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  • 1
    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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  • 2
    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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  • 3
    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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  • 4
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Muscle spindle ; Denervation ; Reinnervation ; Muscle fiber atrophy ; Mitochondria
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary The fine structure of normal, denervated, and reinnervated muscle spindles in lower lumbrical muscles of rats was studied morphometrically at time intervals ranging from 3–14 months. In control spindles, the mean transverse area of mitochondria was estimated to be more than twice as large in nuclear chain than in typical nuclear bag fibers. Following denervation, there was a severe decrease of the mean number and transverse area of mitochondria, and a moderate, but statistically significant decrease of the mean transverse area of intrafusal muscle fibers (IMFs) despite an increase of the number of IMFs. At 12–14 months of reinnervation, changes of the transverse areas of IMFs were statistically insignificant, but the mean values for the mitochondria were incompletely restored. At 4×3 months, after fourfold repeated crush injuries to the nerve, most of the values estimated (transverse area of mitochondria; number, shape, and transverse area of IMFs and nuclei) tended to approach those in denervated rather than in reinnervated IMFs. The differences of the reactions of intra- and extrafusal muscle fibers following complete motor and sensory denervation appeared to be in accordance with their normal dimensional dissimilarities.
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  • 5
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    Acta neuropathologica 16 (1970), S. 324-341 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Spinal Cord ; Spinal Ganglia ; Neuromuscular Spindles ; Mitochondria ; Isoniazid
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Description / Table of Contents: Zusammenfassung Entgegen anderslautender Angaben in der Literatur werden bei der INH-Neuropathie auch die sensorischen Nervenendigungen in den Muskelspindeln betroffen. Die Veränderungen bestehen in einem Verlust der synaptischen Vesikel, in Mitochondrienschwellungen und-Verdichtungserscheinungen, in terminalen Axonfragmentationen und Reaktionen der zugehörigen intrafusalen Muskelfasern. Außerdem lassen sich schon in frühesten Stadium der INH-Neuropathie, am 4. Tag nach Beginn der INH-Applikation, Veränderungen in den lumbosacralen Spinalganglien und im Rückenmark nachweisen. Die Veränderungen in den Perikaryen gleichen denen bei der retrograden Zellveränderung weitgehend. Über die Spezifität der Alterationen an den sensorischen Nervenendigungen ist vorest keine sichere Aussage möglich, da vergleichbare Untersuchungen über pathologisch veränderte Muskelspindeln, insbesondere nach der einfachen Durchschneidung des Nerven, bisher fehlen.
    Notes: Summary In INH-neuropathy sensory nerve endings of distal muscle spindles may be severely altered. The changes are characterized by a disappearance of synaptic vesicles, mitochondrial swelling or condensation, fragmentation of axon terminals and reactions of the corresponding intrafusal muscle fibers. Also, occasional alterations in lumbosacral spinal ganglia and spinal cord were seen occurring already in the initial stage of INH-neuropathy at the 4th day after the beginning of INH application. The perikaryal changes resemble those of the retrograde cell reaction. Any specificness of the alterations seen in the sensory endings of muscle spindles cannot be ruled out at the present time since there are no comparable fine structural studies of pathological alterations in muscle spindles after simple nerve section or other nerve lesions.
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  • 6
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    Acta neuropathologica 15 (1970), S. 156-175 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Peripheral Nerve ; Nerve Degeneration ; Axon ; Mitochondria ; Isoniazid
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Description / Table of Contents: Zusammenfassung Im N. ischiadicus der Ratte kommen etwa doppelt so viele marklose als markhaltige Nervenfasern vor. Das normale zahlenmäßige Verhältnis dieser beiden Fasertypen schwankt in weiten Grenzen. Schon im ungeschädigten Nerven lassen sich bereits an einzelnen marklosen Nervenfasern verschiedenartige regressive Veränderungen wie Strukturverlust und perlschnurförmige Auftreibungen nachweisen; sie sind in der Regel von akuten, toxisch bedingten Veränderungen durch das Fehlen charakteristischer Schwann-Zellreaktionen zu differenzieren. Bei der INH-Neuropathie degenerieren anfangs im Verhältnis zu den markhaltigen nur wenige marklose Nervenfasern. Einige marklose Axone können unregelmäßig konturiert, geschwollen oder geschrumpft erscheinen; dabei lösen sich die Tubuli und Filamente auf; in manchen Fällen verdichtet sich ausch das Axolemm. Die Axonveränderungen werden von Störungen der normalen Axon-Schwann-Zellrelation begleitet. In den Anfangsstadien können manche Schwann-Zellen hochgradig deformiert sein; später verlieren sie ihre Oberflächendifferenzierung und runden sich (auf dem Querschnitt) ab. In der Regel zeigen die marklosen Nervenfasern bei der INH-Neuropathie die gleichen Veränderungen und Störungen der Axon-Schwann-Zellrelation wie bei der Wallerschen Degeneration. Extreme prolapsartige Verformungen von Axonen und Schwann-Zellen sowie mitochondriale Granula haben wir jedoch nur bei der INH-Neuropathie, nicht aber bei der Wallerschen Degeneration beobachtet.
    Notes: Summary In sciatic nerves of rats, there are more than twice as much unmyelinated than myelinated axons. Their ratio varies in a wide range from one area to the other. Some regressive changes are seen already in unmyelinated axons of normal controls (loss of structural components, axonal beading). Usually, these alterations can be distinguished from early experimental lesions by the lack of characteristic Schwann cell reactions. In the beginning of INH-neuropathy, fewer unmyelinated than myelinated nerve fibers are degenerating. Some of the unmyelinated axons may become irregularily folded, swollen, or shrunken while there is a progressive loss of tubules, filaments, normal mitochondria, and sometimes an increase in the thickness of the axolemma. The axonal changes are accompanied by a disturbance of the normal axon-Schwann cell relation. Initially, some Schwann cells may become extremely irregular; later they lose their surface differentiation while their cross sectional contour becomes rather rounded. In general, unmyelinated axons in INH-neuropathy show similar alterations and disturbances of the axon-Schwann cell relation as seen in Wallerian degeneration. Yet extremely deformed unmyelinated nerve fibers, axons as well as Schwann cells, and mitochondrial granules were only observed in INH-neuropathy.
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  • 7
    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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  • 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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