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Williams syndrome mental retardation

William L Zeile, Helen C McCune, Donald G Musson, Brian O'Donnell, Charles A O'Neill, Laurie S Tsuruda, Roberto T Zori, Philip J Laipis
BACKGROUND: Untreated Phenylketonuria (PKU), one of the most common human genetic disorders, usually results in mental retardation. While a protein-restricted artificial diet can prevent retardation, dietary compliance in adults is often poor. In pregnant PKU women, noncompliance can result in maternal PKU syndrome, where high phenylalanine (Phe) levels cause severe fetal complications. Enzyme substitution therapy using phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL) corrects PKU in BTBR phenylalanine hydroxylase (Pahenu2) mutant mice, suggesting a potential for maternal PKU syndrome treatment in humans...
December 21, 2017: Pediatric Research
İsmihan Selen Onan, Erkut Öztürk, Aylin Demirel Başgöze, Ayse Çicek, Burak Onan
Williams syndrome is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by mental retardation, growth deficiency, hypercalcemia, cardiac defects, and a distinctive facial appearance. Cardiovascular abnormalities are present in approximately 80% of Williams syndrome patients. Surgical treatment is generally performed for supravalvular aortic stenosis, aortic coarctation, pulmonary artery stenosis, or ventricular septal defect. In rare cases, diffuse hypoplasia of the aortic arch with a normal left ventricular outflow tract and ascending aorta may be diagnosed in early childhood...
December 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Györgyi Miklós, György Fekete, Irén Haltrich, Miklós Tóth, Péter Reismann
Williams syndrome is a rare genetic disorder, that occurs equally in all ethnic groups and both sexes. The diagnosis might be missed during childhood in mild cases. However, establishing the diagnosis is important, not only to find the cause of intellectual disability but to look for cardiovascular, endocrine, psychiatry, urology and other conditions, which can occur at any age in the patients' lifetime. This case report presents the story of 47-year-old woman, who was admitted with haematemesis. During her stay on the ward, in the light of the distinctive facial features, mental retardation, and social behaviour patterns, the possibility of Williams syndrome emerged...
November 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
S Q Wang, Z X Yang, H Li
To explore the clinical and genetic characteristics of Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) and to raise awareness of the disease. The characteristics of clinical manifestations, personal history, cardiac ultrasound, brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalogram (EEG) and chromosome detection results of two cases with WBS were analyzed. The two patients were both male and the age was 11 months and 1 day, and 9 months and 9 days, respectively. They both suffered from cardiovascular malformation: case one presented supravalvular aortic stenosis, and case two showed atrial septal defect and patent ductus arteriosus...
October 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Jessica D Hanson, Tess L Weber
Prenatal alcohol consumption is a public health concern due to potential lifelong physical and cognitive effects in offspring, often presenting in the form of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or other fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). FASD is the continuum of lifelong outcomes in those born prenatally exposed to alcohol and includes a diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which is diagnosed through facial abnormalities, growth retardation, and delayed brain growth (Hoyme et al., 2016), as well as secondary disabilities such as conduct disorders, mental illness, and psychosocial functioning...
October 10, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
V Maurino, L Azzi, R Vinci, F Croveri, A Boggio, J Silvestre-Rangil, L Tettamanti, A Tagliabue
Williams Syndrome is a rare congenital disorder characterized by supravalvular aortic stenosis, peripheral pulmonary artery stenosis, mental retard and dysmorfic facial features. As regards the dental aspects of the syndrome, the deletion of the elastin gene induced clinicians to suspect periodontal alterations with a greater frequency of gingivo-periodontitis, but on the contrary no association between the syndrome and periodontal diseases have been found. Furthermore, patients show a higher frequency of teeth hypoplasia, an abnormal tooth morphology during primary dentition (12...
April 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Jennifer J Siegel, Raymond A Chitwood, James M Ding, Clayton Payne, William Taylor, Richard Gray, Boris V Zemelman, Daniel Johnston
Fragile X Syndrome (FX) is generally considered a developmental disorder, arising from a mutation that disrupts the transcription of Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein (FMRP). However, FMRP regulates the transcription of other proteins and participates in an unknown number of protein-protein interactions throughout life. In addition to known developmental issues, it is thus likely that some dysfunction is also due to the ongoing absence of FMRP. Dissociating dysfunction due to developmental dysregulation from dysfunction due to the continued absence of FMRP is necessary to understand the different roles of FMRP and to treat patients effectively throughout life...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
David Guenat, Giuseppe Merla, Eric Deconinck, Christophe Borg, Pierre-Simon Rohrlich
Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS, no. OMIM 194050) is a rare multisystem genetic disorder caused by a microdeletion on chromosome 7q11.23 and characterized by cardiovascular malformations, mental retardation, and a specific facial dysmorphism. Recently, we reported that a series of non‑Hodgkin's lymphoma occurs in children with WBS and thus hypothesized that a predisposition to cancer may be associated with this genetic disorder. The aim of the present study was to ascertain the role played by three genes hemizygously deleted in WBS (RFC2, GTF2I and BAZ1B) in DNA damage response pathways...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Shijun Hu, Yifeng Yang, Lin Liu, Zhiping Tan, Tianli Zhao
The present study aimed to identify the mutation causing an atypical syndrome. High-resolution single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays are considered to be a major detection method for submicroscopic chromosomal rearrangements smaller than 5 Mb in size. Genomic DNA samples of the patient and his parents were converted to a final concentration of 50 ng/ml. The Illumina BeadScan genotyping system and the HumanOmni1‑Quad Chip were employed to obtain the signal intensities of SNP probes. The patient presented with congenital heart disease, autism, mental retardation, growth retardation, hypercalcemia, nephroliths and cleft palate...
May 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
David Guenat, Giuseppe Merla, Eric Deconinck, Christophe Borg, Pierre-Simon Rohrlich
Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS, no. OMIM 194050) is a rare multisystem genetic disorder caused by a microdeletion on chromosome 7q11.23 and characterized by cardiovascular malformations, mental retardation, and a specific facial dysmorphism. Recently, we reported that a series of non‑Hodgkin's lymphoma occurs in children with WBS and thus hypothesized that a predisposition to cancer may be associated with this genetic disorder. The aim of the present study was to ascertain the role played by three genes hemizygously deleted in WBS (RFC2, GTF2I and BAZ1B) in DNA damage response pathways...
March 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Jiao Li, Juan Du, Huayu Fu, Jin Wang, Zhou Yu
OBJECTIVE: To apply single nucleotide polymorphism array (SNP-array) for the diagnosis of Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) in a patient. METHODS: Chromosome G-banding and SNP-array were used to analyze a girl featuring mental retardation. RESULTS: The karyotypes of the child and her parents were all normal, but SNP-array showed a 1.9 Mb deletion at 7q11.23 in the patient. The same deletion was not found in her parents. CONCLUSION: The mental retardation and special facies of the girl were probably due to the 7q11...
August 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
Adriana M Montaño, Ngu Lock-Hock, Robert D Steiner, Brett H Graham, Marina Szlago, Robert Greenstein, Mercedes Pineda, Antonio Gonzalez-Meneses, Mahmut Çoker, Dennis Bartholomew, Mark S Sands, Raymond Wang, Roberto Giugliani, Alfons Macaya, Gregory Pastores, Anastasia K Ketko, Fatih Ezgü, Akemi Tanaka, Laila Arash, Michael Beck, Rena E Falk, Kaustuv Bhattacharya, José Franco, Klane K White, Grant A Mitchell, Loreta Cimbalistiene, Max Holtz, William S Sly
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidosis VII (MPS VII) is an ultra-rare disease characterised by the deficiency of β-glucuronidase (GUS). Patients' phenotypes vary from severe forms with hydrops fetalis, skeletal dysplasia and mental retardation to milder forms with fewer manifestations and mild skeletal abnormalities. Accurate assessments on the frequency and clinical characteristics of the disease have been scarce. The aim of this study was to collect such data. METHODS: We have conducted a survey of physicians to document the medical history of patients with MPS VII...
June 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
William Tan, Curtis Schauder, Tatyana Naryshkina, Svetlana Minakhina, Ruth Steward
Fragile-X syndrome is the most commonly inherited cause of autism and mental disabilities. The Fmr1 (Fragile-X Mental Retardation 1) gene is essential in humans and Drosophila for the maintenance of neural stem cells, and Fmr1 loss results in neurological and reproductive developmental defects in humans and flies. FMRP (Fragile-X Mental Retardation Protein) is a nucleo-cytoplasmic shuttling protein, involved in mRNA silencing and translational repression. Both Zfrp8 and Fmr1 have essential functions in the Drosophila ovary...
February 15, 2016: Developmental Biology
Makoura Barro, Bintou Sanogo, Aimée S Kissou, Ad Bafa Ibrahim Ouattara, Boubacar Nacro
Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a set of somatic, psychological, and behavioral abnormalities, which is caused by a deletion of several genes. Herein we report a 6 year-old boy, who presented with mental retardation and psychological disorders. The result of the first clinical examination was poor, since it didn't detect any dysmorphic feature which is a major component for the clinical diagnosis of WBS. Despite the multidisciplinary and the multicenter approaches used, the diagnosis of WBS (deletion of chromosome band 7q11...
December 9, 2015: Pediatric Reports
Peter Hsu, Alan Ma, Elizabeth H Barnes, Meredith Wilson, Lies H Hoefsloot, Tuula Rinne, Craig Munns, George Williams, Melanie Wong, Sam Mehr
BACKGROUND: Recurrent sinopulmonary infections are common in children with CHARGE (Coloboma, Heart disease, choanal Atresia, growth/mental Retardation, Genitourinary malformations, Ear abnormalities) syndrome, but no prospective studies on immune function have been conducted. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to examine and compare the immune phenotype of patients with CHARGE syndrome to those with 22q11.2 deletion and healthy controls. METHODS: A total of 21 patients attended a multidisciplinary CHARGE clinic...
January 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
Snezana Stefanovic, Brett A DeMarco, Ayana Underwood, Kathryn R Williams, Gary J Bassell, Mihaela Rita Mihailescu
Fragile X syndrome, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability, is caused by a trinucleotide CGG expansion in the 5'-untranslated region of the FMR1 gene, which leads to the loss of expression of the fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). FMRP, an RNA-binding protein that regulates the translation of specific mRNAs, has been shown to bind a subset of its mRNA targets by recognizing G quadruplex structures. It has been suggested that FMRP controls the local protein synthesis of several protein components of the post synaptic density (PSD) in response to specific cellular needs...
December 2015: Molecular BioSystems
Daniel Wong, Srinivas Sulugodu Ramachandra, Ashish Kumar Singh
Williams syndrome is a multisystemic rare genetic disorder caused by deletion of 26-28 genes in the long arm of chromosome 7. It is characterized by developmental and physical abnormalities including congenital cardiovascular abnormalities, mental retardation, neurological features, growth deficiency, genitourinary manifestations, gastrointestinal problems, musculoskeletal problems, unique behavioral characteristics, and dental problems. Dental abnormalities include malocclusion, hypodontia, malformed teeth, taurodontism, pulp stones, increased space between teeth, enamel hypoplasia, and high prevalence of dental caries...
July 2015: Contemporary Clinical Dentistry
Paulina Carmona-Mora, Jocelyn Widagdo, Florence Tomasetig, Cesar P Canales, Yeojoon Cha, Wei Lee, Abdullah Alshawaf, Mirella Dottori, Renee M Whan, Edna C Hardeman, Stephen J Palmer
GTF2IRD1 is one of the three members of the GTF2I gene family, clustered on chromosome 7 within a 1.8 Mb region that is prone to duplications and deletions in humans. Hemizygous deletions cause Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) and duplications cause WBS duplication syndrome. These copy number variations disturb a variety of developmental systems and neurological functions. Human mapping data and analyses of knockout mice show that GTF2IRD1 and GTF2I underpin the craniofacial abnormalities, mental retardation, visuospatial deficits and hypersociability of WBS...
October 2015: Human Genetics
Yuxia Jin, Xia Liu, Suping Li, Jiamei Ge, Xiufang Wu, Qinhao Song, Chiyan Zhou, Zhengyou Miao
OBJECTIVE: To explore the genetic cause for a child with mental retardation, developmental delay and multi-systemic developmental disorders by analyzing the copy number variations (CNVs) and correlating the genotype with the phenotype. METHODS: Routine G-banding was performed to analyze the karyotype of the patient and her parents. In addition, single nucleotide polymorphisms array (SNP-array) was used to determine the CNVs, which was confirmed by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)...
August 2015: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
Susan Hepburn, Amy Philofsky, Angela John, Deborah J Fidler
The aim of this article is to provide an in-depth description of the behavioral phenotype of Williams syndrome in a preschool-aged child. Williams syndrome is a neurodevelopmental, multisystem genetic disorder associated with mental retardation that predisposes individuals to a characteristic pattern of strengths and weaknesses in neuropsychological functioning. While much is known about functioning in adults, very few descriptions of early development are available in the literature. Implications for designing early intervention programs for children with this debilitating disorder are discussed...
July 2005: Infants and Young Children
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