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Cristina Caciolo, Paolo Alfieri, Giorgia Piccini, Maria Cristina Digilio, Francesca Romana Lepri, Marco Tartaglia, Deny Menghini, Stefano Vicari
BACKGROUND: Kabuki syndrome (KS) is a disorder characterized by multiple congenital anomalies affecting development and function of multiple systems. Over the years, researchers have attempted to characterize the neurobehavioral phenotype of KS in cohorts of patients enrolled on the basis of clinical assessment. The availability of molecular testing now allows for recruitment of patients with confirmed KS due to KMT2D and KDM6A. METHODS: The aims of the present study were to investigate the neuropsychological and behavioral profiles of individuals with molecularly confirmed diagnosis of KS, and determine the extent of heterogeneity occurring in these profiles between individuals with clinical diagnosis of KS with and without mutations in KMT2D...
March 13, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Ping Hu, Fengchang Qiao, Yan Wang, Lulu Meng, Xiuqing Ji, Chunyu Luo, Tianhui Xu, Ran Zhou, Jingjing Zhang, Bin Yu, Leilei Wang, Ting Wang, Qiong Pan, Dingyuan Ma, Dong Liang, Zhengfeng Xu
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the diagnostic yield of targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) in prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defects (CHDs) and for investigating the possible genetic etiology of prenatal CHD cases. METHODS: Forty-four fetuses with CHDs and normal molecular karyotypes underwent targeted NGS in this study. Fetal genomic DNA was directly extracted from amniotic fluid cells in each prenatal case. A customized targeted NGS panel containing 77 CHD-associated genes was designed to detect variants in the coding regions and the splicing sites of these genes...
March 13, 2018: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Angela Deyà-Martínez, Ana Esteve-Solé, Natalia Vélez-Tirado, Veronica Celis, Jordi Costa, Maria Cols, Cristina Jou, Alexandru Vlagea, Ana María Plaza-Martin, Manel Juan, Laia Alsina
BACKGROUND: One of the most frequent non-infectious complications of humoral immunodeficiencies with a CVID-like pattern is a particular form of inflammatory lung disease which is called granulomatous-lymphocytic interstitial lung disease (GLILD). Its development worsens patient prognosis, with a significant decrease in survival. Currently there are no unified guidelines regarding its management, and different combinations of immunosuppressants have been used with variable success. METHODS: Clinical and radiological data were collected from patient's medical charts...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Hideto Teranishi, Yuhki Koga, Kentaro Nakashima, Eiji Morihana, Kanako Ishii, Yasunari Sakai, Tomoaki Taguchi, Yoshinao Oda, Noriko Miyake, Naomichi Matsumoto, Shouichi Ohga
A 3-year-old Japanese girl treated for hypoplastic left heart syndrome and Dandy-Walker syndrome was diagnosed with Kabuki syndrome (KS) with a mutation of KMT2D; c.13285C>T:p.Q4429*. Concurrently, macrohematuria portended the diagnosis of Wilms tumor. Postoperative chemotherapy has achieved complete remission despite a prolonged and reduced regimen due to liver dysfunction and convulsions. Cancer predisposition has been suggested for KS due to oncogenic mutations in KMT2D or KDM6A. The first case of nephroblastoma exemplified the treatability of malignancies in KS patients, as shown in the 9 cases reviewed...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Chengqi Xin, Chun Wang, Yachen Wang, Jingyuan Zhao, Liang Wang, Runjie Li, Jing Liu
BACKGROUND: Kabuki syndrome (KS) is a rare pediatric congenital disorder with multiple congenital anomalies and intellectual disabilities, which is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. Mutations in KMT2D and KDM6A have been proven to be the primary cause in most cases of KS. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we report two Chinese boys with clinical features of KS referred to our hospital for clinical diagnosis. Next-generation sequencing was performed on MiSeq to analyze the genetic mutations in both patients...
February 27, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Shunsuke Kiuchi, Shinji Hisatake, Takayuki Kabuki, Takahiro Fujii, Takashi Oka, Shintaro Dobashi, Hidenobu Hashimoto, Takanori Ikeda
Ipragliflozin is the first SGLT2 inhibitor approved in Japan. Reported here is a case where long-term administration of ipragliflozin decreased the rate of re-hospitalization due to heart failure (HF). An 83-year-old man with chronic HF and diabetes mellitus (DM) was hospitalized four times in the last five years. He was discharged six months after his last hospitalization, but he continued to have class III HF according to the New York Heart Association classification (NYHA), and his DM was also not properly managed...
February 25, 2018: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
Jana Paderova, Jana Drabova, Andrea Holubova, Marketa Vlckova, Marketa Havlovicova, Andrea Gregorova, Radka Pourova, Vera Romankova, Veronika Moslerova, Jan Geryk, Patricia Norambuena, Veronika Krulisova, Anna Krepelova, Milan Macek, Milan Macek
Kabuki syndrome is mainly caused by dominant de-novo pathogenic variants in the KMT2D and KDM6A genes. The clinical features of this syndrome are highly variable, making the diagnosis of Kabuki-like phenotypes difficult, even for experienced clinical geneticists. Herein we present molecular genetic findings of causal genetic variation using array comparative genome hybridization and a Mendeliome analysis, utilizing targeted exome analysis focusing on regions harboring rare disease-causing variants in Kabuki-like patients which remained KMT2D/KDM6A-negative...
January 4, 2018: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Sodai Tanaka, Teiji Nishio, Masato Tsuneda, Keiichiro Matsushita, Shigeto Kabuki, Mitsuru Uesaka
Range uncertainty is among the most formidable challenges associated with the treatment planning of proton therapy. Proton imaging, which includes proton radiography (pRG) and proton computed tomography (pCT), is a useful verification tool. We have developed a pCT detection system that uses a thick bismuth germanium oxide (BGO) scintillator and a CCD camera. The current method is based on a previous detection system that used a plastic scintillator, and implements improved image processing techniques. In the new system, the scintillation light intensity is integrated along the proton beam path by the BGO scintillator, and acquired as a two-dimensional distribution with the CCD camera...
January 4, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Francesca Romana Lepri, Dario Cocciadiferro, Bartolomeo Augello, Paolo Alfieri, Valentina Pes, Alessandra Vancini, Cristina Caciolo, Gabriella Maria Squeo, Natascia Malerba, Iolanda Adipietro, Antonio Novelli, Stefano Sotgiu, Renzo Gherardi, Maria Cristina Digilio, Bruno Dallapiccola, Giuseppe Merla
Kabuki syndrome (KS) is a rare disorder characterized by multiple congenital anomalies and variable intellectual disability caused by mutations in KMT2D/MLL2 and KDM6A/UTX, two interacting chromatin modifier responsible respectively for 56-75% and 5-8% of the cases. To date, three KS patients with mosaic KMT2D deletions in blood lymphocytes have been described. We report on three additional subjects displaying KMT2D gene mosaics including one in which a single nucleotide change results in a new frameshift mutation (p...
December 28, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Shingo Wakakura, Fumihiko Hara, Tadashi Fujino, Asami Hamai, Hiroshi Ohara, Takayuki Kabuki, Masahiko Harada, Takanori Ikeda
We assessed the efficacy and safety of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) for the treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the chronic phase through comparison with conventional warfarin therapy.A total of 807 consecutive patients who were diagnosed with having DVT in the chronic phase were included (484 patients to warfarin therapy and 323 patients to DOAC therapy). The condition of leg veins was assessed 3 to 6 months after starting the therapies by ultrasound examination. Major bleeding and mortality during the therapies were followed-up...
December 27, 2017: International Heart Journal
Tracy Dudding-Byth, Anne Baxter, Elizabeth G Holliday, Anna Hackett, Sheridan O'Donnell, Susan M White, John Attia, Han Brunner, Bert de Vries, David Koolen, Tjitske Kleefstra, Seshika Ratwatte, Carlos Riveros, Steve Brain, Brian C Lovell
BACKGROUND: Massively parallel genetic sequencing allows rapid testing of known intellectual disability (ID) genes. However, the discovery of novel syndromic ID genes requires molecular confirmation in at least a second or a cluster of individuals with an overlapping phenotype or similar facial gestalt. Using computer face-matching technology we report an automated approach to matching the faces of non-identical individuals with the same genetic syndrome within a database of 3681 images [1600 images of one of 10 genetic syndrome subgroups together with 2081 control images]...
December 19, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
Shunsuke Kiuchi, Shinji Hisatake, Takayuki Kabuki, Takashi Oka, Shintaro Dobashi, Takahiro Fujii, Takanori Ikeda
The effect of early use of tolvaptan (TLV) for acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is unclear. We investigated the relationship between early use of TLV and the length of hospital stay. 369 consecutive ADHF patients who received TLV during hospitalization between February 2011 and June 2016 were initially enrolled. Patients who died in hospital, transferred hospital or clinical scenario 4 or 5 were excluded. We analyzed 247 ADHF patients. We evaluated the relationship between the length of hospital stay and the following findings: blood pressures, heart rate, New York Heart Association classification, and blood tests on admission...
November 11, 2017: Heart and Vessels
Marcella Zollino, Serena Lattante, Daniela Orteschi, Silvia Frangella, Paolo N Doronzio, Ilaria Contaldo, Eugenio Mercuri, Giuseppe Marangi
Craniosynostosis is a heterogeneous condition caused by the premature fusion of cranial sutures, occurring mostly as an isolated anomaly. Pathogenesis of non-syndromic forms of craniosynostosis is largely unknown. In about 15-30% of cases craniosynostosis occurs in association with other physical anomalies and it is referred to as syndromic craniosynostosis. Syndromic forms of craniosynostosis arise from mutations in genes belonging to the Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor (FGFR) family and the interconnected molecular pathways in most cases...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Karl B Shpargel, Joshua Starmer, Chaochen Wang, Kai Ge, Terry Magnuson
Kabuki syndrome, a congenital craniofacial disorder, manifests from mutations in an X-linked histone H3 lysine 27 demethylase (UTX/KDM6A) or a H3 lysine 4 methylase (KMT2D). However, the cellular and molecular etiology of histone-modifying enzymes in craniofacial disorders is unknown. We now establish Kabuki syndrome as a neurocristopathy, whereby the majority of clinical features are modeled in mice carrying neural crest (NC) deletion of UTX, including craniofacial dysmorphism, cardiac defects, and postnatal growth retardation...
October 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Alessio Coi, Michele Santoro, Anna Pierini, Sonia Marrucci, Federica Pieroni, Fabrizio Bianchi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Population-based registries play a key role in the epidemiological surveillance of congenital anomalies (CAs). This study is aimed at improving the epidemiological surveillance and providing prevalence estimates of rare CAs using the Registry of Rare Diseases as an added data source to the Registry of Congenital Anomalies. METHODS: Cases of diagnosed rare CAs (2006-2013) were extracted from the Tuscany Registry of Rare Diseases and the Tuscany Registry of Congenital Anomalies in order to set up an integrated dataset...
2017: Public Health Genomics
Gang-Bin Tang, Yu-Qiang Zeng, Pei-Pei Liu, Ting-Wei Mi, Shuang-Feng Zhang, Shang-Kun Dai, Qing-Yuan Tang, Lin Yang, Ya-Jie Xu, Hai-Liang Yan, Hong-Zhen Du, Zhao-Qian Teng, Feng-Quan Zhou, Chang-Mei Liu
Histone demethylase UTX mediates removal of repressive trimethylation of histone H3 lysine 27 (H3K27me3) to establish a mechanistic switch to activate large sets of genes. Mutation of Utx has recently been shown to be associated with Kabuki syndrome, a rare congenital anomaly syndrome with dementia. However, its biological function in the brain is largely unknown. Here, we observe that deletion of Utx results in increased anxiety-like behaviors and impaired spatial learning and memory in mice. Loss of Utx in the hippocampus leads to reduced long-term potentiation and amplitude of miniature excitatory postsynaptic current, aberrant dendrite development and defective synapse formation...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Erfan Aref-Eshghi, Laila C Schenkel, Hanxin Lin, Cindy Skinner, Peter Ainsworth, Guillaume Paré, David Rodenhiser, Charles Schwartz, Bekim Sadikovic
Kabuki syndrome (KS) is caused by mutations in KMT2D, which is a histone methyltransferase involved in methylation of H3K4, a histone marker associated with DNA methylation. Analysis of >450,000 CpGs in 24 KS patients with pathogenic mutations in KMT2D and 216 controls, identified several genomic regions, along with 1,504 CpG sites with significant DNA methylation changes including a number of Hox genes and the MYO1F gene. Using the most differentiating and significant probes and regions we developed a "methylation variant pathogenicity (MVP) score," which enables 100% sensitive and specific identification of individuals with KS, which was confirmed using multiple public and internal patient DNA methylation databases...
September 21, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Maria Cristina Digilio, Maria Gnazzo, Francesca Lepri, Maria Lisa Dentici, Elisa Pisaneschi, Anwar Baban, Chiara Passarelli, Rossella Capolino, Adriano Angioni, Antonio Novelli, Bruno Marino, Bruno Dallapiccola
The prevalence of congenital heart defects (CHD) in Kabuki syndrome ranges from 28% to 80%. Between January 2012 and December 2015, 28 patients had a molecularly proven diagnosis of Kabuki syndrome. Pathogenic variants in KMT2D (MLL2) were detected in 27 patients, and in KDM6A gene in one. CHD was diagnosed in 19/27 (70%) patients with KMT2D (MLL2) variant, while the single patient with KDM6A change had a normal heart. The anatomic types among patients with CHD included aortic coarctation (4/19 = 21%) alone or associated with an additional CHD, bicuspid aortic valve (4/19 = 21%) alone or associated with an additional CHD, perimembranous subaortic ventricular septal defect (3/19 = 16%), atrial septal defect ostium secundum type (3/19 = 16%), conotruncal heart defects (3/19 = 16%)...
September 8, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Dina A Schott, Willem J M Gerver, Constance T R M Stumpel
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Kabuki syndrome (KS) is a rare genetic malformation syndrome, resulting in characteristic features such as short stature. We investigate whether growth hormone (GH) treatment increases linear height and influences body proportions in KS children. METHODS: In this prospective study, 18 genetically confirmed prepubertal KS children (9 females and 9 males) aged from 3.8 to 10.1 years (mean 6.8 ± 2.1 years) were treated with recombinant human GH (rhGH) for 1 year...
2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
Eugene Froimchuk, Younghoon Jang, Kai Ge
Histone-lysine N-methyltransferase 2D (KMT2D), also known as MLL4 and MLL2 in humans and Mll4 in mice, belongs to a family of mammalian histone H3 lysine 4 (H3K4) methyltransferases. It is a large protein over 5500 amino acids in size and is partially functionally redundant with KMT2C. KMT2D is widely expressed in adult tissues and is essential for early embryonic development. The C-terminal SET domain is responsible for its H3K4 methyltransferase activity and is necessary for maintaining KMT2D protein stability in cells...
September 5, 2017: Gene
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