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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163034/direct-reprogramming-rather-than-ipsc-based-reprogramming-maintains-aging-hallmarks-in-human-motor-neurons
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Yu Tang, Meng-Lu Liu, Tong Zang, Chun-Li Zhang
In vitro generation of motor neurons (MNs) is a promising approach for modeling motor neuron diseases (MNDs) such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). As aging is a leading risk factor for the development of neurodegeneration, it is important to recapitulate age-related characteristics by using MNs at pathogenic ages. So far, cell reprogramming through induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and direct reprogramming from primary fibroblasts are two major strategies to obtain populations of MNs. While iPSC generation must go across the epigenetic landscape toward the pluripotent state, directly converted MNs might have the advantage of preserving aging-associated features from fibroblast donors...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159046/imaging-of-glia-activation-in-people-with-primary-lateral-sclerosis
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Sabrina Paganoni, Mohamad J Alshikho, Nicole R Zürcher, Paul Cernasov, Suma Babu, Marco L Loggia, James Chan, Daniel B Chonde, David Izquierdo Garcia, Ciprian Catana, Caterina Mainero, Bruce R Rosen, Merit E Cudkowicz, Jacob M Hooker, Nazem Atassi
Background: Glia activation is thought to contribute to neuronal damage in several neurodegenerative diseases based on preclinical and human post-mortem studies, but its role in primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) is unknown. Objectives: To localize and measure glia activation in people with PLS compared to healthy controls (HC). Methods: Ten participants with PLS and ten age-matched HCs underwent simultaneous magnetic resonance (MR) and proton emission tomography (PET)...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154558/pilot-evaluation-of-a-resilience-training-program-for-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
#3
Kenneth I Pakenham, Matthew Mawdsley, Felicity L Brown, Nicola W Burton
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility and psychosocial outcomes of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)-based group resilience training program for people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS). Research Method/Design: The study used a pre-post group intervention design with 3-month follow-up. The intervention consisted of 8 group sessions of 2.5 hours each with 7 weekly sessions plus a booster Session 5 weeks later. Thirty-seven PwMS completed questionnaires. Primary psychosocial outcomes were resilience, quality of life (QoL), and distress...
November 20, 2017: Rehabilitation Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142232/tdp-43-misexpression-causes-defects-in-dendritic-growth
#4
Josiah J Herzog, Mugdha Deshpande, Leah Shapiro, Avital A Rodal, Suzanne Paradis
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) share overlapping genetic causes and disease symptoms, and are linked neuropathologically by the RNA binding protein TDP-43 (TAR DNA binding protein-43 kDa). TDP-43 regulates RNA metabolism, trafficking, and localization of thousands of target genes. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which dysfunction of TDP-43 contributes to disease pathogenesis and progression remain unclear. Severe changes in the structure of neuronal dendritic arbors disrupt proper circuit connectivity, which in turn could contribute to neurodegenerative disease...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141831/long-term-follow-up-of-a-randomized-study-of-combination-interferon-and-glatiramer-acetate-in-multiple-sclerosis-efficacy-and-safety-results-up-to-7-years
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Fred D Lublin, Stacey S Cofield, Gary R Cutter, Tarah Gustafson, Stephen Krieger, Ponnada A Narayana, Flavia Nelson, Amber R Salter, Jerry S Wolinsky
BACKGROUND: To report the long-term results of the blinded extension phase of the randomized, controlled study of the combined use of interferon beta-1a (IFN) 30μg IM weekly and glatiramer acetate (GA) 20mg daily compared to each agent alone in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). METHODS: 1008 RRMS patients were followed on protocol until the last participant enrolled completed 3 years, allowing some subjects to be followed for up to 7 years. The primary endpoint was reduction in annualized relapse rate...
November 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128334/a-map-of-human-mitochondrial-protein-interactions-linked-to-neurodegeneration-reveals-new-mechanisms-of-redox-homeostasis-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
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Ramy H Malty, Hiroyuki Aoki, Ashwani Kumar, Sadhna Phanse, Shahreen Amin, Qingzhou Zhang, Zoran Minic, Florian Goebels, Gabriel Musso, Zhuoran Wu, Hosam Abou-Tok, Michael Meyer, Viktor Deineko, Sandy Kassir, Vishaldeep Sidhu, Matthew Jessulat, Nichollas E Scott, Xuejian Xiong, James Vlasblom, Bhanu Prasad, Leonard J Foster, Tiziana Alberio, Barbara Garavaglia, Haiyuan Yu, Gary D Bader, Ken Nakamura, John Parkinson, Mohan Babu
Mitochondrial protein (MP) dysfunction has been linked to neurodegenerative disorders (NDs); however, the discovery of the molecular mechanisms underlying NDs has been impeded by the limited characterization of interactions governing MP function. Here, using mass spectrometry (MS)-based analysis of 210 affinity-purified mitochondrial (mt) fractions isolated from 27 epitope-tagged human ND-linked MPs in HEK293 cells, we report a high-confidence MP network including 1,964 interactions among 772 proteins (>90% previously unreported)...
November 7, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122765/semiautomated-evaluation-of-the-primary-motor-cortex-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-at-3t
#7
G Donatelli, A Retico, E Caldarazzo Ienco, P Cecchi, M Costagli, D Frosini, L Biagi, M Tosetti, G Siciliano, M Cosottini
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease involving the upper and lower motor neurons. In amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, pathologic changes in the primary motor cortex include Betz cell depletion and the presence of reactive iron-loaded microglia, detectable on 7T MR images as atrophy and T2*-hypointensity. Our purposes were the following: 1) to investigate the signal hypointensity-to-thickness ratio of the primary motor cortex as a radiologic marker of upper motor neuron involvement in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with a semiautomated method at 3T, 2) to compare 3T and 7T results, and 3) to evaluate whether semiautomated measurement outperforms visual image assessment...
November 9, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115989/clusterin-protects-neurons-against-intracellular-proteotoxicity
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Jenna M Gregory, Daniel R Whiten, Rebecca A Brown, Teresa P Barros, Janet R Kumita, Justin J Yerbury, Sandeep Satapathy, Karina McDade, Colin Smith, Leila M Luheshi, Christopher M Dobson, Mark R Wilson
It is now widely accepted in the field that the normally secreted chaperone clusterin is redirected to the cytosol during endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, although the physiological function(s) of this physical relocation remain unknown. We have examined in this study whether or not increased expression of clusterin is able to protect neuronal cells against intracellular protein aggregation and cytotoxicity, characteristics that are strongly implicated in a range of neurodegenerative diseases. We used the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-associated protein TDP-43 as a primary model to investigate the effects of clusterin on protein aggregation and neurotoxicity in complementary in vitro, neuronal cell and Drosophila systems...
November 7, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065921/fibroblast-bioenergetics-to-classify-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients
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Csaba Konrad, Hibiki Kawamata, Kirsten G Bredvik, Andrea J Arreguin, Steven A Cajamarca, Jonathan C Hupf, John M Ravits, Timothy M Miller, Nicholas J Maragakis, Chadwick M Hales, Jonathan D Glass, Steven Gross, Hiroshi Mitsumoto, Giovanni Manfredi
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to investigate cellular bioenergetics in primary skin fibroblasts derived from patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and to determine if they can be used as classifiers for patient stratification. METHODS: We assembled a collection of unprecedented size of fibroblasts from patients with sporadic ALS (sALS, n = 171), primary lateral sclerosis (PLS, n = 34), ALS/PLS with C9orf72 mutations (n = 13), and healthy controls (n = 91)...
October 24, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059925/three-way-roc-validation-of-rs-fmri-visual-information-propagation-transfer-functions-used-to-differentiate-between-rrms-and-cis-optic-neuritis-patients
#10
Ehsan Shahrabi Farahani, Samiul H Choudhury, Filomeno Cortese, Fiona Costello, Bradley Goodyear, Michael R Smith
Resting-state fMRI (rs-fMRI) measures the temporal synchrony between different brain regions while the subject is at rest. We present an investigation using visual information propagation transfer functions as potential optic neuritis (ON) markers for the pathways between the lateral geniculate nuclei, the primary visual cortex, the lateral occipital cortex and the superior parietal cortex. We investigate marker reliability in differentiating between healthy controls and ON patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), and relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) using a three-way receiver operating characteristics analysis...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053860/clinicopathological-correlations-in-behavioural-variant-frontotemporal-dementia
#11
David C Perry, Jesse A Brown, Katherine L Possin, Samir Datta, Andrew Trujillo, Anneliese Radke, Anna Karydas, John Kornak, Ana C Sias, Gil D Rabinovici, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, Adam L Boxer, Mary De May, Katherine P Rankin, Virginia E Sturm, Suzee E Lee, Brandy R Matthews, Aimee W Kao, Keith A Vossel, Maria Carmela Tartaglia, Zachary A Miller, Sang Won Seo, Manu Sidhu, Stephanie E Gaus, Alissa L Nana, Jose Norberto S Vargas, Ji-Hye L Hwang, Rik Ossenkoppele, Alainna B Brown, Eric J Huang, Giovanni Coppola, Howard J Rosen, Daniel Geschwind, John Q Trojanowski, Lea T Grinberg, Joel H Kramer, Bruce L Miller, William W Seeley
Accurately predicting the underlying neuropathological diagnosis in patients with behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) poses a daunting challenge for clinicians but will be critical for the success of disease-modifying therapies. We sought to improve pathological prediction by exploring clinicopathological correlations in a large bvFTD cohort. Among 438 patients in whom bvFTD was either the top or an alternative possible clinical diagnosis, 117 had available autopsy data, including 98 with a primary pathological diagnosis of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), 15 with Alzheimer's disease, and four with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis who lacked neurodegenerative disease-related pathology outside of the motor system...
October 6, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030231/als-associated-mutation-sod1-g93a-leads-to-abnormal-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-osteocytes
#12
Huan Wang, Jianxun Yi, Xuejun Li, Yajuan Xiao, Kamal Dhakal, Jingsong Zhou
While the death of motor neuron is a pathological hallmark of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), defects in other cell types or organs may also actively contribute to ALS disease progression. ALS patients experience progressive skeletal muscle wasting that may not only exacerbate neuronal degeneration, but likely has a significant impact on bone function. In our previous published study, we have discovered severe bone loss in an ALS mouse model with overexpression of ALS-associated mutation SOD1(G93A) (G93A)...
October 10, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990420/synaptic-activity-protects-neurons-against-calcium-mediated-oxidation-and-contraction-of-mitochondria-during-excitotoxicity
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Constanze Depp, Carlos Bas-Orth, Lisa Schroeder, Andrea Hellwig, Hilmar Bading
AIMS: Excitotoxicity triggered by extrasynaptic N-methyl-d-aspartate-type glutamate receptors has been implicated in many neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and stroke. Mitochondrial calcium overload leading to mitochondrial dysfunction represents an early event in excitotoxicity. Neurons are rendered resistant to excitotoxicity by previous periods of synaptic activity that activates a nuclear calcium-driven neuroprotective gene program...
November 14, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982489/palliative-care-in-neurology
#14
REVIEW
Maisha T Robinson, Robert G Holloway
Palliative medicine is a specialty that focuses on improving the quality of life for patients with serious or advanced medical conditions, and it is appropriate at any stage of disease, including at the time of diagnosis. Neurologic conditions tend to have high symptom burdens, variable disease courses, and poor prognoses that affect not only patients but also their families and caregivers. Patients with a variety of neurologic conditions such as Parkinson disease, dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, brain tumors, stroke, and acute neurologic illnesses have substantial unmet needs that can be addressed through a combination of primary and specialty palliative care...
October 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978660/meta-analysis-of-pharmacogenetic-interactions-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-clinical-trials
#15
REVIEW
Ruben P A van Eijk, Ashley R Jones, William Sproviero, Aleksey Shatunov, Pamela J Shaw, P Nigel Leigh, Carolyn A Young, Christopher E Shaw, Gabriele Mora, Jessica Mandrioli, Giuseppe Borghero, Paolo Volanti, Frank P Diekstra, Wouter van Rheenen, Esther Verstraete, Marinus J C Eijkemans, Jan H Veldink, Adriano Chio, Ammar Al-Chalabi, Leonard H van den Berg, Michael A van Es
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether genetic subgroups in recent amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) trials responded to treatment with lithium carbonate, but that the treatment effect was lost in a large cohort of nonresponders. METHODS: Individual participant data were obtained from 3 randomized trials investigating the efficacy of lithium carbonate. We matched clinical data with data regarding the UNC13A and C9orf72 genotype. Our primary outcome was survival at 12 months...
October 31, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978466/post-transcriptional-inhibition-of-hsc70-4-hspa8-expression-leads-to-synaptic-vesicle-cycling-defects-in-multiple-models-of-als
#16
Alyssa N Coyne, Ileana Lorenzini, Ching-Chieh Chou, Meaghan Torvund, Robert S Rogers, Alexander Starr, Benjamin L Zaepfel, Jennifer Levy, Jeffrey Johannesmeyer, Jacob C Schwartz, Hiroshi Nishimune, Konrad Zinsmaier, Wilfried Rossoll, Rita Sattler, Daniela C Zarnescu
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a synaptopathy accompanied by the presence of cytoplasmic aggregates containing TDP-43, an RNA-binding protein linked to ∼97% of ALS cases. Using a Drosophila model of ALS, we show that TDP-43 overexpression (OE) in motor neurons results in decreased expression of the Hsc70-4 chaperone at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Mechanistically, mutant TDP-43 sequesters hsc70-4 mRNA and impairs its translation. Expression of the Hsc70-4 ortholog, HSPA8, is also reduced in primary motor neurons and NMJs of mice expressing mutant TDP-43...
October 3, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957737/interplay-of-upper-and-lower-motor-neuron-degeneration-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#17
Mamede de Carvalho, Artiom Poliakov, Cristiano Tavares, Michael Swash
OBJECTIVE: We studied motor unit recruitment to test a new method to identify motor unit firing rate (FR) variability. METHODS: We studied 68 ALS patients, with and without upper neuron signs (UMN) in lower limbs, 24 patients with primary lateral sclerosis (PLS), 13 patients with spinal cord lesion and 39 normal subjects. All recordings were made from tibialis anterior muscles of normal strength. Subjects performed a very slight contraction in order to activate 2 motor units in each recording...
September 19, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934974/blood-hemoglobin-a1c-levels-and-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-survival
#18
Qian-Qian Wei, Yongping Chen, Bei Cao, Ru Wei Ou, Lingyu Zhang, Yanbing Hou, Xiang Gao, Huifang Shang
BACKGROUND: There are inconsistences regarding the correlation between diabetes or fasting blood glucose concentrations and the risk and survival of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in the previous studies. Moreover, the association between hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels, which reflect long-term glycemic status, and ALS survival was not examined. METHODS: A prospective cohort study including 450 Chinese sporadic ALS patients (254 men and 196 women; mean age: 55...
September 21, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918635/optimization-of-the-determination-method-for-dissolved-cyanobacterial-toxin-bmaa-in-natural-water
#19
Boyin Yan, Zhiquan Liu, Rui Huang, Yongpeng Xu, Dongmei Liu, Tsair-Fuh Lin, Fuyi Cui
There is a serious dispute on the existence of β-N-methylamino-l-alanine (BMAA) in water, which is a neurotoxin that may cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Parkinson's disease (ALS/PDC) and Alzheimer' disease. It is believed that a reliable and sensitive analytical method for the determination of BMAA is urgently required to resolve this dispute. In the present study, the solid phase extraction (SPE) procedure and the analytical method for dissolved BMAA in water were investigated and optimized. The results showed both derivatized and underivatized methods were qualified for the measurement of BMAA and its isomer in natural water, and the limit of detection and the precision of the two methods were comparable...
October 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914166/repeated-iron-soot-exposure-and-nose-to-brain-transport-of-inhaled-ultrafine-particles
#20
Laurie E Hopkins, Emilia A Laing, Janice L Peake, Dale Uyeminami, Savannah M Mack, Xueting Li, Suzette Smiley-Jewell, Kent E Pinkerton
Particulate exposure has been implicated in the development of a number of neurological maladies such as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Only a few studies have focused on the olfactory pathway as a portal through which combustion-generated particles may enter the brain. The primary objective of this study was to define the deposition, uptake, and transport of inhaled ultrafine iron-soot particles in the nasal cavities of mice to determine whether combustion-generated nanoparticles reach the olfactory bulb via the olfactory epithelium and nerve fascicles...
January 1, 2017: Toxicologic Pathology
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