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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413694/first-neonatal-demise-with-travel-associated-zika-virus-infection-in-the-united-states-of-america
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Nikolaos Zacharias, Janice Whitty, Sarah Noblin, Sophia Tsakiri, Jose Garcia, Michael Covinsky, Meenakshi Bhattacharjee, David Saulino, Nina Tatevian, Sean Blackwell
Zika virus is increasingly recognized as a fetal pathogen worldwide. We describe the first case of neonatal demise with travel-associated Zika virus infection in the United States of America, including a novel prenatal ultrasound finding. A young Latina presented to our health care system in Southeast Texas for prenatal care at 23 weeks of gestation. Fetal Dandy-Walker malformation, asymmetric cerebral ventriculomegaly, single umbilical artery, hypoechoic fetal knee, dorsal foot edema, and mild polyhydramnios were noted upon initial screening prenatal sonography at 26 weeks...
April 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389082/distal-humerus-external-rotation-osteotomy-for-hand-position-in-arthrogryposis
#2
Lindley B Wall, Valeri Calhoun, Summer Roberts, Charles A Goldfarb
PURPOSE: In the amyoplasia type of arthrogryposis, a reverse pronated grasp pattern is often seen. We hypothesized that repositioning the hands, through distal humerus external rotation osteotomies (DHO), would allow for palm-to-palm grasp without arm cross-over and would improve function and parent/patient satisfaction. METHODS: The medical records of all patients treated surgically for arthrogryposis were reviewed at the Shriners Hospital for Children, St. Louis, MO...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377974/an-arthrogrypotic-medical-doctor-with-cervical-kyphosis-and-thoracic-lordoscoliosis
#3
Manouchehr Safdarian, Mahdi Safdarian
Management of spinal deformities in a patient with arthrogryposis can be challenging for spine surgeons. The literature about the accompaniment of scoliosis; the most common spine deformity reported in arthrogryposis, is still poor. Moreover, the development of cervical kyphosis and thoracic lordoscoliosis in a patient with arthrogryposis is much rare. This paper reports a 26-year-old medical doctor with arthrogryposis who had underwent thoracic lordoscoliosis surgery about ten years ago with T6-L1 internal rods and is now presented with cervical kyphosis and C3-C4 cord stenosis, which made him a candidate for cervical cord decompression surgery...
June 2017: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374968/long-term-functional-and-mobility-outcomes-for-individuals-with-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita
#4
Hirmand Nouraei, Bonita Sawatzky, Megan MacGillivray, Judith Hall
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is a birth defect that involves congenital joint contractures in two or more joints including the limbs, spine, and jaw. The purpose of our study was to identify long-term outcomes of adults with AMC. We recruited 177 participants from over 15 countries, making this the largest international study of adults with AMC. Participants provided demographic information including living situation and mobility and completed two standardized outcome measures, of quality of life and physical activity, using an online survey format...
April 4, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374019/cntnap1-mutations-cause-cns-hypomyelination-and-neuropathy-with-or-without-arthrogryposis
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Holger Hengel, Alex Magee, Muhammad Mahanjah, Jean-Michel Vallat, Robert Ouvrier, Mohammad Abu-Rashid, Jamal Mahamid, Rebecca Schüle, Martin Schulze, Ingeborg Krägeloh-Mann, Peter Bauer, Stephan Züchner, Rajech Sharkia, Ludger Schöls
OBJECTIVE: To explore the phenotypic spectrum and pathophysiology of human disease deriving from mutations in the CNTNAP1 gene. METHODS: In a field study on consanguineous Palestinian families, we identified 3 patients carrying homozygous mutations in the CNTNAP1 gene using whole-exome sequencing. An unrelated Irish family was detected by screening the GENESIS database for further CNTNAP1 mutations. Neurophysiology, MRI, and nerve biopsy including electron microscopy were performed for deep phenotyping...
April 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364011/spectrum-of-spinal-cord-spinal-root-and-brain-mri-abnormalities-in-congenital-zika-syndrome-with-and-without-arthrogryposis
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M F V V Aragao, A M Brainer-Lima, A C Holanda, V van der Linden, L Vasco Aragão, M L M Silva, C Sarteschi, N C L Petribu, M M Valença
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Arthrogryposis is among the malformations of congenital Zika syndrome. Similar to the brain, there might exist a spectrum of spinal cord abnormalities. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe in detail the MR imaging features found in the spinal cords, nerve roots, and brains of children with congenital Zika syndrome with and without arthrogryposis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twelve infants with congenital Zika syndrome (4 with arthrogryposis and 8 without) who had undergone brain and spinal cord MR imaging were retrospectively selected...
March 31, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345801/zc4h2-deletions-can-cause-severe-phenotype-in-female-carriers
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Cristina Zanzottera, Donatella Milani, Enrico Alfei, Ambra Rizzo, Stefano D'Arrigo, Susanna Esposito, Chiara Pantaleoni
ZC4H2 is involved in human brain development, and, if mutated, can be responsible for a rare X-linked disorder, originally presented in literature as Wieacker-Wolff syndrome and Miles-Carpenter syndrome. In males, severe intellectual disability is associated with variable symptoms of central and peripheral nervous system involvement, such as spasticity, hyperreflexia, muscle weakness, and arthrogryposis. Female carriers are usually described as asymptomatic or only mildly affected. Here, we report on a girl carrying a de novo deletion of ZC4H2 detected by array-CGH analysis...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344185/arthrogryposis-as-neonatal-presentation-of-loeys-dietz-syndrome-due-to-a-novel-tgfbr2-mutation
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Irene Valenzuela, Paula Fernández-Alvarez, Francina Munell, Angel Sanchez-Montanez, Gemma Giralt, Teresa Vendrell, Eduardo Tizzano
Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS) is an autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder characterized mainly by cardiovascular, craniofacial and skeletal features. We report on a patient with LDS, whose prenatal examination was compatible with the diagnosis of arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. Neonatal assessment showed craniofacial and cardiovascular findings suggestive of LDS whose diagnosis was confirmed by the detection of a novel mutation (HGVN: NM_003242.5 (TGFBR2): c.1381T > C (p.(Cys461Arg))) in the TGFBR2 gene...
March 23, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336317/lethal-multiple-pterygium-syndrome-a-severe-phenotype-associated-with-a-novel-mutation-in-the-nebulin-gene
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Ebtesam Abdalla, Gianina Ravenscroft, Louay Zayed, Sarah J Beecroft, Nigel G Laing
Fetal akinesia deformation sequence is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by a variable combination of fetal akinesia, intrauterine growth restriction, developmental abnormalities such as cystic hygroma, hydrops fetalis, pulmonary hypoplasia, occasional arthrogryposis, and pterygia. The pathogenetic mechanisms of fetal akinesia deformation sequence include neuropathy, muscular disorders, neuromuscular junction disorders, maternal myasthenia gravis, restrictive dermopathy and others...
January 18, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332092/the-spectrum-of-neuropathological-changes-associated-with-congenital-zika-virus-infection
#10
Leila Chimelli, Adriana S O Melo, Elyzabeth Avvad-Portari, Clayton A Wiley, Aline H S Camacho, Vania S Lopes, Heloisa N Machado, Cecilia V Andrade, Dione C A Dock, Maria Elisabeth Moreira, Fernanda Tovar-Moll, Patricia S Oliveira-Szejnfeld, Angela C G Carvalho, Odile N Ugarte, Alba G M Batista, Melania M R Amorim, Fabiana O Melo, Thales A Ferreira, Jacqueline R L Marinho, Girlene S Azevedo, Jeime I B F Leal, Rodrigo F Madeiro da Costa, Stevens Rehen, Monica B Arruda, Rodrigo M Brindeiro, Rodrigo Delvechio, Renato S Aguiar, Amilcar Tanuri
A major concern associated with ZIKV infection is the increased incidence of microcephaly with frequent calcifications in infants born from infected mothers. To date, postmortem analysis of the central nervous system (CNS) in congenital infection is limited to individual reports or small series. We report a comprehensive neuropathological study in ten newborn babies infected with ZIKV during pregnancy, including the spinal cords and dorsal root ganglia (DRG), and also muscle, pituitaries, eye, systemic organs, and placentas...
March 22, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329257/lessons-learned-at-the-epicenter-of-brazil-s-congenital-zika-epidemic-evidence-from-87-confirmed-cases
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Jucille do Amaral Meneses, Ana Catarina Ishigami, Luisa Medeiros de Mello, Luciano Lira de Albuquerque, Carlos Alexandre Antunes de Brito, Marli Tenório Cordeiro, Lindomar José Pena
Congenital Zika virus infection has stimulated great international concern. A prospective case series of 87 infants with laboratory-confirmed congenital Zika syndrome (CZS) at the epicenter of the Brazilian Zika epidemic in Pernambuco state is presented. Mothers were interviewed for symptoms of possible Zika virus (ZIKV) infection during pregnancy and fetal ultrasounds were obtained. Infant cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples were tested for ZIKV specific antibodies and sera were screened for other congenital infections...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328131/recessive-mutations-in-slc35a3-cause-early-onset-epileptic-encephalopathy-with-skeletal-defects
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Carla Marini, Katia Hardies, Tiziana Pisano, Patrick May, Sarah Weckhuysen, Elena Cellini, Arvid Suls, Davide Mei, Rudi Balling, Peter D Jonghe, Ingo Helbig, Domenico Garozzo, Renzo Guerrini
We describe the clinical and whole genome sequencing (WGS) study of a non-consanguineous Italian family in which two siblings, a boy and a girl, manifesting a severe epileptic encephalopathy (EE) with skeletal abnormalities, carried novel SLC35A3 compound heterozygous mutations. Both siblings exhibited infantile spasms, associated with focal, and tonic vibratory seizures from early infancy. EEG recordings showed a suppression-burst (SB) pattern and multifocal paroxysmal activity in both. In addition both had quadriplegia, acquired microcephaly, and severe intellectual disability...
April 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328129/the-phenotypic-spectrum-of-congenital-zika-syndrome
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Miguel Del Campo, Ian M L Feitosa, Erlane M Ribeiro, Dafne D G Horovitz, André L S Pessoa, Giovanny V A França, Alfredo García-Alix, Maria J R Doriqui, Hector Y C Wanderley, Maria V T Sanseverino, João I C F Neri, João M Pina-Neto, Emerson S Santos, Islane Verçosa, Mirlene C S P Cernach, Paula F V Medeiros, Saile C Kerbage, André A Silva, Vanessa van der Linden, Celina M T Martelli, Marli T Cordeiro, Rafael Dhalia, Fernanda S L Vianna, Cesar G Victora, Denise P Cavalcanti, Lavinia Schuler-Faccini
In October 2015, Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak the Brazilian Ministry of Health (MoH). In response, the Brazilian Society of Medical Genetics established a task force (SBGM-ZETF) to study the phenotype of infants born with microcephaly due to ZIKV congenital infection and delineate the phenotypic spectrum of this newly recognized teratogen. This study was based on the clinical evaluation and neuroimaging of 83 infants born during the period from July, 2015 to March, 2016 and registered by the SBGM-ZETF. All 83 infants had significant findings on neuroimaging consistent with ZIKV congenital infection and 12 had confirmed ZIKV IgM in CSF...
April 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318499/loss-of-function-mutations-in-lgi4-a-secreted-ligand-involved-in-schwann-cell-myelination-are-responsible-for-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita
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Shifeng Xue, Jérôme Maluenda, Florent Marguet, Mohammad Shboul, Loïc Quevarec, Carine Bonnard, Alvin Yu Jin Ng, Sumanty Tohari, Thong Teck Tan, Mung Kei Kong, Kristin G Monaghan, Megan T Cho, Carly E Siskind, Jacinda B Sampson, Carolina Tesi Rocha, Fawaz Alkazaleh, Marie Gonzales, Luc Rigonnot, Sandra Whalen, Marta Gut, Ivo Gut, Martine Bucourt, Byrappa Venkatesh, Annie Laquerrière, Bruno Reversade, Judith Melki
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is a developmental condition characterized by multiple joint contractures resulting from reduced or absent fetal movements. Through genetic mapping of disease loci and whole-exome sequencing in four unrelated multiplex families presenting with severe AMC, we identified biallelic loss-of-function mutations in LGI4 (leucine-rich glioma-inactivated 4). LGI4 is a ligand secreted by Schwann cells that regulates peripheral nerve myelination via its cognate receptor ADAM22 expressed by neurons...
April 6, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317099/mutations-in-ergic1-cause-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita-neuropathic-type
#15
Eyal Reinstein, Valerie Dersinover, Rona Lotan, Meital Gal-Tanhami, Inbal Bulokin Nachman, Eran Eyal, Jaber Lutfi, Nurit Magal, Mordechai Shohat
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by non-progressive joint contractures from birth that involve more than one part of the body. There are various etiologies for AMC including genetic and environmental depends on the specific type, however, for most types, the cause is not fully understood. We previously reported large Israeli Arab kindred consisting of 16 patients affected with AMC neuropathic type, and mapped the locus to a 5.5 cM interval on chromosome 5qter...
March 19, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281571/a-de-novo-nonsense-mutation-in-magel2-in-a-patient-initially-diagnosed-as-opitz-c-similarities-between-schaaf-yang-and-opitz-c-syndromes
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Roser Urreizti, Anna Maria Cueto-Gonzalez, Héctor Franco-Valls, Sílvia Mort-Farre, Neus Roca-Ayats, Julia Ponomarenko, Luca Cozzuto, Carlos Company, Mattia Bosio, Stephan Ossowski, Magda Montfort, Jochen Hecht, Eduardo F Tizzano, Bru Cormand, Lluïsa Vilageliu, John M Opitz, Giovanni Neri, Daniel Grinberg, Susana Balcells
Opitz trigonocephaly C syndrome (OTCS) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by craniofacial anomalies, variable intellectual and psychomotor disability, and variable cardiac defects with a high mortality rate. Different patterns of inheritance and genetic heterogeneity are known in this syndrome. Whole exome and genome sequencing of a 19-year-old girl (P7), initially diagnosed with OTCS, revealed a de novo nonsense mutation, p.Q638*, in the MAGEL2 gene. MAGEL2 is an imprinted, maternally silenced, gene located at 15q11-13, within the Prader-Willi region...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277061/%C3%AE-granule-biogenesis-from-disease-to-discovery
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Chang Hua Chen, Richard W Lo, Denisa Urban, Fred G Pluthero, Walter H A Kahr
Platelets are critical to hemostasis and thrombosis. Upon detecting injury, platelets show a range of responses including the release of protein cargo from α-granules. This cargo is synthesized by platelet precursor megakaryocytes or endocytosed by megakaryocytes and/or platelets. Insights into α-granule biogenesis have come from studies of hereditary conditions where these granules are immature, deficient or absent. Studies of Arthrogryposis, Renal dysfunction, and Cholestasis (ARC) syndrome identified the first proteins essential to α-granule biogenesis: VPS33B and VPS16B...
March 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264711/findings-phenotypes-and-outcomes-in-freeman-sheldon-and-sheldon-hall-syndromes-and-distal-arthrogryposis-types-1-and-3-protocol-for-systematic-review-and-patient-level-data-meta-analysis
#18
Mikaela I Poling, José Andrés Morales Corado, Robert L Chamberlain
BACKGROUND: Freeman-Sheldon and Sheldon-Hall syndromes (FSS and SHS) and distal arthrogryposis types 1 and 3 (DA1 and DA3) are rare, often confused, congenital syndromes. Few studies exist. With reported diagnosis unreliable, it would be scientifically inappropriate to consider articles describing FSS, SHS, DA1, or DA3, unless diagnoses were independently verified, rendering conventional systematic review and meta-analysis methodology inappropriate and necessitating patient-level data analysis (PROSPERO: CRD42015024740)...
March 6, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254648/identification-of-a-novel-cntnap1-mutation-causing-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita-with-cerebral-and-cerebellar-atrophy
#19
Shenela Lakhani, Ryan Doan, Mariam Almureikhi, Jennifer N Partlow, Muna Al Saffar, Mahmoud F Elsaid, Nada Alaaraj, A James Barkovich, Christopher A Walsh, Tawfeg Ben-Omran
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, the occurrence of multiple joint contractures at birth, can in some cases be accompanied by insufficient myelination of peripheral nerves, muscular hypotonia, reduced tendon reflexes, and respiratory insufficiency. Recently mutations in the CASPR/CNTN1 complex have been associated with similar severe phenotypes and CNTNAP1 gene mutations, causing loss of the CASPR protein, were shown to cause severe, prenatal onset arthrogryposis multiplex congenita in four unrelated families...
February 27, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231241/hydrocephalus-and-arthrogryposis-in-an-immunocompetent-mouse-model-of-zika-teratogeny-a-developmental-study
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Jose Xavier-Neto, Murilo Carvalho, Bruno Dos Santos Pascoalino, Alisson Campos Cardoso, Ângela Maria Sousa Costa, Ana Helena Macedo Pereira, Luana Nunes Santos, Ângela Saito, Rafael Elias Marques, Juliana Helena Costa Smetana, Silvio Roberto Consonni, Carla Bandeira, Vivian Vasconcelos Costa, Marcio Chaim Bajgelman, Paulo Sérgio Lopes de Oliveira, Marli Tenorio Cordeiro, Laura Helena Vega Gonzales Gil, Bianca Alves Pauletti, Daniela Campos Granato, Adriana Franco Paes Leme, Lucio Freitas-Junior, Carolina Borsoi Moraes Holanda de Freitas, Mauro Martins Teixeira, Estela Bevilacqua, Kleber Franchini
The teratogenic mechanisms triggered by ZIKV are still obscure due to the lack of a suitable animal model. Here we present a mouse model of developmental disruption induced by ZIKV hematogenic infection. The model utilizes immunocompetent animals from wild-type FVB/NJ and C57BL/6J strains, providing a better analogy to the human condition than approaches involving immunodeficient, genetically modified animals, or direct ZIKV injection into the brain. When injected via the jugular vein into the blood of pregnant females harboring conceptuses from early gastrulation to organogenesis stages, akin to the human second and fifth week of pregnancy, ZIKV infects maternal tissues, placentas and embryos/fetuses...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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