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Yang Y.J.,Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research | Yang Y.J.,The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard | Yang Y.J.,Harvard University | Yang Y.J.,Howard Hughes Medical Institute | And 40 more authors.
Cell | Year: 2012

Microcephaly is a neurodevelopmental disorder causing significantly reduced cerebral cortex size. Many known microcephaly gene products localize to centrosomes, regulating cell fate and proliferation. Here, we identify and characterize a nuclear zinc finger protein, ZNF335/NIF-1, as a causative gene for severe microcephaly, small somatic size, and neonatal death. Znf335 null mice are embryonically lethal, and conditional knockout leads to severely reduced cortical size. RNA-interference and postmortem human studies show that ZNF335 is essential for neural progenitor self-renewal, neurogenesis, and neuronal differentiation. ZNF335 is a component of a vertebrate-specific, trithorax H3K4-methylation complex, directly regulating REST/NRSF, a master regulator of neural gene expression and cell fate, as well as other essential neural-specific genes. Our results reveal ZNF335 as an essential link between H3K4 complexes and REST/NRSF and provide the first direct genetic evidence that this pathway regulates human neurogenesis and neuronal differentiation. © 2012 Elsevier Inc. Source


Basel-Vanagaite L.,Raphael Recanati Genetics Institute | Basel-Vanagaite L.,Tel Aviv University
American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A | Year: 2010

Weaver syndrome comprises pre- and postnatal overgrowth, accelerated osseous maturation, characteristic craniofacial appearance and developmental delay; it is a generally sporadic disorder, although autosomal dominant inheritance has been reported. Some of the manifestations characterize both the Weaver and Sotos syndrome, and distinction between the two is mainly by clinical examination and molecular testing. Most of the patients with Sotos syndrome have NSD1 gene deletions or mutations; however, the molecular basis of most of the Weaver syndrome patients is unknown. Patients with overgrowth syndromes have an increased frequency of tumors; the risk in Sotos syndrome patients has been estimated to be about 2-3%, with leukemia and lymphoma accounting for 44% of the malignancies. We report on a 41/2-year-old girl with typical Weaver syndrome who developed acute lymphoblastic leukemia, an association not previously reported, and review the reported cases of Weaver syndrome patients who developed malignancies. Malignancy inWeaver syndrome has been reported previously in six patients. While searching the literature for all reported cases with Weaver syndrome and counting the cases with malignancy, we found that the frequency of tumors or hematologic malignancy was 10.9%. This is likely to be an overestimate, biased by failure to report cases without tumors and by over-reporting cases with this rare association. While the presence of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in our patient might be incidental, we cannot exclude a possible causative association between Weaver syndrome and hematologic malignancy. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc. Source


Eytan O.,Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center | Eytan O.,Tel Aviv University | Sarig O.,Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center | Israeli S.,Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center | And 6 more authors.
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology | Year: 2014

Background Palmoplantar keratoderma punctata (PPKP) is a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by hyperkeratotic papules occurring over the palms and soles during adolescence. PPKP type 1, also known as PPKP Buschke-Fischer-Brauer type, was recently found to result from mutations in the AAGAB gene, encoding the p34 protein. PPKP type 1 is usually not associated with extracutaneous features. Aim To investigate a large family in which PPKP1 was present in association with congenital dysplasia of the hip (CDH). Methods A combination of direct sequencing of candidate genes and reverse-transcription PCR was used to identify the molecular basis underlying the clinical features displayed by the patients. Results Direct sequencing showed a novel intronic mutation in AAGAB, which was found to cosegregate with PPKP and CDH throughout the family. The mutation was found to result in aberrant RNA splicing, leading to exon 4 skipping. Conclusions This observation suggests either the existence of a CDH-associated gene in the vicinity of AAGAB, or a hitherto unrecognized role for p34 during skeletal development. © 2013 British Association of Dermatologists. Source


Birk E.,Tel Aviv University | Har-Zahav A.,Tel Aviv University | Manzini C.M.,Manton Center for Orphan Diseases | Pasmanik-Chor M.,Tel Aviv University | And 22 more authors.
American Journal of Human Genetics | Year: 2010

Intellectual disability (ID) affects 1%-3% of the general population. We recently reported on a family with autosomal-recessive mental retardation with anterior maxillary protrusion and strabismus (MRAMS) syndrome. One of the reported patients with ID did not have dysmorphic features but did have temporal lobe epilepsy and psychosis. We report on the identification of a truncating mutation in the SOBP that is responsible for causing both syndromic and nonsyndromic ID in the same family. The protein encoded by the SOBP, sine oculis binding protein ortholog, is a nuclear zinc finger protein. In mice, Sobp (also known as Jxc1) is critical for patterning of the organ of Corti; one of our patients has a subclinical cochlear hearing loss but no gross cochlear abnormalities. In situ RNA expression studies in postnatal mouse brain showed strong expression in the limbic system at the time interval of active synaptogenesis. The limbic system regulates learning, memory, and affective behavior, but limbic circuitry expression of other genes mutated in ID is unusual. By comparing the protein content of the +/jc to jc/jc mice brains with the use of proteomics, we detected 24 proteins with greater than 1.5-fold differences in expression, including two interacting proteins, dynamin and pacsin1. This study shows mutated SOBP involvement in syndromic and nonsyndromic ID with psychosis in humans. © 2010 The American Society of Human Genetics. All rights reserved. Source


Borck G.,University of Ulm | Shin B.-S.,U.S. National Institutes of Health | Stiller B.,University of Ulm | Mimouni-Bloch A.,The Pediatric Neurology and Developmental Unit | And 23 more authors.
Molecular Cell | Year: 2012

Together with GTP and initiator methionyl-tRNA, translation initiation factor eIF2 forms a ternary complex that binds the 40S ribosome and then scans an mRNA to select the AUG start codon for protein synthesis. Here, we show that a human X-chromosomal neurological disorder characterized by intellectual disability and microcephaly is caused by a missense mutation in eIF2γ (encoded by EIF2S3), the core subunit of the heterotrimeric eIF2 complex. Biochemical studies of human cells overexpressing the eIF2γ mutant and of yeast eIF2γ with the analogous mutation revealed a defect in binding the eIF2β subunit to eIF2γ. Consistent with this loss of eIF2 integrity, the yeast eIF2γ mutation impaired translation start codon selection and eIF2 function in vivo in a manner that was suppressed by overexpressing eIF2β. These findings directly link intellectual disability to impaired translation initiation, and provide a mechanistic basis for the human disease due to partial loss of eIF2 function. © 2012 Elsevier Inc. Source

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