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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155738/imaging-amyloid-tissues-stained-with-luminescent-conjugated-oligothiophenes-by-hyperspectral-confocal-microscopy-and-fluorescence-lifetime-imaging
#1
Sofie Nyström, Marcus Bäck, K Peter R Nilsson, Per Hammarström
Proteins that deposit as amyloid in tissues throughout the body can be the cause or consequence of a large number of diseases. Among these we find neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease afflicting primarily the central nervous system, and systemic amyloidosis where serum amyloid A, transthyretin and IgG light chains deposit as amyloid in liver, carpal tunnel, spleen, kidney, heart, and other peripheral tissues. Amyloid has been known and studied for more than a century, often using amyloid specific dyes such as Congo red and Thioflavin T (ThT) or Thioflavin (ThS)...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154979/small-fiber-neuropathy-diagnosis-causes-and-treatment
#2
Damien Sène
Small fiber neuropathy, which affects the sensory A≏ and C fibers, is now a major diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Nearly 7% of the general population have chronic neuropathic pain responsible for severe quality-of-life impairments. Awareness must therefore be raised among clinicians of the somatosensory and autonomic symptoms that can reveal small fiber neuropathy, appropriate diagnostic investigations, most common causes, and best treatment options for each patient profile. To help achieve this goal, the present review article discusses the clinical presentation of neuropathic pain and paresthesia and/or autonomic dysfunction due to involvement of nerves supplying exocrine glands and smooth muscle; normal findings from standard electrophysiological investigations; most informative diagnostic tests (epidermal nerve fiber density in a skin biopsy, laser-evoked potentials, heat- and cold-detection thresholds, electrochemical skin conductance); main causes, which consist chiefly of metabolic diseases (diabetes mellitus, glucose intolerance), dysimmunity syndromes (Sjögren's syndrome, sarcoidosis, monoclonal gammopathy), and genetic abnormalities (familial amyloidosis due to a transthyretin mutation, Fabry disease, sodium channel diseases); and the available symptomatic and etiological treatments...
November 15, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154285/prediction-of-alzheimer-s-dementia-in-patients-with-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment-in-clinical-routine-incremental-value-of-biomarkers-of-neurodegeneration-and-brain-amyloidosis-added-stepwise-to-cognitive-status
#3
Catharina Lange, Per Suppa, Uwe Pietrzyk, Marcus R Makowski, Lothar Spies, Oliver Peters, Ralph Buchert
The aim of this study was to evaluate the incremental benefit of biomarkers for prediction of Alzheimer's disease dementia (ADD) in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) when added stepwise in the order of their collection in clinical routine. The model started with cognitive status characterized by the ADAS-13 score. Hippocampus volume (HV), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) phospho-tau (pTau), and the FDG t-sum score in an AD-meta region-of-interest were compared as neurodegeneration markers. CSF-Aβ1-42 was used as amyloidosis marker...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153741/left-atrial-function-in-patients-with-light-chain-amyloidosis-a-transthoracic-3d-speckle-tracking-imaging-study
#4
Dania Mohty, Vincent Petitalot, Julien Magne, Bahaa M Fadel, Cyrille Boulogne, Dounia Rouabhia, Chahrazed ElHamel, David Lavergne, Thibaud Damy, Victor Aboyans, Arnaud Jaccard
BACKGROUND: Systemic light chain amyloidosis (AL) is characterized by the extracellular deposition of amyloid fibrils. Transthoracic echocardiography is the modality of choice to assess cardiac function in patients with AL. Whereas left ventricular (LV) function has been well studied in this patient population, data regarding the value of left atrial (LA) function in AL patients are lacking. In this study, we aim to examine the impact of LA volumes and function on survival in AL patients as assessed by real-time 3D echocardiography...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153245/frequency-of-and-prognostic-significance-of-cardiac-involvement-at-presentation-in-hereditary-transthyretin-derived-amyloidosis-and-the-value-of-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide
#5
Sebastiaan H C Klaassen, Jasper Tromp, Hans L A Nienhuis, Peter van der Meer, Maarten P van den Berg, Hans Blokzijl, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Bouke P C Hazenberg
The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of cardiac involvement in hereditary transthyretin-derived (ATTRm) amyloidosis at the time of diagnosis and to determine the diagnostic and clinical value of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP). The University Medical Center Groningen is the national center of expertise for amyloidosis. All consecutive patients between 1994 and 2016 with ATTRm amyloidosis were followed prospectively. Baseline was set at the time of the first positive biopsy...
October 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153137/ckd-stage-v-in-al-amyloidosis-is-it-too-late-to-treat-maybe-not
#6
Nelson Leung
Ig light chain amyloidosis is a protein misfolding disease capable of causing multiorgan failure. Organ failure can be stopped by reducing the production of Ig light chain. The current study by Rezk et al. found that even patients with advanced chronic kidney disease can benefit if the serum free light chain can be substantially reduced within the first 3 months. This, if confirmed, can have a huge impact in the management of these patients.
December 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152986/a-rare-cause-of-upper-gastrointestinal-bleeding-in-a-patient-with-end-stage-renal-disease-gastric-amyloidosis
#7
Ufuk Kutluana
This letter has two purpose: First, evaluate the correlation between our endoscopic findings of gastric amyloidosis with previous report of Vargas et al. Second, draw attention to the fact that amyloidosis may occur upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
November 20, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148404/other-autoinflammatory-disease-genes-in-an-fmf-prevalent-population-a-homozygous-mvk-mutation-and-a-novel-heterozygous-tnfrsf1a-mutation-in-two-different-turkish-families-with-clinical-fmf
#8
İlker Karacan, Serdal Uğurlu, Aslıhan Tolun, Eda Tahir Turanlı, Huri Özdoğan
OBJECTIVES: No MEFV mutations are detected in approximately 10% of the patients with clinical FMF in populations where the disease is highly prevalent. Causative mutations were searched in other genes in two such families with "MEFV negative clinical FMF". METHODS: Father and daughter of family A had attacks of fever, abdominal pain and AA amyloidosis. The two sibs of family B complained of febrile episodes with abdominal pain and arthritis. The patients were clinically investigated...
October 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148151/inflammation-in-cardiac-amyloidosis-prognostic-marker-or-therapeutic-target
#9
EDITORIAL
Gianfranco Sinagra, Enrico Fabris
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146130/corrigendum-to-familial-primary-localized-cutaneous-amyloidosis-in-a-japanese-family-j-dermatol-sci-83-2016-162-164
#10
D Ueo, A Utani, Y Okubo, M Yozaki, Y Mine, T Anan, H Nishida, D Takahashi, T Sakai, Y Hatano, S Fujiwara
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 13, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146072/amyloidosis-of-the-colon-and-clinical-features-of-intestinal-obstruction
#11
Xavier Pérez, Elena Ramírez-Maldonado, Carmen Martín, Víctor Fumanal, Iván Urra
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 13, 2017: Cirugía Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142973/renal-amyloidosis-associated-with-5-novel%C3%A2-variants-in-the-fibrinogen-a-alpha-chain-protein
#12
Dorota Rowczenio, Maria Stensland, Gustavo A de Souza, Erik H Strøm, Janet A Gilbertson, Graham Taylor, Nigel Rendell, Shane Minogue, Yvonne A Efebera, Helen J Lachmann, Ashutosh D Wechalekar, Philip N Hawkins, Ketil R Heimdal, Kristian Selvig, Inger K Lægreid, Nathalie Demoulin, Selda Aydin, Julian D Gillmore, Tale N Wien
Introduction: Fibrinogen A alpha chain amyloidosis is an autosomal dominant disease associated with mutations in the fibrinogen A alpha chain (FGA) gene, and it is the most common cause of hereditary renal amyloidosis in the UK. Patients typically present with kidney impairment and progress to end-stage renal disease over a median time of 4.6 years. Methods: Six patients presented with proteinuria, hypertension, and/or lower limb edema and underwent detailed clinical and laboratory investigations...
May 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142812/left-ventricle-relative-apical-sparing-in-cardiac-amyloidosis
#13
Marianna Nardozza, Elisabetta Chiodi, Donato Mele
Amyloidosis is a disease characterized by the extracellular deposition of the protein amyloid. It is a multiorgan disease, and cardiac involvement is not uncommon, generally in the form of a restrictive cardiomyopathy. Typical aspects of cardiac amyloidosis have been described at echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In particular, the relative apical sparing at two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography has been reported to be specific for cardiac amyloidosis. In our case, we report for the first time that this echocardiographic sign is related to lack of hyperenhancement at late gadolinium enhancement imaging in cardiac MRI...
October 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142197/proteotoxicity-in-cardiac-amyloidosis-amyloidogenic-light-chains-affect-the-levels-of-intracellular-proteins-in-human-heart-cells
#14
Esther Imperlini, Massimiliano Gnecchi, Paola Rognoni, Eduard Sabidò, Maria Chiara Ciuffreda, Giovanni Palladini, Guadalupe Espadas, Francesco Mattia Mancuso, Margherita Bozzola, Giuseppe Malpasso, Veronica Valentini, Giuseppina Palladini, Stefania Orrù, Giovanni Ferraro, Paolo Milani, Stefano Perlini, Francesco Salvatore, Giampaolo Merlini, Francesca Lavatelli
AL amyloidosis is characterized by widespread deposition of immunoglobulin light chains (LCs) as amyloid fibrils. Cardiac involvement is frequent and leads to life-threatening cardiomyopathy. Besides the tissue alteration caused by fibrils, clinical and experimental evidence indicates that cardiac damage is also caused by proteotoxicity of prefibrillar amyloidogenic species. As in other amyloidoses, the damage mechanisms at cellular level are complex and largely undefined. We have characterized the molecular changes in primary human cardiac fibroblasts (hCFs) exposed in vitro to soluble amyloidogenic cardiotoxic LCs from AL cardiomyopathy patients...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141977/vitamins-associated-with-brain-aging-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-disease-biomarkers-epidemiological-and-experimental-evidence-plausible-mechanisms-and-knowledge-gaps
#15
REVIEW
Michael Fenech
The key to preventing brain aging, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer disease (AD) via vitamin intake is first to understand molecular mechanisms, then to deduce relevant biomarkers, and subsequently to test the level of evidence for the impact of vitamins in the relevant pathways and their modulation of dementia risk. This narrative review infers information on mechanisms from gene and metabolic defects associated with MCI and AD, and assesses the role of vitamins using recent results from animal and human studies...
November 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141071/usefulness-of-total-12-lead-qrs-voltage-as-a-clue-to-diagnosis-of-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis-severe-enough-to-warrant-orthotopic-heart-transplant
#16
William C Roberts, Tiffany M Becker, Shelley A Hall
Importance: Severe heart failure caused by cardiac sarcoidosis is difficult to diagnosis without biopsy. Objective: To assess whether total electrocardiographic 12-lead QRS voltage may be a clue to diagnosis. Design, Setting, Participants: Case-series study with cases collected at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, from January 13, 2005, to January 24, 2017. The clinical records of 16 patients with severe heart failure caused by cardiac sarcoidosis were studied...
November 15, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139324/molecular-dynamics-simulations-and-novel-drug-discovery
#17
Xuewei Liu, Danfeng Shi, Shuangyan Zhou, Hongli Liu, Huanxiang Liu, Xiaojun Yao
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations can provide not only plentiful dynamical structural information on biomacromolecules but also a wealth of energetic information about protein and ligand interactions. Such information is very important to understanding the structure-function relationship of the target and the essence of protein-ligand interactions and to guiding the drug discovery and design process. Thus, MD simulations have been applied widely and successfully in each step of modern drug discovery. Areas covered: In this review, the authors review the applications of MD simulations in novel drug discovery, including the pathogenic mechanisms of amyloidosis diseases, virtual screening and the interaction mechanisms between drugs and targets...
November 15, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137218/importance-of-fish-genetics-in-light-chain-amyloidosis
#18
EDITORIAL
Morie A Gertz, Angela Dispenzieri, Eli Muchtar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136724/-expert-consensus-for-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-patients-with-renal-impairment-of-multiple-myeloma
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Renal impairment (RI) is a common complication of multiple myeloma (MM), which is presented as chronic kidney disease (CKD) or acute kidney injury (AKI). The typical pathological feature is cast nephropathy. Presently international system staging (ISS) is used in evaluating MM. Although the classic Durie-Salmon staging system could be still used in clinical practice, it may miss out some patients with renal impairment. For evaluations of RI in MM patients with CKD, it's recommended to assess the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) by creatinine based formula CKD-epidemiology collaboration (EPI) or modification of diet in renal disease(MDRD) and to stage the renal injuries according to 2013 Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) CKD guidelines...
November 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135508/new-histologic-finding-of-amyloid-insulin-bodies-at-an-insulin-injection-site-in-a-patient-with-diabetes
#20
Benjamin D Katzman, Peter Traum, Paul B Medline
Amyloidosis is a heterogeneous group of protein deposition diseases with more than 40 known clinical presentations. Localized amyloidosis occurs when the protein deposits exist in a singular location. Patients with diabetes mellitus who inject insulin at the same site can develop localized insulin-derived amyloidosis (AIns) at the injection site, which can be confused clinically with lipoma, lipohyperplasia, lipoatrophy, and fat necrosis. Histologic examination is performed to confirm localized AIns. We report a case of a patient with a long history of type 2 diabetes who presented with a subcutaneous mass in the abdomen at a preferred insulin injection site...
November 7, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
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