Publications by authors named "Michael C Sierant"

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Exome Sequencing Implicates Impaired GABA Signaling and Neuronal Ion Transport in Trigeminal Neuralgia.

iScience 2020 Oct 11;23(10):101552. Epub 2020 Sep 11.

Yale Center for Genome Analysis, West Haven, CT, USA.

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a common, debilitating neuropathic face pain syndrome often resistant to therapy. The familial clustering of TN cases suggests that genetic factors play a role in disease pathogenesis. However, no unbiased, large-scale genomic study of TN has been performed to date. Analysis of 290 whole exome-sequenced TN probands, including 20 multiplex kindreds and 70 parent-offspring trios, revealed enrichment of rare, damaging variants in GABA receptor-binding genes in cases. Mice engineered with a TN-associated mutation (p.Cys188Trp) in the GABA receptor Cl channel γ-1 subunit () exhibited trigeminal mechanical allodynia and face pain behavior. Other TN probands harbored rare damaging variants in Na and Ca channels, including a significant variant burden in the α-1H subunit of the voltage-gated Ca channel Ca3.2 (). These results provide exome-level insight into TN and implicate genetically encoded impairment of GABA signaling and neuronal ion transport in TN pathogenesis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2020.101552DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7554653PMC
October 2020

Exome sequencing implicates genetic disruption of prenatal neuro-gliogenesis in sporadic congenital hydrocephalus.

Nat Med 2020 11 19;26(11):1754-1765. Epub 2020 Oct 19.

Departments of Neurosurgery, Engineering Science & Mechanics, and Physics; Center for Neural Engineering and Infectious Disease Dynamics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA.

Congenital hydrocephalus (CH), characterized by enlarged brain ventricles, is considered a disease of excessive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) accumulation and thereby treated with neurosurgical CSF diversion with high morbidity and failure rates. The poor neurodevelopmental outcomes and persistence of ventriculomegaly in some post-surgical patients highlight our limited knowledge of disease mechanisms. Through whole-exome sequencing of 381 patients (232 trios) with sporadic, neurosurgically treated CH, we found that damaging de novo mutations account for >17% of cases, with five different genes exhibiting a significant de novo mutation burden. In all, rare, damaging mutations with large effect contributed to ~22% of sporadic CH cases. Multiple CH genes are key regulators of neural stem cell biology and converge in human transcriptional networks and cell types pertinent for fetal neuro-gliogenesis. These data implicate genetic disruption of early brain development, not impaired CSF dynamics, as the primary pathomechanism of a significant number of patients with sporadic CH.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-1090-2DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7871900PMC
November 2020

Mutations disrupting neuritogenesis genes confer risk for cerebral palsy.

Nat Genet 2020 10 28;52(10):1046-1056. Epub 2020 Sep 28.

Henan Key Laboratory of Child Brain Injury, Third Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China.

In addition to commonly associated environmental factors, genomic factors may cause cerebral palsy. We performed whole-exome sequencing of 250 parent-offspring trios, and observed enrichment of damaging de novo mutations in cerebral palsy cases. Eight genes had multiple damaging de novo mutations; of these, two (TUBA1A and CTNNB1) met genome-wide significance. We identified two novel monogenic etiologies, FBXO31 and RHOB, and showed that the RHOB mutation enhances active-state Rho effector binding while the FBXO31 mutation diminishes cyclin D levels. Candidate cerebral palsy risk genes overlapped with neurodevelopmental disorder genes. Network analyses identified enrichment of Rho GTPase, extracellular matrix, focal adhesion and cytoskeleton pathways. Cerebral palsy risk genes in enriched pathways were shown to regulate neuromotor function in a Drosophila reverse genetics screen. We estimate that 14% of cases could be attributed to an excess of damaging de novo or recessive variants. These findings provide evidence for genetically mediated dysregulation of early neuronal connectivity in cerebral palsy.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41588-020-0695-1DOI Listing
October 2020

Single-Cell Ssequencing in Cancer: Recent Applications to Immunogenomics and Multi-omics Tools.

Genomics Inform 2018 Dec 28;16(4):e17. Epub 2018 Dec 28.

Department of Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.

Tumor heterogeneity, the cellular mosaic of multiple lineages arising from the process of clonal evolution, has continued to thwart multi-omics analyses using traditional bulk sequencing methods. The application of single-cell sequencing, in concert with existing genomics methods, has enabled high-resolution interrogation of the genome, transcriptome, epigenome, and proteome. Applied to cancers, these single-cell multi-omics methods bypass previous limitations on data resolution and have enabled a more nuanced understanding of the evolutionary dynamics of tumor progression, immune evasion, metastasis, and treatment resistance. This review details the growing number of novel single-cell multi-omics methods applied to tumors and further discusses recent discoveries emerging from these approaches, especially in regard to immunotherapy.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.5808/GI.2018.16.4.e17DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6440661PMC
December 2018

Contribution of rare inherited and de novo variants in 2,871 congenital heart disease probands.

Nat Genet 2017 Nov 9;49(11):1593-1601. Epub 2017 Oct 9.

Department of Human Genetics, Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, University of Utah and School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of mortality from birth defects. Here, exome sequencing of a single cohort of 2,871 CHD probands, including 2,645 parent-offspring trios, implicated rare inherited mutations in 1.8%, including a recessive founder mutation in GDF1 accounting for ∼5% of severe CHD in Ashkenazim, recessive genotypes in MYH6 accounting for ∼11% of Shone complex, and dominant FLT4 mutations accounting for 2.3% of Tetralogy of Fallot. De novo mutations (DNMs) accounted for 8% of cases, including ∼3% of isolated CHD patients and ∼28% with both neurodevelopmental and extra-cardiac congenital anomalies. Seven genes surpassed thresholds for genome-wide significance, and 12 genes not previously implicated in CHD had >70% probability of being disease related. DNMs in ∼440 genes were inferred to contribute to CHD. Striking overlap between genes with damaging DNMs in probands with CHD and autism was also found.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ng.3970DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5675000PMC
November 2017
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