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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328915/retrovirus-like-gag-protein-arc1-binds-rna-and-traffics-across-synaptic-boutons
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James Ashley, Benjamin Cordy, Diandra Lucia, Lee G Fradkin, Vivian Budnik, Travis Thomson
Arc/Arg3.1 is required for synaptic plasticity and cognition, and mutations in this gene are linked to autism and schizophrenia. Arc bears a domain resembling retroviral/retrotransposon Gag-like proteins, which multimerize into a capsid that packages viral RNA. The significance of such a domain in a plasticity molecule is uncertain. Here, we report that the Drosophila Arc1 protein forms capsid-like structures that bind darc1 mRNA in neurons and is loaded into extracellular vesicles that are transferred from motorneurons to muscles...
January 11, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327340/shank3-deficient-thalamocortical-neurons-show-hcn-channelopathy-and-alterations-in-intrinsic-electrical-properties
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Mengye Zhu, VinayKumar Idikuda, Jianbing Wang, Fusheng Wei, Virang Kumar, Nikhil Shah, Christopher B Waite, Qinglian Liu, Lei Zhou
Shank3 is a scaffolding protein that is highly enriched in excitatory synapses. Mutations in Shank3 gene have been linked to neuropsychiatric disorders especially the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Shank3 deficiency is known to cause impairments in synaptic transmission, but its effects on basic neuronal electrical properties that are more localized to the soma and proximal dendrites remain unclear. Here we confirmed that in heterologous expression systems two different Shank3 isoforms, Shank3A and Shank3C, significant increase the surface expression of the hyperpolarization-activated, cyclic-nucleotide-gated (HCN) channel...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325626/fragile-x-syndrome-and-fragile-x-associated-tremor-ataxia-syndrome
#3
Deborah A Hall, Elizabeth Berry-Kravis
Fragile X-associated disorders encompass several conditions, which are caused by expansion mutations in the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene. Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited etiology of intellectual disability and results from a full mutation or >200 CGG repeats in FMR1. It is associated with developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, and seizures. Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that occurs in premutation carriers of 55-200 CGG repeats in FMR1 and is characterized by kinetic tremor, gait ataxia, parkinsonism, executive dysfunction, and neuropathy...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321841/reversed-gender-ratio-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-smith-magenis-syndrome
#4
Heidi Elisabeth Nag, Ann Nordgren, Britt-Marie Anderlid, Terje Nærland
Background: A substantial amount of research shows a higher rate of autistic type of problems in males compared to females. The 4:1 male to female ratio is one of the most consistent findings in autism spectrum disorder (ASD).Lately, the interest in studying ASD in genetic disorders has increased, and research has shown a higher prevalence of ASD in some genetic disorders than in the general population.Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS) is a rare and complex genetic syndrome caused by an interstitial deletion of chromosome 17p11...
2018: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317596/rare-loss-of-function-mutations-in-n-methyl-d-aspartate-glutamate-receptors-and-their-contributions-to-schizophrenia-susceptibility
#5
Yanjie Yu, Yingni Lin, Yuto Takasaki, Chenyao Wang, Hiroki Kimura, Jingrui Xing, Kanako Ishizuka, Miho Toyama, Itaru Kushima, Daisuke Mori, Yuko Arioka, Yota Uno, Tomoko Shiino, Yukako Nakamura, Takashi Okada, Mako Morikawa, Masashi Ikeda, Nakao Iwata, Yuko Okahisa, Manabu Takaki, Shinji Sakamoto, Toshiyuki Someya, Jun Egawa, Masahide Usami, Masaki Kodaira, Akira Yoshimi, Tomoko Oya-Ito, Branko Aleksic, Kinji Ohno, Norio Ozaki
In schizophrenia (SCZ) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the dysregulation of glutamate transmission through N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) has been implicated as a potential etiological mechanism. Previous studies have accumulated evidence supporting NMDAR-encoding genes' role in etiology of SCZ and ASD. We performed a screening study for exonic regions of GRIN1, GRIN2A, GRIN2C, GRIN2D, GRIN3A, and GRIN3B, which encode NMDAR subunits, in 562 participates (370 SCZ and 192 ASD). Forty rare variants were identified including 38 missense, 1 frameshift mutation in GRIN2C and 1 splice site mutation in GRIN2D...
January 10, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310658/the-involvement-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-formation-and-protein-synthesis-efficiency-in-vcp-and-atl1-related-neurological-disorders
#6
REVIEW
Yu-Tzu Shih, Yi-Ping Hsueh
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is the biggest organelle in cells and is involved in versatile cellular processes. Formation and maintenance of ER morphology are regulated by a series of proteins controlling membrane fusion and curvature. At least six different ER morphology regulators have been demonstrated to be involved in neurological disorders-including Valosin-containing protein (VCP), Atlastin-1 (ATL1), Spastin (SPAST), Reticulon 2 (RTN2), Receptor expression enhancing protein 1 (REEP1) and RAB10-suggesting a critical role of ER formation in neuronal activity and function...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290371/mitochondrial-etiology-of-neuropsychiatric-disorders
#7
REVIEW
Liming Pei, Douglas C Wallace
The brain has the highest mitochondrial energy demand of any organ. Therefore, subtle changes in mitochondrial energy production will preferentially affect the brain. Considerable biochemical evidence has accumulated revealing mitochondrial defects associated with neuropsychiatric diseases. Moreover, the mitochondrial genome encompasses over a thousand nuclear DNA genes plus hundreds to thousands of copies of the maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Therefore, partial defects in either the nuclear DNA or mtDNA genes or combinations of the two can be sufficient to cause neuropsychiatric disorders...
November 20, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286317/motor-somatosensory-viscerosensory-and-metabolic-impairments-in-a-heterozygous-female-rat-model-of-rett-syndrome
#8
Aritra Bhattacherjee, Michelle K Winter, Linda S Eggimann, Ying Mu, Sumedha Gunewardena, Zhaohui Liao, Julie A Christianson, Peter G Smith
Rett Syndrome (RTT), an autism-related disorder caused by mutation of the X-linked Methyl CpG-binding Protein 2 (MECP2) gene, is characterized by severe cognitive and intellectual deficits. While cognitive deficits are well-documented in humans and rodent models, impairments of sensory, motor and metabolic functions also occur but remain poorly understood. To better understand non-cognitive deficits in RTT, we studied female rats heterozygous for Mecp2 mutation (Mecp2-/x); unlike commonly used male Mecp2-/y rodent models, this more closely approximates human RTT where males rarely survive...
December 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275387/syndrome-of-x-linked-intellectual-disability-epilepsy-progressive-brain-atrophy-and-large-head-associated-with-slc9a6-mutation
#9
Hansashree Padmanabha, Arushi Gahlot Saini, Jitendra Kumar Sahu, Pratibha Singhi
SLC9A6 gene encodes for a sodium/hydrogen exchanger-6 protein mainly involved in endosomal trafficking and maintaining intraluminal pH. Loss of function mutations in SLC9A6 gene in children has been associated with Christianson syndrome and autism spectrum disorder. We describe a 3-year-old boy with intellectual disability, infantile-onset drug-refractory epilepsy, progressive brain atrophy and large head with a novel missense hemizygous mutation in exon 16 of the SLC9A6 gene on chromosome X. Presence of large head, early developmental regression and progressive cerebral atrophy expand the phenotypic spectrum of SLC9A6 mutations...
December 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274743/ankrd11-associated-with-intellectual-disability-and-autism-regulates-dendrite-differentiation-via-the-bdnf-trkb-signaling-pathway
#10
Minhan Ka, Woo-Yang Kim
Haploinsufficiency of ANKRD11 due to deletion or truncation mutations causes KBG syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and craniofacial abnormalities. However, little is known about the neurobiological role of ANKRD11 during brain development. Here we show that ANKRD11 regulates pyramidal neuron migration and dendritic differentiation in the developing moue cerebral cortex. Using an in utero manipulation approach, we found that Ankrd11 knockdown delayed radial migration of cortical neurons...
December 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274095/alterations-in-ca1-hippocampal-synapses-in-a-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome
#11
Safdar Jawaid, Grahame J Kidd, Jing Wang, Carrie Swetlik, Ranjan Dutta, Bruce D Trapp
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is the major cause of inherited mental retardation and the leading genetic cause of Autism spectrum disorders. FXS is caused by mutations in the Fragile X Mental Retardation 1 (Fmr1) gene, which results in transcriptional silencing of Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein (FMRP). To elucidate cellular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of FXS, we compared dendritic spines in the hippocampal CA1 region of adult wild-type (WT) and Fmr1 knockout (Fmr1-KO) mice. Using diolistic labeling, confocal microscopy, and three-dimensional electron microscopy, we show a significant increase in the diameter of secondary dendrites, an increase in dendritic spine density, and a decrease in mature dendritic spines in adult Fmr1-KO mice...
December 23, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250725/angelman-syndrome-due-to-ube3a-gene-mutation
#12
Jyotindra Narayan Goswami, Jitendra Kumar Sahu, Pratibha Singhi
A 12-y-old boy presented with developmental delay, autism, epilepsy, limb tremors and behavioral problems which posed a diagnostic challenge. Though his clinical profile and electroencephalogram were suggestive of Angelman syndrome, initial genetic tests were unyielding. Exome sequencing revealed a previously unreported mutation of Ubiquitin Protein Ligase E3A (UBE3A) gene, confirming the diagnosis of Angelman syndrome. The case is aimed to sensitize pediatricians about Angelman syndrome and to highlight the role of sequential investigations in establishing the diagnosis...
December 18, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250444/associations-between-familial-rates-of-psychiatric-disorders-and-de-novo-genetic-mutations-in-autism
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Kyleen Luhrs, Tracey Ward, Caitlin M Hudac, Jennifer Gerdts, Holly A F Stessman, Evan E Eichler, Raphael A Bernier
The purpose of this study was to examine the confluence of genetic and familial risk factors in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with distinct de novo genetic events. We hypothesized that gene-disrupting mutations would be associated with reduced rates of familial psychiatric disorders relative to structural mutations. Participants included families of children with ASD in four groups: de novo duplication copy number variations (DUP, n = 62), de novo deletion copy number variations (DEL, n = 74), de novo likely gene-disrupting mutations (LGDM, n = 267), and children without a known genetic etiology (NON, n = 2111)...
2017: Autism Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248671/chromatin-in-nervous-system-development-and-disease
#14
EDITORIAL
Shigeki Iwase, Donna M Martin
Epigenetic regulation of gene expression is critical during development of the central nervous system. Pathogenic variants in genes encoding epigenetic factors have been found to cause a wide variety of neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and epilepsy. Cancers affecting neuronal and glial cells in the brain have also been shown to exhibit somatic mutations in epigenetic regulators, suggesting chromatin-based links between regulated and dysregulated cellular proliferation and differentiation...
December 14, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230396/altered-expression-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-related-genes-in-the-middle-frontal-cortex-of-subjects-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#15
Amanda Crider, Anthony O Ahmed, Anilkumar Pillai
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is an important organelle responsible for the folding and sorting of proteins. Disturbances in ER homeostasis can trigger a cellular response known as the unfolded protein response, leading to accumulation of unfolded or misfolded proteins in the ER lumen called ER stress. A number of recent studies suggest that mutations in autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-susceptible synaptic genes induce ER stress. However, it is not known whether ER stress-related genes are altered in the brain of ASD subjects...
November 2017: Molecular Neuropsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228394/the-psychiatric-risk-gene-transcription-factor-4-tcf4-regulates-neurodevelopmental-pathways-associated-with-schizophrenia-autism-and-intellectual-disability
#16
Marc P Forrest, Matthew J Hill, David H Kavanagh, Katherine E Tansey, Adrian J Waite, Derek J Blake
Background: Common genetic variants in and around the gene encoding transcription factor 4 (TCF4) are associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia. Conversely, rare damaging TCF4 mutations cause Pitt-Hopkins syndrome and have also been found in individuals with intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Methods: Chromatin immunoprecipitation and next generation sequencing were used to identify the genomic targets of TCF4. These data were integrated with expression, epigenetic and disease gene sets using a range of computational tools...
December 8, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223763/dyrk1a-haploinsufficiency-in-mice-causes-autistic-like-features-and-febrile-seizures
#17
Matthieu Raveau, Atsushi Shimohata, Kenji Amano, Hiroyuki Miyamoto, Kazuhiro Yamakawa
Mutations and copy number variants affecting DYRK1A gene encoding the dual-specificity tyrosine phosphorylation-regulated kinase 1A are among the most frequent genetic causes of neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) associated with microcephaly, febrile seizures and severe speech acquisition delay. Here we developed a mouse model harboring a frame-shift mutation in Dyrk1a resulting in a protein truncation and elimination of its kinase activity site. Dyrk1a+/- mice showed significant impairments in cognition and cognitive flexibility, communicative ultrasonic vocalizations, and social contacts...
December 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222989/disrupted-circuits-in-mouse-models-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-intellectual-disability
#18
REVIEW
Carla Em Golden, Joseph D Buxbaum, Silvia De Rubeis
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID) are caused by a wide range of genetic mutations, a significant fraction of which reside in genes important for synaptic function. Studies have found that sensory, prefrontal, hippocampal, cerebellar, and striatal regions, as well as the circuits that connect them, are perturbed in mouse models of ASD and ID. Dissecting the disruptions in morphology and activity in these neural circuits might help us to understand the shared risk between the two disorders as well as their clinical heterogeneity...
December 5, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218903/coalitional-game-theory-as-a-promising-approach-to-identify-candidate-autism-genes
#19
Anika Gupta, Min Woo Sun, Kelley Marie Paskov, Nate Tyler Stockham, Jae-Yoon Jung, Dennis Paul Wall
Despite mounting evidence for the strong role of genetics in the phenotypic manifestation of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the specific genes responsible for the variable forms of ASD remain undefined. ASD may be best explained by a combinatorial genetic model with varying epistatic interactions across many small effect mutations. Coalitional or cooperative game theory is a technique that studies the combined effects of groups of players, known as coalitions, seeking to identify players who tend to improve the performance--the relationship to a specific disease phenotype--of any coalition they join...
2018: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217683/insulin-like-growth-factor-ii-targets-the-mtor-pathway-to-reverse-autism-like-phenotypes-in-mice
#20
Adam B Steinmetz, Sarah A Stern, Amy S Kohtz, Giannina Descalzi, Cristina M Alberini
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability characterized by impairments in social interaction and repetitive behavior, and is also associated with cognitive deficits. There is no current treatment that can ameliorate most of the ASD symptomatology; thus, identifying novel therapies is urgently needed. We used male BTBR T+Itpr3tf /J (BTBR) mice, a model that reproduces most of the core behavioral phenotypes of ASD, to test the effects of systemic administration of insulin like growth factor II (IGF-II), a polypeptide that crosses the blood brain barrier and acts as a cognitive enhancer...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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