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Burcak Ozes, Nazan Karagoz, Rebecca Schüle, Adriana Rebelo, María-Jesús Sobrido, Florian Harmuth, Matthis Synofzik, Samuel Ignacio Pascual Pascual, Melek Colak, Beyza Ciftci-Kavaklioglu, Batuhan Kara, Andrés Ordóñez-Ugalde, Beatriz Quintáns, Michael A Gonzalez, Aysun Soysal, Stephan Zuchner, Esra Battaloglu
PLA2G6-associated neurodegeneration (PLAN) and hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) are two groups of heterogeneous neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, we report PLA2G6 gene mutations in three families from Turkey, Morocco, and Romania. Two affected Turkish siblings presenting HSP adds the disease to PLAN phenotypes. They were homozygous for the PLA2G6 missense c.2239C>T, p.Arg747Trp variant and the ages of onset were 9 and 21. Parkinsonism, dystonia or cognitive decline were not the clinical elements in these patients contrary to the cases that has been previously reported with the same variant, however, iron accumulation was evident in their cranial MRI...
March 13, 2017: Clinical Genetics
Mikhail Strokin, Georg Reiser
INAD (infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy, OMIM#256600), an autosomal recessive inherited degenerative disease, is associated with PLA2G6 mutations. PLA2G6 encodes Ca(2+)-independent phospholipase A2 (VIA iPLA2). However, it is unclear how the PLA2G6-mutations lead to disease. Non-canonical functions, which were suggested for VIA iPLA2, such as regulation of cellular and mitochondrial Ca(2+) are promising candidates. Therefore, we investigate glutamate (Glu)-evoked Ca(2+) signals in neurons and astrocytes in co-culture obtained from three INAD mouse model strains with Pla2g6 mutations, (i) hypomorphic Pla2g6 allele with reduced transcript levels, (ii) knocked-out Pla2g6, and (iii) (G373R)-point mutation with inactive VIA iPLA2 enzyme...
March 6, 2017: Neurochemistry International
Yasuo Miki, Kunikazu Tanji, Fumiaki Mori, Akiyoshi Kakita, Hitoshi Takahashi, Koichi Wakabayashi
The histopathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is the occurrence of insoluble fibrillary aggregates known as Lewy bodies, in which phosphorylated α-synuclein (α-syn) is a major component. To date, familial PD-linked gene products, including α-syn, parkin, PINK-1, DJ-1 and LRRK2, are known to be involved in Lewy body formation. Phospholipase A2, group VI (PLA2G6) is the causative gene for PARK14-linked parkinsonism (PARK14), a familial form of juvenile-onset dystonia parkinsonism...
February 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
Masaya Tsuboi, Manabu Watanabe, Kazumi Nibe, Natsuko Yoshimi, Akihisa Kato, Masahiro Sakaguchi, Osamu Yamato, Miyuu Tanaka, Mitsuru Kuwamura, Kazuya Kushida, Takashi Ishikura, Tomoyuki Harada, James Kenn Chambers, Sumio Sugano, Kazuyuki Uchida, Hiroyuki Nakayama
Whole exome sequencing (WES) has become a common tool for identifying genetic causes of human inherited disorders, and it has also recently been applied to canine genome research. We conducted WES analysis of neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD), a neurodegenerative disease that sporadically occurs worldwide in Papillon dogs. The disease is considered an autosomal recessive monogenic disease, which is histopathologically characterized by severe axonal swelling, known as "spheroids," throughout the nervous system. By sequencing all eleven DNA samples from one NAD-affected Papillon dog and her parents, two unrelated NAD-affected Papillon dogs, and six unaffected control Papillon dogs, we identified 10 candidate mutations...
2017: PloS One
Mario Mascalchi, Francesco Mari, Beatrice Berti, Emanuele Bartolini, Matteo Lenge, Andrea Bianchi, Laura Antonucci, Filippo M Santorelli, Barbara Garavaglia, Renzo Guerrini
Infantile neuronal axonal dystrophy (INAD) is characterized by progressive cerebellar atrophy. MRI has been recommended as a marker of disease progression in cerebellar diseases. We performed a longitudinal brain volumetry study in a couple of bicorial twins with PLA2G6-positive INAD. Brain volumetry was calculated with FreeSurfer software on 3T T1-weighted images acquired at age 28 (t 0) and 36 months (t 1) in patient 1 and at age 22 (t 0) and 31 months (t 1) in patient 2. Data at t 0 were compared to those obtained in 18 control children aged 14-44 months with normal MRI...
January 14, 2017: Cerebellum
Leonie Roos, Johanna K Sandling, Christopher G Bell, Daniel Glass, Massimo Mangino, Tim D Spector, Panos Deloukas, Veronique Bataille, Jordana T Bell
High nevus count is the strongest risk factor for melanoma, and although gene variants have been discovered for both traits, epigenetic variation is unexplored. We investigated 322 healthy human skin DNA methylomes associated with total body nevi count, incorporating genetic and transcriptomic variation. DNA methylation changes were identified at genes involved in melanocyte biology, such as RAF1 (P = 1.2 × 10(-6)) and CTC1 (region: P = 6.3 × 10(-4)), and other genes including ARRDC1 (P = 3.1 × 10(-7))...
April 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Chikara Yamashita, Manabu Funayama, Yuanzhe Li, Hiroyo Yoshino, Hitoshi Yamada, Yusuke Seino, Hiroyuki Tomiyama, Nobutaka Hattori
A recessive mutation in PLA2G6, which is known to cause infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (INAD) and neurodegeneration associated with brain iron accumulation (NBIA), has recently been shown to be responsible for PARK14-linked dystonia-parkinsonism. To study the frequency of PLA2G6 mutations, including those caused by gene rearrangement in patients with parkinsonism, we performed direct sequencing and investigated copy number variations (CNVs) of this gene in 109 Japanese patients with parkinsonism. Direct sequencing revealed a homozygous mutation (c...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
Alessandro Iodice, Carlotta Spagnoli, Grazia Gabriella Salerno, Daniele Frattini, Gianna Bertani, Patrizia Bergonzini, Francesco Pisani, Carlo Fusco
Infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy is a rare neurodegenerative disorder characterized by infantile onset of rapid motor and cognitive regression and hypotonia evolving into spasticity. Recessively inherited mutations of the PLA2G6 gene are causative of infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy and other PLA2G6-associated neurodegeneration, which includes conditions known as atypical neuroaxonal dystrophy, Karak syndrome and early-onset dystonia-parkinsonism with cognitive impairment. Phenotypic spectrum continues to evolve and genotype-phenotype correlations are currently limited...
February 2017: Brain & Development
Haifeng Li, Yan Zou, Xinhua Bao, Hui Wang, Jiangping Wang, Huiying Jin, Yuping Che, Xiaoyan Tang
Infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (INAD) is a rare neurodegenerative disease with early onset. PLA2G6 gene mutations have been identified in the majority individuals with INAD. In future, molecular diagnosis of INAD will replace the invasive biopsies used previously. In the present report, monozygotic male twins with INAD were referred The Children's Hospital (Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Zhejiang, China) at fifteen months old for delayed development. The older brother was found to have developmental stagnation when he was 6 months old...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Christine Klein, Tobias Löchte, Suzanne M Delamonte, Ingrid Braenne, Andrew A Hicks, Katja Zschiedrich-Jansen, David K Simon, Joseph H Friedman, Katja Lohmann
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Joshua R Freeman, Su Chu, Thomas Hsu, Yen-Tsung Huang
Tobacco smoke is a well-established lung cancer carcinogen. We hypothesize that epigenetic processes underlie carcinogenesis. The objective of this study is to examine the effects of smoke exposure on DNA methylation to search for novel susceptibility loci. We obtained epigenome-wide DNA methylation data from lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD) and lung squamous cell (LUSC) tissues in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). We performed a two-stage discovery (n = 326) and validation (n = 185) analysis to investigate the association of epigenetic DNA methylation level with cigarette smoking pack-years...
October 25, 2016: Oncotarget
A Al-Maawali, G Yoon, A S Feigenbaum, W C Halliday, J T R Clarke, H M Branson, B L Banwell, D Chitayat, Susan I Blaser
INTRODUCTION: Infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (INAD), an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder due to PLA2G6 mutation, is classified both as a PLA2G6-associated neurodegeneration (PLAN) disorder and as one of the neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) disorders. Age of onset and clinical presentation in INAD is variable. Typically described imaging features of cerebellar atrophy, cerebellar cortex bright FLAIR signal, and globus pallidus iron deposition are variable or late findings...
October 2016: Neuroradiology
Lehong Gao, Liping Li, Jing Ye, Xilin Zhu, Ning Shen, Xiating Zhang, Dequan Wang, Yu Gao, Hua Lin, Yuping Wang, Ying Liu
PURPOSE: Familial cortical myoclonic tremor with epilepsy (FCMTE) is an epileptic syndrome with autosomal dominant inheritance, of which four genetic subtypes (FCMTE1-4) have been reported. In the present study, we described the clinical and neurophysiologic features of a newly diagnosed Chinese FCMTE family, and investigated the genetic cause for this disease. METHODS: Clinical information was obtained from affected and normal individuals of an FCMTE family comprising 41 members...
October 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Mikhail Strokin, Georg Reiser
Mutations in the PLA2G6 gene which encodes Ca(2+)-independent phospholipase A2 (VIA iPLA2) were detected in 85% of cases of the inherited degenerative nervous system disorder INAD (infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy, OMIM #256600). However, molecular mechanisms linking these mutations to the disease progression are unclear. VIA iPLA2 is expressed also in mitochondria. Here, we investigate Ca(2+) handling by brain mitochondria derived from mice with hypomorph Pla2g6 allele. These animals with reduced transcript levels (5% of wild type) represent a suitable model for INAD...
October 2016: Neurochemistry International
Sen Guo, Liu Yang, Huijie Liu, Wei Chen, Jinchen Li, Ping Yu, Zhong Sheng Sun, Xiang Chen, Jie Du, Tao Cai
Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation comprises a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized clinically by progressive motor dysfunction. Accurate identification of de novo and rare inherited mutations is important for determining causative genes of undiagnosed neurological diseases. In the present study, we report a unique case with cerebellar ataxia symptoms and social communication difficulties in an intermarriage family. MRI showed a marked cerebellar atrophy and the "eye-of-the-tiger"-like sign in the medial globus pallidus...
July 9, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Robert B Blake, Donald L Gilbert, Mark B Schapiro
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 5, 2016: Neurology
Ana Gorostidi, José Félix Martí-Massó, Alberto Bergareche, Mari Cruz Rodríguez-Oroz, Adolfo López de Munain, Javier Ruiz-Martínez
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, affecting millions of people. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have found >25 genetic risk factors and at least 15 loci directly associated with PD. Recent advances in new next-generation DNA sequencing technologies, such as the semiconductor-based Ion Torrent platform, make multigene sequencing cheaper, faster, and more reliable. OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to test the power of this next-generation sequencing technology to analyze large samples by screening the majority of the most relevant PD-related genes known for single and compound mutations...
October 2016: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
Saeed A Bohlega, Bashayer R Al-Mubarak, Eman A Alyemni, Mohamed Abouelhoda, Dorota Monies, Abeer E Mustafa, Dania S Khalil, Sara Al Haibi, Hussam Abou Al-Shaar, Tariq Faquih, Mohamed El-Kalioby, Asma I Tahir, Nada A Al Tassan
BACKGROUND: Recessive mutations in PLA2G6 have been associated with different neurodegenerative disorders, including infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy, neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation and more recently, early-onset dystonia parkinsonism. METHOD: Targeted-next generation sequencing using a custom Neurology panel, containing 758 OMIM-listed genes implicated in neurological disorders, was carried out in two index cases from two different Saudi families displaying early-onset levodopa-responsive Parkinsonism with pyramidal signs and additional clinical features...
June 7, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Saketh Kapoor, Mohd Hussain Shah, Nivedita Singh, Mohammad Iqbal Rather, Vishwanath Bhat, Sindhura Gopinath, Parayil Sankaran Bindu, Arun B Taly, Sanjib Sinha, Madhu Nagappa, Rose Dawn Bharath, Anita Mahadevan, Gayathri Narayanappa, Yasha T Chickabasaviah, Arun Kumar
Mutations in PLA2G6 were identified in patients with a spectrum of neurodegenerative conditions, such as infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (INAD), atypical late-onset neuroaxonal dystrophy (ANAD) and dystonia parkinsonism complex (DPC). However, there is no report on the genetic analysis of families with members affected with INAD, ANAD and DPC from India. Therefore, the main aim of this study was to perform genetic analysis of 22 Indian families with INAD, ANAD and DPC. DNA sequence analysis of the entire coding region of PLA2G6 identified 13 different mutations, including five novel ones (p...
2016: PloS One
Hisham Megahed, Michaël Nicouleau, Giulia Barcia, Daniel Medina-Cano, Karine Siquier-Pernet, Christine Bole-Feysot, Mélanie Parisot, Cécile Masson, Patrick Nitschké, Marlène Rio, Nadia Bahi-Buisson, Isabelle Desguerre, Arnold Munnich, Nathalie Boddaert, Laurence Colleaux, Vincent Cantagrel
BACKGROUND: Cerebellar atrophy and developmental delay are commonly associated features in large numbers of genetic diseases that frequently also include epilepsy. These defects are highly heterogeneous on both the genetic and clinical levels. Patients with these signs also typically present with non-specific neuroimaging results that can help prioritize further investigation but don't suggest a specific molecular diagnosis. METHODS: To genetically explore a cohort of 18 Egyptian families with undiagnosed cerebellar atrophy identified on MRI, we sequenced probands and some non-affected family members via high-coverage whole exome sequencing (WES; >97 % of the exome covered at least by 30x)...
2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
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