L. F. G. M. Hesselmans

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A non-immunological model for myasthenia gravis was developed in rats: 'toxin-induced myasthenia gravis'. Rats were injected once every 48 h with 3-5 micrograms alpha-bungarotoxin for periods of up to 5 weeks. This treatment caused weakness, especially of facial muscles. Respiration, however, was unaffected. Miniature endplate potentials and(More)
A young boy is described who, since early infancy, suffered from weakness of predominantly proximal limb muscles. Electromyography revealed impairment of neuromuscular transmission. There were no antibodies against acetylcholine receptors. The amplitude of miniature end-plate potentials was reduced. Neuromuscular junctions showed somewhat coarse(More)
Deoxycholic acid and chenodeoxycholic acid were administered alternately to four patients with cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis. During this oral therapy serum cholestanol and urinary bile alcohols were determined. Both showed a marked decrease after the start of the two different therapies. It can be concluded that not only chenodeoxycholic acid but also(More)
The aim of this study was to establish the time scale of developmental changes in innervation of skeletal muscle fibers in man. Specimens of thigh and intercostal muscle from 19 embryos and 18 infants were examined with histological methods which enabled the discrimination between fetal (gamma) and adult (epsilon) types of acetylcholine receptors (AChRs).(More)
Underlying the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is a decrease in the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Only few reports on light and transmission electron microscopical observations of motor endplates in LEMS are available and changes reported so far differ from those found in experimental blocking of acetylcholine release. We performed(More)
Twenty four patients with motor neuron disease (MND) participated in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with the ACTH 4-9 analog, Org 2766. Patients were examined three times during an 8 week treatment period, using a summated score for several manually and functionally tested muscles (sum score), myometry, jitter, fibre density (FD), macro motor unit(More)
The growth associated protein B-50 (GAP-43) is demonstrated in human intramuscular nerves and neuromuscular junctions by light microscopy and electron microscopy. Nearly all fetal endplates are shown to be immunoreactive for B-50. The percentage of B-50 positive endplates decreases significantly during the peri- and neonatal period, but in children and(More)
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