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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158583/patient-derived-ipscs-show-premature-neural-differentiation-and-neuron-type-specific-phenotypes-relevant-to-neurodevelopment
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E Yeh, D Q Dao, Z Y Wu, S M Kandalam, F M Camacho, C Tom, W Zhang, R Krencik, K A Rauen, E M Ullian, L A Weiss
Ras/MAPK pathway signaling is a major participant in neurodevelopment, and evidence suggests that BRAF, a key Ras signal mediator, influences human behavior. We studied the role of the mutation BRAF(Q257R), the most common cause of cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome (CFC), in an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived model of human neurodevelopment. In iPSC-derived neuronal cultures from CFC subjects, we observed decreased p-AKT and p-ERK1/2 compared to controls, as well as a depleted neural progenitor pool and rapid neuronal maturation...
November 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157866/vaginal-progesterone-for-preventing-preterm-birth-and-adverse-perinatal-outcomes-in-singleton-gestations-with-a-short-cervix-a-meta-analysis-of-individual-patient-data
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Roberto Romero, Agustin Conde-Agudelo, Eduardo Da Fonseca, John M O'Brien, Elcin Cetingoz, George W Creasy, Sonia S Hassan, Kypros H Nicolaides
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of vaginal progesterone for preventing preterm birth and adverse perinatal outcomes in singleton gestations with a short cervix has been questioned after publication of the OPPTIMUM study. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether vaginal progesterone prevents preterm birth and improves perinatal outcomes in asymptomatic women with a singleton gestation and a midtrimester sonographic short cervix. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, LILACS, and CINAHL (from their inception to September 2017), Cochrane databases, bibliographies, and conference proceedings...
November 16, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156220/the-epilepsy-phenotype-in-adult-patients-with-intellectual-disability-and-pathogenic-copy-number-variants
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Giuseppe d'Orsi, Tommaso Martino, Orazio Palumbo, Maria Grazia Pascarella, Pietro Palumbo, Maria Teresa Di Claudio, Carlo Avolio, Massimo Carella
PURPOSE: To characterize the electroclinical features of epilepsy associated with intellectual disability and pathogenic copy number variations (CNVs) METHODS: we prospectively investigated 61 adult patients with epilepsy and intellectual disability or other neurodevelopmental disorders. We performed high resolution SNP-Array analysis in order to detect clinical relevant chromosomal microdeletions and microduplications. An ordinal logistic regression model was fitted with 34 demographic, clinical and EEG-related variables in order to identify the epilepsy phenotype of patients with pathogenic CNVs...
November 14, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152845/association-of-immp2l-deletions-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-trio-family-study-and-meta-analysis
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Yanqing Zhang, Yi Liu, Mehdi Zarrei, Winnie Tong, Rui Dong, Ying Wang, Haiyan Zhang, Xiaomeng Yang, Jeffrey R MacDonald, Mohammed Uddin, Stephen W Scherer, Zhongtao Gai
IMMP2L, the gene encoding the inner mitochondrial membrane peptidase subunit 2-like protein, has been reported as a candidate gene for Tourette syndrome, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and additional neurodevelopmental disorders. Here we genotyped 100 trio families with an index proband with autism spectrum disorder in Han Chinese population and found three cases with rare exonic IMMP2L deletions. We have conducted a comprehensive meta-analysis to quantify the association of IMMP2L deletions with ASD using 5,568 cases and 10,279 controls...
November 20, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152685/cerebral-palsy-an-overview
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Sheffali Gulati, Vishal Sondhi
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by abnormalities of muscle tone, movement and motor skills, and is attributed to injury to the developing brain. The clinical features of this entity evolve over time and the specific CP syndrome may be recognizable only after 3-5 y of age; although suggestive signs and symptoms may be present at an earlier age. The management involves neurological rehabilitation (addressing muscle tonal abnormalities, and devising physical and occupational therapies) and diagnosis and management of co-morbidities (including epilepsy, impairment of cognition, vision, hearing, and disturbances of growth and gastrointestinal function)...
November 20, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150892/expanding-the-neurodevelopmental-phenotype-of-pura-syndrome
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Bo Hoon Lee, Margot R F Reijnders, Oluwatobi Abubakare, Emily Tuttle, Brynn Lape, Kelly Q Minks, Christopher Stodgell, Loisa Bennetto, Jennifer Kwon, Chin-To Fong, Karen W Gripp, Eric D Marsh, Wendy E Smith, Ahm M Huq, Stephanie A Coury, Wen-Hann Tan, Orestes Solis, Rupal I Mehta, Richard J Leventer, Diana Baralle, David Hunt, Alex R Paciorkowski
PURA syndrome is a recently described developmental encephalopathy presenting with neonatal hypotonia, feeding difficulties, global developmental delay, severe intellectual disability, and frequent apnea and epilepsy. We describe 18 new individuals with heterozygous sequence variations in PURA. A neuromotor disorder starting with neonatal hyptonia, but ultimately allowing delayed progression to walking, was present in nearly all individuals. Congenital apnea was present in 56% during infancy, but all cases in this cohort resolved during the first year of life...
November 17, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147105/depletion-of-stercobilin-in-fecal-matter-from-a-mouse-model-of-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Emily R Sekera, Heather L Rudolph, Stephen D Carro, Michael J Morales, Glenna C L Bett, Randall L Rasmusson, Troy D Wood
Introduction: Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of neurodevelopmental disorders lacking a clinical biomarker for diagnosis. Emerging evidence shows that intestinal microflora from ASD subjects can be distinguished from controls, suggesting metabolite differences due to the action of intestinal microbes may provide a means for identifying potential biomarkers for ASD. Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine if quantitative differences in levels of stercobilin and stercobilinogen, metabolites produced by biological action of intestinal microflora, exist in the fecal matter between an ASD mouse model population and controls...
November 2017: Metabolomics: Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145497/rare-genetic-variants-in-the-endocannabinoid-system-genes-cnr1-and-dagla-are-associated-with-neurological-phenotypes-in-humans
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Douglas R Smith, Christine M Stanley, Theodore Foss, Richard G Boles, Kevin McKernan
Rare genetic variants in the core endocannabinoid system genes CNR1, CNR2, DAGLA, MGLL and FAAH were identified in molecular testing data from 6,032 patients with a broad spectrum of neurological disorders. The variants were evaluated for association with phenotypes similar to those observed in the orthologous gene knockouts in mice. Heterozygous rare coding variants in CNR1, which encodes the type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1), were found to be significantly associated with pain sensitivity (especially migraine), sleep and memory disorders-alone or in combination with anxiety-compared to a set of controls without such CNR1 variants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142766/mutations-in-nsd1-and-nfix-in-three-patients-with-clinical-features-of-sotos-syndrome-and-malan-syndrome
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Yongping Lu, Pin Fee Chong, Ryutaro Kira, Toshiyuki Seto, Yumiko Ondo, Keiko Shimojima, Toshiyuki Yamamoto
Mutations in nuclear receptor SET domain-containing protein 1 gene ( NSD1 ) are related to Sotos syndrome, which is characterized by overgrowth, macrocephaly, distinctive features, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. On the other hand, mutations in the nuclear factor I/X gene ( NFIX ) can lead to Malan syndrome, also known as Sotos-like syndrome, or to the Marshall-Smith syndrome. In this study, using next generation sequencing (NGS), we identified de novo mutations in NSD1 and NFIX in three patients with developmental disabilities associated with overgrowth or macrocephaly...
December 2017: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141583/clinical-and-molecular-genetic-characterization-of-familial-mecp2-duplication-syndrome-in-a-chinese-family
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Xiaoyan Li, Hua Xie, Qian Chen, Xiongying Yu, Zhaoshi Yi, Erzhen Li, Ting Zhang, Jian Wang, Jianmin Zhong, Xiaoli Chen
BACKGROUND: Chromosomal duplication at the Xq28 region including the MECP2 gene, share consistent clinical phenotypes and a distinct facial phenotype known as MECP2 duplication syndrome. The typical clinical features include infantile hypotonia , mild dysmorphic features, a broad range of neurodevelopmental disorders, recurrent infections, and progressive spasticity. METHODS: This Chinese MECP2 duplication syndrome family includes six patients (five males and one female), and four asymptomatic female carriers...
November 15, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141024/quantifying-indices-of-short-and-long-range-white-matter-connectivity-at-each-cortical-vertex
#11
Maria Carmela Padula, Marie Schaer, Elisa Scariati, A Kadir Mutlu, Daniela Zöller, Maude Schneider, Stephan Eliez
Several neurodevelopmental diseases are characterized by impairments in cortical morphology along with altered white matter connectivity. However, the relationship between these two measures is not yet clear. In this study, we propose a novel methodology to compute and display metrics of white matter connectivity at each cortical point. After co-registering the extremities of the tractography streamlines with the cortical surface, we computed two measures of connectivity at each cortical vertex: the mean tracts' length, and the proportion of short- and long-range connections...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138705/physiotherapy-and-rehabilitation-in-a-child-with-joubert-syndrome
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Özge İpek, Özge Akyolcu, Banu Bayar
Objective: Joubert syndrome (JS) is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder characterized by brain malformation, hypotonia, breathing abnormalities, ataxia, oculomotor apraxia, and developmental delay. The purpose of this study was to report the efficiency of the physiotherapy and rehabilitation program in a child with JS. Materials and Methods: Our case is a 19-month-old female child with mild clinical signs of JS. The pretreatment and posttreatment motor functioning level of the case was evaluated through the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM), whereas the independence level was evaluated through the Pediatric Functional Independence Measure (WeeFIM)...
2017: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133208/homozygous-loss-of-function-brca1-variant-causing-a-fanconi-anemia-like-phenotype-a-clinical-report-and-review-of-previous-patients
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Bruna L Freire, Thais K Homma, Mariana F A Funari, Antônio M Lerario, Aline de Medeiros Leal, Elvira D Rodrigues Pereira Velloso, Alexsandra C Malaquias, Alexander A L Jorge
BACKGROUND: Fanconi Anemia (FA) is a rare and heterogeneous genetic syndrome. It is associated with short stature, bone marrow failure, high predisposition to cancer, microcephaly and congenital malformation. Many genes have been associated with FA. Previously, two adult patients with biallelic pathogenic variant in Breast Cancer 1 gene (BRCA1) had been identified in Fanconi Anemia-like condition. CLINICAL REPORT: The proband was a 2.5 year-old girl with severe short stature, microcephaly, neurodevelopmental delay, congenital heart disease and dysmorphic features...
November 10, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130632/dock3-related-neurodevelopmental-syndrome-biallelic-intragenic-deletion-of-dock3-in-a-boy-with-developmental-delay-and-hypotonia
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Aiko Iwata-Otsubo, Alyssa L Ritter, Brooke Weckselbatt, Nicole R Ryan, David Burgess, Laura K Conlin, Kosuke Izumi
Dedicator of cytokinesis (DOCK) family are evolutionary conserved guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) for the Rho GTPases, Rac, and Cdc42. DOCK3 functions as a GEF for Rac1, and plays an important role in promoting neurite and axonal growth by stimulating actin dynamics and microtubule assembly pathways in the central nervous system. Here we report a boy with developmental delay, hypotonia, and ataxia due to biallelic DOCK3 deletion. Chromosomal single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) microarray analysis detected a 170 kb homozygous deletion including exons 6-12 of the DOCK3 gene at 3p21...
November 12, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128445/the-promise-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-for-neurodevelopmental-disorders
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REVIEW
Katrin Linda, Carol Fiuza, Nael Nadif Kasri
A major challenge in clinical genetics and medicine is represented by genetically and phenotypically highly diverse neurodevelopmental disorders, like for example intellectual disability and autism. Intellectual disability is characterized by substantial limitations in cognitive function and adaptive behaviour. At the cellular level, this is reflected by deficits in synaptic structure and plasticity and therefore has been coined as a synaptic disorder or "synaptopathy". In this review, we summarize the findings from recent studies in which iPSCs have been used to model specific neurodevelopmental syndromes, including Fragile X syndrome, Rett syndrome, Williams-Beuren syndrome and Phelan-McDermid syndrome...
November 8, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128160/prone-sleeping-position-in-infancy-implications-for-cardiovascular-and-cerebrovascular-function
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REVIEW
Kelsee L Shepherd, Stephanie R Yiallourou, Rosemary S C Horne, Flora Y Wong
Advances in neonatal care have improved the survival rates of preterm infants, however, the likelihood of brain injury and neurodevelopmental disability remains a significant problem. Whilst the etiology of preterm brain injury is complex, impairments in the cardio- and cerebro-vascular function have been implicated. During infancy, sleep is vital for brain development. However, instabilities in cardio- and cerebro-vascular function are most marked during sleep. Sleeping position is an important part of a safe sleeping environment...
October 13, 2017: Sleep Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122497/further-delineation-of-the-phenotypic-spectrum-of%C3%A2-isca2-defect-a-report-of-ten-new-cases
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Majid Alfadhel, Marwan Nashabat, Muhammad Talal Alrifai, Hesham Alshaalan, Fuad Al Mutairi, Saif A Al-Shahrani, Barbara Plecko, Rawan Almass, Maysoon Alsagob, Faten B Almutairi, Ahmed Al-Rumayyan, Waleed Al-Twaijri, Mohammed Al-Owain, Robert W Taylor, Namik Kaya
Iron-Sulfur Cluster (ISC) biogenesis is a vital cellular process required to produce various ISC-containing proteins. These ISC proteins are responsible for essential functions such as glycine cleavage and the formation of lipoic acid, an essential cofactor of respiratory chain complexes. Defects in ISC biogenesis lead to multiple mitochondrial dysfunction syndromes including: ISCA2 with infantile onset leukodystrophy. Recently, a founder mutation, c.229G > A, p.Gly77Ser in ISCA2 was reported to cause Multiple Mitochondrial Dysfunction Syndrome type 4...
October 16, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118205/epigenetic-etiology-of-intellectual-disability
#18
Shigeki Iwase, Nathalie G Bérubé, Zhaolan Zhou, Nael Nadif Kasri, Elena Battaglioli, Marilyn Scandaglia, Angel Barco
Intellectual disability (ID) is a prevailing neurodevelopmental condition associated with impaired cognitive and adaptive behaviors. Many chromatin-modifying enzymes and other epigenetic regulators have been genetically associated with ID disorders (IDDs). Here we review how alterations in the function of histone modifiers, chromatin remodelers, and methyl-DNA binding proteins contribute to neurodevelopmental defects and altered brain plasticity. We also discuss how progress in human genetics has led to the generation of mouse models that unveil the molecular etiology of ID, and outline the direction in which this field is moving to identify therapeutic strategies for IDDs...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108899/kallmann-syndrome-phenotype-and-genotype-of-hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism
#19
M I Stamou, N A Georgopoulos
Isolated Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH) Deficiency (IGD) IGD is a genetically and clinically heterogeneous disorder. Mutations in many different genes are able to explain ~40% of the causes of IGD, with the rest of cases remaining genetically uncharacterized. While most mutations are inherited in X-linked, autosomal dominant, or autosomal recessive pattern, several IGD genes are shown to interact with each other in an oligogenic manner. In addition, while the genes involved in the pathogenesis of IGD act on either neurodevelopmental or neuroendocrine pathways, a subset of genes are involved in both pathways, acting as "overlap genes"...
November 3, 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106825/recurrent-de-novo-mutations-disturbing-the-gtp-gdp-binding-pocket-of-rab11b-cause-intellectual-disability-and-a-distinctive-brain-phenotype
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Ideke J C Lamers, Margot R F Reijnders, Hanka Venselaar, Alison Kraus, Sandra Jansen, Bert B A de Vries, Gunnar Houge, Gyri Aasland Gradek, Jieun Seo, Murim Choi, Jong-Hee Chae, Ineke van der Burgt, Rolph Pfundt, Stef J F Letteboer, Sylvia E C van Beersum, Simone Dusseljee, Han G Brunner, Dan Doherty, Tjitske Kleefstra, Ronald Roepman
The Rab GTPase family comprises ∼70 GTP-binding proteins, functioning in vesicle formation, transport and fusion. They are activated by a conformational change induced by GTP-binding, allowing interactions with downstream effectors. Here, we report five individuals with two recurrent de novo missense mutations in RAB11B; c.64G>A; p.Val22Met in three individuals and c.202G>A; p.Ala68Thr in two individuals. An overlapping neurodevelopmental phenotype, including severe intellectual disability with absent speech, epilepsy, and hypotonia was observed in all affected individuals...
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
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