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  • Immunohistochemistry  (4)
  • Sural nerve biopsy  (3)
  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Key words Adrenoleukodystrophy ; Adrenomyeloneuropathy ; Mitochondrial abnormalities ; Sural nerve biopsy
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Clinical and sural nerve biopsy findings in two brothers and their mother affected by adrenomyeloneuropathy/adrenoleukodystrophy (AMN/ALD) illustrate the variability of histopathological changes in this disorder. The number of diagnostic inclusions, i.e., trilaminar leaflets, varied considerably from case to case and showed no correlation to the extent of neurological symptoms. In addition, mitochondrial abnormalities (granular and filamentous inclusions and abnormal cristae), which have not previously been described in AMN/ALD, were detected. These alterations could be secondary to the peroxisomal defect and the increased amount of very long chain fatty acids or could be caused by a more generalized defect.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Key words X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease ; Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2 ; Hereditary ; motor and sensory neuropathy ; Connexin32 mutations ; Sural nerve biopsy
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy (CMTX) is caused by mutations in the connexin32 gene on Xq13. Because of overlapping morphological and clinical data, CMTX patients often meet the criteria of autosomal-dominant CMT2, the neuronal type of CMT. Hence, it might be useful to analyse the connexin32 gene in suspected CMT2 patients when there is no male-to-male transmission. We selected a cohort of 30 patients who were considered having CMT2 on the basis of previous clinical and histopathological evaluation. DNA was extracted from paraffin-embedded sural nerve biopsy samples and screened for connexin32 mutations to verify the possible diagnosis of CMTX. In 2 patients mutations were found corresponding to amino acid substitutions of arginine for tryptophan in codon 15 and arginine for glutamine in codon 22 of connexin32. This study illustrates that archival material allows genetic classification of suspected CMT cases. Furthermore, there is additional proof that connexin32 mutations represent the underlying genetic defect in some cases of predominantly neuronal CMT.
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  • 3
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Cytoplasmic body myopathy ; Immunohistochemistry ; Desmin ; Intermediate filaments ; Actin filaments
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary In a fine structural and immunocytochemical study, the latter performed on semithin sections of epoxy resin embedded skeletal muscle fibers, three types of cytoplasmic bodies were identified in a case of cytoplasmic body myopathy: (1) The first type, the classical type, showed a central core and a light halo with radiating actin filaments at the periphery. (2) The second type, the spheroid body was characterized by irregularly arranged granular masses associated with intermediate filaments. Desmin immunoreactivity occurred in the central and peripheral parts, where filaments of intermediate size were visualized by electron microscopy. Desmin immunoreactivity was noted also at the Z-bands of striated annulets, within areas of disordered myofibrils, such as sarcoplasmic masses, and in atrophic muscle fibers. (3) The third type of the cytoplasmic body was composed mainly of large masses of uneven granularity and electron density. The center of this type reacted to anti-actin antibody suggesting that the 5- to 6-nm filaments, which ultrastructurally proved to be a major component, were of the actin type. By contrast, neither intermediate filaments nor actin microfilaments were found by electron microscopy in cytoplasmic bodies in a second case where no immunoreaction to desmin or actin occurred. Anti-vimentin antibody stained only the cytoplasm of endomysial cells, but not the inclusion bodies. Some other, unusual inclusions with 18- to 20-nm tubulo-filamentous structures have to be distinguished from the various types of filaments in cytoplasmic bodies. It is concluded, that pleomorphism and heterogeneity of “cytoplasmic bodies” have to be taken into consideration when classifying cytoplasmic body myopathies.
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  • 4
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Key words: Perineurial cells ; Nerve regeneration ; Immunohistochemistry ; Epithelial membrane antigen
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Perineurial cells are specialized connective tissue cells that form a barrier between endoneurium and epineurium in normal nerves. In the present study, the formation of the perineurium after transection of rat sciatic nerves was investigated. The cord bridging the gap between proximal and distal stumps through silicone tubes was studied 3, 7, 12, 18, and 21 days after surgery using electron microscopy and antibodies against epithelial membrane antigen (EMA), a marker for perineurial cells that has thus far not been applied to the study of differentiating cells in nerve tubulation systems. Initially, a thin cord consisting of fibrin bridged the gap between the stumps. At 7 days, longitudinal cells had migrated from both stumps toward the center of the tubes on the surface of the fibrin cord. These cells were immunoreactive with anti-EMA. At 12 days, ultrastructural features of perineurial cells (desmosomes, tight junctions, actin filaments with dense bodies, tonofilaments) were prominent in these cells. Subsequently, the gap was bridged through the perineurial tube by endothelial cells, pericytes, fibroblasts, Schwann cells, and axons. At 21 days, a single large nerve fascicle ensheathed by a mature perineurium was found between the stumps. Thus, the first cells to connect proximal and distal stumps in the investigated nerve regeneration silicon chamber system are perineurial cells. Through the tube formed by these cells, blood vessels and nerve fibers bridge the gap. Therefore, establishment of a perineurial connection between nerve stumps appears to be important in the sequence of events during nerve regeneration.
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  • 5
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Perineurial cells ; Nerve regeneration ; Immunohistochemistry ; Epithelial membrane antigen
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Perineurial cells are specialized connective tissue cells that form a barrier between endoneurium and epineurium in normal nerves. In the present study, the formation of the perineurium after transection of rat sciatic nerves was investigated. The cord bridging the gap between proximal and distal stumps through silicone tubes was studied 3, 7, 12, 18, and 21 days after surgery using electron microscopy and antibodies against epithelial membrane antigen (EMA), a marker for perineurial cells that has thus far not been applied to the study of differentiating cells in nerve tubulation systems. Initially, a thin cord consisting of fibrin bridged the gap between the stumps. At 7 days, longitudinal cells had migrated from both stumps toward the center of the tubes on the surface of the fibrin cord. These cells were immunoreactive with anti-EMA. At 12 days, ultrastructural features of perineurial cells (desmosomes, tight junctions, actin filaments with dense bodies, tonofilaments) were prominent in these cells. Subsequently, the gap was bridged through the perineurial tube by endothelial cells, pericytes, fibroblasts, Schwann cells, and axons. At 21 days, a single large nerve fascicle ensheathed by a mature perineurium was found between the stumps. Thus, the first cells to connect proximal and distal stumps in the investigated nerve regeneration silicon chamber system are perineurial cells. Through the tube formed by these cells, blood vessels and nerve fibers bridge the gap. Therefore, establishment of a perineurial connection between nerve stumps appears to be important in the sequence of events during nerve regeneration.
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  • 6
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy Immunoglobulin deposits ; Peripheral neuropathy ; Sural nerve biopsy ; Small vessel disease
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy' (CADASIL) has recently been identified as a hereditary disorder with characteristic fine structural changes of small intracerebral arteries and arterioles. Electron microscopically there are characteristic perivascular deposits of granular electron-dense material resembling immunoglobulin deposits. The present case from a family with four affected members in three successive generations shows that similar vascular changes as described in the central nervous system are present in blood vessels of the sural nerve, although less pronounced and, therefore, affording electron microscopy for their unequivocal detection. Nevertheless it has been shown for the first time that the diagnosis of CADASIL can be verified by a sural nerve biopsy. Occasional focal accumulation of pinocytotic vesicles opposite the granular deposits suggests exocytosis as one of the possible pathomechanisms for their production.
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  • 7
    ISSN: 1432-1459
    Keywords: Mitochondrial myopathy ; Ragged-red fibres ; Immunohistochemistry
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary An immunohistochemical method is reported using the M-II68 monoclonal antibody, which detects mitochondrial accumulations (“ragged-red fibres”) in routinely processed (formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded) muscle tissue. Ten cases with electron-microscopically and histochemically proven mitochondrial myopathy featured 4% to 24% ragged-red fibres. In a series of 50 muscle biopsies without mitochondrial myopathy, scattered ragged-red fibres (〈0.1%) were present in a few normal and pathological muscles. The immunohistochemical method is specific for mitochondria, does not require frozen tissue and permits rapid examination of large areas.
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