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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203608/modeling-fragile-x-syndrome-in-neurogenesis-an-unexpected-phenotype-and-a-novel-tool-for-future-therapies
#1
Barbara Bardoni, Maria Capovilla, Enzo Lalli
FMRP is an RNA-binding protein involved in synaptic translation. Its absence causes a form of intellectual disability, the Fragile X syndrome (FXS). Small neuroanatomical abnormalities, present both in human and mouse FMRP-deficient brains, suggest a subtle critical role of this protein in neurogenesis. Stable depletion of FMRP has been obtained in a mouse embryonic stem cell line Fmr1 (shFmr1 ES) that does not display morphological alterations, but an abnormal expression of a subset of genes mainly involved in neuronal differentiation and maturation...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193118/validation-of-polymerase-chain-reaction-based-assay-to-detect-actual-number-of-cgg-repeats-in-fmr1-gene-in-indian-fragile-x-syndrome-patients
#2
Madhumita Roy Chowdhury, Sandeepa Chauhan, Anjali Dabral, B K Thelma, Neerja Gupta, Madhulika Kabra
Molecular genetic testing for fragile X (FX) is complicated due to the large variation in the size of CGG expansion. The aim of this study was to apply this new technique using AmplideX FMR1 PCR assay, which is considered a better diagnostic tool for detecting expanded alleles in Indian population. The primary objective was to identify the carrier status of females and to correlate the instability of premutation alleles in females with the repeat sizes. 24 children with FX based on rapid PCR and 29 female relatives of these patients were included...
March 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176767/intragenic-fmr1-disease-causing-variants-a-significant-mutational-mechanism-leading-to-fragile-x-syndrome
#3
Angélique Quartier, Hélène Poquet, Brigitte Gilbert-Dussardier, Massimiliano Rossi, Anne-Sophie Casteleyn, Vincent des Portes, Claire Feger, Elsa Nourisson, Paul Kuentz, Claire Redin, Julien Thevenon, Anne-Laure Mosca-Boidron, Patrick Callier, Jean Muller, Gaetan Lesca, Frédéric Huet, Véronique Geoffroy, Salima El Chehadeh, Matthieu Jung, Benoit Trojak, Stéphanie Le Gras, Daphné Lehalle, Bernard Jost, Stéphanie Maury, Alice Masurel, Patrick Edery, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Bénédicte Gérard, Jean-Louis Mandel, Laurence Faivre, Amélie Piton
Fragile-X syndrome (FXS) is a frequent genetic form of intellectual disability (ID). The main recurrent mutagenic mechanism causing FXS is the expansion of a CGG repeat sequence in the 5'-UTR of the FMR1 gene, therefore, routinely tested in ID patients. We report here three FMR1 intragenic pathogenic variants not affecting this sequence, identified using high-throughput sequencing (HTS): a previously reported hemizygous deletion encompassing the last exon of FMR1, too small to be detected by array-CGH and inducing decreased expression of a truncated form of FMRP protein, in three brothers with ID (family 1) and two splice variants in boys with sporadic ID: a de novo variant c...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173181/the-fmr1-promoter-is-selectively-hydroxymethylated-in-primary-neurons-of-fragile-x-syndrome-patients
#4
Rustam Esanov, Nadja S Andrade, Sarah Bennison, Claes Wahlestedt, Zane Zeier
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 15, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139839/a-15-year-long-southern-blotting-analysis-of-fmr1-to-detect-female-carriers-and-for-prenatal-diagnosis-of-fragile-x-syndrome-in-taiwan
#5
Ching-Cherng Tzeng, Li-Ping Tsai, Yin-Kuang Chang, Yi-Ju Hung, Yih-Yuan Chang, Yu-Ping Su, Jeng-Jier Jiang, Hsi-Mi Liang
Here, we review the results of Southern blotting analyses of the FMR1 gene performed in our reference laboratory in Taiwan over a 15-year period. In total, 725 high-risk women with a family history of fragile X syndrome (FXS) or idiopathic intellectual disability, 3,911 low-risk pregnant women without such family history, and prenatal diagnosis data for 32 foetuses from 24 carrier mothers were included. Only two carriers were in the low-risk group, which indicated a prevalence of 1/1,955 women (95% confidence interval: 1/7,156-1/539)...
January 31, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131561/-fragile-x-syndrome-and-white-matter-abnormalities-case-study-of-two-brothers
#6
E Wallach, E Bieth, A Sevely, C Cances
Fragile X syndrome is the most usual cause of hereditary intellectual deficiency. Typical symptoms combine intellectual deficiency, social anxiety, intense emotional vigilance, and a characteristic facial dysmorphy. This is subsequent to a complete mutation of the FMR1 gene, considering a semidominant transmission linked to the unstable X. The expansion of the CGG triplet greater than 200 units combined with a high methylation pattern lead to a transcriptional silence of the FMR1 gene, and the protein product, the FMRP, is not synthesized...
January 25, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077511/altered-connectivity-and-synapse-maturation-of-the-hippocampal-mossy-fiber-pathway-in-a-mouse-model-of-the-fragile-x-syndrome
#7
F Scharkowski, Michael Frotscher, David Lutz, Martin Korte, Kristin Michaelsen-Preusse
The Fragile X syndrome (FXS) as the most common monogenetic cause of cognitive impairment and autism indicates how tightly the dysregulation of synapse development is linked to cognitive deficits. Symptoms of FXS include excessive adherence to patterns that point to compromised hippocampal network formation. Surprisingly, one of the most complex hippocampal synapses connecting the dentate gyrus (DG) to CA3 pyramidal neurons has not been analyzed in FXS yet. Intriguingly, we found altered synaptic function between DG and CA3 in a mouse model of FXS (fmr1 knockout [KO]) demonstrated by increased mossy fiber-dependent miniature excitatory postsynaptic current (mEPSC) frequency at CA3 pyramidal neurons together with increased connectivity between granule cells and CA3 neurons...
January 10, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065649/translation-of-expanded-cgg-repeats-into-fmrpolyg-is-pathogenic-and-may-contribute-to-fragile-x-tremor-ataxia-syndrome
#8
Chantal Sellier, Ronald A M Buijsen, Fang He, Sam Natla, Laura Jung, Philippe Tropel, Angeline Gaucherot, Hugues Jacobs, Hamid Meziane, Alexandre Vincent, Marie-France Champy, Tania Sorg, Guillaume Pavlovic, Marie Wattenhofer-Donze, Marie-Christine Birling, Mustapha Oulad-Abdelghani, Pascal Eberling, Frank Ruffenach, Mathilde Joint, Mathieu Anheim, Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno, Flora Tassone, Rob Willemsen, Renate K Hukema, Stéphane Viville, Cecile Martinat, Peter K Todd, Nicolas Charlet-Berguerand
Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by a limited expansion of CGG repeats in the 5' UTR of FMR1. Two mechanisms are proposed to cause FXTAS: RNA gain-of-function, where CGG RNA sequesters specific proteins, and translation of CGG repeats into a polyglycine-containing protein, FMRpolyG. Here we developed transgenic mice expressing CGG repeat RNA with or without FMRpolyG. Expression of FMRpolyG is pathogenic, while the sole expression of CGG RNA is not...
January 18, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025327/fmrp-dependent-mdm2-dephosphorylation-is-required-for-mef2-induced-synapse-elimination
#9
Nien-Pei Tsai, Julia R Wilkerson, Weirui Guo, Kimberly M Huber
The Myocyte Enhancer Factor 2 (MEF2) transcription factors suppress an excitatory synapse number by promoting degradation of the synaptic scaffold protein, postsynaptic density protein 95 (PSD-95), a process that is deficient in the mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome, Fmr1 KO. How MEF2 activation results in PSD-95 degradation and why this is defective in Fmr1 KO neurons is unknown. Here we report that MEF2 induces a Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A)-mediated dephosphorylation of murine double minute-2 (Mdm2), the ubiquitin E3 ligase for PSD-95, which results in nuclear export and synaptic accumulation of Mdm2 as well as PSD-95 degradation and synapse elimination...
December 26, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018172/app-causes-hyperexcitability-in-fragile-x-mice
#10
Cara J Westmark, Shih-Chieh Chuang, Seth A Hays, Mikolaj J Filon, Brian C Ray, Pamela R Westmark, Jay R Gibson, Kimberly M Huber, Robert K S Wong
Amyloid-beta protein precursor (APP) and metabolite levels are altered in fragile X syndrome (FXS) patients and in the mouse model of the disorder, Fmr1(KO) mice. Normalization of APP levels in Fmr1(KO) mice (Fmr1(KO) /APP(HET) mice) rescues many disease phenotypes. Thus, APP is a potential biomarker as well as therapeutic target for FXS. Hyperexcitability is a key phenotype of FXS. Herein, we determine the effects of APP levels on hyperexcitability in Fmr1(KO) brain slices. Fmr1(KO) /APP(HET) slices exhibit complete rescue of UP states in a neocortical hyperexcitability model and reduced duration of ictal discharges in a CA3 hippocampal model...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012946/impaired-gabaergic-inhibition-in-the-hippocampus-of-fmr1-knockout-mice
#11
Victor Sabanov, Sien Braat, Laura D'Andrea, Rob Willemsen, Shimriet Zeidler, Liesbeth Rooms, Claudia Bagni, R Frank Kooy, Detlef Balschun
Many clinical and molecular features of the fragile X syndrome, a common form of intellectual disability and autism, can be modeled by deletion of the Fmr1 protein (Fmrp) in mice. Previous studies showed a decreased expression of several components of the GABAergic system in Fmr1 knockout mice. Here, we used this mouse model to investigate the functional consequences of Fmrp deletion on hippocampal GABAergic inhibition in the CA1-region of the hippocampus. Whole-cell patch-clamp recordings demonstrated a significantly reduced amplitude of evoked inhibitory postsynaptic currents (eIPSCs) and a decrease in the amplitude and frequency of spontaneous IPSCs...
December 21, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005950/cgg-repeats-in-the-5-utr-of-fmr1-rna-regulate-translation-of-other-rnas-localized-in-the-same-rna-granules
#12
René Rovozzo, George Korza, Mei W Baker, Meng Li, Anita Bhattacharyya, Elisa Barbarese, John H Carson
CGG repeats in the 5'UTR of Fragile X Mental Retardation 1 (FMR1) RNA mediate RNA localization and translation in granules. Large expansions of CGG repeats (> 200 repeats) in FMR1, referred to as full mutations, are associated with fragile X syndrome (FXS). Smaller expansions (55-200 repeats), referred to as premutations, are associated with fragile X tremor ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) and fragile X premature ovarian insufficiency (FXPOI). TMPyP4 is a porphyrin ring compound that destabilizes CGG repeat RNA secondary structure...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995424/fragile-x-premutation-in-women-recognizing-the-health-challenges-beyond-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
#13
REVIEW
Luis R Hoyos, Mili Thakur
Fragile X premutation carriers have 55-200 CGG repeats in the 5' untranslated region of the FMR1 gene. Women with this premutation face many physical and emotional challenges in their life. Approximately 20% of these women will develop fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency (FXPOI). In addition, they suffer from increased rates of menstrual dysfunction, diminished ovarian reserve, reduction in age of menopause, infertility, dizygotic twinning, and risk of having an offspring with a premutation or full mutation...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984619/-tri-primer-florescence-pcr-sanger-sequencing-method-for-screening-of-full-and-pre-mutations-of-fmr1-gene
#14
Sha Sha, Xue He, Dongya Yuan, Jianfang Zhang, Longli Kang
OBJECTIVE: To screen for CGG repeats in the FMR1 gene among patients with fragile X syndrome and carriers of pre-mutations. METHODS: Potential full and pre-mutations of the FMR1 gene were detected with a Tri-primer-florescence PCR-Sanger sequencing method. The results were validated with positive and negative controls. RESULTS: All positive and negative controls were confirmed. A male patient was found to have > 200 CGG repeats (full mutation)...
December 10, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983607/study-of-the-genetic-etiology-of-primary-ovarian-insufficiency-fmr1-gene
#15
REVIEW
Maitane Barasoain, Gorka Barrenetxea, Iratxe Huerta, Mercedes Télez, Begoña Criado, Isabel Arrieta
Menopause is a period of women's life characterized by the cessation of menses in a definitive way. The mean age for menopause is approximately 51 years. Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) refers to ovarian dysfunction defined as irregular menses and elevated gonadotrophin levels before or at the age of 40 years. The etiology of POI is unknown but several genes have been reported as being of significance. The fragile X mental retardation 1 gene (FMR1) is one of the most important genes associated with POI...
December 13, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959330/brain-structure-and-intragenic-dna-methylation-are-correlated-and-predict-executive-dysfunction-in-fragile-x-premutation-females
#16
A L Shelton, K M Cornish, S Kolbe, M Clough, H R Slater, X Li, C M Kraan, Q M Bui, D E Godler, J Fielding
DNA methylation of the Fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) exon 1/intron 1 boundary has been associated with executive dysfunction in female carriers of a FMR1 premutation (PM: 55-199 CGG repeats), whereas neuroanatomical changes have been associated with executive dysfunction in PM males. To our knowledge, this study for the first time examined the inter-relationships between executive function, neuroanatomical structure and molecular measures (DNA methylation and FMR1 mRNA levels in blood) in PM and control (<44 CGG repeats) females...
December 13, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941672/detection-and-quantification-of-the-fragile-x-mental-retardation-protein-1-fmrp
#17
REVIEW
Giuseppe LaFauci, Tatyana Adayev, Richard Kascsak, W Ted Brown
The final product of FMR1 gene transcription, Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein 1 (FMRP), is an RNA binding protein that acts as a repressor of translation. FMRP is expressed in several tissues and plays important roles in neurogenesis, synaptic plasticity, and ovarian functions and has been implicated in a number of neuropsychological disorders. The loss of FMRP causes Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). In most cases, FXS is due to large expansions of a CGG repeat in FMR1-normally containing 6-54 repeats-to over 200 CGGs and identified as full mutation (FM)...
December 9, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939692/behavioral-effects-of-chronic-stress-in-the-fmr1-mouse-model-for-fragile-x-syndrome
#18
Valerie Lemaire-Mayo, Enejda Subashi, Nadia Henkous, Daniel Beracochea, Susanna Pietropaolo
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is a pervasive developmental disorder due to a mutation in the FMR1 X-linked gene. Despite its clear genetic cause, the expression of FXS symptoms is known to be modulated by environmental factors, including stress. Furthermore, several studies have shown disturbances in stress regulatory systems in FXS patients and Fmr1 mice. These studies have mostly focused on the hormonal responses to stress, using the acute exposure to a single type of stressor. Hence, little is known about the behavioral effects of stress in FXS, and the importance of the nature of the stressing procedure, especially in the context of a repeated exposure that more closely resembles real life conditions...
December 6, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916885/development-of-genetic-testing-for-fragile-x-syndrome-and-associated-disorders-and-estimates-of-the-prevalence-of-fmr1-expansion-mutations
#19
REVIEW
James N Macpherson, Anna Murray
The identification of a trinucleotide (CGG) expansion as the chief mechanism of mutation in Fragile X syndrome in 1991 heralded a new chapter in molecular diagnostic genetics and generated a new perspective on mutational mechanisms in human genetic disease, which rapidly became a central paradigm ("dynamic mutation") as more and more of the common hereditary neurodevelopmental disorders were ascribed to this novel class of mutation. The progressive expansion of a CGG repeat in the FMR1 gene from "premutation" to "full mutation" provided an explanation for the "Sherman paradox," just as similar expansion mechanisms in other genes explained the phenomenon of "anticipation" in their pathogenesis...
November 30, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916452/the-normal-range-of-fmr1-triple-cgg-repeats-may-be-associated-with-primary-ovarian-insufficiency-in-china
#20
Cui-Ling Lu, Rong Li, Xin-Na Chen, Yang-Ying Xu, Li-Ying Yan, Jie Yan, Yao-Yao Zhang, Hong-Yan Jin, Wen-Xin Zhang, Jie Qiao, Xiu-Mei Zhen
The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between normal Fragile X mental retardation gene 1 (FMR1) CGG repeat numbers and primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) occurrence or subsequent resumption of ovarian function. A total of 122 women with POI and 105 controls were followed up and analysed in our centre. The prevalence of premutation and intermediate range of FMR1 CGG repeats in Han Chinese women with POI was only 0.81% (1/122) and 1.64% (2/122), respectively. The risk of POI occurrence for less than 26 CGG repeats and 29 or more CGG repeats in allele1 (smaller allele) was significantly higher than that for 26-28 CGG repeats (odds ratio 13...
February 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
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