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High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a nuclear and cytosolic protein that is released during tissue damage from immune and non-immune cells - including microglia and neurons. HMGB1 can contribute to progression of numerous chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases which is mediated in part by interaction with the receptor for advanced glycation(More)
Hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSP) are a group of clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorders with the hallmark of progressive spastic gait disturbance. We used advanced neuroimaging to identify brain regions involved in SPG4, the most common HSP genotype. Additionally, we analyzed correlations between imaging and clinical findings. We performed 3T(More)
OBJECTIVE Identifying an intriguing mechanism for unmasking recessive hereditary spastic paraplegias. METHOD Herein, we describe 4 novel homozygous FA2H mutations in 4 nonconsanguineous families detected by whole-exome sequencing or a targeted gene panel analysis providing high coverage of all known hereditary spastic paraplegia genes. RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND The genetic causes of many rare inherited motoneuron diseases and ataxias (MND and ATX) remain largely unresolved, especially for sporadic patients, despite tremendous advances in gene discovery. Whole exome data is often available for patients, but it is rarely evaluated for unusual inheritance patterns, such as uniparental disomy (UPD). UPD is(More)
In amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), objective biomarkers are needed for early diagnosis and progression monitoring. Reduced phosphorylated tau (p-tau) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) has recently been proposed to provide such a biomarker in ALS. Here, we aimed to scrutinize this notion, evaluating both p-tau and total tau (t-tau) in CSF of ALS patients and(More)
OBJECTIVE The neurofibromatoses (NF) type 1 and 2 are hereditary tumor predisposition syndromes caused by germline mutations in the NF1 and NF2 tumor suppressor genes. In NF1 and 2, peripheral nerve tumors occur regularly. For further characterizing nerve ultrasound was performed in patients with NF1 and 2. METHODS Patients with established diagnosis of(More)
Skin fibroblasts were obtained from a 47-year-old hereditary spastic paraplegia patient carrying a homozygous mutation Y275X in CYP7B1 (Cytochrome P450, Family 7, Subfamily B, Polypeptide 1), responsible for causing hereditary spastic paraplegia type 5 (SPG5). Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) were generated by transfection with episomal plasmids(More)
Despite extensive efforts, half of patients with rare movement disorders such as hereditary spastic paraplegias and cerebellar ataxias remain genetically unexplained, implicating novel genes and unrecognized mutations in known genes. Non-coding DNA variants are suspected to account for a substantial part of undiscovered causes of rare diseases. Here we(More)
Ultrasound of the nerves is an additive diagnostic tool to evaluate polyneuropathy. Recently, the need for standardized scoring systems has widely been discussed; different scores are described so far. Therefore, 327 patients with polyneuropathy were analyzed by ultrasound in our laboratory. Consequently, several ultrasound scoring tools were applied, i.e.,(More)