Serum irisin is upregulated in patients affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and correlates with functional and metabolic status

AbstractIntroductionThe progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) leads to a decline of the nutritional status that represents an independent prognostic factor for survival. Recent studies recognize the muscle tissue as an endocrine organ able to release several molecules, called myokines. Among them, irisin seems to be involved in the regulation of metabolism, body weight and development and function of the nervous system.Objectives(1) To evaluate irisin serum levels in patients with ALS, with comparison to healthy subjects; (2) to assess the possible association of circulating irisin levels of ALS patients with the metabolic status, clinical and biochemical features.MethodsWe performed an observational, cross-sectional study in 50 ALS patients and 32 age- and sex-comparable healthy controls. Patients underwent to a complete set of neurological, pulmonary and nutritional evaluations. Serum irisin concentration was measured by enzyme immunoassay. According to indirect calorimetry, ALS patients were divided into a normo-metabolic patient group (n = 24) and a hyper-metabolic patient group (n = 26).ResultsALS patients showed significantly higher serum irisin levels compared to healthy subjects (51.0  ± 37.8 vs 13.1 ± 2.2 ng/mL,p 
Source: Journal of Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research

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AbstractBackgroundAmyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes eventual death through respiratory failure unless mechanical ventilation is provided. Brain –machine interfaces (BMIs) may provide brain control supports for communication and motor function. We investigated the interests and expectations of patients with ALS concerning BMIs based on a large-scale anonymous questionnaire survey supported by the Japan Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Associa tion.MethodsWe surveyed 1918 patients with ALS regarding their present status, tracheostomy use, interest in BMIs, and their...
Source: Journal of Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Authors: Barp A, Gerardi F, Lizio A, Sansone VA, Lunetta C Abstract INTRODUCTION: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease involving both upper and lower motor neurons and resulting in increasing disability and death 3-5 years after onset of symptoms. Over 40 large clinical trials for ALS have been negative, except for Riluzole that offers a modest survival benefit, and Edaravone that modestly reduces disease progression in patients with specific characteristics. Thus, the discovery of efficient disease modifying therapy is an urgent need. AREAS COVERED: Althou...
Source: Expert Opinion on Emerging Drugs - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Expert Opin Emerg Drugs Source Type: research
In this study, we developed a new fNIRS-based BCI system in concert with a single-trial Visuo-Mental (VM) paradigm to investigate the feasibility of enhanced communication for ALS patients, particularly those in the later stages of the disease. Methods: In the first part of the study, we recorded data from six ALS patients using our proposed protocol (fNIRS-VM) and compared the results with the conventional electroencephalography (EEG)-based multi-trial P3Speller (P3S). In the second part, we recorded longitudinal data from one patient in the late locked-in state (LIS) who had fully lost eye-gaze control. Using statistical...
Source: IEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
It’s not often that a person growing up among the cotton fields of southwest Oklahoma goes on to become a successful manager of global technology companies, but Leland White is not your average person. During his career, he built and managed semiconductor manufacturing plants around the world and provided management consulting services to large corporations and federal agencies. After a successful business career, he retired in Colorado to pursue two passions: downhill skiing and high-performance driving. Referred to by family and friends as “Lee,” he turned 78 last spring. I talked to Lee about the chall...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology Dysphagia Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSION.: Our findings highlighted that progressive impairment of extramotor frontotemporal networks may precede the appearance of executive and language dysfunctions and GM changes in ALS. Functional connectivity changes in cognitive resting state networks might represent candidate radiological markers of disease progression. PMID: 32089134 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: CNS Spectrums - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: CNS Spectr Source Type: research
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Source: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Arch Clin Neuropsychol Source Type: research
In conclusion, the concept of an epigenetic clock is compelling, but caution should be taken in interpreting associations with age acceleration. Association tests of age acceleration should include age as a covariate. A Discussion of Recent Work on Allotopic Expression of Mitochondrial Genes at the SENS Research Foundation https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2020/02/a-discussion-of-recent-work-on-allotopic-expression-of-mitochondrial-genes-at-the-sens-research-foundation/ A paper published last month outlines recent progress on allotopic expression of mitochondrial genes carried out by the SENS Research ...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes muscle weakness, disability, and eventually death, with a median survival of 3-5 years and affecting all populations with a rise among Hispanics. ALS patients are mostly cared for by family caregivers (FCGs). FCGs often experience burden, high depression rates, psychological distress and impaired quality-of-life. Also, FCGs may not be able to leave their homes to access resources. Social media might be a way to accessing support, but little is known about quality and quantity of ALS FCGs ’ resources.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
Abstract Genomic regions with guanine (G)-rich sequences make non-Watson-Crick base pairs, which result in the formation of unique nucleic acid structures called G-quadruplexes (G4s) in cells. Studies have suggested that abnormal G4s are involved in neurological diseases. For example, the formation of G4s caused by expansion of G-rich sequences is implicated in C9orf72-mediated amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia (C9ALS/FTD), and fragile X-related tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS). In addition, the disruption and/or mutation of G4 binding proteins (G4BPs), such as heterogeneous nuclear ribonucle...
Source: Biochemical and Biophysical Research communications - Category: Biochemistry Authors: Tags: Biochem Biophys Res Commun Source Type: research
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