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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527815/neuroimaging-and-neuropathological-characteristics-of-cerebellar-injury-in-extremely-low-birth-weight-infants
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Mayumi Matsufuji, Nozomi Sano, Hisashi Tsuru, Sachio Takashima
OBJECTIVE: To determine the morphological characteristics and pathogenic factors of cerebellar injury in extremely low birth weight infants (ELBWI). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Neuroimaging examination was performed on 17 eligible surviving ELBWI. Their MR images were assessed and classified its pattern of cerebellar injuries. Brain pathology was examined on 15 patients, who isolated this neuroimaging subjects. The trend of brain pathologies was revealed. RESULTS: Four types of morphological pattern were recognized: (i) the absence of major portions in the cerebellum (6/17 cases); (ii) focal cerebellar tissue loss (2/17); (iii) unilateral cerebellar atrophy/hypoplasia (3/17); (iv) small cerebellum with entrapped fourth ventricle (6/17)...
May 17, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523762/a-retrospective-study-of-cytogenetic-results-from-amniotic-fluid-in-5328-fetuses-with-abnormal-obstetric-sonographic-findings
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Shuo Zhang, Caixia Lei, Junping Wu, Haiyan Sun, Yuezhou Yang, Yueping Zhang, Xiaoxi Sun
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic utility of karyotype analysis of amniotic fluid for fetuses with abnormal sonographic findings and to determine the detection rates of abnormal karyotypes. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of 5328 fetuses with abnormal sonographic findings in the first or second trimester enrolled from October 1998 and September 2015. Cytogenetic results from amniotic fluid were obtained in all of these pregnancies...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507545/clinical-and-molecular-heterogeneity-of-rtel1-deficiency
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Carsten Speckmann, Sushree Sangita Sahoo, Marta Rizzi, Shinsuke Hirabayashi, Axel Karow, Nina Kathrin Serwas, Marc Hoemberg, Natalja Damatova, Detlev Schindler, Jean-Baptiste Vannier, Simon J Boulton, Ulrich Pannicke, Gudrun Göhring, Kathrin Thomay, J J Verdu-Amoros, Holger Hauch, Wilhelm Woessmann, Gabriele Escherich, Eckart Laack, Liliana Rindle, Maximilian Seidl, Anne Rensing-Ehl, Ekkehart Lausch, Christine Jandrasits, Brigitte Strahm, Klaus Schwarz, Stephan R Ehl, Charlotte Niemeyer, Kaan Boztug, Marcin W Wlodarski
Typical features of dyskeratosis congenita (DC) resulting from excessive telomere shortening include bone marrow failure (BMF), mucosal fragility, and pulmonary or liver fibrosis. In more severe cases, immune deficiency and recurring infections can add to disease severity. RTEL1 deficiency has recently been described as a major genetic etiology, but the molecular basis and clinical consequences of RTEL1-associated DC are incompletely characterized. We report our observations in a cohort of six patients: five with novel biallelic RTEL1 mutations p...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488678/a-missense-variant-in-itpr1-provides-evidence-for-autosomal-recessive-sca29-with-asymptomatic-cerebellar-hypoplasia-in-carriers
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Joakim Klar, Zafar Ali, Muhammad Farooq, Kamal Khan, Johan Wikström, Maria Iqbal, Shumaila Zulfiqar, Sanam Faryal, Shahid Mahmood Baig, Niklas Dahl
Spinocerebellar ataxias (SCA) comprise a heterogeneous group of inherited neurological disorders characterized by a range of symptoms from both cerebellar and extra cerebellar structures. We investigated the cause of autosomal recessive, congenital SCA in six affected family members from a large consanguineous family. Using whole-exome sequencing, we identified a homozygous ITPR1 missense variant [c.5360T>C; p.(L1787P)] segregating in all affected individuals. Heterozygous carriers were asymptomatic despite cerebellar hypoplasia...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467418/a-kcnc3-mutation-causes-a-neurodevelopmental-non-progressive-sca13-subtype-associated-with-dominant-negative-effects-and-aberrant-egfr-trafficking
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Swati Khare, Jerelyn A Nick, Yalan Zhang, Kira Galeano, Brittany Butler, Habibeh Khoshbouei, Sruti Rayaprolu, Tyisha Hathorn, Laura P W Ranum, Lisa Smithson, Todd E Golde, Martin Paucar, Richard Morse, Michael Raff, Julie Simon, Magnus Nordenskjöld, Karin Wirdefeldt, Diego E Rincon-Limas, Jada Lewis, Leonard K Kaczmarek, Pedro Fernandez-Funez, Harry S Nick, Michael F Waters
The autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are a diverse group of neurological disorders anchored by the phenotypes of motor incoordination and cerebellar atrophy. Disease heterogeneity is appreciated through varying comorbidities: dysarthria, dysphagia, oculomotor and/or retinal abnormalities, motor neuron pathology, epilepsy, cognitive impairment, autonomic dysfunction, and psychiatric manifestations. Our study focuses on SCA13, which is caused by several allelic variants in the voltage-gated potassium channel KCNC3 (Kv3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450263/wls-expression-in-the-rhombic-lip-orchestrates-the-embryonic-development-of-the-mouse-cerebellum
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Joanna Yeung, Daniel Goldowitz
Wntless (Wls) is implicated in the Wnt signaling pathway by regulating the secretion of Wnt molecules. During brain development, Wls is expressed in the isthmic organizer (ISO) and rhombic lip (RL). Wls regulates Wnt1 secretion at the ISO which is required to induce midbrain-hindbrain structures. However, Wls function in the RL is not known. Here, we employed Nestin-cre to delete Wls specifically in the RL during mid-gestation. The loss-of-Wls leads to an abnormal RL during development and cerebellar vermis hypoplasia at birth...
April 24, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431631/neuroimaging-findings-in-joubert-syndrome-with-c5orf42-gene-mutations-a-milder-form-of-molar-tooth-sign-and-vermian-hypoplasia
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Mikako Enokizono, Noriko Aida, Tetsu Niwa, Hitoshi Osaka, Takuya Naruto, Kenji Kurosawa, Chihiro Ohba, Toshifumi Suzuki, Hirotomo Saitsu, Tomohide Goto, Naomichi Matsumoto
PURPOSE: Little is known regarding neuroimaging-genotype correlations in Joubert syndrome (JBTS). To elucidate one of these correlations, we investigated the neuroimaging findings of JBTS patients with C5orf42 mutations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Neuroimaging findings in five JBTS patients with C5orf42 mutations were retrospectively assessed with regard to the infratentorial and supratentorial structures on T1-magnetization prepared rapid gradient echo (MPRAGE), T2-weighted images, and color-coded fractional anisotropy (FA) maps; the findings were compared to those in four JBTS patients with mutations in other genes (including three with AHI1 and one with TMEM67 mutations)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425223/three-families-with-mild-pmm2-cdg-and-normal-cognitive-development
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Mari-Anne Vals, Eva Morava, Kai Teeäär, Riina Zordania, Sander Pajusalu, Dirk J Lefeber, Katrin Õunap
Congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) are caused by defective glycosylation of proteins and lipids. PMM2-CDG is the most common subtype among the CDG. The severity of PMM2-CDG is variable. Patients often have a recognizable phenotype with neurological and multisystem symptoms that might cause early death. We report six patients from three families who are diagnosed with a clinically mild PMM2-CDG and have normal cognitive development. All these patients had delayed gross motor skills with mild-to-moderate neurological findings...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394897/vertebral-artery-terminating-in-posterior-inferior-cerebellar-artery-a-normal-variation-with-clinical-significance
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I-Wen Liu, Bo-Lin Ho, Chien-Fu Chen, Ke Han, Chung-Jung Lin, Wen-Yung Sheng, Han-Hwa Hu, A-Ching Chao
A vertebral artery (VA) terminating in a posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) is often considered to be a normal variation associated with VA hypoplasia. We aimed to investigate the clinical significance of this cerebrovascular variant. A total of 80 patients with clinically evident cerebrovascular events in posterior circulation were examined by duplex sonography and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). Eighty healthy subjects who had MRA check-up were recruited as controls. PICA termination of the VA (PICA-VA) was identified as the VA not communicating with the basilar artery (BA) but ending into a PICA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390691/zika-virus-detected-in-amniotic-fluid-and-umbilical-cord-blood-in-an-in%C3%A2-vitro-fertilization-conceived-pregnancy-in-venezuela
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Isaac Benjamin, Gissel Fernández, José Valentin Figueira, Leticia Parpacén, María Teresa Urbina, Randolfo Medina
OBJECTIVE: To describe the consequences of Zika virus infection at 10 weeks of gestation in an IVF-conceived pregnancy in Venezuela. DESIGN: A case report. SETTING: Private assisted reproduction unit. PATIENT(S): A 36-year-old patient who conceived her first pregnancy through IVF and became infected with Zika virus at 10 weeks' gestation in Venezuela. INTERVENTION(S): In vitro fertilization with fresh ET...
April 6, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390064/pgap3-related-hyperphosphatasia-with-mental-retardation-syndrome-report-of-10-new-patients-and-a-homozygous-founder-mutation
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M S Abdel-Hamid, M Y Issa, G A Otaify, S F Abdel-Ghafar, H M Elbendary, M S Zaki
Hyperphosphatasia with mental retardation syndrome (HPMRS) is caused by recessive mutations in genes involved in the glycosylphosphatidylinsitol pathway, including PGAP3. Herein, we describe 10 patients from 8 Egyptian families presenting with developmental delay, severe intellectual disability, distinct facial dysmorphism and increased alkaline phosphatase. Eight patients had cleft palate, four had postnatal microcephaly and five had seizures. Neuroimaging findings showed thin corpus callosum in 9 patients, mild ventriculomegaly in 3 patients and variable degrees of cerebellar vermis hypoplasia in 4 patients, a finding not previously reported in patients with HPMRS...
April 8, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376086/novel-insights-into-slc25a46-related-pathologies-in-a-genetic-mouse-model
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Maria Eirini Terzenidou, Aikaterini Segklia, Toshimi Kano, Florentia Papastefanaki, Alexandros Karakostas, Maria Charalambous, Fotis Ioakeimidis, Maria Papadaki, Ismini Kloukina, Margarita Chrysanthou-Piterou, Martina Samiotaki, George Panayotou, Rebecca Matsas, Eleni Douni
The mitochondrial protein SLC25A46 has been recently identified as a novel pathogenic cause in a wide spectrum of neurological diseases, including inherited optic atrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 2, Leigh syndrome, progressive myoclonic ataxia and lethal congenital pontocerebellar hypoplasia. SLC25A46 is an outer membrane protein, member of the Solute Carrier 25 (SLC25) family of nuclear genes encoding mitochondrial carriers, with a role in mitochondrial dynamics and cristae maintenance. Here we identified a loss-of-function mutation in the Slc25a46 gene that causes lethal neuropathology in mice...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374239/radiological-imaging-findings-of-dyke-davidoff-masson-syndrome
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Erkan Gökçe, Murat Beyhan, Recep Sade
Radiological findings of Dyke-Davidoff-Masson syndrome (DDMS) in patients with different etiologies are presented in our study. The study included 12 patients (seven females, five males) for whom radiological examinations were requested due to reasons such as epilepsy, mental retardation, and/or hemiplegia. CT was performed in 12, MRI in 6, MRA in 1, and DSA in 1 patient. Following imaging findings were evaluated: cerebral and cerebellar involvement (laterality, encephalomalacia), affected territories, ventricular enlargement, sulcal enlargement, calvarial thickening, and paranasal sinus enlargement hyperaeration...
April 3, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374019/cntnap1-mutations-cause-cns-hypomyelination-and-neuropathy-with-or-without-arthrogryposis
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Holger Hengel, Alex Magee, Muhammad Mahanjah, Jean-Michel Vallat, Robert Ouvrier, Mohammad Abu-Rashid, Jamal Mahamid, Rebecca Schüle, Martin Schulze, Ingeborg Krägeloh-Mann, Peter Bauer, Stephan Züchner, Rajech Sharkia, Ludger Schöls
OBJECTIVE: To explore the phenotypic spectrum and pathophysiology of human disease deriving from mutations in the CNTNAP1 gene. METHODS: In a field study on consanguineous Palestinian families, we identified 3 patients carrying homozygous mutations in the CNTNAP1 gene using whole-exome sequencing. An unrelated Irish family was detected by screening the GENESIS database for further CNTNAP1 mutations. Neurophysiology, MRI, and nerve biopsy including electron microscopy were performed for deep phenotyping...
April 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371302/functional-monosomy-of-6q27-qter-and-functional-disomy-of-xpter-p22-11-due-to-x-6-translocation-with-an-atypical-x-inactivation-pattern
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Anna Podolska, Albrecht Kobelt, Sigrid Fuchs, Karl Hackmann, Andreas Rump, Evelin Schröck, Kerstin Kutsche, Nataliya Di Donato
Pattern of X chromosome inactivation (XCI) is typically random in females. However, chromosomal rearrangements affecting the X chromosome can result in XCI skewing due to cell growth disadvantage. In case of an X;autosome translocation, this usually leads to an XCI pattern of 100:0 with the derivative X being the active one in the majority of females. A de novo balanced X;6 translocation [46,X,t(X;6)(p22.1;q27)] and a completely skewed XCI pattern (100:0) were detected in a female patient with microcephaly, cerebellar vermis hypoplasia, heart defect, and severe developmental delay...
May 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332073/aicardi-gouti%C3%A3-res-syndrome-unusual-neuro-radiological-manifestations
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Ghada M H Abdel-Salam, Mohamed S Abdel-Hamid, Shaimaa A Mohammad, Sherif F Abdel-Ghafar, Doaa R Soliman, Hala T El-Bassyouni, Laila Effat, Maha S Zaki
Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS) is one of the expanding group of inherited congenital infection like syndromes. Here, we describe the detailed clinical and imaging findings of two sibs with AGS. Each shows scattered periventricular intracranial calcifications, severe global delay, seizures, microcephaly and spasticity. Interestingly, chilblains were observed in the two sisters as well as their parents and a paternal uncle. The brain MRI of the older sister showed marked ventricular dilatation as a result of unusual associated porencephalic cysts...
June 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329257/lessons-learned-at-the-epicenter-of-brazil-s-congenital-zika-epidemic-evidence-from-87-confirmed-cases
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Jucille do Amaral Meneses, Ana Catarina Ishigami, Luisa Medeiros de Mello, Luciano Lira de Albuquerque, Carlos Alexandre Antunes de Brito, Marli Tenório Cordeiro, Lindomar José Pena
Congenital Zika virus infection has stimulated great international concern. A prospective case series of 87 infants with laboratory-confirmed congenital Zika syndrome (CZS) at the epicenter of the Brazilian Zika epidemic in Pernambuco state is presented. Mothers were interviewed for symptoms of possible Zika virus (ZIKV) infection during pregnancy, and fetal ultrasounds were obtained. Infant cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples were tested for ZIKV-specific antibodies, and sera were screened for other congenital infections...
May 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317875/chd7-is-indispensable-for-mammalian-brain-development-through-activation-of-a-neuronal-differentiation-programme
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Weijun Feng, Daisuke Kawauchi, Huiqin Körkel-Qu, Huan Deng, Elisabeth Serger, Laura Sieber, Jenna Ariel Lieberman, Silvia Jimeno-González, Sander Lambo, Bola S Hanna, Yassin Harim, Malin Jansen, Anna Neuerburg, Olga Friesen, Marc Zuckermann, Vijayanad Rajendran, Jan Gronych, Olivier Ayrault, Andrey Korshunov, David T W Jones, Marcel Kool, Paul A Northcott, Peter Lichter, Felipe Cortés-Ledesma, Stefan M Pfister, Hai-Kun Liu
Mutations in chromatin modifier genes are frequently associated with neurodevelopmental diseases. We herein demonstrate that the chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein 7 (Chd7), frequently associated with CHARGE syndrome, is indispensable for normal cerebellar development. Genetic inactivation of Chd7 in cerebellar granule neuron progenitors leads to cerebellar hypoplasia in mice, due to the impairment of granule neuron differentiation, induction of apoptosis and abnormal localization of Purkinje cells, which closely recapitulates known clinical features in the cerebella of CHARGE patients...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295149/enlarged-posterior-fossa-on-prenatal-imaging-differential-diagnosis-associated-anomalies-and-postnatal-outcome
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Anja Wüest, Daniel Surbek, Roland Wiest, Christian Weisstanner, Harald Bonel, Maja Steinlin, Luigi Raio, Boris Tutschek
INTRODUCTION: The primary aim of this study was to ascertain the prevalence of the individual conditions and of associated anomalies in fetuses with the prenatal diagnosis of enlarged posterior fossa (PF) and to explore the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound in these anomalies. The secondary aim was to evaluate the postnatal outcome of children affected by PF anomalies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All fetuses with enlarged PF detected by prenatal sonography at a referral center from 2001 to 2015 were analyzed retrospectively...
March 14, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264986/a-truncating-mutation-in-cep55-is-the-likely-cause-of-march-a-novel-syndrome-affecting-neuronal-mitosis
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Patrick Frosk, Heleen H Arts, Julien Philippe, Carter S Gunn, Emma L Brown, Bernard Chodirker, Louise Simard, Jacek Majewski, Somayyeh Fahiminiya, Chad Russell, Yangfan P Liu, Robert Hegele, Nicholas Katsanis, Conrad Goerz, Marc R Del Bigio, Erica E Davis
BACKGROUND: Hydranencephaly is a congenital anomaly leading to replacement of the cerebral hemispheres with a fluid-filled cyst. The goals of this work are to describe a novel autosomal-recessive syndrome that includes hydranencephaly (multinucleated neurons, anhydramnios, renal dysplasia, cerebellar hypoplasia and hydranencephaly (MARCH)); to identify its genetic cause(s) and to provide functional insight into pathomechanism. METHODS: We used homozygosity mapping and exome sequencing to identify recessive mutations in a single family with three affected fetuses...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
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