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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635423/inner-retinal-dystrophy-in-a-patient-with-biallelic-sequence-variants-in-brat1
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Julius T Oatts, Jacque L Duncan, Creig S Hoyt, Anne M Slavotinek, Anthony T Moore
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the BRCA1-associated protein required for the ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) activation-1 (BRAT1) gene cause lethal neonatal rigidity and multifocal seizure syndrome characterized by rigidity and intractable seizures and a milder phenotype with intellectual disability, seizures, nonprogressive cerebellar ataxia or dyspraxia, and cerebellar atrophy. To date, nystagmus, cortical visual impairment, impairment of central vision, optic nerve hypoplasia, and optic atrophy have been described in this condition...
March 2, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634705/how-does-pregnancy-affect-the-patients-with-pituitary-adenomas-a-study-on-113-pregnancies-from-turkey
#2
Z Karaca, S Yarman, I Ozbas, P Kadioglu, M Akturk, F Kilicli, H S Dokmetas, R Colak, H Atmaca, Z Canturk, Y Altuntas, N Ozbey, N Hatipoglu, F Tanriverdi, K Unluhizarci, F Kelestimur
OBJECTIVE: Data regarding pregnancies in relation to pituitary tumors are limited. The effects of pregnancy on pituitary adenomas and the effects of adenoma itself (hormonal activity, mass effects and pituitary insufficiency) and/or treatment on the ongoing gestation and developing fetus were evaluated. METHODS: The study was a retrospective study. A questionnaire involving questions regarding medical history before index gestation, history of related pregnancy, result of index gestation and postpartum follow-up of the patients was filled by the investigator in one of the eight Referral Endocrinology Centers from Turkey...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632511/zika-virus-a-cause-of-concern-in-transplantation
#3
Marilyn E Levi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Worldwide, the number of countries reporting Zika virus (ZKV) infection continues to increase. Although 80% of cases are asymptomatic, ZKV has been identified as a neurotropic virus associated with congenital microcephaly, Guillain-Barre' syndrome, and meningoencephalitis. Until recently, infection in transplant recipients has not been identified. This study will review the existing literature on ZKV infection, laboratory testing, and management in transplant recipients...
June 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631169/zika-virus-infection-in-vietnam-current-epidemic-strain-origin-spreading-risk-and-perspective
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REVIEW
Dinh-Toi Chu, Vo Truong Nhu Ngoc, Yang Tao
Zika virus infection and its associated microcephaly have being receiving global concern. This infection has spread widely since the first outbreak was recorded in Africa in 1952. Now, it has been reported in over 70 countries on five continents including Africa, North and South America, Asia, and Europe. Vietnam is one of the most recent countries which had cases of Zika virus infection at the end of 2016. This country has also reported the first case of a microcephaly-born baby which was probably linked to Zika virus infection...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630177/integrated-genome-and-transcriptome-sequencing-identifies-a-noncoding-mutation-in-the-genome-replication-factor-donson-as-the-cause-of-microcephaly-micromelia-syndrome
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Gilad D Evrony, Dwight R Cordero, Jun Shen, Jennifer N Partlow, Timothy W Yu, Rachel E Rodin, R Sean Hill, Michael E Coulter, Anh-Thu N Lam, Divya Jayaraman, Dianne Gerrelli, Diana G Diaz, Chloe Santos, Victoria Morrison, Antonella Galli, Ulrich Tschulena, Stefan Wiemann, M Jocelyne Martel, Betty Spooner, Steven C Ryu, Princess C Elhosary, Jillian M Richardson, Danielle Tierney, Christopher A Robinson, Rajni Chibbar, Dana Diudea, Rebecca Folkerth, Sheldon Wiebe, A James Barkovich, Ganeshwaran H Mochida, James Irvine, Edmond G Lemire, Patricia Blakley, Christopher A Walsh
While next-generation sequencing has accelerated the discovery of human disease genes, progress has been largely limited to the "low hanging fruit" of mutations with obvious exonic coding or canonical splice site impact. In contrast, the lack of high-throughput, unbiased approaches for functional assessment of most noncoding variants has bottlenecked gene discovery. We report the integration of transcriptome sequencing (RNA-seq), which surveys all mRNAs to reveal functional impacts of variants at the transcription level, into the gene discovery framework for a unique human disease, microcephaly-micromelia syndrome (MMS)...
June 19, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627366/pqbp1-an-intrinsically-disordered-denatured-protein-at-the-crossroad-of-intellectual-disability-and-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Hitoshi Okazawa
PQBP1 (polyglutamine binding protein-1) is the earliest identified molecule among the group of disease-related intrinsically disordered/denatured proteins. PQBP1 interacts with splicing-related factors via the disordered/denatured domain and regulates post-transcriptional gene expression. The mutations cause intellectual disability due to decreased dendritic spines and abnormal expression of synapse molecules in neurons, and microcephaly due to elongated cell cycle time and abnormal expression of cell cycle proteins in neural stem progenitor cells...
June 13, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626108/-a-case-of-partial-deletion-of-the-long-arm-of-chromosome-7
#7
Lin Yang, Ying Cheng, Qian Lin, Hong Zhang
Partial deletion of the long arm of chromosome 7 is a rare disease and is prone to missing the diagnosis or being misdiagnosed. Here we present a case of a 13-year-old boy that showed symptoms such as growth-retardation, moderate intellectual disability, hypotelorism, microcephaly, epicanthal folds, genu varum and lumbar vertebral cleft, but it did not show serious symptoms like cleft lip, urogenital malformation and hypotonia. He was eventually diagnosed as partial deletion of the long arm of chromosome 7 syndrome through gene analysis...
May 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626029/a-homozygous-founder-mutation-in-trappc6b-associates-with-a-neurodevelopmental-disorder-characterised-by-microcephaly-epilepsy-and-autistic-features
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Isaac Marin-Valencia, Gaia Novarino, Anide Johansen, Basak Rosti, Mahmoud Y Issa, Damir Musaev, Gifty Bhat, Eric Scott, Jennifer L Silhavy, Valentina Stanley, Rasim O Rosti, Jeremy W Gleeson, Farhad B Imam, Maha S Zaki, Joseph G Gleeson
BACKGROUND: Transport protein particle (TRAPP) is a multisubunit complex that regulates membrane trafficking through the Golgi apparatus. The clinical phenotype associated with mutations in various TRAPP subunits has allowed elucidation of their functions in specific tissues. The role of some subunits in human disease, however, has not been fully established, and their functions remain uncertain. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to expand the range of neurodevelopmental disorders associated with mutations in TRAPP subunits by exome sequencing of consanguineous families...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625535/glial-specific-functions-of-microcephaly-protein-wdr62-and-interaction-with-the-mitotic-kinase-aurka-are-essential-for-drosophila-brain-growth
#9
Nicholas R Lim, Belal Shohayeb, Olga Zaytseva, Naomi Mitchell, S Sean Millard, Dominic C H Ng, Leonie M Quinn
The second most commonly mutated gene in primary microcephaly (MCPH) patients is wd40-repeat protein 62 (wdr62), but the relative contribution of WDR62 function to the growth of major brain lineages is unknown. Here, we use Drosophila models to dissect lineage-specific WDR62 function(s). Interestingly, although neural stem cell (neuroblast)-specific depletion of WDR62 significantly decreased neuroblast number, brain size was unchanged. In contrast, glial lineage-specific WDR62 depletion significantly decreased brain volume...
June 9, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624465/muscle-pathology-in-vici-syndrome-a-case-study-with-a-novel-mutation-in-epg5-and-a-summary-of-the-literature
#10
Carola Hedberg-Oldfors, Niklas Darin, Anders Oldfors
Vici syndrome is a disorder characterized by myopathy, cardiomyopathy, agenesis of the corpus callosum, immunodeficiency, cataracts, hypopigmentation, microcephaly, gross developmental delay and failure to thrive. It is caused by mutations in EPG5, which encodes a protein involved in the autophagy pathway. Although myopathy is part of the syndrome, few publications have described the muscle pathology. We present a detailed morphological analysis in a boy with Vici syndrome due to a novel homozygous one-base deletion in EPG5 (c...
May 8, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620870/severe-growth-deficiency-microcephaly-intellectual-disability-and-characteristic-facial-features-are-due-to-a-homozygous-qars-mutation
#11
Esther Leshinsky-Silver, Jiqiang Ling, Jiang Wu, Chana Vinkler, Keren Yosovich, Sarit Bahar, Miri Yanoov-Sharav, Tally Lerman-Sagie, Dorit Lev
Glutaminyl tRNA synthase is highly expressed in the developing fetal human brain. Mutations in the glutaminyl-tRNA synthetase (QARS) gene have been reported in patients with progressive microcephaly, cerebral-cerebellar atrophy, and intractable seizures. We have previously reported a new recessive syndrome of severe linear growth retardation, poor weight gain, microcephaly, characteristic facial features, cutaneous syndactyly of the toes, high myopia, and intellectual disability in two sisters of Ashkenazi-Jewish origin (Eur J Med Genet 2014;57(6):288-92)...
June 15, 2017: Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619360/further-delineation-of-cog8-cdg-a-case-with-novel-compound-heterozygous-mutations-diagnosed-by-targeted-exome-sequencing
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Aram Yang, Sung Yoon Cho, Ja-Hyun Jang, Jinsup Kim, Sook Za Kim, Beom Hee Lee, Han-Wook Yoo, Dong-Kyu Jin
Congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) are a rapidly expanding group of inherited metabolic disorders with highly variable clinical presentations caused by deficient glycosylation of proteins and/or lipids. CDG-IIh is a very rare subgroup of CDG caused by mutations in the conserved oligomeric Golgi (COG) complex gene, COG8, and so far, only two cases have been reported in the medical literature. Here, we describe an 8-year-old Korean boy with psychomotor retardation, hypotonia, failure to thrive, elevated serum liver enzymes, microcephaly, and talipes equinovarus...
June 13, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619046/identification-of-a-novel-ctcf-mutation-responsible-for-syndromic-intellectual-disability-a-case-report
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Fatma Bastaki, Pratibha Nair, Madiha Mohamed, Ethar Mustafa Malik, Mustafa Helmi, Mahmoud Taleb Al-Ali, Abdul Rezzak Hamzeh
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant mental retardation 21 (MRD21) is a very rare condition, characterized by short stature, microcephaly, mild facial dysmorphisms and intellectual disability that ranged from mild to severe. MRD21 is caused by mutations in CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) and this was established through only four unrelated cases, two of which had frameshift mutations. CTCF is a master transcriptional regulator that controls chromatin structure and may serve as insulator and transcriptional activator and repressor...
June 15, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617965/further-delineation-of-the-phenotype-caused-by-biallelic-variants-in-the-wdr4-gene
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Aurélien Trimouille, Eulalie Lasseaux, Pascal Barat, Caroline Deiller, Séverine Drunat, Caroline Rooryck, Benoît Arveiler, Didier Lacombe
Microcephalic primordial dwarfisms are a group of rare Mendelian disorders characterized by severe growth retardation and microcephaly. The molecular basis is heterogeneous, with disease-causing genes implicated in different cellular functions. Recently, 2 patients were reported with the same homozygous variant in the WDR4 gene, coding for an enzyme responsible for the m(7) G46 post transcriptional modification of tRNA. We report here two sisters harboring compound heterozygous variants of WDR4. Their phenotype differs from that of the first two described patients: they both have a severe microcephaly but only one of the two sisters had a head circumference at birth below -2 SD, their intellectual deficiency is less severe, and they have a GH deficiency and a partial hypogonadotropic hypogonadotropism...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617773/pregnancy-outcomes-after-maternal-zika-virus-infection-during-pregnancy-u-s-territories-january-1-2016-april-25-2017
#15
Carrie K Shapiro-Mendoza, Marion E Rice, Romeo R Galang, Anna C Fulton, Kelley VanMaldeghem, Miguel Valencia Prado, Esther Ellis, Magele Scott Anesi, Regina M Simeone, Emily E Petersen, Sascha R Ellington, Abbey M Jones, Tonya Williams, Sarah Reagan-Steiner, Janice Perez-Padilla, Carmen C Deseda, Andrew Beron, Aifili John Tufa, Asher Rosinger, Nicole M Roth, Caitlin Green, Stacey Martin, Camille Delgado Lopez, Leah deWilde, Mary Goodwin, H Pamela Pagano, Cara T Mai, Carolyn Gould, Sherif Zaki, Leishla Nieves Ferrer, Michelle S Davis, Eva Lathrop, Kara Polen, Janet D Cragan, Megan Reynolds, Kimberly B Newsome, Mariam Marcano Huertas, Julu Bhatangar, Alma Martinez Quiñones, John F Nahabedian, Laura Adams, Tyler M Sharp, W Thane Hancock, Sonja A Rasmussen, Cynthia A Moore, Denise J Jamieson, Jorge L Munoz-Jordan, Helentina Garstang, Afeke Kambui, Carolee Masao, Margaret A Honein, Dana Meaney-Delman
Pregnant women living in or traveling to areas with local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission are at risk for Zika virus infection, which can lead to severe fetal and infant brain abnormalities and microcephaly (1). In February 2016, CDC recommended 1) routine testing for Zika virus infection of asymptomatic pregnant women living in areas with ongoing local Zika virus transmission at the first prenatal care visit, 2) retesting during the second trimester for women who initially test negative, and 3) testing of pregnant women with signs or symptoms consistent with Zika virus disease (e...
June 16, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615701/revisiting-zika-and-rubella
#16
Adolfo Martinez-Palomo
Three months after the World Health Organization declared the epidemic of Zika virus infections to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, we can look back at what we have learned and prospects for controlling the disease. Although Zika virus infections may explain many cases of brain damage in newborns, it may not be the only cause. We need a clear association between confirmed cases of Zika infections in pregnant women and microcephaly in newborns. Until we reach a firm conclusion, past experience with another virus that causes damage to newborns offers some hope...
August 2016: Journal of Public Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615204/human-cytomegalovirus-ie2-protein-disturbs-brain-development-by-dysregulating-neural-stem-cell-maintenance-and-the-polarization-of-migrating-neurons
#17
Dasol Han, Sung-Hyun Byun, Juwan Kim, Mookwang Kwon, Samuel J Pleasure, Jin-Hyun Ahn, Keejung Yoon
Despite the high incidence of severe defects in the central nervous system caused by human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) congenital infection, the mechanism of HCMV neuropathogenesis and the roles of individual viral genes have not yet been fully determined. In this study, we show that the immediate-early 2 (IE2) protein may play a key role in HCMV-caused neurodevelopmental disorders. IE2-transduced neural progenitor cells gave rise to neurospheres with a lower frequency and produced smaller neurospheres than control cells in vitro, indicating reduction of self-renewal and expansion of neural progenitors by IE2...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612833/variant-in-the-x-chromosome-spliceosomal-gene-gpkow-causes-male-lethal-microcephaly-with-intrauterine-growth-restriction
#18
Renée Carroll, Raman Kumar, Marie Shaw, Jennie Slee, Vera M Kalscheuer, Mark A Corbett, Jozef Gecz
Congenital microcephaly, with or without additional developmental defects, is a heterogeneous disorder resulting from impaired brain development during early fetal life. The majority of causative genetic variants identified thus far are inherited in an autosomal recessive manner and impact key cellular pathways such as mitosis, DNA damage response and repair, apoptosis and splicing. Here, we report a novel donor splice site variant in the G-patch domain and KOW motifs (GPKOW) gene (NG_021310.2:g.6126G>A, NM_015698...
June 14, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612151/the-genetics-journey-a-case-report-of-a-genetic-diagnosis-made-30-years-later
#19
Linford A Williams, Shane C Quinonez, Wendy R Uhlmann
Mandibulofacial dysostosis with microcephaly (MFDM) is a rare autosomal dominant condition that was first described in 2006. The causative gene, EFTUD2, identified in 2012. We report on a family that initially presented to a pediatric genetics clinic in the 1980s for evaluation of multiple congenital anomalies. Re-evaluation of one member thirty years later resulted in a phenotypic and molecularly confirmed diagnosis of MFDM. This family's clinical histories and the novel EFTUD2 variant identified, c.1297_1298delAT (p...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611924/pcs-mva-syndrome-caused-by-an-alu-insertion-in-the-bub1b-gene
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Maki Kato, Takema Kato, Eriko Hosoba, Masanao Ohashi, Midori Fujisaki, Mamoru Ozaki, Masatoshi Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Sameshima, Hiroki Kurahashi
We report a case of premature chromatid separation/mosaic variegated aneuploidy syndrome identified by microcephaly on fetal ultrasound and confirmed by cytogenetic analysis of amniotic fluid. Initial mutational analysis of the entire coding region of the BUB1B gene failed to identify any causative mutations. However, further analysis revealed a known compound heterozygous mutation in the upstream region of this gene and a novel Alu insertion mutation in the intron.
2017: Human Genome Variation
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