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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217683/insulin-like-growth-factor-ii-targets-the-mtor-pathway-to-reverse-autism-like-phenotypes-in-mice
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Adam B Steinmetz, Sarah A Stern, Amy S Kohtz, Giannina Descalzi, Cristina M Alberini
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability characterized by impairments in social interaction and repetitive behavior, and is also associated with cognitive deficits. There is no current treatment that can ameliorate most of the ASD symptomatology; thus, identifying novel therapies is urgently needed. We used male BTBR T+Itpr3tf /J (BTBR) mice, a model that reproduces most of the core behavioral phenotypes of ASD, to test the effects of systemic administration of insulin like growth factor II (IGF-II), a polypeptide that crosses the blood brain barrier and acts as a cognitive enhancer...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209394/polymorphism-in-the-promoter-region-of-sema5a-is-associated-with-sociality-traits-in-korean-subjects-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Soon Ae Kim, Boong-Nyun Kim, Jae-Won Kim, Min-Sup Shin, Tae-Won Park, Jung-Woo Son, Un-Sun Chung, Mira Park
In this study, we evaluated the association between autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and 10 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the 5' region of the semaphorin 5A gene (SEMA5A) for 250 Korean trios including children with ASDs. Family-based association testing and haplotype analysis revealed a statistically significant association between rs194085 and multiple sociality traits with Korean ASDs in the dominant model (p<0.001, corrected p=0.035). This indicates that genetic variations in the 5' region of SEMA5A play a role in the genetic predisposition to sociality traits in Korean ASDs...
November 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206191/the-metal-neurotoxins-an-important-role-in-current-human-neural-epidemics
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Keith Schofield
Many published studies have illustrated that several of the present day neurological epidemics (autism, attention deficit disorder, Alzheimer's) cannot be correlated to any single neurotoxicant. However, the present scientific examination of the numerous global blood monitoring databases for adults that include the concentrations of the neurotoxic elements, aluminum (Al), arsenic (As), lead (Pb), manganese (Mn), mercury (Hg), and selenium (Se) clearly indicate that, when considered in combination, for some, the human body may become easily over-burdened...
December 5, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204811/impact-of-a-patient-facing-enhanced-genomic-results-report-to-improve-understanding-engagement-and-communication
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Janet L Williams, Alanna Kulchak Rahm, Doris T Zallen, Heather Stuckey, Kara Fultz, Audrey L Fan, Michele Bonhag, Lynn Feldman, Michael M Segal, Marc S Williams
"The objective of this study was to" test the effectiveness of an enhanced genomic report on patient-centered outcome domains including communication, engagement and satisfaction. "Study design utilized" a prospective, randomized, mixed-methods desctiptive study of a whole genome sequencing results report, GenomeCOMPASS™, that was accessed by providers through the electronic health record and by patients through the associated patient portal. "The study was set in" an integrated healthcare delivery system in central Pennsylvania...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197649/heritable-genotype-contrast-mining-reveals-novel-gene-associations-specific-to-autism-subgroups
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Matt Spencer, Nicole Takahashi, Sounak Chakraborty, Judith Miles, Chi-Ren Shyu
Though the genetic etiology of autism is complex, our understanding can be improved by identifying genes and gene-gene interactions that contribute to the development of specific autism subtypes. Identifying such gene groupings will allow individuals to be diagnosed and treated according to their precise characteristics. To this end, we developed a method to associate gene combinations with groups with shared autism traits, targeting genetic elements that distinguish patient populations with opposing phenotypes...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147782/common-functional-variants-of-the-glutamatergic-system-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-with-high-and-low-intellectual-abilities
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Andreas G Chiocchetti, Afsheen Yousaf, Hannah S Bour, Denise Haslinger, Regina Waltes, Eftichia Duketis, Tomas Jarczok, Michael Sachse, Monica Biscaldi, Franziska Degenhardt, Stefan Herms, Sven Cichon, Jörg Ackermann, Ina Koch, Sabine M Klauck, Christine M Freitag
The genetic architecture underlying Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been suggested to differ between individuals with lower (IQ ≤ 70; LIQ) and higher intellectual abilities (IQ > 70; HIQ). Among the identified pathomechanisms, the glutamatergic signalling pathway is of specific interest in ASD. We investigated 187 common functional variants of this neurotransmitter system for association with ASD and with symptom severity in two independent samples, a German (German-ALL: N = 583 families) and the Autism Genome Project cohort (AGP-ALL: N = 2001 families), split into HIQ, and LIQ subgroups...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145754/cortical-and-subcortical-brain-morphometry-differences-between-patients-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-healthy-individuals-across-the-lifespan-results-from-the-enigma-asd-working-group
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Daan van Rooij, Evdokia Anagnostou, Celso Arango, Guillaume Auzias, Marlene Behrmann, Geraldo F Busatto, Sara Calderoni, Eileen Daly, Christine Deruelle, Adriana Di Martino, Ilan Dinstein, Fabio Luis Souza Duran, Sarah Durston, Christine Ecker, Damien Fair, Jennifer Fedor, Jackie Fitzgerald, Christine M Freitag, Louise Gallagher, Ilaria Gori, Shlomi Haar, Liesbeth Hoekstra, Neda Jahanshad, Maria Jalbrzikowski, Joost Janssen, Jason Lerch, Beatriz Luna, Mauricio Moller Martinho, Jane McGrath, Filippo Muratori, Clodagh M Murphy, Declan G M Murphy, Kirsten O'Hearn, Bob Oranje, Mara Parellada, Alessandra Retico, Pedro Rossa, Katya Rubia, Devon Shook, Margot Taylor, Paul M Thompson, Michela Tosetti, Gregory L Wallace, Fengfeng Zhou, Jan K Buitelaar
OBJECTIVE: Neuroimaging studies show structural differences in both cortical and subcortical brain regions in children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared with healthy subjects. Findings are inconsistent, however, and it is unclear how differences develop across the lifespan. The authors investigated brain morphometry differences between individuals with ASD and healthy subjects, cross-sectionally across the lifespan, in a large multinational sample from the Enhancing Neuroimaging Genetics Through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) ASD working group...
November 17, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
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/29118128/a-valence-free-definition-of-sociality-as-any-violation-of-inter-individual-independence
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Peggy Mason, Haozhe Shan
Well over 90% of studies in biomedical sciences are performed on single animals. While knowledge of the genetics, development and physiology of single individuals accrues, an understanding of the biological mechanisms by which individuals interact has barely budged. Yet many of society's greatest problems derive from an inability of humans to get along with each other. Studies in social neuroscience are primarily observational and rarely employ subjects who physically interact. Thus, social interaction represents a largely unexplored frontier of biology...
November 15, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090079/prospective-investigation-of-foxp1-syndrome
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Paige M Siper, Silvia De Rubeis, Maria Del Pilar Trelles, Allison Durkin, Daniele Di Marino, François Muratet, Yitzchak Frank, Reymundo Lozano, Evan E Eichler, Morgan Kelly, Jennifer Beighley, Jennifer Gerdts, Arianne S Wallace, Heather C Mefford, Raphael A Bernier, Alexander Kolevzon, Joseph D Buxbaum
BACKGROUND: Haploinsufficiency of the forkhead-box protein P1 (FOXP1) gene leads to a neurodevelopmental disorder termed FOXP1 syndrome. Previous studies in individuals carrying FOXP1 mutations and deletions have described the presence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) traits, intellectual disability, language impairment, and psychiatric features. The goal of the present study was to comprehensively characterize the genetic and clinical spectrum of FOXP1 syndrome. This is the first study to prospectively examine the genotype-phenotype relationship in multiple individuals with FOXP1 syndrome, using a battery of standardized clinical assessments...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075622/autistic-siblings-with-novel-mutations-in-two-different-genes-insight-for-genetic-workups-of-autistic-siblings-and-connection-to-mitochondrial-dysfunction
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Barrett J Burger, Shannon Rose, Sirish C Bennuri, Pritmohinder S Gill, Marie L Tippett, Leanna Delhey, Stepan Melnyk, Richard E Frye
The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is high, yet the etiology of this disorder is still uncertain. Advancements in genetic analysis have provided the ability to identify potential genetic changes that may contribute to ASD. Interestingly, several genetic syndromes have been linked to metabolic dysfunction, suggesting an avenue for treatment. In this case study, we report siblings with ASD who had similar initial phenotypic presentations. Whole exome sequencing (WES) revealed a novel c.795delT mutation in the WDR45 gene affecting the girl, which was consistent with her eventual progression to a Rett-like syndrome phenotype including seizures along with a stereotypical cyclic breathing pattern...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075560/deletion-of-fmr1-results-in-sex-specific-changes-in-behavior
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Suzanne O Nolan, Conner D Reynolds, Gregory D Smith, Andrew J Holley, Brianna Escobar, Matthew A Chandler, Megan Volquardsen, Taylor Jefferson, Ashvini Pandian, Tileena Smith, Jessica Huebschman, Joaquin N Lugo
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we used a systemic Fmr1 knockout in order to investigate both genotype- and sex-specific differences across multiple measures of sociability, repetitive behaviors, activity levels, anxiety, and fear-related learning and memory. BACKGROUND: Fragile X syndrome is the most common monogenic cause of intellectual disability and autism. Few studies to date have examined sex differences in a mouse model of Fragile X syndrome, though clinical data support the idea of differences in both overall prevalence and phenotype between the sexes...
October 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048417/pathways-from-autism-spectrum-disorder-diagnosis-to-genetic-testing
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Krysta S Barton, Holly K Tabor, Helene Starks, Nanibaa' A Garrison, Mercy Laurino, Wylie Burke
PurposeThis study examined challenges faced by families and health providers related to genetic testing for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).MethodsThis qualitative study of 14 parents and 15 health providers identified an unstandardized three-step process for families who pursue ASD genetic testing.ResultsStep 1 is the clinical diagnosis of ASD, confirmed by providers practicing alone or in a team. Step 2 is the offer of genetic testing to find an etiology. For those offered testing, step 3 involves the parents' decision whether to pursue testing...
October 19, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040524/potentiation-of-excitatory-synaptic-transmission-ameliorates-aggression-in-mice-with-stxbp1-haploinsufficiency
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Hiroyuki Miyamoto, Atsushi Shimohata, Manabu Abe, Teruo Abe, Emi Mazaki, Kenji Amano, Toshimitsu Suzuki, Tetsuya Tatsukawa, Shigeyoshi Itohara, Kenji Sakimura, Kazuhiro Yamakawa
Genetic studies point to a major role of de novo mutations in neurodevelopmental disorders of intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, and epileptic encephalopathy. The STXBP1 gene encodes the syntaxin-binding protein 1 (Munc18-1) that critically controls synaptic vesicle exocytosis and synaptic transmission. This gene harbors a high frequency of de novo mutations, which may play roles in these neurodevelopmental disorders. However, the system and behavioral-level pathophysiological changes caused by these genetic defects remain poorly understood...
October 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038711/study-of-the-c677t-and-1298ac-polymorphic-genotypes-of-mthfr-gene-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Farida El-Baz, Mohammed Abd El-Aal, Tarek Moustafa Kamal, Abdelrahim Abdrabou Sadek, Amr Ahmed Othman
BACKGROUND: Autism is currently known as "a behaviorally defined syndrome" manifested as impairment in social communication, repetitive routines and restricted interests. There is an increased risk of ASDs associated with common mutations affecting the folate/methylation cycle. AIM: The aim of this study was to identify C677T and 1298AC polymorphic genotypes of MTHFR gene among a sample of Egyptian children with autism and to make a phenotype-genotype correlation for the autistic patients...
September 2017: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028156/genetic-background-effects-in-neuroligin-3-mutant-mice-minimal-behavioral-abnormalities-on-c57-background
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Thomas C Jaramillo, Christine Ochoa Escamilla, Shunan Liu, Lauren Peca, Shari G Birnbaum, Craig M Powell
Neuroligin-3 (NLGN3) is a postsynaptic cell adhesion protein that interacts with presynaptic ligands including neurexin-1 (NRXN1) [Ichtchenko et al., Journal of Biological Chemistry, 271, 2676-2682, 1996]. Mice harboring a mutation in the NLGN3 gene (NL3R451C) mimicking a mutation found in two brothers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were previously generated and behaviorally phenotyped for autism-related behaviors. In these NL3R451C mice generated and tested on a hybrid C57BL6J/129S2/SvPasCrl background, we observed enhanced spatial memory and reduced social interaction [Tabuchi et al...
October 13, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972453/impaired-eye-contact-in-the-fmr1-premutation-is-not-associated-with-social-anxiety-or-the-broad-autism-phenotype
#17
Jessica Klusek, Alexis Ruber, Jane E Roberts
OBJECTIVE: The Fragile X Mental Retardation-1 (FMR1) premutation is a common genetic abnormality, affecting ~1:150 women in the United States. Clinical neuropsychologists are becoming increasingly aware of their role in the clinical management of the FMR1 premutation, which is associated with risk for a range of cognitive, executive, neuromotor, and psychological impairments, including neurodegenerative disease. This study investigated atypical eye contact as a critical neuropsychological phenotype associated with the FMR1 premutation...
October 3, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964912/functional-coding-variation-in-the-presynaptic-dopamine-transporter-associated-with-neuropsychiatric-disorders-drives-enhanced-motivation-and-context-dependent-impulsivity-in-mice
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Gwynne L Davis, Adele Stewart, Gregg D Stanwood, Raajaram Gowrishankar, Maureen K Hahn, Randy D Blakely
Recent genetic analyses have provided evidence that clinical commonalities associated with different psychiatric diagnoses often have shared mechanistic underpinnings. The development of animal models expressing functional genetic variation attributed to multiple disorders offers a salient opportunity to capture molecular, circuit and behavioral alterations underlying this hypothesis. In keeping with studies suggesting dopaminergic contributions to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder (BPD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), subjects with these diagnoses have been found to express a rare, functional coding substitution in the dopamine (DA) transporter (DAT), Ala559Val...
January 30, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958749/-comparative-genomic-hybridisation-as-a-first-option-in-genetic-diagnosis-1-000-cases-and-a-cost-benefit-analysis
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Neus Castells-Sarret, Anna M Cueto-González, Mar Borregan, Fermina López-Grondona, Rosa Miró, Eduardo Tizzano, Alberto Plaja
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Conventional cytogenetics diagnoses 3-5% of patients with unexplained developmental delay/intellectual disability and/or multiple congenital anomalies. The Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification increases diagnostic rates from between 2.4 to 5.8%. Currently the comparative genomic hybridisation array or aCGH is the highest performing diagnostic tool in patients with developmental delay/intellectual disability, congenital anomalies and autism spectrum disorders...
September 25, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958035/sleep-wake-physiology-and-quantitative-eeg-analysis-of-the-neuroligin-3-knockout-rat-model-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Alexia M Thomas, Michael D Schwartz, Michael D Saxe, Thomas S Kilduff
Study Objectives: Neuroligin-3 (NLGN3) is one of many genes associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Sleep dysfunction is highly prevalent in ASD, but has not been rigorously examined in ASD models. Here, we evaluated sleep/wake physiology and behavioral phenotypes of rats with genetic ablation of Nlgn3. Methods: Male Nlgn3 knockout (KO) and wild-type (WT) rats were assessed using a test battery for ASD-related behaviors and also implanted with telemeters to record the electroencephalogram (EEG), electromyogram (EMG), body temperature, and locomotor activity...
August 31, 2017: Sleep
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