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Mary A Logan
Defective immune system function is implicated in autism spectrum disorders, including Fragile X syndrome. In this issue, O'Connor et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201607093) demonstrate that phagocytic activity of systemic immune cells is compromised in a Drosophila melanogaster model of Fragile X, highlighting intriguing new mechanistic connections between FMRP, innate immunity, and abnormal development.
February 22, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223919/commentary-depletion-of-the-fragile-x-mental-retardation-protein-in-embryonic-stem-cells-alters-the-kinetics-of-neurogenesis
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Cara J Westmark
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223318/a-drosophila-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome-exhibits-defects-in-phagocytosis-by-innate-immune-cells
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Reed M O'Connor, Elizabeth F Stone, Charlotte R Wayne, Emily V Marcinkevicius, Matt Ulgherait, Rebecca Delventhal, Meghan M Pantalia, Vanessa M Hill, Clarice G Zhou, Sophie McAllister, Anna Chen, Jennifer S Ziegenfuss, Wesley B Grueber, Julie C Canman, Mimi M Shirasu-Hiza
Fragile X syndrome, the most common known monogenic cause of autism, results from the loss of FMR1, a conserved, ubiquitously expressed RNA-binding protein. Recent evidence suggests that Fragile X syndrome and other types of autism are associated with immune system defects. We found that Drosophila melanogaster Fmr1 mutants exhibit increased sensitivity to bacterial infection and decreased phagocytosis of bacteria by systemic immune cells. Using tissue-specific RNAi-mediated knockdown, we showed that Fmr1 plays a cell-autonomous role in the phagocytosis of bacteria...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222427/impact-of-fmr1-pre-mutation-status-on-blastocyst-development-in-patients-undergoing-pre-implantation-genetic-diagnosis
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Anne P Hutchinson, Nigel Pereira, Debra P Lilienthal, Siobhán Coveney, Jovana P Lekovich, Rony T Elias, Zev Rosenwaks
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The study aimed to investigate the impact of fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) pre-mutation status on blastocyst development in patients undergoing pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). METHODS: Case-control study of patients <40 years undergoing PGD at blastocyst stage for FMR1 pre-mutation status. Age-matched patients undergoing PGD for other single gene disorders were considered controls. Blastocyst development, calculated per metaphase II (MII) oocyte retrieved and per 2 pronuclear (2PN) embryos, was compared between the 2 groups...
February 22, 2017: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219082/growth-of-expressive-syntax-in-children-with-fragile-x-syndrome
#5
Rouzana Komesidou, Nancy C Brady, Kandace Fleming, Amy Esplund, Steven F Warren
Purpose: This research explored syntactic growth in children with fragile X syndrome (FXS) over a 5-year period, and variability in growth in relation to autism symptoms, nonverbal cognition, maternal responsivity, and gender. Method: Language samples at 4 time points from 39 children with FXS, 31 boys and 8 girls, were analyzed using the Index of Productive Syntax (Scarborough, 1990) and mean length of utterance (Brown, 1973). The degree of autism symptoms was evaluated using the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (Schopler, Reichler, & Renner, 1988) at the first time point...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218824/decreased-home-cage-movement-and-oromotor-impairments-in-adult-fmr1-ko-mice
#6
Stephen J Bonasera, Tammy R Chaudoin, Evan H Goulding, Mateusz Mittek, Anna Dunaevsky
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a common inherited disorder that significantly impacts family and patient day-to-day living across the entire lifespan. The childhood and adolescent behavioral consequences of FXS are well-appreciated. However, there are significantly fewer studies (except those examining psychiatric comorbidities) assessing behavioral phenotypes seen in adults with FXS. Mice engineered with a genetic lesion of Fmr1 recapitulate important molecular and neuroanatomical characteristics of FXS, and provide a means to evaluate adult behavioral phenotypes associated with FXS...
February 20, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218269/enhanced-expression-of-adcy1-underlies-aberrant-neuronal-signalling-and-behaviour-in-a-syndromic-autism-model
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Ferzin Sethna, Wei Feng, Qi Ding, Alfred J Robison, Yue Feng, Hongbing Wang
Fragile X syndrome (FXS), caused by the loss of functional FMRP, is a leading cause of autism. Neurons lacking FMRP show aberrant mRNA translation and intracellular signalling. Here, we identify that, in Fmr1 knockout neurons, type 1 adenylyl cyclase (Adcy1) mRNA translation is enhanced, leading to excessive production of ADCY1 protein and insensitivity to neuronal stimulation. Genetic reduction of Adcy1 normalizes the aberrant ERK1/2- and PI3K-mediated signalling, attenuates excessive protein synthesis and corrects dendritic spine abnormality in Fmr1 knockout mice...
February 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213518/deficits-in-the-activity-of-presynaptic-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-type-b-receptors-contribute-to-altered-neuronal-excitability-in-fragile-x-syndrome
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Ji-Yong Kang, Jayashree Chadchankar, Thuy N Vien, Michelle I Mighdoll, Thomas M Hyde, Robert J Mather, Tarek Z Deeb, Menelas N Pangalos, Nicholas J Brandon, John Dunlop, Stephen J Moss
The behavioral and anatomical deficits seen in Fragile X syndrome (FXS) are widely believed to result from imbalances in the relative strengths of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission. While modified neuronal excitability is thought to be of significance, the contribution that alterations in GABAergic inhibition play in the pathophysiology of FXS are ill-defined. Slow sustained neuronal inhibition is mediated by γ-aminobutyric acid type B (GABAB) receptors, which are heterodimeric G-protein coupled receptors constructed from R1a and R2 or R1b and R2 subunits...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211606/nrf2-a-novel-therapeutic-target-in-fragile-x-syndrome-is-modulated-by-nnz2566
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Robert M J Deacon, Michael J Hurley, Camila Martínez Rebolledo, Mike Snape, Francisco J Altimiras, Leandro Farías, Michael Pino, Rodolfo Biekofsky, Larry Glass, Patricia Cogram
Fragile X-associated disorders are a family of genetic conditions resulting from the partial or complete loss of fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). Among these disorders is fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and autism. Progress in basic neuroscience has led to identification of molecular targets for treatment in FXS; however, there is a gap in translation to targeted therapies in humans. The present study introduces a novel therapeutic target for FXS: nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2), a transcription factor known to induce expression of over 100 cytoprotective genes...
February 17, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210826/stranger-fear-and-early-risk-for-social-anxiety-in-preschoolers-with-fragile-x-syndrome-contrasted-to-autism-spectrum-disorder
#10
Jessica F Scherr, Abigail L Hogan, Deborah Hatton, Jane E Roberts
This study investigated behavioral indicators of social fear in preschool boys with fragile X syndrome (FXS) with a low degree of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms (FXS-Low; n = 29), FXS with elevated ASD symptoms (FXS-High; n = 25), idiopathic ASD (iASD; n = 11), and typical development (TD; n = 36). Gaze avoidance, escape behaviors, and facial fear during a stranger approach were coded. Boys with elevated ASD symptoms displayed more avoidant gaze, looking less at the stranger and parent than those with low ASD symptoms across etiologies...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204491/fragile-x-related-protein-1-fxr1p-regulates-proliferation-of-adult-neural-stem-cells
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Natalie E Patzlaff, Kelsey M Nemec, Sydney G Malone, Yue Li, Xinyu Zhao
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203608/modeling-fragile-x-syndrome-in-neurogenesis-an-unexpected-phenotype-and-a-novel-tool-for-future-therapies
#12
Barbara Bardoni, Maria Capovilla, Enzo Lalli
FMRP is an RNA-binding protein involved in synaptic translation. Its absence causes a form of intellectual disability, the Fragile X syndrome (FXS). Small neuroanatomical abnormalities, present both in human and mouse FMRP-deficient brains, suggest a subtle critical role of this protein in neurogenesis. Stable depletion of FMRP has been obtained in a mouse embryonic stem cell line Fmr1 (shFmr1 ES) that does not display morphological alterations, but an abnormal expression of a subset of genes mainly involved in neuronal differentiation and maturation...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198067/verbal-spatial-iq-discrepancies-impact-brain-activation-associated-with-the-resolution-of-cognitive-conflict-in-children-and-adolescents
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Amy E Margolis, Katie S Davis, Lisa S Pao, Amy Lewis, Xiao Yang, Gregory Tau, Guihu Zhao, Zhishun Wang, Rachel Marsh
Verbal-spatial discrepancies are common in healthy individuals and in those with neurodevelopmental disorders associated with cognitive control deficits including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, Fragile X, 22q11 deletion, and Turner Syndrome. Previous data from healthy individuals suggest that the magnitude of the difference between verbal IQ (VIQ) and performance IQ (PIQ) scores (the VIQ>PIQ discrepancy) is associated with reduced thickness in frontal and parietal cortices (inferior frontal, anterior cingulate, inferior parietal lobule, and supramarginal gyrus) that support cognitive control...
February 15, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193118/validation-of-polymerase-chain-reaction-based-assay-to-detect-actual-number-of-cgg-repeats-in-fmr1-gene-in-indian-fragile-x-syndrome-patients
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Madhumita Roy Chowdhury, Sandeepa Chauhan, Anjali Dabral, B K Thelma, Neerja Gupta, Madhulika Kabra
Molecular genetic testing for fragile X (FX) is complicated due to the large variation in the size of CGG expansion. The aim of this study was to apply this new technique using AmplideX FMR1 PCR assay, which is considered a better diagnostic tool for detecting expanded alleles in Indian population. The primary objective was to identify the carrier status of females and to correlate the instability of premutation alleles in females with the repeat sizes. 24 children with FX based on rapid PCR and 29 female relatives of these patients were included...
March 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192196/quantification-of-various-app-mrna-isoforms-and-epistasis-in-lesch-nyhan-disease
#15
Khue Vu Nguyen, William L Nyhan
The present work is the development of a simple and specific kinetic method based on RT-PCR technique coupled with direct sequencing for quantification of various amyloid precursor protein-mRNA isoforms (APP-mRNA isoforms) in biological samples, especially for identifying the most abundant one that may decisive for the normal status or disease risk. Application of this kinetic method to the Lesch-Nyhan disease (LND) was performed and results indicated an epistasis between mutated hypoxanthine phosphoribosyltransferase1 (HPRT1) and APP genes...
February 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183735/new-insights-into-the-regulatory-function-of-cyfip1-in-the-context-of-wave-and-fmrp-containing-complexes
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Sabiha Abekhoukh, H Bahar Sahin, Mauro Grossi, Samantha Zongaro, Thomas Maurin, Irene Madrigal, Daniele Kazue-Sugioka, Annick Raas-Rothschild, Mohamed Doulazmi, Pilar Carrera, Andrea Stachon, Steven Scherer, Maria Rita Drula Do Nascimento, Alain Trembleau, Ignacio Arroyo, Szatmari Peter, Isabel M Smith, Montserrat Milà, Adam C Smith, Angela Giangrande, Isabelle Caillé, Barbara Bardoni
CYtoplasmic FMRP Interacting Protein 1 (CYFIP1) is a candidate gene for intellectual disability (ID), autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy. It is a member of a family of proteins that is very conserved during evolution, sharing high homology with dCYFIP, its Drosophila homolog. CYFIP1 interacts with the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein (FMRP), whose absence causes the Fragile X Syndrome, and with the translation initiation factor eIF4E. It is a member of the WAVE Regulatory Complex (WRC), thus representing a link between translational regulation and actin cytoskeleton...
February 9, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181877/an-in-silico-biomarker-based-method-for-the-evaluation-of-virtual-neuropsychiatric-drug-effects
#17
Peter J Siekmeier
The recent explosion in neuroscience research has markedly increased our understanding of the neurobiological correlates of many psychiatric illnesses, but this has unfortunately not translated into more effective pharmacologic treatments for these conditions. At the same time, researchers have increasingly sought out biological markers, or biomarkers, as a way to categorize psychiatric illness, as these are felt to be closer to underlying genetic and neurobiological vulnerabilities. While biomarker-based drug discovery approaches have tended to employ in vivo (e...
February 9, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176767/intragenic-fmr1-disease-causing-variants-a-significant-mutational-mechanism-leading-to-fragile-x-syndrome
#18
Angélique Quartier, Hélène Poquet, Brigitte Gilbert-Dussardier, Massimiliano Rossi, Anne-Sophie Casteleyn, Vincent des Portes, Claire Feger, Elsa Nourisson, Paul Kuentz, Claire Redin, Julien Thevenon, Anne-Laure Mosca-Boidron, Patrick Callier, Jean Muller, Gaetan Lesca, Frédéric Huet, Véronique Geoffroy, Salima El Chehadeh, Matthieu Jung, Benoit Trojak, Stéphanie Le Gras, Daphné Lehalle, Bernard Jost, Stéphanie Maury, Alice Masurel, Patrick Edery, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Bénédicte Gérard, Jean-Louis Mandel, Laurence Faivre, Amélie Piton
Fragile-X syndrome (FXS) is a frequent genetic form of intellectual disability (ID). The main recurrent mutagenic mechanism causing FXS is the expansion of a CGG repeat sequence in the 5'-UTR of the FMR1 gene, therefore, routinely tested in ID patients. We report here three FMR1 intragenic pathogenic variants not affecting this sequence, identified using high-throughput sequencing (HTS): a previously reported hemizygous deletion encompassing the last exon of FMR1, too small to be detected by array-CGH and inducing decreased expression of a truncated form of FMRP protein, in three brothers with ID (family 1) and two splice variants in boys with sporadic ID: a de novo variant c...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173181/the-fmr1-promoter-is-selectively-hydroxymethylated-in-primary-neurons-of-fragile-x-syndrome-patients
#19
Rustam Esanov, Nadja S Andrade, Sarah Bennison, Claes Wahlestedt, Zane Zeier
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 15, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161297/signaling-of-noncomprehension-in-communication-breakdowns-in-fragile-x-syndrome-down-syndrome-and-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Gary E Martin, Jamie Barstein, Jane Hornickel, Sara Matherly, Genna Durante, Molly Losh
: The ability to indicate a failure to understand a message is a critical pragmatic (social) language skill for managing communication breakdowns and supporting successful communicative exchanges. The current study examined the ability to signal noncomprehension across different types of confusing message conditions in children and adolescents with fragile X syndrome (FXS), Down syndrome (DS), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and typical development (TD). Controlling for nonverbal mental age and receptive vocabulary skills, youth with comorbid FXS and ASD and those with DS were less likely than TD controls to signal noncomprehension of confusing messages...
January 2017: Journal of Communication Disorders
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