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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909399/a-subset-of-autism-associated-genes-regulate-the-structural-stability-of-neurons
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REVIEW
Yu-Chih Lin, Jeannine A Frei, Michaela B C Kilander, Wenjuan Shen, Gene J Blatt
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) comprises a range of neurological conditions that affect individuals' ability to communicate and interact with others. People with ASD often exhibit marked qualitative difficulties in social interaction, communication, and behavior. Alterations in neurite arborization and dendritic spine morphology, including size, shape, and number, are hallmarks of almost all neurological conditions, including ASD. As experimental evidence emerges in recent years, it becomes clear that although there is broad heterogeneity of identified autism risk genes, many of them converge into similar cellular pathways, including those regulating neurite outgrowth, synapse formation and spine stability, and synaptic plasticity...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905548/neurexin-regulates-nighttime-sleep-by-modulating-synaptic-transmission
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Huawei Tong, Qian Li, Zi Chao Zhang, Yi Li, Junhai Han
Neurexins are cell adhesion molecules involved in synaptic formation and synaptic transmission. Mutations in neurexin genes are linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), which are frequently associated with sleep problems. However, the role of neurexin-mediated synaptic transmission in sleep regulation is unclear. Here, we show that lack of the Drosophila α-neurexin homolog significantly reduces the quantity and quality of nighttime sleep and impairs sleep homeostasis. We report that neurexin expression in Drosophila mushroom body (MB) αβ neurons is essential for nighttime sleep...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902989/plasma-levels-of-leptin-and-adiponectin-in-fragile-x-syndrome
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Małgorzata Zofia Lisik, Ewa Gutmajster, Aleksander L Sieroń
: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common form of familial mental retardation and one of the leading known causes of autism. The mutation responsible for FXS is a large expansion of the CGG repeats in the promoter region of the FMR1 gene, resulting in the transcriptional silencing of the gene. Leptin may be considered a cytokine-like hormone with pleiotropic actions since it may be involved in the regulation of neuroendocrine functions and the immune system response, in addition to playing a role in development...
December 1, 2016: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899901/association-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-related-gene-variants-with-the-severity-of-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Takashi X Fujisawa, Shota Nishitani, Ryoichiro Iwanaga, Junko Matsuzaki, Chisato Kawasaki, Mamoru Tochigi, Tsukasa Sasaki, Nobumasa Kato, Kazuyuki Shinohara
Exposure to environmental chemicals, such as dioxin, is known to have adverse effects on the homeostasis of gonadal steroids, thereby potentially altering the sexual differentiation of the brain to express autistic traits. Dioxin-like chemicals act on the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), polymorphisms, and mutations of AhR-related gene may exert pathological influences on sexual differentiation of the brain, causing autistic traits. To ascertain the relationship between AhR-related gene polymorphisms and autism susceptibility, we identified genotypes of them in patients and controls and determined whether there are different gene and genotype distributions between both groups...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897003/de-novo-mutations-in-autism-implicate-the-synaptic-elimination-network
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Guhan Ram Venkataraman, Chloe O'Connell, Fumiko Egawa, Dorna Kashef-Haghighi, Dennis P Wall
Autism has been shown to have a major genetic risk component; the architecture of documented autism in families has been over and again shown to be passed down for generations. While inherited risk plays an important role in the autistic nature of children, de novo (germline) mutations have also been implicated in autism risk. Here we find that autism de novo variants verified and published in the literature are Bonferroni-significantly enriched in a gene set implicated in synaptic elimination. Additionally, several of the genes in this synaptic elimination set that were enriched in protein-protein interactions (CACNA1C, SHANK2, SYNGAP1, NLGN3, NRXN1, and PTEN) have been previously confirmed as genes that confer risk for the disorder...
2016: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894357/new-insights-into-the-generation-and-role-of-de-novo-mutations-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Rocio Acuna-Hidalgo, Joris A Veltman, Alexander Hoischen
Aside from inheriting half of the genome of each of our parents, we are born with a small number of novel mutations that occurred during gametogenesis and postzygotically. Recent genome and exome sequencing studies of parent-offspring trios have provided the first insights into the number and distribution of these de novo mutations in health and disease, pointing to risk factors that increase their number in the offspring. De novo mutations have been shown to be a major cause of severe early-onset genetic disorders such as intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental diseases...
November 28, 2016: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891068/can-mouse-imaging-studies-bring-order-to-autism-connectivity-chaos
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Adam Liska, Alessandro Gozzi
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) has consistently highlighted impaired or aberrant functional connectivity across brain regions of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) patients. However, the manifestation and neural substrates of these alterations are highly heterogeneous and often conflicting. Moreover, their neurobiological underpinnings and etiopathological significance remain largely unknown. A deeper understanding of the complex pathophysiological cascade leading to aberrant connectivity in ASD can greatly benefit from the use of model organisms where individual pathophysiological or phenotypic components of ASD can be recreated and investigated via approaches that are either off limits or confounded by clinical heterogeneity...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881780/negative-allosteric-modulation-of-mglur5-partially-corrects-pathophysiology-in-a-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome
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Jifang Tao, Hao Wu, Amanda A Coronado, Elizabeth de Laittre, Emily K Osterweil, Yi Zhang, Mark F Bear
: Rett syndrome (RTT) is caused by mutations in the gene encoding methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2), an epigenetic regulator of mRNA transcription. Here, we report a test of the hypothesis of shared pathophysiology of RTT and fragile X, another monogenic cause of autism and intellectual disability. In fragile X, the loss of the mRNA translational repressor FMRP leads to exaggerated protein synthesis downstream of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5). We found that mGluR5- and protein-synthesis-dependent synaptic plasticity were similarly altered in area CA1 of Mecp2 KO mice...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880854/increased-paternal-age-at-conception-is-associated-with-transcriptomic-changes-involved-in-mitochondrial-function-in-elderly-individuals
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Tapio Nevalainen, Laura Kananen, Saara Marttila, Juulia Jylhävä, Marja Jylhä, Antti Hervonen, Mikko Hurme
The increased paternal age at conception (PAC) has been associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia and other neurodevelopmental disorders, thus raising questions that imply, potential health concerns in the offspring. As opposed to female oogonia, the male germ cells undergo hundreds of cell divisions during the fertile years. Thus, the advanced paternal age is associated with increase of point mutations in the male spermatogonia DNA, implying that this could be the major driving mechanism behind the paternal age effect observed in the offspring...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879374/molecular-determinants-of-ka1-domain-mediated-autoinhibition-and-phospholipid-activation-of-mark1-kinase
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Ryan P Emptage, Mark A Lemmon, Kathryn M Ferguson
Protein kinases are frequently regulated by intramolecular autoinhibitory interactions between protein modules that are reversed when these modules bind other 'activating' protein or membrane-bound targets.  One group of kinases, the M AP/ m icrotubule a ffinity- r egulating k inases (MARKs) contain a poorly understood regulatory module, the KA1 ( k inase a ssociated 1) domain, at their C-terminus.  KA1 domains from MARK1 and several related kinases from yeast to humans have been shown to bind membranes containing anionic phospholipids, and peptide ligands have also been reported...
November 22, 2016: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878759/loss-of-adenylyl-cyclase-type-5-in-the-dorsal-striatum-produces-autistic-like-behaviors
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Hannah Kim, Yunjin Lee, Jin-Young Park, Ji-Eun Kim, Tae-Kyung Kim, Juli Choi, Jung-Eun Lee, Eun-Hwa Lee, Daesoo Kim, Kyoung-Shim Kim, Pyung-Lim Han
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a heterogeneous group of psychiatric illness characterized by common core symptoms including sociability deficits and stereotyped behaviors. ASD is caused by various genetic and non-genetic factors. The genetic effects of autism-related genes are usually global and are presented with multiple symptoms, which hamper understanding of the mechanism through which the diverse causes of ASD produce common symptoms. In the present study, we demonstrate that genetic or molecular disruption of an array of molecular networks centered on adenylyl cyclase type-5 (AC5 or ADCY5) in the dorsal striatum produces autistic-like behaviors...
November 23, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875746/de-novo-and-inherited-scn8a-epilepsy-mutations-detected-by-gene-panel-analysis
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Kameryn M Butler, Cristina da Silva, Yuval Shafir, James D Weisfeld-Adams, John J Alexander, Madhuri Hegde, Andrew Escayg
OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence of pathogenic SCN8A variants in a cohort of epilepsy patients referred for clinical genetic testing. We also investigated the contribution of SCN8A to autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and neuromuscular disorders in individuals referred for clinical genetic testing at the same testing laboratory. METHODS: Sequence data from 275 epilepsy panels screened by Emory Genetics Laboratory were reviewed for variants in SCN8A...
November 6, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872899/de-novo-fgf12-mutation-in-2-patients-with-neonatal-onset-epilepsy
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Ilaria Guella, Linda Huh, Marna B McKenzie, Eric B Toyota, E Martina Bebin, Michelle L Thompson, Gregory M Cooper, Daniel M Evans, Sarah E Buerki, Shelin Adam, Margot I Van Allen, Tanya N Nelson, Mary B Connolly, Matthew J Farrer, Michelle Demos
OBJECTIVE: We describe 2 additional patients with early-onset epilepsy with a de novo FGF12 mutation. METHODS: Whole-exome sequencing was performed in 2 unrelated patients with early-onset epilepsy and their unaffected parents. Genetic variants were assessed by comparative trio analysis. Clinical evolution, EEG, and neuroimaging are described. The phenotype and response to treatment was reviewed and compared to affected siblings in the original report. RESULTS: We identified the same FGF12 de novo mutation reported previously (c...
December 2016: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870441/sexual-divergence-in-activity-dependent-neuroprotective-protein-impacting-autism-schizophrenia-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#14
REVIEW
Illana Gozes
Discovered in our laboratory, activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP) interacts with key regulatory proteins, including the chromatin remodeling complex SWI/SNF, proteins associated with RNA splicing, RNA translation, microtubule dynamics, and autophagy. ADNP regulates > 400 genes during mouse embryonic development and is essential for neural tube closure. ADNP key functions extend from mice to men, with mutations causing ADNP-related ID/autism syndrome, also known as the Helsmoortel-Van der Aa syndrome...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865048/neuroligin-2-nonsense-variant-associated-with-anxiety-autism-intellectual-disability-hyperphagia-and-obesity
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Daniel J Parente, Caryn Garriga, Berivan Baskin, Ganka Douglas, Megan T Cho, Gabriel C Araujo, Marwan Shinawi
Neuroligins are post-synaptic, cellular adhesion molecules implicated in synaptic formation and function. NLGN2 is strongly linked to inhibitory, GABAergic signaling and is crucial for maintaining the excitation-inhibition balance in the brain. Disruption of the excitation-inhibition balance is associated with neuropsychiatric disease. In animal models, altered NLGN2 expression causes anxiety, developmental delay, motor discoordination, social impairment, aggression, and sensory processing defects. In humans, mutations in NLGN3 and NLGN4 are linked to autism and schizophrenia; NLGN2 missense variants are implicated in schizophrenia...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863250/histone-acetylome-wide-association-study-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Wenjie Sun, Jeremie Poschmann, Ricardo Cruz-Herrera Del Rosario, Neelroop N Parikshak, Hajira Shreen Hajan, Vibhor Kumar, Ramalakshmi Ramasamy, T Grant Belgard, Bavani Elanggovan, Chloe Chung Yi Wong, Jonathan Mill, Daniel H Geschwind, Shyam Prabhakar
The association of histone modification changes with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has not been systematically examined. We conducted a histone acetylome-wide association study (HAWAS) by performing H3K27ac chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-seq) on 257 postmortem samples from ASD and matched control brains. Despite etiological heterogeneity, ≥68% of syndromic and idiopathic ASD cases shared a common acetylome signature at >5,000 cis-regulatory elements in prefrontal and temporal cortex. Similarly, multiple genes associated with rare genetic mutations in ASD showed common "epimutations...
November 17, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860035/a-cell-type-specific-expression-signature-predicts-haploinsufficient-autism-susceptibility-genes
#17
Chaolin Zhang, Yufeng Shen
Recent studies have identified many genes with rare de novo mutations in autism, but a limited number of these have been conclusively established as disease-susceptibility genes due to lack of recurrence and confounding background mutations. Such extreme genetic heterogeneity severely limits recurrence-based statistical power even in studies with a large sample size. Here we use cell-type specific expression profiles to differentiate mutations in autism patients from those in unaffected siblings. We report a gene expression signature in different neuronal cell types shared by genes with likely gene disrupting (LGD) mutations in autism cases...
November 16, 2016: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856360/sensitivity-to-isoflurane-anesthesia-increases-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-shank3-%C3%A2-c-mutant-mouse-model
#18
Changsheng Li, Michele Schaefer, Christy Gray, Ya Yang, Orion Furmanski, Sufang Liu, Paul Worley, C David Mintz, Feng Tao, Roger A Johns
Autism is a heterogeneous developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, impaired communication skills, and restricted and repetitive behavior. The abnormal behaviors of these patients can make their anesthetic and perioperative management difficult. Evidence in the literature suggests that some patients with autism or specific autism spectrum disorders (ASD) exhibit altered responses to pain and to anesthesia or sedation. A genetic mouse model of one particular ASD, Phelan McDermid Syndrome, has been developed that has a Shank3 haplotype truncation (Shank3(+/Δc))...
November 14, 2016: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855195/paternal-aging-affects-behavior-in-pax6-mutant-mice-a-gene-environment-interaction-in-understanding-neurodevelopmental-disorders
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Kaichi Yoshizaki, Tamio Furuse, Ryuichi Kimura, Valter Tucci, Hideki Kaneda, Shigeharu Wakana, Noriko Osumi
Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have increased over the last few decades. These neurodevelopmental disorders are characterized by a complex etiology, which involves multiple genes and gene-environmental interactions. Various genes that control specific properties of neural development exert pivotal roles in the occurrence and severity of phenotypes associated with neurodevelopmental disorders. Moreover, paternal aging has been reported as one of the factors that contribute to the risk of ASD and ADHD...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854363/indel-variant-analysis-of-short-read-sequencing-data-with-scalpel
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Han Fang, Ewa A Bergmann, Kanika Arora, Vladimir Vacic, Michael C Zody, Ivan Iossifov, Jason A O'Rawe, Yiyang Wu, Laura T Jimenez Barron, Julie Rosenbaum, Michael Ronemus, Yoon-Ha Lee, Zihua Wang, Esra Dikoglu, Vaidehi Jobanputra, Gholson J Lyon, Michael Wigler, Michael C Schatz, Giuseppe Narzisi
As the second most common type of variation in the human genome, insertions and deletions (indels) have been linked to many diseases, but the discovery of indels of more than a few bases in size from short-read sequencing data remains challenging. Scalpel (http://scalpel.sourceforge.net) is an open-source software for reliable indel detection based on the microassembly technique. It has been successfully used to discover mutations in novel candidate genes for autism, and it is extensively used in other large-scale studies of human diseases...
December 2016: Nature Protocols
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