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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432873/conditional-deletion-of-bmal1-accentuates-microvascular-and-macrovascular-injury
#1
Ashay D Bhatwadekar, Eleni Beli, Diao Yanpeng, 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...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432641/dentatorubro-pallidoluysian-atrophy-drpla-among-700-families-with-ataxia-in-brazil
#2
Pedro Braga-Neto, José Luiz Pedroso, Gabriel Vasata Furtado, Tailise Conte Gheno, Maria Luiza Saraiva-Pereira, Laura Bannach Jardim, Orlando G P Barsottini
Dentatorubro-pallidoluysian atrophy (DRPLA) is a spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) very rare in non-Asian populations. To date, DRPLA was undetected in the general Brazilian population. Adult-onset ataxic patients have been recruited from several Brazilian neurology and neurogenetics centers. CAG lengths at SCA1, SCA2, SCA3/MJD, SCA6, SCA7, SCA12, SCA17 and DRPLA associated genes, and ATTCT expansions at SCA10 gene were studied. A single DRPLA case detected is reported. Proband was a 69-year-old Brazilian woman of mixed ancestry, with a late-onset pure ataxia: her alleles at the associated gene, ATN1, presented 14/52 CAG repeats...
April 21, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423040/inheritance-patterns-of-atcct-repeat-interruptions-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-10-sca10-expansions
#3
Ivette Landrian, Karen N McFarland, Jilin Liu, Connie J Mulligan, Astrid Rasmussen, Tetsuo Ashizawa
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 10 (SCA10), an autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia disorder, is caused by a non-coding ATTCT microsatellite repeat expansion in the ataxin 10 gene. In a subset of SCA10 families, the 5'-end of the repeat expansion contains a complex sequence of penta- and heptanucleotide interruption motifs which is followed by a pure tract of tandem ATCCT repeats of unknown length at its 3'-end. Intriguingly, expansions that carry these interruption motifs correlate with an epileptic seizure phenotype and are unstable despite the theory that interruptions are expected to stabilize expanded repeats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422031/the-importance-of-labyrinthine-examination-in-the-prognosis-and-therapy-for-balance-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia
#4
João Henrique Faryniuk, Bianca Simone Zeigelboim, Hélio Afonso Ghizoni Teive, Vinicius Ribas Fo, Paulo Breno Noronha Liberalesso, Jair Mendes Marques
INTRODUCTION: Spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are a heterogeneous group of neurodegenerative diseases that are characterized by the presence of progressive cerebellar ataxia. OBJECTIVE: Identify vestibular disorders and demonstrate the importance of labyrinthine examination in the prognosis and therapy for balance in patients with SCAs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study had a retrospective cross-sectional design and evaluated 57 patients, mean age of 41...
April 19, 2017: International Tinnitus Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405024/antisense-oligonucleotide-therapy-for-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2
#5
Daniel R Scoles, Pratap Meera, Matthew D Schneider, Sharan Paul, Warunee Dansithong, Karla P Figueroa, Gene Hung, Frank Rigo, C Frank Bennett, Thomas S Otis, Stefan M Pulst
There are no disease-modifying treatments for adult human neurodegenerative diseases. Here we test RNA-targeted therapies in two mouse models of spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2), an autosomal dominant polyglutamine disease. Both models recreate the progressive adult-onset dysfunction and degeneration of a neuronal network that are seen in patients, including decreased firing frequency of cerebellar Purkinje cells and a decline in motor function. We developed a potential therapy directed at the ATXN2 gene by screening 152 antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs)...
April 20, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401494/a-comparative-optical-coherence-tomography-study-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-types-3-and-10
#6
Fernando Spina Tensini, Mario T Sato, Naoye Shiokawa, Tetsuo Ashizawa, Hélio A G Teive
SCA3 presents with a CAG expansion at 14q24.3-q32 while SCA10 shows an ATTCT expansion at 22q13-qter. SCA10 seems to be less aggressive than SCA3. For an in vivo, noninvasive approach of the correlation between central nervous system and clinical evolution, we can use optic coherence tomography (OCT) to measure retinal nerve fiber (RNFL) and ganglion cell layer (GCL) thickness. To describe OCT findings in SCA10, correlate it with expansion size and disease severity and compare with those of SCA3. We analyzed ten individuals with SCA3 and nine with SCA10 recruited from the neurology service of Hospital de Clínicas of Paraná-Brazil...
April 11, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396517/-in-vitrocharacterization-of-six-stub1-variants-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-16-reveals-altered-structural-properties-for-the-encoded-chip-proteins
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Yasaman Pakdaman, Monica Sanchez-Guixé, Rune Kleppe, Sigrid Erdal, Helene J Bustad, Lise Bjørkhaug, Kristoffer Haugarvoll, Charalampos Tzoulis, Ketil Heimdal, Per M Knappskog, Stefan Johansson, Ingvild Aukrust
Autosomal recessive spinocerebellar ataxia-16 is caused by bi-allelic mutations in the STUB1 gene encoding the ubiquitin E3 ligase and dimeric co-chaperone CHIP (C-terminus of Hsc70-Interacting Protein). It has been proposed that the disease mechanism is related to CHIP's impaired E3 ubiquitin ligase properties and/or interaction with its chaperones. However, there is limited knowledge on how these mutations affect the stability, folding and protein structure of CHIP itself. To gain further insight, s ix previously reported pathogenic STUB1 variants (E28K, N65S, K145Q, M211I, S236T and T246M) were expressed as recombinant proteins and studied using limited proteolysis, size-exclusion chromatography and circular dichroism...
April 10, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395798/generation-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-from-a-patient-with-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3
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Bing-Wen Soong, Shih-Han Syu, Cheng-Hao Wen, Hui-Wen Ko, Mei-Ling Wu, Patrick C H Hsieh, Shiaw-Min Hwang, Huai-En Lu
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3) is a dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disease caused by a trinucleotide repeat (CAG) expansion in the coding region of ATXN3 gene resulting in production of ataxin-3 with an elongated polyglutamine tract. Here, we generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from the peripheral blood mononuclear cells of a male patient with SCA3 by using the Sendai-virus delivery system. The resulting iPSCs had a normal karyotype, retained the disease-causing ATXN3 mutation, expressed pluripotent markers and could differentiate into the three germ layers...
January 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393013/neural-substrates-of-motor-and-cognitive-dysfunctions-in-sca2-patients-a-network-based-statistics-analysis
#9
G Olivito, M Cercignani, M Lupo, C Iacobacci, S Clausi, S Romano, M Masciullo, M Molinari, M Bozzali, M Leggio
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disease characterized by a progressive cerebellar syndrome, which can be isolated or associated with extracerebellar signs. It has been shown that patients affected by SCA2 present also cognitive impairments and psychiatric symptoms. The cerebellum is known to modulate cortical activity and to contribute to distinct functional networks related to higher-level functions beyond motor control. It is therefore conceivable that one or more networks, rather than isolated regions, may be dysfunctional in cerebellar degenerative diseases and that an abnormal connectivity within specific cerebello-cortical regions might explain the widespread deficits typically observed in patients...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386793/spinal-cord-damage-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-1
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Carlos Roberto Martins, Alberto Rolim Muro Martinez, Thiago Junqueira Ribeiro de Rezende, Lucas Melo Teixeira Branco, José Luiz Pedroso, Orlando G P Barsottini, Iscia Lopes-Cendes, Marcondes C França
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by a CAG repeat expansion, characterized by progressive cerebellar ataxia and pyramidal signs. Non-motor and extracerebellar symptoms may occur. MRI-based studies in SCA1 focused in the cerebellum and connections, but there are no data about cord damage in the disease and its clinical relevance. To evaluate in vivo spinal cord damage in SCA1, a group of 31 patients with SCA1 and 31 age- and gender-matched healthy controls underwent MRI on a 3T scanner...
April 6, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384473/sca31-flies-perform-in-a-balancing-act-between-ran-translation-and-rna-binding-proteins
#11
George R Jackson
In this issue of Neuron, Ishiguro et al. (2017) explore the toxicity of RAN translation in spinocerebellar ataxia 31. Using a Drosophila model, the authors demonstrate that TDP-43 and other RNA-binding proteins act as chaperones to regulate the formation of toxic RNA aggregates.
April 5, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381489/parallel-processing-of-internal-and-external-feedback-in-the-spinocerebellar-system-of-primates
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Oren Cohen, Ran Harel, Timothy D Aumann, Zvi Israel, Yifat Prut
Cerebellar control of voluntary movements is achieved by the integration of external and internal feedback information to properly adjust and correct ongoing actions. In the forelimb of primates, rostral-spinocerebellar tract (RSCT) neurons are thought to integrate segmental, descending and afferent sources and relay upstream a compound signal that contains both an efference copy of the spinal-level motor command and the state of the periphery. We tested this hypothesis by implanting stimulating electrodes in the superior cerebellar peduncle (SCP) and recording the activity of cervical spinal neurons in primates...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381486/musculoskeletal-geometry-accounts-for-apparent-extrinsic-representation-of-paw-position-in-dorsal-spinocerebellar-tract
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Raeed H Chowdhury, Matthew C Tresch, Lee E Miller
Proprioception, the sense of limb position and motion, arises from individual muscle receptors. An important question is how and where in the neuroaxis our high level "extrinsic" sense of limb movement originates. In the 1990s, a series of papers detailed the properties of neurons in the dorsal spinocerebellar tract (DSCT) of the cat. Despite their direct projections from sensory receptors, it appeared that half of these neurons had consistent, high-level tuning to paw position rather than to joint angles (or muscle lengths)...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365204/individualized-exergame-training-improves-postural-control-in-advanced-degenerative-spinocerebellar-ataxia-a-rater-blinded-intra-individually-controlled-trial
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Cornelia Schatton, Matthis Synofzik, Zofia Fleszar, Martin A Giese, Ludger Schöls, Winfried Ilg
BACKGROUND: Treatment options are rare in degenerative ataxias, especially in advanced, multisystemic disease. Exergame training might offer a novel treatment strategy, but its effectiveness has not been investigated in advanced stages. METHODS: We examined the effectiveness of a 12-week home-based training with body-controlled videogames in 10 young subjects with advanced degenerative ataxia unable or barely able to stand. Training was structured in two 6-weeks phases, allowing to adapt the training according to individual training progress...
March 28, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360782/determination-of-genotypic-and-phenotypic-characteristics-of-friedreich-s-ataxia-and-autosomal-dominant-spinocerebellar-ataxia-types-1-2-3-and-6
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Pınar Bengi Boz, Filiz Koç, Sabriye Kocatürk Sel, Ali İrfan Güzel, Halil Kasap
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to analyze the genotypic characteristics of Friedreich's ataxia (FA) and autosomal dominant ataxias [such as spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) types 1, 2, 3, and 6] using molecular and biological methods in hereditary cerebellar ataxia considering both clinical and electrophysiological findings. METHODS: The study included 129 indexed cases, who applied to the neurology department and were diagnosed with hereditary cerebellar ataxia through clinical, laboratory, and electrophysiological findings, and 15 sibling patients who were diagnosed through family scanning (144 cases in total); their genetic analyses were also performed...
June 2016: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343865/regulatory-role-of-rna-chaperone-tdp-43-for-rna-misfolding-and-repeat-associated-translation-in-sca31
#16
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...
April 5, 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
#17
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
#18
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.
April 1, 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
#19
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
#20
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
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