Hannah Mary Grayton

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Common neurodevelopmental disorders (including autism, speech and language delay, schizophrenia, epilepsy and intellectual disability) have complex aetiology, which is predominantly genomic, but also environmental in origin. They share a paradox, in that high heritability is matched by lowered fecundity, placing them under negative genetic selection. This(More)
A number of rare copy number variants (CNVs), including both deletions and duplications, have been associated with developmental disorders, including schizophrenia, autism, intellectual disability, and epilepsy. Pathogenicity may derive from dosage sensitivity of one or more genes contained within the CNV locus. To understand pathophysiology, the specific(More)
BACKGROUND Copy number variants have emerged as an important genomic cause of common, complex neurodevelopmental disorders. These usually change copy number of multiple genes, but deletions at 2p16.3, which have been associated with autism, schizophrenia and mental retardation, affect only the neurexin 1 gene, usually the alpha isoform. Previous analyses of(More)
Human genetics has identified rare copy number variations and deleterious mutations for all neurexin genes (NRXN1-3) in patients with neurodevelopmental diseases, and electrophysiological recordings in animal brains have shown that Nrxns are important for synaptic transmission. While several mouse models for Nrxn1α inactivation have previously been studied(More)
BACKGROUND Microdeletions in the NRXN1 gene have been associated with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, intellectual disability, speech and language delay, epilepsy and hypotonia. RESULTS In the present study we performed array CGH analysis on 10,397 individuals referred for diagnostic cytogenetic(More)
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