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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538662/maternal-factors-that-induce-epigenetic-changes-contribute-to-neurological-disorders-in-offspring
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Avijit Banik, Deepika Kandilya, Seshadri Ramya, Walter Stünkel, Yap Seng Chong, S Thameem Dheen
It is well established that the regulation of epigenetic factors, including chromatic reorganization, histone modifications, DNA methylation, and miRNA regulation, is critical for the normal development and functioning of the human brain. There are a number of maternal factors influencing epigenetic pathways such as lifestyle, including diet, alcohol consumption, and smoking, as well as age and infections (viral or bacterial). Genetic and metabolic alterations such as obesity, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and thyroidism alter epigenetic mechanisms, thereby contributing to neurodevelopmental disorders (NDs) such as embryonic neural tube defects (NTDs), autism, Down's syndrome, Rett syndrome, and later onset of neuropsychological deficits...
May 24, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538237/update-on-postnatal-steroids
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Henry L Halliday
Antenatal steroid treatment to enhance fetal lung maturity and surfactant treatment to prevent or treat respiratory distress syndrome have been major advances in perinatal medicine in the past 40 years contributing to improved outcomes for preterm infants. Use of postnatal steroids to prevent or treat chronic lung disease in preterm infants has been less successful and associated with adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes. Although early (in the first week of life) postnatal steroid treatment facilitates earlier extubation and reduces the risk of chronic lung disease, it is associated with adverse effects, such as hyperglycemia, hypertension, gastrointestinal bleeding and perforation, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, growth failure, and cerebral palsy, and cannot be recommended...
2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526761/a-retrospective-chart-review-of-the-features-of-pten-hamartoma-tumour-syndrome-in-children
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Emily Hansen-Kiss, Sarah Beinkampen, Brent Adler, Thomas Frazier, Thomas Prior, Steven Erdman, Charis Eng, Gail Herman
OBJECTIVE: It is recognised that 5% - 10 % of children with macrocephaly and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual disability (ID) have a heterozygous pathogenic mutation in the PTEN tumour suppressor gene that is associated with PTEN hamartoma tumour syndrome. However, the clinical features and course in children with a pathogenic PTEN mutation are unclear and have not been well documented. STUDY OBJECTIVES: We undertook a retrospective chart review of children (< 18  years) with pathogenic PTEN mutations to ascertain clinical findings, clinical course and possible outcomes...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525759/modeling-rett-syndrome-using-talen-edited-mecp2-mutant-cynomolgus-monkeys
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Yongchang Chen, Juehua Yu, Yuyu Niu, Dongdong Qin, Hailiang Liu, Gang Li, Yingzhou Hu, Jiaojian Wang, Yi Lu, Yu Kang, Yong Jiang, Kunhua Wu, Siguang Li, Jingkuan Wei, Jing He, Junbang Wang, Xiaojing Liu, Yuping Luo, Chenyang Si, Raoxian Bai, Kunshan Zhang, Jie Liu, Shaoyong Huang, Zhenzhen Chen, Shuang Wang, Xiaoying Chen, Xinhua Bao, Qingping Zhang, Fuxing Li, Rui Geng, Aibin Liang, Dinggang Shen, Tianzi Jiang, Xintian Hu, Yuanye Ma, Weizhi Ji, Yi Eve Sun
Gene-editing technologies have made it feasible to create nonhuman primate models for human genetic disorders. Here, we report detailed genotypes and phenotypes of TALEN-edited MECP2 mutant cynomolgus monkeys serving as a model for a neurodevelopmental disorder, Rett syndrome (RTT), which is caused by loss-of-function mutations in the human MECP2 gene. Male mutant monkeys were embryonic lethal, reiterating that RTT is a disease of females. Through a battery of behavioral analyses, including primate-unique eye-tracking tests, in combination with brain imaging via MRI, we found a series of physiological, behavioral, and structural abnormalities resembling clinical manifestations of RTT...
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523539/the-role-of-noncoding-rnas-in-neurodevelopmental-disorders-the-case-of-rett-syndrome
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Aida Obiols-Guardia, Sònia Guil
Current technologies have demonstrated that only a small fraction of our genes encode for protein products. The vast majority of the human transcriptome corresponds to noncoding RNA (ncRNA) of different size, localization, and expression profile. Despite the fact that a biological function remains yet to be determined for most ncRNAs, growing evidence points to their crucial regulatory roles at all stages in gene expression regulation, including transcriptional and posttranscriptional control, so that proper cell homeostasis seems to depend largely on a variety of ncRNA-mediated regulatory networks...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522374/population-pharmacokinetics-of-nnz-2566-in-healthy-subjects
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Sean P Oosterholt, Joseph Horrigan, Nancy Jones, Larry Glass, Oscar Della Pasqua
NNZ-2566 is a novel, small molecule being developed as a treatment for cognitive impairment in different CNS conditions, including Rett and Fragile-X syndrome, both of which are associated with moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder. In current study we characterise the population pharmacokinetics of NNZ-2566 after administration of single and repeated ascending doses to healthy subjects. A meta-analytical approach was used to analyse pharmacokinetic data from 3 different studies, in which a total of 61 healthy subjects (median age 23years, range 19 to 38) were treated with NNZ-2566...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521525/babbling-in-children-with-neurodevelopmental-disability-and-validity-of-a-simplified-way-of-measuring-canonical-babbling-ratio
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Anna Nyman, Anette Lohmander
Babbling is an important precursor to speech, but has not yet been thoroughly investigated in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Canonical babbling ratio (CBR) is a commonly used but time-consuming measure for quantifying babbling. The aim of this study was twofold: to validate a simplified version of the CBR (CBR(UTTER)), and to use this measure to determine if early precursors to speech and language development could be detected in children with different neurodevelopmental disabilities. Two different data sets were used...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515788/genomic-imprinting-does-not-reduce-the-dosage-of-ube3a-in-neurons
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Paul R Hillman, Sarah G B Christian, Ryan Doan, Noah D Cohen, Kranti Konganti, Kory Douglas, Xu Wang, Paul B Samollow, Scott V Dindot
BACKGROUND: The ubiquitin protein E3A ligase gene (UBE3A) gene is imprinted with maternal-specific expression in neurons and biallelically expressed in all other cell types. Both loss-of-function and gain-of-function mutations affecting the dosage of UBE3A are associated with several neurodevelopmental syndromes and psychological conditions, suggesting that UBE3A is dosage-sensitive in the brain. The observation that loss of imprinting increases the dosage of UBE3A in brain further suggests that inactivation of the paternal UBE3A allele evolved as a dosage-regulating mechanism...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515557/dandy-walker-variant-with-schizophrenia-comorbidity-or-cerebellar-cognitive-affective-syndrome
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Pallavi Sinha, Jatin Tarwani, Pankaj Kumar, Amit Garg
Dandy-Walker complex (DWC) is a series of neurodevelopmental anomalies involving the posterior cranial fossa. The cerebellum has long been considered to be involved in motor coordination and balance. However, it has now been noted to play an important role in higher order cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functions. The concept of cerebellar cognitive affective syndrome, describing a coherent spectrum of cognitive and behavioral disturbances in adults following cerebellar damage has long been proposed. There have been reported cases of co-occurring psychiatric symptoms and DWC in literature, but the conclusive evidence for an association between the same remains lacking...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513774/hippocampal-overexpression-of-down-syndrome-cell-adhesion-molecule-in-amyloid-precursor-protein-transgenic-mice
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Y L Jia, Z X Fu, B H Zhang, Y J Jia
Down syndrome cell adhesion molecule (DSCAM) is located within the Down syndrome critical region of chromosome 21. DSCAM is a broadly expressed neurodevelopmental protein involved in synaptogenesis, neurite outgrowth, and axon guidance. We previously demonstrated DSCAM overexpression in the cortex of amyloid precursor protein (APP) transgenic mice, suggesting possible regulatory interactions between APP and DSCAM. APP mice exhibit deficits in hippocampus-dependent learning and memory. In this preliminary study, we examined age-related changes in DSCAM expression within the hippocampus in 16 APP transgenic mice (1, 3, 6 and 12 months old)...
May 15, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513607/variants-in-ttc25-affect-autistic-trait-in-patients-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-general-population
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Dina Vojinovic, Nathalie Brison, Shahzad Ahmad, Ilse Noens, Irene Pappa, Lennart C Karssen, Henning Tiemeier, Cornelia M van Duijn, Hilde Peeters, Najaf Amin
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly heritable neurodevelopmental disorder with a complex genetic architecture. To identify genetic variants underlying ASD, we performed single-variant and gene-based genome-wide association studies using a dense genotyping array containing over 2.3 million single-nucleotide variants in a discovery sample of 160 families with at least one child affected with non-syndromic ASD using a binary (ASD yes/no) phenotype and a quantitative autistic trait. Replication of the top findings was performed in Psychiatric Genomics Consortium and Erasmus Rucphen Family (ERF) cohort study...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504119/the-ratio-of-1-3-linoleic-acid-to-alpha-linolenic-acid-is-optimal-for-oligodendrogenesis-of-embryonic-neural-stem-cells
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Hossein Hejr, Majid Ghareghani, Kazem Zibara, Maryam Ghafari, Farzad Sadri, Zinab Salehpour, Azadeh Hamedi, Koresh Negintaji, Hassan Azari, Amir Ghanbari
During neural development, embryonic neural stem cells (eNSCs) differentiate toward glial, oligodendrocytic, and neuronal cells. Dysregulation of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) induce a wide range of neurological and developmental disorders. In this study, we investigated the effect of various concentrations and ratios of linoleic acid (LA) and alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which belong respectively to omega-6 and omega-3 PUFAs, on the proliferation and differentiation of eNSCs.Results showed that low (25 and 50μM) or high (100 and 200μM) concentrations of ALA, but not LA, and the ratio of 1:3 of LA/ALA significantly increased neurospheres size, frequency and cell numbers, in comparison to controls...
May 11, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503735/wdr45b-related-intellectual-disability-spastic-quadriplegia-epilepsy-and-cerebral-hypoplasia-a-consistent-neurodevelopmental-syndrome
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Jehan Suleiman, Diane Allingham-Hawkins, Mais Hashem, Hanan Shamseddin, Fowzan S Alkuraya, Ayman W El-Hattab
The advancement in genomic sequencing has greatly improved the diagnostic yield for neurodevelopmental disorders and led to the discovery of large number of novel genes associated with these disorders. WDR45B has been identified as a potential intellectual disability gene through genomic sequencing of two large cohorts of affected individuals. In this report we present six individuals from three unrelated families with homozygous pathogenic variants in WDR45B: c.799C>T (p.Q267*) in one family and c.673C>T (p...
May 14, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503627/two-novel-kcnq2-mutations-in-2-families-with-benign-familial-neonatal-convulsions
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Ghalia Al Yazidi, Michael I Shevell, Myriam Srour
Benign familial neonatal convulsion is a rare autosomal dominant inherited epilepsy syndrome characterized by unprovoked seizures in the first few days of life, normal psychomotor development, and a positive intergenerational family history of neonatal seizures. Over 90% of the affected individuals have inherited causal mutations in KCNQ2, which encodes for the potassium voltage-gated channel subfamily Q, member 2. Mutations in KCNQ2 are also associated with a severe neonatal encephalopathy phenotype associated with poor seizure control and neurodevelopmental deficits...
January 2017: Child Neurol Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503387/rubinstein-taybi-syndrome-associated-with-pituitary-macroadenoma-a-case-report
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Yasamin Olyaei, J Manuel Sarmiento, Serguei I Bannykh, Doniel Drazin, Robert T Naruse, Wesley King
Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RSTS) is an autosomal dominant disorder that is classically characterized by prenatal and postnatal growth restriction, microcephaly, dysmorphic craniofacial features, broad thumbs and toes, and intellectual disability. We describe the first reported case of a pituitary macroadenoma associated with RSTS. A 39-year-old Caucasian female with a past medical history of RSTS diagnosed at age two was found to have a gadolinium-enhancing pituitary mass on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain three years ago during workup for migraine-like headaches...
April 11, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498556/adaptive-and-maladaptive-functioning-in-kleefstra-syndrome-compared-to-other-rare-genetic-disorders-with-intellectual-disabilities
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Karlijn Vermeulen, Anneke de Boer, Joost G E Janzing, David A Koolen, Charlotte W Ockeloen, Marjolein H Willemsen, Floor M Verhoef, Patricia A M van Deurzen, Linde van Dongen, Hans van Bokhoven, Jos I M Egger, Wouter G Staal, Tjitske Kleefstra
Detailed neurobehavioural profiles are of major value for specific clinical management, but have remained underexposed in the population with intellectual disabilities (ID). This was traditionally classified based on IQ level only. Rapid advances in genetics enable etiology based stratification in the majority of patients, which reduces clinical heterogeneity. This paper illustrates that specific profiles can be obtained for rare syndromes with ID. Our main aim was to study (mal)adaptive functioning in Kleefstra Syndrome (KS) by comparing and contrasting our findings to three other subgroups: Koolen-de Vries Syndrome, GATAD2B-related syndrome, and a mixed control group of individuals with ID...
May 12, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498341/replication-of-high-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-prevalence-rates-child-characteristics-and-maternal-risk-factors-in-a-second-sample-of-rural-communities-in-south-africa
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Philip A May, Marlene M De Vries, Anna-Susan Marais, Wendy O Kalberg, David Buckley, Colleen M Adnams, Julie M Hasken, Barbara Tabachnick, Luther K Robinson, Melanie A Manning, Heidre Bezuidenhout, Margaret P Adam, Kenneth L Jones, Soraya Seedat, Charles D H Parry, H Eugene Hoyme
Background: Prevalence and characteristics of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and total fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) were studied in a second sample of three South African rural communities to assess change. Methods: Active case ascertainment focused on children with height, weight and/or head circumference ≤25th centile and randomly-selected children. Final diagnoses were based on dysmorphology, neurobehavioral scores, and maternal risk interviews. Results: Cardinal facial features, head circumference, and total dysmorphology scores differentiated specific FASD diagnostic categories in a somewhat linear fashion but all FASD traits were significantly worse than those of randomly-selected controls...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486223/novel-unbalanced-translocations-affecting-the-long-arms-of-chromosomes-10-and-22-cause-complex-syndromes-with-very-severe-neurodevelopmental-delay-speech-impairment-autistic-behavior-and-epilepsy
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Emanuele G Coci, Andrea Auhuber, Anna Langenbach, Kristin Mrasek, Joachim Riedel, Andreas Leenen, Thomas Lücke, Thomas Liehr
Isolated abnormalities in terminal regions of chromosomes 10q and 22q were formerly described in patients affected by neuropsychological impairment, abnormal facies, and heterogeneous structural abnormalities of the body. Chromosomes 10q and 22q harbor important genes that play a major role in CNS development, like DOCK1 and SHANK3, and in overall body growth, like FGFR2 and HTRA1. By using clinical, neuroradiological, neurophysiological, and genetic assessment, we studied 3 siblings affected by 2 different forms of very severe neuropsychological impairment with structural physical abnormalities, epilepsy, and body overgrowth...
May 10, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480548/expanding-the-phenotypic-spectrum-of-truncating-pogz-mutations-association-with-cns-malformations-skeletal-abnormalities-and-distinctive-facial-dysmorphism
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Maria Lisa Dentici, Marcello Niceta, Francesca Pantaleoni, Sabina Barresi, Paola Bencivenga, Bruno Dallapiccola, Maria Cristina Digilio, Marco Tartaglia
Exome sequencing has led to the comprehension of the molecular bases of several forms of neurodevelopmental disorders, a clinically heterogeneous group of diseases characterized by intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). De novo mutations in POGZ has been causally linked to isolated ASD and syndromic ID, only recently. Here we report on a 15 year-old girl in whom exome sequencing allowed to identify a de novo POGZ truncating mutation as the molecular cause underlying a complex phenotype apparently not fitting any recognized syndrome...
May 7, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477417/neuropsychological-impairments-in-children-with-kcnj11-neonatal-diabetes
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P Bowman, A T Hattersley, B A Knight, E Broadbridge, L Pettit, M Reville, S E Flanagan, M H Shepherd, T J Ford, J Tonks
We support the findings of Carmody et al. [1], who offered new insights into the neurological phenotype of people with KCNJ11 neonatal diabetes. Neurological features result from the KATP channel affected by these mutations being expressed in the brain as well as the pancreas [2]. Previous work has characterized developmental delay associated with specific mutations, for example, V59M, known as developmental delay, epilepsy and neonatal diabetes (DEND) syndrome [3,4]. Affected individuals also have impaired visuo-motor performance [5] and psychiatric (predominantly neurodevelopmental) disorders [6]...
May 6, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
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