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Yuri A Zarate, Jennifer L Fish
The SATB2-associated syndrome is a recently described syndrome characterized by developmental delay/intellectual disability with absent or limited speech development, craniofacial abnormalities, behavioral problems, dysmorphic features, and palatal and dental abnormalities. Alterations of the SATB2 gene can result from a variety of different mechanisms that include contiguous deletions, intragenic deletions and duplications, translocations with secondary gene disruption, and point mutations. The multisystemic nature of this syndrome demands a multisystemic approach and we propose evaluation and management guidelines...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Monika S Brill, Tatjana Kleele, Laura Ruschkies, Mengzhe Wang, Natalia A Marahori, Miriam S Reuter, Torben J Hausrat, Emily Weigand, Matthew Fisher, Andrea Ahles, Stefan Engelhardt, Derron L Bishop, Matthias Kneussel, Thomas Misgeld
Developmental axon remodeling is characterized by the selective removal of branches from axon arbors. The mechanisms that underlie such branch loss are largely unknown. Additionally, how neuronal resources are specifically assigned to the branches of remodeling arbors is not understood. Here we show that axon branch loss at the developing mouse neuromuscular junction is mediated by branch-specific microtubule severing, which results in local disassembly of the microtubule cytoskeleton and loss of axonal transport in branches that will subsequently dismantle...
October 18, 2016: Neuron
Alina Kurolap, Anja Armbruster, Tova Hershkovitz, Katharina Hauf, Adi Mory, Tamar Paperna, Ewald Hannappel, Galit Tal, Yusif Nijem, Ella Sella, Muhammad Mahajnah, Anat Ilivitzki, Dov Hershkovitz, Nina Ekhilevitch, Hanna Mandel, Volker Eulenburg, Hagit N Baris
Glycine is a major neurotransmitter that activates inhibitory glycine receptors and is a co-agonist for excitatory glutamatergic N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. Two transporters, GLYT1 and GLYT2, regulate extracellular glycine concentrations within the CNS. Dysregulation of the extracellular glycine has been associated with hyperekplexia and nonketotic hyperglycinemia. Here, we report four individuals from two families who presented at birth with facial dysmorphism, encephalopathy, arthrogryposis, hypotonia progressing to hypertonicity with startle-like clonus, and respiratory failure...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Niraj Kumar Nikunj, Devendra Mishra, Monica Juneja, Bibek Talukdar
We enrolled 75 consecutive infants presenting with history of first seizure at a tertiary care hospital in New Delhi, India. Clinical and biochemical work-up for etiology, and electroencephalography were performed in all infants. Developmental assessment was done 3-month after discharge. 72% had generalized seizures, and fever was the commonest co-morbidity (57.3%). 68% had provoked seizures, mainly due to hypocalcemia (34.3%) or neuro-infections (29.3%). Seven (9.3%) infants died during hospital stay; mostly those with neuro-infections...
October 8, 2016: Indian Pediatrics
Sunita Bijarnia-Mahay, Deepti Gupta, Yosuke Shigematsu, Seiji Yamaguchi, Renu Saxena, I C Verma
BACKGROUND: Ethylmalonic encephalopathy is a rare inborn error of metabolism characterized by neurodevelopmental delay / regression, recurrent petechiae, orthostatic acrocyanosis, and chronic diarrhea. CASE CHARACTERISTICS: 4-year-old boy with developmental regression, chronic diarrhea, petechial spots and acrocyanosis. MRI brain showed T2W/FLAIR hyperintensities in bilateral caudate and putamen. Abnormal acyl-carnitine profile and metabolites on urinary GC-MS analysis suggested the diagnosis...
October 8, 2016: Indian Pediatrics
Brett Keller, Andrew Faciano, Adey Tsega, Jacqueline Ehrlich
OBJECTIVES: To identify risk factors and describe outcomes for children newly identified with blood lead levels (BLLs) ≥45 µg/dL in New York City (NYC) during 2004-2010 to promote timely identification as well as inform clinical practice and public health policy. STUDY DESIGN: Inclusion criteria were residence in NYC and an elevated confirmatory venous test within 2 weeks of the initial BLL ≥45 µg/dL. Data collected during case coordination of these children were linked with blood testing data and home inspection reports...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Lance H Rodan, Christelle Moufawad El Achkar, Gerard T Berry, Annapurna Poduri, Sanjay P Prabhu, Edward Yang, Irina Anselm
TUBB2A is a gene that has recently been reported in association with structural brain abnormalities. Only 3 cases have been reported to date with disparate brain morphologic abnormalities, although all patients have presented with developmental delay and infantile-onset epilepsy. We report a fourth patient with a de novo variant in TUBB2A that is predicted to be pathogenic, presenting with developmental delay, spastic diplegia, exaggerated startle, and anterior temporal pachygyria in the absence of epilepsy...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Child Neurology
Nadia A Akawi, Salma Ben-Salem, Jozef Hertecant, Anne John, Thachillath Pramathan, Praseetha Kizhakkedath, Bassam R Ali, Lihadh Al-Gazali
BACKGROUND: The group of ELAC2-related encephalomyopathies is a recent addition to the rapidly growing heterogeneous mitochondrial disorders. RESULTS: We describe a highly inbred consanguineous Pakistani family with multiple affected children in 2 branches exhibiting moderately severe global developmental delay. Using homozygosity mapping, we mapped the phenotype in this family to a single locus on chromosome 17. In addition, whole-exome sequencing identified a homozygous splicing mutation (c...
October 21, 2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
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
Nicole A Hawkins, Nicole J Zachwieja, Alison R Miller, Lyndsey L Anderson, Jennifer A Kearney
A substantial number of mutations have been identified in voltage-gated sodium channel genes that result in various forms of human epilepsy. SCN1A mutations result in a spectrum of severity ranging from mild febrile seizures to Dravet syndrome, an infant-onset epileptic encephalopathy. Dravet syndrome patients experience multiple seizures types that are often refractory to treatment, developmental delays, and elevated risk for SUDEP. The same sodium channel mutation can produce epilepsy phenotypes of varying clinical severity...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Nathalie L Maitre, Olena Chorna, Domenico M Romeo, Andrea Guzzetta
BACKGROUND: High-risk infant follow-up programs provide early identification and referral for treatment of neurodevelopmental delays and impairments. In these programs, a standardized neurological examination is a critical component of evaluation for clinical and research purposes. METHODS: To address primary challenges of provider educational diversity and standardized documentation, we designed an approach to training and implementation of the Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination with precourse materials, a workshop model, and adaptation of the electronic medical record...
September 21, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Yassine Ait-Bali, Saadia Ba-M'hamed, Mohammed Bennis
In the present work, we investigated developmental toxicity of Paraquat (PQ), from the 1st or 6th day of mating and throughout the gestation period. We have examined several parameters, including toxicity indices, reproductive performance, sensorimotor development, as well as anxiety and cognitive performance of the offspring. Our results showed that exposure to 20mg/kg of Paraquat during the first days of pregnancy completely prevents pregnancy in treated mice, but from the 6th day of pregnancy, an alteration in fertility and reproductive parameters was observed...
October 13, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Elizabeth J Bhoj, Zhenming Yu, Qiaoning Guan, Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas, Kajia Cao, Minjie Luo, Tanya Tischler, Matthew A Deardorff, Elaine Zackai, Avni B Santani
INTRODUCTION: RASopathies include disorders generally characterized by developmental delay, specific heart defects, short stature, cardiac hypertrophy, and facial dysmorphisms. Next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based panels have widespread acceptance as a diagnostic tool for RASopathies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The first 126 patients evaluated by clinical examination and the NGS RASopathy panel at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia were enrolled. We calculated diagnosis rate, correlated reported clinical findings with positive or negative test results, and identified final molecular diagnoses in 28/96 patients who tested negative for RASopathies...
October 20, 2016: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Chao-Jun Lu, Bao-Yu Tian, Yi Cao, Cheng-Gang Zou, Ke-Qin Zhang
Nuclear receptors (NRs) are a diverse class of transcription factors, which are involved in regulating a large number of physiological events in metazoans. However, the function of NRs is poorly understood in plant-parasitic nematodes. Here, members of the NR1J+K group of NRs in nematodes, including the free-living and plant parasites, were examined and phylogenetically analyzed. We found that the number of members of the NR1J+K group in plant-parasitic nematodes was less than that in the free-living nematodes, suggesting this reduction of NR1J+K group members in plant parasites maybe arose during the separation of the free-living and intermediately plant parasitic nematodes (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus)...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Salima El Chehadeh, Renaud Touraine, Fabienne Prieur, Willie Reardon, Thierry Bienvenu, Sandrine Chantot-Bastaraud, Martine Doco-Fenzy, Emilie Landais, Christophe Philippe, Nathalie Marle, Patrick Callier, Anne-Laure Mosca-Boidron, Francine Mugneret, Nathalie Le Meur, Alice Goldenberg, Anne-Marie Guerrot, Pascal Chambon, Véronique Satre, Charles Coutton, Pierre-Simon Jouk, Françoise Devillard, Klaus Dieterich, Alexandra Afenjar, Lydie Burglen, Marie-Laure Moutard, Marie-Claude Addor, Sébastien Lebon, Danielle Martinet, Jean-Luc Alessandri, Bérénice Doray, Marguerite Miguet, Didier Devys, Pascale Saugier-Veber, Séverine Drunat, Bernard Aral, Valérie Kremer, Stéphane Rondeau, Anne-Claude Tabet, Julien Thevenon, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Nathalie Perreton, Vincent Des Portes, Laurence Faivre
Duplication of the Xq28 region, involving MECP2 (dupMECP2), has been primarily described in males with severe developmental delay, spasticity, epilepsy, stereotyped movements and recurrent infections. Carrier mothers are usually asymptomatic with an extremely skewed X chromosome inactivation (XCI) pattern. We report a series of six novel symptomatic females carrying a de novo interstitial dupMECP2, and review the 14 symptomatic females reported to date, with the aim to further delineate their phenotype and give clues for genetic counselling...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Genetics
Mary Anne D Chiong, Marilyn A Tan, Cynthia P Cordero, Esphie Grace D Fodra, Judy S Manliguis, Cristine P Lopez, Leslie Michelle M Dalmacio
BACKGROUND: Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is the most common inborn error of metabolism in the country. The cause of the neuropathology is still not well established although accumulation of branched chain amino acids (BCAA) and alteration in large neutral amino acids (LNAA) as well as energy deprivation are suggested. It is therefore the aim of this study to determine the plasma amino acid and urine organic acid profiles of patients with MSUD and correlate the findings with their neurologic features...
December 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
Matthew T Whitehead, Guy Helman, Andrea L Gropman
Xp21.2 duplication syndrome is a rare genetic disorder of undetermined prevalence and clinical relevance. As the use of chromosomal microarray has become first line for the work-up of childhood developmental delay, more gene deletions and duplications have been recognized. To the best of our knowledge, the imaging findings of Xp21.2 duplication syndrome have not been reported. We report a case of a 33 month-old male referred for developmental delay that was found to have an Xp21.2 duplication containing IL1RAPL1 and multiple midline brain malformations...
May 2016: Journal of Radiology Case Reports
Yu Sun, Guorui Hu, Huili Liu, Xia Zhang, Zhuo Huang, Hui Yan, Lili Wang, Yanjie Fan, Xuefan Gu, Yongguo Yu
KMT2A mutations cause Wiedemann-Steiner syndrome (WDSTS), which is characterized by hypertrichosis cubiti, short stature, and distinct facial features in general. Here, we report two Chinese boys with novel nonsense KMT2A mutations. Most of their phenotypes are concordant with WDSTS. They, however, lack the key WDSTS feature-hypertrichosis cubiti. Additionally, their transverse palmar creases are absent. We further summarized the genotypes and phenotypes of the KMT2A mutation carriers. The consensus phenotypes include postnatal growth retardation, developmental delay, short stature, and intellectual disability...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Aswini Sivasankaran, Kanakavalli Murthy, Venkata P Oruganti, Anuradha Deenadayalu, Chandra R Samuel, Lakshmi R Kandukuri
Partial trisomy of the short arm of chromosome 6 is a rare and clinically distinct syndrome. The breakpoints have been found to be variable ranging from bands 6p11 to 6p25. This study reports partial trisomy for 6p22.3→pter in a 2-year-old boy referred with a complaint of developmental delay and facial dysmorphism. Conventional cytogenetic analysis showed the presence of an abnormal chromosome 5 resulting from an unbalanced translocation in the proband. Array comparative genomic hybridization revealed trisomy of distal 6p which was confirmed by fluorescence in situ hybridization using subtelomeric probes for chromosomes 5 and 6...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Dysmorphology
Emily May Lent, Lee C B Crouse, Allison M Jackovitz, Erica E Carroll, Mark S Johnson
Nitrotriazolone (1,2,4-triazol-5-one; NTO), an insensitive, energetic material used in explosive formulations, induced testicular toxicity and oligospermia in repeated-dose oral toxicity tests in rats. To evaluate whether NTO produces additional reproductive and developmental effects, a modified extended one-generation reproductive toxicity test was conducted. Rats were provided ad libitum access to NTO in drinking water at 0-, 144-, 720-, or 3600-mg/L NTO. Treatment of the parental generation began 2 (females) and 4 (males) wk premating and continued until weaning of litters...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
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