These publications are examples of research made possible with data from CanPath and its regional cohorts.


Circulating microRNA expression signatures accurately discriminate myalgic encephalomyelitis from fibromyalgia and comorbid conditions

Authors: Evguenia Nepotchatykh, Iurie Caraus, Wesam Elremaly, Corinne Leveau, Mohamed Elbakry, Christian Godbout, Bita Rostami-Afshari, Diana Petre, Nasrin Khatami, Anita Franco, Alain Moreau

Researchers examined the levels of 11 specific molecules called miRNAs in individuals with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), and those with both conditions (ME/CFS + FM), as well as in healthy controls. Using samples from 38 CARTaGENE participants and other sources, they found distinct patterns of these miRNAs that can help differentiate between ME/CFS, FM, and ME/CFS + FM, indicating that these miRNAs could serve as potential biomarkers to aid in the accurate diagnosis of these complex illnesses.

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Identification of FAT3 as a new candidate gene for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Authors: Dina Nada, Cédric Julien, Simon Papillon-Cavanagh, Jacek Majewski, Mohamed Elbakry, Wesam Elremaly, Mark E Samuels, Alain Moreau

Researchers aimed to identify rare genetic variations associated with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) by examining the DNA of 60 CARTaGENE participants (healthy controls) and individuals from other sources. They found that the FAT3 gene, while not statistically significant on its own, showed an excess of rare genetic changes in AIS patients, and further investigations revealed specific variants within FAT3 that were more common in severe AIS cases compared to milder cases and healthy individuals, suggesting that FAT3 may play a role in the development of AIS.

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