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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102468/mutation-of-the-herc-1-ubiquitin-ligase-impairs-associative-learning-in-the-lateral-amygdala
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Eva Mª Pérez-Villegas, José V Negrete-Díaz, Mª Elena Porras-García, Rocío Ruiz, Angel M Carrión, Antonio Rodríguez-Moreno, José A Armengol
Tambaleante (tbl/tbl) is a mutant mouse that carries a spontaneous Gly483Glu substitution in the HERC1 (HECT domain and RCC1 domain) E3 ubiquitin ligase protein (HERC1). The tbl/tbl mutant suffers an ataxic syndrome given the almost complete loss of cerebellar Purkinje cells during adult life. More recent analyses have identified alterations at neuromuscular junctions in these mice, as well as in other neurons of the central nervous system, such as motor neurons in the spinal cord, or pyramidal neurons in the hippocampal CA3 region and the neocortex...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099355/hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-due-to-a-novel-mutation-of-the-reep1-gene-case-report-and-literature-review
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Sébastien Richard, Julie Lavie, Guillaume Banneau, Nathalie Voirand, Karine Lavandier, Marc Debouverie
RATIONALE: Hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) is a heterogeneous group of diseases little known in clinical practice due to its low prevalence, slow progression, and difficult diagnosis. This results in an underestimation of HSP leading to belated diagnosis and management. In depth diagnosis is based on clinical presentation and identification of genomic mutations. We describe the clinical presentation and pathogeny of HSP through a report of a case due to a novel mutation of the REEP1 gene (SPG31)...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097511/brain-calcification-and-movement-disorders
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Vladimir S Kostić, Igor N Petrović
Brain calcifications may be an incidental finding on neuroimaging in normal, particularly older individuals, but can also indicate numerous hereditary and nonhereditary syndromes, and metabolic, environmental, infectious, autoimmune, mitochondrial, traumatic, or toxic disorders. Bilateral calcifications most commonly affecting the basal ganglia may often be found in idiopathic cases, and a new term, primary familial brain calcification (PFBC), has been proposed that recognizes the genetic causes of the disorder and that calcifications occurred well beyond the basal ganglia...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088913/a-comparative-study-of-short-term-efficacy-of-aripiprazole-and-risperidone-in-schizophrenia
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P B Sajeev Kumar, Ravi S Pandey, Jagadisha Thirthali, P T Siva Kumar, C Naveen Kumar
Objective To compare the short term anti-schizophrenic efficacy and side effect profile of aripiprazole with risperidone. Methodology The study was a non-randomized, naturalistic, rater blinded, prospective, 8-12 weeks, comparative trial between risperidone and aripiprazole in patients with schizophrenia. Patients already getting treatment with aripiprazole (10 to 30 mg/day) or risperidone (3 to 8mg/day) are recruited. Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) Plus, Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS), Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS), Simpson Angus Scale (SAS), Udvalg for Klinske Undersogelser (UKU) Scale, Clinical Global Impression-severity scales were administered by principal investigator on the day of recruitment...
January 12, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077511/altered-connectivity-and-synapse-maturation-of-the-hippocampal-mossy-fiber-pathway-in-a-mouse-model-of-the-fragile-x-syndrome
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F Scharkowski, Michael Frotscher, David Lutz, Martin Korte, Kristin Michaelsen-Preusse
The Fragile X syndrome (FXS) as the most common monogenetic cause of cognitive impairment and autism indicates how tightly the dysregulation of synapse development is linked to cognitive deficits. Symptoms of FXS include excessive adherence to patterns that point to compromised hippocampal network formation. Surprisingly, one of the most complex hippocampal synapses connecting the dentate gyrus (DG) to CA3 pyramidal neurons has not been analyzed in FXS yet. Intriguingly, we found altered synaptic function between DG and CA3 in a mouse model of FXS (fmr1 knockout [KO]) demonstrated by increased mossy fiber-dependent miniature excitatory postsynaptic current (mEPSC) frequency at CA3 pyramidal neurons together with increased connectivity between granule cells and CA3 neurons...
January 10, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042026/dexamethasone-prevents-motor-deficits-and-neurovascular-damage-produced-by-shiga-toxin-2-and-lipopolysaccharide-in-the-mouse-striatum
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Alipio Pinto, Adriana Cangelosi, Patricia A Geoghegan, Jorge Goldstein
Shiga toxin 2 (Stx2) from enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) causes bloody diarrhea and Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) that may derive to fatal neurological outcomes. Neurological abnormalities in the striatum are frequently observed in affected patients and in studies with animal models while motor disorders are usually associated with pyramidal and extra pyramidal systems. A translational murine model of encephalopathy was employed to demonstrate that systemic administration of a sublethal dose of Stx2 damaged the striatal microvasculature and astrocytes, increase the blood brain barrier permeability and caused neuronal degeneration...
December 30, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039031/worsening-of-memory-deficit-induced-by-energy-dense-diet-in-a-rat-model-of-early-alzheimer-s-disease-is-associated-to-neurotoxic-a%C3%AE-species-and-independent-of-neuroinflammation
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Pamela V Martino Adami, Pablo Galeano, Marina L Wallinger, Celia Quijano, Alejandro Rabossi, Eleonora S Pagano, Natividad Olivar, Carlos Reyes Toso, Daniel Cardinali, Luis I Brusco, Sonia Do Carmo, Rafael Radi, Goar Gevorkian, Eduardo M Castaño, A Claudio Cuello, Laura Morelli
Diet is a modifiable risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD), but the mechanisms linking alterations in peripheral metabolism and cognition remain unclear. Since it is especially difficult to study long-term effects of high-energy diet in individuals at risk for AD, we addressed this question by using the McGill-R-Thy1-APP transgenic rat model (Tg(+/-)) that mimics presymptomatic AD. Wild-type and Tg(+/-) rats were exposed during 6months to a standard diet or a Western diet (WD), high in saturated fat and sugar...
December 27, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994193/association-and-expression-analyses-of-the-ucp2-and-ucp3-gene-polymorphisms-with-body-measurement-and-meat-quality-traits-in-qinchuan-cattle
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Yaning Wang, Wucai Yang, Linsheng Gui, Hongbao Wang, Linsen Zan
The uncoupling proteins (UCPs) belong to the mitochondrial inner membrane anion carrier superfamily and play an important role in energy homeostasis. Genetic studies have demonstrated that Ucp2 and Ucp3 gene variants are involved in obesity and metabolic syndrome. The aim of this study was to identify associations between polymorphisms of Ucp2 and Ucp3 genes and economically-important traits in Qinchuan cattle. In the present study, one single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the 5'UTR region (SNP1:g.C-754G) of the Ucp2 gene was identified by direct sequencing of 441 Qinchuan cattle...
December 2016: Journal of Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988240/intraoperative-spinal-cord-monitoring-lesional-level-diagnosis
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M Gavaret, S Pesenti, M S Diop-Sene, E Choufani, G Bollini, J-L Jouve
BACKGROUND: In spinal deformity surgery, iatrogenic spinal cord injury is the most feared complication. Intraoperative monitoring (IOM) of the spinal cord assesses its functional integrity and allows significant reduction of the rate of spinal cord injury. HYPOTHESIS: In case of severe IOM alert, lesional level diagnosis constitutes supplementary and useful information. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study was retrospective and monocentric. In our institution, 1062 pediatric spinal deformity surgeries have been monitored since 2004...
December 14, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965538/lack-of-cdkl5-disrupts-the-organization-of-excitatory-and-inhibitory-synapses-and-parvalbumin-interneurons-in-the-primary-visual-cortex
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Riccardo Pizzo, Antonia Gurgone, Enrico Castroflorio, Elena Amendola, Cornelius Gross, Marco Sassoè-Pognetto, Maurizio Giustetto
Cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) mutations are found in severe neurodevelopmental disorders, including the Hanefeld variant of Rett syndrome (RTT; CDKL5 disorder). CDKL5 loss-of-function murine models recapitulate pathological signs of the human disease, such as visual attention deficits and reduced visual acuity. Here we investigated the cellular and synaptic substrates of visual defects by studying the organization of the primary visual cortex (V1) of Cdkl5(-/y) mice. We found a severe reduction of c-Fos expression in V1 of Cdkl5(-/y) mutants, suggesting circuit hypoactivity...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936908/the-fbxo7-homologue-nutcracker-and-binding-partner-pi31-in-drosophila-melanogaster-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Eric M Merzetti, Lindsay A Dolomount, Brian E Staveley
Parkinsonian-pyramidal syndrome (PPS) is an early onset form of Parkinson's disease (PD) that shows degeneration of the extrapyramidal region of the brain to result in a severe form of PD. The toxic protein build-up has been implicated in the onset of PPS. Protein removal is mediated by an intracellular proteasome complex: an E3 ubiquitin ligase, the targeting component, is essential for function. FBXO7 encodes the F-box component of the SCF E3 ubiquitin ligase linked to familial forms of PPS. The Drosophila melanogaster homologue nutcracker (ntc) and a binding partner, PI31, have been shown to be active in proteasome function...
January 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916860/novel-pigt-variant-in-two-brothers-expansion-of-the-multiple-congenital-anomalies-hypotonia-seizures-syndrome-3-phenotype
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Nadia Skauli, Sean Wallace, Samuel C C Chiang, Tuva Barøy, Asbjørn Holmgren, Asbjørg Stray-Pedersen, Yenan T Bryceson, Petter Strømme, Eirik Frengen, Doriana Misceo
Biallelic PIGT variants were previously reported in seven patients from three families with Multiple Congenital Anomalies-Hypotonia Seizures Syndrome 3 (MCAHS3), characterized by epileptic encephalopathy, hypotonia, global developmental delay/intellectual disability, cerebral and cerebellar atrophy, craniofacial dysmorphisms, and skeletal, ophthalmological, cardiac, and genitourinary abnormalities. We report a novel homozygous PIGT missense variant c.1079G>T (p.Gly360Val) in two brothers with several of the typical features of MCAHS3, but in addition, pyramidal tract neurological signs...
November 29, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881780/negative-allosteric-modulation-of-mglur5-partially-corrects-pathophysiology-in-a-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome
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Jifang Tao, Hao Wu, Amanda A Coronado, Elizabeth de Laittre, Emily K Osterweil, Yi Zhang, Mark F Bear
: Rett syndrome (RTT) is caused by mutations in the gene encoding methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2), an epigenetic regulator of mRNA transcription. Here, we report a test of the hypothesis of shared pathophysiology of RTT and fragile X, another monogenic cause of autism and intellectual disability. In fragile X, the loss of the mRNA translational repressor FMRP leads to exaggerated protein synthesis downstream of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5). We found that mGluR5- and protein-synthesis-dependent synaptic plasticity were similarly altered in area CA1 of Mecp2 KO mice...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879217/generation-of-optic-atrophy-1-patient-derived-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-ips-opa1-behr-for-disease-modeling-of-complex-optic-atrophy-syndromes-behr-syndrome
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Stefan Hauser, Stefanie Schuster, Yvonne Theurer, Matthis Synofzik, Ludger Schöls
Human skin fibroblasts were isolated from a 48-year-old patient carrying compound heterozygous mutations (c.610+364G>A and c.1311A>G) in OPA1, responsible for early onset optic atrophy complicated by ataxia and pyramidal signs (Behr syndrome; OMIM #210000). Fibroblasts were reprogrammed using episomal plasmids carrying hOCT4, hSOX2, hKLF4, hL-MYC and hLIN28. The generated transgene-free line iPS-OPA1-BEHR showed no additional genomic aberrations, maintained the disease-relevant mutations, expressed important pluripotency markers and was capable to differentiate into cells of all three germ layers in vitro...
September 2016: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852007/apc-conditional-knock-out-mouse-is-a-model-of-infantile-spasms-with-elevated-neuronal-%C3%AE-catenin-levels-neonatal-spasms-and-chronic-seizures
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Antonella Pirone, Jonathan Alexander, Lauren A Lau, David Hampton, Andrew Zayachkivsky, Amy Yee, Audrey Yee, Michele H Jacob, Chris G Dulla
Infantile spasms (IS) are a catastrophic childhood epilepsy syndrome characterized by flexion-extension spasms during infancy that progress to chronic seizures and cognitive deficits in later life. The molecular causes of IS are poorly defined. Genetic screens of individuals with IS have identified multiple risk genes, several of which are predicted to alter β-catenin pathways. However, evidence linking malfunction of β-catenin pathways and IS is lacking. Here, we show that conditional deletion in mice of the adenomatous polyposis coli gene (APC cKO), the major negative regulator of β-catenin, leads to excessive β-catenin levels and multiple salient features of human IS...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816346/-neuro-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis
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Loïc Le Guennec, Nadine Martin-Duverneuil, Karima Mokhtari, Maria Santiago-Ribeiro, Eléonore Bayen, Antoine Del Cul, Daniel Delgadillo, Aurélie Kas, Carine Courtillot, Julien Haroche, Fleur Cohen, Jean Donadieu, Khê Hoang-Xuan, Ahmed Idbaih
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare multisystemic disease. LCH is characterized by proliferation of myeloid progenitors with altered differentiation program and similar phenotypic features to epidermal dendritic cells termed Langerhans cell. LCH cells express CD1a+ and langerin and exhibit BRAF V600E mutation in ∼50% of cases. Neurological involvement or neuro-LCH is observed in 5 to 10% of cases. Three subtypes of neuro-LCH are individualized. The tumor type, accounting for 45% of neuro-LCH, affect mainly young adults...
November 2, 2016: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803317/jointly-reduced-inhibition-and-excitation-underlies-circuit-wide-changes-in-cortical-processing-in-rett-syndrome
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Abhishek Banerjee, Rajeev V Rikhye, Vincent Breton-Provencher, Xin Tang, Chenchen Li, Keji Li, Caroline A Runyan, Zhanyan Fu, Rudolf Jaenisch, Mriganka Sur
Rett syndrome (RTT) arises from loss-of-function mutations in methyl-CpG binding protein 2 gene (Mecp2), but fundamental aspects of its physiological mechanisms are unresolved. Here, by whole-cell recording of synaptic responses in MeCP2 mutant mice in vivo, we show that visually driven excitatory and inhibitory conductances are both reduced in cortical pyramidal neurons. The excitation-to-inhibition (E/I) ratio is increased in amplitude and prolonged in time course. These changes predict circuit-wide reductions in response reliability and selectivity of pyramidal neurons to visual stimuli, as confirmed by two-photon imaging...
November 15, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801772/cranial-nerve-vi-palsy-as-the-main-clinical-manifestation-of-neurosarcoidosis
#18
Zaid A Al-Qudah, Hussam A Yacoub, Nizar Souayah
INTRODUCTION: Sarcoidosis is a chronic, systemic, inflammatory disorder that is characterized by the formation of noncaseating granulomas. Patients may present with cranial nerve palsy, paresthesia, paresis, pyramidal signs, progressive cognitive decline, urinary retention, seizures, or hypothalamic-pituitary syndrome. Although the diagnosis of neurosarcoidosis can be challenging, neurological manifestations of sarcoidosis occur more frequently than previously described. CASE REPORT: A 23-year-old African American man presented to our emergency department with diplopia, which was worsened on left horizontal gaze...
November 2016: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796759/increased-src-family-kinase-activity-disrupts-excitatory-synaptic-transmission-and-impairs-remote-fear-memory-in-forebrain-shp2-deficient-mice
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Xunyi Yan, Bin Zhang, Wen Lu, Lin Peng, Qian Yang, Wei Cao, Shen Lin, Wenyue Yu, Xiaoming Li, Yuehai Ke, Shengtian Li, Wei Yang, Jianhong Luo
Src homolog domain-containing phosphatase 2 (Shp2) signals a variety of cellular and physiological functions including learning and memory. Dysregulation of ERK signaling is known to be responsible for the cognitive deficits associated with gain-of-function mutated Shp2 mimicking Noonan syndrome. However, here, we report that CaMKIIα-cre induced knockout (CaSKO) of Shp2 in hippocampal pyramidal neurons resulted in increased Src activity, upregulated phosphorylation of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) at Y1325 of GluN2A and at Y1472 of GluN2B, disrupted the balance of synaptic transmission, and impaired long-term potentiation and remote contextual fear memory...
October 29, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27767931/early-growth-and-neurologic-outcomes-of-infants-with-probable-congenital-zika-virus-syndrome
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Antonio Augusto Moura da Silva, Jucelia Sousa Santos Ganz, Patricia da Silva Sousa, Maria Juliana Rodvalho Doriqui, Marizelia Rodrigues Costa Ribeiro, Maria Dos Remédios Freitas Carvalho Branco, Rejane Christine de Sousa Queiroz, Maria de Jesus Torres Pacheco, Flavia Regina Vieira da Costa, Francelena de Sousa Silva, Vanda Maria Ferreira Simões, Marcos Antonio Barbosa Pacheco, Fernando Lamy-Filho, Zeni Carvalho Lamy, Maria Teresa Seabra Soares de Britto E Alves
We report the early growth and neurologic findings of 48 infants in Brazil diagnosed with probable congenital Zika virus syndrome and followed to age 1-8 months. Most of these infants had microcephaly (86.7%) and craniofacial disproportion (95.8%). The clinical pattern included poor head growth with increasingly negative z-scores, pyramidal/extrapyramidal symptoms, and epilepsy.
November 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
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