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congenital vertebral defects

Joanna L Kaplan, Catherine T Gunther-Harrington, Jessie S Sutton, Joshua A Stern
BACKGROUND: The teratogenic effects of immunomodulatory and certain antimicrobial therapies are described in small rodents and humans. While the described teratogenic effects in small rodents have been extrapolated to make conclusions about its use in the pregnant dam, teratogenic effects of prednisone and doxycycline have not yet been reported in the dog. Here we report and describe midline defects observed in a litter of golden retriever puppies exposed to mid-gestational immunosuppressive and antimicrobial therapy...
March 12, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Josep Brocal, Steven De Decker, Roberto José-López, Julien Guevar, Maria Ortega, Tim Parkin, Gert Ter Haar, Rodrigo Gutierrez-Quintana
Congenital vertebral malformations (CVM) are common in brachycephalic 'screw-tailed' dogs; they can be associated with neurological deficits and a genetic predisposition has been suggested. The purpose of this study was to evaluate radiography as a screening method for congenital thoracic vertebral malformations in brachycephalic 'screw-tailed' dogs by comparing it with CT. Forty-nine dogs that had both radiographic and CT evaluations of the thoracic vertebral column were included. Three observers retrospectively reviewed the images independently to detect CVMs...
March 8, 2018: Veterinary Record
Kathryn E Hendee, Elena A Sorokina, Sanaa S Muheisen, Linda M Reis, Rebecca C Tyler, Vujica Markovic, Goran Cuturilo, Brian A Link, Elena V Semina
The PITX2 (paired-like homeodomain 2) gene encodes a bicoid-like homeodomain transcription factor linked with several human disorders. The main associated congenital phenotype is Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome, type 1 (ARS), an autosomal dominant condition characterized by variable defects in the anterior segment of the eye, an increased risk of glaucoma, craniofacial dysmorphism and dental and umbilical anomalies; in addition to this, one report implicated PITX2 in ring dermoid of the cornea and a few others described cardiac phenotypes...
March 1, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Katsuki Mukaigasa, Tadayuki Tsujita, Vu Thanh Nguyen, Li Li, Hirokazu Yagi, Yuji Fuse, Yaeko Nakajima-Takagi, Koichi Kato, Masayuki Yamamoto, Makoto Kobayashi
Nrf2 plays critical roles in animals' defense against electrophiles and oxidative stress by orchestrating the induction of cytoprotective genes. We previously isolated the zebrafish mutant it768 , which displays up-regulated expression of Nrf2 target genes in an uninduced state. In this paper, we determine that the gene responsible for it768 was the zebrafish homolog of phosphomannomutase 2 (Pmm2), which is a key enzyme in the initial steps of N-glycosylation, and its mutation in humans leads to PMM2-CDG (congenital disorders of glycosylation), the most frequent type of CDG...
February 22, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
José A Belo, Sara Marques, José M Inácio
The formation of the asymmetric left-right (LR) body axis is one of the fundamental aspects of vertebrate embryonic development, and one still raising passionate discussions among scientists. Although the conserved role of nodal is unquestionable in this process, several of the details around this signaling cascade are still unanswered. To further understand this mechanism, we have been studying Cerberus-like 2 (Cerl2), an inhibitor of Nodal, and its role in the generation of asymmetries in the early vertebrate embryo...
December 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease
Marc O'Donnell, William F Lavelle, Mike H Sun
Spondylolysis is frequently seen in adolescents, typically at the L5 vertebral level. While there may be a congenital predisposition for spondylolysis, it has long been suggested that the defect results from a fatigue or stress fracture of the pars interarticularis. Spondylolisthesis may result from a bilateral spondylolytic defect and is frequently asymptomatic. There is a paucity of literature on infant and toddler spondylolysis, as the focus is primarily on school-aged children, typically those over ten years of age...
December 2017: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
Claudio Cortes, Alexandre Francou, Christopher De Bono, Robert G Kelly
The vertebrate heart tube forms from epithelial progenitor cells in the early embryo and subsequently elongates by progressive addition of second heart field (SHF) progenitor cells from adjacent splanchnic mesoderm. Failure to maximally elongate the heart results in a spectrum of morphological defects affecting the cardiac poles, including outflow tract alignment and atrioventricular septal defects, among the most common congenital birth anomalies. SHF cells constitute an atypical apicobasally polarized epithelium with dynamic basal filopodia, located in the dorsal wall of the pericardial cavity...
January 5, 2018: Circulation Research
Pravin Salunke, Madhivanan Karthigeyan, Narasimhaiah Sunil, Vasundhara Rangan
OBJECTIVES: Manifestation of congenital anomalies of cranio-vertebral junction (CVJ) in the later half of life is unusual and intriguing. Coexisting cervical spondylotic changes with multilevel compression, poorer bone quality as well as less smooth post-surgical recuperation make management of elderly Congenital Atlantoaxial Dislocation/ Basilar Invagination (CAAD/BI) challenging. The clinico-radiological presentation, pathogenesis and outcome are analysed here. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Clinico-radiological data of 20 patients of CAAD/BI (with markers of congenital anomalies) presenting after 50 years of age, the challenges faced and outcomes after C1-C2 fusion have been analysed...
December 21, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Maria Livia Ognean, Laura Corina Zgârcea, Laura Bălănescu, Oana Boantă, Raluca Elena Dumitra, Florin Grosu, Dan Georgian Bratu, Adrian Gheorghe Boicean, Liliana Coldea, Radu Chicea
BACKGROUND: Esophageal atresia (EA) is the most frequent and severe congenital anomaly of the esophagus, occurring in 1:2500-1:4500 live births. Five types of EA have been described, EA with tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) being the most frequent. AIM: The aim of this paper is to evaluate epidemiological aspects, malformative associations, and prenatal diagnosis in an unusual case series of EA with distal TEF. CASE PRESENTATIONS: The authors are analyzing a series of seven cases of EA with distal TEF...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
Norikazu Watanabe, Seiji Tsutsumi, Yuki Miyano, Hidenori Sato, Satoru Nagase
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 12, 2017: Congenital Anomalies
Karlo Kovacic, Sravan R Matta, Katja Kovacic, Casey Calkins, Ke Yan, Manu R Sood
OBJECTIVE: To determine nationwide prevalence and healthcare utilization in children with anorectal malformations and associated anomalies over a 6-year period. STUDY DESIGN: We used the Kids' Inpatient Database for the years 2006, 2009, and 2012 for data collection. International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision codes were used to identify patients with anorectal malformations and associated anomalies. RESULTS: A total of 2396 children <2 years of age with anorectal malformations were identified using weighted analysis; 54...
March 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
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Neural tube defects (NTDs) are congenital structural abnormalities of the central nervous system and vertebral column. Neural tube defects may occur as an isolated malformation, in combination with other malformations, as part of a genetic syndrome, or as a result of teratogenic exposure (1). Neural tube defects are the second-most-common major congenital anomaly (2) after cardiac malformations, and their prevalence varies by geographic region, race, and environmental factors (3). Outcomes and disabilities depend on level and extent of lesion; for instance, anencephaly is incompatible with life but most infants with spina bifida will survive after surgical repair (4)...
December 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Neural tube defects (NTDs) are congenital structural abnormalities of the central nervous system and vertebral column. Neural tube defects may occur as an isolated malformation, in combination with other malformations, as part of a genetic syndrome, or as a result of teratogenic exposure (1). Neural tube defects are the second-most-common major congenital anomaly (2) after cardiac malformations, and their prevalence varies by geographic region, race, and environmental factors (3). Outcomes and disabilities depend on level and extent of lesion; for instance, anencephaly is incompatible with life but most infants with spina bifida will survive after surgical repair (4)...
December 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Philip F Giampietro, Olivier Pourquie, Cathy Raggio, Shiro Ikegawa, Peter D Turnpenny, Ryan Gray, Sally L Dunwoodie, Christina A Gurnett, Benjamin Alman, Kenneth Cheung, Kenro Kusumi, Nancy Hadley-Miller, Carol A Wise
Scoliosis represents the most common musculoskeletal disorder in children and affects approximately 3% of the world population. Scoliosis is separated into two major phenotypic classifications: congenital and idiopathic. Idiopathic scoliosis is defined as a curvature of the spine of 10° or greater visualized on plane radiograph and does not have associated vertebral malformations (VM). "Congenital" scoliosis (CS) due to malformations in vertebrae is frequently associated with other birth defects...
January 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Yazdan Ghandi, Akbar Shafiee, Mehrazad Sharifi, Najmeh Sadat Bolandnazar
The VACTERL association, co-occurrence of vertebral, anorectal, cardiac, tracheoesophageal, genitourinary, and limb malformations, is a rare congenital anomaly. Several cardiac anomalies have been reported as a part of the VACTERL association, particularly ventricular and atrial septal defects. Pulmonary artery sling is a rare congenital abnormality in which the left pulmonary artery arises from the right pulmonary artery. This anomaly is not frequently observed in the VACTERL association and has been rarely reported...
July 2017: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
Roberta De Mori, Marta Romani, Stefano D'Arrigo, Maha S Zaki, Elisa Lorefice, Silvia Tardivo, Tommaso Biagini, Valentina Stanley, Damir Musaev, Joel Fluss, Alessia Micalizzi, Sara Nuovo, Barbara Illi, Luisa Chiapparini, Lucia Di Marcotullio, Mahmoud Y Issa, Danila Anello, Antonella Casella, Monia Ginevrino, Autumn Sa'na Leggins, Susanne Roosing, Romina Alfonsi, Jessica Rosati, Rachel Schot, Grazia Maria Simonetta Mancini, Enrico Bertini, William B Dobyns, Tommaso Mazza, Joseph G Gleeson, Enza Maria Valente
The Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) pathway is a key signaling pathway orchestrating embryonic development, mainly of the CNS and limbs. In vertebrates, SHH signaling is mediated by the primary cilium, and genetic defects affecting either SHH pathway members or ciliary proteins cause a spectrum of developmental disorders. SUFU is the main negative regulator of the SHH pathway and is essential during development. Indeed, Sufu knock-out is lethal in mice, and recessive pathogenic variants of this gene have never been reported in humans...
October 5, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
Hongjun Shi, Annabelle Enriquez, Melissa Rapadas, Ella M M A Martin, Roni Wang, Julie Moreau, Chai K Lim, Justin O Szot, Eddie Ip, James N Hughes, Kotaro Sugimoto, David T Humphreys, Aideen M McInerney-Leo, Paul J Leo, Ghassan J Maghzal, Jake Halliday, Janine Smith, Alison Colley, Paul R Mark, Felicity Collins, David O Sillence, David S Winlaw, Joshua W K Ho, Gilles J Guillemin, Matthew A Brown, Kazu Kikuchi, Paul Q Thomas, Roland Stocker, Eleni Giannoulatou, Gavin Chapman, Emma L Duncan, Duncan B Sparrow, Sally L Dunwoodie
BACKGROUND: Congenital malformations can be manifested as combinations of phenotypes that co-occur more often than expected by chance. In many such cases, it has proved difficult to identify a genetic cause. We sought the genetic cause of cardiac, vertebral, and renal defects, among others, in unrelated patients. METHODS: We used genomic sequencing to identify potentially pathogenic gene variants in families in which a person had multiple congenital malformations...
August 10, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
Andrew C Edmondson, Emma C Bedoukian, Matthew A Deardorff, Donna M McDonald-McGinn, Xueli Li, Miao He, Elaine H Zackai
Researchers have identified a subset of Holstein having a range of skeletal deformities, including vertebral anomalies, referred to as complex vertebral malformation due to mutations in the SLC35A3 gene. Here, we report the first case in humans of SLC35A3-related vertebral anomalies. Our patient had prenatally diagnosed anomalous vertebrae, including butterfly, and hemivertebrae throughout the spine, as well as cleft palate, micrognathia, patent foramen ovale, patent ductus arteriosus, posterior embryotoxon, short limbs, camptodactyly, talipes valgus, rocker bottom feet, and facial dysmorphism including proptosis, nevus flammeus, and a cupped left ear...
August 4, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Irina Sedykh, Baul Yoon, Laura Roberson, Oleg Moskvin, Colin N Dewey, Yevgenya Grinblat
The vertebrate retina develops in close proximity to the forebrain and neural crest-derived cartilages of the face and jaw. Coloboma, a congenital eye malformation, is associated with aberrant forebrain development (holoprosencephaly) and with craniofacial defects (frontonasal dysplasia) in humans, suggesting a critical role for cross-lineage interactions during retinal morphogenesis. ZIC2, a zinc-finger transcription factor, is linked to human holoprosencephaly. We have previously used morpholino assays to show zebrafish zic2 functions in the developing forebrain, retina and craniofacial cartilage...
September 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
Jihye Kim, Bumhee Yang, Namyoung Paik, Yon Ho Choe, Yong-Han Paik
Alagille syndrome (AGS) is a complex multisystem disorder that involves mainly the liver, heart, eyes, face, and skeleton. The main associated clinical features are chronic cholestasis due to a paucity of intrahepatic bile ducts, congenital heart disease primarily affecting pulmonary arteries, vertebral abnormalities, ocular embryotoxon, and peculiar facies. The manifestations generally become evident at a pediatric age. AGS is caused by defects in the Notch signaling pathway due to mutations in JAG1 or NOTCH2...
September 2017: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
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