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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445922/the-canaries-in-the-coal-mine-mune-and-munix-in-als
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EDITORIAL
Clifton L Gooch
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 26, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445628/characterization-of-four-latin-american-families-confirms-previous-findings-and-reveals-novel-features-of-acid-labile-subunit-als-deficiency
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Paula A Scaglia, Ana C Keselman, Débora Braslavsky, Lucía C Martucci, Liliana M Karabatas, Sabina Domené, Mariana L Gutiérrez, María G Ballerini, María G Ropelato, Angela Spinola-Castro, Adriana A Siviero-Miachon, Juliana Saito Tartuci, Sol Rodríguez Azrak, Rodolfo A Rey, Héctor G Jasper, Ignacio Bergadá, Horacio M Domené
OBJECTIVE: ALS deficiency (ACLSD), caused by inactivating mutations in both IGFALS gene alleles, is characterized by marked reduction of IGF-I and IGFBP-3 levels associated to mild growth retardation. The aim of this study was to expand the known phenotype and genetic characteristics of ACLSD by reporting data from four index cases and their families. DESIGN: Auxological data, biochemical and genetic studies were performed in four children diagnosed with ACLSD and all available relatives...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444629/stress-measured-by-allostatic-load-score-varies-by-reason-for-immigration-the-africans-in-america-study
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Jean N Utumatwishima, Rafeal L Baker, Brianna A Bingham, Stephanie T Chung, David Berrigan, Anne E Sumner
OBJECTIVE: Reason for immigration as a biological stress has not been studied in Africans. Our goal was to determine in African immigrants, if biological stress measured by allostatic load score (ALS) varies by reason for immigration. METHODS: Using an ALS which had been previously developed with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data to assess stress due to racism and nativity, ALS was calculated in 85 African immigrants (67% male, age 42 ± 10 years)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444573/the-effect-of-different-types-of-nanoparticles-on-fus-and-tdp-43-solubility-and-subcellular-localization
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Jasna Lojk, Sonja Prpar Mihevc, Vladimir Boštjan Bregar, Mojca Pavlin, Boris Rogelj
Increased environmental pollution has been suggested as one of the possible causes for increased incidence of neurodegenerative and developmental disorders. Through the environmental pollution, everyday consumer products and nanomedical applications, we are also exposed to various nanoparticles (NPs). Specific types of NPs have been shown to be able to cause neural damage in vivo through processes such as disruption of the blood-brain barrier, induction of neuroinflammation, increase in oxidative stress and protein aggregation...
April 25, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444446/comparison-of-the-clinical-and-cognitive-features-of-genetically-positive-als-patients-from-the-largest-tertiary-center-in-serbia
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Ivan V Marjanović, Biljana Selak-Djokić, Stojan Perić, Milena Janković, Vladimir Arsenijević, Ivana Basta, Dragana Lavrnić, Elka Stefanova, Zorica Stević
Discovering novel mutations in C9orf72, FUS, ANG, and TDP-43 genes in ALS patients arises necessities for better clinical characterizations of these subjects. The aim is to determine clinical and cognitive profile of genetically positive Serbian ALS patients. 241 ALS patients were included in the study (17 familiar and 224 apparently sporadic). The following genes were analyzed: SOD1, C9orf72, ANG, FUS, and TDP-43. An extensive battery of classic neuropsychological tests was used in 27 ALS patients (22 SOD1 positive and 5 SOD1 negative) and 82 healthy controls (HCs)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444311/expression-of-als-ftd-linked-mutant-ccnf-in-zebrafish-leads-to-increased-cell-death-in-the-spinal-cord-and-an-aberrant-motor-phenotype
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Alison L Hogan, Emily K Don, Stephanie L Rayner, Albert Lee, Angela S Laird, Maxinne Watchon, Claire Winnick, Ingrid S Tarr, Marco Morsch, Jennifer A Fifita, Serene Gwee, Isabel Formella, Elinor Hortle, Kristy Yuan, Mark P Molloy, Kelly L Williams, Garth A Nicholson, Roger S Chung, Ian P Blair, Nicholas J Cole
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease characterised by the death of upper and lower motor neurons. Approximately 10% of cases have a known family history of ALS and disease-linked mutations in multiple genes have been identified. ALS-linked mutations in CCNF were recently reported, however the pathogenic mechanisms associated with these mutations are yet to be established. To investigate possible disease mechanisms, we developed in vitro and in vivo models based on an ALS-linked missense mutation in CCNF...
April 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443372/cord-blood-as-a-potential-therapeutic-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Svitlana Garbuzova-Davis, Jared Ehrhart, Paul R Sanberg
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive motor neuron degeneration in the brain and spinal cord. Treatment options are limited due to the complexity of underlying disease factors. Cell therapy, using human umbilical cord blood (hUCB) cells may be a promising new treatment for ALS, mainly by providing a protective microenvironment for motor neuron survival. Areas covered: Composition and in vitro and in vivo differentiation of hUCB cells and the advantages of cord blood as a source of transplant cells are discussed...
April 26, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443187/treatment-with-penicillin-g-and-hydrocortisone-reduces-als-associated-symptoms-a-case-series-of-three-patients
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Bert Tuk, Harmen Jousma, Pieter J Gaillard
Three male Caucasian patients with ALS were admitted to the hospital due to progressive dysphagia and dysarthria. During two 21-day courses of penicillin G and hydrocortisone, these patients' dysphagia and dysarthria resolved. The patient's other ALS-associated symptoms also improved, including respiratory function, coordination, walking, and muscle strength. This is the first report of a treatment with a protocol for treating dysphagia, dysarthria, respiratory depression and other ALS-related symptoms. Furthermore, the observations are consistent with the recent hypothesis that the successful treatment of ALS symptoms with this treatment course in six patients with syphilitic ALS was not directly due to the treatment of syphilis; but that the administered penicillin G and/or hydrocortisone treated these patients' ALS symptoms due the off-target pharmacological activity of penicillin G and/or hydrocortisone...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440186/the-double-roles-of-the-prostaglandin-e2-ep2-receptor-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Xu Luo, Qiquan Zhu, Jie Zhang, Qin Huang, Zongyi Xie, Yuan Cheng
Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), a subtype of stroke, brings high morbidity and mortality to human beings. Multiple studies indicate that neuroinflammation, excitotoxicity, oxidative stress, cytotoxicity resulted from the degradation products of blood clot play vital roles in ICH-induced secondary brain injury, which contributes to deterioration of neurological outcome. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), a type of prostanoids commonly up-regulated in these progresses, is known to modulate numerous cellular and molecular processes and involve in various diseases, including ICH, cerebral ischemic, Alzheimer's disease (AD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) etc...
April 24, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440098/early-diagnosis-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-mimic-syndromes-pros-and-cons-of-current-clinical-diagnostic-criteria
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Elena Cortés-Vicente, Jesús Pradas, Juan Marín-Lahoz, Noemi De Luna, Jordi Clarimón, Janina Turon-Sans, Ellen Gelpí, Jordi Díaz-Manera, Isabel Illa, Ricard Rojas-Garcia
OBJECTIVE: To describe the frequency and clinical characteristics of patients referred to a tertiary neuromuscular clinic as having amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) but who were re-diagnosed as having an ALS mimic syndrome, and to identify the reasons that led to the revision of the diagnosis. METHODS: We reviewed the final diagnosis of all patients prospectively registered in the Sant Pau-MND register from 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2015. A detailed clinical evaluation and a clinically-guided electrophysiological study were performed at first evaluation...
April 25, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437840/blood-biomarkers-of-carbohydrate-lipid-and-apolipoprotein-metabolisms-and-risk-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-more-than-20-year-follow-up-of-the-swedish-amoris-cohort
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Daniela Mariosa, Niklas Hammar, Håkan Malmström, Caroline Ingre, Ingmar Jungner, Weimin Ye, Fang Fang, Göran Walldius
Objective To assess the associations of blood biomarkers of carbohydrate, lipid and apolipoprotein metabolisms with the future risk of ALS. Methods In the Apolipoprotein-related MOrtality RISk (AMORIS) study, we enrolled 636,132 men and women during 1985-1996 in Stockholm, Sweden with measurements of serum glucose, total cholesterol, triglycerides, apolipoprotein B (apoB), and apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I). Serum LDL-C and HDL-C were either directly measured or calculated from total cholesterol, triglycerides and apoA-I...
April 24, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437540/characterization-of-gene-expression-phenotype-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-monocytes
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Weihua Zhao, David R Beers, Kristopher G Hooten, Douglas H Sieglaff, Aijun Zhang, Shanker Kalyana-Sundaram, Christopher M Traini, Wendy S Halsey, Ashley M Hughes, Ganesh M Sathe, George P Livi, Guo-Huang Fan, Stanley H Appel
Importance: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a common adult-onset neurodegenerative disease characterized by selective loss of upper and lower motor neurons. Patients with ALS have persistent peripheral and central inflammatory responses including abnormally functioning T cells and activated microglia. However, much less is known about the inflammatory gene profile of circulating innate immune monocytes in these patients. Objective: To characterize the transcriptomics of peripheral monocytes in patients with ALS...
April 24, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436181/cortical-hyperexcitability-and-disease-spread-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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P Menon, N Geevasinga, M van den Bos, C Yiannikas, M C Kiernan, S Vucic
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is characterized by focal disease onset with a predominantly contiguous pattern of disease spread. The pathophysiological mechanisms underlying disease progression in ALS have not been elucidated. Given that cortical hyperexcitability has been identified as an important pathogenic mechanism in ALS, the aim of the present study was to determine whether changes in cortical function could mediate disease spread in ALS. METHODS: Threshold-tracking transcranial magnetic stimulation was undertaken in 50 patients with sporadic ALS with recording of responses over both abductor pollicis brevis muscles, with results matched to clinical assessments and concurrent neurophysiological investigation of lower motor neuron function...
April 24, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434507/motor-neuropathies-and-lower-motor-neuron-syndromes
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REVIEW
A Verschueren
Motor or motor-predominant neuropathies may arise from disease processes affecting the motor axon and/or its surrounding myelin. Lower motor neuron syndrome (LMNS) arises from a disease process affecting the spinal motor neuron itself. The term LMNS is more generally used, rather than motor neuronopathy, although both entities are clinically similar. Common features are muscle weakness (distal or proximal) with atrophy and hyporeflexia, but no sensory involvement. They can be acquired or hereditary. Immune-mediated neuropathies (multifocal motor neuropathy, motor-predominant chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy) are important to identify, as effective treatments are available...
April 20, 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432364/rrm-domain-of-als-ftd-causing-fus-characteristic-of-irreversible-unfolding-spontaneously-self-assembles-into-amyloid-fibrils
#15
Yimei Lu, Liangzhong Lim, Jianxing Song
526-residue FUS functions to self-assemble into reversible droplets/hydrogels, which could be further solidified into pathological fibrils. FUS is intrinsically prone to aggregation, composed of N-terminal low-sequence complexity (LC); RNA-recognition motif (RRM) and C-terminal LC domains. Intriguingly, previous in vivo studies revealed that its RRM is required for manifesting FUS cytotoxicity but the underlying mechanism remains unknown. Here, we characterized solution conformations of FUS and its five differentially dissected fragments, followed by detailed investigations on thermal unfolding, NMR dynamics and self-assembly of RRM...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431613/an-analysis-of-prognostic-factors-after-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-placement-in-japanese-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#16
Kazuaki Nagashima, Natsumi Furuta, Kouki Makioka, Yukio Fujita, Masaki Ikeda, Yoshio Ikeda
A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is an useful intervention for feeding of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients who have lost oral intake function. The aim of this study was to investigate the risk factors for early death and the survival after PEG placement. A total of 102 ALS patients who underwent PEG placement were enrolled in this study. Patients were divided into two groups; the poor prognosis group included patients who died or needed permanent mechanical ventilation within 30days after PEG placement, and the good prognosis group included patients who did not meet the criteria of the poor prognosis group...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431606/screening-for-cognitive-and-behavioural-impairment-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-frequency-of-abnormality-and-effect-on-survival
#17
Zhouwei Xu, Ashwag Rafea S Alruwaili, Robert David Henderson, Pamela Ann McCombe
OBJECTIVE: To screen for cognitive and behavioural impairment in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and controls with neuromuscular disease and to correlate these with clinical features. METHODS: 108 people with ALS and 60 controls with other neuromuscular diseases were recruited and assessed with the Addenbrooke's cognitive examination-III (ACE-III), the frontal assessment battery (FAB), and the executive function component of the Edinburgh cognitive and behavioural ALS screen (ECAS)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431489/apathy-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-insights-from-dimensional-apathy-scale
#18
Gabriella Santangelo, Mattia Siciliano, Luigi Trojano, Cinzia Femiano, Maria Rosaria Monsurrò, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Francesca Trojsi
OBJECTIVES: Apathy is associated with cognitive decline and worse survival in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); an accurate evaluation of this aspect is relevant in clinical settings. The aims of this study are to evaluate the prevalence of apathy in a large ALS sample, using published diagnostic criteria, and to explore the psychometric properties, the sensitivity and the specificity of the Dimensional Apathy Scale (DAS) as a screening tool for apathy. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-one patients underwent clinical interview based on diagnostic criteria for apathy, DAS, Apathy Evaluation Scale, and assessment of depression, global cognitive functioning, and non-verbal intelligence...
April 21, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429727/selection-of-relatively-exact-reference-genes-for-gene-expression-studies-in-goosegrass-eleusine-indica-under-herbicide-stress
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Jingchao Chen, Zhaofeng Huang, Hongjuan Huang, Shouhui Wei, Yan Liu, Cuilan Jiang, Jie Zhang, Chaoxian Zhang
Goosegrass (Eleusine indica) is one of the most serious annual grassy weeds worldwide, and its evolved herbicide-resistant populations are more difficult to control. Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) is a common technique for investigating the resistance mechanism; however, there is as yet no report on the systematic selection of stable reference genes for goosegrass. This study proposed to test the expression stability of 9 candidate reference genes in goosegrass in different tissues and developmental stages and under stress from three types of herbicide...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429524/the-investigation-of-genetic-and-clinical-features-in-chinese-patients-with-juvenile-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#20
Z-J Liu, H-X Lin, G-L Liu, Q-Q Tao, W Ni, B-G Xiao, Z-Y Wu
Juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (JALS) occurs at an age of onset below 25 years with a heterogeneous disease onset location, variable progression and survival time. To investigate whether an ALS gene profile could resolve any aspects of clinical symptom heterogeneity, we have used targeted sequencing technology in a cohort of 12 JALS patients of Chinese descent. We detected 5 likely pathogenic mutations, 2 in familial probands and 3 in sporadic patients. One was a known TARDBP mutation (p.G348V) and 4 were FUS frameshift mutations including a known p...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Genetics
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