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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922105/hereditary-multiple-exostoses-clinical-molecular-and-radiologic-survey-in-9-families
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Karel Medek, Jiří Zeman, Tomáš Honzík, Hana Hansíková, Štěpánka Švecová, Kamila Beránková, Vendula Kučerová Vidrová, Miloslav Kuklík, Jiří Chomiak, Markéta Tesařová
Hereditary multiple exostoses (HME) represents a heterogeneous group of diseases often associated with progressive skeletal deformities. Most frequently, mutations in EXT1 and EXT2 genes with autosomal dominant inheritance are responsible for HME. In our group of 9 families with HME we evaluated the clinical course of the disease and analysed molecular background using Sanger sequencing and MLPA in EXT1 and EXT2 genes. The mean age in our group of patients, when the first exostosis was recognised was 4.5 years (range 2-10 years) and the number of exostoses per one patient documented on X-ray ranged from 2 to 54...
2017: Prague Medical Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921500/growth-hormone-therapy-for-people-with-thalassaemia
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REVIEW
Chin Fang Ngim, Nai Ming Lai, Janet Yh Hong, Shir Ley Tan, Amutha Ramadas, Premala Muthukumarasamy, Meow-Keong Thong
BACKGROUND: Thalassaemia is a recessively-inherited blood disorder that leads to anaemia of varying severity. In those affected by the more severe forms, regular blood transfusions are required which may lead to iron overload. Accumulated iron from blood transfusions may be deposited in vital organs including the heart, liver and endocrine organs such as the pituitary glands which can affect growth hormone production. Growth hormone deficiency is one of the factors that can lead to short stature, a common complication in people with thalassaemia...
September 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919625/van-wyk-and-grumbach-syndrome-an-unusual-presentation-of-hypothyroism
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P K Chanda, M Kamrul-Hasan, M Abu-Bakar, M Rahman, M A Kader, M A Hossain, N I Siddiqui
An 18 years-old-girl presented one and half years back with the complaints of short stature, retarded growth, and menorrhagia with sudden severe lower abdominal pain; was diagnosed as bilateral ovarian cysts and underwent bilateral ovarian cystectomy. Later on she was incidentally diagnosed as a case of hypothyroidism when she had been experiencing slowly enlarging left lower abdominal mass with dull ache for the 5 month and then was transferred to the department of Endocrinology for further evaluation. Detailed work up revealed her short stature with obesity, delayed bone age and other features of hypothyroidism which was confirmed by thyroid function testing...
July 2017: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917829/a-chinese-boy-with-geleophysic-dysplasia-caused-by-compound-heterozygous-mutations-in-adamtsl2
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Li Dongxiao, Dong Hui, Zheng Hong, Song Jinqing, Li Xiyuan, Jin Ying, Liu Yupeng, Yang Yanling
Geleophysic dysplasia, belonging to the group of acromelic dysplasia, is a rare genetic disease. Two genes, FBN1 and ADAMTSL2, were known to be linked to this disorder. The disorder presents as extreme short stature, short limbs, small hands and feet, stubby fingers and toes, joint stiffness, toe walking, skin thickening, progressive cardiac valvular thickening and characteristic facial features, including a round face with full cheeks. Here, we report the first Chinese case with geleophysic dysplasia type 1 based on clinical and genetic features...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915908/advances-in-paediatrics-in-2016-current-practices-and-challenges-in-allergy-autoimmune-diseases-cardiology-endocrinology-gastroenterology-infectious-diseases-neonatology-nephrology-neurology-nutrition-pulmonology
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REVIEW
Carlo Caffarelli, Francesca Santamaria, Dora Di Mauro, Carla Mastrorilli, Silvia Montella, Sergio Bernasconi
This review reports main progresses in various pediatric issues published in Italian Journal of Pediatrics and in international journals in 2016. New insights in clinical features or complications of several disorders may be useful for our better understanding. They comprise severe asthma, changing features of lupus erythematosus from birth to adolescence, celiac disease, functional gastrointestinal disorders, Moebius syndrome, recurrent pneumonia. Risk factors for congenital heart defects, Kawasaki disease have been widely investigated...
September 16, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915901/possible-effects-of-an-early-diagnosis-and-treatment-in-patients-with-growth-hormone-deficiency-the-state-of-art
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REVIEW
Stefano Stagi, Perla Scalini, Giovanni Farello, Alberto Verrotti
Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) is a relatively uncommon and heterogeneous endocrine disorder presenting in childhood with short stature. However, during the neonatal period, the metabolic effects of GHD may to require prompt replacement therapy to avoid possible life-threatening complications. An increasing amount of data suggests the importance of an early diagnosis and treatment of GHD because of its auxological, metabolic, and neurodevelopmental features with respect to the patients diagnosed and treated later in life...
September 16, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914637/signal-transducer-and-activator-of-transcription-gain-of-function-primary-immunodeficiency-immunodysregulation-disorders
#7
Filippo Consonni, Laura Dotta, Francesca Todaro, Donatella Vairo, Raffaele Badolato
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To describe primary immunodeficiencies caused by gain-of-function (GOF) mutations of signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) genes, a group of genetically determined disorders characterized by susceptibility to infections and, in many cases, autoimmune manifestations. RECENT FINDINGS: GOF mutations affecting STAT1 result in increased STAT tyrosine phosphorylation and secondarily increased response to STAT1-signaling cytokines, such as interferons...
September 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911024/ambulatory-pulse-pressure-predicts-the-development-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-over-20-years-of-follow-up
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Tero J W Pääkkö, Reko J Renko, Juha S Perkiömäki, Y Antero Kesäniemi, Antti S Ylitalo, Jarmo A Lumme, Heikki V Huikuri, Heikki Ruskoaho, Olli Vuolteenaho, Olavi H Ukkola
BACKGROUND: Ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) has been shown to have an association with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) in cross-sectional assessments. We evaluated the association between ABP measurement (ABPM) and the development of LVDD during over 20 years of follow up in 414 middle-aged subjects from OPERA cohort. METHODS: ABPM, clinical, and anthropometric measurements were performed in baseline. Echocardiographic measurements were performed at baseline and during follow-up and E/E' ≥15 was considered indicating significant LVDD...
October 1, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911022/hypertensive-cardiovascular-risk-pulsatile-hemodynamics-gender-and-therapeutic-implications
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Michel E Safar, Harold Smulyan
PURPOSE: In recent years, the predictive value of 2 pulsatile parameters has been extensively studied in hypertension: aortic stiffness and pulse pressure (PP) amplification. Aortic stiffness is an index of aortic rigidity and PP-amplification is the ratio between central and brachial PP, an indirect evaluation of wave reflections. Both are safe, independent, noninvasive predictors of overall and cardiovascular risk. Our purpose is to determine the validity of these parameters in 2 different circumstances: gender and therapeutic implications...
October 1, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902627/serum-%C3%AE-klotho-levels-are-not-informative-for-the-evaluation-of-growth-hormone-secretion-in-short-children
#10
Cristina Meazza, Heba H Elsedfy, Randa I Khalaf, Fiorenzo Lupi, Sara Pagani, Mohamed El Kholy, Carmine Tinelli, Giorgio Radetti, Mauro Bozzola
BACKGROUND: α-Klotho is a transmembrane protein that can be cleaved and act as a circulating hormone (s-klotho). s-Klotho serum levels seem to reflect growth hormone (GH) secretory status. We investigated the role of s-klotho as a reliable marker of GH secretion in short children and the factors influencing its secretion. METHODS: We enrolled 40 short Egyptian children (20 GH deficiency [GHD] and 20 idiopathic short stature [ISS]). They underwent a pegvisomant-primed insulin tolerance test (ITT) and were accordingly reclassified as 16 GHD and 24 ISS...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902392/expanding-the-clinical-and-molecular-spectrum-of-prmt7-mutations-three-additional-patients-and-review
#11
Emanuele Agolini, Maria Lisa Dentici, Emanuele Bellacchio, Viola Alesi, Francesca Clementina Radio, Annalaura Torella, Francesco Musacchia, Marco Tartaglia, Bruno Dallapiccola, Vincenzo Nigro, Maria Cristina Digilio, Antonio Novelli
Protein arginine methyltransferase 7 (PRMT7) is a member of a family of enzymes that catalyze the transfer of methyl groups from S-adenosyl-l-methionine to nitrogen atoms on arginine residues. Arginine methylation is involved in multiple biological processes, such as signal transduction, mRNA splicing, transcriptional control, DNA repair, and protein translocation. Currently, seven patients have been described harboring compound heterozygous or homozygous variants in the PRMT7 gene, causing a novel intellectual disability syndrome, known as SBIDDS syndrome (Short Stature, Brachydactyly, Intellectual Developmental Disability, and Seizures)...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901405/genotype-phenotype-analysis-in-a-male-patient-with-partial-trisomy-4p-and-monosomy-20q-due-to-maternal-reciprocal-translocation%C3%A2-4-20-a-case-report
#12
Dong Wu, Hui Zhang, Qiaofang Hou, Hongdan Wang, Tao Wang, Shixiu Liao
Translocations are the most frequent structural aberration in the human genome. Carriers of balanced chromosome rearrangement exhibit an increased risk of abortion and/or a chromosomally‑unbalanced child. The present study reported a clinical and cytogenetic analysis of a child who exhibited typical trisomy 4p and monosomy 20q features, including intellectual disability, delayed speech, tall stature, seizures and facial dysmorphism. The karyotype of the proband exhibited 46, XY, add(20) (q13.3). The karyotype of the mother indicated a balanced translocation karyotype: 46, XX, t(4;20) (p15...
August 29, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899838/design-and-evaluation-of-novel-natriuretic-peptide-derivatives-with-improved-pharmacokinetic-and-pharmacodynamic-properties
#13
Naomi Morozumi, Seiji Sato, Sayaka Yoshida, Yuriko Harada, Mayumi Furuya, Yoshiharu Minamitake, Kenji Kangawa
C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) and its receptor, natriuretic peptide receptor B (NPR-B), are potent positive regulators of endochondral bone growth, making the CNP pathway one of the most promising therapeutic targets for the treatment of growth failure. However, the administration of exogenous CNP is not fully effective, due to its rapid clearance in vivo. Modification of CNP to potentially druggable derivatives may result in increased resistance to proteolytic degradation, longer plasma half-life (T1/2), and better distribution to target tissues...
September 9, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898651/from-early-farmers-to-norman-borlaug-the-making-of-modern-wheat
#14
David Vergauwen, Ive De Smet
If we wander through the countryside, passing fields of wheat, it is apparent that this crop is reasonably short in stature and that the stems carry large ears. However, this was not always the case. If we take a look at depictions of wheat throughout history, we observe that wheat used to be fairly tall. It was not until the second half of the 20(th) century that dwarf wheat varieties started to dominate the agricultural landscape. Underlying this short stature are the Reduced height (Rht) genes, which encode DELLA proteins and which formed the cornerstone of the Green Revolution...
September 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895531/genetic-identification-of-a-common-collagen-disease-in-puerto-ricans-via-identity-by-descent-mapping-in-a-health-system
#15
Gillian Morven Belbin, Jacqueline Odgis, Elena P Sorokin, Muh-Ching Yee, Sumita Kohli, Benjamin S Glicksberg, Christopher R Gignoux, Genevieve L Wojcik, Tielman Van Vleck, Janina M Jeff, Michael Linderman, Claudia Schurmann, Douglas Ruderfer, Xiaoqiang Cai, Amanda Merkelson, Anne E Justice, Kristin L Young, Misa Graff, Kari E North, Ulrike Peters, Regina James, Lucia Hindorff, Ruth Kornreich, Lisa Edelmann, Omri Gottesman, Eli Ea Stahl, Judy H Cho, Ruth Jf Loos, Erwin P Bottinger, Girish N Nadkarni, Noura S Abul-Husn, Eimear E Kenny
Achieving confidence in the causality of a disease locus is a complex task that often requires supporting data from both statistical genetics and clinical genomics. Here we describe a combined approach to identify and characterize a genetic disorder that leverages distantly related patients in a health system and population-scale mapping. We utilize genomic data to uncover components of distant pedigrees, in the absence of recorded pedigree information, in the multi-ethnic BioMe biobank in New York City. By linking to medical records, we discover a locus associated with both elevated genetic relatedness and extreme short stature...
September 12, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894962/ring-chromosomes-from-formation-to-clinical-potential
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REVIEW
Inna E Pristyazhnyuk, Aleksei G Menzorov
Ring chromosomes (RCs) are circular DNA molecules, which occur rarely in eukaryotic nuclear genomes. Lilian Vaughan Morgan first described them in the fruit fly. Human embryos very seldom have RCs, about 1:50,000. Carriers of RCs may have varying degrees of symptoms, from healthy phenotype to serious pathologies in physical and intellectual development. Many authors describe common symptoms of RC presence: short stature and some developmental delay that could be described as a "ring chromosome syndrome." As a rule, RCs arise de novo through the end-joining of two DNA double-strand breaks, telomere-subtelomere junction, or inv dup del rearrangement in both meiosis and mitosis...
September 12, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892560/mutations-of-kif14-cause-primary-microcephaly-by-impairing-cytokinesis
#17
Abubakar Moawia, Ranad Shaheen, Sajida Rasool, Syeda Seema Waseem, Nour Ewida, Birgit Budde, Amit Kawalia, Susanne Motameny, Kamal Khan, Ambrin Fatima, Muhammad Jameel, Farid Ullah, Talia Akram, Zafar Ali, Uzma Abdullah, Saba Irshad, Wolfgang Höhne, Angelika Anna Noegel, Mohammed Al-Owain, Konstanze Hörtnagel, Petra Stöbe, Shahid Mahmood Baig, Peter Nürnberg, Fowzan Sami Alkuraya, Andreas Hahn, Muhammad Sajid Hussain
OBJECTIVE: Autosomal recessive primary microcephaly (MCPH) is a rare condition characterized by a reduced cerebral cortex accompanied with intellectual disability. Mutations in 17 genes have been shown to cause this phenotype. Recently, mutations in CIT, encoding CRIK (Citron Rho-interacting kinase) - a component of the central spindle matrix, were added. We aimed at identifying novel MCPH-associated genes and exploring their functional role in pathogenesis. METHODS: Linkage analysis and whole-exome sequencing were performed in consanguineous and nonconsanguineous MCPH families to identify disease-causing variants...
September 11, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892125/novel-spondyloepimetaphyseal-dysplasia-due-to-ufsp2-gene-mutation
#18
M Di Rocco, M Rusmini, F Caroli, A Madeo, M Bertamino, G Marre-Brunenghi, I Ceccherini
Beukes Hip Dysplasia is an autosomal dominant disease which has to date been described only in a large South African family of Dutch origin. The patients presented with progressive epiphyseal dysplasia limited to femoral capital epiphysis and their height was not significantly reduced. A unique variant of the ubiquitin-fold modifier 1 (Ufm1)-specific peptidase 2 (UFSP2) gene (c.868T>C) has been reported in all individuals from Beukes family with clinical and radiological diagnosis of Beukes Hip Dysplasia...
September 11, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889146/celiac-disease-in-saudi-children-evaluation-of-clinical-features-and-diagnosis
#19
Anjum Saeed, Asaad Assiri, Hebah Assiri, Anhar Ullah, Mohsin Rashid
 Objectives: To characterize the clinical presentations and diagnosis including serological tests and histopathological findings in children with celiac disease. Methods: All children (less than 18 years) with confirmed celiac disease diagnosed over a 6 year period at a private tertiary care health care center in Riyadh,  Saudi Arabia were studied retrospectively. Information collected included demographics, clinical presentation and diagnostic modalities with serology and small intestinal histology reported by Marsh grading...
September 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889026/gnas-mutations-and-heterotopic-ossification
#20
Murat Bastepe
GNAS is a complex imprinted gene encoding the alpha-subunit of the stimulatory heterotrimeric G protein (Gsα). GNAS gives rise to additional gene products that exhibit exclusively maternal or paternal expression, such as XLαs, a large variant of Gsα that shows exclusively paternal expression and is partly identical to the latter. Gsα itself is expressed biallelically in most tissues, although the expression occurs predominantly from the maternal allele in a small set of tissues, such as renal proximal tubules...
September 6, 2017: Bone
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