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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343865/regulatory-role-of-rna-chaperone-tdp-43-for-rna-misfolding-and-repeat-associated-translation-in-sca31
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Taro Ishiguro, Nozomu Sato, Morio Ueyama, Nobuhiro Fujikake, Chantal Sellier, Akemi Kanegami, Eiichi Tokuda, Bita Zamiri, Terence Gall-Duncan, Mila Mirceta, Yoshiaki Furukawa, Takanori Yokota, Keiji Wada, J Paul Taylor, Christopher E Pearson, Nicolas Charlet-Berguerand, Hidehiro Mizusawa, Yoshitaka Nagai, Kinya Ishikawa
Microsatellite expansion disorders are pathologically characterized by RNA foci formation and repeat-associated non-AUG (RAN) translation. However, their underlying pathomechanisms and regulation of RAN translation remain unknown. We report that expression of expanded UGGAA (UGGAAexp) repeats, responsible for spinocerebellar ataxia type 31 (SCA31) in Drosophila, causes neurodegeneration accompanied by accumulation of UGGAAexp RNA foci and translation of repeat-associated pentapeptide repeat (PPR) proteins, consistent with observations in SCA31 patient brains...
March 18, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340953/clinical-features-of-chinese-patients-with-gerstmann-str%C3%A3-ussler-scheinker-identified-by-targeted-next-generation-sequencing
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Hong-Fu Li, Zhi-Jun Liu, Hai-Lin Dong, Juan-Juan Xie, Shao-Yun Zhao, Wang Ni, Yi Dong, Zhi-Ying Wu
Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker (GSS) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disease due to mutations within prion protein (PRNP) gene. Clinically, it is not easy to distinguish GSS from spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA), especially in the early stage of disease. We aimed to identify genetic mutations in 8 Chinese pedigrees with dominant ataxia but excluded dynamic mutations of SCA genes. Targeted next-generation sequencing was performed in the 8 probands. A customized panel was designed to capture 24 known causative genes, including 15 autosomal dominant SCA genes and 9 dementia-related genes...
January 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334945/ubiquitin-related-network-underlain-by-cag-n-loci-modulate-age-at-onset-in-machado-joseph-disease
#3
Zhao Chen, Chunrong Wang, Caifa Zheng, Zhe Long, Li Cao, Xunhua Li, Huifang Shang, Xinzhen Yin, Baorong Zhang, Jingyu Liu, Dongxue Ding, Yun Peng, Huirong Peng, Wei Ye, Rong Qiu, Qian Pan, Kun Xia, Shengdi Chen, Jorge Sequeiros, Tetsuo Ashizawa, Beisha Tang, Hong Jiang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319124/different-subregional-metabolism-patterns-in-patients-with-cerebellar-ataxia-by-18f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography
#4
Minyoung Oh, Jae Seung Kim, Jungsu S Oh, Chong Sik Lee, Sun Ju Chung
We evaluated cerebellar subregional metabolic alterations in patients with cerebellar ataxia, a representative disease involving the spinocerebellum. We retrospectively analyzed 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (18F-FDG PET) images in 44 patients with multiple system atrophy of the cerebellar type (MSA-C), 9 patients with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) type 2, and 14 patients with SCA type 6 and compared with 15 patients with crossed cerebellar diaschisis (CCD) and 89 normal controls. Cerebellar subregional metabolism was assessed using 13 cerebellar subregions (bilateral anterior lobes [ANT], superior/mid/inferior posterior lobes [SUPP/MIDP/INFP], dentate nucleus [DN], anterior vermis [ANTV], and superior/inferior posterior vermis [SUPV/INFV]) to determine FDG uptake ratios...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316031/transactivation-domain-of-human-c-myc-is-essential-to-alleviate-poly-q-mediated-neurotoxicity-in-drosophila-disease-models
#5
Kritika Raj, Surajit Sarkar
Polyglutamine (poly(Q)) disorders, such as Huntington's disease (HD) and spinocerebellar ataxias, represent a group of neurological disorders which arise due to an atypically expanded poly(Q) tract in the coding region of the affected gene. Pathogenesis of these disorders inside the cells begins with the assembly of these mutant proteins in the form of insoluble inclusion bodies (IBs), which progressively sequester several vital cellular transcription factors and other essential proteins, and finally leads to neuronal dysfunction and apoptosis...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304238/remote-motor-system-metabolic-profile-and-surgery-outcome-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
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Sorin C Craciunas, Mircea R Gorgan, Bogdan Ianosi, Phil Lee, Joseph Burris, Carmen M Cirstea
OBJECTIVE In patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), the motor system may undergo progressive functional/structural changes rostral to the lesion, and these changes may be associated with clinical disability. The extent to which these changes have a prognostic value in the clinical recovery after surgical treatment is not yet known. In this study, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) was used to test 2 primary hypotheses. 1) Based on evidence of corticospinal and spinocerebellar, rubro-, or reticulospinal tract degeneration/dysfunction during chronic spinal cord compression, the authors hypothesized that the metabolic profile of the primary motor cortices (M1s) and cerebellum, respectively, would be altered in patients with CSM, and these alterations would be associated with the extent of the neurological disabilities...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295805/resting-state-functional-connectivity-and-cognitive-dysfunction-correlations-in-spinocerebelellar-ataxia-type-6-sca6
#7
Licia Pereira, Raag D Airan, Ann Fishman, Jay J Pillai, Kalyani Kansal, Chiadi U Onyike, Jerry L Prince, Sarah H Ying, Haris I Sair
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the correlation between resting state functional MRI (RS-fMRI) activity and motor and cognitive impairment in spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6). METHODS: Twelve patients with genetically confirmed SCA6 and 14 age matched healthy controls were imaged with RS-fMRI. Whole brain gray matter was automatically parcellated into 1000 regions of interest (ROIs). For each ROI, the first eigenvariate of voxel time courses was extracted...
March 15, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283581/mtcl1-plays-an-essential-role-in-maintaining-purkinje-neuron-axon-initial-segment
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Tomoko Satake, Kazunari Yamashita, Kenji Hayashi, Satoko Miyatake, Miwa Tamura-Nakano, Hiroshi Doi, Yasuhide Furuta, Go Shioi, Eriko Miura, Yukari H Takeo, Kunihiro Yoshida, Hiroyuki Yahikozawa, Naomichi Matsumoto, Michisuke Yuzaki, Atsushi Suzuki
The axon initial segment (AIS) is a specialized domain essential for neuronal function, the formation of which begins with localization of an ankyrin-G (AnkG) scaffold. However, the mechanism directing and maintaining AnkG localization is largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that in vivo knockdown of microtubule cross-linking factor 1 (MTCL1) in cerebellar Purkinje cells causes loss of axonal polarity coupled with AnkG mislocalization. MTCL1 lacking MT-stabilizing activity failed to restore these defects, and stable MT bundles spanning the AIS were disorganized in knockdown cells...
March 10, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282710/early-onset-friedreich-s-ataxia-with-oculomotor-apraxia
#9
Amene Saghazadeh, Sina Hafizi, Firouzeh Hosseini, Mahmoud Reza Ashrafi, Nima Rezaei
Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is a rare autosomal recessive spinocerebellar ataxia which in the majority of cases is associated with a GAA-trinucleotide repeat expansion in the first intron of Frataxin gene located on chromosome 9. The clinical features include progressive gait and limb ataxia, cerebellar dysarthria, neuropathy, optic atrophy, and loss of vibration and proprioception. Ataxia with ocular motor apraxia type 1 (AOA1) is another autosomal recessive cerebellar ataxia which is associated with oculomotor apraxia, hypoalbuminaemia, and hypercholesterolemia...
February 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270637/-an-autopsied-case-of-familial-spinocerebellar-degeneration-presenting-with-late-onset-autonomic-dysfunction
#10
Mikihiro Yamazaki, Takahiro Fukuda, Kinya Ishikawa, Jun Goto
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263872/evidence-of-oxidative-stress-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2-sca2-patient-fibroblasts-effect-of-coenzyme-q10-supplementation-on-these-parameters
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Nanna Cornelius, Jonathan H Wardman, Iain P Hargreaves, Viruna Neergheen, Anne Sigaard Bie, Zeynep Tümer, Jørgen E Nielsen, Troels T Nielsen
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is a rare neurodegenerative disorder caused by a CAG repeat expansion in the ataxin-2 gene. We show increased oxidative stress, abnormalities in the antioxidant system, changes in complexes involved in oxidative phosphorylation and changes in mitochondrial morphology in SCA2 patient fibroblasts compared to controls, and we show that treatment with CoQ10 can partially reverse these changes. Together, our results suggest that oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction may be contributory factors to the pathophysiology of SCA2 and that therapeutic strategies involving manipulation of the antioxidant system could prove to be of clinical benefit...
March 3, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256108/prodromal-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2-prospects-for-early-interventions-and-ethical-challenges
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REVIEW
Luis Velázquez-Pérez, Roberto Rodríguez-Labrada, José Miguel Laffita-Mesa
The characterization of prodromal stages in neurodegenerative disorders is becoming increasingly important because of the need for early neuroprotective therapies. Research during the past 3 decades in spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 has revealed a large body of evidence suggesting that many disease features precede the manifest cerebellar syndrome, which delineates the prodromal stage of this disorder. This stage is defined by clinical, imaging, and functional criteria, which are supported by early molecular events demonstrated in animal models...
March 3, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229454/analysis-of-a-fully-penetrant-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-8-brazilian-family
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V P Cintra, C M Lourenço, M M V Rocha, P J Tomaselli, W Marques
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 8 (SCA8) is a progressive neurological disorder caused by the expanded repeat CTA/CTG of two overlapping genes, ATXN8OS and ATXN8, expressed bidirectionally. Normal alleles have 15-50 repeats, and pathogenic alleles range from 71 to 1300 repeats. The disorder is relatively rare, accounting for about 2%-5% of the autosomal dominant forms of hereditary ataxia worldwide. However, the prevalence of disease-causing ATXN8OS/ATXN8 expansions is higher than the disease because of the reduced penetrance of the expanded allele...
February 22, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223212/n-butylidenephthalide-exhibits-protection-against-neurotoxicity-through-regulation-of-tryptophan-2-3-dioxygenase-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3
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Karthyayani Rajamani, Jen-Wei Liu, Cheng-Han Wu, I-Tsang Chiang, Deng-Huwei You, Si-Yin Lin, Dean-Kuo Hsieh, Shinn-Zong Lin, Horng-Jyh Harn, Tzyy-Wen Chiou
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 or Machado-Joseph disease (SCA3/MJD) is characterized by the repetition of a CAG codon in the ataxin-3 gene (ATXN3), which leads to the formation of an elongated mutant ATXN3 protein that can neither be denatured nor undergo proteolysis in the normal manner. This abnormal proteolysis leads to the accumulation of cleaved fragments, which have been identified as toxic and further they act as a seed for more aggregate formation, thereby increasing toxicity in neuronal cells. To date, there have been few studies or treatment strategies that have focused on controlling toxic fragment formation...
February 20, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216058/sca13-causes-dominantly-inherited-non-progressive-myoclonus-ataxia
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Solveig Montaut, Emmanuelle Apartis, Jean-Baptiste Chanson, Claire Ewenczyk, Mathilde Renaud, Claire Guissart, Jean Muller, André Pierre Legrand, Alexandra Durr, Vincent Laugel, Michel Koenig, Christine Tranchant, Mathieu Anheim
INTRODUCTION: Spinocerebellar ataxia 13 (SCA13) is a rare autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia. To our knowledge, its association to movement disorders has never been described. We aimed at reporting 8 new SCA13 cases with a focus on movement disorders especially myoclonus. METHODS: We performed a detailed neurological examination and neurophysiological recording in 8 patients consecutively diagnosed with SCA13 between December 2013 and October 2015 and followed up in two French tertiary centers...
February 11, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212558/ataxin-1-regulates-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-cervical-cancer-cells
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A-Ram Kang, Hyoung-Tae An, Jesang Ko, Seongman Kang
The mutant form of the protein ataxin-1 (ATXN1) causes the neurodegenerative disease spinocerebellar ataxia type-1. Recently, ATXN1 was reported to enhance E-cadherin expression in the breast cancer cell line MCF-7, suggesting a potential association between ATXN1 and cancer development. In the present study, we discovered a novel mechanism through which ATXN1 regulates the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of cancer cells. Hypoxia-induced upregulation of the Notch intracellular domain expression decreased ATXN1 expression via MDM2-associated ubiquitination and degradation...
February 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202696/low-cancer-prevalence-in-polyglutamine-expansion-diseases
#17
Giulia Coarelli, Alhassane Diallo, Morgane Sonia Thion, Daisy Rinaldi, Fabienne Calvas, Ouahid Lagha Boukbiza, Alina Tataru, Perrine Charles, Christine Tranchant, Cecilia Marelli, Claire Ewenczyk, Maya Tchikviladzé, Marie-Lorraine Monin, Bertrand Carlander, Mathieu Anheim, Alexis Brice, Fanny Mochel, Sophie Tezenas du Montcel, Sandrine Humbert, Alexandra Durr
OBJECTIVE: Polyglutamine (PolyQ) diseases are dominantly transmitted neurologic disorders, caused by coding and expanded CAG trinucleotide repeats. Cancer was reported retrospectively to be rare in patients with PolyQ diseases and we aimed to investigate its prevalence in France. METHODS: Consecutive patients with Huntington disease (HD) and spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) were questioned about cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and related risk factors in 4 university hospitals in Paris, Toulouse, Strasbourg, and Montpellier...
March 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195427/oculomotor-deficits-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3-potential-biomarkers-of-preclinical-detection-and-disease-progression
#18
Chao Wu, Ding-Bang Chen, Li Feng, Xiang-Xue Zhou, Ji-Wei Zhang, Hua-Jing You, Xiu-Ling Liang, Zhong Pei, Xun-Hua Li
AIMS: To detect specific oculomotor deficits in preclinical stage of spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3) and evaluate whether these abnormalities prove useful as potential biomarkers of disease progression. METHODS: A Chinese cohort of 56 patients with SCA3, including 12 preclinical carriers of SCA3 (pre-SCA3) and 44 manifest SCA3, and 26 healthy control individuals were recruited. We performed a detailed investigation on central oculomotor performance including fixation, gaze, smooth pursuit, prosaccade, and antisaccade using video-oculography...
February 13, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195350/overcoming-the-divide-between-ataxias-and-spastic-paraplegias-shared-phenotypes-genes-and-pathways
#19
REVIEW
Matthis Synofzik, Rebecca Schüle
Autosomal-dominant spinocerebellar ataxias, autosomal-recessive spinocerebellar ataxias, and hereditary spastic paraplegias have traditionally been designated in separate clinicogenetic disease classifications. This classification system still largely frames clinical thinking and genetic workup in clinical practice. Yet, with the advent of next-generation sequencing, phenotypically unbiased studies have revealed the limitations of this classification system. Various genes (eg, SPG7, SYNE1, PNPLA6) traditionally rooted in either the ataxia or hereditary spastic paraplegia classification system have now been shown to cause ataxia on the one end of the disease continuum and hereditary spastic paraplegia on the other...
February 14, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195034/treatment-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-with-mesenchymal-stem-cells-a-phase-i-iia-clinical-study
#20
Yun-An Tsai, Ren-Shyan Liu, Jiing-Feng Lirng, Bang-Hung Yang, Chin-Hao Chang, YiChen Wang, Yu-Shan Wu, Jennifer Hui-Chun Ho, Oscar K Lee, Bing-Wen Soong
Ataxia is one of the most devastating symptoms of many neurodegenerative disorders. As of today, there isn’tany effective treatment to retard its progression. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have shown promise in treating neurodegenerative diseases. We hereby report the results of a phase I/IIa clinical study conducted in Taiwan to primarily evaluate the safety, tolerability and, secondarily, the possible efficacy of intravenous administration of allogeneic adipose tissuederived MSCs from healthy donors...
February 14, 2017: Cell Transplantation
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