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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243349/autosomal-recessive-primary-microcephaly-due-to-aspm-mutations-an-update
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Pascaline Létard, Séverine Drunat, Yoann Vial, Sarah Duerinckx, Anais Ernault, Daniel Amram, Stéphanie Arpin, Marta Bertoli, Tiffany Busa, Berten Ceulemans, Julie Desir, Martine Doco-Fenzy, Siham Chafai Elalaoui, Koenraad Devriendt, Laurence Faivre, Christine Francannet, David Geneviève, Marion Gérard, Cyril Gitiaux, Sophie Julia, Sébastien Lebon, Toni Lubala, Michèle Mathieu-Dramard, Hélène Maurey, Julia Metreau, Sanaa Nasserereddine, Mathilde Nizon, Geneviève Pierquin, Nathalie Pouvreau, Clothilde Rivier-Ringenbach, Massimiliano Rossi, Elise Schaefer, Abdelaziz Sefiani, Sabine Sigaudy, Yves Sznajer, Yusuf Tunca, Sophie Guilmin Crepon, Corinne Alberti, Monique Elmaleh-Bergès, Brigitte Benzacken, Bernd Wollnick, C Geoffrey Woods, Anita Rauch, Marc Abramowicz, Vincent El Ghouzzi, Pierre Gressens, Alain Verloes, Sandrine Passemard
Autosomal recessive microcephaly or MicroCephaly Primary Hereditary (MCPH) is a genetically heterogeneous neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a reduction in brain volume, indirectly measured by an occipitofrontal circumference (OFC) 2 standard deviations or more below the age- and sex-matched mean (-2SD) at birth and -3SD after 6 months, and leading to intellectual disability of variable severity. The Abnormal SPindle-like Microcephaly gene (ASPM), the human ortholog of the Drosophila melanogaster 'abnormal spindle' gene (asp), encodes ASPM, a protein localized at the centrosome of apical neuroprogenitor cells and involved in spindle pole positioning during neurogenesis...
December 14, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242796/bilateral-femoral-neck-fractures-in-cerebrotendinous-xanthomatosis-treated-by-hip-arthroplasties-the-first-case-report-and-literature-review
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Witchuree Wejjakul, Swist Chatmaitri, Thongek Wattanarojanaporn, Anuwat Pongkunakorn, Chupong Ittiwut, Vorasuk Shotelersuk
Introduction: Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) is a rare autosomal recessive lipid storage disease caused by mutations of the CYP27A1 gene and deficiency of the sterol-27-hydroxylase enzyme in bile acid biosynthesis. It is characterized by the accumulation of cholestanol and bile alcohols in plasma, the formation of xanthomatous lesions in various tissues, and organ degeneration. This disorder is also associated with osteoporosis and increased risk of fracture. To date, only two CTX patients with femoral neck fractures have been reported...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230941/a-child-with-myhre-syndrome-presenting-with-corectopia-and-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Marianna Alagia, Gerarda Cappuccio, Michele Pinelli, Annalaura Torella, Raffaella Brunetti-Pierri, Francesca Simonelli, Giuseppe Limongelli, Guido Oppido, Vincenzo Nigro, Nicola Brunetti-Pierri
Myhre syndrome is a rare autosomal dominant disorder caused by a narrow spectrum of missense mutations in the SMAD4 gene. Typical features of this disorder are distinctive facial appearance, deafness, intellectual disability, cardiovascular abnormalities, short stature, short hands and feet, compact build, joint stiffness, and skeletal anomalies. The clinical features generally appear during childhood and become more evident in older patients. Therefore, the diagnosis of this syndrome in the first years of life is challenging...
December 12, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227296/lesch-nyhan-syndrome-and-its-variants-examining-the-behavioral-and-neurocognitive-phenotype
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James C Harris
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome (LNS) is a metabolic disorder involving mutations in the HGPRT1 gene that result in hyperuricemia, intellectual disability, a dystonic movement disorder, and compulsive self-injury with self-mutilation. The aim of this review is to summarize recent research that documents the extended behavioral, neurologic, and neurocognitive phenotype in classic LNS, to describe milder variants of HGprt deficiency that do not self-injure and have less severe neurological and cognitive deficits, and to provide an update on treatment for associated psychiatric and behavioral disorders...
December 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225145/surprisingly-good-outcome-in-antenatal-diagnosis-of-severe-hydrocephalus-related-to-ccdc88c-deficiency
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Mathew Wallis, Alessandra Baumer, Wiam Smaili, Imane Cherkaoui Jaouad, Abdelaziz Sefiani, Erica Jacobson, Lucy Bowyer, David Mowat, Anita Rauch
Non-syndromic congenital hydrocephalus is aetiologically diverse and while a genetic cause is frequently suspected, it often cannot be confirmed. The most common genetic cause is L1CAM-related X-linked hydrocephalus and that explains only 5%-10% of all male cases. This underlines a current limitation in our understanding of the genetic burden of non-syndromic congenital hydrocephalus, especially for those cases with likely autosomal recessive inheritance. Additionally, the prognosis for most cases of severe congenital hydrocephalus is poor, with most of the surviving infants displaying significant intellectual impairment despite surgical intervention...
December 7, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221905/neurexins-and-neuropsychiatric-disorders
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REVIEW
Enas Kasem, Taiga Kurihara, Katsuhiko Tabuchi
Neurexins are a family of presynaptic single-pass transmembrane proteins that act as synaptic organizers in mammals. The neurexins consist of three genes (NRXN1, NRXN2, and NRXN3), each of which produces a longer α- and shorter β-form. Genomic alterations in NRXN genes have been identified in a wide variety of neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), schizophrenia, intellectual disability (ID), and addiction. Remarkably, a bi-allelic deficiency of NRXN1 was recently linked to Pitt-Hopkins syndrome...
December 5, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207797/audit-of-organic-acidurias-from-a-single-centre-clinical-and-metabolic-profile-at-presentation-with-long-term-outcome
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Seema Pavaman Sindgikar, Krithika Damodar Shenoy, Nutan Kamath, Rathika Shenoy
Introduction: Organic Acidurias (OA) accounts between 10% and 40% of confirmed Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) in India. With prompt recognition and management, better survival but adverse neurodevelopmental outcome is reported. Aim: To study the clinical and metabolic presentation, management with immediate and long term outcome of symptomatic children with confirmed OA. Materials and Methods: Hospital based study of symptomatic children diagnosed to have OA between 2003 and 2009 and the survivors followed up over next five years...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184815/transient-hypothyroidism-in-the-newborn-to-treat-or-not-to-treat
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REVIEW
Neelakanta Kanike, Ajuah Davis, Prem S Shekhawat
Transient congenital hypothyroidism (CH) refers to a temporary deficiency of thyroid hormone identified after birth, with low thyroxine (T4) and elevated thyrotropin (TSH), which later recovers to improved thyroxine production, typically in first few months of infancy. Approximately 17% to 40% of children diagnosed with CH by newborn screening (NBS) programs were later determined to have transient hypothyroidism. Causes of transient CH are prematurity, iodine deficiency, maternal thyrotropin receptor blocking antibodies, maternal intake of anti-thyroid drugs, maternal or neonatal iodine exposure, loss of function mutations and hepatic hemangiomas...
October 2017: Translational pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180427/ap-4-mediates-export-of-atg9a-from-the-trans-golgi-network-to-promote-autophagosome-formation
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Rafael Mattera, Sang Yoon Park, Raffaella De Pace, Carlos M Guardia, Juan S Bonifacino
AP-4 is a member of the heterotetrameric adaptor protein (AP) complex family involved in protein sorting in the endomembrane system of eukaryotic cells. Interest in AP-4 has recently risen with the discovery that mutations in any of its four subunits cause a form of hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) with intellectual disability. The critical sorting events mediated by AP-4 and the pathogenesis of AP-4 deficiency, however, remain poorly understood. Here we report the identification of ATG9A, the only multispanning membrane component of the core autophagy machinery, as a specific AP-4 cargo...
November 27, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175558/a-complex-phenotype-in-a-family-with-a-pathogenic-sox3-missense-variant
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Anne M Jelsig, Birgitte R Diness, S Sven Kreiborg, Katharina Main, Vibeke A Larsen, Hanne Hove
Duplications and deletions of Xq26-27 including SOX3 (Xq27.1) have been associated with X-linked mental retardation and isolated growth hormone deficiency (OMIM 300123) or X-linked panhypopituitarism (OMIM 312000). Yet, pathogenic point mutations seem to be extremely rare. We report a family with three affected males with several clinical features including mild intellectual disability, microphthalmia, coloboma, hypopituitarism, facial dysmorphology and dental anomalies, including microcephaly, retrognathia and a solitary median maxillary central incisor amongst other features...
November 23, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174366/dnajc12-deficiency-a-new-strategy-in-the-diagnosis-of-hyperphenylalaninemias
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REVIEW
Nenad Blau, Aurora Martinez, Georg F Hoffmann, Beat Thöny
Patients with hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA) are detected through newborn screening for phenylketonuria (PKU). HPA is known to be caused by deficiencies of the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) or its cofactor tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4). Current guidelines for the differential diagnosis of HPA would, however, miss a recently described DNAJC12 deficiency. The co-chaperone DNAJC12 is, together with the 70kDa heat shock protein (HSP70), responsible for the proper folding of PAH. All DNAJC12-deficient patients investigated to date responded to a challenge with BH4 by lowering their blood phenylalanine levels...
November 20, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150658/differential-regulation-of-synaptic-ap-2-clathrin-vesicle-uncoating-in-synaptic-plasticity
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Ermes Candiello, Ratnakar Mishra, Bernhard Schmidt, Olaf Jahn, Peter Schu
AP-1/σ1B-deficiency causes X-linked intellectual disability. AP-1/σ1B -/- mice have impaired synaptic vesicle recycling, fewer synaptic vesicles and enhanced endosome maturation mediated by AP-1/σ1A. Despite defects in synaptic vesicle recycling synapses contain two times more endocytic AP-2 clathrin-coated vesicles. We demonstrate increased formation of two classes of AP-2/clathrin coated vesicles. One which uncoats readily and a second with a stabilised clathrin coat. Coat stabilisation is mediated by three molecular mechanisms: reduced recruitment of Hsc70 and synaptojanin1 and enhanced μ2/AP-2 phosphorylation and activation...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133437/abnormal-microglia-and-enhanced-inflammation-related-gene-transcription-in-mice-with-conditional-deletion-of-ctcf-in-camk2a-cre-expressing-neurons
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Bryan E McGill, Ruteja A Barve, Susan E Maloney, Amy Strickland, Nicholas Rensing, Peter Wang, Michael Wong, Richard Head, David F Wozniak, Jeffrey Milbrandt
CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) is an 11 zinc finger DNA-binding domain protein that regulates gene expression by modifying three dimensional chromatin structure. Human mutations in CTCF cause intellectual disability and autistic features. Knocking out Ctcf in mouse embryonic neurons is lethal by neonatal age, but the effects of CTCF deficiency in postnatal neurons are less well studied. We knocked out Ctcf postnatally in glutamatergic forebrain neurons under the control of Camk2a-CreCtcfloxP/loxP ;Camk2a-Cre+ (Ctcf CKO) mice of both sexes were viable and exhibited profound deficits in spatial learning/memory, impaired motor co-ordination, and decreased sociability by 4 months of age...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123343/multiple-nutritional-deficiencies-in-cerebral-palsy-compounding-physical-and-functional-impairments
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P G Hariprasad, K E Elizabeth, Mathew J Valamparampil, D Kalpana, T S Anish
Introduction: Cerebral palsy (CP) refers to a spectrum of disorders causing physical and intellectual morbidity. Macro and micro nutrient deficiencies often contribute to the subnormal physical and mental capabilities of them. Objectives: To assess the growth, nutritional status, physical and functional ability and quality of life in cerebral palsy children and to determine any relation with their gross motor and functional capabilities. Method: The study was conducted at a Tertiary Care Centre, with the participants in the age group 1-16 years...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122926/defect-in-phosphoinositide-signalling-through-a-homozygous-variant-in-plcb3-causes-a-new-form-of-spondylometaphyseal-dysplasia-with-corneal-dystrophy
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Salma Ben-Salem, Sarah M Robbins, Nara Lm Sobreira, Angeline Lyon, Aisha M Al-Shamsi, Barira K Islam, Nadia A Akawi, Anne John, Pramathan Thachillath, Sania Al Hamed, David Valle, Bassam R Ali, Lihadh Al-Gazali
BACKGROUND: Bone dysplasias are a large group of disorders affecting the growth and structure of the skeletal system. METHODS: In the present study, we report the clinical and molecular delineation of a new form of syndromic autosomal recessive spondylometaphyseal dysplasia (SMD) in two Emirati first cousins. They displayed postnatal growth deficiency causing profound limb shortening with proximal and distal segments involvement, narrow chest, radiological abnormalities involving the spine, pelvis and metaphyses, corneal clouding and intellectual disability...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120065/biallelic-mutations-in-mitochondrial-tryptophanyl-trna-synthetase-cause-levodopa-rresponsive-infantile-onset-parkinsonism
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E A Burke, S J Frucht, K Thompson, L A Wolfe, T Yokoyama, M Bertoni, Y Huang, M Sincan, D R Adams, R W Taylor, W A Gahl, C Toro, M C V Malicdan
Mitochondrial aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (mtARSs) are essential, ubiquitously expressed enzymes that covalently attach amino acids to their corresponding tRNA molecules during translation of mitochondrial genes. Deleterious variants in the mtARS genes cause a diverse array of phenotypes, many of which involve the nervous system. Moreover, distinct mutations in mtARSs often cause different clinical manifestations. Recently, the gene encoding mitochondrial tryptophanyl tRNA synthetase (WARS2) was reported to cause two different neurological phenotypes, a form of autosomal recessive intellectual disability and a syndrome of severe infantile-onset leukoencephalopathy...
November 9, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118110/cellular-functions-of-the-autism-risk-factor-ptchd1-in-mice
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David Tora, Andrea M Gomez, Jean-Francois Michaud, Patricia T Yam, Frédéric Charron, Peter Scheiffele
The gene PTCHD1 is mutated in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities (ID) and has been hypothesized to contribute to Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling and synapse formation. We identify a panel of Ptchd1 interacting proteins that include postsynaptic density proteins and the retromer complex, revealing a link to critical regulators of dendritic and postsynaptic trafficking. Ptchd1 knock-out male mice exhibit cognitive alterations, including defects in a novel object recognition task...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114038/aberrant-rac1-cofilin-signaling-mediates-defects-in-dendritic-spines-synaptic-function-and-sensory-perception-in-fragile-x-syndrome
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Alexander Pyronneau, Qionger He, Jee-Yeon Hwang, Morgan Porch, Anis Contractor, R Suzanne Zukin
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common inherited cause of intellectual disabilities and a leading cause of autism. FXS is caused by a trinucleotide expansion in the gene FMR1 on the X chromosome. The neuroanatomical hallmark of FXS is an overabundance of immature dendritic spines, a factor thought to underlie synaptic dysfunction and impaired cognition. We showed that aberrantly increased activity of the Rho GTPase Rac1 inhibited the actin-depolymerizing factor cofilin, a major determinant of dendritic spine structure, and caused disease-associated spine abnormalities in the somatosensory cortex of FXS model mice...
November 7, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104533/cell-type-specific-mrna-dysregulation-in-hippocampal-ca1-pyramidal-neurons-of-the-fragile-x-syndrome-mouse-model
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Laura Ceolin, Nathalie Bouquier, Jihane Vitre-Boubaker, Stéphanie Rialle, Dany Severac, Emmanuel Valjent, Julie Perroy, Emma Puighermanal
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a genetic disorder due to the silencing of the Fmr1 gene, causing intellectual disability, seizures, hyperactivity, and social anxiety. All these symptoms result from the loss of expression of the RNA binding protein fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP), which alters the neurodevelopmental program to abnormal wiring of specific circuits. Aberrant mRNAs translation associated with the loss of Fmr1 product is widely suspected to be in part the cause of FXS. However, precise gene expression changes involved in this disorder have yet to be defined...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097652/spermine-synthase-deficiency-causes-lysosomal-dysfunction-and-oxidative-stress-in-models-of-snyder-robinson-syndrome
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Chong Li, Jennifer M Brazill, Sha Liu, Christofer Bello, Yi Zhu, Marie Morimoto, Lauren Cascio, Rini Pauly, Zoraida Diaz-Perez, May Christine V Malicdan, Hongbo Wang, Luigi Boccuto, Charles E Schwartz, William A Gahl, Cornelius F Boerkoel, R Grace Zhai
Polyamines are tightly regulated polycations that are essential for life. Loss-of-function mutations in spermine synthase (SMS), a polyamine biosynthesis enzyme, cause Snyder-Robinson syndrome (SRS), an X-linked intellectual disability syndrome; however, little is known about the neuropathogenesis of the disease. Here we show that loss of dSms in Drosophila recapitulates the pathological polyamine imbalance of SRS and causes survival defects and synaptic degeneration. SMS deficiency leads to excessive spermidine catabolism, which generates toxic metabolites that cause lysosomal defects and oxidative stress...
November 2, 2017: Nature Communications
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