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Acta Neuropathologica Communications

Dagmar E Ehrnhoefer, Dale D O Martin, Mandi E Schmidt, Xiaofan Qiu, Safia Ladha, Nicholas S Caron, Niels H Skotte, Yen T N Nguyen, Kuljeet Vaid, Amber L Southwell, Sabine Engemann, Sonia Franciosi, Michael R Hayden
Huntington disease (HD) is caused by the expression of mutant huntingtin (mHTT) bearing a polyglutamine expansion. In HD, mHTT accumulation is accompanied by a dysfunction in basal autophagy, which manifests as specific defects in cargo loading during selective autophagy. Here we show that the expression of mHTT resistant to proteolysis at the caspase cleavage site D586 (C6R mHTT) increases autophagy, which may be due to its increased binding to the autophagy adapter p62. This is accompanied by faster degradation of C6R mHTT in vitro and a lack of mHTT accumulation the C6R mouse model with age...
March 6, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Michael Burwinkel, Manuel Lutzenberger, Frank L Heppner, Walter Schulz-Schaeffer, Michael Baier
Seeding and spread of beta-amyloid (Aβ) pathologies have been considered to be based on prion-like mechanisms. However, limited transmissibility of Aβ seeding activity upon peripheral exposure would represent a key difference to prions, not only in terms of pathogenesis but also in terms of potential transmission of disease. We partially characterized the seeded Aβ amyloidosis after intracerebral injection of various brain homogenates in APP/PS1 mice. One particularly seed-laden homogenate was selected to investigate the development of Aβ pathologies after intravenous exposure...
March 5, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Sara E Nasrabady, Batool Rizvi, James E Goldman, Adam M Brickman
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is conceptualized as a progressive consequence of two hallmark pathological changes in grey matter: extracellular amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. However, over the past several years, neuroimaging studies have implicated micro- and macrostructural abnormalities in white matter in the risk and progression of AD, suggesting that in addition to the neuronal pathology characteristic of the disease, white matter degeneration and demyelination may be also important pathophysiological features...
March 2, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Rémi Longuespée, Annika K Wefers, Elena De Vita, Aubry K Miller, David E Reuss, Wolfgang Wick, Christel Herold-Mende, Mark Kriegsmann, Peter Schirmacher, Andreas von Deimling, Stefan Pusch
All isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) mutant solid neoplasms exhibit highly elevated levels of D-2-hydroxyglutarate (D-2HG). Detection of 2HG in tumor tissues currently is performed by gas or liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC- or LC-MS) or biochemical detection. While these methods are highly accurate, a considerable amount of time for tissue preparation and a relatively high amount of tissue is required for testing. We here present a rapid approach to detect 2HG in brain tumor tissue based on matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization - time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF)...
March 2, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
M Domínguez-Álvaro, M Montero-Crespo, L Blazquez-Llorca, R Insausti, J DeFelipe, L Alonso-Nanclares
Synaptic dysfunction or loss in early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is thought to be a major structural correlate of cognitive dysfunction. Early loss of episodic memory, which occurs at the early stage of AD, is closely associated with the progressive degeneration of medial temporal lobe (MTL) structures of which the transentorhinal cortex (TEC) is the first affected area. However, no ultrastructural studies have been performed in this region in human brain samples from AD patients. In the present study, we have performed a detailed three-dimensional (3D) ultrastructural analysis using focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM) to investigate possible synaptic alterations in the TEC of patients with AD...
March 2, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Qi Zhang, Cheng Ma, Marla Gearing, Peng George Wang, Lih-Shen Chin, Lian Li
Although the genetic causes for several rare, familial forms of Alzheimer's disease (AD) have been identified, the etiology of the sporadic form of AD remains unclear. Here, we report a systems-level study of disease-associated proteome changes in human frontal cortex of sporadic AD patients using an integrated approach that combines mass spectrometry-based quantitative proteomics, differential expression analysis, and co-expression network analysis. Our analyses of 16 human brain tissues from AD patients and age-matched controls showed organization of the cortical proteome into a network of 24 biologically meaningful modules of co-expressed proteins...
March 1, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
P S Zeiner, J Zinke, D J Kowalewski, S Bernatz, J Tichy, M W Ronellenfitsch, F Thorsen, A Berger, M T Forster, A Muller, J P Steinbach, R Beschorner, J Wischhusen, H M Kvasnicka, K H Plate, S Stefanović, B Weide, M Mittelbronn, P N Harter
Despite multidisciplinary local and systemic therapeutic approaches, the prognosis for most patients with brain metastases is still dismal. The role of adaptive and innate anti-tumor response including the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) machinery of antigen presentation is still unclear. We present data on the HLA class II-chaperone molecule CD74 in brain metastases and its impact on the HLA peptidome complexity.We analyzed CD74 and HLA class II expression on tumor cells in a subset of 236 human brain metastases, primary tumors and peripheral metastases of different entities in association with clinical data including overall survival...
March 1, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Anssi Lipponen, Assam El-Osta, Antony Kaspi, Mark Ziemann, Ishant Khurana, Harikrishnan Kn, Vicente Navarro-Ferrandis, Noora Puhakka, Jussi Paananen, Asla Pitkänen
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) induces a wide variety of cellular and molecular changes that can continue for days to weeks to months, leading to functional impairments. Currently, there are no pharmacotherapies in clinical use that favorably modify the post-TBI outcome, due in part to limited understanding of the mechanisms of TBI-induced pathologies. Our system biology analysis tested the hypothesis that chronic transcriptomics changes induced by TBI are controlled by altered DNA-methylation in gene promoter areas or by transcription factors...
February 27, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Naoki Shinojima, Kenji Fujimoto, Keishi Makino, Kohei Todaka, Kazumichi Yamada, Yoshiki Mikami, Kazutaka Oda, Kazumi Nakamura, Hirofumi Jono, Jun-Ichi Kuratsu, Hideo Nakamura, Shigetoshi Yano, Akitake Mukasa
The therapeutic response to high-dose methotrexate (HD-MTX) therapy for primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) varies. Polyglutamylation is a reversible protein modification with a high occurrence rate in tumor cells. MTX incorporated into cells is polyglutamylated and strongly binds to dihydrofolate reductase without competitive inhibition by leucovorin (LV). Tumor cells with high polyglutamylation levels are selectively killed, whereas normal cells with lower polyglutamylation are rescued by LV. We hypothesized that the extent of polyglutamylation in tumor cells determines treatment resistance...
February 23, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Grazyna Lietzau, William Davidsson, Claes-Göran Östenson, Fausto Chiazza, David Nathanson, Hiranya Pintana, Josefin Skogsberg, Thomas Klein, Thomas Nyström, Vladimer Darsalia, Cesare Patrone
Recent data suggest that olfactory deficits could represent an early marker and a pathogenic mechanism at the basis of cognitive decline in type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, research is needed to further characterize olfactory deficits in diabetes, their relation to cognitive decline and underlying mechanisms.The aim of this study was to determine whether T2D impairs odour detection, olfactory memory as well as neuroplasticity in two major brain areas responsible for olfaction and odour coding: the main olfactory bulb (MOB) and the piriform cortex (PC), respectively...
February 23, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Paul C Yell, Dennis K Burns, Evan G Dittmar, Charles L White, Chunyu Cai
Terminal complement complex deposition in endomysial capillaries detected by a C5b-9 immunostain is considered a diagnostic feature for dermatomyositis. However, we found widespread microvascular C5b-9 reactivity in a substantial subset of muscle biopsies with denervation changes, and in nerve biopsies of peripheral neuropathies, particularly in patients with diabetes. It is unclear whether the presence of C5b-9 deposition signifies active immune-mediated vascular injury that requires immune suppression therapy...
February 20, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Brent Race, Katie Williams, Andrew G Hughson, Casper Jansen, Piero Parchi, Annemieke J M Rozemuller, Bruce Chesebro
Human familial prion diseases are associated with mutations at 34 different prion protein (PrP) amino acid residues. However, it is unclear whether infectious prions are found in all cases. Mutant PrP itself may be neurotoxic, or alternatively, PrP mutation might predispose to spontaneous formation of infectious PrP isoforms. Previous reports demonstrated transmission to animal models by human brain tissue expressing 7 different PrP mutations, but 3 other mutations were not transmissible. In the present work, we tested transmission using brain homogenates from patients expressing 3 untested PrP mutants: G131V, Y226X, and Q227X...
February 20, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Najla Kfoury, Tao Sun, Kwanha Yu, Nathan Rockwell, Kelsey L Tinkum, Zongtai Qi, Nicole M Warrington, Peter McDonald, Anuradha Roy, Scott J Weir, Carrie A Mohila, Benjamin Deneen, Joshua B Rubin
Mechanisms underlying sex differences in cancer incidence are not defined but likely involve dimorphism (s) in tumor suppressor function at the cellular and organismal levels. As an example, sexual dimorphism in retinoblastoma protein (Rb) activity was shown to block transformation of female, but not male, murine astrocytes in which neurofibromin and p53 function was abrogated (GBM astrocytes). Correlated sex differences in gene expression in the murine GBM astrocytes were found to be highly concordant with sex differences in gene expression in male and female GBM patients, including in the expression of components of the Rb and p53 pathways...
February 20, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Juan Carlos Polanco, Chuanzhou Li, Nela Durisic, Robert Sullivan, Jürgen Götz
In Alzheimer disease and related disorders, the microtubule-associated protein tau aggregates and forms cytoplasmic lesions that impair neuronal physiology at many levels. In addition to affecting the host neuron, tau aggregates also spread to neighboring, recipient cells where the misfolded tau aggregates, in a manner similar to prions, actively corrupt the proper folding of soluble tau, and thereby impair cellular functions. One vehicle for the transmission of tau aggregates are secretory nanovesicles known as exosomes...
February 15, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Nicolau Beckmann, Elisa Giorgetti, Anna Neuhaus, Stefan Zurbruegg, Nathalie Accart, Paul Smith, Julien Perdoux, Ludovic Perrot, Mark Nash, Sandrine Desrayaud, Peter Wipfli, Wilfried Frieauff, Derya R Shimshek
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the central nervous system (CNS). While multiple effective immunomodulatory therapies for MS exist today, they lack the scope of promoting CNS repair, in particular remyelination. Microglia play a pivotal role in regulating myelination processes, and the colony-stimulating factor 1 (CSF-1) pathway is a key regulator for microglia differentiation and survival. Here, we investigated the effects of the CSF-1 receptor kinase inhibitor, BLZ945, on central myelination processes in the 5-week murine cuprizone model by non-invasive and longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and histology...
February 15, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Bradley R Groveman, Christina D Orrù, Andrew G Hughson, Lynne D Raymond, Gianluigi Zanusso, Bernardino Ghetti, Katrina J Campbell, Jiri Safar, Douglas Galasko, Byron Caughey
The diagnosis and treatment of synucleinopathies such as Parkinson disease and dementia with Lewy bodies would be aided by the availability of assays for the pathogenic disease-associated forms of α-synuclein (αSynD) that are sufficiently sensitive, specific, and practical for analysis of accessible diagnostic specimens. Two recent αSynD seed amplification tests have provided the first prototypes for ultrasensitive and specific detection of αSynD in patients' cerebrospinal fluid. These prototypic assays require 5-13 days to perform...
February 9, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Ariadna Recasens, Iria Carballo-Carbajal, Annabelle Parent, Jordi Bové, Ellen Gelpi, Eduardo Tolosa, Miquel Vila
In Parkinson's disease (PD) there is widespread accumulation in the brain of abnormal α-synuclein aggregates forming intraneuronal Lewy bodies (LB). It is now well established that LB-type α-synuclein aggregates also occur in the peripheral autonomic nervous system in PD, from where it has been speculated they may progressively spread to the central nervous system through synaptically-connected brain networks and reach the substantia nigra to trigger herein dopaminergic dysfunction/degeneration and subsequent parkinsonism...
February 8, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Zsolt Datki, Zita Olah, Tibor Hortobagyi, Lilla Macsai, Katalin Zsuga, Livia Fulop, Zsolt Bozso, Bence Galik, Eva Acs, Angela Foldi, Amanda Szarvas, Janos Kalman
Neurodegenerative diseases are linked to a systemic enzyme resistance of toxic aggregated molecules and their pathological consequences. This paper presents a unique phenomenon that Philodina acuticornis, a bdelloid rotifer, is able to catabolize different types of neurotoxic peptide and protein aggregates (such as beta-amyloids /Aβ/, alpha-synuclein, and prion) without suffering any damage. P. acuticornis is capable of using these aggregates as an exclusive energy source (i.e., as 'food', identified in the digestive system and body) in a hermetically isolated microdrop environment, increasing their survival...
January 29, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Ignazio Cali, Mark L Cohen, Stéphane Haїk, Piero Parchi, Giorgio Giaccone, Steven J Collins, Diane Kofskey, Han Wang, Catriona A McLean, Jean-Philippe Brandel, Nicolas Privat, Véronique Sazdovitch, Charles Duyckaerts, Tetsuyuki Kitamoto, Ermias D Belay, Ryan A Maddox, Fabrizio Tagliavini, Maurizio Pocchiari, Ellen Leschek, Brian S Appleby, Jiri G Safar, Lawrence B Schonberger, Pierluigi Gambetti
The presence of pathology related to the deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ) has been recently reported in iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (iCJD) acquired from inoculation of growth hormone (GH) extracted from human cadaveric pituitary gland or use of cadaveric dura mater (DM) grafts.To investigate this phenomenon further, a cohort of 27 iCJD cases - 21 with adequate number of histopathological sections - originating from Australia, France, Italy, and the Unites States, were examined by immunohistochemistry, amyloid staining, and Western blot analysis of the scrapie prion protein (PrPSc), and compared with age-group matched cases of sporadic CJD (sCJD), Alzheimer disease (AD) or free of neurodegenerative diseases (non-ND)...
January 8, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Jordan R Warford, Anna-Claire Lamport, Derek R Clements, Alicia Malone, Barry E Kennedy, Youra Kim, Shashi A Gujar, David W Hoskin, Alexander S Easton
Proteoglycans are promising therapeutic targets in Multiple Sclerosis (MS), because they regulate many aspects of the immune response. This was studied using surfen, an agent that binds both heparan sulphate proteoglycans (HSPGs) and chondroitin sulphate proteoglycans (CSPGs). Initial cell culture work on bone marrow derived macrophages (BMDMs) found that surfen reduced concentrations of the chemokines CCL2, CCL4 and CCL5, with reduced messenger (m)RNA expression for Tumor Necrosis Factor, IL-6, IL-1β and inducible nitric oxide synthase...
January 4, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
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