Publications of Vinciane DIDEBERG
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See detailPancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasm associated with a familial MAX deletion
PETIGNOT, Sandrine ULiege; Daly, Adrian ULiege; CASTERMANS, Emilie ULiege et al

in Hormone and Metabolic Research (2020)

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See detail(S)un (M)ay (A)rise on SMA : l'espoir d'une region sans amyotrophie spinale.
BOEMER, François ULiege; CABERG, Jean-Hubert ULiege; DIDEBERG, Vinciane ULiege et al

in Revue medicale de Liege (2019), 74(9), 461-464

The treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) has considerably changed over the last 3 years. Several approaches that aim to increase the deficient SMN protein have demonstrated an efficacy that is ... [more ▼]

The treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) has considerably changed over the last 3 years. Several approaches that aim to increase the deficient SMN protein have demonstrated an efficacy that is inversely correlated with disease duration. In this context, newborn screening (NBS) is increasingly considered as the next step in several countries or regions. In 2018, we initiated a pilot study for NBS of SMA in French- and German-speaking Belgium. We aim to evaluate the feasibility, the efficacy, and the cost-effectiveness of such a program. Initially covering the region of Liege, the program was recently extended to the whole Southern Belgium and currently covers about 55.000 newborns per year. On June 1st 2019, 35.000 newborns had been screened and 5 affected babies were identified and referred to neuromuscular centers for early treatment. A full evaluation of the program will take place after three years to consider the inclusion of SMA screening in the publically-funded NBS program in Southern Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailNewborn screening for SMA in Southern Belgium
Boemer, François ULiege; CABERG, Jean-Hubert ULiege; Dideberg, Vinciane ULiege et al

in Neuromuscular Disorders (2019)

Approval was recently granted for a new treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Given that the treatment is effective when administered early and the societal burden of SMA-related disability, the ... [more ▼]

Approval was recently granted for a new treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Given that the treatment is effective when administered early and the societal burden of SMA-related disability, the implementation of a newborn screening program is warranted. We describe the stepwise process that led us to launch a newborn screening program for SMA in Southern Belgium. Different political, ethical, and clinical partners were informed about this project and were involved in its governance, as were genetic and screening labs. We developed and validated a newborn screening method to specifically recognize homozygous deletions of exon 7 in the SMN1 gene. Subsequently, a 3-year pilot study has been recently initiated in one Belgian neonatal screening laboratory to cover 17.000 neonates per year. Coverage extension to all of Southern Belgium to screen 55.000 babies each year is underway. © 2019 Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailBrain imaging and genetics in patients with congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism: a multicenter Belgian study.
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULiege; LIBIOULLE, Cécile ULiege; HARVENGT, Julie ULiege et al

in Jorgensen, Jens OL (Ed.) NENEG Abstract Book Communications (2018, April 19)

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See detailLe Syndrome de Kallmann: un vieux syndrome revisité par la génétique
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULiege; LIBIOULLE, Cécile ULiege; DEBRAY, François-Guillaume ULiege et al

in Urologic (2018), 14

Le contrôle neuroendocrinien de la reproduction chez l’homme est régi par un réseau d’environ 1.500 neurones hypothalamiques sécrétant la gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). Ce réseau module l’activité ... [more ▼]

Le contrôle neuroendocrinien de la reproduction chez l’homme est régi par un réseau d’environ 1.500 neurones hypothalamiques sécrétant la gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). Ce réseau module l’activité de l’axe de reproduction au cours de la vie. L’hypogonadisme hypogonadotrope congénital isolé (HHCI) est un syndrome clinique complexe, caractérisé par une insuffisance pubertaire partielle ou complète. Il peut découler d’une insuffisance hypothalamique sécrétoire de la GnRH ou d’une insuffisance de la sécrétion et/ou des effets des gonadotrophines hypophysaires. Chez l’homme, plusieurs gènes participant au développement olfactif et à la migration des neurones à GnRH interagissent pendant la vie embryonnaire. Les stéroïdes sexuels sont, à leur tour, nécessaires pour promouvoir la neurogenèse et le développement neurocognitif. Un nombre croissant de mutations de gènes participant à ce développement ont été identifiées comme étant responsables de HHCI. Sur base de la présence ou de l’absence d’un déficit de l’olfaction, l’HH est répertorié en deux syndromes, à savoir: HH avec altérations olfactives (syndrome de Kallmann) et l’hypogonadisme hypogonadotrophique idiopathique (IHH) avec une olfaction intacte ou normosmique (hypogonadisme IHH). Le syndrome de Kallmann (KS) est une condition hétérogène qui affecte 1 homme sur 5.000, avec un rapport homme/femme de 3/1. Le KS est associé à des mutations des gènes KAL1, FGFR1/FGF8, FGF17, IL17RD, PROK2/PROKR2, NELF, CHD7, HS6ST1, FLRT3, SPRY4, DUSP6, SEMA3A, SEMA7A, NELF, WDR11, SOX10, NSMF, AXL, FEZF1, DCC/NTN1 et KLB. Ces mutations entraînent des défauts de la migration neuronale, avec, comme possibles conséquences, un déficit variable au niveau de l’axe reproducteur, des troubles de l’olfaction, une surdité neurosensorielle. Des malformations y sont parfois associées, y compris un colobome, des syncinésies controlatérales, une malformation crâniofaciale et/ou une agénésie rénale. Dans cet article de synthèse, nous revisitons le syndrome de Kallmann vis-à-vis de ses conséquences sur la reproduction et sur le développement cérébral. [less ▲]

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See detailA next-generation newborn screening pilot study: NGS on dried blood spots detects causal mutations in patients with inherited metabolic diseases.
BOEMER, François ULiege; Fasquelle, Corinne ULiege; D'OTREPPE DE BOUVETTE, Stéphanie ULiege et al

in Scientific Reports (2017), 7(1), 17641

The range of applications performed on dried blood spots (DBS) widely broadened during the past decades to now include next-generation sequencing (NGS). Previous publications provided a general overview ... [more ▼]

The range of applications performed on dried blood spots (DBS) widely broadened during the past decades to now include next-generation sequencing (NGS). Previous publications provided a general overview of NGS capacities on DBS-extracted DNA but did not focus on the identification of specific disorders. We thus aimed to demonstrate that NGS was reliable for detecting pathogenic mutations on genomic material extracted from DBS. Assuming the future implementation of NGS technologies into newborn screening (NBS), we conducted a pilot study on fifteen patients with inherited metabolic disorders. Blood was collected from DBS. Whole-exome sequencing was performed, and sequences were analyzed with a specific focus on genes related to NBS. Results were compared to the known pathogenic mutations previously identified by Sanger sequencing. Causal mutations were readily characterized, and multiple polymorphisms have been identified. According to variant database prediction, an unexplained homozygote pathogenic mutation, unrelated to patient's disorder, was also found in one sample. While amount and quality of DBS-extracted DNA are adequate to identify causal mutations by NGS, bioinformatics analysis revealed critical drawbacks: coverage fluctuations between regions, difficulties in identifying insertions/deletions, and inconsistent reliability of database-referenced variants. Nevertheless, results of this study lead us to consider future perspectives regarding "next-generation" NBS. [less ▲]

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See detailHypogonadisme hypogonadotrope anosmique associé à une nouvelle mutation hétérozygote c.937C>T, p.His314Tyr de l'isoforme IIIb du gène FGR1.
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULiege; CORMAN, Vinciane ULiege; LIBIOULLE, Cécile ULiege et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie : 33ème congrès de la Société Française d'Endocrinologie (2016, October)

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See detailThe influence of COMT single nucleotide polymorphism (rs4680) on the neural substrates of working memory representations maintenance in healthy aging
Manard, Marine ULiege; François, Sarah ULiege; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULiege et al

Poster (2016, May 10)

The COMT val108/158met polymorphism was associated to the dopaminergic modulation in the brain, and therefore stimulated research on its influence for cognitive functioning and particularly working memory ... [more ▼]

The COMT val108/158met polymorphism was associated to the dopaminergic modulation in the brain, and therefore stimulated research on its influence for cognitive functioning and particularly working memory. First, a general advantage of carrying the met allele was reported. However, many studies used tasks that did not allow efficiently assessing the contribution of manipulation and maintenance processes in working memory, leading to divergent results, in both young and older populations, resulting in debates about the exact phenotypic effect of the COMT polymorphism. Using fMRI, this study was designed to assess the potential effect of the COMT polymorphism on age-related differences in working memory representations maintenance abilities (Sternberg paradigm). Partial Least Squares method was used to determine the brain-behavior correlations at low, intermediate, and high cognitive demands among young and older groups, homozygous for the val or for the met allele. First, young val/val showed some disadvantages at brain and behavioral level compared to their m/m counterparts. However, in older adults subgroups, the m/m participants tended to show greater age-related difference (when compared to younger adults with similar genotype), suggesting an advantage in carrying the val allele when dopamine signaling is not at optimal efficiency (optimal: young/middle adulthood vs suboptimal: childhood or older ages). These results will be discussed in regard to compensating theories and dopaminergic models accounting for the potential effect of COMT polymorphism on stability/flexibility abilities. [less ▲]

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See detailDouble genetic defect in a case of congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism
Potorac, Iulia ULiege; Pintiaux, Axelle ULiege; VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULiege et al

in Abstract book - 17th World Congress of Gynecological Endocrinology (2016, March)

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See detailInfluence of COMT Genotype on Antero-Posterior Cortical Functional Connectivity Underlying Interference Resolution
Jaspar, Mathieu ULiege; Manard, Marine ULiege; DIDEBERG, Vinciane ULiege et al

in Cerebral Cortex (2016), 26

Genetic variability related to the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene (Val158Met) has received increasing attention as a possible modulator of executive functioning and its neural correlates ... [more ▼]

Genetic variability related to the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene (Val158Met) has received increasing attention as a possible modulator of executive functioning and its neural correlates. However, this attention has generally centred on the prefrontal cortices because of the well-known direct impact of COMT enzyme on these cerebral regions. In this study, we were interested in the modulating effect of COMT genotype on anterior and posterior brain areas underlying interference resolution during a Stroop task. More specifically, we were interested in the functional connectivity between the right inferior frontal operculum (IFop), an area frequently associated with inhibitory efficiency, and posterior brain regions involved in reading/naming processes (the two main non-executive determinants of the Stroop effect). The Stroop task was administered during fMRI scanning to three groups of 15 young adults divided according to their COMT Val158Met genotype [Val/Val (VV), Val/Met (VM) and Met/Met (MM)]. Results indicate greater activity in the right IFop and the left middle temporal gyrus (MTG) in homozygous VV individuals than in Met allele carriers. In addition, the VV group exhibited stronger positive functional connectivity between these two brain regions and stronger negative connectivity between the right IFop and left lingual gyrus. These results confirm the impact of COMT genotype on frontal function. They also strongly suggest that differences in frontal activity influence posterior brain regions related to a non-executive component of the task. Especially, changes in functional connectivity between anterior and posterior brain areas might correspond to compensatory processes for performing the task efficiently when the available dopamine level is low. [less ▲]

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See detailHypogonadisme hypogonadotrope normosmique familial : identification d'une nouvelle mutation c.1664-2A> T du gène FGFR1
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULiege; Pintiaux, Axelle ULiege; LIBIOULLE, Cécile ULiege et al

in Abstract book - Annales d'Endocrinologie - 32ème Congrès de la Société Française d'Endocrinologie (2015, October)

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