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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917980/absence-of-association-of-the-ala58val-rs17571-ctsd-gene-variant-with-parkinson-s-disease-or-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-a-han-chinese-population
#1
Jing Xi, Xinglong Yang, Quanzhen Zhao, Jinhua Zheng, Ran An, Sijia Tian, Hongyan Huang, Pingping Ning, Yanming Xu
Parkinson's disease (PD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) are neurodegenerative diseases that may share genetic risk factors. The exon variant Aal58Val (rs17571) in CTSD was recently associated with AD, leading us to examine whether it also affects risk of ALS and PD. The rs17571 variant was genotyped using the ligase detection reaction in 569 Han Chinese patients with PD, 301 patients with ALS, and healthy controls age- and gender-matched to each patient group. The frequencies of genotypes and alleles were similar between each disease group and its respective control group...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917260/roles-of-sigma-1-receptors-on-mitochondrial-functions-relevant-to-neurodegenerative-diseases
#2
REVIEW
Tzu-Yu Weng, Shang-Yi Anne Tsai, Tsung-Ping Su
The sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1R) is a chaperone that resides mainly at the mitochondrion-associated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane (called the MAMs) and acts as a dynamic pluripotent modulator in living systems. At the MAM, the Sig-1R is known to play a role in regulating the Ca(2+) signaling between ER and mitochondria and in maintaining the structural integrity of the MAM. The MAM serves as bridges between ER and mitochondria regulating multiple functions such as Ca(2+) transfer, energy exchange, lipid synthesis and transports, and protein folding that are pivotal to cell survival and defense...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916614/dysregulated-molecular-pathways-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-frontotemporal-dementia-spectrum-disorder
#3
REVIEW
Fen-Biao Gao, Sandra Almeida, Rodrigo Lopez-Gonzalez
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), the second most common form of dementia in people under 65 years of age, is characterized by progressive atrophy of the frontal and/or temporal lobes. FTD overlaps extensively with the motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), especially at the genetic level. Both FTD and ALS can be caused by many mutations in the same set of genes; the most prevalent of these mutations is a GGGGCC repeat expansion in the first intron of C9ORF72 As shown by recent intensive studies, some key cellular pathways are dysregulated in the ALS-FTD spectrum disorder, including autophagy, nucleocytoplasmic transport, DNA damage repair, pre-mRNA splicing, stress granule dynamics, and others...
September 15, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916533/sex-differences-in-the-prevalence-of-genetic-mutations-in-ftd-and-als-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Ashley F Curtis, Mario Masellis, Ging-Yuek Robin Hsiung, Rahim Moineddin, Kathy Zhang, Bonnie Au, Geneva Millett, Ian Mackenzie, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Mary C Tierney
OBJECTIVE: To conduct a meta-analysis that investigates sex differences in the prevalence of mutations in the 3 most common genes that cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD)-chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72), progranulin (GRN), or microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT)-in patients clinically diagnosed with these conditions. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE, and PsycINFO databases were searched (inception to June 30, 2016)...
September 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916398/in-vivo-analysis-of-sternal-angle-sternal-and-sternocostal-kinematics-in-supine-humans-during-breathing
#5
Benoît Beyer, Véronique Feipel, Victor Sholukha, Laurence Chèze, Serge Van Sint Jan
This paper aims at contributing to the understanding of the combination of in vivo sternum displacement, sternal angle variations and sternocostal joints (SCJ) kinematics of the seven first rib pairs over the inspiratory capacity (IC). Retrospective codified spiral-CT data obtained at total lung capacity (TLC), middle of inspiratory capacity (MIC) and at functional residual capacity (FRC) were used to compute kinematic parameters of the bones and joints of interest in a sample of 12 asymptomatic subjects. 3D models of rib, thoracic vertebra, manubrium and sternum were processed to determine anatomical landmarks (ALs) on each bone...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914921/truly-unentangled-photon-pairs-without-spectral-filtering
#6
Z Vernon, M Menotti, C C Tison, J A Steidle, M L Fanto, P M Thomas, S F Preble, A M Smith, P M Alsing, M Liscidini, J E Sipe
We demonstrate that an integrated silicon microring resonator is capable of efficiently producing photon pairs that are completely unentangled; such pairs are a key component of heralded single-photon sources. A dual-channel interferometric coupling scheme can be used to independently tune the quality factors associated with the pump and signal and idler modes, yielding a biphoton wavefunction with a Schmidt number arbitrarily close to unity. This will permit the generation of heralded single-photon states with unit purity...
September 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914734/revisiting-the-concept-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-as-a-multisystems-disorder-of-limited-phenotypic-expression
#7
Michael J Strong
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review will examine the contemporary evidence that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a syndrome in which the unifying feature is a progressive loss of upper and lower motor neuron function. RECENT FINDINGS: Although ALS is traditionally viewed as a neurodegenerative disorder affecting the motor neurons, there is considerable phenotypic heterogeneity and widespread involvement of the central nervous system. A broad range of both causative and disease modifying genetic variants are associated with both sporadic and familial forms of ALS...
September 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914535/small-molecule-near-infrared-bodipy-donors-for-organic-tandem-solar-cells
#8
Tian-Yi Li, Toni Meyer, Zaifei Ma, Johannes Benduhn, Christian Koerner, Olaf Zeika, Koen Vandewal, Karl Leo
Three furan fused BODIPYs with a CF3 group on the meso-carbon are synthesized as near infrared (NIR) absorbing materi-als for vacuum processable organic solar cells (OSCs). The best single junction device reaches a short-circuit current (jsc) of 13.3 mA cm-2 and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.1%. These values are highly promising for an electron donor materi-al with an absorption onset beyond 900 nm. In a tandem solar cell (TSC) comprising a NIR BODIPY sub-cell and a matching "green" absorber sub-cell, complementary absorption is achieved, resulting in PCE of ~10%...
September 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914354/comorbidity-of-dementia-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-als-insights-from-a-large-multicenter-italian-cohort
#9
Francesca Trojsi, Mattia Siciliano, Cinzia Femiano, Gabriella Santangelo, Christian Lunetta, Andrea Calvo, Cristina Moglia, Kalliopi Marinou, Nicola Ticozzi, Gianluca Drago Ferrante, Carlo Scialò, Gianni Sorarù, Amelia Conte, Yuri M Falzone, Rosanna Tortelli, Massimo Russo, Valeria Ada Sansone, Adriano Chiò, Gabriele Mora, Barbara Poletti, Paolo Volanti, Claudia Caponnetto, Giorgia Querin, Mario Sabatelli, Nilo Riva, Giancarlo Logroscino, Sonia Messina, Antonio Fasano, Maria Rosaria Monsurrò, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Jessica Mandrioli
To assess the association, at diagnosis, between amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and dementia in a large cohort of well-characterized Italian patients. We investigated the phenotypic profile of 1638 incident patients with definite, probable or laboratory-supported probable ALS, diagnosed from January 2009 to December 2013 in 13 Italian Referral Centers, located in 10 Italian Regions, and classified in two independent subsamples accounting for presence or not of dementia. The collected ALS features, including survival and other follow-up data, were compared between the two subgroups using a one-way analysis of variance and Chi-square test, as appropriate, logistic regression models and Kaplan-Meier survival analysis...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913566/adar-rna-editing-in-human-disease-more-to-it-than-meets-the-i
#10
REVIEW
Angela Gallo, Dragana Vukic, David Michalík, Mary A O'Connell, Liam P Keegan
We review the structures and functions of ADARs and their involvements in human diseases. ADAR1 is widely expressed, particularly in the myeloid component of the blood system, and plays a prominent role in promiscuous editing of long dsRNA. Missense mutations that change ADAR1 residues and reduce RNA editing activity cause Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome, a childhood encephalitis and interferonopathy that mimics viral infection and resembles an extreme form of Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus (SLE). In Adar1 mouse mutant models aberrant interferon expression is prevented by eliminating interferon activation signaling from cytoplasmic dsRNA sensors, indicating that unedited cytoplasmic dsRNA drives the immune induction...
September 14, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913488/bilateral-thoracic-paravertebral-nerve-blocks-for-placement-of-percutaneous-radiologic-gastrostomy-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-case-series
#11
Arun Kalava, Steven Clendenen, J Mark McKinney, Elird Bojaxhi, Roy A Greengrass
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: To assess the efficacy of bilateral thoracic paravertebral nerve blocks (PVB) in providing procedural anesthesia and post-procedural analgesia for placement of percutaneous radiologic gastrostomy tubes (PRG) in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: We prospectively observed 10 patients with ALS scheduled for PRG placement that had bilateral thoracic PVBs at thoracic 7, 8, and 9 levels with administration of a mixture of 3 mL of 1% ropivacaine, 0...
October 2016: Rom J Anaesth Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912682/extracellular-vesicles-in-brain-tumors-and-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Federica Ciregia, Andrea Urbani, Giuseppe Palmisano
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) can be classified into apoptotic bodies, microvesicles (MVs), and exosomes, based on their origin or size. Exosomes are the smallest and best characterized vesicles which derived from the endosomal system. These vesicles are released from many different cell types including neuronal cells and their functions in the nervous system are investigated. They have been proposed as novel means for intercellular communication, which takes part not only to the normal neuronal physiology but also to the transmission of pathogenic proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912673/improving-the-delivery-of-sod1-antisense-oligonucleotides-to-motor-neurons-using-calcium-phosphate-lipid-nanoparticles
#13
Liyu Chen, Clare Watson, Marco Morsch, Nicholas J Cole, Roger S Chung, Darren N Saunders, Justin J Yerbury, Kara L Vine
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease affecting the upper and lower motor neurons in the motor cortex and spinal cord. Abnormal accumulation of mutant superoxide dismutase I (SOD1) in motor neurons is a pathological hallmark of some forms of the disease. We have shown that the orderly progression of the disease may be explained by misfolded SOD1 cell-to-cell propagation, which is reliant upon its active endogenous synthesis. Reducing the levels of SOD1 is therefore a promising therapeutic approach...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912672/maximizing-the-potential-of-longitudinal-cohorts-for-research-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-a-community-perspective
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Catherine J Moody, Derick Mitchell, Grace Kiser, Dag Aarsland, Daniela Berg, Carol Brayne, Alberto Costa, Mohammad A Ikram, Gail Mountain, Jonathan D Rohrer, Charlotte E Teunissen, Leonard H van den Berg, Joanna M Wardlaw
Despite a wealth of activity across the globe in the area of longitudinal population cohorts, surprisingly little information is available on the natural biomedical history of a number of age-related neurodegenerative diseases (ND), and the scope for intervention studies based on these cohorts is only just beginning to be explored. The Joint Programming Initiative on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) recently developed a novel funding mechanism to rapidly mobilize scientists to address these issues from a broad, international community perspective...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912432/mitigating-motor-neuronal-loss-in-c-elegans-model-of-als8
#15
Wendy Zhang, Antonio Colavita, Johnny K Ngsee
ALS8 is a late-onset familial autosomal dominant form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) caused by a point mutation (P56S) in the VAPB gene (VAMP associated protein isoform B). Here, we generated two C. elegans models of the disease: a transgenic model where human VAPB wild-type (WT) or P56S mutant was expressed in a subset of motor neurons, and a second model that targeted inducible knockdown of the worm's orthologue, vpr-1. Overexpression of human VAPB in DA neurons caused a backward locomotion defect, axonal misguidance, and premature neuronal death...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911903/the-vaccines-and-antibodies-associated-with-als3p-for-treatment-of-candida-albicans-infections
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REVIEW
Xue Sui, Lan Yan, Yuan-Ying Jiang
Candida albicans is the most common fungal microorganism in healthy individuals, as well as the cause of high mortality infections in high-risk hosts such as immunocompromised patients. Antifungal vaccines and monoclonal antibodies useful for active or passive immunizations have recently generated considerable excitement for the treatment of fungal infections. The cell wall proteins of C. albicans, which are crucial for virulence and pathogenicity, are attractive target antigens. Als3p, a member of the C. albicans agglutinin-like sequence (ALS) family, is a hyphal-specific glycophosphatidylinositol cell wall protein that plays a key role in the interaction with host cells...
September 11, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911745/investigation-of-resistance-levels-and-mechanisms-to-nicosulfuron-conferred-by-non-target-site-mechanisms-in-large-crabgrass-digitaria-sanguinalis-l-from-china
#17
Yu Mei, Chong Si, Mingjie Liu, Lihong Qiu, Mingqi Zheng
Large crabgrass is a major grass weed widely distributed across China. This weed infests maize fields and has evolved resistance to the acetolactate synthase (ALS)-inhibiting herbicide nicosulfuron due to continuous and intensive use. In this study, a total of 25 out of 26 large crabgrass populations collected from maize field demonstrated resistance to nicosulfuron. Amino acid modifications in ALS known to confer resistance to ALS-inhibiting herbicides in other weeds, were not found in the 9 tested resistant populations...
September 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906030/pathological-and-immunoblot-analysis-of-phosphorylated-tdp-43-in-sporadic-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-with-pallido-nigro-luysian-degeneration
#18
Akiko Uchino, Mieko Ogino, Junko Takahashi-Fujigasaki, Saori Oonuma, Naomi Kanazawa, Sabine Kajita, Masaaki Ichinoe, Masato Hasegawa, Kazutoshi Nishiyama, Shigeo Murayama
Transactivation response DNA-binding protein 43 kDa (TDP-43) is a key protein of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and phosphorylated form of TDP-43 (p-TDP-43) is a major pathological protein that accumulates in sporadic ALS. p-TDP-43 is found not only in primary motor neurons, but often propagates to non-motor systems as well. However, pallido-nigro-luysian (PNL) degeneration (PNLD) is rarely associated with ALS. We describe here a 68-year-old ALS patient presenting severe PNLD. He had difficulty walking due to poor movement of his right leg, and was diagnosed as having Parkinson's disease because of akinesia...
September 14, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904990/the-multiple-faces-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2
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REVIEW
Antonella Antenora, Carlo Rinaldi, Alessandro Roca, Chiara Pane, Maria Lieto, Francesco Saccà, Silvio Peluso, Giuseppe De Michele, Alessandro Filla
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is among the most common forms of autosomal dominant ataxias, accounting for 15% of the total families. Occurrence is higher in specific populations such as the Cuban and Southern Italian. The disease is caused by a CAG expansion in ATXN2 gene, leading to abnormal accumulation of the mutant protein, ataxin-2, in intracellular inclusions. The clinical picture is mainly dominated by cerebellar ataxia, although a number of other neurological signs have been described, ranging from parkinsonism to motor neuron involvement, making the diagnosis frequently challenging for neurologists, particularly when information about the family history is not available...
September 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904095/distinct-roles-for-motor-neuron-autophagy-early-and-late-in-the-sod1-g93a-mouse-model-of-als
#20
Noam D Rudnick, Christopher J Griffey, Paolo Guarnieri, Valeria Gerbino, Xueyong Wang, Jason A Piersaint, Juan Carlos Tapia, Mark M Rich, Tom Maniatis
Mutations in autophagy genes can cause familial and sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, the role of autophagy in ALS pathogenesis is poorly understood, in part due to the lack of cell type-specific manipulations of this pathway in animal models. Using a mouse model of ALS expressing mutant superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1(G93A)), we show that motor neurons form large autophagosomes containing ubiquitinated aggregates early in disease progression. To investigate whether this response is protective or detrimental, we generated mice in which the critical autophagy gene Atg7 was specifically disrupted in motor neurons (Atg7 cKO)...
September 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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