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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432364/rrm-domain-of-als-ftd-causing-fus-characteristic-of-irreversible-unfolding-spontaneously-self-assembles-into-amyloid-fibrils
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Yimei Lu, Liangzhong Lim, Jianxing Song
526-residue FUS functions to self-assemble into reversible droplets/hydrogels, which could be further solidified into pathological fibrils. FUS is intrinsically prone to aggregation, composed of N-terminal low-sequence complexity (LC); RNA-recognition motif (RRM) and C-terminal LC domains. Intriguingly, previous in vivo studies revealed that its RRM is required for manifesting FUS cytotoxicity but the underlying mechanism remains unknown. Here, we characterized solution conformations of FUS and its five differentially dissected fragments, followed by detailed investigations on thermal unfolding, NMR dynamics and self-assembly of RRM...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431606/screening-for-cognitive-and-behavioural-impairment-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-frequency-of-abnormality-and-effect-on-survival
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Zhouwei Xu, Ashwag Rafea S Alruwaili, Robert David Henderson, Pamela Ann McCombe
OBJECTIVE: To screen for cognitive and behavioural impairment in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and controls with neuromuscular disease and to correlate these with clinical features. METHODS: 108 people with ALS and 60 controls with other neuromuscular diseases were recruited and assessed with the Addenbrooke's cognitive examination-III (ACE-III), the frontal assessment battery (FAB), and the executive function component of the Edinburgh cognitive and behavioural ALS screen (ECAS)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427413/adiponectin-levels-in-the-serum-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients-possible-influence-on-neuroinflammation
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Patrizia Bossolasco, Raffaella Cancello, Alberto Doretti, Claudia Morelli, Vincenzo Silani, Lidia Cova
BACKGROUND: Adiponectin (APN) is a key player in energy homeostasis strictly associated with cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. Since APN also belongs to anti-inflammatory-acting adipokines and may influence both neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative processes, we decided to study the APN levels in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurodegenerative diseases. METHODS: We assessed APN levels by ELISA immunoassay in both the serum and cerebrospinal fluid of a cohort of familial and sporadic ALS patients, characterized by normal body mass index and absence of dysautonomic symptoms...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411086/early-depletion-of-ca1-neurons-and-late-neurodegeneration-in-a-mouse-tauopathy-model
#4
Lone Helboe, Jan Egebjerg, Pernille Barkholt, Christiane Volbracht
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and tauopathies, such as frontotemporal dementia (FTD), are characterized by formation of neurofibrillary tangles consisting of hyperphosphorylated tau. Further neuropathological characteristics include synaptic loss, neurodegeneration and brain atrophy. Here, we explored the association between hyperphosphorylated tau species, brain atrophy, synaptic and neuronal loss in a mouse model (rTg4510) carrying the human tau (hTau) P301L mutation found in a familiar form of FTD. We established that hTau expression during the first 6 postnatal weeks was important for the progression of tauopathy in rTg4510 mice...
April 11, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410663/frontotemporal-dementia
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Nicholas T Olney, Salvatore Spina, Bruce L Miller
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a heterogeneous disorder with distinct clinical phenotypes associated with multiple neuropathologic entities. Presently, the term FTD encompasses clinical disorders that include changes in behavior, language, executive control, and often motor symptoms. The core FTD spectrum disorders include behavioral variant FTD, nonfluent/agrammatic variant primary progressive aphasia, and semantic variant PPA. Related FTD disorders include frontotemporal dementia with motor neuron disease, progressive supranuclear palsy syndrome, and corticobasal syndrome...
May 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409281/spinal-poly-ga-inclusions-in-a-c9orf72-mouse-model-trigger-motor-deficits-and-inflammation-without-neuron-loss
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Martin H Schludi, Lore Becker, Lillian Garrett, Tania F Gendron, Qihui Zhou, Franziska Schreiber, Bastian Popper, Leda Dimou, Tim M Strom, Juliane Winkelmann, Anne von Thaden, Kristin Rentzsch, Stephanie May, Meike Michaelsen, Benjamin M Schwenk, Jing Tan, Benedikt Schoser, Marianne Dieterich, Leonard Petrucelli, Sabine M Hölter, Wolfgang Wurst, Helmut Fuchs, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, Thomas Klopstock, Thomas Arzberger, Dieter Edbauer
Translation of the expanded (ggggcc)n repeat in C9orf72 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) causes abundant poly-GA inclusions. To elucidate their role in pathogenesis, we generated transgenic mice expressing codon-modified (GA)149 conjugated with cyan fluorescent protein (CFP). Transgenic mice progressively developed poly-GA inclusions predominantly in motoneurons and interneurons of the spinal cord and brain stem and in deep cerebellar nuclei. Poly-GA co-aggregated with p62, Rad23b and the newly identified Mlf2, in both mouse and patient samples...
April 13, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408402/poly-gp-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-links-c9orf72-associated-dipeptide-repeat-expression-to-the-asymptomatic-phase-of-als-ftd
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Carina Lehmer, Patrick Oeckl, Jochen H Weishaupt, Alexander E Volk, Janine Diehl-Schmid, Matthias L Schroeter, Martin Lauer, Johannes Kornhuber, Johannes Levin, Klaus Fassbender, Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, Martin H Schludi, Thomas Arzberger, Elisabeth Kremmer, Andrew Flatley, Regina Feederle, Petra Steinacker, Patrick Weydt, Albert C Ludolph, Dieter Edbauer, Markus Otto
The C9orf72 GGGGCC repeat expansion is a major cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia (c9ALS/FTD). Non-conventional repeat translation results in five dipeptide repeat proteins (DPRs), but their clinical utility, overall significance, and temporal course in the pathogenesis of c9ALS/FTD are unclear, although animal models support a gain-of-function mechanism. Here, we established a poly-GP immunoassay from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to identify and characterize C9orf72 patients. Significant poly-GP levels were already detectable in asymptomatic C9orf72 mutation carriers compared to healthy controls and patients with other neurodegenerative diseases...
April 13, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404863/individuals-with-progranulin-haploinsufficiency-exhibit-features-of-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis
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Michael E Ward, Robert Chen, Hsin-Yi Huang, Connor Ludwig, Maria Telpoukhovskaia, Ali Taubes, Helene Boudin, Sakura S Minami, Meredith Reichert, Philipp Albrecht, Jeffrey M Gelfand, Andres Cruz-Herranz, Christian Cordano, Marcel V Alavi, Shannon Leslie, William W Seeley, Bruce L Miller, Eileen Bigio, Marek-Marsel Mesulam, Matthew S Bogyo, Ian R Mackenzie, John F Staropoli, Susan L Cotman, Eric J Huang, Li Gan, Ari J Green
Heterozygous mutations in the GRN gene lead to progranulin (PGRN) haploinsufficiency and cause frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a neurodegenerative syndrome of older adults. Homozygous GRN mutations, on the other hand, lead to complete PGRN loss and cause neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL), a lysosomal storage disease usually seen in children. Given that the predominant clinical and pathological features of FTD and NCL are distinct, it is controversial whether the disease mechanisms associated with complete and partial PGRN loss are similar or distinct...
April 12, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403621/examining-factors-affecting-caregiver-burden-a-comparison-of-frontotemporal-dementia-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Özlem Küçükgüçlü, Burcu Akpınar Söylemez, Görsev Yener, Canan Demir Barutcu, Merve Aliye Akyol
This study was conducted to compare the caregiver burden with regard to Alzheimer's disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and to determine the factors affecting the caregiver burden of patients with AD and FTD. A comparative descriptive study design was used. The sample consisted of 90 patients with AD and 44 patients with FTD and their caregivers. Sociodemographic questionnaire, Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), the Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI), Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI), and Functional Activities Questionnaire (FAQ) were used...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402959/meta-analysis-of-the-association-between-variants-in-mapt-and-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Cheng-Cheng Zhang, Jun-Xia Zhu, Yu Wan, Lin Tan, Hui-Fu Wang, Jin-Tai Yu, Lan Tan
Microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT) gene is compelling among the susceptibility genes of neurodegenerative diseases which include Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Our meta-analysis aimed to find the association between MAPT and the risk of these diseases. Published literatures were retrieved from MEDLINE and other databases, and 82 case-control studies were recruited...
March 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401333/interactions-of-pathological-proteins-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Tara L Spires-Jones, Johannes Attems, Dietmar Rudolf Thal
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTD), Lewy body disease (LBD), Parkinson's disease (PD), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have in common that protein aggregates represent pathological hallmark lesions. Amyloid β-protein, τ-protein, α-synuclein, and TDP-43 are the most frequently aggregated proteins in these disorders. Although they are assumed to form disease-characteristic aggregates, such as amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in AD or Lewy bodies in LBD/PD, they are not restricted to these clinical presentations...
April 11, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397477/real-time-pcr-detection-of-the-most-common-bacteria-and-viruses-causing-meningitis
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Oya Akkaya, Hulya Iren Guvenc, Serife Yuksekkaya, Aysegul Opus, Asuman Guzelant, Meral Kaya, Muhammet Guzel Kurtoglu, Nurettin Kaya
BACKGROUND: Central nervous system (CNS) infections require prompt diagnosis, as the clinical condition progresses rapidly and may lead to severe permanent sequelae or death. The causative agents include viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. In this study, samples with the diagnosis of CNS infection based on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) sent to us from other hospitals/labs, were studied by multiplex real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate, retrospectively, the most common bacteria and viruses causing meningitis and seasonal distribution of these agents using the multiplex real-time PCR method in CSF samples...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396624/granulostasis-protein-quality-control-of-rnp-granules
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Simon Alberti, Daniel Mateju, Laura Mediani, Serena Carra
Ribonucleoprotein (RNP) granules transport, store, or degrade messenger RNAs, thereby indirectly regulating protein synthesis. Normally, RNP granules are highly dynamic compartments. However, because of aging or severe environmental stress, RNP granules, in particular stress granules (SGs), convert into solid, aggregate-like inclusions. There is increasing evidence that such RNA-protein inclusions are associated with several age-related neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), fronto-temporal dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392472/nf-l-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-serum-is-a-biomarker-of-neuronal-damage-in-an-inducible-mouse-model-of-neurodegeneration
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Anthony Brureau, Véronique Blanchard-Bregeon, Catherine Pech, Stéphanie Hamon, Pascal Chaillou, Jean-Claude Guillemot, Pascal Barneoud, Philippe Bertrand, Laurent Pradier, Thomas Rooney, Nathalie Schussler
Accumulation of neurofilaments (NFs), the major constituents of the neuronal cytoskeleton, is a distinctive feature of neurological diseases and several studies have shown that soluble NFs can be detected in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia. Here we have used an inducible transgenic mouse model of neurodegeneration, CamKII-TetOp25 mice, to evaluate whether NF-L levels in CSF or blood can be used as a biochemical biomarker of neurodegeneration...
April 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389692/familial-early-onset-paget-s-disease-of-bone-associated-with-a-novel-hnrnpa2b1-mutation
#15
Xuan Qi, Qianqian Pang, Jiawei Wang, Zhen Zhao, Ou Wang, Lijun Xu, Jiangfeng Mao, Yan Jiang, Mei Li, Xiaoping Xing, Wei Yu, Asan, Weibo Xia
Paget disease of bone (PDB) is a common metabolic bone disease characterized by increased bone resorption and disorganized bone formation which affect single or multiple sites of bones. Although the exact cause of PDB is still controversial, genetic factors are considered to play an important role in PDB. Several genes involved in the differentiation or function of osteoclast were shown to be associated with PDB or related syndrome such as SQSTM1, TNFRSF11A, TNFRSF11B, and ZNF687. Multisystem proteinopathy (MSP), a newly proposed syndrome including inclusion body myopathy (IBM), PDB, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is mainly caused by mutation in VCP gene...
April 7, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387812/gene-based-association-studies-report-genetic-links-for-clinical-subtypes-of-frontotemporal-dementia
#16
Aniket Mishra, Raffaele Ferrari, Peter Heutink, John Hardy, Yolande Pijnenburg, Danielle Posthuma
Genome-wide association studies in frontotemporal dementia showed limited success in identifying associated loci. This is possibly due to small sample size, allelic heterogeneity, small effect sizes of single genetic variants, and the necessity to statistically correct for testing millions of genetic variants. To overcome these issues, we performed gene-based association studies on 3348 clinically identified frontotemporal dementia cases and 9390 controls (discovery, replication and joint-cohort analyses). We report association of APOE and TOMM40 with behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia, and ARHGAP35 and SERPINA1 with progressive non-fluent aphasia...
April 5, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387671/predicting-development-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-frontotemporal-dementia
#17
Tim Van Langenhove, Olivier Piguet, James R Burrell, Cristian Leyton, David Foxe, Melissa Abela, Lauren Bartley, Woojin S Kim, Eve Jary, Yue Huang, Carol Dobson-Stone, John B Kwok, Glenda M Halliday, John R Hodges
BACKGROUND: A proportion of patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) also develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). OBJECTIVE: We aimed to establish the risk of developing ALS in patients presenting with FTD and to identify the relevant clinical variables associated with progression from FTD to FTD-ALS. METHODS: Of 218 consecutive patients with FTD, 10.1% had a dual FTD-ALS diagnosis at presentation. The remaining 152 FTD patients with follow-up of at least 12 months were included in the present study...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380422/the-dominant-role-of-proofreading-exonuclease-activity-of-replicative-polymerase-%C3%AE%C2%B5-in-cellular-tolerance-to-cytarabine-ara-c
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Masataka Tsuda, Kazuhiro Terada, Masato Ooka, Koji Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Sasanuma, Ryo Fujisawa, Toshiki Tsurimoto, Junpei Yamamoto, Shigenori Iwai, Kei Kadoda, Remi Akagawa, Shar-Yin Naomi Huang, Yves Pommier, Julian E Sale, Shunichi Takeda, Kouji Hirota
Chemotherapeutic nucleoside analogs, such as Ara-C, 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) and Trifluridine (FTD), are frequently incorporated into DNA by the replicative DNA polymerases. However, it remains unclear how this incorporation kills cycling cells. There are two possibilities: Nucleoside analog triphosphates inhibit the replicative DNA polymerases, and/or nucleotide analogs mis-incorporated into genomic DNA interfere with the next round of DNA synthesis as replicative DNA polymerases recognize them as template DNA lesions, arresting synthesis...
March 23, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380257/tdp-43-and-fus-en-route-from-the-nucleus-to-the-cytoplasm
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REVIEW
Helena Ederle, Dorothee Dormann
Misfolded or mislocalized RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) and, consequently, altered mRNA processing, can cause neuronal dysfunction, eventually leading to neurodegeneration. Two prominent examples are the RBPs TDP-43 (TAR DNA binding protein of 43 kDa) and FUS (Fused in sarcoma), which form pathological mRNP aggregates in patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), two devastating neurodegenerative disorders. Here, we review the multiple functions of TDP-43 and FUS in mRNA processing, both in the nucleus and in the cytoplasm...
April 5, 2017: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377694/drosophila-melanogaster-as-a-model-organism-to-study-rna-toxicity-of-repeat-expansion-associated-neurodegenerative-and-neuromuscular-diseases
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REVIEW
Alex C Koon, Ho Yin Edwin Chan
For nearly a century, the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has proven to be a valuable tool in our understanding of fundamental biological processes, and has empowered our discoveries, particularly in the field of neuroscience. In recent years, Drosophila has emerged as a model organism for human neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disorders. In this review, we highlight a number of recent studies that utilized the Drosophila model to study repeat-expansion associated diseases (READs), such as polyglutamine diseases, fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS), myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) and type 2 (DM2), and C9ORF72-associated amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/frontotemporal dementia (C9-ALS/FTD)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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