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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922846/different-complicated-brain-pathologies-in-monozygotic-twins-with-gerstmann-str%C3%A3-ussler-scheinker-disease
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Hiroyuki Honda, Kensuke Sasaki, Hiroshi Takashima, Daisuke Mori, Sachiko Koyama, Satoshi O Suzuki, Toru Iwaki
Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease (GSS) is an autosomal, dominantly inherited prion disease. In this study, we present different complicated brain pathologies determined postmortem of monozygotic GSS twin sisters. Case 1 showed cerebellar ataxia at the age of 58 years, and died at 66 years. Case 2 became symptomatic at the age of 75 years, and died at 79 years. There was a 17-year difference in the age of onset between the twins. Postmortem examination revealed numerous prion protein (PrP) plaques in the brains of both cases...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920810/newly-described-toxoplasma-gondii-strain-causes-high-mortality-in-red-necked-wallabies-macropus-rufogriseus-in-a-zoo
#2
Amanda Guthrie, Leah Rooker, Rommel Tan, Richard Gerhold, Karen Trainor, Tiantian Jiang, Chunlei Su
This manuscript describes an outbreak of fatal toxoplasmosis in wallabies. Ten adult red necked wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus) were imported from New Zealand to the Virginia Zoo. Agglutination testing upon admission into quarantine showed all animals to be negative for antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii. Nine of these wallabies died from acute toxoplasmosis within 59-565 (average 224) days after being moved onto exhibit. Clinical signs included lethargy, diarrhea, tachypnea, and ataxia that progressed rapidly; death without premonitory signs occurred in one case...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918024/antisense-oligonucleotide-mediated-removal-of-the-polyglutamine-repeat-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3-mice
#3
Lodewijk J A Toonen, Frank Rigo, Haico van Attikum, Willeke M C van Roon-Mom
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3) is a currently incurable neurodegenerative disorder caused by a CAG triplet expansion in exon 10 of the ATXN3 gene. The resultant expanded polyglutamine stretch in the mutant ataxin-3 protein causes a gain of toxic function, which eventually leads to neurodegeneration. One important function of ataxin-3 is its involvement in the proteasomal protein degradation pathway, and long-term downregulation of the protein may therefore not be desirable. In the current study, we made use of antisense oligonucleotides to mask predicted exonic splicing signals, resulting in exon 10 skipping from ATXN3 pre-mRNA...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918022/antisense-oligonucleotides-reduce-rna-foci-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-36-patient-ipscs
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Kosuke Matsuzono, Keiko Imamura, Nagahisa Murakami, Kayoko Tsukita, Takuya Yamamoto, Yuishin Izumi, Ryuji Kaji, Yasuyuki Ohta, Toru Yamashita, Koji Abe, Haruhisa Inoue
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 36 is a late-onset, slowly progressive cerebellar syndrome with motor neuron degeneration that is caused by expansions of a hexanucleotide repeat (GGCCTG) in the noncoding region of NOP56 gene, with a histopathological feature of RNA foci formation in postmortem tissues. Here, we report a cellular model using the spinocerebellar ataxia type 36 patient induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). We generated iPSCs from spinocerebellar ataxia type 36 patients and differentiated them into neurons...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918000/nitric-oxide-prevents-aft1-activation-and-metabolic-remodeling-in-frataxin-deficient-yeast
#5
David Alsina, Joaquim Ros, Jordi Tamarit
Yeast frataxin homolog (Yfh1) is the orthologue of human frataxin, a mitochondrial protein whose deficiency causes Friedreich Ataxia. Yfh1 deficiency activates Aft1, a transcription factor governing iron homeostasis in yeast cells. Although the mechanisms causing this activation are not completely understood, it is assumed that it may be caused by iron-sulfur deficiency. However, several evidences indicate that activation of Aft1 occurs in the absence of iron-sulfur deficiency. Besides, Yfh1 deficiency also leads to metabolic remodeling (mainly consisting in a shift from respiratory to fermentative metabolism) and to induction of Yhb1, a nitric oxide (NO) detoxifying enzyme...
September 6, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916473/down-regulation-of-nox2-activity-in-phagocytes-mediated-by-atm-kinase-dependent-phosphorylation
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Sylvain Beaumel, Antoine Picciocchi, Franck Debeurme, Corinne Vives, Anne-Marie Hesse, Myriam Ferro, Didier Grunwald, Heather Stieglitz, Pahk Thepchatri, Susan M E Smith, Franck Fieschi, Marie José Stasia
NADPH oxidases (NOX) have many biological roles, but their regulation to control production of potentially toxic ROS molecules remains unclear. A previously identified insertion sequence of 21 residues (called NIS) influences NOX activity, and its predicted flexibility makes it a good candidate for providing a dynamic switch controlling the NOX active site. We constructed NOX2 chimeras in which NIS had been deleted or exchanged with those from other NOXs (NIS1, 3 and 4). All contained functional heme and were expressed normally at the plasma membrane of differentiated PLB-985 cells...
September 12, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915903/a-quantitative-assessment-of-the-evolution-of-cerebellar-syndrome-in-children-with-phosphomannomutase-deficiency-pmm2-cdg
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Natalia Lourdes Serrano, Victor De Diego, Daniel Cuadras, Antonio F Martinez Monseny, Ramón Velázquez-Fragua, Laura López, Ana Felipe, Luis G Gutiérrez-Solana, Alfons Macaya, Belén Pérez-Dueñas, Mercedes Serrano
BACKGROUND: We aim to delineate the progression of cerebellar syndrome in children with phosphomannomutase-deficiency (PMM2-CDG) using the International Cooperative Ataxia Rating Scale (ICARS). We sought correlation between cerebellar volumetry and clinical situation. We prospectively evaluated PMM2-CDG patients aged from 5 to 18 years through ICARS at two different time points set apart by at least 20 months. We reviewed available MRIs and performed volumetric analysis when it was possible...
September 15, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914269/looking-beyond-the-exome-a-phenotype-first-approach-to-molecular-diagnostic-resolution-in-rare-and-undiagnosed-diseases
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Loren D M Pena, Yong-Hui Jiang, Kelly Schoch, Rebecca C Spillmann, Nicole Walley, Nicholas Stong, Sarah Rapisardo Horn, Jennifer A Sullivan, Allyn McConkie-Rosell, Sujay Kansagra, Edward C Smith, Mays El-Dairi, Jane Bellet, Martha Ann Keels, Joan Jasien, Peter G Kranz, Richard Noel, Shashi K Nagaraj, Robert K Lark, Daniel S G Wechsler, Daniela Del Gaudio, Marco L Leung, Laura G Hendon, Collette C Parker, Kelly L Jones, David B Goldstein, Vandana Shashi
PurposeTo describe examples of missed pathogenic variants on whole-exome sequencing (WES) and the importance of deep phenotyping for further diagnostic testing.MethodsGuided by phenotypic information, three children with negative WES underwent targeted single-gene testing.ResultsIndividual 1 had a clinical diagnosis consistent with infantile systemic hyalinosis, although WES and a next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based ANTXR2 test were negative. Sanger sequencing of ANTXR2 revealed a homozygous single base pair insertion, previously missed by the WES variant caller software...
September 14, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912677/reversible-axonal-dystrophy-by-calcium-modulation-in-frataxin-deficient-sensory-neurons-of-yg8r-mice
#9
Belén Mollá, Diana C Muñoz-Lasso, Fátima Riveiro, Arantxa Bolinches-Amorós, Federico V Pallardó, Angel Fernandez-Vilata, María de la Iglesia-Vaya, Francesc Palau, Pilar Gonzalez-Cabo
Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is a peripheral neuropathy involving a loss of proprioceptive sensory neurons. Studies of biopsies from patients suggest that axonal dysfunction precedes the death of proprioceptive neurons in a dying-back process. We observed that the deficiency of frataxin in sensory neurons of dorsal root ganglia (DRG) of the YG8R mouse model causes the formation of axonal spheroids which retain dysfunctional mitochondria, shows alterations in the cytoskeleton and it produces impairment of axonal transport and autophagic flux...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912527/treatment-with-caffeic-acid-and-resveratrol-alleviates-oxidative-stress-induced-neurotoxicity-in-cell-and-drosophila-models-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type3
#10
Yu-Ling Wu, Jui-Chih Chang, Wei-Yong Lin, Chien-Chun Li, Mingli Hsieh, Haw-Wen Chen, Tsu-Shing Wang, Chin-San Liu, Kai-Li Liu
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3) is caused by the expansion of a polyglutamine (polyQ) repeat in the protein ataxin-3 which is involved in susceptibility to mild oxidative stress induced neuronal death. Here we show that caffeic acid (CA) and resveratrol (Res) decreased reactive oxygen species (ROS), mutant ataxin-3 and apoptosis and increased autophagy in the pro-oxidant tert-butyl hydroperoxide (tBH)-treated SK-N-SH-MJD78 cells containing mutant ataxin-3. Furthermore, CA and Res improved survival and locomotor activity and decreased mutant ataxin-3 and ROS levels in tBH-treated SCA3 Drosophila...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911995/ocular-dysfunctions-presenting-in-tacrolimus-induced-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-a-case-presentation
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Cora Brown, Alexander J Feng, Ernesto Cruz
The constellation of ocular symptoms, known as Balint's syndrome, is a rare disorder seen in bilateral parieto-occipital lesions and is most frequently due to arterial occlusive disease or acute hypertension. Here we present a case of a patient with tacrolimus-induced posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) who presented with optic ataxia, simultanagnosia, and ocular apraxia. These ocular findings, consistent with Balint's syndrome, are rarely the initial presentation of PRES. This case highlights the importance of early recognition of this unusual phenomenon as well as the importance of an individualized rehabilitation plan to maximize functional independence in these patients...
September 11, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911151/expanding-the-phenotypic-and-genotypic-landscape-of-autoimmune-polyendocrine-syndrome-type-1
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Elizaveta M Orlova, Leila S Sozaeva, Maria A Kareva, Bergithe E Oftedal, Anette S B Wolff, Lars Breivik, Ekaterina Y Zakharova, Olga N Ivanova, Olle Kämpe, Ivan I Dedov, Per M Knappskog, Valentina A Peterkova, Eystein S Husebye
Context: Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1 (APS-1) is a rare monogenic autoimmune disease caused by mutations in the autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene and characterized by chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis, hypoparathyroidism, and primary adrenal insufficiency. Comprehensive characterizations of large patient cohorts are rare. Objective: To perform an extensive clinical, immunological, and genetic characterization of a large nationwide Russian APS-1 cohort...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905220/haplotype-study-in-sca10-families-provides-further-evidence-for-a-common-ancestral-origin-of-the-mutation
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Giovana B Bampi, Rafael Bisso-Machado, Tábita Hünemeier, Tailise C Gheno, Gabriel V Furtado, Diego Veliz-Otani, Mario Cornejo-Olivas, Pillar Mazzeti, Maria Cátira Bortolini, Laura B Jardim, Maria Luiza Saraiva-Pereira
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 10 (SCA10) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive cerebellar ataxia and epilepsy. The disease is caused by a pentanucleotide ATTCT expansion in intron 9 of the ATXN10 gene on chromosome 22q13.3. SCA10 has shown a geographical distribution throughout America with a likely degree of Amerindian ancestry from different countries so far. Currently available data suggest that SCA10 mutation might have spread out early during the peopling of the Americas...
September 13, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904990/the-multiple-faces-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2
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Antonella Antenora, Carlo Rinaldi, Alessandro Roca, Chiara Pane, Maria Lieto, Francesco Saccà, Silvio Peluso, Giuseppe De Michele, Alessandro Filla
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is among the most common forms of autosomal dominant ataxias, accounting for 15% of the total families. Occurrence is higher in specific populations such as the Cuban and Southern Italian. The disease is caused by a CAG expansion in ATXN2 gene, leading to abnormal accumulation of the mutant protein, ataxin-2, in intracellular inclusions. The clinical picture is mainly dominated by cerebellar ataxia, although a number of other neurological signs have been described, ranging from parkinsonism to motor neuron involvement, making the diagnosis frequently challenging for neurologists, particularly when information about the family history is not available...
September 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904984/impact-of-diabetes-in-the-friedreich-ataxia-clinical-outcome-measures-study
#15
Ashley McCormick, Jennifer Farmer, Susan Perlman, Martin Delatycki, George Wilmot, Katherine Matthews, Grace Yoon, Chad Hoyle, Sub H Subramony, Theresa Zesiewicz, David R Lynch, Shana E McCormack
OBJECTIVE: Friedreich ataxia (FA) is a progressive neuromuscular disorder caused by GAA triplet repeat expansions or point mutations in the FXN gene. FA is associated with increased risk of diabetes mellitus (DM). This study assessed the age-specific prevalence of FA-associated DM and its impact on neurologic outcomes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Participants were 811 individuals with FA from 12 international sites in a prospective natural history study (FA Clinical Outcome Measures Study, FACOMS)...
September 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904586/case-of-childhood-ataxia-with-central-nervous-system-hypomyelination-with-a-novel-mutation-in-eif2b3-gene
#16
Vykuntaraju K Gowda, Varun M Srinivasan, Maya Bhat, Asha Benakappa
A 4-year-old boy presented with loss of motor milestones following viral fever. On examination, the child had increased tone and exaggerated deep tendon reflexes. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed white matter hyperintensities on T2-weighted images, which revealed partial inversion on fluid-attenuated inversion recovery images. Clinical exome sequencing revealed a novel homozygous mutation c.1270T>G: pCys424Gly in exon 11 of the EIF2B3 gene. This novel mutation is reported in this article along with a literature review...
April 2017: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904001/kv3-channels-enablers-of-rapid-firing-neurotransmitter-release-and-neuronal-endurance
#17
REVIEW
Leonard K Kaczmarek, Yalan Zhang
The intrinsic electrical characteristics of different types of neurons are shaped by the K(+) channels they express. From among the more than 70 different K(+) channel genes expressed in neurons, Kv3 family voltage-dependent K(+) channels are uniquely associated with the ability of certain neurons to fire action potentials and to release neurotransmitter at high rates of up to 1,000 Hz. In general, the four Kv3 channels Kv3.1-Kv3.4 share the property of activating and deactivating rapidly at potentials more positive than other channels...
October 1, 2017: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901595/movement-disorders-in-genetically-confirmed-mitochondrial-disease-and-the-putative-role-of-the-cerebellum
#18
Sebastian R Schreglmann, Franz Riederer, Marian Galovic, Christos Ganos, Georg Kägi, Daniel Waldvogel, Zane Jaunmuktane, Andre Schaller, Ute Hidding, Ernst Krasemann, Lars Michels, Christian R Baumann, Kailash Bhatia, Hans H Jung
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial disease can present as a movement disorder. Data on this entity's epidemiology, genetics, and underlying pathophysiology, however, is scarce. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the clinical, genetic, and volumetric imaging data from patients with mitochondrial disease who presented with movement disorders. METHODS: In this retrospective analysis of all genetically confirmed mitochondrial disease cases from three centers (n = 50), the prevalence and clinical presentation of video-documented movement disorders was assessed...
September 13, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900413/impaired-cerebellum-to-primary-motor-cortex-associative-plasticity-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3
#19
Ming-Kuei Lu, Jui-Cheng Chen, Chun-Ming Chen, Jeng-Ren Duann, Ulf Ziemann, Chon-Haw Tsai
BACKGROUND: Functional perturbation of the cerebellum (CB)-motor cortex (M1) interactions may underlie pathophysiology of movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease (PD) and spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3). Recently, M1 motor excitability can be bidirectionally modulated in young subjects by corticocortical paired associative stimulation (PAS) on CB and contralateral M1 with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), probably through the cerebello-dentato-thalamo-cortical (CDTC) circuit...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900389/cerebellar-atrophy-and-changes-in-cytokines-associated-with-the-cacna1a-r583q-mutation-in-a-russian-familial-hemiplegic-migraine-type-1-family
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Svetlana F Khaiboullina, Elena G Mendelevich, Leyla H Shigapova, Elena Shagimardanova, Guzel Gazizova, Alexey Nikitin, Ekaterina Martynova, Yuriy N Davidyuk, Enver I Bogdanov, Oleg Gusev, Arn M J M van den Maagdenberg, Rashid A Giniatullin, Albert A Rizvanov
Background: Immune mechanisms recently emerged as important contributors to migraine pathology with cytokines affecting neuronal excitation. Therefore, elucidating the profile of cytokines activated in various forms of migraine, including those with a known genetic cause, can help in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Methods: Here we (i) performed exome sequencing to identify the causal gene mutation and (ii) measured, using Bio-Plex technology, 22 cytokines in serum of patients with familial migraine (two with hemiplegic migraine and two with migraine with aura) from a Russian family that ethnically belongs to the Tatar population...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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