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Genetic neuropathies

Christoph Niemietz, Christoph Röcken, Matthias Schilling, Jörg Stypman, Constantin E Uhlig, Hartmut H-J Schmidt
Transthyretin-related Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy (ATTR Amyloidosis, former FAP, here called TTR-FAP) is a rare, progressive autosomal dominant inherited amyloid disease ending fatal within 5 - 15 years after final diagnosis. TTR-FAP is caused by mutations of transthyretin (TTR), which forms amyloid fibrils affecting peripheral and autonomic nerves, the heart and other organs. Due to the phenotypic heterogeneity and partly not specific enough clinical symptoms, diagnosis of TTR-FAP can be complicated...
March 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
K Soelberg, A C Nilsson, C Nielsen, S Jarius, M Reindl, B Wildemann, S T Lillevang, N Asgari
BACKGROUND: Optic neuritis (ON) is an inflammatory optic neuropathy, where the genetic and autoimmune dependency remains poorly characterized. OBJECTIVE: To investigate autoimmune and immunogenetic aspects of ON. METHOD: In a prospective population-based cohort 51 patients with ON were included. At follow up 20 patients had progressed to multiple sclerosis (MS-ON). All patients were screened for neuronal and systemic autoantibodies. HLA genotypes and allele and genotype frequencies of the PTPN22 C1858T and the PD-1...
March 7, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Zachary Curry, Jenny Wilkerson, Deniz Bagdas, Sarah Kyte, Nipa Patel, Giulia Donvito, Mohammed A Mustafa, Justin Poklis, Micah Niphakis, Ku-Lung Hsu, Benjamin F Cravatt, David A Gewirtz, M Imad Damaj, Aron H Lichtman
Although paclitaxel effectively treats various cancers, its debilitating peripheral neuropathic pain side effects often persist long after treatment has ended. Therefore, a compelling need exists for the identification of novel pharmacologic strategies to mitigate this condition. As inhibitors of monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL), the primary hydrolytic enzyme of the endogenous cannabinoid 2-arachidonyolglycerol, produce antinociceptive effects in numerous rodent models of pain, we investigated whether inhibitors of this enzyme (i...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Linda R Wang, Adam D McIntyre, Robert A Hegele
BACKGROUND: Abetalipoproteinemia and homozygous hypobetalipoproteinemia are classical Mendelian autosomal recessive and co-dominant conditions, respectively, which are phenotypically similar and are usually caused by bi-allelic mutations in MTTP and APOB genes, respectively. Instances of more complex patterns of genomic variants resulting in this distinct phenotype have not been reported. METHODS: A 43 year-old male had a longstanding severe deficiency of apolipoprotein (apo) B-containing lipoproteins and circulating fat soluble vitamins consistent with either abetalipoproteinemia or homozygous familial hypobetalipoproteinemia (FHBL)...
March 14, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
Ian M MacDonald, Pamela C Sieving
PURPOSE: To review the contributions to ophthalmic genetics through the American Journal of OphthalmologyDesign: Perspective. METHODS: A literature search to retrieve original articles, letters, editorials, and published lectures from 1966 to 2017, providing a 50 year review. Titles were excluded that gave no reference to genetics or presented findings related to a non-genetic ocular condition. RESULTS: From a search of the Scopus database, 719 articles were ascertained...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Kimberly A Fernandes, Katherine L Mitchell, Amit Patel, Olivia J Marola, Peter Shrager, Donald J Zack, Richard T Libby, Derek S Welsbie
Optic neuropathies such as glaucoma are characterized by the degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and the irreversible loss of vision. In these diseases, focal axon injury triggers a propagating axon degeneration and, eventually, cell death. Previous work by us and others identified dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) and JUN N-terminal kinase (JNK) as key mediators of somal cell death signaling in RGCs following axonal injury. Moreover, others have shown that activation of the DLK/JNK pathway contributes to distal axonal degeneration in some neuronal subtypes and that this activation is dependent on the adaptor protein, sterile alpha and TIR motif containing 1 (SARM1)...
March 8, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Giulia Coarelli, Silvia Romano, Lorena Travaglini, Michela Ferraldeschi, Francesco Nicita, Maria Spadaro, Arianna Fornasiero, Marina Frontali, Marco Salvetti, Enrico Bertini, Giovanni Ristori
Hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSPs) are a heterogeneous group of neurological disorders characterized primarily by a pyramidal syndrome with lower limb spasticity, which can manifest as pure HSP or associated with a number of neurological or non-neurological signs (i.e., complicated HSPs). The clinical variability of HSPs is associated with a wide genetic heterogeneity, with more than eighty causative genes known. Recently, next generation sequencing (NGS) has allowed increasing genetic definition in such a heterogeneous group of disorders...
March 3, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Broes Martens, Michel De Pauw, Jan L De Bleecker
Familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) is a most often length-dependent axonal neuropathy, often part of a multisystem disorder also affecting other organs, such as cardiac, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, renal, meningeal and eye tissue. It is most frequently the result of a mutation in the TTR gene, most commonly a p.Val50Met mutation. TTR-FAP is a rare autosomal dominant heritable disabling, heterogeneous disease in which early diagnosis is of pivotal importance when attempting treatment. This paper discusses the course of four Belgian FAP patients with different TTR mutations (p...
March 9, 2018: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Carolina Lavigne-Moreira, Vanessa Daccach Marques, Marcus V Magno Gonçalves, Mauricio Fernandes de Oliveira, Pedro J Tomaselli, José Nunez, Osvaldo J Moreira do Nascimento, Amilton Antunes Barreira, Wilson Marques
OBJECTIVE: To present the genetic heterogeneity of a sample of the Brazilian population with TTR mutations. METHODS: This cohort study was descriptive and retrospective, and enrolled patients with peripheral neuropathy of unknown cause that were found to have a mutation in the TTR gene during the process of etiological investigation, between July 1997 to January 2016. RESULTS: Over the study period, 129 point mutations were identified in 448 tested patients, of whom 128 were of Brazilian origin...
March 9, 2018: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
Stuart J Grice, James N Sleigh, M Zameel Cader
Dominant mutations in GARS , encoding the ubiquitous enzyme glycyl-tRNA synthetase (GlyRS), cause peripheral nerve degeneration and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2D (CMT2D). This genetic disorder exemplifies a recurring paradigm in neurodegeneration, in which mutations in essential genes cause selective degeneration of the nervous system. Recent evidence suggests that the mechanism underlying CMT2D involves extracellular neomorphic binding of mutant GlyRS to neuronally-expressed proteins. Consistent with this, our previous studies indicate a non-cell autonomous mechanism, whereby mutant GlyRS is secreted and interacts with the neuromuscular junction (NMJ)...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Raji P Grewal, Kinsi Oberoi, Leema Reddy Peddareddygari
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 4C, an autosomal recessive genetic neuropathy, is caused by mutations in the SH3TC2 (SH3 domain and tetratricopeptide repeats 2) gene. Interestingly, although mutations in this gene have been observed in European gypsies, a population that originated in India, there are few publications describing Indian patients. We report our analysis of a 50-year-old woman of Asian Indian descent with onset of progressive distal weakness and sensory loss in childhood. A clinical examination revealed the presence of a neuropathy with pes cavus without spinal abnormalities...
January 2018: Case Reports in Neurology
K J Low, K Stals, R Caswell, M Wakeling, J Clayton-Smith, A Donaldson, N Foulds, A Norman, M Splitt, K Urankar, K Vijayakumar, A Majumdar, Ddd Study, S Ellard, S F Smithson
CHN is genetically heterogeneous and its genetic basis is difficult to determine on features alone. CNTNAP1 encodes CASPR, integral in the paranodal junction high molecular mass complex. Nineteen individuals with biallelic variants have been described in association with severe congenital hypomyelinating neuropathy, respiratory compromise, profound intellectual disability and death within the first year. We report 7 additional patients ascertained through exome sequencing. We identified 9 novel CNTNAP1 variants in 6 families: three missense variants, four nonsense variants, one frameshift variant and one splice site variant...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Karen M Rothacker, Katie L Ayers, Dave Tang, Kiranjit Joshi, Jocelyn A van den Bergen, Gorjana Robevska, Naeem Samnakay, Lakshmi Nagarajan, Kate Francis, Andrew H Sinclair, Catherine S Choong
Background: Desert hedgehog ( DHH ) mutations have been described in only a limited number of individuals with 46, XY disorders of sex development (DSD) presenting as either partial or complete gonadal dysgenesis. Gonadal tumours and peripheral neuropathy have been associated with DHH mutations. Herein we report a novel, homozygous mutation of DHH identified through a targeted, massively parallel sequencing (MPS) DSD panel, in a patient presenting with partial gonadal dysgenesis. This novel mutation is two amino acids away from a previously described mutation in a patient who presented with complete gonadal dysgenesis...
2018: International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology
Klaus Rüther
Hereditary optic nerve disorders are rare. For ophthalmologists, Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) and autosomal dominant optic atrophy (ADOA) are of particular relevance. LHON and ADOA are diseases of the retinal ganglion cells and are caused by mitchochondrial dysfunction. LHON is based on mutations of the mitochondrial, ADOA of the nuclear DNA. LHON is a disease that usually leads to severe visual impairment (visual acuity < 0.1). Since there is an approved therapy for LHON (Idebenone [Raxone]), the diagnosis has to be confirmed immediately by means of molecular genetic diagnostics...
February 28, 2018: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
Daniela Strobbe, Leonardo Caporali, Luisa Iommarini, Alessandra Maresca, Monica Montopoli, Andrea Martinuzzi, Alessandro Achilli, Anna Olivieri, Antonio Torroni, Valerio Carelli, Anna Ghelli
There is growing evidence that the sequence variation of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), which clusters in population- and/or geographic-specific haplogroups, may result in functional effects that, in turn, become relevant in disease predisposition or protection, interaction with environmental factors and ultimately in modulating longevity. To unravel functional differences between mtDNA haplogroups we here employed transmitochondrial cytoplasmic hybrid cells (cybrids) grown in galactose medium, culture condition that force oxidative phosphorylation, and in the presence of rotenone, the classic inhibitor of respiratory Complex I...
February 24, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Nahla Khawaja, Jawad Abu-Shennar, Mohammed Saleh, Said S Dahbour, Yousef S Khader, Kamel M Ajlouni
Background: Peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common microvascular complication of diabetes mellitus. This study is conducted to determine the prevalence of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and its associated factors among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Jordan. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at the National Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Genetics, Jordan. A total of 1003 patients with type 2 diabetes were recruited. Data were collected from participants during a face-to-face structured interview...
2018: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
Jing Sun, Todd T Brown, David C Samuels, Todd Hulgan, Gypsyamber D'Souza, Beth D Jamieson, Kristine M Erlandson, Jeremy Martinson, Frank J Palella, Joseph B Margolick, Gregory D Kirk, Jennifer A Schrack
Background: Age-related gait speed decline is accelerated in men with HIV. Mitochondrial genetic variation is associated with frailty and mortality in the general population, and may provide insight into mechanisms of functional decline in people aging with HIV. Material & Methods: Gait speed was assessed semi-annually in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS). Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplogroups were extracted from genome-wide genotyping data, classifying men ≥ 50 years into 5 groups: mtDNA haplogroup H, J, T, Uk, and other...
February 22, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Chiara Pisciotta, Michael E Shy
The genetic neuropathies are a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of diseases that can broadly be classified into two groups: those in which the neuropathy is the sole or primary part of the disorder (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, CMT) and those in which the neuropathy is part of a more generalized neurologic or multisystem disorder (e.g., familial amyloid polyneuropathy, neuropathies associated with mitochondrial diseases, with hereditary ataxias, porphyrias). The former is the most common group, with a prevalence of 1 in 2500 people, and this chapter will concentrate on CMT...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Leonel T Takada, Mee-Ohk Kim, Stacy Metcalf, Ignacio Illán Gala, Michael D Geschwind
Genetic prion diseases (gPrDs) are caused by autosomal-dominant mutations in the prion protein gene (PRNP). Although the first PRNP mutations identified, and most since, are PRNP missense, octapeptide repeat insertions, deletion and nonsense mutations have now also been shown to cause gPrD. Based on clinicopathologic features of familial disease, gPrDs historically have been classified into three forms: familial Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease, Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease, and fatal familial insomnia...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Katja Eggermann, Burkhard Gess, Martin Häusler, Joachim Weis, Andreas Hahn, Ingo Kurth
BACKGROUND: Hereditary peripheral neuropathies constitute a large group of genetic diseases, with an overall prevalence of 1:2500. In recent years, the use of so-called next-generation sequencing (NGS) has led to the identification of many previously unknown involved genes and genetic defects that cause neuropathy. In this article, we review the procedures and utility of genetic evaluation for hereditary neurop - athies, while also considering the implications of the fact that causally directed treatment of these disorders is generally unavailable...
February 9, 2018: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
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