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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316753/a-resting-eeg-study-of-neocortical-hyperexcitability-and-altered-functional-connectivity-in-fragile-x-syndrome
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Jun Wang, Lauren E Ethridge, Matthew W Mosconi, Stormi P White, Devin K Binder, Ernest V Pedapati, Craig A Erickson, Matthew J Byerly, John A Sweeney
BACKGROUND: Cortical hyperexcitability due to abnormal fast-spiking inhibitory interneuron function has been documented in fmr1 KO mice, a mouse model of the fragile X syndrome which is the most common single gene cause of autism and intellectual disability. METHODS: We collected resting state dense-array electroencephalography data from 21 fragile X syndrome (FXS) patients and 21 age-matched healthy participants. RESULTS: FXS patients exhibited greater gamma frequency band power, which was correlated with social and sensory processing difficulties...
2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315628/association-of-estrogen-receptor-alpha-polymorphisms-with-symptoms-of-autism-among-chinese-han-children
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OBJECTIVES: Autism has a significant sex difference. This implies that the sex hormones might have effect on autism. Estrogens play an important role in early nervous system development and sex differentiation through estrogen receptors in brain. Thus, we tested the hypothesis that estrogen receptor alpha (ESR1) gene affects the pathogenesis of autism and related symptoms. METHODS: Genotypes of rs11155819 and rs2234693 were determined in boys with autism and normal boys from Chinese Han population...
November 19, 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314733/genetics-implicate-common-mechanisms-in-autism-and-schizophrenia-synaptic-activity-and-immunity
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REVIEW
Xiaoming Liu, Zhengwei Li, Conghai Fan, Dongli Zhang, Jiao Chen
The diagnosis of debilitating psychiatric disorders like autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia (SCHZ) is on the rise. These are severe conditions that lead to social isolation and require lifelong professional care. Improved diagnosis of ASD and SCHZ provides early access to medication and therapy, but the reality is that the mechanisms and the cellular pathology underlying these conditions are mostly unknown at this time. Although both ASD and SCHZ have strong inherited components, genetic risk seems to be distributed in hundreds of variants, each conferring low risk...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304131/copy-number-variation-in-19-italian-multiplex-families-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-importance-of-synaptic-and-neurite-elongation-genes
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Carla Lintas, Chiara Picinelli, Ignazio Stefano Piras, Roberto Sacco, Claudia Brogna, Antonio M Persico
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is endowed with impressive heritability estimates and high recurrence rates. Its genetic underpinnings are nonetheless very heterogeneous, with common, and rare contributing variants located in hundreds of different loci, each characterized by variable levels of penetrance. Multiplex families from single ethnic groups represent a useful means to reduce heterogeneity and enhance genetic load. We screened 19 Italian ASD multiplex families (3 triplets and 16 duplets, total N = 41 ASD subjects), using array-CGH (Agilent 180 K)...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302071/sex-differences-in-the-molecular-signature-of-the-developing-mouse-hippocampus
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Joseph L Bundy, Cynthia Vied, Richard S Nowakowski
BACKGROUND: A variety of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, major depressive disorder, dyslexia and autism, are differentially prevalent between females and males. To better understand the possible molecular basis for the sex-biased nature of neurological disorders, we used a developmental series of female and male mice at 1, 2, and 4 months of age to assess both mRNA and protein in the hippocampus with RNA-sequencing and mass-spectrometry, respectively...
March 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301775/the-microbiome-and-host-behavior
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Helen E Vuong, Jessica M Yano, Thomas C Fung, Elaine Y Hsiao
The microbiota is increasingly recognized for its ability to influence the development and function of the nervous system and several complex host behaviors. In this review, we discuss emerging roles for the gut microbiota in modulating host social and communicative behavior, stressor-induced behavior, and performance in learning and memory tasks. We summarize effects of the microbiota on host neurophysiology, including brain microstructure, gene expression, and neurochemical metabolism across regions of the amygdala, hippocampus, frontal cortex, and hypothalamus...
March 8, 2017: Annual Review of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299627/analysis-of-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-gene-methylation-in-autistic-males-in-a-chinese-han-population
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Xuelai Wang, Shuang Liang, Yi Sun, Haixin Li, Fumio Endo, Mitsuyoshi Nakao, Noriko Saitoh, Lijie Wu
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopment disorder with abnormalities of social interaction, communication and repetitive behaviors. The higher prevalence of ASD in men implies a potential relationship between sex hormones and ASD etiology. The ESR2 gene encodes estrogen receptor beta (ESR2) and plays an important role during brain development. A relationship between ESR2 and ASD has been suggested by studies on single nucleotide polymorphisms and mRNA and protein expression levels in ASD patients...
March 16, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297715/autism-gene-ube3a-and-seizures-impair-sociability-by-repressing-vta-cbln1
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Vaishnav Krishnan, David C Stoppel, Yi Nong, Mark A Johnson, Monica J S Nadler, Ekim Ozkaynak, Brian L Teng, Ikue Nagakura, Fahim Mohammad, Michael A Silva, Sally Peterson, Tristan J Cruz, Ekkehard M Kasper, Ramy Arnaout, Matthew P Anderson
Maternally inherited 15q11-13 chromosomal triplications cause a frequent and highly penetrant type of autism linked to increased gene dosages of UBE3A, which encodes a ubiquitin ligase with transcriptional co-regulatory functions. Here, using in vivo mouse genetics, we show that increasing UBE3A in the nucleus downregulates the glutamatergic synapse organizer Cbln1, which is needed for sociability in mice. Epileptic seizures also repress Cbln1 and are found to expose sociability impairments in mice with asymptomatic increases in UBE3A...
March 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296079/magel2-knockout-mice-manifest-altered-social-phenotypes-and-a-deficit-in-preference-for-social-novelty
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Michael D Fountain, Huifang Tao, Chun-An Chen, Jiani Yin, Christian P Schaaf
MAGEL2 is one of five protein-coding, maternally imprinted, paternally expressed genes in the Prader-Willi syndrome-critical domain on chromosome 15q11-q13. Truncating pathogenic variants of MAGEL2 cause Schaaf-Yang syndrome (OMIM #615547), a neurodevelopmental disorder related to Prader-Willi syndrome. Affected individuals manifest a spectrum of neurocognitive and behavioral phenotypes, including intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Magel2 knockout mice carrying a maternally inherited, imprinted wildtype allele and a paternally inherited Magel2-lacZ knock-in allele, which abolishes endogenous Magel2 gene function, exhibit several features reminiscent of the human Prader-Willi phenotypes, including neonatal growth retardation, excessive weight gain after weaning, and increased adiposity in adulthood...
March 13, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293480/the-role-of-genes-intelligence-personality-and-social-engagement-in-cognitive-performance-in-klinefelter-syndrome
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Anne Skakkebæk, Philip J Moore, Anders Degn Pedersen, Anders Bojesen, Maria Krarup Kristensen, Jens Fedder, Peter Laurberg, Jens Michael Hertz, John Rosendahl Østergaard, Mikkel Wallentin, Claus Højbjerg Gravholt
INTRODUCTION: The determinants of cognitive deficits among individuals with Klinefelter syndrome (KS) are not well understood. This study was conducted to assess the impact of general intelligence, personality, and social engagement on cognitive performance among patients with KS and a group of controls matched for age and years of education. METHODS: Sixty-nine patients with KS and 69 controls were assessed in terms of IQ, NEO personality inventory, the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) scale, and measures of cognitive performance reflecting working memory and executive function...
March 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289594/a-9-year-old-girl-with-phelan-mcdermid-syndrome-who-had-been-diagnosed-with-an-autism-spectrum-disorder
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I Görker, H Gürkan, S Demir Ulusal, E Atlı, E Ikbal Atlı
Phelan McDermid Syndrome (PHMDS) (OMIM #606232), is a contiguous gene disorder resulting from deletion of the distal long arm of chromosome 22. The 22q13.3 deletions and mutations that lead to a loss of a functional copy of SHANK3 (OMIM *606230) cause the syndrome, characterized by moderate to profound intellectual disability, severely delayed or absent speech, hypotonia, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or ASD traits. In this study, we present the case of a 9-year-old girl who had earlier been diagnosed with an ASD...
December 1, 2016: Balkan Journal of Medical Genetics: BJMG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289584/mutation-analysis-of-the-nrxn1-gene-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
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H Onay, D Kacamak, A N Kavasoglu, B Akgun, M Yalcinli, S Kose, B Ozbaran
The aim of this study was to identify the sequence mutations in the Neurexin 1 (NRXN1) gene that has been considered as one of the strong candidate genes. A total of 30 children and adolescents (aged 3-18) with non syndromic autism were enrolled this study. Sequencing of the coding exons and the exon-intron boundaries of the NRXN1 gene was performed. Two known mutations were described in two different cases. Heterozygous S14L was determined in one patient and heterozygous L748I was determined in another patient...
December 1, 2016: Balkan Journal of Medical Genetics: BJMG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289282/the-schizophrenia-and-autism-associated-gene-transcription-factor-4-regulates-the-columnar-distribution-of-layer-2-3-prefrontal-pyramidal-neurons-in-an-activity-dependent-manner
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S C Page, G R Hamersky, R A Gallo, M D Rannals, N E Calcaterra, M N Campbell, B Mayfield, A Briley, B N Phan, A E Jaffe, B J Maher
Disruption of the laminar and columnar organization of the brain is implicated in several psychiatric disorders. Here, we show in utero gain-of-function of the psychiatric risk gene transcription factor 4 (TCF4) severely disrupts the columnar organization of medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) in a transcription- and activity-dependent manner. This morphological phenotype was rescued by co-expression of TCF4 plus calmodulin in a calcium-dependent manner and by dampening neuronal excitability through co-expression of an inwardly rectifying potassium channel (Kir2...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289279/next-gen-sequencing-identifies-non-coding-variation-disrupting-mirna-binding-sites-in-neurological-disorders
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P Devanna, X S Chen, J Ho, D Gajewski, S D Smith, A Gialluisi, C Francks, S E Fisher, D F Newbury, S C Vernes
Understanding the genetic factors underlying neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders is a major challenge given their prevalence and potential severity for quality of life. While large-scale genomic screens have made major advances in this area, for many disorders the genetic underpinnings are complex and poorly understood. To date the field has focused predominantly on protein coding variation, but given the importance of tightly controlled gene expression for normal brain development and disorder, variation that affects non-coding regulatory regions of the genome is likely to play an important role in these phenotypes...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288114/disruption-of-the-atxn1-cic-complex-causes-a-spectrum-of-neurobehavioral-phenotypes-in-mice-and-humans
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Hsiang-Chih Lu, Qiumin Tan, Maxime W C Rousseaux, Wei Wang, Ji-Yoen Kim, Ronald Richman, Ying-Wooi Wan, Szu-Ying Yeh, Jay M Patel, Xiuyun Liu, Tao Lin, Yoontae Lee, John D Fryer, Jing Han, Maria Chahrour, Richard H Finnell, Yunping Lei, Maria E Zurita-Jimenez, Priyanka Ahimaz, Kwame Anyane-Yeboa, Lionel Van Maldergem, Daphne Lehalle, Nolwenn Jean-Marcais, Anne-Laure Mosca-Boidron, Julien Thevenon, Margot A Cousin, Della E Bro, Brendan C Lanpher, Eric W Klee, Nora Alexander, Matthew N Bainbridge, Harry T Orr, Roy V Sillitoe, M Cecilia Ljungberg, Zhandong Liu, Christian P Schaaf, Huda Y Zoghbi
Gain-of-function mutations in some genes underlie neurodegenerative conditions, whereas loss-of-function mutations in the same genes have distinct phenotypes. This appears to be the case with the protein ataxin 1 (ATXN1), which forms a transcriptional repressor complex with capicua (CIC). Gain of function of the complex leads to neurodegeneration, but ATXN1-CIC is also essential for survival. We set out to understand the functions of the ATXN1-CIC complex in the developing forebrain and found that losing this complex results in hyperactivity, impaired learning and memory, and abnormal maturation and maintenance of upper-layer cortical neurons...
March 13, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287497/role-of-genetics-in-the-etiology-of-autistic-spectrum-disorder-towards-a-hierarchical-diagnostic-strategy
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REVIEW
Cyrille Robert, Laurent Pasquier, David Cohen, Mélanie Fradin, Roberto Canitano, Léna Damaj, Sylvie Odent, Sylvie Tordjman
Progress in epidemiological, molecular and clinical genetics with the development of new techniques has improved knowledge on genetic syndromes associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The objective of this article is to show the diversity of genetic disorders associated with ASD (based on an extensive review of single-gene disorders, copy number variants, and other chromosomal disorders), and consequently to propose a hierarchical diagnostic strategy with a stepwise evaluation, helping general practitioners/pediatricians and child psychiatrists to collaborate with geneticists and neuropediatricians, in order to search for genetic disorders associated with ASD...
March 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284582/the-association-of-cntnap2-rs7794745-gene-polymorphism-and-autism-in-iranian-population
#17
Sahar Zare, Farhad Mashayekhi, Elham Bidabadi
Autism is a heterogeneous and multifactorial disease that results from the interaction between genetic vulnerability and environmental factors. Several studies showed that many of genes that play role in autism are component of signaling networks that regulate growth and synaptic plasticity, play an important role in the etiology of autism. Contactin associated-like 2 (CNTNAP2) gene is a member of the superfamily of synaptic adhesion proteins and encodes a scaffold protein called CASPR2 that is involved in the interaction of neuron-glia and clusters K(+) channels in myelinated axons...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283809/genes-related-to-oxytocin-and-arginine-vasopressin-pathways-associations-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
#18
REVIEW
Rong Zhang, Hong-Feng Zhang, Ji-Sheng Han, Song-Ping Han
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly heritable neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by impaired social interactions, communication deficits, and repetitive behavior. Although the mechanisms underlying its etiology and manifestations are poorly understood, several lines of evidence from rodent and human studies suggest involvement of the evolutionarily highly-conserved oxytocin (OXT) and arginine-vasopressin (AVP), as these neuropeptides modulate various aspects of mammalian social behavior. As far as we know, there is no comprehensive review of the roles of the OXT and AVP systems in the development of ASD from the genetic aspect...
April 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281572/genome-wide-copy-number-variation-analysis-in-a-chinese-autism-spectrum-disorder-cohort
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Hui Guo, Yu Peng, Zhengmao Hu, Ying Li, Guanglei Xun, Jianjun Ou, Liangdan Sun, Zhimin Xiong, Yanling Liu, Tianyun Wang, Jingjing Chen, Lu Xia, Ting Bai, Yidong Shen, Qi Tian, Yiqiao Hu, Lu Shen, Rongjuan Zhao, Xuejun Zhang, Fengyu Zhang, Jingping Zhao, Xiaobing Zou, Kun Xia
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) describes a group of neurodevelopmental disorders with high heritability, although the underlying genetic determinants of ASDs remain largely unknown. Large-scale whole-genome studies of copy number variation in Han Chinese samples are still lacking. We performed a genome-wide copy number variation analysis of 343 ASD trios, 203 patients with sporadic cases and 988 controls in a Chinese population using Illumina genotyping platforms to identify CNVs and related genes that may contribute to ASD risk...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277568/neurodevelopmental-perspectives-on-wnt-signaling-in-psychiatry
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REVIEW
Kimberly A Mulligan, Benjamin N R Cheyette
Mounting evidence indicates that Wnt signaling is relevant to pathophysiology of diverse mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism spectrum disorder. In the 35 years since Wnt ligands were first described, animal studies have richly explored how downstream Wnt signaling pathways affect an array of neurodevelopmental processes and how their disruption can lead to both neurological and behavioral phenotypes. Recently, human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) models have begun to contribute to this literature while pushing it in increasingly translational directions...
February 2017: Molecular Neuropsychiatry
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