Disciplina de Genetica

Euclides da Cunha, Brazil

Disciplina de Genetica

Euclides da Cunha, Brazil
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Furuya T.K.,Disciplina de Genetica | Da Silva P.N.O.,Disciplina de Genetica | Payao S.L.M.,Disciplina de Genetica | Payao S.L.M.,Laboratorio Of Genetica | And 10 more authors.
Neurochemistry International | Year: 2012

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder and the most common cause of dementia among the elderly. Efforts have been made to understand the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms involved in the development of this disease. As SORL1 (sortilin-related receptor) and SIRT1 (sirtuin 1) genes have been linked to AD pathogenesis, we aimed to investigate their mRNA expression and promoter DNA methylation in post mortem brain tissues (entorhinal and auditory cortices and hippocampus) from healthy elderly subjects and AD patients. We also evaluated these levels in peripheral blood leukocytes from young, healthy elderly and AD patients, investigating whether there was an effect of age on these profiles. The comparative CT method by Real Time PCR and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry were used to analyze gene expression and DNA methylation, respectively. SORL1 gene was differently expressed in the peripheral blood leukocytes and might act as a marker of aging in this tissue. Furthermore, we found that SORL1 promoter DNA methylation might act as one of the mechanisms responsible for the differences in expression observed between blood and brain for both healthy elderly and AD patients groups. The impact of these studied genes on AD pathogenesis remains to be better clarified. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Noronha Dutra A.R.,Disciplina de Genetica | Mancini T.I.,Disciplina de Genetica | Satomi Takeno S.,Disciplina de Genetica | Moyses Oliveira M.,Disciplina de Genetica | And 5 more authors.
Cytogenetic and Genome Research | Year: 2012

The presence of a supernumerary 18p isochromosome is a rare chromosomal abnormality that results in 18p tetrasomy. This is a report on the clinical, cytogenetic and molecular findings of 2 non-related patients with a supernumerary 18p isochromosome. Both patients present some features of the 18p tetrasomy syndrome (strabismus, low-set ears, long and narrow fingers and toes), but additional characteristics were also observed. Cytogenetic analysis, FISH, MLPA and SNP array techniques showed that one of the isochromosomes is symmetric and monocentric, while the other is asymmetric and dicentric, yet resulting in a similar tetrasomy of the 18pter-18p10 region, followed by a partial 18q11.2 trisomy, an unprecedented finding in the literature. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.


Cohen C.,University of Sao Paulo | Leal M.F.,University of Sao Paulo | Belangero P.S.,University of Sao Paulo | Figueiredo E.A.,University of Sao Paulo | And 6 more authors.
Clinics | Year: 2016

OBJECTIVES: We evaluated mRNA expression levels of genes that encode TGF-b1; the TGF-b1 receptor; the collagen-modifying enzymes LOX, PLOD1, and PLOD2; and the extracellular matrix proteins COMP, FN1, TNC and TNXB in synovial/capsule specimens from patients with idiopathic adhesive capsulitis. Possible associations between the measured mRNA levels and clinical parameters were also investigated. METHODS: We obtained glenohumeral joint synovium/capsule specimens from 9 patients with idiopathic adhesive capsulitis who had not shown improvement in symptoms after 5 months of physiotherapy. Adhesive capsulitis was confirmed in all patients by magnetic resonance imaging. We also obtained specimens from 8 control patients who had underwent surgery for acute acromioclavicular joint dislocation and who had radiological indication of glenohumeral capsule alteration based on arthroscopic evaluation. mRNA expression in the synovium/capsule specimens was analyzed by quantitative reverse transcription PCR. The B2M and HPRT1 genes were used as references to normalize target gene expression in the shoulder tissue samples. RESULTS: The synovium/capsule samples from the patients with adhesive capsulitis had significantly higher TNC and FN1 expression than those from the controls. Additionally, symptom duration directly correlated with expression of TGFβ1 receptor I. CONCLUSION: Elevated levels of TNC and FN1 expression may be a marker of capsule injury. Upregulation of TGFβ1 receptor I seems to be dependent on symptom duration; therefore, TGFβ signaling may be involved in adhesive capsulitis. As such, TNC, FN1 and TGFβ1 receptor I may also play roles in adhesive capsulitis by contributing to capsule inflammation and fibrosis. © 2016 CLINICS.


Vendramini A.A.,Sacred Heart University of Brazil | de Labio R.W.,Disciplina de Genetica | Rasmussen L.T.,Disciplina de Genetica | Rasmussen L.T.,University of Sao Paulo | And 9 more authors.
Genetics and Molecular Biology | Year: 2011

An inflammatory process has been involved in numerous neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease, stroke and Alzheimer's disease (AD). In AD, the inflammatory response is mainly located in the vicinity of amyloid plaques. Cytokines, such as interleukin-8 (IL-8) and interleukin-1α (IL-1α), have been clearly involved in this inflammatory process. Polymorphisms of several interleukin genes have been correlated to the risk of developing AD. The present study investigated the association of AD with polymorphisms IL-8 -251T > A (rs4073) and IL-1α-889C > T (rs1800587) and the interactive effect of both, adjusted by the Apolipoprotein E genotype. 199 blood samples from patients with AD, 146 healthy elderly controls and 95 healthy young controls were obtained. DNA samples were isolated from blood cells, and the PCR-RFLP method was used for genotyping. The genotype distributions of polymorphisms IL-8, IL-1α and APOE were as expected under Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. The allele frequencies did not differ significantly among the three groups tested. As expected, the APOE4 allele was strongly associated with AD (p < 0.001). No association of AD with either the IL-1α or the IL-8 polymorphism was observed, nor was any interactive effect between both polymorphisms. These results confirm previous studies in other populations, in which polymorphisms IL-8 -251T > A and IL-1α-889C > T were not found to be risk factors for AD. © 2011, Sociedade Brasileira de Genética.


PubMed | Disciplina de Genetica
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of investigative medicine : the official publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research | Year: 2011

APOA1/C3/A4/A5 gene cluster is closely involved in lipid metabolism, and its polymorphisms have been associated with coronary heart disease and lipid plasma levels. Here, we aimed to investigate associations of APOC3 (3238C>G, -482C>T, 1100C>T) and APOA4 (Gln360His, Thr347Ser) polymorphisms in 382 individuals from a cohort of a Longitudinal Brazilian Elderly Study with major age-related morbidities and with lipid and protein serum levels.The whole sample was genotyped by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism. Descriptive statistics, logistic regression analysis, Student t test, deviation from Hardy-Weinberg, Bonferroni correction for multiple testing, and haplotype analyses were performed.Although APOC3 1100T allele carriers presented lower triglyceride and very low density lipoprotein levels than non-T carriers, these associations disappeared after Bonferroni correction (P > 0.05). Moreover, APOA4 360His allele was associated with depression (P = 0.03), increased triglyceride (P = 0.035) and very low density lipoprotein (P = 0.035) levels, and reduced HDL levels (P = 0.0005). Haplotype analyses found an association between His/C/C haplotype (Gln360His/-482C>T/1100C>T) with depression, but this result was due to Gln360His polymorphism.Our data suggest that 360His allele might be a risk factor for depression and unfavorable lipid profile and depression for elderly people in the Brazilian population.

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