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Xiaole Wang, Fang He, Fei Yin, Chao Chen, Liwen Wu, Lifen Yang, Jing Peng
Leukoencephalopathies are diseases with high clinical heterogeneity. In clinical work, it's difficult for doctors to make a definite etiological diagnosis. Here, we designed a custom probe library which contains the known pathogenic genes reported to be associated with Leukoencephalopathies, and performed targeted gene capture and massively parallel sequencing (MPS) among 49 Chinese patients who has white matter damage as the main imaging changes, and made the validation by Sanger sequencing for the probands' parents...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Bonnie Scurry, Thomas Wellings, Himanshu Goel, Anja Pluschke
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2016: Pathology
Marina Cavazzana, Jean-Antoine Ribeil, Chantal Lagresle-Peyrou, Isabelle André-Schmutz
When considering inherited diseases that can be treated by gene transfer into Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), there are only two in which the HSC and progenitor cell distribution inside the bone marrow and its microenvironment are exactly the same as in a healthy subject: metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) and ALD. In all other settings (X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID-X1), adenosine deaminase deficiency, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome and β-hemoglobinopathies), the bone marrow content of the different stem and precursor cells and the cells' relationship with the stroma have very specific characteristics...
October 17, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
David S Lynch, Wei Jia Zhang, Rahul Lakshmanan, Justin A Kinsella, Günes Altiokka Uzun, Merih Karbay, Zeynep Tüfekçioglu, Hasmet Hanagasi, Georgina Burke, Nicola Foulds, Simon R Hammans, Anupam Bhattacharjee, Heather Wilson, Matthew Adams, Mark Walker, James A R Nicoll, Jeremy Chataway, Nick Fox, Indran Davagnanam, Rahul Phadke, Henry Houlden
Importance: Adult-onset leukoencephalopathy with axonal spheroids and pigmented glia (ALSP) is a frequent cause of adult-onset leukodystrophy known to be caused by autosomal dominant mutations in the CSF1R (colony-stimulating factor 1) gene. The discovery that CSF1R mutations cause ALSP led to more accurate prognosis and genetic counseling for these patients in addition to increased interest in microglia as a target in neurodegeneration. However, it has been known since the discovery of the CSF1R gene that there are patients with typical clinical and radiologic evidence of ALSP who do not carry pathogenic CSF1R mutations...
October 17, 2016: JAMA Neurology
Yu Kobayashi, Jun Tohyama, Tomoyuki Akiyama, Shinichi Magara, Hideshi Kawashima, Noriyuki Akasaka, Mitsuko Nakashima, Hirotomo Saitsu, Naomichi Matsumoto
Cerebral folate deficiency due to folate receptor 1 gene (FOLR1) mutations is an autosomal recessive disorder resulting from a brain-specific folate transport defect. It is characterized by late infantile onset, severe psychomotor regression, epilepsy, and leukodystrophy. We describe a consanguineous girl exhibiting severe developmental regression, intractable epilepsy, polyneuropathy, and profound hypomyelination with cortical involvement. Magnetic resonance imaging showed cortical disturbances in addition to profound hypomyelination and cerebellar atrophy...
October 12, 2016: Brain & Development
Laszlo Szpisjak, Nora Zsindely, Jozsef I Engelhardt, Laszlo Vecsei, Gabor G Kovacs, Peter Klivenyi
AARS2 gene (NM_020745.3) mutations result in two different phenotypic diseases: infantile mitochondrial cardiomyopathy and late-onset leukoencephalopathy. The patient's first symptoms appeared at the age of 18 years with behavioral changes and psychiatric problems. Some years later, extrapyramidal symptoms, cognitive impairment, nystagmus, dysarthria and pyramidal symptoms also developed. The brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) indicated extensive white matter abnormalities. The diagnosis of AARS2 gene mutations causing leukodystrophy was confirmed by genetic testing...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
Rohit Rai, Richa Giri, Prem Singh, R K Verma
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Ethan D Goddard-Borger, Christina Tysoe, Stephen G Withers
Globoid cell leukodystrophy (GCL), or Krabbe disease, is a lysosomal storage disorder characterized by a deficiency in galactosylceramidase (GALC), which hydrolyses galactosylceramide and galactosylsphingosine (psychosine). Early detection of GCL in newborns is essential for timely therapeutic intervention and could be achieved by testing infant blood samples with isotopically labeled lysosmal enzyme substrates and mass spectrometry. While isotopically labeled psychosine would be a useful tool for the early diagnosis of GCL, its synthesis is lengthy and expensive...
September 22, 2016: Carbohydrate Research
Jeremy S Francis, Ireneusz Wojtas, Vladimir Markov, Steven J Gray, Thomas J McCown, R Jude Samulski, Larissa T Bilaniuk, Dah-Jyuu Wang, Darryl C De Vivo, Christopher G Janson, Paola Leone
Breakdown of neuro-glial N-acetyl-aspartate (NAA) metabolism results in the failure of developmental myelination, manifest in the congenital pediatric leukodystrophy Canavan disease caused by mutations to the sole NAA catabolizing enzyme aspartoacylase. Canavan disease is a major point of focus for efforts to define NAA function, with available evidence suggesting NAA serves as an acetyl donor for fatty acid synthesis during myelination. Elevated NAA is a diagnostic hallmark of Canavan disease, which contrasts with a broad spectrum of alternative neurodegenerative contexts in which levels of NAA are inversely proportional to pathological progression...
October 4, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
Joshua D Aaker, Benayahu Elbaz, Yuwen Wu, Timothy J Looney, Li Zhang, Bruce T Lahn, Brian Popko
The transcriptional program that controls oligodendrocyte maturation and central nervous system (CNS) myelination has not been fully characterized. In this study, we use high-throughput RNA sequencing to analyze how the loss of a key transcription factor, zinc finger protein 191 (ZFP191), results in oligodendrocyte development abnormalities and CNS hypomyelination. Using a previously described mutant mouse that is deficient in ZFP191 protein expression (Zfp191(null)), we demonstrate that key transcripts are reduced in the whole brain as well as within oligodendrocyte lineage cells cultured in vitro To determine whether the loss of myelin seen in Zfp191(null) mice contributes indirectly to these perturbations, we also examined the transcriptome of a well-characterized mouse model of hypomyelination, in which the myelin structural protein myelin basic protein (MBP) is deficient...
October 2016: ASN Neuro
Anabel Martinez Lyons, Anna Ardissone, Aurelio Reyes, Alan J Robinson, Isabella Moroni, Daniele Ghezzi, Erika Fernandez-Vizarra, Massimo Zeviani
BACKGROUND: Assembly of cytochrome c oxidase (COX, complex IV, cIV), the terminal component of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, is assisted by several factors, most of which are conserved from yeast to humans. However, some of them, including COA7, are found in humans but not in yeast. COA7 is a 231aa-long mitochondrial protein present in animals, containing five Sel1-like tetratricopeptide repeat sequences, which are likely to interact with partner proteins. METHODS: Whole exome sequencing was carried out on a 19 year old woman, affected by early onset, progressive severe ataxia and peripheral neuropathy, mild cognitive impairment and a cavitating leukodystrophy of the brain with spinal cord hypotrophy...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
Antoine Marteyn, Anne Baron-Van Evercooren
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD) is a severe hypomyelinating leukodystrophy resulting from proteolipid protein 1 gene (PLP1) mutations leading to oligodendrocyte loss. While neuroinflammation has recently become a common feature and actor in neurodegenerative diseases, the involvement of inflammation in PMD physiopathology is still highly debated despite evidence for strong astrogliosis and microglial cell activation. Activation of the innate immune system, and more particularly, of microglia and astrocytes, is mostly associated with the deleterious role of neuroinflammation...
December 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
F Daniel Armstrong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Lancet Haematology
R T Ibitoye, S A Renowden, H J Faulkner, N J Scolding, C M Rice
Ovarioleukodystrophy-the co-occurrence of leukodystrophy and premature ovarian failure-is a rare presentation now recognised to be part of the clinical spectrum of vanishing white matter disease. We describe a woman with epilepsy and neuroimaging changes consistent with leukoencephalopathy who presented with non-convulsive status epilepticus after starting hormone replacement therapy in the context of premature ovarian failure. Genetic testing confirmed her to be a compound heterozygote for EIF2B5 mutations; the gene encodes a subunit of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2B...
September 20, 2016: Practical Neurology
Kristin W Barañano
Leukodystrophies are heritable disorders primarily affecting the white matter of the central nervous system. They are clinically characterized by spasticity, optic atrophy, and ataxia. These are a heterogeneous group of disorders, including hypomyelinating disorders and demyelinating disorders due to abnormal accumulations. Although individually rare, together they are responsible for substantial disease burden. Essentially all these disorders have infantile, juvenile, and adult presentations. Understanding the genetic and biochemical bases of these disorders opens the door to therapeutic approaches...
August 2016: Seminars in Neurology
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...
September 16, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Subha Karumuthil-Melethil, Steven J Gray
Globoid cell leukodystrophy (GLD, or Krabbe's disease) is a severe inherited neurodegenerative disease caused by the lack of a lysosomal enzyme, GALC. The disease has been characterized in humans as well as three naturally occurring animal models, murine, canine, and nonhuman primate. Multiple treatment strategies have been explored for GLD, including enzyme replacement therapy, small-molecule pharmacological approaches, gene therapy, and bone marrow transplant. No single therapeutic approach has proved to be entirely effective, and the reason for this is not well understood...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Gregory B Potter, Magdalena A Petryniak
Neuroinflammation, activation of innate immune components of the nervous system followed by an adaptive immune response, is observed in most leukodystrophies and coincides with white matter pathology, disease progression, and morbidity. Despite this, there is a major gap in our knowledge of the contribution of the immune system to disease phenotype. Inflammation in Krabbe's disease has been considered a secondary effect, resulting from cell-autonomous oligodendroglial cell death or myelin loss resulting from psychosine accumulation...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Giuseppe Scesa, Ana Lis Moyano, Ernesto R Bongarzone, Maria I Givogri
The discovery that most cells produce extracellular vesicles (EVs) and release them in the extracellular milieu has spurred the idea that these membranous cargoes spread pathogenic mechanisms. In the brain, EVs may have multifold and important physiological functions, from deregulating synaptic activity to promoting demyelination to changes in microglial activity. The finding that small EVs (exosomes) contain α-synuclein and β-amyloid, among other pathogenic proteins, is an example of this notion, underscoring their potential role in the brains of patients with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Alessandra Ricca, Angela Gritti
Globoid cell leukodystrophy (GLD), or Krabbe's disease, is a lysosomal storage disorder resulting from deficiency of the lysosomal hydrolase galactosylceramidase. The infantile forms are characterized by a unique relentless and aggressive progression with a wide range of neurological symptoms and complications. Here we review and discuss the basic concepts and the novel mechanisms identified as key contributors to the peculiar GLD pathology, highlighting their therapeutic implications. Then, we evaluate evidence from extensive experimental studies on GLD animal models that have highlighted fundamental requirements to obtain substantial therapeutic benefit, including early and timely intervention, high levels of enzymatic reconstitution, and global targeting of affected tissues...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
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