Publications by authors named "Karina Durlacher-Betzer"

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Recurrent De Novo NAHR Reciprocal Duplications in the ATAD3 Gene Cluster Cause a Neurogenetic Trait with Perturbed Cholesterol and Mitochondrial Metabolism.

Am J Hum Genet 2020 02 30;106(2):272-279. Epub 2020 Jan 30.

Exeter Genomics Laboratory, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter EX2 5DW, UK; Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter, Exeter EX2 5DW, UK. Electronic address:

Recent studies have identified both recessive and dominant forms of mitochondrial disease that result from ATAD3A variants. The recessive form includes subjects with biallelic deletions mediated by non-allelic homologous recombination. We report five unrelated neonates with a lethal metabolic disorder characterized by cardiomyopathy, corneal opacities, encephalopathy, hypotonia, and seizures in whom a monoallelic reciprocal duplication at the ATAD3 locus was identified. Analysis of the breakpoint junction fragment indicated that these 67 kb heterozygous duplications were likely mediated by non-allelic homologous recombination at regions of high sequence identity in ATAD3A exon 11 and ATAD3C exon 7. At the recombinant junction, the duplication allele produces a fusion gene derived from ATAD3A and ATAD3C, the protein product of which lacks key functional residues. Analysis of fibroblasts derived from two affected individuals shows that the fusion gene product is expressed and stable. These cells display perturbed cholesterol and mitochondrial DNA organization similar to that observed for individuals with severe ATAD3A deficiency. We hypothesize that the fusion protein acts through a dominant-negative mechanism to cause this fatal mitochondrial disorder. Our data delineate a molecular diagnosis for this disorder, extend the clinical spectrum associated with structural variation at the ATAD3 locus, and identify a third mutational mechanism for ATAD3 gene cluster variants. These results further affirm structural variant mutagenesis mechanisms in sporadic disease traits, emphasize the importance of copy number analysis in molecular genomic diagnosis, and highlight some of the challenges of detecting and interpreting clinically relevant rare gene rearrangements from next-generation sequencing data.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajhg.2020.01.007DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7010973PMC
February 2020

Interleukin-6 contributes to the increase in fibroblast growth factor 23 expression in acute and chronic kidney disease.

Kidney Int 2018 08 31;94(2):315-325. Epub 2018 May 31.

Minerva Center for Calcium and Bone Metabolism, Nephrology Services, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. Electronic address:

The high serum fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) levels in patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Mice with folic acid-induced AKI had an increase in bone FGF23 mRNA expression together with an increase in serum FGF23 and several circulating cytokines including interleukin-6 (IL-6). Dexamethasone partially prevented the increase in IL-6 and FGF23 in the AKI mice. IL-6 knock-out mice fed an adenine diet to induce CKD failed to increase bone FGF23 mRNA and had a muted increase in serum FGF23 levels, compared with the increases in wild-type mice with CKD. Therefore, IL-6 contributes to the increase in FGF23 observed in CKD. Hydrodynamic tail injection of IL-6/soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6R) fusion protein hyper IL-6 (HIL-6) plasmid increased serum FGF23 levels. Circulating sIL-6R levels were increased in both CKD and AKI mice, suggesting that IL-6 increases FGF23 through sIL-6R-mediated trans-signaling. Renal IL-6 mRNA expression was increased in mice with either AKI or CKD, suggesting the kidney is the source for the increased serum IL-6 levels in the uremic state. HIL-6 also increased FGF23 mRNA in calvaria organ cultures and osteoblast-like UMR106 cells in culture, demonstrating a direct effect of IL-6 on FGF23 expression. HIL-6 increased FGF23 promoter activity through STAT3 phosphorylation and its evolutionarily conserved element in the FGF23 promoter. Thus, IL-6 increases FGF23 transcription and contributes to the high levels of serum FGF23 in both acute and chronic kidney disease.
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August 2018