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Congenital heart diseases and genetics

Lijiang Ma, Wendy K Chung
Group 1 pulmonary hypertension or pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare disease characterized by proliferation and occlusion of small pulmonary arterioles, leading to progressive elevation of pulmonary artery pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance, and right ventricular failure. Historically it has been associated with a high mortality rate, although over the last decade, treatment has improved survival. PAH includes idiopathic PAH (IPAH), heritable PAH (HPAH), and PAH associated with certain medical conditions...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Pathology
Xiaojing Qiao, Yahui Liu, Peiqiang Li, Zhongzhong Chen, Huili Li, Xueyan Yang, Richard H Finnell, Zhangmin Yang, Ting Zhang, Bin Qiao, Yufang Zheng, Hongyan Wang
The planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway is critical for proper embryonic development of the neural tube and heart. Mutations in these genes have previously been implicated in the pathogenesis of neural tube defects (NTDs), but not in congenital heart defects (CHDs) in humans. We systematically identified the mutation patterns of CELSR1-3 , one family of the core PCP genes, in human cohorts composed of 352 NTD cases, 412 CHD cases, and matched controls. A total of 72 disease-specific rare novel coding mutations were identified, of which 37 were identified in CHD cases, and 36 were identified in NTD patients...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
Nathan R Tucker, Saagar Mahida, Jiangchuan Ye, Elizabeth J Abraham, Julie A Mina, Victoria A Parsons, Michael A McLellan, Marisa A Shea, Alan Hanley, Emelia J Benjamin, David J Milan, Honghuang Lin, Patrick T Ellinor
BACKGROUND: The genetic basis of atrial fibrillation (AF) and congenital heart disease remains incompletely understood. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the causative mutation in a family with AF, atrial septal and ventricular septal defects. METHODS: We evaluated a pedigree with 16 family members, one with an atrial septal defect, one with a ventricular septal defect and three with AF; we performed whole exome sequencing in three affected family members...
October 15, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Ri-Tai Huang, Song Xue, Juan Wang, Jian-Yun Gu, Jia-Hong Xu, Yan-Jie Li, Ning Li, Xiao-Xiao Yang, Hua Liu, Xiao-Dong Zhang, Xin-Kai Qu, Ying-Jia Xu, Xing-Biao Qiu, Ruo-Gu Li, Yi-Qing Yang
As the most common form of birth defect in humans, congenital heart disease (CHD) is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality in both children and adults. Increasing evidence demonstrates that genetic defects play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of CHD. However, CHD is of great heterogeneity, and in an overwhelming majority of cases, the genetic determinants underpinning CHD remain elusive. In the present investigation, the coding exons and flanking introns of the CASZ1 gene, which codes for a zinc finger transcription factor essential for the cardiovascular morphogenesis, were sequenced in 172 unrelated patients with CHD...
September 28, 2016: Gene
Johanna Calderon, Christian Stopp, David Wypij, David R DeMaso, Michael Rivkin, Jane W Newburger, David C Bellinger
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the long-term impact of early-term birth (37-38 weeks' gestation) relative to full-term birth (≥39 weeks' gestation) on neurodevelopmental and psychiatric outcomes in adolescents with single-ventricle congenital heart disease (CHD). STUDY DESIGN: This cross-sectional cohort study analyzed retrospective medical records from full term adolescents with single-ventricle CHD who underwent the Fontan procedure. Participants underwent neurodevelopmental and psychiatric evaluations, as well as structural brain magnetic resonance imaging...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Diego A Lara, Mary K Ethen, Mark A Canfield, Wendy N Nembhard, Shaine A Morris
BACKGROUND: Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is strongly associated with Turner syndrome (TS); outcome data when these conditions coexist is sparse. We aimed to investigate long-term survival and causes of death in this population. METHODS: The Texas Birth Defects Registry was queried for all live born infants with HLHS during 1999-2007. We used Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression analyses to compare survival among patients with HLHS with TS (HLHS/TS+) to patients who had HLHS without genetic disorders or extracardiac birth defects (HLHS/TS-)...
September 29, 2016: Congenital Heart Disease
Lijiang Ma, Yavuz Bayram, Heather M McLaughlin, Megan T Cho, Alyson Krokosky, Clesson E Turner, Kristin Lindstrom, Caleb P Bupp, Katey Mayberry, Weiyi Mu, Joann Bodurtha, Veronique Weinstein, Neda Zadeh, Wendy Alcaraz, Zöe Powis, Yunru Shao, Daryl A Scott, Andrea M Lewis, Janson J White, Shalani N Jhangiani, Elif Yilmaz Gulec, Seema R Lalani, James R Lupski, Kyle Retterer, Rhonda E Schnur, Ingrid M Wentzensen, Sherri Bale, Wendy K Chung
Intellectual disabilities are genetically heterogeneous and can be associated with congenital anomalies. Using whole-exome sequencing (WES), we identified five different de novo missense variants in the protein phosphatase-1 catalytic subunit beta (PPP1CB) gene in eight unrelated individuals who share an overlapping phenotype of dysmorphic features, macrocephaly, developmental delay or intellectual disability (ID), congenital heart disease, short stature, and skeletal and connective tissue abnormalities. Protein phosphatase-1 (PP1) is a serine/threonine-specific protein phosphatase involved in the dephosphorylation of a variety of proteins...
December 2016: Human Genetics
Seema Mital, Kiran Musunuru, Vidu Garg, Mark W Russell, David E Lanfear, Rajat M Gupta, Kathleen T Hickey, Michael J Ackerman, Marco V Perez, Dan M Roden, Daniel Woo, Caroline S Fox, Stephanie Ware
Advances in genomics are enhancing our understanding of the genetic basis of cardiovascular diseases, both congenital and acquired, and stroke. These advances include finding genes that cause or increase the risk for childhood and adult-onset diseases, finding genes that influence how patients respond to medications, and the development of genetics-guided therapies for diseases. However, the ability of cardiovascular and stroke clinicians to fully understand and apply this knowledge to the care of their patients has lagged...
September 26, 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
Yu-Chao Jiang, Le-Le Kuang, Shu-Na Sun, Wen-Yuan Duan, Bin Qiao, Hong-Yan Wang
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is one of most prevalent birth defects in the world. However, the underlying molecular mechanism(s) have not been fully understood. Here we report that increased CHD susceptibility is associated with genetic polymorphisms for de novo nucleotide biosynthesis in northern Chinese population, which has been reported with lower plasma folate levels. Nine tagSNPs of four genes (GART, ATIC, MTHFD1 and SHMT1) in de novo nucleotide biosynthesis were sequenced in 802 sporadic CHDs patients and 1,093 controls from two Han Chinese populations, located in north China (Shandong) and South China (Shanghai)...
September 23, 2016: Clinical Genetics
Sara Nader Marta, Roberto Yoshio Kawakami, Claudia Almeida Prado Piccino Sgavioli, Ana Eliza Correa, Guaniara D'Árk de Oliveira El Kadre, Ricardo Sandri Carvalho
Waardenburg syndrome (WS) is an inherited autosomal dominant genetic disorder presenting variable penetrance and expressivity, with an estimated prevalence of 1:42,000. Clinical characteristics of WS include lateral displacement of the internal eye canthus, hyperplasia of the medial portion of the eyebrows, prominent and broad nasal base, congenital deafness, pigmentation of the iris and skin, and white forelock. A 24-year-old male patient, previously diagnosed with WS, was referred to the Special Needs Dental Clinic of Sacred Heart University, Bauru, Brazil...
2016: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
Heather Evans Anderson, Lionel Christiaen
Cardiac cell specification and the genetic determinants that govern this process are highly conserved among Chordates. Recent studies have established the importance of evolutionarily-conserved mechanisms in the study of congenital heart defects and disease, as well as cardiac regeneration. As a basal Chordate, the Ciona model system presents a simple scaffold that recapitulates the basic blueprint of cardiac development in Chordates. Here we will focus on the development and cellular structure of the heart of the ascidian Ciona as compared to other Chordates, principally vertebrates...
September 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease
Francesco Vetrini, Lisa C A D'Alessandro, Zeynep C Akdemir, Alicia Braxton, Mahshid S Azamian, Mohammad K Eldomery, Kathryn Miller, Chelsea Kois, Virginia Sack, Natasha Shur, Asha Rijhsinghani, Jignesh Chandarana, Yan Ding, Judy Holtzman, Shalini N Jhangiani, Donna M Muzny, Richard A Gibbs, Christine M Eng, Neil A Hanchard, Tamar Harel, Jill A Rosenfeld, John W Belmont, James R Lupski, Yaping Yang
Disruption of the establishment of left-right (L-R) asymmetry leads to situs anomalies ranging from situs inversus totalis (SIT) to situs ambiguus (heterotaxy). The genetic causes of laterality defects in humans are highly heterogeneous. Via whole-exome sequencing (WES), we identified homozygous mutations in PKD1L1 from three affected individuals in two unrelated families. PKD1L1 encodes a polycystin-1-like protein and its loss of function is known to cause laterality defects in mouse and medaka fish models...
October 6, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Rebecca C Ahrens-Nicklas, Shama Khan, Jennifer Garbarini, Stacy Woyciechowski, Lisa D'Alessandro, Elaine H Zackai, Matthew A Deardorff, Elizabeth Goldmuntz
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are heterogeneous and present with a spectrum of severity, with roughly 25% of patients requiring intervention before age 1. The etiology of disease is unknown in many individuals; however, there is a rapidly expanding understanding of genetic risk factors that may contribute to pathogenesis. Through this work, we sought to evaluate the diagnostic yield of a clinical genetics evaluation and associated genetic testing among infants with critical CHDs. Furthermore, we aimed to both determine the utility of microarray and establish a strong baseline that can be used in future studies of the impact of exome sequencing in this population...
September 8, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Florencia Del Viso, Fang Huang, Jordan Myers, Madeleine Chalfant, Yongdeng Zhang, Nooreen Reza, Joerg Bewersdorf, C Patrick Lusk, Mustafa K Khokha
Human genomics is identifying candidate genes for congenital heart disease (CHD), but discovering the underlying mechanisms remains challenging. In a patient with CHD and heterotaxy (Htx), a disorder of left-right patterning, we previously identified a duplication in Nup188. However, a mechanism to explain how a component of the nuclear pore complex (NPC) could cause Htx/CHD was undefined. Here, we show that knockdown of Nup188 or its binding partner Nup93 leads to a loss of cilia during embryonic development while leaving NPC function largely intact...
September 12, 2016: Developmental Cell
Joanna Lazier, Deborah Fruitman, Julie Lauzon, Francois Bernier, Bob Argiropoulos, Judy Chernos, Oana Caluseriu, Rebecca Simrose, Mary Ann Thomas
OBJECTIVES: To examine the diagnostic performance of array comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) for fetal cardiac anomalies in two medium-sized Canadian prenatal genetics clinics. METHODS: We prospectively recruited 22 pregnant women with fetal structural cardiac anomalies, normal rapid aneuploidy detection, and FISH for 22q11.2 testing for array CGH analysis. RESULTS: One case had an 8p deletion that was also visible on karyotype and included the GATA4 gene, which has been associated with congenital heart disease...
July 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
Marilyne Levy, Mélanie Eyries, Isabelle Szezepanski, Magalie Ladouceur, Sophie Nadaud, Damien Bonnet, Florent Soubrier
The prevalence of germline mutations in paediatric pulmonary hypertension (PH) is poorly documented. The objective of this study was to determine the mutation frequency in PH genes in a paediatric cohort and describe the clinical characteristics of mutation carriers.The study involved 66 index cases with PH: 35 children with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH); five children with familial PAH (FPAH); three children with pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD); and 23 children with PAH associated with congenital heart disease (APAH-CHD)...
October 2016: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Maria G Andreassi, Alessandro Della Corte
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The incidence of aortic dilation and acute complications (rupture and dissection) is higher in patients with a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV), the most frequent congenital heart defect.The present review focuses on the current knowledge in the genetics of BAV, emphasizing the clinical implications for early detection and personalized care. RECENT FINDINGS: BAV is a highly heritable trait, but the genetic causes remain largely elusive. NOTCH1 is the only proven candidate gene to be associated with both familial and sporadic BAV...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Tanya N Antonini, William J Dreyer, Susan E Caudle
Cardiac defects represent the most common type of birth defect and children with these abnormalities are known to experience a variety of developmental and neuropsychological delays. Children receiving heart transplants may be at the highest risk for delays as they tend to represent the most severely ill patients with heart disease. This study investigates neurocognitive and adaptive functioning in 20 children under 2 years of age who were undergoing evaluation for heart transplant, comparing their performance to that of normative samples...
August 31, 2016: Child Neuropsychology: a Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence
Paolo Ria, Antonia Fabris, Alessandra Dalla Gassa, Gianluigi Zaza, Antonio Lupo, Giovanni Gambaro
Medullary sponge kidney (MSK) is a congenital renal disorder. Its association with several developmental abnormalities in other organs hints at the likelihood of some shared step(s) in the embryogenesis of the kidney and other organs. It has been suggested that the REarranged during Transfection (RET) proto-oncogene and the Glial cell line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) gene are defective in patients with MSK, and both RET and GDNF are known to have a role in the development of the central nervous system, heart, and craniofacial skeleton...
August 29, 2016: Urolithiasis
Jana Lozar-Krivec, Maja Stepic, Tinka Hovnik, Mladen Krsnik, Darja Paro-Panjan
Neonatal cyanosis is rarely due to hemoglobin variants with low oxygen affinity. We describe the clinical course and results of molecular genetic analysis of a boy who presented after birth with severe cyanosis. Arterial blood-gas analysis demonstrated a pronounced shift of the oxygen-hemoglobin dissociation curve to the right and molecular genetic analysis revealed a γ-globin variant, Hb F-Sarajevo. The patient presented is the second reported case of neonatal cyanosis due to this mutation, which was first described in 2012 by Zimmermann-Baer and coauthors...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
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