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Visual evoked potential abnormalities in Phelan-McDermid syndrome.

Siper, P. M., Rowe, M. A., Guillory, S. B., Rouhandeh, A. A., George-Jones, J. L., Tavassoli, T., Lurie, S., Zweifach, J., Weissman, J., Foss-Feig, J., Halpern, D., Trelles, M. P., Mulhern, M. S., Brittenham, C., Gordon, J., Zemon, V., Buxbaum, J. D. and Kolevzon, A. (2021) Visual evoked potential abnormalities in Phelan-McDermid syndrome. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. ISSN 0890-8567

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2021.07.006


The current study utilized visual evoked potentials (VEPs) to examine excitatory and inhibitory postsynaptic activity in children with Phelan-McDermid syndrome (PMS) and the association with genetic factors. PMS is caused by haploinsufficiency of SHANK3 on chromosome 22 and represents a common single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability. Transient VEPs were obtained from 175 children, including 31 with PMS, 79 with idiopathic ASD, 45 typically developing controls, and 20 unaffected siblings of children with PMS. Stimuli included standard and short-duration contrast-reversing checkerboard conditions and the reliability between these two conditions was assessed. Test-retest reliability and correlations with deletion size were explored in the group with PMS. Children with PMS and, to a lesser extent, those with idiopathic ASD, displayed significantly smaller amplitudes and decreased beta and gamma band activity relative to TD controls and PMS siblings. Across groups, high intraclass correlation coefficients were obtained between standard and short-duration conditions. In children with PMS, test-retest reliability was strong. Deletion size was significantly correlated with P -N amplitude for both conditions. Children with PMS displayed distinct transient VEP waveform abnormalities in both time and frequency domains that might reflect underlying glutamatergic deficits which were associated with deletion size. A similar response pattern was observed in a subset of children with idiopathic ASD. VEPs offer a noninvasive measure of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission that holds promise for stratification and surrogate endpoints in ongoing clinical trials in PMS and ASD.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:99692
Uncontrolled Keywords:transient VEP, autism spectrum disorder, Phelan McDermid syndrome, visual evoked potential

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