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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215668/potential-of-surfactant-coated-nanoparticles-to-improve-brain-delivery-of-arylsulfatase-a
#1
Tilman Schuster, Astrid Mühlstein, Claudia Yaghootfam, Olga Maksimenko, Elena Shipulo, Svetlana Gelperina, Jörg Kreuter, Volkmar Gieselmann, Ulrich Matzner
The lysosomal storage disorder (LSD) metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) is caused by a deficiency of the soluble, lysosomal hydrolase arylsulfatase A (ASA). The disease is characterized by accumulation of 3-O-sulfogalactosylceramide (sulfatide), progressive demyelination of the nervous system and premature death. Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT), based on regular intravenous injections of recombinant functional enzyme, is in clinical use for several LSDs. For MLD and other LSDs with central nervous system (CNS) involvement, however, ERT is limited by the blood-brain barrier (BBB) restricting transport of therapeutic enzymes from the blood to the brain...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194442/redirecting-n-acetylaspartate-metabolism-in-the-central-nervous-system-normalizes-myelination-and-rescues-canavan-disease
#2
Dominic J Gessler, Danning Li, Hongxia Xu, Qin Su, Julio Sanmiguel, Serafettin Tuncer, Constance Moore, Jean King, Reuben Matalon, Guangping Gao
Canavan disease (CD) is a debilitating and lethal leukodystrophy caused by mutations in the aspartoacylase (ASPA) gene and the resulting defect in N-acetylaspartate (NAA) metabolism in the CNS and peripheral tissues. Recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and widely transduce the CNS. We developed a rAAV-based and optimized gene replacement therapy, which achieves early, complete, and sustained rescue of the lethal disease phenotype in CD mice. Our treatment results in a super-mouse phenotype, increasing motor performance of treated CD mice beyond that of WT control mice...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193373/-metachromatic-leukodystrophy-case-presentation
#3
Lina María Espejo, Ricardo de la Espriella, José Fernando Hernández
Metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) is a rare demyelinating disease (prevalence 1:40 000), also called arylsulfatase A deficiency (ARS-A), which may present with neurological and psychiatric symptoms. Clinical assessment may be difficult, due to unspecific signs and symptoms. A case is presented of a 16 year-old female patient seen in psychiatry due to behavioural changes, psychosis, and with impaired overall performance. She was initially diagnosed with schizophrenia, but the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) scan and laboratory tests lead to the diagnosis of MLD...
January 2017: Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192470/differentiation-of-oligodendrocyte-progenitor-cells-from-dissociated-monolayer-and-feeder-free-cultured-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Tomoko Yamashita, Yuki Miyamoto, Yoshio Bando, Takashi Ono, Sakurako Kobayashi, Ayano Doi, Toshihiro Araki, Yosuke Kato, Takayuki Shirakawa, Yutaka Suzuki, Junji Yamauchi, Shigetaka Yoshida, Naoya Sato
Oligodendrocytes myelinate axons and form myelin sheaths in the central nervous system. The development of therapies for demyelinating diseases, including multiple sclerosis and leukodystrophies, is a challenge because the pathogenic mechanisms of disease remain poorly understood. Primate pluripotent stem cell-derived oligodendrocytes are expected to help elucidate the molecular pathogenesis of these diseases. Oligodendrocytes have been successfully differentiated from human pluripotent stem cells. However, it is challenging to prepare large amounts of oligodendrocytes over a short amount of time because of manipulation difficulties under conventional primate pluripotent stem cell culture methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191778/generation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-bona-fide-neural-stem-cells-for-ex-vivo-gene-therapy-of-metachromatic-leukodystrophy
#5
Vasco Meneghini, Giacomo Frati, Davide Sala, Silvia De Cicco, Marco Luciani, Chiara Cavazzin, Marianna Paulis, Wieslawa Mentzen, Francesco Morena, Serena Giannelli, Francesca Sanvito, Anna Villa, Alessandro Bulfone, Vania Broccoli, Sabata Martino, Angela Gritti
Allogeneic fetal-derived human neural stem cells (hfNSCs) that are under clinical evaluation for several neurodegenerative diseases display a favorable safety profile, but require immunosuppression upon transplantation in patients. Neural progenitors derived from patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) may be relevant for autologous ex vivo gene-therapy applications to treat genetic diseases with unmet medical need. In this scenario, obtaining iPSC-derived neural stem cells (NSCs) showing a reliable "NSC signature" is mandatory...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170189/mesenchymal-stem-cells-yield-transient-improvements-in-motor-function-in-an-infant-rhesus-macaque-with-severe-early-onset-krabbe-disease
#6
Irina A Isakova, Kate C Baker, Jason Dufour, Donald G Phinney
Krabbe disease, or globoid cell leukodystrophy, is a rare disorder caused by deficient galactosylceramidase activity and loss of myelin-forming oligodendrocytes, resulting in progressive demyelination and severely impaired motor function. Disease symptoms in humans appear within 3-6 months of age (early infantile) and manifest as marked irritability, spasticity, and seizures. The disease is often fatal by the second year of life, with few effective treatment options. Herein we evaluated the therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) administered intracranially to a 1-month-old rhesus macaque diagnosed with severe early-onset Krabbe disease that displayed neurologic and behavioral symptoms similar to those of human patients...
January 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133555/familial-case-of-pelizaeus-merzbacher-disorder-detected-by-oligoarray-comparative-genomic-hybridization-genotype-to-phenotype-diagnosis
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Kimia Najafi, Roxana Kariminejad, Kaveh Hosseini, Azadeh Moshtagh, Gole Maryam Abbassi, Neda Sadatian, Masood Bazrgar, Ariana Kariminejad, Mohamad Hassan Kariminejad
Introduction. Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD) is an X-linked recessive hypomyelinating leukodystrophy characterized by nystagmus, spastic quadriplegia, ataxia, and developmental delay. It is caused by mutation in the PLP1 gene. Case Description. We report a 9-year-old boy referred for oligoarray comparative genomic hybridization (OA-CGH) because of intellectual delay, seizures, microcephaly, nystagmus, and spastic paraplegia. Similar clinical findings were reported in his older brother and maternal uncle...
2017: Case Reports in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132884/novel-mutation-in-mitochondrial-elongation-factor-ef-tu-associated-to-dysplastic-leukoencephalopathy-and-defective-mitochondrial-dna-translation
#8
Michela Di Nottia, Arianna Montanari, Daniela Verrigni, Romina Oliva, Alessandra Torraco, Erika Fernandez-Vizarra, Daria Diodato, Teresa Rizza, Marzia Bianchi, Michela Catteruccia, Massimo Zeviani, Carlo Dionisi-Vici, Silvia Francisci, Enrico Bertini, Rosalba Carrozzo
The mitochondrial Elongation Factor Tu (EF-Tu), encoded by the TUFM gene, is a highly conserved GTPase, which is part of the mitochondrial protein translation machinery. In its activated form it delivers the aminoacyl-tRNAs to the A site of the mitochondrial ribosome. We report here on a baby girl with severe infantile macrocystic leukodystrophy with micropolygyria and a combined defect of complexes I and IV in muscle biopsy, caused by a novel mutation identified in TUFM. Using human mutant cells and the yeast model, we demonstrate the pathological role of the novel variant...
January 26, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130616/investigation-of-the-motor-system-in-two-siblings-with-canavan-s-disease-a-combined-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-tms-diffusion-tensor-imaging-dti-study
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V K Kimiskidis, Vasileios Papaliagkas, S Papagiannopoulos, D Zafeiriou, D Kazis, E Tsatsali-Foroglou, Z Kouvatsou, V Kapina, D Koutsonikolas, G Anogianakis, T Geroukis, S Bostantjopoulou
Canavan's disease (CD) is a hereditary leukodystrophy caused by mutations in the aspartoacylase gene (ASPA), leading to spongiform degeneration of the white matter and severe impairment of psychomotor development. We present the cases of two non-Jewish sisters with CD that have a milder and protracted clinical course compared to typical CD. MRI imaging revealed bilateral high-signal-intensity areas in the thalami and the internal capsule and MR spectroscopy showed typical findings for CD (a marked increase in N-acetylaspartate (NAA) levels)...
January 28, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117190/childhood-leukodystrophies-a-literature-review-of-updates-on-new-definitions-classification-diagnostic-approach-and-management
#10
REVIEW
Mahmoud Reza Ashrafi, Ali Reza Tavasoli
Childhood leukodystrophies are a growing category of neurological disorders in pediatric neurology practice. With the help of new advanced genetic studies such as whole exome sequencing (WES) and whole genome sequencing (WGS), the list of childhood heritable white matter disorders has been increased to more than one hundred disorders. During the last three decades, the basic concepts and definitions, classification, diagnostic approach and medical management of these disorders much have changed. Pattern recognition based on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), has played an important role in this process...
January 20, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112050/alexander-disease
#11
Ali Tavasoli, Thais Armangue, Cheng-Ying Ho, Matthew Whitehead, Miriam Bornhorst, Jullie Rhee, Eugene I Hwang, Elizabeth M Wells, Roger Packer, Marjo S van der Knaap, Marianna Bugiani, Adeline Vanderver
Alexander disease is a leukodystrophy caused by dominant missense mutations in the gene encoding the glial fibrillary acidic protein. Individuals with this disorder often present with a typical neuroradiologic pattern including white matter abnormalities with brainstem involvement, selective contrast enhancement, and structural changes to the basal ganglia/thalamus. In rare cases, focal lesions have been seen and cause concern for primary malignancies. Here the authors present an infant initially diagnosed with a chiasmatic astrocytoma that was later identified as having glial fibrillary acidic protein mutation-confirmed Alexander disease...
February 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109651/late-onset-krabbe-disease-due-to-the-new-galc-p-ala543pro-mutation-with-intriguingly-high-residual-galc-activity-in%C3%A2-vitro
#12
Inge Krägeloh-Mann, Klaus Harzer, Kevin Rostásy, Stefanie Beck-Wödl, Antje Bornemann, Judith Böhringer, Andrea Bevot, Verena Beck, Gisela Merkel, Maria Pechan
BACKGROUND: Krabbe disease (KD) is an inherited leukodystrophy due to a defect in the GALC gene which encodes the lysosomal galactosylceramide β-galactosidase (GALC). About two thirds of patients show the early onset form of KD dominated by cerebral demyelination leading to death in early infancy. Late onset forms include a spectrum of late infantile, juvenile and adult clinical courses. The deficiency of GALC leads to a galactosylceramide lipidosis in which lysosomal storage phenomena are seen almost only at the ultrastructural level...
January 6, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100454/gene-therapy-targeting-oligodendrocytes-provides-therapeutic-benefit-in-a-leukodystrophy-model
#13
Elena Georgiou, Kyriaki Sidiropoulou, Jan Richter, Christos Papaneophytou, Irene Sargiannidou, Alexia Kagiava, Georg von Jonquieres, Christina Christodoulou, Matthias Klugmann, Kleopas A Kleopa
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher-like disease or hypomyelinating leukodystrophy-2 is an autosomal recessively inherited leukodystrophy with childhood onset resulting from mutations in the gene encoding the gap junction protein connexin 47 (Cx47, encoded by GJC2). Cx47 is expressed specifically in oligodendrocytes and is crucial for gap junctional communication throughout the central nervous system. Previous studies confirmed that a cell autonomous loss-of-function mechanism underlies hypomyelinating leukodystrophy-2 and that transgenic oligodendrocyte-specific expression of another connexin, Cx32 (GJB1), can restore gap junctions in oligodendrocytes to achieve correction of the pathology in a disease model...
January 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088283/quantification-of-plasma-sulfatides-by-mass-spectrometry-utility-for-metachromatic-leukodystrophy
#14
Jennifer T Saville, Nicholas J C Smith, Janice M Fletcher, Maria Fuller
Impaired sulfatide catabolism is the primary biochemical insult in patients with the inherited neurodegenerative disease, metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD), and sulfatide elevation in body fluids is useful in the diagnostic setting. Here we used mass spectrometry to quantify fourteen species of sulfatide, in addition to the deacetylated derivative, lyso-sulfatide, using high pressure liquid chromatography-electrospray ionisation-tandem mass spectrometry in both positive and negative ion mode. A single phase extraction of 0...
February 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077719/suppressing-n-acetyl-l-aspartate-synthesis-prevents-loss-of-neurons-in-a-murine-model-of-canavan-leukodystrophy
#15
Jiho Sohn, Peter Bannerman, Fuzheng Guo, Travis Burns, Laird Miers, Christopher Croteau, Naveen K Singhal, Jennifer A McDonough, David Pleasure
: Canavan disease is a leukodystrophy caused by aspartoacylase (ASPA) deficiency. The lack of functional ASPA, an enzyme enriched in oligodendroglia that cleaves N-acetyl-l-aspartate (NAA) to acetate and l-aspartic acid, elevates brain NAA and causes "spongiform" vacuolation of superficial brain white matter and neighboring gray matter. In children with Canavan disease, neuroimaging shows early-onset dysmyelination and progressive brain atrophy. Neuron loss has been documented at autopsy in some cases...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067165/gene-therapy-in-fanconi-anemia-a-matter-of-time-safety-and-gene-transfer-tool-efficiency
#16
Els Verhoeyen, Francisco José Román Rodríguez, François-Loïc Cosset, Camille Lévy, Paula Rio
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a rare genetic syndrome characterized by progressive marrow failure. Gene therapy by infusion of FA-corrected autologous hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) may offer a potential cure since it is a monogenetic disease with mutations in the FANC genes, coding for DNA repair enzymes (See review[1]). However, the collection of hCD34 +-cells in FA patients implies particular challenges because of the reduced numbers of progenitor cells present in their bone marrow (BM)[2] or mobilized peripheral blood[3-5]...
9, 2017: Current Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051070/severe-neurodegenerative-disease-in-brothers-with-homozygous-mutation-in-polr1a
#17
Bülent Kara, Çiğdem Köroğlu, Karita Peltonen, Ruchama C Steinberg, Hülya Maraş Genç, Maarit Hölttä-Vuori, Ayşe Güven, Kristiina Kanerva, Tuğba Kotil, Seyhun Solakoğlu, You Zhou, Vesa M Olkkonen, Elina Ikonen, Marikki Laiho, Aslıhan Tolun
In two brothers born to consanguineous parents, we identified an unusual neurological disease that manifested with ataxia, psychomotor retardation, cerebellar and cerebral atrophy, and leukodystrophy. Via linkage analysis and exome sequencing, we identified homozygous c.2801C>T (p.(Ser934Leu)) in POLR1A (encoding RPA194, largest subunit of RNA polymerase I) and c.511C>T (p.(Arg171Trp)) in OSBPL11 (encoding oxysterol-binding protein-like protein 11). Although in silico analysis, histopathologic evidence and functional verification indicated that both variants were deleterious, segregation with the patient phenotype established that the POLR1A defect underlies the disease, as a clinically unaffected sister also was homozygous for the OSBPL11 variant...
February 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013302/trex1-mutation-in-leukodystrophy-with-calcifications-and-persistent-gadolinium-enhancement
#18
Clarisse Carra-Dalliere, Xavier Ayrignac, Carol Prieto-Morin, Philippe Girard, Elisabeth Tournier-Lasserve, Pierre Labauge
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 24, 2016: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007993/myelin-phagocytosis-by-astrocytes-after-myelin-damage-promotes-lesion-pathology
#19
Gerald Ponath, Sriram Ramanan, Mayyan Mubarak, William Housley, Seunghoon Lee, F Rezan Sahinkaya, Alexander Vortmeyer, Cedric S Raine, David Pitt
Astrocytes are key players in the pathology of multiple sclerosis and can assume beneficial and detrimental roles during lesion development. The triggers and timing of the different astroglial responses in acute lesions remain unclear. Astrocytes in acute multiple sclerosis lesions have been shown previously to contain myelin debris, although its significance has not been examined. We hypothesized that myelin phagocytosis by astrocytes is an early event during lesion formation and leads to astroglial immune responses...
February 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993207/gallbladder-abnormalities-in-children-with-metachromatic-leukodystrophy
#20
Jina Kim, Zhifei Sun, Brian Ezekian, Gary R Schooler, Vinod K Prasad, Joanne Kurtzberg, Henry E Rice, Elisabeth T Tracy
BACKGROUND: Metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) is a lysosomal storage disease that leads to neurological deterioration and visceral involvement, including sulphatide deposition in the gallbladder wall. Using our institution's extensive experience in treating MLD, we examined the incidence of gallbladder abnormalities in the largest cohort of children with MLD to date. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of all children with MLD, adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), or Krabbe disease who underwent hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) at our institution between 1994 and 2015...
February 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
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