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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334242/development-and-disease-in-a-dish-the-epigenetics-of-neurodevelopmental-disorders
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Emily Ma Lewis, Kristen L Kroll
Human neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) involve mutations in hundreds of individual genes, with over-representation in genes encoding proteins that alter chromatin structure to modulate gene expression. Here, we highlight efforts to model these NDDs through in vitro differentiation of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells into neurons. We discuss how epigenetic regulation controls normal cortical development, how mutations in several classes of epigenetic regulators contribute to NDDs, and approaches for modeling cortical development and function using both directed differentiation and formation of cerebral organoids...
January 15, 2018: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333487/activation-of-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-reverses-cognitive-and-respiratory-symptoms-in-a-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome
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C James Howell, Michael P Sceniak, Min Lang, Wenceslas Krakowiecki, Fatimah E Abouelsoud, Saloni U Lad, Heping Yu, David M Katz
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a severe neurodevelopmental disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in the gene encoding methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2; Amir et al., 1999), a transcriptional regulatory protein (Klose et al., 2005). Mouse models of RTT (Mecp2 mutants) exhibit excitatory hypoconnectivity in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC; Sceniak et al., 2015), a region critical for functions that are abnormal in RTT patients, ranging from learning and memory to regulation of visceral homeostasis (Riga et al...
November 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330883/genotype-phenotype-correlations-in-individuals-with-pathogenic-rere-variants
#3
Valerie K Jordan, Brieana Fregeau, Xiaoyan Ge, Jessica Giordano, Ronald J Wapner, Tugce B Balci, Melissa T Carter, John A Bernat, Amanda N Moccia, Anshika Srivastava, Donna M Martin, Stephanie L Bielas, John Pappas, Melissa D Svoboda, Marlène Rio, Nathalie Boddaert, Vincent Cantagrel, Andrea M Lewis, Fernando Scaglia, Jennefer N Kohler, Jonathan A Bernstein, Annika M Dries, Jill A Rosenfeld, Colette DeFilippo, Willa Thorson, Yaping Yang, Elliott H Sherr, Weimin Bi, Daryl A Scott
Heterozygous variants in the arginine-glutamic acid dipeptide repeats gene (RERE) have been shown to cause neurodevelopmental disorder with or without anomalies of the brain, eye, or heart (NEDBEH). Here we report nine individuals with NEDBEH who carry partial deletions or deleterious sequence variants in RERE. These variants were found to be de novo in all cases in which parental samples were available. An analysis of data from individuals with NEDBEH suggests that point mutations affecting the Atrophin-1 domain of RERE are associated with an increased risk of structural eye defects, congenital heart defects, renal anomalies and sensorineural hearing loss when compared to loss-of-function variants that are likely to lead to haploinsufficiency...
January 13, 2018: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327725/whole-genome-sequencing-reveals-principles-of-brain-retrotransposition-in-neurodevelopmental-disorders
#4
Jasmine Jacob-Hirsch, Eran Eyal, Binyamin A Knisbacher, Jonathan Roth, Karen Cesarkas, Chen Dor, Sarit Farage-Barhom, Vered Kunik, Amos J Simon, Moran Gal, Michal Yalon, Sharon Moshitch-Moshkovitz, Rick Tearle, Shlomi Constantini, Erez Y Levanon, Ninette Amariglio, Gideon Rechavi
Neural progenitor cells undergo somatic retrotransposition events, mainly involving L1 elements, which can be potentially deleterious. Here, we analyze the whole genomes of 20 brain samples and 80 non-brain samples, and characterized the retrotransposition landscape of patients affected by a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders including Rett syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, ataxia-telangiectasia and autism. We report that the number of retrotranspositions in brain tissues is higher than that observed in non-brain samples and even higher in pathologic vs normal brains...
January 12, 2018: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322350/monogenic-disorders-that-mimic-the-phenotype-of-rett-syndrome
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Siddharth Srivastava, Sonal Desai, Julie Cohen, Constance Smith-Hicks, Kristin Barañano, Ali Fatemi, SakkuBai Naidu
Rett syndrome (RTT) is caused by mutations in methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2), but defects in a handful of other genes (e.g., CDKL5, FOXG1, MEF2C) can lead to presentations that resemble, but do not completely mirror, classical RTT. In this study, we attempted to identify other monogenic disorders that share features with RTT. We performed a retrospective chart review on n = 319 patients who had undergone clinical whole exome sequencing (WES) for further etiological evaluation of neurodevelopmental diagnoses that remained unexplained despite extensive prior workup...
January 10, 2018: Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321670/clinical-and-experimental-evidence-suggest-a-link-between-kif7-and-c5orf42-related-ciliopathies-through-sonic-hedgehog-signaling
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Reza Asadollahi, Justin E Strauss, Martin Zenker, Oliver Beuing, Simon Edvardson, Orly Elpeleg, Tim M Strom, Pascal Joset, Dunja Niedrist, Christine Otte, Beatrice Oneda, Paranchai Boonsawat, Silvia Azzarello-Burri, Deborah Bartholdi, Michael Papik, Markus Zweier, Cordula Haas, Arif B Ekici, Alessandra Baumer, Eugen Boltshauser, Katharina Steindl, Michael Nothnagel, Albert Schinzel, Esther T Stoeckli, Anita Rauch
Acrocallosal syndrome (ACLS) is an autosomal recessive neurodevelopmental disorder caused by KIF7 defects and belongs to the heterogeneous group of ciliopathies related to Joubert syndrome (JBTS). While ACLS is characterized by macrocephaly, prominent forehead, depressed nasal bridge, and hypertelorism, facial dysmorphism has not been emphasized in JBTS cohorts with molecular diagnosis. To evaluate the specificity and etiology of ACLS craniofacial features, we performed whole exome or targeted Sanger sequencing in patients with the aforementioned overlapping craniofacial appearance but variable additional ciliopathy features followed by functional studies...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318978/cognitive-rehabilitation-of-cerebellar-deficits
#7
Peter Marien, Kim van Dun, Frank Van Overwalle
During the past 3 decades numerous neurophysiological, neuroimaging, experimental and clinical studies have evidenced a crucial role for the cerebellum in cognitive, affective and behavioral functions. As a result of the acknowledged modulatory role of the cerebellum upon remote structures such as the cerebral cortex, cerebellar injury may give rise to a constellation of behavioral, affective and cognitive symptoms (Schmahmann's Syndrome). In sharp contrast to the wide range of therapeutical interventions to treat cognitive and affective disorders following cerebral cortical lesions and despite the consequences of Schmahmann's syndrome upon daily life activities, the literature is surprisingly only scantly documented with studies investigating the impact of cognitive therapies on cerebellar induced cognitive and affective disorders...
January 10, 2018: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317619/phf8-histone-demethylase-deficiency-causes-cognitive-impairments-through-the-mtor-pathway
#8
Xuemei Chen, Shuai Wang, Ying Zhou, Yanfei Han, Shengtian Li, Qing Xu, Longyong Xu, Ziqi Zhu, Youming Deng, Lu Yu, Lulu Song, Adele Pin Chen, Juan Song, Eiki Takahashi, Guang He, Lin He, Weidong Li, Charlie Degui Chen
Epigenomic abnormalities caused by genetic mutation in epigenetic regulators can result in neurodevelopmental disorders, deficiency in neural plasticity and mental retardation. As a histone demethylase, plant homeodomain finger protein 8 (Phf8) is a candidate gene for syndromal and non-specific forms of X-chromosome-linked intellectual disability (XLID). Here we report that Phf8 knockout mice displayed impaired learning and memory, and impaired hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP) without gross morphological defects...
January 9, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305905/the-contribution-of-gtf2i-haploinsufficiency-to-williams-syndrome
#9
Thanathom Chailangkarn, Chalongrat Noree, Alysson R Muotri
Williams syndrome (WS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder involving hemideletion of as many as 26-28 genes, resulting in a constellation of unique physical, cognitive and behavior phenotypes. The haploinsufficiency effect of each gene has been studied and correlated with phenotype(s) using several models including WS subjects, animal models, and peripheral cell lines. However, links for most of the genes to WS phenotypes remains unclear. Among those genes, general transcription factor 2I (GTF2I) is of particular interest as its haploinsufficiency is possibly associated with hypersociability in WS...
January 3, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Probes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304373/genomic-dna-methylation-signatures-enable-concurrent-diagnosis-and-clinical-genetic-variant-classification-in-neurodevelopmental-syndromes
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Erfan Aref-Eshghi, David I Rodenhiser, Laila C Schenkel, Hanxin Lin, Cindy Skinner, Peter Ainsworth, Guillaume Paré, Rebecca L Hood, Dennis E Bulman, Kristin D Kernohan, Kym M Boycott, Philippe M Campeau, Charles Schwartz, Bekim Sadikovic
Pediatric developmental syndromes present with systemic, complex, and often overlapping clinical features that are not infrequently a consequence of Mendelian inheritance of mutations in genes involved in DNA methylation, establishment of histone modifications, and chromatin remodeling (the "epigenetic machinery"). The mechanistic cross-talk between histone modification and DNA methylation suggests that these syndromes might be expected to display specific DNA methylation signatures that are a reflection of those primary errors associated with chromatin dysregulation...
January 4, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300384/phenotype-and-genotype-of-87-patients-with-mowat-wilson-syndrome-and-recommendations-for-care
#11
Ivan Ivanovski, Olivera Djuric, Stefano Giuseppe Caraffi, Daniela Santodirocco, Marzia Pollazzon, Simonetta Rosato, Duccio Maria Cordelli, Ebtesam Abdalla, Patrizia Accorsi, Margaret P Adam, Paola Francesca Ajmone, Magdalena Badura-Stronka, Chiara Baldo, Maddalena Baldi, Allan Bayat, Stefania Bigoni, Federico Bonvicini, Jeroen Breckpot, Bert Callewaert, Guido Cocchi, Goran Cuturilo, Daniele De Brasi, Koenraad Devriendt, Mary Beth Dinulos, Tina Duelund Hjortshøj, Roberta Epifanio, Francesca Faravelli, Agata Fiumara, Debora Formisano, Lucio Giordano, Marina Grasso, Sabine Grønborg, Alessandro Iodice, Lorenzo Iughetti, Vladimir Kuburovic, Anna Kutkowska-Kazmierczak, Didier Lacombe, Caterina Lo Rizzo, Anna Luchetti, Baris Malbora, Isabella Mammi, Francesca Mari, Giulia Montorsi, Sebastien Moutton, Rikke S Møller, Petra Muschke, Jens Erik Klint Nielsen, Ewa Obersztyn, Chiara Pantaleoni, Alessandro Pellicciari, Maria Antonietta Pisanti, Igor Prpic, Maria Luisa Poch-Olive, Federico Raviglione, Alessandra Renieri, Emilia Ricci, Francesca Rivieri, Gijs W Santen, Salvatore Savasta, Gioacchino Scarano, Ina Schanze, Angelo Selicorni, Margherita Silengo, Robert Smigiel, Luigina Spaccini, Giovanni Sorge, Krzysztof Szczaluba, Luigi Tarani, Luis Gonzaga Tone, Annick Toutain, Aurelien Trimouille, Elvis Terci Valera, Samantha Schrier Vergano, Nicoletta Zanotta, Martin Zenker, Andrea Conidi, Marcella Zollino, Anita Rauch, Christiane Zweier, Livia Garavelli
PurposeMowat-Wilson syndrome (MWS) is a rare intellectual disability/multiple congenital anomalies syndrome caused by heterozygous mutation of the ZEB2 gene. It is generally underestimated because its rarity and phenotypic variability sometimes make it difficult to recognize. Here, we aimed to better delineate the phenotype, natural history, and genotype-phenotype correlations of MWS.MethodsIn a collaborative study, we analyzed clinical data for 87 patients with molecularly confirmed diagnosis. We described the prevalence of all clinical aspects, including attainment of neurodevelopmental milestones, and compared the data with the various types of underlying ZEB2 pathogenic variations...
January 4, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295665/severe-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-incidence-and-predictive-factors-in-a-prospective-multicenter-study-in-very-preterm-infants-with-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Magdalena Rutkowska, Roman Hożejowski, Ewa Helwich, Maria K Borszewska-Kornacka, Janusz Gadzinowski
BACKGROUND: Severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) remains a major complication of prematurity and can have significant impact on long-term pulmonary sequelae and adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To assess the incidence and evaluate the predictive factors for severe BPD in very preterm infants with respiratory distress syndrome. METHODS: Of the 846 premature infants born at ≤ 32-week gestation who developed respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), 707 infants with known oxygen dependency at 36 weeks gestational age were included in the analysis of BPD incidence...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289611/variants-in-gnptab-gnptg-and-nagpa-genes-are-associated-with-stutterers
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Nima Kazemi, Mehrdad Asghari Estiar, Hassan Fazilaty, Ebrahim Sakhinia
Non-syndromic stuttering is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by disruptions in normal flow of speech in the form of repetition, prolongation and involuntary halts. Previously, mutations with more severe effects on GNPTAB and GNPTG have been reported to cause Mucolipidosisll (ML-ll) and Mucolipidosislll (ML-lll), two lysosomal storage disorders with multiple pathologies. We used homozygosity mapping and Sanger sequencing to investigate variants of the three gene in 25 Iranian families with at least two first degree related non-syndromic stutterers...
December 28, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287136/cerebrovascular-hemodynamics-in-fetuses-with-congenital-heart-disease
#14
Tingting Man, Yihua He, Ying Zhao, Lin Sun, Xiaowei Liu, Shuping Ge
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: It is hypothesized that diminished cerebral vascular resistance or the "brain sparing effect" is associated with fetuses with complex congenital heart defects (CHD) and may affect their neurodevelopmental outcome. An alternative explanation is that it is related to the location, cardiac output, pressure, and resistance in left heart obstructive CHDs. We sought to determine the effects of various left and right heart obstructive defects on the cerebral and placental hemodynamics and to evaluate the utility of these variables for the assessment and prognosis of CHDs...
December 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282321/a-mixed-modality-approach-towards-xi-reactivation-for-rett-syndrome-and-other-x-linked-disorders
#15
Lieselot L G Carrette, Chen-Yu Wang, Chunyao Wei, William Press, Weiyuan Ma, Raymond J Kelleher, Jeannie T Lee
The X-chromosome harbors hundreds of disease genes whose associated diseases predominantly affect males. However, a subset, including neurodevelopmental disorders, Rett syndrome (RTT), fragile X syndrome, and CDKL5 syndrome, also affects females. These disorders lack disease-specific treatment. Because female cells carry two X chromosomes, an emerging treatment strategy has been to reawaken the healthy allele on the inactive X (Xi). Here, we focus on methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2) restoration for RTT and combinatorially target factors in the interactome of Xist, the noncoding RNA responsible for X inactivation...
December 27, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279609/molecular-characterization-of-hdac8-deletions-in-individuals-with-atypical-cornelia-de-lange-syndrome
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Maria Helgeson, Jennifer Keller-Ramey, Amy Knight Johnson, Jennifer A Lee, Daniel B Magner, Brett Deml, Jacea Deml, Ying-Ying Hu, Zejuan Li, Kirsten Donato, Soma Das, Rachel Laframboise, Sandra Tremblay, Ian Krantz, Sarah Noon, George Hoganson, Jennifer Burton, Christian P Schaaf, Daniela Del Gaudio
Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) is a rare neurodevelopmental syndrome for which mutations in five causative genes that encode (SMC1A, SMC3, RAD21) or regulate (NIPBL, HDAC8) the cohesin complex, account for ~70% of cases. Herein we report on four female Subjects who were found to carry novel intragenic deletions in HDAC8. In one case, the deletion was found in mosaic state and it was determined to be present in ~38% of blood lymphocytes and in nearly all cells of a buccal sample. All deletions, for which parental blood samples were available, were shown to have arisen de novo...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276005/histone-lysine-methylases-and-demethylases-in-the-landscape-of-human-developmental-disorders
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Víctor Faundes, William G Newman, Laura Bernardini, Natalie Canham, Jill Clayton-Smith, Bruno Dallapiccola, Sally J Davies, Michelle K Demos, Amy Goldman, Harinder Gill, Rachel Horton, Bronwyn Kerr, Dhavendra Kumar, Anna Lehman, Shane McKee, Jenny Morton, Michael J Parker, Julia Rankin, Lisa Robertson, I Karen Temple, Siddharth Banka
Histone lysine methyltransferases (KMTs) and demethylases (KDMs) underpin gene regulation. Here we demonstrate that variants causing haploinsufficiency of KMTs and KDMs are frequently encountered in individuals with developmental disorders. Using a combination of human variation databases and existing animal models, we determine 22 KMTs and KDMs as additional candidates for dominantly inherited developmental disorders. We show that KMTs and KDMs that are associated with, or are candidates for, dominant developmental disorders tend to have a higher level of transcription, longer canonical transcripts, more interactors, and a higher number and more types of post-translational modifications than other KMT and KDMs...
January 4, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275387/syndrome-of-x-linked-intellectual-disability-epilepsy-progressive-brain-atrophy-and-large-head-associated-with-slc9a6-mutation
#18
Hansashree Padmanabha, Arushi Gahlot Saini, Jitendra Kumar Sahu, Pratibha Singhi
SLC9A6 gene encodes for a sodium/hydrogen exchanger-6 protein mainly involved in endosomal trafficking and maintaining intraluminal pH. Loss of function mutations in SLC9A6 gene in children has been associated with Christianson syndrome and autism spectrum disorder. We describe a 3-year-old boy with intellectual disability, infantile-onset drug-refractory epilepsy, progressive brain atrophy and large head with a novel missense hemizygous mutation in exon 16 of the SLC9A6 gene on chromosome X. Presence of large head, early developmental regression and progressive cerebral atrophy expand the phenotypic spectrum of SLC9A6 mutations...
December 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273094/b3galnt2-mutations-associated-with-non-syndromic-autosomal-recessive-intellectual-disability-reveal-a-lack-of-genotype-phenotype-associations-in-the-muscular-dystrophy-dystroglycanopathies
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Reza Maroofian, Moniek Riemersma, Lucas T Jae, Narges Zhianabed, Marjolein H Willemsen, Willemijn M Wissink-Lindhout, Michèl A Willemsen, Arjan P M de Brouwer, Mohammad Yahya Vahidi Mehrjardi, Mahmoud Reza Ashrafi, Benno Kusters, Tjitske Kleefstra, Yalda Jamshidi, Mojila Nasseri, Rolph Pfundt, Thijn R Brummelkamp, Mohammad Reza Abbaszadegan, Dirk J Lefeber, Hans van Bokhoven
BACKGROUND: The phenotypic severity of congenital muscular dystrophy-dystroglycanopathy (MDDG) syndromes associated with aberrant glycosylation of α-dystroglycan ranges from the severe Walker-Warburg syndrome or muscle-eye-brain disease to mild, late-onset, isolated limb-girdle muscular dystrophy without neural involvement. However, muscular dystrophy is invariably found across the spectrum of MDDG patients. METHODS: Using linkage mapping and whole-exome sequencing in two families with an unexplained neurodevelopmental disorder, we have identified homozygous and compound heterozygous mutations in B3GALNT2...
December 22, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259543/neural-progenitor-cell-polarity-and-cortical-development
#20
Yoko Arai, Elena Taverna
Neurons populating the cerebral cortex are generated during embryonic development from neural stem and progenitor cells in a process called neurogenesis. Neural stem and progenitor cells are classified into several classes based on the different location of mitosis (apical or basal) and polarity features (bipolar, monopolar and non-polar). The polarized architecture of stem cells is linked to the asymmetric localization of proteins, mRNAs and organelles, such as the centrosome and the Golgi apparatus (GA). Polarity affects stem cell function and allows stem cells to integrate environmental cues from distinct niches in the developing cerebral cortex...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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