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Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology

Lauren C Tabor, Karen M Rosado, Raele Robison, Karen Hegland, Ianessa A Humbert, Emily K Plowman
We examined the impact of expiratory muscle strength training on maximum expiratory pressure, cough spirometry, and disease progression in a 71-year-old male with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Maximum expiratory pressure declined 9% over an 8-week sham training period, but subsequently improved by 102% following 8 weeks of expiratory muscle strength training. Improvements in cough spirometry and mitigated disease progression were also observed post expiratory muscle strength training. Improvements in maximum expiratory pressures were maintained 6 months following expiratory muscle strength training and were 79% higher than baseline data obtained 301 days prior...
October 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Graham Fairfoul, Lynne I McGuire, Suvankar Pal, James W Ironside, Juliane Neumann, Sharon Christie, Catherine Joachim, Margaret Esiri, Samuel G Evetts, Michal Rolinski, Fahd Baig, Claudio Ruffmann, Richard Wade-Martins, Michele T M Hu, Laura Parkkinen, Alison J E Green
We have developed a novel real-time quaking-induced conversion RT-QuIC-based assay to detect alpha-synuclein aggregation in brain and cerebrospinal fluid from dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease patients. This assay can detect alpha-synuclein aggregation in Dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease cerebrospinal fluid with sensitivities of 92% and 95%, respectively, and with an overall specificity of 100% when compared to Alzheimer and control cerebrospinal fluid. Patients with neuropathologically confirmed tauopathies (progressive supranuclear palsy; corticobasal degeneration) gave negative results...
October 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
John-Ross Rizzo, Todd E Hudson, Weiwei Dai, Joel Birkemeier, Rosa M Pasculli, Ivan Selesnick, Laura J Balcer, Steven L Galetta, Janet C Rucker
OBJECTIVE: The King-Devick (KD) test, which is based on rapid number naming speed, is a performance measure that adds vision and eye movement assessments to sideline concussion testing. We performed a laboratory-based study to characterize ocular motor behavior during the KD test in a patient cohort with chronic concussion to identify features associated with prolonged KD reading times. METHODS: Twenty-five patients with a concussion history (mean age: 31) were compared to control participants with no concussion history (n = 42, mean age: 32)...
October 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Patricia A Boyle, Lei Yu, Debra A Fleischman, Sue Leurgans, Jingyun Yang, Robert S Wilson, Julie A Schneider, Zoe Arvanitakis, Konstantinos Arfanakis, David A Bennett
OBJECTIVE: Examine the association of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) with risk of incident mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and rate of decline in multiple cognitive systems in community-based older persons. METHODS: Participants (n = 354) were older persons initially free of cognitive impairment from two ongoing longitudinal epidemiologic studies of aging. All underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for quantification of WMH and gray matter volumes and detailed annual clinical evaluations including 17 cognitive tests...
October 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Christoph Scherfler, Alois Josef Schiefecker, Margarete Delazer, Ronny Beer, Thomas Bodner, Georg Spinka, Mario Kofler, Bettina Pfausler, Christian Kremser, Michael Schocke, Thomas Benke, Elke R Gizewski, Erich Schmutzhard, Raimund Helbok
OBJECTIVE: MRI parameters of iron concentration (R2*, transverse relaxation rate), microstructural integrity (mean diffusivity and fractional anisotropy), as well as gray and white matter volumes were analyzed in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and uncomplicated clinical course to detect the evolution of brain tissue changes 3 weeks and 12 months after ictus. METHODS: MRI scans of 14 SAH patients (aneurysm of the anterior communicating artery, n = 5; no aneurysm n = 9) were compared with 14 age-matched healthy control subjects...
October 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Hye-Jin Park, Kang-Woo Lee, Eun S Park, Stephanie Oh, Run Yan, Jie Zhang, Thomas G Beach, Charles H Adler, Michael Voronkov, Steven P Braithwaite, Jeffry B Stock, M Maral Mouradian
OBJECTIVE: Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is a heterotrimeric holoenzyme composed of a catalytic C subunit, a structural A subunit, and one of several regulatory B subunits that confer substrate specificity. The assembly and activity of PP2A are regulated by reversible methylation of the C subunit. α-Synuclein, which aggregates in Parkinson disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), is phosphorylated at Ser129, and PP2A containing a B55α subunit is a major phospho-Ser129 phosphatase...
October 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Ioanna Eleftheriadou, Ioannis Manolaras, Elaine E Irvine, Michael Dieringer, Antonio Trabalza, Nicholas D Mazarakis
OBJECTIVE: We have previously described the generation of coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor (α CAR)-targeted vector, and shown that intramuscular delivery in mouse leg muscles resulted in specific retrograde transduction of lumbar-motor neurons (MNs). Here, we utilized the α CAR-targeted vector to investigate the in vivo neuroprotective effects of lentivirally expressed IGF-1 for inducing neuronal survival and ameliorating the neuropathology and behavioral phenotypes of the SOD1(G93A) mouse model of ALS...
October 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Duygu Tosun, Norbert Schuff, Gil D Rabinovici, Nagehan Ayakta, Bruce L Miller, William Jagust, Joel Kramer, Michael M Weiner, Howard J Rosen
OBJECTIVE: To compare the values of arterial spin-labeled (ASL) MRI and fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET in the diagnosis of behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: Partial least squares logistic regression was used to identify voxels with diagnostic value in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebral metabolic rate of glucose (CMRgl) maps from patients with bvFTD (n = 32) and AD (n = 28), who were compared with each other and with cognitively normal controls (CN, n = 15)...
October 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Patrick Yu-Wai-Man, Achillefs Spyropoulos, Holly J Duncan, Joseph V Guadagno, Patrick F Chinnery
We describe three unrelated patients presenting with a spinal cord syndrome and neuroimaging features consistent with multiple sclerosis (MS). All harbored a pathogenic OPA1 mutation. Although the neurological phenotype resembled neuromyelitis optica (NMO), anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies were not detected and the disorder followed a slow progressive course. The coincidental occurrence of OPA1 mutations and an MS-like disorder is likely to have modulated the phenotypic manifestations of both disorders, but unlike the previously reported association of Leber hereditary optic neuropathy and MS (Harding disease), the optic neuropathy in patients with OPA1 mutations and an MS-like disorder can be mild with a good visual prognosis...
September 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Isaak Quast, Christian W Keller, Falk Hiepe, Björn Tackenberg, Jan D Lünemann
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is the most common chronic autoimmune neuropathy. While both cell-mediated and humoral mechanisms contribute to its pathogenesis, the rapid clinical response to plasmapheresis implicates a circulating factor responsible for peripheral nerve injury. We report that treatment-naïve patients with CIDP show increased serum and CSF levels of the anaphylatoxin C5a and the soluble terminal complement complex (sTCC). Systemic terminal complement activation correlates with clinical disease severity as determined by the Inflammatory Neuropathy Cause and Treatment (INCAT) disability scale...
September 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Ala Birca, Vasily A Vakorin, Prashob Porayette, Sujana Madathil, Vann Chau, Mike Seed, Sam M Doesburg, Susan Blaser, Dragos A Nita, Rohit Sharma, Emma G Duerden, Edward J Hickey, Steven P Miller, Cecil D Hahn
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether structural and microstructural brain abnormalities in neonates with congenital heart disease (CHD) correlate with neuronal network dysfunction measured by analysis of EEG connectivity. METHODS: We studied a prospective cohort of 20 neonates with CHD who underwent continuous EEG monitoring before surgery to assess functional brain maturation and network connectivity, structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine the presence of brain injury and structural brain development, and diffusion tensor MRI to assess brain microstructural development...
September 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Salleh N Ehaideb, Elizabeth A Wignall, Junko Kasuya, William H Evans, Atulya Iyengar, Haley L Koerselman, Anthony J Lilienthal, Alexander G Bassuk, Toshihiro Kitamoto, J Robert Manak
OBJECTIVE: Genetically tractable fruit flies have been used for decades to study seizure disorders. However, there is a paucity of data specifically correlating fly and human seizure phenotypes. We have previously shown that mutation of orthologous PRICKLE genes from flies to humans produce seizures. This study aimed to determine whether the prickle-mediated seizure phenotypes in flies closely parallel the epilepsy syndrome found in PRICKLE patients. METHODS: Virtually all fly seizure studies have relied upon characterizing seizures that are evoked...
September 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Maya Patel, Charles J Isaacs, Lauren Seyer, Karlla Brigatti, Sarah Gelbard, Cassandra Strawser, Debbie Foerster, Julianna Shinnick, Kimberly Schadt, Eppie M Yiu, Martin B Delatycki, Susan Perlman, George R Wilmot, Theresa Zesiewicz, Katherine Mathews, Christopher M Gomez, Grace Yoon, Sub H Subramony, Alicia Brocht, Jennifer Farmer, David R Lynch
OBJECTIVE: Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder of adults and children. This study analyzed neurological outcomes and changes to identify predictors of progression and generate power calculations for clinical trials. METHODS: Eight hundred and twelve subjects in a natural history study were evaluated annually across 12 sites using the Friedreich Ataxia Rating Scale (FARS), 9-Hole Peg Test, Timed 25-Foot Walk, visual acuity tests, self-reported surveys and disability scales...
September 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Salim Elyas, Angela C Shore, Hayley Kingwell, Samantha Keenan, Leigh Boxall, Jane Stewart, Martin A James, William David Strain
OBJECTIVE: Transient ischemic attacks (TIA) and minor strokes are important risk factors for recurrent strokes. Current stroke risk prediction scores such as ABCD2, although widely used, lack optimal sensitivity and specificity. Elevated urinary albumin excretion predicts cardiovascular disease, stroke, and mortality. We explored the role of microalbuminuria (using albumin creatinine ratio (ACR)) in predicting recurrence risk in patients with TIA and minor stroke. METHODS: Urinary ACR was measured on a spot sample in 150 patients attending a daily stroke clinic with TIA or minor stroke...
September 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Luke W Bonham, Ethan G Geier, Chun C Fan, Josiah K Leong, Lilah Besser, Walter A Kukull, John Kornak, Ole A Andreassen, Gerard D Schellenberg, Howard J Rosen, William P Dillon, Christopher P Hess, Bruce L Miller, Anders M Dale, Rahul S Desikan, Jennifer S Yokoyama
OBJECTIVE: The ε4 allele of apolipoprotein E (APOE) is the strongest known common genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and alters age of onset in retrospective studies. Here, we longitudinally test the effects of APOE ε4 genotype and age during progression from normal cognition to AD. METHODS: Using data from 5381 cognitively normal older individuals and Cox proportional hazards models, we longitudinally tested the effects of APOE genotype on progression from normal cognition to mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or AD in four age strata (<60, 60-70, 70-80, 80 + ) and with a sliding window approach between ages 60 and 85...
September 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
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August 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Anand Venkatraman, Puneet Opal
The ataxic syndrome associated with Anti-Yo antibody, or Purkinje cell cytoplasmic antibody type 1 (PCA1), is the most common variant of paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration (PCD). The typical presentation involves the subacute development of pancerebellar deficits with a clinical plateau within 6 months. The vast majority of cases have been reported in women with pelvic or breast tumors. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain is often normal in the early stages, with cerebellar atrophy seen later. The underlying mechanism is believed to be an immunological reaction to cerebellar degeneration-related protein 2 (CDR2), a protein usually found in the cerebellum that is ectopically produced by tumor cells...
August 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Ricardo H Roda, Edmond J FitzGibbon, Houda Boucekkine, Alice B Schindler, Craig Blackstone
The MAG gene encodes myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG), an abundant protein involved in axon-glial interactions and myelination during nerve regeneration. Several members of a consanguineous family with a clinical syndrome reminiscent of Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease and demyelinating leukodystrophy on brain MRI were recently found to harbor a homozygous missense p.Ser133Arg MAG mutation. Here, we report two brothers from a nonconsanguineous family afflicted with progressive cognitive impairment, neuropathy, ataxia, nystagmus, and gait disorder...
August 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Philippe Magown, Robert M Brownstone, Victor F Rafuse
OBJECTIVE: Nerve injuries resulting in prolonged periods of denervation result in poor recovery of motor function. We have previously shown that embryonic stem cell-derived motoneurons transplanted at the time of transection into a peripheral nerve can functionally reinnervate muscle. For clinical relevance, we now focused on delaying transplantation to assess reinnervation after prolonged denervation. METHODS: Embryonic stem cell-derived motoneurons were transplanted into the distal segments of transected tibial nerves in adult mice after prolonged denervation of 1-8 weeks...
August 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Lieke H Meeter, Elise G Dopper, Lize C Jiskoot, Raquel Sanchez-Valle, Caroline Graff, Luisa Benussi, Roberta Ghidoni, Yolande A Pijnenburg, Barbara Borroni, Daniela Galimberti, Robert Jr Laforce, Mario Masellis, Rik Vandenberghe, Isabelle Le Ber, Markus Otto, Rick van Minkelen, Janne M Papma, Serge A Rombouts, Mircea Balasa, Linn Öijerstedt, Vesna Jelic, Katrina M Dick, David M Cash, Sophie R Harding, M Jorge Cardoso, Sebastien Ourselin, Martin N Rossor, Alessandro Padovani, Elio Scarpini, Chiara Fenoglio, Maria C Tartaglia, Foudil Lamari, Christian Barro, Jens Kuhle, Jonathan D Rohrer, Charlotte E Teunissen, John C van Swieten
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum neurofilament light chain (NfL) levels in genetic frontotemporal dementia (FTD) as a potential biomarker in the presymptomatic stage and during the conversion into the symptomatic stage. Additionally, to correlate NfL levels to clinical and neuroimaging parameters. METHODS: In this multicenter case-control study, we investigated CSF NfL in 174 subjects (48 controls, 40 presymptomatic carriers and 86 patients with microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT), progranulin (GRN), and chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72) mutations), and serum NfL in 118 subjects (39 controls, 44 presymptomatic carriers, 35 patients)...
August 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
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