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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725290/the-discovery-of-the-flammer-syndrome-a-historical-and-personal-perspective
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REVIEW
Josef Flammer, Katarzyna Konieczka
This review describes the clinical and basic research that led to the description of Flammer syndrome. It is narrated from a personal perspective. This research was initiated by the observation of an increased long-term fluctuation of visual fields in a subgroup of glaucoma patients. As these patients had strikingly cold hands, peripheral blood flow was tested with a capillary microscopy, and vasospastic syndrome (VS) was diagnosed. Further studies on these patients revealed frequently weakened autoregulation of ocular blood flow and increased flow resistivity in retroocular vessels...
June 2017: EPMA Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724999/x-ray-phase-contrast-tomography-reveals-early-vascular-alterations-and-neuronal-loss-in-a-multiple-sclerosis-model
#2
A Cedola, A Bravin, I Bukreeva, M Fratini, A Pacureanu, A Mittone, L Massimi, P Cloetens, P Coan, G Campi, R Spanò, F Brun, V Grigoryev, V Petrosino, C Venturi, M Mastrogiacomo, Nicole Kerlero de Rosbo, A Uccelli
The degenerative effects of multiple sclerosis at the level of the vascular and neuronal networks in the central nervous system are currently the object of intensive investigation. Preclinical studies have demonstrated the efficacy of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the animal model for multiple sclerosis, but the neuropathology of specific lesions in EAE and the effects of MSC treatment are under debate. Because conventional imaging techniques entail protocols that alter the tissues, limiting the reliability of the results, we have used non-invasive X-ray phase-contrast tomography to obtain an unprecedented direct 3D characterization of EAE lesions at micro-to-nano scales, with simultaneous imaging of the vascular and neuronal networks...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718500/neurofilament-light-as-an-immune-target-for-pathogenic-antibodies
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Fabiola Puentes, Baukje J van der Star, Stephanie D Boomkamp, Markus Kipp, Louis Boon, Isabel Bosca, Joel Raffel, Sharmilee Gnanapavan, Paul van der Valk, Jodie Stephenson, Susan C Barnett, David Baker, Sandra Amor
Antibodies to neuronal antigens are associated with many neurological diseases including paraneoplastic neurological disorders, epilepsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis. Immunisation with neuronal antigens such as neurofilament light NF-L, a neuronal intermediate filament in axons, has been shown to induce neurological disease and spasticity in mice. Also, while antibodies to NF-L are widely used as surrogate biomarkers of axonal injury in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis, it remains to be elucidated if antibodies to NF-L contribute to neurodegeneration and neurological disease...
July 17, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708108/gut-cns-axis-as-possibility-to-modulate-inflammatory-disease-activity-implications-for-multiple-sclerosis
#4
REVIEW
Ann-Katrin Fleck, Detlef Schuppan, Heinz Wiendl, Luisa Klotz
In the last decade the role of environmental factors as modulators of disease activity and progression has received increasing attention. In contrast to classical environmental modulators such as exposure to sun-light or fine dust pollution, nutrition is an ideal tool for a personalized human intervention. Various studies demonstrate a key role of dietary factors in autoimmune diseases including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory central nervous system (CNS) diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS)...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676865/serum-glutamate-is-a-predictor-for-the-diagnosis-of-multiple-sclerosis
#5
Gheyath Al Gawwam, Inas K Sharquie
One neurotransmitter, glutamate, has been implicated in the autoimmune demyelination seen in multiple sclerosis (MS). Glutamate is present in many tissues in the body, so consideration should be given to whether the serum level of glutamate is likely well correlated with the activity of the disease. This research aimed to compare the serum glutamate levels from patients diagnosed with MS with those from an age-matched control population. A review of this data could shed light upon whether the serum testing of glutamate using Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) is a reliable indicator of MS activity...
2017: TheScientificWorldJournal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662727/frontal-brain-activation-changes-due-to-dual-tasking-under-partial-body-weight-support-conditions-in-older-adults-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Gioella Chaparro, Julia M Balto, Brian M Sandroff, Roee Holtzer, Meltem Izzetoglu, Robert W Motl, Manuel E Hernandez
BACKGROUND: Gait impairments present while dual-tasking in older adults with multiple sclerosis (MS) have been associated with an increased risk of falls. Prior studies have examined prefrontal cortex (PFC) activity using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) while dual-tasking in older adults with and without cognitive impairment. While the benefits of partial body weight support (PBWS) on gait have been clearly outlined in the literature, the potential use of PBWS to improve the ability to dual task in older adults with and without MS has not been examined...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642167/mice-lacking-gpr37-exhibit-decreased-expression-of-the-myelin-associated-glycoprotein-mag-and-increased-susceptibility-to-demyelination
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Brilee M Smith, Michelle M Giddens, Jessica Neil, Sharon Owino, TrangKimberly T Nguyen, Duc Duong, Fengqiao Li, Randy A Hall
GPR37 is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor that is predominantly expressed in the brain and found at particularly high levels in oligodendrocytes. GPR37 has been shown to exert effects on oligodendrocyte differentiation and myelination during development, but the molecular basis of these actions is incompletely understood and moreover nothing is known about the potential role(s) of this receptor under demyelinating conditions. To shed light on the fundamental biology of GPR37, we performed proteomic studies comparing protein expression levels in the brains of mice lacking GPR37 and its close relative GPR37-like 1 (GPR37L1)...
June 20, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634006/testosterone-differentially-affects-t-cells-and-neurons-in-murine-and-human-models-of-neuroinflammation-and-neurodegeneration
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Megan G Massa, Christina David, Stefanie Jörg, Johannes Berg, Barbara Gisevius, Sarah Hirschberg, Ralf A Linker, Ralf Gold, Aiden Haghikia
The high female-to-male sex ratio of multiple sclerosis (MS) prevalence has continuously confounded researchers, especially in light of male patients' accelerated disease course at later stages of MS. Although multiple studies have concentrated on estrogenic mechanisms of disease modulation, fairly little attention has been paid to androgenic effects in a female system, and even fewer studies have attempted to dissociate hormonal effects on the neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory processes of MS. Herein, we demonstrate the differential effects of hormone treatment on the acute inflammatory and chronic neurodegenerative phases of murine experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis...
July 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627962/plasma-neurofilament-light-chain-levels-in-patients-with-ms-switching-from-injectable-therapies-to-fingolimod
#9
Fredrik Piehl, Ingrid Kockum, Mohsen Khademi, Kaj Blennow, Jan Lycke, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Olsson
BACKGROUND: Neurofilament light chain (NFL) is a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) marker of neuroaxonal damage in multiple sclerosis (MS). OBJECTIVE: To determine the correlation of NFL in CSF and serum/plasma, and in plasma after switching from injectable MS therapies to fingolimod. METHODS: A first cohort consisted of MS patients ( n = 39) and neurological disease controls ( n = 27) where CSF and plasma/serum had been collected for diagnostic purposes...
June 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618066/assessment-of-ferritin-content-in-multiple-sclerosis-brains-using-temperature-induced-r-2-changes
#10
Christoph Birkl, Daniele Carassiti, Fariha Hussain, Christian Langkammer, Christian Enzinger, Franz Fazekas, Klaus Schmierer, Stefan Ropele
PURPOSE: Current MRI techniques cannot reliably assess iron content in white matter due to the confounding diamagnetic effect of myelin. The purpose of this study was to validate with histology a novel iron mapping technique that uses the temperature dependency of the paramagnetic susceptibility in multiple sclerosis (MS) brains, where white matter has been reported to show significant variations in iron content. METHODS: We investigated post mortem brain tissue from three MS patients and one control subject...
June 15, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617363/-diagnostic-value-of-immunoglobulin-free-light-chains-at-the-debut-of-multiple-sclerosis
#11
V D Nazarov, G S Makshakov, A V Mazing, E A Surkova, V S Krasnov, M V Shumilina, N A Totolyan, E P Evdoshenko, S V Lapin, V L Emanuel, A A Skoromets
AIM: To evaluate the diagnostic value of determination of free immunoglobulin light chains (IgG) in the debut of multiple sclerosis (MS). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data from 226 patients, including 111 patients with clinically isolated syndrome with conversion to multiple sclerosis within the first 2 years of the disease (group 1), 49 patients with clinically isolated syndrome who did not develop multiple sclerosis within the first 2 years of the disease (group 2), 20 patients with other inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system (group 3) were analyzed...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605269/physical-activity-sedentary-behavior-and-physical-function-in-older-adults-with-multiple-sclerosis
#12
Katie L Cederberg, Robert W Motl, Edward McAuley
Older adults with multiple sclerosis(MS) experience the combined effects of aging and a chronic, disabling neurological disease on physical activity, sedentary behavior, and physical function. OBJECTIVE: This study examined associations among light and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity(LPA and MVPA), sedentary behavior, and physical function in older adults with MS. METHOD: Forty older adults with MS(median age=60 years) who had a median Expanded Disability Status Scale score of 4...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601282/kflc-index-utility-in-multiple-sclerosis-diagnosis-further-confirmation
#13
M Pieri, M Storto, S Pignalosa, R Zenobi, F Buttari, S Bernardini, D Centonze, M Dessi
The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) diagnosis is based on dissemination of focal lesions in time and space. The free light chains (FLCs) determination might be a sensitive alternative to oligoclonal bands assay. The study aim was to redefine sensitivity, specificity of the kFLC Index cut-off. We analyzed serum and cerebrospinal fluid of 176 patients, with different neurological disorders. We obtained a cut off of 12,3 for kFLC Index with a sensitivity and specificity of 93% and 100% respectively. Our data confirm that the kFLC Index is a valid tool in the diagnosis of MS...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566288/point-mutations-in-the-n-terminal-domain-of-transactive-response-dna-binding-protein-43-kda-tdp-43-compromise-its-stability-dimerization-and-functions
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Miguel Mompeán, Valentina Romano, David Pantoja-Uceda, Cristiana Stuani, Francisco E Baralle, Emanuele Buratti, Douglas V Laurents
Transactive response DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) performs multiple tasks in mRNA processing, transport, and translational regulation, but it also forms aggregates implicated in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. TDP-43's N-terminal domain (NTD) is important for these activities and dysfunctions; however, there is an open debate about whether or not it adopts a specifically folded, stable structure. Here, we studied NTD mutations designed to destabilize its structure utilizing NMR and fluorescence spectroscopies, analytical ultracentrifugation, splicing assays, and cell microscopy...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560747/can-assessment-of-afferent-thermal-sensitivity-shed-light-into-multiple-sclerosis-diagnosis-and-disease-progression
#15
R Matthew Brothers
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disabling disease effecting approximately 2.5 million people worldwide. Common symptomology experienced by MS patients include complications with: vision, motor control, fatigue, bladder control, and sensory function. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
May 31, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560740/acutely-damaged-axons-are-remyelinated-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-experimental-models-of-demyelination
#16
Verena Schultz, Franziska van der Meer, Claudia Wrzos, Uta Scheidt, Erik Bahn, Christine Stadelmann, Wolfgang Brück, Andreas Junker
Remyelination is in the center of new therapies for the treatment of multiple sclerosis to resolve and improve disease symptoms and protect axons from further damage. Although remyelination is considered beneficial in the long term, it is not known, whether this is also the case early in lesion formation. Additionally, the precise timing of acute axonal damage and remyelination has not been assessed so far. To shed light onto the interrelation between axons and the myelin sheath during de- and remyelination, we employed cuprizone- and focal lysolecithin-induced demyelination and performed time course experiments assessing the evolution of early and late stage remyelination and axonal damage...
August 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537100/cerebrospinal-fluid-neurofilament-light-levels-mark-grey-matter-volume-in-clinically-isolated-syndrome-suggestive-of-multiple-sclerosis
#17
Carla Tortorella, Vita Direnzo, Maddalena Ruggieri, Stefano Zoccolella, Mariangela Mastrapasqua, Mariangela D'Onghia, Damiano Paolicelli, Franca Di Cuonzo, Claudio Gasperini, Maria Trojano
BACKGROUND: Brain atrophy is a known marker of irreversible tissue damage in multiple sclerosis (MS). Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) osteopontin (OPN) and neurofilament light chain (NF-L) have been proposed as candidate surrogate markers of inflammatory and neurodegenerative processes in MS. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between CSF NF-L and OPN levels and brain grey and white matter volumes in patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) suggestive of MS...
May 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521040/cortical-remyelination-is-heterogeneous-in-multiple-sclerosis
#18
Eva M M Strijbis, Evert-Jan Kooi, Paul van der Valk, Jeroen J G Geurts
Cortical lesions (CLs) are an important component of multiple sclerosis (MS) pathology; they correlate better with physical disability and cognitive impairment than white matter lesions (WMLs). Because remyelination can be extensive in CLs, we quantified remyelination in gray matter (GM) and white matter (WM), addressing oligodendrocyte (OGD) maturation state and clinical relevance of remyelination. Brain tissue samples from 21 chronic MS patients were immunohistochemically stained for myelin proteolipid protein, Olig2, which is strongly expressed in OGD precursor cells (OPCs), but weakly expressed in mature OGDs and other OGD markers...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516256/-skin-diseases-associated-with-environmental-factors
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REVIEW
Vera Mahler
BACKGROUND: Multiple environmental exposures may derange the regulatory and repair mechanisms of the skin and lead to dermatological disease. OBJECTIVES: Provide an overview of non-allergic skin diseases associated with environmental factors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Review of current scientific evidence for associations of non-allergic skin diseases with environmental exposures: irritation, chemicals, infection, UV-radiation, temperature. RESULTS: Predisposition (constitution e...
June 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512753/serum-neurofilament-light-a-biomarker-of-neuronal-damage-in-multiple-sclerosis
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Giulio Disanto, Christian Barro, Pascal Benkert, Yvonne Naegelin, Sabine Schädelin, Antonella Giardiello, Chiara Zecca, Kaj Blennow, Henrik Zetterberg, David Leppert, Ludwig Kappos, Claudio Gobbi, Jens Kuhle
OBJECTIVE: Neurofilament light chains (NfL) are unique to neuronal cells, are shed to the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and are detectable at low concentrations in peripheral blood. Various diseases causing neuronal damage have resulted in elevated CSF concentrations. We explored the value of an ultrasensitive single-molecule array (Simoa) serum NfL (sNfL) assay in multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: sNfL levels were measured in healthy controls (HC, n = 254) and two independent MS cohorts: (1) cross-sectional with paired serum and CSF samples (n = 142), and (2) longitudinal with repeated serum sampling (n = 246, median follow-up = 3...
June 2017: Annals of Neurology
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