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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646201/comprehensive-investigation-of-temporal-and-autism-associated-cell-type-composition-dependent-and-independent-gene-expression-changes-in-human-brains
#1
Qianhui Yu, Zhisong He
The functions of human brains highly depend on the precise temporal regulation of gene expression, and the temporal brain transcriptome profile across lifespan has been observed. The substantial transcriptome alteration in neural disorders like autism has also been observed and is thought to be important for the pathology. While the cell type composition is known to be variable in brains, it remains unclear how it contributes to the temporal and pathological transcriptome changes in brains. Here, we applied a transcriptome deconvolution procedure to an age series RNA-seq dataset of healthy and autism samples, to quantify the contribution of cell type composition in shaping the temporal and autism pathological transcriptome in human brains...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641744/polygenic-risk-score-and-heritability-estimates-reveals-a-genetic-relationship-between-asd-and-ocd
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W Guo, J F Samuels, Y Wang, H Cao, M Ritter, P S Nestadt, J Krasnow, B D Greenberg, A J Fyer, J T McCracken, D A Geller, D L Murphy, J A Knowles, M A Grados, M A Riddle, S A Rasmussen, N C McLaughlin, E L Nurmi, K D Askland, B A Cullen, J Piacentini, D L Pauls, O J Bienvenu, S E Stewart, F S Goes, B Maher, A E Pulver, D Valle, M Mattheisen, J Qian, G Nestadt, Y Y Shugart
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are both highly heritable neurodevelopmental disorders that conceivably share genetic risk factors. However, the underlying genetic determinants remain largely unknown. In this work, the authors describe a combined genome-wide association study (GWAS) of ASD and OCD. The OCD dataset includes 2998 individuals in nuclear families. The ASD dataset includes 6898 individuals in case-parents trios. GWAS summary statistics were examined for potential enrichment of functional variants associated with gene expression levels in brain regions...
July 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638591/replicable-in-vivo-physiological-and-behavioral-phenotypes-of-the-shank3b-null-mutant-mouse-model-of-autism
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Sameer C Dhamne, Jill L Silverman, Chloe E Super, Stephen H T Lammers, Mustafa Q Hameed, Meera E Modi, Nycole A Copping, Michael C Pride, Daniel G Smith, Alexander Rotenberg, Jacqueline N Crawley, Mustafa Sahin
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a clinically and biologically heterogeneous condition characterized by social, repetitive, and sensory behavioral abnormalities. No treatments are approved for the core diagnostic symptoms of ASD. To enable the earliest stages of therapeutic discovery and development for ASD, robust and reproducible behavioral phenotypes and biological markers are essential to establish in preclinical animal models. The goal of this study was to identify electroencephalographic (EEG) and behavioral phenotypes that are replicable between independent cohorts in a mouse model of ASD...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635106/long-noncoding-rna-and-its-contribution-to-autism-spectrum-disorders
#4
REVIEW
Jie Tang, Yizhen Yu, Wei Yang
Recent studies have indicated that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in multiple processes, such as epigenetic regulation, gene expression regulation, development, nutrition-related and other diseases, toxic response, and response to drugs. Although the functional roles and mechanisms of several lncRNAs have been discovered, a better understanding of the vast majority of lncRNAs remains elusive. To understand the functional roles and mechanisms of lncRNAs is critical because these transcripts represent the majority of the transcriptional output of the mammalian genome...
June 20, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632163/melatonin-as-a-novel-interventional-candidate-for-fragile-x-syndrome-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-humans
#5
REVIEW
Jinyoung Won, Yunho Jin, Jeonghyun Choi, Sookyoung Park, Tae Ho Lee, Sang-Rae Lee, Kyu-Tae Chang, Yonggeun Hong
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common monogenic form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). FXS with ASD results from the loss of fragile X mental retardation (fmr) gene products, including fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP), which triggers a variety of physiological and behavioral abnormalities. This disorder is also correlated with clock components underlying behavioral circadian rhythms and, thus, a mutation of the fmr gene can result in disturbed sleep patterns and altered circadian rhythms. As a result, FXS with ASD individuals may experience dysregulation of melatonin synthesis and alterations in melatonin-dependent signaling pathways that can impair vigilance, learning, and memory abilities, and may be linked to autistic behaviors such as abnormal anxiety responses...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628100/hotspots-of-missense-mutation-identify-neurodevelopmental-disorder-genes-and-functional-domains
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Madeleine R Geisheker, Gabriel Heymann, Tianyun Wang, Bradley P Coe, Tychele N Turner, Holly A F Stessman, Kendra Hoekzema, Malin Kvarnung, Marie Shaw, Kathryn Friend, Jan Liebelt, Christopher Barnett, Elizabeth M Thompson, Eric Haan, Hui Guo, Britt-Marie Anderlid, Ann Nordgren, Anna Lindstrand, Geert Vandeweyer, Antonino Alberti, Emanuela Avola, Mirella Vinci, Stefania Giusto, Tiziano Pramparo, Karen Pierce, Srinivasa Nalabolu, Jacob J Michaelson, Zdenek Sedlacek, Gijs W E Santen, Hilde Peeters, Hakon Hakonarson, Eric Courchesne, Corrado Romano, R Frank Kooy, Raphael A Bernier, Magnus Nordenskjöld, Jozef Gecz, Kun Xia, Larry S Zweifel, Evan E Eichler
Although de novo missense mutations have been predicted to account for more cases of autism than gene-truncating mutations, most research has focused on the latter. We identified the properties of de novo missense mutations in patients with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) and highlight 35 genes with excess missense mutations. Additionally, 40 amino acid sites were recurrently mutated in 36 genes, and targeted sequencing of 20 sites in 17,688 patients with NDD identified 21 new patients with identical missense mutations...
June 19, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626003/transcriptional-complexity-and-distinct-expression-patterns-of-auts2-paralogs-in-danio-rerio
#7
Igor Kondrychyn, Lena Robra, Vatsala Thirumalai
Several genes that have been implicated in autism spectrum disorders are large and have multiple transcripts. Neurons are especially enriched with longer transcripts compared to non-neural cell types. The human autism susceptibility candidate 2 (AUTS2) gene is ~1.2 Mb long and is implicated in a number of neurological disorders including autism, intellectual disability, addiction and developmental delay. Recent studies show AUTS2 to be important for activation of transcription of neural specific genes, neuronal migration and neurite outgrowth...
June 16, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625682/are-circadian-rhythms-new-pathways-to-understand-autism-spectrum-disorder
#8
M-M Geoffray, A Nicolas, M Speranza, N Georgieff
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a frequent neurodevelopmental disorder. ASD is probably the result of intricate interactions between genes and environment altering progressively the development of brain structures and functions. Circadian rhythms are a complex intrinsic timing system composed of almost as many clocks as there are body cells. They regulate a variety of physiological and behavioral processes such as the sleep- wake rhythm. ASD is often associated with sleep disorders and low levels of melatonin...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623304/identification-of-transcripts-with-short-stuorfs-as-targets-for-denr%C3%A2-mcts1-dependent-translation-in-human-cells
#9
Sibylle Schleich, Julieta M Acevedo, Katharina Clemm von Hohenberg, Aurelio A Teleman
The non-canonical initiation factors DENR and MCTS1 have been linked to cancer and autism. We recently showed in Drosophila that DENR and MCTS1 regulate translation re-initiation on transcripts containing upstream Open Reading Frames (uORFs) with strong Kozak sequences (stuORFs). Due to the medical relevance of DENR and MCTS1, it is worthwhile identifying the transcripts in human cells that depend on DENR and MCTS1 for their translation. We show here that in humans, as in Drosophila, transcripts with short stuORFs require DENR and MCTS1 for their optimal expression...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620294/gestational-exposure-to-air-pollution-alters-cortical-volume-microglial-morphology-and-microglia-neuron-interactions-in-a-sex-specific-manner
#10
Jessica L Bolton, Steven Marinero, Tania Hassanzadeh, Divya Natesan, Dominic Le, Christine Belliveau, S N Mason, Richard L Auten, Staci D Bilbo
Microglia are the resident immune cells of the brain, important for normal neural development in addition to host defense in response to inflammatory stimuli. Air pollution is one of the most pervasive and harmful environmental toxicants in the modern world, and several large scale epidemiological studies have recently linked prenatal air pollution exposure with an increased risk of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Diesel exhaust particles (DEP) are a primary toxic component of air pollution, and markedly activate microglia in vitro and in vivo in adult rodents...
2017: Frontiers in Synaptic Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620074/regulatory-bc1-rna-in-cognitive-control
#11
Anna Iacoangeli, Aderemi Dosunmu, Taesun Eom, Dimitre G Stefanov, Henri Tiedge
Dendritic regulatory BC1 RNA is a non-protein-coding (npc) RNA that operates in the translational control of gene expression. The absence of BC1 RNA in BC1 knockout (KO) animals causes translational dysregulation that entails neuronal phenotypic alterations including prolonged epileptiform discharges, audiogenic seizure activity in vivo, and excessive cortical oscillations in the γ frequency band. Here we asked whether BC1 RNA control is also required for higher brain functions such as learning, memory, or cognition...
July 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618077/generation-of-a-microglial-developmental-index-in-mice-and-in-humans-reveals-a-sex-difference-in-maturation-and-immune-reactivity
#12
Richa Hanamsagar, Mark D Alter, Carina S Block, Haley Sullivan, Jessica L Bolton, Staci D Bilbo
Evidence suggests many neurological disorders emerge when normal neurodevelopmental trajectories are disrupted, i.e., when circuits or cells do not reach their fully mature state. Microglia play a critical role in normal neurodevelopment and are hypothesized to contribute to brain disease. We used whole transcriptome profiling with Next Generation sequencing of purified developing microglia to identify a microglial developmental gene expression program involving thousands of genes whose expression levels change monotonically (up or down) across development...
June 15, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617938/fragile-x-syndrome-an-overview-and-update-of-the-fmr1-gene
#13
REVIEW
Montserrat Mila, Maria Isabel Alvarez-Mora, Irene Madrigal, Laia Rodriguez-Revenga
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and the leading form of the monogenic cause of autism. FMR1 premutation is the first single-gene cause of primary ovarian failure (FXPOI) and one of the most common causes of ataxia (FXTAS), multiple additional phenotypes such as fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, migraine headaches, sleep disturbances, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, central pain syndrome, neuropathy and neuropsychiatric alterations has been described. Clinical involvement in men and women carrying the FMR1 premutation currently constitutes a real health problem in the society that should be taken into account...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608855/mice-lacking-the-chromodomain-helicase-dna-binding-5-chromatin-remodeler-display-autism-like-characteristics
#14
M T Pisansky, A E Young, M B O'Connor, I I Gottesman, A Bagchi, J C Gewirtz
Although autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) share a core set of nosological features, they exhibit substantial genetic heterogeneity. A parsimonious hypothesis posits that dysregulated epigenetic mechanisms represent common pathways in the etiology of ASDs. To investigate this hypothesis, we generated a novel mouse model resulting from brain-specific deletion of chromodomain helicase DNA-binding 5 (Chd5), a chromatin remodeling protein known to regulate neuronal differentiation and a member of a gene family strongly implicated in ASDs...
June 13, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608572/identification-of-candidate-genes-involved-in-the-etiology-of-sporadic-tourette-syndrome-by-exome-sequencing
#15
Yosuke Eriguchi, Hitoshi Kuwabara, Aya Inai, Yuki Kawakubo, Fumichika Nishimura, Chihiro Kakiuchi, Mamoru Tochigi, Jun Ohashi, Naoto Aoki, Kayoko Kato, Hiroyuki Ishiura, Jun Mitsui, Shoji Tsuji, Koichiro Doi, Jun Yoshimura, Shinichi Morishita, Takafumi Shimada, Masaomi Furukawa, Tadashi Umekage, Tsukasa Sasaki, Kiyoto Kasai, Yukiko Kano
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by chronic motor and vocal tics. Although there is a large genetic contribution, the genetic architecture of TS remains unclear. Exome sequencing has successfully revealed the contribution of de novo mutations in sporadic cases with neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. Here, using exome sequencing, we investigated de novo mutations in individuals with sporadic TS to identify novel risk loci and elucidate the genetic background of TS...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608249/retinoic-acid-related-orphan-receptor-alpha-rora-variants-are-associated-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#16
Arezou Sayad, Rezvan Noroozi, Mir Davood Omrani, Mohammad Taheri, Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with various epidemiologic, genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors being associated with it. The observed sex bias in ASD towards male has prompted investigators to propose sex-dependent mechanisms for ASD. Retinoic acid-related orphan receptor-alpha (RORA) is a new autism candidate gene that has been shown to be differentially regulated by male and female hormones. Previous studies have shown deregulation of its expression in the prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum of ASD patients...
June 12, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607477/gabaa-receptor-subunit-gene-polymorphisms-predict-symptom-based-and-developmental-deficits-in-chinese-han-children-and-adolescents-with-autistic-spectrum-disorders
#17
Shuhan Yang, Xuan Guo, Xiaopeng Dong, Yu Han, Lei Gao, Yuanyuan Su, Wei Dai, Xin Zhang
GABAA receptor subunit genes GABRB3, GABRA5, and GABRG3 located on chromosome 15q11-q13 have been implicated in the etiology of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). This study intended to investigate the possible role of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) present in GABRB3 (rs2081648 and rs1426217), GABRA5 (rs35586628), and GABRG3 (rs208129) genes in ASD susceptibility and symptom-based and developmental phenotypes of ASD in Chinese Han children and adolescents. 99 ASD patients and 231 age- and gender- frequency-matched typical developing (TD) controls were tested by TaqMan® genotyping assay...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607167/the-role-of-creb-srf-and-mef2-in-activity-dependent-neuronal-plasticity-in-the-visual-cortex
#18
Nisha S Pulimood, Rodrigues Wandilson Dos Santos, Devon A Atkinson, Sandra M Mooney, Alexandre E Medina
The transcription factors CREB (cAMP Response Element Binding factor), SRF (Serum Response Factor) and MEF2 (Myocyte Enhancer Factor 2) play critical roles in the mechanisms underlying neuronal plasticity. However, the role of the activation of these transcription factors in the different components of plasticity in vivo is not well known. In this study, we tested the role of CREB, SRF and MEF2 in ocular dominance plasticity (ODP), a paradigm of activity-dependent neuronal plasticity in the visual cortex. These three proteins bind to the Synaptic Activity Response Element (SARE), an enhancer sequence found upstream of many plasticity-related genes (Kawashima et al...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607166/unique-vs-redundant-functions-of-neuroligin-genes-in-shaping-excitatory-and-inhibitory-synapse-properties
#19
Soham Chanda, William D Hale, Bo Zhang, Marius Wernig, Thomas C Südhof
Neuroligins are evolutionarily conserved postsynaptic cell-adhesion molecules that interact with presynaptic neurexins. Neurons express multiple neuroligin isoforms that are targeted to specific synapses, but their synaptic functions and mechanistic redundancy are not completely understood. Overexpression or RNAi-mediated knockdown of neuroligins respectively causes dramatic increase or decrease in synapse density, whereas genetic deletions of neuroligins impair synapse function with only minor effects on synapse numbers, raising fundamental questions about the overall physiological role of neuroligins...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605393/drosophila-courtship-conditioning-as-a-measure-of-learning-and-memory
#20
Tom S Koemans, Cornelia Oppitz, Rogier A T Donders, Hans van Bokhoven, Annette Schenck, Krystyna Keleman, Jamie M Kramer
Many insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory have been elucidated through the use of simple behavioral assays in model organisms such as the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. Drosophila is useful for understanding the basic neurobiology underlying cognitive deficits resulting from mutations in genes associated with human cognitive disorders, such as intellectual disability (ID) and autism. This work describes a methodology for testing learning and memory using a classic paradigm in Drosophila known as courtship conditioning...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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