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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337123/analysis-of-the-serotonergic-system-in-a-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome-reveals-unusual-upregulation-of-serotonin-receptor-5b
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Steffen Vogelgesang, Sabine Niebert, Ute Renner, Wiebke Möbius, Swen Hülsmann, Till Manzke, Marcus Niebert
Mutations in the transcription factor methyl-CpG-binding-protein 2 (MeCP2) cause a delayed-onset neurodevelopmental disorder known as Rett syndrome (RTT). Although alteration in serotonin levels have been reported in RTT patients, the molecular mechanisms underlying these defects are not well understood. Therefore, we chose to investigate the serotonergic system in hippocampus and brainstem of male Mecp2(-/y) knock-out mice in the B6.129P2(C)-Mecp2(tm1.1Bird) mouse model of RTT. The serotonergic system in mouse is comprised of 16 genes, whose mRNA expression profile was analyzed by quantitative RT-PCR...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334953/early-motor-phenotype-detection-in-a-female-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome-is-improved-by-cross-fostering
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Annie Vogel Ciernia, Michael Pride, Blythe Durbin-Johnson, Adriana Noronha, Alene Chang, Dag H Yasui, Jacqueline N Crawley, Janine M LaSalle
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the gene encoding methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) that occur sporadically in 1:10,000 female births. RTT is characterized by a period of largely normal development followed by regression in language and motor skills at 6-18 months of age. Mecp2 mutant mice recapitulate many of the clinical features of RTT, but the majority of behavioral assessments have been conducted in male Mecp2 hemizygous null mice as offspring of heterozygous dams...
March 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329686/demethylated-hsatii-dna-and-hsatii-rna-foci-sequester-prc1-and-mecp2-into-cancer-specific-nuclear-bodies
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Lisa L Hall, Meg Byron, Dawn M Carone, Troy W Whitfield, Gayle P Pouliot, Andrew Fischer, Peter Jones, Jeanne B Lawrence
This study reveals that high-copy satellite II (HSATII) sequences in the human genome can bind and impact distribution of chromatin regulatory proteins and that this goes awry in cancer. In many cancers, master regulatory proteins form two types of cancer-specific nuclear bodies, caused by locus-specific deregulation of HSATII. DNA demethylation at the 1q12 mega-satellite, common in cancer, causes PRC1 aggregation into prominent Cancer-Associated Polycomb (CAP) bodies. These loci remain silent, whereas HSATII loci with reduced PRC1 become derepressed, reflecting imbalanced distribution of UbH2A on these and other PcG-regulated loci...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323142/zoledronic-acid-improves-bone-histomorphometry-in-a-murine-model-of-rett-syndrome
#4
Jay R Shapiro, Adele L Boskey, Stephen B Doty, Lyudmila Lukashova, Mary E Blue
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurodevelopmental disorder predominately affecting young females, caused by deficiency of the global transcriptional protein methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2). Osteoblasts express MeCP2 and girls with RTT experience early onset osteoporosis, decreased bone mass and an increased fracture risk. There is no defined treatment for osteoporosis associated with RTT. The present study evaluated the effects of zoledronic acid (ZA), a third generation nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate with primarily anti-osteoclastic activity, in a mouse model of MeCP2 deficiency...
March 18, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317218/rodent-models-of-genetic-and-chromosomal-variations-in-psychiatric-disorders
#5
Jun Nomura, Geetha Kannan, Toru Takumi
Elucidating the molecular basis of complex human psychiatric disorders is challenging due to the multitude of factors that underpin these disorders. Genetic and chromosomal changes are two factors that have been suggested to be involved in psychiatric disorders. Indeed, numerous risk loci have been identified in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), schizophrenia, and related psychiatric disorders. Here, we introduce genetic animal models that disturb excitatory-inhibitory (E/I) balance in the brain and animal models mirroring human chromosomal abnormalities, both of which may be implicated in ASD pathophysiology...
March 20, 2017: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302064/a-sibship-with-duplication-of-xq28-inherited-from-the-mother-genomic-characterization-and-clinical-outcomes
#6
Dong Keon Yon, Ji Eun Park, Seung Jun Kim, Sung Han Shim, Kyu Young Chae
BACKGROUND: Loss-of-function mutations in methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2; MIM *300005) results in the Rett syndrome, whereas gain-of-function mutations are associated with the MECP2 duplication syndrome. METHODS: We did research on a family with two brothers showing Xq28 duplication syndrome using various molecular cytogenetic techniques such as multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification and array-based genomic hybridization. RESULTS: The duplicated region had several genes including MECP2 and interleukin-1 receptor associated kinase 1 (IRAK1; MIM *300283)...
March 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291253/mecp2-mediated-epigenetic-silencing-of-mir-137-contributes-to-colorectal-adenoma-carcinoma-sequence-and-tumor-progression-via-relieving-the-suppression-of-c-met
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Tao Chen, Shi-Lun Cai, Jian Li, Zhi-Peng Qi, Xu-Quan Li, Le-Chi Ye, Xiao-Feng Xie, Ying-Yong Hou, Li-Qing Yao, Mei-Dong Xu, Ping-Hong Zhou, Jian-Min Xu, Yun-Shi Zhong
The molecular mechanisms underlying colorectal cancer (CRC) development remain elusive. In this study, we examined the miRNA and mRNA expressions in the adenoma-carcinoma sequence (ACS), a critical neoplastic progression in CRC development. We found that miR-137 was down-regulated in all adenoma and carcinoma tissues. Low miR-137 levels were correlated negatively with tumor progression and metastasis. Then we identified the inhibition effect of the miR-137 in CRC development, both in CRC cell lines and mouse models...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270572/creb-signaling-is-involved-in-rett-syndrome-pathogenesis
#8
Qian Bu, Anxin Wang, Hamdi Hamzah, Alex Waldman, Keer Jiang, Qiping Dong, Ronghui Li, Jason Kim, Daniel Turner, Qiang Chang
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a debilitating neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the MECP2 gene. To facilitate the study of cellular mechanisms in human cells, we established several human stem cell lines: human embryonic stem cell (hESC) line carrying the common T158M mutation (MECP2(T158M/T158M) ), hESC line expressing no MECP2 (MECP2-KO), congenic pair of wild type and mutant RTT patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) line carrying the V247fs mutation (V247fs-WT and V247fs-MT), and iPSC line in which the V247fs mutation was corrected by CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing (V247fs-MT-correction)...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258509/distinct-defects-in-spine-formation-or-pruning-in-two-gene-duplication-mouse-models-of-autism
#9
Miao Wang, Huiping Li, Toru Takumi, Zilong Qiu, Xiu Xu, Xiang Yu, Wen-Jie Bian
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) encompasses a complex set of developmental neurological disorders, characterized by deficits in social communication and excessive repetitive behaviors. In recent years, ASD is increasingly being considered as a disease of the synapse. One main type of genetic aberration leading to ASD is gene duplication, and several mouse models have been generated mimicking these mutations. Here, we studied the effects of MECP2 duplication and human chromosome 15q11-13 duplication on synaptic development and neural circuit wiring in the mouse sensory cortices...
April 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254244/a-potential-life-threatening-reaction-to-glatiramer-acetate-in-rett-syndrome
#10
Andreea Nissenkorn, Mona Kidon, Bruria Ben-Zeev
BACKGROUND: Rett syndrome is an X-linked dominant neurodevelopmental disorder manifesting with severe intellectual disability in females caused by various mutations in the MECP2 gene. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is one of the main proteins regulated by the MECP2 protein; its overexpression in the MeCP2 mouse model partially corrects the Rett phenotype. Pharmacologic manipulations that lead to increased BDNF in individuals with Rett syndrome are expected to have a positive effect on the disorder...
March 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250423/prevalence-of-four-mendelian-disorders-associated-with-autism-in-2392-affected-families
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Avi Saskin, Vanessa Fulginiti, Ashley H Birch, Yannis Trakadis
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurobehavioral disorder with a heterogeneous genetic etiology. Based on the literature, several single-gene disorders, including Rett syndrome, Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome and tuberous sclerosis, are associated with a high prevalence of ASD. We estimated the prevalence of these four conditions in a large cohort of patients using whole-exome sequencing data from 2392 families (1800 quads and 592 trios) with ASD from the National Database for Autism Research...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230711/asperger-syndrome-and-early-onset-schizophrenia-associated-with-a-novel-mecp2-deleterious-missense-variant
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Aurore Curie, Gaëtan Lesca, Gérald Bussy, Sabine Manificat, Valérie Arnaud, Sibylle Gonzalez, Olivier Revol, Alain Calender, Daniel Gérard, Vincent des Portes
Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) deleterious variants, which are responsible for Rett syndrome in girls, are involved in a wide spectrum of developmental disabilities in males. A neuropsychiatric phenotype without intellectual disability is uncommon in patients with MECP2 deleterious variants. We report on two dizygotic twins with an MECP2-related psychiatric disorder without intellectual disability. Neuropsychological and psychiatric phenotype assessments were performed, and a genetic analysis was carried out...
February 22, 2017: Psychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229923/epigenetic-regulation-of-reln-and-gad1-in-the-frontal-cortex-fc-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd-subjects
#13
Adrian Zhubi, Ying Chen, Alessandro Guidotti, Dennis R Grayson
Both Reelin (RELN) and glutamate decarboxylase 67 (GAD1) have been implicated in the pathophysiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We have previously shown that both mRNAs are reduced in the cerebella (CB) of ASD subjects through a mechanism that involves increases in the amounts of MECP2 binding to the corresponding promoters. In the current study, we examined the expression of RELN, GAD1, GAD2, and several other mRNAs implicated in this disorder in the frontal cortices (FC) of ASD and CON subjects. We also focused on the role that epigenetic processes play in the regulation of these genes in ASD brain...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220356/overexpression-of-line-1-retrotransposons-in-autism-brain
#14
Svitlana Shpyleva, Stepan Melnyk, Oleksandra Pavliv, Igor Pogribny, S Jill James
Long interspersed nuclear elements-1 (LINE-1 or L1) are mobile DNA sequences that are capable of duplication and insertion (retrotransposition) within the genome. Recently, retrotransposition of L1 was shown to occur within human brain leading to somatic mosaicism in hippocampus and cerebellum. Because unregulated L1 activity can promote genomic instability and mutagenesis, multiple mechanisms including epigenetic chromatin condensation have evolved to effectively repress L1 expression. Nonetheless, L1 expression has been shown to be increased in patients with Rett syndrome and schizophrenia...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212680/mecp2-mutations-progress-towards-understanding-and-treating-rett-syndrome
#15
Ruth R Shah, Adrian P Bird
Rett syndrome is a profound neurological disorder caused by mutations in the MECP2 gene, but preclinical research has indicated that it is potentially treatable. Progress towards this goal depends on the development of increasingly relevant model systems and on our improving knowledge of MeCP2 function in the brain.
February 17, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211484/regulation-of-mrna-splicing-by-mecp2-via-epigenetic-modifications-in-the-brain
#16
Tian-Lin Cheng, Jingqi Chen, Huida Wan, Bin Tang, Weidong Tian, Lujian Liao, Zilong Qiu
Mutations of X-linked gene Methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2) are the major causes of Rett syndrome (RTT), a severe neurodevelopmental disorder. Duplications of MECP2-containing genomic segments lead to severe autistic symptoms in human. MECP2-coding protein methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) is involved in transcription regulation, microRNA processing and mRNA splicing. However, molecular mechanisms underlying the involvement of MeCP2 in mRNA splicing in neurons remain largely elusive. In this work we found that the majority of MeCP2-associated proteins are involved in mRNA splicing using mass spectrometry analysis with multiple samples from Mecp2-null rat brain, mouse primary neuron and human cell lines...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201743/mecp2-deficiency-results-in-robust-rett-like-behavioural-and-motor-deficits-in-male-and-female-rats
#17
Kelsey C Patterson, Virginia E Hawkins, Kara M Arps, Daniel K Mulkey, Michelle L Olsen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 15, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177766/functional-assessment-of-mecp2-in-rett-syndrome-and-cancers-of-breast-colon-and-prostate
#18
Somnath Pandey, Kevin Pruitt
Ever since the first report that mutations in methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) causes Rett syndrome (RTT), a severe neurological disorder in females world-wide, there has been a keen interest to gain a comprehensive understanding of this protein. While the classical model associated with MeCP2 function suggests its role in gene suppression via recruitment of co-repressor complexes and histone deacetylases to methylated CpG-sites, recent discoveries have brought to light its role in transcription activation, modulation of RNA splicing and chromatin compaction...
November 10, 2016: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173151/exclusive-expression-of-mecp2-in-the-nervous-system-distinguishes-between-brain-and-peripheral-rett-syndrome-like-phenotypes
#19
Paul D Ross, Jacky Guy, Jim Selfridge, Bushra Kamal, Noha Bahey, K Elizabeth Tanner, Thomas H Gillingwater, Ross A Jones, Christopher M Loughrey, Charlotte S McCarroll, Mark E S Bailey, Adrian Bird, Stuart Cobb
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 15, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151034/sfrp3-and-dkk1-regulate-fibroblast-like-synoviocytes-markers-and-wnt-elements-expression-depending-on-cellular-context
#20
Dorra Elhaj Mahmoud, Nadia Sassi, Ghassen Drissi, Maher Barsaoui, Khaled Zitouna, Hela Sahli, Maryam Kallel-Sellami, Lassad Kanoun, Elhem Cheour, Lilia Laadhar
CONTEXT: Fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) display pathogenic behavior. Various members of the Wnt pathway, especially the canonical Wnt/β-catenin cascade, may contribute to autonomous RA FLS activation. It has been shown that the two Wnt inhibitors: sFRP3 and DKK1 contribute to several critical aspects of joint biology. However, their effects on RA FLS are poorly characterized. The aim of our study was to investigate the effects of sFRP3 and DKK1 on FLS markers, Wnt components, and target oncogenes expression by RA FLS and compare the findings to osteoarthritic (OA) FLS...
February 2, 2017: Immunological Investigations
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