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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337412/differential-involvement-of-corticospinal-tract-cst-fibers-in-umn-predominant-als-patients-with-or-without-cst-hyperintensity-a-diffusion-tensor-tractography-study
#1
Venkateswaran Rajagopalan, Erik P Pioro
Diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) depends on clinical evidence of combined upper motor neuron (UMN) and lower motor neuron (LMN) degeneration, although ALS patients can present with features predominantly of one or the other. Some UMN-predominant patients show hyperintense signal along the intracranial corticospinal tract (CST) on T2- and proton density (PD)-weighted images (ALS-CST +), and appear to have faster disease progression when compared to those without CST hyperintensity (ALS-CST -)...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334804/a-critical-role-of-hrd1-in-the-regulation-of-optineurin-degradation-and-aggresome-formation
#2
Jiahui Mao, Qin Xia, Chunfeng Liu, Zheng Ying, Hongfeng Wang, Guanghui Wang
Mutations in optineurin (OPTN) are associated with several human disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). OPTN is known to be a multifunctional autophagy receptor that plays important roles in NF-κB signaling, vesicle trafficking, maintenance of the Golgi apparatus and autophagy. Given that a loss of neurons and an abnormal aggregation of disease proteins are two key features of neurodegenerative diseases, protein quality control systems are considered to be tightly associated with neurodegeneration...
March 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332040/edinburgh-cognitive-and-behavioural-als-screen-ecas-italian-version-regression-based-norms-and-equivalent-scores
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Mattia Siciliano, Luigi Trojano, Francesca Trojsi, Roberta Greco, Manuela Santoro, Giuseppe Basile, Fausta Piscopo, Alfonsina D'Iorio, Manila Patrone, Cinzia Femiano, Mariarosaria Monsurrò, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Gabriella Santangelo
Cognitive assessment for individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) can be difficult because of frequent occurrence of difficulties with speech, writing, and drawing. The Edinburgh Cognitive and Behavioural ALS Screen (ECAS) is a recent multi-domain neuropsychological screening tool specifically devised for this purpose, and it assesses the following domains: executive functions, social cognition, verbal fluency and language (ALS-specific), but also memory and visuospatial abilities (Non-ALS specific)...
March 22, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321196/connected-speech-in-neurodegenerative-language-disorders-a-review
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Veronica Boschi, Eleonora Catricalà, Monica Consonni, Cristiano Chesi, Andrea Moro, Stefano F Cappa
Language assessment has a crucial role in the clinical diagnosis of several neurodegenerative diseases. The analysis of extended speech production is a precious source of information encompassing the phonetic, phonological, lexico-semantic, morpho-syntactic, and pragmatic levels of language organization. The knowledge about the distinctive linguistic variables identifying language deficits associated to different neurodegenerative diseases has progressively improved in the last years. However, the heterogeneity of such variables and of the way they are measured and classified limits any generalization and makes the comparison among studies difficult...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320965/deficiency-of-a-sulfotransferase-for-sialic-acid-modified-glycans-mitigates-alzheimer-s-pathology
#5
Zui Zhang, Yoshiko Takeda-Uchimura, Tahmina Foyez, Shiori Ohtake-Niimi, Narentuya, Hiroyasu Akatsu, Kazuchika Nishitsuji, Makoto Michikawa, Tony Wyss-Coray, Kenji Kadomatsu, Kenji Uchimura
We previously showed that microglial keratan sulfate (KS) was induced in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. However, the functional roles of the glycan and its synthetic enzyme in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), a progressive disorder, are unclear. In our study, KS modified with sialic acids having a molecular mass of 125-220 kDa and the carbohydrate sulfotransferase GlcNAc6ST1 were up-regulated in the brains of two transgenic mouse models (J20 and Tg2576) and the brains of patients with AD...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318894/synthesis-and-human-bacterial-carbonic-anhydrase-inhibition-with-a-series-of-sulfonamides-incorporating-phthalimido-moieties
#6
Menshawy A Mohamed, Alaa A-M Abdel-Aziz, Helmy M Sakr, Adel S El-Azab, Silvia Bua, Claudiu T Supuran
A series of sulfonamides was obtained by reacting substituted-2-(1,3-dioxo-1,3-dihydroisobenzofuran-5-carboxamido)benzoic acids with aromatic sulfonamides incorporating primary amino moieties. The new compounds were investigated as inhibitor of four carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC 4.2.1.1) isoforms, the human (h) hCA I and II, and the α- and β-class CAs from the pathogenic bacterium Vibrio cholerae, VchCAα and VhcCAβ. hCA I was effectively inhibited by the new sulfonamides, with inhibition constants in the range of 4...
March 9, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282088/-history-of-the-department-of-neurology-at-the-university-of-buenos-aires-1887-2007
#7
Ricardo F Allegri, Leonardo Bartoloni, Roberto E Sica
In 1887, only five years after Jean-Martin Charcot was awarded the Head of Neurology at "La Salpetrière" in Paris, José María Ramos Mejía became the first professor of Neurology in South America, at the School of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. Ramos Mejía convoked three assistants, the neuropathologist Christofredo Jakob, the clinician José A. Esteves and José Ingenieros. Hence it followed that Neurology in Argentina took a stand based on a clinical neurology-neuropathology approach (1941-1987) followed by a clinical-semiological attitude, finally inserting itself within the modern times (1987-present) by creating subspecialties...
July 2016: Vertex: Revista Argentina de Psiquiatriá
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280986/caregivers-of-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-investigating-quality-of-life-caregiver-burden-service-engagement-and-patient-survival
#8
Tom Burke, Miriam Galvin, Marta Pinto-Grau, Katie Lonergan, Caoifa Madden, Iain Mays, Sile Carney, Orla Hardiman, Niall Pender
Few studies in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have profiled disease-specific features of the condition in conjunction with assessment of caregivers' burden, distress, quality of life, and investigated patient survival. Eighty-four ALS patients and their primary caregivers were enrolled. Patients completed ALS-specific measures of physical and cognitive function, while caregivers completed measures of anxiety, depression, caregiver burden, and quality of life. Patient-caregiver dyads were interviewed about their health-service utilisation...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276271/an-anthocyanin-enriched-extract-from-strawberries-delays-disease-onset-and-extends-survival-in-the-hsod1-g93a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#9
Aimee N Winter, Erika K Ross, Heather M Wilkins, Trisha R Stankiewicz, Tyler Wallace, Keith Miller, Daniel A Linseman
OBJECTIVE: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease resulting from the death of motor neurons in the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord. Several processes such as oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and neuronal apoptosis, contribute to disease progression. Anthocyanins are flavonoid compounds derived from fruits and vegetables that possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-apoptotic abilities. Thus, these unique compounds may provide therapeutic benefit for the treatment of ALS...
March 9, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273913/als-linked-fus-exerts-a-gain-of-toxic-function-involving-aberrant-p38-mapk-activation
#10
Reddy Ranjith K Sama, Claudia Fallini, Rodolfo Gatto, Jeanne E McKeon, Yuyu Song, Melissa S Rotunno, Saul Penaranda, Izrail Abdurakhmanov, John E Landers, Gerardo Morfini, Scott T Brady, Daryl A Bosco
Mutations in Fused in Sarcoma/Translocated in Liposarcoma (FUS) cause familial forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive axonal degeneration mainly affecting motor neurons. Evidence from transgenic mouse models suggests mutant forms of FUS exert an unknown gain-of-toxic function in motor neurons, but mechanisms underlying this effect remain unknown. Towards this end, we studied the effect of wild type FUS (FUS WT) and three ALS-linked variants (G230C, R521G and R495X) on fast axonal transport (FAT), a cellular process critical for appropriate maintenance of axonal connectivity...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265061/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-linked-mutations-increase-the-viscosity-of-liquid-like-tdp-43-rnp-granules-in-neurons
#11
Pallavi P Gopal, Jeffrey J Nirschl, Eva Klinman, Erika L F Holzbaur
Ribonucleoprotein (RNP) granules are enriched in specific RNAs and RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) and mediate critical cellular processes. Purified RBPs form liquid droplets in vitro through liquid-liquid phase separation and liquid-like non-membrane-bound structures in cells. Mutations in the human RBPs TAR-DNA binding protein 43 (TDP-43) and RNA-binding protein FUS cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but the biophysical properties of these proteins have not yet been studied in neurons. Here, we show that TDP-43 RNP granules in axons of rodent primary cortical neurons display liquid-like properties, including fusion with rapid relaxation to circular shape, shear stress-induced deformation, and rapid fluorescence recovery after photobleaching...
March 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253991/micrornas-as-peripheral-biomarkers-in-aging-and-age-related-diseases
#12
S Kumar, M Vijayan, J S Bhatti, P H Reddy
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are found in the circulatory biofluids considering the important molecules for biomarker study in aging and age-related diseases. Blood or blood components (serum/plasma) are primary sources of circulatory miRNAs and can release these in cell-free form either bound with some protein components or encapsulated with microvesicle particles, called exosomes. miRNAs are quite stable in the peripheral circulation and can be detected by high-throughput techniques like qRT-PCR, microarray, and sequencing...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249004/the-awaji-criteria-increases-the-diagnostic-sensitivity-of-the-revised-el-escorial-criteria-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-diagnosis-in-a-chinese-population
#13
Da-Wei Li, Mingsheng Liu, Bo Cui, Jia Fang, Yu-Zhou Guan, Qingyun Ding, Xiaoguang Li, Liying Cui
OBJECTIVES: The accurate and early diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is important for extending the life expectancy of patients. However, previous studies that have assessed the diagnostic sensitivities of the Awaji criteria (AC) and the revised El Escorial criteria (rEEC) in patients with ALS have been inconsistent, most of them were consensual regarding the advantage of Awaji over conventional criteria. Our study sought to compare the roles of AC and rEEC in the diagnosis of ALS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237315/loss-of-spatacsin-function-alters-lysosomal-lipid-clearance-leading-to-upper-and-lower-motor-neuron-degeneration
#14
Julien Branchu, Maxime Boutry, Laura Sourd, Marine Depp, Céline Leone, Alexandrine Corriger, Maeva Vallucci, Typhaine Esteves, Raphaël Matusiak, Magali Dumont, Marie-Paule Muriel, Filippo M Santorelli, Alexis Brice, Khalid Hamid El Hachimi, Giovanni Stevanin, Frédéric Darios
Mutations in SPG11 account for the most common form of autosomal recessive hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), characterized by a gait disorder associated with various brain alterations. Mutations in the same gene are also responsible for rare forms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease and progressive juvenile-onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). To elucidate the physiopathological mechanisms underlying these human pathologies, we disrupted the Spg11 gene in mice by inserting stop codons in exon 32, mimicking the most frequent mutations found in patients...
February 22, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229508/meditation-training-for-people-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#15
F Pagnini, A Marconi, A Tagliaferri, G M Manzoni, R Gatto, V Fabiani, G Gragnano, G Rossi, E Volpato, P Banfi, A Palmieri, F Graziano, G Castelnuovo, M Corbo, E Molinari, N Riva, V Sansone, C Lunetta
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Studies investigating psychological interventions for the promotion of well-being in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are lacking. The purpose of the current study was to examine the use of an ALS-specific mindfulness-based intervention for improving quality of life in this population. METHODS: A randomized, open-label and controlled clinical trial was conducted on the efficacy of an ALS-specific meditation programme in promoting quality of life...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214109/a-novel-mutation-in-trem2-gene-causing-nasu-hakola-disease-and-review-of-the-literature
#16
Efthimios Dardiotis, Vasileios Siokas, Eva Pantazi, Maria Dardioti, Dimitrios Rikos, Georgia Xiromerisiou, Aikaterini Markou, Dimitra Papadimitriou, Matthaios Speletas, Georgios M Hadjigeorgiou
Nasu-hakola disease (NHD) is a rare disease characterized by bone cysts and fractures, frontal lobe syndrome, and progressive presenile dementia. NHD may be the prototype of primary microglial disorders of the CNS or, as they have been coined, "microgliopathies". Mutations in TREM2 and TYROBP genes are known to cause NHD. Interestingly, recent evidence-associated rare genetic variants of TREM2 gene with increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease...
January 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214014/controlling-the-digital-ulcerative-disease-in-systemic-sclerosis-is-associated-with-improved-hand-function
#17
Luc Mouthon, Patrick H Carpentier, Catherine Lok, Pierre Clerson, Virginie Gressin, Eric Hachulla, Alice Bérezné, Elisabeth Diot, Aurélie Khau Van Kien, Patrick Jego, Christian Agard, Anne-Bénédicte Duval-Modeste, Agnès Sparsa, Eve Puzenat, Marie-Aleth Richard
OBJECTIVES: Ischemic digital ulcers (DU) represent a major complication of systemic sclerosis (SSc). We investigated the impact of controlling the ulcerative disease on disability, pain, and quality of life in SSc patients receiving bosentan. METHODS: ECLIPSE (Study AC-052-517) is a 2-year prospective, multicenter, and observational study. Patients with SSc who experienced at least 1 DU in the previous year and received bosentan were included between October 2009 and March 2011...
January 13, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213912/diagnostic-red-flags-steroid-treated-malignant-cns-lymphoma-mimicking-autoimmune-inflammatory-demyelination
#18
Alonso Barrantes-Freer, Aylin Sophie Engel, Odir Antonio Rodríguez-Villagra, Anne Winkler, Markus Bergmann, Christian Mawrin, Tania Kuempfel, Hannah Pellkofer, Imke Metz, Annalen Bleckmann, Silvia Hernández-Durán, Sven Schippling, Elisabeth J Rushing, Stephan Frank, Markus Glatzel, Jakob Matschke, Christian Hartmann, Guido Reifenberger, Wolf Müller, Hans-Ulrich Schildhaus, Wolfgang Brück, Christine Stadelmann
The presence of inflammation and demyelination in a central nervous system (CNS) biopsy points towards a limited, yet heterogeneous group of pathologies, of which multiple sclerosis (MS) represents one of the principal considerations. Inflammatory demyelination has also been reported in patients with clinically suspected primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL), especially when steroids had been administered prior to biopsy acquisition. The histopathological changes induced by corticosteroid treatment can range from mild reduction to complete disappearance of lymphoma cells...
February 18, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152040/distinct-repertoires-of-micrornas-present-in-mouse-astrocytes-compared-to-astrocyte-secreted-exosomes
#19
Ana Jovičić, Aaron D Gitler
BACKGROUND: Astrocytes are the most abundant cell type in the central nervous system (CNS) and secrete various factors that regulate neuron development, function and connectivity. microRNAs (miRNAs) are small regulatory RNAs involved in posttranslational gene regulation. Recent findings showed that miRNAs are exchanged between cells via nanovesicles called exosomes. In this study, we sought to define which miRNAs are contained within exosomes secreted by astrocytes. We also explored whether astroglial miRNA secretion via exosomes is perturbed in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disease where astrocytes play a crucial role in driving disease progression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150100/spontaneous-brain-activity-in-the-sensorimotor-cortex-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-can-be-negatively-regulated-by-corticospinal-fiber-integrity
#20
Wataru Sako, Takashi Abe, Yuishin Izumi, Hiroki Yamazaki, Naoko Matsui, Masafumi Harada, Ryuji Kaji
Previous studies failed to detect reduced value of the amplitude of low frequency fluctuation (ALFF) derived from resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging in the primary motor cortex in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) though primary motor cortex was mainly affected with ALS. We aimed to investigate the cause of masking the abnormality in the primary motor cortex in ALS and usefulness of ALFF for differential diagnosis among diseases showing muscle weakness. We enrolled ten patients with ALS and eleven disease controls showing muscle weakness...
February 1, 2017: Neurological Sciences
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