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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534046/genetic-analysis-of-age-at-onset-variation-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2
#1
K P Figueroa, Hilary Coon, Nieves Santos, Luis Velazquez, Luis Almaguer Mederos, Stefan-M Pulst
OBJECTIVE: To examine heritability of the residual variability of spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) age at onset (AO) after controlling for CAG repeat length. METHODS: From 1955 to 2001, dates of birth, CAG repeat lengths, AO, sex, familial inheritances, and clinical manifestations were collected for a large Cuban SCA2 cohort of 382 affected individuals, including 129 parent-child pairs and 69 sibships. Analyses were performed with log-transformed AO in the GENMOD procedure to predict AO using repeat length, taking into account family structure...
June 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533744/pin1-modulates-huntingtin-levels-and-aggregate-accumulation-an-in-vitro-model
#2
Alisia Carnemolla, Silvia Michelazzi, Elena Agostoni
Huntington's disease (HD) is a dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a polyglutamine expansion within the N-terminal region of huntingtin protein (HTT). Cellular mechanisms promoting mutant huntingtin (mHTT) clearance are of great interest in HD pathology as they can lower the level of the mutant protein and its toxic aggregated species, thus affecting disease onset and progression. We have previously shown that the prolyl-isomerase PIN1 represents a promising negative regulator of mHTT aggregate accumulation using a genetically precise HD mouse model, namely Hdh(Q111) mice...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533375/keap1-modifying-small-molecule-reveals-muted-nrf2-signaling-responses-in-neural-stem-cells-from-huntington-s-disease-patients
#3
Luisa Quinti, Sharadha Dayalan Naidu, Ulrike Träger, Xiqun Chen, Kimberly Kegel-Gleason, David Llères, Colúm Connolly, Vanita Chopra, Cho Low, Sébastien Moniot, Ellen Sapp, Adelaide R Tousley, Petr Vodicka, Michael J Van Kanegan, Linda S Kaltenbach, Lisa A Crawford, Matthew Fuszard, Maureen Higgins, James R C Miller, Ruth E Farmer, Vijay Potluri, Susanta Samajdar, Lisa Meisel, Ningzhe Zhang, Andrew Snyder, Ross Stein, Steven M Hersch, Lisa M Ellerby, Eranthie Weerapana, Michael A Schwarzschild, Clemens Steegborn, Blair R Leavitt, Alexei Degterev, Sarah J Tabrizi, Donald C Lo, Marian DiFiglia, Leslie M Thompson, Albena T Dinkova-Kostova, Aleksey G Kazantsev
The activity of the transcription factor nuclear factor-erythroid 2 p45-derived factor 2 (NRF2) is orchestrated and amplified through enhanced transcription of antioxidant and antiinflammatory target genes. The present study has characterized a triazole-containing inducer of NRF2 and elucidated the mechanism by which this molecule activates NRF2 signaling. In a highly selective manner, the compound covalently modifies a critical stress-sensor cysteine (C151) of the E3 ligase substrate adaptor protein Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (KEAP1), the primary negative regulator of NRF2...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532681/resveratrol-protects-neuronal-like-cells-expressing-mutant-huntingtin-from-dopamine-toxicity-by-rescuing-atg4-mediated-autophagosome-formation
#4
Chiara Vidoni, Eleonora Secomandi, Andrea Castiglioni, Mariarosa A B Melone, Ciro Isidoro
Parkinsonian-like motor deficits in Huntington's Disease (HD) patients are associated with abnormal dopamine neurotransmission in the striatum. Dopamine metabolism leads to the formation of oxidized dopamine quinones that exacerbates mitochondrial dysfunction with production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that eventually lead to neuronal cell death. We have previously shown that dopamine-induced oxidative stress triggers apoptotic cell death in dopaminergic neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells hyper-expressing the mutant polyQ Huntingtin (polyQ-Htt) protein...
May 19, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528357/cerebellar-gray-matter-alterations-in-huntington-disease-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
#5
Paula C de Azevedo, Rachel P Guimarães, Camila C Piccinin, Luiza G Piovesana, Lidiane S Campos, Juliana R Zuiani, Eliza M Tamashiro, Giordanna Pinheiro, Augusto C Amato-Filho, Fernando Cendes, Iscia Lopes-Cendes, Anelyssa D'Abreu
Neuropathological and neuroimaging studies in Huntington disease (HD) have suggested a role for the cerebellum. Our goal was to perform a detailed evaluation of cerebellar morphology. We performed the Unified HD rating scale (UHDRS) and Montreal cognitive assessment (MOCA) in 26 HD patients and 26 healthy controls. We created a two-sample test to analyze cerebellar gray matter (GM) differences between groups and another to correlate GM alterations with UHDRS and MOCA, corrected for age, expanded cytosine-adenine-guanine repeats, and disease duration using the spatially unbiased atlas template (SUIT)-SPM-toolbox which preserves anatomical detailing...
May 20, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524601/huntington-s-disease-with-severe-neck-infection
#6
Shunsuke Hino, Takahiro Kaneko, Norio Horie, Tetsuo Shimoyama
OBJECTIVE: To present a case of Huntington's disease (HD) with severe neck infection. BACKGROUND: Huntington's disease (HD) is a progressive neurodegenerative genetic disorder and is often accompanied by dysphagia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The patient was a 64-year-old man with HD. The severe neck infection was considered as one of the symptoms of HD. CONCLUSION: Clinicians should remember that patients with HD are apt to delay dental consultation, resulting in serious oral infections...
May 19, 2017: Gerodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524599/modulation-of-nuclear-rest-by-alternative-splicing-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-huntington-s-disease
#7
Guo-Lin Chen, Qi Ma, Dharmendra Goswami, Jianyu Shang, Gregory M Miller
Huntington's disease (HD) is caused by a genetically mutated huntingtin (mHtt) protein with expanded polyQ stretch, which impairs cytosolic sequestration of the repressor element-1 silencing transcription factor (REST), resulting in excessive nuclear REST and subsequent repression of neuronal genes. We recently demonstrated that REST undergoes extensive, context-dependent alternative splicing, of which exon-3 skipping (∆E3 )-a common event in human and nonhuman primates-causes loss of a motif critical for REST nuclear targeting...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523558/epigenome-editing-in-the-brain
#8
Pavel Bashtrykov, Albert Jeltsch
Epigenome editing aims for an introduction or removal of chromatin marks at a defined genomic region using artificial EpiEffectors resulting in a modulation of the activity of the targeted functional DNA elements. Rationally designed EpiEffectors consist of a targeting DNA-binding module (such as a zinc finger protein, TAL effector, or CRISPR/Cas complex) and usually, but not exclusively, a catalytic domain of a chromatin-modifying enzyme. Epigenome editing opens a completely new strategy for basic research of the central nervous system and causal treatment of psychiatric and neurological diseases, because rewriting of epigenetic information can lead to the direct and durable control of the expression of disease-associated genes...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523552/epigenetics-of-huntington-s-disease
#9
Silvia Bassi, Takshashila Tripathi, Alan Monziani, Francesca Di Leva, Marta Biagioli
Huntington's disease (HD) is a genetic, fatal autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder typically occurring in midlife with symptoms ranging from chorea, to dementia, to personality disturbances (Philos Trans R Soc Lond Ser B Biol Sci 354:957-961, 1999). HD is inherited in a dominant fashion, and the underlying mutation in all cases is a CAG trinucleotide repeat expansion within exon 1 of the HD gene (Cell 72:971-983, 1993). The expanded CAG repeat, translated into a lengthened glutamine tract at the amino terminus of the huntingtin protein, affects its structural properties and functional activities...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523294/autophagy-in-aging-and-disease
#10
Mădălina Fîlfan, Raluca Elena Sandu, Alexandra Daniela Zăvăleanu, Andrei GreşiŢă, Daniela Gabriela Glăvan, Denissa Greta Olaru, Aurel Popa-Wagner
Autophagy is a catabolic degradation system used to destroy and recycle the unnecessary or damaged components of a cell. Autophagy is present at a basal level in all mammals and is regulated by some conditions, such as oxidative stress, starvation or hypoxia. In aged tissues, increased but also decreased expression of autophagy-specific proteins, Beclin 1, LC3, Atg5 and Atg7 has been reported. Likewise, it could be shown that the lifespan of yeast, nematodes and flies is prolonged by pharmacologically stimulated autophagy using exogenous administered spermidine...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522986/retinal-ganglion-cells-and-circadian-rhythms-in-alzheimer-s-disease-parkinson-s-disease-and-beyond
#11
REVIEW
Chiara La Morgia, Fred N Ross-Cisneros, Alfredo A Sadun, Valerio Carelli
There is increasing awareness on the role played by circadian rhythm abnormalities in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD). The characterization of the circadian dysfunction parallels the mounting evidence that the hallmarks of neurodegeneration also affect the retina and frequently lead to loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and to different degrees of optic neuropathy. In the RGC population, there is the subgroup of cells intrinsically photosensitive and expressing the photopigment melanopsin [melanopsin-containing retinal ganglion cells (mRGCs)], which are now well known to drive the entrainment of circadian rhythms to the light-dark cycles...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520598/imaging-plus-x-multimodal-models-of-neurodegenerative-disease
#12
Neil P Oxtoby, Daniel C Alexander
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article argues that the time is approaching for data-driven disease modelling to take centre stage in the study and management of neurodegenerative disease. The snowstorm of data now available to the clinician defies qualitative evaluation; the heterogeneity of data types complicates integration through traditional statistical methods; and the large datasets becoming available remain far from the big-data sizes necessary for fully data-driven machine-learning approaches...
May 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514657/huntington-s-disease-ipsc-derived-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells-reveal-wnt-mediated-angiogenic-and-blood-brain-barrier-deficits
#13
Ryan G Lim, Chris Quan, Andrea M Reyes-Ortiz, Sarah E Lutz, Amanda J Kedaigle, Theresa A Gipson, Jie Wu, Gad D Vatine, Jennifer Stocksdale, Malcolm S Casale, Clive N Svendsen, Ernest Fraenkel, David E Housman, Dritan Agalliu, Leslie M Thompson
Brain microvascular endothelial cells (BMECs) are an essential component of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) that shields the brain against toxins and immune cells. While BBB dysfunction exists in neurological disorders, including Huntington's disease (HD), it is not known if BMECs themselves are functionally compromised to promote BBB dysfunction. Further, the underlying mechanisms of BBB dysfunction remain elusive given limitations with mouse models and post-mortem tissue to identify primary deficits. We undertook a transcriptome and functional analysis of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived BMECs (iBMEC) from HD patients or unaffected controls...
May 16, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509681/neuroimaging-as-a-tool-to-study-the-sources-of-phenotypic-heterogeneity-in-huntington-s-disease
#14
Clara Garcia-Gorro, Estela Camara, Ruth de Diego-Balaguer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Huntington's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterised by a triad of motor, cognitive and psychiatric disturbances. There is great variability regarding the prominence and evolution of each type of clinical sign. One possible source of phenotypic heterogeneity could be the more prominent degeneration of specific brain circuits. The scope of this review is to highlight the most recent neuroimaging studies that have analysed the relationship between brain changes and motor, cognitive and psychiatric alterations in Huntington's disease...
May 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508341/mitochondrial-dna-levels-in-huntington-disease-leukocytes-and-dermal-fibroblasts
#15
Paulina Jędrak, Magdalena Krygier, Katarzyna Tońska, Małgorzata Drozd, Magdalena Kaliszewska, Ewa Bartnik, Witold Sołtan, Emilia J Sitek, Anna Stanisławska-Sachadyn, Janusz Limon, Jarosław Sławek, Grzegorz Węgrzyn, Sylwia Barańska
Huntington disease (HD) is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder caused by mutations in the huntingtin gene. Involvement of mitochondrial dysfunctions in, and especially influence of the level of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) on, development of this disease is unclear. Here, samples of blood from 84 HD patients and 79 controls, and dermal fibroblasts from 10 HD patients and 9 controls were analysed for mtDNA levels. Although the type of mitochondrial haplogroup had no influence on the mtDNA level, and there was no correlation between mtDNA level in leukocytes in HD patients and various parameters of HD severity, some considerable differences between HD patients and controls were identified...
May 16, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505322/exosomes-in-toxicology-relevance-to-chemical-exposure-and-pathogenesis-of-environmentally-linked-diseases
#16
Dilshan S Harischandra, Shivani Ghaisas, Dharmin Rokad, Anumantha G Kanthasamy
Chronic exposure to environmental toxins has been known to initiate or aggravate various neurological disorders, carcinomas and other adverse health effects. Uptake by naïve cells of pathogenic factors such as danger-associated molecules, mRNAs, miRNAs or aggregated proteins leads to disruption in cellular homeostasis further resulting in inflammation and disease propagation. While early research tended to focus solely on exosomal removal of unwanted cellular contents, more recent reports indicate that these nano-vesicles play an active role in intercellular signaling...
May 15, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504778/chorea-in-the-older-adult-a-full-blooded-answer
#17
A J Degnan, E Capek, A Bowman
Chorea is a severe, distressing, movement disorder characterised by excessive, purposeless movements of the limbs, head and orofacial muscles in a generalised and irregularly-timed fashion. In young patients, neurodegenerative (Huntington's disease) and metabolic (Wilson's disease) aetiologies are most common. In the older population, the differential widens to include genetic, structural, metabolic and pharmacological causes. We present a case of an older man who developed progressive choreoathetosis secondary to polycythaemia vera which resolved with serial venesections...
December 2016: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504708/receptor-oligomerization-guides-pathway-choice-between-proteasomal-and-autophagic-degradation
#18
Kefeng Lu, Fabian den Brave, Stefan Jentsch
Abnormal or aggregated proteins have a strong cytotoxic potential and are causative for human disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. If not restored by molecular chaperones, abnormal proteins are typically degraded by proteasomes or eliminated by selective autophagy. The discovery that both pathways are initiated by substrate ubiquitylation but utilize different ubiquitin receptors incited a debate over how pathway choice is achieved. Here, we demonstrate in yeast that pathway choice is made after substrate ubiquitylation by competing ubiquitin receptors harbouring either proteasome- or autophagy-related protein 8 (Atg8/LC3)-binding modules...
May 15, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502806/treadmill-exercise-delays-the-onset-of-non-motor-behaviors-and-striatal-pathology-in-the-cag140-knock-in-mouse-model-of-huntington-s-disease
#19
D P Stefanko, V D Shah, W K Yamasaki, G M Petzinger, M W Jakowec
Depression, cognitive impairments, and other neuropsychiatric disturbances are common during the prodromal phase of Huntington's disease (HD) well before the onset of classical motor symptoms of this degenerative disorder. The purpose of this study was to examine the potential impact of physical activity in the form of exercise on a motorized treadmill on non-motor behavioral features including depression-like behavior and cognition in the CAG140 knock-in (KI) mouse model of HD. The CAG140 KI mouse model has a long lifespan compared to other HD rodent models with HD motor deficits emerging after 12months of age and thus provides the opportunity to investigate early life interventions such as exercise on disease progression...
May 11, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502330/three-decades-of-follow-up-of-adults-after-recovery-from-invasive-pneumococcal-pneumonia
#20
Oluwadamilare O Ajayi, Nancy B Norton, Todd W Gress, Ronald J Stanek, Maurice A Mufson
BACKGROUND: Streptococcus pneumoniae infection is the most common cause of community-acquired pneumonia in adults. Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) carries a high case fatality rate. We investigated the lifespan of adults who recovered from IPD during a 32-year follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We determined whether adults discharged after an episode of IPD from hospitals affiliated with the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia from 1983-2003 were alive on June 30, 2014...
May 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
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