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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707277/open-label-allopregnanolone-treatment-of-men-with-fragile-x-associated-tremor-ataxia-syndrome
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J Y Wang, A M Trivedi, N R Carrillo, J Yang, A Schneider, C Giulivi, P Adams, F Tassone, K Kim, S M Rivera, N Lubarr, C-Y Wu, R W Irwin, R D Brinton, J M Olichney, M A Rogawski, R J Hagerman
Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is a late-onset neurodegenerative disorder affecting approximately 45% of male and 16% of female carriers of the FMR1 premutation over the age of 50 years. Currently, no effective treatment is available. We performed an open-label intervention study to assess whether allopregnanolone, a neurosteroid promoting regeneration and repair, can improve clinical symptoms, brain activity, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements in patients with FXTAS. Six patients underwent weekly intravenous infusions of allopregnanolone (2-6 mg over 30 min) for 12 weeks...
July 13, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697590/prevalence-of-fragile-x-syndrome-among-children-receiving-special-education-and-carrier-states-in-first-degree-relatives
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B Chandrasekara, S Wijesundera, S S Chong, H N Perera
Introduction: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a genetically determined developmental disorder. Underlying genotype is cytosine-guanine-guanine (CGG) repeat expansions with over 200 repeats in the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene. Children with FXS are most accessible in special education institutions in Sri Lanka, with a total of approximately 6000 registered attendees. Objectives: The aim of the current study was to estimate the prevalence of FXS among special school attendees and to screen first degree relatives of affected children...
June 30, 2017: Ceylon Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697292/fragile-x-associated-disorders-don-t-miss-them
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Rachael C Birch, Jonathan Cohen, Julian N Trollor
BACKGROUND: Fragile X-associated disorders are a family of inherited disorders caused by expansions in the Fragile X Mental Retardation 1 (FMR1) gene. Premutation expansions of the FMR1 gene confer risk for fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency and fragile X-associated tremor ataxia syndrome, as well as other medical and psychiatric comorbidities. Premutation expansions of the FMR1 gene are common in the general population. However, fragile X-associated disorders are frequently under-recognised and often misdiagnosed...
2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689930/long-term-verbal-memory-recall-deficits-in-fragile-x-premutation-females
#4
Annie L Shelton, Kim Cornish, Joanne Fielding
Carriers of a FMR1 premutation allele (between 55 and 199 CGG repeats) are at risk of developing a wide range of medical, psychiatric and cognitive disorders, including executive dysfunction. These cognitive deficits are often less severe for female premutation carriers compared to male premutation carriers, albeit similar in nature. However, it remains unclear whether female premutation carriers who exhibit executive dysfunction also record verbal learning and memory deficits like those of their male counterparts...
July 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688003/increased-training-intensity-induces-proper-membrane-localization-of-actin-remodeling-proteins-in-the-hippocampus-preventing-cognitive-deficits-implications-for-fragile-x-syndrome
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L A Martinez, Maria Victoria Tejada-Simon
Behavioral intervention therapy has proven beneficial in the treatment of autism and intellectual disabilities (ID), raising the possibility of certain changes in molecular mechanisms activated by these interventions that may promote learning. Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by autistic features and intellectual disability and can serve as a model to examine mechanisms that promote learning. FXS results from mutations in the fragile X mental retardation 1 gene (Fmr1) that prevents expression of the Fmr1 protein (FMRP), a messenger RNA (mRNA) translation regulator at synapses...
July 8, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674175/enhanced-excitatory-connectivity-and-disturbed-sound-processing-in-the-auditory-brainstem-of-fragile-x-mice
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Elisabet Garcia-Pino, Nikodemus Gessele, Ursula Koch
Hypersensitivity to sounds is one of the prevalent symptoms in individuals with Fragile X syndrome (FXS). It manifests behaviorally early during development and is often used as a landmark for treatment efficacy. However, the physiological mechanisms and circuit-level alterations underlying this aberrant behavior remain poorly understood. Using the mouse model of FXS (Fmr1 KO) we demonstrate that functional maturation of auditory brainstem synapses is impaired in FXS. Fmr1 KO mice showed a greatly enhanced excitatory synaptic input strength in neurons of the lateral superior olive (LSO), a prominent auditory brainstem nucleus, which integrates ipsilateral excitation and contralateral inhibition to compute interaural level differences (ILDs)...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667565/is-low-fmr1-cgg-repeat-length-in-males-correlated-with-family-history-of-brca-associated-cancers-an-exploratory-analysis-of-medical-records
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Hallee C Adamsheck, Elizabeth M Petty, Jinkuk Hong, Mei W Baker, Murray H Brilliant, Marsha R Mailick
The FMR1 gene has been studied extensively with regard to expansions and premutations, but much less research has focused on potential effects of low CGG repeat length. Previous studies have demonstrated that BRCA1/2 positive women are more likely to have an FMR1 genotype with one low CGG allele, and that women with both FMR1 alleles in the low CGG repeat range are more likely to have had breast cancer compared to women with normal numbers of CGG repeats. However, there has been no research as to whether low CGG repeat length impacts cancer risks in men...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660769/platelets-as-a-surrogate-disease-model-of-neurodevelopmental-disorders-insights-from-fragile-x-syndrome
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David Pellerin, Audrey Lortie, François Corbin
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is the most common inherited form of intellectual disability and the leading monogenic cause of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Despite a large number of therapeutics developed in past years, there is currently no targeted treatment approved for FXS. In fact, translation of the positive and very promising preclinical findings from animal models to human subjects has so far fallen short owing in part to the low predictive validity of the Fmr1 ko mouse, an overly simplistic model of the complex human disease...
June 29, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649315/effects-of-a-social-stimulus-on-gene-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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Tiffany D Rogers, Allison M J Anacker, Travis M Kerr, C Gunnar Forsberg, Jing Wang, Bing Zhang, Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele
BACKGROUND: People with fragile X syndrome (FXS) often have deficits in social behavior, and a substantial portion meet criteria for autism spectrum disorder. Though the genetic cause of FXS is known to be due to the silencing of FMR1, and the Fmr1 null mouse model representing this lesion has been extensively studied, the contributions of this gene and its protein product, FMRP, to social behavior are not well understood. METHODS: Fmr1 null mice and wildtype littermates were exposed to a social or non-social stimulus...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640668/absence-of-the-fragile-x-mental-retardation-protein-results-in-defects-of-rna-editing-of-neuronal-mrnas-in-mouse
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Alice Filippini, Daniela Bonini, Caroline Lacoux, Laura Pacini, Maria Zingariello, Laura Sancillo, Daniela Bosisio, Valentina Salvi, Jessica Mingardi, Luca La Via, Francesca Zalfa, Claudia Bagni, Alessandro Barbon
The fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common form of inherited intellectual disability, is due to the absence of FMRP, a protein regulating RNA metabolism. Recently, an unexpected function of FMRP in modulating the activity of Adenosine Deaminase Acting on RNA (ADAR) enzymes has been reported both in Drosophila and Zebrafish. ADARs are RNA-binding proteins that increase transcriptional complexity through a post-transcriptional mechanism called RNA editing. In order to evaluate the ADAR2-FMRP interaction in mammals we analysed several RNA editing re-coding sites in the fmr1 knockout (KO) mice...
June 22, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621425/epigenetic-mechanism-of-fmr1-inactivation-in-fragile-x-syndrome
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Merav Hecht, Amalia Tabib, Tamar Kahan, Shari Orlanski, Michal Gropp, Yuval Tabach, Ofra Yanuka, Nissim Benvenisty, Ilana Keshet, Howard Cedar
Fragile X syndrome is the most frequent cause of inherited intellectual disability. The primary molecular defect in this disease is the expansion of a CGG repeat in the 5' region of the fragile X mental retardation1 (FMR1) gene, leading to de novo methylation of the promoter and inactivation of this otherwise normal gene, but little is known about how these epigenetic changes occur during development. In order to gain insight into the nature of this process, we have used cell fusion technology to recapitulate the events that occur during early embryogenesis...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617938/fragile-x-syndrome-an-overview-and-update-of-the-fmr1-gene
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REVIEW
Montserrat Mila, Maria Isabel Alvarez-Mora, Irene Madrigal, Laia Rodriguez-Revenga
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and the leading form of the monogenic cause of autism. FMR1 premutation is the first single-gene cause of primary ovarian failure (FXPOI) and one of the most common causes of ataxia (FXTAS), multiple additional phenotypes such as fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, migraine headaches, sleep disturbances, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, central pain syndrome, neuropathy and neuropsychiatric alterations has been described. Clinical involvement in men and women carrying the FMR1 premutation currently constitutes a real health problem in the society that should be taken into account...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616095/acamprosate-in-a-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome-modulation-of-spontaneous-cortical-activity-erk1-2-activation-locomotor-behavior-and-anxiety
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Tori L Schaefer, Matthew H Davenport, Lindsay M Grainger, Chandler K Robinson, Anthony T Earnheart, Melinda S Stegman, Anna L Lang, Amy A Ashworth, Gemma Molinaro, Kimberly M Huber, Craig A Erickson
BACKGROUND: Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) occurs as a result of a silenced fragile X mental retardation 1 gene (FMR1) and subsequent loss of fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) expression. Loss of FMRP alters excitatory/inhibitory signaling balance, leading to increased neuronal hyperexcitability and altered behavior. Acamprosate (the calcium salt of N-acetylhomotaurinate), a drug FDA-approved for relapse prevention in the treatment of alcohol dependence in adults, is a novel agent with multiple mechanisms that may be beneficial for people with FXS...
2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611553/a-female-patient-with-fmr1-premutation-and-mosaic-x-chromosome-aneuploidy-and-two-sons-with-intellectual-disability
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Ekaterina M Galanina, Andrey A Tulupov, Natalya A Lemskaya, Aleksandra M Korostyshevskaya, Yuliya V Maksimova, Asia R Shorina, Andrey A Savelov, Irina G Sergeeva, Evgeniya R Isanova, Irina V Grishchenko, Dmitry V Yudkin
In this report, we describe a molecular cytogenetic study of a family burdened with intellectual disability (ID) and suicide. Our study revealed that the mother has a heterozygous premutation in the FMR1 gene and supernumerary X chromosomes as well as X-derived marker chromosomes. Both of her sons have ID and a normal chromosome number. One of the sons has fragile X syndrome, and the other has ID of an unclear nature.
March 2017: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607173/tactile-defensiveness-and-impaired-adaptation-of-neuronal-activity-in-the-fmr1-knockout-mouse-model-of-autism
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Cynthia X He, Daniel A Cantu, Shilpa S Mantri, William A Zeiger, Anubhuti Goel, Carlos Portera-Cailliau
Sensory hypersensitivity is a common symptom in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), including Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), and frequently leads to tactile defensiveness. In mouse models of ASDs, there is mounting evidence of neuronal and circuit hyperexcitability in several brain regions, which could contribute to sensory hypersensitivity. However, it is not yet known whether or how sensory stimulation might trigger abnormal sensory processing at the circuit level or abnormal behavioral responses in ASD mouse models, especially during an early developmental time when experience-dependent plasticity shapes such circuits...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596820/neural-synchronization-deficits-linked-to-cortical-hyper-excitability-and-auditory-hypersensitivity-in-fragile-x-syndrome
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Lauren E Ethridge, Stormi P White, Matthew W Mosconi, Jun Wang, Ernest V Pedapati, Craig A Erickson, Matthew J Byerly, John A Sweeney
BACKGROUND: Studies in the fmr1 KO mouse demonstrate hyper-excitability and increased high-frequency neuronal activity in sensory cortex. These abnormalities may contribute to prominent and distressing sensory hypersensitivities in patients with fragile X syndrome (FXS). The current study investigated functional properties of auditory cortex using a sensory entrainment task in FXS. METHODS: EEG recordings were obtained from 17 adolescents and adults with FXS and 17 age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590057/behavioral-abnormalities-in-the-fmr1-ko2-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome-the-relevance-of-early-life-phases
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Julie Gaudissard, Melanie Ginger, Marika Premoli, Maurizio Memo, Andreas Frick, Susanna Pietropaolo
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a developmental disorder caused by a mutation in the X-linked FMR1 gene, coding for the FMRP protein which is largely involved in synaptic function. FXS patients present several behavioral abnormalities, including hyperactivity, anxiety, sensory hyper-responsiveness, and cognitive deficits. Autistic symptoms, e.g., altered social interaction and communication, are also often observed: FXS is indeed the most common monogenic cause of autism. Mouse models of FXS are therefore of great interest for research on both FXS and autistic pathologies...
June 7, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584888/autism-spectrum-disorder-neuropathology-and-animal-models
#18
REVIEW
Merina Varghese, Neha Keshav, Sarah Jacot-Descombes, Tahia Warda, Bridget Wicinski, Dara L Dickstein, Hala Harony-Nicolas, Silvia De Rubeis, Elodie Drapeau, Joseph D Buxbaum, Patrick R Hof
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has a major impact on the development and social integration of affected individuals and is the most heritable of psychiatric disorders. An increase in the incidence of ASD cases has prompted a surge in research efforts on the underlying neuropathologic processes. We present an overview of current findings in neuropathology studies of ASD using two investigational approaches, postmortem human brains and ASD animal models, and discuss the overlap, limitations, and significance of each...
June 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572606/automated-screening-for-fragile-x-premutation-carriers-based-on-linguistic-and-cognitive-computational-phenotypes
#19
Arezoo Movaghar, Marsha Mailick, Audra Sterling, Jan Greenberg, Krishanu Saha
Millions of people globally are at high risk for neurodegenerative disorders, infertility or having children with a disability as a result of the Fragile X (FX) premutation, a genetic abnormality in FMR1 that is underdiagnosed. Despite the high prevalence of the FX premutation and its effect on public health and family planning, most FX premutation carriers are unaware of their condition. Since genetic testing for the premutation is resource intensive, it is not practical to screen individuals for FX premutation status using genetic testing...
June 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552599/spectral-and-temporal-properties-of-calls-reveal-deficits-in-ultrasonic-vocalizations-of-adult-fmr1-knockout-mice
#20
Samantha L Hodges, Suzanne O Nolan, Conner D Reynolds, Joaquin N Lugo
The Fmr1 knockout (KO) mouse has commonly been used to investigate communication impairments, one of the key diagnostic symptoms observed in Fragile X syndrome (FXS) and Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many studies have found alterations in ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) in neonatal Fmr1 KO mice, however, there is limited research investigating whether these deficits continue into adulthood. In the present study, we examine differences in female urine-induced ultrasonic vocalizations, scent marking behavior, odor discrimination, and open field activity in adult male Fmr1 KO and wildtype (WT) mice...
May 26, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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