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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525545/gene-co-expression-network-analysis-for-identifying-modules-and-functionally-enriched-pathways-in-sca2
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Lance T Pflieger, Warunee Dansithong, Sharan Paul, Daniel Scoles, Karla P Figueroa, Pratap Meera, Thomas S Otis, Julio C Facelli, Stefan M Pulst
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disease caused by CAG repeat expansion in the ATXN2 gene. The repeat resides in an encoded region of the gene resulting in polyglutamine (polyQ) expansion which has been assumed to result in gain of function, predominantly, for the ATXN2 protein. We evaluated temporal cerebellar expression profiles by RNA sequencing of ATXN2Q127 mice vs wildtype littermates. ATXN2Q127 mice are characterized by a progressive motor phenotype onset, and have progressive cerebellar molecular and neurophysiological (Purkinje cell firing frequency) phenotypes...
May 19, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518055/a-positive-feedback-loop-linking-enhanced-mglur-function-and-basal-calcium-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2
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Pratap Meera, Stefan Pulst, Thomas Otis
Metabotropic glutamate receptor 1 (mGluR1) function in Purkinje neurons (PNs) is essential for cerebellar development and for motor learning and altered mGluR1 signaling causes ataxia. Downstream of mGluR1, dysregulation of calcium homeostasis has been hypothesized as a key pathological event in genetic forms of ataxia but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. We find in a spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) mouse model that calcium homeostasis in PNs is disturbed across a broad range of physiological conditions...
May 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516904/lhx1-5-control-dendritogenesis-and-spine-morphogenesis-of-purkinje-cells-via-regulation-of-espin
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Nga Chu Lui, Wing Yip Tam, Caiji Gao, Jian-Dong Huang, Chi Chiu Wang, Liwen Jiang, Wing Ho Yung, Kin Ming Kwan
In the cerebellar cortex, Purkinje cells (PCs) receive signals from different inputs through their extensively branched dendrites and serve as an integration centre. Defects in the dendritic development of PCs thus disrupt cerebellar circuitry and cause ataxia. Here we report that specific inactivation of both Lhx1 and Lhx5 in postnatal PCs results in ataxic mutant mice with abnormal dendritic development. The PCs in the mutants have reduced expression of Espin, an F-actin cytoskeleton regulator. We show that Espin expression is transcriptionally activated by Lhx1/5...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515524/spinal-anaesthesia-for-a-caesarean-section-in-a-patient-with-paraneoplastic-cerebellar-ataxia
#4
Ayca Tas Tuna, Fatih Sahin, Dilcan Kotan, Ali Fuat Erdem, Meltem Baykara, Tuba Duzcan
Paraneoplastic cerebellar ataxia (PCA) is most frequently observed in gynaecological cancers, small cell lung cancer, breast cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, cancer testis or malignant thymoma. In the literature, there is no data related to the effects of PCA during pregnancy or reports on the effects of anaesthesia in patients with PCA. We present management of a pregnant woman with PCA who was suddenly unable to walk with PCA and for whom effective spinal anaesthesia was performed for an elective caesarean section with no complications...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510727/alternative-splicing-in-the-c-terminal-tail-of-cav2-1-is-essential-for-preventing-a-neurological-disease-in-mice
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Tomonori Aikawa, Takaki Watanabe, Taisuke Miyazaki, Takayasu Mikuni, Minoru Wakamori, Miyano Sakurai, Hidenori Aizawa, Nobutaka Ishizu, Masahiko Watanabe, Masanobu Kano, Hidehiro Mizusawa, Kei Watase
Alternative splicing (AS) that occurs at the final coding exon (exon 47) of the Cav2.1 voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) gene produces two major isoforms in the brain, MPI and MPc. These isoforms differ in their splice acceptor sites; human MPI is translated into a polyglutamine tract associated with spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6), whereas MPc splices to an immediate stop codon, resulting in a shorter cytoplasmic tail.To gain insight into the functional role of the AS in vivo and whether modulating the splice patterns at this locus can be a potential therapeutic strategy for SCA6, here we created knockin mice that exclusively express MPc by inserting the splice-site mutation...
May 16, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508964/tmem67-mutations-found-in-a-case-of-joubert-syndrome-with-renal-hypodysplasia
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Yumiko Komatsu, Toshifumi Suzuki, Yoshinori Tsurusaki, Noriko Miyake, Naomichi Matsumoto, Kunimasa Yan
Joubert syndrome is a rare inherited cerebellar ataxia with the dysgenesis of the cerebellar vermis, called the molar tooth sign. The combination of a large number of causative genes, more than 27, and the various clinical features involving multiple organs has established many genotypic-phenotypic correlations in Joubert syndrome. TMEM67 is one of the genes that are relatively well established as contributing to Joubert syndrome with liver involvement. Here, we report a 2-month-old boy who was initially treated for urinary tract infection, which further led to the diagnosis of Joubert syndrome accompanied by renal hypodysplasia with two different mutations: c...
November 2016: CEN Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508084/clinicopathologic-and-molecular-spectrum-of-rnaseh1-related-mitochondrial-disease
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Enrico Bugiardini, Olivia V Poole, Andreea Manole, Alan M Pittman, Alejandro Horga, Iain Hargreaves, Cathy E Woodward, Mary G Sweeney, Janice L Holton, Jan-Willem Taanman, Gordon T Plant, Joanna Poulton, Massimo Zeviani, Daniele Ghezzi, John Taylor, Conrad Smith, Carl Fratter, Meena A Kanikannan, Arumugam Paramasivam, Kumarasamy Thangaraj, Antonella Spinazzola, Ian J Holt, Henry Houlden, Michael G Hanna, Robert D S Pitceathly
OBJECTIVE: Pathologic ribonuclease H1 (RNase H1) causes aberrant mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) segregation and is associated with multiple mtDNA deletions. We aimed to determine the prevalence of RNase H1 gene (RNASEH1) mutations among patients with mitochondrial disease and establish clinically meaningful genotype-phenotype correlations. METHODS: RNASEH1 was analyzed in patients with (1) multiple deletions/depletion of muscle mtDNA and (2) mendelian progressive external ophthalmoplegia (PEO) with neuropathologic evidence of mitochondrial dysfunction, but no detectable multiple deletions/depletion of muscle mtDNA...
June 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501823/cerebellar-atrophy-in-neurodegeneration-a-meta-analysis
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Helena M Gellersen, Christine C Guo, Claire O'Callaghan, Rachel H Tan, Saber Sami, Michael Hornberger
INTRODUCTION: The cerebellum has strong cortical and subcortical connectivity, but is rarely taken into account for clinical diagnosis in many neurodegenerative conditions, particularly in the absence of clinical ataxia. The current meta-analysis aims to assess patterns of cerebellar grey matter atrophy in seven neurodegenerative conditions (Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD) and Huntington's disease (HD), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (MSP))...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501821/genetic-and-clinical-characteristics-of-nefl-related-charcot-marie-tooth-disease
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Alejandro Horga, Matilde Laurà, Zane Jaunmuktane, Nivedita U Jerath, Michael A Gonzalez, James M Polke, Roy Poh, Julian C Blake, Yo-Tsen Liu, Sarah Wiethoff, Conceição Bettencourt, Michael Pt Lunn, Hadi Manji, Michael G Hanna, Henry Houlden, Sebastian Brandner, Stephan Züchner, Michael Shy, Mary M Reilly
OBJECTIVES: To analyse and describe the clinical and genetic spectrum of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) caused by mutations in the neurofilament light polypeptide gene (NEFL). METHODS: Combined analysis of newly identified patients with NEFL-related CMT and all previously reported cases from the literature. RESULTS: Five new unrelated patients with CMT carrying the NEFL mutations P8R and N98S and the novel variant L311P were identified...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496050/multiple-system-atrophy-clinicopathological-characteristics-in-japanese-patients
#10
Tetsutaro Ozawa, Osamu Onodera
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is an adult-onset neurodegenerative disorder that has both clinical and pathological variants. Clinical examples include MSA with predominant cerebellar ataxia (MSA-C) and MSA with predominant parkinsonism (MSA-P), whereas olivopontocerebellar atrophy and striatonigral degeneration represent pathological variants. We performed systematic reviews of studies that addressed the relative frequencies of clinical or pathological variants of MSA in various populations to determine the clinicopathological characteristics in Japanese MSA...
2017: Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series B, Physical and Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490766/sca42-mutation-analysis-in-a-case-series-of-japanese-patients-with-spinocerebellar-ataxia
#11
Mari Kimura, Ichiro Yabe, Yuka Hama, Katsuki Eguchi, Shigehisa Ura, Kazufumi Tsuzaka, Shoji Tsuji, Hidenao Sasaki
Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is a group of dominantly inherited heterogeneous disorders in which 43 subtypes have been identified to date. Recently, Japanese and French families with SCA type 42 (SCA42) were found to have a missense mutation (c.5144G>A; R1715H) in CACNA1G. We performed genetic analysis of 84 unrelated families to find the prevalence of SCA42 in Japan. Two families were found to have the previously reported missense mutation. Clinical presentations of the affected members of these families were similar to those of the previously reported French and Japanese families...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490224/prevalence-of-abnormal-magnetic-resonance-imaging-findings-in-children-with-persistent-symptoms-after-pediatric-sports-related-concussion
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Robert H Bonow, Seth D Friedman, Francisco A Perez, Richard G Ellenbogen, Samuel R Browd, Christine L MacDonald, Monica S Vavilala, Frederick P Rivara
A subset of patients experience persistent symptoms after pediatric concussion, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is commonly used to evaluate for pathology. The utility of this practice is unclear. We conducted a retrospective cohort study to describe the MRI findings in children with concussion. A registry of all patients seen at our institution from January 2010 through March 2016 with pediatric sports-related concussion was cross-referenced with a database of radiographic studies. Radiology reports were reviewed for abnormal findings...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490024/a-novel-ataxic-mutant-mouse-line-having-sensory-neuropathy-shows-heavy-iron-deposition-in-kidney
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Hisashi Hashimoto, Tomonori Kawabe, Takahiro Fukuda, Moriaki Kusakabe
BACKGROUND/AIMS: A novel ataxic mouse line was established from the offspring of a male mouse administered cyclophosphamide in a juvenile period. METHODS: We have attempted to examine the phenotype and histopathological changes of affected mice. Furthermore, linkage analysis and sequencing of the mutant was performed to reveal the causative gene locus. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The affected mouse was characterized by heavy hind limb ataxia with gait disorder, which was first recognized at about 4 weeks of age and slowly progressed with advancing age...
May 11, 2017: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488678/a-missense-variant-in-itpr1-provides-evidence-for-autosomal-recessive-sca29-with-asymptomatic-cerebellar-hypoplasia-in-carriers
#14
Joakim Klar, Zafar Ali, Muhammad Farooq, Kamal Khan, Johan Wikström, Maria Iqbal, Shumaila Zulfiqar, Sanam Faryal, Shahid Mahmood Baig, Niklas Dahl
Spinocerebellar ataxias (SCA) comprise a heterogeneous group of inherited neurological disorders characterized by a range of symptoms from both cerebellar and extra cerebellar structures. We investigated the cause of autosomal recessive, congenital SCA in six affected family members from a large consanguineous family. Using whole-exome sequencing, we identified a homozygous ITPR1 missense variant [c.5360T>C; p.(L1787P)] segregating in all affected individuals. Heterozygous carriers were asymptomatic despite cerebellar hypoplasia...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483396/early-diagnosis-of-capos-syndrome-before-acute-onset-ataxia-review-of-the-literature-and-a-new-family
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Anna Duat Rodriguez, Michaela Prochazkova, Saturnino Santos Santos, Oscar Rubio Cabezas, Veronica Cantarin Extremera, Luis Gonzalez-Gutierrez-Solana
BACKGROUND: CAPOS syndrome (cerebellar ataxia, areflexia, pes cavus, optic atrophy, and sensorineural hearing loss) is a rare disease that has been reported in 22 patients so far. In all cases, the mutation c.2452G>A (p.Glu818Lys) in the ATP1A3 gene was identified. Patients typically present at an early age with an acute-onset fever-induced episode of ataxia frequently associated with encephalopathy and weakness. They usually present one to three episodes. The acute symptoms improve within days, but most patients show slow progression afterward...
January 25, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481932/unmasking-adrenoleukodystrophy-in-a-cohort-of-cerebellar-ataxia
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Ying-Hao Chen, Yi-Chung Lee, Yu-Shuen Tsai, Yuh-Cherng Guo, Cheng-Tsung Hsiao, Pei-Chien Tsai, Jin-An Huang, Yi-Chu Liao, Bing-Wen Soong
Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare and progressive neurogenetic disease that may manifest disparate symptoms. The present study aims at investigating the role of ataxic variant of ALD (AVALD) in patients with adult-onset cerebellar ataxia, as well as characterizing their clinical features that distinguish AVALD from other cerebellar ataxias. Mutations in the ATP binding cassette subfamily D member 1 gene (ABCD1) were ascertained in 516 unrelated patients with ataxia. The patients were categorized into three groups: molecularly unassigned hereditary ataxia (n = 118), sporadic ataxia with autonomic dysfunctions (n = 296), and sporadic ataxia without autonomic dysfunctions (n = 102)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477136/monitoring-the-atm-mediated-dna-damage-response-in-the-cerebellum-using-organotypic-cultures
#17
Efrat Tal, Yosef Shiloh
The ATM gene and its protein product, the ATM protein kinase, were identified as a result of attempts to understand the molecular basis of the genetic disorder, ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T). The cardinal symptom of A-T is neurodegeneration expressed primarily as progressive cerebellar atrophy. A major tool in the investigation of ATM functions in the cerebellum is cerebellar organotypic cultures, which allow cerebellar slices to live in culture for several weeks without losing their viability and organization...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477132/study-of-atm-phosphorylation-by-cdk5-in-neuronal-cells
#18
Hua She, Zixu Mao
The phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-like kinase ATM (ataxia-telangiectasia mutated) plays a central role in coordinating the DNA damage responses including cell cycle checkpoint control, DNA repair, and apoptosis. Mutations of ATM cause a spectrum of defects ranging from neurodegeneration to cancer predisposition. We previously showed that Cdk5 (cyclin-dependent kinase 5) is activated by DNA damage and directly phosphorylates ATM at serine 794 in postmitotic neurons. Phosphorylation at serine 794 precedes and is required for ATM autophosphorylation at serine 1981, and activates ATM kinase activity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476762/white-matter-microstructure-cognition-and-molecular-markers-in-fragile-x-premutation-females
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Annie L Shelton, Kim M Cornish, David Godler, Quang Minh Bui, Scott Kolbe, Joanne Fielding
OBJECTIVE: To examine the interrelationships between fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) mRNA and the FMR1 exon 1/intron 1 boundary methylation, white matter microstructure, and executive function, in women with a FMR1 premutation expansion (PM; 55-199 CGG repeats) and controls (CGG < 44). METHODS: Twenty women with PM without fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) and 20 control women between 22 and 54 years of age completed this study. FMR1 mRNA and methylation levels for 9 CpG sites within the FMR1 exon 1/intron 1 boundary from peripheral blood samples were analyzed...
May 5, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467418/a-kcnc3-mutation-causes-a-neurodevelopmental-non-progressive-sca13-subtype-associated-with-dominant-negative-effects-and-aberrant-egfr-trafficking
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Swati Khare, Jerelyn A Nick, Yalan Zhang, Kira Galeano, Brittany Butler, Habibeh Khoshbouei, Sruti Rayaprolu, Tyisha Hathorn, Laura P W Ranum, Lisa Smithson, Todd E Golde, Martin Paucar, Richard Morse, Michael Raff, Julie Simon, Magnus Nordenskjöld, Karin Wirdefeldt, Diego E Rincon-Limas, Jada Lewis, Leonard K Kaczmarek, Pedro Fernandez-Funez, Harry S Nick, Michael F Waters
The autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are a diverse group of neurological disorders anchored by the phenotypes of motor incoordination and cerebellar atrophy. Disease heterogeneity is appreciated through varying comorbidities: dysarthria, dysphagia, oculomotor and/or retinal abnormalities, motor neuron pathology, epilepsy, cognitive impairment, autonomic dysfunction, and psychiatric manifestations. Our study focuses on SCA13, which is caused by several allelic variants in the voltage-gated potassium channel KCNC3 (Kv3...
2017: PloS One
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