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Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy has been genetically linked to reduced numbers (≤ 8) of D4Z4 repeats at 4q35 combined with 4A(159/161/168) DUX4 polyadenylation signal haplotype. However, we have recently reported that 1.3% of healthy individuals carry this molecular signature and 19% of subjects affected by facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy do(More)
OBJECTIVES Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy type 1 (FSHD1) has been genetically linked to reduced numbers (≤ 8) of D4Z4 repeats at 4q35. Particularly severe FSHD cases, characterised by an infantile onset and presence of additional extra-muscular features, have been associated with the shortest D4Z4 reduced alleles with 1-3 repeats (1-3 DRA). We(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the frequency and type of peripheral neuropathy (PNP) in patients with myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), as well as to identify factors that may be associated with this abnormality. METHODS This study comprised 111 adult patients with DM1. Nerve conduction study was performed on sural, peroneal and median nerves of both limbs. (More)
OBJECTIVE To assess an impact of cognitive and behavioral impairment on QoL in a larger cohort of patients with DM1. METHODS Sixty six genetically confirmed DM1 patients (22 with juvenile (jDM1) and 44 with adult form (aDM1) of the disease) were recruited. Following behavioral tests were used: Hamilton scales for depression and anxiety (HamD and HamA),(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyze the predictive value of anti-acetylcholine receptor antibodies (anti-AChR Ab) and anti-muscle specific kinase antibodies (anti-MuSK Ab), as well as the thymus pathology to the clinical outcome in patients with generalized myasthenia gravis (MG). METHODS We analyzed 138 patients with generalized MG, who were thymectomized and assayed(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease but certain genetic factors predispose its development. Since susceptibility to different forms of MG is linked to a number of allelic variants, the aim of this study was to explore the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) profile of our patients with muscle-specific tyrosine kinase (MuSK) MG.(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence and incidence of adult-onset myasthenia gravis (MG) in the Belgrade population from 1979 to 2008. METHODS Data on the number of MG patients and their basic demographic and clinical characteristics were collected from hospital records (1979-1992) and the Belgrade MG Registry (1993-2008).(More)
Caspase-2 has been implicated in various cellular functions, including cell death by apoptosis, oxidative stress response, maintenance of genomic stability and tumor suppression. The loss of the caspase-2 gene (Casp2) enhances oncogene-mediated tumorigenesis induced by E1A/Ras in athymic nude mice, and also in the Eμ-Myc lymphoma and MMTV/c-neu mammary(More)
Based on the 7-year experience of the Italian Clinical Network for FSHD, we revised the FSHD clinical form to describe, in a harmonized manner, the phenotypic spectrum observed in FSHD. The new Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Form (CCEF) defines various clinical categories by the combination of different features. The inter-rater reproducibility of the(More)