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  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Amylo-1,4-1,6 transglucosidase ; Branching enzyme ; Myopathy ; Type IV glycogenosis ; Polyglucosan
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Polyglucosan body diseases in adults, contrary to infantile cases (Andersen's disease or type IV glycogenosis or amylopectinosis), are usually not associated with a significant deficiency of the branching enzyme (=amylo-1,4-1,6 transglucosidase). We, therefore, report on a 19-year-old male with complete branching enzyme deficiency presenting with severe myopathy, dilative cardiomyopathy, heart failure, dysmorphic features, and subclinical neuropathy. His 14-year-old brother had similar symptoms and was erroneously classified by a previous muscle biopsy as having central core disease but could later be identified as also having polyglucosan body myopathy. The skeletal muscle, endomyocardiac, and sural nerve biopsies as well as the autopsy revealed extraordinarily severe deposits of polyglucosan bodies not only in striated and smooth muscle fibers, but also in histiocytes, fibroblasts, perineurial cells, axons and astrocytes. Occasional paracrystalline mitochondrial inclusions were also noted. Thus, this patient represents to our knowledge the first juvenile, familial case of polyglucosan body disease with total branching enzyme deficiency and extensive polyglucosan body storage.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Colchicine ; Myopathy ; Tubulin ; Microtuubules ; Familial mediterranean fever
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Severe colchicine myopathy occurred in a 24-year-old patient treated with colchicine because of familial mediterranean fever complicated by renal amyloidosis. In addition to prominent autophagic vacuoles containing heterogeneous osmiophilic material and pleomorphous bodies, cytoplasmic deposits of finely granular material were detected that have not been noted in previous cases of colchicine myopathy. This granular material was immunoreactive for antibodies to tubulin, α-tubulin, and β-tubulin. These observations substantiate the suggestion that alterations of the microtubular network represent the initial step in the pathogenesis of colchicine myopathy.
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  • 3
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Key words Zidovudine ; Myopathy ; Nucleus ; Mitochondria ; AIDS
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Long-term zidovudine (also termed azidothymidine, AZT) treatment of AIDS patients may cause severe myopathy characterized by conspicuous mitochondrial and nuclear changes. The mitochondrial changes are attributed to an inhibitory effect of AZT on the mitochondrial γ-polymerase in a variety of cells. Inhibition of the nuclear α-polymerase is another well-known side effect of AZT, whereas the (nuclear) β-polymerase appears to be rather insensitive. The nuclear changes seen in AIDS patients are usually considered secondary to the human immunodeficiency virus infection. To eliminate the influence of the virus on the nuclei, we studied the effect of AZT on non-infected, organotypic co-cultures of spinal ganglia, spinal cord, and skeletal muscle from fetal rats. We noted significant changes not only in the mitochondria but also in the nuclei of spinal ganglia, spinal cord, and muscle cells, which depended more on the duration of AZT application (1, 3, 5, and 8 days) than on the concentration (0.1, 1, 10, 100 and 1000 μM). The alterations of the mitochondria consisted mainly of swelling, loss of cristae and, finally, disappearance. The nuclei showed nucleolar segregation, marginal condensation of heterochromatin, formation of interchromatin and perichromatin granules, nuclear protrusions and pseudoinclusions and, finally, disintegration. The changes were not as pleomorphic as those seen in biopsy specimens from AIDS patients who had received long-term treatment with AZT. However, this difference can easily be attributed to the short duration of drug application in tissue culture compared to the long-term medication in patients.
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  • 4
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Key words Schwann cell inclusions ; Demyelination ; Myelinated nerve fibers ; Morphometry ; Peripheral ; neuropathy
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract In the cytoplasm of Schwann cells of a sural nerve biopsy from a 21-year-old female patient with chronic neuropathy we noted numerous unique, usually double membrane-bound, osmiophilic, granular or globular inclusions, approximately 30–600 μm in diameter. Some of these membrane-bound vesicular or tubular structures contained less dense or no osmiophilic inclusions. Morphometry revealed a reduction of the myelin area per endoneural area to approximately 13% (normal value: 20– 30%) and of the density of myelinated nerve fibers to 5,412/mm2 (normal value at this age: 6,000–9,000/mm2). Large myelinated nerve fibers were predominantly reduced in number, and no myelinated nerve fibers with diameters larger than 4.5 μm were seen. Numerous, usually small onion bulb formations indicated a predominantly demyelinating type of neuropathy. This is to the best of our knowledge the first case of a chronic demyelinating neuropathy in which this kind of presumably pathognostic deposits in the cytoplasm of Schwann cells was detected.
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  • 5
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Zidovudine ; Myopathy ; Nucleus ; Mitochondria ; AIDS
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Zidovudine (formerly azidothymidine) is a potent inhibitor of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) reverse transcriptase and represents the first approved drug showing clinical efficacy in HIV-associated diseases. However, considerable toxicity causing macrocytic anemia, neutropenia, and myopathy has been reported, with severe mitochondrial alterations as a special feature of this myopathy. The mitochondrial changes are consistent with the fact that zidovudine acts as an inhibitor of the mitochondrial gamma-polymerase. Electron microscopically, we could confirm the presence of severely altered mitochondria in a 32-year-old male, who developed a necrotizing myopathy after daily administration of 1,000 mg zidovudine over a period of 15 months. In addition, there were even more severe nuclear changes that, for the most part, have not been documented electron microscopically in HIV-related myopathy either with or without zidovudine treatment, especially in non-necrotic and non-regenerating fibers. Since various in vitro studies have shown interference of zidovudine with nuclear DNA metabolism even in human cell lines, we assume that the nuclear changes that we observed are at least in part related to zidovudine treatment.
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  • 6
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    Acta neuropathologica 99 (2000), S. 39-47 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Key words Sural nerve ; Muscle fiber diameter ; Morphometry ; Electron microscopy ; Myotonic ¶dystrophy
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract We compared peripheral nerve fibers and muscle fibers in myotonic dystrophy (MD) using a computer-assisted device for morphometry. In the 17 cases with MD studied, the sural nerves of 14 cases (82%) showed various degrees of reduction of the myelin sheath area (MSA) per endoneurial area. Of these, 8 cases (47%) presented with a mild reduction of the MSA, 5 cases (29.4%) with moderate reduction, and one case (6%) with severe reduction. The number of myelinated nerve fibers was not significantly reduced in MD when compared with control nerves, due to clusters of small regenerated nerve fibers. The mean diameter of the muscle fibers in 6 of the 17 cases was less than 40 μm. Of these 6 severely affected cases, ¶5 revealed a considerable reduction of the MSA. Other cases, which appeared to be normal in respect to the diameter of muscle fibers, showed various degrees of reduction of the MSA. Thus, there is usually, but not always a morphometric correlation of the severity of changes between peripheral nerves and muscle. The severity of the peripheral neuropathy appears to depend largely on the patient’s age, the stage of the disorder, and the time of progression. Electron microscopic examination of sural nerves showed significant, though non-specific pathological changes.
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  • 7
    ISSN: 1432-1459
    Keywords: Ethylene oxide ; Peripheral neuropathy ; Morphometry ; Electron microscopy ; Demyelination
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary A case is reported of ethylene oxide polyneuropathy after 5 months of exposure. There was symmetrical distal weakness of both lower extremities and transitory reduced nerve conduction velocities with increased latencies. Sural nerve biopsy revealed nerve fibre degeneration of the Wallerian type, associated with reduction of axonal cross-sectional areas and some degree of nerve fibre regeneration that could be confirmed morphometrically. In addition, there was conspicuous paranodal vesicular disintegration of individual myelin lamellae. Unusual cisternae with introverted hemidesmosomes were noted in endoneurial fibroblasts.
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