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Áine B Collins, John F Mee, Peter D Kirkland
Schmallenberg virus (SBV) and Akabane virus (AKAV) are teratogenic Simbu serogroup Orthobunyaviruses. Embryonated chicken egg models (ECE) have been used to study the pathogenicity and teratogenicity of Simbu viruses previously, however to date no such studies have been reported for SBV. Hence, the aims of this study were to investigate if ECE are susceptible to experimental SBV infection, and to evaluate the pathogenicity and teratogenicity of SBV and AKAV in ECE models. Two studies were conducted. In Study A, SBV (106...
March 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Shagun Aggarwal, Aneek Das Bhowmik, Ashwani Tandon, Ashwin Dalal
We report a 29 week fetus with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, multiple joint dislocations, scoliosis and dysmorphism who was detected to be double heterozygote for putatively pathogenic FBN1 (NM_000138.4:c.6004C > T; p.Pro2002Ser) and FBN2 (NM_001999.3:c.2945G > T; p.Cys982Phe) variants on exome sequencing. The de-novo status of these variants is not confirmed as parental genotypes could not be ascertained. A comparison of the post-mortem findings of the fetus with reported phenotypes of Beals and Marfan syndromes indicated overlapping clinical features suggestive of a blended phenotype...
March 1, 2018: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Yetian Li, Fei Sheng, Chao Xia, Leilei Xu, Yong Qiu, Zezhang Zhu
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the severity of pulmonary function impairment for AMC patients with concomitant scoliosis and to determine risk factors associated with the impaired pulmonary function in these patients.Summary of Background Data Arthrogryposis multiplex congenital (AMC) patients are generally believed to have impaired pulmonary function. However, the severity of respiratory morbidity and the associated risk factors have not been reported...
February 16, 2018: Spine
Takeshi Mizuguchi, Mitsuko Nakashima, Mitsuhiro Kato, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Hirokazu Kurahashi, Nina Ekhilevitch, Masaaki Shiina, Gen Nishimura, Takashi Shibata, Muneaki Matsuo, Tae Ikeda, Kazuhiro Ogata, Naomi Tsuchida, Satomi Mitsuhashi, Satoko Miyatake, Atsushi Takata, Noriko Miyake, Kenichiro Hata, Tadashi Kaname, Yoichi Matsubara, Hirotomo Saitsu, Naomichi Matsumoto
Calcineurin is a calcium (Ca2+)/calmodulin-regulated protein phosphatase that mediates Ca2+-dependent signal transduction. Here, we report six heterozygous mutations in a gene encoding the alpha isoform of the calcineurin catalytic subunit (PPP3CA). Notably, mutations were observed in different functional domains: in addition to three catalytic domain mutations, two missense mutations were found in the auto-inhibitory (AI) domain. One additional frameshift insertion that caused premature termination was also identified...
February 8, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Clare Rogerson, Paul Gissen
Mutations in VPS33B and VIPAS39 cause the severe multisystem disorder Arthrogryposis, Renal dysfunction and Cholestasis (ARC) syndrome. Amongst other symptoms, patients with ARC syndrome suffer from severe ichthyosis. Roles for VPS33B and VIPAR have been reported in lysosome-related organelle biogenesis, integrin recycling, collagen homeostasis and maintenance of cell polarity. Mouse knockouts of Vps33b or Vipas39 are good models of ARC syndrome and develop an ichthyotic phenotype. We demonstrate that the skin manifestations in Vps33b and Vipar deficient mice are histologically similar to those of patients with ARC syndrome...
January 30, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Juliette Piard, George K Essien Umanah, Frederike L Harms, Leire Abalde-Atristain, Daniel Amram, Melissa Chang, Rong Chen, Malik Alawi, Vincenzo Salpietro, Mark I Rees, Seo-Kyung Chung, Henry Houlden, Alain Verloes, Ted M Dawson, Valina L Dawson, Lionel Van Maldergem, Kerstin Kutsche
Members of the AAA+ superfamily of ATPases are involved in the unfolding of proteins and disassembly of protein complexes and aggregates. ATAD1 encoding the ATPase family, AAA+ domain containing 1-protein Thorase plays an important role in the function and integrity of mitochondria and peroxisomes. Postsynaptically, Thorase controls the internalization of excitatory, glutamatergic AMPA receptors by disassembling complexes between the AMPA receptor-binding protein, GRIP1, and the AMPA receptor subunit GluA2...
January 30, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Takuji Enya, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Yoshinori Iba, Tomoki Miyazawa, Mitsuru Okada, Shinobu Ida, Takuya Naruto, Issei Imoto, Atsushi Fujita, Noriko Miyake, Naomichi Matsumoto, Keisuke Sugimoto, Tsukasa Takemura
MAGEL2 is the paternally expressed gene within Prader-Willi syndrome critical region at 15q11.2. We encountered three individuals in whom truncating mutations of MAGEL2 were identified. Patients 1 and 2, siblings born to healthy, non-consanguineous Japanese parents, showed generalized hypotonia, lethargy, severe respiratory difficulty, poor feeding, and multiple anomalies including arthrogryposis soon after birth. We carried out whole-exome sequencing, which detected a MAGEL2 mutation (c.1912C>T, p.Gln638*, heterozygous)...
January 23, 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Leila Chimelli, Sheila Moura Pone, Elyzabeth Avvad-Portari, Zilton Farias Meira Vasconcelos, Andrea Araújo Zin, Daniela Prado Cunha, Nathalia Raposo Thompson, Maria Elisabeth Lopes Moreira, Clayton A Wiley, Marcos Vinicius da Silva Pone
During the Zika epidemic in Brazil, a baby was born at term with microcephaly and arthrogryposis. The mother had Zika symptoms at 10 weeks of gestation. At 17 weeks, ultrasound showed cerebral malformation and ventriculomegaly. At 24 weeks, the amniotic fluid contained ZIKV RNA and at birth, placenta and maternal blood were also positive using RT-qPCR. At birth the baby urine contained ZIKV RNA, whereas CSF at birth and urine at 17 days did not. Seizures started at 6 days. EEG was abnormal and CT scan showed cerebral atrophy, calcifications, lissencephaly, ventriculomegaly, and cerebellar hypoplasia...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Séverine Bacrot, Charlotte Mechler, Naima Talhi, Dominique Martin-Coignard, Philippe Roth, Caroline Michot, Amale Ichkou, Olivier Alibeu, Patrick Nitschke, Sophie Thomas, Michel Vekemans, Férechté Razavi, Lucile Boutaud, Tania Attie-Bitach
BACKGROUND: Bainbridge-Ropers syndrome (BRPS) is a recently identified severe disorder characterized by failure to thrive, facial dysmorphism, and severe developmental delay, caused by de novo dominant loss of function mutation in the ASXL3 gene. CASE: We report here the first case of prenatal BRPS in a fetus presenting with arthrogryposis on ultrasound and for pontocerebellar hypoplasia type 1 (PCH1) following neuropathological examination. The diagnosis was done by whole exome sequencing that identified a novel de novo ASXL3 mutation...
January 8, 2018: Birth Defects Research
Marcello Scala, Andrea Accogli, Elisa De Grandis, Anna Allegri, Christoph P Bagowski, Moneef Shoukier, Mohamad Maghnie, Valeria Capra
Sheldon-Hall syndrome (SHS) is the most common of the distal arthrogryposes (DAs), a group of disorders characterized by congenital non-progressive contractures. Patients with SHS present with contractures of the limbs and a distinctive triangular facies with prominent nasolabial folds. Calcaneovalgus deformity is frequent, as well as camptodactyly and ulnar deviation. Causative mutations in at least four different genes have been reported (MYH3, TNNI2, TPM2, and TNNT3). MYH3 plays a pivotal role in fetal muscle development and mutations in this gene are associated with Freeman-Sheldon syndrome, distal arthrogryposis 8 (DA8), and autosomal dominant spondylocarpotarsal synostosis...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Lucie Gueneau, Richard J Fish, Hanan E Shamseldin, Norine Voisin, Frédéric Tran Mau-Them, Egle Preiksaitiene, Glen R Monroe, Angeline Lai, Audrey Putoux, Fabienne Allias, Qamariya Ambusaidi, Laima Ambrozaityte, Loreta Cimbalistienė, Julien Delafontaine, Nicolas Guex, Mais Hashem, Wesam Kurdi, Saumya Shekhar Jamuar, Lim J Ying, Carine Bonnard, Tommaso Pippucci, Sylvain Pradervand, Bernd Roechert, Peter M van Hasselt, Michaël Wiederkehr, Caroline F Wright, Ioannis Xenarios, Gijs van Haaften, Charles Shaw-Smith, Erica M Schindewolf, Marguerite Neerman-Arbez, Damien Sanlaville, Gaëtan Lesca, Laurent Guibaud, Bruno Reversade, Jamel Chelly, Vaidutis Kučinskas, Fowzan S Alkuraya, Alexandre Reymond
Whole-exome and targeted sequencing of 13 individuals from 10 unrelated families with overlapping clinical manifestations identified loss-of-function and missense variants in KIAA1109 allowing delineation of an autosomal-recessive multi-system syndrome, which we suggest to name Alkuraya-Kučinskas syndrome (MIM 617822). Shared phenotypic features representing the cardinal characteristics of this syndrome combine brain atrophy with clubfoot and arthrogryposis. Affected individuals present with cerebral parenchymal underdevelopment, ranging from major cerebral parenchymal thinning with lissencephalic aspect to moderate parenchymal rarefaction, severe to mild ventriculomegaly, cerebellar hypoplasia with brainstem dysgenesis, and cardiac and ophthalmologic anomalies, such as microphthalmia and cataract...
December 27, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
Atif A Ahmed, Priya Skaria, Nicole P Safina, Isabelle Thiffault, Alex Kats, Eugenio Taboada, Sultan Habeebu, Carol Saunders
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita affects approximately 1 in 3,000 individuals of different ethnic backgrounds and displays an equal incidence in males and females. The underlying mechanism for congenital contracture of the joints is decreased fetal movement during intrauterine development. This disorder is associated with over 400 medical conditions and 350 known genes that display considerable variability in phenotypic expression. In this report, four fetal or perinatal autopsy cases of arthrogryposis were studied by gross morphology, microscopic histopathologic examination, and whole genome sequencing of postmortem DNA...
December 23, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Mieko Yoshioka, Naoya Morisada, Daisaku Toyoshima, Hajime Yoshimura, Hisahide Nishio, Kazumoto Iijima, Yasuhiro Takeshima, Tomoko Uehara, Kenjiro Kosaki
INTRODUCTION: The most common form of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a recessive disorder caused by SMN1 mutations in 5q13, whereas the genetic etiologies of non-5q SMA are very heterogenous and largely remain to be elucidated. We present a father and son with atrophy and weakness of the lower leg muscles since infancy. Genetic studies in this family revealed a novel BICD2 mutation causing autosomal dominant lower extremity-predominant SMA type 2. PATIENTS: The proband was the father, aged 30, and the son was aged 3...
December 19, 2017: Brain & Development
I Auñón-Martín, V Jiménez-Díaz, J Zorrilla-Sánchez De Neira, A Capel-Agúndez
The concept of arthrogryposis encompasses several conditions that share the presence of multiple congenital contractures. The knee is frequently involved and is an important cause of morbidity in these patients. Flexion contractures of the knee are the most common ones and have a worse prognosis than extension contractures. Different approaches are available to treat flexion contractures of the knee. Distal femoral extension osteotomy effectively corrects fixed flexion, but may lead to residual deformity. This iatrogenic deformity disrupts the anterior convexity of the femoral shaft and leads to serious problems in the subsequent management of orthopedic conditions...
May 2017: Acta Ortopédica Mexicana
J J Guerra-Jasso, J A Valcarce-León, H M Quíntela-Núñez-Del Prado
BACKGROUND: Adduct congenital talipes equinovarus (CTE) or clubfoot is a common musculoskeletal malformation affecting between 1 and 4.5 out of every 1000 live births. It is usually associated with arthrogryposis and Moebius syndrome with the latter two being more difficult to treat as they require aggressive surgery to achieve a plantigrade foot. We therefore ask what is the evidence level and grade of recommendation of the Ponseti method to treat syndromic talipes equinovarus resulting from arthrogryposis and Moebius syndrome...
July 2017: Acta Ortopédica Mexicana
Qian Wang, Xuan Liu, Fengjuan Zhou, Xiaorong Zhao, Wenmei Xie
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December 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
Florian Brackmann, Matthias Türk, Nils Gratzki, Oliver Rompel, Heinz Jungbluth, Rolf Schröder, Regina Trollmann
RYR1 mutations, the most common cause of non-dystrophic neuromuscular disorders, are associated with the malignant hyperthermia susceptibility (MHS) trait as well as congenital myopathies with widely variable clinical and histopathological manifestations. Recently, bleeding anomalies have been reported in association with certain RYR1 mutations. Here we report a preterm infant born at 32 weeks gestation with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita due to compound heterozygous, previously MHS-associated RYR1 mutations, with additional signs of prenatal hemorrhage...
January 2018: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
L Chimelli, E Avvad-Portari
BACKGROUND: A relationship between Zika virus (ZikV) infection in pregnancy and the occurrence of microcephaly was established during the Zika outbreak in Brazil (2015-2016). Neuropathological findings in congenital Zika syndrome helped to understand its pathogenetic mechanisms. RESULTS: The most relevant postmortem findings in the central nervous system (CNS) of fetuses and neonates infected with ZikV early in gestation are microcephaly with ex-vacuo ventriculomegaly and large head circumference associated with obstructive hydrocephalus due to severe midbrain and aqueduct distortion...
January 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Silvina Noemí Contreras-Capetillo, Nina Valadéz-González, Pablo Manrique-Saide, Rafael Eduardo Carcaño-Castillo, Freddy Pacheco-Tugores, Hirian Alonso Moshe Barrera-Pérez, Doris Pinto-Escalante, Manuel Lliteras-Cardín, José Alfredo Hoil-Parra, José Luis Cáceres-Solís, Norma Pavía-Ruz
Part of the work agenda of international health authorities is to define the clinical spectrum of the congenital Zika syndrome (CZS) in different territories. We describe the clinical variability that gave rise to the suspicion of CZS in 3 newborn patients in the south of Mexico with active transmission of Zika. All of them presented Zika RNA by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and positive antibodies for IgM by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. None of the mothers tested positive for active viremia, only one mother had Zika-symptoms and titers of Zika-positive IgM...
November 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
Kenichi Nagata, Mika Takahashi, Sumiko Kiryu-Seo, Hiroshi Kiyama, Takaomi C Saido
Endothelin-converting enzyme-like 1 (ECEL1, also termed DINE in rodents), a membrane-bound metalloprotease, has been identified as a gene responsible for distal arthrogryposis (DA). ECEL1-mutated DA is generally characterized by ocular phenotypes in addition to the congenital limb contractures that are common to all DA subtypes. Until now, the consequences of the identified pathogenic mutations have remained incompletely understood because of a lack of detailed phenotypic analyses in relevant mouse models. In this study, we generated a new knock-in mouse strain that carries an ECEL1/DINE pathogenic G607S missense mutation, based on a previous study reporting atypical DA hindlimb phenotypes in two siblings with the mutation...
November 13, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
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