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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721938/practical-clues-for-diagnosing-wwox-encephalopathy
#1
Oana Tarta-Arsene, Diana Barca, Dana Craiu, Catrinel Iliescu
The WW domain-containing oxidoreductase gene is implicated in autosomal recessive disorders of the central nervous system, expressed either as spinocerebellar ataxia or as a severe form with early-infantile epileptic encephalopathy. Here, we describe the electroclinical evolution of these disorders, adding new diagnostic clues based on a case study. The patient, a boy with early-onset epilepsy, presented with profound global developmental delay, persistent hypsarrhythmia, and epileptic spasms, associated with progressive cerebral atrophy without microcephaly...
July 19, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716278/single-step-blood-direct-pcr-a-robust-and-rapid-method-to-diagnose-triplet-repeat-disorders
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Inder Singh, Vishnu Swarup, Sunil Shakya, Vinay Goyal, Mohammed Faruq, Achal Kumar Srivastava
OBJECTIVE: DNA extraction prior to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification in genetic diagnoses of triplet repeat disorders (TRDs) is tedious and labour-intensive and has the limitations of sample contamination with foreign DNA, including that from preceding samples. Therefore, we aimed to develop a rapid, robust, and cost-effective method for expeditious genetic investigation of TRDs from whole blood as a DNA template. METHODS: Peripheral blood samples were collected from 70 clinically suspected patients of progressive ataxia...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708110/cognitive-changes-in-the-spinocerebellar-ataxias-due-to-expanded-polyglutamine-tracts-a-survey-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Evelyn Lindsay, Elsdon Storey
The dominantly-inherited ataxias characterised by expanded polyglutamine tracts-spinocere bellar ataxias (SCAs) 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 17, dentatorubral pallidoluysian atrophy (DRPLA) and, in part, SCA 8-have all been shown to result in various degrees of cognitive impairment. We survey the literature on the cognitive consequences of each disorder, attempting correlation with their published neuropathological, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and clinical features. We suggest several psychometric instruments for assessment of executive function, whose results are unlikely to be confounded by visual, articulatory or upper limb motor difficulties...
July 14, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706504/hypertrophic-olivary-degeneration-and-palatal-or-oculopalatal-tremor
#4
REVIEW
Caroline Tilikete, Virginie Desestret
Hypertrophic degeneration of the inferior olive is mainly observed in patients developing palatal tremor (PT) or oculopalatal tremor (OPT). This syndrome manifests as a synchronous tremor of the palate (PT) and/or eyes (OPT) that may also involve other muscles from the branchial arches. It is associated with hypertrophic inferior olivary degeneration that is characterized by enlarged and vacuolated neurons, increased number and size of astrocytes, severe fibrillary gliosis, and demyelination. It appears on MRI as an increased T2/FLAIR signal intensity and enlargement of the inferior olive...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699106/promoter-variant-alters-expression-of-the-autophagic-becn1-gene-implications-for-clinical-manifestations-of-machado-joseph-disease
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Nadiya Kazachkova, Mafalda Raposo, Amanda Ramos, Rafael Montiel, Manuela Lima
Autophagy is especially important in disorders where accumulation of the mutant protein is a hallmark, such as the Machado-Joseph disease/spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (MJD/SCA3). We analyzed the promoter of the BECN1 gene, whose overexpression has been reported to exert neuroprotective effects in MJD, with the aim of finding variants that could be associated with expression levels of beclin-1 and could be tested as modifiers of onset and disease severity. A fragment encompassing the BECN1 promoter was sequenced in 95 MJD subjects and 120 controls...
July 11, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687604/calpain-inhibition-is-protective-in-machado-joseph-disease-zebrafish-due-to-induction-of-autophagy
#6
Maxinne Watchon, Kristy C Yuan, Nick Mackovski, Adam J Svahn, Nicholas J Cole, Claire Goldsbury, Silke Rinkwitz, Thomas S Becker, Garth A Nicholson, Angela S Laird
The neurodegenerative disease Machado-Joseph disease (MJD), also known as spinocerebellar ataxin-3, affects neurons of the brain and spinal cord, disrupting control of the movement of muscles. We have successfully established the first transgenic zebrafish (Danio rerio) model of MJD, which express human ataxin-3 protein containing either 23 glutamines (23Q, wild-type) or 84Q (MJD-causing), within neurons. Phenotypic characterization of the zebrafish (male and female) revealed that the ataxin-3-84Q zebrafish have decreased survival compared to ataxin-3-23Q and develop ataxin-3 neuropathology, ataxin-3 cleavage fragments and motor impairment...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686858/a-pentanucleotide-atttc-repeat-insertion-in-the-non-coding-region-of-dab1-mapping-to-sca37-causes-spinocerebellar-ataxia
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Ana I Seixas, Joana R Loureiro, Cristina Costa, Andrés Ordóñez-Ugalde, Hugo Marcelino, Cláudia L Oliveira, José L Loureiro, Ashutosh Dhingra, Eva Brandão, Vitor T Cruz, Angela Timóteo, Beatriz Quintáns, Guy A Rouleau, Patrizia Rizzu, Ángel Carracedo, José Bessa, Peter Heutink, Jorge Sequeiros, Maria J Sobrido, Paula Coutinho, Isabel Silveira
Advances in human genetics in recent years have largely been driven by next-generation sequencing (NGS); however, the discovery of disease-related gene mutations has been biased toward the exome because the large and very repetitive regions that characterize the non-coding genome remain difficult to reach by that technology. For autosomal-dominant spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs), 28 genes have been identified, but only five SCAs originate from non-coding mutations. Over half of SCA-affected families, however, remain without a genetic diagnosis...
July 6, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680650/stratification-of-disease-progression-in-a-broad-spectrum-of-degenerative-cerebellar-ataxias-with-a-clustering-method-using-mri-based-atrophy-rates-of-brain-structures
#8
Rie Sasaki, Futaba Maki, Daisuke Hara, Shigeaki Tanaka, Yasuhiro Hasegawa
BACKGROUND: The rate of disease progression differs among patients with degenerative cerebellar ataxia. The uncertain natural course in individual patients hinders clinical trials of promising treatments. In this study, we analyzed atrophy changes in brain structures with cluster analysis to find sub-groups of patients with homogenous symptom progression in a broad spectrum of degenerative cerebellar ataxias. METHODS: We examined 48 patients including 21 cases of spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA), 17 cases of the cerebellar type of multiple system atrophy (MSA-C), and 10 cases of cortical cerebellar ataxia (CCA)...
2017: Cerebellum & Ataxias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677370/neuronal-vacuolation-and-spinocerebellar-degeneration-associated-with-altered-neurotransmission
#9
Aggeliki Giannakopoulou
<i>Inherited neurodegenerative disorders are debilitating diseases that occur across different species, such as the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris), and many are caused by mutations in the same genes as corresponding human conditions. In the present study, we report an inherited neurodegenerative condition, termed 'neuronal vacuolation and spinocerebellar degeneration' (NVSD) which affects neonatal or young dogs, mainly Rottweilers, which recently has been linked with the homozygosity for the RAB3GAP1:c...
2017: Folia Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676741/the-truncated-c-terminal-fragment-of-mutant-atxn3-disrupts-mitochondria-dynamics-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3-models
#10
Jung-Yu Hsu, Yu-Ling Jhang, Pei-Hsun Cheng, Yu-Fan Chang, Su-Han Mao, Han-In Yang, Chia-Wei Lin, Chuan-Mu Chen, Shang-Hsun Yang
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3), known as Machado-Joseph disease, is an autosomal dominant disease caused by an abnormal expansion of polyglutamine in ATXN3 gene, leading to neurodegeneration in SCA3 patients. Similar to other neurodegenerative diseases, the dysfunction of mitochondria is observed to cause neuronal death in SCA3 patients. Based on previous studies, proteolytic cleavage of mutant ATXN3 is found to produce truncated C-terminal fragments in SCA3 models. However, whether these truncated mutant fragments disturb mitochondrial functions and result in pathological death is still unclear...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667374/human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-protect-against-sca3-by-modulating-the-level-of-70-kd-heat-shock-protein
#11
Tan Li, Yi Liu, Linjie Yu, Jiamin Lao, Meijuan Zhang, Jiali Jin, Zhengjuan Lu, Zhuo Liu, Yun Xu
Spinocerebellar ataxia 3 (SCA3), which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, is currently incurable. Emerging studies have reported that human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (HUC-MSCs) transplantation could be a promising therapeutic strategy for cerebellar ataxias. However, few studies have evaluated the effects of HUC-MSCs on SCA3 transgenic mouse. Thus, we investigated the effects of HUC-MSCs on SCA3 mice and the underlying mechanisms in this study. SCA3 transgenic mice received systematic administration of 2 × 10(6) HUC-MSCs once per week for 12 continuous weeks...
June 30, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666509/ophthalmological-features-of-machado-joseph-disease
#12
Abdul Qayyum Rana, Danial Tahir Qureshi, Mujtaba Morshed, Zakerabibi M Kachhvi, Mohammad A Rana, Abdul Rehman M Qureshi
Machado-Joseph disease (MJD) or spinocerebellar ataxia type-3 (SCA3) is a rare and progressive neurodegenerative disorder, as well as the most frequently inherited spinocerebellar ataxia. It has extensive polymorphic features, described through a spectrum of neurological, and especially, ophthalmological manifestations. Besides the deterioration of the oculomotor systems, degeneration predominantly involves the cerebellar, pyramidal, extra-pyramidal, and peripheral motor systems. Few patients express Parkinsonian features as well...
November 2016: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659860/spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2-is-associated-with-the-extracellular-loss-of-superoxide-dismutase-but-not-catalase-activity
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Dennis Almaguer-Gotay, Luis E Almaguer-Mederos, Raul Aguilera-Rodríguez, Roberto Rodríguez-Labrada, Dany Cuello-Almarales, Annelié Estupiñán-Domínguez, Luis C Velázquez-Pérez, Yanetza González-Zaldívar, Yaimé Vázquez-Mojena
BACKGROUND: Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is an inherited and still incurable neurodegenerative disorder. Evidence suggests that pro-oxidant agents as well as factors involved in antioxidant cellular defenses are part of SCA2 physiopathology. AIM: To assess the influence of superoxide dismutase (SOD3) and catalase (CAT) enzymatic activities on the SCA2 syndrome. METHOD: Clinical, molecular, and electrophysiological variables, as well as SOD3 and CAT enzymatic activities were evaluated in 97 SCA2 patients and in 64 age- and sex-matched control individuals...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659154/spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-29-due-to-mutations-in-itpr1-a-case-series-and-review-of-this-emerging-congenital-ataxia
#14
Jessica L Zambonin, Allison Bellomo, Hilla Ben-Pazi, David B Everman, Lee M Frazer, Michael T Geraghty, Amy D Harper, Julie R Jones, Benjamin Kamien, Kristin Kernohan, Mary Kay Koenig, Matthew Lines, Elizabeth Emma Palmer, Randal Richardson, Reeval Segel, Mark Tarnopolsky, Jason R Vanstone, Melissa Gibbons, Abigail Collins, Brent L Fogel, Tracy Dudding-Byth, Kym M Boycott
BACKGROUND: Spinocerebellar ataxia type 29 (SCA29) is an autosomal dominant, non-progressive cerebellar ataxia characterized by infantile-onset hypotonia, gross motor delay and cognitive impairment. Affected individuals exhibit cerebellar dysfunction and often have cerebellar atrophy on neuroimaging. Recently, missense mutations in ITPR1 were determined to be responsible. RESULTS: Clinical information on 21 individuals from 15 unrelated families with ITPR1 mutations was retrospectively collected using standardized questionnaires, including 11 previously unreported singletons and 2 new patients from a previously reported family...
June 28, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648514/neurological-phenotypes-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2-role-of-mitochondrial-polymorphism-a10398g-and-other-risk-factors
#15
Thais Lampert Monte, Fernanda Santos Pereira, Estela da Rosa Reckziegel, Marina Coutinho Augustin, Lucas Dorídio Locks-Coelho, Amanda Senna P Santos, José Luiz Pedroso, Orlando Barsottini, Fernando Regla Vargas, Maria-Luiza Saraiva-Pereira, Laura Bannach Jardim
BACKGROUND: Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is due to a CAG expansion (CAGexp) at ATXN2. SCA2 presents great clinical variability, alongside characteristic ataxia with saccadic slowness. AIMS: To study parkinsonism, dementia, dystonia, and amyotrophy as subphenotypes of SCA2, and to explore the effect of CAG repeats at different loci and of mitochondrial polymorphism A10398G as modifiers of phenotype. METHODS: Symptomatic subjects were classified by presence/absence of neurological signs mentioned above; SARA and NESSCA scores were obtained...
June 19, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645341/spinocerebellar-ataxia
#16
Scott Wentz, Denis Jusufbegovic
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638142/inter-generational-instability-of-inserted-repeats-during-transmission-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-31
#17
Kunihiro Yoshida, Akira Matsushima, Katsuya Nakamura
The causative mutation for spinocerebellar ataxia type 31 (SCA31) is an intronic insertion containing pathogenic pentanucleotide repeats, (TGGAA)n. We examined to what degree the inserted repeats were unstable during transmission. In 14 parent-child pairs, the average change of onset age was -6.4±7.3 years (mean±s.d.) in the child generation when compared with the parent generation. Of the 11 pairs analyzed, six showed expansion of inserted repeat length during transmission, and five showed contraction. On average, the inserted repeats expanded by 12...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637818/the-cerebellum-does-more-than-sensory-prediction-error-based-learning-in-sensorimotor-adaptation-tasks
#18
Peter A Butcher, Richard B Ivry, Sheng-Han Kuo, David Rydz, John W Krakauer, Jordan A Taylor
Individuals with damage to the cerebellum perform poorly in sensorimotor adaptation paradigms. This deficit has been attributed to impairment in sensory-prediction-error-based updating of an internal forward model, a form of implicit learning. These individuals can, however, successfully counter a perturbation when instructed with an explicit aiming strategy. This successful use of an instructed aiming strategy presents a paradox: In adaptation tasks, why don't individuals with cerebellar damage come up with an aiming solution on their own to compensate for their implicit learning deficit? To explore this question, we employed a variant of a visuomotor rotation task in which, prior to executing a movement on each trial, the participants verbally reported their intended aiming location...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636205/progressive-scar14-with-unclear-speech-developmental-delay-tremor-and-behavioral-problems-caused-by-a-homozygous-deletion-of-the-sptbn2-pleckstrin-homology-domain
#19
Esra Yıldız Bölükbaşı, Muhammad Afzal, Sara Mumtaz, Nafees Ahmad, Sajid Malik, Aslıhan Tolun
We report on nine members of a consanguineous Pakistani family with primary presentation of intellectual disability, developmental delay, limb and gait ataxia, behavioral and speech problems, and tremor. By linkage mapping and exome sequencing we identified novel homozygous splicing variant c.6375-1G>C in SPTBN2. To date, only two other SPTBN2 mutations with recessive pattern of inheritance causing SCAR14 (spinocerebellar ataxia, autosomal recessive 14) that manifest with developmental ataxia and cognitive impairment, or cerebellar ataxia, mental retardation, and pyramidal signs have been reported...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634151/speech-and-swallowing-abnormalities-in-adults-with-polg-associated-ataxia-polg-a
#20
Adam P Vogel, Natalie Rommel, Andreas Oettinger, Marius Horger, Patrick Krumm, Eva-Maria Kraus, Ludger Schöls, Matthis Synofzik
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the nuclear-encoded mitochondrial DNA polymerase gamma (POLG) can result in a wide spectrum of neurological deficits. A common presentation is progressive ataxia (POLG-A) which includes impaired speech and swallowing. The nature, severity and impact of these deficits in POLG-A is not known. A comprehensive quantitative and qualitative characterization of dysarthria and dysphagia in this recurrent ataxia disorder will assist in diagnostics, provide insights into the underlying pathology, and establish the foundation for future therapy trials...
June 19, 2017: Mitochondrion
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