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Rajeev B Tajhya, Xueyou Hu, Mark R Tanner, Redwan Huq, Natee Kongchan, Joel R Neilson, George G Rodney, Frank T Horrigan, Lubov T Timchenko, Christine Beeton
Myoblasts are mononucleated precursors of myofibers; they persist in mature skeletal muscles for growth and regeneration post injury. During myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), a complex autosomal-dominant neuromuscular disease, the differentiation of skeletal myoblasts into functional myotubes is impaired, resulting in muscle wasting and weakness. The mechanisms leading to this altered differentiation are not fully understood. Here, we demonstrate that the calcium- and voltage-dependent potassium channel, KCa1...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Michela De Bellis, Roberta Carbonara, Julien Roussel, Alessandro Farinato, Ada Massari, Sabata Pierno, Marilena Muraglia, Filomena Corbo, Carlo Franchini, Maria Rosaria Carratù, Annamaria De Luca, Diana Conte Camerino, Jean-François Desaphy
Although the sodium channel blocker, mexiletine, is the first choice drug in myotonia, some myotonic patients remain unsatisfied due to contraindications, lack of tolerability, or incomplete response. More therapeutic options are thus needed for myotonic patients, which require clinical trials based on solid preclinical data. In previous structure-activity relationship studies, we identified two newly-synthesized derivatives of tocainide, To040 and To042, with greatly enhanced potency and use-dependent behavior in inhibiting sodium currents in frog skeletal muscle fibers...
October 12, 2016: Neuropharmacology
Bryan P Fitzgerald, Kelly M Conn, Joanne Smith, Andrew Walker, Amy L Parkhill, James E Hilbert, Elizabeth A Luebbe, Richard T Moxley Iii
Myotonic dystrophy (DM) and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) are the two most common adult muscular dystrophies and have progressive and often disabling manifestations. Higher levels of medication adherence lead to better health outcomes, especially important to patients with DM and FSHD because of their multisystem manifestations and complexity of care. However, medication adherence has not previously been studied in a large cohort of DM type 1 (DM1), DM type 2 (DM2), and FSHD patients. The purpose of our study was to survey medication adherence and disease manifestations in patients enrolled in the NIH-supported National DM and FSHD Registry...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neurology
Łukasz J Sznajder, Michał Michalak, Katarzyna Taylor, Piotr Cywoniuk, Michał Kabza, Agnieszka Wojtkowiak-Szlachcic, Magdalena Matłoka, Patryk Konieczny, Krzysztof Sobczak
Muscleblind-like (MBNL) proteins are critical RNA processing factors in development. MBNL activity is disrupted in the neuromuscular disease myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), due to the instability of a non-coding microsatellite in the DMPK gene and the expression of CUG expansion (CUG(exp)) RNAs. Pathogenic interactions between MBNL and CUG(exp) RNA lead to the formation of nuclear complexes termed foci and prevent MBNL function in pre-mRNA processing. The existence of multiple MBNL genes, as well as multiple protein isoforms, raises the question of whether different MBNL proteins possess unique or redundant functions...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Sujata Chakraborty, Matteo Vatta, Linda L Bachinski, Ralf Krahe, Stephen Dlouhy, Shaochun Bai
Myotonic dystrophy types 1 (DM1) and 2 (DM2) are autosomal dominant, microsatellite repeat expansion disorders that affect muscle function. Myotonic dystrophy type 1 is caused by CTG repeat expansion in the 3' UTR region of the DMPK gene. Patients with DM2 have expansion of CCTG repeats in intron 1 of the CNBP gene. In this unit, we review and discuss the clinical phenotypes, genetic mutations causing the diseases, and the molecular diagnostic approaches and tools that are used to determine repeat sizes in DM1/2...
October 11, 2016: Current Protocols in Human Genetics
S Peric, M Vujnic, V Dobricic, A Marjanovic, I Basta, I Novakovic, D Lavrnic, V Rakocevic-Stojanovic
Background - Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is the most common muscular dystrophy in adults. There is a complete lack of studies that assessed quality of life (QoL) trajectory during time in DM1 cohorts. Aim - To analyze changes of QoL in patients with DM1 during a 5-year follow-up period and to assess responsiveness of the SF-36 questionnaire. Patients and Method - At the baseline, this study comprised 84 DM1 patients, of whom 62 were retested after the mean period of 64.2 ± 3.9 months. Severity of muscular weakness was assessed using the Muscular Impairment Rating Scale (MIRS)...
November 2016: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Emma Bondy-Chorney, Tara E Crawford Parks, Aymeric Ravel-Chapuis, Bernard J Jasmin, Jocelyn Côté
In a recent issue of PLOS Genetics, we reported that the double-stranded RNA-binding protein, Staufen1, functions as a disease modifier in the neuromuscular disorder Myotonic Dystrophy Type I (DM1). In this work, we demonstrated that Staufen1 regulates the alternative splicing of exon 11 of the human Insulin Receptor, a highly studied missplicing event in DM1, through Alu elements located in an intronic region. Furthermore, we found that Staufen1 overexpression regulates numerous alternative splicing events, potentially resulting in both positive and negative effects in DM1...
2016: Rare Diseases
Zuzana Musova, Miroslava Hancarova, Marketa Havlovicova, Radka Pourova, Michal Hrdlicka, Josef Kraus, Marie Trkova, David Stejskal, Zdenek Sedlacek
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) belongs to the broad spectrum of genetic disorders associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ASD were reported predominantly in congenital and early childhood forms of DM1. We describe dizygotic twin boys with ASD who were referred for routine laboratory genetic testing and in whom karyotyping, FMR1 gene testing, and single nucleotide polymorphism array analysis yielded negative results. The father of the boys was later diagnosed with suspected DM1, and testing revealed characteristic DMPK gene expansions in his genome as well as in the genomes of both twins and their elder brother, who also suffered from ASD...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Ashwin Subramaniam, Robert Grauer, David Beilby, Ravindranath Tiruvoipati
Myotonic dystrophy (DM), though rare, can significantly complicate anesthesia due to muscular and extra-muscular involvement. When this condition is compounded by a pheochromocytoma, anesthetizing such patients becomes extra challenging. We present a case report of a 61-year-old lady with congenital DM, with the whole gamut of associated features, was diagnosed with a noradrenaline secreting paraganglionoma following investigation of refractory hypertension. We anesthetized her for an open resection of the lesion...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Gokhan Gulkilik, Sevil Karaman Erdur, Mustafa Eliacik, Mahmut Odabasi, Mustafa Ozsutcu, Goktug Demirci, Mehmet Selim Kocabora
PURPOSE: To report a case of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in a patient with cone dystrophy (CD). METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 20-year-old woman presented with diminished vision in her right eye. Fundus examination showed perifoveal retinal pigment epithelial changes and retinal hemorrhage consistent with subretinal CNV in the right eye, and mild retinal pigment epithelial changes with a dull foveal reflex in the left eye. Optical coherence tomography analysis and fundus fluorescein angiography also confirmed the subfoveal CNV in the right eye...
September 28, 2016: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Stacey D Wagner, Adam J Struck, Riti Gupta, Dylan R Farnsworth, Amy E Mahady, Katy Eichinger, Charles A Thornton, Eric T Wang, J Andrew Berglund
Alternative splicing is a regulated process that results in expression of specific mRNA and protein isoforms. Alternative splicing factors determine the relative abundance of each isoform. Here we focus on MBNL1, a splicing factor misregulated in the disease myotonic dystrophy. By altering the concentration of MBNL1 in cells across a broad dynamic range, we show that different splicing events require different amounts of MBNL1 for half-maximal response, and respond more or less steeply to MBNL1. Motifs around MBNL1 exon 5 were studied to assess how cis-elements mediate the MBNL1 dose-dependent splicing response...
September 2016: PLoS Genetics
Nadine Pellegrini
OBJECTIVE: To study seated postural control in neuromuscular disorder. MATERIALS/PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational cohort study of 130 neuromuscular adult patients having a positioning wheelchair consultation in Foundation of Garches. The assessment is done with the seated postural control measure for adults. RESULTS: Most of the patients had severe intensity illness, only10% were walking and 29% were with tracheostomial ventilation...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Capucine de Lattre, Pascal Rippert, Guillaume Bassez, Dalil Hamroun, Isabelle Poirot, Carole Vuillerot
OBJECTIVE: To assess the applicability and the responsiveness of the motor function measure 1 (MFM) in the myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) population. MATERIALS/PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted an observational, retrospective, multicenter cohort study using data from the MFM database ( Only DM1 patients with at least one MFM-32 score were included. The distributions of the MFM scores (total score and 3 subscores) were analyzed by age...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Cynthia Gagnon, Marie Kierkegaard, Catherine Blackburn, Nicolas Chrestian, Mélissa Lavoie, Marie-Frédéric Bouchard, Jean Mathieu
AIM: Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), a neuromuscular disorder, is divided into four clinical phenotypes: congenital; childhood; adult-onset, and late-onset. Publications about the childhood phenotype, especially the long-term outcome, are scarce. The aims of this study were to assess and describe participation outcomes in adults with the childhood phenotype. METHOD: A retrospective chart methodology. Data were extracted from health records for 63 adults with childhood DM1 (32 males, 31 females; mean age 34y, standard deviation [SD] 11y 6mo; range 18-54y) who had attended the Saguenay Neuromuscular Clinic, Canada...
September 27, 2016: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Kori A LaDonna, Christopher J Watling, Susan L Ray, Christine Piechowicz, Shannon L Venance
BACKGROUND: Patient-centered care for individuals with myotonic dystrophy (DM1) and Huntington's disease (HD)-chronic, progressive, and life-limiting neurological conditions-may be challenged by patients' cognitive and behavioral impairments. However, no research has explored health care providers' (HCPs') perspectives about patient-centered care provision for these patients along their disease trajectory. METHODS: Constructivist grounded theory informed the iterative data collection and analysis process...
September 2016: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
Chengzu Long, Leonela Amoasii, Rhonda Bassel-Duby, Eric N Olson
Importance: Muscle weakness, the most common symptom of neuromuscular disease, may result from muscle dysfunction or may be caused indirectly by neuronal and neuromuscular junction abnormalities. To date, more than 780 monogenic neuromuscular diseases, linked to 417 different genes, have been identified in humans. Genome-editing methods, especially the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)-Cas9 (CRISPR-associated protein 9) system, hold clinical potential for curing many monogenic disorders, including neuromuscular diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and myotonic dystrophy type 1...
September 26, 2016: JAMA Neurology
Mulias Lian, Hai-Yang Law, Caroline G Lee, Samuel S Chong
BACKGROUND: DMPK CTG-repeat expansions that cause myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) can be detected more rapidly, cost-effectively, and simply by combining triplet-primed PCR (TP-PCR) with melting curve analysis (MCA). We undertook a detailed technical validation study to define the optimal operational parameters for performing bidirectional TP-PCR MCA assays. METHODS: We determined the assays' analytic specificity and sensitivity, assessed the effect of reaction volumes, DNA diluents, and common contaminants on melt peak temperature, determined the assays' sensitivity in detecting low-level mosaicism for repeat expansion, and evaluated their performance on two real-time PCR platforms...
October 8, 2016: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
M De Antonio, C Dogan, D Hamroun, M Mati, S Zerrouki, B Eymard, S Katsahian, G Bassez
The broad clinical spectrum of myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) creates particular challenges for both medical care and design of clinical trials. Clinical onset spans a continuum from birth to late adulthood, with symptoms that are highly variable in both severity and nature of the affected organ systems. In the literature, this complex phenotype is divided into three grades (mild, classic, and severe) and four or five main clinical categories (congenital, infantile/juvenile, adult-onset and late-onset forms), according to symptom severity and age of onset, respectively...
October 2016: Revue Neurologique
Tomasz Gaszynski
INTRODUCTION: We report on the anesthetic management using opioid-free method of a patient with Steinert syndrome (myotonic dystrophy, MD), autosomal dominant dystrophy which is characterized by consistent contracture of muscle following stimulation. A myotonic crisis can be induced by numerous factors including hypothermia, shivering, and mechanical or electrical stimulation. In patients with MD, hypersensitivity to anesthetic drugs, especially muscle relaxants and opioids, may complicate postoperative management...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Francesco Bombelli, Ludovico Lispi, Sandro Costanzi Porrini, Manlio Giacanelli, Chiara Terracciano, Roberto Massa, Antonio Petrucci
OBJECTIVES: Weakness and fatigue are frequent symptoms in myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), mainly as a result of muscle impairment. However, neuromuscular junction (NMJ) abnormalities could play an additional role in determining these manifestations. We aimed to document the possible NMJ involvement in DM1. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In order to substantiate this hypothesis we performed low rate repetitive nerve stimulation (RNS) and single fiber electromyography (SFEMG), in 14 DM1 subjects...
November 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
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