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Anna Tylki-Szymańska, Paulina Szymańska-Rożek, Piotr Hasiński, Agnieszka Ługowska
Deficiency of beta-glucocerebrosidase (GBA) leads to Gaucher disease (GD), an inherited disorder characterised by storage of glucosylceramide (GlcCer) in lysosomes of tissue macrophages. Macrophages activated by accumulated GlcCer secrete chitotriosidase. Plasma chitotriosidase activity is significantly elevated in patients with active GD and has been suggested to indicate total body Gaucher cell load. There are two biomarkers used to assess the severity of GD - chitotriosidase has been measured for over 20 years, and deacylated GlcCer, known as glucosylsphingosine (GlcSph) is thought to be even more adequate, as it is almost a direct storage substrate...
February 27, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Jung Yeon Hong, Mina Kim, In Suk Sol, Kyung Won Kim, Chang-Min Lee, Jack A Elias, Myung Hyun Sohn, Chun Geun Lee
BACKGROUND: Chitotriosidase (Chitnase 1, Chit1), a major true chitinase in humans, is induced in childhood asthma and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of a variety of inflammatory and tissue remodeling responses. We hypothesized that Chit1 plays a significant role in the pathogenesis of allergic asthma. To identify the role of Chit1, the mechanisms that underlie these contributions and the relevance of these murine findings to childhood asthma. METHODS: Wild type and Chit1-deficient mice and cells in culture were used to define the roles of Chit1 in models of allergic adaptive Th2 inflammation...
February 8, 2018: Allergy
A G Thompson, E Gray, M-L Thézénas, P D Charles, S Evetts, M T Hu, K Talbot, R Fischer, B M Kessler, M R Turner
Objective The neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a heterogeneous clinical syndrome involving multiple molecular pathways. The development of biomarkers for use in therapeutic trials is a priority. We sought to use a high-throughput proteomic method to identify novel biomarkers in individual cerebrospinal fluid samples. Methods Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry with label-free quantification was used to identify cerebrospinal fluid proteins using samples from a well-characterised longitudinal cohort comprising patients with ALS (n=43), the upper motor neuron variant primary lateral sclerosis (PLS, n=6), cross-sectional healthy (n=20) and disease controls (Parkinsons's n=20, ALS mimic disorders n=12)...
January 13, 2018: Annals of Neurology
Melissa P Wasserstein, George A Diaz, Robin H Lachmann, Marie-Hélène Jouvin, Indrani Nandy, Allena J Ji, Ana Cristina Puga
Olipudase alfa, a recombinant human acid sphingomyelinase (ASM), is an enzyme replacement therapy for the treatment of nonneurologic manifestations of acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD). This ongoing, open-label, long-term study (NCT02004704) assessed safety and efficacy of olipudase alfa following 30 months of treatment in five adult patients with ASMD. There were no deaths, serious or severe events, or discontinuations during 30 months of treatment. The majority of adverse events were mild and included headache, nausea, and abdominal pain...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
M Voorink-Moret, S M I Goorden, A B P van Kuilenburg, F A Wijburg, J M M Ghauharali-van der Vlugt, F S Beers-Stet, A Zoetekouw, W Kulik, C E M Hollak, F M Vaz
BACKGROUND: In patients suspected of a lipid storage disorder (sphingolipidoses, lipidoses), confirmation of the diagnosis relies predominantly on the measurement of specific enzymatic activities and genetic studies. New UPLC-MS/MS methods have been developed to measure lysosphingolipids and oxysterols, which, combined with chitotriosidase activity may represent a rapid first tier screening for lipid storage disorders. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A lysosphingolipid panel consisting of lysoglobotriaosylceramide (LysoGb3), lysohexosylceramide (LysoHexCer: both lysoglucosylceramide and lysogalactosylceramide), lysosphingomyelin (LysoSM) and its carboxylated analogue lysosphingomyelin-509 (LysoSM-509) was measured in control subjects and plasma samples of predominantly untreated patients affected with lipid storage disorders (n=74)...
December 22, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Marzena Mazur, Jacek Olczak, Sylwia Olejniczak, Robert Koralewski, Wojciech Czestkowski, Anna Jedrzejczak, Jakub Golab, Karolina Dzwonek, Barbara Dymek, Piotr L Sklepkiewicz, Agnieszka Zagozdzon, Tom Noonan, Keyvan Mahboubi, Bruce Conway, Ryan Sheeler, Paul Beckett, William M Hungerford, Alberto D Podjarny, Andre Mitschler, Alexandra Cousido-Siah, Firas Fadel, Adam Golebiowski
This article highlights our work toward the identification of a potent, selective, and in vivo efficacious acidic mammalian chitinase (AMCase) inhibitor. Rational design, guided by X-ray analysis of several inhibitors bound to human chitotriosidase (hCHIT1) led to the identification of compound 7f as a highly potent, AMCase inhibitor (IC50 values of 14 and 19 nM against human and mouse enzyme, respectively) and selective (>150x against mCHIT1) with very good PK properties. This compound dosed once daily at 30 mg/kg p...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ben Danielson, Che-Hong Chen, Gernot Kaber, Daria Mochly-Rosen, Kevin Grimes, Robert Stern, Paul L Bollyky
Humans express an enzyme that degrades chitin, called chitotriosidase, despite the fact that we do not produce chitin. One possible explanation for this is that chitinase also degrades hyaluronan, a polysaccharide that is abundant in human tissues and shares structural attributes in common with chitinase. The objective of this study was to determine whether human chitotriosidase is capable of hydrolyzing hyaluronan. Hyaluronan of various sizes under a range of pH conditions displayed no degradation when incubated with various chitinases over a period of 5 days, while commercial hyaluronidase readily digested the hyaluronan...
December 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Pooja-Shree Mishra, K Vijayalakshmi, A Nalini, T N Sathyaprabha, B W Kramer, Phalguni Anand Alladi, T R Raju
BACKGROUND: Microglial cell-associated neuroinflammation is considered as a potential contributor to the pathophysiology of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. However, the specific role of microglia in the disease pathogenesis remains to be elucidated. METHODS: We studied the activation profiles of the microglial cultures exposed to the cerebrospinal fluid from these patients which recapitulates the neurodegeneration seen in sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Tatiane Grazieli Hammerschmidt, Graziela de Oliveira Schmitt Ribas, Maria Luiza Saraiva-Pereira, Márcia Polese Bonatto, Rejane Gus Kessler, Fernanda Timm Seabra Souza, Franciele Trapp, Kristiane Michelin-Tirelli, Maira Graeff Burin, Roberto Giugliani, Carmen Regla Vargas
BACKGROUND: Niemann-Pick type C (NP-C), one of 50 inherited lysosomal storage disorders, is caused by NPC protein impairment that leads to unesterified cholesterol accumulation in late endosomal/lysosomal compartments. The clinical manifestations of NP-C include hepatosplenomegaly, neurological and psychiatric symptoms. Current diagnosis for NP-C is based on observation of the accumulated cholesterol in fibroblasts of affected individuals, using an invasive and time expensive test, called Filipin staining...
November 29, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
Henrik Zetterberg
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March 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Petra Steinacker, Federico Verde, Lubin Fang, Emily Feneberg, Patrick Oeckl, Sigrun Roeber, Sarah Anderl-Straub, Adrian Danek, Janine Diehl-Schmid, Klaus Fassbender, Klaus Fliessbach, Hans Foerstl, Armin Giese, Holger Jahn, Jan Kassubek, Johannes Kornhuber, G Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, Martin Lauer, Elmar Hans Pinkhardt, Johannes Prudlo, Angela Rosenbohm, Anja Schneider, Matthias L Schroeter, Hayrettin Tumani, Christine A F von Arnim, Jochen Weishaupt, Patrick Weydt, Albert C Ludolph, Deniz Yilmazer Hanke, Markus Otto
OBJECTIVES: Neurochemical markers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that reflect underlying disease mechanisms might help in diagnosis, staging and prediction of outcome. We aimed at determining the origin and differential diagnostic and prognostic potential of the putative marker of microglial activation chitotriosidase (CHIT1). METHODS: Altogether 316 patients were included, comprising patients with sporadic ALS, ALS mimics (disease controls (DCo)), frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD) and healthy controls (Con)...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Paola Quarello, Marco Spada, Francesco Porta, Elena Vassallo, Fabio Timeus, Franca Fagioli
Here, we report a patient with Niemann-Pick disease type B, with early severe onset of disease and pulmonary involvement, treated with hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) from a bone marrow matched unrelated donor. We confirm that HSCT is feasible and potentially beneficial for patients with severe phenotype. Noteworthy, we discussed the potential usefulness of the activity of peripheral chitotriosidase for the longitudinal evaluation of HSCT success and effectiveness.
February 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Eri Tabata, Akinori Kashimura, Satoshi Wakita, Misa Ohno, Masayoshi Sakaguchi, Yasusato Sugahara, Yasutada Imamura, Shiro Seki, Hitoshi Ueda, Vaclav Matoska, Peter O Bauer, Fumitaka Oyama
Chitin, a polymer of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (GlcNAc), is a major structural component in chitin-containing organism including crustaceans, insects and fungi. Mammals express two chitinases, chitotriosidase (Chit1) and acidic mammalian chitinase (AMCase). Here, we report that pig AMCase is stable in the presence of other digestive proteases and functions as chitinolytic enzyme under the gastrointestinal conditions. Quantification of chitinases expression in pig tissues using quantitative real-time PCR showed that Chit1 mRNA was highly expressed in eyes, whereas the AMCase mRNA was predominantly expressed in stomach at even higher levels than the housekeeping genes...
October 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
Leonor Correia Guedes, Robin Barry Chan, Marcos António Gomes, Vasco A Conceição, Raquel Bouça Machado, Tiago Soares, Yimeng Xu, Paulo Gaspar, Joao André Carriço, Roy N Alcalay, Joaquim J Ferreira, Tiago Fleming Outeiro, Gabriel Miltenberger-Miltenyi
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in the GBA gene, encoding for the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase, are associated with Gaucher disease. Alterations in plasma sphingolipids have been reported in Gaucher, and similarly in brain extracts in Lewy body disease. As GBA mutations are prevalent risk factors for Parkinson's disease and overlap of molecular pathways are presumable, here we assessed the lipid profiles in Parkinson's patients with and without GBA mutations. METHODS: We sequenced all GBA exons in 415 Parkinson's patients, previously genotyped for LRRK2...
November 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Elena Bargagli, Elisabetta Rosi, Massimo Pistolesi, Federico Lavorini, Luca Voltolini, Paola Rottoli
Sarcoidosis is a systemic granulomatous disease of unknown etiology. Recent studies demonstrated that its pathogenesis is related with enhanced oxidative stress (protein carbonylation and lipid peroxidation) and alterations in the circulating lipid profile. Alterations of lipid metabolism (including the reduction in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and apolipoprotein A1 concentrations) induce plasma membrane, bronchial and lung capillary endothelial cell damage in sarcoidosis patients. Dyslipidemia is associated with increased oxidative stress, diminished overall antioxidative protection and increased risk for atherosclerosis...
2017: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
C Bondar, J Mucci, A Crivaro, M Ormazabal, R Ceci, B Oliveri, D González, P Rozenfeld
Gaucher disease (GD) is caused by mutations on the gene encoding for the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase. Type I GD (GD1) patients present anemia, hepatosplenomegaly and bone alterations. In spite of treatment, bone alterations in GD patients persist, including poor bone mineral density (BMD). Mechanisms leading to bone damage are not completely understood, but previous reports suggest that osteoclasts are involved. Chitotriosidase (CHIT) is the most reliable biomarker used in the follow up of patients, although its correlation with bone status is unknown...
July 20, 2017: Bone
Normeen A Kaddah, Dalia A Saied, Hanan A Alwakeel, Rania H Hashem, Sara M Rowizak, Mohamed A Elmonem
The relationship between chronic hemolysis with subsequent iron overload, inflammation, and premature atherosclerosis has been documented in hemolytic anemias, particularly β-thalassemia. However, no such relationship has been established in sickle cell disease (SCD). We sought to evaluate SCD as a risk factor for early vascular insult by measuring carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and plasma chitotriosidase and to assess the role of the latter as a potential quantitative indicator of vascular inflammation and atherogenesis...
November 2017: International Journal of Hematology
Spasoje Popević, Zorica Šumarac, Dragana Jovanović, Dragan Babić, Mihailo Stjepanović, Snežana Jovičić, Dragana Šobić-Šaranović, Snežana Filipović, Branko Gvozdenović, Maja Omčikus, Anđela Milovanović, Jelica Videnović-Ivanov, Ana Radović, Vladimir Žugić, Violeta Mihailović-Vučinić
BACKGROUND: Until now, a proper biomarker(s) to evaluate sarcoidosis activity has not been recognized. The aims of this study were to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of the two biomarkers of sarcoidosis activity already in use (serum angiotensin converting enzyme - ACE and serum chitotriosidase) in a population of 430 sarcoidosis patients. The activities of these markers were also analyzed in a group of 264 healthy controls. METHODS: Four hundred and thirty biopsy positive sarcoidosis patients were divided into groups with active and inactive disease, and groups with acute or chronic disease...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Biochemistry
Hemat El-Sayed El-Horany, Rania Nagi Abd-Ellatif, Mona Watany, Yasser M Hafez, Hanaa Ibrahim Okda
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of the major causes of end-stage renal disease. Nod-like receptors nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat pyrin-3 domain (NLRP3) inflammasome displays a considerable role in the chronic inflammatory state observed in diabetic patients. Urinary heat shock protein 72 (uHSP72) is a sensitive and specific biomarker for the early detection of acute kidney injury. The aim of this study was to evaluate NLRP3 relative gene expression, its correlation with inflammatory and oxidative stress markers, and to assess the value of uHSP72 in the early detection of DN in type 2 diabetic patients with different degrees of DN...
August 2017: IUBMB Life
Oscar Crasson, Gaston Courtade, Raphaël R Léonard, Finn Lillelund Aachmann, François Legrand, Raffaella Parente, Denis Baurain, Moreno Galleni, Morten Sørlie, Marylène Vandevenne
Chitin is an important structural component of numerous fungal pathogens and parasitic nematodes. The human macrophage chitotriosidase (HCHT) is a chitinase that hydrolyses glycosidic bonds between the N-acetyl-D-glucosamine units of this biopolymer. HCHT belongs to the Glycoside Hydrolase (GH) superfamily and contains a well-characterized catalytic domain appended to a chitin-binding domain (ChBDCHIT1). Although its precise biological function remains unclear, HCHT has been described to be involved in innate immunity...
June 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
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