Navigation Links
New Gene Linked to Congenital Heart Defects
Date:5/4/2011

WEDNESDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) -- A gene essential to cardiac development has been associated with a group of congenital heart defects that cause a major proportion of childhood death from heart abnormalities.

It is unclear how these cardiac defects -- all malformations of the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) -- develop. The new research suggests a genetic component may play a role.

"It is estimated that there are more than 500 genes that may be important in heart development," said lead investigator Dr. Kim McBride, from the Center for Molecular and Human Genetics at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a faculty member at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. "Changes in any of these genes may impact how a child's heart forms."

Researchers at the Nationwide Children's Hospital set out to identify specific genes involved in cardiac development by examining the DNA of children treated for left ventricular outflow tract malformations and their parents. The study revealed a new link between the gene ERBB4 and specific LVOT defects.

Researchers said ERBB4 encodes a protein that serves as an "on" or "off" switch in many cellular functions during heart development.

"The precise defect in this very large gene is not yet known," said McBride. "ERBB4 now joins a previously identified gene, NOTCH1, as a susceptibility gene for LVOT defects. Replication of these results in other subjects will be required to better determine its role in the development of the heart malformations."

The LVOT defects include a narrowing of the aorta, a large blood vessel that branches off the heart, which causes it to pump abnormally hard (coarctation of the aorta) and a narrowing of the heart's aortic valve that obstructs normal blood flow (aortic valve stenosis).

They also include a rare heart defect in which the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped (hypoplastic left heart syndrome), a set of four heart defects that cause inflow and outflow problems (Shone complex) and a very rare heart defect in which the aorta is not fully developed (interrupted aortic arch type).

The study appears in the journal Birth Defects Research Part A.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute lists detailed information on congenital heart defects .

-- Mary Beth Dallas

SOURCE: Nationwide Children's Hospital, news release, April 29, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Cotton Swabs Linked to Ruptured Eardrums, Study Shows
2. Insomnia linked to high insulin resistance in diabetics
3. Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to More Aggressive Breast Cancers
4. Medical sleuthing linked muscle, kidney problems to kava tea
5. Being Housebound Linked to Alzheimers in Elderly
6. Mental Disorders Linked to Drug, Alcohol Abuse in U.S. Vets
7. Newer Pill Linked to Higher Risk of Blood Clots
8. Student Bullying Linked to Family Violence: CDC
9. Pesticide Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Lower IQ in Kids
10. Prenatal exposure to common insecticide linked to decreases in cognitive functioning at age 7
11. Gene Variant May Be Linked to Deadly Lung Fibrosis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New Gene Linked to Congenital Heart Defects  
(Date:6/25/2016)... Canada (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional ... pursuit of success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can ... risk more than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme ... “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was ... other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® ... American Cancer Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to ... and other adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon and the ... in the world, and the most handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic surgery ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Pro-Am Heroes Golf Classic Tournament held on June 20th at the Woodmont Country ... local charity, Luke’s Wings, an organization dedicated to helping service members that have been ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Bracket , a leading clinical ... generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at ... 26 – 30, 2016 in Philadelphia , ... Outcome Assessment product of its kind to fully integrate with ... Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform for electronic clinical ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... and INDIANAPOLIS , June ... receiving a Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship is any ... scholarship winners, announced today online at www.diabetesscholars.org ... type 1 diabetes stand in the way of academic ... supported the Foundation,s scholarship program since 2012, and continues ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... LONDON , June 23, 2016 ... environments  Oticon , industry leaders in ... the launch of Oticon Opn ™, the world,s ... world of possibilities for IoT devices.      ... Opn, Oticon introduces a number of ,world firsts,: ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: