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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926587/functional-characterization-of-zebrafish-orthologs-of-the-human-beta-3-glucosyltransferase-b3glct-gene-mutated-in-peters-plus-syndrome
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Eric Weh, Hideyuki Takeuchi, Sanaa Muheisen, Robert S Haltiwanger, Elena V Semina
Peters Plus Syndrome (PPS) is a rare autosomal recessive disease characterized by ocular defects, short stature, brachydactyly, characteristic facial features, developmental delay and other highly variable systemic defects. Classic PPS is caused by loss-of-function mutations in the B3GLCT gene encoding for a β3-glucosyltransferase that catalyzes the attachment of glucose via a β1-3 glycosidic linkage to O-linked fucose on thrombospondin type 1 repeats (TSRs). B3GLCT was shown to participate in a non-canonical ER quality control mechanism; however, the exact molecular processes affected in PPS are not well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924535/benign-pathogenic-and-copy-number-variations-of-unknown-clinical-significance-in-patients-with-congenital-malformations-and-developmental-delay
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M Mihaylova, R Staneva, D Toncheva, M Pancheva, S Hadjidekova
The high frequency (3.0-5.0%) of congenital anomalies (CA) and intellectual disabilities (IDs), make them a serious problem, responsible for a high percentage (33.0%) of neonatal mortality. The genetic cause remains unclear in 40.0% of cases. Recently, molecular karyotyping has become the most powerful method for detection of pathogenic imbalances in patients with multiple CAs and IDs. This method is with high resolution and gives us the opportunity to investigate and identify candidate genes that could explain the genotype-phenotype correlations...
June 30, 2017: Balkan Journal of Medical Genetics: BJMG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924292/hemimegalencephaly-with-intractable-epilepsy-a-case-report
#3
Prem Chand, Muhammad Faraz Raghib, Muhammad Sohail Salat, Fazal Manzoor Arain
Isolated Hemimegalencephaly (iHME) is a rare form of congenital malformation of cortical development.It is characterized by enlargement of all or part of one cerebral hemisphere. It typically presents with intractable seizures, mental retardation, developmental delay, contralateral hemiparesis and hemianopia. The patient was a five and half month's old baby girl who presented first with focal seizures at 10th day of life. No other physical or behavioral abnormality was noted. However, Initial EEG showed excessive sharp EEG transients more over the right hemisphere, repeated EEG showed spikes, polyspikes, sharps and slow wave discharges predominately over right hemisphere...
September 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924182/an-in-vitro-model-of-lissencephaly-expanding-the-role-of-dcx-during-neurogenesis
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M Shahsavani, R J Pronk, R Falk, M Lam, M Moslem, S B Linker, J Salma, K Day, J Schuster, B-M Anderlid, N Dahl, F H Gage, A Falk
Lissencephaly comprises a spectrum of brain malformations due to impaired neuronal migration in the developing cerebral cortex. Classical lissencephaly is characterized by smooth cerebral surface and cortical thickening that result in seizures, severe neurological impairment and developmental delay. Mutations in the X-chromosomal gene DCX, encoding doublecortin, is the main cause of classical lissencephaly. Much of our knowledge about DCX-associated lissencephaly comes from post-mortem analyses of patient's brains, mainly since animal models with DCX mutations do not mimic the disease...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922424/deletion-of-the-rodent-malaria-ortholog-for-falcipain-1-highlights-differences-between-hepatic-and-blood-stage-merozoites
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Christine S Hopp, Brandy L Bennett, Satish Mishra, Christine Lehmann, Kirsten K Hanson, Jing-Wen Lin, Kimberly Rousseau, Filomena A Carvalho, Wouter A van der Linden, Nuno C Santos, Matthew Bogyo, Shahid M Khan, Volker Heussler, Photini Sinnis
Proteases have been implicated in a variety of developmental processes during the malaria parasite lifecycle. In particular, invasion and egress of the parasite from the infected hepatocyte and erythrocyte, critically depend on protease activity. Although falcipain-1 was the first cysteine protease to be characterized in P. falciparum, its role in the lifecycle of the parasite has been the subject of some controversy. While an inhibitor of falcipain-1 blocked erythrocyte invasion by merozoites, two independent studies showed that falcipain-1 disruption did not affect growth of blood stage parasites...
September 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922419/global-services-and-support-for-children-with-developmental-delays-and-disabilities-bridging-research-and-policy-gaps
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Pamela Y Collins, Beverly Pringle, Charlee Alexander, Gary L Darmstadt, Jody Heymann, Gillian Huebner, Vesna Kutlesic, Cheryl Polk, Lorraine Sherr, Andy Shih, Dragana Sretenov, Mariana Zindel
Pamela Collins and colleagues explain the research and policy approaches needed globally to ensure children with developmental delays and disabilities are fully included in health and education services.
September 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920961/germline-mutations-affecting-the-histone-h4-core-cause-a-developmental-syndrome-by-altering-dna-damage-response-and-cell-cycle-control
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Federico Tessadori, Jacques C Giltay, Jane A Hurst, Maarten P Massink, Karen Duran, Harmjan R Vos, Robert M van Es, Richard H Scott, Koen L I van Gassen, Jeroen Bakkers, Gijs van Haaften
Covalent modifications of histones have an established role as chromatin effectors, as they control processes such as DNA replication and transcription, and repair or regulate nucleosomal structure. Loss of modifications on histone N tails, whether due to mutations in genes belonging to histone-modifying complexes or mutations directly affecting the histone tails, causes developmental disorders or has a role in tumorigenesis. More recently, modifications affecting the globular histone core have been uncovered as being crucial for DNA repair, pluripotency and oncogenesis...
September 18, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919924/comparison-of-parent-report-and-direct-assessment-of-child-skills-in-toddlers
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Lauren E Miller, Kayla A Perkins, Yael G Dai, Deborah A Fein
BACKGROUND: There are unique challenges associated with measuring development in early childhood. Two primary sources of information are used: parent report and direct assessment. Each approach has strengths and weaknesses, particularly when used to identify and diagnose developmental delays. The present study aimed to evaluate consistency between parent report and direct assessment of child skills in toddlers with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across receptive language, expressive language, and fine motor domains...
September 2017: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919807/effect-of-nerve-injury-on-the-number-of-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-and-autotomy-behavior-in-adult-bax-deficient-mice
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Chuang Lyu, Gong-Wei Lyu, Aurora Martinez, Tie-Jun Sten Shi
BACKGROUND: The proapoptotic molecule BAX, plays an important role in mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons depend on neurotrophic factors for survival at early developmental stages. Withdrawal of neurotrophic factors will induce apoptosis in DRG neurons, but this type of cell death can be delayed or prevented in neonatal Bax knockout (KO) mice. In adult animals, evidence also shows that DRG neurons are less dependent upon neurotrophic factors for survival...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919799/maple-syrup-urine-disease-mechanisms-and-management
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Patrick R Blackburn, Jennifer M Gass, Filippo Pinto E Vairo, Kristen M Farnham, Herjot K Atwal, Sarah Macklin, Eric W Klee, Paldeep S Atwal
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is an inborn error of metabolism caused by defects in the branched-chain α-ketoacid dehydrogenase complex, which results in elevations of the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) in plasma, α-ketoacids in urine, and production of the pathognomonic disease marker, alloisoleucine. The disorder varies in severity and the clinical spectrum is quite broad with five recognized clinical variants that have no known association with genotype. The classic presentation occurs in the neonatal period with developmental delay, failure to thrive, feeding difficulties, and maple syrup odor in the cerumen and urine, and can lead to irreversible neurological complications, including stereotypical movements, metabolic decompensation, and death if left untreated...
2017: Application of Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917441/recognition-of-peer-emotions-in-children-with-adhd-evidence-from-an-animated-facial-expressions-task
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Aiste Jusyte, Marco Daniel Gulewitsch, Michael Schönenberg
A growing body of literature suggests that ADHD is associated with emotion recognition impairments that may be linked to deficient interpersonal functioning. However, our understanding of the mechanisms underlying these recognition impairments is extremely limited. Here, we used dynamic stimuli to investigate whether impaired emotion recognition in children with ADHD may be associated with impairments in perceptual sensitivity. Participants (ADHD: N = 26; Controls: N = 26) viewed video sequences of neutral faces slowly developing into one of the six basic emotional expressions (angry, happy, fearful, sad, disgusted and surprised) and were instructed to indicate via a button press the precise moment at which they were able to correctly recognize the emotional expression...
August 25, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917097/development-of-motor-imagery-and-anticipatory-action-planning-in-children-with-developmental-coordination-disorder-a-longitudinal-approach
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Imke L J Adams, Jessica M Lust, Peter H Wilson, Bert Steenbergen
Children with impaired motor coordination (or Development Coordination Disorder - DCD) have difficulty with the predictive control of movements, evidenced by cross-sectional studies that show impaired motor imagery and action planning abilities. What remains unclear is whether this deficit in predictive control reflects immaturity of the motor system (a developmental delay) or some deviation from normal development (a disorder). To advance this discussion the present study used a longitudinal design to examine the development of motor imagery and action planning in children with DCD...
September 13, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916763/maternal-diabetes-causes-developmental-delay-and-death-in-early-somite-mouse-embryos
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Jing Zhao, Theodorus B M Hakvoort, Jan M Ruijter, Aldo Jongejan, Jan Koster, Sigrid M A Swagemakers, Aleksandar Sokolovic, Wouter H Lamers
Maternal diabetes causes congenital malformations and delays embryonic growth in the offspring. We investigated effects of maternal diabetes on mouse embryos during gastrulation and early organogenesis (ED7.5-11.5). Female mice were made diabetic with streptozotocin, treated with controlled-release insulin implants, and mated. Maternal blood glucose concentrations increased up to embryonic day (ED) 8.5. Maternal hyperglycemia induced severe growth retardation (approx.1 day) in 53% of the embryos on ED8.5, death in most of these embryos on ED9...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914728/reason-for-referral-predicts-utilization-and-perceived-impact-of-early-intervention-services
#14
Karina Javalkar, Jonathan S Litt
OBJECTIVE: Children participating in early intervention (EI) vary in their medical needs and degree of delay, and previous studies have shown significant differences in EI enrollment based on the reason for referral. The effect of reason for referral on service provision and family satisfaction is largely unknown. METHODS: We used data from the National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study for our secondary data analysis. The main predictor was the reason for referral: a diagnosed condition, documented developmental delay, or other risk factors...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912414/polish-experience-with-liver-transplantation-and-post-transplant-outcomes-in-children-with-urea-cycle-disorders
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Edyta Szymańska, Piotr Kaliciński, Joanna Pawłowska, Sylwia Szymańska, Maciej Pronicki, Marek Stefanowicz, Joanna Teisseyre, Dorota Broniszczak, Dariusz Rokicki
BACKGROUND Liver transplantation (LT) is recommended for various metabolic diseases, including urea cycle disorders (UCDs). The aim of this study was to determine indications and outcomes of LT for UCDs in the tertiary reference Children's Hospital in Warsaw, Poland. MATERIAL AND METHODS Medical charts of children with UCD who underwent LT between 2008 and July 2016 were retrospectively reviewed. The following parameters were analyzed: symptoms at time of diagnosis, age at diagnosis, age at transplantation, graft characteristics and survival, postsurgical complications, and biochemical and laboratory results before and after transplantation...
September 15, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911200/homozygous-eef1a2-mutation-causes-dilated-cardiomyopathy-failure-to-thrive-global-developmental-delay-epilepsy-and-early-death
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Siqi Cao, Laura L Smith, Sergio R Padilla-Lopez, Brandon S Guida, Elizabeth Blume, Jiahai Shi, Sarah U Morton, Catherine A Brownstein, Alan H Beggs, Michael C Kruer, Pankaj B Agrawal
Eukaryotic elongation factor 1A (EEF1A), is encoded by two distinct isoforms, EEF1A1 and EEF1A2; whereas EEF1A1 is expressed almost ubiquitously, EEF1A2 expression is limited such that it is only detectable in skeletal muscle, heart, brain and spinal cord. Currently, the role of EEF1A2 in normal cardiac development and function is unclear. There have been several reports linking de novo dominant EEF1A2 mutations to neurological issues in humans. We report a pair of siblings carrying a homozygous missense mutation p...
September 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904750/phenology-of-brown-marmorated-stink-bug-described-using-female-reproductive-development
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Anne L Nielsen, Shelby Fleischer, George C Hamilton, Tori Hancock, Gregorz Krawczyk, Jana C Lee, Emily Ogburn, John M Pote, Amy Raudenbush, Ann Rucker, Michael Saunders, Victoria P Skillman, Jeanne Sullivan, Jody Timer, James Walgenbach, Nik G Wiman, Tracy C Leskey
Temperature-based degree-day models describe insect seasonality and to predict key phenological events. We expand on the use of a temperature-based process defining timing of reproduction through the incorporation of female reproductive physiology for the invasive pentatomid species Halyomorpha halys, the brown marmorated stink bug. A five-stage ranking system based on ovary development was able to distinguish between the reproductive statuses of field-collected females. Application of this ranking method described aspects of H...
September 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901431/isolated-chromosome-8p23-2%C3%A2-pter-deletion-novel-evidence-for-developmental-delay-intellectual-disability-microcephaly-and-neurobehavioral-disorders
#18
Shanshan Shi, Shaobin Lin, Baojiang Chen, Yi Zhou
The current study presents a patient carrying a de novo ~6 Mb deletion of the isolated chromosome 8p23.2‑pter that was identified with a single‑nucleotide polymorphism array. The patient was characterized by developmental delay (DD)/intellectual disability (ID), microcephaly, autism spectrum disorder, attention‑deficit/hyperactivity disorders and mildly dysmorphic features. The location, size and gene content of the deletion observed in this patient were compared with those in 7 patients with isolated 8p23...
September 7, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900823/health-related-quality-of-life-developmental-milestones-and-self-esteem-in-young-adults-with-bleeding-disorders
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P F Limperg, L Haverman, H Maurice-Stam, M Coppens, C Valk, M J H A Kruip, J Eikenboom, M Peters, M A Grootenhuis
BACKGROUND: The treatment of bleeding disorders improved in the last decades. However, the effect of growing up with bleeding disorders on developmental, emotional, and social aspects is understudied. Therefore, this study assesses HRQOL, developmental milestones, and self-esteem in Dutch young adults (YA) with bleeding disorders compared to peers. METHODS: Ninety-five YA (18-30 years) with bleeding disorders (78 men; mean 24.7 years, SD 3.5) and 17 women (mean 25...
September 12, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900819/a-homozygous-pigo-mutation-associated-with-severe-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathy-and-corpus-callosum-hypoplasia-but-normal-alkaline-phosphatase-levels
#20
Yoav Zehavi, Anja von Renesse, Etty Daniel-Spiegel, Yonatan Sapir, Luci Zalman, Ilana Chervinsky, Markus Schuelke, Rachel Straussberg, Ronen Spiegel
We describe two sisters from a consanguineous Arab family with global developmental delay, dystrophy, axial hypotonia, epileptic encephalopathy dominated by intractable complex partial seizures that were resistant to various anti-epileptic treatments. Dysmorphic features comprised low set ears, hypertelorism, upslanting palpebral fissures, a broad nasal bridge, and blue sclera with elongated eyelashes. Brain MRI in both children showed a corpus callosum hypoplasia that was evident already in utero and evolving cortical atrophy...
September 13, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
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