Bardet-Biedl Syndrome

Common Name(s)

Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Laurence-Moon syndrome

Bardet-Biedl syndrome is a genetic condition that can result from mutations to a number of different genes. The condition affects many parts of the body, and is seen in about 1 of every 150,000 newborns. The primary symptom of Bardet-Biedl syndrome is blindness, beginning with night blindness (inability to see things in low light) in late childhood. Additionally, individuals with this condition may be born with polydactly (extra fingers or toes) and develop issues with weight gain that can lead to childhood obesity. About half of all children with Bardet-Biedl syndrome have developmental problems affecting speech, behavior, or intellectual ability, but these symptoms will vary. There is currently no treatment for this condition, but scientists have identified genes which cause this condition which may contribute to research efforts. Management of the disease depends on the severity of an individual's symptoms, but may include different aids for sight as vision worsens.

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Following organizations serve the condition "Bardet-Biedl Syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

Joubert Syndrome and Related Disorders Foundation

The mission of the Joubert Syndrome and Related Disorders Foundation is to support, educate, and serve individuals worldwide who are diagnosed with Joubert syndrome and other related disorders, and their families, friends, and caregivers. Our support networks create opportunities to connect with other families, researchers and/or medical professionals via a variety of mediums.

Last Updated: 19 May 2015

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Bardet Biedl Syndrome Family Association

Our Mission: Improve the lives of families affected by BBS through information, support and by advancing research and therapy Our Vision: Effective support, therapy, and treatment for all people affected by Bardet Biedl Syndrome

Last Updated: 14 Mar 2013

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Foundation Fighting Blindness

The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments, and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

Last Updated: 22 Sep 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Bardet-Biedl Syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

Joubert Syndrome and Related Disorders Foundation

The mission of the Joubert Syndrome and Related Disorders Foundation is to support, educate, and serve individuals worldwide who are diagnosed with Joubert syndrome and other related disorders, and their families, friends, and caregivers. Our support networks create opportunities to connect with other families, researchers and/or medical professionals via a variety of mediums.

http://www.jsrdf.org

Last Updated: 19 May 2015

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Bardet Biedl Syndrome Family Association

Our Mission: Improve the lives of families affected by BBS through information, support and by advancing research and therapy Our Vision: Effective support, therapy, and treatment for all people affected by Bardet Biedl Syndrome

http://www.bardetbiedl.org/

Last Updated: 14 Mar 2013

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Foundation Fighting Blindness

The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments, and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

http://www.blindness.org

Last Updated: 22 Sep 2015

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Bardet-Biedl Syndrome" returned 126 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A Splice Variant of Bardet-Biedl Syndrome 5 (BBS5) Protein that Is Selectively Expressed in Retina.
 

Author(s): Susan N Bolch, Donald R Dugger, Timothy Chong, J Hugh McDowell, W Clay Smith

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Bardet-Biedl syndrome is a complex ciliopathy that usually manifests with some form of retinal degeneration, amongst other ciliary-related deficiencies. One of the genetic causes of this syndrome results from a defect in Bardet-Biedl Syndrome 5 (BBS5) protein. BBS5 is one component ...

Last Updated: 12 Feb 2016

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Homozygosity mapping identified a novel protein truncating mutation (p.Ser100Leufs*24) of the BBS9 gene in a consanguineous Pakistani family with Bardet Biedl syndrome.
 

Author(s): Muzammil Ahmad Khan, Sumitra Mohan, Muhammad Zubair, Christian Windpassinger

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Bardet Biedl Syndrome (BBS) is a rare condition of multi-organ dysfunction with characteristic clinical features of retinal degeneration, truncal obesity, postaxial polydactyly, genital anomaly, intellectual disability and renal dysfunction. It is a hetero-genetic disorder and nineteen ...

Last Updated: 5 Feb 2016

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Characterization of Courtesy Stigma Perceived by Parents of Overweight Children with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome.
 

Author(s): Barbara Hamlington, Lauren E Ivey, Ethan Brenna, Leslie G Biesecker, Barbara B Biesecker, Julie C Sapp

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A child's obesity is generally perceived by the public to be under the control of the child's parents. While the health consequences of childhood obesity are well understood, less is known about psychological and social effects of having an obese child on parents. We set out to characterize ...

Last Updated: 17 Oct 2015

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The terms "Bardet-Biedl Syndrome" returned 7 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Bardet-Biedl syndrome: cilia and obesity - from genes to integrative approaches].
 

Author(s): Kirsley Chennen, Maria Julia Scerbo, Hélène Dollfus, Olivier Poch, Vincent Marion

Journal: Med Sci (Paris). 2014 Nov;30(11):1034-9.

 

The primary cilium is a specialized organelle, present at the surface of most eukaryotic cells, whose main function is to detect, integrate and transmit intra- and extra-cellular signals. Its dysfunction usually results in a group of severe clinical manifestations nowadays termed ...

Last Updated: 12 Nov 2014

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Molecular basis of the obesity associated with Bardet-Biedl syndrome.
 

Author(s): Deng-Fu Guo, Kamal Rahmouni

Journal: Trends Endocrinol. Metab.. 2011 Jul;22(7):286-93.

 

Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS) is a rare human hereditary disorder associated with several features including obesity, retinopathy, renal defects, polydactyly, learning disabilities and hypogenitalism. This article discusses the abnormalities accounting for energy imbalance leading to ...

Last Updated: 5 Jul 2011

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Pigmentary retinopathy due to Bardet-Biedl syndrome: case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Luis Jesuino de Oliveira Andrade, Rafael Andrade, Caroline Santos França, Alcina Vinhaes Bittencourt

Journal: Arq Bras Oftalmol. ;72(5):694-6.

 

Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder with clinical and genetic heterogeneity. This syndrome was first described by Laurence and Moon in 1866 and additional cases were described by Bardet and Biedl between 1920 and 1922. The main features are obesity, ...

Last Updated: 22 Dec 2009

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Clinical Registry Investigating Bardet-Biedl Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Bardet-Biedl Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 26 Dec 2014

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Inherited Retinal Degenerative Disease Registry
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Eye Diseases Hereditary; Retinal Disease; Achromatopsia; Bardet-Biedl Syndrome; Bassen-Kornzweig Syndrome; Batten Disease; Best Disease; Choroidal Dystrophy; Choroideremia; Cone Dystrophy; Cone-Rod Dystrophy; Congenital Stationary Night Blindness; Enhanced S-Cone Syndrome; Fundus Albipunctatus; Goldmann-Favre Syndrome; Gyrate Atrophy; Juvenile Macular Degeneration; Kearns-Sayre Syndrome; Leber Congenital Amaurosis; Refsum Syndrome; Retinitis Pigmentosa; Retinitis Punctata Albescens; Retinoschisis; Rod-Cone Dystrophy; Rod Dystrophy; Rod Monochromacy; Stargardt Disease; Usher Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 21 Mar 2016

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Clinical and Molecular Investigations Into Ciliopathies
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease; Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis; Caroli's Disease; Polycystic Kidney Disease; Joubert Syndrome; Cerebro-Oculo-Renal Syndromes; COACH Syndrome; Senior-Loken Syndrome; Dekaban-Arima Syndrome; Cogan Oculomotor Apraxia; Nephronophthisis; Bardet-Biedl Syndrome; Alstrom Syndrome; Oral-Facial-Digital Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 17 Nov 2015

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