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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332092/the-spectrum-of-neuropathological-changes-associated-with-congenital-zika-virus-infection
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Leila Chimelli, Adriana S O Melo, Elyzabeth Avvad-Portari, Clayton A Wiley, Aline H S Camacho, Vania S Lopes, Heloisa N Machado, Cecilia V Andrade, Dione C A Dock, Maria Elisabeth Moreira, Fernanda Tovar-Moll, Patricia S Oliveira-Szejnfeld, Angela C G Carvalho, Odile N Ugarte, Alba G M Batista, Melania M R Amorim, Fabiana O Melo, Thales A Ferreira, Jacqueline R L Marinho, Girlene S Azevedo, Jeime I B F Leal, Rodrigo F Madeiro da Costa, Stevens Rehen, Monica B Arruda, Rodrigo M Brindeiro, Rodrigo Delvechio, Renato S Aguiar, Amilcar Tanuri
A major concern associated with ZIKV infection is the increased incidence of microcephaly with frequent calcifications in infants born from infected mothers. To date, postmortem analysis of the central nervous system (CNS) in congenital infection is limited to individual reports or small series. We report a comprehensive neuropathological study in ten newborn babies infected with ZIKV during pregnancy, including the spinal cords and dorsal root ganglia (DRG), and also muscle, pituitaries, eye, systemic organs, and placentas...
March 22, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328134/somatic-pik3ca-mutations-in-seven-patients-with-pik3ca-related-overgrowth-spectrum
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Kit San Yeung, Janice Jing Kun Ip, Chin Pang Chow, Evelyn Yue Ling Kuong, Paul Kwong-Hang Tam, Godfrey Chi-Fung Chan, Brian Hon-Yin Chung
Somatic mutations in PIK3CA cause many overgrowth syndromes that have been recently coined the "PIK3CA-Related Overgrowth Spectrum." Here, we present seven molecularly confirmed patients with PIK3CA-Related Overgrowth Spectrum, including patients with Congenital Lipomatous Overgrowth, Vascular Malformations, Epidermal Nevi, Scoliosis/Skeletal and Spinal syndrome, Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, lymphatic malformation and two with atypical phenotypes that cannot be classified into existing disease categories. The literature on PIK3CA-Related Overgrowth Spectrum, suggests that PIK3CA c...
April 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319995/clinical-trials-of-therapeutics-for-the-prevention-of-congenital-zika-virus-disease-challenges-and-potential-solutions
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Alex P Salam, Amanda Rojek, Jake Dunning, Peter W Horby
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in pregnancy is associated with adverse fetal outcomes, such as microcephaly and other congenital malformations. No therapeutic options are available to pregnant women with ZIKV infection to prevent these effects. Drug trials in pregnancy raise several scientific, ethical, and logistical challenges, which are compounded further in ZIKV because of limited knowledge of the disease pathophysiology and a product development pipeline in its infancy. We evaluate the major challenges in choosing therapeutics to prevent congenital ZIKV disease and conducting clinical trials of these treatments, with a focus on preventing congenital central nervous system malformations...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316200/-the-research-progress-of-lgr4-in-the-eye-development-and-related-diseases
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A C Xu, Q Hou
LGR4, also known as GPR48, is a member of the leucine-rich, G protein-coupled receptor family. It is widely expressed in tissues of the reproductive system, urinary system, sensory organs, digestive system, and central nervous system. LGR4 plays an important role in the development of various organs and cancer development and progression by modulating multiple signaling pathways. Recent studies have revealed that LGR4 is related with many kinds of human diseases such as gastrointestinal carcinomas. Eye development is a dynamic process regulated by a number of growth factors and cytokines...
March 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286691/spina-bifida-pathogenesis-mechanisms-and-genes-in-mice-and-humans
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Siti W Mohd-Zin, Ahmed I Marwan, Mohamad K Abou Chaar, Azlina Ahmad-Annuar, Noraishah M Abdul-Aziz
Spina bifida is among the phenotypes of the larger condition known as neural tube defects (NTDs). It is the most common central nervous system malformation compatible with life and the second leading cause of birth defects after congenital heart defects. In this review paper, we define spina bifida and discuss the phenotypes seen in humans as described by both surgeons and embryologists in order to compare and ultimately contrast it to the leading animal model, the mouse. Our understanding of spina bifida is currently limited to the observations we make in mouse models, which reflect complete or targeted knockouts of genes, which perturb the whole gene(s) without taking into account the issue of haploinsufficiency, which is most prominent in the human spina bifida condition...
2017: Scientifica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285997/ccm-3-promotes-c-%C3%A2-elegans-germline-development-by-regulating-vesicle-trafficking-cytokinesis-and-polarity
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Swati Pal, Benjamin Lant, Bin Yu, Ruilin Tian, Jiefei Tong, Jonathan R Krieger, Michael F Moran, Anne-Claude Gingras, W Brent Derry
Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are vascular defects of the CNS that arise from loss of integrity of the endothelial cells lining blood capillaries, causing leakage of blood into the brain [1]. This results in headaches, seizures, and/or hemorrhagic stroke, depending on the location of the lesion. CCM affects 0.5% of the population and follows an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern caused by mutations in one of the three genes: CCM1 (gene name KRIT1), CCM2 (also known as malcavernin or OSM), and CCM3 (gene name PDCD10) [2, 3], with the earliest onset and most severe prognosis occurring in CCM3 patients [4]...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283827/prenatal-ultrasound-genotype-and-outcome-in-a-large-cohort-of-prenatally-affected-patients-with-autosomal-recessive-polycystic-kidney-disease-and-other-hereditary-cystic-kidney-diseases
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Florian Erger, Nadina Ortiz Brüchle, Ulrich Gembruch, Klaus Zerres
PURPOSE: To investigate the sonographic and clinical genotype-phenotype correlations in autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) and other cystic kidney diseases (CKD) in a large cohort of prenatally detected fetuses with hereditary CKD. METHODS: We retrospectively studied the clinical and diagnostic data of 398 patients referred with prenatal ultrasound findings suggestive of CKD between 1994 and 2010. Cases with confirmed hereditary CKD (n = 130) were analyzed as to their prenatal ultrasound findings, genotype, and possible predictors of clinical outcome...
April 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283722/fanconi-anemia-correlating-central-nervous-system-malformations-and-genetic-complementation-groups
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Benjamin A Johnson-Tesch, Rakhee S Gawande, Lei Zhang, Margaret L MacMillan, David R Nascene
BACKGROUND: Congenital central nervous system abnormalities in children with Fanconi anemia are poorly characterized, especially with regard to specific genetic complementation groups. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the impact of genetic complementation groups on central nervous system anatomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Through chart review we identified 36 patients with Fanconi anemia with available brain MRIs at the University of Minnesota (average age, 11...
March 10, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282781/fetal-brain-anomalies-detection-during-the-first-trimester-expanding-the-scope-of-antenatal-sonography
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Eldad Katorza, Itai Gat, Nir Duvdevani, Nir Meller, Noam Pardo, Eran Barzilay, Reuven Achiron
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to describe fetal brain anomalies identified during nuchal translucency (NT) examination and their clinical management. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, we evaluated charts of pregnant women performed the first trimester scan (FTS) between 1.1.2011 and 31.12.14 in a tertiary referral center. Study population consisted of 952 patients scheduled for routine NT scan for aneuploidy screening between 11.0 and 13...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274277/the-efficacy-of-resection-of-an-intradural-extramedullary-foramen-magnum-cavernous-malformation-presenting-with-repeated-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-a-case-report
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Tomoya Oishi, Naoto Sakai, Tetsuro Sameshima, Hiroshi Kawaji, Hiroki Namba
BACKGROUND: Intradural extramedullary cavernous angiomas of the central nervous system are a rare type of cavernous angioma, but they can cause fatal subarachnoid hemorrhage. The efficacy of resection for this type of cavernous malformations remains uncertain. This is the first report to recommend surgical resection of these types of lesions regardless of the fatal condition. CASE PRESENTATION: Our patient was a 70-year-old Japanese man who experienced a sudden onset of an occipital headache, followed by bilateral abducens nerve palsy...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263524/foetal-asphyxia-as-a-strong-stimulator-of-the-sympathetic-nervous-system-in-the-brain-case-report
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Ingrid Brucknerová, Eduard Ujházy
The aim of the study was to analyse case report of prenatally unknown asphyxia of the foetus (a preterm newborn from the second pregnancy delivered by urgent caesarean section in 31st gestational week; birth weight 850 grams, birth length 41 cm, value of Apgar score 7/8) with signs of respiratory insufficiency immediately after birth with hypotonicity. The authors present the case of postnatal at the 1st day of life assessed cystic malformation in the brain of premature newborn. They emphasize the importance of detailed prenatal investigation as most important in preventing prenatal asphyxia and consequent complications...
December 18, 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255959/a-novel-ccm1-krit1-heterozygous-nonsense-mutation-c-1864c-t-associated-with-familial-cerebral-cavernous-malformation-a-genetic-insight-from-an-8-year-continuous-observational-study
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Chenlong Yang, Van Halm-Lutterodt Nicholas, Jizong Zhao, Bingquan Wu, Haohao Zhong, Yan Li, Yulun Xu
Cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) is a congenital vascular abnormality that predominantly affects the central nervous system, but that sometimes encroaches other vital tissues, including the retina, skin, and even liver. The familial form of CCM (FCCM) is considered to be an autosomal dominant disease with incomplete penetrance and variable expression, which is often attributed to mutations in three genes: CCM1, CCM2, and CCM3. We screened a Chinese family diagnosed with FCCM by using Sanger sequencing...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253231/baseline-prevalence-of-birth-defects-associated-with-congenital-zika-virus-infection-massachusetts-north-carolina-and-atlanta-georgia-2013-2014
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Janet D Cragan, Cara T Mai, Emily E Petersen, Rebecca F Liberman, Nina E Forestieri, Alissa C Stevens, Augustina Delaney, April L Dawson, Sascha R Ellington, Carrie K Shapiro-Mendoza, Julie E Dunn, Cathleen A Higgins, Robert E Meyer, Tonya Williams, Kara N D Polen, Kim Newsome, Megan Reynolds, Jennifer Isenburg, Suzanne M Gilboa, Dana M Meaney-Delman, Cynthia A Moore, Coleen A Boyle, Margaret A Honein
Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious brain abnormalities, but the full range of adverse outcomes is unknown (1). To better understand the impact of birth defects resulting from Zika virus infection, the CDC surveillance case definition established in 2016 for birth defects potentially related to Zika virus infection* (2) was retrospectively applied to population-based birth defects surveillance data collected during 2013-2014 in three areas before the introduction of Zika virus (the pre-Zika years) into the World Health Organization's Region of the Americas (Americas) (3)...
March 3, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252607/-modern-diagnostic-of-agenesis-of-the-corpus-callosum-in-children
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O A Milovanova, A A Alikhanov, I E Tambiev, T Yu Tarakanova
Observations of the authors regarding main MRI symptoms of agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC) and literature review on the structure of the corpus callosum in normalcy and pathology are presented. The authors emphasize that some cases of isolated ACC has been found during routine prenatal ultrasound examination. In this regard, prenatal MRI is more effective. In 74% patients with ACC, MRI results are consistent with the results of ultrasound and CT. MRI has advantages in the differentiation of inherited corpus callosum malformation as well as concomitant CNS abnormalities...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237832/central-nervous-system-anomalies-in-two-females-with-borjeson-forssman-lehmann-syndrome
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Burkhard S Kasper, Arnd Dörfler, Nataliya Di Donato, Ekkehard M Kasper, Dagmar Wieczorek, Juliane Hoyer, Christiane Zweier
Borjeson-Forssman-Lehmann syndrome (BFLS) is a rare disorder caused by mutations in the PHF6 gene. It manifests as syndromic X-linked recessive intellectual disability (ID) in males and as sporadic ID due to de novo mutations in females. Clinical features include variable ID and a range of somatic manifestations constituting a distinct phenotype in both males and females, respectively, including seizures in a few. Central nervous system (CNS) imaging data are largely unavailable for BFLS. Here we report on CNS MRI findings from two female individuals with BFLS due to a de novo duplication in PHF6 who presented with typical BFLS and epilepsy...
February 23, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236314/non-visualization-of-choroid-plexus-of-the-fourth-ventricle-as-a-first-trimester-predictor-of-posterior-fossa-anomalies-and-chromosomal-defects-a-three-dimensional-ultrasound-study
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P Martinez-Ten, T Illescas, B Adiego, M Estevez, C Bermejo, A E Wong, W Sepulveda
OBJECTIVE: To assess non-visualization of the choroid plexus of the fourth ventricle (CP-IVV) as a simple, qualitative, and reproducible first-trimester ultrasound feature of the posterior fossa that predicts brain anomalies and chromosomal defects. METHODS: Three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound datasets of the fetal brain were prospectively obtained from 65 consecutive singleton, normal first-trimester fetuses and retrospectively from 27 fetuses identified as having an abnormal fetal posterior fossa on the first-trimester scan, which were randomly included in the final study group...
February 25, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212403/cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-of-infantile-congenital-hydrocephalus
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David D Limbrick, Brandon Baksh, Clinton D Morgan, Gakwaya Habiyaremye, James P McAllister, Terrie E Inder, Deanna Mercer, David M Holtzman, Jennifer Strahle, Michael J Wallendorf, Diego M Morales
INTRODUCTION: Hydrocephalus is a complex neurological disorder with a pervasive impact on the central nervous system. Previous work has demonstrated derangements in the biochemical profile of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in hydrocephalus, particularly in infants and children, in whom neurodevelopment is progressing in parallel with concomitant neurological injury. The objective of this study was to examine the CSF of children with congenital hydrocephalus (CHC) to gain insight into the pathophysiology of hydrocephalus and identify candidate biomarkers of CHC with potential diagnostic and therapeutic value...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212190/endothelial-cell-disease-emerging-knowledge-from-cerebral-cavernous-malformations
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Maria Grazia Lampugnani, Matteo Malinverno, Elisabetta Dejana
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Endothelial cells dysfunctions are crucial determinants of several human diseases. We review here the most recent reports on endothelial cell defects in cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs), particularly focusing on adherens junctions. CCM is a vascular disease that affects specifically the venous microvessels of the central nervous system and which is caused by loss-of-function mutation in any one of the three CCM genes (CCM1, 2 or 3) in endothelial cells. The phenotypic result of these mutations are focal vascular malformations that are permeable and fragile causing neurological symptoms and occasionally haemorrhagic stroke...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211984/prenatal-diagnosis-of-inverted-duplication-deletion-8p-syndrome-mimicking-trisomy-18
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Mehmet Ozgur Akkurt, Amanda Higgs, Ozerk T Turan, Ozhan M Turan, Sifa Turan
Inverted duplication deletion of 8p (invdupdel[8p]) is a well-described and uncommon chromosomal rearrangement. The majority of the reported cases have revealed no life-threatening malformations. Although the invdupdel[8p] syndrome in children with central nervous system abnormalities has been reported before, we present the first prenatal microarray diagnosis of invdupdel[8p] syndrome mimicking trisomy 18 due to similar sonographic features. Contrary to reported cases with invdupdel[8p] syndrome, the present case had severe polyvalvular dysplasia and the infant deceased at day 12 of life...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195514/blood-brain-barrier-on-a-chip-microphysiological-systems-that-capture-the-complexity-of-the-blood-central-nervous-system-interface
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Duc Tt Phan, R Hugh F Bender, Jillian W Andrejecsk, Agua Sobrino, Stephanie J Hachey, Steven C George, Christopher Cw Hughes
The blood-brain barrier is a dynamic and highly organized structure that strictly regulates the molecules allowed to cross the brain vasculature into the central nervous system. The blood-brain barrier pathology has been associated with a number of central nervous system diseases, including vascular malformations, stroke/vascular dementia, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and various neurological tumors including glioblastoma multiforme. There is a compelling need for representative models of this critical interface...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
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