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Congenital muscular dystrophy ullrich

L L Wang, J Du, X N Fu, Y B Fan, C J Wei, J Ding, D D Tan, J X Xiao, H Xiong
Objective: To analyze the clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) to improve the diagnostic level. Method: Clinical manifestations and thigh muscle MRI results of 8 cases of CMD diagnosed on genetic level from April 2013 to November 2015 were investigated. MRI was performed on the thigh muscles of all cases. Fatty infiltration of different muscles described in T1WI was graded to evaluate. Clinical symptoms and signs, as well as muscle MRI features were analyzed by statistical description...
October 2, 2016: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
Jun Fu, Yi-Ming Zheng, Su-Qin Jin, Jun-Fei Yi, Xiu-Juan Liu, He Lyn, Zhao-Xia Wang, Wei Zhang, Jiang-Xi Xiao, Yun Yuan
BACKGROUND: Collagen VI-related myopathies are autosomal dominant and recessive hereditary myopathies, mainly including Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy (UCMD) and Bethlem myopathy (BM). Muscle magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been widely used to diagnosis muscular disorders. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of thigh muscles MRI for collagen VI-related myopathies. METHODS: Eleven patients with collagen VI gene mutation-related myopathies were enrolled in this study...
August 5, 2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Francesca Sardone, Francesco Traina, Alice Bondi, Luciano Merlini, Spartaco Santi, Nadir Mario Maraldi, Cesare Faldini, Patrizia Sabatelli
Collagen VI (COLVI) is a non-fibrillar collagen expressed in skeletal muscle and most connective tissues. Mutations in COLVI genes cause two major clinical forms, Bethlem myopathy and Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy (UCMD). In addition to congenital muscle weakness, patients affected by COLVI myopathies show axial and proximal joint contractures and distal joint hypermobility, which suggest the involvement of the tendon function. We examined a peroneal tendon biopsy and tenocyte culture of a 15-year-old patient affected by UCMD with compound heterozygous COL6A2 mutations...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Chiara Scotton, Matteo Bovolenta, Elena Schwartz, Maria Sofia Falzarano, Elena Martoni, Chiara Passarelli, Annarita Armaroli, Hana Osman, Carmelo Rodolico, Sonia Messina, Elena Pegoraro, Adele D'Amico, Enrico Bertini, Francesca Gualandi, Marcella Neri, Rita Selvatici, Patrizia Boffi, Maria Antonietta Maioli, Hanns Lochmüller, Volker Straub, Katherine Bushby, Tiziana Castrignanò, Graziano Pesole, Patrizia Sabatelli, Luciano Merlini, Paola Braghetta, Paolo Bonaldo, Paolo Bernardi, Reghan Foley, Sebahattin Cirak, Irina Zaharieva, Francesco Muntoni, Daniele Capitanio, Cecilia Gelfi, Ekaterina Kotelnikova, Anton Yuryev, Michael Lebowitz, Xiping Zhang, Brian A Hodge, Karyn A Esser, Alessandra Ferlini
Collagen VI myopathies are genetic disorders caused by mutations in collagen 6 A1, A2 and A3 genes, ranging from the severe Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy to the milder Bethlem myopathy, which is recapitulated by collagen-VI-null (Col6a1(-/-)) mice. Abnormalities in mitochondria and autophagic pathway have been proposed as pathogenic causes of collagen VI myopathies, but the link between collagen VI defects and these metabolic circuits remains unknown. To unravel the expression profiling perturbation in muscles with collagen VI myopathies, we performed a deep RNA profiling in both Col6a1(-/-)mice and patients with collagen VI pathology...
April 15, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Francesca Sardone, Spartaco Santi, Francesca Tagliavini, Francesco Traina, Luciano Merlini, Stefano Squarzoni, Matilde Cescon, Raimund Wagener, Nadir Mario Maraldi, Paolo Bonaldo, Cesare Faldini, Patrizia Sabatelli
In response to injury, tendon fibroblasts are activated, migrate to the wound, and contribute to tissue repair by producing and organizing the extracellular matrix. Collagen VI is a microfibrillar collagen enriched in the pericellular matrix of tendon fibroblasts with a potential regulatory role in tendon repair mechanism. We investigated the molecular basis of the interaction between collagen VI and the cell membrane both in tissue sections and fibroblast cultures of human tendon, and analyzed the deposition of collagen VI during migration and myofibroblast trans-differentiation, two crucial events for tendon repair...
March 1, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Frank Steffen, Thomas Bilzer, Jan Brands, Lorenzo Golini, Vidhya Jagannathan, Michaela Wiedmer, Michaela Drögemüller, Cord Drögemüller, Tosso Leeb
A novel canine muscular dystrophy in Landseer dogs was observed. We had access to five affected dogs from two litters. The clinical signs started at a few weeks of age, and the severe progressive muscle weakness led to euthanasia between 5 and 15 months of age. The pedigrees of the affected dogs suggested a monogenic autosomal-recessive inheritance of the trait. Linkage and homozygosity mapping indicated two potential genome segments for the causative variant on chromosomes 10 and 31 harboring a total of 4...
December 2015: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Zlatko Radev, Jean-Michel Hermel, Yannick Elipot, Sandrine Bretaud, Sylvain Arnould, Philippe Duchateau, Florence Ruggiero, Jean-Stéphane Joly, Frédéric Sohm
Presently, human collagen VI-related diseases such as Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy (UCMD) and Bethlem myopathy (BM) remain incurable, emphasizing the need to unravel their etiology and improve their treatments. In UCMD, symptom onset occurs early, and both diseases aggravate with ageing. In zebrafish fry, morpholinos reproduced early UCMD and BM symptoms but did not allow to study the late phenotype. Here, we produced the first zebrafish line with the human mutation frequently found in collagen VI-related disorders such as UCMD and BM...
2015: PloS One
M Llanos Carrasco-Marina, Susana Quijano-Roy, Gemma Iglesias-Escalera, Ana Jorge-Blanco, Ana Carro-Martinez, Nuria Gutierrez-Cruz
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July 1, 2015: Revista de Neurologia
Annarita Armaroli, Cecilia Trabanelli, Chiara Scotton, Anna Venturoli, Rita Selvatici, Giacomo Brisca, Luciano Merlini, Claudio Bruno, Alessandra Ferlini, Francesca Gualandi
BACKGROUND: Collagen VI-related disorders are a group of muscular diseases characterized by muscle wasting and weakness, joint contractures, distal laxity, serious respiratory dysfunction and cutaneous alterations, due to mutations in the COL6A1, COL6A2 and COL6A3 genes, encoding for collagen VI, a critical component of the extracellular matrix. The severe Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy (UCMD) can be due to autosomal recessive mutations in one of the three genes with a related 25% recurrence risk...
September 2015: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Laura K Zamurs, Miguel A Idoate, Eric Hanssen, Asier Gomez-Ibañez, Pau Pastor, Shireen R Lamandé
Bethlem myopathy and Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy (UCMD) sit at opposite ends of a clinical spectrum caused by mutations in the extracellular matrix protein collagen VI. Bethlem myopathy is relatively mild, and patients remain ambulant in adulthood while many UCMD patients lose ambulation by their teenage years and require respiratory interventions. Dominant and recessive mutations are found across the entire clinical spectrum; however, recessive Bethlem myopathy is rare, and our understanding of the molecular pathology is limited...
February 13, 2015: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Alessandra Zulian, Francesca Tagliavini, Erika Rizzo, Camilla Pellegrini, Francesca Sardone, Nicoletta Zini, Nadir Mario Maraldi, Spartaco Santi, Cesare Faldini, Luciano Merlini, Valeria Petronilli, Paolo Bernardi, Patrizia Sabatelli
Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy and Bethlem myopathy are caused by mutations in collagen VI (ColVI) genes, which encode an extracellular matrix protein; yet, mitochondria play a major role in disease pathogenesis through a short circuit caused by inappropriate opening of the permeability transition pore, a high-conductance channel, which causes a shortage in ATP production. We find that melanocytes do not produce ColVI yet they bind it at the cell surface, suggesting that this protein may play a trophic role and that its absence may cause lesions similar to those seen in skeletal muscle...
2014: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Silvia Toni, Riccardo Morandi, Marcello Busacchi, Lucia Tardini, Luciano Merlini, Nino Carlo Battistini, Massimo Pellegrini
Collagen VI mutations lead to disabling myopathies like Bethlem myopathy (BM) and Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy (UCMD). We have investigated the nutritional and metabolic status of one UCMD and seven BM patients (five female, three male, mean age 31 ± 9 years) in order to find a potential metabolic target for nutritional intervention. For this study, we used standard anthropometric tools, such as BMI evaluation and body circumference measurements. All results were compared to dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), considered the "gold standard" method...
2014: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Sonia Khirani, Ivana Dabaj, Alessandro Amaddeo, Adriana Ramirez, Susana Quijano-Roy, Brigitte Fauroux
Respiratory muscle testing is often limited to noninvasive volitional tests such as vital capacity and maximal static pressures. We report the case of a 12-year-old boy with congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) in whom invasive and non-volitional respiratory muscle tests showed an elective diaphragmatic dysfunction with the preservation of expiratory muscle strength. This finding, coupled with a clinical phenotype associating diffuse muscle atrophy with finger hyperlaxity and proximal contractures, strengthened the suspicion of Ullrich CMD...
September 2014: Respirology Case Reports
Francesca Gattazzo, Sibilla Molon, Valeria Morbidoni, Paola Braghetta, Bert Blaauw, Anna Urciuolo, Paolo Bonaldo
Mutations of genes encoding for collagen VI cause various muscle diseases in humans, including Bethlem myopathy and Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy. Collagen VI null (Col6a1 (-/-)) mice are affected by a myopathic phenotype with mitochondrial dysfunction, spontaneous apoptosis of muscle fibers, and defective autophagy. Moreover, Col6a1 (-/-) mice display impaired muscle regeneration and defective self-renewal of satellite cells after injury. Treatment with cyclosporin A (CsA) is effective in normalizing the mitochondrial, apoptotic, and autophagic defects of myofibers in Col6a1 (-/-) mice...
2014: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Sara De Palma, Daniele Capitanio, Michele Vasso, Paola Braghetta, Chiara Scotton, Paolo Bonaldo, Hanns Lochmüller, Francesco Muntoni, Alessandra Ferlini, Cecilia Gelfi
Mutations in the collagen VI genes cause the Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy (UCMD), with severe phenotype, and Bethlem myopathy (BM) with mild to moderate phenotype. Both, UCMD and BM patients show dystrophic features with degeneration/regeneration and replacement of muscle with fat and fibrous connective tissue. At molecular level, UCMD patients show autophagic impairment and increased PTP opening; these features are less severe in BM. To elucidate the biochemical mechanisms adopted by the muscle to adapt to collagen VI deficiency in BM and UCMD patients, a proteome analysis was carried out on human muscle biopsies...
November 7, 2014: Journal of Proteome Research
Sandra Donkervoort, Ying Hu, Tanya Stojkovic, Nicol C Voermans, A Reghan Foley, Meganne E Leach, Jahannaz Dastgir, Véronique Bolduc, Thomas Cullup, Alix de Becdelièvre, Lin Yang, Hai Su, Katherine Meilleur, Alice B Schindler, Erik-Jan Kamsteeg, Pascale Richard, Russell J Butterfield, Thomas L Winder, Thomas O Crawford, Robert B Weiss, Francesco Muntoni, Valérie Allamand, Carsten G Bönnemann
Collagen 6-related dystrophies and myopathies (COL6-RD) are a group of disorders that form a wide phenotypic spectrum, ranging from severe Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy, intermediate phenotypes, to the milder Bethlem myopathy. Both inter- and intrafamilial variable expressivity are commonly observed. We present clinical, immunohistochemical, and genetic data on four COL6-RD families with marked intergenerational phenotypic heterogeneity. This variable expression seemingly masquerades as anticipation is due to parental mosaicism for a dominant mutation, with subsequent full inheritance and penetrance of the mutation in the heterozygous offspring...
January 2015: Human Mutation
Anamaria Bolocan, Susana Quijano-Roy, Andreea M Seferian, Clarisse Baumann, Valérie Allamand, Pascale Richard, Brigitte Estournet, Robert Carlier, Hélène Cavé, Corine Gartioux, Nathalie Blin, Anne-Gaëlle Le Moing, Teresa Gidaro, Dominique P Germain, Michel Fardeau, Thomas Voit, Laurent Servais, Norma Beatriz Romero
We report on a 5-year-old girl who presented with an association of symptoms reminiscent of an Ullrich-like congenital muscular dystrophy including congenital hypotonia, proximal joint contractures, hyperlaxity of distal joints, normal cognitive development, and kyphoscoliosis. There was an excess of neuromuscular spindles on the skeletal muscle biopsy. This very peculiar feature on muscle biopsy has been reported only in patients with mutations in the HRAS gene. Sequence analysis of the subject's HRAS gene from blood leukocytes and skeletal muscle revealed a previously described heterozygous missense mutation (c...
November 2014: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Heather R Gilbreath, Diana Castro, Susan T Iannaccone
The congenital muscular dystrophies (CMD) and myopathies (CM) are a diverse group of diseases that share features such as early onset of symptoms (in the first year of life), genetic causes, and high risks for restrictive lung disease and orthopedic deformities. Understanding for disease mechanism is available and a fairly well-structured genotype-phenotype correlation for all the CMDs and CMs is now available. To best illustrate the clinical spectrum and diagnostic algorithm for these diseases, this article presents 5 cases, including Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy, nemaline myopathy, centronuclear myopathy, merosin deficiency congenital muscular dystrophy, and core myopathy...
August 2014: Neurologic Clinics
Satoru Noguchi, Megumu Ogawa, Genri Kawahara, May Christine Malicdan, Ichizo Nishino
Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy (UCMD) is an inherited muscle disorder characterized clinically by muscle weakness, distal joint hyperlaxity, and proximal joint contractures. Sporadic and recessive mutations in the three collagen VI genes, COL6A1, COL6A2, and COL6A3, are reported to be causative. In the sporadic forms, a heterozygous point mutation causing glycine substitution in the triple helical domain has been identified in higher rate. In this study, we examined the efficacy of siRNAs, which target point mutation site, on specific knockdown toward transcripts from mutant allele and evaluated consequent cellular phenotype of UCMD fibroblasts...
2014: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Takahiro Yonekawa, Ichizo Nishino
Collagen VI is widely distributed throughout extracellular matrices (ECMs) in various tissues. In skeletal muscle, collagen VI is particularly concentrated in and adjacent to basement membranes of myofibers. Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy (UCMD) is caused by mutations in either COL6A1, COL6A2 or COL6A3 gene, thereby leading to collagen VI deficiency in the ECM. It is known to occur through either recessive or dominant genetic mechanism, the latter most typically by de novo mutations. UCMD is well defined by the clinicopathological hallmarks including distal hyperlaxity, proximal joint contractures, protruding calcanei, scoliosis and respiratory insufficiency...
March 2015: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
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