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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933285/developmental-profile-and-diagnoses-in-children-presenting-with-motor-stereotypies
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Francesco Cardona, Francesca Valente, Daniela Miraglia, Caterina D'Ardia, Valentina Baglioni, Flavia Chiarotti
INTRODUCTION: Motor stereotypies represent a typical example of the difficulty in distinguishing non-clinical behaviors (physiological and transient) from symptoms or among different disorders ["primary stereotypies," associated with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disabilities, genetic syndromes, and sensory impairment]. The aim of this study was to obtain an accurate assessment on the relationship between stereotypies and neurodevelopmental disorders. METHODS: We studied 23 children (3 girls), aged 36-95 months, who requested a consultation due to the persistence or increased severity of motor stereotypies...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931018/primary-carnitine-deficiency-and-newborn-screening-for-disorders-of-the-carnitine-cycle
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Nicola Longo
Carnitine is needed for transfer of long-chain fatty acids across the inner mitochondrial membrane for subsequent β-oxidation. Carnitine can be synthesized by the body and is also obtained in the diet through consumption of meat and dairy products. Defects in carnitine transport such as those caused by defective activity of the OCTN2 transporter encoded by the SLC22A5 gene result in primary carnitine deficiency, and newborn screening programmes can identify patients at risk for this condition before irreversible damage...
December 9, 2016: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920663/asd-and-genetic-associations-with-receptors-for-oxytocin-and-vasopressin-avpr1a-avpr1b-and-oxtr
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Sunday M Francis, Soo-Jeong Kim, Emily Kistner-Griffin, Stephen Guter, Edwin H Cook, Suma Jacob
Background: There are limited treatments available for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Studies have reported significant associations between the receptor genes of oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (AVP) and ASD diagnosis, as well as ASD-related phenotypes. Researchers have also found the manipulation of these systems affects social and repetitive behaviors, core characteristics of ASD. Consequently, research involving the oxytocin/vasopressin pathways as intervention targets has increased. Therefore, further examination into the relationship between these neuropeptides and ASD was undertaken...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891068/can-mouse-imaging-studies-bring-order-to-autism-connectivity-chaos
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Adam Liska, Alessandro Gozzi
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) has consistently highlighted impaired or aberrant functional connectivity across brain regions of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) patients. However, the manifestation and neural substrates of these alterations are highly heterogeneous and often conflicting. Moreover, their neurobiological underpinnings and etiopathological significance remain largely unknown. A deeper understanding of the complex pathophysiological cascade leading to aberrant connectivity in ASD can greatly benefit from the use of model organisms where individual pathophysiological or phenotypic components of ASD can be recreated and investigated via approaches that are either off limits or confounded by clinical heterogeneity...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890788/genetic-testing-among-spanish-pediatric-neurologists-knowledge-attitudes-and-practices
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J Domínguez-Carral, J López-Pisón, A Macaya, M Bueno Campaña, M A García-Pérez, D Natera-de Benito
Advances in genetic testing applied to child neurology have enabled the development of genetic tests with greater sensitivity in elucidating an etiologic diagnosis for common neurological conditions. The objective of the current study was to examine child neurologists' perspectives and insights into genetic testing. We surveyed 118 Spanish child neurologists, exploring their knowledge, attitudes, and practices concerning genetic tests. All of them had requested at least one genetic test in the past six months...
November 25, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884424/vision-as-a-beachhead
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David J Heeger, Marlene Behrmann, Ilan Dinstein
When neural circuits develop abnormally due to different genetic deficits and/or environmental insults, neural computations and the behaviors that rely on them are altered. Computational theories that relate neural circuits with specific quantifiable behavioral and physiological phenomena, therefore, serve as extremely useful tools for elucidating the neuropathological mechanisms that underlie different disorders. The visual system is particularly well suited for characterizing differences in neural computations; computational theories of vision are well established, and empirical protocols for measuring the parameters of those theories are well developed...
September 29, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875746/de-novo-and-inherited-scn8a-epilepsy-mutations-detected-by-gene-panel-analysis
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Kameryn M Butler, Cristina da Silva, Yuval Shafir, James D Weisfeld-Adams, John J Alexander, Madhuri Hegde, Andrew Escayg
OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence of pathogenic SCN8A variants in a cohort of epilepsy patients referred for clinical genetic testing. We also investigated the contribution of SCN8A to autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and neuromuscular disorders in individuals referred for clinical genetic testing at the same testing laboratory. METHODS: Sequence data from 275 epilepsy panels screened by Emory Genetics Laboratory were reviewed for variants in SCN8A...
November 6, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855195/paternal-aging-affects-behavior-in-pax6-mutant-mice-a-gene-environment-interaction-in-understanding-neurodevelopmental-disorders
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Kaichi Yoshizaki, Tamio Furuse, Ryuichi Kimura, Valter Tucci, Hideki Kaneda, Shigeharu Wakana, Noriko Osumi
Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have increased over the last few decades. These neurodevelopmental disorders are characterized by a complex etiology, which involves multiple genes and gene-environmental interactions. Various genes that control specific properties of neural development exert pivotal roles in the occurrence and severity of phenotypes associated with neurodevelopmental disorders. Moreover, paternal aging has been reported as one of the factors that contribute to the risk of ASD and ADHD...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846046/clinical-and-molecular-characterization-of-three-genomic-rearrangements-at-chromosome-22q13-3-associated-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Chia-Hsiang Chen, Hsin-I Chen, Hsiao-Mei Liao, Yann-Jang Chen, Jye-Siung Fang, Kuei-Fang Lee, Susan Shur-Fen Gau
OBJECTIVES: Chromosome 22q13 is a hot region of genomic rearrangements that may result in deletion, duplication, and translocation, and that may lead to neurodevelopmental disorders in affected patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We carried out an array-based comparative genomic hybridization analysis to detect copy number variations (CNVs) of genomic DNA in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who were consecutively recruited into our molecular genetic study of ASD...
November 11, 2016: Psychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825394/shared-atypical-brain-anatomy-and-intrinsic-functional-architecture-in-male-youth-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-their-unaffected-brothers
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H-Y Lin, W-Y I Tseng, M-C Lai, Y-T Chang, S S-F Gau
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly heritable neurodevelopmental disorder, yet the search for definite genetic etiologies remains elusive. Delineating ASD endophenotypes can boost the statistical power to identify the genetic etiologies and pathophysiology of ASD. We aimed to test for endophenotypes of neuroanatomy and associated intrinsic functional connectivity (iFC) via contrasting male youth with ASD, their unaffected brothers and typically developing (TD) males...
November 9, 2016: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819284/superimposing-status-epilepticus-on-neuron-subset-specific-pten-haploinsufficient-and-wild-type-mice-results-in-long-term-changes-in-behavior
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Gregory D Smith, Jessika White, Joaquin N Lugo
We evaluated the effects of superimposing seizures on a genetic mutation with known involvement in both Autism Spectrum Disorder and in epilepsy. Neuron-subset specific (NS)-Pten heterozygous (HT) and wildtype (WT) adult mice received either intraperitoneal injections of kainic acid (20 mg/kg) to induce status epilepticus or the vehicle (saline). Animals then received a battery of behavioral tasks in order to evaluate activity levels, anxiety, repetitive-stereotyped behavior, social behavior, learning and memory...
November 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809408/gender-differences-in-autism-spectrum-disorders-divergence-among-specific-core-symptoms
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Anita Beggiato, Hugo Peyre, Anna Maruani, Isabelle Scheid, Maria Rastam, Frederique Amsellem, Carina I Gillberg, Marion Leboyer, Thomas Bourgeron, Christopher Gillberg, Richard Delorme
Community-based studies have consistently shown a sex ratio heavily skewed towards males in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The factors underlying this predominance of males are largely unknown, but the way girls score on standardized categorical diagnostic tools might account for the underrecognition of ASD in girls. Despite the existence of different norms for boys and girls with ASD on several major screening tests, the algorithm of the Autism Diagnosis Interview-Revised (ADI-R) has not been reformulated...
November 3, 2016: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799474/mirdnmr-a-gene-centered-database-of-background-de-novo-mutation-rates-in-human
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Yi Jiang, Zhongshan Li, Zhenwei Liu, Denghui Chen, Wanying Wu, Yaoqiang Du, Liying Ji, Zi-Bing Jin, Wei Li, Jinyu Wu
De novo germline mutations (DNMs) are the rarest genetic variants proven to cause a considerable number of sporadic genetic diseases, such as autism spectrum disorders, epileptic encephalopathy, schizophrenia, congenital heart disease, type 1 diabetes, and hearing loss. However, it is difficult to accurately assess the cause of DNMs and identify disease-causing genes from the considerable number of DNMs in probands. A common method to this problem is to identify genes that harbor significantly more DNMs than expected by chance, with accurate background DNM rate (DNMR) required...
October 30, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788777/test-for-association-of-common-variants-in-grm7-with-alcohol-consumption
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Whitney E Melroy-Greif, Csaba Vadasz, Helen M Kamens, Matthew B McQueen, Robin P Corley, Michael C Stallings, Christian J Hopfer, Kenneth S Krauter, Sandra A Brown, John K Hewitt, Marissa A Ehringer
Recent work using a mouse model has identified the glutamate metabotropic receptor 7 (Grm7) gene as a strong candidate gene for alcohol consumption. Although there has been some work examining the effect of human glutamate metabotropic receptor 7 (GRM7) polymorphisms on human substance use disorders, the majority of the work has focused on other psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, and autism spectrum disorders. The current study aimed to evaluate evidence for association between GRM7 and alcohol behaviors in humans using a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) approach, as well as a gene-based approach...
September 2016: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785454/zebrafish-embryos-as-in-vivo-test-tubes-to-unravel-cell-specific-mechanisms-of-neurogenesis-during-neurodevelopment-and-in-diseases
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Éric Samarut
Zebrafish has become a model of choice for developmental studies in particular for studying neural development and related mechanisms involved in diseases. Indeed, zebrafish provides a fast, handy and accurate model to perform functional genomics on a gene or network of genes of interest. Recently, we successfully purified neural stem cells (NSCs) by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) from whole embryos in order to analyze cell-specific transcriptomic effects by RNA sequencing. As a result, our work sheds light on signaling pathways that are more likely to be involved in our morpholino-induced neurogenesis phenotype...
2016: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771533/high-resolution-snp-genotyping-platform-identified-recurrent-and-novel-cnvs-in-autism-multiplex-families
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Laila Y AlAyadhi, Jamil A Hashmi, Muhammad Iqbal, Alia M Albalawi, Mohammad I Samman, Nadra E Elamin, Shahid Bashir, Sulman Basit
Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)-based genotyping using microarray platform is now frequently used to detect copy number variants (CNVs) in the human genome. Here, we report CNVs identified using Illumina Human Omni 2.5M oligonucleotide microarrays in 11 multiplex families with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) referred to Autism Research and Treatment Center (ART) and Madinah Maternity and Children Hospital (MMCH). Of the 11 families, 22 patients with ASD (all males) and their parents, were recruited for the present study...
December 17, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755371/whole-exome-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-heterozygous-missense-variant-of-the-en2-gene-in-two-unrelated-patients-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#17
Areerat Hnoonual, Thanya Sripo, Pornprot Limprasert
To identify the underlying genetic cause of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we performed whole-exome sequencing in 10 unrelated Thai patients with ASD. We identified a novel heterozygous missense variant (c.425C>G, p.Pro142Arg) in the Engrailed 2 (EN2) gene in two patients. The G variant has never been reported in public databases and was absent in 100 Thai patients with ASD and 435 Thai controls. A case-control study showed that the G allele of c.425C>G was significantly associated with ASD (Fisher's exact test, P=0...
October 14, 2016: Psychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755291/clinical-utility-of-folate-pathway-genetic-polymorphisms-in-the-diagnosis-of-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Naushad Shaik Mohammad, P Sai Shruti, Venkat Bharathi, Chintakindi Krishna Prasad, Tajamul Hussain, Salman A Alrokayan, Usha Naik, Akella Radha Rama Devi
BACKGROUND: The rationale of the current study was to test the clinical utility of the folate pathway genetic polymorphisms in predicting the risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and to address the inconsistencies in the association of MTHFR C677T and hyperhomocysteinemia with ASD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: An artificial neural network (ANN) model was developed from the data of 138 autistic and 138 nonautistic children using GCPII C1561T, SHMT1 C1420T, MTHFR C677T, MTR A2756G, and MTRR A66G as the predictors of autism risk...
October 17, 2016: Psychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27739237/hyperactivity-and-male-specific-sleep-deficits-in-the-16p11-2-deletion-mouse-model-of-autism
#19
Christopher C Angelakos, Adam J Watson, W Timothy O'Brien, Kyle S Krainock, Thomas Nickl-Jockschat, Ted Abel
Sleep disturbances and hyperactivity are prevalent in several neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Evidence from genome-wide association studies indicates that chromosomal copy number variations (CNVs) are associated with increased prevalence of these neurodevelopmental disorders. In particular, CNVs in chromosomal region 16p11.2 profoundly increase the risk for ASD and ADHD, disorders that are more common in males than females...
October 14, 2016: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713683/specific-medical-conditions-are-associated-with-unique-behavioral-profiles-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
#20
Ditza A Zachor, Esther Ben-Itzchak
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a heterogeneous group of disorders which occurs with numerous medical conditions. In previous research, subtyping in ASD has been based mostly on cognitive ability and ASD symptom severity. The aim of the current study was to investigate whether specific medical conditions in ASD are associated with unique behavioral profiles. The medical conditions included in the study were macrocephaly, microcephaly, developmental regression, food selectivity, and sleep problems. The behavioral profile was composed of cognitive ability, adaptive skills, and autism severity, and was examined in each of the aforementioned medical conditions...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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