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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448442/rai1-haploinsufficiency-is-associated-with-social-abnormalities-in-mice
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Nalini R Rao, Clemer Abad, Irene C Perez, Anand K Srivastava, Juan I Young, Katherina Walz
Background: Autism is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors; with different degrees of severity in each of the core areas. Haploinsufficiency and point mutations of RAI1 are associated with Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS), a genetic condition that scores within the autism spectrum range for social responsiveness and communication, and is characterized by neurobehavioral abnormalities, intellectual disability, developmental delay, sleep disturbance, and self-injurious behaviors...
April 27, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439102/mecp2-regulated-mirnas-control-early-human-neurogenesis-through-differential-effects-on-erk-and-akt-signaling
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N Mellios, D A Feldman, S D Sheridan, J P K Ip, S Kwok, S K Amoah, B Rosen, B A Rodriguez, B Crawford, R Swaminathan, S Chou, Y Li, M Ziats, C Ernst, R Jaenisch, S J Haggarty, M Sur
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked, neurodevelopmental disorder caused primarily by mutations in the methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) gene, which encodes a multifunctional epigenetic regulator with known links to a wide spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders. Although postnatal functions of MeCP2 have been thoroughly investigated, its role in prenatal brain development remains poorly understood. Given the well-established importance of microRNAs (miRNAs) in neurogenesis, we employed isogenic human RTT patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) and MeCP2 short hairpin RNA knockdown approaches to identify novel MeCP2-regulated miRNAs enriched during early human neuronal development...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434869/worms-on-the-spectrum-c-elegans-models-in-autism-research
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REVIEW
Kathrin Schmeisser, J Alex Parker
The small non-parasitic nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is widely used in neuroscience thanks to its well-understood development and lineage of the nervous system. Furthermore, C. elegans has been used to model many human developmental and neurological conditions to better understand disease mechanisms and identify potential therapeutic strategies. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the most prevalent of all neurodevelopmental disorders, and the C. elegans system may provide opportunities to learn more about this complex disorder...
April 20, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426285/the-yin-and-yang-of-autism-genetics-how-rare-de-novo-and-common-variations-affect-liability
#4
Pauline Chaste, Kathryn Roeder, Bernie Devlin
The etiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is complex, involving both genetic and environmental contributions to individual and population-level liability. Early researchers hypothesized that ASD arises from polygenic inheritance, but later results, such as the identification of mutations in certain genes that are responsible for syndromes associated with ASD, led others to propose that de novo mutations of major effect would account for most cases. This yin and yang of monogenic causes and polygenic inheritance continues to this day...
April 19, 2017: Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425213/genotype-phenotype-correlations-in-cornelia-de-lange-syndrome-behavioral-characteristics-and-changes-with-age
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Joanna Moss, Jessica Penhallow, Morad Ansari, Stephanie Barton, David Bourn, David R FitzPatrick, Judith Goodship, Peter Hammond, Catherine Roberts, Alice Welham, Chris Oliver
Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) is a multisystem genetic disorder associated with unusual facial features, limb abnormalities, a wide range of health conditions, and intellectual disability. Mutations in five genes that encode (SMC1A, SMC3, RAD21) or regulate (NIPBL, HDAC8) the cohesin complex have been identified in up to 70% of individuals. Genetic cause remains unknown for a proportion of individuals. There is substantial heterogeneity in all aspects of CdLS but very little is known about what predicts phenotypic heterogeneity...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420080/delineating-the-common-biological-pathways-perturbed-by-asd-s-genetic-etiology-lessons-from-network-based-studies
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REVIEW
Oded Oron, Evan Elliott
In recent decades it has become clear that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) possesses a diverse and heterogeneous genetic etiology. Aberrations in hundreds of genes have been associated with ASD so far, which include both rare and common variations. While one may expect that these genes converge on specific common molecular pathways, which drive the development of the core ASD characteristics, the task of elucidating these common molecular pathways has been proven to be challenging. Several studies have combined genetic analysis with bioinformatical techniques to uncover molecular mechanisms that are specifically targeted by autism-associated genetic aberrations...
April 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419454/the-de-novo-autism-spectrum-disorder-reln-r2290c-mutation-reduces-reelin-secretion-and-increases-protein-disulfide-isomerase-expression
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Dawn B Lammert, Frank A Middleton, Jen Pan, Eric C Olson, Brian W Howell
Despite the recent identification of over 40 missense heterozygous RELN mutations in ASD, none of these has been functionally characterized. Reelin is an integral signaling ligand for proper brain development and postnatal synapse function - properties likely disrupted in ASD patients. We find that the R2290C mutation, which arose de novo in an affected ASD proband, and other analogous mutations in RXR domains reduce protein secretion. Closer analysis of RELN R2290C heterozygous neurospheres reveals upregulation of Protein Disulfide Isomerase A1, best known as an ER-chaperone protein, which has been linked to neuronal pathology...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416808/ptchd1-deficiency-induces-excitatory-synaptic-and-cognitive-dysfunctions-in-mouse
#8
D C Ung, G Iacono, H Méziane, E Blanchard, M-A Papon, M Selten, J-R van Rhijn, R Montjean, J Rucci, S Martin, A Fleet, M-C Birling, S Marouillat, R Roepman, M Selloum, A Lux, R-A Thépault, P Hamel, K Mittal, J B Vincent, O Dorseuil, H G Stunnenberg, P Billuart, N Nadif Kasri, Y Hérault, F Laumonnier
Synapse development and neuronal activity represent fundamental processes for the establishment of cognitive function. Structural organization as well as signalling pathways from receptor stimulation to gene expression regulation are mediated by synaptic activity and misregulated in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID). Deleterious mutations in the PTCHD1 (Patched domain containing 1) gene have been described in male patients with X-linked ID and/or ASD...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416631/mutation-of-neuron-specific-chromatin-remodeling-subunit-baf53b-rescue-of-plasticity-and-memory-by-manipulating-actin-remodeling
#9
Annie Vogel Ciernia, Enikö A Kramár, Dina P Matheos, Robbert Havekes, Thekla J Hemstedt, Christophe N Magnan, Keith Sakata, Ashley Tran, Soraya Azzawi, Alberto Lopez, Richard Dang, Weisheng Wang, Brian Trieu, Joyce Tong, Ruth M Barrett, Rebecca J Post, Pierre Baldi, Ted Abel, Gary Lynch, Marcelo A Wood
Recent human exome-sequencing studies have implicated polymorphic Brg1-associated factor (BAF) complexes (mammalian SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complexes) in several intellectual disabilities and cognitive disorders, including autism. However, it remains unclear how mutations in BAF complexes result in impaired cognitive function. Post-mitotic neurons express a neuron-specific assembly, nBAF, characterized by the neuron-specific subunit BAF53b. Subdomain 2 of BAF53b is essential for the differentiation of neuronal precursor cells into neurons...
May 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414301/striatopallidal-dysfunction-underlies-repetitive-behavior-in-shank3-deficient-model-of-autism
#10
Wenting Wang, Chenchen Li, Qian Chen, Marie-Sophie van der Goes, James Hawrot, Annie Y Yao, Xian Gao, Congyi Lu, Ying Zang, Qiangge Zhang, Katherine Lyman, Dongqing Wang, Baolin Guo, Shengxi Wu, Charles R Gerfen, Zhanyan Fu, Guoping Feng
The postsynaptic scaffolding protein SH3 and multiple ankyrin repeat domains 3 (SHANK3) is critical for the development and function of glutamatergic synapses. Disruption of the SHANK3-encoding gene has been strongly implicated as a monogenic cause of autism, and Shank3 mutant mice show repetitive grooming and social interaction deficits. Although basal ganglia dysfunction has been proposed to underlie repetitive behaviors, few studies have provided direct evidence to support this notion and the exact cellular mechanisms remain largely unknown...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414299/an-indirect-route-to-repetitive-actions
#11
David M Lovinger
It is increasingly evident that there is a genetic contribution to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other neural disorders involving excessive repetition of action sequences. Among the implicated genes in these disorders are those encoding postsynaptic scaffolding proteins with roles in synaptic transmission and plasticity. Several mouse models harboring synonymous mutations have shown alterations in synaptic transmission within the striatum, which has key roles in controlling actions and action sequences...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411125/hypersociability-in-the-angelman-syndrome-mouse-model
#12
David C Stoppel, Matthew P Anderson
Deletions and reciprocal triplications of the human chromosomal 15q11-13 region cause two distinct neurodevelopmental disorders. Maternally-derived deletions or inactivating mutations of UBE3A, a 15q11-13 gene expressed exclusively from the maternal allele in neurons, cause Angelman syndrome, characterized by intellectual disability, motor deficits, seizures, and a characteristic increased social smiling, laughing, and eye contact. Conversely, maternally-derived triplications of 15q11-13 cause a behavioral disorder on the autism spectrum with clinical features that include decreased sociability that we recently reconstituted in mice with Ube3a alone...
April 11, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407358/vitamin-d-related-genes-are-subjected-to-significant-de-novo-mutation-burdens-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
#13
Jinchen Li, Lin Wang, Ping Yu, Leisheng Shi, Kun Zhang, Zhong Sheng Sun, Kun Xia
Vitamin D deficiency is a putative environmental risk factor for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Besides, de novo mutations (DNMs) play essential roles in ASD. However, it remains unclear whether vitamin D-related genes (VDRGs) carry a strong DNM burden. For the 943 reported VDRGs, we analyzed publicly-available DNMs from 4,327 ASD probands and 3,191 controls. We identified 126 and 44 loss-of-function or deleterious missense mutations in the probands and the controls, respectively, representing a significantly higher DNM burden (p = 1...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402856/chd8-mutation-leads-to-autistic-like-behaviors-and-impaired-striatal-circuits
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Randall J Platt, Yang Zhou, Ian M Slaymaker, Ashwin S Shetty, Niels R Weisbach, Jin-Ah Kim, Jitendra Sharma, Mitul Desai, Sabina Sood, Hannah R Kempton, Gerald R Crabtree, Guoping Feng, Feng Zhang
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a heterogeneous disease, but genetically defined models can provide an entry point to studying the molecular underpinnings of this disorder. We generated germline mutant mice with loss-of-function mutations in Chd8, a de novo mutation strongly associated with ASD, and demonstrate that these mice display hallmark ASD behaviors, macrocephaly, and craniofacial abnormalities similar to patient phenotypes. Chd8(+/-) mice display a broad, brain-region-specific dysregulation of major regulatory and cellular processes, most notably histone and chromatin modification, mRNA and protein processing, Wnt signaling, and cell-cycle regulation...
April 11, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395882/should-studies-on-glanzmann-thrombasthenia-not-be-telling-us-more-about-cardiovascular-disease-and-other-major-illnesses
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REVIEW
Alan T Nurden
Glanzmann thrombasthenia (GT) is a rare inherited bleeding disorder caused by loss of αIIbβ3 integrin function in platelets. Most genetic variants of β3 also affect the widely expressed αvβ3 integrin. With brief mention of mouse models, I now look at the consequences of disease-causing ITGA2B and ITGB3 mutations on the non-hemostatic functions of platelets and other cells. Reports of arterial thrombosis in GT patients are rare, but other aspects of cardiovascular disease do occur including deep vein thrombosis and congenital heart defects...
April 4, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394464/novel-mca-id-syndrome-with-ash1l-mutation
#16
Nobuhiko Okamoto, Fuyuki Miya, Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, Mitsuhiro Kato, Shinji Saitoh, Mami Yamasaki, Yonehiro Kanemura, Kenjiro Kosaki
We identified a novel mutation in ASH1L in a patient with severe intellectual disability, growth failure, microcephaly, facial dysmorphism, myelination delay, and skeletal abnormalities. ASH1L is a histone methyltransferase that associates with the transcribed region of all active genes examined, including Hox genes. It catalyzes H3K36 methylation and plays important roles in development. There has been increasing evidence that heterozygous mutation of ASH1L is associated with ID and autism spectrum disorders...
April 10, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392281/human-stem-cell-modeling-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-nf1
#17
REVIEW
Michelle L Wegscheid, Corina Anastasaki, David H Gutmann
The future of precision medicine is heavily reliant on the use of human tissues to identify the key determinants that account for differences between individuals with the same disorder. This need is exemplified by the neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) neurogenetic condition. As such, individuals with NF1 are born with a germline mutation in the NF1 gene, but may develop numerous distinct neurological problems, ranging from autism and attention deficit to brain and peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Coupled with accurate preclinical mouse models, the availability of NF1 patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) provides new opportunities to define the critical factors that underlie NF1-associated nervous system disease pathogenesis and progression...
April 6, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392227/assessing-mental-health-in-boys-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-emotional-behavioural-and-neurodevelopmental-profile-in-an-italian-clinical-sample
#18
Paola Colombo, Maria Nobile, Alessandra Tesei, Federica Civati, Sandra Gandossini, Elisa Mani, Massimo Molteni, Nereo Bresolin, Grazia D'Angelo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate through a comprehensive protocol, the psychopathological profile of DMD boys. The primary aim of this observational study was to describe the emotional and behavioural profile and the neurodevelopmental problems of Italian boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD); the secondary aim was to explore the relation between psychopathological profile and DMD genotype. METHOD: 47 DMD boys, aged 2-18, were included in the study and assessed through structured and validated tools including Wechsler scales or Griffiths for cognitive ability, Child Behavior Check List (CBCL), Youth Self Report (YSR) and Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) for emotional and behavioural features...
March 24, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386848/identification-of-de-novo-dnmt3a-mutations-that-cause-west-syndrome-by-using-whole-exome-sequencing
#19
Zhenwei Liu, Zhongshan Li, Xiao Zhi, Yaoqiang Du, Zhongdong Lin, Jinyu Wu
Epileptic encephalopathies (EEs) are a group of severe neurodevelopmental disorders with extreme genetic heterogeneity. Recent trio-based whole-exome sequencing (WES) studies have demonstrated that de novo mutations (DNMs) play prominent roles in severe EE. In this study, we searched for potential causal DNMs by using high-coverage WES of four unrelated Chinese parent-offspring trios affected by West syndrome. Through extensive bioinformatic analysis, we identified three novel DNMs in DNMT3A, CDKL5, and MAMDC2 in three trios and two compound heterozygous mutations in KMT2A in one trio...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385162/neuroligin-3-r451c-mutation-alters-electroencephalography-spectral-activity-in-an-animal-model-of-autism-spectrum-disorders
#20
Jackie J Liu, Kevin P Grace, Richard L Horner, Miguel A Cortez, Yiwen Shao, Zhengping Jia
Human studies demonstrate that sleep impairment is a concurrent comorbidity of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), but its etiology remains largely uncertain. One of the prominent theories of ASD suggests that an imbalance in synaptic excitation/inhibition may contribute to various aspects of ASD, including sleep impairments. Following the identification of Nlgn3(R451C) mutation in patients with ASD, its effects on synaptic transmission and social behaviours have been examined extensively in the mouse model. However, the contributory role of this mutation to sleep impairments in ASD remains unknown...
April 7, 2017: Molecular Brain
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