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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29172006/two-cases-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy-type-ii-with-eosinophilic-oesophagitis
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Heidi R Fuller, Hannah K Shorrock, Thomas H Gillingwater, Anna Pigott, Victoria Smith, Richa Kulshrestha, Caroline S Sewry, Tracey A Willis
Although primarily characterised by loss of motor neurons from the anterior horn of spinal cord and muscle atrophy, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is now recognised as a multi-systemic disorder. Here, we report two SMA Type II patients with eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE), a rare, chronic immune/antigen-mediated condition. One patient presented with dysphagia and poor weight gain, and the second patient had symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) and poor weight gain. In both patients, macroscopic observations during gastroscopy indicated typical signs of EoE, which were verified during histological examination of oesophageal biopsies...
2017: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29171910/mutant-huntingtin-protein-expression-and-blood-spinal-cord-barrier-dysfunction-in-huntington-s-disease
#2
Giacomo Sciacca, Francesca Cicchetti
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the distribution, frequency and specific location of mutant huntingtin protein (mHTT) aggregates - the pathological hallmark of HD - within the various compartments of the spinal cord and their potential impact on the local vasculature and BSCB. METHODS: We performed a series of post-mortem immunohistochemical and immunofluorescent stainings, as well as western blot analyses, on cervical and lumbar sections of the spinal cord in patients diagnosed with HD (n=11 of all grades of disease severity) along with sex and age-matched healthy controls (n=9)...
November 24, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167994/congenital-zika-virus-infection-a-neuropathological-review
#3
L Chimelli, E Avvad-Portari
BACKGROUND: A relationship between Zika virus (ZikV) infection in pregnancy and the occurrence of microcephaly was established during the Zika outbreak in Brazil (2015-2016). Neuropathological findings in congenital Zika syndrome helped to understand its pathogenetic mechanisms. RESULTS: The most relevant postmortem findings in the central nervous system (CNS) of fetuses and neonates infected with ZikV early in gestation are microcephaly with ex-vacuo ventriculomegaly and large head circumference associated with obstructive hydrocephalus due to severe midbrain and aqueduct distortion...
November 22, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150766/spinobot-an-mri-guided-needle-positioning-system-for-spinal-cellular-therapeutics
#4
Alexander Squires, John N Oshinski, Nicholas M Boulis, Zion Tsz Ho Tse
The neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) results in the death of motor neurons in voluntary muscles. There are no cures for ALS and few available treatments. In studies with small animal models, injection of cellular therapeutics into the anterior horn of the spinal cord has been shown to inhibit the progression of ALS. It was hypothesized that spinal injection could be made faster and less invasive with the aid of a robot. The robotic system presented-SpinoBot-uses MRI guidance to position a needle for percutaneous injection into the spinal cord...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118923/ddx3-binding-with-ck1%C3%AE%C2%B5-was-closely-related-to-motor-neuron-degeneration-of-als-by-affecting-neurite-outgrowth
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Yanchun Chen, Qing Wang, Qiaozhen Wang, Huancai Liu, Fenghua Zhou, Yawen Zhang, Meng Yuan, Chunyan Zhao, Yingjun Guan, Xin Wang
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a chronic neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive degeneration of motor neurons. The pathogenesis of ALS remains largely unknown. RNA helicase DDX3 is a multifunctional protein involved in several steps of gene expression. Casein kinase 1ε (CK1ε) is an important signal molecule of Wnt signaling pathway and is closely related to neurite growth. However, the roles of DDX3 and CK1ε in the pathogenesis of ALS remain unclear. In this study, we first investigated the expression of DDX3 and CK1ε in the spinal cord of SOD1-G93A ALS transgenic mice using RT-PCR, Western blot and immunohistochemical technique...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29062563/segmental-spinal-muscular-atrophy-localised-to-the-lower-limbs-first-case-from-oman
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Roshan Koul, Amna Al-Futaisi, Khalid Al-Thihli, Zandre Bruwer, Patrick Scott
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic lower motor neuron disease. It usually involves all of the skeletal muscles innervated by the anterior horn cells of the spinal cord. In rare cases, there is also localised involvement of the spinal cord. We report a 10-year-old boy who presented to the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Muscat, Oman, in 2015 with muscle weakness restricted to the lower limbs. The presence of a homozygous deletion within the survival of motor neuron 1 gene confirmed the diagnosis of SMA...
August 2017: Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053833/clinical-pathological-and-functional-characterization-of-riboflavin-responsive-neuropathy
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Andreea Manole, Zane Jaunmuktane, Iain Hargreaves, Marthe H R Ludtmann, Vincenzo Salpietro, Oscar D Bello, Simon Pope, Amelie Pandraud, Alejandro Horga, Renata S Scalco, Abi Li, Balasubramaniem Ashokkumar, Charles M Lourenço, Simon Heales, Rita Horvath, Patrick F Chinnery, Camilo Toro, Andrew B Singleton, Thomas S Jacques, Andrey Y Abramov, Francesco Muntoni, Michael G Hanna, Mary M Reilly, Tamas Revesz, Dimitri M Kullmann, James E C Jepson, Henry Houlden
Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere syndrome represents a phenotypic spectrum of motor, sensory, and cranial nerve neuropathy, often with ataxia, optic atrophy and respiratory problems leading to ventilator-dependence. Loss-of-function mutations in two riboflavin transporter genes, SLC52A2 and SLC52A3, have recently been linked to Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere syndrome. However, the genetic frequency, neuropathology and downstream consequences of riboflavin transporter mutations are unclear. By screening a large cohort of 132 patients with early-onset severe sensory, motor and cranial nerve neuropathy we confirmed the strong genetic link between riboflavin transporter mutations and Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere syndrome, identifying 22 pathogenic mutations in SLC52A2 and SLC52A3, 14 of which were novel...
November 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983837/treatment-advances-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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REVIEW
Diana Bharucha-Goebel, Petra Kaufmann
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disorder of motor neurons in the anterior horns of the spinal cord and brainstem that results in muscle atrophy and weakness. SMA is an autosomal recessive disease linked to deletions of the SMN1 gene on chromosome 5q. Humans have a duplicate gene (SMN2) whose product can mitigate disease severity, leading to the variability in severity and age of onset of disease, and is therefore a target for drug development. RECENT FINDINGS: Advances in preclinical and clinical trials have paved the way for novel therapeutic options for SMA patients, including many currently in clinical trials...
October 6, 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966654/a-progressive-compression-model-of-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury-in-mice-function-assessment-and-pathological-changes-in-spinal-cord
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Guo-Dong Sun, Yan Chen, Zhi-Gang Zhou, Shu-Xian Yang, Cheng Zhong, Zhi-Zhong Li
Non-traumatic injury accounts for approximately half of clinical spinal cord injury, including chronic spinal cord compression. However, previous rodent spinal cord compression models are mainly designed for rats, few are available for mice. Our aim is to develop a thoracic progressive compression mice model of spinal cord injury. In this study, adult wild-type C57BL/6 mice were divided into two groups: in the surgery group, a screw was inserted at T9 lamina to compress the spinal cord, and the compression was increased by turning it further into the canal (0...
August 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926131/region-specific-impairment-of-the-cervical-spinal-cord-sc-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-preliminary-study-using-sc-templates-and-quantitative-mri-diffusion-tensor-imaging-inhomogeneous-magnetization-transfer
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Henitsoa Rasoanandrianina, Aude-Marie Grapperon, Manuel Taso, Olivier M Girard, Guillaume Duhamel, Maxime Guye, Jean-Philippe Ranjeva, Shahram Attarian, Annie Verschueren, Virginie Callot
In this preliminary study, our objective was to investigate the potential of high-resolution anatomical imaging, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and conventional/inhomogeneous magnetization transfer imaging [magnetization transfer (MT)/inhomogeneous magnetization transfer (ihMT)] at 3 T, analyzed with template-extracted regions of interest, to measure the atrophy and structural changes of white (WM) and gray (GM) matter spinal cord (SC) occurring in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Ten patients with ALS and 20 age-matched healthy controls were recruited...
September 19, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895473/neuroinflammation-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-role-of-redox-dys-regulation
#11
Nadia D'Ambrosi, Mauro Cozzolino, Maria Teresa Carrì
SIGNIFICANCE: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is due to degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons in the anterior horn of the spinal cord and in the motor cortex. Mechanisms leading to motor neuron death are complex and currently the disease is untreatable. Recent Advances: Work in genetic models of ALS indicates that an imbalance in the cross talk that physiologically exists between motor neurons and the surrounding cells is eventually detrimental to motor neurons. In particular, the cascade of events collectively known as neuroinflammation and mainly characterized by a reactive phenotype of astrocytes and microglia, moderate infiltration of peripheral immune cells, and elevated levels of inflammatory mediators has been consistently observed in motor regions of the central nervous system (CNS) in sporadic and familial ALS, constituting a hallmark of the disease...
October 16, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867325/neuroprotective-effects-of-valproic-acid-in-a-rat-model-of-cauda-equina-injury
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Qing-Jie Kong, Yuan Wang, Yang Liu, Jing-Chuan Sun, Xi-Ming Xu, Xiao-Fei Sun, Jian-Gang Shi
BACKGROUND: Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi), including valproic acid (VPA), are promising therapeutic interventions in neurological disorders and play an important role in synaptic activity and neuronal function. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 30 rats were randomly allocated to three groups: sham, control, and VPA. The rats in the VPA and control groups received laminectomy at the L4 level of the vertebrae and silicone gel implantation into the epdidural spaces L5 and L6...
August 31, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855045/acute-flaccid-myelitis-in-german-children-in-2016-the-return-of-polio
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Johannes Hübner, Bernd Kruse, Hans-Jürgen Christen, Jürgen Weidenmann, Viktoria Weiner, Jan-Christoph Schöne-Bake, Anna Eichinger, Sabine Diedrich, Wolfgang Müller-Felber
BACKGROUND: Although poliomyelitis has almost been eradicated worldwide, cases of a polio-like disease with asymmetrical flaccid paralysis of variable severity have been seen repeatedly in recent years. METHODS: Data were collected on children treated in hospitals in the German federal states of Bavaria and Lower Saxony in 2016. The frequency of disease across Germany was estimated on the basis of voluntary reporting to the Robert Koch Institute. 16 cases were registered there for the entire year 2016...
August 21, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853070/activation-of-microglyocytes-in-the-anterior-horns-of-rat-spinal-cord-after-administration-of-bacterial-lipopolysaccharide
#14
E A Kolos, D E Korzhevskii
We studied the reaction of the microglia of the anterior horns of the rat spinal cord to intraperitoneal administration of bacterial LPS. Immunohistochemical analysis showed that acute systemic inflammation leads to activation of more than half of microglial cells as soon as in 24 h after LPS injection, while the total number of microglial cells does not change significantly. It was hypothesized that activated microglial cells are involved in the reorganization of synaptic connections, but do not have a neurotoxic effect...
August 29, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832294/-acute-flaccid-myelitis-after-a-respiratory-tract-infection-first-dutch-case-related-to-enterovirus-type-d68-infection
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J Helfferich, E M Kingma, L C Meiners, E H Schölvinck, H D Mulder, O F Brouwer
BACKGROUND: Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a relatively rare disorder affecting the anterior horn of the spinal cord and brain stem. It is characterised by rapid progressive weakness of the limbs and respiratory muscles, often combined with cranial nerve dysfunction. This used to be seen in infections with the polio virus, but in recent years, AFM has been mainly associated with enterovirus D68 infection. CASE DESCRIPTION: A boy of nearly 4 years-old developed rapidly progressive weakness and respiratory failure after an upper airway infection...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829151/validation-of-an-immunohistochemistry-assay-for-detection-of-cd155-the-poliovirus-receptor-in-malignant-gliomas
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Vidyalakshmi Chandramohan, Jeffrey D Bryant, Hailan Piao, Stephen T Keir, Eric S Lipp, Michaela Lefaivre, Kathryn Perkinson, Darell D Bigner, Matthias Gromeier, Roger E McLendon
CONTEXT: - The oncolytic polio-rhinovirus recombinant (PVSRIPO) has demonstrated promise in currently ongoing phase I/II clinical trials against recurrent glioblastoma and was granted breakthrough therapy designation by the Food and Drug Administration/Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. A reliable clinical assay to document expression of the poliovirus receptor, CD155, in routinely available patient tumor samples is needed for continued clinical development of PVSRIPO oncolytic immunotherapy in primary brain tumors and beyond...
August 22, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766957/immunohistochemical-detection-of-c9orf72-protein-in-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-and-motor-neurone-disease-patterns-of-immunostaining-and-an-evaluation-of-commercial-antibodies
#17
Yvonne S Davidson, Andrew C Robinson, Sara Rollinson, Stuart Pickering-Brown, Shangxi Xiao, Janice Robertson, David M A Mann
We have employed as 'gold standards' two in-house, well-characterised and validated polyclonal antibodies, C9-L and C9-S, which detect the longer and shorter forms of C9orf72, and have compared seven other commercially available antibodies with these in order to evaluate the utility of the latter as credible tools for the demonstration of C9orf72. C9-L and C9-S antibodies immunostained cytoplasmic 'speckles', and the nuclear membrane, respectively, in cerebellar Purkinje cells of the cerebellum in patients with behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and in patients with ALS alone...
August 2, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761434/brain-injury-in-combination-with-tacrolimus-promotes-the-regeneration-of-injured-peripheral-nerves
#18
Xin-Ze He, Jian-Jun Ma, Hao-Qi Wang, Tie-Min Hu, Bo Sun, Yun-Feng Gao, Shi-Bo Liu, Wei Wang, Pei Wang
Both brain injury and tacrolimus have been reported to promote the regeneration of injured peripheral nerves. In this study, before transection of rat sciatic nerve, moderate brain contusion was (or was not) induced. After sciatic nerve injury, tacrolimus, an immunosuppressant, was (or was not) intraperitoneally administered. At 4, 8 and 12 weeks after surgery, Masson's trichrome, hematoxylin-eosin, and toluidine blue staining results revealed that brain injury or tacrolimus alone or their combination alleviated gastrocnemius muscle atrophy and sciatic nerve fiber impairment on the experimental side, simultaneously improved sciatic nerve function, and increased gastrocnemius muscle wet weight on the experimental side...
June 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761431/synaptosomal-associated-protein-25-may-be-an-intervention-target-for-improving-sensory-and-locomotor-functions-after-spinal-cord-contusion
#19
Zhan-Qiong Zhong, Yang Xiang, Xi Hu, You-Cui Wang, Xi Zeng, Xiao-Meng Wang, Qing-Jie Xia, Ting-Hua Wang, Xiao Zhang
Synaptosomal-associated protein 25 kDa (SNAP-25) is localized on the synapse and participates in exocytosis and neurotransmitter release. Decreased expression of SNAP-25 is associated with Alzheimer's disease and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. However, the expression of SNAP-25 in spinal cord contusion injury is still unclear. We hypothesized that SNAP-25 is associated with sensory and locomotor functions after spinal cord injury. We established rat models of spinal cord contusion injury to detect gene changes with a gene array...
June 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749553/myelopathy-in-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-the-bagel-sign
#20
Ugur Uygunoglu, Burcu Zeydan, Yesim Ozguler, Serdal Ugurlu, Emire Seyahi, Naci Kocer, Civan Islak, Kejal Kantarci, Sabahattin Saip, Aksel Siva, Orhun H Kantarci
OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical and distinctive imaging features of myelopathy associated with Behçet's disease (BD). METHODS: We evaluated the records of patients meeting the following criteria: (1) fulfillment of the International Study Group criteria for BD; (2) clinically suggestive of myelopathy; (3) simultaneous spinal cord and brain magnetic resonance images (MRIs) within 1 month of acute worsening of myelopathy; and (4) follow-up duration ≥ 1 year after initial MRI evaluation...
August 2017: Annals of Neurology
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