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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904820/the-neurobiology-of-the-prader-willi-phenotype-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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REVIEW
Zukhrofi Muzar, Reymundo Lozano, Alexander Kolevzon, Randi J Hagerman
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common inherited cause of intellectual disability and autism, caused by a CGG expansion to greater than 200 repeats in the promoter region of FMR1 on the bottom of the X chromosome. A subgroup of individuals with FXS experience hyperphagia, lack of satiation after meals and severe obesity, this subgroup is referred to have the Prader-Willi phenotype of FXS. Prader-Willi syndrome is one of the most common genetic severe obesity disorders known and it is caused by the lack of the paternal 15q11-13 region...
November 2016: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904025/early-raas-blockade-exerts-renoprotective-effects-in-autosomal-recessive-alport-syndrome
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Nao Uchida, Naonori Kumagai, Kandai Nozu, Xue Jun Fu, Kazumoto Iijima, Yoshiaki Kondo, Shigeo Kure
Alport syndrome is a progressive renal disease caused by mutations in COL4A3, COL4A4, and COL4A5 genes that encode collagen type IV alpha 3, alpha 4, and alpha 5 chains, respectively. Because of abnormal collagen chain, glomerular basement membrane becomes fragile and most of the patients progress to end-stage renal disease in early adulthood. COL4A5 mutation causes X-linked form of Alport syndrome, and two mutations in either COL4A3 or COL4A4 causes an autosomal recessive Alport syndrome. Recently, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) blockade has been shown to attenuate effectively disease progression in Alport syndrome...
2016: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902989/plasma-levels-of-leptin-and-adiponectin-in-fragile-x-syndrome
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Małgorzata Zofia Lisik, Ewa Gutmajster, Aleksander L Sieroń
: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common form of familial mental retardation and one of the leading known causes of autism. The mutation responsible for FXS is a large expansion of the CGG repeats in the promoter region of the FMR1 gene, resulting in the transcriptional silencing of the gene. Leptin may be considered a cytokine-like hormone with pleiotropic actions since it may be involved in the regulation of neuroendocrine functions and the immune system response, in addition to playing a role in development...
December 1, 2016: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900874/human-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-modeling-human-disorders-the-case-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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Dan Vershkov, Nissim Benvenisty
Human pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) generated from affected blastocysts or from patient-derived somatic cells are an emerging platform for disease modeling and drug discovery. Fragile X syndrome (FXS), the leading cause of inherited intellectual disability, was one of the first disorders modeled in both embryonic stem cells and induced PCSs and can serve as an exemplary case for the utilization of human PSCs in the study of human diseases. Over the past decade, FXS-PSCs have been used to address the fundamental questions regarding the pathophysiology of FXS...
November 30, 2016: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889578/molecular-neurobiology-of-mtor
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REVIEW
Katarzyna Switon, Katarzyna Kotulska, Aleksandra Janusz-Kaminska, Justyna Zmorzynska, Jacek Jaworski
Mammalian/mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a serine-threonine kinase that controls several important aspects of mammalian cell function. mTOR activity is modulated by various intra- and extracellular factors; in turn, mTOR changes rates of translation, transcription, protein degradation, cell signaling, metabolism, and cytoskeleton dynamics. mTOR has been repeatedly shown to participate in neuronal development and the proper functioning of mature neurons. Changes in mTOR activity are often observed in nervous system diseases, including genetic diseases (e...
November 23, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889489/the-drug-candidate-adx71441-is-a-novel-potent-and-selective-positive-allosteric-modulator-of-the-gabab-receptor-with-a-potential-for-treatment-of-anxiety-pain-and-spasticity
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Mikhail Kalinichev, Françoise Girard, Hasnaà Haddouk, Mélanie Rouillier, Eric Riguet, Isabelle Royer-Urios, Vincent Mutel, Robert Lütjens, Sonia Poli
Positive allosteric modulation of the GABAB receptor is a promising alternative to direct activation of the receptor as a therapeutic approach for treatment of addiction, chronic pain, anxiety, epilepsy, autism, Fragile X syndrome, and psychosis. Here we describe in vitro and in vivo characterization of a novel, potent and selective GABAB positive allosteric modulator (PAM) N-(5-(4-(4-chloro-3-fluorobenzyl)-6-methoxy-3,5-dioxo-4,5-dihydro-1,2,4-triazin-2(3H)-yl)-2-fluorophenyl)acetamide (ADX71441). In vitro, Schild plot and reversibility tests at the target confirmed PAM properties of the compound...
November 23, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883256/detecting-agg-interruptions-in-male-and-female-fmr1-premutation-carriers-by-single-molecule-sequencing
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Simon Ardui, Valerie Race, Alena Zablotskaya, Matthew S Hestand, Hilde Van Esch, Koenraad Devriendt, Gert Matthijs, Joris R Vermeesch
The FMR1 gene contains an unstable CGG repeat in its 5' untranslated region. Premutation alleles range between 55 and 200 repeat units and confer a risk for developing fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome or fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency. Furthermore, the premutation allele often expands to a full mutation during female germline transmission giving rise to the fragile X syndrome. The risk for a premutation to expand depends mainly on the number of CGG units and the presence of AGG interruptions in the CGG repeat...
November 24, 2016: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881780/negative-allosteric-modulation-of-mglur5-partially-corrects-pathophysiology-in-a-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome
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Jifang Tao, Hao Wu, Amanda A Coronado, Elizabeth de Laittre, Emily K Osterweil, Yi Zhang, Mark F Bear
: Rett syndrome (RTT) is caused by mutations in the gene encoding methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2), an epigenetic regulator of mRNA transcription. Here, we report a test of the hypothesis of shared pathophysiology of RTT and fragile X, another monogenic cause of autism and intellectual disability. In fragile X, the loss of the mRNA translational repressor FMRP leads to exaggerated protein synthesis downstream of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5). We found that mGluR5- and protein-synthesis-dependent synaptic plasticity were similarly altered in area CA1 of Mecp2 KO mice...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880953/deletion-of-top3b-is-associated-with-cognitive-impairment-and-facial-dysmorphism
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Carolyn S Kaufman, Ann Genovese, Merlin G Butler
Deletions of different regions of chromosome 22q11 have been extensively characterized in the literature, with a recent review outlining common deletions with a standardized system proposed for classification and nomenclature. The genotype-phenotype relationships have not been sufficiently elucidated for these deletions, and it remains unclear which specific genes play the dominant roles in producing associated clinical features. Several deletions involve entirely distinct regions of chromosome 22q11 but do not overlap, suggesting that a number of different genes contribute to the clinical features...
November 24, 2016: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865451/astrocytic-contributions-to-synaptic-and-learning-abnormalities-in-a-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome
#10
Jennifer L Hodges, Xinzhu Yu, Anthony Gilmore, Hannah Bennett, Michelle Tjia, James F Perna, Chia-Chien Chen, Xiang Li, Ju Lu, Yi Zuo
BACKGROUND: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common type of mental retardation attributable to a single-gene mutation. It is caused by FMR1 gene silencing and the consequent loss of its protein product, fragile X mental retardation protein. Fmr1 global knockout (KO) mice recapitulate many behavioral and synaptic phenotypes associated with FXS. Abundant evidence suggests that astrocytes are important contributors to neurological diseases. This study investigates astrocytic contributions to the progression of synaptic abnormalities and learning impairments associated with FXS...
September 13, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860518/molecular-dynamics-of-fmrp-and-other-rna-binding-proteins-in-meg-01-differentiation-the-role-of-mrnp-complexes-in-non-neuronal-development
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M McCoy, D Poliquin-Duchesneau, F Corbin
Asymmetrically differentiating cells are formed with the aid of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs), which can bind, stabilize, regulate, and transport target mRNAs. The loss of RBPs in neurons may lead to severe neurodevelopmental diseases such as the Fragile X Syndrome with the absence of the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein (FMRP). Because the latter is ubiquitous and shares many similarities with other RBPs involved in the development of peripheral cells, we suggest that FMRP would have a role in the differentiation of all tissues where it is expressed...
December 2016: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855743/fragile-x-and-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome-case-presentation-and-management-challenges
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Courtney Curran, Swarnalata Debbarma, Karim Sedky
A high prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been reported in individuals with fragile X syndrome (FXS). Untreated OSA can further complicate both medical and cognitive sequel. Thus, identifying the diagnostic and treatment challenges that arise in these individuals is essential. We describe an adolescent with FXS who presented with significant OSA symptoms, and the challenges associated with management in this case.
November 14, 2016: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829268/altered-translational-control-of-fmrp-on-myelin-proteins-in-neuropsychiatric-disorders
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REVIEW
Se Jin Jeon, Jong Hoon Ryu, Geon Ho Bahn
Myelin is a specialized structure of the nervous system that both enhances electrical conductance and insulates neurons from external risk factors. In the central nervous system, polarized oligodendrocytes form myelin by wrapping processes in a spiral pattern around neuronal axons through myelin-related gene regulation. Since these events occur at a distance from the cell body, post-transcriptional control of gene expression has strategic advantage to fine-tune the overall regulation of protein contents in situ...
November 8, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827529/a-design-thinking-approach-to-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
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Lisa A Martin, Alison G Porter, Vincent A Pelligrini, Peter A Schnatz, Xuezhi Jiang, Nicole Kleinstreuer, Janet E Hall, Sarah Verbiest, Jill Olmstead, Ryan Fair, Alberto Falorni, Luca Persani, Aleksandar Rajkovic, Khanjan Mehta, Lawrence M Nelson
Most clinicians are not prepared to provide integrated personal care to address all the clinical needs of women with primary ovarian insufficiency. Design thinking is an engineering methodology used to develop and evaluate novel concepts for systems operation. Here we articulate the need for a seamlessly integrated mobile health system to support genomic research as well as patient care. We also review the pathophysiology and management of primary ovarian insufficiency. Molecular understanding regarding the pathogenesis is essential to developing strategies for prevention, earlier diagnosis, and appropriate management of the disorder...
November 9, 2016: Panminerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824730/sex-specific-and-genotype-specific-differences-in-vocalization-development-in-fmr1-knockout-mice
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Conner D Reynolds, Suzanne O Nolan, Taylor Jefferson, Joaquin N Lugo
Fragile X syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by a trinucleotide (CGG) hyperexpansion in the FMR1 gene, functionally silencing transcription of the fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). This disorder is characterized by impaired cognition, communication, and social behavior. The aim of this study was to investigate the development of ultrasonic vocalization (USV) behavior in a Fmr1-deficient mouse model. On postnatal days (PD) 9-14, separate cohorts of FVB/NJ pups were removed from their homecage and isolation-induced USVs were recorded...
December 14, 2016: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822316/developmental-profiles-of-infants-with-an-fmr1-premutation
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Anne C Wheeler, John Sideris, Randi Hagerman, Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, Flora Tassone, Donald B Bailey
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence suggests that a subset of FMR1 premutation carriers is at an increased risk for cognitive, emotional, and medical conditions. However, because the premutation is rarely diagnosed at birth, the early developmental trajectories of children with a premutation are not known. METHODS: This exploratory study examined the cognitive, communication, and social-behavioral profiles of 26 infants with a premutation who were identified through participation in a newborn screening for fragile X syndrome pilot study...
2016: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816231/distribution-of-the-fmr1-gene-in-females-by-race-ethnicity-women-with-diminished-ovarian-reserve-versus-women-with-normal-fertility-swan-study
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Lisa M Pastore, Steven L Young, Ani Manichaikul, Valerie L Baker, Xin Q Wang, Joel S Finkelstein
OBJECTIVE: To study whether reported, but inconsistent, associations between the FMR1 CGG repeat lengths in the intermediate, high normal, or low normal range differentiate women diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) from population controls and whether associations vary by race/ethnic group. DESIGN: Case-control study. SETTING: Academic and private fertility clinics. PATIENT(S): DOR cases (n = 129; 95 Whites, 22 Asian, 12 other) from five U...
November 2, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812623/fragile-x-syndrome-panoramic-radiographic-evaluation-of-dental-anomalies-dental-mineralization-stage-and-mandibular-angle
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Aida Sabbagh-Haddad, Denise Sabbagh Haddad, Edgard Michel-Crosato, Emiko Saito Arita
Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the dental radiographic characteristics as described in 40 records of patients with panoramic radiography. Material and Methods: The patients were in the range of 6-17 years old, and were divided into two groups (20 subjects who were compatible with the normality standard and 20 individuals diagnosed with the FXS), which were matched for gender and age. Analysis of the panoramic radiographic examination involved the evaluation of dental mineralization stage, mandibular angle size, and presence of dental anomalies in both deciduous and permanent dentitions...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802104/a-comparative-study-of-sociability-in-angelman-cornelia-de-lange-fragile-x-down-and-rubinstein-taybi-syndromes-and-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Joanna Moss, Lisa Nelson, Laurie Powis, Jane Waite, Caroline Richards, Chris Oliver
Few comparative studies have evaluated the heterogeneity of sociability across a range of neurodevelopmental disorders. The Sociability Questionnaire for People with Intellectual Disability (SQID) was completed by caregivers of individuals with Cornelia de Lange (n = 98), Angelman (n = 66), Fragile X (n = 142), Down (n = 117) and Rubinstein Taybi (n = 88) syndromes and autism spectrum disorder (ASD; n = 107). Between groups and age-band (<12yrs; 12-18yrs; >18yrs) comparisons of SQID scores were conducted...
November 2016: American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799058/next-generation-sequencing-and-a-novel-col3a1-mutation-associated-with-vascular-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-with-severe-intestinal-involvement-a-case-report
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Francesca Cortini, Barbara Marinelli, Manuela Seia, Barbara De Giorgio, Angela Cecilia Pesatori, Nicola Montano, Alessandra Bassotti
BACKGROUND: The vascular type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is an autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder caused by a mutation in the COL3A1 gene encoding pro-alpha1 chain of type III collagen. The vascular type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome causes severe fragility of connective tissues with arterial and intestinal ruptures and complications in surgical and radiological treatments. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of a 38-year-old Italian woman who was diagnosed as having the vascular type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome...
October 31, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
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