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Spinal Muscle Atrophy

Xing Chen, Detlef Wolf, Juliane Siebourg-Polster, Christian Czech, Ulrike Bonati, Dirk Fischer, Omar Khwaja, Martin Strahm
Progressive and irreversible muscle atrophy characterizes Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and other similar muscle disorder diseases. Objective assessment of muscle functions is an essential and important, although challenging, prerequisite for successful clinical trials. Current clinical rating scales restrain the movement abnormalities to certain predefined coarse-grained individual items. The Kinect 3-D sensor has emerged as a low-cost and portable motion sensing technology used to capture and track people's movement in many medical and research fields...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Michelle A Farrar, Hooi Ling Teoh, Kate A Carey, Anita Cairns, Robin Forbes, Karen Herbert, Sandra Holland, Kristi J Jones, Manoj P Menezes, Margot Morrison, Kate Munro, Daniella Villano, Richard Webster, Ian R Woodcock, Eppie M Yiu, Hugo Sampaio, Monique M Ryan
BACKGROUND: Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a devastating motor neuron disorder causing progressive muscle weakness and respiratory insufficiency. We present the initial Australian experiences implementing the expanded access programme (EAP) to enable preapproval access to nusinersen, the first disease-modifying therapy, for SMA type 1. METHODS: An Australian multicentre, open-label EAP for nusinersen enrolled patients with infantile-onset SMA type 1 from November 2016 to September 2017...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Navaneetha Santhanam, Lee Kumanchik, Xiufang Guo, Frank Sommerhage, Yunqing Cai, Max Jackson, Candace Martin, George Saad, Christopher W McAleer, Ying Wang, Andrea Lavado, Christopher J Long, James J Hickman
There are currently no functional neuromuscular junction (hNMJ) systems composed of human cells that could be used for drug evaluations or toxicity testing in vitro. These systems are needed to evaluate NMJs for diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy or other neurodegenerative diseases or injury states. There are certainly no model systems, animal or human, that allows for isolated treatment of motoneurons or muscle capable of generating dose response curves to evaluate pharmacological activity of these highly specialized functional units...
February 27, 2018: Biomaterials
Lilian A Martinez Carrera, Elke Gabriel, Colin Donohoe, Irmgard Hölker, Aruljothi Mariappan, Markus Storbeck, Mirka Uhlirova, Jay Gopalakrishnan, Brunhilde Wirth
BICD2 encodes a highly conserved motor adaptor protein that regulates the dynein-dynactin complex in different cellular processes. Heterozygous mutations in BICD2 cause autosomal dominant lower extremity-predominant spinal muscular atrophy-2 (SMALED2). Although, various BICD2 mutations have been shown to alter interactions with different binding partners or the integrity of the Golgi apparatus, the specific pathological effects of BICD2 mutations underlying SMALED2 remain elusive. Here, we show that the fibroblasts derived from individuals with SMALED2 exhibit stable microtubules...
March 8, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Yasuhiro Hijikata, Masahisa Katsuno, Keisuke Suzuki, Atsushi Hashizume, Amane Araki, Shinichiro Yamada, Tomonori Inagaki, Daisuke Ito, Akihiro Hirakawa, Fumie Kinoshita, Masahiko Gosho, Gen Sobue
BACKGROUND: Although spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) has been classified as a motor neuron disease, several reports have indicated the primary involvement of skeletal muscle in the pathogenesis of this devastating disease. Recent studies reported decreased intramuscular creatine levels in skeletal muscles in both patients with SBMA and transgenic mouse models of SBMA, which appears to contribute to muscle weakness. OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to examine the efficacy and safety of oral creatine supplementation to improve motor function in patients with SBMA...
March 5, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Nisha M Badders, Ane Korff, Helen C Miranda, Pradeep K Vuppala, Rebecca B Smith, Brett J Winborn, Emmanuelle R Quemin, Bryce L Sopher, Jennifer Dearman, James Messing, Nam Chul Kim, Jennifer Moore, Brian D Freibaum, Anderson P Kanagaraj, Baochang Fan, Heather Tillman, Ping-Chung Chen, Yingzhe Wang, Burgess B Freeman, Yimei Li, Hong Joo Kim, Albert R La Spada, J Paul Taylor
Spinal bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is a motor neuron disease caused by toxic gain of function of the androgen receptor (AR). Previously, we found that co-regulator binding through the activation function-2 (AF2) domain of AR is essential for pathogenesis, suggesting that AF2 may be a potential drug target for selective modulation of toxic AR activity. We screened previously identified AF2 modulators for their ability to rescue toxicity in a Drosophila model of SBMA. We identified two compounds, tolfenamic acid (TA) and 1-[2-(4-methylphenoxy)ethyl]-2-[(2-phenoxyethyl)sulfanyl]-1H-benzimidazole (MEPB), as top candidates for rescuing lethality, locomotor function and neuromuscular junction defects in SBMA flies...
March 5, 2018: Nature Medicine
A Zissler, B Ehrenfellner, E E Foditsch, F C Monticelli, S Pittner
An accurate estimation of the postmortem interval (PMI) is a central aspect in forensic routine. Recently, a novel approach based on the analysis of postmortem muscle protein degradation has been proposed. However, a number of questions remain to be answered until sensible application of this method to a broad variety of forensic cases is possible. To evaluate whether altered in vivo protein metabolism interferes with postmortem degradation patterns, we conducted a comparative study. We developed a standardized animal degradation model in rats, and collected additional muscle samples from animals recovering from muscle injury and from rats with developed disuse muscle atrophy after induced spinal cord injury...
March 2, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
Kentaro Maeda, Katsushige Iwai, Yosuke Kobayashi, Hirotake Tsuji, Tomokatsu Yoshida, Yasushi Kobayashi
A 51-year-old woman presented with progressive weakness of the neck extensor muscles and gait disturbances since the past 6 years. In addition, she presented with symptoms such as dysarthria, dysphagia, bladder, and rectal disturbances. Bilateral plantar reflex was positive. Her gait was short-stepped-spastic. Brain and cervical MRI showed atrophy of the medulla and spinal cord. As these imaging features were suggestive of Alexander disease (AxD), we sequenced the GFAP gene. We identified a heterozygous c.368T>C missense mutation of the GFAP gene in the patient...
February 28, 2018: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Jia Yu, Chen Lai, Hoon Shim, Chengsong Xie, Lixin Sun, Cai-Xia Long, Jinhui Ding, Yan Li, Huaibin Cai
BACKGROUND: Dynactin p150Glued , the largest subunit of the dynactin macromolecular complex, binds to both microtubules and tubulin dimers through the N-terminal cytoskeleton-associated protein and glycine-rich (CAP-Gly) and basic domains, and serves as an anti-catastrophe factor in stabilizing microtubules in neurons. P150Glued also initiates dynein-mediated axonal retrograde transport. Multiple missense mutations at the CAP-Gly domain of p150Glued are associated with motor neuron diseases and other neurodegenerative disorders, further supporting the importance of microtubule domains (MTBDs) in p150Glued functions...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
Maria Isabel Bento Ayres Pereira Harry Leite, Sérgio Azevedo Ferreira Alves, Rui Paulo Vicente Reinas, Marta Gomes Rodrigues, Ana Sofia Martins das Neves Garrido, Otília Peixoto da Cunha, Joana Sofia Oliveira Rodrigues, Maria de Fátima Oliveira Santos Poças, Mário António Leite Resende Martins
A previously healthy 13-year-old girl presented with a 9-day history of acute onset severe neck pain associated with limited range of movement. Medical evaluation at day 2 was suggestive of muscle contracture, and she was discharged home with diazepam, antiinflammatory agents, and rest; however, she returned because of progressive clinical worsening with left arm distal paresthesia and paralysis since day 3. There was no history of trauma or other systemic complaints, and her familial medical history was unremarkable...
February 28, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Andrew P Lieberman
Spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is an adult-onset degenerative disorder of the neuromuscular system resulting in slowly progressive weakness and atrophy of the proximal limb and bulbar muscles. The disease is caused by the expansion of a CAG/glutamine tract in the amino-terminus of the androgen receptor. That SBMA exclusively affects males reflects the fact that critical pathogenic events are hormone-dependent. These include translocation of the polyglutamine androgen receptor from the cytoplasm to the nucleus and unfolding of the mutant protein...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Angela Rosenbohm, Susanne Hirsch, Alexander E Volk, Torsten Grehl, Julian Grosskreutz, Frank Hanisch, Andreas Herrmann, Katja Kollewe, Wolfram Kress, Thomas Meyer, Susanne Petri, Johannes Prudlo, Carsten Wessig, Hans-Peter Müller, Jens Dreyhaupt, Jochen Weishaupt, Christian Kubisch, Jan Kassubek, Patrick Weydt, Albert C Ludolph
OBJECTIVE: Spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is caused by an abnormal expansion of the CAG repeat in the androgen receptor gene. This study aimed to systematically phenotype a German SBMA cohort (n = 80) based on laboratory markers for neuromuscular, metabolic, and endocrine status, and thus provide a basis for the selection of biomarkers for future therapeutic trials. METHODS: We assessed a panel of 28 laboratory parameters. The clinical course and blood biomarkers were correlated with disease duration and CAG repeat length...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Giovanna Albertin, Christian Hofer, Sandra Zampieri, Michael Vogelauer, Stefan Löfler, Barbara Ravara, Diego Guidolin, Caterina Fede, Damiana Incendi, Andrea Porzionato, Raffaele De Caro, Alfonc Baba, Andrea Marcante, Francesco Piccione, Paolo Gargiulo, Amber Pond, Ugo Carraro, Helmut Kern
Our studies have shown that atrophic Quadriceps muscles from spinal cord injury patients suffering with permanent denervation-induced atrophy and degeneration of muscle fibers, were almost completely rescued to normal size after two years of home-based functional electrical stimulation (h-bFES). Because we used surface electrodes to stimulate the muscle, we wanted to know how the skin was affected by the treatments. Here, we report preliminary data from histological morphometry of Hematoxylin-Eosin-stained paraffin-embedded skin sections harvested from the legs of three SCI patients before and after two years of h-bFES...
February 15, 2018: Neurological Research
Ashraf S Gorgey, Refka E Khalil, Robert M Lester, Gary A Dudley, David R Gater
Skeletal muscle atrophy, increased adiposity and reduced physical activity are key changes observed after spinal cord injury (SCI) and are associated with numerous cardiometabolic health consequences. These changes are likely to increase the risk of developing chronic secondary conditions and impact the quality of life in persons with SCI. Surface neuromuscular electrical stimulation evoked resistance training (NMES-RT) was developed as a strategy to attenuate the process of skeletal muscle atrophy, decrease ectopic adiposity, improve insulin sensitivity and enhance mitochondrial capacity...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Marina Boido, Elena De Amicis, Valeria Valsecchi, Marco Trevisan, Ugo Ala, Markus A Ruegg, Stefan Hettwer, Alessandro Vercelli
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a pediatric genetic disease, characterized by motor neuron (MN) death, leading to progressive muscle weakness, respiratory failure, and, in the most severe cases, to death. Abnormalities at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) have been reported in SMA, including neurofilament (NF) accumulation at presynaptic terminals, immature and smaller than normal endplates, reduced transmitter release, and, finally, muscle denervation. Here we have studied the role of agrin in SMAΔ7 mice, the experimental model of SMAII...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Valeria Parente, Stefania Corti
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a progressive, recessively inherited neuromuscular disease, characterized by the degeneration of lower motor neurons in the spinal cord and brainstem, which leads to weakness and muscle atrophy. SMA currently represents the most common genetic cause of infant death. SMA is caused by the lack of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein due to mutations, which are often deletions, in the SMN1 gene. In the absence of treatments able to modify the disease course, a considerable burden falls on patients and their families...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
Constanza J Cortes, Albert R La Spada
Spinal and Bulbar Muscular Atrophy (SBMA) is an inherited neuromuscular disorder caused by a CAG-polyglutamine (polyQ) repeat expansion in the androgen receptor (AR) gene. Unlike other polyQ diseases, where the function of the native causative protein is unknown, the biology of AR is well understood, and this knowledge has informed our understanding of how native AR function interfaces with polyQ-AR dysfunction. Furthermore, ligand-dependent activation of AR has been linked to SBMA disease pathogenesis, and has led to a thorough study of androgen-mediated effects on polyQ-AR stability, degradation, and post-translational modifications, as well as their roles in the disease process...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Leonidas S Lundell, Mladen Savikj, Emil Kostovski, Per Ole Iversen, Juleen R Zierath, Anna Krook, Alexander V Chibalin, Ulrika Widegren
AIM: Spinal cord injury-induced loss of skeletal muscle mass does not progress linearly. In humans, peak muscle loss occurs during the first six weeks post-injury, and gradually continues thereafter. The aim of this study was to delineate the regulatory events underlying skeletal muscle atrophy during the first year following spinal cord injury. METHODS: Key translational, autophagic and proteolytic proteins were analyzed by immunoblotting of human vastus lateralis muscle obtained 1, 3 and 12 month's following spinal cord injury...
February 8, 2018: Acta Physiologica
Carolin Ruven, Smaranda-Ruxandra Badea, Wai-Man Wong, Wutian Wu
When spinal roots are torn off from the spinal cord, both the peripheral and central nervous system get damaged. As the motoneurons lose their axons, they start to die rapidly, whereas target muscles atrophy due to the denervation. In this kind of complicated injury, different processes need to be targeted in the search for the best treatment strategy. In this study, we tested glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) treatment and fetal lumbar cell transplantation for their effectiveness to prevent motoneuron death and muscle atrophy after the spinal root avulsion and delayed reimplantation...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Sang Kuy Han, Youngjeon Lee, Jung-Joo Hong, Hyeon-Gu Yeo, Jincheol Seo, Chang-Yeop Jeon, Kang-Jin Jeong, Yeung Bae Jin, Philyong Kang, Sangil Lee, Choongsoo S Shin, Young Eun Kim, Keyoung Jin Chun, Kyu-Tae Chang, Sang-Rae Lee
BACKGROUND: It has been generally speculated that paraspinal muscle weakness is related to the spinal degeneration including intervertebral disc failure. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of paraspinal muscle weakness induced by the botulinum toxin type-A on the lumbar spine and behavior pattern in an in-vivo primate model which has an upright locomotion similar to that of humans. METHODS: Botox injections into paraspinal muscle of one cynomolgus monkey were conducted biweekly up to 19 weeks at L2-L3, L3-L4 and L4-L5...
January 29, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
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