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lateral amyotrophic sclerosis

Suma Babu, Erik P Pioro, Jianbo Li, Yuebing Li
INTRODUCTION: We compared the yield of limb and thoracic paraspinal muscles for revealing lower motor neuron (LMN) dysfunction on electromyography (EMG) in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: A retrospective review of 354 patients with clinically definite or probable ALS was performed. Seventeen limb muscles and thoracic paraspinal muscles were evaluated for the presence of both active and chronic denervation. RESULTS: Distal limb muscles showed the highest electrodiagnostic sensitivities of LMN dysfunction in ALS regardless of onset region and diagnostic certainty at the time of diagnosis...
October 19, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Ademar Francisco de Oliveira, Gêssyca Adryene de Menezes Silva, Débora Milenna Xavier Almeida
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disease characterized by the degeneration of motor neurons, which are the central nervous system cells that control voluntary muscle movements. The excessive salivation (sialorrhea) is present in approximately 50% of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis cases. Thus, some alternative therapeutic methods are sought, such as anticholinergic drugs and surgery. Recently the use of botulinum toxin applied at a midpoint of the salivary glands, often guided by ultrasound, have demonstrated positive results...
July 2016: Einstein
Paulo Victor Sgobbi de Souza, Wladimir Bocca Vieira de Rezende Pinto, Flávio Moura Rezende, Acary Souza Bulle Oliveira
Motor neuron disease is one of the major groups of neurodegenerative diseases, mainly represented by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Despite wide genetic and biochemical data regarding its pathophysiological mechanisms, motor neuron disease develops under a complex network of mechanisms not restricted to the unique functions of the alpha motor neurons but which actually involve diverse functions of glial cell interaction. This review aims to expose some of the leading roles of glial cells in the physiological mechanisms of neuron-glial cell interactions and the mechanisms related to motor neuron survival linked to glial cell functions...
October 2016: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
H-J Kim, S-I Oh, M de Leon, X Wang, K-W Oh, J-S Park, A Deshpande, M Buj, S H Kim
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a motor neuron disease, is associated with various cortical symptoms including mild cognitive decline with behavior changes, suggesting the involvement of extra-motor areas in ALS. Our aim was to investigate the specific patterns of brain atrophy in sporadic, impaired ALS patients without commonly known genetic mutations using voxel-based morphometry. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-seven patients with sporadic ALS and 28 age-matched healthy controls were recruited...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Ricarda A L Menke, Federica Agosta, Julian Grosskreutz, Massimo Filippi, Martin R Turner
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative, clinically heterogeneous syndrome pathologically overlapping with frontotemporal dementia. To date, therapeutic trials in animal models have not been able to predict treatment response in humans, and the revised ALS Functional Rating Scale, which is based on coarse disability measures, remains the gold-standard measure of disease progression. Advances in neuroimaging have enabled mapping of functional, structural, and molecular aspects of ALS pathology, and these objective measures may be uniquely sensitive to the detection of propagation of pathology in vivo...
October 17, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Lauren C Tabor, Karen M Rosado, Raele Robison, Karen Hegland, Ianessa A Humbert, Emily K Plowman
We examined the impact of expiratory muscle strength training on maximum expiratory pressure, cough spirometry, and disease progression in a 71-year-old male with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Maximum expiratory pressure declined 9% over an 8-week sham training period, but subsequently improved by 102% following 8 weeks of expiratory muscle strength training. Improvements in cough spirometry and mitigated disease progression were also observed post expiratory muscle strength training. Improvements in maximum expiratory pressures were maintained 6 months following expiratory muscle strength training and were 79% higher than baseline data obtained 301 days prior...
October 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Susana Pinto, Pedro Alves, Michael Swash, Mamede de Carvalho
AIMS OF THE STUDY: To compare the assessment of respiratory decline with conventional tests, measurement of diaphragm compound muscle action potential (CMAP) to phrenic nerve stimulation and diaphragm thickness to ultrasound (US) investigation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients followed for a short period of time. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We evaluated in 40 consecutive ALS patients, the clinical functional scale (ALSFRS-R), forced vital capacity (FVC), maximal voluntary ventilation (MVV), maximal inspiratory (MIP) and expiratory (MEP) pressures, sniff nasal inspiratory pressure (SNIP), Diaphragm-CMAP (latency and amplitude) and diaphragm US (maximal and minimal diaphragm thickness during full inspiration and expiration, respectively)...
October 14, 2016: Neurophysiologie Clinique, Clinical Neurophysiology
Jésus Gonzalez-Bermejo, Capucine Morélot-Panzini, Marie-Laure Tanguy, Vincent Meininger, Pierre-François Pradat, Timothée Lenglet, Gaëlle Bruneteau, Nadine Le Forestier, Philippe Couratier, Nathalie Guy, Claude Desnuelle, Hélène Prigent, Christophe Perrin, Valérie Attali, Catherine Fargeot, Marie-Cécile Nierat, Catherine Royer, Fabrice Ménégaux, François Salachas, Thomas Similowski
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disorder associated with respiratory muscle weakness and respiratory failure. Non-invasive ventilation alleviates respiratory symptoms and prolongs life, but is a palliative intervention. Slowing the deterioration of diaphragm function before respiratory failure would be desirable. We aimed to assess whether early diaphragm pacing could slow down diaphragm deterioration and would therefore delay the need for non-invasive ventilation...
November 2016: Lancet Neurology
Richard A Lewis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Lancet Neurology
Haiying Shen, Kiyoon Kim, Yoojung Oh, Kyung Sik Yoon, Hyung Hwan Baik, Sung Soo Kim, Joohun Ha, Insug Kang, Wonchae Choe
β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) is a neurotoxin that is closely associated with the incidence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. In cultured neuronal cells, BMAA notably induces the upregulation of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) chaperons and activates the unfolded protein response (UPR) receptor pathways of protein kinase RNA‑like endoplasmic reticulum kinase, inositol‑requiring kinase 1 and transcription factor 6. The ER stress‑specific protein CCAAT/‑enhancer‑binding protein homologous protein (CHOP) affords pro‑apoptotic responses that cause mitochondrial damage and caspase activation...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
R Rabl, A Horvath, C Breitschaedel, S Flunkert, H Roemer, B Hutter-Paier
BACKGROUND: Evaluation of motor deficits in rodents is mostly restricted to limb motor tests that are often high stressors for the animals. NEW METHOD: To test rodents for orofacial motor impairments in a stress-free environment, we established the pasta gnawing test by measuring the biting noise of mice that eat a piece of spaghetti. Two parameters were evaluated, the biting speed and the biting peaks per biting episode. To evaluate the power of this test compared to commonly used limb motor and muscle strength tests, three mouse models of Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Niemann pick disease were tested in the pasta gnawing test, RotaRod and wire suspension test...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
John S Bett
Cells have developed an evolutionary obligation to survey and maintain proteome fidelity and avoid the possible toxic consequences of protein misfolding and aggregation. Disturbances to protein homoeostasis (proteostasis) can result in severe cellular phenotypes and are closely linked with the accumulation of microscopically visible deposits of aggregated proteins. These include inclusion bodies found in AD (Alzheimer's disease), HD (Huntington's disease) and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) patient neurons...
October 15, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
Hideyuki Takeuchi, Yasushi Kobayashi, Shinsuke Ishigaki, Manabu Doyu, Gen Sobue
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 14, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Andrea L Roberts, Norman J Johnson, Jarvis T Chen, Merit E Cudkowicz, Marc G Weisskopf
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status are associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) mortality in the United States. METHODS: The National Longitudinal Mortality Study (NLMS), a United States-representative, multistage sample, collected race/ethnicity and socioeconomic data prospectively. Mortality information was obtained by matching NLMS records to the National Death Index (1979-2011). More than 2 million persons (n = 1,145,368 women, n = 1,011,172 men) were included, with 33,024,881 person-years of follow-up (1,299 ALS deaths , response rate 96%)...
October 14, 2016: Neurology
Hector R Martínez, César E Escamilla-Ocañas, Juan Miguel Tenorio-Pedraza, David Gómez-Almaguer, Jose Carlos Jaime-Perez, Leticia A Olguín-Ramírez, Sergio Salazar-Marioni, María Teresa González-Garza
INTRODUCTION: Increased cytokine expression is a prominent finding in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Due to their interdependence and pleiotropism, interpretation of CSF concentrations of a single cytokine is challenging. We describe a cytokine analysis in ALS patients using a pathway-based statistical method to identify changes in the whole cytokine network. METHODS: We analyzed 19 cytokines in CSF of ALS patients and controls. An equality of concentration matrices was conducted that allowed us to evaluate disturbances in the relationship of cytokines between controls and ALS patients with less and more than 12months of disease length...
October 11, 2016: Cytokine
Helena E A Aho-Özhan, Jürgen Keller, Johanna Heimrath, Ingo Uttner, Jan Kassubek, Niels Birbaumer, Albert C Ludolph, Dorothée Lulé
INTRODUCTION: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) primarily impairs motor abilities but also affects cognition and emotional processing. We hypothesise that subjective ratings of emotional stimuli depicting social interactions and facial expressions is changed in ALS. It was found that recognition of negative emotions and ability to mentalize other's intentions is reduced. METHODS: Processing of emotions in faces was investigated. A behavioural test of Ekman faces expressing six basic emotions was presented to 30 ALS patients and 29 age-, gender and education matched healthy controls...
2016: PloS One
Yoshihiro Kino, Chika Washizu, Masaru Kurosawa, Mizuki Yamada, Hiroshi Doi, Toru Takumi, Hiroaki Adachi, Masahisa Katsuno, Gen Sobue, Geoffrey G Hicks, Nobutaka Hattori, Tomomi Shimogori, Nobuyuki Nukina
FUS/TLS is an RNA/DNA-binding protein associated with neurodegenerative diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Previously, we found that a prion-like domain in the N-terminus of FUS/TLS mediates co-aggregation between FUS/TLS and mutant huntingtin, the gene product of Huntington's disease (HD). Here, we show that heterozygous knockout of FUS/TLS worsened the phenotypes of model mice of (HD, but not spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA). This difference was correlated with the degree of pathological association between disease proteins and FUS/TLS...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Thomas Musacchio, Ann-Kathrin Zaum, Nurcan Üçeyler, Claudia Sommer, Nora Pfeifroth, Karlheinz Reiners, Erdmute Kunstmann, Jens Volkmann, Simone Rost, Stephan Klebe
Silver syndrome/SPG17 is a motor manifestation of mutations in the BSCL2 gene and usually presents as a complicated form of hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP). We present clinical data, follow-up, and genetic results of seven patients with Silver syndrome/SPG17 including a family with a variable intrafamilial phenotype ranging from subclinical signs to a severe and rapidly progressing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-like phenotype. For molecular diagnosis of the family, we used the TruSight Exome sequencing panel consisting of 2761 genes...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Neurology
Carla Brancia, Barbara Noli, Marina Boido, Andrea Boi, Roberta Puddu, Giuseppe Borghero, Francesco Marrosu, Paolo Bongioanni, Sandro Orrù, Barbara Manconi, Filomena D'Amato, Irene Messana, Federica Vincenzoni, Alessandro Vercelli, Gian-Luca Ferri, Cristina Cocco
VGF mRNA is widely expressed in areas of the nervous system known to degenerate in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), including cerebral cortex, brainstem and spinal cord. Despite certain VGF alterations are reported in animal models, little information is available with respect to the ALS patients. We addressed VGF peptide changes in fibroblast cell cultures and in plasma obtained from ALS patients, in parallel with spinal cord and plasma samples from the G93A-SOD1 mouse model. Antisera specific for the C-terminal end of the human and mouse VGF proteins, respectively, were used in immunohistochemistry and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), while gel chromatography and HPLC/ESI-MS/MS were used to identify the VGF peptides present...
2016: PloS One
James Hrastelj, Neil P Robertson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Journal of Neurology
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