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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813484/d-cycloserine-improves-synaptic-transmission-in-an-animal-mode-of-rett-syndrome
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Elisa S Na, Héctor De Jesús-Cortés, Arlene Martinez-Rivera, Zeeba D Kabir, Jieqi Wang, Vijayashree Ramesh, Yasemin Onder, Anjali M Rajadhyaksha, Lisa M Monteggia, Andrew A Pieper
Rett syndrome (RTT), a leading cause of intellectual disability in girls, is predominantly caused by mutations in the X-linked gene MECP2. Disruption of Mecp2 in mice recapitulates major features of RTT, including neurobehavioral abnormalities, which can be reversed by re-expression of normal Mecp2. Thus, there is reason to believe that RTT could be amenable to therapeutic intervention throughout the lifespan of patients after the onset of symptoms. A common feature underlying neuropsychiatric disorders, including RTT, is altered synaptic function in the brain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812061/behavioral-comorbidities-and-drug-treatments-in-a-zebrafish-scn1lab-model-of-dravet-syndrome
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Brian P Grone, Tiange Qu, Scott C Baraban
Loss-of-function mutations in SCN1A cause Dravet syndrome (DS), a catastrophic childhood epilepsy in which patients experience comorbid behavioral conditions, including movement disorders, sleep abnormalities, anxiety, and intellectual disability. To study the functional consequences of voltage-gated sodium channel mutations, we use zebrafish with a loss-of-function mutation in scn1lab, a zebrafish homolog of human SCN1A. Homozygous scn1lab(s552/s552) mutants exhibit early-life seizures, metabolic deficits, and early death...
July 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811646/pafah1b1-haploinsufficiency-disrupts-gaba-neurons-and-synaptic-e-i-balance-in-the-dentate-gyrus
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Matthew T Dinday, Kelly M Girskis, Sunyoung Lee, Scott C Baraban, Robert F Hunt
Hemizygous mutations in the human gene encoding platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase IB subunit alpha (Pafah1b1), also called Lissencephaly-1, can cause classical lissencephaly, a severe malformation of cortical development. Children with this disorder suffer from deficits in neuronal migration, severe intellectual disability, intractable epilepsy and early death. While many of these features can be reproduced in Pafah1b1(+/-) mice, the impact of Pafah1b1(+/-) on the function of individual subpopulations of neurons and ultimately brain circuits is largely unknown...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808237/coding-and-small-non-coding-transcriptional-landscape-of-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-cortical-tubers-implications-for-pathophysiology-and-treatment
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James D Mills, Anand M Iyer, Jackelien van Scheppingen, Anika Bongaarts, Jasper J Anink, Bart Janssen, Till S Zimmer, Wim G Spliet, Peter C van Rijen, Floor E Jansen, Martha Feucht, Johannes A Hainfellner, Pavel Krsek, Josef Zamecnik, Katarzyna Kotulska, Sergiusz Jozwiak, Anna Jansen, Lieven Lagae, Paolo Curatolo, David J Kwiatkowski, R Jeroen Pasterkamp, Ketharini Senthilkumar, Lars von Oerthel, Marco F Hoekman, Jan A Gorter, Peter B Crino, Angelika Mühlebner, Brendon P Scicluna, Eleonora Aronica
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a rare genetic disorder that results from a mutation in the TSC1 or TSC2 genes leading to constitutive activation of the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1). TSC is associated with autism, intellectual disability and severe epilepsy. Cortical tubers are believed to represent the neuropathological substrates of these disabling manifestations in TSC. In the presented study we used high-throughput RNA sequencing in combination with systems-based computational approaches to investigate the complexity of the TSC molecular network...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808084/glycopyrronium-for-severe-drooling-in-children
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Drooling of saliva is common in children with physical, intellectual and learning disability, and with poor neuromuscular coordination and oral control.(1) It can cause skin breakdown, damage to clothes and equipment and psychosocial problems for the child and family. For many years, glycopyrronium has been prescribed off-label using the injection solution given orally or tablets crushed and suspended in water, or as unlicensed products that were imported or manufactured as pharmaceutical specials.(2,3) In January 2017, a glycopyrronium oral solution (Sialanar-Proveca Limited) became available in the UK as the first licensed product for the treatment of severe drooling (sialorrhoea) in children and adolescents aged 3 years and older with chronic neurological disorders...
August 2017: Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807867/impairment-of-different-protein-domains-causes-variable-clinical-presentation-within-pitt-hopkins-syndrome-and-suggests-intragenic-molecular-syndromology-of-tcf4
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Maria Francesca Bedeschi, Giuseppe Marangi, Maria Rosaria Calvello, Stefania Ricciardi, Francesca Pia Chiara Leone, Marco Baccarin, Silvana Guerneri, Daniela Orteschi, Marina Murdolo, Serena Lattante, Silvia Frangella, Beth Keena, Margaret H Harr, Elaine Zackai, Marcella Zollino
Pitt-Hopkins syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by severe intellectual disability and a distinctive facial gestalt. It is caused by haploinsufficiency of the TCF4 gene. The TCF4 protein has different functional domains, with the NLS (nuclear localization signal) domain coded by exons 7-8 and the bHLH (basic Helix-Loop-Helix) domain coded by exon 18. Several alternatively spliced TCF4 variants have been described, allowing for translation of variable protein isoforms. Typical PTHS patients have impairment of at least the bHLH domain...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807811/clinical-validation-of-a-genome-wide-dna-methylation-assay-for-molecular-diagnosis-of-imprinting-disorders
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Erfan Aref-Eshghi, Laila C Schenkel, Hanxin Lin, Cindy Skinner, Peter Ainsworth, Guillaume Paré, Victoria Siu, David Rodenhiser, Charles Schwartz, Bekim Sadikovic
Genomic imprinting involves a DNA methylation-dependent and parent-of-origin-specific regulation of gene expression. Clinical assays for imprinting disorders are genomic locus-, disorder-, and molecular defect-specific. We aimed to clinically validate a genome-wide approach for simultaneous testing of common imprinting disorders in a single assay. Using genome-wide DNA methylation arrays, epigenetic profiles from peripheral blood of patients with Angelman, Prader-Willi, Beckwith-Wiedemann, and Silver-Russell syndrome were compared to a reference cohort of 361 unaffected individuals...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807762/diagnostic-exome-sequencing-identifies-a-heterozygous-mbd5-frameshift-mutation-in-a-family-with-intellectual-disability-and-epilepsy
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Ji Yoon Han, In Goo Lee, Woori Jang, Myungshin Kim, Yonggoo Kim, Ja Hyun Jang, Joonhong Park
Methyl-CpG-binding domain 5 (MBD5)-associated neurodevelopmental disorder caused by 2q23.1 or MBD5-specific mutation has been recently identified as a genetic disorder associated with autism spectrum disorders. Phenotypic features of 2q23.1 deletion or disruption of MBD5 gene include severe intellectual disability, seizure, significant speech impairment, sleep disturbance, and autistic-like behavioural problems. Here we report a 7-year-old girl with intellectual disability and epilepsy without previous clinical diagnosis...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807341/ultrastructural-examination-of-skin-biopsies-may-assist-in-diagnosing-mitochondrial-cytopathy-when-muscle-biopsies-yield-negative-results
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John L McAfee, Christine B Warren, Richard A Prayson
Ultrastructural evaluation of skin biopsies has been utilized for diagnosis of mitochondrial disease. This study investigates how frequently skin biopsies reveal mitochondrial abnormalities, correlates skin and muscle biopsy findings, and describes clinical diagnoses rendered following the evaluation. A retrospective review of surgical pathology reports from 1990 to 2015 identified skin biopsies examined by electron microscopy for suspected metabolic disease. A total of 630 biopsies were included from 615 patients...
August 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807008/phenotypic-and-molecular-characterisation-of-cdk13-related-congenital-heart-defects-dysmorphic-facial-features-and-intellectual-developmental-disorders
#10
Bret L Bostwick, Scott McLean, Jennifer E Posey, Haley E Streff, Karen W Gripp, Alyssa Blesson, Nina Powell-Hamilton, Jessica Tusi, David A Stevenson, Ellyn Farrelly, Louanne Hudgins, Yaping Yang, Fan Xia, Xia Wang, Pengfei Liu, Magdalena Walkiewicz, Marianne McGuire, Dorothy K Grange, Marisa V Andrews, Marybeth Hummel, Suneeta Madan-Khetarpal, Elena Infante, Zeynep Coban-Akdemir, Karol Miszalski-Jamka, John L Jefferies, Jill A Rosenfeld, Lisa Emrick, Kimberly M Nugent, James R Lupski, John W Belmont, Brendan Lee, Seema R Lalani
BACKGROUND: De novo missense variants in CDK13 have been described as the cause of syndromic congenital heart defects in seven individuals ascertained from a large congenital cardiovascular malformations cohort. We aimed to further define the phenotypic and molecular spectrum of this newly described disorder. METHODS: To minimise ascertainment bias, we recruited nine additional individuals with CDK13 pathogenic variants from clinical and research exome laboratory sequencing cohorts...
August 14, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805445/prevalence-and-predictors-of-learning-and-psychological-diagnoses-following-pediatric-arterial-ischemic-stroke
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Tricia S Williams, Kyla P McDonald, Samantha D Roberts, Nomazulu Dlamini, Gabrielle deVeber, Robyn Westmacott
This study examined the prevalence of learning and psychological diagnoses and associated neurological and personal-environmental risk factors following perinatal and childhood arterial ischemic stroke. In our sample of 126 children and youth, 52.4% received a diagnosis following their assessment. Specifically, 32% had a single diagnosis and 21% had two or more diagnoses. Learning disability, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, and intellectual disability were the most prevalent diagnoses. Associated risk factors varied by diagnosis with lower intellectual functioning being the common risk factor across categories...
August 14, 2017: Developmental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803918/modeling-of-trex1-dependent-autoimmune-disease-using-human-stem-cells-highlights-l1-accumulation-as-a-source-of-neuroinflammation
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Charles A Thomas, Leon Tejwani, Cleber A Trujillo, Priscilla D Negraes, Roberto H Herai, Pinar Mesci, Angela Macia, Yanick J Crow, Alysson R Muotri
Three-prime repair exonuclease 1 (TREX1) is an anti-viral enzyme that cleaves nucleic acids in the cytosol, preventing accumulation and a subsequent type I interferon-associated inflammatory response. Autoimmune diseases, including Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS) and systemic lupus erythematosus, can arise when TREX1 function is compromised. AGS is a neuroinflammatory disorder with severe and persistent intellectual and physical problems. Here we generated a human AGS model that recapitulates disease-relevant phenotypes using pluripotent stem cells lacking TREX1...
August 2, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803755/communicating-complex-genomic-information-a-counselling-approach-derived-from-research-experience-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Ny Hoang, Cheryl Cytrynbaum, Stephen W Scherer
Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) share characteristics (impairments in socialization and communication, and repetitive interests and behaviour), but differ in their developmental course, pattern of symptoms, and cognitive and language abilities. The development of standardized phenotyping has revealed ASD to clinically be vastly heterogeneous, ranging from milder presentations to more severe forms associated with profound intellectual disability. Some 100 genes have now been implicated in the etiology of ASD, and advances in genome-wide testing continue to yield new data at an unprecedented rate...
July 29, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803024/a-comparison-of-splicing-assays-to-detect-an-intronic-variant-of-the-ocrl-gene-in-lowe-syndrome
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Keita Nakanishi, Kandai Nozu, Ryugo Hiramoto, Shogo Minamikawa, Tomohiko Yamamura, Junya Fujimura, Tomoko Horinouchi, Takeshi Ninchoji, Hiroshi Kaito, Naoya Morisada, Shingo Ishimori, Koichi Nakanishi, Ichiro Morioka, Hiroyuki Awano, Masafumi Matsuo, Kazumoto Iijima
Lowe syndrome is an X-linked inherited disorder diagnosed by congenital cataracts, intellectual impairment, and renal tubular dysfunction. It is caused by pathogenic variants of the oculocerebrorenal syndrome of Lowe gene (OCRL), of which more than 250 have been reported so far. Around 30 of these variants are intronic nucleotide changes; however, to show the pathogenicity of these variants is usually laborious. In this report, we conducted genetic testing of a patient clinically diagnosed with Lowe syndrome to detect the presence of OCRL variants...
August 9, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798710/convergent-evaluation-of-working-memory-and-arithmetic-ability-in-a-child-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-without-intellectual-impairment
#15
Sandra Pellizzoni, Maria C Passolunghi
Studies focusing on a joint evaluation of both Working Memory (WM) and Math Ability (MA) in autism are far from abundant in literature, possibly due to inadequate methodological approaches and reported inconsistencies between results obtained in each separate field of research, resulting in contradictory conclusions. The specific aim of this case report is therefore evaluating and integrating results on these two cognitive abilities in a child with autism spectrum disorder without intellectual impairment. Our data on an autistic 10-year-old child (M...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796925/neurological-comorbidity-in-children-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1
#16
Keiko Hirabaru, Muneaki Matsuo
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of central nervous system comorbidities in children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). METHODS: We performed a nationwide survey to investigate neurological comorbidities in 3-15-year-old children with NF1 in Japan by sending questionnaires to pediatricians and pediatric neurologists. A secondary questionnaire was sent to the parents of identified NF1 patients to assess neurological comorbidities including headache, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-Rating Scale (RS), and the Social Responsiveness Scale -2...
August 10, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795253/autonomic-responses-to-head-up-tilt-test-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
#17
Véronique-Aurélie Bricout, Marion Pace, Léa Dumortier, Anne Favre-Juvin, Michel Guinot
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a group of neurodevelopmental disorders often manifested by social and behavioral deficiencies. Autonomic dysfunction is frequently reported in the autistic population but the mechanisms remain largely unknown. We aimed to characterize the cardiac autonomic profile of children with autism during a head-up tilt test. Thirty-nine male children were recruited: 19 controls (9.9 ± 1.6 years) and 20 children with ASD without intellectual disability (10.7 ± 1.2 years). Each child underwent a head-up tilt test on a motorized tilt table...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794916/clinical-variability-in-familial-x-linked-ohdo-syndrome-maat-kievit-brunner-type-with-med12-mutation
#18
Siddaramappa J Patil, Puneeth H Somashekar, Anju Shukla, Satish Siddaiah, Venkatraman Bhat, Katta M Girisha, Pooja N Rao
Ohdo syndrome-Maat-Kievit-Brunner (OSMKB) type is an X-linked recessive disorder, a subtype of blepharophimosis-intellectual disability syndromes caused by mutations in the mediator complex subunit 12 ( MED12 ) gene. Here we report a familial OSMKB type with two affected siblings and mutation in MED12 gene.
September 2017: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794905/further-clinical-delineation-of-the-mef2c-haploinsufficiency-syndrome-report-on-new-cases-and-literature-review-of-severe-neurodevelopmental-disorders-presenting-with-seizures-absent-speech-and-involuntary-movements
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Irena Vrečar, Josie Innes, Elizabeth A Jones, Helen Kingston, William Reardon, Bronwyn Kerr, Jill Clayton-Smith, Sofia Douzgou
Mutations in the MEF2C ( myocyte enhancer factor 2 ) gene have been established as a cause for an intellectual disability syndrome presenting with seizures, absence of speech, stereotypic movements, hypotonia, and limited ambulation. Phenotypic overlap with Rett's and Angelman's syndromes has been noted. Following the first reports of 5q14.3q15 microdeletions encompassing the MEF2C gene, further cases with point mutations and partial gene deletions of the MEF2C gene have been described. We present the clinical phenotype of our cohort of six patients with MEF2C mutations and compare our findings with previously reported patients as well as with a growing number of genetic conditions presenting with a severe neurodevelopmental, Rett-like, phenotype...
September 2017: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794130/mutations-in-scaper-cause-autosomal-recessive-retinitis-pigmentosa-with-intellectual-disability
#20
Yasmin Tatour, Iker Sanchez-Navarro, Elana Chervinsky, Hakon Hakonarson, Haithum Gawi, Saoud Tahsin-Swafiri, Rina Leibu, Maria Isabel Lopez-Molina, Guillermo Fernandez-Sanz, Carmen Ayuso, Tamar Ben-Yosef
BACKGROUND: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the most common form of inherited retinal dystrophy, with a worldwide prevalence of 1 in 4000 persons. While in most cases of RP, the disease is limited to the eye (non-syndromic), over 40 forms of syndromic RP have been described. OBJECTIVES: To identify the genetic basis for syndromic RP in three unrelated families from Israel and Spain. METHODS: Whole exome sequencing was conducted in one Israeli and two Spanish families segregating autosomal recessive RP with intellectual disability...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
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