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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346770/integrative-analyses-of-de-novo-mutations-provide-deeper-biological-insights-into-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Atsushi Takata, Noriko Miyake, Yoshinori Tsurusaki, Ryoko Fukai, Satoko Miyatake, Eriko Koshimizu, Itaru Kushima, Takashi Okada, Mako Morikawa, Yota Uno, Kanako Ishizuka, Kazuhiko Nakamura, Masatsugu Tsujii, Takeo Yoshikawa, Tomoko Toyota, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Yoko Hiraki, Ryota Hashimoto, Yuka Yasuda, Shinji Saitoh, Kei Ohashi, Yasunari Sakai, Shouichi Ohga, Toshiro Hara, Mitsuhiro Kato, Kazuyuki Nakamura, Aiko Ito, Chizuru Seiwa, Emi Shirahata, Hitoshi Osaka, Ayumi Matsumoto, Saoko Takeshita, Jun Tohyama, Tomoko Saikusa, Toyojiro Matsuishi, Takumi Nakamura, Takashi Tsuboi, Tadafumi Kato, Toshifumi Suzuki, Hirotomo Saitsu, Mitsuko Nakashima, Takeshi Mizuguchi, Fumiaki Tanaka, Norio Mori, Norio Ozaki, Naomichi Matsumoto
Recent studies have established important roles of de novo mutations (DNMs) in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Here, we analyze DNMs in 262 ASD probands of Japanese origin and confirm the "de novo paradigm" of ASDs across ethnicities. Based on this consistency, we combine the lists of damaging DNMs in our and published ASD cohorts (total number of trios, 4,244) and perform integrative bioinformatics analyses. Besides replicating the findings of previous studies, our analyses highlight ATP-binding genes and fetal cerebellar/striatal circuits...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343559/a-genetic-locus-for-paranoia
#2
Bernard Crespi, Silven Read, Iiro Salminen, Peter Hurd
The psychological effects of brain-expressed imprinted genes in humans are virtually unknown. Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a neurogenetic condition mediated by genomic imprinting, which involves high rates of psychosis characterized by hallucinations and paranoia, as well as autism. Altered expression of two brain-expressed imprinted genes, MAGEL2 and NDN, mediates a suite of PWS-related phenotypes, including behaviour, in mice. We phenotyped a large population of typical individuals for schizophrenia-spectrum and autism-spectrum traits, and genotyped them for the single-nucleotide polymorphism rs850807, which is putatively functional and linked with MAGEL2 and NDN Genetic variation in rs850807 was strongly and exclusively associated with the ideas of reference subscale of the schizophrenia spectrum, which is best typified as paranoia...
January 2018: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340697/genetic-and-clinical-evidence-of-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-intellectual-disability
#3
Alba Valiente-Pallejà, Helena Torrell, Gerard Muntané, Maria J Cortés, Rafael Martínez-Leal, Nerea Abasolo, Yolanda Alonso, Elisabet Vilella, Lourdes Martorell
Clinical conditions commonly associated with mitochondrial disorders (CAMDs) are often present in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID). Therefore, the mitochondrial dysfunction hypothesis has been proposed as a transversal mechanism that may function in both disorders. Here, we investigated the presence of conditions associated with mitochondrial disorders and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) alterations in 122 subjects who presented ASD with ID (ASD group), 115 subjects who presented ID but not ASD (ID group) and 112 healthy controls (HC group)...
January 11, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339533/learning-dependent-chromatin-remodeling-highlights-noncoding-regulatory-regions-linked-to-autism
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John N Koberstein, Shane G Poplawski, Mathieu E Wimmer, Giulia Porcari, Charlly Kao, Bruce Gomes, Davide Risso, Hakon Hakonarson, Nancy R Zhang, Robert T Schultz, Ted Abel, Lucia Peixoto
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder that is associated with genetic risk factors. Most human disease-associated single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are not located in genes but rather are in regulatory regions that control gene expression. The function of regulatory regions is determined through epigenetic mechanisms. Parallels between the cellular basis of development and the formation of long-term memory have long been recognized, particularly the role of epigenetic mechanisms in both processes...
January 16, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339520/targeted-knockout-of-a-chemokine-like-gene-increases-anxiety-and-fear-responses
#5
Jung-Hwa Choi, Yun-Mi Jeong, Sujin Kim, Boyoung Lee, Krishan Ariyasiri, Hyun-Taek Kim, Seung-Hyun Jung, Kyu-Seok Hwang, Tae-Ik Choi, Chul O Park, Won-Ki Huh, Matthias Carl, Jill A Rosenfeld, Salmo Raskin, Alan Ma, Jozef Gecz, Hyung-Goo Kim, Jin-Soo Kim, Ho-Chul Shin, Doo-Sang Park, Robert Gerlai, Bradley B Jamieson, Joon S Kim, Karl J Iremonger, Sang H Lee, Hee-Sup Shin, Cheol-Hee Kim
Emotional responses, such as fear and anxiety, are fundamentally important behavioral phenomena with strong fitness components in most animal species. Anxiety-related disorders continue to represent a major unmet medical need in our society, mostly because we still do not fully understand the mechanisms of these diseases. Animal models may speed up discovery of these mechanisms. The zebrafish is a highly promising model organism in this field. Here, we report the identification of a chemokine-like gene family, samdori (sam), and present functional characterization of one of its members, sam2 We show exclusive mRNA expression of sam2 in the CNS, predominantly in the dorsal habenula, telencephalon, and hypothalamus...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339486/cell-type-specific-role-for-nucleus-accumbens-neuroligin-2-in-depression-and-stress-susceptibility
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Mitra Heshmati, Hossein Aleyasin, Caroline Menard, Daniel J Christoffel, Meghan E Flanigan, Madeline L Pfau, Georgia E Hodes, Ashley E Lepack, Lucy K Bicks, Aki Takahashi, Ramesh Chandra, Gustavo Turecki, Mary Kay Lobo, Ian Maze, Sam A Golden, Scott J Russo
Behavioral coping strategies are critical for active resilience to stress and depression; here we describe a role for neuroligin-2 (NLGN-2) in the nucleus accumbens (NAc). Neuroligins (NLGN) are a family of neuronal postsynaptic cell adhesion proteins that are constituents of the excitatory and inhibitory synapse. Importantly, NLGN-3 and NLGN-4 mutations are strongly implicated as candidates underlying the development of neuropsychiatric disorders with social disturbances such as autism, but the role of NLGN-2 in neuropsychiatric disease states is unclear...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338461/mtor-dysregulation-and-tuberous-sclerosis-related-epilepsy
#7
Paolo Curatolo, Romina Moavero, Jackelien van Scheppingen, Eleonora Aronica
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway has emerged as a key player for proper neural network development, and it is involved in epileptogenesis triggered by both genetic or acquired factors. Areas covered. The robust mTOR signaling deregulation observed in a large spectrum of epileptogenic developmental pathologies, such as focal cortical dysplasias and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), has been linked to germline and somatic mutations in mTOR pathway regulatory genes, increasing the spectrum of "mTORopathies"...
January 17, 2018: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335774/genomic-trade-offs-are-autism-and-schizophrenia-the-steep-price-of-the-human-brain
#8
J M Sikela, V B Searles Quick
Evolution often deals in genomic trade-offs: changes in the genome that are beneficial overall persist even though they also produce disease in a subset of individuals. Here, we explore the possibility that such trade-offs have occurred as part of the evolution of the human brain. Specifically, we provide support for the possibility that the same key genes that have been major contributors to the rapid evolutionary expansion of the human brain and its exceptional cognitive capacity also, in different combinations, are significant contributors to autism and schizophrenia...
January 15, 2018: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335431/synaptic-localisation-of-srf-coactivators-mkl1-and-mkl2-and-their-role-in-dendritic-spine-morphology
#9
Marisa Kaneda, Hiroyuki Sakagami, Yamato Hida, Toshihisa Ohtsuka, Natsumi Satou, Yuta Ishibashi, Mamoru Fukuchi, Anna Krysiak, Mitsuru Ishikawa, Daisuke Ihara, Katarzyna Kalita, Akiko Tabuchi
The megakaryoblastic leukaemia (MKL) family are serum response factor (SRF) coactivators, which are highly expressed in the brain. Accordingly, MKL plays important roles in dendritic morphology, neuronal migration, and brain development. Further, nucleotide substitutions in the MKL1 and MKL2 genes are found in patients with schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder, respectively. Thus, studies on the precise synaptic localisation and function of MKL in neurons are warranted. In this study, we generated and tested new antibodies that specifically recognise endogenously expressed MKL1 and MKL2 proteins in neurons...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331932/cnv-biology-in-neurodevelopmental-disorders
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REVIEW
Toru Takumi, Kota Tamada
Copy number variants (CNVs), characterized in recent years by cutting-edge technology, add complexity to our knowledge of the human genome. CNVs contribute not only to human diversity but also to different kinds of diseases including neurodevelopmental delay, autism spectrum disorder and neuropsychiatric diseases. Interestingly, many pathogenic CNVs are shared among these diseases. Studies suggest that pathophysiology of disease may not be simply attributed to a single driver gene within a CNV but also that multifactorial effects may be important...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329089/neural-circuit-dysfunction-in-mouse-models-of-neurodevelopmental-disorders
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REVIEW
Isabel Del Pino, Beatriz Rico, Oscar Marín
Neuropsychiatric disorders arise from the alteration of normal brain developmental trajectories disrupting the function of specific neuronal circuits. Recent advances in human genetics have greatly accelerated the identification of genes whose variation increases the susceptibility for neurodevelopmental disorders, most notably for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia. In parallel, experimental studies in animal models-most typically in mice-are beginning to shed light on the role of these genes in the development and function of specific brain circuits...
January 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328915/retrovirus-like-gag-protein-arc1-binds-rna-and-traffics-across-synaptic-boutons
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James Ashley, Benjamin Cordy, Diandra Lucia, Lee G Fradkin, Vivian Budnik, Travis Thomson
Arc/Arg3.1 is required for synaptic plasticity and cognition, and mutations in this gene are linked to autism and schizophrenia. Arc bears a domain resembling retroviral/retrotransposon Gag-like proteins, which multimerize into a capsid that packages viral RNA. The significance of such a domain in a plasticity molecule is uncertain. Here, we report that the Drosophila Arc1 protein forms capsid-like structures that bind darc1 mRNA in neurons and is loaded into extracellular vesicles that are transferred from motorneurons to muscles...
January 11, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327725/whole-genome-sequencing-reveals-principles-of-brain-retrotransposition-in-neurodevelopmental-disorders
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Jasmine Jacob-Hirsch, Eran Eyal, Binyamin A Knisbacher, Jonathan Roth, Karen Cesarkas, Chen Dor, Sarit Farage-Barhom, Vered Kunik, Amos J Simon, Moran Gal, Michal Yalon, Sharon Moshitch-Moshkovitz, Rick Tearle, Shlomi Constantini, Erez Y Levanon, Ninette Amariglio, Gideon Rechavi
Neural progenitor cells undergo somatic retrotransposition events, mainly involving L1 elements, which can be potentially deleterious. Here, we analyze the whole genomes of 20 brain samples and 80 non-brain samples, and characterized the retrotransposition landscape of patients affected by a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders including Rett syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, ataxia-telangiectasia and autism. We report that the number of retrotranspositions in brain tissues is higher than that observed in non-brain samples and even higher in pathologic vs normal brains...
January 12, 2018: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327340/shank3-deficient-thalamocortical-neurons-show-hcn-channelopathy-and-alterations-in-intrinsic-electrical-properties
#14
Mengye Zhu, VinayKumar Idikuda, Jianbing Wang, Fusheng Wei, Virang Kumar, Nikhil Shah, Christopher B Waite, Qinglian Liu, Lei Zhou
Shank3 is a scaffolding protein that is highly enriched in excitatory synapses. Mutations in Shank3 gene have been linked to neuropsychiatric disorders especially the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Shank3 deficiency is known to cause impairments in synaptic transmission, but its effects on basic neuronal electrical properties that are more localized to the soma and proximal dendrites remain unclear. Here we confirmed that in heterologous expression systems two different Shank3 isoforms, Shank3A and Shank3C, significant increase the surface expression of the hyperpolarization-activated, cyclic-nucleotide-gated (HCN) channel...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325626/fragile-x-syndrome-and-fragile-x-associated-tremor-ataxia-syndrome
#15
Deborah A Hall, Elizabeth Berry-Kravis
Fragile X-associated disorders encompass several conditions, which are caused by expansion mutations in the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene. Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited etiology of intellectual disability and results from a full mutation or >200 CGG repeats in FMR1. It is associated with developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, and seizures. Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that occurs in premutation carriers of 55-200 CGG repeats in FMR1 and is characterized by kinetic tremor, gait ataxia, parkinsonism, executive dysfunction, and neuropathy...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325621/genetics-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
#16
Gokul Ramaswami, Daniel H Geschwind
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and stereotyped behaviors. ASD has a strong and complex genetic component, with multiple familial inheritance patterns and an estimate of up to 1000 genes potentially implicated. Over the past decade, genomic technologies have enabled rapid progress in the identification of risk genes for ASD. In this chapter, we review the delineation of ASD disease genes starting from traditional genetic studies such as linkage and association, and then focusing on more recent studies utilizing genomic technologies, such as high-throughput genotyping and exome sequencing...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322246/de-novo-variants-in-setd1b-are-associated-with-intellectual-disability-epilepsy-and-autism
#17
Takuya Hiraide, Mitsuko Nakashima, Kaori Yamoto, Tokiko Fukuda, Mitsuhiro Kato, Hiroko Ikeda, Yoko Sugie, Kazushi Aoto, Tadashi Kaname, Kazuhiko Nakabayashi, Tsutomu Ogata, Naomichi Matsumoto, Hirotomo Saitsu
SETD1B (SET domain containing 1B) is a component of SET1 histone methyltransferase complex, which mediates the methylation of histone H3 on lysine 4 (H3K4). Here, we describe two unrelated individuals with de novo variants in SETD1B identified by trio-based whole exome sequencing: c.5524C>T, p.(Arg1842Trp) and c.5575C>T, p.(Arg1859Cy). The two missense variants occurred at evolutionarily conserved amino acids and are located within the SET domain, which plays a pivotal role in catalyzing histone methylation...
January 10, 2018: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321841/reversed-gender-ratio-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-smith-magenis-syndrome
#18
Heidi Elisabeth Nag, Ann Nordgren, Britt-Marie Anderlid, Terje Nærland
Background: A substantial amount of research shows a higher rate of autistic type of problems in males compared to females. The 4:1 male to female ratio is one of the most consistent findings in autism spectrum disorder (ASD).Lately, the interest in studying ASD in genetic disorders has increased, and research has shown a higher prevalence of ASD in some genetic disorders than in the general population.Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS) is a rare and complex genetic syndrome caused by an interstitial deletion of chromosome 17p11...
2018: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317608/epigenetics-and-cerebral-organoids-promising-directions-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
#19
REVIEW
Sheena Louise Forsberg, Mirolyuba Ilieva, Tanja Maria Michel
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect 1 in 68 children in the US according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is characterized by impairments in social interactions and communication, restrictive and repetitive patterns of behaviors, and interests. Owing to disease complexity, only a limited number of treatment options are available mainly for children that alleviate but do not cure the debilitating symptoms. Studies confirm a genetic link, but environmental factors, such as medications, toxins, and maternal infection during pregnancy, as well as birth complications also play a role...
January 10, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317598/enriched-expression-of-genes-associated-with-autism-spectrum-disorders-in-human-inhibitory-neurons
#20
Ping Wang, Dejian Zhao, Herbert M Lachman, Deyou Zheng
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is highly heritable but genetically heterogeneous. The affected neural circuits and cell types remain unclear and may vary at different developmental stages. By analyzing multiple sets of human single cell transcriptome profiles, we found that ASD candidates showed relatively enriched gene expression in neurons, especially in inhibitory neurons. ASD candidates were also more likely to be the hubs of the co-expression gene module that is highly expressed in inhibitory neurons, a feature not detected for excitatory neurons...
January 10, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
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