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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922732/dental-caries-and-associated-factors-in-twins-with-down-syndrome-a-case-report
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Maurício José Santos Moreira, Carolina Schwertner, Ana Paula Dall'Onder, Natália Mincato Klaus, Clarissa Cavalcanti Fatturi Parolo, Lina Naomi Hashizume
Down syndrome (DS) is the most common genetic disorder in humans, but its incidence in monozygotic twins is extremely rare. The aim of this study was to determine the factors associated with dental caries in a pair of monozygotic twin girls with DS, where one had caries experience and the other did not. Clinical examination, salivary Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) levels and their genotypic diversity, the biochemical composition of the dental biofilm, the frequency of sucrose consumption, and toothbrushing habits were assessed from the twin girls...
December 6, 2016: Special Care in Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922594/cacna1c-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-regulates-depression-related-behaviors-via-redd1
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Zeeba D Kabir, Anni S Lee, Caitlin E Burgdorf, Delaney Fischer, Aditi M Rajadhyaksha, Ethan Mok, Bryant Rizzo, Richard C Rice, Kamalpreet Singh, Kristie T Ota, Danielle M Gerhard, Kathryn C Schierberl, Michael Glass, Ronald S Duman, Anjali M Rajadhyaksha
The CACNA1C gene that encodes the L-type Ca(2+) channel (LTCC) Cav1.2 subunit has emerged as a candidate risk gene for multiple neuropsychiatric disorders including bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia, all marked with depression-related symptoms. Although cacna1c heterozygous (HET) mice have been previously reported to exhibit an antidepressant-like phenotype, the molecular and circuit-level dysfunction remains unknown. Here we report that viral vector-mediated deletion of cacna1c in the adult prefrontal cortex (PFC) of mice recapitulates the antidepressant-like effect observed in cacna1c HET mice using the sucrose preference test (SPT), the forced swim test (FST), and the tail suspension test (TST)...
December 6, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922504/genetic-testing-of-presymptomatic-individuals-at-risk-for-progressive-myopathy
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Zachary Simmons
Patients and their family members often ask about genetic testing for asymptomatic individuals who are at risk for developing a genetic disorder. Ordering a genetic test is a complex process involving consideration of many basic ethical principles including autonomy, beneficence, and nonmaleficence, as well as the physician's duty to act in the patient's best interest. Physicians have many choices regarding what tests to order, and they must develop the knowledge and skills to best discuss genetic testing with their patients...
December 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922502/the-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophies-and-the-dystrophinopathies
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Stanley Jones P Iyadurai, John T Kissel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The classic approach to identifying and accurately diagnosing limb-girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMDs) relied heavily on phenotypic characterization and ancillary studies including muscle biopsy. Because of rapid advances in genetic sequencing methodologies, several additional LGMDs have been molecularly characterized, and the diagnostic approach to these disorders has been simplified. This article summarizes the epidemiology, clinical features, and genetic defects underlying the LGMDs...
December 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922501/an-overview-of-congenital-myopathies
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Jean K Mah, Jeffrey T Joseph
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article uses a case-based approach to highlight the clinical features as well as recent advances in molecular genetics, muscle imaging, and pathophysiology of the congenital myopathies. RECENT FINDINGS: Congenital myopathies refer to a heterogeneous group of genetic neuromuscular disorders characterized by early-onset muscle weakness, hypotonia, and developmental delay. Congenital myopathies are further classified into core myopathies, centronuclear myopathies, nemaline myopathies, and congenital fiber-type disproportion based on the key pathologic features found in muscle biopsies...
December 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922499/the-dystrophic-and-nondystrophic-myotonias
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Valeria A Sansone
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article describes clinical and electrical myotonia and provides an update on the classification, diagnosis, and management of myotonic disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: In the myotonic dystrophies, antisense oligonucleotides provide a general strategy to correct RNA gain of function and modulate the expression of CTG expanded repeats; they are currently being tested in a phase 1-2 randomized controlled trial in patients with adult-onset myotonic dystrophy type 1...
December 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922496/metabolic-myopathies
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Mark A Tarnopolsky
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Metabolic myopathies are genetic disorders that impair intermediary metabolism in skeletal muscle. Impairments in glycolysis/glycogenolysis (glycogen-storage disease), fatty acid transport and oxidation (fatty acid oxidation defects), and the mitochondrial respiratory chain (mitochondrial myopathies) represent the majority of known defects. The purpose of this review is to develop a diagnostic and treatment algorithm for the metabolic myopathies. RECENT FINDINGS: The metabolic myopathies can present in the neonatal and infant period as part of more systemic involvement with hypotonia, hypoglycemia, and encephalopathy; however, most cases present in childhood or in adulthood with exercise intolerance (often with rhabdomyolysis) and weakness...
December 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922338/pathophysiology-of-aortic-aneurysm-insights-from-human-genetics-and-mouse-models
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Nicole K Wilson, Russell A Gould, Elena Gallo MacFarlane, Mibava Leducq Consortium
Aneurysms are local dilations of an artery that predispose the vessel to sudden rupture. They are often asymptomatic and undiagnosed, resulting in a high mortality rate. The predisposition to develop thoracic aortic aneurysms is often genetically inherited and associated with syndromes affecting connective tissue homeostasis. This review discusses how elucidation of the genetic causes of syndromic forms of thoracic aortic aneurysm has helped identify pathways that contribute to disease progression, including those activated by TGF-β, angiotensin II and Notch ligands...
December 6, 2016: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922244/a-novel-de-novo-mutation-involving-the-mll2-gene-in-a-kabuki-syndrome-patient-presenting-with-seizures
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Can Ebru Bekircan-Kurt, Pelin Özlem Şimşek-Kiper, Koray Boduroğlu, Neşe Dericioğlu
Kabuki syndrome is a rare multiple congenital anomaly disorder. Although mental retardation is one of the main features, various neurological symptoms such as hypotonia and seizures can occur. Here we report on a 18-year-old Turkish male patient who was diagnosed previously as Kabuki syndrome. Molecular genetic analysis showed a novel de novo heterozygous mutation (c.12964C > T [p.Gln4322*] ) in the MLL2 gene, that leads to the synthesis of a truncated protein. The aim of the present report is to increase the awareness of Kabuki Syndrome among adult neurologists and to present a previously unreported non-sense mutation in the MLL2 gene...
2016: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921426/-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Hana Krejčí
The present generation of women of childbearing age more frequently suffer from overweight, obesity, initial as well as fully established metabolic syndrome, which together with postponing motherhood until the third decade in life plays an important role in the increasing incidence of gestational diabetes (GDM) that currently affects about 1/5 of pregnant women. However the causal link between diabetes during pregnancy and metabolic diseases in the whole population is mutual. By way of epigenetic changes, maternal diabetes unfavourably programmes metabolism of the offspring, who tend to transfer the disorder to the next generations...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921323/the-application-of-strand-invasion-phenomenon-directed-by-peptide-nucleic-acid-pna-and-single-stranded-dna-binding-protein-ssb-for-the-recognition-of-specific-sequences-of-human-endogenous-retroviral-herv-w-family
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Grzegorz Machnik, Łukasz Bułdak, Jarosław Ruczyński, Tomasz Gąsior, Małgorzata Huzarska, Dariusz Belowski, Magdalena Alenowicz, Piotr Mucha, Piotr Rekowski, Bogusław Okopień
The HERV-W family of human endogenous retroviruses represents a group of numerous sequences that show close similarity in genetic composition. It has been documented that some members of HERV-W-derived expression products are supposed to play significant role in humans' pathology, such as multiple sclerosis or schizophrenia. Other members of the family are necessary to orchestrate physiological processes (eg, ERVWE1 coding syncytin-1 that is engaged in syncytiotrophoblast formation). Therefore, an assay that would allow the recognition of particular form of HERV-W members is highly desirable...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921050/esophagus-related-symptoms-in-first-degree-relatives-of-patients-with-achalasia-is-screening-necessary
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Henning R Gockel, Moritz Lesse, Johannes Schumacher, Michaela Müller, Ines Gockel
BACKGROUND: Despite an increasing understanding of the pathophysiology of achalasia, the etiology of this esophageal motility disorder remains largely unknown. However, the occurrence of familial achalasia, its association with well-defined genetic syndromes, the candidate gene approach, and recent presentation of the first systematic genome-wide association study on achalasia suggest the involvement of genetic factors. METHODS: In this study we analyzed the frequency with which symptoms associated with esophageal function (swallowing difficulties, regurgitations, retrosternal cramps/pain, heartburn) occur in first-degree relatives of patients with achalasia to determine if screening is useful and justified against the background of early diagnosis in a genetically predisposed population...
October 2016: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921035/genetics-underlying-an-individualized-approach-to-adult-spinal-disorders
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Corey T Walker, Phillip A Bonney, Nikolay L Martirosyan, Nicholas Theodore
Adult spinal disorders are a significant cause of morbidity across the world and carry significant health and economic burdens. Genetic predispositions are increasingly considered for these conditions and are becoming understood. Advances in molecular technologies since the mid-1990s have made possible genetic characterizations of these diseases in many populations, and recent findings have provided insight into the underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms. These studies have made clear the genetic heterogeneity producing clinical phenotypes and suggest that individualized treatments are possible in the future...
2016: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920999/frequency-of-y-chromosome-microdeletions-among-iranian-infertile-men-with-azoospermia-and-severe-oligozoospermia-a-meta-analysis
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Ehsan Yousefi-Razin, Mohammad Javad Nasiri, Mir Davood Omrani
BACKGROUND: While multiple factors can contribute to male infertility, genetic factors, such as chromosomal disorders or Y-chromosome microdeletion, are responsible for about 10% of male infertility. Considering the role of Y-chromosome micro-deletions in men with oligozoospermia who volunteer for in vitro fertilization (IVF), the prevalence of such microdeletions in each particular community needs to be exactly determined. Hence, the present study attempted to analyze the available literature on the frequency of chromosome microdeletion among Iranian infertile men...
October 2016: Journal of Reproduction & Infertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920870/pyle-disease-metaphyseal-dysplasia-presenting-in-two-adult-sisters
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Diego Ximenes Soares, Amália Mapurunga Almeida, André Rodrigues Façanha Barreto, Ilze Jucá Alencar E Silva, José Daniel Vieira de Castro, Francisco José Magalhães Pinto, Daniel Aguiar Dias, Lindenberg Barbosa Aguiar
Pyle's disease is an extremely rare skeletal disorder characterized by a benign course and an autosomal recessive genetic pattern of inheritance. Its causal mutation is still unknown. In the medical literature, fewer than 30 cases have been described to date. We report the case of two female siblings, daughters of consanguineous parents, referred to the radiology department complaining of genu valgum. Laboratory tests showed no other relevant findings. Conventional radiography plain films revealed Erlenmeyer flask deformity in bilateral femorotibial metaphyses, metaphyseal flaring of long bones, and mild sclerosis of the skull base...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920829/clinical-and-genetic-features-of-australian-families-with-long-qt-syndrome-a-registry-based-study
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Charlotte Burns, Jodie Ingles, Andrew M Davis, Vanessa Connell, Belinda Gray, Lauren Hunt, Julie McGaughran, Christopher Semsarian
BACKGROUND: Familial long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a primary arrhythmogenic disorder caused by mutations in ion channel genes. The phenotype ranges from asymptomatic individuals to sudden cardiac arrest and death. LQTS is a rare but significant health problem for which global data should exist. This study sought to provide the first clinical and genetic description of Australian families with LQTS. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study to evaluate clinical and genetic features of families with LQTS...
December 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920816/concomitant-extraspinal-hyperostosis-and-osteoporosis-in-a-patient-with-congenital-ichthyosis
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Niloufar Torkamani, Pramit Phal, Ravi Savarirayan, Peter Simm, George Varigos, John Wark
Ichthyosiform dermatosis is a term referred to a group of disorders that have as their basis a disorder of keratinization (1). These conditions which are present at birth result in a generalized dry, scaly skin without any inflammation. There are several types of ichthyosis based on their clinical presentation and mode of inheritance. The most common types are: ichthyosis vulgaris, X-linked recessive ichthyosis, epidermolytic hyperkeratosis (bullous), lamellar ichthyosis and non-bullous ichthyosiform erythroderma...
May 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920806/hereditary-multiple-exostoses-a-review-of-clinical-appearance-and-metabolic-pattern
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REVIEW
Giovanni Beltrami, Gabriele Ristori, Guido Scoccianti, Angela Tamburini, Rodolfo Capanna
Hereditary multiple exostoses (HME) is an inherited genetic condition characterized by the presence of multiple exostoses (osteochondromas). MHE is a relatively rare autosomal dominant disorder, mainly caused by loss of function mutations in two genes: exostosin-1 (EXT1) and exostosin-2 (EXT2). These genes are linked to heparan sulfate (HS) synthesis, but the specific molecular mechanism leading to the disruption of the cartilage structure and the consequent exostoses formation is still not resolved. The aim of this paper is to encounter the main aspects of HME reviewing the literature, in order to improve clinical features and evolution, and the metabolic-pathogenetic mechanisms underlying...
May 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920686/single-agent-carboplatin-for-a-rare-case-of-pilomyxoid-astrocytoma-of-the-spinal-cord-in-an-adult-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1
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Anastasie M Dunn-Pirio, Elizabeth Howell, Roger E McLendon, Katherine B Peters
INTRODUCTION: Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) is a rare and more aggressive variant of pilocytic astrocytoma, which usually affects young children and is most often located in the hypothalamic/chiasmatic region. The association of PMA with underlying genetic disorders is not well known. METHODS: We identified a 23-year-old woman with a PMA of the spinal cord who was simultaneously diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1. Diagnosis of neurofibromatosis type 1 was made clinically and confirmed with genetic testing that revealed a heterozygous one-amino-acid deletion (c...
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920663/asd-and-genetic-associations-with-receptors-for-oxytocin-and-vasopressin-avpr1a-avpr1b-and-oxtr
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Sunday M Francis, Soo-Jeong Kim, Emily Kistner-Griffin, Stephen Guter, Edwin H Cook, Suma Jacob
Background: There are limited treatments available for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Studies have reported significant associations between the receptor genes of oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (AVP) and ASD diagnosis, as well as ASD-related phenotypes. Researchers have also found the manipulation of these systems affects social and repetitive behaviors, core characteristics of ASD. Consequently, research involving the oxytocin/vasopressin pathways as intervention targets has increased. Therefore, further examination into the relationship between these neuropeptides and ASD was undertaken...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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