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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
Gianina Ravenscroft, Nataliya Di Donato, Gabriele Hahn, Mark R Davis, Paul D Craven, Gemma Poke, Katherine R Neas, Teresa M Neuhann, William B Dobyns, Nigel G Laing
Autosomal dominantly inherited mutations of BICD2 are associated with congenital-onset spinal muscular atrophy characterised by lower limb predominance. A few cases have also showed upper motor neuron pathology, including presenting with features resembling hereditary spastic paraplegia. The age-of-onset for the published families is usually at birth but also included cases with childhood- and adult-onset disease. In this report we described two isolated probands that presented in utero with features associated with reduced fetal movements...
September 19, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Chih-Ping Chen, Shuan-Pei Lin, Schu-Rern Chern, Peih-Shan Wu, Yen-Ni Chen, Shin-Wen Chen, Chen-Chi Lee, Dai-Dyi Town, Chien-Wen Yang, Wayseen Wang
OBJECTIVE: To present molecular cytogenetic characterization of an inverted duplication of proximal chromosome 15 [inv dup(15)] presenting as a small supernumerary marker chromosome (sSMC) associated with the inv dup(15) syndrome. CASE REPORT: A 35-year-old woman underwent amniocentesis because of advanced maternal age at 27 weeks of gestation, which revealed an sSMC that was confirmed by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) to be derived from chromosome 15...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Hanna Mandel, Morad Khayat, Elana Chervinsky, Orly Elpeleg, Stavit Shalev
There is a significant level of genetic heterogeneity underlying the phenotype of nonspecific hypotonia with severe intellectual disability. Exome sequencing has proven to be a powerful tool for identifying the underlying molecular basis of such nonspecific, abnormal neurological phenotypes. Mutations in the TBCK gene have been reported associated with very poor, if any, psychomotor development, poor speech, and inability to walk independently. We describe the long-term phenotypic evolution of a severe nonspecific neurodevelopmental disorder in two siblings born to an Arab-Moslem family living in northern Israel...
October 17, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Hongzheng Dai, Victor Wei Zhang, Ayman W El-Hattab, Can Ficicioglu, Marwan Shinawi, Matthew Lines, Andreas Schulze, Markey McNutt, Garret Gotway, Xia Tian, Stella Chen, Jing Wang, William J Craigen, Lee-Jun Wong
Mutations in FBXL4 have recently been recognized to cause a mitochondrial disorder, with clinical features including early-onset lactic acidosis, hypotonia, and developmental delay. FBXL4 sequence analysis was performed in 808 subjects suspected to have a mitochondrial disorder. In addition, 28 samples from patients with early onset of lactic acidosis, but without identifiable mutations in 192 genes known to cause mitochondrial diseases, were examined for FBXL4 mutations. Definitive diagnosis was made in ten new subjects with a total of seven novel deleterious variants; five null and two missense substitutions...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Genetics
Dongzhu Lei, Shaoyuan Li, Santasree Banerjee, Haoqing Zhang, Caiyun Li, Shuai Hou, Danjing Chen, Haiying Yan, Hanmei Li, Huan Huan Peng, Saijun Liu, Xinxin Zhang, Zhiyu Peng, Jian Wang, Huanming Yang, Hui Huang, Jing Wu
Phelan-McDermid syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by the terminal deletion of chromosome 22 (22q13) followed by the loss of function of the SHANK3 gene. Various terminal deletions of chromosome 22q13 are associated with Phelan-McDermid with a spectrum of phenotypic severity. Here, we have done a clinical molecular study of a Chinese proband with Phelan-McDermid syndrome. Both the proband and her younger brother are associated with this syndrome while their parents are phenotypically normal. We used a karyotype in order to detect the genotype of the proband and her younger brother...
October 10, 2016: Oncotarget
Eun Ji Ahn, Mi Sun Yum, Eun Hee Kim, Han Wook Yoo, Beom Hee Lee, Gu Hwan Kim, Tae Sung Ko
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive neuromuscular disease characterized by progressive muscle weakness and atrophy. Most SMA patients have a homozygous deletion in survival of motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene, and neuronal apoptosis inhibitory protein (NAIP) gene is considered a phenotype modifier. We investigated the genotype-phenotype correlation of SMN1 and NAIP deletions in Korean SMA patients. METHODS: Thirty-three patients (12 males and 21 females) treated at the Asan Medical Center between 1999 and 2013 were analyzed retrospectively...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurology
Maria Pia Villa, Hanaa Shafiek, Melania Evangelisti, Jole Rabasco, Manuela Cecili, Marilisa Montesano, Mario Barreto
The sleep clinical record (SCR) may be a valid method for detecting children with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). This study aimed to evaluate whether there were differences in SCR depending on age and to identify the possible risk factors for OSA development. We enrolled children with sleep disordered breathing between 2013 and 2015, and divided them according to age into preschool- and school-age groups. All patients underwent SCR and polysomnography. OSA was detected in 81.1% and 83.6% of preschool- and school-age groups, respectively...
January 2016: ERJ Open Research
J S Park, D K Chan, S R Parikh, A K Meyer, K W Rosbe
OBJECTIVE: To study the efficacy of surgical management for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome in children with hypotonia, and to identify common anatomic sites of airway obstruction. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of polysomnographic parameters and quality of life instrument scores for seventy eight children with hypotonia who underwent surgical intervention for sleep-disordered breathing at two tertiary children's hospitals, and analysis of drug-induced sleep endoscopy data using a previously validated scoring system...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Themistoklis Dagklis, Elena Papageorgiou, Elisavet Siomou, Vassilis Paspaliaris, Christina Zerva, Panagiotis Chatzis, Loretta Thomaidis, Emmanouil Manolakos, Ioannis Papoulidis
BACKGROUND: Interstitial microdeletions in 1p are extremely rare, as very few cases have been reported postnatally and only one prenatally, yet. There is a variability of phenotypic findings such as hypotonia, facial dysmorphisms, mild microcephaly, with being most common developmental delay. CASE PRESENTATION: The present case involved a female fetus with an interstitial deletion on 1p, presenting with micrognathia in the 2nd trimester routine ultrasound examination...
2016: Molecular Cytogenetics
Kyungsoo Ha, Yiping Shen, Tyler Graves, Cheol-Hee Kim, Hyung-Goo Kim
BACKGROUND: 1q21 microdeletion syndrome is a rare contiguous gene deletion disorder with de novo or autosomal dominant inheritance patterns and its phenotypic features include intellectual disability, distinctive facial dysmorphism, microcephaly, cardiac abnormalities, and cataracts. MECP2 duplication syndrome is an X-linked recessive neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by intellectual disability, global developmental delay, and other neurological complications including late-onset seizures...
2016: Molecular Cytogenetics
Hani Bagheri, Chansonette Badduke, Ying Qiao, Rita Colnaghi, Iga Abramowicz, Diana Alcantara, Christopher Dunham, Jiadi Wen, Robert S Wildin, Malgorzata J M Nowaczyk, Jennifer Eichmeyer, Anna Lehman, Bruno Maranda, Sally Martell, Xianghong Shan, Suzanne M E Lewis, Mark O'Driscoll, Cheryl Y Gregory-Evans, Evica Rajcan-Separovic
The 2p15p16.1 microdeletion syndrome has a core phenotype consisting of intellectual disability, microcephaly, hypotonia, delayed growth, common craniofacial features, and digital anomalies. So far, more than 20 cases of 2p15p16.1 microdeletion syndrome have been reported in the literature; however, the size of the deletions and their breakpoints vary, making it difficult to identify the candidate genes. Recent reports pointed to 4 genes (XPO1, USP34, BCL11A, and REL) that were included, alone or in combination, in the smallest deletions causing the syndrome...
March 17, 2016: JCI Insight
Yllka Kodra, Loreta A Kondili, Alessia Ferraroni, Maria Antonietta Serra, Flavia Caretto, Maria Antonietta Ricci, Domenica Taruscio
INTRODUCTION: Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by severe hypotonia during the neonatal period and the first two years of life, the onset of hyperphagia with a risk of obesity during infancy and adulthood, learning difficulties and behavioral or severe psychiatric problems. This complex disease has severe consequences and difficult management issues also for patients' families. Parents of children with PWS need appropriate psychoeducational intervention in order to better manage their children with PWS...
July 2016: Annali Dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Monika Oláhová, Kyle Thompson, Steven A Hardy, Inês A Barbosa, Arnaud Besse, Maria-Eleni Anagnostou, Kathryn White, Tracey Davey, Michael A Simpson, Michael Champion, Greg Enns, Susan Schelley, Robert N Lightowlers, Zofia M A Chrzanowska-Lightowlers, Robert McFarland, Charu Deshpande, Penelope E Bonnen, Robert W Taylor
Mitochondrial diseases collectively represent one of the most heterogeneous group of metabolic disorders. Symptoms can manifest at any age, presenting with isolated or multiple-organ involvement. Advances in next-generation sequencing strategies have greatly enhanced the diagnosis of patients with mitochondrial disease, particularly where a mitochondrial aetiology is strongly suspected yet OXPHOS activities in biopsied tissue samples appear normal. We used whole exome sequencing (WES) to identify the molecular basis of an early-onset mitochondrial syndrome-pathogenic biallelic variants in the HTRA2 gene, encoding a mitochondria-localised serine protease-in five subjects from two unrelated families characterised by seizures, neutropenia, hypotonia and cardio-respiratory problems...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Zuzana Musova, Miroslava Hancarova, Marketa Havlovicova, Radka Pourova, Michal Hrdlicka, Josef Kraus, Marie Trkova, David Stejskal, Zdenek Sedlacek
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) belongs to the broad spectrum of genetic disorders associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ASD were reported predominantly in congenital and early childhood forms of DM1. We describe dizygotic twin boys with ASD who were referred for routine laboratory genetic testing and in whom karyotyping, FMR1 gene testing, and single nucleotide polymorphism array analysis yielded negative results. The father of the boys was later diagnosed with suspected DM1, and testing revealed characteristic DMPK gene expansions in his genome as well as in the genomes of both twins and their elder brother, who also suffered from ASD...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Djurdja Djordjevic, Lauren Brady, Renkui Bai, Mark A Tarnopolsky
We describe here two novel mitochondrial mutations associated with a complex mitochondrial encephalopathy. An A to G transition at position 7495 (MT-TS1 (MT-tRNSer(UCN))) was identified at 83% heteroplasmy in the muscle of a four year old female with ptosis, hypotonia, seizures, and dilated cardiomyopathy (Case 1). A homoplasmic C to T transition at position 5577 (MT-TW (MT-tRNATrp)) was found in a twenty-four year old woman with exercise intolerance, mild muscle weakness, hearing loss, seizures, and cognitive decline (Case 2)...
September 28, 2016: Mitochondrion
Vandana Shashi, Loren D M Pena, Katherine Kim, Barbara Burton, Maja Hempel, Kelly Schoch, Magdalena Walkiewicz, Heather M McLaughlin, Megan Cho, Nicholas Stong, Scott E Hickey, Christine M Shuss, Michael S Freemark, Jane S Bellet, Martha Ann Keels, Melanie J Bonner, Maysantoine El-Dairi, Megan Butler, Peter G Kranz, Constance T R M Stumpel, Sylvia Klinkenberg, Karin Oberndorff, Malik Alawi, Rene Santer, Slavé Petrovski, Outi Kuismin, Satu Korpi-Heikkilä, Olli Pietilainen, Palotie Aarno, Mitja I Kurki, Alexander Hoischen, Anna C Need, David B Goldstein, Fanny Kortüm
The ASXL genes (ASXL1, ASXL2, and ASXL3) participate in body patterning during embryogenesis and encode proteins involved in epigenetic regulation and assembly of transcription factors to specific genomic loci. Germline de novo truncating variants in ASXL1 and ASXL3 have been respectively implicated in causing Bohring-Opitz and Bainbridge-Ropers syndromes, which result in overlapping features of severe intellectual disability and dysmorphic features. ASXL2 has not yet been associated with a human Mendelian disorder...
October 6, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Stephanie L Austin, Andrew Chiou, Baodong Sun, Laura E Case, Kenny Govendrageloo, Perrin Hansen, Priya S Kishnani
OBJECTIVE: PRKAG2 syndrome, an autosomal dominant disorder, is characterized by severe infantile hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and heart rhythm disturbances to cases with a later presentation and a spectrum of manifestations including cardiac manifestations, myopathy and seizures. The cardiac features of PRKAG2 resemble the cardiac manifestations of Pompe disease. We present a patient who was initially diagnosed with Pompe disease and treated with alglucosidase-alfa enzyme replacement therapy (ERT); however, he was eventually diagnosed to carrying a PRKAG2 pathogenic gene mutation; he did not have Pompe disease instead he was a carrier for the common adult leaky splice site mutation in the GAA gene...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Yilmaz Yildiz, Emine Pektas, Aysegul Tokatli, Goknur Haliloglu
Hereditary dopamine transporter deficiency syndrome (DTDS) is a neurotransmitter disorder caused by a defect in the neuronal uptake of dopamine. To date, 20 patients are reported in the literature, and we present 2 additional patients with DTDS harboring novel homozygous SLC6A3 gene mutations. Patient A is an 8-month-old male with neonatal-onset hypotonia, who developed orolingual dyskinetic movements and oculogyric crises after 4 months of age, with evolution to status dystonicus episodes. Patient B is a 4-year-old male who also had hypotonia since birth, with additional severe limb contractions and oculogyric crises after the age of 3 months, with a misdiagnosis of epileptic encephalopathy...
September 30, 2016: Neuropediatrics
Mette Engan, John Asle Bjørlykke, Gunnar Moen, Kjetil Børve Lund, Gro Njølstad
BACKGROUND Rotavirus is a common cause of gastroenteritis in children. Neurological manifestations associated with rotavirus infections are well described and range from benign afebrile convulsions to lethal encephalopathy or encephalitis.CASE PRESENTATION We present an uncommon neurological manifestation in a Caucasian child in the course of a rotavirus infection. A 4-year old girl presented with mutism, hypotonia and reduced consciousness. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed diffusion abnormalities in the splenium corpus callosum and bilaterally in the nuclei dentate in the cerebellum...
September 2016: Tidsskrift for Den Norske Lægeforening: Tidsskrift for Praktisk Medicin, Ny Række
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