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Muscular myopathy

Jingzi Zhong, Tiantian Xu, Gang Chen, Haixia Liao, Jiapeng Zhang, Dan Lan
Introduction Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies (DMD and BMD) are X-linked myopathies caused by mutations of the dystrophin gene. Methods Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) combined with next-generation sequencing (NGS) of the exons of the dystrophin gene were performed in 92 suspected DMD/BMD patients. Patients with negative results were subjected to additional muscle diseases panel tests. Results DNA rearrangements were detected in 65(70.65%) patients using MLPA. The deletions primarily clustered at exons 45-55, followed by exons 2-19...
October 17, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Alessandra Ruggieri, Simona Saredi, Simona Zanotti, Maria Barbara Pasanisi, Lorenzo Maggi, Marina Mora
Mutations in the DNAJB6 gene have been associated with the autosomal dominant limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 1D (LGMD1D), a disorder characterized by abnormal protein aggregates and rimmed vacuoles in muscle fibers. DNAJB6 is a ubiquitously expressed Hsp40 co-chaperone characterized by a J domain that specifies Hsp70 functions in the cellular environment. DNAJB6 is also a potent inhibitor of expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) aggregation preventing aggregate toxicity in cells. In DNAJB6-mutated patients this anti-aggregation property is significantly reduced, albeit not completely lost...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Eman M Khedr, Gharib Fawi, Mohammed Abd-Allah Abbas, Noha Abo El-Fetoh, Ahmed F Zaki, Ayman Gamea, Ghada Al Attar
BACKGROUND: Few epidemiological studies of the prevalence of neuromuscular disorders have been undertaken. The aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence of the most common types of neuromuscular disorders in Qena governorate/Egypt. METHODS: A random sample was taken from 11 districts, involving 9303 inhabitants with 57.3% urban residents and 42.7% rural residence. Patients were diagnosed using a screening questionnaire for the diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders...
October 17, 2016: Neurological Research
Raiz Ahmad Misgar, Parvez Mohiuddin Dar, Shariq Rashid Masoodi, Munir Ahmad, Khursheed Alam Wani, Arshad Iqbal Wani, Mir Iftikhar Bashir
BACKGROUND: Although primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) has become an asymptomatic disease in the West, in India, PHPT is still an uncommonly diagnosed, overtly symptomatic disease with skeletal, muscular, and renal manifestations. AIMS: To describe the profile and surgical outcome of 78 consecutive PHPT patients over a period of two decades at a single center. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients who underwent evaluation and surgery for PHPT from January 1996 to December 2015 were included...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Y Rogozhina, S Mironovich, A Shestak, T Adyan, A Polyakov, D Podolyak, A Bakulina, S Dzemeshkevich, E Zaklyazminskaya
BACKGROUND: Most of mutations in the LMNA gene are unique and have been found in only a few unrelated families. The clinical interpretation of new genetic variants, especially beyond the coding area and canonical splice sites, is proving to be difficult and requires advanced investigation. METHODS: This study included patients with progressive cardiac conduction defects with neuromuscular involvement. The clinical evaluation included medical history and 24-h Holter monitoring...
October 4, 2016: Gene
Hemakumar M Reddy, Kyung-Ah Cho, Monkol Lek, Elicia Estrella, Elise Valkanas, Michael D Jones, Satomi Mitsuhashi, Basil T Darras, Anthony A Amato, Hart Gw Lidov, Catherine A Brownstein, David M Margulies, Timothy W Yu, Mustafa A Salih, Louis M Kunkel, Daniel G MacArthur, Peter B Kang
The current study characterizes a cohort of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) in the United States using whole-exome sequencing. Fifty-five families affected by LGMD were recruited using an institutionally approved protocol. Exome sequencing was performed on probands and selected parental samples. Pathogenic mutations and cosegregation patterns were confirmed by Sanger sequencing. Twenty-two families (40%) had novel and previously reported pathogenic mutations, primarily in LGMD genes, and also in genes for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, congenital myopathy, myofibrillar myopathy, inclusion body myopathy and Pompe disease...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
Katrin Koehler, Miroslav P Milev, Keshika Prematilake, Felix Reschke, Susann Kutzner, Ramona Jühlen, Dana Landgraf, Eda Utine, Filiz Hazan, Gulden Diniz, Markus Schuelke, Angela Huebner, Michael Sacher
BACKGROUND: Triple A syndrome (MIM #231550) is associated with mutations in the AAAS gene. However, about 30% of patients with triple A syndrome symptoms but an unresolved diagnosis do not harbour mutations in AAAS. OBJECTIVE: Search for novel genetic defects in families with a triple A-like phenotype in whom AAAS mutations are not detected. METHODS: Genome-wide linkage analysis, whole-exome sequencing and functional analyses were used to discover and verify a novel genetic defect in two families with achalasia, alacrima, myopathy and further symptoms...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
Brett M Morrison
Neuromuscular diseases are a broadly defined group of disorders that all involve injury or dysfunction of peripheral nerves or muscle. The site of injury can be in the cell bodies (i.e., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS] or sensory ganglionopathies), axons (i.e., axonal peripheral neuropathies or brachial plexopathies), Schwann cells (i.e., chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy), neuromuscular junction (i.e., myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome), muscle (i.e., inflammatory myopathy or muscular dystrophy), or any combination of these sites...
October 2016: Seminars in Neurology
Lukas Kirzinger, Andrei Khomenko, Wilhelm Schulte-Mattler, Roland Backhaus, Sabine Platen, Berthold Schalke
BACKGROUND: Adult and pediatric patients suffering from MuSK (muscle-specific kinase) -antibody positive myasthenia gravis exhibit similar features to individuals with acetylcholine receptor (AChR) antibodies, but they differ in several characteristics such as a predominant bulbar, respiratory and neck weakness, a generally worse disease severity and a tendency to develop muscle atrophy. Muscle atrophy is a rare phenomenon that is usually restricted to the facial muscles. RESULTS: We describe a girl with MuSK-antibody positive myasthenia gravis who developed a myopathy with severe generalized muscular weakness, muscle atrophy, and myopathic changes on electromyography...
August 20, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Dorota Monies, Hindi N Alhindi, Mohamed A Almuhaizea, Mohamed Abouelhoda, Anas M Alazami, Ewa Goljan, Banan Alyounes, Dyala Jaroudi, Abdulelah AlIssa, Khalid Alabdulrahman, Shazia Subhani, Mohamed El-Kalioby, Tariq Faquih, Salma M Wakil, Nada A Altassan, Brian F Meyer, Saeed Bohlega
BACKGROUND: Fifty random genetically unstudied families (limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD)/myopathy) were screened with a gene panel incorporating 759 OMIM genes associated with neurological disorders. Average coverage of the CDS and 10 bp flanking regions of genes was 99 %. All families were referred to the Neurosciences Clinic of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Saudi Arabia. Patients presented with muscle weakness affecting the pelvic and shoulder girdle. Muscle biopsy in all cases showed dystrophic or myopathic changes...
September 27, 2016: Human Genomics
Karen Vignale, Justina V Caldas, Judy A England, Nirun Boonsinchai, Andrew Magnuson, Erik D Pollock, Sami Dridi, Casey M Owens, Craig N Coon
A study was conducted to evaluate the effect of white striping ( WS: ) of broiler breast muscle (Pectoralis major) on protein turnover and gene expression of genes related to protein degradation and fatty acid synthesis. A total of 560 day-old male broiler chicks Cobb 500 were allocated in a total of 16 pens, 35 chicks per pen. A completely randomized design was conducted with a 2 × 3 factorial arrangement (2 scores: severe and normal, and 3 breast meat samples sites). At d 60, 20 birds were randomly selected, euthanized, and scored for white striping...
September 24, 2016: Poultry Science
F Fatehi, E Salort-Campana, A Le Troter, D Bendahan, S Attarian
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), an inherited and progressive muscle disorder, is among the most common hereditary muscle disorders. From a clinical vantage point, FSHD is characterized by weakness of the facial, shoulder (often with scapular winging), arm (including biceps and triceps) and abdominal muscles. Forearm muscles are usually spared and weakness is usually asymmetrical. Over the past few decades, muscle magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become established as a reliable and accurate noninvasive tool for the diagnosis and assessment of progression in neuromuscular diseases, showing specific patterns of muscle involvement for a number of myopathies...
October 2016: Revue Neurologique
Yee-Ki Lee, Yu Jiang, Xin-Ru Ran, Yee-Man Lau, Kwong-Man Ng, Wing-Hon Kevin Lai, Chung-Wah Siu, Hung-Fat Tse
Laminopathy is a disease closely related to deficiency of the nuclear matrix protein lamin A/C or failure in prelamin A processing, and leads to accumulation of the misfold protein causing progeria. The resultant disrupted lamin function is highly associated with abnormal nuclear architecture, cell senescence, apoptosis, and unstable genome integrity. To date, the effects of loss in nuclear integrity on the susceptible organ, striated muscle, have been commonly associated with muscular dystrophy, dilated cardiac myopathy (DCM), and conduction defeats, but have not been studied intensively...
2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Volker Middel, Lu Zhou, Masanari Takamiya, Tanja Beil, Maryam Shahid, Urmas Roostalu, Clemens Grabher, Sepand Rastegar, Markus Reischl, Gerd Ulrich Nienhaus, Uwe Strähle
Failure to repair the sarcolemma leads to muscle cell death, depletion of stem cells and myopathy. Hence, membrane lesions are instantly sealed by a repair patch consisting of lipids and proteins. It has remained elusive how this patch is removed to restore cell membrane integrity. Here we examine sarcolemmal repair in live zebrafish embryos by real-time imaging. Macrophages remove the patch. Phosphatidylserine (PS), an 'eat-me' signal for macrophages, is rapidly sorted from adjacent sarcolemma to the repair patch in a Dysferlin (Dysf) dependent process in zebrafish and human cells...
September 19, 2016: Nature Communications
J Palmio, B Udd
Distal myopathies and myofibrillar myopathies are both rare subcategories of muscle diseases. Myofibrillar myopathies are genetically heterogeneous group of diseases characterized by distinctive histopathology of abnormal protein aggregations and myofibrillar disintegration. All genes causing myofibrillar myopathy encode proteins that either reside in or associate with the Z-disc. Distal myopathies are also genetically heterogeneous muscular dystrophies in which muscle weakness presents distally in the feet and/or hands...
October 2016: Revue Neurologique
Zhi-Dong Zhou, Wuan-Ting Saw, Eng-King Tan
The coiled-coil-helix-coiled-coil-helix domain (CHCHD)-containing proteins are evolutionarily conserved nucleus-encoded small mitochondrial proteins with important functions. So far, nine members have been identified in this protein family. All CHCHD proteins have at least one functional coiled-coil-helix-coiled-coil-helix (CHCH) domain, which is stabilized by two pairs of disulfide bonds between two helices. CHCHD proteins have various important pathophysiological roles in mitochondria and other key cellular processes...
September 8, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Xin Xie, Sophia Y Tsai, Ming-Jer Tsai
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a severe and progressive muscle-wasting disease caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. Although dystrophin deficiency in myofiber triggers the disease's pathological changes, the degree of satellite cell (SC) dysfunction defines disease progression. Here, we have identified chicken ovalbumin upstream promoter-transcription factor II (COUP-TFII) hyperactivity as a contributing factor underlying muscular dystrophy in a dystrophin-deficient murine model of DMD. Ectopic expression of COUP-TFII in murine SCs led to Duchenne-like dystrophy in the muscles of control animals and exacerbated degenerative myopathies in dystrophin-deficient mice...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Elizabeth Harris, Catherine L Bladen, Anna Mayhew, Meredith James, Karen Bettinson, Ursula Moore, Fiona E Smith, Laura Rufibach, Avital Cnaan, Diana X Bharucha-Goebel, Andrew M Blamire, Elena Bravver, Pierre G Carlier, John W Day, Jordi Díaz-Manera, Michelle Eagle, Ulrike Grieben, Matthew Harms, Kristi J Jones, Hanns Lochmüller, Jerry R Mendell, Madoka Mori-Yoshimura, Carmen Paradas, Elena Pegoraro, Alan Pestronk, Emmanuelle Salort-Campana, Olivia Schreiber-Katz, Claudio Semplicini, Simone Spuler, Tanya Stojkovic, Volker Straub, Shin'ich Takeda, Carolina Tesi Rocha, M C Walter, Kate Bushby
OBJECTIVE: To describe the baseline clinical and functional characteristics of an international cohort of 193 patients with dysferlinopathy. METHODS: The Clinical Outcome Study for dysferlinopathy (COS) is an international multicenter study of this disease, evaluating patients with genetically confirmed dysferlinopathy over 3 years. We present a cross-sectional analysis of 193 patients derived from their baseline clinical and functional assessments. RESULTS: There is a high degree of variability in disease onset, pattern of weakness, and rate of progression...
August 2016: Neurology. Genetics
Atsuko Nishikawa, Satomi Mitsuhashi, Naomasa Miyata, Ichizo Nishino
BACKGROUND: Inherited skeletal muscle diseases are genetically heterogeneous diseases caused by mutations in more than 150 genes. This has made it challenging to establish a high-throughput screening method for identifying causative gene mutations in clinical practice. AIM: In the present study, we developed a useful method for screening gene mutations associated with the pathogenesis of skeletal muscle diseases. METHODS: We established four target gene panels, each covering all exonic and flanking regions of genes involved in the pathogenesis of the following muscle diseases: (1) muscular dystrophy (MD), (2) congenital myopathy/congenital myasthenic syndrome, (3) metabolic myopathy and (4) myopathy with protein aggregations/rimmed vacuoles...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
Ana C Zamora, Sumedh S Hoskote, Beatriz Abascal-Bolado, Darin White, Christian W Cox, Jay H Ryu, Teng Moua
BACKGROUND: Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a common extra-muscular manifestation of antisynthetase (AS) syndrome. ILD prevalence is higher with anti-Jo-1 antibody positivity. Data on long-term outcomes in these patients are lacking. METHODS: Over 15 years, we identified subjects with anti-Jo-1 positive AS syndrome and ILD. Demographics, pulmonary function testing (PFT), high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT), histopathology, and long-term survival were analyzed...
September 2016: Respiratory Medicine
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