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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301478/retrotransposon-activation-contributes-to-neurodegeneration-in-a-drosophila-tdp-43-model-of-als
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Lisa Krug, Nabanita Chatterjee, Rebeca Borges-Monroy, Stephen Hearn, Wen-Wei Liao, Kathleen Morrill, Lisa Prazak, Nikolay Rozhkov, Delphine Theodorou, Molly Hammell, Josh Dubnau
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) are two incurable neurodegenerative disorders that exist on a symptomological spectrum and share both genetic underpinnings and pathophysiological hallmarks. Functional abnormality of TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43), an aggregation-prone RNA and DNA binding protein, is observed in the vast majority of both familial and sporadic ALS cases and in ~40% of FTLD cases, but the cascade of events leading to cell death are not understood...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293919/-extracorporeal-liver-support-of-liver-failure
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Hans Ulrich Gerth, Michele Pohlen, Hermann Pavenstädt, Hartmut Schmidt
Extracorporeal liver support can be classified into cell-free, artificial methods (artificial liver support, ALS) and cell-based bioartificial methods (bioartificial liver support, BLS). ALS improves biochemical parameters of liver failure by the simultaneous removal of protein-bound and water-soluble substances. Here, the MARS therapy belongs to the most studied methods with a proved beneficial effect on hepatic encephalopathy (HE), hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) or hyperbilirubinemia. However, a general survival advantage of any liver support for liver failure has not been shown yet and is restricted to meta-analyses or patient subgroups...
March 14, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291468/navy-en-route-care-a-3-year-review-of-428-navy-air-evacuations
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Benjamin Walrath, Alejandra Mora, Victoria Ganem, Stephen Harper, Elliot Ross, Chetan Kharod, Gerard Demers, Vikhyat S Bebarta
BACKGROUND: Navy medical personnel have been recording en route care (ERC) missions through Search and Rescue (SAR) reports since the 1970's. Our objective was to report clinical ERC cases treated by Navy operational assets from January 2012 to January 2015. METHODS: The Search and Rescue Model Manager office collects SAR reports for all patient transports involving Navy personnel and equipment. From these reports, descriptive statistics to include total number of patients transported, percentages of Advanced Life Support versus Basic Life Support transports, time of transport, and type of ERC provider for the transport were collected...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291249/analysis-of-sod1-mutations-in-a-chinese-population-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-case-control-study-and-literature-review
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QianQian Wei, QingQing Zhou, YongPing Chen, RuWei Ou, Bei Cao, YaQian Xu, Jing Yang, Hui-Fang Shang
Although the copper/zinc superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1) gene has been identified in both familial ALS (FALS) and sporadic ALS (SALS), it has rarely been studied in Chinese patients with ALS, and there are few studies with large samples. This study sought to assess the prevalence of SOD1 mutations in Chinese ALS patients. We screened a cohort of 499 ALS patients (487 SALS and 12 FALS) from the Department of Neurology at the West China Hospital of Sichuan University and analyzed all coding exons of SOD1 by Sanger sequencing...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288521/young-onset-rapidly-progressive-als-associated-with-heterozygous-fus-mutation
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Marta Gromicho, Miguel Oliveira Santos, Anabela Pinto, Ana Pronto-Laborinho, Mamede De Carvalho
We report a 36-years-old Cape Verdean man who presented with respiratory insufficiency due to rapidly progressive sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in whom FUS mutation c.1551C > G (p.Hist517Gln) in heterozygosity was identified, a finding previously described as non-pathogenic. The only previous report on this mutation was in a family from Cape Verde in which four members developed ALS; all were homozygous for the mutation. This case shows that this FUS mutation presents a highly variable penetrance and expressivity...
March 13, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267691/vorapaxar-and-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-coincidence-or-adverse-association
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REVIEW
Victor L Serebruany, Seth D Fortmann, Daniel F Hanley, Moo Hyun Kim
BACKGROUND: Vorapaxar, a novel antiplatelet thrombin PAR-1 inhibitor, is currently approved for post myocardial infarction and peripheral artery disease indications with concomitant use of clopidogrel and/or aspirin. The vorapaxar safety profile was acceptable. However, aside from heightened bleeding risks, excesses of solid cancers and diplopia, there were more amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnoses after vorapaxar. STUDY QUESTION: To assess the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews on the potential association of vorapaxar with ALS...
March 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247171/genetic-counseling-dilemmas-for-a-patient-with-sporadic-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-frontotemporal-degeneration-parkinson-s-disease
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Vittorio Mantero, Claudia Tarlarini, Angelo Aliprandi, Giuseppe Lauria, Andrea Rigamonti, Lucia Abate, Paola Origone, Paola Mandich, Silvana Penco, Andrea Salmaggi
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal degeneration and Parkinson's disease may be different expressions of the same neurodegenerative disease. However, association between ALS and parkinsonism-dementia complex (ALS-PDC) has only rarely been reported apart from the cluster detected in Guam. We report a patient presenting with ALS-PDC in whom pathological mutations/expansions were investigated. No other family members were reported to have any symptoms of a neurological condition. Our case demonstrates that ALS-PDC can occur as a sporadic disorder, even though the coexistence of the three clinical features in one patient suggests a single underlying genetic cause...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241758/clinical-trials-from-the-patient-perspective-survey-in-an-online-patient-community
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Pronabesh DasMahapatra, Priya Raja, Jeremy Gilbert, Paul Wicks
BACKGROUND: Developing new medicines relies on the successful conduct of clinical trials. As trial protocols become more arduous, it becomes harder to recruit and retain patient volunteers, although recent efforts such as OMERACT and I-SPY2 show that partnering with patients can be beneficial. We sought to describe drivers and barriers to trial participation, as well as condition-specific trial preferences. METHODS: An online survey was fielded via the patient-powered research network PatientsLikeMe to 1,621 members living with nine selected chronic health conditions...
February 27, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220290/epidemiology-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-southern-germany
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Angela Rosenbohm, Raphael S Peter, Siegfried Erhardt, Dorothée Lulé, Dietrich Rothenbacher, Albert C Ludolph, Gabriele Nagel
The objective of this study is to determine the current distribution of clinical phenotypes and to estimate future trends of ALS incidence in Western societies. We report on a clinical-epidemiological registry with a capture-recapture rate of >80% and population-based case-control study in ALS patients in South Western Germany. 1163 incidents of ALS were registered. Clinical and neuropsychological data were prospectively collected from 699 cases. The mean age at onset was 66.6 (SD = 11.6) years in prospective cases (N = 699)...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195573/whole-exome-sequencing-of-individuals-from-an-isolated-population-implicates-rare-risk-variants-in-bipolar-disorder
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F Lescai, T D Als, Q Li, M Nyegaard, G Andorsdottir, M Biskopstø, A Hedemand, A Fiorentino, N O'Brien, A Jarram, J Liang, J Grove, J Pallesen, E Eickhardt, M Mattheisen, L Bolund, D Demontis, A G Wang, A McQuillin, O Mors, J Wang, A D Børglum
Bipolar disorder affects about 1% of the world's population, and its estimated heritability is about 75%. Only few whole genome or whole-exome sequencing studies in bipolar disorder have been reported, and no rare coding variants have yet been robustly identified. The use of isolated populations might help finding variants with a recent origin, more likely to have drifted to higher frequency by chance. Following this approach, we investigated 28 bipolar cases and 214 controls from the Faroe Islands by whole exome sequencing, and the results were followed-up in a British sample of 2025 cases and 1358 controls...
February 14, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163193/the-neuropathological-signature-of-bulbar-onset-als-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
S Shellikeri, V Karthikeyan, R Martino, S E Black, L Zinman, J Keith, Y Yunusova
ALS is a multisystem disorder affecting motor and cognitive functions. Bulbar-onset ALS (bALS) may be preferentially associated with cognitive and language impairments, compared with spinal-onset ALS (sALS), stemming from a potentially unique neuropathology. The objective of this systematic review was to compare neuropathology findings reported for bALS and sALS subtypes in studies of cadaveric brains. Using Cochrane guidelines, we reviewed articles in MEDLINE, Embase, and PsycINFO databases using standardized search terms for ALS and neuropathology, from inception until July 16th 2016...
February 2, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152620/incidence-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-the-province-of-novara-italy-and-possible-role-of-environmental-pollution
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Marina Tesauro, Michela Consonni, Tommaso Filippini, Letizia Mazzini, Fabrizio Pisano, Adriano Chiò, Aniello Esposito, Marco Vinceti
OBJECTIVE AND METHODS: Based on nationwide death certificates, a cluster of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been reported in the area of Briga (Novara province, northern Italy), known for its severe environmental contamination. We further investigated this finding, by following up with the collection of recent incidence ALS data in 2002-2012 of Novara province, also to assess the possible long-term effects of environmental pollution in that area. RESULTS: In the whole Novara province we identified 106 ALS cases, of which 35 were from the Briga area...
February 2, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140676/further-analysis-of-kifap3-gene-in-als-patients-from-switzerland-and-sweden
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David Czell, Peter C Sapp, Christoph Neuwirth, Markus Weber, Peter M Andersen, Robert H Brown
A series of studies suggests that susceptibility to ALS may be influenced by variants in multiple genes. While analyses of the 10% of cases of familial origin have identified more than 33 monogenic ALS-causing genetic defects, little is known about genetic factors that influence susceptibility or phenotype in sporadic ALS (SALS). We and others conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in a cohort of 1014 ALS cases from Western Europe, England and the United States, and identified an intronic single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs1541160 in the KIFAP3 gene that was statistically associated with improved survival...
January 31, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122372/environmental-and-occupational-exposures-and-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-new-england
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Angeline S Andrew, Tracie A Caller, Rup Tandan, Eric J Duell, Patricia L Henegan, Nicholas C Field, Walter G Bradley, Elijah W Stommel
BACKGROUND: Recent data provide support for the concept that potentially modifiable exposures are responsible for sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate environmental and occupational exposures as risk factors for sporadic ALS. METHODS: We performed a case-control study of ALS among residents of New England, USA. The analysis compared questionnaire responses from 295 patients with a confirmed ALS diagnosis to those of 225 controls without neurodegenerative illness...
2017: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105640/the-genotype-phenotype-landscape-of-familial-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-australia
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Emily P McCann, Kelly L Williams, Jennifer A Fifita, Ingrid S Tarr, Jody O'Connor, Dominic B Rowe, Garth A Nicholson, Ian P Blair
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous fatal neurodegenerative disease. Around 10% of ALS cases are hereditary. ALS gene discoveries have provided most of our understanding of disease pathogenesis. We aimed to describe the genetic landscape of ALS in Australia by assessing 1013 Australian ALS patients for known ALS mutations by direct sequencing, whole exome sequencing or repeat primed PCR. Age of disease onset and disease duration were used for genotype-phenotype correlations...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089419/risk-factors-for-respiratory-failure-of-motor-neuron-disease-in-a-multiracial-asian-population
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Xiao Deng, Ying Hao, Bin Xiao, Eng-King Tan, Yew-Long Lo
BACKGROUND: Motor neuron disease (MND) is a devastating degenerative disorder. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is the most common and severe form of MND. Respiratory failure arising from ventilator musculature atrophy is the most common cause of death for ALS patients. Exploring the factors correlated with respiratory failure can contribute to disease management. PURPOSE: To characterize the clinical features of MND and determine the factors that may affect respiratory failure of MND patients...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054830/a-novel-mutation-of-the-c-terminal-amino-acid-of-fus-y526c-strengthens-fus-gene-as-the-most-frequent-genetic-factor-in-aggressive-juvenile-als
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Philippe Corcia, Veronique Danel, Arnaud Lacour, Stephane Beltran, Christian Andres, Philippe Couratier, Helene Blasco, Patrick Vourc'h
Although amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) typically occurs around 60 years, numerous publications report an onset of ALS before the age of 25 years that define juvenile ALS (jALS). Over the last decade, growing literature mentioned jALS with an aggressive evolution which are mainly linked to the FUS gene. We report here the case of a 25-year-old woman with a bulbar onset ALS that progressed in less than 12 months to invasive ventilation due to respiratory failure; Genetic screening identified a new mutation in the FUS gene that lies within the last codon...
January 5, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035186/rapid-progression-of-sporadic-als-in-a-patient-carrying-sod1-p-gly13arg-mutation
#18
Myung-Jin Kim, Jae-Han Bae, Jeong-Min Kim, Hye Ryoun Kim, Byung-Nam Yoon, Jung-Joon Sung, Suk-Won Ahn
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the most common adult onset motor neuron disease, is pathologically characterized by progressive loss of the upper and lower motor neurons. Mutations in the Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase gene (SOD1) account for about 20% of familial ALS cases and a small percentage of sporadic ALS (SALS) cases, and have revealed a validated genotype-phenotype correlation. Herein, we report a p.Gly13Arg mutation in SOD1 exon 1 in a patient with SALS who presented with a rapidly progressive course, predominantly affecting the lower motor neurons...
December 2016: Experimental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025808/backbone-resonance-assignments-of-monomeric-sod1-in-dilute-and-crowded-environments
#19
Naoto Iwakawa, Daichi Morimoto, Erik Walinda, Kenji Sugase, Masahiro Shirakawa
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that leads to movement disorders. In motor neurons of ALS patients, intracellular aggregates of superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) have often been observed. To elucidate the aggregation mechanism, it is important to analyze the folding equilibrium of SOD1 between folded and aggregation-prone unfolded states. However, in most cases, this folding equilibrium has been studied in dilute solution even though the aggregate formation occurs in a highly crowded intracellular environment...
December 26, 2016: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012325/short-and-long-term-outcomes-after-pancreaticoduodenectomy-following-total-gastorectomy-report-of-case-series-and-literature-review
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Satoshi Yokoyama, Kohei Ueno, Yasuhiro Higashide, Atsushi Noma, Yuko Okishio, Mitsuru Masuda, Takumi Miyamoto, Ryo Kamimura, Shinichi Hosokawa, Yoshikuni Yonenaga, Daisuke Ito, Masato Ichimiya, Yoshito Yamashita, Shiro Uyama, Shady EIGhazly Harb
PURPOSE: Pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) following gastrectomy (TG) should be considered challenging even currently although its procedure and clinical value have been being standardized. Short- and long-term outcomes as well as standard reconstruction method following these procedures remain unclear. In order to clarify these issues, we reviewed worldwide English literature and 4 of our own cases of PD for patients with previous TG. METHODS: Clinicopathological variables of 11 cases of PD for patients with previous TG were evaluated...
November 27, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
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