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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716668/incomplete-penetrance-in-mitochondrial-optic-neuropathies
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Leonardo Caporali, Alessandra Maresca, Mariantonietta Capristo, Valentina Del Dotto, Francesca Tagliavini, Maria Lucia Valentino, Chiara La Morgia, Valerio Carelli
Incomplete penetrance characterizes the two most frequent inherited optic neuropathies, Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) and dominant optic atrophy (DOA), due to genetic errors in the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and the nuclear DNA (nDNA), respectively. For LHON, compelling evidence has accumulated on the complex interplay of mtDNA haplogroups and environmental interacting factors, whereas the nDNA remains essentially non informative. However, a compensatory mechanism of activated mitochondrial biogenesis and increased mtDNA copy number, possibly driven by a permissive nDNA background, is documented in LHON; when successful it maintains unaffected the mutation carriers, but in some individuals it might be hampered by tobacco smoking or other environmental factors, resulting in disease onset...
July 14, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716667/pupillometric-evaluation-of-the-melanopsin-containing-retinal-ganglion-cells-in-mitochondrial-and-non-mitochondrial-optic-neuropathies
#2
Shakoor Ba-Ali, Henrik Lund-Andersen
In recent years, chromatic pupillometry is used in humans to evaluate the activity of melanopsin expressing intrinsic photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs). Blue light is used to stimulate the ipRGCs and red light activates the rod/cone photoreceptors. The late re-dilation phase of pupillary light reflex is primarily driven by the ipRGCs. Optic neuropathies i.e. Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), autosomal dominant optic atrophy (ADOA), nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION), glaucoma, optic neuritis and idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) are among the diseases, which have been subject to pupillometric studies...
July 14, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716262/new-genetic-causes-for-complex-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia
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Paulo Victor Sgobbi de Souza, Thiago Bortholin, Renan Braido Dias, Marco Antônio Troccoli Chieia, Stênio Burlin, Fernando George Monteiro Naylor, Wladimir Bocca Vieira de Rezende Pinto, Acary Souza Bulle Oliveira
INTRODUCTION: Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) represents a complex and heterogeneous group of rare neurodegenerative disorders that share a common clinical feature of weakness and lower limb spasticity that can occur alone or in combination with a constellation of other neurological or systemic signs and symptoms. Although the core clinical feature of weakness and lower limb spasticity is virtually universal, the genetic heterogeneity is almost uncountable with more than 70 genetic forms described so far...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708278/whole-exome-sequencing-is-a-valuable-diagnostic-tool-for-inherited-peripheral-neuropathies-outcomes-from-a-cohort-of-50-families
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Taila Hartley, Justin D Wagner, Jodi Warman-Chardon, Martine Tétreault, Lauren Brady, Steven Baker, Mark Tarnopolsky, Pierre R Bourque, Jillian S Parboosingh, Christopher Smith, Brenda McInnes, A Micheil Innes, Francois Bernier, Cynthia J Curry, Grace Yoon, Gabriella A Horvath, Eric Bareke, Jacek Majewski, Dennis E Bulman, David A Dyment, Kym M Boycott
The inherited peripheral neuropathies (IPNs) are characterized by marked clinical and genetic heterogeneity and include relatively frequent presentations such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and hereditary motor neuropathy, as well as more rare conditions where peripheral neuropathy is associated with additional features. There are over 250 genes known to cause IPN-related disorders but it is estimated that in ~50% of affected individuals a molecular diagnosis is not achieved. In this study, we examine the diagnostic utility of whole-exome sequencing (WES) in a cohort of 50 families with one or more affected individuals with a molecularly undiagnosed IPN with or without additional features...
July 14, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678039/familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy
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David Adams, Cécile Cauquil, Céline Labeyrie
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Transthyretin familial amyloid polyneuropathy is the most disabling hereditary polyneuropathy of adult onset because of a point mutation of transthyretin gene. This review updates our knowledge about natural history of the disease, phenotypes, diagnosis tools for small and large fibers involvement, expert's consensus for both symptomatic and asymptomatic follow-up, and treatment's research. RECENT FINDINGS: Access to TTR gene sequencing permit diagnosis and first reports of the disease in nonendemic countries (EU countries, United States, China, India)...
July 3, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678038/new-developments-in-charcot-marie-tooth-neuropathy-and-related-diseases
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Davide Pareyson, Paola Saveri, Chiara Pisciotta
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and related neuropathies represent a heterogeneous group of hereditary disorders. The present review will discuss the most recent advances in the field. RECENT FINDINGS: Knowledge of CMT epidemiology and frequency of the main associated genes is increasing, with an overall prevalence estimated at 10-28/100 000. In the last years, the huge number of newly uncovered genes, thanks to next-generation sequencing techniques, is challenging the current classification of CMT...
July 3, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668421/quantitative-assessment-of-optic-nerve-in-patients-with-leber-s-hereditary-optic-neuropathy-using-reduced-field-of-view-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Ling Wang, Ke Fan, Yanqiu Zhang, Yanzi Chen, Qin Tian, Dapeng Shi
PURPOSE: To quantitatively analyze the optic nerve alterations in chronic Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) using reduced field-of-view diffusion tensor imaging (rFOV-DTI) and evaluate the correlation of diffusion parameters with visual functional and peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness. METHODS: Twenty-five patients (50 affected optic nerves) with chronic LHON and 28 healthy controls (56 normal optic nerves) were enrolled. The rFOV-DTI was performed in the bilateral optic nerves for all the subjects...
August 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668384/mitochondria-in-neuroinflammation-multiple-sclerosis-ms-leber-hereditary-optic-neuropathy-lhon-and-lhon-ms
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REVIEW
David Bargiela, Patrick F Chinnery
Mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration disease, but its role as a driver in these processes is uncertain. Understanding the pathogenesis of inherited mitochondrial disorders may help us to uncover mechanisms involved during acquired mitochondrial dysfunction. We review the mechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction in Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy and multiple sclerosis and discuss shared clinical and molecular features in both conditions. Targeting mitochondrial pathways involved in inflammation or apoptosis may be a possible therapeutic approach in multiple sclerosis...
June 28, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667575/animal-and-cellular-models-of-familial-dysautonomia
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REVIEW
Frances Lefcort, Marc Mergy, Sarah B Ohlen, Yumi Ueki, Lynn George
Since Riley and Day first described the clinical phenotype of patients with familial dysautonomia (FD) over 60 years ago, the field has made considerable progress clinically, scientifically, and translationally in treating and understanding the etiology of FD. FD is classified as a hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy (HSAN type III) and is both a developmental and a progressive neurodegenerative condition that results from an autosomal recessive mutation in the gene IKBKAP, also known as ELP1. FD primarily impacts the peripheral nervous system but also manifests in central nervous system disruption, especially in the retina and optic nerve...
June 30, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658676/a-novel-homozygous-sacs-mutation-identified-by-whole-exome-sequencing-in-a-consanguineous-family-with-autosomal-recessive-spastic-ataxia-of-charlevoix-saguenay
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Hui Zeng, Jian-Guang Tang, Yi-Feng Yang, Zhi-Ping Tan, Jie-Qiong Tan
Autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSACS) is a hereditary neurological disorder mostly manifested with a classical triad: progressive early-onset cerebellar ataxia, lower limb pyramidal signs, and peripheral neuropathy. We employed whole-exome sequencing and bioinformatics to identify the genetic cause in an ARSACS patient from a consanguineous family. Based on whole-exome sequences of the patient and her healthy parents, a novel homozygous deletion variant (NM_014363: c.9495_9508del; p...
June 29, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654681/abnormal-neurofilament-inclusions-and-segregations-in-dorsal-root-ganglia-of-a-charcot-marie-tooth-type-2e-mouse-model
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Jian Zhao, Kristy Brown, Ronald K H Liem
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease or hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy is the most prevalent inherited peripheral neuropathy and is associated with over 90 causative genes. Mutations in neurofilament light polypeptide gene, NEFL cause CMT2E, an axonal form of CMT that results in abnormal structures and/or functions of peripheral axons in spinal cord motor neurons and dorsal root ganglion neurons. We have previously generated and characterized a knock-in mouse model of CMT2E with the N98S mutation in Nefl that presented with multiple inclusions in spinal cord neurons...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653766/extension-of-the-phenotype-of-biallelic-loss-of-function-mutations-in-slc25a46-to-the-severe-form-of-pontocerebellar-hypoplasia-type-i
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M C Braunisch, H Gallwitz, A Abicht, I Diebold, E Holinski-Feder, L Van Maldergem, M Lammens, R Kovács-Nagy, B Alhaddad, T M Strom, T Meitinger, J Senderek, S Rudnik-Schöneborn, T B Haack
Biallelic mutations in SLC25A46, encoding a modified solute transporter involved in mitochondrial dynamics, have been identified in a wide range of conditions such as hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy with optic atrophy type VIB (OMIM: *610826) and congenital lethal pontocerebellar hypoplasia (PCH). To date, 18 patients from 13 families have been reported, presenting with the key clinical features of optic atrophy, peripheral neuropathy, and cerebellar atrophy. The course of the disease was highly variable ranging from severe muscular hypotonia at birth and early death to first manifestations in late childhood and survival into the fifties...
June 27, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652523/a-case-of-hereditary-neuropathy-with-liability-to-pressure-palsies-due-to-push-up-exercise
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Takumi Nakamura, Takeshi Kawarabayashi, Yusuke Seino, Mikio Shoji
A 17-year-old man with no familial history developed motor and sensory disturbance of the left upper limb a few days after starting push-up exercise. Neurological examination revealed broad weakness and radial sensory disturbance of the left upper limb and magnetic resonance neurography showed laterality of brachial plexus intensity signals. Therefore, we suspected left brachial plexopathy. However, a nerve conduction study showed a broad disturbance that could not be explained by only brachial plexopathy. Genetic tests revealed a diagnosis of hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies (HNPP)...
June 24, 2017: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652416/mitochondrial-membrane-dynamics-and-inherited-optic-neuropathies
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REVIEW
Eleni Bagli, Anastasia K Zikou, Niki Agnantis, Georgios Kitsos
Inherited optic neuropathies are a genetically diverse group of disorders mainly characterized by visual loss and optic atrophy. Since the first recognition of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy, several genetic defects altering primary mitochondrial respiration have been proposed to contribute to the development of syndromic and non-syndromic optic neuropathies. Moreover, the genomics and imaging revolution in the past decade has increased diagnostic efficiency and accuracy, allowing recognition of a link between mitochondrial dynamics machinery and a broad range of inherited neurodegenerative diseases involving the optic nerve...
July 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650878/leber-hereditary-optic-neuropathy-bridging-the-translational-gap
#15
Neringa Jurkute, Patrick Yu-Wai-Man
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is the most common primary mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) genetic disorder in the population. We address the clinical evolution of the disease, the secondary etiological factors that could contribute to visual loss, and the challenging task of developing effective treatments. RECENT FINDINGS: LHON is characterized by a preclinical phase that reflects retinal ganglion cell (RGC) dysfunction before rapid visual deterioration ensues...
June 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647203/gene-therapy-for-leber-hereditary-optic-neuropathy-low-and-medium-dose-visual-results
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John Guy, William J Feuer, Janet L Davis, Vittorio Porciatti, Phillip J Gonzalez, Rajeshwari D Koilkonda, Huijun Yuan, William W Hauswirth, Byron L Lam
PURPOSE: To determine the effects of AAV2(Y444,500,730F)-P1ND4v2 in patients with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON). DESIGN: Prospective open-label, unilateral single-dose, intravitreal injection of AAV2(Y444,500,730F)-P1ND4v2 per participant. PARTICIPANTS: Fourteen patients with visual loss and mutated G11778A mitochondrial DNA. METHODS: Intravitreal injection with the gene therapy vector AAV2(Y444,500,730F)-P1ND4v2 into 1 eye...
June 21, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642160/a-novel-missense-variant-gln220arg-of-gnb4-encoding-guanine-nucleotide-binding-protein-subunit-beta-4-in-a-japanese-family-with-autosomal-dominant-motor-and-sensory-neuropathy
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Shiroh Miura, Takuya Morikawa, Ryuta Fujioka, Kazuhito Noda, Kengo Kosaka, Takayuki Taniwaki, Hiroki Shibata
Dominant intermediate Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease F (CMTDIF) is an autosomal dominant hereditary form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) caused by variations in the guanine nucleotide-binding protein, subunit beta-4 gene (GNB4). We examined two Japanese familial cases with CMT. Case 1 was a 49-year-old male whose chief complaint was slowly progressive gait disturbance and limb dysesthesia that appeared at the age of 47. On neurological examination, he showed hyporeflexia or areflexia, distal limb muscle weakness, and distal sensory impairment with lower dominancy...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641335/jumping-mechanography-as-a-complementary-testing-tool-for-motor-function-in-children-with-hereditary-motor-and-sensory-neuropathy
#18
Katharina Vill, Lena Ille, Astrid Blaschek, Rainer Rawer, Mirjam N Landgraf, Lucia Gerstl, Sebastian A Schroeder, Wolfgang Müller-Felber
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 22, 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636612/laminin-211-inhibits-protein-kinase-a-in-schwann-cells-to-modulate-neuregulin-1-type-iii-driven-myelination
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Monica Ghidinelli, Yannick Poitelon, Yoon Kyoung Shin, Dominique Ameroso, Courtney Williamson, Cinzia Ferri, Marta Pellegatta, Kevin Espino, Amit Mogha, Kelly Monk, Paola Podini, Carla Taveggia, Klaus-Armin Nave, Lawrence Wrabetz, Hwan Tae Park, Maria Laura Feltri
Myelin is required for proper nervous system function. Schwann cells in developing nerves depend on extrinsic signals from the axon and from the extracellular matrix to first sort and ensheathe a single axon and then myelinate it. Neuregulin 1 type III (Nrg1III) and laminin α2β1γ1 (Lm211) are the key axonal and matrix signals, respectively, but how their signaling is integrated and if each molecule controls both axonal sorting and myelination is unclear. Here, we use a series of epistasis experiments to show that Lm211 modulates neuregulin signaling to ensure the correct timing and amount of myelination...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630220/beyond-cervical-lipomas-myoclonus-gait-disorder-and-multisystem-involvement-leading-to-mitochondrial-disease
#20
Roberto López-Blanco, Ana Rojo-Sebastián, Maria Henedina Torregrosa-Martínez, Alberto Blazquez
Madelung's disease (benign symmetric lipomatosis) is a rare syndrome in which there are multiple lipomas around the neck, upper limbs and trunk in the context of chronic alcoholism. We report on a female patient with lipomas and slightly progressive myoclonus, neuropathy, myopathy, ataxia and respiratory systemic involvement (labelled in the past as Madelung's disease). Multisystem involvement and family history of lipomas led to the development of mitochondrial genetic tests, which can assess two concurrent mitochondrial mutations: the m...
June 19, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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