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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920024/biology-and-pathobiology-of-tdp-43-and-emergent-therapeutic-strategies
#1
Lin Guo, James Shorter
Cytoplasmic TDP-43 mislocalization and aggregation is a pathological hallmark of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. TDP-43 is an RNA-binding protein (RBP) with a prion-like domain (PrLD) that promotes TDP-43 misfolding. PrLDs possess compositional similarity to canonical prion domains of various yeast proteins, including Sup35. Strikingly, disease-causing TDP-43 mutations reside almost exclusively in the PrLD and can enhance TDP-43 misfolding and toxicity. Another ∼70 human RBPs harbor PrLDs, including FUS, TAF15, EWSR1, hnRNPA1, and hnRNPA2, which have surfaced in the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases...
December 5, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916657/pharmacokinetic-analysis-and-drug-delivery-efficiency-of-the-focused-ultrasound-induced-blood-brain-barrier-opening-in-non-human-primates
#2
Gesthimani Samiotaki, Maria Eleni Karakatsani, Amanda Buch, Stephanos Papadopoulos, Shih Ying Wu, Sachin Jambawalikar, Elisa E Konofagou
PURPOSE: Focused Ultrasound (FUS) in conjunction with systemically administered microbubbles has been shown to open the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) locally, non-invasively and reversibly in rodents and non-human primates (NHP), suggesting the immense potential of this technique. The objective of this study entailed the investigation of the physiologic changes in the brain following the FUS-induced BBB opening and their relationship with the underlying anatomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pharmacokinetic analysis was implemented in NHP's that received FUS at various acoustic pressures...
December 1, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906075/nuclear-bodies-reorganize-during-myogenesis-in-vitro-and-are-differentially-disrupted-by-expression-of-fshd-associated-dux4
#3
Sachiko Homma, Mary Lou Beermann, Bryant Yu, Frederick M Boyce, Jeffrey Boone Miller
BACKGROUND: Nuclear bodies, such as nucleoli, PML bodies, and SC35 speckles, are dynamic sub-nuclear structures that regulate multiple genetic and epigenetic processes. Additional regulation is provided by RNA/DNA handling proteins, notably TDP-43 and FUS, which have been linked to ALS pathology. Previous work showed that mouse cell line myotubes have fewer but larger nucleoli than myoblasts, and we had found that nuclear aggregation of TDP-43 in human myotubes was induced by expression of DUX4-FL, a transcription factor that is aberrantly expressed and causes pathology in facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD)...
December 1, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903134/o-glcnac-glycosylation-stoichiometry-of-the-fet-protein-family-only-ews-is-glycosylated-with-a-high-stoichiometry
#4
Kazuo Kamemura
Of the FET (fused in sarcoma [FUS]/Ewing sarcoma protein [EWS]/TATA binding protein-associated factor 15 [TAF15]) family of heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein particle proteins, FUS and TAF15 are consistently and EWS variably found in inclusion bodies in neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal lobar degeneration associated with FUS. It is speculated that dysregulation of FET proteins at the post-translational level is involved in their cytoplasmic deposition. Here, the O-linked β-N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) glycosylation stoichiometry of the FET proteins was chemoenzymatically analyzed, and it was found that only EWS is dynamically glycosylated with a high stoichiometry in the neural cell lines tested and in mouse brain...
December 1, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898262/characterization-of-genetic-loss-of-function-of-fus-in-zebrafish
#5
Svetlana Lebedeva, António M de Jesus Domingues, Falk Butter, René F Ketting
The RNA-binding protein FUS is implicated in transcription, alternative splicing of neuronal genes and DNA repair. Mutations in FUS have been linked to human neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). We genetically disrupted fus in zebrafish (Danio rerio) using the CRISPR-Cas9 system. The fus knockout animals are fertile and did not show any distinctive phenotype. Mutation of fus induces mild changes in gene expression on the transcriptome and proteome level in the adult brain...
November 29, 2016: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878525/genetics-of-frontotemporal-dementia
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REVIEW
Diana A Olszewska, Roisin Lonergan, Emer M Fallon, Tim Lynch
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is the second most common cause of dementia following Alzheimer's disease (AD). Between 20 and 50% of cases are familial. Mutations in MAPT, GRN and C9orf72 are found in 60% of familial FTD cases. C9orf72 mutations are the most common and account for 25%. Rarer mutations (<5%) occur in other genes such as VPC, CHMP2B, TARDP, FUS, ITM2B, TBK1 and TBP. The diagnosis is often challenging due to symptom overlap with AD and other conditions. We review the genetics, clinical presentations, neuroimaging, neuropathology, animal studies and therapeutic trials in FTD...
December 2016: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875127/focused-ultrasound-help-realize-high-spatiotemporal-brain-imaging-a-concept-on-acousto-electrophysiological-neuroimaging
#7
Bin He
We present a concept for integrating focused ultrasound (FUS) with electrophysiological neuroimaging, in order to achieve high spatiotemporal resolution brain imaging. This approach, which we are tentatively calling acousto-electrophysiological neuroimaging, leverages on the spatial focality and noninvasiveness of FUS and may potentially lead to a noninvasive human brain imaging modality with high resolution in both space and time domains. By the use of modulated FUS, spatial selectivity can be accomplished for high-resolution electrophysiological neuroimaging...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849576/two-familial-als-proteins-function-in-prevention-repair-of-transcription-associated-dna-damage
#8
Sarah J Hill, Daniel A Mordes, Lisa A Cameron, Donna S Neuberg, Serena Landini, Kevin Eggan, David M Livingston
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive motor neuron dysfunction disease that leads to paralysis and death. There is currently no established molecular pathogenesis pathway. Multiple proteins involved in RNA processing are linked to ALS, including FUS and TDP43, and we propose a disease mechanism in which loss of function of at least one of these proteins leads to an accumulation of transcription-associated DNA damage contributing to motor neuron cell death and progressive neurological symptoms...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845920/a-multi-frequency-sparse-hemispherical-ultrasound-phased-array-for-microbubble-mediated-transcranial-therapy-and-simultaneous-cavitation-mapping
#9
Lulu Deng, Meaghan A O'Reilly, Ryan M Jones, Ran An, Kullervo Hynynen
Focused ultrasound (FUS) phased arrays show promise for non-invasive brain therapy. However, the majority of them are limited to a single transmit/receive frequency and therefore lack the versatility to expose and monitor the treatment volume. Multi-frequency arrays could offer variable transmit focal sizes under a fixed aperture, and detect different spectral content on receive for imaging purposes. Here, a three-frequency (306, 612, and 1224 kHz) sparse hemispherical ultrasound phased array (31.8 cm aperture; 128 transducer modules) was constructed and evaluated for microbubble-mediated transcranial therapy and simultaneous cavitation mapping...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818323/als-causing-mutations-differentially-affect-pgc-1%C3%AE-expression-and-function-in-the-brain-vs-peripheral-tissues
#10
Hanna Bayer, Kerstin Lang, Eva Buck, Julia Higelin, Lara Barteczko, Noemi Pasquarelli, Jasmin Sprissler, Tanja Lucas, Karlheinz Holzmann, Maria Demestre, Katrin S Lindenberg, Karin M Danzer, Tobias Boeckers, Albert C Ludolph, Luc Dupuis, Patrick Weydt, Anke Witting
BACKGROUND: Monogenetic forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) offer an opportunity for unraveling the molecular mechanisms underlying this devastating neurodegenerative disorder. In order to identify a link between ALS-related metabolic changes and neurodegeneration, we investigated whether ALS-causing mutations interfere with the peripheral and brain-specific expression and signaling of the metabolic master regulator PGC (PPAR gamma coactivator)-1α (PGC-1α). METHODS: We analyzed the expression of PGC-1α isoforms and target genes in two mouse models of familial ALS and validated the stimulated PGC-1α signaling in primary adipocytes and neurons of these animal models and in iPS derived motoneurons of two ALS patients harboring two different frame-shift FUS/TLS mutations...
November 3, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810362/imbalance-of-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-drosophila-models-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#11
Volodya Altanbyek, Sun-Joo Cha, Ga-Un Kang, Dai Sig Im, Seongsoo Lee, Hyung-Jun Kim, Kiyoung Kim
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most common neurodegenerative disease, characterized by progressive and selective loss of motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. DNA/RNA-binding proteins such as TDP-43, FUS, and TAF15 have been linked with the sporadic and familial forms of ALS. However, the exact pathogenic mechanism of ALS is still unknown. Recently, we found that ALS-causing genes such as TDP-43, FUS, and TAF15 genetically interact with mitochondrial dynamics regulatory genes. In this study, we show that mitochondrial fission was highly enhanced in muscles and motor neurons of TDP-43, FUS, and TAF15-induced fly models of ALS...
October 31, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27800260/clinical-characteristics-of-fuchs-uveitis-syndrome
#12
Pınar Nalçacıoğlu, Pınar Çakar Özdal, Mert Şimşek
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical and demographic properties of Fuchs' uveitis syndrome (FUS) in Turkish patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The medical records of 161 patients with FUS followed in the Uveitis Division of Ulucanlar Eye Hospital between 1996 and 2014 were respectively reviewed. The mean age at diagnosis, sex, the number of affected eyes, follow-up period, clinical findings at presentation, complications during the follow-up period, medical and surgical treatments, and best corrected visual acuity at the initial and final visits were recorded...
April 2016: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796305/monitoring-peripheral-nerve-degeneration-in-als-by-label-free-stimulated-raman-scattering-imaging
#13
Feng Tian, Wenlong Yang, Daniel A Mordes, Jin-Yuan Wang, Johnny S Salameh, Joanie Mok, Jeannie Chew, Aarti Sharma, Ester Leno-Duran, Satomi Suzuki-Uematsu, Naoki Suzuki, Steve S Han, Fa-Ke Lu, Minbiao Ji, Rosanna Zhang, Yue Liu, Jack Strominger, Neil A Shneider, Leonard Petrucelli, X Sunney Xie, Kevin Eggan
The study of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and potential interventions would be facilitated if motor axon degeneration could be more readily visualized. Here we demonstrate that stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy could be used to sensitively monitor peripheral nerve degeneration in ALS mouse models and ALS autopsy materials. Three-dimensional imaging of pre-symptomatic SOD1 mouse models and data processing by a correlation-based algorithm revealed that significant degeneration of peripheral nerves could be detected coincidentally with the earliest detectable signs of muscle denervation and preceded physiologically measurable motor function decline...
October 31, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794540/pink1-and-parkin-are-genetic-modifiers-for-fus-induced-neurodegeneration
#14
Yanbo Chen, Jianwen Deng, Peng Wang, Mengxue Yang, Xiaoping Chen, Li Zhu, Jianghong Liu, Bingwei Lu, Yan Shen, Kazuo Fushimi, Qi Xu, Jane Y Wu
Dysregulation of FUS gene expression is associated with fronto-temporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), and missense mutations in the FUS gene have been identified in patients affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, molecular and cellular defects underlying FUS proteinopathy remain to be elucidated. Here, we examined whether genes important for mitochondrial quality control play a role in FUS proteinopathy. In our genetic screening, Pink1 and Park genes were identified as modifiers of neurodegeneration phenotypes induced by wild type (Wt) or ALS-associated P525L-mutant human FUS...
October 29, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793099/severe-respiratory-changes-at-end-stage-in-a-fus-induced-disease-state-in-adult-rats
#15
Kasey L Jackson, Hemangini A Dhaibar, Robert D Dayton, Sergio G Cananzi, William G Mayhan, Edward Glasscock, Ronald L Klein
BACKGROUND: Fused in sarcoma (FUS) is an RNA-binding protein associated with the neurodegenerative diseases amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. ALS manifests in patients as a progressive paralysis which leads to respiratory dysfunction and failure, the primary cause of death in ALS. We expressed human FUS in rats to determine if FUS would induce ALS relevant respiratory changes to serve as an early stage disease indicator. The FUS expression was initiated in adult rats by way of an intravenously administered adeno-associated virus vector serotype 9 (AAV9) providing an adult onset model...
October 28, 2016: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27786404/risk-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-in-diabetic-patients-affected-by-critical-limb-ischemia-and-diabetic-foot-ulcers-treated-by-percutaneous-transluminal-angioplasty-of-lower-limbs
#16
Marco Meloni, Laura Giurato, Valentina Izzo, Matteo Stefanini, Roberto Gandini, Luigi Uccioli
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the risk of contrast induced nephropathy (CIN) in diabetic patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) and foot ulcers (FUs) treated by percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) of lower limbs. METHODS: The study group was composed of 145 diabetic patients who underwent a limb salvage protocol because of CLI and FUs between 2012 and 2015. All patients received a prophylactic strategy against the administration of contrast medium (CM). Serum creatinine levels (SCr) were evaluated the day of procedure and for three days after...
October 27, 2016: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785649/leaf-diseases-drive-the-janzen-connell-mechanism-regardless-of-light-conditions-a-3-year-field-study
#17
Bayandala, Kazuhiko Masaka, Kenji Seiwa
In forests, negative density/distance-dependent seedling mortality (NDD) caused by natural enemies plays a key role in maintaining species diversity [Janzen-Connell (J-C) model]. However, the relative importance of natural enemies in mediating NDD under heterogeneous light conditions has remained unclear. We examined the relative importance of pathogens (i.e., soil pathogens, leaf diseases) on seedling performance in forest understories (FUs) and gaps (gaps) during a 3-year period (results of first year of our study have been previously reported)...
October 26, 2016: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784293/simultaneous-acoustic-stimulation-of-human-primary-and-secondary-somatosensory-cortices-using-transcranial-focused-ultrasound
#18
Wonhye Lee, Yong An Chung, Yujin Jung, In-Uk Song, Seung-Schik Yoo
BACKGROUND: Transcranial focused ultrasound (FUS) is gaining momentum as a novel non-invasive brain stimulation method, with promising potential for superior spatial resolution and depth penetration compared to transcranial magnetic stimulation or transcranial direct current stimulation. We examined the presence of tactile sensations elicited by FUS stimulation of two separate brain regions in humans-the primary (SI) and secondary (SII) somatosensory areas of the hand, as guided by individual-specific functional magnetic resonance imaging data...
October 26, 2016: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784190/acoustic-characterization-of-thiel-liver-for-magnetic-resonance-guided-focused-ultrasound-treatment
#19
Ioannis Karakitsios, Joyce Joy, Senay Mihcin, Andreas Melzer
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this work was to measure the essential acoustic parameters, i.e. acoustic impedance, reflection coefficient, attenuation coefficient, of Thiel embalmed human and animal liver. The Thiel embalmed tissue can be a promising, pre-clinical model to study liver treatment with Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Using a single-element transducer and the contact pulse-echo method, the acoustic parameters, i...
October 27, 2016: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782686/focused-ultrasound-neuromodulation-of-cortical-and-subcortical-brain-structures-using-1-9-mhz
#20
Hermes A S Kamimura, Shutao Wang, Hong Chen, Qi Wang, Christian Aurup, Camilo Acosta, Antonio A O Carneiro, Elisa E Konofagou
PURPOSE: Ultrasound neuromodulation is a promising noninvasive technique for controlling neural activity. Previous small animal studies suffered from low targeting specificity because of the low ultrasound frequencies (<690 kHz) used. In this study, the authors demonstrated the capability of focused ultrasound (FUS) neuromodulation in the megahertz-range to achieve superior targeting specificity in the murine brain as well as demonstrate modulation of both motor and sensory responses...
October 2016: Medical Physics
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