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myopathy .muscle diseases

Jan C van der Meijden, Michelle E Kruijshaar, Laurike Harlaar, Dimitris Rizopoulos, Nadine A M E van der Beek, Ans T van der Ploeg
OBJECTIVES: Pompe disease is a progressive metabolic myopathy for which enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) was approved in 2006. While various publications have examined the effects of ERT in classic-infantile patients and in adults, little has been published on ERT in children with non-classic presentations. STUDY DESIGN: This prospective study was conducted from June 1999 to May 2015. Seventeen patients from various countries participated. Outcome measures comprised muscle function (6-minute walk test, quick motor-function test (QMFT)), muscle strength (hand-held dynamometry; manual muscle testing), and lung function (FVC sitting and supine)...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Joshua J Todd, Muslima S Razaqyar, Jessica W Witherspoon, Tokunbor A Lawal, Ami Mankodi, Irene C Chrismer, Carolyn Allen, Mary D Meyer, Anna Kuo, Monique S Shelton, Kim Amburgey, Dmitriy Niyazov, Pierre Fequiere, Carsten G Bönnemann, James J Dowling, Katherine G Meilleur
The ryanodine receptor 1-related congenital myopathies ( RYR1 -RM) comprise a spectrum of slow, rare neuromuscular diseases. Affected individuals present with a mild-to-severe symptomatology ranging from proximal muscle weakness, hypotonia and joint contractures to scoliosis, ophthalmoplegia, and respiratory involvement. Although there is currently no FDA-approved treatment for RYR1- RM, our group recently conducted the first clinical trial in this patient population (NCT02362425). This study aimed to characterize novel RYR1 variants with regard to genetic, laboratory, muscle magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and clinical findings...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Takako Miyamae, Takuma Hara, Aki Hanaya, Yumi Tani, Takayuki Kishi, Hisashi Yamanaka
A 10-year-old girl manifested persistent fever, skin rash, leg pain, fatigue, and joint pain. Based on muscle weakness, elevated muscle-derived enzymes, magnetic resonance imaging, and skin biopsy results, the diagnosis was juvenile idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (JIIM). Chest CT was normal; the anti-melanoma differentiation-associated protein-5 (anti-MDA5) autoantibody was positive. Initial manifestations subsided after prednisolone (PSL) and methotrexate treatment. After the PSL dosage was decreased, the patient presented with metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint pain and swelling in both index fingers, synovial fluid, and signals on power Doppler ultrasound...
2018: Case Reports in Rheumatology
Jiaze Tan, Haitao Yang, Jingchuan Fan, Yulan Fan, Fei Xiao
OBJECTIVES: Neutral lipid storage disease with myopathy (NLSDM) is a rare metabolic myopathy occurring owing to mutations in the patatin like phospholipase domain containing 2 (PNPLA2) gene. Till date, less than 50 patients with PNPLA2 mutations have been reported. In this study, we describe the clinical, pathological, and genetic findings, and muscle magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) changes in four Chinese patients with NLSDM. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Peripheral blood smears were stained using Wright's stain...
March 5, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
James B Lilleker, Axel C P Diederichsen, Søren Jacobsen, Mark Guy, Mark E Roberts, Jamie C Sergeant, Robert G Cooper, Louise P Diederichsen, Hector Chinoy
Objectives: Limitations in the methods available for identifying cardiac involvement and accurately quantifying disease activity in the idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs) may contribute to poor outcomes. We investigated the utility of different serum muscle damage markers [total creatine kinase (CK), cardiac troponin T (cTnT) and cardiac troponin I (cTnI)] to address these issues. Methods: We assessed disease activity and cardiac involvement using the International Myositis Assessment and Clinical Studies Group core set measures in 123 participants with confirmed adult-onset IIM from the UK and Denmark...
March 12, 2018: Rheumatology
Hanbo Yang, Xin Lu, Qinglin Peng, Wei Jiang, Jingli Shi, Yamei Zhang, He Chen, Guochun Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the associations between anti-NXP-2 autoantibody levels and disease activity as well as calcinosis severity. METHODS: The serum levels of anti-NXP-2 autoantibodies were determined in 709 idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs) and also serially measured by an in-house enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay using recombinant MORC3. Patients with anti-NXP-2 autoantibodies were divided into two subgroups: with or without calcinosis. The associations of anti-NXP-2 autoantibody levels with organ-specific disease activity, serum creatine kinase (CK) levels, and calcinosis severity were investigated in cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses...
March 13, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Masahiro Ueki, Ichiro Kobayashi, Shunichiro Takezaki, Yusuke Tozawa, Yuka Okura, Masafumi Yamada, Masataka Kuwana, Tadashi Ariga
OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study is to clarify the association of myositis-specific autoantibodies (MSAs) with clinical and laboratory features in Japanese patients with juvenile idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (JIIMs). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the frequency of MSAs and their association with clinical or laboratory findings in 25 Japanese patients with JIIMs in Hokkaido district. RESULTS: Eighteen of 25 patients (72%) were positive for MSAs; seven with anti-melanoma differentiation associated gene (MDA) 5 (28%), 5 with anti-transcriptional intermediary factor (TIF)-1γ (20%), 4 with anti-MJ/nuclear matrix protein (NXP)-2 (16%), 2 with anti-Jo-1 (8%), 1 with anti- HMG-CoA reductase, 1 with anti-signal recognition peptide (SRP) antibodies (4% each), including co-existence and transition of MSAs in one patient each...
March 13, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
Ali Maisam Afzali, Thomas Müntefering, Heinz Wiendl, Sven G Meuth, Tobias Ruck
Histopathological analyses of muscle specimens from myositis patients indicate that skeletal muscle cells play an active role in the interaction with immune cells. Research over the last few decades has shown that skeletal muscle cells exhibit immunobiological properties that perfectly define them as non-professional antigen presenting cells. They are able to present antigens via major histocompatibility complex molecules, exhibit costimulatory molecules and secrete soluble molecules that actively shape the immune response in an either pro- or anti-inflammatory manner...
March 8, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
U Plöckinger, V Prasad, A Ziagaki, N Tiling, A Poellinger
BACKGROUND: Pompe disease (PD) is an autosomal recessive, lysosomal storage disease due to a mutation of the acid α-glucosidase (GAA) gene. In adult patients, PD is characterized by slowly progressive limb-girdle and trunk myopathy and restrictive respiratory insufficiency. Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) is available, improving or stabilizing muscle-function in some and slowing deterioration in other patients. Unfortunately, there is no biomarker available to indicate therapeutic efficacy and/or disease activity...
March 9, 2018: Human Genomics
Ying Hou, Yue-Bei Luo, Tingjun Dai, Kai Shao, Wei Li, Yuying Zhao, Jian-Qiang Lu, Chuanzhu Yan
The European Neuromuscular Centre (ENMC) pathological classification criteria of idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs) are debatable. The aim of this study was to explore their practicability and reproducibility. We conducted a retrospective analysis of 57 cases of IIMs excluding dermatomyositis (DM) and sporadic inclusion body myositis (sIBM) by in-depth analysis of muscle biopsies and comparisons of the clinical characteristics among polymyositis (PM), non-specific myositis (NSM) and necrotizing autoimmune myopathy (NAM)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Elisa Rubino, Ming Zhang, Tiziana Mongini, Silvia Boschi, Liliana Vercelli, Alessandro Vacca, Flora Govone, Annalisa Gai, Maria Teresa Giordana, Mark Grinberg, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Innocenzo Rainero
Mutations in CHCHD2 and CHCHD10 were recently reported in a broad spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases, for example, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, frontotemporal dementia, or mitochondrial myopathy (MM). The aim of the study was to evaluate the prevalence of CHCHD2 and CHCHD10 mutations in Italian MM patients without mitochondrial DNA mutations. The coding regions of CHCHD2 and CHCHD10 were sequenced in 62 MM patients. None of the patients showed CHCHD2 mutations, whereas 1 sporadic MM patient carried a homozygous Pro96Thr substitution in CHCHD10...
February 14, 2018: Neurobiology of Aging
Takashi Kanamori, Shigeru Kusumoto, Kenji Okita, Shinya Hagiwara, Chie Kato, Takahiro Nakashima, Satsuki Murakami, Tomoko Narita, Asahi Ito, Masaki Ri, Takashi Ishida, Hirokazu Komatsu, Noriyuki Matsukawa, Shinsuke Iida
A 40-year-old female presented with a skin rash, hepatosplenomegaly, hypothyroidism, IgG-λ monoclonal gammopathy, slightly elevated serum VEGF levels, and >1-year history of weakness in the posterior cervical muscles. Based on these symptoms and her clinical course, she was suspected of having POEMS syndrome. However, because there was no sign of peripheral neuropathy (PN), the criteria for the diagnosis of POEMS syndrome were not met. Consequently, she continued follow-up and was under close observation as an outpatient...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Hsien-Chun Chiu, Chen-Yuan Chiu, Rong-Sen Yang, Ding-Cheng Chan, Shing-Hwa Liu, Chih-Kang Chiang
BACKGROUND: A global consensus on the loss of skeletal muscle mass and function in humans refers as sarcopenia and cachexia including diabetes, obesity, renal failure, and osteoporosis. Despite a current improvement of sarcopenia or cachexia with exercise training and supportive therapies, alternative and specific managements are needed to discover for whom are unable or unwilling to embark on these treatments. Alendronate is a widely used drug for osteoporosis in the elderly and postmenopausal women...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
Hichem Tasfaout, Valentina M Lionello, Christine Kretz, Pascale Koebel, Nadia Messaddeq, Deborah Bitz, Jocelyn Laporte, Belinda S Cowling
Myotubular myopathy, or X-linked centronuclear myopathy, is a severe muscle disorder representing a significant burden for patients and their families. It is clinically characterized by neonatal and severe muscle weakness and atrophy. Mutations in the myotubularin (MTM1) gene cause myotubular myopathy, and no specific curative treatment is available. We previously found that dynamin 2 (DNM2) is upregulated in both Mtm1 knockout and patient muscle samples, whereas its reduction through antisense oligonucleotides rescues the clinical and histopathological features of this myopathy in mice...
February 14, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Mark A Tarnopolsky, Arun N E Sundaram, John Provias, Lauren Brady, Bekim Sadikovic
Two patients with an m.8340G>A mitochondrial DNA variant have been reported with one patient showing ptosis, ophthalmoparesis and myopathy at 53% heteroplasmy and another with pigmentary retinopathy, cataracts and sensory neural deafness and slightly higher heteroplasmy (65%). Here we report that higher muscle mutant heteroplasmy (93%) for m.8340G>A is associated with ptosis, ophthalmoparesis and mitochondrial myopathy, thus confirming the initial phenotypic association and showing that heteroplasmy per se does not explain the phenotypic spectrum of disease associated with the m...
February 28, 2018: Mitochondrion
Y Nilipour, S Nafissi, A E Tjust, G Ravenscroft, H Hossein-Nejad, R Taylor, V Varasteh, F Pedrosa Domellöf, M Zangi, S H Tonekaboni, M Olivé, K Kiiski, L Sagath, Davis, N Laing, H Tajsharghi
BACKGROUND: Nemaline myopathy has been associated with mutations in twelve genes to date. However, for some patients diagnosed with nemaline myopathy, definitive mutations are not identified in the known genes, suggesting there are other genes involved. This study describes compound heterozygosity for rare variants in RYR3 in one such patient. RESULTS: Clinical examination of the patient at 22 years of age revealed a long-narrow face, high arched palate and bilateral facial weakness...
March 2, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Tatsuya Kusumoto, Satoshi Okamori, Keita Masuzawa, Takanori Asakura, Naoshi Nishina, Shotaro Chubachi, Katsuhiko Naoki, Koichi Fukunaga, Tomoko Betsuyaku
A 72-year-old man was admitted due to dyspnea on exertion with interstitial shadows and elevated serum creatinine kinase (CK). Despite a close examination, which included magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), we could not diagnose myopathy. Prednisolone was administered and gradually tapered. One year later, anti-signal recognition particle (SRP) antibody was confirmed and he was re-admitted for hypoxemia with elevated CK. MRI revealed muscle edema and a histopathological examination of a muscle biopsy specimen showed necrotizing myopathy...
February 28, 2018: Internal Medicine
Vincent Lepori, Franziska Mühlhause, Adrian C Sewell, Vidhya Jagannathan, Nils Janzen, Marco Rosati, Filipe Miguel Maximiano Alves de Sousa, Aurélie Tschopp, Gertraud Schüpbach, Kaspar Matiasek, Andrea Tipold, Tosso Leeb, Marion Kornberg
Several enzymes are involved in fatty acid oxidation, which is a key process in mitochondrial energy production. Inherited defects affecting any step of fatty acid oxidation can result in clinical disease. We present here an extended family of German Hunting Terriers with 10 dogs affected by clinical signs of exercise induced weakness, muscle pain, and suspected rhabdomyolysis. The combination of clinical signs, muscle histopathology and acylcarnitine analysis with an elevated tetradecenoylcarnitine (C14:1) peak suggested a possible diagnosis of acyl-CoA dehydrogenase very long chain deficiency (ACADVLD)...
February 28, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Payam Mohassel, Andrew L Mammen
Anti-HMGCR myopathy was first recognized and characterized in patients with a history of statin exposure and immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy. After the discovery of anti-HMGCR autoantibodies, several international groups identified and characterized more patients, expanding the phenotypic spectrum of this disease to include pediatric patients and young adults without statin exposure and those with a chronic myopathy resembling limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. We provide a summary of clinical findings, pathologic features, muscle imaging, and immunogenetic risk factors of the disease...
2018: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
Hernan D Gonorazky, Carsten G Bönnemann, James J Dowling
Congenital myopathies are a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of conditions that most commonly present at or around the time of birth with hypotonia, muscle weakness, and (often) respiratory distress. Historically, this group of disorders has been subclassified based on muscle histopathologic characteristics. There has been an explosion of gene discovery, and there are now at least 32 different genetic causes of disease. With this increased understanding of the genetic basis of disease has come the knowledge that the mutations in congenital myopathy genes can present with a wide variety of clinical phenotypes and can result in a broad spectrum of histopathologic findings on muscle biopsy...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
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