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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919482/the-association-of-cognitive-impairment-with-gray-matter-atrophy-and-cortical-lesion-load-in-clinically-isolated-syndrome
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Sevda Diker, Arzu Ceylan Has, Aslı Kurne, Rahşan Göçmen, Kader Karlı Oğuz, Rana Karabudak
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis can impair cognition from the early stages and has been shown to be associated with gray matter damage in addition to white matter pathology. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the profile of cognitive impairment in clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), and the contribution of cortical inflammation, cortical and deep gray matter atrophy, and white matter lesions to cognitive decline. METHODS: Thirty patients with clinically isolated syndrome and twenty demographically- matched healthy controls underwent neuropsychologic assessment through the Rao Brief Repeatable Battery, and brain magnetic resonance imaging with double inversion recovery using a 3T scanner...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916860/novel-pigt-variant-in-two-brothers-expansion-of-the-multiple-congenital-anomalies-hypotonia-seizures-syndrome-3-phenotype
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Nadia Skauli, Sean Wallace, Samuel C C Chiang, Tuva Barøy, Asbjørn Holmgren, Asbjørg Stray-Pedersen, Yenan T Bryceson, Petter Strømme, Eirik Frengen, Doriana Misceo
Biallelic PIGT variants were previously reported in seven patients from three families with Multiple Congenital Anomalies-Hypotonia Seizures Syndrome 3 (MCAHS3), characterized by epileptic encephalopathy, hypotonia, global developmental delay/intellectual disability, cerebral and cerebellar atrophy, craniofacial dysmorphisms, and skeletal, ophthalmological, cardiac, and genitourinary abnormalities. We report a novel homozygous PIGT missense variant c.1079G>T (p.Gly360Val) in two brothers with several of the typical features of MCAHS3, but in addition, pyramidal tract neurological signs...
November 29, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915581/ftld-tdp-and-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-in-comorbidity-a-report-of-two-cases-with-different-clinical-presentations
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Kateřina Storey, Silvie Johanidesová, Radoslav Matěj, Jiří Keller, Zdeněk Rohan, Robert Rusina
Frontotemporal lobar degeneration with transactive response DNA-binding protein 43 (FTLD-TDP) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) are distinct neurodegenerations with different clinical presentations. We report two cases with FTLD-TDP and PSP in comorbidity: a patient with amnestic dementia developing frontal lobe dementia, Parkinsonism and supranuclear gaze palsy and a patient with cerebellar ataxia and nystagmus developing akinesia, rigidity, and subcortical dementia. Neuropathological examination revealed neuronal and glial tau pathology together with ubiquitin, and phospho-TDP-43-immunoreactivities in the hippocampus, striatum, mesencephalon, and frontal and temporal cortices...
December 3, 2016: Neurocase
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910995/a-diffusion-tensor-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study-of-paediatric-patients-with-severe-non-traumatic-brain-injury
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Erika Molteni, Maria A Rocca, Sandra Strazzer, Elisabetta Pagani, Katia Colombo, Filippo Arrigoni, Giacomo Boffa, Massimiliano Copetti, Valentina Pastore, Massimo Filippi
AIM: In this observational study using 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor, we investigated the differential effects of pathology, stage of disease, state of consciousness, and aetiology on the modifications of supra- and infra-tentorial white matter tracts and their correlations with clinical scales in paediatric patients with severe non-traumatic brain injury. METHOD: Diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT-MRI) was obtained from seven children with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (UWS; five males, two females; age at event 5y; standard deviation [SD] 2y 1mo), six children in a minimally conscious state (MCS; three males, three females; age at event 5y 10mo; SD 5y), and 10 healthy children as controls(two males, eight females; age at study 10y 10mo; SD 2y 10mo)...
December 2, 2016: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900366/exome-sequencing-reveals-germline-gain-of-function-egfr-mutation-in-an-adult-with-lhermitte-duclos-disease
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Samantha Colby, Lamis Yehia, Farshad Niazi, JinLian Chen, Ying Ni, Jessica L Mester, Charis Eng
Lhermitte-Duclos disease (LDD) is a rare cerebellar disorder believed to be pathognomonic for Cowden syndrome. Presently, the only known etiology is germline PTEN mutation. We report a 41-yr-old white female diagnosed with LDD and wild-type for PTEN. Exome sequencing revealed a germline heterozygous EGFR mutation that breaks a disulfide bond in the receptor's extracellular domain, resulting in constitutive activation. Functional studies demonstrate activation of ERK/AKT signaling pathways, mimicking PTEN loss-of-function downstream effects...
November 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884168/ataxia-telangiectasia-a-review
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REVIEW
Cynthia Rothblum-Oviatt, Jennifer Wright, Maureen A Lefton-Greif, Sharon A McGrath-Morrow, Thomas O Crawford, Howard M Lederman
DEFINITION OF THE DISEASE: Ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) is an autosomal recessive disorder primarily characterized by cerebellar degeneration, telangiectasia, immunodeficiency, cancer susceptibility and radiation sensitivity. A-T is often referred to as a genome instability or DNA damage response syndrome. EPIDEMIOLOGY: The world-wide prevalence of A-T is estimated to be between 1 in 40,000 and 1 in 100,000 live births. CLINICAL DESCRIPTION: A-T is a complex disorder with substantial variability in the severity of features between affected individuals, and at different ages...
November 25, 2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879339/mct8-deficiency-in-purkinje-cells-disrupts-embryonic-chicken-cerebellar-development
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Joke Delbaere, Pieter Vancamp, Stijn L J Van Herck, Nele M A Bourgeois, Mary J Green, Richard J T Wingate, Veerle M Darras
Inactivating mutations in the human SLC16A2 gene encoding the thyroid hormone transporter monocarboxylate transporter 8 (MCT8) result in the Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome accompanied by severe locomotor deficits. The underlying mechanisms of the associated cerebellar maldevelopment were studied using the chicken as a model. Electroporation of an MCT8-RNAi vector into the cerebellar anlage of a 3-day-old embryo allowed knockdown of MCT8 in Purkinje cell precursors. This resulted in downregulation of the thyroid hormone responsive gene RORα and the Purkinje cell specific differentiation marker LHX1/5 at day 6...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878136/phenotypic-convergence-of-menkes-and-wilson-disease
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Boglarka Bansagi, David Lewis-Smith, Endre Pal, Jennifer Duff, Helen Griffin, Angela Pyle, Juliane S Müller, Gabor Rudas, Zsuzsanna Aranyi, Hanns Lochmüller, Patrick F Chinnery, Rita Horvath
Menkes disease is an X-linked multisystem disorder with epilepsy, kinky hair, and neurodegeneration caused by mutations in the copper transporter ATP7A. Other ATP7A mutations have been linked to juvenile occipital horn syndrome and adult-onset hereditary motor neuropathy.(1,2) About 5%-10% of the patients present with "atypical Menkes disease" characterized by longer survival, cerebellar ataxia, and developmental delay.(2) The intracellular copper transport is regulated by 2 P type ATPase copper transporters ATP7A and ATP7B...
December 2016: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869457/autosomal-dominant-cerebellar-ataxia-deafness-and-narcolepsy-adca-dn-associated-with-progressive-cognitive-and-behavioral-deterioration
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Lisa A S Walker, Pierre Bourque, Andra M Smith, Jodi Warman Chardon
Objective: Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia with deafness and narcolepsy (ADCA-DN) is an emerging syndrome caused by mutations in the C-terminus end of the TS domain of the DNMT1 gene. ADCA-DN is also associated with sensorimotor polyneuropathy, extrapyramidal, and dysautonomic signs, as well as dementia. Little has been reported about the progressive cognitive impairment associated with ADCA-DN. Our objective is to provide a detailed characterization of the cognitive profile of ADCA-DN. Method: Three members of a kindred with ADCA-DN underwent comprehensive neuropsychological testing and neuroimaging...
November 21, 2016: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866050/boucher-neuh%C3%A3-user-syndrome-a-rare-cause-of-inherited-hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism-a-case-of-two-adult-siblings-with-two-novel-mutations-in-pnpla6
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Jakob H Langdahl, Anja L Frederiksen, Nina Nguyen, Klaus Brusgaard, Claus B Juhl
Boucher Neuhäuser Syndrome (BNS) is a rare clinical syndrome with autosomal recessive inheritance defined by early-onset ataxia, hypogonadism and chorioretinal dystrophy. We present two siblings diagnosed with BNS in late adult life identified with compound heterozygous state of two novel PNPLA6 mutations. Five healthy siblings were non- or heterozygous carriers of the mutations. The cases, which presented with ataxia in childhood and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH), were diagnosed at age 17 and 25, respectively, when examined for delayed puberty...
November 16, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862279/pet-and-mri-detection-of-early-and-progressive-neurodegeneration-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-36
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Pablo Aguiar, Julio Pardo, Manuel Arias, Beatriz Quintáns, Montse Fernández-Prieto, Rocío Martínez-Regueiro, José-Manuel Pumar, Jesús Silva-Rodríguez, Álvaro Ruibal, María-Jesús Sobrido, Julia Cortés
BACKGROUND: The spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) form a clinically, genetically, and pathological heterogeneous group of autosomal-dominant degenerative diseases. In particular, SCA36 is characterized by a late-onset, slowly progressive cerebellar syndrome typically associated with sensorineural hearing loss. This study was aimed at analyzing the neurodegenerative process underlying SCA36 through fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) and MRI scans. METHODS: Twenty SCA36 patients underwent a study consisting of FDG-PET and MRI scans...
November 10, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859440/peripheral-nerve-ultrasound-in-cerebellar-ataxia-neuropathy-vestibular-areflexia-syndrome-canvas
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Luciana Pelosi, Ruth Leadbetter, Eoin Mulroy, Andrew M Chancellor, Stuart Mossman, Richard Roxburgh
INTRODUCTION: We report preliminary findings of nerve ultrasound in patients with cerebellar ataxia neuropathy vestibular areflexia syndrome (CANVAS) who have sensory impairment due to dorsal root ganglionopathy. METHODS: The ultrasound cross-sectional area (CSA) of median and ulnar nerves of 7 CANVAS patients was compared with 7 age- and gender-matched controls and with the mean CSA of our reference population. RESULTS: The nerve CSA of CANVAS patients was significantly smaller than that of controls at all sites (P < 0...
November 15, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858718/finger-to-nose-test-findings-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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David Bergeron, Antoine Vermette, Justine De La Sablonnière, Anne-Marie Cayer, Robert Laforce, Rémi W Bouchard
The finger-to-nose test is routinely performed during the clinical assessment of patients with cognitive impairments. Although widely known to screen for cerebellar dysfunction by unmasking appendicular ataxia, we have found that this test could also be interpreted from a cognitive perspective. We describe two typical signs observed at the finger-to-nose test in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients: the "second finger syndrome" and the "distal pressure sign". By retrospectively reviewing the medical records 461 patients followed at our academic memory clinic, we found that these signs are commonplace in AD, but not in vascular dementia or subjective cognitive impairment...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855656/combined-focal-myoclonus-and-dystonia-secondary-to-a-cerebellar-hemorrhage-a-case-report
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Guangxun Shen, Guangxian Nan, Chae-Won Shin, Hyeyoung Park, Kwee-Yum Lee, Beomseok Jeon
BACKGROUND: Myoclonus is a clinical sign characterized by sudden, brief jerky, shock-like involuntary movements of a muscle or group of muscles. Dystonia is defined as a syndrome of sustained muscle contractions, frequently causing twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Cases of myoclonus or dystonia secondary to a structural lesion in the cerebellum have been reported. However, there has never been a reported case of combined myoclonus and dystonia secondary to a cerebellar lesion...
November 17, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848124/reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-and-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-associated-with-intracranial-hypotension
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Katharina Feil, Robert Forbrig, Franziska S Thaler, Julian Conrad, Suzette Heck, Franziska Dorn, Hans-Walter Pfister, Andreas Straube
BACKGROUND: Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) and posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) are both rare disorders. The pathophysiology of both diseases is not yet fully understood. METHODS: We report the unique case of a 19-year-old comatose woman who was brought to the ER after a series of generalized tonic-clonic seizures 6 days post peridural anesthesia for cesarean section. Vital signs and initial laboratory testing including urine analysis and drug screening were unremarkable...
November 15, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834868/steric-clash-in-the-set-domain-of-histone-methyltransferase-nsd1-as-a-cause-of-sotos-syndrome-and-its-genetic-heterogeneity-in-a-brazilian-cohort
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Kyungsoo Ha, Priya Anand, Jennifer A Lee, Julie R Jones, Chong Ae Kim, Debora Romeo Bertola, Jonathan D J Labonne, Lawrence C Layman, Wolfgang Wenzel, Hyung-Goo Kim
Most histone methyltransferases (HMTase) harbor a predicted Su(var)3-9, Enhancer-of-zeste, Trithorax (SET) domain, which transfers a methyl group to a lysine residue in their substrates. Mutations of the SET domains were reported to cause intellectual disability syndromes such as Sotos, Weaver, or Kabuki syndromes. Sotos syndrome is an overgrowth syndrome with intellectual disability caused by haploinsufficiency of the nuclear receptor binding SET domain protein 1 (NSD1) gene, an HMTase at 5q35.2-35.3. Here, we analyzed NSD1 in 34 Brazilian Sotos patients and identified three novel and eight known mutations...
November 9, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831545/neuroimaging-findings-in-mowat-wilson-syndrome-a-study-of-54-patients
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Livia Garavelli, Ivan Ivanovski, Stefano Giuseppe Caraffi, Daniela Santodirocco, Marzia Pollazzon, Duccio Maria Cordelli, Ebtesam Abdalla, Patrizia Accorsi, Margaret P Adam, Chiara Baldo, Allan Bayat, Elga Belligni, Federico Bonvicini, Jeroen Breckpot, Bert Callewaert, Guido Cocchi, Goran Cuturilo, Koenraad Devriendt, Mary Beth Dinulos, Olivera Djuric, Roberta Epifanio, Francesca Faravelli, Debora Formisano, Lucio Giordano, Marina Grasso, Sabine Grønborg, Alessandro Iodice, Lorenzo Iughetti, Didier Lacombe, Massimo Maggi, Baris Malbora, Isabella Mammi, Sebastien Moutton, Rikke Møller, Petra Muschke, Manuela Napoli, Chiara Pantaleoni, Rosario Pascarella, Alessandro Pellicciari, Maria Luisa Poch-Olive, Federico Raviglione, Francesca Rivieri, Carmela Russo, Salvatore Savasta, Gioacchino Scarano, Angelo Selicorni, Margherita Silengo, Giovanni Sorge, Luigi Tarani, Luis Gonzaga Tone, Annick Toutain, Aurelien Trimouille, Elvis Terci Valera, Samantha Schrier Vergano, Nicoletta Zanotta, Marcella Zollino, William B Dobyns, Alex R Paciorkowski
PURPOSE: Mowat-Wilson syndrome (MWS) is a genetic disease characterized by distinctive facial features, moderate to severe intellectual disability, and congenital malformations, including Hirschsprung disease, genital and eye anomalies, and congenital heart defects, caused by haploinsufficiency of the ZEB2 gene. To date, no characteristic pattern of brain dysmorphology in MWS has been defined. METHODS: Through brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) analysis, we delineated a neuroimaging phenotype in 54 MWS patients with a proven ZEB2 defect, compared it with the features identified in a thorough review of published cases, and evaluated genotype-phenotype correlations...
November 10, 2016: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830331/posterior-fossa-syndrome-with-delayed-mr-evidence-of-unilateral-superior-cerebellar-peduncle-scp-damage
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Kevin Carr, Pegah Ghamasaee, Achint Singh, Izabela Tarasiewicz
Posterior fossa syndrome (PFS) is a well-known sequela of midline posterior fossa tumor resection. Patients typically exhibit transient behavioral, motor, and oculomotor disturbances that resolve within a few weeks to several months after surgery. The underlying pathophysiology of PFS is not completely understood, but contemporary literature has implicated injury to the dentate nucleus and/or exiting dentatothalamocortical fiber bundles as a causative factor. The authors present a case of a young male who developed a delayed variant of PFS typified by motor deficits and demonstrated diffusion restriction in the ipsilateral superior cerebellar peduncle...
November 9, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825990/garcinia-kola-aqueous-suspension-prevents-cerebellar-neurodegeneration-in-long-term-diabetic-rat-a-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-model
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Mohammed Farahna, Paul F Seke Etet, Sayed Y Osman, Kıymet K Yurt, Naheed Amir, Lorella Vecchio, Isınsu Aydin, Yousef H Aldebasi, Azimullah Sheikh, John C Chijuka, Süleyman Kaplan, Abdu Adem
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The development of compounds able to improve metabolic syndrome and mitigate complications caused by inappropriate glycemic control in type 1 diabetes mellitus is challenging. The medicinal plant with established hypoglycemic properties Garcinia kola Heckel might have the potential to mitigate diabetes mellitus metabolic syndrome and complications. AIM OF THE STUDY: We have investigated the neuroprotective properties of a suspension of G...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816346/-neuro-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis
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Loïc Le Guennec, Nadine Martin-Duverneuil, Karima Mokhtari, Maria Santiago-Ribeiro, Eléonore Bayen, Antoine Del Cul, Daniel Delgadillo, Aurélie Kas, Carine Courtillot, Julien Haroche, Fleur Cohen, Jean Donadieu, Khê Hoang-Xuan, Ahmed Idbaih
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare multisystemic disease. LCH is characterized by proliferation of myeloid progenitors with altered differentiation program and similar phenotypic features to epidermal dendritic cells termed Langerhans cell. LCH cells express CD1a+ and langerin and exhibit BRAF V600E mutation in ∼50% of cases. Neurological involvement or neuro-LCH is observed in 5 to 10% of cases. Three subtypes of neuro-LCH are individualized. The tumor type, accounting for 45% of neuro-LCH, affect mainly young adults...
November 2, 2016: La Presse Médicale
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