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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639189/enhancing-neuronogenesis-and-counteracting-neuropathogenic-gene-haploinsufficiencies-by-rna-gene-activation
#1
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/28637735/development-of-the-tailored-rett-intervention-and-assessment-longitudinal-trial-database-and-the-rett-evaluation-of-symptoms-and-treatments-rest-questionnaire
#2
Paramala Santosh, Kate Lievesley, Federico Fiori, Jatinder Singh
INTRODUCTION: Rett syndrome (RTT) is a pervasive neurodevelopmental disorder that presents with deficits in brain functioning leading to language and learning regression, characteristic hand stereotypies and developmental delay. Different mutations in the gene implicated in RTT-methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) establishes RTT as a disorder with divergent symptomatology ranging from individuals with severe to milder phenotypes. A reliable and single multidimensional questionnaire is needed that can embrace all symptoms, and the relationships between them, and can map clinically meaningful data to symptomatology across the lifespan in patients with RTT...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635106/long-noncoding-rna-and-its-contribution-to-autism-spectrum-disorders
#3
REVIEW
Jie Tang, Yizhen Yu, Wei Yang
Recent studies have indicated that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in multiple processes, such as epigenetic regulation, gene expression regulation, development, nutrition-related and other diseases, toxic response, and response to drugs. Although the functional roles and mechanisms of several lncRNAs have been discovered, a better understanding of the vast majority of lncRNAs remains elusive. To understand the functional roles and mechanisms of lncRNAs is critical because these transcripts represent the majority of the transcriptional output of the mammalian genome...
June 20, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621434/eea1-restores-homeostatic-synaptic-plasticity-in-hippocampal-neurons-from-rett-syndrome-mice
#4
Xin Xu, Lucas Pozzo-Miller
Rett syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in MECP2, the gene encoding the transcriptional regulator methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2). Deletion of Mecp2 in mice results in an imbalance of synaptic excitation and inhibition in hippocampal pyramidal neurons, which affects "Hebbian" long-term synaptic plasticity. Since the excitatory/inhibitory (E/I) balance is maintained by homeostatic mechanisms, we examined the role of MeCP2 in homeostatic synaptic plasticity (HSP) at excitatory synapses...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616777/differential-regulation-of-mecp2-phosphorylation-by-laminin-in-oligodendrocytes
#5
Zalak S Parikh, Ashutosh Tripathi, Prakash P Pillai
Oligodendrocytes (OLGs) are the myelinating cells of the central nervous system (CNS), and its proper differentiation is crucial for normal functioning of neurons. Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) is a multifunctional methylated DNA binding protein; mutation of which causes Rett syndrome, a severe neurodevelopmental disorder. Previously, we reported that MeCP2 is expressed in all the stages of oligodendrocyte development, and also shown the role of MeCP2 as a transcription regulator of myelin genes in OLGs...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607167/the-role-of-creb-srf-and-mef2-in-activity-dependent-neuronal-plasticity-in-the-visual-cortex
#6
Nisha S Pulimood, Rodrigues Wandilson Dos Santos, Devon A Atkinson, Sandra M Mooney, Alexandre E Medina
The transcription factors CREB (cAMP Response Element Binding factor), SRF (Serum Response Factor) and MEF2 (Myocyte Enhancer Factor 2) play critical roles in the mechanisms underlying neuronal plasticity. However, the role of the activation of these transcription factors in the different components of plasticity in vivo is not well known. In this study, we tested the role of CREB, SRF and MEF2 in ocular dominance plasticity (ODP), a paradigm of activity-dependent neuronal plasticity in the visual cortex. These three proteins bind to the Synaptic Activity Response Element (SARE), an enhancer sequence found upstream of many plasticity-related genes (Kawashima et al...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605011/use-of-the-ketogenic-diet-to-manage-refractory-epilepsy-in-cdkl5-disorder-experience-of-100-patients
#7
Zhan Lim, Kingsley Wong, Heather E Olson, Ann M Bergin, Jenny Downs, Helen Leonard
OBJECTIVE: Pathogenic variants involving the CDKL5 gene result in a severe epileptic encephalopathy, often later presenting with features similar to Rett syndrome. Cardinal features of epilepsy in the CDKL5 disorder include early onset at a median age of 6 weeks and poor response to antiepileptic drugs. The ketogenic diet (KD) was first introduced in the 1920s as a treatment option for refractory epilepsy in children. This study investigated use of the KD in the CDKL5 disorder and its influences on seizures...
June 12, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599661/poor-performance-of-quick-sofa-qsofa-score-in-predicting-severe-sepsis-and-mortality-a-prospective-study-of-patients-admitted-with-infection-to-the-emergency-department
#8
Åsa Askim, Florentin Moser, Lise T Gustad, Helga Stene, Maren Gundersen, Bjørn Olav Åsvold, Jostein Dale, Lars Petter Bjørnsen, Jan Kristian Damås, Erik Solligård
BACKGROUND: We aimed to evaluate the clinical usefulness of qSOFA as a risk stratification tool for patients admitted with infection compared to traditional SIRS criteria or our triage system; the Rapid Emergency Triage and Treatment System (RETTS). METHODS: The study was an observational cohort study performed at one Emergency Department (ED) in an urban university teaching hospital in Norway, with approximately 20,000 visits per year. All patients >16 years presenting with symptoms or clinical signs suggesting an infection (n = 1535) were prospectively included in the study from January 1 to December 31, 2012...
June 9, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594324/mecp2-regulates-tet1-catalyzed-demethylation-ctcf-binding-and-learning-dependent-alternative-splicing-of-the-bdnf-gene-in-turtle
#9
Zhaoqing Zheng, Ganesh Ambigapathy, Joyce Keifer
MECP2 mutations underlying Rett syndrome cause widespread misregulation of gene expression. Functions for MeCP2 other than transcriptional are not well understood. In an ex vivo brain preparation from the pond turtle Trachemys scripta elegans, an intraexonic splicing event in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene generates a truncated mRNA transcript in naïve brain that is suppressed upon classical conditioning. MeCP2 and its partners, splicing factor Y-box binding protein 1 (YB-1) and methylcytosine dioxygenase 1 (Tet1), bind to BDNF chromatin in naïve but dissociate during conditioning; the dissociation correlating with decreased DNA methylation...
June 8, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592917/persistent-unresolved-inflammation-in-the-mecp2-308-female-mutated-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome
#10
Alessio Cortelazzo, Claudio De Felice, Bianca De Filippis, Laura Ricceri, Giovanni Laviola, Silvia Leoncini, Cinzia Signorini, Monica Pescaglini, Roberto Guerranti, Anna Maria Timperio, Lello Zolla, Lucia Ciccoli, Joussef Hayek
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder usually caused by mutations in the X-linked gene methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2). Several Mecp2 mutant mouse lines have been developed recapitulating part of the clinical features. In particular, Mecp2-308 female heterozygous mice, bearing a truncating mutation, are a validated model of the disease. While recent data suggest a role for inflammation in RTT, little information on the inflammatory status in murine models of the disease is available...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592569/rett-syndrome-modeling-goes-simian
#11
Gaia Novarino
Rett syndrome modeling in monkey mirrors the human disorder.
June 7, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591654/hypoxia-epigenetically-confers-astrocytic-differentiation-potential-on-human-pluripotent-cell-derived-neural-precursor-cells
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Tetsuro Yasui, Naohiro Uezono, Hideyuki Nakashima, Hirofumi Noguchi, Taito Matsuda, Tomoko Noda-Andoh, Hideyuki Okano, Kinichi Nakashima
Human neural precursor cells (hNPCs) derived from pluripotent stem cells display a high propensity for neuronal differentiation, but they require long-term culturing to differentiate efficiently into astrocytes. The mechanisms underlying this biased fate specification of hNPCs remain elusive. Here, we show that hypoxia confers astrocytic differentiation potential on hNPCs through epigenetic gene regulation, and that this was achieved by cooperation between hypoxia-inducible factor 1α and Notch signaling, accompanied by a reduction of DNA methylation level in the promoter region of a typical astrocyte-specific gene, Glial fibrillary acidic protein...
June 6, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548707/phenotypes-and-genotypes-in-individuals-with-smc1a-variants
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Sylvia Huisman, Paul A Mulder, Egbert Redeker, Ingrid Bader, Anne-Marie Bisgaard, Alice Brooks, Anna Cereda, Constanza Cinca, Dinah Clark, Valerie Cormier-Daire, Matthew A Deardorff, Karin Diderich, Mariet Elting, Anthonie van Essen, David Fitz Patrick, Cristina Gervasini, Gabriele Gillessen-Kaesbach, Katta M Girisha, Yvonne Hilhorst-Hofstee, Saskia Hopman, Denise Horn, Mala Isrie, Sandra Jansen, Cathrine Jespersgaard, Frank J Kaiser, Maninder Kaur, Tjitske Kleefstra, Ian D Krantz, Phillis Lakeman, Annemiek Landlust, Davor Lessel, Caroline Michot, Jo Moss, Sarah E Noon, Chris Oliver, Ilaria Parenti, Juan Pie, Feliciano J Ramos, Claudine Rieubland, Silvia Russo, Angelo Selicorni, Zeynep Tümer, Rieneke Vorstenbosch, Tara L Wenger, Ingrid van Balkom, Sigrid Piening, Jolanta Wierzba, Raoul C Hennekam
SMC1A encodes one of the proteins of the cohesin complex. SMC1A variants are known to cause a phenotype resembling Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS). Exome sequencing has allowed recognizing SMC1A variants in individuals with encephalopathy with epilepsy who do not resemble CdLS. We performed an international, interdisciplinary study on 51 individuals with SMC1A variants for physical and behavioral characteristics, and compare results to those in 67 individuals with NIPBL variants. For the Netherlands all known individuals with SMC1A variants were studied, both with and without CdLS phenotype...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544139/rettbase-rett-syndrome-database-update
#14
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...
May 25, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538662/maternal-factors-that-induce-epigenetic-changes-contribute-to-neurological-disorders-in-offspring
#15
REVIEW
Avijit Banik, Deepika Kandilya, Seshadri Ramya, Walter Stünkel, Yap Seng Chong, S Thameem Dheen
It is well established that the regulation of epigenetic factors, including chromatic reorganization, histone modifications, DNA methylation, and miRNA regulation, is critical for the normal development and functioning of the human brain. There are a number of maternal factors influencing epigenetic pathways such as lifestyle, including diet, alcohol consumption, and smoking, as well as age and infections (viral or bacterial). Genetic and metabolic alterations such as obesity, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and thyroidism alter epigenetic mechanisms, thereby contributing to neurodevelopmental disorders (NDs) such as embryonic neural tube defects (NTDs), autism, Down's syndrome, Rett syndrome, and later onset of neuropsychological deficits...
May 24, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534656/early-development-in-rett-syndrome-the-benefits-and-difficulties-of-a-birth-cohort-approach
#16
Peter B Marschik, Sanne Lemcke, Christa Einspieler, Dajie Zhang, Sven Bölte, Gillian S Townend, Marlene B Lauritsen
PURPOSES: Typically, early (pre-diagnostic) development in individuals later diagnosed with Rett syndrome (RTT) has been investigated retrospectively using parent reports, medical records and analysis of home videos. In recent years, prospective research designs have been increasingly applied to the investigation of early development in individuals with late phenotypical onset disorders, for example, autism spectrum disorder. METHODS: In this study, data collected by the Danish National Birth Cohort lent itself to prospective exploration of the early development of RTT, in particular early motor-, speech-language, and socio-communicative behaviors, mood, and sleep...
May 23, 2017: Developmental Neurorehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525759/modeling-rett-syndrome-using-talen-edited-mecp2-mutant-cynomolgus-monkeys
#17
Yongchang Chen, Juehua Yu, Yuyu Niu, Dongdong Qin, Hailiang Liu, Gang Li, Yingzhou Hu, Jiaojian Wang, Yi Lu, Yu Kang, Yong Jiang, Kunhua Wu, Siguang Li, Jingkuan Wei, Jing He, Junbang Wang, Xiaojing Liu, Yuping Luo, Chenyang Si, Raoxian Bai, Kunshan Zhang, Jie Liu, Shaoyong Huang, Zhenzhen Chen, Shuang Wang, Xiaoying Chen, Xinhua Bao, Qingping Zhang, Fuxing Li, Rui Geng, Aibin Liang, Dinggang Shen, Tianzi Jiang, Xintian Hu, Yuanye Ma, Weizhi Ji, Yi Eve Sun
Gene-editing technologies have made it feasible to create nonhuman primate models for human genetic disorders. Here, we report detailed genotypes and phenotypes of TALEN-edited MECP2 mutant cynomolgus monkeys serving as a model for a neurodevelopmental disorder, Rett syndrome (RTT), which is caused by loss-of-function mutations in the human MECP2 gene. Male mutant monkeys were embryonic lethal, reiterating that RTT is a disease of females. Through a battery of behavioral analyses, including primate-unique eye-tracking tests, in combination with brain imaging via MRI, we found a series of physiological, behavioral, and structural abnormalities resembling clinical manifestations of RTT...
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524723/l1-retrotransposition-is-activated-by-ten-eleven-translocation-protein-1-and-repressed-by-methyl-cpg-binding-proteins
#18
Peng Zhang, Anne K Ludwig, Florian D Hastert, Cathia Rausch, Anne Lehmkuhl, Ines Hellmann, Martha Smets, Heinrich Leonhardt, M Cristina Cardoso
One of the major functions of DNA methylation is the repression of transposable elements, such as the long-interspersed nuclear element 1 (L1). The underlying mechanism(s), however, are unclear. Here, we addressed how retrotransposon activation and mobilization are regulated by methyl-cytosine modifying ten-eleven-translocation (Tet) proteins and how this is modulated by methyl-CpG binding domain (MBD) proteins. We show that Tet1 activates both, endogenous and engineered L1 retrotransposons. Furthermore, we found that Mecp2 and Mbd2 repress Tet1-mediated activation of L1 by preventing 5hmC formation at the L1 promoter...
May 19, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523560/stem-cell-technology-for-epi-genetic-brain-disorders
#19
Renzo J M Riemens, Edilene S Soares, Manel Esteller, Raul Delgado-Morales
Despite the enormous efforts of the scientific community over the years, effective therapeutics for many (epi)genetic brain disorders remain unidentified. The common and persistent failures to translate preclinical findings into clinical success are partially attributed to the limited efficiency of current disease models. Although animal and cellular models have substantially improved our knowledge of the pathological processes involved in these disorders, human brain research has generally been hampered by a lack of satisfactory humanized model systems...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523558/epigenome-editing-in-the-brain
#20
Pavel Bashtrykov, Albert Jeltsch
Epigenome editing aims for an introduction or removal of chromatin marks at a defined genomic region using artificial EpiEffectors resulting in a modulation of the activity of the targeted functional DNA elements. Rationally designed EpiEffectors consist of a targeting DNA-binding module (such as a zinc finger protein, TAL effector, or CRISPR/Cas complex) and usually, but not exclusively, a catalytic domain of a chromatin-modifying enzyme. Epigenome editing opens a completely new strategy for basic research of the central nervous system and causal treatment of psychiatric and neurological diseases, because rewriting of epigenetic information can lead to the direct and durable control of the expression of disease-associated genes...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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