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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862915/a-de-novo-missense-mutation-in-the-inositol-1-4-5-triphosphate-receptor-type-1-gene-causing-severe-pontine-and-cerebellar-hypoplasia-expanding-the-phenotype-of-itpr1-related-spinocerebellar-ataxia-s
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Tessa van Dijk, Peter Barth, Liesbeth Reneman, Bart Appelhof, Frank Baas, Bwee Tien Poll-The
We report a de novo missense mutation (c.7649T>A) in the inositol, 1,4,5 triphosphate receptor type 1 (ITPR1) gene in a patient with severe pontocerebellar hypoplasia. The mutation results in an amino acid substitution of a highly conserved isoleucine by asparagine (p. I2550N) in the transmembrane domain. Mutations and deletions of the ITPR1 gene are associated with several types of autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxia, varying in age of onset and severity. Patients have signs of cerebellar ataxia and at most, a mild cerebellar atrophy on MRI...
November 9, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858371/hyperammonemia-as-a-presenting-feature-in-two-siblings-with-fbxl4-variants
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Sarah U Morton, Edward G Neilan, Roy W A Peake, Jiahai Shi, Klaus Schmitz-Abe, Meghan Towne, Kyriacos Markianos, Sanjay P Prabhu, Pankaj B Agrawal
Early-onset mitochondrial encephalomyopathy is a rare disorder that presents in the neonatal period with lactic acidosis, hypotonia, and developmental delay. Sequence variants in the nuclear-encoded gene FBXL4 have been previously demonstrated to be a cause of early-onset mitochondrial encephalomyopathy in several unrelated families. We have identified a pair of siblings with mutations in FBXL4 who each presented in the neonatal period with hyperammonemia, low plasma levels of aspartate, low urine levels of tricarboxylic acid cycle intermediates suggesting a defect in anaplerosis, and cerebellar hypoplasia in addition to lactic acidosis and other classic signs of mitochondrial encephalomyopathy...
November 18, 2016: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834868/steric-clash-in-the-set-domain-of-histone-methyltransferase-nsd1-as-a-cause-of-sotos-syndrome-and-its-genetic-heterogeneity-in-a-brazilian-cohort
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Kyungsoo Ha, Priya Anand, Jennifer A Lee, Julie R Jones, Chong Ae Kim, Debora Romeo Bertola, Jonathan D J Labonne, Lawrence C Layman, Wolfgang Wenzel, Hyung-Goo Kim
Most histone methyltransferases (HMTase) harbor a predicted Su(var)3-9, Enhancer-of-zeste, Trithorax (SET) domain, which transfers a methyl group to a lysine residue in their substrates. Mutations of the SET domains were reported to cause intellectual disability syndromes such as Sotos, Weaver, or Kabuki syndromes. Sotos syndrome is an overgrowth syndrome with intellectual disability caused by haploinsufficiency of the nuclear receptor binding SET domain protein 1 (NSD1) gene, an HMTase at 5q35.2-35.3. Here, we analyzed NSD1 in 34 Brazilian Sotos patients and identified three novel and eight known mutations...
November 9, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803059/atr-maintains-chromosomal-integrity-during-postnatal-cerebellar-neurogenesis-and-is-required-for-medulloblastoma-formation
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Patrick Y Lang, Gouri J Nanjangud, Marina Sokolsky-Papkov, Christine Shaw, Duhyeong Hwang, Joel S Parker, Alexander V Kabanov, Timothy R Gershon
Microcephaly and medulloblastoma may both result from mutations that compromise genomic stability. We report that ATR, which is mutated in the microcephalic disorder Seckel syndrome, sustains cerebellar growth by maintaining chromosomal integrity during postnatal neurogenesis. Atr deletion in cerebellar granule neuron progenitors (CGNPs) induced proliferation-associated DNA damage, p53 activation, apoptosis and cerebellar hypoplasia in mice. Co-deletions of either p53 or Bax and Bak prevented apoptosis in Atr-deleted CGNPs, but failed to fully rescue cerebellar growth...
November 1, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799067/identification-of-a-rai1-associated-disease-network-through-integration-of-exome-sequencing-transcriptomics-and-3d-genomics
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Maria Nicla Loviglio, Christine R Beck, Janson J White, Marion Leleu, Tamar Harel, Nicolas Guex, Anne Niknejad, Weimin Bi, Edward S Chen, Isaac Crespo, Jiong Yan, Wu-Lin Charng, Shen Gu, Ping Fang, Zeynep Coban-Akdemir, Chad A Shaw, Shalini N Jhangiani, Donna M Muzny, Richard A Gibbs, Jacques Rougemont, Ioannis Xenarios, James R Lupski, Alexandre Reymond
BACKGROUND: Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS) is a developmental disability/multiple congenital anomaly disorder resulting from haploinsufficiency of RAI1. It is characterized by distinctive facial features, brachydactyly, sleep disturbances, and stereotypic behaviors. METHODS: We investigated a cohort of 15 individuals with a clinical suspicion of SMS who showed neither deletion in the SMS critical region nor damaging variants in RAI1 using whole exome sequencing. A combination of network analysis (co-expression and biomedical text mining), transcriptomics, and circularized chromatin conformation capture (4C-seq) was applied to verify whether modified genes are part of the same disease network as known SMS-causing genes...
November 1, 2016: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783170/assessment-of-ataxia-phenotype-in-a-new-mouse-model-of-galactose-1-phosphate-uridylyltransferase-galt-deficiency
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Wyman Chen, Rose Caston, Bijina Balakrishnan, Anwer Siddiqi, Kamalpreet Parmar, Manshu Tang, Merry Feng, Kent Lai
Despite adequate dietary management, patients with classic galactosemia continue to have increased risks of cognitive deficits, speech dyspraxia, primary ovarian insufficiency, and abnormal motor development. A recent evaluation of a new galactose-1 phosphate uridylyltransferase (GALT)-deficient mouse model revealed reduced fertility and growth restriction. These phenotypes resemble those seen in human patients. In this study, we further assess the fidelity of this new mouse model by examining the animals for the manifestation of a common neurological sequela in human patients: cerebellar ataxia...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781032/genetic-basis-of-brain-malformations
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REVIEW
Elena Parrini, Valerio Conti, William B Dobyns, Renzo Guerrini
Malformations of cortical development (MCD) represent a major cause of developmental disabilities, severe epilepsy, and reproductive disadvantage. Genes that have been associated to MCD are mainly involved in cell proliferation and specification, neuronal migration, and late cortical organization. Lissencephaly-pachygyria-severe band heterotopia are diffuse neuronal migration disorders causing severe global neurological impairment. Abnormalities of the LIS1, DCX, ARX, RELN, VLDLR, ACTB, ACTG1, TUBG1, KIF5C, KIF2A, and CDK5 genes have been associated with these malformations...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777260/insight-into-the-rna-exosome-complex-through-modeling-pontocerebellar-hypoplasia-type-1b-disease-mutations-in-yeast
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Milo B Fasken, Jillian S Losh, Sara W Leung, Sergine Brutus, Brittany Avin, Jillian C Vaught, Jennifer Potter-Birriel, Taylor Craig, Graeme L Conn, Katherine Mills-Lujan, Anita H Corbett, Ambro van Hoof
Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia type 1b (PCH1b) is an autosomal recessive disorder that causes cerebellar hypoplasia and spinal motor neuron degeneration leading to mortality in early childhood. PCH1b is caused by mutations in the RNA exosome subunit gene, EXOSC3 The RNA exosome is an evolutionarily conserved complex, consisting of nine different core subunits and one or two 3'-5' exoribonuclease subunits, that mediates several RNA degradation and processing steps. The goal of this study is to assess the functional consequences of the amino acid substitutions that have been identified in EXOSC3 in PCH1b patients...
October 24, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770193/variation-of-some-arteries-of-the-vertebrobasilar-system-case-report
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Borisav Stojanović, Ljiljana Vasović, Slobodan Vlajković, Milena Trandafilović, Marija Mladenović
A specificity of the vertebrobasilar system (VBS) is a convergent junction of paired vertebral arteries (VAs) in the basilar artery (BA) usually at the level of bulbopontine sulcus on the ventral side of the rhombencephalon. We revealed multiple VBS variations (a high junction of both VAs, absence of posterior inferior cerebellar arteries, short and ectatic BA, hypoplasia and initial duplication of the left anterior inferior cerebellar artery, and bilateral common trunks of the posterior cerebral and superior cerebellar arteries) in a 52-year-old male that routinely autopsied at the Institute of Forensic Medicine...
October 21, 2016: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769281/novel-homozygous-rars2-mutation-in-two-siblings-without-pontocerebellar-hypoplasia-further-expansion-of-the-phenotypic-spectrum
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S Lühl, H Bode, W Schlötzer, M Bartsakoulia, R Horvath, A Abicht, M Stenzel, J Kirschner, S C Grünert
BACKGROUND: Pontocerebellar hypoplasia type 6 (PCH6) is a mitochondrial disease caused by mutations in the RARS2 gene. RARS2 encodes mitochondrial arginyl transfer RNA synthetase, an enzyme involved in mitochondrial protein translation. A total of 27 patients from 14 families have been reported so far. Characteristic clinical features comprise neonatal lactic acidosis, severe encephalopathy, intractable seizures, feeding problems and profound developmental delay. Most patients show typical neuroradiologic abnormalities including cerebellar hypoplasia and progressive pontocerebellar atrophy...
October 21, 2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27727273/zfp423-regulates-sonic-hedgehog-signaling-via-primary-cilium-function
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Chen-Jei Hong, Bruce A Hamilton
Zfp423 encodes a 30-zinc finger transcription factor that intersects several canonical signaling pathways. Zfp423 mutations result in ciliopathy-related phenotypes, including agenesis of the cerebellar vermis in mice and Joubert syndrome (JBTS19) and nephronophthisis (NPHP14) in humans. Unlike most ciliopathy genes, Zfp423 encodes a nuclear protein and its developmental expression is complex, leading to alternative proposals for cellular mechanisms. Here we show that Zfp423 is expressed by cerebellar granule cell precursors, that loss of Zfp423 in these precursors leads to cell-intrinsic reduction in proliferation, loss of response to Shh, and primary cilia abnormalities that include diminished frequency of both Smoothened and IFT88 localization...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27714487/neuroimaging-findings-of-zika-virus-infection-a-review-article
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REVIEW
Mohammad Zare Mehrjardi, Elham Keshavarz, Andrea Poretti, Adriano N Hazin
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arbovirus from the Flaviviridae family. It is usually transmitted by mosquito bite. There have been no reports of severe symptoms caused by ZIKV infection up until the last few years. In October 2013 an outbreak was reported in French Polynesia with severe neurological complications in some affected cases. In November 2015, the Ministry of Health of Brazil attributed the increased number of neonatal microcephaly cases in northeastern Brazil to congenital ZIKV infection. The rapid spread of the virus convinced the World Health Organization to announce ZIKV infection as a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" in February 2016...
December 2016: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695855/congenital-zika-virus-infection-beyond-neonatal-microcephaly
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Adriana Suely de Oliveira Melo, Renato Santana Aguiar, Melania Maria Ramos Amorim, Monica B Arruda, Fabiana de Oliveira Melo, Suelem Taís Clementino Ribeiro, Alba Gean Medeiros Batista, Thales Ferreira, Mayra Pereira Dos Santos, Virgínia Vilar Sampaio, Sarah Rogéria Martins Moura, Luciana Portela Rabello, Clarissa Emanuelle Gonzaga, Gustavo Malinger, Renato Ximenes, Patricia Soares de Oliveira-Szejnfeld, Fernanda Tovar-Moll, Leila Chimelli, Paola Paz Silveira, Rodrigo Delvechio, Luiza Higa, Loraine Campanati, Rita M R Nogueira, Ana Maria Bispo Filippis, Jacob Szejnfeld, Carolina Moreira Voloch, Orlando C Ferreira, Rodrigo M Brindeiro, Amilcar Tanuri
Importance: Recent studies have reported an increase in the number of fetuses and neonates with microcephaly whose mothers were infected with the Zika virus (ZIKV) during pregnancy. To our knowledge, most reports to date have focused on select aspects of the maternal or fetal infection and fetal effects. Objective: To describe the prenatal evolution and perinatal outcomes of 11 neonates who had developmental abnormalities and neurological damage associated with ZIKV infection in Brazil...
October 3, 2016: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27667772/t-cells-underlie-some-but-not-all-of-the-cerebellar-pathology-in-a-neonatal-rat-model-of-congenital-lymphocytic-choriomeningitis-virus-infection
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Hannah Klein, Glenda K Rabe, Bahri Karacay, Daniel J Bonthius
Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) infection during pregnancy injures the human fetal brain. Neonatal rats inoculated with LCMV are an excellent model of congenital LCMV infection because they develop cerebellar injuries similar to those in humans. To evaluate the role of T-lymphocytes in LCMV-induced cerebellar pathology, congenitally athymic rats, deficient in T-lymphocytes were compared with euthymic rats. Peak viral titers and cellular targets of infection were similar, but viral clearance from astrocytes was impaired in the athymic rats...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27620364/correlation-between-morphological-mri-findings-and-specific-diagnostic-categories-in-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
#15
S Boronat, A Sánchez-Montañez, N Gómez-Barros, C Jacas, L Martínez-Ribot, E Vázquez, M Del Campo
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) include physical and neurodevelopmental abnormalities related to prenatal alcohol exposure. Some neuroimaging findings have been clearly related to FASD, including corpus callosum and cerebellar anomalies. However, detailed studies correlating with specific FASD categories, that is, the fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), partial FAS (pFAS) and alcohol related neurodevelopmental disorders (ARND), are lacking. We prospectively performed clinical assessment and brain MR imaging to 72 patients with suspected FASD, and diagnosis was confirmed in 62...
September 9, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27616580/-the-cerebellum-as-a-major-player-in-motor-disturbances-related-to-autistic-syndrome-disorders
#16
M Jaber
SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental disorders associated with disturbances in communication, social interactions, cognition and affect. ASD are also accompanied by complex movement disorders, including ataxia. A special focus of recent research in this area is made on the striatum and the cerebellum, two structures known not only to control movement but also to be involved in cognitive functions such as memory and language. Dysfunction within the motor system may be associated with abnormal movements in ASD that are translated into ataxia, abnormal pattern of righting, gait sequencing, development of walking, and hand positioning...
September 8, 2016: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27598823/further-evidence-that-de-novo-missense-and-truncating-variants-in-zbtb18-cause-intellectual-disability-with-variable-features
#17
J S Cohen, S Srivastava, K D Farwell Hagman, D N Shinde, R Huether, D Darcy, R Wallerstein, G Houge, S Berland, K G Monaghan, A Poretti, A L Wilson, W K Chung, A Fatemi
Identification of rare genetic variants in patients with intellectual disability (ID) has been greatly accelerated by advances in next generation sequencing technologies. However, due to small numbers of patients, the complete phenotypic spectrum associated with pathogenic variants in single genes is still emerging. Among these genes is ZBTB18 (ZNF238), which is deleted in patients with 1q43q44 microdeletions who typically present with ID, microcephaly, corpus callosum (CC) abnormalities, and seizures. Here we provide additional evidence for haploinsufficiency or dysfunction of the ZBTB18 gene as the cause of ID in five unrelated patients with variable syndromic features who underwent whole exome sequencing revealing separate de novo pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants in ZBTB18 (two missense alterations and three truncating alterations)...
September 6, 2016: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27582535/prenatal-diagnosis-of-persistent-hyperplastic-primary-vitreous-report-of-2-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Aytul Corbacioglu Esmer, Tugba Sarac Sivrikoz, Elif Yilmaz Gulec, Salim Sezer, Ibrahim Kalelioglu, Recep Has, Atil Yuksel
Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous is a spectrum of congenital ocular abnormalities characterized by leukocoria, microphthalmia, cataracts, extensive intravitreal hemorrhage, persistence of the hyaloid artery, glaucoma, and retinal detachment. It might be isolated or associated with congenital syndromes such as trisomy 13, Walker-Warburg syndrome, and Norrie disease. We present 2 cases of persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous diagnosed by prenatal sonography in the early third trimester. Bilateral hyperechoic lenses and retinal nonattachment were detected in the sonographic examination of the first case, whereas irregular echogenic bands between the lenses and posterior walls of the eyes were prominent in the second case...
October 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27581974/intracerebral-inoculation-of-mouse-passaged-saffold-virus-type-3-affects-cerebellar-development-in-neonatal-mice
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Osamu Kotani, Tadaki Suzuki, Masaru Yokoyama, Naoko Iwata-Yoshikawa, Noriko Nakajima, Hironori Sato, Hideki Hasegawa, Fumihiro Taguchi, Hiroyuki Shimizu, Noriyo Nagata
: Saffold virus (SAFV), a human cardiovirus, is occasionally detected in infants with neurological disorders, including meningitis and cerebellitis. We recently reported that SAFV type 3 isolates infect cerebellar glial cells, but not large neurons, in mice. However, the impact of this infection remained unclear. Here, we determined the neuropathogenesis of SAFV type 3 in the cerebella of neonatal ddY mice using SAFV passaged in the cerebellum of neonatal BALB/c mice. The virus titer in the cerebellum increased following inoculation of each of five passaged strains...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27558443/fetal-anemia-cerebellar-hemorrhage-and-hypoplasia-associated-with-congenital-parvovirus-infection
#20
Laura Sanapo, Michael Wien, Matthew T Whitehead, Anna Blask, Michael Gallagher, Roberta L DeBiasi, Adre du Plessis
We report a case of fetal cerebellar hemorrhage and hypoplasia, identified by fetal MRI after intrauterine blood transfusion at 21 weeks' gestation for treatment of severe anemia due to congenital Parvovirus infection. Postnatal MRI confirmed atrophy of bilateral cerebellar hemispheres and inferior vermis. Cerebellar capillaries may be extremely susceptible to hemodynamic changes in the setting of intrauterine blood transfusion due to severe anemia. Although the correlation between fetal intracranial anomalies and Parvovirus infection remains unclear, in this population, a detailed evaluation of the brain parenchyma should be considered prior to and after intrauterine blood transfusion...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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