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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163124/the-search-for-an-effective-therapy-to-treat-fragile-x-syndrome-dream-or-reality
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Sara Castagnola, Barbara Bardoni, Thomas Maurin
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is the most common form of intellectual disability and a primary cause of autism. It originates from the lack of the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein (FMRP), which is an RNA-binding protein encoded by the Fragile X Mental Retardation Gene 1 (FMR1) gene. Multiple roles have been attributed to this protein, ranging from RNA transport (from the nucleus to the cytoplasm, but also along neurites) to translational control of mRNAs. Over the last 20 years many studies have found a large number of FMRP mRNA targets, but it is still not clear which are those playing a critical role in the etiology of FXS...
2017: Frontiers in Synaptic Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162653/de-novo-variants-in-ebf3-are-associated-with-hypotonia-developmental-delay-intellectual-disability-and-autism
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Akemi J Tanaka, Megan T Cho, Rebecca Willaert, Kyle Retterer, Yuri A Zarate, Katie Bosanko, Vikki Stefans, Kimihiko Oishi, Amy Williamson, Golder N Wilson, Alice Basinger, Tina Barbaro-Dieber, Lucia Ortega, Susanna Sorrentino, Melissa K Gabriel, Ilse J Anderson, Maria J Guillen Sacoto, Rhonda E Schnur, Wendy K Chung
Using whole-exome sequencing, we identified seven unrelated individuals with global developmental delay, hypotonia, dysmorphic facial features, and an increased frequency of short stature, ataxia, and autism with de novo heterozygous frameshift, nonsense, splice, and missense variants in the Early B-cell Transcription Factor Family Member 3 (EBF3) gene. EBF3 is a member of the collier/olfactory-1/early B-cell factor (COE) family of proteins, which are required for central nervous system (CNS) development. COE proteins are highly evolutionarily conserved and regulate neuronal specification, migration, axon guidance, and dendritogenesis during development and are essential for maintaining neuronal identity in adult neurons...
November 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162042/novel-intragenic-deletions-within-the-ube3a-gene-in-two-unrelated-patients-with-angelman-syndrome-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Cinthia Aguilera, Marina Viñas-Jornet, Neus Baena, Elisabeth Gabau, Concepción Fernández, Nuria Capdevila, Sanja Cirkovic, Adrijan Sarajlija, Marijana Miskovic, Danijela Radivojevic, Anna Ruiz, Miriam Guitart
BACKGROUND: Patients with Angelman syndrome (AS) are affected by severe intellectual disability with absence of speech, distinctive dysmorphic craniofacial features, ataxia and a characteristic behavioral phenotype. AS is caused by the lack of expression in neurons of the UBE3A gene, which is located in the 15q11.2-q13 imprinted region. Functional loss of UBE3A is due to 15q11.2-q13 deletion, mutations in the UBE3A gene, paternal uniparental disomy and genomic imprinting defects. CASE PRESENTATION: We report here two patients with clinical features of AS referred to our hospital for clinical follow-up and genetic diagnosis...
November 21, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160022/first-prenatal-diagnosis-of-a-pure-9q34-3-deletion-kleefstra-syndrome-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Sarah Guterman, Bérénice Hervé, Julie Rivière, Delphine Fauvert, Patrice Clement, François Vialard
Kleefstra syndrome (KS) is characterized by developmental delay, intellectual disability, hypotonia and distinct facial features. Additional clinical features include congenital heart defects, cerebral abnormalities, urogenital defects and weight gain. The syndrome is caused by a microdeletion in chromosomal region 9q34.3 (in 85% of cases) or by a mutation in the EHMT1 gene coding for euchromatin histone methyltransferase 1. The prenatal phenotype has not yet been characterized. Herein, we sought to define this phenotype on the basis of a new case report and literature review...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159987/med13l-loss-of-function-variants-in-two-patients-with-syndromic-pierre-robin-sequence
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Christopher T Gordon, Maya Chopra, Myriam Oufadem, Olivier Alibeu, Marc Bras, Nathalie Boddaert, Christine Bole-Feysot, Patrick Nitschké, Véronique Abadie, Stanislas Lyonnet, Jeanne Amiel
We report two unrelated patients with Pierre Robin sequence (PRS) and a strikingly similar combination of associated features. Whole exome sequencing was performed for both patients. No single gene containing likely pathogenic point mutations in both patients could be identified, but the finding of an essential splice site mutation in mediator complex subunit 13 like (MED13L) in one patient prompted the investigation of copy number variants in MED13L in the other, leading to the identification of an intragenic deletion...
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159890/whole-exome-sequencing-reveals-a-mutation-in-armc9-as-a-cause-of-mental-retardation-ptosis-and-polydactyly
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Anjana Kar, Shubha R Phadke, Aneek Das Bhowmik, Ashwin Dalal
Intellectual disability (ID) refers to deficits in mental abilities, social behavior, and motor skills to perform activities of daily living as compared to peers. Numerous genetic and environmental factors may be responsible for ID. We report on elucidation of molecular basis for syndromic ID associated with ptosis, polydactyly, and MRI features suggestive of Joubert syndrome using homozygosity mapping followed by exome sequencing. The analysis revealed a novel synonymous variation p.T293T (c.879G>A) which leads to a splicing defect in ARMC9 gene...
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152164/mutations-in-rab39b-in-individuals-with-intellectual-disability-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-macrocephaly
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Marc Woodbury-Smith, Eric Deneault, Ryan K C Yuen, Susan Walker, Mehdi Zarrei, Giovanna Pellecchia, Jennifer L Howe, Ny Hoang, Mohammed Uddin, Christian R Marshall, Christina Chrysler, Ann Thompson, Peter Szatmari, Stephen W Scherer
Background: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a developmental disorder of early childhood onset, affects males four times more frequently than females, suggesting a role for the sex chromosomes. In this study, we describe a family with ASD in which a predicted pathogenic nonsense mutation in the X-chromosome gene RAB39B segregates with ASD phenotype. Methods: Clinical phenotyping, microarray, and whole genome sequencing (WGS) were performed on the five members of this family...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151084/formal-neurocognitive-testing-in-60-patients-with-congenital-hyperinsulinism
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Anja Ludwig, Simone Enke, Janine Heindorf, Susann Empting, Thomas Meissner, Klaus Mohnike
BACKGROUND: Congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) is hallmarked by persistent hypoketotic hypoglycemia in infancy. In the majority of all patients, CHI is caused by mutations in the KATP channel genes ABCC8 and KCNJ11, but other genes in the insulin-regulatory pathway have also been described. Repeated episodes of hypoglycemia include an increased risk of seizures and intellectual disability. So far, controlled psychometric studies on cognitive, motor, speech, and social-emotional outcome of CHI patients are missing...
November 17, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142765/duplication-of-19p13-3-in-11-year-old-male-patient-with-dysmorphic-features-and-intellectual-disability-a-review
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Irina Novikova, Paushpala Sen, Ann Manzardo, Merlin G Butler
We present a clinical report of an 11-year-old male patient with an interstitial duplication of 19p13.3 (829 kb in size) at genomic coordinates 3,804,495-4,033,722 bp (hg19) identified by chromosomal microarray analysis and review the literature from nine published reports adding knowledge regarding this chromosomal anomaly and clinical outcomes. The size of the duplication ranged from 0.83 to 8.9 Mb in the nine individuals. The young boy in our report was dysmorphic with microcephaly, abnormal craniofacial features, intellectual disability, aggression, and a heart murmur...
December 2017: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141583/clinical-and-molecular-genetic-characterization-of-familial-mecp2-duplication-syndrome-in-a-chinese-family
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Xiaoyan Li, Hua Xie, Qian Chen, Xiongying Yu, Zhaoshi Yi, Erzhen Li, Ting Zhang, Jian Wang, Jianmin Zhong, Xiaoli Chen
BACKGROUND: Chromosomal duplication at the Xq28 region including the MECP2 gene, share consistent clinical phenotypes and a distinct facial phenotype known as MECP2 duplication syndrome. The typical clinical features include infantile hypotonia , mild dysmorphic features, a broad range of neurodevelopmental disorders, recurrent infections, and progressive spasticity. METHODS: This Chinese MECP2 duplication syndrome family includes six patients (five males and one female), and four asymptomatic female carriers...
November 15, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141312/-clinical-manifestation-and-gene-analyses-of-15-patients-with-intellectual-disability-or-developmental-delay-complicated-with-congenital-nystagmus
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Z J Gao, Q Jiang, Q Chen, K M Xu, Z Q Liu, X B Chen, X L Chen
Objective: To analyze the clinical and genetic features of 15 cases with intellectual disability or developmental delay (ID/DD) complicated with congenital nystagmus. Method: The clinical characteristics and the results of laboratory tests, images and genetics of 15 patients with ID/DD complicated with congenital nystagmus, confirmed by gene diagnosis in the Department of Neurology, Children's Hospital Affiliated to Capital Institute of Pediatrics from March 2015 to October 2016, were retrospectively analyzed...
November 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141250/a-small-supernumerary-marker-derived-from-the-pericentromeric-region-of-chromosome-5-case-report-and-delineation-of-partial-trisomy-5p-phenotype
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Letizia Camerota, Mariabernarda Pitzianti, Diana Postorivo, Anna M Nardone, Claudio Ligas, Costanzo Moretti, Augusto Pasini, Francesco Brancati
A 17-year-old girl presented with a distinct phenotype mainly featuring craniofacial dysmorphism, including a disproportioned large, round, elongated face; hypertelorism; deep-set eyes with short palpebral fissures; obesity (BMI 37), and a neuropsychiatric disorder with high-functioning autism. Postnatal conventional cytogenetic analyses from peripheral blood revealed a mosaic small supernumerary marker chromosome (sSMC) with a mos 47,XX,+mar[7]/46,XX[43] karyotype. By cenM-FISH technique, the sSMC was identified as a ring derivative of chromosome 5...
November 16, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141232/foxp1-promotes-embryonic-neural-stem-cell-differentiation-by-repressing-jagged1-expression
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Luca Braccioli, Stephin J Vervoort, Youri Adolfs, Cobi J Heijnen, Onur Basak, R Jeroen Pasterkamp, Cora H Nijboer, Paul J Coffer
Mutations in FOXP1 have been linked to neurodevelopmental disorders including intellectual disability and autism; however, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain ill-defined. Here, we demonstrate with RNA and chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing that FOXP1 directly regulates genes controlling neurogenesis. We show that FOXP1 is expressed in embryonic neural stem cells (NSCs), and modulation of FOXP1 expression affects both neuron and astrocyte differentiation. Using a murine model of cortical development, FOXP1-knockdown in utero was found to reduce NSC differentiation and migration during corticogenesis...
November 14, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133852/nitrosynapsin-therapy-for-a-mouse-mef2c-haploinsufficiency-model-of-human-autism
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Shichun Tu, Mohd Waseem Akhtar, Rosa Maria Escorihuela, Alejandro Amador-Arjona, Vivek Swarup, James Parker, Jeffrey D Zaremba, Timothy Holland, Neha Bansal, Daniel R Holohan, Kevin Lopez, Scott D Ryan, Shing Fai Chan, Li Yan, Xiaofei Zhang, Xiayu Huang, Abdullah Sultan, Scott R McKercher, Rajesh Ambasudhan, Huaxi Xu, Yuqiang Wang, Daniel H Geschwind, Amanda J Roberts, Alexey V Terskikh, Robert A Rissman, Eliezer Masliah, Stuart A Lipton, Nobuki Nakanishi
Transcription factor MEF2C regulates multiple genes linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and human MEF2C haploinsufficiency results in ASD, intellectual disability, and epilepsy. However, molecular mechanisms underlying MEF2C haploinsufficiency syndrome remain poorly understood. Here we report that Mef2c (+/-)(Mef2c-het) mice exhibit behavioral deficits resembling those of human patients. Gene expression analyses on brains from these mice show changes in genes associated with neurogenesis, synapse formation, and neuronal cell death...
November 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133437/abnormal-microglia-and-enhanced-inflammation-related-gene-transcription-in-mice-with-conditional-deletion-of-ctcf-in-camk2a-cre-expressing-neurons
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Bryan E McGill, Ruteja A Barve, Susan E Maloney, Amy Strickland, Nicholas Rensing, Peter Wang, Michael Wong, Richard Head, David F Wozniak, Jeffrey Milbrandt
CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) is an 11 zinc finger DNA-binding domain protein that regulates gene expression by modifying three dimensional chromatin structure. Human mutations in CTCF cause intellectual disability and autistic features. Knocking out Ctcf in mouse embryonic neurons is lethal by neonatal age, but the effects of CTCF deficiency in postnatal neurons are less well studied. We knocked out Ctcf postnatally in glutamatergic forebrain neurons under the control of Camk2a-CreCtcf(loxP/loxP) ;Camk2a-Cre+ (Ctcf CKO) mice of both sexes were viable and exhibited profound deficits in spatial learning/memory, impaired motor co-ordination, and decreased sociability by 4 months of age...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132461/-clinical-features-of-rubinstein-taybi-syndrome-and-novel-mutation-in-the-crebbp-gene-an-analysis-of-one-case
#16
Yuan Li, Shan He, Hong-Ling Zhu
The patient was a girl aged 3 years and 8 months with normal body length and body weight at birth. The girl had feeding difficulty after birth. Her height, body weight, and head circumference were below the 3rd percentile. She had intellectual disability and an unusual facies manifesting as arched shaggy eyebrows, down-slanting palpebral fissures, and broad nasal bridge, but had no a beaked nose, broad thumbs, or big toes. These clinical manifestations were basically consistent with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome (RSTS)...
November 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130599/interstitial-microdeletion-of-17q11-2-is-associated-with-hypotonia-fatigue-intellectual-disability-and-a-subtle-facial-phenotype-in-three-unrelated-patients
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Deborah Osio, Julia Rankin, Hannele Koillinen, Adele Reynolds, Hilde Van Esch
Over the past decade chromosomal microarray analysis (array CGH) has allowed the discovery of many novel disease-causing recurrent microdeletion and microduplication syndromes. Here we present three unrelated patients (2F; 1M) from three different countries, with developmental delay, intellectual disability, hypotonia, fatigue, and highly similar dysmorphic facial features. Shared facial features are a broad and wide forehead, similar shape of the eyes with long palpebral fissures, a bulbous tip of the nose and thick lips...
November 12, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130122/arhgef9-mutations-in-epileptic-encephalopathy-intellectual-disability-toward-understanding-the-mechanism-underlying-phenotypic-variation
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Jing-Yang Wang, Peng Zhou, Jie Wang, Bin Tang, Tao Su, Xiao-Rong Liu, Bing-Mei Li, Heng Meng, Yi-Wu Shi, Yong-Hong Yi, Na He, Wei-Ping Liao
ARHGEF9 resides on Xq11.1 and encodes collybistin, which is crucial in gephyrin clustering and GABAA receptor localization. ARHGEF9 mutations have been identified in patients with heterogeneous phenotypes, including epilepsy of variable severity and intellectual disability. However, the mechanism underlying phenotype variation is unknown. Using next-generation sequencing, we identified a novel mutation, c.868C > T/p.R290C, which co-segregated with epileptic encephalopathy, and validated its association with epileptic encephalopathy...
November 13, 2017: Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128679/early-onset-epileptic-encephalopathy-with-de-novo-scn8a-mutation
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Yangyang Xiao, Jie Xiong, Ding'an Mao, Lingjuan Liu, Jian Li, Xingfang Li, Haiyan Luo, Liqun Liu
Early-onset epileptic encephalopathies (EOEEs) are clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorders characterized by intractable seizures and unremitting interictal paroxysmal epileptiform activity. Consequently, these syndromes impair neurodevelopment during the first year of life. Currently, the etiology of these disorders is largely unknown. In this study, Childhood-Onset Epilepsy Gene Panel Testing (containing 511 epilepsy-related genes) was performed in a parent-offspring trio. In this family, the son had refractory seizures, intellectual disability, and motor abnormalities, and he was diagnosed with EOEE...
October 28, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127725/a-loss-of-function-homozygous-mutation-in-ddx59-implicates-a-conserved-dead-box-rna-helicase-in-nervous-system-development-and-function
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Vincenzo Salpietro, Stephanie Efthymiou, Andreea Manole, Bhawana Maurya, Sarah Wiethoff, Balasubramaniem Ashokkumar, Maria Concetta Cutrupi, Valeria Dipasquale, Sara Manti, Juan A Botia, Mina Ryten, Jana Vandrovcova, Oscar D Bello, Conceicao Bettencourt, Kshitij Mankad, Ashim Mukherjee, Mousumi Mutsuddi, Henry Houlden
We report on a homozygous frameshift deletion in DDX59 (c.185del: p.Phe62fs*13) in a family presenting with oro-facio-digital syndrome phenotype associated to a broad neurological involvement characterized by microcephaly, intellectual disability, epilepsy, and white matter signal abnormalities associated with cortical and sub-cortical ischemic events. DDX59 encodes a DEAD-box RNA helicase and its role in brain function and neurological diseases is unclear. We showed a reduction of mutant cDNA and perturbation of SHH signalling from patient-derived cell lines; furthermore, analysis of human brain gene expression provides evidence that DDX59 is enriched in oligodendrocytes and might act within pathways of leukoencephalopathies associated genes...
November 11, 2017: Human Mutation
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