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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229372/measuring-inhibition-and-cognitive-flexibility-in-friedreich-ataxia
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Louise A Corben, Felicity Klopper, Monique Stagnitti, Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis, John L Bradshaw, Gary Rance, Martin B Delatycki
Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder with subtle impact on cognition. Inhibitory processes and cognitive flexibility were examined in FRDA by assessing the ability to suppress a predictable verbal response. We administered the Hayling Sentence Completion Test (HSCT), the Trail Making Test, and the Stroop Test to 43 individuals with FRDA and 42 gender- and age-matched control participants. There were no significant group differences in performance on the Stroop or Trail Making Test whereas significant impairment in cognitive flexibility including the ability to predict and inhibit a pre-potent response as measured in the HSCT was evident in individuals with FRDA...
February 22, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223929/the-effects-of-age-from-young-to-middle-adulthood-and-gender-on-resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-the-dopaminergic-midbrain
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Andrew C Peterson, Sheng Zhang, Sien Hu, Herta H Chao, Chiang-Shan R Li
Dysfunction of the dopaminergic ventral tegmental area (VTA) and substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) is implicated in psychiatric disorders including attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), addiction, schizophrenia and movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD). Although the prevalence of these disorders varies by age and sex, the underlying neural mechanism is not well understood. The objective of this study was to delineate the distinct resting state functional connectivity (rsFC) of the VTA and SNc and examine the effects of age, from young to middle-adulthood, and sex on the rsFC of these two dopaminergic structures in a data set of 250 healthy adults (18-49 years of age, 104 men)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202694/pure-autonomic-failure-predictors-of-conversion-to-clinical-cns-involvement
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Wolfgang Singer, Sarah E Berini, Paola Sandroni, Robert D Fealey, Elizabeth A Coon, Mariana D Suarez, Eduardo E Benarroch, Phillip A Low
OBJECTIVE: Based on the observation that a subset of patients originally diagnosed with pure autonomic failure (PAF) eventually develops extrapyramidal or cerebellar involvement consistent with multiple system atrophy (MSA), Parkinson disease (PD), or dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), we aimed to identify predictors of progression of PAF to more sinister synucleinopathies. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, we reviewed patients seen at Mayo Clinic Rochester by autonomic specialists between 2001 and 2011 and during initial evaluation diagnosed with orthostatic hypotension consistent with PAF (possible PAF)...
February 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202457/gain-of-function-samd9l-mutations-cause-a-syndrome-of-cytopenia-immunodeficiency-mds-and-neurological-symptoms
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Bianca Tesi, Josef Davidsson, Matthias Voss, Elisa Rahikkala, Tim D Holmes, Samuel C C Chiang, Jonna Komulainen-Ebrahim, Sorina Gorcenco, Alexandra Rundberg Nilsson, Tim Ripperger, Hannaleena Kokkonen, David Bryder, Thoas Fioretos, Jan-Inge Henter, Merja Möttönen, Riitta Niinimäki, Lars Nilsson, Cornelis Jan Pronk, Andreas Puschmann, Hong Qian, Johanna Uusimaa, Jukka Moilanen, Ulf Tedgård, Jörg Cammenga, Yenan T Bryceson
Several monogenic causes of familial myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) have recently been identified. We studied two families with cytopenia, predisposition to MDS with chromosome 7 aberrations, immunodeficiency, and progressive cerebellar dysfunction. Genetic studies uncovered heterozygous missense mutations in SAMD9L, a tumor suppressor gene located on chromosome arm 7q. Consistent with a gain-of-function effect, ectopic expression of the two identified SAMD9L mutants decreased cell proliferation relative to wild-type protein...
February 15, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198698/a-role-for-cerebellum-in-the-hereditary-dystonia-dyt1
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Rachel Fremont, Ambika Tewari, Chantal Angueyra, Kamran Khodakhah
DYT1 is a debilitating movement disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in torsinA. How these mutations cause dystonia remains unknown. Mouse models which have embryonically targeted torsinA have failed to recapitulate the dystonia seen in patients, possibly due to differential development compensation between rodents and humans. To address this issue, torsinA was acutely knocked down in select brain regions of adult mice using shRNAs. TorsinA knockdown in the cerebellum, but not in the basal ganglia, was sufficient to induce dystonia...
February 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195350/overcoming-the-divide-between-ataxias-and-spastic-paraplegias-shared-phenotypes-genes-and-pathways
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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/28193273/stub1-chip-mutations-cause-gordon-holmes-syndrome-as-part-of-a-widespread-multisystemic-neurodegeneration-evidence-from-four-novel-mutations
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Stefanie Nicole Hayer, Tine Deconinck, Benjamin Bender, Katrien Smets, Stephan Züchner, Selina Reich, Ludger Schöls, Rebecca Schüle, Peter De Jonghe, Jonathan Baets, Matthis Synofzik
BACKGROUND: CHIP, the protein encoded by STUB1, is a central component of cellular protein homeostasis and interacts with several key proteins involved in the pathogenesis of manifold neurodegenerative diseases. This gives rise to the hypothesis that mutations in STUB1 might cause a far more multisystemic neurodegenerative phenotype than the previously reported cerebellar ataxia syndrome. METHODS: Whole exome sequencing data-sets from n = 87 index subjects of two ataxia cohorts were screened for individuals with STUB1 mutations...
February 13, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193238/transient-ikk2-activation-in-astrocytes-initiates-selective-non-cell-autonomous-neurodegeneration
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Michael Lattke, Stephanie N Reichel, Alexander Magnutzki, Alireza Abaei, Volker Rasche, Paul Walther, Dinis P Calado, Boris Ferger, Thomas Wirth, Bernd Baumann
BACKGROUND: Neuroinflammation is associated with a wide range of neurodegenerative disorders, however the specific contribution to individual disease pathogenesis and selective neuronal cell death is not well understood. Inflammatory cerebellar ataxias are neurodegenerative diseases occurring in various autoimmune/inflammatory conditions, e.g. paraneoplastic syndromes. However, how inflammatory insults can cause selective cerebellar neurodegeneration in the context of these diseases remains open, and appropriate animal models are lacking...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188834/amelioration-of-cerebellar-dysfunction-in-rats-following-postnatal-ethanol-exposure-using-low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound
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Hiva Mohammadi Bolbanabad, Enayat Anvari, Mohammad Jafar Rezai, Ardashir Moayeri, Mohammad Reza Kaffashian
BACKGROUND: The neonatal development stage of the cerebellum in rats is equivalent to a human foetus in the third trimester of pregnancy. In this stage, cell proliferation, migration, differentiation, and synaptogenesis occur. Clinical and experimental findings have shown that ethanol exposure during brain development causes a variety of disruptions to the brain, including neurogenesis depression, delayed neuronal migration, changes in neurotransmitter synthesis, and neuronal depletion...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187857/adaptive-and-behavioral-changes-in-kynurenine-3-monooxygenase-knockout-mice-relevance-to-psychotic-disorders
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Sophie Erhardt, Ana Pocivavsek, Mariaelena Repici, Xi-Cong Liu, Sophie Imbeault, Daniel C Maddison, Marian A R Thomas, Joshua L Smalley, Markus K Larsson, Paul J Muchowski, Flaviano Giorgini, Robert Schwarcz
BACKGROUND: Kynurenine 3-monooxygenase converts kynurenine to 3-hydroxykynurenine, and its inhibition shunts the kynurenine pathway-which is implicated as dysfunctional in various psychiatric disorders-toward enhanced synthesis of kynurenic acid, an antagonist of both α7 nicotinic acetylcholine and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors. Possibly as a result of reduced kynurenine 3-monooxygenase activity, elevated central nervous system levels of kynurenic acid have been found in patients with psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia...
December 16, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186664/disruption-in-cerebellar-and-basal-ganglia-networks-during-a-visuospatial-task-in-cervical-dystonia
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Pavel Filip, Cécile Gallea, Stéphane Lehéricy, Eric Bertasi, Traian Popa, Radek Mareček, Ovidiu V Lungu, Tomáš Kašpárek, Jiří Vaníček, Martin Bareš
BACKGROUND: Although dystonia is traditionally conceptualized as a basal ganglia disorder, increasing interest has been directed at a different neural network node, the cerebellum, which may play a significant role in the pathophysiology of dystonia. Abnormal sensorimotor processing and disturbed motor schemes, possibly attributable to cerebellar changes, remain unclear. METHODS: We sought to characterize the extent of cerebellar dysfunction within the motor network using functional MRI activation analysis, connectivity analysis, and voxel-based morphometry in cervical dystonia patients (n = 25, 15 women, mean age 45...
February 10, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181693/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-tdp-with-multiple-system-atrophy-phenocopy-syndrome
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Ana Luísa Sousa, Ricardo Taipa, Niall Quinn, Tamas Revesz, Manuel Melo Pires, Marina Magalhães
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a neurodegenerative disorder presenting with parkinsonism, cerebellar involvement, autonomic dysfunction and pyramidal signs (1). Two main clinical subtypes of MSA are recognized: a parkinsonian-type (MSA-P) associated with predominant nigrostriatal degeneration and a cerebellar-type (MSA-C) with predominant olivopontocerebellar atrophy. A 'definite' diagnosis requires pathological confirmation with demonstration of glial cytoplasmic inclusions comprising alpha-synuclein protein aggregates (1)...
February 9, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162177/-prognostic-factors-for-inability-to-walk-independently-in-patients-with-multiple-system-atrophy
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Z W Wang, X H Wu, F Qiu, J G Liu, W Yao, M Jiang, S S Wang, Z G Chen, X K Qi
Objective: To explore the prognostic factors for inability to walk independently in patients with multiple system atrophy (MSA). Methods: A total of 123 patients with clinically confirmed MSA admitted to Navy General Hospital and Dongfang Hospital affiliated to the Second Clinical Medical College of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, from February 2013 to February 2016, were retrospectively reviewed. Clinical data and all records were collected and all subjects were followed up by a telephone call in February 2016...
February 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155864/aberrant-neuronal-dynamics-during-working-memory-operations-in-the-aging-hiv-infected-brain
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Tony W Wilson, Amy L Proskovec, Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Jennifer O'Neill, Kevin R Robertson, Howard S Fox, Susan Swindells
Impairments in working memory are among the most prevalent features of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND), yet their origins are unknown, with some studies arguing that encoding operations are disturbed and others supporting deficits in memory maintenance. The current investigation directly addresses this issue by using a dynamic mapping approach to identify when and where processing in working memory circuits degrades. HIV-infected older adults and a demographically-matched group of uninfected controls performed a verbal working memory task during magnetoencephalography (MEG)...
February 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155600/green-tea-camellia-sinensis-protects-against-arsenic-neurotoxicity-via-antioxidative-mechanism-and-activation-of-superoxide-dismutase-activity
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Smarajit Maiti, Nirmallya Acharyya, Tamal K Ghosh, Sk Sajed Ali, Emili Manna, Aarifa Nazmeen, Nirmalya K Sinha
BACKGROUND: Chronic arsenic-exposure even at a low-dose results in the neural impairment and motor/cognitive dysfunction. However, several preventive approaches are made mainly against hepatic/gastrointestinal damages. Only a few investigations postulate therapeutic strategies for neural anomalies. Here, the protective role of Green tea (Camellia sinensis or CS; 10mg/ml aqueous) has been evaluated against arsenic-induced (0.6ppm/100g bw/28 days) cerebral/cerebellar tissue degeneration, oxidative-threats and neurotransmitter deregulation in female rats...
February 1, 2017: Central Nervous System Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143763/using-the-shared-genetics-of-dystonia-and-ataxia-to-unravel-their-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Esther A R Nibbeling, Cathérine C S Delnooz, Tom J de Koning, Richard J Sinke, Hyder A Jinnah, Marina A J Tijssen, Dineke S Verbeek
In this review we explore the similarities between spinocerebellar ataxias and dystonias, and suggest potentially shared molecular pathways using a gene co-expression network approach. The spinocerebellar ataxias are a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by coordination problems caused mainly by atrophy of the cerebellum. The dystonias are another group of neurological movement disorders linked to basal ganglia dysfunction, although evidence is now pointing to cerebellar involvement as well. Our gene co-expression network approach identified 99 shared genes and showed the involvement of two major pathways: synaptic transmission and neurodevelopment...
January 28, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138429/evaluation-of-early-phase-18-f-florbetaben-pet-acquisition-in-clinical-routine-cases
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Sonja Daerr, Matthias Brendel, Christian Zach, Erik Mille, Dorothee Schilling, Mathias Johannes Zacherl, Katharina Bürger, Adrian Danek, Oliver Pogarell, Andreas Schildan, Marianne Patt, Henryk Barthel, Osama Sabri, Peter Bartenstein, Axel Rominger
OBJECTIVES: In recent years several [(18)F]-labelled amyloid PET tracers have been developed and have obtained clinical approval. There is accumulating evidence that early (post injection) acquisitions with these tracers are equally informative as conventional blood flow and metabolism studies for diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, but there have been few side-by-side studies. Therefore, we investigated the performance of early acquisitions of [(18)F]-florbetaben (FBB) PET compared to [(18)F]-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET in a clinical setting...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137957/loss-of-function-mutations-in-the-atp13a2-park9-gene-cause-complicated-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-spg78
#18
Alejandro Estrada-Cuzcano, Shaun Martin, Teodora Chamova, Matthis Synofzik, Dagmar Timmann, Tine Holemans, Albena Andreeva, Jennifer Reichbauer, Riet De Rycke, Dae-In Chang, Sarah van Veen, Jean Samuel, Ludger Schöls, Thorsten Pöppel, Danny Mollerup Sørensen, Bob Asselbergh, Christine Klein, Stephan Zuchner, Albena Jordanova, Peter Vangheluwe, Ivailo Tournev, Rebecca Schüle
Hereditary spastic paraplegias are heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorders characterized by progressive spasticity of the lower limbs due to degeneration of the corticospinal motor neurons. In a Bulgarian family with three siblings affected by complicated hereditary spastic paraplegia, we performed whole exome sequencing and homozygosity mapping and identified a homozygous p.Thr512Ile (c.1535C > T) mutation in ATP13A2. Molecular defects in this gene have been causally associated with Kufor-Rakeb syndrome (#606693), an autosomal recessive form of juvenile-onset parkinsonism, and neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (#606693), a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the intracellular accumulation of autofluorescent lipopigments...
February 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123174/new-diagnosis-of-atypical-ataxia-telangiectasia-in-a-17-year-old-boy-with-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-and-a-novel-atm-mutation
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Jasmin Roohi, Jennifer Crowe, Denis Loredan, Kwame Anyane-Yeboa, Mahesh M Mansukhani, Lenore Omesi, Jennifer Levine, Anya Revah Politi, Shan Zha
Ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) is an autosomal recessive chromosome breakage disorder caused by mutations in the ATM gene. Typically, it presents in early childhood with progressive cerebellar dysfunction along with immunodeficiency and oculocutaneous telangiectasia. An increased risk of malignancy is also associated with the syndrome and, rarely, may be the presenting feature in small children. We describe a 17-year-old boy with slurred speech, mild motor delays and learning disability diagnosed with atypical A-T in the setting of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116753/essential-pitfalls-in-essential-tremor
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REVIEW
Alberto J Espay, Anthony E Lang, Roberto Erro, Aristide Merola, Alfonso Fasano, Alfredo Berardelli, Kailash P Bhatia
Although essential tremor has been considered the most common movement disorder, it has largely remained a diagnosis of exclusion: many tremor and nontremor features must be absent for the clinical diagnosis to stand. The clinical features of "essential tremor" overlap with or may be part of other tremor disorders and, not surprisingly, this prevalent familial disorder has remained without a gene identified, without a consistent natural history, and without an acceptable pathology or pathophysiologic underpinning...
January 24, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
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