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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343286/diagnosis-and-management-of-transthyretin-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy-in-japan-red-flag-symptom-clusters-and-treatment-algorithm
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Yoshiki Sekijima, Mitsuharu Ueda, Haruki Koike, Sonoko Misawa, Tomonori Ishii, Yukio Ando
Hereditary ATTR (ATTRm) amyloidosis (also called transthyretin-type familial amyloid polyneuropathy [ATTR-FAP]) is an autosomal-dominant, adult-onset, rare systemic disorder predominantly characterized by irreversible, progressive, and persistent peripheral nerve damage. TTR gene mutations (e.g. replacement of valine with methionine at position 30 [Val30Met (p.Val50Met)]) lead to destabilization and dissociation of TTR tetramers into variant TTR monomers, which form amyloid fibrils that deposit in peripheral nerves and various organs, giving rise to peripheral and autonomic neuropathy and several non-disease specific symptoms...
January 17, 2018: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325626/fragile-x-syndrome-and-fragile-x-associated-tremor-ataxia-syndrome
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Deborah A Hall, Elizabeth Berry-Kravis
Fragile X-associated disorders encompass several conditions, which are caused by expansion mutations in the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene. Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited etiology of intellectual disability and results from a full mutation or >200 CGG repeats in FMR1. It is associated with developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, and seizures. Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that occurs in premutation carriers of 55-200 CGG repeats in FMR1 and is characterized by kinetic tremor, gait ataxia, parkinsonism, executive dysfunction, and neuropathy...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325619/clinical-approach-to-the-patient-with-neurogenetic-disease
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Thomas D Bird, Corrie O Smith
Neurogenetic diseases are surprisingly common. This chapter reviews a systematic approach to the evaluation of a patient thought to have such a disease. The emphasis is on first recognizing potential clues to the diagnosis contained in the family history and presentation of symptoms. Ataxia, neuropathy, muscle weakness, dementia, epilepsy, and cognitive delay are all "reservoirs" of neurogenetic disease. A high index of suspicion for genetic causes and a thoughtful evaluation of simplex (sporadic) cases is often necessary...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323613/idrugs-and-idevices-discovery-research-preclinical-assays-techniques-and-animal-model-studies-for-ocular-hypotensives-and-neuroprotectants
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Najam A Sharif
Discovery ophthalmic research is centered around delineating the molecular and cellular basis of ocular diseases and finding and exploiting molecular and genetic pathways associated with them. From such studies it is possible to determine suitable intervention points to address the disease process and hopefully to discover therapeutics to treat them. An investigational new drug (IND) filing for a new small-molecule drug, peptide, antibody, genetic treatment, or a device with global health authorities requires a number of preclinical studies to provide necessary safety and efficacy data...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323186/combination-of-high-fat-high-fructose-diet-and-low-dose-streptozotocin-to-model-long-term-type-2-diabetes-complications
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David André Barrière, Christophe Noll, Geneviève Roussy, Farah Lizotte, Anissa Kessai, Karyn Kirby, Karine Belleville, Nicolas Beaudet, Jean-Michel Longpré, André C Carpentier, Pedro Geraldes, Philippe Sarret
The epidemic of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is fueled by added fructose consumption. Here, we thus combined high-fat/high-fructose diet, with multiple low-dose injections of streptozotocin (HF/HF/Stz) to emulate the long-term complications of T2DM. HF/HF/Stz rats, monitored over 56 weeks, exhibited metabolic dysfunctions associated with the different stages of the T2DM disease progression in humans: an early prediabetic phase characterized by an hyperinsulinemic period with modest dysglycemia, followed by a late stage of T2DM with frank hyperglycemia, normalization of insulinemia, marked dyslipidemia, hepatic fibrosis and pancreatic β-cell failure...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321234/plasma-neurofilament-light-chain-concentration-in-the-inherited-peripheral-neuropathies
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Åsa Sandelius, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Rocco Adiutori, Andrea Malaspina, Matilde Laura, Mary M Reilly, Alexander M Rossor
OBJECTIVE: To perform a cross-sectional study to determine whether plasma neurofilament light chain (NfL) concentration is elevated in patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and if it correlates with disease severity. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 75 patients with CMT and 67 age-matched healthy controls over a 1-year period. Disease severity was measured using the Rasch modified CMT Examination and neuropathy scores. Plasma NfL concentration was measured using an in-house-developed Simoa assay...
January 10, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318638/voltage-gated-sodium-channels-nav-igating-the-field-to-determine-their-contribution-to-visceral-nociception
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Andelain Erickson, Annemie Deiteren, Andrea M Harrington, Sonia Garcia-Caraballo, Joel Castro, Ashlee Caldwell, Luke Grundy, Stuart M Brierley
Chronic visceral pain, altered motility and bladder dysfunction are common, yet poorly managed symptoms of functional and inflammatory disorders of the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. Recently, numerous human channelopathies of the voltage-gated sodium (NaV ) channel family have been identified, which induce either painful neuropathies, an insensitivity to pain, or alterations in smooth muscle function. The identification of these disorders, in addition to the recent utilisation of genetically modified NaV mice and specific NaV channel modulators, has shed new light on how NaV channels contribute to the function of neuronal and non-neuronal tissues within the gastrointestinal tract and bladder...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306402/complex-hla-association-in-paraneoplastic-cerebellar-ataxia-with-anti-yo-antibodies
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Ryan P Hillary, Hanna M Ollila, Ling Lin, Virginie Desestret, Veronique Rogemond, Geraldine Picard, Mathilde Small, Isabelle Arnulf, Yves Dauvillers, Jerome Honnorat, Emmanuel Mignot
Anti-Yo paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration (PCD) is a devastating autoimmune complication of gynecological cancers. We hypothesized that as for other autoimmune diseases, specific HLA haplotypes are associated. We conducted high resolution HLA typing of Class I/Class II in 40 cases versus ethnically matched controls. Three cases with anti-Yo antibodies and peripheral neuropathy were also included. We detected protective effects of DPA1*01:03~DPB1*04:01 (OR=0, p=0.0008), DRB1*04:01~DQA1*03:03(OR=0, p=0.0016) and DPA1*01:03~DPB1*04:01 (OR=0...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305691/the-capos-mutation-in-atp1a3-alters-na-k-atpase-function-and-results-in-auditory-neuropathy-which-has-implications-for-management
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Lisbeth Tranebjærg, Nicola Strenzke, Sture Lindholm, Nanna D Rendtorff, Hanne Poulsen, Himanshu Khandelia, Wojciech Kopec, Troels J Brünnich Lyngbye, Christian Hamel, Cecile Delettre, Beatrice Bocquet, Michael Bille, Hanne H Owen, Toke Bek, Hanne Jensen, Karen Østergaard, Claes Möller, Linda Luxon, Lucinda Carr, Louise Wilson, Kaukab Rajput, Tony Sirimanna, Katherine Harrop-Griffiths, Shamima Rahman, Barbara Vona, Julia Doll, Thomas Haaf, Oliver Bartsch, Hendrik Rosewich, Tobias Moser, Maria Bitner-Glindzicz
Cerebellar ataxia, areflexia, pes cavus, optic atrophy and sensorineural hearing impairment (CAPOS) is a rare clinically distinct syndrome caused by a single dominant missense mutation, c.2452G>A, p.Glu818Lys, in ATP1A3, encoding the neuron-specific alpha subunit of the Na+/K+-ATPase α3. Allelic mutations cause the neurological diseases rapid dystonia Parkinsonism and alternating hemiplegia of childhood, disorders which do not encompass hearing or visual impairment. We present detailed clinical phenotypic information in 18 genetically confirmed patients from 11 families (10 previously unreported) from Denmark, Sweden, UK and Germany indicating a specific type of hearing impairment-auditory neuropathy (AN)...
January 5, 2018: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300239/mri-of-the-optic-nerves-and-chiasm-in-patients-with-leber-hereditary-optic-neuropathy
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Christelle Blanc, Françoise Heran, Christophe Habas, Yannick Bejot, José Sahel, Catherine Vignal-Clermont
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to characterize brain and orbital MRI features of patients with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), with particular attention to the optic nerves and chiasm. METHOD: We studied a patient cohort with genetically confirmed LHON followed at 2 ophthalmologic hospitals in France between 2013 and 2015. High-resolution brain and orbital MRI studies were analyzed for each patient during the first 12 months after the onset of visual loss was analyzed...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297281/suggested-mechanisms-for-zika-virus-causing-microcephaly-what-do-the-genomes-tell-us
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Se-Ran Jun, Trudy M Wassenaar, Visanu Wanchai, Preecha Patumcharoenpol, Intawat Nookaew, David W Ussery
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging human pathogen. Since its arrival in the Western hemisphere, from Africa via Asia, it has become a serious threat to pregnant women, causing microcephaly and other neuropathies in developing fetuses. The mechanisms behind these teratogenic effects are unknown, although epidemiological evidence suggests that microcephaly is not associated with the original, African lineage of ZIKV. The sequences of 196 published ZIKV genomes were used to assess whether recently proposed mechanistic explanations for microcephaly are supported by molecular level changes that may have increased its virulence since the virus left Africa...
December 28, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286468/analysis-of-immune-cells-in-single-sciatic-nerves-and-dorsal-root-ganglion-from-a-single-mouse-using-flow-cytometry
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Asa S Hidmark, Peter P Nawroth, Thomas Fleming
Nerve-resident immune cells in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) are essential to maintaining neuronal integrity in a healthy nerve. The immune cells of the PNS are affected by injury and disease, affecting the nerve function and the capacity for regeneration. Neuronal immune cells are commonly analyzed by immunofluorescence (IF). While IF is essential for determining the location of the immune cells in the nerve, IF is only semi-quantitative and the method is limited to the number of markers that can be analyzed simultaneously and the degree of surface expression...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278894/asymmetric-ataxia-depression-memory-loss-epilepsy-and-axonal-neuropathy-associated-with-a-heterozygous-dna-polymerase-gamma-variant-of-uncertain-significance-c1370g-a-r457q
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Nivedita U Jerath, Michael E Shy
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in the gene encoding DNA polymerase gamma (POLG) impair its ability to proofread mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) during replication [1]. This results in a high frequency of randomly distributed mtDNA mutations and thus a wide range of phenotypes, including seizures, neuropathy, and cerebellar ataxia [1, 2]. We document a phenotype associated with the rare POLG variant c.1370G>A (p.R457Q). METHODS: Over 10 years, we performed electrodiagnostic and neuropsychologic on a patient who presented with a variety of neurologic symptoms...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278617/genome-wide-meta-analyses-identifies-novel-taxane-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-associated-loci
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Lara E Sucheston-Campbell, Alyssa I Clay-Gilmour, William E Barlow, G Thomas Budd, Daniel O Stram, Christopher A Haiman, Xin Sheng, Li Yan, Gary Zirpoli, Song Yao, Chen Jiang, Kouros Owzar, Dawn Hershman, Kathy S Albain, Daniel F Hayes, Halle C Moore, Timothy J Hobday, James A Stewart, Abbas Rizvi, Claudine Isaacs, Muhammad Salim, Jule R Gralow, Gabriel N Hortobagyi, Robert B Livingston, Deanna L Kroetz, Christine B Ambrosone
OBJECTIVE: Taxane containing chemotherapy extends survival for breast cancer patients. However, taxane-induced peripheral neuropathy (TIPN) cannot be predicted, prevented or effectively treated. Using genome-wide analyses, we sought to identify common risk variants for TIPN. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Women with high-risk breast cancer enrolled in SWOG 0221 were genotyped using the Illumina 1M chip. Genome-wide analyses were performed in relation to ≥grade 3 Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) neuropathy in European and African Americans...
February 2018: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277593/oculoleptomeningeal-amyloidosis-secondary-to-the-rare-transthyretin-c-381t-g-p-ile127met-mutation
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Francois Mathieu, Erin Morgan, Joyce So, David G Munoz, Warren Mason, Paul Kongkham
BACKGROUND: Oculoleptomeningeal amyloidosis (OLMA) represents a rare subtype of familial transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis, characterized by deposition of amyloid in cranial and spinal leptomeninges along with ocular involvement. Of more than 100 TTR mutations identified, few have been associated with OLMA. Herein we describe the first report of leptomeningeal amyloidosis associated with the c.381T>G (p.Ile127Met) TTR mutation, linking this variant in the OLMA phenotype. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 53 year-old male presented with a 2-year history of progressive symptoms including upper and lower limb weakness, ataxia, peripheral and autonomic neuropathy...
December 22, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249183/aav-gene-delivery-to-the-spinal-cord-serotypes-methods-candidate-diseases-and-clinical-trials
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Nathan Hardcastle, Nicholas M Boulis, Thais Federici
Adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector-mediated gene delivery to the spinal cord has finally entered the pathway towards regulatory approval. Phase 1 clinical trials using AAV gene therapy for pediatric disorders - spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and giant axonal neuropathy (GAN) - are now underway. Areas covered: This review addresses the latest progress in the field of AAV gene delivery to the spinal cord, particularly focusing on the most prominent AAV serotypes and delivery methodologies to the spinal cord. Candidate diseases and scaling up experiments in large animals are also discussed...
December 18, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249054/transthyretin-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy-an-update
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Violaine Plante-Bordeneuve
Transthyretin familial amyloid polyneuropathy (TTR-FAP) is a progressive, fatal, inherited disorder first identified in Portugal and now recognized in all continents. Over the past decade, thanks to the availability of the genetic test, our knowledge on the range of clinical expressions of this disorder has expanded, including different patterns and progression rates of the neuropathy, as well as aspects of the cardiomyopathy, which can be prominent. In the mean time, new tools are being developed to detect earlier TTR amyloid deposition such as cardiac scintigraphy with technetium-labelled pyrophosphate tracers or small nerve fiber alterations from skin biopsies, or using neurophysiological approaches as well as magnetic resonance neurography (MRN)...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246775/coronary-ectasia-in-amyloid-cardiomyopathy-and-neuropathy-due-to-the-transthyretin-mutation-c-323a-g
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Josef Finsterer, Claudia Stöllberger, Helmut Rauschka, Edmund Gatterer
BACKGROUND: atrial fibrillation(AF) is a frequent manifestation of cardiac involvement in genetic and wild-type transthyretin-related familial amyloidosis(TTR-FA). However, ectasia of coronary arteries and ablation for AF have not been reported in TTR-FA. METHODS AND RESULTS: A 65yo male developed progressive sensori-motor polyneuropathy since age 59y. At age 60y bifascicular block and myocardial thickening were recognised. At age 62y heart failure developed and work-up with cardiac MRI suggested amyloidosis but biopsy was non-informative...
December 12, 2017: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236290/an-eight-generation-family-with-cmtx-confirmation-of-the-pathogenicity-of-a-3-untranslated-region-mutation-in-gjb1-and-its-clinical-features
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Dong-Hui Chen, Maxwell Ma, Mena Scavina, Elizabeth Blue, John Wolff, Prasanthi Karna, Michael O Dorschner, Wendy H Raskind, Thomas D Bird
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in gap junction protein beta 1 (GJB1) on the X chromosome represent one of the most common causes of hereditary neuropathy. We assessed manifestations associated with a rare 3' untranslated region mutation (UTR) of GJB1 in a large family with X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMTX). METHODS: Clinical, electrophysiological, and molecular genetic analyses of an eight-generation family with CMTX. RESULTS: There we 22 affected males and 19 symptomatic females, including an 83-year old woman followed for 40 years...
December 13, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225014/leber-s-hereditary-optic-neuropathy-caused-by-a-mutation-in-mitochondrial-trnathr-in-eight-chinese-pedigrees
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Juanjuan Zhang, Yanchun Ji, Xiaoling Liu, Jie Chen, Bibin Wang, Minglian Zhang, Min-Xin Guan
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the pathophysiology underlying Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON)-associated mitochondrial tRNA mutation. METHODS: Severn hundred ninety-seven Han Chinese subjects underwent clinical and genetic evaluation and analysis of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The cybrid cell lines were constructed by transferring mitochondria from lymphoblastoid cell lines derived from a Chinese family into mtDNA-less (ρo) cells...
December 7, 2017: Mitochondrion
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