OBM Genetics is an international Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It accepts papers addressing basic and medical aspects of genetics and epigenetics and also ethical, legal and social issues. Coverage includes clinical, developmental, diagnostic, evolutionary, genomic, mitochondrial, molecular, oncological, population and reproductive aspects. It publishes research articles, reviews, communications and technical notes, etc. There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

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Current Issue: 2020  Archive: 2019 2018 2017

Special Issue

Molecular Genetics of Syndromic Obesity

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2020 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Marcel Mannens, PhD

Professor, Department of Clinical Genetics, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Research Interests: genome diagnostics; epigenetics of disease; cardiogenetics

Co-Editor

Mieke van Haelst, PhD

Clinical Geneticist, Department of Clinical Genetics, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Research Interests: maternal health; obesity; eating disorders; syndrome; gene; genetics; chromosomes; human genetics

About This Topic

Obesity has become a major health problem worldwide. Years of research provided plenty of information on the molecular genetics of these disorders and the obesity phenotype leading to a more individualized treatment of the symptoms, however, many questions still remain unanswered. Syndromic obesity is associated with mental retardation, dysmorphic features, and organ-specific developmental abnormalities. Additional genes participating in the development of hypothalamus and central nervous system have been regularly identified. But to date, not all involved genes have been identified so far. Indeed, specific treatments are available only for specific types of monogenic obesity, such as leptin deficiency. As these obesity syndromes have different signs and symptoms in common, it makes it difficult to accurately diagnose patients which may result in inappropriate treatment of the disease. Therefore, the big challenge for clinicians and scientists is to more clearly differentiate all syndromic forms of obesity to provide conclusive genetic explanations and eventually deliver accurate genetic counseling and treatment. In addition, further delineation of the (functions of the) underlying genes with the use of array- or next-generation sequencing-based technology will be helpful to unravel the mechanisms of energy metabolism in the general population.

This special issue will mainly focus on new research that brings insights into molecular genetics of obesity. Understanding more about the genetic mechanisms and preface treatments of syndromic obesity. Original research reports, review articles, communications, perspectives, etc., are invited in all areas pertinent to this topic.

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