Rudolf André Kley

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OBJECTIVE To compare muscle imaging findings in different subtypes of myofibrillar myopathies (MFM) in order to identify characteristic patterns of muscle alterations that may be helpful to separate these genetic heterogeneous muscular disorders. METHODS Muscle imaging and clinical findings of 46 patients with MFM were evaluated (19 desminopathy, 12(More)
Driven by increasing numbers of newly identified genetic defects and new insights into the field of inherited muscle diseases, neuromuscular imaging in general and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in particular are increasingly being used to characterise the severity and pattern of muscle involvement. Although muscle biopsy is still the gold standard for(More)
Mutations in the filamin C gene (FLNC) cause a myofibrillar myopathy (MFM), morphologically characterized by focal myofibrillar destruction and abnormal accumulation of several proteins within skeletal muscle fibres. We studied 31 patients from four German families to evaluate the phenotype of filaminopathy. All patients harboured the same p.W2710X mutation(More)
Mutations of the human desmin gene on chromosome 2q35 cause a familial or sporadic form of skeletal myopathy frequently associated with cardiac abnormalities. Here, we report the pathogenic effects of a novel heterozygous R350P desmin missense mutation, which resides in the evolutionary highly conserved coil 2B domain of the alpha-helical coiled-coil desmin(More)
BACKGROUND Progressive muscle weakness is a main symptom of most hereditary and acquired muscle diseases. Creatine improves muscle performance in healthy individuals. This is an update of our 2007 Cochrane review that evaluated creatine treatment in muscle disorders. Previous updates were in 2009 and 2011. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the efficacy of creatine(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Myofibrillar myopathies (MFMs) are hereditary muscle disorders characterized by distinct histopathological features. This review provides an overview of recent research with respect to new disease genes, clinical phenotypes, insights into pathomechanisms and therapeutic strategies. RECENT FINDINGS Beyond the known disease genes DES,(More)
Mutations in FLNC cause two distinct types of myopathy. Disease associated with mutations in filamin C rod domain leading to expression of a toxic protein presents with progressive proximal muscle weakness and shows focal destructive lesions of polymorphous aggregates containing desmin, myotilin and other proteins in the affected myofibres; these features(More)
Here we introduce myopodin as a novel filamin C binding partner. Corroborative yeast two-hybrid and biochemical analyses indicate that the central part of myopodin that shows high homology to the closely related protein synaptopodin and that is common to all its currently known or predicted variants interacts with filamin C immunoglobulin-like domains(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Myofibrillar myopathies (MFMs) are a heterogeneous group of skeletal and cardiac muscle diseases. In this review, we highlight recent discoveries of new genes and disease mechanisms involved in this group of disorders. RECENT FINDINGS The advent of next-generation sequencing technology, laser microdissection and mass spectrometry-based(More)
Histological mitochondrial changes are generally found to be associated with late onset myofibrillar myopathies (MFMs). How these changes contribute to the pathogenesis of MFMs is unknown. Mitochondrial changes, including COX-deficient fibers (n = 8), biochemical activities of respiratory chain complexes (n = 7), and multiple mtDNA deletions by long-range(More)