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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729440/the-transcription-factor-foxg1-promotes-optic-fissure-closure-in-the-mouse-by-suppressing-wnt8b-in-the-nasal-optic-stalk
#1
Rowena Smith, Yu-Ting Huang, Tian Tian, Dominika Vojtasova, Oscar Mesalles-Naranjo, Steven M Pollard, Thomas Pratt, David J Price, Vassiliki Fotaki
During vertebrate eye morphogenesis a transient fissure forms at its inferior part, known as the optic fissure. This will gradually close giving rise to a healthy, spherical optic cup. Failure of the optic fissure to close gives rise to an ocular disorder known as coloboma. During this developmental process Foxg1 is expressed in the optic neuroepithelium, with highest levels of expression in the nasal optic stalk. Foxg1-/- mutant mice have microphthalmic eyes with a large ventral coloboma. We found Wnt8b expression upregulated in the Foxg1-/- optic stalk and hypothesized that, similar to what is observed in telencephalic development, Foxg1 directs development of the optic neuroepithelium through transcriptional suppression of Wnt8b To test this, we generated Foxg1-/-;Wnt8b-/- double mutants of either sex and found that the morphology of the optic cup and stalk and the closure of the optic fissure were substantially rescued in these embryos...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661489/foxg1-syndrome-genotype-phenotype-association-in-83-patients-with-foxg1-variants
#2
Diana Mitter, Milka Pringsheim, Marc Kaulisch, Kim Sarah Plümacher, Simone Schröder, Rita Warthemann, Rami Abou Jamra, Martina Baethmann, Thomas Bast, Hans-Martin Büttel, Julie S Cohen, Elizabeth Conover, Carolina Courage, Angelika Eger, Ali Fatemi, Theresa A Grebe, Natalie S Hauser, Wolfram Heinritz, Katherine L Helbig, Marion Heruth, Dagmar Huhle, Karen Höft, Stephanie Karch, Gerhard Kluger, G Christoph Korenke, Johannes R Lemke, Richard E Lutz, Steffi Patzer, Isabelle Prehl, Konstanze Hoertnagel, Keri Ramsey, Tina Rating, Angelika Rieß, Luis Rohena, Mareike Schimmel, Rachel Westman, Frank-Martin Zech, Barbara Zoll, Dörthe Malzahn, Birgit Zirn, Knut Brockmann
PurposeThe study aimed at widening the clinical and genetic spectrum and assessing genotype-phenotype associations in FOXG1 syndrome due to FOXG1 variants.MethodsWe compiled 30 new and 53 reported patients with a heterozygous pathogenic or likely pathogenic variant in FOXG1. We grouped patients according to type and location of the variant. Statistical analysis of molecular and clinical data was performed using Fisher's exact test and a nonparametric multivariate test.ResultsAmong the 30 new patients, we identified 19 novel FOXG1 variants...
June 29, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639189/enhancing-neuronogenesis-and-counteracting-neuropathogenic-gene-haploinsufficiencies-by-rna-gene-activation
#3
Antonello Mallamaci
Small activating RNAs (saRNAs), targeting endogenous genes and stimulating their transcription, are a promising tool for implementing a variety of neurotherapeutic strategies. Among these there is the stimulation of select histogenetic subroutines for purposes of cell-based brain repair, as well as the therapeutic treatment of gene expression deficits underlying severe neurological disorders.We employed RNA activation (RNAa) to transactivate the Emx2 transcription factor gene in embryonic cortico-cerebral precursor cells...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584103/neurog2-and-ascl1-together-regulate-a-postmitotic-derepression-circuit-to-govern-laminar-fate-specification-in-the-murine-neocortex
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Daniel J Dennis, Grey Wilkinson, Saiqun Li, Rajiv Dixit, Lata Adnani, Anjali Balakrishnan, Sisu Han, Christopher Kovach, Nicole Gruenig, Deborah M Kurrasch, Richard H Dyck, Carol Schuurmans
A derepression mode of cell-fate specification involving the transcriptional repressors Tbr1, Fezf2, Satb2, and Ctip2 operates in neocortical projection neurons to specify six layer identities in sequence. Less well understood is how laminar fate transitions are regulated in cortical progenitors. The proneural genes Neurog2 and Ascl1 cooperate in progenitors to control the temporal switch from neurogenesis to gliogenesis. Here we asked whether these proneural genes also regulate laminar fate transitions. Several defects were observed in the derepression circuit in Neurog2(-/-);Ascl1(-/-) mutants: an inability to repress expression of Tbr1 (a deep layer VI marker) during upper-layer neurogenesis, a loss of Fezf2(+)/Ctip2(+) layer V neurons, and precocious differentiation of normally late-born, Satb2(+) layer II-IV neurons...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581027/evolutionary-conservation-and-conversion-of-foxg1-function-in-brain-development
#5
REVIEW
Takuma Kumamoto, Carina Hanashima
Among the forkhead box protein family, Foxg1 is a unique transcription factor that plays pleiotropic and non-redundant roles in vertebrate brain development. The emergence of the telencephalon at the rostral end of the neural tube and its subsequent expansion that is mediated by Foxg1 was a key reason for the vertebrate brain to acquire higher order information processing, where Foxg1 is repetitively used in the sequential events of telencephalic development to control multi-steps of brain circuit formation ranging from cell cycle control to neuronal differentiation in a clade- and species-specific manner...
June 5, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544139/rettbase-rett-syndrome-database-update
#6
Rahul Krishnaraj, Gladys Ho, John Christodoulou
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked progressive neurodevelopmental disorder that primarily affects females. Mutations in the MECP2 gene have been attributed as the major genetic cause of RTT. Recently, mutations in CDKL5 and FOXG1 genes have also been suggested to give rise to RTT, although subsequent more extensive studies suggest that diseases resulting from mutations in these two genes should be considered as distinct clinical entities. While the genetic basis for the RTT has been recognized, so far there is no effective cure for the disease and the treatments available are mainly aimed at ameliorating clinical problems associated with the disorder...
August 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512742/differing-intrinsic-biological-properties-between-forebrain-and-spinal-oligodendroglial-lineage-cells
#7
Makoto Horiuchi, Yoko Suzuki-Horiuchi, Tasuku Akiyama, Aki Itoh, David Pleasure, Earl Carstens, Takayuki Itoh
Differentiation of oligodendroglial progenitor cells (OPCs) into myelinating oligodendrocytes is known to be regulated by the microenvironment where they differentiate. However, current research has not verified whether or not oligodendroglial lineage cells (OLCs) derived from different anatomical regions of the central nervous system (CNS) respond to microenvironmental cues in the same manner. Here, we isolated pure OPCs from rat neonatal forebrain (FB) and spinal cord (SC) and compared their phenotypes in the same in vitro conditions...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465359/elevated-foxg1-and-sox2-in-glioblastoma-enforces-neural-stem-cell-identity-through-transcriptional-control-of-cell-cycle-and-epigenetic-regulators
#8
Harry Bulstrode, Ewan Johnstone, Maria Angeles Marques-Torrejon, Kirsty M Ferguson, Raul Bardini Bressan, Carla Blin, Vivien Grant, Sabine Gogolok, Ester Gangoso, Sladjana Gagrica, Christine Ender, Vassiliki Fotaki, Duncan Sproul, Paul Bertone, Steven M Pollard
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is an aggressive brain tumor driven by cells with hallmarks of neural stem (NS) cells. GBM stem cells frequently express high levels of the transcription factors FOXG1 and SOX2. Here we show that increased expression of these factors restricts astrocyte differentiation and can trigger dedifferentiation to a proliferative NS cell state. Transcriptional targets include cell cycle and epigenetic regulators (e.g., Foxo3, Plk1, Mycn, Dnmt1, Dnmt3b, and Tet3). Foxo3 is a critical repressed downstream effector that is controlled via a conserved FOXG1/SOX2-bound cis-regulatory element...
April 15, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366874/impaired-vitreous-composition-and-retinal-pigment-epithelium-function-in-the-foxg1-lrp2-myopic-mice
#9
Olivier Cases, Antoine Obry, Sirine Ben-Yacoub, Sébastien Augustin, Antoine Joseph, Géraldine Toutirais, Manuel Simonutti, Annabel Christ, Pascal Cosette, Renata Kozyraki
High myopia (HM) is one of the main causes of visual impairment and blindness all over the world and an unsolved medical problem. Persons with HM are predisposed to other eye pathologies such as retinal detachment, myopic retinopathy or glaucomatous optic neuropathy, complications that may at least partly result from the extensive liquefaction of the myopic vitreous gel. To identify the involvement of the liquid vitreous in the pathogenesis of HM we here analyzed the vitreous of the recently described highly myopic low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 2 (Lrp2)-deficient eyes...
March 31, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361918/single-cell-rna-sequencing-identifies-distinct-mouse-medial-ganglionic-eminence-cell-types
#10
Ying-Jiun J Chen, Brad A Friedman, Connie Ha, Steffen Durinck, Jinfeng Liu, John L Rubenstein, Somasekar Seshagiri, Zora Modrusan
Many subtypes of cortical interneurons (CINs) are found in adult mouse cortices, but the mechanism generating their diversity remains elusive. We performed single-cell RNA sequencing on the mouse embryonic medial ganglionic eminence (MGE), the major birthplace for CINs, and on MGE-like cells differentiated from embryonic stem cells. Two distinct cell types were identified as proliferating neural progenitors and immature neurons, both of which comprised sub-populations. Although lineage development of MGE progenitors was reconstructed and immature neurons were characterized as GABAergic, cells that might correspond to precursors of different CINs were not identified...
March 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346953/lennox-gastaut-syndrome-a-state-of-the-art-review
#11
Mario Mastrangelo
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe age-dependent epileptic encephalopathy usually with onset between 1 and 8 years of age. Functional neuroimaging studies recently introduced the concept of Lennox-Gastaut as "secondary network epilepsy" resulting from dysfunctions of a complex system involving both cortical and subcortical structures (default-mode network, corticoreticular connections, and thalamus). These dysfunctions are produced by different disorders including hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathies, meningoencephalitis, cortical malformations, neurocutaneous disorders, or tumors...
June 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008996/the-presence-of-anf-hesx1-homeobox-gene-in-lampreys-suggests-that-it-could-play-an-important-role-in-emergence-of-telencephalon
#12
Andrey V Bayramov, Galina V Ermakova, Fedor M Eroshkin, Alexandr V Kucheryavyy, Natalia Y Martynova, Andrey G Zaraisky
Accumulated evidence indicates that the core genetic mechanisms regulating early patterning of the brain rudiment in vertebrates are very similar to those operating during development of the anterior region of invertebrate embryos. However, the mechanisms underlying the morphological differences between the elaborate vertebrate brain and its simpler invertebrate counterpart remain poorly understood. Recently, we hypothesized that the emergence of the most anterior unit of the vertebrate brain, the telencephalon, could be related to the appearance in vertebrates' ancestors of a unique homeobox gene, Anf/Hesx1(further Anf), which is absent from all invertebrates and regulates the earliest steps of telencephalon development in vertebrates...
December 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995975/rna-activation-of-haploinsufficient-foxg1-gene-in-murine-neocortex
#13
Cristina Fimiani, Elisa Goina, Qin Su, Guangping Gao, Antonello Mallamaci
More than one hundred distinct gene hemizygosities are specifically linked to epilepsy, mental retardation, autism, schizophrenia and neuro-degeneration. Radical repair of these gene deficits via genome engineering is hardly feasible. The same applies to therapeutic stimulation of the spared allele by artificial transactivators. Small activating RNAs (saRNAs) offer an alternative, appealing approach. As a proof-of-principle, here we tested this approach on the Rett syndrome-linked, haploinsufficient, Foxg1 brain patterning gene...
December 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988477/effectiveness-and-tolerability-of-antiepileptic-drugs-in-104-girls-with-rett-syndrome
#14
Aglaia Vignoli, Miriam Nella Savini, Maria Sonia Nowbut, Angela Peron, Katherine Turner, Francesca La Briola, Maria Paola Canevini
Approximately 60-80% of girls with Rett Syndrome (RTT) have epilepsy, which represents one of the most severe problems clinicians have to deal with, especially when patients are 7-12years old. The aim of this study was to analyze the antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) prescribed in RTT, and to assess their effectiveness and tolerability in different age groups from early infancy to adulthood. We included in this study 104 girls, aged 2-42years (mean age 13.9years): 89 had a mutation in MECP2, 5 in CDKL5, 2 in FOXG1, and the mutational status was unknown in the remaining 8...
January 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770010/six3-dosage-mediates-the-pathogenesis-of-holoprosencephaly
#15
Xin Geng, Sandra Acosta, Oleg Lagutin, Hyea Jin Gil, Guillermo Oliver
Holoprosencephaly (HPE) is defined as the incomplete separation of the two cerebral hemispheres. The pathology of HPE is variable and, based on the severity of the defect, HPE is divided into alobar, semilobar, and lobar. Using a novel hypomorphic Six3 allele, we demonstrate in mice that variability in Six3 dosage results in different HPE phenotypes. Furthermore, we show that whereas the semilobar phenotype results from severe downregulation of Shh expression in the rostral diencephalon ventral midline, the alobar phenotype is caused by downregulation of Foxg1 expression in the anterior neural ectoderm...
December 1, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760116/chromosome-conformation-elucidates-regulatory-relationships-in-developing-human-brain
#16
Hyejung Won, Luis de la Torre-Ubieta, Jason L Stein, Neelroop N Parikshak, Jerry Huang, Carli K Opland, Michael J Gandal, Gavin J Sutton, Farhad Hormozdiari, Daning Lu, Changhoon Lee, Eleazar Eskin, Irina Voineagu, Jason Ernst, Daniel H Geschwind
Three-dimensional physical interactions within chromosomes dynamically regulate gene expression in a tissue-specific manner. However, the 3D organization of chromosomes during human brain development and its role in regulating gene networks dysregulated in neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism or schizophrenia, are unknown. Here we generate high-resolution 3D maps of chromatin contacts during human corticogenesis, permitting large-scale annotation of previously uncharacterized regulatory relationships relevant to the evolution of human cognition and disease...
October 27, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737314/analyzing-gene-expression-profiles-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy-via-bioinformatics-methods
#17
Liming Wang, L Zhu, R Luan, L Wang, J Fu, X Wang, L Sui
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterized by ventricular dilatation, and it is a common cause of heart failure and cardiac transplantation. This study aimed to explore potential DCM-related genes and their underlying regulatory mechanism using methods of bioinformatics. The gene expression profiles of GSE3586 were downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus database, including 15 normal samples and 13 DCM samples. The differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were identified between normal and DCM samples using Limma package in R language...
October 10, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734276/targeted-next-generation-sequencing-the-diagnostic-value-in-early-onset-epileptic-encephalopathy
#18
Sarenur Gokben, Huseyin Onay, Sanem Yilmaz, Tahir Atik, Gul Serdaroglu, Hande Tekin, Ferda Ozkinay
We investigated the genetic background of early-onset epileptic encephalopathy (EE) using targeted next generation sequencing analysis. Thirty sporadic or familial cases associated with early-onset EE were included. An early-onset EE gene panel including sixteen genes (ARX, CDKL5, CNTNAP2, FOLR1, FOXG1, LAMC3, MBD5, MECP2, NTNG1, PCDH19, PNKP, SCN1A, SCN1B, SCN2A, STXBP1, KCNQ2) was constituted. Nine definite and three potential causal mutations in 30 cases (40 %) were identified. All mutations presented heterozygously except one...
March 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721656/role-of-mirna-9-in-brain-development
#19
REVIEW
Balachandar Radhakrishnan, A Alwin Prem Anand
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small regulatory RNAs involved in gene regulation. The regulation is effected by either translational inhibition or transcriptional silencing. In vertebrates, the importance of miRNA in development was discovered from mice and zebrafish dicer knockouts. The miRNA-9 (miR-9) is one of the most highly expressed miRNAs in the early and adult vertebrate brain. It has diverse functions within the developing vertebrate brain. In this article, the role of miR-9 in the developing forebrain (telencephalon and diencephalon), midbrain, hindbrain, and spinal cord of vertebrate species is highlighted...
2016: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27640358/phenotype-differentiation-of-foxg1-and-mecp2-disorders-a-new-method-for-characterization-of-developmental-encephalopathies
#20
Mandy Ma, Heather R Adams, Laurie E Seltzer, William B Dobyns, Alex R Paciorkowski
OBJECTIVE: To differentiate developmental encephalopathies by creating a novel quantitative phenotyping tool. STUDY DESIGN: We created the Developmental Encephalopathy Inventory (DEI) to differentiate disorders with complex multisystem neurodevelopmental symptoms. We then used the DEI to study the phenotype features of 20 subjects with FOXG1 disorder and 11 subjects with MECP2 disorder. RESULTS: The DEI identified core domains of fine motor and expressive language that were severely impaired in both disorders...
November 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
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