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A Genome Model to Explain Major Features of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Version 1 : Received: 14 September 2018 / Approved: 15 September 2018 / Online: 15 September 2018 (18:07:03 CEST)

How to cite: Friedenson, B. A Genome Model to Explain Major Features of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Preprints 2018, 2018090272. Friedenson, B. A Genome Model to Explain Major Features of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Preprints 2018, 2018090272.


Abstract: The purpose of this study was to understand the role of infection in the origin of chromosomal anomalies linked to neurodevelopmental disorders. In patients with neurodevelopmental disorders, DNA’s from viruses and bacteria including known teratogens were tested against chromosome anomalies known to cause the disorders. Results support a theory that parental infections disrupt elaborate multi-system gene coordination needed for neurodevelopment. Genes essential for neurons, lymphatic drainage, immunity, circulation, angiogenesis, barriers, structure, and chromatin activity were all found close together in polyfunctional clusters that were deleted in neurodevelopmental disorders. These deletions account for immune, circulatory, and structural deficits that accompany neurologic deficits. In deleted clusters, specific and repetitive human DNA matched infections and passed rigorous artifact tests. In some patients, epigenetic driver mutations were found and may be functionally equivalent to deleting a cluster or changing topologic chromatin interactions because they change access to large chromosome segments. In three families, deleted DNA sequences were associated with intellectual deficits and were not included in any database of genomic variants. These sequences were thousands of bp and unequivocally matched foreign DNAs. Analogous homologies were also found in chromosome anomalies of a recurrent neurodevelopmental disorder. Viral and bacterial DNAs that match repetitive or specific human DNA segments are thus proposed to interfere with highly active break repair during meiosis, and sometimes delete polyfunctional clusters, and disable epigenetic drivers. Mis-repaired gametes produce zygotes containing rare chromosome anomalies which cause neurologic disorders and accompanying non-neurologic signs. Neurodevelopmental disorders may be examples of assault on the human genome by foreign DNA with some infections more likely tolerated because they resemble human DNA segments. Further tests of this model await new technology.


Keywords: 1; genome 2; epigenetics 3; neurodevelopmental disorders; 4; chromosome anomalies; 5; retrotransposon; 6; chromosome rearrangement; 7; neurologic disease; 8; birth defects; 9; development 10; infection


Biology and Life Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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