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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641177/a-30-year-history-of-mpan-case-from-russia
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M Selikhova, E Fedotova, S Wiethoff, L V Schottlaender, S Klyushnikov, S N Illarioshkin, H Houlden
We present a patient with progressive spastic ataxia, with dystonia and anarthria undiagnosed until detailed genetic analysis revealed an MPAN mutation. Highlighting the worldwide MPAN distribution, a 30year history of absent diagnosis and the impact and cost saving of an early but detailed genetic analysis in complex progressive movement disorders, particularly the anarthric NBIA group.
June 2, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
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
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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/28635423/inner-retinal-dystrophy-in-a-patient-with-biallelic-sequence-variants-in-brat1
#3
Julius T Oatts, Jacque L Duncan, Creig S Hoyt, Anne M Slavotinek, Anthony T Moore
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the BRCA1-associated protein required for the ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) activation-1 (BRAT1) gene cause lethal neonatal rigidity and multifocal seizure syndrome characterized by rigidity and intractable seizures and a milder phenotype with intellectual disability, seizures, nonprogressive cerebellar ataxia or dyspraxia, and cerebellar atrophy. To date, nystagmus, cortical visual impairment, impairment of central vision, optic nerve hypoplasia, and optic atrophy have been described in this condition...
March 2, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634302/structure-of-human-fe-s-assembly-subcomplex-reveals-unexpected-cysteine-desulfurase-architecture-and-acyl-acp-isd11-interactions
#4
Seth A Cory, Jonathan G Van Vranken, Edward J Brignole, Shachin Patra, Dennis R Winge, Catherine L Drennan, Jared Rutter, David P Barondeau
In eukaryotes, sulfur is mobilized for incorporation into multiple biosynthetic pathways by a cysteine desulfurase complex that consists of a catalytic subunit (NFS1), LYR protein (ISD11), and acyl carrier protein (ACP). This NFS1-ISD11-ACP (SDA) complex forms the core of the iron-sulfur (Fe-S) assembly complex and associates with assembly proteins ISCU2, frataxin (FXN), and ferredoxin to synthesize Fe-S clusters. Here we present crystallographic and electron microscopic structures of the SDA complex coupled to enzyme kinetic and cell-based studies to provide structure-function properties of a mitochondrial cysteine desulfurase...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634151/speech-and-swallowing-abnormalities-in-adults-with-polg-associated-ataxia-polg-a
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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 17, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632524/callosal-motor-impersistence-a-novel-disconnection-syndrome
#6
Hee Jin Kim, Dongyeop Kim, Da-Heen Won, Juhee Chin, Kwang Ho Lee, Sang Won Seo, Kenneth M Heilman, Duk L Na
Motor impersistence, an inability to sustain a certain position or movement, is a motor-intentional disorder, caused more often by right than left hemisphere lesions. Since the right hemisphere is dominant for mediating motor persistence, callosal lesions that disconnect the left hemisphere from the right may induce impersistence of the right upper and lower limbs. After an undiagnosed left callosal infarction, a 65-year-old right-handed man suddenly developed a transient loss of volitional movement of his left leg...
June 2017: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632327/photosensitivity-is-an-early-marker-of-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-type-2-disease
#7
Nicola Specchio, Marcello Bellusci, Nicola Pietrafusa, Marina Trivisano, Luca de Palma, Federico Vigevano
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to identify early clinical, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and electroencephalographic (EEG) characteristics of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 (CLN2) disease to enable early diagnosis, thus providing the key to early treatment, and optimized care and outcomes. METHODS: Retrospective clinical chart review of a series of patients diagnosed with CLN2 disease from 2005 to 2015 at a single center in Italy. Clinical, MRI, and EEG findings were reviewed...
June 20, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630220/beyond-cervical-lipomas-myoclonus-gait-disorder-and-multisystem-involvement-leading-to-mitochondrial-disease
#8
Roberto López-Blanco, Ana Rojo-Sebastián, Maria Henedina Torregrosa-Martínez, Alberto Blazquez
Madelung's disease (benign symmetric lipomatosis) is a rare syndrome in which there are multiple lipomas around the neck, upper limbs and trunk in the context of chronic alcoholism. We report on a female patient with lipomas and slightly progressive myoclonus, neuropathy, myopathy, ataxia and respiratory systemic involvement (labelled in the past as Madelung's disease). Multisystem involvement and family history of lipomas led to the development of mitochondrial genetic tests, which can assess two concurrent mitochondrial mutations: the m...
June 19, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628100/hotspots-of-missense-mutation-identify-neurodevelopmental-disorder-genes-and-functional-domains
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Madeleine R Geisheker, Gabriel Heymann, Tianyun Wang, Bradley P Coe, Tychele N Turner, Holly A F Stessman, Kendra Hoekzema, Malin Kvarnung, Marie Shaw, Kathryn Friend, Jan Liebelt, Christopher Barnett, Elizabeth M Thompson, Eric Haan, Hui Guo, Britt-Marie Anderlid, Ann Nordgren, Anna Lindstrand, Geert Vandeweyer, Antonino Alberti, Emanuela Avola, Mirella Vinci, Stefania Giusto, Tiziano Pramparo, Karen Pierce, Srinivasa Nalabolu, Jacob J Michaelson, Zdenek Sedlacek, Gijs W E Santen, Hilde Peeters, Hakon Hakonarson, Eric Courchesne, Corrado Romano, R Frank Kooy, Raphael A Bernier, Magnus Nordenskjöld, Jozef Gecz, Kun Xia, Larry S Zweifel, Evan E Eichler
Although de novo missense mutations have been predicted to account for more cases of autism than gene-truncating mutations, most research has focused on the latter. We identified the properties of de novo missense mutations in patients with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) and highlight 35 genes with excess missense mutations. Additionally, 40 amino acid sites were recurrently mutated in 36 genes, and targeted sequencing of 20 sites in 17,688 patients with NDD identified 21 new patients with identical missense mutations...
June 19, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627859/use-of-dynamic-movement-orthoses-to-improve-gait-stability-and-trunk-control-in-ataxic-patients
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Mariano Serrao, Carlo Casali, Alberto Ranavolo, Silvia Mari, Carmela Conte, Giorgia Chini, Luca Leonardi, Gianluca Coppola, Cherubino DI Lorenzo, Mahmoud Harfoush, Luca Padua, Francesco Pierelli
BACKGROUND: Patients with cerebellar ataxia show increased upper body movements, which have an impact on balance and walking. AIM: In this study, we investigated the effect of using dynamic movement orthoses (DMO), designed as elastic suits, on trunk motion and gait parameters. DESIGN: A longitudinal uncontrolled study. SETTING: Rehabilitative outpatient unit. POPULATION: Eleven patients (seven men, four women; mean age of 49...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627265/atm-radiation-and-the-risk-of-second-primary-breast-cancer
#11
Jonine L Bernstein, Patrick Concannon
PURPOSE: It was first suggested more than 40 years ago that heterozygous carriers for the human autosomal recessive disorder Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T) might also be at increased risk for cancer. Subsequent studies have identified the responsible gene, Ataxia-Telangiectasia Mutated (ATM), characterized genetic variation at this locus in A-T and a variety of different cancers, and described the functions of the ATM protein with respect to cellular DNA damage responses. However, an overall model of how ATM contributes to cancer risk, and in particular, the role of DNA damage in this process, remains lacking...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626794/febrile-ataxia-and-myokymia-broaden-the-spg26-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-phenotype
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Rubina Dad, Susan Walker, Stephen W Scherer, Muhammad Jawad Hassan, Mohammad Domaia Alghamdi, Berge A Minassian, Reem A Alkhater
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626410/neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-coinciding-with-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-31
#13
Yoshiaki Takahashi, Yasuhiro Manabe, Ryuta Morihara, Hisashi Narai, Toru Yamashita, Koji Abe
We report the unusual case of a 63-year-old man with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) type 31 who developed neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) 14 years after the onset of cerebellar symptoms. In addition to cerebellar atrophy, magnetic resonance imaging showed multiple high-intensity areas in the brain and a long thoracic cord lesion from Th1/2 to Th11. The combination of NMOSD and SCA31 is accidental. However, our case suggests that inflammatory processes could be involved in the pathogenesis of NMOSD and SCA31...
May 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625504/mutations-in-armc9-which-encodes-a-basal-body-protein-cause-joubert-syndrome-in-humans-and-ciliopathy-phenotypes-in-zebrafish
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Julie C Van De Weghe, Tamara D S Rusterholz, Brooke Latour, Megan E Grout, Kimberly A Aldinger, Ranad Shaheen, Jennifer C Dempsey, Sateesh Maddirevula, Yong-Han H Cheng, Ian G Phelps, Matthias Gesemann, Himanshu Goel, Ohad S Birk, Talal Alanzi, Rifaat Rawashdeh, Arif O Khan, Michael J Bamshad, Deborah A Nickerson, Stephan C F Neuhauss, William B Dobyns, Fowzan S Alkuraya, Ronald Roepman, Ruxandra Bachmann-Gagescu, Dan Doherty
Joubert syndrome (JS) is a recessive neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by hypotonia, ataxia, abnormal eye movements, and variable cognitive impairment. It is defined by a distinctive brain malformation known as the "molar tooth sign" on axial MRI. Subsets of affected individuals have malformations such as coloboma, polydactyly, and encephalocele, as well as progressive retinal dystrophy, fibrocystic kidney disease, and liver fibrosis. More than 35 genes have been associated with JS, but in a subset of families the genetic cause remains unknown...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625347/reachability-judgement-in-optic-ataxia-effect-of-peripheral-vision-on-hand-and-target-perception-in-depth
#15
Angela Bartolo, Yves Rossetti, Patrice Revol, Christian Urquizar, Laure Pisella, Yann Coello
The concept of peripersonal space was first proposed by Rizzolatti, Scandolara, Matelli, and Gentilucci (1981), who introduced the term to highlight the close links between somatosensory and visual processing for stimuli close to the body and suggested that this near-body space could in fact be characterized as an action space (Rizzolatti, Fadiga, Fogassi, & Gallese, 1997). Supporting this idea, patients with right hemisphere lesions have been described as impaired in performing actions towards objects and in perceiving their location - but only when the objects were presented within arm's reach (Bartolo, Carlier, Hassaini, Martin, & Coello, 2014; Brain, 1941)...
May 25, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624372/taming-tricky-dsbs-atm-on-duty
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REVIEW
Thomas Clouaire, Aline Marnef, Gaëlle Legube
Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated (ATM) has been known for decades as the main kinase mediating the DNA Double-Strand Break Response (DDR). Extensive studies have revealed its dual role in locally promoting detection and repair of DSBs as well as in activating global DNA damage checkpoints. However, recent studies pinpoint additional unanticipated functions for ATM in modifying both the local chromatin landscape and the global chromosome organization, more particularly at persistent breaks. Given the emergence of a novel and unexpected class of DSBs prevalently arising in transcriptionally active genes and intrinsically difficult to repair, a specific role of ATM at refractory DSBs could be an important and so far overlooked feature of Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) a severe disorder associated with ATM mutations...
June 9, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624327/many-tocopherols-one-vitamin-e
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REVIEW
Angelo Azzi
Four tocopherols are available in nature and are absorbed with the diet, but only one RRR-α-tocopherol satisfies the criteria of being a vitamin. The biological activity of the different tocopherols studied in the rat by the resorption-gestation test has been inconsistently extrapolated to human beings where the tocopherols have no influence on a successful pregnancy. Diminution of RRR-α-tocopherol intake results in diseases characterized by ataxia, whose pathogenetic mechanism, despite vigorous claims, has not been clarified...
June 17, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624196/evaluation-of-antisense-oligonucleotides-targeting-atxn3-in-sca3-mouse-models
#18
Lauren R Moore, Gautam Rajpal, Ian T Dillingham, Maya Qutob, Kate G Blumenstein, Danielle Gattis, Gene Hung, Holly B Kordasiewicz, Henry L Paulson, Hayley S McLoughlin
The most common dominantly inherited ataxia, spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3), is an incurable neurodegenerative disorder caused by a CAG repeat expansion in the ATXN3 gene that encodes an abnormally long polyglutamine tract in the disease protein, ATXN3. Mice lacking ATXN3 are phenotypically normal; hence, disease gene suppression offers a compelling approach to slow the neurodegenerative cascade in SCA3. Here we tested antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) that target human ATXN3 in two complementary mouse models of SCA3: yeast artificial chromosome (YAC) MJD-Q84...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623566/clinical-and-molecular-genetic-features-of-cerebrotendinous-xanthomatosis-patients-in-chinese-families
#19
Chen Chen, Yue Zhang, Hui Wu, Yi-Min Sun, Ye-Hua Cai, Jian-Jun Wu, Jian Wang, Ling-Yun Gong, Zheng-Tong Ding
Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) is a lipid-storage disease caused by mutations in CYP27A1. Current publications of Chinese CTX were mainly based on case reports. Here we investigated the clinical manifestations, genetic features in Chinese CTX patients. The clinical materials of 4 Chinese CTX pedigrees were collected. The genetic testing was done by polymerase chain reaction plus Sanger sequencing. The features of Chinese CTX patients reported previously were also reviewed. Three novel mutations of p.Arg513Cys, c...
June 17, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622494/laryngeal-neuropathy-in-adult-goats-with-copper-deficiency
#20
R F A Sousa, V M Almeida, J E Neto, C W A Nascimento, G X Medeiros, R M T Medeiros, F Riet-Correa, F S Mendonça
The aim of this study was to elucidate the cause of a neurological syndrome characterized by stridor in adult goats with clinical signs of copper deficiency. The main clinical signs consisted of apathy, emaciation, pale mucous membranes, mucous nasal discharge, dyspnea, severe achromotrichia, diffuse alopecia, torpor, ataxia, and stridor. When the goats were forced to move, the stridor increased. In a herd of 194 Toggenburg goats, 10 adult goats with clinical signs of copper deficiency were removed from the herd and divided into 2 groups: group 1, which consisted of 4 nannies and 1 buck with stridor, and group 2, which consisted of 4 nannies and 1 buck without stridor...
July 2017: Veterinary Pathology
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