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Autoimmune sleep disorders

Jenny Linnoila, Sean J Pittock
Autoimmune neurology is a rapidly evolving new subspecialty driven by the discovery of novel neural- (neuronal- or glial-) specific autoantibodies and their target antigens. The neurologic manifestations affecting the central nervous system include encephalitis, dementia, epilepsy, and movement and sleep disorders. Laboratory testing is now available for most of these neural-specific autoantibodies, which serve as diagnostic markers, in some instances directing the physician toward specific cancer types (e...
August 2016: Seminars in Neurology
Raphaël Bernard-Valnet, Lidia Yshii, Clémence Quériault, Xuan-Hung Nguyen, Sébastien Arthaud, Magda Rodrigues, Astrid Canivet, Anne-Laure Morel, Arthur Matthys, Jan Bauer, Béatrice Pignolet, Yves Dauvilliers, Christelle Peyron, Roland S Liblau
Narcolepsy with cataplexy is a rare and severe sleep disorder caused by the destruction of orexinergic neurons in the lateral hypothalamus. The genetic and environmental factors associated with narcolepsy, together with serologic data, collectively point to an autoimmune origin. The current animal models of narcolepsy, based on either disruption of the orexinergic neurotransmission or neurons, do not allow study of the potential autoimmune etiology. Here, we sought to generate a mouse model that allows deciphering of the immune mechanisms leading to orexin(+) neuron loss and narcolepsy development...
September 27, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Tomi Sarkanen, Reija Alén, Markku Partinen
INTRODUCTION: Narcolepsy type 1 is an organic sleep disorder caused by the destruction of hypocretin producing neurons in hypothalamus. In addition to daytime sleepiness, the spectrum and severity of symptoms are very variable. Psychiatric comorbidity and phenomena resembling psychotic symptoms are also common. Current treatment options for narcolepsy are symptomatic but there are few case reports of positive effect of immunotherapy. We report a very severely affected young boy treated with rituximab (RXB)...
September 2016: Neurologist
Lucie Barateau, Régis Lopez, Yves Dauvilliers
Narcolepsy type 1 (NT1) and type 2 (NT2) are two rare neurological diseases, classified as central disorders of hypersomnolence. The pathophysiology of NT1 is well known; it is caused by the selective destruction of hypocretin (Hcrt) neurons, by a highly suspected autoimmune process. On the contrary, little is known about NT2 etiology, sharing with NT1 somnolence and signs of dysregulation of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, but not cataplexy. Management strategies are rather codified, at least in adults, with a lifelong treatment required in NT1, whereas no pharmacological study focused only on NT2 patients, with sometimes spontaneous improvement or disappearance of their symptoms...
October 2016: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Yves Dauvilliers, Régis Lopez
Narcolepsy with cataplexy or narcolepsy type 1 in a rare, disabling sleep disorder, with a prevalence of 20 to 30 per 100,000. Its onset peaks in the second decade. The main features are excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy or sudden less of muscle tone triggered by emotional situations. Other less consistent symptoms include hypnagogic hallucinations, sleep paralysis, disturbed nighttime sleep, and weight gain. Narcolepsy with cataplexy remains a clinical diagnosis but nighttime and daytime polysomnography (multiple sleep latency tests) are useful to document mean sleep latency below 8 min and at least two sleep-onset REM periods...
June 2016: La Revue du Praticien
Karin Dreisig, Matilda Degn, Louise Sund, Piotr Hadaczek, Lluis Samaranch, Waldy San Sebastian, Krystof Bankiewicz, Birgitte Rahbek Kornum
Focus on the purinergic receptor P2Y11 has increased following the finding of an association between the sleep disorder narcolepsy and a genetic variant in P2RY11 causing decreased gene expression. Narcolepsy is believed to arise from an autoimmune destruction of the hypothalamic neurons that produce the neuropeptide hypocretin/orexin. It is unknown how a decrease in expression of P2Y11 might contribute to an autoimmune reaction towards the hypocretin neurons and the development of narcolepsy. To advance narcolepsy research it is therefore extremely important to determine the neuroanatomical localization of P2Y11 in the brain with particular emphasis on the hypocretin neurons...
August 8, 2016: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
Ingrid Dravecká
UNLABELLED: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a heterogeneous and complex endocrine disease which among the female population belongs to the most widespread endocrinopathies and it is the most frequent cause of hyperthyroidism, anticoagulation and infertility. Insulin resistance is one of the important diabetology factors impacting hyperglycaemia in a majority of women with PCOS (60-80 %). Clinical expressions of PCOS include reproduction disorders, metabolic characteristics and psychological implications...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Francisco Javier Martinez-Orozco, Jose Luis Vicario, Clara De Andres, Miguel Fernandez-Arquero, Rosa Peraita-Adrados
BACKGROUND: Several evidences suggest that autoimmune diseases (ADs) tend to co-occur in an individual and within the same family. Narcolepsy type 1 (NT1) is a chronic sleep disorder caused by a selective loss of hypocretin-producing neurons due to a mechanism of neural destruction that indicates an autoimmune pathogenesis, although no evidence is available. We report on the comorbidity of ADs and other immunopathological diseases (including allergy diseases) in narcolepsy. METHODS: We studied 158 Caucasian NT1 patients (60...
July 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Gabrielle Macaron, Elie El Rassy, Salam Koussa
Morvan syndrome (MoS) is a rare paraneoplastic autoimmune disorder characterized by peripheral nerve hyperexcitability, autonomic dysfunction, and sleep disorders. Systemic lupus erythmatosus (SLE) cooccurs in 6-10% of patients with thymoma. It may occur before, concurrently with, or after thymoma diagnosis. This paper reports the first case of cooccurrence of SLE, thymic carcinoma, and MoS. The cooccurrence of SLE, thymoma, and MoS delineates the generalized autoimmunity process. Symptoms of both MoS and SLE abated upon tumor resection...
2016: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Brin Freund, Manoj Maddali, Thomas E Lloyd
INTRODUCTION: Morvan syndrome is a rare autoimmune/paraneoplastic disorder involving antibodies to the voltage-gated potassium channel complex. It is defined by subacute encephalopathy, neuromuscular hyperexcitability, dysautonomia, and sleep disturbance. It may present a diagnostic dilemma when trying to differentiate from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with frontotemporal dementia. METHODS: A 76-year-old man with a history of untreated prostate adenocarcinoma was evaluated for subacute cognitive decline, diffuse muscle cramps, and hyponatremia...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
Anna Häggmark-Månberg, Arash Zandian, Björn Forsström, Mohsen Khademi, Izaura Lima Bomfim, Cecilia Hellström, Lisen Arnheim-Dahlström, Tove Hallböök, Niklas Darin, Ingrid E Lundberg, Mathias Uhlén, Markku Partinen, Jochen M Schwenk, Tomas Olsson, Peter Nilsson
Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder with a yet unknown cause, but the specific loss of hypocretin-producing neurons together with a strong human leukocyte antigen (HLA) association has led to the hypothesis that autoimmune mechanisms might be involved. Here, we describe an extensive effort to profile autoimmunity repertoires in serum with the aim to find disease-related autoantigens. Initially, 57 serum samples from vaccine-associated and sporadic narcolepsy patients and controls were screened for IgG reactivity towards 10 846 fragments of human proteins using planar microarrays...
May 20, 2016: Autoimmunity
Gian Luca Bagnato, Alessia Fiorenza, Francesca Cordova, William Neal Roberts, Charles Moore, Domenica Greco, Claudia Monaco, Maria Rosaria Anna Muscatello, Antonio Bruno, Rocco Zoccali, Gianfilippo Bagnato
OBJECTIVES: Sleep disturbance is an important contributor to poor quality of life in rheumatic disorders. This study aims to test whether clinical, autoimmune and psychological factors are associated with sleep disturbance in systemic sclerosis (SSc) compared to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and controls. METHODS: 101 female subjects (SSc=33, RA=34, healthy controls=34) participated in this observational, cross-sectional, parallel group study. Sleep disturbance was assessed with the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)...
May 10, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Victor C Kok, Jorng-Tzong Horng, Guo-Dung Hung, Jia-Li Xu, Tzu-Wei Hung, Yu-Ching Chen, Chien-Lung Chen
BACKGROUND: Recent studies indicate that chronic insomnia is associated with the development of certain somatic diseases. Whether it would be associated with the development of an autoimmune disease (AID) was unknown. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to examine the association and quantify the magnitude of risk for AID in individuals suffering from chronic insomnia requiring sleep-inducing pills. DESIGN: This was a population-based, nationwide longitudinal study...
September 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Ming Lim, Mark Gorman
Autoimmune neurologic diseases are of major clinical importance in children. Antibody-mediated diseases of the central nervous system are now increasingly recognized in childhood, where the antibodies bind to cell surface epitopes on neuronal or glial proteins, and the patients demonstrate either focal or more generalized clinical signs depending on the extent of brain regions targeted by the antibodies. The antibodies are directed towards ion channels, receptors, and membrane proteins; and the diseases include limbic encephalitis and N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor-antibody encephalitis, among many others...
2016: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Shannon R Hinson, Vanda A Lennon, Sean J Pittock
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) spectrum disorders (SD) represent an evolving group of central nervous system (CNS)-inflammatory autoimmune demyelinating diseases unified by a pathogenic autoantibody specific for the aquaporin-4 (AQP4) water channel. It was historically misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis (MS), which lacks a distinguishing biomarker. The discovery of AQP4-IgG moved the focus of CNS demyelinating disease research from emphasis on the oligodendrocyte and myelin to the astrocyte. NMO is recognized today as a relapsing disease, extending beyond the optic nerves and spinal cord to include brain (especially in children) and skeletal muscle...
2016: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Michael H Silber
A number of autoantibodies, some paraneoplastic, are associated with sleep disorders. Morvan syndrome and limbic encephalitis, associated with voltage-gated potassium channel-complex antibodies, principally against CASPR2 and LGI1, can result in profound insomnia and rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD). Patients with aquaporin-4 antibodies and neuromyelitis optica may develop narcolepsy in association with other evidence of hypothalamic dysfunction, sometimes as the initial presentation. Central sleep apnea and central neurogenic hypoventilation are found in patients with anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor antibody encephalitis, and obstructive sleep apnea, stridor, and hypoventilation are prominent features of a novel tauopathy associated with IgLON5 antibodies...
2016: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Marco Preußner, Florian Heyd
Many aspects of human physiology and behavior display rhythmicity with a period of approximately 24 h. Rhythmic changes are controlled by an endogenous time keeper, the circadian clock, and include sleep-wake cycles, physical and mental performance capability, blood pressure, and body temperature. Consequently, many diseases, such as metabolic, sleep, autoimmune and mental disorders and cancer, are connected to the circadian rhythm. The development of therapies that take circadian biology into account is thus a promising strategy to improve treatments of diverse disorders, ranging from allergic syndromes to cancer...
June 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Wei-Sheng Chung, Hsuan-Hung Lin, Nan-Cheng Cheng
Lack of sleep can compromise the immune system, which may reactivate latent varicella-zoster virus. Studies on sleep disorders and the risk of herpes zoster (HZ) are scant.We conducted a population-based cohort study to evaluate the risk of HZ in patients with sleep disorders and potential risk factors for HZ development. We identified patients with sleep disorders without apnea from 2002 to 2005 by using the Taiwan Longitudinal Health Insurance Database. The patients without sleep disorders were randomly selected and frequency matched with patients with sleep disorders according to age, sex, and index year...
March 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Weihong Pan, Abba J Kastin
Sleep and its disorders are known to affect the functions of essential organs and systems in the body. However, very little is known about how the blood-brain barrier (BBB) is regulated. A few years ago, we launched a project to determine the impact of sleep fragmentation and chronic sleep restriction on BBB functions, including permeability to fluorescent tracers, tight junction protein expression and distribution, glucose and other solute transporter activities, and mediation of cellular mechanisms. Recent publications and relevant literature allow us to summarize here the sleep-BBB interactions in five sections: (1) the structural basis enabling the BBB to serve as a huge regulatory interface; (2) BBB transport and permeation of substances participating in sleep-wake regulation; (3) the circadian rhythm of BBB function; (4) the effect of experimental sleep disruption maneuvers on BBB activities, including regional heterogeneity, possible threshold effect, and reversibility; and (5) implications of sleep disruption-induced BBB dysfunction in neurodegeneration and CNS autoimmune diseases...
March 11, 2016: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
Züleyha Karaca, Fatih Tanrıverdi, Kürşad Ünlühızarcı, Fahrettin Kelestimur
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a crucially important public health problem around the world, which gives rise to increased mortality and is the leading cause of physical and psychological disability in young adults, in particular. Pituitary dysfunction due to TBI was first described 95 years ago. However, until recently, only a few papers have been published in the literature and for this reason, TBI-induced hypopituitarism has been neglected for a long time. Recent studies have revealed that TBI is one of the leading causes of hypopituitarism...
2016: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
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