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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, Jon 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...
November 13, 2016: 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 1, 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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27762118/fahr-s-disease-with-seizure-presentation
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Rangaswamy, V Ranjith, L Vikas, R Santosh
Fahr's disease or Fahr's syndrome is a rare neurodegenerative disorder characterized by abnormal symmetrical calcifications of the basal ganglia, thalami, sub-cortical hemispheric white matter and deep cerebellar nuclei. It can be idiopathic or associated with an endocrinopathy, frequently with parathyroid disorder. Clinical spectrum of the disease is wide ranging from neurological features like seizure, syncope, stroke like events, extra-pyramidal symptoms often combined with frontal sub-cortical pattern of behavioural dysfunction and psychiatric symptoms such as psychosis, mood disorder and dementia...
August 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759344/expanded-dengue
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D B Kadam, Sonali Salvi, Ajay Chandanwale
The World Health Organization (WHO) has coined the term expanded dengue to describe cases which do not fall into either dengue shock syndrome or dengue hemorrhagic fever. This has incorporated several atypical findings of dengue. Dengue virus has not been enlisted as a common etiological agent in several conditions like encephalitis, Guillain Barre syndrome. Moreover it is a great mimic of co-existing epidemics like Malaria, Chikungunya and Zika virus disease, which are also mosquito-borne diseases. The atypical manifestations noted in dengue can be mutisystemic and multifacetal...
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703430/early-impairment-of-synaptic-and-intrinsic-excitability-in-mice-expressing-als-dementia-linked-mutant-ubqln2
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Daniel Radzicki, Erdong Liu, Han-Xiang Deng, Teepu Siddique, Marco Martina
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are believed to represent the different outcomes of a common pathogenic mechanism. However, while researchers have intensely studied the involvement of motor neurons in the ALS/FTD syndrome, very little is known about the function of hippocampal neurons, although this area is critical for memory and other cognitive functions. We investigated the electrophysiological properties of CA1 pyramidal cells in slices from 1 month-old UBQLN2(P497H) mice, a recently generated model of ALS/FTD that shows heavy depositions of ubiquilin2-positive aggregates in this brain region...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27676748/locomotor-aspects-in-the-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-spatio-temporal-and-electromygraphic-analyzes-in-a-prospective-cohort-of-twelve-patients
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Jean-Philippe Ehny, Yoshimasa Sagawa, Laurent Tatu, Ludivine Chamard, Bernard Parratte, Pierre Decavel
OBJECTIVE: Hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) designates a rare genetic disorder characterized by the existence of a pyramidal syndrome and/or paresis of the lower limbs, resulting in locomotor disorders. The objective of this study was to investigate the HSP patients walking characteristics during a comfortable walking speed, to determinate the most deleterious impairments and their evolutivity during a prolonged standardized walk. A second goal was to study the co-contraction of targeted muscles during these two walking conditions...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27629094/sigmar1-mutation-associated-with-autosomal-recessive-silver-like-syndrome
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Alejandro Horga, Pedro J Tomaselli, Michael A Gonzalez, Matilde Laurà, Francesco Muntoni, Adnan Y Manzur, Michael G Hanna, Julian C Blake, Henry Houlden, Stephan Züchner, Mary M Reilly
OBJECTIVE: To describe the genetic and clinical features of a simplex patient with distal hereditary motor neuropathy (dHMN) and lower limb spasticity (Silver-like syndrome) due to a mutation in the sigma nonopioid intracellular receptor-1 gene (SIGMAR1) and review the phenotypic spectrum of mutations in this gene. METHODS: We used whole-exome sequencing to investigate the proband. The variants of interest were investigated for segregation in the family using Sanger sequencing...
October 11, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27547915/a-probable-new-syndrome-with-the-storage-disease-phenotype-caused-by-the-vps33a-gene-mutation
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Ali Dursun, Dilek Yalnizoglu, Omer F Gerdan, Didem Yucel-Yilmaz, Mahmut S Sagiroglu, Bayram Yuksel, Safak Gucer, Serap Sivri, Riza K Ozgul
We present a novel multisystem disease in two siblings with clinical features resembling a lysosomal storage disease. These included coarse face, dysostosis multiplex, respiratory difficulty, proteinuria with glomerular foamy cells, neurological involvement with developmental delays, pyramidal signs, and severe chronic anemia. Detailed enzymatic analysis for lysosomal diseases and whole-exome sequencing studies excluded known lysosomal storage diseases in the proband. Subsequently, genome-wide genotyping and exome sequencing analysis of the family indicated two large homozygous regions on chromosomes 5 and 12, and strongly suggested that a homozygous p...
August 19, 2016: Clinical Dysmorphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27524794/alzheimer-related-decrease-in-cyfip2-links-amyloid-production-to-tau-hyperphosphorylation-and-memory-loss
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Sachin Suresh Tiwari, Keiko Mizuno, Anshua Ghosh, Wajeeha Aziz, Claire Troakes, Jason Daoud, Vidushi Golash, Wendy Noble, Tibor Hortobágyi, Karl Peter Giese
Characteristic features of Alzheimer's disease are memory loss, plaques resulting from abnormal processing of amyloid precursor protein (APP), and presence of neurofibrillary tangles and dystrophic neurites containing hyperphosphorylated tau. Currently, it is not known what links these abnormalities together. Cytoplasmic FMR1 interacting protein 2 (CYFIP2) has been suggested to regulate mRNA translation at synapses and this may include local synthesis of APP and alpha-calcium/calmodulin-dependent kinase II, a kinase that can phosphorylate tau...
October 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27499081/loss-and-gain-of-mecp2-cause-similar-hippocampal-circuit-dysfunction-that-is-rescued-by-deep-brain-stimulation-in-a-rett-syndrome-mouse-model
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Hui Lu, Ryan T Ash, Lingjie He, Sara E Kee, Wei Wang, Dinghui Yu, Shuang Hao, Xiangling Meng, Kerstin Ure, Aya Ito-Ishida, Bin Tang, Yaling Sun, Daoyun Ji, Jianrong Tang, Benjamin R Arenkiel, Stelios M Smirnakis, Huda Y Zoghbi
Loss- and gain-of-function mutations in methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) underlie two distinct neurological syndromes with strikingly similar features, but the synaptic and circuit-level changes mediating these shared features are undefined. Here we report three novel signs of neural circuit dysfunction in three mouse models of MECP2 disorders (constitutive Mecp2 null, mosaic Mecp2(+/-), and MECP2 duplication): abnormally elevated synchrony in the firing activity of hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons, an impaired homeostatic response to perturbations of excitatory-inhibitory balance, and decreased excitatory synaptic response in inhibitory neurons...
August 17, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27497298/loss-of-fbxo7-park15-results-in-reduced-proteasome-activity-and-models-a-parkinsonism-like-phenotype-in-mice
#17
Siv Vingill, David Brockelt, Camille Lancelin, Lars Tatenhorst, Guergana Dontcheva, Christian Preisinger, Nicola Schwedhelm-Domeyer, Sabitha Joseph, Miso Mitkovski, Sandra Goebbels, Klaus-Armin Nave, Jörg B Schulz, Till Marquardt, Paul Lingor, Judith Stegmüller
Mutations in the FBXO7 (PARK15) gene have been implicated in a juvenile form of parkinsonism termed parkinsonian pyramidal syndrome (PPS), characterized by Parkinsonian symptoms and pyramidal tract signs. FBXO7 (F-box protein only 7) is a subunit of the SCF (SKP1/cullin-1/F-box protein) E3 ubiquitin ligase complex, but its relevance and function in neurons remain to be elucidated. Here, we report that the E3 ligase FBXO7-SCF binds to and ubiquitinates the proteasomal subunit PSMA2. In addition, we show that FBXO7 is a proteasome-associated protein involved in proteasome assembly...
September 15, 2016: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27487380/a-diagnostic-approach-for-neurodegeneration-with-brain-iron-accumulation-clinical-features-genetics-and-brain-imaging
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Rubens Paulo Araújo Salomão, José Luiz Pedroso, Maria Thereza Drumond Gama, Lívia Almeida Dutra, Ricardo Horta Maciel, Clécio Godeiro-Junior, Hsin Fen Chien, Hélio A G Teive, Francisco Cardoso, Orlando G P Barsottini
Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) represents a heterogeneous and complex group of inherited neurodegenerative diseases, characterized by excessive iron accumulation, particularly in the basal ganglia. Common clinical features of NBIA include movement disorders, particularly parkinsonism and dystonia, cognitive dysfunction, pyramidal signs, and retinal abnormalities. The forms of NBIA described to date include pantothenase kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN), phospholipase A2 associated neurodegeneration (PLAN), neuroferritinopathy, aceruloplasminemia, beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration (BPAN), Kufor-Rakeb syndrome, mitochondrial membrane protein-associated neurodegeneration (MPAN), fatty acid hydroxylase-associated neurodegeneration (FAHN), coenzyme A synthase protein-associated neurodegeneration (CoPAN) and Woodhouse-Sakati syndrome...
July 2016: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27475720/cervical-myelopathy-involving-os-odontoideum-and-retro-odontoid-cyst-treated-with-harms-c1-c2-arthrodesis
#19
S Le Pape, R Gauthé, C Latrobe, J Leroux, X Roussignol, M Ould-Slimane
An episode of acute decompensation of cervical myelopathy occurred after an injury without fracture of an os odontoideum associated with a compressive retro-odontoid cyst. The 51-year-old female patient presented Fränkel C, Nurick grade 4 neurological status and pyramid syndrome. The initial MRI demonstrated an intramedullary T2 hyperintense signal in the context of spinal cord narrowing. The retro-odontoid cyst demonstrates atlantoaxial instability related to the os odontoideum. Harms C1-C2 arthrodesis without laminectomy was performed and the cyst disappeared completely...
October 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27465203/expanding-phenotype-of-p-ala140val-mutation-in-mecp2-in-a-4-generation-family-with-x-linked-intellectual-disability-and-spasticity
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Sophie Lambert, Isabelle Maystadt, Sébastien Boulanger, Pascal Vrielynck, Anne Destrée, Damien Lederer, Stéphanie Moortgat
Mutations in MECP2 (MIM #312750), located on Xq28 and encoding a methyl CpG binding protein, are classically associated with Rett syndrome in female patients, with a lethal effect in hemizygous males. However, MECP2 mutations have already been reported in surviving males with severe neonatal-onset encephalopathy, or with X-linked intellectual disability associated with psychosis, pyramidal signs, parkinsonian features and macro-orchidism (PPM-X syndrome; MIM3 #300055). Here we report on the identification of the p...
October 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
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