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We analyzed postmortem tissues of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (SALS) for mRNA levels of two inflammatory proteins, complement C1qB and clusterin (apoJ). By Northern blot hybridization, SALS was associated with increased mRNA for C1qB and clusterin in the motor cortex (Brodmann area A4), but not in superior temporal cortex (A17), relative to(More)
This study was performed to characterize the frequency, clinical presentation and etiology of cerebrovascular complications in patients with Fabry's disease. Thirty-three patients (age range 6-64 years) with Fabry's disease were reviewed, eight (24%) of whom suffered cerebrovascular complications. All patients developed ischemic strokes involving small(More)
The lifelong spermatogonial stem cell divisions unique to male germ cell production are thought to contribute to a higher mutation frequency in males. The fact that certain de novo human genetic conditions (e.g., achondroplasia) increase in incidence with the age of the father is consistent with this idea. Although it is assumed that the paternal age effect(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Meta-analyses of extant genome-wide data illustrate the need to focus on subtypes of ischemic stroke for gene discovery. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke SiGN (Stroke Genetics Network) contributes substantially to meta-analyses that focus on specific subtypes of stroke. METHODS The National Institute of(More)
This study was performed to explore the potential role of mitochondrial DNA mutations in the neurodegenerative process in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Using a semi-quantitative assay, a common mitochondrial DNA deletion mutation (mt DNA4977) was assayed in brain tissue obtained from six sporadic ALS patients and compared to four controls. In each(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize a distinct form of spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) clinically and genetically. BACKGROUND The SCAs are a genetically heterogeneous group of neurodegenerative disorders affecting the cerebellum and its connections. The mutations for SCA1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 have been identified and shown to be due to expansion of a CAG repeat in the(More)
Congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP) is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disease caused by mutations in the SCN9A gene. We report a patient with the clinical features consistent with CIP in whom we detected a novel homozygous G2755T mutation in exon 15 of this gene. Routine electrophysiological studies are typically normal in patients with CIP. In our(More)
  • R P Grewal
  • 1993
OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency and etiology of psychiatric complications in patients with Fabry's disease. Method-Retrospective analysis and review of the records of thirty-three patients with confirmed Fabry's disease. RESULTS Six patients (18%) developed psychiatric disorders. Five patients suffered depression and two of these patients committed(More)
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NP-C) is a neurovisceral lipidosis characterized by defective intracellular trafficking of cholesterol and lysosomal accumulation of unesterified cholesterol, believed to be an offending metabolite. We studied the effect of cholesterol-lowering agents on hepatic and plasma cholesterol levels in NP-C by randomly assigning 25(More)