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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129800/saikosaponin-d-mediated-downregulation-of-neurogenesis-results-in-cognitive-dysfunction-by-inhibiting-akt-foxg-1-pathwayin-mice
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Xu Lixing, Ji Zhouye, Guo Liting, Zhang Ruyi, Qu Rong, Ma Shiping
Saikosaponin-d (SSd), one of the main constituents of the total saikosaponins extracted from Bupleurum falcatum L, possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptosis effect. Recently, SSd was proved to improve depressive symptoms although exhibit hepatotoxicity in animals, but the central nervous system (CNS) toxicity of SSd remains unclear. The present study investigated the SSd-induced impairment in hippocampal cognitive function and explored the possible mechanisms involved. After intragastric administration of SSd (4mg/kg, 8mg/kg) for 7 days, the learning and memory abilities of mice were evaluated by behavioral experiments...
November 9, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080444/murine-pluripotent-stem-cells-with-a-homozygous-knockout-of-foxg1-show-reduced-differentiation-towards-cortical-progenitors-in-vitro
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Eva Maria Mall, Doris Herrmann, Heiner Niemann
Foxg1 is a transcription factor critical for the development of the mammalian telencephalon. Foxg1 controls the proliferation of dorsal telencephalon progenitors and the specification of the ventral telencephalon. Homozygous knockout of Foxg1 in mice leads to severe microcephaly, attributed to premature differentiation of telencephalic progenitors, mainly of cortical progenitors. Here, we analyzed the influence of a Foxg1 knockout on differentiation of murine pluripotent stem cells (mPSCs) in an in vitro model of neuronal development...
October 19, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053887/low-foxg1-and-high-olig-2-labelling-indices-define-a-prognostically-favorable-subset-in-idh-mutant-gliomas
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Sarah Schäfer, Felix Behling, Marco Skardelly, Marilin Koch, Ines Ott, Frank Paulsen, Ghazaleh Tabatabai, Jens Schittenhelm
AIMS: Previous data suggest that expression of transcription factors FoxG1 and Olig-2 can separate hotspot H3F3A-mutant tumors in pediatric glioma. We evaluated their prognostic potential and feasibility for identifying H3F3A-mutant tumors among IDH-mutant/wildtype gliomas. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry of FoxG1/Olig-2 and ATRX in 471 cases of diffuse gliomas and molecular determination of IDH, H3F3A, MGMT and 1p/19 codeletion status. RESULTS: Mean percentage of FoxG1 positive tumor cells increased from 17% in WHO grade II to over 21% in grade III to 37% in grade IV tumors, while mean Olig-2 indices decreased from 29% to 28% to 17% respectively...
October 20, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981930/-report-of-a-case-with-14q12-triplication-and-literature-review-for-foxg1-related-diseases
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Fangfang Wang, Rong Luo, Bin Zhou, Tao Yu, Xiaolu Chen
OBJECTIVE: To report on the first case with chromosome 14q12 triplication involving the FOXG1 gene. METHODS: The clinical, radiological and array-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) data of a patient was analyzed, in addition with a literature review. RESULTS: The 9-year-old girl has suffered from severe psychomotor delay, infantile spasms, severe mental retardation, absent language, autistic spectrum disorders, impaired ambulation, poor functional hand use and microcephaly, which were considered as manifestation of FOXG1 related diseases...
October 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947817/the-utility-of-next-generation-sequencing-for-molecular-diagnostics-in-rett-syndrome
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Silvia Vidal, Núria Brandi, Paola Pacheco, Edgar Gerotina, Laura Blasco, Jean-Rémi Trotta, Sophia Derdak, Maria Del Mar O'Callaghan, Àngels Garcia-Cazorla, Mercè Pineda, Judith Armstrong
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an early-onset neurodevelopmental disorder that almost exclusively affects girls and is totally disabling. Three genes have been identified that cause RTT: MECP2, CDKL5 and FOXG1. However, the etiology of some of RTT patients still remains unknown. Recently, next generation sequencing (NGS) has promoted genetic diagnoses because of the quickness and affordability of the method. To evaluate the usefulness of NGS in genetic diagnosis, we present the genetic study of RTT-like patients using different techniques based on this technology...
September 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924877/diagnostic-approach-to-neurotransmitter-monoamine-disorders-experience-from-clinical-biochemical-and-genetic-profiles
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Alice Kuster, Jean-Baptiste Arnoux, Magalie Barth, Delphine Lamireau, Nada Houcinat, Cyril Goizet, Bérénice Doray, Stéphanie Gobin, Manuel Schiff, Aline Cano, Daniel Amsallem, Christine Barnerias, Boris Chaumette, Marion Plaze, Abdelhamid Slama, Christine Ioos, Isabelle Desguerre, Anne-Sophie Lebre, Pascale de Lonlay, Laurence Christa
BACKGROUND AND AIM: To improve the diagnostic work-up of patients with diverse neurological diseases, we have elaborated specific clinical and CSF neurotransmitter patterns. METHODS: Neurotransmitter determinations in CSF from 1200 patients revealed abnormal values in 228 (19%) cases. In 54/228 (24%) patients, a final diagnosis was identified. RESULTS: We have reported primary (30/54, 56%) and secondary (24/54, 44%) monoamine neurotransmitter disorders...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851325/novel-foxg1-mutations-in-chinese-patients-with-rett-syndrome-or-rett-like-mental-retardation
#7
Qingping Zhang, Jiaping Wang, Jiarui Li, Xinhua Bao, Ying Zhao, Xiaoying Zhang, Liping Wei, Xiru Wu
BACKGROUND: We aimed to delineate clinical phenotypes associated with FOXG1 mutations in Chinese patients with Rett syndrome (RTT) or RTT-like mental retardation (MR). METHODS: Four hundred and fifty-one patients were recruited, including 418 with RTT and 33 with RTT-like MR. Gene mutations were identified by a target capture method and verified by Sanger sequencing. RESULTS: Four FOXG1 mutations were detected in four patients (three with RTT and one with RTT-like MR), including one previously described mutation and three novel mutations...
August 29, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781028/hypoplastic-hippocampus-in-atypical-rett-syndrome-with-a-novel-foxg1-mutation
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Kotoha Harada, Mayumi Yamamoto, Yukihiko Konishi, Kaori Koyano, Satoru Takahashi, Masanori Namba, Takashi Kusaka
The forkhead box G1 (FOXG1) gene encodes a brain-specific transcription factor and is associated with a congenital variant of atypical Rett syndrome (RTT); several FOXG1 mutations have been identified. The congenital variant of RTT shows a hypoplastic corpus callosum, delayed myelination, and frontal and temporal atrophy. Although no report has described a hippocampal abnormality in humans, the current study suggests that FOXG1 also regulates neurogenesis in the postnatal hippocampus. In the present case, severe developmental delay was observed in a patient with a congenital variant of RTT from about 4months, in conjunction with acquired microcephaly, hypotonia, limited motor function, absent purposeful hand use, and repetitive jerky movements of the upper limbs...
August 3, 2017: Brain & Development
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
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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...
August 16, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
#15
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...
August 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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
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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
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