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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
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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
#2
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 4, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025327/fmrp-dependent-mdm2-dephosphorylation-is-required-for-mef2-induced-synapse-elimination
#3
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
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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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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...
November 15, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914629/cytoplasmic-fmr1-interacting-protein-2-is-a-major-genetic-factor-underlying-binge-eating
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Stacey L Kirkpatrick, Lisa R Goldberg, Neema Yazdani, R Keith Babbs, Jiayi Wu, Eric R Reed, David F Jenkins, Amanda F Bolgioni, Kelsey I Landaverde, Kimberly P Luttik, Karen S Mitchell, Vivek Kumar, W Evan Johnson, Megan K Mulligan, Pietro Cottone, Camron D Bryant
BACKGROUND: Eating disorders are lethal and heritable; however, the underlying genetic factors are unknown. Binge eating is a highly heritable trait associated with eating disorders that is comorbid with mood and substance use disorders. Therefore, understanding its genetic basis will inform therapeutic development that could improve several comorbid neuropsychiatric conditions. METHODS: We assessed binge eating in closely related C57BL/6 mouse substrains and in an F2 cross to identify quantitative trait loci associated with binge eating...
October 25, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904820/the-neurobiology-of-the-prader-willi-phenotype-of-fragile-x-syndrome
#16
REVIEW
Zukhrofi Muzar, Reymundo Lozano, Alexander Kolevzon, Randi J Hagerman
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common inherited cause of intellectual disability and autism, caused by a CGG expansion to greater than 200 repeats in the promoter region of FMR1 on the bottom of the X chromosome. A subgroup of individuals with FXS experience hyperphagia, lack of satiation after meals and severe obesity, this subgroup is referred to have the Prader-Willi phenotype of FXS. Prader-Willi syndrome is one of the most common genetic severe obesity disorders known and it is caused by the lack of the paternal 15q11-13 region...
November 2016: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902989/plasma-levels-of-leptin-and-adiponectin-in-fragile-x-syndrome
#17
Małgorzata Zofia Lisik, Ewa Gutmajster, Aleksander L Sieroń
: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common form of familial mental retardation and one of the leading known causes of autism. The mutation responsible for FXS is a large expansion of the CGG repeats in the promoter region of the FMR1 gene, resulting in the transcriptional silencing of the gene. Leptin may be considered a cytokine-like hormone with pleiotropic actions since it may be involved in the regulation of neuroendocrine functions and the immune system response, in addition to playing a role in development...
December 1, 2016: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883256/detecting-agg-interruptions-in-male-and-female-fmr1-premutation-carriers-by-single-molecule-sequencing
#18
Simon Ardui, Valerie Race, Alena Zablotskaya, Matthew S Hestand, Hilde Van Esch, Koenraad Devriendt, Gert Matthijs, Joris R Vermeesch
The FMR1 gene contains an unstable CGG repeat in its 5' untranslated region. Premutation alleles range between 55 and 200 repeat units and confer a risk for developing fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome or fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency. Furthermore, the premutation allele often expands to a full mutation during female germline transmission giving rise to the fragile X syndrome. The risk for a premutation to expand depends mainly on the number of CGG units and the presence of AGG interruptions in the CGG repeat...
November 24, 2016: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881780/negative-allosteric-modulation-of-mglur5-partially-corrects-pathophysiology-in-a-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome
#19
Jifang Tao, Hao Wu, Amanda A Coronado, Elizabeth de Laittre, Emily K Osterweil, Yi Zhang, Mark F Bear
: Rett syndrome (RTT) is caused by mutations in the gene encoding methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2), an epigenetic regulator of mRNA transcription. Here, we report a test of the hypothesis of shared pathophysiology of RTT and fragile X, another monogenic cause of autism and intellectual disability. In fragile X, the loss of the mRNA translational repressor FMRP leads to exaggerated protein synthesis downstream of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5). We found that mGluR5- and protein-synthesis-dependent synaptic plasticity were similarly altered in area CA1 of Mecp2 KO mice...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876427/fmr1-premutation-not-only-important-in-premature-ovarian-failure-but-also-in-diminished-ovarian-reserve
#20
Ali Eslami, Kamelia Farahmand, Mehdi Totonchi, Tahereh Madani, Ummulbanin Asadpour, Shabnam Zari Moradi, Hamid Gourabi, Anahita Mohseni-Meybodi
It is recognized that FMR1 premutation expansions are associated with premature ovarian failure (POF), but their role in diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) is not clearly established. Moreover, the impact of smaller repeats at the boundary of premutation and normal is less clear. Therefore, we have compared the frequency of these intermediate (45-54 repeats) and premutation (>55) sized FMR1 CGG repeats among a patients group including 188 DOR and 173 POF women and 200 controls. FSH and LH concentrations were also compared between intermediate and premutation ranges in patients...
November 23, 2016: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
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