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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544139/rettbase-rett-syndrome-database-update
#1
Rahul Krishnaraj, Gladys Ho, John Christodoulou
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked progressive neurodevelopmental disorder that primarily affects females. Mutations in the MECP2 gene have been attributed as the major genetic cause of Rett syndrome. Recently, mutations in CDKL5 and FOXG1 genes have also been suggested to give rise to Rett syndrome, although subsequent more extensive studies suggest that diseases resulting from mutations in these two genes should be considered as distinct clinical entities. While the genetic basis for the Rett syndrome has been recognized, so far there is no effective cure for the disease and the treatments available are mainly aimed at ameliorating clinical problems associated with the disorder...
May 25, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535982/altered-gene-expression-in-early-postnatal-monoamine-oxidase-a-knockout-mice
#2
Kevin Chen, Abbey Kardys, Yibu Chen, Stephen Flink, Boris Tabakoff, Jean C Shih
We reported previously that monoamine oxidase (MAO) A knockout (KO) mice show increased serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) levels and autistic-like behaviors characterized by repetitive behaviors, and anti-social behaviors. We showed that administration of the serotonin synthesis inhibitor para-chlorophenylalanine (pCPA) from post-natal day 1 (P1) through 7 (P7) in MAO A KO mice reduced the serotonin level to normal and reverses the repetitive behavior. These results suggested that the altered gene expression at P1 and P7 may be important for the autistic-like behaviors seen in MAO A KO mice and was studied here...
May 20, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534217/autism-spectrum-disorder-associated-genes-and-the-development-of-dentate-granule-cells
#3
REVIEW
Hidenori Ito, Rika Morishita, Koh-Ichi Nagata
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by severe clinical symptoms such as the deficiency of the social communication, repetitive and stereotyped behaviors, and restricted interests. Although complex genetic and environmental factors are thought to contribute to the development of ASD, the precise etiologies are largely unknown. Neuroanatomical observations have been made of developmental abnormalities in different brain regions, including dentate gyrus of hippocampus, which is widely accepted as the center for learning and memory...
May 22, 2017: Medical Molecular Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526320/mercury-exposure-induces-cytoskeleton-disruption-and-loss-of-renal-function-through-epigenetic-modulation-of-mmp9-expression
#4
Hafizurrahman Khan, Radha Dutt Singh, Ratnakar Tiwari, Siddhartha Gangopadhyay, Somendu Kumar Roy, Dhirendra Singh, Vikas Srivastava
Mercury is one of the major heavy metal pollutants occurring in elemental, inorganic and organic forms. Due to ban on most inorganic mercury containing products, human exposure to mercury generally occurs as methylmercury (MeHg) by consumption of contaminated fish and other sea food. Animal and epidemiological studies indicate that MeHg affects neural and renal function. Our study is focused on nephrotoxic potential of MeHg. In this study, we have shown for the first time how MeHg could epigenetically modulate matrix metalloproteinase 9(MMP9) to promote nephrotoxicity using an animal model of sub chronic MeHg exposure...
May 16, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525759/modeling-rett-syndrome-using-talen-edited-mecp2-mutant-cynomolgus-monkeys
#5
Yongchang Chen, Juehua Yu, Yuyu Niu, Dongdong Qin, Hailiang Liu, Gang Li, Yingzhou Hu, Jiaojian Wang, Yi Lu, Yu Kang, Yong Jiang, Kunhua Wu, Siguang Li, Jingkuan Wei, Jing He, Junbang Wang, Xiaojing Liu, Yuping Luo, Chenyang Si, Raoxian Bai, Kunshan Zhang, Jie Liu, Shaoyong Huang, Zhenzhen Chen, Shuang Wang, Xiaoying Chen, Xinhua Bao, Qingping Zhang, Fuxing Li, Rui Geng, Aibin Liang, Dinggang Shen, Tianzi Jiang, Xintian Hu, Yuanye Ma, Weizhi Ji, Yi Eve Sun
Gene-editing technologies have made it feasible to create nonhuman primate models for human genetic disorders. Here, we report detailed genotypes and phenotypes of TALEN-edited MECP2 mutant cynomolgus monkeys serving as a model for a neurodevelopmental disorder, Rett syndrome (RTT), which is caused by loss-of-function mutations in the human MECP2 gene. Male mutant monkeys were embryonic lethal, reiterating that RTT is a disease of females. Through a battery of behavioral analyses, including primate-unique eye-tracking tests, in combination with brain imaging via MRI, we found a series of physiological, behavioral, and structural abnormalities resembling clinical manifestations of RTT...
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524723/l1-retrotransposition-is-activated-by-ten-eleven-translocation-protein-1-and-repressed-by-methyl-cpg-binding-proteins
#6
Peng Zhang, Anne K Ludwig, Florian D Hastert, Cathia Rausch, Anne Lehmkuhl, Ines Hellmann, Martha Smets, Heinrich Leonhardt, M Cristina Cardoso
One of the major functions of DNA methylation is the repression of transposable elements, such as the long-interspersed nuclear element 1 (L1). The underlying mechanism(s), however, are unclear. Here, we addressed how retrotransposon activation and mobilization are regulated by methyl-cytosine modifying ten-eleven-translocation (Tet) proteins and how this is modulated by methyl-CpG binding domain (MBD) proteins. We show that Tet1 activates both, endogenous and engineered L1 retrotransposons. Furthermore, we found that Mecp2 and Mbd2 repress Tet1-mediated activation of L1 by preventing 5hmC formation at the L1 promoter...
May 19, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523539/the-role-of-noncoding-rnas-in-neurodevelopmental-disorders-the-case-of-rett-syndrome
#7
Aida Obiols-Guardia, Sònia Guil
Current technologies have demonstrated that only a small fraction of our genes encode for protein products. The vast majority of the human transcriptome corresponds to noncoding RNA (ncRNA) of different size, localization, and expression profile. Despite the fact that a biological function remains yet to be determined for most ncRNAs, growing evidence points to their crucial regulatory roles at all stages in gene expression regulation, including transcriptional and posttranscriptional control, so that proper cell homeostasis seems to depend largely on a variety of ncRNA-mediated regulatory networks...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523538/mecp2-a-modulator-of-neuronal-chromatin-organization-involved-in-rett-syndrome
#8
Alexia Martínez de Paz, Juan Ausió
From an epigenetic perspective, the genomic chromatin organization of neurons exhibits unique features when compared to somatic cells. Methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2), through its ability to bind to methylated DNA, seems to be a major player in regulating such unusual organization. An important contribution to this uniqueness stems from the intrinsically disordered nature of this highly abundant chromosomal protein in neurons. Upon its binding to methylated/hydroxymethylated DNA, MeCP2 is able to recruit a plethora of interacting protein and RNA partners...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506623/mecp2-deficient-mice-have-reduced-%C3%AE-4-and-%C3%AE-6-nicotinic-receptor-mrna-and-altered-behavioral-response-to-nicotinic-agonists
#9
J Leung, D M McPhee, A Renda, N Penty, F Fahroomand, R Nashmi, K R Delaney
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506335/-mecp2-gene-and-mecp2-related-diseases
#10
Jing Peng
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506334/-mecp2-duplication-syndrome-a-clinical-analysis-of-three-cases-and-literature-review
#11
Dan-Xia Tang, Dong-Fang Li, Ruo-Hao Wu, Li-Na Zhang, Xiang-Yang Luo
MECP2 duplication syndrome (MDS) is a rare pediatric disease and mainly manifests as delayed motor development, language loss or delay, recurrent infection, severe intellectual disability, epilepsy, autistic symptoms, and early infantile hypotonia. In this article, the three children with this disease were all boys. Cases 1 and 2 had delayed motor development, and language loss or delay as initial manifestations, and case 3 had recurrent infection as initial manifestation. Physical examination showed hypotonia and negative pathological signs in each case...
May 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505093/the-crucial-role-of-dna-methylation-and-mecp2-in-neuronal-function
#12
REVIEW
Maria Fasolino, Zhaolan Zhou
A neuron is unique in its ability to dynamically modify its transcriptional output in response to synaptic activity while maintaining a core gene expression program that preserves cellular identity throughout a lifetime that is longer than almost every other cell type in the body. A contributing factor to the immense adaptability of a neuron is its unique epigenetic landscape that elicits locus-specific alterations in chromatin architecture, which in turn influences gene expression. One such epigenetic modification that is sensitive to changes in synaptic activity, as well as essential for maintaining cellular identity, is DNA methylation...
May 13, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498846/mecp2-recognizes-cytosine-methylated-tri-nucleotide-and-di-nucleotide-sequences-to-tune-transcription-in-the-mammalian-brain
#13
Sabine Lagger, John C Connelly, Gabriele Schweikert, Shaun Webb, Jim Selfridge, Bernard H Ramsahoye, Miao Yu, Chuan He, Guido Sanguinetti, Lawrence C Sowers, Malcolm D Walkinshaw, Adrian Bird
Mutations in the gene encoding the methyl-CG binding protein MeCP2 cause several neurological disorders including Rett syndrome. The di-nucleotide methyl-CG (mCG) is the classical MeCP2 DNA recognition sequence, but additional methylated sequence targets have been reported. Here we show by in vitro and in vivo analyses that MeCP2 binding to non-CG methylated sites in brain is largely confined to the tri-nucleotide sequence mCAC. MeCP2 binding to chromosomal DNA in mouse brain is proportional to mCAC + mCG density and unexpectedly defines large genomic domains within which transcription is sensitive to MeCP2 occupancy...
May 12, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497075/development-of-a-novel-aav-gene-therapy-cassette-with-improved-safety-features-and-efficacy-in-a-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome
#14
Kamal K E Gadalla, Thishnapha Vudhironarit, Ralph D Hector, Sarah Sinnett, Noha G Bahey, Mark E S Bailey, Steven J Gray, Stuart R Cobb
Rett syndrome (RTT), caused by loss-of-function mutations in the MECP2 gene, is a neurological disorder characterized by severe impairment of motor and cognitive functions. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of vector design, dosage, and delivery route on the efficacy and safety of gene augmentation therapy in mouse models of RTT. Our results show that AAV-mediated delivery of MECP2 to Mecp2 null mice by systemic administration, and utilizing a minimal endogenous promoter, was associated with a narrow therapeutic window and resulted in liver toxicity at higher doses...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497072/improved-mecp2-gene-therapy-extends-the-survival-of-mecp2-null-mice-without-apparent-toxicity-after-intracisternal-delivery
#15
Sarah E Sinnett, Ralph D Hector, Kamal K E Gadalla, Clifford Heindel, Daphne Chen, Violeta Zaric, Mark E S Bailey, Stuart R Cobb, Steven J Gray
Intravenous administration of adeno-associated virus serotype 9 (AAV9)/hMECP2 has been shown to extend the lifespan of Mecp2(-/y) mice, but this delivery route induces liver toxicity in wild-type (WT) mice. To reduce peripheral transgene expression, we explored the safety and efficacy of AAV9/hMECP2 injected into the cisterna magna (ICM). AAV9/hMECP2 (1 × 10(12) viral genomes [vg]; ICM) extended Mecp2(-/y) survival but aggravated hindlimb clasping and abnormal gait phenotypes. In WT mice, 1 × 10(12) vg of AAV9/hMECP2 induced clasping and abnormal gait...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486614/potential-role-of-dna-methylation-as-a-facilitator-of-target-search-processes-for-transcription-factors-through-interplay-with-methyl-cpg-binding-proteins
#16
Catherine A Kemme, Rolando Marquez, Ross H Luu, Junji Iwahara
Eukaryotic genomes contain numerous non-functional high-affinity sequences for transcription factors. These sequences potentially serve as natural decoys that sequester transcription factors. We have previously shown that the presence of sequences similar to the target sequence could substantially impede association of the transcription factor Egr-1 with its targets. In this study, using a stopped-flow fluorescence method, we examined the kinetic impact of DNA methylation of decoys on the search process of the Egr-1 zinc-finger protein...
May 9, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481730/next-generation-sequencing-reveals-novel-mutations-in-x-linked-intellectual-disability
#17
Babylakshmi Muthusamy, Lakshmi Dhevi N Selvan, Thong T Nguyen, Jesna Manoj, Eric W Stawiski, Bijay S Jaiswal, Weiru Wang, Remya Raja, Vedam Laxmi Ramprasad, Ravi Gupta, Sakthivel Murugan, Jayarama S Kadandale, T S Keshava Prasad, Kavita Reddy, Andrew Peterson, Akhilesh Pandey, Somasekar Seshagiri, Satish Chandra Girimaji, Harsha Gowda
Robust diagnostics for many human genetic disorders are much needed in the pursuit of global personalized medicine. Next-generation sequencing now offers new promise for biomarker and diagnostic discovery, in developed as well as resource-limited countries. In this broader global health context, X-linked intellectual disability (XLID) is an inherited genetic disorder that is associated with a range of phenotypes impacting societies in both developed and developing countries. Although intellectual disability arises due to diverse causes, a substantial proportion is caused by genomic alterations...
May 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480959/research-on-the-epigenetic-regulation-mechanism-of-the-ptpn6-gene-in-advanced-chronic-myeloid-leukaemia
#18
Xiaokun Zhang, Lin Yang, Xiaojun Liu, Ziyuan Nie, Xingzhe Wang, Yuxia Pan, Jianmin Luo
PTPN6, a tyrosine phosphatase protein, plays a negative role in cell signal transduction and is negatively correlated with tumour formation and growth. However, epigenetic regulation mechanism of the PTPN6 gene in advanced chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) remains unclear. This study investigated bone marrow or blood samples from 44 CML patients and 10 healthy volunteers. KCL22 and K562 cells were cultured and treated with demethylation drugs and histone deacetylase inhibitors. Real time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), methylation-specific PCR, bisulfite sequencing PCR, Western blotting, co-immunoprecipitation and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) was performed...
May 8, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480880/intron-retention-is-regulated-by-altered-mecp2-mediated-splicing-factor-recruitment
#19
Justin J-L Wong, Dadi Gao, Trung V Nguyen, Chau-To Kwok, Michelle van Geldermalsen, Rob Middleton, Natalia Pinello, Annora Thoeng, Rajini Nagarajah, Jeff Holst, William Ritchie, John E J Rasko
While intron retention (IR) is considered a widely conserved and distinct mechanism of gene expression control, its regulation is poorly understood. Here we show that DNA methylation directly regulates IR. We also find reduced occupancy of MeCP2 near the splice junctions of retained introns, mirroring the reduced DNA methylation at these sites. Accordingly, MeCP2 depletion in tissues and cells enhances IR. By analysing the MeCP2 interactome using mass spectrometry and RNA co-precipitation, we demonstrate that decreased MeCP2 binding near splice junctions facilitates IR via reduced recruitment of splicing factors, including Tra2b, and increased RNA polymerase II stalling...
May 8, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465761/autonomic-breathing-abnormalities-in-rett-syndrome-caregiver-perspectives-in-an-international-database-study
#20
Jessica Mackay, Jenny Downs, Kingsley Wong, Jane Heyworth, Amy Epstein, Helen Leonard
BACKGROUND: Rett syndrome is a severe neurodevelopmental disorder associated with mutations in the MECP2 gene. Irregular breathing patterns and abdominal bloating are prominent but poorly understood features. Our aims were to characterize the abnormal breathing patterns and abdominal bloating, investigate the distribution of these by age and mutation type and examine their impact and management from a caregiver perspective. METHODS: We invited previously recruited families from the International Rett Syndrome Study to complete a web-based questionnaire concerning their family member with Rett syndrome aged between 2 and 57 years...
2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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