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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151245/hearing-impairment-caused-by-mutations-in-two-different-genes-responsible-for-nonsyndromic-and-syndromic-hearing-loss-within-a-single-family
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Katarzyna Niepokój, Agnieszka M Rygiel, Piotr Jurczak, Aleksandra A Kujko, Dominika Śniegórska, Justyna Sawicka, Alicja Grabarczyk, Jerzy Bal, Katarzyna Wertheim-Tysarowska
Usher syndrome is rare genetic disorder impairing two human senses, hearing and vision, with the characteristic late onset of vision loss. This syndrome is divided into three types. In all cases, the vision loss is postlingual, while loss of hearing is usually prelingual. The vestibular functions may also be disturbed in Usher type 1 and sometimes in type 3. Vestibular areflexia is helpful in making a proper diagnosis of the syndrome, but, often, the syndrome is misdiagnosed as a nonsyndromic hearing loss. Here, we present a Polish family with hearing loss, which was clinically classified as nonsyndromic...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151244/identification-of-rare-noncoding-sequence-variants-in-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-a-receptor-alpha-4-subunit-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Anthony J Griswold, Derek Van Booven, Michael L Cuccaro, Jonathan L Haines, John R Gilbert, Margaret A Pericak-Vance
Alterations of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) signaling system has been strongly linked to the pathophysiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Genetic associations of common variants in GABA receptor subunits, in particular GABRA4 on chromosome 4p12, with ASD have been replicated by several studies. Moreover, molecular investigations have identified altered transcriptional and translational levels of this gene and protein in brains of ASD individuals. Since the genotyped common variants are likely not the functional variants contributing to the molecular consequences or underlying ASD phenotype, this study aims to examine rare sequence variants in GABRA4, including those outside the protein coding regions of the gene...
November 18, 2017: Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151169/parkinson-s-disease-experimental-models-and-reality
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Peizhou Jiang, Dennis W Dickson
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive movement disorder of adults and the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease. Neuropathologic diagnosis of PD requires moderate-to-marked neuronal loss in the ventrolateral substantia nigra pars compacta and α-synuclein (αS) Lewy body pathology. Nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurodegeneration correlates with the Parkinsonian motor features, but involvement of other peripheral and central nervous system regions leads to a wide range of non-motor features...
November 18, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151129/one-novel-and-two-uncommon-mefv-mutations-in-japanese-patients-with-familial-mediterranean-fever-a-clinicogenetic-study
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Dai Kishida, Masahide Yazaki, Akinori Nakamura, Fumio Nomura, Takeshi Kondo, Takanori Uehara, Masatomi Ikusaka, Akira Ohya, Norihiko Watanabe, Ryuta Endo, Satoshi Kawaai, Yasuhiro Shimojima, Yoshiki Sekijima
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autoinflammatory disease caused by mutations in the MEFV gene and characterized by recurrent episodes of fever and polyserositis. To date, over 317 MEFV mutations have been reported, only nine of which account for almost all Japanese patients with FMF. Therefore, the prevalence of rare MEFV variants and their clinical characteristics remains unclear. This study identified MEFV mutations previously unreported in the Japanese population and described their clinical features...
November 18, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151060/genetics-of-parkinson-s-disease-and-related-disorders
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REVIEW
Pei-Lan Zhang, Yan Chen, Chen-Hao Zhang, Yu-Xin Wang, Pedro Fernandez-Funez
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a complex and heterogeneous neurological condition characterised mainly by bradykinesia, resting tremor, rigidity and postural instability, symptoms that together comprise the parkinsonian syndrome. Non-motor symptoms preceding and following clinical onset are also helpful diagnostic markers revealing a widespread and progressive pathology. Many other neurological conditions also include parkinsonism as primary or secondary symptom, confounding their diagnosis and treatment. Although overall disease course and end-stage pathological examination single out these conditions, the significant overlaps suggest that they are part of a continuous disease spectrum...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150909/genetic-analysis-of-osteogenesis-imperfecta-in-the-palestinian-population-molecular-screening-of-49-affected-families
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Osama Essawi, Sofie Symoens, Maha Fannana, Mohammad Darwish, Mohammad Farraj, Andy Willaert, Tamer Essawi, Bert Callewaert, Anne De Paepe, Fransiska Malfait, Paul J Coucke
BACKGROUND: Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a heterogeneous hereditary connective tissue disorder clinically hallmarked by increased susceptibility to bone fractures. METHODS: We analyzed a cohort of 77 diagnosed OI patients from 49 unrelated Palestinian families. Next-generation sequencing technology was used to screen a panel of known OI genes. RESULTS: In 41 probands, we identified 28 different disease-causing variants of 9 different known OI genes...
November 18, 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150902/wieacker-wolff-syndrome-with-associated-cleft-palate-in-a-female-case
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Natalie D Godfrey, Samandar Dowlatshahi, Madelena M Martin, Douglas M Rothkopf
Wieacker-Wolff syndrome is a rare congenital syndrome with few reported cases in the current literature. It is traditionally described in males as an X-linked recessive disorder associated with congenital contractures of the feet, progressive neurologic muscular atrophy, and intellectual delay caused by ZC4H2 mutations. The purpose of this paper is to present a female individual with a classic phenotype and cleft palate, a previously undescribed finding in this syndrome. Recent reports have demonstrated that females are rarely severely affected and phenotypic expression is difficult to predict [Zanzottera et al...
November 17, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150899/p-arg69trp-in-rnaseh2c-is-a-founder-variant-in-three-indian-families-with-aicardi-gouti%C3%A3-res-syndrome
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Malavika Hebbar, Anil Kanthi, Aroor Shrikiran, Snehal Patil, Mamta Muranjan, Febi Francis, Vishnu Bhat B, Katta M Girisha, Anju Shukla
Aicardi-Goutières syndrome is an early-onset severe neurological disorder characterized by intracranial calcification, white matter abnormalities, hepatosplenomegaly, cerebrospinal fluid lymphocytosis, and elevated interferon-α levels, thus mimicking congenital viral infections. It is a genetically heterogeneous condition and autosomal recessive and autosomal dominant forms with variations in seven genes known till date. Variations in RNASEH2C cause an autosomal recessive form of AGS. Here we report three Indian families with variant, c...
November 17, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150295/paternal-transmission-of-early-life-traumatization-through-epigenetics-do-fathers-play-a-role
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Enrique d'Harcourt Rowold, Lara Schulze, Sandra Van der Auwera, Hans Jörgen Grabe
Traumatizing events are known to have consequences for the victim which may lead to the development of several well-known mental disorders. Recent research has shown that traumatic events may affect not only the victims' lives, but also that of their progeny. It is generally accepted that this transmission of trauma occurs through parental behavior; however as has been recently discovered, the effects of trauma may also be inherited due to induced alterations in gene expression. These changes, so called epigenetic modifications, illuminate the interaction between genes and the environment...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150292/neonatal-and-regressive-forms-of-autism-diseases-with-similar-symptoms-but-a-different-etiology
#10
William E Barbeau
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be a debilitating, life-long neurocognitive disease. ASD is caused by genetic and epigenetic factors and largely unknown and poorly understood environmental triggers. Signs and symptoms of ASD often appear in the first year of life while the disease strikes other infants who had previously been developing normally at around 2years of age. Ozonoff and her colleagues recently suggested that there are three different pathways or trajectories for the development of ASD in infants 6-24months of age...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149924/gastrointestinal-and-hepatic-disease-in-spondyloarthritis
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REVIEW
Liron Caplan, Kristine A Kuhn
The association of inflammatory arthritis with intestinal pathology extends back more than 100 years. This association is now supported by epidemiologic studies demonstrating an elevated prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease in spondyloarthritis and vice versa, compared with the general population. Genetic and intestinal microbiome studies have further linked these diseases. Although diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease disproportionately affect individuals with psoriatic arthritis, diseases of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and liver are not particularly common in spondyloarthritis...
February 2018: Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149851/identification-of-gaa-variants-through-whole-exome-sequencing-targeted-to-a-cohort-of-606-patients-with-unexplained-limb-girdle-muscle-weakness
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Katherine Johnson, Ana Töpf, Marta Bertoli, Lauren Phillips, Kristl G Claeys, Vidosava Rakocevic Stojanovic, Stojan Perić, Andreas Hahn, Paul Maddison, Ela Akay, Alexandra E Bastian, Anna Łusakowska, Anna Kostera-Pruszczyk, Monkol Lek, Liwen Xu, Daniel G MacArthur, Volker Straub
BACKGROUND: Late-onset Pompe disease is a rare genetic neuromuscular disorder caused by a primary deficiency of α-glucosidase and the associated accumulation of glycogen in lysosomal vacuoles. The deficiency of α-glucosidase can often be detected using an inexpensive and readily accessible dried blood spot test when Pompe disease is suspected. Like several neuromuscular disorders, Pompe disease typically presents with progressive weakness of limb-girdle muscles and respiratory insufficiency...
November 17, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149408/function-of-translationally-controlled-tumor-protein-in-organ-growth-lessons-from-drosophila-studies
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Kwang-Wook Choi, Sung-Tae Hong, Thao Phuong Le
Regulation of cell growth and proliferation is crucial for development and function of organs in all animals. Genetic defects in growth control can lead to developmental disorders and cancers. Translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) is a family of evolutionarily conserved proteins implicated in cancer. Recent studies have revealed multiple roles of TCTP in diverse cellular events, but TCTP functions in vivo are poorly understood in vertebrate systems. We have used Drosophila melanogaster, the fruit fly, as a model organism for genetic dissection of Tctp function...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149249/human-accelerated-regions-and-other-human-specific-sequence-variations-in-the-context-of-evolution-and-their-relevance-for-brain-development
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Anastasia Levchenko, Alexander Kanapin, Anastasia Samsonova, Raul Gainetdinov
The review discusses, in a format of a timeline, the studies of different types of genetic variants, present in Homo sapiens, but absent in all other primate, mammalian or vertebrate species, tested so far. The main characteristic of these variants is that they are found in regions of high evolutionary conservation. These sequence variations include single nucleotide substitutions (called human accelerated regions), deletions and segmental duplications. The rationale for finding such variations in the human genome is that they could be responsible for traits, specific to our species, of which the human brain is the most remarkable...
November 14, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149222/personalized-medicine-and-hispanic-health-improving-health-outcomes-and-reducing-health-disparities-a-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute-workshop-report
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M Larissa Avilés-Santa, John Heintzman, Nangel M Lindberg, Rafael Guerrero-Preston, Kenneth Ramos, Ana L Abraído-Lanza, Jonca Bull, Adolph Falcón, Mary Ann McBurnie, Ernest Moy, George Papanicolaou, Ileana L Piña, Jennifer Popovic, Shakira F Suglia, Miguel A Vázquez
Persons of Hispanic/Latino descent may represent different ancestries, ethnic and cultural groups and countries of birth. In the U.S., the Hispanic/Latino population is projected to constitute 29% of the population by 2060. A personalized approach focusing on individual variability in genetics, environment, lifestyle and socioeconomic determinants of health may advance the understanding of some of the major factors contributing to the health disparities experienced by Hispanics/Latinos and other groups in the U...
2017: BMC Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148569/exome-sequence-analysis-and-follow-up-genotyping-implicates-rare-ulk1-variants-to-be-involved-in-susceptibility-to-schizophrenia
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Mariam M Al Eissa, Alessia Fiorentino, Sally I Sharp, Niamh L O'Brien, Kate Wolfe, Giovanni Giaroli, David Curtis, Nicholas J Bass, Andrew McQuillin
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a severe, highly heritable psychiatric disorder. Elucidation of the genetic architecture of the disorder will facilitate greater understanding of the altered underlying neurobiological mechanisms. The aim of this study was to identify likely aetiological variants in subjects affected with SCZ. Exome sequence data from a SCZ cas-control sample from Sweden was analysed for likely aetiological variants using a weighted burden test. Suggestive evidence implicated the UNC-51-like kinase (ULK1) gene, and it was observed that four rare variants that were more common in the Swedish SCZ cases were also more common in UK10K SCZ cases, as compared to obesity cases...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148382/high-abundance-and-genetic-variability-of-atypical-porcine-pestivirus-in-pigs-from-europe-and-asia
#17
Alexander Postel, Denise Meyer, Gökce Nur Cagatay, Francesco Feliziani, Gian Mario De Mia, Nicole Fischer, Adam Grundhoff, Vesna Milićević, Ming-Chung Deng, Chia-Yi Chang, Hua-Ji Qiu, Yuan Sun, Michael Wendt, Paul Becher
Atypical porcine pestivirus (APPV) was recently reported to be associated with neurologic disorders in newborn piglets. Investigations of 1,460 serum samples of apparently healthy pigs from different parts of Europe and Asia demonstrate a geographically wide distribution of genetically highly variable APPV and high APPV genome and antibody detection rates.
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148080/genetic-risk-factors-for-perception-of-symptoms-in-gerd-an-observational-cohort-study
#18
A Patel, S Hasak, B D Nix, G S Sayuk, R D Newberry, C P Gyawali
BACKGROUND: Genetic polymorphisms in G-protein beta-3 subunit (GNβ3) and beta-2 adrenergic receptor (ADRB2) are associated with pain and gut hypersensitivity, which can overlap with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). AIM: To evaluate relationships between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within GNβ3 and ADRB2 systems, and reflux symptom burden, GERD phenotypes from ambulatory reflux monitoring, and quality of life. METHODS: Symptomatic adults undergoing ambulatory reflux testing were recruited and phenotyped based on acid burden and symptom reflux association; major oesophageal motor disorders and prior foregut surgery were exclusions...
November 17, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147782/common-functional-variants-of-the-glutamatergic-system-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-with-high-and-low-intellectual-abilities
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Andreas G Chiocchetti, Afsheen Yousaf, Hannah S Bour, Denise Haslinger, Regina Waltes, Eftichia Duketis, Tomas Jarczok, Michael Sachse, Monica Biscaldi, Franziska Degenhardt, Stefan Herms, Sven Cichon, Jörg Ackermann, Ina Koch, Sabine M Klauck, Christine M Freitag
The genetic architecture underlying Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been suggested to differ between individuals with lower (IQ ≤ 70; LIQ) and higher intellectual abilities (IQ > 70; HIQ). Among the identified pathomechanisms, the glutamatergic signalling pathway is of specific interest in ASD. We investigated 187 common functional variants of this neurotransmitter system for association with ASD and with symptom severity in two independent samples, a German (German-ALL: N = 583 families) and the Autism Genome Project cohort (AGP-ALL: N = 2001 families), split into HIQ, and LIQ subgroups...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147633/a-unique-case-of-carotid-splaying-by-a-cervical-vagal-neurofibroma-and-the-role-of-neuroradiology-in-surgical-management
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Sally A Itawi, Mark Buehler, Robert E Mrak, Tarek R Mansour, Yacine Medhkour, Azedine Medhkour
Carotid splaying, also known as the Lyre sign, is a widening of the carotid bifurcation due to the displacement of the internal carotid artery and the external carotid artery just distal to the point of divergence. This phenomenon is classically exhibited by highly vascularized carotid body tumors and, in rare cases, by cervical sympathetic chain schwannomas. Demonstration of the Lyre sign by a cervical vagal neurofibroma, however, is a unique occurrence that has not been previously documented in the literature...
September 7, 2017: Curēus
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