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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534046/genetic-analysis-of-age-at-onset-variation-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2
#1
K P Figueroa, Hilary Coon, Nieves Santos, Luis Velazquez, Luis Almaguer Mederos, Stefan-M Pulst
OBJECTIVE: To examine heritability of the residual variability of spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) age at onset (AO) after controlling for CAG repeat length. METHODS: From 1955 to 2001, dates of birth, CAG repeat lengths, AO, sex, familial inheritances, and clinical manifestations were collected for a large Cuban SCA2 cohort of 382 affected individuals, including 129 parent-child pairs and 69 sibships. Analyses were performed with log-transformed AO in the GENMOD procedure to predict AO using repeat length, taking into account family structure...
June 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525545/gene-co-expression-network-analysis-for-identifying-modules-and-functionally-enriched-pathways-in-sca2
#2
Lance T Pflieger, Warunee Dansithong, Sharan Paul, Daniel Scoles, Karla P Figueroa, Pratap Meera, Thomas S Otis, Julio C Facelli, Stefan M Pulst
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disease caused by CAG repeat expansion in the ATXN2 gene. The repeat resides in an encoded region of the gene resulting in polyglutamine (polyQ) expansion which has been assumed to result in gain of function, predominantly, for the ATXN2 protein. We evaluated temporal cerebellar expression profiles by RNA sequencing of ATXN2Q127 mice vs wildtype littermates. ATXN2Q127 mice are characterized by a progressive motor phenotype onset, and have progressive cerebellar molecular and neurophysiological (Purkinje cell firing frequency) phenotypes...
May 19, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518055/a-positive-feedback-loop-linking-enhanced-mglur-function-and-basal-calcium-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2
#3
Pratap Meera, Stefan Pulst, Thomas Otis
Metabotropic glutamate receptor 1 (mGluR1) function in Purkinje neurons (PNs) is essential for cerebellar development and for motor learning and altered mGluR1 signaling causes ataxia. Downstream of mGluR1, dysregulation of calcium homeostasis has been hypothesized as a key pathological event in genetic forms of ataxia but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. We find in a spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) mouse model that calcium homeostasis in PNs is disturbed across a broad range of physiological conditions...
May 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510727/alternative-splicing-in-the-c-terminal-tail-of-cav2-1-is-essential-for-preventing-a-neurological-disease-in-mice
#4
Tomonori Aikawa, Takaki Watanabe, Taisuke Miyazaki, Takayasu Mikuni, Minoru Wakamori, Miyano Sakurai, Hidenori Aizawa, Nobutaka Ishizu, Masahiko Watanabe, Masanobu Kano, Hidehiro Mizusawa, Kei Watase
Alternative splicing (AS) that occurs at the final coding exon (exon 47) of the Cav2.1 voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) gene produces two major isoforms in the brain, MPI and MPc. These isoforms differ in their splice acceptor sites; human MPI is translated into a polyglutamine tract associated with spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6), whereas MPc splices to an immediate stop codon, resulting in a shorter cytoplasmic tail.To gain insight into the functional role of the AS in vivo and whether modulating the splice patterns at this locus can be a potential therapeutic strategy for SCA6, here we created knockin mice that exclusively express MPc by inserting the splice-site mutation...
May 16, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507511/distribution-of-elovl4-in-the-developing-and-adult-mouse-brain
#5
David M Sherry, Blake R Hopiavuori, Megan A Stiles, Negar S Rahman, Kathryn G Ozan, Ferenc Deak, Martin-Paul Agbaga, Robert E Anderson
ELOngation of Very Long chain fatty acids (ELOVL)-4 is essential for the synthesis of very long chain-fatty acids (fatty acids with chain lengths ≥ 28 carbons). The functions of ELOVL4 and its very long-chain fatty acid products are poorly understood at present. However, mutations in ELOVL4 cause neurodevelopmental or neurodegenerative diseases that vary according to the mutation and inheritance pattern. Heterozygous inheritance of different ELOVL4 mutations causes Stargardt-like Macular Dystrophy or Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 34...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490766/sca42-mutation-analysis-in-a-case-series-of-japanese-patients-with-spinocerebellar-ataxia
#6
Mari Kimura, Ichiro Yabe, Yuka Hama, Katsuki Eguchi, Shigehisa Ura, Kazufumi Tsuzaka, Shoji Tsuji, Hidenao Sasaki
Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is a group of dominantly inherited heterogeneous disorders in which 43 subtypes have been identified to date. Recently, Japanese and French families with SCA type 42 (SCA42) were found to have a missense mutation (c.5144G>A; R1715H) in CACNA1G. We performed genetic analysis of 84 unrelated families to find the prevalence of SCA42 in Japan. Two families were found to have the previously reported missense mutation. Clinical presentations of the affected members of these families were similar to those of the previously reported French and Japanese families...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489147/professor-wadia-s-contributions-to-neurology-and-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2
#7
Fernando Spina Tensini, José Luiz Pedroso, Orlando G P Barsottini, Hélio A G Teive
The authors present a historical review of the seminal contributions of Professor N. H. Wadia (1925-2016) to neurology, in particular, the first description of spinocerebellar ataxia type 2.
April 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488678/a-missense-variant-in-itpr1-provides-evidence-for-autosomal-recessive-sca29-with-asymptomatic-cerebellar-hypoplasia-in-carriers
#8
Joakim Klar, Zafar Ali, Muhammad Farooq, Kamal Khan, Johan Wikström, Maria Iqbal, Shumaila Zulfiqar, Sanam Faryal, Shahid Mahmood Baig, Niklas Dahl
Spinocerebellar ataxias (SCA) comprise a heterogeneous group of inherited neurological disorders characterized by a range of symptoms from both cerebellar and extra cerebellar structures. We investigated the cause of autosomal recessive, congenital SCA in six affected family members from a large consanguineous family. Using whole-exome sequencing, we identified a homozygous ITPR1 missense variant [c.5360T>C; p.(L1787P)] segregating in all affected individuals. Heterozygous carriers were asymptomatic despite cerebellar hypoplasia...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468936/solving-the-puzzle-of-neurological-diseases-an-interview-with-huda-zoghbi
#9
Huda Y Zoghbi
Huda Zoghbi's achievements in the field of neurology are internationally acclaimed. She is best known for elucidating the genetic basis of two complex neurological disorders, spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 and Rett syndrome, and has been honored with many prizes, including The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine in 2016 and the 2017 Breakthrough Prize for Life Sciences. A diligent and creative research scientist at the bench, a respected lab mentor and founding Director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital, her inspiration has always been the burning need to help patients faced with devastating neurological problems...
May 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467418/a-kcnc3-mutation-causes-a-neurodevelopmental-non-progressive-sca13-subtype-associated-with-dominant-negative-effects-and-aberrant-egfr-trafficking
#10
Swati Khare, Jerelyn A Nick, Yalan Zhang, Kira Galeano, Brittany Butler, Habibeh Khoshbouei, Sruti Rayaprolu, Tyisha Hathorn, Laura P W Ranum, Lisa Smithson, Todd E Golde, Martin Paucar, Richard Morse, Michael Raff, Julie Simon, Magnus Nordenskjöld, Karin Wirdefeldt, Diego E Rincon-Limas, Jada Lewis, Leonard K Kaczmarek, Pedro Fernandez-Funez, Harry S Nick, Michael F Waters
The autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are a diverse group of neurological disorders anchored by the phenotypes of motor incoordination and cerebellar atrophy. Disease heterogeneity is appreciated through varying comorbidities: dysarthria, dysphagia, oculomotor and/or retinal abnormalities, motor neuron pathology, epilepsy, cognitive impairment, autonomic dysfunction, and psychiatric manifestations. Our study focuses on SCA13, which is caused by several allelic variants in the voltage-gated potassium channel KCNC3 (Kv3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464831/principal-component-analysis-for-ataxic-gait-using-a-triaxial-accelerometer
#11
Akira Matsushima, Kunihiro Yoshida, Hirokazu Genno, Shu-Ichi Ikeda
BACKGROUND: It is quite difficult to evaluate ataxic gait quantitatively in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to analyze the characteristics of ataxic gait using a triaxial accelerometer and to develop a novel biomarker of integrated gate parameters for ataxic gait. METHODS: Sixty-one patients with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) or multiple system atrophy with predominant cerebellar ataxia (MSA-C) and 57 healthy control subjects were enrolled. The subjects were instructed to walk 10 m for a total of 12 times on a flat floor at their usual walking speed with a triaxial accelerometer attached to their back...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456900/nessca-validation-and-responsiveness-of-several-rating-scales-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2
#12
Thais L Monte, Estela R Reckziegel, Marina C Augustin, Amanda S P Silva, Lucas D Locks-Coelho, Orlando Barsottini, José L Pedroso, Fernando R Vargas, Maria-Luiza Saraiva-Pereira, Vanessa Bielefeldt Leotti, Laura Bannach Jardim
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2), caused by a CAG expansion (CAGexp) at ATXN2, has a complex clinical picture. While validated ataxia scales are available, comprehensive instruments to measure all SCA2 neurological manifestations are required. This study aims to validate the Neurological Examination Score for the assessment of Spinocerebellar Ataxias (NESSCA) to be used in SCA2 and to compare its responsiveness to those obtained with other instruments. NESSCA, SARA, SCAFI, and CCFS scales were applied in symptomatic SCA2 patients...
April 29, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449981/recessive-afg3l2-mutation-causes-progressive-microcephaly-early-onset-seizures-spasticity-and-basal-ganglia-involvement
#13
Alaa Eskandrani, Amal AlHashem, El-Sayed Ali, Saad AlShahwan, Kalthoum Tlili, Khaled Hundallah, Brahim Tabarki
BACKGROUND: Mutations in AFG3L2, a gene encoding a subunit of the mitochondrial m-AAA protease, cause spinocerebellar ataxia type 28 and recessive spastic ataxia type 5. Neuroimaging shows cerebellar atrophy. METHODS: Retrospective review of the patient charts including their clinical evaluation and molecular genetic, neurodiagnostic, and neuroradiological investigations. RESULTS: We describe five members of a large consanguineous family with a severe mitochondrial phenotype in the form of regression of the developmental milestones in the first year of life, refractory epilepsy, progressive microcephaly, increased blood lactate, basal ganglia involvement, and premature death...
April 5, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449807/cancer-in-machado-joseph-disease-patients-low-frequency-as-a-cause-of-death
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Gabriele Nunes Souza, Nathália Kersting, Thomaz Abramsson Gonçalves, Daphne Louise Oliveira Pacheco, Maria-Luiza Saraiva-Pereira, Suzi Alves Camey, Jonas Alex Morales Saute, Laura Bannach Jardim
Since polyglutamine diseases have been related to a reduced risk of cancer, we aimed to study the 15 years cumulative incidence of cancer (CIC) (arm 1) and the proportion of cancer as a cause of death (arm 2) in symptomatic carriers of spinocerebellar ataxia type 3/Machado-Joseph disease (SCA3/MJD). SCA3/MJD and control individuals from our state were invited to participate. A structured interview was performed. CIC as published by the Brazilian National Institute of Cancer, was used as populational control...
April 2017: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448548/altered-striatal-endocannabinoid-signaling-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3
#15
Carmen Rodríguez-Cueto, Mariluz Hernández-Gálvez, Cecilia J Hillard, Patricia Maciel, Sara Valdeolivas, José A Ramos, María Gómez-Ruiz, Javier Fernández-Ruiz
Spinocerebellar ataxia type-3 (SCA-3) is the most prevalent autosomal dominant inherited ataxia. We recently found that the endocannabinoid system is altered in the post-mortem cerebellum of SCA-3 patients, and similar results were also found in the cerebellar and brainstem nuclei of a SCA-3 transgenic mouse model. Given that the neuropathology of SCA-3 is not restricted to these two brain regions but rather, it is also evident in other structures (e.g., the basal ganglia), we studied the possible changes to endocannabinoid signaling in the striatum of these transgenic mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445460/polyglutamine-tracts-regulate-beclin-1-dependent-autophagy
#16
Avraham Ashkenazi, Carla F Bento, Thomas Ricketts, Mariella Vicinanza, Farah Siddiqi, Mariana Pavel, Ferdinando Squitieri, Maarten C Hardenberg, Sara Imarisio, Fiona M Menzies, David C Rubinsztein
Nine neurodegenerative diseases are caused by expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) tracts in different proteins, such as huntingtin in Huntington's disease and ataxin 3 in spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3). Age at onset of disease decreases with increasing polyglutamine length in these proteins and the normal length also varies. PolyQ expansions drive pathogenesis in these diseases, as isolated polyQ tracts are toxic, and an N-terminal huntingtin fragment comprising exon 1, which occurs in vivo as a result of alternative splicing, causes toxicity...
May 4, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444220/a-panel-study-on-patients-with-dominant-cerebellar-ataxia-highlights-the-frequency-of-channelopathies
#17
Marie Coutelier, Giulia Coarelli, Marie-Lorraine Monin, Juliette Konop, Claire-Sophie Davoine, Christelle Tesson, Rémi Valter, Mathieu Anheim, Anthony Behin, Giovanni Castelnovo, Perrine Charles, Albert David, Claire Ewenczyk, Mélanie Fradin, Cyril Goizet, Didier Hannequin, Pierre Labauge, Florence Riant, Pierre Sarda, Yves Sznajer, François Tison, Urielle Ullmann, Lionel Van Maldergem, Fanny Mochel, Alexis Brice, Giovanni Stevanin, Alexandra Durr
Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxias have a marked heterogeneous genetic background, with mutations in 34 genes identified so far. This large amount of implicated genes accounts for heterogeneous clinical presentations, making genotype-phenotype correlations a major challenge in the field. While polyglutamine ataxias, linked to CAG repeat expansions in genes such as ATXN1, ATXN2, ATXN3, ATXN7, CACNA1A and TBP, have been extensively characterized in large cohorts, there is a need for comprehensive assessment of frequency and phenotype of more 'conventional' ataxias...
April 21, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442996/structural-characteristics-of-simple-rna-repeats-associated-with-disease-and-their-deleterious-protein-interactions
#18
REVIEW
Adam Ciesiolka, Magdalena Jazurek, Karolina Drazkowska, Wlodzimierz J Krzyzosiak
Short Tandem Repeats (STRs) are frequent entities in many transcripts, however, in some cases, pathological events occur when a critical repeat length is reached. This phenomenon is observed in various neurological disorders, such as myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome, C9orf72-related amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia (C9ALS/FTD), and polyglutamine diseases, such as Huntington's disease (HD) and spinocerebellar ataxias (SCA). The pathological effects of these repeats are triggered by mutant RNA transcripts and/or encoded mutant proteins, which depend on the localization of the expanded repeats in non-coding or coding regions...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438224/early-strong-intrathecal-inflammation-in-cerebellar-type-multiple-system-atrophy-by-cerebrospinal-fluid-cytokine-chemokine-profiles-a-case-control-study
#19
Ryo Yamasaki, Hiroo Yamaguchi, Takuya Matsushita, Takayuki Fujii, Akio Hiwatashi, Jun-Ichi Kira
BACKGROUND: The pathology of multiple system atrophy cerebellar-type (MSA-C) includes glial inflammation; however, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) inflammatory cytokine profiles have not been investigated. In this study, we determined CSF cytokine/chemokine/growth factor profiles in MSA-C and compared them with those in hereditary spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). METHODS: We collected clinical data and CSF from 20 MSA-C patients, 12 hereditary SCA patients, and 15 patients with other non-inflammatory neurological diseases (OND), and measured 27 cytokines/chemokines/growth factors using a multiplexed fluorescent bead-based immunoassay...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432873/conditional-deletion-of-bmal1-accentuates-microvascular-and-macrovascular-injury
#20
Ashay D Bhatwadekar, Eleni Beli, Yanpeng Diao, Jonathan Chen, Qianyi Luo, Alpha Alex, Sergio Caballero, James M Dominguez, Tatiana E Salazar, Julia V Busik, Mark S Segal, Maria B Grant
The brain and muscle aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator-like protein (BMAL)-1 constitutes a major transcriptional regulator of the circadian clock. Here, we explored the impact of conditional deletion of Bmal1 in endothelium and hematopoietic cells in murine models of microvascular and macrovascular injury. We used two models of Bmal1(fx/fx);Tek-Cre mice, a retinal ischemia/reperfusion model and a neointimal hyperplasia model of the femoral artery. Eyes were enumerated for acellular capillaries and were stained for oxidative damage markers using nitrotyrosine immunohistochemistry...
June 2017: American Journal of Pathology
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