalainen, Pekka; Rieder, Florian; Longworth, Michelle S.; Ivanov, Andrei I. (2022)
    The actomyosin cytoskeleton serves as a key regulator of the integrity and remodeling of epithelial barriers by controlling assembly and functions of intercellular junctions and cell-matrix adhesions. Although biochemical mechanisms that regulate the activity of non-muscle myosin II (NM-II) in epithelial cells have been extensively investigated, little is known about assembly of the contractile myosin structures at the epithelial adhesion sites. UNC-45A is a cytoskeletal chaperone that is essential for proper folding of NM-II heavy chains and myofilament assembly. We found abundant expression of UNC-45A in human intestinal epithelial cell (IEC) lines and in the epithelial layer of the normal human colon. Interestingly, protein level of UNC-45A was decreased in colonic epithelium of patients with ulcerative colitis. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knock-out of UNC-45A in HT-29cf8 and SK-CO15 IEC disrupted epithelial barrier integrity, impaired assembly of epithelial adherence and tight junctions and attenuated cell migration. Consistently, decreased UNC-45 expression increased permeability of the Drosophila gut in vivo. The mechanisms underlying barrier disruptive and anti-migratory effects of UNC-45A depletion involved disorganization of the actomyosin bundles at epithelial junctions and the migrating cell edge. Loss of UNC-45A also decreased contractile forces at apical junctions and matrix adhesions. Expression of deletion mutants revealed roles for the myosin binding domain of UNC-45A in controlling IEC junctions and motility. Our findings uncover a novel mechanism that regulates integrity and restitution of the intestinal epithelial barrier, which may be impaired during mucosal inflammation.
  • Brusa, Roberta; Magri, Francesca; Papadimitriou, Dimitra; Govoni, Alessandra; Del Bo, Roberto; Ciscato, Patrizia; Savarese, Marco; Cinnante, Claudia; Walter, Maggie C.; Abicht, Angela; Bulst, Stefanie; Corti, Stefania; Moggio, Maurizio; Bresolin, Nereo; Nigro, Vincenzo; Comi, Giacomo Pietro (2018)
    Limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) type 2G is a rare form of muscle disease, described only in a few patients worldwide, caused by mutations in TCAP gene, encoding the protein telethonin. It is characterised by proximal limb muscle weakness associated with distal involvement of lower limbs, starting in the first or second decade of life. We describe the case of a 37-year-old woman of Greek origin, affected by disto-proximal lower limb weakness. No cardiac or respiratory involvement was detected. Muscle biopsy showed myopathic changes with type I fibre hypotrophy, cytoplasmic vacuoles, lipid overload, multiple central nuclei and fibre splittings; ultrastructural examination showed metabolic abnormalities. Next generation sequencing analysis detected a homozygous frameshift mutation in the TCAP gene (c.90_91del), previously described in one Turkish family. Immunostaining and Western blot analysis showed complete absence of telethonin. Interestingly, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism analysis of the 10 Mb genomic region containing the TCAP gene showed a shared homozygous haplotype of both the Greek and the Turkish patients, thus suggesting a possible founder effect of TCAP gene c.90_91del mutation in this part of the Mediterranean area. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
  • Su, Jing; Ekman, Carl; Oskolkov, Nikolay; Lahti, Leo; Ström, Kristoffer; Brazma, Alvis; Groop, Leif; Rung, Johan; Hansson, Ola (2015)
    Background: Although high-throughput studies of gene expression have generated large amounts of data, most of which is freely available in public archives, the use of this valuable resource is limited by computational complications and non-homogenous annotation. To address these issues, we have performed a complete re-annotation of public microarray data from human skeletal muscle biopsies and constructed a muscle expression compendium consisting of nearly 3000 samples. The created muscle compendium is a publicly available resource including all curated annotation. Using this data set, we aimed to elucidate the molecular mechanism of muscle aging and to describe how physical exercise may alleviate negative physiological effects. Results: We find 957 genes to be significantly associated with aging (p <0.05, FDR = 5 %, n = 361). Aging was associated with perturbation of many central metabolic pathways like mitochondrial function including reduced expression of genes in the ATP synthase, NADH dehydrogenase, cytochrome C reductase and oxidase complexes, as well as in glucose and pyruvate processing. Among the genes with the strongest association with aging were H3 histone, family 3B (H3F3B, p = 3.4 x 10(-13)), AHNAK nucleoprotein, desmoyokin (AHNAK, p = 6.9 x 10(-12)), and histone deacetylase 4 (HDAC4, p = 4.0 x 10(-9)). We also discover genes previously not linked to muscle aging and metabolism, such as fasciculation and elongation protein zeta 2 (FEZ2, p = 2.8 x 10(-8)). Out of the 957 genes associated with aging, 21 (p <0.001, false discovery rate = 5 %, n = 116) were also associated with maximal oxygen consumption (VO2MAX). Strikingly, 20 out of those 21 genes are regulated in opposite direction when comparing increasing age with increasing VO2MAX. Conclusions: These results support that mitochondrial dysfunction is a major age-related factor and also highlight the beneficial effects of maintaining a high physical capacity for prevention of age-related sarcopenia.
  • Rossi, Daniela; Palmio, Johanna; Evila, Anni; Galli, Lucia; Barone, Virginia; Caldwell, Tracy A.; Policke, Rachel A.; Aldkheil, Esraa; Berndsen, Christopher E.; Wright, Nathan T.; Malfatti, Edoardo; Brochier, Guy; Pierantozzi, Enrico; Jordanova, Albena; Guergueltcheva, Velina; Romero, Norma Beatriz; Hackman, Peter; Eymard, Bruno; Udd, Bjarne; Sorrentino, Vincenzo (2017)
    A novel FLNC c.5161delG (p.Gly1722ValfsTer61) mutation was identified in two members of a French family affected by distal myopathy and in one healthy relative. This FLNC c.5161delG mutation is one nucleotide away from a previously reported FLNC mutation (c.5160delC) that was identified in patients and in asymptomatic carriers of three Bulgarian families with distal muscular dystrophy, indicating a low penetrance of the FLNC frameshift mutations. Given these similarities, we believe that the two FLNC mutations alone can be causative of distal myopathy without full penetrance. Moreover, comparative analysis of the clinical manifestations indicates that patients of the French family show an earlier onset and a complete segregation of the disease. As a possible explanation of this, the two French patients also carry a OBSCN c.13330C>T (p.Arg4444Trp) mutation. The p.Arg4444Trp variant is localized within the OBSCN Ig59 domain that, together with Ig58, binds to the ZIg9/ZIg10 domains of titin at Z-disks. Structural and functional studies indicate that this OBSCN p.Arg4444Trp mutation decreases titin binding by similar to 15-fold. On this line, we suggest that the combination of the OBSCN p.Arg4444Trp variant and of the FLNC c.5161delG mutation, can cooperatively affect myofibril stability and increase the penetrance of muscular dystrophy in the French family.
  • Kausar, Mehran; Chew, Elaine Guo Yan; Ullah, Hazrat; Anees, Mariam; Khor, Chiea Chuen; Foo, Ia Nee; Makitie, Outi; Siddiqi, Saima (2019)
    We report on three new patients with spondyloocular syndrome (SOS) in a consanguineous Pakistani family. All three patients present progressive generalized osteoporosis, short stature, recurrent fractures, hearing loss and visual impairments. WES revealed a novel homozygous frameshift variant in exon 11 of XYLT2 (NG 012175.1, NP_071450.2) resulting in loss of evolutionary conserved amino acid sequences (840 - 865/865) at C -terminus p.R840fs*115. Sanger Sequencing confirmed the presence of the novel homozygous mutation in all three patients while the parents were heterozygous carriers of the mutation, in accordance with an autosomal recessive inheritance pattern. Only nine variants worldwide have previously been reported in XYLT2 in patients with SOS phenotype. These three patients with novel homozygous variant extend the genotypic and phenotypic spectrum of SOS.
  • Yasin, Samina; Mustafa, Saima; Ayesha, Arzoo; Latif, Muhammad; Hassan, Mubashir; Faisal, Muhammad; Mäkitie, Outi; Iqbal, Furhan; Naz, Sadaf (2020)
  • Rahikkala, Elisa; Urpa, Lea; Ghimire, Bishwa; Topa, Hande; Kurki, Mitja; Koskela, Maryna; Airavaara, Mikko; Hämäläinen, Eija; Pylkäs, Katri; Körkkö, Jarmo; Savolainen, Helena; Suoranta, Anu; Bertoli-Avella, Aida; Rolfs, Arndt; Mattila, Pirkko; Daly, Mark; Palotie, Aarno; Pietiläinen, Olli; Moilanen, Jukka; Kuismin, Outi (2022)
    Biallelic loss-of-function variants in the SMG9 gene, encoding a regulatory subunit of the mRNA nonsense-mediated decay (NMD) machinery, are reported to cause heart and brain malformation syndrome. Here we report five patients from three unrelated families with intellectual disability (ID) and a novel pathogenic SMG9 c.551 T > C p.(Val184Ala) homozygous missense variant, identified using exome sequencing. Sanger sequencing confirmed recessive segregation in each family. SMG9 c.551T > C p.(Val184Ala) is most likely an autozygous variant identical by descent. Characteristic clinical findings in patients were mild to moderate ID, intention tremor, pyramidal signs, dyspraxia, and ocular manifestations. We used RNA sequencing of patients and age- and sex-matched healthy controls to assess the effect of the variant. RNA sequencing revealed that the SMG9 c.551T > C variant did not affect the splicing or expression level of SMG9 gene products, and allele-specific expression analysis did not provide evidence that the nonsense mRNA-induced NMD was affected. Differential gene expression analysis identified prevalent upregulation of genes in patients, including the genes SMOX, OSBP2, GPX3, and ZNF155. These findings suggest that normal SMG9 function may be involved in transcriptional regulation without affecting nonsense mRNA-induced NMD. In conclusion, we demonstrate that the SMG9 c.551T > C missense variant causes a neurodevelopmental disorder and impacts gene expression. NMD components have roles beyond aberrant mRNA degradation that are crucial for neurocognitive development.
  • Rivas, Manuel A.; Graham, Daniel; Sulem, Patrick; Stevens, Christine; Desch, A. Nicole; Goyette, Philippe; Gudbjartsson, Daniel; Jonsdottir, Ingileif; Thorsteinsdottir, Unnur; Degenhardt, Frauke; Mucha, Soeren; Kurki, Mitja I.; Li, Dalin; D'Amato, Mauro; Annese, Vito; Vermeire, Severine; Weersma, Rinse K.; Halfvarson, Jonas; Paavola-Sakki, Anu Liisa Paulina; Lappalainen, Anne Maarit; Lek, Monkol; Cummings, Beryl; Tukiainen, Taru; Haritunians, Talin; Halme, Leena; Koskinen, Lotta L. E.; Ananthakrishnan, Ashwin N.; Luo, Yang; Heap, Graham A.; Visschedijk, Marijn C.; MacArthur, Daniel G.; Neale, Benjamin M.; Ahmad, Tariq; Anderson, Carl A.; Brant, Steven R.; Duerr, Richard H.; Silverberg, Mark S.; Cho, Judy H.; Palotie, Aarno; Saavalainen, Paivi; Kontula, Kimmo; Farkkila, Martti; McGovern, Dermot P. B.; Franke, Andre; Stefansson, Kari; Rioux, John D.; Xavier, Ramnik J.; Daly, Mark J. (2016)
    Protein-truncating variants protective against human disease provide in vivo validation of therapeutic targets. Here we used targeted sequencing to conduct a search for protein-truncating variants conferring protection against inflammatory bowel disease exploiting knowledge of common variants associated with the same disease. Through replication genotyping and imputation we found that a predicted protein-truncating variant (rs36095412, p.R179X, genotyped in 11,148 ulcerative colitis patients and 295,446 controls, MAF = up to 0.78%) in RNF186, a single-exon ring finger E3 ligase with strong colonic expression, protects against ulcerative colitis (overall P = 6.89 x 10(-7), odds ratio = 0.30). We further demonstrate that the truncated protein exhibits reduced expression and altered subcellular localization, suggesting the protective mechanism may reside in the loss of an interaction or function via mislocalization and/or loss of an essential transmembrane domain.
  • Dillard, Kati J.; Hytönen, Marjo K.; Fischer, Daniel; Tanhuanpää, Kimmo; Lehti, Mari S.; Vainio-Siukola, Katri; Sironen, Anu; Anttila, Marjukka (2018)
    Ciliopathies presenting as inherited hepatorenal fibrocystic disorders are rare in humans and in dogs. We describe here a novel lethal ciliopathy in Norwich Terrier puppies that was diagnosed at necropsy and characterized as diffuse cystic renal disease and hepatic fibrosis. The histopathological findings were typical for cystic renal dysplasia in which the cysts were located in the straight portion of the proximal tubule, and thin descending and ascending limbs of Henle's loop. The pedigree of the affected puppies was suggestive of an autosomal recessive inheritance and therefore, whole exome sequencing and homozygosity mapping were used for identification of the causative variant. The analyses revealed a case-specific homozygous splice donor site variant in a cilia related gene, INPP5E: c.1572+5G>A. Association of the variant with the defect was validated in a large cohort of Norwich Terriers with 3 cases and 480 controls, the carrier frequency being 6%. We observed that the identified variant introduces a novel splice site in INPP5E causing a frameshift and formation of a premature stop codon. In conclusion, our results suggest that the INPP5E: c.1572+5G>A variant is causal for the ciliopathy in Norwich Terriers. Therefore, genetic testing can be carried out in the future for the eradication of the disease from the breed.
  • Purhonen, Janne; Grigorjev, Vladislav; Ekiert, Robert; Aho, Noora; Rajendran, Jayasimman; Pietras, Rafal; Truve, Katarina; Wikström, Mårten; Sharma, Vivek; Osyczka, Artur; Fellman, Vineta; Kallijärvi, Jukka (2020)
    We previously observed an unexpected fivefold (35 vs. 200 days) difference in the survival of respiratory chain complex III (CIII) deficient Bcs1/(p.S78G) mice between two congenic backgrounds. Here, we identify a spontaneous homoplasmic mtDNA variant (m.G14904A, mt-Cyb(p.D254N)), affecting the CIII subunit cytochrome b (MT-CYB), in the background with short survival. We utilize maternal inheritance of mtDNA to confirm this as the causative variant and show that it further decreases the low CIII activity in Bcs1/(p.S78G) tissues to below survival threshold by 35 days of age. Molecular dynamics simulations predict D254N to restrict the flexibility of MT-CYB ef loop, potentially affecting RISP dynamics. In Rhodobacter cytochrome bc(1) complex the equivalent substitution causes a kinetics defect with longer occupancy of RISP head domain towards the quinol oxidation site. These findings represent a unique case of spontaneous mitonuclear epistasis and highlight the role of mtDNA variation as modifier of mitochondrial disease phenotypes.
  • Carlsson, Annelie; Shepherd, Maggie; Ellard, Sian; Weedon, Michael; Lernmark, Ake; Forsander, Gun; Colclough, Kevin; Brahimi, Qefsere; Valtonen-Andre, Camilla; Ivarsson, Sten A.; Elding Larsson, Helena; Samuelsson, Ulf; Ortqvist, Eva; Groop, Leif; Ludvigsson, Johnny; Marcus, Claude; Hattersley, Andrew T. (2020)
    OBJECTIVE Identifying maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) in pediatric populations close to diabetes diagnosis is difficult. Misdiagnosis and unnecessary insulin treatment are common. We aimed to identify the discriminatory clinical features at diabetes diagnosis of patients with glucokinase (GCK), hepatocyte nuclear factor-1A (HNF1A), and HNF4A MODY in the pediatric population. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Swedish patients (n = 3,933) aged 1-18 years, diagnosed with diabetes May 2005 to December 2010, were recruited from the national consecutive prospective cohort Better Diabetes Diagnosis. Clinical data, islet autoantibodies (GAD insulinoma antigen-2, zinc transporter 8, and insulin autoantibodies), HLA type, and C-peptide were collected at diagnosis. MODY was identified by sequencing GCK, HNF1A, and HNF4A, through either routine clinical or research testing. RESULTS The minimal prevalence of MODY was 1.2%. Discriminatory factors for MODY at diagnosis included four islet autoantibody negativity (100% vs. 11% not-known MODY; P = 2 x 10(-44)), HbA(1c) (7.0% vs. 10.7% [53 vs. 93 mmol/mol]; P = 1 x 10(-20)), plasma glucose (11.7 vs. 26.7 mmol/L; P = 3 x 10(-19)), parental diabetes (63% vs. 12%; P = 1 x 10(-15)), and diabetic ketoacidosis (0% vs. 15%; P = 0.001). Testing 303 autoantibody-negative patients identified 46 patients with MODY (detection rate 15%). Limiting testing to the 73 islet autoantibody-negative patients with HbA(1c)
  • Becker, Isabelle C.; Scheller, Inga; Wackerbarth, Lou M.; Beck, Sarah; Heib, Tobias; Aurbach, Katja; Manukjan, Georgi; Gross, Carina; Spindler, Markus; Nagy, Zoltan; Witke, Walter; Lappalainen, Pekka; Bender, Markus; Schulze, Harald; Pleines, Irina; Nieswandt, Bernhard (2020)
    Rearrangements of the microtubule (MT) and actin cytoskeleton are pivotal for platelet biogenesis. Hence, defects in actin- or MT-regulatory proteins are associated with platelet disorders in humans and mice. Previous studies in mice revealed that loss of the actin-depolymerizing factor homology (ADF-H) protein Cofilin1 (Cof1) in megakaryocytes (MKs) results in a moderate macrothrombocytopenia but normal MK numbers, whereas deficiency in another ADF-H protein, Twinfilin1 (Twf1), does not affect platelet production or function. However, recent studies in yeast have indicated a critical synergism between Twf1 and Cof1 in the regulation of actin dynamics. We therefore investigated platelet biogenesis and function in mice lacking both Twf1 and Cof1 in the MK lineage. In contrast to single deficiency in either protein, Twf1/Cof1 double deficiency (DKO) resulted in a severe macrothrombocytopenia and dramatically increased MK numbers in bone marrow and spleen. DKO MKs exhibited defective proplatelet formation in vitro and in vivo as well as impaired spreading and altered assembly of podosome-like structures on collagen and fibrinogen in vitro. These defects were associated with aberrant F-actin accumulation and, remarkably, the formation of hyperstable MT, which appears to be caused by dysregulation of the actin- and MT-binding proteins mDia1 and adenomatous polyposis coli. Surprisingly, the mild functional defects described for Cof1-deficient platelets were only slightly aggravated in DKO platelets suggesting that both proteins are largely dispensable for platelet function in the peripheral blood. In summary, these findings reveal critical redundant functions of Cof1 and Twf1 in ensuring balanced actin/microtubule crosstalk during thrombopoiesis in mice and possibly humans.
  • Johari, Mridul; Papadimas, George; Papadopoulos, Constantinos; Xirou, Sophia; Kanavaki, Aikaterini; Chrysanthou-Piterou, Margarita; Rusanen, Salla; Savarese, Marco; Hackman, Peter; Udd, Bjarne (2022)
    Objective: Mutations in the prion-like domain of RNA binding proteins cause dysfunctional stress responses and associated aggregate pathology in patients with neurogenic and myopathic phenotypes. Recently, mutations in ANXA11 have been reported in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multisystem proteinopathy. Here we studied families with an autosomal dominant muscle disease caused by ANXA11:c.118G > T;p.D40Y. Methods: We performed deep phenotyping and exome sequencing of patients from four large Greek families, including seven affected individuals with progressive muscle disease but no family history of multi-organ involvement or ALS. Results: In our study, all patients presented with an autosomal dominant muscular dystrophy without any Paget disease of bone nor signs of frontotemporal dementia or Parkinson's disease. Histopathological analysis showed rimmed vacuoles with annexin All accumulations. Electron microscopy analysis showed myofibrillar abnormalities with disorganization of the sarcomeric structure and Z-disc dissolution, and subsarcolemmal autophagic material with myeloid formations. Molecular genetic analysis revealed ANXA11:c.118G > T;p.D4OY segregating with the phenotype. Interpretation: Although the pathogenic mechanisms associated with p.D4OY mutation in the prion-like domain of Annexin All need to be further clarified, our study provides robust and clear genetic evidence to support the expansion of the phenotypic spectrum of ANXA11.