Sample records for early onset periodontitis

  1. Early-onset periodontitis in a patient with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type III.

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    Reichert, S; Riemann, D; Plaschka, B; Machulla, H K

    1999-11-01

    This case history describes the course of disease in a 17-year-old boy with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type III and early-onset periodontitis. Flow cytometric tests showed a reduced cell count in the specific immune system. Immunoglobulin concentrations in saliva and serum were within normal limits. Infection with T-lymphotropic viruses was excluded. The phagocytic capacity of the peripheral blood polymorphonuclear leukocytes was unimpaired. The anaerobic infection present in the early-onset periodontitis was treated with systemic antibiotic therapy and closed curettage. Following 14 days of this treatment, signs of acute inflammation subsided, and 18 months after therapy ended, a slight gain in clinical attachment was found, and bone growth was visible via radiology. However, a continuing lack of adequate oral hygiene represents a risk to the success of therapy in the long term. PMID:10765879

  2. Microbiological features and crevicular fluid aspartate aminotransferase enzyme activity in early onset periodontitis patients.

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    Kuru, B; Yilmaz, S; Noyan, U; Acar, O; Kadir, T

    1999-01-01

    Gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) reflects the immune and inflammatory reactions and the specific host-microbe interactions that lead to periodontal diseases. Aspartate aminotransferase enzyme (AST) is one of the components of GCF that is released as a result of cell death. In this study, periodontal sites (4 sites/patient) with a probing depth of > or =5 mm in early onset periodontitis (EOP) patients were first examined for the AST levels in GCF by the Periogard periodontal tissue monitor. To be eligible for the study, each of the patients had at least 1 AST positive site with clinical inflammatory changes (AST+, CIC+) and 1 AST negative site with no or minimum clinical inflammatory changes (AST-, CIC-). In 15 EOP patients who met the entry criteria, 30 AST+, CIC+ sites (1st group) and 19 AST-, CIC- sites (2nd group) were evaluated for microbiological variables. Certain microbial species, including Porphyromonas gingivalis, Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans and Prevotella intermedia were detected more frequently (p<0.001, p<0.001 and p<0.05, respectively) in the 1st group, while gram-positive facultative organisms such as Actinomyces species were found more often (p<0.001) in the 2nd group. Parallel to the AST levels, the 2nd group had a lower number of total bacteria and proportion of obligate anaerobic and capnophilic micro-organisms than the first group (p<0.05 and p<0.05, respectively). Within the scope of this study, AST activity and microbiological data were found in agreement in the examined groups. These findings are encouraging and indicate the need for further studies to evaluate the ability of the AST test to differentiate the microbial flora of progressing sites and those that are inflamed, but not progressing. PMID:9923506

  3. A clinical and microbiological evaluation of systemic and local metronidazole delivery in early onset periodontitis patients.

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    Yilmaz, S; Kuru, B; Noyan, U; Kadir, T; Acar, O; Büget, E

    1996-09-01

    The present study describes selected clinical and microbiological results obtained by treatment with local (Elyzol) and systemic (Flagyl) use of metronidazole alone and/or mechanical subgingival debridement in early onset periodontitis (EOP). Twelve patients, with lesions not distributed as in classical localized juvenile periodontitis, were included. They were randomly divided into local and systemic treatment groups each comprising 6 individuals, in each of whom 4 sites (one site/quadrant) with a probing depth of > or = 5 mm were selected and treated with separate treatment modalities. The overall treatment design provided 6 different test groups. Groups of quadrants received 1) scaling and root planing 2) local metronidazole treatment 3) systemic metronidazole treatment 4) local metronidazole combined with scaling and root planing 5) systemic metronidazole combined with scaling and root planing 6) No treatment. The microbiological and clinical effects of treatment modalities were monitored over 42 days. The results demonstrated reductions in mean counts of obligate anaerobic and capnophilic microorganisms coupled with significant improvements in mean clinical measurements (gingivitis, probing depth, attachment level) in all groups, except the untreated. Scaling and root planing provided an initial clinical improvement with a selective reduction of periodontopathogens (92.6% obligate anaerobes, 42.9% capnophilic microorganisms), whereas the combination of local or systemic metronidazole with scaling and root planing were found superior in reducing capnophilic bacteria (93.7% and 93.4%, respectively). It is of critical importance to have a treatment rationale for EOP, since bacterial differences exist in the etiological subforms of periodontitis. Microbial testing may be justified before prescribing the adjunctive antibiotic and selecting the mode of delivery for the successful clinical management of EOP. PMID:9569805

  4. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome with Severe Early-Onset Periodontal Disease (EDS-VIII) Is a Distinct, Heterogeneous Disorder with One Predisposition Gene at Chromosome 12p13

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    Rahman, Nazneen; Dunstan, Melanie; Teare, M. Dawn; Hanks, Sandra; Douglas, Jenny; Coleman, Kim; Bottomly, William E.; Campbell, Mary E.; Berglund, Britta; Nordenskjöld, Magnus; Forssell, Bengt; Burrows, Nigel; Lunt, Peter; Young, Ian; Williams, Nigel; Bignell, Graham R.; Futreal, P. Andrew; Pope, F. Michael

    2003-01-01

    Ehlers-Danlos VIII (EDS-VIII) is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by severe early-onset periodontal disease in conjunction with the features of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). We performed a genomewide linkage search in a large Swedish pedigree with EDS-VIII and established linkage to a 7-cM interval on chromosome 12p13, generating a maximum multipoint LOD score of 5.17. Analysis of four further pedigrees with EDS-VIII revealed two consistent with linkage to 12p13 and two in which linkage could be excluded, indicating that EDS-VIII is a genetically heterogeneous disorder. Chromosome 12p13 has not previously been implicated in either EDS or periodontal disease and contains no known collagen genes or collagen-processing enzymes. Mutational screening of the microfibril-associated glycoprotein-2 gene, a strong candidate within the minimal interval, did not reveal any likely pathogenic mutations. PMID:12776252

  5. Family history and the risk of early onset persistent, early onset transient and late onset asthma

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    London, Stephanie J.; Gauderman, W. James; Avol, Edward; Rappaport, Edward B.; Peters, John M.

    2006-01-01

    Family history of asthma and allergies strongly influences asthma risk in children but the association may differ for early onset persistent, early onset transient, and late onset asthma. We analyzed the relation between family history and these types of asthma using cross-sectional data from a school-based study of 5,046 Southern California children. Parental and/or sibling history of asthma and allergy were generally more strongly associated with early onset persistent asthma compared with early onset transient or late onset asthma. For children with two asthmatic parents relative to those with none, the prevalence ratio (PR) for early onset persistent asthma was 12.1 [95% confidence interval (CI) 7.91–18.7] compared with 7.51 (95% CI 2.62–21.5) for early onset transient asthma and 5.38 (95% CI 3.40–8.50) for late onset asthma. Maternal smoking in pregnancy was predominantly related to the risk of early onset persistent asthma in the presence of parental history of allergy and asthma and the joint effects were more than additive (interaction contrast ratio = 3.10, 95% CI 1.45–4.75). Our results confirm earlier data that parental history of asthma and allergy is most strongly associated with early onset persistent asthma and suggest that among genetically predisposed children, an early life environmental exposure, maternal smoking during pregnancy, favors the development of early onset asthma that persists into later early childhood. PMID:11505179

  6. Periodontal infection in adult-onset Still’s disease patient: clinical and haematological considerations

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    Pessoa, Larissa; Galvão, Virgilio; Ferreira, Clarissa; Neto, Leopoldo Santos

    2011-01-01

    In this case report, the authors described the first case of a patient with adult-onset Still’s disease (AOSD) who presents advanced periodontal infection. AOSD is a rare systemic inflammatory disorder of unknown aetiology, characterised by spiking fever, usually exceeding 39°C, an evanescent salmon pink rash, arthritis and multiorgan involvement. Periodontal infection is a pathogen-induced oral inflammatory disease affecting the supporting tissues of teeth and is currently considered as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Several cytokines capable of inducing systemic effects are produced during the course of this infection and the values of serum markers of inflammation, such as C reactive protein (CRP), may significantly decrease after periodontal treatment. Although AOSD can produce elevations in CRP, similar increase may be produced by periodontal infection, suggesting the need for medical and dental diagnosis when evaluating the sources of acute-phase responses in systemic autoimmune disease patients. PMID:22696669

  7. Periodontal infection in adult-onset Still's disease patient: clinical and haematological considerations.

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    Pessoa, Larissa; Galvão, Virgilio; Ferreira, Clarissa; Santos Neto, Leopoldo

    2011-01-01

    In this case report, the authors described the first case of a patient with adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) who presents advanced periodontal infection. AOSD is a rare systemic inflammatory disorder of unknown aetiology, characterised by spiking fever, usually exceeding 39°C, an evanescent salmon pink rash, arthritis and multiorgan involvement. Periodontal infection is a pathogen-induced oral inflammatory disease affecting the supporting tissues of teeth and is currently considered as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Several cytokines capable of inducing systemic effects are produced during the course of this infection and the values of serum markers of inflammation, such as C reactive protein (CRP), may significantly decrease after periodontal treatment. Although AOSD can produce elevations in CRP, similar increase may be produced by periodontal infection, suggesting the need for medical and dental diagnosis when evaluating the sources of acute-phase responses in systemic autoimmune disease patients. PMID:22696669

  8. Early- versus Late-Onset Dysthymia

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    Sansone, Lori A.

    2009-01-01

    In the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, dysthymic disorder is categorized as either early-onset or late-onset, based upon the emergence of symptoms before or after the age of 21, respectively. Does this diagnostic distinction have any meaningful clinical implications? In this edition of The Interface, we present empirical studies that have, within a single study, compared individuals with early-versus late-onset dysthymia. In this review, we found that, compared to those with late-onset dysthymia, early-onset patients are more likely to harbor psychiatric comorbidity both on Axis I and II, exhibit less psychological resilience, and have more prominent family loadings for mood disorders. These findings suggest that this distinction is meaningful and that the early-onset subtype of dysthymia is more difficult to effectively treat. PMID:20049145

  9. Predictors of Early Alcohol Drinking Onset

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    Dooley, David; Prause, JoAnn

    2007-01-01

    Early alcohol drinking onset (ADO) has been implicated as a cause of adult alcohol disorder inviting interventions that target the causes of ADO. This study explores the precursors of early ADO using variables measured before drinking onset, reaching back to the mothers of the respondents. The sample consists of children of the women respondents…

  10. Early onset bipolar disorder Early Onset Bipolar Disorder: validation from admixture analyses and biomarkers.

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Early onset bipolar disorder 1 Early Onset Bipolar Disorder: validation from admixture analyses of Psychiatry / Revue Canadienene de Psychiatrie 2013;58(4):240-248" #12;Early onset bipolar disorder 2 Abstract: Objectives: Bipolar affective disorder (BD) is a multifactorial disorder with heterogeneous clinical

  11. Periodontal Disease and Late-Onset Aortic Prosthetic Vascular Graft Infection

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    Thomas, Stephanie; Ghosh, Jonathan; Porter, Johnathan; Cockcroft, Adele; Rautemaa-Richardson, Riina

    2015-01-01

    Prosthetic vascular graft infection (PVGI) is a rare but significant complication of arterial reconstructive surgery. Although the relative risk is low, the clinical consequences can be catastrophic. Microbiological data on causative bacteria are limited. We present four cases of late-onset PVGI. Using a culture-independent nucleic acid amplification method for analysis of intraoperative samples, the presence of bacteria highly suggestive of an oral source was reported. Examination by an oral health specialist confirmed the presence of chronic periodontal disease. We hypothesize that chronic oral infection may be a previously unreported risk factor for the development of late-onset PVGI. PMID:25685592

  12. Childhood Onset Schizophrenia and Early Onset Schizophrenia spectrum disorders

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    Driver, David I.; Gogtay, Nitin; Rapoport, Judith L.

    2013-01-01

    Synopsis The clinical severity, impact on development, and poor prognosis of Childhood Onset Schizophrenia (COS) may represent a more homogeneous group. Positive symptoms in children are necessary for the diagnosis and hallucinations are more often multi modal. Both in healthy children, as well as in children with a variety of other psychiatric illnesses, hallucinations are not uncommon [1] and diagnosis should not be based on these alone. COS is an extraordinarily rare illness which is poorly understood but appears continuous with the adult onset disorder. Additionally, as seen in other areas of medicine, early onset populations have more prominent progressive brain changes, and genetic risk factors [2]. Diagnosing a child with schizophrenia has profound effects on the treatment course, including the potential for neglecting another disorder, as psychosis often becomes the primary focus. Since onset is almost always insidious, the “episodes” so common in later onset disorder are rarely seen. The gold standard for diagnosis remains the use of unmodified DSM criteria, based on extensive collateral information. Once a diagnosis is affirmed, aggressive medication treatment, in majority of cases with Clozapine, combined with family education and individual counseling may defer further deterioration. PMID:24012072

  13. Periodontal disease: an overview for physicians.

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    Fenesy, K E

    1998-01-01

    Periodontitis is now seen as resulting from a complex interplay of bacterial infection and host response, often modified by behavioral factors. There has been a fundamental change in the prevailing periodontal disease model of the 1960s, which suggested that the susceptibility to periodontitis increases with age, and that all individuals are susceptible to severe periodontal disease. More recent research has changed the belief in universal susceptibility to the current view that only some 5-20% of any population suffer from severe generalized periodontitis, and that only moderate disease affects a majority of adults. One major risk factor is smoking, as there is now a clear association between smoking and periodontal disease independent of oral hygiene, age, or any other risk factor. In human periodontitis, there is no simple, direct pathogen-disease link. There are three pathogens that have a strong association with progressive periodontal disease: Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, spirochetes of acute necrotizing gingivitis, and Porphyromonas gingivalis. These pathogens may be the cause of continued loss of periodontal attachment in all periodontal disease classifications despite diligent periodontal therapy. This loss of attachment, or destruction of the periodontal ligament and loss of adjacent supporting bone, is seen in adult periodontitis, as well as in early-onset periodontitis, which affects young persons who otherwise appear healthy. The three forms of early-onset periodontitis are prepubertal periodontitis, localized and generalized juvenile periodontitis, and rapidly progressive periodontitis. They are distinguished from adult periodontitis by the age of onset of the disease, the rapid rate of disease progression, manifestations of defects in host response, and the composition of the subgingival microflora. Prepubertal periodontitis is associated with attachment loss around teeth of the deciduous and/or permanent dentition, and is often associated with severe congenital defects of hematological origin, and alterations in neutrophil chemotaxis function. Periodontitis may also be associated with systemic conditions such as metabolic disorders (diabetes mellitus, female hormonal alterations), drug-induced disorders, hematologic disorders/leukemia, and immune system disorders. These systemic disorders have been documented as capable of affecting the periodontium and/or treatment of periodontal disease. In order to rationally treat and prevent periodontal disease, we need to know the etiologic agents for specific patients, and the mechanism of bacterial pathogenesis in periodontitis. In systemic diseases in which the periodontal tissues are affected as well, early detection and carefully managed therapeutics with the physician and periodontist working together may prove beneficial to the patient's general health and quality of life. PMID:9844364

  14. Early onset (childhood) monogenic neuropathies.

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    Landrieu, Pierre; Baets, Jonathan

    2013-01-01

    Hereditary neuropathies (HN) with onset in childhood are categorized according to clinical presentation, pathogenic mechanism based on electrophysiology, genetic transmission and, in selected cases, pathological findings. Especially relevant to pediatrics are the items "secondary" versus "primary" neuropathy, "syndromic versus nonsyndromic," and "period of life." Different combinations of these parameters frequently point toward specific monogenic disorders. Ruling out a neuropathy secondary to a generalized metabolic disorder remains the first concern in pediatrics. As a rule, metabolic diseases include additional, orienting symptoms or signs, and their biochemical diagnosis is based on logical algorithms. Primary, motor sensory are the most frequent HN and are dominated by demyelinating autosomal dominant (AD) forms (CMT1). Other forms include demyelinating autosomal recessive (AR) forms, axonal AD/AR forms, and forms with "intermediate" electrophysiological phenotype. Peripheral motor neuron disorders are dominated by AR SMN-linked spinal muscular atrophies. (Distal) hereditary motor neuropathies represent <10% of HN but exhibit large clinical and genetic heterogeneity. Sensory/dysautonomic HN involves five classic subtypes, each one related to specific genes. However, genetic heterogeneity is larger than initially suspected. Syndromic HN distinguish "purely neurological syndromes", which are multisystemic, such as spinocerebellar atrophies +, spastic paraplegias +, etc. Peripheral neuropathy is possibly the presenting feature, including in childhood. Autosomal recessive forms, on average, start more frequently in childhood. "Multiorgan syndromes", on the other hand, are more specific to Pediatrics. AR forms, which are clearly degenerative, prompt the investigation of a large set of pleiotropic genes. Other syndromes expressed in the perinatal period are mainly developmental disorders, and can sometimes be related to specific transcription factors. Systematic malformative workup and ethical considerations are necessary. Altogether, >40 genes with various biological functions have been found to be responsible for primary HN. Many are responsible for various phenotypes, including some without the polyneuropathic trait, and some for various types of transmission. PMID:23931819

  15. Early-onset Lafora body disease

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    Turnbull, Julie; Girard, Jean-Marie; Lohi, Hannes; Chan, Elayne M.; Wang, Peixiang; Tiberia, Erica; Omer, Salah; Ahmed, Mushtaq; Bennett, Christopher; Chakrabarty, Aruna; Tyagi, Atul; Liu, Yan; Pencea, Nela; Zhao, XiaoChu; Scherer, Stephen W.; Ackerley, Cameron A.

    2012-01-01

    The most common progressive myoclonus epilepsies are the late infantile and late infantile-variant neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (onset before the age of 6 years), Unverricht–Lundborg disease (onset after the age of 6 years) and Lafora disease. Lafora disease is a distinct disorder with uniform course: onset in teenage years, followed by progressively worsening myoclonus, seizures, visual hallucinations and cognitive decline, leading to a vegetative state in status myoclonicus and death within 10 years. Biopsy reveals Lafora bodies, which are pathognomonic and not seen with any other progressive myoclonus epilepsies. Lafora bodies are aggregates of polyglucosans, poorly constructed glycogen molecules with inordinately long strands that render them insoluble. Lafora disease is caused by mutations in the EPM2A or EPM2B genes, encoding the laforin phosphatase and the malin ubiquitin ligase, respectively, two cytoplasmically active enzymes that regulate glycogen construction, ensuring symmetric expansion into a spherical shape, essential to its solubility. In this work, we report a new progressive myoclonus epilepsy associated with Lafora bodies, early-onset Lafora body disease, map its locus to chromosome 4q21.21, identify its gene and mutation and characterize the relationship of its gene product with laforin and malin. Early-onset Lafora body disease presents early, at 5 years, with dysarthria, myoclonus and ataxia. The combination of early-onset and early dysarthria strongly suggests late infantile-variant neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, not Lafora disease. Pathology reveals no ceroid lipofuscinosis, but Lafora bodies. The subsequent course is a typical progressive myoclonus epilepsy, though much more protracted than any infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, or Lafora disease, patients living into the fourth decade. The mutation, c.781T>C (Phe261Leu), is in a gene of unknown function, PRDM8. We show that the PRDM8 protein interacts with laforin and malin and causes translocation of the two proteins to the nucleus. We find that Phe261Leu-PRDM8 results in excessive sequestration of laforin and malin in the nucleus and that it therefore likely represents a gain-of-function mutation that leads to an effective deficiency of cytoplasmic laforin and malin. We have identified a new progressive myoclonus epilepsy with Lafora bodies, early-onset Lafora body disease, 101 years after Lafora disease was first described. The results to date suggest that PRDM8, the early-onset Lafora body disease protein, regulates the cytoplasmic quantities of the Lafora disease enzymes. PMID:22961547

  16. [Brain imaging in early onset anorexia].

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    Bargiacchi, A

    2014-05-01

    Structural and functional brain alterations in the structures involved in taste processing, emotions regulation and the reward system have been described in anorexia nervosa. The neurodevelopmental origin of this disorder has been recently discussed. In this article, brain-imaging data in early onset anorexia nervosa will be recalled and the relationship between clinical symptoms, normal brain maturation and brain imaging data in adolescents and adults will be discussed. PMID:24726667

  17. Genomic insights into early-onset obesity.

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    Choquet, Hélène; Meyre, David

    2010-01-01

    The biological causes of childhood obesity are complex. Environmental factors, such as massive marketing campaigns for food leading to over-nutrition and snacking and the decline in physical activity, have undoubtedly contributed to the increased prevalence of overweight and obesity in children, but these cannot be considered as the only causes. Susceptibility to obesity is also determined to a great extent by genetic factors. Furthermore, molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of gene expression, such as epigenetic mechanisms, can increase the risk of developing early-onset obesity. There is evidence that early-onset obesity is a heritable disorder, and a range of genetic factors have recently been shown to cause monogenic, syndromic and polygenic forms of obesity, in some cases interacting with environmental exposures. Modifications of the transcriptome can lead to increased adiposity, and the gut microbiome has recently been shown to be key to the genesis of obesity. These new genomic discoveries complement previous knowledge on the development of early-onset obesity and provide new perspectives for research on the complex molecular and physiological mechanisms involved in this disease. Personalized preventive strategies and genomic medicine may become possible in the near future. PMID:20587078

  18. Early-Onset Dementia: Frequency and Causes Compared to Late-Onset Dementia

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    Aaron McMurtray; David G. Clark; Dianne Christine; Mario F. Mendez

    2006-01-01

    Background: Research on the epidemiology of dementia has focused on the elderly. Few investigations have studied differences in etiologic frequencies between early-onset dementia (EOD), with onset at an age of less than 65 years old, and the more common late-onset disorder. Objectives: To determine relative frequencies and characteristics of EOD versus late-onset dementia (LOD; age of onset ?65 years) diagnosed

  19. Early-onset scoliosis - current treatment.

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    Cunin, V

    2015-02-01

    Early-onset scoliosis, which appears before the age of 10, can be due to congenital vertebral anomalies, neuromuscular diseases, scoliosis-associated syndromes, or idiopathic causes. It can have serious consequences for lung development and significantly reduce the life expectancy compared to adolescent scoliosis. Extended posterior fusion must be avoided to prevent the crankshaft phenomenon, uneven growth of the trunk and especially restrictive lung disease. Conservative (non-surgical) treatment is used first. If this fails, fusionless surgery can be performed to delay the final fusion procedure until the patient is older. The gold standard delaying surgical treatment is the implantation of growing rods as described by Moe and colleagues in the mid-1980s. These rods, which are lengthened during short surgical procedures at regular intervals, curb the scoliosis progression until the patient reaches an age where fusion can be performed. Knowledge of this technique and its complications has led to several mechanical improvements being made, namely use of rods that can be distracted magnetically on an outpatient basis, without the need for anesthesia. Devices based on the same principle have been designed that preferentially attach to the ribs to specifically address chest wall and spine dysplasia. The second category of surgical devices consists of rods used to guide spinal growth that do not require repeated surgical procedures. The third type of fusionless surgical treatment involves slowing the growth of the scoliosis convexity to help reduce the Cobb angle. The indications are constantly changing. Improvements in surgical techniques and greater surgeon experience may help to reduce the number of complications and make this lengthy treatment acceptable to patients and their family. Long-term effects of surgery on the Cobb angle have not been compared to those involving conservative "delaying" treatments. Because the latter has fewer complications associated with it than surgery, it should be the first-line treatment for most cases of early-onset scoliosis. PMID:25623270

  20. Periodontal Disease Early in Pregnancy Is Associated With Maternal Systemic Inflammation Among African American Women

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    Horton, Amanda L.; Boggess, Kim A.; Moss, Kevin L.; Jared, Heather L.; Beck, James; Offenbacher, Steven

    2015-01-01

    Background Maternal periodontal disease is a chronic oral infection with local and systemic inflammatory responses and may be associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. This study determined whether maternal periodontal disease in early pregnancy is associated with elevated serum C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and whether maternal race influences the relationship between maternal periodontal disease and systemic inflammatory responses. Methods A secondary analysis of prospectively collected data from the Oral Conditions and Pregnancy study was conducted. Healthy women at <26 weeks of gestation underwent an oral health examination and had blood collected. Periodontal disease was categorized by clinical criteria, and maternal serum was analyzed for CRP levels using highly sensitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kits. An elevated CRP level was defined as >75th percentile. Demographic and medical data were obtained from the women’s charts. Chi-square and multivariable logistic regression models were used to determine maternal factors associated with an elevated CRP. An adjusted odds ratio (OR) for elevated CRP levels was calculated and stratified by race and periodontal disease category. Results The median (interquartile) CRP level was 4.8 (0.6 to 15.7) ?g/ml, and an elevated CRP level (>75th percentile) was 15.7 ?g/ml. African American race and moderate/severe periodontal disease were significantly associated with elevated CRP levels. When stratified by race, moderate/severe periodontal disease remained associated with an elevated CRP level among African American women (adjusted OR: 4.0; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.2 to 8.5) but not among white women (adjusted OR: 0.9; 95% CI: 0.2 to 3.6) after adjusting for age, smoking, parity, marital status, insurance status, and weight. Conclusion Among African American women, moderate/severe periodontal disease is associated with elevated CRP levels early in pregnancy. PMID:18597593

  1. Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease and Oxidative Stress

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    Meraz-Ríos, Marco Antonio; Franco-Bocanegra, Diana; Toral Rios, Danira; Campos-Peña, Victoria

    2014-01-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia in elderly adults. It is estimated that 10% of the world's population aged more than 60–65 years could currently be affected by AD, and that in the next 20 years, there could be more than 30 million people affected by this pathology. One of the great challenges in this regard is that AD is not just a scientific problem; it is associated with major psychosocial and ethical dilemmas and has a negative impact on national economies. The neurodegenerative process that occurs in AD involves a specific nervous cell dysfunction, which leads to neuronal death. Mutations in APP, PS1, and PS2 genes are causes for early onset AD. Several animal models have demonstrated that alterations in these proteins are able to induce oxidative damage, which in turn favors the development of AD. This paper provides a review of many, although not all, of the mutations present in patients with familial Alzheimer's disease and the association between some of these mutations with both oxidative damage and the development of the pathology. PMID:24669286

  2. Impulsivity in Juvenile Delinquency: Differences among Early-Onset, Late-Onset, and Non-Offenders

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    Carroll, Annemaree; Hemingway, Francene; Bower, Julie; Ashman, Adrian; Houghton, Stephen; Durkin, Kevin

    2006-01-01

    The present research investigated differences in levels of impulsivity among early-onset, late-onset, and non-offending adolescents. 129 adolescents (114 males, 15 females), of whom 86 were institutionalised (M age = 15.52 years) and 43 were regular school students (M age = 15.40 years) participated. Each participant completed the Adapted…

  3. Early versus later onset childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus: Clinical features, treatment and outcome.

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    Hui-Yuen, J S; Imundo, L F; Avitabile, C; Kahn, P J; Eichenfield, A H; Levy, D M

    2011-08-01

    The objective of the study was to compare clinical features, treatment and disease outcome in patients with early versus later onset of childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (cSLE). A retrospective matched cohort study of cSLE patients diagnosed between 1988 and 2008 and followed for a minimum of one year was conducted. Thirty-four pre-pubertal cSLE patients with disease onset prior to their 12th birthday were matched by ethnicity and year of diagnosis to 34 pubertal cSLE patients. The most common criteria at diagnosis in both groups were malar rash, arthritis, hematologic manifestations, and renal disease. After a mean follow-up of more than six years, a similar proportion of patients in the two groups were still prescribed corticosteroids (47% and 41%); patients in the early onset group required a significantly higher daily dose (0.6 mg/kg prednisone-equivalent versus 0.2 mg/kg, p?early onset group (18 versus 5, p?=?0.01), with time-to-event analysis demonstrating a significantly shorter disease duration from diagnosis to first PICU admission in the early onset group (p?early and later onset groups required treatment with cyclophosphamide, patients in the early onset group received treatment earlier in their disease course (mean 13.7 versus 19.9 months, p?Early onset cSLE leads to earlier and more frequent PICU admission, earlier use of cyclophosphamide, and higher corticosteroid dose at long-term follow-up. PMID:21676918

  4. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms Mediate Early-Onset Smoking

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    A. C. Huizink; P. A. C. van Lier; A. A. M. Crijnen

    2009-01-01

    Background\\/Aims: Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have often been associated with early-onset smoking. We hypothesize that reductions in ADHD symptoms due to an intervention have a mediating effect on early-onset smoking. Methods: In a universal, school-based, randomized controlled intervention trial, we examined whether intervention-induced reductions in ADHD symptoms at age 9 mediated the reduced risk of tobacco use

  5. Early identification of 'acute-onset' chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.

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    Sung, Jia-Ying; Tani, Jowy; Park, Susanna B; Kiernan, Matthew C; Lin, Cindy Shin-Yi

    2014-08-01

    Distinguishing patients with acute-onset chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy from acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy prior to relapse is often challenging at the onset of their clinical presentation. In the present study, nerve excitability tests were used in conjunction with the clinical phenotype and disease staging, to differentiate between patients with acute-onset chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy and patients with acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy at an early stage, with the aim to better guide treatment. Clinical assessment, staging and nerve excitability tests were undertaken on patients initially fulfilling the diagnostic criteria of acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy soon after symptom onset and their initial presentation. Patients were subsequently followed up for minimum of 12 months to determine if their clinical presentations were more consistent with acute-onset chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. Clinical severity as evaluated by Medical Research Council sum score and Hughes functional grading scale were not significantly different between the two cohorts. There was no difference between the time of onset of initial symptoms and nerve excitability test assessment between the two cohorts nor were there significant differences in conventional nerve conduction study parameters. However, nerve excitability test profiles obtained from patients with acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy demonstrated abnormalities in the recovery cycle of excitability, including significantly reduced superexcitability (P < 0.001) and prolonged relative refractory period (P < 0.01), without changes in threshold electrotonus. In contrast, in patients with acute-onset chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, a different pattern occurred with the recovery cycle shifted downward (increased superexcitability, P < 0.05; decreased subexcitability, P < 0.05) and increased threshold change in threshold electrotonus in both hyperpolarizing and depolarizing directions [depolarizing threshold electrotonus (90-100 ms) P < 0.005, hyperpolarizing threshold electrotonus (10-20 ms), P < 0.01, hyperpolarizing threshold electrotonus (90-100 ms), P < 0.05], perhaps suggesting early hyperpolarization. In addition, using excitability parameters superexcitability, subexcitability and hyperpolarizing threshold electrotonus (10-20 ms), the patients with acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy and acute-onset chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy could be clearly separated into two non-overlapping groups. Studies of nerve excitability may be able to differentiate acute from acute-onset chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy at an early stage. Characteristic nerve excitability parameter changes occur in early acute-onset chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, to match the clinical phenotype. Importantly, this pattern of change was strikingly different to that shown by patients with acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, suggesting that nerve excitability techniques may be useful in distinguishing acute-onset chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy from acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy at the initial stage. PMID:24983276

  6. Early and Late Onset Sepsis in Late Preterm Infants

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    Cohen-Wolkowiez, Michael; Moran, Cassandra; Benjamin, Daniel K.; Cotten, C. Michael; Clark, Reese H.; Benjamin, Daniel K.; Smith, P. Brian

    2009-01-01

    Background Preterm birth is increasing worldwide, and late preterm births, which comprise more than 70% of all preterm births, account for much of the increase. Early and late onset sepsis results in significant mortality in extremely preterm infants, but little is known about sepsis outcomes in late preterm infants. Methods This is an observational cohort study of infants < 121 days of age (119,130 infants less than or equal to 3 days of life and 106,142 infants between 4 and 120 days of life) with estimated gestational age at birth between 34 and 36 weeks, admitted to 248 neonatal intensive care units in the United States between 1996 and 2007. Results During the study period, the cumulative incidence of early and late onset sepsis was 4.42 and 6.30 episodes per 1000 admissions, respectively. Gram-positive organisms caused the majority of early and late onset sepsis episodes. Infants with early onset sepsis caused by Gram-negative rods and infants with late onset sepsis were more likely to die than their peers with sterile blood cultures (OR 4.39, 95% CI 1.71–11.23, P=0.002; and OR 3.37, 95% CI 2.35–4.84, P<0.001, respectively). Conclusion Late preterm infants demonstrate specific infection rates, pathogen distribution, and mortality associated with early and late onset sepsis. The results of this study are generalizable to late preterm infants admitted to the special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. PMID:19953725

  7. Early life environmental predictors of asthma age-of-onset

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    Ferry, Olivia R; Duffy, David L; Ferreira, Manuel A R

    2014-01-01

    Prevention strategies that delay the onset of asthma may improve clinical outcomes. To identify early life environmental exposures associated with asthma age-of-onset and potential genetic modifiers of these exposures, we studied 1085 subjects with physician-diagnosed asthma and disease onset at or after age two. Subjects reported retrospectively on their exposure to 17 environmental factors before the age of two. The presence of individual or combinations of these early life exposures was then tested for association with variation in asthma age-of-onset. For exposures significantly associated with age-of-onset, we tested if 26 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) with an established association with allergic disease significantly modified the effect of the exposure. Five environmental exposures were significantly associated with variation in asthma age-of-onset after correction for multiple testing: carpet at home (P?=?6?×?10?5), a serious chest illness (P?=?10?4), father a cigarette smoker (P?=?6?×?10?4) and direct exposure to father's smoking (P?=?3?×?10?4). Individuals with early childhood asthma onset, between the ages of two and six, were 1.4-fold (CI 1.1–1.9) more likely to report having lived in a house with carpet and 2.1-fold (CI 1.3–3.5) more likely to report suffering a serious chest illness before the age of two, than asthmatics with later disease onset. We further found these individual risks to increase to 3.2-fold (CI 1.7–6.0) if carpet exposure and suffering a serious chest illness co-occurred before age two. Paternal smoking exposures were less likely to be reported by asthmatics with early when compared to later disease onset (OR 0.5, CI 0.3–0.7). There were no significant SNP interactions with these environmental exposures after correction for multiple testing. Our results suggest that disease onset in individuals at a high-risk of developing asthma can potentially be delayed by avoiding exposure to carpet at home and preventing serious chest illnesses during the first 2 years of life. PMID:25505548

  8. Characterization of Early Partial Seizure Onset: Frequency, Complexity and Entropy

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    Jouny, Christophe C.; Bergey, Gregory K.

    2011-01-01

    Objective A clear classification of partial seizures onset features is not yet established. Complexity and entropy have been very widely used to describe dynamical systems, but a systematic evaluation of these measures to characterize partial seizures has never been performed. Methods Eighteen different measures including power in frequency bands up to 300Hz, Gabor atom density (GAD), Higuchi fractal dimension (HFD), Lempel-Ziv complexity, Shannon entropy, sample entropy, and permutation entropy, were selected to test sensitivity to partial seizure onset. Intracranial recordings from forty-five patients with mesial temporal, neocortical temporal and neocortical extratemporal seizure foci were included (331 partial seizures). Results GAD, Lempel-Ziv complexity, HFD, high frequency activity, and sample entropy were the most reliable measures to assess early seizure onset. Conclusions Increases in complexity and occurrence of high-frequency components appear to be commonly associated with early stages of partial seizure evolution from all regions. The type of measure (frequency-based, complexity or entropy) does not predict the efficiency of the method to detect seizure onset. Significance Differences between measures such as GAD and HFD highlight the multimodal nature of partial seizure onsets. Improved methods for early seizure detection may be achieved from a better understanding of these underlying dynamics. PMID:21872526

  9. [Early onset pediatric sarcoidosis, diagnostic problems].

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    Deverrière, G; Flamans-Klein, A; Firmin, D; Azouzi, O; Courville, P; Le Roux, P

    2012-07-01

    Sarcoidosis, a chronic multisystem inflammatory granulomatous disorder of unknown origin, is a rare disease in children. Two distinct clinical presentations of sarcoidosis in childhood are known. Older children usually show multisystem disease, close to the adult manifestation, with lung infiltration and frequent hilar lymphadenopathy. Prior to the age of 5, sarcoidosis reveals more frequently with the classical triad of rash, arthritis, and uveitis. Due to non-specific clinical features and the lack of a specific test, recognizing sarcoidosis can be difficult in the pediatric population. Moreover, unlike in adults, lung involvement is rare in pediatric sarcoidosis. Given the lack of a definitive blood test, the World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous disorders (WASOG) only recommends dosing the serum angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). Its level is usually higher in children than in adults, but an increased ACE may help in the diagnosis. The gold standard is a biopsy specimen with typical epithelioid gigantocellular granuloma without caseating necrosis granuloma, after other disorders known to cause granulomatous disease have been reasonably excluded. We report here the case of a 4.5-year-old male with the history of polyarthritis and uveitis, considered first as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, followed 5 years later by cutaneous involvement, which led to reconsidering the diagnosis. There were no pulmonary clinical findings. Histology provided the diagnosis of sarcoidosis. He then developed dependence on steroids. The lack of the classical triad delayed the diagnosis several years. This case shows the pediatric singularity of sarcoidosis, which needs to be known so that early and appropriate follow-up can be conducted. PMID:22652518

  10. Early Onset Bipolar Spectrum Disorder: Psychopharmacological, Psychological, and Educational Management

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    McIntosh, David E.; Trotter, Jeffrey S.

    2006-01-01

    Although published research continues to advocate medication as the first line of treatment for early onset bipolar spectrum disorder (EOBSD; N. Lofthouse & M.A. Fristad, 2004), preliminary research demonstrating the utility of cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, and psychoeducational therapies is promising. It appears as if future treatment of EOBSD…

  11. Neurocognition in Early-Onset Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorders

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    Hooper, Stephen R.; Giuliano, Anthony J.; Youngstrom, Eric A.; Breiger, David; Sikich, Linmarie; Frazier, Jean A.; Findling, Robert L.; McClellan, Jon; Hamer, Robert M.; Vitiello, Benedetto; Lieberman, Jeffrey A.

    2010-01-01

    Objective: We examined the neuropsychological functioning of youth enrolled in the NIMH funded trial, Treatment of Early-Onset Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders (TEOSS). We compared the baseline neuropsychological functioning of youth with schizophrenia (SZ, n = 79) to those with schizoaffective disorder (SA, n = 40), and examined the relationship…

  12. Atypical antipsychotics in the treatment of early-onset schizophrenia

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    Hrdlicka, Michal; Dudova, Iva

    2015-01-01

    Atypical antipsychotics (AAPs) have been successfully used in early-onset schizophrenia (EOS). This review summarizes the randomized, double-blind, controlled studies of AAPs in EOS, including clozapine, risperidone, olanzapine, aripiprazole, paliperidone, quetiapine, and ziprasidone. No significant differences in efficacy between AAPs were found, with the exception of clozapine and ziprasidone. Clozapine demonstrated superior efficacy in treatment-resistant patients with EOS, whereas ziprasidone failed to demonstrate efficacy in the treatment of EOS. Our review also focuses on the onset of action and weight gain associated with AAPs. The data on onset of action of AAPs in pediatric psychiatry are scanty and inconsistent. Olanzapine appears to cause the most significant weight gain in patients with EOS, while ziprasidone and aripiprazole seem to cause the least. PMID:25897226

  13. Early- and late-onset severe pneumonia after renal transplantation

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    Tu, Guowei; Ju, Minjie; Zheng, Yijun; Xu, Ming; Rong, Ruiming; Zhu, Duming; Zhu, Tongyu; Luo, Zhe

    2015-01-01

    Background: The aim of this study was to clarify the distinctions in the clinical characteristics and outcomes between early- and late-onset severe pneumonia after renal transplantation requiring ICU admission. Methods: The data were retrospectively collected in consecutive renal recipients with severe pneumonia from January 1, 2009, to December 31, 2013, in a tertiary ICU. We classified the patients according to the time of pneumonia onset as follows: early-onset severe pneumonia (E-SP) corresponded to a pulmonary infection occurring during the first year following the transplantation, and late-onset severe pneumonia (L-SP) corresponded to a pulmonary infection occurring after the first year following the transplantation. Results: In the E-SP patients, fungi (42.1%) and viruses (31.6%) were the most common pathogens. Twenty-three (71.9%) patients received non-invasive ventilation (NIV), 15 (65.2%) of whom were intubated. The median duration of the ICU and hospital stays was 11 ± 5 and 19 ± 4 days, respectively. In the L-SP patients, bacteria (42.1%) and viruses (26.3%) were the predominant pathogens. Four of 15 (26.7%) patients failed NIV treatment. The median duration of the ICU and hospital stays was 9 ± 3 and 16 ± 3 days, respectively. The ICU mortality among the E-SP patients was 18.8% (6 of 32), compared with 7.1% (2 of 28) in the L-SP group (P = 0.264). Conclusions: Early-onset severe pneumonia in renal transplant recipients resulted in a more serious condition, higher rate of NIV failure, longer duration of mechanical ventilation, and increased length of ICU and hospital stays.

  14. Early-onset dementias: diagnostic and etiological considerations

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    2013-01-01

    This paper summarizes the body of literature about early-onset dementia (EOD) that led to recommendations from the Fourth Canadian Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia. A broader differential diagnosis is required for EOD compared with late-onset dementia. Delays in diagnosis are common, and the social impact of EOD requires special care teams. The etiologies underlying EOD syndromes should take into account family history and comorbid diseases, such as cerebrovascular risk factors, that may influence the clinical presentation and age at onset. For example, although many EODs are more likely to have Mendelian genetic and/or metabolic causes, the presence of comorbidities may drive the individual at risk for late-onset dementia to manifest the symptoms at an earlier age, which contributes further to the observed heterogeneity and may confound diagnostic investigation. A personalized medicine approach to diagnosis should therefore be considered depending on the age at onset, clinical presentation, and comorbidities. Genetic counseling and testing as well as specialized biochemical screening are often required, especially in those under the age of 40 and in those with a family history of autosomal dominant or recessive disease. Novel treatments in the drug development pipeline for EOD, such as genetic forms of Alzheimer's disease, should target the specific pathogenic cascade implicated by the mutation or biochemical defect. PMID:24565469

  15. Risk Assessment in Neonatal Early-Onset Sepsis

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    Mukhopadhyay, Sagori; Puopolo, Karen M.

    2013-01-01

    The incidence of neonatal early-onset sepsis has declined with the widespread use of intrapartum antibiotic therapies, yet early-onset sepsis remains a potentially fatal condition, particularly among very low-birth weight infants. Clinical signs of neonatal infection are non-specific and may be absent in the immediate postnatal period. Maternal and infant clinical characteristics, as well as infant laboratory values, have been used to identify newborns at risk, and to administer empiric antibiotic therapy to prevent progression to more severe illness. Such approaches result in the evaluation of approximately 15% of asymptomatic term and late preterm infants and of nearly all preterm infants. The development of multivariate predictive models may provide more accurate methods of identifying newborns at highest risk and allow for more limited newborn antibiotic exposures. PMID:23177799

  16. Genetics Home Reference: Inclusion body myopathy with early-onset Paget disease and frontotemporal dementia

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    ... myopathy with early-onset Paget disease and frontotemporal dementia (often shortened to IBMPFD ) On this page: Description ... myopathy with early-onset Paget disease and frontotemporal dementia (IBMPFD) is a condition that can affect the ...

  17. Early Infantile Onset ‘‘Congenital’’ Rett Syndrome Variants: Swedish Experience Through Four Decades and Mutation Analysis

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    Saideh Rajaei; Anna Erlandson; Marten Kyllerman; Margareta Albage; Isa Lundstrom; Ewa-Lotta Karrstedt; Bengt Hagberg

    2011-01-01

    The early infantile onset ‘‘congenital’’ variant of Rett syndrome presents with deviations of behavior from very early infancy. Here, we report on a clinical-genetic study in a collected series of 14 Swedish girls with early infantile onset Rett syndrome phenotype. The clinical diagnosis was based on symptom onset before the age of 6 months and the patients fulfilled 3 or

  18. Early Onset of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressant Action

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    Taylor, Matthew J.; Freemantle, Nick; Geddes, John R.; Bhagwagar, Zubin

    2008-01-01

    Context: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are often described as having a delayed onset of effect in the treatment of depression. However, some trials have reported clinical improvement as early as the first week of treatment. Objective: To test the alternative hypotheses of delayed vs early onset of antidepressant action with SSRIs in patients with unipolar depression. Data Sources: Trials identified by searching CENTRAL, The Cochrane Collaboration database of controlled trials (2005), and the reference lists of identified trials and other systematic reviews. Study Selection: Randomized controlled trials of SSRIs vs placebo for the treatment of unipolar depression in adults that reported outcomes for at least 2 time points in the first 4 weeks of treatment (50 trials from >500 citations identified). Trials were excluded if limited to participants older than 65 years or specific comorbidities. Data Extraction: Data were extracted on trial design, participant characteristics, and outcomes by a single reviewer. Data Synthesis: Pooled estimates of treatment effect on depressive symptom rating scales were calculated for weeks 1 through 6 of treatment. In the primary analysis, the pattern of response seen was tested against alternative models of onset of response. The primary analysis incorporated data from 28 randomized controlled trials (n=5872). A model of early treatment response best fit the experimental data. Treatment with SSRIs rather than placebo was associated with clinical improvement by the end of the first week of use. A secondary analysis indicated an increased chance of achieving a 50% reduction in Hamilton Depression Rating Scale scores by 1 week (relative risk, 1.64; 95% confidence interval, 1.2-2.25) with SSRI treatment compared with placebo. Conclusions: Treatment with SSRIs is associated with symptomatic improvement in depression by the end of the first week of use, and the improvement continues at a decreasing rate for at least 6 weeks. PMID:17088502

  19. Early onset Parkinsonism associated with an intronic SOD1 mutation.

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    Kacem, Imen; Funalot, Benoît; Torny, Frédéric; Lautrette, Géraldine; Andersen, Peter M; Couratier, Philippe

    2012-05-01

    We report on a patient belonging to a large family with autosomal-dominant amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, who developed asymmetrical akineto-rigid symptoms at 33 years of age. He had no signs of lower motor neuron disease after four years of follow-up. All seven ALS patients from this family harboured a mutation located in the fourth intron of the SOD1 gene. The proband also harboured the same mutation, associated with a 40% decrease in SOD1 erythrocyte activity. This case report suggests that SOD1 mutations might be associated with marked phenotypic variability (ALS or early onset Parkinsonism in this family). PMID:22214312

  20. Hypergonadotropic Hypogonadism, Progressive Early-Onset Spinocerebellar Ataxia, and Late-Onset Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Case Report and Literature Review

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    Sarikaya, E; Ensert, CG; Gulerman, HC

    2011-01-01

    The association of ataxia, hypergonadotropic hypogonadism and hearing loss is extremely rare. Considerable heterogeneity exists in the literature of the neurological manifestations, age of onset, clinical severity and associated abnormalities. We describe a 24-year-old woman with secondary hypergonadotropic amenorrhea, early-onset progressive spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA), late-onset sensorineural hearing loss and normal intelligence and compare it with reported cases. PMID:24052715

  1. Menkes disease – An important cause of early onset refractory seizures

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    Jain, Puneet; Kannan, Lakshminarayanan; Chakrabarty, Biswaroop; Kumar, Atin; Gupta, Neerja; Kabra, Madhulika; Gulati, Sheffali

    2014-01-01

    Context: Menkes disease is an X-linked multisystem disorder characterized by early onset of cerebral and cerebellar neurodegeneration, fair skin, hypopigmented sparse hair and connective tissue abnormalities. Aims: We aimed to evaluate the clinical, electrophysiological and radiological features of children with Menkes disease seen at our institute. Setting/Design: The medical records of children diagnosed with Menkes disease admitted in the pediatric neurology ward or attending the special pediatric neurology clinic at a tertiary care and a referral hospital in North India, from January 2010 to December 2012, were retrospectively reviewed. The clinical data of each case was subsequently summarized and reported. Statistical analysis used: Descriptive statistics were used. Results: During the study period, 1174 children were seen. Out of these, 6 cases were diagnosed as Menkes disease on the basis of clinical phenotype, low serum copper and ceruloplasmin and supportive neuroimaging. All the children were males and had disease onset within 3 months of age, with 4 children presenting in the neonatal period. Global developmental delay and refractory seizures were the predominant clinical symptoms. Two children had symptomatic West syndrome. Other seizure semiologies included tonic-clonic (4), myoclonic (2) and tonic seizures (1). The electroencephalographic abnormalities included hypsarrythmia (2) and multifocal epileptiform discharges (3). The salient radiological features included white matter changes, temporal lobe abnormalities, global atrophy, subdural hygromas and tortuous cerebral blood vessels. Conclusions: Menkes disease should be suspected in a case of refractory early onset seizures especially in the presence of subtle clinical clues. The neuroimaging findings may further support the diagnosis. PMID:24891895

  2. The External Limiting Membrane in Early-Onset Stargardt Disease

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    Lee, Winston; Nõupuu, Kalev; Oll, Maris; Duncker, Tobias; Burke, Tomas; Zernant, Jana; Bearelly, Srilaxmi; Tsang, Stephen H.; Sparrow, Janet R.; Allikmets, Rando

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. To describe pathologic changes of the external limiting membrane (ELM) in young patients with early-onset Stargardt (STGD1) disease. Methods. Twenty-six STGD1 patients aged younger than 20 years with confirmed disease-causing adenosine triphosphate–binding cassette, subfamily A, member 4 (ABCA4) alleles and 30 age-matched unaffected individuals were studied. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), fundus autofluorescence (AF), and color fundus photography (CFP) images, as well as full-field electroretinograms were obtained and analyzed for one to four visits in each patient. Results. The ELM in all patients exhibited a distinct thickening that was not observed in unaffected individuals. In addition, accumulations of reflective deposits were noted in the outer nuclear layer in every patient. Four patients exhibited a concave protuberance or bulging of a thickened and hyperreflective ELM band within the fovea containing preserved photoreceptors. Longitudinal SD-OCT data in several patients revealed the persistence of this ELM abnormality over a period of time (1–4 years). Furthermore, the edges of the inner segment ellipsoid band appeared to recede earlier than the ELM band in active lesions. Conclusions. Structural changes seen in the ELM of this cohort may reflect a gliotic response to cellular stress at the photoreceptor level in early-onset STGD1. PMID:25139735

  3. Assessing Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Social Consequences of Early-Onset Psychiatric Disorder

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    Lê Cook, Benjamin; Carson, Nicholas; Alegria, Margarita

    2010-01-01

    Individuals with early onset of psychiatric disorder have worse social outcomes than individuals with adult onset. It is unknown whether this association varies by racial/ethnic group. Identifying groups at risk for poor social outcomes is important for improving clinical and policy interventions. We compared unemployment, high school dropout, arrest, and welfare participation by race/ethnicity and time of onset using a nationally representative sample of Whites, Blacks, Asians, and Latinos with lifetime psychiatric disorder. Early onset was associated with worse social outcomes than adult onset. Significant Black-White and Latino-White differences in social outcomes were identified. The association between early onset and negative social outcomes was similar across Whites, Latinos, and Blacks. For Asians, the association between unemployment and early onset was opposite that of Whites. Increasing early detection and treatment of psychiatric illness should be prioritized. Further study will clarify the association between onset and social outcomes among sub-ethnic populations. PMID:20453376

  4. Patterns of axis I comorbidity in early-onset versus late-onset major depressive disorder

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    Jonathan E Alpert; Maurizio Fava; Lisa A Uebelacker; Andrew A Nierenberg; Joel A Pava; John J Worthington; Jerrold F Rosenbaum

    1999-01-01

    Background: This study of a large clinical sample of depressed patients examined whether childhood onset as compared with adult onset Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) would confer a greater risk for Axis I comorbidity and whether childhood onset MDD would also differ from adult onset MDD in the pattern of comorbid disorders.Methods: We examined lifetime co-occurrence of Axis I disorders among

  5. Early Onset Recurrent Subtype of Adolescent Depression: Clinical and Psychosocial Correlates

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    Hammen, Constance; Brennan, Patricia A.; Keenan-Miller, Danielle; Herr, Nathaniel R.

    2008-01-01

    Background: Evaluated trajectories of adolescent depression and their correlates in a longitudinal study of a community sample: early onset (by age 15) with major depression (MDE) recurrence between 15 and 20; early onset with no recurrence; later onset of major depression after age 15 with and without recurrence by 20; and never-depressed.…

  6. White Matter Abnormalities in Early-Onset Schizophrenia: A Voxel-Based Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study

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    Sanjiv Kumra; Manzar Ashtari; Kelly L. Cervellione; Inika Henderson; Hana Kester; David Roofeh; Jinghui Wu; Tana Clarke; Emily Thaden; John M. Kane; Joseph Rhinewine; Todd Lencz; Alan Diamond; Babak A. Ardekani; Philip R. Szeszko

    2005-01-01

    ObjectiveTo investigate abnormalities in the structural integrity of brain white matter as suggested by diffusion tensor imaging in adolescents with early-onset schizophrenia (onset of psychosis by age 18).

  7. Living With Her Genes Early Onset Familial Alzheimer's Disease

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    Lynne H. Gildensoph

    2008-01-01

    When a 30-year-old genetic counselor learns that her 38-year-old sister has developed early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease (EOFAD), a dominantly inherited disorder that led to their father's death at age 42, she struggles with whether to undergo genetic testing and whether to have children. This interrupted case study examines the impact of genetic testing on people and their families when there is no treatment or cure for a disease. It covers principles of Mendelian inheritance as well as genetic and reproductive technologies ,such as gene tests, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, and in vitro fertilization. It can be used in introductory biology courses for both majors and non-majors or adapted for more advanced courses in genetics and molecular biology.

  8. Biologically inactive leptin and early-onset extreme obesity.

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    Wabitsch, Martin; Funcke, Jan-Bernd; Lennerz, Belinda; Kuhnle-Krahl, Ursula; Lahr, Georgia; Debatin, Klaus-Michael; Vatter, Petra; Gierschik, Peter; Moepps, Barbara; Fischer-Posovszky, Pamela

    2015-01-01

    Mutations in the gene encoding leptin (LEP) typically lead to an absence of circulating leptin and to extreme obesity. We describe a 2-year-old boy with early-onset extreme obesity due to a novel homozygous transversion (c.298G?T) in LEP, leading to a change from aspartic acid to tyrosine at amino acid position 100 (p.D100Y) and high immunoreactive levels of leptin. Overexpression studies confirmed that the mutant protein is secreted but neither binds to nor activates the leptin receptor. The mutant protein failed to reduce food intake and body weight in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice. Treatment of the patient with recombinant human leptin (metreleptin) rapidly normalized eating behavior and resulted in weight loss. PMID:25551525

  9. Early Onset Multiple Sclerosis Has Worse Prognosis Than Adult Onset Multiple Sclerosis Based on Cognition and Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Ozakbas, Serkan; Kaya, Derya; Idiman, Egemen

    2012-01-01

    Objectives. In the present study, we aimed to compare the childhood and adult onset multiple sclerosis patients prospectively in their adulthood on the basis of clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and cognitive impairment, which have not been performed before. Patients and Methods. Forty-six patients in whom the disease onset occurred before 16 years of age were included in the present study. Study subjects were compared with 64 randomly included adult onset patients. Results. Mean disease duration, clinical course, and female to male ratio did not differ in the groups. Cerebellar/brainstem and spinal involvement at onset were significantly higher in EOMS than in AOMS. Difference in MSFC between baseline and at the end of the 5th year was significantly worse in EOMS population (P = 0.02). The most significant difference was found in Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT) (P = 0.008). Differences between baseline and at the end of the 5th year on the basis of T1 hypointense lesions were significantly higher in early onset MS than in adult onset MS patients (P = 0.02). Conclusions. Early onset MS seems to have worse prognosis than that of adult onset MS on the basis of clinical manifestation, cognitive impairment, and MRI parameters. PMID:23193441

  10. Treatment of Early-Onset Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders (TEOSS): Rationale, Design, and Methods

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    McClellan, Jon; Sikich, Linmarie; Findling, Robert L.; Frazier, Jean A.; Vitiello, Benedetto; Hlastala, Stefanie A.; Williams, Emily; Ambler, Denisse; Hunt-Harrison, Tyehimba; Maloney, Ann E.; Ritz, Louise; Anderson, Robert; Hamer, Robert M.; Lieberman, Jeffrey A.

    2007-01-01

    Objective: The Treatment of Early Onset Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders Study is a publicly funded clinical trial designed to compare the therapeutic benefits, safety, and tolerability of risperidone, olanzapine, and molindone in youths with early-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorders. The rationale, design, and methods of the Treatment of Early

  11. Rapid onset of efficacy of rasagiline in early Parkinson's disease.

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    Zambito Marsala, Sandro; Vitaliani, Roberta; Volpe, Daniele; Capozzoli, Francesca; Baroni, Luciana; Belgrado, Enrico; Borsato, Carlo; Gioulis, Manuela; Marchini, Corrado; Antonini, Angelo

    2013-11-01

    Rasagiline is a monoamine oxidase type-B inhibitor used as monotherapy or in addition to levodopa in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). This naturalistic single-blind study was aimed at evaluating the rapidity of onset effect of rasagiline on motor symptoms in a cohort of early relatively elderly PD patients. 102 outpatients (55 males, median age 71 years) have been selected: 26 were PD therapy-naive and 76 received rasagiline as add-on therapy. The third section of the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRSIII) and the Hoehn-Yahr (HY) scale were assessed at baseline and after 1 and 4 weeks thereafter. The mean UPDRS III total score (-6.7 at week 1 and -8.9 at week 4) and single items, as well as mean HY score (-0.40 at week 1 and -0.67 at week 4), significantly decreased from baseline (p < 0.001). Improvements were significant in both therapy-naive and add-on therapy patients: the mean decreases from baseline to week 4 in UPDRSIII and HY score were -8.8 and -0.46, and -9.0 and -0.74, respectively, in the two subgroups. The mean decrease from baseline in UPDRSIII and HY score did not significantly differ in patients aged > or ?71 years. Rasagiline had a rapid therapeutic effect from the first week of therapy, which further improved at 4 weeks. The rapid onset of action and the absence of a dose titration are important issues in the management of the PD patient. PMID:23636872

  12. Cardiovascular disease risk factors after early-onset preeclampsia, late-onset preeclampsia, and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

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    Veerbeek, Jan H W; Hermes, Wietske; Breimer, Anath Y; van Rijn, Bas B; Koenen, Steven V; Mol, Ben W; Franx, Arie; de Groot, Christianne J M; Koster, Maria P H

    2015-03-01

    Observational studies have shown an increased lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women who experienced a hypertensive disorder in pregnancy. This risk is related to the severity of the pregnancy-related hypertensive disease and gestational age at onset. However, it has not been investigated whether these differences in CVD risk factors are already present at postpartum cardiovascular screening. We evaluated postpartum differences in CVD risk factors in 3 subgroups of patients with a history of hypertensive pregnancy. We compared the prevalence of common CVD risk factors postpartum among 448 women with previous early-onset preeclampsia, 76 women with previous late-onset preeclampsia, and 224 women with previous pregnancy-induced hypertension. Women with previous early-onset preeclampsia were compared with women with late-onset preeclampsia and pregnancy-induced hypertension and had significantly higher fasting blood glucose (5.29 versus 4.80 and 4.83 mmol/L), insulin (9.12 versus 6.31 and 6.7 uIU/L), triglycerides (1.32 versus 1.02 and 0.97 mmol/L), and total cholesterol (5.14 versus 4.73 and 4.73 mmol/L). Almost half of the early-onset preeclampsia women had developed hypertension, as opposed to 39% and 25% of women in the pregnancy-induced hypertension and late-onset preeclampsia groups, respectively. Our data show differences in the prevalence of common modifiable CVD risk factors postpartum and suggest that prevention strategies should be stratified according to severity and gestational age of onset for the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. PMID:25561694

  13. Aberrant Default Mode Functional Connectivity in Early Onset Schizophrenia

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    Tang, Jinsong; Liao, Yanhui; Song, Ming; Gao, Jia-Hong; Zhou, Bing; Tan, Changlian; Liu, Tieqiao; Tang, Yanqing; Chen, Jindong; Chen, Xiaogang

    2013-01-01

    Background The default mode network (DMN) has been linked to a number of mental disorders including schizophrenia. However, the abnormal connectivity of DMN in early onset schizophrenia (EOS) has been rarely reported. Methods Independent component analysis (ICA) was used to investigate functional connectivity (FC) of the DMN in 32 first-episode adolescents with EOS and 32 age and gender-matched healthy controls. Results Compared to healthy controls, patients with EOS showed increased FC between the medial frontal gyrus and other areas of the DMN. Partial correlation analyses showed that the FC of medial frontal gyrus significantly correlated with PANSS-positive symptoms (partial correlation coefficient ?=?0.538, Bonferoni corrected P?=?0.018). Limitations Although the sample size of participants was comparable with most fMRI studies to date, it was still relatively small. Pediatric brains were registered to the MNI adult brain template. However, possible age-specific differences in spatial normalization that arise from registering pediatric brains to the MNI adult brain template may have little effect on fMRI results. Conclusion This study provides evidence for functional abnormalities of DMN in first-episode EOS. These abnormalities could be a source of abnormal introspectively-oriented mental actives. PMID:23923052

  14. Evidence for apolipoprotein E {epsilon}4 association in early-onset Alzheimer`s patients with late-onset relatives

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    Perez-Tur, J.; Delacourte, A.; Chartier-Harlin, M.C. [INSERM, Rouen (France)] [and others

    1995-12-18

    Recently several reports have extended the apolipoprotein E (APOE) {epsilon}4 association found in late-onset Alzheimer`s disease (LOAD) patients to early-onset (EO) AD patients. We have studied this question in a large population of 119 EOAD patients (onset {<=}60 years) in which family history was carefully assessed and in 109 controls. We show that the APOE {epsilon}A allele frequency is increased only in the subset of patients who belong to families where LOAD secondary cases are present. Our sampling scheme permits us to demonstrate that, for an individual, bearing at least one {epsilon}4 allele increases both the risk of AD before age 60 and the probability of belonging to a family with late-onset affected subjects. Our results suggest that a subset of EOAD cases shares a common determinism with LOAD cases. 19 refs., 3 tabs.

  15. Phenotypic differences in early- and late-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder

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    C. Sobin; M. L. Blundell; M. Karayiorgou

    2000-01-01

    Early-onset forms of many medical diseases have been associated with specific genetic anomalies. To assess the potential marker value of onset age in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), we examined and compared the phenotypic characteristics of patients with early and later onset. The study sample included 38 children with DSM-IV OCD and 129 adults 19 years of age or older, 77 of

  16. Comparative investigation of tissue alterations and distribution of BVD-viral antigen in cattle with early onset versus late onset mucosal disease

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    E. M Liebler-Tenorio; A Lanwehr; I Greiser-Wilke; B. I Loehr; J Pohlenz

    2000-01-01

    Tissue alterations and distribution of BVDV antigen were examined in nine cattle with early onset and five cattle with late onset mucosal disease (MD) to evaluate the possibility to differentiate between the two disease entities. MD was induced by inoculation of persistently viremic cattle with different strains of cytopathogenic BVDV. Animals which developed early onset MD became moribund approximately 2

  17. Family Functioning and Early Onset of Sexual Intercourse in Latino Adolescents

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    Velez-Pastrana, Maria C.; Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Rafael A.; Borges-Hernandez, Adalisse

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with early onset of sexual intercourse. Within an ecological system's conceptual framework, familial factors associated with early onset of sexual activity were identified in a sample of 425 adolescents from San Juan metro area schools. Measures included questions about sexual activity,…

  18. Verbal and Academic Skills in Children with Early-Onset Type 1 Diabetes

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    Hannonen, Riitta; Komulainen, Jorma; Eklund, Kenneth; Tolvanen, Asko; Riikonen, Raili; Ahonen, Timo

    2010-01-01

    Aim: Basic verbal and academic skills can be adversely affected by early-onset diabetes, although these skills have been studied less than other cognitive functions. This study aimed to explore the mechanism of learning deficits in children with diabetes by assessing basic verbal and academic skills in children with early-onset diabetes and in…

  19. Children with Very Early Onset Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Clinical Features and Treatment Outcome

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    Nakatani, Eriko; Krebs, Georgina; Micali, Nadia; Turner, Cynthia; Heyman, Isobel; Mataix-Cols, David

    2011-01-01

    Background: There is emerging evidence that early onset obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may be a phenomenologically distinct subtype of the disorder. Previous research has shown that individuals who report an early onset display greater severity and persistence of symptoms, and they may be less responsive to treatment. To date, this question…

  20. Results of late surgical intervention in children with early-onset bilateral cataracts

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    Sinha, Pawan

    and were older than 8 years of age at the time of treatment. They underwent bilateral cataract surgery are the visual acuity outcomes following surgery in children with dense bilateral early-onset cataracts whenResults of late surgical intervention in children with early-onset bilateral cataracts Suma Ganesh

  1. Key Goals and Indicators for Successful Aging of Adults with Early-onset Disability

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    LaPlante, Mitchell P.

    2013-01-01

    Substantial improvements have occurred in the longevity of several groups of individuals with early-onset disabilities, with many now surviving to advanced ages. This paper estimates the population of adults aging with early-onset disabilities at 12-15 million persons. Key goals for the successful aging of adults with early-onset disabilities are discussed, emphasizing reduction in risks for aging-related chronic disease and secondary conditions, while promoting social participation and independence. However, indicators suggest that elevated risk factors for aging-related chronic diseases, including smoking, obesity, and inactivity, as well as barriers to prevention and the diminished social and economic situation of adults with disabilities are continuing impediments to successful aging that must be addressed. Increased provider awareness that people with early onset disabilities are aging and can age successfully and the integration of disability and aging services systems are transformative steps that will help adults with early onset disability to age more successfully. PMID:24456685

  2. Distributional Cues and the Onset Bias in Early Word Segmentation

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    Babineau, Mireille; Shi, Rushen

    2014-01-01

    In previous infant studies on statistics-based word segmentation, the unit of statistical computation was always aligned with the syllabic edge, which had a consonant onset. The current study addressed whether the learning system imposes a constraint that favors word forms beginning with a consonant onset over those beginning with an onsetless…

  3. Deficits in Facial Expression Recognition in Male Adolescents with Early-Onset or Adolescence-Onset Conduct Disorder

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    Fairchild, Graeme; Van Goozen, Stephanie H. M.; Calder, Andrew J.; Stollery, Sarah J.; Goodyer, Ian M.

    2009-01-01

    Background: We examined whether conduct disorder (CD) is associated with deficits in facial expression recognition and, if so, whether these deficits are specific to the early-onset form of CD, which emerges in childhood. The findings could potentially inform the developmental taxonomic theory of antisocial behaviour, which suggests that…

  4. Early results of a remotely-operated magnetic growth rod in early-onset scoliosis.

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    Dannawi, Z; Altaf, F; Harshavardhana, N S; El Sebaie, H; Noordeen, H

    2013-01-01

    Conventional growing rods are the most commonly used distraction-based devices in the treatment of progressive early-onset scoliosis. This technique requires repeated lengthenings with the patient anaesthetised in the operating theatre. We describe the outcomes and complications of using a non-invasive magnetically controlled growing rod (MCGR) in children with early-onset scoliosis. Lengthening is performed on an outpatient basis using an external remote control with the patient awake.Between November 2009 and March 2011, 34 children with a mean age of eight years (5 to 12) underwent treatment. The mean length of follow-up was 15 months (12 to 18). In total, 22 children were treated with dual rod constructs and 12 with a single rod. The mean number of distractions per patient was 4.8 (3 to 6). The mean pre-operative Cobb angle was 69° (46° to 108°); this was corrected to a mean 47° (28° to 91°) post-operatively. The mean Cobb angle at final review was 41° (27° to 86°). The mean pre-operative distance from T1 to S1 was 304 mm (243 to 380) and increased to 335 mm (253 to 400) in the immediate post-operative period. At final review the mean distance from T1 to S1 had increased to 348 mm (260 to 420).Two patients developed a superficial wound infection and a further two patients in the single rod group developed a loss of distraction. In the dual rod group, one patient had pull-out of a hook and one developed prominent metalwork. Two patients had a rod breakage; one patient in the single rod group and one patient in the dual rod group. Our early results show that the MCGR is safe and effective in the treatment of progressive early-onset scoliosis with the avoidance of repeated surgical lengthenings. PMID:23307677

  5. Early-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder and personality disorders in adulthood.

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    Maina, Giuseppe; Albert, Umberto; Salvi, Virginio; Pessina, Enrico; Bogetto, Filippo

    2008-03-15

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) often emerges in childhood or adolescence. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether adult patients with prepuberal onset differ from subjects with later onset in terms of personality disorder comorbidity. The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis II Disorders was used to assess 148 patients with a principal diagnosis of OCD according to the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders. The following two subgroups of subjects were selected according to the age at onset of symptomatology: patients with an early-onset (< or =10 years), and patients with a later onset (> or =17 years). Of the 148 patients screened for the present study, 33 (22.3%) had an early onset and 1369 (46.6%) had a later onset. With regard to personality disorders, early-onset patients showed more OC personality disorders (OCPD) than later onset patients. Our finding suggests that OCD in childhood increases the risk for developing OCPD in adulthood, or that early-onset OCD and OCPD share a common pathogenesis. PMID:18237785

  6. Periodontal disease, atherosclerosis, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and head-and-neck cancer.

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    Han, Y W; Houcken, W; Loos, B G; Schenkein, H A; Tezal, M

    2014-05-01

    Interrelationships between periodontal infection and systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and head-and-neck cancer have become increasingly appreciated in recent years. Periodontitis is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and, experimentally, with measures of atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction. Periodontal therapy may reduce atherosclerotic changes and improve endothelial function. Preliminary findings suggest a role for the genetic locus ANRIL in the pathobiology of both CVD and periodontitis. Periodontal pathogens induce anticardiolipin in periodontitis patients by molecular mimicry of the serum protein ?-2 glycoprotein I. These antibodies have biological and pathological activities consistent with those reported for other infection-induced antiphospholipid antibodies. Anticardiolipin may explain some of the observed associations between periodontitis and systemic conditions such as CVD and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The oral commensal Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn) becomes pathogenic on migration to extra-oral sites. Fn infection of the fetal-placental unit has been linked to pregnancy complications, including preterm birth, stillbirth, and early-onset neonatal sepsis. Reagents aimed at inhibiting or resolving inflammatory responses may be used to treat or prevent pregnancy complications due to bacterial infection. Chronic periodontitis may be independently associated with head-and-neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) through direct toxic effects of bacteria and their products, and/or through indirect effects of inflammation. Additionally, chronic periodontitis may facilitate the acquisition and persistence of oral HPV infection, a recently emerged risk factor for HNSCC. PMID:24736704

  7. Increased Genetic Vulnerability to Smoking at CHRNA5 in Early-Onset Smokers

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    Hartz, Sarah M.; Short, Susan E.; Saccone, Nancy L.; Culverhouse, Robert; Chen, LiShiun; Schwantes-An, Tae-Hwi; Coon, Hilary; Han, Younghun; Stephens, Sarah H.; Sun, Juzhong; Chen, Xiangning; Ducci, Francesca; Dueker, Nicole; Franceschini, Nora; Frank, Josef; Geller, Frank; Gu?bjartsson, Daniel; Hansel, Nadia N.; Jiang, Chenhui; Keskitalo-Vuokko, Kaisu; Liu, Zhen; Lyytikäinen, Leo-Pekka; Michel, Martha; Rawal, Rajesh; Hum, Sc; Rosenberger, Albert; Scheet, Paul; Shaffer, John R.; Teumer, Alexander; Thompson, John R.; Vink, Jacqueline M.; Vogelzangs, Nicole; Wenzlaff, Angela S.; Wheeler, William; Xiao, Xiangjun; Yang, Bao-Zhu; Aggen, Steven H.; Balmforth, Anthony J.; Baumeister, Sebastian E.; Beaty, Terri; Bennett, Siiri; Bergen, Andrew W.; Boyd, Heather A.; Broms, Ulla; Campbell, Harry; Chatterjee, Nilanjan; Chen, Jingchun; Cheng, Yu-Ching; Cichon, Sven; Couper, David; Cucca, Francesco; Dick, Danielle M.; Foroud, Tatiana; Furberg, Helena; Giegling, Ina; Gu, Fangyi; Hall, Alistair S.; Hällfors, Jenni; Han, Shizhong; Hartmann, Annette M.; Hayward, Caroline; Heikkilä, Kauko; Lic, Phil; Hewitt, John K.; Hottenga, Jouke Jan; Jensen, Majken K.; Jousilahti, Pekka; Kaakinen, Marika; Kittner, Steven J.; Konte, Bettina; Korhonen, Tellervo; Landi, Maria-Teresa; Laatikainen, Tiina; Leppert, Mark; Levy, Steven M.; Mathias, Rasika A.; McNeil, Daniel W.; Medland, Sarah E.; Montgomery, Grant W.; Muley, Thomas; Murray, Tanda; Nauck, Matthias; North, Kari; Pergadia, Michele; Polasek, Ozren; Ramos, Erin M.; Ripatti, Samuli; Risch, Angela; Ruczinski, Ingo; Rudan, Igor; Salomaa, Veikko; Schlessinger, David; Styrkársdóttir, Unnur; Terracciano, Antonio; Uda, Manuela; Willemsen, Gonneke; Wu, Xifeng; Abecasis, Goncalo; Barnes, Kathleen; Bickeböller, Heike; Boerwinkle, Eric; Boomsma, Dorret I.; Caporaso, Neil; Duan, Jubao; Edenberg, Howard J.; Francks, Clyde; Gejman, Pablo V.; Gelernter, Joel; Grabe, Hans Jörgen; Hops, Hyman; Jarvelin, Marjo-Riitta; Viikari, Jorma; Kähönen, Mika; Kendler, Kenneth S.; Lehtimäki, Terho; Levinson, Douglas F.; Marazita, Mary L.; Marchini, Jonathan; Melbye, Mads; Mitchell, Braxton D.; Murray, Jeffrey C.; Nöthen, Markus M.; Penninx, Brenda W.; Raitakari, Olli; Rietschel, Marcella; Rujescu, Dan; Samani, Nilesh J.; Sanders, Alan R.; Schwartz, Ann G.; Shete, Sanjay; Shi, Jianxin; Spitz, Margaret; Stefansson, Kari; Swan, Gary E.; Thorgeirsson, Thorgeir; Völzke, Henry; Wei, Qingyi; Wichmann, H.-Erich; Amos, Christopher I.; Breslau, Naomi; Cannon, Dale S.; Ehringer, Marissa; Grucza, Richard; Hatsukami, Dorothy; Heath, Andrew; Johnson, Eric O.; Kaprio, Jaakko; Madden, Pamela; Martin, Nicholas G.; Stevens, Victoria L.; Stitzel, Jerry A.; Weiss, Robert B.; Kraft, Peter; Bierut, Laura J.

    2012-01-01

    Context Recent studies have shown an association between cigarettes per day (CPD) and a nonsynonymous single-nucleotide polymorphism in CHRNA5, rs16969968. Objective To determine whether the association between rs16969968 and smoking is modified by age at onset of regular smoking. Data Sources Primary data. Study Selection Available genetic studies containing measures of CPD and the genotype of rs16969968 or its proxy. Data Extraction Uniform statistical analysis scripts were run locally. Starting with 94 050 ever-smokers from 43 studies, we extracted the heavy smokers (CPD >20) and light smokers (CPD ?10) with age-at-onset information, reducing the sample size to 33 348. Each study was stratified into early-onset smokers (age at onset ?16 years) and late-onset smokers (age at onset >16 years), and a logistic regression of heavy vs light smoking with the rs16969968 genotype was computed for each stratum. Meta-analysis was performed within each age-at-onset stratum. Data Synthesis Individuals with 1 risk allele at rs16969968 who were early-onset smokers were significantly more likely to be heavy smokers in adulthood (odds ratio [OR]=1.45; 95% CI, 1.36–1.55; n=13 843) than were carriers of the risk allele who were late-onset smokers (OR = 1.27; 95% CI, 1.21–1.33, n = 19 505) (P = .01). Conclusion These results highlight an increased genetic vulnerability to smoking in early-onset smokers. PMID:22868939

  8. Walking strategies in subjects with congenital or early onset strabismus

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    Aprile, Irene; Ferrarin, Maurizio; Padua, Luca; Di Sipio, Enrica; Simbolotti, Chiara; Petroni, Sergio; Tredici, Costanza; Dickmann, Anna

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: In congenital strabismus, sensory adaptations occur hampering the correct development of normal binocular vision. The aim of this study is to investigate if patients with congenital or early onset exotropic or esotropic strabismus adopt different walking strategies with respect to healthy subjects. Our hypothesis is that the abnormal binocular cooperation, occurring in patients with exotropic or esotropic strabismus, could influence neurosensorial adaptation of the gait pattern. Materials and Methods: Twenty-five patients were enrolled: 19 with esotropic (ESO) and 6 with exotropic strabismus (EXO). All patients underwent an ophthalmological and orthoptic evaluation. Biomechanical data were collected using a stereophotogrammetric system and a force platform. Twenty-seven age-matched healthy subjects (HS) were used as controls. Results: The comparison between patients with ESO and patients with EXO strabismus showed that the maximal power at the knee and at the ankle was lower in EXO group (p < 0.01 and p < 0.05, respectively). The step width was statistically different between ESO and EXO groups (p < 0.01), lower in patients with ESO and higher in patients with EXO strabismus when compared with HS (though not statistically significant). The deviation angle values showed a relationship with the step width (at the near fixation p < 0.05) and with the maximal power at the knee and at the ankle (at the far fixation for the knee p < 0.001 and for the ankle p < 0.05; at the near fixation for the knee p < 0.05): in the patients with EXO the increased angle deviation is related to larger step width and to lower power at the knee and at the ankle. In the patients with ESO strabismus this relationship is less robust. Discussion: Patients with EXO and ESO strabismus adopt different strategies to compensate their walking difficulties, and these strategies are likely due to an expanded binocular visual field in patients with EXO and to a reduced visual field in patients with ESO strabismus. PMID:25071514

  9. Pure Word Deafness in a Patient with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease: An Unusual Presentation

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    Kim, Sook Hui; Suh, Mee Kyung; Seo, Sang Won; Chin, Juhee; Han, Seol-Heui

    2011-01-01

    Background and Purpose The occurrence of PWD in neurodegenerative disease is very rare, and this is the first report of it being related to early-onset AD. We describe a patient with early-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) who presented with pure word deafness (PWD). Case Report The patient had experienced PWD for 2 years, followed by other cognitive deficits suggestive of parietotemporal dysfunction. Brain imaging including 18FDG-PET and [11C] PIB-PET supported the diagnosis of AD. Conclusions Our case highlights the clinical variability that characterizes early-onset AD. PMID:22259620

  10. White Matter Abnormalities in Early-Onset Schizophrenia: A Voxel-Based Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study

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    Kumra, Sanjiv; Ashtari, Manzar; Cervellione, Kelly L.; Henderson, Inika; Kester, Hana; Roofeh, David; Wu, Jinghui; Clarke, Tana; Thaden, Emily; Kane, John M.; Rhinewine, Joseph; Lencz, Todd; Diamond, Alan; Ardekani, Babak A.; Szeszko, Philip R.

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To investigate abnormalities in the structural integrity of brain white matter as suggested by diffusion tensor imaging in adolescents with early-onset schizophrenia (onset of psychosis by age 18). Method: Twenty-six patients with schizophrenia and 34 age- and gender-matched healthy volunteers received diffusion tensor imaging and…

  11. Early Onset Familial Alzheimer's Disease: Is a Mutation Predictive of Pathology?

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    Douglas Galasko

    In patients with familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD) with early onset, mutations have been identified in three genes: Presenilin 1 (PS1), Presenilin 2 (PS2) and amyloid protein precursor (APP). Although many different mutations have been recorded for each gene, in most cases the clinical picture is typical of AD, with earlier onset than in sporadic AD. The question of whether mutations

  12. Early-Onset Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Subgroup with a Specific Clinical and Familial Pattern?

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    Chabane, Nadia; Delorme, Richard; Millet, Bruno; Mouren, Marie-Christine; Leboyer, Marion; Pauls, David

    2005-01-01

    Background: The familial nature of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been previously demonstrated. The identification of candidate symptoms such as age at onset may help to disentangle the clinical and genetic heterogeneity of the disorder. In this study, the specificity of early-onset OCD was investigated, focusing on the effect of gender,…

  13. Global and Temporal Cortical Folding in Patients with Early-Onset Schizophrenia

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    Penttila, Jani; Paillere-Martinot, Marie-Laure; Martinot, Jean-Luc; Mangin, Jean-Francois; Burke, Lisa; Corrigall, Richard; Frangou, Sophia; Cachia, Arnaud

    2008-01-01

    Disturbances in the temporal lobes and alterations in cortical folding in adult on-set schizophrenia are studied using magnetic resonance T1 images of 51 patients. The study showed that patients with early on-set schizophrenia had lower global sulcal indices in both hemispheres and the left collateral sulcus has a lower sulcal index irrespective…

  14. Early and Later Onset Type 2 Diabetes in Uninsured Patients: Clinical and Behavioral Differences

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    MPH Melinda L. Drum; Rebecca B. Lipton

    2008-01-01

    Objective. The national burden of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is increasing rapidly. This study investigated a) clinical differences between early onset and later onset T2DM; and b) if specific risk factors were associated with age at diagnosis or clinical outcomes among uninsured adults in a large urban setting. Methods. We compared 417 adults diagnosed under age 30 with 968

  15. Early Onset Eating Disorders in Male Adolescents: A Series of 10 Inpatients

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    Adam Bayes; Sloane Madden

    2011-01-01

    Objective: This case series aims to describe the demographic and clinical features of male inpatients with early onset eating disorders.Method: Retrospective review was made of medical files of male patients treated for eating disorders at two children's hospitals over a 2 year period, with an onset of eating disorder before age 14 years, presenting for index admission. Demographic characteristics, DSM-IV

  16. Early Onset Hot Flashes May Point to Raised Heart Disease Risk

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    ... on this page, please enable JavaScript. Early Onset Hot Flashes May Point to Raised Heart Disease Risk ... 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who start having hot flashes at a younger age may be at ...

  17. Early-Onset Neutropenia Induced by Rituximab in a Patient with Lupus Nephritis and Hemolytic Anemia

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    Arroyo-Ávila, Mariangelí; Fred-Jiménez, Ruth M.; Vilá, Luis M.

    2015-01-01

    Rituximab is an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody that has been used to treat several complications of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) including nephritis, cerebritis, and hematological disorders. Neutropenia is among the adverse events associated with rituximab; this usually occurs several weeks after therapy. However, early-onset neutropenia has been reported only in a few cases. Herein, we describe a 36-year-old Hispanic SLE woman who developed severe early-onset neutropenia (0.3 × 109/L) after the second weekly rituximab infusion (375?mg/m2 weekly × 4) given for nephritis and hemolytic anemia. She also had early-onset thrombocytopenia after rituximab therapy. Both hematological disorders resolved 12 days after the fourth and final dose. This case, together with few others, suggests that early-onset neutropenia may occur during rituximab therapy. Even though rituximab-induced neutropenia seems to be transient, it may predispose SLE patients to severe complications such as infections.

  18. Linkage and haplotype analysis of familial early-onset Alzheimer disease in Japanese population

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    Kouzin Kamino; Keiko Nagano; Tomohiro Katsuya; Yumiko Nishiwaki; Masatoshi Takeda; Hirotaka Tanabe; Tsuyoshi Nishimura; Kunio Ii; Kenzo Fujimoto; Ryotaro Tsujimura; Yasuhiro Nonomura; Hiroshi Yoneda; Toshiaki Sakai; Teruo Nakajima; Masaki Imagawa; George M. Martin; Thomas D. Bird; Gerard S. Schellenberg; Tetsuro Miki; Toshio Ogihara

    1995-01-01

    Summary Linkage and haplotype analysis of eleven early-onset Alzheimer disease (AD) families was performed in relation to D21S210 and microsatellite DNA polymorphisms localized on chromosome 14q24.3. Linkage analysis of eight informative families out of eleven early-onset AD families disclosed the highest LOD score of 3.45 (?=0.00) at D14S77, while the locus of ß\\/A4 amyloid protein precursor gene was formally excluded

  19. Early-onset seizure variant of Rett syndrome: Definition of the clinical diagnostic criteria

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    R. Artuso; M. A. Mencarelli; R. Polli; S. Sartori; F. Ariani; M. Pollazzon; A. Marozza; M. R. Cilio; N. Specchio; F. Vigevano; M. Vecchi; C. Boniver; B. Dalla Bernardina; A. Parmeggiani; S. Buoni; G. Hayek; F. Mari; A. Renieri; A. Murgia

    2010-01-01

    Background: Rett syndrome is a severe neurodevelopmental disorder affecting almost exclusively females. Among Rett clinical variants, the early-onset seizure variant describes girls with early onset epilepsy and it is caused by mutations in CDKL5. Methods: Four previously reported girls and five new cases with CDKL5 mutation, ranging from 14months to 13years, were evaluated by two clinical geneticists, classified using a

  20. A girl with early-onset epileptic encephalopathy associated with microdeletion involving CDKL5

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    Hirotomo Saitsu; Hitoshi Osaka; Kiyomi Nishiyama; Yoshinori Tsurusaki; Hiroshi Doi; Noriko Miyake; Naomichi Matsumoto

    Recent studies have shown that aberrations of CDKL5 in female patients cause early-onset intractable seizures, severe developmental delay or regression, and Rett syndrome-like features. We report on a Japanese girl with early-onset epileptic encephalopathy, hypotonia, developmental regression, and Rett syndrome-like features. The patient showed generalized tonic seizures, and later, massive myoclonus induced by phone and light stimuli. Brain magnetic resonance

  1. Early infantile onset ''congenital'' Rett syndrome variants: Swedish experience through four decades and mutation analysis.

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    Rajaei, Saideh; Erlandson, Anna; Kyllerman, Marten; Albage, Margareta; Lundstrom, Isa; Karrstedt, Ewa-Lotta; Hagberg, Bengt

    2011-01-01

    The early infantile onset ''congenital'' variant of Rett syndrome presents with deviations of behavior from very early infancy. Here, we report on a clinical-genetic study in a collected series of 14 Swedish girls with early infantile onset Rett syndrome phenotype. The clinical diagnosis was based on symptom onset before the age of 6 months and the patients fulfilled 3 or more Rett variant criteria and 5 or more supportive criteria. Genotype-phenotype correlation studies in the CDKL5-gene have recently shown clinical associations to early infantile onset Rett variants. Mutation analyses for both the MECP2-gene and the CDKL5-gene were, therefore, performed. Of interest, we found a large deletion covering 2 exons in MECP2, which underlines the importance of MECP2 mutation screening even for the ''atypical'' early infantile onset variants of Rett syndrome. No early infantile onset Rett syndrome patients in this study had the previously well-known hotspot mutations in the MECP2-gene. PMID:21212452

  2. Types of Periodontal Disease

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    Types of Periodontal Disease Gingivitis Chronic Periodontitis Aggressive Periodontitis Periodontitis Caused by Conditions of the Body Necrotizing Periodontal Diseases Periodontal disease can refer to any condition that affects the gums and ...

  3. Deferred and Immediate Imitation in Regressive and Early Onset Autism

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    Rogers, Sally J.; Young, Gregory S.; Cook, Ian; Giolzetti, Angelo; Ozonoff, Sally

    2008-01-01

    Deferred imitation has long held a privileged position in early cognitive development, considered an early marker of representational thought with links to language development and symbolic processes. Children with autism have difficulties with several abilities generally thought to be related to deferred imitation: immediate imitation, language,…

  4. Diagnosis and course of early-onset arthritis: results of a special early arthritis clinic compared to routine patient care

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    I. E. VAN DER HORST-BRUINSMA; I. SPEYER; H. VISSER; F. C. BREEDVELD; J. M. W. HAZES

    1998-01-01

    SUMMARY Objective. Early arthritis patients referred to an Early Arthritis Clinic (EAC ) (n= 233) were compared to 241 patients from the routine out-patient clinic with respect to lag time between the onset of symptoms and the visit to the rheumatologist, clinical presentation and the consistency of the diagnosis after 1 yr. Results. The reduction in median lag time for

  5. Hippocampal volume and subcortical white matter lesions in late life depression: comparison of early and late onset depression

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    J. Janssen; H. E Hulshoff Pol; F.-E. de Leeuw; H. G. Schnack; I. K. Lampe; R. M. Kok; R. S. Kahn; T. J. Heeren

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Reduced hippocampal volume and increased prevalence of subcortical white matter lesions are associated with both recurrent early onset depression (EOD) and late onset depression (LOD). It is not clear whether these two factors differentially affect the age of onset of first depression. Therefore, we wished to investigate the relationship between age of first depression onset and hippocampal volume, with

  6. Clinical application of urine antigen detection in early onset group B streptococcal disease

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    E D McIntosh; H E Jeffery

    1992-01-01

    The aim of this study was to test the sensitivity and specificity of antigen detection for group B streptococcus (GBS) from the urine of neonates with early onset GBS sepsis. GBS sepsis was defined as early (< 48 hours) signs of sepsis in a neonate colonised with GBS. Neonates of 26 weeks' gestation or more, considered at risk for sepsis,

  7. Asthma onset prior to multiple sclerosis and the contribution of sibling exposure in early life

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    Cochran-Stafira, D. Liane

    Asthma onset prior to multiple sclerosis and the contribution of sibling exposure in early life A of higher infection load. The effect on Th1 disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS) is less clear. Here we with a protective role for early life infections. Keywords: asthma, herpes virus, hygeine hypothesis, multiple

  8. Depression and Anxiety Symptoms: Onset, Developmental Course and Risk Factors during Early Childhood

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    Cote, Sylvana M.; Boivin, Michel; Liu, Xuecheng; Nagin, Daniel S.; Zoccolillo, Mark; Tremblay, Richard E.

    2009-01-01

    Background: Depressive and anxiety disorders are among the top ten leading causes of disabilities. We know little, however, about the onset, developmental course and early risk factors for depressive and anxiety symptoms (DAS). Objective: Model the developmental trajectories of DAS during early childhood and to identify risk factors for atypically…

  9. Predictors of Early-Onset Permanent Hearing Loss in Malnourished Infants in Sub-Saharan Africa

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    Olusanya, Bolajoko O.

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the predictors of early-onset permanent hearing loss (EPHL) among undernourished infants in a low-income country where routine screening for developmental disabilities in early childhood is currently unattainable. All infants attending four community-based clinics for routine immunization who met the…

  10. Warm temperatures lead to early onset of incubation, shorter incubation periods and greater hatching asynchrony in tree swallows

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    Ardia, Dan

    Warm temperatures lead to early onset of incubation, shorter incubation periods and greater temperatures lead to early onset of incubation, shorter incubation periods and greater hatching asynchrony. The onset of incubation varies in birds, with many species beginning incubation prior to clutch completion

  11. Familial liability, obstetric complications and childhood development abnormalities in early onset schizophrenia: a case control study

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    Francesco Margari; Maria G Petruzzelli; Paola A Lecce; Orlando Todarello; Andrea De Giacomo; Elisabetta Lucarelli; Domenico Martinelli; Lucia Margari

    2011-01-01

    Background  Genetic and environmental risk factors and gene-environment interactions are linked to higher likelihood of developing schizophrenia\\u000a in accordance with the neurodevelopmental model of disease; little is known about risk factors and early development in early-onset\\u000a schizophrenia (EOS) and very early-onset schizophrenia (VEOS).\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  We present a case-control study of a sample of 21 patients with EOS\\/VEOS and a control group of

  12. Early-onset colorectal cancer: A separate subset of colorectal cancer

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    Silla, Irene Osorio; Rueda, Daniel; Rodríguez, Yolanda; García, Juan Luis; de la Cruz Vigo, Felipe; Perea, José

    2014-01-01

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) has a great impact on the world population. With increasing frequency, CRC is described according to the presenting phenotype, based on its molecular characteristics. Classification of CRC tumors according to their genetic and/or epigenetic alterations is not only important for establishing the molecular bases of the disease, but also for predicting patient outcomes and developing more individualized treatments. Early-onset CRC is a heterogeneous disease, with a strong familial component, although the disease is sporadic in an important proportion of cases. Different molecular alterations appear to contribute to the apparent heterogeneity of the early-onset population and subgroups can be distinguished with distinct histopathologic and familial characteristics. Moreover, compared with late-onset CRC, there are characteristics that suggest that early-onset CRC may have a different molecular basis. The purpose of this review was to analyze the current state of knowledge about early-onset CRC with respect to clinicopathologic, familial and molecular features. Together, these features make it increasingly clear that this subset of CRC may be a separate disease, although it has much in common with late-onset CRC. PMID:25516639

  13. Early onset of the rat olfactory bulb projections

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    L. Lo´pez-Mascaraque; J. A. De Carlos; F. Valverde

    1996-01-01

    Using the fluorescent carbocyanine tracer DiI, we examined in detail the early development of the projections emanating from the rat olfactory bulb. The study commenced at embryonic day 13 when the first fibres can be detected and ended at embryonic day 20, when all major fibre systems have been established. The first axons arising from the prospective olfactory bulb area

  14. Genome-Wide Association Scan for Variants Associated with Early-Onset Prostate Cancer

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    Lange, Ethan M.; Johnson, Anna M.; Wang, Yunfei; Zuhlke, Kimberly A.; Lu, Yurong; Ribado, Jessica V.; Keele, Gregory R.; Li, Jin; Duan, Qing; Li, Ge; Gao, Zhengrong; Li, Yun; Xu, Jianfeng; Isaacs, William B.; Zheng, Siqun; Cooney, Kathleen A.

    2014-01-01

    Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer related mortality for men in the United States. There is strong empirical and epidemiological evidence supporting a stronger role of genetics in early-onset prostate cancer. We performed a genome-wide association scan for early-onset prostate cancer. Novel aspects of this study include the focus on early-onset disease (defined as men with prostate cancer diagnosed before age 56 years) and use of publically available control genotype data from previous genome-wide association studies. We found genome-wide significant (p<5×10?8) evidence for variants at 8q24 and 11p15 and strong supportive evidence for a number of previously reported loci. We found little evidence for individual or systematic inflated association findings resulting from using public controls, demonstrating the utility of using public control data in large-scale genetic association studies of common variants. Taken together, these results demonstrate the importance of established common genetic variants for early-onset prostate cancer and the power of including early-onset prostate cancer cases in genetic association studies. PMID:24740154

  15. EEG abnormalities in early and late onset Alzheimer's disease: understanding heterogeneity

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    Hanneke de Waal; Cornelis J Stam; Marinus A Blankenstein; Yolande A L Pijnenburg; Philip Scheltens; Wiesje M van der Flier

    2010-01-01

    ObjectiveTo compare differences in severity and type of electroencephalography (EEG) abnormalities between early and late onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) and to assess the influence of APOE genotype on this association, in order to understand the biological differences in AD according to age at onsetMethodOf 460 probable AD patients and 336 patients with subjective complaints, serving as controls, EEG and APOE

  16. Genome-wide association study of recurrent early-onset major depressive disorder

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    J Shi; J B Potash; J A Knowles; M M Weissman; W Coryell; W A Scheftner; W B Lawson; J R DePaulo; P V Gejman; A R Sanders; J K Johnson; P Adams; S Chaudhury; D Jancic; O Evgrafov; A Zvinyatskovskiy; N Ertman; M Gladis; K Neimanas; M Goodell; N Hale; N Ney; R Verma; D Mirel; P Holmans; D F Levinson

    2011-01-01

    A genome-wide association study was carried out in 1020 case subjects with recurrent early-onset major depressive disorder (MDD) (onset before age 31) and 1636 control subjects screened to exclude lifetime MDD. Subjects were genotyped with the Affymetrix 6.0 platform. After extensive quality control procedures, 671 424 autosomal single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and 25 068 X chromosome SNPs with minor allele

  17. Prevention of Early-onset Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Disease

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    Marió, M. J. Soto; Valenzuela, I; Vásquez, A. E; Illanes, S. E

    2013-01-01

    Streptococcus agalactiae, also known as Group B Streptococcus (GBS), is an opportunistic pathogen that colonizes the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts of up to 50% of healthy adults and newborns; it is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality. Early detection can be used to establish the use of antibiotic prophylaxis to significantly reduce neonatal sepsis. This article reviews methods of detection and prevention of GBS infection in the neonate. PMID:24358406

  18. Variability of Expert Opinion in Treatment of Early-onset Scoliosis

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    Michael G. Vitale; Jaime A. Gomez; Hiroko Matsumoto MA; David P. Roye Jr

    2011-01-01

    Background  In contrast with treatment recommendations for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, there are no clear algorithms for treating\\u000a patients with early-onset scoliosis. There has been rapid expansion of treatment options for children with early-onset scoliosis,\\u000a including casting, growth rods, the vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib, and anterior vertebral stapling.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Questions\\/purposes  Given the range of treatment options, we assessed variability in decision making regarding

  19. Structure-Respiration Function Relationships Before and After Surgical Treatment of Early-onset Scoliosis

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    Gregory J. Redding; Oscar H. Mayer

    2011-01-01

    Background  Spine and chest wall deformities in children with early onset scoliosis (EOS) frequently impair respiratory function and postnatal\\u000a growth of the lung. While a relationship between deformity and such impairment has been reported in children with adolescent\\u000a idiopathic scoliosis it is not well understood in children with early-onset scoliosis (EOS).\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Questions\\/purposes  We therefore describe (1) the preoperative relation between Cobb angle

  20. Simultaneous Copy Number Losses within Multiple Subtelomeric Regions in Early-Onset Type2 Diabetes Mellitus

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    Kodama, Shinjiro; Yamada, Tetsuya; Imai, Junta; Sawada, Shojiro; Takahashi, Kei; Tsukita, Sohei; Kaneko, Keizo; Uno, Kenji; Ishigaki, Yasushi; Oka, Yoshitomo; Katagiri, Hideki

    2014-01-01

    Genetic factors play very important roles in the onset and progression of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). However, the genetic factors correlating with T2DM onset have not as yet been fully clarified. We previously found that copy number losses in the subtelomeric region on chromosome 4p16.3 were detected in early-onset Japanese T2DM patients (onset age <35 years) at a high frequency. Herein, we additionally found two novel copy number losses within the subtelomeric regions on chromosomes 16q24.2-3 and 22q13.31-33, which have significant associations with early-onset Japanese T2DM. The associations were statistically significant by Fisher's exact tests with P values of 5.19×10?3 and 1.81×10?3 and odds ratios of 5.7 and 4.4 for 16q24.2-3 and 22q13.31-33, respectively. Furthermore, copy number variation (CNV) analysis of the whole genome using the CNV BeadChip system verified simultaneous copy number losses in all three subtelomeric regions in 11 of our 100 T2DM subjects, while none of 100 non-diabetic controls showed the copy number losses in all three regions. Our results suggest that the mechanism underlying induction of CNVs is involved in the pathogenesis of early-onset T2DM. Thus, copy number losses within multiple subtelomeric regions are strongly associated with early-onset T2DM and examination of simultaneous CNVs in these three regions may lead to the development of an accurate and selective procedure for detecting genetic susceptibility to T2DM. PMID:24709989

  1. Periodontal Plastic Surgery

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    Periodontal plastic surgery is designed to restore form and function to the gum tissue, periodontal ligament, and the bone ... with conservative behavioral changes and extending to periodontal plastic surgery. Treating Periodontal Disease Periodontal disease does not ...

  2. Presymptomatic Genetic Testing with an APP Mutation in Early-Onset Alzheimer Disease: A Descriptive Study of Sibship Dynamics

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    Kimberly A. Quaid; Jill R. Murrell; Ann M. Hake; Martin R. Farlow; Bernardino Ghetti

    2000-01-01

    Early-onset Alzheimer disease (AD) accounts for only 5% of all cases of Alzheimer disease. To date, mutations in three different genes, the Amyloid precursor protein (APP), Presenilin 1 (PS1), and Presenilin 2 (PS2), have been identified as causative in early-onset AD, making predictive testing possible. Predictive testing for early-onset Alzheimer disease is a relatively new phenomenon. This paper describes the

  3. Early onset seizures and Rett-like features associated with mutations in CDKL5.

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    Evans, Julie C; Archer, Hayley L; Colley, James P; Ravn, Kirstine; Nielsen, Jytte Bieber; Kerr, Alison; Williams, Elizabeth; Christodoulou, John; Gécz, Jozef; Jardine, Philip E; Wright, Michael J; Pilz, Daniela T; Lazarou, Lazarus; Cooper, David N; Sampson, Julian R; Butler, Rachel; Whatley, Sharon D; Clarke, Angus J

    2005-10-01

    Mutations in the CDKL5 gene (also known as STK9) have recently been shown to cause early onset epilepsy and severe mental retardation (ISSX or West syndrome). Patients with CDKL5 mutations sometimes also show features similar to those seen in Rett Syndrome (RTT). We have screened the CDKL5 gene in 94 patients with RTT or a RTT-like phenotype who had tested negative for MECP2 mutations (13 classical RTT female subjects, 25 atypical RTT female subjects, 40 RTT-like female and 16 RTT-like male subjects; 33 of the patients had early onset seizures). Novel pathogenic CDKL5 mutations were identified in three girls, two of whom had initially been diagnosed with the early onset seizure variant of RTT and the other with early onset seizures and some features of RTT. In addition, the 33 patients with early seizures were screened for the most common mutations in the ARX gene but none were found. Combining our three new cases with the previously published cases, 13/14 patients with CDKL5 mutations presented with seizures before the age of 3 months. PMID:16015284

  4. Early trauma, dissociation, and late onset in the eating disorders.

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    Tobin, D L; Molteni, A L; Elin, M R

    1995-04-01

    Although the majority of patients with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa develop these disorders in their teens and 20s, some patients develop an eating disorder in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. We present a subgroup of patients with the following pattern of symptoms and historical detail: (1) severe sexual and physical abuse by family members; (2) relatively good premorbid professional and marital adjustment (considering later difficulties) though characterized by (3) hypomania, binge eating, and morbid obesity. A pronounced shift in eating behaviors follows (4) medical trauma (e.g., injury, cancer, surgery) that occurs after age 30, interrupts previous hypomanic adaptation, and leads to severe restriction, purging, and dramatic weight loss (e.g., 100 lb). Although only one patient met full criteria for anorexia nervosa, weight loss and starvation were serious enough to provoke further medical crises in all patients. Finally, (5) during both weight loss and weight restoration patients demonstrated significant dissociative disturbance, including dissociated mood and personality states (i.e., multiple personality disorder), self-destructive behavioral episodes repeating early trauma, and avoidance of food as a way to manage PTSD symptoms. PMID:7773268

  5. Loss of Nfkb1 leads to early onset aging

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    Crawley, Clayton D.; Cahill, Kirk E.; Pytel, Peter; Liang, Hua; Kang, Shijun; Weichselbaum, Ralph R.; Yamini, Bakhtiar

    2014-01-01

    NF-(B is a major regulator of age-dependent gene expression and the p50/NF-(B1 subunit is an integral modulator of NF-(B signaling. Here, we examined Nfkb1?/? mice to investigate the relationship between this subunit and aging. Although Nfkb1?/? mice appear similar to littermates at six months of age, by 12 months they have a higher incidence of several observable age-related phenotypes. In addition, aged Nfkb1?/? animals have increased kyphosis, decreased cortical bone, increased brain GFAP staining and a decrease in overall lifespan compared to Nfkb1+/+. In vitro, serially passaged primary Nfkb1?/? MEFs have more senescent cells than comparable Nfkb1+/+ MEFs. Also, Nfkb1?/? MEFs have greater amounts of phospho-H2AX foci and lower levels of spontaneous apoptosis than Nfkb1+/+, findings that are mirrored in the brains of Nfkb1?/? animals compared to Nfkb1+/+. Finally, in wildtype animals a substantial decrease in p50 DNA binding is seen in aged tissue compared to young. Together, these data show that loss of Nfkb1 leads to early animal aging that is associated with reduced apoptosis and increased cellular senescence. Moreover, loss of p50 DNA binding is a prominent feature of aged mice relative to young. These findings support the strong link between the NF-(B pathway and mammalian aging. PMID:25553648

  6. Allelic association at the D14S43 locus in early onset Alzheimer`s disease

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    Brice, A.; Tardieu, S.; Campion, D.; Martinez, M. [and others

    1995-04-24

    The D14S43 marker is closely linked to the major gene for early onset autosomal dominant Alzheimer`s disease on chromosome 14. Allelic frequencies at the D14S43 locus were compared in 113 familial and isolated cases of early onset Alzheimer`s disease (<60 years of age at onset) (EOAD) and 109 unaffected individuals of the same geographic origin. Allele 7 was significantly (P = 0.033) more frequent in type 1 EOAD patients (13.2%), defined by the presence of at least another first degree relative with EOAD, than in controls (4.1%). Since an autosomal dominant gene is probably responsible for type 1 patients, allelic association may reflect linkage disequilibrium at the D14S43 locus. This would mean that some patients share a common ancestral mutation. However, since multiple tests were carried out, this result must be interpreted with caution, and needs confirmation in an independent sample. 16 refs., 2 tabs.

  7. Inhibitory effect of quercetin on periodontal pathogens in vitro.

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    Geoghegan, F; Wong, R W K; Rabie, A B M

    2010-06-01

    Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) and Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) are bacteria strongly associated with early onset, progressive and refractory periodontal disease and associated alveolar bone loss. Quercetin is a flavonoid found in many foods including apples, onions and tea. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of quercetin on in vitro growth of periodontal pathogens Aa and Pg. For comparison, quercetin's effect on several oral microbes was also evaluated. Different concentrations of quercetin solution were added to calibrated suspensions of Aa and Pg. All suspensions were incubated for 1, 3, 6, and 24 h in an anaerobic chamber at 37 degrees C. At each time point, selected dilutions from each culture broth were plated on blood agar plates. Colonies appearing on blood agar plates were visually counted on 3 days for Aa and 5 days for Pg. Minimum inhibitory concentrations of both periodontal pathogens were also determined. Both periodontal bacteria showed a significant decrease (p < 0.05) in viable counts after 1 h. No colony forming units of Pg could be observed after 24 h. The results suggest that quercetin possesses significant antimicrobial properties on periodontal pathogens in vitro. PMID:19957242

  8. Psychosocial Interventions for Children with Early-Onset Bipolar Spectrum Disorder

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    Lofthouse, Nicholas; Fristad, Mary A.

    2004-01-01

    Once considered virtually nonexistent, bipolar disorder in children has recently received a great deal of attention from mental health professionals and the general public. This paper provides a current review of literature pertaining to the psychosocial treatment of children with early-onset bipolar spectrum disorder (EOBPSD). Commencing with…

  9. Assessing Age of Onset Effects in (Early) Child L2 Acquisition

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    Unsworth, Sharon

    2013-01-01

    This study compares the development of three different types of bilingual/second language children in their acquisition of gender-marking on adjectives in Dutch to investigate whether there is evidence for age-of-onset effects in early childhood as proposed by Meisel (2009). The three groups of children are: simultaneous bilingual children,…

  10. Memory in Early Onset Bipolar Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Similarities and Differences

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    Udal, Anne H.; Oygarden, Bjorg; Egeland, Jens; Malt, Ulrik F.; Groholt, Berit

    2012-01-01

    Differentiating between early-onset bipolar disorder (BD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be difficult. Memory problems are commonly reported in BD, and forgetfulness is among the diagnostic criteria for ADHD. We compared children and adolescents with BD (n = 23), ADHD combined type (ADHD-C; n = 26), BD + ADHD-C (n = 15),…

  11. Functional Connectivity of the Amygdala in Early-Childhood-Onset Depression

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    Luking, Katherine R.; Repovs, Grega; Belden, Andy C.; Gaffrey, Michael S.; Botteron, Kelly N.; Luby, Joan L.; Barch, Deanna M.

    2011-01-01

    Objective: Adult major depressive disorder (MDD) is associated with reduced cortico-limbic functional connectivity thought to indicate decreased top-down control of emotion. However, it is unclear whether such connectivity alterations are also present in early-childhood-onset MDD. Method: A total of 51 children 7 through 11 years of age who had…

  12. Deep brain stimulation in childhood: an effective treatment for early onset idiopathic generalised dystonia

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    Jeremy R Parr; Alex L Green; Carole Joint; Morag Andrew; Ralph P Gregory; Richard B Scott; Michael A McShane; Tipu Z Aziz

    2007-01-01

    Background: Early onset idiopathic generalised dystonia is a progressive and profoundly disabling condition. Medical treatment may ameliorate symptoms. However, many children have profound, intractable disability including the loss of ambulation and speech, and difficulties with feeding. Following the failure of medical management, deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the globus pallidus internus (GPi) has emerged as an alternative treatment for the

  13. CDKL5 and ARX mutations in males with early-onset epilepsy

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    Mirzaa, Ghayda M.; Paciorkowski, Alex R.; Marsh, Eric D.; Berry-Kravis, Elizabeth M.; Medne, Livija; Grix, Art; Wirrell, Elaine C.; Powell, Berkley R.; Nickels, Katherine C.; Burton, Barbara; Paras, Andrea; Kim, Katherine; Chung, Wendy; Dobyns, William B.; Das, Soma

    2013-01-01

    Mutations in CDKL5 and ARX are known causes of early-onset epilepsy and severe developmental delay in males and females. While numerous males with ARX mutations associated with various phenotypes have been reported in the literature, the majority of CDKL5 mutations have been identified in females with a phenotype characterized by early-onset epilepsy, severe global developmental delay, absent speech, and stereotypic hand movements. To date, only ten males with CDKL5 mutations have been reported. Our retrospective study reports on the clinical, neuroimaging and molecular findings of 18 males with early-onset epilepsy caused by either CDKL5 or ARX mutations. The 18 patients include eight new males with CDKL5 mutations and ten with ARX mutations identified through sequence analysis of 266 and 346 males, respectively, at our molecular diagnostic laboratory. Our large data set therefore expands on the number of reported males with CDKL5 mutations and highlights that aberrations of CDKL5 and ARX combined are an important consideration in the genetic forms of early-onset epilepsy. PMID:23583054

  14. Accelerated in vitro fibril formation by a mutant ?-synuclein linked to early-onset Parkinson disease

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    Kelly A. Conway; James D. Harper; Peter T. Lansbury

    1998-01-01

    Two mutations in the gene encoding ?-synuclein have been linked to early-onset Parkinson's disease (PD). ?-Synuclein is a component of Lewy bodies, the fibrous cytoplasmic inclusions characteristic of nigral dopaminergic neurons in the PD brain. This connection between genetics and pathology suggests that the ?-synuclein mutations may promote PD pathogenesis by accelerating Lewy body formation. To test this, we studied

  15. Developmental Trends and L1 Effects in Early L2 Learners' Onset Cluster Production

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    Tessier, Anne-Michelle; Duncan, Tamara Sorenson; Paradis, Johanne

    2013-01-01

    This study focuses on English onset cluster production in spontaneous speech samples of 10 children aged 5;04-6;09 from Chinese and Hindi/Punjabi first language (L1) backgrounds, each with less than a year of exposure to English. The results suggest commonalities between early second language (L2) learners and both monolingual and adult L2…

  16. Early-Onset Group B Streptococcal Disease in the Era of Maternal Screening

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    Karen M. Puopolo; Lawrence C. Madoff; Eric C. Eichenwald

    2010-01-01

    ABSTRACT. Background. With the widespread im- plementation of intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAP), the rate of early-onset neonatal sepsis and menin- gitis caused by Streptococcus agalactiae (group B strep- tococcus [GBS]) has decreased dramatically, especially in term infants. However, cases of GBS disease continue to occur despite IAP and incur significant morbidity and mortality. Inaccurate screening results, improper imple- mentation of

  17. Treatment of Early-Onset Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders (TEOSS): Demographic and Clinical Characteristics

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    Frazier, Jean A.; McClellan, Jon; Findling, Robert L.; Vitiello, Benedetto; Anderson, Robert; Zablotsky, Benjamin; Williams, Emily; McNamara, Nora K.; Jackson, Joseph A.; Ritz, Louise; Hlastala, Stefanie A.; Pierson, Leslie; Varley, Jennifer A.; Puglia, Madeline; Maloney, Ann E.; Ambler, Denisse; Hunt-Harrison, Tyehimba; Hamer, Robert M.; Noyes, Nancy; Lieberman, Jeffrey A.; Sikich, Linmarie

    2007-01-01

    Objective: We examined baseline demographic and clinical profiles of youths enrolled from 2001 to 2006 in the publicly funded multicenter, randomized controlled trial Treatment of Early-Onset Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders. Method: Youths (8-19 years) with schizophrenia (SZ) and schizoaffective disorder were recruited at four academic sites.…

  18. Neurocognitive Outcomes in the Treatment of Early-Onset Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders Study

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    Frazier, Jean A.; Giuliano, Anthony J.; Johnson, Jacqueline L.; Yakutis, Lauren; Youngstrom, Eric A.; Breiger, David; Sikich, Linmarie; Findling, Robert L.; McClellan, Jon; Hamer, Robert M.; Vitiello, Benedetto; Lieberman, Jeffrey A.; Hooper, Stephen R.

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To assess neurocognitive outcomes following antipsychotic intervention in youth enrolled in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded Treatment of Early-Onset Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders (TEOSS). Method: Neurocognitive functioning of youth (ages 8 to 19 years) with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder was evaluated…

  19. Two-Year Diagnostic Stability in Early-Onset First-Episode Psychosis

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    Castro-Fornieles, Josefina; Baeza, Immaculada; de la Serna, Elena; Gonzalez-Pinto, Ana; Parellada, Mara; Graell, Montserrat; Moreno, Dolores; Otero, Soraya; Arango, Celso

    2011-01-01

    Background: Only one study has used a prospective method to analyze the diagnostic stability of first psychotic episodes in children and adolescents. The Child and Adolescent First-Episode Psychosis Study (CAFEPS) is a 2-year, prospective longitudinal study of early-onset first episodes of psychosis (EO-FEP). Aim: To describe diagnostic stability…

  20. Targeted disruption of Mig6 in the mouse genome leads to early onset degenerative joint disease

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    Yu-Wen Zhang; Yanli Su; Nathan Lanning; Pamela J. Swiatek; Roderick T. Bronson; Robert Sigler; Richard W. Martin; George F. Vande Woude

    2005-01-01

    Degenerative joint disease, also known as osteoarthritis, is the most common joint disorder in human beings. The molecular mechanism underlying this disease is not fully understood. Here, we report that disruption of mitogen-inducible gene 6 (Mig-6) in mice by homologous recombination leads to early onset degenerative joint disease, which is revealed by simultaneous enlargement and deformity of multiple joints, degradation

  1. Early Onset Ageing and Service Preparation in People with Intellectual Disabilities: Institutional Managers' Perspective

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    Lin, Jin-Ding; Wu, Chia-Ling; Lin, Pei-Ying; Lin, Lan-Ping; Chu, Cordia M.

    2011-01-01

    Although longevity among older adults with intellectual disabilities is increasing, there is limited information on their premature aging related health characteristics and how it may change with increasing age. The present paper provides information of the institutional manager's perception on early onset aging and service preparation for this…

  2. CDKL5 and ARX mutations in males with early-onset epilepsy.

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    Mirzaa, Ghayda M; Paciorkowski, Alex R; Marsh, Eric D; Berry-Kravis, Elizabeth M; Medne, Livija; Alkhateeb, Asem; Grix, Art; Wirrell, Elaine C; Powell, Berkley R; Nickels, Katherine C; Burton, Barbara; Paras, Andrea; Kim, Katherine; Chung, Wendy; Dobyns, William B; Das, Soma

    2013-05-01

    Mutations in CDKL5 and ARX are known causes of early-onset epilepsy and severe developmental delay in males and females. Although numerous males with ARX mutations associated with various phenotypes have been reported in the literature, the majority of CDKL5 mutations have been identified in females with a phenotype characterized by early-onset epilepsy, severe global developmental delay, absent speech, and stereotypic hand movements. To date, only 10 males with CDKL5 mutations have been reported. Our retrospective study reports on the clinical, neuroimaging, and molecular findings of 18 males with early-onset epilepsy caused by either CDKL5 or ARX mutations. These 18 patients include eight new males with CDKL5 mutations and 10 with ARX mutations identified through sequence analysis of 266 and 346 males, respectively, at our molecular diagnostic laboratory. Our large dataset therefore expands on the number of reported males with CDKL5 mutations and highlights that aberrations of CDKL5 and ARX combined are an important consideration in the genetic forms of early-onset epilepsy in boys. PMID:23583054

  3. Reconceptualizing Early and Late Onset: A Life Course Analysis of Older Heroin Users

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    Boeri, Miriam Williams; Sterk, Claire E.; Elifson, Kirk W.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: Researchers' knowledge regarding older users of illicit drugs is limited despite the increasing numbers of users. In this article, we apply a life course perspective to gain a further understanding of older adult drug use, specifically contrasting early- and late-onset heroin users. Design and Methods: We collected qualitative data from…

  4. The Effects of Childhood ADHD Symptoms on Early-Onset Substance Use: A Swedish Twin Study

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    Chang, Zheng; Lichtenstein, Paul; Larsson, Henrik

    2012-01-01

    Research has documented that children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at increased risk of substance use problems. Few studies, however, have focused on early-onset substance use. This study therefore investigated how the two symptom dimensions of ADHD (hyperactivity/impulsivity and inattention) are…

  5. Characteristics of familial aggregation in early-onset Alzheimer`s disease: Evidence of subgroups

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    Campion, D. [INSERM, Paris (France); Martinez, M.; Babron, M.C. [and others

    1995-06-19

    Characteristics of familial aggregation of Alzheimer`s Disease were studied in 92 families ascertained through a clinically diagnosed proband with an onset below age 60 years. In each family data were systematically collected on the sibships of the proband, of his father, and of his mother. A total of 926 relatives were included and 81% of the living relatives (i.e., 251 individuals) were directly examined. The estimated cumulative risk among first degree relatives was equal to 35% by age 89 years (95% confidence interval 22 to 47%). This result does not support the hypothesis that an autosomal dominant gene, fully penetrant by age 90 years, is segregating within all these pedigrees. Despite the fact that all probands were selected for an onset before age 60 years it was shown that two types of families could be delineated with respect to age at onset among affected relatives: all secondary cases with an onset below age 60 years were contributed by a particular group of families (type 1 families), whereas all secondary cases with an onset after age 60 years were contributed by another group of families (type 2 families). Although genetic interpretation of these findings is not straightforward, they support the hypothesis of etiologic heterogeneity in the determinism of early-onset Alzheimer`s disease. 58 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  6. DJ1 analysis in a large cohort of Italian early onset Parkinson Disease patients?

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    Sironi, Francesca; Primignani, Paola; Ricca, Sara; Tunesi, Sara; Zini, Michela; Tesei, Silvana; Cilia, Roberto; Pezzoli, Gianni; Seia, Manuela; Goldwurm, Stefano

    2013-01-01

    We analyzed the DJ1 gene in a large consecutive series (N = 163) of Italian unrelated Early Onset Parkinson Disease (EOPD: onset ?40 years of age) patients and 100 healthy controls (mean age 64 ± 7 years). No homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations with an obvious pathogenic effect were found. Several variants were identified, some of which were novels. All variants had similar frequency in patients and in controls. Our data suggest that DJ1 mutations are very rare in Italian EOPD. Other genes and risk factors for PD are still to be identified. PMID:24176883

  7. A rare de novo nonsense mutation in OTX2 causes early onset retinal dystrophy and pituitary dysfunction

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    Robert H. Henderson; Kathleen A. Williamson; Joanna S. Kennedy; Andrew R. Webster; Graham E. Holder; Anthony G. Robson; David R. FitzPatrick; Veronica van Heyningen; Anthony T. Moore

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: To describe the clinical findings of a patient with an early onset retinal dystrophy and a novel mutation in OTX2, and to compare these findings with previously reported cases. Methods: Using direct sequencing, we screened 142 patients, who had either Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) or early onset retinal dystrophy (EORD), for mutations in OTX2. All patients received a detailed

  8. Effects of Early-Onset Artificial Strabismus on Pursuit Eye Movements and on Neuronal Responses in Area MT of

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    Movshon, Joseph Anthony

    Effects of Early-Onset Artificial Strabismus on Pursuit Eye Movements and on Neuronal Responses to the "down- stream" areas responsible for the initiation of pursuit. Key words: artificial strabismus; visual Strabismus of early onset disrupts a number of visual functions in humans, monkeys, and cats. Improper

  9. Association of novel variants in the hepatocyte nuclear factor 4A gene with maturity onset diabetes of the young and early onset type 2 diabetes.

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    Anuradha, S; Radha, V; Mohan, V

    2011-12-01

    Variants in hepatocyte nuclear factor 4A (HNF4A) cause maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY 1). The objective of the study was to screen the coding and the promoter regions of HNF4A mutations in 87 unrelated South Indian subjects with clinically diagnosed MODY with severe forms of diabetes referred to a tertiary diabetes centre. In addition, we looked at the association of common polymorphisms in HNF4 A gene in subjects with MODY (n = 199), early onset type 2 diabetes (T2DM) (n = 505), late onset T2DM (n = 287) and normal glucose tolerance (NGT) (n = 247). We identified three novel mutations in the P2 promoter region of HNF4A, namely -1009 G/C, -129 T/C and -79 C/T. Co-segregation with diabetes was noted with the -1009 G/C and -129 T/C in one MODY family. We also studied eight single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of HNF4A gene. The frequency of the minor allele of the rs2144908 was significantly higher in subjects with MODY (p < 0.01) and that of rs736823 was significantly higher in early onset T2DM (p = 0.001). Minor allele frequency of rs1884614 and rs2071197 was significantly lower in early onset T2DM when compared to NGT subjects (p < 0.01). Minor allele frequency of Val255Met was significantly lower in MODY, early onset T2DM and late onset T2DM compared to NGT subjects (p < 0.01). This is the first report of MODY 1 mutations from India and shows that 3.4% of clinically diagnosed MODY subjects have MODY 1. In addition, we report SNPs of HNF4A that are both susceptible to, and protective against, MODY and early onset T2DM. PMID:21062274

  10. Usefulness of biomarkers in the diagnosis and prognosis of early-onset cognitive impairment.

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    Balasa, Mircea; Sánchez-Valle, Raquel; Antonell, Anna; Bosch, Beatriz; Olives, Jaume; Rami, Lorena; Castellví, Magda; Molinuevo, José Luis; Lladó, Albert

    2014-01-01

    Early-onset cognitive impairment diagnosis is often challenging due to the overlapping symptoms between the different degenerative and non-degenerative conditions. We aimed to evaluate the usefulness of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers in early-onset cognitive impairment differential diagnosis, to assess their contribution to the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) based on the new National Institute of Aging-Alzheimer's Association (NIA-AA) workgroup's recommendations and their capacity to predict subsequent decline in early-onset mild cognitive impairment (MCI). 37 controls and 120 patients (clinical onset <65 years) with diagnosis based on criteria available in 2009 (51 MCI, 42 AD, 10 frontotemporal dementia (FTD), 3 posterior cortical atrophy, and 14 primary progressive aphasia (PPA)) were included. In addition, all subjects were also reclassified according to the revised criteria for MCI, AD, FTD, and PPA, excluding CSF data. We assessed the impact of adding the CSF data to the subject categorization according to the NIA-AA criteria. After inclusion of CSF results, 90% of amnestic and 82% of the non-amnestic AD presentation could be categorized as "high probability", while 3% of AD patients fit into the category "dementia probably not due to AD". All the 24 MCI patients who progressed to AD dementia and only 1/27 stable MCI presented pathological CSF at baseline. Only 4% of the FTD clinical diagnosis had pathological CSF levels. CSF biomarkers provide high diagnostic accuracy in a clinical context in differentiating AD, frontotemporal lobar degeneration, and controls in presenile subjects and can be used equally in amnestic and non-amnestic AD. Abnormal CSF-AD biomarker levels predict subsequent progression to AD dementia in subjects with early-onset MCI. PMID:24577466

  11. Clinical features of early onset, familial Alzheimer`s disease linked to chromosome 14

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    Mullan, M.; Bennett, C.; Figueredo, C.; Crawford, F. [Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL (United States)] [and others

    1995-02-27

    Early onset familial Alzheimer`s disease (AD) has an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance. Two genes are responsible for the majority of cases of this subtype of AD. Mutations in the {beta}-amyloid precursor protein ({beta}APP) gene on chromosome 21 have been shown to completely cosegregate with the disease. We and others have previously described the clinical features of families with {beta}APP mutations at the codon 717 locus in an attempt to define the phenotype associated with a valine to isoleucine (Val {r_arrow} Ile) or a valine to glycine (Val {r_arrow} Gly) change. More recently, a second locus for very early onset disease has been localized to chromosome 14. The results of linkage studies in some families suggesting linkage to both chromosomes have been explained by the suggestion of a second (centromeric) locus on chromosome 21. Here we report the clinical features and genetic analysis of a British pedigree (F74) with early onset AD in which neither the {beta}APP locus nor any other chromosome 21 locus segregates with the disease, but in which good evidence is seen for linkage on the long arm of chromosome 14. In particular we report marker data suggesting that the chromosome 14 disease locus is close to D14S43 and D14S77. Given the likelihood that F74 represents a chromosome 14 linked family, we describe the clinical features and make a limited clinical comparison with the {beta}APP717 Val {r_arrow} Ile and {beta}APP717 Val {r_arrow} Gly encoded families that have been previously described. We conclude that although several previously reported clinical features occur to excess in early onset familial AD, no single clinical feature demarcates either the chromosome 14 or {beta}APP codon 717 mutated families except mean age of onset. 52 refs., 2 figs., 5 tabs.

  12. Periodontal Plastic Surgery Procedures

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    ... Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation Periodontal Treatments and Procedures Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatments Gum Graft Surgery Laser Treatment for Gum Disease Regenerative Procedures Dental Crown ...

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    ... Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation Periodontal Treatments and Procedures Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatments Gum Graft Surgery Laser Treatment for Gum Disease Regenerative Procedures Dental Crown ...

  14. Early-onset facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy type 1 with some atypical features.

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    Dorobek, Ma?gorzata; van der Maarel, Silvère M; Lemmers, Richard J L F; Ryniewicz, Barbara; Kabzi?ska, Dagmara; Frants, Rune R; Gawel, Malgorzata; Walecki, Jerzy; Hausmanowa-Petrusewicz, Irena

    2015-04-01

    Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy cases with facial weakness before the age of 5 and signs of shoulder weakness by the age of 10 are defined as early onset. Contraction of the D4Z4 repeat on chromosome 4q35 is causally related to facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy type 1, and the residual size of the D4Z4 repeat shows a roughly inverse correlation with the severity of the disease. Contraction of the D4Z4 repeat on chromosome 4q35 is believed to induce a local change in chromatin structure and consequent transcriptional deregulation of 4qter genes. We present early-onset cases in the Polish population that amounted to 21% of our total population with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. More than 27% of them presented with severe phenotypes (wheelchair dependency). The residual D4Z4 repeat sizes ranged from 1 to 4 units. In addition, even within early-onset facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy type 1 phenotypes, some cases had uncommon features (head drop, early disabling contractures, progressive ptosis, and respiratory insufficiency and cardiomyopathy). PMID:24717985

  15. Clinical comparison of early-onset psoriatic and non-psoriatic oligoarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis

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    Stoll, Matthew L.; Nigrovic, Peter A.; Gotte, Alisa C.; Punaro, Marilynn

    2011-01-01

    Objective Among the seven subtypes of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), oligoarticular JIA (oJIA) and psoriatic JIA (psJIA) display a predilection for onset in early childhood. We examined whether meaningful differences in clinical phenotype justify the distinction between these conditions. Methods We performed a chart review to identify children with psoriatic and non-psoriatic oligoarticular-onset JIA. Clinical and demographic features of the two groups of children were compared. Results 303 met criteria for oJIA and 87 met criteria for oligoarticular-onset psJIA. Both groups had a peak age of onset at 2 – 3 years, though psJIA had appreciable incidence into adolescence. Onset before 5 years of age was observed in 215 (71%) and 38 (44%) children respectively (p < 0.001). Within this age category, children with psJIA demonstrated similar gender ratio and anti-nuclear antibody status to those with oJIA but exhibited a distinctive clinical pattern, with a tendency to involve the wrists and small joints of the hands and feet. Conversely, among all children presenting with oligoarthritis in early childhood, those with wrist or small joint involvement were more likely to have nail pits, psoriasis, or a family history of psoriasis than those without (p < 0.05), supporting the association of this joint pattern with the psoriatic diathesis. Conclusion Even taking into account age of onset and number of joints, oJIA and psJIA remain clinically distinct, though important demographic overlap remains. These findings support separate diagnostic categories but justify further investigation into the similarities as well as differences among these children. PMID:21385553

  16. Preserved proper naming following left anterior temporal lobectomy is associated with early age of seizure onset

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    Yucus, Chad J.; Tranel, Daniel

    2008-01-01

    Summary Purpose Anterior temporal lobectomy (ATL) is an effective surgical option for managing pharmacoresistant temporal lobe epilepsy. Many patients with left ATL develop postsurgical difficulties with proper name retrieval, although curiously, some patients have entirely intact proper naming following left ATL. Here, we tested the hypothesis that early age of seizure onset would be a reliable factor “protecting” patients from developing proper naming defects following left ATL. Methods Proper naming of unique persons (Famous Faces Test, 155 items) and places (Landmark Test, 65 items) was measured in 23 patients who had undergone left ATL for pharmacoresistant epilepsy. Data were collected for a number of variables, including age of seizure onset, age at surgery, handedness, IQ, and seizure outcome. The patients were sorted into two groups based on proper naming performance: (1) Unimpaired: 7 patients performed normally on both the Faces and Landmark tests; (2) Impaired: 16 patients performed abnormally on one or both of the tests. Results In support of our hypothesis, the Unimpaired group had a significantly earlier age of seizure onset (M = 2.1 years) than the Impaired group (M = 15.1 years). Moreover, a correlation analysis indicated a strong association between age of seizure onset and naming outcome (R = ?0.569). The groups were comparable (and statistically indistinguishable) on nearly all other variables. Conclusions These findings document the importance of age of seizure onset in predicting proper naming outcome following left ATL (with earlier being better), and extend understanding of brain reorganization and plasticity. PMID:17645534

  17. MRI-based diagnostic biomarkers for early onset pediatric multiple sclerosis.

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    Weygandt, Martin; Hummel, Hannah-Maria; Schregel, Katharina; Ritter, Kerstin; Allefeld, Carsten; Dommes, Esther; Huppke, Peter; Haynes, John Dylan; Wuerfel, Jens; Gärtner, Jutta

    2015-01-01

    Currently, it is unclear whether pediatric multiple sclerosis (PMS) is a pathoetiologically homogeneous disease phenotype due to clinical and epidemiological differences between early and late onset PMS (EOPMS and LOPMS). Consequently, the question was raised whether diagnostic guidelines need to be complemented by specific EOPMS markers. To search for such markers, we analyzed cerebral MRI images acquired with standard protocols using computer-based classification techniques. Specifically, we applied classification algorithms to gray (GM) and white matter (WM) tissue probability parameters of small brain regions derived from T2-weighted MRI images of EOPMS patients (onset <12 years), LOPMS patients (onset ?12 years), and healthy controls (HC). This was done for PMS subgroups matched for disease duration and participant age independently. As expected, maximal diagnostic information for distinguishing PMS patients and HC was found in a periventricular WM area containing lesions (87.1% accuracy, p < 2.2 × 10(-5)). MRI-based biomarkers specific for EOPMS were identified in prefrontal cortex. Specifically, a coordinate in middle frontal gyrus contained maximal diagnostic information (77.3%, p = 1.8 × 10(-4)). Taken together, we were able to identify biomarkers reflecting pathognomonic processes specific for MS patients with very early onset. Especially GM involvement in the separation between PMS subgroups suggests that conventional MRI contains a richer set of diagnostically informative features than previously assumed. PMID:25685704

  18. MRI-based diagnostic biomarkers for early onset pediatric multiple sclerosis

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    Weygandt, Martin; Hummel, Hannah-Maria; Schregel, Katharina; Ritter, Kerstin; Allefeld, Carsten; Dommes, Esther; Huppke, Peter; Haynes, John­Dylan; Wuerfel, Jens; Gärtner, Jutta

    2014-01-01

    Currently, it is unclear whether pediatric multiple sclerosis (PMS) is a pathoetiologically homogeneous disease phenotype due to clinical and epidemiological differences between early and late onset PMS (EOPMS and LOPMS). Consequently, the question was raised whether diagnostic guidelines need to be complemented by specific EOPMS markers. To search for such markers, we analyzed cerebral MRI images acquired with standard protocols using computer-based classification techniques. Specifically, we applied classification algorithms to gray (GM) and white matter (WM) tissue probability parameters of small brain regions derived from T2-weighted MRI images of EOPMS patients (onset <12 years), LOPMS patients (onset ?12 years), and healthy controls (HC). This was done for PMS subgroups matched for disease duration and participant age independently. As expected, maximal diagnostic information for distinguishing PMS patients and HC was found in a periventricular WM area containing lesions (87.1% accuracy, p < 2.2 × 10?5). MRI-based biomarkers specific for EOPMS were identified in prefrontal cortex. Specifically, a coordinate in middle frontal gyrus contained maximal diagnostic information (77.3%, p = 1.8 × 10?4). Taken together, we were able to identify biomarkers reflecting pathognomonic processes specific for MS patients with very early onset. Especially GM involvement in the separation between PMS subgroups suggests that conventional MRI contains a richer set of diagnostically informative features than previously assumed. PMID:25685704

  19. A small Askin's tumor presenting with early onset of chest pain.

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    Jeong, Jin Yong; Kim, Sang Yong; Jeong, Dae Chul; Kim, Ki Jun

    2015-12-01

    Most primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the chest wall destroy the rib, chest wall muscles, diaphragm, and lung or extend into the spinal compartment, resulting in a large-sized tumor and symptoms. In contrast, we recently encountered a rare case of Askin's tumor presenting with early-onset chest pain despite the small size. After resection of the tumor and adjuvant chemotherapy, the patient remains disease-free over 3 years of follow-up. PMID:25778075

  20. Early Onset of Tuberous Sclerosis with Chylous Ascites: A Case Report

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    DALILI, Hosein; AMINI, Elahe; AKBARI ASBAGH, Parvin; ESMAEILNIA SHRIVANY, Tahereh; NIKNAFS, Nikoo; NAYYERI, Fatemeh; SHARIAT, Mamak; TALEBIAN, Saharnaz; AKBARI ASBAGH, Naser; GHORBAN SABAGH, Vafa

    2015-01-01

    Background: Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is an autosomal-dominant hereditary disorder. This syndrome is characterized by tumor-like malformations in several organs, as well as the heart. This report summarizes a case of TSC in a premature infant, born at 34 weeks’ gestation with ascites. After birth, multiple cardiac mass, subependymal cysts and hypopigmented macules were detected. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of early onset of TSC with chylous ascites in Iran.

  1. A stepwise approach to the treatment of early onset nephrotic syndrome

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    Christoph Licht; Frank Eifinger; Mostafa Gharib; Gisela Offner; Dietrich V. Michalk; Uwe Querfeld

    2000-01-01

    We have retrospectively reviewed our single-center experience of the treatment of early onset nephrotic syndrome (NS). From\\u000a 1991 to 1998, ten children with NS were treated. Kidney biopsy showed focal sclerosis (n=1), diffuse mesangial sclerosis (n=7), and congenital NS of the Finnish type (n=2). Associated conditions included incomplete Drash syndrome (n=1), Galloway-Mowat syndrome (n=1), and severe mental and motor retardation

  2. Early-Onset Neonatal Sepsis in the Era of Group B Streptococcal Prevention

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    Robert S. Baltimore; Sharon M. Huie; James I. Meek; Anne Schuchat; Katherine L. O'Brien

    Objective. To determine whether intra- partum antibiotic prophylaxis for neonatal group B strep- tococcal (GBS) disease has resulted in an increased rate of non-GBS or antibiotic-resistant early-onset invasive neonatal disease. Methods. Maternal and infant chart review of all in- fants with bacteria other than GBS isolated from blood or spinal fluid in 1996 through 1999 in 19 hospitals (repre- senting

  3. Early onset alcohol dependence with high density of family history is not “male limited”

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    Åsa Magnusson; Mona Göransson; Markus Heilig

    2010-01-01

    ObjectiveBased on classical adoption studies, early onset type II alcoholism was originally described as “male limited.” We examined the possible expression of this subtype in present day alcohol-dependent women. Detailed systematic assessment was obtained from 200 treatment-seeking alcohol-dependent women and 189 healthy population controls. Women fulfilling type II alcoholism criteria had higher alcoholism severity as measured by The Alcohol Use

  4. Clinical features of early onset, familial Alzheimer`s disease linked to chromosome 14

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    Michael Mullan; Craig Bennett; Cecilia Figueredo; F. Crawford; Rebecca Mant; Michael Owen; Andrew Warren; Melvin McInnis; Anne Marshall; Peter Lantos; John Collinge; Alison Goate; Henry Houlden

    1995-01-01

    Early onset familial Alzheimer`s disease (AD) has an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance. Two genes are responsible for the majority of cases of this subtype of AD. Mutations in the β-amyloid precursor protein (βAPP) gene on chromosome 21 have been shown to completely cosegregate with the disease. We and others have previously described the clinical features of families with βAPP

  5. Early onset seizures and Rett-like features associated with mutations in CDKL5

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    Julie C Evans; Hayley L Archer; James P Colley; Kirstine Ravn; Jytte Bieber Nielsen; Alison Kerr; Elizabeth Williams; John Christodoulou; Jozef Gécz; Philip E Jardine; Michael J Wright; Daniela T Pilz; Lazarus Lazarou; David N Cooper; Julian R Sampson; Rachel Butler; Sharon D Whatley; Angus J Clarke

    2005-01-01

    Mutations in the CDKL5 gene (also known as STK9) have recently been shown to cause early onset epilepsy and severe mental retardation (ISSX or West syndrome). Patients with CDKL5 mutations sometimes also show features similar to those seen in Rett Syndrome (RTT). We have screened the CDKL5 gene in 94 patients with RTT or a RTT-like phenotype who had tested

  6. Does Diagnostic Classification of Early-Onset Psychosis Change over Follow-Up?

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    Fraguas, David; de Castro, Maria J.; Medina, Oscar; Parellada, Mara; Moreno, Dolores; Graell, Montserrat; Merchan-Naranjo, Jessica; Arango, Celso

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To examine the diagnostic stability and the functional outcome of patients with early-onset psychosis (EOP) over a 2-year follow-up period. Methods: A total of 24 patients (18 males (75%) and 6 females (25%), mean age [plus or minus] SD: 15.7 [plus or minus] 1.6 years) with a first episode of EOP formed the sample. Psychotic symptoms…

  7. Microarray profiling reveals that placental transcriptomes of early-onset HELLP syndrome and preeclampsia are similar

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    Varkonyi, T; Nagy, B; Fule, T; Tarca, AL; Karaszi, K; Schonleber, J; Hupuczi, P; Mihalik, N; Kovalszky, I; Rigo, J; Meiri, H; Papp, Z; Romero, R; Than, NG

    2013-01-01

    Background The involvement of the placenta in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome is well established, and placental lesions also similar in these two syndromes. Here we aimed to examine the placental transcriptome and to identify candidate biomarkers in early-onset preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. Methods Placental specimens were obtained at C-sections from women with early-onset preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome, and from controls who delivered preterm or at term. After histopathological examination, fresh-frozen placental specimens were used for microarray profiling and validation by qRT-PCR. Differential expression was analysed using log-linear models while adjusting for gestational age. Gene ontology and pathway analyses were used to interpret gene expression changes. Tissue microarrays were constructed from paraffin-embedded placental specimens and immunostained. Results Placental gene expression was gestational age-dependent among preterm and term controls. Out of the 350 differentially expressed genes in preeclampsia and 554 genes in HELLP syndrome, 224 genes (including LEP, CGB, LHB, INHA, SIGLEC6, PAPPA2, TREM1, and FLT1) changed in the same direction (elevated or reduced) in both syndromes. Many of these encode proteins that have been implicated as biomarkers for preeclampsia. Enrichment analyses revealed similar biological processes, cellular compartments and biological pathways enriched in early-onset preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome; however, some processes and pathways (e.g., cytokine-cytokine receptor interaction) were over-represented only in HELLP syndrome. Conclusion High-throughput transcriptional and tissue microarray expression profiling revealed that placental transcriptomes of early-onset preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome largely overlap, underlying a potential common cause and pathophysiologic processes in these syndromes. However, gene expression changes may also suggest a more severe placental pathology and pronounced inflammatory response in HELLP syndrome than in preeclampsia. PMID:20541258

  8. Early onset of vegetation growth vs. rapid green-up: impacts on juvenile mountain ungulates.

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    Pettorelli, Nathalie; Pelletier, Fanie; Von Hardenberg, Achaz; Festa-Bianchet, Marco; Côté, Steeve D

    2007-02-01

    Seasonal patterns of climate and vegetation growth are expected to be altered by global warming. In alpine environments, the reproduction of birds and mammals is tightly linked to seasonality; therefore such alterations may have strong repercussions on recruitment. We used the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), a satellite-based measurement that correlates strongly with aboveground net primary productivity, to explore how annual variations in the timing of vegetation onset and in the rate of change in primary production during green-up affected juvenile growth and survival of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis), Alpine ibex (Capra ibex), and mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) in four different populations in two continents. We indexed timing of onset of vegetation growth by the integrated NDVI (INDVI) in May. The rate of change in primary production during green-up (early May to early July) was estimated as (1) the maximal slope between any two successive bimonthly NDVI values during this period and (2) the slope in NDVI between early May and early July. The maximal slope in NDVI was negatively correlated with lamb growth and survival in both populations of bighorn sheep, growth of mountain goat kids, and survival of Alpine ibex kids, but not with survival of mountain goat kids. There was no effect of INDVI in May and of the slope in NDVI between early May and early July on juvenile growth and survival for any species. Although rapid changes in NDVI during the green-up period could translate into higher plant productivity, they may also lead to a shorter period of availability of high-quality forage over a large spatial scale, decreasing the opportunity for mountain ungulates to exploit high-quality forage. Our results suggest that attempts to forecast how warmer winters and springs will affect animal population dynamics and life histories in alpine environments should consider factors influencing the rate of changes in primary production during green-up and the timing of vegetation onset. PMID:17479756

  9. Early-onset osteoarthritis of mouse temporomandibular joint induced by partial discectomy

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    Xu, L.; Polur, I.; Lim, C.; Servais, J. M.; Dobeck, J.; Li, Y.; Olsen, B. R.

    2010-01-01

    Summary Objective The objective of this study is to characterize mouse temporomandibular joint (TMJ) following partial discectomy, since there is no documentation of whether or not partial discectomy can induce early-onset osteoarthritis (OA) in mouse TMJ. Methods Partial discs of TMJ in mice were removed by microsurgery. Histology was performed to characterize articular cartilages from the TMJ of mice. The morphology of the articular cartilages was evaluated using a modified Mankin scoring system. Immunohistostaining was carried out to examine the expression of discoidin domain receptor 2 (Ddr2), a type II collagen receptor, matrix metalloproteinase 13 (Mmp-13), and Mmp-derived type II collagen fragments in the articular cartilage of condyles from the mouse TMJ. Results Articular cartilage degeneration was seen in the mouse TMJ post discectomy, including increased proteoglycan staining in the extracellular matrix at 4 weeks, the appearance of chondrocyte clusters at 8 weeks, reduced proteoglycan staining and fibrillation at 12 weeks and the loss of articular cartilage at 16 weeks. Increased immunostaining for Ddr2, Mmp-13, and Mmp-derived type II collagen fragments was detected. Conclusion Results indicate that partial discectomy induces early-onset OA in mouse TMJ and that increased expression of Mmp-13, likely due to the elevated expression of Ddr2, may be one of the factors responsible for the early-onset OA in mouse TMJ. PMID:19230720

  10. A girl with early-onset epileptic encephalopathy associated with microdeletion involving CDKL5.

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    Saitsu, Hirotomo; Osaka, Hitoshi; Nishiyama, Kiyomi; Tsurusaki, Yoshinori; Doi, Hiroshi; Miyake, Noriko; Matsumoto, Naomichi

    2012-05-01

    Recent studies have shown that aberrations of CDKL5 in female patients cause early-onset intractable seizures, severe developmental delay or regression, and Rett syndrome-like features. We report on a Japanese girl with early-onset epileptic encephalopathy, hypotonia, developmental regression, and Rett syndrome-like features. The patient showed generalized tonic seizures, and later, massive myoclonus induced by phone and light stimuli. Brain magnetic resonance imaging showed no structural brain anomalies but cerebral atrophy. Electroencephalogram showed frontal dominant diffuse poly spikes and waves. Through copy number analysis by genomic microarray, we found a microdeletion at Xp22.13. A de novo 137-kb deletion, involving exons 5-21 of CDKL5, RS1, and part of PPEF1 gene, was confirmed by quantitative PCR and breakpoint specific PCR analyses. Our report suggests that the clinical features associated with CDKL5 deletions could be implicated in Japanese patients, and that genetic testing of CDKL5, including both sequencing and deletion analyses, should be considered in girls with early-onset epileptic encephalopathy and RTT-like features. PMID:21802232

  11. Iowa Gambling Task in patients with early-onset Parkinson's disease: strategy analysis.

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    Gescheidt, Tomáš; Czekóová, Kristína; Urbánek, Tomáš; Mare?ek, Radek; Mikl, Michal; Kubíková, Radka; Telecká, Sabina; Andrlová, Hana; Husárová, Ivica; Bareš, Martin

    2012-12-01

    The aim of our study was to analyse decision making in early-onset Parkinson's disease (PD) patients performing the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT). We compared 19 patients with early-onset PD (? 45 years) on dopaminergic medication (no evidence of depression, dementia, executive dysfunction according to the Tower of London test and the Stroop test, or pathological gambling) with 20 age-matched controls. A computer version of the IGT was employed. The PD patients achieved slightly lower IGT scores than the control group. A detailed analysis based on 'shift frequencies' between the individual decks showed that the patients tended to change their preferences for the decks more frequently, with a higher preference for the 'disadvantageous' deck B. Control subjects seemed to develop a more effective strategy. These differences could be caused by the poorer ability of the patients to develop any strategy at all. We observed changes in decision making during IGT performance in patients with early-onset PD, although they had no executive dysfunction as measured by established neuropsychological tests. The more detailed analysis employed in the present study could lead to a more accurate study of IGT performance and application of IGT in clinical practice. PMID:22526761

  12. Recessive mutations in PCBD1 cause a new type of early-onset diabetes.

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    Simaite, Deimante; Kofent, Julia; Gong, Maolian; Rüschendorf, Franz; Jia, Shiqi; Arn, Pamela; Bentler, Kristi; Ellaway, Carolyn; Kühnen, Peter; Hoffmann, Georg F; Blau, Nenad; Spagnoli, Francesca M; Hübner, Norbert; Raile, Klemens

    2014-10-01

    Mutations in several genes cause nonautoimmune diabetes, but numerous patients still have unclear genetic defects, hampering our understanding of the development of the disease and preventing pathogenesis-oriented treatment. We used whole-genome sequencing with linkage analysis to study a consanguineous family with early-onset antibody-negative diabetes and identified a novel deletion in PCBD1 (pterin-4 ?-carbinolamine dehydratase/dimerization cofactor of hepatocyte nuclear factor 1 ?), a gene that was recently proposed as a likely cause of diabetes. A subsequent reevaluation of patients with mild neonatal hyperphenylalaninemia due to mutations in PCBD1 from the BIODEF database identified three additional patients who had developed HNF1A-like diabetes in puberty, indicating early ?-cell failure. We found that Pcbd1 is expressed in the developing pancreas of both mouse and Xenopus embryos from early specification onward showing colocalization with insulin. Importantly, a morpholino-mediated knockdown in Xenopus revealed that pcbd1 activity is required for the proper establishment of early pancreatic fate within the endoderm. We provide the first genetic evidence that PCBD1 mutations can cause early-onset nonautoimmune diabetes with features similar to dominantly inherited HNF1A-diabetes. This condition responds to and can be treated with oral drugs instead of insulin, which is important clinical information for these patients. Finally, patients at risk can be detected through a newborn screening for phenylketonuria. PMID:24848070

  13. Delineation of Early and Later Adult Onset Depression by Diffusion Tensor Imaging

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    Yu, Hongjun; Nie, Binbin; Li, Na; Luo, Chunrong; Li, Haijun; Liu, Fang; Bai, Yan; Shan, Baoci; Xu, Lin; Xu, Xiufeng

    2014-01-01

    Background Due to a lack of evidence, there is no consistent age of onset to define early onset (EO) versus later onset (LO) major depressive disorder (MDD). Fractional anisotropy (FA), derived from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), has been widely used to study neuropsychiatric disorders by providing information about the brain circuitry, abnormalities of which might facilitate the delineation of EO versus LO MDD. Method In this study, 61 pairs of untreated, non-elderly, first-episode MDD patients and healthy controls (HCs) aged 18–45 years old received DTI scans. The voxel-based analysis method (VBM), classification analysis, using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), and regression analyses were used to determine abnormal FA clusters and their correlations with age of onset and clinical symptoms. Results Classification analysis suggested in the best model that there were two subgroups of MDD patients, delineated by an age of onset of 30 years old, by which MDD patients could be divided into EO (18–29 years old) and LO (30–45 years old) groups. LO MDD was characterized by decreased FA, especially in the white matter (WM) of the fronto-occipital fasciculus and posterior limb of internal capsule, with a negative correlation with the severity of depressive symptoms; in marked contrast, EO MDD showed increased FA, especially in the WM of the corpus callosum, corticospinal midbrain and inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus, while FA of the WM near the midbrain had a positive correlation with the severity of depressive symptoms. Conclusion Specific abnormalities of the brain circuitry in EO vs. LO MDD were delineated by an age of onset of 30 years old, as demonstrated by distinct abnormal FA clusters with opposite correlations with clinical symptoms. This DTI study supported the evidence of an exact age for the delineation of MDD, which could have broad multidisciplinary importance. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00703742 PMID:25393297

  14. P300 amplitude reduction is associated with early-onset and late-onset pathological substance use in a prospectively studied cohort of 14 year-old adolescents

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    Perlman, Greg; Markin, Abe; Iacono, William G.

    2013-01-01

    P3 amplitude reduction (P3AR) is associated with risk for adolescent-onset pathological substance use (PSU). In this longitudinal study, data from over 1100 adolescent twins were used to examine P3AR in relation to: Early Adolescent Onset PSU (e.g., by age 14), Late Adolescent Onset PSU (e.g., between age 14 and age 18), misuse of different classes of substances (PSU-Nicotine, PSU-Alcohol, PSU-Illicit), degree of PSU comorbidity, and gender differences. P3 amplitude was recorded at age 14 from two midline electrodes during a visual oddball paradigm. PSU was defined as meeting criteria for any symptom of a substance use disorder assessed using semi-structured clinical interviews. P3AR was associated with degree of drug class comorbidity, Early Adolescent Onset PSU for all three substance classes, and Late Adolescent Onset PSU for Alcohol and Illicit PSU. Gender differences in P3AR were not statistically significant. These findings provide further evidence that P3AR indexes a non-specific diathesis for adolescent-onset PSU. PMID:23905780

  15. The CDKL5 disorder is an independent clinical entity associated with early-onset encephalopathy

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    Fehr, Stephanie; Wilson, Meredith; Downs, Jenny; Williams, Simon; Murgia, Alessandra; Sartori, Stefano; Vecchi, Marilena; Ho, Gladys; Polli, Roberta; Psoni, Stavroula; Bao, Xinhua; de Klerk, Nick; Leonard, Helen; Christodoulou, John

    2013-01-01

    The clinical understanding of the CDKL5 disorder remains limited, with most information being derived from small patient groups seen at individual centres. This study uses a large international data collection to describe the clinical profile of the CDKL5 disorder and compare with Rett syndrome (RTT). Information on individuals with cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) mutations (n=86) and females with MECP2 mutations (n=920) was sourced from the InterRett database. Available photographs of CDKL5 patients were examined for dysmorphic features. The proportion of CDKL5 patients meeting the recent Neul criteria for atypical RTT was determined. Logistic regression and time-to-event analyses were used to compare the occurrence of Rett-like features in those with MECP2 and CDKL5 mutations. Most individuals with CDKL5 mutations had severe developmental delay from birth, seizure onset before the age of 3 months and similar non-dysmorphic features. Less than one-quarter met the criteria for early-onset seizure variant RTT. Seizures and sleep disturbances were more common than in those with MECP2 mutations whereas features of regression and spinal curvature were less common. The CDKL5 disorder presents with a distinct clinical profile and a subtle facial, limb and hand phenotype that may assist in differentiation from other early-onset encephalopathies. Although mutations in the CDKL5 gene have been described in association with the early-onset variant of RTT, in our study the majority did not meet these criteria. Therefore, the CDKL5 disorder should be considered separate to RTT, rather than another variant. PMID:22872100

  16. The CDKL5 disorder is an independent clinical entity associated with early-onset encephalopathy.

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    Fehr, Stephanie; Wilson, Meredith; Downs, Jenny; Williams, Simon; Murgia, Alessandra; Sartori, Stefano; Vecchi, Marilena; Ho, Gladys; Polli, Roberta; Psoni, Stavroula; Bao, Xinhua; de Klerk, Nick; Leonard, Helen; Christodoulou, John

    2013-03-01

    The clinical understanding of the CDKL5 disorder remains limited, with most information being derived from small patient groups seen at individual centres. This study uses a large international data collection to describe the clinical profile of the CDKL5 disorder and compare with Rett syndrome (RTT). Information on individuals with cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) mutations (n=86) and females with MECP2 mutations (n=920) was sourced from the InterRett database. Available photographs of CDKL5 patients were examined for dysmorphic features. The proportion of CDKL5 patients meeting the recent Neul criteria for atypical RTT was determined. Logistic regression and time-to-event analyses were used to compare the occurrence of Rett-like features in those with MECP2 and CDKL5 mutations. Most individuals with CDKL5 mutations had severe developmental delay from birth, seizure onset before the age of 3 months and similar non-dysmorphic features. Less than one-quarter met the criteria for early-onset seizure variant RTT. Seizures and sleep disturbances were more common than in those with MECP2 mutations whereas features of regression and spinal curvature were less common. The CDKL5 disorder presents with a distinct clinical profile and a subtle facial, limb and hand phenotype that may assist in differentiation from other early-onset encephalopathies. Although mutations in the CDKL5 gene have been described in association with the early-onset variant of RTT, in our study the majority did not meet these criteria. Therefore, the CDKL5 disorder should be considered separate to RTT, rather than another variant. PMID:22872100

  17. Genes of early-onset epileptic encephalopathies: from genotype to phenotype.

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    Mastrangelo, Mario; Leuzzi, Vincenzo

    2012-01-01

    Early-onset epileptic encephalopathies are severe disorders in which cognitive, sensory, and motor development is impaired by recurrent clinical seizures or prominent interictal epileptiform discharges during the neonatal or early infantile periods. They include Ohtahara syndrome, early myoclonic epileptic encephalopathy, West syndrome, Dravet syndrome, and other diseases, e.g., X-linked myoclonic seizures, spasticity and intellectual disability syndrome, idiopathic infantile epileptic-dyskinetic encephalopathy, epilepsy and mental retardation limited to females, and severe infantile multifocal epilepsy. We summarize recent updates on the genes and related clinical syndromes involved in the pathogenesis of early-onset epileptic encephalopathies: Aristaless-related homeobox (ARX), cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5), syntaxin-binding protein 1 (STXBP1), solute carrier family 25 member 22 (SLC25A22), nonerythrocytic ?-spectrin-1 (SPTAN1), phospholipase C?1 (PLC?1), membrane-associated guanylate kinase inverted-2 (MAGI2), polynucleotide kinase 3'-phosphatase (PNKP), sodium channel neuronal type 1? subunit (SCN1A), protocadherin 19 (PCDH19), and pyridoxamine 5-prime-phosphate oxidase (PNPO). PMID:22196487

  18. The street children of Manila are affected by early-in-life periodontal infection: description of a treatment modality: sea salt.

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    Michel, J F; Michel, M G; Nadan, J; Nowzari, H

    2013-01-01

    Thousands of street children of Manila are affected by early-in-life oral infection. The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate the effectiveness of a sea-salt mouthrinse solution in street children of Manila affected by mild to severe forms of periodontal disease. These children were all in need of special protection: abandoned, abused, exploited, neglected, orphaned, poor. During 3 oral-health missions in 2003, 2004 and 2005, 617 abandoned children (5 to 13 year-old), received oral examination at a non-sectarian child-caring institution in Metro Manila (Virlanie Foundation) by calibrated examiners. A treatment based on what could be done was proposed: 1. Teaching of a precise tooth brushing technique with sea-salt, controlled and reinforced every two days for one week by calibrated health educators, 2. The application of sea-salt water mouthrinse (2.5 gram in 20 ml). Periodontal measurements were repeated at the end of each mission. All children returned to child-caring institution for the followup examinations. In 2003, 10 male and 11 female (n=21) were diagnosed with aggressive periodontitis. In 2009 and 2010, none was affected by aggressive periodontitis. For all patients, the gingival index decreased from 1.08 at the first mission to 1.04 at the end of the second mission and 0.98 at the end of the third mission. The periodontal index decreased from 1.33 at the first mission to 0.98 at the second mission and 0.92 at the last mission. The present investigation confirms that prevention and early diagnosis can result in success with minimum cost. The provided oral health program empowered street children in the most desperate circumstances to be educated and become self-reliant, independent, and responsible. We propose here an antimicrobial approach which has a high degree of efficacy and tolerability, and can be implemented in virtually all parts of the world using low-cost resources. PMID:23697295

  19. Risk factors for periodontal disease.

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    Genco, Robert J; Borgnakke, Wenche S

    2013-06-01

    Risk factors play an important role in an individual's response to periodontal infection. Identification of these risk factors helps to target patients for prevention and treatment, with modification of risk factors critical to the control of periodontal disease. Shifts in our understanding of periodontal disease prevalence, and advances in scientific methodology and statistical analysis in the last few decades, have allowed identification of several major systemic risk factors for periodontal disease. The first change in our thinking was the understanding that periodontal disease is not universal, but that severe forms are found only in a portion of the adult population who show abnormal susceptibility. Analysis of risk factors and the ability to statistically adjust and stratify populations to eliminate the effects of confounding factors have allowed identification of independent risk factors. These independent but modifiable, risk factors for periodontal disease include lifestyle factors, such as smoking and alcohol consumption. They also include diseases and unhealthy conditions such as diabetes mellitus, obesity, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, and low dietary calcium and vitamin D. These risk factors are modifiable and their management is a major component of the contemporary care of many periodontal patients. Genetic factors also play a role in periodontal disease and allow one to target individuals for prevention and early detection. The role of genetic factors in aggressive periodontitis is clear. However, although genetic factors (i.e., specific genes) are strongly suspected to have an association with chronic adult periodontitis, there is as yet no clear evidence for this in the general population. It is important to pursue efforts to identify genetic factors associated with chronic periodontitis because such factors have potential in identifying patients who have a high susceptibility for development of this disease. Many of the systemic risk factors for periodontal disease, such as smoking, diabetes and obesity, and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, are relatively common and can be expected to affect most patients with periodontal disease seen in clinics and dental practices. Hence, risk factor identification and management has become a key component of care for periodontal patients. PMID:23574464

  20. [Early detection on the onset of scarlet fever epidemics in Beijing, using the Cumulative Sum].

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    Li, Jing; Yang, Peng; Wu, Shuang-sheng; Wang, Xiao-li; Liu, Shuang; Wang, Quan-yi

    2013-05-01

    Based on data related to scarlet fever which was collected from the Disease Surveillance Information Reporting System in Beijing from 2005 to 2011, to explore the efficiency of Cumulative Sum (CUSUM) in detecting the onset of scarlet fever epidemics. Models as C1-MILD (C1), C2-MEDIUM (C2) and C3-ULTRA (C3) were used. Tools for evaluation as Youden's index and detection time were calculated to optimize the parameters and optimal model. Data on 2011 scarlet fever surveillance was used to verify the efficacy of these models. C1 (k = 0.5, H = 2?), C2 (k = 0.7, H = 2?), C3 (k = 1.1, H = 2?) appeared to be the optimal parameters among these models. Youden's index of C1 was 83.0% and detection time being 0.64 weeks, Youden's index of C2 was 85.4% and detection time being 1.27 weeks, Youden's index of C1 was 85.1% and detection time being 1.36 weeks. Among the three early warning detection models, C1 had the highest efficacy. Three models all triggered the signals within 4 weeks after the onset of scarlet fever epidemics. The early warning detection model of CUSUM could be used to detect the onset of scarlet fever epidemics, with good efficacy. PMID:24016449

  1. Deficiency of the E3 ubiquitin ligase TRIM2 in early-onset axonal neuropathy.

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    Ylikallio, Emil; Pöyhönen, Rosanna; Zimon, Magdalena; De Vriendt, Els; Hilander, Taru; Paetau, Anders; Jordanova, Albena; Lönnqvist, Tuula; Tyynismaa, Henna

    2013-08-01

    Inherited peripheral neuropathies are a heterogeneous group of disorders that can affect patients of all ages. Children with inherited neuropathy often develop severe disability, but the genetic causes of recessive early-onset axonal neuropathies are not fully known. We have taken a whole-exome sequencing approach to identify causative disease mutations in single patients with early-onset axonal neuropathy. Here, we report compound heterozygous mutations in the tripartite motif containing 2 (TRIM2) gene in a patient with childhood-onset axonal neuropathy, low weight and small muscle mass. We show that the patient fibroblasts are practically devoid of TRIM2, through mRNA and protein instability caused by the mutations. TRIM2 is an E3 ubiquitin ligase that ubiquitinates neurofilament light chain, a component of the intermediate filament in axons. Resembling the findings in our patient's sural nerve biopsy, Trim2-gene trap mice showed axonopathy with accumulations of neurofilaments inside axons. Our results suggest that loss-of-function mutations in TRIM2 are a cause of axonal neuropathy, which we propose to develop as a consequence of axonal accumulation of neurofilaments, secondary to lack of its ubiquitination by TRIM2. PMID:23562820

  2. Prospective Associations of Early-Onset Axis I Disorders with Developing Eating Disorders

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    Sihvola, Elina; Keski-Rahkonen, Anna; Dick, Danielle M.; Hoek, Hans W.; Raevuori, Anu; Rose, Richard J.; Pulkkinen, Lea; Marttunen, Mauri; Kaprio, Jaakko

    2009-01-01

    Objective To study the developmental relationships of adolescent-onset Axis I mental disorders and eating disorders. Method 1318 adolescent twins born 1983-87 completed a professionally administered semi-structured psychiatric interview at age 14 and a questionnaire follow-up at age 17.5. Results Eating disorders at age 17.5 were significantly predicted by major depressive disorder (MDD, odds ratio [OR] 5.9, 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.6-15.3), and generalized anxiety disorders (GAD, OR 4.7, 95% CI 1.8-15.6) at age 14, when baseline eating disorders were excluded. Early-onset MDD in combination with GAD increased the likelihood of developing eating disorders compared to either mood or anxiety disorders alone. Similar risks and trends were evident in within-family-analyses of twin pairs discordant for baseline predictors and eating disorder outcome. Conclusions Depressive and generalized anxiety disorders manifest at age 14 predict future eating disorders. Analysis of discordant twins suggested that early-onset depressive and generalized anxiety disorders prospectively relate to eating disorders in adolescence, even after familial factors are taken into account. PMID:19059509

  3. Linkage of early-onset osteoarthritis and chondrocalcinosis to human chromosome 8q

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    Baldwin, C.T.; Farrer, L.A.; Adair, R. [Boston Univ. School of Medicine, MA (United States); Dharmavaram, R.; Jimenez, S. [Thomas Jefferson Univ., Philadelphia, PA (United States); Anderson, L. [Rheumatology Associates, Portland, ME (United States)

    1995-03-01

    Calcium pyrophosphate-deposition disease (CPDD), also called {open_quotes}chondrocalcinosis{close_quotes} or {open_quotes}pseudogout{close_quotes}, is a disorder characterized by the deposition of calcium-containing crystals in joint tissue, which leads to arthritis-like symptoms. The presence of these crystals in joint tissue is a common finding in the elderly, and, in this population, there is a poor correlation with joint pain. In contrast, early-onset CPDD has been described in several large families in which the disease progresses to severe degenerative osteoarthritis (OA). In these families, an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance is observed, with an age at onset between the 2nd and 5th decades of life. In this report, we describe a large New England family with early-onset CPDD and severe degenerative OA. We found genetic linkage between the disease in this family and chromosome 8q, with a multipoint lod score of 4.06. These results suggest that a defective gene at this location causes the disease in this family. 29 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Familial risk of early and late onset cancer: nationwide prospective cohort study

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    2012-01-01

    Objective To determine whether familial risk of cancer is limited to early onset cases. Design Nationwide prospective cohort study. Setting Nationwide Swedish Family-Cancer Database. Participants All Swedes born after 1931 and their biological parents, totalling >12.2 million individuals, including >1.1 million cases of first primary cancer. Main outcome measures Familial risks of the concordant cancers by age at diagnosis. Results The highest familial risk was seen for offspring whose parents were diagnosed at an early age. Familial risks were significantly increased for colorectal, lung, breast, prostate, and urinary bladder cancer and melanoma, skin squamous cell carcinoma, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, even when parents were diagnosed at age 70-79 or 80-89. When parents were diagnosed at more advanced ages (?90), the risk of concordant cancer in offspring was still significantly increased for skin squamous cell carcinoma (hazard ratio 1.9, 95% confidence interval 1.4 to 2.7), colorectal (1.6, 1.2 to 2.0), breast (1.3, 1.0 to 1.6), and prostate cancer (1.3, 1.1 to 1.6). For offspring with a cancer diagnosed at ages 60-76 whose parents were affected at age <50, familial risks were not significantly increased for nearly all cancers. Conclusion Though the highest familial risks of cancer are seen in offspring whose parents received a diagnosis of a concordant cancer at earlier ages, increased risks exist even in cancers of advanced ages. Familial cancers might not be early onset in people whose family members were affected at older ages and so familial cancers might have distinct early and late onset components. PMID:23257063

  5. Time since onset of walking predicts tibial bone strength in early childhood.

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    Ireland, Alex; Rittweger, Jörn; Schönau, Eckhard; Lamberg-Allardt, Christel; Viljakainen, Heli

    2014-11-01

    Bone strength in adulthood is known to be affected by health at birth and early childhood. Habitual bone loading is a primary determinant of bone strength in later childhood and adulthood. However, the effects of physical activity in early childhood (e.g. crawling, standing and walking) on bone strength are unknown. Fifty-three children (twenty-seven males) were included in a longitudinal study in their early infancy. Shortly after birth (0.3±0.3months), details of mass and height were obtained along with a pQCT scan at 20% distal-proximal tibia length. At 14.8±0.5months of age the same data were collected, along with details of age at onset of standing, crawling, supported and unsupported walking. Time since onset of walking unsupported was associated with greater bone mass, cortical bone area, pericortical circumference and polar moment of inertia of both total and cortical bone (all P<0.05). There were no significant associations between other physical activity timepoints and bone measures. Age at onset of walking was not significantly related to mass, length or bone measures at birth. The results suggest that time since attainment of independent walking - representing exposure of the tibia to the large reaction and muscular forces associated with locomotion - is a primary determinant of bone strength in early childhood. This finding raises the possible opportunity of physical activity interventions at young age in paediatric populations associated with low childhood bone strength and late walking (e.g. low birth weight, cerebral palsy and Down's Syndrome, etc.). PMID:25132490

  6. European Collaborative Study of Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder: Evidence for genetic heterogeneity on 2q14 according to age at onset.

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    Boyer, Edmond

    - 1 - European Collaborative Study of Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder: Evidence for genetic heterogeneity of bipolar disorder Corresponding author : Flavie MATHIEU, PhD. INSERM Unité 955. EQ 15 Hôpital - ABSTRACT Bipolar disorder has a genetic component, but the mode of inheritance remains unclear. A previous

  7. Childhood epilepsy with occipital paroxysms: difficulties in distinct segregation into either the early-onset or late-onset epilepsy subtypes.

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    Genizi, Jacob; Zelnik, Nathanel; Ravid, Sarit; Shahar, Eli

    2007-05-01

    The Commission on Classification and Terminology of the International League Against Epilepsy Childhood rigidly segregated epilepsy with occipital paroxysms into 2 separate syndromes with different predominant seizure types: early-onset seizure susceptibility type consisting of prolonged infrequent, nocturnal autonomic seizures and accompanied by eye deviation and ictal vomiting and late onset with short diurnal frequent seizures and visual ictal manifestations along with throbbing headaches. Epileptic clinical manifestations and electroencephalographic data were analyzed in 28 patients with suspected occipital lobe epilepsy in an attempt to segregate them into either the early or late forms according to the International League Against Epilepsy classification. Electroencephalography in 25 children demonstrated occipital epileptiform paroxysms compatible with the suspected epileptic syndrome. Only 14 (50%) children complied with the rigid criteria of either early-onset or late-onset presentations. The other 14 (50%) children presented with mixed diverse epileptic phenomena such as short-lived seizures in infancy or prolonged seizures during childhood, not complying with either rigid syndrome (ie, short-lived epileptic blindness at an early age or vomiting during later childhood). Despite present attempts to rigidly segregate childhood epilepsy with occipital paroxysms into 2 distinct epileptic syndromes, a high percentage of children still present with various mixed clinical phenomena. Therefore, clinicians should be aware of possible unique and unusual presentations of occipital lobe epilepsy at various ages. PMID:17690066

  8. Mol Psychiatry . Author manuscript A SNAP25 promoter variant is associated with early-onset bipolar disorder

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    Boyer, Edmond

    -onset bipolar disorder and a high expression level in brain Bruno Etain 1 2 , Anne Dumaine 1 , Flavie Mathieu 1 Bipolar disorder (BD) is one of the most common and persistent psychiatric disorders. Early-onset BD has release, and for which abnormal protein levels have been reported in postmortem studies of bipolar

  9. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet . Author manuscript European collaborative study of early-onset bipolar disorder: Evidence for

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    Jamra 17 , Thomas G. Schulze 7 18 , Diana Zelenica 19 , C line Charoné 19 , Andrej Marusic 20 , Mojca C families led to detect 8 regions linked to bipolar disease. Here, we present an investigation of whether between early onset bipolar type I (cut-off of 22 years) and other types of the disorder (later onset

  10. Late onset dysthymic disorder and major depression differ from early onset dysthymic disorder and major depression in elderly outpatients

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    D. P. Devanand; Elizabeth Adorno; Jocelyn Cheng; Tal Burt; Gregory H. Pelton; Steven P. Roose; Harold A. Sackeim

    2004-01-01

    Background: Age of onset may affect clinical features and prognosis in elderly patients with major depression (MDD), but there is a lack of such data in elderly patients with dysthymic disorder (DD) and systematic comparisons of late onset MDD and DD have not been conducted. Methods: In a Late Life Depression Clinic, patients?60 years old who met DSM-III-R or DSM-IV

  11. Digenic Inheritance of Early-Onset Glaucoma: CYP1B1, a Potential Modifier Gene

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    Vincent, Andrea L.; Billingsley, Gail; Buys, Yvonne; Levin, Alex V.; Priston, Megan; Trope, Graham; Williams-Lyn, Donna; Héon, Elise

    2002-01-01

    Early-onset glaucoma” refers to genetically heterogeneous conditions for which glaucoma manifests at age 5–40 years and for which only a small subset is molecularly characterized. We studied the role of MYOC, CYP1B1, and PITX2 in a population (n=60) affected with juvenile or early-onset glaucoma from the greater Toronto area. By a combination of single-strand conformation polymorphism and direct cycle sequencing, MYOC mutations were detected in 8 (13.3%) of the 60 individuals, CYP1B1 mutations were detected in 3 (5%) of the 60 individuals, and no PITX2 mutations were detected. The range of phenotypic expression associated with MYOC and CYP1B1 mutations was greater than expected. MYOC mutations included cases of juvenile glaucoma with or without pigmentary glaucoma and mixed-mechanism glaucoma. CYP1B1 mutations involved cases of juvenile open-angle glaucoma, as well as cases of congenital glaucoma. The study of a family with autosomal dominant glaucoma showed the segregation of both MYOC and CYP1B1 mutations with disease; however, in this family, the mean age at onset of carriers of the MYOC mutation alone was 51 years (range 48–64 years), whereas carriers of both the MYOC and CYP1B1 mutations had an average age at onset of 27 years (range 23–38 years) (P=.001). This work emphasizes the genetic heterogeneity of juvenile glaucoma and suggests, for the first time, that (1) congenital glaucoma and juvenile glaucoma are allelic variants and (2) the spectrum of expression of MYOC and CYP1B1 mutations is greater than expected. We also propose that CYP1B1 may act as a modifier of MYOC expression and that these two genes may interact through a common pathway. PMID:11774072

  12. Evidence for possible non-canonical pathway(s) driven early-onset colorectal cancer in India.

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    Raman, Ratheesh; Kotapalli, Viswakalyan; Adduri, Raju; Gowrishankar, Swarnalata; Bashyam, Leena; Chaudhary, Ajay; Vamsy, Mohana; Patnaik, Sujith; Srinivasulu, Mukta; Sastry, Regulagadda; Rao, Subramanyeshwar; Vasala, Anjayneyulu; Kalidindi, NarasimhaRaju; Pollack, Jonathan; Murthy, Sudha; Bashyam, Murali

    2014-02-01

    Two genetic instability pathways viz. chromosomal instability, driven primarily by APC mutation induced deregulated Wnt signaling, and microsatellite instability (MSI) caused by mismatch repair (MMR) inactivation, together account for >90% of late-onset colorectal cancer (CRC). Our understanding of early-onset sporadic CRC is however comparatively limited. In addition, most seminal studies have been performed in the western population and analyses of tumorigenesis pathway(s) causing CRC in developing nations have been rare. We performed a comparative analysis of early and late-onset CRC from India with respect to common genetic aberrations including Wnt, KRAS, and p53 (constituting the classical CRC progression sequence) in addition to MSI. Our results revealed the absence of Wnt and MSI in a significant proportion of early-onset as against late-onset CRC in India. In addition, KRAS mutation frequency was significantly lower in early-onset CRC indicating that a significant proportion of CRC in India may follow tumorigenesis pathways distinct from the classical CRC progression sequence. Our study has therefore revealed the possible existence of non-canonical tumorigenesis pathways in early-onset CRC in India. PMID:23168910

  13. A novel dystrophin deletion mutation in a becker muscular dystrophy patient with early-onset dilated cardiomyopathy.

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    Guo, Xiaoxiao; Dai, Yi; Cui, Liying; Fang, Quan

    2014-08-01

    Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) is a rare cause of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). We present a 23-year-old patient with BMD and early-onset DCM in whom cardiovascular magnetic resonance showed extensive myocardial late gadolinium enhancement and previously unreported findings of subepicardial fat infiltration in the lateral wall. In addition, this patient carried a rare mutation of dystrophin gene that might be a new genetic predisposition to early-onset DCM in BMD. PMID:24996370

  14. Early-onset alopecia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a cohort study.

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    Fondell, Elinor; Fitzgerald, Kathryn C; Falcone, Guido J; O'Reilly, Eilis J; Ascherio, Alberto

    2013-10-01

    A recent meta-analysis of 7 genome-wide association studies on early balding (alopecia) revealed single nucleotide polymorphism variants in the region of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) gene TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TARDBP/TDP-43). We therefore explored the association of early-onset alopecia and ALS in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, a large cohort of 51,529 US men. In 1992, the participants (then aged 46-81 years) were asked to report their hair line pattern at age 45 years. During the follow-up period (1992-2008), 42 men were diagnosed with ALS. Of those, 13 had reported no alopecia, 18 had reported moderate alopecia, and 11 had reported extensive alopecia at age 45 years. Those who reported extensive alopecia had an almost 3-fold increased risk of ALS compared with those who reported no alopecia (relative risk = 2.74, 95% confidence interval: 1.23, 6.13). Furthermore, we observed a linear trend of increased risk of ALS with increasing level of balding at age 45 years (Ptrend = 0.02). In conclusion, men with early-onset alopecia seem to have a higher risk of ALS. The mechanisms underlying this association deserve further investigation. PMID:23942216

  15. Early-onset restrictive eating disturbances in primary school boys and girls.

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    Kurz, Susanne; van Dyck, Zoé; Dremmel, Daniela; Munsch, Simone; Hilbert, Anja

    2014-10-01

    This study sought to determine the distribution of early-onset restrictive eating disturbances characteristic of the new DSM-5 diagnosis, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) in middle childhood, as well as to evaluate the screening instrument, Eating Disturbances in Youth-Questionnaire (EDY-Q). A total of 1,444 8- to 13-year-old children were screened in regular schools (3rd to 6th grade) in Switzerland using the self-report measure EDY-Q, consisting of 12 items based on the DSM-5 criteria for ARFID. 46 children (3.2 %) reported features of ARFID in the self-rating. Group differences were found for body mass index, with underweight children reporting features of ARFID more often than normal and overweight children. The EDY-Q revealed good psychometric properties, including adequate discriminant and convergent validity. Early-onset restrictive eating disturbances are commonly reported in middle childhood. Because of possible negative short- and long-term impact, early detection is essential. Further studies with structured interviews and parent reports are needed to confirm this study's findings. PMID:25296563

  16. Early-Onset Alopecia and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Cohort Study

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    Fondell, Elinor; Fitzgerald, Kathryn C.; Falcone, Guido J.; O'Reilly, Éilis J.; Ascherio, Alberto

    2013-01-01

    A recent meta-analysis of 7 genome-wide association studies on early balding (alopecia) revealed single nucleotide polymorphism variants in the region of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) gene TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TARDBP/TDP-43). We therefore explored the association of early-onset alopecia and ALS in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, a large cohort of 51,529 US men. In 1992, the participants (then aged 46–81 years) were asked to report their hair line pattern at age 45 years. During the follow-up period (1992–2008), 42 men were diagnosed with ALS. Of those, 13 had reported no alopecia, 18 had reported moderate alopecia, and 11 had reported extensive alopecia at age 45 years. Those who reported extensive alopecia had an almost 3-fold increased risk of ALS compared with those who reported no alopecia (relative risk = 2.74, 95% confidence interval: 1.23, 6.13). Furthermore, we observed a linear trend of increased risk of ALS with increasing level of balding at age 45 years (Ptrend = 0.02). In conclusion, men with early-onset alopecia seem to have a higher risk of ALS. The mechanisms underlying this association deserve further investigation. PMID:23942216

  17. Common and Rare Variant Analysis in Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder Vulnerability

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    Jamain, Stéphane; Cichon, Sven; Etain, Bruno; Mühleisen, Thomas W.; Georgi, Alexander; Zidane, Nora; Chevallier, Lucie; Deshommes, Jasmine; Nicolas, Aude; Henrion, Annabelle; Degenhardt, Franziska; Mattheisen, Manuel; Priebe, Lutz; Mathieu, Flavie; Kahn, Jean-Pierre; Henry, Chantal; Boland, Anne; Zelenika, Diana; Gut, Ivo; Heath, Simon; Lathrop, Mark; Maier, Wolfgang; Albus, Margot; Rietschel, Marcella; Schulze, Thomas G.; McMahon, Francis J.; Kelsoe, John R.; Hamshere, Marian; Craddock, Nicholas; Nöthen, Markus M.; Bellivier, Frank; Leboyer, Marion

    2014-01-01

    Bipolar disorder is one of the most common and devastating psychiatric disorders whose mechanisms remain largely unknown. Despite a strong genetic contribution demonstrated by twin and adoption studies, a polygenic background influences this multifactorial and heterogeneous psychiatric disorder. To identify susceptibility genes on a severe and more familial sub-form of the disease, we conducted a genome-wide association study focused on 211 patients of French origin with an early age at onset and 1,719 controls, and then replicated our data on a German sample of 159 patients with early-onset bipolar disorder and 998 controls. Replication study and subsequent meta-analysis revealed two genes encoding proteins involved in phosphoinositide signalling pathway (PLEKHA5 and PLCXD3). We performed additional replication studies in two datasets from the WTCCC (764 patients and 2,938 controls) and the GAIN-TGen cohorts (1,524 patients and 1,436 controls) and found nominal P-values both in the PLCXD3 and PLEKHA5 loci with the WTCCC sample. In addition, we identified in the French cohort one affected individual with a deletion at the PLCXD3 locus and another one carrying a missense variation in PLCXD3 (p.R93H), both supporting a role of the phosphatidylinositol pathway in early-onset bipolar disorder vulnerability. Although the current nominally significant findings should be interpreted with caution and need replication in independent cohorts, this study supports the strategy to combine genetic approaches to determine the molecular mechanisms underlying bipolar disorder. PMID:25111785

  18. Late mortality among 5-year survivors of early onset cancer: a population-based register study.

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    Kero, Andreina E; Järvelä, Liisa S; Arola, Mikko; Malila, Nea; Madanat-Harjuoja, Laura M; Matomäki, Jaakko; Lähteenmäki, Päivi M

    2015-04-01

    To date, only few studies have been published documenting late mortality among early onset cancer survivors, especially regarding young adulthood (YA) malignancies. Our nation-wide population-based registry study provides information concerning cause-specific long-term mortality among 16,769 5-year survivors of early onset cancer (aged 0-34 years at diagnosis), with follow-up for death extending from 1971 through 2012. A sibling cohort and population data were used as reference. The overall standardized mortality ratio (SMR) of cancer patients was 4.6-fold, (95% CI 4.4-4.8). Highest SMRs were found for malignancies (12.8, 95% CI 12.3-13.3), infectious (4.8, 95%CI 2.9-6.7) and cardiovascular diseases (1.9, 95% CI 1.7-2.1). Malignancies and cardiovascular diseases accounted for the largest number of deaths. Childhood and YA cancer survivors with the same primary cancer site had a similarly elevated overall SMR with the exception of markedly higher SMRs after childhood Hodgkin lymphoma. The highest cumulative non-malignancy-related mortality was due to cardiovascular disease with a steady rise throughout the follow-up, but strongly dependent on the primary cancer site and age at diagnosis. In childhood cancer survivors, the cumulative cardiovascular mortality did not reduce over time. However, overall and malignancy-related mortality showed a declining tendency towards the most recent periods after both, childhood and YA cancer. Our findings on non-malignancy-related mortality stress the need to set up long-term individual follow-up with a focus on cardiovascular late effects for early onset cancer survivors, especially for YA cancer survivors still lacking those. PMID:25110999

  19. Internet-Delivered, Family-Based Treatment for Early-Onset OCD: A Preliminary Case Series

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    Comer, Jonathan S.; Furr, Jami M.; Cooper-Vince, Christine E.; Kerns, Caroline E.; Chan, Priscilla T.; Edson, Aubrey L.; Khanna, Muniya; Franklin, Martin E.; Garcia, Abbe M.; Freeman, Jennifer B.

    2014-01-01

    Given the burdens of early-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), limitations in the broad availability and accessibility of evidence-based care for affected youth present serious public health concerns. The growing potential for technological innovations to transform care for the most traditionally remote and underserved families holds enormous promise. This article presents the rationale, key considerations, and a preliminary case series for a promising behavioral telehealth innovation in the evidence-based treatment of early-onset OCD. We developed an Internet-based format for the delivery of family-based treatment for early-onset OCD directly to families in their homes, regardless of their geographic proximity to a mental health facility. Videoteleconferencing (VTC) methods were used to deliver real-time cognitive-behavioral therapy centering on exposure and response prevention to affected families. Participants in the preliminary case series included 5 children between the ages of 4 and 8 (MAge = 6.5) who received the Internet-delivered treatment format. All youth completed a full treatment course, all showed OCD symptom improvements and global severity improvements from pre- to posttreatment, all showed at least partial diagnostic response, and 60% no longer met diagnostic criteria for OCD at posttreatment. No participants got worse, and all mothers characterized the quality of services received as “excellent.” The present work adds to a growing literature supporting the potential of VTC and related computer technology for meaningfully expanding the reach of supported treatments for OCD and lays the foundation for subsequent controlled evaluations to evaluate matters of efficacy and engagement relative to standard in-office evidence-based care. PMID:24295036

  20. The Burden of Invasive Early-Onset Neonatal Sepsis in the United States, 2005–2008

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    Weston, Emily J.; Pondo, Tracy; Lewis, Melissa M.; Martell-Cleary, Pat; Morin, Craig; Jewell, Brenda; Daily, Pam; Apostol, Mirasol; Petit, Sue; Farley, Monica; Lynfield, Ruth; Reingold, Art; Hansen, Nellie I.; Stoll, Barbara J.; Shane, Andi L.; Zell, Elizabeth; Schrag, Stephanie J.

    2011-01-01

    Background Sepsis in the first 3 days of life is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among infants. Group B Streptococcus (GBS), historically the primary cause of early-onset sepsis, has declined through widespread use of intrapartum chemoprophylaxis. We estimated the national burden of invasive early-onset sepsis (EOS) cases and deaths in the era of GBS prevention. Methods Population-based surveillance for invasive EOS was conducted in 4 of CDC’s Active Bacterial Core surveillance (ABCs) sites from 2005–2008. We calculated incidence using state and national live birth files. Estimates of the national number of cases and deaths were calculated, standardizing by race and gestational age. Results ABCs identified 658 cases of EOS; 72 (10.9%) were fatal. Overall incidence remained stable during the three years (2005:0.77 cases/1,000 live births; 2008:0.76 cases/1,000 live births). GBS (~38%) was the most commonly reported pathogen followed by Escherichia coli (~24%). Black preterm infants had the highest incidence (5.14 cases/1,000 live births) and case fatality (24.4%). Non-black term infants had the lowest incidence (0.40 cases/1,000 live births) and case fatality (1.6%). The estimated national annual burden of EOS was approximately 3,320 cases (95% CI: 3,060–3,580) including 390 deaths (95% CI: 300–490). Among preterm infants, 1,570 cases (95% CI: 1,400–1,770; 47.3% of the overall) and 360 deaths (95% CI: 280–460; 92.3% of the overall) occurred annually. Conclusions The burden of invasive early-onset sepsis remains substantial in the era of GBS prevention and disproportionately affects preterm and black infants. Identification of strategies to prevent preterm births is needed to reduce the neonatal sepsis burden. PMID:21654548

  1. A systematic review of the long-term outcome of early onset schizophrenia

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    2012-01-01

    Background The current review analyzes the long-term outcome and prognosis of early onset schizophrenia based on previously published studies in 1980. Methods A systematic search of articles published in the English-language literature after 1980 identified a total of 21 studies, which included 716 patients who were either suffering from early onset schizophrenia (EOS) or both EOS and other psychotic disorders (MIX). The authors of the current review scored the outcome as either “good,” “moderate,” or “poor.” The mean age of onset in these studies was <18 years. Results In general, the outcome in studies with EOS is worse than the outcome in MIX studies. Only 15.4% of the patients in EOS studies versus 19.6% of the patients in MIX studies experienced a “good” outcome. In contrast, 24.5% of the patients in EOS studies versus 33.6% in MIX studies experienced a “moderate” outcome, and 60.1% in EOS studies versus 46.8% in MIX studies experienced a “poor” outcome. The authors identified various significant effects on outcome. In EOS, the findings were significantly affected by sample attrition, indicating that in studies with a high dropout rate, fewer patients experienced a “moderate” outcome, and more patients experienced a “poor” outcome; however, the effect sizes were small. Furthermore, the effects were also small and more favourable for specific functioning measures, as opposed to more global measures, small to moderate in terms of worse outcomes for follow-up periods >10 years, small to moderate for more unfavourable outcomes in males, and small to large for worse outcomes in studies including patients diagnosed before 1970. Conclusions In contrast to the adult manifestation, the early manifestation of schizophrenia in childhood and adolescence still carries a particularly poor prognosis. According to these aggregated data analyses, longer follow-up periods, male sex, and patients having been diagnosed before 1970 contribute predominantly to the rather poor course of EOS. PMID:22992395

  2. Candidate colorectal cancer predisposing gene variants in Chinese early-onset and familial cases

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    Zhang, Jun-Xiao; Fu, Lei; de Voer, Richarda M; Hahn, Marc-Manuel; Jin, Peng; Lv, Chen-Xi; Verwiel, Eugène TP; Ligtenberg, Marjolijn JL; Hoogerbrugge, Nicoline; Kuiper, Roland P; Sheng, Jian-Qiu; Geurts van Kessel, Ad

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To investigate whether whole-exome sequencing may serve as an efficient method to identify known or novel colorectal cancer (CRC) predisposing genes in early-onset or familial CRC cases. METHODS: We performed whole-exome sequencing in 23 Chinese patients from 21 families with non-polyposis CRC diagnosed at ? 40 years of age, or from multiple affected CRC families with at least 1 first-degree relative diagnosed with CRC at ? 55 years of age. Genomic DNA from blood was enriched for exome sequences using the SureSelect Human All Exon Kit, version 2 (Agilent Technologies) and sequencing was performed on an Illumina HiSeq 2000 platform. Data were processed through an analytical pipeline to search for rare germline variants in known or novel CRC predisposing genes. RESULTS: In total, 32 germline variants in 23 genes were identified and confirmed by Sanger sequencing. In 6 of the 21 families (29%), we identified 7 mutations in 3 known CRC predisposing genes including MLH1 (5 patients), MSH2 (1 patient), and MUTYH (biallelic, 1 patient), five of which were reported as pathogenic. In the remaining 15 families, we identified 20 rare and novel potentially deleterious variants in 19 genes, six of which were truncating mutations. One previously unreported variant identified in a conserved region of EIF2AK4 (p.Glu738_Asp739insArgArg) was found to represent a local Chinese variant, which was significantly enriched in our early-onset CRC patient cohort compared to a control cohort of 100 healthy Chinese individuals scored negative by colonoscopy (33.3% vs 7%, P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: Whole-exome sequencing of early-onset or familial CRC cases serves as an efficient method to identify known and potential pathogenic variants in established and novel candidate CRC predisposing genes.

  3. Periodontal Breakdown in the Dmp1 Null Mouse Model of Hypophosphatemic Rickets

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    Ye, L.; Zhang, S.; Ke, H.; Bonewald, L. F.; Feng, JQ.

    2008-01-01

    Dentin Matrix Protein 1 (DMP1) is highly expressed in alveolar bone and cementum, which are important components of the periodontium. Therefore, we hypothesized that Dmp1 is critical for the integrity of the periodontium, and that deletion may lead to increased susceptibility to disease. An early-onset periodontal defect was observed in the Dmp1 null mouse, a mouse model of hypophosphatemic rickets. The alveolar bone is porous, with increased proteoglycan expression. The cementum is also defective, as characterized by irregular, punctate fluorochrome labeling and elevated proteoglycan. The osteocyte and cementocyte lacuno-canalicular system of both alveolar bone and cementum is abnormal, with irregular lacunar walls and fewer canaliculi. As a consequence, there is significant interproximal alveolar bone loss, combined with detachment between the periodontal ligament (PDL) and cementum. We propose that defective alveolar bone and cementum may account for the periodontal breakdown and increased susceptibility to bacterial infection in Dmp1 null mice. PMID:18573980

  4. Genomewide Significant Linkage to Recurrent, Early-Onset Major Depressive Disorder on Chromosome 15q

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    Holmans, Peter; Zubenko, George S.; Crowe, Raymond R.; DePaulo Jr., J. Raymond; Scheftner, William A.; Weissman, Myrna M.; Zubenko, Wendy N.; Boutelle, Sandra; Murphy-Eberenz, Kathleen; MacKinnon, Dean; McInnis, Melvin G.; Marta, Diana H.; Adams, Philip; Knowles, James A.; Gladis, Madeleine; Thomas, Jo; Chellis, Jennifer; Miller, Erin; Levinson, Douglas F.

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    A genome scan was performed on the first phase sample of the Genetics of Recurrent Early-Onset Depression (GenRED) project. The sample consisted of 297 informative families containing 415 independent affected sibling pairs (ASPs), or, counting all possible pairs, 685 informative affected relative pairs (555 ASPs and 130 other pair types). Affected cases had recurrent major depressive disorder (MDD) with onset before age 31 years for probands or age 41 years for other affected relatives; the mean age at onset was 18.5 years, and the mean number of depressive episodes was 7.3. The Center for Inherited Disease Research genotyped 389 microsatellite markers (mean spacing of 9.3 cM). The primary linkage analysis considered allele sharing in all possible affected relative pairs with the use of the Zlr statistic computed by the ALLEGRO program. A secondary logistic regression analysis considered the effect of the sex of the pair as a covariate. Genomewide significant linkage was observed on chromosome 15q25.3-26.2 (Zlr=4.14, equivalent LOD = 3.73, empirical genomewide P=.023). The linkage was not sex specific. No other suggestive or significant results were observed in the primary analysis. The secondary analysis produced three regions of suggestive linkage, but these results should be interpreted cautiously because they depended primarily on the small subsample of 42 male-male pairs. Chromosome 15q25.3-26.2 deserves further study as a candidate region for susceptibility to MDD. PMID:15108123

  5. Reduced frontal white matter volume in children with early onset of adrenarche.

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    Klauser, Paul; Whittle, Sarah; Simmons, Julian G; Byrne, Michelle L; Mundy, Lisa K; Patton, George C; Fornito, Alex; Allen, Nicholas B

    2015-02-01

    While there is growing evidence that puberty affects brain development, very little is known about the structural brain changes associated with dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), an adrenal hormone that exhibits dramatic increases during adrenarche, the earliest phase of puberty. Moreover, no research has investigated whether relatively early exposure to DHEA (i.e., early adrenarche) during this period is associated with differences in brain structure. We ran a whole-brain voxel-based morphometry analysis on T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging brain scans to compare gray (GMV) and white matter volumes (WMV) between children experiencing relatively early (n=41) vs. relatively late (n=44) adrenarche. We also investigated the correlations between GMV or WMV and DHEA levels, and finally, tested for sex differences in group and correlation analyses. We observed reduced frontal WMV in a cluster located on the left corona radiata in children experiencing earlier adrenarche. In addition, WMV in this area was negatively correlated with DHEA levels. We did not observe any effect of gender in both the group and the correlation analyses. Early onset of adrenarche (as defined by relatively early exposure to DHEA) may be associated with differences in the development of frontal white matter tracts. PMID:25459897

  6. A case of probable non-familial early onset Alzheimer dementia in a Hispanic male

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    Ephrussi, Corey; Alweis, Richard

    2012-01-01

    Background Early onset Alzheimer's type dementia (EOAD) is usually familial and associated with mutations in the Presenilin-1 (PSEN1), Presenilin-2 (PSEN2) or amyloid precursor protein (APP) genes. It is rarely reported in patients of Hispanic descent. Case report A 49-year-old Hispanic male developed significant cognitive impairment over a 4-year period. PET scan showed diminished metabolic activity in the posterior parietal/temporal lobes. Genetic testing revealed the presence of a PSEN1 gene mutation. Conclusion Disparities in health care may account for an under-recognition of EOAD in the Hispanic population. Clinicians should test for EOAD in all patients with appropriate symptomatology, regardless of ethnicity. Early recognition and enrollment in clinical trials is vital to enhancing our understanding of the natural history and treatment of this condition. PMID:23882370

  7. Early Onset Prion Disease from Octarepeat Expansion Correlates with Copper Binding Properties

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    Stevens, Daniel J.; Walter, Eric D.; Rodríguez, Abel; Draper, David; Davies, Paul; Brown, David R.; Millhauser, Glenn L.

    2009-01-01

    Insertional mutations leading to expansion of the octarepeat domain of the prion protein (PrP) are directly linked to prion disease. While normal PrP has four PHGGGWGQ octapeptide segments in its flexible N-terminal domain, expanded forms may have up to nine additional octapeptide inserts. The type of prion disease segregates with the degree of expansion. With up to four extra octarepeats, the average onset age is above 60 years, whereas five to nine extra octarepeats results in an average onset age between 30 and 40 years, a difference of almost three decades. In wild-type PrP, the octarepeat domain takes up copper (Cu2+) and is considered essential for in vivo function. Work from our lab demonstrates that the copper coordination mode depends on the precise ratio of Cu2+ to protein. At low Cu2+ levels, coordination involves histidine side chains from adjacent octarepeats, whereas at high levels each repeat takes up a single copper ion through interactions with the histidine side chain and neighboring backbone amides. Here we use both octarepeat constructs and recombinant PrP to examine how copper coordination modes are influenced by octarepeat expansion. We find that there is little change in affinity or coordination mode populations for octarepeat domains with up to seven segments (three inserts). However, domains with eight or nine total repeats (four or five inserts) become energetically arrested in the multi-histidine coordination mode, as dictated by higher copper uptake capacity and also by increased binding affinity. We next pooled all published cases of human prion disease resulting from octarepeat expansion and find remarkable agreement between the sudden length-dependent change in copper coordination and onset age. Together, these findings suggest that either loss of PrP copper-dependent function or loss of copper-mediated protection against PrP polymerization makes a significant contribution to early onset prion disease. PMID:19381258

  8. Synergistic effect of interleukin-10-receptor variants in a case of early-onset ulcerative colitis

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    Galatola, Martina; Miele, Erasmo; Strisciuglio, Caterina; Paparo, Lorella; Rega, Daniela; Delrio, Paolo; Duraturo, Francesca; Martinelli, Massimo; Rossi, Giovanni Battista; Staiano, Annamaria; Izzo, Paola; Rosa, Marina De

    2013-01-01

    AIM: To investigated the molecular cause of very early-onset ulcerative colitis (UC) in an 18-mo-old affected child. METHODS: We analysed the interleukin-10 (IL10) receptor genes at the DNA and RNA level in the proband and his relatives. Beta catenin and tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF?) receptors were analysed in the proteins extracted from peripheral blood cells of the proband, his relatives and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome (PHTS) patients. Samples were also collected from the proband’s inflamed colorectal mucosa and compared to healthy and tumour mucosa collected from a FAP patient and patients affected by sporadic colorectal cancer (CRC). Finally, we examined mesalazine and azathioprine effects on primary fibroblasts stabilised from UC and FAP patients. RESULTS: Our patient was a compound heterozygote for the IL10RB E47K polymorphism, inherited from his father, and for a novel point mutation within the IL10RA promoter (the -413G->T), inherited from his mother. Beta catenin and tumour necrosis factor ? receptors-I?(TNFRI) protein were both over-expressed in peripheral blood cells of the proband’s relatives more than the proband. However, TNFRII was over-expressed only in the proband. Finally, both TNF?-receptors were shown to be under-expressed in the inflamed colon mucosa and colorectal cancer tissue compared to healthy colon mucosa. Consistent with this observation, mesalazine and azathioprine induced, in primary fibroblasts, IL10RB and TNFRII over-expression and TNFRI and TNF? under-expression. We suggest that ?-catenin and TNFRI protein expression in peripheral blood cells could represent molecular markers of sub-clinical disease in apparently healthy relatives of patients with early-onset UC. CONCLUSION: A synergistic effect of several variant alleles of the IL10 receptor genes, inherited in a Mendelian manner, is involved in UC onset in this young child. PMID:24379584

  9. Genome-wide association study of recurrent early-onset major depressive disorder.

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    Shi, J; Potash, J B; Knowles, J A; Weissman, M M; Coryell, W; Scheftner, W A; Lawson, W B; DePaulo, J R; Gejman, P V; Sanders, A R; Johnson, J K; Adams, P; Chaudhury, S; Jancic, D; Evgrafov, O; Zvinyatskovskiy, A; Ertman, N; Gladis, M; Neimanas, K; Goodell, M; Hale, N; Ney, N; Verma, R; Mirel, D; Holmans, P; Levinson, D F

    2011-02-01

    A genome-wide association study was carried out in 1020 case subjects with recurrent early-onset major depressive disorder (MDD) (onset before age 31) and 1636 control subjects screened to exclude lifetime MDD. Subjects were genotyped with the Affymetrix 6.0 platform. After extensive quality control procedures, 671?424 autosomal single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and 25?068 X chromosome SNPs with minor allele frequency greater than 1% were available for analysis. An additional 1?892?186 HapMap II SNPs were analyzed based on imputed genotypic data. Single-SNP logistic regression trend tests were computed, with correction for ancestry-informative principal component scores. No genome-wide significant evidence for association was observed, assuming that nominal P<5 × 10(-8) approximates a 5% genome-wide significance threshold. The strongest evidence for association was observed on chromosome 18q22.1 (rs17077540, P=1.83 × 10(-7)) in a region that has produced some evidence for linkage to bipolar-I or -II disorder in several studies, within an mRNA detected in human brain tissue (BC053410) and approximately 75?kb upstream of DSEL. Comparing these results with those of a meta-analysis of three MDD GWAS data sets reported in a companion article, we note that among the strongest signals observed in the GenRED sample, the meta-analysis provided the greatest support (although not at a genome-wide significant level) for association of MDD to SNPs within SP4, a brain-specific transcription factor. Larger samples will be required to confirm the hypothesis of association between MDD (and particularly the recurrent early-onset subtype) and common SNPs. PMID:20125088

  10. Mutations in FBXL4, encoding a mitochondrial protein, cause early-onset mitochondrial encephalomyopathy.

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    Gai, Xiaowu; Ghezzi, Daniele; Johnson, Mark A; Biagosch, Caroline A; Shamseldin, Hanan E; Haack, Tobias B; Reyes, Aurelio; Tsukikawa, Mai; Sheldon, Claire A; Srinivasan, Satish; Gorza, Matteo; Kremer, Laura S; Wieland, Thomas; Strom, Tim M; Polyak, Erzsebet; Place, Emily; Consugar, Mark; Ostrovsky, Julian; Vidoni, Sara; Robinson, Alan J; Wong, Lee-Jun; Sondheimer, Neal; Salih, Mustafa A; Al-Jishi, Emtethal; Raab, Christopher P; Bean, Charles; Furlan, Francesca; Parini, Rossella; Lamperti, Costanza; Mayr, Johannes A; Konstantopoulou, Vassiliki; Huemer, Martina; Pierce, Eric A; Meitinger, Thomas; Freisinger, Peter; Sperl, Wolfgang; Prokisch, Holger; Alkuraya, Fowzan S; Falk, Marni J; Zeviani, Massimo

    2013-09-01

    Whole-exome sequencing and autozygosity mapping studies, independently performed in subjects with defective combined mitochondrial OXPHOS-enzyme deficiencies, identified a total of nine disease-segregating FBXL4 mutations in seven unrelated mitochondrial disease families, composed of six singletons and three siblings. All subjects manifested early-onset lactic acidemia, hypotonia, and developmental delay caused by severe encephalomyopathy consistently associated with progressive cerebral atrophy and variable involvement of the white matter, deep gray nuclei, and brainstem structures. A wide range of other multisystem features were variably seen, including dysmorphism, skeletal abnormalities, poor growth, gastrointestinal dysmotility, renal tubular acidosis, seizures, and episodic metabolic failure. Mitochondrial respiratory chain deficiency was present in muscle or fibroblasts of all tested individuals, together with markedly reduced oxygen consumption rate and hyperfragmentation of the mitochondrial network in cultured cells. In muscle and fibroblasts from several subjects, substantially decreased mtDNA content was observed. FBXL4 is a member of the F-box family of proteins, some of which are involved in phosphorylation-dependent ubiquitination and/or G protein receptor coupling. We also demonstrate that FBXL4 is targeted to mitochondria and localizes in the intermembrane space, where it participates in an approximately 400 kDa protein complex. These data strongly support a role for FBXL4 in controlling bioenergetic homeostasis and mtDNA maintenance. FBXL4 mutations are a recurrent cause of mitochondrial encephalomyopathy onset in early infancy. PMID:23993194

  11. Mutations in FBXL4, Encoding a Mitochondrial Protein, Cause Early-Onset Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy

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    Gai, Xiaowu; Ghezzi, Daniele; Johnson, Mark A.; Biagosch, Caroline A.; Shamseldin, Hanan E.; Haack, Tobias B.; Reyes, Aurelio; Tsukikawa, Mai; Sheldon, Claire A.; Srinivasan, Satish; Gorza, Matteo; Kremer, Laura S.; Wieland, Thomas; Strom, Tim M.; Polyak, Erzsebet; Place, Emily; Consugar, Mark; Ostrovsky, Julian; Vidoni, Sara; Robinson, Alan J.; Wong, Lee-Jun; Sondheimer, Neal; Salih, Mustafa A.; Al-Jishi, Emtethal; Raab, Christopher P.; Bean, Charles; Furlan, Francesca; Parini, Rossella; Lamperti, Costanza; Mayr, Johannes A.; Konstantopoulou, Vassiliki; Huemer, Martina; Pierce, Eric A.; Meitinger, Thomas; Freisinger, Peter; Sperl, Wolfgang; Prokisch, Holger; Alkuraya, Fowzan S.; Falk, Marni J.; Zeviani, Massimo

    2013-01-01

    Whole-exome sequencing and autozygosity mapping studies, independently performed in subjects with defective combined mitochondrial OXPHOS-enzyme deficiencies, identified a total of nine disease-segregating FBXL4 mutations in seven unrelated mitochondrial disease families, composed of six singletons and three siblings. All subjects manifested early-onset lactic acidemia, hypotonia, and developmental delay caused by severe encephalomyopathy consistently associated with progressive cerebral atrophy and variable involvement of the white matter, deep gray nuclei, and brainstem structures. A wide range of other multisystem features were variably seen, including dysmorphism, skeletal abnormalities, poor growth, gastrointestinal dysmotility, renal tubular acidosis, seizures, and episodic metabolic failure. Mitochondrial respiratory chain deficiency was present in muscle or fibroblasts of all tested individuals, together with markedly reduced oxygen consumption rate and hyperfragmentation of the mitochondrial network in cultured cells. In muscle and fibroblasts from several subjects, substantially decreased mtDNA content was observed. FBXL4 is a member of the F-box family of proteins, some of which are involved in phosphorylation-dependent ubiquitination and/or G protein receptor coupling. We also demonstrate that FBXL4 is targeted to mitochondria and localizes in the intermembrane space, where it participates in an approximately 400 kDa protein complex. These data strongly support a role for FBXL4 in controlling bioenergetic homeostasis and mtDNA maintenance. FBXL4 mutations are a recurrent cause of mitochondrial encephalomyopathy onset in early infancy. PMID:23993194

  12. Is the NACP/Synuclein gene involved in early-onset Alheimer`s disease?

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    Champion, D.; Clerget-Darpoux, F. [INSERM, Paris (France); Frebourg, T. [CHU de Rouen (France)

    1994-09-01

    The major component of senile plaques (SP), the most specific histologic lesion of Alzheimer`s disease (AD) is the A4 peptide, derived from a large precursor protein (APP). Recently, a second major component of SP has been isolated. This 35 AA peptide was named non-A4 component amyloid (NAC) and its precursor - a 140 AA protein - was named NACP. Computer homology search has allowed us to establish that the NACP gene is homologous to the rat synuclein gene which is expressed in neurons. Since APP mutations have been shown to cause early-onset Alzheimer`s disease (EOAD) in several families, we investigated whether the NACP/synuclein gene was also involved in familial early-onset Alzheimer`s disease (FEOAD). RT-PCR and direct sequencing of the entire NACP open reading frame did not reveal any alteration of the NACP coding sequence in lymphocytes of 26 unrelated FEOAD patients. We showed that the NACP/synuclein gene was alternatively spliced and that the different transcripts potentially encoded for distinct proteins all containing the NAC peptide. Accumulation of NAC in SP might result from a dysregulation of NACP/synuclein expression.

  13. Dominant Renin Gene Mutations Associated with Early-Onset Hyperuricemia, Anemia, and Chronic Kidney Failure

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    Živná, Martina; H?lková, Helena; Matignon, Marie; Hoda?ová, Kate?ina; Vylet'al, Petr; Kalbá?ová, Marie; Barešová, Veronika; Sikora, Jakub; Blažková, Hana; Živný, Jan; Ivánek, Robert; Stránecký, Viktor; Sovová, Jana; Claes, Kathleen; Lerut, Evelyne; Fryns, Jean-Pierre; Hart, P. Suzanne; Hart, Thomas C.; Adams, Jeremy N.; Pawtowski, Audrey; Clemessy, Maud; Gasc, Jean-Marie; Gübler, Marie-Claire; Antignac, Corinne; Elleder, Milan; Kapp, Katja; Grimbert, Philippe; Bleyer, Anthony J.; Kmoch, Stanislav

    2009-01-01

    Through linkage analysis and candidate gene sequencing, we identified three unrelated families with the autosomal-dominant inheritance of early onset anemia, hypouricosuric hyperuricemia, progressive kidney failure, and mutations resulting either in the deletion (p.Leu16del) or the amino acid exchange (p.Leu16Arg) of a single leucine residue in the signal sequence of renin. Both mutations decrease signal sequence hydrophobicity and are predicted by bioinformatic analyses to damage targeting and cotranslational translocation of preprorenin into the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Transfection and in vitro studies confirmed that both mutations affect ER translocation and processing of nascent preprorenin, resulting either in reduced (p.Leu16del) or abolished (p.Leu16Arg) prorenin and renin biosynthesis and secretion. Expression of renin and other components of the renin-angiotensin system was decreased accordingly in kidney biopsy specimens from affected individuals. Cells stably expressing the p.Leu16del protein showed activated ER stress, unfolded protein response, and reduced growth rate. It is likely that expression of the mutant proteins has a dominant toxic effect gradually reducing the viability of renin-expressing cells. This alters the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system and the juxtaglomerular apparatus functionality and leads to nephron dropout and progressive kidney failure. Our findings provide insight into the functionality of renin-angiotensin system and stress the importance of renin analysis in families and individuals with early onset hyperuricemia, anemia, and progressive kidney failure. PMID:19664745

  14. Structured Regions of Alpha-synuclein Fibrils Include the Early Onset Parkinson's Disease Mutation Sites

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    Comellas Canal, Gemma; Lemkau, Luisel R.; Nieuwkoop, Andrew J.; Kloepper, Kathryn D.; Ladror, Daniel T.; Ebisu, Reika; Woods, Wendy S.; Lipton, Andrew S.; George, Julia M.; Rienstra, Chad M.

    2011-08-26

    Alpha-Synuclein (AS) fibrils constitute the major proteinaceous component of Lewy bodies (LBs), the pathological hallmark of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. Three single point mutations in the AS gene, as well as multiplication of the wild-type (WT) AS allele, have been previously identified in families with early-onset PD. Although AS fibrils have been the subject of intense study, critical details about their structure including the precise location of the B-strands and the extent of the core, the three-dimensional structure and the effects of the mutations—remain unknown. Here, we have used magic-angle spinning solid-state NMR spectroscopy to present a detailed characterization of the full-length WT AS fibrils. With improved sample preparations, isotopic labeling patterns and NMR experiments, we have confidently assigned more than 90% of the 13C and 15N backbone and sidechain chemical shifts of the detected residues from residue 39 to 97, and quantified the conformational dynamics throughout this region. Our results demonstrate that the core of AS fibrils extends with a repeated motif and that residues 30, 46 and 53-the early-onset PD mutant sites-are located in structured regions of AS fibrils.

  15. Germline Mutations of Inhibins in Early-Onset Ovarian Epithelial Tumors

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    Tournier, Isabelle; Marlin, Régine; Walton, Kelly; Charbonnier, Françoise; Coutant, Sophie; Théry, Jean-Christophe; Charbonnier, Camille; Spurrell, Cailyn; Vezain, Myriam; Ippolito, Lorena; Bougeard, Gaëlle; Roman, Horace; Tinat, Julie; Sabourin, Jean-Christophe; Stoppa-Lyonnet, Dominique; Caron, Olivier; Bressac-de Paillerets, Brigitte; Vaur, Dominique; King, Mary-Claire; Harrison, Craig; Frebourg, Thierry

    2014-01-01

    To identify novel genetic bases of early-onset epithelial ovarian tumors, we used the trio exome sequencing strategy in a patient without familial history of cancer who presented metastatic serous ovarian adenocarcinomas at 21 years of age. We identified a single de novo mutation (c.1157A>G/p.Asn386Ser) within the INHBA gene encoding the ?A-subunit of inhibins/activins, which play a key role in ovarian development. In vitro, this mutation alters the ratio of secreted activins and inhibins. In a second patient with early-onset serous borderline papillary cystadenoma, we identified an unreported germline mutation (c.179G>T/p.Arg60Leu) of the INHA gene encoding the ?-subunit, the partner of the ?A-subunit. This mutation also alters the secreted activin/inhibin ratio, by disrupting both inhibin A and inhibin B biosynthesis. In a cohort of 62 cases, we detected an additional unreported germline mutation of the INHBA gene (c.839G>A/p.Gly280Glu). Our results strongly suggest that inhibin mutations contribute to the genetic determinism of epithelial ovarian tumors. PMID:24302632

  16. Host phenotype characteristics and MC1R in relation to early-onset basal cell carcinoma

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    Ferrucci, Leah M.; Cartmel, Brenda; Molinaro, Annette M.; Gordon, Patricia B.; Leffell, David J.; Bale, Allen E.; Mayne, Susan T.

    2011-01-01

    Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) incidence is increasing, particularly among adults under age 40. Pigment-related characteristics are associated with BCC in older populations, but epidemiologic studies among younger individuals and analyses of phenotype-genotype interactions are limited. We examined self-reported phenotypes and melanocortin 1 receptor gene (MC1R) variants in relation to early-onset BCC. BCC cases (n=377) and controls with benign skin conditions (n=390) under age 40 were identified through Yale’s Dermatopathology database. Factors most strongly associated with early-onset BCC were skin reaction to first summer sun for one hour [severe sunburn vs. tan odds ratio (OR)=12.27, 95% confidence interval (CI)=4.08–36.94] and skin color (very fair vs. olive OR=11.06, 95% CI=5.90–20.74). Individuals with two or more MC1R non-synonymous variants were 3.59 times (95% CI=2.37–5.43) more likely to have BCC than those without non-synonymous variants. All host characteristics and MC1R were more strongly associated with multiple BCC cases status (37% of cases) than single BCC case status. MC1R, number of moles, skin reaction to first summer sun for one hour, and hair and skin color were independently associated with BCC. BCC risk conferred by MC1R tended to be stronger among those with darker pigment phenotypes, traditionally considered to be at low-risk of skin cancer. PMID:22158557

  17. GRIN2A mutation and early-onset epileptic encephalopathy: personalized therapy with memantine

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    Pierson, Tyler Mark; Yuan, Hongjie; Marsh, Eric D; Fuentes-Fajardo, Karin; Adams, David R; Markello, Thomas; Golas, Gretchen; Simeonov, Dimitre R; Holloman, Conisha; Tankovic, Anel; Karamchandani, Manish M; Schreiber, John M; Mullikin, James C; Tifft, Cynthia J; Toro, Camilo; Boerkoel, Cornelius F; Traynelis, Stephen F; Gahl, William A

    2014-01-01

    Objective Early-onset epileptic encephalopathies have been associated with de novo mutations of numerous ion channel genes. We employed techniques of modern translational medicine to identify a disease-causing mutation, analyze its altered behavior, and screen for therapeutic compounds to treat the proband. Methods Three modern translational medicine tools were utilized: (1) high-throughput sequencing technology to identify a novel de novo mutation; (2) in vitro expression and electrophysiology assays to confirm the variant protein's dysfunction; and (3) screening of existing drug libraries to identify potential therapeutic compounds. Results A de novo GRIN2A missense mutation (c.2434C>A; p.L812M) increased the charge transfer mediated by N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAs) containing the mutant GluN2A-L812M subunit. In vitro analysis with NMDA receptor blockers indicated that GLuN2A-L812M-containing NMDARs retained their sensitivity to the use-dependent channel blocker memantine; while screening of a previously reported GRIN2A mutation (N615K) with these compounds produced contrasting results. Consistent with these data, adjunct memantine therapy reduced our proband's seizure burden. Interpretation This case exemplifies the potential for personalized genomics and therapeutics to be utilized for the early diagnosis and treatment of infantile-onset neurological disease. PMID:24839611

  18. Association of early-onset preeclampsia in first pregnancy with normotensive second pregnancy outcomes: A population-based study

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    Chang, Jen Jen; Muglia, Louis J.; Macones, George A.

    2010-01-01

    Objective To evaluate pregnancy outcomes in normotensive second pregnancy following preeclampsia in first pregnancy. Design Population-based retrospective cohort study. Setting State of Missouri in the United States. Sample White European origin or African American women who delivered their first 2 non-anomalous singleton pregnancies between 20 and 44 weeks of gestation in Missouri, 1989–2005, without chronic hypertension, renal disease, or diabetes mellitus (n = 12,835). Methods Preeclampsia and delivery <= 34 weeks gestational age in first pregnancy was defined as early-onset preeclampsia whereas late-onset preeclampsia was preeclampsia with delivery > 34 weeks. Multivariate regression models were fit to estimate crude and adjusted odds ratios (aOR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI). Main outcome measures Preterm delivery, large and small for gestational age infant, Apgar scores at 5 minutes, fetal death, cesarean section, placental abruption Results Women with early-onset preeclampsia in first pregnancy were more likely to be younger, African American, recipients of Medicaid, unmarried, smokers. Despite a second normotensive pregnancy, women with early-onset preeclampsia in first pregnancy had greater odds of SGA, preterm births, fetal death, cesarean section and placental abruption in 2nd pregnancy, relative to women with late-onset preeclampsia after controlling for confounders. Moreover, maternal ethnic origin modified the association between early-onset preeclampsia in first pregnancy and preterm births in 2nd pregnancy. Having a history of early-onset preeclampsia reduces the odds of having a large for gestation infant in 2nd pregnancy. Conclusion A history of early-onset preeclampsia is associated with increased odds of adverse pregnancy outcomes despite a normotensive second pregnancy. PMID:20497414

  19. Onset-related differences in neural substrates of tinnitus-related distress: the anterior cingulate cortex in late-onset tinnitus, and the frontal cortex in early-onset tinnitus.

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    Song, Jae-Jin; Vanneste, Sven; Schlee, Winfried; Van de Heyning, Paul; De Ridder, Dirk

    2015-01-01

    Recent findings regarding differences in tinnitus-related neural activity according to onset age have raised a question on possible onset age-related differences in neural substrates of distress. Hence we collected quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG) findings of 28 late-onset tinnitus (LOT) and 29 early-onset tinnitus (EOT) (mean onset age 52.3 and 29.0 years, respectively) participants. According to the tinnitus questionnaire (TQ) score grade, LOTs were then subdivided into 13 high distress (HD; TQ grade 3 or 4) and 15 low distress (LD; TQ grade 1 or 2), while EOTs into 14 HD and 15 LD. Compared to the EOT group, the LOT group demonstrated increased qEEG source-localized activity and functional connectivity primarily in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and parahippocampus. In subgroup comparisons, the ACC was activated more in HD-LOT participants than in LD-LOT participants for the beta 1, beta 2 and gamma frequency bands, while the left orbitofrontal cortex and left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex were activated more in HD-EOT than in LD-EOT for the delta/beta and gamma frequency bands, respectively. Even with the same amount of tinnitus-related distress level, responsible neural substrates are different according to the onset age. These differences may be important for exploring different target areas of treatment according to tinnitus onset age, as well as for conducting similar studies on other pathologies, such as depression or pain. PMID:24135769

  20. Plant macrofossil evidence for an early onset of the Holocene summer thermal maximum in northernmost Europe.

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    Väliranta, M; Salonen, J S; Heikkilä, M; Amon, L; Helmens, K; Klimaschewski, A; Kuhry, P; Kultti, S; Poska, A; Shala, S; Veski, S; Birks, H H

    2015-01-01

    Holocene summer temperature reconstructions from northern Europe based on sedimentary pollen records suggest an onset of peak summer warmth around 9,000 years ago. However, pollen-based temperature reconstructions are largely driven by changes in the proportions of tree taxa, and thus the early-Holocene warming signal may be delayed due to the geographical disequilibrium between climate and tree populations. Here we show that quantitative summer-temperature estimates in northern Europe based on macrofossils of aquatic plants are in many cases ca. 2?°C warmer in the early Holocene (11,700-7,500 years ago) than reconstructions based on pollen data. When the lag in potential tree establishment becomes imperceptible in the mid-Holocene (7,500 years ago), the reconstructed temperatures converge at all study sites. We demonstrate that aquatic plant macrofossil records can provide additional and informative insights into early-Holocene temperature evolution in northernmost Europe and suggest further validation of early post-glacial climate development based on multi-proxy data syntheses. PMID:25858780

  1. Clinical parameters predicting failure of empirical antibacterial therapy in early onset neonatal sepsis, identified by classification and regression tree analysis

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    Tuuli Metsvaht; Heti Pisarev; Mari-Liis Ilmoja; Ülle Parm; Lea Maipuu; Mirjam Merila; Piia Müürsepp; Irja Lutsar

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: About 10-20% of neonates with suspected or proven early onset sepsis (EOS) fail on the empiric antibiotic regimen of ampicillin or penicillin and gentamicin. We aimed to identify clinical and laboratory markers associated with empiric antibiotic treatment failure in neonates with suspected EOS. METHODS: Maternal and early neonatal characteristics predicting failure of empiric antibiotic treatment were identified by univariate

  2. Voxel-based structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study of patients with early onset schizophrenia

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    Yoshihara, Yujiro; Sugihara, Genichi; Matsumoto, Hideo; Suckling, John; Nishimura, Katsuhiko; Toyoda, Takao; Isoda, Haruo; Tsuchiya, Kenji J; Takebayashi, Kiyokazu; Suzuki, Katsuaki; Sakahara, Harumi; Nakamura, Kazuhiko; Mori, Norio; Takei, Nori

    2008-01-01

    Background Investigation into the whole brain morphology of early onset schizophrenia (EOS) to date has been sparse. We studied the regional brain volumes in EOS patients, and the correlations between regional volume measures and symptom severity. Methods A total of 18 EOS patients (onset under 16 years) and 18 controls matched for age, gender, parental socioeconomic status, and height were examined. Voxel-based morphometric analysis using the Brain Analysis Morphological Mapping (BAMM) software package was employed to explore alterations of the regional grey (GM) and white matter (WM) volumes in EOS patients. Symptoms were assessed using the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS). Results EOS patients had significantly reduced GM volume in the left parahippocampal, inferior frontal, and superior temporal gyri, compared with the controls. They also had less WM volume in the left posterior limb of the internal capsule and the left inferior longitudinal fasciculus. The positive symptom score of PANSS (higher values corresponding to more severe symptoms) was negatively related to GM volume in the bilateral posterior cingulate gyrus. The negative symptom score was positively correlated with GM volume in the right thalamus. As for the association with WM volume, the positive symptom score of PANSS was positively related to cerebellar WM (vermis region), and negatively correlated with WM in the brain stem (pons) and in the bilateral cerebellum (hemisphere region). Conclusion Our findings of regional volume alterations of GM and WM in EOS patients coincide with those of previous studies of adult onset schizophrenia patients. However, in brain regions that had no overall structural differences between EOS patients and controls (that is, the bilateral posterior cingulate gyrus, the right thalamus, the cerebellum, and the pons), within-subject analysis of EOS patients alone revealed that there were significant associations of the volume in these areas and the symptom severity. These findings suggest that at an early stage of the illness, especially for those with onset before brain maturation, a wide range of disturbed neural circuits, including these brain regions that show no apparent morphological changes, may contribute to the formation of the symptomatology. PMID:19102744

  3. Early-Onset Stroke and Vasculopathy Associated with Mutations in ADA2

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    Zhou, Q.; Yang, D.; Ombrello, A.K.; Zavialov, Andrey V.; Toro, C.; Zavialov, Anton V.; Stone, D.L.; Chae, J.J.; Rosenzweig, S.D.; Bishop, K.; Barron, K.S.; Kuehn, H.S.; Hoffmann, P.; Negro, A.; Tsai, W.L.; Cowen, E.W.; Pei, W.; Milner, J.D.; Silvin, C.; Heller, T.; Chin, D.T.; Patronas, N.J.; Barber, J.S.; Lee, C.-C.R.; Wood, G.M.; Ling, A.; Kelly, S.J.; Kleiner, D.E.; Mullikin, J.C.; Ganson, N.J.; Kong, H.H.; Hambleton, S.; Candotti, F.; Quezado, M.M.; Calvo, K.R.; Alao, H.; Barham, B.K.; Jones, A.; Meschia, J.F.; Worrall, B.B.; Kasner, S.E.; Rich, S.S.; Goldbach-Mansky, R.; Abinun, M.; Chalom, E.; Gotte, A.C.; Punaro, M.; Pascual, V.; Verbsky, J.W.; Torgerson, T.R.; Singer, N.G.; Gershon, T.R.; Ozen, S.; Karadag, O.; Fleisher, T.A.; Remmers, E.F.; Burgess, S.M.; Moir, S.L.; Gadina, M.; Sood, R.; Hershfield, M.S.; Boehm, M.; Kastner, D.L.; Aksentijevich, I.

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND We observed a syndrome of intermittent fevers, early-onset lacunar strokes and other neurovascular manifestations, livedoid rash, hepatosplenomegaly, and systemic vasculopathy in three unrelated patients. We suspected a genetic cause because the disorder presented in early childhood. METHODS We performed whole-exome sequencing in the initial three patients and their unaffected parents and candidate-gene sequencing in three patients with a similar phenotype, as well as two young siblings with polyarteritis nodosa and one patient with small-vessel vasculitis. Enzyme assays, immunoblotting, immunohistochemical testing, flow cytometry, and cytokine profiling were performed on samples from the patients. To study protein function, we used morpholino-mediated knockdowns in zebrafish and short hairpin RNA knockdowns in U937 cells cultured with human dermal endothelial cells. RESULTS All nine patients carried recessively inherited mutations in CECR1 (cat eye syndrome chromosome region, candidate 1), encoding adenosine deaminase 2 (ADA2), that were predicted to be deleterious; these mutations were rare or absent in healthy controls. Six patients were compound heterozygous for eight CECR1 mutations, whereas the three patients with polyarteritis nodosa or small-vessel vasculitis were homozygous for the p.Gly47Arg mutation. Patients had a marked reduction in the levels of ADA2 and ADA2-specific enzyme activity in the blood. Skin, liver, and brain biopsies revealed vasculopathic changes characterized by compromised endothelial integrity, endothelial cellular activation, and inflammation. Knockdown of a zebrafish ADA2 homologue caused intracranial hemorrhages and neutropenia — phenotypes that were prevented by coinjection with nonmutated (but not with mutated) human CECR1. Monocytes from patients induced damage in cocultured endothelial-cell layers. CONCLUSIONS Loss-of-function mutations in CECR1 were associated with a spectrum of vascular and inflammatory phenotypes, ranging from early-onset recurrent stroke to systemic vasculopathy or vasculitis. (Funded by the National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Programs and others.) PMID:24552284

  4. Individual having a parent with early-onset gastric cancer may need screening at younger age

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    Kwak, Hee-Won; Choi, Il Ju; Kim, Chan Gyoo; Lee, Jong Yeul; Cho, Soo-Jeong; Eom, Bang Wool; Yoon, Hong Man; Joo, Jungnam; Ryu, Keun Won; Kim, Young-Woo

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate whether individuals with gastric cancer (GC) are diagnosed earlier if they have first-degree relatives with GC. METHODS: A total of 4282 patients diagnosed with GC at National Cancer Center Hospital from 2002 to 2012 were enrolled in this retrospective study. We classified the patients according to presence or absence of first-degree family history of GC and compared age at diagnosis and clinicopathologic characteristics. In addition, we further classified patients according to specific family member with GC (father, mother, sibling, or offspring) and compared age at GC diagnosis among these patient groups. Baseline characteristics were obtained from a prospectively collected database. Information about the family member’s age at GC diagnosis was obtained by questionnaire. RESULTS: A total of 924 patients (21.6%) had a first-degree family history of GC. The mean age at GC diagnosis in patients having paternal history of GC was 54.4 ± 10.4 years and was significantly younger than in those without a first-degree family history (58.1 ± 12.0 years, P < 0.001). However, this finding was not observed in patients who had an affected mother (57.2 ± 10.0 years) or sibling (62.2 ± 9.8 years). Among patients with family member having early-onset GC (< 50 years old), mean age at diagnosis was 47.7 ± 10.3 years for those with an affected father, 48.6 ± 10.4 years for those with an affected mother, and 57.4 ± 11.5 years for those with an affected sibling. Thus, patients with a parent diagnosed before 50 years of age developed GC 10.4 or 9.5 years earlier than individuals without a family history of GC (both P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: Early-onset GC before age of 50 was associated with parental history of early-onset of GC. Individual having such family history need to start screening earlier.

  5. Phenotype variability and early onset ataxia symptoms in spinocerebellar ataxia type 7: comparison and correlation with other spinocerebellar ataxias.

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    de Albuquerque, Marcus Vinicius Cristino; Pedroso, José Luiz; Braga Neto, Pedro; Barsottini, Orlando Graziani Povoas

    2015-01-01

    The spinocerebellar ataxias (SCA) are a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by heterogeneous clinical presentation. Spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 (SCA7) is caused by an abnormal CAG repeat expansion and includes cerebellar signs associated with visual loss and ophthalmoplegia. Marked anticipation and dynamic mutation is observed in SCA7. Moreover, phenotype variability and very early onset of symptoms may occur. In this article, a large series of Brazilian patients with different SCA subtypes was evaluated, and we compared the age of onset of SCA7 with other SCA. From the 26 patients with SCA7, 4 manifested their symptoms before 10-year-old. Also, occasionally the parents may have the onset of symptoms after their children. In conclusion, our study highlights the genetic anticipation phenomenon that occurs in SCA7 families. Patients with very early onset ataxia in the context of a remarkable family history, must be considered and tested for SCA7. PMID:25608122

  6. Genomewide significant linkage to recurrent, early-onset major depressive disorder on chromosome 15q.

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    Holmans, Peter; Zubenko, George S; Crowe, Raymond R; DePaulo, J Raymond; Scheftner, William A; Weissman, Myrna M; Zubenko, Wendy N; Boutelle, Sandra; Murphy-Eberenz, Kathleen; MacKinnon, Dean; McInnis, Melvin G; Marta, Diana H; Adams, Philip; Knowles, James A; Gladis, Madeleine; Thomas, Jo; Chellis, Jennifer; Miller, Erin; Levinson, Douglas F

    2004-06-01

    A genome scan was performed on the first phase sample of the Genetics of Recurrent Early-Onset Depression (GenRED) project. The sample consisted of 297 informative families containing 415 independent affected sibling pairs (ASPs), or, counting all possible pairs, 685 informative affected relative pairs (555 ASPs and 130 other pair types). Affected cases had recurrent major depressive disorder (MDD) with onset before age 31 years for probands or age 41 years for other affected relatives; the mean age at onset was 18.5 years, and the mean number of depressive episodes was 7.3. The Center for Inherited Disease Research genotyped 389 microsatellite markers (mean spacing of 9.3 cM). The primary linkage analysis considered allele sharing in all possible affected relative pairs with the use of the Z(lr) statistic computed by the ALLEGRO program. A secondary logistic regression analysis considered the effect of the sex of the pair as a covariate. Genomewide significant linkage was observed on chromosome 15q25.3-26.2 (Zlr=4.14, equivalent LOD = 3.73, empirical genomewide P=.023). The linkage was not sex specific. No other suggestive or significant results were observed in the primary analysis. The secondary analysis produced three regions of suggestive linkage, but these results should be interpreted cautiously because they depended primarily on the small subsample of 42 male-male pairs. Chromosome 15q25.3-26.2 deserves further study as a candidate region for susceptibility to MDD. PMID:15108123

  7. Early onset degenerative dementias: demographic characteristics and etiologic classification in a tertiary referral center.

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    Maiovis, Pantelis; Ioannidis, Panagiotis; Konstantinopoulou, Elina; Karacostas, Dimitris

    2015-03-01

    Early onset dementia (EOD) is a major diagnostic challenge as it often presents with atypical features and may be attributed to treatable diseases. Primary degenerative dementias (Alzheimer's disease-AD, frontotemporal lobar degeneration-FTLD, Lewy body dementia-LBD), although traditionally considered to affect older people, are still a main cause of EOD. 491 demented patients were assessed from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2010 in the Neurology Department of a tertiary referral center. Patients were classified as AD, behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), non-fluent agrammatic variant primary progressive aphasia (naPPA), semantic variant PPA (svPPA), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), or progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) who also met criteria for naPPA and LBD. Finally, their demographic characteristics were analysed, according to age at onset (EOD <65 years, late onset dementia-LOD ?65 years). From the 491 patients, 137 (27.9 %) were EOD. In the EOD group, 52 (38 %) were diagnosed with bvFTD, 34 (24.8 %) with AD, 27 (19.7 %) with naPPA, 10 (7.2 %) with svPPA, 12 (8.8 %) with CBD or PSP, and 2 (1.5 %) with LBD. Demographic characteristics did not differ significantly among diagnostic categories in the EOD group, while in the LOD group FTLD patients were younger and more frequently men compared to both AD and LBD patients. EOD patients had more years of education than LOD patients. Degenerative disorders as causes of EOD are not rare. High clinical alertness is warranted to achieve correct and timely diagnosis. PMID:24878660

  8. Evidence for Three Loci Modifying Age-at-Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease in Early-Onset PSEN2 Families

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    Marchani, Elizabeth E.; Bird, Thomas D.; Steinbart, Ellen J.; Rosenthal, Elisabeth; Yu, Chang-En; Schellenberg, Gerard D.; Wijsman, Ellen M.

    2011-01-01

    Families with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) sharing a single PSEN2 mutation exhibit a wide range of age-at-onset, suggesting that modifier loci segregate within these families. While APOE is known to be an age-at-onset modifier, it does not explain all of this variation. We performed a genome scan within nine such families for loci influencing age-at-onset, while simultaneously controlling for variation in the primary PSEN2 mutation (N141I) and APOE. We found significant evidence of linkage between age-at-onset and chromosome 1q23.3 (P < 0.001) when analysis included all families, and to chromosomes 1q23.3 (P < 0.001), 17p13.2 (P = 0.0002), 7q33 (P = 0.017), and 11p14.2 (P = 0.017) in a single large pedigree. Simultaneous analysis of these four chromosomes maintained strong evidence of linkage to chromosomes 1q23.3 and 17p13.2 when all families were analyzed, and to chromosomes 1q23.3, 7q33, and 17p13.2 within the same single pedigree. Inclusion of major gene covariates proved essential to detect these linkage signals, as all linkage signals dissipated when PSEN2 and APOE were excluded from the model. The four chromosomal regions with evidence of linkage all coincide with previous linkage signals, associated SNPs, and/or candidate genes identified in independent AD study populations. This study establishes several candidate regions for further analysis and is consistent with an oligogenic model of AD risk and age-at-onset. More generally, this study also demonstrates the value of searching for modifier loci in existing datasets previously used to identify primary causal variants for complex disease traits. PMID:20333730

  9. Polymorphisms in the PTPN22 region are associated with psoriasis of early onset

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    Smith, RhLl; Warren, RB; Eyre, S; Ke, X; Young, HS; Allen, M; Strachan, D; McArdle, W; Gittins, MP; Barker, JNWN; Griffiths, CEM; Worthington, J

    2008-01-01

    Background Psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, affects approximately 2% of the population worldwide. Although the aetiology of psoriasis is poorly understood, patients with disease of early onset (Type I, age of onset ? 40 years) usually have a strong genetic component to the disease. Objectives The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of the protein tyrosine phosphatase nonreceptor type 22 (PTPN22) gene region in susceptibility to Type I psoriasis. Patients and methods Thirteen single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) mapping to the PTPN22 region were genotyped in 647 patients with Type I psoriasis and 566 normal controls. Results The rs2476601 (R620W) SNP, widely associated with other inflammatory autoimmune diseases, showed no evidence of association with susceptibility to Type I psoriasis. Two SNPs (rs1217414 and rs3789604) demonstrated significant association with Type I psoriasis and were subsequently genotyped in a further 253 unrelated patients and 2024 normal controls. rs1217414 and rs3789604 were also significantly associated with Type I psoriasis in the combined datasets (P = 0·003 and P = 0·0002, respectively); furthermore carriage of both risk alleles was also significantly associated (P = 0·002). Conclusions This study demonstrates evidence of association of two SNPs (rs1217414 and rs3789604) in the PTPN22 region with Type I psoriasis, providing evidence for a role of this gene in Type I psoriasis that is not conferred by the R620W variant previously associated with a number of inflammatory diseases. PMID:18341666

  10. Onset of dyskinesia with adjunct ropinirole prolonged-release or additional levodopa in early Parkinson's disease.

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    Watts, Ray L; Lyons, Kelly E; Pahwa, Rajesh; Sethi, Kapil; Stern, Matthew; Hauser, Robert A; Olanow, Warren; Gray, Alex M; Adams, Bryan; Earl, Nancy L

    2010-05-15

    Levodopa-induced dyskinesia can result in significant functional disability and reduced quality of life in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). The goal of this study was to determine if the addition of once-daily ropinirole 24-hour prolonged-release (n = 104) in PD patients not optimally controlled with levodopa after up to 3 years of therapy with less than 600 mg/d delays the onset of dyskinesia compared with increasing doses of levodopa (n = 104). During the study, 3% of the ropinirole prolonged-release group (mean dose 10 mg/d) and 17% of the levodopa group (mean additional dose 284 mg/d) developed dyskinesia (P < 0.001). There were no significant differences in change in Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale activities of daily living or motor scores, suggesting comparable efficacy between the two treatments. Adverse events were comparable in the two groups with nausea, dizziness, insomnia, back pain, arthralgia, somnolence, fatigue, and pain most commonly reported. Ropinirole prolonged-release delayed the onset of dyskinesia with comparable efficacy to increased doses of levodopa in early PD patients not optimally controlled with levodopa. PMID:20461803

  11. Slit ventricle syndrome and early-onset secondary craniosynostosis in an infant

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    Ryoo, Hyun Gee; Kim, Seung-Ki; Cheon, Jung-Eun; Lee, Ji Yeoun; Wang, Kyu-Chang; Phi, Ji Hoon

    2014-01-01

    Patient: Female, 14 months Final Diagnosis: Slit ventricle syndrome Symptoms: Hydrocephalus • lethargy and seizure • vomiting Medication: — Clinical Procedure: — Specialty: Pediatrics and Neonatology Objective: Challenging differential diagnosis Background: Shunt surgery is a common solution for hydrocephalus in infancy. Slit ventricle syndrome and secondary craniosynostosis are late-onset complications after shunt placement; these 2 conditions occasionally occur together. Case Report: We report a case of early-onset secondary craniosynostosis with slit ventricle syndrome after shunt surgery in an infant, which led to a catastrophic increase in intracranial pressure (ICP). A 4-month-old girl with a Dandy-Walker malformation underwent a ventriculoperitoneal shunt procedure. Her head circumference (HC) gradually decreased to approximately the 5th percentile for her age group after shunt surgery. Seven months later, she developed increased ICP symptoms and underwent a shunt revision with a diagnosis of shunt malfunction. Her symptoms were temporarily relieved, but she repeatedly visited the emergency room (ER) for the same symptoms and finally collapsed, with an abrupt increase in ICP, 3 months later. Further evaluation revealed the emergence of sagittal synostosis at 7 months after initial shunt surgery. After reviewing all clinical data, slit ventricle syndrome combined with secondary craniosynostosis was diagnosed. Emergent cranial expansion surgery with shunt revision was performed, and the increased ICP signs subsided in the following days. Conclusions: Clinical suspicion and long-term HC monitoring are important in the diagnosis of slit ventricle syndrome and secondary craniosynostosis after shunt surgery, even in infants and young children. PMID:24944727

  12. The lessons of early-onset monogenic diabetes for the understanding of diabetes pathogenesis.

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    Vaxillaire, Martine; Bonnefond, Amélie; Froguel, Philippe

    2012-04-01

    Monogenic diabetes consists of different subtypes of single gene disorders comprising a large spectrum of phenotypes, namely neonatal diabetes mellitus or monogenic diabetes of infancy, dominantly inherited familial forms of early-onset diabetes (called Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young) and rarer diabetes-associated syndromic diseases. All these forms diagnosed at a very-young age are unrelated to auto-immunity. Their genetic dissection has revealed major genes in developmental and/or functional processes of the pancreatic ?-cell physiology, and various molecular mechanisms underlying the primary pancreatic defects. Most of these discoveries have had remarkable consequences on the patients care and patient's long-term condition with outstanding examples of successful genomic medicine, which are highlighted in this chapter. Increasing evidence also shows that frequent polymorphisms in or near monogenic diabetes genes may contribute to adult polygenic type 2 diabetes. In this regard, unelucidated forms of monogenic diabetes represent invaluable models for identifying new targets of ?-cell dysfunction. PMID:22498247

  13. Mortality from early onset group B streptococcal infection in the United Kingdom

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    Embleton, N.; Wariyar, U.; Hey, E.

    1999-01-01

    AIMS—To assess the assumption that group B streptococcal infection is less common in the United Kingdom than it is in the United States.?METHODS—All stillbirth and neonatal death records in the former Northern Health Region were scrutinised to determine how many babies had died of infection in 1981-96, and what had been the cause.?RESULTS—Fifty one of 630 206 live born babies had died of confirmed group B streptococcal infection after becoming symptomatic within 48 hours of birth (0.8 neonatal deaths per 10 000 live births). There were a further 27 deaths from infection without a confirmed microbiological diagnosis, and 17 stillbirths from confirmed group B streptococcal infection.?CONCLUSIONS—The incidence of death from early onset infection was marginally higher than the officially estimated rate for the United States before widespread prophylaxis was attempted. Strategies for perinatal prevention deserve greater attention in the United Kingdom.?? PMID:10325793

  14. Mutations in SPRTN cause early onset hepatocellular carcinoma, genomic instability and progeroid features.

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    Lessel, Davor; Vaz, Bruno; Halder, Swagata; Lockhart, Paul J; Marinovic-Terzic, Ivana; Lopez-Mosqueda, Jaime; Philipp, Melanie; Sim, Joe C H; Smith, Katherine R; Oehler, Judith; Cabrera, Elisa; Freire, Raimundo; Pope, Kate; Nahid, Amsha; Norris, Fiona; Leventer, Richard J; Delatycki, Martin B; Barbi, Gotthold; von Ameln, Simon; Högel, Josef; Degoricija, Marina; Fertig, Regina; Burkhalter, Martin D; Hofmann, Kay; Thiele, Holger; Altmüller, Janine; Nürnberg, Gudrun; Nürnberg, Peter; Bahlo, Melanie; Martin, George M; Aalfs, Cora M; Oshima, Junko; Terzic, Janos; Amor, David J; Dikic, Ivan; Ramadan, Kristijan; Kubisch, Christian

    2014-11-01

    Age-related degenerative and malignant diseases represent major challenges for health care systems. Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms underlying carcinogenesis and age-associated pathologies is thus of growing biomedical relevance. We identified biallelic germline mutations in SPRTN (also called C1orf124 or DVC1) in three patients from two unrelated families. All three patients are affected by a new segmental progeroid syndrome characterized by genomic instability and susceptibility toward early onset hepatocellular carcinoma. SPRTN was recently proposed to have a function in translesional DNA synthesis and the prevention of mutagenesis. Our in vivo and in vitro characterization of identified mutations has uncovered an essential role for SPRTN in the prevention of DNA replication stress during general DNA replication and in replication-related G2/M-checkpoint regulation. In addition to demonstrating the pathogenicity of identified SPRTN mutations, our findings provide a molecular explanation of how SPRTN dysfunction causes accelerated aging and susceptibility toward carcinoma. PMID:25261934

  15. Severe agitation in severe early-onset Alzheimer’s disease resolves with ECT

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    Aksay, Suna Su; Hausner, Lucrezia; Frölich, Lutz; Sartorius, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    Dementia-related behavioral disturbances are mostly treated with antipsychotics; however, the observed beneficial effects are modest and the risk of serious adverse effects high. We report the case of a 57-year-old woman with severe early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and severe agitation, whom we treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). A significant clinical improvement was achieved over eight ECT sessions, which were tolerated well without cognitive worsening, and lasted approximately 3 months. Our case demonstrates the safe and effective use of ECT in pharmacotherapy-resistant severe agitation in Alzheimer’s disease. The risk–benefit profile of ECT for dementia-related agitation should be further investigated in clinical trials. PMID:25419138

  16. Early-onset dementia: the impact on family care-givers.

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    Flynn, Rachel; Mulcahy, Helen

    2013-12-01

    People with early-onset dementia (EOD) and their family carers remain an overlooked population within the policy and practice priorities of community health care. No standard provision of care or support currently exists for those with EOD and the family carer. Yet family members provide the majority of the full-time care required for this progressive, irreversible illness. The aim of this research was to explore the impact of care-giving on family members caring for a relative with EOD. The care-giving experiences identified in this study emphasise the need for improvement in the provision of community and specialised services for people with EOD and family carers. The key themes of this qualitative study were diagnostic problems, impact of care-giving, relationship change and lack of resources. These findings provide key directives for improving community practice, services and support for people with EOD and their family carers. PMID:24335793

  17. Early-onset hemochromatic arthropathy in a patient with idiopathic hypermobility syndrome.

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    Ofluo?lu, Demet; Gündüz, Osman Hakan; Ozaras, Nadire; Kayhan, Onder

    2003-11-01

    Hemochromatosis is a genetic disease related to human leukocyte antigen (HLA) A3, B7, and B14 histocompatability antigens resulting in increased iron absorption from the gastrointestinal tract and deposition of iron in tissues. Arthropathy is not uncommon in the late stage of disease. Characteristic radiologic findings are commonly observed in the wrists and metacarpophalangeal joints as well as the hips, knees, and ankle joints. Presented here is a 34-year-old male with hemochromatosis and bilateral shoulder, knee, and ankle pain. Radiologic examination revealed osteoarthritic findings in both ankle joints and chondrocalcinosis in the knee joints. All the major criteria of hypermobility syndrome were observed on physical examination. The early-onset arthropathy seen with this hemochromatosis is thought to result from hypermobility syndrome. PMID:12720044

  18. Managing the Risk for Early Onset Osteoporosis in Long-Duration Astronauts Due to Spaceflight

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    Sibonga, Jean D.

    2010-01-01

    Early Onset Osteoporosis is probably the most recognized but poorly understood long-term health risk due to spaceflight. Osteoporosis management is primarily prophylactic and clinical interventions rely upon the ability to predict fractures which is currently determined by surrogate measures of bone strength. The RMAT for Early Onset Osteoporosis identified some open issues related to the fact that long-duration astronauts compose a unique group of subjects for which clinical approaches for osteoporosis management do not apply. Long-duration astronauts are healthy, young (25 to 55 years of age), predominantly male, and physical fit relative to the typical osteoporosis patient. Moreover, during prolonged space missions (typically 6-month missions) the skeleton not only adapts to weightlessness, but is influenced by numerous risk factors induced by operational constraints, e.g., inability to maintain preflight weight-bearing and aerobic activities, sub-optimal dietary intake (e.g., high sodium content for food stability, lack of fresh fruit and vegetables), suppression of vitamin D metabolism by uv shielding, and remote medicine care. Moreover, adaptation results in novel changes to astronauts bones that cannot be detected by current medically-useful measures. Consequently, a panel of clinicians (recognized leaders and policy-makers in osteoporosis) was convened to review the dataset of bone measures and bone loss risk factors in long-duration astronauts. Driven by the queries in the RMAT, the panel was charged to determine 1) if an intervention is required to prevent this risk, 2) what type and at what time would intervention be optimal, 3) what is the clinical trigger that would require a medical response from flight surgeons and 4) how should research data be used in the clinical care of astronauts. Hence, the RMAT determined that a bone health policy need to be formulated specific for this unique cohort subjected to a novel skeletal condition

  19. Prolonged QT interval at onset of acute myocardial infarction in predicting early phase ventricular tachycardia

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    Taylor, G.J.; Crampton, R.S.; Gibson, R.S.; Stebbins, P.T.; Waldman, M.T.; Beller, G.A.

    1981-07-01

    The prospectively assessed time course of changes in ventricular repolarization during acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is reported in 32 patients admitted 2.0 +/- 1.8 (SD) hours after AMI onset. The initial corrected QT interval (QTc) upon hospitalization was longer in the 14 patients developing ventricular tachycardia (VT) within the first 48 hours as compared to QTc in the eight patients with frequent ventricular premature beats (VPBs) and to QTc in the 10 patients with infrequent VPBs. By the fifth day after AMI onset, the QTc shortened significantly only in the VT group, suggesting a greater initial abnormality of repolarization in these patients. All 32 patients had coronary angiography, radionuclide ventriculography, and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy before hospital discharge. Significant discriminating factors related to early phase VT in AMI included initially longer QT and QTc intervals, faster heart rate, higher peak serum levels of creatine kinase, acute anterior infarction, angiographically documented proximal stenosis of the left anterior descending coronary artery, and scintigraphic evidence of hypoperfusion of the interventricular septum. Prior infarction, angina pectoris, hypertension, multivessel coronary artery disease, and depressed left ventricular ejection fraction did not provide discrimination among the three different ventricular arrhythmia AMI groups. Researchers conclude that (1) the QT interval is frequently prolonged early in AMI, (2) the initial transiently prolonged ventricular repolarization facilitates and predicts complex ventricular tachyarrhythmias within the first 48 hours of AMI, (3) jeopardized blood supply to the interventricular septum frequently coexists, and (4) therapeutic enhancement of rapid recovery of the ventricular repolarization process merits investigation for prevention of VT in AMI.

  20. Neurocognitive Outcomes in the Treatment of Early-Onset Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders Study

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    Frazier, Jean A.; Giuliano, Anthony J.; Johnson, Jacqueline L.; Yakutis, Lauren; Youngstrom, Eric A.; Breiger, David; Sikich, Linmarie; Findling, Robert L.; McClellan, Jon; Hamer, Robert M.; Vitiello, Benedetto; Lieberman, Jeffrey A.; Hooper, Stephen R.

    2012-01-01

    Objective To assess neurocognitive outcomes following antipsychotic intervention in youth enrolled in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded Treatment of Early-Onset Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders (TEOSS). Method Neurocognitive functioning of youth (ages 8–19 years) with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder was evaluated in a four-site randomized, double-blind clinical trial comparing molindone, olanzapine or risperidone. The primary outcomes were overall group change from baseline in neurocognitive composite and six domain scores after 8 weeks and continued treatment up to 52 weeks. Age and sex were included as covariates in all analyses. Results Seventy-seven of 116 TEOSS participants (66%) had post-baseline neurocognitive data. No significant differences emerged in the neurocognitive outcomes of the three medication groups. Therefore, the three treatment groups were combined into one group to assess overall neurocognitive outcomes. Significant modest improvements were observed in the composite score and in three of six domain scores in the acute phase, and in four of six domain scores in the combined acute and maintenance phases. Partial correlation analyses revealed very few relationships among Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) baseline or change scores and neurocognition change scores. Conclusions Antipsychotic intervention in youth with early-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorders (EOSS) led to modest improvement in measures of neurocognitive function. The changes in cognition were largely unrelated to baseline symptoms or symptom change. Small treatment effect sizes, easily accounted for by practice effects, highlight the critical need for the development of more efficacious interventions for the enduring neurocognitive deficits seen in EOSS. PMID:22525956

  1. Relationship of Early Onset Baldness to Prostate Cancer in African-American Men

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    Zeigler-Johnson, Charnita; Morales, Knashawn H.; Spangler, Elaine; Chang, Bao-Li; Rebbeck, Timothy R.

    2013-01-01

    Background Early onset baldness has been linked to prostate cancer (CaP), however, little is known about this relationship in African Americans (AA) who are at elevated CaP risk. Methods We recruited 219 AA controls and 318 AA CaP cases. We determined age-stratified associations of baldness with CaP occurrence and severity defined by high stage (T3/T4) or high grade (Gleason 7+.) Associations of androgen metabolism genotypes (CYP3A4, CYP3A5, CYP3A43, AR-CAG, SRD5A2 A49T, and SRD5A2 V89L), family history, alcohol intake, and smoking were examined by baldness status and age group by using multivariable logistic regression models. Results Baldness was associated with odds of CaP (OR=1.69, 95% CI=1.05–2.74). Frontal baldness was associated with high stage (OR=2.61, 95% CI=1.10–6.18) and high grade (OR=2.20, 95% CI=1.05–4.61) tumors. For men diagnosed less than age 60, frontal baldness was associated with high stage (OR=6.51, 95% CI=2.11–20.06) and high grade (OR=4.23, 95% CI=1.47–12.14). We also observed a suggestion of an interaction among smoking, median age and any baldness (p=0.02). Conclusions We observed significant associations between early onset baldness and CaP in AA men. Interactions with age and smoking were suggested in these associations. Studies are needed to investigate the mechanisms influencing the relationship between baldness and CaP in AA. Impact AA men present with unique risk factors including baldness patterns that may contribute to CaP disparities. PMID:23532004

  2. Alu-specific microhomology-mediated deletions in CDKL5 in females with early-onset seizure disorder.

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    Erez, Ayelet; Patel, Amina J; Wang, Xueqing; Xia, Zhilian; Bhatt, Samarth S; Craigen, William; Cheung, Sau Wai; Lewis, Richard A; Fang, Ping; Davenport, Sandra L H; Stankiewicz, Pawel; Lalani, Seema R

    2009-10-01

    Mutations in the cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) gene in Xp22.13 have been associated with infantile spasms, early-onset intractable epilepsy, and a Rett syndrome (RTT)-like phenotype. Using array comparative genomic hybridization, we identified variable-sized microdeletions involving exons 1-4 of the CDKL5 gene in three females with early-onset seizures. Two of these deletions were flanked by Alu repetitive elements and may have resulted from either non-allelic homologous recombination or the microhomology-mediated Fork Stalling and Template Switching/Microhomology-Mediated Break-Induced Replication mechanism. Our findings demonstrate the first instance of genomic deletion as the molecular basis of CDKL5 deficiency in females and highlight the importance of exon targeted array-CGH analysis for this gene in females with drug-resistant early-onset seizures. PMID:19471977

  3. A novel CDKL5 mutation in a 47,XXY boy with the early-onset seizure variant of Rett syndrome.

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    Sartori, Stefano; Di Rosa, Gabriella; Polli, Roberta; Bettella, Elisa; Tricomi, Giovanni; Tortorella, Gaetano; Murgia, Alessandra

    2009-02-01

    Mutations of the cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 gene (CDKL5), reported almost exclusively in female subjects, have been recently found to be the cause of a phenotype overlapping Rett syndrome with early-onset epileptic encephalopathy. We describe the first CDKL5 mutation detected in a male individual with 47,XXY karyotype. This previously unreported, de novo, mutation truncates the large CDKL5 COOH-terminal region, thought to be crucial for the proper sub-cellular localization of the CDKL5 protein. The resulting phenotype is characterized by a severe early-onset epileptic encephalopathy, global developmental delay, and profound intellectual and motor impairment with features reminiscent of Rett syndrome. In light of the data presented we discuss the possible phenotypic modulatory effects of the supernumerary wild type X allele and pattern of X chromosome inactivation and stress the importance of considering the causal involvement of CDKL5 in developmentally delayed males with early-onset seizures. PMID:19161156

  4. Increased risk of cancer in patients with early-onset cataracts: a nationwide population-based study.

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    Chiang, Chun Chi; Lin, Cheng-Li; Peng, Chiao-Ling; Sung, Fung-Chang; Tsai, Yi-Yu

    2014-04-01

    Early-onset cataracts are associated with insufficient antioxidative activity, and, therefore, a potential risk of cancer. This study investigated the risk of cancer after being diagnosed with early-onset cataracts. Retrospective claims data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database were analyzed. Study subjects were comprised of patients with early-onset cataracts, aged 20-55 years (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification [ICD-9-CM] code 366.00, 366.01, 366.02, 366.03, 366.04, 366.09, 366.17 and 366.18) and newly diagnosed between 1997 and 2010 (n = 1281), and a comparison cohort without the disease (n = 5124). Both cohorts were followed up until 2010 to estimate the incidences of cancer. We used the Poisson regression model to compare incidence rate ratios and the 95% confidence interval (CI). Cox proportional hazards regression was used to assess the hazard ratio (HR) of cancer associated with early-onset cataracts. The overall incidence rate of all cancers was 2.19-fold higher in the early-onset cataract cohort than in the comparison cohort (8.06 vs 3.68 per 1000 person-years) with an adjusted HR of 2.13 (95% CI = 1.48, 3.07). The site-specific analysis also showed a strong relationship, with adjusted HR of 3.24 ((95% CI = 1.30, 8.10) for head and neck cancer, 3.29 (95% CI 1.16, 9.31) for hepatoma and 3.19 (95% CI 1.34, 7.58) for breast cancer. The present study suggests that patients with early-onset cataracts are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer in subsequent years. PMID:24450445

  5. Clinical variability in type I familial amyloid polyneuropathy (Val30Met): comparison between late- and early-onset cases in Portugal.

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    Conceição, Isabel; De Carvalho, Mamede

    2007-01-01

    We compared early- with late-onset cases in 86 patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy type I (FAP). Among these patients, 43 presented before age 50 (early-onset) and 43 after this age (late-onset). Sex and geographical distribution were similar, although a family history of the disorder was more frequent in early-onset cases. In late-onset disease, autonomic dysfunction was less frequent, but organ involvement and severe neuropathic pain were more frequent. Neurophysiological measurements were similar. FAP is a cause of neuropathy in elderly patients, in particular in those presenting with neuropathic pain. PMID:16969832

  6. Alu -specific microhomology-mediated deletions in CDKL5 in females with early-onset seizure disorder

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    Ayelet Erez; Amina J. Patel; Xueqing Wang; Zhilian Xia; Samarth S. Bhatt; William Craigen; Sau Wai Cheung; Richard A. Lewis; Ping Fang; Sandra L. H. Davenport; Pawel Stankiewicz; Seema R. Lalani

    2009-01-01

    Mutations in the cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) gene in Xp22.13 have been associated with infantile spasms, early-onset intractable epilepsy, and a Rett syndrome (RTT)-like\\u000a phenotype. Using array comparative genomic hybridization, we identified variable-sized microdeletions involving exons 1–4\\u000a of the CDKL5 gene in three females with early-onset seizures. Two of these deletions were flanked by Alu repetitive elements and may have

  7. The Relationship Between Early Age of Onset of Initial Substance Use and Engaging in Multiple Health Risk Behaviors Among Young Adolescents

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    Robert H. DuRant; Jeffrey A. Smith; Shelley R. Kreiter; Daniel P. Krowchuk

    1999-01-01

    Background: Previous research based on problem- behavior theory has found that early age of onset of sub- stance use is associated with engaging in multiple health risk behaviors among high school students. It is unknown whether these relationships begin during early adolescence. Objective: To examine the relationships between early age of onset of cigarette, alcohol, marijuana, and co- caine use

  8. Quantification of Maternal Serum Cell-Free Fetal DNA in Early-Onset Preeclampsia

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    Yu, Hong; Shen, Yanting; Ge, Qinyu; He, Youji; Qiao, Dongyan; Ren, Mulan; Zhang, Jianqiong

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine whether the increased serum cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) level of gravidas developed into early-onset preeclampsia (EOPE) subsequently in the early second trimesters is related to prenatal screening markers. Serum was collected from 1011 gravidas. The level of cffDNA and prenatal screening markers were analyzed in 20 cases with EOPE and 20 controls. All fetuses were male. The maternal serum cffDNA level was assessed by amplification of the Y chromosome specific gene. Correlations between the variables were examined. (Logged) cffDNA in EOPE (median, 3.08; interquartile range, 2.93–3.68) was higher than controls (median, 1.79; interquartile range, 1.46–2.53). The increased level of (logged) cffDNA was correlated significantly with the increased human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) level (r = 0.628, p < 0.001). Significant reciprocal correlations between cffDNA and babies’ birth weight as well as gestation weeks at delivery were noted (r = ?0.516, p = 0.001; r = ?0.623, p < 0.001, respectively). The sensitivity and specificity of cffDNA to discriminate between the EOPE cases and the controls were 90% and 85%, respectively. CffDNA is a potential marker for EOPE, which had a significant reciprocal correlation with babies’ birth weight and gestation weeks at delivery. Moreover, it may help in indicating the underlying hypoxic condition in the placenta. PMID:23567271

  9. Metabolic consequences of the early onset of obesity in common marmoset monkeys

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    Power, Michael L.; Ross, Corinna N.; Schulkin, Jay; Ziegler, Toni E.; Tardif, Suzette D.

    2013-01-01

    Objective We assess the common marmoset as a model of early obesity. We test the hypotheses that juvenile marmosets with excess adipose tissue will display higher fasting glucose, decreased insulin sensitivity, and decreased ability to clear glucose from the blood stream. Design and Methods Normal and Obese (body fat > 14%) common marmoset infants (N = 39) were followed from birth until one year. Body fat was measured by quantitative magnetic resonance. Circulating glucose was measured by glucometer; insulin, adiponenctin and leptin by commercial assays. The QUICKI (a measure of insulin sensitivity) was calculated for subjects with fasting glucose and insulin measures. Oral glucose tolerance tests were conducted at 12 months on 35 subjects. Results At 6 months Obese subjects already had significantly lower insulin sensitivity (mean QUICKI = .378±.029 versus .525±.019, N=11, p=.003). By 12 months Obese subjects also had higher fasting glucose (129.3±9.1 mg/dL versus 106.1±6.5 mg/dL, p=.042) and circulating adiponectin tended to be lower (p=.057). Leptin was associated with percent body fat; however, birth weight also influenced circulating leptin. The OGTT results demonstrated that Obese animals had a decreased ability to clear glucose. Conclusions Early onset obesity in marmosets results in impaired glucose homeostasis by one year. PMID:23512966

  10. Early-onset sepsis in very low birth weight neonates: A report from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network

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    Barbara J. Stoll; Tavia Gordon; Sheldon B. Korones; Seetha Shankaran; Jon E. Tyson; Charles R. Bauer; Avroy A. Fanaroff; James A. Lemons; Edward F. Donovan; William Oh; David K. Stevenson; Richard A. Ehrenkranz; Lu-Ann Papile; Joel Verter; Linda L. Wright

    1996-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Early-onset sepsis (occurring within 72 hours of birth) is included in the differential diagnosis of most very low birth weight (VLBW) neonates. To determine the current incidence of early-onset sepsis, risk factors for disease, and the impact of early-onset sepsis on subsequent hospital course, we studied a cohort of 7861 VLBW neonates (401 to 1500 gm) admitted to the

  11. Reading Aloud in Persian: ERP Evidence for an Early Locus of the Masked Onset Priming Effect

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    Timmer, Kalinka; Vahid-Gharavi, Narges; Schiller, Niels O.

    2012-01-01

    The current study investigates reading aloud words in Persian, a language that does not mark all its vowels in the script. Behaviorally, a "masked onset priming effect" (MOPE) was revealed for transparent words, with faster speech onset latencies in the phoneme-matching condition (i.e. phonological prime and target onset overlap; e.g. [image…

  12. Periodontal Disease and Systemic Health

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    ... Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation Periodontal Treatments and Procedures Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatments Gum Graft Surgery Laser Treatment for Gum Disease Regenerative Procedures Dental Crown ...

  13. Characterization of a novel periodontal ligament-specific periostin isoform.

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    Yamada, S; Tauchi, T; Awata, T; Maeda, K; Kajikawa, T; Yanagita, M; Murakami, S

    2014-09-01

    Periostin is a mesenchymal cell marker predominantly expressed in collagen-rich fibrous connective tissues, including heart valves, tendons, perichondrium, periosteum, and periodontal ligament (PDL). Knockdown of periostin expression in mice results in early-onset periodontitis and failure of cardiac healing after acute myocardial infarction, suggesting that periostin is essential for connective tissue homeostasis and regeneration. However, its role(s) in periodontal tissues has not yet been fully defined. In this study, we describe a novel human isoform of periostin (PDL-POSTN). Isoform-specific analysis by reverse-transcription polymerase chain-reaction (RT-PCR) revealed that PDL-POSTN was predominantly expressed in the PDL, with much lower expression in other tissues and organs. A PDL cell line transfected with PDL-POSTN showed enhanced alkaline phosphatase (ALPase) activity and calcified nodule formation, compared with cells transfected with the full-length periostin isoform. A neutralizing antibody against integrin-?v inhibited both ALPase activity and calcified nodule formation in cells transfected with PDL-POSTN. Furthermore, co-immunoprecipitation assays revealed that PDL-POSTN bound to integrin ?v?3 more strongly than the common isoform of periostin, resulting in strong activation of the integrin ?v?3-focal adhesion kinase (FAK) signaling pathway. These results suggest that PDL-POSTN positively regulates cytodifferentiation and mineralization in PDL cells through integrin ?v?3. PMID:25012810

  14. A novel deleterious PTEN mutation in a patient with early-onset bilateral breast cancer

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    2014-01-01

    Background An early age at Breast Cancer (BC) onset may be a hallmark of inherited predisposition, but BRCA1/2 mutations are only found in a minority of younger BC patients. Among the others, a fraction may carry mutations in rarer BC genes, such as TP53, STK11, CDH1 and PTEN. As the identification of women harboring such mutations allows for targeted risk-management, the knowledge of associated manifestations and an accurate clinical and family history evaluation are warranted. Case presentation We describe the case of a woman who developed an infiltrating ductal carcinoma of the right breast at the age of 32, a contralateral BC at age 36 and another BC of the right breast at 40. When she was 39 years-old, during a dermatological examination, mucocutaneous features suggestive of Cowden Syndrome, a disorder associated to germ-line PTEN mutations, were noticed. PTEN genetic testing revealed the novel c.71A > T (p.Asp24Val) mutation, whose deleterious effect, suggested by conservation data and in silico tools, was definitely demonstrated by the incapacity of mutant PTEN to inhibit Akt phosphorylation when used to complement PTEN-null cells. In BC tissue, despite the absence of LOH or somatic mutations of PTEN, Akt phosphorylation was markedly increased in comparison to normal tissue, thus implying additional somatic events into the deregulation of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway and, presumably, into carcinogenesis. Hence, known oncogenic mutations in PIK3CA (exons 10 and 21) and AKT1 (exon 2) were screened in tumor DNA with negative results, which suggests that the responsible somatic event(s) is a different, uncommon one. Conclusion This case stresses the importance of clinical/genetic assessment of early-onset BC patients in order to identify mutation carriers, who are at high risk of new events, so requiring tailored management. Moreover, it revealed a novel PTEN mutation with pathogenic effect, pointing out, however, the need for further efforts to elucidate the molecular steps of PTEN-associated carcinogenesis. PMID:24498881

  15. Bone mineral density in partially recovered early onset anorexic patients - a follow-up investigation

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    2010-01-01

    Background and aims There still is a lack of prospective studies on bone mineral development in patients with a history of early onset Anorexia nervosa (AN). Therefore we assessed associations between bone mass accrual and clinical outcomes in a former clinical sample. In addition to an expected influence of regular physical activity and hormone replacement therapy, we explored correlations with nutritionally dependent hormones. Methods 3-9 years (mean 5.2 ± 1.7) after hospital discharge, we re-investigated 52 female subjects with a history of early onset AN. By means of a standardized approach, we evaluated the general outcome of AN. Moreover, bone mineral content (BMC) and bone mineral density (BMD) as well as lean and fat mass were measured by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). In a substudy, we measured the serum concentrations of leptin and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I). Results The general outcome of anorexia nervosa was good in 50% of the subjects (BMI ? 17.5 kg/m2, resumption of menses). Clinical improvement was correlated with BMC and BMD accrual (?2 = 5.62/?2 = 6.65, p = 0.06 / p = 0.036). The duration of amenorrhea had a negative correlation with BMD (r = -.362; p < 0.01), but not with BMC. Regular physical activity tended to show a positive effect on bone recovery, but the effect of hormone replacement therapy was not significant. Using age-related standards, the post-discharge sample for the substudy presented IGF-I levels below the 5th percentile. IGF-I serum concentrations corresponded to the general outcome of AN. By contrast, leptin serum concentrations showed great variability. They correlated with BMC and current body composition parameters. Conclusions Our results from the main study indicate a certain adaptability of bone mineral accrual which is dependent on a speedy and ongoing recovery. While leptin levels in the substudy tended to respond immediately to current nutritional status, IGF-I serum concentrations corresponded to the individual's age and general outcome of AN. PMID:20615217

  16. Impact of early-onset seizures on grading and outcome in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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    Fung, Christian; Balmer, Mathias; Murek, Michael; Z'Graggen, Werner J; Abu-Isa, Janine; Ozdoba, Christoph; Haenggi, Matthias; Jakob, Stephan M; Raabe, Andreas; Beck, Jürgen

    2015-02-01

    OBJECT After subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), seizure occurs in up to 26% of patients. The impact of seizure on outcome has been studied, yet its impact on grading is unknown. The authors evaluated the impact of early-onset seizures (EOS) on grading of spontaneous SAH and on outcome. METHODS This retrospective analysis included consecutive patients with SAH who were treated at the NeuroCenter, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Switzerland, between January 2005 and December 2010. Demographic data, clinical data, and reports of EOS were recorded. The EOS were defined as seizures occurring within 24 hours after ictus. Patients were graded according to the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) scale pre- and postresuscitation and dichotomized into good (WFNS I-III) and poor (WFNS IV-V) grades. Outcome was assessed at 6 months by using the modified Rankin Scale (mRS); an mRS score of 0-3 was considered a good outcome and an mRS score of 4-6 was considered a poor outcome. RESULTS Forty-one of 425 patients with SAH had EOS. Twenty-seven of those 41 patients (65.9%) had a poor WFNS grade. Twenty-eight (68.3%) achieved a good outcome, 11 (26.8%) had a poor outcome, and 2 (4.9%) were lost to followup. Early-onset seizures were proven in 9 of 16 electroencephalograms. The EOS were associated with poor WFNS grade (OR 2.81, 97.5% CI 1.14-7.46; p = 0.03) and good outcome (OR 4.01, 97.5% CI 1.63-10.53; p = 0.03). Increasing age, hydrocephalus, intracerebral hemorrhage, and intraventricular hemorrhage were associated with poor WFNS grade, whereas only age, intracerebral hemorrhage (p < 0.001), and poor WFNS grade (p < 0.001) were associated with poor outcome. CONCLUSIONS Patients with EOS were classified significantly more often in a poor grade initially, but then they significantly more often achieved a good outcome. The authors conclude that EOS can negatively influence grading. This might influence decision making for the care of patients with SAH, so grading of patients with EOS should be interpreted with caution. PMID:25479126

  17. Combined Effect of TLR2 Gene Polymorphism and Early Life Stress on the Age at Onset of Bipolar Disorders

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    Oliveira, José; Etain, Bruno; Lajnef, Mohamed; Hamdani, Nora; Bennabi, Meriem; Bengoufa, Djaouida; Sundaresh, Aparna; Chaabane, Arij Ben; Bellivier, Frank; Henry, Chantal; Kahn, Jean-Pierre; Charron, Dominique; Krishnamoorthy, Rajagopal; Leboyer, Marion; Tamouza, Ryad

    2015-01-01

    Gene-environment interactions may play an important role in modulating the impact of early-life stressful events on the clinical course of bipolar disorder (BD), particularly associated to early age at onset. Immune dysfunction is thought to be an important mechanism linking childhood trauma with early-onset BD, thus the genetic diversity of immune-related loci may account for an important part of the interindividual susceptibility to this severe subform. Here we investigated the potential interaction between genetic variants of Toll-like receptors 2 (TLR2) and 4 (TLR4), major innate immune response molecules to pathogens, and the childhood trauma questionnaire (CTQ) in age at onset of BD. We recruited 531 BD patients (type I and II or not otherwise specified), genotyped for the TLR2 rs4696480 and rs3804099 and TLR4 rs1927914 and rs11536891 single-nucleotide polymorphisms and recorded for history of childhood trauma using the CTQ. TLR2 and TLR4 risk genotype carrier state and history of childhood emotional, physical and sexual abuses were evaluated in relation to age at onset as defined by the age at first manic or depressive episode. We observed a combined effect of TLR2 rs3804099 TT genotype and reported sexual abuse on determining an earlier age at onset of BD by means of a Kaplan-Meier survival curve (p = 0.002; corrected p = 0.02). Regression analysis, however, was non-significant for the TLR2-CTQ sexual abuse interaction term. The negative effects of childhood sexual abuse on age at onset of BD may be amplified in TLR2 rs3804099 risk genotype carriers through immune-mediated pathways. Clinical characteristics of illness severity, immune phenotypes and history of early life infectious insults should be included in future studies involving large patient cohorts. PMID:25790282

  18. The Northern Ireland Early Onset Psychosis Study: Phenomenology and Co-Morbidity in the First 25 Cases

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    Fulton, Karen; Short, Mary; Harvey-Smith, Diane; Rushe, Teresa M.; Mulholland, Ciaran

    2008-01-01

    Diagnosing psychotic disorders in young people is difficult. High rates of co-morbidity may be one reason for this difficulty, but it may also be the case that current diagnostic categories are not the most useful when approaching the care of young people with psychotic symptoms. The Northern Ireland Early Onset Psychosis Study is the first study…

  19. A mutation in a case of early onset narcolepsy and a generalized absence of hypocretin peptides in human narcoleptic brains

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    Christelle Peyron; Juliette Faraco; William Rogers; Beth Ripley; Sebastiaan Overeem; Yves Charnay; Sona Nevsimalova; Michael Aldrich; David Reynolds; Roger Albin; Robin Li; Marcel Hungs; Mario Pedrazzoli; Muralidhara Padigaru; Melanie Kucherlapati; Jun Fan; Richard Maki; Gert Jan Lammers; Constantin Bouras; Raju Kucherlapati; Seiji Nishino; Emmanuel Mignot

    2000-01-01

    We explored the role of hypocretins in human narcolepsy through histopathology of six narcolepsy brains and mutation screening of Hcrt, Hcrtr1 and Hcrtr2 in 74 patients of various human leukocyte antigen and family history status. One Hcrt mutation, impairing peptide trafficking and processing, was found in a single case with early onset narcolepsy. In situ hybridization of the perifornical area

  20. A Meta-Analysis of Neuropsychological Functioning in Patients with Early Onset Schizophrenia and Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

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    Nieto, Rebeca Garcia; Castellanos, F. Xavier

    2011-01-01

    Despite the nosological distinction between bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, there is increasing evidence that these conditions share phenomenological characteristics. To examine the similarities in their patterns of cognitive impairment, we conducted a meta-analysis from 12 studies of Early Onset Schizophrenia (EOS) and 12 studies of Pediatric…

  1. Double-Blind Maintenance Safety and Effectiveness Findings from the Treatment of Early-Onset Schizophrenia Spectrum (TEOSS) Study

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    Findling, Robert L.; Johnson, Jacqueline L.; McClellan, Jon; Frazier, Jean A.; Vitiello, Benedetto; Hamer, Robert M.; Lieberman, Jeffrey A.; Ritz, Louise; McNamara, Nora K.; Lingler, Jacqui; Hlastala, Stefanie; Pierson, Leslie; Puglia, Madeline; Maloney, Ann E.; Kaufman, Emily Michael; Noyes, Nancy; Sikich, Linmarie

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To examine the long-term safety and efficacy of three antipsychotics in early-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Method: Patients (8 to 19 years old) who had improved during an 8-week, randomized, double-blind acute trial of olanzapine, risperidone, or molindone (plus benztropine) were eligible to continue on the same medication…

  2. Low Birth Weights Contribute to the High Rates of Early-Onset Chronic Renal Failure in the Southeastern United States

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    Daniel T. Lackland; Holly E. Bendall; Clive Osmond; Brent M. Egan; David J. P. Barker

    2000-01-01

    Background: The southeastern United States is a re- gion in which rates of cardiovascular and renal diseases are excessive. Within the Southeast, South Carolina has unusually high rates of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in young people, with more than 70% of cases attrib- uted to hypertension and diabetes. Objective: To determine whether the increased vul- nerability to early-onset ESRD might

  3. Impaired Facial Expression Recognition in Children with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Impact of Early Seizure Onset on Fear Recognition

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    Golouboff, Nathalie; Fiori, Nicole; Delalande, Olivier; Fohlen, Martine; Dellatolas, Georges; Jambaque, Isabelle

    2008-01-01

    The amygdala has been implicated in the recognition of facial emotions, especially fearful expressions, in adults with early-onset right temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). The present study investigates the recognition of facial emotions in children and adolescents, 8-16 years old, with epilepsy. Twenty-nine subjects had TLE (13 right, 16 left) and…

  4. Academic Skills in Children with Early-Onset Type 1 Diabetes: The Effects of Diabetes-Related Risk Factors

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    Hannonen, Riitta; Komulainen, Jorma; Riikonen, Raili; Ahonen, Timo; Eklund, Kenneth; Tolvanen, Asko; Keskinen, Paivi; Nuuja, Anja

    2012-01-01

    Aim: The study aimed to assess the effects of diabetes-related risk factors, especially severe hypoglycaemia, on the academic skills of children with early-onset type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Method: The study comprised 63 children with T1DM (31 females, 32 males; mean age 9y 11mo, SD 4mo) and 92 comparison children without diabetes (40…

  5. Verbal Behavior in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Onset of an Early Behavioral Intervention Program

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    Rivard, Melina; Forget, Jacques

    2012-01-01

    The scope of this study was direct observation of verbal behaviors of 14 children with autism spectrum disorders at the onset of an early behavioral intervention (EBI) program delivered in a public services agency. Objectives were to (1) describe frequencies of vocal, verbal, and listener behaviors; (2) evaluate the relationship between the…

  6. Diabetes and psychological co?morbidity in children with a family history of early?onset type 2 diabetes

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    Rachael R. Irving; James L. Mills; Wayne Mclaughlin; Errol Y. Morrison; Paul Brown

    2008-01-01

    The present study was conducted to evaluate for depressive symptoms and undiagnosed diabetes in children with familial history of early?onset type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that diabetes doubles the risk for depression and that the duration of diabetes is related to the severity of the depression. Individuals with depression are also said to be at greater risk for developing

  7. Components of Negative Affect as Moderators of the Relationship between Early Drinking Onset and Binge-Drinking Behavior

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    McNamara, Robert S.; Swaim, Randall C.; Rosen, Lee A.

    2010-01-01

    This study examines the moderating effects of negative affect on the relationship between early drinking onset and binge-drinking behavior. Six hundred and thirty-five eleventh- and twelfth-grade students completed the American Drug and Alcohol Survey and reported on a variety of measures, including items assessing anxiety, anger, depression, age…

  8. Children, adolescents and periodontal diseases

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    S. Dibart

    1997-01-01

    Objectives: This manuscript attempts to critically review current literature regarding the natural history, aetiology and pathogenesis of the common periodontal diseases to affect children and adolescents. The logic behind the emergence of a new classification in the early 1990s is explained and potential problems with the interpretation of such systems outlined.Data sources: The manuscript focuses upon recent developments, reported in

  9. Placental Nkx2.5 and Target Gene Expression in Early-Onset and Severe Preeclampsia

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    Rivers, Elena R.; Horton, Anthony J.; Hawk, Angela F.; Favre, Elizabeth G.; Senf, Katherine M.; Nietert, Paul J.; Chang, Eugene Y.; Foley, Ann C.; Robinson, Christopher J.; Lee, Kyu-Ho

    2014-01-01

    Objective Preeclampsia (PE) affects 2–8% of pregnancies worldwide and is a significant source of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. However, the mechanisms underlying PE are poorly understood and major questions regarding etiology and risk factors remain to be addressed. Our objective was to examine whether abnormal expression of the cardiovascular developmental transcription factor, Nkx2-5, was associated with early onset and severe pre-eclampsia (EOSPE). Methods Using qPCR and immunohistochemical assay, we examined expression of Nkx2-5 and target gene expression in EOSPE and control placental tissue. We tested resulting mechanistic hypotheses in cultured cells using shRNA knockdown, qPCR and western blot. Results Nkx2-5 is highly expressed in racially disparate fashion (Caucasians > African Americans) in a subset of early EOSPE placentae. Nkx2-5 mRNA expression is highly correlated (Caucasians > African Americans) to mRNA expression of the preeclampsia marker sFlt-1, and of the Nkx2-5 target and RNA splicing factor, Sam68. Knockdown of Sam68 expression in cultured cells significantly impacts sFlt-1 mRNA isoform generation in vitro, supporting a mechanistic hypothesis that Nkx2-5 impacts EOSPE severity in a subset of patients via upregulation of Sam68 to increase sFlt-1 expression. Expression of additional Nkx2-5 targets potentially regulating metabolic stress response is also elevated in racially disparate fashion in EOSPE. Conclusions Expression of Nkx2-5 and its target genes may directly influence the genesis and racially disparate severity, and define a mechanistically distinct subclass of EOSPE. PMID:24987805

  10. Early Pathogenesis in the Adult-Onset Neurodegenerative Disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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    van Zundert, Brigitte; Izaurieta, Pamela; Fritz, Elsa; Alvarez, Francisco J.

    2013-01-01

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating paralytic disorder caused by dysfunction and degeneration of motor neurons starting in adulthood. Most of our knowledge about the pathophysiological mechanisms of ALS comes from transgenic mice models that emulate a subgroup of familial ALS cases (FALS), with mutations in the gene encoding superoxide dismutase (SOD1). In the more than 15 years since these mice were generated, a large number of abnormal cellular mechanisms underlying motor neuron degeneration have been identified, but to date this effort has led to few improvements in therapy, and no cure. Here, we consider that this surfeit of mechanisms is best interpreted by current insights that suggest a very early initiation of pathology in motor neurons, followed by a diversity of secondary cascades and compensatory mechanisms that mask symptoms for decades, until trauma and/or aging overloads their protective function. This view thus posits that adultonset ALS is the consequence of processes initiated during early development. In fact, motor neurons in neonatal mutant SOD mice display important alterations in their intrinsic electrical properties, synaptic inputs and morphology that are accompanied by subtle behavioral abnormalities. We consider evidence that human mutant SOD1 protein in neonatal hSOD1G93A mice instigates motor neuron degeneration by increasing persistent sodium currents and excitability, in turn altering synaptic circuits that control excessive motor neuron firing and leads to excitotoxicity. We also discuss how therapies that are aimed at suppressing abnormal neuronal activity might effectively mitigate or prevent the onset of irreversible neuronal damage in adulthood. PMID:22740507

  11. Long-Term Outcomes of Adolescents With Juvenile-Onset Fibromyalgia in Early Adulthood

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    Cunningham, Natoshia; Sil, Soumitri; Bromberg, Maggie H.; Lynch-Jordan, Anne M.; Strotman, Daniel; Peugh, James; Noll, Jennie; Ting, Tracy V.; Powers, Scott W.; Lovell, Daniel J.; Arnold, Lesley M.

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: This prospective longitudinal study examined the long-term physical and psychosocial outcomes of adolescents with juvenile-onset fibromyalgia (JFM), compared with healthy control subjects, into early adulthood. METHODS: Adolescent patients with JFM initially seen at a pediatric rheumatology clinic (n = 94) and age- and gender-matched healthy control subjects (n = 33) completed online measures of demographic characteristics, pain, physical functioning, mood symptoms, and health care utilization at ?6 years’ follow-up (mean age: 21 years). A standard in-person tender-point examination was conducted. RESULTS: Patients with JFM had significantly higher pain (P < .001), poorer physical function (P < .001), greater anxiety (P < .001) and depressive symptoms (P < .001), and more medical visits (P < .001)than control subjects. The majority (>80%) of JFM patients continued to experience fibromyalgia symptoms into early adulthood, and 51.1% of the JFM sample met American College of Rheumatology criteria for adult fibromyalgia at follow-up. Patients with JFM were more likely than control subjects to be married and less likely to obtain a college education. CONCLUSIONS: Adolescent patients with JFM have a high likelihood of continued fibromyalgia symptoms into young adulthood. Those who met criteria for fibromyalgia in adulthood exhibited the highest levels of physical and emotional impairment. Emerging differences in educational attainment and marital status were also found in the JFM group. JFM is likely to be a long-term condition for many patients, and this study for the first time describes the wide-ranging impact of JFM on a variety of physical and psychosocial outcomes that seem to diverge from their same-age peers. PMID:24567017

  12. Rate of early onset Alzheimer’s disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Zhu, Xi-Chen; Wang, Hui-Fu; Jiang, Teng; Cao, Lei; Wang, Chong; Wang, Jun; Tan, Chen-Chen; Meng, Xiang-Fei

    2015-01-01

    It is generally accepted that the population rate of early onset Alzheimer’s disease (EOAD) in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is 1-2%. However, the true population based rate of EOAD has never been verified by a systematic review and meta-analysis. We used electronic searches of Cochrane Library, Embase, Medline and PubMed databases to identify published related studies. The systematic review and meta-analysis was then to be conducted to calculate a pooled rate of EOAD and make comparisons between studies and geographic distribution. A total of 13 papers were included in our systematic review and meta-analysis. The rate of EOAD, 5.5% [95% confidence interval (CI): 0.039-0.079, P<0.001], was generated after pooled analysis of all studies in random effect model. The pooled analysis of the rate in developed country was 5.9% (95% CI: 0.040-0.085, P<0.001). The pooled analysis of the rate in developing countries was 4.4% (95% CI: 0.028-0.066, P<0.001). Our study showed that the rate of EOAD in AD is 5.5%, not 1-2% as usually demonstrated. And our results indicated that the rate in developed countries was relative higher than in developing countries. Further trials with larger samples across more countries and more careful designed of experiments are required to confirm whether our findings are truly significant.

  13. Presence of Arp Specifically Contributes to Joint Tissue Edema Associated with Early-Onset Lyme Arthritis

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    Hove, Petronella R.; Haldorson, Gary J.; Magunda, Forgivemore

    2014-01-01

    Antiserum to the Borrelia burgdorferi arthritis-related protein, Arp, has been shown to prevent or reduce arthritis in immunodeficient mice. To directly investigate the requirement for this lipoprotein in the generation of Lyme arthritis, we utilized targeted deletion to generate a B. burgdorferi clone that lacked only the arp gene locus. Infection of Lyme disease-susceptible C3H/HeN mice with the arp deletion mutant demonstrated significantly reduced tibiotarsal joint swelling during the first 6 weeks of infection compared to a wild-type control. The severity of joint swelling was restored to wild-type levels in mice infected with an arp mutant clone complemented in cis. Interestingly, the reduced swelling of joint tissues exhibited by mice infected with the arp deletion mutant did not directly correspond to reduced underlying arthritis. Histopathology data at 2 weeks postinfection showed some reduction in arthritis severity caused by the arp mutant clone; however, by 8 weeks, no significant difference was observed between joint tissues infected by the wild-type or arp mutant clones. The spirochete load in the joint tissues of mice infected with the arp mutant was found to be greater than that exhibited by the wild-type control. Our findings demonstrate that this lipoprotein contributes to the generation of early-onset joint swelling and suggests that arp expression has a negative secondary effect on total spirochete numbers in joint tissues. PMID:24101694

  14. Assessment of the contralesional corticospinal tract in early-onset pediatric hemiplegia: Preliminary findings.

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    Hawe, Rachel L; Dewald, Jules P A

    2014-01-01

    While pediatric hemiplegia results from a unilateral lesion, the immature state of the brain at the time of injury increases the likelihood of observing changes in the non-lesioned hemisphere as well. The purpose of this preliminary study was to use diffusion tensor imaging to evaluate the contralesional corticospinal tracts in individuals with early-onset pediatric hemiplegia. Twelve individuals with pediatric hemiplegia and ten age-matched controls underwent diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Corticospinal projections were reconstructed using probabilistic tractography for both the lesioned and contralesional side in pediatric hemiplegia as well as the dominant and non-dominant sides in control subjects. The contralesional tract was found to have decreased white matter integrity relative to control subjects. Compared to controls, the contralesional tract also showed increased tract volume. The increase in volume suggests the presence of ipsilateral corticospinal projections from the contralesional hemisphere that are maintained during development to control the paretic extremities. Decreases in integrity may be explained by diffuse damage or incomplete maturation. The findings of this study support the notion of bilateral motor involvement in pediatric hemiplegia, and the need to address bilateral neural changes as well as motor deficits in this population. PMID:25571199

  15. Brain network informed subject community detection in early-onset schizophrenia.

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    Yang, Zhi; Xu, Yong; Xu, Ting; Hoy, Colin W; Handwerker, Daniel A; Chen, Gang; Northoff, Georg; Zuo, Xi-Nian; Bandettini, Peter A

    2014-01-01

    Early-onset schizophrenia (EOS) offers a unique opportunity to study pathophysiological mechanisms and development of schizophrenia. Using 26 drug-naïve, first-episode EOS patients and 25 age- and gender-matched control subjects, we examined intrinsic connectivity network (ICN) deficits underlying EOS. Due to the emerging inconsistency between behavior-based psychiatric disease classification system and the underlying brain dysfunctions, we applied a fully data-driven approach to investigate whether the subjects can be grouped into highly homogeneous communities according to the characteristics of their ICNs. The resultant subject communities and the representative characteristics of ICNs were then associated with the clinical diagnosis and multivariate symptom patterns. A default mode ICN was statistically absent in EOS patients. Another frontotemporal ICN further distinguished EOS patients with predominantly negative symptoms. Connectivity patterns of this second network for the EOS patients with predominantly positive symptom were highly similar to typically developing controls. Our post-hoc functional connectivity modeling confirmed that connectivity strength in this frontotemporal circuit was significantly modulated by relative severity of positive and negative syndromes in EOS. This study presents a novel subtype discovery approach based on brain networks and proposes complex links between brain networks and symptom patterns in EOS. PMID:24989351

  16. Early-onset lymphoproliferation and autoimmunity caused by germline STAT3 gain-of-function mutations.

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    Milner, Joshua D; Vogel, Tiphanie P; Forbes, Lisa; Ma, Chi A; Stray-Pedersen, Asbjørg; Niemela, Julie E; Lyons, Jonathan J; Engelhardt, Karin R; Zhang, Yu; Topcagic, Nermina; Roberson, Elisha D O; Matthews, Helen; Verbsky, James W; Dasu, Trivikram; Vargas-Hernandez, Alexander; Varghese, Nidhy; McClain, Kenneth L; Karam, Lina B; Nahmod, Karen; Makedonas, George; Mace, Emily M; Sorte, Hanne S; Perminow, Gøri; Rao, V Koneti; O'Connell, Michael P; Price, Susan; Su, Helen C; Butrick, Morgan; McElwee, Joshua; Hughes, Jason D; Willet, Joseph; Swan, David; Xu, Yaobo; Santibanez-Koref, Mauro; Slowik, Voytek; Dinwiddie, Darrell L; Ciaccio, Christina E; Saunders, Carol J; Septer, Seth; Kingsmore, Stephen F; White, Andrew J; Cant, Andrew J; Hambleton, Sophie; Cooper, Megan A

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    Germline loss-of-function mutations in the transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) cause immunodeficiency, whereas somatic gain-of-function mutations in STAT3 are associated with large granular lymphocytic leukemic, myelodysplastic syndrome, and aplastic anemia. Recently, germline mutations in STAT3 have also been associated with autoimmune disease. Here, we report on 13 individuals from 10 families with lymphoproliferation and early-onset solid-organ autoimmunity associated with 9 different germline heterozygous mutations in STAT3. Patients exhibited a variety of clinical features, with most having lymphadenopathy, autoimmune cytopenias, multiorgan autoimmunity (lung, gastrointestinal, hepatic, and/or endocrine dysfunction), infections, and short stature. Functional analyses demonstrate that these mutations confer a gain-of-function in STAT3 leading to secondary defects in STAT5 and STAT1 phosphorylation and the regulatory T-cell compartment. Treatment targeting a cytokine pathway that signals through STAT3 led to clinical improvement in 1 patient, suggesting a potential therapeutic option for such patients. These results suggest that there is a broad range of autoimmunity caused by germline STAT3 gain-of-function mutations, and that hematologic autoimmunity is a major component of this newly described disorder. Some patients for this study were enrolled in a trial registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov as #NCT00001350. PMID:25359994

  17. Non-healing ulcer on the foot: early onset unilateral Mali-type acroangiodermatitis.

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    Ozkaya, Dilek B?y?k; Su, Ozlem; Onsun, Nahide; Ulusal, Hande; Demirkesen, Cuyan

    2013-01-01

    Acroangiodermatitis (pseudo-Kaposi's sarcoma, AAD) is a benign vascular dermatosis that resembles Kaposi's sarcoma clinically and histopathologically (1). Four types have been defined: the Stewart-Bluefarb type accompanying chronic arteriovenous malformations, the Mali type accompanying stasis dermatitis, a type accompanying the first gestation, and a type accompanying arteriovenous shunts in patients with chronic kidney failure (3). Although AAD development is associated with chronic venous failure, less frequently AAD can develop as a complication of extremity paralysis, hemodialysis, post-traumatic arteriovenous fistula, amputated extremities, and vascular malformations (e.g., Klippel-Trénaunay syndrome). Pseudo-Kaposi's sarcoma can be histopathologically and clinically confused with malignant diseases such as Kaposi's sarcoma (1, 4). A 22-year-old male was referred to our outpatient clinic with a complaint of a non-healing wound on the distal phalanx of the left first toe. The patient was referred to various centers for 2 years and stated that he had received infection treatments but that his complaints did not disappear. An AAD diagnosis was established for the patient based on clinical and histopathologic evidence. Because he had early-onset disease and it was unilateral, the diagnosis was delayed. In addition, due to the rare occurrence of the disease, we histopathologically diagnosed this patient as having acroangiodermatitis. PMID:23836359

  18. Reduced Cortisol in Boys with Early-Onset Conduct Disorder and Callous-Unemotional Traits

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    von Polier, Georg G.; Herpertz-Dahlmann, Beate; Wiesler, Kristine; Rieke, Jana; Heinzel-Gutenbrunner, Monika; Bachmann, Christian J.; Vloet, Timo D.

    2013-01-01

    Background. A growing body of evidence suggests an association between altered hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis reactivity and the development of persistent antisocial behavior in children. However the effects of altered cortisol levels remain poorly understood in the complex context of conduct disorder, callous-unemotional (CU) personality traits, and frequent comorbidities, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The aim of the current study was to investigate associations among CU traits, antisocial behavior, and comorbid ADHD symptomatology with cortisol levels in male children and adolescents. Methods. The study included 37 boys with early-onset conduct disorder (EO-CD, mean age 11.9 years) and 38 healthy boys (mean age 12.5 years). Participants were subjected to multiple daytime salivary cortisol measurements and a psychometric characterization. Results. Subjects in the EO-CD group with elevated CU traits showed a diminished cortisol awakening response compared to healthy participants. In the EO-CD group, high CU traits and impulsivity were associated with decreased diurnal cortisol levels, while associations with antisocial behavior were not detected. The cortisol awakening response was significantly inversely associated with hyperactivity (P = 0.02) and marginally significant with CU traits (P = 0.07). Conclusions. These results indicate a specific association between CU traits and a diminished stress response, which is not explained by antisocial behavior in general. PMID:23841064

  19. Duration of empirical antibiotic therapy for infants suspected of early-onset sepsis

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    Cotten, C. Michael; Smith, P Brian

    2013-01-01

    Purpose of review Clinicians’ adherence to AAP and CDC Guidelines to prevent Group B Streptococcal (GBS) early onset sepsis (EOS) have reduced GBS EOS. While evidence-based testing and empirical antibiotic initiation is likely saving lives, clinicians have less compelling data to guide duration of empirically initiated antibiotics when cultures remain sterile and clinical signs resolve quickly. Our purpose is to review current opinions and evidence influencing clinicians’ choices for duration of empirically initiated antibiotics in newborns with sterile cultures. Recent findings Retrospective cohort studies indicate potential for harm with longer duration of empirical antibiotics for EOS when cultures are sterile. Cohort studies indicate timing of widely used tests used to estimate EOS risk affects their predictive value, and tests acquired 24 – 48 hours postnatally may provide reassurance for safe discontinuation. Summary Every day clinicians caring for thousands of neonates in the US stop antibiotics which were started empirically to treat EOS on the first postnatal day. Evidence is lacking to support a universal approach to decisions on duration of empirical antibiotics when cultures remain sterile. Reviewing predictive value relative to timing of laboratory testing can help clinicians develop locally appropriate antimicrobial duration decision-making guidelines. PMID:23407181

  20. Children's parasympathetic reactivity to specific emotions moderates response to intervention for early-onset aggression.

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    Gatzke-Kopp, Lisa M; Greenberg, Mark; Bierman, Karen

    2015-01-01

    Following theories that individual differences in respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) denote differential sensitivity to environmental influences, this study examines whether differences in RSA reactivity to specific emotional challenges predict differential response to intervention. We present data from a randomized clinical trial of a targeted intervention for early onset aggression. In collaboration with a high-risk urban school district, 207 kindergarten children (73% African American, 66% male), identified by their teachers as having high levels of aggressive and disruptive behavior, were recruited. All children received a universal social-emotional curriculum. One hundred children were randomly assigned to an additional intervention consisting of weekly peer-based social skills training. Complete RSA data were available for 139 of the children. Teacher-reported externalizing symptoms and emotion regulation in 1st grade (post intervention) were examined controlling for baseline levels. First-grade peer nominations of aggressive behavior, controlling for baseline nominations, were also examined as outcomes. No effect of resting RSA was found. However, greater reactivity to anger was associated with higher externalizing symptoms and lower emotion regulation skills in 1st grade relative to low reactive children. Lower reactivity to fear was associated with greater improvement over time, an effect that was enhanced in the targeted intervention condition. Results suggest that measures of affective reactivity may provide insight into children's capacity to benefit from different types of interventions. PMID:24308798

  1. Drosophila models of early onset cognitive disorders and their clinical applications.

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    van der Voet, Monique; Nijhof, Bonnie; Oortveld, Merel A W; Schenck, Annette

    2014-10-01

    The number of genes known to cause human monogenic diseases is increasing rapidly. For the extremely large, genetically and phenotypically heterogeneous group of intellectual disability (ID) disorders, more than 600 causative genes have been identified to date. However, knowledge about the molecular mechanisms and networks disrupted by these genetic aberrations is lagging behind. The fruit fly Drosophila has emerged as a powerful model organism to close this knowledge gap. This review summarizes recent achievements that have been made in this model and envisions its future contribution to our understanding of ID genetics and neuropathology. The available resources and efficiency of Drosophila place it in a position to tackle the main challenges in the field: mapping functional modules of ID genes to provide conceptually novel insights into the genetic control of cognition, tailored functional studies to improve 'next-generation' diagnostics, and identification of reversible ID phenotypes and medication. Drosophila's behavioral repertoire and powerful genetics also open up perspectives for modeling genetically complex forms of ID and neuropsychiatric disorders, which overlap in their genetic etiologies. In conclusion, Drosophila provides many opportunities to advance future medical genomics of early onset cognitive disorders. PMID:24661984

  2. Measurement of forces generated during distraction of growing-rods in early onset scoliosis

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    Teli, Marco; Grava, Giuseppe; Solomon, Victor; Andreoletti, Giuseppe; Grismondi, Emanuele; Meswania, Jay

    2012-01-01

    AIM: To measure the forces applied during distraction of growing-rods in early onset scoliosis (EOS), aimed at developing a motorized elongation device. METHODS: A consecutive series of measurements were carried out to analyze the forces applied by the surgeon during distraction of single growing-rods in 10 patients affected by EOS (mean age 8.3 years; range 6 to 10 years) undergoing the first distraction 6 months following implantation of the rods. For each measurement, output from the transducer of a dedicated pair of distraction calipers was recorded at zero load status and at every 1 mm of distraction, up to a maximum of 12 mm for each of the two connected rods. RESULTS: Twenty measurements were obtained showing a linear increase of the load with increasing distraction, with a mean peak force of 485 N at 12 mm distraction and a single reading over 500 N. We did not observe bone fractures or ligament disruptions during or after rod elongations. There was one case of superficial wound infection in the cohort. CONCLUSION: The safe peak force carrying capacity of a motorized device for distraction of growing-rods is 500N. PMID:22470846

  3. Early Onset Intrauterine Growth Restriction in a Mouse Model of Gestational Hypercholesterolemia and Atherosclerosis

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    Busso, Dolores; Mascareño, Lilian; Salas, Francisca; Berkowitz, Loni; Santander, Nicolás; Quiroz, Alonso; Amigo, Ludwig; Valdés, Gloria; Rigotti, Attilio

    2014-01-01

    The susceptibility to develop atherosclerosis is increased by intrauterine growth restriction and prenatal exposure to maternal hypercholesterolemia. Here, we studied whether mouse gestational hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis affected fetal development and growth at different stages of gestation. Female LDLR KO mice fed a proatherogenic, high cholesterol (HC) diet for 3 weeks before conception and during pregnancy exhibited a significant increase in non-HDL cholesterol and developed atherosclerosis. At embryonic days 12.5 (E12.5), E15.5, and E18.5, maternal gestational hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis were associated to a 22–24% reduction in male and female fetal weight without alterations in fetal number/litter or morphology nor placental weight or structure. Feeding the HC diet exclusively at the periconceptional period did not alter fetal growth, suggesting that maternal hypercholesterolemia affected fetal weight only after implantation. Vitamin E supplementation (1,000?UI of ?-tocopherol/kg) of HC-fed females did not change the mean weight of E18.5 fetuses but reduced the percentage of fetuses exhibiting body weights below the 10th percentile of weight (HC: 90% vs. HC/VitE: 68%). In conclusion, our results showed that maternal gestational hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis in mice were associated to early onset fetal growth restriction and that dietary vitamin E supplementation had a beneficial impact on this condition. PMID:25295255

  4. Mutations in SPRTN cause early onset hepatocellular carcinoma, genomic instability and progeroid features

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    Lessel, Davor; Vaz, Bruno; Halder, Swagata; Lockhart, Paul J; Marinovic-Terzic, Ivana; Lopez-Mosqueda, Jaime; Philipp, Melanie; Sim, Joe C H; Smith, Katherine R; Oehler, Judith; Cabrera, Elisa; Freire, Raimundo; Pope, Kate; Nahid, Amsha; Norris, Fiona; Leventer, Richard J; Delatycki, Martin B; Barbi, Gotthold; von Ameln, Simon; Högel, Josef; Degoricija, Marina; Fertig, Regina; Burkhalter, Martin D; Hofmann, Kay; Thiele, Holger; Altmüller, Janine; Nürnberg, Gudrun; Nürnberg, Peter; Bahlo, Melanie; Martin, George M; Aalfs, Cora M; Oshima, Junko; Terzic, Janos; Amor, David J; Dikic, Ivan; Ramadan, Kristijan; Kubisch, Christian

    2015-01-01

    Age-related degenerative and malignant diseases represent major challenges for health care systems. Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms underlying carcinogenesis and age-associated pathologies is thus of growing biomedical relevance. We identified biallelic germline mutations in SPRTN (also called C1orf124 or DVC1)1–7 in three patients from two unrelated families. All three patients are affected by a new segmental progeroid syndrome characterized by genomic instability and susceptibility toward early onset hepatocellular carcinoma. SPRTN was recently proposed to have a function in translesional DNA synthesis and the prevention of mutagenesis1–7. Our in vivo and in vitro characterization of identified mutations has uncovered an essential role for SPRTN in the prevention of DNA replication stress during general DNA replication and in replication-related G2/M-checkpoint regulation. In addition to demonstrating the pathogenicity of identified SPRTN mutations, our findings provide a molecular explanation of how SPRTN dysfunction causes accelerated aging and susceptibility toward carcinoma. PMID:25261934

  5. High-density CT of muscle and liver may allow early diagnosis of childhood-onset Pompe disease.

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    Ishigaki, Keiko; Yoshikawa, Yoko; Kuwatsuru, Ryohei; Oda, Eri; Murakami, Terumi; Sato, Takatoshi; Saito, Takashi; Umezu, Ryoji; Osawa, Makiko

    2012-02-01

    Pompe disease is classified into infantile-, childhood- and adult-onset forms based on onset age and the degree of organ involvement. Differing from the infantile-onset form which is characterized by marked organ involvement, the childhood-onset form usually presents with muscle weakness and elevation of serum creatine kinase (CK), mimicking those of progressive muscular dystrophy. We report our successful early diagnosis and initiation of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) in a young girl with childhood-onset Pompe disease before the development of skeletal muscle symptoms. She was referred to our hospital at the age of 2 years 4 months because of hyperCKemia detected incidentally. She was active and lacked developmental delay and muscle weakness; however, hepatomegaly was noted. The combination of high-density changes in the liver and skeletal muscle on computed tomography (CT) images was suggestive of glycogen storage disorder, especially childhood-onset Pompe disease. Low alpha-glucosidase (GAA) activity on dried blood spots facilitated the diagnostic process, and genetic analysis of GAA allowed a definitive diagnosis, without performing muscle biopsy. We promptly started ERT at the age of 2 years 6 months. After 1 year, she still had not developed any skeletal muscle symptoms, and serum CK level was almost normal. Since the efficacy of ERT is thought to depend on the extent of muscle damage at its commencement, we expect that ERT may have prevented the manifestation of skeletal muscle involvement in this patient. PMID:21704464

  6. Gray Matter Alterations in Schizophrenia High-Risk Youth and Early-Onset Schizophrenia: A Review of Structural MRI Findings

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    Brent, Benjamin K.; Thermenos, Heidi W.; Keshavan, Matcheri S.; Seidman, Larry J.

    2013-01-01

    Synopsis The purpose of this article is to provide a review of the literature on structural MRI findings in pediatric and young adult populations at clinical or genetic high-risk for schizophrenia, as well as in early-onset schizophrenia. The authors discuss the implications of this research for understanding the pathophysiology of schizophrenia and for early intervention strategies for prevention of the illness. The evidence linking brain structural changes in pre-psychosis development and early-onset schizophrenia with disruptions of normal neurodevelopmental processes during childhood and/or adolescence are described. In addition, the authors outline future directions for research to address current knowledge gaps regarding the neurobiological basis of brain structural abnormalities in schizophrenia and to help improve the utility of these abnormalities for preventative interventions. PMID:24012081

  7. Early-onset obsessive–compulsive disorder and personality disorders in adulthood

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    Giuseppe Maina; Umberto Albert; Virginio Salvi; Enrico Pessina; Filippo Bogetto

    2008-01-01

    Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) often emerges in childhood or adolescence. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether adult patients with prepuberal onset differ from subjects with later onset in terms of personality disorder comorbidity. The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis II Disorders was used to assess 148 patients with a principal diagnosis of OCD according to the

  8. Digging Deeper Using Neuroimaging Tools Reveals Important Clues to Early-Onset Schizophrenia

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    Kumra, Sanjiv

    2008-01-01

    The article describes the use of structural neuroimaging to understand the psychopathology of childhood-onset schizophrenia. Results showed an increase in lateral volumes, reduced total and regional volumes of gray matter in the cortex and increased basal ganglia volumes as in adult-onset schizophrenia in comparison with healthy subjects.

  9. Huntington Disease: A Case Study of Early Onset Presenting as Depression

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    Duesterhus, Pia; Schimmelmann, Benno Graf; Wittkugel, Oliver; Schulte-Markwort, Michael

    2004-01-01

    Huntington disease is a dominantly inherited, neurodegenerative disease characterized by choreiform movement disturbances and dementia, usually with adult onset. The rare juvenile-onset Huntington disease differs from the adult phenotype. A case presenting twice, at age 10 with all the signs of a major depression and age 14 with mutism and…

  10. High-frequency 3D echodentographic imaging modality for early assessment of periodontal diseases: in vitro study

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    Mahmoud, Ahmed M.; Ngan, Peter; Crout, Richard; Mukdadi, Osama M.

    2009-02-01

    The use of ultrasound in dentistry is still an open growing area of research. Currently, there is a lack of imaging modalities to accurately predict minute structures and defects in the jawbone. In particular, the inability of 2D radiographic images to detect bony periodontal defects resulted from infection of the periodontium. This study investigates the feasibility of high frequency ultrasound to reconstruct high resolution 3D surface images of human jawbone. Methods: A dentate and non-dentate mandibles were used in this study. The system employs high frequency single-element ultrasound focused transducers (15-30 MHz) for scanning. Continuous acquisition using a 1 GHz data acquisition card is synchronized with a high precision two-dimensional stage positioning system of +/-1 ?m resolution for acquiring accurate and quantitative measurements of the mandible in vitro. Radio frequency (RF) signals are acquired laterally 44-45.5 ?m apart for each frame. Different frames are reconstructed 500 ?m apart for the 3D reconstruction. Signal processing algorithms are applied on the received ultrasound signals for filtering, focusing, and envelope detection before frame reconstruction. Furthermore, an edge detection technique is adopted to detect the bone surface in each frame. Finally, all edges are combined together in order to render a 3D surface image of the jawbone. Major anatomical landmarks on the resultant images were confirmed with the anatomical structures on the mandibles to show the efficacy of the system. Comparison were also made with conventional 2D radiographs to show the superiority of the ultrasound imaging system in diagnosing small defects in the lateral, axial and elevation planes of space. Results: The landmarks on all ultrasound images matched with those on the mandible, indicating the efficacy of the system in detecting small structures in human jaw bones. Comparison with conventional 2D radiographic images of the same mandible showed superiority of the 3D ultrasound images in detecting defects in the elevation plane of space. These results suggest that the high frequency ultrasound system shows great potential in providing a non-invasive method to characterize the jawbone and detect periodontal diseases at earlier stages.

  11. Octapeptide repeat insertions in the prion protein gene and early onset dementia

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    Croes, E; Theuns, J; Houwing-Duisterma..., J; Dermaut, B; Sleegers, K; Roks, G; Van den Broeck, M; van Harten, B; van Swieten, J C; Cruts, M; Van Broeckhoven, C; van Duijn, C M

    2004-01-01

    Methods: Following identification of a two-octapeptide repeat insertion in PRNP, we conducted a meta-analysis to investigate the relation of number of PRNP octapeptide repeats with age at disease onset and duration of illness; identifying 55 patients with PRNP octapeptide repeat insertions. We used a linear mixed effects model to assess the relation of number of repeats with age at disease onset, and studied the effect of the number of inserted octapeptide repeats on disease duration with a Cox proportional hazards regression analysis. Results: We found an increasing number of repeats associated with younger age at onset (p<0.001). Duration of the disease decreased significantly with the length of the octapeptide repeat (p<0.001) when adjusting for age at onset. Conclusions: Our findings show significant inverse associations of the length of the PRNP octapeptide repeat with age at disease onset and disease duration in the spongiform encephalopathies. PMID:15258222

  12. A new clinical feature associated with familial early-onset of dystonic-guttural tics: An unusual diagnosis of PANDAS

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    Vitaliti, Giovanna; Trifiletti, Rosario R.; Falsaperla, Raffaele; Parano, Enrico; Spalice, Alberto; Pavone, Piero

    2014-01-01

    Until today there is a large debate about the existence of PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections) or PANS (pediatric acute onset neuropsychiatric syndrome). These children usually have dramatic, “overnight” onset of symptoms, including motor or vocal tics, obsessions, and/or compulsions. In addition to these symptoms, children may also have comorbid features of associated disorders. Herein, we report a family with an early onset of tics, with exclusively dystonic and guttural tics. All patients had a particularly strong excitement trigger. Two of the patients were shown to have signs suggestive of PANDAS and all family members were Group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus (GABHS) carriers. The PANDAS spectrum is probably a group of disorders. We have described a PANDAS variant, in which the family seems to share common autoimmune pattern and may be viewed in the large spectrum of PANDAS. PMID:24891915

  13. A new clinical feature associated with familial early-onset of dystonic-guttural tics: An unusual diagnosis of PANDAS.

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    Vitaliti, Giovanna; Trifiletti, Rosario R; Falsaperla, Raffaele; Parano, Enrico; Spalice, Alberto; Pavone, Piero

    2014-01-01

    Until today there is a large debate about the existence of PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections) or PANS (pediatric acute onset neuropsychiatric syndrome). These children usually have dramatic, "overnight" onset of symptoms, including motor or vocal tics, obsessions, and/or compulsions. In addition to these symptoms, children may also have comorbid features of associated disorders. Herein, we report a family with an early onset of tics, with exclusively dystonic and guttural tics. All patients had a particularly strong excitement trigger. Two of the patients were shown to have signs suggestive of PANDAS and all family members were Group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus (GABHS) carriers. The PANDAS spectrum is probably a group of disorders. We have described a PANDAS variant, in which the family seems to share common autoimmune pattern and may be viewed in the large spectrum of PANDAS. PMID:24891915

  14. Early-Onset Breast Cancer in a Family with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 Associated with a Germline Mutation in BRCA1

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    Jeon, Ye Won; Kim, Ra Mi; Lim, Seung Taek; Choi, Hyun Joo

    2015-01-01

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), which may occur as an autosom-al dominant disorder, is caused by the absence of neurofibromin protein due to somatic mutations in the NF1 gene, and it has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Herein we describe a family with two women affected by both NF1 and early-onset breast cancer. We evaluated whether the concomitance of NF1 and early-onset breast cancer could be due to disease-causing mutations in both NF1 and BRCA1 gene in a Korean family with clinical features of both NF1 and hereditary breast cancer. Mutation analyses identified nonsense mutations in NF1 and BRCA1 genes. Our findings indicate that an awareness of the possible concomitance of NF1 and BRCA1 gene mutations is important for identifying the genetic origin of early-onset breast cancer in patients with NF1 to achieve early detection of cancers and decrease breast cancer-associated morbidity and mortality in these patients. PMID:25834617

  15. Predictors of schizophrenia spectrum disorders in early-onset first episodes of psychosis: a support vector machine model.

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    Pina-Camacho, Laura; Garcia-Prieto, Juan; Parellada, Mara; Castro-Fornieles, Josefina; Gonzalez-Pinto, Ana M; Bombin, Igor; Graell, Montserrat; Paya, Beatriz; Rapado-Castro, Marta; Janssen, Joost; Baeza, Inmaculada; Pozo, Francisco Del; Desco, Manuel; Arango, Celso

    2015-04-01

    Identifying early-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSD) at a very early stage remains challenging. To assess the diagnostic predictive value of multiple types of data at the emergence of early-onset first-episode psychosis (FEP), various support vector machine (SVM) classifiers were developed. The data were from a 2-year, prospective, longitudinal study of 81 patients (age 9-17 years) with early-onset FEP and a stable diagnosis during follow-up and 42 age- and sex-matched healthy controls (HC). The input was different combinations of baseline clinical, neuropsychological, magnetic resonance imaging brain volumetric and biochemical data, and the output was the diagnosis at follow-up (SSD vs. non-SSD, SSD vs. HC, and non-SSD vs. HC). Enhanced recursive feature elimination was performed for the SSD vs. non-SSD classifier to select and rank the input variables with the highest predictive value for a diagnostic outcome of SSD. After validation with a test set and considering all baseline variables together, the SSD vs. non-SSD, SSD vs. HC and non-SSD vs. HC classifiers achieved an accuracy of 0.81, 0.99 and 0.99, respectively. Regarding the SSD vs. non-SSD classifier, a combination of baseline clinical variables (severity of negative, disorganized symptoms and hallucinations or poor insight) and neuropsychological variables (impaired attention, motor coordination, and global cognition) showed the highest predictive value for a diagnostic outcome of SSD. Neuroimaging and biochemical variables at baseline did not add to the predictive value. Thus, comprehensive clinical/cognitive assessment remains the most reliable approach for differential diagnosis during early-onset FEP. SVMs may constitute promising multivariate tools in the search for predictors of diagnostic outcome in FEP. PMID:25109600

  16. Kelch-like homologue 9 mutation is associated with an early onset autosomal dominant distal myopathy

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    von Deimling, Florian; Sachdev, Shrikesh; Errington, Wesley J.; Herrmann, Ralf; Bönnemann, Carsten; Brockmann, Knut; Hinderlich, Stephan; Lindner, Tom H.; Steinbrecher, Alice; Hoffmann, Katrin; Privé, Gilbert G.; Hannink, Mark; Nürnberg, Peter; Voit, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    Distal myopathies are a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by progressive weakness and muscular atrophy, beginning in distal limb muscles and affecting proximal limb muscles at a later stage. We studied a large German kindred with 10 affected members. Weakness and atrophy of the anterior tibial muscles started between the ages of 8 and 16 years, followed by atrophy of intrinsic hand muscles. Progression was slow, and patients retained the ability to walk until the seventh decade. Serum creatinine kinase levels were increased in the range of 150–1400?U/l. Muscle biopsies showed myopathic changes, whereas immunohistochemistry showed normal expression of marker proteins for muscular dystrophies. Patients had reduced sensation with stocking-glove distribution in the distal limbs in later life. Nerve conduction studies revealed no evidence of neuropathy. Genome-wide linkage analysis in this family revealed a new locus for distal myopathy at 9p21.2-p22.3 (multipoint logarithm of the odds ratio?=?4.21). By positional cloning we found a heterozygous mutation L95F in the Kelch-like homologue 9 gene, encoding a bric-a-brac Kelch protein. Molecular modelling indicated that the mutation may interfere with the interaction of the bric-a-brac domain with Cullin 3. Coimmunoprecipitation experiments confirmed that the mutation reduces association with Cullin 3 in the Kelch-like homologue 9-Cullin 3–E3 ubiquitin ligase complex, which is involved in ubiquitin-dependent protein degradation. We identified a unique form of early onset autosomal dominant distal myopathy which is associated with a Kelch-like homologue 9 mutation and interferes with normal skeletal muscle through a novel pathogenetic mechanism. PMID:20554658

  17. Cognitive performance of GBA mutation carriers with early-onset PD

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    Caccappolo, E.; Mejia-Santana, H.; Tang, M.-X.; Rosado, L.; Orbe Reilly, M.; Ruiz, D.; Ross, B.; Verbitsky, M.; Kisselev, S.; Louis, E.; Comella, C.; Colcher, A.; Jennings, D.; Nance, M.; Bressman, S.; Scott, W.K.; Tanner, C.; Mickel, S.; Andrews, H.; Waters, C.; Fahn, S.; Cote, L.; Frucht, S.; Ford, B.; Rezak, M.; Novak, K.; Friedman, J.H.; Pfeiffer, R.; Marsh, L.; Hiner, B.; Siderowf, A.; Payami, H.; Molho, E.; Factor, S.; Ottman, R.; Clark, L.N.; Marder, K.

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To assess the cognitive phenotype of glucocerebrosidase (GBA) mutation carriers with early-onset Parkinson disease (PD). Methods: We administered a neuropsychological battery and the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT) to participants in the CORE-PD study who were tested for mutations in PARKIN, LRRK2, and GBA. Participants included 33 GBA mutation carriers and 60 noncarriers of any genetic mutation. Primary analyses were performed on 26 GBA heterozygous mutation carriers without additional mutations and 39 age- and PD duration–matched noncarriers. Five cognitive domains, psychomotor speed, attention, memory, visuospatial function, and executive function, were created from transformed z scores of individual neuropsychological tests. Clinical diagnoses (normal, mild cognitive impairment [MCI], dementia) were assigned blind to genotype based on neuropsychological performance and functional impairment as assessed by the Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) score. The association between GBA mutation status and neuropsychological performance, CDR, and clinical diagnoses was assessed. Results: Demographics, UPSIT, and Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale–III performance did not differ between GBA carriers and noncarriers. GBA mutation carriers performed more poorly than noncarriers on the Mini-Mental State Examination (p = 0.035), and on the memory (p = 0.017) and visuospatial (p = 0.028) domains. The most prominent differences were observed in nonverbal memory performance (p < 0.001). Carriers were more likely to receive scores of 0.5 or higher on the CDR (p < 0.001), and a clinical diagnosis of either MCI or dementia (p = 0.004). Conclusion: GBA mutation status may be an independent risk factor for cognitive impairment in patients with PD. PMID:22442429

  18. Brain expression of presenilins in sporadic and early-onset, familial Alzheimer's disease.

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    Mathews, P. M.; Cataldo, A. M.; Kao, B. H.; Rudnicki, A. G.; Qin, X.; Yang, J. L.; Jiang, Y.; Picciano, M.; Hulette, C.; Lippa, C. F.; Bird, T. D.; Nochlin, D.; Walter, J.; Haass, C.; Lévesque, L.; Fraser, P. E.; Andreadis, A.; Nixon, R. A.

    2000-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Mutations in the presenilin proteins cause early-onset, familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We characterized the cellular localization and endoproteolysis of presenilin 2 (PS2) and presenilin 1 (PS1) in brains from 25 individuals with presenilin-mutations causing FAD, as well as neurologically normal individuals and individuals with sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). RESULTS: Amino-terminal antibodies to both presenilins predominantly decorated large neurons. Regional differences between the broad distributions of the two presenilins were greatest in the cerebellum, where most Purkinje cells showed high levels of only PS2 immunoreactivity. PS2 endoproteolysis in brain yielded multiple amino-terminal fragments similar in size to the PS1 amino-terminal fragments detected in brain. In addition, two different PS2 amino-terminal antibodies also detected a prominent 42 kDa band that may represent a novel PS2 form in human brain. Similar to PS1 findings, neither amino-terminal nor antiloop PS2 antibodies revealed substantial full-length PS2 in brain. Immunocytochemical examination of brains from individuals with the N141I PS2 mutation or eight different PS1 mutations, spanning the molecule from the second transmembrane domain to the large cytoplasmic loop domain, revealed immunodecoration of no senile plaques and only neurofibrillary tangles in the M139I PS1 mutation stained with PS1 antibodies. CONCLUSIONS: Overall presenilin expression and the relative abundance of full-length and amino-terminal fragments in presenilin FAD cases were similar to control cases and sporadic AD cases. Thus, accumulation of full-length protein or other gross mismetabolism of neither PS2 nor PS1 is a consequence of the FAD mutations examined. PMID:11126202

  19. Stratification of Risk of Early-Onset Sepsis in Newborns ?34 Weeks’ Gestation

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    Puopolo, Karen M.; Wi, Soora; Turk, Benjamin J.; Kuzniewicz, Michael W.; Walsh, Eileen M.; Newman, Thomas B.; Zupancic, John; Lieberman, Ellice; Draper, David

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To define a quantitative stratification algorithm for the risk of early-onset sepsis (EOS) in newborns ?34 weeks’ gestation. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective nested case-control study that used split validation. Data collected on each infant included sepsis risk at birth based on objective maternal factors, demographics, specific clinical milestones, and vital signs during the first 24 hours after birth. Using a combination of recursive partitioning and logistic regression, we developed a risk classification scheme for EOS on the derivation dataset. This scheme was then applied to the validation dataset. RESULTS: Using a base population of 608?014 live births ?34 weeks’ gestation at 14 hospitals between 1993 and 2007, we identified all 350 EOS cases <72 hours of age and frequency matched them by hospital and year of birth to 1063 controls. Using maternal and neonatal data, we defined a risk stratification scheme that divided the neonatal population into 3 groups: treat empirically (4.1% of all live births, 60.8% of all EOS cases, sepsis incidence of 8.4/1000 live births), observe and evaluate (11.1% of births, 23.4% of cases, 1.2/1000), and continued observation (84.8% of births, 15.7% of cases, incidence 0.11/1000). CONCLUSIONS: It is possible to combine objective maternal data with evolving objective neonatal clinical findings to define more efficient strategies for the evaluation and treatment of EOS in term and late preterm infants. Judicious application of our scheme could result in decreased antibiotic treatment in 80?000 to 240?000 US newborns each year. PMID:24366992

  20. The impact of metabolic syndrome on insulin sensitivity, glucose sensitivity, and acute insulin response after glucose load in early-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus: Taiwan Early-Onset Type 2 Diabetes Cohort Study

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    Chang-Hsun Hsieh; Chung-Ze Wu; Fone-Ching Hsiao; Jiunn-Diann Lin; Jer-Chuan Li; Hsiang-Lin Wan; Shi-Wen Kuo; Yi-Jen Hung; Ching-Chieh Su; Dee Pei

    2008-01-01

    Diabetic patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS) have higher lifetime risks for cardiovascular disease, especially in early-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus (EODM). Increased insulin resistance (IR) and impaired insulin secretion are important pathophysiologies in diabetic patients. Therefore, the effects of MetS on IR and insulin secretion in EODM were investigated. Forty-eight EODM (mean age, 22.8 ± 0.6 years) patients were enrolled

  1. Temporal-lobe morphology differs between healthy adolescents and those with early-onset of depression

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    Ramezani, Mahdi; Johnsrude, Ingrid; Rasoulian, Abtin; Bosma, Rachael; Tong, Ryan; Hollenstein, Tom; Harkness, Kate; Abolmaesumi, Purang

    2014-01-01

    Major depressive disorder (MDD) has previously been linked to structural changes in several brain regions, particularly in the medial temporal lobes (Bellani, Baiano, Brambilla, 2010; Bellani, Baiano, Brambilla, 2011). This has been determined using voxel-based morphometry, segmentation algorithms, and analysis of shape deformations (Bell-McGinty et al., 2002; Bergouignan et al., 2009; Posener et al., 2003; Vasic et al., 2008; Zhao et al., 2008): these are methods in which information related to the shape and the pose (the size, and anatomical position and orientation) of structures is lost. Here, we incorporate information about shape and pose to measure structural deformation in adolescents and young adults with and without depression (as measured using the Beck Depression Inventory and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders criteria). As a hypothesis-generating study, a significance level of p < 0.05, uncorrected for multiple comparisons, was used, so that subtle morphological differences in brain structures between adolescent depressed individuals and control participants could be identified. We focus on changes in cortical and subcortical temporal structures, and use a multi-object statistical pose and shape model to analyze imaging data from 16 females (aged 16–21) and 3 males (aged 18) with early-onset MDD, and 25 female and 1 male normal control participants, drawn from the same age range. The hippocampus, parahippocampal gyrus, putamen, and superior, inferior and middle temporal gyri in both hemispheres of the brain were automatically segmented using the LONI Probabilistic Brain Atlas (Shattuck et al., 2008) in MNI space. Points on the surface of each structure in the atlas were extracted and warped to each participant's structural MRI. These surface points were analyzed to extract the pose and shape features. Pose differences were detected between the two groups, particularly in the left and right putamina, right hippocampus, and left and right inferior temporal gyri. Shape differences were detected between the two groups, particularly in the left hippocampus and in the left and right parahippocampal gyri. Furthermore, pose measures were significantly correlated with BDI score across the whole (clinical and control) sample. Since the clinical participants were experiencing their very first episodes of MDD, morphological alteration in the medial temporal lobe appears to be an early sign of MDD, and is unlikely to result from treatment with antidepressants. Pose and shape measures of morphology, which are not usually analyzed in neuromorphometric studies, appear to be sensitive to depressive symptomatology. PMID:25379426

  2. Immediate periodontal bone plate changes induced by rapid maxillary expansion in the early mixed dentition: CT findings

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    Garib, Daniela Gamba; Menezes, Maria Helena Ocké; da Silva Filho, Omar Gabriel; dos Santos, Patricia Bittencourt Dutra

    2014-01-01

    Objective This study aimed at evaluating buccal and lingual bone plate changes caused by rapid maxillary expansion (RME) in the mixed dentition by means of computed tomography (CT). Methods The sample comprised spiral CT exams taken from 22 mixed dentition patients from 6 to 9 years of age (mean age of 8.1 years) presenting constricted maxillary arch treated with Haas-type expanders. Patients were submitted to spiral CT scan before expansion and after the screw activation period with a 30-day interval between T1 and T2. Multiplanar reconstruction was used to measure buccal and lingual bone plate thickness and buccal bone crest level of maxillary posterior deciduous and permanent teeth. Changes induced by expansion were evaluated using paired t test (p < 0.05). Results Thickness of buccal and lingual bone plates of posterior teeth remained unchanged during the expansion period, except for deciduous second molars which showed a slight reduction in bone thickness at the distal region of its buccal aspect. Buccal bone dehiscences were not observed in the supporting teeth after expansion. Conclusion RME performed in mixed dentition did not produce immediate undesirable effects on periodontal bone tissues. PMID:25162564

  3. Differences in early onset alcohol use and heavy drinking among persons with childhood and adulthood trauma.

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    Waldrop, Angela E; Ana, Elizabeth J Santa; Saladin, Michael E; McRae, Aimee L; Brady, Kathleen T

    2007-01-01

    We examined predictors for age at onset of first alcohol use and onset of heaviest alcohol use among men (n = 43) and women (n = 46) with alcohol dependence and PTSD, PTSD only, alcohol dependence only, and controls, with a particular focus on individuals with child versus adult trauma. Using analysis of variance procedures, results showed differences in onset of first alcohol use and heaviest drinking between childhood and adulthood trauma victims. These preliminary results indicate that behavioral mechanisms associated with alcohol use patterns between individuals with childhood and adulthood trauma are dissimilar, suggesting greater psychopathological consequences for individuals with childhood trauma. PMID:18058407

  4. An Inherited Small Microdeletion at 15q13.3 in a Patient with Early- Onset Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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    Cappi, Carolina; Hounie, Ana Gabriela; Mariani, Daniel B.; Diniz, Juliana Belo; Silva, Aderbal R. T.; Reis, Viviane N. S.; Busso, Ariane F.; Silva, Amanda Gonçalves; Fidalgo, Felipe; Rogatto, Silvia Regina; Miguel, Euripedes C.; Krepischi, Ana C.; Brentani, Helena

    2014-01-01

    Copy number variations (CNVs) have been previously associated with several different neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders, such as autism, schizophrenia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The present study consisted of a pilot genome-wide screen for CNVs in a cohort of 16 patients with early-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and 12 mentally healthy individuals, using array-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) on 44K arrays. A small rare paternal inherited microdeletion (?64 kb) was identified in chromosome 15q13.3 of one male patient with very early onset OCD. The father did not have OCD. The deletion encompassed part of the FMN1 gene, which is involved with the glutamatergic system. This finding supports the hypothesis of a complex network of several genes expressed in the brain contributing for the genetic risk of OCD, and also supports the glutamatergic involvement in OCD, which has been previously reported in the literature. PMID:25303678

  5. Fathering and Early Onset Conduct Problems: Positive and Negative Parenting, Father–Son Attachment, and the Marital Context

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    Michelle DeKlyen; Matthew L. Speltz; Mark T. Greenberg

    1998-01-01

    Research literature linking negative and positive aspects of the father–child relationship with early onset conduct problems is reviewed. Evidence from the Preschool Families Project, a longitudinal study of clinic-referred preschool boys at risk for conduct disorder, is presented, including previously unpublished data on father–child attachment. Both negative (e.g., harsh, angry, and physically punitive) and positive (involvement, warmth, and secure attachment)

  6. Six Novel Susceptibility Loci for Early-Onset Androgenetic Alopecia and Their Unexpected Association with Common Diseases

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    Rui Li; Felix F. Brockschmidt; Amy K. Kiefer; Hreinn Stefansson; Dale R. Nyholt; Kijoung Song; Sita H. Vermeulen; Stavroula Kanoni; Daniel Glass; Sarah E. Medland; Maria Dimitriou; Dawn Waterworth; Joyce Y. Tung; Frank Geller; Stefanie Heilmann; Axel M. Hillmer; Veronique Bataille; Sibylle Eigelshoven; Sandra Hanneken; Susanne Moebus; Christine Herold; Martin den Heijer; Grant W. Montgomery; Panos Deloukas; Nicholas Eriksson; Andrew C. Heath; Tim Becker; Patrick Sulem; Massimo Mangino; Peter Vollenweider; Tim D. Spector; George Dedoussis; Nicholas G. Martin; Lambertus A. Kiemeney; Vincent Mooser; Kari Stefansson; David A. Hinds; Markus M. Nöthen; J. Brent Richards

    2012-01-01

    Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is a highly heritable condition and the most common form of hair loss in humans. Susceptibility loci have been described on the X chromosome and chromosome 20, but these loci explain a minority of its heritable variance. We conducted a large-scale meta-analysis of seven genome-wide association studies for early-onset AGA in 12,806 individuals of European ancestry. While

  7. Risk Factors for Early-onset Group B Streptococcal Sepsis: Estimation of Odds Ratios by Critical Literature Review

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    William E. Benitz; Jeffrey B. Gould; Maurice L. Druzin

    ABSTRACT. Objective. To identify and to establish the prevalence of ORs for factors associated with in- creased risk for early-onset group B streptococcal (EOGBS) infection in neonates. Study Design. Literature review and reanalysis of published data. Results. Risk factors for EOGBS infection include group B streptococcal (GBS)-positive vaginal culture at delivery (OR: 204), GBS-positive rectovaginal culture at 28 (OR: 9.64)

  8. Components of Negative Affect As Moderators of the Relationship Between Early Drinking Onset and Binge-Drinking Behavior

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    Robert S. McNamara; Randall C. Swaim; Lee A. Rosén

    2010-01-01

    This study examines the moderating effects of negative affect on the relationship between early drinking onset and binge-drinking behavior. Six hundred and thirty-five eleventh- and twelfth-grade students completed the American Drug and Alcohol Survey and reported on a variety of measures, including items assessing anxiety, anger, depression, age first drunk, and current level of binge drinking. Results indicate that males

  9. EARLY-ONSET DEPRESSIVE DISORDERS PREDICT THE USE OF ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES IN ADOLESCENCE: A PROSPECTIVE STUDY OF ADOLESCENT FINNISH TWINS

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    Sihvola, Elina; Rose, Richard J.; Dick, Danielle M.; Pulkkinen, Lea; Marttunen, Mauri; Kaprio, Jaakko

    2008-01-01

    Aims: To explore the developmental relationships between early-onset depressive disorders and later use of addictive substances. Design, Setting, Participants: A sample of 1545 adolescent twins was drawn from a prospective, longitudinal study of Finnish adolescent twins with baseline assessments at age 14 and follow-up at age 17.5. Measurements: At baseline, DSM-IV diagnoses were assessed with a professionally administered adolescent version of Semi-Structured Assessment for Genetics of Alcoholism (C-SSAGA-A). At follow-up, substance use outcomes were assessed via self-reported questionnaire. Findings: Early-onset depressive disorders predicted daily smoking (odds ratio 2.29, 95%CI 1.49-3.50, p<.001), smokeless tobacco use (OR = 2.00, 95%CI 1.32-3.04, p=.001), frequent illicit drug use (OR = 4.71, 95%CI 1.95-11.37, p=.001), frequent alcohol use (OR = 2.02, 95%CI 1.04-3.92, p=.037) and recurrent intoxication (OR = 1.83, 95%CI 1.18-2.85, p=.007) three years later. Odds ratios remained significant after adjustment for comorbidity and exclusion of baseline users. In within-family analysis of depression-discordant co-twins (analyses that control for shared genetic and familial background factors), early-onset depressive disorders at age 14 significantly predicted frequent use of smokeless tobacco and alcohol at age 17.5. Conclusions: Our results suggest important predictive associations between early—onset depressive disorders and addictive substance use, and these associations appear to be independent of shared familial influences. PMID:18855807

  10. Mutation analysis of the parkin and PINK1 genes in American Caucasian early-onset Parkinson disease families

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    Hao Deng; Weidong Le; Joohi Shahed; Wenjie Xie; Joseph Jankovic

    2008-01-01

    Mutations in the parkin gene and the PTEN-induced putative kinase 1 gene (PINK1) have been identified as the most common causes of autosomal recessive early-onset Parkinson disease (EOPD). To investigate the presence of the parkin and PINK1 gene mutation(s) and to explore genotype–phenotype correlations in American Caucasian families with EOPD from North American, we screened these two genes in probands

  11. Higher incidence of diabetic nephropathy in type 2 than in type 1 diabetes in early-onset diabetes in Japan

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    Hiroki Yokoyama; Maki Okudaira; Toshika Otani; Akiko Sato; Junnoske Miura; Hiroko Takaike; Hitomi Yamada; Kazuko Muto; Yasuko Uchigata; Yasuo Ohashi; Yasuhiko Iwamoto

    2000-01-01

    Higher incidence of diabetic nephropathy in type 2 than in type 1 diabetes in early-onset diabetes in Japan.BackgroundWhether the type of diabetes, race, and year and age of diagnosis affect the incidence of diabetic vascular complications is unknown. That both type 1 and type 2 diabetes occur in the young Japanese population prompted us to investigate whether the type of

  12. Quantitative Measurement of Monocyte HLA-DR Expression in the Identification of Early-Onset Neonatal Infection

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    Pak Cheung Ng; Geng Li; Kit Man Chui; Winnie Chiu Wing Chu; Karen Li; Raymond Pui On Wong; Tai Fai Fok

    2006-01-01

    Background: This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic utilities of monocyte HLA-DR as an infection marker in the identification of early-onset clinical infection and pneumonia in newborn infants. Methods: Term newborns in whom infection was suspected when they were <72 h of age were eligible for enrollment in the study. C-reactive protein (CRP), monocyte HLA-DR and neutrophil CD64 expressions were

  13. D2S2944 identifies a likely susceptibility locus for recurrent, early-onset, major depression in women

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    G S Zubenko; H B Hughes III; J S Stiffler; W N Zubenko; B B Kaplan

    2002-01-01

    Recurrent, early-onset, major depressive disorder (RE-MDD) is a strongly familial condition whose malignant effects have a significant negative impact on the health and longevity of patients and their family members. Sixteen of the 19 candidate susceptibility loci identified by a recent genome survey revealed allelic associations with RE-MDD in men or women, but not in both sexes. The association of

  14. Genetic Analysis of PARK2 and PINK1 Genes in Brazilian Patients with Early-Onset Parkinson's Disease

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    Moura, Karla Cristina Vasconcelos; Campos Junior, Mário; de Rosso, Ana Lúcia Zuma; Nicaretta, Denise Hack; Pereira, João Santos; Silva, Delson José; dos Santos, Flávia Lima; Rodrigues, Fabíola da Costa; Santos-Rebouças, Cíntia Barros; Pimentel, Márcia Mattos Gonçalves

    2013-01-01

    Parkinson's disease is the second most frequent neurodegenerative disorder in the world, affecting 1-2% of individuals over the age of 65. The etiology of Parkinson's disease is complex, with the involvement of gene-environment interactions. Although it is considered a disease of late manifestation, early-onset forms of parkinsonism contribute to 5–10% of all cases. In the present study, we screened mutations in coding regions of PARK2 and PINK1 genes in 136 unrelated Brazilian patients with early-onset Parkinson's disease through automatic sequencing. We identified six missense variants in PARK2 gene: one known pathogenic mutation, two variants of uncertain role, and three nonpathogenic changes. No pathogenic mutation was identified in PINK1 gene, only benign polymorphisms. All putative pathogenic variants found in this study were in heterozygous state. Our data show that PARK2 point mutations are more common in Brazilian early-onset Parkinson's disease patients (2.9%) than PINK1 missense variants (0%), corroborating other studies worldwide. PMID:24167364

  15. Genetic Variants in Germline TP53 and MDM2 SNP309 Are Not Associated With Early Onset Colorectal Cancer

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    KHAN, SAJID A.; IDREES, KAMRAN; FORSLUND, ANN; ZENG, ZHAOSHI; ROSENBERG, SHOSHANA; PINCAS, HANNA; BARANY, FRANCIS; OFFIT, KENNETH; LAQUAGLIA, MICHAEL P.; PATY, PHILIP B.

    2015-01-01

    Background and Objectives Colorectal cancer (CRC) arising in patients under age 30 is a rare disease, and few cases have been reported within Li-Fraumeni kindreds. To determine how often alterations in the p53 pathway genes contribute to disease susceptibility, we have evaluated patients with early onset CRC for the presence of germline variants in the p53 gene and MDM2 SNP309. Methods Thirty-five patients with CRC diagnosed before age 30 were included in this study-based on tissue availability. DNA samples from peripheral blood leukocytes were analyzed for constitutional mutations and polymorphisms in p53 as well as polymorphisms in MDM2 SNP309. Results No mutations were found in exons 4–10 of the p53 gene. The frequencies of polymorphisms in p53 and in MDM2 SNP309 did not differ from rates previously reported for normal control populations, and no polymorphism in either gene could be associated with early onset CRC. Conclusions Neither germline variants in p53 nor MDM2 SNP309 play an underlying role in the development of very early onset CRC. For the large majority of cases, the genetic basis of this disease remains unknown. PMID:18381604

  16. The psychopathological and psychosocial outcome of early-onset schizophrenia: Preliminary data of a 13-year follow-up

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    Reichert, Andreas; Kreiker, Susanne; Mehler-Wex, Claudia; Warnke, Andreas

    2008-01-01

    Background Relatively little is known about the long-term psychopathological and psychosocial outcome of early-onset schizophrenia. The existing literature describes more severe courses of illness in these patients compared with adult-onset schizophrenia. This article reports preliminary data of a study exploring the outcome of early-onset schizophrenia 13.4 years (mean) after first admission. Predictors for interindividual outcomes were investigated. Methods We retrospectively assessed 27 former patients (mean age at first admission 15.5 years, SD = 2.0) that were consecutively admitted to the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Wuerzburg between 1990 and 2000. A multidimensional approach was chosen to assess the outcome consisting of a mail survey including different questions about psychopathological symptoms, psychosocial parameters, and standardized self-reports (ESI and ADS). Results Concerning the psychopathological outcome, 22.2% reported having acute schizophrenic symptoms. Almost one third (30.8%) described symptoms of depression and 37.0% reported having tried to commit suicide or seriously thought about it. 77.8% of the former patients were still in outpatient treatment. Compared to the general population, the number of patients without a school graduation was relatively high (18.5%). Almost half of participants still live with their parents (48.1%) or in assisted or semi-assisted living conditions (33.3%). Only 18.5% were working in the open market. Conclusion Schizophrenia with an early onset has an unfavourable prognosis. Our retrospective study of the psychopathological and psychosocial outcome concludes with a generally poor rating. PMID:18304312

  17. Very low birth weight neonates who survive early-onset sepsis do not have an increased risk of developing late-onset sepsis

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    Lin, Cheryl B.; Hornik, Christoph P.; Clark, Reese; Cotten, C. Michael; Benjamin, Daniel K.; Cohen-Wolkoweiz, Michael; Smith, P. Brian; Wynn, James L.

    2012-01-01

    SUMMARY Background Very low birth weight neonates (?1500 g, VLBWs) have a high rate of infection and distinct baseline immune function compared with more mature populations. In critically ill children and adults, sepsis increases subsequent infection risk. It is unknown whether sepsis modifies the risk of subsequent infection in VLBWs. Methods We conducted a retrospective cohort study of VLBWs ?32 weeks gestation at birth cared for in 312 neonatal intensive care units in the United States from 1997–2011 (n=103,376). Early-onset sepsis (EOS, culture-positive only) and late-onset sepsis (LOS, culture-positive or clinical) cases were identified. Cox proportional hazards models were used to control for clinical variables between neonates with and without EOS to determine if EOS modified risk of LOS, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), or death. Results LOS occurred in 12,112/102,317 (11.8%) neonates without EOS and in 133/1059 (12.6%) of those with EOS. After adjustment for clinical variables, the risk of LOS was not different between neonates with or without a history of EOS (hazard ratio [HR]=0.92; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.74, 1.16). EOS increased the risk of 120-day mortality (HR=1.78; 95% CI 1.49, 2.13). Conclusions In contrast to findings in children and adults, EOS was not associated with an increased risk of LOS in this cohort. Age-specific investigations are needed to determine if post-sepsis immunologic alterations are present. PMID:22840605

  18. Early discharge of patients with new-onset atrial fibrillation after cardiovascular surgery

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    Allen J. Solomon; Peter C. Kouretas; Richard A. Hopkins; Nevin M. Katz; Robert B. Wallace; Robert L. Hannan

    1998-01-01

    Background Atrial fibrillation is one of the most frequent complications after cardiovascular surgery. It may result in thromboembolic events, hemodynamic deterioration, and an increased length and cost of hospitalization. Methods We retrospectively studied 504 consecutive adult patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery to determine whether patients with new-onset postoperative atrial fibrillation could be safely discharged in atrial fibrillation after ventricular rate had

  19. Female Juvenile Offenders: Defining an Early-Onset Pathway for Delinquency

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    Leslie D. Leve; Patricia Chamberlain

    2004-01-01

    We examined whether childhood factors predict age of first arrest in adolescent girls referred for placement and treatment for serious delinquency problems (N = 62). Measures included child characteristics (i.e., age of menstrual onset, childhood ADHD, and IQ), family environmental factors (i.e., severe punishment, parental transitions, and sexual abuse), biological parent criminality, and juvenile court records. Parental transitions and biological

  20. Long-Term implications of early onset in bipolar disorder: data from the first 1000 participants in the systematic treatment enhancement program for bipolar disorder (STEP-BD)

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    Roy H. Perlis; Sachiko Miyahara; Lauren B. Marangell; Stephen R. Wisniewski; Michael Ostacher; Melissa P. DelBello; Charles L. Bowden; Gary S. Sachs; Andrew A. Nierenberg

    2004-01-01

    BackgroundEarly onset of mood symptoms in bipolar disorder has been associated with poor outcome in many studies; however, the factors that might contribute to poor outcome have not been adequately investigated.

  1. Basal low antioxidant capacity correlates with cognitive deficits in early onset psychosis. A 2-year follow-up study.

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    Martínez-Cengotitabengoa, Mónica; Micó, Juan Antonio; Arango, Celso; Castro-Fornieles, Josefina; Graell, Montserrat; Payá, Beatriz; Leza, Juan Carlos; Zorrilla, Iñaki; Parellada, Mara; López, M Purificación; Baeza, Inmaculada; Moreno, Carmen; Rapado-Castro, Marta; González-Pinto, Ana

    2014-06-01

    The objective of the study is to examine the association of baseline total antioxidant status (TAS) and glutathione (GSH) levels with short- and long-term cognitive functioning in patients with early onset first-episode psychosis, comparing affective and non-affective psychoses. We analysed 105 patients with an early onset-first episode psychosis (age 9-17 years) and 97 healthy controls. Blood samples were taken at admission for measurement of TAS and GSH, and cognitive performance was assessed at baseline and at 2years of follow-up. Regression analysis was used to assess the relationship between TAS/GSH levels at baseline and cognitive performance at both time points, controlling for confounders. Baseline TAS and GSH levels were significantly lower in patients than healthy controls. In patients, baseline TAS was positively associated with the global cognition score at baseline (p=0.048) and two years later (p=0.005), while TAS was not associated with cognitive functioning in healthy controls. Further, baseline TAS in patients was specifically associated with the memory domain at baseline and with the memory and attention domains two years later. Stratifying by affective and non-affective psychoses, significant associations were only found between TAS and cognition in the non-affective psychosis group. Baseline GSH levels were not associated with cognitive functioning at either time point in either group. The antioxidant defence capacity in early onset first-episode psychotic patients is directly correlated with global cognition at baseline and at 2years of follow-up, especially in non-affective psychosis. PMID:24768133

  2. Clinical whole-genome sequencing in severe early-onset epilepsy reveals new genes and improves molecular diagnosis

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    Martin, Hilary C.; Kim, Grace E.; Pagnamenta, Alistair T.; Murakami, Yoshiko; Carvill, Gemma L.; Meyer, Esther; Copley, Richard R.; Rimmer, Andrew; Barcia, Giulia; Fleming, Matthew R.; Kronengold, Jack; Brown, Maile R.; Hudspith, Karl A.; Broxholme, John; Kanapin, Alexander; Cazier, Jean-Baptiste; Kinoshita, Taroh; Nabbout, Rima; Bentley, David; McVean, Gil; Heavin, Sinéad; Zaiwalla, Zenobia; McShane, Tony; Mefford, Heather C.; Shears, Deborah; Stewart, Helen; Kurian, Manju A.; Scheffer, Ingrid E.; Blair, Edward; Donnelly, Peter; Kaczmarek, Leonard K.; Taylor, Jenny C.

    2014-01-01

    In severe early-onset epilepsy, precise clinical and molecular genetic diagnosis is complex, as many metabolic and electro-physiological processes have been implicated in disease causation. The clinical phenotypes share many features such as complex seizure types and developmental delay. Molecular diagnosis has historically been confined to sequential testing of candidate genes known to be associated with specific sub-phenotypes, but the diagnostic yield of this approach can be low. We conducted whole-genome sequencing (WGS) on six patients with severe early-onset epilepsy who had previously been refractory to molecular diagnosis, and their parents. Four of these patients had a clinical diagnosis of Ohtahara Syndrome (OS) and two patients had severe non-syndromic early-onset epilepsy (NSEOE). In two OS cases, we found de novo non-synonymous mutations in the genes KCNQ2 and SCN2A. In a third OS case, WGS revealed paternal isodisomy for chromosome 9, leading to identification of the causal homozygous missense variant in KCNT1, which produced a substantial increase in potassium channel current. The fourth OS patient had a recessive mutation in PIGQ that led to exon skipping and defective glycophosphatidyl inositol biosynthesis. The two patients with NSEOE had likely pathogenic de novo mutations in CBL and CSNK1G1, respectively. Mutations in these genes were not found among 500 additional individuals with epilepsy. This work reveals two novel genes for OS, KCNT1 and PIGQ. It also uncovers unexpected genetic mechanisms and emphasizes the power of WGS as a clinical tool for making molecular diagnoses, particularly for highly heterogeneous disorders. PMID:24463883

  3. Clinical whole-genome sequencing in severe early-onset epilepsy reveals new genes and improves molecular diagnosis.

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    Martin, Hilary C; Kim, Grace E; Pagnamenta, Alistair T; Murakami, Yoshiko; Carvill, Gemma L; Meyer, Esther; Copley, Richard R; Rimmer, Andrew; Barcia, Giulia; Fleming, Matthew R; Kronengold, Jack; Brown, Maile R; Hudspith, Karl A; Broxholme, John; Kanapin, Alexander; Cazier, Jean-Baptiste; Kinoshita, Taroh; Nabbout, Rima; Bentley, David; McVean, Gil; Heavin, Sinéad; Zaiwalla, Zenobia; McShane, Tony; Mefford, Heather C; Shears, Deborah; Stewart, Helen; Kurian, Manju A; Scheffer, Ingrid E; Blair, Edward; Donnelly, Peter; Kaczmarek, Leonard K; Taylor, Jenny C

    2014-06-15

    In severe early-onset epilepsy, precise clinical and molecular genetic diagnosis is complex, as many metabolic and electro-physiological processes have been implicated in disease causation. The clinical phenotypes share many features such as complex seizure types and developmental delay. Molecular diagnosis has historically been confined to sequential testing of candidate genes known to be associated with specific sub-phenotypes, but the diagnostic yield of this approach can be low. We conducted whole-genome sequencing (WGS) on six patients with severe early-onset epilepsy who had previously been refractory to molecular diagnosis, and their parents. Four of these patients had a clinical diagnosis of Ohtahara Syndrome (OS) and two patients had severe non-syndromic early-onset epilepsy (NSEOE). In two OS cases, we found de novo non-synonymous mutations in the genes KCNQ2 and SCN2A. In a third OS case, WGS revealed paternal isodisomy for chromosome 9, leading to identification of the causal homozygous missense variant in KCNT1, which produced a substantial increase in potassium channel current. The fourth OS patient had a recessive mutation in PIGQ that led to exon skipping and defective glycophosphatidyl inositol biosynthesis. The two patients with NSEOE had likely pathogenic de novo mutations in CBL and CSNK1G1, respectively. Mutations in these genes were not found among 500 additional individuals with epilepsy. This work reveals two novel genes for OS, KCNT1 and PIGQ. It also uncovers unexpected genetic mechanisms and emphasizes the power of WGS as a clinical tool for making molecular diagnoses, particularly for highly heterogeneous disorders. PMID:24463883

  4. Tea, coffee, and caffeine and early-onset basal cell carcinoma in a case-control study.

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    Ferrucci, Leah M; Cartmel, Brenda; Molinaro, Annette M; Leffell, David J; Bale, Allen E; Mayne, Susan T

    2014-07-01

    Tea and coffee are hypothesized to play a protective role in skin carcinogenesis through bioactive components, such as caffeine, yet the epidemiologic evidence is mixed. Existing data support an inverse association with basal cell carcinoma (BCC), more so than for melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma. To understand whether tea, coffee, and caffeine are related to early-onset BCC, we evaluated data from 767 non-Hispanic Whites under age 40 in a case-control study in Connecticut. BCC cases (n=377) were identified through Yale's Dermatopathology database. Controls (n=390) were randomly sampled from individuals in the same database with benign skin diagnoses and frequency matched to cases on age, sex, and biopsy site. Participants completed an in-person interview including assessment of caffeinated coffee and hot tea. We calculated multivariate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) with unconditional logistic regression for regular consumption and frequency and duration measures. Combined regular consumption of caffeinated coffee plus hot tea was inversely associated with early-onset BCC (OR=0.60, 95% CI=0.38-0.96). Those in the highest category of caffeine from these sources had a 43% reduced risk of BCC compared with nonconsumers (OR=0.57, 95% CI=0.34-0.95, P-trend=0.037). Our findings suggest a modest protective effect for caffeinated coffee plus tea in relation to early-onset BCC that may, in part, be due to caffeine. This study adds to the growing body of literature suggesting potential health benefits from these beverages. PMID:24841641

  5. Reduced sleep spindle activity in early-onset and elevated risk for depression Running head: Sleep Spindles and Adolescent MDD

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    Lopez, Jorge; Hoffmann, Robert; Armitage, Roseanne

    2010-01-01

    Objective Sleep disturbances are common in major depressive disorder (MDD), although polysomnographic (PSG) abnormalities are more prevalent in adults than in children and adolescents with MDD. Sleep spindle activity (SPA) is associated with neuroplasticity mechanisms during brain maturation and is more abundant in childhood and adolescence than in adulthood, and as such, may be a more sensitive measure of sleep alteration than PSG in early-onset depression. This study investigated SPA changes related to early-onset MDD, comparing those already ill and those at high-risk for MDD to healthy non-depressed controls. Method The study included 63 participants (8-15 year-olds): 21 currently depressed, 21 at high-risk for MDD based on positive family history of MDD, and 21 healthy controls with no personal or family history of psychiatric illness. All participants maintained a regular sleep/wake schedule for 5 days, followed by 2 nights in the lab. SPA was analyzed in Stage 2 of non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep. Results SPA differed significantly between groups, particularly in the late part of the night (F2,62=7.3 p=0.001). Although, the difference was greatest between MDD and healthy controls, both the MDD (p=0.0004) and at high-risk groups (p=0.02) had significantly lower SPA compared to healthy controls. SPA deficit was more prominent in females than males (F5,62=5.19 p=0.005). Conclusions Low SPA characterizes youths with MDD and those at high-risk, particularly among girls, suggesting that early-onset depression and risk for the illness are associated with decreased neuroplasticity. PMID:20732629

  6. Early onset of delinquency and the trajectory of alcohol-impaired driving among young males

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    Lening Zhang; William F. Wieczorek; John W. Welte

    2011-01-01

    Building upon the literature in developmental and life-course criminology, the present study assesses the possible association of age onset of delinquency with the trajectory of alcohol-impaired driving using data collected from the three waves of the Buffalo Longitudinal Survey of Young Men (BLSYM). It is argued that as a unique form of delinquency, alcohol-impaired driving among adolescents may be better

  7. Early onset of hypokalaemic periodic paralysis caused by a novel mutation of the CACNA1S gene.

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    Chabrier, S; Monnier, N; Lunardi, J

    2008-10-01

    We report a precocious and atypical form of hypokalaemic periodic paralysis, with clinical manifestations at birth and first episodes of paralysis occurring as early as 1 year of age, although onset of this disease usually occurs between 5-35 years. Extensive molecular analysis showed that the disease was caused by a novel de novo p.Arg897Ser mutation in the CACNA1S gene. The mutation mapped to a new region of the protein, the S4 voltage sensing segment of domain III, at odds with previously reported mutations that exclusively affected domains II and IV. PMID:18835861

  8. Precision-cut liver slices as a model for the early onset of liver fibrosis to test antifibrotic drugs

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    Westra, Inge M. [Division of Pharmacokinetics, Toxicology and Targeting, Department of Pharmacy, University of Groningen (Netherlands); Oosterhuis, Dorenda [Division of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy, Department of Pharmacy, University of Groningen (Netherlands); Groothuis, Geny M.M. [Division of Pharmacokinetics, Toxicology and Targeting, Department of Pharmacy, University of Groningen (Netherlands); Olinga, Peter, E-mail: p.olinga@rug.nl [Division of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy, Department of Pharmacy, University of Groningen (Netherlands)

    2014-01-15

    Induction of fibrosis during prolonged culture of precision-cut liver slices (PCLS) was reported. In this study, the use of rat PCLS was investigated to further characterize the mechanism of early onset of fibrosis in this model and the effects of antifibrotic compounds. Rat PCLS were incubated for 48 h, viability was assessed by ATP and gene expression of PDGF-B and TGF-?1 and the fibrosis markers Hsp47, ?Sma and Pcol1A1 and collagen1 protein expressions were determined. The effects of the antifibrotic drugs imatinib, sorafenib and sunitinib, PDGF-pathway inhibitors, and perindopril, valproic acid, rosmarinic acid, tetrandrine and pirfenidone, TGF?-pathway inhibitors, were determined. After 48 h of incubation, viability of the PCLS was maintained and gene expression of PDGF-B was increased while TGF-?1 was not changed. Hsp47, ?Sma and Pcol1A1 gene expressions were significantly elevated in PCLS after 48 h, which was further increased by PDGF-BB and TGF-?1. The increased gene expression of fibrosis markers was inhibited by all three PDGF-inhibitors, while TGF?-inhibitors showed marginal effects. The protein expression of collagen 1 was inhibited by imatinib, perindopril, tetrandrine and pirfenidone. In conclusion, the increased gene expression of PDGF-B and the down-regulation of fibrosis markers by PDGF-pathway inhibitors, together with the absence of elevated TGF-?1 gene expression and the limited effect of the TGF?-pathway inhibitors, indicated the predominance of the PDGF pathway in the early onset of fibrosis in PCLS. PCLS appear a useful model for research of the early onset of fibrosis and for testing of antifibrotic drugs acting on the PDGF pathway. - Highlights: • During culture, fibrosis markers increased in precision-cut liver slices (PCLS). • Gene expression of PDGF-? was increased, while TGF? was not changed in rat PCLS. • PDGF-pathway inhibitors down-regulated this increase of fibrosis markers. • TGF?-pathway inhibitors had only minor effects on fibrosis markers. • Rat PCLS can be used to study the early onset of fibrosis.

  9. Which is the optimal algorithm for the prevention of neonatal early-onset group B streptococcus sepsis?

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    Tzialla, Chryssoula; Borghesi, Alessandro; Longo, Stefania; Stronati, Mauro

    2014-03-01

    The incidence of neonatal early-onset group B streptococcus (GBS EOS) sepsis has declined during the last decade since the implementation of intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis endorsed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. All the CDC guidelines versions provide recommendations for neonatal management. The neonatal algorithm of CDC has not been universally accepted and hence different algorithms have been suggested. Since all approaches to disease prevention are still imperfect, an optimal algorithm for GBS EOS prevention is still lacking; the development of improved diagnostic methods of distinguishing at-risk infants may contribute to improve the clinician's approach. PMID:24709454

  10. Can VEPTR ® Control Progression of Early-onset Kyphoscoliosis?: A Cohort Study of VEPTR ® Patients With Severe Kyphoscoliosis

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    Kent Reinker; James W. Simmons; Vishwas Patil; Zachary Stinson

    2011-01-01

    Background  Kyphoscoliosis is considered a relative contraindication to treatment with the Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib\\u000a (VEPTR®; Synthes Inc, Paoli, PA). Nevertheless, patients do present with early-onset kyphoscoliosis and thoracic insufficiency syndrome,\\u000a and no suitable alternative treatments are currently available. However, it is unclear whether VEPTR® is reasonable for treating patients with kyphoscoliosis.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Questions\\/purposes  We determined whether VEPTR® controls progression in patients

  11. Very early onset and severe complicated phenotype caused by a new spastic paraplegia 3A gene mutation.

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    Fusco, Carlo; Frattini, Daniele; Farnetti, Enrico; Nicoli, Davide; Casali, Bruno; Della Giustina, Elvio

    2012-10-01

    Spastic paraplegia 3A is the second most common form of hereditary autosomal dominant spastic paraplegia. This form is mainly associated with an early age of onset and pure phenotype, although recently complicated forms were reported. We describe a patient carrying a new C>T P344S>CT mutation in exon 10 of the spastic paraplegia 3A gene with unusual, complicated, and extremely severe phenotype. At the last neurologic examination performed at 17 years of life, the patient disclosed spastic tetraparesis, sensorimotor axonal neuropathy, cognitive and cranial nerve impairment, mild pes cavus, and distal amyotrophy. PMID:22378671

  12. Psycho-organic symptoms as early manifestation of adult onset POMT1-related limb girdle muscular dystrophy.

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    Haberlova, J; Mitrovi?, Z; Zarkovi?, K; Lovri?, D; Bari?, V; Berlengi, L; Bili?, K; Fumi?, K; Kranz, K; Huebner, A; von der Hagen, M; Barresi, R; Bushby, K; Straub, V; Bari?, I; Lochmüller, H

    2014-11-01

    We report two siblings of Croatian consanguineous healthy parents with a novel homozygous missense mutation in the POMT1 gene, presenting with intellectual disability and psychotic, in particular hallucinatory symptoms and abnormal brain MRIs, preceding classical symptoms of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy by several years. Weakness became apparent in early adulthood and both siblings remained ambulant into the 3rd and 4th decade of life. The muscle biopsy showed reduced ?-dystroglycan compatible with the POMT1 defect. This case report extends the phenotypic spectrum of POMT1 associated muscular dystrophies to the adult onset limb girdle muscular dystrophies with psycho-organic deficits. PMID:25088310

  13. Age at the onset of senescence in birds and mammals is predicted by early-life performance

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    Péron, Guillaume; Gimenez, Olivier; Charmantier, Anne; Gaillard, Jean-Michel; Crochet, Pierre-André

    2010-01-01

    Life-history theory predicts that traits involved in maturity, reproduction and survival correlate along a fast–slow continuum of life histories. Evolutionary theories and empirical results indicate that senescence-related traits vary along this continuum, with slow species senescing later and at a slower pace than fast species. Because senescence patterns are typically difficult to estimate from studies in the wild, here we propose to predict the associated trait values in the frame of life-history theory. From a comparative analysis based on 81 free-ranging populations of 72 species of birds and mammals, we find that a nonlinear combination of fecundity, age at first reproduction and survival over the immature stage can account for ca two-thirds of the variance in the age at the onset of actuarial senescence. Our life-history model performs better than a model predicting the onset based on generation time, and it only includes life-history traits during early life as explanatory variables, i.e. parameters that are both theoretically expected to shape senescence and are measurable within relatively short studies. We discuss the good-fit of our life-history model to the available data in the light of current evolutionary theories of senescence. We further use it to evaluate whether studies that provided no evidence for senescence lasted long enough to include the onset of senescence. PMID:20427343

  14. Early DWI Reversal Following Endovascular Reperfusion Is Typically Transient in Patients Imaged 3-6 Hours After Onset

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    Inoue, Manabu; Mlynash, Michael; Christensen, Soren; Wheeler, Hayley M.; Straka, Matus; Tipirneni, Aaryani; Kemp, Stephanie M.; Zaharchuk, Greg; Olivot, Jean-Marc; Bammer, Roland; Lansberg, Maarten G.; Albers, Gregory W.

    2014-01-01

    Background and Purpose The aim of this study was to assess the frequency and extent of early diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) lesion reversal following endovascular therapy and to determine if early reversal is sustained or transient. Methods MRI with DWI perfusion imaging was performed before (DWI 1) and within 12 hours after (DWI 2) endovascular treatment; follow up MRI was obtained on Day 5. Both DWIs were co-registered to follow up MRI. Early DWI reversal was defined as the volume of the DWI 1 lesion that was not superimposed on the DWI 2 lesion. Permanent reversal was the volume of the DWI 1 lesion not superimposed on the Day 5 infarct. Associations between early DWI reversal and clinical outcomes in patients with and without reperfusion were assessed. Results 110 patients had technically adequate DWI prior to endovascular therapy [performed median (IQR) 4.5 (2.8 – 6.2) hours after onset]; 60 were eligible for this study. Thirty-two percent had early DWI reversal >10 ml; 17% had sustained reversal. The median volume of tissue salvage at 5 days was 3 ml (IQR 1.7–7.0). Only 2 patients (3%) had a final infarct volume that was smaller than their baseline DWI lesion. Early DWI reversal was not an independent predictor of clinical outcome and was not associated with early reperfusion. Conclusions Early DWI reversal occurred in about one third of patients following endovascular therapy in patients; however, reversal was often transient and was not associated with a significant volume of tissue salvage or favorable clinical outcome. PMID:24558095

  15. Ozone therapy in periodontics

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    Gupta, G; Mansi, B

    2012-01-01

    Gingival and Periodontal diseases represent a major concern both in dentistry and medicine. The majority of the contributing factors and causes in the etiology of these diseases are reduced or treated with ozone in all its application forms (gas, water, oil). The beneficial biological effects of ozone, its anti-microbial activity, oxidation of bio-molecules precursors and microbial toxins implicated in periodontal diseases and its healing and tissue regeneration properties, make the use of ozone well indicated in all stages of gingival and periodontal diseases. The primary objective of this article is to provide a general review about the clinical applications of ozone in periodontics. The secondary objective is to summarize the available in vitro and in vivo studies in Periodontics in which ozone has been used. This objective would be of importance to future researchers in terms of what has been tried and what the potentials are for the clinical application of ozone in Periodontics. PMID:22574088

  16. Diaphragm muscle weakness in mice is early-onset post-myocardial infarction and associated with elevated protein oxidation.

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    Bowen, T Scott; Mangner, Norman; Werner, Sarah; Glaser, Stefanie; Kullnick, Yvonne; Schrepper, Andrea; Doenst, Torsten; Oberbach, Andreas; Linke, Axel; Steil, Leif; Schuler, Gerhard; Adams, Volker

    2015-01-01

    Heart failure induced by myocardial infarction (MI) causes diaphragm muscle weakness, with elevated oxidants implicated. We aimed to determine whether diaphragm muscle weakness is 1) early-onset post-MI (i.e., within the early left ventricular remodeling phase of 72 h); and 2) associated with elevated protein oxidation. Ligation of the left coronary artery to induce MI (n = 10) or sham operation (n = 10) was performed on C57BL6 mice. In vitro contractile function of diaphragm muscle fiber bundles was assessed 72 h later. Diaphragm mRNA and protein expression, enzyme activity, and individual carbonylated proteins (by two-dimensional differential in-gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry) were subsequently assessed. Infarct size averaged 57 ± 1%. Maximal diaphragm function was reduced (P < 0.01) by 20% post-MI, with the force-frequency relationship depressed (P < 0.01) between 80 and 300 Hz. The mRNA expression of inflammation, atrophy, and regulatory Ca(2+) proteins remained unchanged post-MI, as did the protein expression of key contractile proteins. However, enzyme activity of the oxidative sources NADPH oxidase and xanthine oxidase was increased (P < 0.01) by 45 and 33%, respectively. Compared with sham, a 57 and 45% increase (P < 0.05) was observed in the carbonylation of sarcomeric actin and creatine kinase post-MI, respectively. In conclusion, diaphragm muscle weakness was rapidly induced in mice during the early left ventricular remodeling phase of 72 h post-MI, which was associated with increased oxidation of contractile and energetic proteins. Collectively, these findings suggest diaphragm muscle weakness may be early onset in heart failure, which is likely mediated in part by posttranslational oxidative modifications at the myofibrillar level. PMID:25359720

  17. Mapping adolescent brain change reveals dynamic wave of accelerated gray matter loss in very early-onset schizophrenia.

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    Thompson, P M; Vidal, C; Giedd, J N; Gochman, P; Blumenthal, J; Nicolson, R; Toga, A W; Rapoport, J L

    2001-09-25

    Neurodevelopmental models for the pathology of schizophrenia propose both polygenetic and environmental risks, as well as early (pre/perinatal) and late (usually adolescent) developmental brain abnormalities. With the use of brain mapping algorithms, we detected striking anatomical profiles of accelerated gray matter loss in very early-onset schizophrenia; surprisingly, deficits moved in a dynamic pattern, enveloping increasing amounts of cortex throughout adolescence. Early-onset patients were rescanned prospectively with MRI, at 2-year intervals at three time points, to uncover the dynamics and timing of disease progression during adolescence. The earliest deficits were found in parietal brain regions, supporting visuospatial and associative thinking, where adult deficits are known to be mediated by environmental (nongenetic) factors. Over 5 years, these deficits progressed anteriorly into temporal lobes, engulfing sensorimotor and dorsolateral prefrontal cortices, and frontal eye fields. These emerging patterns correlated with psychotic symptom severity and mirrored the neuromotor, auditory, visual search, and frontal executive impairments in the disease. In temporal regions, gray matter loss was completely absent early in the disease but became pervasive later. Only the latest changes included dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and superior temporal gyri, deficit regions found consistently in adult studies. These emerging dynamic patterns were (i) controlled for medication and IQ effects, (ii) replicated in independent groups of males and females, and (iii) charted in individuals and groups. The resulting mapping strategy reveals a shifting pattern of tissue loss in schizophrenia. Aspects of the anatomy and dynamics of disease are uncovered, in a changing profile that implicates genetic and nongenetic patterns of deficits. PMID:11573002

  18. A rare de novo nonsense mutation in OTX2 causes early onset retinal dystrophy and pituitary dysfunction

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    Henderson, Robert H.; Williamson, Kathleen A.; Kennedy, Joanna S.; Webster, Andrew R.; Holder, Graham E.; Robson, Anthony G.; FitzPatrick, David R.; van Heyningen, Veronica

    2009-01-01

    Purpose To describe the clinical findings of a patient with an early onset retinal dystrophy and a novel mutation in OTX2, and to compare these findings with previously reported cases. Methods Using direct sequencing, we screened 142 patients, who had either Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) or early onset retinal dystrophy (EORD), for mutations in OTX2. All patients received a detailed ophthalmic examination including electroretinography and retinal imaging. Results Only one mutation in OTX2 was identified. A novel heterozygous p.S138X stop mutation was identified in a seven-year-old male who had an infantile onset retinal dystrophy. The mutation was not present in either parent or in 181 blood donor samples. There was a history of failure to thrive in infancy, poor feeding, and growth hormone deficiency. Poor vision and nyctalopia was present from the first year. Funduscopy revealed a hyperpigmented peripapillary ring with a fine granular pigmentation of the RPE throughout the fundus. The scotopic bright flash ERG a-wave was subnormal and the waveform electronegative, in keeping with dysfunction both at the level of the photoreceptor and post-phototransduction. Visual function has been stable to date. Conclusions Mutations in OTX2 have been reported in association with major developmental malformations of the eye, with retinal dystrophies such as LCA, and with pituitary dysfunction and seizure activity in some cases. This case adds further support for a role of OTX2 both in retinal development and pituitary function, and highlights a novel retinal dystrophy phenotype seen in association with mutations in OTX2. PMID:19956411

  19. Imitating actions on objects in early-onset and regressive autism: effects and implications of task characteristics on performance.

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    Rogers, Sally J; Young, Gregory S; Cook, Ian; Giolzetti, Angelo; Ozonoff, Sally

    2010-01-01

    This study was designed to examine the nature of object imitation performance in early autism. We hypothesized that imitation would be relatively preserved when behaviors on objects resulted in salient instrumental effects. We designed tasks in which, in one condition, the motor action resulted in a salient, meaningful effect on an object, whereas in the other condition, the same action resulted in a less salient effect because of differing object characteristics. The motor aspects of the tasks did not vary across conditions. Four participant groups of 2- to 5-year-olds were examined: 17 children with early-onset autism, 24 children with regressive onset autism, 22 children with developmental delays, and 22 children with typical development. Groups were matched on nonverbal skills, and differences in verbal development were examined as a moderator of imitative ability. Results revealed an interaction of group by condition, with the combined autism group failing more tasks than the combined comparison groups, and failing more tasks in the less salient condition than in the more salient condition, as hypothesized. Analyses of autism subgroups revealed these effects were primarily because of the regression onset group. Accuracy of motor performance was examined by analyzing errors. Among children passing imitative acts, there were no group differences and no condition effects in the number, type, or pattern of performance errors. Among children passing the tasks, the group with autism did not demonstrate more emulation errors (imitating the goal but not the means) than other groups. There was no evidence that either motor or attentional aspects of the tasks contributed to the poorer imitative performance of the children with autism. PMID:20102648

  20. Artery tortuosity syndrome exhibiting early-onset emphysema with novel compound heterozygous SLC2A10 mutations.

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    Takahashi, Yoshiko; Fujii, Katsunori; Yoshida, Akiko; Morisaki, Hiroko; Kohno, Yoichi; Morisaki, Takayuki

    2013-04-01

    We report on a 2-year-old Japanese boy with early-onset pulmonary emphysema, exhibiting dysmorphic face, loose skin, and inguinal and Morgagni hernias. He was admitted to our hospital owing to refractory respiratory infection. On the basis of his clinical features, we investigated the SLC2A10 gene and identified novel compound heterozygous mutations of c.417T > A and c.692G > A, leading to the diagnosis of artery tortuosity syndrome (ATS). This syndrome is an extremely rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by tortuosity and elongation of the large and medium-sized arteries, hyperextensible skin, and diverse hernias, mostly reported from Europe and Middle Eastern countries, but not from Asia. Although chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, namely, emphysema, has not been well documented in ATS, it may be likely because TGF-beta up-regulation is known to be evoked by SLC2A10 mutations, resulting in reconstruction of pulmonary endothelial cells and emphysema. This is the first report of ATS associated with early-onset pulmonary emphysema, suggesting that patients with ATS may also require close attention for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. PMID:23494979

  1. Structural Variations in Articular Cartilage Matrix Are Associated with Early-Onset Osteoarthritis in the Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Congenita (Sedc) Mouse

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    Macdonald, David W.; Squires, Ryan S.; Avery, Shaela A.; Adams, Jason; Baker, Melissa; Cunningham, Christopher R.; Heimann, Nicholas B.; Kooyman, David L.; Seegmiller, Robert E.

    2013-01-01

    Heterozgyous spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (sedc/+) mice expressing a missense mutation in col2a1 exhibit a normal skeletal morphology but early-onset osteoarthritis (OA). We have recently examined knee articular cartilage obtained from homozygous (sedc/sedc) mice, which express a Stickler-like phenotype including dwarfism. We examined sedc/sedc mice at various levels to better understand the mechanistic process resulting in OA. Mutant sedc/sedc, and control (+/+) cartilages were compared at two, six and nine months of age. Tissues were fixed, decalcified, processed to paraffin sections, and stained with hematoxylin/eosin and safranin O/fast green. Samples were analyzed under the light microscope and the modified Mankin and OARSI scoring system was used to quantify the OA-like changes. Knees were stained with 1C10 antibody to detect the presence and distribution of type II collagen. Electron microscopy was used to study chondrocyte morphology and collagen fibril diameter. Compared with controls, mutant articular cartilage displayed decreased fibril diameter concomitant with increases in size of the pericellular space, Mankin and OARSI scores, cartilage thickness, chondrocyte clustering, proteoglycan staining and horizontal fissuring. In conclusion, homozygous sedc mice are subject to early-onset knee OA. We conclude that collagen in the mutant’s articular cartilage (both heterozygote and homozygote) fails to provide the normal meshwork required for matrix integrity and overall cartilage stability. PMID:23939426

  2. Early onset of neoplasia in the prostate and skin of mice with tissue-specific deletion of Pten

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    Backman, Stéphanie A.; Ghazarian, Danny; So, Kelvin; Sanchez, Otto; Wagner, Kay-Uwe; Hennighausen, Lothar; Suzuki, Akira; Tsao, Ming-Sound; Chapman, William B.; Stambolic, Vuk; Mak, Tak W.

    2004-01-01

    PTEN is a tumor suppressor gene mutated in various advanced human neoplasias, including glioblastomas and prostate, breast, endometrial, and kidney cancers. This tumor suppressor is a lipid phosphatase that negatively regulates cell survival and proliferation mediated by phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/protein kinase B signaling. Using the Cre–loxP system, we selectively inactivated Pten in murine tissues in which the MMTV-LTR promoter is active, resulting in hyperproliferation and neoplastic changes in Pten-null skin and prostate. These phenotypes had early onset and were completely penetrant. Abnormalities in Pten mutant skin consisted of mild epidermal hyperplasia, whereas prostates from these mice exhibited high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN) that frequently progressed to focally invasive cancer. These data demonstrate that Pten is an important physiological regulator of growth in the skin and prostate. Further, the early onset of HGPIN in Pten mutant males is unique to this animal model and implicates PTEN mutations in the initiation of prostate cancer. Consistent with high PTEN mutation rates in human prostate tumors, these data indicate that PTEN is a critical tumor suppressor in this organ. PMID:14747659

  3. Early lessons from the recent-onset rheumatoid arthritis cohort ESPOIR.

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    Combe, Bernard; Rincheval, Nathalie

    2015-01-01

    ESPOIR is a French multicenter cohort of patients with undifferentiated arthritis enrolled within six months of symptom onset, naive to disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and corticosteroid therapy, and either having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or being at risk for progression to RA. The cohort is sponsored by the French Society for Rheumatology (Société française de rhumatologie [SFR]). Between December 2002 and March 2005, 813 patients were enrolled at 14 regional university hospitals, with the participation of a network of community-based rheumatologists. The objective was to establish a database on recent-onset inflammatory joint disease and, more specifically, on RA to serve for scientific research in the clinical, epidemiological, pathophysiological, and healthcare-cost fields. Ten years after enrolment were started, the cohort still has about 500 patients. The scientific committee has approved 104 clinical research projects, of which many are ongoing, and 54 original articles written by numerous French and international groups have been published. These projects cover a vast spectrum of topics including environmental factors, diagnosis, outcomes, prognosis, disease evaluation, imaging, genetics, biomarkers, costs, and RA management strategies. PMID:25238951

  4. Differential early onset of therapeutic response with risperidone vs conventional antipsychotics in patients with chronic schizophrenia.

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    Glick, Ira D; Shkedy, Ziv; Schreiner, Andreas

    2006-09-01

    The present post-hoc analysis investigated the speed of onset of therapeutic effect of the atypical antipsychotic, risperidone, in direct comparison with conventional antipsychotics. Data were pooled from four double-blind active comparator-controlled clinical trials involving 757 patients with schizophrenia treated for up to 8 weeks with either risperidone (4-6 mg/day) or a conventional antipsychotic such as haloperidol (10 or 20 mg/day), perphenazine (mean dose 28 mg/day), or zuclopenthixol (mean dose 38 mg/day). Primary outcome was assessed using the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale. A significantly greater proportion of patients treated with risperidone achieved > or =20% reduction from baseline Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale total score at weeks 1, 2, 6, and at end point (last observation carried forward: P< or =0.04). A significant difference exists in mean reduction from baseline to end point in Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale total scores in favor of patients treated with risperidone compared with those treated with conventional antipsychotics (-18.4 vs -13.5; P=0.0013). The mean time to response was 23.8 days with risperidone and 28.2 days with conventional drugs (hazard ratio 1.3; 95% confidence interval 1.1-1.5). These findings are clinically relevant because the faster onset of therapeutic effect with atypical antipsychotics can be important in the acute setting and have a considerable impact on healthcare systems. PMID:16877896

  5. A cotwin-control analysis of drug use and abuse/dependence risk associated with early-onset cannabis use.

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    Grant, Julia D; Lynskey, Michael T; Scherrer, Jeffrey F; Agrawal, Arpana; Heath, Andrew C; Bucholz, Kathleen K

    2010-01-01

    We assessed whether, after controlling for genetic and shared environmental influences, early cannabis use remains a significant predictor of other drug use, abuse, and dependence, and whether the risk for early-users is greater than that for later cannabis users. Data from a 1992 telephone diagnostic interview of 8169 male twins (M=42.0 years at interview) who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam-era were used to identify a subsample of 293 monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twin pairs discordant for early cannabis use (before age 18). Using cotwin-control analyses, outcomes assessed were: lifetime illegal drug use (stimulant/cocaine, sedative, opiate, and hallucinogen/PCP), lifetime DSM-III-R illegal drug abuse/dependence, and lifetime DSM-III-R alcohol dependence. After controlling for covariates, early cannabis users were at greater risk than their later/never-using cotwins for 8 of 9 substance-related comparisons, including: using other illegal drugs (ORs: 2.71-4.09), having illegal drug abuse/dependence (ORs: 2.02-2.13), and developing alcohol dependence (OR=2.36). When analyses were limited to pairs in which the cotwin used cannabis later, early and later-users only differed significantly on sedative, opiate, and hallucinogen use. After familial influences on early cannabis use were controlled for, cannabis use-regardless of the age of initiation-still conferred increased risk of other illegal drug use, drug abuse/dependence, and alcohol dependence. In contrast to previous research, there is limited evidence for increased risk associated with early-onset use in this sample of Vietnam-era veterans. PMID:19717242

  6. Detection ofGroupB Streptococcal Antigen inEarly-Onset andLate-Onset GroupB Streptococcal Disease withthe Wellcogen Strep B LatexAgglutination Test

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    DONNA M. SUGGS; Chlapel Hill

    1982-01-01

    TheWellcogen Strep B latex agglutination test (Wellcome Diagnostics, Dart- ford, England) wasevaluated asamethodofdetecting groupB streptococcal antigen inurine, cerebrospinal fluid, andserumfromneonates withearly-onset (c7daysofage)andlate-onset group Bstreptococcal disease. Urine wasthebest source ofantigen, whichwasdetected in100%ofsixneonates withearly-onset groupB streptococcal disease whohadurine available inthefirst 12hofillness andin88%of17groupB streptococcus-infected neonates withurine available in thefirst 48hofillness. Antigen wasnotdetected inanysamples frompatients without groupB streptococcal disease except intheurine ofonepatient with Proteus

  7. T2 Relaxometry Using 3.0-Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain in Early- and Late-Onset Restless Legs Syndrome

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    Moon, Hye-Jin; Chang, Yongmin; Lee, Yeong Seon; Song, Hee Jin; Chang, Hyuk Won; Ku, Jeonghun

    2014-01-01

    Background and Purpose Previous T2 relaxometry studies have provided evidence for regional brain iron deficiency in patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS). Measurement of the iron content in several brain regions, and in particular the substantia nigra (SN), in early- and late-onset RLS patients using T2 relaxometry have yielded inconsistent results. In this study the regional iron content was assessed in patients with early- and late-onset RLS using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and compared the results with those in controls. Methods Thirty-seven patients with idiopathic RLS (20 with early onset and 17 with late onset) and 40 control subjects were studied using a 3.0-tesla MRI with a gradient-echo sampling of free induction decay and echo pulse sequence. The regions of interest in the brain were measured independently by two trained analysts using software known as medical image processing, analysis, and visualization. The results were compared and a correlation analysis was conducted to investigate which brain areas were related to RLS clinical variables. Results The iron index in the SN was significantly lower in patients with late-onset RLS than in controls (p=0.034), while in patients with early-onset RLS there was no significant difference. There was no significant correlation between the SN iron index of the late-onset RLS group and clinical variables such as disease severity. Conclusions Late-onset RLS is associated with decreased iron content in the SN. This finding supports the hypothesis that regional brain iron deficiency plays a role in the pathophysiology of late-onset RLS. PMID:25045371

  8. Maternal History and Uterine Artery Doppler in the Assessment of Risk for Development of Early- and Late-Onset Preeclampsia and Intrauterine Growth Restriction

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    Llurba, Elisa; Carreras, Elena; Gratacós, Eduard; Juan, Miquel; Astor, Judith; Vives, Angels; Hermosilla, Eduard; Calero, Ines; Millán, Pilar; García-Valdecasas, Bárbara; Cabero, Lluís

    2009-01-01

    Objective. To examine the value of one-step uterine artery Doppler at 20 weeks of gestation in the prediction pre-eclampsia (PE) and/or intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). Methods. A prospective multicentre study that included all women with singleton pregnancies at 19–22 weeks of gestation (w). The mean pulsatility index (mPI) of both uterine arteries was calculated. Receiver-operating characteristics curves (ROC) were drawn to compare uterine artery Doppler and maternal risk factors for the prediction of early-onset PE and/or IUGR (before 32 w) and late-onset PE and/or IUGR. Results. 6,586 women were included in the study. Complete outcome data was recorded for 6,035 of these women (91.6%). PE developed in 75 (1.2%) and IUGR in 69 (1.1%) cases. Uterine Doppler mPI was 0.99 and the 90th centile was 1.40. For 10% false-positive rate, uterine Doppler mPI identified 70.6% of pregnancies that subsequently developed early-onset PE and 73.3% of pregnancies that developed early-onset IUGR. The test had a lower detection rate for the late-onset forms of the disease (23.5% for PE and 30% for IUGR). Maternal history has a low sensitivity in the detection of early-onset cases, although it is better at detecting late-onset PE. Conclusion. Uterine artery Doppler and maternal risk factors seem to select two different populations - early and late-onset PE which might suggest a different pathogenesis. PMID:19936122

  9. Coercive Family Process and Early-Onset Conduct Problems From Age 2 to School Entry

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    Smith, Justin D.; Dishion, Thomas J.; Shaw, Daniel S.; Wilson, Melvin N.; Winter, Charlotte C.; Patterson, Gerald R.

    2013-01-01

    The emergence and persistence of conduct problems during early childhood is a robust predictor of behavior problems in school and future maladaptation. In this study we examined the reciprocal influences between observed coercive interactions between children and caregivers, oppositional and aggressive behavior, and growth in parent report of early childhood (ages 2–5) and school-age conduct problems (age 7.5 and 8.5). Participants were drawn from the Early Steps multisite randomized prevention trial that includes an ethnically diverse sample of male and female children and their families (N = 731). A parallel process growth model combining latent trajectory and cross-lagged approaches revealed the amplifying effect of observed coercive caregiver–child interactions on children's noncompliance, whereas child oppositional and aggressive behaviors did not consistently predict increased coercion. The slope and initial levels of child oppositional and aggressive behaviors and the stability of caregiver–child coercion were predictive of teacher-reported oppositional behavior at school age. Families assigned to the Family Check-Up condition had significantly steeper declines in child oppositional and aggressive behavior and moderate reductions in oppositional behavior in school and in coercion at age 3. Results were not moderated by child gender, race/ethnicity, or assignment to the intervention condition. The implications of these findings are discussed with respect to understanding the early development of conduct problems and to designing optimal strategies for reducing problem behavior in early childhood with families most in need. PMID:24690305

  10. IQCB1 and PDE6B Mutations Cause Similar Early Onset Retinal Degenerations in Two Closely Related Terrier Dog Breeds

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    Goldstein, Orly; Mezey, Jason G.; Schweitzer, Peter A.; Boyko, Adam R.; Gao, Chuan; Bustamante, Carlos D.; Jordan, Julie Ann; Aguirre, Gustavo D.; Acland, Gregory M.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose. To identify the causative mutations in two early-onset canine retinal degenerations, crd1 and crd2, segregating in the American Staffordshire terrier and the Pit Bull Terrier breeds, respectively. Methods. Retinal morphology of crd1- and crd2-affected dogs was evaluated by light microscopy. DNA was extracted from affected and related unaffected controls. Association analysis was undertaken using the Illumina Canine SNP array and PLINK (crd1 study), or the Affymetrix Version 2 Canine array, the “MAGIC” genotype algorithm, and Fisher's Exact test for association (crd2 study). Positional candidate genes were evaluated for each disease. Results. Structural photoreceptor abnormalities were observed in crd1-affected dogs as young as 11-weeks old. Rod and cone inner segment (IS) and outer segments (OS) were abnormal in size, shape, and number. In crd2-affected dogs, rod and cone IS and OS were abnormal as early as 3 weeks of age, progressing with age to severe loss of the OS, and thinning of the outer nuclear layer (ONL) by 12 weeks of age. Genome-wide association study (GWAS) identified association at the telomeric end of CFA3 in crd1-affected dogs and on CFA33 in crd2-affected dogs. Candidate gene evaluation identified a three bases deletion in exon 21 of PDE6B in crd1-affected dogs, and a cytosine insertion in exon 10 of IQCB1 in crd2-affected dogs. Conclusions. Identification of the mutations responsible for these two early-onset retinal degenerations provides new large animal models for comparative disease studies and evaluation of potential therapeutic approaches for the homologous human diseases. PMID:24045995

  11. Early onset of antidepressant action of venlafaxine: pattern analysis in intent-to-treat patients

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    Richard Entsuah; Albert Derivan; Dianne Kikta

    1998-01-01

    Pattern analysis has been used to distinguish between the true effect of an antidepressant and a placebo effect. The placebo effect constitutes clinical improvement that is attributable to the caregiver, treatment setting, or placebo substance. Pattern analysis allows identification of patients who have early persistent responses, delayed persistent responses, or no responses to a drug. In our study, we used

  12. Linkage of Early-Onset Familial Breast Cancer to Chromosome 17q21

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    Jeff M. Hall; Ming K. Lee; Beth Newman; Jan E. Morrow; Lee A. Anderson; Bing Huey; Mary-Claire King

    1990-01-01

    Human breast cancer is usually caused by genetic alterations of somatic cells of the breast, but occasionally, susceptibility to the disease is inherited. Mapping the genes responsible for inherited breast cancer may also allow the identification of early lesions that are critical for the development of breast cancer in the general population. Chromosome 17q21 appears to be the locale of

  13. Complement and Periodontitis

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    Hajishengallis, George

    2010-01-01

    Although the complement system is centrally involved in host defense, its overactivation or deregulation (e.g., due to inherent host genetic defects or due to pathogen subversion) may excessively amplify inflammation and contribute to immunopathology. Periodontitis is an oral infection-driven chronic inflammatory disease which exerts a systemic impact on health. This paper reviews evidence linking complement to periodontal inflammation and pathogenesis. Clinical and histological observations show a correlation between periodontal inflammatory activity and local complement activation. Certain genetic polymorphisms or deficiencies in specific complement components appear to predispose to increased susceptibility to periodontitis. Animal model studies and in vitro experiments indicate that periodontal bacteria can either inhibit or activate distinct components of the complement cascade. Porphyromonas gingivalis, a keystone species in periodontitis, subverts complement receptor 3 and C5a anaphylatoxin receptor signaling in ways that promote its adaptive fitness in the presence of non-productive inflammation. Overall, available evidence suggests that complement activation or subversion contributes to periodontal pathogenesis, although not all complement pathways or functions are necessarily destructive. Effective complement-targeted therapeutic intervention in periodontitis would require determining the precise roles of the various inductive or effector complement pathways. This information is essential as it may reveal which specific pathways need to be blocked to counteract microbial evasion and inflammatory pathology or, conversely, be enhanced to promote host immunity. PMID:20599785

  14. Smoking and Periodontal Disease

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    D. F. Kinane; I. G. Chestnutt

    2000-01-01

    Numerous investigations of the relationship between smoking and periodontal disease have been performed over the last 15 years, and there now exists a substantial body of literature upon which this current review is based. From both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, there appears to be strong epidemiological evidence that smoking confers a considerably increased risk of periodontal disease. This evidence is

  15. [Microflora of periodontal pockets in advanced periodontitis].

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    Sawicka-Grzelak, A; Meisel-Miko?ajczyk, F; S?otwi?ska, S M; Wierzbicka, M

    1997-01-01

    The aim of study was the evaluation of periodontal pockets microflora in patients with advanced periodontitis. From each subject 16-20 samples were taken using paper points. Pooled sample after 60 s. mixing was serially diluted in reduced BHI. For total cell counts and for the isolation of black pigmented anaerobes Brucella agar supplemented with 5% sheep blood, hemin, menadione, with and without Kanamycin-Vancomycin mixture and BM agar plates were used. For isolation of A. actinomycetemcomitans TSBV agar plates were used. Cultures were incubated in anaerobic chamber at 37 degrees C for 7 days and TSBV agar plates in an atmosphere of 95% air-5% CO2 at 37 degrees C for 5 days. Microorganisms were identified by Gram staining, colony morphology, fluorescence in UV-light, haemagglutination of 3% sheep erythrocytes, fermentation of sugars, production of indole, urease (API 20A), specific enzymes (Rapid ID 32A). Twenty seven subjects with clinically recognized periodontitis were examined. Microorganisms important in periodontitis were isolated from periodontal pockets of almost all examined subjects. The number of bacteria obtained from the sample of one patient ranged from 1 x 10(4) CFU/ml to 3,6 x 10(6) CFU/ml. Porphyromonas gingivalis was identified in the samples taken from 17 patients, Prevotella intermedia-19, Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans -11, Fusobacterium nucleatum-9, Peptostreptococcus spp.-22. PMID:9411079

  16. Nicotine and periodontal tissues

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    Malhotra, Ranjan; Kapoor, Anoop; Grover, Vishakha; Kaushal, Sumit

    2010-01-01

    Tobacco use has been recognized to be a significant risk factor for the development and progression of periodontal disease. Its use is associated with increased pocket depths, loss of periodontal attachment, alveolar bone and a higher rate of tooth loss. Nicotine, a major component and most pharmacologically active agent in tobacco is likely to be a significant contributing factor for the exacerbation of periodontal diseases. Available literature suggests that nicotine affects gingival blood flow, cytokine production, neutrophil and other immune cell function; connective tissue turnover, which can be the possible mechanisms responsible for overall effects of tobacco on periodontal tissues. Inclusion of tobacco cessation as a part of periodontal therapy encourages dental professionals to become more active in tobacco cessation counseling. This will have far reaching positive effects on our patients’ oral and general health. PMID:20922084

  17. CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES AND PERIODONTAL TREATMENT

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    E. J. Sauvetre; C. V. Diji

    Safe and effective periodontal treatment requires knowledge and understanding of diseases specifically those affecting the cardiovascular system in order to institute necessary modifications to periodontal therapy accordingly. Considering the high incidence of periodontal diseases in elderly individuals, the periodontist must be prepared to provide periodontal therapeutic support for an increasing number of cardiovascular patients. In this review, common cardiovascular disorders

  18. Segregation analysis of Alzheimer pedigrees: Rare Mendelian dominant mutation(s) explain a minority of early-onset cases

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    Martinez, M.; Campion, D.; Babron, M.C.; Darpoux, F.C. [INSERM, Paris (France)] [and others

    1996-02-16

    Segregation analysis of Alzheimer disease (AD) in 92 families ascertained through early-onset ({le}age 60 years) AD (EOAD) probands has been carried out, allowing for a mixture in AD inheritance among probands. The goal was to quantify the proportion of probands that could be explained by autosomal inheritance of a rare disease allele {open_quotes}a{close_quotes} at a Mendelian dominant gene (MDG). Our data provide strong evidence for a mixture of two distributions; AD transmission is fully explained by MDG inheritance in <20% of probands. Male and female age-of-onset distributions are significantly different for {open_quotes}AA{close_quote} but not for {open_quotes}aA{close_quote} subjects. For {open_quotes}aA{close_quote} subjects the estimated penetrance value was close to 1 by age 60. For {open_quotes}AA{close_quotes} subjects, it reaches, by age 90, 10% (males) and 30% (females). We show a clear cutoff in the posterior probability of being an MDG case. 10 refs., 1 tab.

  19. Caveats and truths in genetic, clinical, autoimmune and autoinflammatory issues in Blau syndrome and early onset sarcoidosis.

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    Caso, Francesco; Costa, Luisa; Rigante, Donato; Vitale, Antonio; Cimaz, Rolando; Lucherini, Orso Maria; Sfriso, Paolo; Verrecchia, Elena; Tognon, Sofia; Bascherini, Vittoria; Galeazzi, Mauro; Punzi, Leonardo; Cantarini, Luca

    2014-12-01

    Blau syndrome (BS) and early onset sarcoidosis (EOS) are, respectively, the familial and sporadic forms of the pediatric granulomatous autoinflammatory disease, which belong to the group of monogenic autoinflammatory syndromes. Both of these conditions are caused by mutations in the NOD2 gene, which encodes the cytosolic NOD2 protein, one of the pivotal molecules in the regulation of innate immunity, primarily expressed in the antigen-presenting cells. Clinical onset of BS and EOS is usually in the first years of life with noncaseating epithelioid granulomas mainly affecting joints, skin, and uveal tract, variably associated with heterogeneous systemic features. The dividing line between autoinflammatory and autoimmune mechanisms is probably not so clear-cut, and the relationship existing between BS or EOS and autoimmune phenomena remains unclear. There is no established therapy for the management of BS and EOS, and the main treatment aim is to prevent ocular manifestations entailing the risk of potential blindness and to avoid joint deformities. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs, such as methotrexate or azathioprine, may be helpful; when patients are unresponsive to the combination of corticosteroids and immunosuppressant agents, the tumor necrosis factor-? inhibitor infliximab should be considered. Data on anti-interleukin-1 inhibition with anakinra and canakinumab is still limited and further corroboration is required. The aim of this paper is to describe BS and EOS, focusing on their genetic, clinical, and therapeutic issues, with the ultimate goal of increasing clinicians' awareness of both of these rare but serious disorders. PMID:25182201

  20. A large early-onset Alzheimer`s disease pedigree linked to chromosome 14q24.3

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    Hannequin, D. [CHU de Rouen (France); Campion, D. [INSERM, U155 Paris (France); Brice, A. [INSERM U289, Paris (France)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    A large French pedigree including 34 subjects with early-onset progressive dementia was identified. In patients, the mean age-at-onset was 46 {plus_minus} 3.5 (SD) years and the mean age at death 52.6 {plus_minus} 5.7 (SD) years. No evidence for anticipation or genetic imprinting was found. Twelve patients were clinically diagnosed as probable Alzheimer`s disease (AD) according to the NINCDS-ADRDA criteria. Myoclonus and extrapyramidal signs were common and seizures were found in all affected subjects. At autopsy, neuropathological changes typical of AD were present in two brains. A significant lod score of 5.38 was observed at a recombination fraction of {theta} = 0.0 with the genetic marker D14S43, thereby establishing that the responsible gene was located on chromosome 14q24.3. Furthermore, no obligate recombinant was observed with markers D14S77 and D14S71. Typing other genetic markers in this region will allow us to localize more precisely the pathological gene.

  1. Early-onset severe hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 1 with S331F SPTLC1 mutation.

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    Suh, Bum Chun; Hong, Young Bin; Nakhro, Khriezhanuo; Nam, Soo Hyun; Chung, Ki Wha; Choi, Byung-Ok

    2014-02-01

    Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type I (HSAN I) is an autosomal dominant disease characterized by prominent sensory impairment, resulting in foot ulcers or amputations and has a juvenile to adult onset. The major underlying causes of HSAN I are mutations in SPTLC1, which encodes the first subunit of serine palmitoyltransferase (SPT). To date, there have been no reports with regard to an HSAN patient of Korean origin. In this report we discussed an HSAN I patient with a missense mutation in SPTLC1 (c.992C>T: p.S331F). The patient had noticed frequent falls, lower leg weakness and hand tremors at age five. The patient also presented with foot ulcers, muscle hypotrophy, cataracts, hoarseness, vocal cord palsy and respiratory difficulties and succumbed to the condition at the age of 28 years. In accordance with previous reports, a mutation in Ser331 in the present patient was associated with early-onset and a severe phenotype. Therefore, Ser331 in SPTLC1 is a crucial amino acid, which characterizes the HSAN I phenotype. PMID:24247255

  2. Early-onset ankylosing spondylitis is associated with a functional MICA polymorphism.

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    Amroun, Habiba; Djoudi, Hachemi; Busson, Marc; Allat, Rachida; El Sherbini, Shérif Mohsen; Sloma, Ivan; Ramasawmy, Rajendranath; Brun, Manuel; Dulphy, Nicolas; Krishnamoorthy, Rajagopal; Toubert, Antoine; Charron, Dominique; Abbadi, Mohamed Chérif; Tamouza, Ryad

    2005-10-01

    Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I chain-related A (MICA) molecules deliver activating signals through the NKG2D receptor expressed on the surface of natural killer (NK), CD8alphabeta and gammadelta T cells, and the MICA gene is polymorphic. The recently described MICA amino acid substitution at position 129 (MICA-129) seems to affect its binding to NKG2D. We investigated whether this dimorphism (MICA-129met [methionine] and MICA-129val [valine]) is associated with susceptibility to ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in a cohort of Algerian patients stratified according to their HLAB27 status and the age of onset of the disease. DNA from 129 patients and 76 healthy individuals were analyzed to determine the HLA-B generic type as well as MICA-129 polymorphism. Statistical analysis revealed: (1) a weaker association between AS and HLA-B27 in Algerians than in that reported for European patients (63% versus 80-90%), suggesting a possible influence of other genetic/environmental determinants in the studied population and (2) an association between MICA-129 met/met genotype and juvenile AS (p = 0.02) independent of HLA-B27 status. These data suggest a potential role for a functionally relevant MICA gene polymorphism in autoimmune/inflammatory disease susceptibility. PMID:16386647

  3. Early-Onset Conduct Problems: Intersection of Conduct Problems and Poverty

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    Shaw, Daniel S.; Shelleby, Elizabeth C.

    2014-01-01

    The current paper reviewed extant literature on the intersection between poverty and the development of conduct problems (CP) in early childhood. Associations between exposure to poverty and disruptive behavior were reviewed through the framework of models emphasizing how the stressors associated with poverty indirectly influence child CP by compromising parent psychological resources, investments in children’s welfare, and/or caregiving quality. We expanded upon the most well studied of these models, the family stress model, by emphasizing the mediating contribution of parent psychological resources on children’s risk for early CP, in addition to the mediating effects of parenting. Specifically, in we focused on the contribution of maternal depression, both in terms of compromising parenting quality and exposing children to even higher levels of stressful events and contexts. Implications of the adapted family stress model were then discussed in terms of its implications for the prevention and treatment of young children’s emerging CP. PMID:24471370

  4. Neonatal Early-Onset Sepsis Evaluations Among Well-Appearing Infants: Projected Impact of Changes in CDC GBS Guidelines

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    Mukhopadhyay, Sagori; Eichenwald, Eric C.; Puopolo, Karen M.

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To determine (a) the proportion of asymptomatic infants born at ? 35 weeks gestation evaluated for early-onset sepsis (EOS) and exposed to postnatal antibiotics; (b) reasons for and outcomes of the evaluations, and (c) anticipated changes when applying the CDC 2010 guidelines to this study population. DESIGN/METHODS Retrospective cohort study of infants born at ? 35 weeks gestation in 2008–2009 in a large maternity center. RESULTS 7226 infants met study criteria: 1062 (14.7%) were evaluated for EOS and half of those evaluated received empiric antibiotics. 70.4% of evaluations were performed due to maternal intrapartum fever, but 23% were prompted by inadequate GBS prophylaxis alone. Three cases of blood culture-proven infection were identified. CONCLUSION Improved approaches are needed to identify asymptomatic infants at risk for EOS to decrease unnecessary evaluations and antibiotic exposure. Transition to the 2010 CDC GBS guidelines may eliminate a quarter of EOS evaluations among these infants. PMID:22814941

  5. Early onset and novel features in a spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy patient with a 68 CAG repeat.

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    Grunseich, Christopher; Kats, Ilona R; Bott, Laura C; Rinaldi, Carlo; Kokkinis, Angela; Fox, Derrick; Chen, Ke-Lian; Schindler, Alice B; Mankodi, Ami K; Shrader, Joseph A; Schwartz, Daniel P; Lehky, Tanya J; Liu, Chia-Ying; Fischbeck, Kenneth H

    2014-11-01

    Spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is an X-linked neuromuscular disease caused by a trinucleotide (CAG) repeat expansion in the androgen receptor gene. Patients with SBMA have weakness, atrophy, and fasciculations in the bulbar and extremity muscles. Individuals with CAG repeat lengths greater than 62 have not previously been reported. We evaluated a 29year old SBMA patient with 68 CAGs who had unusually early onset and findings not seen in others with the disease. Analysis of the androgen receptor gene confirmed the repeat length of 68 CAGs in both peripheral blood and fibroblasts. Evaluation of muscle and sensory function showed deficits typical of SBMA, and in addition the patient had manifestations of autonomic dysfunction and abnormal sexual development. These findings extend the known phenotype associated with SBMA and shed new insight into the effects of the mutated androgen receptor. PMID:25047668

  6. Microbial Profile of Early and Late Onset Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in The Intensive Care Unit of A Tertiary Care Hospital in Bangalore, India

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    Golia, Saroj; K.T., Sangeetha; C.L., Vasudha

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), an important form of hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP), specifically refers to pneumonia developing in a patient on mechanical ventilator for more than 48 h after intubation or tracheostomy. Despite the advancements in antimicrobial regimes, VAP continues to be an important cause of morbidity and mortality. VAP requires a rapid diagnosis and initiation of appropriate antibiotic treatment, as there is adverse effect of inadequate antibiotic treatment on patients’ prognosis and the emergence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) pathogens. Aims: The present study was undertaken to assess the etiological agents of early-onset and late-onset VAP and to know their sensitivity pattern. Material and Methods: VAP data over a period of 12 months (February 2012 -February 2013) in a tertiary care ICU was retrospectively analysed. The patients were stratified by age, sex, duration of VAP (Early/Late onset) and the identified pathogens with their sensitivity pattern. Results: Incidence of VAP was found to be 35.14%, out of which 44.23% had early-onset (<4 days MV) VAP and 55.77% had late-onset (>4 days MV) VAP. The most common organisms isolated in early onset and late onset VAP was Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E.coli and Acinetobacter baumanii. All enterobacteriaceal isolates were extended spectrum beta lactamase (ESBL) producing organisms and all Staphylococcus aureus isolates except one were methicillin resistant. The incidence of Multidrug resistant (MDR) Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter were 40% and 37.5% respectively. Conclusion: Due to the increasing incidence of multidrug-resistant organisms in our ICU, early and correct diagnosis of VAP is an urgent challenge for an optimal antibiotic treatment and cure. Hence, knowing the local microbial flora causing VAP and effective infection control practices are essential to improve clinical outcomes. PMID:24392373

  7. The early-onset torsion dystonia-associated protein, torsinA, displays molecular chaperone activity in vitro.

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    Burdette, Alexander J; Churchill, Perry F; Caldwell, Guy A; Caldwell, Kim A

    2010-09-01

    TorsinA is a member of the AAA+ ATPase family of proteins and, notably, is the only known ATPase localized to the ER lumen. It has been suggested to act as a molecular chaperone, while a mutant form associated with early-onset torsion dystonia, a dominantly inherited movement disorder, appears to result in a net loss of function in vivo. Thus far, no studies have examined the chaperone activity of torsinA in vitro. Here we expressed and purified both wild-type (WT) and mutant torsinA fusion proteins in bacteria and examined their ability to function as molecular chaperones by monitoring suppression of luciferase and citrate synthase (CS) aggregation. We also assessed their ability to hold proteins in an intermediate state for refolding. As measured by light scattering and SDS-PAGE, both WT and mutant torsinA effectively, and similarly, suppressed protein aggregation compared to controls. This function was not further enhanced by the presence of ATP. Further, we found that while neither form of torsinA could protect CS from heat-induced inactivation, they were both able to reactivate luciferase when ATP and rabbit reticulocyte lysate were added. This suggests that torsinA holds luciferase in an intermediate state, which can then be refolded in the presence of other chaperones. These data provide conclusive evidence that torsinA acts as a molecular chaperone in vitro and suggests that early-onset torsion dystonia is likely not a consequence of a loss in torsinA chaperone activity but might be an outcome of insufficient torsinA localization at the ER to manage protein folding or trafficking. PMID:20169475

  8. Mutations in RAB39B cause X-linked intellectual disability and early-onset Parkinson disease with ?-synuclein pathology.

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    Wilson, Gabrielle R; Sim, Joe C H; McLean, Catriona; Giannandrea, Maila; Galea, Charles A; Riseley, Jessica R; Stephenson, Sarah E M; Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth; Haas, Stefan A; Pope, Kate; Hogan, Kirk J; Gregg, Ronald G; Bromhead, Catherine J; Wargowski, David S; Lawrence, Christopher H; James, Paul A; Churchyard, Andrew; Gao, Yujing; Phelan, Dean G; Gillies, Greta; Salce, Nicholas; Stanford, Lynn; Marsh, Ashley P L; Mignogna, Maria L; Hayflick, Susan J; Leventer, Richard J; Delatycki, Martin B; Mellick, George D; Kalscheuer, Vera M; D'Adamo, Patrizia; Bahlo, Melanie; Amor, David J; Lockhart, Paul J

    2014-12-01

    Advances in understanding the etiology of Parkinson disease have been driven by the identification of causative mutations in families. Genetic analysis of an Australian family with three males displaying clinical features of early-onset parkinsonism and intellectual disability identified a ?45 kb deletion resulting in the complete loss of RAB39B. We subsequently identified a missense mutation (c.503C>A [p.Thr168Lys]) in RAB39B in an unrelated Wisconsin kindred affected by a similar clinical phenotype. In silico and in vitro studies demonstrated that the mutation destabilized the protein, consistent with loss of function. In vitro small-hairpin-RNA-mediated knockdown of Rab39b resulted in a reduction in the density of ?-synuclein immunoreactive puncta in dendritic processes of cultured neurons. In addition, in multiple cell models, we demonstrated that knockdown of Rab39b was associated with reduced steady-state levels of ?-synuclein. Post mortem studies demonstrated that loss of RAB39B resulted in pathologically confirmed Parkinson disease. There was extensive dopaminergic neuron loss in the substantia nigra and widespread classic Lewy body pathology. Additional pathological features included cortical Lewy bodies, brain iron accumulation, tau immunoreactivity, and axonal spheroids. Overall, we have shown that loss-of-function mutations in RAB39B cause intellectual disability and pathologically confirmed early-onset Parkinson disease. The loss of RAB39B results in dysregulation of ?-synuclein homeostasis and a spectrum of neuropathological features that implicate RAB39B in the pathogenesis of Parkinson disease and potentially other neurodegenerative disorders. PMID:25434005

  9. Use of the S-hook for Pelvic Fixation in Rib Based Treatment of Early Onset Scoliosis: A Multicenter Study.

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    Ramirez, Norman; Flynn, John M; Smith, John T; Vitale, Michael; Sturm, Peter; D? Amato, Charles; Samdani, Amer; Machiavelli, Raul; El-Hawary, Ron

    2014-06-11

    Study Design. Retrospective reviewObjective. The purpose of this study was to evaluate how several pre-operative variables affect the outcome using the rib to pelvis s- hook constructs of a rib based distraction implant (VEPTR)Summary of Background Data. Rib to pelvis fixation with s- hooks is one of the options for distal anchoring of rib based distraction growing rod construct to control early onset spinal deformity. Since the initial report, the indications of pelvic fixation with s-hooks have been extended and modified.Methods. This is an Institutional Review Board approved retrospective study of patients who underwent rib based growing rod system surgery - rib to pelvis construct with Dunn McCarthy s-Hook. Data evaluation included: history, physical examination, pre-op and post-op radiographs, surgical variables and complications.Results. Sixty- five patients were evaluated, 38 were male and 27 were female. Mean age at initial procedure was 71 months. The mean follow-up was 46 months. There was a statistically significant improvement of the immediate post-operative Cobb angle and the last follow-up Cobb angle (p<0.0001). Fifty percent of the patients (32/65) had s- hooks related complications. The most common complication was sliding of the s- hook out of the iliac crest, followed by infection, neuropathic pain, distal migration more than 2 centimeters, fracture of the hook and bursitis. The complications were related to the pre-operative ambulatory status, the use of end to end rod connectors, surgical time and not positioning the hook over the central one-third of the iliac crest at the initial implantation.Conclusion. The use of the s-hook as a pelvic attachment of the rib based system is indicated in progressive early onset non ambulatory scoliosis patient curve with a lack of adequate anchor at the lumbar spine. Several technical factors should be considered to reduce the complication rate. PMID:24921843

  10. Early-onset obesity and paternal 2pter deletion encompassing the ACP1, TMEM18, and MYT1L genes.

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    Doco-Fenzy, Martine; Leroy, Camille; Schneider, Anouck; Petit, Florence; Delrue, Marie-Ange; Andrieux, Joris; Perrin-Sabourin, Laurence; Landais, Emilie; Aboura, Azzedine; Puechberty, Jacques; Girard, Manon; Tournaire, Magali; Sanchez, Elodie; Rooryck, Caroline; Ameil, Agnès; Goossens, Michel; Jonveaux, Philippe; Lefort, Geneviève; Taine, Laurence; Cailley, Dorothée; Gaillard, Dominique; Leheup, Bruno; Sarda, Pierre; Geneviève, David

    2014-04-01

    Obesity is a common but highly, clinically, and genetically heterogeneous disease. Deletion of the terminal region of the short arm of chromosome 2 is rare and has been reported in about 13 patients in the literature often associated with a Prader-Willi-like phenotype. We report on five unrelated patients with 2p25 deletion of paternal origin presenting with early-onset obesity, hyperphagia, intellectual deficiency, and behavioural difficulties. Among these patients, three had de novo pure 2pter deletions, one presented with a paternal derivative der(2)t(2;15)(p25.3;q26) with deletion in the 2pter region and the last patient presented with an interstitial 2p25 deletion. The size of the deletions was characterized by SNP array or array-CGH and was confirmed by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) studies. Four patients shared a 2p25.3 deletion with a minimal critical region estimated at 1.97?Mb and encompassing seven genes, namely SH3HYL1, ACP1, TMEMI8, SNTG2, TPO, PXDN, and MYT1L genes. The fifth patient had a smaller interstitial deletion encompassing the TPO, PXDN, and MYT1L genes. Paternal origin of the deletion was determined by genotyping using microsatellite markers. Analysis of the genes encompassed in the deleted region led us to speculate that the ACP1, TMEM18, and/or MYT1L genes might be involved in early-onset obesity. In addition, intellectual deficiency and behavioural troubles can be explained by the heterozygous loss of the SNTG2 and MYT1L genes. Finally, we discuss the parent-of-origin of the deletion. PMID:24129437

  11. Postweaning Exposure to Dietary Zearalenone, a Mycotoxin, Promotes Premature Onset of Puberty and Disrupts Early Pregnancy Events in Female Mice

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    Ye, Xiaoqin

    2013-01-01

    Zearalenone (ZEA) is a mycotoxin commonly found in contaminated livestock feed and human food with levels in the range of ppb and low ppm. It was hypothesized that ZEA, an endocrine disruptor, could affect puberty and early pregnancy. To test this hypothesis, newly weaned (3 weeks old) C57BL/6J female mice were exposed to 0, 0.002, 4, 10, and 40 ppm ZEA and 0.05 ppm diethylstilbestrol (positive control) in phytoestrogen-free AIN-93G diet. Females exposed to 10 and 40 ppm ZEA diets showed earlier onset of vaginal opening. Those treated with 40 ppm ZEA diet also had earlier first copulation plug and irregular estrous cyclicity. At 8 weeks old, all females were mated with untreated stud males on AIN-93G diet during mating. Treatment resumed upon identification of a vaginal plug on gestation day 0.5 (D0.5). Embryo implantation was assessed on D4.5. Exposure to 40 ppm ZEA diet resulted in reduced percentage of plugged mice with implantation sites, distended uterine appearance, and retained expression of progesterone receptor in D4.5 uterine epithelium. To determine the exposure timing and mechanisms of disrupted embryo implantation, four groups of females were fed with 0 or 40 ppm ZEA diets during premating (weaning to mating) and postmating (D0.5–D4.5), respectively. Premating exposure to 40 ppm ZEA diet reduced fertilization rate, whereas postmating exposure to 40 ppm ZEA diet delayed embryo transport and preimplantation embryo development, which subsequently affected embryo implantation. These data demonstrate that postweaning exposure to dietary ZEA can promote premature onset of puberty and disrupt early pregnancy events. PMID:23291560

  12. High frequency of CRB1 mutations as cause of Early-Onset Retinal Dystrophies in the Spanish population

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    2013-01-01

    Background CRB1 mutations are reported as cause of severe congenital and early-onset retinal dystrophies (EORD) with different phenotypic manifestations, including Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and cone-rod dystrophies. Comprehensive mutational scanning of the whole gene has been only performed in few cohorts, mainly in LCA patients. Here, we aimed investigating the real prevalence of CRB1 mutations in the Spanish population by extensive screening of CRB1 mutations in a large cohort of LCA and EORP cases. Methods This report integrates data from previous studies on CRB1 defects in our Spanish cohort of LCA and early-onset RP (EORP) with new findings from a comprehensive mutational screening of the whole gene. The molecular tools used include mutation genotyping arrays, whole-genome homozygosity mapping, an optimized high-resolution melting (HRM) analysis and Sanger sequencing. Results A large clinically well-characterized cohort of 404 Spanish cases was studied, 114 of which suffered from LCA and 290 from EORP. This study reveals that 11% of Spanish patients carried mutations in CRB1, ranging from 9% of EORP to 14% of LCA cases. More than three quarters of the mutations identified herein have been first described in this Spanish cohort, 13 of them are unreported new variants and 13 had been previously reported in our previous studies. Conclusions This work provides a wide spectrum of CRB1 mutations in the Spanish EORD patients and evidences the major role of CRB1 as causal gene in the Spanish EORP patients. It is noteworthy that a high rate of private mutations only described in our cohort has been found so far. To our knowledge, this study represents the most complete mutational screening of CRB1 in a Spanish LCA and EORP cohort, allowing us to establish gene-specific frequencies and to provide a wide spectrum of CRB1 mutations in the Spanish population. PMID:23379534

  13. Evaluation of common genetic variants identified by GWAS for early onset and morbid obesity in population-based samples

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    den Hoed, Marcel; Luan, Jian’an; Langenberg, Claudia; Cooper, Cyrus; Sayer, Avan Aihie; Jameson, Karen; Kumari, Meena; Kivimaki, Mika; Hingorani, Aroon D; Grøntved, Anders; Khaw, Kay-Tee; Ekelund, Ulf; Wareham, Nicholas J; Loos, Ruth JF

    2013-01-01

    Background Meta-analysis of case-control genome wide association studies (GWAS) for early onset and morbid obesity identified four variants in/near the PRL, PTER, MAF and NPC1 genes. Objective We aimed to validate association of these variants with obesity-related traits in population-based samples. Design Genotypes and anthropometric traits were available in up to 31 083 adults from the Fenland, EPIC-Norfolk, Whitehall II, Ely and Hertfordshire studies and in 2 042 children and adolescents from the European Youth Heart Study. In each study, we tested associations of rs4712652 (near-PRL), rs10508503 (near-PTER), rs1424233 (near-MAF) and rs1805081 (NPC1), or proxy variants (r2>0.8), with the odds of being overweight and obese, as well as with BMI, percentage body fat (%BF) and waist circumference (WC). Associations were adjusted for sex, age and age2 in adults and for sex, age, age-group, country and maturity in children and adolescents. Summary statistics were combined using fixed effects meta-analysis methods. Results We had 80% power to detect ORs of 1.046 to 1.092 for overweight and 1.067 to 1.136 for obesity. Variants near PRL, PTER and MAF were not associated with the odds of being overweight or obese, or with BMI, %BF or WC after meta-analysis (P > 0.15). The NPC1 variant rs1805081 showed some evidence of association with %BF (beta=0.013 SD/allele, P =0.040), but not with any of the remaining obesity-related traits (P >0.3). Conclusion Overall, these variants, which were identified in a GWAS for early onset and morbid obesity, do not seem to influence obesity-related traits in the general population. PMID:22430306

  14. Caring for early-onset dementia with excessive wandering of over 30 kilometres per day: a case report.

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    Yamakawa, Miyae; Yoshida, Yukiko; Higami, Yoko; Shigenobu, Kazue; Makimoto, Kiyoko

    2014-12-01

    Excessive wandering in people in dementia is associated with a severe care burden. However, the quantification of excessive wandering has not been described, and its cause and treatment have not been evaluated with objective measurements to date. The purpose of this study was to evaluate pharmacological treatments and non-pharmacological interventions to reduce excessive wandering in an early-onset Alzheimer disease patient with objective indicators. Wandering was quantified using an integrated circuit monitoring system that measured the distance moved and the location of the patient. Monitoring was conducted in the dementia ward of a general hospital in 2012. Sleep quality was measured by non-wear actigraphy. The study was approved by the ethics committees of the Osaka University School of Allied Health Science, and of the study hospital. The case involved a 62-year-old woman diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer disease and hospitalized in 2012 because of irritability and agitation; her Mini-Mental State Examination score was 5/30 and her Clinical Dementia Rating score was 3. When olanzapine (2.5?mg) was prescribed, she developed insomnia, and her wandering movements increased from 10 to 20?km/day. On some days, it exceeded 30?km/day, and she walked most of the night. She did not experience weight loss or physical exhaustion, but she sustained a minor injury in her left sole. Olanzapine was increased to 7.5?mg, but these problems persisted. Nursing staff discovered triggers for wandering and insomnia, including high sensitivity to odour and noise in the living room or her room. When the environment was changed to meet her needs, the distance moved per day decreased to <15?km and the sleep disturbances disappeared. This case demonstrated the difficulty in assessing the degree of ambulation and sleep disorder. Objective indicators are essential in evaluating the effectiveness of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. PMID:25369874

  15. Early onset of effect of salmeterol and fluticasone propionate in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    Vestbo, J; Pauwels, R; Anderson, J; Jones, P; Calverley, P; on, b

    2005-01-01

    Background: Combined treatment with inhaled corticosteroids and long acting ß2 agonists is approved for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but little is known about the onset of effect of the combination. Methods: Data were used from 1465 patients with COPD entered into a large 1 year double blind trial with daily measurements of peak expiratory flow (PEF) and symptom scores. Results: PEF was significantly higher after 1 day in patients treated with salmeterol 50 µg twice daily or the salmeterol/fluticasone propionate combination 50/500 µg twice daily than placebo. In patients treated with fluticasone propionate 500 µg twice daily alone, PEF differed from placebo after 2 days. The differences after 2 weeks compared with placebo were 16 l/min (95% confidence interval (CI) 11 to 21), 11 l/min (95% CI 6 to 16), and 27 l/min (95% CI 22 to 33) for salmeterol, fluticasone propionate, and the salmeterol/fluticasone propionate combination, respectively. For all treatments the effect on PEF after 2 weeks was comparable to that seen at the end of the study. The difference between the salmeterol/fluticasone propionate combination and placebo after 2 weeks as a percentage of baseline was similar for PEF and clinic forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1). Differences in breathlessness scores were statistically significant after 1 day for the group treated with salmeterol alone and after 2 days for the combination group. The 2 week change in FEV1 was only partly indicative of a long term response in individual patients. Conclusions: The effects of salmeterol and fluticasone propionate, alone or in combination, on PEF and breathlessness are seen within days and most of the obtainable effect on these parameters is reached within 2 weeks. PMID:15790985

  16. Hypoalbuminemia in early onset dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy due to leakage of albumin in multiple organs.

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    Nagai, Shigehiro; Saito, Yoshiaki; Endo, Yukari; Saito, Takashi; Sugai, Kenji; Ishiyama, Akihiko; Komaki, Hirofumi; Nakagawa, Eiji; Sasaki, Masayuki; Ito, Kimiteru; Saito, Yuko; Sukigara, Sayuri; Ito, Masayuki; Goto, Yu-Ichi; Ito, Shuichi; Matsuoka, Kentaro

    2013-05-01

    We delineate a complication of hypoalbuminemia in dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy (DRPLA), which we have found to be common in this disorder. In addition, we explored the pathogenesis of this phenomenon through clinical and histological examinations. Clinical course and laboratory findings of nine patients with childhood-onset DRPLA (aged 6-49 years; CAG repeat length 62-93) were retrospectively reviewed. Autopsied specimens from three patients were examined by histopathological and immunohistochemical analyses. Eight DRPLA patients showed hypoalbuminemia <3.5 g/dl in the initial stages of the disease (age, 2-32 years), which correlated with the CAG repeat length in each patient. Disease worsened in six patients, often triggered by febrile infections and accompanied by increased urinary protein excretion. One patient showed increased fecal ?1-antitripsin while another showed accumulation of radioactive albumin in the urinary and gastrointestinal tracts after intravenous infusion. Immunohistochemistry revealed albumin-containing monocytes and astrocytes in the perivascular areas of the cerebral white matter. Fluid collection in the glomerular capillaries was noted. Immunolabeling using antibodies against the expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) polypeptide was positive in cerebral cortical neurons, hepatocytes, renal collecting ducts, and glomerular podocytes, which act as filtration barrier against serum proteins. Serum albumin appears to easily leak from blood vessels in certain visceral organs in DRPLA during later stages of the illness, particularly in the kidneys of patients with largely expanded CAG repeats. We hypothesize that the accumulation of the DRPLA gene product with expanded polyQ sequences in the podocytes results in the dysfunction of the glomerular filtration barrier. PMID:23263592

  17. Early to mid Cretaceous vegetation of northern Gondwana - the onset of angiosperm radiation and climatic implications

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    Coiffard, Clément; Mohr, Barbara

    2014-05-01

    Early Cretaceous Northern Gondwana seems to be the cradle of many early flowering plants, especially mesangiosperms that include magnoliids and monocots and basal eudicots. So far our knowledge was based mostly on dispersed pollen and small flowering structures. New fossil finds from Brazil include more complete plants with attached roots, leaves and flowers. Taxonomic studies show that these fossils belonged to clades which are, based on macroscopic characters and molecular data, also considered to be rather basal, such as several members of Nymphaeales, Piperales, Laurales, Magnoliales, monocots (Araliaceae) and Ranunculales. Various parameters can be used in order to understand the physiology and habitat of these plants. Adaptations to climate and habitat are partly mirrored in their root anatomy (evidence of tap roots), leaf size and shape, leaf anatomy including presence of glands, and distribution of stomata. An important ecophysiolocical parameter is vein density as an indicator for the plants' cabability to pump water, and the stomatal pore index, representing the proportion of stomatal pore area on the leaf surface, which is related to the water vapor resistance of the leaf epidermis. During the mid-Cretaceous leaf vein density started to surpass that of gymnosperms, one factor that made angiosperms very successful in conquering many kinds of new environments. Using data on these parameters we deduce that during the late Early to mid Cretaceous angiosperms were already diverse, being represented as both herbs, with aquatic members, such as Nymphaeles, helophytes (e.g. some monocots) and plants that may have grown in shady locations. Other life forms included shrubs and perhaps already small trees (e.g. Magnoliales). These flowering plants occupied various habitats, ranging from xeric (e.g. some Magnoliales) to mesic and shady (e.g. Piperales) or aquatic (e.g. Araceae, Nymphaeales). Overall, it seems that several of these plants clearly exhibited some mechanisms to withstand drought, which in turn let us assume that the climate was characterized by dry and wet seasons.

  18. Role of Innate Host Defenses in Susceptibility to Early Onset Neonatal Sepsis

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    Wynn, James L.; Levy, Ofer

    2010-01-01

    Neonatal sepsis continues to take a devastating toll globally. Although adequate to protect against invasive infection in most newborns, the distinct function of neonatal innate host defense coupled with impairments in adaptive immune responses, increases the likelihood of acquiring infection early in life with subsequent rapid dissemination and death. Unique differences exist between neonates and older populations with respect to the capacity, quantity, and quality of innate host responses to pathogens. Recent characterization of the age-dependent maturation of neonatal innate immune function has identified novel translational approaches that may lead to improved diagnostic, prophylactic and therapeutic modalities. PMID:20569810

  19. Development and assessment issues in the diagnosis of early-onset bipolar disorder

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    George, Carrie Anne

    2005-11-01

    , that occur together and form a coherent pattern? (Shaffer, 1989, p. 41). Freud, Erickson, and Piaget each formulated different developmental stages to help psychologists understand personality. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) saw development in terms... to 1 year), the anal stage (1 to 3 years), the phallic stage (3 to 6 years), the latency period (6 to 12 years), and the genital stage (12 years onward). Freud?s stages of development have been noted to be controversial because of the focus on early...

  20. Early Carboniferous onset of Gondwanian glaciation and Neo-tethyan rifting in South Tibet

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    Garzanti, Eduardo; Sciunnach, Dario

    1997-04-01

    At least four diamictite-bearing intervals of Early Carboniferous age, containing faceted pebbles, trapezoidal cobbles and boulders up to 1000 m 3 in volume, have been recognized and traced for over 200 km along the Tethys Himalayan Zone of South Tibet, from east of Everest to west of Shishapangma. These largely glacio-marine sediments, intercalated within the Rakyang Formation, which overlies lower Tournaisian limestones and underlies lower Bashkirian black shales, were deposited during the Visean to Serpukhovian. Shore ice thus began to form in this region of northern Gondwana several tens of million years earlier than previously thought. This glacial event occurred at middle southern latitudes and was triggered by basin inversion and tectonic uplift in the first stages of Neo-tethyan rifting, as documented by the close association of diamictites with olistoliths and olistostromes in Lower Carboniferous units. After a transgressive interglacial episode in the Bashkirian, a much more widespread glaciation occurred in the latest Carboniferous, and was shortly followed by continental break-up and opening of Neo-tethys in the late Early Permian.

  1. Onset and establishment of diazotrophs and other bacterial associates in the early life history stages of the coral Acropora millepora.

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    Lema, Kimberley A; Bourne, David G; Willis, Bette L

    2014-10-01

    Early establishment of coral-microbial symbioses is fundamental to the fitness of corals, but comparatively little is known about the onset and succession of bacterial communities in their early life history stages. In this study, bacterial associates of the coral Acropora millepora were characterized throughout the first year of life, from larvae and 1-week-old juveniles reared in laboratory conditions in the absence of the dinoflagellate endosymbiont Symbiodinium to field-outplanted juveniles with established Symbiodinium symbioses, and sampled at 2 weeks and at 3, 6 and 12 months. Using an amplicon pyrosequencing approach, the diversity of both nitrogen-fixing bacteria and of bacterial communities overall was assessed through analysis of nifH and 16S rRNA genes, respectively. The consistent presence of sequences affiliated with diazotrophs of the order Rhizobiales (23-58% of retrieved nifH sequences; 2-12% of 16S rRNA sequences), across all samples from larvae to 12-month-old coral juveniles, highlights the likely functional importance of this nitrogen-fixing order to the coral holobiont. Dominance of Roseobacter-affiliated sequences (>55% of retrieved 16S rRNA sequences) in larvae and 1-week-old juveniles, and the consistent presence of sequences related to Oceanospirillales and Altermonadales throughout all early life history stages, signifies their potential importance as coral associates. Increased diversity of bacterial communities once juveniles were transferred to the field, particularly of Cyanobacteria and Deltaproteobacteria, demonstrates horizontal (environmental) uptake of coral-associated bacterial communities. Although overall bacterial communities were dynamic, bacteria with likely important functional roles remain stable throughout early life stages of Acropora millepora. PMID:25156176

  2. Renal cell carcinoma in India demonstrates early age of onset & a late stage of presentation

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    Agnihotri, Shalini; Kumar, Jatinder; Jain, Manoj; Kapoor, Rakesh; Mandhani, Anil

    2014-01-01

    Background & objectives: Clinical spectrum of most of the diseases in developing countries is different from the west. Similarly whether renal cell carcinomas (RCC) in a developing country like India is seen in the same spectrum in relation to the age at presentation as in the west is not described in the literature. This study was carried out to investigate the spectrum of RCC in India with regards to age of onset, stage at presentation and survival. Methods: Patients with renal tumour, treated between January 2000 to December 2012 in a tertiary care hospital in north India, were analyzed for age at presentation, clinical features and histopathological characteristics. Clinical diagnosis was made by contrast enhanced computerized tomography (CECT) scans and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Renal masses diagnosed as angiomyolipoma, infective masses and hydatid cysts were excluded from the analysis. Impact of various age groups on gender, tumour size, TNM stage, Fuhrman grade, histopathological subtypes, lymph node, inferior vena cava (IVC) involvement and survival was analyzed. Patients were grouped in five age groups i.e. ?39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and more than 70 yr of age. Results: Of the total 617 patients with 617 renal tumours (2 patients had bilateral tumours but only the larger tumour was considered) clinically suspected as RCC, 586 had epithelial cell tumour and the remaining 31 had non epithelial cell tumour. The mean tumour size was 8.08±3.5 cm (median 7, range 1-25 cm). Tumour of less than 4 cm size was present in only 10.4 per cent patients. The mean age at diagnosis was 55.15±13.34 (median 56, range 14-91 yr) years. A total of 30.03 per cent of renal tumours presented in patients younger than 50 yr of age. Though there was no difference in stage, Fuhrman's grade, IVC involvement and lymph nodal spread among various age groups, younger patients had higher proportion of non clear cell RCC and only 48.59 per cent of them presented with conventional RCC. Mean survival was lower in patients younger than 39 yr with HR of 1.7 (0.8-3.2). Interpretation & conclusion: Our results showed that renal cell carcinoma was more frequent in younger people in India. One third of the patients were less than 50 yr of age and only 10.4 per cent patients had tumour of less than 4 cm (T1a). Younger patients of <39 yr of age had relatively lower survival rates. PMID:25579143

  3. Treatment Adherence with Early Prescription of Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics in Recent-Onset Schizophrenia

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    Viala, Annie; Cornic, Françoise; Vacheron, Marie-Noëlle

    2012-01-01

    Although response to treatment for the first episode of schizophrenia is generally favourable, nonadherence with the treatment is the first cause of relapse and rehospitalisation within the next few years. Long-acting injectable antipsychotics (LAIAs) combine the advantages of the newer antipsychotics and the long-acting formulation. The evaluation concerns 25 schizophrenic patients hospitalised for the first time, treated with risperidone long-acting injectable (RLAI) associated with reintegration methods, and followed up for at least 18 months. Clinical observation was completed using Clinical Global Impression (CGI) scale and Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF). Clinical improvement was coupled with a good reintegration rate, very few relapse, or rehospitalisation. Bimonthly injection combined with psychosocial methods improved interactive followup, and therefore patients' compliance with the treatment. Treating with LAIA as early as possible, from the first episode if possible, can reduce relapse, number and duration of rehospitalisation, and cognitive symptoms and improve the quality of life and prognosis. PMID:22966435

  4. Treatment adherence with early prescription of long-acting injectable antipsychotics in recent-onset schizophrenia.

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    Viala, Annie; Cornic, Françoise; Vacheron, Marie-Noëlle

    2012-01-01

    Although response to treatment for the first episode of schizophrenia is generally favourable, nonadherence with the treatment is the first cause of relapse and rehospitalisation within the next few years. Long-acting injectable antipsychotics (LAIAs) combine the advantages of the newer antipsychotics and the long-acting formulation. The evaluation concerns 25 schizophrenic patients hospitalised for the first time, treated with risperidone long-acting injectable (RLAI) associated with reintegration methods, and followed up for at least 18 months. Clinical observation was completed using Clinical Global Impression (CGI) scale and Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF). Clinical improvement was coupled with a good reintegration rate, very few relapse, or rehospitalisation. Bimonthly injection combined with psychosocial methods improved interactive followup, and therefore patients' compliance with the treatment. Treating with LAIA as early as possible, from the first episode if possible, can reduce relapse, number and duration of rehospitalisation, and cognitive symptoms and improve the quality of life and prognosis. PMID:22966435

  5. Severe periodontal destruction in alpha-mannosidosis: a case series.

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    Kalsi, Jagdip S; Auplish, Gita; Johnson, Adele R; Darbar, Ulpee R

    2012-01-01

    Alpha-mannosidosis is a rare genetic lysosomal storage disorder that is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. Severe periodontal breakdown in alpha-mannosidosis patients has not previously been reported in the literature. The purposes of this paper are to: present the cases of 2 siblings diagnosed with alpha-mannosidosis, each of whom had varying severity of periodontal destruction; and provide an overview of alpha-mannosidosis, the possible reasons for the periodontal destruction, and the periodontal management in the 2 affected siblings. Both had preventive and nonsurgical periodontal therapy followed by a 5-year period of supportive therapy. Their pattern of bone loss was consistent with those with periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic diseases, with the extent of periodontal destruction being related to the severity of the alpha-mannosidosis. Alpha-mannosidosis patients present with social disfigurements and, to prevent tooth loss that can add to this, early periodontal diagnosis is important to optimize management and intervention. PMID:23211899

  6. Treatment of aggressive periodontitis.

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    Teughels, Wim; Dhondt, Rutger; Dekeyser, Christel; Quirynen, Marc

    2014-06-01

    Despite etiological differences between aggressive and chronic periodontitis, the treatment concept for aggressive periodontitis is largely similar to that for chronic periodontitis. The goal of treatment is to create a clinical condition that is conducive to retaining as many teeth as possible for as long as possible. When a diagnosis has been made and risk factors have been identified, active treatment is commenced. The initial phase of active treatment consists of mechanical debridement, either alone or supplemented with antimicrobial drugs. Scaling and root planing has been shown to be effective in improving clinical indices, but does not always guarantee long-term stability. Antimicrobials can play a significant role in controlling aggressive periodontitis. Few studies have been published on this subject for localized aggressive periodontitis, but generalized aggressive periodontitis has been subject to more scrutiny. Studies have demonstrated that systemic antibiotics as an adjuvant to scaling and root planing are more effective in controlling disease compared with scaling and root planing alone or with supplemental application of local antibiotics or antiseptics. It has also become apparent that antibiotics ought to be administered with, or just after, mechanical debridement. Several studies have shown that regimens of amoxicillin combined with metronidazole or regimens of clindamycin are the most effective and are preferable to regimens containing doxycycline. Azithromycin has been shown to be a valid alternative to the regimen of amoxicillin plus metronidazole. A limited number of studies have been published on surgical treatment in patients with aggressive periodontitis, but the studies available show that the effect can be comparable with the effect on patients with chronic periodontitis, provided that proper oral hygiene is maintained, a strict maintenance program is followed and modifiable risk factors are controlled. Both access surgery and regenerative techniques have shown good results in patients with aggressive periodontitis. Once good periodontal health has been obtained, patients must be enrolled in a strict maintenance program that is directed toward controlling risk factors for disease recurrence and tooth loss. The most significant risk factors are noncompliance with regular maintenance care, smoking, high gingival bleeding index and poor plaque control. There is no evidence to suggest that daily use of antiseptic agents should be part of the supportive periodontal therapy for aggressive periodontitis. PMID:24738589

  7. Familial Parkinsonism and early onset Parkinson's disease in a Brazilian Movement Disorders clinic: Phenotypic characterization and frequency of SNCA, PRKN, PINK1 and LRRK2 mutations

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    Camargos, Sarah Teixeira; Dornas, Leonardo Oliveira; Momeni, Parastoo; Lees, Andrew; Hardy, John; Singleton, Andrew; Cardoso, Francisco

    2010-01-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the frequency and to perform phenotypic and genotypic characterization of familial Parkinsonism and early onset Parkinson's disease (EOPD) in a Brazilian movement disorder unit. We performed a standardized clinical assessment of patients followed by sequencing of PRKN, PINK1, SNCA and LRRK2. During the period of study (January through December, 2006) we examined 575 consecutive patients of whom 226 (39.3%) met the diagnosis of Parkinsonism and idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD) was diagnosed in 202 of the latter. Of the IPD cases, 45 (22.3%) had EOPD. The age at onset in the EOPD cases (n=45) was 34.8±5.4 years (mean ±standard deviation). The age at onset in familial the late-onset PD patients (n=8) was 52.3±12.2 years. In the early-onset cases, we identified five known mutations in PRKN, two single heterozygous and three compound heterozygous (P153R, T240M, 255Adel, W54R, V3I); in addition we identified one novel mutation in PINK1 (homozygous deletion of exon 7). In the familial cases (late onset), one patient had a novel LRRK2 variant, Q923H, but no SNCA mutations were identified. We have demonstrated that EOPD accounts for a high frequency of IPD cases in our tertiary referral center. PRKN was the most commonly mutated gene but we also identified a novel mutation in PINK1 and a novel variant in LRRK2. PMID:19205068

  8. Infrasound of lava fountains at Etna (Italy): implications for early warning eruption onset

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    Ripepe, M.; Ulivieri, G.; Marchetti, E.

    2012-04-01

    Volcano ash-eruptions produce devastating consequences for local communities and the air transport. Here we present the results of the real-time monitoring of the 2011-2012 sequences of lava fountains eruptions at Etna volcano (Italy) by means of small-aperture (250 m) infrasonic array located at 5 km of distance from the active vents. Most of the episodes generated sustained ash columns up to 10 km height with significant fallout of lapilli and ash up to 30 km of distance from summit craters causing problems at the Fontanarossa airport. The infrasonic activity before lava fountain episodes shows a clear acoustic trend and a distinctive waveform and frequency content of the recorded signals, reflecting the ongoing increasing of explosive level. Infrasound reveals that lava fountains are characterized by a sustained, low frequency, oscillations that are preceded by a violent and rhythmic strombolian activity. These characteristics allow the definition of infrasonic-based thresholds, which could be used as early warning system. The infrasonic array at Etna revealed to be a robust and efficient monitoring tool for real-time alert also in hostile weather conditions.

  9. The Psychosis Recent Onset GRoningen Survey (PROGR-S): Defining Dimensions and Improving Outcomes in Early Psychosis

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    Liemburg, Edith J.; Castelein, Stynke; van Es, Frank; Scholte-Stalenhoef, Anne Neeltje; van de Willige, Gerard; Smid, Henderikus; Visser, Ellen; Knegtering, Henderikus; Bruggeman, Richard

    2014-01-01

    Psychotic disorders are among the most complex medical conditions. Longitudinal cohort studies may offer further insight into determinants of functional outcome after a psychotic episode. This paper describes the Psychosis Recent Onset in GRoningen Survey (PROGR-S) that currently contains data on 1076 early-episode patients with psychosis, including symptoms, personality, cognition, life events and other outcome determinants. Our goal in this report is to give an overview of PROGR-S, as a point of reference for future publications on the effect of cognition, personality and psychosocial functioning on outcomes. PROGR-S contains an extensive, diagnostic battery including anamnesis, biography, socio-demographic characteristics, clinical status, drug use, neuropsychological assessment, personality questionnaires, and physical status tests. Extensive follow-up data is available on psychopathology, physical condition, medication use, and care consumption. Sample characteristics were determined and related to existing literature. PROGR-S (period 1997–2009, n?=?718) included the majority of the expected referrals in the catchment area. The average age was 27 (SD?=?8.6) and two-thirds were male. The average IQ was lower than that in the healthy control group. The majority had been diagnosed with a psychotic spectrum disorder. A substantial number of the patients had depressive symptoms (479/718, 78%) and current cannabis or alcohol use (465/718, 75%). The level of community functioning was moderate, i.e. most patients were not in a relationship and were unemployed. The PROGR-S database contains a valuable cohort to study a range of aspects related to symptomatic and functional outcomes of recent onset psychosis, which may play a role in the treatment of this complex and disabling disorder. Results reported here show interesting starting points for future research. Thus, we aim to investigate long-term outcomes on the basis of cognition, personality, negative symptoms and physical health. Ultimately, we hope that this paper will contribute improving the health of patients with psychotic disorders. PMID:25412332

  10. Mannose-binding lectin deficiency is associated with early onset of polyarticular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: a cohort study

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    Dolman, Koert M; Brouwer, Nannette; Frakking, Florine NJ; Flatø, Berit; Tak, Paul P; Kuijpers, Taco W; Førre, Øystein; Smerdel-Ramoya, Anna

    2008-01-01

    Background Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is an innate immune protein. The aim of our study was to determine whether genetically determined MBL deficiency is associated with susceptibility to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and whether MBL2 genotypes are associated with JRA severity. Methods In a retrospective cohort study of 218 patients with polyarthritis (n = 67) and oligoarthritis (n = 151), clinical and laboratory disease variables were obtained by clinical examination and chart reviews. Healthy Caucasian adults (n = 194) served as control individuals. MBL2 gene mutations were determined by Taqman analysis to identify genotypes with high, medium and low expression of MBL. Functional MBL plasma concentrations were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Associations between clinical and laboratory variables and MBL2 genotypes were determined by Kruskal-Wallis and ?2 tests. Results MBL2 genotype frequencies were similar in polyarthritis and oligoarthritis patients as compared with control individuals. MBL plasma concentrations were associated with the high, medium and low MBL genotype expression groups (P < 0.01). In polyarthritis patients, the presence of low-expressing (deficient) MBL2 genotypes was associated with early age at onset of disease (P = 0.03). In oligoarthritis patients, patients with low-expressing MBL2 genotypes were more often in remission (81%) than patients in the medium (54%) and high (56%) genotype groups (P = 0.02). The remaining clinical and laboratory variables, such as arthritis severity index, presence of radiographic erosions and antinuclear antibody positivity, were not associated with MBL2 genotypes. Conclusion Genetically determined MBL deficiency does not increase susceptibility to JRA, but MBL deficiency is associated with a younger age at onset of juvenile polyarthritis. On the other hand, MBL-deficient children with juvenile oligoarthritis are more often in remission. Therefore, MBL appears to play a dual role in JRA. PMID:18334024

  11. Elevated Expression of KiSS-1 in Placenta of Chinese Women with Early-Onset Preeclampsia

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    Qiao, Chong; Wang, Chunhui; Zhao, Jiao; Liu, Caixia; Shang, Tao

    2012-01-01

    Preeclampsia (PE) is a heterogeneous syndrome affecting 2% to 8% of all pregnancies and is the world’s leading cause of fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality. In many cases of PE, shallow trophoblast invasion results in inappropriate maternal spiral artery remodeling and impaired placental function. Multiple genes have been implicated in trophoblast invasion, among which are KiSS-1 and GPR54. The gene product of KiSS-1 is metastin, which is a ligand for the receptor GPR54. Both metastin and GPR54 are expressed in the placenta of normal pregnancy and have been implicated in modulating trophoblast invasion through inhibiting migration of trophoblast cells. We have previously reported that the expression level of KiSS-1 was higher in trophoblasts from women with preeclampsia as compared to normal controls. Here, using quantitative RT-PCR, Western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry, we extend our analysis to demonstrate that elevated KiSS-1 expression occurs only in early-onset preeclampsia (ePE) and not late-onset preeclampsia (lPE). However, no difference in the expression levels of GPR54 is observed between ePE, lPE, and normal controls. Further, we show that KiSS-1 expression is also increased in placenta of intrauterine death and birth asphyxia in comparison to normal newborns of ePE and lPE. Our findings suggest that aberrant upregulation of KiSS-1 expression may contribute to the underlying mechanism of ePE as well as birth asphyxia. PMID:23145030

  12. Elevated expression of KiSS-1 in placenta of Chinese women with early-onset preeclampsia.

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    Qiao, Chong; Wang, Chunhui; Zhao, Jiao; Liu, Caixia; Shang, Tao

    2012-01-01

    Preeclampsia (PE) is a heterogeneous syndrome affecting 2% to 8% of all pregnancies and is the world's leading cause of fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality. In many cases of PE, shallow trophoblast invasion results in inappropriate maternal spiral artery remodeling and impaired placental function. Multiple genes have been implicated in trophoblast invasion, among which are KiSS-1 and GPR54. The gene product of KiSS-1 is metastin, which is a ligand for the receptor GPR54. Both metastin and GPR54 are expressed in the placenta of normal pregnancy and have been implicated in modulating trophoblast invasion through inhibiting migration of trophoblast cells. We have previously reported that the expression level of KiSS-1 was higher in trophoblasts from women with preeclampsia as compared to normal controls. Here, using quantitative RT-PCR, Western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry, we extend our analysis to demonstrate that elevated KiSS-1 expression occurs only in early-onset preeclampsia (ePE) and not late-onset preeclampsia (lPE). However, no difference in the expression levels of GPR54 is observed between ePE, lPE, and normal controls. Further, we show that KiSS-1 expression is also increased in placenta of intrauterine death and birth asphyxia in comparison to normal newborns of ePE and lPE. Our findings suggest that aberrant upregulation of KiSS-1 expression may contribute to the underlying mechanism of ePE as well as birth asphyxia. PMID:23145030

  13. Direct Diabetes-Related Costs in Young Patients with Early-Onset, Long-Lasting Type 1 Diabetes

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    Straßburger, Klaus; Flechtner-Mors, Marion; Hungele, Andreas; Beyer, Peter; Placzek, Kerstin; Hermann, Ulrich; Schumacher, Andrea; Freff, Markus; Stahl-Pehe, Anna

    2013-01-01

    Objective To estimate diabetes-related direct health care costs in pediatric patients with early-onset type 1 diabetes of long duration in Germany. Research Design and Methods Data of a population-based cohort of 1,473 subjects with type 1 diabetes onset at 0–4 years of age within the years 1993–1999 were included (mean age 13.9 (SD 2.2) years, mean diabetes duration 10.9 (SD 1.9) years, as of 31.12.2007). Diabetes-related health care services utilized in 2007 were derived from a nationwide prospective documentation system (DPV). Health care utilization was valued in monetary terms based on inpatient and outpatient medical fees and retail prices (perspective of statutory health insurance). Multiple regression models were applied to assess associations between direct diabetes-related health care costs per patient-year and demographic and clinical predictors. Results Mean direct diabetes-related health care costs per patient-year were €3,745 (inter-quartile range: 1,943–4,881). Costs for glucose self-monitoring were the main cost category (28.5%), followed by costs for continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (25.0%), diabetes-related hospitalizations (22.1%) and insulin (18.4%). Female gender, pubertal age and poor glycemic control were associated with higher and migration background with lower total costs. Conclusions Main cost categories in patients with on average 11 years of diabetes duration were costs for glucose self-monitoring, insulin pump therapy, hospitalization and insulin. Optimization of glycemic control in particular in pubertal age through intensified care with improved diabetes education and tailored insulin regimen, can contribute to the reduction of direct diabetes-related costs in this patient group. PMID:23967077

  14. Hypersexual Behavior in Frontotemporal Dementia: A Comparison with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Mendez, Mario F.; Shapira, Jill S.

    2013-01-01

    The basis of hypersexual behavior among patients with dementia is not entirely clear. Hypersexual behavior may be a particular feature of behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), which affects ventromedial frontal and adjacent anterior temporal regions specialized in interpersonal behavior. Recent efforts to define Hypersexual Disorder indicate an increasing awareness of heightened sexual activity as a source of personal distress and functional impairment, and clarification of hypersexuality in bvFTD could contribute to understanding the neurobiology of this behavior. This study reviewed 47 patients with bvFTD compared to 58 patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) for the presence of heightened sexual activity to the point of distress to caregivers and others. Hypersexual behavior occurred in 6 (13%) bvFTD patients compared to none of the AD patients. Caregivers judged all six bvFTD patients with hypersexual behavior as having a dramatic increase in sexual frequency from premorbid levels. All had general disinhibition, poor impulse control, and actively sought sexual stimulation. They had widened sexual interests and experienced sexual arousal from previously unexciting stimuli. One patient, with early and predominant right anterior temporal involvement, was easily aroused by slight stimuli, such as touching her palms. Although previously considered to be predominantly disinhibited sexual behavior as part of generalized disinhibition, these patients with dementia illustrate varying degrees of increased sexual desire. We conclude that bvFTD is uniquely associated with hypersexuality; it is more than just cognitive impairment with frontal disinhibition but also involves alterations in sexual drive, possibly from right anterior temporal-limbic involvement in this disease. PMID:23297146

  15. Rising incidence of early-onset colorectal cancer in Australia over two decades: report and review.

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    Young, Joanne P; Win, Aung Ko; Rosty, Christophe; Flight, Ingrid; Roder, David; Young, Graeme P; Frank, Oliver; Suthers, Graeme K; Hewett, Peter J; Ruszkiewicz, Andrew; Hauben, Ehud; Adelstein, Barbara-Ann; Parry, Susan; Townsend, Amanda; Hardingham, Jennifer E; Price, Timothy J

    2015-01-01

    The average age at diagnosis for colorectal cancer (CRC) in Australia is 69, and the age-specific incidence rises rapidly after age 50 years. The incidence has stabilized or is declining in older age groups in Australia during recent decades, possibly related to the increased uptake of screening and high-risk surveillance. In the same time frame, a rising incidence of CRC in younger adults has been well-documented in the United States. This rise in incidence in the young has not been reported from other countries that share long-term exposure to westernised urban lifestyles. Using data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, we examined trends in national incidence rates for CRC under age 50 years and observed that rates in people under age 40 years have been rising for the last two decades. We further performed a review of the literature regarding CRC in young adults to outline the extent of current understanding, explore potential risk factors such as obesity, alcohol, and sedentary lifestyles, and to identify the questions remaining to be addressed. Although absolute numbers might not justify a population screening approach, the dispersal of young adults with CRC across the primary health-care system decreases probability of their recognition. Patient and physician awareness, aided by stool and emerging blood-screening tests and risk profiling tools, have the potential to aid in identification of those young adults who would most benefit from a colonoscopy through early detection of CRCs or by removal of advanced polyps. PMID:25251195

  16. Dietary Regimens Modify Early Onset of Obesity in Mice Haploinsufficient for Rai1

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    Mullegama, Sureni V.; Elsea, Sarah H.

    2014-01-01

    Smith-Magenis syndrome is a complex genomic disorder in which a majority of individuals are obese by adolescence. While an interstitial deletion of chromosome 17p11.2 is the leading cause, mutation or deletion of the RAI1 gene alone results in most features of the disorder. Previous studies have shown that heterozygous knockout of Rai1 results in an obese phenotype in mice and that Smith-Magenis syndrome mouse models have a significantly reduced fecundity and an altered transmission pattern of the mutant Rai1 allele, complicating large, extended studies in these models. In this study, we show that breeding C57Bl/6J Rai1+/? mice with FVB/NJ to create F1 Rai1+/? offspring in a mixed genetic background ameliorates both fecundity and Rai1 allele transmission phenotypes. These findings suggest that the mixed background provides a more robust platform for breeding and larger phenotypic studies. We also characterized the effect of dietary intake on Rai1+/? mouse growth during adolescent and early adulthood developmental stages. Animals fed a high carbohydrate or a high fat diet gained weight at a significantly faster rate than their wild type littermates. Both high fat and high carbohydrate fed Rai1+/? mice also had an increase in body fat and altered fat distribution patterns. Interestingly, Rai1+/? mice fed different diets did not display altered fasting blood glucose levels. These results suggest that dietary regimens are extremely important for individuals with Smith- Magenis syndrome and that food high in fat and carbohydrates may exacerbate obesity outcomes. PMID:25127133

  17. Dietary regimens modify early onset of obesity in mice haploinsufficient for Rai1.

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    Alaimo, Joseph T; Hahn, Natalie H; Mullegama, Sureni V; Elsea, Sarah H

    2014-01-01

    Smith-Magenis syndrome is a complex genomic disorder in which a majority of individuals are obese by adolescence. While an interstitial deletion of chromosome 17p11.2 is the leading cause, mutation or deletion of the RAI1 gene alone results in most features of the disorder. Previous studies have shown that heterozygous knockout of Rai1 results in an obese phenotype in mice and that Smith-Magenis syndrome mouse models have a significantly reduced fecundity and an altered transmission pattern of the mutant Rai1 allele, complicating large, extended studies in these models. In this study, we show that breeding C57Bl/6J Rai1+/- mice with FVB/NJ to create F1 Rai1+/- offspring in a mixed genetic background ameliorates both fecundity and Rai1 allele transmission phenotypes. These findings suggest that the mixed background provides a more robust platform for breeding and larger phenotypic studies. We also characterized the effect of dietary intake on Rai1+/- mouse growth during adolescent and early adulthood developmental stages. Animals fed a high carbohydrate or a high fat diet gained weight at a significantly faster rate than their wild type littermates. Both high fat and high carbohydrate fed Rai1+/- mice also had an increase in body fat and altered fat distribution patterns. Interestingly, Rai1+/- mice fed different diets did not display altered fasting blood glucose levels. These results suggest that dietary regimens are extremely important for individuals with Smith-Magenis syndrome and that food high in fat and carbohydrates may exacerbate obesity outcomes. PMID:25127133

  18. Inflammatory cues acting on the adult intestinal stem cells and the early onset of cancer (Review)

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    DE LERMA BARBARO, A.; PERLETTI, G.; BONAPACE, I.M.; MONTI, E.

    2014-01-01

    The observation that cancer often arises at sites of chronic inflammation has prompted the idea that carcinogenesis and inflammation are deeply interwoven. In fact, the current literature highlights a role for chronic inflammation in virtually all the steps of carcinogenesis, including tumor initiation, promotion and progression. The aim of the present article is to review the current literature on the involvement of chronic inflammation in the initiation step and in the very early phases of tumorigenesis, in a type of cancer where adult stem cells are assumed to be the cells of origin of neoplasia. Since the gastrointestinal tract is regarded as the best-established model system to address the liaison between chronic inflammation and neoplasia, the focus of this article will be on intestinal cancer. In fact, the anatomy of the intestinal epithelial lining is uniquely suited to study adult stem cells in their niche, and the bowel crypt is an ideal developmental biology system, as proliferation, differentiation and cell migration are all distributed linearly along the long axis of the crypt. Moreover, crypt stem cells are regarded today as the most likely targets of neoplastic transformation in bowel cancer. More specifically, the present review addresses the molecular mechanisms whereby a state of chronic inflammation could trigger the neoplastic process in the intestine, focusing on the generation of inflammatory cues evoking enhanced proliferation in cells not initiated but at risk of neoplastic transformation because of their stemness. Novel experimental approaches, based on triggering an inflammatory stimulus in the neighbourhood of adult intestinal stem cells, are warranted to address some as yet unanswered questions. A possible approach, the targeted transgenesis of Paneth cells, may be aimed at ‘hijacking’ the crypt stem cell niche from a status characterized by the maintenance of homeostasis to local chronic inflammation, with the prospect of initiating neoplastic transformation in that site. PMID:24920319

  19. Late Rather Than Early Onset Bubbles in the Pulmonary Artery During Altitude Exposures Correlate Better with the Onset of "Pain-Only" Decompression Illness

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    Conkin, J.; Gernhardt, M. L.; Powell, M. R.

    2005-01-01

    Mechanistic insight about "pain-only" decompression illness (DCI) is limited given indirect information about venous gas emboli (VGE) detected in the pulmonary artery with Doppler ultrasound. However, we show that VGE first detected late in an altitude exposure are closely associated with subsequent symptom onset. Knowing that VGE occur late is an indication that a symptom will occur soon, but this is not a sufficient condition to guarantee that a symptom will occur.

  20. Comparison of the Psychological Symptoms and Disease-Specific Quality of Life between Early- and Typical-Onset Parkinson's Disease Patients

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    Hadizadeh, Hasti; Farhadi, Farzaneh; Delbari, Ahmad; Lökk, Johan

    2014-01-01

    The impact of Parkinson's disease (PD) on psychological status and quality of life (QoL) may vary depending on age of disease onset. The aim of this study was to compare psychological symptoms and disease-specific QoL between early onset versus the rest of the PD patients. A total number of 140 PD patients with the mean current age of 61.3 (SD = 10.4)?yr were recruited in this study. PD patients with the onset age of ?50?yr were defined as “early-onset” (EOPD) group (n = 45), while the ones with >50?yr at the time of diagnosis were categorized as the “typical-onset” (TOPD) patients (n = 95). Different questionnaires and scales were used for between-group comparisons including PDQ39, HADS (hospital anxiety and depression scale), FSS (fatigue severity scale), MNA (mininutritional assessment), and the UPDRS. Depression score was significantly higher in EOPD group (6.3 (SD = 4.5) versus 4.5 (SD = 4.2), P = 0.02). Among different domains of QoL, emotion score was also significantly higher in the EOPD group (32.3 (SD = 21.6) versus 24.4 (SD = 22.7), P = 0.05). Our findings showed more severe depression and more impaired emotional domain of QoL in early-onset PD patients. Depression and anxiety play an important role to worsen QoL among both EOPD and TOPD patients, while no interaction was observed in the efficacy of these two psychiatric symptoms and the onset age of PD patients. PMID:25614849

  1. [Periodontal diagnosis in orthodontics].

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    Hourdin, Solenn; Glez, Dominique; Sorel, Olivier

    2010-03-01

    Before any orthodontic treatment can begin, it is essential that the patient's periodontium be in sound condition, capable of responding to the movement of teeth in a healthy fashion. Inspection of the dentition, palpation of tissues, and careful study of adequate X-Rays are all necessary for establishing a diagnosis, but review of the depth of gingival pockets with periodontal probes is the key procedure for avoiding blunders in treatment. After periodontal health has been validated, it is vital that orthodontists determine the patient's periodontal biotype by clinical observation and periodontal probing and assess the quality of the gingival attachments of the teeth that will be affected by the expansion forces of treatment. The ensemble of these criteria will dictate what treatment paths and forces the orthodontist will employ. PMID:20359444

  2. Periodontal probing: a review.

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    Al Shayeb, Kwthar Nassar A; Turner, Wendy; Gillam, David G

    2014-08-01

    Periodontal probes are the main instruments that are used to assess the status of the periodontium, either for screening purposes or to evaluate periodontal changes throughout the treatment process. With increased knowledge and understanding of periodontal disease, the probes have evolved from a unidimensional manual shape into a more sophisticated computerised instrument. This is due to the need to increase the accuracy and reproducibility of readings and to improve efficiency (time, effort, money). Each probe has characteristic features that makes it unique and, in some cases, specific and limited to use. The aim of this paper is to present a brief introduction to periodontal disease and the methodology of measuring it, followed by probing limitations. The paper will also discuss the methodology of reducing probing error, examiner calibration and probing reproducibility. PMID:25198634

  3. Clinical importance of risk variants in the dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase gene for the prediction of early-onset fluoropyrimidine toxicity.

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    Froehlich, Tanja K; Amstutz, Ursula; Aebi, Stefan; Joerger, Markus; Largiadèr, Carlo R

    2015-02-01

    We investigated the clinical relevance of dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase gene (DPYD) variants to predict severe early-onset fluoropyrimidine (FP) toxicity, in particular of a recently discovered haplotype hapB3 and a linked deep intronic splice site mutation c.1129-5923C>G. Selected regions of DPYD were sequenced in prospectively collected germline DNA of 500 patients receiving FP-based chemotherapy. Associations of DPYD variants and haplotypes with hematologic, gastrointestinal, infectious, and dermatologic toxicity in therapy cycles 1-2 and resulting FP-dose interventions (dose reduction, therapy delay or cessation) were analyzed accounting for clinical and demographic covariates. Fifteen additional cases with toxicity-related therapy delay or cessation were retrospectively examined for risk variants. The association of c.1129-5923C>G/hapB3 (4.6% carrier frequency) with severe toxicity was replicated in an independent prospective cohort. Overall, c.1129-5923G/hapB3 carriers showed a relative risk of 3.74 (RR, 95% CI?=?2.30-6.09, p?=?2 × 10(-5)) for severe toxicity (grades 3-5). Of 31 risk variant carriers (c.1129-5923C>G/hapB3, c.1679T>G, c.1905+1G>A or c.2846A>T), 11 (all with c.1129-5923C>G/hapB3) experienced severe toxicity (15% of 72 cases, RR?=?2.73, 95% CI?=?1.61-4.63, p?=?5 × 10(-6)), and 16 carriers (55%) required FP-dose interventions. Seven of the 15 (47%) retrospective cases carried a risk variant. The c.1129-5923C>G/hapB3 variant is a major contributor to severe early-onset FP toxicity in Caucasian patients. This variant may substantially improve the identification of patients at risk of FP toxicity compared to established DPYD risk variants (c.1905+1G>A, c.1679T>G and c.2846A>T). Pre-therapeutic DPYD testing may prevent 20-30% of life-threatening or lethal episodes of FP toxicity in Caucasian patients. PMID:24923815

  4. Risk of Early-Onset Neonatal Infection with Maternal Infection or Colonization: A Global Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Chan, Grace J.; Lee, Anne CC; Baqui, Abdullah H.; Tan, Jingwen; Black, Robert E.

    2013-01-01

    Background Neonatal infections cause a significant proportion of deaths in the first week of life, yet little is known about risk factors and pathways of transmission for early-onset neonatal sepsis globally. We aimed to estimate the risk of neonatal infection (excluding sexually transmitted diseases [STDs] or congenital infections) in the first seven days of life among newborns of mothers with bacterial infection or colonization during the intrapartum period. Methods and Findings We searched PubMed, Embase, Scopus, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, and the World Health Organization Regional Databases for studies of maternal infection, vertical transmission, and neonatal infection published from January 1, 1960 to March 30, 2013. Studies were included that reported effect measures on the risk of neonatal infection among newborns exposed to maternal infection. Random effects meta-analyses were used to pool data and calculate the odds ratio estimates of risk of infection. Eighty-three studies met the inclusion criteria. Seven studies (8.4%) were from high neonatal mortality settings. Considerable heterogeneity existed between studies given the various definitions of laboratory-confirmed and clinical signs of infection, as well as for colonization and risk factors. The odds ratio for neonatal lab-confirmed infection among newborns of mothers with lab-confirmed infection was 6.6 (95% CI 3.9–11.2). Newborns of mothers with colonization had a 9.4 (95% CI 3.1–28.5) times higher odds of lab-confirmed infection than newborns of non-colonized mothers. Newborns of mothers with risk factors for infection (defined as prelabour rupture of membranes [PROM], preterm <37 weeks PROM, and prolonged ROM) had a 2.3 (95% CI 1.0–5.4) times higher odds of infection than newborns of mothers without risk factors. Conclusions Neonatal infection in the first week of life is associated with maternal infection and colonization. High-quality studies, particularly from settings with high neonatal mortality, are needed to determine whether targeting treatment of maternal infections or colonization, and/or prophylactic antibiotic treatment of newborns of high risk mothers, may prevent a significant proportion of early-onset neonatal sepsis. Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary PMID:23976885

  5. Strep and the city: Unexpected persistence of early-onset GBS sepsis despite increased intra-partum antibiotic prophylaxis in an urban university hospital

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    Milen Peev; Sandy Cadichon; Deepa Ranganathan; Patricia Farber; Mahmoud Ismail; Sue Boonlayangoor; William Meadow

    2006-01-01

    Strategies to reduce early-onset sepsis (EOS) with group B streptococcus (GBS) have relied on the administration of maternal intra-partum antibiotics (IPA) to mothers with identified risk factors. We studied the relationship between IPA, risk factors, and EOS for 14 years in our hospital, an inner-city, tertiary center serving primarily poor, high-risk, African-American mothers.

  6. Genome-wide scan for genes involved in bipolar affective disorder in 70 European families ascertained through a bipolar type I early onset proband : supportive evidence

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    1 Genome-wide scan for genes involved in bipolar affective disorder in 70 European families ascertained through a bipolar type I early onset proband : supportive evidence for linkage at 3p14. Etain B Albert Chenevier 40 rue de Mesly 94000 Créteil - France. E-mail : etain@im3.inserm.fr Key words : bipolar

  7. Do Substance Use Risk Personality Dimensions Predict the Onset of Substance Use in Early Adolescence? A Variable- and Person-Centered Approach

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    Malmberg, Monique; Kleinjan, Marloes; Vermulst, Ad A.; Overbeek, Geertjan; Monshouwer, Karin; Lammers, Jeroen; Engels, Rutger C. M. E.

    2012-01-01

    Various studies found personality to be related to substance use, but little attention is paid to the role of personality risk dimensions with regard to an early onset of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use. Therefore, the current study used a variable-centered approach to examine whether anxiety sensitivity, hopelessness, sensation seeking, and…

  8. Apolipoprotein E ε4 Allele Differently Affects the Patterns of Neuropsychological Presentation in Early and Late-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Patients

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    Camillo Marra; Alessandra Bizzarro; Antonio Daniele; Lara De Luca; Monica Ferraccioli; Alessandro Valenza; Christina Brahe; Francesco Danilo Tiziano; Guido Gainotti; Carlo Masullo

    2004-01-01

    The presence of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) ε4 allele is a definite risk factor for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Its presence seems to affect especially the memory in the early stage of the disease, but the effect on the progression of the disease and survival is still controversial. Some longitudinal studies could be influenced by variables other than

  9. Effects of Early-Onset Artificial Strabismus on Pursuit Eye Movements and on Neuronal Responses in Area MT of Macaque Monkeys

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    Lynne Kiorpes; Pamela J. Walton; Lawrence P. O'Keefe; J. Anthony Movshon; Stephen G. Lisberger

    1996-01-01

    In humans, esotropia of early onset is associated with a pro- found asymmetry in smooth pursuit eye movements. When viewing is monocular, targets are tracked well only when they are moving nasally with respect to the viewing eye. To deter- mine whether this pursuit abnormality reflects an anomaly in cortical visual motion processing, we recorded eye movements and cortical neural

  10. Mutational spectrum of CDKL5 in early-onset encephalopathies: a study of a large collection of French patients and review of the literature.

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    Nemos, C; Lambert, L; Giuliano, F; Doray, B; Roubertie, A; Goldenberg, A; Delobel, B; Layet, V; N'guyen, M A; Saunier, A; Verneau, F; Jonveaux, P; Philippe, C

    2009-10-01

    The CDKL5 gene has been implicated in the molecular etiology of early-onset intractable seizures with infantile spasms (IS), severe hypotonia and atypical Rett syndrome (RTT) features. So far, 48 deleterious alleles have been reported in the literature. We screened the CDKL5 gene in a cohort of 177 patients with early-onset seizures, including 30 men and 10 girls with Aicardi syndrome. The screening was negative for all men as well as for women with Aicardi syndrome, excluding the CDKL5 gene as a candidate for this neurodevelopmental disorder. We report 11 additional de novo mutations in CDKL5 in female patients. For the first time, the MLPA approach allowed the identification of a partial deletion encompassing the promoter and the first two exons of CDKL5. The 10-point mutations consist of five missenses (with recurrent amino acid changes at p.Ala40 and p.Arg178), four splicing variants and a 1-base pair duplication. We present a review of all mutated alleles published in the literature. In our study, the overall frequency of mutations in CDKL5 in women with early-onset seizures is around 8.6%, a result comparable with previous reports. Noteworthy, the CDKL5 mutation rate is high (28%) in women with early-onset seizures and IS. PMID:19793311

  11. The School Psychologist's Primer on Early Onset Schizophrenia: A Review of Research Regarding Epidemiology, Etiology, Assessment, and Treatment

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    Hernandez, Rafael J. C.; Rime, W. Jeremy; Jimerson, Shane R.

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to provide school psychologists and other educational professionals with important information regarding the epidemiology, etiology, assessment, and treatment of early onset schizophrenia (EOS). The central aim herein is to bring science to practice by succinctly highlighting key considerations for school…

  12. Biomaterials for periodontal regeneration

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    Shue, Li; Yufeng, Zhang; Mony, Ullas

    2012-01-01

    Periodontal disease is characterized by the destruction of periodontal tissues. Various methods of regenerative periodontal therapy, including the use of barrier membranes, bone replacement grafts, growth factors and the combination of these procedures have been investigated. The development of biomaterials for tissue engineering has considerably improved the available treatment options above. They fall into two broad classes: ceramics and polymers. The available ceramic-based materials include calcium phosphate (eg, tricalcium phosphate and hydroxyapatite), calcium sulfate and bioactive glass. The bioactive glass bonds to the bone with the formation of a layer of carbonated hydroxyapatite in situ. The natural polymers include modified polysaccharides (eg, chitosan,) and polypeptides (collagen and gelatin). Synthetic polymers [eg, poly(glycolic acid), poly(L-lactic acid)] provide a platform for exhibiting the biomechanical properties of scaffolds in tissue engineering. The materials usually work as osteogenic, osteoconductive and osteoinductive scaffolds. Polymers are more widely used as a barrier material in guided tissue regeneration (GTR). They are shown to exclude epithelial downgrowth and allow periodontal ligament and alveolar bone cells to repopulate the defect. An attempt to overcome the problems related to a collapse of the barrier membrane in GTR or epithelial downgrowth is the use of a combination of barrier membranes and grafting materials. This article reviews various biomaterials including scaffolds and membranes used for periodontal treatment and their impacts on the experimental or clinical management of periodontal defect. PMID:23507891

  13. Periodontitis diagnostics using resonance Raman spectroscopy on saliva

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    Gonchukov, S.; Sukhinina, A.; Bakhmutov, D.; Biryukova, T.; Tsvetkov, M.; Bagratashvily, V.

    2013-07-01

    In view of its wealth of molecular information, Raman spectroscopy has been the subject of active biomedical research. The aim of this work is Raman spectroscopy (RS) application for the determination of molecular biomarkers in saliva with the objective of early periodontitis detection. As was shown in our previous study, carotenoids contained in saliva can be molecular fingerprint information for the periodontitis level. It is shown here that the carotenoid RS lines at wavenumbers of 1156 and 1524 cm?1 can be easily detected and serve as reliable biomarkers of periodontitis using resonance Raman spectroscopy of dry saliva.

  14. Efficacy and Safety of a Routine Early Invasive Strategy in Relation to Time from Symptom Onset to Fibrinolysis (a Subgroup Analysis of TRANSFER-AMI).

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    Russo, Juan J; Goodman, Shaun G; Cantor, Warren J; Tan, Mary K; Borgundvaag, Bjug; Fitchett, David; Džavík, Vladimír; Yan, Raymond T; Graham, John J; Mehta, Shamir R; Yan, Andrew T

    2015-04-15

    The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and safety of an early invasive strategy post-fibrinolysis in relation to time from symptom onset to fibrinolysis in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The Trial of Routine Angioplasty and Stenting after Fibrinolysis to Enhance Reperfusion in Acute Myocardial Infarction (TRANSFER-AMI) randomized 1,059 patients receiving fibrinolysis for STEMI to an early invasive strategy versus standard therapy. The primary end point was the composite of death, reinfarction, recurrent ischemia, new or worsening heart failure, or cardiogenic shock at 30 days. In this post hoc subgroup analysis, we examined the effect of an early invasive strategy on efficacy and safety outcomes after stratification by time from symptom onset to fibrinolysis (<2 or ?2 hours). Of 1,059 patients in TRANSFER-AMI, 557 (53%) received fibrinolysis <2 hours and 502 (47%) ?2 hours after symptom onset. Compared to patients who received fibrinolysis within 2 hours of symptoms, patients who received fibrinolysis ?2 hours after symptom onset had higher Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events risk scores (median 127 vs 122, p = 0.004). The effect of an early invasive strategy did not differ between symptom-to-fibrinolysis time strata for the primary efficacy end point (p-heterogeneity = 0.67), 30-day mortality, the composite of death or reinfarction at 30 days, 6 months, or 1 year, or bleeding (all p-heterogeneity >0.40). In conclusion, the efficacy and safety of an early invasive strategy in patients undergoing fibrinolysis for STEMI do not vary in relation to time (<2 or ?2 hours) from symptom onset to fibrinolysis. PMID:25711435

  15. Functional and structural changes throughout the auditory system following congenital and early-onset deafness: implications for hearing restoration

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    Butler, Blake E.; Lomber, Stephen G.

    2013-01-01

    The absence of auditory input, particularly during development, causes widespread changes in the structure and function of the auditory system, extending from peripheral structures into auditory cortex. In humans, the consequences of these changes are far-reaching and often include detriments to language acquisition, and associated psychosocial issues. Much of what is currently known about the nature of deafness-related changes to auditory structures comes from studies of congenitally deaf or early-deafened animal models. Fortunately, the mammalian auditory system shows a high degree of preservation among species, allowing for generalization from these models to the human auditory system. This review begins with a comparison of common methods used to obtain deaf animal models, highlighting the specific advantages and anatomical consequences of each. Some consideration is also given to the effectiveness of methods used to measure hearing loss during and following deafening procedures. The structural and functional consequences of congenital and early-onset deafness have been examined across a variety of mammals. This review attempts to summarize these changes, which often involve alteration of hair cells and supporting cells in the cochleae, and anatomical and physiological changes that extend through subcortical structures and into cortex. The nature of these changes is discussed, and the impacts to neural processing are addressed. Finally, long-term changes in cortical structures are discussed, with a focus on the presence or absence of cross-modal plasticity. In addition to being of interest to our understanding of multisensory processing, these changes also have important implications for the use of assistive devices such as cochlear implants. PMID:24324409

  16. Association between hypermethylation of DNA repetitive elements in white blood cell DNA and early-onset colorectal cancer

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    Walters, Rhiannon J.; Williamson, Elizabeth J.; English, Dallas R.; Young, Joanne P.; Rosty, Christophe; Clendenning, Mark; Walsh, Michael D.; Parry, Susan; Ahnen, Dennis J.; Baron, John A.; Win, Aung Ko; Giles, Graham G.; Hopper, John L.; Jenkins, Mark A.; Buchanan, Daniel D.

    2013-01-01

    Changes in the methylation levels of DNA from white blood cells (WBCs) are putatively associated with an elevated risk for several cancers. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between colorectal cancer (CRC) and the methylation status of three DNA repetitive elements in DNA from peripheral blood. WBC DNA from 539 CRC cases diagnosed before 60 years of age and 242 sex and age frequency-matched healthy controls from the Australasian Colorectal Cancer Family Registry were assessed for methylation across DNA repetitive elements Alu, LINE-1 and Sat2 using MethyLight. The percentage of methylated reference (PMR) of cases and controls was calculated for each marker. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were estimated using multivariable logistic regression adjusted for potential confounders. CRC cases demonstrated a significantly higher median PMR for LINE-1 (p < 0.001), Sat2 (p < 0.001) and Alu repeats (p = 0.02) when compared with controls. For each of the DNA repetitive elements, individuals with PMR values in the highest quartile were significantly more likely to have CRC compared with those in the lowest quartile (LINE-1 OR = 2.34, 95%CI = 1.48–3.70; p < 0.001, Alu OR = 1.83, 95%CI = 1.17–2.86; p = 0.01, Sat2 OR = 1.72, 95%CI = 1.10–2.71; p = 0.02). When comparing the OR for the PMR of each marker across subgroups of CRC, only the Alu marker showed a significant difference in the 5-fluoruracil treated and nodal involvement subgroups (both p = 0.002). This association between increasing methylation levels of three DNA repetitive elements in WBC DNA and early-onset CRC is novel and may represent a potential epigenetic biomarker for early CRC detection. PMID:23804018

  17. Heterozygous knockout of the Bmi-1 gene causes an early onset of phenotypes associated with brain aging.

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    Gu, Minxia; Shen, Lihua; Bai, Lei; Gao, Junying; Marshall, Charles; Wu, Ting; Ding, Jiong; Miao, Dengshun; Xiao, Ming

    2014-02-01

    Previous studies reported that the polycomb group gene Bmi-1 is downregulated in the aging brain. The aim of this study was to investigate whether decreased Bmi-1 expression accelerates brain aging by analyzing the brain phenotype of adult Bmi-1 heterozygous knockout (Bmi-1(+/-)) mice. An 8-month-old Bmi-1(+/-) brains demonstrated mild oxidative stress, revealed by significant increases in hydroxy radical and nitrotyrosine, and nonsignificant increases in reactive oxygen species and malonaldehyde compared with the wild-type littermates. Bmi-1(+/-) hippocampus had high apoptotic percentage and lipofuscin deposition in pyramidal neurons associated with upregulation of cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors p19, p27, and p53 and downregulation of anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2. Mild activation of astrocytes was also observed in Bmi-1(+/-) hippocampus. Furthermore, Bmi-1(+/-) mice showed mild spatial memory impairment in the Morris Water Maze test. These results demonstrate that heterozygous Bmi-1 gene knockout causes an early onset of age-related brain changes, suggesting that Bmi-1 has a role in regulating brain aging. PMID:23771506

  18. Structural involvement of the glutamatergic presynaptic boutons in a transgenic mouse model expressing early onset amyloid pathology.

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    Bell, K F S; de Kort, G J L; Steggerda, S; Shigemoto, R; Ribeiro-da-Silva, A; Cuello, A C

    2003-12-19

    While the cholinergic depletion in Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been known for some time, a definitive involvement of other neurotransmitter systems has been somewhat more elusive. Our study demonstrates a clear involvement of both glutamatergic and, to a lesser extent, GABAergic neurons in an early onset transgenic mouse model of AD-like amyloid pathology. Immunohistochemical staining and subsequent quantification has revealed a statistically significant increased density of glutamatergic and GABAergic presynaptic boutons in both the plaque free and plaque adjacent cortical neuropile areas of transgenic mice as compared to non-transgenic controls. Furthermore, amyloid plaque size was shown to have a statistically significant effect on the relative area occupied by dystrophic glutamatergic neurites in the peri-plaque neuropile. These findings support our hypothesis that the amyloid pathology progresses in a time and neurotransmitter specific manner, first in the cholinergic system which appears to be most vulnerable, followed by the glutamatergic presynaptic boutons and finally the somewhat more resilient GABAergic terminals. PMID:14664921

  19. Novel ANKH Amino Terminus Mutation (Pro5Ser) Associated With Early-Onset Calcium Pyrophosphate Disease With Associated Phosphaturia

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    Gruber, Barry L.; Couto, Ana Rita; Armas, Jácome Bruges; Brown, Matthew A.; Finzel, Kathleen; Terkeltaub, Robert A.

    2015-01-01

    This report describes a 32-year-old woman presenting since childhood with progressive calcium pyrophosphate disease (CPPD), characterized by severe arthropathy and chondrocalcinosis involving multiple peripheral joints and intervertebral disks. Because ANKH mutations have been previously described in familial CPPD, the proband’s DNA was assessed at this locus by direct sequencing of promoter and coding regions and revealed 3 sequence variants in ANKH. Sequences of exon 1 revealed a novel isolated nonsynonymous mutation (c.13 C>T), altering amino acid in codon 5 from proline to serine (CCG>TCG). Sequencing of parental DNA revealed an identical mutation in the proband’s father but not the mother. Subsequent clinical evaluation demonstrated extensive chondrocalcinosis and degenerative arthropathy in the proband’s father. In summary, we report a novel mutation, not previously described, in ANKH exon 1, wherein serine replaces proline, in a case of early-onset severe CPPD associated with metabolic abnormalities, with similar findings in the proband’s father. PMID:22647861

  20. 7T T?*-weighted magnetic resonance imaging reveals cortical phase differences between early- and late-onset Alzheimer's disease.

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    van Rooden, Sanneke; Doan, Nhat Trung; Versluis, Maarten J; Goos, Jeroen D C; Webb, Andrew G; Oleksik, Ania M; van der Flier, Wiesje M; Scheltens, Philip; Barkhof, Frederik; Weverling-Rynsburger, Annelies W E; Blauw, Gerard Jan; Reiber, Johan H C; van Buchem, Mark A; Milles, Julien; van der Grond, Jeroen

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study is to explore regional iron-related differences in the cerebral cortex, indicative of Alzheimer's disease pathology, between early- and late-onset Alzheimer's disease (EOAD, LOAD, respectively) patients using 7T magnetic resonance phase images. High-resolution T2(?)-weighted scans were acquired in 12 EOAD patients and 17 LOAD patients with mild to moderate disease and 27 healthy elderly control subjects. Lobar peak-to-peak phase shifts and regional mean phase contrasts were computed. An increased peak-to-peak phase shift was found for all lobar regions in EOAD patients compared with LOAD patients (p < 0.05). Regional mean phase contrast in EOAD patients was higher than in LOAD patients in the superior medial and middle frontal gyrus, anterior and middle cingulate gyrus, postcentral gyrus, superior and inferior parietal gyrus, and precuneus (p ? 0.042). These data suggest that EOAD patients have an increased iron accumulation, possibly related to an increased amyloid deposition, in specific cortical regions as compared with LOAD patients. PMID:25113794

  1. Experiments on depolarized optical scattering to sense in situ the onset of early agglomeration between nano-size soot particles

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    di Stasio, Stefano

    2002-04-01

    Soot aerosol particles generated in hydrocarbon flames are investigated in this paper by laser light scattering techniques. The contribution of co- and cross-polarized scattered light, each for vertical and horizontal linear polarization states of the incident laser light at 514.5 nm are measured at variable polar angles ?. Main results here reported are the following: (1) the vertical depolarization ratio ?v measured against the scattering angle is very low and flat in the case of smaller chain-like (aggregate fractal dimension Df?1.3), whereas, in the case of larger branched-chain aggregates (Df?1.7), ?v exhibits a maximum at about 90° (2) in contrast to the reciprocity theorem, the measured ratio IHV/IVH between the two depolarized contributes for each of the two possible linear (vertical and horizontal) polarization states of the incident light, is found to be different than unity when first sticking of the primary particles occurs. Therefore, the measurement of the reciprocity ratio IHV/IVH seems a powerful and reliable tool to establish the onset of the early aggregation mechanism between nano-size soot particles formed in a flame.

  2. Patterns and correlates of expressed emotion, perceived criticism, and rearing style in first admitted early-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

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    von Polier, Georg G; Meng, Heiner; Lambert, Martin; Strauss, Monika; Zarotti, Gianni; Karle, Michael; Dubois, Reinmar; Stark, Fritz-Michael; Neidhart, Sibylle; Zollinger, Ruedi; Bürgin, Dieter; Felder, Wilhelm; Resch, Franz; Koch, Eginhard; Schulte-Markwort, Michael; Schimmelmann, Benno G

    2014-11-01

    The aim of this study was to assess patterns and correlates of family variables in 31 adolescents treated for their first episode of a schizophrenia spectrum disorder (early-onset schizophrenia [EOS]). Expressed emotion, perceived criticism, and rearing style were assessed. Potential correlates were patient psychopathology, premorbid adjustment, illness duration, quality of life (QoL), sociodemographic variables, patient and caregiver "illness concept," and caregiver personality traits and support. Families were rated as critical more frequently by patients than raters (55% vs. 13%). Perceived criticism was associated with worse QoL in relationship with parents and peers. An adverse rearing style was associated with a negative illness concept in patients, particularly with less trust in their physician. Future research should examine perceived criticism as a predictor of relapse and indicator of adolescents with EOS who need extended support and treatment. Rearing style should be carefully observed because of its link with patients' illness concept and, potentially, to service engagement and medication adherence. PMID:25259947

  3. Centromere and telomere movements during early meiotic prophase of mouse and man are associated with the onset of chromosome pairing

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    1996-01-01

    The preconditions and early steps of meiotic chromosome pairing were studied by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with chromosome- specific DNA probes to mouse and human testis tissue sections. Premeiotic pairing of homologous chromosomes was not detected in spermatogonia of the two species. FISH with centromere- and telomere- specific DNA probes in combination with immunostaining (IS) of synaptonemal complex (SC) proteins to testis sections of prepuberal mice at days 4-12 post partum was performed to study sequentially the meiotic pairing process. Movements of centromeres and then telomeres to the nuclear envelope, and of telomeres along the nuclear envelope leading to the formation of a chromosomal bouquet were detected during mouse prophase. At the bouquet stage, pairing of a mouse chromosome-8- specific probe was observed. SC-IS and simultaneous telomere FISH revealed that axial element proteins appear as large aggregates in mouse meiocytes when telomeres are attached to the nuclear envelope. Axial element formation initiates during tight telomere clustering and transverse filament-IS indicated the initiation of synapsis during this stage. Comparison of telomere and centromere distribution patterns of mouse and human meiocytes revealed movements of centromeres and then telomeres to the nuclear envelope and subsequent bouquet formation as conserved motifs of the pairing process. Chromosome painting in human spermatogonia revealed compacted, largely mutually exclusive chromosome territories. The territories developed into long, thin threads at the onset of meiotic prophase. Based on these results a unified model of the pairing process is proposed. PMID:8794855

  4. Changes in erythrocyte insulin receptors in normal dogs and keeshond dogs with inheritable, early onset, insulin dependent diabetes mellitus

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    Klaassen, J.K.

    1986-01-01

    Validation of a procedure to evaluate insulin receptors on erythrocytes (RBC-IR) in dogs is described. The specific binding of (/sup 125/I)iodoinsulin to RBC-IR of normal dogs is significantly greater than binding in keeshonds with an inheritable form of early onset diabetes mellitus. This decreased binding was due to a significant decrease in RBC-IR affinity in the diabetic keeshonds. To determine the effect on RBC-IR, normal dogs were treated with either dexamethasone (0.1 mg/kg) or prednisone (0.3 mg/kg) for 10 days: concentrations of plasma cortisol, glucose, and insulin, plus binding characteristics of RBC-IR were determined. In the dexamethasone treated group, plasma glucose concentrations were elevated significantly by day 6 and continued through day 10. Insulin concentrations were elevated significantly by day 3 and remained elevated through day 10. In the prednisone treated group, glucose concentrations were elevated significantly by day 3, while insulin concentrations were elevated significantly by day 8. Maximum binding of RBC-IR was unaffected by prednisone and neither affinities nor receptor numbers were significantly different from day 1. No changes in plasma cortisol concentration were seen. Diabetic keeshonds on daily insulin treatment were removed from exogenous insulin therapy for 48 hours. Significant increases in glucose concentrations were observed, but no significant changes in cortisol, insulin, average receptor binding affinity, or RBC-IR number per cell occurred.

  5. Early-onset type 2 diabetes impairs skeletal acquisition in the male TALLYHO/JngJ mouse.

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    Devlin, M J; Van Vliet, M; Motyl, K; Karim, L; Brooks, D J; Louis, L; Conlon, C; Rosen, C J; Bouxsein, M L

    2014-10-01

    Type 2 diabetes (T2D) incidence in adolescents is rising and may interfere with peak bone mass acquisition. We tested the effects of early-onset T2D on bone mass, microarchitecture, and strength in the TALLYHO/JngJ mouse, which develops T2D by 8 weeks of age. We assessed metabolism and skeletal acquisition in male TALLYHO/JngJ and SWR/J controls (n = 8-10/group) from 4 weeks to 8 and 17 weeks of age. Tallyho mice were obese; had an approximately 2-fold higher leptin and percentage body fat; and had lower bone mineral density vs SWR at all time points (P < .03 for all). Tallyho had severe deficits in distal femur trabecular bone volume fraction (-54%), trabecular number (-27%), and connectivity density (-82%) (P < .01 for all). Bone formation was higher in Tallyho mice at 8 weeks but lower by 17 weeks of age vs SWR despite similar numbers of osteoblasts. Bone marrow adiposity was 7- to 50-fold higher in Tallyho vs SWR. In vitro, primary bone marrow stromal cell differentiation into osteoblast and adipocyte lineages was similar in SWR and Tallyho, suggesting skeletal deficits were not due to intrinsic defects in Tallyho bone-forming cells. These data suggest the Tallyho mouse might be a useful model to study the skeletal effects of adolescent T2D. PMID:25051433

  6. Loss of desmoplakin isoform I causes early onset cardiomyopathy and heart failure in a Naxos?like syndrome

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    Uzumcu, A; Norgett, E E; Dindar, A; Uyguner, O; Nisli, K; Kayserili, H; Sahin, S E; Dupont, E; Severs, N J; Leigh, I M; Yuksel?Apak, M; Kelsell, D P; Wollnik, B

    2006-01-01

    Background Desmosomes are cellular junctions important for intercellular adhesion and anchoring the intermediate filament (IF) cytoskeleton to the cell membrane. Desmoplakin (DSP) is the most abundant desmosomal protein with 2 isoforms produced by alternative splicing. Methods We describe a patient with a recessively inherited arrhythmogenic dilated cardiomyopathy with left and right ventricular involvement, epidermolytic palmoplantar keratoderma, and woolly hair. The patient showed a severe heart phenotype with an early onset and rapid progression to heart failure at 4?years of age. Results A homozygous nonsense mutation, R1267X, was found in exon 23 of the desmoplakin gene, which results in an isoform specific truncation of the larger DSPI isoform. The loss of most of the DSPI specific rod domain and C?terminal area was confirmed by Western blotting and immunofluorescence. We further showed that the truncated DSPI transcript is unstable, leading to a loss of DSPI. DSPI is reported to be an obligate constituent of desmosomes and the only isoform present in cardiac tissue. To address this, we reviewed the expression of DSP isoforms in the heart. Our data suggest that DSPI is the major cardiac isoform but we also show that specific compartments of the heart have detectable DSPII expression. Conclusions This is the first description of a phenotype caused by a mutation affecting only one DSP isoform. Our findings emphasise the importance of desmoplakin and desmosomes in epidermal and cardiac function and additionally highlight the possibility that the different isoforms of desmoplakin may have distinct functional properties within the desmosome. PMID:16467215

  7. Delta Neutrophil Index as an Early Marker for Differential Diagnosis of Adult-Onset Still's Disease and Sepsis

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    Park, Hee-Jin; Ha, You-Jung; Pyo, Jung-Yoon; Park, Yong-Beom; Lee, Soo-Kon

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To investigate clinical implications of delta neutrophil index (DNI) to discriminate adult onset Still's disease (AOSD) from sepsis. Materials and Methods We reviewed the medical records of 13 patients with AOSD and 33 gender and age-matched patients with sepsis. In all subjects, microbial tests were performed to exclude or confirm sepsis. All laboratory data were measured two or three times during the first 3 days and represented by their mean levels. DNI was measured automatically by ADVIA 2120 for the first 3 days. Results There were no significant differences in white blood cell counts, neutrophil proportion, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein between two groups. AOSD patients had notably lower DNI than sepsis patients regardless of the presence of bacteremia or not. However, both DNI and ferritin were not significant independent factors for predicting sepsis in the multivariate logistic regression analysis. Meanwhile, the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUROC) of DNI was slightly higher than that of ferritin. When we set DNI of 2.75% as the cut-off value for predicting sepsis, 11 (84.6%) of AOSD patients had a DNI value below 2.75% and 2 (15.4%) of them had a DNI over 2.75% (relative risk for sepsis 176). Conclusion We suggest that DNI may be a useful marker for differential diagnosis of AOSD from sepsis in the early phase as supplementary to ferritin. PMID:24719144

  8. Periodontal microbiology in Latin America.

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    Contreras, Adolfo; Moreno, Sandra M; Jaramillo, Adriana; Pelaez, Melissa; Duque, Andres; Botero, Javier E; Slots, Jørgen

    2015-02-01

    This review article describes the microbiota associated with periodontal disease in Latin America. This vast territory includes 22 nations, which show great ethnic diversity, with large groups of White people, Black people, Mestizo people and Native people. Widespread poverty and limited access to education and health-care services, including periodontal care, are prominent predisposing factors for destructive periodontal disease in Latin America. Black people and Mestizo people seem to have particularly severe periodontal disease and are frequently colonized by the major periodontal pathogens Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans. The 'red complex' bacterial pathogens and A. actinomycetemcomitans predominate in chronic and aggressive periodontitis, but gram-negative enteric rods and herpesviruses can also play important periodontopathic roles in Latin America. The key to minimizing the risk of periodontal disease is control of the pathogens, and new low-cost periodontal treatments deserve serious consideration in Latin America. PMID:25494598

  9. Late-Onset Minor and Major Depression: Early Evidence for Common Neuroanatomical Substrates Detected by Using MRI

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    Anand Kumar; Zhisong Jin; Warren Bilker; Jayaram Udupa; Gary Gottlieb

    1998-01-01

    The purpose of our study was to examine the neuroanatomical correlates of late-onset minor and major depression and to compare them with similar measures obtained from nondepressed controls. Our study groups were comprised of 18 patients with late-onset minor depression, 35 patients diagnosed with late-onset major depression, and 30 nondepressed controls. All subjects were scanned by using a 1.5-tesla MRI

  10. Early onset anorexia nervosa

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    A Fosson; J Knibbs; R Bryant-Waugh; B Lask

    1987-01-01

    This paper describes 48 children, aged 14 years or less, who met diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa modified from Morgan and Russell. The characteristics of the sample (13 boys and 35 girls) are described along with features of the illness, associated family characteristics, treatment in hospital, and a brief description of treatment. Difficulties in diagnosis are addressed, with reference in

  11. Risk factors for naturally-occurring early-onset hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with HBV-associated liver cirrhosis in China

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    Li, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Zheng; Shi, Jianfei; Jin, Lei; Wang, Lifeng; Xu, Dongping; Wang, Fu-Sheng

    2015-01-01

    Aims: Early onset of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) (males and females under the age of 40 or 50 years old, respectively) has a significant prevalence and poor prognosis; however, few studies have reported the risk factors and development of HCC in such cases. Methods: In this study, we retrospectively analyzed clinical, laboratory and demographic data from 588 treatment-naïve HCC patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV)-associated liver cirrhosis (LC) and 708 age-matched HBV-associated LC patients as control in Beijing 302 Hospital. Results: 15.1% (89/588) of the HCC patients and 36.7% (181/708) of the LC patients were classified as early onset. Compared with age-matched LC controls, male gender (odds ratio (OR) = 2.09, P < 0.05), family history of HBV infection (OR = 2.45, P < 0.05) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) > 200 ng/ml (OR = 30.8, P < 0.05) were independent risk factors for early-onset HCC. Comparing late-onset LC controls, male gender (OR = 1.92, P < 0.05), age (OR = 1.04, P < 0.05), family history of HCC (OR = 2.06, P < 0.05), history of smoking (OR = 1.68, P < 0.05) and AFP > 200 ng/ml (OR = 12.0, P < 0.05) were associated with the development of naturally occurring HCC. Overall, male gender and AFP > 200 ng/ml is associated with HCC development across all ages, whereas a family history of HBV infection may identify younger HBV-associated LC patients at risk for HCC. Conclusion: Our data suggest that a family history of HBV infection is a unique risk factor for naturally-occurring early-onset HCC patients with HBV-associated LC, who should be considered for intensive screening programs. PMID:25785114

  12. Periodontitis in systemic rheumatic diseases

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    Iain L. C. Chapple; Christopher D. Buckley; Thomas Dietrich; Paola de Pablo

    2009-01-01

    Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that is characterized by loss of the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone, and is a major cause of tooth loss. Results from clinical and epidemiologic studies have suggested that periodontitis and tooth loss are more prevalent in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, the strength and temporality of the association are uncertain. Several biologically

  13. Periodontal Probe Improves Exams, Alleviates Pain

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    2008-01-01

    Dentists, comedian Bill Cosby memorably mused, tell you not to pick your teeth with any sharp metal object. Then you sit in their chair, and the first thing they grab is an iron hook!" Conventional periodontal probing is indeed invasive, uncomfortable for the patient, and the results can vary greatly between dentists and even for repeated measurements by the same dentist. It is a necessary procedure, though, as periodontal disease is the most common dental disease, involving the loss of teeth by the gradual destruction of ligaments that hold teeth in their sockets in the jawbone. The disease usually results from an increased concentration of bacteria in the pocket, or sulcus, between the gums and teeth. These bacteria produce acids and other byproducts, which enlarge the sulcus by eroding the gums and the periodontal ligaments. The sulcus normally has a depth of 1 to 2 millimeters, but in patients with early stages of periodontal disease, it has a depth of 3 to 5 millimeters. By measuring the depth of the sulcus, periodontists can have a good assessment of the disease s progress. Presently, there are no reliable clinical indicators of periodontal disease activity, and the best available diagnostic aid, periodontal probing, can only measure what has already been lost. A method for detecting small increments of periodontal ligament breakdown would permit earlier diagnosis and intervention with less costly and time-consuming therapy, while overcoming the problems associated with conventional probing. The painful, conventional method for probing may be destined for the archives of dental history, thanks to the development of ultrasound probing technologies. The roots of ultrasound probes are in an ultrasound-based time-of-flight technique routinely used to measure material thickness and length in the Nondestructive Evaluation Sciences Laboratory at Langley Research Center. The primary applications of that technology have been for corrosion detection and bolt tension measurements (Spinoff 2005). This ultrasound measurement system was adapted to the Periodontal Structures Mapping System, invented at Langley by John A. Companion, under the supervision of Dr. Joseph S. Heyman. Support of the research and development that led to this invention was provided by NASA s Technology Applications Engineering Program and by the Naval Institute for Dental and Biomedical Research, in Great Lakes, Illinois.

  14. Rare complication of ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Early onset of distal catheter migration into scrotum in an adult male: Case report and literature review

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    Lee, Bryan S.; Vadera, Sumeet; Gonzalez-Martinez, Jorge A.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction The role of shunt placement is to divert cerebrospinal fluid from within the ventricles to an alternative location in the setting of hydrocephalus. One of the rare shunt complications is distal catheter migration, and various body sites have been reported, including the scrotum. Although cases of scrotal migration of distal catheter have been reported in pediatric patients, cases in adult patients are rare due to obliterated processus vaginalis. Furthermore, there has not been a case reported for scrotal migration in an adult at an early onset. Presentation of case 65-year-old male underwent shunt placement for normal-pressure hydrocephalus-like symptoms. On post-operative day seven patient developed right testicular edema, for which ultrasound was performed, revealing hydrocele along with the presence of distal catheter in the scrotum. On post-operative day nine patient underwent distal catheter trimming via laparoscopic approach with general surgery, with post-operative imaging showing satisfactory location of distal catheter in the peritoneal cavity. Discussion/Conclusion Early onset of distal catheter migration into scrotum in an adult male is a unique case, as most cases are reported in pediatric patients, and it is the first case reported in the English literature to have occurrence at an early onset during the peri-operative period. As our case demonstrates, early occurrence and detection of scrotal migration of the distal catheter prevent shunt malfunction. Prompt surgical management of catheter repositioning is therefore recommended to avoid the risk of further complications. PMID:25553524

  15. Widespread DNA hypomethylation at gene enhancer regions in placentas associated with early-onset pre-eclampsia

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    Blair, John D.; Yuen, Ryan K.C.; Lim, Brendan K.; McFadden, Deborah E.; von Dadelszen, Peter; Robinson, Wendy P.

    2013-01-01

    Pre-eclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy that can affect both maternal and fetal outcomes. Early-onset pre-eclampsia (EOPET) is a severe form of pre-eclampsia that is associated with altered physiological characteristics and gene expression in the placenta. DNA methylation is a relatively stable epigenetic modification to DNA that can reflect gene expression, and can provide insight into the mechanisms underlying such expression changes. This case–control study focused on DNA methylation and gene expression of whole chorionic villi samples from 20 EOPET placentas and 20 gestational age-matched controls from pre-term births. DNA methylation was also assessed in placentas affected by late-onset pre-eclampsia (LOPET) and normotensive intrauterine growth restriction (nIUGR). The Illumina HumanMethylation450 BeadChip was used to assess DNA methylation at >480 000 cytosine-guanine dinucleotide (CpG) sites. The Illumina HT-12v4 Expression BeadChip was used to assess gene expression of >45 000 transcripts in a subset of cases and controls. DNA methylation analysis by pyrosequencing was used to follow-up the initial findings in four genes with a larger cohort of cases and controls, including nIUGR and LOPET placentas. Bioinformatic analysis was used to identify overrepresentation of gene ontology categories and transcription factor binding motifs. We identified 38 840 CpG sites with significant (false discovery rate <0.01) DNA methylation alterations in EOPET, of which 282 had >12.5% methylation difference compared with the controls. Significant sites were enriched at the enhancers and low CpG density regions of the associated genes and the majority (74.5%) of these sites were hypomethylated in EOPET. EOPET, but not associated clinical features, such as intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), presented a distinct DNA methylation profile. CpG sites from four genes relevant to pre-eclampsia (INHBA, BHLHE40, SLC2A1 and ADAM12) showed different extent of changes in LOPET and nIUGR. Genome-wide expression in a subset of samples showed that some of the gene expression changes were negatively correlated with DNA methylation changes, particularly for genes that are responsible for angiogenesis (such as EPAS1 and FLT1). Results could be confounded by altered cell populations in abnormal placentas. Larger sample sizes are needed to fully address the possibility of sub-profiles of methylation within the EOPET cohort. Based on DNA methylation profiling, we conclude that there are widespread DNA methylation alterations in EOPET that may be associated with changes in placental function. This property may provide a useful tool for early screening of such placentas. This study identifies DNA methylation changes at many loci previously reported to have altered gene expression in EOPET placentas, as well as in novel biologically relevant genes we confirmed to be differentially expressed. These results may be useful for DNA- methylation-based non-invasive prenatal diagnosis of at-risk pregnancies. PMID:23770704

  16. Identification of a Novel De Novo Mutation Associated with PRKAG2 Cardiac Syndrome and Early Onset of Heart Failure

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    Liu, Yang; Bai, Rong; Wang, Lin; Zhang, Cuntai; Zhao, Ruifu; Wan, Deli; Chen, Xinshan; Caceres, Gabriel; Barr, Daniel; Barajas-Martinez, Hector; Antzelevitch, Charles; Hu, Dan

    2013-01-01

    Introduction The major structure elements of the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) are ?, ?, and ? sunbunits. Mutations in ?2 subunit (PRKAG2) have been associated with a cardiac syndrome including inherited ventricular preexcitation, conduction disorder and hypertrophy mimicking hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The aim of the present study was to identify PRKAG2 syndrome among patients presenting with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). Methods and Results Nineteen unrelated subjects with unexplained LVH were clinically and genetically evaluated. Among 4 patients with bradycardia, manifestations of preexcitation were only found in a 19 year old male who also developed congestive heart failure 3 years later. Electrophysiological study of this case identified the coexistence of an AV accessory pathway and AV conduction defect. Histological analysis of his ventricular tissue isolated by biopsy confirmed excessive glycogen accumulation, prominent myofibrillar disarray and interstitial fibrosis. Direct sequencing of his DNA revealed a heterozygous mutation in PRKAG2 consisting of an A-to-G transition at nucleotide 1453 (c.1453A>G), predicting a substitution of a glutamic acid for lysine at highly-conserved residue 485 (p.Lys485Glu, K485E), which was absent in his unaffected family members and in 215 healthy controls. To assess the role of K485 in the structure and function of the protein, computational modeling calculations and conservation analyses were performed. Electrostatic calculations indicate that K485 forms a salt bridge with the conserved D248 residue in the AMPK ? subunit, which is critical for proper regulation of the enzyme, and the K485E mutant disrupts the connection. Conclusions Our study identifies a novel de novo PRKAG2 mutation in a young, in which progression of the disease warrants close medical attention. It also underlines the importance of molecular screening of PRKAG2 gene in patients with unexplained LVH, ventricular preexcitation, conduction defect, and/or early onset of heart failure. PMID:23741347

  17. High Prevalence of Pathogenic Mutations in Patients with Early-Onset Dementia Detected by Sequence Analyses of Four Different Genes

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    Finckh, Ulrich; Müller-Thomsen, Tomas; Mann, Ulrike; Eggers, Christian; Marksteiner, Josef; Meins, Wolfgang; Binetti, Giuliano; Alberici, Antonella; Hock, Christoph; Nitsch, Roger M.; Gal, Andreas

    2000-01-01

    Summary Clinical differential diagnosis of early-onset dementia (EOD) includes familial Alzheimer disease (FAD) and hereditary prion disease. In both disease entities, postmortem brain histopathological examination is essential for unambiguous diagnosis. Mutations in the genes encoding the presenilins (PS1 and PS2) and amyloid precursor protein (APP) are associated with FAD, whereas mutations in the prion protein (PrP) gene are associated with prion disease. To investigate the proportion of EOD attributable to known genes, we prospectively (i.e., antemortem) screened these four genes for mutations by sequencing genomic PCR products from patients with EOD before age 60 years. Family history for dementia was positive (PFH) in 16 patients, negative (NFH) in 17 patients, and unknown (UFH) in 3 patients. In 12 patients, we found five novel mutations (in PS1, F105L; in PS2, T122P and M239I; and in PrP, Q160X and T188K) and five previously reported mutations (in APP, in three patients who were most likely unrelated, V717I; in PS1, A79V and M139V; and in PrP, P102L and T183A) that are all considered to be disease causing. Of these 12 patients, 9 had PFH. This indicates a detection rate of 56% (9/16) in patients with PFH. We found two mutations (APP V717I) in two of the three UFH patients, and only one mutation (PrP T188K) in 1 of the 17 patients with NFH. We conclude that because of the lack of specific antemortem diagnostic markers for FAD and hereditary prion disease, all four genes should be included in a molecular diagnostic program in patients with EOD who had PFH. PMID:10631141

  18. Genome-wide hypermethylation coupled with promoter hypomethylation in the chorioamniotic membranes of early onset pre-eclampsia.

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    Ching, Travers; Song, Min-Ae; Tiirikainen, Maarit; Molnar, Janos; Berry, Marla; Towner, Dena; Garmire, Lana X

    2014-09-01

    Pre-eclampsia is the leading cause of fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality. Early onset pre-eclampsia (EOPE) is a disorder that has severe maternal and fetal outcomes, whilst its etiology is poorly understood. We hypothesize that epigenetics plays an important role to mediate the development of EOPE and conducted a case-control study to compare the genome-wide methylome difference between chorioamniotic membranes from 30 EOPE and 17 full-term pregnancies using the Infinium Human Methylation 450 BeadChip arrays. Bioinformatics analysis tested differential methylation (DM) at CpG site level, gene level, and pathway and network level. A striking genome-wide hypermethylation pattern coupled with hypomethylation in promoters was observed. Out of 385 184 CpG sites, 9995 showed DM (2.6%). Of those DM sites, 91.9% showed hypermethylation (9186 of 9995). Over 900 genes had DM associated with promoters. Promoter-based DM analysis revealed that genes in canonical cancer-related pathways such as Rac, Ras, PI3K/Akt, NF?B and ErBB4 were enriched, and represented biological functional alterations that involve cell cycle, apoptosis, cancer signaling and inflammation. A group of genes previously found to be up-regulated in pre-eclampsia, including GRB2, ATF3, NFKB2, as well as genes in proteasome subunits (PSMA1, PMSE1, PSMD1 and PMSD8), harbored hypomethylated promoters. Contrarily, a cluster of microRNAs, including mir-519a1, mir-301a, mir-487a, mir-185, mir-329, mir-194, mir-376a1, mir-486 and mir-744 were all hypermethylated in their promoters in the EOPE samples. These findings collectively reveal new avenues of research regarding the vast epigenetic modifications in EOPE. PMID:24944161

  19. The role of overexpressed DYRK1A protein in the early onset of neurofibrillary degeneration in Down syndrome

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    Wegiel, Jerzy; Dowjat, Karol; Kaczmarski, Wojciech; Kuchna, Izabela; Nowicki, Krzysztof; Frackowiak, Janusz; Kolecka, Bozena Mazur; Wegiel, Jarek; Silverman, Wayne P.; Reisberg, Barry; deLeon, Mony; Wisniewski, Thomas; Gong, Cheng-Xin; Liu, Fei; Adayev, Tatyana; Chen-Hwang, Mo-Chou; Hwang, Yu-Wen

    2009-01-01

    The gene encoding the minibrain kinase/dual-specificity tyrosine phosphorylated and regulated kinase 1A (DYRK1A) is located in the Down syndrome (DS) critical region of chromosome 21. The third copy of DYRK1A is believed to contribute to abnormal brain development in patients with DS. In vitro studies showing that DYRK1A phosphorylates tau protein suggest that this kinase is also involved in tau protein phosphorylation in the human brain and contributes to neurofibrillary degeneration, and that this contribution might be enhanced in patients with DS. To explore this hypothesis, the brain tissue from 57 subjects including 16 control subjects, 21 patients with DS, and 20 patients with sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD) was examined with two antibodies to the amino-terminus of DYRK1A (7F3 and G-19), as well as two polyclonal antibodies to its carboxy-terminus (X1079 and 324446). Western blots demonstrated higher levels of full-length DYRK1A in the brains of patients with DS when compared to control brains. Immunocytochemistry revealed that DYRK1A accumulates in neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) in subjects with sporadic AD and in subjects with DS/AD. Overexpression of DYRK1A in patients with DS was associated with an increase in DYRK1A-positive NFTs in a gene dosage-dependent manner. Results support the hypothesis that overexpressed DYRK1A contributes to neurofibrillary degeneration in DS more significantly than in subjects with two copies of the DYRK1A gene and sporadic AD. Immunoreactivity with antibodies against DYRK1A not only in NFTs but also in granules in granulovacuolar degeneration and in corpora amylacea suggests that DYRK1A is involved in all three forms of degeneration and that overexpression of this kinase may contribute to the early onset of these pathologies in DS. PMID:18696092

  20. Physical and sexual abuse and early-onset bipolar disorder in youths receiving outpatient services: frequent, but not specific.

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    Du Rocher Schudlich, Tina; Youngstrom, Eric A; Martinez, Maria; KogosYoungstrom, Jennifer; Scovil, Kelly; Ross, Jody; Feeny, Norah C; Findling, Robert L

    2015-04-01

    The objective of this study was to determine if physical and sexual abuse showed relationships to early-onset bipolar spectrum disorders (BPSD) consistent with findings from adult retrospective data. Participants (N?=?829, M?=?10.9 years old?±?3.4 SD, 60 % male, 69 % African American, and 18 % with BPSD), primarily from a low socio-economic status, presented to an urban community mental health center and a university research center. Physical abuse was reported in 21 %, sexual abuse in 20 %, and both physical and sexual abuse in 11 % of youths with BPSD. For youths without BPSD, physical abuse was reported in 16 %, sexual abuse in 15 %, and both physical and sexual abuse in 5 % of youths. Among youth with BPSD, physical abuse was significantly associated with a worse global family environment, more severe depressive and manic symptoms, a greater number of sub-threshold manic/hypomanic symptoms, a greater likelihood of suicidality, a greater likelihood of being diagnosed with PTSD, and more self-reports of alcohol or drug use. Among youth with BPSD, sexual abuse was significantly associated with a worse global family environment, more severe manic symptoms, a greater number of sub-threshold manic/hypomanic symptoms, greater mood swings, more frequent episodes, more reports of past hospitalizations, and a greater number of current and past comorbid Axis I diagnoses. These findings suggest that if physical and/or sexual abuse is reported, clinicians should note that abuse appears to be related to increased severity of symptoms, substance use, greater co-morbidity, suicidality, and a worse family environment. PMID:25118660

  1. Unique Gene Expression Profile Associated with an Early-Onset Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN1)-Associated Pituitary Adenoma

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    Farrell, William E.; Azevedo, Monalisa F.; Batista, Dalia L.; Smith, Alastair; Bourdeau, Isabelle; Horvath, Anelia; Boguszewski, Margaret; Quezado, Martha

    2011-01-01

    Context: Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is caused by mutations in the menin (MEN1) gene. The mechanism(s) by which MEN1 mutations lead to pituitary tumor formation remain(s) unknown. Objective: The aim of the study was to identify the pediatric MEN1-associated pituitary tumor transcriptome. Patients and Methods: A patient harboring a MEN1 mutation (c.525C>G; p.H139D) who presented with an early-onset mammosomatotroph pituitary adenoma was studied. Microarray analysis was performed in the tumor sample and compared with the profile observed in normal pituitaries and in a sporadic mammosomatotropinoma. Validation of the microarray results was performed using quantitative real-time PCR and immunohistochemical analysis for selected genes. Results: In the MEN1-associated pituitary adenoma, 59 and 24 genes were found to be significantly up- and down-regulated, respectively. The up-regulated genes included those involved in cell growth and maintenance, apoptosis, growth arrest, and tumorigenesis. Moreover, we observed decreased expression in genes neuroendocrine in nature and related to growth or apoptosis. Only 21 of the 59 genes differentially expressed in the MEN1-associated adenoma showed a similar expression profile to that seen in the sporadic mammosomatotropinoma; for some genes an opposite expression profile was observed. Conclusions: We identified changes in the transcriptome that occur in pituitary GH- and PRL-producing cells after the loss of menin expression; some of the gene changes are necessary for tumor evolution, and others may be tertiary. Nevertheless, the rare overlap between the expression profiles of the MEN1 tumor vs. that of its sporadic counterpart suggests that these tumors evolve along different molecular pathways. PMID:21917868

  2. Mutations in Tetratricopeptide Repeat Domain 7A Result in a Severe Form of Very Early Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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    Avitzur, Yaron; Guo, Conghui; Mastropaolo, Lucas A; Bahrami, Ehsan; Chen, Hannah; Zhao, Zhen; Elkadri, Abdul; Dhillon, Sandeep; Murchie, Ryan; Fattouh, Ramzi; Huynh, Hien; Walker, Jennifer L; Wales, Paul W; Cutz, Ernest; Kakuta, Yoichi; Dudley, Joel; Kammermeier, Jochen; Powrie, Fiona; Shah, Neil; Walz, Christoph; Nathrath, Michaela; Kotlarz, Daniel; Puchaka, Jacek; Krieger, John; Racek, Tomas; Kirchner, Thomas; Walters, Thomas D; Brumell, John H; Griffiths, Anne M; Rezaei, Nima; Rashtian, Parisa; Najafi, Mehri; Monajemzadeh, Maryam; Pelsue, Stephen; McGovern, Dermot PB; Uhlig, Holm H; Schadt, Eric; Klein, Christoph; Snapper, Scott B; Muise, Aleixo M

    2014-01-01

    Background & Aims Very early onset inflammatory bowel diseases (VEOIBD), including infant disorders, are a diverse group of diseases found in children less than 6 years of age. They have been associated with several gene variants. We aimed to identify genes that cause VEOIBD. Methods We performed whole-exome sequencing of DNA from 1 infants with severe enterocolitis and her parents. Candidate gene mutations were validated in 40 pediatric patients and functional studies were carried out using intestinal samples and human intestinal cell lines. Results We identified compound heterozygote mutations in the tetratricopeptide repeat domain 7 (TTC7A) gene in an infant from non-consanguineous parents with severe exfoliative apoptotic enterocolitis; we also detected the mutations in 2 unrelated families, each with 2 affected siblings. TTC7A interacts with EFR3 homolog B (EFR3B) to regulate phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase (PI4KA) at the plasma membrane. Functional studies demonstrated that TTC7A is expressed in human enterocytes. The mutations we identified in TTC7A result in either mislocalization or reduced expression of TTC7A. PI4KA was found to co-immunoprecipitate with TTC7A; the identified TTC7A mutations reduced this binding. Knockdown of TTC7A in human intestinal-like cell lines reduced their adhesion, increased apoptosis, and decreased production of phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate. Conclusion In a genetic analysis, we identified loss of function mutations in TTC7A in 5 infants with VEOIBD. Functional studies demonstrated that the mutations cause defects in enterocytes and T cells that lead to severe apoptotic enterocolitis. Defects in the PI4KA–TTC7A–EFR3B pathway are involved in the pathogenesis of VEOIBD. PMID:24417819

  3. Sporadic Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer Is a Specific Sub-Type of Cancer: A Morphological, Molecular and Genetics Study

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    Kirzin, Sylvain; Marisa, Laetitia; Guimbaud, Rosine; De Reynies, Aurélien; Legrain, Michèle; Laurent-Puig, Pierre; Cordelier, Pierre; Pradère, Bernard; Bonnet, Delphine; Meggetto, Fabienne; Portier, Guillaume; Brousset, Pierre; Selves, Janick

    2014-01-01

    Sporadic early onset colorectal carcinoma (EOCRC) which has by definition no identified hereditary predisposition is a growing problem that remains poorly understood. Molecular analysis could improve identification of distinct sub-types of colorectal cancers (CRC) with therapeutic implications and thus can help establish that sporadic EOCRC is a distinct entity. From 954 patients resected for CRC at our institution, 98 patients were selected. Patients aged 45–60 years were excluded to help define “young” and “old” groups. Thirty-nine cases of sporadic EOCRC (patients?45 years with microsatellite stable tumors) were compared to both microsatellite stable tumors from older patients (36 cases, patients>60 years) and to groups of patients with microsatellite instability. Each group was tested for TP53, KRAS, BRAF, PIK3CA mutations and the presence of a methylator phenotype. Gene expression profiles were also used for pathway analysis. Compared to microsatellite stable CRC from old patients, sporadic EOCRC were characterized by distal location, frequent synchronous metastases and infrequent synchronous adenomas but did not have specific morphological characteristics. A familial history of CRC was more common in sporadic EOCRC patients despite a lack of identified hereditary conditions (p?=?0.013). Genetic studies also showed the absence of BRAF mutations (p?=?0.022) and the methylator phenotype (p?=?0.005) in sporadic EOCRC compared to older patients. Gene expression analysis implicated key pathways such as Wnt/beta catenin, MAP Kinase, growth factor signaling (EGFR, HGF, PDGF) and the TNFR1 pathway in sporadic EOCRC. Wnt/beta catenin signaling activation was confirmed by aberrant nuclear beta catenin immunostaining (p?=?0.01). This study strongly suggests that sporadic EOCRC is a distinct clinico-molecular entity presenting as a distal and aggressive disease associated with chromosome instability. Furthermore, several signaling pathways including the TNFR1 pathway have been identified as potential biomarkers for both the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. PMID:25083765

  4. Caspase-Mediated Apoptosis in the Cochleae Contributes to the Early Onset of Hearing Loss in A/J Mice

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    Han, Xu; Ge, Ruli; Xie, Gang; Li, Ping; Zhao, Xin; Gao, Lixiang; Zhang, Heng; Wang, Oumei; Huang, Fei; Han, Fengchan

    2015-01-01

    A/J and C57BL/6?J (B6) mice share a mutation in Cdh23 (ahl allele) and are characterized by age-related hearing loss. However, hearing loss occurs much earlier in A/J mice at about four weeks of age. Recent study has revealed that a mutation in citrate synthase (Cs) is one of the main contributors, but the mechanism is largely unknown. In the present study, we showed that A/J mice displayed more severe degeneration of hair cells, spiral ganglion neurons, and stria vascularis in the cochleae compared with B6 mice. Moreover, messenger RNA accumulation levels of caspase-3 and caspase-9 in the inner ears of A/J mice were significantly higher than those in B6 mice at 2 and 8 weeks of age. Immunohistochemistry localized caspase-3 expression mainly to the hair cells, spiral ganglion neurons, and stria vascularis in cochleae. In vitro transfection with Cs short hairpin RNA (shRNA) alone or cotransfection with Cs shRNA and Cdh23 shRNA significantly increased the levels of caspase-3 in an inner ear cell line (HEI-OC1). Finally, a pan-caspase inhibitor Z-VAD-FMK could preserve the hearing of A/J mice by lowering about 15 decibels of the sound pressure level for the auditory-evoked brainstem response thresholds. In conclusion, our results suggest that caspase-mediated apoptosis in the cochleae, which may be related to a Cs mutation, contributes to the early onset of hearing loss in A/J mice. PMID:25732708

  5. Bilateral lateral periodontal cyst.

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    Govil, Somya; Gupta, Vishesh; Misra, Neeta; Misra, Pradyumna

    2013-01-01

    The bilateral lateral periodontal cyst is a rare nasological entity, which despite clinical and radiological presentation is being diagnosed by histological characteristics. It is asymptomatic in nature and is observed in routine radiography. The aim and objective of this article is to present a rare case of bilateral lateral periodontal cyst in a 14-year-old child. The clinical and radiographical findings, along with its management have been discussed. Enucleation of bilateral cyst without extraction of the adjacent tooth was performed. Lesion samples were sent for histopathological analysis. The histopathological analysis revealed a thin, non keratinised stratified squamous epithelium resembling reduced enamel epithelium. Epithelial plaques were also seen. A clinicopathological correlation incorporating the surgical, radiographical and gold standard histopathological findings was obtained to suggest the final diagnosis of the bilateral lateral periodontal cyst. PMID:23667246

  6. PACAP-Deficient Mice Exhibit Light Parameter–Dependent Abnormalities on Nonvisual Photoreception and Early Activity Onset

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    Kawaguchi, Chihiro; Isojima, Yasushi; Shintani, Norihito; Hatanaka, Michiyoshi; Guo, Xiaohong; Okumura, Nobuaki; Nagai, Katsuya; Hashimoto, Hitoshi; Baba, Akemichi

    2010-01-01

    Background The photopigment melanopsin has been suggested to act as a dominant photoreceptor in nonvisual photoreception including resetting of the circadian clock (entrainment), direct tuning or masking of vital status (activity, sleep/wake cycles, etc.), and the pupillary light reflex (PLR). Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) is exclusively coexpressed with melanopsin in a small subset of retinal ganglion cells and is predicted to be involved extensively in these responses; however, there were inconsistencies in the previous reports, and its functional role has not been well understood. Methodology/Principal Findings Here we show that PACAP-deficient mice exhibited severe dysfunctions of entrainment in a time-dependent manner. The abnormalities in the mutant mice were intensity-dependent in phase delay and duration-dependent in phase advance. The knockout mice also displayed blunted masking, which was dependent on lighting conditions, but not completely lost. The dysfunctions of masking in the mutant mice were recovered by infusion of PACAP-38. By contrast, these mutant mice show a normal PLR. We examined the retinal morphology and innervations in the mutant mice, and no apparent changes were observed in melanopsin-immunoreactive cells. These data suggest that the dysfunctions of entrainment and masking were caused by the loss of PACAP, not by the loss of light input itself. Moreover, PACAP-deficient mice express an unusually early onset of activities, from approximately four hours before the dark period, without influencing the phase of the endogenous circadian clock. Conclusions/Significance Although some groups including us reported the abnormalities in photic entrainments in PACAP- and PAC1-knockout mice, there were inconsistencies in their results [1], [2], [3], [4]. The time-dependent dysfunctions of photic entrainment in the PACAP-knockout mice described in this paper can integrate the incompatible data in previous reports. The recovery of impaired masking by infusion of PACAP-38 in the mutant mice is the first direct evidence of the relationship between PACAP and masking. These results indicate that PACAP regulates particular nonvisual light responses by conveying parametric light information—that is, intensity and duration. The “early-bird” phenotype in the mutant mice originally reported in this paper supposed that PACAP also has a critical role in daily behavioral patterns, especially during the light-to-dark transition period. PMID:20174586

  7. Lateral periodontal cyst.

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    Friedrich, Reinhard E; Scheuer, Hanna A; Zustin, Jozef

    2014-01-01

    The lateral periodontal cyst (LPC) is a harmless developmental aberration derived from odontogenic epithelia lying between the roots of vital teeth. The exact histogenesis of LPC is a matter of debate but therapy is usually only required to maintain stable periodontal conditions and in case of evidence for growth of the cyst. We report on a case of LPC where successful surgical therapy had initialized osseous restoration. We further discuss the value of histological findings to substantiate a clinical and radiological diagnosis. PMID:24982228

  8. Probiotics and periodontal health.

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    Gupta, G

    2011-11-14

    Periodontitis is one of the most common chronic inflammatory diseases. The etiology is clearly bacterial and a number of putative bacterial pathogens have been associated with the disease, including Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Tannerella forsythus and Porphyromonas gingivalis. Comparatively, little attention has been paid to the identification of health-associated and potentially beneficial bacterial species that may reside in the gingival sulcus. Probiotic technology represents a breakthrough approach to maintaining oral health by using natural beneficial bacteria, commonly found in healthy mouths, to provide a natural defense against those bacteria which are thought to be harmful to teeth and gums. This article endeavors to introduce the concepts of probiotics in periodontics. PMID:22514571

  9. Probiotics and periodontal health

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    2011-01-01

    Periodontitis is one of the most common chronic inflammatory diseases. The etiology is clearly bacterial and a number of putative bacterial pathogens have been associated with the disease, including Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Tannerella forsythus and Porphyromonas gingivalis. Comparatively, little attention has been paid to the identification of health-associated and potentially beneficial bacterial species that may reside in the gingival sulcus. Probiotic technology represents a breakthrough approach to maintaining oral health by using natural beneficial bacteria, commonly found in healthy mouths, to provide a natural defense against those bacteria which are thought to be harmful to teeth and gums. This article endeavors to introduce the concepts of probiotics in periodontics. PMID:22514571

  10. Significant adverse reactions to long-acting gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists for the treatment of central precocious puberty and early onset puberty

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    Lee, Ji Woo; Kim, Hyung Jin; Choe, Yun Mee; Kang, Hee Suk; Kim, Soon Ki; Jun, Yong Hoon

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Long-acting gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRHa) are commonly used to treat central precocious puberty (CPP) in Korea. Although rare, there have been reports on the characteristic of adverse reactions of GnRHa in CPP among the Korean population. This study was intended to report on our clinical experience regarding significant adverse reactions to long-acting GnRHa in CPP and early onset puberty and to evaluate the prevalence rate of serious side effects. Methods This retrospective study included children with CPP and early onset puberty, who were administered monthly with long-acting GnRHa (leuprolide acetate, triptorelin acetate) at the outpatient clinic of Department of Pediatrics, at Inha University Hospital, between January 2011 and December 2013. We analyzed the clinical characteristics of patients who experienced significant adverse reactions and evaluated the prevalence rate. Results Six serious side effects (0.9%) were observed among total of 621 CPP and early onset puberty children with GnRHa therapy. The number of sterile abscess formation was four in three patients (4 events of 621). Anaphylaxis occurred in only one patient, and unilateral slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) in another one patient. Anaphylaxis occurred after the 6th administration of the monthly depot triptorelin acetate. Unilateral SCFE developed in GnRHa therapy. Conclusion Sterile abscess formation occurred in 0.6% of CPP and early onset puberty patients from the administration of a monthly depot GnRHa therapy. The occurrences of anaphylaxis and SCFE are extremely rare, but can have serious implications on patients. Clinicians should be aware of these potential adverse effects related to GnRHa therapy in CPP. PMID:25346917

  11. Prominent behavioural and psychiatric symptoms in early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in a sib pair with the presenilin-1 gene R269G mutation

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    M. Doran; A. J. Larner

    2004-01-01

    Two siblings with the R269G mutation in the presenilin-1 gene causing early-onset Alzheimer’s disease are presented, only the second family with this mutation to be reported. Behavioural and psychiatric symptoms were prominent in both cases, as well as cognitive decline. Other reports of presenilin-1 gene mutations associated with behavioural and psychiatric symptoms are reviewed. The distribution of such mutations throughout

  12. ARTICLES Family History of Breast and Ovarian Cancers and BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations in a Population-Based Series of Early-Onset Breast Cancer

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    Niklas Loman; Oskar Johannsson; Ulf Kristoffersson; Håkan Olsson; Åke Borg

    Background: BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the two major suscep- tibility genes involved in hereditary breast cancer. This study was undertaken to provide reliable population-based estimates of genetic influence and to characterize the nature and prevalence of BRCA1 and BRCA2 germline mutations in early-onset breast cancer. Methods: In a series comprising all women diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of

  13. Smoking and periodontal disease.

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    Kinane, D F; Chestnutt, I G

    2000-01-01

    Numerous investigations of the relationship between smoking and periodontal disease have been performed over the last 15 years, and there now exists a substantial body of literature upon which this current review is based. From both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, there appears to be strong epidemiological evidence that smoking confers a considerably increased risk of periodontal disease. This evidence is further supported by the data emanating from patients who stop smoking. These patients have levels of risk similar to those of non-smokers. Numerous studies of the potential mechanisms whereby smoking tobacco may predispose to periodontal disease have been conducted, and it appears that smoking may affect the vasculature, the humoral immune system, and the cellular immune and inflammatory systems, and have effects throughout the cytokine and adhesion molecule network. The aim of this review is to consider the evidence for the association between smoking and periodontal diseases and to highlight the biological mechanisms whereby smoking may affect the periodontium. PMID:11021635

  14. Periodontics II: Course Proposal.

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    Dordick, Bruce

    A proposal is presented for Periodontics II, a course offered at the Community College of Philadelphia to give the dental hygiene/assisting student an understanding of the disease states of the periodontium and their treatment. A standardized course proposal cover form is given, followed by a statement of purpose for the course, a list of major…

  15. A longitudinal assessment of periodontal disease in 52 miniature schnauzers

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    2014-01-01

    Background Periodontal disease (PD) is the most widespread oral disease in dogs and has been associated with serious systemic diseases. The disease is more prevalent in small breeds compared to large breeds and incidence increases with advancing age. In prevalence studies 84% of beagles over the age of 3 and 100% of poodles over the age of 4 were diagnosed with PD. Current knowledge of the rate of progression of PD is limited. The objective of this study was to determine the rate of PD progression in miniature schnauzers, an at risk small breed of dog. Dogs (n?=?52, age 1.3-6.9 years) who had received a regular oral care regime prior to this study were assessed for levels of gingivitis and periodontitis around the whole gingival margin in every tooth under general anaesthetic. Assessments were conducted approximately every six weeks for up to 60 weeks following the cessation of the oral care regime. Results All of the 2155 teeth assessed entered the study with some level of gingivitis. 23 teeth entered the study with periodontitis, observed across 12 dogs aged between 1.3 and 6.9 years. 35 dogs had at least 12 teeth progress to periodontitis within 60 weeks. Of the teeth that progressed to periodontitis, 54% were incisors. The lingual aspect of the incisors was significantly more likely to be affected (p?periodontitis-affected teeth was variable with 24% of the aspects affected having very mild gingivitis, 36% mild gingivitis and 40% moderate gingivitis. Periodontitis progression rate was significantly faster in older dogs. Only one dog (age 3.5) did not have any teeth progress to periodontitis after 60 weeks. Conclusions This is the first study to have assessed the progression rate of periodontitis in miniature schnauzers and highlights that with no oral care regime, the early stages of periodontitis develop rapidly in this breed. An oral care regime and twice yearly veterinary dental health checks should be provided from an early age for this breed and other breeds with similar periodontitis incidence rates. PMID:25179569

  16. Periodontal Regeneration Using Periodontal Ligament Stem Cell-Transferred Amnion

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    Iwasaki, Kengo; Yokoyama, Naoki; Tanaka, Yuichi; Taki, Atsuko; Honda, Izumi; Kimura, Yasuyuki; Takeda, Masaki; Akazawa, Keiko; Oda, Shigeru; Izumi, Yuichi; Morita, Ikuo

    2014-01-01

    Periodontal disease is characterized by the destruction of tooth supporting tissues. Regeneration of periodontal tissues using ex vivo expanded cells has been introduced and studied, although appropriate methodology has not yet been established. We developed a novel cell transplant method for periodontal regeneration using periodontal ligament stem cell (PDLSC)-transferred amniotic membrane (PDLSC-amnion). The aim of this study was to investigate the regenerative potential of PDLSC-amnion in a rat periodontal defect model. Cultured PDLSCs were transferred onto amniotic membranes using a glass substrate treated with polyethylene glycol and photolithography. The properties of PDLSCs were investigated by flow cytometry and in vitro differentiation. PDLSC-amnion was transplanted into surgically created periodontal defects in rat maxillary molars. Periodontal regeneration was evaluated by microcomputed tomography (micro-CT) and histological analysis. PDLSCs showed mesenchymal stem cell-like characteristics such as cell surface marker expression (CD90, CD44, CD73, CD105, CD146, and STRO-1) and trilineage differentiation ability (i.e., into osteoblasts, adipocytes, and chondrocytes). PDLSC-amnion exhibited a single layer of PDLSCs on the amniotic membrane and stability of the sheet even with movement and deformation caused by surgical instruments. We observed that the PDLSC-amnion enhanced periodontal tissue regeneration as determined by micro-CT and histology by 4 weeks after transplantation. These data suggest that PDLSC-amnion has therapeutic potential as a novel cell-based regenerative periodontal therapy. PMID:24032400

  17. Composition of human peri-implantitis and periodontitis lesions.

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    Carcuac, O; Berglundh, T

    2014-11-01

    The aim of the present study was to examine differences in cellular characteristics of human peri-implantitis and periodontitis lesions. Two groups of patients were included: 40 patients with generalized severe chronic periodontitis and 40 patients presenting with severe peri-implantitis. Soft tissue biopsies were obtained from diseased sites (probing pocket depth ? 7 mm with bleeding on probing) and prepared for histologic and immunohistochemical analysis. In contrast to periodontitis samples, peri-implantitis lesions were more than twice as large and contained significantly larger area proportions, numbers, and densities of CD138-, CD68-, and MPO-positive cells than periodontitis lesions. Peri-implantitis lesions also extended to a position that was apical of the pocket epithelium and not surrounded by noninfiltrated connective tissue. They further presented with significantly larger densities of vascular structures in the connective tissue area lateral to the infiltrated connective tissue than within the infiltrate. This study suggests that peri-implantitis and periodontitis lesions exhibit critical histopathologic differences, which contribute to the understanding of dissimilarities in onset and progression between the 2 diseases. PMID:25261052

  18. Saliva: A diagnostic biomarker of periodontal diseases

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    Patil, Priti Basgauda; Patil, Basgauda Ramesh

    2011-01-01

    Early detection of disease plays a crucial role in successful therapy. Early diagnosis and management reduces the severity and possible complications of the disease process. To overcome this challenge, medical researchers are devoted to finding molecular disease biomarkers that reveal a hidden lethal threat before the disease becomes complicated. Saliva, an important physiologic fluid, containing a highly complex mixture of substances, is rapidly gaining popularity as a diagnostic tool. Periodontal disease is a chronic disease of the oral cavity comprising a group of inflammatory conditions affecting the supporting structures of the dentition. In the field of periodontology, traditional clinical criteria are often insufficient for determining sites of active disease, for monitoring the response to therapy, or for measuring the degree of susceptibility to future disease progression. Saliva, as a mirror of oral and systemic health, is a valuable source for clinically relevant information because it contains biomarkers specific for the unique physiologic aspects of periodontal diseases. This review highlights the various potentials of saliva as a diagnostic biomarker for periodontal diseases. PMID:22368352

  19. Management of the neonate at risk for early-onset Group B streptococcal disease (GBS EOD): new paediatric guidelines in Belgium.

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    Mahieu, L; Langhendries, J-P; Cossey, V; De Praeter, C; Lepage, P; Melin, P

    2014-10-01

    Despite group B streptococcal (GBS) screening in late pregnancy and intrapartum antimicrobial prophylaxis, early-onset sepsis in neonates remains a common source of neonatal morbidity and mortality especially in preterm neonates. The identification of neonates with early-onset sepsis is usually based on perinatal risk factors. Clinical signs are aspecific and laboratory tests are not sensitive. Therefore, many clinicians will overtreat at-risk infants. Inappropriate treatment with antibiotics increases the risk for late-onset sepsis, necrotizing enterocolitis, mortality, and prolongs hospitalisation and costs. In 2003, the Belgian Health Council published guidelines for the prevention of perinatal GBS infections. This report presents the Belgian paediatric management guidelines, which have been endorsed by the Belgian and Flemish societies of neonatology and paediatrics. The most imported changes in the 2014 guidelines are the following: recommendations for a lumbar puncture; clarification of normal spinal fluid parameters and blood neutrophil indices corrected for gestation age; specific timing for diagnostic testing after birth; no indication for diagnostic testing in asymptomatic newborns unless additional risk factors; a revised algorithm for management of neonates according to maternal and neonatal risk factors; and premature infants described as those below 35 weeks instead of 37 weeks. The guidelines were made on the basis of the best evidence and on expert opinion when inadequate evidence exists. PMID:25056493

  20. Taxonomy, biology, and periodontal aspects of Fusobacterium nucleatum.

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    Bolstad, A I; Jensen, H B; Bakken, V

    1996-01-01

    The pathogenic potential of Fusobacterium nucleatum and its significance in the development of periodontal diseases, as well as in infections in other organs, have gained new interest for several reasons. First, this bacterium has the potential to be pathogenic because of its number and frequency in periodontal lesions, its production of tissue irritants, its synergism with other bacteria in mixed infections, and its ability to form aggregates with other suspected pathogens in periodontal disease and thus act as a bridge between early and late colonizers on the tooth surface. Second, of the microbial species that are statistically associated with periodontal disease, F. nucleatum is the most common in clinical infections of other body sites. Third, during the past few years, new techniques have made it possible to obtain more information about F. nucleatum on the genetic level, thereby also gaining better knowledge of the structure and functions of the outer membrane proteins (OMPs). OMPs are of great interest with respect to coaggregation, cell nutrition, and antibiotic susceptibility. This review covers what is known to date about F. nucleatum in general, such as taxonomy and biology, with special emphasis on its pathogenic potential. Its possible relationship to other periodontal bacteria in the development of periodontal diseases and the possible roles played by OMPs are considered. PMID:8665477

  1. Diagnostic Value of Simultaneous Measurement of Procalcitonin, Interleukin-6 and hs-CRP in Prediction of Early-Onset Neonatal Sepsis

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    Abdollahi, Alireza; Shoar, Saeed; Nayyeri, Fatemeh; Shariat, Mamak

    2012-01-01

    Neonatal sepsis is a major cause of morbidities and mortalities mostly remarkable in the third world nations.We aimed to assess the value of simultaneous measurement of procalcitonin (PCT) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in association with high sensitive- C reactive protein(hs-CRP) in prediction of early neonatal sepsis. A follow-up study was performed on 95 neonates who were below 12 hours (h) of age and had clinical signs of sepsis or maternal risk factors for sepsis. Neonates were assigned to 4 groups including “proven early-onset sepsis”, “clinical early-onset sepsis”, “negative infectious status”, and “uncertain infectious status”. Blood samples were obtained within the first 12 h of birth repeated between 24 hours and 36 hours of age for determination of serum levels of PCT, IL-6, hs-CRP, and white blood cell (WBC) count. On admission, neonates with sepsis had a higher WBC count, IL-6, PCT, and hs-CRP levels compared with those neonates without sepsis. This remained significant even after 12–24 hours of admission. Also, patients with clinical evidences of sepsis had a higher serum level of PCT and IL-6 within 12–24 hours after admission compared to the patients with uncertain sepsis. The combination of PCT and IL-6 yielded had a sensitivity of 88% and PCT and CRP (using the cutoff value of 8 mg/L) a sensitivity of 82%.The areas under the ROC curve for the two periods were 0.801, and 0.819 respectively. In final The combination of IL-6, hs-CRP, and PCT seems to be predictive in diagnosis of early onset neonatal sepsis. PMID:22708043

  2. Genome-wide scan for genes involved in bipolar affective disorder in 70 European families ascertained through a bipolar type I early-onset proband: supportive evidence for linkage at 3p14

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    B Etain; F Mathieu; M Rietschel; W Maier; M Albus; P McKeon; S Roche; C Kealey; D Blackwood; W Muir; F Bellivier; C Henry; C Dina; S Gallina; H Gurling; A Malafosse; M Preisig; F Ferrero; S Cichon; J Schumacher; S Ohlraun; M Borrmann-Hassenbach; P Propping; R Abou Jamra; T G Schulze; A Marusic; Z M Dernovsek; B Giros; T Bourgeron; A Lemainque; D Bacq; C Betard; C Charon; M M Nöthen; M Lathrop; M Leboyer

    2006-01-01

    Preliminary studies suggested that age at onset (AAO) may help to define homogeneous bipolar affective disorder (BPAD) subtypes. This candidate symptom approach might be useful to identify vulnerability genes. Thus, the probability of detecting major disease-causing genes might be increased by focusing on families with early-onset BPAD type I probands. This study was conducted as part of the European Collaborative

  3. Preliminary evidence for an association of a dinucleotide repeat polymorphism at the MAOA gene with early onset alcoholism/substance abuse

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    Vanyukov, M.M.; Moss, H.B.; Tarter, R.E. [Univ. of Pittsburg, PA (United States)] [and others

    1995-04-24

    An association between the liability to early onset alcoholism/substance abuse and a recently discovered dinucleotide repeat length polymorphism at the MAOA gene (MAOCA-1) was examined using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A significant correlation between the presence/absence of the disorder and the length of the MAOCA-1 repeat was found in males, but not females, with {open_quotes}long{close_quotes} alleles (repeat length above 115 bp) associated with both increased risk for the disorder and lower age of onset of substance abuse. These preliminary data suggest that further exploration of the relationship between the MAOA gene and behavioral traits in an expanded sample is warranted. 22 refs., 1 fig., 3 tabs.

  4. DEAR1 Is a Dominant Regulator of Acinar Morphogenesis and an Independent Predictor of Local Recurrence-Free Survival in Early-Onset Breast Cancer

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    Lott, Steven T.; Chen, Nanyue; Chandler, Dawn S.; Yang, Qifeng; Wang, Luo; Rodriguez, Marivonne; Xie, Hongyan; Balasenthil, Seetharaman; Buchholz, Thomas A.; Sahin, Aysegul A.; Chaung, Katrina; Zhang, Baili; Olufemi, Shodimu-Emmanu; Chen, Jinyun; Adams, Henry; Band, Vimla; El-Naggar, Adel K.; Frazier, Marsha L.; Keyomarsi, Khandan; Hunt, Kelly K.; Sen, Subrata; Haffty, Bruce; Hewitt, Stephen M.; Krahe, Ralf; Killary, Ann McNeill

    2009-01-01

    Background Breast cancer in young women tends to have a natural history of aggressive disease for which rates of recurrence are higher than in breast cancers detected later in life. Little is known about the genetic pathways that underlie early-onset breast cancer. Here we report the discovery of DEAR1 (ductal epithelium–associated RING Chromosome 1), a novel gene encoding a member of the TRIM (tripartite motif) subfamily of RING finger proteins, and provide evidence for its role as a dominant regulator of acinar morphogenesis in the mammary gland and as an independent predictor of local recurrence-free survival in early-onset breast cancer. Methods and Findings Suppression subtractive hybridization identified DEAR1 as a novel gene mapping to a region of high-frequency loss of heterozygosity (LOH) in a number of histologically diverse human cancers within Chromosome 1p35.1. In the breast epithelium, DEAR1 expression is limited to the ductal and glandular epithelium and is down-regulated in transition to ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), an early histologic stage in breast tumorigenesis. DEAR1 missense mutations and homozygous deletion (HD) were discovered in breast cancer cell lines and tumor samples. Introduction of the DEAR1 wild type and not the missense mutant alleles to complement a mutation in a breast cancer cell line, derived from a 36-year-old female with invasive breast cancer, initiated acinar morphogenesis in three-dimensional (3D) basement membrane culture and restored tissue architecture reminiscent of normal acinar structures in the mammary gland in vivo. Stable knockdown of DEAR1 in immortalized human mammary epithelial cells (HMECs) recapitulated the growth in 3D culture of breast cancer cell lines containing mutated DEAR1, in that shDEAR1 clones demonstrated disruption of tissue architecture, loss of apical basal polarity, diffuse apoptosis, and failure of lumen formation. Furthermore, immunohistochemical staining of a tissue microarray from a cohort of 123 young female breast cancer patients with a 20-year follow-up indicated that in early-onset breast cancer, DEAR1 expression serves as an independent predictor of local recurrence-free survival and correlates significantly with strong family history of breast cancer and the triple-negative phenotype (ER?, PR?, HER-2?) of breast cancers with poor prognosis. Conclusions Our data provide compelling evidence for the genetic alteration and loss of expression of DEAR1 in breast cancer, for the functional role of DEAR1 in the dominant regulation of acinar morphogenesis in 3D culture, and for the potential utility of an immunohistochemical assay for DEAR1 expression as an independent prognostic marker for stratification of early-onset disease. PMID:19536326

  5. Lasers in periodontics

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    Elavarasu, Sugumari; Naveen, Devisree; Thangavelu, Arthiie

    2012-01-01

    Laser is one of the most captivating technologies in dental practice since Theodore Maiman in 1960 invented the ruby laser. Lasers in dentistry have revolutionized several areas of treatment in the last three and a half decades of the 20th century. Introduced as an alternative to mechanical cutting device, laser has now become an instrument of choice in many dental applications. Evidence suggests its use in initial periodontal therapy, surgery, and more recently, its utility in salvaging implant opens up a wide range of applications. More research with better designs are a necessity before lasers can become a part of dental armamentarium. This paper gives an insight to laser in periodontics. PMID:23066266

  6. Genetic evaluation based on family history and Her2 status correctly identifies TP53 mutations in very early onset breast cancer cases.

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    Fostira, F; Konstantopoulou, I; Mavroudis, D; Tryfonopoulos, D; Yannoukakos, D; Voutsinas, G E

    2015-04-01

    Currently, hereditary breast cancer is being attributed to more than 20 genes of differing penetrance. Although BRCA1 and BRCA2 are still the genes of reference for breast cancer susceptibility, extreme breast cancer phenotypes may be the result of deleterious alleles of other genes. Here, we report three families with early-onset breast cancer that were initially referred for BRCA1/BRCA2 genetic testing. They were diagnosed with breast cancer at an extraordinarily early age. On the basis of their extensive family history, which included multiple cancer types, and their Her2 status, they were suspected for Li-Fraumeni syndrome. Indeed, all three probands were found to harbor TP53 tumor suppressor gene mutations. These included p.C275X, described here for the first time, as well as p.R213X and p.Y220C, which have been described in the past. Our conclusion is that decisions on genetic analysis for inherited early onset breast cancer should always be based on detailed pedigree information, combined with Her2 status. PMID:24702488

  7. Outcomes of nonsurgical periodontal therapy in severe generalized aggressive periodontitis

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    2014-01-01

    Purpose Aggressive periodontitis, especially in its severe form, was traditionally considered to have an unfavourable prognosis. It required a complex treatment and its stabilization was often achieved by surgical therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate the results of nonsurgical periodontal treatment in severe generalized forms of aggressive periodontitis. Methods Patients with advanced generalized aggressive periodontitis were included in the study. Probing depth (PD) of pockets ?7 mm and clinical attachment level (CAL) of sites with attachment loss ?5 mm were measured at baseline before nonsurgical periodontal treatment, at re-evaluation, and after treatment. The following other parameters were recorded: resolution of inflammation and bone fill. We compared the baseline values with re-evaluation and posttreatment values using the Friedman test. The Wilcoxon test with the Bonferroni correction was used for both re-evaluation and posttreatment values. Results Seven patients with 266 periodontal sites were examined. A significant difference was found between values, reported as medians with interquartile ranges, for PD at baseline (7.94 [7.33-8.19] mm) and both re-evaluation (4.33 [3.63-5.08] mm) and posttreatment (3.54 [3.33-4.11] mm) values (P=0.002). A significant difference was also found between values for CAL at baseline (9.02 [7.5-9.2] mm) and both re-evaluation (6.55 [6.30-6.87] mm) and posttreatment (6.45 [5.70-6.61] mm) (P=0.002). Inflammation was resolved and angular bone defects were repaired in all cases. Conclusions These therapeutic results suggest that this form of periodontitis could have positive outcomes after nonsurgical periodontal treatment. The reparative potential of tissue affected by severe aggressive periodontitis should encourage clinicians to save apparently hopeless teeth in cases of this form of periodontitis. Graphical Abstract PMID:25177522

  8. College of Dentistry PER Periodontics

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    MacAdam, Keith

    College of Dentistry PER Periodontics KEY: # = new course * = course changed = course dropped University of Kentucky 2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin 1 PER 626 ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN GENERAL DENTISTRY. (1 dentistry that are essential to the clinical practice of periodontics. It includes advanced instruction

  9. Obesity, Inflammation, and Periodontal Disease

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    N. Pischon; N. Heng; J.-P. Bernimoulin; B.-M. Kleber; S. N. Willich; T. Pischon

    2007-01-01

    The prevalence of obesity has increased substantially over the past decades in most industrialized countries. Obesity is a systemic disease that predisposes to a variety of co-morbidities and complications that affect overall health. Cross-sectional studies suggest that obesity is also associated with oral diseases, particularly periodontal disease, and prospective studies suggest that periodontitis may be related to cardiovascular disease. The

  10. Periodontal Dressing: A Review Article

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    Baghani, Zahra; Kadkhodazadeh, Mahdi

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this paper was to review the commercially available periodontal dressings, their physical and chemical properties, biocompatibility and therapeutic effects. Electronic search of scientific papers from 1956 to 2012 was carried out using PubMed, Scopus and Wiley InterScience search engines using the searched terms periodontal dressing, periodontal pack. Numerous in vitro and in vivo studies have evaluated various properties of periodontal dressings. Physical and chemical properties of dressings are directly related to their dimensional changes and adhesion properties. Their biocompatibility and therapeutic effect are among the other factors evaluated in the literature. Chlorhexidine is the most commonly used antibacterial agent in studies. In general, when comparing the advantages with the disadvantages, application of periodontal dressing seems to be beneficial. Numerous factors are involved in selection of an optimal dressing such as surgeon’s intention, required time for the dressing to remain on the surgery site and its dimensional changes. PMID:24578815

  11. Common Periodontal Diseases of Children and Adolescents

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    Al-Kahtani, Salem; Al-Duhaimi, Saad

    2014-01-01

    Background. Since 2000, studies, experiments, and clinical observations revealed high prevalence of periodontal diseases among children and adolescents. Therefore, this paper was designed to provide an update for dental practitioners on epidemiology, microbiology, pathology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases in children and adolescents. Methods. This paper reviews the current literature concerning periodontal diseases in pediatric dentistry. It includes MEDLINE database search using key terms: “periodontal diseases in children,” “Periodontal diseasesin adolescents,” “periodontal diseases risk factors,” “microbiology of periodontal diseases,” “classification of periodontal diseases,” “epidemiology of periodontal diseases,” and “treatment of periodontal diseases.” Articles were evaluated by title and/or abstract and relevance to pediatric dentistry. Sixty-five citations were selected by this method and by the references within the chosen articles. A review of the comprehensive textbooks on pediatric dentistry and periodontology was done. Some recommendations were based on the opinions of experienced researchers and clinicians, when data were inconclusive. PMID:25053946

  12. Physical mapping of the major early-onset familial Alzheimer`s disease locus on chromosome 14 and analysis of candidate gene sequences

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    Tanzi, R.E.; Romano, D.M.; Crowley, A.C. [Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, MA (United States)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    Genetic studies of kindreds displaying evidence for familial AD (FAD) have led to the localization of gene defects responsible for this disorder on chromosomes 14, 19, and 21. A minor early-onset FAD gene on chromosome 21 has been identified to enode the amyloid precursor protein (APP), and the late-onset FAD susceptibility locus on chromosome 19 has been shown to be in linkage disequilibrium with the E4 allele of the APOE gene. Meanwhile, the locus responsible for the major form of early-onset FAD on chromosome 14q24 has not yet been identified. By recombinational analysis, we have refined the minimal candidate region containing the gene defect to approximately 3 megabases in 14q24. We will describe our laboratory`s progress on attempts to finely localize this locus, as well as test known candidate genes from this region for either inclusion in the minimal candidate region or the presence of pathogenic mutations. Candidate genes that have been tested so far include cFOS, heat shock protein 70 member (HSF2A), transforming growth factor beta (TGFB3), the trifunctional protein C1-THF synthase (MTHFD), bradykinin receptor (BR), and the E2k component of a-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase. HSP2A, E2k, MTHFD, and BR do not map to the current defined minimal candidate region; however, sequence analysis must be performed to confirm exclusion of these genes as true candidates. Meanwhile, no pathogenic mutations have yet been found in cFOS or TGFB3. We have also isolated a large number of novel transcribed sequences from the minimal candidate region in the form of {open_quotes}trapped exons{close_quotes} from cosmids identified by hybridization to select YAC clones; we are currently in the process of searching for pathogenic mutations in these exons in affected individuals from FAD families.

  13. A homozygous mutation in LYRM7/MZM1L associated with early onset encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and severe reduction of mitochondrial complex III activity.

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    Invernizzi, Federica; Tigano, Marco; Dallabona, Cristina; Donnini, Claudia; Ferrero, Ileana; Cremonte, Maurizio; Ghezzi, Daniele; Lamperti, Costanza; Zeviani, Massimo

    2013-12-01

    Mutations in nuclear genes associated with defective complex III (cIII) of the mitochondrial respiratory chain are rare, having been found in only two cIII assembly factors and, as private changes in single families, three cIII structural subunits. Recently, human LYRM7/MZM1L, the ortholog of yeast MZM1, has been identified as a new assembly factor for cIII. In a baby patient with early onset, severe encephalopathy, lactic acidosis and profound, isolated cIII deficiency in skeletal muscle, we identified a disease-segregating homozygous mutation (c.73G>A) in LYRM7/MZM1L, predicting a drastic change in a highly conserved amino-acid residue (p.Asp25Asn). In a mzm1? yeast strain, the expression of a mzm1(D25N) mutant allele caused temperature-sensitive respiratory growth defect, decreased oxygen consumption, impaired maturation/stabilization of the Rieske Fe-S protein, and reduced complex III activity and amount. LYRM7/MZM1L is a novel disease gene, causing cIII-defective, early onset, severe mitochondrial encephalopathy. PMID:24014394

  14. Identification of a pathogenic variant in TREX1 in early-onset cerebral systemic lupus erythematosus by Whole-exome sequencing.

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    Ellyard, Julia I; Jerjen, Rebekka; Martin, Jaime L; Lee, Adrian Y S; Field, Matthew A; Jiang, Simon H; Cappello, Jean; Naumann, Svenja K; Andrews, T Daniel; Scott, Hamish S; Casarotto, Marco G; Goodnow, Christopher C; Chaitow, Jeffrey; Pascual, Virginia; Hertzog, Paul; Alexander, Stephen I; Cook, Matthew C; Vinuesa, Carola G

    2014-12-01

    Objective. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) isa chronic and heterogeneous autoimmune disease. Both twin and sibling studies indicate a strong genetic contribution to lupus, but in the majority of cases the pathogenic variant remains to be identified. The genetic contribution to disease is likely to be greatest in cases with early onset and severe phenotypes. Whole-exome sequencing now offers the possibility of identifying rare alleles responsible for disease in such cases. This study was undertaken to identify genetic causes of SLE using whole-exome sequencing.Methods. We performed whole-exome sequencing in a 4-year-old girl with early-onset SLE and conducted biochemical analysis of the putative defect.Results. Whole-exome sequencing in a 4-year-old girl with cerebral lupus identified a rare, homozygous mutation in the three prime repair exonuclease 1 gene(TREX1) that was predicted to be highly deleterious.The TREX1 R97H mutant protein had a 20-fold reduction in exonuclease activity and was associated with an elevated interferon-alpha signature in the patient.The discovery and characterization of a pathogenic TREX1 variant in our proband has therapeutic implications.The patient is now a candidate for therapy. Conclusion. Our study is the first to demonstrate that whole-exome sequencing can be used to identify rare or novel deleterious variants as genetic causes of SLE and, through a personalized approach, improve therapeutic options. PMID:25138095

  15. OD17-6/2 Page 1 PERIODONTAL DISEASE

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    erosion of the alveolar bone #12;OD17-6/2 Page 2 crest. Normally, the bone crest runs from the lamina dura the cemento-enamel junctions of the two adjacent teeth. This normal interdental alveolar crestal bone has the same radiopacity as that of the lamina dura. In early periodontal disease, this alveolar crestal bone

  16. Periodontal Disease, Oxidative Stress, and Risk for Preeclampsia

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    Horton, Amanda L.; Boggess, Kim A.; Moss, Kevin L.; Beck, James; Offenbacher, Steven

    2015-01-01

    Background Maternal periodontal infection is associated with an increased risk for preeclampsia. Periodontal infection is also associatedwith increased oxidative stress. Our objective was to determine the relationship among maternal periodontal disease, maternal oxidative stress, and the development of preeclampsia. Methods A secondary analysis of prospectively collected data from the Oral Conditions and Pregnancy Study was performed. A cohort of healthy women enrolled at <26 weeks of gestation underwent an oral examination, serum sampling, and delivery follow-up. Aperiodontal infection was categorized by clinical parameters as healthy or mild or moderate/severe periodontal infection. Preeclampsia was defined by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists criteria as blood pressure >140/90 mmHg and ?1+ proteinuria on a catheterized specimen. Maternal blood was assayed for 8-isoprostane concentrations using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and stratified as elevated (?75th percentile) or not elevated (<75th percentile). Odds ratios (ORs) for preeclampsia were calculated and stratified by periodontal disease and the level of 8-isoprostane concentration. Results A total of 34 (4.3%) of 791 women developed preeclampsia. Women with an 8-isoprostane concentration ?75th percentile at enrollment were more likely to develop preeclampsia compared to women with an 8-isoprostane concentration <75th percentile (38.2% versus 24.4%, respectively; P = 0.07; OR: 1.91; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.94 to 3.90). Among women with moderate/severe periodontal disease, an elevated 8-isoprostane concentration (?75th percentile) did not significantly increase the likelihood for preeclampsia (adjusted OR: 2.08; 95% CI: 0.65 to 6.60). Conclusions Women with oxidative stress early in pregnancy, as measured by an 8-isoprostane concentration ?75th percentile, were at an increased risk for developing preeclampsia. The presence of periodontal disease did not appear to modify this risk. PMID:20151797

  17. Early phenotypes that presage late-onset neurodegenerative disease allow testing of modifiers in Hdh CAG knock-in mice

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    Vanessa C. Wheeler; Claire-Anne Gutekunst; Vladimir Vrbanac; Lori-Anne Lebel; Gabriele Schilling; Steven Hersch; Robert M. Friedlander; James F. Gusella; Jean-Paul Vonsattel; David R. Borchelt; Marcy E. MacDonald

    2002-01-01

    process that conforms to genetic and pathologic criteria determined in HD patients. Furthermore, using the early nuclear-accumulation phenotypes as surrogate markers, we show in genetic experiments that the disease process, initiated by full-length mutant protein, is hastened by co-expression of mutant fragment; therefore, accrual of insoluble-product in already compromised neurons may exacerbate pathogenesis. In contrast, timing of early disease events

  18. Synchrotron radiation analysis of possible correlations between metal status in human cementum and periodontal disease

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    Martin, R.R.; Naftel, S.J.; Nelson, A.J.; Edwards, M.; Mithoowani, H.; Stakiw, J. (UWO); (Saskatchewan)

    2010-03-16

    Periodontitis is a serious disease that affects up to 50% of an adult population. It is a chronic condition involving inflammation of the periodontal ligament and associated tissues leading to eventual tooth loss. Some evidence suggests that trace metals, especially zinc and copper, may be involved in the onset and severity of periodontitis. Thus we have used synchrotron X-ray fluorescence imaging on cross sections of diseased and healthy teeth using a microbeam to explore the distribution of trace metals in cementum and adhering plaque. The comparison between diseased and healthy teeth indicates that there are elevated levels of zinc, copper and nickel in diseased teeth as opposed to healthy teeth. This preliminary correlation between elevated levels of trace metals in the cementum and plaque of diseased teeth suggests that metals may play a role in the progress of periodontitis.

  19. Choice of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging in periodontics and implantology

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    Chakrapani, Swarna; Sirisha, K.; Srilalitha, Anumadi; Srinivas, Moogala

    2013-01-01

    Imaging forms an integral component for diagnosis of dental and in specific periodontal diseases. To date, intra-oral radiographic techniques are the main non-invasive diagnostic aids for the detection and assessment of internal changes in mineralized periodontal tissues like alveolar bone. These analog radiographic techniques suffer from inherent limitations like: Two dimensional projection, magnification, distortion, superimposition and misrepresentation of anatomic structures. The evolution of novel imaging modalities, namely cone beam computed tomography, tuned aperture CT empowered dental researchers to visualize the periodontium three dimensionally. This improves interpretation of structural and biophysical changes, ensures densitometric assessments of dentoalveolar structures including variations in alveolar bone density, and peri-implant bone healing more precisely. This detailed review, highlights current leading edge concepts, envisions a wide range of imaging modalities which pave the way for better understanding and early intervention of periodontal diseases. PMID:24554878

  20. Bilingual language processing after a lesion in the left thalamic and temporal regions. A case report with early childhood onset

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    van Lieshout, P.; Renier, W.; Eling, P.; de Bot, K.; Slis, I. (Univ. of Nijmegen (Netherland))

    1990-02-01

    This case study concerns an 18-year-old bilingual girl who suffered a radiation lesion in the left (dominant) thalamic and temporal region when she was 4 years old. Language and memory assessment revealed deficits in auditory short-term memory, auditory word comprehension, nonword repetition, syntactic processing, word fluency, and confrontation naming tasks. Both languages (English and Dutch) were found to be affected in a similar manner, despite the fact that one language (English) was acquired before and the other (Dutch) after the period of lesion onset. Most of the deficits appear to be related to verbal (short-term) memory dysfunction. Several hypotheses of subcortical involvement in memory processes are discussed with reference to existing theories in this area.

  1. Identification of azurocidin as a potential periodontitis biomarker by a proteomic analysis of gingival crevicular fluid

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    2011-01-01

    Background The inflammatory disease periodontitis results in tooth loss and can even lead to diseases of the whole body if not treated. Gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) reflects the condition of the gingiva and contains proteins transuded from serum or cells at inflamed sites. In this study, we aimed to discover potential protein biomarkers for periodontitis in GCF proteome using LC-MS/MS. Results We identified 305 proteins from GCF of healthy individuals and periodontitis patients collected using a sterile gel loading tip by ESI-MS/MS coupled to nano-LC. Among these proteins, about 45 proteins were differentially expressed in the GCF proteome of moderate periodontitis patients when compared to the healthy individuals. We first identified azurocidin in the GCF, but not the saliva, as an upregulated protein in the periodontitis patients and verified its increased expression during periodontitis by ELISA using the GCF of the classified periodontitis patients compared to the healthy individuals. In addition, we found that azurocidin inhibited the differentiation of bone marrow-derived macrophages to osteoclasts. Conclusions Our results show that GCF collection using a gel loading tip and subsequent LC-MS/MS analysis following 1D-PAGE proteomic separation are effective for the analysis of the GCF proteome. Our current results also suggest that azurocidin could be a potential biomarker candidate for the early detection of inflammatory periodontal destruction by gingivitis and some chronic periodontitis. Our data also suggest that azurocidin may have an inhibitory role in osteoclast differentiation and, thus, a protective role in alveolar bone loss during the early stages of periodontitis. PMID:21794177

  2. Neurodegenerative evidences during early onset of depression in CMS rats as detected by proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy at 7 T.

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    Hemanth Kumar, B S; Mishra, Sushanta Kumar; Rana, Poonam; Singh, Sadhana; Khushu, Subash

    2012-06-15

    Depression is a complex psychiatric disorder characterized by anhedonia and feeling of sadness and chronic mild stress (CMS) seems to be a valuable animal model of depression. CMS animal model was induced and validated using behavioral studies. In the present study we investigated the neuro-metabolite changes occurring in prefrontal cortex and hippocampus during the onset of depression, in CMS rat model using in vivo proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H MRS) at field strength of 7 T. Results showed that CMS caused depression-like behavior in rats, as indicated by the decrease in sucrose consumption and locomotor activity. (1)H MRS was performed in both control and CMS rats (n=10, in each group) and the quantitative assessment of the neurometabolites was done using LC model. Relative concentrations of all the metabolites along with the macromolecules were calculated for analysis. The results revealed a significant decrease of glutamate (Glu), glutamine (Gln), NAA+NAAG, Glx and GABA levels in both hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of CMS animals and an elevated level of myo-ionisitol (mI) and taurine (Tau) was observed only in hippocampus. These metabolite fluctuations revealed by proton MRS indicate that there might be change in the neuronal integrity of the glial cells and neurons within prefrontal cortex and hippocampus in CMS model of depression. The present study also suggests that there may be a degenerative process concerning the brain morphology in the CMS rats. The overall finding using (1)H MRS suggests that, there might be a major role of the glia and neuron in the onset of depression. PMID:22449862

  3. Cell- and Gene-Based Therapeutic Strategies for Periodontal Regenerative Medicine

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    Rios, Hector F.; Lin, Zhao; Oh, BiNa; Park, Chan Ho; Giannobile, William V.

    2012-01-01

    Inflammatory periodontal diseases are a leading cause of tooth loss and are linked to multiple systemic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and stroke. Reconstruction of the support and function of affected tooth-supporting tissues represents an important therapeutic endpoint for periodontal regenerative medicine. An improved understanding of periodontal biology coupled with current advances in scaffolding matrices has introduced novel treatments that use cell and gene therapy to enhance periodontal tissue reconstruction and its biomechanical integration. Cell and gene delivery technologies have the potential to overcome limitations associated with existing periodontal therapies, and may provide a new direction in sustainable inflammation control and more predictable tissue regeneration of supporting alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, and cementum. This review provides clinicians with the current status of these early-stage and emerging cell- and gene-based therapeutics in periodontal regenerative medicine, and introduces their future application in clinical periodontal treatment. The paper concludes with prospects on the application of cell and gene tissue engineering technologies for reconstructive periodontology. PMID:21284553

  4. Models to evaluate the role of stress in periodontal disease.

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    Genco, R J; Ho, A W; Kopman, J; Grossi, S G; Dunford, R G; Tedesco, L A

    1998-07-01

    We evaluated the association of stress,distress, and coping behaviors with periodontal disease in 1,426 subjects, aged 25 to 74, in Erie County, NY, Demographic characteristics, medical and dental history, and tobacco and alcohol consumption, as well as clinical assessments of supragingival plaque, subgingival flora, gingival bleeding, calculus, probing depth, clinical attachment level (CAL), and radiographic alveolar bone loss (ABL) were obtained for each subject. Subjects also completed a set of 5 psychosocial instruments that measured life events, daily strains, hassles and uplifts, distress, and coping behaviors. Internal consistencies of all subscales on the instruments were high, with Cronbach's alpha ranging from 0.88 to 0.99. Logistic regression indicated that financial strain was significantly associated with greater attachment and alveolar bone loss (OR 1.70; 95% CI, 1.09-2.65; and 1.68; 95% CI, 1.20-2.37, respectively) after adjusting for age, gender, and smoking. When those with financial strain were stratified with respect to coping behaviors, it was found that those who exhibited high emotion-focused coping (inadequate coping) had and even higher risk of having more severe attachment loss (OR 2.24; 95% CI, 1.15-4.38) and alveolar bone loss (OR 1.91; 95% CI, 1.15-3.17) than those with low levels of financial strain within the same coping group, after adjustment for age, gender, and cigarette smoking. After further adjusting for number of visits to the dentist, those with financial strain who were high emotion-focused copers still had higher levels of periodontal disease based on CAL (OR 2.12; 95% CI, 1.07-4.18). In contrast, subjects with high levels of financial strain who reported high levels of problem-based coping (good coping) had no more periodontal disease than those with low levels of financial strain. Salivary cortisol levels were higher in a test group exhibiting severe periodontitis, a high level of financial strain, and high emotion-focused coping, as compared to a control group consisting of those with little or no periodontal disease, low financial strain, and low levels of emotion-focused coping (11.04 +/-4.4 vs/ 8.6 +/- 4.1 nmol/L salivary cortisol, respectively). These findings suggest that psychosocial measures of stress associated with financial strain are significant risk indicators for periodontal disease in adults. Further prospective studies are needed to help establish the time course of stress, distress, and inadequate coping on the onset and progression of periodontal disease, as well as to evaluate the mechanisms by which stress exerts its effects on periodontal infections. PMID:9722713

  5. Lymph Node Flow Cytometry as a Prompt Recognition of Ultra Early Onset PTLD: A Successful Case of Rituximab Treatment

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    Li, Xiaofan; Li, Nainong; Yang, Ting; Chen, Zhizhe; Hu, Jianda

    2015-01-01

    Ultra early posttransplantation lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) is a rare and fatal complication after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Here we report, by lymph node (LN) flowcytometry, that we early recognized ultra early PTLD after an HLA-matched sibling allo-HSCT followed by a successful treatment with anti-CD20 antibody (rituximab) in a patient in progress disease for angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL). The patient was conditioned with a reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) regimen. One week after transplantation, the patient developed high fever, generalized fatigue, high Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) load, and LN enlargement. An LN lymphocyte suspension and peripheral blood flowcytometry was performed to find majority of LN lymphocytes highly expressed CD20. By highly suspicious PTLD, 4 doses of rituximab (375?mg/m2?qw) were given immediately followed by reducing and withdrawing immunosuppressant reagent. PTLD was later confirmed by pathology. The patient had good response to rituximab, showing absence of fever, reduction in LN size, and no detectable EBV-DNA. Twenty months after HSCT, the patient remains well without evidence of AITL and PTLD. The current report is one of the earliest cases of PTLD after HSCT. Taken together, by LN flowcytometry as a prompt recognition, rituximab can be an effective preemptive therapy for ultra early developed PTLD.

  6. Onset of Disordered Eating Attitudes and Behaviors in Early Adolescence: Interplay of Pubertal Status, Gender, Weight, and Age.

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    O'Dea, Jennifer A.; Abraham, Suzanne

    1999-01-01

    Investigates the interplay of puberty, gender, weight, and age in regard to body image and disordered eating behaviors and attitudes in a sample of early adolescents. Results reveal that after menarche, females had increased personal expectations and were dissatisfied with weight/shape changes. Young males at puberty desired to build up their…

  7. Tumor necrosis factor- ? and interleukin-6: potential interorgan inflammatory mediators contributing to destructive periodontal disease in obesity or metabolic syndrome.

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    Khosravi, Roozbeh; Ka, Khady; Huang, Ting; Khalili, Saeed; Nguyen, Bich Hong; Nicolau, Belinda; Tran, Simon D

    2013-01-01

    Obesity has become a worldwide health burden in the last two decades. Obesity has been associated with increased comorbidities, such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, and destructive periodontal disease. Obesity is also part of a group of risk factors occurring together in an individual, which is referred to as metabolic syndrome. Clinical studies have shown higher risk for destructive periodontal disease in obesity and metabolic syndrome. However, the role of obesity and metabolic syndrome in the onset and development of destructive periodontal disease has not yet been fully understood. In this review, we discuss a working model, which focuses on interorgan inflammation as a common etiological factor for destructive periodontal disease associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome. Specifically, we suggest that elevated levels of tumor necrosis factor- ? (TNF- ? ) or interleukin 6 (IL-6)--both adipokines and known risk factors for destructive periodontal disease--in obesity and metabolic syndrome contribute to the onset and development of destructive periodontal disease. The connections between destructive periodontal disease and systemic conditions, such as obesity or metabolic syndrome, are complex and potentially multidirectional. This review largely focuses on TNF- ? and IL-6, inflammatory mediators, as potential common risk factors and does not exclude other biological mechanisms. PMID:24068858

  8. Association of a Serotonin Receptor 2A Gene Polymorphism with Visual Sustained Attention in Early-Onset Schizophrenia Patients and their Non-Psychotic Siblings

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    Vyas, Nora S.; Lee, Yohan; Ahn, Kwangmi; Ternouth, Andrew; Stahl, Daniel R.; Al-Chalabi, Ammar; Powell, John F.; Puri, Basant K.

    2012-01-01

    The serotonin receptor 2A gene polymorphism is associated with attentional processes in schizophrenia. However, the specificity of the underlying cognitive constructs affected within this domain requires further elucidation. We carried out the first investigation of whether the TC/CC genotype of the 5-HT2A T102C polymorphism confers impairments in early-onset schizophrenia (EOS; onset of psychotic symptoms before age 18) but not in healthy siblings, the putative mechanism being that serotonergic inhibitory modulation of prefrontal dopamine is impaired in the presence of the C allele which in turn is a genetic risk marker for schizophrenia. Fifty-three EOS outpatients and 46 of their non-psychotic siblings (no current Axis I diagnoses) were genotyped for 5-HT2A T102C polymorphism. The Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) was used to assess symptomatology severity. Diagnostic classification was based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Structured Clinical Interview. The Degraded-Stimulus Continuous Performance Test (DS-CPT) was used to measure sustained focused attention. As predicted, EOS probands produced fewer correct responses (hit rate) and demonstrated poorer perceptual sensitivity compared with the healthy siblings. The C allele at codon 102 was associated with fewer correct responses compared with the TT genotype. There was no significant relationship between the polymorphism and clinical parameters, as measured using the PANSS. Our findings suggest that the C allele may be related to sustained attentional impairments in EOS. PMID:23185710

  9. Animals deficient in C2Orf71, an autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa-associated locus, develop severe early-onset retinal degeneration.

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    Kevany, Brian M; Zhang, Ning; Jastrzebska, Beata; Palczewski, Krzysztof

    2015-05-01

    Genetic mapping was recently used to identify the underlying cause for a previously uncharacterized cohort of autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa cases. Genetic mapping of affected individuals resulted in the identification of an uncharacterized gene, C2Orf71, as the causative locus. However, initial homology searches failed to reveal similarities to any previously characterized protein or domain. To address this issue, we characterized the mouse homolog, BC027072. Immunohistochemistry with a custom polyclonal antibody showed staining localized to the inner segments (IS) of photoreceptor cells, as well as the outer segments (OS) of cone cells. A knockout mouse line (BC(-/-)) was generated and demonstrated that loss of this gene results in a severe, early-onset retinal degeneration. Histology and electron microscopy (EM) revealed disorganized OS as early as 3 weeks with complete loss by 24 weeks of age. EM micrographs displayed packets of cellular material containing OS discs or IS organelles in the OS region and abnormal retinal pigmented epithelium cells. Analyses of retinoids and rhodopsin levels showed <20% in BC(-/-) versus wild-type mice early in development. Electroretinograms demonstrated that affected mice were virtually non-responsive to light by 8 weeks of age. Lastly, RNAseq analysis of ocular gene expression in BC(-/-) mice revealed clues to the causes of the progressive retinal degenerations. Although its function remains unknown, this protein appears essential for normal OS development/maintenance and vision in humans and mice. RNAseq data are available in the GEO database under accession: GSE63810. PMID:25616964

  10. Magnetostratigraphic evidence of a mid-Pliocene onset of the Nihewan Formation - implications for early fauna and hominid occupation in the Nihewan Basin, North China

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    Ao, Hong; Dekkers, Mark J.; An, Zhisheng; Xiao, Guoqiao; Li, Yongxiang; Zhao, Hui; Qiang, Xiaoke; Chang, Hong; Chang, Qiufang; Wu, Dacheng

    2013-01-01

    The fluvio-lacustrine sediments in the Nihewan Basin of North China, known as the Nihewan Formation, are well-known for an abundance of Early Pleistocene mammalian fossils (known as the Nihewan Fauna sensu lato) and Paleolithic sites. The age at which the sedimentation started is thus crucial for our understanding of early fauna and hominid occupation and infilling history of the basin, but it is poorly constrained to date. Here we report on a detailed paleomagnetic investigation of the Yangshuizhan section that crops out in the northeastern Nihewan Basin, supplemented by rock magnetic analyses into the carriers of the natural remanent magnetization. Magnetite and hematite are shown to be the main carriers of the characteristic remanent magnetization. Magnetostratigraphic correlation to the geomagnetic polarity timescale indicates that the onset of the Nihewan Formation in this section occurs at ˜3.7 Ma, just below the Gilbert-Gauss boundary and ca 1-Myr earlier than previously established evidence. This pushes the lower limit of the Nihewan Formation back in time from very late Pliocene (<2.8 Ma) to (at least) the mid-Pliocene. Combining the previously established magnetostratigraphic data with the present study, we arrive at a better understanding of the chronological framework and spatio-temporal history of the deposition of the terrestrial Nihewan Formation. Furthermore, it provides new perspectives of early fauna and hominid occupation in the Nihewan Basin.

  11. Early nutritional stress impairs development of a song-control brain region in both male and female juvenile song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) at the onset of song learning.

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    MacDonald, Ian F; Kempster, Bethany; Zanette, Liana; MacDougall-Shackleton, Scott A

    2006-10-01

    Birdsong is a sexually selected trait and is often viewed as an indicator of male quality. The developmental stress hypothesis proposes a model by which song could be an indicator; the time during early development, when birds learn complex songs and/or local variants of song, is of rapid development and nutritional stress. Birds that cope best with this stress may better learn to produce the most effective songs. The developmental stress hypothesis predicts that early food restriction should impair development of song-control brain regions at the onset of song learning. We examined the effect of food restriction on song-control brain regions in fledgling (both sexes, 23-26 days old) song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Food restriction selectively reduced HVC volume in both sexes. In addition, sex differences were evident in all three song-control regions. This study lends further support to a growing body of literature documenting a variety of behavioural, physiological and neural detriments in several songbird species resulting from early developmental stress. PMID:16959649

  12. FluDetWeb: an interactive web-based system for the early detection of the onset of influenza epidemics

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    David Conesa; Antonio López-Quílez; Miguel Ángel Martínez-Beneito; María Teresa Miralles; Francisco Verdejo

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The early identification of influenza outbreaks has became a priority in public health practice. A large variety of statistical algorithms for the automated monitoring of influenza surveillance have been proposed, but most of them require not only a lot of computational effort but also operation of sometimes not-so-friendly software. RESULTS: In this paper, we introduce FluDetWeb, an implementation of

  13. Structure of the human glucokinase gene and identification of a missense mutation in a Japanese patient with early-onset non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus

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    Sakura, Hiroshi; Eto, Kazuhiro; Ueno, Hirohisa; Yazaki, Yoshio; Kadowaki, Takashi (Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)); Kadowaki, Hiroko; Simokawa, Kotaro; Akanuma, Yasuo (Asahi Life Foundation, Tokyo (Japan)); Koda, Naoya; Fukushima, Yoshimitsu (Saitama Children's Medical Center (Japan))

    1992-12-01

    Glucokinase is thought to play a glucose-sensor role in the pancreas, and abnormalities in its structure, function, and regulation can induce diabetes. The authors isolated the human glucokinase gene, and determined its genomic structure including exon-intron boundaries. Structure of the glucokinase gene in human was very similar to that in rat. Then, by screening Japanese diabetic patients using polymerase chain reaction - single strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) and direct-sequencing strategies, they identified a missense mutation substituting ariginine (AGG) for glycine (GGG) at position 261 in exon 7 of the glucokinase gene in a patient with early-onset non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM). 12 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  14. Visual disorders, the prosopometamorphopsia and prosopagnosia type in the early days after the onset of brain hemorrhagic stroke - a case report.

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    Bala, Aleksandra; Iwa?ski, Szczepan; ?y?kowski, Jaros?aw; Jaworski, Maciej; Seniów, Joanna; Marchel, Andrzej

    2015-06-01

    Presented case report illustrates symptoms of prosopometamorphopsia (PM) and prosopagnosia, observed in the early days after the onset of a hemorrhagic stroke resulting from a complication of endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms and the use of anticoagulation therapy. PM is a visual disorder in which faces are perceived as distorted. The female patient described in the present study reported that faces she looked at seemed younger or older than in reality or as if they were dirty, swollen, or with a grimace. She also experienced symptoms of prosopagnosia, which is difficulty of recognizing familiar faces of people (e.g., of her husband and daughter). In the interview 6 months after the first examination, the patient reported spontaneous withdrawal of the visual disturbances. PMID:24592926

  15. Developmental regulation of early mouse embryogenesis. A. Onset of insulin and related growth factor binding. B. Expression of selected proto-oncogenes

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    Mattson, B.A.

    1987-01-01

    Experimental and clinical evidence suggest a role for insulin and related growth factors in fetal growth. It was therefore of interest to determine the onset of insulin binding to cells of early embryos. These studies are the first to demonstrate stage-specific insulin binding during mouse preimplantation embryogenesis. Insulin binding was detected at the morula, blastocyst, and blastocyst outgrowth stages using indirect immunofluorescence and light microscopic autoradiographic techniques. No evidence of insulin binding was seen on unfertilized oocytes, two-, four-, or eight-cell embryos. Results of competitive inhibition studies using unlabeled insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) suggest binding of /sup 125/I-insulin to type I IGF receptors as well. Further studies are needed to confirm the presence of an IGF receptor in preimplantation embryos.

  16. Low-cost periodontal therapy.

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    Slots, Jørgen

    2012-10-01

    Periodontitis is a complex infectious disease that affects low-income individuals disproportionately. Periodontitis is associated with specific bacterial species and herpesviruses, and successful prevention and treatment of the disease is contingent upon effective control of these pathogens. This article presents an efficacious, highly safe, minimally invasive, practical and low-cost periodontal therapy that involves professional and patient-administered mechanical therapy and antimicrobial agents. The major components are scaling for calculus removal, periodontal pocket irrigation with potent antiseptics, and treatment with systemic antibiotics for advanced disease. Povidone-iodine and sodium hypochlorite have all the characteristics for becoming the first-choice antiseptics in the management of periodontal diseases. Both agents show excellent antibacterial and antiviral properties, are readily available throughout the world, have been safely used in periodontal therapy for decades, offer significant benefits for individuals with very limited financial resources, and are well accepted by most dental professionals and patients. Four per cent chlorhexidine applied with a toothbrush to the most posterior part to the tongue dorsum can markedly reduce or eliminate halitosis in most individuals. Systemic antibiotics are used to treat periodontopathic bacteria that are not readily reached by topical therapy, such as pathogens within gingival tissue, within furcation defects, at the base of periodontal pockets, and on the tongue, tonsils and buccal mucosae. Valuable antibiotic therapies are amoxicillin-metronidazole (250?mg of amoxicillin and 250?mg of metronidazole, three times daily for 8?days) for young and middle-aged patients, and ciprofloxacin-metronidazole (500?mg of each, twice daily for 8?days) for elderly patients and for patients in developing countries who frequently harbor enteric rods subgingivally. Scaling to remove dental calculus and the prudent use of inexpensive antimicrobial agents can significantly retard or arrest progressive periodontitis in the great majority of patients. PMID:22909110

  17. Comparative efficacy of the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy versus Supportive Psychotherapy for early onset chronic depression: design and rationale of a multisite randomized controlled trial

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    2011-01-01

    Background Effective treatment strategies for chronic depression are urgently needed since it is not only a common and particularly disabling disorder, but is also considered treatment resistant by most clinicians. There are only a few studies on chronic depression indicating that traditional psycho- and pharmacological interventions are not as effective as in acute, episodic depression. Current medications are no more effective than those introduced 50 years ago whereas the only psychotherapy developed specifically for the subgroup of chronic depression, the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), faired well in one large trial. However, CBASP has never been directly compared to a non-specific control treatment. Methods/Design The present article describes the study protocol of a multisite parallel-group randomized controlled trial in Germany. The purpose of the study is to estimate the efficacy of CBASP compared to supportive psychotherapy in 268 non-medicated early-onset chronically depressed outpatients. The intervention includes 20 weeks of acute treatment with 24 individual sessions followed by 28 weeks of continuation treatment with another 8 sessions. Depressive symptoms are evaluated 20 weeks after randomisation by means of the 24-item Hamilton Rating Scale of Depression (HRSD). Secondary endpoints are depressive symptoms after 12 and 48 weeks, and remission after 12, 20, and 48 weeks. Primary outcome will be analysed using analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) controlled for pre-treatment scores and site. Analyses of continuous secondary variables will be performed using linear mixed models. For remission rates, chi-squared tests and logistic regression will be applied. Discussion The study evaluates the comparative effects of a disorder-specific psychotherapy and a well designed non-specific psychological approach in the acute and continuation treatment phase in a large sample of early-onset chronically depressed patients. Trial registration ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT00970437). PMID:21849054

  18. Association of early-onset dementia with activities of daily living (ADL) in middle-aged adults with intellectual disabilities: the caregiver's perspective.

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    Lin, Lan-Ping; Hsu, Shang-Wei; Hsia, Yi-Chen; Wu, Chia-Ling; Chu, Cordia; Lin, Jin-Ding

    2014-03-01

    Few studies have investigated in detail which factors influence activities of daily living (ADL) in adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) comorbid with/without dementia conditions. The objective of the present study was to describe the relation between early onset dementia conditions and progressive loss of ADL capabilities and to examine the influence of dementia conditions and other possible factors toward ADL scores in adults with ID. This study was part of the "Healthy Aging Initiatives for Persons with an Intellectual Disability in Taiwan: A Social Ecological Approach" project. We analyzed data from 459 adults aged 45 years or older with an ID regarding their early onset symptoms of dementia and their ADL profile based on the perspective of the primary caregivers. Results show that a significant negative correlation was found between dementia score and ADL score in a Pearson's correlation test (r=-0.28, p<0.001). The multiple linear regression model reported that factors of male gender (?=4.187, p<0.05), marital status (?=4.79, p<0.05), education level (primary: ?=5.544, p<0.05; junior high or more: ?=8.147, p<0.01), Down's syndrome (?=-9.290, p<0.05), severe or profound disability level (?=-6.725, p<0.05; ?=-15.773, p<0.001), comorbid condition (?=-4.853, p<0.05) and dementia conditions (?=-9.245, p<0.001) were variables that were able to significantly predict the ADL score (R(2)=0.241) after controlling for age. Disability level and comorbidity can explain 10% of the ADL score variation, whereas dementia conditions can only explain 3% of the ADL score variation in the study. The present study highlights that future studies should scrutinize in detail the reasons for the low explanatory power of dementia for ADL, particularly in examining the appropriateness of the measurement scales for dementia and ADL in aging adults with ID. PMID:24467810

  19. Substance Use Progression from Adolescence to Early Adulthood: Effortful Control in the Context of Friendship Influence and Early-Onset Use

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    Piehler, Timothy F.; Véronneau, Marie-Hélène; Dishion, Thomas J.

    2012-01-01

    In a sample of 998 ethnically diverse adolescents, a multiagent, multimethod approach to the measurement of adolescent effortful control, adolescent substance use, and friendship influence was used to predict escalations to early-adult tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use by ages 22–23. Structural equation modeling revealed that adolescent substance use and friends’ substance use tended to be highly correlated and together were robust predictors of a problematic pattern of usage for all substances in early adulthood. In addition, the adolescent effortful control construct directly predicted progressions to problematic use of tobacco and marijuana, but not for alcohol. In the alcohol model, effortful control interacted with the construct of substance use lifestyle (based on adolescent alcohol use and friends’ substance use) when predicting problematic alcohol use in early adulthood. Results held when comparing across genders and across ethnic groups. These findings emphasize the importance of addressing adolescent self-regulation in interventions designed to treat and prevent early-adult substance abuse. PMID:22527607

  20. Substance Use Progression from Adolescence to Early Adulthood: Effortful Control in the Context of Friendship Influence and Early-Onset Use

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    Piehler, Timothy F.; Veronneau, Marie-Helene; Dishion, Thomas J.

    2012-01-01

    In a sample of 998 ethnically diverse adolescents, a multiagent, multimethod approach to the measurement of adolescent effortful control, adolescent substance use, and friendship influence was used to predict escalations to early-adult tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use by ages 22-23. Structural equation modeling revealed that adolescent…

  1. Early Onset Pre-Eclampsia Is Associated with Altered DNA Methylation of Cortisol-Signalling and Steroidogenic Genes in the Placenta

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    Hogg, Kirsten; Blair, John D.; McFadden, Deborah E.; von Dadelszen, Peter; Robinson, Wendy P.

    2013-01-01

    Placental cortisol is inactivated in normotensive pregnancies, but is frequently present in pre-eclampsia associated placentae. Since glucocorticoids are strongly associated with the programming of long-term health, we assessed DNA methylation of genes involved in cortisol signalling and bioavailability, and hormonal signalling in the placenta of normotensive and hypertensive pregnancies. Candidate genes/CpG sites were selected through analysis of Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip array data on control (n?=?19) and early onset pre-eclampsia (EOPET; n?=?19) placental samples. DNA methylation was further quantified by bisulfite pyrosequencing in a larger cohort of control (n?=?111) cases, in addition to EOPET (n?=?19), late onset pre-eclampsia (LOPET; n?=?18) and normotensive intrauterine growth restriction (nIUGR; n?=?13) cases. DNA methylation (percentage points) was increased at CpG sites within genes encoding the glucocorticoid receptor (NR3C1 exon 1D promoter; +8.46%; P<0.01) and corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) binding protein (CRHBP intron 3; +9.14%; P<0.05), and decreased within CRH (5? UTR; ?4.30%; P?=?0.11) in EOPET-associated placentae, but not in LOPET nor nIUGR cases, compared to controls. Differential DNA methylation was not observed among groups at the 11?-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (HSD11B2) gene promoter. Significant hypomethylation was observed in pre-eclampsia but not nIUGR placentae for steroidogenic genes, including CYP11A1 (exon1; EOPET; ?9.66%; P<0.00001, and LOPET; ?5.77%; P<0.001), 3?-hydroxy-delta-5-steroid dehydrogenase type 1 (HSD3B1 exon 2; EOPET; ?12.49%; P<0.00001, and LOPET; ?6.88%; P<0.001), TEA domain family member 3 (TEAD3 intron 1; EOPET; ?12.56%; P<0.00001) and CYP19 (placental-specific exon 1.1 promoter; EOPET; ?10.62%, P<0.0001). These data represent dysregulation of the placental epigenome in pre-eclampsia related to genes involved in maintaining the hormonal environment during pregnancy and highlights particular susceptibility in the early onset syndrome. PMID:23667551

  2. Early onset pre-eclampsia is associated with altered DNA methylation of cortisol-signalling and steroidogenic genes in the placenta.

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    Hogg, Kirsten; Blair, John D; McFadden, Deborah E; von Dadelszen, Peter; Robinson, Wendy P

    2013-01-01

    Placental cortisol is inactivated in normotensive pregnancies, but is frequently present in pre-eclampsia associated placentae. Since glucocorticoids are strongly associated with the programming of long-term health, we assessed DNA methylation of genes involved in cortisol signalling and bioavailability, and hormonal signalling in the placenta of normotensive and hypertensive pregnancies. Candidate genes/CpG sites were selected through analysis of Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip array data on control (n?=?19) and early onset pre-eclampsia (EOPET; n?=?19) placental samples. DNA methylation was further quantified by bisulfite pyrosequencing in a larger cohort of control (n?=?111) cases, in addition to EOPET (n?=?19), late onset pre-eclampsia (LOPET; n?=?18) and normotensive intrauterine growth restriction (nIUGR; n?=?13) cases. DNA methylation (percentage points) was increased at CpG sites within genes encoding the glucocorticoid receptor (NR3C1 exon 1D promoter; +8.46%; P<0.01) and corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) binding protein (CRHBP intron 3; +9.14%; P<0.05), and decreased within CRH (5' UTR; -4.30%; P?=?0.11) in EOPET-associated placentae, but not in LOPET nor nIUGR cases, compared to controls. Differential DNA methylation was not observed among groups at the 11?-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (HSD11B2) gene promoter. Significant hypomethylation was observed in pre-eclampsia but not nIUGR placentae for steroidogenic genes, including CYP11A1 (exon1; EOPET; -9.66%; P<0.00001, and LOPET; -5.77%; P<0.001), 3?-hydroxy-delta-5-steroid dehydrogenase type 1 (HSD3B1 exon 2; EOPET; -12.49%; P<0.00001, and LOPET; -6.88%; P<0.001), TEA domain family member 3 (TEAD3 intron 1; EOPET; -12.56%; P<0.00001) and CYP19 (placental-specific exon 1.1 promoter; EOPET; -10.62%, P<0.0001). These data represent dysregulation of the placental epigenome in pre-eclampsia related to genes involved in maintaining the hormonal environment during pregnancy and highlights particular susceptibility in the early onset syndrome. PMID:23667551

  3. The Eocene climate of China, the early elevation of the Tibetan Plateau and the onset of the Asian Monsoon.

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    Wang, Qing; Spicer, Robert A; Yang, Jian; Wang, Yu-Fei; Li, Cheng-Sen

    2013-12-01

    Eocene palynological samples from 37 widely distributed sites across China were analysed using co-existence approach to determine trends in space and time for seven palaeoclimate variables: Mean annual temperature, mean annual precipitation, mean temperature of the warmest month, mean temperature of the coldest month, mean annual range of temperature, mean maximum monthly precipitation and mean minimum monthly precipitation. Present day distributions and observed climates within China of the nearest living relatives of the fossil forms were used to find the range of a given variable in which a maximum number of taxa can coexist. Isotherm and isohyet maps for the early, middle and late Eocene were constructed. These illustrate regional changing patterns in thermal and precipitational gradients that may be interpreted as the beginnings of the modern Asian Monsoon system, and suggest that the uplift of parts of the Tibetan Plateau appear to have taken place by the middle to late Eocene. PMID:23893567

  4. Preclinical diagnosis of American visceral leishmaniasis during early onset of human Leishmania (L.) infantum chagasi-infection.

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    do Rêgo Lima, Luciana Vieira; Santos Ramos, Patrícia Karla; Campos, Marliane Batista; dos Santos, Thiago Vasconcelos; de Castro Gomes, Claudia Maria; Laurenti, Márcia Dalastra; Corbett, Carlos Eduardo Pereira; Silveira, Fernando Tobias

    2014-12-01

    American visceral leishmaniasis (AVL) is an infectious disease, often with long-duration evolution, caused by Leishmania (L.) infantum chagasi. However, although the disease is considered the major clinical manifestation of the link between L. (L.) i. chagasi and the human immune response, we have recently identified five clinical-immunological profiles of infection in the Brazilian Amazon: three asymptomatic (Asymptomatic Infection--AI, Sub-clinical Resistant Infection--SRI, and Indeterminate Initial Infection--III), and two symptomatic ones [Symptomatic Infection--SI (=AVL) and Sub-clinical Oligosymptomatic Infection--SOI]. We confirm here the preclinical diagnosis of AVL through the IgM-antibody response in a case of an early infection (profile III) that evolved to the full disease after 6 weeks. PMID:25491437

  5. A Carapace-Like Bony ‘Body Tube’ in an Early Triassic Marine Reptile and the Onset of Marine Tetrapod Predation

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    Chen, Xiao-hong; Motani, Ryosuke; Cheng, Long; Jiang, Da-yong; Rieppel, Olivier

    2014-01-01

    Parahupehsuchus longus is a new species of marine reptile from the Lower Triassic of Yuan’an County, Hubei Province, China. It is unique among vertebrates for having a body wall that is completely surrounded by a bony tube, about 50 cm long and 6.5 cm deep, comprising overlapping ribs and gastralia. This tube and bony ossicles on the back are best interpreted as anti-predatory features, suggesting that there was predation pressure upon marine tetrapods in the Early Triassic. There is at least one sauropterygian that is sufficiently large to feed on Parahupehsuchus in the Nanzhang-Yuan’an fauna, together with six more species of potential prey marine reptiles with various degrees of body protection. Modern predators of marine tetrapods belong to the highest trophic levels in the marine ecosystem but such predators did not always exist through geologic time. The indication of marine-tetrapod feeding in the Nanzhang-Yuan’an fauna suggests that such a trophic level emerged for the first time in the Early Triassic. The recovery from the end-Permian extinction probably proceeded faster than traditionally thought for marine predators. Parahupehsuchus has superficially turtle-like features, namely expanded ribs without intercostal space, very short transverse processes, and a dorsal outgrowth from the neural spine. However, these features are structurally different from their turtle counterparts. Phylogeny suggests that they are convergent with the condition in turtles, which has a fundamentally different body plan that involves the folding of the body wall. Expanded ribs without intercostal space evolved at least twice and probably even more among reptiles. PMID:24718682

  6. Young-onset dementia.

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    Kuruppu, Dulanji K; Matthews, Brandy R

    2013-09-01

    Young-onset dementia is a neurologic syndrome that affects behavior and cognition of patients younger than 65 years of age. Although frequently misdiagnosed, a systematic approach, reliant upon attainment of a detailed medical history, a collateral history, neuropsychological testing, laboratory studies, and neuroimaging, may facilitate earlier and more accurate diagnosis with subsequent intervention. The differential diagnosis of young-onset dementia is extensive and includes early-onset forms of adult neurodegenerative conditions including Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body dementias, Huntington's disease, and prion disease. Late-onset forms of childhood neurodegenerative conditions may also present as young-onset dementia and include mitochondrial disorders, lysosomal storage disorders, and leukodystrophies. Potentially reversible etiologies including inflammatory disorders, infectious diseases, toxic/metabolic abnormalities, transient epileptic amnesia, obstructive sleep apnea, and normal pressure hydrocephalus also represent important differential diagnostic considerations in young-onset dementia. This review will present etiologies, diagnostic strategies, and options for management of young-onset dementia with comprehensive summary tables for clinical reference. PMID:24234358

  7. Early Onset of Hypersynchronous Network Activity and Expression of a Marker of Chronic Seizures in the Tg2576 Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Bezzina, Charlotte; Verret, Laure; Juan, Cécile; Remaud, Jessica; Halley, Hélène

    2015-01-01

    Cortical and hippocampal hypersynchrony of neuronal networks seems to be an early event in Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis. Many mouse models of the disease also present neuronal network hypersynchrony, as evidenced by higher susceptibility to pharmacologically-induced seizures, electroencephalographic seizures accompanied by spontaneous interictal spikes and expression of markers of chronic seizures such as neuropeptide Y ectopic expression in mossy fibers. This network hypersynchrony is thought to contribute to memory deficits, but whether it precedes the onset of memory deficits or not in mouse models remains unknown. The earliest memory impairments in the Tg2576 mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease have been observed at 3 months of age. We thus assessed network hypersynchrony in Tg2576 and non-transgenic male mice at 1.5, 3 and 6 months of age. As soon as 1.5 months of age, Tg2576 mice presented higher seizure susceptibility to systemic injection of a GABAA receptor antagonist. They also displayed spontaneous interictal spikes on EEG recordings. Some Tg2576 mice presented hippocampal ectopic expression of neuropeptide Y which incidence seems to increase with age among the Tg2576 population. Our data reveal that network hypersynchrony appears very early in Tg2576 mice, before any demonstrated memory impairments. PMID:25768013

  8. Lessons learned and unlearned in periodontal microbiology

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    Teles, Ricardo; Teles, Flavia; Frias-Lopez, Jorge; Paster, Bruce; Haffajee, Anne

    2013-01-01

    Periodontal diseases are initiated by bacterial species living in polymicrobial biofilms at or below the gingival margin and progress largely as a result of the inflammation initiated by specific subgingival species. In the past few decades, efforts to understand the microbiota of periodontal diseases have led to an exponential increase in information about biofilms associated with periodontal health and disease. In fact, the oral microbiota is one of the best characterized microbiomes that colonize the human body. Despite this increased knowledge, one has to ask if our fundamental concepts of the etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases have really changed. In this chapter we will review how our comprehension of the structure and function of the subgingival microbiota evolved over the years in search of lessons learned and unlearned in periodontal microbiology. More specifically, this review focuses on: 1) how the data obtained through molecular techniques has impacted our knowledge of the etiology of periodontal infections; 2) the potential role of viruses in the etiopathogenesis of periodontal diseases; 3) how concepts of microbial ecology have expanded our understanding of host microbial interactions that might lead to periodontal diseases; 4) the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of periodontal diseases; and 5) the impact of these evolving concepts on treatment and preventive approaches to periodontal infections. We will conclude by reviewing how novel systems biology approaches promise to unravel new details of the pathogenesis of periodontal diseases and, hopefully, lead to a better understanding of periodontal disease mechanisms. PMID:23574465

  9. MpzR98C arrests Schwann cell development in a mouse model of early-onset Charcot–Marie–Tooth disease type 1B

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    Saporta, Mario A. C.; Shy, Brian R.; Patzko, Agnes; Bai, Yunhong; Pennuto, Maria; Ferri, Cinzia; Tinelli, Elisa; Saveri, Paola; Kirschner, Dan; Crowther, Michelle; Southwood, Cherie; Wu, Xingyao; Gow, Alexander; Feltri, M. Laura; Wrabetz, Lawrence

    2012-01-01

    Mutations in myelin protein zero (MPZ) cause Charcot–Marie–Tooth disease type 1B. Many dominant MPZ mutations, including R98C, present as infantile onset dysmyelinating neuropathies. We have generated an R98C ‘knock-in’ mouse model of Charcot–Marie–Tooth type 1B, where a mutation encoding R98C was targeted to the mouse Mpz gene. Both heterozygous (R98C/+) and homozygous (R98C/R98C) mice develop weakness, abnormal nerve conduction velocities and morphologically abnormal myelin; R98C/R98C mice are more severely affected. MpzR98C is retained in the endoplasmic reticulum of Schwann cells and provokes a transitory, canonical unfolded protein response. Ablation of Chop, a mediator of the protein kinase RNA-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase unfolded protein response pathway restores compound muscle action potential amplitudes of R98C/+ mice but does not alter the reduced conduction velocities, reduced axonal diameters or clinical behaviour of these animals. R98C/R98C Schwann cells are developmentally arrested in the promyelinating stage, whereas development is delayed in R98C/+ mice. The proportion of cells expressing c-Jun, an inhibitor of myelination, is elevated in mutant nerves, whereas the proportion of cells expressing the promyelinating transcription factor Krox-20 is decreased, particularly in R98C/R98C mice. Our results provide a potential link between the accumulation of MpzR98C in the endoplasmic reticulum and a developmental delay in myelination. These mice provide a model by which we can begin to understand the early onset dysmyelination seen in patients with R98C and similar mutations. PMID:22689911

  10. Rare Variants in Calcium Homeostasis Modulator 1 (CALHM1) Found in Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Patients Alter Calcium Homeostasis

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    Pera, Marta; Bosch-Morató, Mònica; Plata, Cristina; Belbin, Olivia; Gené, Gemma; Dols-Icardo, Oriol; Ingelsson, Martin; Helisalmi, Seppo; Soininen, Hilkka; Hiltunen, Mikko; Giedraitis, Vilmantas; Lannfelt, Lars; Frank, Ana; Bullido, MªJesús; Combarros, Onofre; Sánchez-Juan, Pascual; Boada, Mercè; Tárraga, Lluís; Pastor, Pau; Pérez-Tur, Jordi; Baquero, Miquel; Molinuevo, José L.; Sánchez-Valle, Raquel; Fuentes-Prior, Pablo; Fortea, Juan; Blesa, Rafael; Muñoz, Francisco J.; Lleó, Alberto; Valverde, Miguel A.; Clarimón, Jordi

    2013-01-01

    Calcium signaling in the brain is fundamental to the learning and memory process and there is evidence to suggest that its dysfunction is involved in the pathological pathways underlying Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Recently, the calcium hypothesis of AD has received support with the identification of the non-selective Ca2+-permeable channel CALHM1. A genetic polymorphism (p. P86L) in CALHM1 reduces plasma membrane Ca2+ permeability and is associated with an earlier age-at-onset of AD. To investigate the role of CALHM1 variants in early-onset AD (EOAD), we sequenced all CALHM1 coding regions in three independent series comprising 284 EOAD patients and 326 controls. Two missense mutations in patients (p.G330D and p.R154H) and one (p.A213T) in a control individual were identified. Calcium imaging analyses revealed that while the mutation found in a control (p.A213T) behaved as wild-type CALHM1 (CALHM1-WT), a complete abolishment of the Ca2+ influx was associated with the mutations found in EOAD patients (p.G330D and p.R154H). Notably, the previously reported p. P86L mutation was associated with an intermediate Ca2+ influx between the CALHM1-WT and the p.G330D and p.R154H mutations. Since neither expression of wild-type nor mutant CALHM1 affected amyloid ß-peptide (Aß) production or Aß-mediated cellular toxicity, we conclude that rare genetic variants in CALHM1 lead to Ca2+ dysregulation and may contribute to the risk of EOAD through a mechanism independent from the classical Aß cascade. PMID:24069280

  11. Early Pleistocene onset of Trough-Mouth Fan (TMF) growth on the NW Barents Sea margin: new results based on seismic reflection data

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    Rebesco, Michele; Sverre Laberg, Jan; Pedrosa Gonzalez, Maria Teresa; Camerlenghi, Angelo; Giulia Lucchi, Renata

    2013-04-01

    Among the seismic reflection data acquired within the IPY NICE-STREAM activity (the Spanish SVAIS cruise on board BIO Hespérides in summer 2007 and the Italian EGLACOM cruise on board R/V OGS-Explora in summer 2008), a series of multi-channel profiles provides a nearly 400 km long continuous tie between Ocean Drilling Program Site 986 (offshore Svalbard) and the Kveithola Trough deposits (on the continental shelf just NW of the Bear Island). This tie crosses in strike direction (subparallel to the shelf edge) three TMFs: Bellsund, Hornsund and Storfjorden. Beyond their tie function, these profiles allow us to analyze the characteristics of these TMFs. The seismic units below reflector R4A are relatively uniform in thickness all along the profile, notwithstanding a general northward thinning trend. Conversely, thickening within TMFs is evident essentially only above this reflector. This suggests that for these TMFs the growth appears to have started after the formation of reflection R4A. Thus, the reflection (with an estimated age of about 1.3 Ma) lies in a stratigraphic interval that is recognized as pivotal for the glaciation of the area and the development of the margin. We suggest that it is the reflector that best correspond to the onset of the TMF growth and hence to the onset of the most significant phase of glacial development of the western Barents Sea continental margin. This inference is consistent with a recent finding that contourites produced by deposition of sediments suspended within alongslope bottom currents on the same margin start to develop in correspondence with the same reflector. The availability of suspended sediments for these contourites since Early Pleistocene is ascribed to originate from frequent episodes of small-scale mass-wasting events produced during TMS growth and resulting in more favourable depositional conditions for the Isfjorden and Bellsund contourite drifts.

  12. Over-representation of the APOE*4 allele in autopsy confirmed early- and late-onset sporadic Alzheimer`s disease

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    Kamboh, M.I.; DeKosky, S.T.; Ferrell, R.E. [Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    1994-09-01

    Apolipoprotein E binds to {beta}-amyloid peptide in senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in Alzheimer`s disease (AD). Recent studies have identified the APOE*4 allele as a major predisposing genetic factor for late-onset familial AD as well as in sporadic AD. Most of these association studies are based on clinically diagnosed AD cases with little data available on autopsy confirmed, definite AD. To characterize the distribution of APOE polymorphism in autopsy confirmed sporadic AD cases, we determined APOE genotypes in 111 DNA samples (aged 51-101 years) extracted from brain tissues which were available from the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer`s Disease Research Center. The APOE data was compared between the AD group and 3 samples of population controls from Western Pennsylvania consisting of a young cohort (N=473, aged 18-48 years), middle cohort (N=473, aged 42-50 years) and an old cohort (N=870, aged 65-90 years). The frequency of the APOE*4 allele was similar in the young and middle cohorts (0.12) and slightly lower in the old cohort (0.10). However, the frequency of the APOE*4 allele was three times higher in both early-onset (<65 years; 0.36) and late-onset ({ge}65 years; 0.38) sporadic AD cases compared to the control groups (p<0.0001). In the AD cohort the frequency of the APOE*4 allele was similar across all age groups (<65, 65-75, 76-85, 86+) and so was in men and women (0.40 vs. 0.37). The E*4 homozygosity was observed in 18% of AD cases compared to 1% in each of the three control groups. The E*4 heterozygosity was present in 50% of AD cases compared to 17% in the control old cohort and 22% in both the young and middle control cohorts. These data confirm that the APOE*4 allele is a major risk factor for AD regardless of age-at-diagnosis or family history.

  13. Effects of early-onset radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure (GSM 900 MHz) on behavior and memory in rats.

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    Klose, Melanie; Grote, Karen; Spathmann, Oliver; Streckert, Joachim; Clemens, Markus; Hansen, Volkert W; Lerchl, Alexander

    2014-10-01

    Female Wistar rats, from an age of 14 days to 19 months, were exposed in the head region for 2 h per day, 5 days per week, to a GSM-modulated 900 MHz radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF). The average specific absorption rates (SAR) in the brain were 0 (sham), 0.7, 2.5 and 10 W/kg. To ensure a primary exposure of the head region, rats were fixed in restraining tubes of different sizes according to their increasing body weight. During the experiment, a set of 4 behavioral and learning tests (rotarod, Morris water maze, 8-arm radial maze, open field) were performed 3 times in juvenile, adult and presenile rats. In these tests, no profound differences could be identified between the groups. Only presenile rats of the cage control group showed a lower activity in two of these tests compared to the other groups presumably due to the lack of daily handling. The rotarod data revealed on some testing days significantly longer holding times for the sham-exposed rat vs. the exposed rat, but these findings were not consistent. During the first year, body weights of sham-exposed and exposed rats were not different from those of the cage controls, and thereafter only marginally lower, so that the effect of stress as confounder was probably negligible. The results of this study do not indicate harmful effects of long-term RF-EMF exposure even when begun at an early age on subsequent development, learning skills and behavior in rats, even at relatively high SAR values. PMID:25251701

  14. Greater organ involution in highly proliferative