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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734699/an-update-on-the-genetics-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
#1
REVIEW
Leonie J M Vergouw, Inger van Steenoven, Wilma D J van de Berg, Charlotte E Teunissen, John C van Swieten, Vincenzo Bonifati, Afina W Lemstra, Frank Jan de Jong
The genetic architecture of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is increasingly taking shape. Initially, genetic research focused mainly on linkage and candidate gene studies in small series of DLB patients. More recently, association and exome sequencing studies in larger groups have been conducted, and have shown that several variants in GBA and the APOE ε4 allele are important genetic risk factors for DLB. However, genetic research in DLB is still in its infancy. So far, many genetic studies have been biased and performed in clinically and pathologically heterogeneous populations...
July 13, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728889/cognitive-and-motor-functioning-in-elderly-glucocerebrosidase-mutation-carriers
#2
Eileen E Moran, Cuiling Wang, Mindy Katz, Laurie Ozelius, Alison Schwartz, Jelena Pavlovic, Roberto A Ortega, Richard B Lipton, Molly E Zimmerman, Rachel Saunders-Pullman
Mutations in the glucocerebrosidase (GBA) gene are a strong genetic risk factor for the development of Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy Bodies. However the penetrance of GBA mutations is low for these diseases in heterozygous carriers. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between mutation status and cognitive and motor functioning in a sample of community-dwelling older adults. Using linear mixed effects models, we examined the effect of heterozygous mutation status on 736 community-dwelling older adults (≥70 years) without dementia or Parkinson's disease assessed over an average of 6 years, 28 of whom had a single GBA mutation (primarily N370S)...
June 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727984/gba-analysis-in-next-generation-era-pitfalls-challenges-and-possible-solutions
#3
Stefania Zampieri, Silvia Cattarossi, Bruno Bembi, Andrea Dardis
Mutations in the gene encoding the lysosomal enzyme acid β-glucosidase (GBA) are responsible for Gaucher disease and represent the main genetic risk factor for developing Parkinson disease. In past years, next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology has been applied for the molecular analysis of the GBA gene, both as a single gene or as part of gene panels. However, the presence of complex gene-pseudogene rearrangements, resulting from the presence of a highly homologous pseudogene (GBAP1) located downstream of the GBA gene, makes NGS analysis of GBA challenging...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669474/editorial-commentary-angle-versus-anatomy-sacrificing-graft-bending-angle-for-anatomic-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
#4
EDITORIAL
David Pula
Graft bending angle (GBA) is the angle created by the intra-articular anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) graft and the femoral tunnel. By definition then, it is affected by the angle at which the surgeon drills the femoral tunnel. In an attempt to create a more anatomic ACL, different techniques have been described to put the femoral tunnel in the anatomic footprint. If you can get past each author's unique description of GBA, whether they are referring to the graft, the tunnel angle, or using adjectives such as acute or higher GBA, you see that attempting to create more anatomic ACL reconstructions has resulted in a sharper turn for our grafts...
July 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667566/connecting-gaucher-and-parkinson-disease-considerations-for-clinical-and-research-genetic-counseling-settings
#5
Lola Cook, Jeanine Schulze
There are multiple autosomal recessive disorders in which carriers may be at risk for other diseases. This observation calls into question the previous understanding that carriers of autosomal recessive disorders escape clinical consequences. We also know that childhood genetic conditions may have adult disease counterparts (Zimran et al., The Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ, 16(11), 723-724, 2014). Individuals who have Gaucher disease and carriers of the disorder are at increased risk for a seemingly unrelated and complex neurological condition, Parkinson disease...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649613/early-onset-parkinsonism-in-a-pedigree-with-phosphoglycerate-kinase-deficiency-and-a-heterozygous-carrier-do-pgk-1-mutations-contribute-to-vulnerability-to-parkinsonism
#6
Satoshi Sakaue, Takashi Kasai, Ikuko Mizuta, Masaya Suematsu, Shinya Osone, Yumiko Azuma, Toshihiko Imamura, Takahiko Tokuda, Hitoshi Kanno, Omar M A El-Agnaf, Masafumi Morimoto, Masanori Nakagawa, Hajime Hosoi, Toshiki Mizuno
Phosphoglycerate kinase 1 (PGK-1) is a glycolytic enzyme encoded by PGK-1, which maps to the X chromosome. PGK-1 deficiency causes X-linked recessive hereditary chronic hemolytic anemia, myopathy, and neurological disorders due to insufficient ATP regeneration. Early-onset parkinsonism has occasionally been reported as a neurological complication of this condition. However, heterozygous carriers of PGK-1 deficiency were thought to be neurologically asymptomatic. Here, we report a boy with PGK-1 deficiency and his mother, a carrier of a heterozygous mutation in PGK-1, both of whom presented with early-onset parkinsonism...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629879/prediction-of-cognition-in-parkinson-s-disease-with-a-clinical-genetic-score-a-longitudinal-analysis-of-nine-cohorts
#7
Ganqiang Liu, Joseph J Locascio, Jean-Christophe Corvol, Brendon Boot, Zhixiang Liao, Kara Page, Daly Franco, Kyle Burke, Iris E Jansen, Ana Trisini-Lipsanopoulos, Sophie Winder-Rhodes, Caroline M Tanner, Anthony E Lang, Shirley Eberly, Alexis Elbaz, Alexis Brice, Graziella Mangone, Bernard Ravina, Ira Shoulson, Florence Cormier-Dequaire, Peter Heutink, Jacobus J van Hilten, Roger A Barker, Caroline H Williams-Gray, Johan Marinus, Clemens R Scherzer
BACKGROUND: Cognitive decline is a debilitating manifestation of disease progression in Parkinson's disease. We aimed to develop a clinical-genetic score to predict global cognitive impairment in patients with the disease. METHODS: In this longitudinal analysis, we built a prediction algorithm for global cognitive impairment (defined as Mini Mental State Examination [MMSE] ≤25) using data from nine cohorts of patients with Parkinson's disease from North America and Europe assessed between 1986 and 2016...
August 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598856/glucocerebrosidase-mutations-in-parkinson-disease
#8
Grace O'Regan, Ruth-Mary deSouza, Roberta Balestrino, A H Schapira
Following the discovery of a higher than expected incidence of Parkinson Disease (PD) in Gaucher disease, a lysosomal storage disorder, mutations in the glucocerebrocidase (GBA) gene, which encodes a lysosomal enzyme involved in sphingolipid degradation were explored in the context of idiopathic PD. GBA mutations are now known to be the single largest risk factor for development of idiopathic PD. Clinically, on imaging and pharmacologically, GBA PD is almost identical to idiopathic PD. In patients with a known GBA mutation, it is possible to monitor for prodromal signs of PD...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580830/thrombocytopenia-and-gba-gene-mutation-in-a-patient-with-adult-type-1-gaucher-disease
#9
Lagen Wan, Hong Wu, Fuyuan Xie, Yijun Nie
A 38-year-old female patient was diagnosed with anemia for 3 years. Medical examination showed slight splenomegaly (250 × 62 mm), thrombocytopenia (platelets 51 × 10(9)/L), anemia (Hb levels 107 g/L), and β-glucocerebrosidase activity (GBA) in leukocytes was lower than normal. Microscopic findings of bone marrow smear demonstrated that Gaucher cells in bone marrow and periodic acid-Schiff staining of them were positive. Sequencing of GBA genomic and cDNA identified one novel homozygous mutation, c.484A> G (p...
June 5, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571749/altered-expression-of-epidermal-lipid-bio-synthesis-enzymes-in-atopic-dermatitis-skin-is-accompanied-by-changes-in-stratum-corneum-lipid-composition
#10
M O Danso, W Boiten, V van Drongelen, K M Gmelig, G Gooris, A El Ghalbzouri, S Absalah, R Vreeken, S Kezic, J van Smeden, A P M Lavrijsen, J A Bouwstra
BACKGROUND: The barrier dysfunction in atopic dermatitis (AD) skin correlates with stratum corneum (SC) lipid abnormalities including reduction of global lipid content, shorter ceramide (CER) as well as free fatty acid (FFA) chain length and altered CER subclass levels. However, the underlying cause of these changes in lipid composition has not been fully investigated. AIM: We investigated whether the expression of CER and FFA biosynthesis enzymes are altered in AD skin compared with control skin and determine whether changes in enzyme expression can be related with changes in lipid composition...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548708/glucocerebrosidase-mutations-and-neuropsychiatric-phenotypes-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-lewy-body-dementias-review-and-meta-analyses
#11
REVIEW
Byron Creese, Emily Bell, Iskandar Johar, Paul Francis, Clive Ballard, Dag Aarsland
Heterozygous mutations in glucocerebrosidase gene (GBA) are a major genetic risk factor for Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). Recently, there has been a considerable focus on the relationship between GBA mutations and emergence of cognitive impairment and neuropsychiatric symptoms in these diseases. Here, we review the literature in this area, with a particular focus, including meta-analysis, on the key neuropsychiatric symptoms of cognitive impairment, psychosis, and depression in Parkinson's disease...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546865/parkinson-disease-in-gaucher-disease
#12
Federico Rodriguez-Porcel, Alberto J Espay, Miryam Carecchio
BACKGROUND: Gaucher disease (GD) is an inborn error of metabolism caused by mutations in the gene (GBA) coding for glucocerebrosidase (GCase), inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. GD patients have up to 9% risk of developing PD. CASE PRESENTATION: We report two patients with GD that developed PD at different disease stages. CONCLUSION: We reviewed the literature on the coexistence of PD and GD and speculate that the severity of symptoms may be related to the type of GBA mutation inherited...
2017: Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541025/structural-genomic-variations-and-parkinson-s-disease
#13
Sara Bandrés-Ciga, Clara Ruz, Francisco J Barrero, Francisco Escamilla-Sevilla, Javier Pelegrina, Francisco Vives, Raquel Duran
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, whose prevalence is projected to be between 8.7 and 9.3 million by 2030. Until about 20 years ago, PD was considered to be the textbook example of a "non-genetic" disorder. Nowadays, PD is generally considered a multifactorial disorder that arises from the combination and complex interaction of genes and environmental factors. To date, a total of 7 genes including SNCA, LRRK2, PARK2, DJ-1, PINK 1, VPS35 and ATP13A2 have been seen to cause unequivocally Mendelian PD...
October 2017: Minerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526295/large-scale-exploratory-genetic-analysis-of-cognitive-impairment-in-parkinson-s-disease
#14
Ignacio F Mata, Catherine O Johnson, James B Leverenz, Daniel Weintraub, John Q Trojanowski, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, Beate Ritz, Rebecca Rausch, Stewart A Factor, Cathy Wood-Siverio, Joseph F Quinn, Kathryn A Chung, Amie L Peterson-Hiller, Alberto J Espay, Fredy J Revilla, Johnna Devoto, Dora Yearout, Shu-Ching Hu, Brenna A Cholerton, Thomas J Montine, Karen L Edwards, Cyrus P Zabetian
Cognitive impairment is a common and disabling problem in Parkinson's disease (PD). Identification of genetic variants that influence the presence or severity of cognitive deficits in PD might provide a clearer understanding of the pathophysiology underlying this important nonmotor feature. We genotyped 1105 PD patients from the PD Cognitive Genetics Consortium for 249,336 variants using the NeuroX array. Participants underwent assessments of learning and memory (Hopkins Verbal Learning Test-Revised [HVLT-R]), working memory/executive function (Letter-Number Sequencing and Trail Making Test [TMT] A and B), language processing (semantic and phonemic verbal fluency), visuospatial abilities (Benton Judgment of Line Orientation [JoLO]), and global cognitive function (Montreal Cognitive Assessment)...
August 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516903/molecular-mechanism-of-g%C3%AE-i-activation-by-non-gpcr-proteins-with-a-g%C3%AE-binding-and-activating-motif
#15
Alain Ibáñez de Opakua, Kshitij Parag-Sharma, Vincent DiGiacomo, Nekane Merino, Anthony Leyme, Arthur Marivin, Maider Villate, Lien T Nguyen, Miguel Angel de la Cruz-Morcillo, Juan B Blanco-Canosa, Sekar Ramachandran, George S Baillie, Richard A Cerione, Francisco J Blanco, Mikel Garcia-Marcos
Heterotrimeric G proteins are quintessential signalling switches activated by nucleotide exchange on Gα. Although activation is predominantly carried out by G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), non-receptor guanine-nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) have emerged as critical signalling molecules and therapeutic targets. Here we characterize the molecular mechanism of G-protein activation by a family of non-receptor GEFs containing a Gα-binding and -activating (GBA) motif. We combine NMR spectroscopy, computational modelling and biochemistry to map changes in Gα caused by binding of GBA proteins with residue-level resolution...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511254/genetic-forms-of-parkinson-s-disease
#16
Christine Y Kim, Roy N Alcalay
One of the greatest advances in Parkinson's disease (PD) research in the past two decades has been a better understanding of PD genetics. Of the many candidate genes investigated, the best studied include LRRK2, SNCA, VPS35, Parkin, PINK1, and DJ1. The authors review the key clinical features of these monogenic forms, as well as for the prevalent risk factor gene, GBA, including the phenotype, clinical course, and treatment response. They also outline areas for future investigation: longitudinal studies of PD's clinical course, the identification of its premotor manifestations, and its specific mechanisms of pathogenicity...
April 2017: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506293/case-report-of-unexpected-gastrointestinal-involvement-in-type-1-gaucher-disease-comparison-of-eliglustat-tartrate-treatment-and-enzyme-replacement-therapy
#17
Yoo-Mi Kim, Dong Hoon Shin, Su Bum Park, Chong Kun Cheon, Han-Wook Yoo
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal involvement in Gaucher disease is very rare, and appears to be unresponsive to enzyme replacement therapy (ERT). CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we describe identical twin, splenectomized, non-neuronopathic Gaucher patients on long-term ERT for 9 years, who complained of epigastric discomfort due to Gaucher cell infiltration of the gastroduodenal mucosa. Rare compound heterozygous mutations (p.Arg48Trp and p.Arg257Gln) of the GBA gene were found in both...
May 15, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505077/determination-of-genes-related-to-uveitis-by-utilization-of-the-random-walk-with-restart-algorithm-on-a-protein-protein-interaction-network
#18
Shiheng Lu, Yan Yan, Zhen Li, Lei Chen, Jing Yang, Yuhang Zhang, Shaopeng Wang, Lin Liu
Uveitis, defined as inflammation of the uveal tract, may cause blindness in both young and middle-aged people. Approximately 10-15% of blindness in the West is caused by uveitis. Therefore, a comprehensive investigation to determine the disease pathogenesis is urgent, as it will thus be possible to design effective treatments. Identification of the disease genes that cause uveitis is an important requirement to achieve this goal. To begin to answer this question, in this study, a computational method was proposed to identify novel uveitis-related genes...
May 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485919/stabilization-of-glucocerebrosidase-by-active-site-occupancy
#19
Fredj Ben Bdira, Wouter W Kallemeijn, Saskia V Oussoren, Saskia Scheij, Boris Bleijlevens, Bogdan I Florea, Cindy P A A van Roomen, Roelof Ottenhoff, Marielle J F M van Kooten, Marthe T C Walvoort, Martin D Witte, Rolf G Boot, Marcellus Ubbink, Herman S Overkleeft, Johannes M F G Aerts
Glucocerebrosidase (GBA) is a lysosomal β-glucosidase that degrades glucosylceramide. Its deficiency results in Gaucher disease (GD). We examined the effects of active site occupancy of GBA on its structural stability. For this, we made use of cyclophellitol-derived activity-based probes (ABPs) that bind irreversibly to the catalytic nucleophile (E340), and for comparison, we used the potent reversible inhibitor isofagomine. We demonstrate that cyclophellitol ABPs improve the stability of GBA in vitro, as revealed by thermodynamic measurements (Tm increase by 21 °C), and introduce resistance to tryptic digestion...
May 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472425/prodromal-parkinsonism-and-neurodegenerative-risk-stratification-in-rem-sleep-behaviour-disorder
#20
Thomas R Barber, Michael Lawton, Michal Rolinski, Samuel Evetts, Fahd Baig, Claudio Ruffmann, Aimie Gornall, Johannes C Klein, Christine Lo, Gary Dennis, Oliver Bandmann, Timothy Quinnell, Zenobia Zaiwalla, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Michele Tm Hu
Objectives.: REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) is the most specific marker of prodromal alpha-synucleinopathies. We sought to delineate the baseline clinical characteristics of RBD and evaluate risk stratification models. Methods.: Clinical assessments were performed in 171 RBD, 296 control and 119 untreated Parkinson's (PD) subjects. Putative risk measures were assessed as predictors of prodromal neurodegeneration and Movement Disorders Society (MDS) criteria for prodromal PD were applied...
May 4, 2017: Sleep
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