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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920638/interstitial-1q21-1-microdeletion-is-associated-with-severe-skeletal-anomalies-dysmorphic-face-and-moderate-intellectual-disability
#1
Bruno F Gamba, Roseli M Zechi-Ceide, Nancy M Kokitsu-Nakata, Siulan Vendramini-Pittoli, Carla Rosenberg, Ana C V Krepischi Santos, Lucilene Ribeiro-Bicudo, Antonio Richieri-Costa
We report on a Brazilian patient with a 1.7-Mb interstitial microdeletion in chromosome 1q21.1. The phenotypic characteristics include microcephaly, a peculiar facial gestalt, cleft lip/palate, and multiple skeletal anomalies represented by malformed phalanges, scoliosis, abnormal modeling of vertebral bodies, hip dislocation, abnormal acetabula, feet anomalies, and delayed neuropsychological development. Deletions reported in this region are clinically heterogeneous, ranging from subtle phenotypic manifestations to severe congenital heart defects and/or neurodevelopmental findings...
November 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920637/endocrinological-abnormalities-are-a-main-feature-of-17p13-1-microduplication-syndrome-a-new-case-and-literature-review
#2
Ilenia Maini, Ivan Ivanovski, Alessandro Iodice, Simonetta Rosato, Marzia Pollazzon, Manuela Mussini, Elga F Belligni, Charles Coutton, Maria Marinelli, Veronica Barbieri, Manuela Napoli, Rosario Pascarella, Chiara Sartori, Francesca Madia, Carlo Fusco, Fabrizia Franchi, Maria E Street, Livia Garavelli
To date, 5 cases of 17p13.1 microduplications have been described in the literature. Intellectual disability was reported as the core feature, together with minor facial dysmorphisms and obesity, but a characteristic phenotype for 17p13.1 microduplication has not been delineated. Here, we describe a patient with a 1.56-Mb de novo duplication in 17p13.1, affected by mild intellectual disability, facial dysmorphisms, obesity, and diabetes. By comparing the different phenotypes of currently described cases, we delineated the main clinical features of 17p13...
November 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920636/identifying-cnvs-in-15q11q13-and-16p11-2-of-patients-with-seizures-increases-the-rates-of-detecting-pathogenic-changes
#3
Gabrielle S Vianna, Mariana L Freitas, Valdirene T de Oliveira, Rafaella X Pietra, Michele da S Gonçalves, Patrícia P O Rocha, Rejane A C Monteiro, Luana C A Ferreira, Rosana R Xavier, Andréia M Carvalho, Patrícia R de M Lima, Maria Augusta N P Monteiro, Elvis C Mateo, Juliana G Giannetti, Giovana da C César, Joziele de S Lima, Paula F V Medeiros, Fernanda S Jehee
Chromosomal changes are frequently observed in patients with syndromic seizures. Understanding the genetic etiology of this pathology is crucial for the guidance and genetic counseling of families as well as for the establishment of appropriate treatment. A combination of MLPA kits was used to identify pathogenic CNVs in a group of 70 syndromic patients with seizures. Initially, a screening was performed for subtelomeric changes (MLPA P036 and P070 kits) and for the regions most frequently related to microdeletion/microduplication syndromes (MLPA P064)...
November 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920635/clinical-and-molecular-characterisation-of-children-with-pierre-robin-sequence-and-additional-anomalies
#4
Jessie X Xu, Nicky Kilpatrick, Naomi L Baker, Anthony Penington, Peter G Farlie, Tiong Yang Tan
Pierre Robin Sequence (PRS) is usually classified into syndromic and nonsyndromic groups, with a further subclassification of the nonsyndromic group into isolated PRS and PRS with additional anomalies (PRS-Plus). The aim of this research is to provide an accurate phenotypic characterisation of nonsyndromic PRS, specifically the PRS-Plus subgroup. We sought to examine the frequency of sequence variants in previously defined conserved noncoding elements (CNEs) in the putative enhancer region upstream of SOX9, the regulation of which has been associated with PRS phenotypes...
November 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920634/frontonasal-dysplasia-towards-an-understanding-of-molecular-and-developmental-aetiology
#5
REVIEW
Peter G Farlie, Naomi L Baker, Patrick Yap, Tiong Y Tan
The complex anatomy of the skull and face arises from the requirement to support multiple sensory and structural functions. During embryonic development, the diverse component elements of the neuro- and viscerocranium must be generated independently and subsequently united in a manner that sustains and promotes the growth of the brain and sensory organs, while achieving a level of structural integrity necessary for the individual to become a free-living organism. While each of these individual craniofacial components is essential, the cranial and facial midline lies at a structural nexus that unites these disparately derived elements, fusing them into a whole...
November 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920633/lesch-nyhan-syndrome-models-theories-and-therapies
#6
REVIEW
Scott Bell, Ilaria Kolobova, Liam Crapper, Carl Ernst
Lesch-Nyhan syndrome (LNS) is a rare X-linked disorder caused by mutations in HPRT1, an important enzyme in the purine salvage pathway. Symptoms of LNS include dystonia, gout, intellectual disability, and self-mutilation. Despite having been characterized over 50 years ago, it remains unclear precisely how deficits in hypoxanthine and guanine recycling can lead to such a profound neurological phenotype. Several studies have proposed different hypotheses regarding the etiology of this disease, and several treatments have been tried in patients, though none have led to a satisfactory explanation of the disease...
November 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920632/discovering-patterns-of-structural-variation-by-mining-molecular-fossils
#7
EDITORIAL
Martin Poot
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867345/language-impairment-resulting-from-a-de-novo-deletion-of-7q32-1q33
#8
María S Jiménez-Romero, Montserrat Barcos-Martínez, Isabel Espejo-Portero, Antonio Benítez-Burraco
We report on a girl who presents with hearing loss, behavioral disturbances (according to the Inventory for Client and Agency Planning) as well as motor and cognitive delay (according to Battelle Developmental Inventories) which have a significant impact on her speech and language abilities [according to the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (ed 3), and the Prueba de Lenguaje Oral de Navarra-Revisada (Navarra Oral Language Test, Revised)]. Five copy number variations (CNVs) were identified in the child: arr[hg18] 7q32...
October 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867344/distal-7q11-23-duplication-an-emerging-microduplication-syndrome-a-case-report-and-further-characterisation
#9
Víctor Faundes, Lorena Santa María, Paulina Morales, Bianca Curotto, María M Parraguez
Chromosome 7q11.23 duplication syndrome is a well-recognised syndrome which involves the duplication of the same genes located in the Williams-Beuren critical region. However, in 2010, 4 patients were reported with a microduplication only in the HIP1 and YWHAG genes. We refer to this as a distal 7q11.23 duplication (dup7q11.23D). Here, we report the fifth de novo patient with dup7q11.23D, whose symptoms may be explained by YWHAG overexpression as was demonstrated recently in mice and obese patients. Finally, further studies will be necessary to delineate this emerging microduplication syndrome...
October 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867343/park2-microduplication-clinical-and-molecular-characterization-of-a-further-case-and-review-of-the-literature
#10
Orazio Palumbo, Pietro Palumbo, Maria P Leone, Raffaella Stallone, Teresa Palladino, Marcella Vendemiale, Stefano Palladino, Francesco Papadia, Massimo Carella, Rira Fischetto
We report on a patient with psychomotor deficits, language delay, dyspraxia, skeletal anomalies, and facial dysmorphisms (hirsutism, right palpebral ptosis, a bulbous nasal tip with enlarged and anteverted nares, and a mild prominent antihelix stem). Using high-resolution SNP array analysis, we identified a 0.49-Mb microduplication in chromosome 6q26 inherited from the mother involving the PARK2 gene: arr[hg19] 6q26(162,672,821-163,163,143)×3 mat. To the best of our knowledge, this is the third patient to date described in whom a 6q26 microduplication encompassing only the PARK2 gene has been reported in medical literature...
October 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867342/the-family-of-crumbs-genes-and-human-disease
#11
REVIEW
Anne M Slavotinek
The family of vertebrate Crumbs proteins, homologous to Drosophila Crumbs (Crb), share large extracellular domains with epidermal growth factor-like repeats and laminin-globular domains, a single transmembrane domain, and a short intracellular C-terminus containing a single membrane proximal 4.1/ezrin/radixin/moesin-binding domain and PSD-95/Discs large/ZO-1-binding motifs. There are 3 Crb genes in humans - Crumbs homolog-1 (CRB1), Crumbs homolog-2 (CRB2), and Crumbs homolog-3 (CRB3). Bilallelic loss-of-function mutations in CRB1 cause visual impairment, with Leber's congenital amaurosis and retinitis pigmentosa, whereas CRB2 mutations are associated with raised maternal serum and amniotic fluid alpha feto-protein levels, ventriculomegaly/hydrocephalus, and renal disease, ranging from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis to congenital Finnish nephrosis...
October 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867341/disorders-of-transcriptional-regulation-an-emerging-category-of-multiple-malformation-syndromes
#12
REVIEW
Kosuke Izumi
Some genetic disorders caused by mutations in genes encoding components of the transcriptional machinery as well as proteins involved in epigenetic modification of the genome share many overlapping features, such as facial dysmorphisms, growth problems and developmental delay/intellectual disability. As a basis for some shared phenotypic characteristics in these syndromes, a similar transcriptome disturbance, characterized by global transcriptional dysregulation, is believed to play a major role. In this review article, a general overview of gene transcription is provided, and the current knowledge of the mechanisms underlying some disorders of transcriptional regulation, such as Rubinstein- Taybi, Coffin-Siris, Cornelia de Lange, and CHOPS syndromes, are discussed...
October 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867340/changing-paradigms-in-down-syndrome-the-first-international-conference-of-the-trisomy-21-research-society
#13
Jean-Maurice Delabar, Bernadette Allinquant, Diana Bianchi, Tom Blumenthal, Alain Dekker, Jamie Edgin, John O'Bryan, Mara Dierssen, Marie-Claude Potier, Frances Wiseman, Faycal Guedj, Nicole Créau, Roger Reeves, Katheleen Gardiner, Jorge Busciglio
Down syndrome (DS) is the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability (ID) in humans with an incidence of ∼1:1,000 live births worldwide. It is caused by the presence of an extra copy of all or a segment of the long arm of human chromosome 21 (trisomy 21). People with DS present with a constellation of phenotypic alterations involving most organs and organ systems. ID is present in all people with DS, albeit with variable severity. DS is also the most frequent genetic cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD), and ∼50% of those with DS will develop AD-related dementia...
October 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867339/when-recessive-genes-mutate-to-dominant-gene-action
#14
EDITORIAL
Martin Poot
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781034/generalized-epilepsy-and-myoclonic-seizures-in-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome
#15
Vincent Strehlow, Marielle E M Swinkels, Rhys H Thomas, Nora Rapps, Steffen Syrbe, Thomas Dorn, Johannes R Lemke
Prompted by the observations of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) and recurrent copy number variants in genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE), we searched for further evidence supporting a possible correlation of 22q11DS with GGE and with myoclonic seizures. Through routine diagnostics, we identified 3 novel individuals with the seemingly uncommon combination of 22q11DS and JME. We subsequently screened the literature for reports focussing on the epilepsy phenotype in 22q11DS...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781033/exome-sequencing-fails-to-identify-the-genetic-cause-of-aicardi-syndrome
#16
Caroline Lund, Pasquale Striano, Hanne Sørmo Sorte, Pasquale Parisi, Michele Iacomino, Ying Sheng, Magnus D Vigeland, Anne-Marte Øye, Rikke Steensbjerre Møller, Kaja K Selmer, Federico Zara
Aicardi syndrome (AS) is a well-characterized neurodevelopmental disorder with an unknown etiology. In this study, we performed whole-exome sequencing in 11 female patients with the diagnosis of AS, in order to identify the disease-causing gene. In particular, we focused on detecting variants in the X chromosome, including the analysis of variants with a low number of sequencing reads, in case of somatic mosaicism. For 2 of the patients, we also sequenced the exome of the parents to search for de novo mutations...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781032/genetic-basis-of-brain-malformations
#17
REVIEW
Elena Parrini, Valerio Conti, William B Dobyns, Renzo Guerrini
Malformations of cortical development (MCD) represent a major cause of developmental disabilities, severe epilepsy, and reproductive disadvantage. Genes that have been associated to MCD are mainly involved in cell proliferation and specification, neuronal migration, and late cortical organization. Lissencephaly-pachygyria-severe band heterotopia are diffuse neuronal migration disorders causing severe global neurological impairment. Abnormalities of the LIS1, DCX, ARX, RELN, VLDLR, ACTB, ACTG1, TUBG1, KIF5C, KIF2A, and CDK5 genes have been associated with these malformations...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781031/gene-panel-testing-in-epileptic-encephalopathies-and-familial-epilepsies
#18
Rikke S Møller, Line H G Larsen, Katrine M Johannesen, Inga Talvik, Tiina Talvik, Ulvi Vaher, Maria J Miranda, Muhammad Farooq, Jens E K Nielsen, Lene Lavard Svendsen, Ditte B Kjelgaard, Karen M Linnet, Qin Hao, Peter Uldall, Mimoza Frangu, Niels Tommerup, Shahid M Baig, Uzma Abdullah, Alfred P Born, Pia Gellert, Marina Nikanorova, Kern Olofsson, Birgit Jepsen, Dragan Marjanovic, Lana I K Al-Zehhawi, Sofia J Peñalva, Bente Krag-Olsen, Klaus Brusgaard, Helle Hjalgrim, Guido Rubboli, Deb K Pal, Hans A Dahl
In recent years, several genes have been causally associated with epilepsy. However, making a genetic diagnosis in a patient can still be difficult, since extensive phenotypic and genetic heterogeneity has been observed in many monogenic epilepsies. This study aimed to analyze the genetic basis of a wide spectrum of epilepsies with age of onset spanning from the neonatal period to adulthood. A gene panel targeting 46 epilepsy genes was used on a cohort of 216 patients consecutively referred for panel testing...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781030/seizures-and-epilepsies-due-to-channelopathies-and-neurotransmitter-receptor-dysfunction-a-parallel-between-genetic-and-immune-aspects
#19
REVIEW
Agustina M Lascano, Christian M Korff, Fabienne Picard
Despite intensive research activity leading to many important discoveries, the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying seizures and epilepsy remain poorly understood. An important number of specific gene defects have been related to various forms of epilepsies, and autoimmunity and epilepsy have been associated for a long time. Certain central nervous system proteins have been involved in epilepsy or acute neurological diseases with seizures either due to underlying gene defects or immune dysfunction. Here, we focus on 2 of them that have been the object of particular attention and in-depth research over the past years: the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor and the leucin-rich glioma-inactivated protein 1 (LGI1)...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781029/novel-kcnq3-mutation-in-a-large-family-with-benign-familial-neonatal-epilepsy-a-rare-cause-of-neonatal-seizures
#20
Snezana Maljevic, Sabina Vejzovic, Matthias K Bernhard, Astrid Bertsche, Sebastian Weise, Miriam Döcker, Holger Lerche, Johannes R Lemke, Andreas Merkenschlager, Steffen Syrbe
Benign familial neonatal seizures (BFNS) present a rare familial epilepsy syndrome caused by genetic alterations in the voltage-gated potassium channels Kv7.2 and Kv7.3, encoded by KCNQ2 and KCNQ3. While most BFNS families carry alterations in KCNQ2, mutations in KCNQ3 appear to be less common. Here, we describe a family with 6 individuals presenting with neonatal focal and generalized seizures. Genetic testing revealed a novel KCNQ3 variant, c.835G>T, cosegregating with seizures in 4 tested individuals...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
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