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Zachary Niday, Anastasios V Tzingounis
Exome and targeted sequencing have revolutionized clinical diagnosis. This has been particularly striking in epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders, for which new genes or new variants of preexisting candidate genes are being continuously identified at increasing rates every year. A surprising finding of these efforts is the recognition that gain of function potassium channel variants are actually associated with certain types of epilepsy, such as malignant migrating partial seizures of infancy or early-onset epileptic encephalopathy...
March 1, 2018: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
Xiaojing Wang, Wei Li, Liangkun Ma, Fan Ping, Juntao Liu, Xueyan Wu, Jiangfeng Mao, Xi Wang, Min Nie
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: Emerging evidence suggested that the genetic background of GDM was analogous to T2DM. In contrast to T2DM, the genetic studies for GDM were limited. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to extensively explore the influence of miR-binding-SNPs in T2DM candidate loci on GDM susceptibility in Chinese. METERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 839 GDM and 900 controls were enrolled. Six miR-binding-SNPs were selected from 30 T2DM susceptibility loci and genotyped using TaqMan allelic discrimination assays...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
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
Bitten Schönewolf-Greulich, Anne-Marie Bisgaard, Rikke S Møller, Morten Dunø, Karen Brøndum-Nielsen, Simran Kaur, Nicole J Van Bergen, Sebastian Lunke, Stefanie Eggers, Cathrine Jespersgaard, John Christodoulou, Zeynep Tümer
The differential diagnostics in Rett syndrome has evolved with the development of next generation sequencing based techniques and many patients have been diagnosed with other syndromes or variants in newly described genes where the associated phenotype(s) is yet to be fully explored. The term Rett-like refers to phenotypes with distinct overlapping features of Rett syndrome where the clinical criteria are not completely fulfilled. In this paper we have combined a review of Rett-like disorders with data from a Danish cohort of 35 patients with Rett-like phenotypes emphasizing the diagnostic overlap with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome with SMC1A variants, and epileptic encephalopathies for example due to STXBP1 variants...
October 10, 2017: Clinical Genetics
Shruti Bagla, Daniela Cukovic, Eishi Asano, Sandeep Sood, Aimee Luat, Harry T Chugani, Diane C Chugani, Alan A Dombkowski
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is characterized by hamartomatous lesions in various organs and arises due to mutations in the TSC1 or TSC2 genes. TSC mutations lead to a range of neurological manifestations including epilepsy, cognitive impairment, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and brain lesions that include cortical tubers. There is evidence that seizures arise at or near cortical tubers, but it is unknown why some tubers are epileptogenic while others are not. We have previously reported increased tryptophan metabolism measured with α[(11)C]-methyl-l-tryptophan (AMT) positron emission tomography (PET) in epileptogenic tubers in approximately two-thirds of patients with tuberous sclerosis and intractable epilepsy...
October 7, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
Feodora Stipoljev, Danka Miric-Tesanic, Tomislav Hafner, Maja Barbalic, Monika Logara, Ruzica Lasan-Trcic, Ana Vicic, Romana Gjergja-Juraski
We report the first trimester three-dimensional ultrasonographic findings in a 13-week-old fetus with complex phenotype and a de novo 4.7 Mb multigene deletion encompassing chromosome region 20q13.13-q13.2 detected by chromosomal microarray. Fetal sonography detected radial-ray anomalies in the form of bilateral absence of thumbs and the left club hand deformity. The presence of single atrioventricular canal instead of the atrial septal defect typical for Holt-Oram syndrome pointed us to rather suspect the SALL4 related diseases...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Carolien G F de Kovel, Steffen Syrbe, Eva H Brilstra, Nienke Verbeek, Bronwyn Kerr, Holly Dubbs, Allan Bayat, Sonal Desai, Sakkubai Naidu, Siddharth Srivastava, Hande Cagaylan, Uluc Yis, Carol Saunders, Martin Rook, Susanna Plugge, Hiltrud Muhle, Zaid Afawi, Karl-Martin Klein, Vijayakumar Jayaraman, Ramakrishnan Rajagopalan, Ethan Goldberg, Eric Marsh, Sudha Kessler, Christina Bergqvist, Laura K Conlin, Bryan L Krok, Isabelle Thiffault, Manuela Pendziwiat, Ingo Helbig, Tilman Polster, Ingo Borggraefe, Johannes R Lemke, Marie-José van den Boogaardt, Rikke S Møller, Bobby P C Koeleman
Importance: Knowing the range of symptoms seen in patients with a missense or loss-of-function variant in KCNB1 and how these symptoms correlate with the type of variant will help clinicians with diagnosis and prognosis when treating new patients. Objectives: To investigate the clinical spectrum associated with KCNB1 variants and the genotype-phenotype correlations. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study summarized the clinical and genetic information of patients with a presumed pathogenic variant in KCNB1...
October 1, 2017: JAMA Neurology
Jianyang Fu, Xiaoqing Dai, Gregory Plummer, Kunimasa Suzuki, Austin Bautista, John M Githaka, Laura Senior, Mette Jensen, Dafna Greitzer-Antes, Jocelyn E Manning Fox, Herbert Y Gaisano, Christopher B Newgard, Nicolas Touret, Patrick E MacDonald
Insulin exocytosis is regulated by ion channels that control excitability and Ca(2+) influx. Channels also play an increasingly appreciated role in microdomain structure. In this study, we examine the mechanism by which the voltage-dependent K(+) (Kv) channel Kv2.1 (KCNB1) facilitates depolarization-induced exocytosis in INS 832/13 cells and β-cells from human donors with and without type 2 diabetes (T2D). We find that Kv2.1, but not Kv2.2 (KCNB2), forms clusters of 6-12 tetrameric channels at the plasma membrane and facilitates insulin exocytosis...
July 2017: Diabetes
Xénia Latypova, Naomichi Matsumoto, Cécile Vinceslas-Muller, Stéphane Bézieau, Bertrand Isidor, Noriko Miyake
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
Wei Yu, Manasa Gowda, Yashsavi Sharad, Surindo A Singh, Federico Sesti
Oxidative modification of the voltage-gated potassium (K+ ) channel KCNB1 promotes apoptosis in the neurons of cortex and hippocampus through a signaling pathway mediated by Src tyrosine kinases. How oxidation of the channel is transduced into Src recruitment and activation, however, was not known. Here we show that the apoptotic signal originates from integrins, which form macromolecular complexes with KCNB1 channels. The initial stimulus is transduced to Fyn and possibly other Src family members by focal adhesion kinase (FAK)...
April 6, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
P Miao, J Peng, C Chen, N Gai, F Yin
Objective: To explore the association between the phenotype and KCNB1 gene mutation. Method: Clinical information including physical features, laboratory and genetic data of one patient of mental retardation with refractory epilepsy from Department of Pediatrics, Xiangya Hospital in January 2016 was analyzed. This patient was discovered to have KCNB1 gene mutations through whole exome sequencing. Relevant information about KCNB1 gene mutation was searched and collected from Pubmed, CNKI, Human Gene Mutation Database(HGMD) and Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man(OMIM)...
February 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
Hao-Yuan Wang, Wen Wang, Yan-Wei Liu, Ming-Yang Li, Ting-Yu Liang, Ji-Ye Li, Hui-Min Hu, Yang Lu, Chen Yao, Yong-Yi Ye, Yong-Zhi Wang, Shi-Zhong Zhang
Increasing evidence suggests that ion channel genes play an important role in the progression of gliomas. However, the mechanisms by which ion channel genes influence the progression of glioma are not fully understood. We identified KCNB1 as a novel ion gene, associated with malignant progression and favorable overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) in glioma patients from three datasets (CGGA, GSE16011 and REMBRANDT). Moreover, we characterized a novel function of autophagy induction accompanied by increased apoptosis and reduced proliferation and invasion of glioma cells for KCNB1...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
Xénia Latypova, Naomichi Matsumoto, Cécile Vinceslas-Muller, Stéphane Bézieau, Bertrand Isidor, Noriko Miyake
Potassium voltage-gated channel subfamily B member 1 (KCNB1) encodes Kv2.1 potassium channel of crucial role in hippocampal neuron excitation homeostasis. KCNB1 mutations are known to cause early-onset infantile epilepsy. To date, 10 KCNB1 mutations have been described in 11 patients. Using whole-exome sequencing, we identified a novel de novo missense (c.1132G>C, p.V378L) KCNB1 mutation in a patient with global developmental delay, intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, but no episode of epilepsy until the lastly examined age of 6 years old...
April 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
Wei Yu, Randika Parakramaweera, Shavonne Teng, Manasa Gowda, Yashsavi Sharad, Smita Thakker-Varia, Janet Alder, Federico Sesti
The delayed rectifier potassium (K(+)) channel KCNB1 (Kv2.1), which conducts a major somatodendritic current in cortex and hippocampus, is known to undergo oxidation in the brain, but whether this can cause neurodegeneration and cognitive impairment is not known. Here, we used transgenic mice harboring human KCNB1 wild-type (Tg-WT) or a nonoxidable C73A mutant (Tg-C73A) in cortex and hippocampus to determine whether oxidized KCNB1 channels affect brain function. Animals were subjected to moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI), a condition characterized by extensive oxidative stress...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Hongyuan Shen, Elke Bocksteins, Igor Kondrychyn, Dirk Snyders, Vladimir Korzh
The brain ventricular system is essential for neurogenesis and brain homeostasis. Its neuroepithelial lining effects these functions, but the underlying molecular pathways remain to be understood. We found that the potassium channels expressed in neuroepithelial cells determine the formation of the ventricular system. The phenotype of a novel zebrafish mutant characterized by denudation of neuroepithelial lining of the ventricular system and hydrocephalus is mechanistically linked to Kcng4b, a homologue of the 'silent' voltage-gated potassium channel α-subunit Kv 6...
November 15, 2016: Development
Hao-Yuan Wang, Ji-Ye Li, Xiu Liu, Xiao-Yan Yan, Wen Wang, Fan Wu, Ting-Yu Liang, Fan Yang, Hui-Min Hu, Heng-Xu Mao, Yan-Wei Liu, Shi-Zhong Zhang
Increasing evidence suggests that ion channels not only regulate electric signaling in excitable cells but also play important roles in the development of brain tumor. However, the roles of ion channels in glioma remain controversial. In the present study, we systematically analyzed the expression patterns of ion channel genes in a cohort of Chinese patients with glioma using RNAseq expression profiling. First, a molecular signature comprising three ion channel genes (KCNN4, KCNB1 and KCNJ10) was identified using Univariate Cox regression and two-tailed student's t test conducted in overall survival (OS) and gene expression...
November 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Carolien G F de Kovel, Eva H Brilstra, Marjan J A van Kempen, Ruben Van't Slot, Isaac J Nijman, Zaid Afawi, Peter De Jonghe, Tania Djémié, Renzo Guerrini, Katia Hardies, Ingo Helbig, Rik Hendrickx, Moine Kanaan, Uri Kramer, Anna-Elina E Lehesjoki, Johannes R Lemke, Carla Marini, Davide Mei, Rikke S Møller, Manuela Pendziwiat, Hannah Stamberger, Arvid Suls, Sarah Weckhuysen, Bobby P C Koeleman
BACKGROUND: Many genes are candidates for involvement in epileptic encephalopathy (EE) because one or a few possibly pathogenic variants have been found in patients, but insufficient genetic or functional evidence exists for a definite annotation. METHODS: To increase the number of validated EE genes, we sequenced 26 known and 351 candidate genes for EE in 360 patients. Variants in 25 genes known to be involved in EE or related phenotypes were followed up in 41 patients...
September 2016: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Federico Sesti
Reversible regulation of proteins by reactive oxygen species (ROS) is an important mechanism of neuronal plasticity. In particular, ROS have been shown to act as modulatory molecules of ion channels-which are key to neuronal excitability-in several physiological processes. However ROS are also fundamental contributors to aging vulnerability. When the level of excess ROS increases in the cell during aging, DNA is damaged, proteins are oxidized, lipids are degraded and more ROS are produced, all culminating in significant cell injury...
March 2016: Aging and Disease
Niek Verweij, Irene Mateo Leach, Aaron Isaacs, Dan E Arking, Joshua C Bis, Tune H Pers, Marten E Van Den Berg, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Phil Barnett, Xinchen Wang, Elsayed Z Soliman, Cornelia M Van Duijn, Mika Kähönen, Dirk J Van Veldhuisen, Jan A Kors, Olli T Raitakari, Claudia T Silva, Terho Lehtimäki, Hans L Hillege, Joel N Hirschhorn, Laurie A Boyer, Wiek H Van Gilst, Alvaro Alonso, Nona Sotoodehnia, Mark Eijgelsheim, Rudolf A De Boer, Paul I W De Bakker, Lude Franke, Pim Van Der Harst
The ST-segment and adjacent T-wave (ST-T wave) amplitudes of the electrocardiogram are quantitative characteristics of cardiac repolarization. Repolarization abnormalities have been linked to ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. We performed the first genome-wide association meta-analysis of ST-T-wave amplitudes in up to 37 977 individuals identifying 71 robust genotype-phenotype associations clustered within 28 independent loci. Fifty-four genes were prioritized as candidates underlying the phenotypes, including genes with established roles in the cardiac repolarization phase (SCN5A/SCN10A, KCND3, KCNB1, NOS1AP and HEY2) and others with as yet undefined cardiac function...
May 15, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Nicholas M Allen, Judith Conroy, Amre Shahwan, Bryan Lynch, Raony G Correa, Sergio D J Pena, Dara McCreary, Tiago R Magalhães, Sean Ennis, Sally A Lynch, Mary D King
Early onset epileptic encephalopathies (EOEEs) represent a significant diagnostic challenge. Newer genomic approaches have begun to elucidate an increasing number of responsible single genes as well as emerging diagnostic strategies. In this single-center study, we aimed to investigate a cohort of children with unexplained EOEE. We performed whole-exome sequencing (WES), targeting a list of 137 epilepsy-associated genes on 50 children with unexplained EOEE. We characterized all phenotypes in detail and classified children according to known electroclinical syndromes where possible...
January 2016: Epilepsia
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