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Neurology gene panel

Mona Dawood, Sami Hamdoun, Thomas Efferth
Arsenic trioxide is a traditional remedy in Chinese Medicine since ages. Nowadays, it is clinically used to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) by targeting PML/RARA. However, the drug's activity is broader and the mechanisms of action in other tumor types remain unclear. In this study, we investigated molecular modes of action by classical and network pharmacological approaches. CEM/ADR5000 resistance leukemic cells were similar sensitive to As2 O3 as their wild-type counterpart CCRF-CEM (resistance ratio: 1...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Anna Papadopoulou, Argyrios Dinopoulos, George Koutsodontis, Roser Pons, Pelagia Vorgia, Vasiliki Koute, Athanassios Vratimos, Dimitrios Zafeiriou
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a rare neurocutaneous syndrome inherited by an autosomal dominant manner. The disorder is commonly manifested by the presence of multiple benign tumors located in numerous tissues, including the brain, heart, skin and kidneys. Seizures, autism, developmental and behavioral delay, as well as non-neurological phenotypic findings, are suggestive of TSC. The identification of one pathogenic mutation in either the TSC1 or TSC2 genes is considered to be an independent diagnostic criterion...
February 9, 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Paul Dunn, Cassie L Albury, Neven Maksemous, Miles C Benton, Heidi G Sutherland, Robert A Smith, Larisa M Haupt, Lyn R Griffiths
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by an increased predisposition for seizures. Although this definition suggests that it is a single disorder, epilepsy encompasses a group of disorders with diverse aetiologies and outcomes. A genetic basis for epilepsy syndromes has been postulated for several decades, with several mutations in specific genes identified that have increased our understanding of the genetic influence on epilepsies. With 70-80% of epilepsy cases identified to have a genetic cause, there are now hundreds of genes identified to be associated with epilepsy syndromes which can be analyzed using next generation sequencing (NGS) techniques such as targeted gene panels, whole exome sequencing (WES) and whole genome sequencing (WGS)...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Chiara Reale, Celeste Panteghini, Miryam Carecchio, Barbara Garavaglia
Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) is a group of new methods that allow sequencing a variable number of known genes (targeted resequencing) or even the whole human genome (whole genome sequencing-WGS) and have contributed to an exponential genetic knowledge growth, especially in rare diseases, in the past few years. Since 2015, in the Molecular Neurogenetics Unit of Neurological Institute "Carlo Besta", some gene panels have become available to screen all the known genes associated with Movement Disorders (MD) in children and adults as a diagnostic package...
January 29, 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Hajime Tanabe, Yujiro Higuchi, Jun-Hui Yuan, Akihiro Hashiguchi, Akiko Yoshimura, Satoshi Ishihara, Satoshi Nozuma, Yuji Okamoto, Eiji Matsuura, Hiroyuki Ishiura, Jun Mitsui, Ryotaro Takashima, Norito Kokubun, Kengo Maeda, Yuri Asano, Yoko Sunami, Yu Kono, Yasunori Ishigaki, Shosaburo Yanamoto, Jiro Fukae, Hiroshi Kida, Mitsuya Morita, Shoji Tsuji, Hiroshi Takashima
Mutations in small heat shock protein beta-1 (HspB1) have been linked to Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease type 2F and distal hereditary motor neuropathy type 2B. Only four cases with HSPB1 mutations have been reported to date in Japan. In this study between April 2007 and October 2014, we conducted gene panel sequencing in a case series of 1,030 patients with inherited peripheral neuropathies (IPNs) using DNA microarray, targeted resequencing, and whole-exome sequencing. We identified HSPB1 variants in 1.3 % (13 of 1,030) of the patients with IPNs, who exhibited a male predominance...
January 30, 2018: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
Elizabeth A Mannino, Thomas Pluim, Jacob Wessler, Megan T Cho, Jane Juusola, Samantha A Schrier Vergano
Congenital Methemoglobinemia is a rare neurologic condition which can mimic other diseases such as epilepsy syndromes and leukodystrophies. The responsible gene, CYB5R3, is not typically included on commonly order neurologic and epilepsy panels. We recommend that laboratories include this gene on these tests which often precede larger-scale genetic studies.
January 2018: Clinical Case Reports
Elizabeth E Palmer, Deborah Schofield, Rupendra Shrestha, Tejaswi Kandula, Rebecca Macintosh, John A Lawson, Ian Andrews, Hugo Sampaio, Alexandra M Johnson, Michelle A Farrar, Michael Cardamone, David Mowat, George Elakis, William Lo, Ying Zhu, Kevin Ying, Paula Morris, Jiang Tao, Kerith-Rae Dias, Michael Buckley, Marcel E Dinger, Mark J Cowley, Tony Roscioli, Edwin P Kirk, Ann Bye, Rani K Sachdev
BACKGROUND: Epileptic encephalopathies are a devastating group of neurological conditions in which etiological diagnosis can alter management and clinical outcome. Exome sequencing and gene panel testing can improve diagnostic yield but there is no cost-effectiveness analysis of their use or consensus on how to best integrate these tests into clinical diagnostic pathways. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cost-effectiveness study comparing trio exome sequencing with a standard diagnostic approach, for a well-phenotyped cohort of 32 patients with epileptic encephalopathy, who remained undiagnosed after "first-tier" testing...
January 4, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
M Ishida, T Cullup, C Boustred, C James, J Docker, C English, N Lench, A J Copp, G E Moore, N D E Greene, P Stanier
Neural tube defects (NTDs) affecting the brain (anencephaly) are lethal before or at birth, whereas lower spinal defects (spina bifida) may lead to lifelong neurological handicap. Collectively, NTDs rank among the most common birth defects worldwide. This study focuses on anencephaly, which despite having a similar frequency to spina bifida and being the most common type of NTD observed in mouse models, has had more limited inclusion in genetic studies. A genetic influence is strongly implicated in determining risk of NTDs and a molecular diagnosis is of fundamental importance to families both in terms of understanding the origin of the condition and for managing future pregnancies...
December 4, 2017: Clinical Genetics
P Espi, S Parajuli, M Benfodda, A-S Lebre, U Paudel, A Grange, V Grybek, T Grange, N Soufir, F Grange
BACKGROUND: Little is known about xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) in Himalayan countries. OBJECTIVE: To describe clinical characteristics of XP in Nepal and investigate its genetic bases. METHODS: This study was carried out on all consecutive patients referred for XP to a Nepalese tertiary referral centre in 2014-2015. Clinical data were collected using a standardized questionnaire. DNA was extracted from salivary samples, and next-generation sequencing (NGS) was conducted using a panel covering all 8 known XP genes (classical XP (XP-A to XP-G) and XP variant) and a skin cancer modifier gene, the melanocortin 1 receptor gene (MC1R)...
November 24, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
X Yang, G Pan, W H Li, L M Zhang, B B Wu, H J Wang, P Zhang, S Z Zhou
Objective: To summarize the gene mutation of early onset epileptic spasm with unknown reason. Method: In this prospective study, data of patients with early onset epileptic spasm with unknown reason were collected from neurological department of Children's Hospital of Fudan University between March 2016 and December 2016. Patients with known disorders such as infection, metabolic, structural, immunological problems and known genetic mutations were excluded. Patients with genetic disease that can be diagnosed by clinical manifestations and phenotypic characteristics were also excluded...
November 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
Ying-Fa Chen, Yung-Yee Chang, Min-Yu Lan, Pei-Lung Chen, Chin-Hsien Lin
BACKGROUND: Vacuolar protein sorting 35 (VPS35) was recently reported to be a genetic cause for late-onset autosomal dominant Parkinson's disease (PD). However, VPS35 mutations are rarely reported in Asian populations. Herein, we report the first Taiwanese family with the pathogenic VPS35 p.D620N mutation, including one patient treated successfully with subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS). CASE PRESENTATION: A 61-year-old woman presented with progressive left hand resting tremor at the age of 42...
October 6, 2017: BMC Neurology
Angli Xue, Hongcheng Wang, Jun Zhu
Startle behavior is important for survival, and abnormal startle responses are related to several neurological diseases. Drosophila melanogaster provides a powerful system to investigate the genetic underpinnings of variation in startle behavior. Since mechanically induced, startle responses and environmental conditions can be readily quantified and precisely controlled. The 156 wild-derived fully sequenced lines of the Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP) were used to identify SNPs and transcripts associated with variation in startle behavior...
September 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jen Bevilacqua, Andrew Hesse, Brian Cormier, Jennifer Davey, Devanshi Patel, Kritika Shankar, Honey V Reddi
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders with about 500 genes thought to be involved across the phenotypic spectrum (Busch et al. 2014; Ran et al. 2014), which includes monogenic, multigenic, epistatic and pleiotropic phenotype manifestations (Busch et al. 2014; Thomas et al. 2014), driving the need for a comprehensive diagnostic test. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) allows for the simultaneous investigation of a large number of genes, making it a very attractive option for a condition as diverse as epilepsy at a low cost compared to traditional Sanger sequencing (Lemke et al...
September 2017: Journal of Genetics
Jing-Yu Gong, Kenneth D R Setchell, Jing Zhao, Wujuan Zhang, Brian Wolfe, Yi Lu, Karolin Lackner, A S Knisely, Neng-Li Wang, Chen-Zhi Hao, Mei-Hong Zhang, Jian-She Wang
OBJECTIVES: Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) is caused by defects in sterol 27-hydroxylase (CYP27A1, encoded by CYP27A1), a key enzyme in the bile acid synthesis pathway. CTX usually presents as neurologic disease in adults or older children. The rare reports of CTX manifest as neonatal cholestasis assess the cholestasis as transient, with patient survival. Our experience differs. METHODS: Homozygous or compound heterozygous CYP27A1 mutations were detected in 8 neonatal cholestasis patients by whole exome sequencing, panel sequencing, or Sanger sequencing...
November 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Rafael Contreras-Galindo, Derek Dube, Koh Fujinaga, Mark H Kaplan, David M Markovitz
Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) make up 8% of the human genome. The HERV type K (HERV-K) HML-2 (HK2) family contains proviruses that are the most recent entrants into the human germ line and are transcriptionally active. In HIV-1 infection and cancer, HK2 genes produce retroviral particles that appear to be infectious, yet the replication capacity of these viruses and potential pathogenicity has been difficult to ascertain. In this report, we screened the efficacy of commercially available reverse transcriptase inhibitors (RTIs) at inhibiting the enzymatic activity of HK2 RT and HK2 genomic replication...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
Hui-Chi Lin, Chin-Hsien Lin, Pei-Lung Chen, Shih-Jung Cheng, Pei-Hao Chen
BACKGROUND: Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorder characterized by deficits in executive function that frequently overlaps with parkinsonism and motor neuron disorders. Several genes have been identified to cause autosomal dominant forms of FTD, including the gene coding for the protein associated with microtubule tau (MAPT). While most reported pathogenic mutations in MAPT occur in exons 9-13, few families have been reported with mutations outside of this region...
September 18, 2017: BMC Neurology
Svetlana F Khaiboullina, Elena G Mendelevich, Leyla H Shigapova, Elena Shagimardanova, Guzel Gazizova, Alexey Nikitin, Ekaterina Martynova, Yuriy N Davidyuk, Enver I Bogdanov, Oleg Gusev, Arn M J M van den Maagdenberg, Rashid A Giniatullin, Albert A Rizvanov
Background: Immune mechanisms recently emerged as important contributors to migraine pathology with cytokines affecting neuronal excitation. Therefore, elucidating the profile of cytokines activated in various forms of migraine, including those with a known genetic cause, can help in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Methods: Here we (i) performed exome sequencing to identify the causal gene mutation and (ii) measured, using Bio-Plex technology, 22 cytokines in serum of patients with familial migraine (two with hemiplegic migraine and two with migraine with aura) from a Russian family that ethnically belongs to the Tatar population...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Mary Beth Stosser, Amanda S Lindy, Elizabeth Butler, Kyle Retterer, Caitlin M Piccirillo-Stosser, Gabriele Richard, Dianalee A McKnight
PurposeMosaicism probably represents an underreported cause of genetic disorders due to detection challenges during routine molecular diagnostics. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the frequency of mosaicism detected by next-generation sequencing in genes associated with epilepsy-related neurodevelopmental disorders.MethodsWe conducted a retrospective analysis of 893 probands with epilepsy who had a multigene epilepsy panel or whole-exome sequencing performed in a clinical diagnostic laboratory and were positive for a pathogenic or likely pathogenic variant in one of nine genes (CDKL5, GABRA1, GABRG2, GRIN2B, KCNQ2, MECP2, PCDH19, SCN1A, or SCN2A)...
August 24, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Sara Morais, Laure Raymond, Mathilde Mairey, Paula Coutinho, Eva Brandão, Paula Ribeiro, José Leal Loureiro, Jorge Sequeiros, Alexis Brice, Isabel Alonso, Giovanni Stevanin
Hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSP) are neurodegenerative disorders characterized by lower limb spasticity and weakness that can be complicated by other neurological or non-neurological signs. Despite a high genetic heterogeneity (>60 causative genes), 40-70% of the families remain without a molecular diagnosis. Analysis of one of the pioneer cohorts of 193 HSP families generated in the early 1990s in Portugal highlighted that SPAST and SPG11 are the most frequent diagnoses. We have now explored 98 unsolved families from this series using custom next generation sequencing panels analyzing up to 70 candidate HSP genes...
November 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Zhong-Yu Liu, Jiu-Yang Yu, Xing-Yao Huang, Hang Fan, Xiao-Feng Li, Yong-Qiang Deng, Xue Ji, Meng-Li Cheng, Qing Ye, Hui Zhao, Jian-Feng Han, Xiao-Ping An, Tao Jiang, Bo Zhang, Yi-Gang Tong, Cheng-Feng Qin
Zika virus (ZIKV) has caused significant outbreaks and epidemics in the Americas recently, raising global concern due to its ability to cause microcephaly and other neurological complications. A stable and efficient infectious clone of ZIKV is urgently needed. However, the instability and toxicity of flavivirus cDNA clones in Escherichia coli hosts has hindered the development of ZIKV infectious clones. Here, using a novel self-splicing ribozyme-based strategy, we generated a stable infectious cDNA clone of a contemporary ZIKV strain imported from Venezuela to China in 2016...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
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