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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808785/conserved-dna-methylation-combined-with-differential-frontal-cortex-and-cerebellar-expression-distinguishes-c9orf72-associated-and-sporadic-als-and-implicates-serpina1-in-disease
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Mark T W Ebbert, Christian A Ross, Luc J Pregent, Rebecca J Lank, Cheng Zhang, Rebecca B Katzman, Karen Jansen-West, Yuping Song, Edroaldo Lummertz da Rocha, Carla Palmucci, Pamela Desaro, Amelia E Robertson, Ana M Caputo, Dennis W Dickson, Kevin B Boylan, Rosa Rademakers, Tamas Ordog, Hu Li, Veronique V Belzil
We previously found C9orf72-associated (c9ALS) and sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (sALS) brain transcriptomes comprise thousands of defects, among which, some are likely key contributors to ALS pathogenesis. We have now generated complementary methylome data and combine these two data sets to perform a comprehensive "multi-omic" analysis to clarify the molecular mechanisms initiating RNA misregulation in ALS. We found that c9ALS and sALS patients have generally distinct but overlapping methylome profiles, and that the c9ALS- and sALS-affected genes and pathways have similar biological functions, indicating conserved pathobiology in disease...
August 14, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803727/elimination-of-toxic-microsatellite-repeat-expansion-rna-by-rna-targeting-cas9
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Ranjan Batra, David A Nelles, Elaine Pirie, Steven M Blue, Ryan J Marina, Harrison Wang, Isaac A Chaim, James D Thomas, Nigel Zhang, Vu Nguyen, Stefan Aigner, Sebastian Markmiller, Guangbin Xia, Kevin D Corbett, Maurice S Swanson, Gene W Yeo
Microsatellite repeat expansions in DNA produce pathogenic RNA species that cause dominantly inherited diseases such as myotonic dystrophy type 1 and 2 (DM1/2), Huntington's disease, and C9orf72-linked amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (C9-ALS). Means to target these repetitive RNAs are required for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Here, we describe the development of a programmable CRISPR system capable of specifically visualizing and eliminating these toxic RNAs. We observe specific targeting and efficient elimination of microsatellite repeat expansion RNAs both when exogenously expressed and in patient cells...
August 8, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803444/atypical-parkinsonian-syndromes-a-general-neurologist-s-perspective
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Angela B Deutschländer, Owen A Ross, Dennis W Dickson, Zbigniew K Wszolek
The differential diagnosis of atypical parkinsonian syndromes is challenging. These severe and often rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorders are clinically heterogeneous and show significant phenotypic overlap. Here we review clinical, imaging, neuropathologic and genetic features of multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The terms CBD and FTLD refer to pathologically confirmed cases of corticobasal syndrome (CBS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD)...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792508/dctn1-gene-analysis-in-chinese-patients-with-sporadic-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Xiangyi Liu, Lipeng Yang, Lu Tang, Lu Chen, Xiaolu Liu, Dongsheng Fan
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Missense mutations of DCTN1 have been identified as a possible genetic risk factor for ALS. Here, we tested the DCTN1 protein-coding exons in 510 sporadic ALS patients in whom SOD1, TARDBP, FUS, and C9orf72 genes were screened before. Polymerase chain reaction and Sanger sequencing were used for mutation discovery. The results revealed two rare heterozygous missense variants, c.1867C>T (p.R623W) and c.2798C>T (p.A933V). These two patients exhibited spinal disease onset without cognitive impairment, and their onset age and diagnosis delay was within the average range of Chinese ALS patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782342/-hummingbird-sign-in-a-patient-with-guam-parkinsonism-dementia-complex
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Tianrong Yeo, Louis Cs Tan
We present a case of a 71-year-old male Chamorro patient from Guam who presented with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)-Richardson's syndrome. Considering his strong family history of parkinsonism and a PSP phenotype, he was clinically diagnosed with Guam parkinsonism-dementia complex (PDC). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain revealed prominent midbrain atrophy with preserved pontine volume, forming the 'hummingbird' sign, which has not been described before in Guam PDC. Molecular analysis of the chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 gene (C9orf72) showed only 6 GGGGCC repeats...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Movement Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766957/immunohistochemical-detection-of-c9orf72-protein-in-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-and-motor-neurone-disease-patterns-of-immunostaining-and-an-evaluation-of-commercial-antibodies
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Yvonne S Davidson, Andrew C Robinson, Sara Rollinson, Stuart Pickering-Brown, Shangxi Xiao, Janice Robertson, David M A Mann
We have employed as 'gold standards' two in-house, well-characterised and validated polyclonal antibodies, C9-L and C9-S, which detect the longer and shorter forms of C9orf72, and have compared seven other commercially available antibodies with these in order to evaluate the utility of the latter as credible tools for the demonstration of C9orf72. C9-L and C9-S antibodies immunostained cytoplasmic 'speckles', and the nuclear membrane, respectively, in cerebellar Purkinje cells of the cerebellum in patients with behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and in patients with ALS alone...
August 2, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749476/the-wide-genetic-landscape-of-clinical-frontotemporal-dementia-systematic-combined-sequencing-of-121-consecutive-subjects
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Cornelis Blauwendraat, Carlo Wilke, Javier Simón-Sánchez, Iris E Jansen, Anika Reifschneider, Anja Capell, Christian Haass, Melissa Castillo-Lizardo, Saskia Biskup, Walter Maetzler, Patrizia Rizzu, Peter Heutink, Matthis Synofzik
PurposeTo define the genetic spectrum and relative gene frequencies underlying clinical frontotemporal dementia (FTD).MethodsWe investigated the frequencies and mutations in neurodegenerative disease genes in 121 consecutive FTD subjects using an unbiased, combined sequencing approach, complemented by cerebrospinal fluid Aβ1-42 and serum progranulin measurements. Subjects were screened for C9orf72 repeat expansions, GRN and MAPT mutations, and, if negative, mutations in other neurodegenerative disease genes, by whole-exome sequencing (WES) (n = 108), including WES-based copy-number variant (CNV) analysis...
July 27, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744202/rna-misprocessing-in-c9orf72-linked-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Holly V Barker, Michael Niblock, Youn-Bok Lee, Christopher E Shaw, Jean-Marc Gallo
A large GGGGCC hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the first intron or promoter region of the C9orf72 gene is the most common genetic cause of familial and sporadic Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a devastating degenerative disease of motor neurons, and of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), the second most common form of presenile dementia after Alzheimer's disease. C9orf72-associated ALS/FTD is a multifaceted disease both in terms of its clinical presentation and the misregulated cellular pathways contributing to disease progression...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737506/microglia-and-c9orf72-in-neuroinflammation-and-als-and-frontotemporal-dementia
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Deepti Lall, Robert H Baloh
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a degenerative disorder that is characterized by loss of motor neurons and shows clinical, pathological, and genetic overlap with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Activated microglia are a universal feature of ALS/FTD pathology; however, their role in disease pathogenesis remains incompletely understood. The recent discovery that ORF 72 on chromosome 9 (C9orf72), the gene most commonly mutated in ALS/FTD, has an important role in myeloid cells opened the possibility that altered microglial function plays an active role in disease...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729824/mouse-models-of-c9orf72-hexanucleotide-repeat-expansion-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-frontotemporal-dementia
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REVIEW
Ranjan Batra, Chris W Lee
The presence of hexanucleotide repeat expansion (HRE) in the first intron of the human C9orf72 gene is the most common genetic cause underlying both familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Studies aimed at elucidating the pathogenic mechanisms associated of C9orf72 FTD and ALS (C9FTD/ALS) have focused on the hypothesis of RNA and protein toxic gain-of-function models, including formation of nuclear RNA foci containing GGGGCC (G4C2) HRE, inclusions containing dipeptide repeat proteins through a non-canonical repeat associated non-ATG (RAN) translation mechanism, and on loss-of-function of the C9orf72 protein...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720882/cell-type-specific-differences-in-promoter-activity-of-the-als-linked-c9orf72-mouse-ortholog
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Abraham J Langseth, Juhyun Kim, Janet E Ugolino, Yajas Shah, Ho-Yon Hwang, Jiou Wang, Dwight E Bergles, Solange P Brown
A hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the C9orf72 gene is the most common cause of inherited forms of the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Both loss-of-function and gain-of-function mechanisms have been proposed to underlie this disease, but the pathogenic pathways are not fully understood. To better understand the involvement of different cell types in the pathogenesis of ALS, we systematically analyzed the distribution of promoter activity of the mouse ortholog of C9orf72 in the central nervous system...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717666/whole-exome-sequencing-and-dna-methylation-analysis-in-a-clinical-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-cohort
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Fleur C Garton, Beben Benyamin, Qiongyi Zhao, Zhijun Liu, Jacob Gratten, Anjali K Henders, Zong-Hong Zhang, Janette Edson, Sarah Furlong, Sarah Morgan, Susan Heggie, Kathryn Thorpe, Casey Pfluger, Karen A Mather, Perminder S Sachdev, Allan F McRae, Matthew R Robinson, Sonia Shah, Peter M Visscher, Marie Mangelsdorf, Robert D Henderson, Naomi R Wray, Pamela A McCombe
BACKGROUND: Gene discovery has provided remarkable biological insights into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). One challenge for clinical application of genetic testing is critical evaluation of the significance of reported variants. METHODS: We use whole exome sequencing (WES) to develop a clinically relevant approach to identify a subset of ALS patients harboring likely pathogenic mutations. In parallel, we assess if DNA methylation can be used to screen for pathogenicity of novel variants since a methylation signature has been shown to associate with the pathogenic C9orf72 expansion, but has not been explored for other ALS mutations...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714954/c9orf72-expansion-disrupts-atm-mediated-chromosomal-break-repair
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Callum Walker, Saul Herranz-Martin, Evangelia Karyka, Chunyan Liao, Katherine Lewis, Waheba Elsayed, Vera Lukashchuk, Shih-Chieh Chiang, Swagat Ray, Padraig J Mulcahy, Mateusz Jurga, Ioannis Tsagakis, Tommaso Iannitti, Jayanth Chandran, Ian Coldicott, Kurt J De Vos, Mohamed K Hassan, Adrian Higginbottom, Pamela J Shaw, Guillaume M Hautbergue, Mimoun Azzouz, Sherif F El-Khamisy
Hexanucleotide repeat expansions represent the most common genetic cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia, though the mechanisms by which such expansions cause neurodegeneration are poorly understood. We report elevated levels of DNA-RNA hybrids (R-loops) and double strand breaks in rat neurons, human cells and C9orf72 ALS patient spinal cord tissues. Accumulation of endogenous DNA damage is concomitant with defective ATM-mediated DNA repair signaling and accumulation of protein-linked DNA breaks...
July 17, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689190/intermediate-c9orf72-alleles-in-neurological-disorders-does-size-really-matter
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REVIEW
Adeline S L Ng, Eng-King Tan
C9orf72 repeat expansions is a major cause of familial frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) worldwide. Sizes of <20 hexanucleotide repeats are observed in controls, while up to thousands associate with disease. Intermediate C9orf72 repeat lengths, however, remain uncertain. We systematically reviewed the role of intermediate C9orf72 alleles in C9orf72-related neurological disorders. We identified 49 studies with adequate available data on normal or intermediate C9orf72 repeat length, involving subjects with FTD, ALS, Parkinson's disease (PD), atypical parkinsonism, Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other aetiologies...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677678/srsf1-dependent-nuclear-export-inhibition-of-c9orf72-repeat-transcripts-prevents-neurodegeneration-and-associated-motor-deficits
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Guillaume M Hautbergue, Lydia M Castelli, Laura Ferraiuolo, Alvaro Sanchez-Martinez, Johnathan Cooper-Knock, Adrian Higginbottom, Ya-Hui Lin, Claudia S Bauer, Jennifer E Dodd, Monika A Myszczynska, Sarah M Alam, Pierre Garneret, Jayanth S Chandran, Evangelia Karyka, Matthew J Stopford, Emma F Smith, Janine Kirby, Kathrin Meyer, Brian K Kaspar, Adrian M Isaacs, Sherif F El-Khamisy, Kurt J De Vos, Ke Ning, Mimoun Azzouz, Alexander J Whitworth, Pamela J Shaw
Hexanucleotide repeat expansions in the C9ORF72 gene are the commonest known genetic cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia. Expression of repeat transcripts and dipeptide repeat proteins trigger multiple mechanisms of neurotoxicity. How repeat transcripts get exported from the nucleus is unknown. Here, we show that depletion of the nuclear export adaptor SRSF1 prevents neurodegeneration and locomotor deficits in a Drosophila model of C9ORF72-related disease. This intervention suppresses cell death of patient-derived motor neuron and astrocytic-mediated neurotoxicity in co-culture assays...
July 5, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666709/structural-and-functional-brain-signatures-of-c9orf72-in-motor-neuron-disease
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Federica Agosta, Pilar M Ferraro, Nilo Riva, Edoardo Gioele Spinelli, Teuta Domi, Paola Carrera, Massimiliano Copetti, Yuri Falzone, Maurizio Ferrari, Christian Lunetta, Giancarlo Comi, Andrea Falini, Angelo Quattrini, Massimo Filippi
This study investigated structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging abnormalities in hexanucleotide repeat expansion in chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72) motor neuron disease (MND) relative to disease severity-matched sporadic MND cases. We enrolled 19 C9orf72 and 67 disease severity-matched sporadic MND patients, and 22 controls. Sporadic cases were grouped in patients with: no cognitive/behavioral deficits (sporadic-motor); same patterns of cognitive/behavioral impairment as C9orf72 cases (sporadic-cognitive); shorter disease duration versus other sporadic groups (sporadic-early)...
September 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666471/heterogeneous-ribonuclear-protein-e2-hnrnp-e2-is-associated-with-tdp-43-immunoreactive-neurites-in-semantic-dementia-but-not-with-other-tdp-43-pathological-subtypes-of-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration
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Yvonne S Davidson, Andrew C Robinson, Louis Flood, Sara Rollinson, Bridget C Benson, Yasmine T Asi, Anna Richardson, Matthew Jones, Julie S Snowden, Stuart Pickering-Brown, Tammaryn Lashley, David M A Mann
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) encompasses certain related neurodegenerative disorders which alter personality and cognition. Heterogeneous ribonuclear proteins (hnRNPs) maintain RNA metabolism and changes in their function may underpin the pathogenesis of FTLD. Immunostaining for hnRNP E2 was performed on sections of frontal and temporal cortex with hippocampus from 80 patients with FTLD, stratified by pathology into FTLD-tau and FTLD-TDP type A, B and C subtypes, and by genetics into patients with C9orf72 expansions, MAPT or GRN mutations, or those with no known mutation, and on 10 healthy controls...
June 30, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660252/abnormal-expression-of-homeobox-genes-and-transthyretin-in-c9orf72-expansion-carriers
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NiCole A Finch, Xue Wang, Matthew C Baker, Michael G Heckman, Tania F Gendron, Kevin F Bieniek, Joanne Wuu, Mariely DeJesus-Hernandez, Patricia H Brown, Jeannie Chew, Karen R Jansen-West, Lillian M Daughrity, Alexandra M Nicholson, Melissa E Murray, Keith A Josephs, Joseph E Parisi, David S Knopman, Ronald C Petersen, Leonard Petrucelli, Bradley F Boeve, Neill R Graff-Radford, Yan W Asmann, Dennis W Dickson, Michael Benatar, Robert Bowser, Kevin B Boylan, Rosa Rademakers, Marka van Blitterswijk
OBJECTIVE: We performed a genome-wide brain expression study to reveal the underpinnings of diseases linked to a repeat expansion in chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9ORF72). METHODS: The genome-wide expression profile was investigated in brain tissue obtained from C9ORF72 expansion carriers (n = 32), patients without this expansion (n = 30), and controls (n = 20). Using quantitative real-time PCR, findings were confirmed in our entire pathologic cohort of expansion carriers (n = 56) as well as nonexpansion carriers (n = 31) and controls (n = 20)...
August 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642336/the-evolving-genetic-risk-for-sporadic-als
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Summer B Gibson, Jonathan M Downie, Spyridoula Tsetsou, Julie E Feusier, Karla P Figueroa, Mark B Bromberg, Lynn B Jorde, Stefan M Pulst
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the genetic risk conferred by known amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-associated genes to the pathogenesis of sporadic ALS (SALS) using variant allele frequencies combined with predicted variant pathogenicity. METHODS: Whole exome sequencing and repeat expansion PCR of C9orf72 and ATXN2 were performed on 87 patients of European ancestry with SALS seen at the University of Utah. DNA variants that change the protein coding sequence of 31 ALS-associated genes were annotated to determine which were rare and deleterious as predicted by MetaSVM...
July 18, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639078/a-genome-wide-expression-association-analysis-identifies-genes-and-pathways-associated-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Yanan Du, Yan Wen, Xiong Guo, Jingcan Hao, Wenyu Wang, Awen He, Qianrui Fan, Ping Li, Li Liu, Xiao Liang, Feng Zhang
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease with strong genetic components. To identity novel risk variants for ALS, utilizing the latest genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and eQTL study data, we conducted a genome-wide expression association analysis by summary data-based Mendelian randomization (SMR) method. Summary data were derived from a large-scale GWAS of ALS, involving 12577 cases and 23475 controls. The eQTL annotation dataset included 923,021 cis-eQTL for 14,329 genes and 4732 trans-eQTL for 2612 genes...
June 21, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
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