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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451889/effects-of-patterned-peripheral-nerve-stimulation-on-soleus-spinal-motor-neuron-excitability
#1
Samuel Jimenez, Laura Mordillo-Mateos, Michele Dileone, Michela Campolo, Carmen Carrasco-Lopez, Fabricia Moitinho-Ferreira, Tomas Gallego-Izquierdo, Hartwig R Siebner, Josep Valls-Solé, Juan Aguilar, Antonio Oliviero
Spinal plasticity is thought to contribute to sensorimotor recovery of limb function in several neurological disorders and can be experimentally induced in animals and humans using different stimulation protocols. In healthy individuals, electrical continuous Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) of the median nerve has been shown to change spinal motoneuron excitability in the cervical spinal cord as indexed by a change in mean H-reflex amplitude in the flexor carpi radialis muscle. It is unknown whether continuous TBS of a peripheral nerve can also shift motoneuron excitability in the lower limb...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451300/decreased-anterior-cingulate-activation-in-a-motor-task-in-youths-with-bipolar-disorder
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Jace B King, Jeffrey S Anderson, Deborah A Yurgelun-Todd, Punitha Subramaniam, Marie R Ehrler, Melissa P Lopez-Larson
BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder (BP) is characterized by abnormal shifts in mood between episodes of mania and severe depression, both of which have been linked with psychomotor disturbances. This study compares brain activation patterns in motor networks between euthymic youths with BP and healthy controls (HC) during the completion of a simple motor task. METHODS: Thirty-five youths with BP and 35 HC (aged 10-19) completed a self-paced sequential bilateral finger-tapping task, consisting of a 4-minute scan block with alternating 20-second periods of either the tapping task (six blocks) or rest (six blocks), while undergoing functional magnetic resonance imaging...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451229/m-aaa-proteases-mitochondrial-calcium-homeostasis-and-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Maria Patron, Hans-Georg Sprenger, Thomas Langer
The function of mitochondria depends on ubiquitously expressed and evolutionary conserved m-AAA proteases in the inner membrane. These ATP-dependent peptidases form hexameric complexes built up of homologous subunits. AFG3L2 subunits assemble either into homo-oligomeric isoenzymes or with SPG7 (paraplegin) subunits into hetero-oligomeric proteolytic complexes. Mutations in AFG3L2 are associated with dominant spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA28) characterized by the loss of Purkinje cells, whereas mutations in SPG7 cause a recessive form of hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP7) with motor neurons of the cortico-spinal tract being predominantly affected...
February 16, 2018: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451027/a-case-of-late-onset-ocd-developing-pls-and-ftd
#4
Enrica Bersano, Maria Francesca Sarnelli, Valentina Solara, Fabiola De Marchi, Gian Mauro Sacchetti, Alessandro Stecco, Lucia Corrado, Sandra D'alfonso, Roberto Cantello, Letizia Mazzini
We describe a 64-year-old woman, suffering from late-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) from the age of 57, who developed dysarthria and dysphagia, spastic diplegic, and proximal muscles weakness. Needle electromyography showed no active denervation. Neuropsychological evaluation showed intact cognitive functioning. We diagnosed upper motor neuron disease (MND), with no known genetic correlates. Brain magnetic resonance (MRI) detected bilateral hippocampal atrophy with sclerosis of right hippocampus...
February 16, 2018: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450629/congenital-cervical-kyphosis-in-an-infant-with-ehlers-danlos-syndrome
#5
Andrew J Kobets, Daniel Komlos, John K Houten
BACKGROUND: Ehler-Danlos syndome (EDS) refers to a group of heritable connective tissue disorders; rare manifestations of which are cervical kyphosis and clinical myelopathy. Surgical treatment is described for the deformity in the thoracolumbar spine in adolescents but not for infantile cervical spine. Internal fixation for deformity correction in the infantile cervical spine is challenging due to the diminutive size of the bony anatomy and the lack of spinal instrumentation specifically designed for young children...
February 15, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450616/early-motor-signs-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-spontaneous-position-and-movement-of-the-head
#6
Hirotaka Gima, Hideki Kihara, Hama Watanabe, Hisako Nakano, Junji Nakano, Yukuo Konishi, Tomohiko Nakamura, Gentaro Taga
We examined the characteristics of spontaneous movements at 9-20 weeks postterm age in very low birth-weight infants who later developed autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We analyzed video recordings of spontaneous movements of 39 children who had no clinical issues [typically developing (TD) group], 21 children who showed developmental delay, and 14 children who were diagnosed with ASD (ASD group) at 6 years of age. Head position in each video frame was classified by visual inspection. The percentage of midline head position (PMHP) and number of changes in head position were calculated...
February 15, 2018: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449720/biallelic-inactivating-variants-in-the-gtpbp2-gene-cause-a-neurodevelopmental-disorder-with-severe-intellectual-disability
#7
Aida M Bertoli-Avella, Jose M Garcia-Aznar, Oliver Brandau, Fahad Al-Hakami, Zafer Yüksel, Anett Marais, Nana-Maria Grüning, Lia Abbasi Moheb, Omid Paknia, Nahla Alshaikh, Seham Alameer, Makia J Marafi, Fahd Al-Mulla, Nouriya Al-Sannaa, Arndt Rolfs, Peter Bauer
Congenital neurological disorders are genetically highly heterogeneous. Rare forms of hereditary neurological disorders are still difficult to be adequately diagnosed. Pertinent studies, especially when reporting only single families, need independent confirmation. We present three unrelated families in which whole-exome sequencing identified the homozygous non-sense variants c.430[C>T];[C>T] p.(Arg144*), c.1219[C>T];[C>T] p.(Gln407*) and c.1408[C>T];[C>T] p.(Arg470*) in GTPBP2. Their clinical presentations include early onset and apparently non-progressive motor and cognitive impairment, and thereby overlap with findings in a recently described family harbouring a homozygous GTPBP2 splice site variant...
February 15, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449678/cytoskeleton-stability-is-essential-for-the-integrity-of-the-cerebellum-and-its-motor-and-affective-related-behaviors
#8
Rodrigo Muñoz-Castañeda, David Díaz, Leticia Peris, Annie Andrieux, Christophe Bosc, José M Muñoz-Castañeda, Carsten Janke, José R Alonso, Marie-Jo Moutin, Eduardo Weruaga
The cerebellum plays a key role in motor tasks, but its involvement in cognition is still being considered. Although there is an association of different psychiatric and cognitive disorders with cerebellar impairments, the lack of time-course studies has hindered the understanding of the involvement of cerebellum in cognitive and non-motor functions. Such association was here studied using the Purkinje Cell Degeneration mutant mouse, a model of selective and progressive cerebellar degeneration that lacks the cytosolic carboxypeptidase 1 (CCP1)...
February 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449121/sleep-disorders-and-parkinson-disease-lessons-from-genetics
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REVIEW
Ziv Gan-Or, Roy N Alcalay, Guy A Rouleau, Ronald B Postuma
Parkinson disease is a common, age-related neurodegenerative disorder, projected to afflict millions of individuals in the near future. Understanding its etiology and identifying clinical, genetic or biological markers for Parkinson disease onset and progression is therefore of major importance. Various sleep-related disorders are the most common group of non-motor symptoms in advanced Parkinson disease, but they can also occur during its prodromal phase. However, with the exception of REM sleep behavior disorder, it is unclear whether they are part of the early pathological process of Parkinson disease, or if they develop as Parkinson disease advances because of treatments and neurodegeneration progression...
January 31, 2018: Sleep Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448188/genotype-phenotype-and-in-silico-pathogenicity-analysis-of-hexb-mutations-panel-based-sequencing-for-differential-diagnosis-of-gangliosidosis
#10
Nejat Mahdieh, Sahar Mikaeeli, Ali Reza Tavasoli, Zahra Rezaei, Majid Maleki, Bahareh Rabbani
OBJECTIVES: Gangliosidosis is an inherited metabolic disorder causing neurodegeneration and motor regression. Preventive diagnosis is the first choice for the affected families due to lack of straightforward therapy. Genetic studies could confirm the diagnosis and help families for carrier screening and prenatal diagnosis. An update of HEXB gene variants concerning genotype, phenotype and in silico analysis are presented. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Panel based next generation sequencing and direct sequencing of four cases were performed to confirm the clinical diagnosis and for reproductive planning...
February 8, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447858/intrathecal-injection-of-scaav9-higf1-prolongs-the-survival-of-als-model-mice-by-inhibiting-the-nf-kb-pathway
#11
HaoJie Hu, HuiQian Lin, WeiSong Duan, Can Cui, ZhongYao Li, YaKun Liu, Wan Wang, Di Wen, Ying Wang, ChunYan Li
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a chronic, fatal neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the progressive loss of upper and lower motor neurons. Currently, there is no effective drug for ALS. Recent studies in ALS model mice have shown that insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1) may be a promising therapeutic drug. We demonstrate that self-complementary adeno-associated virus serum type 9 encoding the human IGF1 (scAAV9-hIGF1) could significantly postpone the onset and slow down the progression of the disease owning to inhibiting the NF-κB signalling pathway...
February 12, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446964/gender-and-age-interact-to-predict-the-development-of-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms-following-a-motor-vehicle-accident
#12
Ihori Kobayashi, Eve M Sledjeski, Douglas L Delahanty
OBJECTIVE: Women have a greater overall risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than men after exposure to trauma. In addition to gender, other sociodemographic factors have been identified as risk factors for PTSD; however, research has typically examined these factors separately. Age has been found to contribute to the development of psychiatric disorders, and both linear and curvilinear relationships have been reported between age and risk of developing PTSD. Recent research has suggested that this relationship may vary depending on gender...
February 15, 2018: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446788/the-potential-role-of-herbal-products-in-the-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease
#13
M S Amro, S L Teoh, A G Norzana, D Srijit
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a multifactorial disorder of the nervous system in which there is a progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons. There is a disturbance in the movement in PD and these include resting tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia or akinesia, disturbance, posture and freezing (motor block). The substantia nigra and other parts of the brain are commonly affected. The disorder could be related to oxidative stress and there is an important role of reactive oxygen species (ROS). A number of herbal products contain active components which are known to possess antioxidant action...
January 2018: La Clinica Terapeutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446202/conditional-deletion-of-cadherin-13-perturbs-golgi-cells-and-disrupts-social-and-cognitive-behaviors
#14
Martesa Tantra, Lanboling Guo, Jinsook Kim, Norliyana Zainolabidin, George J Augustine, Volker Eulenburg, Albert I Chen
Inhibitory interneurons mediate the gating of synaptic transmission and modulate the activities of neural circuits. Disruption of the function of inhibitory networks in the forebrain is linked to impairment of social and cognitive behaviors, but the involvement of inhibitory interneurons in the cerebellum has not been assessed. We found that Cadherin 13 (Cdh13), a gene implicated in autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is specifically expressed in Golgi cells within the cerebelluar cortex...
February 15, 2018: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445989/relevance-of-sleep-quality-on-caregiver-burden-in-parkinson-s-disease
#15
Luigi Bartolomei, Andrea Pastore, Lucia Meligrana, Elena Sanson, Nicola Bonetto, Giacomo Maria Minicuci, Sandro Zambito Marsala, Tiziana Mesiano, Lorenzo Bragagnolo, Angelo Antonini
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder which affects the quality of life of patient and their family. Sleep disorders appear in 80-90% of PD patients and have a great impact on the PD well-being. We examined the relationship of patients' sleep quality and depression on burden, mood, quality of life, and quality of sleep of their caregivers. A multicenter, regional (Veneto), observational, cross-sectional study that included 55 patient-caregiver pairs was conducted. Patients were assessed using Parkinson's Disease Sleep Scale (PDSS) and Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) for sleep disorders, Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) as a measure of depression, and Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39) as a measure of quality of life...
February 14, 2018: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445839/vocalization-as-a-novel-endpoint-of-atypical-attachment-behavior-in-2-3-7-8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin-exposed-infant-mice
#16
Eiki Kimura, Chiharu Tohyama
Mammalian attachment behaviors, such as crying, are essential for infant survival by receiving food, protection, and warmth from caregivers. Ultrasonic vocalization (USV) of infant rodents functions to promote maternal proximity. Impaired USV emission has been reported in mouse models of autism spectrum disorder, suggesting that USV is associated with higher brain function. In utero and lactational dioxin exposure is known to induce higher brain function abnormalities in adulthood; however, whether perinatal dioxin exposure affects behavior during infancy is unclear...
February 14, 2018: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445532/sleep-disordered-breathing-in-motor-neurone-disease
#17
REVIEW
Rebecca F D'Cruz, Patrick B Murphy, Georgios Kaltsakas
Motor neurone disease (MND) is a neurodegenerative disease defined by axonal loss and gliosis of upper and lower motor neurones in the motor cortex, lower brainstem nuclei and ventral horn of the spinal cord. MND is currently incurable and has a poor prognosis, with death typically occurring 3 to 5 years after disease onset. The disease is characterised by rapidly progressive weakness leading to paralysis, fasciculations, bulbar symptoms (including dysarthria and dysphagia) and respiratory compromise. Respiratory complications arise as a result of weakness of upper airway (pharyngeal and laryngeal) muscles and respiratory muscles (diaphragm, intercostal and accessory muscles) leading to respiratory failure...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445330/non-neural-muscle-weakness-has-limited-influence-on-complexity-of-motor-control-during-gait
#18
Marije Goudriaan, Benjamin R Shuman, Katherine M Steele, Marleen Van den Hauwe, Nathalie Goemans, Guy Molenaers, Kaat Desloovere
Cerebral palsy (CP) and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) are neuromuscular disorders characterized by muscle weakness. Weakness in CP has neural and non-neural components, whereas in DMD, weakness can be considered as a predominantly non-neural problem. Despite the different underlying causes, weakness is a constraint for the central nervous system when controlling gait. CP demonstrates decreased complexity of motor control during gait from muscle synergy analysis, which is reflected by a higher total variance accounted for by one synergy (tVAF 1 )...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445325/biomarkers-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-current-status-and-interest-of-oxysterols-and-phytosterols
#19
REVIEW
Anne Vejux, Amira Namsi, Thomas Nury, Thibault Moreau, Gérard Lizard
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a non-demyelinating neurodegenerative disease in adults with motor disorders. Two forms exist: a sporadic form (90% of cases) and a family form due to mutations in more than 20 genes including the Superoxide dismutase 1, TAR DNA Binding Protein, Fused in Sarcoma, chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 and VAPB genes. The mechanisms associated with this pathology are beginning to be known: oxidative stress, glutamate excitotoxicity, protein aggregation, reticulum endoplasmic stress, neuroinflammation, alteration of RNA metabolism...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445154/interleukin-4-modulates-microglia-homeostasis-and-attenuates-the-early-slowly-progressive-phase-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#20
Chiara Rossi, Melania Cusimano, Martina Zambito, Annamaria Finardi, Alessia Capotondo, Jose Manuel Garcia-Manteiga, Giancarlo Comi, Roberto Furlan, Gianvito Martino, Luca Muzio
Microglia activation is a commonly pathological hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a devastating disorder characterized by a selective motor neurons degeneration. Whether such activation might represent a causal event rather than a secondary epiphenomenon remains elusive. Here, we show that CNS-delivery of IL-4-via a lentiviral-mediated gene therapy strategy-skews microglia to proliferate, inducing these cells to adopt the phenotype of slowly proliferating cells...
February 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
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