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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162129/integrating-molecular-and-structural-findings-wnt-as-a-possible-actor-in-shaping-cognitive-impairment-in-cornelia-de-lange-syndrome
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Laura Avagliano, Paolo Grazioli, Milena Mariani, Gaetano P Bulfamante, Angelo Selicorni, Valentina Massa
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) is a choesinopathy: a severe genetic disorder caused by mutations in the cohesin complex genes. The phenotype is characterized by typical facial dysmorphism, growth impairment and multiorgan abnormalities including brain alterations. Wnt pathway is known to play a fundamental role in central nervous system development and it has been shown that Wnt pathway is disrupted in CdLS animal models and patients cells. In this review we investigate the possible link between Wnt pathway disruption and brain abnormalities in Cornelia de Lange Syndrome as such molecular impairment could lead to an abnormal embryonic development resulting in brain abnormalities (i...
November 21, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157191/neuronal-vacuolization-in-feline-panleukopenia-virus-infection
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Vanessa M Pfankuche, Wendy K Jo, Erhard van der Vries, Nicole Jungwirth, Stephan Lorenzen, Albert D M E Osterhaus, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Christina Puff
Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) infections are typically associated with anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, neutropenia, and lymphopenia. In cases of late prenatal or early neonatal infections, cerebellar hypoplasia is reported in kittens. In addition, single cases of encephalitis are described. FPV replication was recently identified in neurons, although it is mainly found in cells with high mitotic activity. A female cat, 2 months old, was submitted to necropsy after it died with neurologic deficits. Besides typical FPV intestinal tract changes, multifocal, randomly distributed intracytoplasmic vacuoles within neurons of the thoracic spinal cord were found histologically...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134361/sonic-hedgehog-agonist-protects-against-complex-neonatal-cerebellar-injury
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Vien Nguyen, Khalida Sabeur, Emin Maltepe, Kurosh Ameri, Omer Bayraktar, David H Rowitch
The cerebellum undergoes rapid growth during the third trimester and is vulnerable to injury and deficient growth in infants born prematurely. Factors associated with preterm cerebellar hypoplasia include chronic lung disease and postnatal glucocorticoid administration. We modeled chronic hypoxemia and glucocorticoid administration in neonatal mice to study whole cerebellar and cell type-specific effects of dual exposure. Chronic neonatal hypoxia resulted in permanent cerebellar hypoplasia. This was compounded by administration of prednisolone as shown by greater volume loss and Purkinje cell death...
November 13, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106825/recurrent-de-novo-mutations-disturbing-the-gtp-gdp-binding-pocket-of-rab11b-cause-intellectual-disability-and-a-distinctive-brain-phenotype
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Ideke J C Lamers, Margot R F Reijnders, Hanka Venselaar, Alison Kraus, Sandra Jansen, Bert B A de Vries, Gunnar Houge, Gyri Aasland Gradek, Jieun Seo, Murim Choi, Jong-Hee Chae, Ineke van der Burgt, Rolph Pfundt, Stef J F Letteboer, Sylvia E C van Beersum, Simone Dusseljee, Han G Brunner, Dan Doherty, Tjitske Kleefstra, Ronald Roepman
The Rab GTPase family comprises ∼70 GTP-binding proteins, functioning in vesicle formation, transport and fusion. They are activated by a conformational change induced by GTP-binding, allowing interactions with downstream effectors. Here, we report five individuals with two recurrent de novo missense mutations in RAB11B; c.64G>A; p.Val22Met in three individuals and c.202G>A; p.Ala68Thr in two individuals. An overlapping neurodevelopmental phenotype, including severe intellectual disability with absent speech, epilepsy, and hypotonia was observed in all affected individuals...
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096665/genotype-phenotype-correlations-and-expansion-of-the-molecular-spectrum-of-ap4m1-related-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia
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Conceição Bettencourt, Vincenzo Salpietro, Stephanie Efthymiou, Viorica Chelban, Deborah Hughes, Alan M Pittman, Monica Federoff, Thomas Bourinaris, Martha Spilioti, Georgia Deretzi, Triantafyllia Kalantzakou, Henry Houlden, Andrew B Singleton, Georgia Xiromerisiou
BACKGROUND: Autosomal recessive hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) due to AP4M1 mutations is a very rare neurodevelopmental disorder reported for only a few patients. METHODS: We investigated a Greek HSP family using whole exome sequencing (WES). RESULTS: A novel AP4M1A frameshift insertion, and a very rare missense variant were identified in all three affected siblings in the compound heterozygous state (p.V174fs and p.C319R); the unaffected parents were carriers of only one variant...
November 2, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081935/clinical-heterogeneity-in-a-family-with-dkc1-mutation-dyskeratosis-congenita-and-hoyeraal-hreidarsson-syndrome-in-first-cousins
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Cristina Olivieri, Anna Mondino, Matteo Chinello, Alessandra Risso, Enrico Finale, Marina Lanciotti, Andrea Guala
Dyskeratosis congenita (DC) is an inherited bone marrow failure disorder characterized by mucocutaneous features (skin pigmentation, nail dystrophy and oral leukoplakia), pulmonary fibrosis, hematologic and solid malignancies. Its severe form, recognized as Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome (HHS), also includes cerebellar hypoplasia, microcephaly, developmental delay and prenatal growth retardation. In literature phenotypic variability among DC patients sharing the same mutation is wellknown. To our knowledge this report describes for the first time a family of DC patients, characterized by a member with features of classic DC and another one with some features of HHS, both with the same mutation in DKC1...
October 6, 2017: Pediatric Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046629/cerebellar-vermis-and-midbrain-hypoplasia-upon-conditional-deletion-of-chd7-from-the-embryonic-mid-hindbrain-region
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Alex P A Donovan, Tian Yu, Jacob Ellegood, Kimberley L H Riegman, Christa de Geus, Conny van Ravenswaaij-Arts, Cathy Fernandes, Jason P Lerch, M Albert Basson
Reduced fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling from the mid-hindbrain or isthmus organizer (IsO) during early embryonic development results in hypoplasia of the midbrain and cerebellar vermis. We previously reported evidence for reduced Fgf8 expression and FGF signaling in the mid-hindbrain region of embryos heterozygous for Chd7, the gene mutated in CHARGE (Coloboma, Heart defects, choanal Atresia, Retarded growth and development, Genitourinary anomalies and Ear defects) syndrome. However, Chd7(+/-) animals only exhibit mild cerebellar vermis anomalies...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039169/-prenatal-diagnosis-of-joubert-syndrome-one-case-report-and-literature-review
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Hong Wen, Lu Chen, Kai Yan, Jing He
A 25-year-old nulliparity underwent prenatal ultrasonography, and the fetal cerebellar abnormality was suspected. The fetal MRI showed 'molar tooth sign' in midbrain and cerebellar vermis hypoplasia. The fetal cerebellar vermis hypoplasia was confirmed by MRI imaging and autopsy after induced abortion. The next-generation sequencing showed that the fetus had a heterozygous mutation of CC2D2A gene (c.2728C > T and c.4598T > C), which might be the cause of the disease.
May 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037562/dandy-walker-syndrome-with-duplex-kidney-abnormalities-in-trisomy-18-a-rare-case-report
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Tun-Jun Wang, Yi-Ying Li, Wan-Ju Wu, Chi-Kang Lin, Chun-Kai Wang, Chen-Yu Wang, Kwei-Shuai Hwang, Her-Young Su
OBJECTIVE: Trisomy 18 is one of the major numerical chromosomal disorders. The incidence of trisomy 18 is approximately one in 6000 live births. Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM) is the most common congenital malformation of the cerebellum, with an incidence of about one in 5000 live births. The incidence of trisomy 18 associated with DWM is rare and long-term survival rate is very low. CASE REPORT: A case involving a 39-year-old pregnant female with a case of trisomy 18 associated with DWM...
October 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033643/dandy-walker-malformation-presenting-with-affective-symptoms
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Mert Batmaz, Zeynep Ezgi Balçik, Ürün Özer, Burcu Hamurişçi Yalçin, Şakir Özen
Dandy-Walker malformation is defined by enlarged posterior fossa, cystic dilatation of the fourth ventricle, and cerebellar hypoplasia. Although developmental delay and mental retardation are common in Dandy-Walker malformation cases, other comorbid psychiatric conditions have been rarely reported. There are limited numbers of case reports about comorbidity of bipolar disorder with Dandy-Walker malformation in the literature. Herein, a Dandy-Walker malformation case presenting affective symptoms is reported, and psychiatric symptoms which might be seen in this rare malformation are discussed along with diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up processes...
September 2017: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969387/wdr81-mutations-cause-extreme-microcephaly-and-impair-mitotic-progression-in-human-fibroblasts-and-drosophila-neural-stem-cells
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Mara Cavallin, Maria A Rujano, Nathalie Bednarek, Daniel Medina-Cano, Antoinette Bernabe Gelot, Severine Drunat, Camille Maillard, Meriem Garfa-Traore, Christine Bole, Patrick Nitschké, Claire Beneteau, Thomas Besnard, Benjamin Cogné, Marion Eveillard, Alice Kuster, Karine Poirier, Alain Verloes, Jelena Martinovic, Laurent Bidat, Marlene Rio, Stanislas Lyonnet, M Louise Reilly, Nathalie Boddaert, Melanie Jenneson-Liver, Jacques Motte, Martine Doco-Fenzy, Jamel Chelly, Tania Attie-Bitach, Matias Simons, Vincent Cantagrel, Sandrine Passemard, Alexandre Baffet, Sophie Thomas, Nadia Bahi-Buisson
Microlissencephaly is a rare brain malformation characterized by congenital microcephaly and lissencephaly. Microlissencephaly is suspected to result from abnormalities in the proliferation or survival of neural progenitors. Despite the recent identification of six genes involved in microlissencephaly, the pathophysiological basis of this condition remains poorly understood. We performed trio-based whole exome sequencing in seven subjects from five non-consanguineous families who presented with either microcephaly or microlissencephaly...
October 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965847/hypomorphic-recessive-variants-in-sufu-impair-the-sonic-hedgehog-pathway-and-cause-joubert-syndrome-with-cranio-facial-and-skeletal-defects
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Roberta De Mori, Marta Romani, Stefano D'Arrigo, Maha S Zaki, Elisa Lorefice, Silvia Tardivo, Tommaso Biagini, Valentina Stanley, Damir Musaev, Joel Fluss, Alessia Micalizzi, Sara Nuovo, Barbara Illi, Luisa Chiapparini, Lucia Di Marcotullio, Mahmoud Y Issa, Danila Anello, Antonella Casella, Monia Ginevrino, Autumn Sa'na Leggins, Susanne Roosing, Romina Alfonsi, Jessica Rosati, Rachel Schot, Grazia Maria Simonetta Mancini, Enrico Bertini, William B Dobyns, Tommaso Mazza, Joseph G Gleeson, Enza Maria Valente
The Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) pathway is a key signaling pathway orchestrating embryonic development, mainly of the CNS and limbs. In vertebrates, SHH signaling is mediated by the primary cilium, and genetic defects affecting either SHH pathway members or ciliary proteins cause a spectrum of developmental disorders. SUFU is the main negative regulator of the SHH pathway and is essential during development. Indeed, Sufu knock-out is lethal in mice, and recessive pathogenic variants of this gene have never been reported in humans...
October 5, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944139/a-novel-cask-mutation-identified-in-siblings-exhibiting-developmental-disorders-with-without-microcephaly
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Toshiyuki Seto, Takashi Hamazaki, Satsuki Nishigaki, Satoshi Kudo, Haruo Shintaku, Yumiko Ondo, Keiko Shimojima, Toshiyuki Yamamoto
The calcium/calmodulin-dependent serine protein kinase gene (CASK) mutations are associated with various neurological disorders; a syndrome of intellectual disability (ID) and microcephaly with pontine and cerebellar hypoplasia (MICPCH), FG syndrome, X-linked ID with/without nystagmus, epileptic encephalopathy, and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Next generation sequencing was performed to elucidate genetic causes in siblings exhibiting developmental disorders, and a novel CASK mutation, c.1424G>T (p.Ser475Ile), was detected in a male patient with ID, ASD, and microcephaly...
August 2017: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940600/chromosomal-aneuploidies-and-copy-number-variations-in-posterior-fossa-abnormalities-diagnosed-by-prenatal-ultrasonography
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Ting Lei, Jie-Ling Feng, Ying-Jun Xie, Hong-Ning Xie, Ju Zheng, Mei-Fang Lin
OBJECTIVE: To explore the genetic aetiology of fetal posterior fossa abnormalities (PFAs). METHODS: This study involved cases of PFAs that were identified by prenatal ultrasonographic screening and confirmed postnatally between January 2012 and January 2016. Conventional cytogenetic analyses and chromosomal microarray analysis were performed, and chromosomal aneuploidies and copy number variations (CNVs) were identified. RESULTS: Among 74 cases included in this study, 8 were of Blake's pouch cyst; 7, Dandy-Walker malformation; 11, vermian hypoplasia; 32, enlarged cisterna magna; and 16, cerebellar hypoplasia...
September 20, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893945/zfp423-znf423-regulates-cell-cycle-progression-the-mode-of-cell-division-and-the-dna-damage-response-in-purkinje-neuron-progenitors
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Filippo Casoni, Laura Croci, Camilla Bosone, Roberta D'Ambrosio, Aurora Badaloni, Davide Gaudesi, Valeria Barili, Justyna R Sarna, Lino Tessarollo, Ottavio Cremona, Richard Hawkes, Søren Warming, G Giacomo Consalez
The Zfp423/ZNF423 gene encodes a 30-zinc-finger transcription factor involved in key developmental pathways. Although null Zfp423 mutants develop cerebellar malformations, the underlying mechanism remains unknown. ZNF423 mutations are associated with Joubert Syndrome, a ciliopathy causing cerebellar vermis hypoplasia and ataxia. ZNF423 participates in the DNA-damage response (DDR), raising questions regarding its role as a regulator of neural progenitor cell cycle progression in cerebellar development. To characterize in vivo the function of ZFP423 in neurogenesis, we analyzed allelic murine mutants in which distinct functional domains are deleted...
October 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891898/vascular-anomalies-of-posterior-fossa-and-their-implications
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Rajani Singh, Raj Kumar, Arushi Kumar
Posterior fossa houses very vital and sensitive structures namely midbrain, pons, medulla, and cerebellum. These structures are irrigated by vertebral, posterior inferior cerebellar, anterior inferior cerebellar, and superior cerebellar arteries. Parts of brain located in posterior fossa control important parts of body so any variation pertaining to stenosis, atresia, hypoplasia, fenestration, agenesis, and duplication in the arteries supplying these parts alter the irrigation pattern culminating into various morbid and mortal neurologic disorders...
November 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864914/nonketotic-hyperglycinemia-spectrum-of-imaging-findings-with-emphasis-on-diffusion-weighted-imaging
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Shaimaa Abdelsattar Mohammad, Heba Salah Abdelkhalek
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore brain abnormalities in nonketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH) using diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and when feasible, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tractography. METHODS: Seven patients with confirmed diagnosis of NKH (8 days-2 years) underwent brain MRI. Conventional T1 and T2WI were acquired in all patients, DWI in six and DTI and tractography in two (4 months and 2 years). Measurements of fractional anisotropy (FA), radial diffusivity (RD), axial diffusivity (AD) and Trace from eight white matter regions were compared between the two patients and age-matched controls...
November 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860541/functional-validation-of-novel-mks3-tmem67-mutations-in-coach-syndrome
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So-Hyun Lee, Tai-Seung Nam, Wenting Li, Jung Ha Kim, Woong Yoon, Yoo-Duk Choi, Kun-Hee Kim, Hua Cai, Min Jung Kim, Changsoo Kim, Hyon E Choy, Nacksung Kim, Kee Oh Chay, Myeong-Kyu Kim, Seok-Yong Choi
COACH syndrome is an autosomal recessive developmental disorder, a subtype of Joubert syndrome and related disorders, characterized by cerebellar vermis hypoplasia, oligophrenia, ataxia, coloboma, and hepatic fibrosis. Although mutations in TMEM67 (transmembrane protein 67)/MKS3 (Meckel-Gruber syndrome, type 3) were reported to cause COACH syndrome, this causality has not verified by functional studies. In a 20-year-old Korean man, we found cerebellar ataxia, isolated elevation in serum γ-glutamyl transpeptidase (γ-GTP) activity, oligophrenia, the molar tooth sign (MTS) in the brain MR images and congenital hepatic fibrosis (CHF)...
August 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826917/missense-mutation-in-the-itpr1-gene-presenting-with-ataxic-cerebral-palsy-description-of-an-affected-family-and-literature-review
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Joyutpal Das, James Lilleker, Hannah Shereef, John Ealing
The inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate receptor type 1 (ITPR1) gene on chromosome 3 belongs to a family of genes encoding intracellular calcium channel proteins. Such channels are located primarily within the endoplasmic reticular membrane and release Ca(2+), an intracellular messenger, which governs numerous intracellular and extracellular functions. We report a family with infantile-onset cerebellar ataxia with delayed motor development and intellectual disability caused by a heterozygous c.805C>T, p.Arg269Trp missense mutation in ITPR1...
July 8, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815891/cystic-kidneys-in-fetal-walker-warburg-syndrome-with-pomt2-mutation-intrafamilial-phenotypic-variability-in-four-siblings-and-review-of-literature
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Marwa M Nabhan, Nour ElKhateeb, Daniela A Braun, Sungho Eun, Sahar N Saleem, Heon YungGee, Friedhelm Hildebrandt, Neveen A Soliman
Walker-Warburg syndrome (WWS) is a severe form of congenital muscular dystrophy secondary to α-dystroglycanopathy with muscle, brain, and eye abnormalities often leading to death in the first weeks of life. It is transmitted in an autosomal recessive pattern, and has been linked to at least 15 different genes; including protein O-mannosyltransferase 1 (POMT1), protein O-mannosyltransferase 2 (POMT2), protein O-mannose beta-1,2-N acetylglucosaminyltransferase (POMGNT1), fukutin (FKTN), isoprenoid synthase domain-containing protein (ISPD), and other genes...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
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