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Peripheral neuropathy associated with agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACCPN) is a severe sensorimotor neuropathy associated with mental retardation, dysmorphic features and complete or partial agenesis of the corpus callosum. ACCPN is transmitted in an autosomal recessive fashion and is found at a high frequency in the province of Quebec, Canada. ACCPN has(More)
We studied nine infant patients with a combination of progressive neurological and hepatic failure. Eight children, including two sibling pairs and four singletons, were affected by Alpers' hepatopathic poliodystrophy. A ninth baby patient suffered of a severe floppy infant syndrome associated with liver failure. Analysis of POLG1, the gene encoding the(More)
OBJECTIVE Mutations in the gene encoding phospholipase A(2) group VI (PLA2G6) are associated with two childhood neurologic disorders: infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (INAD) and idiopathic neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA). INAD is a severe progressive psychomotor disorder in which axonal spheroids are found in brain, spinal cord, and(More)
Autosomal recessive spastic paraplegia with thinning of corpus callosum (ARHSP-TCC) is a complex form of HSP initially described in Japan but subsequently reported to have a worldwide distribution with a particular high frequency in multiple families from the Mediterranean basin. We recently showed that ARHSP-TCC is commonly associated with mutations in(More)
We studied nine infant patients with a combination of progressive neurological and hepatic failure. Eight children, including two sibling pairs and four singletons, were affected by Alpers' hepatopathic poliodystrophy. A ninth baby patient suffered of a severe floppy infant syndrome associated with liver failure. Analysis of POLG1, the gene encoding the(More)
Neuronal defense against free radicals is mediated primarily by the glutathione system. A cerebral defect of this system gives rise to the oxidative stress occurring in some neurological diseases. Glutathione provides a means of regulating protein function by glutathionylation, consisting of the formation of mixed disulfides between cysteines and(More)
It has been suggested that a genetic factor(s) or a familial predisposition may contribute to the clinical manifestations of disc herniation; moreover, no genetic linkage between spinal disc herniation and spastic paraplegia has ever been described. A family with consanguineous parents and four of eight sibs affected by multiple disc herniations and spastic(More)
Cell proliferation and death account for the refinement of the cell number during corticogenesis. These processes have been investigated in the human developing telencephalon (12th-24th week of gestation) and cerebellum (16th-24th week). Only foetal brains, which had normal neuropathological examination, were utilised. Cell proliferation was analysed by(More)
A patient is described with a Déjérine-Sottas syndrome caused by a novel heterozygous Cys(98)Tyr mutation in the extracellular domain of the major peripheral myelin protein zero (P0ex). Homotypical interactions between P0ex tetramers of apposed extracellular faces of the Schwann cell membrane play a crucial part in myelin compaction. The amino acid change(More)
In a patient affected with a slowly progressive, severe form of Dejerine-Sottas syndrome, symmetric enlargement of cranial nerves and focal hypertrophy of cervical and caudal roots were detected following MRI. Neuropathological features of the sural nerve disclosed a dramatic loss of myelinated fibres, with skewed-to-the-left, unimodal distribution of the(More)