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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448442/rai1-haploinsufficiency-is-associated-with-social-abnormalities-in-mice
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Nalini R Rao, Clemer Abad, Irene C Perez, Anand K Srivastava, Juan I Young, Katherina Walz
Background: Autism is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors; with different degrees of severity in each of the core areas. Haploinsufficiency and point mutations of RAI1 are associated with Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS), a genetic condition that scores within the autism spectrum range for social responsiveness and communication, and is characterized by neurobehavioral abnormalities, intellectual disability, developmental delay, sleep disturbance, and self-injurious behaviors...
April 27, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448061/grand-maternal-smoking-in-pregnancy-and-grandchild-s-autistic-traits-and-diagnosed-autism
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Jean Golding, Genette Ellis, Steven Gregory, Karen Birmingham, Yasmin Iles-Caven, Dheeraj Rai, Marcus Pembrey
Although there is considerable research into the genetic background of autism spectrum disorders, environmental factors are likely to contribute to the variation in prevalence over time. Rodent experiments indicate that environmental exposures can have effects on subsequent generations, and human studies indicate that parental prenatal exposures may play a part in developmental variation. Here we use the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) to test the hypothesis that if the mother or father (F1) had been exposed to their own mother's (F0) smoking during pregnancy, the offspring (F2) would be at increased risk of autism...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423808/security-policy-and-infrastructure-in-the-context-of-a-multi-centeric-information-system-dedicated-to-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Mohamed Ben Said, Laurence Robel, Bernard Golse, Jean Philippe Jais
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are complex neuro-developmental disorders affecting children in their early age. The diagnosis of ASD relies on multidisciplinary investigations, in psychiatry, neurology, genetics, electrophysiology, neuro-imagery, audiology and ophthalmology. In order to support clinicians, researchers and public health decision makers, we designed an information system dedicated to ASD, called TEDIS. TEDIS was designed to manage systematic, exhaustive and continuous multi-centric patient data collection via secured Internet connections...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422133/gene-set-analysis-shows-association-between-fmrp-targets-and-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Arija Jansen, Gwen C Dieleman, August B Smit, Matthijs Verhage, Frank C Verhulst, Tinca J C Polderman, Danielle Posthuma
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by problems with social interaction, communication, and repetitive and restricted behavior. Despite its high heritability and the substantial progress made in elucidating genetic associations, the corresponding biological mechanisms are largely unknown. Our objective is to investigate the contribution of common genetic variation to biological pathways functionally involved in ASD. We conducted gene-set analyses to identify ASD-associated functional biological pathways using the statistical tools MAGMA and INRICH...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411148/behavioural-characterization-of-ankyring-deficient-mice-a-model-for-ank3-related-disorders
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I M van der Werf, D Van Dam, S Missault, B Yalcin, P P De Deyn, G Vandeweyer, R F Kooy
ANK3 encodes AnkyrinG (AnkG), a member of the Ankyrin family that is expressed in several different isoforms in many tissues. A unique serine-rich domain and tail domain in the two largest isoforms of AnkG (270 and 480kDa), restrict AnkG to the axon initial segment and nodes of Ranvier of myelinated neurons. At these sites, AnkG is a master regulator, coordinating the strict clustering of components necessary for proper action potential initiation and propagation along the axon. These components include voltage-gated sodium channels, potassium channels and members of the L1 cell adhesion molecule family...
April 11, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408291/altered-expression-of-circadian-rhythm-and-extracellular-matrix-genes-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-of-a-valproic-acid-rat-model-of-autism
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Nikkie F M Olde Loohuis, Gerard J M Martens, Hans van Bokhoven, Barry B Kaplan, Judith R Homberg, Armaz Aschrafi
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a highly heterogeneous group of neurodevelopmental disorders caused by complex interplay between various genes and environmental factors during embryonic development. Changes at the molecular, cellular and neuroanatomical levels are especially evident in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of ASD patients and are particularly contributing to social impairments. In the present study we tested the hypothesis that altered neuronal development and plasticity, as seen in the mPFC of ASD individuals, may result from aberrant expression of functionally connected genes...
April 10, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400738/grammar-is-differentially-impaired-in-subgroups-of-autism-spectrum-disorders-evidence-from-an-investigation-of-tense-marking-and-morphosyntax
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Nadezhda Modyanova, Alexandra Perovic, Ken Wexler
Deficits in the production of verbal inflection (tense marking, or finiteness) are part of the Optional Infinitive (OI) stage of typical grammatical development. They are also a hallmark of language impairment: they have been used as biomarkers in guiding genetic studies of Specific Language Impairment (SLI), and have also been observed in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). To determine the detailed nature of finiteness abilities in subgroups of ASD [autism with impaired language (ALI) vs. autism with normal language (ALN)], we compared tense marking abilities in 46 children with ALI and 37 children with ALN with that of two groups of nonverbal mental age (MA) and verbal MA-matched typically developing (TD) controls, the first such study described in the literature...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386848/identification-of-de-novo-dnmt3a-mutations-that-cause-west-syndrome-by-using-whole-exome-sequencing
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Zhenwei Liu, Zhongshan Li, Xiao Zhi, Yaoqiang Du, Zhongdong Lin, Jinyu Wu
Epileptic encephalopathies (EEs) are a group of severe neurodevelopmental disorders with extreme genetic heterogeneity. Recent trio-based whole-exome sequencing (WES) studies have demonstrated that de novo mutations (DNMs) play prominent roles in severe EE. In this study, we searched for potential causal DNMs by using high-coverage WES of four unrelated Chinese parent-offspring trios affected by West syndrome. Through extensive bioinformatic analysis, we identified three novel DNMs in DNMT3A, CDKL5, and MAMDC2 in three trios and two compound heterozygous mutations in KMT2A in one trio...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384392/missed-opportunities-unidentified-genetic-risk-factors-in-prenatal-care
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Trissa McClatchey, Erica Lay, Melissa Strassberg, Ignatia B Van den Veyver
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal and preconception care guidelines recommend obtaining family history to screen for reproductive genetic risk. The effectiveness of this screening and subsequent referral for genetic counseling is not well established. This study describes how often pregnant women with reproductive genetic risks were not referred for prenatal genetic counseling and the indications frequently missed. METHOD: We retrospectively reviewed genetic consultation medical records for first-trimester screen pretest counseling...
April 6, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370817/behavioral-and-neuroanatomical-analyses-in-a-genetic-mouse-model-of-2q13-duplication
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Keiko Kishimoto, Jun Nomura, Jacob Ellegood, Keita Fukumoto, Jason P Lerch, Daniel Moreno-De-Luca, Thomas Bourgeron, Kota Tamada, Toru Takumi
Duplications of human chromosome 2q13 have been reported in patients with neurodevelopmental disorder including autism spectrum disorder. Nephronophthisis-1 (NPHP1) was identified as a causative gene in the minimal deletion on chromosome 2q13 for familial juvenile type 1 nephronophthisis and Joubert syndrome, an autosomal recessive neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a cerebellar and brain stem malformation, hypotonia, developmental delay, ataxia, and sometimes associated with cognitive impairment...
March 29, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357155/analytical-and-clinical-validity-study-of-firststepdx-plus-a-chromosomal-microarray-optimized-for-patients-with-neurodevelopmental-conditions
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Charles Hensel, Rena Vanzo, Megan Martin, Sean Dixon, Christophe Lambert, Brynn Levy, Lesa Nelson, Andy Peiffer, Karen S Ho, Patricia Rushton, Moises Serrano, Sarah South, Kenneth Ward, Edward Wassman
INTRODUCTION: Chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) is recognized as the first-tier test in the genetic evaluation of children with developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, congenital anomalies and autism spectrum disorders of unknown etiology. ARRAY DESIGN: To optimize detection of clinically relevant copy number variants associated with these conditions, we designed a whole-genome microarray, FirstStep(Dx) PLUS (FSDX). A set of 88,435 custom probes was added to the Affymetrix CytoScanHD platform targeting genomic regions strongly associated with these conditions...
February 27, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344757/leveraging-blood-serotonin-as-an-endophenotype-to-identify-de-novo-and-rare-variants-involved-in-autism
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Rui Chen, Lea K Davis, Stephen Guter, Qiang Wei, Suma Jacob, Melissa H Potter, Nancy J Cox, Edwin H Cook, James S Sutcliffe, Bingshan Li
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the most highly heritable neuropsychiatric disorders, but underlying molecular mechanisms are still unresolved due to extreme locus heterogeneity. Leveraging meaningful endophenotypes or biomarkers may be an effective strategy to reduce heterogeneity to identify novel ASD genes. Numerous lines of evidence suggest a link between hyperserotonemia, i.e., elevated serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT) in whole blood, and ASD. However, the genetic determinants of blood 5-HT level and their relationship to ASD are largely unknown...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339176/identification-of-likely-associations-between-cerebral-folate-deficiency-and-complex-genetic-and-metabolic-pathogenesis-of-autism-spectrum-disorders-by-utilization-of-a-pilot-interaction-modeling-approach
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Daniel Krsička, Jan Geryk, Markéta Vlčková, Markéta Havlovicová, Milan Macek, Radka Pourová
Recently, cerebral folate deficiency (CFD) was suggested to be involved in the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). However, the exact role of folate metabolism in the pathogenesis of ASD, identification of underlying pathogenic mechanisms and impaired metabolic pathways remain unexplained. The aim of our study was to develop and test a novel, unbiased, bioinformatics approach in order to identify links between ASD and disturbed cerebral metabolism by focusing on abnormal folate metabolism, which could foster patient stratification and novel therapeutic interventions...
March 24, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330790/outcomes-of-diagnostic-exome-sequencing-in-patients-with-diagnosed-or-suspected-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Mari Rossi, Dima El-Khechen, Mary Helen Black, Kelly D Farwell Hagman, Sha Tang, Zöe Powis
BACKGROUND: Exome sequencing has recently been proved to be a successful diagnostic method for complex neurodevelopmental disorders. However, the diagnostic yield of exome sequencing for autism spectrum disorders has not been extensively evaluated in large cohorts to date. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed diagnostic exome sequencing in a cohort of 163 individuals with autism spectrum disorder (66.3%) or autistic features (33.7%). RESULTS: The diagnostic yield observed in patients in our cohort was 25...
February 8, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323282/an-autism-associated-serotonin-transporter-variant-disrupts-multisensory-processing
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J K Siemann, C L Muller, C G Forsberg, R D Blakely, J Veenstra-VanderWeele, M T Wallace
Altered sensory processing is observed in many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with growing evidence that these impairments extend to the integration of information across the different senses (that is, multisensory function). The serotonin system has an important role in sensory development and function, and alterations of serotonergic signaling have been suggested to have a role in ASD. A gain-of-function coding variant in the serotonin transporter (SERT) associates with sensory aversion in humans, and when expressed in mice produces traits associated with ASD, including disruptions in social and communicative function and repetitive behaviors...
March 21, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316769/etiological-influences-on-the-stability-of-autistic-traits-from-childhood-to-early-adulthood-evidence-from-a-twin-study
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Mark J Taylor, Christopher Gillberg, Paul Lichtenstein, Sebastian Lundström
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are persistent and lifelong conditions. Despite this, almost all twin studies focus on childhood. This twin study investigated the stability of autistic traits from childhood to early adulthood and explored the degree to which any stability could be explained by genetic or environmental factors. METHODS: Parents of over 2500 twin pairs completed questionnaires assessing autistic traits when twins were aged either 9 or 12 years and again when twins were aged 18...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299880/rates-of-autism-and-potential-risk-factors-in-children-with-congenital-heart-defects
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Jessica L Bean Jaworski, Thomas Flynn, Nancy Burnham, Jesse L Chittams, Therese Sammarco, Marsha Gerdes, Judy C Bernbaum, Robert R Clancy, Cynthia B Solot, Elaine H Zackai, Donna M McDonald-McGinn, J William Gaynor
OBJECTIVE: Atypical development, behavioral difficulties, and academic underachievement are common morbidities in children with a history of congenital heart defects and impact quality of life. Language and social-cognitive deficits have been described, which are associated with autism spectrum disorders. The current study aimed to assess the rates of autism spectrum disorders in a large sample of children with a history of congenital heart defects and to assess medical, behavioral, and individual factors that may be associated with the risk of autism spectrum disorders...
March 16, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296209/the-urinary-1-h-nmr-metabolomics-profile-of-an-italian-autistic-children-population-and-their-unaffected-siblings
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Milena Lussu, Antonio Noto, Alice Masili, Andrea C Rinaldi, Angelica Dessì, Maria De Angelis, Andrea De Giacomo, Vassilios Fanos, Luigi Atzori, Ruggiero Francavilla
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) make a dishomogeneous group of psychiatric diseases having either genetic and environmental components, including changes of the microbiota. The rate of diagnosis, based on a series of psychological tests and observed behavior, dramatically increased in the past few decades. Currently, no biological markers are available and the pathogenesis is not defined. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential use of (1) H-NMR metabolomics to analyze the global biochemical signature of ASD patients (n = 21) and controls (n = 21), these being siblings of autistic patients...
March 11, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287253/the-rodent-forced-swim-test-measures-stress-coping-strategy-not-depression-like-behavior
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Kathryn G Commons, Aram B Cholanians, Jessica A Babb, Daniel G Ehlinger
The forced swim test (FST) measures coping strategy to an acute inescapable stress and thus provides unique insight into the neural limb of the stress response. Stress, particularly chronic stress, is a contributing factor to depression in humans and depression is associated with altered response to stress. In addition, drugs that are effective antidepressants in humans typically promote active coping strategy in the FST. As a consequence, passive coping in the FST has become loosely equated with depression and is often referred to as "depression-like" behavior...
March 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275086/the-autism-epidemic-ethical-legal-and-social-issues-in-a-developmental-spectrum-disorder
#20
William D Graf, Geoffrey Miller, Leon G Epstein, Isabelle Rapin
Classic autism has gradually evolved into the concept of a larger "spectrum disorder." The rising prevalence of autism and autism spectrum disorder (autism/ASD) diagnoses can be largely attributed to broader diagnostic criteria, adoption of dimensional assessment strategies, increased awareness, linking of services to diagnosis, and the inclusion of milder neurodevelopmental differences bordering on normality. The spectrum disorder diagnosis raises numerous bioethical issues for individuals and society. Three groups of caregivers have important ethical, legal, and social obligations to individuals with autism/ASD: (1) families and advocates of individuals with autism/ASD; (2) health care and other professionals; and (3) governments...
March 8, 2017: Neurology
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