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Human neural tube

Renee Y M Leduc, Parmveer Singh, Heather E McDermid
Neurulation, the early embryonic process of forming the presumptive brain and spinal cord, is highly complex and involves hundreds of genes in multiple genetic pathways. Mice have long served as a genetic model for studying human neurulation, and the resulting neural tube defects (NTDs) that arise when neurulation is disrupted. Because mice appear to show mostly single gene inheritance for NTDs and humans show multifactorial inheritance, mice sometimes have been characterized as a simpler model for the identification and study of NTD genes...
October 21, 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology
Jenna K Zalewski, Joshua H Mo, Simone Heber, Annie Heroux, Richard G Gardner, Jeffrey D Hildebrand, Andrew P VanDemark
Shroom-mediated remodeling of the actomyosin cytoskeleton is a critical driver of cellular shape and tissue morphology that underlies the development of many tissues, including the neural tube, eye, intestines, and vasculature. Shroom uses a conserved SD2 domain to direct the subcellular localization of Rho-kinase (Rock) which in turn drives changes in the cytoskeleton and cellular morphology through its ability to phosphorylate and activate non-muscle myosin II. Here, we present the structure of the human Shroom-Rock binding module, revealing an unexpected stoichiometry for Shrm in which two Shrm SD2 domains bind independent surfaces on Rock...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Anne Rochtus, Raf Winand, Griet Laenen, Elise Vangeel, Benedetta Izzi, Christine Wittevrongel, Yves Moreau, Carla Verpoorten, Katrien Jansen, Chris Van Geet, Kathleen Freson
BACKGROUND: Neural tube defects (NTDs) are severe congenital malformations that arise from failure of neurulation during early embryonic development. The molecular basis underlying most human NTDs still remains largely unknown. Based on the hypothesis that folic acid prevents NTDs by stimulating methylation reactions, DNA methylation changes could play a role in NTDs. We performed a methylome analysis for patients with myelomeningocele (MMC). Using a candidate CpG analysis for HOX genes, a significant association between HOXB7 hypomethylation and MMC was found...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Xiaojing Qiao, Yahui Liu, Peiqiang Li, Zhongzhong Chen, Huili Li, Xueyan Yang, Richard H Finnell, Zhangmin Yang, Ting Zhang, Bin Qiao, Yufang Zheng, Hongyan Wang
The planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway is critical for proper embryonic development of the neural tube and heart. Mutations in these genes have previously been implicated in the pathogenesis of neural tube defects (NTDs), but not in congenital heart defects (CHDs) in humans. We systematically identified the mutation patterns of CELSR1-3 , one family of the core PCP genes, in human cohorts composed of 352 NTD cases, 412 CHD cases, and matched controls. A total of 72 disease-specific rare novel coding mutations were identified, of which 37 were identified in CHD cases, and 36 were identified in NTD patients...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
Melissa Borelli, Rebecca J Baer, Christina D Chambers, Tyler C Smith, Laura L Jelliffe-Pawlowski
We examined the association between maternal characteristics, routinely collected first- and second-trimester biomarkers and the risk of having an infant with a critical congenital heart defect (CCHD). Included were women who participated in the California Prenatal Screening Program who had nuchal translucency (NT) measurement and first- and second-trimester serum screening. All pregnancies ended in a live birth of an infant without aneuploidy or a neural tube defect. Poisson regression analyses were used to estimate the relative risk and 95% confidence interval of a CCHD by maternal characteristics, first- and second-trimester serum biomarkers or NT measurements...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Issei S Shimada, Saikat Mukhopadhyay
Disruption of the normal mechanisms that mediate neural tube closure can result in neural tube defects (NTDs) with devastating consequences in affected patients. With the advent of next-generation sequencing, we are increasingly detecting mutations in multiple genes in NTD cases. However, our ability to determine which of these genes contribute to the malformation is limited by our understanding of the pathways controlling neural tube closure. G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) comprise the largest family of transmembrane receptors in humans and have been historically favored as drug targets...
October 12, 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology
V Lebese, C Aldous, H L Malherbe
BACKGROUND: The National Department of Health in South Africa (SA) routinely collects congenital disorder (CD) data for its national CD surveillance system. The current system has been implemented since 2006, but no reports on the data collected, methodology, achievements or challenges have been published to date. OBJECTIVES: To ascertain the effectiveness of the current national CD surveillance system and its implementation. METHOD: A descriptive, retrospective study using an audit of the current database was undertaken to evaluate the number of notifications received, types of CDs reported and the quality of reporting across SA for data received from 2006 to 2014...
September 5, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
Shuyuan Chen, Qin Zhang, Baoling Bai, Shengrong Ouyang, Yihua Bao, Huili Li, Ting Zhang
Dishevelled (DVL/Dvl) genes play roles in canonical and noncanonical Wnt signaling, both of which are essential in neural tube closing and are involved in balancing neural progenitor growth and differentiation, or neuroepithelial cell polarity, respectively. In mouse Dvl haploinsufficiency leads to neural tube defects (NTDs), which represent the second most common birth defects. However, DVL genes' genetic contributions in human NTDs are modest. We sought to explore the molecular impact on such genes in human NTDs in a Han Chinese cohort...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Warren G Foster, Jane A Evans, Julian Little, Laura Arbour, Aideen Moore, Reg Sauve, Juan Andrés León, Wei Luo
Congenital anomalies are an important cause of infant mortality and disability. Developmental exposure to environmental contaminants is thought to increase the risk for congenital anomalies. Herein, we describe a critical review of the literature conducted between February and March 2014 yielding 3057 references from which 97 unique relevant articles published from 2003 through 2014 were evaluated. Common congenital anomalies including hypospadias, cryptorchidism, anogenital distance (AGD), congenital heart defects and oral clefts were well represented in the literature whereas other outcomes such as neural tube defects, limb deficiency defects and gastroschisis were rarely described...
August 11, 2016: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
Huifang Tang, Daniela Massi, Brian A Hemmings, Mario Mandalà, Zhengqiang Hu, Andreas Wicki, Gongda Xue
The transcription factor Twist is an important regulator of cranial suture during embryogenesis. Closure of the neural tube is achieved via Twist-triggered cellular transition from an epithelial to mesenchymal phenotype, a process known as epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), characterized by a remarkable increase in cell motility. In the absence of Twist activity, EMT and associated phenotypic changes in cell morphology and motility can also be induced, albeit moderately, by other transcription factor families, including Snail and Zeb...
August 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Junhong Guo, Li Hong, Xiaoxia Z West, Hua Wang, Robert G Salomon
Oxidative stress causes lipid-derived oxidative modification of biomolecules that has been implicated in many pathological states. Phospholipids containing polyunsaturated fatty acids are major targets of free radical-initiated oxidation. Phospholipids that incorporate docosahexaenoate (DHA) are highly enriched in important neural structures including the brain and retina, where DHA comprises 40% and 60% of total fatty acids, respectively. Oxidative fragmentation of 2-docosahexaenoyl-1-palmityl-sn-glycerophosphocholine generates esters of 4-hydroxy-7-oxohept-5-enoic acid (HOHA) and 4-keto-7-oxohept-5-enoic acid (KOHA) with 2-lysophosphatidylcholine, HOHA-PC, and KOHA-PC...
October 17, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Marta Grabiec, Hana Hříbková, Miroslav Vařecha, Dana Střítecká, Aleš Hampl, Petr Dvořák, Yuh-Man Sun
This study elucidated the stage-specific roles of FGF2 signaling during neural development using in-vitro human embryonic stem cell-based developmental modeling. We found that the dysregulation of FGF2 signaling prior to the onset of neural induction resulted in the malformation of neural rosettes (a neural tube-like structure), despite cells having undergone neural induction. The aberrant neural rosette formation may be attributed to the misplacement of ZO-1, which is a polarized tight junction protein and shown co-localized with FGF2/FGFR1 in the apical region of neural rosettes, subsequently led to abnormal neurogenesis...
August 27, 2016: Stem Cell Research
A A Martins, P O Favaron, L de Jesus Oliveira, B T Schäfer, F D Oliveira, M A Miglino
Dogs have been studied for several reasons, such as the genetic improvement, their use as experimental models, in zoonotic research, cell therapy and as a model for human diseases. However, many features relating to the embryonic development of dogs remain unknown because of the absence of embryological studies. Considering the importance of the cardiorespiratory system in the development of embryos, the aim of this study was to investigate the development of the main cardiorespiratory organs of dog embryos and foetuses with estimated gestational ages from 16 to 46 days using macro- and microscopic descriptions...
October 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Ashutosh Kumar, Himanshu N Singh, Vikas Pareek, Khursheed Raza, Subrahamanyam Dantham, Pavan Kumar, Sankat Mochan, Muneeb A Faiq
Owing to the reports of microcephaly as a consistent outcome in the fetuses of pregnant women infected with ZIKV in Brazil, Zika virus (ZIKV)-microcephaly etiomechanistic relationship has recently been implicated. Researchers, however, are still struggling to establish an embryological basis for this interesting causal handcuff. The present study reveals robust evidence in favor of a plausible ZIKV-microcephaly cause-effect liaison. The rationale is based on: (1) sequence homology between ZIKV genome and the response element of an early neural tube developmental marker "retinoic acid" in human DNA and (2) comprehensive similarities between the details of brain defects in ZIKV-microcephaly and retinoic acid embryopathy...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Chunyue Miao, Qian Jiang, Huili Li, Qin Zhang, Baoling Bai, Yihua Bao, Ting Zhang
Neural tube defects (NTDs) are severe malformations of the central nervous system caused by complex genetic and environmental factors. Among genes involved in NTD, cilia-related genes have been well defined and found to be essential for the completion of neural tube closure (NTC). We have carried out next-generation sequencing on target genes in 373 NTDs and 222 healthy controls, and discovered eight disease-specific rare mutations in cilia-related gene DNAAF1 DNAAF1 plays a central role in cytoplasmic preassembly of distinct dynein-arm complexes, and is expressed in some key tissues involved in neural system development, such as neural tube, floor plate, embryonic node, and brain ependyma epithelial cells in zebrafish and mouse...
October 13, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Bernd Püschel, Jörg Männer
Due to its morphological similarity with the early human embryo, the pregastrulation-stage rabbit may represent an appropriate mammalian model for studying processes involved in early human development. The usability of mammalian embryos for experimental studies depends on the availability of whole embryo culture methods facilitating prolonged ex utero development. While currently used culture methods yield high success rates for embryos from primitive streak stages onward, the success rate of extended cultivation of preprimitive streak-stage mammalian embryos is low for all previously established methods and for all studied species...
August 11, 2016: Cells, Tissues, Organs
Miguel A Sogorb, David Pamies, Carmen Estevan, Jorge Estévez, Eugenio Vilanova
Neuropathy Target Esterase (NTE) is a membrane protein codified by gene PNPLA6. NTE was initially discovered as a target of the so-called organophosphorus-induced delayed polyneuropathy triggered by the inhibition of the NTE-associated esterase center by neuropathic organophosphorus compounds (OPs). The physiological role of NTE might be related to membrane lipid homeostasis and seems to be involved in adult organisms in maintaining nervous system integrity. However, NTE is also involved in cell differentiation and embryonic development...
July 27, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Wesley R Lewis, Erik B Malarkey, Douglas Tritschler, Raqual Bower, Raymond C Pasek, Jonathan D Porath, Susan E Birket, Sophie Saunier, Corinne Antignac, Michael R Knowles, Margaret W Leigh, Maimoona A Zariwala, Anil K Challa, Robert A Kesterson, Steven M Rowe, Iain A Drummond, John M Parant, Friedhelm Hildebrandt, Mary E Porter, Bradley K Yoder, Nicolas F Berbari
Ciliopathies are genetic disorders arising from dysfunction of microtubule-based cellular appendages called cilia. Different cilia types possess distinct stereotypic microtubule doublet arrangements with non-motile or 'primary' cilia having a 9+0 and motile cilia have a 9+2 array of microtubule doublets. Primary cilia are critical sensory and signaling centers needed for normal mammalian development. Defects in their structure/function result in a spectrum of clinical and developmental pathologies including abnormal neural tube and limb patterning...
July 2016: PLoS Genetics
Anne Christin Meyer-Gerspach, Claudia Suenderhauf, Lukas Bereiter, Davide Zanchi, Christoph Beglinger, Stefan Borgwardt, Bettina K Wölnerhanssen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Taste perception is one of the most important primary oral reinforcers, driving nutrient and energy intake as well as toxin avoidance. Taste receptors in the gastrointestinal tract might as well impact appetitive or aversive behavior and thus influence learning tasks and a close relation of neural taste processing and working memory networks seems plausible. METHODS: In the present pilot study, we determined the effects of five taste qualities "bitter" (quinine), "sweet" (glucose), "sour" (citric acid), "salty" (NaCl) and "umami" (monosodium glutamate, MSG) on working memory processing using functional MRI and their effect on plasma insulin and glucose levels...
July 27, 2016: Neuro-Signals
J Zak, V Vives, D Szumska, A Vernet, J E Schneider, P Miller, E A Slee, S Joss, Y Lacassie, E Chen, L F Escobar, M Tucker, A S Aylsworth, H A Dubbs, A T Collins, J Andrieux, A Dieux-Coeslier, E Haberlandt, D Kotzot, D A Scott, M J Parker, Z Zakaria, Y S Choy, D Wieczorek, A M Innes, K R Jun, S Zinner, F Prin, C A Lygate, P Pretorius, J A Rosenfeld, T J Mohun, X Lu
Chromosomal abnormalities are implicated in a substantial number of human developmental syndromes, but for many such disorders little is known about the causative genes. The recently described 1q41q42 microdeletion syndrome is characterized by characteristic dysmorphic features, intellectual disability and brain morphological abnormalities, but the precise genetic basis for these abnormalities remains unknown. Here, our detailed analysis of the genetic abnormalities of 1q41q42 microdeletion cases identified TP53BP2, which encodes apoptosis-stimulating protein of p53 2 (ASPP2), as a candidate gene for brain abnormalities...
July 22, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
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