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Multiple systems atrophy

Anastasiya G Trenova, Georgi S Slavov, Maria G Manova, Jana B Aksentieva, Lyuba D Miteva, Spaska A Stanilova
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a socially significant immune-mediated disease, characterized by demyelination, axonal transection and oligodendropathy in the central nervous system. Inflammatory demyelination and neurodegeneration lead to brain atrophy and cognitive deficit in up to 75% of the patients. Cognitive dysfunctions impact significantly patients' quality of life, independently from the course and phase of the disease. The relationship between pathological brain findings and cognitive impairment is a subject of intensive research...
September 1, 2016: Folia Medica
Tomoyuki Masuda, Junko Itoh, Takuya Koide, Yasushi Tomidokoro, Yosuke Takei, Kazuhiro Ishii, Akira Tamaoka
A chronic inflammatory condition may underlie neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). For example, both PD and AD patients show an increase in transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) levels in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). TGF-β1 is a cytokine that inhibits inflammation. In the present study, using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, we tested the hypothesis that the level of TGF-β1 in the CSF of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD), or multiple system atrophy-cerebellar subtype (MSA-C) would be elevated compared with that of normal controls...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Konstantin Balashov
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article focuses on neuroimaging in multiple sclerosis (MS), the most common central nervous system (CNS) demyelinating disorder encountered by practicing neurologists. Less common adult demyelinating disorders and incidental subclinical white matter abnormalities that are often considered in the differential diagnosis of MS are also reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: Advancements in neuroimaging techniques, eg, the application of ultrahigh-field MRI, are rapidly expanding the use of neuroimaging in CNS demyelinating disorders...
October 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
E Vichayanrat, D A Low, V Iodice, E Stuebner, E M Hagen, C J Mathias
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure and heart rate monitoring (24-h ABPM) can provide vital information on circadian blood pressure (BP) profiles, which are commonly abnormal in Parkinson's disease with and without autonomic failure (PD + AF and PD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA). Twenty-four-hour ABPM has not been directly compared between these disorders regarding cardiovascular autonomic function. Our aim was to determine the usefulness of 24-h ABPM with diary compared to head-up tilting (HUT) in diagnosing orthostatic hypotension (OH) in these patients...
October 7, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Johannes Brettschneider, David J Irwin, Susana Boluda, Matthew D Byrne, Lubin Fang, Edward B Lee, John L Robinson, EunRan Suh, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, Jon B Toledo, Murray Grossman, Howard Hurtig, Reinhard Dengler, Susanne Petri, Virginia M-Y Lee, John Q Trojanowski
AIMS: To identify early foci of α-synuclein (α-syn pathology) accumulation, subsequent progression and neurodegeneration in multiple system atrophy of the cerebellar type (MSA-C). METHODS: We analyzed 70 μm thick sections of 10 cases with MSA-C and 24 normal controls. RESULTS: MSA-C cases with the lowest burden of pathology showed α-syn glial cytoplasmic inclusions (GCIs) in the cerebellum as well as in medullary and pontine cerebellar projections...
September 22, 2016: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
Sheng-Han Kuo, Chi-Ying Lin, Jie Wang, Peter A Sims, Ming-Kai Pan, Jyun-You Liou, Danielle Lee, William J Tate, Geoffrey C Kelly, Elan D Louis, Phyllis L Faust
Changes in climbing fiber-Purkinje cell (CF-PC) synaptic connections have been found in the essential tremor (ET) cerebellum, and these changes are correlated with tremor severity. Whether these postmortem changes are specific to ET remains to be investigated. We assessed CF-PC synaptic pathology in the postmortem cerebellum across a range of degenerative movement disorders [10 Parkinson's disease (PD) cases, 10 multiple system atrophy (MSA) cases, 10 spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) cases, and 20 ET cases] and 25 controls...
October 4, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica
L Håglin, I Johansson, L Forsgren, L Bäckman
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether vitamin-B density in the diet 2-8 years before diagnosis is associated with olfactory function at the time of diagnosis. SUBJECTS/METHODS: This prospective nested case-control study included patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear paralysis identified between 2004 and 2009 in the county of Västerbotten in northern Sweden. The case database (NYPUM study; Newly Diagnosed Parkinson in Umeå; n=147) was cross-linked to the Northern Sweden Health and Disease Study (NSHDS)...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Yumi Ueki, Grisela Ramirez, Ernesto Salcedo, Maureen E Stabio, Frances Lefcort
Familial dysautonomia (FD) is an autosomal recessive congenital neuropathy that is caused by a mutation in the gene for inhibitor of kappa B kinase complex-associated protein (IKBKAP). Although FD patients suffer from multiple neuropathies, a major debilitation that affects their quality of life is progressive blindness. To determine the requirement for Ikbkap in the developing and adult retina, we generated Ikbkap conditional knockout (CKO) mice using a TUBA1a promoter-Cre (Tα1-Cre). In the retina, Tα1-Cre expression is detected predominantly in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs)...
September 2016: ENeuro
Julien Lagarde, Marie Sarazin, Valérie Chauviré, Bruno Stankoff, Aurélie Kas, Lucette Lacomblez, Marie-Anne Peyronneau, Michel Bottlaender
The central cholinergic system undergoes changes during the physiological process of aging and the pathologic process of Alzheimer disease (AD). We aimed to analyze the impairment of cholinergic pathways by positron emission tomography using the [F]-F-A-85380 (FA85) tracer, which has a high affinity for nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). Aging was assessed by comparing young (n=10) and elderly (n=4) healthy subjects, and the pathologic process of AD was assessed by comparing elderly controls and age-matched AD patients (n=8)...
September 27, 2016: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
Wolfgang Wrasidlo, Igor F Tsigelny, Diana L Price, Garima Dutta, Edward Rockenstein, Thomas C Schwarz, Karin Ledolter, Douglas Bonhaus, Amy Paulino, Simona Eleuteri, Åge A Skjevik, Valentina L Kouznetsova, Brian Spencer, Paula Desplats, Tania Gonzalez-Ruelas, Margarita Trejo-Morales, Cassia R Overk, Stefan Winter, Chunni Zhu, Marie-Francoise Chesselet, Dieter Meier, Herbert Moessler, Robert Konrat, Eliezer Masliah
Abnormal accumulation and propagation of the neuronal protein α-synuclein has been hypothesized to underlie the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies and multiple system atrophy. Here we report a de novo-developed compound (NPT100-18A) that reduces α-synuclein toxicity through a novel mechanism that involves displacing α-synuclein from the membrane. This compound interacts with a domain in the C-terminus of α-synuclein. The E83R mutation reduces the compound interaction with the 80-90 amino acid region of α-synuclein and prevents the effects of NPT100-18A...
September 27, 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Zdenek Rohan, Ivan Milenkovic, Mirjam I Lutz, Radoslav Matej, Gabor G Kovacs
Pathological protein deposits in oligodendroglia are common but variable features of various neurodegenerative conditions. To evaluate oligodendrocyte response in neurodegenerative diseases (NDDs) with different extents of oligodendroglial protein deposition we performed immunostaining for tubulin polymerization-promoting protein p25α (TPPP/p25α), α-synuclein (α-syn), phospho-tau, ubiquitin, myelin basic protein, and the microglial marker HLA-DR. We investigated cases of multiple system atrophy ([MSA] n = 10), Lewy body disease ([LBD] n = 10), globular glial tauopathy ([GGT] n = 7) and progressive supranuclear palsy ([PSP] n = 10)...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Linli Zhou, Ying Jiang, Cansheng Zhu, Lili Ma, Qiling Huang, Xiaohong Chen
OBJECTIVE: Oxidative stress is involved in the pathogenesis of multiple system atrophy (MSA). The aim of this study is to examine oxidant biomarkers including homocysteine (Hcys), bilirubin, uric acid, lipids, and potential environmental risk factors and to ascertain whether these data correlate with MSA in a Chinese population. METHODS: In this study, serum levels of Hcys, bilirubin, uric acid, and lipids were studied in 55 MSA patients and 76 healthy controls (HCs)...
September 2016: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
Chengzu Long, Leonela Amoasii, Rhonda Bassel-Duby, Eric N Olson
Importance: Muscle weakness, the most common symptom of neuromuscular disease, may result from muscle dysfunction or may be caused indirectly by neuronal and neuromuscular junction abnormalities. To date, more than 780 monogenic neuromuscular diseases, linked to 417 different genes, have been identified in humans. Genome-editing methods, especially the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)-Cas9 (CRISPR-associated protein 9) system, hold clinical potential for curing many monogenic disorders, including neuromuscular diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and myotonic dystrophy type 1...
September 26, 2016: JAMA Neurology
L J Peng, L L Mao, C F Bi, L P Li, W Yao, D Y Xia, Z W Wang, X K Qi, H R Qian
Objective: To provide evidence for early clinical diagnosis of multiple system atrophy(MSA)by studying the characteristics of sympathetic skin responses(SSR) in the patients with MSA. Methods: A total of 47 MSA patients and 32 healthy individuals were enrolled as case group and normal control(NC) group, from in and out patients of Neurology Department of Navy General Hospital from July 2013 to August 2015. SSR was tested by Nicolet electromyography, the latency and abnormal and disappeared rate of SSR were compared...
September 6, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Alana Hoffmann, Benjamin Ettle, Ariane Bruno, Anna Kulinich, Anna-Carin Hoffmann, Julia von Wittgenstein, Jürgen Winkler, Wei Xiang, Johannes C M Schlachetzki
Synucleinopathies such as Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and multiple system atrophy (MSA) are defined by the presence of intracellular alpha-synuclein aggregates in neurons and/or oligodendrocytes. In addition, post mortem tissue analysis revealed profound changes in microglial morphology, indicating microglial activation and neuroinflammation. Thus, alpha-synuclein may directly activate microglia, leading to increased production of key pro-inflammatory cytokines like tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin-1beta (IL-1β), which in turn modulates the disease progression...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Sonia Ortiz-Miranda, Rui Ji, Agata Jurczyk, Ken-Edwin Aryee, Shunyan Mo, Terry Fletcher, Scott A Shaffer, Dale L Greiner, Rita Bortell, Ronald Gregg, Alan Cheng, Leah J Hennings, Ann R Rittenhouse
Knockout technology has proven useful for delineating functional roles of specific genes. Here we describe and provide an explanation for striking pathology that occurs in a subset of genetically engineered mice expressing a rat CaVβ2a transgene under control of the cardiac α-myosin heavy chain promoter. Lesions were limited to mice homozygous for transgene and independent of native Cacnb2 genomic copy number. Gross findings included an atrophied pancreas, decreased adipose tissue, thickened, orange intestines, and enlarged liver, spleen and abdominal lymph nodes...
September 22, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Adrienne M Keener, Yvette M Bordelon
Parkinsonism is a clinical syndrome, which is characterized by bradykinesia, rigidity, rest tremor, and postural instability. Idiopathic Parkinson disease (PD) is the most common cause of this syndrome, though there are several other important etiologies that must be considered. These include the atypical Parkinsonian disorders multiple system atrophy (MSA), dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and corticobasal syndrome (CBS); as well as secondary causes of parkinsonism. These various disease entities may be distinguished based on key clinical features, which is critical for the purposes of diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis...
August 2016: Seminars in Neurology
Stuart Isaacson, Holly A Shill, Steven Vernino, Adam Ziemann, Gerald J Rowse
BACKGROUND: Neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (nOH) is associated with insufficient norepinephrine release in response to postural change. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the long-term safety and durability of efficacy of the norepinephrine precursor droxidopa in patients with symptomatic nOH. METHODS: This multinational study consisted of 3 sequential phases: a 3-month open-label droxidopa treatment phase followed by a 2-week double-blind, placebo-controlled withdrawal phase, and a 9-month open-label extension phase in which all patients received droxidopa...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
Elizabeth A Coon, Ann M Schmeichel, Joseph E Parisi, Matthew D Cykowski, Phillip A Low, Eduardo E Benarroch
BACKGROUND: Accumulation of α-synuclein in multiple system atrophy (MSA) affects medullary autonomic and respiratory control areas, including the rostral ventrolateral medulla and raphe nuclei. Relative neuronal vulnerability and its relationship to α-synuclein accumulation in these areas are unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the extent of loss of adrenergic neurons in the rostral ventrolateral medulla and serotonergic neurons in the ventrolateral medulla and raphe nuclei and its relationship with α-synuclein accumulation...
September 15, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Oliver Bandmann, Adriano Chio
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October 11, 2016: Neurology
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