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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934389/the-16p11-2-homologs-fam57ba-and-doc2a-generate-certain-brain-and-body-phenotypes
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Jasmine M McCammon, Alicia Blaker-Lee, Xiao Chen, Hazel Sive
Deletion of the 16p11.2 CNV affects 25 core genes and is associated with multiple symptoms affecting brain and body, including seizures, hyperactivity, macrocephaly, and obesity. Available data suggest that most symptoms are controlled by haploinsufficiency of two or more 16p11.2 genes. To identify interacting 16p11.2 genes, we used a pairwise partial loss of function antisense screen for embryonic brain morphology, using the accessible zebrafish model. fam57ba, encoding a ceramide synthase, was identified as interacting with the doc2a gene, encoding a calcium-sensitive exocytosis regulator, a genetic interaction not previously described...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911146/anemia-in-patients-with-resistance-to-thyroid-hormone-%C3%AE-a-role-for-thyroid-hormone-receptor-%C3%AE-in-human-erythropoiesis
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Anja L M van Gucht, Marcel E Meima, Carla Moran, Maura Agostini, Anna Tylki-Szymanska, Malgorzata-Walasek Krajewska, Krystyna Chrzanowska, Alexandra Efthymiadou, Dionisios Chrysis, Korcan Demir, W Edward Visser, Theo J Visser, Krishna Chatterjee, Thamar B van Dijk, Robin P Peeters
Context: Patients with resistance to thyroid hormone (TH) α (RTHα) are characterized by growth retardation, macrocephaly, constipation, and abnormal thyroid function tests. In addition, almost all RTHα patients have mild anemia, the pathogenesis of which is unknown. Animal studies suggest an important role for TH and TH receptor (TR)α in erythropoiesis. Objective: To investigate whether a defect in TRα affects the maturation of red blood cells in RTHα patients...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899818/familial-9q33q34-microduplication-in-siblings-with-developmental-disorders-and-acrocephaly
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Keiko Shimojima, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Himanshu Goel, Yumiko Ondo, Toshiyuki Yamamoto
Because several genes responsible for epileptic encephalopathy are located on the 9q33q34 region, patients with chromosomal deletions of this region often show intractable epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disability. Contrary to these findings, chromosomal duplications of this region have never been reported previously. We identified a first case of 9q33q34 microduplications in siblings associated with developmental disorders and macrocephaly. Their mother was a mosaic carrier of this duplication. Duplicated regions involved STXBP1; the gene related to epileptic encephalopathy...
September 9, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893644/high-bone-mass-due-to-novel-lrp5-and-amer1-mutations
#4
Alice Costantini, Päivi Kekäläinen, Riikka E Mäkitie, Outi Mäkitie
WNT signaling is a key regulator of bone metabolism and its increased or decreased activity leads to skeletal disorders. Here we describe two patients with high bone mass (HBM) caused by novel mutations in two different WNT pathway components. The first patient is a 53-year-old male with HBM. He was diagnosed at adult age based on significantly increased bone mineral density (BMD). He has undergone several surgeries due to excessive bone in ear canals, bilateral jaw exostoses and mandibular tori. Radiographs show severe cortical thickening of cranial and long bones...
September 8, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893434/biallelic-mutations-in-szt2-cause-a-discernible-clinical-entity-with-epilepsy-developmental-delay-macrocephaly-and-a-dysmorphic-corpus-callosum
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Yuji Nakamura, Yasuko Togawa, Yusuke Okuno, Hideki Muramatsu, Kazuhiko Nakabayashi, Yoko Kuroki, Daisuke Ieda, Ikumi Hori, Yutaka Negishi, Takao Togawa, Ayako Hattori, Seiji Kojima, Shinji Saitoh
Mutations in SZT2 were first reported in 2013 as a cause of early-onset epileptic encephalopathy. Because only five reports have been published to date, the clinical features associated with SZT2 remain unclear. We herein report an additional patient with biallelic mutations in SZT2. The proband, a four-year-old girl, showed developmental delay and seizures from two years of age. Her seizures were not intractable and readily controlled by valproate. She showed mildly dysmorphic facies with macrocephaly, high forehead, and hypertelorism, and also had pectus carinatum...
September 8, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892148/mtor-mutations-in-smith-kingsmore-syndrome-four-additional-patients-and-a-review
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G Gordo, J Tenorio, P Arias, F Santos-Simarro, S García-Miñaur, J C Moreno, J Nevado, E Vallespin, L Rodriguez-Laguna, R de Mena, I Dapia, M Palomares, Á Del Pozo, K Ibañez, J C Silla, E Barroso, V L Ruiz Pérez, V Martinez-Glez, P Lapunzina
Smith-Kingsmore syndrome (SKS) OMIM #616638, also known as MINDS syndrome (ORPHA: 457485), is a rare autosomal dominant disorder reported so far in 23 patients. SKS is characterized by intellectual disability, macrocephaly/hemi/megalencephaly, and seizures. It is also associated with a pattern of facial dysmorphology and other non-neurological features. Germline or mosaic mutations of the mTOR gene have been detected in all patients. The mTOR gene is a key regulator of cell growth, cell proliferation, protein synthesis and synaptic plasticity, and the mTOR pathway (PI3K-AKT-mTOR) is highly regulated and critical for cell survival and apoptosis...
September 11, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840990/a-unique-mutational-spectrum-of-mlc1-in-korean-patients-with-megalencephalic-leukoencephalopathy-with-subcortical-cysts-p-ala275asp-founder-mutation-and-maternal-uniparental-disomy-of-chromosome-22
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Sun Ah Choi, Soo Yeon Kim, Jihoo Yoon, Joongmoon Choi, Sung Sup Park, Moon Woo Seong, Hunmin Kim, Hee Hwang, Ji Eun Choi, Jong Hee Chae, Ki Joong Kim, Seunghyo Kim, Yun Jin Lee, Sang Ook Nam, Byung Chan Lim
BACKGROUND: Megalencephalic leukoencephalopathy with subcortical cysts (MLC) is a rare inherited disorder characterized by infantile-onset macrocephaly, slow neurologic deterioration, and seizures. Mutations in the causative gene, MLC1, are found in approximately 75% of patients and are inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. We analyzed MLC1 mutations in five unrelated Korean patients with MLC. METHODS: Direct Sanger sequencing was used to identify MLC1 mutations...
November 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831199/targeted-sequencing-and-functional-analysis-reveal-brain-size-related-genes-and-their-networks-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Jinchen Li, Lin Wang, Hui Guo, Leisheng Shi, Kun Zhang, Meina Tang, Shanshan Hu, Shanshan Dong, Yanling Liu, Tianyun Wang, Ping Yu, Xin He, Zhengmao Hu, Jinping Zhao, Chunyu Liu, Zhong Sheng Sun, Kun Xia
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) represents a set of complex neurodevelopmental disorders with large degrees of heritability and heterogeneity. We sequenced 136 microcephaly or macrocephaly (Mic-Mac)-related genes and 158 possible ASD-risk genes in 536 Chinese ASD probands and detected 22 damaging de novo mutations (DNMs) in 20 genes, including CHD8 and SCN2A, with recurrent events. Nine of the 20 genes were previously reported to harbor DNMs in ASD patients from other populations, while 11 of them were first identified in present study...
September 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822558/wilms-tumor-screening-in-diffuse-capillary-malformation-with-overgrowth-and-macrocephaly-capillary-malformation-a-retrospective-study
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Caitlin M Peterman, Sophie Vadeboncoeur, John B Mulliken, Steven J Fishman, Marilyn G Liang
BACKGROUND: CLOVES (congenital lipomatous overgrowth, vascular malformations, epidermal nevi, and skeletal anomalies) syndrome is associated with regional bony and/or soft tissue overgrowth, capillary malformation, and an increased risk for Wilms tumor. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the frequency of Wilms tumor in patients with 2 similar conditions: diffuse capillary malformation with overgrowth (DCMO) and macrocephaly-capillary malformation (M-CM). METHODS: Culling our Vascular Anomalies Center database, we retrospectively reviewed patients in whom DCMO and M-CM had been diagnosed and who were evaluated between 1998 and 2016 for possible development of Wilms tumor...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
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/28764823/silver-russell-syndrome-a-review
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Bernice Sophie Spiteri, Yanika Stafrace
Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) is a rare congenital imprinting disorder. The genetic findings in SRS patients are heterogeneous and often sporadic. However, chromosomes 7, 11, and 17 are consistently involved in all individuals who meet the strict diagnostic criteria of SRS. There are many clinical features characteristic of SRS; the most common are low birth weight, short stature, triangular face, clinodactyly, relative macrocephaly, ear anomalies, and skeletal asymmetry.
July 1, 2017: Neonatal Network: NN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728258/-follow-up-and-genetic-study-of-43-chinese-children-with-type-%C3%A2-alexander-disease
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T T Ban, Y Wu, Z B Zhang, L L Zang, J M Wang, Y W Jiang
Objective: To identify the clinical and genetic characteristics in 43 Chinese children diagnosed with type Ⅰ Alexander disease (AxD). Method: Forty-three type Ⅰ AxD cases identified by glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) gene mutations in Peking University First Hospital from 2005 to 2016 were followed up. The data of medical history, physical examination and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were collected. All these patients were followed up in December 2010, Febury 2012, June 2014 and January 2016, respectively...
July 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727891/prenatal-diagnosis-of-sotos-syndrome-characterized-by-fetal-growth-restriction
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Yi Zhang, Shaobing Lin, Qun Fang
Sotos syndrome (OMIM#117550) is a overgrowth syndrome caused by mutations of the NSD1 gene.(1) The clinical manifestations include macrocephaly, tall stature, cardiac anomalies, and behavioral problems.(2,3) Affected individuals also have an increased risk of neoplasms. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724436/expanding-the-phenotype-of-reciprocal-1q21-1-deletions-and-duplications-a-case-series
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Martina Busè, Helenia C Cuttaia, Daniela Palazzo, Marcella V Mazara, Salvatrice A Lauricella, Michela Malacarne, Mauro Pierluigi, Simona Cavani, Maria Piccione
BACKGROUND: Recurrent reciprocal 1q21.1 deletions and duplications have been associated with variable phenotypes. Phenotypic features described in association with 1q21.1 microdeletions include developmental delay, craniofacial dysmorphism and congenital anomalies. The 1q21.1 reciprocal duplication has been associated with macrocephaly or relative macrocephaly, frontal bossing, hypertelorism, developmental delay, intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. METHODS: Our study describes seven patients, who were referred to us for developmental delay/intellectual disability, dysmorphic features and, in some cases, congenital anomalies, in whom we identified 1q21...
July 19, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692759/sperm-morphology-assessment-pathophysiology-clinical-relevance-and-state-of-the-art-in-2017
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REVIEW
N Gatimel, J Moreau, J Parinaud, R D Léandri
For over 30 years, sperm morphology assessment has been one of the most common tests in evaluation of fertility. This review examines the clinical relevance of sperm morphology assessment in the diagnosis of infertility and in assisted reproductive technology, as well as its analytical reliability. Publications on the pathophysiology, the analytical reliability of the test and its clinical relevance in diagnosis and in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) were evaluated. This review compared and discussed study methodologies and results, including patient characteristics, preparation, smear staining methods and classification systems...
September 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688840/impact-of-clinical-exomes-in-neurodevelopmental-and-neurometabolic-disorders
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Christina Evers, Christian Staufner, Martin Granzow, Nagarajan Paramasivam, Katrin Hinderhofer, Lilian Kaufmann, Christine Fischer, Christian Thiel, Thomas Opladen, Urania Kotzaeridou, Stefan Wiemann, Matthias Schlesner, Roland Eils, Stefan Kölker, Claus R Bartram, Georg F Hoffmann, Ute Moog
Whole exome sequencing (WES) is well established in research and is now being introduced into clinically indicated diagnostics (so-called clinical exomes). We evaluated the diagnostic yield and clinical implications of WES in 72 patients from 60 families with undiagnosed neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD), neurometabolic disorders, and dystonias. Pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants leading to a molecular diagnosis could be identified in 21 of the 60 families (overall 35%, in 36% of patients with NDD, in 43% of patients with neurometabolic disorders, in 25% of patients with dystonias)...
August 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687526/first-de-novo-ank3-nonsense-mutation-in-a-boy-with-intellectual-disability-speech-impairment-and-autistic-features
#17
Katja Kloth, Jonas Denecke, Maja Hempel, Jessika Johannsen, Tim M Strom, Christian Kubisch, Davor Lessel
Ankyrin-G, encoded by ANK3, plays an important role in neurodevelopment and neuronal function. There are multiple isoforms of Ankyrin-G resulting in differential tissue expression and function. Heterozygous missense mutations in ANK3 have been associated with autism spectrum disorder. Further, in three siblings a homozygous frameshift mutation affecting only the longest isoform and a patient with a balanced translocation disrupting all isoforms were documented. The latter four patients were affected by a variable degree of intellectual disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism...
July 4, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687466/cerebrospinal-fluid-volume-does-not-have-etiological-role-in-the-incidence-of-positional-skull-deformities
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Guillaume Captier, Adrien Galeron, Gérard Subsol, Melissa Solinhac, Thomas Roujeau, Nicolas Leboucq, Christian Herlin
BACKGROUND: Positional skull deformities (PSD) are becoming a daily health concern for craniofacial surgeons. Several reports have indicated that cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) space increases on computed tomography (CT) scans of infants suffering from PSD, suggesting a potential causal link. Here, we describe a semi-automatic method to estimate total brain and CSF volumes quantitatively. We tested the potential correlation between total CSF volume and the occurrence of PSD. METHODS: A single-center retrospective study was carried out using 79 CT scans of PSD and 60 CT scans of control subjects...
September 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658095/a-clinical-review-on-megalencephaly-a-large-brain-as-a-possible-sign-of-cerebral-impairment
#19
REVIEW
Piero Pavone, Andrea Domenico Praticò, Renata Rizzo, Giovanni Corsello, Martino Ruggieri, Enrico Parano, Raffaele Falsaperla
Megalencephaly and macrocephaly present with a head circumference measurement 2 standard deviations above the age-related mean. However, even if pathologic events resulting in both megalencephaly and macrocephaly may coexist, a distinction between these two entities is appropriate, as they represent clinical expression of different disorders with a different approach in clinical work-up, overall prognosis, and treatment. Megalencephaly defines an increased growth of cerebral structures related to dysfunctional anomalies during the various steps of brain development in the neuronal proliferation and/or migration phases or as a consequence of postnatal abnormal events...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653564/blake-s-pouch-cyst-in-children-atypical-clinical-presentation
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Martina Bontognali, Andrea Poretti, Raphael Guzman, Thierry Agm Huisman, Gian Paolo Ramelli
Blake's pouch cyst is a posterior fossa cystic malformation characterized by a infracerebellar cyst, absence of communication between the fourth ventricle and the subarachnoid space, and tetraventricular hydrocephalus. Children with Blake's pouch cyst typically present with macrocephaly due to hydrocephalus during the neonatal period or infancy. Atypical presentation is, however, possible. Here we present clinical and neuroimaging findings, as well as management and outcome, of an 18-month-old girl with atypical presentation of Blake's pouch cyst characterized by cerebellar ataxia...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
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