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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
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    Acta neuropathologica 78 (1989), S. 649-661 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Pyloric stenosis ; Myenteric plexus ; Smooth muscle ; Neuropathy ; Myopathic changes
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary The myenteric plexus and intramuscular nerve bundles in the circular muscle layer of the pylorus from 37 children with infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS) obtained at pyloromyotomy were studied by light and electron microscopy and compared to six control cases without clinical evidence of IHPS. In certain IHPS cases degenerative alterations of the axons predominated. The axonal changes consisted of (1) severely increased variability of diameters with evidence of degeneration and regeneration of some axons, (2) accumulation of electron-dense bodies, lysosomes and pleomorphic membranous cytoplasmic bodies, (3) increase in the number of maloriented neurofilaments, and (4) aggregation of glycogen granules. Degenerative changes or immaturity of perikarya of neurons and glial cells in the myenteric plexus were not a significant feature. While axonal changes predominated in some IHPS cases there were severe changes of smooth muscle cells in others suggesting that a primarily neurogenic type of IHPS can be distinguished from a predominantly myogenic type. Although the etiology of the axonal changes in IHPS is not clear, it is suggested that they play an important role in the pathogenesis of pyloric stenosis and hypertrophy.
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  • 4
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    Acta neuropathologica 80 (1990), S. 295-306 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Pyloric stenosis ; Smooth muscle ; Myenteric plexus ; Visceral myopathy ; Neuropathy
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Smooth muscle cell biopsies obtained at pyloromyotomy from 37 children with infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS) were studied by light and electron microscopy and compared with 6 autopsy control cases without any clinical evidence of this disorder. In cases with IHPS an apparently irregular increase in the number of smooth muscle cells by mitosis was accompanied by an increase of the endoplasmic reticulum, proliferation of mitochondria and regressive changes, such as shrinkage, swelling, necrosis and apoptosis of smooth muscle cells. Other alterations, seen in some but not all cases consisted of large numbers of unusual dense granules some of which were clearly associated with actin filaments and, therefore, regarded as derivatives of the normally occurring dense bodies. Furthermore, intermyofibrillar and subsarcolemmal glycogen accumulations, various nuclear abnormalities and pleomorphic membranous cytoplasmic or nuclear bodies occurred. While smooth muscle cell abnormalities predominated in some cases of IHPS, in others there were more severe axonal changes in the myenteric plexus. It is suggested, therefore, that a primarily myogenic type of IHPS can be distinguished from a predominantly neurogenic type.
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  • 5
    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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  • 6
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    Acta neuropathologica 79 (1989), S. 190-199 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Amyloidosis ; Neuropathy ; Immuno-electron microscopy ; Immunoglobulin light chains ; Perpheral nerve
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Sural nerve specimens from ten patients with amyloidosis (hereditary, associated with lymphoproliferative disorders, or of unknown origin) and peripheral neuropathy were investigated by immunohistochemistry at the light and electron microscopic level. Peroxidase-antiperoxidase and immunogold techniques were applied to glutaraldehyde-fixed, osmicated and epoxy-embedded tissue. In five cases, four of which associated with lymphoproliferative disorders, amyloid deposits strongly and exclusively reacted with antibodies to kappa or lambda light chains, respectively. By electron microscopy, bundles of immunogold-labelled amyloid fibrils could be identified in coated and uncoated single membrane-bound vesicles of endoneurial macrophages. Schwann cells did not contain intracellular amyloid but their processes were entangled in amyloid fibrils and their basement membranes were sometimes fused with the fibrillar masses. It is concluded that immunoglobulin light chains in AL (amyloid of immunoglobulin light chain origin) amyloidosis precipitate, forming amyloid fibrils, in the presence of, and presumably with the assistence of, endoneurial cells. Inefficiency of phagocytosis appears to be one of the major causes for the deleterious effects of amyloid.
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  • 7
    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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  • 8
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    Acta neuropathologica 65 (1985), S. 285-292 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Thalidomide ; Neuropathy ; Conduction velocity ; Myelin sheath
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Morphological studies of experimental thalidomide neuropathy have thus far failed to show any significant structural changes. The present investigation was performed on sural nerves of female New Zealand white rabbits showing a reduction of sensory conduction velocity after oral treatment with thalidomide (100 mg/kg b.wt. per day) for a period of 33 weeks. Rabbits of the same strain and equal sex, weight, and number served as controls. Very few nerve fibers were undergoing Wallerian degeneration in both groups, experimental animals and controls. Morphometry, however, revealed a statistically significant reduction of the mean myelin thickness of sural nerve fibers in the thalidomide group of rabbits as compared to controls. The mean myelin thickness of the largest nerve fibers was also significantly smaller than in the control group. On the other hand, axonal diameters were not significantly altered. The association between the decrease of the sensory conduction velocity, the reduction of the myelin sheath thickness, and the chronic thalidomide application is discussed.
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