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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901249/proteins-commonly-linked-to-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Athanasios Alexiou, Georgia Soursou, Nagendra Sastry Yarla, Ghulam Md Ashraf
Several years after the first publication of Barker's Hypothesis the identification of common patterns and pathways between genetic and epigenetic risk factors in neurodegenerative disorders is still an open problem. For the cases of Alzheimer's disease and Autism and by taking into consideration the increasing number of diagnosed cases globally, scientists focused on commonly expressed and related proteins like Amyloid beta and the mechanisms of their underlying dysfunctionalities. In this review paper, an attempt to specify significant correlations between proteins linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders and Alzheimer's Disease is presented...
September 11, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890420/perinatal-inflammation-and-adult-psychopathology-from-preclinical-models-to-humans
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REVIEW
Amaicha Mara Depino
Perinatal environment plays a crucial role in brain development and determines its function through life. Epidemiological studies and clinical reports link perinatal exposure to infection and/or immune activation to various psychiatric disorders. In addition, accumulating evidence from animal models shows that perinatal inflammation can affect various behaviors relevant to psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, autism, anxiety and depression. Remarkably, the effects on behavior and brain function do not always depend on the type of inflammatory stimulus or the perinatal age targeted, so diverse inflammatory events can have similar consequences on the brain...
September 7, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887651/a-cell-culture-model-for-investigation-of-synapse-influenceability-epigenetics-expression-and-function-of-gene-targets-important-for-synapse-formation-and-preservation-in-sh-sy5y-neuroblastoma-cells-differentiated-by-retinoic-acid
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Kirsten Jahn, C Wieltsch, N Blumer, M Mehlich, H Pathak, A Q Khan, H Hildebrandt, H Frieling
SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells are frequently used for different neuronal cell culture models. As there is no "gold-standard", miscellaneous protocols exist to differentiate these cells into a neuronal cell type. Here, the aim was to find a differentiation condition making cells suitable for investigation of influenceability of synapses by environmental conditions in pharmacologic experiments. For this purpose, effects on synapse molecules should be somehow rateable and cells should be usable for functional analysis like calcium imaging...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866801/recent-advances-in-assays-for-the-fragile-x-related-disorders
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REVIEW
Bruce E Hayward, Daman Kumari, Karen Usdin
The fragile X-related disorders are a group of three clinical conditions resulting from the instability of a CGG-repeat tract at the 5' end of the FMR1 transcript. Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) and fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency (FXPOI) are disorders seen in carriers of FMR1 alleles with 55-200 repeats. Female carriers of these premutation (PM) alleles are also at risk of having a child who has an FMR1 allele with >200 repeats. Most of these full mutation (FM) alleles are epigenetically silenced resulting in a deficit of the FMR1 gene product, FMRP...
September 2, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866611/missense-variants-in-the-chromatin-remodeler-chd1-are-associated-with-neurodevelopmental-disability
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Genay O Pilarowski, Hilary J Vernon, Carolyn D Applegate, Leandros Boukas, Megan T Cho, Christina A Gurnett, Paul J Benke, Erin Beaver, Jennifer M Heeley, Livija Medne, Ian D Krantz, Meron Azage, Dmitriy Niyazov, Lindsay B Henderson, Ingrid M Wentzensen, Berivan Baskin, Maria J Guillen Sacoto, Gregory D Bowman, Hans T Bjornsson
BACKGROUND: The list of Mendelian disorders of the epigenetic machinery has expanded rapidly during the last 5 years. A few missense variants in the chromatin remodeler CHD1 have been found in several large-scale sequencing efforts focused on uncovering the genetic aetiology of autism. OBJECTIVES: To explore whether variants in CHD1 are associated with a human phenotype. METHODS: We used GeneMatcher to identify other physicians caring for patients with variants in CHD1...
September 2, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864976/overview-of-human-oxytocin-research
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Keith M Kendrick, Adam J Guastella, Benjamin Becker
Social dysfunction is a core symptom of many psychiatric disorders and current medications have little or no remedial effects on this. Following on from extensive studies on animal models demonstrating that the neuropeptide oxytocin plays an important role in social recognition and bonding, human-based research has explored its therapeutic potential for social dysfunction in psychiatric disorders. Here we outline the historical background of this human-based research and some of the current methodological challenges it is facing...
September 2, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859332/biology-of-microglia-in-the-developing-brain
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Charanjit Kaur, Gurugirijha Rathnasamy, Eng-Ang Ling
Microglia exist in different morphological forms in the developing brain. They show a small cell body with scanty cytoplasm with many branching processes in the grey matter of the developing brain. However, in the white matter such as the corpus callosum where the unmyelinated axons are loosely organized, they appear in an amoeboid form having a round cell body endowed with copious cytoplasm rich in organelles. The amoeboid cells eventually transform into ramified microglia in the second postnatal week when the tissue becomes more compact with the onset of myelination...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812273/a-precision-medicine-approach-to-oxytocin%C3%A2-trials
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Elissar Andari, Rene Hurlemann, Larry J Young
In this chapter, we introduce a new area of social pharmacology that encompasses the study of the role of neuromodulators in modulating a wide range of social behaviors and brain function, with the interplay of genetic and epigenetic factors. There are increasing evidences for the role of the neuropeptide oxytocin in modulating a wide range of social behaviors, in reducing anxiety, and in impacting the social brain network. Oxytocin also promotes social functions in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders, such as autism and reduces anxiety and fear in anxiety disorders...
August 16, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781890/self-reported-pregnancy-exposures-and-placental-dna-methylation-in-the-marbles-prospective-autism-sibling-study
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Rebecca J Schmidt, Diane I Schroeder, Florence K Crary-Dooley, Jacqueline M Barkoski, Daniel J Tancredi, Cheryl K Walker, Sally Ozonoff, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Janine M LaSalle
Human placenta is a fetal-derived tissue that offers a unique sample of epigenetic and environmental exposures present in utero. In the MARBLES prospective pregnancy study of high-risk younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), pregnancy and environmental factors collected by maternal interviews were examined as predictors of placental DNA methylation, including partially methylated domains (PMDs), an embryonic feature of the placental methylome. DNA methylation data from MethylC-seq analysis of 47 placentas of children clinically diagnosed at 3 years with ASD or typical development using standardized assessments were examined in relation to: child's gestational age, birth-weight, and diagnosis; maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index, smoking, education, parity, height, prenatal vitamin and folate intake; home ownership; pesticides professionally applied to lawns or gardens or inside homes, pet flea/tick pouches, collars, or soaps/shampoos used in the 3 months prior to or during pregnancy...
December 2016: Environmental Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761347/genetic-and-epigenetic-mechanisms-of-epilepsy-a-review
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REVIEW
Tian Chen, Mohan Giri, Zhenyi Xia, Yadu Nanda Subedi, Yan Li
Epilepsy is a common episodic neurological disorder or condition characterized by recurrent epileptic seizures, and genetics seems to play a key role in its etiology. Early linkage studies have localized multiple loci that may harbor susceptibility genes to epilepsy, and mutational analyses have detected a number of mutations involved in both ion channel and nonion channel genes in patients with idiopathic epilepsy. Genome-wide studies of epilepsy have found copy number variants at 2q24.2-q24.3, 7q11.22, 15q11...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743991/altered-visual-cortical-processing-in-a-mouse-model-of-mecp2-duplication-syndrome
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Dinghong Zhang, Bin Yu, Jing Liu, Weiqian Jiang, Taorong Xie, Ran Zhang, Dali Tong, Zilong Qiu, Haishan Yao
As an epigenetic modulator of gene expression, Methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) is essential for normal neurological function. Dysfunction of MeCP2 is associated with a variety of neurological disorders. MECP2 gene duplication in human causes neuropsychiatric symptoms such as mental retardation and autism. MeCP2 overexpression in mice results in neurobehavioural disorders, dendritic abnormalities, and synaptic defects. However, how gain of MeCP2 function influences cortical processing of sensory information remains unclear...
July 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703319/brain-carnitine-deficiency-causes-nonsyndromic-autism-with-an-extreme-male-bias-a-hypothesis
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REVIEW
Arthur L Beaudet
Could 10-20% of autism be prevented? We hypothesize that nonsyndromic or "essential" autism involves extreme male bias in infants who are genetically normal, but they develop deficiency of carnitine and perhaps other nutrients in the brain causing autism that may be amenable to early reversal and prevention. That brain carnitine deficiency might cause autism is suggested by reports of severe carnitine deficiency in autism and by evidence that TMLHE deficiency - a defect in carnitine biosynthesis - is a risk factor for autism...
August 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691768/microbiome-inflammation-epigenetic-alterations-and-mental-diseases
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REVIEW
Reza Alam, Hamid M Abdolmaleky, Jin-Rong Zhou
Major mental diseases such as autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and major depressive disorder are debilitating illnesses with complex etiologies. Recent findings show that the onset and development of these illnesses cannot be well described by the one-gene; one-disease approach. Instead, their clinical presentation is thought to result from the regulative interplay of a large number of genes. Even though the involvement of many genes are likely, up regulating and activation or down regulation and silencing of these genes by the environmental factors play a crucial role in contributing to their pathogenesis...
July 10, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635106/long-noncoding-rna-and-its-contribution-to-autism-spectrum-disorders
#14
REVIEW
Jie Tang, Yizhen Yu, Wei Yang
Recent studies have indicated that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in multiple processes, such as epigenetic regulation, gene expression regulation, development, nutrition-related and other diseases, toxic response, and response to drugs. Although the functional roles and mechanisms of several lncRNAs have been discovered, a better understanding of the vast majority of lncRNAs remains elusive. To understand the functional roles and mechanisms of lncRNAs is critical because these transcripts represent the majority of the transcriptional output of the mammalian genome...
August 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608855/mice-lacking-the-chromodomain-helicase-dna-binding-5-chromatin-remodeler-display-autism-like-characteristics
#15
M T Pisansky, A E Young, M B O'Connor, I I Gottesman, A Bagchi, J C Gewirtz
Although autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) share a core set of nosological features, they exhibit substantial genetic heterogeneity. A parsimonious hypothesis posits that dysregulated epigenetic mechanisms represent common pathways in the etiology of ASDs. To investigate this hypothesis, we generated a novel mouse model resulting from brain-specific deletion of chromodomain helicase DNA-binding 5 (Chd5), a chromatin remodeling protein known to regulate neuronal differentiation and a member of a gene family strongly implicated in ASDs...
June 13, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608249/retinoic-acid-related-orphan-receptor-alpha-rora-variants-are-associated-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#16
Arezou Sayad, Rezvan Noroozi, Mir Davood Omrani, Mohammad Taheri, Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with various epidemiologic, genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors being associated with it. The observed sex bias in ASD towards male has prompted investigators to propose sex-dependent mechanisms for ASD. Retinoic acid-related orphan receptor-alpha (RORA) is a new autism candidate gene that has been shown to be differentially regulated by male and female hormones. Previous studies have shown deregulation of its expression in the prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum of ASD patients...
June 12, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598237/homocysteine-as-a-diagnostic-and-etiopathogenic-factor-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#17
Jan Józefczuk, Wiktoria Kasprzycka, Rafał Czarnecki, Alfreda Graczyk, Paweł Józefczuk, Krzysztof Magda, Urszula Lampart
Substantial characteristics of autism are cognitive and psychophysical disorders. Etiopathogenetic factors are thought to be responsible for development of autism in children with genetic predisposition as well as have their effect on the severity of the disorders. The main problem of early identification of patients affected by autism spectrum disorder is that there are no clear diagnostic criteria. The aim of our study was assessment of hair magnesium and serum homocysteine concentrations in children with autism...
August 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567415/neurodevelopmental-disorders-and-environmental-toxicants-epigenetics-as-an-underlying-mechanism
#18
REVIEW
Nguyen Quoc Vuong Tran, Kunio Miyake
The increasing prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders, especially autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), calls for more research into the identification of etiologic and risk factors. The Developmental Origin of Health and Disease (DOHaD) hypothesizes that the environment during fetal and childhood development affects the risk for many chronic diseases in later stages of life, including neurodevelopmental disorders. Epigenetics, a term describing mechanisms that cause changes in the chromosome state without affecting DNA sequences, is suggested to be the underlying mechanism, according to the DOHaD hypothesis...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551756/extracerebral-dysfunction-in-animal-models-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
#19
Elisa L Hill-Yardin, Sonja J McKeown, Gaia Novarino, Andreas M Grabrucker
Genetic factors might be largely responsible for the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that alone or in combination with specific environmental risk factors trigger the pathology. Multiple mutations identified in ASD patients that impair synaptic function in the central nervous system are well studied in animal models. How these mutations might interact with other risk factors is not fully understood though. Additionally, how systems outside of the brain are altered in the context of ASD is an emerging area of research...
2017: Advances in Anatomy, Embryology, and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538662/maternal-factors-that-induce-epigenetic-changes-contribute-to-neurological-disorders-in-offspring
#20
REVIEW
Avijit Banik, Deepika Kandilya, Seshadri Ramya, Walter Stünkel, Yap Seng Chong, S Thameem Dheen
It is well established that the regulation of epigenetic factors, including chromatic reorganization, histone modifications, DNA methylation, and miRNA regulation, is critical for the normal development and functioning of the human brain. There are a number of maternal factors influencing epigenetic pathways such as lifestyle, including diet, alcohol consumption, and smoking, as well as age and infections (viral or bacterial). Genetic and metabolic alterations such as obesity, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and thyroidism alter epigenetic mechanisms, thereby contributing to neurodevelopmental disorders (NDs) such as embryonic neural tube defects (NTDs), autism, Down's syndrome, Rett syndrome, and later onset of neuropsychological deficits...
May 24, 2017: Genes
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