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Johannes Naumann
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June 16, 2017: Complementary Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641283/-healing-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-case-report
#2
Inge Mangelsdorf, Harald Walach, Joachim Mutter
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease leading to death within 3-5 years in most cases. New approaches to treating this disease are needed. Here, we report a successful therapy. CASE REPORT: In a 49-year-old male patient suffering from muscle weakness and fasciculations, progressive muscular atrophy, a variant of ALS, was diagnosed after extensive examinations ruling out other diseases. Due to supposed mercury exposure from residual amalgam, the patient's teeth were restored...
June 12, 2017: Complementary Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640860/the-path-to-specialist-multidisciplinary-care-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-population-based-study-of-consultations-interventions-and-costs
#3
Miriam Galvin, Padhraig Ryan, Sinead Maguire, Mark Heverin, Caoifa Madden, Alice Vajda, Charles Normand, Orla Hardiman
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurological condition that requires coordinated, multidisciplinary clinical management. ALS is prone to misdiagnosis as its signs and symptoms may be non-specific, which may prolong patients' journey to multidisciplinary ALS care. METHODS: Using chart review and national register data, we have detailed the journey of a national cohort of ALS patients (n = 155) from the time of first symptom to presentation at a multidisciplinary clinic (MDC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637276/repetitive-element-transcripts-are-elevated-in-the-brain-of-c9orf72-als-ftld-patients
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Mercedes Prudencio, Patrick K Gonzales, Casey N Cook, Tania F Gendron, Lillian M Daughrity, Yuping Song, Mark T W Ebbert, Marka van Blitterswijk, Yong-Jie Zhang, Karen Jansen-West, Matthew C Baker, Michael DeTure, Rosa Rademakers, Kevin B Boylan, Dennis W Dickson, Leonard Petrucelli, Christopher D Link
Significant transcriptome alterations are detected in the brain of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), including carriers of the C9orf72 repeat expansion and C9orf72-negative sporadic cases. Recently, the expression of repetitive element transcripts has been associated with toxicity and, while increased repetitive element expression has been observed in several neurodegenerative diseases, little is known about their contribution to ALS. To assess whether aberrant expression of repetitive element sequences are observed in ALS, we analyzed RNA sequencing data from C9orf72-positive and sporadic ALS cases, as well as healthy controls...
June 16, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634653/assessing-the-combined-toxicity-of-bmaa-and-its-isomers-2-4-dab-and-aeg-in-vitro-using-human-neuroblastoma-cells
#5
Brendan J Main, Kenneth J Rodgers
The non-protein amino acid (NPAA) ß-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) is produced by a diverse range of cyanobacteria, diatoms and dinoflagellates, and is present in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems globally. Exposure to BMAA has been implicated in the development of neurodegenerative diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD). BMAA is often found in nature along with its structural isomers 2,4-diaminobutyric acid (2,4-DAB) and aminoethylglycine (AEG); however, the toxicity of these NPAAs in combination has not been examined...
June 20, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634273/the-c-elegans-vapb-homolog-vpr-1-is-a-permissive-signal-for-gonad-development
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Pauline A Cottee, Tim Cole, Jessica Schultz, Hieu D Hoang, Jack Vibbert, Sung Min Han, Michael A Miller
VAMP/synaptobrevin-associated proteins (VAPs) contain an N-terminal major sperm protein domain (MSPd) that is associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. VAPs have an intracellular housekeeping function, as well as an extracellular signaling function mediated by the secreted MSPd. Here we show that the C. elegans VAP homolog VPR-1 is essential for gonad development. vpr-1 null mutants are maternal effect sterile due to arrested gonadogenesis following embryo hatching. Somatic gonadal precursor cells and germ cells fail to proliferate fully and complete their respective differentiation programs...
June 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634272/the-secreted-msp-domain-of-c-elegans-vapb-homolog-vpr-1-patterns-the-adult-striated-muscle-mitochondrial-reticulum-via-smn-1
#7
Jessica Schultz, Se-Jin Lee, Tim Cole, Hieu D Hoang, Jack Vibbert, Pauline A Cottee, Michael A Miller, Sung Min Han
The major sperm protein domain (MSPd) has an extracellular signaling function implicated in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Secreted MSPds derived from the C. elegans VAPB homolog VPR-1 promote mitochondrial localization to actin-rich I-bands in body wall muscle. Here we show that the nervous system and germ line are key MSPd secretion tissues. MSPd signals are transduced through the CLR-1 Lar-like tyrosine phosphatase receptor. We show that CLR-1 is expressed throughout the muscle plasma membrane, where it is accessible to MSPd within the pseudocoelomic fluid...
June 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632899/novel-intracytoplasmic-inclusions-immunoreactive-for-phosphorylated-tdp43-and-cystatin-c-in-anterior-horn-cells-in-a-case-of-sporadic-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#8
Masayuki Shintaku, Daita Kaneda, Kiyomitsu Oyanagi
Novel intracytoplasmic inclusions immunoreactive for phosphorylated transactivation response DNA-binding protein 43 (p-TDP43), cystatin C, and transferrin were found in anterior horn cells in a case of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The patient was a 59-year-old woman, who died of ALS after a clinical course of 8 years. She had been receiving mechanical support for respiration for 6 years and in a "totally locked-in" state for 4 years prior to death. The spinal cord showed severe degeneration involving the anterior and lateral funiculi, whereas the posterior funiculus was preserved...
June 20, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631959/advance-care-planning-for-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#9
Benjamin H Levi, Zachary Simmons, Courtney Hanna, Allyson Brothers, Erik Lehman, Elana Farace, Megan Bain, Renee Stewart, Michael J Green
PURPOSE: To determine whether an advance care planning (ACP) decision-aid could improve communication about end-of-life treatment wishes between patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and their clinicians. METHODS: Forty-four patients with ALS (>21, English-speaking, without dementia) engaged in ACP using an interactive computer based decision-aid. Before participants completed the intervention, and again three months later, their clinicians reviewed three clinical vignettes, and made treatment decisions (n = 18) for patients...
March 5, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631957/prognostic-value-of-clinical-and-electrodiagnostic-parameters-at-time-of-diagnosis-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#10
Wendeline Reniers, Maarten Schrooten, Kristl G Claeys, Petra Tilkin, Ann D'Hondt, Dimphna Van Reijen, Goedele Couwelier, Nikita Lamaire, Wim Robberecht, Steffen Fieuws, Philip Van Damme
OBJECTIVE: To assess the added prognostic value of the aggregated clinical and electrodiagnostic data, which define a given diagnostic category according to the Awaji or revised El Escorial criteria at time of diagnosis in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: Clinical signs and electrodiagnostic test results were collected at time of diagnosis in 396 patients with ALS between January 2009 and January 2016. Significant predictors of prognosis were identified using a univariate model, and later combined in a multivariate Cox regression model...
February 15, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631956/coping-strategies-and-psychological-distress-in-caregivers-of-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-als
#11
Mattia Siciliano, Gabriella Santangelo, Francesca Trojsi, Carmela Di Somma, Manila Patrone, Cinzia Femiano, Maria Rosaria Monsurrò, Luigi Trojano, Gioacchino Tedeschi
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) causes distress in caregivers. The present study aims to examine the association between coping strategies and psychological distress in caregivers of ALS patients. METHODS: Coping strategies were assessed in 96 ALS informal caregivers by means of the Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations. Data about caregivers' demographic characteristics, levels of burden, depression and anxiety (psychological distress) were also gathered by standardised questionnaires...
February 10, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628797/attenuated-error-related-potentials-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-with-executive-dysfunctions
#12
Caroline Seer, Max Joop, Florian Lange, Christian Lange, Reinhard Dengler, Susanne Petri, Bruno Kopp
OBJECTIVE: Executive dysfunctions affect up to 50% of the patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Executive dysfunctions have been identified as negative prognostic factor and can affect quality of life in patients and their caregivers. Assessment of executive dysfunction may be impeded by the patients' motor impairments. Event-related potentials (ERP) have been proposed as a tool to overcome these assessment difficulties. The error(-related) negativity (Ne/ERN) is an ERP which can be recorded with minimal motor requirements for the patient...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628244/phosphorylated-neurofilament-heavy-chain-a-biomarker-of-survival-for-c9orf72-associated-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#13
Tania F Gendron, Lillian M Daughrity, Michael G Heckman, Nancy N Diehl, Joanne Wuu, Timothy M Miller, Pau Pastor, John Q Trojanowski, Murray Grossman, James D Berry, William T Hu, Antonia Ratti, Michael Benatar, Vincenzo Silani, Jonathan D Glass, Mary Kay Floeter, Andreas Jeromin, Kevin B Boylan, Leonard Petrucelli
As potential treatments for C9ORF72-associated amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (c9ALS) approach clinical trials, the identification of prognostic biomarkers for c9ALS becomes a priority. We show that levels of phosphorylated neurofilament heavy chain (pNFH) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) predict disease status and survival in c9ALS patients, and are largely stable over time. Moreover, c9ALS patients exhibit higher pNFH levels, more rapid disease progression, and shorter survival after disease onset than ALS patients without C9ORF72 expansions...
June 19, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627708/alterations-in-aqp4-expression-and-polarization-in-the-course-of-motor-neuron-degeneration-in-sod1g93a-mice
#14
Jiaying Dai, Weihao Lin, Minying Zheng, Qiang Liu, Baixuan He, Chuanming Luo, Xilin Lu, Zhong Pei, Huanxing Su, Xiaoli Yao
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by selective degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons. The disease progression is associated with the astrocytic environment. Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) water channels are the most abundant AQPs expressed in astrocytes, exerting important influences on central nervous system homeostasis. The present study aimed to characterize the alterations in AQP4 expression and loca-lization in superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) G93A transgenic mice...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626174/lifestyle-changes-and-oxidative-stress-in-a-high-incidence-area-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-the-southwestern-kii-peninsula-japan
#15
Tameko Kihira, Kazushi Okamoto, Iori Sakurai, Yuya Arakawa, Ikuro Wakayama, Koichi Takamiya, Ryo Okumura, Yuhto Iinuma, Keiko Iwai, Yasumasa Kokubo, Sohei Yoshida
Objective Lifestyle changes may play an important role in the incidence reduction and delay of onset age of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in the Koza/Kozagawa/Kushimoto (K) area. The aim of this study was to evaluate recent lifestyle changes in the K area and to investigate the relationships between lifestyle and oxidative stress among the residents. Methods We conducted a medical checkup for elderly residents in the K area and the control area and evaluated the urinary 8-OHdG levels, cognitive function test scores and metal contents in serum and scalp hair, coupled with a lifestyle questionnaire survey between 2010 and 2015...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625609/oxidative-stress-induced-by-cumene-hydroperoxide-produces-synaptic-depression-and-transient-hyperexcitability-in-rat-primary-motor-cortex-neurons
#16
R Pardillo-Diaz, L Carrascal, G Barrionuevo, P Nunez-Abades
Pyramidal neurons of the motor cortex are selectively degenerated in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The mechanisms underlying neuronal death in ALS are not well established. In the absence of useful biomarkers, the early increased neuronal excitability seems to be the unique characteristic of ALS. Lipid peroxidation caused by oxidative stress has been postulated as one of the possible mechanisms involved in degeneration motor cortex pyramidal neurons. This paper examines the effect of lipid peroxidation on layer V pyramidal neurons induced by cumene hydroperoxide (CH) in brain slices from wild type rats...
June 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624492/cortical-function-and-corticomotoneuronal-adaptation-in-monomelic-amyotrophy
#17
José Manuel Matamala, Nimeshan Geevasinga, William Huynh, Thanuja Dharmadasa, James Howells, Neil G Simon, Parvathi Menon, Steve Vucic, Matthew C Kiernan
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate corticomotoneuronal integrity in monomelic amyotrophy using threshold tracking transcranial magnetic stimulation (TT-TMS). METHODS: Cortical excitability studies were prospectively performed in 8 monomelic amyotrophy patients and compared to 21 early-onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients and 40 healthy controls. Motor evoked potentials responses were recorded over abductor pollicis brevis. RESULTS: Maximal motor evoked potential (MEP/CMAP ratio) was significantly increased in monomelic amyotrophy compared with controls (monomelic amyotrophy 51...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623007/gene-networks-in-neurodegenerative-disorders
#18
REVIEW
Daniela Recabarren, Marcelo Alarcón
Three neurodegenerative diseases [Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD)] have many characteristics like pathological mechanisms and genes. In this sense some researchers postulate that these diseases share the same alterations and that one alteration in a specific protein triggers one of these diseases. Analyses of gene expression may shed more light on how to discover pathways, pathologic mechanisms associated with the disease, biomarkers and potential therapeutic targets...
June 13, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622300/the-als-linked-e102q-mutation-in-sigma-receptor-1-leads-to-er-stress-mediated-defects-in-protein-homeostasis-and-dysregulation-of-rna-binding-proteins
#19
Alice Dreser, Jan Tilmann Vollrath, Antonio Sechi, Sonja Johann, Andreas Roos, Alfred Yamoah, Istvan Katona, Saeed Bohlega, Dominik Wiemuth, Yuemin Tian, Axel Schmidt, Jörg Vervoorts, Marc Dohmen, Cordian Beyer, Jasper Anink, Eleonora Aronica, Dirk Troost, Joachim Weis, Anand Goswami
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is characterized by the selective degeneration of motor neurons (MNs) and their target muscles. Misfolded proteins which often form intracellular aggregates are a pathological hallmark of ALS. Disruption of the functional interplay between protein degradation (ubiquitin proteasome system and autophagy) and RNA-binding protein homeostasis has recently been suggested as an integrated model that merges several ALS-associated proteins into a common pathophysiological pathway...
June 16, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621357/computational-investigation-of-the-human-sod1-mutant-cys146arg-that-directs-familial-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#20
E Srinivasan, R Rajasekaran
The genetic substitution mutation of Cys146Arg in the SOD1 protein is predominantly found in the Japanese population suffering from familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FALS). A complete study of the biophysical aspects of this particular missense mutation through conformational analysis and producing free energy landscapes could provide an insight into the pathogenic mechanism of ALS disease. In this study, we utilized general molecular dynamics simulations along with computational predictions to assess the structural characterization of the protein as well as the conformational preferences of monomeric wild type and mutant SOD1...
June 16, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
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