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Qing Mao, Robert Chin, Weiwei Xie, Yuqing Deng, Wenwei Zhang, Huixin Xu, Rebecca Yu Zhang, Quan Shi, Erin E Peters, Natali Gulbahce, Zhenyu Li, Fang Chen, Radoje Drmanac, Brock A Peters
BACKGROUND: Amniocentesis is a common procedure, the primary purpose of which is to collect cells from the fetus to allow testing for abnormal chromosomes, altered chromosomal copy number, or a small number of genes that have small single- to multibase defects. Here we demonstrate the feasibility of generating an accurate whole-genome sequence of a fetus from either the cellular or cell-free DNA (cfDNA) of an amniotic sample. METHODS: cfDNA and DNA isolated from the cell pellet of 31 amniocenteses were sequenced to approximately 50× genome coverage by use of the Complete Genomics nanoarray platform...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Chemistry
Susanne Thümmler, Emmanuelle Dor, Renaud David, Graziella Leali, Michele Battista, Alexia David, Florence Askenazy, Céline Verstuyft
Background: Severe mental health disorders in children and adolescents represent a major public health problem. Despite adequate drug treatment, some patients develop pharmacoresistant disease. As a consequence, physicians are confronted with prescribing challenges, prolonged hospitalization and increased risk of adverse events, thus aggravating short-, medium-, and long-term prognosis. The majority of psychotropic treatments, particularly antipsychotics and antidepressants, are metabolized at hepatic level by cytochrome P450 (CYP), particularly by CYP3A4 and CYP2D6...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Antonietta Coppola, Deborah Morrogh, Fiona Farrell, Simona Balestrini, Laura Hernandez-Hernandez, S Krithika, Josemir W Sander, Jonathan J Waters, Sanjay M Sisodiya
Chromosomal abnormalities are often identified in people with neurodevelopmental disorders including intellectual disability, autism, and epilepsy. Ring chromosomes, which usually involve gene copy number loss, are formed by fusion of subtelomeric or telomeric chromosomal regions. Some ring chromosomes, including ring 14, 17, and 20, are strongly associated with seizure disorders. We report an individual with a ring chromosome 17, r(17)(p13.3q25.3), with a terminal 17q25.3 deletion and no short arm copy number loss, and with a phenotype characterized by intellectual disability and drug-resistant epilepsy, including a propensity for nonconvulsive status epilepticus...
December 2017: Molecular Syndromology
Chonlaphat Sukasem, Natchaya Vanwong, Pornpen Srisawasdi, Nattawat Ngamsamut, Nopphadol Nuntamool, Yaowaluck Hongkaew, Apichaya Puangpetch, Bhunnada Chamkrachangpada, Penkhae Limsila
The purpose of this study was to explore the association of genetic polymorphism of genes related to pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics with insulin resistance in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and treated with risperidone. All 89 subjects underwent measurement of fasting blood glucose and insulin levels, body weight and height. Genotyping was performed by Taqman real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) (pharmacokinetics genes: cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) *4 (rs3892097), *5 (gene deletion), *10 (rs1065852), and *41 (rs28371725), ATP-binding cassette transporter B1 (ABCB1) 2677 G>T/A (rs2032582) and 3435C>T (rs1045642), and pharmacodynamics genes: dopamine receptor D2 (DRD2) Tag-SNP (C>T) (rs4436578), DRD2 Tag1A (C>T) (rs1800497), leptin gene (LEP) -2548G>A (rs7799039), ghrelin gene (GHRL) -604G>A (rs27647), and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) 196G>A (rs6265)...
January 25, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Paolo Curatolo, Romina Moavero, Jackelien van Scheppingen, Eleonora Aronica
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway has emerged as a key player for proper neural network development, and it is involved in epileptogenesis triggered by both genetic or acquired factors. Areas covered. The robust mTOR signaling deregulation observed in a large spectrum of epileptogenic developmental pathologies, such as focal cortical dysplasias and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), has been linked to germline and somatic mutations in mTOR pathway regulatory genes, increasing the spectrum of 'mTORopathies'...
January 27, 2018: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Russell L Hutson, Rachel L Thompson, Andrew P Bantel, Charles R Tessier
AIMS: Several off-label studies have shown that acamprosate can provide some clinical benefits in youth with Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), an autism spectrum disorder caused by loss of function of the highly conserved FMR1 gene. This study investigated the ability of acamprosate to rescue cellular, molecular and behavioral defects in the Drosophila model of FXS. MAIN METHODS: A high (100μM) and low (10μM) dose of acamprosate was fed to Drosophila FXS (dfmr1 null) or genetic control (w1118) larvae and then analyzed in multiple paradigms...
January 6, 2018: Life Sciences
Hansashree Padmanabha, Arushi Gahlot Saini, Jitendra Kumar Sahu, Pratibha Singhi
SLC9A6 gene encodes for a sodium/hydrogen exchanger-6 protein mainly involved in endosomal trafficking and maintaining intraluminal pH. Loss of function mutations in SLC9A6 gene in children has been associated with Christianson syndrome and autism spectrum disorder. We describe a 3-year-old boy with intellectual disability, infantile-onset drug-refractory epilepsy, progressive brain atrophy and large head with a novel missense hemizygous mutation in exon 16 of the SLC9A6 gene on chromosome X. Presence of large head, early developmental regression and progressive cerebral atrophy expand the phenotypic spectrum of SLC9A6 mutations...
December 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
Elizabeth M Berry-Kravis, Lothar Lindemann, Aia E Jønch, George Apostol, Mark F Bear, Randall L Carpenter, Jacqueline N Crawley, Aurore Curie, Vincent Des Portes, Farah Hossain, Fabrizio Gasparini, Baltazar Gomez-Mancilla, David Hessl, Eva Loth, Sebastian H Scharf, Paul P Wang, Florian Von Raison, Randi Hagerman, Will Spooren, Sébastien Jacquemont
Neurodevelopmental disorders such as fragile X syndrome (FXS) result in lifelong cognitive and behavioural deficits and represent a major public health burden. FXS is the most frequent monogenic form of intellectual disability and autism, and the underlying pathophysiology linked to its causal gene, FMR1, has been the focus of intense research. Key alterations in synaptic function thought to underlie this neurodevelopmental disorder have been characterized and rescued in animal models of FXS using genetic and pharmacological approaches...
December 8, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
Wayne Pereanu, Eric C Larsen, Ishita Das, Marcel A Estévez, Anjali A Sarkar, Senanu Spring-Pearson, Ravi Kollu, Saumyendra N Basu, Sharmila Banerjee-Basu
AutDB is a deeply annotated resource for exploring the impact of genetic variations associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). First released in 2007, AutDB has evolved into a multi-modular resource of diverse types of genetic and functional evidence related to ASD. Current modules include: Human Gene, which annotates all ASD-linked genes and their variants; Animal Model, which catalogs behavioral, anatomical and physiological data from rodent models of ASD; Protein Interaction (PIN), which builds interactomes from direct relationships of protein products of ASD genes; and Copy Number Variant (CNV), which catalogs deletions and duplications of chromosomal loci identified in ASD...
January 4, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Shichun Tu, Mohd Waseem Akhtar, Rosa Maria Escorihuela, Alejandro Amador-Arjona, Vivek Swarup, James Parker, Jeffrey D Zaremba, Timothy Holland, Neha Bansal, Daniel R Holohan, Kevin Lopez, Scott D Ryan, Shing Fai Chan, Li Yan, Xiaofei Zhang, Xiayu Huang, Abdullah Sultan, Scott R McKercher, Rajesh Ambasudhan, Huaxi Xu, Yuqiang Wang, Daniel H Geschwind, Amanda J Roberts, Alexey V Terskikh, Robert A Rissman, Eliezer Masliah, Stuart A Lipton, Nobuki Nakanishi
Transcription factor MEF2C regulates multiple genes linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and human MEF2C haploinsufficiency results in ASD, intellectual disability, and epilepsy. However, molecular mechanisms underlying MEF2C haploinsufficiency syndrome remain poorly understood. Here we report that Mef2c+/- (Mef2c-het) mice exhibit behavioral deficits resembling those of human patients. Gene expression analyses on brains from these mice show changes in genes associated with neurogenesis, synapse formation, and neuronal cell death...
November 14, 2017: Nature Communications
Mark E Gurney, Patricia Cogram, Robert M Deacon, Christopher Rex, Michael Tranfaglia
Fragile-X syndrome (FXS) patients display intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder due to silencing of the X-linked, fragile-X mental retardation-1 (FMR1) gene. Dysregulation of cAMP metabolism is a consistent finding in patients and in the mouse and fly FXS models. We therefore explored if BPN14770, a prototypic phosphodiesterase-4D negative allosteric modulator (PDE4D-NAM) in early human clinical trials, might provide therapeutic benefit in the mouse FXS model. Daily treatment of adult male fmr1 C57Bl6 knock-out mice with BPN14770 for 14 days reduced hyperarousal, improved social interaction, and improved natural behaviors such as nesting and marble burying as well as dendritic spine morphology...
November 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jinchen Li, Leisheng Shi, Kun Zhang, Yi Zhang, Shanshan Hu, Tingting Zhao, Huajing Teng, Xianfeng Li, Yi Jiang, Liying Ji, Zhongsheng Sun
A growing number of genomic tools and databases were developed to facilitate the interpretation of genomic variants, particularly in coding regions. However, these tools are separately available in different online websites or databases, making it challenging for general clinicians, geneticists and biologists to obtain the first-hand information regarding some particular variants and genes of interest. Starting with coding regions and splice sties, we artificially generated all possible single nucleotide variants (n = 110 154 363) and cataloged all reported insertion and deletions (n = 1 223 370)...
November 3, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Kayleigh D Rutherford, Gaston K Mazandu, Nicola J Mulder
Drug repositioning is the process of finding new therapeutic uses for existing, approved drugs-a process thathas value when considering the exorbitant costs of novel drug development. Several computational strategies exist as a way to predict these alternative applications. In this study, we used datasets on: (1) human biological drug targets and (2) disease-associated genes and, based on a direct functional interaction between them, searched for potential opportunities for drug repositioning. From the set of 1125 unique drug targets and their 88 490 interactions with disease-associated genes, 30 drug targets were analyzed and (3) discussed in detail for the purpose of this article...
August 17, 2017: Briefings in Functional Genomics
Laura M Lombardi, Manar Zaghlula, Yehezkel Sztainberg, Steven A Baker, Tiemo J Klisch, Amy A Tang, Eric J Huang, Huda Y Zoghbi
Alterations in gene dosage due to copy number variation are associated with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability (ID), and other psychiatric disorders. The nervous system is so acutely sensitive to the dose of methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) that even a twofold change in MeCP2 protein-either increased or decreased-results in distinct disorders with overlapping features including ID, autistic behavior, and severe motor dysfunction. Rett syndrome is caused by loss-of-function mutations in MECP2, whereas duplications spanning the MECP2 locus result in MECP2 duplication syndrome (MDS), which accounts for ~1% of X-linked ID...
August 23, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
Dietmar Benke, Hanns Möhler
Animal studies of several single-gene disorders demonstrate that reversing the molecular signaling deficits can result in substantial symptomatic improvements in function. Focusing on the ratio of excitation to inhibition as a potential pathophysiological hallmark, seven single-gene developmental CNS disorders are reviewed which are characterized by a striking dysregulation of neuronal inhibition. Deficits in inhibition and excessive inhibition are found. The examples of developmental disorders encompass Neurofibromatosis type 1, Fragile X syndrome, Rett syndrome, Dravet syndrome including autism-like behavior, NONO-mutation-induced intellectual disability, Succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency and Congenital nystagmus due to FRMD7 mutations...
July 29, 2017: Neuropharmacology
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
Jamie Reilly, Louise Gallagher, June L Chen, Geraldine Leader, Sanbing Shen
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders with diverse clinical manifestations and symptoms. In the last 10 years, there have been significant advances in understanding the genetic basis for ASD, critically supported through the establishment of ASD bio-collections and application in research. Here, we summarise a selection of major ASD bio-collections and their associated findings. Collectively, these include mapping ASD candidate genes, assessing the nature and frequency of gene mutations and their association with ASD clinical subgroups, insights into related molecular pathways such as the synapses, chromatin remodelling, transcription and ASD-related brain regions...
2017: Molecular Autism
Meric A Altinoz, Bahri Ince
Hemoglobin (Hb) expression in the central nervous system is recently shown. Cooccurences of mental disorders (mainly bipolar disorder (BD) and tic disorders) with β- or α-thalassemia trait or erythrocytosis were witnessed, which may be due to peripheral or central hypoxia/hyperoxia or haplotypal gene interactions. β-Globin genes reside at 11p15.5 close to tyrosine hydroxylase, dopamine receptor DRD4 and Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor, which involve in psychiatric diseases. α-Globin genes reside at 16p13...
October 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
Eszter Varga, Csilla Nemes, István Bock, Zsuzsanna Táncos, Sára Berzsenyi, György Lévay, Viktor Román, Julianna Kobolák, András Dinnyés
Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were collected from a clinically characterized patient with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The PMBCs were reprogrammed with the human OSKM transcription factors using the Sendai-virus delivery system. The pluripotency of transgene-free iPSCs was verified by immunocytochemistry for pluripotency markers and by spontaneous in vitro differentiation towards the 3 germ layers. Furthermore, the iPSC line showed normal karyotype. Our model might offer a good platform to study the pathomechanism of ASD, also for drug testing, early biomarker discovery and gene therapy studies...
May 2017: Stem Cell Research
Sameer C Dhamne, Jill L Silverman, Chloe E Super, Stephen H T Lammers, Mustafa Q Hameed, Meera E Modi, Nycole A Copping, Michael C Pride, Daniel G Smith, Alexander Rotenberg, Jacqueline N Crawley, Mustafa Sahin
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a clinically and biologically heterogeneous condition characterized by social, repetitive, and sensory behavioral abnormalities. No treatments are approved for the core diagnostic symptoms of ASD. To enable the earliest stages of therapeutic discovery and development for ASD, robust and reproducible behavioral phenotypes and biological markers are essential to establish in preclinical animal models. The goal of this study was to identify electroencephalographic (EEG) and behavioral phenotypes that are replicable between independent cohorts in a mouse model of ASD...
2017: Molecular Autism
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