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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213671/exome-analysis-of-smith-magenis-like-syndrome-cohort-identifies-de-novo-likely-pathogenic-variants
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Seth I Berger, Carla Ciccone, Karen L Simon, May Christine Malicdan, Thierry Vilboux, Charles Billington, Roxanne Fischer, Wendy J Introne, Andrea Gropman, Jan K Blancato, James C Mullikin, William A Gahl, Marjan Huizing, Ann C M Smith
Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS), a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by dysmorphic features, intellectual disability (ID), and sleep disturbances, results from a 17p11.2 microdeletion or a mutation in the RAI1 gene. We performed exome sequencing on 6 patients with SMS-like phenotypes but without chromosomal abnormalities or RAI1 variants. We identified pathogenic de novo variants in two cases, a nonsense variant in IQSEC2 and a missense variant in the SAND domain of DEAF1, and candidate de novo missense variants in an additional two cases...
February 17, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208764/spatial-impairment-and-memory-in-genetic-disorders-insights-from-mouse-models
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Sang Ah Lee, Valter Tucci, Giorgio Vallortigara
Research across the cognitive and brain sciences has begun to elucidate some of the processes that guide navigation and spatial memory. Boundary geometry and featural landmarks are two distinct classes of environmental cues that have dissociable neural correlates in spatial representation and follow different patterns of learning. Consequently, spatial navigation depends both on the type of cue available and on the type of learning provided. We investigated this interaction between spatial representation and memory by administering two different tasks (working memory, reference memory) using two different environmental cues (rectangular geometry, striped landmark) in mouse models of human genetic disorders: Prader-Willi syndrome (PWScr(m+/p-) mice, n = 12) and Beta-catenin mutation (Thr653Lys-substituted mice, n = 12)...
February 9, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196965/genomic-microdiversity-of-bifidobacterium-pseudocatenulatum-underlying-differential-strain-level-responses-to-dietary-carbohydrate-intervention
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Guojun Wu, Chenhong Zhang, Huan Wu, Ruirui Wang, Jian Shen, Linghua Wang, Yufeng Zhao, Xiaoyan Pang, Xiaojun Zhang, Liping Zhao, Menghui Zhang
The genomic basis of the response to dietary intervention of human gut beneficial bacteria remains elusive, which hinders precise manipulation of the microbiota for human health. After receiving a dietary intervention enriched with nondigestible carbohydrates for 105 days, a genetically obese child with Prader-Willi syndrome lost 18.4% of his body weight and showed significant improvement in his bioclinical parameters. We obtained five isolates (C1, C15, C55, C62, and C95) of one of the most abundantly promoted beneficial species, Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum, from a postintervention fecal sample...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164030/the-dilemma-of-diagnostic-testing-for-prader-willi-syndrome
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REVIEW
Arabella Smith, Dorothy Hung
Although Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a well-described clinical dysmorphic syndrome, DNA testing is required for a definitive diagnosis. A definitive diagnosis can be made in approximately 99% of cases using DNA testing; there are a number of DNA tests that can be used for this purpose, although there is no set standard algorithm of testing. The dilemma arises because of the complex genetic mechanisms at the basis of PWS, which need to be elucidated. To establish the molecular mechanism with a complete work up, involves at least 2 tests...
January 2017: Translational pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130217/longitudinal-evaluation-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-in-infants-with-prader-willi-syndrome
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Abdullah Khayat, Indra Narang, Saadoun Bin-Hasan, Reshma Amin, Suhail Al-Saleh
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the course of sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in infants with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). DESIGN: Retrospective longitudinal observational study. SETTING: Sleep laboratory at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. PATIENTS: Infants with PWS. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The natural history of SDB in infants with PWS within 2 years from baseline assessment. RESULTS: We identified 28 (12 male) infants with PWS who had a baseline polysomnography (PSG) at a median age (interquartile (IQR)) of 0...
January 27, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119110/attitudes-toward-prenatal-genetic-testing-and-therapeutic-termination-of-pregnancy-among-parents-of-offspring-with-prader-willi-syndrome
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REVIEW
Noa Even-Zohar Gross, Talia Geva-Eldar, Yehuda Pollak, Harry J Hirsch, Itai Gross, Varda Gross-Tsur
INTRODUCTION: Prenatal diagnosis (PND) raises ethical dilemmas such as the option of termination of pregnancy (TOP) in cases with severe outcome. Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), a complex neurogenetic syndrome with high morbidity and mortality throughout life. Recently, a unique prenatal phenotype was reported and TOP becomes a possibility. OBJECTIVE: To explore factors influencing the attitudes of parents of PWS children toward PND and TOP concerning a hypothetical pregnancy with a PWS fetus...
January 22, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100690/oxytocin-treatment-may-improve-infant-feeding-and-social-skills-in-prader-willi-syndrome
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Nancie J MacIver
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100688/the-use-of-oxytocin-to-improve-feeding-and-social-skills-in-infants-with-prader-willi-syndrome
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Maïthé Tauber, Kader Boulanouar, Gwenaelle Diene, Sophie Çabal-Berthoumieu, Virginie Ehlinger, Pascale Fichaux-Bourin, Catherine Molinas, Sandy Faye, Marion Valette, Jeanne Pourrinet, Catie Cessans, Sylvie Viaux-Sauvelon, Céline Bascoul, Antoine Guedeney, Patric Delhanty, Vincent Geenen, Henri Martens, Françoise Muscatelli, David Cohen, Angèle Consoli, Pierre Payoux, Catherine Arnaud, Jean-Pierre Salles
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Patients with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) display poor feeding and social skills as infants and fewer hypothalamic oxytocin (OXT)-producing neurons were documented in adults. Animal data demonstrated that early treatment with OXT restores sucking after birth. Our aim is to reproduce these data in infants with PWS. METHODS: We conducted a phase 2 escalating dose study of a short course (7 days) of intranasal OXT administration. We enrolled 18 infants with PWS under 6 months old (6 infants in each step) who received 4 IU of OXT either every other day, daily, or twice daily...
January 18, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094877/hypothalamus-specific-re-introduction-of-snord116-into-otherwise-snord116-deficient-mice-increased-energy-expenditure
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Y Qi, L Purtell, M Fu, L Zhang, S Zolotukhin, L Campbell, H Herzog
The Snord116 gene cluster has been recognized as a critical contributor to the Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) with mice lacking Snord116 displaying many classical PWS phenotypes including low postnatal body weight, reduced bone mass and increased food intake. However, these mice do not develop obesity due to increased energy expenditure. To understand the physiological function of Snord116 better and potentially rescue the altered metabolism of Snord116(-/-) mice, we used an adeno-associated viral (AAV) approach to reintroduce the Snord116 gene product into the hypothalamus in Snord116(-/-) mice at different ages...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035532/ghrelin-and-motilin-control-systems-in-gi-physiology-and-therapeutics
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Gareth J Sanger, John Broad, Brid Callaghan, John B Furness
Ghrelin and motilin are released from gastrointestinal endocrine cells during hunger, to act through G protein-coupled receptors that have closely related amino acid sequences. The actions of ghrelin are more complex than motilin because ghrelin also exists outside the GI tract, it is processed to des-acyl ghrelin which has activity, ghrelin can exist in truncated forms and retain activity, the ghrelin receptor can have constitutive activity and is subject to biased agonism and finally additional ghrelin-like and des-acyl ghrelin receptors are proposed...
December 30, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029756/when-and-why-to-treat-the-child-who-snores
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Hui-Leng Tan, Maria Luz Alonso Alvarez, Marina Tsaoussoglou, Silke Weber, Athanasios G Kaditis
Obstructive sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) can result in cardiovascular and neurocognitive morbidity as well as adversely affect behavior, growth, quality of life, and nocturnal continence. This article summarizes the latest evidence regarding the morbidity related to obstructive SDB, commenting on the impact of severity of obstruction, that is, the difference in effects seen of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) compared to those of mild OSAS or primary snoring. The impact of therapy is discussed, focusing on which children are likely to benefit from treatment interventions; namely those with moderate or severe OSAS irrespective of the presence of morbidity, children with mild OSAS with associated morbidity or predictors of SDB persistence such as obesity, and children with complex conditions accompanied by upper airway obstruction like craniosynostosis and Prader-Willi syndrome...
December 28, 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024084/targeting-the-histone-methyltransferase-g9a-activates-imprinted-genes-and-improves-survival-of-a-mouse-model-of-prader-willi-syndrome
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Yuna Kim, Hyeong-Min Lee, Yan Xiong, Noah Sciaky, Samuel W Hulbert, Xinyu Cao, Jeffrey I Everitt, Jian Jin, Bryan L Roth, Yong-Hui Jiang
Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is an imprinting disorder caused by a deficiency of paternally expressed gene(s) in the 15q11-q13 chromosomal region. The regulation of imprinted gene expression in this region is coordinated by an imprinting center (PWS-IC). In individuals with PWS, genes responsible for PWS on the maternal chromosome are present, but repressed epigenetically, which provides an opportunity for the use of epigenetic therapy to restore expression from the maternal copies of PWS-associated genes. Through a high-content screen (HCS) of >9,000 small molecules, we discovered that UNC0638 and UNC0642-two selective inhibitors of euchromatic histone lysine N-methyltransferase-2 (EHMT2, also known as G9a)-activated the maternal (m) copy of candidate genes underlying PWS, including the SnoRNA cluster SNORD116, in cells from humans with PWS and also from a mouse model of PWS carrying a paternal (p) deletion from small nuclear ribonucleoprotein N (Snrpn (S)) to ubiquitin protein ligase E3A (Ube3a (U)) (mouse model referred to hereafter as m(+)/p(ΔS-U))...
February 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009282/beyond-epilepsy-and-autism-disruption-of-gabrb3-causes-ocular-hypopigmentation
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Ryan J Delahanty, Yanfeng Zhang, Terry Jo Bichell, Wangzhen Shen, Kelienne Verdier, Robert L Macdonald, Lili Xu, Kelli Boyd, Janice Williams, Jing-Qiong Kang
Reduced ocular pigmentation is common in Angelman syndrome (AS) and Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) and is long thought to be caused by OCA2 deletion. GABRB3 is located in the 15q11-13 region flanked by UBE3A, GABRA5, GABRG3, and OCA2. Mutations in GABRB3 have frequently been associated with epilepsy and autism, consistent with its role in neurodevelopment. We report here a robust phenotype in the mouse in which deletion of Gabrb3 alone causes nearly complete loss of retinal pigmentation due to atrophied melanosomes, as evidenced by electron microscopy...
December 20, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007570/dysfunctional-oleoylethanolamide-signaling-in-a-mouse-model-of-prader-willi-syndrome
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Miki Igarashi, Vidya Narayanaswami, Virginia Kimonis, Pietro M Galassetti, Fariba Oveisi, Kwang-Mook Jung, Daniele Piomelli
Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), the leading genetic cause of obesity, is characterized by a striking hyperphagic behavior that can lead to obesity, type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death. The molecular mechanism underlying impaired satiety in PWS is unknown. Oleoylethanolamide (OEA) is a lipid mediator involved in the control of feeding, body weight and energy metabolism. OEA produced by small-intestinal enterocytes during dietary fat digestion activates type-α peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPAR-α) to trigger an afferent signal that causes satiety...
December 19, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004416/changeability-of-the-fully-methylated-status-of-the-15q11-2-region-in-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-derived-from-a-patient-with-prader-willi-syndrome
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Hironobu Okuno, Kazuhiko Nakabayashi, Kousei Abe, Takayuki Ando, Tsukasa Sanosaka, Jun Kohyama, Wado Akamatsu, Manabu Ohyama, Takao Takahashi, Kenjiro Kosaki, Hideyuki Okano
Prader-Will syndrome (PWS) is characterized by hyperphagia, growth hormone deficiency and central hypogonadism caused by the dysfunction of the hypothalamus. Patients with PWS present with methylation abnormalities of the PWS-imprinting control region in chromosome 15q11.2, subject to parent-of-origin-specific methylation and controlling the parent-of-origin-specific expression of other paternally expressed genes flanking the region. In theory, the reversal of hypermethylation in the hypothalamic cells could be a promising strategy for the treatment of PWS patients, since cardinal symptoms of PWS patients are correlated with dysfunction of the hypothalamus...
December 21, 2016: Congenital Anomalies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982202/a-boy-with-prader-willi-syndrome-unmasking-precocious-puberty-during-growth-hormone-replacement-therapy
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Natasha G Ludwig, Rafael F Radaeli, Mariana M X Silva, Camila M Romero, Alexandre J F Carrilho, Danielle Bessa, Delanie B Macedo, Maria L Oliveira, Ana Claudia Latronico, Tânia L Mazzuco
Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a genetic disorder frequently characterized by obesity, growth hormone deficiency, genital abnormalities, and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. Incomplete or delayed pubertal development as well as premature adrenarche are usually found in PWS, whereas central precocious puberty (CPP) is very rare. This study aimed to report the clinical and biochemical follow-up of a PWS boy with CPP and to discuss the management of pubertal growth. By the age of 6, he had obesity, short stature, and many clinical criteria of PWS diagnosis, which was confirmed by DNA methylation test...
November 2016: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974191/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-gh-deficiency-in-prader-willi-syndrome
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REVIEW
Graziano Grugni, Paolo Marzullo
Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) results from under-expression of the paternally-derived chromosomal region 15q11-13. Growth failure is a recognized feature of PWS, and both quantitative and qualitative defects of the GH/IGF-I axis revealing GH deficiency (GHD) have been demonstrated in most children with PWS. In PWS adults, criteria for GHD are biochemically fulfilled in 8-38% of the studied cohorts. Published data support benefits of early institution of GH therapy (GHT) in PWS children, with positive effects on statural growth, body composition, metabolic homeostasis, and neurocognitive function...
December 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941250/impaired-prohormone-processing-a-grand-unified-theory-for-features-of-prader-willi-syndrome
#18
Joseph Polex-Wolf, Giles S H Yeo, Stephen O'Rahilly
Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a complex disorder that manifests with an array of phenotypes, such as hypotonia and difficulties in feeding during infancy and reduced energy expenditure, hyperphagia, and developmental delays later in life. While the genetic cause has long been known, it is still not clear how mutations at this locus produce this array of phenotypes. In this issue of the JCI, Burnett and colleagues used a comprehensive approach to gain insight into how PWS-associated mutations drive disease...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941249/deficiency-in-prohormone-convertase-pc1-impairs-prohormone-processing-in-prader-willi-syndrome
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Lisa C Burnett, Charles A LeDuc, Carlos R Sulsona, Daniel Paull, Richard Rausch, Sanaa Eddiry, Jayne F Martin Carli, Michael V Morabito, Alicja A Skowronski, Gabriela Hubner, Matthew Zimmer, Liheng Wang, Robert Day, Brynn Levy, Ilene Fennoy, Beatrice Dubern, Christine Poitou, Karine Clement, Merlin G Butler, Michael Rosenbaum, Jean Pierre Salles, Maithe Tauber, Daniel J Driscoll, Dieter Egli, Rudolph L Leibel
Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is caused by a loss of paternally expressed genes in an imprinted region of chromosome 15q. Among the canonical PWS phenotypes are hyperphagic obesity, central hypogonadism, and low growth hormone (GH). Rare microdeletions in PWS patients define a 91-kb minimum critical deletion region encompassing 3 genes, including the noncoding RNA gene SNORD116. Here, we found that protein and transcript levels of nescient helix loop helix 2 (NHLH2) and the prohormone convertase PC1 (encoded by PCSK1) were reduced in PWS patient induced pluripotent stem cell-derived (iPSC-derived) neurons...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931246/increased-alternate-splicing-of-htr2c-in-a-mouse-model-for-prader-willi-syndrome-leads-disruption-of-5ht2c-receptor-mediated-appetite
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Alastair S Garfield, Jennifer R Davies, Luke K Burke, Hannah V Furby, Lawrence S Wilkinson, Lora K Heisler, Anthony R Isles
Alternate splicing of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT) 2C receptor (5-HT2CR) pre-RNA is negatively regulated by the small nucleolar RNA, Snord115, loss of which is observed in nearly all individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), a multigenic disorder characterised by hyperphagia and obesity. Given the role of the 5-HT2CR in the regulation of ingestive behaviour we investigated the pathophysiological implications of Snord115 deficiency on 5-HT2CR regulated appetite in a genotypically relevant PWS mouse model (PWS-IC)...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Brain
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