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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223359/in-niemann-pick-c1-mouse-models-glial-only-expression-of-the-normal-gene-extends-survival-much-further-than-do-changes-in-genetic-background-or-treatment-with-hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin
#1
Craig A Marshall, Dawn E Watkins-Chow, Giampiero Palladino, Gail Deutsch, Keshav Chandran, William J Pavan, Robert P Erickson
The Npc1nmf164 allele of Npc1 provides a mouse model for Niemann-Pick disease type C1 (NPC1), a genetic disease known to have a widely variable phenotype. The transfer of the Npc1nmf164 mutation from the C57BL/6J inbred strain to the BALB/cJ inbred strain increased the mean lifespan from 117.8days to 153.1days, confirming that the severity of the NPC1 phenotype is strongly influenced by genetic background. The transfer of another Npc1 allele, Npc1nih, to this background also extended survival of the homozygotes indicating that the modifying effect of BALB/cJ is not limited to a single allele of Npc1...
December 6, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212933/characterization-of-an-influenza-virus-pseudotyped-with-ebolavirus-glycoprotein
#2
Julie Xiao, Pramila Rijal, Lisa Schimanski, Arun Kumar Tharkeshwar, Edward Wright, Wim Annaert, Alain Townsend
We have produced a new Ebola virus pseudotype: E-S-FLU, which can be handled in biosafety level-1/2 containment for laboratory analysis. E-S-FLU is a single cycle influenza virus coated with Ebolavirus glycoprotein, and it encodes enhanced green fluorescence protein as a reporter that replaces the influenza haemagglutinin. MDCK-SIAT1 cells were transduced to express Ebolavirus glycoprotein as a stable transmembrane protein for E-S-FLU production. Infection of cells by E-S-FLU was dependent on Niemann-Pick C1 protein, which is the well-characterized receptor for Ebola virus entry at the late endosome/lysosome membrane...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204109/intracellular-cholesterol-trafficking-and-impact-in-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Fabian Arenas, Carmen Garcia-Ruiz, Jose C Fernandez-Checa
Cholesterol is a critical component of membrane bilayers where it plays key structural and functional roles by regulating the activity of diverse signaling platforms and pathways. Particularly enriched in brain, cholesterol homeostasis in this organ is singular with respect to other tissues and exhibits a heterogeneous regulation in distinct brain cell populations. Due to the key role of cholesterol in brain physiology and function, alterations in cholesterol homeostasis and levels have been linked to brain diseases and neurodegeneration...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197565/molecular-and-biochemical-biomarkers-for-diagnosis-and-therapy-monitorization-of-niemann-pick-type-c-patients
#4
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191430/oculomotor-abnormalities-in-children-with-niemann-pick-type-c
#5
James Blundell, Steven Frisson, Anupam Chakrapani, Paul Gissen, Chris Hendriksz, Suresh Vijay, Andrew Olson
Niemann-Pick type C (NP-C) is a rare recessive disorder associated with progressive supranuclear gaze palsy. Degeneration occurs initially for vertical saccades and later for horizontal saccades. There are studies of oculomotor degeneration in adult NP-C patients [1, 2] but no comparable studies in children. We used high-resolution video-based eye tracking to record monocular vertical and horizontal eye movements in 2 neurological NP-C patients (children with clinically observable oculomotor abnormalities) and 3 pre-neurological NP-C patients (children without clinically observable oculomotor abnormalities)...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189433/transintestinal-cholesterol-excretion-in-humans
#6
Laurens F Reeskamp, Emma C E Meessen, Albert K Groen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To discuss recent insights into the measurement and cellular basis of transintestinal cholesterol excretion (TICE) in humans and to explore TICE as a therapeutic target for increasing reverse cholesterol transport. RECENT FINDINGS: TICE is the net effect of cholesterol excretion by the enterocyte into the intestinal lumen and is the balance between input and output fluxes through the enterocytes. These fluxes are: cholesterol excretion into the intestinal lumen mainly via ATP-binding cassette (ABC) G5/8, cholesterol absorption from the intestine by Niemann-Pick C1 like protein 1, the uptake of plasma lipoproteins by enterocytes at the basolateral membrane, and the excretion of cholesterol in chylomicrons into the lymph...
November 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184266/effects-of-saponin-from-trigonella-foenum-graecum-seeds-on-dyslipidemia
#7
Zhi Chen, Yan-Li Lei, Wen-Ping Wang, Ya-Ya Lei, Yan-Hua Liu, Jing Hei, Jin Hu, Hong Sui
Background: Saponins identified from fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seeds are reported effective on dyslipidemia. However, the definite mechanism is still not elucidated systematically. In this study, we evaluate the effects of saponin extract on cholesterol absorption, metabolism, synthesis, and reverse cholesterol transport in vivo. Methods: Saponin extract was prepared according to a craft established in our previous study. After the establishment of dyslipidemia model, 40 male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into five groups, namely the control group (normal diet plus normal saline), HFD group (high fat diet plus normal saline), Lipitor group (high fat diet plus Lipitor (2 mg/kg)), and L, M, and H-saponin groups (high fat diet plus saponin in dosages of 6, 12, and 24 mg/kg, respectively)...
November 2017: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175127/retro-2-and-its-dihydroquinazolinone-derivatives-inhibit-filovirus-infection
#8
Olena Shtanko, Yasuteru Sakurai, Ann N Reyes, Romain Noël, Jean-Christophe Cintrat, Daniel Gillet, Julien Barbier, Robert A Davey
Members of the family Filoviridae cause severe, often fatal disease in humans, for which there are no approved vaccines and only a few experimental drugs tested in animal models. Retro-2, a small molecule that inhibits retrograde trafficking of bacterial and plant toxins inside host cells, has been demonstrated to be effective against a range of bacterial and virus pathogens, both in vitro and in animal models. Here, we demonstrated that Retro-2 and its derivatives, Retro-2.1 and compound 25, blocked infection by Ebola virus and Marburg virus in vitro...
November 21, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162837/l-leucine-and-spns1-coordinately-ameliorate-dysfunction-of-autophagy-in-mouse-and-human-niemann-pick-type-c-disease
#9
Hiroko Yanagisawa, Tomohiro Ishii, Kentaro Endo, Emiko Kawakami, Kazuaki Nagao, Toshiyuki Miyashita, Keiko Akiyama, Kazuhiko Watabe, Masaaki Komatsu, Daisuke Yamamoto, Yoshikatsu Eto
Lysosomal storage disorders are characterized by progressive accumulation of undigested macromolecules within the cell due to lysosomal dysfunction. 573C10 is a Schwann cell line derived from a mouse model of Niemann-Pick type C disease-1, NPC (-/-). Under serum-starved conditions, NPC (-/-) cells manifested impaired autophagy accompanied by an increase in the amount of p62 and lysosome enlargement. Addition of L-leucine to serum-starved NPC (-/-) cells ameliorated the enlargement of lysosomes and the p62 accumulation...
November 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156730/generation-of-patient-specific-human-neural-stem-cells-from-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-patient-derived-fibroblasts
#10
Eun-Ah Sung, Kyung-Rok Yu, Ji-Hee Shin, Yoojin Seo, Hyung-Sik Kim, Myung Guen Koog, Insung Kang, Jae-Jun Kim, Byung-Chul Lee, Tae-Hoon Shin, Jin Young Lee, Seunghee Lee, Tae-Wook Kang, Soon Won Choi, Kyung-Sun Kang
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a neurodegenerative and lysosomal lipid storage disorder, characterized by the abnormal accumulation of unesterified cholesterol and glycolipids, which is caused by mutations in the NPC1 genes. Here, we report the generation of human induced neural stem cells from NPC patient-derived fibroblasts (NPC-iNSCs) using only two reprogramming factors SOX2 and HMGA2 without going through the pluripotent state. NPC-iNSCs were stably expandable and differentiated into neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152458/lysosomal-storage-diseases
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REVIEW
Carlos R Ferreira, William A Gahl
Lysosomes are cytoplasmic organelles that contain a variety of different hydrolases. A genetic deficiency in the enzymatic activity of one of these hydrolases will lead to the accumulation of the material meant for lysosomal degradation. Examples include glycogen in the case of Pompe disease, glycosaminoglycans in the case of the mucopolysaccharidoses, glycoproteins in the cases of the oligosaccharidoses, and sphingolipids in the cases of Niemann-Pick disease types A and B, Gaucher disease, Tay-Sachs disease, Krabbe disease, and metachromatic leukodystrophy...
May 25, 2017: Translational Science of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138063/polyrotaxane-based-systemic-delivery-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrins-for-potentiating-therapeutic-efficacy-in-a-mouse-model-of-niemann-pick-type-c-disease
#12
Atsushi Tamura, Nobuhiko Yui
Niemann-Pick type C (NPC) disease is a fatal metabolic disorder characterized by the lysosomal accumulation of cholesterol. Although 2-hydroxypropyl β-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD) promotes the excretion of cholesterol and prolongs the life span in animal models of NPC disease, it requires extremely high dose. We developed acid-labile β-CD-based polyrotaxanes (PRXs) comprising multiple β-CDs threaded along a polymer chain capped with acid-cleavable stopper molecules for potentiating therapeutic efficacy of β-CD in NPC disease...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135293/-from-the-hallervorden-spatz-eponym-to-the-molecular-terminology
#13
Ferenc Garzuly
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: A combination of Niemann-Pick- and Hallervorden-Spatz diseases led to the death of a 17-year-old boy in 1994. Genetic counseling necessitated further investigations in 2017. Meanwhile, the nomenclature of Hallervorden-Spatz disease has been abandoned. The author analyze the reasons for this change. METHOD: Professional activities of Hallervorden and Spatz during and after the Nazi euthanasia program are presented. Also, the scientific efforts that led to the discovery of the genetic background of the disease and ultimately to its new name are highlighted...
October 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129654/corrigendum-to-cause-of-death-in-patients-with-chronic-visceral-and-chronic-neurovisceral-acid-sphingomyelinase-deficiency-niemann-pick-disease-type-b-and-b-variant-literature-review-and-report-of-new-cases-mol-genet-metab-118-2016-206-213
#14
David Cassiman, Seymour Packman, Bruno Bembi, Hadhami Ben Turkia, Moeenaldeen Al-Sayed, Manuel Schiff, Jackie Imrie, Paulina Mabe, Tsutomu Takahashi, Karl Eugen Mengel, Roberto Giugliani, Gerald F Cox
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 9, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119141/case-report-ursodeoxycholic-acid-treatment-in-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-clinical-experience-in-four-cases
#15
William R H Evans, Elena-Raluca Nicoli, Raymond Y Wang, Nina Movsesyan, Frances M Platt
In this case series, we demonstrate that Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) improves liver dysfunction in Niemann-Pick type C (NPC) and may restore a suppressed cytochrome p450 system. NPC disease is a progressive neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disease caused by mutations in either the NPC1 or NPC2 genes. Liver disease is a common feature presenting either acutely as cholestatic jaundice in the neonatal period, or in later life as elevated liver enzymes indicative of liver dysfunction. Recently, an imbalance in bile acid synthesis in a mouse model of NPC disease was linked to suppression of the P450 detoxification system and was corrected by UDCA treatment...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100954/newborn-presentation-of-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-difficulties-and-limitations-of-diagnostic-methods
#16
Patryk Lipiński, Irena Jankowska, Agnieszka Ługowska, Małgorzata Musielak, Maciej Pronicki, Anna Tylki-Szymańska
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 12, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090525/hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-niemann-pick-disease-type-b-monitored-by-chitotriosidase-activity
#17
Paola Quarello, Spada Marco, Porta Francesco, Vassallo Elena, Timeus Fabio, Fagioli Franca
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.
November 1, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084218/concerted-regulation-of-npc2-binding-to-endosomal-lysosomal-membranes-by-bis-monoacylglycero-phosphate-and-sphingomyelin
#18
Giray Enkavi, Heikki Mikkolainen, Burçin Güngör, Elina Ikonen, Ilpo Vattulainen
Niemann-Pick Protein C2 (npc2) is a small soluble protein critical for cholesterol transport within and from the lysosome and the late endosome. Intriguingly, npc2-mediated cholesterol transport has been shown to be modulated by lipids, yet the molecular mechanism of npc2-membrane interactions has remained elusive. Here, based on an extensive set of atomistic simulations and free energy calculations, we clarify the mechanism and energetics of npc2-membrane binding and characterize the roles of physiologically relevant key lipids associated with the binding process...
October 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079454/the-adenosine-a2a-receptor-agonist-t1-11-ameliorates-neurovisceral-symptoms-and-extends-the-lifespan-of-a-mouse-model-of-niemann-pick-type-c-disease
#19
Antonella Ferrante, Antonella Pezzola, Andrea Matteucci, Antonella Di Biase, Lucilla Attorri, Monica Armida, Alberto Martire, Yijuang Chern, Patrizia Popoli
Niemann-Pick C is a fatal neurovisceral disorder caused, in 95% of cases, by mutation of NPC1 gene. Therapeutic options are extremely limited and new "druggable" targets are highly warranted. We previously demonstrated that the stimulation of the adenosine A2A receptor (A2AR) normalized the pathological phenotype of cellular models of NPC1. Since the validation of A2ARs as a therapeutic target for NPC1 can be obtained only conducting studies in in vivo models of the disease, in the present paper, the effects of two agonists of A2ARs were evaluated in the mouse model Balb/c Npc1(nih), hereafter indicated as NPC1-/-...
October 25, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074317/alteration-of-cortical-excitability-and-its-modulation-by-miglustat-in-niemann-pick-disease-type-c
#20
Shady Safwat Hassan, Carlos Trenado, Saskia Elben, Alfons Schnitzler, Stefan Jun Groiss
Niemann-Pick type C (NP-C) is a rare, neurodegenerative, lysosomal storage disease. Cortical excitability using different transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) protocols together with clinical and neuropsychological testing was longitudinally assessed in a patient with NP-C. Cerebellar inhibition, a measure for the integrity of the cerebello-thalamo-cortical network, was impaired. Short-latency afferent inhibition, a measure for cholinergic transmission, and cognitive functions were also impaired and improved under Miglustat treatment...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
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