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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719906/a-common-ancestral-asn242ser-mutation-in-tmem67-identified-in-multiple-iranian-families-with-joubert-syndrome
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MohammadReza Dehghani, Majid Mojarad, Ehsan Ghayoor Karimiani, Mohammad Yahya Vahidi Mehrjardi, Afsaneh Sahebalzamani, Farah Ashrafzadeh, Mehran Beiraghi Toosi, Atiyeh Eslahi, Najmeh Ahangari, Seyed Mojtaba Yassini, Afsaneh Hassanbeigi, Azam Rasti, Seyed Mehdi Kalantar, Reza Maroofian
BACKGROUND: Joubert syndrome (JS) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of rare neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by peculiar midbrain-hindbrain malformation, known as the "molar tooth" sign. JS can manifest a broad range of signs and symptoms. The most common features of JS are hypotonia, ataxia, developmental delay/intellectual disability, abnormal eye movements, and neonatal breathing abnormalities. To date, 29 genes have been shown to cause JS. METHODS: We employed whole-genome single nucleotide polymorphism genotyping in a group of Iranian families with JS and Sanger sequencing of a known mutation associated with JS located in a single homozygous regions shared by affected members of the families...
July 19, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719227/simvastatin-as-an-adjunctive-therapy-to-risperidone-in-treatment-of-autism-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Ehsan Moazen-Zadeh, Fatemeh Shirzad, Mohammad-Ali Karkhaneh-Yousefi, Rasoul Khezri, Mohammad-Reza Mohammadi, Shahin Akhondzadeh
OBJECTIVES: Providing novel treatments for autism has been a subject of long-standing research. Based on etiopathological findings, we aim at assessing potential therapeutic effects of statins, here simvastatin, on autism symptoms for the first time. METHODS: In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group 10-week clinical trial, 70 drug-free children aged 4 to 12 years old with diagnosis of autistic disorder based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision, who had an Aberrant Behavior Checklist-Community (ABC-C) scale irritability subscale score of ≥12, were equally randomized to receive either simvastatin (20-40 mg/day) or placebo as an adjunct to risperidone (1-2 mg/day) whereas administration of both drugs was started simultaneously from baseline...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717667/haploinsufficiency-of-bcl11a-associated-with-cerebellar-abnormalities-in-2p15p16-1-deletion-syndrome
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Hiroko Shimbo, Takayuki Yokoi, Noriko Aida, Seiji Mizuno, Hiroshi Suzumura, Junichi Nagai, Kazumi Ida, Yumi Enomoto, Chihiro Hatano, Kenji Kurosawa
BACKGROUND: Chromosome 2p15p16.1 deletion syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by intellectual disability (ID), neurodevelopmental delay, language delay, growth retardation, microcephaly, structural brain abnormalities, and dysmorphic features. More than 30 patients with 2p15p16.1 microdeletion syndrome have been reported in the literature. METHODS: Molecular analysis was performed using microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH)...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716012/case-reports-of-juvenile-gm1-gangliosidosisis-type-ii-caused-by-mutation-in-glb1-gene
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Parvaneh Karimzadeh, Samaneh Naderi, Farzaneh Modarresi, Hassan Dastsooz, Hamid Nemati, Tayebeh Farokhashtiani, Bibi Shahin Shamsian, Soroor Inaloo, Mohammad Ali Faghihi
BACKGROUND: Type II or juvenile GM1-gangliosidosis is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder, which is clinically distinct from infantile form of the disease by the lack of characteristic cherry-red spot and hepatosplenomegaly. The disease is characterized by slowly progressive neurodegeneration and mild skeletal changes. Due to the later age of onset and uncharacteristic presentation, diagnosis is frequently puzzled with other ataxic and purely neurological disorders. Up to now, 3-4 types of GM1-gangliosidosis have been reported and among them type I is the most common phenotype with the age of onset around 6 months...
July 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715464/impact-of-an-implicit-social-skills-training-group-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-without-intellectual-disability-a-before-and-after-study
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Jokthan Guivarch, Veena Murdymootoo, Sara-Nora Elissalde, Xavier Salle-Collemiche, Sophie Tardieu, Elisabeth Jouve, François Poinso
INTRODUCTION: Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) have problems with social skills. Social skills training groups are among the proposed therapeutic strategies, but their efficacy still needs to be evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of an implicit social skills training group in children with ASDs without intellectual disability. METHODS: A before-and-after study of children with ASD without intellectual disability was conducted in a child psychiatry day hospital, where they participated in an implicit group with cooperative games...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714100/why-is-it-so-hard-to-reach-agreement-on-terminology-the-case-of-developmental-language-disorder-dld
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Dorothy V M Bishop
A recent project entitled CATALISE used the Delphi method to reach a consensus on terminology for unexplained language problems in children. 'Developmental language disorder' (DLD) was the term agreed by a panel of 57 experts. Here I reflect on points of difficulty that arose when attempting to reach a consensus, using qualitative information from comments made by panel members to illustrate the kinds of argument used. One issue of debate was the use of labels, in particular the term 'disorder', which was seen as having both pros and cons...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713324/color-vision-losses-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Elaine C Zachi, Thiago L Costa, Mirella T S Barboni, Marcelo F Costa, Daniela M O Bonci, Dora F Ventura
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are neurodevelopmental conditions characterized by impairments in social/communication abilities and restricted behaviors. The present study aims to examine color vision discrimination in ASD children and adolescents without intellectual disability. The participants were also subdivided in order to compare color vision thresholds of autistic participants and those who achieved diagnostic criteria for Asperger Syndrome (AS). Nine subjects with autism, 11 participants with AS and 36 typically developing children and adolescents participated in the study...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713243/synaptic-interactome-mining-reveals-p140cap-as-a-new-hub-for-psd-proteins-involved-in-psychiatric-and-neurological-disorders
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Annalisa Alfieri, Oksana Sorokina, Annie Adrait, Costanza Angelini, Isabella Russo, Alessandro Morellato, Michela Matteoli, Elisabetta Menna, Elisabetta Boeri Erba, Colin McLean, J Douglas Armstrong, Ugo Ala, Joseph D Buxbaum, Alfredo Brusco, Yohann Couté, Silvia De Rubeis, Emilia Turco, Paola Defilippi
Altered synaptic function has been associated with neurological and psychiatric conditions including intellectual disability, schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Amongst the recently discovered synaptic proteins is p140Cap, an adaptor that localizes at dendritic spines and regulates their maturation and physiology. We recently showed that p140Cap knockout mice have cognitive deficits, impaired long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD), and immature, filopodia-like dendritic spines...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710532/the-gap-between-adaptive-behavior-and-intelligence-in-autism-persists-into-young-adulthood-and-is-linked-to-psychiatric-co-morbidities
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Catherine K Kraper, Lauren Kenworthy, Haroon Popal, Alex Martin, Gregory L Wallace
For individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), long-term outcomes have been troubling, and intact IQ has not been shown to be protective. Nevertheless, relatively little research into adaptive functioning among adults with ASD has been completed to date. Therefore, both adaptive functioning and comorbid psychopathology were assessed among 52 adults with ASD without intellectual disability (ID). Adaptive functioning was found to substantially lag behind IQ, and socialization was a particular weakness. Comorbid psychopathology was significantly correlated with the size of IQ-adaptive functioning discrepancy...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710305/autism-spectrum-disorder-in-say-barber-biesecker-young-simpson-syndrome
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Jessica Merritt, Joseph C Hart, Tracy L LeGrow
Say-Barber-Biesecker-Young-Simpson syndrome (SBBYSS), also known as Ohdo syndrome SBBYS type, is a rare genetic disorder characterised by dysmorphic facial features and severe intellectual disability, as well as cardiac, dental and hearing abnormalities. There has been little psychiatric or psychological description of children with SBBYSS, although previous reports noted repetitive self-injurious behaviours, sensitivity to light and noise and severe deficits in communication. In this report, a 4-year-old male with SBBYSS is described with a focus on psychiatric and psychological assessment, including formal testing for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)...
July 14, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709814/the-therapeutic-implication-of-a-novel-scn2a-mutation-associated-early-onset-epileptic-encephalopathy-with-rett-like-features
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Jao-Shwann Liang, Li-Ju Lin, Ming-Tao Yang, Jinn-Shyan Wang, Jyh-Feng Lu
Epileptic encephalopathies are highly heterogeneous and phenotypical disorders with different underlying genetic defects. Mutations in the SCN2A gene cause different epilepsy syndromes, including epilepsy of infancy with migrating focal seizures, Ohtahara syndrome, and West syndrome. We utilized a targeted next generation sequencing (NGS) approach on a girl with early-onset seizures and Rett-like features, including autistic behavior, limited hand function with chorea, and profound intellectual disability, to identify novel missense mutation (c...
July 11, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709774/the-association-between-cardio-respiratory-fitness-and-cognition-in-schizophrenia
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Tom Langerud Holmen, Jens Egeland, Eivind Andersen, Therese Torgersen Bigseth, John Abel Engh
OBJECTIVE: Schizophrenia is associated with reduced cardio-respiratory fitness (CRF), and impaired cognition is a core feature of the disorder. Despite their particular significance to schizophrenia disparately, the relationship between these two variables has not yet been thoroughly assessed. In this study we aimed to investigate naturally occurring associations between CRF and all cognitive domains within this patient population. METHOD: Eighty outpatients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders participated in the study...
July 11, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708303/using-medical-exome-sequencing-to-identify-the-causes-of-neurodevelopmental-disorders-experience-of-two-clinical-units-and-216-patients
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E Chérot, B Keren, C Dubourg, W Carré, M Fradin, A Lavillaureix, A Afenjar, L Burglen, S Whalen, P Charles, I Marey, S Heide, A Jacquette, D Heron, D Doummar, D Rodriguez, Thierry Billette de Villemeur, M-L Moutard, A Guët, J Xavier, D Périsse, D Cohen, F Demurger, C Quélin, C Depienne, S Odent, C Nava, V David, L Pasquier, C Mignot
Though whole exome sequencing is the gold standard for the diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders, it remains expensive for some genetic centers. Commercialized panels comprising all OMIM-referenced genes called "medical exome" constitute an alternative strategy to whole exome sequencing, but its efficiency is poorly known. In this study, we report the experience of two clinical genetic centers using medical exome for diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders. We recruited 216 consecutive index patients with neurodevelopmental disorders in two French genetic centers, corresponded to the daily practice of the units and included non-syndromic intellectual disability (n=33), syndromic intellectual disability (n=122), pediatric neurodegenerative disorders (n=7) and autism spectrum disorder (n=54)...
July 14, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708033/neuropsychological-profile-and-social-cognition-in-congenital-central-hypoventilation-syndrome-cchs-correlation-with-neuroimaging-in-a-clinical-case
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Borja Esteso Orduña, Raquel Seijas Gómez, Elena García Esparza, Emily M Briceño, Javier Melero Llorente, María de la Concepción Fournier Del Castillo
INTRODUCTION: Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) is a rare genetic disorder due to paired-like homeobox gene (PHOX2B) mutations. CCHS patients suffer from dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system characterized by the absence of or extremely reduced response to hypercapnia and hypoxia, with neuropsychological deficits. The aim of this exploratory study is to describe the longitudinal neuropsychological profile and its correlations with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of a child with CCHS with a PHOX2B mutation...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707360/reciprocity-in-autistic-and-typically-developing-children-and-adolescents-with-and-without-mild-intellectual-disabilities
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T Backer van Ommeren, H M Koot, S Begeer
The assessment of autism in individuals with mild intellectual disabilities (MID) is complicated because of the overlap between autistic traits and intellectual limitations. Impaired social emotional reciprocity is a core diagnostic criterion for autism. However, it is unknown whether reciprocal behaviour differs between MID individuals with or without an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study explored differences in reciprocal behaviour of 35 children and adolescents with MID (intelligence quotient 50-85): 15 with ASD (ASD-MID) and 20 with typical development (TD-MID) using the Interactive Drawing Test (IDT)...
August 2017: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704368/mouse-models-of-17q21-31-microdeletion-and-microduplication-syndromes-highlight-the-importance-of-kansl1-for-cognition
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Thomas Arbogast, Giovanni Iacono, Claire Chevalier, Nurudeen O Afinowi, Xander Houbaert, Matthijs C van Eede, Christine Laliberte, Marie-Christine Birling, Katrin Linda, Hamid Meziane, Mohammed Selloum, Tania Sorg, Nael Nadif Kasri, David A Koolen, Henk G Stunnenberg, R Mark Henkelman, Maksym Kopanitsa, Yann Humeau, Bert B A De Vries, Yann Herault
Koolen-de Vries syndrome (KdVS) is a multi-system disorder characterized by intellectual disability, friendly behavior, and congenital malformations. The syndrome is caused either by microdeletions in the 17q21.31 chromosomal region or by variants in the KANSL1 gene. The reciprocal 17q21.31 microduplication syndrome is associated with psychomotor delay, and reduced social interaction. To investigate the pathophysiology of 17q21.31 microdeletion and microduplication syndromes, we generated three mouse models: 1) the deletion (Del/+); or 2) the reciprocal duplication (Dup/+) of the 17q21...
July 13, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702509/loss-of-function-variants-of-scn8a-in-intellectual-disability-without-seizures
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Jacy L Wagnon, Bryan S Barker, Matteo Ottolini, Young Park, Alicia Volkheimer, Purnima Valdez, Marielle E M Swinkels, Manoj K Patel, Miriam H Meisler
OBJECTIVE: To determine the functional effect of SCN8A missense mutations in 2 children with intellectual disability and developmental delay but no seizures. METHODS: Genomic DNA was analyzed by next-generation sequencing. SCN8A variants were introduced into the Nav1.6 complementary DNA by site-directed mutagenesis. Channel activity was measured electrophysiologically in transfected ND7/23 cells. The stability of the mutant channels was assessed by Western blot...
August 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701080/neurocognitive-outcomes-in-children-with-unilateral-basal-ganglia-arterial-ischemic-stroke-and-secondary-hemidystonia
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Robyn Westmacott, Kyla P McDonald, Gabrielle deVeber, Daune MacGregor, Mahendranath Moharir, Nomazulu Dlamini, Rand Askalan, Tricia S Williams
Dystonia is a movement disorder that involves excessive, involuntary muscle contractions resulting in repetitive movements and/or abnormal posturing. One common cause of unilateral dystonia in childhood is ischemic stroke involving the basal ganglia and/or thalamus. Virtually nothing is known about neuropsychological outcomes in children who have dystonia following basal ganglia stroke. The present study explored whether or not children with secondary dystonia experience additional cognitive challenges when compared to children with similar patterns of brain injury, but no dystonia...
July 12, 2017: Child Neuropsychology: a Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700807/association-of-antidepressant-medication-use-during-pregnancy-with-intellectual-disability-in-offspring
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Alexander Viktorin, Rudolf Uher, Alexander Kolevzon, Abraham Reichenberg, Stephen Z Levine, Sven Sandin
Importance: Maternal antidepressant medication use during pregnancy has previously been associated with adverse outcomes in offspring, but to our knowledge, the association with intellectual disability (ID) has not been investigated. Objectives: To examine the association of maternal antidepressant medication use during pregnancy with ID in offspring and investigate the importance of parental mental illness for such an association. Design, Setting, and Participants: A population-based cohort study of 179 007 children born from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2007, with complete parental information from national registers who were followed up from birth throughout 2014...
July 12, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700181/-hyperuricemia-and-gene-mutations-a-case-report
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Fabio Tattoli, Daniela Falconi, Ornella De Prisco, Gherzi Maurizio, Federico Marazzi, Marita Marengo, Ilaria Serra, Michela Tamagnone, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Barbara Pasini, Marco Formica
Hyperuricemia is frequently found in nephrology. The case presented may be useful to clarify some pathogenetic aspects. It is a patient of 18 years, hyperuricaemic. Non-consanguineous parents, hyperuricemia in the paternal line, not neuropsychiatric disorders in the family. Delay in neuromotor acquisitions, average intellectual disabilities, anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality traits. Normal renal function and renal ultrasound. Evidence of hyperuricemia in 2015. Never gouty episodes and / or lithiasis, initiated allopurinol 100 mg on alternate days, with no side effects, urea in the control range, slightly below normal uricuria...
June 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
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