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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075485/culturing-and-neuronal-differentiation-of-human-dental-pulp-stem-cells
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Sarita Goorha, Lawrence T Reiter
A major issue in studying human neurogenetic disorders, especially rare syndromes affecting the nervous system, is the ability to grow neuronal cultures that accurately represent these disorders for analysis. Although there has been some success in generating induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from both skin and blood, there are still limitations to the collection and production of iPS cells from these biospecimens. We have had significant success in collecting and growing human dental pulp stem (DPS) cells from exfoliated teeth sent to our laboratory by the parents of children with a variety of rare neurogenetic syndromes...
January 11, 2017: Current Protocols in Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057826/the-neurogenetics-of-group-behavior-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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REVIEW
Pavan Ramdya, Jonathan Schneider, Joel D Levine
Organisms rarely act in isolation. Their decisions and movements are often heavily influenced by direct and indirect interactions with conspecifics. For example, we each represent a single node within a social network of family and friends, and an even larger network of strangers. This group membership can affect our opinions and actions. Similarly, when in a crowd, we often coordinate our movements with others like fish in a school, or birds in a flock. Contributions of the group to individual behaviors are observed across a wide variety of taxa but their biological mechanisms remain largely unknown...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045594/human-hprt1-gene-and-the-lesch-nyhan-disease-substitution-of-alanine-for-glycine-and-inversely-in-the-hgprt-enzyme-protein
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Khue Vu Nguyen, Robert K Naviaux, William L Nyhan
Lesch-Nyhan disease (LND) is a rare X-linked inherited neurogenetic disorder of purine metabolism in which the enzyme, hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGprt) is defective. The authors report three novel independent mutations in the coding region of the HPRT1 gene from genomic DNA of (a) a carrier sister of two male patients with LND: c.569G>C, p.G190A in exon 8; and (b) two LND affected male patients unrelated to her who had two mutations: c.648delC, p.Y216X, and c.653C>G, p.A218G in exon 9...
January 3, 2017: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045463/neurogenetics-of-developmental-dyslexia-from-genes-to-behavior-through-brain-neuroimaging-and-cognitive-and-sensorial-mechanisms
#4
REVIEW
S Mascheretti, A De Luca, V Trezzi, D Peruzzo, A Nordio, C Marino, F Arrigoni
Developmental dyslexia (DD) is a complex neurodevelopmental deficit characterized by impaired reading acquisition, in spite of adequate neurological and sensorial conditions, educational opportunities and normal intelligence. Despite the successful characterization of DD-susceptibility genes, we are far from understanding the molecular etiological pathways underlying the development of reading (dis)ability. By focusing mainly on clinical phenotypes, the molecular genetics approach has yielded mixed results...
January 3, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024705/common-variation-in-the-gtf2i-gene-a-promising-neurogenetic-mechanism-for-affiliative-drive-and-social-anxiety
#5
Janina I Schweiger, Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017471/the-antisense-transcript-smn-as1-regulates-smn-expression-and-is-a-novel-therapeutic-target-for-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Constantin d'Ydewalle, Daniel M Ramos, Noah J Pyles, Shi-Yan Ng, Mariusz Gorz, Celeste M Pilato, Karen Ling, Lingling Kong, Amanda J Ward, Lee L Rubin, Frank Rigo, C Frank Bennett, Charlotte J Sumner
The neuromuscular disorder spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the most common inherited killer of infants, is caused by insufficient expression of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. SMA therapeutics development efforts have focused on identifying strategies to increase SMN expression. We identified a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) that arises from the antisense strand of SMN, SMN-AS1, which is enriched in neurons and transcriptionally represses SMN expression by recruiting the epigenetic Polycomb repressive complex-2...
January 4, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003435/genetic-compendium-of-1511-human-brains-available-through-the-uk-medical-research-council-brain-banks-network-resource
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Michael J Keogh, Wei Wei, Ian Wilson, Jon Coxhead, Sarah Ryan, Sara Rollinson, Helen Griffin, Marzena Kurzawa-Akanbi, Mauro Santibanez-Koref, Kevin Talbot, Martin R Turner, Chris-Anne McKenzie, Claire Troakes, Johannes Attems, Colin Smith, Safa Al Sarraj, Chris M Morris, Olaf Ansorge, Stuart Pickering-Brown, James W Ironside, Patrick F Chinnery
Given the central role of genetic factors in the pathogenesis of common neurodegenerative disorders, it is critical that mechanistic studies in human tissue are interpreted in a genetically enlightened context. To address this, we performed exome sequencing and copy number variant analysis on 1511 frozen human brains with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD, n = 289), frontotemporal dementia/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FTD/ALS, n = 252), Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD, n = 239), Parkinson's disease (PD, n = 39), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB, n = 58), other neurodegenerative, vascular, or neurogenetic disorders (n = 266), and controls with no significant neuropathology (n = 368)...
January 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986596/effects-of-the-synthetic-neurosteroid-ganaxolone-on-seizure-activity-and-behavioral-deficits-in-an-angelman-syndrome-mouse-model
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Stephanie L Ciarlone, Xinming Wang, Michael A Rogawski, Edwin J Weeber
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a rare neurogenetic disorder characterized by severe developmental delay, motor impairments, and epilepsy. GABAergic dysfunction is believed to contribute to many of the phenotypic deficits seen in AS. We hypothesized that restoration of inhibitory tone mediated by extrasynaptic GABAA receptors could provide therapeutic benefit. Here, we report that ganaxolone, a synthetic neurosteroid that acts as a positive allosteric modulator of synaptic and extrasynaptic GABAA receptors, was anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, and improved motor deficits in the Ube3a-deficient mouse model of AS when administered by implanted mini-pump for 3 days or 4 weeks...
December 13, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976757/efficient-and-versatile-crispr-engineering-of-human-neurons-in-culture-to-model-neurological-disorders
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Ruth R Shah, Justyna Cholewa-Waclaw, Faith C J Davies, Katie M Paton, Ronan Chaligne, Edith Heard, Catherine M Abbott, Adrian P Bird
The recent identification of multiple new genetic causes of neurological disorders highlights the need for model systems that give experimental access to the underlying biology. In particular, the ability to couple disease-causing mutations with human neuronal differentiation systems would be beneficial. Gene targeting is a well-known approach for dissecting gene function, but low rates of homologous recombination in somatic cells (including neuronal cells) have traditionally impeded the development of robust cellular models of neurological disorders...
November 15, 2016: Wellcome Open Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956815/neurocognitive-functions-and-behavior-in-joubert-syndrome
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COMMENT
Andrea Poretti, Gwendolyn J Gerner
Investigators from multiple Italian pediatric neurology and neurogenetics departments studied cognitive functions, behavior, and adaptive functioning in large cohort of 54 patients with Joubert syndrome (JS) as part of a prospective, multi-center study.
December 2016: Pediatric neurology briefs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918911/cortical-amygdala-volumetric-ratios-predict-onset-of-symptoms-of-psychosis-in-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome
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David Berhanu, Leah M Mattiaccio, Kevin M Antshel, Wanda Fremont, Frank A Middleton, Wendy R Kates
Dysfunction of cortical circuitry involving prefrontal cortex, cingulate gyrus and mesial temporal lobe has been implicated in the pathophysiology of psychotic symptoms. 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) is a neurogenetic disorder that comports a 25-fold increased risk of developing psychosis. Morphological changes in the neuroanatomy of this syndrome may represent a biological risk factor for the development of psychosis. The present study explored ratios between cortical volumes and the amygdala. We also explored relationships between these ratios and the eventual development of psychosis in youth with 22q11DS...
January 30, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898583/genetic-control-of-postnatal-human-brain-growth
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Laura I van Dyck, Eric M Morrow
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Studies investigating postnatal brain growth disorders inform the biology underlying the development of human brain circuitry. This research is becoming increasingly important for the diagnosis and treatment of childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and related disorders. Here, we review recent research on typical and abnormal postnatal brain growth and examine potential biological mechanisms. RECENT FINDINGS: Clinically, brain growth disorders are heralded by diverging head size for a given age and sex, but are more precisely characterized by brain imaging, post-mortem analysis, and animal model studies...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896282/a-patient-with-lissencephaly-developmental-delay-and-infantile-spasms-due-to-de-novo-heterozygous-mutation-of-kif2a
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Guoling Tian, Ana G Cristancho, Holly A Dubbs, Grant T Liu, Nicholas J Cowan, Ethan M Goldberg
BACKGROUND: Microtubules are dynamic polymers of α/β tubulin heterodimers that play a critical role in cerebral cortical development, by regulating neuronal migration, differentiation, and morphogenesis. Mutations in genes that encode either α- or β-tubulin or a spectrum of proteins involved in the regulation of microtubule dynamics lead to clinically devastating malformations of cortical development, including lissencephaly. METHODS: This is a single case report or a patient with lissencephaly, developmental delay, nystagmus, persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous, and infantile spasms, and undertook a neurogenetic workup...
November 2016: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895198/autism-and-reactive-attachment-disinhibited-social-engagement-disorders-co-occurrence-and-differentiation
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Susan Dickerson Mayes, Susan L Calhoun, Daniel A Waschbusch, Raman Baweja
DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition) Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder (DSED) are rare disorders sharing social difficulties with autism. The DSM-5 and ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, 10th revsion) state that RAD/DSED should not be diagnosed in children with autism. The purpose of our study is to determine whether children can meet criteria for both autism and RAD/DSED and to identify specific symptoms discriminating the disorders...
November 28, 2016: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890662/a-genetic-association-study-of-csmd1-and-csmd2-with-cognitive-function
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Lavinia Athanasiu, Sudheer Giddaluru, Carla Fernandes, Andrea Christoforou, Ivar Reinvang, Astri J Lundervold, Lars-Göran Nilsson, Karolina Kauppi, Rolf Adolfsson, Elias Eriksson, Kjetil Sundet, Srdjan Djurovic, Thomas Espeseth, Lars Nyberg, Vidar M Steen, Ole A Andreassen, Stephanie Le Hellard
The complement cascade plays a role in synaptic pruning and synaptic plasticity, which seem to be involved in cognitive functions and psychiatric disorders. Genetic variants in the closely related CSMD1 and CSMD2 genes, which are implicated in complement regulation, are associated with schizophrenia. Since patients with schizophrenia often show cognitive impairments, we tested whether variants in CSMD1 and CSMD2 are also associated with cognitive functions per se. We took a discovery-replication approach, using well-characterized Scandinavian cohorts...
November 25, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884797/breathing-abnormalities-in-animal-models-of-rett-syndrome-a-female-neurogenetic-disorder
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REVIEW
Chun Jiang, Ningren Cui, Weiwei Zhong, Christopher M Johnson, Yang Wu
A characteristic feature of Rett syndrome (RTT) is abnormal breathing accompanied by several other neurological and cognitive disorders. Since RTT rodent models became available, studies have begun shedding insight into the breathing abnormalities at behavioral, cellular and molecular levels. Defects are found in several groups of brainstem neurons involved in respiratory control, and potential neural mechanisms have been suggested. The findings in animal models are helpful in therapeutic strategies for people with RTT with respect to lowering sudden and unexpected death, preventing secondary developmental consequences, and improving the quality of lives...
November 21, 2016: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882168/monozygotic-twins-with-infantile-neuroaxonal-dystrophy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#17
Haifeng Li, Yan Zou, Xinhua Bao, Hui Wang, Jiangping Wang, Huiying Jin, Yuping Che, Xiaoyan Tang
Infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (INAD) is a rare neurodegenerative disease with early onset. PLA2G6 gene mutations have been identified in the majority individuals with INAD. In future, molecular diagnosis of INAD will replace the invasive biopsies used previously. In the present report, monozygotic male twins with INAD were referred The Children's Hospital (Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Zhejiang, China) at fifteen months old for delayed development. The older brother was found to have developmental stagnation when he was 6 months old...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868460/the-neurogenetics-of-drosophila-the-ganetzky-legacy
#18
Kate M O'Connor-Giles, Bing Zhang, Julie H Simpson, Chun-Fang Wu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Journal of Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815692/neurogenetics-in-child-neurology-redefining-a-discipline-in-the-twenty-first-century
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REVIEW
Walter E Kaufmann
Increasing knowledge on genetic etiology of pediatric neurologic disorders is affecting the practice of the specialty. I reviewed here the history of pediatric neurologic disorder classification and the role of genetics in the process. I also discussed the concept of clinical neurogenetics, with its role in clinical practice, education, and research. Finally, I propose a flexible model for clinical neurogenetics in child neurology in the twenty-first century. In combination with disorder-specific clinical programs, clinical neurogenetics can become a home for complex clinical issues, repository of genetic diagnostic advances, educational resource, and research engine in child neurology...
December 2016: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797833/differential-adulthood-onset-mglu5-signaling-saves-prefrontal-function-in-the-fragile-x-mouse
#20
Henry G S Martin, Olivier Lassalle, Olivier J Manzoni
The final maturation of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) continues into early adulthood and is delayed compared with other forebrain structures. However, how these late onset changes in the PFC relate to neurodevelopment disorders is poorly understood. Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a prevalent neurogenetic disorder linked to deficits in PFC function. mGlu5 is an important molecular hub in the etiology of FXS. Thus we have examined changes in mGlu5 function in the PFC in a mouse model of FXS (Fmr1 knockout) during early adulthood and subsequent maturity...
October 23, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
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