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Agathe Roubertie, Nelson Hieu, Charles-Joris Roux, Nicolas Leboucq, Gael Manes, Majida Charif, Bernard Echenne, Cyril Goizet, Claire Guissart, Pierre Meyer, Cecilia Marelli, François Rivier, Lydie Burglen, Rita Horvath, Christian P Hamel, Guy Lenaers
Objective: To describe the clinico-radiological phenotype of 3 patients harboring a homozygous novel AP4M1 pathogenic mutation. Methods: The 3 patients from an inbred family who exhibited early-onset developmental delay, tetraparesis, juvenile motor function deterioration, and intellectual deficiency were investigated by magnetic brain imaging using T1-weighted, T2-weighted, T2*-weighted, fluid-attenuated inversion recovery, susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) sequences...
February 2018: Neurology. Genetics
Ivano Di Meo, Valeria Tiranti
Brain iron accumulation is the hallmark of a group of seriously invalidating and progressive rare diseases collectively denominated Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA), characterized by movement disorder, painful dystonia, parkinsonism, mental disability and early death. Currently there is no established therapy available to slow down or reverse the progression of these conditions. Several genes have been identified as responsible for NBIA but only two encode for proteins playing a direct role in iron metabolism...
March 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Chiara Reale, Celeste Panteghini, Miryam Carecchio, Barbara Garavaglia
Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) is a group of new methods that allow sequencing a variable number of known genes (targeted resequencing) or even the whole human genome (whole genome sequencing-WGS) and have contributed to an exponential genetic knowledge growth, especially in rare diseases, in the past few years. Since 2015, in the Molecular Neurogenetics Unit of Neurological Institute "Carlo Besta", some gene panels have become available to screen all the known genes associated with Movement Disorders (MD) in children and adults as a diagnostic package...
January 29, 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Anthony Drecourt, Joël Babdor, Michael Dussiot, Floriane Petit, Nicolas Goudin, Meriem Garfa-Traoré, Florence Habarou, Christine Bole-Feysot, Patrick Nitschké, Chris Ottolenghi, Metodi D Metodiev, Valérie Serre, Isabelle Desguerre, Nathalie Boddaert, Olivier Hermine, Arnold Munnich, Agnès Rötig
Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) is a genetically heterogeneous condition characterized by progressive dystonia with iron accumulation in the basal ganglia. How NBIA-associated mutations trigger iron overload remains poorly understood. After studying fibroblast cell lines from subjects carrying both known and unreported biallelic mutations in CRAT and REPS1, we ascribe iron overload to the abnormal recycling of transferrin receptor (TfR1) and the reduction of TfR1 palmitoylation in NBIA...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
Susan J Hayflick, Manju A Kurian, Penelope Hogarth
Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) comprises a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders affecting children and adults. These rare disorders are often first suspected when increased basal ganglia iron is observed on brain magnetic resonance imaging. For the majority of NBIA disorders the genetic basis has been delineated, and clinical testing is available. The four most common NBIA disorders include pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN) due to mutations in PANK2, phospholipase A2 -associated neurodegeneration caused by mutation in PLA2G6, mitochondrial membrane protein-associated neurodegeneration from mutations in C19orf12, and beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration due to mutations in WDR45...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Ferenc Garzuly
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: A combination of Niemann-Pick- and Hallervorden-Spatz diseases led to the death of a 17-year-old boy in 1994. Genetic counseling necessitated further investigations in 2017. Meanwhile, the nomenclature of Hallervorden-Spatz disease has been abandoned. The author analyze the reasons for this change. METHOD: Professional activities of Hallervorden and Spatz during and after the Nazi euthanasia program are presented. Also, the scientific efforts that led to the discovery of the genetic background of the disease and ultimately to its new name are highlighted...
October 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
Andreas Hermann, Hagen H Kitzler, Tobias Pollack, Saskia Biskup, Stefanie Krüger, Claudia Funke, Caterina Terrile, Tobias B Haack
BACKGROUND: Static encephalopathy of childhood with neurodegeneration in adulthood is a phenotypically distinctive, X-linked dominant subtype of neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA). WDR45 mutations were recently identified as causal. WDR45 encodes a beta-propeller scaffold protein with a putative role in autophagy, and the disease has been renamed beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration (BPAN). CASE REPORT: Here we describe a female patient suffering from a classical BPAN phenotype due to a novel heterozygous deletion of WDR45...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
Iannello Grazia, Graziano Claudio, Cenacchi Giovanna, Cordelli Duccio Maria, Zuntini Roberta, Papa Valentina, Magistà Anna Maria, Gagliardi Monica, Procopio Radha, Quattrone Aldo, Annesi Grazia
Phospholipase A2-associated neurodegeneration (PLAN), a syndrome of Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA), is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in PLA2G6 gene. This gene encodes a calcium-independent group VI phospholipase A2 (iPLA-VI) critical in cell membrane homeostasis. PLAN syndrome encompasses a group of phenotypes with a different age of onset: classic infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (INAD), atypical neuroaxonal dystrophy of childhood-onset (atypical NAD) and adult-onset PLA2G6-related dystonia-parkinsonism (PARK14)...
October 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Sarah Wiethoff, Henry Houlden
Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) describes a heterogeneous group of inherited rare clinical and genetic entities. Clinical core symptoms comprise a combination of early-onset dystonia, pyramidal and extrapyramidal signs with ataxia, cognitive decline, behavioral abnormalities, and retinal and axonal neuropathy variably accompanying these core features. Increased nonphysiologic, nonaging-associated brain iron, most pronounced in the basal ganglia, is often termed the unifying characteristic of these clinically variable disorders, though occurrence and extent can be fluctuating or even absent...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Mattia Fonderico, Michele Laudisi, Nico Golfrè Andreasi, Stefania Bigoni, Costanza Lamperti, Celeste Panteghini, Barbara Garavaglia, Miryam Carecchio, Elia Antonio Emanuele, Gian L Forni, Enrico Granieri
Here, we report the case of a 36-year-old patient with a diagnosis of de novo mutation of the WDR45 gene, responsible for beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration, a phenotypically distinct, X-linked dominant form of Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation. The clinical history is characterized by a relatively stable intellectual disability and a hypo-bradykinetic and hypertonic syndrome with juvenile onset. Genetic investigations and T1 and T2-weighted MR images align with what is described in literature...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
Hassan Dastsooz, Hamid Nemati, Mohammad Ali Farazi Fard, Majid Fardaei, Mohammad Ali Faghihi
BACKGROUND: Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) is a genetically heterogeneous group of disorders associated with progressive impairment of movement, vision, and cognition. The disease is initially diagnosed on the basis of changes in brain magnetic resonance imaging which indicate an abnormal brain iron accumulation in the basal ganglia. However, the diagnosis of specific types should be based on both clinical findings and molecular genetic testing for genes associated with different types of NBIA, including PANK2, PLA2G6, C19orf12, FA2H, ATP13A2, WDR45, COASY, FTL, CP, and DCAF17...
August 18, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
Rodolphe Dard, Claire Meyniel, Valérie Touitou, Giovanni Stevanin, Foudil Lamari, Alexandra Durr, Claire Ewenczyk, Fanny Mochel
Defects of phospholipids remodelling and synthesis are inborn errors of metabolism responsible for various clinical presentations including spastic paraplegia, retinopathy, optic atrophy, myo- and cardiomyopathies, and osteo-cutaneous manifestations. DDHD1 encodes a phospholipase A1, which is involved in the remodelling of phospholipids. We previously described a relatively pure hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) phenotype associated with mutations in DDHD1. Here we report a complex form of HSP associated with retinal dystrophy and a pattern of neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) on brain MRI, due to a novel homozygous mutation in DDHD1...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Miryam Carecchio, Marina Picillo, Lorella Valletta, Antonio E Elia, Tobias B Haack, Autilia Cozzolino, Annalisa Vitale, Barbara Garavaglia, Arcangela Iuso, Caterina F Bagella, Sabina Pappatà, Paolo Barone, Holger Prokisch, Luigi Romito, Valeria Tiranti
Mutations in PSEN1 are responsible for familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD) inherited as autosomal dominant trait, but also de novo mutations have been rarely reported in sporadic early-onset dementia cases. Parkinsonism in FAD has been mainly described in advanced disease stages. We characterized a patient presenting with early-onset dystonia-parkinsonism later complicated by dementia and myoclonus. Brain MRI showed signs of iron accumulation in the basal ganglia mimicking neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) as well as fronto-temporal atrophy...
July 2017: Neurogenetics
Elke Hattingen, Nikolaus Handke, Kirsten Cremer, Sabine Hoffjan, Guido Matthias Kukuk
Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) is a heterogeneous group of inherited neurologic disorders with iron accumulation in the basal ganglia, which share magnetic resonance (MR) imaging characteristics, histopathologic and clinical features. According to the affected basal nuclei, clinical features include extrapyramidal movement disorders and varying degrees of intellectual disability status. The most common NBIA subtype is caused by pathogenic variants in PANK2. The hallmark of MR imaging in patients with PANK2 mutations is an eye-of-the-tiger sign in the globus pallidus...
December 2017: Clinical Neuroradiology
M Selikhova, E Fedotova, S Wiethoff, L V Schottlaender, S Klyushnikov, S N Illarioshkin, H Houlden
We present a patient with progressive spastic ataxia, with dystonia and anarthria undiagnosed until detailed genetic analysis revealed an MPAN mutation. Highlighting the worldwide MPAN distribution, a 30year history of absent diagnosis and the impact and cost saving of an early but detailed genetic analysis in complex progressive movement disorders, particularly the anarthric NBIA group.
June 2, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Diran Herebian, Bader Alhaddad, Annette Seibt, Thomas Schwarzmayr, Katharina Danhauser, Dirk Klee, Stefani Harmsen, Thomas Meitinger, Tim M Strom, Ansgar Schulz, Ertan Mayatepek, Tobias B Haack, Felix Distelmaier
Coexistence of different hereditary diseases is a known phenomenon in populations with a high consanguinity rate. The resulting clinical phenotypes are extremely challenging for physicians involved in the care of these patients. Here we describe a 6-year-old boy with co-occurrence of a homozygous splice defect in OSTM1, causing infantile malignant osteopetrosis, and a loss-of-function variant in MANEAL, which has not been associated with human disease so far. The child suffered from severe infantile-onset neurodegeneration that could not be stopped by bone marrow transplantation...
September 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
C Tello, A Darling, V Lupo, B Pérez-Dueñas, C Espinós
Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) is a group of inherited heterogeneous neurodegenerative rare disorders. These patients present with dystonia, spasticity, parkinsonism and neuropsychiatric disturbances, along with brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) evidence of iron accumulation. In sum, they are devastating disorders and to date, there is no specific treatment. Ten NBIA genes are accepted: PANK2, PLA2G6, C19orf12, COASY, FA2H, ATP13A2, WDR45, FTL, CP, and DCAF17; and nonetheless, a relevant percentage of patients remain without genetic diagnosis, suggesting that other novel NBIA genes remain to be discovered...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Genetics
Christina Evers, Angelika Seitz, Birgit Assmann, Thomas Opladen, Stephanie Karch, Katrin Hinderhofer, Martin Granzow, Nagarajan Paramasivam, Roland Eils, Nicolle Diessl, Claus R Bartram, Ute Moog
Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) is a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by iron accumulation in the basal ganglia. Recently, mutations in CoA synthase (COASY) have been identified as a cause of a novel NBIA subtype (COASY Protein-Associated Neurodegeneration, CoPAN) in two patients with dystonic paraparesis, parkinsonian features, cognitive impairment, behavior abnormalities, and axonal neuropathy. COASY encodes an enzyme required for Coenzyme A (CoA) biosynthesis. Using whole exome sequencing (WES) we identified compound heterozygous COASY mutations in two siblings with intellectual disability, ataxic gait, progressive spasticity, and obsessive-compulsive behavior...
May 10, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Joana Jesus-Ribeiro, Cláudia Farinha, Margarida Amorim, Anabela Matos, Aldina Reis, João Lemos, Miguel Castelo-Branco, Cristina Januário
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) type I is a rare disease that can be divided into a classical or atypical variant, according to age of onset and clinical pattern. Neuro-ophthalmological involvement has been documented in the classical variant but only anecdotically in the atypical variant. We sought to describe the visual and ocular motor function in patients with atypical form of NBIA type I. METHODS: Cross-sectional study, including patients with genetically confirmed NBIA type I and classified as atypical variant, who underwent ophthalmological examination with best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), optical coherence tomography (OCT), fundus autofluorescence (FAF), electroretinography (ERG), visual evoked potentials (VEP) and video-oculography...
May 9, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Manar Aoun, Paola Antonia Corsetto, Guillaume Nugue, Gigliola Montorfano, Emilio Ciusani, David Crouzier, Penelope Hogarth, Allison Gregory, Susan Hayflick, Giovanna Zorzi, Angela Maria Rizzo, Valeria Tiranti
Pantothenate Kinase-Associated Neurodegeneration (PKAN) is a form of Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA) associated with mutations in the pantothenate kinase 2 gene (PANK2). The PANK2 catalyzes the first step of coenzyme A (CoA) biosynthesis, a pathway producing an essential cofactor that plays a key role in energy and lipid metabolism. The majority of PANK2 mutations reduces or abolishes the activity of the enzyme. In around 10% of cases with PKAN, the presence of deformed red blood cells with thorny protrusions in the circulation has been detected...
June 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
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