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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641168/aicardi-syndrome-and-cognitive-abilities-a-report-of-five-cases
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Mia Tuft, Ylva Østby, Karl O Nakken, Caroline Lund
Aicardi syndrome is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder with agenesis of corpus callosum, chorioretinal lacunae, and infantile spasms as the main features. The outcome is in general severe, with poor cognitive development and difficult-to-treat epilepsy. In this study, we assessed the level of cognitive function of five girls with Aicardi syndrome, using normed population based tests and questionnaires. Their cognitive abilities varied from mild to profound intellectual disabilities. The more severe the epilepsy, the poorer were the cognitive skills...
June 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640668/absence-of-the-fragile-x-mental-retardation-protein-results-in-defects-of-rna-editing-of-neuronal-mrnas-in-mouse
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Alice Filippini, Daniela Bonini, Caroline Lacoux, Laura Pacini, Maria Zingariello, Laura Sancillo, Daniela Bosisio, Valentina Salvi, Jessica Mingardi, Luca La Via, Francesca Zalfa, Claudia Bagni, Alessandro Barbon
The fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common form of inherited intellectual disability, is due to the absence of FMRP, a protein regulating RNA metabolism. Recently, an unexpected function of FMRP in modulating the activity of Adenosine Deaminase Acting on RNA (ADAR) enzymes has been reported both in Drosophila and Zebrafish. ADARs are RNA-binding proteins that increase transcriptional complexity through a post-transcriptional mechanism called RNA editing. In order to evaluate the ADAR2-FMRP interaction in mammals we analysed several RNA editing re-coding sites in the fmr1 knockout (KO) mice...
June 22, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638324/stochastic-signatures-of-involuntary-head-micro-movements-can-be-used-to-classify-females-of-abide-into-different-subtypes-of-neurodevelopmental-disorders
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Elizabeth B Torres, Sejal Mistry, Carla Caballero, Caroline P Whyatt
Background: The approximate 5:1 male to female ratio in clinical detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prevents research from characterizing the female phenotype. Current open access repositories [such as those in the Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE I-II)] contain large numbers of females to help begin providing a new characterization of females on the autistic spectrum. Here we introduce new methods to integrate data in a scale-free manner from continuous biophysical rhythms of the nervous systems and discrete (ordinal) observational scores...
2017: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637735/development-of-the-tailored-rett-intervention-and-assessment-longitudinal-trial-database-and-the-rett-evaluation-of-symptoms-and-treatments-rest-questionnaire
#4
Paramala Santosh, Kate Lievesley, Federico Fiori, Jatinder Singh
INTRODUCTION: Rett syndrome (RTT) is a pervasive neurodevelopmental disorder that presents with deficits in brain functioning leading to language and learning regression, characteristic hand stereotypies and developmental delay. Different mutations in the gene implicated in RTT-methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) establishes RTT as a disorder with divergent symptomatology ranging from individuals with severe to milder phenotypes. A reliable and single multidimensional questionnaire is needed that can embrace all symptoms, and the relationships between them, and can map clinically meaningful data to symptomatology across the lifespan in patients with RTT...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635106/long-noncoding-rna-and-its-contribution-to-autism-spectrum-disorders
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REVIEW
Jie Tang, Yizhen Yu, Wei Yang
Recent studies have indicated that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in multiple processes, such as epigenetic regulation, gene expression regulation, development, nutrition-related and other diseases, toxic response, and response to drugs. Although the functional roles and mechanisms of several lncRNAs have been discovered, a better understanding of the vast majority of lncRNAs remains elusive. To understand the functional roles and mechanisms of lncRNAs is critical because these transcripts represent the majority of the transcriptional output of the mammalian genome...
June 20, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626083/cellular-and-disease-functions-of-the-prader-willi-syndrome-gene-magel2
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Klementina Fon Tacer, Patrick Ryan Potts
Melanoma antigen L2 (MAGEL2 or MAGE-L2) is a member of the MAGE family of ubiquitin ligase regulators. It is maternally imprinted and often paternally deleted or mutated in the related neurodevelopmental syndromes, Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) and Schaaf-Yang Syndrome (SHFYNG). MAGEL2 is highly expressed in the hypothalamus and plays an important role in a fundamental cellular process that recycles membrane proteins from endosomes through the retromer sorting pathway. MAGEL2 is part of a multi-subunit protein complex consisting of MAGEL2, the TRIM27 E3 ubiquitin ligase, and the USP7 deubiquitinating enzyme...
June 16, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625504/mutations-in-armc9-which-encodes-a-basal-body-protein-cause-joubert-syndrome-in-humans-and-ciliopathy-phenotypes-in-zebrafish
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Julie C Van De Weghe, Tamara D S Rusterholz, Brooke Latour, Megan E Grout, Kimberly A Aldinger, Ranad Shaheen, Jennifer C Dempsey, Sateesh Maddirevula, Yong-Han H Cheng, Ian G Phelps, Matthias Gesemann, Himanshu Goel, Ohad S Birk, Talal Alanzi, Rifaat Rawashdeh, Arif O Khan, Michael J Bamshad, Deborah A Nickerson, Stephan C F Neuhauss, William B Dobyns, Fowzan S Alkuraya, Ronald Roepman, Ruxandra Bachmann-Gagescu, Dan Doherty
Joubert syndrome (JS) is a recessive neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by hypotonia, ataxia, abnormal eye movements, and variable cognitive impairment. It is defined by a distinctive brain malformation known as the "molar tooth sign" on axial MRI. Subsets of affected individuals have malformations such as coloboma, polydactyly, and encephalocele, as well as progressive retinal dystrophy, fibrocystic kidney disease, and liver fibrosis. More than 35 genes have been associated with JS, but in a subset of families the genetic cause remains unknown...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624138/serum-ncam-levels-and-cognitive-deficits-in-first-episode-schizophrenia-patients-versus-health-controls
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HuiMei An, LuPing Zhou, Yinghua Yu, Hongzhen Fan, FengMei Fan, Shuping Tan, ZhiRen Wang, Boz Z, Jing Shi, FuDe Yang, Xiangyang Zhang, Yunlong Tan, Xu-Feng Huang
BACKGROUND: Neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) is a glycoprotein and plays an important role in cell-cell adhesion, neural migration, neurite outgrowth, synaptic plasticity and brain development. We investigated the relationship between the serum NCAM concentration and cognitive deficit in first episode drug naïve schizophrenia (FES) patients. METHODS: Thirty FES patients and thirty healthy controls were recruited for this study. Psychiatric symptoms were assessed by the positive and negative syndrome scale (PANSS)...
June 15, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621434/eea1-restores-homeostatic-synaptic-plasticity-in-hippocampal-neurons-from-rett-syndrome-mice
#9
Xin Xu, Lucas Pozzo-Miller
Rett syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in MECP2, the gene encoding the transcriptional regulator methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2). Deletion of Mecp2 in mice results in an imbalance of synaptic excitation and inhibition in hippocampal pyramidal neurons, which affects "Hebbian" long-term synaptic plasticity. Since the excitatory/inhibitory (E/I) balance is maintained by homeostatic mechanisms, we examined the role of MeCP2 in homeostatic synaptic plasticity (HSP) at excitatory synapses...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616777/differential-regulation-of-mecp2-phosphorylation-by-laminin-in-oligodendrocytes
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Zalak S Parikh, Ashutosh Tripathi, Prakash P Pillai
Oligodendrocytes (OLGs) are the myelinating cells of the central nervous system (CNS), and its proper differentiation is crucial for normal functioning of neurons. Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) is a multifunctional methylated DNA binding protein; mutation of which causes Rett syndrome, a severe neurodevelopmental disorder. Previously, we reported that MeCP2 is expressed in all the stages of oligodendrocyte development, and also shown the role of MeCP2 as a transcription regulator of myelin genes in OLGs...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616097/updated-report-on-tools-to-measure-outcomes-of-clinical-trials-in-fragile-x-syndrome
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REVIEW
Dejan B Budimirovic, Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, Craig A Erickson, Scott S Hall, David Hessl, Allan L Reiss, Margaret K King, Leonard Abbeduto, Walter E Kaufmann
OBJECTIVE: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) has been the neurodevelopmental disorder with the most active translation of preclinical breakthroughs into clinical trials. This process has led to a critical assessment of outcome measures, which resulted in a comprehensive review published in 2013. Nevertheless, the disappointing outcome of several recent phase III drug trials in FXS, and parallel efforts at evaluating behavioral endpoints for trials in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), has emphasized the need for re-assessing outcome measures and revising recommendations for FXS...
2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615637/defects-in-autophagosome-lysosome-fusion-underlie-vici-syndrome-a-neurodevelopmental-disorder-with-multisystem-involvement
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Ikumi Hori, Takanobu Otomo, Mitsuko Nakashima, Fuyuki Miya, Yutaka Negishi, Hideaki Shiraishi, Yutaka Nonoda, Shinichi Magara, Jun Tohyama, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Takeshi Kumagai, Konomi Shimoda, Yoshiya Yukitake, Daigo Kajikawa, Tomohiro Morio, Ayako Hattori, Motoo Nakagawa, Naoki Ando, Ichizo Nishino, Mitsuhiro Kato, Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, Hirotomo Saitsu, Yonehiro Kanemura, Mami Yamasaki, Kenjiro Kosaki, Naomichi Matsumoto, Tamotsu Yoshimori, Shinji Saitoh
Vici syndrome (VICIS) is a rare, autosomal recessive neurodevelopmental disorder with multisystem involvement characterized by agenesis of the corpus callosum, cataracts, cardiomyopathy, combined immunodeficiency, developmental delay, and hypopigmentation. Mutations in EPG5, a gene that encodes a key autophagy regulator, have been shown to cause VICIS, however, the precise pathomechanism underlying VICIS is yet to be clarified. Here, we describe detailed clinical (including brain MRI and muscle biopsy) and genetic features of nine Japanese patients with VICIS...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612834/sex-chromosome-aneuploidies-and-copy-number-variants-a-further-explanation-for-neurodevelopmental-prognosis-variability
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Jessica Le Gall, Mathilde Nizon, Olivier Pichon, Joris Andrieux, Séverine Audebert-Bellanger, Sabine Baron, Claire Beneteau, Frédéric Bilan, Odile Boute, Tiffany Busa, Valérie Cormier-Daire, Claude Ferec, Mélanie Fradin, Brigitte Gilbert-Dussardier, Sylvie Jaillard, Aia Jønch, Dominique Martin-Coignard, Sandra Mercier, Sébastien Moutton, Caroline Rooryck, Elise Schaefer, Marie Vincent, Damien Sanlaville, Cédric Le Caignec, Sébastien Jacquemont, Albert David, Bertrand Isidor
Sex chromosome aneuploidies (SCA) is a group of conditions in which individuals have an abnormal number of sex chromosomes. SCA, such as Klinefelter's syndrome, XYY syndrome, and Triple X syndrome are associated with a large range of neurological outcome. Another genetic event such as another cytogenetic abnormality may explain a part of this variable expressivity. In this study, we have recruited fourteen patients with intellectual disability or developmental delay carrying SCA associated with a copy-number variant (CNV)...
June 14, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608572/identification-of-candidate-genes-involved-in-the-etiology-of-sporadic-tourette-syndrome-by-exome-sequencing
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Yosuke Eriguchi, Hitoshi Kuwabara, Aya Inai, Yuki Kawakubo, Fumichika Nishimura, Chihiro Kakiuchi, Mamoru Tochigi, Jun Ohashi, Naoto Aoki, Kayoko Kato, Hiroyuki Ishiura, Jun Mitsui, Shoji Tsuji, Koichiro Doi, Jun Yoshimura, Shinichi Morishita, Takafumi Shimada, Masaomi Furukawa, Tadashi Umekage, Tsukasa Sasaki, Kiyoto Kasai, Yukiko Kano
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by chronic motor and vocal tics. Although there is a large genetic contribution, the genetic architecture of TS remains unclear. Exome sequencing has successfully revealed the contribution of de novo mutations in sporadic cases with neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. Here, using exome sequencing, we investigated de novo mutations in individuals with sporadic TS to identify novel risk loci and elucidate the genetic background of TS...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608466/crystal-structure-of-human-wbscr16-an-rcc1-like-protein-in-mitochondria
#15
Masako Koyama, Taeko Sasaki, Narie Sasaki, Yoshiyuki Matsuura
WBSCR16 (Williams-Beuren Syndrome Chromosomal Region 16) gene is located in a large deletion region of Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS), which is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Although the relationship between WBSCR16 and WBS remains unclear, it has been reported that WBSCR16 is a member of a functional module that regulates mitochondrial 16S rRNA abundance and intra-mitochondrial translation. WBSCR16 has RCC1 (Regulator of Chromosome Condensation 1)-like amino acid sequence repeats but the function of WBSCR16 appears to be different from that of other RCC1 superfamily members...
June 12, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601976/zika-virus-as-an-emerging-neuropathogen-mechanisms-of-neurovirulence-and-neuro-immune-interactions
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REVIEW
Gerwyn Morris, Tatiana Barichello, Brendon Stubbs, Cristiano A Köhler, André F Carvalho, Michael Maes
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging arbovirus of the genus Flaviviridae, which causes a febrile illness and has spread from across the Pacific to the Americas in a short timeframe. Convincing evidence has implicated the ZIKV to incident cases of neonatal microcephaly and a set of neurodevelopmental abnormalities referred to as the congenital Zika virus syndrome. In addition, emerging data points to an association with the ZIKV and the development of the so-called Guillain-Barre syndrome, an acute autoimmune polyneuropathy...
June 11, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595931/aripiprazole-induced-adverse-metabolic-alterations-in-polyi-c-neurodevelopmental-model-of-schizophrenia-in-rats
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Katerina Horska, Jana Ruda-Kucerova, Eva Drazanova, Michal Karpisek, Regina Demlova, Tomas Kasparek, Hana Kotolova
Schizophrenia appears to be linked to higher incidence of metabolic syndrome even in the absence of antipsychotic treatment. Atypical antipsychotics substantially differ in their propensity to induce metabolic alterations. Aripiprazole is considered to represent an antipsychotic drug with low risk of metabolic syndrome development. The aim of this study was to evaluate metabolic phenotype of neurodevelopmental polyI:C rat model and assess metabolic effects of chronic aripiprazole treatment with regard to complex neuroendocrine regulations of energy homeostasis...
June 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593865/the-semiology-of-benign-focal-epilepsy-with-affective-symptoms
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Fábio A Nascimento, Márcio A Sotero de Menezes, Cristiane A Simao, Bruno T Takeshita, Samanta F Blattes da Rocha, Pedro A Kowacs
Benign focal epilepsy with affective symptoms (BFEAS) is a rare childhood epilepsy syndrome essentially characterized by "epileptic attacks with affective symptoms of a terrifying type". Since the original description, approximately 50 cases have been reported. To our knowledge, however, none of the studies included video-EEG data. Herein, we detail the electroclinical features of a neurodevelopmentally normal 9-year-old boy with epilepsy since the age of 2 years. His seizure semiology essentially consisted of nocturnal focal seizures featuring abrupt fear and autonomic phenomena (such as excessive sweating, repeated swallowing, and coughing), associated with impaired consciousness...
June 7, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592917/persistent-unresolved-inflammation-in-the-mecp2-308-female-mutated-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome
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Alessio Cortelazzo, Claudio De Felice, Bianca De Filippis, Laura Ricceri, Giovanni Laviola, Silvia Leoncini, Cinzia Signorini, Monica Pescaglini, Roberto Guerranti, Anna Maria Timperio, Lello Zolla, Lucia Ciccoli, Joussef Hayek
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder usually caused by mutations in the X-linked gene methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2). Several Mecp2 mutant mouse lines have been developed recapitulating part of the clinical features. In particular, Mecp2-308 female heterozygous mice, bearing a truncating mutation, are a validated model of the disease. While recent data suggest a role for inflammation in RTT, little information on the inflammatory status in murine models of the disease is available...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592637/in-vivo-imaging-of-prodromal-hippocampus-ca1-subfield-oxidative-stress-in-models-of-alzheimer-disease-and-angelman-syndrome
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Bruce A Berkowitz, Jacob Lenning, Nikita Khetarpal, Catherine Tran, Johnny Y Wu, Ali M Berri, Kristin Dernay, E Mark Haacke, Fatema Shafie-Khorassani, Robert H Podolsky, John C Gant, Shaniya Maimaiti, Olivier Thibault, Geoffrey G Murphy, Brian M Bennett, Robin Roberts
Hippocampus oxidative stress is considered pathogenic in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer disease (AD), and in neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Angelman syndrome (AS). Yet clinical benefits of antioxidant treatment for these diseases remain unclear because conventional imaging methods are unable to guide management of therapies in specific hippocampus subfields in vivo that underlie abnormal behavior. Excessive production of paramagnetic free radicals in nonhippocampus brain tissue can be measured in vivo as a greater-than-normal 1/T1 that is quenchable with antioxidant as measured by quench-assisted (Quest) MRI...
June 7, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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