Juan Antonio Martínez-Matos

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Ten Spanish patients from six unrelated families diagnosed with desmin-related myopathy (DRM) were studied. The pattern of DRM inheritance was autosomal dominant in three families, autosomal recessive in one, and there was no family history in two cases. The disease onset was in early adulthood. Cardiac myopathy was the initial presentation in two patients,(More)
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease or hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN) is a genetically heterogeneous group of conditions that affect the peripheral nervous system. The disease is characterized by degeneration or abnormal development of peripheral nerves and exhibits a range of patterns of genetic transmission. In the majority of cases, CMT(More)
Retrospective demographic information and hospital record data were collected for 337 patients resident in Spain who had validated Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) diagnoses and clinical onset during the period 1985-1997 and had been admitted to 11 centres, covering a population of 3.9 million. The European age-adjusted GBS incidence per 100,000 for 1985-1997(More)
Temporal variation in Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) warrants monitoring in certain situations. This study sought to describe a public-health-based GBS surveillance service in Spain and conduct pilot surveillance in the period 1998-1999. Neurologists from 11 hospitals countrywide, serving a population of 3.9 million, reported all patients, ages 20 years or(More)
Mutations in the Mitofusin 2 (MFN2) gene have been related to the axonal type of Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 2 (CMT 2A). We report the first two Spanish families with CMT 2 and mutations in MFN2 gene. Molecular studies of one family with late onset revealed the novel mutation Arg364Gln. The affected family members presented mild clinical and(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To analyze (1) the impact of a protocol of early respiratory evaluation of the indications for home mechanical ventilation (HMV) in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and (2) the effects of the protocol and of bulbar involvement on the survival of patients receiving noninvasive ventilation (NIV). DESIGN AND SETTING(More)
A 27-year-old woman of Moldavian origin presented at the age of 15 with progressive proximal limb weakness and painful cramps in her calf muscles. Clinical examination revealed prominent muscle weakness in proximal muscles of the lower extremities and distal anterior compartment of legs, and mild weakness in shoulder girdle muscles. In addition, she had(More)
Three members of a family were known to have persistent elevated serum CK levels without muscle weakness. A muscle biopsy showed a partial reduction of caveolin-3 at the sarcolemma of muscle fibres, which was confirmed by Western blot analysis. Mutational analysis identified a novel heterozygous mutation: G-->A transition at nucleotide position 169 in exon(More)
Frequent endocrine alterations and abnormal growth hormone (GH) secretion have been reported in myotonic dystrophy (MD). To evaluate GH secretion status in MD, GH response to 100 micrograms of growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) with or without pyridostigmine pretreatment and its relation with insulin-induced hypoglycemia was investigated in MD patients(More)
Immunohistochemical studies using antibodies to myogenic regulatory factors (MRFs) Myo D, myogenin, myf-5, and myf-6, and transcription factors c-Fos and c-Jun, were performed on muscle biopsies from patients suffering from Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies, polymyositis, and denervation atrophy, to investigate whether expression of these factors(More)