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Rethinking congenital hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is classically seen as a plumbing drawback, the results of an excessive amount of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the mind or dysregulation of fluid circulation. It’s often handled with shunts to empty the CSF, or with ETV/CPC, which makes a small gap to empty the CSF and burns off the choroid plexus tissue that produces it. Regardless of these therapies, some sufferers have poor neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Credit score: Phan Q. Duy, PhD

Hydrocephalus is classically seen as a plumbing drawback, the results of an excessive amount of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the mind or dysregulation of fluid circulation. It’s often handled with shunts to empty the CSF, or with ETV/CPC, which makes a small gap to empty the CSF and burns off the choroid plexus tissue that produces it. Regardless of these therapies, some sufferers have poor neurodevelopmental outcomes.

New analysis in Nature Neuroscience offers a view of hydrocephalus that turns the “plumbing” idea on its head, at the least for some kids. It means that as many as 1 in 4 congenital instances are genetic, and that the enlarged mind ventricles that characterize hydrocephalus may end up not from fluid overaccumulation, however from much less mind being fashioned throughout fetal improvement.

“This type of congenital hydrocephalus falls below a radically totally different paradigm: genetic dysregulation of neural stem cell progress within the mind,” says research chief Kristopher Kahle, MD, PhD, who holds analysis appointments in Neurosurgery and Genetics and Genomics at Boston Kids’s Hospital and is chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Massachusetts Basic Hospital. “Once we see enlarged ventricles, the basic considering is that they mirror an excessive amount of fluid within the mind. Our research reveals that they’ll mirror mind improvement that’s severely compromised.”

Sufferers with these genetic mutations could profit from approaches that optimize neurodevelopment fairly than merely draining CSF. The might doubtlessly embody focused medication, gene enhancing, or in utero gene therapies might assist appropriate mind improvement, probably with out neurosurgery.

“Although we will now deal with hydrocephalus endoscopically, with out inserting a shunt, the results of the preliminary mind damage or developmental anomaly will not be reversed,” notes Benjamin Warf, MD, a neurosurgeon within the Hydrocephalus Program at Boston Kids’s Hospital. “Understanding extra in regards to the numerous underlying mechanisms of hydrocephalus will result in therapeutic advances that will not solely enhance outcomes, however even perhaps forestall hydrocephalus from creating.”

Turning hydrocephalus on its head

Kahle, first writer Duy Phan, PhD, an MD/PhD scholar within the Kahle lab, and different colleagues studied 483 sufferers with congenital hydrocephalus with whole-exome sequencing. Additionally they sequenced most of the sufferers’ mother and father, enabling them establish de novo mutations occurring after conception.

A set of 93 totally different genes had been related to hydrocephalus. “We then localized the affected genes’ perform in time and house,” says Kahle, who can also be an affiliate member of the Broad Institute.

To do that, the group used single-cell RNA sequencing and consulted atlases of gene transcription within the mind to find out the place and at what level in mind improvement the mutated genes activate.

The genes’ expression converged in neuroepithelial cells, the earliest-forming neural stem cells. These cells line the embryonic cerebral ventricles within the neural tube throughout the first a number of weeks of human mind improvement, surrounding the creating fluid house.

“This epithelium is essential for populating the remainder of the mind with neurons and glia,” says Kahle.

Too few mind cells

The mutations had been mostly in TRIM71, a gene that regulates neural stem cell progress and differentiation. When the group modeled the mutations in mice, the animals developed hydrocephalus, however with out displaying defects within the circulation or reabsorption of CSF.

Additional research revealed that the stem cells within the neuroepithelium differentiated too quickly in embryonic improvement. Cell proliferation was decreased, with fewer neurons than can be anticipated. This led to an underdeveloped cortex.

“Maybe most notably, this underdevelopment ends in a ‘floppy’ cortex that’s unable to carry the strain exerted by fluid within the ventricles,” says Phan. “Thus, fluid passively accumulates and distends the ventricles even when there isn’t any anatomical obstruction to CSF circulation.”

A scientific agenda

Kahle and Phan now plan to proceed genetic sequencing of sufferers with hydrocephalus and correlate the outcomes with scientific findings, in collaboration with Christopher Walsh, MD, PhD, chief of Genetics and Genomics at Boston Kids’s and an skilled in neurodevelopmental genetics. They will even evaluate genetic outcomes with fetal and toddler neuroimaging research to determine a diagnostic MRI “signature” for genetic hydrocephalus.

“This work means that genetic testing needs to be thought-about for a bigger slice of sufferers with hydrocephalus that we’d have beforehand suspected,” says Walsh. “Expertise at all times reveals that the extra we study underlying mechanisms, the nearer we come to individualizing remedy approaches.”

In collaboration with Boston Kids’s neurosurgeons, together with Warf, Scellig Stone, MD, PhD, and Mark Proctor, MD, Kahle additionally plans to correlate genetic profiles with sufferers’ outcomes after receiving shunts or ETV/CPC.

“There are scattered studies of youngsters not enhancing after being shunted, and ventricular dimension not altering,” Kahle says. “Some sufferers could profit from extra conservative administration.”

This work was supported by the Nationwide Institutes of Well being (T32GM136651, F30HD106694, RO1NS11102, 1R21NS121642-01, 1R01NS122904-01, 5R21NS116484-02, 1DP2AI138259-01, MH113257, DA023999), the David M. Rubenstein Fund for Listening to Analysis, the Rudi Schulte Institute, the Hydrocephalus Affiliation, the Nationwide Coronary heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (R00HL143036-02), the Medical & Translational Analysis Funding Program (CTSA1405), Kids’s Discovery Institute (CDI-FR-2021-926), the Burroughs Welcome Fund, the Hartwell Basis, and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Analysis Basis) (WU 563/3-1, EXC2151–390873048). 

About Boston Kids’s Hospital

Boston Kids’s Hospital is ranked the #1 kids’s hospital within the nation by U.S. Information & World Report and is the first pediatric educating affiliate of Harvard Medical College. Residence to the world’s largest analysis enterprise primarily based at a pediatric medical heart, its discoveries have benefited each kids and adults since 1869. In the present day, 3,000 researchers and scientific workers, together with 11 members of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences, 25 members of the Nationwide Academy of Drugs and 10 Howard Hughes Medical Investigators comprise Boston Kids’s analysis neighborhood. Based as a 20-bed hospital for kids, Boston Kids’s is now a 415-bed complete heart for pediatric and adolescent well being care. For extra, go to our Solutions weblog and observe us on social media @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Fb and YouTube.

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