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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784925/acrylamide-acute-neurotoxicity-in-adult-zebrafish
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Melissa Faria, Tamar Ziv, Cristian Gómez-Canela, Shani Ben-Lulu, Eva Prats, Karen Adriana Novoa-Luna, Arie Admon, Benjamin Piña, Romà Tauler, Leobardo Manuel Gómez-Oliván, Demetrio Raldúa
Acute exposure to acrylamide (ACR), a type-2 alkene, may lead to a ataxia, skeletal muscles weakness and numbness of the extremities in human and laboratory animals. In the present manuscript, ACR acute neurotoxicity has been characterized in adult zebrafish, a vertebrate model increasingly used in human neuropharmacology and toxicology research. At behavioral level, ACR-treated animals exhibited "depression-like" phenotype comorbid with anxiety behavior. At transcriptional level, ACR induced down-regulation of regeneration-associated genes and up-regulation of oligodendrocytes and reactive astrocytes markers, altering also the expression of genes involved in the presynaptic vesicle cycling...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784770/tlr-activated-repression-of-fe-s-cluster-biogenesis-drives-a-metabolic-shift-and-alters-histone-and-tubulin-acetylation
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Wing-Hang Tong, Nunziata Maio, De-Liang Zhang, Erika M Palmieri, Hayden Ollivierre, Manik C Ghosh, Daniel W McVicar, Tracey A Rouault
Given the essential roles of iron-sulfur (Fe-S) cofactors in mediating electron transfer in the mitochondrial respiratory chain and supporting heme biosynthesis, mitochondrial dysfunction is a common feature in a growing list of human Fe-S cluster biogenesis disorders, including Friedreich ataxia and GLRX5-related sideroblastic anemia. Here, our studies showed that restriction of Fe-S cluster biogenesis not only compromised mitochondrial oxidative metabolism but also resulted in decreased overall histone acetylation and increased H3K9me3 levels in the nucleus and increased acetylation of α-tubulin in the cytosol by decreasing the lipoylation of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex, decreasing levels of succinate dehydrogenase and the histone acetyltransferase ELP3, and increasing levels of the tubulin acetyltransferase MEC17...
May 22, 2018: Blood Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784648/mouse-models-of-nesprin-related-diseases
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REVIEW
Can Zhou, Li Rao, Derek T Warren, Catherine M Shanahan, Qiuping Zhang
Nesprins (nuclear envelope spectrin repeat proteins) are a family of multi-isomeric scaffolding proteins. Nesprins form the LInker of Nucleoskeleton-and-Cytoskeleton (LINC) complex with SUN (Sad1p/UNC84) domain-containing proteins at the nuclear envelope, in association with lamin A/C and emerin, linking the nucleoskeleton to the cytoskeleton. The LINC complex serves as both a physical linker between the nuclear lamina and the cytoskeleton and a mechanosensor. The LINC complex has a broad range of functions and is involved in maintaining nuclear architecture, nuclear positioning and migration, and also modulating gene expression...
May 21, 2018: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783976/possible-multiple-system-atrophy-with-predominant-parkinsonism-in-a-patient-with-chronic-schizophrenia-a-case-report
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Hiroshi Komatsu, Masaaki Kato, Teiko Kinpara, Takashi Ono, Yoshihisa Kakuto
BACKGROUND: Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is an adult-onset, rare, and progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a varying combination of autonomic failure, cerebellar ataxia, and parkinsonism. MSA is categorized as MSA-P with predominant parkinsonism, and as MSA-C with predominant cerebellar features. The prevalence of MSA has been reported to be between 1.86 and 4.9 cases per 100,000 individuals. In contrast, approximately 1% of the population is affected by schizophrenia during their lifetime; therefore, MSA-P comorbidity is very rare in schizophrenic patients...
May 21, 2018: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782851/glycosylation-of-cblns-attenuates-their-receptor-binding
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Yongqi Rong, Parmil K Bansal, Peng Wei, Hong Guo, Kristen Correia, Jennifer Parris, James I Morgan
Cbln1 is the prototype of a family (Cbln1-Cbln4) of secreted glycoproteins and is essential for normal synapse structure and function in cerebellum by bridging presynaptic Nrxn to postsynaptic Grid2. Here we report the effects of glycosylation on the in vitro receptor binding properties of Cblns. Cbln1, 2 and 4 harbor two N-linked glycosylation sites, one at the N-terminus is in a region implicated in Nrxn binding and the second is in the C1q domain, a region involved in Grid2 binding. Mutation (asparagine to glutamine) of the N-terminal site, increased neurexin binding whereas mutation of the C1q site markedly increased Grid2 binding...
May 18, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777888/primary-intracranial-rhabdomyosarcoma-in-the-cerebellopontine-angle-resected-after-preoperative-embolization
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Keisuke Yoshida, Tomoru Miwa, Takenori Akiyama, Masaaki Nishimoto, Dai Kamamoto, Kazunari Yoshida
BACKGROUND: Primary intracranial rhabdomyosarcoma is a very rare malignant tumor. Due to moderately vascular and firm characteristics of the tumor, complete removal without complications is often difficult. Moreover, in pediatric patients, the volume of total blood is less than adults and minimal intraoperative hemorrhage is desirable. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 6-year-old boy presented with ataxia and was found to have a large cerebellopontine angle tumor and hydrocephalus...
May 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777722/ca-2-signaling-and-spinocerebellar-ataxia
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REVIEW
Chihiro Hisatsune, Kozo Hamada, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba
Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is a neural disorder, which is caused by degenerative changes in the cerebellum. SCA is primarily characterized by gait ataxia, and additional clinical features include nystagmus, dysarthria, tremors and cerebellar atrophy. Forty-four hereditary SCAs have been identified to date, along with >35 SCA-associated genes. Despite the great diversity and distinct functionalities of the SCA-related genes, accumulating evidence supports the occurrence of a common pathophysiological event among several hereditary SCAs...
May 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777115/a-randomized-controlled-pilot-trial-of-game-based-training-in-individuals-with-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3
#8
Ray-Yau Wang, Fang-Yi Huang, Bing-Wen Soong, Shih-Fong Huang, Yea-Ru Yang
Exergames are interactive video games used for exercise and may have therapeutic value in people with degenerative ataxia. The purpose of this study was to investigate potential effects of exergaming training on cerebellar ataxia in people with spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3). Nine individuals with SCA3 were recruited and randomized to either exergaming or conventional group for a 4-week training period. The severity of ataxia was measured as the primary outcome by the Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA) and by the directional control of the limit of stability test...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774174/outpatient-interventions-that-may-enhance-the-care-of-a-patient-with-co-existing-moyamoya-and-down-syndromes
#9
Anita Lwanga, Waldo Herrera, Katya Cruz Madrid, Antony Irungu
Moyamoya vasculopathy is a condition of chronic, progressive occlusion of the distal internal carotid arteries and the Circle of Willis. The resultant ischemia produces compensatory angiogenesis and the growth of a network of collateral blood vessels, which on angiography resemble a "puff of smoke" or "moyamoya" in Japanese. The objective of this case report is to describe the clinical course of a patient with Down and moyamoya syndromes and to enlighten clinicians about strategies that can be taken to enhance the care of similar patients...
March 16, 2018: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774099/camptothecin-induces-g-2-m-phase-arrest-through-the-atm-chk2-cdc25c-axis-as-a-result-of-autophagy-induced-cytoprotection-implications-of-reactive-oxygen-species
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Rajapaksha Gedara Prasad Tharanga Jayasooriya, Matharage Gayani Dilshara, Ilandarage Menu Neelaka Molagoda, Cheol Park, Sang Rul Park, Seungheon Lee, Yung Hyun Choi, Gi-Young Kim
In the present study, we report that camptothecin (CPT) caused irreversible cell cycle arrest at the G2 /M phase, and was associated with decreased levels of cell division cycle 25C (Cdc25C) and increased levels of cyclin B1, p21, and phospho-H3. Interestingly, the reactive oxygen species (ROS) inhibitor, glutathione, decreased CPT-induced G2 /M phase arrest and moderately induced S phase arrest, indicating that the ROS is required for the regulation of CPT-induced G2 /M phase arrest. Furthermore, transient knockdown of nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), in the presence of CPT, increased the ROS' level and further shifted the cell cycle from early S phase to the G2 /M phase, indicating that Nrf2 delayed the S phase in response to CPT...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773357/acute-transverse-myelitis-following-an-opsoclonus-myoclonus-syndrome-an-unusual-presentation
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Thomas Simon, Emmanuel Cheuret, Léa Fiedler, Catherine Mengelle, Eloïse Baudou, Kumaran Deiva
Opso-myoclonus syndrome (OMS) is a very rare and severe condition. Ataxia, opsoclonus, myoclonus and/or behavioral and sleeping disturbances define that autoimmune disorder syndrome which is paraneoplastic or triggered by an infection. Here, we report a 3 year-old immunocompetent boy who developed an atypical OMS which was later complicated by an acute transverse myelitis. Screening for neuroblastoma was negative and extensive infectious screening revealed an active HHV-6 infection confirmed by blood and cerebrospinal fluid PCR...
May 8, 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773347/lipophilic-methylene-blue-analogues-enhance-mitochondrial-function-and-increase-frataxin-levels-in-a-cellular-model-of-friedreich-s-ataxia
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Omar M Khdour, Indrajit Bandyopadhyay, Sandipan Roy Chowdhury, Nishant P Visavadiya, Sidney M Hecht
Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder resulting from reduced expression of the protein frataxin (FXN). Although its function is not fully understood, frataxin appears to help assemble iron sulfur clusters; these are critical for the function of many proteins, including those needed for mitochondrial energy production. Finding ways to increase FXN levels has been a major therapeutic strategy for this disease. Previously, we described a novel series of methylene violet analogues and their structural optimization as potential therapeutic agents for neurodegenerative and mitochondrial disorders...
May 4, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772390/pathobiology-of-christianson-syndrome-linking-disrupted-endosomal-lysosomal-function-with-intellectual-disability-and-sensory-impairments
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Mallory Kerner-Rossi, Maria Gulinello, Steven Walkley, Kostantin Dobrenis
Christianson syndrome (CS) is a recently described rare neurogenetic disorder presenting early in life with a broad range of neurological symptoms, including severe intellectual disability with nonverbal status, hyperactivity, epilepsy, and progressive ataxia due to cerebellar atrophy. CS is due to loss-of-function mutations in SLC9A6, encoding NHE6, a sodium-hydrogen exchanger involved in the regulation of early endosomal pH. Here we review what is currently known about the neuropathogenesis of CS, based on insights from experimental models, which to date have focused on mechanisms that affect the CNS, specifically the brain...
May 14, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772202/rnp-granule-assembly-via-ataxin-2-disordered-domains-is-required-for-long-term-memory-and-neurodegeneration
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Baskar Bakthavachalu, Joern Huelsmeier, Indulekha P Sudhakaran, Jens Hillebrand, Amanjot Singh, Arnas Petrauskas, Devasena Thiagarajan, M Sankaranarayanan, Laura Mizoue, Eric N Anderson, Udai Bhan Pandey, Eric Ross, K VijayRaghavan, Roy Parker, Mani Ramaswami
Human Ataxin-2 is implicated in the cause and progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and type 2 spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA-2). In Drosophila, a conserved atx2 gene is essential for animal survival as well as for normal RNP-granule assembly, translational control, and long-term habituation. Like its human homolog, Drosophila Ataxin-2 (Atx2) contains polyQ repeats and additional intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs). We demonstrate that Atx2 IDRs, which are capable of mediating liquid-liquid phase transitions in vitro, are essential for efficient formation of neuronal mRNP assemblies in vivo...
May 16, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771692/the-expanding-spectrum-of-paroxysmal-movement-disorders-update-from-clinical-features-to-therapeutics
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Eavan M McGovern, Emmanuel Roze, Timothy J Counihan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review will discuss the expanding clinical spectrum of paroxysmal movement disorders and therapeutic options in light of emerging genotypic heterogeneity in these conditions. RECENT FINDINGS: Paroxysmal movement disorders comprise a heterogeneous group of rare neurological conditions characterized by intermittent episodes of abnormal movement associated with various triggers. As the clinical and genotypic spectrum of these disorders evolves, so also has the range of therapeutic options...
May 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770609/whole-exome-sequencing-for-variant-discovery-in-blepharospasm
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Jun Tian, Satya R Vemula, Jianfeng Xiao, Enza Maria Valente, Giovanni Defazio, Simona Petrucci, Angelo Fabio Gigante, Monika Rudzińska-Bar, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Kathleen D Kennelly, Ryan J Uitti, Jay A van Gerpen, Peter Hedera, Elizabeth J Trimble, Mark S LeDoux
BACKGROUND: Blepharospasm (BSP) is a type of focal dystonia characterized by involuntary orbicularis oculi spasms that are usually bilateral, synchronous, and symmetrical. Despite strong evidence for genetic contributions to BSP, progress in the field has been constrained by small cohorts, incomplete penetrance, and late age of onset. Although several genetic etiologies for dystonia have been identified through whole-exome sequencing (WES), none of these are characteristically associated with BSP as a singular or predominant manifestation...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770345/biotin-thiamine-responsive-basal-ganglia-disease-case-report-and-follow-up-of-a-patient-with-poor-compliance
#17
Muneera A Alabdulqader, Sumayah Al Hajjaj
Background: Biotin-thiamine-responsive basal ganglia disease (BTBGD) is a rare treatable autosomal recessive neurometabolic disorder characterized by progressive encephalopathy that eventually leads to severe disability and death if not treated with biotin and thiamine supplements. Objectives: We aimed to determine the optimal management of BTBGD presenting in acute encephalopathic episodes. Method: Case report. Results: An 8-year-old girl born to consanguineous parents was diagnosed with BTBGD at the age of 3 years after presenting with acute encephalopathy and ataxia...
2018: Child Neurology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769345/the-major-tegument-protein-of-bovine-herpesvirus-1-vp8-interacts-with-dna-damage-response-proteins-and-induces-apoptosis
#18
Sharmin Afroz, Ravendra Garg, Michel Fodje, Sylvia van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk
VP8, the UL47 gene product in bovine herpes virus-1 (BoHV-1), is a major tegument protein, essential for virus replication in vivo The major DNA damage response protein, ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM), phosphorylates Nijmegen breakage syndrome (NBS1) and structural maintenance of chromosome-1 (SMC1) proteins during the DNA damage response. VP8 was found to interact with ATM and NBS1 during transfection and BoHV-1 infection. However, VP8 did not interfere with phosphorylation of ATM in transfected or BoHV-1-infected cells...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769307/orally-bioavailable-and-blood-brain-barrier-penetrating-atm-inhibitor-az32-radiosensitizes-intracranial-gliomas-in-mice
#19
Jeremy Karlin, Jasmine Allen, Syed F Ahmad, Gareth Hughes, Victoria Sheridan, Rajesh Odedra, Paul Farrington, Elaine B Cadogan, Lucy C Riches, Antonio Garcia-Trinidad, Andrew G Thomason, Bhavika Patel, Jennifer Vincent, Alan Lau, Kurt G Pike, Thomas A Hunt, Amrita Sule, Nicholas C K Valerie, Laura Biddlestone-Thorpe, Jenna Kahn, Jason M Beckta, Nitai Mukhopadhyay, Bernard Barlaam, Sebastien L Degorce, Jason Kettle, Nicola Colclough, Joanne Wilson, Aaron Smith, Ian P Barrett, Li Zheng, Tianwei Zhang, Yingchun Wang, Kan Chen, Martin Pass, Stephen T Durant, Kristoffer Valerie
Inhibition of ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM) during radiotherapy of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) may improve tumor control by short-circuiting the response to radiation-induced DNA damage. A major impediment for clinical implementation is that current inhibitors have limited CNS bioavailability, thus, the goal was to identify ATM inhibitors (ATMi) with improved CNS penetration. Drug screens and refinement of lead compounds identified AZ31 and AZ32. The compounds were then tested in vivo for efficacy and impact on tumor and healthy brain...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764912/mitochondrial-pitrm1-peptidase-loss-of-function-in-childhood-cerebellar-atrophy
#20
Yeshaya Langer, Adi Aran, Suleyman Gulsuner, Bassam Abu Libdeh, Paul Renbaum, Dario Brunetti, Pedro-Filipe Teixeira, Tom Walsh, Sharon Zeligson, Roberta Ruotolo, Rachel Beeri, Imad Dweikat, Maher Shahrour, Ariella Weinberg-Shukron, Fouad Zahdeh, Enrico Baruffini, Elzbieta Glaser, Mary-Claire King, Ephrat Levy-Lahad, Massimo Zeviani, Reeval Segel
OBJECTIVE: To identify the genetic basis of a childhood-onset syndrome of variable severity characterised by progressive spinocerebellar ataxia, mental retardation, psychotic episodes and cerebellar atrophy. METHODS: Identification of the underlying mutations by whole exome and whole genome sequencing. Consequences were examined in patients' cells and in yeast. RESULTS: Two brothers from a consanguineous Palestinian family presented with progressive spinocerebellar ataxia, mental retardation and psychotic episodes...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
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