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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495941/pontomesencephalic-atrophy-and-postural-instability-in-wilson-disease
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J Kalita, S Naik, S K Bhoi, U K Misra, A Ranjan, S Kumar
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The MR Parkinsonism index helps in differentiating progressive supranuclear palsy from Parkinson disease and multisystem atrophy. Pontomesencephalic involvement is common in neurologic Wilson disease, but there is no prior study evaluating the MR Parkinsonism index and its indices in Wilson disease. We report the MR Parkinsonism index and its indices in Wilson disease and correlate these changes with clinical severity and postural reflex. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirteen individuals with neurologic Wilson disease were included, and their clinical details, including neurologic severity, postural reflex abnormality, and location of signal changes on MR imaging, were noted...
May 11, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401645/body-composition-and-micronutrient-deficiencies-in-patients-with-an-acute-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Charith Horadagoda, Timothy Dinihan, Mary Roberts, Kristina Kairaitis
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a multisystem disorder. Abnormal body composition (BC) and low serum micronutrient levels contribute significantly to morbidity associated with acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD). The BC and serum levels of selected micronutrients were recorded in prospective, consecutive patients admitted to hospital with an AECOPD in Western Sydney. 94 patients were enrolled, 43% female, the average age was 69.8 ± 8.2years(SD). Admission spirometry revealed a mean spirometric ratio of 0...
April 12, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378518/autophagy-controls-the-pathogenicity-of-opa1-mutations-in-dominant-optic-atrophy
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Mariame Selma Kane, Jennifer Alban, Valérie Desquiret-Dumas, Naïg Gueguen, Layal Ishak, Marc Ferre, Patrizia Amati-Bonneau, Vincent Procaccio, Dominique Bonneau, Guy Lenaers, Pascal Reynier, Arnaud Chevrollier
Optic Atrophy 1 (OPA1) gene mutations cause diseases ranging from isolated dominant optic atrophy (DOA) to various multisystemic disorders. OPA1, a large GTPase belonging to the dynamin family, is involved in mitochondrial network dynamics. The majority of OPA1 mutations encodes truncated forms of the protein and causes DOA through haploinsufficiency, whereas missense OPA1 mutations are predicted to cause disease through deleterious dominant-negative mechanisms. We used 3D imaging and biochemical analysis to explore autophagy and mitophagy in fibroblasts from seven patients harbouring OPA1 mutations...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374233/neurological-deficits-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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REVIEW
Luigi Ferini-Strambi, Giulia Elisabetta Lombardi, Sara Marelli, Andrea Galbiati
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder characterized by repetitive episodes of complete or partial obstruction of the upper airway. The prevalence of this disorder is strictly dependent on its gravity. At ≥15 events/h apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), it ranges from 6 to 17% in the general population, with higher rates in men and increasing with age. The hypoxia induced by OSA severely affects the structure and function of blood vessels, culminating in mortality and morbidity...
April 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371804/muscle-pathology-as-a-diagnostic-clue-to-allgrove-syndrome
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Jens Reimann, Nicolai Kohlschmidt, Karen Tolksdorf, Joachim Weis, Klaus Kuchelmeister, Andreas Roos
Allgrove or triple A syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive disorder that can present with a variable range of multi-system manifestations, including optic atrophy, cerebellar ataxia, upper and lower motoneuron signs and various neuropathic abnormalities. These cases are a diagnostic challenge, particularly when the eponymous combination of achalasia, Addisonianism and alacrima is incomplete. Therefore, it is in the differential diagnosis for multisystem conditions and should be known to pathologists who diagnose disorders of skeletal muscle...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335035/a-novel-cisd2-mutation-associated-with-a-classical-wolfram-syndrome-phenotype-alters-ca2-homeostasis-and-er-mitochondria-interactions
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Cécile Rouzier, David Moore, Cécile Delorme, Sandra Lacas-Gervais, Samira Ait-El-Mkadem, Konstantina Fragaki, Florence Burté, Valérie Serre, Sylvie Bannwarth, Annabelle Chaussenot, Martin Catala, Patrick Yu-Wai-Man, Véronique Paquis-Flucklinger
Wolfram syndrome (WS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by early-onset optic atrophy and diabetes mellitus, which can be associated with more extensive central nervous system and endocrine complications. The majority of patients harbour pathogenic WFS1 mutations, but recessive mutations in a second gene, CISD2, have been described in a small number of families with Wolfram syndrome type 2 (WFS2). The defining diagnostic criteria for WFS2 also consist of optic atrophy and diabetes mellitus, but unlike WFS1, this phenotypic subgroup has been associated with peptic ulcer disease and an increased bleeding tendency...
May 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278160/hyperleptinemia-in-children-with-autosomal-recessive-spinal-muscular-atrophy-type-i-iii
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Heike Kölbel, Berthold P Hauffa, Stefan A Wudy, Anastasios Bouikidis, Adela Della Marina, Ulrike Schara
BACKGROUND: Autosomal-recessive proximal spinal muscular atrophies (SMA) are disorders characterized by a ubiquitous deficiency of the survival of motor neuron protein that leads to a multisystemic disorder, which mostly affects alpha motor neurons. Disease progression is clinically associated with failure to thrive or weight loss, mainly caused by chewing and swallowing difficulties. Although pancreatic involvement has been described in animal models, systematic endocrinological evaluation of the energy metabolism in humans is lacking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268209/patterns-of-eye-movement-impairment-correlate-with-regional-brain-atrophy-in-neurodegenerative-parkinsonism
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Olga Vintonyak, Martin Gorges, Hans-Peter Müller, Elmar H Pinkhardt, Albert C Ludolph, Hans-Jürgen Huppertz, Jan Kassubek
BACKGROUND: One common feature of neurodegenerative parkinsonism including Parkinson's disease (PD), multisystem atrophy (MSA), and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is altered eye movement control. Characteristic regional structural atrophy patterns in MRI can be observed in PD, MSA, and PSP. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between eye movement disturbances and regional brain atrophy in patients with PD, MSA, and PSP. METHODS: High-resolution 3-dimensional T1-weighted MRI images and video-oculographic recordings (EyeLink®) were obtained from 39 PD, 32 PSP, and 18 MSA patients and 24 matched healthy control subjects...
March 8, 2017: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168853/prenatal-and-postnatal-presentations-of-corpus-callosum-agenesis-with-polymicrogyria-caused-by-egp5-mutation
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Camille Maillard, Mara Cavallin, Kevin Piquand, Marion Philbert, Jean Philippe Bault, Anne Elodie Millischer, Despina Moshous, Marlène Rio, Cyril Gitiaux, Nathalie Boddaert, Cecile Masson, Sophie Thomas, Nadia Bahi-Buisson
EPG5-related Vici syndrome is a rare multisystem autosomal recessive disorder characterized by corpus callosum agenesis (ACC), hypopigmentation, cataracts, acquired microcephaly, failure to thrive, cardiomyopathy and profound developmental delay, and immunodeficiency. We report here the first case of prenatally diagnosed Vici syndrome with delayed gyration associated with ACC. Trio based exome sequencing allowed the identification of a compound heterozygous mutation in the EPG5 gene. Our patient subsequently demonstrated severe developmental delay, hypopigmentation, progressive microcephaly, and failure to thrive which led to suspicion of the diagnosis...
February 7, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148925/a-novel-mutation-in-the-proteolytic-domain-of-lonp1-causes-atypical-codas-syndrome
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Takehiko Inui, Mai Anzai, Yusuke Takezawa, Wakaba Endo, Yosuke Kakisaka, Atsuo Kikuchi, Akira Onuma, Shigeo Kure, Ichizo Nishino, Chihiro Ohba, Hirotomo Saitsu, Naomichi Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Haginoya
Cerebral, ocular, dental, auricular, skeletal (CODAS) syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive multisystem disorder caused by mutations in LONP1. It is characterized by intellectual disability, cataracts, delayed tooth eruption, malformed auricles and skeletal abnormalities. We performed whole-exome sequencing on a 12-year-old Japanese male with severe intellectual disability, congenital bilateral cataracts, spasticity, hypotonia with motor regression and progressive cerebellar atrophy with hyperintensity of the cerebellar cortex on T2-weighted images...
June 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078570/micro-rna-expression-in-muscle-and-fiber-morphometry-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
#11
Chiara Fritegotto, Chiara Ferrati, Valentina Pegoraro, Corrado Angelini
We aimed to explore the cellular action of micro-RNAs that are non-coding-RNAs modulating gene expression, whose expression is dysregulated in myotonic dystrophy (DM1). Basic procedure was to measure the levels of muscle-specific myo-miRNAs (miR-1, miR-133a/b, miR-206) in muscle of 12 DM1 patients. Muscle fiber morphometry and a new grading of histopathological severity score were used to compare specific myo-miRNA level and fiber atrophy. We found that the levels of miR-1 and miR-133a/b were significantly decreased, while miR-206 was significantly increased as compared to controls...
April 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077166/threonine-175-a-novel-pathological-phosphorylation-site-on-tau-protein-linked-to-multiple-tauopathies
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Alexander J Moszczynski, Wencheng Yang, Robert Hammond, Lee Cyn Ang, Michael J Strong
Microtubule associated protein tau (tau) deposition is associated with a spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases collectively termed tauopathies. We have previously shown that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with cognitive impairment (ALSci) is associated with tau phosphorylation at Thr(175) and that this leads to activation of GSK3β which then induces phosphorylation at tau Thr(231). This latter step leads to dissociation of tau from microtubules and pathological tau fibril formation. To determine the extent to which this pathway is unique to ALS, we have investigated the expression of pThr(175) tau and pThr(231) tau across a range of frontotemporal degenerations...
January 11, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041799/eif2b-related-multisystem-disorder-in-two-sisters-with-atypical-presentations
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Jin Sook Lee, Sangmoon Lee, Murim Choi, Byung Chan Lim, Jieun Choi, Ki Joong Kim, Jung-Eun Cheon, In-One Kim, Jong-Hee Chae
BACKGROUND: Vanishing white matter disease (VWM) is a chronic progressive leukoencephalopathy that is characterized by cerebellar ataxia and spasticity, together with cystic degeneration of the cerebral white matter as evidenced by brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Here, we report two sisters with EIF2B2 variants, who presented with delayed development and failure to thrive before 1 year of age, developed cataracts, and showed diffuse leukoencephalopathy. CASE PRESENTATION: The index case had a history of hepatomegaly and intermittent vomiting after upper respiratory infection at 11 months of age...
March 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995438/urate-as-a-marker-of-risk-and-progression-of-neurodegenerative-disease
#14
REVIEW
Sabrina Paganoni, Michael A Schwarzschild
Urate is a naturally occurring antioxidant whose levels are associated with reduced risk of developing Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease. Urate levels are also associated with favorable progression in PD, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington's disease, and multisystem atrophy. These epidemiological data are consistent with laboratory studies showing that urate exhibits neuroprotective effects by virtue of its antioxidant properties in several preclinical models. This body of evidence supports the hypothesis that urate may represent a shared pathophysiologic mechanism across neurodegenerative diseases...
January 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927236/chronic-infantile-neurological-cutaneous-and-articular-cinca-syndrome-a-review
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REVIEW
Martina Finetti, Alessia Omenetti, Silvia Federici, Roberta Caorsi, Marco Gattorno
INTRODUCTION: The Chronic Infantile Neurological Cutaneous and Articular (CINCA, or Neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease NOMID) is a rare autoinflammatory disease identified in 1987 by Prieur et al., typically characterized by the triad of skin rash, arthropathy and central nervous system manifestations. It represents the most severe phenotype of the cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS). CLINICAL DESCRIPTION AND ETIOLOGY: The syndrome is due to autosomal dominant gain of function mutations in NLRP3, which encodes a key component of the innate immunity that regulates the activation and secretion of interleukin (IL)-1β...
December 7, 2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911744/dysregulation-of-mrna-localization-and-translation-in-genetic-disease
#16
Eric T Wang, J Matthew Taliaferro, Ji-Ann Lee, Indulekha P Sudhakaran, Wilfried Rossoll, Christina Gross, Kathryn R Moss, Gary J Bassell
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) acting at various steps in the post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression play crucial roles in neuronal development and synaptic plasticity. Genetic mutations affecting several RBPs and associated factors lead to diverse neurological symptoms, as characterized by neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders, neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases, and can often be multisystemic diseases. We will highlight the physiological roles of a few specific proteins in molecular mechanisms of cytoplasmic mRNA regulation, and how these processes are dysregulated in genetic disease...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878435/novel-phenotypes-and-loci-identified-through-clinical-genomics-approaches-to-pediatric-cataract
#17
Nisha Patel, Deepti Anand, Dorota Monies, Sateesh Maddirevula, Arif O Khan, Talal Algoufi, Mohammed Alowain, Eissa Faqeih, Muneera Alshammari, Ahmed Qudair, Hadeel Alsharif, Fatimah Aljubran, Hessa S Alsaif, Niema Ibrahim, Firdous M Abdulwahab, Mais Hashem, Haifa Alsedairy, Mohammed A Aldahmesh, Salil A Lachke, Fowzan S Alkuraya
Pediatric cataract is highly heterogeneous clinically and etiologically. While mostly isolated, cataract can be part of many multisystem disorders, further complicating the diagnostic process. In this study, we applied genomic tools in the form of a multi-gene panel as well as whole-exome sequencing on unselected cohort of pediatric cataract (166 patients from 74 families). Mutations in previously reported cataract genes were identified in 58% for a total of 43 mutations, including 15 that are novel. GEMIN4 was independently mutated in families with a syndrome of cataract, global developmental delay with or without renal involvement...
November 22, 2016: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844341/does-the-type-of-multisystem-atrophy-parkinsonism-or-cerebellar-ataxia-impact-on-the-nature-of-sleep-disorders
#18
REVIEW
Luigi Ferini-Strambi, Sara Marelli, Romina Combi
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by a combination of autonomic failure, parkinsonism, and/or cerebellar ataxia. The cause of MSA is unknown, but neuropathologically the disease is characterized by widespread α-synuclein-positive glial cytoplasmic inclusions and striatonigral and/or olivopontocerebellar neurodegeneration. Two motor phenotypes have been clinically identified: parkinsonian (MSA-P) and cerebellar (MSA-C). In order to elucidate if in addition to the motor abnormalities there are other significant differences between these two phenotypes, we performed a review of the studies on sleep disorders in the two MSA subtypes...
December 2016: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837184/mri-findings-and-cognitive-functions-in-a-small-cohort-of-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1-retrospective-analyses
#19
Arsida Bajrami, Filiz Azman, Vildan Yayla, Sultan Cagirici, Cahit Keskinkiliç, Nejla Sozer
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is a progressive multisystemic disease with common cognitive deficits and potential brain involvement in addition to the cardinal muscular and systemic symptoms. Impaired mental function associated with nonspecific pathological findings such as white-matter hyperintense lesions (WMHLs), ventricular enlargement and brain atrophy on brain MRI have been previously reported in DM1 patients. While some studies showed correlation of brain morphological changes with neuropsychological and clinical parameters including CTG repeat sizes and disease severity scales in DM1, others failed...
February 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826760/myotonic-dystrophy-type-1-management-and-therapeutics
#20
REVIEW
Cheryl A Smith, Laurie Gutmann
Myotonic dystrophy (DM1) is the most common form of adult muscular dystrophy. It is a multisystem disorder with a complex pathophysiology. Although inheritance is autosomal dominant, disease variability is attributed to anticipation, a maternal expansion bias, variable penetrance, somatic mosaicism, and a multitude of aberrant pre-mRNA splicing events. Patient presentations range from asymptomatic or mild late onset adult to severe congenital forms. Multiple organ systems may be affected. Patients may experience early cataracts, myotonia, muscle weakness/atrophy, fatigue, excessive daytime sleepiness, central/obstructive apnea, respiratory failure, cardiac arrhythmia, insulin resistance, dysphagia, GI dysmotility, cognitive impairment, Cluster C personality traits, and/or mood disorders...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
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