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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729347/lethal-avian-influenza-a-h5n1-virus-induces-ataxic-breathing-in-mice-with-apoptosis-of-pre-botzinger-complex-neurons-expressing-neurokinin-1-receptor
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Jianguo Zhuang, Na Zang, Chunyan Ye, Fadi Xu
BACKGROUND: Lethal influenza A (H5N1) induces respiratory failure in humans. Although it also causes death at 7 day postinfection (dpi) in mice, the development of the respiratory failure and the viral impact on pre-Botzinger complex (PBC) neurons expressing neurokinin 1 receptor (NK1R), the respiratory rhythm-generator, have not been explored. METHODS: Body temperature, weight, ventilation, arterial blood pH and gases were measured at 0, 2, 4, and 6 dpi in control, lethal HK483 and non-lethal HK486 viral infected mice...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719951/neuronal-apoptosis-pathological-basis-of-behavioral-dysfunctions-induced-by-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-in-rodents-model
#2
Shiqi Luo, Lisi OuYang, Jie Wei, Feng Wu, Zhongdao Wu, Wanlong Lei, Dongjuan Yuan
Angiostrongylus cantonensis invades the central nervous system (CNS) of humans to induce eosinophilic meningitis and meningoencephalitis and leads to persistent headache, cognitive dysfunction, and ataxic gait. Infected mice (nonpermissive host), admittedly, suffer more serious pathological injuries than rats (permissive host). However, the pathological basis of these manifestations is incompletely elucidated. In this study, the behavioral test, histological and immunohistochemical techniques, and analysis of apoptotic gene expression, especially caspase-3, were conducted...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716012/case-reports-of-juvenile-gm1-gangliosidosisis-type-ii-caused-by-mutation-in-glb1-gene
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Parvaneh Karimzadeh, Samaneh Naderi, Farzaneh Modarresi, Hassan Dastsooz, Hamid Nemati, Tayebeh Farokhashtiani, Bibi Shahin Shamsian, Soroor Inaloo, Mohammad Ali Faghihi
BACKGROUND: Type II or juvenile GM1-gangliosidosis is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder, which is clinically distinct from infantile form of the disease by the lack of characteristic cherry-red spot and hepatosplenomegaly. The disease is characterized by slowly progressive neurodegeneration and mild skeletal changes. Due to the later age of onset and uncharacteristic presentation, diagnosis is frequently puzzled with other ataxic and purely neurological disorders. Up to now, 3-4 types of GM1-gangliosidosis have been reported and among them type I is the most common phenotype with the age of onset around 6 months...
July 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683416/trunk-lower-limb-coordination-pattern-during-gait-in-patients-with-ataxia
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Pietro Caliandro, Chiara Iacovelli, Carmela Conte, Chiara Simbolotti, Paolo M Rossini, Luca Padua, Carlo Casali, Francesco Pierelli, Giuseppe Reale, Mariano Serrao
OBJECTIVE: Although deficit of coordination between the upper and lower body segments might play an important role in impairing gait and stability in ataxic patients, this deficit has not been investigated in subjects with ataxia so far. To evaluate the coordination between trunk and thigh in a sample of patients with ataxia compared with healthy controls and to correlate the coordination measures with the clinical severity. DESIGN: Prospective observational study...
June 27, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676232/mhc-class-ii-deficiency-report-of-a-novel-mutation-and-special-review
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REVIEW
S Farrokhi, M Shabani, Z Aryan, S Zoghi, A Krolo, K Boztug, N Rezaei
The MHC II deficiency is a rare autosomal recessive primary immunodeficiency syndrome with increased susceptibility to respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, failure to thrive and early mortality. This syndrome is caused by mutations in transcription regulators of the MHC II gene and results in development of blind lymphocytes due to the lack of indicatory MHC II molecules. Despite homogeneity of clinical manifestations of patients with MHC II deficiency, the genetic defects underlying this disease are heterogeneous...
July 1, 2017: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670273/types-and-strains-their-essential-role-in-understanding-protein-aggregation-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Wiebke M Wemheuer, Arne Wrede, Walter J Schulz-Schaeffer
Protein misfolding and aggregation is a key event in diseases like Alzheimer's disease (AD) or Parkinson's disease (PD) and is associated with neurodegeneration. Factors that initiate protein misfolding and the role of protein aggregation in the pathophysiology of disease pose major challenges to the neuroscientific community. Interestingly, although the accumulation of the same misfolded protein, e.g., α-synuclein is detectable in all idiopathic PD patients, the disease spectrum covers a variety of different clinical presentations and disease courses...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668775/towards-an-early-clinical-diagnosis-of-sporadic-cjd-vv2-ataxic-type
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Simone Baiardi, Anna Magherini, Sabina Capellari, Veronica Redaelli, Anna Ladogana, Marcello Rossi, Fabrizio Tagliavini, Maurizio Pocchiari, Giorgio Giaccone, Piero Parchi
INTRODUCTION: Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) includes a broad spectrum of clinical-pathological subtypes, which complicates the clinical differential diagnosis with other rapidly progressive neurological syndromes. AIM: To provide a better characterisation of clinical features and results of diagnostic investigations, especially at an early disease stage, in patients with sCJDVV2, the second most common sCJD subtype. METHODS: We evaluated neurological symptoms/signs, and results of brain diffusion-weighted resonance imaging (DW-MRI), electroencephalographic recordings (EEG) and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarker studies in 120 patients with a definite (n=93) or probable (n=27) diagnosis of sCJDVV2...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666963/a-novel-kcna1-mutation-in-a-patient-with-paroxysmal-ataxia-myokymia-painful-contractures-and-metabolic-dysfunctions
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Paola Imbrici, Concetta Altamura, Francesca Gualandi, Giuseppe Felice Mangiatordi, Marcella Neri, Giovanni De Maria, Alessandra Ferlini, Alessandro Padovani, Maria Cristina D'Adamo, Orazio Nicolotti, Mauro Pessia, Diana Conte, Massimiliano Filosto, Jean-Francois Desaphy
Episodic ataxia type 1 (EA1) is a human dominant neurological syndrome characterized by continuous myokymia, episodic attacks of ataxic gait and spastic contractions of skeletal muscles that can be triggered by emotional stress and fatigue. This rare disease is caused by missense mutations in the KCNA1 gene coding for the neuronal voltage gated potassium channel Kv1.1, which contributes to nerve cell excitability in the cerebellum, hippocampus, cortex and peripheral nervous system. We identified a novel KCNA1 mutation, E283K, in an Italian proband presenting with paroxysmal ataxia and myokymia aggravated by painful contractures and metabolic dysfunctions...
June 28, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658400/high-phenotypic-variability-in-gerstmann-str%C3%A3-ussler-scheinker-disease
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Jerusa Smid, Adalberto Studart, Michele Christine Landemberger, Cleiton Fagundes Machado, Paulo Ribeiro Nóbrega, Nathalie Henriques Silva Canedo, Rodrigo Rizek Schultz, Michel Satya Naslavsky, Sérgio Rosemberg, Fernando Kok, Leila Chimelli, Vilma Regina Martins, Ricardo Nitrini
Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker is a genetic prion disease and the most common mutation is p.Pro102Leu. We report clinical, molecular and neuropathological data of seven individuals, belonging to two unrelated Brazilian kindreds, carrying the p.Pro102Leu. Marked differences among patients were observed regarding age at onset, disease duration and clinical presentation. In the first kindred, two patients had rapidly progressive dementia and three exhibited predominantly ataxic phenotypes with variable ages of onset and disease duration...
June 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638854/autoimmune-episodic-ataxia-in-patients-with-anti-caspr2-antibody-associated-encephalitis
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Bastien Joubert, Florent Gobert, Laure Thomas, Margaux Saint-Martin, Virginie Desestret, Philippe Convers, Véronique Rogemond, Géraldine Picard, François Ducray, Dimitri Psimaras, Jean-Christophe Antoine, Jean-Yves Delattre, Jérôme Honnorat
OBJECTIVE: To report paroxysmal episodes of cerebellar ataxia in a patient with anti-contactin-associated protein-like 2 (CASPR2) antibody-related autoimmune encephalitis and to search for similar paroxysmal ataxia in a cohort of patients with anti-CASPR2 antibody-associated autoimmune encephalitis. METHODS: We report a patient with paroxysmal episodes of cerebellar ataxia observed during autoimmune encephalitis with anti-CASPR2 antibodies. In addition, clinical analysis was performed in a retrospective cohort of 37 patients with anti-CASPR2 antibodies to search for transient episodes of ataxia...
July 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627859/use-of-dynamic-movement-orthoses-to-improve-gait-stability-and-trunk-control-in-ataxic-patients
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Mariano Serrao, Carlo Casali, Alberto Ranavolo, Silvia Mari, Carmela Conte, Giorgia Chini, Luca Leonardi, Gianluca Coppola, Cherubino DI Lorenzo, Mahmoud Harfoush, Luca Padua, Francesco Pierelli
BACKGROUND: Patients with cerebellar ataxia show increased upper body movements, which have an impact on balance and walking. AIM: In this study, we investigated the effect of using dynamic movement orthoses (DMO), designed as elastic suits, on trunk motion and gait parameters. DESIGN: A longitudinal uncontrolled study. SETTING: Rehabilitative outpatient unit. POPULATION: Eleven patients (seven men, four women; mean age of 49...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566956/intelligence-functioning-and-related-factors-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Gözde Türkoğlu, Serhat Türkoğlu, Canan Çelik, Halil Uçan
INTRODUCTION: Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common significant motor impairment in childhood. CP is defined as a primary disorder of posture and movement; however, intellectual impairment is prevalent in children with CP. The purpose of this study was to examine the intelligence level associated with gross motor function and hand function, type of CP, the presence of comorbid disorders such as epilepsy, and other factors. METHODS: In total, 107 children with CP were included...
March 2017: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566184/unexpectedly-mild-phenotype-in-an-ataxic-family-with-a-two-base-deletion-in-the-aptx-gene
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Makito Hirano, Ryusuke Matsumura, Yusaku Nakamura, Kazumasa Saigoh, Hikaru Sakamoto, Shuichi Ueno, Hiroya Inoue, Susumu Kusunoki
INTRODUCTION: Early onset ataxia with ocular motor apraxia and hypoalbuminemia (EAOH)/ataxia with oculomotor apraxia 1 (AOA1) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the APTX gene. In contrast to the recent progress on the molecular mechanism of aprataxin in DNA repair, the genotype and phenotype correlation has not been fully established. A previous study demonstrated that patients with truncation mutations had earlier onset of disease than those with missense mutations METHODS: Genomic DNA analysis was performed in a consanguineous family with relatively late-onset EAOH/AOA1...
July 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549726/spasticity-dyskinesia-and-ataxia-in-cerebral-palsy-are-we-sure-we-can-differentiate-them
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H Eggink, D Kremer, O F Brouwer, M F Contarino, M E van Egmond, A Elema, K Folmer, J F van Hoorn, L A van de Pol, V Roelfsema, M A J Tijssen
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral palsy (CP) can be classified as spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic or combined. Correct classification is essential for symptom-targeted treatment. This study aimed to investigate agreement among professionals on the phenotype of children with CP based on standardized videos. METHODS: In a prospective, observational pilot study, videos of fifteen CP patients (8 boys, mean age 11 ± 5 y) were rated by three pediatric neurologists, three rehabilitation physicians and three movement disorder specialists...
May 9, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538514/long-term-outcome-of-4-patients-with-transcobalamin-deficiency-caused-by-2-novel-tcn2-mutations
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Marwan Nashabat, Gustavo Maegawa, Peter H Nissen, Ebba Nexo, Hussain Al-Shamrani, Mohammed Al-Owain, Majid Alfadhel
Cobalamin (vitamin B12 [Cbl]) is an essential cofactor for many biochemical pathways. Transcobalamin (TC) is required to internalize Cbl into the cells through membrane receptor-mediated endocytosis. Cbl is then processed in the cytoplasm and mitochondria by complementation factors leading to its active metabolites; methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosyl-cobalamin. Deficiency of TC results in an elevation in methylmalonic acid and homocysteine. Patients usually present with macrocytic anemia, pancytopenia, failure to thrive, gastrointestinal symptoms, and neurological dysfunction...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516904/lhx1-5-control-dendritogenesis-and-spine-morphogenesis-of-purkinje-cells-via-regulation-of-espin
#16
Nga Chu Lui, Wing Yip Tam, Caiji Gao, Jian-Dong Huang, Chi Chiu Wang, Liwen Jiang, Wing Ho Yung, Kin Ming Kwan
In the cerebellar cortex, Purkinje cells (PCs) receive signals from different inputs through their extensively branched dendrites and serve as an integration centre. Defects in the dendritic development of PCs thus disrupt cerebellar circuitry and cause ataxia. Here we report that specific inactivation of both Lhx1 and Lhx5 in postnatal PCs results in ataxic mutant mice with abnormal dendritic development. The PCs in the mutants have reduced expression of Espin, an F-actin cytoskeleton regulator. We show that Espin expression is transcriptionally activated by Lhx1/5...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494826/angelman-syndrome-identification-and-management
#17
Daniela Bonello, Francesca Camilleri, Jean Calleja-Agius
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a neurobehavioral and genetically determined condition, which affects approximately 1 in 15,000 individuals. It is caused by various genetic mutations and deletions of the maternally-inherited UBE3A gene, on the 15q11-13 chromosomal region. The UBE3A gene, which encodes E3 ubiquitin ligase, shows tissue-specific imprinting, being expressed entirely from the maternal allele.The diagnosis of AS is confirmed either by methylation test or by mutation analysis. A more severe clinical picture is linked with the deletion phenotype...
May 1, 2017: Neonatal Network: NN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494813/not-only-dominant-not-only-optic-atrophy-expanding-the-clinical-spectrum-associated-with-opa1-mutations
#18
Alessia Nasca, Teresa Rizza, Mara Doimo, Andrea Legati, Andrea Ciolfi, Daria Diodato, Cristina Calderan, Gianfranco Carrara, Eleonora Lamantea, Chiara Aiello, Michela Di Nottia, Marcello Niceta, Costanza Lamperti, Anna Ardissone, Stefania Bianchi-Marzoli, Giancarlo Iarossi, Enrico Bertini, Isabella Moroni, Marco Tartaglia, Leonardo Salviati, Rosalba Carrozzo, Daniele Ghezzi
BACKGROUND: Heterozygous mutations in OPA1 are a common cause of autosomal dominant optic atrophy, sometimes associated with extra-ocular manifestations. Few cases harboring compound heterozygous OPA1 mutations have been described manifesting complex neurodegenerative disorders in addition to optic atrophy. RESULTS: We report here three patients: one boy showing an early-onset mitochondrial disorder with hypotonia, ataxia and neuropathy that was severely progressive, leading to early death because of multiorgan failure; two unrelated sporadic girls manifesting a spastic ataxic syndrome associated with peripheral neuropathy and, only in one, optic atrophy...
May 12, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490024/a-novel-ataxic-mutant-mouse-line-having-sensory-neuropathy-shows-heavy-iron-deposition-in-kidney
#19
Hisashi Hashimoto, Tomonori Kawabe, Takahiro Fukuda, Moriaki Kusakabe
BACKGROUND/AIMS: A novel ataxic mouse line was established from the offspring of a male mouse administered cyclophosphamide in a juvenile period. METHODS: We have attempted to examine the phenotype and histopathological changes of affected mice. Furthermore, linkage analysis and sequencing of the mutant was performed to reveal the causative gene locus. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The affected mouse was characterized by heavy hind limb ataxia with gait disorder, which was first recognized at about 4 weeks of age and slowly progressed with advancing age...
May 11, 2017: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489334/diagnosis-of-copan-by-whole-exome-sequencing-waking-up-a-sleeping-tiger-s-eye
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Christina Evers, Angelika Seitz, Birgit Assmann, Thomas Opladen, Stephanie Karch, Katrin Hinderhofer, Martin Granzow, Nagarajan Paramasivam, Roland Eils, Nicolle Diessl, Claus R Bartram, Ute Moog
Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) is a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by iron accumulation in the basal ganglia. Recently, mutations in CoA synthase (COASY) have been identified as a cause of a novel NBIA subtype (COASY Protein-Associated Neurodegeneration, CoPAN) in two patients with dystonic paraparesis, parkinsonian features, cognitive impairment, behavior abnormalities, and axonal neuropathy. COASY encodes an enzyme required for Coenzyme A (CoA) biosynthesis. Using whole exome sequencing (WES) we identified compound heterozygous COASY mutations in two siblings with intellectual disability, ataxic gait, progressive spasticity, and obsessive-compulsive behavior...
May 10, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
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