Marguerite Neerman-Arbez

University of Geneva, Versoix, GE, Switzerland

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  • Richard J Fish, Corinne Di Sanza, Marguerite Neerman-Arbez
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    ABSTRACT: Mutations in the human fibrinogen genes can lead to the absence of circulating fibrinogen and cause congenital afibrinogenemia. This rare bleeding disorder is associated with a variable phenotype, which may be influenced by environment and genotype. Here we present a zebrafish model of afibrinogenemia. We introduced targeted mutations into the zebrafish fga gene using zinc finger nuclease technology. Animals carrying three distinct frameshift mutations in fga were raised and bred to produce homozygous mutants. Using a panel of anti-zebrafish fibrinogen antibodies, fibrinogen was undetectable in plasma preparations from homozygous mutant fish. We observed hemorrhaging in fga mutants and reduced survival compared to control animals. This model will now serve in the search for afibrinogenemia modifying genes or agents and, to our knowledge, is the first transmissible zebrafish model of a defined human bleeding disorder.
    Blood 04/2014; 123(14):2278-81. · 9.78 Impact Factor
  • Richard James Fish, Corinne Di Sanza, Marguerite Neerman-Arbez
    Blood 02/2014; [Epub ahead of print]. · 9.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Vertebrate genomes contain around 20,000 protein-encoding genes, of which a large fraction is still not associated with specific functions. A major task in future genomics will thus be to assign physiological roles to all open reading frames revealed by genome sequencing. Here we show that C2orf62, a highly conserved protein with little homology to characterized proteins, is strongly expressed in testis in zebrafish and mammals, and in various types of ciliated cells during zebrafish development. By yeast two hybrid and GST pull-down, C2orf62 was shown to interact with TTC17, another uncharacterized protein. Depletion of either C2orf62 or TTC17 in human ciliated cells interferes with actin polymerization and reduces the number of primary cilia without changing their length. Zebrafish embryos injected with morpholinos against C2orf62 or TTC17, or with mRNA coding for the C2orf62 C-terminal part containing a RII dimerization/docking (R2D2) - like domain show morphological defects consistent with imperfect ciliogenesis. We provide here the first evidence for a C2orf62-TTC17 axis that would regulate actin polymerization and ciliogenesis.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(1):e86476. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction Causative mutations leading to congenital quantitative fibrinogen are frequently clustered in FGA encoding the fibrinogen Aα-chain. Mutations of FGB encoding the Bβ-chain are less common and of interest since the Bβ chain is considered the rate-limiting factor in the hepatic production of the fibrinogen hexamer. Method Four novel FGB mutations were identified in two afibrinogenemic (one new-born and one 30 years old male) and hypofibrinogenemic (a 49 years old female) patient, with heterogeneous thrombotic and bleeding phenotype. The human fibrinogen beta chain precursor protein sequence (P02675) was obtained from the UniProt database. The resulting models were analysed in SwissPdbViewer 4.1 and POV-Ray 3.7. Results The FGB c.895 T > C p.Y299H (numbering from the initiator Met) and the FGB c.1415G > T p.G472V were predicted to be deleterious by SIFT analysis. The first replaces an uncharged aromatic amino acid side chain by a positively charged side chain modifying the balance in the distribution of hydrophobic and hydrophilic of the 10 Å neighbourhood residues. The second replaces one non-charged aliphatic side chain by another without any changes for the 10 Å surrounding region. The FGB c.352C > T p.Q118X leads to a severe premature termination codon and the FGB intron 4: IVS4-1G > C (c719-1G > C) leads to skipping of exon 5 or usage of a cryptic acceptor site located upstream or downstream of the normal site. Conclusions The continuous characterization of novel molecular defects responsible for fibrinogen deficiency combined with modelling of mutant proteins will continue to provide a better comprehension of the complexity of fibrinogen synthesis and physiology.
    Thrombosis Research 01/2014; · 3.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction Thromboelastography (TEG), a widely used clinical point of care coagulation test, is poorly understood. To investigate its fibrin determinants we used normal and variant fibrinogen isolates. Materials and Methods We focused mainly on the TEG maximum signal amplitude (MA), a shear modulus and clot stiffness indicator. Isolates included normal des-αC, cord, and abnormal congenital variants with amino acid substitutions or deletions that impaired fibrin polymerization. Heterophenotypic congenital isolates were from cryoprecipitate-depleted plasma owing to their more diminished clot MA than their cryoprecipitate counterparts. By colorimetric assay, the amount of fibrinogen adsorbed by untreated TEG cups was 83.5 ± 12.4 pM/cm2, n = 18. Thrombin-induced clots were obtained at pH 6.4 or 7.4, the latter containing 8 mM CaCl2, and 14% afibrinogenemic plasma with and without gel-sieved platelets. Results and Conclusions Measured by the water droplet contact angle, > 90% reduction of surface hydrophobicity by exposure of TEG cup and pin to ozone plasma decreased MA by 74%. Increasing normal fibrinogen or thrombin concentrations progressively increased MA. Platelets increased MA further ~ 2 fold, except for ≥ 10 fold for des-αC clots. Examined in the absence of platelets, MA of heterophenotypic fibrin variants averaged 21%, n = 15. The results imply that essential MA determinants include hydrophobic fibrinogen/fibrin adsorption and each polymerization contact site, with substantial enhancement by platelets. Also, cryoprecipitate-harvested soluble fibrinogen/fibrin complexes contained mostly normal molecules, while cryoprecipitate-depleted plasma contained mostly variant molecules. Moreover, significantly decreased MA by fibrinogen anomalies and/or low level thrombin generation can potentially impact clinical interpretation of MA.
    Thrombosis Research 01/2014; · 3.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Congenital dysfibrinogenemias are characterized by biosynthesis of a structurally abnormal fibrinogen molecule that exhibits reduced functional levels compared with the level of fibrinogen antigen. To date a large number of mutations have been identified in patients with dysfibrinogenemia. Mutations occurring at the thrombin cleavage site (Arg16-Gly17 in the mature alpha-chain) at the amino-terminal end of the fibrinogen alpha chain are a common cause of the disease. These mutations causing abnormal fibrin polymerization are associated with different phenotypes. Here, we report the identification of a novel heterozygous missense mutation of Glycine 17 (Gly17Asp) in a female patient with mild bleeding manifestations, and compare it with other previously reported mutations also resulting in abnormal knob A.
    Blood coagulation & fibrinolysis: an international journal in haemostasis and thrombosis 12/2013; · 1.25 Impact Factor
  • Philippe de Moerloose, Alessandro Casini, Marguerite Neerman-Arbez
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    ABSTRACT: Hereditary fibrinogen abnormalities comprise two classes of plasma fibrinogen defects: Type I, afibrinogenemia or hypofibrinogenemia, which has absent or low plasma fibrinogen antigen levels (quantitative fibrinogen deficiencies), and Type II, dysfibrinogenemia or hypodysfibrinogenemia, which shows normal or reduced antigen levels associated with disproportionately low functional activity (qualitative fibrinogen deficiencies). In afibrinogenemia and hypofibrinogenemia, most mutations of the FGA, FGB, or FGG fibrinogen encoding genes are null mutations. In some cases, missense or late truncating nonsense mutations allow synthesis of the corresponding fibrinogen chain but intracellular fibrinogen assembly and/or secretion are impaired. Afibrinogenemia is associated with mild-to-severe bleeding, whereas hypofibrinogenemia is most often asymptomatic. Thromboembolism may occur either spontaneously or in association with fibrinogen substitution therapy. Women with afibrinogenemia suffer from recurrent pregnancy loss but this can also occur in women with hypofibrinogenemia. Dysfibrinogenemia, caused mainly by missense mutations, is commonly associated with bleeding, thrombophilia, or both; however, most individuals are asymptomatic. Hypodysfibrinogenemia is a subcategory of this disorder. Even in specialized laboratories, the precise diagnosis of some fibrinogen disorders may be difficult. Determination of the molecular defects is important because it gives the possibility to confirm the diagnosis, to elaborate a diagnostic strategy, to distinguish in some cases that the patient is at risk of thrombosis rather than bleeding, and to enable prenatal diagnosis. However, genotype-phenotype correlations are not easy to establish. Replacement therapy is effective in treating bleeding episodes, but because the pharmacokinetics of fibrinogen after replacement therapy is highly variable among patients, it is important to adjust the treatment individually.
    Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis 07/2013; · 4.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The fibrinogen genes FGA, FGB and FGG show coordinated expression in hepatocytes. Understanding the underlying transcriptional regulation may elucidate how their tissue-specific expression is maintained and explain the high variability in fibrinogen blood levels. DNA methylation of CpG-poor gene promoters is dynamic with low methylation correlating with tissue-specific gene expression but its direct effect on gene regulation as well as implications of non-promoter CpG methylation are not clear. Here we compared methylation of CpG sites throughout the fibrinogen gene cluster in human cells and mouse and zebrafish tissues. We observed low DNA methylation of the CpG-poor fibrinogen promoters and of additional regulatory elements (the liver enhancers CNC12 and PFE2) in fibrinogen-expressing samples. In a gene reporter assay, CpG-methylation in the FGA promoter reduced promoter activity, suggesting a repressive function for DNA methylation in the fibrinogen locus. In mouse and zebrafish livers we measured reductions in DNA methylation around fibrinogen genes during development that were preceded by increased fibrinogen expression and tri-methylation of Histone3 lysine4 (H3K4me3) in fibrinogen promoters. Our data support a model where changes in hepatic transcription factor expression and histone modification provide the switch for increased fibrinogen gene expression in the developing liver which is followed by reduction of CpG methylation.
    PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(8):e73089. · 3.53 Impact Factor
  • R J Fish, M Neerman-Arbez
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    ABSTRACT: High circulating fibrinogen levels correlate with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. Fibrinogen levels vary between people and also change in response to physiological and environmental stimuli. A modest proportion of the variation in fibrinogen levels can be explained by genotype, inferring that variation in genomic sequences that regulate the fibrinogen genes ( FGA , FGB and FGG ) may affect hepatic fibrinogen production and perhaps CVD risk. We previously identified a conserved liver enhancer in the fibrinogen gene cluster (CNC12), between FGB and FGA . Genome-wide Chromatin immunoprecipitation-sequencing (ChIP-seq) demonstrated that transcription factors which bind fibrinogen gene promoters also interact with CNC12, as well as two potential fibrinogen enhancers (PFE), between FGA and FGG . Here we show that one of the PFE sequences has potent hepatocyte enhancer activity. Using a luciferase reporter gene system, we found that PFE2 enhances minimal promoter- and FGA promoter-driven gene expression in hepatoma cells, regardless of its orientation with respect to the promoters. A region within PFE2 bears a short series of conserved nucleotides which maintain enhancer activity without flanking sequence. We also demonstrate that PFE2 is a liver enhancer in vivo , driving enhanced green fluorescent protein expression in transgenic zebrafish larval livers. Our study shows that combining public domain ChIP-seq data with in vitro and in vivo functional tests can identify novel fibrinogen gene cluster regulatory sequences. Variation in such elements could affect fibrinogen production and influence CVD risk.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 07/2012; 108(3):427-34. · 5.76 Impact Factor
  • R J Fish, M Neerman-Arbez
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    ABSTRACT: The Aα, Bβ and γ polypeptide chains of fibrinogen are encoded by a three gene cluster on human chromosome four. The fibrinogen genes ( FGB-FGA-FGG ) are expressed almost exclusively in hepatocytes where their output is coordinated to ensure a sufficient mRNA pool for each chain and maintain an abundant plasma fibrinogen protein level. Fibrinogen gene expression is controlled by the activity of proximal promoters which contain binding sites for hepatocyte transcription factors, including proteins which influence fibrinogen transcription in response to acute-phase inflammatory stimuli. The fibrinogen gene cluster also contains cis regulatory elements; enhancer sequences with liver activities identified by sequence conservation and functional genomics. While the transcriptional control of this gene cluster is fascinating biology, the medical impetus to understand fibrinogen gene regulation stems from the association of cardiovascular disease risk with high level circulating fibrinogen. In the general population this level varies from about 1.5 to 3.5 g/l. This variation between individuals is influenced by genotype, suggesting there are genetic variants contributing to fibrinogen levels which reside in fibrinogen regulatory loci. A complete picture of how fibrinogen genes are regulated will therefore point towards novel sources of regulatory variants. In this review we discuss regulation of the fibrinogen genes from proximal promoters and enhancers, the influence of acute-phase stimulation, post-transcriptional regulation by miRNAs and functional regulatory variants identified in genetic studies. Finally, we discuss the fibrinogen locus in light of recent advances in understanding chromosomal architecture and suggest future directions for researching the mechanisms that control fibrinogen expression.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 07/2012; 108(3):419-26. · 5.76 Impact Factor
  • Andrzej Mital, Anetta Undas, Marguerite Neerman-Arbez, Andrzej Hellmann
    Thrombosis Research 07/2012; 130(3):e196-7. · 3.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Congenital afibrinogenemia is characterized by the complete absence of fibrinogen, the precursor of the major protein constituent of the blood clot, fibrin. Extensive allelic heterogeneity has been found for this disorder and more than 40 mutations, the majority in FGA, have been identified in homozygosity or in compound heterozygosity. However, the continuous genetic analysis of additional patients still allows the identification of novel mutations and thus the greater understanding of fibrinogen structure and function. Here we report the identification of a novel missense mutation in FGA exon 1 affecting the translation initiation codon: c.1 A>T (ATG>TTG) M1L, identified in a young boy from Madagascar in compound heterozygosity with a second mutation in FGA exon 4: c.385 C>T (CGA>TGA) R129X. The patient suffered from occasional severe arthralgias (shoulder, knee) most likely caused by intra-articular bleeding with subsequent inflammation.
    Blood coagulation & fibrinolysis: an international journal in haemostasis and thrombosis 06/2012; 23(6):556-8. · 1.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated an asymptomatic 19-year-old patient with factor XI deficiency diagnosed in the context of presurgical laboratory screening. The F11 gene was analyzed and a novel missense mutation I463S in exon 12 was identified in heterozygosity in the proband. His mother, also diagnosed with asymptomatic factor XI deficiency, was found to be heterozygous for the same mutation. This novel amino acid substitution in the serine protease catalytic domain appears to be responsible for the low factor XI levels in both individuals.
    Blood coagulation & fibrinolysis: an international journal in haemostasis and thrombosis 02/2012; 23(3):251-2. · 1.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The zebrafish is a model organism for studying vertebrate development and many human diseases. Orthologues of the majority of human coagulation factors are present in zebrafish, including fibrinogen. As a first step towards using zebrafish to model human fibrinogen disorders, we cloned the zebrafish fibrinogen cDNAs and made in situ hybridisations and quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reactions (qRT-PCR) to detect zebrafish fibrinogen mRNAs. Prior to liver development or blood flow we detected zebrafish fibrinogen expression in the embryonic yolk syncytial layer and then in the early cells of the developing liver. While human fibrinogen is encoded by a three-gene, 50 kilobase (kb) cluster on chromosome 4 ( FGB-FGA-FGG ), recent genome assemblies showed that the zebrafish fgg gene appears distanced from fga and fgb , which we confirmed by in situ hybridisation. The zebrafish fibrinogen Bβ and γ protein chains are conserved at over 50% of amino acid positions, compared to the human polypeptides. The zebrafish Aα chain is less conserved and its C-terminal region is nearly 200 amino acids shorter than human Aα. We generated transgenic zebrafish which express a green fluorescent protein reporter gene under the control of a 1.6 kb regulatory region from zebrafish fgg . Transgenic embryos showed strong fluorescence in the developing liver, mimicking endogenous fibrinogen expression. This regulatory sequence can now be used for overexpression of transgenes in zebrafish hepatocytes. Our study is a proof-of-concept step towards using zebrafish to model human disease linked to fibrinogen gene mutations.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 11/2011; 107(1):158-66. · 5.76 Impact Factor
  • Thrombosis and Haemostasis 07/2011; 106(3):558-60. · 5.76 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Congenital afibrinogenemia is a rare autosomal recessive coagulation disorder characterized essentially by bleeding symptoms, but miscarriages and, paradoxically, thromboembolic events can also occur. Most reported mutations leading to congenital afibrinogenemia are located in FGA encoding the fibrinogen A α-chain. In this study, we analysed 12 individuals from a consanguineous Syrian family with reduced or absent fibrinogen levels: those with fibrinogen levels around 1 g/l (n = 7) were found to be heterozygous for a novel frameshift mutation in FGA exon 5 (c.1846 del A) and those with undetectable fibrinogen levels (n = 5) were homozygous for the same mutation. This novel frameshift mutation is the most C-terminal causative FGA mutation identified to date in afibrinogenemic patients. The resulting aberrant Aα-chain (p.Thr616HisfsX32) is most likely synthesized, but is less efficiently assembled and/or secreted into the circulation given the phenotype of asymptomatic hypofibrinogenemia in heterozygous individuals and bleeding diathesis in homozygous individuals.
    Blood coagulation & fibrinolysis: an international journal in haemostasis and thrombosis 03/2011; 22(2):148-50. · 1.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Inherited disorders of fibrinogen are rare and affect either the quantity (hypofibrinogenaemia and afibrinogenaemia) or the quality of the circulating fibrinogen (dysfibrinogenaemia) or both (hypodysfibrinogenaemia). Extensive allelic heterogeneity has been found for all these disorders: in congenital afibrinogenaemia for example more than 40 mutations, the majority in FGA , have been identified in homozygosity or in compound heterozygosity. Numerous mutations have also been identified in patients with hypofibrinogenaemia, many of these patients are in fact heterozygous carriers of afibrinogenaemia mutations. Despite the number of genetic analyses performed, the study of additional patients still allows the identification of novel mutations. Here we describe the characterization of a novel FGA intron 2 donor splice-site mutation (Fibrinogen Montpellier II) identified in three siblings with hypodysfibrinogenaemia. Functional analysis of RNA produced by the mutant minigene in COS-7 cells revealed that the mutation led to the in-frame skipping of exon 2. Western blot analysis of COS-7 cells expressing an exon 2 deleted FGA cDNA revealed that an alpha-chain lacking exon 2, which codes in particular for fibrinopeptide A and polymerisation knob 'A', has the potential to be assembled into a hexamer and secreted. Analysis of precipitated fibrinogen from patient plasma showed that the defect leads to the presence in the circulation of alpha-chains lacking knob 'A' which is essential for the early stages of fibrin polymerisation. Fibrin made from purified patient fibrinogen clotted with thrombin displayed thinner fibers with frequent ends and large pores.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 11/2010; 104(5):990-7. · 5.76 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Elevated levels of fibrinogen are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, whereas low fibrinogen can lead to a bleeding disorder. We investigated whether microRNAs (miRNAs), known to act as post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression, regulate fibrinogen production. Using transfection of a library of 470 annotated human miRNA precursor molecules in HuH7 hepatoma cells and quantitative measurements of fibrinogen production, we identified 23 miRNAs with down-regulating (up to 64% decrease) and 4 with up-regulating effects (up to 129% increase) on fibrinogen production. Among the down-regulating miRNAs, we investigated the mechanism of action of 3 hsa-miR-29 family members and hsa-miR-409-3p. Overexpression of hsa-miR-29 members led to decreased steady-state levels of all fibrinogen gene (FGA, FGB, and FGG) transcripts in HuH7 cells. Luciferase reporter gene assays demonstrated that this was independent of miRNA-fibrinogen 3'-untranslated region interactions. In contrast, overexpression of hsa-miR-409-3p specifically lowered fibrinogen Bβ mRNA levels, and this effect was dependent on a target site in the fibrinogen Bβ mRNA 3'-untranslated region. This study adds to the known mechanisms that control fibrinogen production, points toward a potential cause of variable circulating fibrinogen levels, and demonstrates that a screening approach can identify miRNAs that regulate clinically important proteins.
    Blood 10/2010; 116(14):2608-15. · 9.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The plasma concentration of fibrinogen varies in the healthy human population between 1.5 and 3.5 g/L. Understanding the basis of this variability has clinical importance because elevated fibrinogen levels are associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk. To identify novel regulatory elements involved in the control of fibrinogen expression, we used sequence conservation and in silico-predicted regulatory potential to select 14 conserved noncoding sequences (CNCs) within the conserved block of synteny containing the fibrinogen locus. The regulatory potential of each CNC was tested in vitro using a luciferase reporter gene assay in fibrinogen-expressing hepatoma cell lines (HuH7 and HepG2). 4 potential enhancers were tested for their ability to direct enhanced green fluorescent protein expression in zebrafish embryos. CNC12, a sequence equidistant from the human fibrinogen alpha and beta chain genes, activates strong liver enhanced green fluorescent protein expression in injected embryos and their transgenic progeny. A transgenic assay in embryonic day 14.5 mouse embryos confirmed the ability of CNC12 to activate transcription in the liver. While additional experiments are necessary to prove the role of CNC12 in the regulation of fibrinogen, our study reveals a novel regulatory element in the fibrinogen locus that is active in the liver and may contribute to variable fibrinogen expression in humans.
    Blood 10/2010; 117(1):276-82. · 9.78 Impact Factor
  • European Journal Of Haematology 10/2010; 86(2):178-9. · 2.55 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

585 Citations
333.69 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2000–2013
    • University of Geneva
      • • Division of Angiology and Hemostasis
      • • Division of Haematology
      • • Department of Genetic Medicine and Development (GEDEV)
      Versoix, GE, Switzerland
  • 2009
    • Jagiellonian University
      • Department of Hematology
      Kraków, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland
  • 2008
    • Universität Basel
      Bâle, Basel-City, Switzerland
  • 2006
    • University Medical Center – Rizk Hospital
      Beyrouth, Beyrouth, Lebanon
  • 2005
    • Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
      Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland