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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095060/executive-functioning-mediates-the-effect-of-behavioral-problems-on-depression-in-mothers-of-children-with-developmental-disabilities
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Wai Chan, Leann E Smith, Jan S Greenberg, Jinkuk Hong, Marsha R Mailick
The present investigation explored long-term relationships of behavioral symptoms of adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities with the mental health of their mothers. Fragile X premutation carrier mothers of an adolescent or adult child with fragile X syndrome (n = 95), and mothers of a grown child with autism (n = 213) were included. Behavioral symptoms at Time 1 were hypothesized to predict maternal depressive symptoms at Time 3 via maternal executive dysfunction at Time 2. Results provided support for the mediating pathway of executive dysfunction...
January 2017: American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094958/magnetic-nanoparticle-based-mechanical-stimulation-for-restoration-of-mechano-sensitive-ion-channel-equilibrium-in-neural-networks
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Andy Tay, Dino Di Carlo
Techniques offering remote control of neural activity with high spatiotemporal resolution and specificity are invaluable for deciphering the physiological roles of different classes of neurons in brain development and disease. Here, we first confirm that micro-fabricated substrates with enhanced magnetic field gradients allow for wireless stimulation of neural circuits dosed with magnetic nanoparticles using calcium indicator dyes. We also investigate the mechanism of mechano-transduction in this system and identify that N-type mechano-sensitive calcium ion channels play a key role in signal generation in response to magnetic force...
January 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077511/altered-connectivity-and-synapse-maturation-of-the-hippocampal-mossy-fiber-pathway-in-a-mouse-model-of-the-fragile-x-syndrome
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F Scharkowski, Michael Frotscher, David Lutz, Martin Korte, Kristin Michaelsen-Preusse
The Fragile X syndrome (FXS) as the most common monogenetic cause of cognitive impairment and autism indicates how tightly the dysregulation of synapse development is linked to cognitive deficits. Symptoms of FXS include excessive adherence to patterns that point to compromised hippocampal network formation. Surprisingly, one of the most complex hippocampal synapses connecting the dentate gyrus (DG) to CA3 pyramidal neurons has not been analyzed in FXS yet. Intriguingly, we found altered synaptic function between DG and CA3 in a mouse model of FXS (fmr1 knockout [KO]) demonstrated by increased mossy fiber-dependent miniature excitatory postsynaptic current (mEPSC) frequency at CA3 pyramidal neurons together with increased connectivity between granule cells and CA3 neurons...
January 10, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074357/the-longitudinal-effects-of-parenting-on-adaptive-behavior-in-children-with-fragile-x-syndrome
#4
Steven F Warren, Nancy Brady, Kandace K Fleming, Laura J Hahn
Several studies have reported declines in adaptive behavior amongst children with fragile X syndrome (FXS) starting in middle childhood. We examined the effects of maternal responsivity on adaptive behavior in 55 children with FXS visited 5-6 times in their homes from early through middle childhood. Our analyses indicated that sustained maternal responsivity had a significant positive impact on the trajectories of communication and to a lesser extent other adaptive behavior domains through middle childhood with many effects remaining significant after controlling for autism symptoms and developmental level...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074353/language-skills-of-males-with-fragile-x-syndrome-or-nonsyndromic-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Angela John Thurman, Andrea McDuffie, Randi J Hagerman, Cynde K Josol, Leonard Abbeduto
Despite the similarities observed between the fragile X syndrome (FXS) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) phenotypes, few studies have compared their behavioral profiles outside of ASD symptomatology. In the present study, we sought to compare lexical and grammatical abilities in these two conditions. Comparisons of language abilities in both of these conditions are particularly interesting because both conditions are characterized by difficulties navigating social interactions. Results suggest that although both FXS and ASD are associated with language difficulties, there are important differences between the two conditions in terms of the language profiles observed and the factors influencing language when considering children of similar developmental levels...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073926/mutations-of-pqbp1-in-renpenning-syndrome-promote-ubiquitin-mediated-degradation-of-fmrp-and-cause-synaptic-dysfunction
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Xiao-Yan Zhang, Junxia Qi, Yu-Qian Shen, Xian Liu, An Liu, Zikai Zhou, Junhai Han, Zi Chao Zhang
Renpenning syndrome is a group of X-linked intellectual disability (XLID) syndromes caused by mutations in human polyglutamine-binding protein 1 (PQBP1) gene. Little is known about the molecular pathogenesis of the various mutations that cause the notable variability in patients. In this study, we examine the cellular and synaptic functions of the most common mutations found in the patients: c.461_462delAG, c.459_462delAGAG, and c.463_464dupAG in an AG hexamer in PQBP1 exon 4. We discovered that PQBP1 c.459_462delAGAG and c...
January 10, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067165/gene-therapy-in-fanconi-anemia-a-matter-of-time-safety-and-gene-transfer-tool-efficiency
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Verhoeyen Els, Francisco José Román Rodríguez, François-Loïc Cosset, Camille Lévy, Paula Rio
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a rare genetic syndrome characterized by progressive marrow failure. Gene therapy by infusion of FA-corrected autologous hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) may offer a potential cure since it is a monogenetic disease with mutations in the FANC genes, coding for DNA repair enzymes (See review[1]). However, the collection of hCD34 +-cells in FA patients implies particular challenges because of the reduced numbers of progenitor cells present in their bone marrow (BM)[2] or mobilized peripheral blood[3-5]...
January 9, 2017: Current Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065649/translation-of-expanded-cgg-repeats-into-fmrpolyg-is-pathogenic-and-may-contribute-to-fragile-x-tremor-ataxia-syndrome
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Chantal Sellier, Ronald A M Buijsen, Fang He, Sam Natla, Laura Jung, Philippe Tropel, Angeline Gaucherot, Hugues Jacobs, Hamid Meziane, Alexandre Vincent, Marie-France Champy, Tania Sorg, Guillaume Pavlovic, Marie Wattenhofer-Donze, Marie-Christine Birling, Mustapha Oulad-Abdelghani, Pascal Eberling, Frank Ruffenach, Mathilde Joint, Mathieu Anheim, Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno, Flora Tassone, Rob Willemsen, Renate K Hukema, Stéphane Viville, Cecile Martinat, Peter K Todd, Nicolas Charlet-Berguerand
Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by a limited expansion of CGG repeats in the 5' UTR of FMR1. Two mechanisms are proposed to cause FXTAS: RNA gain-of-function, where CGG RNA sequesters specific proteins, and translation of CGG repeats into a polyglycine-containing protein, FMRpolyG. Here we developed transgenic mice expressing CGG repeat RNA with or without FMRpolyG. Expression of FMRpolyG is pathogenic, while the sole expression of CGG RNA is not...
January 4, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025327/fmrp-dependent-mdm2-dephosphorylation-is-required-for-mef2-induced-synapse-elimination
#9
Nien-Pei Tsai, Julia R Wilkerson, Weirui Guo, Kimberly M Huber
The Myocyte Enhancer Factor 2 (MEF2) transcription factors suppress an excitatory synapse number by promoting degradation of the synaptic scaffold protein, postsynaptic density protein 95 (PSD-95), a process that is deficient in the mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome, Fmr1 KO. How MEF2 activation results in PSD-95 degradation and why this is defective in Fmr1 KO neurons is unknown. Here we report that MEF2 induces a Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A)-mediated dephosphorylation of murine double minute-2 (Mdm2), the ubiquitin E3 ligase for PSD-95, which results in nuclear export and synaptic accumulation of Mdm2 as well as PSD-95 degradation and synapse elimination...
December 26, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018172/app-causes-hyperexcitability-in-fragile-x-mice
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Cara J Westmark, Shih-Chieh Chuang, Seth A Hays, Mikolaj J Filon, Brian C Ray, Pamela R Westmark, Jay R Gibson, Kimberly M Huber, Robert K S Wong
Amyloid-beta protein precursor (APP) and metabolite levels are altered in fragile X syndrome (FXS) patients and in the mouse model of the disorder, Fmr1(KO) mice. Normalization of APP levels in Fmr1(KO) mice (Fmr1(KO) /APP(HET) mice) rescues many disease phenotypes. Thus, APP is a potential biomarker as well as therapeutic target for FXS. Hyperexcitability is a key phenotype of FXS. Herein, we determine the effects of APP levels on hyperexcitability in Fmr1(KO) brain slices. Fmr1(KO) /APP(HET) slices exhibit complete rescue of UP states in a neocortical hyperexcitability model and reduced duration of ictal discharges in a CA3 hippocampal model...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012946/impaired-gabaergic-inhibition-in-the-hippocampus-of-fmr1-knockout-mice
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Victor Sabanov, Sien Braat, Laura D'Andrea, Rob Willemsen, Shimriet Zeidler, Liesbeth Rooms, Claudia Bagni, R Frank Kooy, Detlef Balschun
Many clinical and molecular features of the fragile X syndrome, a common form of intellectual disability and autism, can be modeled by deletion of the Fmr1 protein (Fmrp) in mice. Previous studies showed a decreased expression of several components of the GABAergic system in Fmr1 knockout mice. Here, we used this mouse model to investigate the functional consequences of Fmrp deletion on hippocampal GABAergic inhibition in the CA1-region of the hippocampus. Whole-cell patch-clamp recordings demonstrated a significantly reduced amplitude of evoked inhibitory postsynaptic currents (eIPSCs) and a decrease in the amplitude and frequency of spontaneous IPSCs...
December 21, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005950/cgg-repeats-in-the-5-utr-of-fmr1-rna-regulate-translation-of-other-rnas-localized-in-the-same-rna-granules
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René Rovozzo, George Korza, Mei W Baker, Meng Li, Anita Bhattacharyya, Elisa Barbarese, John H Carson
CGG repeats in the 5'UTR of Fragile X Mental Retardation 1 (FMR1) RNA mediate RNA localization and translation in granules. Large expansions of CGG repeats (> 200 repeats) in FMR1, referred to as full mutations, are associated with fragile X syndrome (FXS). Smaller expansions (55-200 repeats), referred to as premutations, are associated with fragile X tremor ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) and fragile X premature ovarian insufficiency (FXPOI). TMPyP4 is a porphyrin ring compound that destabilizes CGG repeat RNA secondary structure...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995424/fragile-x-premutation-in-women-recognizing-the-health-challenges-beyond-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
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REVIEW
Luis R Hoyos, Mili Thakur
Fragile X premutation carriers have 55-200 CGG repeats in the 5' untranslated region of the FMR1 gene. Women with this premutation face many physical and emotional challenges in their life. Approximately 20% of these women will develop fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency (FXPOI). In addition, they suffer from increased rates of menstrual dysfunction, diminished ovarian reserve, reduction in age of menopause, infertility, dizygotic twinning, and risk of having an offspring with a premutation or full mutation...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984817/learning-potential-and-cognitive-abilities-in-preschool-boys-with-fragile-x-and-down-syndrome
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Nieves Valencia-Naranjo, Mª Auxiliadora Robles-Bello
BACKGROUND: Enhancing cognitive abilities is relevant when devising treatment plans. AIMS: This study examined the performance of preschool boys with Down syndrome and fragile X syndrome in cognitive tasks (e.g., nonverbal reasoning and short-term memory), as well as in improving cognitive functions by means of a learning potential methodology. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: The basic scales corresponding to the Skills and Learning Potential Preschool Scale were administered to children with Down syndrome and others with fragile X syndrome, matched for chronological age and nonverbal cognitive development level...
January 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984619/-tri-primer-florescence-pcr-sanger-sequencing-method-for-screening-of-full-and-pre-mutations-of-fmr1-gene
#15
Sha Sha, Xue He, Dongya Yuan, Jianfang Zhang, Longli Kang
OBJECTIVE: To screen for CGG repeats in the FMR1 gene among patients with fragile X syndrome and carriers of pre-mutations. METHODS: Potential full and pre-mutations of the FMR1 gene were detected with a Tri-primer-florescence PCR-Sanger sequencing method. The results were validated with positive and negative controls. RESULTS: All positive and negative controls were confirmed. A male patient was found to have > 200 CGG repeats (full mutation)...
December 10, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983607/study-of-the-genetic-etiology-of-primary-ovarian-insufficiency-fmr1-gene
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REVIEW
Maitane Barasoain, Gorka Barrenetxea, Iratxe Huerta, Mercedes Télez, Begoña Criado, Isabel Arrieta
Menopause is a period of women's life characterized by the cessation of menses in a definitive way. The mean age for menopause is approximately 51 years. Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) refers to ovarian dysfunction defined as irregular menses and elevated gonadotrophin levels before or at the age of 40 years. The etiology of POI is unknown but several genes have been reported as being of significance. The fragile X mental retardation 1 gene (FMR1) is one of the most important genes associated with POI...
December 13, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957526/mammalian-fmrp-s499-is-phosphorylated-by-ck2-and-promotes-secondary-phosphorylation-of-fmrp
#17
Christopher M Bartley, Rachel A O'Keefe, Anna Blice-Baum, Mihaela-Rita Mihailescu, Xuan Gong, Laura Miyares, Esra Karaca, Angélique Bordey
The fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) is an mRNA-binding regulator of protein translation that associates with 4-6% of brain transcripts and is central to neurodevelopment. Autism risk genes' transcripts are overrepresented among FMRP-binding mRNAs, and FMRP loss-of-function mutations are responsible for fragile X syndrome, the most common cause of monogenetic autism. It is thought that FMRP-dependent translational repression is governed by the phosphorylation of serine residue 499 (S499). However, recent evidence suggests that S499 phosphorylation is not modulated by metabotropic glutamate receptor class I (mGluR-I) or protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A), two molecules shown to regulate FMRP translational repression...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941672/detection-and-quantification-of-the-fragile-x-mental-retardation-protein-1-fmrp
#18
REVIEW
Giuseppe LaFauci, Tatyana Adayev, Richard Kascsak, W Ted Brown
The final product of FMR1 gene transcription, Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein 1 (FMRP), is an RNA binding protein that acts as a repressor of translation. FMRP is expressed in several tissues and plays important roles in neurogenesis, synaptic plasticity, and ovarian functions and has been implicated in a number of neuropsychological disorders. The loss of FMRP causes Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). In most cases, FXS is due to large expansions of a CGG repeat in FMR1-normally containing 6-54 repeats-to over 200 CGGs and identified as full mutation (FM)...
December 9, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939692/behavioral-effects-of-chronic-stress-in-the-fmr1-mouse-model-for-fragile-x-syndrome
#19
Valerie Lemaire-Mayo, Enejda Subashi, Nadia Henkous, Daniel Beracochea, Susanna Pietropaolo
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is a pervasive developmental disorder due to a mutation in the FMR1 X-linked gene. Despite its clear genetic cause, the expression of FXS symptoms is known to be modulated by environmental factors, including stress. Furthermore, several studies have shown disturbances in stress regulatory systems in FXS patients and Fmr1 mice. These studies have mostly focused on the hormonal responses to stress, using the acute exposure to a single type of stressor. Hence, little is known about the behavioral effects of stress in FXS, and the importance of the nature of the stressing procedure, especially in the context of a repeated exposure that more closely resembles real life conditions...
December 6, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924668/parenting-of-children-with-down-syndrome-compared-to-fragile-x-syndrome
#20
Audra Sterling, Steven F Warren
Children with Down syndrome (DS) and fragile X syndrome (FXS) struggle with language development. Parenting variables, such as responsiveness to children's communication attempts (Maternal Responsivity), and techniques used to support and teach appropriate behavior (Behavior Management) are known to have a significant impact on early child development. We examined these two aspects of parenting style via coded, videotaped parent-child interactions in two groups of participants matched on child age (2-5 years) and child expressive language level: mothers of children with DS and mothers of children with FXS...
December 7, 2016: Developmental Neurorehabilitation
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