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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646538/a-novel-attr-l32v-mutation-causes-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy-in-a-bolivian-family
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P L Martínez-Ulloa, M Vallejo, I Corral, N García-Barragán, A Alcazar, Emma Martínez-Alonso, J Martínez-Poles, H Pian, A Jiménez-Escrig
We report a new transthyretin (ATTR) gene c.272C>G mutation and variant protein, p.Leu32Val, in a kindred of Bolivian origin with a rapid progressive peripheral neuropathy and cardiomyopathy. Three individuals from a kindred with peripheral nerve and cardiac amyloidosis were examined. Analysis of the TTR gene was performed by Sanger direct sequencing. Neuropathologic examination was obtained on the index patient with mass spectrometry study of the ATTR deposition. Direct DNA sequence analysis of exons 2, 3 and 4 of the TTR gene demonstrated a c...
June 24, 2017: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632471/lenalidomide-as-a-treatment-for-relapsed-al-amyloidosis-in-an-hiv-positive-patient
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Johanna Denman, Kaveh Manavi, Mark Cook
We present a case of an HIV-positive man with systemic immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloid with cardiac involvement. At relapse, he was treated with lenalidomide and dexamethasone having previously developed autonomic neuropathy with bortezomib-based chemotherapy. The patient achieved a serological complete response with symptomatic improvement. After 11 cycles, lenalidomide was discontinued due to extensive ischaemia of the gastrointestinal tract. The patient remains symptomatically stable with normal levels of serum-free light chains 11 months after the treatment was discontinued...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623285/structure-of-the-human-tric-cct-subunit-5-associated-with-hereditary-sensory-neuropathy
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Jose H Pereira, Ryan P McAndrew, Oksana A Sergeeva, Corie Y Ralston, Jonathan A King, Paul D Adams
The human chaperonin TRiC consists of eight non-identical subunits, and its protein-folding activity is critical for cellular health. Misfolded proteins are associated with many human diseases, such as amyloid diseases, cancer, and neuropathies, making TRiC a potential therapeutic target. A detailed structural understanding of its ATP-dependent folding mechanism and substrate recognition is therefore of great importance. Of particular health-related interest is the mutation Histidine 147 to Arginine (H147R) in human TRiC subunit 5 (CCT5), which has been associated with hereditary sensory neuropathy...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598015/cutaneous-nerve-biomarkers-in-transthyretin-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy
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Gigi J Ebenezer, Ying Liu, Daniel P Judge, Kelly Cunningham, Shaun Truelove, Noel D Carter, Blessan Sebastian, Kelly Byrnes, Michael Polydefkis
OBJECTIVE: To determine the utility of skin biopsies as a biomarker of disease severity in subjects with amyloid neuropathy. METHODS: Five groups of patients were studied: (1) transthyretin (TTR) familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP; n = 20), (2) TTR mutation carriers without peripheral neuropathy (TTR-noPN; n = 10), (3) healthy controls (n = 20), (4) diabetic neuropathy disease controls (n = 20), and (5) patients with light-chain (AL) amyloid (n = 2)...
June 9, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590781/cognitive-impairment-in-liver-transplanted-patients-with-transthyretin-related-hereditary-amyloid-polyneuropathy
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Vanda Freitas Castro, Pedro Nascimento Alves, Ana Catarina Franco, Isabel Pavão Martins, Isabel Conceição
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: Hereditary transthyretin-related amyloidosis (ATTR-FAP) is characterized by a progressive neuropathy, cardiomyopathy, nephropathy and ocular disease. More than 90% of amyloidogenic transthyretin is produced by the liver; however, this protein is also synthesized in the choroid plexus. Although some patients have transitory neurologic events, the impact on cognition is still unknown. The aim was to study the cognitive performance of ATTR-FAP V30M patients with long disease course...
June 7, 2017: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556268/incidence-of-non-amyloidogenic-mutations-in-the-transthyretin-gene-in-patients-with-autonomic-and-small-fiber-neuropathy
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Todd D Levine, Ruth J Bland Fnp
Introduction Mutations of the transthyretin (TTR) gene have been associated with polyneuropathy; the protein product has a tendency to form amyloid deposits in the peripheral nervous system. METHODS: Patients with small fiber neuropathy (SFN) with or without autonomic symptoms were given skin biopsies to assess nerve fiber density. Any patient with autonomic symptoms was assessed for autonomic neuropathy (AN). If testing revealed no clear cause of neuropathy, the TTR gene was sequenced...
May 26, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539873/pharmacological-stimulation-of-phagocytosis-enhances-amyloid-plaque-clearance-evidence-from-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-attr-neuropathy
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Eleni Fella, Kleitos Sokratous, Revekka Papacharalambous, Kyriacos Kyriacou, Joy Phillips, Sam Sanderson, Elena Panayiotou, Theodoros Kyriakides
Hereditary ATTR V30M amyloidosis is a lethal autosomal dominant sensorimotor and autonomic neuropathy caused by deposition of aberrant transthyretin (TTR). Immunohistochemical examination of sural nerve biopsies in patients with amyloidotic neuropathy show co-aggregation of TTR with several proteins; including apolipoprotein E, serum amyloid P and components of the complement cascade. Complement activation and macrophages are increasingly recognized to play a crucial role in amyloidogenesis at the tissue bed level...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514831/hypericum-perforatum-extract-attenuates-behavioral-biochemical-and-neurochemical-abnormalities-in-aluminum-chloride-induced-alzheimer-s-disease-rats
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Zheng Cao, Fan Wang, Chunyu Xiu, Jian Zhang, Yanfei Li
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative diseases. Aluminum, a neurotoxic metal, is considered as the pathological hallmark and contributing factor of AD. Hypericum perforatum extract (HPE) is a neuroprotective agent that can prevent neurodegenerative pathologies through antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and regulating neurotransmitter release in animal model of neuropathy. The present study aimed to identify the potential neuroprotective of HPE on AlCl3-induced AD rats...
July 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508289/somatic-mosaicism-with-reversion-to-normality-of-a-mutated-transthyretin-allele-related-to-a-familial-amyloidotic-polyneuropathy
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Concetta Federico, Ketty Dugo, Francesca Bruno, Anna Maria Longo, Agata Grillo, Salvatore Saccone
Familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP) is a progressive neuropathy, with onset in adulthood and high mortality. It is related to an altered transthyretin (TTR) plasma protein, mainly produced by the liver and responsible for amyloid deposit in the peripheral nervous system. SNPs in the TTR gene were associated with FAP, and the G>C substitution (NM_000371.3:c.325G>C) in the 109th codon (GAG vs CAG; NP_362.1:p.E109Q) was previously described in Sicily (Italy). Here, we report on a Sicilian family with several patients affected by FAP related to the E109Q mutation, which displayed a somatic mosaicism with the reversion to normality of the c...
May 15, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490901/breast-cancer-and-amyloid-bodies-is-there-a-role-for-amyloidosis-in-cancer-cell-dormancy
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Gerald J Mizejewski
Breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease (AD) are major causes of death in older women. Interestingly, breast cancer occurs less frequently in AD patients than in the general population. Amyloidosis, the aggregation of amyloid proteins to form amyloid bodies, plays a central role in the pathogenesis of AD and other human neuropathies by forming intracellular fibrillary proteins. Contrary to popular belief, amyloidosis is a common occurrence in mammalian cells, and has recently been reported to be a natural physiological process in response to environmental stress stimulations (such as pH and temperature extremes, hypoxia, and oxidative stress)...
2017: Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490654/early-skin-denervation-in-hereditary-and-iatrogenic-transthyretin-amyloid-neuropathy
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Teruaki Masuda, Mitsuharu Ueda, Genki Suenaga, Yohei Misumi, Masayoshi Tasaki, Ayane Izaki, Yukako Yanagisawa, Yasuteru Inoue, Hiroaki Motokawa, Sayaka Matsumoto, Mayumi Mizukami, Aiko Arimura, Takahisa Deguchi, Yoshihiko Nishio, Taro Yamashita, Yukihiro Inomata, Konen Obayashi, Yukio Ando
OBJECTIVE: To elucidate early skin denervation in hereditary transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis and iatrogenic TTR amyloidosis. METHODS: We investigated intraepidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD) and clinical findings in 32 patients with hereditary TTR amyloidosis, 11 asymptomatic mutation carriers, 6 patients with iatrogenic TTR amyloidosis, and 23 healthy volunteers. RESULTS: IENFD values were reduced in patients with the V30M mutation (1.9 ± 2...
June 6, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446186/fingolimod-attenuates-experimental-autoimmune-neuritis-and-contributes-to-schwann-cell-mediated-axonal-protection
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Björn Ambrosius, Kalliopi Pitarokoili, Lisa Schrewe, Xiomara Pedreiturria, Jeremias Motte, Ralf Gold
BACKGROUND: Fingolimod, a sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor modulator with well-described immunomodulatory properties involving peripheral immune cell trafficking, was the first oral agent approved for the treatment of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. Analogous immunomodulatory treatment options for chronic peripheral autoimmune neuropathies are lacking. METHODS: We tested fingolimod in the animal model of experimental autoimmune neuritis in Lewis rat. Six to eight-week-old female rats were immunized with P2 peptide and from this day on treated with fingolimod...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425041/familial-amyloid-cardiomyopathy-masquerading-as-chronic-guillain-barre-syndrome-things-are-not-always-what-they-seem
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Die Hu, Ling Liu, Shuguang Yuan, Yuhong Yi, Daoquan Peng
Familial amyloid cardiomyopathy is a challenging condition that mimics many other diseases, particularly in patients with pronounced neurological presentations and unexplained or equivocal cardiac abnormalities. In this case, a 57-year-old man was admitted for outpatient cardiological evaluation of progressive right heart failure and limb paraesthesias. The patient presented with hypertension, chronic Guillain-Barre syndrome, and sick sinus syndrome. Transthoracic echocardiograms showed a thickened ventricular wall and enlarged atrium...
April 19, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412068/vitreous-amyloidosis-ocular-systemic-and-genetic-insights
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Pradeep Venkatesh, Harathy Selvan, Sundararajan Baskar Singh, Divya Gupta, Seema Kashyap, Shreyas Temkar, Varun Gogia, Koushik Tripathy, Rohan Chawla, Rajpal Vohra
PURPOSE: To report the unique clinical and surgical characteristics encountered in eyes with vitreous amyloidosis. Systemic evaluation and visual outcome after vitrectomy are discussed. A novel mutation in the transthyretin gene (TTR) in Indian patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) is described. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study. PARTICIPANTS: Ten eyes of 5 patients from 2 pedigrees with a diagnosis of vitreous amyloidosis...
April 12, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407005/c1q-ablation-exacerbates-amyloid-deposition-a-study-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-attrv30m-amyloid-neuropathy
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Elena Panayiotou, Eleni Fella, Revekka Papacharalambous, Stavros Malas, Maria Joao Saraiva, Theodoros Kyriakides
ATTRV30M amyloid neuropathy is a lethal autosomal dominant sensorimotor and autonomic neuropathy, caused by deposition of amyloid fibrils composed of aberrant transthyretin (TTR). Ages of onset and penetrance exhibit great variability and genetic factors have been implicated. Complement activation co-localizes with amyloid deposits in amyloidotic neuropathy and is possibly involved in the kinetics of amyloidogenesis. A candidate gene approach has recently identified C1q polymorphisms to correlate with disease onset in a Cypriot cohort of patients with ATTRV30M amyloid neuropathy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397326/diagnosis-and-management-of-neuropathies-associated-with-plasma-cell-dyscrasias
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REVIEW
Evan Rosenbaum, Douglas Marks, Shahzad Raza
Neuropathies associated with plasma cell dyscrasias are a major cause of morbidity for patients managed by medical oncologists. Because of similarities in clinical presentation and on nerve conduction studies, identifying the underlying disease leading to a paraproteinemic neuropathy can often be difficult. In addition, the degree of neurologic deficit does not strictly correlate with the extent of abnormalities on common clinical laboratory testing. Fortunately, with increasing understanding into the biologic mechanisms of underlying hematologic diseases, additional biomarkers have recently been developed, thus improving our diagnostic capacity...
April 10, 2017: Hematological Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393570/tafamidis-delays-disease-progression-in-patients-with-early-stage-transthyretin-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy-additional-supportive-analyses-from-the-pivotal-trial
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Denis Keohane, Jeffrey Schwartz, Balarama Gundapaneni, Michelle Stewart, Leslie Amass
BACKGROUND: Tafamidis, a non-NSAID highly specific transthyretin stabilizer, delayed neurologic disease progression as measured by Neuropathy Impairment Score-Lower Limbs (NIS-LL) in an 18-month, double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial in 128 patients with early-stage transthyretin V30M familial amyloid polyneuropathy (ATTRV30M-FAP). The current post hoc analyses aimed to further evaluate the effects of tafamidis in delaying ATTRV30M-FAP progression in this trial. METHODS: Pre-specified, repeated-measures analysis of change from baseline in NIS-LL in this trial (ClinicalTrials...
April 10, 2017: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334857/co-cultures-with-stem-cell-derived-human-sensory-neurons-reveal-regulators-of-peripheral-myelination
#18
Alex J Clark, Malte S Kaller, Jorge Galino, Hugh J Willison, Simon Rinaldi, David L H Bennett
See Saporta and Shy (doi:10.1093/awx048) for a scientific commentary on this article.Effective bidirectional signalling between axons and Schwann cells is essential for both the development and maintenance of peripheral nerve function. We have established conditions by which human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived sensory neurons can be cultured with rat Schwann cells, and have produced for the first time long-term and stable myelinating co-cultures with human neurons. These cultures contain the specialized domains formed by axonal interaction with myelinating Schwann cells, such as clustered voltage-gated sodium channels at the node of Ranvier and Shaker-type potassium channel (Kv1...
April 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226286/peripheral-nerve-ultrasonography-in-patients-with-transthyretin-amyloidosis
#19
Simon Podnar, Stayko Sarafov, Ivailo Tournev, Gregor Omejec, Janez Zidar
OBJECTIVE: To systematically study peripheral nerve morphology in patients with transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis and TTR gene mutation carriers using high-resolution ultrasonography (US). METHODS: In this prospective cross-sectional study we took a structured history, performed neurological examination, and measured peripheral nerve cross-sectional areas (CSAs) bilaterally at 28 standard locations using US. Demographic and US findings were compared to controls. RESULTS: Peripheral nerve CSAs were significantly larger in 33 patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) compared to 50 controls, most dramatically at the common entrapment sites (median nerve at the wrist, ulnar nerve at the elbow), and in the proximal nerve segments (median nerve in the upper arm, sciatic nerve in the thigh)...
April 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217248/iatrogenic-amyloid-polyneuropathy-after-domino-liver-transplantation
#20
REVIEW
Diana Mnatsakanova, Saša A Živković
Liver transplantation has been used in treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis, and some patients undergo domino liver transplantation (DLT) with explanted liver being transplanted to another patient with liver failure as the liver is otherwise usually functionally normal. Until end of 2015, there were 1154 DLT performed worldwide. DLT for transthyretin amyloidosis is associated with the risk of developing de novo systemic amyloidosis and amyloid neuropathy, and the risk may be greater with some non-Val30Met mutations...
January 28, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
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