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Academic Pediatrics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38, SJR: 1.655, CiteScore: 2)
Academic Radiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26, SJR: 1.015, CiteScore: 2)
Accident Analysis & Prevention     Partially Free   (Followers: 102, SJR: 1.462, CiteScore: 3)
Accounting Forum     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28, SJR: 0.932, CiteScore: 2)
Accounting, Organizations and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40, SJR: 1.771, CiteScore: 3)
Achievements in the Life Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Acta Anaesthesiologica Taiwanica     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Acta Astronautica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 436, SJR: 0.758, CiteScore: 2)
Acta Automatica Sinica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Acta Biomaterialia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28, SJR: 1.967, CiteScore: 7)
Acta Colombiana de Cuidado Intensivo     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Acta de Investigación Psicológica     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Ecologica Sinica     Open Access   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.18, CiteScore: 1)
Acta Histochemica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.661, CiteScore: 2)
Acta Materialia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 311, SJR: 3.263, CiteScore: 6)
Acta Mathematica Scientia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.504, CiteScore: 1)
Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.542, CiteScore: 1)
Acta Oecologica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.834, CiteScore: 2)
Acta Otorrinolaringologica (English Edition)     Full-text available via subscription  
Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.307, CiteScore: 0)
Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.793, CiteScore: 6)
Acta Poética     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.101, CiteScore: 0)
Acta Psychologica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26, SJR: 1.331, CiteScore: 2)
Acta Sociológica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta Tropica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 1.052, CiteScore: 2)
Acta Urológica Portuguesa     Open Access  
Actas Dermo-Sifiliograficas     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.374, CiteScore: 1)
Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas (English Edition)     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Actas Urológicas Españolas     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.344, CiteScore: 1)
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Actualites Pharmaceutiques     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.19, CiteScore: 0)
Actualites Pharmaceutiques Hospitalieres     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Acupuncture and Related Therapies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Acute Pain     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15, SJR: 2.671, CiteScore: 5)
Ad Hoc Networks     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.53, CiteScore: 4)
Addictive Behaviors     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18, SJR: 1.29, CiteScore: 3)
Addictive Behaviors Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.755, CiteScore: 2)
Additive Manufacturing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 2.611, CiteScore: 8)
Additives for Polymers     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 184, SJR: 4.09, CiteScore: 13)
Advanced Engineering Informatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 1.167, CiteScore: 4)
Advanced Powder Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17, SJR: 0.694, CiteScore: 3)
Advances in Accounting     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.277, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Agronomy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17, SJR: 2.384, CiteScore: 5)
Advances in Anesthesia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 29, SJR: 0.126, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Antiviral Drug Design     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Applied Mathematics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.992, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Applied Mechanics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12, SJR: 1.551, CiteScore: 4)
Advances in Applied Microbiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 24, SJR: 2.089, CiteScore: 5)
Advances In Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15, SJR: 0.572, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Biological Regulation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 2.61, CiteScore: 7)
Advances in Botanical Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.686, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Cancer Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 34, SJR: 3.043, CiteScore: 6)
Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9, SJR: 1.453, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Catalysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5, SJR: 1.992, CiteScore: 5)
Advances in Cell Aging and Gerontology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Cellular and Molecular Biology of Membranes and Organelles     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Advances in Chemical Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 29, SJR: 0.156, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Child Development and Behavior     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.713, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10, SJR: 1.316, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Clinical Chemistry     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26, SJR: 1.562, CiteScore: 3)
Advances in Colloid and Interface Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20, SJR: 1.977, CiteScore: 8)
Advances in Computers     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14, SJR: 0.205, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Dermatology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Advances in Developmental Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Advances in Digestive Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Advances in DNA Sequence-Specific Agents     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Advances in Drug Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
Advances in Ecological Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 43, SJR: 2.524, CiteScore: 4)
Advances in Engineering Software     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29, SJR: 1.159, CiteScore: 4)
Advances in Experimental Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Advances in Experimental Social Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 51, SJR: 5.39, CiteScore: 8)
Advances in Exploration Geophysics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Advances in Fluorine Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Advances in Food and Nutrition Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 66, SJR: 0.591, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Fuel Cells     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Advances in Genetics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 21, SJR: 1.354, CiteScore: 4)
Advances in Genome Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10, SJR: 12.74, CiteScore: 13)
Advances in Geophysics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7, SJR: 1.193, CiteScore: 3)
Advances in Heat Transfer     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26, SJR: 0.368, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Heterocyclic Chemistry     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.749, CiteScore: 3)
Advances in Human Factors/Ergonomics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
Advances in Imaging and Electron Physics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.193, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Immunology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 37, SJR: 4.433, CiteScore: 6)
Advances in Inorganic Chemistry     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10, SJR: 1.163, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Insect Physiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2, SJR: 1.938, CiteScore: 3)
Advances in Integrative Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.176, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Intl. Accounting     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Advances in Life Course Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.682, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Lipobiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Advances in Magnetic and Optical Resonance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Advances in Marine Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 21, SJR: 0.88, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Mathematics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14, SJR: 3.027, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Medical Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.694, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Medicinal Chemistry     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Advances in Microbial Physiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5, SJR: 1.158, CiteScore: 3)
Advances in Molecular and Cell Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 24)
Advances in Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Advances in Molecular Toxicology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.182, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Nanoporous Materials     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Oncobiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Organ Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Organometallic Chemistry     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18, SJR: 1.875, CiteScore: 4)
Advances in Parallel Computing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.174, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Parasitology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5, SJR: 1.579, CiteScore: 4)
Advances in Pediatrics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 27, SJR: 0.461, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Pharmaceutical Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Advances in Pharmacology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17, SJR: 1.536, CiteScore: 3)
Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.574, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Phytomedicine     Full-text available via subscription  
Advances in Planar Lipid Bilayers and Liposomes     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.109, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Advances in Plant Pathology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Advances in Porous Media     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Protein Chemistry     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.791, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 67)
Advances in Quantum Chemistry     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.371, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Radiation Oncology     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.263, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.101, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Space Biology and Medicine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Advances in Space Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 421, SJR: 0.569, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Structural Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Surgery     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13, SJR: 0.555, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in the Study of Behavior     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 37, SJR: 2.208, CiteScore: 4)
Advances in Veterinary Medicine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Advances in Veterinary Science and Comparative Medicine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Advances in Virus Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6, SJR: 2.262, CiteScore: 5)
Advances in Water Resources     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 53, SJR: 1.551, CiteScore: 3)
Aeolian Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 1.117, CiteScore: 3)
Aerospace Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 383, SJR: 0.796, CiteScore: 3)
AEU - Intl. J. of Electronics and Communications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.42, CiteScore: 2)
African J. of Emergency Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.296, CiteScore: 0)
Ageing Research Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 3.671, CiteScore: 9)
Aggression and Violent Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 475, SJR: 1.238, CiteScore: 3)
Agri Gene     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.13, CiteScore: 0)
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18, SJR: 1.818, CiteScore: 5)
Agricultural Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31, SJR: 1.156, CiteScore: 4)
Agricultural Water Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44, SJR: 1.272, CiteScore: 3)
Agriculture and Agricultural Science Procedia     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Agriculture and Natural Resources     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 58, SJR: 1.747, CiteScore: 4)
Ain Shams Engineering J.     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.589, CiteScore: 3)
Air Medical J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.26, CiteScore: 0)
AKCE Intl. J. of Graphs and Combinatorics     Open Access   (SJR: 0.19, CiteScore: 0)
Alcohol     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 1.153, CiteScore: 3)
Alcoholism and Drug Addiction     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Alergologia Polska : Polish J. of Allergology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Alexandria Engineering J.     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.604, CiteScore: 3)
Alexandria J. of Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.191, CiteScore: 1)
Algal Research     Partially Free   (Followers: 11, SJR: 1.142, CiteScore: 4)
Alkaloids: Chemical and Biological Perspectives     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Allergologia et Immunopathologia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.504, CiteScore: 1)
Allergology Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 1.148, CiteScore: 2)
Alpha Omegan     Full-text available via subscription   (SJR: 3.521, CiteScore: 6)
ALTER - European J. of Disability Research / Revue Européenne de Recherche sur le Handicap     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.201, CiteScore: 1)
Alzheimer's & Dementia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 53, SJR: 4.66, CiteScore: 10)
Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 1.796, CiteScore: 4)
Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 1.108, CiteScore: 3)
Ambulatory Pediatrics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
American Heart J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 58, SJR: 3.267, CiteScore: 4)
American J. of Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 63, SJR: 1.93, CiteScore: 3)
American J. of Emergency Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 46, SJR: 0.604, CiteScore: 1)
American J. of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
American J. of Geriatric Psychiatry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14, SJR: 1.524, CiteScore: 3)
American J. of Human Genetics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37, SJR: 7.45, CiteScore: 8)
American J. of Infection Control     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29, SJR: 1.062, CiteScore: 2)
American J. of Kidney Diseases     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36, SJR: 2.973, CiteScore: 4)
American J. of Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 50)
American J. of Medicine Supplements     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3, SJR: 1.967, CiteScore: 2)
American J. of Obstetrics and Gynecology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 254, SJR: 2.7, CiteScore: 4)
American J. of Ophthalmology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 66, SJR: 3.184, CiteScore: 4)
American J. of Ophthalmology Case Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.265, CiteScore: 0)
American J. of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6, SJR: 1.289, CiteScore: 1)
American J. of Otolaryngology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25, SJR: 0.59, CiteScore: 1)
American J. of Pathology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33, SJR: 2.139, CiteScore: 4)
American J. of Preventive Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28, SJR: 2.164, CiteScore: 4)
American J. of Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39, SJR: 1.141, CiteScore: 2)
American J. of the Medical Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.767, CiteScore: 1)
Ampersand : An Intl. J. of General and Applied Linguistics     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Anaerobe     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 1.144, CiteScore: 3)
Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 66, SJR: 0.138, CiteScore: 0)
Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain Medicine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 24, SJR: 0.411, CiteScore: 1)
Anales de Cirugia Vascular     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Anales de Pediatría     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.277, CiteScore: 0)
Anales de Pediatría (English Edition)     Full-text available via subscription  
Anales de Pediatría Continuada     Full-text available via subscription  
Analytic Methods in Accident Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 4.849, CiteScore: 10)
Analytica Chimica Acta     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44, SJR: 1.512, CiteScore: 5)
Analytica Chimica Acta : X     Open Access  
Analytical Biochemistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 210, SJR: 0.633, CiteScore: 2)
Analytical Chemistry Research     Open Access   (Followers: 13, SJR: 0.411, CiteScore: 2)
Analytical Spectroscopy Library     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Anesthésie & Réanimation     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Anesthesiology Clinics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25, SJR: 0.683, CiteScore: 2)
Angiología     Full-text available via subscription   (SJR: 0.121, CiteScore: 0)
Angiologia e Cirurgia Vascular     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.111, CiteScore: 0)
Animal Behaviour     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 223, SJR: 1.58, CiteScore: 3)
Animal Feed Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.937, CiteScore: 2)
Animal Reproduction Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.704, CiteScore: 2)

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American Journal of Human Genetics
Journal Prestige (SJR): 7.45
Citation Impact (citeScore): 8
Number of Followers: 37  
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  • Finding Diagnostically Useful Patterns in Quantitative Phenotypic Data
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 October 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Stuart Aitken, Helen V. Firth, Jeremy McRae, Mihail Halachev, Usha Kini, Michael J. Parker, Melissa M. Lees, Katherine Lachlan, Ajoy Sarkar, Shelagh Joss, Miranda Splitt, Shane McKee, Andrea H. Németh, Richard H. Scott, Caroline F. Wright, Joseph A. Marsh, Matthew E. Hurles, David R. FitzPatrick, T.W. Fitzgerald, S.S. GeretyTrio-based whole-exome sequence (WES) data have established confident genetic diagnoses in ∼40% of previously undiagnosed individuals recruited to the Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) study. Here we aim to use the breadth of phenotypic information recorded in DDD to augment diagnosis and disease variant discovery in probands. Median Euclidean distances (mEuD) were employed as a simple measure of similarity of quantitative phenotypic data within sets of ≥10 individuals with plausibly causative de novo mutations (DNM) in 28 different developmental disorder genes. 13/28 (46.4%) showed significant similarity for growth or developmental milestone metrics, 10/28 (35.7%) showed similarity in HPO term usage, and 12/28 (43%) showed no phenotypic similarity. Pairwise comparisons of individuals with high-impact inherited variants to the 32 individuals with causative DNM in ANKRD11 using only growth z-scores highlighted 5 likely causative inherited variants and two unrecognized DNM resulting in an 18% diagnostic uplift for this gene. Using an independent approach, naive Bayes classification of growth and developmental data produced reasonably discriminative models for the 24 DNM genes with sufficiently complete data. An unsupervised naive Bayes classification of 6,993 probands with WES data and sufficient phenotypic information defined 23 in silico syndromes (ISSs) and was used to test a “phenotype first” approach to the discovery of causative genotypes using WES variants strictly filtered on allele frequency, mutation consequence, and evidence of constraint in humans. This highlighted heterozygous de novo nonsynonymous variants in SPTBN2 as causative in three DDD probands.
  • Bi-allelic Variants in IQSEC1 Cause Intellectual Disability, Developmental
           Delay, and Short Stature
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 October 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Muhammad Ansar, Hyung-lok Chung, Ali Al-Otaibi, Mohammad Nael Elagabani, Thomas A. Ravenscroft, Sohail A. Paracha, Ralf Scholz, Tayseer Abdel Magid, Muhammad T. Sarwar, Sayyed Fahim Shah, Azhar Ali Qaisar, Periklis Makrythanasis, Paul C. Marcogliese, Erik-Jan Kamsteeg, Emilie Falconnet, Emmanuelle Ranza, Federico A. Santoni, Hesham Aldhalaan, Ali Al-Asmari, Eissa Ali FaqeihWe report two consanguineous families with probands that exhibit intellectual disability, developmental delay, short stature, aphasia, and hypotonia in which homozygous non-synonymous variants were identified in IQSEC1 (GenBank: NM_001134382.3). In a Pakistani family, the IQSEC1 segregating variant is c.1028C>T (p.Thr343Met), while in a Saudi Arabian family the variant is c.962G>A (p.Arg321Gln). IQSEC1-3 encode guanine nucleotide exchange factors for the small GTPase ARF6 and their loss affects a variety of actin-dependent cellular processes, including AMPA receptor trafficking at synapses. The ortholog of IQSECs in the fly is schizo and its loss affects growth cone guidance at the midline in the CNS, also an actin-dependent process. Overexpression of the reference IQSEC1 cDNA in wild-type flies is lethal, but overexpression of the two variant IQSEC1 cDNAs did not affect viability. Loss of schizo caused embryonic lethality that could be rescued to 2nd instar larvae by moderate expression of the human reference cDNA. However, the p.Arg321Gln and p.Thr343Met variants failed to rescue embryonic lethality. These data indicate that the variants behave as loss-of-function mutations. We also show that schizo in photoreceptors is required for phototransduction. Finally, mice with a conditional Iqsec1 deletion in cortical neurons exhibited an increased density of dendritic spines with an immature morphology. The phenotypic similarity of the affecteds and the functional experiments in flies and mice indicate that IQSEC1 variants are the cause of a recessive disease with intellectual disability, developmental delay, and short stature, and that axonal guidance and dendritic projection defects as well as dendritic spine dysgenesis may underlie disease pathogenesis.
  • Characterization of Prevalence and Health Consequences of Uniparental
           Disomy in Four Million Individuals from the General Population
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 October 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Priyanka Nakka, Samuel Pattillo Smith, Anne H. O’Donnell-Luria, Kimberly F. McManus, Michelle Agee, Adam Auton, Robert K. Bell, Katarzyna Bryc, Sarah L. Elson, Pierre Fontanillas, Nicholas A. Furlotte, Barry Hicks, David A. Hinds, Ethan M. Jewett, Yunxuan Jiang, Keng-Han Lin, Jennifer C. McCreight, Karen E. Huber, Aaron Kleinman, Nadia K. LittermanMeiotic nondisjunction and resulting aneuploidy can lead to severe health consequences in humans. Aneuploidy rescue can restore euploidy but may result in uniparental disomy (UPD), the inheritance of both homologs of a chromosome from one parent with no representative copy from the other. Current understanding of UPD is limited to ∼3,300 case subjects for which UPD was associated with clinical presentation due to imprinting disorders or recessive diseases. Thus, the prevalence of UPD and its phenotypic consequences in the general population are unknown. We searched for instances of UPD across 4,400,363 consented research participants from the personal genetics company 23andMe, Inc., and 431,094 UK Biobank participants. Using computationally detected DNA segments identical-by-descent (IBD) and runs of homozygosity (ROH), we identified 675 instances of UPD across both databases. We estimate that UPD is twice as common as previously thought, and we present a machine-learning framework to detect UPD using ROH. While we find a nominally significant association between UPD of chromosome 22 and autism risk, we do not find significant associations between UPD and deleterious traits in the 23andMe database.
  • Distinct HLA Associations with Rheumatoid Arthritis Subsets Defined by
           Serological Subphenotype
    • Abstract: Publication date: 3 October 2019Source: The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 105, Issue 4Author(s): Chikashi Terao, Boel Brynedal, Zuomei Chen, Xia Jiang, Helga Westerlind, Monika Hansson, Per-Johan Jakobsson, Karin Lundberg, Karl Skriner, Guy Serre, Johan Rönnelid, Linda Mathsson-Alm, Mikael Brink, Solbritt Rantapää Dahlqvist, Leonid Padyukov, Peter K. Gregersen, Anne Barton, Lars Alfredsson, Lars Klareskog, Soumya Raychaudhuri
  • Missense Mutations in NKAP Cause a Disorder of Transcriptional Regulation
           Characterized by Marfanoid Habitus and Cognitive Impairment
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 October 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Sarah K. Fiordaliso, Aiko Iwata-Otsubo, Alyssa L. Ritter, Mathieu Quesnel-Vallières, Katsunori Fujiki, Eriko Nishi, Miroslava Hancarova, Noriko Miyake, Jenny E.V. Morton, Sangmoon Lee, Karl Hackmann, Masashige Bando, Koji Masuda, Ryuichiro Nakato, Michiko Arakawa, Elizabeth Bhoj, Dong Li, Hakon Hakonarson, Ryojun Takeda, Margaret HarrNKAP is a ubiquitously expressed nucleoplasmic protein that is currently known as a transcriptional regulatory molecule via its interaction with HDAC3 and spliceosomal proteins. Here, we report a disorder of transcriptional regulation due to missense mutations in the X chromosome gene, NKAP. These mutations are clustered in the C-terminal region of NKAP where NKAP interacts with HDAC3 and post-catalytic spliceosomal complex proteins. Consistent with a role for the C-terminal region of NKAP in embryogenesis, nkap mutant zebrafish with a C-terminally truncated NKAP demonstrate severe developmental defects. The clinical features of affected individuals are highly conserved and include developmental delay, hypotonia, joint contractures, behavioral abnormalities, Marfanoid habitus, and scoliosis. In affected cases, transcriptome analysis revealed the presence of a unique transcriptome signature, which is characterized by the downregulation of long genes with higher exon numbers. These observations indicate the critical role of NKAP in transcriptional regulation and demonstrate that perturbations of the C-terminal region lead to developmental defects in both humans and zebrafish.
  • De Novo Pathogenic Variants in N-cadherin Cause a Syndromic
           Neurodevelopmental Disorder with Corpus Collosum, Axon, Cardiac, Ocular,
           and Genital Defects
    • Abstract: Publication date: 3 October 2019Source: The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 105, Issue 4Author(s): Andrea Accogli, Sara Calabretta, Judith St-Onge, Nassima Boudrahem-Addour, Alexandre Dionne-Laporte, Pascal Joset, Silvia Azzarello-Burri, Anita Rauch, Joel Krier, Elizabeth Fieg, Juan C. Pallais, Maria T. Acosta, David R. Adams, Pankaj Agrawal, Mercedes E. Alejandro, Patrick Allard, Justin Alvey, Ashley Andrews, Euan A. Ashley, Mahshid S. AzamianCadherins constitute a family of transmembrane proteins that mediate calcium-dependent cell-cell adhesion. The extracellular domain of cadherins consists of extracellular cadherin (EC) domains, separated by calcium binding sites. The EC interacts with other cadherin molecules in cis and in trans to mechanically hold apposing cell surfaces together. CDH2 encodes N-cadherin, whose essential roles in neural development include neuronal migration and axon pathfinding. However, CDH2 has not yet been linked to a Mendelian neurodevelopmental disorder. Here, we report de novo heterozygous pathogenic variants (seven missense, two frameshift) in CDH2 in nine individuals with a syndromic neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by global developmental delay and/or intellectual disability, variable axon pathfinding defects (corpus callosum agenesis or hypoplasia, mirror movements, Duane anomaly), and ocular, cardiac, and genital anomalies. All seven missense variants (c.1057G>A [p.Asp353Asn]; c.1789G>A [p.Asp597Asn]; c.1789G>T [p.Asp597Tyr]; c.1802A>C [p.Asn601Thr]; c.1839C>G [p.Cys613Trp]; c.1880A>G [p.Asp627Gly]; c.2027A>G [p.Tyr676Cys]) result in substitution of highly conserved residues, and six of seven cluster within EC domains 4 and 5. Four of the substitutions affect the calcium-binding site in the EC4-EC5 interdomain. We show that cells expressing these variants in the EC4-EC5 domains have a defect in cell-cell adhesion; this defect includes impaired binding in trans with N-cadherin-WT expressed on apposing cells. The two frameshift variants (c.2563_2564delCT [p.Leu855Valfs∗4]; c.2564_2567dupTGTT [p.Leu856Phefs∗5]) are predicted to lead to a truncated cytoplasmic domain. Our study demonstrates that de novo heterozygous variants in CDH2 impair the adhesive activity of N-cadherin, resulting in a multisystemic developmental disorder, that could be named ACOG syndrome (agenesis of corpus callosum, axon pathfinding, cardiac, ocular, and genital defects).
  • Bi-allelic Loss of Human APC2, Encoding Adenomatous Polyposis Coli Protein
           2, Leads to Lissencephaly, Subcortical Heterotopia, and Global
           Developmental Delay
    • Abstract: Publication date: 3 October 2019Source: The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 105, Issue 4Author(s): Sangmoon Lee, Dillon Y. Chen, Maha S. Zaki, Reza Maroofian, Henry Houlden, Nataliya Di Donato, Dalia Abdin, Heba Morsy, Ghayda M. Mirzaa, William B. Dobyns, Jennifer McEvoy-Venneri, Valentina Stanley, Kiely N. James, Grazia M.S. Mancini, Rachel Schot, Tugba Kalayci, Umut Altunoglu, Ehsan Ghayoor Karimiani, Lauren Brick, Mariya KozenkoLissencephaly is a severe brain malformation in which failure of neuronal migration results in agyria or pachygyria and in which the brain surface appears unusually smooth. It is often associated with microcephaly, profound intellectual disability, epilepsy, and impaired motor abilities. Twenty-two genes are associated with lissencephaly, accounting for approximately 80% of disease. Here we report on 12 individuals with a unique form of lissencephaly; these individuals come from eight unrelated families and have bi-allelic mutations in APC2, encoding adenomatous polyposis coli protein 2. Brain imaging studies demonstrate extensive posterior predominant lissencephaly, similar to PAFAH1B1-associated lissencephaly, as well as co-occurrence of subcortical heterotopia posterior to the caudate nuclei, “ribbon-like” heterotopia in the posterior frontal region, and dysplastic in-folding of the mesial occipital cortex. The established role of APC2 in integrating the actin and microtubule cytoskeletons to mediate cellular morphological changes suggests shared function with other lissencephaly-encoded cytoskeletal proteins such as α-N-catenin (CTNNA2) and platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase 1b regulatory subunit 1 (PAFAH1B1, also known as LIS1). Our findings identify APC2 as a radiographically distinguishable recessive form of lissencephaly.
  • A Rare Variant Nonparametric Linkage Method for Nuclear and Extended
           Pedigrees with Application to Late-Onset Alzheimer Disease via WGS Data
    • Abstract: Publication date: 3 October 2019Source: The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 105, Issue 4Author(s): Linhai Zhao, Zongxiao He, Di Zhang, Gao T. Wang, Alan E. Renton, Badri N. Vardarajan, Michael Nothnagel, Alison M. Goate, Richard Mayeux, Suzanne M. LealTo analyze family-based whole-genome sequence (WGS) data for complex traits, we developed a rare variant (RV) non-parametric linkage (NPL) analysis method, which has advantages over association methods. The RV-NPL differs from the NPL in that RVs are analyzed, and allele sharing among affected relative-pairs is estimated only for minor alleles. Analyzing families can increase power because causal variants with familial aggregation usually have larger effect sizes than those underlying sporadic diseases. Differing from association analysis, for NPL only affected individuals are analyzed, which can increase power, since unaffected family members can be susceptibility variant carriers. RV-NPL is robust to population substructure and admixture, inclusion of nonpathogenic variants, as well as allelic and locus heterogeneity and can readily be applied outside of coding regions. In contrast to analyzing common variants using NPL, where loci localize to large genomic regions (e.g.,>50 Mb), mapped regions are well defined for RV-NPL. Using simulation studies, we demonstrate that RV-NPL is substantially more powerful than applying traditional NPL methods to analyze RVs. The RV-NPL was applied to analyze 107 late-onset Alzheimer disease (LOAD) pedigrees of Caribbean Hispanic and European ancestry with WGS data, and statistically significant linkage (LOD ≥ 3.8) was found with RVs in PSMF1 and PTPN21 which have been shown to be involved in LOAD etiology. Additionally, nominally significant linkage was observed with RVs in ABCA7, ACE, EPHA1, and SORL1, genes that were previously reported to be associated with LOAD. RV-NPL is an ideal method to elucidate the genetic etiology of complex familial diseases.
  • Diagnostic Utility of Next-Generation Sequencing for Disorders of Somatic
           Mosaicism: A Five-Year Cumulative Cohort
    • Abstract: Publication date: 3 October 2019Source: The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 105, Issue 4Author(s): Samantha N. McNulty, Michael J. Evenson, Meagan M. Corliss, Latisha D. Love-Gregory, Molly C. Schroeder, Yang Cao, Yi-Shan Lee, Beth A. Drolet, Julie A. Neidich, Catherine E. Cottrell, Jonathan W. HeuselDisorders of somatic mosaicism (DoSM) are a diverse group of syndromic and non-syndromic conditions caused by mosaic variants in genes that regulate cell survival and proliferation. Despite overlap in gene space and technical requirements, few clinical labs specialize in DoSM compared to oncology. We adapted a high-sensitivity next-generation sequencing cancer assay for DoSM in 2014. Some 343 individuals have been tested over the past 5 years, 58% of which had pathogenic and likely pathogenic (P/LP) findings, for a total of 206 P/LP variants in 22 genes. Parameters associated with the high diagnostic yield were: (1) deep sequencing (∼2,000× coverage), (2) a broad gene set, and (3) testing affected tissues. Fresh and formalin-fixed paraffin embedded tissues performed equivalently for identification of P/LP variants (62% and 71% of individuals, respectively). Comparing cultured fibroblasts to skin biopsies suggested that culturing might boost the allelic fraction of variants that confer a growth advantage, specifically gain-of-function variants in PIK3CA. Buccal swabs showed high diagnostic sensitivity in case subjects where disease phenotypes manifested in the head or brain. Peripheral blood was useful as an unaffected comparator tissue to determine somatic versus constitutional origin but had poor diagnostic sensitivity. Descriptions of all tested individuals, specimens, and P/LP variants included in this cohort are available to further the study of the DoSM population.
  • This Month in The Journal
    • Abstract: Publication date: 3 October 2019Source: The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 105, Issue 4Author(s): Sarah Ratzel, Sara B. Cullinan
  • Estimating the Genome-wide Mutation Rate with Three-Way Identity by
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 October 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Xiaowen Tian, Brian L. Browning, Sharon R. BrowningThe two primary methods for estimating the genome-wide mutation rate have been counting de novo mutations in parent-offspring trios and comparing sequence data between closely related species. With parent-offspring trio analysis it is difficult to control for genotype error, and resolution is limited because each trio provides information from only two meioses. Inter-species comparison is difficult to calibrate due to uncertainty in the number of meioses separating species, and it can be biased by selection and by changing mutation rates over time. An alternative class of approaches for estimating mutation rates that avoids these limitations is based on identity by descent (IBD) segments that arise from common ancestry within the past few thousand years. Existing IBD-based methods are limited to highly inbred samples, or lack robustness to genotype error and error in the estimated demographic history. We present an IBD-based method that uses sharing of IBD segments among sets of three individuals to estimate the mutation rate. Our method is applicable to accurately phased genotype data, such as parent-offspring trio data phased using Mendelian rules of inheritance. Unlike standard parent-offspring analysis, our method utilizes distant relationships and is robust to genotype error. We apply our method to data from 1,307 European-ancestry individuals in the Framingham Heart Study sequenced by the NHLBI TOPMed project. We obtain an estimate of 1.29 × 10−8 mutations per base pair per meiosis with a 95% confidence interval of [1.02 × 10−8, 1.56 × 10−8].
  • Heterozygous Variants in the Mechanosensitive Ion Channel TMEM63A Result
           in Transient Hypomyelination during Infancy
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 October 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Huifang Yan, Guy Helman, Swetha E. Murthy, Haoran Ji, Joanna Crawford, Thomas Kubisiak, Stephen J. Bent, Jiangxi Xiao, Ryan J. Taft, Adam Coombs, Ye Wu, Ana Pop, Dongxiao Li, Linda S. de Vries, Yuwu Jiang, Gajja S. Salomons, Marjo S. van der Knaap, Ardem Patapoutian, Cas Simons, Margit BurmeisterMechanically activated (MA) ion channels convert physical forces into electrical signals. Despite the importance of this function, the involvement of mechanosensitive ion channels in human disease is poorly understood. Here we report heterozygous missense mutations in the gene encoding the MA ion channel TMEM63A that result in an infantile disorder resembling a hypomyelinating leukodystrophy. Four unrelated individuals presented with congenital nystagmus, motor delay, and deficient myelination on serial scans in infancy, prompting the diagnosis of Pelizaeus-Merzbacher (like) disease. Genomic sequencing revealed that all four individuals carry heterozygous missense variants in the pore-forming domain of TMEM63A. These variants were confirmed to have arisen de novo in three of the four individuals. While the physiological role of TMEM63A is incompletely understood, it is highly expressed in oligodendrocytes and it has recently been shown to be a MA ion channel. Using patch clamp electrophysiology, we demonstrated that each of the modeled variants result in strongly attenuated stretch-activated currents when expressed in naive cells. Unexpectedly, the clinical evolution of all four individuals has been surprisingly favorable, with substantial improvements in neurological signs and developmental progression. In the three individuals with follow-up scans after 4 years of age, the myelin deficit had almost completely resolved. Our results suggest a previously unappreciated role for mechanosensitive ion channels in myelin development.
  • Lessons Learned from Large-Scale, First-Tier Clinical Exome Sequencing in
           a Highly Consanguineous Population
    • Abstract: Publication date: 3 October 2019Source: The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 105, Issue 4Author(s): Dorota Monies, Mohammed Abouelhoda, Mirna Assoum, Nabil Moghrabi, Rafiullah Rafiullah, Naif Almontashiri, Mohammed Alowain, Hamad Alzaidan, Moeen Alsayed, Shazia Subhani, Edward Cupler, Maha Faden, Amal Alhashem, Alya Qari, Aziza Chedrawi, Hisham Aldhalaan, Wesam Kurdi, Sameena Khan, Zuhair Rahbeeni, Maha Alotaibi
  • Impact of Rare and Common Genetic Variants on Diabetes Diagnosis by
           Hemoglobin A1c in Multi-Ancestry Cohorts: The Trans-Omics for Precision
           Medicine Program
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 26 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Chloé Sarnowski, Aaron Leong, Laura M. Raffield, Peitao Wu, Paul S. de Vries, Daniel DiCorpo, Xiuqing Guo, Huichun Xu, Yongmei Liu, Xiuwen Zheng, Yao Hu, Jennifer A. Brody, Mark O. Goodarzi, Bertha A. Hidalgo, Heather M. Highland, Deepti Jain, Ching-Ti Liu, Rakhi P. Naik, Jeffrey R. O’Connell, James A. PerryHemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is widely used to diagnose diabetes and assess glycemic control in individuals with diabetes. However, nonglycemic determinants, including genetic variation, may influence how accurately HbA1c reflects underlying glycemia. Analyzing the NHLBI Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) sequence data in 10,338 individuals from five studies and four ancestries (6,158 Europeans, 3,123 African-Americans, 650 Hispanics, and 407 East Asians), we confirmed five regions associated with HbA1c (GCK in Europeans and African-Americans, HK1 in Europeans and Hispanics, FN3K and/or FN3KRP in Europeans, and G6PD in African-Americans and Hispanics) and we identified an African-ancestry-specific low-frequency variant (rs1039215 in HBG2 and HBE1, minor allele frequency (MAF) = 0.03). The most associated G6PD variant (rs1050828-T, p.Val98Met, MAF = 12% in African-Americans, MAF = 2% in Hispanics) lowered HbA1c (−0.88% in hemizygous males, −0.34% in heterozygous females) and explained 23% of HbA1c variance in African-Americans and 4% in Hispanics. Additionally, we identified a rare distinct G6PD coding variant (rs76723693, p.Leu353Pro, MAF = 0.5%; −0.98% in hemizygous males, −0.46% in heterozygous females) and detected significant association with HbA1c when aggregating rare missense variants in G6PD. We observed similar magnitude and direction of effects for rs1039215 (HBG2) and rs76723693 (G6PD) in the two largest TOPMed African American cohorts, and we replicated the rs76723693 association in the UK Biobank African-ancestry participants. These variants in G6PD and HBG2 were monomorphic in the European and Asian samples. African or Hispanic ancestry individuals carrying G6PD variants may be underdiagnosed for diabetes when screened with HbA1c. Thus, assessment of these variants should be considered for incorporation into precision medicine approaches for diabetes diagnosis.
  • A Randomized, Controlled Trial of the Analytic and Diagnostic Performance
           of Singleton and Trio, Rapid Genome and Exome Sequencing in Ill Infants
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 26 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Stephen F. Kingsmore, Julie A. Cakici, Michelle M. Clark, Mary Gaughran, Michele Feddock, Sergey Batalov, Matthew N. Bainbridge, Jeanne Carroll, Sara A. Caylor, Christina Clarke, Yan Ding, Katarzyna Ellsworth, Lauge Farnaes, Amber Hildreth, Charlotte Hobbs, Kiely James, Cyrielle I. Kint, Jerica Lenberg, Shareef Nahas, Lance PrinceThe second Newborn Sequencing in Genomic Medicine and Public Health study was a randomized, controlled trial of the effectiveness of rapid whole-genome or -exome sequencing (rWGS or rWES, respectively) in seriously ill infants with diseases of unknown etiology. Here we report comparisons of analytic and diagnostic performance. Of 1,248 ill inpatient infants, 578 (46%) had diseases of unknown etiology. 213 infants (37% of those eligible) were enrolled within 96 h of admission. 24 infants (11%) were very ill and received ultra-rapid whole-genome sequencing (urWGS). The remaining infants were randomized, 95 to rWES and 94 to rWGS. The analytic performance of rWGS was superior to rWES, including variants likely to affect protein function, and ClinVar pathogenic/likely pathogenic variants (p < 0.0001). The diagnostic performance of rWGS and rWES were similar (18 diagnoses in 94 infants [19%] versus 19 diagnoses in 95 infants [20%], respectively), as was time to result (median 11.0 versus 11.2 days, respectively). However, the proportion diagnosed by urWGS (11 of 24 [46%]) was higher than rWES/rWGS (p = 0.004) and time to result was less (median 4.6 days, p < 0.0001). The incremental diagnostic yield of reflexing to trio after negative proband analysis was 0.7% (1 of 147). In conclusion, rapid genomic sequencing can be performed as a first-tier diagnostic test in inpatient infants. urWGS had the shortest time to result, which was important in unstable infants, and those in whom a genetic diagnosis was likely to impact immediate management. Further comparison of urWGS and rWES is warranted because genomic technologies and knowledge of variant pathogenicity are evolving rapidly.
  • Harmonizing Genetic Ancestry and Self-identified Race/Ethnicity in
           Genome-wide Association Studies
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 26 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Huaying Fang, Qin Hui, Julie Lynch, Jacqueline Honerlaw, Themistocles L. Assimes, Jie Huang, Marijana Vujkovic, Scott M. Damrauer, Saiju Pyarajan, J. Michael Gaziano, Scott L. DuVall, Christopher J. O’Donnell, Kelly Cho, Kyong-Mi Chang, Peter W.F. Wilson, Philip S. Tsao, J. Michael Gaziano, Rachel Ramoni, Jim Breeling, Kyong-Mi ChangLarge-scale multi-ethnic cohorts offer unprecedented opportunities to elucidate the genetic factors influencing complex traits related to health and disease among minority populations. At the same time, the genetic diversity in these cohorts presents new challenges for analysis and interpretation. We consider the utility of race and/or ethnicity categories in genome-wide association studies (GWASs) of multi-ethnic cohorts. We demonstrate that race/ethnicity information enhances the ability to understand population-specific genetic architecture. To address the practical issue that self-identified racial/ethnic information may be incomplete, we propose a machine learning algorithm that produces a surrogate variable, termed HARE. We use height as a model trait to demonstrate the utility of HARE and ethnicity-specific GWASs.
  • Distinct Alterations in Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle Metabolites Associate
           with Cancer and Autism Phenotypes in Cowden Syndrome and
           Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba Syndrome
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 26 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Lamis Yehia, Ying Ni, Fang Feng, Marilyn Seyfi, Tammy Sadler, Thomas W. Frazier, Charis EngGermline heterozygous PTEN mutations cause subsets of Cowden syndrome (CS) and Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome (BRRS); these subsets are characterized by high risks of breast, thyroid, and other cancers and, in one subset, autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Up to 10% of individuals with PTENMUT CS, CS-like syndrome, or BRRS have germline SDHx (succinate dehydrogenase, mitochondrial complex II) variants, which modify cancer risk. PTEN contributes to metabolic reprogramming; this is a well-established role in a cancer context. Relatedly, SDH sits at the crossroad of the electron transport chain and tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle, two central bioenergetic pathways. Intriguingly, PTENMUT and SDHMUT individuals have reduced SDH catalytic activity, resulting in succinate accumulation; this indicates a common genotype-independent biochemical alteration. Here, we conducted a TCA targeted metabolomics study on 511 individuals with CS, CS-like syndrome, or BRRS with various genotypes (PTEN or SDHx, mutant or wild type [WT]) and phenotypes (cancer or ASD) and a series of 187 population controls. We found consistent TCA cycle metabolite alterations in cases with various genotypes and phenotypes compared to controls, and we found unique correlations of individual metabolites with particular genotype-phenotype combinations. Notably, increased isocitrate (p = 1.2 × 10−3), but reduced citrate (p = 5.0 × 10−4), were found to be associated with breast cancer in individuals with PTENMUT/SDHxWT. Conversely, increased lactate was associated with neurodevelopmental disorders regardless of genotype (p = 9.7 × 10−3); this finding was replicated in an independent validation series (n = 171) enriched for idiopathic ASD (PTENWT, p = 5.6 × 10−4). Importantly, we identified fumarate (p = 1.9 × 10−2) as a pertinent metabolite, distinguishing individuals who develop ASD from those who develop cancer. Our observations suggest that TCA cycle metabolite alterations are germane to the pathobiology of PTEN-related CS and BRRS, as well as genotype-independent ASD, with implications for potential biomarker and/or therapeutic value.
  • Autosomal-Recessive Mutations in MESD Cause Osteogenesis
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 26 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Shahida Moosa, Guilherme L. Yamamoto, Lutz Garbes, Katharina Keupp, Ana Beleza-Meireles, Carolina Araujo Moreno, Eugenia Ribeiro Valadares, Sérgio B. de Sousa, Sofia Maia, Jorge Saraiva, Rachel S. Honjo, Chong Ae Kim, Hamilton Cabral de Menezes, Ekkehart Lausch, Pablo Villavicencio Lorini, Arsonval Lamounier, Tulio Canella Bezerra Carniero, Cecilia Giunta, Marianne Rohrbach, Marco JannerOsteogenesis imperfecta (OI) comprises a genetically heterogeneous group of skeletal fragility diseases. Here, we report on five independent families with a progressively deforming type of OI, in whom we identified four homozygous truncation or frameshift mutations in MESD. Affected individuals had recurrent fractures and at least one had oligodontia. MESD encodes an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) chaperone protein for the canonical Wingless-related integration site (WNT) signaling receptors LRP5 and LRP6. Because complete absence of MESD causes embryonic lethality in mice, we hypothesized that the OI-associated mutations are hypomorphic alleles since these mutations occur downstream of the chaperone activity domain but upstream of ER-retention domain. This would be consistent with the clinical phenotypes of skeletal fragility and oligodontia in persons deficient for LRP5 and LRP6, respectively. When we expressed wild-type (WT) and mutant MESD in HEK293T cells, we detected WT MESD in cell lysate but not in conditioned medium, whereas the converse was true for mutant MESD. We observed that both WT and mutant MESD retained the ability to chaperone LRP5. Thus, OI-associated MESD mutations produce hypomorphic alleles whose failure to remain within the ER significantly reduces but does not completely eliminate LRP5 and LRP6 trafficking. Since these individuals have no eye abnormalities (which occur in individuals completely lacking LRP5) and have neither limb nor brain patterning defects (both of which occur in mice completely lacking LRP6), we infer that bone mass accrual and dental patterning are more sensitive to reduced canonical WNT signaling than are other developmental processes. Biologic agents that can increase LRP5 and LRP6-mediated WNT signaling could benefit individuals with MESD-associated OI.
  • Bi-allelic Variants in METTL5 Cause Autosomal-Recessive Intellectual
           Disability and Microcephaly
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 26 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Elodie M. Richard, Daniel L. Polla, Muhammad Zaman Assir, Minerva Contreras, Mohsin Shahzad, Asma A. Khan, Attia Razzaq, Javed Akram, Moazzam N. Tarar, Thomas A. Blanpied, Zubair M. Ahmed, Rami Abou Jamra, Dagmar Wieczorek, Hans van Bokhoven, Sheikh Riazuddin, Saima RiazuddinIntellectual disability (ID) is a genetically and clinically heterogeneous disorder, characterized by limited cognitive abilities and impaired adaptive behaviors. In recent years, exome sequencing (ES) has been instrumental in deciphering the genetic etiology of ID. Here, through ES of a large cohort of individuals with ID, we identified two bi-allelic frameshift variants in METTL5, c.344_345delGA (p.Arg115Asnfs∗19) and c.571_572delAA (p.Lys191Valfs∗10), in families of Pakistani and Yemenite origin. Both of these variants were segregating with moderate to severe ID, microcephaly, and various facial dysmorphisms, in an autosomal-recessive fashion. METTL5 is a member of the methyltransferase-like protein family, which encompasses proteins with a seven-beta-strand methyltransferase domain. We found METTL5 expression in various substructures of rodent and human brains and METTL5 protein to be enriched in the nucleus and synapses of the hippocampal neurons. Functional studies of these truncating variants in transiently transfected orthologous cells and cultured hippocampal rat neurons revealed no effect on the localization of METTL5 but alter its level of expression. Our in silico analysis and 3D modeling simulation predict disruption of METTL5 function by both variants. Finally, mettl5 knockdown in zebrafish resulted in microcephaly, recapitulating the human phenotype. This study provides evidence that biallelic variants in METTL5 cause ID and microcephaly in humans and highlights the essential role of METTL5 in brain development and neuronal function.
  • Adipose Tissue Gene Expression Associations Reveal Hundreds of Candidate
           Genes for Cardiometabolic Traits
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 26 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Chelsea K. Raulerson, Arthur Ko, John C. Kidd, Kevin W. Currin, Sarah M. Brotman, Maren E. Cannon, Ying Wu, Cassandra N. Spracklen, Anne U. Jackson, Heather M. Stringham, Ryan P. Welch, Christian Fuchsberger, Adam E. Locke, Narisu Narisu, Aldons J. Lusis, Mete Civelek, Terrence S. Furey, Johanna Kuusisto, Francis S. Collins, Michael BoehnkeGenome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified thousands of genetic loci associated with cardiometabolic traits including type 2 diabetes (T2D), lipid levels, body fat distribution, and adiposity, although most causal genes remain unknown. We used subcutaneous adipose tissue RNA-seq data from 434 Finnish men from the METSIM study to identify 9,687 primary and 2,785 secondary cis-expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL;
  • GWAS Identifies 44 Independent Associated Genomic Loci for Self-Reported
           Adult Hearing Difficulty in UK Biobank
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 26 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Helena R.R. Wells, Maxim B. Freidin, Fatin N. Zainul Abidin, Antony Payton, Piers Dawes, Kevin J. Munro, Cynthia C. Morton, David R. Moore, Sally J. Dawson, Frances M.K. WilliamsAge-related hearing impairment (ARHI) is the most common sensory impairment in the aging population; a third of individuals are affected by disabling hearing loss by the age of 65. It causes social isolation and depression and has recently been identified as a risk factor for dementia. The genetic risk factors and underlying pathology of ARHI are largely unknown, meaning that targets for new therapies remain elusive, yet heritability estimates range between 35% and 55%. We performed genome-wide association studies (GWASs) for two self-reported hearing phenotypes, using more than 250,000 UK Biobank (UKBB) volunteers aged between 40 and 69 years. Forty-four independent genome-wide significant loci (p < 5E−08) were identified, considerably increasing the number of established trait loci. Thirty-four loci are novel associations with hearing loss of any form, and only one of the ten known hearing loci has a previously reported association with an ARHI-related trait. Gene sets from these loci are enriched in auditory processes such as synaptic activities, nervous system processes, inner ear morphology, and cognition, while genetic correlation analysis revealed strong positive correlations with multiple personality and psychological traits for the first time. Immunohistochemistry for protein localization in adult mouse cochlea implicate metabolic, sensory, and neuronal functions for NID2, CLRN2, and ARHGEF28. These results provide insight into the genetic landscape underlying ARHI, opening up novel therapeutic targets for further investigation. In a wider context, our study also highlights the viability of using self-report phenotypes for genetic discovery in very large samples when deep phenotyping is unavailable.
  • Ancestry-Dependent Enrichment of Deleterious Homozygotes in Runs of
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Zachary A. Szpiech, Angel C.Y. Mak, Marquitta J. White, Donglei Hu, Celeste Eng, Esteban G. Burchard, Ryan D. HernandezRuns of homozygosity (ROH) are important genomic features that manifest when an individual inherits two haplotypes that are identical by descent. Their length distributions are informative about population history, and their genomic locations are useful for mapping recessive loci contributing to both Mendelian and complex disease risk. We have previously shown that ROH, and especially long ROH that are likely the result of recent parental relatedness, are enriched for homozygous deleterious coding variation in a worldwide sample of outbred individuals. However, the distribution of ROH in admixed populations and their relationship to deleterious homozygous genotypes is understudied. Here we analyze whole-genome sequencing data from 1,441 unrelated individuals from self-identified African American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican American populations. These populations are three-way admixed between European, African, and Native American ancestries and provide an opportunity to study the distribution of deleterious alleles partitioned by local ancestry and ROH. We re-capitulate previous findings that long ROH are enriched for deleterious variation genome-wide. We then partition by local ancestry and show that deleterious homozygotes arise at a higher rate when ROH overlap African ancestry segments than when they overlap European or Native American ancestry segments of the genome. These results suggest that, while ROH on any haplotype background are associated with an inflation of deleterious homozygous variation, African haplotype backgrounds may play a particularly important role in the genetic architecture of complex diseases for admixed individuals, highlighting the need for further study of these populations.
  • This Month in The Journal
    • Abstract: Publication date: 5 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 105, Issue 3Author(s): Sarah Ratzel, Sara B. Cullinan
  • De Novo Variants in WDR37 Are Associated with Epilepsy, Colobomas,
           Dysmorphism, Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability, and Cerebellar
    • Abstract: Publication date: 5 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 105, Issue 3Author(s): Oguz Kanca, Jonathan C. Andrews, Pei-Tseng Lee, Chirag Patel, Stephen R. Braddock, Anne M. Slavotinek, Julie S. Cohen, Cynthia S. Gubbels, Kimberly A. Aldinger, Judy Williams, Maanasa Indaram, Ali Fatemi, Timothy W. Yu, Pankaj B. Agrawal, Gilbert Vezina, Cas Simons, Joanna Crawford, C. Christopher Lau, Maria T. Acosta, David R. Adams
  • Recessive Spondylocarpotarsal Synostosis Syndrome Due to Compound
           Heterozygosity for Variants in MYH3
    • Abstract: Publication date: 5 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 105, Issue 3Author(s): Sophia R. Cameron-Christie, Constance F. Wells, Marleen Simon, Marja Wessels, Candy Z.N. Tang, Wenhua Wei, Riku Takei, Coranne Aarts-Tesselaar, Sarah Sandaradura, David O. Sillence, Marie-Pierre Cordier, Hermine E. Veenstra-Knol, Matteo Cassina, Kathrin Ludwig, Eva Trevisson, Melanie Bahlo, David M. Markie, Zandra A. Jenkins, Stephen P. Robertson
  • Mendelian Gene Discovery: Fast and Furious with No End in Sight
    • Abstract: Publication date: 5 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 105, Issue 3Author(s): Michael J. Bamshad, Deborah A. Nickerson, Jessica X. ChongGene discovery for Mendelian conditions (MCs) offers a direct path to understanding genome function. Approaches based on next-generation sequencing applied at scale have dramatically accelerated gene discovery and transformed genetic medicine. Finding the genetic basis of ∼6,000–13,000 MCs yet to be delineated will require both technical and computational innovation, but will rely to a larger extent on meaningful data sharing.
  • Advancing Research and Privacy: Achievements, Challenges, and Core
    • Abstract: Publication date: 5 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 105, Issue 3Author(s): The genetics and genomics research community is a leader in leveraging large-scale data to transform science and medicine and in developing related policies and practices to protect the confidentiality of personal genetic information. Many laws also protect the genetic privacy of patients and participants in federally funded research. If the potential benefits of genetics and genomics research are to be advanced in the context of public considerations regarding broader consumer data protections, it is vital to recognize genetic research privacy protections already in place and imperative to avoid inadvertently harming biomedical research. With the growth of privately funded genetics research, ASHG asserts core privacy principles that should be applied to protect the data confidentiality of all research participants, regardless of the funding source.
  • Exome-Derived Adiponectin-Associated Variants Implicate Obesity and Lipid
    • Abstract: Publication date: 5 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 105, Issue 3Author(s): Cassandra N. Spracklen, Tugce Karaderi, Hanieh Yaghootkar, Claudia Schurmann, Rebecca S. Fine, Zoltan Kutalik, Michael H. Preuss, Yingchang Lu, Laura B.L. Wittemans, Linda S. Adair, Matthew Allison, Najaf Amin, Paul L. Auer, Traci M. Bartz, Matthias Blüher, Michael Boehnke, Judith B. Borja, Jette Bork-Jensen, Linda Broer, Daniel I. Chasman
  • cis Elements that Mediate RNA Polymerase II Pausing Regulate
           Human Gene Expression
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Jason A. Watts, Joshua Burdick, Jillian Daigneault, Zhengwei Zhu, Christopher Grunseich, Alan Bruzel, Vivian G. CheungAberrant gene expression underlies many human diseases. RNA polymerase II (Pol II) pausing is a key regulatory step in transcription. Here, we mapped the locations of RNA Pol II in normal human cells and found that RNA Pol II pauses in a consistent manner across individuals and cell types. At more than 1,000 genes including MYO1E and SESN2, RNA Pol II pauses at precise nucleotide locations. Characterization of these sites shows that RNA Pol II pauses at GC-rich regions that are marked by a sequence motif. Sixty-five percent of the pause sites are cytosines. By differential allelic gene expression analysis, we showed in our samples and a population dataset from the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) consortium that genes with more paused polymerase have lower expression levels. Furthermore, mutagenesis of the pause sites led to a significant increase in promoter activities. Thus, our data uncover that RNA Pol II pauses precisely at sites with distinct sequence features that in turn regulate gene expression.
  • Loss of SMPD4 Causes a Developmental Disorder Characterized by
           Microcephaly and Congenital Arthrogryposis
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 September 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Pamela Magini, Daphne J. Smits, Laura Vandervore, Rachel Schot, Marta Columbaro, Esmee Kasteleijn, Mees van der Ent, Flavia Palombo, Maarten H. Lequin, Marjolein Dremmen, Marie Claire Y. de Wit, Mariasavina Severino, Maria Teresa Divizia, Pasquale Striano, Natalia Ordonez-Herrera, Amal Alhashem, Ahmed Al Fares, Malak Al Ghamdi, Arndt Rolfs, Peter BauerSphingomyelinases generate ceramide from sphingomyelin as a second messenger in intracellular signaling pathways involved in cell proliferation, differentiation, or apoptosis. Children from 12 unrelated families presented with microcephaly, simplified gyral pattern of the cortex, hypomyelination, cerebellar hypoplasia, congenital arthrogryposis, and early fetal/postnatal demise. Genomic analysis revealed bi-allelic loss-of-function variants in SMPD4, coding for the neutral sphingomyelinase-3 (nSMase-3/SMPD4). Overexpression of human Myc-tagged SMPD4 showed localization both to the outer nuclear envelope and the ER and additionally revealed interactions with several nuclear pore complex proteins by proteomics analysis. Fibroblasts from affected individuals showed ER cisternae abnormalities, suspected for increased autophagy, and were more susceptible to apoptosis under stress conditions, while treatment with siSMPD4 caused delayed cell cycle progression. Our data show that SMPD4 links homeostasis of membrane sphingolipids to cell fate by regulating the cross-talk between the ER and the outer nuclear envelope, while its loss reveals a pathogenic mechanism in microcephaly.
  • Redefining the Etiologic Landscape of Cerebellar Malformations
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 29 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Kimberly A. Aldinger, Andrew E. Timms, Zachary Thomson, Ghayda M. Mirzaa, James T. Bennett, Alexander B. Rosenberg, Charles M. Roco, Matthew Hirano, Fatima Abidi, Parthiv Haldipur, Chi V. Cheng, Sarah Collins, Kaylee Park, Jordan Zeiger, Lynne M. Overmann, Fowzan S. Alkuraya, Leslie G. Biesecker, Stephen R. Braddock, Sara Cathey, Megan T. ChoCerebellar malformations are diverse congenital anomalies frequently associated with developmental disability. Although genetic and prenatal non-genetic causes have been described, no systematic analysis has been performed. Here, we present a large-exome sequencing study of Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM) and cerebellar hypoplasia (CBLH). We performed exome sequencing in 282 individuals from 100 families with DWM or CBLH, and we established a molecular diagnosis in 36 of 100 families, with a significantly higher yield for CBLH (51%) than for DWM (16%). The 41 variants impact 27 neurodevelopmental-disorder-associated genes, thus demonstrating that CBLH and DWM are often features of monogenic neurodevelopmental disorders. Though only seven monogenic causes (19%) were identified in more than one individual, neuroimaging review of 131 additional individuals confirmed cerebellar abnormalities in 23 of 27 genetic disorders (85%). Prenatal risk factors were frequently found among individuals without a genetic diagnosis (30 of 64 individuals [47%]). Single-cell RNA sequencing of prenatal human cerebellar tissue revealed gene enrichment in neuronal and vascular cell types; this suggests that defective vasculogenesis may disrupt cerebellar development. Further, de novo gain-of-function variants in PDGFRB, a tyrosine kinase receptor essential for vascular progenitor signaling, were associated with CBLH, and this discovery links genetic and non-genetic etiologies. Our results suggest that genetic defects impact specific cerebellar cell types and implicate abnormal vascular development as a mechanism for cerebellar malformations. We also confirmed a major contribution for non-genetic prenatal factors in individuals with cerebellar abnormalities, substantially influencing diagnostic evaluation and counseling regarding recurrence risk and prognosis.
  • Germline 16p11.2 Microdeletion Predisposes to Neuroblastoma
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 29 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Laura E. Egolf, Zalman Vaksman, Gonzalo Lopez, Jo Lynne Rokita, Apexa Modi, Patricia V. Basta, Hakon Hakonarson, Andrew F. Olshan, Sharon J. DiskinNeuroblastoma is a cancer of the developing sympathetic nervous system. It is diagnosed in 600–700 children per year in the United States and accounts for 12% of pediatric cancer deaths. Despite recent advances in our understanding of this malignancy’s complex genetic architecture, the contribution of rare germline variants remains undefined. Here, we conducted a genome-wide analysis of large (>500 kb), rare (
  • Distinct HLA Associations with Rheumatoid Arthritis Subsets Defined by
           Serological Subphenotype
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 29 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Chikashi Terao, Boel Brynedal, Zuomei Chen, Xia Jiang, Helga Westerlind, Monika Hansson, Per-Johan Jakobsson, Karin Lundberg, Karl Skriner, Guy Serre, Johan Rönnelid, Linda Mathsson-Alm, Mikael Brink, Solbritt Rantapää Dahlqvist, Leonid Padyukov, Peter K. Gregersen, Anne Barton, Lars Alfredsson, Lars Klareskog, Soumya RaychaudhuriRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common immune-mediated arthritis. Anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPA) are highly specific to RA and assayed with the commercial CCP2 assay. Genetic drivers of RA within the MHC are different for CCP2-positive and -negative subsets of RA, particularly at HLA-DRB1. However, aspartic acid at amino acid position 9 in HLA-B (Bpos-9) increases risk to both RA subsets. Here we explore how individual serologies associated with RA drive associations within the MHC. To define MHC differences for specific ACPA serologies, we quantified a total of 19 separate ACPAs in RA-affected case subjects from four cohorts (n = 6,805). We found a cluster of tightly co-occurring antibodies (canonical serologies, containing CCP2), along with several independently expressed antibodies (non-canonical serologies). After imputing HLA variants into 6,805 case subjects and 13,467 control subjects, we tested associations between the HLA region and RA subgroups based on the presence of canonical and/or non-canonical serologies. We examined CCP2(+) and CCP2(−) RA-affected case subjects separately. In CCP2(−) RA, we observed that the association between CCP2(−) RA and Bpos-9 was derived from individuals who were positive for non-canonical serologies (omnibus_p = 9.2 × 10−17). Similarly, we observed in CCP2(+) RA that associations between subsets of CCP2(+) RA and Bpos-9 were negatively correlated with the number of positive canonical serologies (p = 0.0096). These findings suggest unique genetic characteristics underlying fine-specific ACPAs, suggesting that RA may be further subdivided beyond simply seropositive and seronegative.
  • Aberrant Function of the C-Terminal Tail of HIST1H1E Accelerates Cellular
           Senescence and Causes Premature Aging
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Elisabetta Flex, Simone Martinelli, Anke Van Dijck, Andrea Ciolfi, Serena Cecchetti, Elisa Coluzzi, Luca Pannone, Cristina Andreoli, Francesca Clementina Radio, Simone Pizzi, Giovanna Carpentieri, Alessandro Bruselles, Giuseppina Catanzaro, Lucia Pedace, Evelina Miele, Elena Carcarino, Xiaoyan Ge, Chieko Chijiwa, M.E. Suzanne Lewis, Marije MeuwissenHistones mediate dynamic packaging of nuclear DNA in chromatin, a process that is precisely controlled to guarantee efficient compaction of the genome and proper chromosomal segregation during cell division and to accomplish DNA replication, transcription, and repair. Due to the important structural and regulatory roles played by histones, it is not surprising that histone functional dysregulation or aberrant levels of histones can have severe consequences for multiple cellular processes and ultimately might affect development or contribute to cell transformation. Recently, germline frameshift mutations involving the C-terminal tail of HIST1H1E, which is a widely expressed member of the linker histone family and facilitates higher-order chromatin folding, have been causally linked to an as-yet poorly defined syndrome that includes intellectual disability. We report that these mutations result in stable proteins that reside in the nucleus, bind to chromatin, disrupt proper compaction of DNA, and are associated with a specific methylation pattern. Cells expressing these mutant proteins have a dramatically reduced proliferation rate and competence, hardly enter into the S phase, and undergo accelerated senescence. Remarkably, clinical assessment of a relatively large cohort of subjects sharing these mutations revealed a premature aging phenotype as a previously unrecognized feature of the disorder. Our findings identify a direct link between aberrant chromatin remodeling, cellular senescence, and accelerated aging.
  • Using Transcriptomic Hidden Variables to Infer Context-Specific Genotype
           Effects in the Brain
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Bernard Ng, William Casazza, Ellis Patrick, Shinya Tasaki, Gherman Novakovsky, Daniel Felsky, Yiyi Ma, David A. Bennett, Chris Gaiteri, Philip L. De Jager, Sara MostafaviDeciphering the environmental contexts at which genetic effects are most prominent is central for making full use of GWAS results in follow-up experiment design and treatment development. However, measuring a large number of environmental factors at high granularity might not always be feasible. Instead, here we propose extracting cellular embedding of environmental factors from gene expression data by using latent variable (LV) analysis and taking these LVs as environmental proxies in detecting gene-by-environment (GxE) interaction effects on gene expression, i.e., GxE expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs). Applying this approach to two largest brain eQTL datasets (n = 1,100), we show that LVs and GxE eQTLs in one dataset replicate well in the other dataset. Combining the two samples via meta-analysis, 895 GxE eQTLs are identified. On average, GxE effect explains an additional ∼4% variation in expression of each gene that displays a GxE effect. Ten of these 52 genes are associated with cell-type-specific eQTLs, and the remaining genes are multi-functional. Furthermore, after substituting LVs with expression of transcription factors (TF), we found 91 TF-specific eQTLs, which demonstrates an important use of our brain GxE eQTLs.
  • Pathogenic Abnormal Splicing due to Intronic Deletions that Induce
           Biophysical Space Constraint for Spliceosome Assembly
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Samantha J. Bryen, Himanshu Joshi, Frances J. Evesson, Cyrille Girard, Roula Ghaoui, Leigh B. Waddell, Alison C. Testa, Beryl Cummings, Susan Arbuckle, Nicole Graf, Richard Webster, Daniel G. MacArthur, Nigel G. Laing, Mark R. Davis, Reinhard Lührmann, Sandra T. CooperA precise genetic diagnosis is the single most important step for families with genetic disorders to enable personalized and preventative medicine. In addition to genetic variants in coding regions (exons) that can change a protein sequence, abnormal pre-mRNA splicing can be devastating for the encoded protein, inducing a frameshift or in-frame deletion/insertion of multiple residues. Non-coding variants that disrupt splicing are extremely challenging to identify. Stemming from an initial clinical discovery in two index Australian families, we define 25 families with genetic disorders caused by a class of pathogenic non-coding splice variant due to intronic deletions. These pathogenic intronic deletions spare all consensus splice motifs, though they critically shorten the minimal distance between the 5′ splice-site (5′SS) and branchpoint. The mechanistic basis for abnormal splicing is due to biophysical constraint precluding U1/U2 spliceosome assembly, which stalls in A-complexes (that bridge the 5′SS and branchpoint). Substitution of deleted nucleotides with non-specific sequences restores spliceosome assembly and normal splicing, arguing against loss of an intronic element as the primary causal basis. Incremental lengthening of 5′SS-branchpoint length in our index EMD case subject defines 45–47 nt as the critical elongation enabling (inefficient) spliceosome assembly for EMD intron 5. The 5′SS-branchpoint space constraint mechanism, not currently factored by genomic informatics pipelines, is relevant to diagnosis and precision medicine across the breadth of Mendelian disorders and cancer genomics.
  • Heterozygous FOXN1 Variants Cause Low TRECs and Severe T Cell Lymphopenia,
           Revealing a Crucial Role of FOXN1 in Supporting Early Thymopoiesis
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Marita Bosticardo, Yasuhiro Yamazaki, Jennifer Cowan, Giuliana Giardino, Cristina Corsino, Giulia Scalia, Rosaria Prencipe, Melanie Ruffner, David A. Hill, Inga Sakovich, Irma Yemialyanava, Jonathan S. Tam, Nurcicek Padem, Melissa E. Elder, John W. Sleasman, Elena Perez, Hana Niebur, Christine M. Seroogy, Svetlana Sharapova, Jennifer GebbiaFOXN1 is the master regulatory gene of thymic epithelium development. FOXN1 deficiency leads to thymic aplasia, alopecia, and nail dystrophy, accounting for the nude/severe combined immunodeficiency (nu/SCID) phenotype in humans and mice. We identified several newborns with low levels of T cell receptor excision circles (TRECs) and T cell lymphopenia at birth, who carried heterozygous loss-of-function FOXN1 variants. Longitudinal analysis showed persistent T cell lymphopenia during infancy, often associated with nail dystrophy. Adult individuals with heterozygous FOXN1 variants had in most cases normal CD4+ but lower than normal CD8+ cell counts. We hypothesized a FOXN1 gene dosage effect on the function of thymic epithelial cells (TECs) and thymopoiesis and postulated that these effects would be more prominent early in life. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed TEC subset frequency and phenotype, early thymic progenitor (ETP) cell count, and expression of FOXN1 target genes (Ccl25, Cxcl12, Dll4, Scf, Psmb11, Prss16, and Cd83) in Foxn1nu/+ (nu/+) mice and age-matched wild-type (+/+) littermate controls. Both the frequency and the absolute count of ETP were significantly reduced in nu/+ mice up to 3 weeks of age. Analysis of the TEC compartment showed reduced expression of FOXN1 target genes and delayed maturation of the medullary TEC compartment in nu/+ mice. These observations establish a FOXN1 gene dosage effect on thymic function and identify FOXN1 haploinsufficiency as an important genetic determinant of T cell lymphopenia at birth.
  • Harmonizing Clinical Sequencing and Interpretation for the eMERGE III
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): The eMERGE ConsortiumThe advancement of precision medicine requires new methods to coordinate and deliver genetic data from heterogeneous sources to physicians and patients. The eMERGE III Network enrolled>25,000 participants from biobank and prospective cohorts of predominantly healthy individuals for clinical genetic testing to determine clinically actionable findings. The network developed protocols linking together the 11 participant collection sites and 2 clinical genetic testing laboratories. DNA capture panels targeting 109 genes were used for testing of DNA and sample collection, data generation, interpretation, reporting, delivery, and storage were each harmonized. A compliant and secure network enabled ongoing review and reconciliation of clinical interpretations, while maintaining communication and data sharing between clinicians and investigators. A total of 202 individuals had positive diagnostic findings relevant to the indication for testing and 1,294 had additional/secondary findings of medical significance deemed to be returnable, establishing data return rates for other testing endeavors. This study accomplished integration of structured genomic results into multiple electronic health record (EHR) systems, setting the stage for clinical decision support to enable genomic medicine. Further, the established processes enable different sequencing sites to harmonize technical and interpretive aspects of sequencing tests, a critical achievement toward global standardization of genomic testing. The eMERGE protocols and tools are available for widespread dissemination.
  • Rates of Actionable Genetic Findings in Individuals with Colorectal Cancer
           or Polyps Ascertained from a Community Medical Setting
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Adam S. Gordon, Elisabeth A. Rosenthal, David S. Carrell, Laura M. Amendola, Michael O. Dorschner, Aaron Scrol, Ian B. Stanaway, Shannon DeVange, James D. Ralston, Hana Zouk, Heidi L. Rehm, Eric Larson, David R. Crosslin, Kathy A. Leppig, Gail P. JarvikAs clinical testing for Mendelian causes of colorectal cancer (CRC) is largely driven by recognition of family history and early age of onset, the rates of such findings among individuals with prevalent CRC not recognized to have these features is largely unknown. We evaluated actionable genomic findings in community-based participants ascertained by three phenotypes: (1) CRC, (2) one or more adenomatous colon polyps, and (3) control participants over age 59 years without CRC or colon polyps. These participants underwent sequencing for a panel of genes that included colorectal cancer/polyp (CRC/P)-associated and actionable incidental findings genes. Those with CRC had a 3.8% rate of positive results (pathogenic or likely pathogenic) for a CRC-associated gene variant, despite generally being older at CRC onset (mean 72 years). Those ascertained for polyps had a 0.8% positive rate and those with no CRC/P had a positive rate of 0.2%. Though incidental finding rates unrelated to colon cancer were similar for all groups, our positive rate for cardiovascular findings exceeds disease prevalence, suggesting that variant interpretation challenges or low penetrance in these genes. The rate of HFE c.845G>A (p.Cys282Tyr) homozygotes in the CRC group reinforces a previously reported, but relatively unexplored, association between hemochromatosis and CRC. These results in a general clinical population suggest that current testing strategies could be improved in order to better detect Mendelian CRC-associated conditions. These data also underscore the need for additional functional and familial evidence to clarify the pathogenicity and penetrance of variants deemed pathogenic or likely pathogenic, particularly among the actionable genes associated with cardiovascular disease.
  • Rare De Novo Missense Variants in RNA Helicase DDX6 Cause Intellectual
           Disability and Dysmorphic Features and Lead to P-Body Defects and RNA
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Chris Balak, Marianne Benard, Elise Schaefer, Sumaiya Iqbal, Keri Ramsey, Michèle Ernoult-Lange, Francesca Mattioli, Lorida Llaci, Véronique Geoffroy, Maité Courel, Marcus Naymik, Kristine K. Bachman, Rolph Pfundt, Patrick Rump, Johanna ter Beest, Ingrid M. Wentzensen, Kristin G. Monaghan, Kirsty McWalter, Ryan Richholt, Antony Le BéchecThe human RNA helicase DDX6 is an essential component of membrane-less organelles called processing bodies (PBs). PBs are involved in mRNA metabolic processes including translational repression via coordinated storage of mRNAs. Previous studies in human cell lines have implicated altered DDX6 in molecular and cellular dysfunction, but clinical consequences and pathogenesis in humans have yet to be described. Here, we report the identification of five rare de novo missense variants in DDX6 in probands presenting with intellectual disability, developmental delay, and similar dysmorphic features including telecanthus, epicanthus, arched eyebrows, and low-set ears. All five missense variants (p.His372Arg, p.Arg373Gln, p.Cys390Arg, p.Thr391Ile, and p.Thr391Pro) are located in two conserved motifs of the RecA-2 domain of DDX6 involved in RNA binding, helicase activity, and protein-partner binding. We use functional studies to demonstrate that the first variants identified (p.Arg373Gln and p.Cys390Arg) cause significant defects in PB assembly in primary fibroblast and model human cell lines. These variants’ interactions with several protein partners were also disrupted in immunoprecipitation assays. Further investigation via complementation assays included the additional variants p.Thr391Ile and p.Thr391Pro, both of which, similarly to p.Arg373Gln and p.Cys390Arg, demonstrated significant defects in P-body assembly. Complementing these molecular findings, modeling of the variants on solved protein structures showed distinct spatial clustering near known protein binding regions. Collectively, our clinical and molecular data describe a neurodevelopmental syndrome associated with pathogenic missense variants in DDX6. Additionally, we suggest DDX6 join the DExD/H-box genes DDX3X and DHX30 in an emerging class of neurodevelopmental disorders involving RNA helicases.
  • Bi-allelic GOT2 Mutations Cause a Treatable Malate-Aspartate
           Shuttle-Related Encephalopathy
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Clara D.M. van Karnebeek, Rúben J. Ramos, Xiao-Yan Wen, Maja Tarailo-Graovac, Joseph G. Gleeson, Cristina Skrypnyk, Koroboshka Brand-Arzamendi, Farhad Karbassi, Mahmoud Y. Issa, Robin van der Lee, Britt I. Drögemöller, Janet Koster, Justine Rousseau, Philippe M. Campeau, Youdong Wang, Feng Cao, Meng Li, Jos Ruiter, Jolita Ciapaite, Leo A.J. KluijtmansEarly-infantile encephalopathies with epilepsy are devastating conditions mandating an accurate diagnosis to guide proper management. Whole-exome sequencing was used to investigate the disease etiology in four children from independent families with intellectual disability and epilepsy, revealing bi-allelic GOT2 mutations. In-depth metabolic studies in individual 1 showed low plasma serine, hypercitrullinemia, hyperlactatemia, and hyperammonemia. The epilepsy was serine and pyridoxine responsive. Functional consequences of observed mutations were tested by measuring enzyme activity and by cell and animal models. Zebrafish and mouse models were used to validate brain developmental and functional defects and to test therapeutic strategies. GOT2 encodes the mitochondrial glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase. GOT2 enzyme activity was deficient in fibroblasts with bi-allelic mutations. GOT2, a member of the malate-aspartate shuttle, plays an essential role in the intracellular NAD(H) redox balance. De novo serine biosynthesis was impaired in fibroblasts with GOT2 mutations and GOT2-knockout HEK293 cells. Correcting the highly oxidized cytosolic NAD-redox state by pyruvate supplementation restored serine biosynthesis in GOT2-deficient cells. Knockdown of got2a in zebrafish resulted in a brain developmental defect associated with seizure-like electroencephalography spikes, which could be rescued by supplying pyridoxine in embryo water. Both pyridoxine and serine synergistically rescued embryonic developmental defects in zebrafish got2a morphants. The two treated individuals reacted favorably to their treatment. Our data provide a mechanistic basis for the biochemical abnormalities in GOT2 deficiency that may also hold for other MAS defects.
  • Extreme Polygenicity of Complex Traits Is Explained by Negative Selection
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Luke J. O'Connor, Armin P. Schoech, Farhad Hormozdiari, Steven Gazal, Nick Patterson, Alkes L. PriceComplex traits and common diseases are extremely polygenic, their heritability spread across thousands of loci. One possible explanation is that thousands of genes and loci have similarly important biological effects when mutated. However, we hypothesize that for most complex traits, relatively few genes and loci are critical, and negative selection—purging large-effect mutations in these regions—leaves behind common-variant associations in thousands of less critical regions instead. We refer to this phenomenon as flattening. To quantify its effects, we introduce a mathematical definition of polygenicity, the effective number of independently associated SNPs (Me), which describes how evenly the heritability of a trait is spread across the genome. We developed a method, stratified LD fourth moments regression (S-LD4M), to estimate Me, validating that it produces robust estimates in simulations. Analyzing 33 complex traits (average N = 361k), we determined that heritability is spread ∼4× more evenly among common SNPs than among low-frequency SNPs. This difference, together with evolutionary modeling of new mutations, suggests that complex traits would be orders of magnitude less polygenic if not for the influence of negative selection. We also determined that heritability is spread more evenly within functionally important regions in proportion to their heritability enrichment; functionally important regions do not harbor common SNPs with greatly increased causal effect sizes, due to selective constraint. Our results suggest that for most complex traits, the genes and loci with the most critical biological effects often differ from those with the strongest common-variant associations.
  • Identifying Putative Susceptibility Genes and Evaluating Their
           Associations with Somatic Mutations in Human Cancers
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Zhishan Chen, Wanqing Wen, Alicia Beeghly-Fadiel, Xiao-ou Shu, Virginia Díez-Obrero, Jirong Long, Jiandong Bao, Jing Wang, Qi Liu, Qiuyin Cai, Victor Moreno, Wei Zheng, Xingyi GuoGenome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified hundreds of genetic risk variants for human cancers. However, target genes for the majority of risk loci remain largely unexplored. It is also unclear whether GWAS risk-loci-associated genes contribute to mutational signatures and tumor mutational burden (TMB) in cancer tissues. We systematically conducted cis-expression quantitative trait loci (cis-eQTL) analyses for 294 GWAS-identified variants for six major types of cancer—colorectal, lung, ovary, prostate, pancreas, and melanoma—by using transcriptome data from the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) Project, the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), and other public data sources. By using integrative analysis strategies, we identified 270 candidate target genes, including 99 with previously unreported associations, for six cancer types. By analyzing functional genomic data, our results indicate that 180 genes (66.7% of 270) had evidence of cis-regulation by putative functional variants via proximal promoter or distal enhancer-promoter interactions. Together with our previously reported associations for breast cancer risk, our results show that 24 genes are shared by at least two cancer types, including four genes for both breast and ovarian cancer. By integrating mutation data from TCGA, we found that expression levels of 33 and 66 putative susceptibility genes were associated with specific mutational signatures and TMB of cancer-driver genes, respectively, at a Bonferroni-corrected p < 0.05. Together, these findings provide further insight into our understanding of how genetic risk variants might contribute to carcinogenesis through the regulation of susceptibility genes that are related to the biogenesis of somatic mutations.
  • De Novo Missense Variants in FBXW11 Cause Diverse Developmental Phenotypes
           Including Brain, Eye, and Digit Anomalies
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 August 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Richard J. Holt, Rodrigo M. Young, Berta Crespo, Fabiola Ceroni, Cynthia J. Curry, Emanuele Bellacchio, Dorine A. Bax, Andrea Ciolfi, Marleen Simon, Christina R. Fagerberg, Ellen van Binsbergen, Alessandro De Luca, Luigi Memo, William B. Dobyns, Alaa Afif Mohammed, Samuel J.H. Clokie, Celia Zazo Seco, Yong-Hui Jiang, Kristina P. Sørensen, Helle AndersenThe identification of genetic variants implicated in human developmental disorders has been revolutionized by second-generation sequencing combined with international pooling of cases. Here, we describe seven individuals who have diverse yet overlapping developmental anomalies, and who all have de novo missense FBXW11 variants identified by whole exome or whole genome sequencing and not reported in the gnomAD database. Their phenotypes include striking neurodevelopmental, digital, jaw, and eye anomalies, and in one individual, features resembling Noonan syndrome, a condition caused by dysregulated RAS signaling. FBXW11 encodes an F-box protein, part of the Skp1-cullin-F-box (SCF) ubiquitin ligase complex, involved in ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation and thus fundamental to many protein regulatory processes. FBXW11 targets include β-catenin and GLI transcription factors, key mediators of Wnt and Hh signaling, respectively, critical to digital, neurological, and eye development. Structural analyses indicate affected residues cluster at the surface of the loops of the substrate-binding domain of FBXW11, and the variants are predicted to destabilize the protein and/or its interactions. In situ hybridization studies on human and zebrafish embryonic tissues demonstrate FBXW11 is expressed in the developing eye, brain, mandibular processes, and limb buds or pectoral fins. Knockdown of the zebrafish FBXW11 orthologs fbxw11a and fbxw11b resulted in embryos with smaller, misshapen, and underdeveloped eyes and abnormal jaw and pectoral fin development. Our findings support the role of FBXW11 in multiple developmental processes, including those involving the brain, eye, digits, and jaw.
  • Haploinsufficiency of the Notch Ligand DLL1 Causes Variable
           Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 25 July 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Björn Fischer-Zirnsak, Lara Segebrecht, Max Schubach, Perrine Charles, Emily Alderman, Kathleen Brown, Maxime Cadieux-Dion, Tracy Cartwright, Yanmin Chen, Carrie Costin, Sarah Fehr, Keely M. Fitzgerald, Emily Fleming, Kimberly Foss, Thoa Ha, Gabriele Hildebrand, Denise Horn, Shuxi Liu, Elysa J. Marco, Marie McDonaldNotch signaling is an established developmental pathway for brain morphogenesis. Given that Delta-like 1 (DLL1) is a ligand for the Notch receptor and that a few individuals with developmental delay, intellectual disability, and brain malformations have microdeletions encompassing DLL1, we hypothesized that insufficiency of DLL1 causes a human neurodevelopmental disorder. We performed exome sequencing in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. The cohort was identified using known Matchmaker Exchange nodes such as GeneMatcher. This method identified 15 individuals from 12 unrelated families with heterozygous pathogenic DLL1 variants (nonsense, missense, splice site, and one whole gene deletion). The most common features in our cohort were intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, seizures, variable brain malformations, muscular hypotonia, and scoliosis. We did not identify an obvious genotype-phenotype correlation. Analysis of one splice site variant showed an in-frame insertion of 12 bp. In conclusion, heterozygous DLL1 pathogenic variants cause a variable neurodevelopmental phenotype and multi-systemic features. The clinical and molecular data support haploinsufficiency as a mechanism for the pathogenesis of this DLL1-related disorder and affirm the importance of DLL1 in human brain development.
  • Mutations in ANAPC1, Encoding a Scaffold Subunit of the Anaphase-Promoting
           Complex, Cause Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome Type 1
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 11 July 2019Source: The American Journal of Human GeneticsAuthor(s): Norbert F. Ajeawung, Thi Tuyet Mai Nguyen, Linchao Lu, Thomas J. Kucharski, Justine Rousseau, Sirinart Molidperee, Joshua Atienza, Isabel Gamache, Weidong Jin, Sharon E. Plon, Brendan H. Lee, Jose G. Teodoro, Lisa L. Wang, Philippe M. CampeauRothmund-Thomson syndrome (RTS) is an autosomal-recessive disorder characterized by poikiloderma, sparse hair, short stature, and skeletal anomalies. Type 2 RTS, which is defined by the presence of bi-allelic mutations in RECQL4, is characterized by increased cancer susceptibility and skeletal anomalies, whereas the genetic basis of RTS type 1, which is associated with juvenile cataracts, is unknown. We studied ten individuals, from seven families, who had RTS type 1 and identified a deep intronic splicing mutation of the ANAPC1 gene, a component of the anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C), in all affected individuals, either in the homozygous state or in trans with another mutation. Fibroblast studies showed that the intronic mutation causes the activation of a 95 bp pseudoexon, leading to mRNAs with premature termination codons and nonsense-mediated decay, decreased ANAPC1 protein levels, and prolongation of interphase. Interestingly, mice that were heterozygous for a knockout mutation have an increased incidence of cataracts. Our results demonstrate that deficiency in the APC/C is a cause of RTS type 1 and suggest a possible link between the APC/C and RECQL4 helicase because both proteins are involved in DNA repair and replication.
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