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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439102/mecp2-regulated-mirnas-control-early-human-neurogenesis-through-differential-effects-on-erk-and-akt-signaling
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N Mellios, D A Feldman, S D Sheridan, J P K Ip, S Kwok, S K Amoah, B Rosen, B A Rodriguez, B Crawford, R Swaminathan, S Chou, Y Li, M Ziats, C Ernst, R Jaenisch, S J Haggarty, M Sur
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked, neurodevelopmental disorder caused primarily by mutations in the methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) gene, which encodes a multifunctional epigenetic regulator with known links to a wide spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders. Although postnatal functions of MeCP2 have been thoroughly investigated, its role in prenatal brain development remains poorly understood. Given the well-established importance of microRNAs (miRNAs) in neurogenesis, we employed isogenic human RTT patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) and MeCP2 short hairpin RNA knockdown approaches to identify novel MeCP2-regulated miRNAs enriched during early human neuronal development...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419872/stimulation-of-the-brain-serotonin-receptor-7-rescues-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-female-mice-from-two-models-of-rett-syndrome
#2
Daniela Valenti, Lidia de Bari, Daniele Vigli, Enza Lacivita, Marcello Leopoldo, Giovanni Laviola, Rosa Anna Vacca, Bianca De Filippis
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder, characterized by severe behavioral and physiological symptoms. Mutations in the methyl CpG binding protein 2 gene (MECP2) cause more than 95% of classic cases, and currently there is no cure for this devastating disorder. Recently we have demonstrated that neurobehavioral and brain molecular alterations can be rescued in a RTT mouse model, by pharmacological stimulation of the brain serotonin receptor 7 (5-HT7R). This member of the serotonin receptor family, crucially involved in the regulation of brain structural plasticity and cognitive processes, can be stimulated by systemic repeated treatment with LP-211, a brain-penetrant selective agonist...
April 15, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399682/clinical-molecular-and-computational-analysis-in-patients-with-a-novel-double-mutation-and-a-new-synonymous-variant-in-mecp2-report-of-the-first-missense-mutation-within-the-at-hook1-cluster-in-rett-syndrome
#3
Marwa Kharrat, Yosra Kamoun, Fatma Kamoun, Emna Ellouze, Marwa Maalej, Nourhene Fendri-Kriaa, Leila Ammar-Keskes, Neila Belghith, Ali Gargouri, Chahnez Triki, Faiza Fakhfakh
Rett syndrome is an X-linked neurodevelopmental disorder, primarily caused by MECP2 mutations. In this study, clinical, molecular and bioinformatics analyses were performed in Rett patients to understand the relationship between MECP2 mutation type and the clinical severity. Two double MeCP2 mutations were detected: a novel one (p.G185 V in cis with p.R255X) in P1 and a known one (p.P179 S in cis with p.R255X) in P2. Besides, a novel synonymous mutation (c.807C>T; p.G269G), which could affect mRNA splicing, was identified in P3...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395743/generation-of-a-clonal-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-ipsc-line-expressing-the-mutant-mecp2-allele-from-a-rett-syndrome-patient-fibroblast-line
#4
Lisa Hunihan, Jeffrey Brown, Angela Cacace, Alda Fernandes, Andrea Weston
Human fibroblast cells collected from a 3-year old, female Rett Syndrome patient with a 32bp deletion in the X-linked MECP2 gene were obtained from the Coriell Institute. Fibroblasts were reprogrammed to iPSC cells using a Sendai-virus delivery system expressing human KOSM transcription factors. Cell-line pluripotency was demonstrated by gene expression, immunocytochemistry, in-vitro differentiation trilineage capacity and was of normal karyotype. Interestingly, subsequent clones retained the epigenetic memory of the parent fibroblasts allowing for the segregation of wild-type and mutant expressing clones...
April 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394482/familial-cases-and-male-cases-with-mecp2-mutations
#5
Qingping Zhang, Ying Zhao, Xinhua Bao, Jinjun Luo, Xiaoying Zhang, Jiarui Li, Liping Wei, Xiru Wu
This is the first report of Chinese familial cases with Rett syndrome (RTT) or X-linked mental retardation (XLMR). RTT is a neurodevelopmental disorder that almost exclusively affects females. Most RTT cases are sporadic. We have studied eight cases with MECP2 mutations in six Chinese families, including three females and five males with RTT or XLMR. All shared identical MECP2 mutations with their mothers. The three females fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for RTT, while the five males were XLMR. A random X-chromosome inactive (XCI) pattern was seen in all the three female patients and two mothers while a skewed XCI in the rest four mothers...
April 10, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394409/evaluation-of-qtc-in-rett-syndrome-correlation-with-age-severity-and-genotype
#6
Jane Crosson, Siddharth Srivastava, Genila M Bibat, Siddharth Gupta, Aditi Kantipuly, Constance Smith-Hicks, Scott M Myers, Abanti Sanyal, Gayane Yenokyan, Joel Brenner, Sakkubai R Naidu
Rett syndrome (RTT) is caused by MECP2 mutations, resulting in various neurological symptoms. Prolonged corrected QT interval (QTc) is also reported and is a speculated cause of sudden death in RTT. The purpose of this study was to correlate QTc in RTT patients with age, clinical severity, and genotype. 100 RTT patients (98 females, 2 males) with MECP2 mutations underwent baseline neurological evaluation (KKI-RTT Severity Scale) and QTc measurement (standard 12 lead electrocardiogram) as part of our prospective natural history study...
April 10, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394263/elevating-expression-of-mecp2-t158m-rescues-dna-binding-and-rett-syndrome-like-phenotypes
#7
Janine M Lamonica, Deborah Y Kwon, Darren Goffin, Polina Fenik, Brian S Johnson, Yue Cui, Hengyi Guo, Sigrid Veasey, Zhaolan Zhou
Mutations in the X-linked gene encoding methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) cause Rett syndrome (RTT), a neurological disorder affecting cognitive development, respiration, and motor function. Genetic restoration of MeCP2 expression reverses RTT-like phenotypes in mice, highlighting the need to search for therapeutic approaches. Here, we have developed knockin mice recapitulating the most common RTT-associated missense mutation, MeCP2 T158M. We found that the T158M mutation impaired MECP2 binding to methylated DNA and destabilized MeCP2 protein in an age-dependent manner, leading to the development of RTT-like phenotypes in these mice...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383972/sustained-attention-in-the-face-of-distractors-a-study-of-children-with-rett-syndrome
#8
Susan A Rose, Sam Wass, Jeffery J Jankowski, Judith F Feldman, Aleksandra Djukic
OBJECTIVE: The object of the present study is to advance our understanding of the cognitive profile of Rett syndrome (RTT), an X-linked neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the MECP2 gene. We focus on sustained attention, which plays a critical role in driving cognitive growth, and use an innovative, gaze-based task that minimizes demands on the limited verbal and motor abilities associated with RTT. METHOD: The task required the ability to sustain attention on a visual target (a butterfly) while inhibiting a prepotent response to look to moving distractors (trees and clouds) presented in the peripheral visual field...
April 6, 2017: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371371/zebrafish-mecp2-is-required-for-proper-axonal-elongation-of-motor-neurons-and-synapse-formation
#9
Keisuke Nozawa, Yanbin Lin, Ryota Kubodera, Yuki Shimizu, Hideomi Tanaka, Toshio Ohshima
Rett syndrome is a severe neurodevelopmental disorder. It is caused by a mutation in methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MecP2), a transcriptional regulator that recruits protein complexes involved in histone modification and chromatin remodeling. However, the role of Mecp2 in Rett syndrome remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the function of Mecp2 in neuronal development using zebrafish embryos. Mecp2 expression was detected ubiquitously in the central nervous system and muscles at 28 h postfertilization (hpf)...
April 2, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367307/transcriptome-analysis-of-microglia-in-a-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome-differential-expression-of-genes-associated-with-microglia-macrophage-activation-and-cellular-stress
#10
Dejian Zhao, Ryan Mokhtari, Erika Pedrosa, Rayna Birnbaum, Deyou Zheng, Herbert M Lachman
BACKGROUND: Rett syndrome (RTT) is a severe, neurodevelopmental disorder primarily affecting girls, characterized by progressive loss of cognitive, social, and motor skills after a relatively brief period of typical development. It is usually due to de novo loss of function mutations in the X-linked gene, MeCP2, which codes for the gene expression and chromatin regulator, methyl-CpG binding protein 2. Although the behavioral phenotype appears to be primarily due to neuronal Mecp2 deficiency in mice, other cell types, including astrocytes and oligodendrocytes, also appear to contribute to some aspects of the RTT phenotype...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366741/reduced-lateral-inhibition-impairs-olfactory-computations-and-behaviors-in-a-drosophila-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome
#11
Luis M Franco, Zeynep Okray, Gerit A Linneweber, Bassem A Hassan, Emre Yaksi
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) patients present neuronal alterations that lead to severe intellectual disability, but the underlying neuronal circuit mechanisms are poorly understood. An emerging hypothesis postulates that reduced GABAergic inhibition of excitatory neurons is a key component in the pathophysiology of FXS. Here, we directly test this idea in a FXS Drosophila model. We show that FXS flies exhibit strongly impaired olfactory behaviors. In line with this, olfactory representations are less odor specific due to broader response tuning of excitatory projection neurons...
April 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352216/mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-the-pathogenesis-of-rett-syndrome-implications-for-mitochondria-targeted-therapies
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REVIEW
Natalya Shulyakova, Ana C Andreazza, Linda R Mills, James H Eubanks
First described over 50 years ago, Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused primarily by mutations of the X-linked MECP2 gene. RTT affects predominantly females, and has a prevalence of roughly 1 in every 10,000 female births. Prior to the discovery that mutations of MECP2 are the leading cause of RTT, there were suggestions that RTT could be a mitochondrial disease. In fact, several reports documented altered mitochondrial structure, and deficiencies in mitochondrial enzyme activity in different cells or tissues derived from RTT patients...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351539/cardiovascular-autonomic-dysfunction-in-children-and-adolescents-with-rett-syndrome
#13
Ajay Kumar, Ashok Jaryal, Sheffali Gulati, Biswaroop Chakrabarty, Akanksha Singh, K K Deepak, R M Pandey, Neerja Gupta, Savita Sapra, Madhulika Kabra, Rajni Khajuria
BACKGROUND: Autonomic dysfunction is common in children with Rett syndrome. They usually manifest with agitation, persistent screaming, constipation, gastroesophageal reflux, aerophagia, hyperventilation, and breath-holding episodes. Cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction may result in fatal a arrhythmia. Many of these events are mistaken for seizures and treated with antiepileptics. METHODS: The present study was conducted in a tertiary care teaching hospital in north India for more than a six month period...
January 17, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348241/structure-of-the-mecp2-tblr1-complex-reveals-a-molecular-basis-for-rett-syndrome-and-related-disorders
#14
Valdeko Kruusvee, Matthew J Lyst, Ceitidh Taylor, Žygimantė Tarnauskaitė, Adrian P Bird, Atlanta G Cook
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked neurological disorder caused by mutations in the methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) gene. The majority of RTT missense mutations disrupt the interaction of the MeCP2 with DNA or the nuclear receptor corepressor (NCoR)/silencing mediator of retinoic acid and thyroid receptors (SMRT) corepressor complex. Here, we show that the "NCoR/SMRT interaction domain" (NID) of MeCP2 directly contacts transducin-beta like 1 (TBL1) and TBL1 related (TBLR1), two paralogs that are core components of NCoR/SMRT...
March 27, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347601/scoliosis-in-rett-syndrome-progression-comorbidities-and-predictors
#15
John T Killian, Jane B Lane, Hye-Seung Lee, Steve A Skinner, Walter E Kaufmann, Daniel G Glaze, Jeffrey L Neul, Alan K Percy
BACKGROUND: Scoliosis is prominent in Rett syndrome (RTT). Following the prior report from the US Natural History Study, the onset and progression of severe scoliosis (≥40° Cobb angle) and surgery were examined regarding functional capabilities and specific genotypes, addressing the hypothesis that abnormal muscle tone, poor oral feeding, puberty, and delays or absence of sitting balance and ambulation may be responsible for greater risk in RTT. METHODS: The multicenter RTT Natural History Study gathered longitudinal data for classic RTT, including mutation type, scoliosis, muscle tone, sitting, ambulation, hand function, and feeding...
February 7, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337123/analysis-of-the-serotonergic-system-in-a-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome-reveals-unusual-upregulation-of-serotonin-receptor-5b
#16
Steffen Vogelgesang, Sabine Niebert, Ute Renner, Wiebke Möbius, Swen Hülsmann, Till Manzke, Marcus Niebert
Mutations in the transcription factor methyl-CpG-binding-protein 2 (MeCP2) cause a delayed-onset neurodevelopmental disorder known as Rett syndrome (RTT). Although alteration in serotonin levels have been reported in RTT patients, the molecular mechanisms underlying these defects are not well understood. Therefore, we chose to investigate the serotonergic system in hippocampus and brainstem of male Mecp2(-/y) knock-out mice in the B6.129P2(C)-Mecp2(tm1.1Bird) mouse model of RTT. The serotonergic system in mouse is comprised of 16 genes, whose mRNA expression profile was analyzed by quantitative RT-PCR...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334953/early-motor-phenotype-detection-in-a-female-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome-is-improved-by-cross-fostering
#17
Annie Vogel Ciernia, Michael Pride, Blythe Durbin-Johnson, Adriana Noronha, Alene Chang, Dag H Yasui, Jacqueline N Crawley, Janine M LaSalle
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the gene encoding methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) that occur sporadically in 1:10,000 female births. RTT is characterized by a period of largely normal development followed by regression in language and motor skills at 6-18 months of age. Mecp2 mutant mice recapitulate many of the clinical features of RTT, but the majority of behavioral assessments have been conducted in male Mecp2 hemizygous null mice as offspring of heterozygous dams...
March 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323142/zoledronic-acid-improves-bone-histomorphometry-in-a-murine-model-of-rett-syndrome
#18
Jay R Shapiro, Adele L Boskey, Stephen B Doty, Lyudmila Lukashova, Mary E Blue
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurodevelopmental disorder predominately affecting young females, caused by deficiency of the global transcriptional protein methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2). Osteoblasts express MeCP2 and girls with RTT experience early onset osteoporosis, decreased bone mass and an increased fracture risk. There is no defined treatment for osteoporosis associated with RTT. The present study evaluated the effects of zoledronic acid (ZA), a third generation nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate with primarily anti-osteoclastic activity, in a mouse model of MeCP2 deficiency...
March 18, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302064/a-sibship-with-duplication-of-xq28-inherited-from-the-mother-genomic-characterization-and-clinical-outcomes
#19
Dong Keon Yon, Ji Eun Park, Seung Jun Kim, Sung Han Shim, Kyu Young Chae
BACKGROUND: Loss-of-function mutations in methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2; MIM *300005) results in the Rett syndrome, whereas gain-of-function mutations are associated with the MECP2 duplication syndrome. METHODS: We did research on a family with two brothers showing Xq28 duplication syndrome using various molecular cytogenetic techniques such as multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification and array-based genomic hybridization. RESULTS: The duplicated region had several genes including MECP2 and interleukin-1 receptor associated kinase 1 (IRAK1; MIM *300283)...
March 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298623/length-dependent-gene-misexpression-is-associated-with-alzheimer-s-disease-progression
#20
Shahar Barbash, Thomas P Sakmar
Recent reports show transcription preference for long genes in neuronal tissues compared with non-neuronal tissues, and a gene-length dependent change in expression in the neurodevelopmental disease Rett syndrome (RTT). Whether the gene-length dependent changes in expression seen in RTT might also be seen in neurodegenerative diseases is not yet known. However, a reasonable hypothesis is that similar effects might be seen in neurodegenerative diseases as well as in RTT since a common general feature of both illnesses involves progressive dysfunction of synapses...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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