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  • Demyelination  (3)
  • Thalidomide  (3)
  • 1
    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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  • 2
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Thalidomide ; Wallerian degeneration ; Schwann cell proliferation ; Immune inhibition ; Endoneurial edema
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract In addition to the well-known teratogenic effect of thalidomide, previous studies have revealed mild immunosuppressive properties and, more recently, and antiangiogenic activity. To find out more about the specificity of these effects we studied the influence of orally administered thalidomide on Wallerian degeneration in rats. Wallerian degeneration is a potent experimental model for studying reproducible cell proliferation in vivo. Examination of distal nerve segments of transected sciatic nerves from rats that had been treated with thalidomide (2×250 mg/kg per day) revealed a significant reduction of endoneurial cell counts at 10–15 days after surgery compared to that seen in controls. This effect was not statistically significant, at a very early stage of Wallerian degeneration, i.e., at 5 days after transection of the nerve. Subperineurial edema and phagocytosis was also reduced, although this was not statistically significant. This apparently nonspecific inhibitory effect of thalidomide during early Wallerian degeneration shown in the present study should be investigated further for its possible relationship to other previously established inhibitory activities of thalidomide, especially its immunosuppressive effect in man.
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  • 3
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    Acta neuropathologica 14 (1970), S. 261-283 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Allergic Neuritis ; Electron Microscopy ; Mononuclear Cells ; Demyelination ; Remyelination
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Description / Table of Contents: Zusammenfassung Kaninchen mit einer experimentell-allergischen Neuritis (EAN) wurden 8 Tage bis 4 Monate nach der Injektion einer Emulsion aus heterologem Nervengewebe mit Freundschem Adjuvans phasenkontrast- und elektronenmikroskopisch untersucht. Im akuten Stadium der Demyelinisation ist eine Beteiligung von mononucleären Infiltratzellen am Vorgang der Entmarkung peripherer Nervenfasern in der gleichen Weise nachweisbar, wie es Lampert (1969) bei der EAN von Ratten dargestellt hat. Da die Markscheidenschäden jedoch nicht immer in unmittelbarem Kontakt mit den Infiltratzellen auftreten, sind humorale Faktoren, die möglicherweise von den Infiltratzellen ausgeschieden werden, als Ursache der Markscheidenschäden nicht mit Sicherheit auszuschließen. Der weitere Abbau der geschädigten Markscheiden findet dann sowohl in den zu Makrophagen transformierten Infiltratzellen als auch in den proliferierenden Schwann-Zellen statt. Ausnahmsweise dominieren unter den Infiltratzellen auch bei der einfachen experimentell-allergischen Neuritis neutrophile Leukocyteninfiltrate; sie kommen in Zusammenhang mit anderen Zeichen einer schweren Störung der Gefäßnervenschranke wie Erythrodiapedesen und Fibrinexsudaten im fortgeschrittenen Stadium der Gewebsschädigung vor. Auf Axonläsionen und die im Ausheilungsstadium der EAN vorkommenden Zwiebelschalenformationen sowie die wiederholt beobachteten Gruppen regenerierter, von einer gemeinsamen Basalmembran gebündelter Nervenfasern wird kurz hingewiesen.
    Notes: Summary Rabbits with experimental allergic neuritis (EAN), induced by intradermally injected emulsified heterologous antigen together with Freund's adjuvant, were investigated by phase and electron microscopy 8 days to 4 months after the injection. Early lesions of the myelin sheaths in EAN can be demonstrated to occur in close contact with infiltrated mononuclear cells as has been reported by Lampert (1969) in rats. Yet since myelin lesions are not always restricted to areas of immediate contact with infiltrated mononuclear cells, it cannot be excluded that humoral factors, possibly excreted by the infiltrated cells, may initiate the myelin lesions. Further breakdown of myelin sheaths takes place in proliferating Schwann cells as well as in infiltrated mononuclear cells. Occasionally, neutrophilic leucocytes predominate among the cellular infiltrates. They occur together with erythrodiapedesis, and fibrinous exsudates in areas of severance of the blood-nerve barrier. Axonal lesions, and during remyelination, “onion bulb” formation were also seen as a sequence of the demyelinating lesions. Also, bundles of small regenerated nerve fibers enclosed by a single basement membrane were repeatedly observed in areas with remyelinated nerve fibers.
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  • 4
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Unmyelinated axons ; Sensory neuropathy ; Thalidomide ; Aging ; Senile peripheral nerves
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Sural nerve biopsies of four patients, aged 54–76 years, with a predominantly sensory type of neuropathy following high dosages of thalidomide were examined by light and electron microscopy. The present study includes a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of unmyelinated nerve fibers. Despite severe neuropathy, increased numbers of small unmyelinated axons per endoncurial area were noted in all patients. This numerical increase appeared to be independent of aging, since it was not seen in two senile controls, studied at the age of 83 and 88 years. The increase in the endoneurial density of unmyelinated axons, especially of small sized fibers, is likely to be related to regeneration following degeneration of unmyelinated axons although endoneurial shrinkage secondary to loss of large myelinated fibers could have caused an additional increase in the number of axons per endoneurial area. Axonal sprouting, despite degeneration of large numbers of myelinated and unmyelinated fibers, appears to be consistent with some of the characteristic clinical features of thalidomide neuropathy such as paresthesias, hyperesthesia for pain and temperature, and disturbances of autonomic functions. On the other hand, a variable number of empty Schwann cells (bands of Büngner) and pockets at the surface of many Schwann cells noted in the four patients with neuropathy were also seen in both senile controls with no signs of neuropathy. Thus, it is obvious that pockets and empty Schwann cells may be related to aging or other causes of slow axonal wasting with Schwann cell proliferation and are not necessarily associated with clinically manifest neuropathy.
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  • 5
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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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  • 6
    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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