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  • Torabi Moghadam, Behrooz, 1982-, et al. (författare)
  • PiiL: visualization of DNA methylation and gene expression data in gene pathways
  • 2017
  • Ingår i: BMC Genomics. - 1471-2164 .- 1471-2164. ; 18
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • DNA methylation is a major mechanism involved in the epigenetic state of a cell. It has been observed that the methylation status of certain CpG sites close to or within a gene can directly affect its expression, either by silencing or, in some cases, up-regulating transcription. However, a vertebrate genome contains millions of CpG sites, all of which are potential targets for methylation modification, and the specific effects of most sites has not been characterized to date. To study the complex interplay between methylation status, cellular programs, and the resulting phenotypes, we present PiiL, an interactive gene expression pathway browser, facilitating the analysis through an integrated view of methylation and expression on multiple levels.PiiL allows for specific hypothesis testing by quickly assessing pathways or gene networks, where the data is projected onto pathways that can be downloaded directly from the online KEGG database. PiiL provides a comprehensive set of analysis features, allowing for quickly searching for specific patterns, as well as to examine individual CpG sites and their impact on expression of the host gene and other genes in regulatory networks. To exemplify the power of this approach, we analyzed two types of brain tumors, Glioblastoma multiform and lower grade gliomas.At a glance, we could confirm earlier findings that the predominant methylation and expression patterns separate perfectly by mutations in the IDH genes, rather than by histology. We could also infer the IDH mutation status for samples for which the genotype was not known. By applying different filtering methods, we show that a subset of CpG sites exhibits consistent methylation patterns, and that the status of sites affect the expression of key regulator genes, as well as other genes located downstream in the same pathways.PiiL is implemented in Java with focus on a user-friendly graphical interface. The source code is available under the GPL license from https://github.com/behroozt/PiiL.git.
  • Dumanski, Jan P., et al. (författare)
  • Immune cells lacking Y chromosome show dysregulation of autosomal gene expression
  • 2021
  • Ingår i: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences (CMLS). - 1420-682X .- 1420-9071. ; 78:8, s. 4019-4033
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Epidemiological investigations show that mosaic loss of chromosome Y (LOY) in leukocytes is associated with earlier mortality and morbidity from many diseases in men. LOY is the most common acquired mutation and is associated with aberrant clonal expansion of cells, yet it remains unclear whether this mosaicism exerts a direct physiological effect. We studied DNA and RNA from leukocytes in sorted- and single-cells in vivo and in vitro. DNA analyses of sorted cells showed that men diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease was primarily affected with LOY in NK cells whereas prostate cancer patients more frequently displayed LOY in CD4 + T cells and granulocytes. Moreover, bulk and single-cell RNA sequencing in leukocytes allowed scoring of LOY from mRNA data and confirmed considerable variation in the rate of LOY across individuals and cell types. LOY-associated transcriptional effect (LATE) was observed in ~ 500 autosomal genes showing dysregulation in leukocytes with LOY. The fraction of LATE genes within specific cell types was substantially larger than the fraction of LATE genes shared between different subsets of leukocytes, suggesting that LOY might have pleiotropic effects. LATE genes are involved in immune functions but also encode proteins with roles in other diverse biological processes. Our findings highlight a surprisingly broad role for chromosome Y, challenging the view of it as a “genetic wasteland”, and support the hypothesis that altered immune function in leukocytes could be a mechanism linking LOY to increased risk for disease.
  • Lindqvist, Carl Marten, et al. (författare)
  • The Mutational Landscape in Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Deciphered by Whole Genome Sequencing
  • 2015
  • Ingår i: Human Mutation. - 1059-7794 .- 1098-1004. ; 36:1, s. 118-128
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Genomic characterization of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has identified distinct patterns of genes and pathways altered in patients with well-defined genetic aberrations. To extend the spectrum of known somatic variants in ALL, we performed whole genome and transcriptome sequencing of three B-cell precursor patients, of which one carried the t(12;21)ETV6-RUNX1 translocation and two lacked a known primary genetic aberration, and one T-ALL patient. We found that each patient had a unique genome, with a combination of well-known and previously undetected genomic aberrations. By targeted sequencing in 168 patients, we identified KMT2D and KIF1B as novel putative driver genes. We also identified a putative regulatory non-coding variant that coincided with overexpression of the growth factor MDK. Our results contribute to an increased understanding of the biological mechanisms that lead to ALL and suggest that regulatory variants may be more important for cancer development than recognized to date. The heterogeneity of the genetic aberrations in ALL renders whole genome sequencing particularly well suited for analysis of somatic variants in both research and diagnostic applications.
  • Danielsson, Marcus, et al. (författare)
  • Longitudinal changes in the frequency of mosaic chromosome Y loss in peripheral blood cells of aging men varies profoundly between individuals
  • 2020
  • Ingår i: European Journal of Human Genetics. - 1018-4813 .- 1476-5438. ; 28:3, s. 349-357
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Mosaic loss of chromosome Y (LOY) is the most common somatic genetic aberration and is associated with increased risk for all-cause mortality, various forms of cancer and Alzheimer's disease, as well as other common human diseases. By tracking LOY frequencies in subjects from which blood samples have been serially collected up to five times during up to 22 years, we observed a pronounced intra-individual variation of changes in the frequency of LOY within individual men over time. We observed that in some individuals the frequency of LOY in blood clearly progressed over time and that in other men, the frequency was constant or showed other types of longitudinal development. The predominant method used for estimating LOY is calculation of the median Log R Ratio of probes located in the male specific part of chromosome Y (mLRRY) from intensity data generated by SNP-arrays, which is difficult to interpret due to its logarithmic and inversed scale. We present here a formula to transform mLRRY-values to percentage of LOY that is a more comprehensible unit. The formula was derived using measurements of LOY from matched samples analysed using SNP-array, whole genome sequencing and a new AMELX/AMELY-based assay for droplet digital PCR. The methods described could be applied for analyses of the vast amount of SNP-array data already generated in the scientific community, allowing further discoveries of LOY associated diseases and outcomes.
  • Gao, Jiangning, et al. (författare)
  • ACES : a machine learning toolbox for clustering analysis and visualization
  • 2018
  • Ingår i: BMC Genomics. - : BMC. - 1471-2164 .- 1471-2164. ; 19
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Background: Studies that aim at explaining phenotypes or disease susceptibility by genetic or epigenetic variants often rely on clustering methods to stratify individuals or samples. While statistical associations may point at increased risk for certain parts of the population, the ultimate goal is to make precise predictions for each individual. This necessitates tools that allow for the rapid inspection of each data point, in particular to find explanations for outliers.Results: ACES is an integrative cluster- and phenotype-browser, which implements standard clustering methods, as well as multiple visualization methods in which all sample information can be displayed quickly. In addition, ACES can automatically mine a list of phenotypes for cluster enrichment, whereby the number of clusters and their boundaries are estimated by a novel method. For visual data browsing, ACES provides a 2D or 3D PCA or Heat Map view. ACES is implemented in Java, with a focus on a user-friendly, interactive, graphical interface.Conclusions: ACES has been proven an invaluable tool for analyzing large, pre-filtered DNA methylation data sets and RNA-Sequencing data, due to its ease to link molecular markers to complex phenotypes. The source code is available from https://github.com/GrabherrGroup/ACES.
  • Höppner, Marc P., et al. (författare)
  • An Improved Canine Genome and a Comprehensive Catalogue of Coding Genes and Non-Coding Transcripts
  • 2014
  • Ingår i: PLOS ONE. - 1932-6203. ; 9:3, s. e91172-
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • The domestic dog, Canis familiaris, is a well-established model system for mapping trait and disease loci. While the original draft sequence was of good quality, gaps were abundant particularly in promoter regions of the genome, negatively impacting the annotation and study of candidate genes. Here, we present an improved genome build, canFam3.1, which includes 85 MB of novel sequence and now covers 99.8% of the euchromatic portion of the genome. We also present multiple RNA-Sequencing data sets from 10 different canine tissues to catalog similar to 175,000 expressed loci. While about 90% of the coding genes previously annotated by EnsEMBL have measurable expression in at least one sample, the number of transcript isoforms detected by our data expands the EnsEMBL annotations by a factor of four. Syntenic comparison with the human genome revealed an additional similar to 3,000 loci that are characterized as protein coding in human and were also expressed in the dog, suggesting that those were previously not annotated in the EnsEMBL canine gene set. In addition to,20,700 high-confidence protein coding loci, we found,4,600 antisense transcripts overlapping exons of protein coding genes, similar to 7,200 intergenic multi-exon transcripts without coding potential, likely candidates for long intergenic non-coding RNAs (lincRNAs) and,11,000 transcripts were reported by two different library construction methods but did not fit any of the above categories. Of the lincRNAs, about 6,000 have no annotated orthologs in human or mouse. Functional analysis of two novel transcripts with shRNA in a mouse kidney cell line altered cell morphology and motility. All in all, we provide a much-improved annotation of the canine genome and suggest regulatory functions for several of the novel non-coding transcripts.
  • Moghadam, Behrooz Torabi, et al. (författare)
  • Analyzing DNA methylation patterns in subjects diagnosed with schizophrenia using machine learning methods
  • 2019
  • Ingår i: Journal of Psychiatric Research. - : PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. - 0022-3956 .- 1879-1379. ; 114, s. 41-47
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Schizophrenia is a common mental disorder with high heritability. It is genetically complex and to date more than a hundred risk loci have been identified. Association of environmental factors and schizophrenia has also been reported, while epigenetic analyses have yielded ambiguous and sometimes conflicting results. Here, we analyzed fresh frozen post-mortem brain tissue from a cohort of 73 subjects diagnosed with schizophrenia and 52 control samples, using the Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 Bead Chip, to investigate genome-wide DNA methylation patterns in the two groups. Analysis of differential methylation was performed with the Bioconductor Minfi package and modern machine-learning and visualization techniques, which were shown previously to be successful in detecting and highlighting differentially methylated patterns in case-control studies. In this dataset, however, these methods did not uncover any significant signals discerning the patient group and healthy controls, suggesting that if there are methylation changes associated with schizophrenia, they are heterogeneous and complex with small effect.
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