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Large brain size is one of the defining characteristics of modern humans. Seckel syndrome (MIM 210600), a disorder of markedly reduced brain and body size, is associated with defective ATR-dependent DNA damage signaling. Only a single hypomorphic mutation of ATR has been identified in this genetically heterogeneous condition. We now report that mutations in(More)
OBJECTIVE The present study investigated involuntary change detection in a two-tone pre-attentive auditory discrimination paradigm in order to better understand the information processing mechanisms underlying attention deficits in fragile X syndrome (FXS) males. METHODS Sixteen males with the FXS full mutation and 20 age-matched control participants(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined whether attention deficits in fragile X syndrome (FXS) can be traced back to abnormalities in basic information processing. METHOD Sixteen males with FXS and 22 age-matched control participants (mean age 29 years) performed a standard oddball task to examine selective attention in both auditory and visual modalities. Five FXS(More)
CONTEXT Unbalanced subtelomeric chromosomal rearrangements are often associated with intellectual disability (ID) and malformation syndromes. The prevalence of such rearrangements has been reported to be 5-9% in ID populations. AIMS To study the prevalence of subtelomeric rearrangements in the Indonesian ID population. MATERIALS AND METHODS We tested(More)
A large French family including members affected by nonspecific X-linked mental retardation, with or without autism or pervasive developmental disorder in affected male patients, has been found to have a 2-base-pair deletion in the Neuroligin 4 gene (NLGN4) located at Xp22.33. This mutation leads to a premature stop codon in the middle of the sequence of(More)
Creatine transporter deficiency is an X-linked mental retardation disorder caused by mutations in the creatine transporter gene, SLC6A8. In a European Mental Retardation Consortium panel of 66 patients, we identified a male with mental retardation, caused by a c.1059_1061delCTT; p.Phe354del mutation in the SLC6A8 gene. With the use of direct DNA sequencing,(More)
Congenital and adult-onset inherited myopathies represent a wide spectrum of syndromes. Classification is based upon clinical features and biochemical and genetic defects. Joint hypermobility is one of the distinctive clinical features that has often been underrecognized so far. We therefore present an overview of myopathies associated with joint(More)
We describe the clinical and neuropathological presentation of a male with an MECP2 mutation whose sister has Rett syndrome (RS). He presented with severe neonatal encephalopathy and died at the age of 13 months. Mutation analysis of the MECP2 gene demonstrated a 488 - 489 del mutation in his and his sister's copies of the gene. Post mortem examination(More)
OBJECTIVE Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of heritable connective tissue disorders characterized by joint hypermobility, skin hyperextensibility, and tissue fragility. Muscle involvement is plausible based on recently discovered interactions between muscle cells and extracellular matrix molecules; however,(More)
Duplications in Xq28 involving the methyl CpG binding protein 2 gene (MECP2) have been described in male patients with severe mental disability, delayed milestones, absence of language, hypotonia replaced by spasticity and retractions, and recurrent and often severe infections. In a study involving five patients in two families, multiplex ligation-dependent(More)