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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734458/rett-like-severe-encephalopathy-caused-by-a-de%C3%A2-novo-grin2b-mutation-is-attenuated-by-d-serine-dietary-supplement
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David Soto, Mireia Olivella, Cristina Grau, Judith Armstrong, Clara Alcon, Xavier Gasull, Macarena Gómez de Salazar, Esther Gratacòs-Batlle, David Ramos-Vicente, Víctor Fernández-Dueñas, Francisco Ciruela, Àlex Bayés, Carlos Sindreu, Anna López-Sala, Àngels García-Cazorla, Xavier Altafaj
BACKGROUND: N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) play pivotal roles in synaptic development, plasticity, neural survival, and cognition. Despite recent reports describing the genetic association between de novo mutations of NMDAR subunits and severe psychiatric diseases, little is known about their pathogenic mechanisms and potential therapeutic interventions. Here we report a case study of a 4-year-old Rett-like patient with severe encephalopathy carrying a missense de novo mutation in GRIN2B(p...
June 16, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628228/epigenetic-mechanisms-underlying-nmda-receptor-hypofunction-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-of-juvenile-animals-in-the-mam-model-for-schizophrenia
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Yelena Gulchina, Song-Jun Xu, Melissa A Snyder, Felice Elefant, Wen-Jun Gao
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is characterized not only by psychosis, but also by working memory and executive functioning deficiencies, processes that rely on the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Because these cognitive impairments emerge prior to psychosis onset, we investigated synaptic function during development in the neurodevelopmental methylazoxymethanol acetate (MAM) model for SCZ. Specifically, we hypothesize that NMDAR hypofunction is attributable to reductions in the NR2B subunit through aberrant epigenetic regulation of gene expression, resulting in deficient synaptic physiology and PFC-dependent cognitive dysfunction, a hallmark of SCZ...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608743/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-which-genes-which-functions-which-pathways-an-integrated-holistic-view-regarding-ocd-and-its-complex-genetic-etiology
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Ali Bozorgmehr, Mohammad Ghadirivasfi, Esmaeil Shahsavand Ananloo
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by recurrent obtrusive and repetitive acts typically occurred following anxiety. In the last two decades, studies done on the gene sequences, large-scale and point mutations and gene-gene, gene-environment and gene-drug interactions have led to the discovery of hundreds of genes associated with OCD. Although each gene in turn is a part of the etiology of this disorder; however, OCD, like other mental disorders is complex and a comprehensive and integrated view is necessary to understand its genetic basis...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594961/pirb-regulates-asymmetries-in-hippocampal-circuitry
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Hikari Ukai, Aiko Kawahara, Keiko Hirayama, Matthew Julian Case, Shotaro Aino, Masahiro Miyabe, Ken Wakita, Ryohei Oogi, Michiyo Kasayuki, Shihomi Kawashima, Shunichi Sugimoto, Kanako Chikamatsu, Noritaka Nitta, Tsuneyuki Koga, Ryuichi Shigemoto, Toshiyuki Takai, Isao Ito
Left-right asymmetry is a fundamental feature of higher-order brain structure; however, the molecular basis of brain asymmetry remains unclear. We recently identified structural and functional asymmetries in mouse hippocampal circuitry that result from the asymmetrical distribution of two distinct populations of pyramidal cell synapses that differ in the density of the NMDA receptor subunit GluRε2 (also known as NR2B, GRIN2B or GluN2B). By examining the synaptic distribution of ε2 subunits, we previously found that β2-microglobulin-deficient mice, which lack cell surface expression of the vast majority of major histocompatibility complex class I (MHCI) proteins, do not exhibit circuit asymmetry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584888/autism-spectrum-disorder-neuropathology-and-animal-models
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Merina Varghese, Neha Keshav, Sarah Jacot-Descombes, Tahia Warda, Bridget Wicinski, Dara L Dickstein, Hala Harony-Nicolas, Silvia De Rubeis, Elodie Drapeau, Joseph D Buxbaum, Patrick R Hof
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has a major impact on the development and social integration of affected individuals and is the most heritable of psychiatric disorders. An increase in the incidence of ASD cases has prompted a surge in research efforts on the underlying neuropathologic processes. We present an overview of current findings in neuropathology studies of ASD using two investigational approaches, postmortem human brains and ASD animal models, and discuss the overlap, limitations, and significance of each...
June 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558131/an-association-between-genetic-variation-in-the-glutamatergic-system-and-suicide-attempts-in-alcohol-dependent-individuals
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Sylwia Fudalej, Anna Klimkiewicz, Anna Mach, Andrzej Jakubczyk, Marcin Fudalej, Krystyna Wasilewska, Anna Podgórska, Paweł Krajewski, Rafał Płoski, Marcin Wojnar
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pathological alterations of glutamatergic systems were observed in neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. There is some evidence that this system may be involved in the genetic vulnerability to suicide. The aim of the present study was to analyze possible relationship between the GRIN2B polymorphism and suicidal behavior. We hypothesized that this genetic factor may be associated with suicide attempts in alcohol-dependent patients and with death by suicide...
May 30, 2017: American Journal on Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535982/altered-gene-expression-in-early-postnatal-monoamine-oxidase-a-knockout-mice
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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...
August 15, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533163/grin2b-gain-of-function-mutations-are-sensitive-to-radiprodil-a-negative-allosteric-modulator-of-glun2b-containing-nmda-receptors
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Brice Mullier, Christian Wolff, Zara Amanda Sands, Philippe Ghisdal, Pierandrea Muglia, Rafal Marian Kaminski, Véronique Marie André
De novo gain of function mutations in GRIN2B encoding the GluN2B subunit of the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor have been linked with epileptic encephalopathies, including infantile spasms. We investigated the effects of radiprodil, a selective GluN2B negative allosteric modulator and other non-selective NMDA receptor inhibitors on glutamate currents mediated by NMDA receptors containing mutated GluN2B subunits. The experiments were performed in Xenopus oocytes co-injected with the following human mRNAs: GRIN1/GRIN2B, GRIN1/GRIN2B-R540H, GRIN1/GRIN2B-N615I and GRIN1/GRIN2B-V618G...
May 19, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532855/long-term-influence-of-prenatal-high-sucrose-intake-on-learning-and-memory-of-aged-rat-offspring-with-oxidative-stress-and-disruptions-in-nmdars-wnt-signaling-in-hippocampus
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Axin He, Yingying Zhang, Lingjun Li, Xueqin Feng, Bin Wei, Di Zhu, Yanping Liu, Lei Wu, Lubo Zhang, Zhice Xu, Miao Sun
Maternal over-nutrition may increase risks of various diseases in the offspring. Our recent work demonstrated that prenatal high sucrose (HS) could impair spatial acquisitionin the adolescentoffspringrats. This study investigated whether prenatal HS has a long-term impact on cognitive capabilities in the aged offspring rats. The aged HS offspring showed impaired glucose tolerance, significantly increased fasting insulin and insulin resistance index, with unchanged plasma glucose. In the navigation test, the aged HS offspring exhibited longer escape latency and longer swimming path length to the platform...
May 19, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512340/using-an-event-history-with-risk-free-model-to-study-the-genetics-of-alcoholism
#10
Hsin-Chou Yang, I-Chen Chen, Yuh-Chyuan Tsay, Zheng-Rong Li, Chun-Houh Chen, Hai-Gwo Hwu, Chen-Hsin Chen
Case-control genetic association studies typically ignore possible later disease onset in currently healthy subjects and assume that subjects with diseases equally contribute to the likelihood for inference, regardless of their onset age. Therefore, we used an event-history with risk-free model to simultaneously characterize alcoholism susceptibility and onset age in 65 independent non-Hispanic Caucasian males in the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism. Following data quality control, we analysed 22 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on 12 candidate genes...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439047/functional-human-grin2b-promoter-polymorphism-and-variation-of-mental-processing-speed-in-older-adults
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Yang Jiang, Ming Kuan Lin, Gregory A Jicha, Xiuhua Ding, Sabrina L McIlwrath, David W Fardo, Lucas S Broster, Frederick A Schmitt, Richard Kryscio, Robert H Lipsky
We investigated the role of a single nucleotide polymorphism rs3764030 (G>A) within the human GRIN2B promoter in mental processing speed in healthy, cognitively intact, older adults. In vitro DNA-binding and reporter gene assays of different allele combinations in transfected cells showed that the A allele was a gain-of-function variant associated with increasing GRIN2B mRNA levels. We tested the hypothesis that individuals with A allele will have better memory performance (i.e. faster reaction times) in older age...
April 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434657/corrigendum-to-human-grin2b-variants-in-neurodevelopmental-disorders-j-pharmacol-sci-132-2-115-121
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Chun Hu, Wenjuan Chen, Scott J Myers, Hongjie Yuan, Stephen F Traynelis
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April 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387813/whole-exome-sequencing-for-prenatal-diagnosis-of-fetuses-with-congenital-anomalies-of-the-kidney-and-urinary-tract
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Ting-Ying Lei, Fang Fu, Ru Li, Dan Wang, Rong-Yue Wang, Xiang-Yi Jing, Qiong Deng, Zhou-Zhou Li, Ze-Qun Liu, Xin Yang, Dong-Zhi Li, Can Liao
Background.: In the absence of cytogenetic abnormality, fetuses with congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) with/without other structural anomalies show a higher likelihood of monogenic causes; however, defining the underlying pathology can be challenging. Here, we investigate the value of whole-exome sequencing (WES) in fetuses with CAKUT but normal findings upon karyotyping and chromosome microarray analysis. Methods.: WES was performed on DNA from the cord blood of 30 fetuses with unexplained CAKUT with/without other structural anomalies...
April 6, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380057/specific-behavioral-and-cellular-adaptations-induced-by-chronic-morphine-are-reduced-by-dietary-omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids
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Joshua Hakimian, Ani Minasyan, Lily Zhe-Ying, Mariana Loureiro, Austin Beltrand, Camille Johnston, Alexander Vorperian, Nicole Romaneschi, Waleed Atallah, Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, Wendy Walwyn
Opiates, one of the oldest known drugs, are the benchmark for treating pain. Regular opioid exposure also induces euphoria making these compounds addictive and often misused, as shown by the current epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose mortalities. In addition to the effect of opioids on their cognate receptors and signaling cascades, these compounds also induce multiple adaptations at cellular and behavioral levels. As omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) play a ubiquitous role in behavioral and cellular processes, we proposed that supplemental n-3 PUFAs, enriched in docosahexanoic acid (DHA), could offset these adaptations following chronic opioid exposure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377535/grin2b-encephalopathy-novel-findings-on-phenotype-variant-clustering-functional-consequences-and-treatment-aspects
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Konrad Platzer, Hongjie Yuan, Hannah Schütz, Alexander Winschel, Wenjuan Chen, Chun Hu, Hirofumi Kusumoto, Henrike O Heyne, Katherine L Helbig, Sha Tang, Marcia C Willing, Brad T Tinkle, Darius J Adams, Christel Depienne, Boris Keren, Cyril Mignot, Eirik Frengen, Petter Strømme, Saskia Biskup, Dennis Döcker, Tim M Strom, Heather C Mefford, Candace T Myers, Alison M Muir, Amy LaCroix, Lynette Sadleir, Ingrid E Scheffer, Eva Brilstra, Mieke M van Haelst, Jasper J van der Smagt, Levinus A Bok, Rikke S Møller, Uffe B Jensen, John J Millichap, Anne T Berg, Ethan M Goldberg, Isabelle De Bie, Stephanie Fox, Philippe Major, Julie R Jones, Elaine H Zackai, Rami Abou Jamra, Arndt Rolfs, Richard J Leventer, John A Lawson, Tony Roscioli, Floor E Jansen, Emmanuelle Ranza, Christian M Korff, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki, Carolina Courage, Tarja Linnankivi, Douglas R Smith, Christine Stanley, Mark Mintz, Dianalee McKnight, Amy Decker, Wen-Hann Tan, Mark A Tarnopolsky, Lauren I Brady, Markus Wolff, Lutz Dondit, Helio F Pedro, Sarah E Parisotto, Kelly L Jones, Anup D Patel, David N Franz, Rena Vanzo, Elysa Marco, Judith D Ranells, Nataliya Di Donato, William B Dobyns, Bodo Laube, Stephen F Traynelis, Johannes R Lemke
BACKGROUND: We aimed for a comprehensive delineation of genetic, functional and phenotypic aspects of GRIN2B encephalopathy and explored potential prospects of personalised medicine. METHODS: Data of 48 individuals with de novo GRIN2B variants were collected from several diagnostic and research cohorts, as well as from 43 patients from the literature. Functional consequences and response to memantine treatment were investigated in vitro and eventually translated into patient care...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373010/ecdysterones-from-rhaponticum-carthamoides-willd-iljin-reduce-hippocampal-excitotoxic-cell-loss-and-upregulate-mtor-signaling-in-rats
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Jiming Wu, Le Gao, Lei Shang, Guihua Wang, Nana Wei, Tiantian Chu, Suping Chen, Yujun Zhang, Jian Huang, Jinhui Wang, Ruichao Lin
Glutamate-induced excitotoxicity is a key pathological mechanism in many neurological disease states. Ecdysterones derived from Rhaponticum carthamoides (Willd.) Iljin (RCI) have been shown to alleviate glutamate-induced neuronal damage; although their mechanism of action is unclear, some data suggest that they enhance signaling in the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway. This study sought to elucidate the mechanisms underlying ecdysterone-mediated neuroprotection. We used in silico target prediction and simulation methods to identify putative ecdysterone binding targets, and to specifically identify those that represent nodes where several neurodegenerative diseases converge...
June 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271248/network-reconstruction-reveals-that-valproic-acid-activates-neurogenic-transcriptional-programs-in-adult-brain-following-traumatic-injury
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Gerald A Higgins, Patrick Georgoff, Vahagn Nikolian, Ari Allyn-Feuer, Brian Pauls, Richard Higgins, Brian D Athey, Hasan E Alam
OBJECTIVES: To determine the mechanism of action of valproic acid (VPA) in the adult central nervous system (CNS) following traumatic brain injury (TBI) and hemorrhagic shock (HS). METHODS: Data were analyzed from different sources, including experiments in a porcine model, data from postmortem human brain, published studies, public and commercial databases. RESULTS: The transcriptional program in the CNS following TBI, HS, and VPA treatment includes activation of regulatory pathways that enhance neurogenesis and suppress gliogenesis...
August 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258362/the-effects-of-grin2b-and-drd4-gene-variants-on-local-functional-connectivity-in-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Johanna Inhyang Kim, Jae Hyun Yoo, Dohyun Kim, Bumseok Jeong, Bung-Nyun Kim
Based on the interplay between dopaminergic and glutamatergic systems, N-Methyl-D-Asparate (NMDA) receptor genes are thought to be involved in the pathophysiology of ADHD. However, the phenotypical correlates of brain functions associated with NMDA receptor genes and dopamine receptor genes in ADHD are yet to be investigated. We examined the diagnosis, genotype and the diagnosis-genotype interaction effects of GRIN2B and DRD4 variants on the local functional connectivity (by using the mean of static regional homogeneity (ReHo) and the mean and standard deviation (SD) of dynamic ReHo) in 67 ADHD subjects and 44 controls (aged 6-17 years)...
March 3, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252572/pharmacogenetics-of-ketamine-induced-emergence-phenomena-a-pilot-study
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Edwin N Aroke, Sybil L Crawford, Jennifer R Dungan
BACKGROUND: Up to 55% of patients who are administered ketamine experience an emergence phenomena (EP) that closely mimics schizophrenia and increases their risk of injury; however, to date, no studies have investigated genetic association of ketamine-induced EP in healthy patients. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to investigate the feasibility and sample sizes required to explore the relationship between CYP2B6*6 and GRIN2B single-nucleotide polymorphisms and ketamine-induced EP...
March 2017: Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246883/novel-linkage-disequilibrium-clustering-algorithm-identifies-new-lupus-genes-on-meta-analysis-of-gwas-datasets
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Mohammad Saeed
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex disorder. Genetic association studies of complex disorders suffer from the following three major issues: phenotypic heterogeneity, false positive (type I error), and false negative (type II error) results. Hence, genes with low to moderate effects are missed in standard analyses, especially after statistical corrections. OASIS is a novel linkage disequilibrium clustering algorithm that can potentially address false positives and negatives in genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of complex disorders such as SLE...
May 2017: Immunogenetics
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