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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089792/pharmacological-inhibition-of-pkc%C3%AE-counteracts-muscle-disease-in-a-mouse-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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V Marrocco, P Fiore, A Benedetti, S Pisu, E Rizzuto, A Musarò, L Madaro, B Lozanoska-Ochser, M Bouché
: Inflammation plays a considerable role in the progression of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a severe muscle disease caused by a mutation in the dystrophin gene. We previously showed that genetic ablation of Protein Kinase C θ (PKCθ) in mdx, the mouse model of DMD, improves muscle healing and regeneration, preventing massive inflammation. To establish whether pharmacological targeting of PKCθ in DMD can be proposed as a therapeutic option, in this study we treated young mdx mice with the PKCθ inhibitor Compound 20 (C20)...
January 7, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088340/the-role-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-techniques-in-evaluation-and-management-of-the-idiopathic-inflammatory-myopathies
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REVIEW
Jessica Day, Sandy Patel, Vidya Limaye
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an important tool in the evaluation of neuromuscular disorders. MRI accurately demonstrates muscle oedema, atrophy, subcutaneous pathology and fatty infiltration and also highlights the distribution of muscle involvement. This review examines the role of MRI in evaluation of the idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs), a heterogeneous group of autoimmune conditions characterised by muscle inflammation and a variety of extra-muscular manifestations. MRI has a clear role in aiding diagnosis of these conditions, guiding muscle biopsy, differentiating subtypes of IIM using a pattern-based approach, and monitoring disease activity in a longitudinal fashion...
November 5, 2016: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087734/increased-mitophagy-in-the-skeletal-muscle-of-spinal-and-bulbar-muscular-atrophy-patients
#3
Doriana Borgia, Adriana Malena, Marco Spinazzi, Maria Andrea Desbats, Leonardo Salviati, Aaron P Russell, Giovanni Miotto, Laura Tosatto, Elena Pegoraro, Gianni Sorarù, Maria Pennuto, Lodovica Vergani
Spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is a neuromuscular disorder caused by polyglutamine expansion in the androgen receptor (AR) and characterized by the loss of lower motor neurons. Here we investigated pathological processes occurring in muscle biopsy specimens derived from SBMA patients and, as controls, age-matched healthy subjects and patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and neurogenic atrophy. We detected atrophic fibers in the muscle of SBMA, ALS and neurogenic atrophy patients...
January 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073291/future-of-raav-gene-therapy-platform-for-rnai-gene-editing-and-beyond
#4
Paul Valdmanis, Mark A Kay
The use of recombinant adeno-associated viruses (rAAVs) ushered in a new millennium of gene transfer for therapeutic treatment of a number of conditions including congenital blindness, hemophilia, and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). rAAV vectors have remarkable staying power from a therapeutic standpoint withstanding several ebbs and flows. As new technologies such as clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) genome editing emerge, it is now the delivery tool - the AAV vector - that is the stalwart...
January 10, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069797/oligodendrocyte-development-and-cns-myelination-are-unaffected-in-a-mouse-model-of-severe-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#5
Ryan W O'Meara, Sarah E Cummings, Yves De Repentigny, Emily McFall, John-Paul Michalski, Marc-Olivier Deguise, Sabrina Gibeault, Rashmi Kothary
The childhood neurodegenerative disease spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by loss-of-function mutations or deletions in the Survival Motor Neuron 1 (SMN1) gene resulting in insufficient levels of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. Classically considered a motor neuron disease, increasing evidence now supports SMA as a multi-system disorder with phenotypes discovered in cortical neuron, astrocyte, and Schwann cell function within the nervous system. In this study, we sought to determine whether Smn was critical for oligodendrocyte (OL) development and central nervous system myelination...
January 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069562/effect-of-electroacupuncture-on-the-expression-of-agrin-and-acetylcholine-receptor-subtypes-in-rats-with-tibialis-anterior-muscular-atrophy-induced-by-sciatic-nerve-injection-injury
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Jianqi Yu, Meng Wang, Junying Liu, Xiaoming Zhang, Shengbo Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on mRNA and protein expression of agrin, acetylcholine receptor (AChR)-ε and AChR-γ in a rat model of tibialis anterior muscle atrophy induced by sciatic nerve injection injury, and to examine the underlying mechanism of action. METHODS: Fifty-four adult Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: healthy control group (CON, n=6); sciatic nerve injury group (SNI, n=24), comprising rats euthanased at 1, 2, 4 and 6 weeks, respectively, after penicillin injection-induced SNI (n=6 each); CON+EA group (n=12), comprising healthy rats euthanased at 4 and 6 weeks (after 2 and 4 weeks, respectively, of EA at GB30 and ST36); and SNI+EA group, comprising rats euthanased at 4 and 6 weeks (after 2 and 4 weeks, respectively, of EA)...
January 9, 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065869/predictors-of-radial-nerve-palsy-recovery-in-humeral-shaft-fractures-a-retrospective-review-of-17-patients
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Nadine Nachef, VarenkaBariatinsky, Steeve Sulimovic, Christian Fontaine, Christophe Chantelot
BACKGROUND: Radial nerve injury is common in humeral shaft fractures and fails to recover spontaneously in 30% of cases. Few studies have evaluated predictors of recovery.The objectives of this study were to identify predictors of radial nerve palsy recovery and to assess the usefulness of surgical radial nerve exploration in patients with pre-operative radial nerve palsy. HYPOTHESIS: Factors predicting the outcome of radial nerve palsy can be identified. METHODS: Of 373 patients with humeral shaft fractures between 2005 and 2012, 43 had radial nerve palsy, including 23 who were lost to follow-up and 17 who were evaluated retrospectively at a mean of 26 months (range, 12-84 months) after internal fixation...
January 5, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065684/ighmbp2-related-clinical-and-genetic-features-in-a-cohort-of-chinese-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-type-2-patients
#8
Lei Liu, Xiaobo Li, Zhengmao Hu, Xiao Mao, Xiaohong Zi, Kun Xia, Beisha Tang, Ruxu Zhang
IGHMBP2 mutations had been exclusively associated with spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress type I. However, increasing AR-CMT2S cases without respiratory failure caused by IGHMBP2 mutations have been reported in the past two years. We detected IGHMBP2 mutations in a cohort of Chinese CMT2 patients using genes panel testing, polymerase chain reaction and Sanger sequencing. We found four families with autosomal recessive IGHMBP2 mutations, and the frequency of IGHMBP2 mutations is 6.5% in CMT2 without dominant inheritance...
November 18, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062667/smn-deficiency-negatively-impacts-red-pulp-macrophages-and-spleen-development-in-mouse-models-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#9
Marie-Therese Khairallah, Jacob Astroski, Sarah K Custer, Elliot J Androphy, Craig L Franklin, Christian L Lorson
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is the leading genetic cause of infantile death. It is caused by severe deficiency of the ubiquitously expressed Survival Motor Neuron (SMN) protein. SMA is characterized by α-lower motor neuron loss and muscle atrophy, however, there is a growing list of tissues impacted by SMN deficiency beyond motor neurons. The non-neuronal defects are observed in the most severe Type I SMA patients and most of the widely used SMA mouse models, however, as effective therapeutics are developed, it is unclear whether additional symptoms will be uncovered in longer lived patients...
January 5, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056344/raise-the-roof-boosting-the-efficacy-of-a-spinal-muscular-atrophy-therapy
#10
Nicholas J Kramer, Aaron D Gitler
Spinal muscular atrophy is the most common genetic killer of infants. A therapy shows promise in the clinic, but there is a potential limit to its efficacy. In this issue of Neuron, d'Ydewalle et al. (2017) devise a new way to make it more effective.
January 4, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056338/hanac-col4a1-mutation-in-mice-leads-to-skeletal-muscle-alterations-due-to-a-primary-vascular-defect
#11
Simon Guiraud, Tiffany Migeon, Arnaud Ferry, Zhiyong Chen, Souhila Ouchelouche, Marie-Christine Verpont, Yoshikazu Sado, Valérie Allamand, Pierre Ronco, Emmanuelle Plaisier
Collagen IV is a major component of basement membranes (BMs). The α1(IV) chain, encoded by the COL4A1 gene, is expressed ubiquitously and associates with the α2(IV) chain to form the α1α1α2(IV) heterotrimer. Several COL4A1 mutations affecting a conformational domain containing integrin-binding sites are responsible for the systemic syndrome of hereditary angiopathy, nephropathy, aneurysms, and cramps (HANAC). To analyze the pathophysiology of HANAC, Col4a1 mutant mice bearing the p.Gly498Val mutation were generated...
January 2, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054357/linking-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-spinal-muscular-atrophy-through-rna-transcriptome-homeostasis-a-genomics-perspective
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REVIEW
Margarida Gama-Carvalho, Marina L Garcia-Vaquero, Francisco R Pinto, Florence Besse, Joachim Weis, Aaron Voigt, Jörg B Schulz, Javier De Las Rivas
In this review we present our most recent understanding of key biomolecular processes that underlie two motor neuron degenerative disorders, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). We focus on the role of four multifunctional proteins involved in RNA metabolism (TDP-43, FUS, SMN and Senataxin) that play a causal role in these diseases. Recent results have led to a novel scenario of intricate connections between these four proteins, bringing transcriptome homeostasis into the spotlight as a common theme in motor neuron degeneration...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054255/evaluation-of-resistance-training-to-improve-muscular-strength-and-body-composition-in-cancer-patients-undergoing-neoadjuvant-and-adjuvant-therapy-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Camila S Padilha, Poliana Camila Marinello, Daniel A Galvão, Robert U Newton, Fernando H Borges, Fernando Frajacomo, Rafael Deminice
PURPOSE: Muscle atrophy and strength decline are two of the most prominent characteristics in cancer patients undergoing cancer therapy, leading to decreased functional ability and reduced quality of life. Therefore, the aim is to systematically review research evidence of the effects of resistance exercise (RE) on lower-limb muscular strength, lean body mass (LBM), and body fat (BF) in cancer patients undertaking neoadjuvant or adjuvant therapy. METHODS: This research was conducted using the following online database: Clinical Trial Register, Cochrane Trial Register, PubMed, SPORT Discus, and SciELO, from September 2014 until May 2015...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043891/adaptive-responses-of-heart-and-skeletal-muscle-to-spermine-oxidase-overexpression-evaluation-of-a-new-transgenic-mouse-model
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Roberta Ceci, Guglielmo Duranti, Alessia Leonetti, Stefano Pietropaoli, Federico Spinozzi, Lucia Marcocci, Roberto Amendola, Francesco Cecconi, Stefania Sabatini, Paolo Mariottini, Manuela Cervelli
Spermine oxidase oxidizes spermine to produce H2O2, spermidine, and 3-aminopropanal. It is involved in cell drug response, apoptosis, and in the etiology of several pathologies, including cancer. Spermine oxidase is an important positive regulator of muscle gene expression and fiber size and, when repressed, leads to muscle atrophy. We have generated a transgenic mouse line overexpressing Smox gene in all organs, named Total-Smox. The spermine oxidase overexpression was revealed by β-Gal staining and reverse-transcriptase/PCR analysis, in all tissues analysed...
December 30, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035339/emerging-roles-for-histone-deacetylases-in-age-related-muscle-atrophy
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REVIEW
Michael E Walsh, Holly Van Remmen
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle atrophy during aging, a process known as sarcopenia, is associated with muscle weakness, frailty, and the loss of independence in older adults. The mechanisms contributing to sarcopenia are not totally understood, but muscle fiber loss due to apoptosis, reduced stimulation of anabolic pathways, activation of catabolic pathways, denervation, and altered metabolism have been observed in muscle from old rodents and humans. OBJECTIVE: Recently, histone deacetylases (HDACs) have been implicated in muscle atrophy and dysfunction due to denervation, muscular dystrophy, and disuse, and HDACs play key roles in regulating metabolism in skeletal muscle...
October 27, 2016: Nutr Healthy Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031292/protein-kinase-ck2-modulates-hsj1-function-through-phosphorylation-of-the-uim2-domain
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Daniele Ottaviani, Oriano Marin, Giorgio Arrigoni, Cinzia Franchin, Jordi Vilardell, Michele Sandre, Wenwen Li, David A Parfitt, Lorenzo A Pinna, Michael E Cheetham, Maria Ruzzene
HSJ1 (DNAJB2), a member of the DNAJ family of molecular chaperones, is a key player in neuronal proteostasis maintenance. It binds ubiquitylated proteins through its Ubiquitin Interacting Motifs (UIMs) and facilitates their delivery to the proteasome for degradation. Mutations in the DNAJB2 gene lead to inherited neuropathies such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth type-2, distal hereditary motor neuropathies, spinal muscular atrophy with parkinsonism and the later stages can resemble amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. HSJ1 overexpression can reduce aggregation of neurodegeneration-associated proteins in vitro and in vivo; however, the regulation of HSJ1 function is little understood...
December 28, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027854/exome-sequencing-in-children-of-women-with-skewed-x-inactivation-identifies-atypical-cases-and-complex-phenotypes
#17
Elisa Giorgio, Alessandro Brussino, Elisa Biamino, Elga Fabia Belligni, Alessandro Bruselles, Andrea Ciolfi, Viviana Caputo, Simone Pizzi, Alessandro Calcia, Eleonora Di Gregorio, Simona Cavalieri, Cecilia Mancini, Elisa Pozzi, Marta Ferrero, Evelise Riberi, Iolanda Borelli, Antonio Amoroso, Giovanni Battista Ferrero, Marco Tartaglia, Alfredo Brusco
BACKGROUND: More than 100 X-linked intellectual disability (X-LID) genes have been identified to be involved in 10-15% of intellectual disability (ID). METHOD: To identify novel possible candidates, we selected 18 families with a male proband affected by isolated or syndromic ID. Pedigree and/or clinical presentation suggested an X-LID disorder. After exclusion of known genetic diseases, we identified seven cases whose mother showed a skewed X-inactivation (>80%) that underwent whole exome sequencing (WES, 50X average depth)...
December 19, 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026041/emerging-therapies-and-challenges-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#18
REVIEW
Michelle A Farrar, Susanna B Park, Steve Vucic, Kate A Carey, Bradley J Turner, Thomas H Gillingwater, Kathryn J Swoboda, Matthew C Kiernan
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a hereditary neurodegenerative disease with severity ranging from progressive infantile paralysis and premature death (Type I) to limited motor neuron loss and normal life expectancy (Type IV). Without disease-modifying therapies, the impact is profound for patients and their families. Improved understanding of the molecular basis of SMA, disease pathogenesis, natural history and recognition of the impact of standardized care on outcomes has yielded progress towards the development of novel therapeutic strategies and are summarised...
December 27, 2016: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017945/-pathological-state-or-cause-of-sarcopenia
#19
Yasumoto Matsui
Skeletal muscle atrophy by aging(Sarcopenia)is more likely to occur in lower limbs rather than upper ones, and in the thigh rather than in the lower leg, and in the anterior side of thigh rather than posterior, faster in men than in women. It differs from disuse muscle atrophy in that it occurs slowly and gradually, hard to be recovered, or fast twitch fibers are mainly involved. Many factors or phenomena are known to contribute to proceed sarcopenia. In the aged skeletal muscle tissue, the number of satellite cells or motor neurons decrease and the function of the neuro-muscular junction declines...
2017: Clinical Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017471/the-antisense-transcript-smn-as1-regulates-smn-expression-and-is-a-novel-therapeutic-target-for-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Constantin d'Ydewalle, Daniel M Ramos, Noah J Pyles, Shi-Yan Ng, Mariusz Gorz, Celeste M Pilato, Karen Ling, Lingling Kong, Amanda J Ward, Lee L Rubin, Frank Rigo, C Frank Bennett, Charlotte J Sumner
The neuromuscular disorder spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the most common inherited killer of infants, is caused by insufficient expression of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. SMA therapeutics development efforts have focused on identifying strategies to increase SMN expression. We identified a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) that arises from the antisense strand of SMN, SMN-AS1, which is enriched in neurons and transcriptionally represses SMN expression by recruiting the epigenetic Polycomb repressive complex-2...
January 4, 2017: Neuron
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