Pubmed du 06/10/09

mercredi 7 octobre 2009

1. Bahi-Buisson N, Nectoux J, Girard B, Van Esch H, De Ravel T, Boddaert N, Plouin P, Rio M, Fichou Y, Chelly J, Bienvenu T. Revisiting the phenotype associated with FOXG1 mutations : two novel cases of congenital Rett variant. Neurogenetics ;2009 (Oct 6)

The Forkhead box G1 (FOXG1) is a transcription factor that is critical for forebrain development, where it promotes progenitor proliferation and suppresses premature neurogenesis. Recently, the FOXG1 gene was implicated in the molecular aetiology of the congenital variant of Rett syndrome. So far, 15 FOXG1 molecular alterations, including only eight point mutations, have been reported. We screened the FOXG1 gene in a cohort of 206 MECP2 and CDKL5 mutation negative patients (136 females and 70 males) with severe encephalopathy and microcephaly. The screening was negative in all males, but two de novo mutations (c.1248C>G, p.Y416X and c.460_461dupG, p.E154GfsX300) were identified in two unrelated girls. Both patients showed neurological symptoms from the neonatal period with poor reactivity, hypotonia, and severe microcephaly. During the first year of life, both patients had feeding difficulties and made slow developmental progress. At 5 years old, the girls were significantly neurologically impaired with gross hypotonia, no language, convergent strabismus, and no voluntary hand use. Moreover, they presented a combination of jerky movements, hand-mouthing, and hand-washing stereotypies. Hence, FOXG1 mutation patients demonstrate severe encephalopathy compatible with the congenital variant, as well as additional features such as absent eye contact, inconsolable crying during the perinatal period, and delayed myelination with thin to hypoplastic corpus callosum. Although the overall frequency of mutations in FOXG1 in females with severe mental retardation and microcephaly appears to be low (1.5%), our findings suggest the requirement to investigate both point mutations and gene dosage in the FOXG1 gene in patients with severe encephalopathy with microcephaly and some Rett-like features.

2. Onore C, Enstrom A, Krakowiak P, Hertz-Picciotto I, Hansen R, de Water JV, Ashwood P. Decreased cellular IL-23 but not IL-17 production in children with autism spectrum disorders. J Neuroimmunol ;2009 (Oct 1)

A potential role for T(H)17 cells has been suggested in a number of conditions including neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In the current study, we investigated cellular release of IL-17 and IL-23 following an in-vitro immunological challenge of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from children with ASD compared to age-matched typically developing controls. Following stimulation, the concentration of IL-23, but not IL-17, was significantly reduced (p=0.021) in ASD compared to controls. Decreased cellular IL-23 production in ASD warrants further research to determine its role on the generation and survival of T(H)17 cells, a cell subset important in neuroinflammatory conditions that may include ASD.

3. Rosenberg RE, Mandell DS, Farmer JE, Law JK, Marvin AR, Law PA. Psychotropic Medication Use Among Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders Enrolled in a National Registry, 2007-2008. J Autism Dev Disord ;2009 (Oct 6)

Patterns of current psychotropic medication use among 5,181 children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) enrolled in a Web-based registry were examined. Overall, 35% used at least one psychotropic medication, most commonly stimulants, neuroleptics, and/or antidepressants. Those who were uninsured or exclusively privately insured were less likely to use >/=3 medications than were those insured by Medicaid. Psychiatrists and neurologists prescribed the majority of psychotropic medications. In multivariate analysis, older age, presence of intellectual disability or psychiatric comorbidity, and residing in a poorer county or in the South or Midwest regions of the United States increased the odds of psychotropic medication use. Factors external to clinical presentation likely affect odds of psychotropic medication use among children with ASD.


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