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Luye Qin, Kaijie Ma, Zi-Jun Wang, Zihua Hu, Emmanuel Matas, Jing Wei, Zhen Yan
Haploinsufficiency of the SHANK3 gene is causally linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and ASD-associated genes are also enriched for chromatin remodelers. Here we found that brief treatment with romidepsin, a highly potent class I histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, alleviated social deficits in Shank3-deficient mice, which persisted for ~3 weeks. HDAC2 transcription was upregulated in these mice, and knockdown of HDAC2 in prefrontal cortex also rescued their social deficits. Nuclear localization of β-catenin, a Shank3-binding protein that regulates cell adhesion and transcription, was increased in Shank3-deficient mice, which induced HDAC2 upregulation and social deficits...
March 12, 2018: Nature Neuroscience
E M Peter-Ross
The pathobiological causes, the shared cellular and molecular pathways in catatonia and in catatonic presentation in neuropsychiatric disorders are yet to be determined. The hypotheses in this paper have been deduced from the latest scientific research findings and clinical observations of patients with genetic disorders, behavioral phenotypes and other family members suffering mental disorders. The first hypothesis postulates that catatonia and the heterogeneity of catatonic signs and symptoms involve nucleolar dysfunction arising from abnormalities of the brain-specific, non-coding micro-RNA, SNORD115 genes (either duplications or deletions) which result in pathobiological dysfunction of various combinations in the downstream pathways (possibly along with other genes in these shared pathways)...
April 2018: Medical Hypotheses
Federica Filice, Emanuel Lauber, Karl Jakob Vörckel, Markus Wöhr, Beat Schwaller
Background: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by two core symptoms: impaired social interaction and communication, and restricted, repetitive behaviors and interests. The pathophysiology of ASD is not yet fully understood, due to a plethora of genetic and environmental risk factors that might be associated with or causal for ASD. Recent findings suggest that one putative convergent pathway for some forms of ASD might be the downregulation of the calcium-binding protein parvalbumin (PV)...
2018: Molecular Autism
Srinivas Kumar Ponna, Salla Ruskamo, Matti Myllykoski, Corinna Keller, Tobias M Boeckers, Petri Kursula
The Shank proteins are crucial scaffolding elements of the post-synaptic density (PSD). One of the best-characterized domains in Shank is the PDZ domain, which binds to C-terminal segments of several other PSD proteins. We carried out a detailed structural analysis of Shank3 PDZ domain-peptide complexes, in order to understand determinants of binding affinity towards different ligand proteins. Ligand peptides from four different proteins were cocrystallized with the Shank3 PDZ domain, and binding affinities were determined calorimetrically...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
Patricia Monteiro
Autism, from the Greek autos ("self") and ismos ("action") was initially described as a congenital lack of interest in other people. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 10, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Wenmiao Zhu, Jianli Li, Stella Chen, Jinglan Zhang, Francesco Vetrini, Alicia Braxton, Christine M Eng, Yaping Yang, Fan Xia, Kory L Keller, Leila Okinaka-Hu, Chung Lee, J Lloyd Holder, Weimin Bi
SHANK3 encodes for a scaffolding protein that links neurotransmitter receptors to the cytoskeleton and is enriched in postsynaptic densities of excitatory synapses. Deletions or mutations in one copy of the SHANK3 gene cause Phelan-McDermid syndrome, also called 22q13.3 deletion syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder with common features including global developmental delay, absent to severely impaired language, autistic behavior, and minor dysmorphic features. By whole exome sequencing, we identified two de novo novel variants including one frameshift pathogenic variant and one missense variant of unknown significance in a 14-year-old boy with delayed motor milestones, delayed language acquisition, autism, intellectual disability, ataxia, progressively worsening spasticity of the lower extremities, dysmorphic features, short stature, microcephaly, failure to thrive, chronic constipation, intrauterine growth restriction, and bilateral inguinal hernias...
February 9, 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Shuang Qiu, Yan Li, Yong Li, Weijing Zhong, Meijuan Shi, Qian Zhao, Kaixin Zhang, Yihan Wang, Meihan Lu, Xiaojuan Zhu, Huiyi Jiang, Yaqin Yu, Yi Cheng, Yawen Liu
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as one of neurodevelopmental disorders, affects about 1/160 of people worldwide. The etiology and pathogenesis of ASD remain elusive. Synapses are essential components of neurons and basic information transmission unit in the nervous system, adjusting behavior to environmental stimuli and controlling body functions, memories, and emotions. SHANK3 is one of the synapse genes which play important roles in maintaining synaptic structure and function. SHANK3 has been researched as a probably susceptibility gene for ASD...
February 2, 2018: Gene
Nehir Kurtas, Filippo Arrigoni, Edoardo Errichiello, Claudio Zucca, Cristina Maghini, Maria Grazia D'Angelo, Silvana Beri, Roberto Giorda, Sara Bertuzzo, Massimo Delledonne, Luciano Xumerle, Marzia Rossato, Orsetta Zuffardi, Maria Clara Bonaglia
INTRODUCTION: Phelan-McDermid syndrome (PMS) is caused by SHANK3 haploinsufficiency. Its wide phenotypic variation is attributed partly to the type and size of 22q13 genomic lesion (deletion, unbalanced translocation, ring chromosome), partly to additional undefined factors. We investigated a child with severe global neurodevelopmental delay (NDD) compatible with her distal 22q13 deletion, complicated by bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria (BPP) and urticarial rashes, unreported in PMS...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
Elizabeth L Berg, Nycole A Copping, Josef K Rivera, Michael C Pride, Milo Careaga, Melissa D Bauman, Robert F Berman, Pamela J Lein, Hala Harony-Nicolas, Joseph D Buxbaum, Jacob Ellegood, Jason P Lerch, Markus Wöhr, Jill L Silverman
Mutations in the SHANK3 gene have been discovered in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and the intellectual disability, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome. This study leveraged a new rat model of Shank3 deficiency to assess complex behavioral phenomena, unique to rats, which display a richer social behavior repertoire than mice. Uniquely detectable emissions of ultrasonic vocalizations (USV) in rats serve as situation-dependent affective signals and accomplish important communicative functions. We report, for the first time, a call and response acoustic playback assay of bidirectional social communication in juvenile Shank3 rats...
January 29, 2018: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
Andrew R Mitz, Travis J Philyaw, Luigi Boccuto, Aleksandr Shcheglovitov, Sara M Sarasua, Walter E Kaufmann, Audrey Thurm
Chromosome 22q13.3 deletion (Phelan McDermid) syndrome (PMS) is a rare genetic neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from deletions or other genetic variants on distal 22q. Pathological variants of the SHANK3 gene have been identified, but terminal chromosomal deletions including SHANK3 are most common. Terminal deletions disrupt up to 108 protein-coding genes. The impact of these losses is highly variable and includes both significantly impairing neurodevelopmental and somatic manifestations. The current review combines two metrics, prevalence of gene loss and predicted loss pathogenicity, to identify likely contributors to phenotypic expression...
January 22, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
John N Koberstein, Shane G Poplawski, Mathieu E Wimmer, Giulia Porcari, Charlly Kao, Bruce Gomes, Davide Risso, Hakon Hakonarson, Nancy R Zhang, Robert T Schultz, Ted Abel, Lucia Peixoto
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder that is associated with genetic risk factors. Most human disease-associated single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are not located in genes but rather are in regulatory regions that control gene expression. The function of regulatory regions is determined through epigenetic mechanisms. Parallels between the cellular basis of development and the formation of long-term memory have long been recognized, particularly the role of epigenetic mechanisms in both processes...
January 16, 2018: Science Signaling
Mengye Zhu, VinayKumar Idikuda, Jianbing Wang, Fusheng Wei, Virang Kumar, Nikhil Shah, Christopher B Waite, Qinglian Liu, Lei Zhou
Shank3 is a scaffolding protein that is highly enriched in excitatory synapses. Mutations in Shank3 gene have been linked to neuropsychiatric disorders especially the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Shank3 deficiency is known to cause impairments in synaptic transmission, but its effects on basic neuronal electrical properties that are more localized to the soma and proximal dendrites remain unclear. Here we confirmed that in heterologous expression systems two different Shank3 isoforms, Shank3A and Shank3C, significant increase the surface expression of the hyperpolarization-activated, cyclic-nucleotide-gated (HCN) channel...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Elena Marcello, Monica Di Luca, Fabrizio Gardoni
In the last decade several synaptonuclear protein messengers including Jacob, CRTC1, AIDA-1, ProSaP2/Shank3 and RNF10 have been identified and characterized as key players for modulation of synaptic transmission and synaptic plasticity. Activation of excitatory glutamatergic synapses leads to their shuttling from the synapse to the nucleus, mostly importin-mediated, and subsequent regulation of gene transcription needed for long lasting modifications of synaptic function. Accordingly, increasing evidences show that alterations of the activity of synaptonuclear messengers are correlated to synaptic failure as observed in different synaptopathies...
January 6, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
Rebecca Shi, Patrick Redman, Dipanwita Ghose, Yan Liu, Xiaobai Ren, Lei J Ding, Mingna Liu, Kendrick J Jones, Weifeng Xu
Shank proteins, one of the principal scaffolds in the postsynaptic density (PSD) of the glutamatergic synapses, have been associated with autism spectrum disorders and neuropsychiatric diseases. However, it is not known whether different Shank family proteins have distinct functions in regulating synaptic transmission, and how they differ from other scaffold proteins in this aspect. Here, we investigate the role of Shanks in regulating glutamatergic synaptic transmission at rat hippocampal SC-CA1 synapses, using lentivirus-mediated knockdown and molecular replacement combined with dual whole-cell patch clamp in hippocampal slice culture...
November 2017: ENeuro
Caroline Richards, Laurie Powis, Jo Moss, Christopher Stinton, Lisa Nelson, Christopher Oliver
BACKGROUND: The limited behavioural phenotype literature on Phelan-McDermid syndrome (PMS) indicates atypically high levels of activity, impulsivity and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) behaviours. Divergent profiles of ASD in PMS are also reported, with some studies demonstrating similarities to idiopathic ASD and others indicating an uneven profile of social and communication impairments and repetitive behaviours. An evaluation of the behavioural phenotype of PMS and the prevalence and phenomenology of ASD is warranted, particularly given the causal involvement of the SHANK3 gene in the aetiology of PMS...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Kang Li, Li Li, Bo Cui, Zhihui Gai, Qiuyue Li, Shumei Wang, Jun Yan, Bencheng Lin, Lei Tian, Huanliang Liu, Xiaohua Liu, Zhuge Xi
Epidemiological studies have revealed that ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exposure is closely associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, there is a relative paucity of laboratory data to support this epidemic finding. In order to assess the relationship between PM2.5 exposure and ASD, neonatal male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were chosen and exposed to PM2.5 (2 or 20 mg/kg body weight, once a day) by intranasal instillation from postnatal day (PND) 8 to 22. It was found that when exposed to PM2...
November 7, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Yeunkum Lee, Jae Ryun Ryu, Hyojin Kang, Yoonhee Kim, Shinhyun Kim, Yinhua Zhang, Chunmei Jin, Hyo Min Cho, Won-Ki Kim, Woong Sun, Kihoon Han
Variants of the SHANK3 gene, which encodes a core scaffold protein of the postsynaptic density of excitatory synapses, have been causally associated with numerous brain disorders. Shank3 proteins directly bind zinc ions through their C-terminal sterile α motif domain, which enhances the multimerization and synaptic localization of Shank3, to regulate excitatory synaptic strength. However, no studies have explored whether zinc affects the protein interactions of Shank3, which might contribute to the synaptic changes observed after zinc application...
December 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Crystal T Engineer, Kimiya C Rahebi, Michael S Borland, Elizabeth P Buell, Kwok W Im, Linda G Wilson, Pryanka Sharma, Sven Vanneste, Hala Harony-Nicolas, Joseph D Buxbaum, Michael P Kilgard
Individuals with SHANK3 mutations have severely impaired receptive and expressive language abilities. While brain responses are known to be abnormal in these individuals, the auditory cortex response to sound has remained largely understudied. In this study, we document the auditory cortex response to speech and non-speech sounds in the novel Shank3-deficient rat model. We predicted that the auditory cortex response to sounds would be impaired in Shank3-deficient rats. We found that auditory cortex responses were weaker in Shank3 heterozygous rats compared to wild-type rats...
October 20, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
V Jaber, Y Zhao, W J Lukiw
RNA sequencing, DNA microfluidic array, LED-Northern, Western immunoassay and bioinformatics analysis have uncovered a small family of up-regulated human brain enriched microRNAs (miRNAs) and down-regulated messenger RNAs (mRNAs) in short post-mortem interval (PMI) sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD) brain. At the mRNA level, a large majority of the expression of human brain genes found to be down-regulated in sporadic AD appears to be a consequence of an up-regulation of a specific group of NF-kB-inducible microRNAs (miRNAs)...
April 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinsonism
Tharani Sundararajan, Ann M Manzardo, Merlin G Butler
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a chronic debilitating neuropsychiatric disorder with multiple risk factors involving numerous complex genetic influences. We examined and updated a master list of clinically relevant and susceptibility genes associated with SCZ reported in the literature and genomic databases dedicated to gene discovery for characterization of SCZ genes. We used the commercially available GeneAnalytics computer-based gene analysis program and integrated genomic databases to create a molecular profile of the updated list of 608 SCZ genes to model their impact in select categories (tissues and cells, diseases, pathways, biological processes, molecular functions, phenotypes and compounds) using specialized GeneAnalytics algorithms...
January 30, 2018: Gene
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