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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523213/brachial-plexus-magnetic-resonance-imaging-differentiates-between-inflammatory-neuropathies-and-does-not-predict-disease-course
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Bas A Jongbloed, Jeroen W Bos, Dirk Rutgers, Willem Ludo van der Pol, Leonard H van den Berg
OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this study was to evaluate the correlation between the distribution of brachial plexus magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) abnormalities and clinical weakness, and to evaluate the value of brachial plexus MRI in predicting disease course and response to treatment in multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN), Lewis-Sumner syndrome (LSS) and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP). METHODS: Sixty-seven patients with an inflammatory neuropathy diagnosed at our tertiary referral center for neuromuscular diseases had undergone bilateral T2-weighted short tau inversion recovery (STIR) MRI of the brachial plexus...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522225/genetic-screening-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy-using-a-real-time-modified-cop-pcr-technique-with-dried-blood-spot-dna
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Mawaddah Ar Rochmah, Nur Imma Fatimah Harahap, Emma Tabe Eko Niba, Kenta Nakanishi, Hiroyuki Awano, Ichiro Morioka, Kazumoto Iijima, Toshio Saito, Kayoko Saito, Poh San Lai, Yasuhiro Takeshima, Atsuko Takeuchi, Yoshihiro Bouike, Maya Okamoto, Hisahide Nishio, Masakazu Shinohara
BACKGROUND: Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a common neuromuscular disorder caused by mutations in SMN1. More than 95% of SMA patients carry homozygous SMN1 deletion. SMA is the leading genetic cause of infant death, and has been considered an incurable disease. However, a recent clinical trial with an antisense oligonucleotide drug has shown encouraging clinical efficacy. Thus, early and accurate detection of SMN1 deletion may improve prognosis of many infantile SMA patients. METHODS: A total of 88 DNA samples (37 SMA patients, 12 carriers and 39 controls) from dried blood spots (DBS) on filter paper were analyzed...
May 15, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520784/presynaptic-a%C3%AE-40-prevents-synapse-addition-in-the-adult-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction
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Begoña López-Arias, Enrique Turiégano, Ignacio Monedero, Inmaculada Canal, Laura Torroja
Complexity in the processing of the Amyloid Precursor Protein, which generates a mixture of βamyloid peptides, lies beneath the difficulty in understanding the etiology of Alzheimer's disease. Moreover, whether Aβ peptides have any physiological role in neurons is an unresolved question. By expressing single, defined Aβ peptides in Drosophila, specific effects can be discriminated in vivo. Here, we show that in the adult neuromuscular junction (NMJ), presynaptic expression of Aβ40 hinders the synaptic addition that normally occurs in adults, yielding NMJs with an invariable number of active zones at all ages tested...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516284/short-chain-acyl-coa-dehydrogenase-deficiency-from-gene-to-cell-pathology-and-possible-disease-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Zahra Nochi, Rikke Katrine Jentoft Olsen, Niels Gregersen
Short-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (SCADD) is an inherited disorder of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation that is characterized by the presence of increased butyrylcarnitine and ethylmalonic acid (EMA) concentrations in plasma and urine. Individuals with symptomatic SCADD may show relatively severe phenotype, while the majority of those who are diagnosed through newborn screening by tandem mass spectrometry may remain asymptomatic. As such, the associated clinical symptoms are very diverse, ranging from severe metabolic or neuromuscular disabilities to asymptomatic...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506261/a-possible-role-of-low-regulatory-t-cells-in-anti-acetylcholine-receptor-antibody-positive-myasthenia-gravis-after-bone-marrow-transplantation
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Masahiko Fukatsu, Takenobu Murakami, Hiroshi Ohkawara, Shunichi Saito, Kazuhiko Ikeda, Suguru Kadowaki, Itaru Sasaki, Mari Segawa, Tomoko Soeda, Akihiko Hoshi, Hiroshi Takahashi, Akiko Shichishima-Nakamura, Kazuei Ogawa, Yoshihiro Sugiura, Hitoshi Ohto, Yasuchika Takeishi, Takayuki Ikezoe, Yoshikazu Ugawa
BACKGROUND: Chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) appears several months following allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and is clinically analogous to autoimmune disorder. Polymyositis is a common neuromuscular disorder in chronic GVHD, but myasthenia gravis (MG) is extremely rare. Hence, its pathophysiology and treatment have not been elucidated. CASE PRESENTATION: A 63-year-old man with a history of chronic GVHD presented with ptosis, dropped head, and dyspnea on exertion, which had worsened over the previous several months...
May 15, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505534/discorhabdin-alkaloids-from-antarctic-latrunculia-spp-sponges-as-a-new-class-of-cholinesterase-inhibitors
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Tanja Botić, Andrea Defant, Pietro Zanini, Monika Cecilija Žužek, Robert Frangež, Dorte Janussen, Daniel Kersken, Željko Knez, Ines Mancini, Kristina Sepčić
The brominated pyrroloiminoquinone alkaloids discorhabdins B, L and G and 3-dihydro-7,8- dehydrodiscorhabdin C, isolated from methanol extracts of two specimens of Latrunculia sp. sponges collected near the Antarctic Peninsula, are here demonstrated for the first time to be reversible competitive inhibitors of cholinesterases. They showed Ki for electric eel acetylcholinesterase of 1.6-15.0 μM, for recombinant human acetylcholinesterase of 22.8-98.0 μM, and for horse serum butyrylcholinesterase of 5.0-76...
May 6, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503469/motor-neuron-disease-presenting-with-acute-respiratory-failure-a-case-study
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Hyeonjun Oh, Seong Woong Kang, Won Ah Choi, Jang Woo Lee, Miri Suh, Eun Young Kim
Motor neuron diseases (MNDs) refer to a heterogeneous group of progressive neurologic disorders caused by degeneration of motor neurons. The diseases affect either the upper motor neurons, lower motor neurons, or both, and are characterized by weakness, atrophy, fasciculation, spasticity, and respiratory failure. We report a case of a 61-year-old male patient with no past history of cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, who presented with only dyspnea, and no indication of any other symptom such as muscle weakness, atrophy, or bulbar dysfunction...
April 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500219/mechanisms-of-enhanced-phrenic-long-term-facilitation-in-sod1-g93a-rats
#8
Nicole L Nichols, Irawan Satriotomo, Latoya L Allen, Ashley M Grebe, Gordon S Mitchell
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a degenerative motor neuron disease, causing muscle paralysis and death from respiratory failure. Effective means to preserve/restore ventilation are necessary to increase the quality and duration of life in ALS patients. At disease end-stage in a rat ALS model (SOD1(G93A)), acute intermittent hypoxia (AIH) restores phrenic nerve activity to normal levels via enhanced phrenic long-term facilitation (pLTF). Mechanisms enhancing pLTF in end-stage SOD1(G93A) rats are not known...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500055/rnai-mediated-reverse-genetic-screen-identified-drosophila-chaperones-regulating-eye-and-neuromuscular-junction-morphology
#9
Sandeep Raut, Bhagaban Mallik, Arpan Parichha, Amrutha V, Chandan Sahi, Vimlesh Kumar
Accumulation of toxic proteins in neurons have been linked with the onset of neurodegenerative diseases, which in many cases, are characterized by altered neuronal function and synapse loss. Molecular chaperones help protein folding and resolubilization of unfolded proteins thereby reducing the protein aggregation stress. While most of the chaperones are expressed in neurons, their functional relevance largely remains unknown. Here, using bioinformatics analysis, we identified 95 Drosophila chaperones and classified them into seven different classes...
May 12, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499810/prevalence-of-late-onset-pompe-disease-in-portuguese-patients-with-diaphragmatic-paralysis-dipper-study
#10
M J Guimarães, J C Winck, B Conde, A Mineiro, M Raposo, J Moita, A Marinho, J M Silva, N Pires, S André, C Loureiro
Pompe disease is a rare autosomal recessive neuromuscular disorder caused by acid α-glucosidase enzyme (GAA) deficiency and divided into two distinct variants, infantile- and late-onset. The late-onset variant is characterized by a spectrum of phenotypic variation that may range from asymptomatic, to reduced muscle strength and/or diaphragmatic paralysis. Since muscle strength loss is characteristic of several different conditions, which may also cause diaphragmatic paralysis, a protocol was created to search for the diagnosis of Pompe disease and exclude other possible causes...
May 9, 2017: Revista Portuguesa de Pneumologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497716/polyglucosan-bodies-in-placental-extravillious-trophoblast-for-the-diagnosis-of-fatal-perinatal-neuromuscular-type-glycogen-storage-disease-type-iv
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Weiming Yu, Marie-Anne Brundler, James R Wright
The fatal infantile neuromuscular type is the most severe form of glycogen storage disease type IV. We report a case of a 22-day-old female neonate born at 34 weeks gestation with polyhyramnios, fetal hydrops, and severe hypotonia. Placental examination revealed numerous periodic acid schiff (PAS)-positive diastase-resistant polyglucosan bodies in the cytoplasm of extravillous trophoblast predominantly in the placental basal plate. Muscle biopsy and autopsy findings supported a diagnosis of neuromuscular-type glycogen storage disease IV with extensive involvement of skeletal muscle, heart, and liver...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495800/mechanically-patterned-neuromuscular-junctions-in-a-dish-have-improved-functional-maturation
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Cassandra L Happe, Kevin P Tenerelli, Anastasia K Gromova, Frederic Kolb, Adam J Engler
Motor neuron (MN) diseases are progressive disorders resulting from degeneration of neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), which form the connection between MNs and muscle fibers. NMJ-in-a-dish models have been developed to examine human MN-associated dysfunction with disease; however such co-culture models have randomly oriented myotubes with immature synapses that contract asynchronously. Mechanically patterned (MP) extracellular matrix with alternating soft and stiff stripes improve current NMJ-in-a-dish models by inducing both mouse and human myoblast durotaxis to stripes where they aligned, differentiated, and fused into patterned myotubes...
May 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494877/prevalence-of-malignant-hyperthermia-diagnosis-in-hospital-discharge-records-in-california-florida-new-york-and-wisconsin
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Zhen Lu, Henry Rosenberg, Guohua Li
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is a rare yet potentially fatal pharmacogenetic disorder triggered by exposure to inhalational anesthetics and the depolarizing neuromuscular blocking agent succinylcholine. Epidemiologic data on the geographic variation in MH prevalence is scant. The objective of this study is to examine the prevalence of recorded MH diagnosis in patients discharged from hospitals in four states in the United States. DESIGN: Observational study...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491446/severe-muscle-fasciculations-and-tremor-in-a-cat-with-hypochloraemic-metabolic-alkalosis-secondary-to-duodenal-obstruction
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Alison Jukes, Marcus Gunew, Rhett Marshall
CASE SUMMARY: An 18-month-old, female spayed, Australian Mist cat presented with a 24 h history of muscle tremors and inappetence progressing to collapse with generalised muscle fasciculations. The cat was diagnosed with a hypochloraemic metabolic alkalosis due to a duodenal foreign body found to be a trichobezoar at coeliotomy. The cat made a complete recovery after enterotomy to remove the trichobezoar, with cessation of neuromuscular clinical signs and normalisation of its electrolyte and acid-base imbalances...
January 2017: JFMS Open Rep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490756/expressing-acetylcholine-receptors-after-innervation-suppresses-spontaneous-vesicle-release-and-causes-muscle-fatigue
#15
Meghan Mott, Victor M Luna, Jee-Young Park, Gerald B Downes, Kimberly Epley, Fumihito Ono
The formation and function of synapses are tightly orchestrated by the precise timing of expression of specific molecules during development. In this study, we determined how manipulating the timing of expression of postsynaptic acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) impacts presynaptic release by establishing a genetically engineered zebrafish line in which we can freely control the timing of AChR expression in an AChR-less fish background. With the delayed induction of AChR expression after an extensive period of AChR-less development, paralyzed fish displayed a remarkable level of recovery, exhibiting a robust escape response following developmental delay...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490573/dok7-gene-therapy-enhances-motor-activity-and-life-span-in-als-model-mice
#16
Sadanori Miyoshi, Tohru Tezuka, Sumimasa Arimura, Taro Tomono, Takashi Okada, Yuji Yamanashi
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, multifactorial motor neurodegenerative disease with severe muscle atrophy. The glutamate release inhibitor riluzole is the only medication approved by the FDA, and prolongs patient life span by a few months, testifying to a strong need for new treatment strategies. In ALS, motor neuron degeneration first becomes evident at the motor nerve terminals in neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), the cholinergic synapse between motor neuron and skeletal muscle; degeneration then progresses proximally, implicating the NMJ as a therapeutic target...
May 10, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490364/sporadic-late-onset-nemaline-myopathy-clinico-pathological-characteristics-and-review-of-76-cases
#17
REVIEW
Lukas J Schnitzler, Tobias Schreckenbach, Aleksandra Nadaj-Pakleza, Werner Stenzel, Elisabeth J Rushing, Philip Van Damme, Andreas Ferbert, Susanne Petri, Christian Hartmann, Antje Bornemann, Andreas Meisel, Jens A Petersen, Thomas Tousseyn, Dietmar R Thal, Jens Reimann, Peter De Jonghe, Jean-Jacques Martin, Peter Y Van den Bergh, Jörg B Schulz, Joachim Weis, Kristl G Claeys
BACKGROUND: Sporadic late-onset nemaline myopathy (SLONM) is a rare, late-onset muscle disorder, characterized by the presence of nemaline rods in muscle fibers. Phenotypic characterization in a large cohort and a comprehensive overview of SLONM are lacking. METHODS: We studied the clinico-pathological features, treatment and outcome in a large cohort of 76 patients with SLONM, comprising 10 new patients and 66 cases derived from a literature meta-analysis (PubMed, 1966-2016), and compared these with 15 reported HIV-associated nemaline myopathy (HIV-NM) cases...
May 11, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490360/stability-and-relative-validity-of-the-neuromuscular-disease-impact-profile-nmdip
#18
Isaäc Bos, Jan B M Kuks, Josué Almansa, Hubertus P H Kremer, Klaske Wynia
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine the stability and relative validity (RV) of the Neuromuscular Disease Impact Profile (NMDIP) using criterion-related groups. In a previous study the NMDIP-scales showed good internal consistency, convergent and discriminant validity. Known-groups analysis showed that the NMDIP discriminates between categories of extent of limitations. METHODS: A cross-sectional postal survey study was performed on patients diagnosed with a NMD and registered at the Department of Neurology, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands...
May 11, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489755/kennedy-disease-with-difficulty-in-differential-diagnosis-a-case-report
#19
Yating Chen, Peng Luo, Zhongli Li, Hengping Hu, Duobin Wu, Tingting Xu, Xingzuo Wang, Haiting Xie
RATIONALE: Kennedy disease (KD) is also known as spinal bulbar muscular dystrophy. As KD has similar symptoms with most neuromuscular diseases, so it is difficult to make a rapid diagnosis clinically. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of a 43-year-old male with progressive limb proximal weakness without family history. Physical examination showed gynecomastia, erectile dysfunction, bilateral tendon reflex and quadriceps weakness, and tongue muscle atrophy. DIAGNOSES: Laboratory examination found increased creatine kinase, impaired glucose tolerance, and abnormal lactic acid values...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488683/progressive-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-caused-by-a-homozygous-ky-mutation
#20
Yuval Yogev, Yonatan Perez, Iris Noyman, Anwar Abu Madegem, Hagit Flusser, Zamir Shorer, Eugene Cohen, Leonid Kachko, Analia Michaelovsky, Ruth Birk, Arie Koifman, Max Drabkin, Ohad Wormser, Daniel Halperin, Rotem Kadir, Ohad S Birk
Twelve individuals of consanguineous Bedouin kindred presented with autosomal recessive progressive spastic paraplegia evident as of age 0-24 months, with spasticity of lower limbs, hyperreflexia, toe walking and equinus deformity. Kyphoscolisois was evident in older patients. Most had atrophy of the lateral aspects of the tongue and few had intellectual disability. Nerve conduction velocity, electromyography and head and spinal cord magnetic resonance imaging were normal in tested subjects. Muscle biopsy showed occasional central nuclei and fiber size variability with small angular fibers...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
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