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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815939/paternal-transmission-of-a-fmr1-full-mutation-allele
#1
Maria Isabel Alvarez-Mora, Miriam Guitart, Laia Rodriguez-Revenga, Irene Madrigal, Elisabeth Gabau, Montserrat Milà
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common form of inherited intellectual disability (ID) and autism. In most of cases, the molecular basis of this syndrome is a CGG repeat expansion in the 5' untranslated region of the FMR1 gene. It is inherited as an X linked dominant trait, with a reduced penetrance (80% for males and 30% for females). Full mutation (FM) expansion from premutated alleles (PM) is only acquired via maternal meiosis, while paternal transmission always remains in the PM range. We present a 16-year-old girl with a mild fragile X syndrome phenotype...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815171/functional-analysis-of-na-h-exchanger-9-variants-identified-in-patients-with-autism-and-epilepsy
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Hari Prasad, James Osei-Owusu, Rajini Rao
Na(+)/H(+) exchanger isoform 9, NHE9, finely tunes the pH within the endosomal lumen to regulate cargo trafficking and turnover. In patients with autism, genetic approaches have revealed deletions, truncations and missense mutations in the gene encoding NHE9 (SLC9A9). To help establish causality, functional evaluation is needed to distinguish pathogenic mutations from harmless polymorphisms. Here, we evaluated three previously uncharacterized NHE9 variants, P117T, D496N, and Q609K reported in patients with autism and epilepsy...
April 2017: Matters (Zur)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809922/increased-signaling-by-the-autism-related-engrailed-2-protein-enhances-dendritic-branching-and-spine-density-alters-synaptic-structural-matching-and-exaggerates-protein-synthesis
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Asma Soltani, Solène Lebrun, Gilles Carpentier, Giulia Zunino, Sandrine Chantepie, Auriane Maïza, Yuri Bozzi, Claire Desnos, François Darchen, Olivier Stettler
Engrailed 1 (En1) and 2 (En2) code for closely related homeoproteins acting as transcription factors and as signaling molecules that contribute to midbrain and hindbrain patterning, to development and maintenance of monoaminergic pathways, and to retinotectal wiring. En2 has been suggested to be an autism susceptibility gene and individuals with autism display an overexpression of this homeogene but the mechanisms remain unclear. We addressed in the present study the effect of exogenously added En2 on the morphology of hippocampal cells that normally express only low levels of Engrailed proteins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808237/coding-and-small-non-coding-transcriptional-landscape-of-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-cortical-tubers-implications-for-pathophysiology-and-treatment
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James D Mills, Anand M Iyer, Jackelien van Scheppingen, Anika Bongaarts, Jasper J Anink, Bart Janssen, Till S Zimmer, Wim G Spliet, Peter C van Rijen, Floor E Jansen, Martha Feucht, Johannes A Hainfellner, Pavel Krsek, Josef Zamecnik, Katarzyna Kotulska, Sergiusz Jozwiak, Anna Jansen, Lieven Lagae, Paolo Curatolo, David J Kwiatkowski, R Jeroen Pasterkamp, Ketharini Senthilkumar, Lars von Oerthel, Marco F Hoekman, Jan A Gorter, Peter B Crino, Angelika Mühlebner, Brendon P Scicluna, Eleonora Aronica
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a rare genetic disorder that results from a mutation in the TSC1 or TSC2 genes leading to constitutive activation of the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1). TSC is associated with autism, intellectual disability and severe epilepsy. Cortical tubers are believed to represent the neuropathological substrates of these disabling manifestations in TSC. In the presented study we used high-throughput RNA sequencing in combination with systems-based computational approaches to investigate the complexity of the TSC molecular network...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807762/diagnostic-exome-sequencing-identifies-a-heterozygous-mbd5-frameshift-mutation-in-a-family-with-intellectual-disability-and-epilepsy
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Ji Yoon Han, In Goo Lee, Woori Jang, Myungshin Kim, Yonggoo Kim, Ja Hyun Jang, Joonhong Park
Methyl-CpG-binding domain 5 (MBD5)-associated neurodevelopmental disorder caused by 2q23.1 or MBD5-specific mutation has been recently identified as a genetic disorder associated with autism spectrum disorders. Phenotypic features of 2q23.1 deletion or disruption of MBD5 gene include severe intellectual disability, seizure, significant speech impairment, sleep disturbance, and autistic-like behavioural problems. Here we report a 7-year-old girl with intellectual disability and epilepsy without previous clinical diagnosis...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807002/high-resolution-measurement-of-duf1220-domain-copy-number-from-whole-genome-sequence-data
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David P Astling, Ilea E Heft, Kenneth L Jones, James M Sikela
BACKGROUND: DUF1220 protein domains found primarily in Neuroblastoma BreakPoint Family (NBPF) genes show the greatest human lineage-specific increase in copy number of any coding region in the genome. There are 302 haploid copies of DUF1220 in hg38 (~160 of which are human-specific) and the majority of these can be divided into 6 different subtypes (referred to as clades). Copy number changes of specific DUF1220 clades have been associated in a dose-dependent manner with brain size variation (both evolutionarily and within the human population), cognitive aptitude, autism severity, and schizophrenia severity...
August 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803755/communicating-complex-genomic-information-a-counselling-approach-derived-from-research-experience-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#7
Ny Hoang, Cheryl Cytrynbaum, Stephen W Scherer
Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) share characteristics (impairments in socialization and communication, and repetitive interests and behaviour), but differ in their developmental course, pattern of symptoms, and cognitive and language abilities. The development of standardized phenotyping has revealed ASD to clinically be vastly heterogeneous, ranging from milder presentations to more severe forms associated with profound intellectual disability. Some 100 genes have now been implicated in the etiology of ASD, and advances in genome-wide testing continue to yield new data at an unprecedented rate...
July 29, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798667/the-foxp2-driven-network-in-developmental-disorders-and-neurodegeneration
#8
Franz Oswald, Patricia Klöble, André Ruland, David Rosenkranz, Bastian Hinz, Falk Butter, Sanja Ramljak, Ulrich Zechner, Holger Herlyn
The transcription repressor FOXP2 is a crucial player in nervous system evolution and development of humans and songbirds. In order to provide an additional insight into its functional role we compared target gene expression levels between human neuroblastoma cells (SH-SY5Y) stably overexpressing FOXP2 cDNA of either humans or the common chimpanzee, Rhesus monkey, and marmoset, respectively. RNA-seq led to identification of 27 genes with differential regulation under the control of human FOXP2, which were previously reported to have FOXP2-driven and/or songbird song-related expression regulation...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795659/role-of-mycotoxins-in-the-pathobiology-of-autism-a-first-evidence
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Barbara De Santis, Carlo Brera, Alessandra Mezzelani, Sabina Soricelli, Francesca Ciceri, Giorgio Moretti, Francesca Debegnach, Maria Clara Bonaglia, Laura Villa, Massimo Molteni, Maria Elisabetta Raggi
OBJECTIVES: Gene-environment interaction is an emerging hypothesis to expound not only the autism pathogenesis but also the increased incidence of neurodevelopmental disorders (such as autistic spectrum disorder, attention-deficit, hyperactivity disorder). Among xenobiotics, mycotoxins are worldwide contaminants of food that provoke toxicological effects, crucially resembling several symptoms associated with autism such as oxidative stress, intestinal permeability, and inflammation. Here, we focused on a group of mycotoxins to test their role in the manifestation of autism, try to explain their mechanism of action, and discuss possible preventive and therapeutic interventions...
August 10, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795356/drosophila-studies-on-autism-spectrum-disorders
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REVIEW
Yao Tian, Zi Chao Zhang, Junhai Han
In the past decade, numerous genes associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have been identified. These genes encode key regulators of synaptogenesis, synaptic function, and synaptic plasticity. Drosophila is a prominent model system for ASD studies to define novel genes linked to ASDs and decipher their molecular roles in synaptogenesis, synaptic function, synaptic plasticity, and neural circuit assembly and consolidation. Here, we review Drosophila studies on ASD genes that regulate synaptogenesis, synaptic function, and synaptic plasticity through modulating chromatin remodeling, transcription, protein synthesis and degradation, cytoskeleton dynamics, and synaptic scaffolding...
August 9, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795135/male-and-female-mice-lacking-neuroligin-3-modify-the-behavior-of-their-wild-type-littermates
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Shireene Kalbassi, Sven O Bachmann, Ellen Cross, Victoria H Roberton, Stéphane J Baudouin
In most mammals, including humans, the postnatal acquisition of normal social and nonsocial behavior critically depends on interactions with peers. Here we explore the possibility that mixed-group housing of mice carrying a deletion of Nlgn3, a gene associated with autism spectrum disorders, and their wild-type littermates induces changes in each other's behavior. We have found that, when raised together, male Nlgn3 knockout mice and their wild-type littermates displayed deficits in sociability. Moreover, social submission in adult male Nlgn3 knockout mice correlated with an increase in their anxiety...
July 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777481/a-human-case-of-slc35a3-related-skeletal-dysplasia
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Andrew C Edmondson, Emma C Bedoukian, Matthew A Deardorff, Donna M McDonald-McGinn, Xueli Li, Miao He, Elaine H Zackai
Researchers have identified a subset of Holstein having a range of skeletal deformities, including vertebral anomalies, referred to as complex vertebral malformation due to mutations in the SLC35A3 gene. Here, we report the first case in humans of SLC35A3-related vertebral anomalies. Our patient had prenatally diagnosed anomalous vertebrae, including butterfly, and hemivertebrae throughout the spine, as well as cleft palate, micrognathia, patent foramen ovale, patent ductus arteriosus, posterior embryotoxon, short limbs, camptodactyly, talipes valgus, rocker bottom feet, and facial dysmorphism including proptosis, nevus flammeus, and a cupped left ear...
August 4, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774669/neurodevelopmental-disorders-in-children-with-macrocephaly-a-prevalence-study-and-pten-gene-analysis
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Hirofumi Kurata, Kentaro Shirai, Yoshiaki Saito, Tetsuya Okazaki, Koyo Ohno, Masayoshi Oguri, Kaori Adachi, Eiji Nanba, Yoshihiro Maegaki
PURPOSE: To clarify the relationship between macrocephaly and neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as identify the prevalence of PTEN mutations in autism spectrum disorders with macrocephaly in Japan. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Diagnostic and other medical information of children with macrocephaly younger than 4years (n=93) were collected for analysis. PTEN gene mutation analysis was conducted in another set of 16 macrocephalic individuals aged 3-22years. RESULTS: Sixteen macrocephalic children were associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) (n=6), autistic traits (n=5), intellectual disability (n=5), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (n=1), developmental coordination disorders (n=1), and language disorder (n=1)...
July 31, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774571/activation-of-neonatal-microglia-can-be-influenced-by-other-neural-cells
#14
Alexandra Turano, Jennifer H Lawrence, Jaclyn M Schwarz
During development, microglial progenitor cells migrate into the brain from the periphery, a process critical to the maturation of the developing brain. Although they perform functions similar to mature, adult microglia, immature microglia are distinct from mature microglia. Activation of immature microglia, via an early-life immune challenge, can lead to persistent changes in microglial function, resulting in long-term neuronal and cognitive dysfunction. Early-life immune activation is associated with multiple neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, ADHD, schizophrenia, and cerebral palsy - disorders with known or suspected immune etiologies, and strong sex biases for males...
July 31, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770615/folate-metabolism-abnormalities-in-autism-potential-biomarkers
#15
Richard E Frye, John C Slattery, Edward V Quadros
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been linked to abnormalities in folate metabolism. Polymorphisms in folate genes may act in complex polygenic ways to increase the risk of developing ASD. Autoantibodies that block folate transport into the brain have been associated with ASD and children with ASD and these autoantibodies respond to high doses of a reduced form of folate known as folinic acid (leucovorin calcium). Some of the same abnormalities are also found in mothers of children with ASD and supplementing folate during preconception and gestational periods reduces the risk to the offspring from developing ASD...
August 3, 2017: Biomarkers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770524/interactive-effects-of-prenatal-antidepressant-exposure-and-likely-gene-disrupting-mutations-on-the-severity-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
#16
Sean Ackerman, Sarah Schoenrbun, Caitlin Hudac, Raphael Bernier
To examine the interactive effects of two proposed risk factors which may contribute to symptom severity of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): prenatal antidepressant exposure and likely gene-disrupting (LGD) mutations. Participants included 2748 individuals with ASD from the Simons Simplex Collection. We examined the effects of prenatal antidepressant exposure, maternal depression, presence of an LGD mutation and their interaction on ASD severity. We found a significant interactive effect between antidepressant exposure and the presence of an LGD mutation on ASD severity in the ADOS and ADI-R verbal communication domains...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770435/implication-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
#17
Koichi Kawada, Seisuke Mimori
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is categorized as a neurodevelopmental disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders, Fifth Edition and is defined as a congenital impairment of the central nervous system. ASD may be caused by a chromosomal abnormality or gene mutation. However, these etiologies are insufficient to account for the pathogenesis of ASD. Therefore, we propose that the etiology and pathogenesis of ASD are related to the stress of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). ER stress, induced by valproic acid, increased in ASD mouse model, characterized by an unfolded protein response that is activated by this stress...
August 2, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768803/modulation-of-prefrontal-cortex-excitation-inhibition-balance-rescues-social-behavior-in-cntnap2-deficient-mice
#18
Aslihan Selimbeyoglu, Christina K Kim, Masatoshi Inoue, Soo Yeun Lee, Alice S O Hong, Isaac Kauvar, Charu Ramakrishnan, Lief E Fenno, Thomas J Davidson, Matthew Wright, Karl Deisseroth
Alterations in the balance between neuronal excitation and inhibition (E:I balance) have been implicated in the neural circuit activity-based processes that contribute to autism phenotypes. We investigated whether acutely reducing E:I balance in mouse brain could correct deficits in social behavior. We used mice lacking the CNTNAP2 gene, which has been implicated in autism, and achieved a temporally precise reduction in E:I balance in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) either by optogenetically increasing the excitability of inhibitory parvalbumin (PV) neurons or decreasing the excitability of excitatory pyramidal neurons...
August 2, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767393/immunological-cytokine-profiling-identifies-tnf-%C3%AE-as-a-key-molecule-dysregulated-in-autistic-children
#19
Jiang Xie, Li Huang, Xiaohong Li, Hua Li, Yongmei Zhou, Hua Zhu, Tianying Pan, Keith M Kendrick, Wenming Xu
Recent studies have suggested that the etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may be caused by immunological factors, particularly abnormalities in the innate immune system. However, it is still unclear which specific cytokines may be of most importance. The current study therefore investigated which cytokines showed altered concentrations in blood in ASD compared with healthy control children and which were also correlated with symptom severity. Our study sample included 32 children diagnosed with ASD and 28 age and sex-matched typically developing children...
July 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764992/impact-on-gaba-systems-in-monogenetic-developmental-cns-disorders-clues-to-symptomatic-treatment
#20
REVIEW
Dietmar Benke, Hanns Möhler
Animal studies of several single-gene disorders demonstrate that reversing the molecular signaling deficits can result in substantial symptomatic improvements in function. Focusing on the ratio of excitation to inhibition as a potential pathophysiological hallmark, seven single-gene developmental CNS disorders are reviewed which are characterized by a striking dysregulation of neuronal inhibition. Deficits in inhibition and excessive inhibition are found. The examples of developmental disorders encompass Neurofibromatosis type 1, Fragile X syndrome, Rett syndrome, Dravet syndrome including autism-like behavior, NONO-mutation-induced intellectual disability, Succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency and Congenital nystagmus due to FRMD7 mutations...
July 29, 2017: Neuropharmacology
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