James M. Powers

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Adrenoleukodystrophy was diagnosed pathologically in 17 male patients. The diagnosis was suggested by clinical and laboratory signs of primary adrenal failure and by neurological signs referable to the degeneration of white matter. Neurological findings usually predominated over clinical stigmata of adrenal failure. Adrenal biopsy has proved to be the most(More)
OBJECTIVE To establish a variant of sporadic prion disease as the sporadic form of fatal familial insomnia (FFI). BACKGROUND FFI is a recently described prion disease characterized clinically by severe sleep impairment, dysautonomia, and motor signs, and pathologically by atrophy of thalamic nuclei, especially the medial dorsal and anterior ventral, and(More)
We report a family of French Canadian and Dutch ancestry with hereditary ferritinopathy (neuroferritinopathy) and a novel mutation (C insertion at nt646-647 in exon 4) in the ferritin light chain gene, resulting in a longer than normal protein. Our failure to immunostain most of the abnormal ferritin deposits in the proband with a conformation-dependent(More)
The neuropathologic features of adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN) are reviewed by supplementing those few previously published cases with 5 additional cases collected over the years. The endocrine involvement in AMN is briefly presented to serve as a pathogenetic backdrop and to emphasize that most of the lesions in AMN, as in adreno-leukodystrophy (ALD), are(More)
Genetic background, pesticide exposure, age, gender, diet and lifestyle are implicated risk factors in Parkinson's disease. We demonstrate dopamine neuron loss and other features of Parkinsonism based on the interaction of several of these human risk factors in transgenic mice expressing human alpha-synuclein. Mice expressing different forms of human(More)
Originally described and most frequently reported in association with the kidney, the malignant rhabdoid tumor (MRT) is a highly aggressive neoplasm with distinctive morphologic features. Extrarenal sites reported for this neoplasm include the liver, thymus, and various soft tissue sites. Young infants are affected with rare exceptions. We report the case(More)
We present a two-generation family consisting of a father and two daughters, who had an adult-onset leukodystrophy characterized by widespread destruction of cerebral white matter with neuroaxonal spheroids. The mode of inheritance appears to be autosomal dominant. All three patients presented with a variety of motor and cognitive symptoms, including(More)
Vanishing white matter (VWM) is one of the most prevalent inherited childhood leukoencephalopathies, but this may affect people of all ages, including neonates and adults. It is a progressive disorder clinically dominated by cerebellar ataxia and in which minor stress conditions, such as fever or mild trauma, provoke major episodes of neurologic(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE To date, the demonstration of Rosenthal fibers on brain biopsy or autopsy specimens is considered a prerequisite for a definitive diagnosis of Alexander disease. We initiated a multiinstitutional survey of MR abnormalities in both presumed and confirmed cases of Alexander disease to assess the possibility of an MR-based diagnosis. (More)
We report a family with band heterotopia in a mother and daughter and lissencephaly in a son (X-linked inheritance pattern). Postmortem examination of the boy revealed classical lissencephaly and, among other findings, simplified and discontinuous inferior olives without inferior olivary heterotopia. The absence of inferior olivary heterotopia may(More)