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Cerebellar syndrome

Josef Davidsson, Andreas Puschmann, Ulf Tedgård, David Bryder, Lars Nilsson, Jörg Cammenga
Germline mutations in the SAMD9 and SAMD9L genes, located in tandem on chromosome 7, are associated with a clinical spectrum of disorders including the MIRAGE syndrome, ataxia-pancytopenia syndrome and myelodysplasia and leukemia syndrome with monosomy 7 syndrome. Germline gain-of-function mutations increase SAMD9 or SAMD9L's normal antiproliferative effect. This causes pancytopenia and generally restricted growth and/or specific organ hypoplasia in non-hematopoietic tissues. In blood cells, additional somatic aberrations that reverse the germline mutation's effect, and give rise to the clonal expansion of cells with reduced or no antiproliferative effect of SAMD9 or SAMD9L include complete or partial chromosome 7 loss or loss-of-function mutations in SAMD9 or SAMD9L...
February 25, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Saud Alsahli, Muhammad Talal Alrifai, Saeed Al Tala, Fuad Al Mutairi, Majid Alfadhel
Background: Cerebellar ataxia, mental retardation, and disequilibrium syndrome (CAMRQ) is a heterogeneous group of genetic disorders that have been grouped by shared clinical features; all of these features are transmitted via an autosomal recessive mechanism. Four variants of this syndrome have been identified so far, and each one differs in terms of both clinical and genotypical features. CAMRQ4 is a rare genetic disorder characterized by mental retardation, ataxia or an inability to walk, dysarthria and, in some patients, quadrupedal gait...
2018: Journal of Central Nervous System Disease
Stephanie S G Brown, Shinjini Basu, Heather C Whalley, Peter C Kind, Andrew C Stanfield
The FMR1 premutation confers a 40-60% risk for males of developing a neurodegenerative disease called the Fragile X-associated Tremor Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS). FXTAS is a late-onset disease that primarily involves progressive symptoms of tremor and ataxia, as well as cognitive decline that can develop into dementia in some patients. At present, it is not clear whether changes to brain function are detectable in motor regions prior to the onset of frank symptomatology. The present study therefore aimed to utilize an fMRI motor task for the first time in an asymptomatic premutation population...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Felipe de Oliveira, José Alberto Landeiro, Igor de Castro
Background: Medulloblastoma is an embryonal neoplasm and accounts for 1% of all adult intracranial tumors. It is associated with many familiar cancer syndromes, but there is no known cause for medulloblastoma. Many studies have documented differences between childhood and adult medulloblastomas in terms of location, proliferation, and apoptotic indices. There are four histological groups - classic and the variant forms (desmoplastic/nodular, anaplasic, and large cell). There are four major subgroups according to molecular configuration: wingless (WNT), sonic hedgehog (SHH), group 3, and group 4 with differences between them according to prognostic outcomes...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Giulia Coarelli, Silvia Romano, Lorena Travaglini, Michela Ferraldeschi, Francesco Nicita, Maria Spadaro, Arianna Fornasiero, Marina Frontali, Marco Salvetti, Enrico Bertini, Giovanni Ristori
Hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSPs) are a heterogeneous group of neurological disorders characterized primarily by a pyramidal syndrome with lower limb spasticity, which can manifest as pure HSP or associated with a number of neurological or non-neurological signs (i.e., complicated HSPs). The clinical variability of HSPs is associated with a wide genetic heterogeneity, with more than eighty causative genes known. Recently, next generation sequencing (NGS) has allowed increasing genetic definition in such a heterogeneous group of disorders...
March 3, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Rocco Gogliotti, Nicole Fisher, Branden Stansley, Carrie Jones, Craig Lindsley, Jeffrey Conn, Colleen Niswender
Mutations in the Methyl CpG Binding Protein 2 (MECP2) gene are responsible for the neurodevelopmental disorder Rett syndrome (RTT). MeCP2 is a DNA-binding protein whose abundance and ability to complex with HDAC3 is linked to the regulation of chromatin structure. Consequently, loss-of-function mutations in MeCP2 are predicted to have broad effects on gene expression. However, to date, studies in mouse models of RTT have identified a limited number of gene or pathway-level disruptions, and even fewer genes have been identified that could be considered amenable to classical drug discovery approaches...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Jéssica Araújo Figueira, Fábio Roberto de Souza Batista, Karina Rosso, Vanessa Cristina Veltrini, Angelo José Pavan
Gorlin-Goltz syndrome (GGS), also known as nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome, is an autosomal dominant inherited disorder with high penetrance and variable expressivity. The classic triad originally described by Gorlin and Goltz in 1960 is composed of multiple nevoid basal cell carcinomas (NBCCs), odontogenic keratocysts (OKCs) in the jaws and bifid ribs. in 1977, this triad was modified by Rayner et al, and to GGS diagnosis, the OKCs had to appear in combination with calcification of the cerebellar falx or palmar and plantar pits...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Stéphanie Moortgat, Damien Lederer, Marie Deprez, Marga Buzatu, Philippe Clapuyt, Sébastien Boulanger, Valérie Benoit, Sandrine Mary, Agnès Guichet, Alban Ziegler, Estelle Colin, Dominique Bonneau, Isabelle Maystadt
Mutations in the oligophrenin 1 gene (OPHN1) have been identified in patients with X-linked intellectual disability (XLID) associated with cerebellar hypoplasia and ventriculomegaly, suggesting it could be a recognizable syndromic intellectual disability (ID). Affected individuals share additional clinical features including speech delay, seizures, strabismus, behavioral difficulties, and slight facial dysmorphism. OPHN1 is located in Xq12 and encodes a Rho-GTPase-activating protein involved in the regulation of the G-protein cycle...
March 3, 2018: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Nese Celebisoy
HINTS battery involving head impulse test (HIT), nystagmus, and test of skew is the critical bedside examination to differentiate acute unilateral peripheral vestibulopathy from posterior circulation stroke (PCS) in acute vestibular syndrome (AVS). The highest sensitivity component of the battery has been reported to be the horizontal HIT, whereas skew deviation is defined as the most specific but non-sensitive sign for PCS. Video-oculography-based HIT (vHIT) may have an additional power in making the differentiation...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Nitish Kamble, Pramod Kumar Pal
Among the involuntary movement disorders, tremor is a common phenomenology seen in clinical practice. The important factors that need to be determined while assessing a patient with tremor include the phenomenology of tremor, presence or absence of other neurologic signs, and the effect of medications or alcohol. Tremor can broadly be classified based on the circumstances under which it occurs, i.e., rest or action. The basal ganglia-cerebello-thalamic and dentate-olivary circuits are involved in the generation of tremor...
March 2018: Neurology India
Daniel Bamborschke, Matthias Pergande, Kerstin Becker, Friederike Körber, Jörg Dötsch, Anne Vierzig, Lutz T Weber, Sebahattin Cirak
INTRODUCTION: Recently recessive mutations in sphingosine-1-phosphate lyase (SGPL1) have been published as a cause of syndromic congenital nephrotic syndrome with adrenal insufficiency. We have identified a case with fetal hydrops and brain malformations due to a mutation in SGPL1. CASE REPORT: We report a patient presenting with severe fetal hydrops, congenital nephrotic syndrome and adrenal calcifications. MRI imaging showed generalized cortical atrophy with simplified gyral pattern and hypoplastic temporal lobes as well as cerebellar hypoplasia and hyperintensity in the pons...
February 28, 2018: Brain & Development
F Ali, J L Whitwell, P R Martin, M L Senjem, D S Knopman, C R Jack, V J Lowe, R C Petersen, B F Boeve, K A Josephs
Corticobasal syndrome (CBS) is a phenotypic manifestation of diverse pathologies, including Alzheimer's disease and 4-repeat tauopathies. Predicting pathology in CBS is unreliable and, hence, molecular neuroimaging may prove to be useful. The aim of this study was to assess regional patterns of uptake on [18 F] AV-1451 PET in CBS and determine whether patterns of uptake differ according to beta-amyloid deposition or differing clinical presentations. Fourteen patients meeting criteria for CBS underwent Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) and [18 F] AV-1451 PET...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Jeong-Yoon Choi, Hyo-Jung Kim, Ji-Soo Kim
The head impulse test (HIT) is used to evaluate the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) during a high-velocity head rotation. Corrective catch-up saccades that occur during or after the HITs usually indicate peripheral vestibular hypofunction, whereas in acute vestibular syndrome, normal clinical (bedside) HITs should prompt a search for a central lesion. However, recent quantitative studies that evaluated HITs using magnetic search coils or video-based techniques have demonstrated that specific patterns of HIT abnormalities are associated with central vestibular disorders...
February 28, 2018: Neurology
Michael R Pranzatelli, Tyler J Allison, Nathan R McGee, Elizabeth D Tate
Studies of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) γδ T cells in children are limited, especially due to the lack of control data. In adults, gamma/delta T cells (TCR-γδ) residing in the intrathecal space are sometimes involved in neuroinflammation. To evaluate the possible role of γδ T cells in pediatric neuroinflammation, we immunophenotyped CSF and blood lymphocytes using flow cytometry in a case-control study of 100 children with non-inflammatory neurologic disorders (NIND), 312 with opsoclonus-myoclonus (OMS), and 23 with other inflammatory neurologic disorders (OIND)...
February 27, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Karina Krajden Haratz, Sharon Leshem Shulevitz, Zvi Leibovitz, Dorit Lev, Shalev Josef, Mordechai Tomarkin, Gustavo Malinger, Tally Lerman-Sagie, Liat Gindes
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal diagnosis of midbrain-hindbrain malformations rely primarily on abnormal size and shape of the cerebellum and retrocerebellar space. The aim of this study was to present the 4th ventricle index (4VI), and to evaluate its role as a marker of severe vermian dysgenesis / agenesis cases without an open 4th ventricle (4v). METHODS: This prospective cross-sectional study included 384 healthy fetuses between 14 to 37 gestational weeks. Axial images of the 4v were obtained and the 4VI was calculated as the ratio between the latero-lateral and anteroposterior diameters...
February 26, 2018: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Jorge Rey-Martinez, Angel Batuecas-Caletrio, Eusebi Matiño, Gabriel Trinidad-Ruiz, Xabier Altuna, Nicolas Perez-Fernandez
Background: Visually enhanced vestibulo-ocular reflex (VVOR) is a well-known bedside clinical test to evaluate visuo-vestibular interaction, with clinical applications in patients with neurological and vestibular dysfunctions. Owing to recently developed diagnostic technologies, the possibility to perform an easy and objective measurement of the VVOR has increased, but there is a lack of computational methods designed to obtain an objective VVOR measurement. Objectives: To develop a method for the assessment of the VVOR to obtain a gain value that compares head and eye velocities and to test this method in patients and healthy subjects...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Francesco Nicita, Giorgio Tasca, Marta Nardella, Emanuele Bellacchio, Ilaria Camponeschi, Gessica Vasco, Tommaso Schirinzi, Enrico Bertini, Ginevra Zanni
Mutations in KCNJ10, which encodes the inwardly rectifying potassium channel Kir4.1, a primary regulator of membrane excitability and potassium homeostasis, cause a complex syndrome characterized by seizures, sensorineural deafness, ataxia, intellectual disability, and electrolyte imbalance called SeSAME/EAST syndrome. We describe a 41-year-old patient with non-syndromic, slowly progressive, early-onset ataxia. Targeted next-generation sequencing identified a novel c.180 T > G (p.Ile60Met) missense homozygous mutation...
February 23, 2018: Cerebellum
Vincenzo A Gennarino, Elizabeth E Palmer, Laura M McDonell, Li Wang, Carolyn J Adamski, Amanda Koire, Lauren See, Chun-An Chen, Christian P Schaaf, Jill A Rosenfeld, Jessica A Panzer, Ute Moog, Shuang Hao, Ann Bye, Edwin P Kirk, Pawel Stankiewicz, Amy M Breman, Arran McBride, Tejaswi Kandula, Holly A Dubbs, Rebecca Macintosh, Michael Cardamone, Ying Zhu, Kevin Ying, Kerith-Rae Dias, Megan T Cho, Lindsay B Henderson, Berivan Baskin, Paula Morris, Jiang Tao, Mark J Cowley, Marcel E Dinger, Tony Roscioli, Oana Caluseriu, Oksana Suchowersky, Rani K Sachdev, Olivier Lichtarge, Jianrong Tang, Kym M Boycott, J Lloyd Holder, Huda Y Zoghbi
Certain mutations can cause proteins to accumulate in neurons, leading to neurodegeneration. We recently showed, however, that upregulation of a wild-type protein, Ataxin1, caused by haploinsufficiency of its repressor, the RNA-binding protein Pumilio1 (PUM1), also causes neurodegeneration in mice. We therefore searched for human patients with PUM1 mutations. We identified eleven individuals with either PUM1 deletions or de novo missense variants who suffer a developmental syndrome (Pumilio1-associated developmental disability, ataxia, and seizure; PADDAS)...
February 22, 2018: Cell
Grace L Paley, Nathan H Kung, Robert C Bucelli, Todd P Margolis, Gregory P Van Stavern
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February 22, 2018: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
Mercè Izquierdo-Serra, Antonio F Martínez-Monseny, Laura López, Julia Carrillo-García, Albert Edo, Juan Darío Ortigoza-Escobar, Óscar García, Ramón Cancho-Candela, M Llanos Carrasco-Marina, Luis G Gutiérrez-Solana, Daniel Cuadras, Jordi Muchart, Raquel Montero, Rafael Artuch, Celia Pérez-Cerdá, Belén Pérez, Belén Pérez-Dueñas, Alfons Macaya, José M Fernández-Fernández, Mercedes Serrano
Stroke-like episodes (SLE) occur in phosphomannomutase deficiency (PMM2-CDG), and may complicate the course of channelopathies related to Familial Hemiplegic Migraine (FHM) caused by mutations in CACNA1A (encoding CaV 2.1 channel). The underlying pathomechanisms are unknown. We analyze clinical variables to detect risk factors for SLE in a series of 43 PMM2-CDG patients. We explore the hypothesis of abnormal CaV 2.1 function due to aberrant N -glycosylation as a potential novel pathomechanism of SLE and ataxia in PMM2-CDG by using whole-cell patch-clamp, N -glycosylation blockade and mutagenesis...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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