Masami Shizuka-Ikeda

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Ataxia-ocular apraxia 2 (AOA2) was recently identified as a new autosomal recessive ataxia. We have now identified causative mutations in 15 families, which allows us to clinically define this entity by onset between 10 and 22 years, cerebellar atrophy, axonal sensorimotor neuropathy, oculomotor apraxia and elevated alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). Ten of the(More)
Autoantibodies against glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) have been found in stiff-man syndrome, insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, and progressive cerebellar ataxia. A patient with progressive cerebellar ataxia is described who was positive for GAD autoantibodies, and had Sjögren's syndrome. Immunohistochemical studies using CSF and serum samples from the(More)
OBJECTIVE To study dysferlin gene mutations and genotype-phenotype correlations in Japanese patients with Miyoshi myopathy (MM). BACKGROUND MM is an autosomal recessive distal muscular dystrophy that arises from mutations in the dysferlin gene. This gene is also mutated in families with limb girdle muscular dystrophy 2B. METHODS The authors examined 25(More)
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 8 (SCA8) is the first example of dominantly inherited ataxia reported to be caused by a dynamic mutation of the untranslated CTG trinucleotide repeat. We performed genetic and clinical analyses of a family with an isolated case with young onset cerebellar ataxia carrying an expanded 95 CTA/CTG repeats, and revealed that the(More)
Anti-glutamate decarboxylase autoantibodies (GAD-A) are associated with a group of patients with progressive cerebellar ataxia. We reported previously that cerebellar GABA(A)-mediated synaptic transmission was presynaptically depressed by GAD-A in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Using whole-cell recording of rat cerebellar slices, we found in the present(More)
In order to assess whether lipoproteins are physiologically able to balance and modulate the sAbeta homeostasis in vivo, soluble Abeta levels in lipoprotein-depleted plasma were measured as a function of age in normal controls, Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, and Down's syndrome (DS) cases. The reshaping of sAbeta homeostasis, in particular the(More)
Presenilin-1 (PS1) is a causative gene in early onset familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD). FAD-linked mutant PS1s significantly increased Abeta40 and Abeta42(43) levels (P < 0.001) and decreased the production of an 11.4 kD (beta-stub) and an 8.7 kD (alpha-stub) carboxyl-terminal fragment of amyloid beta precursor protein (betaAPP-CTFs) (P < 0.01). In the 2%(More)
Bunina bodies, small eosinophilic intraneuronal inclusions, stain positive for cystatin C and are the only specific pathological hallmark of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We screened the cystatin C gene (CST3) for mutations in 57 sporadic ALS patients and 12 familial ALS cases that did not possess a SOD1 mutation. We detected the known polymorphism(More)
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