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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease, which leads to the loss of upper and lower motor neurons, with a currently unknown etiology. Specific biomarkers could help in early detection and diagnosis, and could also act as indicators of disease progression and therapy effectiveness. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small (18–25(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterised by the progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons, neurons that are regulated by the development, protection and function of neuregulin-1 (NRG1)-ErbB4 signals, in the substantia nigra (SN). NRG1 is a neurotrophic differentiation factor and one of its isoforms is a sensory and motor neuron-derived factor (SMDF), mostly(More)
Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is a group of dominantly inherited heterogeneous disorders in which 43 subtypes have been identified to date. Recently, Japanese and French families with SCA type 42 (SCA42) were found to have a missense mutation (c.5144G>A; R1715H) in CACNA1G. We performed genetic analysis of 84 unrelated families to find the prevalence of(More)
A 24-year-old woman visited our hospital with a complaint of walking disability. She had no family history of consanguineous marriage, and her developmental history was unremarkable, with good physical performance just before the onset. At the age of 13, she developed difficulty in walking and visited a pediatrician. Her serum CK level was 10,000 IU/l and(More)
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