Published articles related to dup15q syndrome

August 14, 2018
The role of reduced expression of fragile X mental retardation protein in neurons and increased expression in astrocytes in idiopathic and syndromic autism (duplications 15q11.2‐q13)

Authors of original paper:

Jarek Wegiel , W. Ted Brown, Giuseppe La Fauci, Tatyana Adayev, Richard Kascsak, Regina Kascsak, Michael Flory, Wojciech Kaczmarski, Izabela Kuchna, Krzysztof Nowicki, Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno , Thomas Wisniewski, and Jerzy Wegiel

Summary: Autism is diagnosed in about 80% of people with Dup15q (maternal duplication of the 15q11-q13 region), making it a key gene in the understanding of this disorder.  For most people with autism, a mix of different genes and environmental factors led to a diagnosis. However, in people with Dup15q, a key region on chromosome 15 is largely responsible.  Researchers are using this to both better understand autism, and develop targeted therapies which may help those even without a mutation in chromosome 15.

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April 16, 2018
Uncovering True Cellular Phenotypes: Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neurons to Study Early Insults in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Animal models of neurodevelopmental disorders have provided invaluable insights into the molecular-, cellular-, and circuit-level defects associated with a plethora of genetic disruptions. In many cases, these deficits have been linked to changes in disease-relevant behaviors, but very few of these findings have been translated to treatments for human disease.

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March 27, 2018
Cardiac arrhythmia and neuroexcitability gene variants in resected brain tissue from patients with sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP)

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the leading cause of epilepsy-related mortality in young adults. The exact mechanisms are unknown but death often follows a generalized tonic–clonic seizure. Proposed mechanisms include seizure-related respiratory, cardiac, autonomic, and arousal dysfunction. Genetic drivers underlying SUDEP risk are largely unknown.

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January 27, 2018
Significant transcriptional changes in 15q duplication but not Angelman syndrome deletion stem cell-derived neurons

By: Nora Urraca, Kevin Hope, A. Kaitlyn Victor, T. Grant Belgard, Rawaha Memon, Sarita Goorha, Colleen Valdez, Quynh T. Tran, Silvia Sanchez, Juanma Ramirez, Martin Donaldson, Dave Bridges and Lawrence T. Reiter

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January 18, 2018
Methods and compositions for unsilencing imprinted genes

The present invention provides methods and compositions for inducing expression of Ube3a in a cell by contacting the cell with a topoisomerase inhibitor. Particular embodiments include a method of treating a genomic imprinting disorder, such as Angelman syndrome, in a subject by administering to the subject an effective amount of a topoisomerase inhibitor.

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January 10, 2018
The Autism Protein Ube3A/E6AP Remodels Neuronal Dendritic Arborization via Caspase-Dependent Microtubule Destabilization
Natasha KhatriJames P. GilbertYuda HuoRoozhin SharaflariMichael NeeHui Qiao and Heng-Ye Man
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July 20, 2017
A community response: Advocates embrace new AAN/AES SUDEP guideline

A community response: Advocates embrace new AAN/AES SUDEP guideline

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March 23, 2017
Autism gene Ube3a and seizures impair sociability by repressing VTA Cbln1

Authors;Krishnan, V., Stoppel, DC., Nong, Y., Johnson, MA., Nadler, MJ., Ozkaynak, E., Teng, BL., Nagakura, I., Mohammad, F., Silva, MA., Peterson, S., Cruz, TJ., Kasper, EM., Arnaout, R., Anderson, MP

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February 27, 2017
Angelman syndrome and Dup15q syndrome: two rare diseases working together to solve each other's puzzles

Authors: Lauren Pulling (Neurology Central), Jill Silverman and Nathalie Buscher (both University of California, Davis, CA, USA) 

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December 5, 2016
Genome-wide changes in lncRNA, splicing, and regional gene expression patterns in autism.

Authors:  Neelroop N. Parikshak, Vivek Swarup, T. Grant Belgard, Manuel Irimia, Gokul Ramaswami, Michael J. Gandal, Christopher Hartl, Virpi Leppa, Luis de la Torre Ubieta, Jerry Huang, Jennifer K. Lowe, Benjamin J. Blencowe, Steve Horvath & Daniel H. Geschwind

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