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Usher syndrome

Bas P Hartel, Martijn J H Agterberg, Ad F Snik, Henricus P M Kunst, A John V Opstal, Arjan J Bosman, Ronald J E Pennings
OBJECTIVES: Usher syndrome is the leading cause of hereditary deaf-blindness. Most patients with Usher syndrome type IIa start using hearing aids from a young age. A serious complaint refers to interference between sound localization abilities and adaptive sound processing (compression), as present in today's hearing aids. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of advanced signal processing on binaural hearing, including sound localization. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: In this prospective study, patients were fitted with hearing aids with a nonlinear (compression) and linear amplification program...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
Thomas A Masters, John Kendrick-Jones, Folma Buss
Myosins are cytoskeletal motor proteins that use energy derived from ATP hydrolysis to generate force and movement along actin filaments. Humans express 38 myosin genes belonging to 12 classes that participate in a diverse range of crucial activities, including muscle contraction, intracellular trafficking, cell division, motility, actin cytoskeletal organisation and cell signalling. Myosin malfunction has been implicated a variety of disorders including deafness, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Usher syndrome, Griscelli syndrome and cancer...
October 19, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Stephanie Kletke, Vaishnavi Batmanabane, Tianyang Dai, Ajoy Vincent, Shuning Li, Karen A Gordon, Blake C Papsin, Sharon L Cushing, Elise Héon
The co-occurrence of hearing impairment and visual dysfunction is devastating. Most deaf-blind etiologies are genetically determined, the commonest being Usher syndrome (USH). While studies of the congenitally deaf population reveal a variable degree of visual problems, there are no effective ophthalmic screening guidelines. We hypothesized that children with congenital sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) and vestibular impairment were at an increased risk of having Usher syndrome. A retrospective chart review of 33 cochlear implants recipients for severe to profound SNHL and measured vestibular dysfunction was done to determine the ocular phenotype...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Genetics
Ling Zong, Kaitian Chen, Xuan Wu, Min Liu, Hongyan Jiang
OBJECTIVE: Identification of rare deafness genes for inherited congenital sensorineural hearing impairment remains difficult, because a large variety of genes are implicated. In this study we applied targeted capture and next-generation sequencing to uncover the underlying gene in a three-generation Han family segregating recessive inherited hearing loss and retinitis pigmentosa. METHODS: After excluding mutations in common deafness genes GJB2, SLC26A4 and the mitochondrial gene, genomic DNA of the proband of a Han family was subjected to targeted next-generation sequencing...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Frederic F Depreux, Lingyan Wang, Han Jiang, Francine M Jodelka, Robert F Rosencrans, Frank Rigo, Jennifer J Lentz, John V Brigande, Michelle L Hastings
Congenital diseases account for a large portion of pediatric illness. Prenatal screening and diagnosis permit early detection of many genetic diseases. Fetal therapeutic strategies to manage disease processes in utero represent a powerful new approach for clinical care. A safe and effective fetal pharmacotherapy designed to modulate gene expression ideally would avoid direct mechanical engagement of the fetus and present an external reservoir of drug. The amniotic cavity surrounding the fetus could serve as an ideal drug reservoir...
September 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Ilham Ratbi, Imane Cherkaoui Jaouad, Hamza Elorch, Nada Al-Sheqaih, Mustapha Elalloussi, Jaber Lyahyai, Amina Berraho, William G Newman, Abdelaziz Sefiani
Heimler syndrome (HS) is a rare recessive disorder characterized by sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), amelogenesis imperfecta, nail abnormalities, and occasional or late-onset retinal pigmentation. It is the mildest form known to date of peroxisome biogenesis disorder caused by hypomorphic mutations of PEX1 and PEX6 genes. We report on a second Moroccan family with Heimler syndrome with early onset, severe visual impairment and important phenotypic overlap with Usher syndrome. The patient carried a novel homozygous missense variant c...
October 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Kathryn Y Noonan, Jack Russo, Jun Shen, Heidi Rehm, Sara Halbach, Einar Hopp, Sarah Noon, Jacqueline Hoover, Clifford Eskey, James E Saunders
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence and relative risk of semicircular canal dehiscence (SCD) in pediatric patients with CDH23 pathogenic variants (Usher syndrome or non-syndromic deafness) compared with age-matched controls. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Multi-institutional study. PATIENTS: Pediatric patients (ages 0-5 years) were compared based on the presence of biallelic pathogenic variants in CDH23 with pediatric controls who underwent computed tomography (CT) temporal bone scan for alternative purposes...
September 14, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Qing Fu, Mingchu Xu, Xue Chen, Xunlun Sheng, Zhisheng Yuan, Yani Liu, Huajin Li, Zixi Sun, Huiping Li, Lizhu Yang, Keqing Wang, Fangxia Zhang, Yumei Li, Chen Zhao, Ruifang Sui, Rui Chen
BACKGROUND: Usher syndrome is a genetically heterogeneous disorder featured by combined visual impairment and hearing loss. Despite a dozen of genes involved in Usher syndrome having been identified, the genetic basis remains unknown in 20-30% of patients. In this study, we aimed to identify the novel disease-causing gene of a distinct subtype of Usher syndrome. METHODS: Ophthalmic examinations and hearing tests were performed on patients with Usher syndrome in two consanguineous families...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
Prasanthi Namburi, Rinki Ratnapriya, Samer Khateb, Csilla H Lazar, Yael Kinarty, Alexey Obolensky, Inbar Erdinest, Devorah Marks-Ohana, Eran Pras, Tamar Ben-Yosef, Hadas Newman, Menachem Gross, Anand Swaroop, Eyal Banin, Dror Sharon
Inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) are a diverse group of genetically and clinically heterogeneous retinal abnormalities. The present study was designed to identify genetic defects in individuals with an uncommon combination of autosomal recessive progressive cone-rod degeneration accompanied by sensorineural hearing loss (arCRD-SNHL). Homozygosity mapping followed by whole-exome sequencing (WES) and founder mutation screening revealed two truncating rare variants (c.893-1G>A and c.534delT) in CEP78, which encodes centrosomal protein 78, in six individuals of Jewish ancestry with CRD and SNHL...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Konstantinos Nikopoulos, Pietro Farinelli, Basilio Giangreco, Chrysanthi Tsika, Beryl Royer-Bertrand, Martial K Mbefo, Nicola Bedoni, Ulrika Kjellström, Ikram El Zaoui, Silvio Alessandro Di Gioia, Sara Balzano, Katarina Cisarova, Andrea Messina, Sarah Decembrini, Sotiris Plainis, Styliani V Blazaki, Muhammad Imran Khan, Shazia Micheal, Karsten Boldt, Marius Ueffing, Alexandre P Moulin, Frans P M Cremers, Ronald Roepman, Yvan Arsenijevic, Miltiadis K Tsilimbaris, Sten Andréasson, Carlo Rivolta
Cone-rod degeneration (CRD) belongs to the disease spectrum of retinal degenerations, a group of hereditary disorders characterized by an extreme clinical and genetic heterogeneity. It mainly differentiates from other retinal dystrophies, and in particular from the more frequent disease retinitis pigmentosa, because cone photoreceptors degenerate at a higher rate than rod photoreceptors, causing severe deficiency of central vision. After exome analysis of a cohort of individuals with CRD, we identified biallelic mutations in the orphan gene CEP78 in three subjects from two families: one from Greece and another from Sweden...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Samia Abdi, Amel Bahloul, Asma Behlouli, Jean-Pierre Hardelin, Mohamed Makrelouf, Kamel Boudjelida, Malek Louha, Ahmed Cheknene, Rachid Belouni, Yahia Rous, Zahida Merad, Djamel Selmane, Mokhtar Hasbelaoui, Crystel Bonnet, Akila Zenati, Christine Petit
Usher syndrome (USH) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by a dual sensory impairment affecting hearing and vision. USH is clinically and genetically heterogeneous. Ten different causal genes have been reported. We studied the molecular bases of the disease in 18 unrelated Algerian patients by targeted-exome sequencing, and identified the causal biallelic mutations in all of them: 16 patients carried the mutations at the homozygous state and 2 at the compound heterozygous state. Nine of the 17 different mutations detected in MYO7A (1 of 5 mutations), CDH23 (4 of 7 mutations), PCDH15 (1 mutation), USH1C (1 mutation), USH1G (1 mutation), and USH2A (1 of 2 mutations), had not been previously reported...
2016: PloS One
Mehmet Talay Köylü, Gökçen Gökçe, Güngor Sobaci, Fahrettin Güven Oysul, Dorukcan Akincioğlu
BACKGROUND/AIM: The high prevalence of ophthalmologic pathologies in hearing-disabled subjects necessitates early screening of other sensory deficits, especially visual function. The aim of this study is to determine the frequency and clinical characteristics of ophthalmic pathologies in patients with congenital bilateral sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This descriptive study is a prospective analysis of 78 young female SNHL subjects who were examined at a tertiary care university hospital with a detailed ophthalmic examination, including electroretinography (ERG) and visual field tests as needed...
2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
Crystel Bonnet, Zied Riahi, Sandra Chantot-Bastaraud, Luce Smagghe, Mélanie Letexier, Charles Marcaillou, Gaëlle M Lefèvre, Jean-Pierre Hardelin, Aziz El-Amraoui, Amrit Singh-Estivalet, Saddek Mohand-Saïd, Susanne Kohl, Anne Kurtenbach, Ieva Sliesoraityte, Ditta Zobor, Souad Gherbi, Francesco Testa, Francesca Simonelli, Sandro Banfi, Ana Fakin, Damjan Glavač, Martina Jarc-Vidmar, Andrej Zupan, Saba Battelino, Loreto Martorell Sampol, Maria Antonia Claveria, Jaume Catala Mora, Shzeena Dad, Lisbeth B Møller, Jesus Rodriguez Jorge, Marko Hawlina, Alberto Auricchio, José-Alain Sahel, Sandrine Marlin, Eberhart Zrenner, Isabelle Audo, Christine Petit
Usher syndrome (USH), the most prevalent cause of hereditary deafness-blindness, is an autosomal recessive and genetically heterogeneous disorder. Three clinical subtypes (USH1-3) are distinguishable based on the severity of the sensorineural hearing impairment, the presence or absence of vestibular dysfunction, and the age of onset of the retinitis pigmentosa. A total of 10 causal genes, 6 for USH1, 3 for USH2, and 1 for USH3, and an USH2 modifier gene, have been identified. A robust molecular diagnosis is required not only to improve genetic counseling, but also to advance gene therapy in USH patients...
July 27, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Imen Ben-Rebeh, Mhamed Grati, Crystel Bonnet, Walid Bouassida, Imen Hadjamor, Hammadi Ayadi, Abdelmonem Ghorbel, Christine Petit, Saber Masmoudi
PURPOSE: Usher syndrome accounts for about 50% of all hereditary deaf-blindness cases. The most severe form of this syndrome, Usher syndrome type I (USH1), is characterized by profound congenital sensorineural deafness, vestibular dysfunction, and retinitis pigmentosa. Six USH1 genes have been identified, MYO7A, CDH23, PCDH15, USH1C, SANS, and CIB2, encoding myosin VIIA, cadherin-23, protocadherin-15, harmonin, scaffold protein containing ankyrin repeats and a sterile alpha motif (SAM) domain, and calcium- and integrin-binding member 2, respectively...
2016: Molecular Vision
Alexander Sumaroka, Rodrigo Matsui, Artur V Cideciyan, David B McGuigan, Rebecca Sheplock, Sharon B Schwartz, Samuel G Jacobson
PURPOSE: To study transition zones from normal to abnormal retina in Usher syndrome IB (USH1B) caused by myosin 7A (MYO7A) mutations. METHODS: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) scattering layers in outer retina were segmented in patients (n = 16, ages 2-42; eight patients had serial data, average interval 4.5 years) to quantify outer nuclear layer (ONL) and outer segments (OS) as well as the locus of EZ (ellipsoid zone) edge and its extent from the fovea. Static perimetry was measured under dark-adapted (DA) and light-adapted (LA) conditions...
July 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Satoe Takahashi, Vincent J Mui, Samuel K Rosenberg, Kazuaki Homma, Mary Ann Cheatham, Jing Zheng
Cadherin-related 23 (CDH23) is an adhesive protein important for hearing and vision, while CAMSAP3/Marshalin is a microtubule (MT) minus-end binding protein that regulates MT networks. Although both CDH23 and CAMSAP3/Marshalin are expressed in the organ of Corti, and carry several protein-protein interaction domains, no functional connection between these two proteins has been proposed. In this report, we demonstrate that the C isoform of CDH23 (CDH23-C) directly binds to CAMSAP3/Marshalin and modifies its function by inhibiting CAMSAP3/Marshalin-induced bundle formation, a process that requires a tubulin-binding domain called CKK...
2016: Scientific Reports
Tongchao Li, Nikolaos Giagtzoglou, Daniel F Eberl, Sonal Nagarkar Jaiswal, Tiantian Cai, Dorothea Godt, Andrew K Groves, Hugo J Bellen
Myosins play essential roles in the development and function of auditory organs and multiple myosin genes are associated with hereditary forms of deafness. Using a forward genetic screen in Drosophila, we identified an E3 ligase, Ubr3, as an essential gene for auditory organ development. Ubr3 negatively regulates the mono-ubiquitination of non-muscle Myosin II, a protein associated with hearing loss in humans. The mono-ubiquitination of Myosin II promotes its physical interaction with Myosin VIIa, a protein responsible for Usher syndrome type IB...
2016: ELife
João Carlos Ribeiro, Bárbara Oliveiros, Paulo Pereira, Natália António, Thomas Hummel, António Paiva, Eduardo D Silva
Usher Syndrome (USH) is a rare disease with hearing loss, retinitis pigmentosa and, sometimes, vestibular dysfunction. A phenotype heterogeneity is reported. Recent evidence indicates that USH is likely to belong to an emerging class of sensory ciliopathies. Olfaction has recently been implicated in ciliopathies, but the scarce literature about olfaction in USH show conflicting results. We aim to evaluate olfactory impairment as a possible clinical manifestation of USH. Prospective clinical study that included 65 patients with USH and 65 normal age-gender-smoking-habits pair matched subjects...
2016: Scientific Reports
Bas P Hartel, Maria Löfgren, Patrick L M Huygen, Iris Guchelaar, Nicole Lo-A-Njoe Kort, Andre M Sadeghi, Erwin van Wijk, Lisbeth Tranebjærg, Hannie Kremer, William J Kimberling, Cor W R J Cremers, Claes Möller, Ronald J E Pennings
OBJECTIVES: Usher syndrome is an inherited disorder that is characterized by hearing impairment (HI), retinitis pigmentosa, and in some cases vestibular dysfunction. Usher syndrome type IIa is caused by mutations in USH2A. HI in these patients is highly heterogeneous and the present study evaluates the effects of different types of USH2A mutations on the audiometric phenotype. Data from two large centres of expertise on Usher Syndrome in the Netherlands and Sweden were combined in order to create a large combined sample of patients to identify possible genotype-phenotype correlations...
September 2016: Hearing Research
Claire E L Smith, James A Poulter, Alex V Levin, Jenina E Capasso, Susan Price, Tamar Ben-Yosef, Reuven Sharony, William G Newman, Roger C Shore, Steven J Brookes, Alan J Mighell, Chris F Inglehearn
Heimler syndrome (HS) consists of recessively inherited sensorineural hearing loss, amelogenesis imperfecta (AI) and nail abnormalities, with or without visual defects. Recently HS was shown to result from hypomorphic mutations in PEX1 or PEX6, both previously implicated in Zellweger Syndrome Spectrum Disorders (ZSSD). ZSSD are a group of conditions consisting of craniofacial and neurological abnormalities, sensory defects and multi-organ dysfunction. The finding of HS-causing mutations in PEX1 and PEX6 shows that HS represents the mild end of the ZSSD spectrum, though these conditions were previously thought to be distinct nosological entities...
June 15, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
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