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Carolin Leistner, Andreas Menke
Stress is a state of derailed homeostasis and a main environmental risk factor for psychiatric diseases. Chronic or uncontrollable stress may lead to a dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is a common feature of stress-related psychiatric disorders. One of the key mechanisms underlying a disturbed HPA axis is an impaired function of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) with an enhanced or reduced feedback sensitivity for glucocorticoids and subsequently altered concentrations of peripheral cortisol...
February 2, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436039/cortical-structural-involvement-and-cognitive-dysfunction-in-early-parkinson-s-disease
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J C Klein, M Rolinski, L Griffanti, K Szewczyk-Krolikowski, F Baig, C Ruffmann, A R Groves, R A L Menke, M T Hu, C Mackay
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies in early Parkinson's disease (PD) have shown promise in the detection of disease-related brain changes in the white and deep grey matter. We set out to establish whether intrinsic cortical involvement in early PD can be detected with quantitative MRI. We collected a rich, multi-modal dataset, including diffusion MRI, T1 relaxometry and cortical morphometry, in 20 patients with early PD (disease duration, 1.9 ± 0.97 years, Hoehn & Yahr 1-2) and in 19 matched controls...
February 13, 2018: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29419699/spontaneous-retroperitoneal-hemorrhage-in-menkes-disease-a-rare-case-report
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Chia-Huei Peng, Chyong-Hsin Hsu, Nien-Lu Wang, Hung-Chang Lee, Shuan-Pei Lin, Wai-Tao Chan, Chun-Yan Yeung, Chuen-Bin Jiang
RATIONALE: Menkes disease (MD), also known as Menkes kinky hair disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disease caused by a defect in copper metabolism. The symptoms involve multiple organ systems, such as the brain, lung, gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, connective tissue, and skin. There is currently no cure for this disease entity, and patients with the classic form of MD usually die from complications between 6 months and 3 years of age. Intracranial hemorrhage secondary to tortuous intracranial arteries is a well-known complication of MD, but spontaneous retroperitoneal hemorrhage, to the best of our knowledge, has never been reported in a patient with MD...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29397366/rare-disease-mechanisms-identified-by-genealogical-proteomics-of-copper-homeostasis-mutant-pedigrees
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Stephanie A Zlatic, Alysia Vrailas-Mortimer, Avanti Gokhale, Lucas J Carey, Elizabeth Scott, Reid Burch, Morgan M McCall, Samantha Rudin-Rush, John Bowen Davis, Cortnie Hartwig, Erica Werner, Lian Li, Michael Petris, Victor Faundez
Rare neurological diseases shed light onto universal neurobiological processes. However, molecular mechanisms connecting genetic defects to their disease phenotypes are elusive. Here, we obtain mechanistic information by comparing proteomes of cells from individuals with rare disorders with proteomes from their disease-free consanguineous relatives. We use triple-SILAC mass spectrometry to quantify proteomes from human pedigrees affected by mutations in ATP7A, which cause Menkes disease, a rare neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorder stemming from systemic copper depletion...
January 30, 2018: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29386451/-recent-trends-of-trace-element-studies-in-clinical-medicine-in-japan
#5
Hiroko Kodama
The deficiency or excess intake of trace elements, including zinc, copper, selenium and iodine, has often been reported. Zinc deficiency is often observed in infants fed breast milk with low zinc concentration, individuals administered chelating medicines, athletes and patients with diabetes mellitus, hepatic cirrhosis or nephrosis syndrome. Menkes disease is associated with severe copper deficiency, and there is no effective treatment. Deficiencies of selenium and iodine are observed in patients who receive special formulas of milk and enteral formula with low selenium and iodine concentrations, respectively...
2018: Nihon Eiseigaku Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333545/dynamic-changes-in-copper-homeostasis-and-post-transcriptional-regulation-of-atp7a-during-myogenic-differentiation
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Katherine E Vest, Amanda L Paskavitz, Joseph B Lee, Teresita Padilla-Benavides
Copper (Cu) is an essential metal required for activity of a number of redox active enzymes that participate in critical cellular pathways such as metabolism and cell signaling. Because it is also a toxic metal, Cu must be tightly controlled by a series of transporters and chaperone proteins that regulate Cu homeostasis. The critical nature of Cu is highlighted by the fact that mutations in Cu homeostasis genes cause pathologic conditions such as Menkes and Wilson diseases. While Cu homeostasis in highly affected tissues like the liver and brain is well understood, no study has probed the role of Cu in development of skeletal muscle, another tissue that often shows pathology in these conditions...
January 15, 2018: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331929/sex-related-differential-response-to-dexamethasone-in-endocrine-and-immune-measures-in-depressed-in-patients-and-healthy-controls
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Carina Rampp, Andreas Eichelkraut, Johanna Best, Darina Czamara, Monika Rex-Haffner, Manfred Uhr, Elisabeth B Binder, Andreas Menke
Although sex differences in major depression have been reported repeatedly, the underlying mechanisms are still disputed. The rapidly changing gonadal steroid concentrations of the postpartum period or during menopause have been shown to be associated with depressive symptoms and to modulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis, which is implicated in depression. The sample comprised of 128 depressed in-patients (36.7% women) and 166 healthy controls (30.0% women). Blood was collected at baseline (at 6pm) and then 3 h as well as 21 h after ingestion of 1...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325617/wilson-disease-and-related-copper-disorders
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Matthew T Lorincz
Copper is a required cofactor for enzymes in critical metabolic pathways. Mutations in copper metabolism genes or abnormalities in copper metabolism result in disease from copper excess or deficiency. Wilson disease (WD) is an autosomal-recessive disease caused by mutations in the ATP7B gene which encodes a copper-transporting ATPase. Over 500 different WD mutations throughout the ATP7B gene have been described, most of which are missense mutations. Mutations in both ATP7B alleles result in abnormal copper metabolism and subsequent toxic accumulation of copper...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323501/the-pivotal-role-of-copper-in-neurodegeneration-a-new-strategy-for-the-therapy-of-neurodegenerative-disorders
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Roberta Giampietro, Francesco Spinelli, Marialessandra Contino, Nicola Antonio Colabufo
Copper is an essential trace element for human body since it is a cofactor of several enzymes and proteins and plays a pivotal role in several biological functions (e.g., respiration, protection from oxidative damage, iron metabolism, etc.), also including the central nervous system development and functioning (e.g. synthesis of neurotransmitters, myelination, activation of neuropeptides, etc.). Therefore, copper dysmetabolism is associated with different toxic effects, mainly represented by oxidative stress, and it has been reported in many neurodegenerative disorders, such as Wilson's disease, Menkes disease, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321969/the-two-year-progression-of-structural-and-functional-cerebral-mri-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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R A L Menke, M Proudfoot, K Talbot, M R Turner
MRI has emerged as one of several urgently needed candidate disease progression biomarkers for the neurodegenerative disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), not least due to its unique ability to non-invasively assess structural and functional cerebral pathology. We sought to identify the extent of detectable change in cerebral MRI metrics over a more prolonged period. Analysis of multi-modal MRI data was performed in a cohort of sixteen patients (13 ALS and 3 with primary lateral sclerosis) in whom it was possible to acquire six-monthly images over two years...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112372/tuning-the-color-palette-of-fluorescent-copper-sensors-through-systematic-heteroatom-substitution-at-rhodol-cores
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Shang Jia, Karla M Ramos-Torres, Safacan Kolemen, Cheri M Ackerman, Christopher J Chang
Copper is an essential nutrient for sustaining life, and emerging data have expanded the roles of this metal in biology from its canonical functions as a static enzyme cofactor to dynamic functions as a transition metal signal. At the same time, loosely bound, labile copper pools can trigger oxidative stress and damaging events that are detrimental if misregulated. The signal/stress dichotomy of copper motivates the development of new chemical tools to study its spatial and temporal distributions in native biological contexts such as living cells...
November 7, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096848/immunoadsorption-for-treatment-of-severe-atopic-dermatitis
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Joanna Wegner, Julia Weinmann-Menke, Esther von Stebut
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common disease affecting up to 10-20% of the population with the largest disease burden in childhood. Treatment options include basic emollient treatment, topical as well as systemic immunosuppressants. The pathogenesis is complex and among various triggers, genetic predisposition and immunological alterations contribute to development of disease. Atopy is common in patients with AD and many patients have high levels of Immunoglobulin E (IgE), some of which recognizes exogenous or auto/self-allergens...
November 2017: Atherosclerosis. Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073217/design-and-synthesis-of-a-fluorescent-probe-based-on-naphthalene-anhydride-and-its-detection-of-copper-ions
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Guangjie He, Chenxi Liu, Xiaobo Liu, Qingzhi Wang, Aiying Fan, Songjun Wang, Xinlai Qian
Copper, as the third most abundant transition metal ions of human, plays an essential role in the redox reaction, signal transduction, hematopoiesis, and other physiological processes. Abnormal content of copper ions in the body will cause some diseases such as anemia, coronary heart disease, Menkes' syndrome. In this article, a new fluorescence probe L for Cu2+ was designed and synthetized by using 4-bromo-1,8 naphthalene anhydride and 2-thiophene formaldehyde as raw materials. Fluorescent probe L itself exhibited strong fluorescence, upon the addition of Cu2+ ions, the fluorescence was quenched...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029220/effects-of-host-traits-and-land-use-changes-on-the-gut-microbiota-of-the-namibian-black-backed-jackal-canis-mesomelas
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Sebastian Menke, Matthias Meier, John K E Mfune, Joerg Melzheimer, Bettina Wachter, Simone Sommer
Host traits and environmental factors drive the natural variation in gut microbiota, and disruption in homeostasis can cause infections and chronic diseases. African wildlife is increasingly facing human-induced agricultural habitats, which also amplifies the contact probability with livestock with unknown consequences for wildlife gut microbiotas and the risk of transmission of potentially pathogenic bacteria. We applied high-throughput sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA genes and microsatellite genotyping to investigate the impact of host traits and habitat use on the gut microbiotas of black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas)...
November 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975018/comprehensive-genomic-profiling-of-a-rare-thyroid-follicular-dendritic-cell-sarcoma
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Jaime I Davila, Jason S Starr, Steven Attia, Chen Wang, Ryan A Knudson, Brian M Necela, Vivekananda Sarangi, Zhifu Sun, Yingxue Ren, John D Casler, David M Menke, Gavin R Oliver, Richard W Joseph, John A Copland, Alexander S Parker, Jean-Pierre A Kocher, E Aubrey Thompson, Robert C Smallridge, Yan W Asmann
We previously reported an extremely rare case of follicular dendritic cell sarcoma (FDCS) presented as a thyroid mass. Given the rarity of this disease, there are no personalized and molecularly targeted treatment options due to the lack of knowledge in the genomic makeup of the tumor. A 44-year-old white woman was diagnosed with an extranodal FDCS in thyroid. The patient underwent a total thyroidectomy, central compartment dissection, parathyroid re-implantation, and adjuvant radiation therapy. Tumor DNA sequencing of 236 genes by FoundationOne panel found truncating mutations in PTEN and missense mutations in RET and TP53...
July 3, 2017: Rare Tumors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955085/menkes-disease-a-rare-disorder
#16
Sidra Kaleem Jafri, Raman Kumar, Shazia Kulsoom Lashari, Prem Chand
Menkes disease (MD) (OMIM: 309400) is also known as kinky hair disease, trichopoliodystrophy, and steely hair. A 7-months-old, male infant presented to our outpatient department in June 2016 with history of developmental delay and seizures. Seizures started at 3 months of age and worsened progressively to clusters of extensor spasms. Physical examination showed sparse and kinky hair. Neurological examination revealed a central hypotonia with marked decrease in muscle power with normal deep tendon reflexes. The serum ceruloplasmin level and serum copper level were decreased...
October 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782134/gut-microbiomes-of-free-ranging-and-captive-namibian-cheetahs-diversity-putative-functions-and-occurrence-of-potential-pathogens
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Wasimuddin, Sebastian Menke, Jörg Melzheimer, Susanne Thalwitzer, Sonja Heinrich, Bettina Wachter, Simone Sommer
Although the significance of the gut microbiome for host health is well acknowledged, the impact of host traits and environmental factors on the interindividual variation of gut microbiomes of wildlife species is not well understood. Such information is essential; however, as changes in the composition of these microbial communities beyond the natural range might cause dysbiosis leading to increased susceptibility to infections. We examined the potential influence of sex, age, genetic relatedness, spatial tactics and the environment on the natural range of the gut microbiome diversity in free-ranging Namibian cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)...
October 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761814/a-novel-nonsense-atp7a-pathogenic-variant-in-a-family-exhibiting-a-variable-occipital-horn-syndrome-phenotype
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Maria Teresa Bonati, Federico Verde, Uros Hladnik, Paola Cattelan, Luca Campana, Chiara Castronovo, Nicola Ticozzi, Luca Maderna, Claudia Colombrita, Sergio Papa, Paolo Banfi, Vincenzo Silani
We report on a family with occipital horn syndrome (OHS) diagnosed in the proband's late fifties. A novel ATP7A pathogenic variant (c.4222A > T, p.(Lys1408*)), representing the first nonsense variant and the second late truncation causing OHS rather than classic Menkes disease, was found to segregate in the family. The predicted maintenance of transmembrane domains is consistent with a residual protein activity, which may explain the mild clinical presentation.
December 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751535/how-to-use-tests-for-disorders-of-copper-metabolism
#19
Jane Armer, Christian De Goede
In paediatrics, one of our main aims in the diagnostic process is to identify any treatable conditions. The copper metabolism disorder Wilson's disease (WD) is one such condition that is caused by mutations in the ATP7B gene. Delay in treatment could result in irreversible disability or even death. Although liver disease is the most common presenting feature in children, some children may initially present with a subtle neurological presentation only. In patients presenting with dystonia, tremor, dysarthria or with a deterioration in school performance, there should be a high index of suspicion for WD...
July 27, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Education and Practice Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659046/renal-tubular-epithelial-cell-derived-baff-expression-mediates-kidney-damage-and-correlates-with-activity-of-proliferative-lupus-nephritis-in-mouse-and-men
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A Schwarting, M Relle, M Meineck, B Föhr, K Triantafyllias, A Weinmann, W Roth, J Weinmann-Menke
B-cell activating factor of the tumour necrosis factor family (BAFF) is a cytokine, mainly produced by hematopoietic cells (e.g. monocytes/macrophages, dendritic cells), indispensable for B-cell maturation. The BLISS studies have demonstrated that blocking BAFF by the human monoclonal antibody belimumab is a valuable therapeutic approach in patients with clinically and serologically active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, the defined sources of BAFF, which contributes to SLE, are still unclear. Recent findings show that BAFF expression is not restricted to myeloid cells...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
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