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Satoshi Akamine, Yoshito Ishizaki, Yasunari Sakai, Hiroyuki Torisu, Ryoko Fukai, Noriko Miyake, Kazuhiro Ohkubo, Hiroshi Koga, Masafumi Sanefuji, Ayumi Sakata, Masahiko Kimura, Seiji Yamaguchi, Osamu Sakamoto, Toshiro Hara, Hirotomo Saitsu, Naomichi Matsumoto, Shouichi Ohga
Mutations in the X-linked gene CDKL5 cause early-onset epileptic encephalopathy and severe developmental delay. Because this disorder predominantly affects females, the full clinical spectrum of male patients remains elusive. We herein report a 16-year-old boy, who suffered from intractable seizures 20 days after birth. Serial electroencephalograms detected recurrent focal epileptiform discharges from age 4 months, which evolved to hypsarrhythmia later in infancy. Mass-spectrometric analyses revealed increase in urinary excretion of methylmalonic acid without perturbed concentrations of propionic acid, homocystein and methionine...
March 3, 2018: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Stefania Trazzi, Marianna De Franceschi, Claudia Fuchs, Stefano Bastianini, Rocchina Viggiano, Leonardo Lupori, Raffaele Mazziotti, Giorgio Medici, Viviana Lo Martire, Elisa Ren, Roberto Rimondini, Giovanna Zoccoli, Renata Bartesaghi, Tommaso Pizzorusso, Elisabetta Ciani
Cyclin-dependent kinase like-5 (CDKL5) disorder is a rare neurodevelopmental disease caused by mutations in the CDKL5 gene. The consequent misexpression of the CDKL5 protein in the nervous system leads to a severe phenotype characterized by intellectual disability, motor impairment, visual deficits, and early-onset epilepsy. No therapy is available for CDKL5 disorder. It has been reported that a protein transduction domain (TAT) is able to deliver macromolecules into cells and even into the brain when fused to a given protein...
February 20, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Ara Ko, Song Ee Youn, Se Hee Kim, Joon Soo Lee, Sangwoo Kim, Jong Rak Choi, Heung Dong Kim, Seung-Tae Lee, Hoon-Chul Kang
OBJECTIVE: We performed targeted gene-panel sequencing for children with developmental and epileptic encephalopathy (DEE) and evaluated the clinical implications of genotype-phenotype correlations. METHODS: We assessed 278 children with DEE using a customized gene panel that included 172 genes, and extensively reviewed their clinical characteristics, including therapeutic efficacy, according to genotype. RESULTS: In 103 (37.1%) of the 278 patients with DEE, 35 different disease-causing monogenic mutations were identified...
February 12, 2018: Epilepsy Research
Dale L Bodian, John M Schreiber, Thierry Vilboux, Alina Khromykh, Natalie S Hauser
Infantile-onset epilepsies are a set of severe, heterogeneous disorders for which clinical genetic testing yields causative mutations in ~20-50% of affected individuals. We report the case of a boy presenting with intractable seizures at 2 weeks of age, for whom gene panel testing was unrevealing. Research-based whole genome sequencing of the proband and four unaffected family members identified a de novo mutation, NM_001323289.1:c.2828_2829delGA in CDKL5, a gene associated with X-linked early infantile epileptic encephalopathy 2...
February 14, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
Peter Canning, Kwangjin Park, João Gonçalves, Chunmei Li, Conor J Howard, Timothy D Sharpe, Liam J Holt, Laurence Pelletier, Alex N Bullock, Michel R Leroux
Various kinases, including a cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) family member, regulate the growth and functions of primary cilia, which perform essential roles in signaling and development. Neurological disorders linked to CDK-Like (CDKL) proteins suggest that these underexplored kinases may have similar functions. Here, we present the crystal structures of human CDKL1, CDKL2, CDKL3, and CDKL5, revealing their evolutionary divergence from CDK and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), including an unusual ?J helix important for CDKL2 and CDKL3 activity...
January 23, 2018: Cell Reports
Haruhiko Nakamura, Mitsugu Uematsu, Yurika Numata-Uematsu, Yu Abe, Wakaba Endo, Atsuo Kikuchi, Yusuke Takezawa, Ryo Funayama, Matsuyuki Shirota, Keiko Nakayama, Tetsuya Niihori, Yoko Aoki, Kazuhiro Haginoya, Shigeo Kure
Numerous genetic syndromes that include intellectual disability (ID) have been reported. Recently, HECW2 mutations were detected in patients with ID and growth development disorders. Four de novo missense mutations have been reported. Here, we report a Japanese girl with Rett-like symptoms of severe ID, hypotonia, refractory epilepsy, and stereotypical hand movement (hand tapping, flapping, and wringing) after the age of 1 year. Characteristically, she had cortical visual impairment. She had difficulty swallowing since the age of 4 years, and diminished activity was noticeable since the age of 12 years, suggesting neurodevelopmental regression...
January 26, 2018: Brain & Development
John Hoon Rim, Se Hee Kim, In Sik Hwang, Soon Sung Kwon, Jieun Kim, Hyun Woo Kim, Min Jung Cho, Ara Ko, Song Ee Youn, Jihun Kim, Young Mock Lee, Hee Jung Chung, Joon Soo Lee, Heung Dong Kim, Jong Rak Choi, Seung-Tae Lee, Hoon-Chul Kang
BACKGROUND: We intended to evaluate diagnostic utility of a targeted gene sequencing by using next generation sequencing (NGS) panel in patients with intractable early-onset epilepsy (EOE) and find the efficient analytical step for increasing the diagnosis rate. METHODS: We assessed 74 patients with EOE whose seizures started before 3 years of age using a customized NGS panel that included 172 genes. Single nucleotide variants (SNVs) and exonic and chromosomal copy number variations (CNVs) were intensively examined with our customized pipeline and crosschecked with commercial or pre-built software...
February 1, 2018: BMC Medical Genomics
X-X Liu, J-F Pan, Q-J Zhao, X-H He, Y-B Pu, J-L Han, Y-H Ma, L Jiang
The X chromosome shows a special interaction between demographic factors and genetic variation, and the analysis of X-linked genomic variation can therefore provide insights into the unique effects of demography and selection on the horse genome that cannot be readily detected by autosomal markers. Debao (DB) ponies have experienced intense selective pressure for the development of their small stature (<106 cm at adult height). To identify selective sweeps on the X chromosome of the DB pony, we performed a genome-wide scan of three Chinese horse breeds using an Equine SNP70 BeadChip...
February 2018: Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Zeitschrift Für Tierzüchtung und Züchtungsbiologie
Siddharth Srivastava, Sonal Desai, Julie Cohen, Constance Smith-Hicks, Kristin Barañano, Ali Fatemi, SakkuBai Naidu
Rett syndrome (RTT) is caused by mutations in methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2), but defects in a handful of other genes (e.g., CDKL5, FOXG1, MEF2C) can lead to presentations that resemble, but do not completely mirror, classical RTT. In this study, we attempted to identify other monogenic disorders that share features with RTT. We performed a retrospective chart review on n = 319 patients who had undergone clinical whole exome sequencing (WES) for further etiological evaluation of neurodevelopmental diagnoses that remained unexplained despite extensive prior workup...
January 2018: Neurogenetics
Lieselot L G Carrette, Chen-Yu Wang, Chunyao Wei, William Press, Weiyuan Ma, Raymond J Kelleher, Jeannie T Lee
The X-chromosome harbors hundreds of disease genes whose associated diseases predominantly affect males. However, a subset, including neurodevelopmental disorders, Rett syndrome (RTT), fragile X syndrome, and CDKL5 syndrome, also affects females. These disorders lack disease-specific treatment. Because female cells carry two X chromosomes, an emerging treatment strategy has been to reawaken the healthy allele on the inactive X (Xi). Here, we focus on methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2) restoration for RTT and combinatorially target factors in the interactome of Xist, the noncoding RNA responsible for X inactivation...
December 27, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Monica Coll, Pasquale Striano, Carles Ferrer-Costa, Oscar Campuzano, Jesús Matés, Bernat Del Olmo, Anna Iglesias, Alexandra Pérez-Serra, Irene Mademont, Ferran Picó, Antonio Oliva, Ramon Brugada
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy is an unpredicted condition in patients with a diagnosis of epilepsy, and autopsy does not conclusively identify cause of death. Although the pathophysiological mechanisms that underlie this entity remain unknown, the fact that epilepsy can affect cardiac function is not surprising. The genetic factors involving ion channels co-expressed in the heart and brain and other candidate genes have been previously described. In the present study, 20 epilepsy patients with personal or family history of heart rhythm disturbance/cardiac arrhythmias/sudden death were sequenced using a custom re-sequencing panel...
2017: PloS One
Lucas Baltussen, Flavia Rosianu, Sila Ultanir
Neuronal morphogenesis and synapse development is essential for building a functioning nervous system and defects in these processes are associated with neurological disorders. Our understanding of molecular components and signalling events that contribute to neuronal development and pathogenesis is limited. Genes associated with neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases provide entry points for elucidating molecular events that contribute to these conditions. Several protein kinases, enzymes that regulate protein function by phosphorylating their substrates, are genetically linked to neurological disorders...
December 11, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Kun-Ze Lee, Wenlin Liao
Cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) is an X-linked gene encoding a serine-threonine kinase that is highly expressed in the central nervous system. Mutations in CDKL5 cause neurological and psychiatric symptoms, including early-onset seizures, motor dysfunction, autistic features and sleep breathing abnormalities in patients. It remains to be addressed whether loss of CDKL5 causes respiratory dysfunction in mice. Here, we examined the respiratory pattern of male Cdkl5-/y mice at 1-3 months of age during resting breathing and respiratory challenge (i...
January 2018: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
Friederike Ehrhart, Nasim B Sangani, Leopold M G Curfs
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviews the current molecular genetic studies, which investigate the genetic causes of Rett syndrome or Rett-like phenotypes without a MECP2 mutation. RECENT FINDINGS: As next generation sequencing becomes broadly available, especially whole exome sequencing is used in clinical diagnosis of the genetic causes of a wide spectrum of intellectual disability, autism, and encephalopathies. Patients who were diagnosed with Rett syndrome or Rett-like syndrome because of their phenotype but were negative for mutations in the MECP2, CDKL5 or FOXG1 genes were subjected to whole exome sequencing and the results of the last few years revealed yet 69 different genes...
March 2018: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Yuka Mori, Jenny Downs, Kingsley Wong, Jane Heyworth, Helen Leonard
Using the Short Form 12 Health Survey this cross-sectional study examined parental well-being in caregivers of children with one of three genetic disorders associated with intellectual disability; Down syndrome, Rett syndrome and the CDKL5 disorder. Data were sourced from the Western Australian Down Syndrome (n = 291), Australian Rett Syndrome (n = 187) and International CDKL5 Disorder (n = 168) Databases. Among 596 mothers (median age, years 43.7; 24.6-72.2), emotional well-being was poorer than general female populations across age groups...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Laura Ortega-Moreno, Beatriz G Giráldez, Victor Soto-Insuga, Rebeca Losada-Del Pozo, María Rodrigo-Moreno, Cristina Alarcón-Morcillo, Gema Sánchez-Martín, Esther Díaz-Gómez, Rosa Guerrero-López, José M Serratosa
Pediatric epilepsies are a group of disorders with a broad phenotypic spectrum that are associated with great genetic heterogeneity, thus making sequential single-gene testing an impractical basis for diagnostic strategy. The advent of next-generation sequencing has increased the success rate of epilepsy diagnosis, and targeted resequencing using genetic panels is the a most cost-effective choice. We report the results found in a group of 87 patients with epilepsy and developmental delay using targeted next generation sequencing (custom-designed Haloplex panel)...
2017: PloS One
X Yang, G Pan, W H Li, L M Zhang, B B Wu, H J Wang, P Zhang, S Z Zhou
Objective: To summarize the gene mutation of early onset epileptic spasm with unknown reason. Method: In this prospective study, data of patients with early onset epileptic spasm with unknown reason were collected from neurological department of Children's Hospital of Fudan University between March 2016 and December 2016. Patients with known disorders such as infection, metabolic, structural, immunological problems and known genetic mutations were excluded. Patients with genetic disease that can be diagnosed by clinical manifestations and phenotypic characteristics were also excluded...
November 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
Kameryn M Butler, Cristina da Silva, John J Alexander, Madhuri Hegde, Andrew Escayg
BACKGROUND: The contribution of genetic factors to epilepsy has long been recognized and has been estimated to play a role in 70% to 80% of cases. Identification of a pathogenic variant can help families to better cope with the disorder, allows for genetic counseling to determine recurrence risk, and in some cases, can directly influence treatment options. In this study, we determined the diagnostic yield of a clinical gene panel applied to an unselected cohort of epilepsy patients. METHODS: Variant reports from 339 clinically referred epilepsy patients screened using a 110-gene panel were retrospectively reviewed...
December 2017: Pediatric Neurology
Cian-Ling Jhang, Tzyy-Nan Huang, Yi-Ping Hsueh, Wenlin Liao
Neurodevelopmental disorders frequently share common clinical features and appear high rate of comorbidity, such as those present in patients with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). While characterizing behavioral phenotypes in the mouse model of cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) disorder, a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the X-linked gene encoding CDKL5, we found that these mice manifested behavioral phenotypes mimicking multiple key features of ASD, such as impaired social interaction and communication, as well as increased stereotypic digging behaviors...
October 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
Silvia Vidal, Núria Brandi, Paola Pacheco, Edgar Gerotina, Laura Blasco, Jean-Rémi Trotta, Sophia Derdak, Maria Del Mar O'Callaghan, Àngels Garcia-Cazorla, Mercè Pineda, Judith Armstrong
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an early-onset neurodevelopmental disorder that almost exclusively affects girls and is totally disabling. Three genes have been identified that cause RTT: MECP2, CDKL5 and FOXG1. However, the etiology of some of RTT patients still remains unknown. Recently, next generation sequencing (NGS) has promoted genetic diagnoses because of the quickness and affordability of the method. To evaluate the usefulness of NGS in genetic diagnosis, we present the genetic study of RTT-like patients using different techniques based on this technology...
September 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
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