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Genetic neuronopathies

I Ivanov, D Atkinson, I Litvinenko, L Angelova, S Andonova, H Mumdjiev, I Pacheva, M Panova, R Yordanova, V Belovejdov, A Petrova, M Bosheva, T Shmilev, A Savov, A Jordanova
Pontocerebellar hypoplasia type 1 (PCH1) is a major cause of non-5q spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). We screened 128 SMN1-negative SMA patients from Bulgaria for a frequent mutation -p.G31A in EXOSC3, and performed a literature review of all genetically verified PCH1 cases. Homozygous p.G31A/EXOSC3 mutation was identified in 14 Roma patients, representing three fourths of all our SMN1-negative Roma SMA cases. The phenotype of the p.G31A/EXOSC3 homozygotes was compared to the clinical presentation of all reported to date genetically verified PCH1 cases...
April 3, 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Masaki Kamada, Toshitaka Kawarai, Ryosuke Miyamoto, Rie Kawakita, Yuki Tojima, Celeste Montecchiani, Laura D'Onofrio, Carlo Caltagirone, Antonio Orlacchio, Ryuji Kaji
Mutations in REEP1 have been identified in three types of neurological disorders, autosomal dominant form of Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia type 31 (SPG31), autosomal dominant distal hereditary motor neuronopathy type VB (HMN5B), and autosomal recessive form of congenital axonal neuropathy and diaphragmatic palsy. Previous studies demonstrated different molecular pathogenesis in SPG31, including loss-of-function, gain-of-function and haploinsufficiency. A four-generation family from Japan, including 12 members, was investigated clinically and genetically...
January 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
G Querin, G Sorarù, P-F Pradat
Kennedy's disease, also known as spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA), is a rare, adult-onset, X-linked recessive neuromuscular disease caused by expansion of a CAG repeat sequence in exon 1 of the androgen receptor gene (AR) encoding a polyglutamine (polyQ) tract. The polyQ-expanded AR accumulates in nuclei, and initiates degeneration and loss of motor neurons and dorsal root ganglia. While the disease has long been considered a pure lower motor neuron disease, recently, the presence of major hyper-creatine-kinase (CK)-emia and myopathic alterations on muscle biopsy has suggested the presence of a primary myopathy underlying a wide range of clinical manifestations...
May 1, 2017: Revue Neurologique
Nicolas Kerckhove, Aurore Collin, Sakahlé Condé, Carine Chaleteix, Denis Pezet, David Balayssac
Neurotoxic anticancer drugs, such as platinum-based anticancer drugs, taxanes, vinca alkaloids, and proteasome/angiogenesis inhibitors are responsible for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). The health consequences of CIPN remain worrying as it is associated with several comorbidities and affects a specific population of patients already impacted by cancer, a strong driver for declines in older adults. The purpose of this review is to present a comprehensive overview of the long-term effects of CIPN in cancer patients and survivors...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Matthew C Pitt, John C Mchugh, Jacquie Deeb, Ralph A Smith
OBJECTIVE: We present our 9-year experience of stimulated EMG potential analysis using concentric electrodes (SPACE) to evaluate neuromuscular junction (NMJ) disorders in awake children. The technique uses high frequency filtration of stimulated motor unit potentials and applies peak detection software to estimate mean consecutive difference (MCD). METHODS: SPACE was carried out in orbicularis oculi of 878 children (377 girls; median age 47months) between 2007 and 2015, stimulating the facial nerve with a monopolar cathode...
February 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
D J Lewis-Smith, J Duff, A Pyle, H Griffin, T Polvikoski, D Birchall, R Horvath, P F Chinnery
OBJECTIVE: To identify the cause of isolated distal weakness in a family with both neuropathic and myopathic features on EMG and muscle histology. METHODS: Case study with exome sequencing in 2 affected individuals, bioinformatic prioritization of genetic variants, and segregation analysis of the likely causal mutation. Functional studies included Western blot analysis of the candidate protein before and after heat shock treatment of primary skin fibroblasts. RESULTS: A novel HSPB1 variant (c...
December 2016: Neurology. Genetics
Jason Fleming, Dianna Quan
We present a patient with congenital spinal muscular atrophy associated with pain, subjective sensory loss, right talipes equinovarus, delayed walking, and progressive gait impairment. A sister and niece reportedly had Charcot-Marie-Tooth 1A, but the patient's electromyogram showed an axonal motor neuropathy or neuronopathy. We identified a c.806G>A TRPV4 gene mutation causing an Arg269His amino acid substitution. TRPV4 mutations cause variable phenotypes including axonal sensorimotor neuropathy and motor neuropathy or neuronopathy...
December 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Stéphanie Bauché, Seana O'Regan, Yoshiteru Azuma, Fanny Laffargue, Grace McMacken, Damien Sternberg, Guy Brochier, Céline Buon, Nassima Bouzidi, Ana Topf, Emmanuelle Lacène, Ganaelle Remerand, Anne-Marie Beaufrere, Céline Pebrel-Richard, Julien Thevenon, Salima El Chehadeh-Djebbar, Laurence Faivre, Yannis Duffourd, Federica Ricci, Tiziana Mongini, Chiara Fiorillo, Guja Astrea, Carmen Magdalena Burloiu, Niculina Butoianu, Carmen Sandu, Laurent Servais, Gisèle Bonne, Isabelle Nelson, Isabelle Desguerre, Marie-Christine Nougues, Benoit Bœuf, Norma Romero, Jocelyn Laporte, Anne Boland, Doris Lechner, Jean-François Deleuze, Bertrand Fontaine, Laure Strochlic, Hanns Lochmuller, Bruno Eymard, Michèle Mayer, Sophie Nicole
The neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is one of the best-studied cholinergic synapses. Inherited defects of peripheral neurotransmission result in congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMSs), a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of rare diseases with fluctuating fatigable muscle weakness as the clinical hallmark. Whole-exome sequencing and Sanger sequencing in six unrelated families identified compound heterozygous and homozygous mutations in SLC5A7 encoding the presynaptic sodium-dependent high-affinity choline transporter 1 (CHT), which is known to be mutated in one dominant form of distal motor neuronopathy (DHMN7A)...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Marie Mongin, Cécile Delorme, Timothée Lenglet, Claude Jardel, Catherine Vignal, Emmanuel Roze
BACKGROUND: Progressive ataxia and palatal tremor (PAPT) can be observed in both acquired brainstem or cerebellar lesions and genetic disorders. PHENOMENOLOGY SHOWN: PAPT due to mutation in POLG, the gene encoding the mitochondrial DNA polymerase. EDUCATIONAL VALUE: POLG mutation should be considered in patients with PAPT, particularly when additional clues such as a sensory neuronopathy or an ophthalmoplegia are present.
2016: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
Kurt A Jellinger, Gregor K Wenning
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a unique proteinopathy that differs from other α-synucleinopathies since the pathological process resulting from accumulation of aberrant α-synuclein (αSyn) involves the oligodendroglia rather than neurons, although both pathologies affect multiple parts of the brain, spinal cord, autonomic and peripheral nervous system. Both the etiology and pathogenesis of MSA are unknown, although animal models have provided insight into the basic molecular changes of this disorder. Accumulation of aberrant αSyn in oligodendroglial cells and preceded by relocation of p25α protein from myelin to oligodendroglia results in the formation of insoluble glial cytoplasmic inclusions that cause cell dysfunction and demise...
June 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
Marco Luigetti, Gian Maria Fabrizi, Giulia Bisogni, Angela Romano, Federica Taioli, Moreno Ferrarini, Daniela Bernardo, Paolo Maria Rossini, Mario Sabatelli
OBJECTIVES: CMT is a group of heterogeneous motor and sensory neuropathies divided into demyelinating (CMT1) and axonal forms (CMT2). Distal Hereditary Motor Neuropathy (dHMN) is a motor neuropathy/neuronopathy which resembles CMT. Final genetic diagnosis is poor in CMT2 and in dHMN when compared with CMT1. Our aim is to report clinical, neurophysiological and genetic findings in a cohort of patients with axonal inherited neuropathies. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We report clinical, neurophysiological and genetic findings from 45 patients with CMT2 or dHMN, coming from 39 unrelated families, observed in our Institute of Neurology over a 20-year period...
May 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
E Dalla Bella, R Lombardi, C Porretta-Serapiglia, C Ciano, C Gellera, V Pensato, D Cazzato, G Lauria
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Our aim was to address the correlation between small fiber loss and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for disease onset, phenotype, genotype, duration, severity and sensory findings. METHODS: Consecutive patients referred for suspected ALS were screened. Exclusion criteria were possible ALS and previous diagnosis or known risk factors for small fiber neuropathies. A sural nerve conduction study (NCS) was bilaterally recorded. The ALS functional rating scale revised was administered and loss of functions were calculated using the Milano-Torino staging (MITOS) system...
February 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Marcio Luiz Escorcio Bezerra, José Luiz Pedroso, Pedro Braga-Neto, Agessandro Abrahao, Marcus Vinicius Cristino de Albuquerque, Franklin Roberto Pereira Borges, Maria Luiza Saraiva-Pereira, Laura Bannach Jardim, Nadia Iandoli de Oliveira Braga, Gilberto Mastrocola Manzano, Orlando G P Barsottini
Peripheral neuropathy is frequent in spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2), but the pattern and characteristics of nerve involvement are still an unsettled issue. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence, extent, and distribution of nerve involvement in SCA2 patients through neurophysiological studies. Thirty-one SCA2 patients and 20 control subjects were enrolled in this study. All subjects were prospectively evaluated through electromyography, including nerve conduction, needle electromyography in proximal and distal muscles of the upper and lower limbs, and sural radial amplitude ratio (SRAR)...
December 2016: Cerebellum
Manu E Jokela, Satu K Jääskeläinen, Satu Sandell, Johanna Palmio, Sini Penttilä, Annamaija Saukkonen, Raija Soikkeli, Bjarne Udd
There is limited data on electromyography (EMG) findings in other motor neuron disorders than amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We assessed whether the distribution of active denervation detected by EMG, i.e. fibrillations and fasciculations, differs between ALS and slowly progressive motor neuron disorders. We compared the initial EMG findings of 43 clinically confirmed, consecutive ALS patients with those of 41 genetically confirmed Late-onset Spinal Motor Neuronopathy and 14 Spinal and Bulbar Muscular Atrophy patients...
August 15, 2015: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Susan Byrne, Nomazulu Dlamini, Daniel Lumsden, Matthew Pitt, Irina Zaharieva, Francesco Muntoni, Andrew King, Leema Robert, Heinz Jungbluth
Marinesco-Sjoegren syndrome (MSS) is a recessively inherited multisystem disorder caused by mutations in SIL1 and characterized by cerebellar atrophy with ataxia, cataracts, a skeletal muscle myopathy, and variable degrees of developmental delay. Pathogenic mechanisms implicated to date include mitochondrial, nuclear envelope and lysosomal-autophagic pathway abnormalities. Here we present a 5-year-old girl with SIL1-related MSS and additional unusual features of an associated motor neuronopathy and a bradykinetic movement disorder preceding the onset of ataxia...
July 2015: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Sini Penttilä, Manu Jokela, Heidi Bouquin, Anna Maija Saukkonen, Jari Toivanen, Bjarne Udd
OBJECTIVE: A study was undertaken to identify the responsible gene defect underlying late onset spinal motor neuronopathy (LOSMoN/SMAJ; Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man #615048), an autosomal dominant disease mapped to chromosome 22q11.2. METHODS: The previous genetic linkage approach by microsatellite haplotyping was continued in new families. A whole genome sequencing was performed to find all possibly pathogenic mutations in the linked area. The detected variations were verified by Sanger sequencing...
January 2015: Annals of Neurology
Irene Aicua, Okker Verhagen, Naroa Arenaza, Esther Cubo
BACKGROUND: X-linked spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is a rare adult-onset neuronopathy. Although tremor is known to occur in this disease, the number of reported cases of SBMA with tremor is rare, and the number with videotaped documentation is exceedingly rare. Our aim was to describe/document the characteristic signs of tremor in spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a 58-year-old male with a positive family history of tremor...
2014: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
Alan B Sanderson, W David Arnold, Bakri Elsheikh, John T Kissel
INTRODUCTION: Isolated peripheral motor dysfunction due to lower motor neuron or peripheral nerve disorders presents an interesting challenge to clinicians because of the diverse differential diagnosis with a broad range of prognoses. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed clinical data of adults who presented over 12 years with muscle weakness, atrophy, or fasciculations, but without hyperreflexia or sensory involvement. RESULTS: In 119 patients, 52% had a motor neuron disease (MND), 13% had immune neuropathies, 11% had genetic neuronopathies, 10% had residual or post-polio syndrome, 5% had benign fasciculation, 1% had an infectious etiology, and 8% were not given a final diagnosis...
March 2015: Muscle & Nerve
Myriam Srour, Maria Lisa Putorti, Jeremy Schwartzentruber, Véronique Bolduc, Michael Israel Shevell, Chantal Poulin, Erin O'ferrall, Daniela Buhas, Jacek Majewski, Bernard Brais
INTRODUCTION: We have identified a large consanguineous Lebanese family with 5 individuals with severe childhood-onset recessive sensory loss associated with deafness and variable optic atrophy. METHODS: Autozygosity mapping was performed in all affected individuals, followed by whole-exome sequencing (WES) in 2 individuals. RESULTS: WES identified a homozygous missense mutation (c.916G>A, p.G306R) in the cerebral riboflavin transporter SLC52A2, recently shown to cause Brown-Vialetto-Van-Laere syndrome (BVVLS), which is considered primarily a motor neuronopathy...
November 2014: Muscle & Nerve
Eleonora Dalla Bella, Andrea Rigamonti, Vittorio Mantero, Michela Morbin, Stefania Saccucci, Cinzia Gellera, Gabriele Mora, Giuseppe Lauria
OBJECTIVE: To describe a patient with facial onset sensory motor neuronopathy (FOSMN) syndrome associated with a heterozygous D90A mutation in superoxide dismutase (SOD1) gene. METHODS: The patient underwent neurological and neurophysiologic examinations, including blink and jaw reflexes, sural nerve and skin biopsies, and analysis of TARDBP, FUS and C9ORF72 genes. RESULTS: Neurological examination showed diffuse fasciculations, bulbar signs, hypotrophy and weakness of facial, neck, shoulder girdle and first interosseus muscles, and absent corneal reflex...
September 2014: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
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