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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636205/progressive-scar14-with-unclear-speech-developmental-delay-tremor-and-behavioral-problems-caused-by-a-homozygous-deletion-of-the-sptbn2-pleckstrin-homology-domain
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Esra Yıldız Bölükbaşı, Muhammad Afzal, Sara Mumtaz, Nafees Ahmad, Sajid Malik, Aslıhan Tolun
We report on nine members of a consanguineous Pakistani family with primary presentation of intellectual disability, developmental delay, limb and gait ataxia, behavioral and speech problems, and tremor. By linkage mapping and exome sequencing we identified novel homozygous splicing variant c.6375-1G>C in SPTBN2. To date, only two other SPTBN2 mutations with recessive pattern of inheritance causing SCAR14 (spinocerebellar ataxia, autosomal recessive 14) that manifest with developmental ataxia and cognitive impairment, or cerebellar ataxia, mental retardation, and pyramidal signs have been reported...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635423/inner-retinal-dystrophy-in-a-patient-with-biallelic-sequence-variants-in-brat1
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Julius T Oatts, Jacque L Duncan, Creig S Hoyt, Anne M Slavotinek, Anthony T Moore
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the BRCA1-associated protein required for the ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) activation-1 (BRAT1) gene cause lethal neonatal rigidity and multifocal seizure syndrome characterized by rigidity and intractable seizures and a milder phenotype with intellectual disability, seizures, nonprogressive cerebellar ataxia or dyspraxia, and cerebellar atrophy. To date, nystagmus, cortical visual impairment, impairment of central vision, optic nerve hypoplasia, and optic atrophy have been described in this condition...
March 2, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632327/photosensitivity-is-an-early-marker-of-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-type-2-disease
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Nicola Specchio, Marcello Bellusci, Nicola Pietrafusa, Marina Trivisano, Luca de Palma, Federico Vigevano
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to identify early clinical, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and electroencephalographic (EEG) characteristics of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 (CLN2) disease to enable early diagnosis, thus providing the key to early treatment, and optimized care and outcomes. METHODS: Retrospective clinical chart review of a series of patients diagnosed with CLN2 disease from 2005 to 2015 at a single center in Italy. Clinical, MRI, and EEG findings were reviewed...
June 20, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627859/use-of-dynamic-movement-orthoses-to-improve-gait-stability-and-trunk-control-in-ataxic-patients
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Mariano Serrao, Carlo Casali, Alberto Ranavolo, Silvia Mari, Carmela Conte, Giorgia Chini, Luca Leonardi, Gianluca Coppola, Cherubino DI Lorenzo, Mahmoud Harfoush, Luca Padua, Francesco Pierelli
BACKGROUND: Patients with cerebellar ataxia show increased upper body movements, which have an impact on balance and walking. AIM: In this study, we investigated the effect of using dynamic movement orthoses (DMO), designed as elastic suits, on trunk motion and gait parameters. DESIGN: A longitudinal uncontrolled study. SETTING: Rehabilitative outpatient unit. POPULATION: Eleven patients (seven men, four women; mean age of 49...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626410/neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-coinciding-with-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-31
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Yoshiaki Takahashi, Yasuhiro Manabe, Ryuta Morihara, Hisashi Narai, Toru Yamashita, Koji Abe
We report the unusual case of a 63-year-old man with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) type 31 who developed neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) 14 years after the onset of cerebellar symptoms. In addition to cerebellar atrophy, magnetic resonance imaging showed multiple high-intensity areas in the brain and a long thoracic cord lesion from Th1/2 to Th11. The combination of NMOSD and SCA31 is accidental. However, our case suggests that inflammatory processes could be involved in the pathogenesis of NMOSD and SCA31...
May 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623566/clinical-and-molecular-genetic-features-of-cerebrotendinous-xanthomatosis-patients-in-chinese-families
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Chen Chen, Yue Zhang, Hui Wu, Yi-Min Sun, Ye-Hua Cai, Jian-Jun Wu, Jian Wang, Ling-Yun Gong, Zheng-Tong Ding
Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) is a lipid-storage disease caused by mutations in CYP27A1. Current publications of Chinese CTX were mainly based on case reports. Here we investigated the clinical manifestations, genetic features in Chinese CTX patients. The clinical materials of 4 Chinese CTX pedigrees were collected. The genetic testing was done by polymerase chain reaction plus Sanger sequencing. The features of Chinese CTX patients reported previously were also reviewed. Three novel mutations of p.Arg513Cys, c...
June 17, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622494/laryngeal-neuropathy-in-adult-goats-with-copper-deficiency
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R F A Sousa, V M Almeida, J E Neto, C W A Nascimento, G X Medeiros, R M T Medeiros, F Riet-Correa, F S Mendonça
The aim of this study was to elucidate the cause of a neurological syndrome characterized by stridor in adult goats with clinical signs of copper deficiency. The main clinical signs consisted of apathy, emaciation, pale mucous membranes, mucous nasal discharge, dyspnea, severe achromotrichia, diffuse alopecia, torpor, ataxia, and stridor. When the goats were forced to move, the stridor increased. In a herd of 194 Toggenburg goats, 10 adult goats with clinical signs of copper deficiency were removed from the herd and divided into 2 groups: group 1, which consisted of 4 nannies and 1 buck with stridor, and group 2, which consisted of 4 nannies and 1 buck without stridor...
July 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620085/a-sine-insertion-in-atp1b2-in-belgian-shepherd-dogs-affected-by-spongy-degeneration-with-cerebellar-ataxia-sdca2
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Nico Mauri, Miriam Kleiter, Elisabeth Dietschi, Michael Leschnik, Sandra Högler, Michaela Wiedmer, Joëlle Dietrich, Diana Henke, Frank Steffen, Simone Schuller, Corinne Gurtner, Nadine Stokar-Regenscheit, Donal O'Toole, Thomas Bilzer, Christiane Herden, Anna Oevermann, Vidhya Jagannathan, Tosso Leeb
Spongy degeneration with cerebellar ataxia (SDCA) is a genetically heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorder with autosomal recessive inheritance in Malinois dogs, one of the four varieties of the Belgian Shepherd breed. Using a combined linkage and homozygosity mapping approach we identified a ~10.6 Mb critical interval on chromosome 5 in a Malinois family with four puppies affected by cerebellar dysfunction. Visual inspection of the 10.6 Mb interval in whole genome sequencing data from one affected puppy revealed a 227 bp SINE insertion into the ATP1B2 gene encoding the β2 subunit of the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase holoenzyme (ATP1B2:c...
June 15, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617386/-l-2-hydroxyglutaric-aciduria-caused-by-a-new-mutation-in-the-l2hgdh-gene
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E V Saifullina, E Yu Zakharova, M V Kurkina, R V Magzhanov, E V Gaisina, E N Zakirova
The authors present a case-report of 13 year-old girl with L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria [MIM#236792], a rare autosomal/recessive metabolic disorder caused by mutations in the L-encoding 2-hydroxyglutarate dehydrogenase (L2HGDH, 14q21.3). Clinical signs of the disease are presented by predominantly neurological symptoms (epilepsy, cerebellar ataxia, cognitive impairment). The distinctive feature is the specific multifocal lesion of the white matter detected on MRI. The characteristic neuroimaging picture and positive results of biochemical and molecular genetic diagnosis were identified...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606112/acute-cerebellitis-in-children-an-eleven-year-retrospective-multicentric-study-in-italy
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Laura Lancella, Susanna Esposito, Maria Luisa Galli, Elena Bozzola, Valeria Labalestra, Elena Boccuzzi, Andrzej Krzysztofiak, Laura Cursi, Guido Castelli Gattinara, Nadia Mirante, Danilo Buonsenso, Claudia Tagliabue, Luca Castellazzi, Carlotta Montagnani, Chiara Tersigni, Piero Valentini, Michele Capozza, Davide Pata, Maria Di Gangi, Piera Dones, Silvia Garazzino, Luca Baroero, Alberto Verrotti, Maria Luisa Melzi, Michele Sacco, Michele Germano, Filippo Greco, Elena Uga, Giovanni Crichiutti, Alberto Villani
BACKGROUND: Acute cerebellitis (AC) and acute cerebellar ataxia (ACA) are the principal causes of acute cerebellar dysfunction in childhood. Nevertheless. there is no accepted consensus regarding the best management of children with AC/ACA: the aim of the study is both to assess clinical, neuroimaging and electrophysiologic features of children with AC/ACA and to evaluate the correlation between clinical parameters, therapy and outcome. METHODS: A multicentric retrospective study was conducted on children ≤ 18 years old admitted to 12 Italian paediatric hospitals for AC/ACA from 01/01/2003 to 31/12/2013...
June 12, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601978/recurrent-or-symptomatic-residual-posterior-fossa-hemangioblastomas-how-are-they-different-from-their-primary-counterparts
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Shruti Gupta, Lily Pal, Jayesh C Sardhara, Awadhesh K Jaiswal, Arun Srivastava, Anant Mehrotra, Kuntal Kanti Das, Sanjay Behari
BACKGROUND: Posterior fossa hemangioblastomas are WHO grade I benign lesions with a surprisingly high recurrence rate. This study determines the factors responsible for recurrence and the clinico-radiological and histopathological differences between primary (group A; n = 60) and recurrent/symptomatic residual (group B; n = 24) tumors. METHODS: Radiologically, tumors were differentiated into cystic, cystic with a mural nodule, solid-cystic/microcystic and solid...
June 11, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601294/the-c-abl-inhibitor-nilotinib-as-a-potential-therapeutic-agent-for-chronic-cerebellar-ataxia
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Woo-Jin Lee, Jangsup Moon, Tae-Joon Kim, Jin-Sun Jun, Han Sang Lee, Young Jin Ryu, Soon-Tae Lee, Keun-Hwa Jung, Kyung-Il Park, Ki-Young Jung, Manho Kim, Sang Kun Lee, Kon Chu
Nilotinib is a potent inhibitor of tyrosine kinase BCR-ABL that penetrates the blood-brain barrier. To evaluate the effect of nilotinib in chronic cerebellar ataxia, twelve patients with chronic cerebellar ataxia nonresponsive to other treatment options (modified Rankin scale [mRS] scores: >2) and received nilotinib therapy (daily doses: 150-300mg) for >4 (range 5-16) weeks were reviewed. At follow-up, improved mRS scores were found in 7/12 (58.3%) patients and favorable mRS scores (≤2) were found in 6/12 (50...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601293/from-dizziness-to-severe-ataxia-and-dysarthria-new-cases-of-anti-ca-arhgap26-autoantibody-associated-cerebellar-ataxia-suggest-a-broad-clinical-spectrum
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Ulrike Wallwitz, Sebastian Brock, Antje Schunck, Brigitte Wildemann, Sven Jarius, Frank Hoffmann
In 2010, a novel anti-neuronal autoantibody, termed anti-Ca, was described in a patient with subacute cerebellar ataxia, and Rho GTPase-activating protein 26 (ARHGAP26) was identified as the target antigen. Recently, three additional cases of anti-Ca-positive cerebellar ataxia have been published. In addition to ataxia, cognitive decline and depression have been observed in some patients. Here, we report two new cases of anti-Ca-associated autoimmune cerebellar ataxia. Patient 1 presented with dizziness and acute yet mild limb and gait ataxia...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596805/ataxia-telangiectasia-patients-get-a-rare-chance-to-meet-the-experts-at-a-dedicated-workshop-in-ifom-the-firc-institute-of-molecular-oncology
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EDITORIAL
Linda Cairns
Ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) is a genetic syndrome characterized by cerebellar degeneration, telangiectasia, immunodeficiency and cancer predisposition. A-T occurs in between 1 in 40,000 and 1 in 100,000 live births. The first symptoms normally occur in early childhood when the infant begins to walk. Affected children have immunodeficiency and an increased predisposition for cancers. A-T is caused by mutations in the ATM (Ataxia Telangiectasia, Mutated) gene which encodes a protein of the same name.
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593048/neural-correlates-of-ataxia-severity-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3-machado-joseph-disease
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Carlos R Hernandez-Castillo, Rosalinda Diaz, Aurelio Campos-Romo, Juan Fernandez-Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3/Machado-Joseph disease (SCA3/MJD) is an autosomal dominant inherited neurodegenerative disorder. Several post-mortem and imaging studies have shown cerebellar and brainstem atrophy. A number of studies have used volumetric regional information to investigate the relationship between neurodegeneration and the ataxia severity. However, regional analysis can obscure the specific location in which the degenerative process is affecting the brain tissue, which can be crucial for the development of new target treatments for this disease...
2017: Cerebellum & Ataxias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592043/-a-report-of-atypical-hypomyelinating-leukodystrophy-with-atrophy-of-the-basal-ganglia-and-cerebellum-caused-by-a-de-novo-mutation-in-tubulin-beta-4a-tubb4a-gene-and-literature-review
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Y Du, C Li, J Guo, P Guo, Z Y Li, W Zhang
Objective: To explore the clinical symptoms and neuroimaging features of a patient with atypical hypomyelinating leukodystrophy with atrophy of the basal ganglia and cerebellum (H-ABC) caused by a novel TUBB4A mutation. Methods: We analyzed the clinical data, imaging features and the result of genetic testing of a case diagnosed as atypical H-ABC. Results: The initial symptoms were progressive spasticity, mild cerebellar ataxia and mild cognitive impairment. MRI showed regional blurring of slight high signal on T(2)-weight and FLAIR image in white matter of the bilateral midbrain ventral, internal capsule, posteior horn of lateral ventricle and centrum semiovale, with normal bilateral cerebellar and caudoputamen nucleus...
June 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588791/synchronous-adie-s-syndrome-and-type-1-antineuronal-nuclear-antibody-anti-hu-related-paraneoplastic-neurological-syndromes-as-predictors-of-complete-response-in-limited-stage-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-case-report
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Katherina Bernadette Sreter, Blazenka Barisic, Marija Barisic Kutija, Suzana Kukulj, Miroslav Samarzija
Adie's syndrome (AS) and paraneoplastic sensorimotor neuropathy with cerebellar ataxia (PSN CA) are extremely rare, rapidly progressive, autoimmune diseases associated with the development of antibodies against neuronal-specific Hu proteins that are abnormally expressed in small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). We herein present the unique case of a 55-year-old obese woman, previous heavy smoker, who, during treatment with standard cisplatin-etoposide chemotherapy for limited-stage SCLC, developed simultaneous AS and worsening symptoms consistent with PSN CA that led to significant neurological disability and severe axonal electrophysiological pattern on nerve conduction studies...
June 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588577/immune-reconstitution-inflammatory-syndrome-unmasking-or-worsening-aids-related-progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
Anna Fournier, Guillaume Martin-Blondel, Emmanuèle Lechapt-Zalcman, Julia Dina, Apolline Kazemi, Renaud Verdon, Emmanuel Mortier, Arnaud de La Blanchardière
Incidence of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in HIV-infected patients has declined in the combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) era although a growing number of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related PML-immune reconstitution inflammatory syndromes (PML-IRIS) have been published during the same period. Therapeutic management of PML-IRIS is not consensual and mainly relies on corticosteroids. Our main aim was, in addition to provide a thoughtful analysis of published PML-IRIS cases, to assess the benefit of corticosteroids in the management of PML-IRIS, focusing on confirmed cases...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588446/purkinje-cell-degeneration-and-motor-coordination-deficits-in-a-new-mouse-model-of-autosomal-recessive-spastic-ataxia-of-charlevoix-saguenay
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Man Ding, Chao Weng, Shanghua Fan, Qian Cao, Zuneng Lu
Autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSACS) is an early-onset neurodegenerative disorder. In 2007, a novel locus, SAX2, which is located on chromosome 17p13 and contains 3 genes, ankyrin repeat and FYVE domain-containing 1 (ANKFY1), β-arrestin 2 (ARRB2) and kinesin family member 1C (KIF1C), was linked to ARSACS. We generated Ankfy1 heterozygous (Ankfy1/+) mice to establish an animal model and examine the pathophysiological basis of ARSACS. The transgenic mice displayed an abnormal gait with progressive motor and cerebellar nerve dysfunction that was highly reminiscent of ARSACS...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587997/long-term-follow-up-of-two-siblings-with-adult-onset-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-kufs-type-a
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Çiğdem Özkara, Ayşegül Gündüz, Tülin Coşkun, Bengi Gül Alpaslan, Burcu Zeydan, Şakir Delil, Mikko Muona, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki, Meral E Kızıltan
Reports on the clinical presentation of adult-onset neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCL) are scarce compared to infantile- and childhood-onset forms. Here, we aimed to present detailed temporal evolution of clinical and electrophysiological features of two siblings with adult-onset NCL and homozygous mutation in the CLN6 gene. We retrospectively analysed medical records and electrophysiological data in order to delineate evolution of clinical and electrophysiological findings. Electrophysiological studies included routine EEG and video-EEG, as well as polymyographic analysis of myoclonus and brainstem reflex studies...
June 6, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
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