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Feng Liang, Christian Giordano, Dong Shang, Qian Li, Basil J Petrof
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is characterized by progressive muscle weakness which is ultimately fatal, most often due to involvement of the diaphragm. Macrophage infiltration of dystrophic muscles has been strongly linked to muscle damage and fibrosis in DMD. We hypothesized that cenicriviroc (CVC), a dual chemokine receptor (CCR2/CCR5) antagonist currently under clinical evaluation for other diseases, could prevent macrophage accumulation and blunt disease progression in the diaphragms of mdx mice (genetic homologue of DMD)...
2018: PloS One
Raquel Esteves Marques, Paulo Silva Guerra, David Cordeiro Sousa, Nuno Pinto Ferreira, Ana Inês Gonçalves, Ana Miguel Quintas, Walter Rodrigues
PURPOSE: To compare intracameral 20% sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) versus 100% air as tamponade for graft attachment in Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). METHODS: Using an electronic database search on MEDLINE and CENTRAL from inception to December 2017, we performed a literature review and meta-analysis including all comparative studies of SF6 at a 20% concentration (20% SF6) versus pure air (100% air) for anterior chamber tamponade in DMEK. The primary outcome was the rebubbling rate at the final observation...
March 20, 2018: Cornea
Cong Liu, Xiufen Liu, Jing Qi, Om Prakash Pant, Cheng-Wei Lu, Jilong Hao
Protein deglycase DJ-1 (Parkinson disease protein 7) is a 20 kDa protein encoded by PARK7 gene. It is also known as a redox-sensitive chaperone and sensor that protect cells against oxidative stress-induced cell death in many human diseases. Though increasing evidence implicates that DJ-1 may also participate in ocular diseases, the overview of DJ-1 in ocular diseases remains elusive. In this review, we discuss the role as well as the underlying molecular mechanisms of DJ-1 in ocular diseases, including Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD), age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and ocular neurodegenerative diseases, highlighting that DJ-1 may serve as a very striking therapeutic target for ocular diseases...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Maria L Stunkel, Scott E Brodie, Artur V Cideciyan, Wanda L Pfeifer, Elizabeth L Kennedy, Edwin M Stone, Samuel G Jacobson, Arlene V Drack
PURPOSE: GUCY2D has been associated with autosomal recessive Leber Congenital Amaurosis and autosomal dominant cone-rod dystrophy. This report expands the phenotype of autosomal recessive mutations to congenital night blindness which may slowly progress to retinitis pigmentosa. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Multicenter study of five patients (3 male, 2 female). RESULTS: All presented with night blindness since childhood...
March 17, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Raphaël Boursereau, Michel Abou-Samra, Sophie Lecompte, Laurence Noel, Sonia M Brichard
BACKGROUND: The hormone adiponectin (ApN) exerts powerful anti-inflammatory effects on skeletal muscle and can reverse devastating myopathies, like Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), where inflammation exacerbates disease progression. The NLRP3 inflammasome plays a key role in the inflammation process, and its aberrant activation leads to several inflammatory or immune diseases. Here we investigated the expression of the NLRP inflammasome in skeletal muscle and its contribution to DMD...
March 20, 2018: BMC Biology
Rénuka S Birbal, Shugi Hsien, Vasiliki Zygoura, Jack S Parker, Lisanne Ham, Korine van Dijk, Isabel Dapena, Lamis Baydoun, Gerrit R J Melles
PURPOSE: To report the mid-term outcomes of hemi-Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (hemi-DMEK) performed for Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD). METHODS: In this prospective, interventional case series, we evaluated clinical outcomes of 10 eyes from 10 patients who underwent hemi-DMEK for FECD. Main outcome measures were best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), endothelial cell density (ECD), central pachymetry, and postoperative complications. RESULTS: At 1 year postoperatively, 7/7 eyes (excluding 2 eyes with low visual potential) reached a BCVA of ≥20/40 (≥0...
March 19, 2018: Cornea
Amy Goldman, Alison Metcalfe, Rhona MacLeod
When a boy is diagnosed with an X-linked condition such as Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy (D/BMD), the mother learns not only of her own potential carrier risk but also that of her daughters. Before the daughters are seen in the Genetics Clinic, responsibility for disclosing carrier risk information falls mainly to their mothers. We know little about if when and how these daughters are being told about their risk, and how mothers find the experience. Should we be doing more to help and support them? Using qualitative methods, six mothers known to the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine were interviewed about the disclosure of D/BMD carrier risk information to their daughters...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Genetic Counseling
Johannes Birtel, Tobias Eisenberger, Martin Gliem, Philipp L Müller, Philipp Herrmann, Christian Betz, Diana Zahnleiter, Christine Neuhaus, Steffen Lenzner, Frank G Holz, Elisabeth Mangold, Hanno J Bolz, Peter Charbel Issa
Macular and cone/cone-rod dystrophies (MD/CCRD) demonstrate a broad genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity, with retinal alterations solely or predominantly involving the central retina. Targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) is an efficient diagnostic tool for identifying mutations in patient with retinitis pigmentosa, which shows similar genetic heterogeneity. To detect the genetic causes of disease in patients with MD/CCRD, we implemented a two-tier procedure consisting of Sanger sequencing and targeted NGS including genes associated with clinically overlapping conditions...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Timothy J Peiris, Maanasa Indaram, Euna Koo, Janet S Soul, David G Hunter
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2018: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Saber Imani, Iqra Ijaz, Marzieh Dehghan Shasaltaneh, Shangyi Fu, Jingliang Cheng, Junjiang Fu
Choroideremia (CHM) is a rare form of X-linked chorioretinal dystrophy that is caused by mutations in the CHM gene. Mutations in the Rab escort protein-1 (REP-1), an ubiquitously encoded protein of the CHM gene, lead to prenylation and vesicle trafficking deficiency in the protein, resulting in the progressive degeneration of choriocapillaris, retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), and photoreceptors. Despite previous studies concerning this disease, no effective diagnostic tests or established therapeutic interventions currently exist for CHM...
January 2018: Mutation Research
Eva Pampouille, Cécile Berri, Simon Boitard, Christelle Hennequet-Antier, Stéphane A Beauclercq, Estelle Godet, Christophe Praud, Yves Jégo, Elisabeth Le Bihan-Duval
BACKGROUND: White striping (WS) is an emerging muscular defect occurring on breast and thigh muscles of broiler chickens. It is characterized by the presence of white striations parallel to the muscle fibers and has significant consequences for meat quality. The etiology of WS remains poorly understood, even if previous studies demonstrated that the defect prevalence is related to broiler growth and muscle development. Moreover, recent studies showed moderate to high heritability values of WS, which emphasized the role of genetics in the expression of the muscle defect...
March 20, 2018: BMC Genomics
Candice Brinkmeyer-Langford, Candice Chu, Cynthia Balog-Alvarez, Xue Yu, James J Cai, Mary Nabity, Joe N Kornegay
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) causes progressive disability in 1 of every 5,000 boys due to the lack of functional dystrophin protein. Despite much advancement in knowledge about DMD disease presentation and progression-attributable in part to studies using mouse and canine models of the disease-current DMD treatments are not equally effective in all patients. There remains, therefore, a need for translational animal models in which novel treatment targets can be identified and evaluated. Golden Retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) is a phenotypically and genetically homologous animal model of DMD...
2018: PloS One
Alison M Barnard, Rebecca J Willcocks, Erika L Finanger, Michael J Daniels, William T Triplett, William D Rooney, Donovan J Lott, Sean C Forbes, Dah-Jyuu Wang, Claudia R Senesac, Ann T Harrington, Richard S Finkel, Barry S Russman, Barry J Byrne, Gihan I Tennekoon, Glenn A Walter, H Lee Sweeney, Krista Vandenborne
OBJECTIVE: To provide evidence for quantitative magnetic resonance (qMR) biomarkers in Duchenne muscular dystrophy by investigating the relationship between qMR measures of lower extremity muscle pathology and functional endpoints in a large ambulatory cohort using a multicenter study design. METHODS: MR spectroscopy and quantitative imaging were implemented to measure intramuscular fat fraction and the transverse magnetization relaxation time constant (T2) in lower extremity muscles of 136 participants with Duchenne muscular dystrophy...
2018: PloS One
Leslie Mertz
Gene editing and CRISPR (a group of repeated DNA sequences in bacteria) typically target disease-causing mutated genes by eliminating the bad gene altogether, by correcting the problem DNA to restore proper gene functioning, or by modifying a different gene to compensate for the faulty gene's lost function. One research group at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, however, is using a different strategy to fight one of the most common inherited genetic diseases: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).
March 2018: IEEE Pulse
Charlotte Spicher, Ruth Schneider, Peter Mönnings, Christiane Schneider-Gold, Dennis Kallenberg, Bilal Cevik, Carsten Lukas, Ralf Gold, Christos Krogias
Background: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked recessive skeletal muscle myopathy which is caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. Lack of dystrophin also results to cardiomyopathy, which raises significantly the stroke risk in DMD-patients. However, data about therapeutic opportunities in the acute setting are scarce in literature. So far, only two cases receiving IV thrombolysis are described, one of them with fatal outcome. Method: Case report of a case of successful mechanical thrombectomy (MTE) in an acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patient with DMD and associated dilatative cardiomyopathy...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
Paola Spitalieri, Rosa V Talarico, Silvia Caioli, Michela Murdocca, Annalucia Serafino, Marco Girasole, Simone Dinarelli, Giovanni Longo, Sabina Pucci, Annalisa Botta, Giuseppe Novelli, Cristina Zona, Ruggiero Mango, Federica Sangiuolo
Myotonic Dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is a multisystemic disease, autosomal dominant, caused by a CTG repeat expansion in DMPK gene. We assessed the appropriateness of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (CMs) as a model to recapitulate some aspects of the pathogenetic mechanism involving cardiac manifestations in DM1 patients. Once obtained in vitro, CMs have been characterized for their morphology and their functionality. CMs DM1 show intranuclear foci and transcript markers abnormally spliced respect to WT ones, as well as several irregularities in nuclear morphology, probably caused by an unbalanced lamin A/C ratio...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Hiroyuki Awano, Chieko Itoh, Yasuhiro Takeshima, Tomoko Lee, Masaaki Matsumoto, Akihiro Kida, Toshihiko Kaise, Takeo Suzuki, Masafumi Matsuo
INTRODUCTION: Few long-term cohort studies have addressed changes in the ambulatory capacity of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), and no reports have evaluated the factors associated with ambulatory capacity in Japanese. METHODS: The longitudinal changes in 10-meter run/walk ability and associated factors were retrospectively investigated using general practice data. The factors associated with loss of this ability before the age of 10 years were explored by logistic regression analysis using parameters of genetic mutations, corticosteroid use, the manual muscle test (MMT), and the joint range of motion (ROM)...
March 15, 2018: Brain & Development
Jesse D Sengillo, Winston Lee, Takayuki Nagasaki, Kaspar Schuerch, Lawrence A Yannuzzi, K Bailey Freund, Janet Sparrow, Rando Allikmets, Stephen H Tsang
PURPOSE: Mutations in the eyes shut homolog (EYS) gene are a frequent cause of autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (arRP). This study used multi-modal retinal imaging to elucidate genotype-phenotype relationships in EYS-related RP (EYS-RP). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHOD: Multimodal retinal imaging and electrophysiologic testing was assessed for 16 patients with genetic confirmation of EYS-RP. RESULTS: A total of 27 unique EYS variants were identified in 16 patients...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Libby Wood, Guillaume Bassez, Baziel van Engelen, Hanns Lochmüller, Benedikt Schoser
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 12, 2018: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Graham F Brady, Raymond Kwan, Juliana Bragazzi Cunha, Jared S Elenbaas, M Bishr Omary
The nuclear lamina is a multi-protein lattice composed of A- and B-type lamins and their associated proteins. This protein lattice associates with heterochromatin and integral inner nuclear membrane proteins, providing a link between the genome, nucleoskeleton, and cytoskeleton. In the 1990s, mutations in EMD and LMNA were linked to Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy. Since then, the number of diseases attributed to nuclear lamina defects, including laminopathies and other disorders, has increased to include more than 20 distinct genetic syndromes...
March 13, 2018: Gastroenterology
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